It’s less than a month until Spring arrives on March 20th, but you wouldn’t really be able to tell here in the Bay.  Although we had a few days of showers, it has been really beautiful with the sun shining and the temperature just right.  This weekend it is supposed to be gorgeous which is great because this weekend in events is equally fantastic.  There is so much to do this weekend and it is not even Spring yet!

Check out all the Bay has to offer including my interview with the owners of the new Oakland venue Parliament, a review of one of my favorite pizza joints Pizzaiolo plus Black Weirdo is coming back to Oakland (check upcoming events.)  Without further ado go forth and party!

Chris Newell

Chris Newell

Miz Chris [MC]: Where are you from?

Jason Bradford [JB]:  San Francisco native born and raised, Oakland resident homeowner/investor since 2009.

Davina Dickens [DD]: Born and raised in San Francisco, lived in a Oakland off on on for the past twelve years.

Chris Newell [CN]:  San Francisco originally, but I’ve lived in Oakland for the past four years

[MC]:   What inspired you to open up a new venue in Oakland?

[JB]:  Oakland has equally everything to offer that San Francisco does in my opinion. I’m quite fond of the hospitality/nightlife industry. Unfortunately, there aren’t

Davina Dickens

Davina Dickens

enough venues that offer the versatility that San Francisco venues offer. This became one of our inspirations and mission for opening a new venue in Oakland.

[DD]:  I have experienced Oakland’s highs and lows through the past decade. I’ve taken notice that Oakland has been maintaining and thriving towards a new direction. With the surge of new restaurants, retail shops, and nightlife spots, I felt the need and wanted to be a part of the exciting new development taking place in Oakland.

I have experienced Oakland’s highs and lows through the past decade. I’ve taken notice that Oakland has been maintaining and thriving towards a new direction. With the surge of new restaurants, retail shops, and nightlife spots, I felt the need and wanted to be a part of the exciting new development taking place in Oakland.

Jason M Bradford

[MC]:  What previous experience do you have in Bay Area nightlife?

[JB]:  I have been professionally working in the nightlife industry for over a decade. I have managed a staff of 4 to 25 and held every position in the nightlife industry. From barback, bartender, Assistant Manager to Manager twice over. This is my third business in Alameda County and my first bar/event venue, but not my last.

[DD]:  My experience and focus is in Administrative and Logistics. I have a vast knowledge in all aspect of administrative operations and human resources.  With my rich cultural background and professional experience, I have a great deal to contribute to the industry.

[CN]:  I have personally been in the nightlife industry since 2001. I began as a barback and worked my way up through the ranks until I became management.  This is the first bar we’ve owned, hopefully there will be more to come.

[MC]:  Why the name Parliament?

[JB]:  The Bay Area has always represented equal representation for everyone. With the progressiveness of Oakland we wanted a name that was equally

Photo Courtesy of The Social Life

Photo Courtesy of The Social Life

befitting to us and the Oakland community, hence Parliament.

[DD]: We collectively decided on the name Parliament. Along with its original English definitions and the new direction of Oakland, it was fitting.

[CN]:  English Parliament was originally established for equal representation of the people, we believe that we can accomplish that same idea for entertainment.  By offering a variety of events and music, we hope to represent the diversity of Oakland that we have all grown to love.

[MC]:  What are your hopes for your new venue?

Photo Courtesy of The Social Life

Photo Courtesy of The Social Life

[JB]:  In addition to maintaining a level of integrity and professionalism, we hope to have sustainability and longevity in the nightlife industry.  We hope to bring a sense of dignity and ownership to the community of Oakland through Parliament. By offering a fun, safe environment for all to enjoy their entertainment needs.

[DD]:  My hope is to make Parliament a premier destination for everyone’s entertainment and nightlife needs. While representing and bringing a level of pride and respect to Oakland and the community.

