EVENT: Oakland Museum 8/21

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This Friday, 8/21, I’ll be with Ray of Malaya Designs and Joe of Bayani Art at “Friday Nights @ OMCA” 5–9 pm. We’ll be representing preFilipino culture with pendants, apparel, and artwork. Click here for more info.

Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a taste of local music, food, art, and culture! Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine!

What to expect on August 21:

5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9 pm: Gardens open for family fun, with a special lawn bar by Blue Oak café and lawn games available for free with a photo ID
5–9 pm: New! Family-friendly Books & Blankets program available for free with a photo ID at the Level 2 ticketing desk
5–9 pm: OMCA Store pop-up in the Redwood Burl area
5–9 pm: Featured artists with ties to Pacific Island communities of California selling unique pieces, from sculpture to surf-inspired art and jewelry selling their wares in Redwood Burl area
5–6:30 pm: July resident DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist spinning hits in the 10th Street Amphitheater
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in art activity: make a bee antenna, inspired by the special exhibition Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact
6:30–7 pm: Hula dance demonstration with Kumu Mahealani Uchiyama of The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in the 10th Street Amphitheater
7–9 pm: Unique Polynesian music by Mahea Uchiyama in the 10th Street Amphitheater
7–7:30 pm: a pop-up talk, featuring artist Mark Thompson on our relationship to honeybees in the Natural Sciences Gallery

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA.  Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America and the Koret Foundation. Friday Nights @ OMCA art programs are made possible by generous support from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Media support provided by East Bay Express.

 

Baybayin Capital of America


There’s an ongoing effort to make the the province of Rizal the Baybayin capital of the Philippines based on a few items namely: Jose Rizal’s flirtation with the script, the theory that the Angono Petroglyphs are Baybayin and being the site of the 1st Philippine Baybayin Conference.

What do you think? Is that valid? Is that enough?

That made me think of what a “Capital of _________” really is. After 5 seconds of thinking about it…..

I officially declare CALIFORNIA as the Baybayin Capital of America!

Why? We have a nearly 20 year track record of Baybayin artistry, education and promotion since the early 1990’s via colleges, magazines, festivals, museums, clothing, tattoos, etc.

Here’s a short list off the top of my head of Californians involved in Baybayin publicly (not just behind some computer)…..

I’m sure I missed a few people…..

Also……..

  • Maganda Magazine in the early 90’s
  • The infamous Alibata Yahoo group has it’s roots in Cali
  • San Francisco Asian Art Museum has had Baybayin demos the past 3 years
  • Various Filipino Festivals for the last 15+ years that have the above people promote Baybayin

Long live the Baybayin capital of America