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Posted by novometro on October 26, 2006
Posted by novometro on October 9, 2006
As the Oakland Athletics take on the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series that begins Tuesday, we can count on at least one offering from the sports commentariat that compares and contrasts the two cities. We already know the adjectives to expect: Gritty, working-class, overshadowed, etc. Race will be an unvoiced subtext. But apart from a black population above the national average, Oakland and Detroit have little in common. Detroit is at the epicenter of the American automobile industry’s slow-motion implosion and has lost 51,000 residents between 2000 and 2005. No one argues that. Oakland’s population is a matter of debate.
Fortunately, we have an alternative to the social commentary coming from the press box at the Coliseum this week. The American Studies Association hosts its annual conference in Oakland, October 12-15. With the title of “The United States from Inside and Out: Transnational American Studies,” race will not be under the surface.
On Saturday, just when the A’s will be (God willing) preparing to sweep the Tigers in Detroit in game four, the ASA will host a panel called “Visualizing Oakland and Bay Area Communities: Art, History, and New Immigration.” Here is the description from the ASA: The current demographics of the city of Oakland illuminate the wide range and complex racial and ethnic diversity of the United States in the new millennium. According to the U.S. Census 2000, whites comprise approximately 31% of Oakland’s population, African Americans 35%, Asians 15%, Latinos 21%, and Pacific Islanders 0.5%. This panel will provide an important visual corrective to the traditionally binary black and white ways race has been imagined in Oakland through an exhibit-format panel that brings together visual work on Chinese, Iranian, Latino, African, and Tongan American communities that have not shared a common space. In contrast to the traditional one-at-a-time group-by-group exhibit approach, this panel will provide a space for exploring the relation of these communities to one another.
Here’s another interesting panel to check out on Thursday. It looks at labor in the East Bay.
Posted by novometro on September 26, 2006
On what other block in Oakland can you get a wig, a tattoo, a bespoke bathrobe, some of the best pho in California, and if you have a medical marijuana card, dope? Maybe its the trees, but the stretch of 17th Street between Franklin and Webster has always stood apart from the rest of downtown Oakland. It’s romantic. On some days it resembles a Saigon backstreet on others, somewhere in Paris. After a decade-long hiatus, merchants on 17th are hosting a street fair this Saturday. The fair begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
Posted by novometro on September 14, 2006
FRIDAY, SEPT. 15
WHAT: L’esprit Nouveau: Music by Milhaud, Satie, Poulenc, and Tailleferre
This classical music event is part of the Mills College Concert Series.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mills College Concert Hall, Oakland
CALL: (510) 430-2025
HOW MUCH: FREE
SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
WHAT: Outdoor screening of ‘The Bourne Identity.’
The 2002 action thriller stars Matt Damon as Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne. You need to bring your own chairs and blankets.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Ninth Street between Broadway and Washington in downtown Oakland
CALL: The Oakland Film Office at (510) 238-4734
HOW MUCH: FREE
SUNDAY, SEPT. 17
WHAT: Opening reception for the “Art of Jingletown Junction.”
The exhibition features artists from the Jingletown Arts and Business Community. Jingletown refers to the area between Fruitvale and the Oakland estuary.
WHEN: 2p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Oakland Museum of California
Fine Arts Rentals and Sales
1000 Oak St.,
Oakland, CA 94607
CALL: (510) 834-2296
HOW MUCH: FREE