WKND UPDATE :: BACK TO THE GRIND :: JULY 11-13

By Brandon Drew Holmes; Top image Keba Konte’s panther art (see Saturday)

So it appears all y’all basically killed yourselves partying during Pride and are just now getting back on your feet. That’s cool — I barely did anything and I’m still laying in bed exhausted. Life is just exhausting. Exhaustion is just exhausting. We should all just pull a Mariah and call in sick on life due to exhaustion. Surround ourselves with Pomeranians and pink liquids and a bowl of only the purple berry-flavored Skittles and listen to the soothing sounds of waterfalls and baby monkeys cooing.

Or …

FRIDAY

The organizers of the PETPLAY PALACE LAUNCH PARTY (8-10:30PM // $5 SUGGESTED // CENTER FOR SEX AND CULTURE // MORE) are encouraging nudity for this evening’s celebration, which is good for you children that haven’t gotten round to washing those Pride ensembles that you were working. Borrow your housemates dog’s leash and find someone to walk you over here. DJ Cle Torres will be spinning beats in between performances while you all celebrate the launching of this new cuddly-dirty porn site. You could end up going home with a new boo or a dildo, win/win.

Once this is over you have two options for furthering partying, the first being PULSE GENERATOR FEAT. KIT n C.L.A.W.S. (10PM-2AM // FREE // UNDERGROUND SF // MORE), which will pretty much be a guaranteed orgasm for your ears. You might also meet a new boo here, but I doubt you’ll get any dildos. That being said this is SF, who the fuck knows. The party happens every second Friday and is thrilled to have special DJs kit n c.l.a.w.s., a local collaboration of heavy synths.

Your second option of course is SOME THING POP (10PM-2AM // $8 // THE STUD // MORE) which will host its typical weekly onslaught of drag queens doing numbers for days. I hear our own Ajai a.k.a. Chi Chi aka Miss Pop will be DJing as well? (She’s got a monthly residency.) WORD! I will say though, that if one of these queens don’t come out givin’ Andy Warhol realness rolling around on the floor à la Madonna at her first MTV performance there might be some trouble … I expect and demand some true POP HOT MESSES. Fuck Gaga, give me Leigh Bowery and maybe some Roy Lichtenstein!

SATURDAY

So Saturday is a bit heeeeeeeectic, but make it happen. Even if you don’t live in Oakland you should probably do yourself and your community a favor and check out LIFE IS LIVING COMMUNITY MEETING & PANTHER INSTALLATION // NOON-3PM // FREE // DEFREMERY PARK // MORE). You can help artist Keba Konte finish up his installation, there will be food provided while everyone discusses Oakland and how to keep it sustainable. The day will serve as a lead-up to October 11th’s Life is Living Festival — there will be a community meeting every second Saturday of every month to help plan for the fest.

LEATHER WALK BEER BUST (3-6PM // $12 // THE EAGLE // MORE is just that: leather, beer, some BBQ. Supported by the Haus of StarFish, there will be gear on sale so you can get your “look” together for the walk, which is benefitting AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

STORIES OF QUEER DIASPORA (6:30PM // $10 // LA PENA CULTURAL CENTER // MORE) is curated by Erika Vavianna Céspedes and features a line-up of performance art, dance, music and spoken word. Ticket sales go to paying artist stipends and independent arts education spaces for queer and questioning youth of color. DJ Essex will be providing you all with tunes in between the performances and activities.

Art by Stevie Shakes from this week’s “None of Us” solo show

Two openings this evening you should know about … NONE OF US (7-10PM// FREE// SIDEQUEST GALLERY// MORE), a solo exhibition of work by Stevie Shakes based on Jack Finney’s classic novel The Body Snatchers, as well as ROT FARM (7:30-10:30PM// FREE// 1038// MORE) which will find artists Rafael De La Cruz and Quintessa Mantranga constructing an installation and fictional narrative influenced by Animal Farm, outsider culture and Larry Gagosian.

Over in the Tenderloin, record store/DJ kick-it spot RS94109 is hosting the DARK ENTRIES FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY (6-11PM // FREE // RS94109 //MORE) with various DJs providing jams thought the night and out in the Mission. In the Mission, Lost Weekend Video will be celebrating its basement venue CYNIC CAVE’S TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY (8PM-8AM// $10// LOST WEEKEND VIDEO// MORE) with a “all-nighter Google hangout fundraiser telethon” featuring a bevy of comedians and hosted by Kevin O’Shea and George Chen.

SUNDAY

Let’s get back to, and not stop celebrating Oakland. That’s what SOULOVELY (3-8PM // $6 // THE ROCK STEADY // MORE) is all about. Providing us with a cute daytime party full of soul, sass, babes and grooves, the day will be all about the rhythm and sounds of Aima the Dreamer, Lady Ryan and DJ Emancipation. It’s free before 5pm when you RSVP through soulovelyoakland@gmail. Go and get cute, duh.

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