1/125032024002939Canon EOS 6DHello YaY! Area I have been gone too long.  Last week was San Francisco Pride and I was out all week getting ready for EDEN in the Bay.  It was a fabulous four day weekend with 8 events featuring Grammy Award Winning Artist EVE (click here for video)!!!   It was truly a magical weekend.  Now I am back in the East Bay ready to serve up some weekend goodness to all of you!

The East Bay is bursting at the seams with interesting and wonderful things to do.  Don’t forget that this Friday is First Fridays in Oakland.  I know you’re tired from Pride but if you can muster up the stamina I highly recommend you make it out for a night of revelry and debauchery.

Read on and happy 4th of July!


944872_506727866043339_1266529073_nSista Sinema – Oakland
Numi Tea Garden
2230 Livingston St., Oakland
7 p.m.
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This LGBT History month, we are celebrating the centenarian Ruth Ellis by screening Living with Pride – Ruth Ellis @ 100 (TBC),

In this charming documentary, Ruth Ellis, a 100-year-old African American lesbian, recounts her life. As a lesbian academic interviewed in the documentary puts it, “Ruth is a gift to us” as she is able to tell what it was like to suffer “triple oppression, being a woman, being black, and being a lesbian.”

Ellis tells about discovering her sexuality some 80 years ago, and when discussing her romantic involvements (which included one relationship lasting 35 years), she is utterly honest. At one point she is even asked about the last time she had sex, and she replies it was when she was 95, adding with a laugh, “that was a one-night stand.” A businesswoman, Ellis lived openly as a lesbian and often played host for an active social circle of gays and lesbians in Detroit at a time when mainstream America scarcely acknowledged the existence of the community. The film is illustrated with vintage photographs of Ellis, her family, lovers, and friends, and footage shot in the present day shows her at dance class, having fun at her favorite bowling alley, and shooting pool with friends. This is an engaging look at a special character, a woman who was always true to herself. –Robert J. McNamara

This event will also celebrate the launch of THE POSTWOMAN MOVIE (2014), a dramatic LGBT love story written and directed by J.D. Walker, about struggling single mom forced to confront her husband, dysfunctional family, and children about her secret life with another woman. Walker is the winner of the Sundance pitching contest and currently organizing a Kickstarter campaign for THE POSTWOMAN. Find out more here: http://kck.st/15IhO4r

You can buy tickets here: www.sistahsinema.com

The schedule for the evening is:

• 7:00 – Mix & Mingle Potluck
• 8:00 – Movie starts.
• Afterwards – Post-movie discussion

1016298_10151689572726880_452565293_nEl Kool Kyle presents:  Cumbia vs. Reggae
The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph, Oakland

Every 1sr and 3rd Wednesday inside the Legionnaire Saloon listen to the best in cumbia and reggae.  This week featuring Ras Rican and Stepwise

1001352_10200718007285234_2052667513_nFeel Good
481 9th Street, Oakland

Kick off your 4th of July weekend with us Weds July 3rd (NO WORK THURSDAY) at FEEL GOOD inside Liege Oakland! This installment of FEEL GOOD features legendary DJ’s Pam the Funkstress + Sake Onederful.TONIGHT! “the 90’s party” Featuring DJs Pam the Funkstress & Sake OneEVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT LIEGE SPIRITS | OAKLANDIn the tradition of classic Bay Area house parties, Festival at the Lake, the Omni, KSOL and KDIA, Soul Beat and everything that made the 90s a golden era in the Bay Area, Liege Spirits is pleased to present a weekly party featuring your favorite throwback jams, old school dance moves, folks you ain’t seen in a minute — and Liege’s signature libations.thurs
1010510_578507368839406_2095108741_nTourettes without Regrets
feat. Hoodslam
Oakland Metrohouse
630 3rd St., Oakland
All Ages
8:00 p.m.
$10WINNER! BEST OF THE BAY multiple times including 2012!!Because what Tourettes brings is the deepest concentration of raw talent you’re likely to see in the Bay Area.” -KQED***********************************************************
Our First EVER 4th of July show held inside a full size Wrestling RING!FEATURING:HOODSLAM!
Also multiple winner Best of the Bay, come get a taste of what the rage is all about! Find out what FTF really means!
Disturbing burlesque by SHEBA QUEEN OF THE NIGHT!
FireDance Anarchy by MZ. K!
Confederacy Strip Tease by OPHELIA COEUR DE NOIR
Also featuring : Captain America and Circus by DAVE CLAY!
Stand Up Comedy by SAMMY OBEID and TREVOR HILL!
Pie F*ck Contest! Toilet Paper Dodgeball!
And as always, YOU!!!***************************************************
The Maniac of Mouth, Wildman SIDESHOW SYZYGY!
Battle Beats by DJ MIGGY STARDUST!
Onstage Freaking by HUNNY BUNNAH and MISS ECCENTRIC!

