On Saturday night I was sitting inside the foyer at the Brava Theater waiting to be interviewed for a live taping of a radio show out of L.A.  Next to me were two of my closest friends, Mona Webb (who was being interviewed with me) and Chaney Turner who was glued to her iPhone.  We all knew that the Trayvon Martin verdict was going to be announced in minutes and we all had a glimmer of hope that justice would prevail in the wake of the senseless murder of this young person.  I say a glimmer of hope because we live in this world and we know that justice is rarely served, especially when it involves people of color, women and most particularly African-American men and women.  And so when Chaney looked up from her phone, eyes wide in disbelief, I knew before she mouthed the words “not guilty” that we, all of us, had lost.  It was a moment, for me, that I will always remember, much like I do the explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle, Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma and the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.  I place this verdict among those tragedies, because for me it equals them as a moment in history that will forever change the world in which we live.  The verdict was not only about one man killing a young African American person in Florida and getting away with it.  It was a spotlight on the dismal state of our (in)justice system.

I spent the last few days feeling fearful, hopeless, saddened and angry.  I debated on whether to release “This Week/End in the Yay! Area” because to be honest, I just wasn’t feeling it.  Then yesterday I got to spend some time with some remarkable youth in our community.  They reminded me that in the face of horrible injustice I still have a responsibility to keep up the good fight, to work to invoke change not just for the generation to which I belong but the generations that are coming after me.  They reminded me that I/we can not give up.  We may feel down but we are not out.  We may feel silenced but we must raise our voices higher.  We may feel helpless but we must find our strength in our growing numbers of discontent.  And now, my glimmer is back.  No one can reverse the tragedy of Trayvon Martin but we can actively strive to invoke the change that must happen in our country.  The murder of Trayvon Martin and the verdict are a call to action for all of us.

I find in times of extreme sadness, fearfulness and confusion being around each other helps us better frame what we are feeling, what we are doing and what we need to be doing.  Find each other this weekend, hug each other, speak to each other and hold each other up.   I don’t know the solution for the very big problems we face in our country but I do know it will require us to do it together.

Miz Chris




youthYouth Speaks Presents
Bay Area MC Olympics Finals
The New Parish
579 18th Street, Oakland
7 p.m.
All Ages

Youth Speaks believes in the transformative power of performance.  It is through the brave act of performance that young people liberate their stories and affirm their voices.  New critical audiences are born from the echoes of their words in community spaces and historic venues throughout the Bay Area.  Join us tonight for the Bay Area MC Olympics Finals.


970963_690018471015493_1916707526_nRed Hots Burlesque in BED
657 Harrison, SF
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

“Red Hots Burlesque guides you through the gaggle of gams and team of tatas with new performers [each week] including trained aerial acrobat(s), drag, comedy and old fashioned striptease…watch them twitch and twatch.” funcheapSF.com

Deemed part of the “top 3 burlesque shows in the country to take your girl to” by Playboy’s City Guide. “The hottest happy hour in the bay” and Bay Guardian’s & SF Weekly’s-Best Happy Hour Red Hots Burlesque has been San Francisco’s only weekly burlesque show for over 5 years. They bring their special brand of hot cha cha to supperclub.

For questions or reservation please email info@supperclub-sf.com or call 415-348-0900 GA tickets will remain $10 at the door VIP tickets will be $5 more. Buy your tickets on-line and SAVE!

A new and different show every week, including babes, burlesque, sideshow, variety, musical acts, drag and comedy!

Our doors open at 7:00. We are punctual! In order to secure your seat (especially if you are a large party of 4 or more) please email info@supperclub-sf.com

Show runs until 10pm and Includes full menu of delicious a la carte snacks and meals expertly designed for Red Hots Burlesque.

