Kiese and Tressie both wrote for, to, and about those of us who carry Blackness with us everywhere we go. The thin white woman beside me folds her legs all the way up and gathers her knees to her chest. Her elbow is in my way and it nearly pokes me. “I’m so tiny,” […]
How to Friday in Oakland
This weekend, do like I’ve been doing:
Act like you’re on
Spring Break Weekend Oakland
(but are a struggling educator who isn’t getting paid vacation and hella needs to unwind).
Mix and Match Style
Make up your own order; go see, listen, touch (with permission only) the numerous events in Oakland.
art exhibits and events:
Exit from Anonymous
Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St
Oakland and Beyond/Sense of Place
473 25th St.
ENDING THIS WEEKEND
Pro Arts Gallery
City Limits Gallery
300 Jefferson St.
Working On It—Part Two
Royal NoneSuch Gallery
4321 Telegraph Ave
Mosey on into the afternoon by checking out the life size mock up model of new bart train at West Oakland Bart because why the hell not? Voice your opinions now to influence the comfort of your tush during commuting hours in the future.
FRIDAY NIGHT IN OAKLAND
Can’t afford the therapy you could so very much benefit from? Go see “HER” at The New Parkway. I cried through the whole thing because it was so relevant to my current relationship with love and the simple ways in which I feel I forget to be myself sometimes. If nothing else, you will surprise yourself with how easily you accept a man dating an operating system.
6:40 PM show time
Then, you may want to take a moment for a little musical interlude and head over to the Record Swap at Oakland Museum of California, a sneak peak of the new exhibits: Vinyl and SuperAwesome, with a backdrop of food trucks, DJS and mingling.
If you’d rather be read to for your low-cost therapeutic boost, check out the Heart’s Desire Reading Series at 2141 Broadway. Perhaps you will learn some deep dark secrets about your own heart’s true desires.
Not the type to open up un-aided? Perhaps the folks over at the Playa Arts Sneak Peek will have something to help you open up.
278 4th St.
Maybe the more self-reflective type?
Smoky’s Boutique: A Menagerie of Insanity
Blackball Universe Gallery
230 Madison, 2H
Or, if you have saved up a bit, head over to Yoshi’s to see Paul Mooney. The writer, comedian and first African American ringmaster claims that “What I get out of people in 15 minutes their psychologists can get out of them in 15 years…” (Tavis Smiley Interview)
8 & 10:30 PM
Chances are, you will want a drink after Mooney gives you a big chuck of hilarious reality, and I found the perfect beer list to keep you company at Duende. The limoncello beer whose taste is described with the word “funk” or the Coffee Stout are both incredible! Handpicked beer lists, not the same stuff that you find everywhere, is what I’m talking about. Get one of each of these beers and hum yourself home. I just checked this place out this week and I am hooked.
Then wake up on SATURDAY and go Shopping! East Bay Goodwill stores are having their 50% off Spring Sale at all locations.
Fruitvale 2925 International Blvd, Tel: 510-534-3037
Laurel District 3525 MacArthur Avenue (at 35th Avenue)
N. Oakland 6624 San Pablo Ave.
Downtown 1220 Broadway