The 25th Annual National Poetry Slam kicked off this week.  It is truly a historic week in Oakland.  If you are not a poet (and you know it) but you ARE a lover of the words that are spoken, here is a quick and dirty guide of what is going on this week and events/bouts you should try to see. Trust me it will be worth it as hundreds of poets flood the streets of Oakland for this historic event. See you out and about this week!  Click the image below to save to your chosen technology or if you would like to check out the full festival guide click here.

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 Queer Open Mic
part of the National Poetry Slam
Venue
420 14th Ave, Oakland
1:30pm-3:30pm

 Hey Hey Hey Y’all! You didn’t think you were going to come to The Town and not get some love from the Queer Open Mic did you?!

If you identify as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Asexual, Queer community come OUT, come OUT wherever you are! Get your body moving to the NPS2014 Queer Open Mic.

Local Queer Arts organizers and performance artists Blythe Baldwin and Dazié Rustin Grego will be hosting you through this Open Mic. Sign up list will be ready and open at 1:00 PM. Keep an eye peeled for unicorn with the rainbow rattail, that’s Blythe! She’ll have the list with her outside the venue.

You get 5 minutes to do your thing on the mic, because this is a hella Queer Open Mic and that’s how we do it. 1 Piece, 5 minutes, and a whole lot of applause can be yours for the having! Bring your poems, your singing voices, your jokes, your stories, bring your friends!

You don’t have to be Queer to get in on this good time! Authentic allies and supporters of the Queer community are more than welcome!

Meet us over at Vinyl: 420 14th St, 2nd floor (between Broadway & Franklin).

 

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 QT Youth Pride 2014: Adult Ally Night
Our Space
22245 Main St, Hayward
6:30pm-7:45pm

 The amazing & talented QOOL (Queer OutNstanding Organizing Leaders) Committee needs your help to make their dreams for this year’s East Bay Queer & Trans Youth Pride come true. This event will be a chance for you to get to know what QOOL has been working on, learn more about their vision, and find out how you can volunteer or help with networking. We will eat together, play games and all build something new for East Bay.

Adult Allies will have a chance to sign up for different groups working on security, performances, food handling, ticketing, outreach, etc.

We NEED YOU to make YouthPride happen!

Pizza, fierce love and inspiring community will be provided. QOOL Youth will be facilitating.

We encourage your to bring your friendz!!!

 

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 The Oakland Mind Cypher
Show & Tell Concept Show
1427 Broadway, Oakland
7pm-10pm

The Oakland Mind X Show and Tell Concept Shop bring you the Bay Area’s hottest cypher. And the best Vegan food in town. Hand crafted by Vegan genius Nay Steez.

Show starts at 7pm and ends at 10pm
Bring your flows, instruments, dancing shoes, and turn up!

Also bring 5$ for a plate loaded with delicious Vegan goodness.

 

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BAN7 Performance Festival
Yerba Buena Center
701 Mission St, SF
August 7th-10th
Various Times

YBCA Forum
See more at http://ybca.org/ban7-performance-festival

Featuring jazz musician Sheldon Brown, spoken word artist and musician Rico Pabón, Lenora Lee Dance, and Brazilian dancer and choreographer Tania Santiago.

FREE PRE-SHOW LOBBY EXPERIENCE:

6:30pm • Grand Lobby • FREE
Jazz Salon: Maria Marquez Trio

7:15pm • Downstairs Galleries • FREE
Site-Acts: Comics from YBCAway (Cynic Cave, Lisa Geduldig)

7:15pm • Mission Plaza • FREE
Site-Acts: Stacey Printz

ROOT CAUSES PERFORMANCES:

8pm • YBCA Forum
Sheldon Brown, Rico Pabón, Lenora Lee Dance, and Tania Santiago

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BAN7 Performance Festival:

• Thu, Aug 7: ROOT CAUSES – http://on.fb.me/1v6DsdJ
Jazz musician Sheldon Brown, spoken word artist and musician Rico Pabón, Lenora Lee Dance, Brazilian dancer and choreographer Tania Santiago, and FREE pre-show Lobby Experiences.

