3rd Thursdays at Latham Square October 18, 2018

Oct 2018 3rd Thursday Latham Square

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

October 18, 2018

5pm-8pm

It’s an early spooktacular evening of community, music, and birthday celebration for Sterling James.

We are closing out the 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2018 season celebrating Happy Born Day for the Bay Area’s favorite radio personality with soul – Sterling James!

It promises to be a spooktacular evening of off the charts music, vendors selling unique, handmade items, a specialty drink in honor of Sterling, and most of all a community vibe.

Live Entertainment
Event host – Sterling James – the Bay Area’s favorite radio personality.

Jazz Mafia’s Heaviest Feather – bringing us a distinct sound rooted in its five brass instruments, mixing those organic sounds with heavy EDM, hip-hop, rock, and world music. Soulful vocals are often added on top, and it all comes together to create something fresh, eclectic, and genre-defying. Heaviest Feather recently premiered its “Tribute to the Ladies of Hip Hop” in January of 2018 in Jazz Mafia’s monthly Live Mixtape series.

Brass Mafia – is a New Orleans/Bay Area fusion band, who puts a strong emphasis on heavy backbeats, creative improvisation and a unique mix of songs and arrangements. The Brass Mafia includes trombone, trumpet, saxes, drums and most importantly TUBA! But while the band is based on a 100-year-old tradition, the group’s sound incorporates music from many different decades and continents, playing a wide variety of originals and unexpected mashups, with frequent rapper and vocalists guests.

DJ Lady Fingaz – as a Dj, she mixes a variety of genres accompanied by an array of showstopping turntablism and live production this southern belle knows how to rock a party!” Lady Fingaz joined the collective Females Wit Funk, which features the top female turntablists from around the world.

Vendors
Eat Play Events & Catering – serving refreshing and delicious Aqua Fresca.
Kenny’s Heart and Soul – Fast food soul food.
Old Kan Beer and Co. – local Oakland brewery
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions to the success of the 2018 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square series:
John Muir Health, Visit Oakland, Oakland Athletics, HP Investors, Main Street Launch, Carmel Partners, Junction Properties, 11 West Partners, and Kapor Center.

Marketing Partners: Life Is Living and OAKHELLA

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square September 20, 2018

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square September 20 2018. Oakland

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

September 20, 2018

5pm-8pm

Jammin’ into fall all funky and soulful with a splash of house!

Live Entertainment
Event host – Sterling James – the Bay Area’s favorite radio personality.

Sal’s Greenhouse – A unique, original funky and soulful sound that feels good and moves you. Bay Area vocal powerhouse and baritone saxophonist, Sally Green formed her band, Sal’s Greenhouse to get the listeners shaking and showcase her more than considerable talents in an original music setting.

Solas B. Lalgee – An artist who has that house flavor with a mellow groove. Lalgee’s credits include studying, working, and performing with Ledisi, Zendaya Coleman, Latoya London, Mooncandy live house music ensemble, Jennifer Johns, Valerie Troutt, Nicole Klaymoon, and The Embodiment Project.

Nina Sol – Constellations comes to 3rd Thursdays with Nina Sol spinning beats that get you up out of your seat on a Afro-Latina vibe. Nina Sol, a nod to her Afro-Latina heritage & warm and sunshiny disposition, delivers a genre-bending soulful sound that resonates with audiences locally and across the globe. She has opened for artists including Rich Medina, Solange, Pete Rock, Jose James, Vikter Duplaix, and many others.

In addition to the great entertainment, we are celebrating Oakland Cocktail Week by featuring 3 specialty cocktails from
The Miranda mixing up a Bamboozled cocktail
Make Westing hitting us with a Rum Punch
Cafe Van Kleef stirring up their famous Greyhound

Vendors
Eat Play Events & Catering – serving refreshing and delicious Aqua Fresca.
Kenny’s Heart and Soul – Fast food soul food.
Old Kan Beer and Co. – local Oakland brewery
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions to the success of the 2018 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square series:
John Muir Health, Visit Oakland, Oakland Athletics, HP Investors, Main Street Launch, Carmel Partners, Junction Properties, 11 West Partners, and Kapor Center.

Marketing Partners: Life Is Living and OAKHELLA

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square August 16, 2018

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square August 2018

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

August 16, 2018

5pm-8pm

Enjoy a HOT summer party right before school starts.

Live Entertainment
Event host – Sterling James – the Bay Area’s favorite radio personality.

Girl6 – A Prince tribute band, comprised of a rotating lineup of 6 dynamic female vocalists primarily hailing from the Bay Area: Oakland-based RyanNicole, Candice Antique, Netta Brielle, Femi Andrades, Viveca Hawkins, and Kween.

Afroholix with Alphabet Soup – Born and raised from Oakland’s rich musical legacy, Afroholix began their journey in early 2015. Influenced by Miles, Jimi, Sade, classic Hip Hop and golden era Jazz, we do our thing and make it funky!

