Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

August 29, 30, 31 and Labor Day

by Sarah Burke
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Welcome to Labor Day Weekend! Take a load off, have a drink, and enjoy. We're thrilled to have you. 

Show and Tell Oakland Pride Kickoff Party 
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Pride is pretty great, but it’s even better with pre- and post-parties sandwiching that goodness. Streetwear boutique Show and Tell Concept Shop will be kicking off the festivities with a party on Thursday, August 28 that boasts drinks and dancing. Show and Tell, which is attached to Betti Ono Gallery, has been celebrating its pride since June with a series of events called Queery. It all concludes at the end of August, so the party will also be one of the last chances to check out two of Queery’s main draws: “Beaus and Belles Pop Up Shop: A Qwear Style Experience,” and Boi/Butch: Portraits of Masculine of Center Identity. The latter is a photo exhibition by Meg Allen and Miki Vargas that has been covering the walls of the boutique with portraits that highlight the beauty of female masculinity. Model, Oakland native, and star of MTV’s Real World: Ex-Plosion Ari Fitz will be hosting the night’s merry mingling. — Sarah Burke 
Thursday, Aug. 28, 7-10 p.m. $10-$20. OaklandPrideKickoffParty.Eventbrite.com

Oakland Pride Festival
It’s time again to paint the town rainbow for Oakland Pride. Now in its fifth year, the annual celebration for the LGBTQ community and its allies is hosting a parade and festival that serve as a much mellower counterpart to the one across the bay. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Broadway and 14th Streets, the parade will be an opportunity to cheer, dance, and take over downtown. Following that is the nearby festival, between 17th and 23rd Streets. This year’s theme is “Pride is Oakland, Oakland is Pride,” a broad and inclusive declaration that aims to highlight the ways in which Oakland integrates support for the LGBTQ community. Fulfilling a dedication to inclusiveness, Oakland Pride is a particularly family-friendly event — appropriate for the city with the highest concentration of LGBTQ families with children in the Bay Area. This year’s festival headliner is Sheila E, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and percussionist who is known for her dramatic drumming performances. Filling the rest of the bill will be Xelle, Moon Candy, Canarios, DJ Porn Star, Aisha Fugashima, Tania Soto, and Omega Rae. It’s bound to be the largest, loudest, queerest Oakland Pride to date. — S. B.
Sunday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $5-$10. 510-545-6251 or OaklandPride.org

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Live in a Car Trunk in Berkeley for $2,000

Takers?

by Anna Pulley
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

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  • This cat pays $1,200 a month.
In response to the alarming and ever-increasing rental rates in the Bay Area, one Berkeley resident has come up with an ingenious solution — live in the trunk of a car! The dubious Craigslist ad is sadly not that far out of left-field (we've seen ads offering living spaces in vans, tents, and back yards), and is aimed at tech sector types "Yahooians and Twitterites." What would living in a car trunk for $2,000 get you? Such great amenities as few monthly utilities, a sweet location in the Berkeley Hills (take your date to The Cheese Board in minutes!), and possibly one or two Wi-Fi bars on a good night. You're already paying to live in a coat closet, the ad implies, so why not save a couple hundred dollars each month?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video: Fox News Astonished that Boots Riley is a Communist

by Sam Lefebvre
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Fox News asks Boots Riley about the Coup; calls his response a "political rant." 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

August 22, 23 & 24

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Even though all of your friends will be packing up their furry loincloths and jumping into their art cars this weekend to head off to Burning Man, don't feel left in the dust! Actually, they're gonna be the dusty ones. And, meanwhile, you get to stay with your shower in the wonderful East Bay, and enjoy all of these exciting events that are happening in celebration of the good ol' weekend. 

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Fragglefest
This Sunday, the Bay Area’s craft beer and punk rock communities will gather at the Linden Street Brewery to celebrate the life of one of their own. Fraggle, the Beer Revolution cofounder who passed away suddenly last month after suffering a stroke, was a punk rock diehard, a noted vegan, and a craft-beer evangelist who worked to make good brews accessible to everyone. As Mike Brinkman, Linden Street employee, longtime Fraggle acolyte, and the event’s organizer put it: “He brought craft beer to the people.” For FraggleFest, a $10 concert ticket (the proceeds of which will benefit Rocket Dog Rescue) gets you in the door for a show featuring local punk acts such as Fracas, No Limbs, and Kicker. More than twenty West Coast breweries will be on hand to pour their beers, and a vegan-friendly food lineup includes Souley Vegan, Hella Vegan Eats, and Fist of Flour Pizza. A portion of the beer and food proceeds will be donated to Fraggle’s family to help cover medical and funeral expenses.— Luke Tsai
Sunday, Aug. 24, 12-5 p.m. $10. FraggleFest.com

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Friday, August 15, 2014

BART Video Teaches Us How Not to Be Idiots

Your Crocs will kill you.

by Anna Pulley
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

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According to a video released by BART recently, five out of every one million passengers are injured in its stations, and one out of every million is injured while on the trains — two harrowing statistics that obviously warrant a video teaching BART riders how to get on and off an escalator. While BART claims that it "wants you to be safe while using our system," we suspect that BART really just wanted to show Bay Area passengers its blooper reel of people's Crocs getting stuck in escalators, skateboarding on railings, and generally acting moronic.

But we're not complaining; the video is pretty funny. 

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Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

August 15, 16 & 17

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Whoohoo, the weekend is officially back by popular demand! Actually, most of you will probably spend the next three days watching Robin Williams movie marathons (R.I.P). But for those of you who have somehow already exhausted his oeuvre and would like to get outside and see the sun, here's a list of some other events going down (mostly) in the East Bay this weekend that will hopefully remind you that smiling and laughing are still allowed. 

