April M. Short

Meet the finalists in Oakland's youth poet laureate competition

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Bay Area, our young people are wrapping words of wisdom around subjects like survival, poverty, oppression, community, life, and death. It's time to listen up.

“Just like a picture is worth a thousand words, a word can provoke a thousand memories,” says Tele’Jon Quinn, one of seven 16 to 18-year-old Oakland youth poet laureate finalists. “Memorizing goes hand in hand with reflection. If my words can cause someone to reflect on an important issue or event in their life, then my words were worth sharing.” The East Bay bards are now preparing for the first group performance at the Art and Soul Festival in Oakland on Sat/4. Read more »

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WEDNESDAY 18

Free comedy showcase Café Royale, 800 Post, SF. www.comikazelounge.com. Third Wednesdays, 8pm, free. Much-loved SF funny people Jessica Sele, Duat Mai, Chris Remmers, and Miles K. Bandie Posey will get their comedy on alongside tonight's headliner Kaseem Bently.Read more »

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WEDNESDAY 4

Fourth of July on the Waterfront, Pier 39, Beach and Embarcadero, SF.www.pier39.com. Noon-9pm, free. Fireworks and festivities, live music — in other words fun for the whole, red-white-and-blue family. Make a game of spotting the explosions through the fog, if there's fog (crossing our fingers for no.) Read more »

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Crew love: Dating en masse, courtesy of Grouper

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The scene would not have seemed unusual to the average passerby: the three of us, 20-something-year-old women, had just stepped into Madrone Art Bar for drinks after work. We sipped pale ales and chatted up three male strangers in a booth. But this was no chance meeting. Tonight the air tingles with curiosity and expectations because the meeting is predestined – not by fate, but by the new group dating website Grouper.  Read more »

Ladies and gentleman, the Bay's youth spoken word team (and where you can see them spit)

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Hey you, over-20 person. Do you ever wonder what what on the minds of today's teens? The answers are heavy, and they soar from the mouths of spoken word poets -- especially those of the recently-announced team that will be representing the Bay Area at this year's Brave New Voices international slam on July 21. Care to meet them? Read more »

Chuckle connection: The Bay's most diverse comedic line-up goes on tour

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There's no question that a childhood spent growing up Ethiopian in Haight-Ashbury made fertile ground in which to grow a stand-up career. That's where Yanye Abeba is coming from. Abeba is performing in Kung Pao Kosher Comedy's second Color of Funny comedy tour on Thu/21 and Fri/22. Her schtick will be part of a unique line-up -- and afterall, how many other people can pull on the interactions between their first generation African father and the homeless kids on Haight Street for their funny? Read more »

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QUEER ISSUE: Our annual guide to the (actually!) coolest Pride events

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Faetopia Tower Records building, 2286 Market, SF. www.faetopia.com. Through Fri/22, noon-midnight, (event times vary), $10 suggested donation. What's a radical queer to do in the season of commercialized sexuality? Seize an empty records store and fill with blithe faggotry. The crew behind Faetopia is organizing nights of queer cinema, hip-hop and ecology classes, drag musicals, skillshares, and much more — drop in.Read more »

Our annual guide to the (actually!) coolest Pride events

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ONGOING

Faetopia Tower Records building, 2286 Market, SF. www.faetopia.com. Through Fri/22, noon-midnight, (event times vary), $10 suggested donation. What's a radical queer to do in the season of commercialized sexuality? Seize an empty records store and fill with blithe faggotry. The crew behind Faetopia is organizing nights of queer cinema, hip-hop and ecology classes, drag musicals, skillshares, and much more — drop in.Read more »