Are you ready BAY AREA?!?!?! BOOM!  POW! it’s the weekend!  We got food festivals, artist showcases, bingo (and bacon), flamenco, straight up dance parties and so much more.  Peruse the goings on at your leisure but first read about this fab event happening this Friday produced by the Isa Collective and Babae/Gabriela SF.

Miz Chris [MC]:  Where are you from?

Aileen Calalo [AC]:  I was born in Yokosuka, Japan and grew up in Vallejo, CA. Lived in New York for a tad bit and currently reside in Oakland, CA.  Russel Arelis (Isa Collective) was born in Quezon City, Philippines. Immigrated to The U.S. at 9yrs old.  Lived in Monterey County, CA, then relocated to Chicago, IL in 2006.  Relocated back to the Bay Area in the summer of 2012 and currently reside in Oakland, CA.


Astralogik performing at Rhythm to Rise

[MC]:  Tell us a little bit more about the different groups that have joined together to put on this event.

[AC]:  Isa Collective is a Bay Area group of Filipina artists and musicians who celebrate conscious movement through music and art. Babae/Gabriela SF is a part of the Philippine women’s movement for self-determination, committed to working towards a future of real sisterhood and international solidarity, true gender equality and opportunity for all women, and genuine sovereignty and democracy in our homeland.

[MC]:  What inspired you to put together the event Rhythms to Rise?

[AC]:  We felt the need to have an event to raise awareness for the IAMR4 conference in New York.  Rhythms to Rise is a despedida party to send off Bay Area delegates to NYC for the International Assembly for Migrants and Refugees 4 (IAMR4), where migrants are the leading voices organizing against injustice towards migrants. IAMR4 delegates will also be protesting the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, where no migrant voices are considered when enforcing global policy affecting millions of migrants worldwide.

[MC]:  What is the International Assembly for Migrants and Refugees 4?

[AC]:  Since 2008, the IAMR has gathered grassroots migrant organizations from around the world who seek to expose the bankruptcy of the United Nations’ line of “managing migration” as a “tool for development”. IAMR has been held in opposition to past gatherings of the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), which was formed by the UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development in 2006.

• IAMR1 – 2008 in Manila, Philippines
• IAMR2 – 2009 in Athens, Greece
• IAMR3 – 2010 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The IAMR asserts migrants don’t choose to leave their home countries, but are forced to. It addresses the roots causes of forced migration and highlights issues migrants and refugees face everyday, including:

Power Struggle performing at Rhythm to Rise

Power Struggle performing at Rhythm to Rise

• Family Separation
• Labor Exploitation and Wage Theft
• Detention and Deportation
• Criminilization and Repression
• Militarization of borders and violence
• Work Visa Fraud (Labor Trafficking via Guest Worker Programs)
• Racism and Xenophobia
• Lack of Access to Health and Social Services
• Gender and Sexuality-based discrimination and violence
• Discrimination of indigenous people
• Displacement due to wars of aggression

[MC]:  What can the audience expect at Rhythms to Rise?

[AC]:  A showcase of great live performances by talented musicians of Filipino descent. Performances by Power Struggle, Rachel Lastimosa of Dirty Boots, ASTRALOGIK the duo formerly known as CHARITOxFUNKCH3N and Caroline from Babae SF.  There will be two DJs: Calalo and Slum B. alongside Babae/Gabriela member Sandy Panopio as the host for the evening.  Dining in? There will be a full menu provided by Spice Monkey and a full bar available.  The event will be at the second level loft of the venue and a donation sliding scale of $10-$20 to support the IAMR4 conference in New York and performing artists.




1240633_222064177952973_290246648_nBacon, Babes & Bingo
Cafe DuNord
2170 Market ST, SF
$10 General Admission
$15 Divine Swine Includes: Chair
$25 Very Important Piggy Includes: Table & Chair + Chunky Pig Candied Bacon Caramel Corn
+ *Priority Snack Service*
Want in on FREE delicious eats?
Don’t miss the pre-show Happy Hour 5pm-7pm!
$2 PBR & $5 well/shot specials + FREE Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

Don’t miss your hosts Dottie Lux, sASSy Hotbuns & Bacon Pusher GinO for another fabulous round of Bacon, Babes & BINGO! No fuss, no muss – get your tickets here OR contact us by email for special group discounts, offers & MORE!