Davey D – Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor at San Francisco State, Hip Hop historian, political commentator, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, media justice and community activist. Also, the Co-founder of the Bay Area Hip Hop Coalition, started out as one of the first Hip Hop radio deejay collectives in the country will be spinning the beat!

Vendors
Eat Play Events & Catering – serving refreshing and delicious Aqua Fresca.
Kenny’s Heart and Soul – Fast food soul food.
Old Kan Beer and Co. – local Oakland brewery
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions to the success of the 2018 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square series:
John Muir Health, Visit Oakland, Oakland Athletics, HP Investors, Main Street Launch, Carmel Partners, Junction Properties, 11 West Partners, and Kapor Center.

Marketing Partners: Life Is Living and OAKHELLA

Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2018

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Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2918

Oakland Youth Art Explosion
Sunday, August 5, 2018
11am – 7pm
Downtown Oakland (14th St. b/t Broadway & Webster)
OYAE 2018!

Oakland Youth Art Explosion Festival returns to bring our community a FREE youth visual and performing arts festival featuring and organized by the Oakland youth and young adults. This youth extravaganza has garnered support from seasoned artists/mentors, community leaders, and youth arts & cultural organizations.

Main Stage – Entertainment Showcase performed by local youth groups (ages 13-25)
Art Crawl – 10 mentoring local artists guiding youth with hands-on art making
OYAE! Cinema – Youth created videos on the theme “How Do We Love?”
Young Entrepreneurs – Youth produced products for sale
Farmer’s Market – Eco-education and the promotion of healthy eating
Get Fit – Sports activities creatively motivating youth to move their bodies
Face and mural wall painting, photo booth, food and more!

Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts
406 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
510.465.8928
For more info, visit: jgordonfoundationofthearts.org
For inquiries please contact:
info@jgordonfoundationofthearts.org

See you at OYAE!

OYAE! 2018 is made possible in part by The Akonadi Foundation, The Allen Group, LLC, MacPherson East Bay Performing Arts Fund, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, Carmel Partners Inc., Oakland & the World Enterprises, The Massie Family Charitable Trust, The Greenlining Institute and M&A Real Estate Holdings, LLC

Oakland Teen Seen Festival

Oakland Teen Seen Festival 2018
Oakland Teen Seen Festival 2018

The Oakland Teen Seen Festival

Jack London Square
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Teen Seen Festival

The Oakland Teen Seen Festival (OTSF) is a showcase of local youth who exemplify an uncommonly advanced level of achievement in their respective disciplines. We will feature several music ensembles, spoken word, and dance artists.

The group JAX, who are also to be featured on this event, expressed an interest in creating a showcase to share the talents of their music ensemble as well as those of their very talented peers. The result of a dream spoken out loud has resulted in the realization of the OTSF.

Audience members will be inspired and filled with joy by this collective of positive young artists who will most certainly overwhelm us with their talents. The OTSF lineup includes JAX, Ajai Wilborn, Jamming Nachos, Lyla Neely, The Void, and more to be announced!

Archer Bicycle

SHOPPING

www.facebook.com/archerbicycle
Archer Bicycle is a bike shop whose main focus is NOT selling you a bike (although we are happy to do so). We want you, and whatever bike you own, to be well cared for. We want to make sure that the bike runs as well as it can, and that you understand its ins and outs. As a bonus, we have an art gallery upstairs!

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
When I opened Archer Bicycle, the goal was to have a “service station” for bikes. I wanted to have a place where no matter what you rode, you’d get great service at a reasonable price. Basically, our philosophy is that any bike you use and enjoy is a GOOD bike.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Customers love the business because they get an excellent mechanic, awesome customer service, and reasonable prices. (Check out Yelp; it must be working!)

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Downtown Oakland was a gamble for me. I was relatively new to the area and there were no other bike shops nearby. I didn’t know if the location would support a good bike shop I figured it would either turn out to be a really good, or a really bad, decision. I started suspecting it was going to work out, when, within the first few days of signing a lease, people walking by stopped and said, “A bike shop is coming? Great!”

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
I have the good fortune of having a number of great shops in my neighborhood. My little slice of downtown has a barber/hair salon(“Blade the Barber/Drastic Changes”), a bookstore (“Wolfman Books”), a coffee shop (“Modern Coffee”), a bar dating back to the 1920’s (“Radio”), the “Tribune Tavern” (good eats, nice bar), and for those with a vegetarian persuasion, the “Golden Lotus.” The newest addition to our block is “CamBurger,” and the “Mockingbird” restaurant is due to open this summer. In addition, along with our art gallery, there is another art venue across the street, “Good Mother.” We also have the absolutely gorgeous Tribune Tower anchoring the block.

