We are busy, busy people, Oakland. You know what busy people do best? Multitask like crazy. So this week, cram some education into your fun. Smoosh some fun into your social justice. Pack some social justice into your music. Squeeze some music into your sporting events. It seems like most of this stuff serves more than one purpose. Which is great, because: so flippin’ busy. Enjoy!

Friday, March 21

Friday Nights at OMCA
5 – 9 p.m.
1000 Oak Street

From 7 – 9 p.m., join in the “SuperAwesome Salon: Film” and explore edgy and emerging cultural intersections in the first installment of an exclusive salon series. Art, music, food, and film all mix to bring you a sensory experience where you can share, talk, taste, and listen to your heart’s content. Then, at 9:30, screwball comedy Awesome Asian Bad Guys is directors Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco’s homage to the actors who have played iconic, yet paradoxically nameless Asian villains on the silver screen. This hilarious tribute includes actors Al Leong, Yuji Okumoto and George Cheung playing themselves in caricatures of their most recognizable roles. These anti-heroes team up to avenge the wrongful death of Pamlyn, the twin sister of Tamlyn Tomita. In a fun twist on the classic good-versus-evil story, watch as these Awesome Asian Bad Guys do what they do best: kick butt. For more information, visit museumca.org.

57th Street Gallery Presents Daria Nile
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Vocalist Daria Nile began training in the arts at age five, studying ballet, tap and ja dance. She is a graduate of the School of the Arts in San Francisco, where she specialized in dance. She also trained with the San Francisco Ballet and danced in several of its productions. As a singer, she had training in vocals for two years with ACT in Tucson, and has performed in some of the most popular and prestigious clubs in the Bay Area. She has also recorded with popular Bay Area group Midnight Voices, and with the Idris Ackamoor Ensemble. Musicians are Daria Nile, vocalist; Glen Pearson, piano; Mark “Hashima” Williams, bass; and Leon Joyce, Jr., drums. For more information or to make a reservation (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Saturday, March 22

District 3 Community Clean-Up
9 a.m. – noon
Hoover Elementary School, 890 Brockhurst Street

Can you lend three hours to beautify our town? Let’s gather together to pick up litter, remove graffiti, plant flowers, and send a message that we have pride in Oakland! Join West Oakland Neighbors, West Oakland Green Initiative, The Movement and ILWU Local 6. For more information, call (510)238-7003 or email Cfarmer@Oaklandnet.com.

North Oakland Town Hall on Public Safety
10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Avenue

Councilmember Dan Kalb is hosting this Town Hall to discuss community policing, neighborhood safety, and violence prevention programs. Oakland Interim Chief of Police Sean Whent, representatives from
 the City Administrator’s office and Oakland’s Department of Human Services, Oakland-based service providers, and a program evaluator from Resource Development Associates will all be in attendance. This meeting will be an opportunity for you to let city leaders know what you would like to see included in a fall ballot measure 
to enhance public safety.

Diversity Film Series: Linsanity
3 – 4:30 p.m.
The New Parkway, 474 24th Street

In February 2012, an entire nation of basketball fans unexpectedly went “Linsane.” Stuck in the mire of a disappointing season, the New York Knicks did what no other NBA team had thought about doing. They gave backup point guard Jeremy Lin an opportunity to prove himself. He took full advantage, scoring more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era, and created a legitimate public frenzy in the process. Prior to this now-legendary run, Lin had faced adversity in his career at every turn. He wasn’t offered a scholarship by any major university, nor was he drafted by any NBA team after a standout career at Harvard. The documentary shows how Lin dealt with racism while playing for Palo Alto High School and in college sports in the Ivy League. Director Evan Jackson Leong has assembled a film that is not just a stirring sports drama, but also a classic immigrant-family success story, presented in an entirely new context. Cap off your March Madness celebration of basketball and youth, and learn the full story of Jeremy Lin’s path through failure and achievement. This is an inspiring film about persistence in the face of struggle, even for those who aren’t sports fans. Seeing this film would be a great family outing.

How Did We Get Here?: Moving Stories of the Great Migration
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Peralta House Museum of History and Community, 2465 34th Avenue

The Bay Area has a unique migration story to tell. Celebrate World Storytelling Day by hearing participants in Peralta Hacienda‘s multi-year project to explore Oakland black identities and memories share their stories. This event is moderated by Rick Moss, Chief Curator, African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO). This event is part of the “What I Hear, I Keep: Stories of Oakland’s Griots” Exhibit hosted by Peralta Hacienda Museum and is free to the public.

