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Friday Nights at OMCA: SambaFunk! With King Theo Ogum

Please note: This is the final Friday Nights at OMCA with OTG of 2023. Details below.

October 27 from 5:00 pm 9:00 pm


Friday Nights at OMCA: SambaFunk! With King Theo Ogum

Bring on the funk and dance to the samba with King Theo Ogum and company! But first, learn the ins and outs of sultry samba dancing with Queen Joy Brussard in a community dance class that will get you moving and ready to party Brazil style.  

Families and children are invited to participate in a Community Art Project by creating an oak leaf that will be featured in an upcoming art installation by Chicana artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood.

For those in the mood for a reflective moment, join in the Gallery Activation Hours conversation in the Great Hall, then dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Siyah in the 10th Street Amphitheater as we say farewell to the 2023 season of Friday Nights at OMCA—join us when we return in April 2024 after our usual winter break.

5—6:30 pm – Oak Leaf Community Art Project, Oak Street Plaza
6—7 pm – Introduction to Brasilian Samba Community Dance Class with Queen Joy Brussard, Oak Street Plaza
68 pmInto the Brightness Gallery Activation Hours, Great Hall
6:30—7:30 pm – SambaFunk! With King Theo Ogum, Garden
6:45—8:45 pm – DJ Siyah, 10th Street Amphitheater

More on the Programming

Oak Leaf Community Art Project OMCA is working with Chicana artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood to create an installation that will be part of an oncoming exhibition in June 2024. Children and families are invited to participate in the Oak Leaf project by tracing their hands on an oak leaf that will be used in the installation. Oak leaves will be used in the installation to honor the earth, and they are meant to symbolize the role that family and place have in holding and creating memory. After tracing their hands, participants will be invited to draw, color, or write inside of their handprints to convey their feelings, hopes, thoughts, memories, and mark their family’s impact in the Bay Area.

Introduction to Brasilian Samba. A Community dance class with Queen Joy Brussard

African Brasilian dance and drum through a uniquely Funky African American lens. Come dance, sing, and celebrate Oakland with the Funkquarians. Founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Theo Aytchan Williams, SambaFunk! has grown into a beloved and multi-faceted cultural arts organization with diverse programming ranging from weekly dance instruction, stage performances, original music creation, costume production, parades, festivals, and participation in political, social justice, healing circles, and arts advocacy. SambaFunk!’s mission is to preserve and present African Diaspora art and culture to underserved communities of color. Its  goal is to create new intersections of the arts, health, and wellness and sees its work as an essential element in the healing of the Nation.


Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to providing programs that are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of our community. Wheelchairs, sensory inclusive devices, and additional amenities are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis at the Ticketing Desk. To request other accommodations, like American Sign Language (ASL), Cantonese, Spanish or another language interpreter, please email [email protected] at least three weeks before the event. Learn more about our accessibility options.

About Friday Nights with Off the Grid

Reconnect with family, friends, and community during Friday Nights at OMCA. These free events provide a gathering place each week, including live music, hands-on activities, Off the Grid (OTG) food trucks, and late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket.

Limited flat-rate parking for Friday Nights is available in the OMCA Garage for $10.

As we enter the holiday season, Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid (OTG) will begin its seasonal break. The final Friday Nights at OMCA with OTG of 2023 will be October 27. Oakland’s favorite weekly block party will resume in April 2024. During the Friday Nights break, OMCA will remain open to the public during the Museum’s regular business hours, including admission to special exhibitions, Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD and Por el Pueblo: The Legacy and Influence of Malaquías Montoya.

Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid is proudly supported by Bank of America.