top of page

Past Events


EastSide’s Community Archive Resource Project presents..


Selections from EastSide’s Community Archive Resource Project 

Thu, Mar 21- May 18

EastSide Arts Alliance:: Theater Gallery

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

Open Hours: Open during events and public programs; and by appointment. Please reach out to Roberto Martinez at 

In solidarity with the ongoing struggle for Palestinian Liberation, this exhibition presents a selection of artworks, political posters and documents from EastSide’s Community Archival Resource Project (CARP) that speak to the revolutionary spirit for liberation. 


Free the Land! By Any Means Necessary! shares a historic perspective on local and global movements for self-respect, self-defense and self-determination. From liberation movements abroad in South Africa, Angola, Hawaii, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, to liberation movements at home, from the Black Panther Party, the Chicano Movement, American Indian Movement, to the Young Lords and I Wor Kuen, the materials in this exhibition share how the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Palestine is a shared struggle against imperialism, colonialism and white supremacy.  


When land is stolen and liberty and self-determination is denied to the people, the words of Malcom X ring loud, “ ...We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary.”

  • Malcolm X, 28 June 1964, Speech at the founding rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. 

May 12th somatic sundays flyer  - 1 (1).PNG

Somatic Sun-Day Sister Circle

Sun, May 12


Bandung Books

2289 International Blvd. Oakland

Join Black Voices United and Bandung Books for a wonderful afternoon of meditation, mindfulness, and Yoga!


Yoga Mats, Water, Fruit, and Journaling Prompt provided.

This event is lead by and dedicated to Black Women.


Bandung Books: A 3rd World Bookstore is located at 2289 International Blvd. Oakland, CA. Street Parking available.

$15 suggested donation- no one turned away.

Bring something for the collective altar creation

TBYB Flyer (2).jpg

The Bridges Yuri Built:: How Yuri Kochiyama Marched Across Movements

Reading + Discussion

Sat, May 4

1pm reading with Kai Naima Williams for kids

Bandung Books

2289 International Blvd. Oakland

2pm Discussion with author, Kai Naima Williams

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland


The Bridges Yuri Built: How Yuri Kochiyama Marched Across Movements

(Kaepernick Publishing)


By Kai Naima Williams; Illustrated by Anastasia Magloire Williams


The debut children's picture book of author Kai Naima Williams – great-granddaughter of Yuri Kochiyama – intimately chronicles the experiences and lessons, hardships and victories, and people and places that shaped Yuri’s life and influenced her activism.

Seeds of Resistance .png

Seeds of Resistance:Benefit for the BayArea PYM Chapter

Sat, May 4

6:30 pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

Join us on May 4th for a benefit for the Bay Area PYM chapter


First part of the evening will include live podcast round table sessions followed by this hip hop show.

There will be also be food from Asúkar @palestinian_cuban_fusion - so please come hungry and ready to support 

We are bringing together many nations - Ohlone, Pomo, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Algeria, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon & Palestine. From the streets of Oakland (Huchiun) and San Francisco (Yelamu). Our intention is to circle up and build - to give voice to our different (yet similar experiences) with colonialism, capitalism and imperialism. To learn from each other’s resistance, beauty and resistance. And to deepen our relations (with)in our communities. Each one teach (reach) one - because we are always stronger together.

Full line up features: @imeraldbrown @denmarkpeoples @monk_hts @dimebagdizzy @versoulmusic
DJ Mala Vida @cucucumbiaa will carry us through the night on the 1s and 2s.

Get your tickets now - no one turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF)• ALL ages welcome!

Flyer  designed by @creative_mudafukah
Hosted by @dimebagdizzy @burn_the_wagon_ @zinas.buqalah @eastsidecultural
Huchiun / Oakland, Califas.

5.10 film fridays final.png

EastSide presents...

Film Fridays | Short Film Edition

Fri, May 10


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland


Featured short films and live performances that highlight radical and alternative Bay Area music, artists, and culture. Curated by Kana Azhari.


