It’s that time again for you and me to start planning our weekend calendars.  The diversity of events in the Bay is reflected every weekend in this column and I am always grateful to live in this place at this very moment.  All the events are AMAZING but I did want to give two specific shout outs.  One to the Oakland Music Festival; their lineup is downright amazing.  The other to the People who are featuring Valerie Trout’s Mooncandy. If you have never seen these folks live, get yourself to the New Parish this Saturday night.  You’re welcome.  Now onto this weekend of events.  See you out and about!




2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
8pm-11pm • Free

The evolution of the Beatdown continues …

Playing soulful music from every end of every spectrum, Relevant Sound DJs Cali & Hanif will be creating an interplanetary good vibe zone under the stars every LAST Thursday at Jupiter. Universal beats, stellar pizza, handcrafted brews and heat lamps n’ homies. Jupiter’s longstanding Thursday tradition continues with SELECTOR. Hope to see your celestial bodies there.

*Jupiter is directly across the street from DOWNTOWN BERKELEY BART. Spare the air if you care.






10659151_10154633964285436_3715723629217857381_nChildren’s Fairyland’s Drawn Together: Art + Wine at Fairyland!

699 Bellvue Ave, Oakland

Join us at Fairyland for our 2nd annual “Drawn Together,” a magical evening of live art-making, wine & beer, music, food, and fun at America’s first storybook theme park on the shores of Lake Merritt.

Over 35 exciting artists from Oakland and the Bay Area will team up to create 100+ pieces of original art inspired by Children’s Fairyland.

There will be music by “The Cat Man of West Oakland” Adam Myatt, also known as one half of Oakland electro-pop duo James & Evander.

Performance ensemble Mugwumpin will tickle your senses with a collaborative experience of art and live theater.

All artwork will be available for purchase for a fixed price of $35 per piece! And all proceeds will support Fairyland’s Outreach and Art Restoration programs.

This is one of the rare opportunities to experience the magical park after dark!

Grab your tickets now and support a great cause!

Please note – due to the service of alcohol, no one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

This event is 21+
Art + Wine + Magic = Fairyland for Grown-ups!

We-Bought-A-Zoo-1050x1680Movies in the Park
We Bought a Zoo

Movies in the Park are back for 2014 at the Redwood Heights Recreation Center in Oakland.

All movies begin at dusk. Be sure to dress warm and bring a lawn chair and or blanket. Popcorn, hot chocolate, drinks and hot dogs will be available for purchase


Q/T Music Night
924 Gilman St., Berkeley
All Ages
7pm • $8
Queer/Trans* musicians’ night at 924 Gilman!Hosted by PERSIA
Performances by
San Cha (Multimedia queer performance! / FAREWELL SHOW)
The Truants (Punk Rock N’ Roll from San Francisco!)
Corina Corina (Bicoastal/Bisexual R&B)
LuzID (Melodic hip-hop)
DJ Johnny Rose
Beautiful Anarchy
Leo’s Music Club
5447 Telegraph, Oakland
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Hosted by Cha Cha Burnadette of The Darling Clementines!Burlesque Acts:Fever Blister!
Sgt Dies Wiess!
Angie Cakes!
Deaja Girl on Fire!
Sheba Queen of the Night!
Fleur Mystique!
Bands:Sean Lee the One Man Banjo!
Mystic Nights of the Cobra
Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony Food Truck:
Fatal Jewelry
Trap X Art Tribute:  Nas
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna, SF
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This month we honor Nasir Jones from Illmatic to Stillmatic….$15-$20 online all night entry guaranteed tickets are available until 7pm the night of the event, there will also be a limited amount of $20 tickets sold at the door the night of the event.Hosts & featured artists have discount promo codes, contact the person who invited you to the event for their unique code.Music by: DJ Criddy
MC: Dnas
Video Production Crew: AddColor

Featured Artists for September 2014:
Shana La Reina
Blank Kanvas
Oaklyn is Ok
Patrick Parnell
Kayla de Guzman “KDG”
Amanda Burke Art
Zard Apuya
Stephen Lowe
Sweets by Casandra
Martin Olivares
Onni Viola
Sasha Maks Vintage
Nina D’Argenzio
Jonathon Freeman
(please visit for artist bios, contact and work)
There will be a blank canvas & various art suppliesfor those who want to express themselves! Anyone is welcome to put whatever they want on the canvas, make your mark!



