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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.

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Re: “Booty Pageant

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Re: “Savage Love: Men and Women

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Re: “Savage Love: Quickies

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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: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

I wish I'd know about Inkworks before this article.

What I find fascinating by this and similar operations... Once we find out about them, they are gone or so far gone as the be gone and characterized as experiments in worker ownership or collectivism.

The fact of their passing seems to be evidence of a failure in the experiment... With zero questioning as to the nature of the failure.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

Can anyone point to a successful such experiment?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/10/2018 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

As a founding member of Inkworks while strolling through the internet it was nice to see what hard work continued and continues in the spirit of political change

Posted by Raymond Bangle on 12/09/2018 at 1:54 PM

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Re: “Hoodslam Is Going Weekly

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

Re: “New Year’s Eve Guide 2017

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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: “(Blue) Notes from the Underground

Dad I love you with all my heart , I miss you as my best friend loosing you was like a part of me is lost I'm still looking for you yes dad ! With out you in my life I feel sad and so so lost . For I. always knew the day that you would pass and leave me I'd be so alone and board with out you to laugh and joke and carry on its a hard bop life dad you were right it's not the same my days are spent missing you.and now I'm well alright . OH daddy Gambino it's a hg and knock life i will always remember you and celebrate the days in your memory for you shed all your majestic hypnotic genius art and mastery of music it's a still yet loney empty sorta life for me with out you dad I often weep sometimes I can sleep anxiety and heart full sad is wearing to my.feet .My Father you are a mentor a shamen a musical genius I will always find time to listen to your music and remember you are always my.#1 rest in peace father never will I forget you ever love marraanne Wallace daughter loves is what I do because of you dad

Posted by Marra Wallace on 09/16/2018 at 12:15 AM

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