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2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629
E-mail: eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com


October 2016 Events
at EastSide Cultural Center



Amara Tabor-Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang's
House/Full of blackwomen
Episode: The meaning of Canaries
Friday & Saturday, October 21-22 8pm
Saturday show followed by discussion
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
$20 General Admission
$5-15 Sliding Scale (no one turned away)

House/Full of blackwomen is a performance ritual that addresses the displacement, well-being and sex-trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland performed as a series of Episodes in public spaces throughout Oakland until 2018.
This episode: the meaning of canaries blurs the lines between dream time and wake time, ritual and theater, witness and testifier. Guided by the oracles/writing of Audre Lorde the meaning of canaries asks "how do we re/claim our bodies when we were never meant to survive?"




Lincoln Autumn Nights

Lincoln Square, Oakland Chinatown

Friday, October 21, 5-9pm

The final community celebration for 2016 this month. Come join children, adults and elders in Chinatown as we buiild together as a community.

Presented by Friends of Lincoln Square, The Chinatown Grow Initiative, Eastside Arts Alliance, AYPAL, The Spot
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Chinatown Merchants and Lincoln Square Staff




Black Panther 50th anniversary-founding AND Chairman Bobby Seale's Birthday Celebration and Roast

Saturday, October 22nd, 11am
His Lordships
199 Seawell Drive, Berkeley

Join us as we celebrate Chairman Bobby Seale's 80th birthday!! This event will sell out, so buy your tickets now:




The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz

The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz

Featuring The John Santos Sextet!

Sunday, October 23rd 4pm
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway @ 27th Street
Suggested Donation $15-$30

A musical excursion of ritual, sacred tradition, homage and improvisation. Featuring The John Santos Sextet: Melecio Magdulayo, Dr. John Calloway, Saul Sierra, Marco Diaz, David Flores and John Santos. With extra special guests: Orestes Vilato, Bobi Céspedes, Maria Marquez, Anthony Blea, Amikaeyla Gaston, Delvis Savigne, Sandra Garcia Rivera and Omar Ledezma. Proceeds benefit EastSide Arts Alliance and Arts Under the Spire.





EastSide Arts Alliance, APSC, AYPAL and the Spot present....
Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity
BREATHIN': The Eddy Zheng Story
Friday, October 28th 7pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd
Free Event Refreshments Served Wheelchair Accessible

Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang's BREATHIN': THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy - the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist - on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption.

MELE MURALS, by acclaimed filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura, highlights the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture. At the center of this story are the artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime), and a group of Native Hawaiian youth from the rural community of Waimea. Together they create a mural that addresses the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on their native culture.

Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity, is a free community event produced by EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA), that screens on the last Friday of every month. ESAA is dedicated to uniting art with activism to work for community empowerment and cultural development, and to build bridges between the disenfranchised, racially and ethnically divided communities that reside in Oakland, CA.


An Evening with the Polynesian Panthers
Saturday, October 29th
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
6:30pm reception
7pm visual presentation / live music
8:30pm film Screening

Tigilau Ness, Polynesian Panther
Miriama Rauhihi-Ness, Polynesian Panther
Chris McBride, Wellington Media Collective artist

The event focuses on impact of the Black Panther Party in the formation of the Polynesian Panther Party and forging civil rights for Polynesian peoples. Speakers will also discuss Māori rights activism, the anti-apartheid / women's rights / anti-nuclear movements, the Pākehā (white) connection and the fight for sovereignty in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Art & Activism. Decolonization and the fight for our future.

Background will be provided on the various movements in Aotearoa/New Zealand with particular reference to what we need to do now and for the future.

Photos: © John Miller / Ngaitewake-ki-Uta, Uritaniwha, Ngati Rehia, Ngapuhi



Spectrum Summit: Expanding the State of Blackness

Sunday, October 30th 11am-5pm
EastSide Annex
2289 International Blvd, Oakland

In celebration of the 50th year of the Black Panther Party The House of Malico presents
"Spectrum Summit". A discussion series exploring contemporary issues impacting the social, cultural and mental health of Black People. The conference includes a series of panel discussions, communal dialogue and workshops delving into transformative self care practices. Some of the topics we will be working with include : Building a consent based society, Cultural Preservations, Gender identities in Black communities and healing as a form of revolution



EastSide Arts Alliance and Dimensions Dance Theater present...
The Panther Project
Sunday, October 30th 3pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
Free Community Performance!

Dimension Dance Theater's multi-disciplinary production,
Project Panther, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Black Panther Party. Through movement of revolution, live music and storytelling, Dimensions' artistic expression will portray the truth of the Panther's intention and legacy; moreover, inspire communities to survive and flourish. Drawing parallels between the past and present, Project Panther will connect the Black Panther Party's legacy to contemporary social-political and economic ills plaguing our community in hopes of creating a better Oakland.





EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Our monthly African gathering of celebrating authentic african culture with food, dance, and music!







EastSide and the San Antonio Cultural Council presents:

Neighborhood Events at San Antonio Park

In 2015, EastSide led the formation of the San Antonio Cultural Council, made up of neighborhood organizations, schools and residents dedicated to preserving, continuing and adding to the rich tapestry of cultural celebrations that occur in our San Antonio, Oakland neighborhood.

We are emboldened by the hemorraghing of long-time residents, communities and cultures at the hands of development and gentrification, and have come together to hold our underrepresented communities of color up through cultural celebration and community building.

In collaboration with Oakland Parks and Recreation, the Cultural Council is dedicated to holding annual events for the neighborhoods around and near San Antonio Park.

The council has representatives from: Casa Che/La Clinica, Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland High School, Amor Eterno Art Gallery, AYPAL (Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership), and EastSide Arts Alliance, along with long time San Antonio residents and neighborhood groups.


Congratulations to the EastSide Neighborhood Arts Crew!

Congrats to Peps 357, Dime, Rogue, Prime 808 Urban and T!

The FRUTIVALE SUN BUILDING pays tribute to the sun myths of the various cultures that have lived in the Fruitvale for decades. Please visit at Fruitvale and International Blvd to view the entire mural, and look out for more! Thanks to Councilmember Noel Gallo for the opportunity to create a new cultural landmark in the Fruitvale!



NEW VISUAL ELEMENT Video: EastSide's Youth Mural Crew:


Also big congratulations to the BEATS FLOWS Crew!

Beat Flows, the youth music and leadership arm of EastSide, recently concluded a collaboration with Youth Radio and NPR, where Beats Flows and Visual Element students and staff were interviewed and made music for a national NPR broadcast about gentrification in Oakland. Their audio and video clips can be seen on the Youth Radio interactive map...click below.

Click the image above to go to Youth Radio's Interactive map!



Download EastSide's Black Power Matters and

Black Resistance Matters Posters

Download your full color poster (11x17inches) here:




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:





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 eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com.

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 16th year! To find out more about EastSide Arts Alliance and the EastSide Cultural Center, please click here.

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