The Bay Area is on and poppin' this weekend with a plethora of events for you to enjoy.
Check out the schedule of events for some of the hottest spots to see and be seen in the YaY! Area. Pick one or pick many and trust that you will have a fabulous time!
A quick note from me to you: On Tuesday night, an Oakland landmark, Merritt Bakery, was severely damaged in a fire. Merritt Bakery has always held a special place in my heart. I was taken there by a friend of mine in April 2008 during my first visit to Oakland (before I lived here). It was love at first bite. I have been to this spot dozens upon dozens of times. I always ordered the Chicken and Waffles, the waitresses there knew me on sight, the rest of the staff always greeted me with a warm smile. And their cakes, well, they were simply divine.
It was the place where I have taken lovers, friends, business associates and people visiting from out of town It has served as my own personal landmark. Many great conversations, dreams that are now realities and ideas that have become movements were born out of Merritt Bakery's half circle booths. I happy that no one was hurt in the blaze and I wish the owners of Merritt Bakery a speedy return to business.
MOMMY'S PLAYDATE @ GOOD VIBRATIONS
Happy Hour: 5 to 7 p.m. at the Easy Lounge
3255 Lakeshore, just up the street!
Mommy’s Playdate: 7 to 9 p.m.
Put down the diaper bag and call the sitter! Good Vibrations has scheduled a special Mommy’s Playdate just in time for Mother’s Day, a fun, after-hours mixer for moms who want to learn how to put the spice back in their sex lives. Staff sexologist and renowned author/expert, Dr. Carol Queen tells the straight truth about sex after kids, including libido boosters, Kegel exercisers and beyond. Plus! Mommy author and blogger and radio host Shar Rednour of Love, Life & Sex on SwirlRadio.com shares her tips on sex after kids and explaining sex to kids. Join like-minded moms at this fun, mommies-only mixer. Plus enter to win a Good Vibrations "Sexy Starter Kit!" Enjoy a specially discounted mommi-tini at the Easy Lounge* from 5 to 7 p.m., then join us for the playdate!
Guitarist/composer Alex Pinto embodies jazz’s international reach, with a sinewy sound steeped in North Indian classical music, rock and exploratory post-bop forms. His debut CD, "Inner State," announces the arrival of a musician brimming with stimulating ideas, an artist who also possesses an essential gift for bringing fellow players into his singular vision. Rather than flaunting his abundant technique, Pinto makes a powerful first impression with his fluid phrasing, bright tone and a program of seven original compositions marked by engaging melodies and unorthodox harmonic forms.
Featuring tenor saxophonist Jon Armstrong and bassist Dave Tranchina, stellar musicians based in Los Angeles who bonded with Pinto while they were all studying at California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, the album captures the excitement of young artists embarking on an extended journey. Holding the session together is San Francisco–raised drummer Jaz Sawyer, who returned to the Bay Area in 2009 after a decade in New York City backing luminaries like Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield and Jacky Terrasson.
A Rare Night in San Francisco ...
SWEET, SWEET, SWEET, SWEET LOVE ...
"In order to stimulate creativity you need a platform on which to meet people and interact, and have the desire to create together."
DJ SAKE ONE www.djsake1.com
DJ RY TOAST www.djrytoast.com
WHAT: Queer Rebels presents SPIRIT: A Century of Queer Asian Activism. Innovative. Risky. Expansive.
Eli-Coppola award winning poet, Ryka Aoki
Slam poet pioneer, Regie Cabico
Radically classical Sarah Cargill
Performance artist, Genevieve Erin O’Brien
Lambda Literary Award winner and Asian Arts Freedom School co-founder, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Genderqueer love warrior, Tonilyn Sideco
Sassy, sexy spoken word from Peacock Rebellion founder, Manish Vaidya
ACCESSIBILITY: All venues are wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scents, so that everyone can attend.
WHAT IS QUEER REBELS? Formed in late 2008, Queer Rebels showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. queerrebels.com and facebook.com/QRProductions
SUPPORTERS: Presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and sponsored by Queer Cultural Center. Support from Brava Theater Center and the Visibility Project. Funding from Open Meadows Foundation, Red Envelope Giving Circle (made possible by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Gil Foundation, and Horizons Foundation), San Francisco Arts Commission, and individual donors.
