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EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629

September 2015 Events at EastSide Cultural Center

NAKA and EastSide Arts Alliance Presents


Friday-Sunday, September 11-13 and 18-20

7:30pm Gallery Exhibit Opens

8pm Performance

The Anastasio Project is back with new performers and fresh stories and poetry!

The Anastasio Project is a multidisciplinary public performance work that investigates racial profiling and state brutality in the streets of Oakland and at the US-Mexico border, using the story of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas as a point of departure.

Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas was a Mexican national who was detained at the US-Mexico border in May 2010, and subsequently beaten to death by a dozen border patrol agents. To this day, none of the border patrol agents have been held accountable.

Created by NAKA Dance Theater's Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama in collaboration with Susanne Takehara/EastSide Arts Alliance.

Featuring KEV, Da’Juan Carter-Woodard, Simone Nalls, Patricia Barajas, Jose Navarrete, Guisela Mishel Ramos, Tane Madrigal, & Hector Torres

Stories, poetry, and song by Guisela Mishel Ramos, Tane Madrigal, Hector Torres, KEV, Da’Juan Carter-Woodard, Maria Puga, Bertha Gutierrez, Debby Kajiyama

Music by David Molina
Video by Steven Sanchez
Multimedia, Trike design and construction, Isadora programming by Ian Winters
Trike painting by Agustin Barajas
Sonic Altar installation by Adria Otte
Graphic Design by Michael Turner, Jr. and Hector Torres

EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Join us for our Community Forums on September 12, 13 & 19, 4-6pm.




NAKA and EastSide Arts Alliance Presents

Complexities of State Sponsored Terror: Community Forums

EastSide Annex

2289 International Blvd

Join us for three community gatherings to celebrate the collective memory and shared histories of communities of color, and create a platform to discuss urgent issues and struggles. We explore the complexities of state sponsored terror: ICE, the police, FBI, the military and their supporters. The more we know the better prepared will be to hold them accountable.

Birdie Gutierrez y Familias de San Diego
Sabado, Sept. 12, 4-6 pm
Gratis refresco y botanas
Bertha Gutierrez con cuatro Familias de San Diego, victimas de la violencia en la frontera se reuniran con la comunidad de Mujeres Unidas y Activas a traves de una videoconferencia por Skype. Compartiran sus testimonios, agregando sus voces para fomentar un sentido de sanacion entre estas comunidades que tienen lamismalucha, pero viven en diferentes geografia.

ONYX/Anti Police-Terror Project
with Cat Brooks
Sunday, Sept. 13, 4-6 pm, light reception
Cat Brooks from ONYX and the Anti Police-Terror Project will discuss the criminalization and murder of Black Women in America. Can police ever create public safety for black women? What are our alternatives? What is the next step for the movement for Black Lives and the Oakland Collective?

Mujeres Unidas y Activas with Matt Gonzalez
Saturday, Sept. 19, 4-6 pm, light reception
Matt Gonzalez, former San Francisco supervisor and current attorney for Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez (immigrant accused of murder in Pier 14 shooting) will join Mujeres Unidas y Activas to talk about contemporary immigration issues. What is at stake for immigrants rights in our community? What do we need to know about sanctuary cities policies? What should we do in order to retain them? How the right-wing media is using this case for political leverage?



Photo Exhibit at Oakland Asian Cultural Center

End the War on Black People: Images of Solidarity

Exhibit August 21-September 27

Forum Saturday, September 12, 5-7pm

Sponsored by Oakland Asian Cultural Center, EastSide Arts Alliance, Design Action Collective and Inkworks Press, this multimedia exhibit is a visual and audio narrative of our work to stand in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter, #blackbrunch, #blackoutcollective, #aptp and #qtpoc. It's a call to action and testimony as to what allyship, solidarity and challenging anti-blackness in the asian American community looks like.

Sept. 12 is a dialouge with #asians4blacklives members, #blacklivesmatters members (Including co-founder @aliciagarza, and anyone from the asian community - full blooded, half blooded, mixed blooded, u.s born, immigrant, undocumented, christian, muslim, hindi, buddhist, indigenous, young, old, worker, student, artist, lawyer, unemployeed - who wants to pull up their sleeves and talk about racism, white supremecy, privledge, power, allyship and solidarity. Refreshments and childrens programing will be offered



Photos by Armael Malinis of Mass Bass



BLOCK PARTY #2, 44th Ave and International Blvd

Thanks to all the neighborhood folks, community groups, vendors, performers, car lovers and Oakland die-hards for supporting such a great event!


This whole year, we are hosting a series of block parties along International Blvd as part of our Oakland is Proud project, aiming to create a public space for families, organizations, businesses and residents to enjoy each other, their community and engage in pressing issues like displacement and gentrification that are affecting their neighborhoods.


Thanks to Our Performers:

Mass Bass
Beats Flows
Spear of the Nation
Unity Grooves with Howard Wiley & Faye Carol
Rico Pabon and friends
Press Play Poets
excerpts from the Anastasio Project


Thanks to Our Food Vendors:

No Worries Food Truck and Casa Jimenez Restaurant


Also special thanks to the following:

East Bay Chevs, CURYJ, Black Organizing Project, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, One Land One Struggle, Xicana Moratorium Coalition, 67 Suenos, Palestinian Youth Movement, ONYX Organizing Committee, Arab Resource Organizing Center, Roses in Concrete Community School, Casa Che, Community Planning Leaders, All African People's Revolutionary Project and more!


Watch and Read About Our Block Parties!



Our last block party in October 2014 was a great day in the neighborhood! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black and Chicano Arts Movements, the party brought out all our neighbors and allies. Music, dance, theater, food, murals and altars accompanied vendors and open houses throughout the block.

Our recent coverage by KTOP:

Local Press Events - Oakland Eastside Arts Alliance Community Block Party 2014 from KTOP TV10 on Vimeo.


A recent article and picture galleries about the block party from Oakculture:



Oakland is Hellzapoppin Highlights from Feb 15-25th! Thanks for a wonderful week!








EastSide Cultural Center

Annex Art Gallery Exhibit

CANTOS OF SORROW - New Paintings by Maceo Montoya

2289 International Blvd

Premiere exhibit of large charcoal & ink paintings, meditating on Chicano community experience thru the reflective lens of the artist's own family. Our reception will feature the artist & author MACEO MONTOYA reading excerpts from his latest book "Letters to the Poet from His Brother."


For Children Ages 2.5 to 5 years old

Rice and Beans Childcare Cooperative is made up of families of color in Oakland with a vision of providing early childhood education that is rooted in principles of justice, equity and the history of peoples in our community.

Monday-Friday, 8:15am-5:15pm, Part-Time flexibility

Bilingual in Spanish and English

Tuition ranges from $450-$950/month; scholarships based on availability

FOR MORE INFO: 510-221-8999


Open Enrollment for our FREE Youth Arts Programs!
Stop by during class times (listed on the flyer), or email us at

Every Thursday night, 7:30pm donations accepted at the door.
Come check out one of the only open mic spots in East Oakland!

Here's a video of one of our recent open mics! HOLLA BACK!


ESAA is now in our 14th year! To find out more about EastSide Arts Alliance and the EastSide Cultural Center, please click here.

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