Entertainment in Oakland


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  • Oakland Youth Chorus
    When the voices of a choir come together, they produce a warmth and a power greater than the sum of their parts. "There is something special that happens when you bring people together in music in general—something about the power of the human voice," explains Oakland Youth Chorus Executive Director Keri Butkevich. The Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) helps children find that power. The chorus started in 1974 as an effort to unite youth from different neighborhoods of Oakland. It reached across racial, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers to teach musical-performance skills and foster friendships that might not otherwise occur. Today, it serves more than 600 students in 18 school and community sites. In addition to eight K–5 choruses, OYC directs a city-wide Concert Chorus for middle- and high-school students that has won several national awards at Heritage Festivals and sung at the White House. The school and community choirs are open to anyone who wants to join. Choir directors assess students' current skills and help them grow from there. The students then showcase these skills in performances ranging from city-wide parades to local school recitals. These concerts present a repertoire that includes everything from the Beatles to Panamanian work songs. In addition to reflecting the community of Oakland, these diverse performances help to "extend people's knowledge of music of the world" by incorporating melodies from Russia and Bulgaria, says Keri. The K–5 choruses, known as Miracle Choruses, frequently use their voices for good, performing at American Cancer Society events or promoting AIDS awareness and urban-farming initiatives. These performances in particular show what choral music can do. Not only can it transform shy children into musicians—it has the "power of bringing people together." And by using their voices for community service, Keri explains, the singers develop "an awareness and appreciation for being part of a movement for positive change."
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    685 14th Street
    Oakland, CA US
  • Cantare Con Vivo
    The lush offerings of Cantare Con Vivo's theater in Oakland are unparalleled. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1611 Telegraph Ave
    Oakland, CA US
  • Studio Grow
    As the father of a 2-year old, Tim Alley found himself running around to playdates scattered throughout the Bay Area, scooting to toddler-friendly lessons in art, gymnastics, and dance. While he loved the programming, he wished that he and his daughter weren't confined to such a tight schedule. So, he turned to his brother-in-law, Tom Limbert, head teacher at a local preschool, and they began to work on their own children's studio at Studio Grow—a supplementary preschool atmosphere with a focus on unstructured learning where children can play throughout the day. True to its name, Studio Grow now welcomes tots at three area studios. Though programs and amenities vary by location, kids might frolic through a color-splashed dance room, construct crafty masterpieces from watercolors, play-doh, and crayons in an art room, or plunge into ball pits. At all three locations, kids can tinker in a room filled with puzzles, toy trucks, dress-up clothes, and lego building sets. in a slide-filled run room. Instructors stay on hand throughout each romp, ready to lead Berkeley guests through sing-alongs or immerse Concord’s small listeners in story time. Teachers may also balloon a giant primary-colored parachute over the playroom for kids to scurry under and use to shield themselves from sudden broccoli storms. Though staffers emphasize unstructured play, they also lead summer camps for children up to aged 6 with guided romps through the studio; as well as Friday-night babysitting sessions, where kids of all ages can play sans parents until 10 p.m.
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    1235 10th St
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Munetix
    Treat yourself and your bicycle to some new digs from Munetix in Berkeley and ride in style. You can park your car in one of their many available sentences. Whether you're a street-rider, a back-roader, or a racer, Munetix has just the bike to fit your style.
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    2560 9th St
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Brt Shop
    For a great time at the theater, choose Brt Shop in Berkeley. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors as you watch a movie at Brt Shop. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1230 5th St
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Pleasantown Motion Picture Co.
    A good movie is never hard to find when checking out Pleasantown Motion Picture Co.'s movie show times in Berkeley. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    2966 College Ave
    Berkeley, CA US