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Culture, The Exhibitionist National Conference Focuses on Oakland Artists

National Conference Focuses on Oakland Artists

The National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture's conference, ALLIANCE, is in Oakland this weekend, and heavy hitters are coming along for it. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who the Rockefeller Foundation calls one of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Not Your Everyday Art Space – YBCA Spurs Conversations on Labor and Ecology

Not Your Everyday Art Space – YBCA Spurs Conversations on Labor and Ecology

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curates art, music, performance, and dance. So why not curate community as well — a place to share concerns and ideas? That’s the idea behind the Public Squares that YBCA holds, based on questions that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bill T. Jones Brings His Tribute to His Mother-in-Law, a World War II Survivor, to YBCA

Bill T. Jones Brings His Tribute to His Mother-in-Law, a World War II Survivor, to YBCA

Legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones has a warm relationship with his mother-in-law, Dora Amelan, a French-Jewish survivor of World War II, who calls him her third son, along with her two biological ones. Jones decribes Amelan, who was a nurse…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist YBCA's Public Square Brings People Together for Art and Dialogue

YBCA's Public Square Brings People Together for Art and Dialogue

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, chief of program and pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, has certainly spent a lot of his time onstage as a dancer, actor, and National Poetry Slam champion. But now, he’s thinking a lot…
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Calendar, Night&Day Color Swirl

Color Swirl

Imagine it: You see a provocative performance, and it leaves you with questions – maybe even uncomfortably strong opinions you didn't even know you held. By the end of it, you're roiling, and thirsty. At Red, black & GREEN: a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lean Into It

Lean Into It

If you could ask anyone to pick the best acts from the West Coast hip-hop–inspired performance scene, you'd ask Marc Bamuthi Joseph. "You're extraordinarily talented and award-winning in every aspect of hip-hop theater. So which dance, spoken word, and theater…
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Calendar, Night&Day He Would Have Loved to Hate the New <i>Star Trek</i>

He Would Have Loved to Hate the New Star Trek

Meet Oscar de León, “ghetto nerd” and titular character of Junot Díaz’ amazing, heartbreaking, Pulitzer Prize–winning epic novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He’s intelligent, overweight — well, fat, as even his mother and sister Lola remind him…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let It All Out

Let It All Out

If you want to find reasons to feel terrible, it ain’t hard: Mine your personal history, try on clothes under fluorescent lights, read the newspaper. But if you’re looking to burst with optimism and keep riding that Obama wave, Youth…
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Calendar, Night&Day Break/s It Down

Break/s It Down

"I have literal speech and figurative movement," says Marc Bamuthi Joseph. He's talking about the pat-head-rub-tummy style of his critically acclaimed performances, in which he tells a story, say this one, from one of the videos on his MySpace page:…
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Life Not Wasted on the Living: Word!

"What is the role of literary performance in social transformation?" is one of the driving questions behind the Living Word Festival. Urban contemporary artists come together at this insistently interdisciplinary gathering every year to give that and other burning questions…
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