This weekend is off and poppin’ with Sheila E. droppin’ those beats for a three night stint at Yoshi’s in Oakland.  If you have never had the opportunity to see this legendary artist do her magic on the drums I highly suggest you get off your couch and get your tickets before they are gone.  I have had several opportunities to see Sheila E. live, once at the Prince concert at the Oracle arena several years ago.  She is absolutely MESMERIZING to watch and she will get you out of your seat groovin’ in a matter of minutes.

Beyond that there are some great events happening this weekend– Queendom at the Betti Ono Gallery, Fero at the Legionnaire, Skin at Parliament, to name a very few.  We got movies and workshops and dances, OH MY!  Trust these are just a few things you can get into.  Check out all my favorite events happening this weekend plus my restaurant review of Hawker Fare.  Hint:  It was delicious and you should go there right now!




1617193_10152307570115559_787369681_oRhythms and Sound
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street
Suite 290, Oakland
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Rhythms and Sound is an arts series that allows local Bay Area API artists to both share their talents via shows and engage with their communities via monthly workshops.

In this way, we can shine a limelight on our local API artists’ talents as they proactively engage with our communities.

Our March workshop will be led by RJ Sin, a local Bay Area API hip hop artist who will guide attendees through the mechanics of rap and share insight on performing our own music.

For more information, please email Steven Cong at To check out more of RJ Sin’s music, please visit




Luka’s Taproom
2221 Broadway, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 p.m.
No Cover

“Where dancers and music lovers unite”

A new monthly event with the Elements Crew
DJs: Nina Sol & Patrick Wilson
& Dancefloor host: Rashad aka Soul Nubian



10001317_600079200060455_591873644_n Queerography: Intimate Expressions of Queer Culture
Tokyo, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
Photography by Sway.

The SF LGBTQ Center
3rd Floor Lobby
1800 Market Street, SF

From the alluring fetish culture and kinky love hotels of Tokyo to the glittery drag clubs and pride parades of Hong Kong, Queerography takes us on a journey deep inside the exciting world of Queer Asia.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27th, 7 – 7:30PM
Get behind the scenes dirt with Sway as she shares images from her new book of photography, and stories about her 6 month experience exploring LGBTQ culture in Tokyo, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27th, 7– 9:30PM
Meet the artist, book signing, interactive video art, Special Performances By: Tara Wrist, Kit Tapata, Ginger Snap, Esme Rodriguez and hosted and MC’d by AmieMFbrown

About the Photographer:

Sway is a queer femme photographer creating interactive and collaborative images exploring sexuality, gender, and desire across cultural and world boundaries. Her unique genre of queer photography includes LGBT, drag, fetish, performance, sexwork, genderqueer, and everyone else who feels limited by society’s binary norms.


Roxie Theater

3117 16th St, SF
7 p.m.
*Free screening*
Seating is first-come, first served. Arrive early!

Frameline Encore presents past festival favorites all year round at the Roxie Theatre. Join us for a repeat screening of Valencia: The Movie/s!

Valencia the novel put the experiences of an entire generation of lesbians on paper through the lens of one hard-loving and hard-drinking dyke. Punk rockers, riot grrls, and simple, artsy freaks suddenly had a heroine to look up to and a mecca to head toward. This highly anticipated film adaptation of Valencia gives a whole new generation of fabulous, artsy, genderqueer folks an opportunity to reinterpret and reinvent the tales of this iconic novel one chapter at a time.

Valencia lives on the same edge as its characters, by taking an anthology structure; each chapter is told by a different director and cast, and each “Michelle” conveys a different element or feel of the story and the community. The “Michelles” come in every shape, race, style, and gender—and by the end of the film, the wide swath of performances come together showing how “Michelle” and the stories of Valencia itself represent a universal experience. From falling in love to bonding with your exes’ exes, the film captures a moment in time in San Francisco, while also capturing the universal experience of being young, heartbroken, and ecstatic, and discovering the magic of who you are — all at once.




1487437_10152266790585129_699902792_nSheila E. Live
510 Embarcadero, Oakland
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Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three. Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others.