57th Street Gallery Presents First Edition Jazz Trio
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

First Edition Jazz Trio is the outcome of a dynamic collaboration between pianist Damu Sudi Alii, bassist Alexander Smith, and drummer Michael Spencer. As the rhythm section for Hanif and the Sound Voyagers and the Larry Douglas Alltet, the trio has evolved into a musical force of tremendous depth in their own right. Alternately soulful, funky, and progressive, but always rhythmical and melodious, Alii, Smith, and Spencer combine to create a spectrum of sound that covers the gamut of what Bay Area jazz fans have come to expect on the local jazz scene. Appearing with the trio will be pianist, composer, and rapper Jabari Alii, performing some of his original compositions in the genre of “conscious rap.” Musicians are Damu Sudi Alii, piano; Alexander Smith, bass; Michael Spencer, drummer; and special guest pianist/composer/rapper Jabari Alii. For more information or to make a reservation (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, March 23

The Oakland Running Festival
multiple times and locations

Events include a marathon, half marathon, 5k, and Kids’ Fun Run. This is a great opportunity to show the love for Oakland and promote all that is good about our town. The event begins and ends in Snow Park in the heart of District 3. For more information, visit www.oaklandmarathon.com.

OMCA Family Drop-in Workshop: Making Native Pigments from Nature
noon – 3 p.m.
1000 Oak Street

People around the world have been using natural materials to create pigments as coloring agents since prehistoric times. Join OMCA Family for this drop-in workshop and learn how to make your own pigments from common natural materials. Admission is included with Museum admission, with no reservations required. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit museumca.org.

Potluck Celebration: Every Month is Black History Month
1 – 5 p.m.
Triangle Park, 61st and Adeline Streets

Meet neighbors, break bread, and share in the celebration of Black history! This celebration features food, music, art, speakers, and a restorative justice circle. For more information, visit www.phatbeetsproduce.org.

Oakland Youth Chorus Spring Fling and Sing
2 – 5 p.m.
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street

Join the Oakland Youth Chorus for a fun and lively afternoon at their spring celebration and benefit. They will have great food, libations, a silent auction, activities for the kids and performances by Miracle and Concert Chorus singers. Best of all, your support will make continued OYC programming possible for students and schools that would otherwise lack quality music education. Tickets are available here. 

Tuesday, March 25

Oakland City Council Committee Meetings
times listed below
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Oakland, and consists of eight members who are elected directly by the citizens of Oakland: one representative from each of seven districts, and one at-large representative. The Council sets goals and priorities for the City, as well as approving the City budget, adopting ordinances to help the City serve its citizens, and appointing members to various boards and commissions. Most of the Committees of the City Council usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month (although it is recommended to confirm the day and time, as this is subject to change). A downloadable agenda is available here. For more information, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

10:30 a.m. – noon: Public Works Committee
noon – 2 p.m.: Finance & Management Committee
2 – 4 p.m.: Community & Economic Development Committee
4 – 5:30 p.m.: Life Enrichment Committee
5:30 p.m.: Public Safety Committee

Blue Sky Biofuels
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway

This is a series to inspire and connect independent East Bay businesses and artisans who are passionate about about community and environment. Click here for tickets and more information.

Wednesday, March 26

Public Hearing: Proposed Household Hazardous Waste Program Fee
3 p.m.
1537 Webster Street

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority will consider adopting a fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit, collected through the property tax roll. Details about the proposed fee and public hearing are online.

AC Transit Board of Directors Meetings
times listed below
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, 1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District is the third-largest public bus system in California, serving 13 cities and adjacent unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. AC Transit has been serving the East Bay since 1960, taking over from the Key System and its predecessors, which carried passengers via buses, horse-drawn rail, electric streetcars, and ferries over the previous 100 years. AC Transit’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous, and reliable transit service.

3 p.m.: Planning Committee
3:30 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee
6 p.m.: Board of Directors

For more information, visit actransit.org.

Oakland Board of Education General Meeting
5 – 9 p.m.
Paul Robeson Building, 1025 2nd Avenue, Board Room

The Governing Board, commonly called the Board of Education, is the elected policy-making body of the public education system within the City of Oakland. The Governing Board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that every student served by the District is well educated and demonstrates high academic achievement. For more information, visit bex.ousd.k12.ca.us.

10Y NCPC Monthly Potluck and Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Come at 6:30 for a casual potluck, or at 7 p.m. for the meeting, or both. This event repeats on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Contact NSC (Neighborhood Services Coordinator) Paul Brekke-Miesner at (510) 238-3102, or PSO (Problem-Solving Officer) Trode for additional information.

Thursday, March 27

Siegel For Oakland Celebration Kick Off
6 – 9 p.m.
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway

Please join invited supporters to kick off this mayoral campaign! Siegel, a long-time community advocate, has received early support from a broad swath of Oakland residents ranging from clergy to labor. The campaign will work with the community to develop innovative ideas to address safety in every neighborhood, build an economy that provides well-paying jobs and keeps Oaklanders in Oakland, and improve our schools so they equitably serve all students. Bring your family and join us for music, food, refreshments and fun as we celebrate our Campaign for Change! RSVP to Carroll Fife at carroll@siegelforoakland.org.

Music for Myanmar, Beats for Burma
7 p.m.
Rooz Cafe, 1918 Park Boulevard

Come out for this benefit show for our friends from/in Myanmar. There will be a bunch of different musicians, hip-hop and spoken word artists, poets, and more! Find out more here.

To list an event for March 28 through April 3, send the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, March 25. 

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