IMAGE: TINA TAKEMOTO - LOOKING FOR JIRO
WOM(B)MANIFEST: PEACE BATTLE
3105 Shattuck, Berkeley
Part 4 of La Peña's Hip Hop Beyond Gender 2013 Series:
La Peña and Tru Bloo presents:
Wo(MB) Manifest: Peace Battle, Performances, Break Dancing & Graffiti
Manifesting our futures. Graffiti, DJing, breakdancing and MCing are all indispensable elements of hip hop. While often male dominated, these elements are also inhabited by female and transgender artists and dancers. Join us for a night where female and transgender artists joins together and celebrate Hip-Hop!
Tru Bloo & Wanda Kruda
Skim & Dirty Boots
DJ Rosa la Rumorosa
Sisterz of the Underground
& Live Painting Crew:
KeeNa Romano & Agana
The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph, Oakland
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
DJs Mpenzi, Emancipacion and J Boogie
Vibez provided by Aima the Dreamer
This one is for the dancers! Come move to the sounds of Mpenzi, J Boogie and Emancipacion mixing Soul, Funk, House, Afro and Latin rhythms all night.
The Legionnaire Saloon is a neighborhood bar and live performance venue located in the heart of the Oakland arts district with excellent bartenders,exceptional spirits,eight beers on tap, pinball and a stage for as well as a vintage 45 jukebox. Brought to you by Prozack Turner and RaeAnne Turner (formerly of The Layover).
347 14th St., Oakland
9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Every second Saturday the nightlife in Oakland lights up with this beloved monthly by Resident DJs LadyRyan, Ai.Lo and Trinity. Housed within the gorgeous walls of Disco Volante, this party is a town favorite!
Disco Volante's kitchen stays open late to serve you delectable dishes to match your craving, the bartenders sling strong and tasty drinks and the DJs keep your booty moving all through the night. The music is an eclectic mix of classic hip hop, soul, house and global sounds that keep you on the dance floor and sweatin' off your dinner.
CLASSIC HIP HOP | SOUL | HOUSE | GLOBAL
Resident Crate Diggers:
DJ LadyRyan (Soulovely || BUTTA)
DJ Ai.Lo ((The Formula || Isa Collective)
DJ Trinity (Living Room Project II T.W.N)
Saturday May 11 beginning at noon, join us for an afternoon of fashion and fun at the Nneka Spring 13 Trunk Show.
Nneka mixes streetwear with a classic influence and is a reflection of designer Penelope's international background and fashion experience. Penelope currently resides in the Bay Area and designs and produces her line in her San Francisco workshop.
Fashion from Nneka blends bold color, fine materials and flawless cut resulting in pieces that are both functional and flattering.
PST LIVE! FEAT. DJ QUESTLOVE
1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
PST LIVE! featuring DJ QUESTLOVE
The second installment of the PST Live! 2013 Spring Series, we are excited to welcome back a man who is perhaps the premier living musicologist - Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.
As drummer, producer and anchor of the world-renowned Roots crew, Questlove had already established himself as a key figure in urban music when he formed the mythical Soulquarians with fellow musical icons J Dilla, James Poyser, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip and others. This loose collective went on to shape the sound of neo-soul and East Coast hip-hop through J Dilla's untimely death in 2006.
With continued success and growth for the Roots, including installment as house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Questlove has established himself as one of the most in-demand DJs currently working. His DJ sets around the world have been notable for not only their unique ability to buck musical trends and Clear Channel playlists, but their unrivaled ability to bring out the best, brightest and most famous guests. A Questlove gig is not only a place to experience music at its best, but a place to see and be seen.
SF's own Sake One (founder of PST) will set the table for a musical feast that will leave you both stuffed, and hungry for more. This will be a rare opportunity to experience world-class DJs playing incredible music in an intimate environment, in the heart of San Francisco's Western Addition.
JACK LONDON SQUARE
Broadway & Embarcadero, Oakland
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PATCHWORK indie art & craft festival showcases emerging local artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops and indie music.
