Happy Holidaze beautiful people!  I hope this December is treating you well.  Tons of holiday parties, shopping events and cool things to do this holiday season.  Keep warm, have fun and enjoy this time with your friends and family.



1441539_10151724522486671_30917369_nOakland Local 2013 Holiday Party
Classic Cars West
411 26th St, Oakland
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Come celebrate the 2nd annual Community Voices Awards and the team who put out Oakland Local‘s coverage of our city.

Being held at Classic Cars West join us for an evening of fun and festivities.


481 9th Street, Oakland
5 p.m.

#Afro-RICAN Featuring Music BY DJ Hholla Ouma Sake 1

Bring your friends as we mix and mingle over some of the best MUSIC, GREAT FOOD & TASTY cocktails!
Enjoy soulful sounds this Wed with
# Resident DJ Ouma and sake 1 and Lexx jones
in the mix from 5pm-Until

LIEGE also features… 3 Plazma Screens, Plenty of Seating , VIP Sections for Large Groups , Dance Floor

Food Tacos, Nachos Your Choice of meat Shrimp or Ground Turkey, Mac N Cheese , Fried Crab,
Dessert — >> Lemon Crunch Cake

Happy Hour


1399476_10201808962478507_1931281868_oOld Oakland Neighbors 7th Anniversary Celebration
907 Washington St, Oakland
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Appetizers from Swan’s Market restaurants will be provided.

Drinks and entrees will be available for purchase.

In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider bringing:

• New men’s socks (M-XL) to donate to CityTeam Ministries and/or
• A new and unwrapped toy for EndGame’s toy drive

Hosted in partnership with EBALDC

Old Oakland Neighbors – a grassroots community group
We live here. We work here. We love it here.


1478977_784681134882031_1464128281_nWinter Wonderland Follies & Dollies
White Horse
6551 Telegraph, Oakland
9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

The Holidays are upon us …
Follies and Dollies A Gender Queer Variety Drag Show will be Celebrating! Come join us for our final show of 2013, December 11th, 2013.

Our line-up includes: Your Hostess with the mostest Cemora Valentino-Devine, Amelia D. Ross, vocalist Guy Shelby, Honey Daniels, Chico Suave, Blue Charisma, Sexy Stacy, and more!






hqdefaultTMI Storytelling
La Pena
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
7 p.m.

Known as the host of her own ground-breaking comedy-sketch show, Bay Area comedian Gina Gold presents TMI Storytelling: Raw Stories, Real Spit, a monthly storytelling series.

Raw stories and real spit rule the mic during “TMI Storytelling”, an unpolished monthly show on funny, provocative topics. Bay Area comedian Gina Gold presents this comedic series which features a rotating cast of storytellers giving a unadulterated, often hard-core look at life. You’ll hear tales of heartbreak and woe, peppered with humorous asides and serious commentary from a different lineup each show. As host, Gold will keep the heartfelt and brutally honest show flowing.


motownHoliday Motown Tribute Show
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

 Come celebrate this holiday season with The Best Intentions, voted Bay Area’s Best Motown Tribute Show, celebrating 10 Years together performing Motown Hits, Holiday Classics, plus new songs from their original forth coming CD.

Presented by Mark T. Elliott and the A-List Musiq Circle

Best Intentions are an unforgettable experience of the great Motown acts of the 60’s,70’s and 80’s, featuring a dynamic tribute performance of the Temptations, The Spinners, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. You can’t resist dancing and singing along to these fabulous oldies with all the classic moves & grooves of the old School!




The Legionnaire Saloon
In the Loft
2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Music is Life ♥

A new party brought to you by LadyRyan singing and spinning all night!

Live painting by the amazing Wren SongBird!


La Estrellita
446 E. 12th Street, Oakland
10 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

¡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 chavxs, 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 más!
Come support and enjoy the company, music, and dance.


1459187_10201533601636641_1342903549_nFundraiser Typhoon Haiyan
Cafe Gabriela
988 Broadway, Oakland
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.We have been so heartbroken and devastated in hearing and seeing images of our sisters and brothers in the Philippines… And we want to do something about it. Cafe Gabriela and the staff are hosting an art auction , poetry reading and gathering of our community in this very trying times.

All proceeds will be donated for the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns’ typhoon haiyan relief efforts.




1474410_704419756236085_207142679_nSanta Claus is Coming to Da Town
Grand Lake Coffee House
440 Grand Ave, Oakland
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.t’s that time of the year again!

