EcoFest 2017 – SambaFunk!

April 21, 2017 12:44 PM
EcoFest 2017 – SambaFunk!

Sambafunk! Funkquarians perform at the EcoFest Sustainability Festival on April 20 at Laney College Watch here:  

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Festival Briefs

April 20, 2017 11:48 AM
Festival Briefs

Women in Music Festival – April 6-9 By David Hiltbrand Tower Staff Writer The Women In Music Festival took place in Oakland April 6-9, hosted at various locations around West Oakland and Downtown. The festival was founded by Carmena Woodward, aka Red Corvette, and Evangeline Elder as a response to music and parties being a consistently male-dominated industry, and to give womxn an avenue for creative self expression in a venue of like-minded people. In addition to three fantastic parties, the festival also boasted a robust lineup of panels, film screenings, yoga and meet and greets. The inaugural event, the […]

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Making music for a cause

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Making music for a cause

By Alexandra Evans Tower Staff Writer Local delta punk and blues band Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds commenced their “Stranger Places” tour at the beginning of April to benefit those affected by the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. Their tour kickoff show was in Los Angeles at The Redwood Bar on April 8. Bateman, the lead singer and former Laney College student and Tower staffer, noted that while he didn’t know any of the fire victims personally, other members of his band and his girlfriend (Ashli) did. “I remember Ara Jo and Cash Askew being at some shows that my […]

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Dark & Harsh (But Hopeful)

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Dark & Harsh (But Hopeful)

By Shane Frink Tower Staff Writer Esses is gaining fans and making a name for itself in the local Oakland music scene. (The band’s moniker is pronounced the same way that the letter S is pronounced in its plural form.) Their first record came out in November 2016 and is called “No Light in This Fire.” Oakland record store Econojams put the album into their Best Records of the Year bin. Another Oakland record store,1-2-3-4 Go, reports that the record is played daily by the employees. The nine songs on this Esses release have a unique sound. The mood of […]

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Read

March 30, 2017 1:34 PM
Read

Laney gets literary in library photo shoot for National Reading Month The Laney College Library and Laney Photo Department worked in collaboration to create a photo portrait series of students and staff with their favorite books in honor of National Reading Month. The goal of the event was to celebrate reading and how much one book can inspire and influence a person throughout their life. A temporary photo set was constructed by Laney students from the professional photo classes at the Laney Library on March 22 and 24. Students and staff brought their favorite books and received professional-quality portraits. The […]

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD

New exhibit spotlights Laney student Adrienne Miller’s globe-trotting photography Laney College student Adrienne Miller’s brilliant portrait photos from Siberia and the Far East are on display through May 20 in the Laney Photography Department in A-185. Miller is from Burbank, north of Los Angeles. So why did she travel the world and photograph humanity so far from home? “I think definitely in my twenties I was restless, and I think that I did not love Los Angeles,” Miller said. “I was trying to find my own sense of home. I traveled far and wide to find what home felt like […]

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Art/history

March 16, 2017 11:41 AM
Art/history

Chinese Historical Society offers major artworks and untold stories “The architecture is magnificent and unique,” Pam Wong said, describing San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA). Wong is the director of the CHSA, a building and museum that is a unique experience. The CHSA is on a steep hill in San Francisco’s Chinatown at 965 Clay Street. The building was designed by Julia Morgan, best known for designing Hearst Castle. The CHSA museum isn’t in a castle, but it is an impressive building that was built in 1932 as the Chinatown YWCA. Inside and out, the museum is very […]

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A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

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A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

Bay Area’s Betty Reid Soskin tells the story of a lifetime: 95 years of making history “I escaped the fate of my sister,” Betty Reid Soskin told her audience at the Rosie the Riveter Park on March 2, speaking of being hired as a file clerk at the age of 20 at a time when working as a domestic or a teacher were the only employment options for women of color. “It was like being the first person in your family to go to college at the present time,” Soskin said. She said that when she was at work she […]

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Making marks on history

March 2, 2017 8:24 AM
Making marks on history

Stamps and quilts celebrate Black history through artful representation In celebration of Black History Month, the Laney College library is exhibiting a collection of handmade quilts by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland through the end of March. The quilts are on display in the atrium of the library with quilts hanging in glass display cases on the main floor and hanging from the railing on the second floor. Over 20 quilts are on display, each handmade by a different woman from the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland. Each woman spent the previous year stitching a quilt for […]

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BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

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BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

The release of Milvia Street, Berkeley City College’s annual art and literary journal, took place on the evening of Feb. 10 in the Berkeley City College Auditorium. Authors portrayed their work on stage in front of images from the magazine that flashed behind them and Fungai Gora infused the event with enthusiasm as the emcee. The presentation closed with a memorial reading for Paul Elias Taylor that included one of Paul’s poems from the 2016 journal, “Across the Fruited Plain.” Faculty Leader Sharon Coleman and the Milvia Street Club expect readers to appreciate the variety and high quality of the […]

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OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

February 16, 2017 2:46 PM
OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

Former Laney student Milton Bowens presents exhibit tackling issues Oakland artist and former Laney student Milton Bowens poses questions about African Americans in America with his new collection, “The Discovery of Urban Cotton Fields” featured at the June Steingart Gallery in the lobby of the Laney Administration Building. Bowens studied illustration while in the Army before finding a mentor and changing his focus to fine art and mixed medias when he met former Laney art professor David Bradford. Bowens is influenced by the styles and works of Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Andy Warhol. Bowens […]

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