Daaaaaaang, all this rain has been hella needed but I am ready to go back to our Bay Area sunshiney days aren’t you?  Well, we have a few coming up (unless the weather decides not to cooperate) this weekend so pull out your phone and put these events in, with an alarm so you make sure you don’t miss a thing!

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing comedian Irene Tu, who will be performing this weekend for one night only at Dis/Orient/Ed Comedy at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.   Check it out and then check out my nom nom review of Forge.  Hope to see you out and about this weekend (and hopefully without the need for an umbrella)

1069429_564312756946045_1899010079_nMiz Chris [MC]:  Where are you from?

Irene Tu [IT]:  I’m originally from Chicago but I now live in Berkeley. My parents are from China.

[MC]:  How did you begin your career in comedy?

[IT]:  I started taking stand-up and improv classes in high school because I would watch The Ellen Show every day after school and thought she was hilarious and I wanted to be just like Ellen. Also, a girl I had a crush on told me I was funny once and I was convinced becoming a famous comedian would be the only way to win her heart. It didn’t work, but I’m also not famous… yet.

[MC]:  As an Asian-American comedian what if any obstacles have you encountered in your career in 922458_10102067407081443_903555598_ocomedy?

[IT]:  It’s hard being an Asian-American comedian because there are so few of us, and it can feel very isolating. Sometimes I get written off before I get on stage because I don’t look like what people imagine as a typical stand-up comic which means I have to prove I’m funny compared to someone else who may “look” like a comedian. Other than that, I’ve received nothing but support from fellow comedians.

IMG_0623[MC]:  What makes you funny?

[IT]:  My extreme love of Ellen makes me funny. And I’ve been told I’m sarcastic but I have no idea what they’re talking about.

[MC]:  What other projects do you have in the works?

[IT]:  I’m currently working on a couple to-be-named web series and also writing what I hope to be the “best lesbian screenplay ever.” I’ll probably finish it in 10 years.

 

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1797335_10152616893688626_379170081_nOakland Reconstructed
Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway, Oakland
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

“Oakland Reconstructed: The Birth of a District” – Last fall, Broaklyn presented the Brooklyn Reconstructed Film Series; a collection of documentaries centered in Brooklyn rooted in explaining the mechanics contributing towards the reshaping of communities. One year later, “Oakland Reconstructed” brings the focus to Oakland. Through a series of town forums, a league of scholars, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and creatives will work to answer the question many of them are already asking themselves, “Where do I fit into Oakland”?

Please rsvp at http://oakforum.eventbrite.com/

 

10001383_617589029568_723564795_nThe Larkade
Boom Boom Room
1601 Fillmore, SF
8 p.m.

it’s the larkade installment 3, yo!!

thanks to everyone who came out last night! the larkade #3 is gonna be just as epic. we’ll be back at the boom boom room with amazing live performers, including Zakiya Harris with her amazing band, Elephantine.

:: zakiya harris ::
www.zakiyaharris.com
Zakiya “The Shapeshifter” Harris is vocalist, dancer and actress who has been creating at the intersections of environmental justice, art and community for over 12 years. Her show combines R&B, electronic, and pure bay area hybrid funk through an all-star lineup of incredible musicians and singers. Her presence demands attention and her grooves demand dancing.

:: rachel lark ::
larksongs.com
rachel lark is a true performer who mixes chutzpah with vulnerability and ukulele with synth as if they were all logical ingredients in an exotic but satisfying cake. also the curator of the larkade, she hopes to bring something new to her set and her audience each time. come out and see what’s next this month!

:: jk-47 ::
this magical duo features rad DJ’s and lovable bro’s, sir-real and fmbandit. they’ll keep you busy on the dance floor ’til last call.

 

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10153030_10203545605181255_1967183889_nTourettes without Regrets
Oakland Metro
630 3rd Street, Oakland
8:30 p.m
$10
Sign up’s 8pm
Show 8:30pm

STAND UP COMEDY *BURLESQUE * BEAT-BOXING * SLAM POETRY * FREESTYLE BATTLE * DIRTY HAIKU BOUT * CRAZY CONTESTS! * MIRTHFUL MAYHEM
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FEATURING :
April Fool’s Feature with FOU FOU HA

FFH is an ensemble of animated performers who thrill audiences with over the top shows filled with Circus antics, jaw-dropping dance numbers to high-energy music and audience interactive playfulness. We are a family of enticing, colorful, sexy performers, each owning a unique character and color that celebrates individuality and unabashed human expression.

PAUL SAVAGE – Fire Suspension

This member of Cirquedelic is always taking his acts to the next level, combining well choreographed fire routines with an artistic flare, and surprises!

Comedians KEVIN MUNROE, JENNIFER DRONSKY, and IVY VASQUEZ

SEANMICHAEL -Pole Artist
SIZZLING SIRENS -Burlesque
VESPER SYND – Drag
JOYCE LEE – Does the 10 Crack Commandments
Dirty Cello with SIDNEY SIN
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Hosted by JAMIE DEWOLF and WONDER DAVE
The Maniac of Mouth, Wildman SIDESHOW SYZYGY!
Battle Beats by DJ MIGGY STARDUST!
Onstage Freaking by HUNNY BUNNAH and MISS ECCENTRIC!
Slammaster-KRYSTAL ASHE

 

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1889057_701137966591072_1204953437_oShow and Tell
Grand Re-Opening
1427 Broadway, Oakland
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join Show and Tell Concept Shop for our grand re-opening celebration and sale this Friday April 4th from 6-9pm.

