3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2017 Event Series

Kev Choice
Kev Choice Ensemble

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square offers family-friendly live entertainment, food, beverages and shopping, all right here in Downtown Oakland.

October is the last show of the 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square series and we are closing it out with a bang!

October 19, 2017 – Kev Choice Ensemble
Kev Choice leads The Kev Choice Ensemble, a jazz-hip-hop-funk big band, in addition to producing and performing his own material, which includes original jazz and classical compositions as well as classical-, jazz-, and funk-inspired hip-hop.

“I may travel and dip to different places from time to time, but The Town will always be home,” he says. “I grew up in Oakland so I definitely have a strong connection to the city and community.“ Check out his YouTube. To find out more , visit Kev Choice.

PIC Oakland 2017 Photo Contest

PIC 217 Photo Contest
Join Oakland's most ePIC Photo

APRIL 2017 | EVENT

www.picoakland.com
PIC Oakland Photo Contest 2017 is a month-long event accepting photo submissions of anything Oakland from local amateur and professional artists. Created by Shift Local, who advocates for consumers to support indie, locally-owned businesses, we’ve teamed up with local businesses Gondola Servizio, Panorama Framing and Bay Area Custom Prints to provide a unique opportunity for the contest’s Top 10 Finalists to have their winning photo or “pic” professionally printed and framed to be showcased at the PIC Oakland Exhibition that consists of Oakland Galleries: Oakstop, The Flight Deck, Panorama Framing, the 3rd floor at Oakland City Hall and more!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
April Quinn, the owner of Gondola Servizio approached her friends Marc and Mari of Shift Local to create a photo contest to lead up to a book signing event for This Is Oakland by Melissa Davis. Our vision was to create a photo contest accessible to everyone who loves taking pictures and have an opportunity to get their photo featured in an exhibition. We also saw this as an opportunity to engage local businesses to support the local arts community.

Q. What do attendees love most about the event?
All participants love seeing the gallery of Oakland photos accumulated during the contest event.

Q. Do you have any insider tips for people attending the event?
Trust your eye for beauty. You’re sharing your lens of how you see the world so it’s a one-of-a-kind perspective.

The Layover: The BOX featuring DJ Kimani

The BOX Layover Oakland DJ Kimani
The BOX featuring DJ Kimani at The Layover Oakland

JANUARY 2017 | EVENTS

www.oaklandlayover.com/calendar

All your favorite MUSIC VIDEOS from the 80’s, 90’s and choice 2000’s presented to you on the big screen by DJ Kimani! Dancing and singing along strongly encouraged.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Here’s an opportunity to be transported back to the days when “MTV” actually stood for “music television.” 😉

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Everyone loves to see and hear their favorite music icons from yester-year.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland has a deep and rich musical culture and history. We feature many local Bay Area artists’ videos every week.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We have played host to a number of local non-profit groups that have shared our space for fundraisers.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The diversity of The Town makes it just as likely for attendees to sing along to David Bowie as they would E-40. 🙂

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
IT’S FUN! Whether you sit at a table while drinking and watching videos, or jump on the dance floor in front of the big screen, you’ll have a good time.

Foodies vs Chefs a Steel Rail Pop-Up

Foodies vs Chefs Steel Rail Jan 27, 2017
Eat Play Event & Catering Steel Rail Pop-up Jan 27, 2017

JANUARY 2017 | EVENTS

www.foodiesvschefoakland.eventbrite.com

Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events & Catering to bring you “Foodies vs. Chefs” and Steel Rail’s “Off the Rails” event featuring local chefs right in Jack London Square! Awesome patio seating with heaters (weather permitting) and a TV inside with plenty of basketball to be seen!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Being able to showcase chefs that have awesome food but not a brick & mortar

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Food is the best way to meet new people and the location is perfect for all transportation

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland has a plethora of Foodies and Chefs, everyone’s a critic and Oakland is the perfect platform to bring the 2 together.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We only partner with local businesses and purveyors

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Easy access for everyone to get to anything

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
We always strive for folks to Eat Well and Play Often with Eat Play Events & Catering

Oakland Ballet – The Nutcracker

Oakland Ballet Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet presents The Nutcracker December 17-18, 2016

DECEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.OaklandBallet.org
Oakland Ballet Company presents:
Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
December 17, 1:00 pm
December 17, 5:00 pm
December 18, 2:00 pm
The Paramount Theatre, Oakland
With live music by the Oakland Symphony and Mt. Eden High School Womens’ Ensemble.
Oakland Ballet Company’s spritely and colorful version of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that is fun for then entire family. Brimming with holiday magic, this is the Nutcracker to see!
Tickets $23-90 with discounts for Seniors, children, and groups. Visit www.OaklandBallet.org for more info.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
The story of The Nutcracker and bringing a family-friendly holiday tradition to families and community members of the East Bay.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Oakland Ballet Company’s production of Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker” has become an annual holiday family tradition for many. Tickets are affordable and the performances are easily accessible in Uptown Oakland at the Paramount Theatre.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
The elaborate and festive Paramount Theatre

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The Paramount Theatre and a diverse community.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
With tickets starting at $23, this is an affordable and fun event to make a part of your holiday season.

