December's Writers With Drinks features our most ambitious blend of poetry, science fiction, brave storytelling and humor. Including KQED's Michael Krasny!
When: Saturday, Dec. 10 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM
Who: Michael Krasny, Daryl Gregory, Anne Raeff, Variny Yim, Vidhu Aggarwal and Garrett Caples
How much: $5 to $20, all proceeds benefit the CSC
Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Spoonbenders (upcoming from Knopf), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award- winning short novel We Are All Completely Fine. His stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.
Variny Yim is a first generation, Cambodian-American author. In 2008, Variny collaborated on her first book with Jessica Blatt (Press) entitled, The Teen Girl’s Gotta-Have-It Guide to Money (Watson-Guptill/Penguin Random House). It was selected as a “Color of Money” Book Club recommendation by The Washington Post’s personal finance columnist, Michelle Singletary. Variny has worked as a journalist for USA TODAY and NBC, and blogged for Forbes.com. She has also been cited in numerous media outlets including: The Washington Post; San Francisco Chronicle; The Sacramento Bee; Teen Vogue; More; KGO-TV; NBC’s Momtourage.com; etc. Born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Variny and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1975. Variny’s first novel, The Immigrant Princess, will be released June 2016.
Garrett Caples is the author of Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016), Retrievals (2014), The Garrett Caples Reader (1999), Complications (2007), and Quintessence of the Minor (2010). He is the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013). He is the poetry editor at City Lights Books and curates the Spotlight Poetry Series there. He is also a contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written articles and blogged for the Poetry Foundation and occasionally blogs for City Lights.
About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won numerous "Best ofs" from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7x7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels. The spoken word "variety show" mixes genres to raise money for local causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.
WRITERS WITH DRINKS w/ hostess Charlie Jane Anders! ~ Michael Krasny, Daryl Gregory, Anne Raeff, Variny Yim, Vidhu Aggarwal, Garrett Caples ~ $5-20 sliding ~ 7:30 - 9:45 pm
About the readers/performers:
Michael Krasny's latest book is Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means. Krasny is a scholar and Professor of English and American Literature at San Francisco State University, the host of KQED’s “Forum with Michael Krasny,” an award winning broadcast journalist, and author of two acclaimed books, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Search. Since 1993 he has been the host of “Forum with Michael Krasny,” a news and public affairs interview program produced at KQED Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco, California. The program is the most listened to locally produced public radio program in the United States and the number one program in its morning time slot in the San Francisco Bay Area market.
Anne Raeff’s stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica among other places. Her first novel CLARA MONDSCHEIN’S MELANCHOLIA was published in 2002 (MacAdam/Cage). Her short story collection, THE JUNGLE AROUND US won the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and will be published in October 2016. She is proud to be a high school teacher and works primarily with recent immigrants. She too is a child of immigrants and much of her writing draws on her family’s history as refugees from war and the Holocaust. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and two cats.
Vidhu Aggarwal's multi-media works in video, poetry, and scholarship are oriented around Bollywood spectacle, Mardi Gras, and science fiction. Her poems have appeared in Juked, [PANK], Pedestal, Sugar House Review, INK BRICK, Project As [I] Am, and Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond, and The Electronic Gurlesque(Saturnalia 2016). A Kundiman fellow, she is the founding editor of SPECS, a multi-media journal with issues on “Homuncular Flexibility,” “Toys,” and “Faux Histories.” She has worked with John Sims Projects on “The 13 Flag Funerals” in Florida, and with artist Bishakh Som on “Lady Humpadori,” a poetry/comic book collaboration. Her collection of poems The Trouble with Humpdori (2016) received the Editor's Choice Prize from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Her latest manuscript, Avatara, concerns the romance between a temporary Y2K tech worker and a unicorn A.I. She is on the executive board of Thinking Its Presences: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts, and teaches poetry and postcolonial/transnational studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
El SUPERRITMO! DJ El Kool Kyle y DJ Roger Más ~ Cumbia, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Salsa Buena y mas! ~ $5 before 11pm, $10 after ~ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
COOL AS FUCK! Second Friday Happy Hour w/ DJs Kevin, Brian, Liam, & Raul ~ guitar-based indie pop gems that sparkle & shine, loudly rip & gently roar ~ FREE! 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
COOL AS FUCK!
Tribute to Craig Gill and Oakland's Ghostship Fire. We will be taking donations for the victims of last week's tragedy. Live Forever Craig and our beloved Oakland.
with Raul, Liam, and special guest Düstin!
LAST NITE ~ 2000s Indie Dance Party ~ Post Punk, Dance Punk, Freak Folk, Synth Pop, Nu Rave, Chill-wave & Garage ~ DJs Jamie Jams & Emdee! ~ $5 before 11pm, $10 after ~ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
DJs Jamie Jams and Rocky bring you all the hits from a time when punks suddenly remembered how to dance. It's like we ate Pitchfork, stole your iPod and then rode off on your track bike.
