Delicious eats, visual treats and eargasmic beats are what wait for you this weekend in the YaY!  It’s gonna be another bumpin’ weekend of things to do, places to go and people to see.  Start off right tonight at Kitchener Oakland with the Harvest Moon Pop-Up, then fly to Jupiter in Berkeley to dance the night away under the stars at Choice Cuts.  Or head across the new Bay Bridge and get your Peaches fix at the dopest lady DJ night at the Skylark where Peaches is celebrating their 4 year anniversary.  And alla that is just on Thursday!  The weekend pops off even harder so get right and make your plans now!




1274153_431208253654854_1561688913_oHarvest Moon Pop-Up Market
372 24th Street, Oakland
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free Entry

September’s full moon is called the Harvest Moon because farmers can continue their harvest late into the night by the light of the full moon, and this year, it falls on Sept 19th.

Join Kitchener Oakland, Bay Area Homemade Market, lOAKal Mobile Food, and Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland for a bustling indoor/outdoor market and art gallery opening for an evening of locally made food, art, and great people… under the Harvest Moon.

Kitchener’s also launching a Kickstarter to raise money to build out take-out windows at the kitchen…so we’ll also be partying that evening for a cause! These take-out windows will be shared amongst our talented artisans and will give many of our artisans the storefront many of them can’t yet afford. The windows will also liven up our neighborhood and broaden the food options within Oakland.

* Free Entry
* $2 Beer
* Free wine tasting by Periscope Cellars
* Most foods are $5 and under

Featured Kitchener Artisans:
* Barbarian Gourmet – Apple cider glazed pork with herb spaetzle; vegan option TBA
* Bump City Bakery – Pie shots, drunken cupcakes (St. Germain and chocolate martini), and Irish toffee cookies.
* Green Girl Bakeshop – Vegan, gluten-free ice cream sandwiches
* Mini Trini Bistro – Curried Chicken and Roti
* The Pie Shop – Beef cornish pasties, vegan curry pasties, bangers on buns with caramelized onions
* Powered by Pork – Vietnamese-Mexican tacos with banh mi slaw
* Uptown Juice Company – Cold-pressed juices
* Wooden Spoons – Mini rillette sandwiches on Acme rolls

Featured Loakal Mobile Food Artisans:
* Beulah’s Bean Truck – Hot & cold beverages and Roast Co. coffee
* Fist of Flour Pizza – Hand-tossed, wood-fired pizza
* Tina Tamale – Made in Oakland tamales

Featured Bay Area Homemade Market Artisans: TBA

Creative Growth Gallery Opening:

Howl at the moon with us! Hope to see you all there!


1274235_650991014919629_1617915047_oMission Creek Oakland Music and Arts Festival
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
2278 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
7 p.m.
All Ages
$5 Suggested Donations

The Fifth Annual Mission Creek Oakland Music and Arts Festival Presents:

Lady Beaver
Super Califas
Vviolent Vickie

MCO is proudly co-presented by the East Bay Express! Special thanks to Amoeba and Shipwreck Studio!


1209211_10201482654140300_1881805941_nChoice Cuts
2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkely
8pm – 11pm sharp
always free


Every 3rd Thursday at Jupiter, LadyRyan brings you a special selection of her favorite and CHOICE cuts, plus a dynamic vocal performance magically weaved into her 3 hour set.

What makes this event special is that Jupiter has its own brewery, a large and awesome outdoor patio, great food AND of course, great tunes.

Come see for yourself 🙂

always the jam
♥ music


1268182_10151895001940152_1274612434_oPeaches 4 Yr. Anniversary
3089 16th St., SF
Free b4 11 p.m.
$3 after

“Peaches” SF’s ONLY weekly premier lady DJ Hip Hop party with is celebrating FOUR YEARS going strong every thursday at skylark bar! Masaye and the Peaches DJs want to thank YOU with our CD “PEACHES: ARTISTS WE LOVE” –come early before they run out !

ALL the Peaches except INKFAT (she’s in LA) will be performing (but catch her MC skills on our CD intro!):

MASAYE Hosting@ the BAR , pouring $4 PEACH SHOTS
with DINO !!

Please join us on this very special night of celebration !
(All proceeds go towards our Peaches CDs so we can give them free to you 🙂 )





1233168_669520616393821_2089654504_oCulture F*ck
Show and Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay Street #160, Oakland
Donate what you can
6:00 p.m.

Liz Demi Green is a writer, performer, and college educator living in Oakland. She has had her work staged at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival; she has been a poetry slam champion and has featured and performed at numerous venues; she wrote and performed with a queer ensemble theater project; she also attended Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Retreat and the Tin House Workshop for her fiction writing. This summer she had an artists’ residency at Catwalk in New York. She has been published in Sinister Wisdom,, and several others. She is working on her first novel.

