Oakland is stepping up its GLBT game starting August 24 with Revolve, an eight day program of art, music and film.
This pride celebration is like no other. It's like a film festival meets a concert, mixing in art and even a pride cruises.
The many aspects of Revolve, were brought together by Kin Folkz, whose heart and sweat has been poured into every activity at the third annual event.
"We are bigger than a one day celebration, more inclusive than the typical media notions of Queer Pride, " says Folkz, "which usually looks more like white gay pride and highlighting the genius and heritage of our LGBTQIA pride community in the areas of film, dance, music, literature, theater, visual art and other areas of creative art as tools for activist energy.'
Folkz adds, "Oakland has a history of being badass and fearless when it comes to protest, change and r/evolution. This pride centered festival embraces and shares our role as human rights activists, family members, professionals, muses and geniuses in multiple human rights movements.'
Variety is something the festival is definitely not lacking.
Some of the cinematic highlights of the celebration include a screening of "Limited Partnership," one of my favorite documentaries from San Francisco's Frameline and Los Angeles' Outfest. Additionally, other Frameline favorite "Kumu Hina" and a few screenings to bring you up to date to the wonderful Oakland-based lesbian web series "Dyke Central." Additionally, filmmaker Maurice Jamal will be on hand not only presenting his own work, but part of a short film competition.
Musically, highlights include a performance by Blackberri, a GLBT pioneer, as well as Chris Cali, gina Breedlove and Monica McIntyre, among others. Performance and spoken artists include Wonder Dave, comedian Karen Ripley, Lyricist YSD, comic Sampson McCormick and Performance Poet Sonya Renee Taylor. If that wasn't enough, the cruise will feature DJ Son of Son from LA as well as the band GAYmous and music from Xavier Toscano.
Visually, the many events are highlight by photography by Cathy Cade, jeffersREX ' n antDeSean and Happy Hyder as well as sculptural art by Garcia Sinclair, Nafis White and Kemit Amenophis as well as works by Gabrielle Wilson-Seal and Rozita Fogelman.
You can pick a day to come based upon its daily themes including Finding Faith, Giving Hope, Respect and R/Evolution, among others. Or you can do the entire festival for a very low full fest pass for $40 (which includes all but the boat cruise).
Get tickets and full schedules at www.spectrumqueermedia.com.