$10, $5 adv.
Be our friend!
"Well, folks, the snake has officially reached its tail. The crew behind the '90s-themed Debaser party has gotten together to create "Last Nite," a brand new event that, much like its parent, is dedicated to reviving a specific moment in time. In this case, it's all about that brief period in the early-'00s when garage rock, dance punk, and electroclash all emerged and combined to form the soundtrack to the-then nascent hipster lifestyle. Resident DJs Jamie Jams and EmDee will be on hand to take you back to the days when "deck" was almost an adjective." - Derek Opperman, SF Weekly
"Oh gawd it's here: let the retro-00s (retr00s?) commence! Jamie Jams and Emdee, the fiendish minds behind seminal '90s revival party Debaser, kick it into the Interpol-Shins-Strokes-White Stripes era and take you slightly back to "a time when punks suddenly remembered how to dance" — you could still hear guitars on the radio." - Marke B., SF Bay Guardian
DUB RIOT! ~ 70s Dub Reggae & Beyond! ~ w/ Thee Vexed One & DJ Dartajax ~ FREE! 6:00 -10:00 pm
Festival '68 ~ Rocksteady, Early Reggae & Ska ~ Resident selector Adam & guests. NO COVER! 10:00
Thursday 12/8/16 - Wake the Town Radio presents: "Festival '68"
Very special guest selector: DUKEY aka Mark Gorney (Tip Top Sound / San Francisco Vintage Reggae Society) + Your host & resident selector: Adam (Wake the Town / KPOO Radio)
Bernie Jungle Farewell Fundraiser ! ~ Ray Haliday, Jason Bee, Joe Rut, Beth McKenna, Allan Moon, Melanie DiGiovani, Bob Malta, Jason Kleinberg, Ajax Green, Rachel Stevenson, Justin White, Viola Booth, Mark Gordon, Dani Leone, Heather Snider ~ $5 - 20 donation ~ 6 pm - 10 pm
THE WHIP ~ DICE NIGHT w/ DJ Sikk Laffter & Tender Lloyd ~ Strange House & Cosmic Disco, Girl Group bumps & Weirdo humps! ~ FREE! ~ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
ARCHIVE FEVER! Ghost Ship Fundraiser Happy Hours with DJ Andy! 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monthly happy hour featuring Punk, Powerpop, Post Punk, New Wave, Indie Pop/C86, Rock n Roll records with DJ Andy P and Jessica B.
After some additional consideration, we've decided we'll be splitting the proceeds from the evening between two important charities:
1. Half the proceeds will go the Gray Area fund, which seems to be becoming the "official" fund, and will be split between all victims. https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684
2. As we have come to understand this disaster was also a terrible blow to the trans community, the other half will go to the Trans Assistance Project, who have established a fund that will go directly to the funeral services and end of life costs for the trans women who lost their lives; medical care for a trans survivor of the fire; and remaining funds donated to TAP in the name of Feral Pines, one of the victims who had previously accessed TAP's services. https://www.transassistance.org/oakland-donations
Slow Jams ~ Deep & Sweet 60s Soul & Stuff ~ DJ Primo & friends ~ FREE! ~ 9:30 pm - 2:00 am
Perhapsy + Star Rover (Brooklyn) + Meernaa ~ $10 ~ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Perhapsy is the solo project of musician Derek Barber, guitarist and songwriter of Oakland-based groups Astronauts, etc.., Bells Atlas, and Madeline Kenney. Barber's music is often characterized as experimental pop with influences ranging from 90s indie rock, post-rock, and Elliott Smith's later work. Barber self-released his sophomore album Me Tie Dough-ty Walker in March of 2016 and is currently working on a series of EPs.
For their debut album, guitarist Will Graefe (Landlady, Jesse Harris, Larkin Grimm) and drummer Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve, Marc Ribot, Albert Hammond, Jr.) began with the music of John Fahey and ended up in their own corner of a skewed, over-driven, weird America. Western Winds, Bitter Christians is available now from FYO Records.
"Star Rover specializes in an alluring sort of pastoral punk that suggests a collaboration between Deerhoof and John Fahey"- Time Out New York
Meernaa is a power trio consisting of the space between the stars also known as "Dark Matter"
DJ SoS? (Still or Sparkling) + DJ melt w/U ~100% vinyl ~ NO COVER ~ 10:30 - 2:00am
aQuarius recOrds WAKE ~ a set from aQ pals SWIFTUMZ. as well as a super duper, special secret aQ (and tUMULt) specific set from THE TONY MOLINA BAND!!!! ~FREE~ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
beloved friends of aQ,
please join us for one final aQuarius shindig, an aQ wake in the form of a low key blowout, celebrating the amazing community we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of for the last almost 50 years.
there’ll be music and booze, food and frivolity, we’ll have PIZZA and it’ll be kind of a potluck too,
so bring snacks or sweets or anything you care to share.
