Echoes

October 13, 2016 11:46 AM
Echoes

Oakland exhibit traces history of Black Panthers Party Oakland, fifty years ago: two visionary students at Merritt College joined together and started a revolutionary organization. These students were Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. They called their organization the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and they fought militantly, at times controversially, for the civil rights of minorities. From now until Feb. 12, 2017, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) honors the legacy of this bold movement created in 1966 with their exhibit, “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50.” MANY HISTORIES There are many tributes being paid to […]

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Keeping the beat going

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Keeping the beat going

Oaktown Jazz Workshop’s Ravi Abcarian inspires a new generation of musicians Oaktown Jazz Workshop’s founder, Khalil Shaheed, was only 13 years old when he painted a moustache on his face and slinked into Chicago’s jazz clubs to see America’s greatest jazz musicians. It was the 1950’s in Chicago, and the iconic Blue Note jazz club was hosting musicians like Louis Armstrong and “King” Oliver. Soon Shaheed would interrupt his classical music education to tour with the Woody Shaw and the Buddy Miles bands. After he tired of touring and was ready to settle down, Oakland—which had a thriving African American […]

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Imperial Teen youthful as ever

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Imperial Teen youthful as ever

Bottom of the Hill celebrated their 25th anniversary on Oct. 8 by having indie band Imperial Teen headline for their first Bay Area gig in three years. Imperial Teen got its start in San Francisco in 1994. The set was a special one for them, since 2016 marked their 23-year-anniversary as a band. The night drew a full club of excited fans who all seemed to know each other. Over 150 people had paid by early evening. Additionally, 33 people were already inside and on a guest list that usually only held ten names. The energy was good, and people […]

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ART AND COUNTRY

September 29, 2016 9:08 AM
ART AND COUNTRY

KOREA DAY AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ASIAN ART MUSEUM A large and enthusiastic crowd at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum joined in celebration for the Eighth Annual Korea Day on Sept. 25. The Asian Art Museum is the first Western museum to have a department dedicated exclusively to Korean art. After eight years of putting on Korea Day, the museum continues to draw more and more people to the celebration. There were many families of different ethnicities at the museum. There were Korean Americans and Korean nationals in attendance, but also a diverse group of people interested in Korean art […]

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Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

September 15, 2016 12:42 PM
Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

Across the street from the UC campus stands the audacious new home for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). It has transformed Center Street from a corridor between two campuses into a cultural center of Berkeley, with its galleries, hip cafes and restaurants. It unites the scholarly world with the community, with its study rooms and interactive rooms, rooms for the public to learn about and create art. BAMPFA is unique in the world as being devoted equally to both art and film. BAM’s acquisitions include over 19,000 art works. The PFA, with a collection of over […]

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Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

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Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

“Altered State: Marijuana in California” looks like a pot-smoking teenager’s bedroom that has been reconstructed and glorified on a museum’s walls. Zig-Zag rolling papers, which can be purchased at almost any gas station, sit behind museum glass, along with creative bongs made by museum staff. The tools of a pot-smoker suddenly feel like artifacts, and the famous stoner characters from television and cinema seem like a timeline of the mystique surrounding marijuana. But what really deserves attention, besides the flair of pot paraphernalia—is data the museum has gathered that fuels educated conversation about the impact this plant has politically, socially, […]

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From trash, treasure

May 19, 2016 12:53 PM
From trash, treasure

Laney Library’s EcoArt exhibit encourages Earth-friendly art-making “Thank goodness for Generation Z,” says ceramic artist Mary Rose Czajka. “They will save us.” Czajka’s installation, “Tidal Lagoons,” can be seen at the Laney College Library, where students’ final projects for the Laney College EcoArt Matters classes are now on display. When you come into the library, prepare to learn more about relevant issues and saving the world. You will be struck by the art materials: they are the detritus we leave behind. FROM TRASH, TREASURE Instructors and artists Sharon Siskin Andre and Andre Singer Thompson, are both zealous environmentalists and political […]

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Rebel girls

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Rebel girls

‘Riot grrrl’ movement of 1990’s influences female bands of today The women who coined the term ‘riot grrrl’ said they wanted to start a “girl riot,” and that’s just what they did—a riot that is still going on today. Their ‘riot grrrl’ movement began in the early 1990’s. The term came out of a meeting held by a group of women held in Olympia, Wash. They came together to come up with solutions for dealing with the rampant sexism taking place in the punk scene at the time. Of course, there have been women in punk bands since punk began. […]

