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Welcome to the EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center!

We are an organization of Third World artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color committed to working in the San Antonio and other Oakland neighborhoods to support a creative environment that improves the quality of life for our communities and advocates for progressive, systemic social change.

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EastSide Arts Alliance presents

EastSide's Annual Holiday Art & Book Fair

Sat, Dec 2


EastSide Cultural Center, Bandung Books, and EastSide Gallery

2277, 2285 & 2289 International Blvd.


Join EastSide at our annual Holiday Art and Book Fair! Come through and get cozy and check out live performances by vocalists, poets, authors, and drummers. The day will feature political art and books, original prints, paintings, objects, and children’s books for sale.

Celebrate local artisan vendors 

Taller Xochiura,

Dignidad Rebelde,

Emory Douglas,

PEPS 357,

Peace, Love, Fight

La Ruca Arts,


Francisco Rojas,

Mujeres Poderosas,

Annette Oropreza,


Angie Lopez

and more!

EastSide is honored to host this FREE community arts event! 


EastSide Arts Alliance and Naka Dance Theater present...

REPURPOSE: Transporting the Ache of Grief into Fertile Energy

Sat, Dec 9 @ 7pm

Sun, Dec 10 @ 2pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland, CA

REPURPOSE: An offering of heart art to help transform the ache of grief into fertile energy, curated by Shaunnah Ray, Laila Shabazz, and other artists. 

Sat Dec 9 @ 7pm 
Sun Dec 10 @ 2pm

Join us for REPURPOSE. A creative gathering to hold our hearts and hopefully do a little communal healing of the ache of grief. A spoken word. chant. dance .art. sound gathering to help us touch on our feelings about griefs of various kinds - work at integrating the complicated realities of those aches, and breathe them new life so that we may repurpose the energy. Hopefully, we move toward dissolving some of the pain and move through some of our dynamic feelings.

$25/pay what you can

Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd. Oakland

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Eastside Arts Alliance presents...

Chronicle of a Committee – Crónica de un Comité a film about grassroots resistance to police/military brutality in Chile

Mon, Oct 30 


EastSide Cultural Center 

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

FREE EVENT • discussion with filmmakers to follow screening • refreshments served • 


EastSide Arts Alliance welcomes Chilean filmmakers Carolina Adrizola and José Luis Sepúlveda to screen their powerful film, Chronicle of a Committee (2014).


The documentary is a chronicle of a group of neighbors and family members who organize and form a committee to fight for justice for Miguel Gutiérrez, a 16-year-old teenager who was assassinated by a Chilean police officer in 2011, in the context of the social mobilizations in Chile. 

Adrizola and Sepulveda are a duo of filmmakers who have more than 20 years of experience working and immersing themselves in different realities of current-day Chile. They are known and praised by critics and the public for being the most daring, interesting, and controversial directors currently working in Chile. To this day they have made The Frog Fish (2007), Mythomaniac (2009), Chronicles of a committee (2014), The Sicilian (2017), and Harley Queen (2019); films that have shown in festivals like Locarno, San Sebastián, and BAFICI, among others. They’ve also had retrospectives dedicated to their films in Perú (Transcinema), Spain (Málaga Film Festival and Cineteca de Madrid) and France (Toulouse Film Festival). In addition. they are founders of the Social and Antisocial Film Festival FEISCO, that started 14 years ago with 25 versions to date. They started the first Popular Film School in Chile that has been functioning for 12 years. 

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EastSide Arts Alliance/Live Arts in Resistance and NAKA Dance Theater present..

Y Basta Ya! The Performance of the Performance a visual installation/performance reflecting on the making of Y Basta Ya!

Oct 26-29, 2023

Thur & Fri10/26 and 27 at 7pm

Sat 10/28 at 3pm and 7pm

Sun 10/29 at 2pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

$25/Sliding Scale

A film and live performance of the seven-year-long multidisciplinary and multilingual performance project - Y Basta Ya! - highlighting stories of Indigenous and Latine immigrant women and their intimate and personal exploration of issues of race, gender violence, invisibility, and individual and collective power. NAKA Dance Theater Co-Directors José Ome Mazatl and

Debby Kajiyama and their collaborators reflect on their experiences of creating the piece, focusing on key artifacts, costumes, and photos and reflecting on border-crossings and the loss of languages to create a

dream-like, multimedia-infused Performance of the Performance. Y Basta Ya! is an ongoing project engaging Latine community members in different cities across the US.

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Fist Up Film Festival and EastSide Arts Alliance present...


Friday, Oct 13


EastSide Cultural Center 

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

FREE EVENT  •  refreshments served

discussion with the director and star after the screening

After two police killings, Black millennial organizers challenge a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. Told through the lens of Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionist leaders, Unapologetic is a deep look into the Movement for Black Lives, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.