most of all, just bring YOURSELF. we really want one more chance for us all to hang out, customers, friends, labels, distributors, bands, anyone who loves aQ as much as we do. if aQ was part of your life, please come an celebrate with us!
we’d love to swap #’s and emails, see old and new friends, cusomers from near and far, reconnect with our aQuarius family, so even though aQ may be gone, we can all continue to nerd out on music together forever, we’ll have guest books too, so you can share your favorite stories, or leave love letters and eulogies for aQuarius...
besides just an afternoon and evening of drinking and celebrating and maybe a little bit of mourning, we’ll also have two VERY special performances including:
a set from aQ pals SWIFTUMZ.
as well as a super duper, special secret aQ (and tUMULt) specific set from THE TONY MOLINA BAND!!!!
it starts early in the afternoon, and ends not too late, so folks with kids, early-to-beds and anyone else with an early bedtime can still come. odds are we'll end up hanging out long after 8, so feel free to stick around, and drink to the end of the age of aQuarius recOrds.
DIMENSION w/ DJs Justin & Kurt ~ Technicolor Sounds: Soft Vinyl Soul 10pm FREE! 10:00 - 2:00 am
DJ KevinZen ~ Rare Groove, Makeout Music and Breakdance classics ~ FREE ~ 6pm - 10pm
El SUPERRITMO! DJ El Kool Kyle y DJ Roger Más ~ Cumbia, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Salsa Buena y mas! ~ $5 before 11pm, $10 after 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
"ABOUT LAST NIGHT: A One Night Stand Story Telling Series" ~ $8 ~ Doors at 7:00pm! Show at 8:00pm! 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
BOOM! Shak-a-lak-a ~ funk, soul, disco, wave, synth-pop, hip-hop, groove, international ~
DJ 2shy-shy & DJ melt w/U ~ $5 before 11pm, $10 after ~ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
BIG WEDNESDAY hosted by Jeremy Wheat ~ A Comedy show with some Variety! ~ $8 ~ 7:00 - 10:00
Comedy, MISSION STYLE! (There's rice in it?!?) NO, but there's Clara Bijl, Aviva Siegel, Ben Kolina, Irene Tu and Joe Tobin. Jeremy Wheat is your host! The Make Out Room is your place!
Int'l FREAKOUT a-GO-GO! ~ 60s 70s Soul-Funk-Disco-Pop-Psych from around the world! International tunes that take you there! ~ DJs Special Lord B., Ben Bracken + Bobby Ganush + special guests;
Chulita Vinyl Club! ~ Come hear what's blowing our minds ~ $5 - 20 sliding scale ~ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
The urgency to support the fight for clean water and sacred land has intensified as the United States Army Corps of Engineers attempts to drive indigenious peoples and allies out of the Oceti Sakowin encampments by December 5th.
The Corps has stated that anyone who chooses to remain at the encampments “does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities for their unlawful presence.”
As supporters of this critical struggle, we anticpate that the militarized police force will exercise the full bredth of its power in the coming days. While we recognize the need for diversity of supportive strategies, we see contributing to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund as a way to help ensure the sustainability of this struggle, and as means to keep people out of jail/prison & supported in court if necessary.
On Wednesday, November 30th we will open up space to those who want to support #NoDAPL while dancing to sets of soul-funk-disco-pop and psychedelic sounds from around the globe.
Join the International Freakout A Go-Go crew and Chulita Vinyl Club Bay Area in this effort to round up funds for the future struggle at Standing Rock.
21+ / $5-$20 sliding scale at the door / positive vibes only
We still say NO to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and will support the struggle of indigenious peoples and water protectors in any ways possible.
***Mni Wiconi / Agua es Vida/ Water is Life***
Anchor Brewing Presents: Drink Steam w/ -Interactive DIY projects lead by local makers
start at 6:30pm while supplies last. - Anchor Brewing tap takeover & drink specials -
DJ Miss Lonelyheart spinning '60s soul, girl groups, rock 'n roll ~ FREE ~ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Slow Jams ~ Deep & Sweet 60s Soul & Stuff ~ DJ Primo & friends ~ FREE! ~ 9:30 pm - 2:00 am
DJ Cherry Crush Happy Hours- Power Pop, New Wave, Post Punk, Glam, Lo-Fi! ~ FREE! ~ 6:00 - 9:00
420 MINUTES ~ like MTVs 120 minutes on drugs! VJs, DJs & more! ~ FREE! ~ 9:00 pm - 1:30 am
NEW SUN COMPANY + PAULA FRAZER AND TARNATION + RUBEN DIAZ! ~ $8 ~ 6:30 - 11:00 pm
DOOR AT 7:00
RUBEN DIAZ AND THE ALTERNATING CURRENTS - 8:00
PAULA FRAZER AND TARNATION - 9:00
NEW SUN CO. - 10:00
New Sun Company
Ruben Diaz & The Alternating Currents