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16th Annual Art & Soul Oakland

August 20 & 21, 2016
The City of Oakland’s flagship festival that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its Sweet 16 with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. Professional and backyard pit masters from all over California will show off their skills while competing for cash prizes. The public will be invited to view the action up close and, for a small fee, sample succulent BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. As in previous years, tens of thousands are expected for a festive weekend showcasing the Best of the East Bay. This year’s lineup will spotlight Oakland’s hot music scene and legacy, featuring dozens of top local bands performing Blues, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more. The full lineup will be announced in early June. Additional highlights include the return of the mesmerizing Turf & All-Styles Dance Battle; the Bay Area’s hottest urban, world and modern dance troupes; scores of artisans and an interactive Family Fun Zone.

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African American Museum & Library
Discover the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in the West.
659 - 14th St., (Corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way), 510-637-0200,
Tu-Sa 12-5:30p
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Asian Branch of the Oakland Public Library
In addition to a world of literature, check out the rotating art and photographic exhibits on Asian topics or by Asian artists.
388 9th St., (510) 238-3400
M-Tu 12:30-8p, W, Th, Sa 10a-5:30p, F 12-5:30p
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California Genealogical Society and Library
Educates, aids and encourages research in family history.
2201 Broadway, Ste. LL2 510-663-1358
Th-Fr 9a-4p, Sa 10a-4p
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Oakland Public Library
In addition to a world of literature, check out the rotating exhibits in the Oakland History Room.
125 - 14th St., 510-238-3134,
M-Tu 10a-5:30p, W-Th 12-8p, F 12-5:30p, Sa 10a-5:30p, Su 1-5p
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VJ London Studios
Information forthcoming from gallery.
1707 Telegraph Ave. 510-418-8592,
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