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    DOING will be a study in the origins of theater, not from historical precedent, but through the ongoing reinvention of action. We will work with the shape of each hour of the 24-hour cycle, and we will meet on a weekly basis to share what we have recorded. The information to be recorded includes the following:• 1) The space/s you are in, and/or move through• 2) The position, movement, gestures of your body• 3) Your six sense doorso a. Eye and visible objectso b. Ear and soundo c. Nose and odoro d. Tongue and taste

    Being organized in Bay Area | 5 meetings
  • Value, Capitalism, Communism

    A seminar led by Jasper Bernes. The seminar is designed to run for three sessions. For our first meeting, we will read a chapter — entitled Value, Time, and Communism” — that Gilles Dauvé has added to a new edition of his classic 1974 text, Eclipse and Re-emergence of the Communist Movement.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 3 meetings
  • Birdhouse presents 4-D Sculpture

    Birdhouse, the experimental art department of the Bay Area Public School, is pleased to announce our upcoming ‘4-D Sculpture’ survey course. Based on notes for a class taught by the American artist Paul Thek from 1978 to 1981 at a free art school in New York City, we will explore sculpture in the expanded field through the creation and group critique of students’ work. This class is open to beginning and experienced artists.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 2 meetings
  • Training Spiritual Warriors : Conversations with Lynice Pinkard

    Please join us at the OMNI for informal conversations with Reverend Lynice Pinkard. We'll figure out what we're going to talk about when we meet: themes are likely to include empire, organizing, conflict, racism, justice, and love. Lynice Pinkard is a pastor, teacher, and healer in Oakland, California. Her work is dedicated to decolonizing the human spirit and to freeing people from what she calls “empire affective disorder.”

    Being organized in Bay Area | 3 meetings
  • Vampire Poetics

    Vampire Poetics will imagine what Vampire Poetics might be through reading and discussion of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Joseph Valente’s Dracula’s Crypt, Alice Notley’s Songs and Stories of the Ghouls and Jalal Toufic’s (Vampires) while keeping Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nosferatu, Shadow of a Vampire, Blacula and other movies, books, manifestations of popular culture and local politics in mind.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 1 meeting
  • Dialectics of Feminism and Technology

    Dialectics of Feminism and Technology, a class led by Alex Cruse Tues. 7-8:30 PM, in one of the Bay Area Public School rooms of the Omni, 4799 Shattuck(room locations will be more stable as we settle in to the building!)

    Being organized in Bay Area | 3 meetings
  • Society of the Spectacle: with Ken Knabb (7pm)

    THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE A discussion group facilitated by Ken Knabb Guy Debord's "The Society of the Spectacle," originally published in Francein 1967, is probably the most important radical book of the twentiethcentury. In this group we will be reading and discussing Ken Knabb's newannotated translation of Debord's book. The group will meet every Tuesday evening from August 12 through October 28(socializing 6:30-7:00, discussion 7:00-9:00).

    Being organized in Bay Area | 12 meetings
  • Chess Club

    playing chess together!

    Being organized in Bay Area | 5 meetings
  • Stir It Up! : A Soup Class

    We will gather to prepare, cook, and eat soup. Anyone who wants to make soup and/or eat soup is welcome to join us.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 6 meetings
  • No More Bad Meetings

    This class will meet every other Wednesday from September 17 until December 17, 2014meeting (noun): a gathering of people for a particular purposeLearn how to hold efficient meetings, build common ground, make plans, and have meaningful discussions.The approaches presented in this class ensure that everyone's perspective is heard, and that what is important to each person, and their contribution, is honored in the final product or decision.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 8 meetings
  • Early Agamben: A Seminar with Adam Kotsko

    This seminar will focus on the early work of the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, beginning with his book 'Infancy and History: On the Destruction of Experience', with the possibility for continuing on afterwards with 'Language and Death'. Adam Kotsko is visiting the Bay Area and has agreed to facilitate the seminar. Come join the discussion on Agamben! Meetings will take place every Monday at 4:00pm, starting on June 30th. We'll read up to the first 34 pages for class number one and go from there.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 5 meetings
  • Natural History on Foot

    Join us for weekly walks through the many habitats of the Bay Area and beyond. We'll begin by exploring our own backyard: the East Bay Hills, the hidden watersheds, canyons, shoreline, and, of course, cityscapes. From time to time, we hope to explore farther landscapes too. Sometimes we'll invite people with special knowledge to join us (mushrooms? insects? rocks? reptiles?). But over time, we'll find that our widening circle will embrace more and more knowledge to be built and shared. Meetings: 8am Tuesdays, with occasional other times announced in advanced.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 1 meeting
  • Alice Notley Reading Group

    This is a reading group around the work of Alice Notley, in anticipation of the upcoming conference at the Bay Area Public School, "Alette in Oakland." Her work will be read in chronological sequence, and those attending will be provided with all the texts needed. Bring chocolate, berries, cheese, martinis, and any other compliment which distills prolonged discussion. We will meet in Laura's garden and read until the sun sets and we can no longer see what we are reading. No assignments, no prompts, no maintenance, only reading out loud until the light dies away.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 4 meetings
  • The Public Shul : Reading the Talmud Very, Very Slowly

    We will gather to study Aramaic grammar towards a reading of the Babylonian Talmud, tractate Berakoth. All are welcome to join us !

    Being organized in Bay Area | 11 meetings
  • The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    Legal scholar Michelle Alexander's seminal work, "The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," outlines how the gains of the civil rights movement have been systematically turned back by the exponential rise in incarcerations of brown and black men.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 5 meetings
  • Omni Oakland Collective meeting

    7pm-9pm: Delegates meeting Elected delegates from each participating group/collective meet at 7pm to deal with specific logistical issues and decisions. Also open to all, but if there is a vote, only delegates can vote on agenda items. We usually have a lot to get through!Want more info? See

    Being organized in Bay Area | 9 meetings
  • Whatever : Reading Agamben's Coming Community

    We will gather to discuss "The Coming Community" by Giorgio Agamben, which has become one of the fundamental points of reference for the political philosophy of our time. We will gather for a one-off discussion of this text, and discuss the possibility of an ongoing series exploring Agamben's thought as it is developed in "Homo Sacer," towards a potential cycle on the question of precarity. Participants are asked to read this short book in its entirety before coming to the class. We will read sections of it aloud & will also respond to writing prompts in the course of the session.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 1 meeting
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    test - please ignore.

    Being organized in Bay Area | No meetings
  • The Workers' Circle : Cultural Resistance as a Way of Life

    The Workers' Circle was the key institution of the workers' revolutionary movement in late 19th century Russia. Historian Deborah Pearl will detail the character of the Circle, the literature it circulated, and the experience of the workers. Deborah Pearl has a doctorate in history from UC Berkeley & has spent her career researching Russian workers and the revolutionary movement.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 1 meeting
  • "BAPS Review" Workshop

    On Thurs, March 27th at 6pm we'll convene at BAPS (2141 Broadway, Oakland) to share information, organize the trajectory and share our vision for this workshop and the first edition of the "BAPS Review". (we'll also collectively decide on the name of the "BAPS Review")

    Being organized in Bay Area | 2 meetings



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