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Hunnit Dollars

Sat., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
Hunnit Dollars
The rapper formerly known as Stunnaman, from Berkeley rap group The Pack, of “Vans” and Lil B fame — was there for the beginning of #based. In an interview last year, Keith Jenkins pointed to hippie icon Wavy Gravy’s Camp Winnarainbow as the philosophy’s spiritual center, where the radiant positivity and collapsed sense of self evident in Lil B’s tweets first took shape. Jenkins recent output, however, skews more trap and carnal, with sinister intentions detailed in a ragged flow atop brooding, downcast production on this year’s Black Bart 2 EP. The more pertinent question, though, is about Jenkins’ visual art, which Good Mother Gallery (408 13th St., Oakland) is slated to exhibit for the very first time, with a weekend-long showcase opening on Saturday. Perhaps Hunnit Dollars, as it’s called, will explore the liminal zone between Camp Winnarainbow and the trap house. Jenkins’ Instagram is conspicuously absent of works-in-progress shots, unless that picture of Frida Kahlo’s eyebrows augmented with weed counts as one. At any rate, Lil B is the special guest. $10
Good Mother 408 13th St., Oakland (map)

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People's Secret History

Through Aug. 31
415-250-5527
People's Secret History
A sleekly designed poster has an authoritative voice. We’re culturally conditioned to listen up when we see nice fonts and well-placed wording. In the People’s Secret History: Group Show, which is coming to EM Wolfman Small Interest Bookstore (410 13th St., Oakland), artists leverage that aesthetic correspondence to legitimacy to amplify narratives from radical history that are often discredited. At this point, academic attention has been brought to the social underdog’s version of history — which would have been left out of textbooks in the past — but there are still many stories left unheard. Referring to these stories as “secret histories,” the artists in this group show are ready to reveal them in the form of informational posters — a style inspired by the Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative poster series. Some of the featured stories challenge the dominant narrative of history to such an extent that they might even be deemed “conspiracy theories.” This show offers an opportunity to test to what extent perspectives that you might have questioned before become believable when presented with ad-like aesthetics. There will be an opening reception on August 6 at 7 p.m. with performances by Grey & Grey and Bad Carl Sagan. Free

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Bilongo Esmeralda (Let The Devil Take Style)

Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 18
510-763-4361
Bilongo Esmeralda (Let The Devil Take Style)
In the dystopian future depicted by artist Sofía Córdova, the world is submerged in water and all its residents are displaced, lost and looking for some sense of home to grasp on to. In Córdova’s newest work, an immersive installation at Pro Arts Gallery (150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland) entitled Bilongo Esmeralda (Let the Devil Take Style), the local artist literally makes the viewer feel as if he or she is on a sci-fi boat, using massive sails that double as projector screens for Córdova’s video work. Córdova is Puerto Rican and has been working on an ongoing series of videos that aims to reimagine the Caribbean diaspora and, more broadly, the immigrant experience in general. She also performs as one half of Xuxa Santamaria, making experimental, psychedelic dance music rife with intellectual undertones and very much in line with her fine art practice. Many of the works in Bilongo Esmeralda employ the same campy, colorful aesthetic as the visuals for her music. The entirety of her video series, entitled Echoes of a Tumbling Throne (Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos), will be screened on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. with a live score by Xuxa Santamaria in Frank Ogawa Plaza. Free
Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (map)

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Friday Nights at OMCA

, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.
510-318-8400
Friday Nights at OMCA
East Bayizing the international tradition by which neighbors meet and eat in the moonlight, the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St., Oakland) will hold its weekly night market on Friday: Off the Grid’s gourmet food trucks will offer artisanal local cuisine, with local beer and wine served in the Blue Oak beer garden. A Makers & Tasters discussion will bring together great minds in the brewing and gardening communities. Live music, dance lessons, a DJ, and an LGBT history tour of the museum help guests digest all that stout and kraut. $7.50
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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