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Shattered: Defying Expectations in Glass

Through July 30
510-260-7494
Shattered: Defying Expectations in Glass
Glass art can sometimes seem precious or redundant, focused on mastering a difficult technique rather than exploring an innovative concept. The current group show of glass art at Chandra Cerrito Gallery (480 23rd St., Oakland), Shattered, manages to be both technically and conceptually impressive. The show, which is in celebration of the annual Glass Art Society Conference held this year in San Jose, features glass artists from Northern California and beyond whose work transcends decorative vessels to play in the realm of contemporary fine art sculpture and installation. Cathy Cunningham-Little, for example, uses dichroic glass, which transmits one color of light and reflects its complementary color. By mounting large shards of this glass and an assortment of colored lights on the wall, Cunningham-Little creates dazzling light paintings with overlapping veils of color. Lynne-Rachel Altman’s work uses the fragility of the medium to speak to notions of separation anxiety and loss. Sintered glass pockets mounted on the wall in a vertical row drip ink into each other, ultimately staining the floor in a poetically emotive gesture. The show features a ten artists, each of whom urges the viewer to rethink the possibilities of glass art in his or her own way. Free
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary 480 23rd St., Oakland (map)

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Subjects

Through Aug. 1
Subjects
In one of Jason Henry’s photos in Subjects, the two-person show now on view at Athen B gallery (1525 Webster St., Oakland), a pre-teen boy wearing a baby-blue American Eagle sweatshirt stares wildly into the camera with drool running down his chin and a bluetooth headset tucked inside his ear. It’s one in a series of photos that Henry took in North Dakota communities that are home to nuclear missiles built during the Cold War. In another, a bunch of balloons printed with familiar artificial imagery of tree bark and leaves floats weightlessly, brightly reflecting the light with a superficial sheen. Henry’s work speaks to the lies that Americans tell themselves in order to feel a sense of security, while evoking an underlying threat of impending doom. Subjects also includes photos by Shawn Bush, who traveled through California expecting utopian landscapes and instead found cheap constructions of happiness in the form of amusement parks and shopping malls. Both photographers aim to dissect the layers of delusion that make up the quintessential American national identity — one that we don’t often see represented in East Bay galleries. Free
Athen B Gallery 1525 Webster Street, Oakland (map)

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DJ Jesse Luscious

Sundays, 9 p.m.
510-444-7224
DJ Jesse Luscious
Jesse Luscious is a punk polymath whose skills only seem to multiply. He’s a hockey player, elected pencil-pusher protecting Berkeley renters, urban sophisticate, record label maestro, Gilman Street refugee, and KALX’s resident on-air interrogator. He also DJs regularly at the Ruby Room, an activity that, to Luscious, must have magical energy restoring properties — because he doesn’t appear to sleep. He spins vinyl on turntables and his selections reflect the liminal history connecting dub reggae to UK punk. As a manager at Alternative Tentacles, he ensures that records get made, and as DJ Jesse Luscious, he ensures that they’re played. Denizens of East Bay dives are grateful. free
Ruby Room 132 14th St., Oakland (map)

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Oakland Showga

, , Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Oakland Showga

If yoga is your jam but the usual gongs and grunts are getting you down, bring your mat to the Starline Social Club (2232 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland) on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for Oakland Showga, where East Bay Community Yoga founder Katie Colver teaches vinyasa classes for yogis of all levels to the sounds of a live local band. While the live music/yoga combo has been done before, Colver strives for a more mind- and body-bending experience by booking psychedelic line-ups that buck the New Age-y, Burning Man trend. If you leave class feeling a bit funky, it might be owed to more than just a strenuous workout. Showga.com

$5-$15
Starline Social Club 2232 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (map)

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Motown on Mondays

Mondays, 8 p.m.
510-891-8660
Motown on Mondays
Prozack Turner has certainly made good on his promise to “avoid the Top-40 hip-hop trap” at Legionnaire Saloon, his new Uptown bar. The venue’s parties showcase a wide variety of genres — disco, country, and more — and it recently began hosting one of the Bay’s longest-running weekly events, Motown on Mondays. Started in San Francisco in 2009, Motown on Mondays has since spread to Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Honolulu, and now Oakland, and brings together young and old fans with its mix of Sixties soul, doo-wop, and R&B. At Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), DJs have included Pam the Funkstress of The Coup and J-Boogie, and this week will feature DJ Fuze of Digital Underground. Fuze helped produce some of Digital Underground’s biggest hits, including “Freaks of the Industry,” “Doowutchyalike,” and “The Humpty Dance,” and has collaborated with Tupac and The Luniz, but he’s also made a name for himself as one of the Bay’s most eclectic cratediggers, amassing a collection of soul, house, and world music. Expect him to dust off some of his best records for the occasion. free
The Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Fight Night

, , Tuesdays, 4 p.m.

The first rule of The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment's (610 16th St., Ste. 230, Oakland) weekly Fight Club gatherings: Gamers of all ages are free to duke it out via old-school video games like Soul Caliburand Street Fighter 2, played on gaming systems from Atari 2600 to Neo Geo. The second rule of The MADE's weekly Fight Club gatherings: Halfway through the evening, the gloves come off and the real tournament begins, with the game du jour determined by participants, and games and other geekery awarded to the winners. Kids under fifteen: Bring a parent or guardian. Every Tuesday, including Dec. 6.6-9 p.m.; general play free, tournament $5. 510-788-5702 or TheMADE.org

$2

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The Jet Set

, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
510-451-4677
The Jet Set
The son of a Guatemalan mother and Salvadorian mother, Erick Santero grew up in Panama and Costa Rica, studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba, and poached a lot of his musical knowledge from Latin scenes in New York. So it's no overreach for Santero to say he gets around Latin America, or that he tends to eschew borders. His fan base is centered in the Bay Area, for sure, but it's also spread throughout the Latino diaspora, as is his palette. As a DJ, he's known for mixing contemporary hip-hop with vocal samples filched from Cuban singer Celia Cruz, bachata rhythms that originated in the Dominican Republic, and cumbia styles of the Caribbean. His weekly world music party, called The Jet Set, features grooves from throughout the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa, with a rotating lineup of guest DJs. Every Wednesday at Luka's Taproom (2221 Broadway, Oakand). 8 p.m., free. LukasOakland.com free
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, 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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Fuzic

Fourth Friday of every month, 9 p.m.
510-832-4400
Fuzic
Every fourth Friday, DJ Fuze — best known for being a member of seminal Oakland hip-hop group Digital Underground — takes over the sound system at Era Art Bar (19 Grand Ave., Oakland). He knows his stuff — he produced for Tupac and worked with artists like The Luniz, Goapele, and Dave Chappelle. And although Fuze’s background is in hip-hop, he also spins R&B, soul, disco, and funk. At his monthly party at Era, he incorporates sounds from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa into his set as well. With such a diverse array of music, you won’t be bored. $10
Era Art Bar and Lounge 19 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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