Culture Fuck is a feminist, anti-racist performance space for radical outcasts, passionate queers, gender liberators, intellectual non-conformists, and everyone else who loves to break rules and subvert social propriety.


Cost: Donate what you can- everything goes to the artist! No one turned away for lack of funds.

Arrive at 6:00pm to meet your host, shop the store, eat/drink, socialize, and sign up for the performance list. Performances will begin at 7pm. Heads up: we need to be done by 8:30 so the sign up will be limited. First come; first served!

You are welcome to perform spoken word, poetry, music, dance, comedy, theatre, and prose. Please bring your zines, books, chapbooks, or edible merchandise to offer for donation or to freely distribute!


1276761_639349466097482_1999318342_oQumbia Qrew
La Estrellita Cafe
446 E 12th St, Oakland
10 p.m.

PODER is a grassroots, environmental justice organization based in San Francisco’s Mission District. PODER’s mission is to organize with Mission residents to work on local solutions to issues facing low income communities and communities of color. PODER believes that the solutions to community problems depend on the active participation of all people in decision-making processes. Improvements to our neighborhood must be made through collective social action to bring about social, economic and environmental justice.

⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄¡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 chavas/os, cumbieros, 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.


577856_322154207930476_1299353875_nDARLING NIKKI
Slate Bar
2925 16th Street, SF

With resident DJ Durt O’Shea (Ships in the Night + Sissy Strut + Homochromatic) and special guest all the way from New Zealand DJ Campbell Cari and the wonderful local Doc Sleep (Dial up, Jacktone Records)

Darling Nikki is for all homos, lesbos, gaywads, East Gay + San Fransissy queens, queers and their pals! We play the best of 80’s + Top 40 with some hip hop and other good sh*t thrown in there. We’ll even play some 90’s… but we LOVE the 80’s. WE LOVE QUEERS WHO GREW UP IN THE 80’s, too! (30somethings and beyond, WE WANT YOU! Youngins we want you, too!)

This month we benefit FEMINA POTENS’ 2013 Queer New World LGBTW Youth Arts Conference, presented by Femina Potens and LYRIC. This conference addresses queer identity, empowerment and exploration of self through different artistic mediums including visual arts, film, performance and writing!

This month’s theme is QUEER ART STARS – up until the party, we’ll be schooling you through our posts about queer artists + writers.





935810_606971145999829_977782723_nTracks & Gender Freaks
Numi Tea Garden
2230 Livingston St, Oakland
7 p.m.

Our September screenings will celebrate, uplift, and support queer youth of color. “As members of more than one minority group, GLBTQ*† youth of color face special challenges in a society which often presents heterosexuality as the only acceptable orientation and in which nonwhites have disproportionately higher rates of negative sexual outcomes. Economic and cultural disparities, as well as sexual risk taking and other risk-taking behavior, make these youth vulnerable to HIV, pregnancy, and sexual violence,” Advocates For Youth

In Tracks, based on true events, a shy and lonely runaway falls for a flirtatious high school basketball player with an overbearing, church-loving grandmother.

You can watch the trailer here:

In Gender Freak, Rachel accepts Sammy into her band and they play the dance, where Rachel defends her friends against homophobic insults from the audience in front of the entire school.

You can watch the trailer here:


Queer Malonga
Finnish Brotherhood Hall
1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley.
7 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.

7:00 – 8:00 Beginner’s/ Fundamentals Lesson with Glenn Corteza
8:00 – 11:00
-Dancing to Dj Nico’s Alternative & Traditional Tango Music.
-Merrymaking and sweet and savory yum yums!

$15 General
$7 Students with ID
$5 Never-been-to-a-milonga Special

**No partner required. No experience necessary**

For our guests with chemical sensitivities, please refrain from using perfumes and such. Thank you.

Work trade is available.

All profits from this event benefits the Queer Tango Teachers Fund. Next project: Workshop Weekend with Sharna Fabiano October 19th-20th

Come dance into happy with us




1271597_161700307368788_666297336_oKlub Sherotic
Air Lounge
492 9th St, Oakland
4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

It is that time again ladies.  Come on out and celebrate the sherotic in you and party with the Virgo and Libra coddesses.  Our own DJ Pam the Funkstress will be in the house, along with DJ Meta and DJ Daddigirl.  Live entertainment, drumming, vendor salon, art exhibits, media portal, local food truck and sherotic cocktails.


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About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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