To say that I am excited about this weekend would be an understatement. This weekend is quite literally a weekend you don’t want to miss! A note before diving in: a few of the events this weekend happen over multiple days, so please check their websites for a full listing of events so you don’t miss a dayum thing.
So about a year ago I happened to click on a link for the Saint Harridan fundraiser on Kickstarter. I didn’t click on it because it was a fundraiser; I clicked on it because I was curious about the name Saint Harridan. When I saw Mary’s video about what she was trying to do, I was blown away by the ingenuity of the product. I had a chance to interview her this week right before the kickoff to her Saint Harridan Pop-Up Shop Tour and Gala right here in Oakland.
Miz Chris: Mary I am so excited about the pop-up and gala this weekend, tell me how you came up with this idea?
Mary Going: As any butch woman or trans man knows, the average trip to the men’s department is nothing less than humiliating. Once the sales rep figures out I’m not shopping for my husband, the customer service tanks. And there’s no point in enduring that, because in the end, nothing ever fits.
Saint Harridan will live predominately online — there are lots of business-minded reasons for that — but ultimately, I didn’t want to miss out on the face-to-face experience. That’s why we’re doing the Pop-Up Shop tour. Saint Harridan has the capacity to create the most validating in-person shopping experience our customers have ever encountered. The idea that women like me can walk into a store and be the norm, be the expected customer, and find clothes that are made for us, in styles that feel right to us — I can barely believe we are about to make it happen! But that’s what our Pop-Up Shop will be: 100 percent reverence.
And of course we just had to have a Gala Event. We needed to throw a party so everyone would have a reason to get dressed up in whatever way makes them feel their best.
MG: Saint Harridan is uprooting the assumptions of attire.
For butch women, studs, and trans men, dressing up has traditionally been a demoralizing pursuit. The styles we like just aren’t made for our bodies. So our choice is to dress up in clothes that don’t feel right to us, or to wear clothes that make us look like a kid playing in her father’s closet.
We’re changing that at Saint Harridan. We’ve reconstructed men’s-styled suits to fit the bodies of women and trans men. But we’re about more than suits. We’re about making clothes that finally give our customers the chance to look how they feel–the opportunity to dress in clothes that revere who they are, rather than emphasize who they are not.
The real revolution is that our company has re-engineered the suit, not just borrowed a man’s pattern and cut it to women’s sizes. We’re not making individual suits for individual people who happen to want something different. We’re manufacturing a line of suits that butch women and trans men can buy off the rack, just like anyone else.
MC: How did you come up with the Saint Harridan name?
MG: So here’s the thing: those of us who are attracted to Saint Harridan’s clothes use many different words to describe ourselves. Words like stud, butch or boi, among many others. Some of us feel right in the word woman, others like man, or trans, or transman. As I see it, this says something wonderful about our community. We are complex and diverse, and we are pushing the hell out of boundaries. As I considered what to name the company I wanted to find a new word that could be meaningful to those masculine-of-center without alienating anyone among us–a word that would hold our customers in the highest regard.
Among its many other definitions, a Saint can be “a founder, sponsor or patron of a movement.” As I see it, anytime one of us walks into a meeting in a jacket and tie, or down the street in a hoodie and cargoes, we are undermining the gender binary. We are leading this movement. And I think that makes us Saints.
Harridan is a slur that means “mannish woman.” It’s the kind of word that’s been used to taunt women, to keep women down. I say, show me a woman who’s too much man for you, and I’ll show you a Saint. Saint Harridan.
MC: Tell us three things we don’t know about you.
MG: Okay, hmmm.
– using complex formulas in spreadsheets makes me smile.
– I can flip eggs without a spatula (a proud accomplishment),
– And I used to make and sell Psycho Bitch Hot Sauce.
MC: What are you most excited about this weekend’s events?
MG:I’m just so thrilled to meet our supporters and thank them in person. Honestly, Saint Harridan is a fabulous idea, and we’re manufacturing an extremely high quality product, but we would be nowhere without the thousands of people who have helped us get started. I have so much gratitude I’ve been waiting to pour out on everyone. This will be the weekend to do it.
The Saint Harridan Pop-Up Shop and Gala information is listed below–make sure you check it out!
Kainbigan Soft Opening
2101 14th Ave, Oakland
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thank you so much for your support over the last several years. Chef Caabay and the Kainbigan crew is excited to finally throw open its doors at its very own brick and mortar.
