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Experiments + Variations

July 3-31, 6-9 p.m.
Experiments + Variations
A group show of Bay Area artists who incorporate glass within their work. Opening reception on July 3, 6 to 9 p.m. Free

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Material Data

Through July 4
510-444-9140
Material Data
As we become further inundated with computing, it has become increasingly fashionable for artists to juxtapose the digital aesthetic with the homey feel of folk art, often merging the two in some cutely incongruous way. For example, a cross-stitch of an “emoji” or an oil painting of a “selfie” would fall into this category. The works in Material Data, Samantha Bittman’s current solo show at Johansson Projects (2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), could be placed within that intersection as well. Upon closer inspection, though, they make a more interesting inquiry into the construction of imagery, and the emergence of patterns. Bittman designs and executes weave drafts on a basic floor loom, then spans them over stretcher bars to form a woven canvas. Then, she paints over the yarn work with bold patterns, treating each stitch as it were a pixel in a digital painting, only able to represent one solid swatch of color. The mostly two-toned maze-like compositions resemble both computer hardware chips and old-school optical illusions. Bittman highlights the materiality of weaving by abstracting it, but leaves a border of bare yarn around the painted area, or sometimes swatches throughout. In that way, she forms a pairing that still feels subtle and clever. free
Johansson Projects 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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2nd Annual Independent Hip-Hop Festival

Sat., July 4, 12-7 p.m.
510-858-2323
2nd Annual Independent Hip-Hop Festival
A festival focused on hip-hop culture and women's empowerment. Featuring music, dance performances, a panel discussion, art by the Few and Far Collective, and more. Free
Impact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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4th of July Cruise

Sat., July 4, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
510-627-1502
An evening of champagne, gourmet desserts, and fireworks while cruising on San Francisco Bay. sold out
USS Potomac 540 Water St., Oakland (map)

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Requiem 3 Year Anniversary

Sat., July 4, 9 p.m.
510-433-0340
w/ DJs Xiola, Zoltan, Davey Bones, and Owen free before 11:11 p.m.
The Night Light 311 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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CJC Ensemble

Sat., July 4, 10:30 p.m. and Sun., July 5, 10:30 p.m.
510-238-9200
free
Yoshi's Oakland 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland (map)

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Ships in the Night

First Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
510-444-7474
$5
The New Parish 579 18th St., Oakland (map)

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Spottie Ottie Saturdays

First Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
510-433-0340
w/DJ Smokey Rose spinning soul, funk, and disco $TBA
The Night Light 311 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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Bissap Baobab Oakland Presents: AfroDisco

, First Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Continues through July 4
510-817-4722
Bissap Baobab Oakland Presents: AfroDisco
w/ resident DJs Diaztek and Son of Sōn spinning deep African house $5
Bissap Baobab Oakland 381 15th St., Oakland (map)

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Architecture of the Museum Tour

Sun., July 5, 1 p.m.
510-318-8400
A tour of OMCA’s mid-century modernist landmark building. Free with museum admission
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Dead Recipe

Sun., July 5, 9-11 p.m.
510-444-6174
Dead Recipe
w/ Babewatch and Vantana Row $5
Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Summertime Blues Series Vol. 1

Mon., July 6, 7:30 p.m.
510-238-9200
$89-$99
Yoshi's Oakland 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland (map)

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Mark Hummel Big Blues Blowout

Mon., July 6, 8 p.m.
510-238-9200
$19-$49
Yoshi's Oakland 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland (map)

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Vinicius Cantuaria

Tue., July 7, 8 p.m.
510-238-9200
$19
Yoshi's Oakland 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland (map)

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