[CN]:  I hope that people see us for what we are, a venue to hold their next wedding, birthday, corporate event, or dance party.  We want to be a place that people enjoy and feel safe at.  We’re not some big corporation that can only see the bottom line, we live and work in this beautiful city. We hope that the people feel comfortable enough to come down to have a drink and a conversation with us. Cheers.

Check out Parliament’s schedule for a listing of events.





1655665_10152578571844918_149768512_oThe Social Life
811 Washington St, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
FREE entry B4 10pm, $5 after, no exceptions.

Be Seen, On The Scene

Every 1st & 3rd Thursday. An Elevated experience for the entire LGBTQ community.

This week is we welcome our sistren DJ Emancipacion and Aima the Dreamer for the Soulovely Edition!

This month it’s all about the Aquarius babies♒Celebrating the birthday of Charleen “Chikun” Caabay
☥Resident Deejay Lady Ryan + DJ Emancipacion ☥
Rockin the latest & greatest
Party Anthems, Hip Hop, House, Soul+ Ratchet Slaps!

Crowd Controllers:
Aima the Dreamer + Chaney “SocialLife” Turner

Featured drink special of the night:
:::$5 Bulleit cocktails or bottle service $150
::: includes free bottle of champagne, Hors d’oeuvres + free entry for yourself & 6 guests.
To view full bottle service menu visit:

Dresscode: Fresh & Sexy.
BEANIES OR BASEBALL are not allowed in the venue.


1957667_10152260571176948_1703484070_oCreating Sustainability Happy Hour Mixer
1721 Broadway, Oakland
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Please come and celebrate Jennifer Johns and learn more about Oakstop Coworking, the new co working space for creative entrepreneurs!

Jennifer Johns, a singer, activist, and Oakstop member, is partnering with Oakstop for a unique month long campaign called Creating Sustainability. The aim is to help define what a sustainable economy can look like in Oakland, while proving that much of what is required for our lifestyles is already present in the local community.

At this event you should expect some great music, pretty cool information, snacks and an awesome vibe!

We can’t wait to see you all!

1721 Broadway (Directly next door to Youth Radio)


1540311_261829037309820_2035076597_oBacon, Babes & BINGO
657 Harrision, SF
Pre-Show Happy Hour: 6pm-7pm
Bacon Babes & BINGO Event Time: 7pm-10pm
Shake Your Curly Tail DANCE PARTY: 10pm-?
Buy Tix

Join Us as we welcome back Bacon, Babes & BINGO for ONE-NIGHT-ONLY! (until next time)

All February BIRTHDAYS get FREE GA Entry–Upgrade to VIP at the door for just $10

What is Bacon, Babes & BINGO, you ask?

BBB is San Francisco’s one and ONLY LIVE Game Show & BINGO Event! We proudly showcase Local Talent, Award over $2,000 in Quality Prizes and we give back to the community by purchasing the majority of our lucky loot from Estate Sales & off the beaten path Thrift Shops which directly benefit non profits including the American Cancer Society, Hospice Thrift and many other worthy organizations. Everybody wins!

This being our 15th show, we’ve contributed over $5,500 to countless wonderful non-profits since this wacky Pork & BingO Game Show concept was born in a plume of smoke back in September ’12!

Check out this months Triple B Cast!

Circus Acts by: Elliot Contortion, Francine Dead
Burlesque by: Patty Cakes
Land on the “SIZZLE” Squeal Wheel slice & score an up close & personal mouth watering, memorable Burlesque performance
Gorgeous shiny Bacon Babes Kami, Nicole, Trixie Fou Laurant and Dr.Bird serving up GinO’s FREE delicious cheesy salty paradise popcorn mix ‘til its gone!

sASSy Hotbuns calling FREE BINGO all night!
Dottie Lux rocks the mic and never dulls with her Carol Channing meets Richard Dawnson meets Jack Tripper-like humor.
Photos captured all night by the incredible Freak The Mighty!
Mistress Marla Spanx is our gorgeous Door Babe greeting you with her beauty & a smile!
DJ Be Smiley is our Sound Booth Babe & will surely have you singing along & tappin’ your toes to great tunes all night!