942311_10200187075732102_446047653_nHouse of Love
East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd
9:30 p.m.

We’re back again! on a new day….
from here on out ♥ House of Love ♥ will be held every FIRST THURSDAY at East Side Arts Alliance so here’s your official reminder 🙂

This will be a nice set-off for your ‘turnt-up’ summer 🙂 Leave your worries, inhibitions and attitude at the door….our forefathers and mothers fought this battle for our Freedom of Flow, so let’s not disappoint them by actin’ shy….come speak your truth with us!

Our band will be representing as usual, ready and willing to add some live flavor to the evening….so save some energy for us after playing at the park!

You can bring your appetite too, cuz Miss Saudah will be serving homemade BARBEQUE (by donation) and holding you down with grown-up libations @ our famous $3 winebar! And the Bow Tie King will be in the house, providing unique accessories for the Fashion Forward.

As always, hosted and featuring performances by Mandela Duncan and Missjadasimone Smartmouth Hunter (who will be celebrating her ?? Born Day!) 🙂

Dress to entice and impress: NO Hoodies, Tshirts, or Baseball Caps (i.e. ‘grown and sexy’ or ‘dressy casual’)

Bring a bunch of folks witcha as we need all that good energy to build up the vibe in our ♥ House of Love ♥, come prepared to support AND participate….the goal is to have EVERYONE join in the cypher onstage at the finale as we pass the mic around like a ‘u-know-what’ lmao 🙂

as we said above, casual dress only. PLEASE!!!


166018_10151504978203878_122482815_nJack’s Night Market
throughout Jack London Square, Oakland
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

In celebration of Oakland’s First Friday, enjoy a captivating evening filled with merriment and verve!

The main attraction – a new monthly evening outdoor market/shopping bazaar showcasing the best of the region – from Oakland crafts, artisans and designers to local vegetable and fruit purveyors.

Delight in an eclectic array of music and quirky performers – surprises will abound. Food, goodies and libations – of course! Beer and wine sales to benefit the Sustainable Business Alliance and Oakland Grown.

Free Fortune Telling
Free Photos with Photo-Boof
Hula-Hoop Light Show!
Free Pin Ball
Creatures from the Estuary

1017338_670892926260425_1920098228_nQueer Rebels of the Harlem Rennaisance
Multiple Locations please read below
Oakland and SF
Varied Pricing please read below

Queer Rebels presents the Harlem Renaissance
– provocative performance and films-

Website: www.queerrebels.com
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user1286465
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377241
Event Pricing – Performances: $15-25. Films: $7-10 sliding. No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds!

From Langston’s dreams deferred, to La Bentley’s gender bending Blues, we celebrate traditions of dissent and Queer Black Aesthetics. Join us as we reclaim history and the urgency of our voices.

Formed in late 2008, Queer Rebels showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future.
“An evocative panorama of exceptional talent” – SF Examiner
“…speaks quietly to our hearts and sets fire to our minds.” – Autostraddle

July 5-7, 2013
Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance
July 5-6: African American Art & Culture Complex
Doors 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
July 7: New Parkway Theater
12pm (afternoon).


7174_673202362695160_1130229507_nGet Famous or Die Laughing
Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
410 14th St, Oakland
8 p.m.
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We are back at it! We was going to take a break, but it’s too many comedians out there for breaks and not enough Frist Fridays to do the shows.

This time around we’ve teamed with Amazin Entertainment 1 to spotlight talent from their roster…

“Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice” comedian Keith “Look Around” Morris is coming up from LA to grace Oakland for ONE NIGHT ONLY
Check him out on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/keith.morris.1272?fref=ts

1044075_436263629805836_1869847949_nFirst Base Oakland
3000 Broadway, Oakland
Free B4 10PM, $5 After with sporty attire, $7 without
9 p.m. -2 a.m.

