May 18th 8PM
A Community Event to Help Right The Wrongs of the “War on Drugs” featuring a panel hosted by Nina Parks with other distinguished thought leaders in the cannabis industry.
On the wheels of steel:
Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
Hosted by UnLearn The World
– SF & Oakland Cannabis Equity Programs
– How to Start a Cannabis Business
– Record Expungement
Red Bay Coffee
June 9th 5 PM
Umber is Oakland’s first-ever print magazine of Black and Brown creative design culture. Join us Saturday June 9th at the release party for Issue Two: “The Tactile Relationship.” Be immersed in the unique visual experience of Umber while you enjoy music from DJ Flow (At The Ave Records), sip cocktails or coffee, and ponder, “Where is print media from the viewpoint of Black and Brown people, and what is its relationship to the Bay Area’s design landscape?” Oakland’s opinion-shapers, image-makers and trendsetters will be in attendance, along with Umber’s amazing contributors. Attendees at this special SF Design Week event will be the first to get advance copies of this summer’s Umber Issue Two: The Tactile Relationship! Many thanks to our Tactile Partner: Spirithaus Gallery.
May 26th 9 PM
thePeople started in November 2007 when some djs and music lovers realized a shared concern that the East Bay was overlooked as a taste making force. Oakland, with its history as a community of immigrants, transplants, leftists, same-gender-lovers, artists, and people of color, was an obvious place to create a gathering focused on creative community building through art and culture. thePeople quickly caught on and invigorated nightlife in the East Bay by with fresh dance music, fresh energy, and by mixing music, with other creative strands from visual arts, to dance, fashion and food. Guest artists created live paintings and photo mosaics. Local activists registered voters. Local chefs sold tasty grub. All the while, the djs were dropping forward looking soulful tracks from across a spectrum of genres. You could hear cutting edge bass driven broken rhythms folded into Afrobeat or Brazilian flavored tracks. Of course the sounds of hip-hop, and the Caribbean would be heard. But the tracks always came from the influential rather than the derivative commercial end of the record crate. Oceans of dancers sweating until the lights came on became a regular occurrence. Meanwhile, world class urban dance artists of any style were conjuring ciphers and artisan vendors displayed their jewelry and t-shirts. But, the hallmark of the party may not be any of these things. It may be the most any night at thePeople you will see old friends and meet some new ones.