Bay Area graffiti fans should be in heaven this weekend, with so many amazing events celebrating the urban art form jumping off in both SF and the East Bay starting today, Thursday, and ending on Saturday with The 3rd Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle (EIGB). This evening (Thursday, Oct 8th) kicks things off at the 1:AM Gallery in San Francisco with The Can Film Festival, which will include screenings of the two graf films, Style Wars and Bomb It. The films will be followed by a Q&A session with a panel that will include Kevin Epps, Suzie Lundy, Erin Yoshioka, Estria Miyashiro and will be moderated by hip-hop author Jeff Chang. Screenings start at 7pm but doors open at 6:30pm. Even better, this is a free event, so get there early to ensure admission. 1:AM Gallery is located at 1000 Howard St. (near 6th St.), San Francisco, CA . Click here for more info. Note that tomorrow at 1:AM gallery will be the last day for the exhibit Don't Sweat The Technique - Ode To The Spray Can Art Show, featuring art by judges and contestants involved in Saturday's Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle.
Then tomorrow (Friday, October 9th) is the big event at the Eastside Arts Alliance in East Oakland-- the Pecha Kucha Night Oakland: Don't Sweat The Technique - Graffiti For Social Change, which is being presented in partnership by the Eastside Arts Alliance, Hard Knock Radio, Samurai Graphix and Youth Speaks. The event is happening at 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606 from 7:30-10:30pm tomorrow (get there early)! Its ten presenters scheduled include legendary graf archivalist Jim Prigoff (co-author of Spraycan Art, Walls of Heritage Walls of Pride and Graffiti New York), Spie from the mighty Bay Area TDK crew, Steve Grody (author of Graffiti LA), and San Francisco community activist Nancy Hernandez.
According to artist Estria, who is another of the presenters and who was instrumental in bringing this event to Oakland, "Pecha Kucha is a great way to expose your art to many professionals in other fields in one quick-fire burst."
"We are gonna flip the script on Pecha Kucha by presenting artists that are really saying something about the human condition and the state of the world. We know that Pecha Kucha started as a way for designers and architects to present their work and we respect that and will be honoring the original format. Our focus will be on designers and architects of social change," added Maisha Quint of Eastside Arts Alliance.
KPFA's Hard Knock Radio's Weyland Southon was responsible for tonight's event's theme and also has curated an all-graffiti lineup to celebrate revolutionary artwork in conjunction with the 3rd annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle. And in keeping with the tradition of the original Pecha Kucha Nights in Japan, each artist will present 20 images and speak about each image for 20 seconds. Pecha Kucha Night Oakland is part of a global network of Pecha Kucha Nights that happen in over 500 cities worldwide. 2277 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606 from 7:30-10:30pm. Admission $5. All ages welcome. Beer and wine bar open to ages 21+.
Saturday is the final day of this three-day Bay Area graffiti festival, with the 3rd Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle jumping off from 11am until 5pm at West Oakland's deFremery Park (1651 Adeline St.). Another all ages event, it is a positive happening for Oakland youth and is free to all to attend. The Battle will include workshops for a black book battle by Visual Element and a silkscreen workshop by activist Nancy Hernandez. For more info click here. And on Saturday night there will be an after party from 10pm to 1am at Farmer Brown's, located at 45 Mason St. (at Market St.), SF, with a legendary '80s graf slideshow accompanied by DJ Symilak Child on decks.