October 2, 2017

Four October Events Not to Miss

Days of the Dead, Friday Nights with Nature’s Gift, and more this month

By OMCA Staff

From beloved community celebrations that we love to hold each year to first-time-ever experiences with a world premiere, October is a month full of events you won’t want to skip. Read on for our top four events this month.  

1. Spend Friday Nights with Nature’s Gift.
Starting on Friday, October 13, you can cozy up next to your new, giant, inflatable friend—the LED-lit sculpture, Nature's Gift by artists FriendsWithYou—with a cocktail from the cash bar inside the exhibition space on Fridays from 5 to 10 pm (5–9 pm, starting November 3). Enhance your experience with glowing rainbow swag at the pop-up store inside this immersive exhibition, complete with bean bags and hammocks for your relaxing pleasure. That's right. We said inside the exhibition. It’s Friday Nights @ OMCA with a twist (and Astroturf). Bring a friend—joy is best when shared. Read more tips for experiencing Nature's Gift.

2. Bring your family and friends to celebrate Days of the Dead traditions. 
This is OMCA’s 23rd year of our annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration, and we love it more each time. On Sunday, October 22, start the day by watching the procession of Aztec dancers from Danza Huehueteol and members of our Día de los Muertos Committee, followed by an afternoon of performances, music, hands-on activities, and more. 

Stop by the OMCA Gardens for the Mercado (bring cash!) and calavera (skull) face painting. View community-created altars, and stop by Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead, our biennial Days of the Dead exhibition (through January 14, 2018). View the full schedule of events, and get your tickets online early and save up to $3 per entry for this popular celebration! 

3. Carve out time for reflection—and conversation—with Question Bridge: Black Males.
Immerse yourself in intimate interviews among a diverse group of 160 black men across the United States, arranged to simulate face-to-face conversations in this innovative video installation by Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The installation in our Gallery of California Art is a chapel-like gathering space for the contemplation and conversation that this powerful work is sure to spark. 

4. Get ready for Thriller Night. 
On Friday, October 27 from 5–10 pm, get into the Halloween spirit with this special Thriller-themed edition of Friday Nights @ OMCA. Costumes not only welcome, but highly encouraged! This night includes two dance workshops, including a tribute to the King of Pop. Start by learning the steps to Thriller at 6:30, then discover West African dance and music from Bay Area-based performing arts group Afrique Sogue starting at 7 pm. And… stay tuned for a special surprise at 8:45. That’s all we’ll say, other than it’s the final night for our summer season—one more night of staying open until 10 pm with extra food trucks wrapping around Oak Street. 

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