DJ Kyle of Mar de Pop spins Funk & Soul

DJ Kyle of Mar de Pop spins Funk & Soul

izzy 24hour art party oakland mar de pop

…And you silly people thought it was an earthquake!!!

From 6 PM Saturday August 23rd to 6 PM Sunday August 24th,

Judy Elkan of Mary Weather

hosted a

24Hour Art Party

at her shop\gallery on 15th Street in Downtown Oakland.

Green Tooth Girl

Green Tooth Girl

Saturday night included Absurdist performances by Green Tooth Girl and MC Double Shithead,

MC Doubleshithead

MC Doubleshithead

as well as a debut of the Oakland based, feminist reading series

“From All Points but the Center”

Reader Kelechi Ubozoh

Reader Kelechi Ubozoh

and live and (dead) pre-made artwork and beats by

Mar de Pop,

an Oakland creative collective.

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Omiiroo Gallery’s Githinji Mbire

prepared us some excellent coffee to start out the night. If you like dark roast, you have got to get over to 15th to give it a try. I haven’t tried the medium roast, but I hear it is also quite tasty.

Oomiiro Family

Oomiiro Family

Green Tooth Girl

presented a multi-media piece that incorporated antlers, dance, voice and a red ribbon that she used to tie herself to the microphone stand with.

MC Double Shithead,

was, well…a shithead. He rapped about fast food eating and was costumed in official shithead attire.

Both MC Double Shithead and Green Tooth Girl make up the band “Cookie Tongue” and are playing at Bottom of the Hill in SF on September 9th.

Kyle of Mar de Pop provided a funk and soul dance party while other  members of their creative collective members, Patrick Newson and Naomi Vinbury made live art outside of Mary Weather. Pat typed poems onto brown paper drink bags on an old typewriter, giving the rest of us a piece of literature to wrap around our 40’s, and Naomi made prints on a canvas-like material that accumulated down the sidewalk of 15th street. People danced both in and outside of the shop, inquired about earrings and shirts, mingled and admired, as well as made their own art on the sidewalks with chalk.

DJ Kyle and Artist Naomi, of Mar de Pop, participate in a writing workshop led by From All Points But the Center

DJ Kyle and Artist Naomi, of Mar de Pop, participate in a writing workshop led by From All Points But the Center

One of the folks I met during the 24Hour Art Party was Colin Hurley of The Firehouse Collective ,who is curating a show “Let’s Hear it for the Cat!” at the Lottie Rose Art House at 6117 San Pablo Ave on sept 13th from 5 PM to 9 PM.

The debut of the reading series “From All Points but the Center an oakland based feminist reading series featured readers: Brenda Usher Carpino, Liz Green, Kelechi Ubozoh and myself, Gina Goldblatt. With themes of ranging from family to depression, pieces outlining and elaborating on the precise differences between the terms “nerd,” “dork” and “geek”, and conversations around the push to “smile” as a woman or the accusation of “crazy” that often serves as an excuse to treat a woman badly, this first reading was poignant, hilarious and relevant.

 

Reader Brenda Usher-Carpino

Reader Brenda Usher-Carpino

Reader Liz Green

Reader Liz Green

Submissions are now open until September 21st. We are booking readers for the second thursdays in October, November and December.

Look out for future 24Hour Art Parties at Mary Weather. You too can drink poetry draped beer, make side walk chalk masterpieces and mingle with the creatives and entrepreneurs of Oakland.

Drinkbag poetry by Pat Newson of Mar de Pop

Drinkbag poetry by Pat Newson of Mar de Pop

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