Events

02/25/2018
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oakland Museum of California Oakland

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) rings in the Year of the Dog during its 17th annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12 to 4:30 pm. The event features activities for the entire family, celebrating the many time-honored traditions of diverse cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan and other Asian cultures with an array of arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts, and more.

Included with Museum admission, free-$16

Presented by Oakland Museum of California

03/04/2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chinese American Historical Museum at History Park San Jose California

Chinese Historical & Cultural Project (CHCP) Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018
From NOON to 3p.m.
Where: Chinese American Historical Museum
Replica 1888 Ng Shing Gung Temple
(History Park San Jose)
Address: 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112

Performances & Activities: Please see attached flyer for details.
Open to the public
Free Admission
Questions? please contact::chcp.info@gmail.com

03/07/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California Historical Society San Francisco

Join us for a talk with the prolific author and emeritus professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz who will discuss the complicated and complex history of the idea of the United States as a “nation of immigrants” she will discuss key components of that notion from the colonial period to the Hamilton musical. She will question the purpose of this mythology and describe what harm it may do to documented and undocumented immigrants today.

$10 General Admission – Free for California Historical Society Members.

Presented by California Historical Society

03/09/2018-03/11/2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Alameda County Fairgrounds Pleasanton

March 9-11, 2018, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission $7 weekend pass. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Over 60 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop. Free hourly door prizes. For more info, visit www.gemfaire.com or call (503) 252-8300 or email: info@gemfaire.com.

03/10/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Shops At Tanforan San Bruno

The Shops at Tanforan invites all area children and their families to a special event celebrating the arrival of the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 10th. A live DJ will provide the musical backdrop for this festive springtime event that features face painting, balloon twisting, fun crafts, cool giveaways, a meet-and-greet with the Hatchimals, and of course, the main event – an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! For more information, visit the center’s website at www.theshopsattanforan.com.

03/10/2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Room Fremont CA

Please join us to celebrate Nowruz with a dance performance by Shahrzad Dance Academy and Persian music by Amir School of Music. Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

This event is free. No reservations are required. Seating limits will be observed. For more information, call (510) 745-1401 or email fkhalili@aclibrary.org.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, and is wheelchair accessible. The library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days’ notice; Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.

03/14/2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunset Branch Library, Children’s Area San Francisco

Mix-and-match ingredients to custom make a lip balm to take home! All materials provided.

Call 415-355-2808 or email yuet.ly@sfpl.org to register for this program.

Location:
Sunset Branch Library, Children’s Area
1305 18th Avenue
San Francisco CA, 94122

Date:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time:

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

03/17/2018-03/25/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Albany Twin Theatres Albany

COME TO THE EIGHTH ANNUAL ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL FROM MARCH 17TH TO 25TH AT ALBANY TWIN AND ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG

COME ENJOY THE EIGHTH ANNUAL ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL FROM MARCH 17TH TO 25TH. THE FESTIVAL WILL KICKS OFF AT THE ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER ON MARCH 17TH, AND RUN FOR A WHOLE WEEK AT THE ALBANY TWIN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG

CELEBRATE THE EIGHTH ANNUAL ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL IN THE EAST BAY! FILMS WILL RUN FROM MARCH 17TH TO MARCH 25TH AT THE ALBANY TWIN AND ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER. FEATURING STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND AN ALL DAY, IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT VR FILMMAKING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG OR CALL 510-528-2507

COMPLEX SUBJECTS, HUMAN-CENTERED STORYTELLING, AND FUN COLLIDE AT THIS YEAR’S ECLECTIC ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL FOR ITS EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY. THE FESTIVAL WILL RUN FROM MARCH 17TH TO 25TH AT ALBANY TWIN AND ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER, WITH A WHOLE WEEK OF FILM EVENTS FEATURING FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDING EXPERIENCE INNOVATIVE AND AWARD-WINNING VIRTUAL REALITY SHORTS WITH IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FILMMAKING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG OR CALL 510-528-2507

03/24/2018-08/12/2018
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California Oakland

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES MAJOR SPRING 2018 EXHIBITION FEATURING THE EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom Explores Hip-Hop’s Wide-Reaching Influences on Cultural and Social Movements, Including the West Coast’s and San Francisco Bay Area’s Impacts on this Global Phenomenon

Exhibition to run March 24–August 12, 2018 in OMCA’s Great Hall

(OAKLAND, CA)–Starting from its roots on the streets, before rap, DJing, graffiti, breakdancing, and street fashion launched into mainstream culture, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, the Oakland Museum of California’s major Spring 2018 exhibition, explores one of the most influential cultural and social movements of the last 50 years.

