Naomi Wachira: Afro-Folk Songwriter
Jun
17
7:00 pm19:00

Naomi Wachira: Afro-Folk Songwriter

  • Duende Bodega

Seattle singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. She has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Folk Artist” by Seattle Weekly.

A Feminine Empire: Tent Party & Feast
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

A Feminine Empire: Tent Party & Feast

  • Duende

If you think back to any place you’ve been, chances are the smell of the air, the funk of the streets, the aroma of strange foods is tightly woven into your memory map. 

Reclaiming the Commons of Contemporary Art
May
21
3:30 pm15:30

Reclaiming the Commons of Contemporary Art

  • Oakland City Hall

Angela Anderson Guerrero leads a conversation addressing the triumphs and contradictions of independent spaces that seek to activate anti-capitalist movement and promote culture makers’ fight for equity.

Ericka Huggins: Movement – We Meant to Move
Apr
27
Apr 28

Ericka Huggins: Movement – We Meant to Move

  • Grand Lake Theatre

Please join us for one evening with activist, former political prisoner, and poet Ericka Huggins as she reaches into her own history, reading the words of sheroes and heroes.

Yrsa Daley-Ward: In Love, In Trouble
Apr
12
7:00 pm19:00

Yrsa Daley-Ward: In Love, In Trouble

  • Duende

Yrsa Daley-Ward contemplates her role in the world in which she lives and loves, reading pieces from Alice Walker and other writers. The entire evening features open dialogue with audience members, and opens with a reading by Oakland writer, Christian Johnson.

King: A Filmed Record.. Montgomery to Selma
Jan
19
Jan 20

King: A Filmed Record.. Montgomery to Selma

  • Grand Lake Theatre

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, KING: A FILMED RECORD is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. 

I Am Not Your Negro: Advance Screening
Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

I Am Not Your Negro: Advance Screening

  • Grand Lake Theatre

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

OAKNYE: New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble + The Coup + La Pelanga
Dec
31
Jan 1

OAKNYE: New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble + The Coup + La Pelanga

  • Starline Social Club

According to the Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to Fire. Therefore, 2017 is also called the year of the Red Fire Chicken… The rooster being the sign of dawn and awakening. Chinese Zodiac 2017 energies are subject to the fire element in its yin form. Yin Fire expresses inner warmth and insight.

The Art of Storytellin'
Nov
26
Nov 27

The Art of Storytellin'

  • Starline Social Club

Emerging in 1994 on the Atlanta-based boutique LaFace Records, Outkast became the first southern US hip-hop act to achieve both commercial and critical success, and in the process shifted hip-hop’s capital from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia. Not only would Outkast’s emergence signal a creative shift in pop music, it would trigger tectonic movements in fashion and culture

King Britt: To Unprotect & Subserve : A Sonic Response
Oct
15
Oct 16

King Britt: To Unprotect & Subserve : A Sonic Response

  • Starline Social Club

During the Ferguson protests in 2014, King Britt produced an impromptu performance for Black Lives Matter, organized by Cheeraz Gorman in St Louis. The performance consisted of an improvised electronic score to footage from past protests around the incident. Utilizing found sounds, dispatch recordings from police communication, and original sound design – King Britt, improvises the third performance of To Unprotect and Subserve.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers: BIOPHONY Excerpt
Oct
15
7:30 pm19:30

Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers: BIOPHONY Excerpt

  • Starline Social Club

Courtney Henry & Jeffrey Van Sciver will be performing a pas de duex from Alonzo King's work "Biophony" which premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in April 2015. This work was a collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, who worked with King to compose a ballet score from several rare habitats around the globe, both marine and terrestrial.

Ayibobo Creative Symposium
Oct
15
2:00 pm14:00

Ayibobo Creative Symposium

  • Starline Social Club

Ayibobo! is a Haitian colloquialism spoken with joy to exclaim glory or hallelujah! After three evenings of arthouse music, film & performance the MATATU Festival of Stories leads its closing day festivities with an afternoon of great music, new connections, and thoughtful conversation led by some of the world’s leading Afrofurists, Creators and Spiritual Practitioners.

Amir Sulaiman: The Lover, The Love & The Beloved
Oct
14
Oct 15

Amir Sulaiman: The Lover, The Love & The Beloved

  • Starline Social Club

"The Lover, The Love & The Beloved" is a love poem. It is a love poem about someone, it is a love poem about love itself as the why/how the universe was created and the why/how it is sustained. It is a poem about love as the technology that Allah used and uses to create and maintain the universe. It is the Divine love that manifests in every sacred and profane matter and moment. The poem crosses all of time and all space, beginning in pre-universe and ending in post existence; expanding to encase the grand stars and to the split the tiny atoms.

