With Halloween less than a week away and Christmas / holiday decorations already on sale at most stores it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. Almost meaning after one last summer fling event (Summer Nights Finale - which Amoeba has been supporting since the series began) that takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct 26th) at the Oakland Museum of California from 4pm until 11:45 pm.
This special multi-faceted OMCA event not only offers museum goers a nice farewell to summer but also a hello / early taste of Halloween with what the curators at OMCA promise will be an eclectic evening featuring Days of the Dead tours, monster books, home movies, and a cult horror cinema classic - and some of it interactive too.
Summer Nights Finale includes a tour of Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012 and a meet-and-greet with the artists responsible for the exhibition (5pm in The Great Hall), an almost all ages event dance class to learn the moves for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for ages 4 and up (7:30pm to 8pm at the OMCA Gift Shop), and a sneak peek of the (currently closed to the public) Gallery of California Natural Sciences with artist Helena Keeffe on hand to give a guided tour of the fort exhibit that she co-created with Oakland YMCA families.
As with so many other OMCA events over the past few years especially this one too includes several interactive exhibits including the Home Movie Day where visitors are invited to share their old home movies and check out fellow OMCA visitors home movies. To submit your movie (film, VHS, or DVD) for this event you must do so between 4pm and 6pm Friday at the Koi Pond Area. A related interactive feature is the local Public Radio KALW curated Hear Here Pop-Up Radio Project where visitors are invited to share their personal stories from 4pm to 9pm (see video above). This event, that only takes place tomorrow night, will be in the OMCA Gardens. Also in the OMCA Gardens area will be a screening of the horror classic Night of the Living Dead. (Dress warmly, and bring blankets for lawn seating). For full details on all of the Summer Nights Finale events, that include all ages costume contests, palm reading, a tie-dye workshop, a workshop on how to draw cartoon pets, and (drum roll) music care of DJs from Amoeba Music from 5pm to 9:30pm, click here. And here for general OMCA info.