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Dream Benefit

Posted by novoscene on February 3, 2010

Ten years ago, one of the biggest names in the Bay Area’s graffiti world was murdered. Mike “Dream” Francisco helped create the visual aesthetic of Oakland’s Hip Hop culture, say his admirers. The artist, who was also celebrated in his Filipino American community, worked with subjects that promoted tolerance and explored social issues affecting minorities.

To mark his tenth death anniversary, a group of DJs and artists have put together a benefit for Francisco’s son, Akil Francisco, whose mother recently succumbed to breast cancer.

The graffiti artist’s former colleagues at the TDK Crew (Those Damn Kids) will be putting up an art exhibit at the event. They’ve also been working on a book on Francisco’s art and life — The Title of My Book Reads: Advanced Vandalism. The proceeds from the sale of the book will also go to his son, Akil, say the event’s organizers.

The music will last a while, thanks to DJs Apollo, ShortKut, Sake One, Fuze, Myke One, Platurn, Namane, and Willie Maze. There will also be live performances — Equipto, F.A.M.E., the Bangers, and drums by Big G of the 808 Band.

Dream Day: Celebrating the life and legacy of Mike “Dream” Francisco
Friday, February 5
Art Show: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., all ages, free
Showtime: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10 (Donations accepted), all ages (with parent)
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
Checks to made out to The Dream Trust Fund or Akil Francisco

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