I want you to take a moment, a brief moment, to inhale deeply and smell all the yumminess that is about to happen this weekend.  Yes my fellow bay areans it is gonna be that kind of weekend.  The kind of weekend where there is an overwhelming amount of greatness happening the YaY!  Choose your particular cup of tea whether it is kink, fashion, food or festival, both sides of the Bay are crackalackin’!  But before you start to peruse the tasty menu of events this weekend I wanted to give a shout out to my friend and part of my Bay 988710_10151717927069694_1163687342_nArea family Charleen Caabay, affectionately known to her friends as Chikun!  Back in March I featured her in This Weekend in the YaY! Area thru March 28 speaking to her about her quest (and believe me it was a quest) to open up her first restaurant.  FIVE months later she has just passed her final inspection and she will be having a soft opening of the restaurant on Wednesday, August 14th starting at 11 a.m. and going until late.  Kainbigan’s new spot is located at 2101 14th Ave in Oakland.  If you have a chance stop by grab some grub and tell her congratulations!  If you can’t make it you can catch her serving her slice of yummy at the Laurel Street Fair.





The New Parkway
474 24th Street, Oakland
7 p.m.
Advance tickets are $10, door admission is “pay-what-you-wish”
It’s Karma Cinema month at The New Parkway … 30% of your admission will be donated to local non-profits!
18 and over only.

CineKink – “the kinky film festival” – hits Oakland for a hot, one-night stand!

Celebrating and exploring a wide diversity of sexuality, the films and videos in this sex-positive and kink-friendly showcase range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildy spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

A special screening of award-winning shorts deemed the year’s best!
* 50 Seconds of 50 Shades
* Naked Love: Ea’s Garden
* Impact
* Rift
* Ritual
* Zucht und Ordnung
* Amber
* Krutch
* Pinecone

CineKink: Oakland is presented by local sponsor Feelmore510, with additional support from Oakland Local.

National tour sponsors for CineKink/2013 are Crystal Delights, KinkyMedical.net, Leather Archives & Museum, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, njoy and Takedown Privacy


DNA Lounge
375 Eleventh St, SF
Doors open 10pm
Performances begin 10:30pm
Cost :: $10 Presales available at www.dnalounge.com
$20 at the door after 10:30pm

Hosted by Kim Battiste, Director Culture Shock Oakland
DJ Rj KoolRaul

INTRODUCING… the DAMSF Networking Hour! The perfect time to come meet like minded individuals and turn more of your dreams into reality.

The doors will be opening from 9-10pm for an hour of networking, drinks, light music & a few exclusive performances. Bring your business cards, portfolio, calendar and A-game style.

IN A NUTSHELL, this hour is for the artist, producer, and media to have a chance to connect before the doors open to public in order to connect with one another and build the foundation for future projects and professional work.

Mixer :: DAMSF will be opening the doors from 9-10pm for an hour of networking for our community artists. $20 includes a ticket to the show. $15 for mixer only.

The Artists ::

Mixer : Gloryzen Mendoza, Angel Patino, & Kimia Mohammadi

FEATURED ARTIST : Michelle Martinez (MUSIC)

Dereka “Glamorous” Javar (DANCE)
Wrawsome (DANCE)
Leslie Panitchpakdi (DANCE)
Jessica Gilmore featuring Atomic Allure (DANCE)
Peach Handmade Accessories (STYLE & FASHION)
1UP Crew (DANCE)
Art Attack (ART)
Nhan Ho Project (DANCE)
Thr3ee (MUSIC)
Markopolo (MUSIC)
Jamsiewaymsie (ART)
MishMash Boutique (STYLE & FASHION)




1016977_586829354688601_1779328431_nFashion is Art
Show & Tell
1300 Clay St #160
Oakland, CA
5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

On Friday August 9th, we invite you to join us for a night of FASHION and (FUN)draising to benefit Show & Tell.

This August, Show & Tell is launching a fundraising campaign to get ready for a fabulous Fall season and our 2nd birthday. To kick off our month of fundraising, we’re having a party to celebrate the intersection of Fashion and Art — two of our favorite things.

Our fun-filled and fashionable evening will feature:

– Nail Art from PamsandKin of Team Topcoat
Use the links below to sign up for an appointment:

Enter Discount Code: ShowAndTell to save 10% off your design

– An auction of wearable art pieces from our favorite Show & Tell brands
– A chance to buy the runway Samples from the Summer collection
– Eats from our favorite East Bay culinary artists

What are we raising money for?