20% off the entire store
Door Prizes for the first 15 guests
Raffle Prizes and More!

 

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1911994_427324880735976_1666239126_nDis/Orient/Ed Comedy
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Two Shows 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
$12 TICKETS PRESALE DISCOUNT UP (“EARLYBIRD” expires Tuesday, April 1st 11:55PM)
http://disorientedcomedy.com/
$20 Regular Price Tickets (Tickets to Each Show Sold Separately)
No food or drink min
Pre-show refreshments 30 minutes before each show

7PM SHOW

+ DHAYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN – BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL, COMEDY CENTRAL ASIA
+ IRENE TU – CHICAGO WOMEN’S FUNNY FESTIVAL, LAUGH FACTORY
+ D’LO – HBO’S LOOKING, INTERNATIONALLY TOURING TRANSGENDER PERFORMER
+ ATSUKO OKATSUKA – PRETTY FUNNY WOMEN, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY
+ JENNY YANG – BUZZFEED VIDEO, SHOWTIME’S “WHY WE LAUGH: FUNNY WOMEN”, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY
+ FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST: STEVE LEE – SF SKETCHFEST, SAN JOSE IMPROV, SF PUNCHLINE

9:30PM SHOW

+ SHANTI CHARAN – SF WEEKLY BEST OF 2012
+ PRIYA PRASAD – FIVE FUNNY FEMALES COMEDY, BAY AREA BLACK COMEDY COMPETITION
+ MOLLY SOKHOM – MOSO COMEDY, SAN JOSE IMPROV
+ D’LO – HBO’S LOOKING, INTERNATIONALLY TOURING PERFORMER
+ ATSUKO OKATSUKA – PRETTY FUNNY WOMEN, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY
+ JENNY YANG – SHOWTIME’S “WHY WE LAUGH: FUNNY WOMEN”, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY

 

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10001475_10202259672546490_1422490789_nAttraction
ERA Art Bar
19 Grand Ave, Oakland
12:20 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
RSVP for $5 list.
Post your name and plus’ on the wall.

Classic Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop Jams x Neo Soul x Afro Beat x Afro Latin

Controlling the Sounds…

Aebldee
DJLeydis of Cuba
True Justice (Special ALL 90’s Hip-Hop set!)

..and a very special LIVE Performance by :
Jennifer Johns

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our friends at
Sol Sisters Org
https://www.facebook.com/solsistersorg

 

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forge-logo4Forge
66 Franklin St
Ste 100
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 268-3200

I went to Forge really wanting to love the food.  The decor is cozy and warm.  It invites you to stay awhile, enjoy  libation, your friends and your food.  Two outta three ain’t bad.  The libations are good and if you have a good dinner companion(s), as I did, then you are doing pretty well.  You know what is NOT doing pretty well… the food.  Half of what we ordered was nothing to write about, so therefore I am not going to write much about it.  The chicken wings had absolutely zero flavor.  No spices, nothing to distinguish it from boiling said chicken wing in a pot of water andIMG_6221 copy then serving it.  Even the Bleu Cheese dressing that came on the side could do nothing to save the dish.  And as an aside why would you serve big wings and serve the Bleu Cheese dressing in a dish so small there is literally no way to dip the wing in the dish?  Makes no sense to me.

IMG_6222The Roasted Garlic Tomato soup was runny.  You expect that a tomato soup is going to be hearty, warm your insides and with garlic added have some flavor.  Well, unfortunately no that was not the case.  When you put the soup on your spoon you could literally see through the soup as if it was chicken broth, ummmm, but it wasn’t it was TOMATO SOUP!  We took about three bites before we moved it to the side of the table.  And no I didn’t want to take it home to eat later which is a real indication about how much I disliked this dish.  I always take soup home, it is one of the very few things that reheat well the next day.  Unfortunately, there was no saving the soup.IMG_6223

Next up for our palettes was the Chicory Salad.  As many of you know I am adverse to all things green so on this I deferred to my dining companion.    She really enjoyed the salad and ate every morsel.  Myself, I had a few bites and they were good, but not on my top 50 salads list.

Finally let’s get to the good stuff.  The Crispy Brussels Sprouts were fantastically good.  Remember in the paragraph about about my dislike of all things green and IMG_6217 copyedible?   Well that just flew out door when they brought brussels sprouts and they were FRIED.  So now I know take anything green, fry it and it is gonna taste good.  And these brussels sprouts were dayum good.  They still tasted like brussels sprouts but the lemon, chili flakes and parmesan added a layered flavor to the dish that really was tasty enough for me to not leave a single one behind.

IMG_6224The main event was the pizza.  We ordered the basic Margherita.   I always say that if a pizza joint can’t make a basic Margherita taste delicious it is a waste of your time and money to try any other pizza on their list.  I have to say, this Margherita was really good.  The crust was thin but was the perfect blend of firm without being rigid making it easy to bite without being chewy.  The sauce was tangy with a slight bite and an undercurrent of sweet.  It was a very savory sauce.  The mozzarella, which I believe was buffalo, was simply delightful and perfectly melted and toasted.  These three ingredients, the crust, the sauce and the cheese, made this one of my favorite pizzas in town.

So I walked into Forge wanting to love it and I left liking it.  But I have to say I didn’t like enough to choose to go there on my own.  I would only go back if a group of friends were going to eat there and had already chosen the spot.

 

 

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