Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Saturday night, feelin’ alright

By awoodall
Friday, April 25th, 2008 at 7:17 pm in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a sweet weekend. I’m going to start it out by a drink at the Washington Inn, now that I wrote about it, I can just go and relax there. But after that, I’m conflicted. It’s one of the weekends when there’s so many things going on it’s hard to choose and impossible to be at them all. derbygirls.jpgSaturday is a big day as far as I’m concerned because it the homecoming of the Bay Area Derby Girls to Oakland after a year of wreaking roller havoc all over the Bay Area — except their birthplace — because the fire marshall pulled the plug on their rink. Not safe for the crowds the BAD Girls were drawing. The story has a happy ending, though. Doors open 8 p.m. at the Dry Ice Hockey Arena, 210 Hegenberger Loop, in OAKLAND. They are so O-Town Soul.
Saturday also marks the next installment of the People Party at the Oasis on 12th Street.  “Blossom into the groove,” baby, beginning about 10 p.m. (The Oasis folks really need to do something about their myspace page. How about a Web site for goodness sake?) Then there’s the UpSurge! Jazz poetry festival from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday as usual at the Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Call 848-3227 or visit the Web site for more info. Admission is $20.
I don’t know a thing about the House of Stormz but the ad for their Saturday show called “Trilogy” looks intriguing, although the theme this Saturday is a bit too freaky earth-woman for me:  Drum Warriors, Herstories Project and Amorpheous 1. BUT next time, May 24, includes a fire dancing burlesque show called Pyro-A-Go-Go. Now that’s a hard act to beat. There’s also Simone De La Ghetto doing the Harlem Shake and drag king extraordinaire AfroDisiac.  No, Simone is not DOING AfroDisiac. Syntax can be tricky sometimes.

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