We’re talking a major makeover here! We’re planning to revamp our website, add plus size and kids merchandise, launch the fall Show & Tell collection, and update the look and feel of the store.

These updates will help to make shopping at Show & Tell an even better experience and we need your help to make it happen!


1005655_10201653907447848_1267385640_nThe Living Room Project
1919 Market Street, @ 19th W.Oakland
$5 from 10pm to 11pm
$10 AFTER 11pm

*engaging your body, mind & soul*

**This Month Celebrating BLACK AUGUST**

The month of August is full with histories of Black resistance from the Haitian Revolution to the Nat Turner Rebellion, from the Fugitive Slave Law Convention, the foundation of the Underground Railroad, and more.

We celebrate Black August to remember the long line of resistance and sacrifice of Black people throughout history, and continuing today.

*Special Performances by:
Valerie Troutt &
Eni Loicy Pela

*Resident Sound Jedis:
Trinity (O’FaSho! II T.W.N II Living Room Project)
LP (Free Lunch Crew II Social Life II No Pants)

*Guest Selector:
Jose Soul

*Visual Curater:
Bushmama Africa

*Drink Mixologist:
Mz. Amy Adams

Chef Yulanda (Simply Bliss Catering)


About the Living Room Project:


969032_436107123169147_1978256422_nThe Movement
The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph, Oakland
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
No Cover

the MOVEMENT has only one objective to give your body the MOVES its MEANT to have by providing soulful, funky, smooth & eclectic sounds from all corners of the GLOBE

It’s all about the connection between the dancer, the dj, the mc, and the drummer! We’re taking it back to the roots.

The MOVEMENT is a collective collaboration of

This month we are excited to welcome
DJ HEY LOVE | People|


Prepare to dance to Azonto! South African house! Soulful house! Deep house! Disco! Latin house! Cumbia remixes! Soul! Funk! Soukous! We’re taking you round the world.

Bangin’ sound system and wood floors for the dancers


998597_10151518107826883_284151436_nThe Hustle
2925 16th St, SF
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
$5 before midnight

RAP x TRAP x BLAP x SLAP All Night

Featuring the ratchet sounds of DJs


and hosted by the reckless and rowdy

Jamie Hustle
Baby Muah
Sarah Lee

Every second Friday of the month at Slate Bar THE HUSTLE takes place, a wildly unique party showcasing some of the city’s best DJs and party people getting down to all things Trap, Turf, Crunk, and Hyphy. Always a rage fest, The HUSTLE stays at the fore front of cutting edge urban dance parties and is a home away from home for the trippy, beautiful and forward thinking. Fall through and turn up.




523437_10152079313584918_2069597871_nLaurel Street Fair
MacArthur & 35th, Oakland
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Laurel District Association is excited to announce to our friends that the 14th Annual Laurel Street Fair will be held Saturday August 10th, 2013! Attendance for the Laurel Street Fair is estimated at 8,000 people. We have grown every year in scope, attendance and reputation. We are now known as one of the biggest and best neighborhood events in the Bay Area. The Laurel Street Fair is a big reason the Laurel was named “BEST OF THE EAST BAY” by East Bay Express! We will showcase an amazing music and dance stage, DJ booths, a huge Kid’s Zone, creative crafts and merchandise, fashion shows, info booths, and an impressive variety of food vendors.

A Partial List of Entertainment Includes:

DJ Agana & DJ Adam
Rafael Langa and Ngoma Band (World)
Steppin’ Hall (Reggae)
Moon Candy (Soul/house)
Dance cipher w/ Mixed Ingredients (Mainstage Floor)
The Funk Revival Orchestra (Funk)
Blue Bone Express Brass Band (Second line/New Orleans jazz)
Omega Live (R&B)
Samba Funk! (Afro Brazilian/ Funk)
Young Gifted and Black


Disco Volante
347th 14th St, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.$5


Gorgeous venue, bangin’ beats, great food and beautiful people fill this venue for O’Fasho.  Don’t miss another night of this monthly favorite in Oakland.

