Wonder Woman! Weirdos! Questlove! The Social Life! are all descending on the Bay Area this weekend.  Yeah, it’s gonna be one helluva a weekend.  Trust me you don’t want to miss out.  With sun beating down your doorstep, get up and get out!  Lynda Carter, yes THAT Lynda Carter is performing at Yoshi’s this week.  THEESatisfaction is back in Oakland for their second installment of Black Weirdo.  Questlove is performing and The Social Life move to Sunday Funday with Mimosas drink specials!

I caught up with THEESatisfaction this week to talk to them about Black Weirdo Oakland and the amazing troupe of performers both locally and nationally that they are bringing with them to turn up and turn out Oakland this Friday.  Check them out then get your calendars ready because you need to lock in these dates!

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Njena Reddd Foxx
performing this Friday
at Black Weirdo Oakland

[Stas]:  Black Weirdo was a term given to us by people who didn’t understand our way of living, we took the words and flipped them into meaning something Hip and Cool.

[Cat]:  It is a people and a place and a feeling. A sweet intentional opportunity to connect. An embracing of self and within that learning others.

[MC]:  What was the inspiration behind the production of the Black Weirdo Party?

[Stas]:  We didn’t have a place where we could go to hear music that we liked. We also saw the need for a safe place for LGBTQ and Allies to come together.  By combining those two ideas we came up with the Black Weirdo Party.  We also dreamed of having a Studio 54-like vibe where folks could completely and literally cut all the rugs.

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Gizzle McFly
performing this Friday
at Black Weirdo Oakland

[MC]:  At your Black Weirdo Party you highlight many talented up and coming and established artists why do you feel this important?

[Stas]:  We highlight music that we enjoy whether it’s someone well known or someone unknown because we feel that everyone should get a

chance to shine. We wouldn’t be the artists who are now without someone giving us a chance.

[Cat]:  It’s important to share what you love and who you support.

[MC]:  Can you give us a little information about some of the artists performing in Oakland at Black Weirdo and tell us why you chose to showcase them?

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Gifted Gab
performing this Friday at Black Weirdo

[Stas]:  Gizzle McFly and I grew up in the same neighborhood, we went to middle school and high school together. He’s hilarious and a huge lover of good music. You can hear both of those qualities in the music that he makes.

[Cat]:  Gifted Gab, Gabby, has an great personality and vibe. She’s quite confident with her flows. Steady storytelling. And Njena is freaking fabulous. We’ve played with her twice now and she’s keeps me on my toes.

We want to expose these folks to our community and share their skills.

[MC]:   This is your second time in Oakland.  We are excited to have you back.  Please tell us what makes you excited about returning to Oakland.

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Jocquese Whitfield
performing Friday at Black Weirdo

[Stas]:  The vibe in Oakland is unmatched. The way that folks are so easy-going and friendly is something that you don’t get from many places. We always feel at home when we are there.

[Cat]:  Oakland is so chill. It’s always a special experience. We are excited to party and bring in this good weather!

*Also performing DJ Sets by OC Notes and Nina Sol

 

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LyndaCarterLynda Carter and her All Star Band
Yoshi’s
1330 Fillmore St, SF
April 9th and 10th
8pm
$25

Join us for a $38 prix-fixe dinner in the restaurant before the show.  Select the “Dinner & Admission” button when purchasing tickets online, or mention “Dinner & Admission” when purchasing tickets from the box office.  The $38 does not include the ticket.

 

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64944_716997298345013_13635704_nCritical Connections 2014
Our Space
22245 Main Street
STE 200
Hayward
6:30pm-8:30pm

Critical Connections is an annual intergenerational gathering at Our Space – where it is safe to be yourself where adult allies and young people can make life-changing, REAL connections with one another. This year’s event will be facilitated by both Our Space members and staff. We will eat, play games, have community dialogue and practice fierce love!!

Please spread the word and invite your communities!

 

1559266_10152255050502053_1116694260_oAnnual Night Out
Intercontinental
888 Howard St, SF
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Buy Tix

Our Family Coalition’s
Annual Night Out

Night Out brings together approximately 400 attendees, including elected officials, corporate sponsors, community partners and major donors, many of whom are LGBT people with children.

It is a truly an inspirational evening not to be missed, where we reflect on our past successes and prepare for an exciting future.