Rae Shaw
Short Narrative Pie

Honey Gold Jasmine 
Music Video The Villain

Adelita Gonzales
Producer of Music Video Artifacts

Aubrey Pandori
The Hardcore Tapes

Music Video Secret

Sankofa B Soleil
Music Video Cover of Tracy Chapman’s Talkn’ Bout A Revolution

FF Un Trip 4..png
DreamBig Bookfair- 2024 - Postcard .jpg

EastSide Arts Alliance / Friday Films presents...

Un Trip – Raúl Salinas and the Poetry of Liberation

a film by Anne Lewis & Laura Varela

Fri April 19


EastSide Cultural Center 

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

FREE event • film • poetry • discussion with the filmmaker • refreshments


UN TRIP is a split-screen jazz and liberation documentary based on "Un Trip through the Mind Jail" written in 1969 by the beloved Xicanindio poet raúlrsalinas while he was incarcerated at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. The film is a story of transformation through political education in the community (initially a community of the incarcerated). The specifics create a model of relationship once outside as well as inside the walls. The story is told by raúlrsalinas who spent most of his adolescent and young adult life inside as a petty criminal and drug dealer. He came out of Federal penitentiaries as a strong social advocate and community organizer. 

July 2023, 23 minutes

Onaketa's Second Annual:: Dream Big Book Fair

Sat, April 20

Studio One Arts Center

365 45th Street. Oakland

Centered around Black + Brown Youth Ages 0-18 and their families! This event will feature free books, live DJ, delicious food and community fun. Please register using the QR code on the flyer

Truth be Told flyer_edited.jpg

EastSide Arts Alliance / Friday Films presents...

Truth Be Told :: The Dark Side of Gentrification

Fri, Apr 12

7-9 pm

EastSide Cultural Center 

2277 International Blvd.

Oakland, CA

FREE event • film • art by P.O.O.R Magazine • hosted by JR Valery Candace Elder • Minister King X • All Bay News • 


You're invited to the public viewing of Truth Be Told The Dark Side of Gentrification. Directed + Produced by Sean Stone Ramsey. April 12th 2024. Hosted by JR Valrey, Candace Elder, Minister King X, and All Bay News. With Art presented by P.O.O.R Magazine. 

Album Release Party.jpg

Pen 2 Paper presents...

Shavon Album Release Party with Barz Makes Bangers

Sat, April 13


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

Join in and celebrate an epic album release party with Shavon and Barz Makes Bangers! Live performances from Bay Area Rappers, Free Food & Drinks.

Join Shavon as she celebrates her new album "Pen 2 Paper" produced by Grammy award winning producer Barz Makes Bangers.

Enjoy live performances from bay area artists, food and beverages and a chance to listen to the album.

Hosted by Honey Gold Jasmine with Opening Performances

by Nim Sins, Afrikan Snow, Big Dawg Yeti.


Performances start at 9pm

18+ no kids allowed in attendance

*Security at Door: Check in Required*

*Only street parking available*

Final 3.10 flyer.png

Art Against Imprisonment presents...

A Benefit for a New Oakland Mural

SUMUD: Resistance Until Liberation

Sun, Mar 10


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

SUMUD: Resistance Until Liberation is a collaboration between artists and activists that explores and confronts the deep interconnections between the brutal systems of imprisonment in the US and Palestine. 

The event will feature musician, activist and educator Caroline Davis on saxophone. California Coalition for Women's Prisoners activist Satya China and Oakland Jericho Movement artist, activist and educator Opium Sabbath. 


FRSO, CLP, ATPT, Liyang Network, and CAIR presents...

International Women's Day

Stand with the Women of Palestine

Fri, Mar 8


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

Join in on Friday evening for a celebration of International Women's Day. Learn about the history of the holiday as well as the local women's struggles continuing the legacy. Speakers include Kai and Jen from FRSO, Roberta from Liyang, Kip from Community Liberation Programs, Cat Brooks from ATPT, and Zahra Billo from CAIR.


