Category Archives: community

Oakland Cat Video Festival

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On May 10, 2014, an estimated 6,000 people gathered at the Great Wall of Oakland to explore the low-art form of internet cat videos in community. Last year during the festival, a resident stepped out on his balcony and serenaded the crowd with a sincere, haunting rendition of “Memory” on his sax. Maybe it’s our toxoplasmosis talking, but we loved it. All proceeds from this kitty wonderland benefit the East Bay SPCA.
http://www.oaklandcatvidfest.com


Stop Telling Women to Smile project

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Formerly wheatpasted to a freeway overpass where Martin Luther King Blvd. feeds onto Route 24. Sadly already painted over.

But you can check out Brooklyn artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s awesome portrait project addressing gender-based street harassment at her site:
stoptellingwomentosmile.com

And this Bust article:
Www.bust.com/art-project-provokes-dialogue-about-street-harassment.


Oakland Urban Paths

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Oakland Urban Paths is a group dedicated to preserving the hidden pathways and secret stairways tucked into the hills all over Oakland that were once part of Oakland’s Key Route public transportation system.  These walkers, planners, historians and fundraisers are working to preserve Oakland’s heritage through a variety of activities in partnership with Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) and the City of Oakland.  Come join them on the second Saturday of every month for one of their docent-led group walks that explores the history of Oakland.

http://www.oaklandurbanpaths.org


Phat Beets!

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Phat Beets is a volunteer-based collective working to cultivate a more equitable food system in the North Oakland flats. They offer CSA boxes with food from urban micro-farms, a Saturday farmers’ market, Food n’ Justice workshops, youth empowerment programs and much, much more.

Check them out at : http://www.phatbeetsproduce.org


Morcom Rose Garden

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A gorgeous, wheelchair accessible garden tucked just a block off Grand Avenue, this formal beauty is a riot of color and fragrance when in bloom. April and early May are excellent times to catch the roses in their full glory. Oakland Mayor Frank Morcom planted the first rose here in 1933, and today the garden is tended by tie-dye-sporting volunteers called the Dedicated Deadheaders: http://friendsofoaklandrose.com/volunteer/deadheaders