A week and a half ago I attended the first ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.   I have been a technology consultant for over fifteen years and usually the only woman of color, well hell let’s be real, the only woman of any color in my organization.  I have worked ae major corporations from the East coast to the West coast and everywhere in between on some of the most cutting edge technology throughout the years.  To sit in a room with 800 lesbians who are also in technology when my entire work experience has been sans women and lesbians my entire career was one of the most empowering experiences I have had in my life.  The whole day was magical.

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Heather Hiles, Founder Pathbrite

It was heartening to see what lesbians are doing to shake things up, start a footprint and make an impact.  It was also wonderful to see so many of us in positions of power.  For instance, co-founder of Indiegogo, Lesbian, top Google exec, Lesbian, top Facebook exec, Lesbian, founder of Pathbrite which raised 8 million (yes I said 8 million) in funding, Lesbian!  It was really amazing.

During the event a few startups got up on stage to give their pitch to the audience competing for a $2500 prize.  All the startup pitches were great but one really stood out to me.  CEO Robyn Exton of Dattch gave a charming pitch about her new dating app called Dattch.  After listening to all my single friends bemoan apps like OKCupid and Match.com for their total uselessness, this app, made by women for women, seemed timely in its arrival to the Bay Area.  I had a chance to talk to Robyn Exton about the app.  Check out what she has to say about this fresh, new app then keep scrolling to get the 411 on the rest of the weekend.  PS.  Check out my review of Camber at the bottom.

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Robyn Exton

Miz Chris [MC]:  Where are you from?

Robyn Exton [RE]:  I was originally born in Canada but have lived in the UK for most of life. Currently I can be found near Shoreditch in London.

[MC]:  What inspired you to create Dattch?

[RE]:  I’d worked with a dating business for a few years and found the space really interesting, but the motivation came when a friend had broken up with her girlfriend. We were in the pub and were getting her signed up to a dating site we all used and as we did it we realised that none of us liked the existing sites, even a little bit! They were full of fake accounts and normally just a reskin of a gay male site. So I quit my job and setup Dattch, to actually give women what they are looking for.

[MC]:  What is different about Dattch compared to other mobile apps for lesbian dating?dattch5

[RE]:  We’ve built the whole app and experience completely for women. We validate every profile to stop straight men joining up and asking you for a threesome. Our profiles are like Pinterest boards where you can upload all your pictures from Facebook and Instagram to show who you really are, no awkward text fields, just pictures to show who you really are. We also have girlfriend mode so you can carry on reading all the Dattch blog content and LGBT news without having to close your account. Lastly, there’s Would You Rather, a way to get talking to other girls quickly by choosing if you would rather a Dattch Girl, or an alternative, like Sophie or Margaritas, Hannah or Poker? If you chose each other, you get matched with what you chose each other over so its easy to get talking.

[MC]:  What markets are you currently in?

[RE]:  We’re currently live across the UK and have just launched in the US app store in San Francisco/Bay Area. If you’re outside of the San Francisco area, you can request for Dattch to come to your area and as soon as we hit 2000 requests, we’ll open it up there.

robyn-pitch[MC]:  What are your future goals for Dattch?

[RE]:  We just went everyone to know that it’s a great way to meet new women. The more the community spreads the word, the better it is for everyone. Asides from getting every woman in the USA on it, we’re getting ready to take it to other international markets.

Note:  You can download the Dattch app from the App Store right now.

 

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1966851_1412596168993611_1667204902_nOpen House Social Mixer
International Art Museum of America
1025 Market St, SF
7pm-10pm
Get Tix

Come join us for this one of a kind opportunity to see a new event space to do our Social Mixer inside the fancy International Art Museum of America located in downtown San Francisco. This hidden treasure of a venue will feature some nice music, cocktails, and network with some of the best socialites in the entertainment and hospitality industry.

RSVP here: http://iama31314.eventbrite.com/

Music by Dj heyLove and Monika Santucci

No cover with RSVP and early arrival is highly suggested! This is a 21 & over event.

