Bay Area!!!!!  You are looking gorgeous this weekend.  Gorgeous weather, gorgeous people, gorgeous places and, of course, many gorgeously diverse things to do.   Frameline Fest is happening over the next two weeks, I highlight a couple of must see films but please make sure to check out their full schedule.   I am super excited to have had the opportunity to interview Kingston Farady this week, lead actor in Black is Blue which is premiering this week at the film festival.  Make sure you mark your calendars.  See you out and about this weekend!

Miz Chris [MC]: Where are you from?

KJF_AllenKingston Farady [KF]:  I’m originally from the north shore of Boston. Have you ever heard of a film called, The Fighter? I was born in the town where that was set, a place called Lowell, Massachusetts. I’ve been living in Oakland, California for the last thirteen years though, and consider it a pillar of my personal evolution.

[MC]:  What is the storyline for Black is Blue?

[KF]:  Black Is Blue is a short film that chronicles the life of a black transgender man, named Black. Black lives in Oakland and is working to overcome the socio-systemic challenges and barriers like, intolerance, isolation and discrimination that are symptomatic of a rigid gender binary system functioning to maintain inequality in our world today. What’s grounding about Black Is Blue is that it’s set within a love story between the main character, Black, and his ex-lover, Deja, as in Deja vu. As their history unfolds amidst Black’s day-to-day experiences, the story of marginalization becomes highlighted and humanized. To me that’s the underlying story of Black Is Blue – the human experience.

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[KF]:  My experience working with legendary black queer director Cheryl Dunye was wild! From the film’s conception to completion I remained in awe of her creative genius, directorial talent, and completely enamored with her heart. I think that’s the secret to Cheryl, she has the type of heart that we normally only get to read about in the classic monomythical hero’s journey texts of the past [laughing]. Seriously though, Cheryl is one of kind, and has paved a way for the most marginalized communities to gain recognition and respect, on a global context, through her cinematic storytelling.

With all that said, I could not have dreamed of a better set to work on than one where Cheryl Dunye and Academy-Award nominated producer, Marc Smolowitz, were calling the shots. They are brilliant, humble, and accessible powerhouses. To put it a bit more into context – we completed this 21 minute short over the course of about five weekends, with a budget of approximately $15,000 raised by a Kickstarter, borrowed equipment, and volunteered time by a full cast, pre- and post-production crew. I’m talking hundreds of people came together to create this short film. Why did we all do this? First and foremost, because we all know, love and respect the work that Cheryl Dunye has produced on behalf of marginalized communities, our communities, since The Watermelon Woman hit the scene in 1996.

[MC]:  What, if any, emotional attachment do you have to the character?

FCqohhvyFyBoFosrkggkLUtSeoG0NU0M1jWLFgsB_hQ[1][KF]:  The emotional attachment I share with the main character, Black, is the same emotional attachment I share with the main characters of any story that explores the lives of marginalized people – empathy.

On an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual level I can identify with Black because he, like myself, is a person who is trying to navigate a society, actually survive in hopes of thriving within a society, built to destroy him so other people, who are deemed more valuable than him may reap the resources he is prevented from accessing. And by destroy, I mean socio-economically, -politically, corporeally, emotionally, and spiritually. I don’t mean to sound so militant, but to me, it is that serious.

Black’s story is a human story, and even if it doesn’t reflect my own experiences as a queer black transgender man (because there is no single transgender experience), it touches my heart because no matter how, or where, or with who I walk, I am walking in a system built on systemically erasing the real-lived experiences of people whose identities don’t reflect the identity of the heterosexual-cis-anglo supremacist-patriarchy dominating our reality. [Laughing] Just look at how emotional I get discussing it!

[MC]:  What do you hope the audience will take away from the film?0vz_0kP44SWR2SH5w5bcDzUEVq8Nvp2FJWtrVLUPggA[1]

[KF]:  The main thing I hope the audience will take away from Black Is Blue is a new level of curiousity – curiousity about themselves, curiousity about the world around them, and curiosity about how the world around them impacts others in ways similar to and different from themselves.

To me that is the most fundamental step towards anyone building a long-term investment in anything or anyone, and it is investment that creates change. Without curiousity, nothing lasts. So, if the audience walks away asking themselves questions about their own experience, about Black’s experience, wanting to know more about the storyline, about the transgender experience at large, about the black transgender experience particularly, then we’ve done a good job at relaying a story that needs attention.