Light snacks and beverages as well as posters and tabling from orgs will be available. 

This will be taking place AFTER the SF action which folks are encouraged to participate in as well! Please come out and build community. 


Bay Area Climbers 4 Palestine presents...

Resistance Climbing.

Film Screening + Power Hour

Fri, Mar 1


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA

Join us for a screening of Resistance Climbing, a documentary about Palestinian climbers in the West Bank. As climbers we believe in using our principles of endurance and overcoming great heights to the movement for a free Palestine. We believe no wall is insurmountable and no sport is apolitical. 

After the film we will phone bank our reps and demand a ceasefire, and an end to the occupation. This is a free event and all donations will provide E-Sims to Gazans



V Brigade 3.2.png

Bay Area Venceremos Brigade presents...

Venceremos Brigade Open House

Sat, Mar 2


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

The Bay Area Venceremos Brigade is excited to invite you to an OPEN HOUSE in Oakland to learn how you can travel to Cuba with the 52nd contingent of the Brigade this summer. 

  • An overview of the VB's history and solidarity work

  • What you will do on the trip

  • Why solidarity with Cuba's socialist project is more important than ever

  • The application process, expenses, FAQ's

  • How our local committee will support you 

Come be inspired by Cuba's socialist project! We are here to support you in becoming part of this enduring international solidarity Brigade.

If you have questions or want to make a time to talk about the Brigade with a representative, please fill out this short form!



EastSide Cultural Center & Black World Films presents…

Mahere (Sacred Shared Space)

Thur, Feb 29


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland

FREE event  •  refreshments served


Join us for a screening of Mahere (Sacred Shared Space) and discussion with director Petna Ndaliko Katondolo (Democratic Republic of Congo, 2023). A visually captivating exploration of the human relationship with the natural world, addressing cultural heritage, colonial legacy, and ecosystem resilience, while attempting to reverse the effects of a 1954 colonial film, Terre Torturee (Tortured Earth).

Brought to you with love by Original Blackprint, Black Cultural Zone, EastSideArts Alliance, The Wallace Foundation, Friends of the Congo, and Artist as First Responders



EastSide Cultural Center & Kilig Kollective presents…

Nourishing Legacies: Fundraising Campaign and Film Screening for Liyang Network.

Sun, Feb 25


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland

FREE event  •  refreshments served

Nourishing Legacies: Sustaining Intergenerational Land & Environmental Defense in Mindanao, Philippines invites the community to support by experiencing a film screening of Cleaners (2019) by Green Barit- Tagalog with English Subtitles

Proceeds go towards health and education support for land and environmental defenders facing state persecution and imprisonment, and for their families in the Philippines. 

refreshments and champorado mini pop up provided by @MaamSirMarket

Zines totebags and jewelry provided by @Liyang.Norcal

and archival material on resistance movements in the Philippines from CARP will be on display

$15-25 sliding scale for entry, NOTAFLOF (no one turned away for lack of funds)


Flyer Raza con Gaza 2.1.png

 EastSide Arts Alliance • Live Arts in Resistance presents...

Raza por Gaza | Raza for Gaza

A gathering of music and poetry in solidarity with Palestine to celebrate our communities in the struggle for justice & liberation.

Fri and Sat, Feb 23 & 24


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students and seniors; no one turned away for lack of funds




Camellia Boutros

Cristina López Suárez

Ayodele Nzinga

And more . . .


Raza for Gaza, a two-evening cultural gathering in Oakland, is an invitation to practice inter-communal solidarity with the raza of Gaza. With the clamor of poets, the rattling of songs & music and the movement of bodies in dance, Raza for Gaza will join in the international, the inter-raza, movement for justice, peace & solidarity with Palestine. Our art will drown out – if only for a few hours– the Israeli explosions, denouncing the carnage of Palestine, to demand a permanent ceasefire and the dismantling of apartheid and the smashing of all fascist values and structures.