Parking located at 5th & Mission Garage or simple take public transportation via Bart, Muni or Taxi.

 

1531801_10152164552373839_242226334_oMonte Negro
Shashamane Bar & Grill
2507 Broadway Blvd., Oakland
10p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
No Cover

MONTE NEGRO is a beautiful dance party paying tribute to the great Cuban Timba music of today! We also mix in some Regaeton, Cumbia, Salsa Dura and Bachata.

Learn how to dance Cuban Style Rueda/Casino Salsa from one of the best teachers in the Bay Area. Sean’s Afro-Cuban Class is an easy and fun way to move your body, build community and learn dance skills that you will enjoy for the rest of your life!

Every Thursday night dance class schedule will be as follows:
8pm to 9pm – Beginning Level
9pm to 10pm – Mixed Level
10pm to 1:30am – MONTE NEGRO – Salsa con Timba Party!

Please note that there is a fee for the Sean’s Afro-Cuban Class.
There is no cover for MONTE NEGRO.

 

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1623694_10151997951723155_330441883_nNight of Cultural Resistance
UC Berkeley Memorial Glade
Free

The Multicultural Community Center, Cross Cultural Student Development in collaboration with ASUC Office of the President and Superb bring you the 15th Annual Night of Cultural Resistance!

Doors Open at 5pm! Show Starts at 5:45pm!
If you’re hungry come early food will go FAST!

Community Building Activities:

With the values of rootedness, resiliency, creativity, and survival we have created community building activities which allow folks to engage in embodying these movements. Come enjoy silk screening, seed planting, pot decorating, collective knowledge building, and selfieLove for a night filled with beautiful energies.

Performances by:
Body Waves
Barbara Jane Reyes
Yosimar Reyes Poetry
Young Gifted and Black
Las Cafeteras
and special guests
Blue Scholars and Talib Kweli!

ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

The Night of Cultural Resistance (NoCR) is the culminating event of our Week of Cultural Resistance (WoCR) which is scheduled for 03/10/13-03/14/13. Every year NoCR features live performances, art making, food, and various other activities to celebrate our resilience and honor the ways in which communities of color continue to resist and flourish within the university. NoCR is more than a concert or a show, it is an opportunity for communities on and off campus to come together and share stories, skills and resources. We are excited to be holding NoCR on Memorial Glade this year in order to increase visibility and access!!

This year’s theme is ROOT Y(OUR) FUTURE! The theme is inspired by the 45th Anniversary of the first twLF strike at UC Berkeley. We invite folks to not just remember twLF but to also continue living by, and creating with, the goals and values that fed the movement at the time.

 

1966161_616874595029038_116441359_oBig Dyke Comedy Show
Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph Ave. Oakland,
Free Admission
Doors open @ 7:00pm
Show @ 8:00pm
21 & Over
No Drink Minimum

Calling all butch, femme’s, soft butch, lipstick, earth mothers, babydykes, bulldykes, transdykes, dieseldykes, grannydykes, drag kings, hasbians, other really cool Lesbians and their admirers!

The Big Dyke Comedy Show – featuring an all Lesbian comic line up! We invite our entire LGBT Bay Area community and allies to come out and laugh with our Lesbian sisters!

1795826_10202637795618115_271887253_oALL OF THE FREE RESERVED SEATS ARE GONE BUT THERE ARE STILL SEATS AVAILABLE FOR FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. GET THERE EARLY FOR GOOD SEATING OTHERWISE YOU’LL BE LEFT STANDING.

Hosted by Irene Tu

Ash Fisher
Kimberly Rose Wendt
Carrie Avritt
Loren Kraut
Dolores Trevino
Jen Dronsky

Hang out afterwards with DJ Lady Ryan for the best Lesbian social mixer in the East Bay!

 

10012211_672976056093913_406847508_oWeekend Love
Era Art Bar
19 Grand Ave, Oakland
10 p.m. – 1:30pm
$10

No feeling is better than the feeling you get when it is time to relax, unwind, and be yourself.

