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Saul Williams, Aja Monet, SCRAAATCH & Miss Ollie’s

September 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

| $35 - $90
Saul Williams Aja MonetSCRAAATCH & Miss Ollie's

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Even on the coldest (a.k.a. 50-degree) Oakland day, SARAH KIRNON’s soul-warming Caribbean cuisine at (Michelin 2019) Miss Ollie’s will transport you to the islands. Barbados-born Chef/owner Sarah Kirnon named her restaurant after her grandmother, and it now serves up many of her childhood favorites, including plump, sweet grilled shrimp in a jerk marinade and some of the best fried chicken in town—with a flaky golden-brown crust. Housed in the historic Swan’s Market building in Old Oakland, Miss Ollie’s has a particularly loyal crowd of lunchtime regulars, who sip tart ginger limeade as they liberally dose their food with the excellent Scotch bonnet hot sauce. With all the colorful art on the walls as well as a welcoming staff, it’s a rustic slice of Caribbean soul. – MICHELIN guide inspectors

Aja Monet is a Caribbean American poet, performer, and educator. Her poems are wise, lyrical, and courageous. Aja Monet was awarded the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title and has been internationally recognized for combining her spellbound voice and vivid poetic imagery on stage. In 2018, Aja Monet’s first full collection of poetry, My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. She read the title poem of her collection at the national Women’s March on Washington DC in 2017 to commemorate women of the Diaspora. Aja has independently published several chapbooks including Inner-City Chants & Cyborg Cyphers (2014) and The Black Unicorn Sings (2010). In 2012, she collaborated with poet/musician Saul Williams on the book Chorus: A literary Mixtape, an anthem of a new generation of poets.


September 28, 2019
6:00 pm
$35 - $90
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(510) 269-1032
3098 E. 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601 United States