In recent years, Sheila E. has served as drummer of Ringo Starr All Star Band, musical director for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce’ Knowles, and Prince. Her producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased on the Latin Grammy Awards, Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, ALMA’s, The Image Awards and the 2012 Academy Awards. In 2010 Sheila was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Music Direction” in recognition for her leadership as musical director for President Obama’s Performance at The White House: Fiesta Latina. Her current project, The E Family, with her father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo, has been very well received and is receiving airplay and appreciation nationwide


1526295_672476416107630_2075828361_nBleu Sugar
Bench and Bar
510 17th Street, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
$12 Cover b4 10pm
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You are invited to enjoy and experience the best in live, LGBTQ entertainment.  Coochielicious has grown up.  Come out and see what we can do now.

Help us celebrte the show that started it all.  Coocielicious will celebrate its 10th year anniversary @ Bleu Sugar.  Out with the old and in with the new.  Come out and see some of your favorite performers rock the stage.


Betti Ono Gallery
1427 Broadway, Oakland
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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Join us for an evening of interactive panels, workshops and performances addressing the role of women in hip-hop- all from the female perspective!


///////// LIVE PERFORMANCES//////////

-Who You Callin’ A Bitch? Confronting Sexism in Hip Hop led by JAZZ HUDSON
-My Art, My Culture: Women, Media & HipHop/Future of Storytelling
– Art Interactive/Stations


Khalil Anthony
2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA
7pm – 10PM

Join us for a hybrid event featuring the works of Khalil Anthony. A book reading performance of his 1st novel, ‘Frederic Leon,’ as well as a listening party for his latest cd, Train. This night will definitely be exciting as champagne, free downloads, book signing, and a solo performance will complete the evening.

Your  attendance is requested as Khalil Anthony and Urban Folk Music Project prepares to venture off into his dreams and make his way back to Europe.


255 Rhode Island, SF
9 p.m.

Left Coast Heavyweights Vikter Duplaix, J Boogie & Sake One + special guests join forces to shine daylight on Bay Area nightlife, and shed nightlife on Bay Area daylight. World class DJs curate sound and Top Ten Social ensures maximum vibes. Expect stimulation of all senses: Time to wake up. FRI 3.28 + every Fourth Friday @ the new MERCER in SF





Movements & Migrations
811 Washington, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
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Movements & Migrations” is an evening to honor each other in a world that is ever changing. As we move through our challenges and migrate towards love, we invite music to be our guide. Together we’ll be journeying across continents and diasporas, celebrating our bond as a people and dancing to an irresistible global groove.

Hosted By: Candi


DJ Cecil (thePeople)
Diaztek (Refuge)
Son of Son (Refuge)

Live Percussion:

Soul Mojo
Saad Sodaye

Visual Artist:

Omiiroo Nyeusi

Delicious Eats By:

Borinquen Soul


1654378_10152194208203503_830528632_nThe Edge of Seventeen
The Lexington Club
3464 19th Street
9 p.m.
No Cover


Follow the white winged dove to THE LEXINGTON CLUB to celebrate the  EDGE OF SEVENTEEN with your Lex Family and Friends.

Whether you’re a witchy woman or a bootylicious babe we hope you’re ready for all this jelly.

HOSTS with the mosts GRAHAM and SARAH EVANS


AND the hottest GO_GO’S this side of the bay

As always, there will be a commemorative Lexington Club
GIVEAWAY to celebrate YOU, our patrons.

Never a cover, Always a party … for 17 years


The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
$5 until 11 p.m.

Aima the Dreamer has been rockin’ crowds for years as a vocalist and MC with groups such as J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, The Mamaz, Goddess Alchemy Project and Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows and Beats Hip-Hop Symphony. All of this in addition to her own solo project has given her a variety of outlets with which to harness her energy as not only a talented MC and vocalist, but also as a strong, feminine woman who easily holds her own amongst a male-dominated industry.

Queens D.Light is a Oakland based Mc & Filmmaker. Building w/ two collectives , Malidoma and Them Hellas, Queens is preparing to take over the world.