A Syrian Love Story
Oct
14
9:00 pm21:00

A Syrian Love Story

As a revolution sweeps through the area, Raghda and Amer, who met in a Syrian prison cell, find their love challenged by circumstance. In the five years the film shares with them, Syria is thrown into one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our time. 

MALI BLUES ft Fatoumata Diawara | US Premiere
Oct
14
7:15 pm19:15

MALI BLUES ft Fatoumata Diawara | US Premiere

  • Starline Social Club

MALI BLUES illustrates Mali’s rich musical culture. Alongside Fatoumata Diawara – the young shooting star of the global pop scene – we travel through breath-taking landscapes and discover Mali’s agitated heart from Bamako in the Southwest to the “Festival au Désert“ in northern Timbuktu.

Celestial Gate: Hasnaa Tauhidi
Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

Celestial Gate: Hasnaa Tauhidi

  • Red Bay Coffee

The theme of existing within a group and recognizing the tensions and identities arising therefrom has risen in the minds of so many as the social climate of our times is rapidly shifting. What does it mean to be self? What does it mean to be other? We invite you to engage in an alternate reality experience. 

Yrsa Daley-Ward: One Evening
Oct
13
9:30 pm21:30

Yrsa Daley-Ward: One Evening

  • Starline Social Club

We invite you to one special evening with poet, writer, and actress Yrsa Daley-Ward. In this workshop performance, Yrsa shares her works in progress and offer tools for attendees to document their own spectacular stories. 

Nasser's Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt
Oct
13
7:15 pm19:15

Nasser's Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt

  • Starline Social Club

A young Egyptian army officer leads a coup against his king, winning the support of millions of his countrymen. Over the next 18 years he becomes the most powerful leader of the Arab world, transforming it forever. Now that world confronts his legacy.

 Intersections: Alice Street
Oct
13
7:00 pm19:00

Intersections: Alice Street

  • Red Bay Coffee

INTERSECTIONS: ALICE STREET centers on the crossroads of 14th and Alice Streets--a unique site where arts and activism, history and development, and Diasporic communities from Africa and China meet. The event starts with a screening of "Alice Street Short," part of an upcoming feature-length film that looks at a mural of the city’s culture keepers that becomes a symbol of resilience in the fight against displacement.

Too Black To Be French?
Oct
13
5:00 pm17:00

Too Black To Be French?

  • California Institute of Integral Studies

Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores the role of race and persistence of racism in France, and the impact of the French colonial past. She uses the lens of her family and personal history as the granddaughter of an African grandfather from the Ivory Coast who married a white French woman in the 1930s. The filmmaker draws on her own history as well on anonymous interviews of ordinary people and conversations with sociologists and historians including Pap Ndiaye and Achille Mbembe, to explore questions of race, culture, identity, and belonging.

Karima, A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl
Oct
12
7:00 pm19:00

Karima, A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl

  • Starline Social Club

Following up on his stereotype-shattering photography series 'Kesh Angels' which depicts the girl biker gangs of Marakesh, the Artist Hassan Hajjaj spent time documenting "A Day In The Life Of Karima: A Henna Girl". The Marrakesh-set documentary follows Hajjaj's favorite 'Kesh Angel' character: Karima who is a mother, wife, artist, henna artist, local icon and graduate of what he calls "Jamaa Fena: the university of street life".

The House on Coco Road
Oct
5
7:00 pm19:00

The House on Coco Road

  • Grand Lake Theatre

The House on Coco Road is an intimate portrait of Fannie Haughton, an activist and teacher who moves her children from Oakland, California to participate in the Grenada Revolution – only to find her family in harms way of a U.S. military invasion. This film is her son's search for historical and emotional truth that will confirm his mother’s place in American history.

Saul Williams: Poetry as Design
Jun
2
7:30 pm19:30

Saul Williams: Poetry as Design

  • Freight & Salvage

Saul Williams has shared his music and spoken word performances in over 30 countries, with invitations from world-class venues such as the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. At Berkeley's own Freight & Salvage, hack into Williams' mind as he navigates "Poetry as Design," performing selections from two dynamic new works "US(a.)" and "Martyr Loser King." 

Red Leaves
Sep
25
7:00 pm19:00

Red Leaves

  • The Flight Deck

Meseganio Tadela, 74, is a hard, obstinate, and nervous man. He immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, he is afraid of dying and being alone. Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children's homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture.