Monday, June 29, 2009

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Showcase

The showcase of the first session of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp
was amazing. The girls learned instruments, formed bands, and
performed the songs they wrote and composed in one week.

Here are the campers singing the Bay Area Girls Rock camp
theme song. The showcase for the second session is Saturday,
July 11th at 2:00 at the Oakland Metro Opera House. For more
information about this 2009 Oakland Innovators award winner, check out:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Cycles of Change

This 2009 Innovators award winner ended the school year by
taking the kids from their Bike Club program on a camping trip.

They got lots of plans for up-coming projects too.
Cycles of Change and PUEBLO will be running an employment training and "healthy living" business development program for 32 youth this summer!
The program is based out of their new commercial storefront and community center in San Antonio/Fruitvale, and includes sustainable systems education, bike restoration, and fresh food production, distribution, and marketing/sales. For more information, or to donate to this amazing program, check out:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oakland Innovators Rock!

The crew at Oaklandish got the chance to check out the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp in action.The girls learn an instrument and form a band in the one-week session of the camp.

They will perform at the Oakland Metro Opera House, 630 3rd St. The showcase for Session One is Saturday, June 27th at 2:00pm and the Session Two Showcase is July 11th.

For more information about this 2009 Oakland Innovators award winner, check out:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Oaklandish at Uptown Unveiled

Hundreds of people came out to the "Uptown Unveiled" event on Thursday, June 18th. Telegraph was closed from 16th St. to West Grand, and musicians, artists, and vendors lined the Street. The event was planned to celebrate Oakland's arts and entertainment district.

K-Dub, a 2009 Oakland Innovators award winner, was representing with Hood Games at the "Uptown Throwdown" skateboard contest.

There was also a fashion show at Uptown Unveiled that featured some of the fresh apparel of Oaklandish.

And here's the Kev Choice Ensemble, the head-liner, playing their amazing music while sporting the Oaklandish black and gold pigeon T-shirt.

Stay tuned for more fun street festivals and free e
vents in Oakland...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cabeza Exhibit

Keith "K-Dub" Williams, one of the 2009 Oakland Innovators award winners and founder of Town Park, used the grant money given to him by Oaklandish for the "Cabeza Project." He commissioned local Bay Area artist s to decorate several helmets to be worn by the youth who skate at Town Park. The crew at Oaklandish, among many others, checked out this exhibit at the Raw Gallery at the Oakland Art Murmur.

Oaklandish and Hood Games collaborated on the Town Park project. For more Hood Games events, check out The Uptown Throwdown skateboard contest at 18th and Telegraph at the Uptown Unveiled event on 6/18/09 (5:00 - 10:00pm.) Hood Games is also presenting another art reception with D.J's on Friday, 6/19 at SOMar-1727 Telegraph Ave.

Oakland Kajukenbo Student Performance

On June 13th, the crew from Oaklandish got to attend a benefit for the non-profit Kung Fu Grocery, one of the 2009 Oakland Innovators award winners. The summer camp provides kids with Kung Fu practice and practical skills to earn their own money through working at a student- run store. The performance was impressive and moving, and it was great to see the support from the families and the community, and the dedication of the kids. The benefit was very successful, raising over $8,000 for the program.
For more information, check out

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Oakland Aerial Map Totes!

Yeah, they're finally done! In 2 colorways, different parts of Oakland on front and back, velcro closure, 14x14, one long single strap. Hand silkscreened in Oakland & made in the Bay. Full bleed on all four edges, on both sides -- these are made with love.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Salsa by the Lake

The fun continued all weekend long! On Sunday afternoon Oaklandish put on the third annual Salsa by the Lake, which was a huge success! It was located at the lovely Splash Pad Park across from the Grand Lake Theater. We enjoyed free Salsa dance lessons taught by Isaac Kos-Read and the beautiful Salsa tunes of live band Rumbache. Between sets of the band, we kept the dancing goin' with D.J. Juanka. The sun came out and hundreds of people enjoyed the event. More fun Oaklandish events coming soon.

Malcolm X Jazz Festival

Oaklandish had a big weekend! We kicked it at the 9th annual Malcolm X Jazz Festival all day Saturday. The sun finally came out in the afternoon and we enjoyed the wonderful live music with the hundreds of other folks who came out to the festival.

This weekend Oaklandish will be at the "West Oakland Green Scene" at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park this Saturday, June 6th, and the Temescal Street Fair this Sunday, June 7th. We will be at lots of other festivals this summer, so stay tuned!