This morning we speak to Cynthia Taylor, Assistant Dir. of Public Programming at the Oakland Museum of California, about Summer Nights, tonight, Fri., July 27, 2012, 5 - 9 p.m. yes, extended hours at half price! Visit museumca.org We wax at length about tonight's programming which besides a book signing with Oakland cartoon artist, Dan Clowes with Chris Ware. There will be a special bus out front for folks to get on and explore 1968 memories while Amoeba Records is spinning all the hits of that era or season. Funny Girl screens outside, the Blue Cafe popping hot corn treats for patrons to eat. Taylor and I also spoke about a special ceremony tomorrow, 1-3 p.m. the Ohlone basket weaving ceremony, which is free admission and next week's annual Celebration of the Summer Reading Program with the Oakland Public Library. We are then joined by Thomas Simpson, AfroSolo founder whose program is in its 19th year. The AfroSolo season kicks off Mon., July 30, at the Common Wealth Club with a panel discussion on Race with Joyce Gordon, Sherri Young, Marcus Shelby and Sean San Jose. We close with a rebroadcast of Safi wa Nairobi's interview with Watts Prophets co-founders Richard. DeDeaux and Father Amde Hamilton. Music featured comes from Donald Bailey Blueprints of Jazz Vol.3. Again Mr. Bailey is honored this weekend at the Nat'l Treasures Concert at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music at 1616 Franklin @ 17th Street.
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