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EastSide Cultural Center

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

Dear Friends of EastSide,

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our friend, mentor and Advisory Board member Yuri Kochiyama. With the losses of Amiri Baraka, Chokwe Lumumba, Fred Ho, Mabel Williams, Maya Angelou and now Yuri, we at EastSide are left to reflect on everything these elders have contributed in their lifetimes, and we ask ourselves: what are we doing to continue their work? How will we fill the massive void of leadership, analysis, critique and creativity that defined them? How are we honoring their lifelong commitments to self-determined struggles and truly radical work?

AUG 2014 Events at EastSide Cultural Center


EastSide & Starchild Dance present...

Norma Miller, the Queen of Swing

August 10th-14th

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 East 14th Street, Oakland

Help preserve the rich legacy of the African dance born in the diaspora with 94 year old living legend Norma Miller.  Known world wide as the Queen of Swing Ms. Miller enjoys visiting Eastside and is inspired to work with Oakland's Black community and teach them the wonderful dance created in Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in the 1920's, Lindy Hop.   

For more information on the events planned for August 10-14, please call Traci Bartlow at 510-686-3351. 

Celebrate 35 years of Black August!

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 East 14th Street, Oakland


Organized by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, All Events at EastSide Cultural Center

Saturday, Aug. 16th, 12:30-2:30pm:  Community Political Education

Saturday, Aug. 23rd, 7-10pm:  Black August Concert feat. Antique, Kev Choice, Jahi as PE 2.0, Nu Dekades, Jazz Hudson & more!

Saturday, Aug. 30, 12-2pm: Film Screening of "Justice?", a rare film that looks at the California Penal System and focuses on the Soledad Brothers.


Benefit for Winnemam Wintu Tribe

Saturday, Aug. 16th        7:00pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 East 14th Street, Oakland

$15 at the door

Join us for a special musical tribute and benefit honoring the activism and resistance of the Winnemem Wintu people. Featuring  Hawane Rios and Kumu Pua Case  of Waimea Hawaii, Michael Preston, Redstar, Desirae Harp and Almas Fronterizas. Come out and help us raise awareness and support for the protection of Winnemem WintuTribe homelands and ceremony from the Shasta Dam raise and protection of Mouna Kea, the highest mountain in the world from sea level, from further multinational governmental telescope development. 

Facing Urban Shield & Militarism in Oakland

Sunday, Aug. 17th     1:00-3:00pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 East 14th Street, Oakland

Please join us for a Community Education Forum in preparation for a week of action and education leading up to this year's Urban Shield  in Oakland. During the forum, organization interested in participating  in the week of education and action against trade show and SWAT training exercises can  get more information about Urban Shield, learn more about the variety of approaches groups are taking to opposing the program and the imperialist policies and practices associated with it, and to think about activities and eventsorganizations could host during the week of education and action.  Join us to learn how to get involved!  For more information email:
Hosted by War Resisters League, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and Critical Resistance


Final Fridays Films of Resistance & Solidarity presents

Alurista & Baraka

Friday, August 29th   7pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 East 14th Street, Oakland

"ALURISTA & BARAKA" is rare video footage from a 1988 program titled BLACK & CHICANO LIBERATION, featuring readings by two pivotal poets of the Black Arts & Chicano Arts Movements of the 60s. That event, sponsored by Unity Newspaper at L.A. City College, clearly showcases the incisive political commentary which carried both Amiri Baraka and Alurista as leading cultural voices through subsequent decades. This 30-minute screening at EastSide Cultural Center is part of an ongoing series of programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Arts & Chicano Arts Movements which elevated the national consciousness of Third World communities and transformed the cultural landscape of America. Followed by a public discussion.

EastSide Arts Alliance & Dohee Lee present...


Saturday, Aug. 30th        8:00pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 East 14th Street, Oakland

$15 general admission

$10 seniors & students 

Join us for the Oakland premier of ARA Gut (Ritual of Ocean), a new form of ritual, influenced by Korean Shamanic ritual in Jeju Island will performed by Korean percussionists from the East Bay - Adria Otte, Codie Otte, Elisa Gahng, Yeri Shon and Dohee Lee.  Also, we are treated to a work-in-progress preview of MAGO, dedicated to the Jeju island people who continue to struggle for justice and to keep their land, people, natural environment, and belief system.

Xicana Moratorium!

Sunday, August 31st 

San Antonio Park:  18th & Foothill

6am - Sunrise

12-5pm - Program

TDK: The Dream Kontinues 

A Film by Pendarvis Harshaw

Sunday, Aug. 31st       4:00pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 East 14th Street, Oakland


TDK: The Dream Kontinues is a 20 minute documentary that tells the story of Mike Dream, TDK and the current state of graffiti in Oakland. After watching this film, you'll never look at the writing on the wall the same again.  

TDK is one of the most well-known graffiti crews in Northern California. Founded in the mid 80's by a group of friends, the acronym TDK has had many iterations over the years-- the original being "Those Damn Kids".  A man named Mike "Dream" Francisco, the crew leader, made a home out of the 23rd st. Train Yards of East Oakland. That was his canvas. Graffiti artists, or "writers" as they are often referred to, from all around the world would paint in those yards. But that's where Mike Dream made his name, and TDK earned their claim. 


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

Hip Hop B-Love Monthly Lindy Hop Get Down!
For more information call 510/473-2928

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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