Whew!  I am tired.  Been working hard, playing hard and basically kickin’ up my heels all last weekend. It was hella fun.  But living in this Bay Area scene isn’t a sprint it is a marathon so I am hydrating, stretching and building up my stamina  getting ready for another dayum good weekend in the YaY!  Check out the fab events going down starting tonight.  A special note– Heaven Mousalem who produces Queer Shimmy! (scroll to Sunday) is offering a $5 discount to her workshop and mixer on Sunday– just say you saw it in the Miz Chris column.  So put it on your calendar and get your bellydance on!


222408_10151724367727103_1099905896_nThe Wax Idols
The New Parish
579 18th St., Oakland
9 p.m.All Ages

Dark, dramatic post-punk from Oakland’s awesome Wax Idols. Helmed by Hether Fortune, Wax Idols have improved on their already-great debut album in just about every way. The melodies are stronger, the vocals echoed and haunting, and the playing is at an unflagging level of intensity. While early 80s Siouxsie And The Banshees and 4AD are decent reference points, the song-writing is all Wax Idols and they bring a very modern sensibility, along with sterling production help from Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon). It’s pop in the largest sense – strongly melodic, confident and impossible to ignore.




1087021_272124766263326_1443118213_nSex, Lies and Sterotypes
La Pena
3105 Shattuck Avuenue, Berkeley
Doors Open 7:00 p.m.
Show Starts 7:30 p.m.

Stories of gender role stereotypes and sexuality.

Hosted by Gina Gold

Featuring Jake Arky , Brontez Purnell, Deborah Heyer Steve Budd and Carolyn Doyle.

It’s about local and sustainable here in the Bay Area. TMI Storytelling is giving away a free mushroom kit from Back To The Roots to whoever has the lucky number on their ticket at our Aug 22nd Show. Grow food right in your own home


KeikoM-37cropKeiko Matsui
25th Anniversary Tour & Soul Quest CD release party
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Buy Tix

“Creating this album was like going on a soul quest, as I tried to figure out how to express the things I was thinking and experiencing during this past year,” confides pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui (pronounced Kay-Koe, meaning ‘happy, celebratory child’ in Japanese). “This music energizes me and I am overwhelmed with emotion when I listen to it. I hope people will allow themselves to go inside the music and become a part of my journey,” says the stunning, profound pianist and world citizen who is celebrating a triumphant 25 years of recording in the US. In the words of Duke Ellington, Keiko Matsui is ‘beyond category.’ The courageous, spiritually-driven and consummate artist who enjoyed the distinction of being an invited guest and performer at the second International Jazz Day, sponsored by UNESCO and held in Istanbul in April 2013, transcends boundary. Her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following.





1003874_647782518572721_1126950315_nFat Girl Pop-Up Shop & Talk w/Virgie Tovar
1601 2nd St, Oakland
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Have you BEEN to Halmoni Vintage yet?

If no, keep reading.. If yes, keep reading..

What’s going to happen on Friday August 23 from 6-9pm is:

1. You’re going to get to go through Virgie Tovar’s closet and find fashion you can take home with you. All items are priced between $4 and $15 (with the exception of a few special pieces!) and range in size from 16-22. You will also be able to look through the treasures on the Halmoni racks too!

2. You’re going to get drinks, refreshments and Halmoni hospitality!

3. Virgie is going to share some of her Fat Girl Fashion EMT skills, help you do some plus size styling and read from Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion!

Come spend an evening with acclaimed author/fat activist Virgie Tovar. She will be reading from her book Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion and having a pop-up shop of her own show stopping, statement making wardrobe.

$5 admission fee does to supporting Halmoni and their wonderful events and work!

Pre-pay online to ensure a spot or do the walk-in thing if you’re adventurous!


CabPerilousCabaret Perilous!
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m.

Cabaret Perilous was created by the producers of the Hubba Hubba revue and is a circus of entertainment!

featuring:  the Infamous Nina Nightshade
Flame Cynders
contortionist Sylphie Currin
pole acrobat Shelly Lamb
Lola Martinet, Papillon de Nuit, Valentina Ballerina, Sass Herass w/musical guests the Dead Klown Society and DJ Fact 50


Pink Friday presents:
Back 2 Old Skool
Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight, SF
10 p.m.
No Cover

Booze Babes Boyz and Beats

Dj’s Nico and J-Train throwing down all the 90’s throwbacks and hip hop jams to get ya’ll bumping and grinding on the dance floor

Dj Getty playing late night for all you candy ravers

Liquid Courage served by British Pop Tart Jules

Free cover! Free jello shots! Come out and black out!


