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Oakland First Fridays Ghostship Tribute
January 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Come reflect, mourn, heal with those you love, and let’s celebrate the life and ART of our community and those we have lost.
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Our hearts go out to Oakland’s creative community and those who have been heavily impacted by the Oakland Fire. The collective loss of life, shelter, and livelihood is an unimaginable tragedy.
In light of this very challenging time, we would like to pay tribute to Oakland’s Creative Community, by dedicating our 11th Anniversary Event to celebrating the life and art of the vibrant creatives, survivors and victims of the Ghostship tragedy.
Tribute Event Highlights: Performances by DJ’s Jasmine Infiniti, Fela Kutchi, Zoe Stiller and BG Anaraki, and Ghostship Survivor Russell Butler, will be perform sound sets featuring music and sound clips from friends and artists who were lost to the Ghostship fire, including: Ara Jo, Cash Askew aka DJ Prits and Obsidian Blade. MJ’s Brass Boppers, an authentic NOLA swinging brass band, will perform a live wake-style set specially dedicated to Ghostship.
Other Tribute Activities include: 1). Sidewalk Talk East Bay, a free listening project and community service who will be offering their hearts and ears within our tribute area, giving much needed support to our community experiencing the loss and grief from Ghostship. 2). Jeffrey Yip, aka Blabbering Blatherbytes, is a projection mapping artist who’ll be hosting live visual projections within our 23rd Street Tribute Area, showcasing community submitted photos from the Ghostship Collective. 3) Nicte-Ordonez Ramirez will be setting up a community Altar along the “Always Faithful Mural” on 23rd street, dedicated to ghostship victims and RPS member Ara Jo. We invite community members to bring their own art, flowers, and love to the altar. Please refrain from bringing flame candles. LED or battery operated candles and lights are encouraged.
History of Oakland First Fridays: 11 years ago, a collective of art gallery owners now known as Art Murmur, created a free once-a-month art gallery walk. The event became so successful, galleries became overwhelmed with the amount of attendees who began overflowing into city streets. To protect pedestrians and provide greater accessibility to the non-gallery community, participating collective Rock Paper Scissors (RPS), filed for a monthly permit to block the streets from auto-traffic under an event dubbed “The 23rd St. Fair.” This event turned into what is now Oakland First Fridays: the most renowned art, music, food and cultural community event in the Bay Area. In 2013, the KONO CBD non-profit organization assumed responsibility for producing the event each month. On December 2nd, 2016, Ara Jo, a well-loved artist, community organizer and member of RPS, was sadly taken by the Ghostship fire.
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