Friday, March 06, 2009

Wanda's Picks Radio this week March 4 & 6

Wanda’s Picks March 6, 2009

We'll be talking about women political prisoners with Pam Africa and Linda Evans, Marilyn Bucks' co-defendant, and Marilyn’s attorney, J. Soffiyah Elijah is the Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, at 8 AM. There is an event for Marilyn, who will be released next year, this Sunday, March 8.

Author, Cheo Tyehimba follows. His new book is "Like Loving Backward." His official Bay Area book party is at MoAD 3/7.

Director, Barry Jenkins is on at 9 AM. His Black San Francisco postcard: "Medicine for Melancholy," opens at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, and we close with Mama Naomi Diouf, Diamano Coura West African Dance Company host of the 14th annual “Collage des Cultures Africaines” Festival, March 12-15 in Oakland and Berkeley. art, design, music, film, literature Art

Wanda's Picks March 4, 2009

The morning will begin with an update on Albert Woodfox’s case. I heard things went well in court Tuesday, March 3. We’ll be speaking with exonerated Anglola 3 member Robert Hillary King and other supporters, Albert's brother, Michael Mable and Parnell Herbert, Deputy Director of the Millions More Movement, about the hearing.

This conversation will be followed by a talk with Todd Evans, playwright. His play, “Battle Road,” a play about Black people’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, will be produced at the Barn Theater in Ross, March 6, 7 & 8.

We will close the program with The Big Read in Oakland, sponsored by the Oakland Public Library, the Oakland Museum and Cal State University East Bay. The book this year is Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying, and there are many events planned this month to celebrate this wonderful work: films, poetry writing workshops, dramatization and an interview with the author.

All the events are free. Visit this website for information about Oakland's first ever Big Read program visit:

03/04/2009 - Wednesday 6:30 pm Fresh Perspectives: Theatrical performance Location: Main Library, West Auditorium @ 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA Artistic Director of Rough N Ready Theatre Players, Daunielle Rasmussen and the Theatre Department Chair at Laney College, Michael Torres, work with local actors to bring to life poignant scenes from A Lesson Before Dying in an intimate theatrical experience.

03/06/2009 - Friday 6:00 pm At the Death House Door Location: Oakland Museum of California @ 1000 Oak Street at 10th, Oakland, CA 94607. After the special screening of the Independent Film Channel's award-winning documentary, a short discussion follows.

03/07/2009 - Saturday 10:00 a.m. Writing Lessons: A Poetry Workshop Location: CSU East Bay's The Oakland Center @ 1000 Broadway, Suite 109, Oakland, CA 94607 Prize-winning, local creative writer, Arisa White.


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