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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts & Culture: Culture Spy

Re: “TheatreFIRST Gets Aggressive with Diversity

I so appreciate this article profiling theater companies dedicated to presenting diverse work. As the Managing Director of Crowded Fire Theater Company, I would like to make a clarification about the focus of our work as one stat noted is misleading.

You indicate that over "half of the works and productions [at Crowded Fire] are led by and focused on queer women of color." This is inaccurate.

We do aggressively promote diversity in the selection of the work we choose. For context, here is our mission statement: Crowded Fires ensemble produces poetic, bold theater created by new and contemporary artists. We seek to engage our community by producing adventurous work, innovative in structure, which addresses the diverse political and social concerns of our audiences.

For example, since 2009, 99% of Crowded Fire's plays have been written by women, people of color, and/or queer-identifying playwrights. Our 2016 seasons mainstage reflects 73% actors of color; 100% playwrights of color, and 75% directors of color. 75% of our directors this year are also female.

We invite you to check out our work in the future!

Tiffany Cothran, Managing Director Crowded Fire Theater
www.crowdedfire.org

Posted by Tiffany Cothran on 11/17/2016 at 5:49 PM

Re: “The Oakland Museum of California’s Homage to the Black Panther Party

Looking forward to seeing this exhibit. Growing up in East Oakland, the BP were always very
Much a part of the fabric of Oakland and it's transformational consciousness. It has also been something I felt was missing- a monument in Oakland acknowledging the indelible impact the BPP has had and it's legacy continues on in Oakland and the Nation. This should happen while legacy BPP folks are around to know their sacrifice is acknowledged. All power

Posted by Dorette on 10/16/2016 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Living Room Light Exchange Salon Series: Where Tech and Art Converge

Fun article! Great idea on the part of Vargas and Berdugo. I'm glad the East Bay Express is keeping us (the public) up to date on what is going on in this exciting new world of art and tech, combined. Thanks.

Posted by Susan Polakiewicz on 09/30/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “The Black Choreographers Festival Brings its First Summer Series to Laney College

Brilliant article. Kudos to the writer.

Posted by Rolly Viray on 08/26/2016 at 1:50 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

Where is Renee in Season 5. Seems she's been replaced.

Posted by French Angel on 08/02/2016 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Boxing Night at 16th Street Station in West Oakland

Really, Oakland!
The hip-hop reviitalization of west Oakland is way cool, but boxing?
This cruel pastime of slaveowners:
showing off their prized, brawny breeds!
Get real!

OK, I understand making it our own.
But is boxing the legacy we want to hold up as our heritage?
I think not.
Long live Mohammed Ali!
Put boxing to rest in the history books.

Posted by Diane Scott on 06/29/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “An Identity Crisis at Mills College

Widdeling away at the arts is not how you increase attendance. As a prospective MFA student, this frightens me. Getting rid of the book arts program means getting rid of the only access I would have had to a printmaking machine while in residence. It also makes me fear what may come next.

Posted by Kendall Osborne on 06/03/2016 at 3:13 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

504
Twerk!

Posted by Lynn Cook on 05/26/2016 at 2:16 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

Love u Freeida!
U paved the way baby with class. I look up to you as a smart, wise, creative, genuine,Superior Original New Orleanian. U refresh me to pursue my passion of business Everybody should follow the script of do what u love!
Do it! You done it and still rolling!

Passion n Christ is a formula for greatness. God don't disown us. He say if we believe and receive, and be baptized as a symbol of rebirth that's it. God bless Freeida "Queen Diva" vet
Never let anyone determine our destiny unless it's greatness!
Freeida WE LOVE U!
Devin too!
And foremost the Director Renee, dancers, and Pimp
Melvin!
Ain't God good!
Pow!

Posted by Lynn Cook on 05/26/2016 at 2:15 AM

Re: “This Year's Oakland Book Festival Will Feature a City-Wide Conversation on Work

Both PEN Oakland, called by the New York Times, "The Blue Collar PEN," and the Oakland-based ,The Before Columbus Foundation, celebrating its 40th anniversary next year, participated in this book fair, yet,except for the San Francisco Examiner, most of the local press coverage featured New York writers.Maybe both organizations should relocate to New York to get coverage in Oakland.

Posted by Ishmael Reed on 05/25/2016 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Robert Reich's Multimedia Bid to Save Capitalism

Reich represents the change in both attitude and action we need for an inclusive economy. Still, the built environment must be reformed as well if change is to be sustainable. For that we need 1) substantial, sustainable incomes, 2) a reinvestment system capturing local wealth, and, 3) rebuilding communities physically thereby eliminating both "developers" and land speculators. The prime format should be the village towns (http://villagetowns.org).

Posted by Didacus Ramos on 05/12/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “An Identity Crisis at Mills College

I don't think that it is right when students experience some kinds of crisis when they study at the college. They should be protected by college officials from crisis they are expected to take part in. They would stop studying if they always feel nervous about something that concerns to them. They would select essay service online and study ordering their home assignmntes from the Internet as they don't want to do them on their own. That's why we should care about them and defend from all kinds of studying crisis.

Posted by Mary Green on 04/17/2016 at 4:59 AM

Re: “A History of Violence

Of course, prior to WW2 Oakland was a very different city from a demographic standpoint. Whites left in droves after the war ended, and when industrial employment left the city, the largely black, blue collar working middle class that had moved West from the South and re-defined Oakland were left behind once again.

Posted by paulkott on 03/25/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

@Amy Mills seeing as the house was destroyed in the 60s, it's way long gone now. Lower Bottoms in that particular section was redeveloped, including, from what I've been told, freeway construction, which was far more popular at the time than any other transportation infrastructure besides commuter rail (BART) both of which supported white flight and suburban sprawl as a planning strategy, leaving the urban centers to rot with no services or support (except violent cops from the 'burbs to beat those too poor and black to flee)....

Posted by paulkott on 03/25/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Gabby Miller as Cross-Cultural Cargo

thanks for the write up see http://nocoalinoakland.info

Posted by Gabby Miller on 03/23/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

Link, what house? I live in Lower Bottoms.

Posted by Amy Mills on 03/09/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

Hey David — I suppose some boxers probably do end up wailing (making long cries of sadness or pain) after their fights, but in the ring they are pretty focused on whaling (to strike or hit vigorously) on each other.

Posted by April Kilcrease on 03/09/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

It's spelled "wail" not "whale".

Posted by David Anderson Kirk on 03/09/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

"Those who may have a problem with an East Coast writer publishing an opinion on the place after living here for just four years."

Lots of new arrivals in Oakland, as well as Oakland's pols, absolutely love to read East Coast (NY Times) tourism writers on just how trendy Oakland is.
And creative too, if you think fancy cocktails are Art and spendy dining out is Art Appreciation.

But there are at least two Oaklands and never the twain shall meet.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/09/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “A History of Violence

The photo of the Shetman tank is a classic, and is emblematic of the the violence, racism, and inhumanity of 60's urban renewal. The tank is about to tear down a home in my neighborhood of Lower Bottoms. After this and over a hundred others were destroyed, the land at the heart of the neighborhood sat empty for more than a decade.

Posted by Link Boutte on 03/09/2016 at 8:14 AM

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