In Celebration of International Women’s Day

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center Presents:

Poets of Existence

Deema K. Shehabi       Persis Karim       Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Friday, March 16, 2018

 7- 9 pm

Coming from a multitude of experiences, these poets enrich our existence with the beauty of their words. Please join us for an evening of poetry and music.

Deema K. Shehabi is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon and co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here for which she won NCBR’s Book Recognition Award. She’s also co-author with Marilyn Hacker of the renga sequence Diaspo/Renga.

Persis Karim is the Neda Nobari Chair of the newly-established Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and a professor in the Comparative and World Literature department at San Francisco State University. 

Shadab Zeest Hashmi is a poet and essayist. She is the winner of the San Diego Book Award and the Nazim Hikmet Prize. Her books include Ghazal Cosmopolitan, Kohl and Chalk and Baker of Tarifa.  

Accompanied by Musical Guests:

Faraz Minooei is a composer and santur player. As a full-time musician, he is a performer, composer, ethno-musicologist and teacher. He has performed with noted ensembles in the United States, among which was his collaboration in 2009 with Yo Yo Ma and Kayhan Kalhor in the Silk Road Ensemble (for the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Center).

Hossein Massoudi is a vocalist. Steeped in the folkloric Kurdish vocal tradition of his native Iran, he integrates his love of Persian classical music with his Kurdish roots, resulting in a musicality which is rarely heard.

Free and Open to the Public

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 Ninth Street, #290,  Oakland, CA 94607

510 – 637 -0455        www.oacc.cc

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Anthony Brown & Asian American Orchestra w/ Voices of a Dream

Join us on Sunday, February 18th at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center when the Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream ensemble present musical works celebrating Black History Month and commemorating Day of Remembrance, the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the AAOrchestra will present the East Bay premiere of GO FOR BROKE! honoring the WWII vets who served and died for their country while their families were imprisoned, and are joined by VOAD to perform a sneak preview of DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Requiem for a King, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.  Tickets available at Eventbrite .

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The Oakland Asian Cultural Center welcomes filmmaker, writer, artist and social activist MARA AHMED

Please join us for two evenings of what will most certainly be an engaging, educational and transformative experience.

View a graphic collage exhibition rich in cultural symbolism and personal memory —

THIS HEIRLOOM
Graphic Collage Exhibition
February 7, 2018
Opening Reception 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Exhibition Dates:
February 7 – April 26, 2018
Free and Open to the Public

Two Film Screenings: February 7 & 8, 2018

A THIN WALL 

February 7, 2018
7:15pm
Doors Open 7pm
Free and Open to the Public

THE MUSLIMS I KNOW 

February 8, 2018
6:30pm
Doors Open 6:15pm
Tickets: $10 / Available on Eventbrite

Both film screenings followed by Q & A with Mara Ahmed

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OACC Lunar New Year Celebration

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Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
388 9th Street Suite 290, Oakland, California 94607

Music, dance performances, arts & crafts such as lantern-making, vendors, & more! This year, OACC’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration is partnering with the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s LNY celebration for a free indoor and outdoor extravaganza for all to enjoy as we welcome the year of Dog!

Schedule for OACC outdoor performance on Saturday, February 3.

1:00pm

China’s Spirit Music Ensemble

Guzheng (Chinese Zither) performed by students of Winnie Wong (www.winnieguzheng.com)

1:30pm

Kid’s Go Mandarin Music & Movement performed by students of Vita Hsieh (www.kidsgomandarin.com)

1:45pm

Tai Chi by students of William Dere 

3:10pm

Emeryville Taiko by Taiko Adult Beginner Students of Susan Horn (www.etaiko.org)

3:30pm

GER Mongolian Youth Center performed by students of Batzorig Dorji, State Merit Artist

(www.gercenter.org)

4:00pm 

Shaolin Kung Fu performed by students of Jun Jun Wu

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Film Screening: ‘Defender’ Followed by Q&A With San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi

adachi-defender-web-only.jpgJanuary 27, 2018    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
388 9th Street, Suite 290 Oakland, CA 94607

Limited seating reserve your FREE ticket at Eventbrite

Defender, created by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and Jim Choi, focuses on Adachi and his team during the racially-charged trial of Michael Smith, a 22-year-old African American man.  Smith was charged with nine counts of resisting arrest after being pulled off a BART train with his girlfriend and wrestled to the ground by officers. The incident, which was caught on police body cameras and commuters’ cell phones, occurred after a white passenger falsely reported Smith had a gun.

The 70-minute Defender also focuses on the case of a San Francisco father being held in an immigration detention facility while the Public Defender’s fledgling immigration unit fights for his release.

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