Holly Saucy and the Licorice Pimpz

“One of the Bay Area’s rawest female emcees. Imagine the lyrical finesse of MC Lyte with the revolutionary intellectualism of Sister Souljah—but coming from the Bay—and you might have an inkling of how dope She really is.” Eric Arnold –

“The Licorice Pimpz (Tyler Burke, Tommy Delgato, Sojan and Jeff Logan) are just some bad mutha f*@as, period.”- Holly Saucy

J. Mitchell MelodiousFly

“She inspires you to dream on the sneak tip. She is peculiar, triple take causing, space vixen au natural, whose music makes you tilt your head and say ‘Hmmm,” said Dazjea, of Purple Magazine.

J. Mitchell has collaborated with many artist local and abroad, such as Famed Producer Exile, and Hip hop Legends Snoop dog and Common. Generating buzz and radio play throughout the US as well as Europe, with her collaboration with french bassist Hadrian Feruad. She also sat in as the lead singer for the Los Angeles based band the Rebirth. She has shared the stage with such acts as the Buena Vista Social Club. She currently is the lead singer for the band Dove Society, J Mitchell just wrapped a project with Shafiq Husayn (of the SA-RA collective) Called The Pharaohs Parade slated for release this summer.





1899668_735687526482257_1877638100_oFollies & Dollies
White Horse
6551 Telegraph, Oakland
Doors Open at 8 p.m.
Show 9 p.m.

For all of you who find yourselves going through drag with-drawls, we are happy to announce that Follies and Dollies will be teaming up with Rebel Kings to bring you a fully loaded show.

Our line up includes our hostess with the mostest Cemora Valentino-Devine, Chico Suave, live performance artist/ lyrist G.Shelby, Amelia D Ross, Jorell Medley/Honey Daniels, Christopher Alvaro/Aequorea Victoria, Dazelle/Dahlia Kash, Randy Puck, Jack Cox, Vegas Jake, and Jack Thompson





hawkerfareHawker Fare
2300 Webster Street
(510) 832-8896

From the minute you walk in this corner joint in downtown Oakland you know you stepped into a special place.  The decor is casually cool, the staff understated friendly and the smells emanating from the kitchen are subtly spicy.  We opted to sit by a window as the last strains of the sun wafted through so we could do a little people watching while we perused the menu.  This was my first time eating there so I spent greenbeansquite a bit of time reading all that Hawker Fare had to offer.  I am an EXTREMELY picky eater but was lucky enough to have a dining companion who had eaten there several times before and made really great suggestions for our meal.

We started with a plate of blistered green beans.  Yes, it is true I have been on a bit of a green bean kick as of late.  I am consistently amazed at how tasty they are cooked in the correct sauce and spices.   These green beans are tossed in a curry paste with pork bacon and dried shrimp.  I cannot begin to describe the level of yum this dish inspires.  It is all at once sweet and spicy with a good solid crunch.  I recommend that no matter what else you dine on at Hawker Fare ALWAYS make this a staple of your meal, you won’t regret it!

shortribsNext up was the Satay Beef Short Ribs, braised in a coconut milk to tender perfection.  These were a nice size serving for two people and just garlicky enough to give them some ooomph but not so garlicky that you can give your girlfriend/boifriend a quick smooch at the table.  This dish is not very saucy although its tenderness does hint that at some point it was marinated quite generously.  It went well with the sticky rice we had and its flavor was mellow but pleasing.

chickenThe star of the night, hands down was the Fried Chicken.  You can pick regular or spicy but, as you can probably guess, we went all in and asked for the spiciest they could give us.  We were not disappointed.  These morsels of pure heaven came to the table and you could smell the spice as it was coming down the aisle.  They were glazed with a sauce I could not quite figure out but suffice it to say the sauce only added to the tastiness.  Each bite was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, the sign of any good piece of fried chicken.

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Hawker Fare and I think you will too.  One word of caution, you need to be a slightly adventurous diner to try some of the other items on the menu, but even if you aren’t the adventurous type you will find something on the menu that you will love!




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