You’ve worked your way past Monday, you’ve gotten over the hump, and now it’s time to get ready for the weekend and we all Love the Weekend.

Weekend Love is a monthly event that goes down every 2nd Friday at Era Art Bar and Lounge, giving Oakland’s hard working community a chance to unwind, let loose, dance, and enjoy themselves with beautiful like-minded people. Not only is Weekend Love housed at one of Oakland’s most aesthetically focused venues, it features the sounds of DJ Haylow, one of the best DJs that the Bay Area has to offer, playing club classics including Hip Hop, R&B, Funk, Soul, 80s, 70s and much more. You are sure to enjoy this event, as it will become your new monthly destination.

The work week becomes much easier when you know that you have something to look forward to at the end of the week. Come to Weekend Love, because you deserve to treat yourself.

 

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1979854_10153176002797588_1747696800_nQueer Shimmy!
Twists and Turns
Workshop

Shabnam Studio
580 Grand Ave #304, Oakland
12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
$15

Come out and dance at Queer Shimmy, an LGBTQ Bellydance workshop! This month’s focus is on solid turns and tight twists. Gain balance, coordination, and abdominal strength.

Learn the beautiful movements of an ancient art in an upbeat and supportive environment. Instructor Heaven creates a warm, fun environment for exploring your connection to your body, while improving your moves.

No previous dance experience necessary. All body types and genders welcome.

12:15 Workshop registration
12:30-1:30pm Dance workshop
1743516_611406012248314_1045135896_nCuntained
El Rio
3158 Mission, SF
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
$5-$100 Sliding Scale

Cuntained: A dance party extravaganza to both celebrate and support the incredible work of California Coalition for Women Prisoners (womenprisoners.org).

DJ Andro and DJ M.L.E. WAX will be playing the beats to keep you dancing all day long.

Featuring fabulous drag and burlesque performances from the likes of:
Izzy Adahl
Sugar Magnolia and Molly Molotov
D. Faust
Laika Fox, Interstellar Ecdysiast

And there’s more! There will be a Vagina-themed Art auction to whet your aesthetic appetite. Bring your dollars!

 

1016440_10203316912461934_1553643754_nThe Living Room Project
1919 Market Street, Oakland
8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
$5

Engaging Your Body, Mind, and Soul – A West Oakland Loft Extravaganza

house || soul || dnb || funk || hip hop || whatever else we’re feelin’

*Resident Sound Jedis:
Trinity (TrinityWolf Network II Living Room Project)
LP (Free Lunch Crew II Social Life II No Pants)

*Guest Selectors:
Nina Sol
Sake One (Restless Natives)

*Visual Curater:
Bushmama Africa

Living Room 3rd Saturdays brings you the unique experience of an intimate Oakland loft party, featuring the best djs, live performers, and artists in the Bay Area & beyond.

 

1385184_10151983488842984_901103125_nCrush
Luka’s Taproom
2221 Broadway St., Oakland
10 p.m.

Every 3rd Saturday we make you move to sultry sounds at Luka’s Taproom in Oakland, and we’d love for you to join us! CRUSH is the place to grind up and get down to dance floor fillers with all the hottest people around. Come move with us as we make magic!

– Hiphop – Dancehall – Slaps – RnB – Soul – Remixes –

Sounds provided by:
DJ MrLucky
DJ GelSon
DJ Umami

Special Guest This month:
DeejayLady Ryan

Party starts at 10pm, 21+
Ladies free b4 11pm!!
RSVP for discount entry: crushguestlist@gmail.com
Remember to ask your bartenders about drink specials!
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1898799_753174824695475_1622790010_oMixologi Brunch
Era Art Bar
19 Grand Ave, Oakland
12:30 p.m.

2014 is going to be a great year for Mixologi and we can’t wait to kick it off with you. We are presenting a kick ass Sunday Brunch event at Oakland’s very own Era Art Bar. Join us in your Sunday best for a perfectly executed afternoon of well selected music, a diverse group of amazingly fun people, and yummy in your tummy food

Save the date for Sunday March 16!

