It was so good to have a week off during the holidays. One of the things on my list during my vacation was to visit the Teenie Harris exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland. I took my sister and brother-in-law. We had a great time and yes, you must go to see this exhibit more than once. Unless you have a long time to spend, once is not enough. The exhibit helped me identify some of my Teenie Harris photographs. On the day we went, the museum was filled with families who all obviously had the same idea. Anyone who knows the Pittsburgh Courier knows something about Charles Teenie Harris. The title of the exhibit is “Teenie Harris Photographer An American Story.”

One of the great things about going to the museum was finding out about all of the associated events that are coming up. Get out your pen and mark your calendars. This first one is a stretch due to the date. Jan. 12, Off Center: August Wilson & Teenie Harris. Join Mark Clayton Southers and the August Wilson Center Theatre ensemble for a pairing of Wilson plays and Harris photographs. $10; includes museum admission and one drink ticket.

On Jan. 28 from 1-5 p.m. in the CMA Theater there will be a symposium: Photography and the Urban Experience, this is free and a reception follows.

On Feb. 26 at 4:30 in Carnegie Music Hall, Raising Voices: Community Choirs Gospel Concert, this is also free.

On March 1, “Bound Together” Book Club, 6:30-7:45 p.m., here participants will enjoy a casual and thoughtful 15-minute gallery talk in “Teenie Harris, Photographer” followed by a discussion of “Damn Near White: An African American Family’s Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success,” by Carolyn Marie Wilkins.

On March 29, at 7 p.m. enjoy an evening of poetry reading and conversation led by African-American poets inspired by “Teenie Harris, Photographer.” The exhibit will run until April 7, 2012.

When we left the museum we went to one of the newest restaurants in Oakland. It is called The Porch and is located right in Schenley Plaza, next to the carousel. Yes there is a merry go round right in the middle of Oakland. The Porch is operated by Eat n’ Park, but it doesn’t have that Eat n’ Park feel. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an Eat n’ Park fan, this eatery is just not the former Big Boy. At The Porch you order your food and then take a seat. If you want water you get it from the water station where you can find water with lemons or cucumber, quite nice and very refreshing. I had the grilled cheese and soup. My soup was a little bland. My sister had a turkey sandwich and soup that she thought was going to be bean and ham. The lady who took the order failed to say they were out of the bean and ham and they substituted a vegetable puree soup. Despite the glitches on the soup I want to try this restaurant again, I like the atmosphere.

Before you leave the museum check out the gift shop, there are Teenie Harris books, totes and T-shirts. Museum gift shops are so much fun.

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