With that said, I think that curiosity can be a complicated state to invoke in an audience especially when it comes to issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, et cetera, because it requires discomfort as well as intrigue, and discomfort is an intimidating emotion to sit with. Thankfully, director Cheryl Dunye is not one to shy away from dealing with complex topics in her films, and I think that Black Is Blue is yet another opportunity for us all to look at the multifaceted nature of this life.

[ Film stills by Elizabeth Strong, headshots by Meg Allen]

 

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Yoshi’s
510 Embarcadero, Oakland
8 p.m.
$29
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PREMIER SEATING + MEET and GREET tickets: Yoshi’s will provide seating in the first two rows for the performance. The Meet and Greet (approx. 20 mins) will be one hour before the early performance (7PM) and will take place in the club.

Born Warren Griffin III, Warren G exploded out of the burgeoning Long Beach rap scene in 1994 with the smash single “Regulate,” a duet with longtime friend Nate Dogg, and its accompanying album, Regulate…G Funk Era. G grew up in Long Beach listening to his parents’ extensive collection of jazz, soul and funk records, also frequently hanging out at the local V.I.P. record store. As a teenager, he and his friends Nate Dogg and future superstar Snoop Dogg formed a rap group called 213, after their area code. Unfortunately, all three had brushes with the law and spent time in jail, which motivated them to get jobs, also working on their music on the side. Eventually, the V.I.P. record store allowed the trio to practice and record in a back room. It was here that Snoop cut the demo “Super Duper Snooper,” which G played for his half-brother Dr. Dre at a party. Dre invited all three to his studio and wound up collaborating with Snoop on The Chronic. While G also made several contributions, he opted to develop his talents mostly outside of Dre’s shadow. He honed his musical skills while producing such artists as MC Breed and 2Pac.

 

10275332_10101576492159007_4179425619961920901_oQueer Prophesies: Performance + Art Event
Sub-Mission Art Space
2183 Mission St, SF
7:30pm

$12 – $20
Buy Tix

Queer Prophesies is a prophetic window, a portal into manifold queer futures. With gender expression holograms, musical visions, and stories of our queer descendants, this is a night of performance and visual art exploring queer futures, utopias, and dystopias that resist assimilation and explore the great queer unknown.

Created through a process of crowd-sourcing, Queer Prophesies features the visions and prophetic dreams of queer community members artistically realized by an exceptional cast of queer visual artists and performers.

www.queerprophesies.com

Please come SCENT-FREE to be respectful of those with scent sensitivities.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and scent reduced.

Commissioned by the Queer Cultural Center, Endeavor Foundation for the Arts, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

 

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381687lBlack is Blue
Frameline Fest
Roxie Theater
3117 16th St, SF
7 p.m.
Ticket at the Door
Playing as part of Realness & Revelations Shorts

Cheryl Dunye’s provocative Black is Blue is a look at a stealth security guard who has struggled to make his insides match his outside.

 

10312586_10203125639174377_9100433885858972722_nGay Comedy Festival
Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison, Berkeley
Doors at 7  p.m. Show at 8 p.m.
$18 advance / $20 door

Advance discount tickets on sale now online and by phone” Box Office (510) 644-2020 or
http://www.freightandsalvage.org/
You don’t need any gay experience to have a blast, just know how to laugh. Click “INVITE” link to share the fun.
Catch award winning LGBT comedy sensations Marga, Sampson and Micia in the East Bay on Friday June 20th, one night only at Freight & Salvage, one block from downtown Berkeley BART. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

Check back for our comedy videos and crazy pics.
Comedian info at:
http://margagomez.com/
http://miciamosely.com/
http://sampsoncomedy.com/

Suitable for ages 16 and up. Freight & Salvage is a beautiful big theater and they will be serving beer and wine and of course coffee and tea

 

10296009_814003155725_1238436693445879596_oFemmes To The Front
924 Gilman St, Berkeley
7 p.m.
All-Ages
$8 cover
(plus $2 annual membership card if you don’t have one)

Metal Mother,
Moira Scar,
Tyler Holmes w/ DADDIES PLASTIK,
Dark Beach
Ancient Wing
Demi and the Gods (acoustic)

DJ Isador DickWolf Vorpahl
Dj Jiggles

 

10390457_10152915781159676_2881589111036881626_nPRESSURE DROP
PARLIAMENT
811 WASHINGTON ST
OAKLAND
21+ WITH ID | DRESS FLY
$5 COVER CHARGE

RESTLESS NATIVES, THE SLAPNASTIEZ & PARLIAMENT OAKLAND INVITE YOU TO WELCOME SUMMERTIME WITH US…..