All ticket levels guarantee FREE Bingo games all night & snacks ’til they’re gone!

Contact us directly for great group rates on 5+ and all September Birthdays!

Win a Burlesque Performance by:
The Luscious Mistress Marla Spanxx
The Ham with the Gams Dottie Lux
**Special Guest** Kitty Von Quim
LIVE Music with Alotta Boutte & Joe Wicht
Sound by Holli Would
Bacon Babes Kami & Dr. Bird
Photography by Tim Wells


steveluisdiego8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: FLAMENCO PROJECT: A slideshow & roundtable discussion
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
7 p.m.

Images from the acclaimed collection edited by guitarist/photographer Steve Kahn will spark discussion among a group of artists and flamenco aficionados who lived in Spain in the 1960s & 70s. Panelists include Steve Kahn, David Serva, Paul Shalmy, Jill Bacán,  Mica Graña and Kenny Parker.
Founded in 2005, the Festival has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event. In addition to several days of live performances, lecture demos, film screenings workshops and master classes, various informal gatherings provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and create a context for sharing cultural traditions and experiencing flamenco in a genuinely interactive and spontaneous environment.
Steve Kahn is an internationally known commercial and fine art photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected in both Europe and America. Already a student of classical and flamenco guitar in 1967, he traveled from New York to Morón de la Frontera, on leave-of-absence from a doctoral program in physics, in search of Diego del Gastor and the art of pueblo Flamenco. His 3-month break grew into a 2-year adventure that changed the course of his life. He lived amongst the flamenco artists, absorbing what he could of Diego’s musical genius and made a few photographs before his camera was lost. Upon return to the states, he dropped out of academia to pursue a career as a freelance photographer.





Eat Real Festival
Jack London Square
65 Webster Street, Oakland
1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% free of charge, all street food at the festival costs $5 or less, and incorporates regionally-sourced, fabulous, and sustainably-produced ingredients.

Eat Real is the premier educational program of the Food Craft Institute, a non-profit organization focused on creating and making viable small to medium-scale, handmade, artisan food companies in the United States. Eat Real’s mission is to help revitalize regional food systems, build public awareness of and respect for the craft of making good food and to encourage the growth of American food entrepreneurs.


1175417_717458948271191_1732984273_nRhythms to Rise
A Night of Music for Migrants Worldwide
Spice Monkey
1628 Webster St, Oakland
6 p.m. -10 p.m.
$10-$20 sliding scale donation
*Proceeds will help migrant workers from Migrante SF-Norcal and Mujeres Unidas y Activas travel to NYC for the IAMR4 conference.
Rhythms to Rise is a despedida party to send off Bay Area delegates to NYC for the International Assembly for Migrants and Refugees 4 (IAMR4), where migrants are the leading voices organizing against injustice towards migrants. IAMR4 delegates will also be protesting the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, where no migrant voices are considered when enforcing global policy affecting millions of migrants worldwide.

Order dinner and grab some cocktails before the show.

Power Struggle
Rachel Lastimosa of Dirty Boots

DJs Calalo & Slum B (Isa Collective)


892854_10152199865164918_271321355_oThe Bridge vs. KSOL
The Den
1807 Telegraph
Oakland, 21+w/ID

This month The Bridge familia joins forces with KSOL to see which decade had the best slaps. Will it be the 1990’s or 2000’s? YOU DECIDE!

If you grew up in the Bay during the 80’s & 90’s. You are familiar with KSOL 107.7 FM. Remember Marco Gutierrez, Michael Erickson, Leslie Stoval & Dave Padilla? Back when stations played good music & valued the on air personalities?

We are takin’ it back, then brinin’ it forward & we’ve invited some our fam to help us out.

