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Mary Weather’s 24 Hour Art Party Rocked 15th St!
…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
24Hour Art Party
at her shop\gallery on 15th Street in Downtown Oakland.
Saturday night included Absurdist performances by Green Tooth Girl and MC Double Shithead,
as well as a debut of the Oakland based, feminist reading series
“From All Points but the Center”
and live and (dead) pre-made artwork and beats by
Mar de Pop,
an Oakland creative collective.
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.
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.
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.
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.