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It’s Easter weekend, and we’ve included one event in our roundup for those looking to celebrate the holiday with small children. We’re also highlighting two opportunities to check out and support the work of local Black artists (musical and visual), an exciting live talk at Mills featuring a big-name guest, and a workshop where aspiring podcasters can learn from one of Oakland’s favorite local radio talents. 

As always, keep a mask handy (some places require them, others don’t) and continue carrying hand sanitizer. Also remember to bring a paper or digital copy of your vaccination card, as the city of Oakland is still requiring proof of vaccination for many indoor establishments.

Know of an event that should be featured? Email me at: azucena@oaklandside.org

Volatile Contexts: Identity, Technology, and Politics in a Moment of Danger

Chelsea Manning at an event in Berlin in 2018. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Educator, author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Stryker will be in conversation with activist and whistleblower Chelsea Manning as part of the Trans Studies Speaker Series at Mills College. During the in-person event (which will also be streamed), the two will discuss topics ranging from national security and surveillance to artificial intelligence, trans rights, critiques of the carceral complex, and prison abolitionism. 

Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., register to attend in person or obtain the link to stream, Mills College at the Marilyn McArthur Holland Theater, Lisser Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland Black Generations Festival

An array of Black artists will play at the Continental Club this Satuday.

Comedian Donald Lacy, founder of the Love Life Foundation, an Oakland nonprofit that partners with agencies supporting at-risk youth, is hosting a free event this weekend at the Continental Club in West Oakland to celebrate local Black artists and their contributions to music. The evening will include performances by jazz, R&B, blues, and hip-hop artists including The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Jesse “Mr. Soul” James & The Dynamic 4, Chester Thompson, Derick Hughes, Martin Luther, Kev Choice, Valerie Troutt, Luqman Frank, and B. DeVeaux.

Saturday, April 16, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., free to attend, register online, The Continental Club, 1658 12th St.

Alena Museum open house

In the several years since Alena Museum was displaced from its West Oakland space on Magnolia Street, the cultural nonprofit—its mission is to provide safe spaces for people from the African diaspora—has sprawled out into East Oakland and continued its work of fomenting art and activism in the Town. This weekend, community members will have an opportunity to check out the organization’s new creative studio and idea incubator in North Oakland. Come find out what the group is planning for Juneteenth and the rest of this year, learn about job opportunities at the organization, and connect with other members of the community.

Saturday, April 16, 3 p.m to 7 p.m., free to attend, register online, Alena Museum, 935 61st Street, Suite #1

Easter egg hunt in deep East Oakland

Hella Artsy, a community-based and Black-owned collective is hosting an Easter egg hunt this weekend. The event is sponsored by Lotus Bloom family resource centers and the nonprofit Youth Uprising. If you have little ones and are still looking for a place to take them to see the Easter bunny, this is the place to be. The event is happening at Youth Uprising’s headquarters next to Castlemont High School. The organizers ask that each kid comes with their own basket or bag to collect their eggs. The hunt will start at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd. 

Podcast 101 Pt. II – Speak Into the Mic

The team behind the podcasts Charmane’s World and Surviving Adulthood are hosting this event for current and aspiring podcasters to mingle and network. Their aim is to build up a robust community of local podcasters here in the Bay Area by creating a space where local audio creators can connect and share their stories, resources, and tips. Participants will learn all about what it takes to be successful in the podcasting world, what equipment is necessary to get going, and more. One of the guest speakers is none other than Emmy winner, Oakland local, and host of KQED’s Rightnowish, Pendarvis Harshaw. Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Pen about his work and how he made it into the media industry. 

Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., $20-$30, Oakstop, 1714 Telegraph Ave. Studio 17

Azucena Rasilla is an East Oakland native, a bilingual journalist reporting in Spanish and in English, and a longtime reporter on Oakland arts, culture and community. As an independent local journalist, she has reported for KQED Arts, The Bold Italic, Zora and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was a writer and social media editor for the East Bay Express, helping readers navigate Oakland’s rich artistic and creative landscapes through a wide range of innovative digital approaches.