Art, music, dance, barbecue
Oakland’s cultural renaissance can be felt in full force at the 14th annual Art + Soul festival next weekend. There will be live performances on four stages, a barbecue competition, local beer and wine, an artisan marketplace, art exhibits and a kids zone.
Experience the city’s blues heritage on Saturday, with nonstop live blues on the main stage. Also check out gospel, spoken-word poetry, dance battles and, at the end of the day, world-renowned aerial dance company Bandaloop. The dancers will perform on and along the walls of Oakland City Hall. On Aug. 3 will be a giant dance party, featuring funk and Latin musicians including Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra.
Activities run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Aug. 3 in downtown Oakland, encompassing 10 city blocks around Frank Ogawa Plaza. For easy access, take BART to the 12th Street-Oakland City Center station. Admission is $7-$10, and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.artandsouloakland.com.
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