Categories We Didn’t Think Of: Arts and Culture

Best Booker
Sarah Sexton
— Charis Thompson

Best dance floor
Ashkenaz Berkeley!
Big roomy dance floor and best place for dancing — Karen Wong

Best after school program
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
Most kids who get curious about music pursue study through private lessons, but that leaves a whole lot of kids out and we see the consequences in our monochromatic professional symphonies, etc. OPC Music takes the Public in it’s name very seriously, recruiting and financially assisting children from all backgrounds and providing a curriculum that is both disciplined and joyously fun. A truly diverse student body learns music in a context of culture and history–everyone’s story is relevant and important. It’s profound and playful (ok, I kinda meant that pun…) — Laurie

Best cultural center
Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts
Incredible community with dance classes and performances, youth to adult; from all over african diaspora and more!!! — ingrid martin

Best Film about Oakland
First Friday by N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni
— Roseli

Best Gospel Choir
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
INTERFAITH – so representative of Oakland and the East Bay… bomb ass choir — and they can SAAAAANG! — Isa S. Chu

Best East Bay storyteller
Josh Kornbluth
There are many good ones, and Josh might win every year, so this is probably a pretty useless category — Jeff Greenwald

Best new magazine
Wear Your Voice
All about Oakland! It highlights the best of womens fashion, music, art and business in REAL voices of the women who live here. — Tamara

Best open mic
Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic
— Crissy King


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