Oakland artists take on a massive mural downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate about gentrification and cultural resiliency.

INTERSECTIONS: ALICE STREET is meant to celebrate and build cultural resiliency in a rapidly gentrifying Oakland. It centers on the crossroads of 14th and Alice Streets--a unique site where arts and activism, history and development, and Diasporic communities from Africa and China meet. The event starts with a screening of "Alice Street Short," part of an upcoming feature-length film that looks at a mural of the city’s culture keepers that becomes a symbol of resilience in the fight against displacement.

The program continues with a panel discussion moderated by photographer and journalist Eric Arnold featuring film director Spencer Wilkinson, muralist Desi Mundo, community organizer Lailan Huen, Chinatown historian Roy Chan, Diamano Coura Artistic Director Naomi Diouf, and Alice Arts Center co-founder Dr. Halifu Osumare. The event will include performances by Carla Services' Dance-A-Vision and Lenora Lee Dance, as well as a community Q&A. People with different orientations to development--including developers, architects, planners, officials, artists, community organizers, and any intersections thereof--are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

The dialogue continues in a different guise with TEN TO GET IN: FALL SOCIAL, a community celebration of food, dance, and dominoes hosted by the Domino Players Association (DPA). Since 2009, the DPA has served as an Oakland-based dominoes league and experiment in camaraderie, competition, and group process--what one member describes as a "unique example of adult community building, sustenance, and renewal." Ten to Get In, the DPA's seasonal public offering, is a chance for players of all skill levels to gather across multiple tables and for new players to learn the game in a welcoming, supportive environment. Whether you want to play or nah, come join for the good vibes and table talk. PLUS: tasty morsels from our friends at GentriFried Chicken.

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Thursday, OCTOBER 13 @ 7PM
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Spencer Wilkinson is an Oakland-based documentary film director, and the founder of Endangered Ideas, a production company focused on documentary films and community media. He directed the award-winning documentary films "Youth Rhythms/Ritmos dos Meninos" and "Pass Me the Map: Stories from the front line of multi-national development in Central America."

Spencer is also the Director of "Alice Street", a feature documentary film about Oakland artists who take on a massive mural in the city’s downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate over gentrification and cultural resiliency. He coordinated a team of cinematographers, translators and editors to conduct over 50 interviews with community leaders, artists and residents in downtown Oakland over three years to bring this pressing story to the big screen. In order to complete the film, there is a Generosity campaign to raise needed funds to complete the audio mix, color treatment and to license additional archival content for the film.

MATATU! Please support the feature-length "Alice Street" here. Spencer is also currently directing the feature documentary film, "One Voice: The Story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir". A portfolio of his work can be found here.