Give us the chance to preview Oakland School District’s “Rihanna-inspired” music video, made to promote punctuality among our up-and-coming babe generation, and we will take it. Being late is the worst.
^^ Squee! ^^ Now, with the moves of hyper-talented Oakland school kids and Oakland Technical High grad/NFL running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch lighting up the synapses of your newly punctuality-focused mind, some background information:
Oakland Unified School District mouthpiece Troy Flint told AHDM4U that “I’m an Oakland School Kid”, “was born out of frustration with the persistence of chronic absence in Oakland schools, particularly at the elementary level.” When local production company Portal A — in particular the firm’s head of business development, whose mom is an Oakland principal — approached them with a plan for the school district’s first collaboration with an ad agency in recent history, the timing was right.
“We felt part of the problem was that we were speaking to the wrong audience, in the wrong way — dry, lecturing and overly academic,” says Flint. In the fight against staleness, they auditioned students across the district to make moves in the clip, shot at La Escuelita Education Center, a new multi-school compound in the Eastlake neighborhood near Lake Merritt. The video’s director, Portal A production supervisor Nina Reyes Rosenberg, likened the shoot to “a cross between Hype Williams music video and summer camp.” Flint tells me the ad agency brought nice bagels.
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SEE YOU SHINING THIS WEEKEND There is not a single chance in the world you will be catching us in the fog fields and crushing crowds of basic at Outside Lands, and not just because Deangelo bailed. We have cute things to do <3
>> CAT/PENIS/DRAG/PARTY Words are hard for when talking about such special, kingpinning angels as Kevin “DJ Nark” Kauer from Seattle. Nark has a magazine, an online mixtape community, is a phenomenal photographer of all things scandalous — ask him about the children’s birthday party he staged for marijuana pop artist Lisa Dank someday. He also somehow manages to work with the Ru Paul’s Drag Race diaspora in a manner that is productive and is a dedicated member of the international movement of cat ladies.
That being said, you must go to Nark’s party Dickslap in SF this weekend, featuring Season 4 disqualified queen William, local zombie bride Amoania, that sweet Honey Soundsystem DJ angel, P-Play, hostess Terry T., more.
>> QUEENS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE We were just in the Russian River’s gaycation capital Guerneville during Lazy Bear, dodging drunk daddies at the icecream shop and browsing teddy bears in the town’s bourgie antique stores. This weekend we’re back — AHDM4U will be representing at the weekly alt drag cabal Some Thing’s yearly summer field trip. You will never find a better place for bikinis and heels than Some R Camp in Northern California — though it is unlikely that many will remember the fine points of your look after two days of drinking and(/in) drag. Shout-out to Ri Ri for being our weekend wardrobe’s spirit animal v v v
>> WE HEAR THIS IS THE SPOT TO TRIP AT THIS WEEKEND Primo’s 2 Men Will Move You party at Amnesia is god themed on Friday… so… Italo disco and this flyer. Don’t freak out.
>> STENCIL SOMETHING Guerrero Gallery’s real good at picking up artists that’ll mean something to you (stay posted for next week’s feature on Rye Purvis, another star in Guerrero’s stable), and Saturday’s opening features two artists doing kind of things with paper that’ll make you, like, think man. Adam Feibelman, once a graffiti artist, uses street art’s beloved stencil to build multi-layered sculptures in a crazy-makingly labor-intensive process. He’ll show these, and corresponding paintings, alongside William Emmert, a gentleman who enjoys trompe l’oeil-ing common studio accoutrement like dollies.
[Sewn stencil collage]
[Corresponding stencil collage]
[Made out of goddamn paper]
>> SUNDAY FUNDAY PRO SHOOT Those distraught over missing the poolside photo ops of Some R Camp need not fret — San Francisco’s favorite party photographer Cabure Bonugli of Shot in the City is back after a cute lil’ hiatus to throwing his Sunday Funday at the Cinch, appropriately entitled Shot on a Sunday =)
Spend your afternoon in the darkness of Polk Street’s famous Cinch Saloon with a hip-gyrating playlist curated by Shark Alien, drink specials, and Bonugli’s centerpiece — an awesome free photobooth with props and photog included from 6-9pm.
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Have fun bbs, let us know how it goes <3
K + C