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Weather permitting.... let’s go hiking! Goldenrod Trail to Bass Cove Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Oakland, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/clyde-woolridge-to-lake-chabot
Explore untold narratives of California's LGBTQ communities in OMCA’s powerful new exhibition Queer California: Untold Stories. Go beyond the mainstream with stories focusing on transgender communities, people of color, women, and others who have often been left out of this history. Queer California: Untold Stories will deepen and expand our understanding of this history through art, video, music, and more. Experience powerful examples of social activism through contemporary artwork and historical materials and view rarely-seen artifacts, archival documents, photographs, costumes, and ephemera such as zines, stickers, and flyers. The exhibition aligns important milestones in LGBTQ culture with lesser-known stories, focusing on a diversity of queer identities, civil rights, and resistance to oppression. Share your own personal experiences and moments in a participatory gallery display that reflects the range of California’s queer history and the places that those outside of the norm may have found that they fit in. Queer California presents a future of possibility; through themes of memory, mourning, anger, desire, and hope, this exhibition draws on histories of struggle for self-determination to help us imagine a more inclusive future. There is a $5 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission. OMCA includes representations of queer bodies and material with sexual content in this exhibition in order to affirm the ways in which they have been central to the experience of LGBTQ individuals and communities. In order to provide visitors a clear choice about viewing material with explicit sexual content, it is indicated like this: QCA-explicit.jpg
World-renowned tattoo artists Don Ed Hardy, Junii Shimada and Mary Joy Scott discuss Japanese tattooing both in the Edo period and today, in conjunction with the special exhibition Tattoos in Japanese Prints. Taki Kitamura of State of Grace moderates. The art of Japanese tattooing has come a long way from its origins in an insular, premodern Japan. Today, artists from across the globe practice this style, inking their clients with motifs made popular in the hedonistic “floating world” and transmitted across the centuries by bold, colorful woodblock prints, on view in the exhibition.