Crate Diggers:

DJ LadyRyan (Soulovely || BUTTA)
DJ Ai.Lo ((The Formula || Isa Collective)
DJ Trinity (Living Room Project II T.W.N)


1016867_615865121780664_889478732_nHot August Nights
Lake Merritt Dance Center
200 Grand Ave, Oakland
6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Don’t miss instructor Dane’s hot, wildly popular East Coast Swing dance lesson!  He is a totally fun and gifted teacher of this super-easy-to-learn dance.

E. Coast swing is an awesome arrow in your partner dance quiver.
No partner needed for lesson.

Texas Rose is a super no-attitude event. Come on out and see how sexy cowboi dancing really is.

New to Country? We urge you to attend the 6:30 two-step lesson. It’ll be fun and you’ll meet friendly folks you can dance with later on. No partner needed.
(Arriving on time will seriously pay off. 🙂
We welcome beginners and have friendly veterans to help you along the way.

Leather-soled shoes are best.

6:30-7:15pm Beginner 2-step
7:15-8:00 East Coast Swing!
8-10:30pm Open Dancing
10:30-11pm Social


1005320_10200402747450479_825640341_nHip Hop for Change
El Rio
3158 Mission, SF
9 p.m.

We are pushing along full steam folks with the next HH4C Party. We’ll be doing it the right way again on August 10th at El Rio. We’ll be ringing dope local conscious artists in that true HH4C style.

This man was once known as one of the “Champion” battle rappers on the west coast and he is a strong believer that Hip-Hop Music is a powerful tool and should be used to unite people and strengthen communities, he writes his songs to inspire different thoughts and ideas for action and social justice.
Seneca Will Schachter has been creating inspiring music and booty-movin’ beats since 1987, and continued to rock sold-out shows in the San Francisco Bay area and around the country.
O-naje, which means “the sensitive one” in Swahili, is a Hip Hop artist from the Bay Area, California who always stays true to the core values of Hip Hop; love, peace and having fun.

With Dj Casanova rockin the 1’s and 2’s and featuring special guest . . . Pep Love

One of the legendary Hip Hop gurus of the west, Pep Love is a bay area rap icon with a real flare for real HipHop.




998503_623751370977658_1122113997_nCupcakes & Muffintops V5.0
Humanist Hall
411 28th Street, Oakland
12-4 pm
$0-$10 suggested door donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Are you ready for the Bay Area’s biggest fat fashion extravaganza of the year? Are you prepared to spend the afternoon in the company of some of the most gorgeously courageous, enthusiastic fat folks around, egging each other on to buy that tight leather vest or try on that bikini? Are you ready to sample delicious homemade treats? Are you ready to come in with a reasonable amount of cash, and leave with armloads of new-to-you clothes you can’t wait to wear?

Pricing info:
Most clothing $1-7
Some boutique items $10 and up, shopper’s discretion.

We are excited to announce that we will be accepting both cash and credit cards for clothing purchases. The door and bake sale will remain cash only.

Back for the 5th year! The fat-friendly, gender-inclusive clothing and bake sale returns in August. Presented jointly by Big Moves Bay Area, friends of NOLOSE, and the Fat Friendly Funders, we’re so proud that this bonanza of fat fashion and fellowship is becoming a Bay Area institution.

Accessibility Information: The entrance to the sale is on 28th Street, through the garden. There is a small parking lot on the side of the garden towards Telegraph Avenue, and we ask that people leave the parking spaces in the lot for people who need closer, more accessible parking. Once in the garden, there is a path down to a ramp on the left; the ramp is the main entrance to the sale and will be festooned accordingly. Inside, we’ll have some armless seats and volunteers on hand to help you shop, carry clothes, etc!

The Humanist Hall has two gender-free bathrooms, one of which is accessible but may have a sink-height issue. The shared dressing room is also gender-free.


1010058_687362531280025_1900152466_nFace Off
Earth Tribe Yoga Studio
1924 Franklin St Suite 210 Oakland
(2nd floor)

Presented by UGRW, join us for “Face Off” make-up mixer, at Earth Tribe Yoga! “Face Off” is a networking mixer for make up artists, models, photographers, artists and fashion professionals. Prepare to be rouged with inspiration and connect with local talent of the art and fashion worlds.

Four make up artists will battle, working their craft-live. Three guest judges will deliberate. The MUA who paints a soliloquy of a face will be deemed, WINNER. This mixer is for creatives; highly pigmented with art and live fashion, like never seen before.

Featuring:  Shawn “The Monster”, Fine Artist

This is a free event, open to the Artist community of Oakland and the SF Bay Area









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