Whew! I just came back from L.A. Pride and was thinking to myself, “Self, you need to rest up this weekend!” Then I started to put together this column and I was reminded why I hardly ever sleep… I live in the Bay!

There is no way, no how, I am gonna miss some of these events. They are too good and juicy!

I want to highlight that there are some really good events happening for small business owners, LGBTQ business owners, and entrepreneurs. So if you have a business, want to be in business, and or are in the process of opening your business, check them out.

Seeing these business events got me thinking about Chef Caabay of Kainbigan, whom I profiled in March when she was about three months into her adventure of opening a new restaurant. I wanted to catch up with her and see how her dream of opening up her own food spot was going.

Here is a little bit of wisdom she had to share. Then when you are done reading about Chef Caabay, scroll down for some really amazing events happening this weekend in the YaY!

Miz Chris [MC]: It’s been about six months since I last spoke to you about your restaurant, tell me where you are at in process of opening?

579434_10151667813889328_733055824_nCharleen Caabay [CC]: What a process! Just recently this week, the biggest project is now COMPLETE, which was to change the floor tile to bring it up to code for approval by the Alameda Health Department. Now that it is done, it’s just a matter of time. We need to move in the equipment and place everything where it needs to be. There are  a few more administrative tasks still left, but hopefully one more final inspection before any food can be brought in, and then we are done., *phew!*

[MC]: What has been your experience as a small business owner trying to open up your own spot?533855_10151606842144328_1291033888_n

[CC]: Everyday is a choice. Time and patience is precious and very important. I’ve learned that it’s a matter of taking charge in any given situation, owning it, and making sure things are in order. I wake up every morning playing out my day and making sure that it brings me closer to opening Kainbigan.

[MC]: What do you know now that you wished you knew then? What would you tell other business owners out there looking to open their own spot?

923468_10151635723554328_767367753_n[CC]: It’s not as easy as it looks. There’s a lot of back-end work that you have to take care of before opening up shop. Working with the city officials takes time, even though you go there one day, they can turn around and say we’ll contact you in 2-3 weeks. Do your homework! Find out exactly what paper work is necessary, take care of building blueprints, and how much capital you will need to ensure a smooth opening. Keep your expectations high, but be able to accept if changes don’t go the way you thought it would or should go. Most importantly, stay focused, be patient, and roll with the process ~ it’s worth it.

[MC]: When is your target date for opening up the restaurant?549870_10151571207249328_2058128924_n

[CC]: Kainbigan is shooting to open sometime after July 4. If all goes well with the last few things, we will be eating soon, my friends!

[MC]: Can you give us a glimpse of what will be on the Kainbigan menu?

[CC]: You can definitely expect Filipino breakfast served all day. Everyone’s favorite adobo, fresh rolled lumpia, and lots of sweet rice desserts. We are going to eat good, my friends!



164966_10151430831458380_1768305078_n2013 PRIDE BUSINESS EXPO
Hotel Whitcomb
1231 Market St., S.F.
5 – 8 p.m.

The Pride Business Expo is our flagship event, giving members the unique opportunity to directly showcase their business to consumers from all over the Bay Area. The Expo has garnered worldwide recognition for its diversification, in large part due to the spectrum of media outlets covering the event. As you walk in, you will be greeted by the Gay Rodeo Gents and Ladies, and the Grand Ducal Court of S.F. Our Latino friends from the LAM-Network will be joining as well. There will be food, six wineries, silent auction, prizes, and much more. This year we’re adding an online virtual trade show showcasing all participating exhibitors. For information about the virtual trade show visit: http://www.i-newswire.com/america-s-first-lgbt-chamber-of/223778***Suggested donation of $5 – $10, with all proceeds going to the Harvey Milk Academy and other local charities.*** (We are working with a corporate partner to see if we can’t get them to match all of the donations at the door)
970089_10151446148643947_1952854110_nALL IN 2013
The Historic Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
6 – 9 p.m.
Buy Tix
ALL IN 2013 is the region’s most vibrant and well-attended celebration of entrepreneurship, convening diverse and innovative entrepreneurs, community leaders and philanthropists to help build a Bay Area economy that works for everybody. Last year, 1200+ people packed the Historic Fox Theater in Oakland to go ALL IN for local entrepreneurs. This year, we’re rallying everyone to double down on their investments. ALL IN 2013 is designed to raise funds that will scale the growth of more local small businesses in order to create good jobs. Our intent is to show how our collective work is improving the vibe of the region and the quality of life for the people who live here. We’re obsessive about this mission, and ready to do whatever it takes in order to drive solutions. So, on June 12, come enjoy enchanting stories, insightful lessons, feel-good music, delicious catered food, and meeting good-spirited people.**Tickets are required for entry. Please make your purchase on Eventbrite.**Your attendance is most important to us, so if cost is an issue, please contact Chris Mueller, ICA’s Communications Manager, at chris@innercityadvisors.org to work something out. ALL IN 2013 is presented by ICA, a nationally recognized nonprofit creating good jobs for people with higher barriers to employment by selecting, managing and investing in the right high-impact entrepreneurs. Thank you for your continued support of ICA. We look forward to seeing you at ALL IN 2013.