PRESSURE DROP! 360 DEGREES OF SOUL MUSIC

RESIDENT DJ SAKE ONE (LOCAL 1200)

SPECIAL GUEST DJS THE C.M.E. & JAM THE MAN OF SLAPNASTIEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE SOUL MUSIC AND LOVE TO DANCE — THIS IS YOUR PARTY!!!!!

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 (EVERY THIRD FRIDAY)

 

10259072_807665169245575_3262176932427097842_oTopsy Turvy
Brava Theater
2781 24th St, SF
THREE SHOWS!
Friday June 20 at 8pm
Saturday June 21at 2pm & 8pm
Buy Tix

Spin your world upside-down with Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus! This one-of-a-kind event is back for a second year of mesmerizing performances that showcase awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping circus artists from across the country.

Topsy-Turvy’s geographically and culturally diverse cast of queer, trans*, and gender-variant circus performers use their bodies to tell unique stories that subvert traditional ideals of beauty, sexuality, and power. Building upon the Bay Area’s rich history of dance, burlesque, drag, and performance arts, Topsy-Turvy provides financially accessible, physically inspiring theater that pushes the boundaries of contemporary circus artistic expression.

Topsy-Turvy 2013 featured artists from the Bay Area, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Portland, and Vermont including Cirque du Soleil performer Marshall Amey and Honey Mahogany from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The event became a sell-out success as the first all-queer circus show in San Francisco and is excited to return as part of the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival.

 

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10329953_10152118865092116_1815472563284367357_oSpecial Wine Tasting Campaign
Fundraiser & Reception
103 Linden Street Oakland
6 p.m. – 9 p.m
$35 Donation
Buy Tix

In support of our friend and candidate for the Oakland’s District 2 city council seat.
Campovida Taste of Place

Selected Campovida wine pairings
with Kainbigan Chef Charleen Caabay Filipino cuisine

Art by Keith K Dub Williams

Music provided by DJ heyLove*

Photo Slide Show by
Photographer Bryon Malik

 

1186298_10100199401684631_8828051877960572365_nMisssey Gala
The Rotunda Building
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
BUY TIX

We envision a world without commercial sexual exploitation, and our mission is to provide services and work for systemic change for commercially sexually exploited youthThis June, join us along with elected representatives, business leaders, philanthropists, and hundreds of everyday citizens for our 2014 Inspire Change Gala.The reception will be held at the Oakland Rotunda. The program will include a no-host cocktail (cash bar only) and hors d’oeuvre reception with live music. During dinner you will hear from inspiring survivors and speakers, Cody Foute and Nola Brantley, and the program will close with a live auction. After dinner, everyone is invited on the dance floor to get your groove on MISSSEY style!For more information, please visit our website at www.misssey.orgOur Mission: MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) is a community-based organization in Alameda County founded to respond to the epidemic of sexual exploitation. MISSSEY provides comprehensive services to support and serve sexually exploited children (CSEC). The organization also works to educate the community and government about CSEC and domestic sex trafficking. MISSSEY has played a significant role in systemic changes in Alameda County and beyond, aimed at the de-criminalization of commercially sexual exploited children.

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers and staff serving MISSSEY! Your support would benefit tremendously from your generosity. For more information, please visit our website at www.misssey.org

 

Victoria Theater
2961 16th St, SF
4 p.m.
BUY TIX

Frameline is premiering Dyke Central’s new episodes!Join the cast & crew of DykeCentral for a feature program of its long-awaited new content: episodes 2, 3, 4 + 5. 86 minutes of quirky, funny, serendipitous, Oakland DYKE DRAMA!Preceded by the hilarious pilot episode of Throw Like a Girl: the web series (15 min), a mockumentary-style show about co-workers, also shot in the East Bay.Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from both shows.

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