Patchwork has attracted thousands of attendees over six years. This year we celebrate our 25th festival! Patchwork fosters a sense of community and seeks to grow the network of makers in all Patchwork locations. Vendors are selected through a jury and feature clothing for men, women and kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet and knit items, pet gear, kits and patterns, bath & body goodies and more! Patchwork creators Delilah Snell & Nicole Stevenson (Random Nicole) seek to build upon the handmade community by offering makers an affordable venue to show their goods, network and build their businesses. Delilah & Nicole also produce Craftcation: Indie Business & DIY Craft Conference.
579 18th St., Oakland
3 to 8 p.m.
WE ARE SOULOVELY
OAKLAND IS SOULOVELY
Y'ALL ARE SOULOVELY
Last month was BANANANAS!!!
Come get your groove on with the the Soulovely Crew ...
every Second Sunday
DJ Lady Ryan
MC and host Aima the Dreamer
Lady Fingaz is SOULOVELY!
La Femme Deadly Venoms are SOULOVELY!
Celebrating our very special Tauruses: AIMA THE DREAMER and Machelle Brown!
Sassy, soulful daytime outdoor party - come get your drink on with us - grub by our special guest chefs - chill and dance all day long
SF SLAM FINALS
THE LUGGAGE STORE
1007 Market St., San Francisco
6:30 to 9 p.m.
$7-$10 Sliding Scale( pay what you can)
It's SF FINALS TIME !!! AHHH LET'S GO!!!
Featuring Poet, Actress, & Activist: Sonya Renee Taylor!
The Top Bay Area Poets leaving their hearts on the Stage!
AND YES ITS THAT TIME AGAIN - TITTY OFF 2013!!!!!
Sonya Renee vs. Mona Webb Come see what huge, dangerous and surely inappropriate object we will pull out of our Bras This Year! This will be 3 Rounds of OMG!!!
Double Dribble Starts at 6:30 p.m., Sign Ups 6 p.m.
This is a LAST CHANCE SLAM POETS! The top four scoring poets go on to SF Finals that Night!!!
The SF Slam Finals Competition Start at 7 p.m. (Poets
Check-in for competition & Final Draw at 6:30 p.m.)
Free Creole Food!
Hosted By: SF Slammaster Mona Webb!
Co-Hosted By: SF Co- Slammaster Audacious & Berkley Slammaster Betsy Gomez
DJ Yaddos on the Wheels of Steal!
No One Turned Away for lack of Funds just lack of Fun!
3158 Mission, San Francisco
7 p.m. Doors Open - 7:30 p.m. Show
Featuring: Jezebel Delilah X, nomy lamm, StormMiguel Florez, The Hot Totties, Starr 69, Kentucky Fried Woman + special guests Bells Bronte, Charley Horse, CHUBB, Creatrix Tiara, Charleston Chu, Lance Armstar & Drew Montana!
White Lies is a new production to debut at the 2013 National Queer Arts Festival on June 23rd. A multiracial cast of queer musicians, filmmakers, poets, writers, and actors will explore whiteness to dismantle racism in our queer communities. Our production aims to bring humor and hope to conversations about race and racism by blending together many mediums in a night of performance and conversation. Our cast is composed of many movers and shakers in the San Francisco Bay Area LGBTQ arts scene including nomy lamm, StormMiguel Florez, Jezebel Delilah X, Susie Smith, Jolie Harris, Mel Chen, Meredith Fenton, Kentucky Fried Woman and Open Mike.
This benefit cabaret is to help us fund our world premiere performance and cover the costs of ASL interpretation, venue rentals, and paying our cast and crew.
In order to create a space where folks with multiple chemical sensitivities can participate, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils) and smoke far away from the entrance to the space. For info on how to support folks with multiple chemical sensitivities, visit: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html, http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html
*no one turned away for lack of funds and if you were a $25 or more donor to our Indiegogo campaign, we will have your name on a list for comped admission.
1727 Telegraph, Oakland
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Everyone's favorite Second Sunday night party is back with another fantastic installment!
Resident DJ Treat-U-Nice spinning #slaps on, #slaps, on #slaps!
Soul | Funk| Classic Hip Hop| New Ratchet Sh*t | House
Culinary creativeness brought to you by Kainbigan
Chaney on the M.I.C providing the #TURNUP
Libations courtesy of SomaR staff
$6 Tullamore Dew Whiskey & Ginger + Non-Alcoholic Options
▲▲MUTHA F*CK THE WAGON COME JOIN THE BAND ▲▲
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