933872_461058593980180_431966986_nFOLLIES AND DOLLIES
The White Horse
6551 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m.

Every Second Wednesday

This months Theme is Summer Fun
Work Out Theme’s
Song’s that make you dance

Performers Include
Jorell Medley as Honey Daniels
Ramon Al Pacino/Alexandra Simpson
Champagne Pervoe as Blue Charisma
Ms Sexy Stacey
Miss Farrah Darossi
Jazzie Scott
Tony Technique
Guy Shelby


The Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph, Oakland
8 p.m.
Buy Tix

CAIFANES will perform at the beautiful Fox Theater in Oakland on Friday, June 14!

*Please note that the show date has been changed from May 17 to June 14! All original show tickets will be honored at the door.

Listen to CAIFANES:


Caifanes, a Spanish-language rock band from Mexico City, formed in 1987 and achieved fame throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s. Caifanes are considered to be one of, if not, the most important Latin Rock group to emerge from Mexico and an important reference point in Latin American rock genre. Caifanes’ style can be described as a hybrid of British new wave, prog rock, Latin percussions underscored by the deep, somber, and uniquely Mexican lyrics and vocal style of Saul Hernandez, while citing King Crimson as a major influence.


The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

DJs Mpenzi, Emancipacion and J Boogie
Vibez provided by Aima the Dreamer

This one is for the dancers! Come move to the sounds of Mpenzi, J Boogie and Emancipacion mixing Soul, Funk, House, Afro and Latin rhythms all night.

The Legionnaire Saloon is a neighborhood bar and live performance venue located in the heart of the Oakland arts district with excellent bartenders,exceptional spirits,eight beers on tap,pinball and a stage for as well as a vintage 45 jukebox. Brought to you by Prozack Turner and RaeAnne Turner (formerly of The Layover).

524255_10200950018571415_1630853575_n9th ANNUAL QUEER WOMAN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL
Brava Theater
2781 24th St., S.F.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
This is a partial listing of events happening at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival for a full listing of all events happening click here.

The 9th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival premieres an unprecedented 55 short films in five screening programs. The Festival Focus “Bridge To Truth: Queer SWANA/AMEMSA Communities,” includes a Featured Screening that explores tradition & culture, feminist waves and the simmering revolutions among Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA) communities, followed by a discussion with artists and activists. The festival also showcases films from across the U.S. created through the QWOCMAP Film & Freedom Academy. From the intoxicating first kiss to candlelit prayer rugs, to the ebb and flow between parents and children, this festival is awash with films that fill our spirits. From the deep reservoirs of Hawaiian and Navajo cultures, to the buoyant swells of chosen families, to the reservoirs of queer artists, dive into these depths and soak up the juicy possibilities of these powerful films!


From the intoxicating first kiss to yearning for relationships, to beauty pageants and musical dinners gone right, soak up the juicy possibilities in these sassy date films.

Your Kiss (Enajite Pela, 2013) | First Date (Be Steadwell, 2012) | Sleeze’s Dream (Larena Burno, 2013) | the ride (Shawn Demmons, 2013) | Talking (Jordyn Muldrow, 2012) | The Fiction of the Fix (Cathy Sitzes, 2012) | I’ve Been To Manhattan (StormMiguel Florez, 2012) | Back At One (Jeunee Simon, 2012) | Chasing Love (Chris Valente, 2012) | Miss Nizhoni (Carey Tully, 2010) | Roots of Struggle (Kay Cuajunco, 2013) | Dinner For Two (Ami Nashimoto, 2012)
Running Time: 92 minutes

67906_10200950122614016_1454881101_nQUEER WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL OPENING PARTY
2565 Mission, SF
10 p.m.

Celebrate the 9th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival at this opening night party, with DJ Emancipacion and DJ kK Hollywood & DJ Cheiffredd mixing powerful waves of music to celebrate “Bridge To Truth: Queer SWANA/AMEMSA Communities”, our 2013 Festival Focus.



spacer524365_585151794837233_1390892837_n1st ANNUAL PAPAPALOOZA
Mosswood Park, Oakland
1 – 5 p.m.

Weyland Southon from KPFA’s Father Figures, Tomas Moniz of Rad Dad, A Zine on Radical Parenting and Airial Clark of the Sex-Positive Parent are delighted to be organizing an event celebrating all of our families on June 15 at Mosswood Park in Oakland; we’re calling the event PAPAPALOOZA.

Musical Entertainment:

Dj Zita
DJ Max Champ
Alaphabet Rockers
Emily Butterfly & Special Guests

Kid’s Book Readings by:

Janine Macbeth, Author and Illustrator
Davey D of Hard Knock Radio
Bambu formally of Native Guns
Bryant Terry of Vegan Soul Kitchen
Zumbi from Zion-I
Sterling James of KBLX
John Santos Latin Jazz Percussionist
Denizen Kane of Typical Cats
Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee of Youth Speaks

Kid’s Games led by Airial Clark
Kung Fu Demo and Games by Sifu Brent and The Shaolin Center SF.