✩Special guest DJ & Host✩

Turntable Queen Pam the Funkstress (The Coup/B.A.S.S)

Mr. JE (JE Media Group)

✩Resident DJ & Host✩

SAKE ONE (Restless Natives)

Chaney Turner (Social Life Productions)

Celebrating a birthday or special occasion?
Hit us up:
September birthday babies FREE all night!

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1016992_10151564812396962_70005280_nMama Crow
Awaken Cafe
1429 Broadway, Oakland
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm


Mama Crow’s velvety voice and powerful euphonies will exhilarate the heart and persuade the body to dance. Her lilting songs are visceral and resolute, as you find yourself unwittingly saying, “yes, yes yes!” So join us for a delectable lineup, and allow Mama Crow to excite and stir your soul.

SaraTone & the Earth Tribe Gospel Feat. Orixanda
Featuring delightfully wandering melodies, over a strong beat and lyricism that demands whole hearted intentions, SaraTone purvey’s love and dedication to earth consciousness. Grab a glass of wine and bask in the beauty of mother nature in all her glory.

Fresh off the tour bus, Colophase is a 4 piece indie rock band that will be serving up with a toned down acoustic set, as they parlay their way through California. Fronted by a sizzling vixen with sweltering hot vocals, and accompanied by a rhythm section that supplies plenty of funk and soul, this is an opener you won’t want to miss.




1240313_10151819445609293_1271661231_nArtist Spotlight:  Jess Wainer Glass
Show and Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay St #160, Oakland
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Join Show & Tell Concept Shop for a fabulous afternoon soiree to celebrate Jess Wainer and her one of a kind glass creations.

Event Details:
Glass Artist Jess Wainer is slashing prices on seconds and previous collections to make room in her studio for a new generation of work.

Come by to shop tear drop vases, bud vases, bowls, and other handblown glass homewares while enjoying tunes of local djs and light refreshments.

This is a great opportunity to jump start your holiday gift shopping or score a handmade vessel for your space at a great discount.


1265212_10151642319387043_934967248_oLa Gente, NON STOP BHANGRA
Boom Boom Room
1601 Fillmore, SF
Buy Tix
9 p.m.

Dj Jimmy Love:
Boom Boom Room:

La Gente, NON STOP BHANGRA and DJ Jimmy Love team up again at our favorite SF venue the Boom Boom Room! For those who dont know: Imagine a scene from a Bollywood movie smack in the middle of a thumping nightclub-swirling colors, the rhythm of pounding feet, & the relentless energy of brilliant beats – that’s NON STOP BHANGRA!

We are going to fill the Boom Boom to capacity with dancing, music, and as many electric sweaty bodies and we can fit in! As always this dance party goes till 3am!!
Not a night to miss!!




1236533_10201135134194846_1986209080_nGolden State Slam
Grand Lake Coffee House
449 Grand Ave
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Show starts at 7:30 a.m.
All Ages

This show keeps the power going with none other than Soyna Sonya Renee Taylor from DC but now living in the Bay Area. If you haven’t heard this woman perform then you’re tripping. Sonya Renee-Taylor is a Individual Poetry Slam National Finalist and Champion, ILL List Champion, Boom Girl and overall a bad mutha %$@%$#@% on the mic.She’s not only a phenominal spoken word artist and fashion diva but Sonya also founded the “A Body’s Not an Apology” movement. We strongly advise you not to miss this feature. Holding down the open mic will be the new kid on the block Tab Danger and being his wing woMAN of course will be D’Dra White. Our poetical soundtrack will be provided by DJ Nina Boss and holding down the front door strapped with smiles and hugs our door bella Jas Jasmine Le Blanc.


1176359_548626378554584_1715571768_nClub Fist
Folsom Street Fair Edition
Stork Club
2330 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m.

Get your harnesses and leather and whatever ready for this months CLUB FIST! Folsom Street Fair Edition!!!!!

MC Curran a-Go Go// keeping you entertained and ell informed on the nights festivities!!


THE FISTETTE GO GO Dancers (EX Lusty Lady Strippers/CUrrent Strippers keeping shit sexy on stage)


DJ AJA VISION ( from BELIEVE//Bringing that dungeon club realness!!!)











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