Press Release

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 5:43pm
Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs for January & February
Don’t Miss the 60th Annual White Elephant Preview Sale on January 27, 18th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on February 10, and More, Catch the Final Weeks of The World of Charles of Ray Eames and the Return of Friday Nights at OMCA Winter Season

(OAKLAND, CA) — The Oakland Museum of California announces its events and special programs in January and February, including the 60th annual White Elephant Preview Sale on January 27. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, all sale proceeds benefit the Museum. 

Celebrate the 18th annual Lunar New Year and Other Asian Traditions festival on Sunday, February 10, featuring local dance and musical performances, family-friendly arts and crafts, food, and more. Don’t miss the final weeks of the widely-popular exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames, on view through February 17. 

Friday Nights at OMCA Winter Season continues through April, with the galleries open late until 9 pm, DJ sets, family-friendly art activities, and Off the Grid food trucks, every Friday from 5–9 pm. For more details, visit museumca.org.

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

Friday Nights at OMCA Winter Season
Every Friday, 5–9 pm 
January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22

OMCA invites you to bring your Friday Nights at OMCA fun inside this Winter Season! Find inspiration in a new artwork, connect with new and old friends, and kick off the weekend at one of Oakland’s favorite things to do every week. Enjoy free expanded DJ sets from the Bay Area’s finest, hands-on family activities, Off the Grid food trucks, cash bar, and more.
 
The World of Charles and Ray Eames Docent Tours
Saturdays & Sundays, 12–1 pm
January 5, 13, 19, 27

Experience The World of Charles and Ray Eames with a Docent as your guide. Discover the innovative husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames, two of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. Go beyond their well-known designs in an intimate and inspiring exhibition portraying their legacy and lives in California. There is an additional $4 charge for special exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames. The World of Charles and Ray Eames is curated and organized by Barbican Art Gallery in London, and produced in collaboration with the Eames Office. 
 
First Sundays at OMCA
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Sunday, February 3, 2019
10 am–6 pm

Celebrate the new year with a visit to OMCA! Explore The World of Charles and Ray Eames and go beyond the most well-known designs of the innovative husband and wife duo. Drop back in time to see the natural environment of California in a new way in Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline and immerse yourself in the powerful video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, on view in the Gallery of California Art. Experience all that our Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences have to offer. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Spend a day with us and find out why TripAdvisor reviewers call OMCA “a hidden gem.” 
 
Suggested donation for general admission: $5 per person. No advance online tickets are available for First Sundays. Your contribution helps OMCA provide access to other visitors in the community. 

White Elephant Preview Sale
Sunday, January 27, 2019
10 am–4 pm

Serious shoppers, take note: the biggest and best rummage sale in Northern California is returning for its 60th year. The Preview Sale, a one-day event, offers an early chance to take home great finds, including clothing, jewelry, books, tools, art, sports equipment, furniture, household items, and more.

Held in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary, the Preview Sale offers first dibs on shopping before the public sale on March 3 and 4. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, all sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.

Preview Sale tickets are $18 in advance in-person at the OMCA Store and online or are available at the door for $20 on the day of the Sale. Advance Preview Sale tickets are available while supplies last at the OMCA Store or online at whiteelephantsale.org

(Not Your Typical) Teacher Lounge: Beyond Black History Month
Friday, February 8, 2019
4:30-7 pm

Explore our newest gallery installations, including Question Bridge: Black Males and Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory. In this free event, teachers and chaperones will learn strategies to confront difficult history and celebrate diverse racial and cultural identities year-round. No RSVP required to attend. Please check back for more detailed information about this event.

After, kick back at Friday Nights at OMCA from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy late-night gallery access, Off the Grid food trucks, live music, family-friendly art activities, and more.

18th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Pig 
Sunday, February 10, 2019
12–4:30 pm 

Join OMCA for the 18th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Pig. Celebrate with spectacular cultural performances, demonstrations, traditional and contemporary music and dance, delicious Asian-inspired food trucks, and much more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and more. OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation. 

ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHTS at OMCA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights at OMCA, a weekly evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA--the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights at OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Outdoor performances are free and accessible to all, including OMCA's Go Local stage, featuring top Bay Area musicians and performers. Gallery admission is free for Members and ages 8 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $7. Friday Nights at OMCA is presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA. Friday Nights at 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/fridaynights

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. OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation. museumca.org/family

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state's art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multi-disciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with the first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. 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 for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.

VISITOR INFORMATION
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. 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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