10 Years of EastSide

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EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Boulevard
Oakland, California 94606
(510) 533-6629



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What EastSide Staff is Reading & Listening to:

Josh is reading...

The Stars 
- H.A. Rey

and listening to...
How I Got Over - The Roots

Greg is reading...
Revolution in the Third World
- Gerard Chaliand

and listening to...
Here & Gone - Curtis Mayfield
Autumn Moon - Cassandra Wilson

Maisha is reading...
- Marimba Ani
Triangular Road - Paule Marshall

and listening to...
- M.I.A.

Lez is reading...
No Disrespect
- Sista Soulja

Traci is listening to....
Love Alive I & II
 - Walter Hawkins

Eden is listening to...
Piracy Funds Terrorism
- M.I.A
PróximaEstación: Esperanza - Manu Chao

Elena is reading...
Assata: An Autobiography
- Assata Shakur

and listening to...
A Soulful Journey - Ajuana Black


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Dear Friends of EastSide,

Black August

Would you hang on a cliff's edge
sword-sharp, slashing fingers
while jackboot screws stomp heels
on peeled-flesh bones
and laugh
       "let go! die, damn you, die!"
could you hang on 20 years, 30 years?
20 years, 30 years and more
brave Black brothers buried
in US koncentration kamps
they hang on
Black light shining in torture chambers
       Ruchell, Yogi, Sundiata, Sekou,
       Warren, Chip, Seth, Herman, Jalil,
and more and more they resist:     Black August

                           -Marilyn Buck (click here to read full poem)

After 27 years in prison, political prisoner Marilyn Buck was released on July 15, 2010.  This huge victory is in large part because of the
steadfast support and active organizing from people on the outside; from people who are engaging in the fight to free all political prisoners.

Let this month of Black August reinvigorate our support and move us to tangible
action for Herman Bell, Jalil Muntaqim, Chip Fitzgerald and the many other
political prisoners through out this country. 

In Struggle,
The EastSide Collective




Malcolm X Jazz Summer Series
Friday August 6     8pm   $10

EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd Oakland

Grassroots Composer's Workshop: Led by trumpeter Mark Wright
and featuring Muziki Roberson on piano. This exciting new big
band performs original music by some of the Bay Area's most
innovative musicians. Join us as we all get a glimpse into the
next thing in jazz. This is the last concert of the series, you don't
want to miss it!


Thursday, August 12, 2010    6-8pm 
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd  Oakland

Since a verdict was announced in the Oscar Grant murder trial
three weeks ago, there has been at least one more death at the hands of police in Oakland.  From the newly imposed gang injunctions to the continued siege by ICE officials in immigrant communities, police repression is becoming increasingly organized.
What have we learned from the Oscar Grant
case and what strategies are people using to reinvigorate a
movement to end police brutality?

Hear from the family of Oscar Grant, former Chairman of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale and community organizers as we talk about concrete next steps in creating an Oakland where communities of color are truly safe.

Friday, August 13, 2010   7pm    $5
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd  Oakland CA

In collaboration with The Nsubordinate Magazine and EastSide Arts Alliance, join us for an incredible night of live art from the Bay's best graffiti artists and musicians.

Performances by:
Bored Stiff
Mint Rock
White Mic

Panel discussion with Bay Area Writers:
hosted by Visual Element

World Premiere of Filosofía Caribeña

John Santos - Filosofia Caribean

Saturday, August 21   8pm
Sunday, August 22     3pm
All shows $10

limited seating-please arrive early! 
click here to pre-purchase tickets

A new project by composer, musician, and Grammy nominee John Santos, Filosofía Caribeña is a specially commissioned,
cross-disciplinary composing project by The John Santos Sextet,
inspired by, and steeped in the great Afro-Caribbean traditions of
jazz, resistance, the ancestors, and life from the creole perspective.In what has become John's trademark, Filosofía is a fresh twist on time-honored artistic expressions from the heart of the barrio that will illuminate the marvelous, undeniable, and unheralded historical connections between the Black and Latino communities, so often pitted against each other due to lack of information, and direct competition for government services such as housing, education and healthcare. A wide variety of Cuban and Puerto Rican musical forms, spoken word performance, and improvisation are also at the foundation of Filosofía. As it will be a work-in-progress over the nextyear and a half, these concerts at the Eastside Cultural Center in Oakland will be the world premiere of the first compositions of the project.


The Whole Package/Summer B-Girl Jam
All The Ladies

Saturday, August 28, 2010    1:00 pm - 7:00pm
EastSide Cultural Center

Dance party, BBQ, live DJ, dance workshops, live art, panel discussion, special guests!

West Coast launch of the new documentary film,

"All The Ladies Say"

Special Guests from the film: Lady Champ & Aiko Shirakawa


Invited and confirmed guests:

Pam the Funkstress

The Mamaz

Idris Hassan


Music by DJ Rockstarr

ALL THE LADIES SAY is a film that highlights the lives of six iconic female street dancers from San Jose, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago, who have carved a niche in the physically challenging, male dominated breakdance world. Discussions about motherhood, sexual tension, femininity versus masculinity and the rap industry/mainstream images are a few of the themes explored by the main characters.

Presented by Full Circle productions, 5th El and EastSide Arts Alliance

For more information call Traci at 510.533-6629

Los Seis Años: Make a Difference
Sunday, August 29th   1-5pm   $20 donation

This fundraising event is being held for Maiti Rodriguez to raise the necessary funds for her medical school education in Cuba.  Enjoy musical entertainment by the John Santos Quintet, Machina Sol Band and DJ Jose Ruiz and participate in an exclusive item silent auction.
All proceeds will go directly to Maiti's medical school education fund.  For more information: maitirodriguez@gmail.com


Final Fridays Films of Resistance & Solidarity

Friday, August 30, 2010   7pm   Free
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd  Oakland

Co-sponsored by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement &
Black August Organizing Committee


And don't forget our weekly events...


Every Thursday night, 8:00pm
donations accepted at the door
Come check out one of the only open mic spots in East Oakland!
Here's a video of a recent open mic...Holla Back!

Bicasso's Black Music Workshop
A sound exploration in the traditions of Black music; jazz, funk, blues,
rap and beyond...An open workshop designed to incorporate form,
improvisation and our spirit of expression.  Bring your axe!

Sundays, 8-10pm



Our Wish List

·    High quality mural paints
·    Funds to send students to conferences & performances
·    Scaffolding
·    Monthly calendar printing
·    Food and wine for receptions and special events

We just had our beautiful 3 chip Canon video camera stolen.  This was an invaluable tool for documenting our work.  If anyone can donate a high quality 3-chip digital video camera please do. Many thanks.