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Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling

Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling


Gather with us on OMCA’s campus for our free program series, “Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling.” Grab your favorite picnic blanket, pick up some lunch in our cafe, Town Fare, and join us as we come together to delight in the joy of live performance and the creative process.

Every Saturday through May 2022, local artists, community leaders and performers spanning multiple genres will engage with visitors and guests through music, dance, and storytelling. Lunchtime Sessions is a space where OMCA visitors can gather together in a multi-generational community and where artists have freedom to use the stage as their platform to present issues and art that matters.

Lunchtime Sessions are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required. Food and beverages are not included. In order to maintain safety for all guests and staff, capacity may be limited. Please review our Safe Community Agreements in advance of your visit.


Saturday, April 30
12 pm

Krudas Cubensi and the Black Healing Portal

Krudas music brings a forceful and daring mix to the world, irrepressible crispy Flow, Conscious Rap, Spoken Word, poetry and authentic Caribbean sounds to an uplifting message that makes their delivery irresistible. The Black Healing Portal (TBHP) Portal Negro de Sanación is an interdisciplinary, multidimensional experimental interactive performance and community offering curated and dreamed up by Krudas Cubensi.

Saturday, May 7
12 pm

Inti Batey, New Waves of Hope

Inti Batey, New Waves of Hope explores a wide range of Latinx-inspired music and dance as medicine and activation during this time as we prepare to come together again. Through original and conscious lyrics and modern and traditional dance styles, Inti Batey shares a story of resilience and creativity calling forth values of radical compassion and acknowledgement of our relationship to the land. Fun and emotional, Inti shines the light on our Batey family.

Saturday, May 14
12 pm

Orchestra Gold

Orchestra Gold (OG) celebrates the crossroads between Mali and the US. It’s where rowdy, psychedelic rock meets the analog tape sounds of West Africa. The band is spearheaded by the electric frontwoman Mariam Diakiteher, whose raucous vocals transport you to a street ceremony on a Sunday in Bamako.

Saturday, May 21
12 pm

Hat Matter - Thoughts Of A Black Mad Hatter

Oakland Theater Project Company Member Michael Wayne Turner III will read from his work Hat Matter--Thoughts of a Black Mad Hatter, a one-man show of hip-hop theater comprising poems, stories, and monologues.

Saturday, May 28
12 pm

Oakland Ballet

Celebrating the legacy of Oakland Ballet founder Ronn Guidi and looking towards the future with works featuring women choreographers, this performance will showcase highlights from Oakland Ballet’s 2022 season closing program.

Performances are subject to change.

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