Reception Flyer- AOTAD Perspectives from the East Side _edited_edited.jpg

Opening Reception for Art of the African Diaspora: Perspectives from the East Side

Sat, Feb 17, 2024

1-3 pm

EastSide Arts Alliance - 2285 Gallery. 2285 International Blvd Oakland, CA


Art of the African Diaspora: Perspectives from the East SIde features 6 artists who live and work in East Oakland. Together this group of artists represent a diverse perspective, bringing forward paintings and sculptural works that speak to our relationships we hold, our connections to each other and the community that surrounds us. This exhibition will highlight each artist, both as an artist and as a member of the East Oakland community. 


This exhibition is a satellite of the exhibition at Richmond Art Center called Art of the African Diaspora, formally known as Art of Living Black.


Inspiring Connections: BUCU

Black Unity Conference Universal

Sat, Feb 17, 2024

2-5 pm

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd Oakland, CA

Prepare for an extraordinary day at the BUCU Black Unity Conference Universal! 

Presentations: Immerse yourself in dynamic discussions covering the 12 Jewels - knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, and more! Thought leaders will guide us through a journey of enlightenment.

Food Giveaway: The incredible 144,000 Elect will bring their amazing food bank to the event, ensuring a resourceful food giveaway. Let's share the abundance and ensure no one in our community goes hungry.

Musical Performances: Groove to the beats of talented artists, including the reggae sensation Rankin' Scroo, our headliner for the event. Let the music unite us all!

Gift Bags: Be one of the lucky first 40 guests and receive an exclusive gift bag filled with goodies and surprises. A token of our appreciation for your early arrival!

Let's come together, celebrate our unique identities, and forge a stronger, more connected community. Save the date, spread the word, and get ready to be a part of something special! 


Oakland Asian Cultural Center present..

Lunar New Year X Black History Month 2024: Celebrating Asian & African-American Solidarity

Featured Exhibition: Bandung to the Bay

Sat, Feb 3


Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Oakland, Ca



Join in on Saturday, February 3, 2024 as OACC partner with the Malonga Arts Residents Association (MARA) for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s second annual Lunar New Year x Black History Month Community Celebration. 


OACC welcomes community back for another celebration of Asian and African-American solidarity through art, music, and dance. 

Eastside Arts Alliance will be partially reinstalling our exhibition “Bandung to the Bay”, which consists of historical, archival documents connected to the International Bandung Conference and Bay Area Asian & Black activist solidarity movements like the Black Panther Party of Self-Defense.


Come through and experience this year’s incredible lineup of Black and Asian martial artists, musicians, and dance groups including Blood Moon Orchestra with Van Anh Vo and special guest Kev Choice, Diamano Coura drummers, Carla Service Dance-A-Vision Entertainment, Kenneth Pitts’ Martial Arts student, and CAL USA Lion Dancers.


In addition to a full day of performances, we are bringing back a local vendor marketplace, a children’s zone with Eastwind Books, and an exhibition on Black and Asian solidarity.


This event is part of OACC’s ongoing Open E.A.R.S. for Change initiative started in 2020 to build stronger relationships among local APIA and Black communities.


This event is funded by The City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Grant and the CA State Grant for Stop the Hate (CDSS), and sponsored by Ava Community Energy, Alameda County Behavioral Health/Health Equity Division, and Bank of the Orient.

NDT Rpt Back FEB2024.JPG

NDT presents...

Nikkei Decolonization Tour report back

Sat, Feb 3


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

FREE event, refreshments available for donation

A fireside-style discussion of what we learned from grassroots organizers on our Sept 2023 trip to Japan – centennial of the Kanto massacre, "comfort women" justice efforts, day laborer rights, imperial forced labor, and the oppression of ethnic minorities in Japan.

