Friday, April 10, 2015

This Weekend's Top Five Events

April 10, 11 & 12

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Since you’re all most likely on your way home from Michael’s with a bouquet of plastic daisies and glow-in-the-dark body paint, craving burgers you can’t have because the $70 American Apparel crop top you just got won’t allow it, trying to decide which borrowed fanny-pack will look best with your new sandals, I’ll be brief...who am I kidding, y’all have already left in your rented mini-van down south to the promised land. Happy Coachella, kids! For those of you that opted out of the annual Free People model shoot / Heineken-fueled bro-down, and for those who regretfully settled on Weekend 2, check out what Oakland’s got to offer. I can almost guarantee you a better time, although your Instagram-game may go unnoticed.
Still from Paul Clipson & Grouper’s “Hypnosis Display.”
  • Still from Paul Clipson & Grouper’s “Hypnosis Display.”
Crossroads 2015
When confronted with particularly moving sensory input, people tend to explain the sensation using the language of other senses. Whole genre clichés are constructed that way, such as when indie pop commentators say songs are “breezy” and 1“beach-y.” Because songs evoke images and vice versa, it only seems natural that artists would create works that combine music and film, and hold each component up as equal. That’s what Grouper — the longtime vessel of songwriter and so-called “quiet noise” practitioner Liz Harris — and the local filmmaker Paul Clipson accomplished with Hypnosis Display. Clipson and Harris are bound by a mutual affinity for the analog tools of their respective trades, and together created a meditation on the Western expansion of America. Live, they’ll perform the work on Friday at the Victoria Theater as part of Crossroads 2015, an annual service from SF Cinematheque focused on avant-garde films and expanded cinema. It’s a three-day festival presented by SOMArts, Canyon Cinema Foundation, the Center for New Music, and Oddball Film + Video — a handful of local institutions with little regard for the boundaries of creative disciplines and individual senses.— Sam Lefebvre
April 10-12/ Visit website for times and prices. SFCinematheque.org



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vinyl Nightclub Wrongly Blamed for Shooting in Downtown Oakland

by Sam Lefebvre
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 3:09 PM

A note left by Gallagher on Vinyl's window.
  • A note left by Gallagher on Vinyl's window.
Late Saturday night, local musician Emilio Nevarez was taking equipment out of The Golden Bull in downtown Oakland, where he'd performed earlier in The Lucky Eejits, when he was fatally struck by a stray bullet. A second shot injured another bystander. Every musician has hauled gear out of a club late at night, and the tragedy reverberated throughout and beyond the music community. A memorial materialized on the sidewalk. Countless tributes appeared online.  

No one was apprehended at the scene and initial coverage was vague about the events that precipitated the shooting. But the next day, Damon Gallagher, owner of nearby Hi-Life Pizza at 15th and Franklin streets, apparently felt certain about exactly where to place the blame. Late Sunday night, he walked over to Vinyl, the hip-hop-oriented nightclub that's next door to The Golden Bull, which regularly hosts live rock bands. Security footage shared with the Express shows Gallagher blaming Vinyl for the shooting, and taping hand-written signs to Vinyl's window before walking away with a twelve foot-long rug.

One sign read, "THE COMMUNITY HAS DECIDED THERE IS BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS." Apparently incomplete, it continued, "VENUE IS SHUT DOWN LEAVE OR FACE YOUR—"

See also:
East Bay Musician Emilio Nevarez Killed By Stray Bullet After Downtown Oakland Gig


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Bold Italic Quietly Goes Out of Business

RIP San Francisco media.

by Anna Pulley
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 10:39 AM

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At 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, the popular San Francisco culture and news site, The Bold Italic, updated its About page with a note saying it had decided to "cease operations."

See Also:
The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years


Here's the full text from its website:
Since our launch, The Bold Italic has strived to faithfully serve San Franciscans near and far, whether born and bred here or having just arrived in the city. We have a great passion for the Bay Area and all that it has to offer — and have had a lot of fun sharing our enthusiasm with you. Together we have built a strong community of followers, contributors, and partners. However, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations. It’s been a great run and we supremely thank everyone who has supported us along the way. 
This is especially sad news in light of the not-so-distant folding of the alt-weekly, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, which shuttered last fall. Not to mention whatever the hell is happening with SF Weekly.