It has taken us eight months, many sleepless nights and tons of patience but we are finally here! We invite you to come by today, check out the new digs and grab a bite with us. We open at 11am. You can check out the menu on the newly revamped site, http://www.kainbigan.com/.
The Jet Set
2221 Broadway, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
~EVERY 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAY (TODOS LOS 2sd y 4th MIERCOLES) ~ WITH ROTATING DJS + SPECIAL GUEST COMING DjZita VinylMama
The hot new Jet Set at Luka’s Taproom and Lounge is hosted by local DJ Leydis (ofCuba) (pictured) with rotating DJs Nina Soul, Treat-U-Nice, Juan G, Mr Lucky, Wonway Posibul, and more. Come shake your booty every Wednesday to some great international dance vibes featuring the latest grooves from Africa, Asia, the Americas and beyond!
SPECIAL GUEST: DjZita VinylMama
The Playa’s Ball
6551 Telegraph, Oakland
$5 – $10 Sliding Scale
Tonights Performers will include;
Cemora, Sehline ChicoSuave Ivanhoe, Champagne Pervoe as Blue Charisma, Christopher Alvaro, as Aequorea Victoria, Christian Aguirre, as Mary Magnum, Guy Shelby, and Momma’s Boyz
“A Friend in need is a friend indeed …”
Tonight’s proceeds will go to assist very close friend of Cemora’s, whom is experiening extreme hardships.Please come out to support.
doors open at 8 show starts a 9pm
come early drink specials.
21+ w/ valid ID
Derrick Hodge Album Release
The New Parish
579 18th Street, Oakland
This event is 18 and over
Doors Open at 8 p.m.
$17 adv, $20 door
From the Robert Glasper Experiment ‘DERRICK HODGE’
‘Live Today’ Album Release Concert
Kev Choice Ensemble
DJ Nina Sol
Derrick Hodge’s debut recording is a showcase of his widely respected versatility and melodic sensitivity, creating a unique sound all his own. Hodge represents something inventive and refreshing, fronting the wave of a unique generation of renaissance musicians working across all genres without borders. This release is a mosaic composed of what is now and where he comes from, representing the new and respecting the classic. His music creeps into the soul and flirts with the imagination, leaving an unforgettable mark.
Hodge has spent his youthful career transcending between various styles of Hip-Hop, Gospel, R&B, Funk, Singer/ Songwriter, and Jazz, performing and/or recording with an impressive roster of GRAMMY® nominated and awarded artists including Maxwell, Common, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Timbaland, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Gerald Levert, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Sade, Terence Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, and many more.
KEV CHOICE ENSEMBLE
Pianist. Emcee. Producer. Bandleader. Sideman. Music historian. Kev Choice wears many hats, and all of them fit. Blessed with prodigious talent, plus the skill and dedication to his craft to pull it off, the Oakland-based artist is redefining what it means to be a musician in this day and age. Not too many classically-trained pianists who hold Master’s degrees in jazz can rock microphones with blazing-hot 16s.
Join us for an intimate night with the amazing
:::::::::ZAP MAMA::::::::: & special guest our Bay Area soul sister Naima Shalhoub!!
DJ Leydis & DJ Julicio spinning world music all night!!
Live Painting by James Gayles
ZAP MAMA – http://www.zapmama.com/
Zap Mama is a Belgian artist Marie Daulne. Zap Mama sings Polyphonic and Afro-Pop music; a harmonic music with a mixture of infused African vocal techniques, Urban, Hip-Hop with emphasis on voice. The worldwide success of Zap Mama, and an ensemble of female polyphonic singers, inspired influences in American Hip Hop, Nu-Soul, Jazz and elements of Pop. The evolving musical compositions created a diverse band of singers and musicians for Zap Mama.
NAIMA SHALHOUB – http://www.naimashalhoub.com/
Naima is an Oakland based soul-singer, musician, songstress and cultural advocate. Her songs flow outside boundaries of genre picking up flavors of American soul, jazz, rhythm &blues, Arabic soul, roots music among others. With a love for improvisation and welcoming the spirit of the moment, her performances will take you on a journey between the present, past and future where time suspends through music, soul-stories, melody and the spaces between.