1146461_643401035670775_1193756589_nLet It Bump
QI Ultra Lounge
917 Folsom, SF
10 p.m. – 2 a.m

Hausik presents a VERY special event – LET IT BUMP: Those Bloody Yanks! Album Release Party! We’ve got some excellent talent featuring great music by Those Bloody Yanks!, ChongBomb, Illist, and Stiletto Stunner ZOE PARTIES!! And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll have a LIVE vocal performance and our favorite go-go dancers from the Valiant Vixens crew!! Holy crap. It’s goin’ down, yo.

If you’re in the scene, you’ve likely heard the name. And no, it doesn’t really make sense. Pretentious American bastards – how do you expect people to remember all that? With early support from Afrojack, Those Bloody Yanks! began carving their way through the house music landscape in 2010. Elitists of electro and progressive house, Those Bloody Yanks! only play tracks with the exact quality, timbre, and musicality that he and his following demands. If you’re looking for unique sounds and an enchanting, funky, groovetastic (and sometimes rageful) dance-floor energy, TBY! can satiate your needs. Holla!




The New Parish
579 18th St, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

This month thePeople shine from within. As most of you know, Cecil is not only a brilliant DJ but a very talented musician and producer as well. With remixes released by Ocha Records, Harlum Muziq and United Records, Cecil continues to create, branding listeners with his unmistakable sound. He’s been busy in the studio baking up some new treats with some of our most FAVORITE local voices. He is ready to share. We are ready to listen.

thePeople Oakland ~ True Voices

(thePeople / Relevant Sound)
Naima Shaloub
Jrod Indigo
Jennifer Johns
Kev Choice on KEYS!

2ND ROOM Guest DJ:

CALI & CECIL (main room)
HEYLOVE* (2nd room)

James Gayles
Creative Shields

Artisan Vendors
* Alouba Custom Creation (up-cycled jewelry)
* Bush Mama (Art & jewelry)
* Earthtones (Jewelry & Healing Arts)
* SafetyFirst & Tuffgyal808 (Original art & beauty)
* ShinobiJaxx (Jewelry)
* Urban Antiq (designer jewelry)




1148839_10152692804237588_545631218_nQueer Shimmy!
An LGBTQ Bellydance Workshop and Mixer
Shabnam Studio
580 Grand Ave, Oakland
$20 Drop In
Mention you saw this in the Miz Chris Newsletter and receive a $5 discount

Join me for a fun, fierce, hip shaking workshop and mixer! Learn the beautiful movements of an ancient art in an upbeat and supportive environment. All levels of dance experience welcome! Followed by a light brunch and socializing with your community.

Do you want to come out as a dancer?
Do you want to meet other LGBTQ folks outside of the club?
Would you like to build confidence in the way you move in your body?
Do you want to explore your sparkly, sensual self in a fun, safe environment?
Are you looking for a space where all gender identities are welcome and respected?

Because of it’s use of simple rhythms and the whole body, Bellydance is a great way to develop connection to your body. Instructor Heaven creates a warm, fun environment for exploring your connection to your body, while improving your moves.

Following the workshop, we will chat, mingle, snack, and show each other what we have learned in the workshop!

No previous dance experience necessary. All body types and genders welcome.

11:45 Workshop registration
12-1pm Dance workshop
1-2pm Mix and mingle

$20 cash drop in


1174936_10151853890236972_1502210772_nOpen House with Peggy Moore
The Compound,

1940 Eleventh Ave., Oakland
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Join us this Sunday as we host Peggy Moore in support of her upcoming run for State Assembly.

From her work as a grassroots community organizer and founder of the Sistahs Steppin’ March/Festival to California Political Director for the Barack Obama campaign, Peggy is one-in-a-million. How many home girls do you know who are on a first name basis with the President?

Join us for light refreshments, good company and some words from Peggy herself as we kick off her campaign in style and give back to someone who has given so much of herself in service to our communities.

We know it’s a busy weekend, hope you can stop by!

Hosted by Ericka Huggins, Shiree Dyson, Sonya Lewis and Lisbet Tellefsen






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