Above image of Howard University students standing in solidarity and protest against the recent police violence that led to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the shooting of alum Mya White during a protest in St. Louis.
Did you all miss me while Cat was runnin’ the show last week? I got a break, but Lord, if enough horrible things didn’t go down in the world during it. I don’t know what to really say or do, but let’s not use entertainment as a distraction this weekend. Let’s gather and surround ourselves with each other’s love and joy. Honestly shit is cray cray right now, and we’re all in this together.
Some might not feel like this is the place or time to discuss things like Michael Brown’s murder, but seeing that murder can and does take place no matter the time and place, we discussing it. The above image is a photo that the students of Howard University took yesterday to support dialogue around the murder of Michael Brown and the shooting of alum May White during a protest in St. Louis. Brown was out there, the students of HU are out here and I am out here in solidarity with my hands up. Are you out here turning up for life? If not your turn up ain’t worth a damn.
Kate Bonner: The Path of a Free Object press image.
Oakland has two extraordinary exhibits opening this weekend. First, check out ISLAND OF FLESH – BEN PHELPS-ROHRS (7-11PM // FREE // BABELAND // MORE). This show finds the artist focusing on, “The human tendency towards depersonalization (as in furniture bondage, sensory deprivation, and transcendental experiences) … explored in a two-story sculpture/performance installation …” Ben’s performance in the sculpture/installation will be accompanied by live music by ARC . Next, venture over to KATE BONNER: THE PATH OF A FREE OBJECT (7-10PM // FREE // ET AL. // MORE). Bonner will be presenting a new series of sculptures that unlike her earlier work are small and humble in physicality, but still focused on a partnership with photography. Both of these exhibits are examples of how sculpture can be experienced; and how an artist may choose to communicate with a viewer.
The nearly sold out house music party RARE FOЯM (11PM-7AM // $15-$20 // TBA // MORE) is consistently A M A Z I N G. I’ve actually heard no wrong and experienced no wrong at Rare Form. This month they are hosting Detroit’s BMG (Interdimensional Transmissions) alongside Jackie House, David Siska, Dan Suda and Nackt. If you’re able to go party all night, then this event is for you.
The BLOCK THE BOAT FOR GAZA (5AM // FREE // MEET AT WEST OAKLAND BART // MORE) rally really is something we should all be in on. I’m going to refrain from going on about my personal politics, so I’m just going to leave this one right here.
For the first in their series of programing as part of Bay Area Now 7, n/a is hosting AN INDEX (2-4PM // FREE W/MUSEUM ENTRANCE // YBCA // MORE ) a panel discussion amongst space directors Nicolas Andre Sung and K.R.M. Mooney along with visiting artist A.K. Burns, Joel Parsons, Lawrence Rinder and Tina Takemoto. Although I am not keen on panel discussions (they’re like orgy scenes in porn, just too much going on for one camera to catch), all of these individuals are phenomenal. I am sure that whatever moment is presented will be worthwhile. Get out to see the overwhelming and saturated Bay Area Now 7 exhibit, but spend some time listening in on these folks. If you can’t make it to the panel discussion, head to n/a on Sunday — I know this event is out of order — where A.K. Burns will be revealing new work from their residency with the gallerY, A.K. BURNS: FEAR OF COMMITMENT (4-7PM // N/A // FREE // MORE).
The secrets hidden within Important Projects.
Two solo exhibits for the effort of one, JOSH MINKUS: DILBERT’S MOON and DEREK FRECH: NUMBER SEA (7-10pm // FREE // IMPORTANT PROJECTS // MORE) is also not to be missed. Like n/a, Important Projects is included in BAN 7 and holding it down strong for the young guns in the Bay (but specifically Oakland, baby!) The evening will be christened with a reading by Josh Minkus to promptly at 7pm.
And going in on the nightlife front we have AHDM4U bb Kelly Lovemeonster’s queer hip hop party SWAGGER LIKE US (9:30PM-2AM // $4 // BEAUX // MORE) with sounds by davO (of Double Duchess) and boy_friend. This month SLU has the talented photographer Takeover Tokyo and cuteness by YOU ❤
Also steppin’ back into the game is ICEE HOT (10PM-3AM // $10 // F8 // MORE) featuring DJs Anthony Naples and Maximillion Dunbar. This is one of my fave parties y’all and it’s not being held at Public Works (JESUS, YOU FIXED IT!) which is GREAT! The guys themselves (Ghost on Tapes, Shawn Reynaldo and DJ Will) will all be present and laying down sounds for y’all.
Our own Miss Chi Chi, captured by Shot in the City, given’ us a look and havin’ a moment with DJ Stanley Frank at last month’s Daytime Realness
DAYTIME REALNESS (2-8PM // $6-$8 // EL RIO // MORE) goes “Back to School” with performances by SF drag celebs Grace Towers, Killer, Rice Rockettes, Fauxnique and Lady Satan. These queens will be singing the end of summer blues, helping you pack your back pack, picking out your first day looks and helping you not eat the pudding in your lunch before it’s actually lunch.
The baby boys of Lights Down Low are throwing you a SUMMERTIME RADNESS POOL PARTY (NOON-10PM // $15 // PHOENIX HOTEL // MORE) with sounds from Cyril Hahn. SF doesn’t give you too many moments to rock bathing suits, but hopefully it’ll get hot and sweaty enough at this hotel party for you to work them summer looks.