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Oakland Museum of California Announces Special Yoga and Live Music Program Inside Acclaimed Fall Exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown

(Oakland, CA) October 24, 2017 On Wednesday, December 6, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will bring a yoga experience unlike any other inside the new popular exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown. With a larger-than-life sculpture by fine art collaborative FriendsWithYou as an illuminating backdrop, attendees of this special Showga and OMCA event will participate in a multi-sensory yoga class featuring live music by Oakland-based musicians Sugar Candy Mountain. The event is a special one-night-only edition of the monthly Showga program, held regularly at Oakland’s Starline Social Club.

After the one-hour yoga class, guests will be treated to a late-night after party, including free drinks, light bites from Aburaya Oakland, and a scoop of OMCA’s exclusive ice cream flavor, Diebencorn, by Humphry Slocombe, who recently opened a new Oakland location. Attendees will also have special access to explore OMCA’s popular new exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown after class.

Nature’s Gift is an immersive exhibition that blurs the lines between imagination and reality, with a larger-than-life, LED glowing sculpture that rotates with a rainbow of color in an otherwise dimly-lit room. The whimsical environment inspires creativity and relaxation, and ignites joy.

“With this special exhibition, we created an alternate experience for our community, offering an awe-inspiring space to connect with friends—and make new friends—in a unique environment,” said Carin Adams, exhibition curator and OMCA curator of art. “Showga is a perfect example of this—we’re creating an exciting experience inside our exhibition, offering a new way to interact and have fun in the space. We hope everyone will leave feeling joyful and uplifted from the practice and the environment.”

Doors open at 6 pm, with limited mats available for rental. Attendees must be 21 or older. Early-bird tickets to Showga at OMCA are $39.95 through November 8. Regularly-priced tickets and at-the-door tickets are $45. Tickets are available at


Showga is a synergy of music, movement, and community carefully designed to provide a uniquely immersive, celebratory, and sensory experience. The 60-minute event includes live music performances while participants are guided through yoga postures and visualization exercises. More information can be found at

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.

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 Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking 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 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum.


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