Batters up!
*****booty shorts, sweatbands, tube socks, track suits, and athletic & sporty attire always encouraged, and will get you a discount at the door*****
Huddle up, huddle up…..Attention Players: We’re here in Oakland…..AND ready to party hard!On Friday July 5th we’re pop lock n’ droppin at 3000 Broadway sexy, sporty style with guest mix masters…DABECY (Jacktone Records// Electronic Music Bears)
DR. SLEEP (Jacktone Records)
STARR (Club Drama, Indie Oasis SF Pride Stage)
AIRSUNAnd First Base ResidentsALEG ZANDER (First Base)
BECKY KNOX (First Base // Kaleidoscope)
Awesome Photography by Tefari Casas!!!
Black Futurists Speak:
Queer and New Black
RandeVu Cafe
2430 Broadway, Oakland
8:00 p.m.
A night of literary, experimental, unapologetic queerness in the tradition of Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, June Jordan and Essex Hemphill served by writers who smash on gender norms and blur the boundaries of poetry, prose and performance.In partnership with the 2nd Annual Beast Crawl literary pub crawl, this is the Summer installment of Black Futurists Speak, a quarterly literary, technology and arts collaboration featuring forward thinking Black artists from the Bay Area and beyond.
Saeed Jones
Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
Marvin K. White
Juba Kalamka
Taijhet Nyobi
Bushmama AfricaBEATS BY: Able Apes: https://soundcloud.com/ableapes
Saturday Night Special
Telegraph Beer Garden
2318 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Get ready for the loudest, grittiest, sexiest Saturday Night Special EVER, at this year’s Beast Crawl festival in Uptown Oakland, featuring performances by:Joyce Lee, Virgie Tovar, Sonya Renee Taylor, Airial Clark, and Scott Lambridis
Beast Crawl is an annual literary festival offering more than thirty free literary readings in one night! Maps with all the participating venues/ readings will be available soon on the Beast Crawl website: http://beastcrawl.weebly.com/
Saturday Night Special is a monthly open mic literary reading series in Berkeley, with a huge following and a reputation for being diverse, loud, gritty, sexy, inclusive, and loaded with local talent.Learn more about Saturday Night Special here:
Read a rad review of Saturday Night Special in Oakland Magazine:
Saturday Night Special at Beast Crawl:
Leg 2 (6:30 – 7:30)Telegraph Beer Garden (#8 on the crawl map)
2318 Telegraph Ave
@ 23rd & 24th StTelegraph Beer Garden is all ages, has lots of outdoor seating on the patio, a killer beer selection, and the best burgers in town!
1000828_651900668171382_241221369_nA Midsummer’s Night Queer Milonga
Finnish Brotherhood Hall
1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley
Full Listing of Events click here
–that lasts 24 hrs:: milongas, workshops, live-music performances and merrymaking :: July 6th-7thOn a midsummer’s night, soon after the longest day of the year, we will gather for queer tango merrymaking worthy of the solstice. Our traveling Puck, Gwen Spinks* from Queer Tango Canada, will take us deep into tango revelry that dips and turns, sleeps, and rises again, for 24 hrs: milongas, workshops, performances and every shade of magic.
This is our Summer Event!July 6th-7th (see below for new additional dates!)
Sat. July 6th :: A Midsummer Night’s Queer Milonga :: 7-11
Finnish Brotherhood Hall: 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley
7-8 pm: All-levels Lesson with Gwen Spinks
8-11 pm:
Frolicking, decadent morsels, and dancing to DJ Dan’s vinyl mix of traditional and alternative tango music—
PLUS a short, but oh so very sweet, live set of tango songs by Gigi Gamble and a guest guitarist.
Sunday July 7th :: Workshops :: 2-6 pm
Lake Merritt Dance Center at 200 Grand Ave in Oakland. MPR.
First workshop: 1.5 hours, 2-3:30 pm
From the floor Up. “By understanding what you are doing – you can do what you want” … this workshop will focus on styling – how balance and moving from the core affect our fluidity and stability.
Second workshop: half hour, 3:45-4:15 pm
Feldenkrais for dancers – we will do a quick version of “posture from head to toe” this workshop is about understanding how we hold our bodies in the dance.
Third workshop: 1.5 hours, 4:30-6 pm
Mechanics to Emotions – what is between you and that Tango High – we all talk about that tango high – the connection – but how do we create it on the dance floor – how to connect the mechanics to the emotions.We recommend that dancers take all 3 workshops as concepts will build throughout the day—and we’ve schedule in rest breaks with refreshments lovely—but, it’s certainly not mandatory, and each can be taken as a stand alone class.
Sunday July 7th :: Sunset Fairy Milonga :: 7-10 pm
DJ, sweet and savory yum yums and a fairy good time for all.
Lake Merritt Dance Center, Hall 2.
Full Listing of Events click here
Stud Life
Numi Tea Garden
2230 Livingston St., Oakland
7 p.m.
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At the October screening in Seattle, over 200 queer womyn of color attended the screening!In Stud Life, Butch lesbian JJ and emo gayboy Seb take wedding photos by day and hit the London clubs by night. The best mates share everything from a flat to spliffs to dodging street thugs as they make their way through the multiracial and multigendered LGBT street scene. When JJ meets the luscious femme Elle, she suddenly doesn’t have much time for Seb. But Seb’s got his own stuff going on, pursuing hot Internet date Manchester Joe and evading drug dealer Smack Jack. Dive into the grittier side of urban London’s STUD LIFE through the loves, heartbreaks, fights, and joys of this colorful cast of characters.Post-movie discussion with Campbell X (@Stud Life), Cheryl Dunye (@The Watermelon Woman), Jamie Kamaria (@The Postwoman)Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVygCAcbJbU
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