• Fri, Aug 8: IN SEARCH OF SOUND AND LIGHT – http://on.fb.me/1qwJ0Op
Contemporary music group sfSound, vocalists Antique Naked Soul, piano duo ZOFO, RAWdance, and FREE pre-show Lobby Experiences.

• Sat, Aug 9: LIBERATION ACTS – http://on.fb.me/1lQnqUa
Dance theater artists Fog Beast, dancer and choreographer Latanya d. Tigner, spoken word artist Marvin K. White, choreographer Katie Faulkner/little seismic dance company, and FREE pre-show Lobby Experiences.

• Sun, Aug 10: EARLY AND UPWARD – http://on.fb.me/1nEAM47
Featuring Balinese dancer Kompiang Metri Davies, dancer and choreographer Christy Funsch, Native American interdisciplinary artist Eddie Madril, choreographer Gregory Dawson, and FREE pre-show Lobby Experiences.

 

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Tourettes without Regrets
Oakland Metro
6:30 3rd Street, Oakland
8:30pm-12:30pm
$10

STAND UP COMEDY *BURLESQUE * BEAT-BOXING * SLAM POETRY * FREESTYLE BATTLE * DIRTY HAIKU BOUT * CRAZY CONTESTS! * MIRTHFUL MAYHEM
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WE ARE 18 +

FEATURING :
$200 SLAM–Out of Town Poets Only, contact Wonder Dave at Wonder Dave on Facebook

DIRTY HAIKU
JOHAN MIRANDA defends his title against KELLY ANNEKEN

AERIAL _ WRAPPED ATTENTION

CONTORTIONIST – JORDAN JOEL

BURLESQUE by PATRICIA MISERY and XZIST!
POLE PERFORMANCE By NATALIE RHAE
*circus legend*
DAVID CLAY

*Comedy*
SAMMY K. OBEID

Cast and Crew Theme is WEDDINGS
Play along! Bring your favorite Blow Up Doll, be a Wedding Crasher, Be a drunk Bachlorette, wear your worst Bridesmaids Dress, dress as your favorite character from a wedding type movie!

and CLOSING ACT by the CIRQUEDELIC CREW!!

 

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Go Deep!
supperClub657 Harrison, SF
8pm-midnight
Buy Tix

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, Red Hots Burlesque SF’s Best Bump and Grind is back with a bigger space, sensational sight lines and the most insane ALL GIRL LUBE WRESTLING PARTY. You can come and watch or be a part of the action.

This is a QUEER space and we are offering lots of free tickets to our favorite queers. Get in touch and find out how you can get in on the action!

Seating: Due to feedback from the last event we are trying something new! ALL seats GA. If you would prefer a bed please arrive early to request one. They will be given on a 1st come 1st serve basis. EXCEPT! 10 RINGSIDE Seats. These seats will be facing the pool and the audience. You will be inches from the pool!
GA seats: $15
VIP seats: $50

PHOTOS and VIDEO NOT PERMITTED!

Sign-ups done through RedHotsBurlesque@gmail.com and night of event.

LUBE WRESTLING!
Celebrity wrestlers from:
Maybe you?!
Past celebs have been from Team in Training, Sisters of Honk, The Lusty Lady San Francisco, Thrillpeddlers, Glama-Rama Salon and MORE!

Think your group, organization, business, sports team ect can take on our celebrities? email redhotsburlesque@gmail.com and sign up to wrestle

PERFORMANCES FROM:
Red Hots Burlesque: circus, sideshow, striptease, singing dancing, drag and debauchery!

The Ring Masters: Barbary Doll
Hostesses Dottie Lux
DJ Durt spins 60’s Girl Groups and 80’s Metal for your slippery good time!

SPONSORED PRIZED FROM Dollhouse Bettie, Bacon, Babes & Bingo,Supperclub SF and MORE!

