This Weekend's Top Five Events

June 3, 4 & 5


If you're not too burnt out from memorial day BBQs, that huge Bernie rally, and Warriors mayhem, here's some cool stuff to do this weekend:

Xavier Dphrepaulezz.
  • Xavier Dphrepaulezz.
Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland 
In the past couple years, Xavier Dphrepaulezz of Fantastic Negrito has soared into the musical spotlight. Largely because the band won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest in which thousands of musicians submitted videos to vie for a chance to perform in the legendary cubicle. But, the singer who was for years known to First Friday-goers as Oakland’s best busker, is sticking to his roots. To celebrate the release of their new album, The Last Days of Oakland, Fantastic Negrito has organized a free performance that will take place at the intersection of Telegraph and West Grand Avenues during June’s First Friday Street Fair (June 3). The stage will be hosted by Snap Judgement’s Glynn Washington and will also feature performances by singer Zakiya Harris and spoken word presented by Nomadic Press showcasing Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureates. In addition, there will be an interactive art installation curated by 1AM gallery. And, of course, Fantastic Negrito will perform a full set starting at 8 p.m. The free, community gathering is intended to be a celebration, but also a collective conversation about the ways that Oakland is changing and how to preserve the best parts of its culture. — Sarah Burke
Friday, June 3. 5–9:30 p.m. Free.

Oakland Fence Project contribution by JJ Harris.
  • Oakland Fence Project contribution by JJ Harris.
The Oakland Fence Project 
The Oakland Fence Project is an ongoing initiative to collect photographs taken in Oakland by locals only. The ultimate goal is to turn it into a citywide photography installation by putting the artworks on fences throughout the the Town and erecting a fence specifically for the project in Jack London Square that can serve as a destination and backdrop for performances. The hope is also to launch an accompanying augmented reality mobile app that pulls up the story behind each photo when users hold their phone up to the image. Plus, all of the photos and stories will eventually go online at as a digital exhibition. But first, the project will be presenting some of its photos and stories at Omi Gallery (2323 Broadway, Oakland), with an opening on First Friday, June 3, from 6:30–10 p.m. The show will feature nine photographers, including Brittani Sensabaugh, who recently showed Forgotten Cities at Betti Ono Gallery, and acclaimed Oakland photographer and California College of the Arts professor Chris Johnson. — S.B.
June 3 through July 29. Free.

The performers of Blank Map. - COURTESY THE ARTISTS
  • Courtesy the artists
  • The performers of Blank Map.
Blank Map 
Throughout June, the National Queer Arts Festival and its extensive programming will once again bless the Bay Area. This year, programming includes Blank Map, a performance by a temporary collective of Black artist-performer-musicians: Adee Roberson of Black Salt Collective and Tropic Green; Brontez Purnell of Brontez Purnell Dance Company; and The Younger Lovers, intersectional metaphysics scholar Tasha Ceyan, San Francisco Art Insitutute contemporary art assistant professor Sampan Aranke; and artists Wizard Apprentice, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and Keyon Gaskin. Through movement and sound, the interdisciplinary super-group will explore shared narratives, ruptures in time, and metaphysics with “Black abstractions influenced by punk, queer, and feminism.” The show is being produced by the celebrated and avant-garde Keith Hennessy though his Circo Zero Performance and will take place at Dance Mis-sion Theater (3316 24th St., San Francisco) from June 3–5 and 10–12. Considering the talent involved, it will surely be an explosive collaboration. — S.B.
June 3–12. $15–$25.

Summer Freak Trax Rave
B4bel4b is a DIY-oriented art space where turn-ups often take place inside of art installations and there’s a gigantic, mirrored kaleidoscope on the floor where you can take the perfect selfie from every angle if you climb inside. As the warm-weather season takes off, the B4bel4b crew is throwing Summer Freak Trax Rave — a dance party where you can expect forward-thinking house beats and eclectic sounds. Vancouver producer LNS and locals LAK, Vinsol, Primo, and Jeremy Castillo (the latter three of whom make up the DJ crew Club Lonely) will be in the mix. — Nastia Voynovskaya
Sat., June 4, 10 p.m. B4bel4b Gallery (184 10th St., Oakland). $10.

  • Courtesy Pro Arts
Glamorgeddon Limo Lectures 
To celebrate the kick off of East Bay Open Studios this weekend, Pro Arts gallery is hosting a weekend-long art show called Artists Live Here. The event will attempt to erode the distinction between work that’s presented inside versus outside of an art institution by showcasing fourteen site-specific installations that will be situated throughout Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. But, to broaden its range outside the gallery, Pro Arts will also be hosting “Glamorgeddon Limo Lectures” from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday. What that means: Performance artist Johanna Poethig has curated a series of four fifty-minute lectures that will take place inside a garish, hot-pink hummer limousine as it drives around Oakland. I know, that sounds kind of horrible and bad for the climate. I agree. But, that’s partially the point. As the gallery put it, it’s exploring the “satirical edge of excess.” Plus, the lecture topics sound worthwhile. For instance, John Jotas Leanos and Tiny’s “Relocated Memories: Strategic Amnesias, Blocked Accounts and Deleted Hard Drives” will present “aphoristic interventions into forgotten, displaced, and gentrified urban spaces.” And Violet Juno will present a talk about the relationship between creative art practice and neuroplasticity. The limo will let passengers off after every talk. Each is $15. See the schedule and reserve tickets online. — S.B.
June 3, 5–8:20 p.m.

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