1234658_748918501787365_760351802_nCulture F*ck
Show and Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay St #160, Oakland
Donate What you Can
Doors Open 7 p.m.
Performance 7:30 p.m.

For over 10 years, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been gracing stages across the world with her traditional burlesque. An ecdysiast exemplar, Vagina Jenkins style is reminiscent of classic glitz and glamour. Ms. Jenkins act defies audience expectations, wows them and leaves them wanting more.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian calls her “a burlesque favorite.”

Charlotte NC’s Creative Loafing says The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins is
“classy… a welcome shot of chocolate.”

Atlanta’s Creative Loafing magazine named her “The Best Burlesque Dancer.”

Seattle Dances says The Lady’s dance technique is “precise” and “her
look sumptuous.”

Critics have called her “Sophisticated”, “Complex”, and “Unique.” No matter the adjective, Ms. Vagina Jenkins is sure to knock your stockings off!

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.


1781072_711861332179628_2145358935_oQumbia Qrew
La Estrellita
446 E 12th St, Oakland
10 p.m. – 2 a.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.


75959_10152606799059676_377937035_nPressure Drop!
811 Washington St.
Dress sharp please
9 p.m.
$5 cover

A night of soulful dance and deep house music in Oakland!!!

This event is every 3rd month and is for the DANCERS. As such we are very honored and excited to welcome the KING OF SOULFUL HOUSE MUSIC in the Bay Area, DJ DEDAN (Brothers & Sisters).

Dedan has been blazing trails as a selector since the early 90s. From residencies at legendary Bay Area parties like Mr. Fives and Zanzibar, his own successful house music weekly Brothers & Sisters in Oakland and countless other gigs, Dedan has always set a very high bar for soulful dance music. He is without question one of the top DJs of all time on the West Coast and Pressure Drop! and Parliament are thrilled to welcome him to our event.

Pressure Drop! resident DJ Sake One will also be in the mix.

PARLIAMENT is pleased to announce two great drink specials, specifically for this evening:

$6 Smirnoff vodka drinks all night
$6 Bulleit bourbon drinks all night

Expect nothing but the best, most soulful and danceable tunes from across the globe….


1015 Folsom, SF
10 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Erykah Badu needs little introduction. Her seminal works like Baduizm and the New AmErykah series have successively upped the ante in terms of what can be done within the soul spectrum, fusing cosmic b-girl bravado with the forward-thinking sounds of producers like the Soulquarians, Madlib, and Flying Lotus to create a sonically varied body of work, selling millions of albums in the process. Erykah Badu also heads up her own record label, Control FreaQ, and has even been caught on the ones and twos recently, as the mysterious DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown.


1623713_595359643882094_628887413_nMarques Wyatt
101 6th Street, SF
9 p.m.
Buy Tix

Marques Wyatt
Jayvi Velasco (AfterAfterHours)
Jimmy B & Dan Suda (System)

Sonic love travels in many dimensions – through visceral pathways of the senses, as a uniting force on dance floors everywhere, in movements spanning entire eras to unify – whether souls, states or nations. And as sonic love relates to house music, Marques Wyatt is a seminal pioneer.




963960_10202123865834694_1767112769_oThe Art of Living Black Open Studios
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
noon – 5 p.m.

Please join us for The 2014 Art of Living Black Open Studios Event At Mills College, featuring 15 Bay Area artists of African descent.

This two-day art fair and exhibit takes place on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, from 11am to 5pm, in the Mills College Student Union. Mills College is located at 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613.