Eastbay Church

4130 Telegraph, Oakland

Northern California’s largest One-Day Percussion and Dance Event is back!

WE GOT THE BEAT! Grab your drum: The largest One-Day Drum & Percussion Festival in Northern California returns to rhythm-crazy Oakland, CA on Saturday, September 27, 2014!!!

Headlined by 5-time Grammy-nominated, Oakland-based percussionist John Santos, this energetic Celebration of the Drum features four hours of FREE drum and dance performances showcasing the pulsating rhythms of the world: Japanese Taiko, Brazilian funk, Kuku from Guinee, Afro-Cuban bembe and rumba, Oakland hip-hop and bucket beats, Indian tabla, and so much more!

This family-friendly event includes a dynamic and interactive RHYTHM KIDZ ZONE for young drummers, an all-inclusive Community Drum Circle led by the Bay Area’s top drum circle facilitators, and California’s finest world cuisine vendors offering Thai mango salad and Tom Yam Gai, Trinidadian pelau and roti, Indian naan and biriyani, Jamaican jerk chicken and oxtail stew, fresh and organic natural juices and so much more…!

For those ready to dig deeper, the Oakland World Percussion Festival 2014 presents an All-Star lineup of WORLD PERCUSSION WORKSHOPS, including:

+ Five-time Grammy nominated percussionist and bandleader John Santos
+ Congolese Rhythms with Kiazi Malonga
+ West African Drumming with Ben Isaacs
+ Afro-Cuban and Salsa teacher Edgardo Cambon
+ Samba Funk with Robert “Bobby” Wallace
+ Haitian Rhythms with Jeff Tandou Pierre
+ Dumbek Instruction with Mary Ellen Donald

Full Workshop Lineup here:


Oakland Music Festival
Franklin Street Bend, Oakland
Buy Tix

Oakland Music Festival 2014 (OMF) arrives in Downtown Oakland for its second annual event. OMF is an indoor and outdoor music, art and food event aimed to foster and support both the local music community and the diverse food & spirit craftsmen that give Oakland its distinct flavor. The Festival will take place September 27th, 2014, 12:00pm to 8:00pm at the Franklin Street Bend in the vibrant Uptown District of Downtown Oakland. This year, not only will OMF move to a new, larger Franklin Street location, but will also partner with local venues in the area to host additional festival related showcases, activities and promotions. This additional space will provide capacity for additional vendors and attendees, including 2,000 person outdoor stage.

Our official 2014 OMF lineup!

Dom Kennedy | SZA | The Lovemakers | Jesse Boykins III | Beats by ESTA. | DJ Sosupersam | Mara Hruby | J Boogie | PART TIME | Trill Team 6 | Trackademicks & 1-O.A.K. | DJ Mind Motion | Chuy Gomez | Mr. E | DJ Shortkut | Sweater Funk | Clear Conscience | La Misa Negra | Namorados Da Lua | Meat Market | HI SCORES | El Kool Kyle | Latin Soul Brothers | Sterling James | Queens D.Light | Zakiya Harris + MORE TBA!


The New Parish

1743 San Pablo, Oakland
$5 b4 10, $10 after

thePeople Oakland ~ UPLIFT ~ featuring >>>


MoonCandy is a live soulful house ensemble that features the inspirational voices & composition of some of the East Bay’s most understated jazz, soul, blues and gospel singers. MoonCandy is church without walls… soulful, uplifting and fabulous! thePeople are thrilled to welcome the MoonCandy family back to the stage!
100% BAY. 200% LOVE. >>>





Bacon, Babes and Bingo
Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St, SF
Buy Tix

And this little piggy went to Brunch!

Dottie Lux, sASSy Hotbuns and GinO Belleci proudly present: Bacon Babes & BINGO! Sunday Brunch Edition!

* Wiggle to the fabulous tunes provided by
DJ Nikki Sparx
* Gorgeous Bacon Babes
* Great Raffle Prizes
* Live Entertainment
* Live Entertainment Kyoko Uchida, Eva Rose, VivvyAnne ForeverMORE
* FREE Nibbles: Gino’s complimentary Bacon Fat Fried Popcorn Mix until its gone!
* Drink Specials: Full bar w/Mimosa’s, Bacon Bloody Mary’s & Cocktails
* Brunch avail for just $20 & includes a Complimentary Mimosa! (Please note Brunch purchase is separate from Event Admission Price)
*Vegetarian Options Avail because we love you!
*#Instaham Photo Booth

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