Featuring improvisational music by Francis Wong and Kumi Maxon.

a flag, a fist, a red heart (1).png

Poets for Palestine and EastSide Arts Alliance present...

a flag, a fist, a red heart

Fri, Jan 19


EastSide Cultural Center 

2277 International Blvd. Oakland


bring a poem you’ve written during this immense time of rage, grief, and action. perform the words of Palestinian poets that we hold close. let this poetry of resistance guide us to freedom, now. featured poets include Sara Borjas, David Maduli, Julius Rea, Aimee Suzara, Arnoldo Garcia, Sean San Jose and Endria Richardson.


we will have a children’s space and refreshments, come with your family and friends in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination and an immediate end to genocide.

La montaña poster.jpeg

The Chiapas Support Committee with Eastside Arts Alliance present..

Final Friday Films: La Montaña | A documentary film premiere:by Diego Enrique Osorno.

Fri, Jan 26


EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd Oakland, Ca

FREE event  •  speakers and updates on the Zapatistas  •  refreshments 

La montaña | A documentary by Diego Enrique Osorno (92 mins, 2023).

Is a film centering the EZLN's 2021 journey for life: when Zapatistas traveled by sail-boat from Mexico to Europe to meet with their grassroots counterparts.


This event is part of the First Enero Zapatista Bay Area commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising in 1994. 

La Montaña

Inspired by the sentiment that in order to change the world, we must first change the way we look at it, filmmaker Diego Enrique Osorno captures the story of a small group of indigenous members of the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN, Zapatista Army of National Liberation), who boarded a vessel from Mexico to Europe. Embarking on their historic journey in the midst of the pandemic, the trip marked 500 years since the conquest of Mexico, captured from the Aztecs by Spaniards and their allies.


Squad 421 and their crew set out on a quest to build partnerships in Europe and fight for a better world, extending the ambitions of those who came before them. Not only following their arduous journey, La montaña delves into the history of the Zapatista movement, combining daily life on board with voice-overs as diary entries, and archival footage of rural EZLN training camps and demonstrations. The crew on board develop camaraderie, learning from each other as they discuss their personal and collective ideologies and observations of contemporary society.

A compelling, powerful documentary about decolonisation and anti-neoliberalism, the Zapatista delegation mark their journey across the Atlantic not only as conquistadors of the past, but also with hope for the future, planting a seed of life and struggle in Europe.


Untitled-2-3 copy 2.png

EastSide Arts Alliance and ProArts Gallery & Commons presents

POETRY NIGHT: Intergalactic Dreams/

Sueños Intergalacticos & Exhibition Closing of Rigo 23’s Intergalactic Blvd 

Fri, Dec 15


2285 Gallery at EastSide Arts Alliance

2285 International Blvd. Oakland, CA


Arnoldo Garcia 

Aztec Gemi 

David de la Gran 

Elizabeth Montelongo 

Fred Alavarado 

Josiah Luis Alderete 

Kathy Peltier 

Meres-sia Gabriel 

M’Kala Payton 

Michael Shawn Olivera 


Sign-ups are welcome. The mic will be open throughout the night. 


Join us for a night of intergalactic poetry where we will share words and dreams about our collective future. Together we will gather around the Intergalactic Blvd Oakland Portal and travel through time and dimensions to strengthen our connections to each other’s struggles. With poetry we will lift off towards a shared vision of Intergalactic Solidarity and Life. 


We will celebrate the community and stories of E14th Street / International Blvd 

We will celebrate East Oakland 

We will celebrate our Connected Struggles 

We will celebrate our Future 

We will celebrate our Portals 

We will celebrate our Imaginations 


Together we dream of Intergalactic Dreams. 


This event is part of a public program series for Intergalactic Blvd: An Oakland Portal by Rigo 23 and Collaborators. 


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


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. 

YBY POP EastSide LAIR.png

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.

Box Office:

Video Teaser: 



bottom of page