StorySlam chez Luka, a dance battle and a conversation with chef Tu

We have a lot of great events to share with you this week, but with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in our community, we wanted to issue a warning up front. Bay Area health officials last week released a joint statement recommending the use of masks indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. The state’s health department is constantly updating its guidelines on how to best protect yourself and others. With that in mind, if you are already venturing outside, you might want to consider attending an outdoor event, and you should definitely consider wearing a mask indoors and taking other precautions. .

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Smartbomb x Cinema Loud

Some people may remember the Smartbomb events that took place at Legionnaire. Today, the East Bay music and art collective comes together for the first time in person for this outdoor event described as “an eclectic collage of century-old short films, reimagined sheet music, animation, music videos, vinyl records and more “. The screening of experimental short films from the 20th century will be both a visual and aural delight. Local artists will reinvent sheet music as well as entertainment, videos from the Smartbomb team and other vinyl DJs. The lineup will be the same every night, while the DJ sets and vendors will be different. In addition, SUP! Street Food and Tacos El Último Baile’s Dominic Prado will feed the crowds on the 23rd and 24th, respectively.

Friday July 23 and Saturday July 24, 8 p.m., $ 17- $ 23, Tribune Tower lot, 409 13th St., Eventbrite.


For fans of open mic storytelling, StorySlam returns in person to Luka’s Oakland. The principle of the slam is simple, throw your name in the hat for the chance to tell a true story for 5 to 6 minutes and get a free drink offered by the bar. This month’s theme is “What now? Did you have a revelation during the pandemic? Did something happen to you after the state reopened? Everything about the uncertainties of our lives in the age of the pandemic is a fair game. If you have an interesting story to tell, now’s your chance. Or just show up, order some food and drink, and listen. This event is sold out.

Saturday July 24, 6:30 p.m., $ 17- $ 25, Luka’s Oakland, 2221 Broadway at W. Grand Ave., Eventbrite.

The Turffeinz presents: Fein Juice Vol. 1

The famous turf dance troupe is celebrating the release of its t-shirt collaboration with Oaklandish by hosting a free event with musical performances, dance battles, food trucks and special guests. The t-shirt will also be on sale at the event. If you’ve never seen turf dancers in action, now is your chance.

Saturday, July 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., free, Tribune Tower lot, 409 13th St.

Chef Tu David Phu will be part of the event, Mapping Our Diaspora from Culture to Conversation. Chef Tu chose photography as a hobby during the refuge there. Credit: You David Phu

Original Parkway Theater Tour

In 2009, the Parkway Theater on Park Boulevard closed, leaving Oakland residents to watch a movie on the cheap while lounging on a sofa and munching on treats. The theater remained abandoned and padlocked for more than ten years. This year it reopened as a cannabis consumption salon and dispensary called Ivy Hill at The Parkway. Now cannabis enthusiasts can experience what the monument from the 1920s looks like. Although the visit to the facilities is free, all guests must be 21 and over or 18 and over with a valid cannabis card. Tours depart from the lobby every hour and a half hour.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, Ivy Hill at the promenade, 1834, boulevard du Parc.

Foodline: Mapping our diaspora from culture to conversation

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center gently reopens by screening the short documentary, Line, on the life of chef Tu David Phu. Following the screening, Anne-Mary Pham of SDBH podcast and An Choi food pop-up will host a conversation with Chef Tu, Chef Kevin Tang of Claws of Mantis, Chef Trung Nguyen and Vy Lieou of Co Nam. This is a limited capacity event for 80 guests who will bring home a staffed map of Oakland ‘must-see places’ and other goodies.

Sunday, July 25, 11 a.m., $ 5, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. # 290.