Now in its 6th year, Night Out, has established itself as the only event exclusively supporting LGBT families with children in the Bay Area. Please invite your friends and get your tickets now, as the event is sure to sell out!

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

http://www.ourfamily.org/give-back/night-out

 

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BLACK WEIRDO OAKLAND_PERFORMERS FLYERBlack Weirdo Oakland
The New Parish
579 18th Street, Oakland
9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
$15 b4 midnight $20 After

DJ Sets By:

Stas THEE Boss
Sassyblack
Nina Sol
OCnotes

Special Guest Performances By:

Gifted Gab
Gizzle McFly
Jocquese Whitfield
Njena Reddd Foxxx

Plus special new music from Queens Thee-Satisfaction!

Just Added:  Siaira Shawn

#BlackWeirdo
#BlackWeirdo510

 

10003590_10151960387536123_2116595389_oStand Up Sit Down
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley
8 p.m.
Buy Tix

“Stand Up Sit Down” is a live stand-up comedy and sit-down interview show hosted by socio-political comedians, Karinda Dobbins and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. Imagine if renegade comedians locked Wolf Blitzer in a broom closet and then ran CNN’s “Situation Room.” You would have the Stand Up Sit Down” show. Hosts Dobbins and Lakshminarayanan will join fellow comics on stage to cover weighty topics with a light touch. The show will culminate in a humorous discussion between the hosts and a subversive interview guest, who might be an activist, cook, entrepreneur, artist, politician, professor, or superhero.

The first show, April 11th, will feature guest Stand Up Comedians Johan Miranda and Aundre the Wonderwoman. The special Sit Down guest will be Elaine Brown. Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, singer, and former Black Panther Party chairman who is based in Oakland, California. Brown briefly ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2008.

 

10175075_725938217428216_8611770915062225584_nCandelaria
La Estrellita
446 E 12th Street
Oakland
9 p.m.

After a long hiatus Candelaria returns to Oakland with brederen Viento Callejero from Los Angeles. Come hear some new songs we’ve been working on. Get ready to burn up the dance floor!

www.candelariamusica.com

 

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1973924_10153879960020567_1132866338_oDJ Questlove
with MOM DJs & Events
(Motown on Mondays)
Mezzanine
444 Jessie St
9PM // 21+
Buy Tix

This Grammy award-winning musician’s undisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. He boasts production credits for Erykah Badu, Joss Stone, Justin Timberlake and D’Angelo, among many others. His uncanny ear for picking the perfect song for the perfect moment has landed him the position of musical director of The Dave Chapelle Show.
Questlove’s insatiable love of music has led him on a worldwide crate-digging journey. He has amassed a vinyl collection of more than 50,000 records that are shelved in a floor to ceiling, climate controlled library room in his personal studio.

 

10003352_746984588668716_1927463091_nTexas Rose
Lake Merritt Dance Center
200 Grand Ave, Oakland
6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Let’s start by getting YOU ready for April Follies, a premier LGBT dance competition.

You’ve seen our posts encouraging you to get a partner and 2-step into a super-friendly Country/Western dance competition at April Follies. Now check this out:

Thom returns (score!) in April to teach DHSS, a slick LINE DANCE and one of two line dances in the APRIL FOLLIES competition. Come learn it in the lesson, practice it at the dance, do it a few more times in your kitchen with youtube and kaboom! You’re ready to compete!

We urge beginners to attend the 6:30 two-step lesson.
(Arriving on time will seriously pay off. 🙂 We welcome
beginners and have friendly veterans to help you
along the way.

Leather-soled shoes are best.

 

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10170873_10152688125589918_8450242643504770014_nThe Social Life
Parliament
811 Washington
Old Oakland
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
21+ w/ID

THIS Sunday join us for a special installment of The SocialLife!

This month we welcome guest host Ari Fitz of MTV’s Real World EXplosion! She will be filming for her new show, so make sure you look good, never know where your face might end up.

Resident DJ Lady Ryan + Aebl Dee providing the perfect Sunday soundtrack, alongside Chaney aka SocialLife.

Pear Martini, Light & Stormy & Mimosa drink specials all day.

Table service if filling up fast. If you’d like to reserve one for you and your crew. Send email to sociallife510@gmail.com

#TheSocialLife510

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