The show includes sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, mixed media artists, photographers, street and graffiti artists, zine makers, and doll makers. This year’s participants include: Asual Aswad, Jaeme Bereal, Tai Belize, Lawrence Buford, Melanin Buford, Claude Clark, Karen Oyekanmi, Aneu’re Lethridge, Gale Madyun, Ajuan Mance, David Monette, Angela Simms, Milton Tuitt, Sylvia Atiba Thomas, andTheArthur Wright.*


1545904_10153699206170551_1501287092_nLa Misa Negra
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Buy Tix

La Misa Negra is an 8-piece band from Oakland, CA that plays a unique blend of 1950’s and 60’s style Cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a raucous rhythm section and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers a killer show that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured extensively throughout California, playing shows and festivals with Celso Piña, Nortec Collective, La Santa Cecilia, Chico Trujillo, Sergent Garcia, Very Be Careful, Souls of Mischief, Jarabe de Palo, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others. On the strength of their unique sound and wild shows, La Misa Negra has quickly gained a reputation as one of the Bay Area’s most exciting live bands and, in the process, is building a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural and generational divides.


1017441_10151946722387043_542030642_nLA GENTE
Elbo Room
647 Valencia, SF
Marcus Cohen & The Congress
DJ Lady Ryan
& special guest Rasa Vitalia


LA GENTE return to our favorite Mission district venue ELBO ROOM for another Reggae, Cumbia, Hip-Hop, Rock, Salsa Dance party!!!
After out last epic Dia De los Muertos event at Elbo, we are teaming up with the soulful, hyper-sensual grooves of Marcus Cohen & The Congress. A DJ and vocal set by Oakland’s own Lady Ryan. And a special dance, vocal performance by the lovely and intoxicating Rasa Vitalia!




1081951a_tn220x220Dub Mission
Elbo Room
647 Valencia St, SF
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

A Bob Marley Birthday celebration featuring
DJ Sep, Vinnie Esparza (Groove Merchant/Amoeba) and special guest Silver Back (Burial Ground Sound/The Reggae Vault)
9 pm to 2 am – Free before 9:30 / $6 after

San Francisco native Silver Back has been selecting reggae music since the mid 90’s, specializing in vinyl culture from ’80’s digi, dub, dancehall, roots and rub a dub. Silver Back co-hosts the Reggae vs. Cumbia party, every Wednesday at the Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland. His radio show, The Reggae Vault, airs every Sunday on Liberation Radio, 104.1 FM Berkeley, CA.


Omer-Avital-Hi-Res-3Omer Avital
1330 Fillmore Street, SF
7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Buy Tix

Omer Avital, hailed by the LA Times as “a pioneer in combining jazz with myriad world music elements,” is a composer, a virtuosic bassist, an oud player and an active force on the world music scene for well over a decade. The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Avital and his group are producing some of the most original music being heard in New York.”

Born and raised in Israel to parents of Yemenite and Moroccan descent, Avital was surrounded from early age by the diverse musical and cultural landscape of his native land; Israeli folk songs (a mix of Arabic melodies with European harmonies), Yemenite Jewish liturgical music – an ancient and beautiful tradition of poetry, melody, rhythm and dance, Arabic and Mediterranean popular music from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, north Africa etc… the various Jewish traditions of songs and prayers (Ashkenazi and Sephardic), European Art music, Western popular music and American Jazz and Blues.








5008 Telegraph, Oakland
(510) 652-4888

Thin crust pizza is my jam.  I have eaten it from East Coast through the South and on the West Coast.  I have my favorite spots throughout the US but had been hard pressed to find a place I amW16U64ur3BxCaby-mumT640x480LOVED here in the East Bay.

Now you can have thin crust that is too hard and crunchy (more like a cracker rather than a crust) and you have have thin crust that is too soft and doughy (more like uncooked cookie dough), the absolute perfection of a well made thin-crust is one that has just enough crunch and just enough chew to make it fantastic.  Pizzaiolo, I must say, has perfected the art of the thin crust.

To top that off, quite literally, the zest of their sauce, the delicate taste of their cheese and their uber fresh and unique toppings make this pizza so delicious you will want to smack your momma with a slice except you wouldn’t want to waste the slice on her.  Yup it is that good!

The waitstaff is friendly and helpful.  The restaurant is ALWAYS busy so make a reservation if you can.  I won’t tell you what pizza you should order but I would recommend that you get really creative with your toppings, you won’t be disappointed!


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