This week with performances by
Our feature, Bobby Barnaby Bryce
Bohemian Brethren
Bunny Postol
Mojo Deville
Roxy Reve
Verna, Scarlet Ladders
all hosted by Alotta Boutte
and our sexy stage kittens Trixie Fou Laurant and Bramani Quinn


1002314_10151718959281880_85552775_nCumbia vs. Reggae
The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph, Oakland
9:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday experience the best of Reggae and Cumbia with DJs El Kool Kyle, Mark Clarin, Sonido TRC.

Fabulously remodeled venue, state of the art sound system, strong drinks and great crowd.


996818_553077208082766_754456074_nSmack Dab featuring Ali Liebegott
4122 18th Street, SF
8 p.m.

Our monthly open mic night, Smack Dab, is all ages, all genders, all the time, and free.

If you’d like to perform at the open mic, please come beginning at 7:30pm and bring five minutes of whatever you want to share. Musicians: one song. Prose writers: that’s about two and a half double spaced pages of prose. We’re the friendliest open mic you’ll find but we pay attention to time so that nobody accumulates further open mic-related PTSD.

Ali Liebegott has had three books published: The Beautifully Worthless, The IHOP Papers, and Cha-ching, the first two of which won Lambda Literary Awards. Ali’s interviews with women poets have been published on The Believer Logger. She is managing director of RADAR Productions.




1012679_10151710809614371_2000339924_nCommunity Roots REVIVAL!

1317 San Pablo, Oakland
8 p.m. – 1 a.m
doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30!
$8-15 sliding scale admission
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It’s true, the classic Community Roots series at Ashekenaz is back! Please join us in a celebration and taste of rich Bay Area cultue, music, art, food, community!

sets by:
THE GENIE (Scratch Guitar Innovator)

MAMA CROW (only Bay Area performance THIS SUMMER!)

EARTH AMPLIFIED All Star Session featuring REASON (http://www.andreasone.com/) & Special Guests!

djing by SELECTA RIDDM (Iyah Level/Funky Riddms)



200x400_7.15.13Big Beats
Luka’s Taproom
2221 Broadway
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
No Cover

Check the tasty BACANA BEATZ Brazilian flavors every 3rd Thursday with DJs Miles Green & Lucio K.

Always a party. Never a cover.




942398_220948744719294_1460099844_nHappy hour Book & Art Sale
Somar Bar
1727 Telegraph, Oakland
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pochino Press is excited to celebrate the success of “Slide” with you all! From short story collection to visual representations by 8 artists, the narratives in Slide continue to inspire!

Join us at Somar for a Friday Happy Hour – all the artists and gallery curators from the recent exhibition at Joyce Gordon Galley, will be there to celebrate artistic and literary collaboration. DJ Domingo Yu will be spinning the best of house, R&B and soulful Hip-Hop.

Come learn more about all the artists and their work, they will have amazing things for sale & Pochino Press will have Slide, the book, available and the Slide art catalogue, which makes a great companion. We will also have Pochino t-shirts!! (yes t’s and tanks)

Stop by to get your Friday drink and dance on with some art mixed in too!

Participating Artists include; Christine Balza, Xiomara Castro, Samantha Chundur, Nicole Dixon, Jon Fischer, Trevor Parham, Tomyé, Jamie Treacy , and Author of Slide Monica Zarazua.


994841_609929742372788_1701391629_nQumbia Qrew & Lyric
La Estrellita
446 E. 12th St, Oakland
10:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Proceeds will support LYRIC, our co-host and beneficiary!

This summer 2013, LYRIC is launching a pilot program for undocumented youth in SF. The pilot program wold provide a critical first step in creating greater access for undocumented youth throughout the city’s existing workforce system. This project will culminate in an event for the community in which we will share and examine what SF Youth workforce development system should look like for undocumented youth. The 12 youth hired in this cohort will undergo leadership and social justice trainings for 10 weeks.”

For more info about LYRIC, please go to: http://lyric.org/


¡Q2! is…A queer dance party!!!!

We are a collective of community based organizers aiming to create a queer identified space that is open to chav@s, cumbier@s, and allies who support the struggle for justice in our hoods. We are Festive. We are Fierce.
We are the Qumbia Qrew!!!

