When: Sat., April 25, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. 2015
After his untimely death in 2004, East Bay rapper Mac Dre ascended to the role of cultural icon. His likeness is emblazoned on every worthy wall. Aspirant emcees humbly intone his name. Why did Dre become the recipient of such dear and plentiful tribute? For one, he didn’t snitch. Dre was widely viewed as having been arrested in 1992 as retaliation for releasing “Punk Police,” which name-checks the head of a taskforce charged with terrorizing his neighborhood. Dre declined to incriminate any of his peers in the Romper Room crew. The impeccable flow and incisive point of view exemplified by the song helped Dre clench icon status, too. And considering the upcoming Mac Dre Art Show at Charles Place (347 13th St., Oakland) — at which forty artists, including Street Bleach, Ernest Doty, and Alrad, will exhibit work that depicts the rapper in some shape or fashion, and DJ Dontdoodaat will spin Dre’s music — maybe he’s an icon in part due to his gregarious mug and array of distinctive hairstyles and hats.