Opening in OMCA’s Great Hall on March 24, 2018, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom uncovers the under-recognized story of how hip-hop changed the world. Delving into the West Coast’s and San Francisco Bay Area’s influences, the exhibition features insights from artists and hip-hop luminaries about how hip-hop continues to provide a platform for creative self-expression, activism, youth development, and education. 

Visitors will discover the beginnings of hip-hop and learn about the significant roles that California, and Oakland, have played and continue to play in hip-hop’s evolution, including its positive influences in youth development and education. Rooted in African American culture, the essence of hip-hop is self-expression and creativity. The exhibition highlights hip-hop’s innovative nature and reveals how the art form continues to be vital today.

Hip-hop’s many aspects–including DJing, MCing, dance, graffiti, fashion and style, knowledge and wisdom, and entrepreneurialism–will all be explored. Details of hip-hop’s origins and its influence on street art and fashion will be showcased in photographs by Martha Cooper, a photojournalist and former New York Post photographer best known for her documentation of New York City’s graffiti scene of the 1970s and 1980s, and Jamel Shabazz, who is internationally recognized for his images of New York City youth culture in the 1980s. Shabazz’s images have been featured across the world at Art Basel in Miami, the Brooklyn Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Significant artifacts and objects will be displayed, including original party flyers, rare photographs, and contemporary artworks, including a tapestry by renowned New York-based portraitist Kehinde Wiley, who has recently had a nationally touring museum solo exhibition as well as having recently been commissioned to paint Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait. The exhibition will also feature a dedicated space for reflection and meaning-making, which includes a central reading room, offering select reading material and artifacts that connect hip-hop with its deeper cultural principles.

RESPECT recognizes the sensational essence of a movement that has become a unifying culture throughout the world,” said René de Guzman, director of exhibition strategy and senior curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. “With this exhibition, OMCA sets the stage for a deeper exploration of hip-hop: the wisdom and style it has brought to many aspects of all our lives, from the language that we use to the clothes that we wear.”

A major part of the exhibition is the Hip-Hop Dojo: a practice, performance, and event space that will come alive with movement and sound. In the space, Museum visitors will be able to explore, learn, and practice hip-hop skills. The gallery features an immersive, multi-projector media environment featuring looping video footage of hip-hop performers and martial artists getting into the flow by Los Angeles-based DJ Mike Relm. Visitors are invited to experiment with the basics of scratching on real beat-making equipment, sit among the bleachers to socialize and play chess, or watch other museum goers perform in this energetic, dynamic space. Visitors can also participate in graffiti-making, and learn breakdance basics by dancing along with expert teachers projected in a shadow dance environment. Talent shows, demonstrations, workshops, and cyphers will be activated within the Dojo throughout the run of the exhibition.

“OMCA is committed to presenting programming that addresses topics of real relevance to our community and that link historic trends to compelling and urgent themes today. In just the past couple of years alone, we’ve presented Altered State: Marijuana in CaliforniaAll Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50; and Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, all of which attracted record attendance and captured the attention of both local communities and the national museum field,” said Director and CEO Lori Fogarty. “RESPECT will continue this vision for the Museum and for our audiences, in this case with a particular exploration of the influence of Oakland and California on this important form of self-expression and creativity.”

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom will be on view in OMCA’s Great Hall March 24 through August 12, 2018. There is a $4 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission.

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA 

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION 

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org

04/21/2018-09/26/2018
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California Oakland

J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life 

April 21-September 26, 2018

Discover northern California’s best kept secret in design and craft: J.B. Blunk (1926-2002), a mid-century artist whose connection to nature governed his daily life. Inspired by Japanese philosophies of nature and art’s inseparability, and influenced by rural utopian communities, Blunk’s muse and often his source of materials was the beautiful natural environment of Inverness, California. Blunk’s home property was his ultimate work of art, filled with his handcrafted furniture, ceramics, sculptures, and other functional objects used by his family. His remarkable craftsmanship also took the form of large-scale public works of art, including The Planet, a redwood sculpture commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California in 1969. J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life brings together a comprehensive survey of the artist’s works. See northern California’s landscape anew through Blunk’s eyes, and get inspired to find the beauty of nature and art in your own daily life.

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