Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2018

Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2918
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!

Adorable Energy – Healing & Coaching

Adorable Energy Oakland

Looking to relieve stress?

Adorable Energy offers quality alternative healing/coaching services for stressed out urban dwelling professionals, leaders in service-oriented industries, and nonprofits. People new to astrology, tarot, energy healing sessions and those seasoned both benefit from gaining new perspectives, clearing and grounding their energy, and assistance with moving their lives into a new direction.

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
For over a decade, I taught health and wellness to youth and adults all across the Bay Area, and realized that true health comes from the inside out. When you gain awareness of who you are and make life decisions in alignment with love, then you can live a happier life in alignment with your path. It is my desire to bring empowering healing support to Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
I love the family owned Afghani restaurant across the street from my business,Kamdesh Afghan Kabab House. I met them the first week I moved in and they were so friendly and loving. The food is amazing as well!

What inspires you to go to work everyday?
The thought that my service provides genuine healing support that can radiate out into my community is spectacular. We are all connected, and when people are beaming with joy, it infects everyone around.

Do you have any advice for people looking to start a business in Oakland?
I myself have received a lot of resources for starting my business from Oakland Impact Hub and Centro Business training. If you are starting from scratch, having experienced coaching can make a huge difference in helping you better manage your time and energy.

What do you love most about community in Oakland?
I consistently witness transformation of the U.S emerging first from Oakland. We are the spiritual, artistic, social justice hub of our nation. People walk around wearing these identities of change proudly is awe inspiring and shapes my work for the better.

What’s your favorite hidden gem in Downtown Oakland? Why?
Compared to SF the entire Downtown Oakland is a hidden gem.

Do you partner with local suppliers / craft people / artists? Why?
I partner all the time with local businesses and events to lead rituals and workshops on energy healing. Collaboration creates so much more awareness as I get to connect with new audiences and bring my following into new spaces.

What must-see spots are within walking distance to you?
Clearly everyone who visits or lives here MUST frequent Lake Merritt. It’s like the heart of Oakland.

What’s your favorite Nightlife/Cultural destination in Downtown Oakland? Why?
First Friday is a monthly event that I enjoy frequently. The event brings out all of the diversity within the crowds, musical artists, vendors, food, etc.

What are your favorite things to do in Oakland? Why?
Hands down my favorite place to visit is the Redwood Regional Park. I feel there’s no place that’s more important than nature. I go there often to clear my head and breath in fresh energy.

Where’s the best spot to catch live music Oakland? Why?
Over the years I’ve enjoyed the quality music from the The New Parish.

Who’s your favorite Oakland-based visual artist or performer?
My favorite Oakland-based group is actually the Thrive Choir. They sing amazing spiritual, social justice songs at the Thrive monthly gathering and have a street choir that sings at protests and demonstrations. I love Thrive East Bay.

The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland

Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland

ARTS & CULTURE

www.oaklandoctopus.org

The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space with delicious homemade salads and sandwiches, superb espresso drinks, uplifting house sodas, draft beer and wine. We support local musicians, writers, and performers of all kinds by offering open, nightly local bookings. We are an excellent space to rent for private parties too.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We wanted the combination: café/bookstore/intimate performance space– because there wasn’t one.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We genuinely and uniquely support creative expression in Oakland.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Plum Bar, Era Art Bar & Lounge , Vamp Records, Starline Social Club.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The people!

Viscera

Viscera shopping in Downtown Oakland

SHOPPING

viscerastudio.com
1542 Broadway
Number of years in Oakland <1

Viscera curates a collection of American-made men’s and women’s clothing. We also design and produce a line of 3D printed jewelry in a range of materials.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
My background is in architecture and city planning but really what drives me is a love for design. There weren’t any jobs that I felt could give me all the creative outlets I wanted–so I made one. At Viscera, the store design, photography and graphics are all done in-house and creativity always comes first. We’re even designing a parklet in-front of the shop.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
They love our commitment to American-made quality.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Other business-owners! They are all fun, spunky (and a little bit stubborn) people who love what they do.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
I love to eat so all my favorites are food related. Sobo Ramen in Chinatown is a weekly must-have. Donut Savant makes some slamming cro-nuts (that’s right a croissant donut hybrid). Aburaya makes the BEST karage and always has interesting takes on Japanese classic dishes. Adachi doesn’t play when it comes to making great food.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
People. Oakland’s vibe is like no other. I’m from Hawaii where everyone is very friendly and I get that here too. On my walk to the shop I’m greeted with pleasant ‘good mornings’ and people are always willing to strike up conversation.

Betti Ono

Betti Ono Art Gallery in Downtown Oakland
camera_iconPhoto Credit: Cicely Day

ARTS & CULTURE

1427 Broadway, bettiono.com
Betti Ono is an award winning, experimentally minded art space, gallery and retail store that features work by local, national, and international artists, both emerging and established, with monthly displays of multidisciplinary arts, performance and media exhibitions, and special events.

Number of years in Oakland: 5

From Anyka Barber, owner of Betti Ono

Q: What inspired you to start your business?
A: I had to! I’m an Oakland native, born and raised with the knowledge that everyday people can create change in their neighborhood and communities and in their world. Growing up in Oakland for me meant going to the ALICE Arts center, movies at the Grand Lake theatre and free popcorn, it meant participating in music, dance and theatre classes as a student in Oakland Unified, it was about the beautiful Calvin Simmons/Grand Performance murals under the 580 FWY. Art was an everyday experience. All of this really cemented for me how important it was to be creative and to be a champion of the Arts. With Betti Ono, we wanted to create an open, accepting and participatory art and commercial gallery space that flipped the traditional approach on its head. We strive to be a welcoming, inspiring and people friendly space that is really about what IS possible, what IS good and creative about Oakland. We wanted to make visible the many, many voices, ideas, experiences and cultures that make this City so dynamic AND we wanted to prove that an art space not only creates positive social impact but economic impact as well.

Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
A: “Wonderful, inspiring place.” “I love this gallery, very alternative and shows emerging artists ….love it thanks for being here in Oakland …”

Q:What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
A: The people!

Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
A: Oh my, there are sooo many to name. Just a few local business we adore Show and Tell Concept Shop, Owl N Wood, Crown Nine, Alamar Oakland, Donut Savant

Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A: The people!

Whale’s Wake at Flight Deck

APRIL 2016 | EVENTS

www.raggedwing.org/shows/201516-season-kin/whales-wake-april-16-may-7-2016/

Whale’s Wake is an original play by Amy Sass produced by Ragged Wing Ensemble at The Flight Deck. Funny, sexy, incantatory, Whale’s Wake follows one family’s struggle to honor the difficult dead. This ambitious dark comedy about a family dealing with the sudden death of their patriarch engages the audience in a sweeping story that moves from slapstick and religious satire to haunting, abstract, poetic images to explore major themes about the meaning of life, death, and family.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
In 2013, Amy Sass lost her father at the age of 61 and witnessed a beached whale at Stinson Beach. Whale’s Wake was born. This 3-year journey to bring this show to audiences involved dozens of drafts, dozens of artists, and the birth of a truly unique theatrical world on stage.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
It combines tragedy, comedy, surreal imagery and emotional grit, and explores onstage a topic (the death of a loved one) with humor, whimsy and gravity all at once.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
There are lots of great restaurants to get dinner at before the show and lots of great bars to get a drink after the show all in walking distance.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
The Flight Deck is a shared space for dozens of small arts organizations and artists.

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

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This show is really good you guys. Audience members are leaving saying it’s better than what they’re seeing at Berkeley Rep and other big theaters. Just saying.

Comedy Oakland

thursdays and saturdays

www.comedyoakland.com
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm
The Washington Inn
495 10th Street
Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 pm
Spice Monkey
1628 Webster Street

Number of years in Oakland? 7
Comedy Oakland produces live standup comedy shows at venues in Oakland. The shows feature up-and-coming comedians alongside industry pros, from around the USA and world. Our comedians have been featured on TV, Radio, Comedy Festivals, Late Night Talk Shows, Competition Winners, and have performed on every habitable continent!

Oakland provides diverse, smart and sophisticated crowds that appreciate smart, poignant humor along with silly and outrageous jokes. We produce great comedy shows with a cheap ticket price, & provide food and drinks without enforcing any drink minimums like other big clubs. Being in BART accessible locations in Oakland saves patrons a lot of time (driving in and out of the SF) and money (parking, tolls etc).

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Oakland provides diverse, smart and sophisticated crowds that appreciate smart, poignant humor along with silly and outrageous jokes.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Spice Monkey, The Washington Inn, Shift Local, The Sound Room, Marhaba restaurant, The New Parish, and Pan Theater

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A home for my comedy shows!

January 2016 | ENTERTAINMENT

NBA Art Show Opening Party

NBA Art Show

February 2016 | EVENTS

www.oaklandera.com
Era Art Bar & Lounge
19 Grand Ave, Oakland
February 20th

This amazing art show features the work of 25 artists and benefits the Warriors Community Foundation, which is dedicated to making a significant and lasting impact on the lives of underserved youth here in the Bay Area. This is a curated showcase of NBA-themed art prints, paintings, and drawings.

Come meet the artists, view their works, get down to beats provided by KMEL DJ DCisChillin, enjoy NBA-themed drink specials, and watch the Warriors vs Clippers game (starts 5:30pm) on our 8 huge screens.

Event is for ages 21 and over only and is free to attend!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Providing an opportunity for our Oakland community to see the amazing artwork inspired by the NBA and our own Golden State Warriors and raising funds for the Oakland Community Foundation which directly helps our fellow Oaklanders.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Amazing artwork, great music, and the Warriors vs Clippers game all in one comfortable and sophisticated location.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The best community of people in the Bay Area and beyond.

52 Letters: A One-Woman Poetic Stage Play on the Fight Against Sex Trafficking

January 2016 | EVENTS

www.reginasdoor.com
Regina’s Door
352 17th Street
February 5th
How long has this event been in Oakland? This showing launches the Eliza’s Pearl Performance Series for Women of Color

52 Letters is a one-woman poetic stage play, written and performed by Oakland Native Regina Y. Evans, which brings awareness to the issue of sex trafficking in America. Additionally, there will be a panel and community discussion following the presentation.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Regina’s Door is a social enterprise vintage boutique which supports survivors of sex trafficking, in partnership with the anti-trafficking organization, Love Never Fails. I cannot think of a more appropriate space to perform a play which bring awareness to this blistering social justice issue.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
People want to join in the fight against trafficking. The play will provide them with information on human trafficking and the follow up discussion will provide them with accessible solutions.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland is the number one spot in America for underage sex trafficking. The play brings about awareness. Awareness leads to action. Action results in saving a beautiful soul out of the clutches of the evil known as slavery.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Regina’s Door is the sponsoring business.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
People with hearts of compassion and a spirit for social justice.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
Come with a compassionate and open heart. For the sake of love. For the sake of the sex trafficked beloveds.