Parenting Information Tables:

Outdoor Afro
Pushing Margins (LGBTQ Summer camp)
Strong Families
Our Family Coalition
The Town Project (new high school/early college in West Oakland)
A Step Ahead Preschool
Phat Beets
Lotus Bloom Family Center Face Painting!!
First 5
Children’s Hospital
The Art of Mothering and Fruits of Labor

Community Swap Table:

Please bring gently used clothes, toys and books to give a away.

Art project “Paint the Pillars” led by Estria Foundation
and more!


203483_309114605881783_1327369747_nMISSEY INSPIRE CHANGE GALA
Rotunda Building, Frank Ogawa Plaza
5 – 11 p.m.

The 2nd Annual MISSSEY “Inspire Change” Gala is from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. at The Rotunda in Oakland, California. The program will include a no-host cocktail (CASH BAR ONLY) and hors d’oeuvre reception with live music, silent auction, and photo booth. During dinner our keynote speakers will be Minh Dang, Executive Director of Don’t Sell Bodies and Jessica Midkiff, Youth Advocate at Mary Magdalene Project. The program will close with a live auction of original survivor art work and other fabulous items. 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.org.

Our Mission: Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY) advocates and facilitates the empowerment and inner transformation of sexually exploited youth by holistically addressing their specific needs. MISSSEY collaborates to bring about systemic and community change to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth through raising awareness, education, and policy development.

The primary objective for the gala is to raise approximately $60,000 for the following programs:

Direct services to victims (Advocacy, Intensive Case Management, and a drop-in center also known as the Safe Place Alternative).

Training and Technical Assistance.

Supporting the MISSSEY Community Collective (MCC):

o Outreach Ambassadors Program
o Development & Fundraising
o Legislation & Policy
o Events and Outings Coordination
o Administrative Assistance
o Professional Skills Development
o Reach for the Stars Project

The program will include a no-host cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception with live music, silent auction, live auction, dinner featuring guest speakers along with dancing.



La Pena Cultural Center
3705 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Doors 7 p.m. – All ages
Panel discussion 7:30 followed by performances

Thought provoking panel and performances exploring the presence of female MCs in the field of Hip Hop.

Special performances by
Raw-G w’ live band
Climbing Poetree
Aima The Dreamer
Ximbo (Mexico)
DJ Leydis (Cuba)
& special guests!!!

Women in Hip Hop panel discussion moderated by DAVEY D(Hard Knock Radio)

Artisan Vendors:
Ital Pinay :: Sarah Melek (Galactic Euphoria Jewelry) :: Gracie MayRose :: TuffGYal808 and Safetyfirst

*RAW-G – ( http://www.raw-g.com/#!home/mainPage )
*CLIMBING POETREE ( http://www.climbingpoetree.com/ )
*AIMA THE DREAMER ( http://aimathedreamer.com/ )
*XIMBO (http://ximbo.bandcamp.com/ )
*DJ LEYDIS ( http://djleydis.wordpress.com/ )
*DAVEY D ( http://www.daveyd.com/ )



164199_10200950105613591_345444346_n9th ANNUAL QUEER WOMAN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL
Brava Theater
2781 24th St., S.F.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
This is a partial listing of events happening at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival for a full listing of all events happening click here.


From the drift between mother and daughter, to the crashing undertow of exes, to the buoyant swells of chosen family, this afternoon is awash with films that fill our spirits.

Obachan (Martha Tio Eshleman, 2013)
Breath (Randi Romo, 2013)
The Queering of Her Anxiety (Karolyn Wong, 2012)
Triggered (Arnetta Smith, 2012)
Committed (Gaby Rodriguez, 2012)
This We’ll Defend (Davelle Barnes, 2013)
My Father, Maria Callas and Me (Annette Clough, 2011)
Love Needs No Words (Susana Caceres, 2013)
The Green house (Sugriel Reyes, 2013)
Corazón de Familia (QWOCMAP Productions, 2013)
Program Length: 80 minutes

547878_10200950144934574_377435383_nQUEER WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY

2925 16th St. @ S. Van Ness, S.F.
9 p.m.

The Audience Award for Best Film will close out the 9th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival.

Join DJ Wepa and DJ AlmiuX for fierce fun with fabulous friends!


312268_10151980065051164_531588385_n PRIDE DEBAUCHERY
The White Horse
6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Doors Open at 7 p.m.
Sliding Scale $5 – $15

To all the folks out there who think pride should be all June LONG, try a mid-month stop at Debauchery. Also what better what to celebrate Father’s/Daddy’s Day- any type of Daddy 😉 – with some hardly dressed, glitter and feather covered queers?!?

This month is especially important because Pride month’s beneficiary is us, DEBAUCHERY! The only way we can keep giving back to the community is if you come out and help us.

So bring lots of money to rain on our performers, purchase private dances, and of course raffle tickets!!!

Hosted by Tommy Salami

Performances By:

Jack Dandy
Dicky Luv
Blue Charisma
Sheba Queen of the NIght
Honey Daniels
Elyse Elaine
iL Nocturnal
The Darkness


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