Director/Producer Ashley O’Shay is a director-DP based in Chicago, IL, whose work focuses on illuminating marginalized voices. She has collaborated with a number of national brands, including Nike, Vox, Wilson Tennis, and Dr. Martens. Most recently, she filmed an international commercial spot for Wilson Tennis, with over 1M views in digital markets. In 2020, she captured the final episode of Dr. Martens' "Tough As You" series, starring the band Phony Ppl, accruing over 65K views on social and web. Her work also appeared in the critically-acclaimed Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly. Although she has crafted many short films, Unapologetic is her first venture into the feature documentary world. 

Bella BAHHS (Black Ancestors Here Healing Society) is a Chicago-based raptivist and revolutionary, nationally known for making sedition irresistible through her art, activism and advocacy. She uses Hip-Hop and spoken word arts to give voice to Black women most affected by violence, poverty, and criminalization.


The Chiapas Support Committee with the Eastside Arts Center present

8th Annual CompArte: The Emiliano Zapata Community Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2023 


EastSide Cultural Center 

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

The program will include Acknowledging the Ohlone territory 

Opening | Los cuatro vientos

Danza azteca , Music & son Jarocho: María de la Rosa & Mónica María Fimbrez, Antifasón, Gilberto Rodriguez, Choconoy

Invited Poets: Leticia García, Mo Sati & others

Live painting : Daniel Camacho 

Performance art:  by José Ome Mazatl of NAKA Dance Theater

Food: Tamales & Agua Fresca will be available

Plus local artists will be offering their work (art, jewelry, prints, Peruvian coffee)

Sponsored by the Chiapas Support Committee in partnership with Eastside Arts Alliance and Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS in Oakland, California.  


CompArte for Humanity was launched by the EZLN, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, in July 2016, to bring together artists, poets, theater groups, performance art, music and every conceivable form of art, sharing their works and visions for justice and liberation in art in San Cristobal, Chiapas. The premier festival drew 1,445 artists from 45 different countries and from every continent. CompArte was a space to create dialogue across justice movements. The Zapatistas' call for CompArte also invited organizations and movements across the globe to hold their own CompArte as part of the work of building new relationships across borders, peoples and communities.

In 2016, the Chiapas Support Committee heeded the call and held the first of what has become an annual justice gathering of community-based and grassroots culture-makers, activists and organizers to celebrate the justice movements and our communities struggles for justice. Every year since 2016, the CSC has held CompArte first at the Omni in Oakland, then online during the pandemic and last year we held the first one in person at the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.

In 2023, the Chiapas Support Committee has partnered with the Eastside Arts Center to host CompArte indoors the EAC's beautiful theater. We will have community, culture--a different way of being together--and live music, poetry, painting and time to talk and share bread like poetry.




 EastSide Arts Alliance present...


A masterwork, exploring the great democratic process that is essential to the music called “jazz”

Saturday, October 7, 2023


Sunday, October 8, 2023


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland


The Bluocracy uses the platform of art as a healing balm to foster interaction between opposing forces, addressing the notion that we can come together to disagree; and examining the blues aesthetic, which is interwoven throughout our entire existence as a society. In small settings people can listen and observe one of the most democratic processes: an ensemble of improvising musicians navigating their way through musical compositions where all the members are active and essential in the shaping of that composition. 

Craig Harris is a trombonist, composer, bandleader, and gifted sonic shaman. Seeking an inspired career, he skillfully navigated his musical journey that began when touring with the inimitable Sun Ra, onto a path affirming Craig’s place in performance with and among the ranks of creative music’s most progressive thought leaders.

The featured ensemble is Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs, a 9-member group of musicians Craig has worked with on various projects, in small and large iterations, for over twenty years. Craig composed the music of The Bluocracy and will provide musical direction for the performances. Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs meld intricate compositions driven by imaginative improvisation. Harris assembled this ensemble to explore extended compositions for a large group while maintaining the spontaneity and flexibility of a small group. The band’s complex arrangements supply broad choices for the improvisers within the band thus conveying a small group feel with a large group sound.


Sarah Webster Fabio Center and EastSide Cultural Center's Final Fridays Films present...

A Rising Tide – A Look at Homelessness in Alameda County a Cheryl Fabio film

Friday, Sept 29, 2023


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland

FREE event  •  doors open 6:30pm  • refreshments served

Discussion to follow with filmmaker, Cheryl Fabio and affordable housing developer Alan Dones  


Through the eyes of children, their families, and the helping industry that has developed from the housing crisis, A Rising Tide follows the strategies of families and service providers struggleing with homelessness. The film results from a conversation between the filmmaker and Dr. Christine Ma. Dr. Ma is the Medical Director of two clinics working with houseless children and their families. At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, it’s the Encore Clinic.

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