The Golden State Slam presents the 5th Annual Santa Claus is Coming to The Town Toy Drive!

Join us for some family fun at the Grand Lake Coffee House! We’ll have arts and crafts, caroling, cookie decorating, and of course, we’ll be collecting your unwrapped and unused toys for youth in Oakland!

…and of course, our good friend Santa Claus will be making a stop to say hello and take pictures with the little ones!


1396993_569277536455038_1182986400_oHarlem’s Black Lesbians
Numi Tea Garden
2230 Livingston St., Oakland
7 p.m.

This holiday season, Queer Rebels & Sistah Sinema want you to party like it is 1929!

Femmes and butches, queens and queers! Don your pearls & pinstriped suits, your finger waves & wing-tips. We will be swinging to Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Gladys Bentley as we pay homage to the music, style, and sexiness of queer Harlem!

B.D. Women: One of Campbell X’s early pieces, B.D. Women tells the tale of a Blues singer and her Stud Lover interwoven with contemporary interviews with Black Lesbians. Think Stud Life as a short set in 1920’s Harlem. Here is a teaser to whet your appetites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRjRGfcAUiY

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Blues Divas of the 1920s: T’Aint is a documentary about Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and several other notable Blues divas of the 1920’s – from a queer perceptive. You can watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gpEmRSmIAE




1234726_10152367711384196_1570896195_nAssata Will Rise:  A Performance Art Tribute
Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
6 p.m.
All Ages

This free performance arts showcase will feature local artists who will create and share poetry, monologue, and short theatrical pieces in honor of the women political prisoners and anti-imperialist organizers that have inspired them.

Artists Include:
Jade Cho, SoJari Bradley, Lubna Morrar, Lisa Evans, Tina Bartolome, Sarah O’Neal, Madeleine (MADlines) Clifford, Michelle Lee (Mush), Kay Cuajunco, Jazz Hudson, Queens D. Light.

DJ Agana aka Vanessa Solari Espinoza on the ones and twos!
Flyer Design by: Lexx Valdez

*Please feel welcome to bring in food to share! We will be having an open potluck area throughout the afternoon/evening!


Shashamane Bar & Grill
2507 Broadway, Oakland
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Speak Easy…an Open Mic Showcase brought to you by Blood, Sweat, Tears, & Ink

This week’s featured artists are 3 phenomenal wordsmiths, a trio known as PR3SS PLAY POETS: Audacious Iam, Shampale Williams, Chanel Timmons
Sharing the stage with them is noneother than the amazing musician, singer, and story teller, Mr. Kevin Sandbloom!

In addition, this will be the BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BASH of the YEAR: Come and Celebrate with Audacious and Shampale as they continue to age gracefully….

This week’s Hostess (and the hostess every week lol) is Mrs. Bri Blue

This week’s DJ is our very own Djsone


1412686_10152534263982565_456500801_oHomo for the Holidays
El Rio
3158 Mission Street, SF
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please join us for a queer craft bonanza.  Benefiting Larkin Street Youth

Featured crafters
Emily Lebsack / Emily Lebsack Art – Original paintings, prints, and hydration accessories.
Vag Jenkins– Finery from The Lady Ms Vagina Jenkins
Jessica Judd / Jessica Erin Judd Photography – Award-winning photography prints
Miles Lyons / Sparklebutch – Little queer crafts you never need but always want
Sally Louise Polk / http://sallylouisepolk.wix.com/jewelry – Amazing upcycled bike tire jewelry and more
Shilo McCabe / KinkyCraft– Hanky hair flowers & bow ties
Eva Stulc / AniMALL / https://www.etsy.com/shop/aanimall – Clothing and jewelry for the wild ones
– Oakes Botanicals / http://oakesbotanicals.tumblr.com/ Witchy herbal things & bath/body care
Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit – obviously. Stick & poke tattoo kits.
Ida Thistle /In the Cupboard Ceramics – gorgeous ceramics
Paul W. von Bex / Pleasure and Danger / Stenciled shirts, ties, and more
– Chad Berwald / Feiern / http://www.chadberwald.com/ / Handmade bowties
Brownsistabasics / https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrownSistaBasics / Earrings & crochet

– Baked goods courtesy of Leah Miller!
– DJ Jerry Lee!
– Dance performances by The Tartlettes and Big Moves Bay Area‘s emFATic Dancers.
– Reading by The Lady Ms VaginaJenkins.
– Burlesque by @Cinnamon Maxine.
– Musical guests Thunder Thighs and GAYmous.

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