Aside from posting this brief description on its website and social media accounts, no other explanation was provided as to why the media site is closing. We've reached out for comment from The Bold Italic and will update this post when we learn more.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Wear Your Hatred for Monsanto on Your Sleeve

With the Grease Diner T-Shirt contest

by Sascha Bos
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM

The Grease Diner co-owner Jon Jon Cassagnol models their "anti-Monsanto Bio-Terrorist" t-shirt - COURTESY OF THE GREASE DINER
  • Courtesy of The Grease Diner
  • The Grease Diner co-owner Jon Jon Cassagnol models their "anti-Monsanto Bio-Terrorist" t-shirt
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Despite the name, The Grease Diner (6604 San Pablo Avenue) isn't an unhealthy restaurant – it's actually an art gallery, gift shop, and screen printing operation run by Jon Jon Cassagnol and Laurie Shapiro, two self-described food justice activists. This month, they're fighting Big Ag by donating $1 to the Oakland March Against Monsanto for each "anti-Monsanto Bio-Terrorist" t-shirt sold.

The March Against Monsanto is a global protest on May 23rd targeting the controversial practices of the pesticide- and seed-producing giant. In Oakland, protesters will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza and march to the Lake Merritt Pergola for a rally at 1 p.m. "Monsanto is thinking about profit and control, missing the point that they are destroying their world too - which is greater than any amount of money," Cassagnol and Shapiro said in an e-mail.

See also: What's Poisoning the Bees

In addition to making a donation for each Bio-Terrorist t-shirt sold, The Grease Diner is having a March Against Monsanto t-shirt design contest: submit your best single-color design by April 30 for a chance to see it in organic cotton. If your design doesn't win, you can rock still your Monsanto-hating vision at the march – just DIY it. The Grease Diner will waive their $15 intro studio use fee for anyone screen printing for the march. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Drinking Camel Milk, Drought Fails, and the Best Baseball News We've Heard All Week

This week's news in GIFs.

by Anna Pulley
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Up-and-coming hip-hop star Kehlani shows Oakland some love. - BERT JOHNSON
  • Bert Johnson
  • Up-and-coming hip-hop star Kehlani shows Oakland some love.

TGIF, folks. It's been an exciting week. Here's what you may have missed. 

See Also:
The East Bay Hip-Hop Scene Will No Longer Be Ignored
Last week's news in GIFs

When Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of Oakland A's pitcher Sean Doolittle, responded in this amazing way to the hateful comments about the A's LGBT Pride Night in June:



When a UC Berkeley professor told us he wanted us to eat more weed (not that kind!):


When McDonald's announced a pay increase, but it's still not a living wage, and Oakland employees were having none of that:
 

When we read Allison Moon's fantastic new sex guide, Girl Sex 101:



When Governor Jerry Brown issued the state's first water restrictions ...

but not for the biggest water waster (agriculture):


When a new restaurant decided to serve $20 camel milk:

When we heard about this incredible, theatrical drag party:


When we heard about bike sharing coming to the East Bay:


When we heard that the 25-year feud between record stores Rasputin and Amoeba had spun again:

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This Weekend's Top Five Events

April 3, 4 & 5

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Spring is in full effect, and it feels good on the skin. At this point, you've probably already spent a good amount of time drinking by the lake with every other human in Oakland. It's difficult to make a case for doing anything other than that for the next  five months, but here's what we've got. Believe it or not, there are a lot of other worthwhile events going on this weekend. So many, even, that we added some bonus suggestions at the bottom. 

Oakland International Film Festival
The Oakland International Film Festival is returning for its thirteenth year, with a diverse selection of films from Oakland and all over the world. Among them is F R E E, a new feature-length documentary that follows five teens in Oakland’s own Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, as they co-create a piece and work through the challenges in their lives — including issues of poverty, sexual abuse, and gang violence. East Side Sushi, another Oakland-made film, is a narrative about a young Latina who fights for the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a sushi chef. That film will also screen with the twenty-minute documentary TDK - The Dream Kontinues, which tells the story of the late graffiti writer Mike Dream, the TDK Crew, and Oakland graffiti today. From elsewhere, a highlight includes the documentary Melvin and Jean: An American Story, about two African-American activists who hijacked a Miami-bound plane and flew it to Algeria in 1972 to escape racial oppression in America.— Sarah Burke
April 2-5. OIFF.org

F R E E Trailer from F R E E on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Oakland A's Pitcher and Girlfriend Combat LGBT Bigotry in Amazing Way

Home run for all.

by Anna Pulley
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 12:09 PM

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The Oakland A's are planning its first ever LGBT Pride Night game on June 17 against the San Diego Padres. The game will be like any other, except it will include "two Pride wristbands, and partial proceeds will benefit AIDS Project East Bay and Frameline, a non-profit supporting the LGBTQ media arts," as the A's website states. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Well, apparently it was too much for some homophobes, who took to social media to express their discontentment and to try to sell their tickets to the game.

See Also:
Three-Quarters of Americans Support Signing Professional Gay Athletes
These Female Skateboarders Are Changing the Sport for the Better 

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