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OAKLAND—In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Art + Place Poetry Reading

October 22 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

On Saturday, October 22, visit the In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Oakland/Saint-Denis exhibition and enjoy an evening of readings by Bay Area poets and music by Kev Choice.

Saturday, October 22
6:00-8:00 pm PST

Oakstop
1714 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 

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Readings by:
-Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco’s Poet Laureate
-Zouhair Mussa, Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist (2019)
-ayodele nzinga, Oakland’s Poet Laureate

Stay for light refreshments and an informal discussion amongst the artists about place, art, and movement in the context of development, gentrification, progress, place/space and culture.

About the exhibition: Whatever you call them – banlieues, peripheries, suburbs – the In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Oakland/Saint-Denis international exhibition highlights the symbolic pivot from the center to the periphery. Artistic movements, social struggles, urban innovations: Oakland, California and Saint-Denis, France are today exerting their influence and inventing solutions to the challenges posed by equity and the rapid urban development of metropolitan areas.

The exhibition is co-produced by the Villa Albertine in San Francisco and California Humanities, in partnership with the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, SPUR San Francisco, Oakstop, and la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord; with the support of the foundation 836M, l’Institut Français, la Fondation Art Explora; in collaboration with the cities of Oakland and Saint-Denis, Périféeries and with the participation of ARTE.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Bios:

Kev Choice is a pianist, M.C., producer, composer, educator, and activist, from Oakland, CA. He holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Kev has worked with artists such as Lauryn Hill, Goapele, The Coup, Zion I, Too Short and more. In 2010 he started his band, Kev Choice Ensemble, combining elements of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Classical to create his unique sound. He has produced 5 solo albums and various collaborative projects over the years. In 2018 he was commissioned to compose a work for the Oakland Symphony which resulted in a 5 movement piece, Soul Restoration Suite. In 2020, he collaborated with the San Francisco Symphony on a piece he wrote and composed entitled “Movements”. Kev Choice is co-chair of the Instrumental Music Department at Oakland School For The Arts, serves on Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission as Vice-Chair, is a Cultural Strategist in Government with City of Oakland Citywide Communications Department, is on the board of governors for The Recording Academy’s SF Chapter, and recently was appointed to the Board for Oakland Symphony.

ayodele ‘WordSlanger’ nzinga, MFA, Ph.D. is a multi-hyphenated artist. Working at the intersections of cultural production, community transformation and change. Her work appears in numerous anthologies and journals including Black Bird Press & Review, Black Rootedness, Painting the Streets, The Patrice Lumumba Anthology, 14 Hills, African American Journal of Poetry, and Magnolia Journal. She is the author of Performing Literacy: A Narrative Inquiry into Performance Pedagogy; The Horse Eaters; SorrowLand Oracle; and Incandescent. Nzinga host Winter in America the SpeakEasy. Ayodele Nzinga is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Oakland, CA.

Image: Photograph of Reine Ruthza by Sophie Comtet Kouyaté (left) PAST PRESENT FUTURE by Oakland International Media Academy (right).

Venue

Oakstop
1714 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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