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Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

November 08, 2019

November 8 - 10, 2019

November 8,   630pm - 930pm    Opening/Artists Reception

November 9,   1pm - 5pm             Open Gallery

November 9,   5pm - 630pm         Live Jazz Performance feat. Bigg Daddy

November 10, 1pm - 5pm             Open Gallery

November 10, 5pm - 630pm         Poetry/Spoken Word/Music Event

The Artist Loft invites you to join our celebration of Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead"). This contemplative, yet celebratory and colorful, exhibit features the unique expression by local visual and performance artists and one guest artist from New Mexico. 

Come in your favorite Dia de los Muertos or Halloween costume! And, bring a memento of your loved one to put on the interactive installation, The Ofrenda (Altar).

Dia de los Muertos Opening/Artists' Reception

November 08, 2019

630 - 930pm

Come in costume, or just as you are, and join us for the Dia de los Muertos Exhibit Opening/ Artist's Reception,  and, bring a memento of your loved one to put on the interactive installation, The Ofrenda (Altar)."Meet and Greet" the participating local artists behind this contemplative, yet celebratory and colorful, exhibit that brings together the rituals of the Catholic feast day, All Souls Day, and those of the ancient Aztec and contemporary Hispanic cultures. As part of these religious and cultural rituals and traditions, the dearly departed are prayed for so they can move to the next stage of their spiritual journey, and be remembered and honored by loved ones.  We invite you to view their unique visual interpretations and encourage you to consider personal loss, cultural and religious rituals and traditions, global social issues, and contemporary iconography and archetypes, like the very familiar calaveras (skulls), calacas (skeletons) and la Catrina (Lady of the Dead).

Dia de los Muertos: Live Jazz/Blues feat. Bigg Daddy

November 09, 2019

5-7pm

Join The Artists Loft for an evening of jazz and blues by local Bay Area soulful guitarist, Bigg Daddy.  Originally hailing from Louisiana, the birthplace of jazz, zydeco, Cajun and swamp pop, Bigg Daddy has made his home in West Oakland and has been part of the diverse Bay Area music scene.  His repertoire includes jazz, blues, and gospel and his band as tight as 10-year-old Levi jeans.  He stretches himself over the blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues with roots that run as deep as the Mississippi River.

Dia de los Muertos: Poetry/Spoken Word/Music

November 10, 2019

5-630pm

Join us at The Artists Loft for an evening of poetry, spoken word, and song as local poets, writers and singers present original work. Their unique expressions consider transition; love; personal loss; cultural and religious rituals and traditions; global social issues; celebration of life; the human condition; and contemporary iconography and archetypes, like the very familiar calaveras (skulls), calacas (skeletons) and la Catrina (Lady of the Dead).

Also performing is our special guest, Pope, a renowned Conga drummer. He is a Bay Area musician who has been on the Oakland music circuit performing his unique and powerful sound with various bands and performing artists. His soulful, rhythmic African beat fuses with jazz and blues, and every beat of his Congas feel like the beating of your heart.  Make no mistake, you'll be on your feet moving to his rhythm and vibe.

Rooftop Cigar & Whiskey Event

November 23, 2019

330-630pm

The Artists Loft invites you to relax and enjoy one of the last Indian Summer afternoons smoking premium cigars and sipping top shelf whiskey on a private rooftop in Old Oakland.  Each ticket includes access to the rooftop with a stunning 360° view of the San Francisco Bay Area, light hors d'oeuvres, your choice of one premium cigar from the house selection of tasty cigars and one 2 oz pour of top shelf whiskeys/cognacs. Additional premium cigars and pours will be available for purchase. Tickets are limited, so you'll want to purchase your tickets to this intimate event now!  Must be 21 years of age or older.

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