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The Coup's Shadowbox
Whether he’s at the mic, megaphone, or podium, Boots Riley is a skilled orator. The Oakland-based artist has made seven albums with Marxist hip-hop group The Coup, maintains a rigorous schedule of international speaking engagements, and regularly issues incisive political commentary on a swiftly changing Bay Area. Now, he’s adding a new dimension to his creative endeavors. Riley dizzyingly describes his upcoming theater piece, Shadowbox, as a “multi-stage concert / dance party / theater / installation / haunted-funhouse.” It will feature retooled music by The Coup, video projections by David Szlasa, and visual elements by Jon-Paul Bail. Ahead of its world premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Shadowbox looms as an enigmatic and enticing interdisciplinary spectacle. Certainly, though, it wouldn’t be a production of Riley’s without making a persuasive case for insurrection.— Sam Lefebvre
Saturday, Aug. 16, 5 & 9 p.m. $10, $35. YBCA.org


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why Gay Men Should Draw Vaginas

Bay Area artists explore perception of female genitatia with a humorous book.

by Anna Pulley
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

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One evening in San Francisco last year, a few friends and I were attending a screening of some erotic short films (like ya do), which was hosted by drag queens, including Peaches Christ and Lady Bear. One of the films involved a woman with prominent labia, which Lady Bear likened to an Arby's roast beef sandwich. This elicited both laughter and eye rolls (and later, blog posts from people who were offended by the remarks). It was, of course, not the first time a man (gay or straight) has compared female genitalia to gross food stuffs.

There's a lot of apprehension about genitalia in our society, and two Bay Area artists have decided to confront that aversion in a humorous way. Oakland-based artist Shannon O'Malley and SF-based Keith Wilson are the creators of the soon-to-be book Gay Men Draw Vaginas. For the past three years, O'Malley and Wilson have asked gay men (or anyone who identifies as a "gay man" while drawing it) to illustrate his or her interpretation of a "vagina," and now they've got roughly 1,000 images that they are planning to turn into a 220-page, full-color book. Raising the funds through Kickstarter, O'Malley and Wilson have already reached their printing goal of $37,000. Now they aiming higher to be order to make additional copies of the book. We talked with O'Malley about the project, the prevalence of the vagina dentata, and why Dan Savage should draw her a vagina.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Photos: Outside Lands 2014

by Sam Lefebvre
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Photos of Kanye West, Big Freedia, Spoon, Tom Petty, and many more artists from this year's Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. More coverage to follow. 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

August 8, 9 & 10

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

The weekend is upon us once more. That means you've finally got time to blow off going to visit your aunt in Hayward again so that you can do all of these fun things instead! Whats on the menu? Films, films with beer, beer with plays, a play with Cajun food...and a whole bunch of rad poetry. Enjoy!  

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New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer & Film Tour 
Beer and outdoor screenings are two things that make summer undeniably better — even more so when they’re paired together. The folks over at New Belgium Brewing — who bring you Fat Tire Amber Ale — picked up on that a few years back, and have been touring the country every summer since with a small festival that offers tastes of the company’s more esoteric beers, an outdoor screening of fun short films, and food by local vendors. This Saturday, New Belgium is bringing the tour to Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park. The brewery is offering its “Lips of Faith” series of brews, which features flavors as intriguing as Coconut Curry Hefeweizen and Yuzu Berlinerweiss. The films are hand-picked from a pool of New Belgium fan submissions and vary in theme, but will likely be entertaining enough after a few cold ones. Beer samples are $1.25, full beers are $5, and all of the proceeds go to Bike East Bay, a nonprofit that is dedicated to creating a more bike-friendly and bike-enthusiastic East Bay. — Sarah Burke
Saturday, Aug.9, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. NewBelgium.com

National Poetry Slam
It’s psychologically healthy to give yourself goose bumps every once in a while — just to make sure all of those emotional juices are flowing. One of the surest ways to get that dose of chicken skin is to attend a good poetry slam. Luckily for the East Bay, the National Poetry Slam has chosen to travel to Oakland this week for its 25th annual championship tournament. The almost week-long event began Monday, August 4 and will continue until the slam finals take place on Saturday night. Seventy-two teams of slam poets from all over the country have traveled to Oakland to take part in the tournament and dozens of related events — including workshops, open mics, and performances — around the city. An array of passes are available, providing various levels of access to events and slams, including tickets for those who are only interested in seeing the final faceoff at the Scottish Rite Center Theater. The Bay Area has a thriving slam poetry landscape of its own, and the first-ever National Poetry Slam took place in San Francisco, but this is the first time that the best slam poets in the country are gathering in Oakland to pull on heartstrings. — S.B.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 8-10 p.m. $15-$90. NPS2014.PoetrySlam.com

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Science Magazine Apologizes to Congresswoman for Sexist Cover Image

by Ari Nussbaum
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Science magazine apologized this week to Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who had strongly criticized the organization last week for a sexist — and controversial — cover image. 

The cover of the July 11 issue of the magazine featured a group of transgender sex workers, who are also women of color, wearing short, tight dresses, with their heads and faces completely cropped out of the image. The photo ran with a story about HIV/AIDS treatment research in Australia (the headline read “Staying a step ahead of HIV/AIDS”).
Last week, Speier sent a letter to the American Association for Advancement in Science AAAS, which was also published on her website, criticizing the magazine’s decision to publish the photograph, stressing that the cover plays into the larger issue of sexism in the sciences, which she believes the AAAS has contributed to. AAAS publishes Science.

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