Music provided by:
King Most
Vinyl & Hyde (featuring DJ Mackswell)
DJ Fly Mar

 

1625738_10152242971576419_1669298275_nPreserving Our Bay Area Lesbian Histories
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A community conversation about the preservation of Bay Area lesbian and queer women’s histories. Includes drummers, an exhibit and vendors. Moderated by Lenn Keller, community archivist, curator, documentarian, and media artist.

 

1656087_10152716983866164_11071865_nDebauchery
White Horse
6551 Telegraph, Oakland
Doors 7 p.m.
Show 8 p.m.

March’s beneficiary is…. DEBAUCHERY! Instead of taking money away from our beneficiaries to cover our costs, every 4th show goes to US to keep this rad, queer, hot justice project alive!!

Debauchery is: queers stripping for queers in hot, anti-oppressive space, raising money for organizations that serve the queer and LGBT+ community.

The show features stripteases, tons of audience interaction and even birthday lap dances onstage! Be sure to bring plenty of dollar bills — a portion of the proceeds goes to groups providing health, fun and social services within the queer community.

Dottie Lux
Sugar Cane Jane
Ava Lanche
Snatch Adams
Jack Cox
Trixie Fou Laurant
Amelia Ross
D. Love
Blue Chari$ma
Magnoliah Black
& Laika Fox

 

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indexI remember when Camber was in its construction phase.  I would pass it and think it would be nice to have a restaurant on this street other than the Cafe.  Then it opened and I just never got around to dining there.  I finally rectified that this past weekend and oh how I can’t believe what I have been missing.

First and foremost let me say that the staff is INCREDIBLY nice.  I really believe if you start your dining experience with good service it really enhances your overall visit.  The hostess was so gracious and sat us quickly.  And our server Maria was very knowledgeable about the menu items and gave us some great suggestions.  AND she did the one thing that will always ensure my server gets a big tip, she kept my glass of soda filled. I never one had to ask for a refill.

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Spring Rolls

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Now on to the food.  We were there during happy hour so we decided to try several things.  We ordered the Chicken Samosas, Camber Egg Rolls, Shrimp Rangoon, Spicy Beef Sliders,Garlic Noodles with chicken and garlic green beans.  It has been a hot minute since I have tasted food this good.  The Spicy Beef Sliders were delicious.  Seriously delicious.  I can not explain how serious I am about this deliciousness.  If you are meat eater and/or a connoisseur of the slider like I am, this is not to be missed dish.  The meat is perfectly cooked, juicy not dry and seasoned sublimely.

The Shrimp Rangoon is just a little piece of heaven on earth.  A nice crunch on the outside but the shrimp/cream cheese cloud-like filling really is the star here.   The egg rolls are just the right amount of crunchy veggies, lightly fried

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Garlic Noodles and Garlic Green Beans

wrapper and savory seasonings; that trifecta is sometimes hard to achieve.  Not at Camber; they did it just right.  The Chicken Samosas are good but not great (hence the four star rating).  I didn’t like the sauce they came with and the chicken didn’t have a lot of flavor.  I have had better elsewhere.  I think next time I will try the potato samosas and see if there is more kick there.

The superstar of the night was hands down the Garlic Noodle with the chicken (and I say to you, don’t be a cheapo add the chicken it is worth it).  The noodles are perfectly infused with flavor, the chicken is melt in your mouth tender and your first bite explodes with the savory without being overwhelmingly garlicky.  It was great to pair the garlic green beans (thanks for the suggestion Maria!) with this dish.  The green beans were well cooked, not mushy and still had a bit of crunch.  Now a green bean is a green bean not much to get excited about EXCEPT if they are sitting in the garlic sauce at Camber.  The garlic sauce is divine.  There was not one single green bean left on the plate when we were through.  In fact we brought home leftovers but not of the green beans and if you knew my distaste for all food green you would know that is saying something.

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Samosas

This is a great place to eat for lunch, date night, friend night, by yourself, with your invisible friend whatever.  Just make sure you put this one on your regular rotations of restaurants. I know I have added it to mine.

 

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