Jamaican Jerk Cook Off 2016

MAY 2016 | EVENTS

www.jamaicanjerkcookoff.com

On Memorial Day Monday May 30, the annual Jamaican Jerk Cook Off invites eight teams to square off with their unique version of jerk to impress attendees. Entertainment includes live music and a live Sepak Takraw tournament, MC ~ Greg Bridges of KCSM, steel pan music, awesome feat of athleticism in a combination of soccer, volleyball, acrobatics, and martial arts delivered by members of the Men’s USA National Sepak Takraw team. While the grown-ups enjoy a visit to the Rum Shack or grab a craft beer, the kids get to hang at the Kids zone which will offer opportunities to play the beautiful game with MYS coaches and Teen Mentors.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
The money raised from the event will allow My Yute Soccer to continue on their mission. Since 2008, My Yute Soccer has provided a one-week soccer camp each summer to 70 children at Oakland Technical High School, at no cost to parents or participants. It has since grown to offer additional camps each year along with a Teen Mentor program.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
People just love the event and keep coming back year after year to experience the great vibe, incredible food and all-round high spirited atmosphere.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Community! Oakland youth are dear to our hearts and what better place to hold the event than right at the heart of the Oakland, on Broadway.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes! We could not do this without the generosity of our partners. Drake’s Dealership www.drinkdrakes.com/visit/dealership is sponsoring the event and we have amazing Chef partners that volunteer their time from: Chop Bar www.oaklandchopbar.com, The Dock at Linden Street www.thedockoakland.com, Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, S + S Gastro Grub www.ssgastrogrub.com, La Marcha & Mohari Wellness. In addition with local support from: Calavera www.calaveraoakland.com, People’s Barber Shop www.peoplesbarber.com, Periscope Cellars www.periscopecellars.com, Red Bay Coffee www.redbaycoffee.com, Yahshi Bakes www.yahshibakes.com, The Oakland Chocolate Company and Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It’s home. It feels like one big family.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This is an awesome chance to kick back with friends and family and have a great time, while bringing your excitement and enthusiasm for My Yute Soccer initiatives. This is our main fundraising event. We are a grassroots organization, operated solely by volunteers providing kids with excellent opportunities.

Food Truck Pod at Snow Park

food truck

The Snow Park Food Truck Pod hosts 2-3 rotating food trucks based in the Bay Area every Wednesday from 11am-2pm. It’s organized by Doc’s Classic.

Number of years in Oakland? 3

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We figured there were many food trucks like Doc’s that could benefit from the visibility of a consistent market that didn’t charge the small businesses. We also just wanted to serve in Oakland and it’s a nice spot.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
We consolidate the best soul food, Taiwanese bao, empanadas, tacos, pupusas, burgers, fried chicken, and vegan Filipino food to one accessible spot.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
It’s not just a verbal exchange. Our customers return every week and are appreciative and fun. Changes in our menus don’t go unnoticed.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Cassave Taqueria, Kenny’s Heart and Soul, Go Streatery, Fist of Flour, No Worries Filipino Vegan, The Chairman, Firebrand Bakery

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Great weather. And Steph and Ayesha Curry. (It’s a tie.)
Wednesdays from 11am-2pm

www.snowparkfoodpod.com
19th and Harrison Streets

Fairy Winterland

December 2015 | ACTIVITIES

fairyland.org
December 4th
Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Avenue

For twelve exciting days, Fairyland will be transformed into Fairy Winterland! Featuring live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, appearances by Santa Claus, special decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, with rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts, free holiday treats, cider and hot cocoa, and more surprises! Park hours: Noon until 7pm.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
To celebrate the holidays and help teach people about different ways to celebrate.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
It’s an opportunity to see the park at night, dressed up in lights and there are special performances that aren’t regularly seen in Fairyland.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
We get a wide variety of people every year who come for various reasons (Santa, hot cider, dancing Christmas trees)

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We partner with many businesses throughout the year for all of our events.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Oakland has been our home for 65 years.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
It is a one of a kind event and Fairyland goes all out!

The Amazing Lake Merritt Doggy Scavenger Hunt

Lake Merrit doggy and outdoor activities

October 2015 | OUTDOORS

pogoevents.com
599 El Embarcadero
10/25/2015 1:30 pm
How long has this event been in Oakland? This is our first year!

Join POGO Events for some Sunday fun with your furry friend around beautiful Lake Merritt! For this scavenger hunt, both you and your dog will go through a series of challenges together as you race to beat the clock. You have two hours to complete the race and no matter what place you get you won’t leave empty handed! Doggy bags will be given to each participant and prizes will be handed to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Tickets are $30 per dog!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
We offer public events all around New York and San Francisco Bay such as Amazing Scavenger Hunts, Badass Board Game Battles, Trivia Challenges and more.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Great way to meet new friends and have fun with new ones.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland is a great city.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
No.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Everything.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This is a scavenger hunts for dogs and their owners.