Spinning the best of musica tropical, cumbia, merengue, y mas!
Come support and enjoy the company, music, and dance.
a.k.a. Queer Qumbia


1005301_638535966158953_1796881128_nCulture F*ck
Show and Tell Concept Shop
1601 Clay St #160, Oakland
Pay What You Can
7:30 p.m.

Good News Radical Lit and Sound Lovers!!!!!! Culture Fuck is back and getting extra cozy in it’s brand new home: Show & Tell Concept Shop!!!!! We’ve missed you!!! Please help us show some extra special Culture Fucking love to this incredible shop in downtown Oakland.

Show & Tell, the brain child of retail veterans alyah baker and nichole payton, is a lifestyle brand, concept shop, gallery, and gathering space located in vibrant downtown oakland. the idea for show and tell came out of payton and baker’s shared desire to make their community and the broader world a better and more stylish place, while having as much fun as possible.

And we’re so excited for our super special feature!!!!

Joshua Merchant is a writer, activist, and native of East Oakland. Combining a masterful eye for detail, startling vulnerability, and unflinching courage, Joshua explores queer issues, black identity, and the complexities of their intersection. In 2011, he won the title of Youth Speaks Champion and represented the Bay Area at Brave New Voices. Later that year, he became the Berkeley Slam’s youngest Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representative. He continues to work with Youth Speaks, as well as “I Go,” a non-profit youth poetry organization, and has performed at the Davis Symphony Hall, the Warfield, and venues across the country. Joshua is one of the great young voices of slam. www.joshuamerchant.tumblr.com


400577_10151433222427043_675026407_nMalo with La Gente
The New Parish
879 18th St, Oakland
9 p.m.
Buy Tickets

MALO – Celebrating 40 Years of Music @ The New Parish.
Bay Area Latin Rock legends are celebrating 40 years of music! They will be joined by San Francisco’s own up and coming Reggae/Latin/Hip-Hop group: La Gente! This will be an epic night of Old School meets New School!

MALO: http://www.malomusic.com/
La Gente: http://www.lagentemusicsf.com/fr_home.cfm
The New Parish: http://www.thenewparish.com/

Legendary Latin Rock band Malo is one of the most successful and enduring bands in the world. Their 1972 hit single, “Suavecito” is the ultimate Chicano love song, and four decades later, still one of the most played tracks on classic radio.
Malo’s line-up has been a virtual who’s who of Latin Rock all-stars, including trumpeteer Luis Gasca, percussionists Pete & Coke Escovedo, Francisco Aguabella, and Victor Pantoja, keyboardist Richard Comode, musicians Tom Poole, Raul Rekow, and Pablo Tellez, as well as lead vocalist Richard Bean (of Sapo fame). Emilio & Gloria Estevan credit Malo with helping them to create their very own Miami Sound Machine. Malo has toured the world, playing with such rock greats as The Rolling Stones, WAR, Tierra, El Chicano, and Queen, and still continue to tour extensively, forty years after their debut.





1000137_572267686144768_1918469221_nSummer Style Session:  Haji Couture
Show and Tell Concept Shop
1601 Clay St #160, Oakland
noon – 3 p.m.

On Saturday July 20th from 12-3pm join Show & Tell for an afternoon of cutting edge Summer Style featuring the beautiful accessories of Haji Couture.

Haji, was established in 2006 by creator and designer Aya-Nikole Cook as a small line of feather earrings. Since then the collection has grown to include some 20 different feather jewelry creations: necklaces, pendants, earrings, cuffs, belts, hair accessories and even shoes.

HAJI Style is thoughtful, and artistically inspired. It pairs a polished sense of modernity with ethnic influence and expresses something uniquely urbane.

Sensuality, artistry, and rare beauty are the expansive ideas behind the line. Each gorgeous, and unique piece seeks to inspire its owner to revel in womanhood by making a ritual of adornment.


