5 events in Oakland this week

Fall officially arrived about a month ago, but it wasn’t really until Tuesday’s downpour. This weekend the forecast calls for more rain starting on Saturday and continuing through next week. If you’re planning on attending any of the outdoor events we’re offering this week, be sure to check for any postponements or cancellations first.

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Que Vivan los Muertos: Community Procession and EastSide Arts Festival

A scene from the Day of the Dead festival on Fruitvale. Credit: Emma Garcia

EatSide Arts Alliance and Cultural Center in the San Antonio Park neighborhood is hosting a series of events to commemorate Day of the Dead. The first will take place on Wednesday, November 2, with a community procession in honor of the ancestors, followed by a meal and live music. Wednesday’s event will also kick off a series of community art festivals with live music from different artists, taking place over the next two weekends. The events are all presented by EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theatre.

Wednesday, November 2, 4-8 p.m., free, EastSide parking lot, 2310 E. 12th St.

“Drinking and Dragons” at The New Parkway

The New Parkway Theater offers free socials every night on its mezzanine, including bingo, art, karaoke, and trivia. The latest addition is “Drinking and Dragons, which takes place on Wednesdays. Visitors can enjoy a beer while playing Dungeons and Dragons, a fantasy tabletop role-playing game in which players develop characters and are led on a quest or series of adventures by another player known as Dungeon Master.

Every Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., free admission, The New Parkway Theatre, 474 24th St.

Book launch: It takes a village: small houses, big voices

Some 1,400 volunteers have worked on the small village of houses over the past few years, according to Youth Spirit Artworks. Credit: Pete Rosos

In August 2020, Youth Spirit Artworks, a Berkeley-based arts and career training program for homeless and low-income youth, created the Tiny House Empowerment Village, a transitional housing program for older homeless young adults. 18 to 25 years old located near the Oakland Coliseum. The accommodation opened in February 2021, and that summer local artist Zoe Mosko began hosting a writing group with residents, believing that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing them could still forge a sense of community. Now the group’s writings are published in a volume titled, It takes a village: small houses, big voices. This Friday, the group will celebrate with a book launch party. Attendees will have the chance to purchase the book and have it signed by the authors, listen to music, enjoy food, and participate in community giveaways.

Friday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to attend633 Hegenberger Road

Whiplash interactive exhibit at OSA

Each fall, students in the Production Design program at the Oakland School for the Arts create an interactive public exhibit. This year, the exhibit is inspired by the creations of Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe, NM-based arts and entertainment company specializing in immersive and interactive storytelling installations. Whiplash is a thought-provoking exhibit that invites viewers to explore human emotion in an interactive environment. The exhibition consists of eight rooms that the students built in the school’s Black Box Theater.

Thursday, Nov. 3 through Saturday, Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m., tickets available at the door, under 18s $5, adults $8, Oakland School for the Arts Black Box Theatre, 530 19th St.

Park name changed in honor of Wilma Chan

Vigil for victims of the Atlanta spa shootings hosted by Oakland Rising at Madison Park in Chinatown. Credit: Amir Aziz

Community members will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan by renaming Madison Park in downtown Oakland in her honor. The site’s renaming to Wilma Chan Park also coincides with the start of major park improvements such as new signage, lighting, and playground upgrades. The name change ceremony will honor Chan’s legacy and contributions to Oakland and the AAPI communities of East Bay.

Friday, Nov. 4, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., free to attendWilma Chan Park, formerly Madison Park, 810 Jackson St.

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