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Thizz ENT presents: Mac Dre art show

Sat., April 25, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
510-467-4637
Thizz ENT presents: Mac Dre art show
After his untimely death in 2004, East Bay rapper Mac Dre ascended to the role of cultural icon. His likeness is emblazoned on every worthy wall. Aspirant emcees humbly intone his name. Why did Dre become the recipient of such dear and plentiful tribute? For one, he didn’t snitch. Dre was widely viewed as having been arrested in 1992 as retaliation for releasing “Punk Police,” which name-checks the head of a taskforce charged with terrorizing his neighborhood. Dre declined to incriminate any of his peers in the Romper Room crew. The impeccable flow and incisive point of view exemplified by the song helped Dre clench icon status, too. And considering the upcoming Mac Dre Art Show at Charles Place (347 13th St., Oakland) — at which forty artists, including Street Bleach, Ernest Doty, and Alrad, will exhibit work that depicts the rapper in some shape or fashion, and DJ Dontdoodaat will spin Dre’s music — maybe he’s an icon in part due to his gregarious mug and array of distinctive hairstyles and hats. $5
Charles Gallery 347 13th Street, Oakland (map)

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100° City

Through May 9
100° City
At 300 Jefferson St., Oakland, where City Limits once resided, an eerie black hole now sits behind the gallery’s glass door. The walls and floors are veiled in a thin grey fabric and natural light is blocked out from all possible openings. Inside, the bulbs from the light fixtures hang naked and low to the ground, near your knees, dangling by wires. Below them, soda cans made mobile by battery-powered attachable legs march around the room undirected. Each can holds a wilted flower, seeming to promise imminent death. In the middle of the room sits an empty metal trough, and nearby a sundial made of flesh-toned silicon rubber rests in a large bucket of water. Welcome to 100° City, an installation by artists Erin Jane Nelson, Jason Benson, and Joel Dean. The immersive art installation pairs objects that allude to dystopian tropes with outdated cultural artifacts (such as a quilt and a yellow turtleneck), placing them together in a post-apocalyptic landscape as a clever blend of science fiction and popular culture. The feeling of the space verges on retro-futurism, like coming across an abandoned website from the early Nineties “IRL.” It’s disorienting, unnerving, and definitely worth a visit.2 Free
City Limits Gallery 300 Jefferson St., Oakland (map)

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