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Fit to print

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Fit to print

Laney graphic arts department debuts two student-created magazines,/h3> The total is staggering—1,152 hours. That’s how many hours GRART 114 Graphic design technology students gave toward creating two magazines, ‘East Bay Graphics’ and ‘Hangline,’ this semester. Olmy Rosenstock, a Laney art major, said, “Being chosen to be the leader for a team of designers on the ‘Hangline’ project felt very challenging yet it was extremely worthwhile when completed.” It culminated in both an in-class presentation and ongoing work toward a 25- page color magazine. Rosenstock said he now knows the exact set of skills he possesses and the ones he needs […]

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Jazz studio swells with sounds of students, faculty

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The two Laney College Jazz combos and the Jazz Orchestra held their last concert of the semester on Monday night to a capacity crowd. In G189, Charlie Gurke took his musicians, students and audience on a journey that spans 70 years of American jazz history, from old blues standards to contemporary composers. The concert ranged from Count Basie’s theme song and big band swing standard of the 30’s, “One O’Clock Jump,” and pop standards like “It’s Only a Paper Moon” to contemporary Kenny Baron’s “Gichi.” Each group put on an excellent show. The band leader, Gurke, was beaming by the […]

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Untold history spotlights ‘sleuths in skirts’

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Untold history spotlights ‘sleuths in skirts’

‘Women in Blue’ tells stories of sixteen female trailblazers in field of law enforcement ‘Women in Blue’ by Cheryl Mullenbach is a very timely book. Issues surrounding law enforcement have received increased media attention in recent years, and as the country may be electing its first woman to the highest profession in law enforcement—president and commander-in-chief—‘Women in Blue’ is an important read. ‘JAIL MATRONS’ In the beginning, there was Frances Willard. Willard was the president of the WCTV, the Women’s Temperance Union, a group that worked for the elimination of the consumption of alcohol. It was through the work of […]

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What the garden is really about

May 5, 2016 3:42 PM
What the garden is really about

This is not about us versus them; this is not about Library versus Garden because we deserve both! This is about Laney’s and the Peralta Colleges’ integrity. This is about educating and supporting our students in becoming successful sustainable leaders and not paving down their hard work. This is about bringing people from all regions of the campus ToGather in health and happiness. This is the true symbol of a Green campus. This is a living laboratory that our faculty, deans, and students use every day of the week. This is a sacred site to the Ohlone people’s and a […]

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Up Rooted

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Up Rooted

Perlata administration proposes false dilemma in plan to raze garden on Laney campus to construct new buildings; communities rallies for alternatives. I am really, truly angry, saddened and disgusted,” Laney College Chemistry Professor Pinar Alscher said, speaking to Interim President Patricia Stanley and Vice Chancellor of General Services Dr. Sadiq Ikharo at a community forum on May 4. The forum was organized to discuss the proposed plan to replace Laney College’s vegetable garden with portable trailers. Alscher was one of over a hundred community members from around the Bay Area who came to Laney College on May 4 to discuss […]

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Wallflower

April 21, 2016 11:30 AM
Wallflower

Anna is one of those amazing artists whose artwork deserves attention,’ said Robert Abrams, referring to Laney College Art Professor Anna Vaughan. Her 40-foot mural can be seen on the east wall of the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany, which Abrams owns. Vaughan’s artworks explore both the functional and sculptural traditions of ceramics. As a painter, she often incorporates the use of layered slips and sgrafitto, or clay etching into the work. Most recently, she completed the mural by spending hours doing sketches of the local neighborhood around the Ohlone Parkway. Vaughan then collaged her sketches together into a playful […]

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Record breakers

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Record breakers

As vinyl sales skyrocket, Oakland’s record stores boom For two hours, more than a hundred people went in and out of Oakland’s Econo Jam Records, as it hosted a First Friday exhibition opening for Oakland artist Kelly Ann Nelson. The store had the energy of a party: the music was bumping and, people bopping along with it, smiling and chatting with one another. There were varied size groups of people—many couples holding hands. Some people were alone, checking out the art and the records; just about everyone was smiling. A group of friends cheered their friend on as she bought […]

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