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DON REED'S East 14th - A Benefit for 51Oakland
December 02, 2012
For One Night Only!
Sunday, Dec 2
- 7pm $25
- Ages 17+ only due some mature language and themes
Comedian Don Reed (HBO, Cosby Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) EAST 14TH chronicles the true tale of a young man raised in Oakland by his mother and ultra-strict stepfather as a middle class, straight A, God-fearing church boy. The boy, however, wanted to be just like his dear old Dad. Too bad he didn't know dear old Dad was a pimp. And yet we find even the outlaws in our community have a moral compass that leads our most promising to higher ground and higher education. Very funny, definitely poignant — a ride down a street you won't soon forget. The New Yorker - "Hilarious! The audience can't stop laughing." The San Francisco Chronicle described Reed as an "Irresistible presence," and the East Bay Express declared the show ‘...Nothing short of amazing." The show is a Double NAACP Theatre Award Nominee - Best Actor & Best Playwright --Best Bay Area Critics Circle Award Solo Performance nominee and was the longest running one man show in East Bay Area History. Visit east14th.com for backstory or themarsh.org to view his new '80's show The Kipling Hotel.
51Oakland was established in 2011 by Yoshie Akiba, co-owner of the renowned musical venues, Yoshi’s Oakland and Yoshi’s San Francisco, and Jason Hofmann, an Oakland-based entrepreneur and former educator who, since 2001, has been involved in philanthropic activities benefiting youth.
51Oakland, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is organized and operated solely to promote educational, artistic and musical opportunities for youth in the Oakland community. 51Oakland provides access to mentoring, nurturing and training by professional musicians. The mission, simply put, is to inspire student learning, hard work, discipline and self-esteem by strengthening the role of music and the arts in the Oakland public school system. This is a grassroots organization being built not only with the vision of its co-founders, but, more significantly, with the input, ideas and creativity of the Oakland public school teachers, principals and the community at large.