Tuesday, September 30, 2014

California Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defense

A landmark move for LGBT rights.

by Anna Pulley
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Gwen Araujo
  • Gwen Araujo
In a landmark move for LGBT rights, California recently became the first state to outlaw the "gay panic" and "trans panic" line of defense that is often used to justify assaulting and murdering LGBT people. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Saturday a bill (AB 2051) prohibiting the so-called defense.

See Also:
LGBT Groups Fundraising to Create Transgender Women's Shelter in Oakland
Transphobia Is Rampant, Even in East Bay

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Oakland Gets a Pre-work Party

Daybreaker hosts its first East Bay event Tuesday morning

by AJ Kiyoizumi
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

  • Justin Jach
One of the biggest parties this week won't have any booze and will take place on Tuesday before your morning coffee.

It's called Daybreaker, and judging from the event photos from the most recent expansion to LA and its previous editions in SF, it will get weirder than any drug and/or alcohol-fueled rave you've been to. Instead, kombucha, coffee, and fruit-and-nut bars are the substances provided (with $20 entry).

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The News in Haiku

Because the work day is long, but your attention span is short.

by Anna Pulley
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

We're excited to launch a new series here at the Express, The News in Haiku, where we let you know about East Bay news, culture stories, and events you may have missed each week, all told in around seventeen syllables. If you're interested in delving deeper, simply click on the title and read the full story (or bookmark it to savor later).

Ready to dive in? Good because we know you don't have all day.

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Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Sept. 26, 27 & 28

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM

I know you're absolutely exhausted from spending all week on your iPhone 6 watching Emma Watson's feminist UN speech repeatedly (or reading critiques of it) and hoping you'll get an invite to Ello. Well, sorry to say it, but this weekend is packed with loads of events that you should probably show face at in order to, ya know, maintain your social relevance. (There's a whole bunch of extra goodies at the bottom, too). I guess you'll never catch up on that sleep. Having fun is hard work.

Ephemeral Vessels 
San Francisco is quickly becoming a hub for a new artistic genre that utilizes digital and computerized elements to form interactive, multi-sensory experiences. These sorts of installations have been around since the 1990s, but have only recently been put into the hands of hobbyists who have the tech tools and talent readily available to experiment. These folks are the primary makeup of CODAME, an SF-based collective of artists focused on creativity in tech. A similar community is growing in Oakland, and B4BEL4B is partnering with CODAME to host a group exhibition and tech mixer that brings together appreciators and makers from both cities. The event is called Ephemeral Vessels because most of the installations will be made up of live interaction with the technological apparatuses. Artist Dat Phan will use an Xbox Kinect to project holograms of attendees across the gallery from where they stand, and do 3-D body scanning demonstrations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter an artist’s studio via Oculus Rift (a virtual reality platform), and play with interactive projections and installations (such as a Tyvek origami sculpture housing motion-sensitive LED lights). In addition, there will be a long lineup of audiovisual performers, including Elia Vargas, who will project imagery onto water and mist while he plays. — Sarah Burke
Saturday Sept. 27, 7 p.m. $10. B4beL4b.com

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Watch: Willie Joe 'I'm From the Bay Bruh's' Feat and E-40's Lyrical Curlicues at Grand Lake Theater

by Sam Lefebvre
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Vallejo-based rapper Willie Joe has furnished a video for his bonafide regional anthem, “I’m From the Bay Bruh." The video includes nods to Mac Dre, First Fridays, and taco trucks. The video returns repeatedly to the sidewalk below Grand Lake Theater’s kaleidoscopic overhang, where Willie Joe defers to E-40 for a verse that memorably indicts fakers as transparent and thin like Scotch tape. E-40 is especially on point – his flow makes curlicues around the beat with palpable feeling in every slight curve. Willie Joe rides behind it. Laid back and understated, he’s rightfully confident about the power of rhyming bruh with bruh in this context. Watch the official video and behind-the-scenes footage below.

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Is New Social Media Site Ello Prompting a Queer Facebook Exodus?

by Anna Pulley
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Facebook has left plenty for users to grumble about of late, from its efforts to track users' browsing histories across the internet to its recent naming policy crackdown that forces drag queens (and anyone who might wish to remain semi-anonymous on the social media behemoth) to use their legal names or else have their accounts deleted. But instead of the usual Facebook griping (often, ironically, shared on Facebook itself) followed by inaction, a small social media site named Ello has emerged as a possible antidote to what ails unhappy Facebookers.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Express Just Got Express-er: Introducing Pedal-Powered News Delivery

Pedal Express, a local, worker-owned bike courier service delivers the Express throughout downtown Oakland.

by Anna Pulley
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Dominic Lucchesi from Pedal Express.
  • Dominic Lucchesi from Pedal Express.

Here at the Express, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best news, culture, and arts stories in the East Bay. In addition, as an independent, local business, we also strive to help improve the East Bay economy and environment. The latest way we're achieving that mission started today. Pedal Express, a local, worker-owned bike courier service helped us deliver the Express throughout downtown Oakland.

As companies such as Google, Amazon, and eBay continue to clog up city streets with their same-day delivery vans, we're especially excited to help bring back bike courier culture and to bolster eco-friendly ways of delivering you the paper you know and love.

Be on the lookout for these dashing, pedal-powered messengers. And, as usual, be sure to pick up your copy of the Express each and every Wednesday at one of 700 locations around the bay.

If You Love Oakland, Watch This Video

Artist Lea Bruno's love letter to The Town featuring graffiti artist Jurne.

by Anna Pulley
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM


Happy Hump Day, folks. If you need an extra boost of Oakland love to get you through the workweek, then check out Lea Bruno's short, sweet, and wordless video documenting some of The Town's character, artists, and vibrancy. Highlights include the making of a graffiti mural by Jurne, footage of an adorable baby b-boy dancer, queer ladies in love, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, an adult man dressed as a gigantic water bong.


See Also: The Graffiti Hunters
Taggers by Night, Muralists by Day

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beats Rhymes and Life Fall Applications Open

by AJ Kiyoizumi
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Applications are now live for the collaborative program between the Oakland Public Library, the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, and the Hip Hop Therapy nonprofit, Beats Rhymes and Life (BRL). Over 20 weeks, teens can participate in a mixture of album writing, producing, portfolio strengthening, therapy and team-building efforts.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Five Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Bisexuality

Look both ways.

by Anna Pulley
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Bisexual Pride Flag
  • Bisexual Pride Flag
Woody Allen once joked that being bisexual "doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night." While we doubt the veracity of such a statement (at least, it's certainly never helped us), we do believe this blog post will increase your date-ability, or at least up your chances of impressing a bisexual at the next trivia night. 

In honor of Bisexual Awareness Week, which aims to "help draw attention to the public policy concerns of bisexual people while also celebrating the great resiliency of bisexual culture and community," we present to you five pieces of bisexual trivia to serve as a reminder of the importance of bisexuality to the greater LGBTQ cause. As with any sexual movement, the road has been long and windy. Don't forget to look both ways. 

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