 

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Vida!
The Legionnaire
2272 Telegraph, Oakland
9:30pm-1:30am
No Cover

Music is Life!
musical selections by Lady Ryan

Soul music, classic hip hop, world beats, non ratch good tunes

Multiple genres of music, multiple genres of people.

 

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Thank God it’s 2nd Friday
Era Art Bar
19 Grand Ave, Oakland
10pm-1:30am
$10

Oakland Fader DJ AMMBUSH is back at Era on second Fridays!

Spinning R&B & Hip-hop to Vegas and everything in between, Ammbush is sure to have the booties shakin’ all night long. If any DJ can shake the liquor bottles off their shelves, it’s Ammbush!

 

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The 25th Annual National Poetry Slam Finals! & After Party
The National Poetry Slam FINALS!
The Theater at The Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive
Doors at 7:30pm / 8:00pm Showtime
Tickets – http://bit.ly/NPS14tickets

NPS After party with DeejayLady Ryan and Jivepoetic Droopist!
Shadow Ultra Lounge
341 13th St (@ Webster)
10:00pm-1:00am
FREE w/ Festival Pass or Finals Ticket Stub

This is what we’re all here for – the final round of the world’s biggest poetry slam! NPS is the largest team poetry slam anywhere and is the definitive showcase for competitive performance poetry. The top four teams from the week-long festival will vie for the title and the 2014 National Poetry Slam Champions will be crowned at the end of this epic battle in front of a packed to the rafters room. We’ll also have special surprise guests and an extra-special showcase from local poetry celebrities, national and international champions, crowd favorites from the tournament, and the NPS “underground indys” champ.

Then, after the victorious team takes a hold of the stack of books with the big sword in it (that’s what the NPS trophy looks like) we’ll all take a deep breath and head to the after-party at Shadow Ultra Lounge to shake a tail-feather and reminisce about the week we just spent enjoying each others wonderful company and making plans to take over the world!… er, do it all again next year in Newark, NJ for NPS 2015.

 

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Skin
Celebrations on the Bay
Jack London Square, Oakland
7pm-11pm
Buy Tix

We warmly invite you to set sail with us once again; as we dance wildly into new but comfortable horizons, casting our worries onto the rugged shore that we leave behind.

Guided by true music aficionados, rhythm passionistas and dancing purveyors of spirit, our time together will be a collective celebration of life and living. We’ll be journeying through an irresistible collection of Soca, Dancehall, Samba, Azonto, Afro-Beat, Salsa, Kudoro, Tropical Bass, Afro-House, Festejo and more as we marvel at the gorgeous backdrop of the SF Bay Area and shimmy with life.

Hosted By: Ms. Candi

FEATURING DJ’s:
Diaztek
Son of Son
Cecil

Percussionists:
Soul Mojo & Saad Boogie

Dance Tribute to Yemaya:
Black Gold feat. Cherri / Shawna / Halima

Celebrations on the Bay : Riverboat
Jack London Square, Foot of Broadway
Oakland, CA / 21 & Over / Limited Capacity

Boarding Begins at 7pm
Boat Departs at 8pm / Returns at 11pm

Advance Tickets:
http://maishaninzuri.eventbrite.com/

 

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Soulovely
The Rock Steady
1741 San Pablo, Oakland
3pm-8pm
FREE b4 5pm with RSVP: soulovelyoakland@gmail.com
$6

♥ WE ARE SOULOVELY
OAKLAND IS SOULOVELY
Y’ALL ARE SOULOVELY ♥

Let’s get together and celebrate our love for this special lil Town called Oakland ♥

EVERY SECOND SUNDAY

*** Starring ***

Aima the Dreamer, Lady Ryan & DJ Emancipacion

***Special Guest DJ***
Panamami (Bodega LA)

a sassy, soulful daytime outdoor Oakland party.
Come get your groove on with the the Soulovely family, we’ve got everything you need to make your Sunday a Funday ♥

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