Press Release

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:12am
Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs for March & April, 2017

(OAKLAND, CA) February 14, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) welcomes spring with an exciting lineup of programs and events in March and April. The biggest and best rummage sale in Northern California is back March 4 and 5, when the 58th annual White Elephant Sale returns. Honor the traditions of Nowruz—the Persian New Year—on March 24, marking the transition into the new season as the days begin to get lighter.  

Enjoy OMCA’s exciting exhibitions and galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences for one extra hour when Friday Nights @ OMCA enters the summer season in April, including half-price admission until 10 pm, more food trucks on Oak Street from Off the Grid, and family-friendly activities. For more information, visit museumca.org.

CALENDAR EDITOR PLEASE LIST:
FAMILY EVENTS; COMMUNITY EVENTS; ART EVENTS; FOOD EVENTS

Friday Nights @ OMCA
Every Friday, 5–9 pm
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay area curbside cuisine.

White Elephant Sale
Saturday, March 4–Sunday, March 5, 2017, 10 am–4 pm
Back for its 58th year, Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale takes place over one grand weekend, with free admission for all. Held in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary, the sale offers something for everyone, with clothing, jewelry, books, tools, art, sports equipment, furniture, household items and more. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, all sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California. Free admission; free shuttle to and from the Fruitvale BART Station. To learn more, visit WhiteElephantSale.org.

First Sundays @ OMCA | March
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 10 am–6 pm
Enjoy a day at OMCA! Visit the Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences. Visit Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, and Steph Curry’s sneakers displayed in Oakland Strong. Don’t miss family-friendly exhibition Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Check out the Architecture Tour at 1 pm, and the California Art Tour at 2 pm. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Suggested donation: $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.

Tour | Architecture of the Museum
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1 pm
Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. Built in 1969 with a design by Kevin Roche, and landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space. This tour shares with you just a few of the highlights of the incredible building, from views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden to the serene Koi Pond, and a truly Californian indoor/outdoor design that still delights and attracts visitors today. Free as a part of First Sundays @ OMCA. Meet in front of the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

OMCA Film | CAAMFest 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Join OMCA and the Center for Asian American Media to celebrate the 35th anniversary of CAAMFest, one the Bay Area’s premier film festivals. Known for outstanding entries that spotlight Asian-American stories, film-makers, and film producers, screenings on both sides of the Bay promise to be as dynamic and powerful as ever. This year, CAAMFest will screen BLASIAN NARRATIVES at OMCA, a multi-media “Docu-Theatre” project that intimately explores the intersection and identities of mixed race Black and Asian individuals through live performances and film. Seating is limited. Advance tickets required. Tickets will be available at the CAAMFest 2017 website. OMCA Members will receive a special code to use when purchasing tickets online in an email.

Friday Nights @ OMCA: Nowruz Celebration
Friday, March 24, 2017, 5–9 pm
Welcome in the start of spring with a special edition of Friday Nights @ OMCA, celebrating Nowruz or Persian New Year. Nowruz falls on the Spring Equinox, March 21 this year, which marks the transition into the new season as the days begin to get lighter. Join OMCA and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California to enjoy festive Persian music, taste traditional food, and take in exhilarating dance in honor of the holiday! Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours.

Friday Nights @ OMCA: Summer Series
Every Friday, 5­–10 pm
April 7, 14, 21, 28
Enjoy the best block party in the Bay with OMCA and Off the Grid, open for one hour longer starting in April! 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, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. OMCA Gardens are open for picnics and the free Books & Blankets program. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture on 10th Street every Friday Night!

First Sundays @ OMCA | April
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 10 am–6 pm
Visit the Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences, and see special exhibition Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Steph Curry’s sneakers on display in Oakland Strong for the last day. Check out just-opened exhibition Over the Top: Math Bass and Imperial Court SF. Don’t miss family-friendly exhibition Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Check out the Architecture Tour at 1 pm, and the California Art Tour at 2 pm. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Suggested donation: $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.

Tour | Architecture of the Museum
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 10 am–6 pm
Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. This tour shares with you just a few of the highlights of the incredible building, from views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden to the serene Koi Pond, and a truly Californian indoor/outdoor landmark. Designed in 1969 by Kevin Roche, with landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space. Free as a part of First Sundays @ OMCA. Meet in front of the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

Curriculum Slam
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10 am–2:30 pm
Hear from the freshest MCs—that’s Masters of Curriculum—at the 2017 Curriculum Slam with the Alameda County Office of Education! From 10:30 am to 12 pm, watch as educators present short vignettes of projects that integrate arts, social justice, science, and other disciplines to an audience of peers. Presenters include K–12 teachers graduating from the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) Integrated Learning Specialist Program in spring 2017. Then, from 1 to 2:30 pm, enjoy an art-making workshop. Get new ideas for the school year, make new friends to support your work, and learn about some of the freshest ideas in making education relevant, fun, and engaging. Presented in partnership with Alameda County Office of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program. Included with Museum admission. No reservations necessary. All ages welcome. Admission for Members is always free.

ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHTS @ OMCA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights @ OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Gallery admission is half-off for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $5. 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, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation. museumca.org/friday-nights-omca

ABOUT OMCA FAMILY
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. Free admission for children provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Lunar New Year Community Celebration is made possible in part by generous support from Macy’s and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. museumca.org/family

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION
Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays. museumca.org

 

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