Under-the-Radar: Oakland Event Picks of the Week


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The queen-size event of the week (so not-so-much under-the-radar) that you should be plugging into is Thursday’s Day of Action to Defend Public Education.  Oakland’s main event is the downtown rally from 12-4, with feed-in marches coming from Laney College, Berkeley (at Sproul Plaza entrance), and Fruitvale Bart.  See Irene Florez’ round-up of Bay Area events.

“Arn’t I a Woman?”: Okay, I’m not, but I will nonetheless be observing Women’s History Month, which starts today. This year’s theme is ‘Writing Women Back into History’. Next Monday, March 8, is the official International Women’s Day, but many events are being held this weekend.

On Sunday, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland will be celebrating in a fun way with the Women of WOBO (WOW) International Women of Mystery Ride. The bike tour will wind around San Leandro Bay, mostly following bicycle paths that are part of the Bay Trail.  The ‘International Mystery’ refers to bringing your favorite international snack to share with fellow riders. The ride starts (10am) and ends (1pm) at the Fruitvale BART. Please RSVP to Shannon by Wednesday, March 3rd with your name, email, and phone number in case there are any last-minute updates.  WOBO is also hosting Oakland Kidical Mass, a safe, fun, and social way to take the kids riding.  Gathering starts at 10am on Saturday and the ride goes from Lake Side Park to Union Point Park.

On Saturday in Fruitvale is International Women’s Day Feast, Facts and Festival in Fruitvale. The day begins with a drum circle gathering at Dimond Park , then a march at noon through the Fruitvale business district (bring your drums, musical instruments, pots and pans, signs). At 1:00 enjoy a “Feast & Facts Luncheon-In” and choose among several “Circles of Interest” covering various issue such as Women in Haiti, Women and Iran, U.S. Women Political Prisoners, Women Journey to India. At 2:00pm there is a Festival of Music, Dance, and Spoken Word and at 4:00pm there is a Tea Dance. Call Roke at 510-681-9740, Xan 510-540-7007, or email for more information, to sponsor, or to find out how you can help.

In North Oakland on Sunday you can join a discussion about womens’ public mourning as a form of resistance and protest at Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., on Sunday, 10:30-12:30.  You may have heard of Argentina’s Madres de Plaza de Mayo or may have seen the local Women in Black group.

Support Local Art & Poetry: Last weekend I attended the closing reception of Counterculture at 57th Street Gallery last Saturday–and am glad I did. It was a great send-off for Black History Month where Oakland-raised artist Milton 510 offered up a dish of black political history in Oakland (in the form of art on the gallery walls) with a heaping side portion of the politics of art (in his talk) that is still blowing my mind.

Since we’re entering Women’s History Month be sure to get over to 57th Street Gallery and support local poets and artistic talent.  The opening reception of the month-long exhibition “Divas: Artwork of Women By Women” is Saturday, 2-7:00 pm, when poets Jasmine Culp, Antoinette Evans, Queen Nefertiti Shabazz, and Dionne Carter will offer spoken word performances.

Make it!: The Bay Area’s chapter of Makers meets at Tech Liminal Tuesday night, 7:30.  I’m not that familiar with the Maker’s Movement, but it sounds fun and eclectic.  They will be starting the Remake America series with Esperanza Pallana, an urban farmer living in Oakland, who will will speak about how you actually make farming in a city work and how you can begin farming your self.

Green and Fair?: Think Oakland should be both striving to be “green” and fair not just locally, but internationally? Join the campaign to help make Oakland the next Fair Trade Town. Nancy Nadel is hosting a community meeting Wednesday night, 6:30-8:00pm, at the Old Town Square Community Room, 555 10th Street.

Money may be the root of all evil, but greedy banksters are the root of defauding American working families: Part 1 of the animated film “Money As Debt” will be shown at the Humanist Hall (390  27th  Street) this Wednesday at 7:30. Contact Florence:  510-681-869.  Go see it! after all, David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, says, “Everyone should see this movie.”

If you know of upcoming under-the-radar events that you think more people should know about, send them our way: ryan@oaklandlocal.com or editor@oaklandlocal.com

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