Oakland - Arts & Culture
Hit the movies and the bars at Oakland's Drunken Film Fest, starting Oct. 9
The fifth annual incarnation of Oakland's Drunken Film Fest will show no less than 74 independent short movies over six nights, with showings taking place at a different bar each night from Sunday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 14.
Oakland's historic Parkway Theater could become the first ever cannabis-friendly movie house
The dream to turn an almost century-old movie theater near the eastern side of Lake Merritt in Oakland into the first-ever cannabis-friendly movie house is on hold, but it is apparently still in the works.
Exhibit dedicated to the work and life of Angela Davis will show at OMCA in October
Called “Seize the Time,” the Oakland Museum of California’s upcoming exhibit will be curated around the influence of Angela Davis and includes over 130 pieces organized into four sections, each one themed around a specific topic around her advocacy work.
Artist As First Responder supports Oakland artists of color with funding and community
Artist As First Responder is a relatively new philanthropic organization dedicated to escalating the voices of Black, Indigenous, and other artists of color, but its roots have been in and part of the Oakland art scene for over a decade.
Director of the Oakland Museum of California discusses the $18M renovation to the museum campus
The Oakland Museum reopens to the public this weekend, starting June 18, after many months of total closure, and they're unveiling a $17.8 million renovation of the campus and sculpture garden that's been five years in the making.
Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater creates GoFundMe to raise funds for staff
The Grand Lake Theater — Oakland’s historic cinema famous for its attention-grabbing marquee messages — has been closed since March. And now most of its crew members have “run out of their unemployment benefits,” leading the theater to create a fundraiser that will offer some financial support for its staff.
The BlaQ ArTed Short Film Fest set to debut in Oakland this weekend
The inaugural BlaQ ArTed Shortfilm Festival kicks off this Sunday with an opening night drive-in event at Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center. Hosted by The East Bay Queer Healing Arts Center, the festival highlights the work of nine emerging youth filmmakers from the East Bay.
Oakland artist brings giant Trump head to Lake Merritt for people to roll around, get dirty
A giant papier-mache head of Donald Trump landed on the shore of Lake Merritt on Saturday. The interactive art piece, titled "Let’s Roll Trump Out of Office," is the work of Oakland artist Larry McSpadden who says it has been three years in the making.