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Teen Belly Dance Auditions

Oct. 20-Nov. 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
925-979-5840
Must have some dance experience and be a teen girl between the ages of 13-18. Free
Ellen Webb Studio 2822 Union St., Oakland (map)

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Have Always Been A Storm

Through Oct. 24
510-620-0290
Group exhibition of more than 33 objects, drawings and paintings, features weather patterns, landscapes, portraits and city structures organized by James Aarons and Mark Taylor. Reception on Saturday, Sept. 13, 12:30-3 p.m. Free
NIAD Art Center 551 23rd St., Richmond (map)

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Hometown Heroes

Through Oct. 24
510-620-0290
Christian Wimmer’s photographs of Richmond firefighters. Reception on Saturday, September 13, 12:30-3 p.m. Free
NIAD Art Center 551 23rd St., Richmond (map)

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Inhabiting Space

Through Oct. 25
510-499-3445
A group exhibit that explores how we occupy physical and mental environments. Free
Gray Loft Gallery 2889 Ford St., Oakland (map)

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Obsolete Technology

Through Oct. 25
Art show of works made from obsolete technology. Opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 9, 6-11 p.m. Free
B4BEL4B 184 10th St., Oakland (map)

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The Afterlife

Through Oct. 26
Works exploring the afterlife. Featuring work by SHAG (aka Josh Agle), Sean StarWars, Dennis McNett, and Martin Mazorra. Free
The Compound 1070 Van Dyke Ave., San Francisco (map)

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The Afterlife

Through Oct. 26
510-601-1702
A potpourri of print, a pastiche of paper, a mélange of marvelous woodcuts, letterpress, and serigraphs that explore the great beyond as celebratory, ideal, zany, and macabre. Free
The Compound Gallery & Studios 1167 65th St., Oakland (map)

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Last Glass Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Through Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
510-234-9690
Thousands of new, handmade works of glass art will fill the garden and workshop including unique glass pumpkins, gourds, squash, fruits, flowers and garden art, for the last time. Free
Cohn-Stone Studios 560 S. 31st St., Richmond (map)

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Getting Out and staying out

Through Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The photographs and stories of 20 formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who have turn their lives around. Free
Oakland City Hall 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (map)

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Power Box Art Show

Through Oct. 30
510-865-5060
Group show featuring 10 designs created by artists were chosen that reflect the way the community can reduce its carbon footprint. Free
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda (map)

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Amen

Through Oct. 31
510-473-5919
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To celebrate the fourth anniversary of Betti Ono (1427 Broadway, Oakland), gallery director Anyka Barber decided to reflect on the past by looking forward. For Amen, Oakland artists Amaryllis De Jesus Moleski and Kholi partnered to create a show that depicts an idealized present by envisioning it as a future history, with a focus on the inclusion of marginalized, queer people of color. The show features paintings by Moleski with poetry by Kholi interspersed among the works and written using cutout, water-colored letters, dreamily articulating the myth that Moleski illustrates. Moleski’s paintings collapse temporal context, telling a future that draws heavily from the past. The women she depicts float weightlessly, without a setting to restrain them. They have exaggerated proportions, with massive hands, feet, and large, powerful limbs, reminiscent of old renderings of Amazonian warrior women. They sport sneakers and 1980s-esque spandex getups, and hold guitars and gemmed scepters — all in a pastel palette. Moleski also used pastel-colored synthetic hair to weave a number of textiles emblazoned with ancient geometric symbols. She is interested in complicating the Western understanding of history and craft, showing that practices such as hair-braiding are just as culturally important as traditional artistic crafts. How will queer communities of color be remembered in the future? Together, Moleski and Kholi aim to answer that question through artistic determination. Free
Betti Ono Gallery and Shop 1427 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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Eighteencharacters

Through Oct. 31
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A racehorse’s name must consist of no more than eighteen characters, including spaces and punctuation. That means that “Eighteencharacters” is an acceptable name, but “Eighteen Characters” is not. For their show at Interface Gallery (486 49th St., Oakland), local artist trio Bonanza (Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams) took this rule as inspiration, along with other arbitrary aesthetics found at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack. In the gallery, an empty wooden frame dangles from the ceiling with a bright blue braid hanging from it. It looks like a horse’s tail hanging out of a stable — except in another universe in which everything is clean, shiny, and chic. A sculpture that resembles a finish-line flag stands in one corner, held down by green sandbags. The pieces resemble the races, but only very slightly, like props in an Eighties music video with a minimalist jockey theme. The overall installation is playfully self-aware, riffing off the way stage names adorn identity with romanticized representations of the self. — Sarah Burke Free
Interface Gallery 480 49th St., Oakland (map)

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Intervals

Through Oct. 31
Monotypes and Collage by Deborah Sibony; Paintings and Encaustic by Gillian Crocker. Reception, Saturday October 18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Free
Sticks Framing and Fine Art 1579 Solano Ave, Berkeley (map)

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Ehren Tool

Through Oct. 31
510-763-4361
Tool makes ceramic cups which draw up on imagery of war and violence in an effort to confront and prompt difficult discussion topics. Free
Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (map)

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One Death is a Tragedy

Through Oct. 31
510-763-4361
In a series of live clay throwing events, Ehren Tool will employ his cup-making as an entry point for engaging community members, prompting discussion, and developing a relationship with the place and social time he is in. Free
Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (map)

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