Off the Rails at Steel Rail – Eat Play Events & Catering

Off the Rails Jack London Square Oakland
Off the Rails Foodie vs Chefs at Steel Rail Jack London Square and Eat Play Catering & Events

NOVEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.foodiesvschefsepec.eventbrite.com

Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events & Catering to bring you “Foodies vs. Chefs” and Steel Rail’s “Off the Rails” event featuring local chefs right in Jack London Square!
Awesome patio seating with heaters and a TV inside with plenty of basketball to be seen!
Eat Play Events & Catering will be featuring:
Dungeness Crab & Wild Shrimp Boil with corn on the cob, potatoes & chicken andouille sausage (on the side for the carnies)

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Eat Play Events & Catering strives to feature local bay area chefs that don’t have a brick and mortar to showcase their skills.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Because you can Eat Well & Play Often all in 1 space

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland’s diversity of food and people provides the perfect platform for our events

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We only partner with local businesses in Oakland. We believe in supporting our community

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The freeness of being who you want to be with a platform that embraces all of the arts not just one style.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
That you can always Eat Well and Play often with Eat Play Events & Catering

Uptown Farmer’s Market Ordway

Uptown Farmers Market
Farmers Market in Uptown Oakland Kaiser Ordway

NOVEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.facebook.com/OrdwayFarmersMarket
Farmer’s market featuring locally grown organic produce, fresh baked goods, and a variety of lunch options including Torpedo Sushi and Crepe a Moi.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event? ?
Eating more fruits and vegetables is part of taking care of you. That’s why we’ve opened farmers’ markets outside our medical centers, clinics, and office buildings.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Delicious seasonal produce, convenient location, easy lunch options and smooth music.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
It provides an opportunity for those who live and work nearby to come together to enjoy each other’s company and shop healthy.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
yes

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It’s our headquarters! It allows us to ‘walk the talk’. We want our employees, our members and the community we serve to THRIVE.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
That they deserve a break. That we have a great place to meet up, enjoy some sun, eat good food and de-stress in the middle of the week. Fresh air, fresh produce. They deserve it.

Real Future Fair November 15, 2016

Real Future Oakland Museum
The Real Future event at Oakland Museum November 15, 2016

NOVEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.realfuturefair.com/#schedule.com

The Real Future Fair is a day full of creative conversations about how technology is changing our lives. Real Future takes the social justice lens that Fusion is known for and turns it towards technology, examining who tech is being built to serve, and what a diverse and inclusive future might look like. We are hosting a roundtable discussion on diversity in tech, presenting the results from our hackathon against violence, and debuting the premiere of our virtual reality project Mars2030, which allows you to explore the red planet from right here on earth.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
FUSION really wanted to create an event filled with creative conversations about how technology is changing our world.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Attendees love the event because it isn’t a typical technology summit– for starters, our speakers are predominately women which is usually unheard of for an event of this nature.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
We’re excited to bring the event to Oakland because FUSION’s Real Future team is based in Oakland and the city is the perfect backdrop to our fair.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
FUSION is also partnering with Reboot Safety to host Oakland’s first ever hackathon against violence, projects from which will be presented live onstage during the forum.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The Oakland Museum of California!

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
We are excited to have keynote speakers such as Edward Snowden, Dr. Mae Jemison and FUSION VR’s Mars 2030, a virtual reality experience that transports the viewer to the surface of the red planet as one of the first astronauts to arrive there.

Oakland Ballet Presents Luna Mexicana

NOVEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.OaklandBallet.org

Oakland Ballet is excited to premier a new performance – a dance and music celebration of the iconic Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)! In Luna Mexicana, a young woman’s dreams revive her relatives and friends who all dance back to life in the forms of teetering skeletons, skirt swishing girls, a high flying “deer dancer,” and a deathly Bride and Groom. This family friendly performance is filled with festive dancing, colorful costumes, and vibrant music including traditional Mexican folk music and witty electronic fusions. Audience members are encouraged to attend in Day of the Dead attire. Tickets are $15-20 with discounts for Seniors, children and students and are available at Oakland Ballet.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
The cultural tradition of Dia de los Muertos.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
“Luna Mexicana” is filled with festive dancing, colorful costumes, and vibrant music and is a fun event for the entire family!

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
OBC is thrilled to hold this event in Oakland to celebrate the rich diversity of the community.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes, Calavera, a Mexican restaurant in Uptown Oakland will provide the food and beverage for the post-performance reception. Patrons can attend the reception with VIP tickets to the performance.
In addition, on display in the theater lobby will be many offrendas from the Oakland Museum of CA’s Day of the Dead celebration.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The rich diversity of the community and the beautiful Paramount Theatre.

Farmers Market Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Jack London Square Oakland
Farmers Market Harvest Festival at Jack London Square

OCTOBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.cuesa.org/event/2016/jack-london-square-farmers-market-harvest-festival

Join CUESA in celebrating the fall harvest at Jack London Square Farmers Market. Savor the season with a day of tasting, learning, and Halloween family fun. Dress up in costume and bring the whole family for apple cider pressing, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a fall pie contest, cooking demos, and more. Free!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
CUESA is the new nonprofit operator of the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland, starting last May. This is our first big seasonal celebration, and we hope it’ll become an annual tradition. In addition to showcasing our 40+ local farmers, food crafters, and prepared food vendors at the weekly farmers market, we’ll be featuring special CUESA programs such as cooking demos with local chefs, fun hands-on activities for kids and grown-ups, and our Schoolyard to Market program. We’re excited to celebrate the Oakland market community, and the fall harvest is the perfect time!

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Delicious local food and Halloween fun on the waterfront–what more could you ask for?

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Jack London Square Farmers Market has a large, loyal, and diverse community with deep roots. Awesome food, awesome people!

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Our market features food businesses from Oakland and the greater Bay Area. For this community event, we’re also partnering with local organizations like Planting Justice, Arts for Oakland Kids, East Bay Community Recovery Project, Farm Kids, Jack London Square, and other Oakland nonprofits and businesses.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Jack London Square is such a destination! With this Harvest Festival, we’re hoping to attract loyal market regulars as well as the broader Bay Area community for a fun fall day on the waterfront.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This is the perfect day to get to know or reacquaint yourself with Jack London Square Farmers Market. And if you’ve never pressed and tasted fresh apple cider, now’s your chance–it’s as fresh as it gets.