Saul Williams: Lit
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Saul Williams: Lit

Saul Williams returns to Oakland for a one off performance party, celebrating five years of MATATU. The occasion marks Saul's fifth performance with our collective, and we're to Timbuktu with excitement! 

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

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

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.

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The Art of Storytellin'
Nov
26
to Nov 27

The Art of Storytellin'

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

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

King Britt: To Unprotect & Subserve : A Sonic Response

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.

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

Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers: BIOPHONY Excerpt

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.

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Ayibobo Creative Symposium
Oct
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

Ayibobo Creative Symposium

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.

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

Amir Sulaiman: The Lover, The Love & The Beloved

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"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.

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

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. 

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

Celestial Gate: Hasnaa Tauhidi

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. 

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

Intersections: Alice Street

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.

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

Too Black To Be French?

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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.

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

Karima, A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl

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".

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

The House on Coco Road

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.

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

Saul Williams: Poetry as Design

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." 

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Red Leaves
Sep
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Red Leaves

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.

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