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


August 2016 Events
at EastSide Cultural Center


EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present...

The Live Arts in Resistance series
Cat Brooks'

Fri, August 12th & Sat, August 13th
Tickets: $20 general admission
$5-15 Sliding Sale (no one turned away)
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

A one-act play loosely based on the in-custody murder of
Natasha McKenna who was tased to death in a Fairfax County Jail in February 2015.


Paintings & Installations by Malik Seneferu

August 1st-October 15th
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th 6-8pm
EastSide Annex
2289 International Blvd, Oakland

An award-winning self-taught painter, draughtsman, muralist, sculptor, illustrator and instructor. Seneferu's work has traveled internationally and adorned, book, magazine and newspaper covers. From New York's Schomburg Center and Smithsonian to London then Durban South Africa's "War against Racism" and on to Italy, Haiti and Kenya his art travels while becoming well known for his live-painting and ArtMagnet invention.




EastSide Arts Alliance and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement present...
Final Fridays Films of Solidarity & Resistance
Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
Friday, August 26th 7pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
discussion to follow - delicious refreshments - accessible venue - FREE event

The stunning documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony tells the story of protest music in South Africa--but as it does so, it tells the story of the struggle against apartheid itself, for the music and the revolution are inseparable. Through archival footage and interviews with musicians, freedom fighters, and even members of the former government police, Amandla! creates a vivid and powerful portrait of how music was crucial not only to communicating a political message beyond words, but also to the resistance itself--how songs bonded communities, buoyed resistance in the face of bullets and tear gas, and sowed fear in the ruling elite.


Break for Tots:
10th Annual Hip Hop Community Jam
Friday, August 26th 6-11pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
$5-10 Sliding Scale
All Ages Welcome-Kids under 12 FREE

Come out for this annual back to school jam that celebrates the best of Hip Hop.





Saturday, August 27th 8pm-Midnight
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

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




Xicana Moratorium 2016!

Sunday, August 28th Sunrise to Sunset
San Antonio Park 18th & Foothill








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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