On September 17 at 1:00 p.m., Diamano Coura West African Dance Company is bringing “The Forbidden Bush –The Ancestors Still Teach” to Defremery Park in Oakland. The afternoon will include a free drum class at 1:15; free dance class (incorporating movements from “The Forbidden Bush”) at 2:30; and performance of an excerpt from “The Forbidden Bush” at 4:20. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and those interested in the drum class should bring drums as a limited number will be available. “The Forbidden Bush” is being developed through a collaboration between Liberian artist Nimely Napla and Diamana Coura West African Dance. The completed work will premiere in November 2016.
On Friday, September 9, at 6 p.m., the Anti Eviction Mapping Project invites the public to “Counterpoints: Stories and Data for Resisting Displacement: A Night of Food, Music, and Insurgent Art” at the Eastside Cultural Center in Oakland. The Creative Work Fund supported lead artist Erin McElroy, an active team of Anti Eviction Mapping Project volunteers, and collaborating partners at Tenants Together to gather and analyze data about evictions in the East Bay cities of Oakland, Fremont, and Alameda. This media arts project has produced data maps that are enriched by oral history films telling stories of displaced residents.