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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Arts Feature

Re: “Blackness and Anti-Blackness at BAMPFA

Any gallery owner will tell you ( and any person who displays art) that the reason you don't paint gallery walls black is that the ambient light is needed to illuminate. That's it. It's not a racist conspiracy.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/29/2019 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Brittani Sensabaugh Pursues Healing with First Book, The Power of Melanin

Hi my name is Ariell Calbert. You can also find me at ig bombbae_bay if it matters to you. I am big supporter of the melanin movement! I am in support of opening the eyes of our brothers and sisters and specifically us people who were about the lost tribe! I just want to let you know that I support you and I will definetly be buying your book soon!!! P.S. I saw your build board right next to the McArthur bart station. I was so astounded, so empowered and so happy!!!! You go Goddess!

Posted by Mizzani Cowans on 05/20/2019 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

A stunning work! I'm so glad I traveled to see it today. I hope you're getting lots of requests to show it in other venues and communities. My memory of seeing "Or, the Whale" will last as long as my memory does. Thank you for this creation.

Posted by Empithy on 05/16/2019 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

Overwhelming, delightful, absorbing. I
Look forward to finding new vignettes to see.

Posted by Betsy Kendall on 05/06/2019 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

Ive known Jos for over 30 years, and I can say without hesitation that this is most definitely his masterpiece, at least in my view. Phenomenal work!

Posted by Ina Bendich on 05/03/2019 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

Congratulations, Josh!

Posted by phlpshoh on 05/02/2019 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Rita Moreno's Lifelong Quest for Non-Sterotypical Work

Rita Moreno is proof that we only get better as we get older.

Mz. Black Magic

Posted by Dane Terrell on 03/25/2019 at 5:34 PM

Re: “A Life of Improvisation

Wow! What a creative force, and such a beautiful example of sharing all ones gifts. Bravissima!

Posted by Christian Schneider on 03/09/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “A Life of Improvisation

Such a beautiful story, and such a funny girl! Jessica rocks! theres no stopping her :-)

Posted by Christina Marie on 03/08/2019 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Rita Moreno's Lifelong Quest for Non-Sterotypical Work

Breakthrough roll? Is that a new kind of roll you buy at the bakery? I believe the headline writer meant role. I don't know how the editors could have missed that. I read somewhere the entire editorial staff was fired, if that's true it's starting to show.

Posted by wolfman on 02/21/2019 at 6:43 AM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

The other subtext is that Cultural Affairs resides within the Economic Development Department and instead not only needs to stand on its own but extend laterally through every department. Also, Oakland is the ONLY town in the Bay Area without inclusionary zoning, which requires a percentage of newly built units to be affordable (most other towns require up to 25%). As of last years accounting, only $10M (or 6-8 units) was collected in impact fees from developers to build affordable units...somewhere else and not within the new fancy building. Were also seeing lots of empty ground floor spaces, now. Oakland will continue to see displacement of its artists (in non-residence) and people with lower incomes in the near future. Preserving our Oakland Culture? Not yet. Too late? Maybe. Would a Cultural Zone or Districts really help? I want to remain hopeful but it may require the agency of every remaining artist in Oakland plus 5 friends, as well as the diasporated, to move from plans to ACTION.

Posted by HirokoKurihara on 12/19/2018 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Hoodslam Is Going Weekly

HOODSLAM Team has been continuously innovative and creative from conception.
Congratulations on all your wonderful efforts and best wishes always.

Posted by Mahmoud Khandaghabadi on 11/22/2018 at 8:20 PM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

Nice thought. This is going to sound bitter but its most likely not going to work. The spillover from the tech boom is unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Posted by Vanessa Oakland on 10/25/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

The City of Berkeley just updated it's Cultural Plan with over a year's worth of work and input from the community. It has concrete action plans for short, medium, and long-term goals to be addressed by not only by city departments, but by art organizations, the school district, and the Art Commission. Don't reinvent the wheel - use this as a template.…

Posted by lbullwinkel6fb0 on 10/12/2018 at 10:08 AM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

If their "agency" is dependent on outside funding... Is it really agency?

If their "agency" relies on being able to violate codes, ordinances and operating public nuances/hazards ... Well can anyone say Ghostship? I knew ya could.

Being part of "cultural planning" means one has to be a part of the culture, not willfully standing outside, giving it the finger and expecting handouts.

Time to grow up folks.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/10/2018 at 6:55 PM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

Other concerns from the arts community in regards the cultural plan include:

1. taking away the agency from Oakland artists and organizations in terms of city funding, in that the plan is prescribing the nature of their work for them, as opposed to providing funding for work that the artists and organizations deem worthwhile. While many other artists I have spoken to have come up with creative ideas for projects working with city departments, (whether or not said city departments would approve of said projects is another story), they mostly want to do their work, and not the City's.

2. In the Cultural Plan, there is a map of local cultural sites/groups, some of which have received or are in danger of receiving code enforcement action from the City for their activities. Again, a removal of agency, in that it is doubtful that all sites located on the map were asked permission to be put on the map. Whether the Building/Fire/Planning Departments will use the Cultural Plan map as a "resource" for code enforcement action is unknown, but considering they have taken action based on Facebook events, it is not impossible.

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 10/10/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Soundwave Redefines the Who and Where of Sound Art

Excited to have Soundwave representing Oakland now more than ever! Sarah is right. Soundwave's 2nd ever show in 2004 was at the venerable 21 Grand, which she co-founded. Props to all that helped Soundwave at the very beginning. Never forget 21 Grand!

Posted by Alan So on 10/03/2018 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Soundwave Redefines the Who and Where of Sound Art

Hey I'm Ryanaustin Dennis, one of the curators. I have a correction for the article.

Can y'all please correct, "Jeremy DiCristo" to Jeramy DeCristo. ASAP.

Thank you,


Posted by Ryanaustin Dennis on 10/03/2018 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Soundwave Redefines the Who and Where of Sound Art

It would probably be more accurate to say, "comes back to Oakland" as Soundwave actually had events in Oakland back in 2004.

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 10/02/2018 at 8:05 PM

Re: “With Dirt World, Richmond Gets a BMX Bike Park

So proud of you guys sister. You really need to know the impact this is will have on the kids in your community. The big picture is getting our kids off the street and ll giving them a safe place to enjoy and come together as a community. You guys did the unimaginable to me. I used to think you guys were all talk when you would bring up building a bike park
But I give it to you, you proved me wrong. And I'm super proud of you. I know a few resources that mr. Want to donate for the cause I'll get in touch, make a few calls and get back to you love you

Posted by jdarytway25 on 08/29/2018 at 1:50 PM

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