Jack London Square
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pedalfest rolls into Jack London Square to celebrate all-things cycling at the Bay Area’s premier bicycle festival. This annual event will pack the waterfront with more than 20,000 biking enthusiasts enjoying bicycle-themed entertainment, food and exhibits. Free to attend, Pedalfest-goers will enjoy cycling daredevils performing in a 30-foot banked wooden Whiskeydrome; eye-popping two-wheeled trial stunts by pro riders Mike Steidley and Chris Clark; a Rock the Bike pedal-powered stage featuring live music; Battle of the Bay BMX Competition; the children’s bicycle parade; folding bike races; a Bicycle Rodeo for kids; pedal-powered food; the Bike Stand – a demo stage by Bay Area Bikes; and a dazzling collection of new, vintage and handmade bikes. Additionally, a selection of beers will be available from New Belgium Brewing, with all proceeds being donated to the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

For a full listing of events and happenings click here.


angie-stone-1Angie Stone
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Buy Tickets

If Angie Stone had her way, she’d sit down next to every single one of her fans and pour out her heart – and soul – to them.  She’d empower them with hard-earned wisdom; lessons learned from her very own heartache and happiness, mistakes and triumphs that led her to three GRAMMY Award nominations, two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, and four Top 10 R&B albums (with her The Art of Love & War going all the way to number one).  And with her new album, Rich Girl¸ the neo-soul songwriter has done just that, delivering a powerfully intimate collection of songs that wrap themselves around you like a warm embrace full of love and compassion, strength and wit.


999031_560461837326402_771702737_nHouse Of Glamazon Presents: VENUS D LITE (Rupauls DragRace)
White Horse Bar
6551 Telegraph, Oakland
6 p.m. – 9:30  p.m.
Buy Tickets

The House of glamazon will be Hosting the best Madonna Impersonater Everrrr!!!!! VENUS D LITE -RPDR SE3

ENTRY: Reg$10 Vip$14

VIP TICKETS INCLUDE: a Drink *Assortment of snacks**Early entry*Photo with Performer*Meet & Greet *Discounts on our Pride event with 3 dragrace Stars


*Kelly Rose
*Magnoliah Black (Ebony Burlesque Diva)
*Akeelah Bee’otch
*Blue charisma
* Vicodonia Knightingale
*Aequorea victoria


988616_658544944173621_1531267401_nAbrazo – the Queer Milonga
Finnish Brotherhood Hall
1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Every 3rd Saturday of the month, Queer Tango for everyone is on the menu, and by EVERYONE we mean kings and queens, big men and little, women just the same, girls who are boys and boys who are girls, femmes and butches, folks who don’t know or don’t care, fairies and unicorns, PEOPLE who want dance and prance, eat and make merry.

This is your tango event:: Alway a 7 pm beginner’s lesson!

Next Date: Saturday July 20th!

7:00 – 8:00 Beginner’s/ Fundamentals Lesson with Erica Atnip* of Queer Tango Seattle

8:00 – 11:00
-Dancing to DJ Zeycan’s Alternative & Traditional Tango Music.
-Merrymaking and good eats

Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley

**No partner required. No experience necessary**

$15 General
$7 Students with ID
$5 New Dancer special: never been to a tango dance before? This is your $5 buck night out!


Luka’s Taproom
2221 Broadway, Oakland
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Celebrating the sounds from our favorite genres: Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, etc. Enjoy generous $7 drink specials from Kettle One & Grey Goose.


Angelo GelSon Ayson
DeejayLady Ryan
Diego MrLucky Herrera
Ieanna Umami Cruz

Crush was originated as a weekly party at John Colins in San Francisco where the resident DJs committed to playing good music beginning to end. Being that the DJs are all Oakland residents, we decided to make a come back and Crush in The Town.

Come Crush with us.



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One Response

  1. Patti White

    Always looking for fun & different things to do in The Bay especially freebies!


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