StorySlam at Luka’s, a dance battle and a conversation with Chef Tu

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We have many great events to share with you this week, but with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in our community, we wanted to issue a warning up front. Last week, Bay Area health officials issued a joint statement recommending the use of masks indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. The state health department is constantly updating its guidelines on how best to protect yourself and others. With that in mind, if you’re already venturing outside, you might want to consider attending an outdoor event, and you should definitely consider wearing a mask indoors and taking other precautions. .

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Smartbomb x Loud Cinema

Some people may remember the Smartbomb events that took place at Legionnaire. Now, the East Bay music and arts collective comes together in person for the first time for this outdoor event described as “an eclectic collage of century-old shorts, reimagined musical scores, animations, music videos , vinyl, and more. The screening of experimental short films from the 20th century will be a visual and sonic delight. Local artists will reinvent the musical scores as well as animations, videos of the Smartbomb crew and other DJs playing vinyl. The lineup will be the same on both nights, while the DJ sets and vendors will be different. In addition, SUP! Street Food and Dominic Prado of Tacos El Último Baile will feed the crowds on the 23rd and 24th, respectively.

Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, 8 p.m., $17-$23, Tribune Tower lot, 409 13th St., Eventbrite.


For fans of open-mic storytelling, StorySlam makes its in-person return to Luka’s Oakland. The premise of the slam is simple, throw your name in the hat for the chance to tell a 5-6 minute true story and get a free drink courtesy of the bar. This month, the theme is “What now? “Did you have an epiphany during the pandemic? Did anything happen to you after the state reopened? Everything about the uncertainties of our lives in the age of the pandemic is fair game. If you have an interesting story to tell, this is your chance. Or just show up, order food and drinks and listen. This event is sold out.

Saturday, July 24, 6:30 p.m., $17 to $25, Luka’s Oakland, 2221 Broadway at W. Grand Ave., Eventbrite.

The Turffeinz Presents: Fein Juice Vol. 1

The famed turf-dancer crew are celebrating the release of their t-shirt collaboration with Oaklandish by hosting a free event featuring musical performances, dance battles, food trucks and special guests. The t-shirt will also be on sale at the event. If you’ve never seen the lawn dancers in action, this is your chance.

Saturday, July 24, 1-4 p.m., free, Tribune Tower Ground, 409 13th St.

Chief Tu David Phu will be part of the event, Mapping Our Diaspora from Culture to Conversation. Chief Tu took up photography as a hobby during the shelter in place. Credit: Tu David Phu

Visit the original Parkway Theater

In 2009, the Parkway Theater on Park Boulevard closed, leaving Oakland residents where to catch a movie on the cheap while lounging on a couch and munching on treats. The theater remained abandoned and padlocked for more than ten years. This year it reopened as a cannabis parlor and dispensary called Ivy Hill at The Parkway. Now, cannabis enthusiasts can experience what the landmark of the 1920s looks like. While touring the facility is free, all guests must be 21+ or 18+ with a valid cannabis card. Tours depart from the lobby on the hour and half hour.

Every Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, Ivy Hill on the walk1834 Park Blvd.

Foodline: Mapping our diaspora from culture to conversation

The Asian Cultural Center in Oakland has its soft reopening by screening the short documentary, Line, on the life of Chief Tu David Phu. After the screening, Anne-Mary Pham from podcast SDBH and food pop-up An Choi will host a conversation with Chef Tu, Chef Kevin Tang from Claws of Mantis, Chef Trung Nguyen and Vy Lieou from Co Nam. This is a limited-capacity event for 80 guests who will take home a staff-curated map of Oakland’s “must-see/must-see places” and other goodies.

Sunday, July 25, 11 a.m., $5, Oakland Asian Cultural Center388 9th St. #290.