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To get tickets's for each of the nights of The Berkeley Gay Comedy Festival use these links.
Tix/Info for MONDAY Show at www.themarsh.org/Marga_Funny_Mondays
Tix/Info SAT. SHOWS at www.themarsh.org/Comedy_Brains
See you at the Fest!
All events except for the 5k start in Frank Ogawa plaza.
The 5k is at Jack London Square starting near Broadway.
Looking forward to it!
~ Erika P.
RCP keeps questionable company
Getting birthday girl drunk on whiskey doesnt need electricity either, right? Im going to bring a generator and a flood lamp and heckle like I have never heckled before.
The Biggest of Daddies
I AM A PRETENTIOUS FUCK AND AND A SHITTY MUSICIAN.
This sounds adorable and amazing and i want to be George Chen. Or be his friend. Whichever.
Thanks for posting such a great article. It is important to let those in recovery know that there is somewhere they can go and have a good laugh. Much success to the Comedy Brains Show!
It was a great event, and it is not too late to send a contribution in to Peraltahacienda.org! The house has never looked better, ready to educate a generation of local students and their families about the east bay's history.
Oh hai review.
Actually they have an intRAleague rivalry. An intERleague rivalry would need to be against a team from another league.
Loooove roller derby and the BAD Girls!
I can't wait for Oakland Pride it is great to see the LGBT community coming together to put on such a great event. Hurry for everyone involved. Can't wait to see all of those go go dancers and performers on the Bench and Bar/Club 21 International Stage.
East Bay Pride, organized through the Pacific Center, took place in Ho Chi Minh/Willard Park in Berkeley for many years during the '70s (perhaps into the early '80s). It was a lovely, low key affair, with small stages, and lots of lounging around. It's a shame that organizers of this year's event, many of whom were not born when these events took place, fail to mention them.
Thanks to all the beautiful people who came out and made a magical night in Oakland. And thanks to East Bay Express staffers and all the local businesses we partnered with for making it a reality. Can't wait for next year.
East Bay Express; YOU MUST DO THIS AGAIN REAL SOON IN THE EXACT SAME PLACE; JACK LONDON SQUARE. THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT EVENT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END! I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME!!!
Ride On Oakland!
That Sowers dude doesn't look a day over 47! Nice shoes.
Thanks for the write up!
One correction: the basketball game will be Friday (July 16th) 8pm at Berkeley High School. Sat. morning is the Criterium race in San Francisco. Details are here: www.caluni.org
As a member of this music festival organizing committee, i want to say that the emphasis of the festival is on people coming out and playing music, pro or amateur, experienced or not, audience or not, for FREE. This is not like a structured, well-funded street fair for performances and vendors and tables. And, by the way, we are NOT the Laurel Street Festival. That is run by the Laurel merchants association and is held in August. We are just neighborhood residents trying to bring free music to Oakland.
We did do marketing....in the oakland tribune, this east bay express article, the laurel village yahoo listserv (and several others), facebook, jean quan's weekly e-newsletter, flyers posted thru-out the neighborhood, and more. We also put the word out to many dozens of musicians and businesses who spread the word through their own websites, my space, facebook pages, and e-lists. There were only 4 or 5 volunteer Laurel residents on the committee this year and really only 2 of us doing the hardest last couple of weeks of work. We had NO funds at all to pay for street closure permits, costly ads, sound equipment, etc. If it wasn't for our "dedication and hard work" this festival would have never happened this year (the 5th annual). Sure, it's way scaled-back...28 musicians & groups did show up, thank you very much, at 8 venues (5 outside, 3 inside). Last year we had a dozen folks on the committee, raised $5K in operating funds through raffles, gifts & donations, and had 65 bands in 11 venues.
If you were a band or musician this year that was on the schedule and you failed to show up or didn't bother to even call me to cancel, then YOU are a failure, not us. If you folks didn't just complain telling us what we should or shouldn't do and how we failed, but instead want to make this a great music festival again, then help us out with organizing it next year to be bigger and better than ever!!
Fantastic idea and it sounds like a blast.
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