Remember You’re Special Screening
The New Parkway
474 24th St, Oakland
Admission is sliding scale.
rom the creators of “MLK JR WAY” present
“REMEMBER YOU’RE SPECIAL”
There will be a brief Q&A with the film makers and then an after party will be held near the theater afterwards, in which you will be allowed to get “Turnt Up” and “Twerk” until you “Die.”
“MLK JR WAY” TRAILER
BUTCH Voices is BACK in Oakland, CA for our third National Conference!
2013 BUTCH Voices National Conference
“Conversations Build Communities”
A conference for ALL self identified Butches, Studs, Tombois, Aggressives, Machas, Bois, Masculine of Center folks and their Allies.
Four days of workshops, performance, and networking. Begins with an on location meet and greet on Thursday August 15, 2013 at 6PM at the Skyline and ends with a night of karaoke fun times on Sunday, August 18, 2013
Visit the website www.BUTCHVoices.com for more information
Culture Fuck: Love, Lube, and Liberation
Show and Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay Street #160, Oakland
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pay what you can
Hey Culture Fuckers!!! Wow! It’s our 17th show and because the number 17 is so fly in it’s randomness, we decided to give it a theme: Love, Lube, and Liberation!!! So please join us in celebrating just how erotic social justice revolution can be. And speaking of sexy, have you heard about August’s fox of a feature???
Manish V. tells stories, cracks jokes, and bleeds poems for social justice. He’s a life coach and the coordinator of Peacock Rebellion, a Bay Area -based, Two Spirit, trans and queer people of color -centered crew of cultural workers and healers who use the arts for culture shift toward collective liberation. He thinks you are the answer to your ancestors’ prayers.
Culture Fuck is a feminist, anti-racist performance space for radical outcasts, passionate queers, gender liberators, intellectual non-conformists, and everyone else who loves to break rules and subvert social propriety.
446 E 12th Street, Oakland
10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.
About our Co-host: Celebrating 40 Years in the community!
HISTORY OF SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN AGAINST RAPE
Founded in 1973 as a 20-hour per week rape crisis hotline, San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) has survived its “crawling” years and proven capable of developing and delivering innovative crisis intervention services and social change programs for survivors of sexual assault and their communities. During the early 80’s, SFWAR expanded its services to include a 24-hour hotline and in-person counseling and support groups. From 1986-1989 with an annual budget of $60K and 3 part-time staff, SFWAR sponsored the well-attended annual Take Back the Night March and established itself as the most comprehensive feminist environment rape crisis center in San Francisco.
ABOUT QUMBIA QREW:
We are a collective of community based organizers aiming to create a queer identified space that is open to chavas/os, cumbieros, and allies who support the struggle for justice in our hoods. We are Festive. We are Fierce. We are the Qumbia Qrew!!!
We host a benefit for local organizers every month. Come support and enjoy the company, music, and dance.
Saint Harridan Pop-Up and Gala
Day Event: Show and Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay St #160, Oakland
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gala Event: Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
410 14th Street, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Get up! Suit up! Show up! Saint Harridan kicks off its National Pop-Up Shop Tour – right here in Oakland! August 17 & 18. For two days only – you’ll have the chance to shop Saint Harridan in person. Suit-up in handsome garments re-engineered to fit your body. Stand tall, clothed in the respect and self-reverence you command. Stride out with the suit you’ve been waiting for.
It’s a historic moment that demands an elegant Gala to mark the occasion. Saint Harridan has teamed up with fiveTEN Oakland Events and BUTCH Voices to host a remarkable evening of performance and celebration.
Saturday night: BUTCH Voices performance from 7p-9p, immediately followed by Saint Harridan’s Gala with cocktails, DJs, Saintly models in their finest Saint Harridan threads, and (of course) you!*
POP-UP SHOP INFORMATION
Saint Harridan Pop-Up Shop (Free. RSVP ticket strongly requested.)
Saturday & Sunday, August 17-18, 2013
LOCATION: Show & Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay Street #160, Oakland – at City Center
1 block from 12th Street Bart and the Butch Voices Conference
Saint Harridan Gala Hosted by D’Lo
DJs Val G & Lady Ryan
(Tickets $15 pre-sale $20 at the door)
Immediately following the BUTCH Voices Performance (same venue) – $ savings available for combined events
Saturday, August 17th, 2013
9pm – 10pm VIP Reception with Mary Going
9pm – 2am Gala
VIP Reception Includes:
– Meet and greet with Saint Harridan Founder Mary Going
– Complimentary hor d’ oeuvres
– 1 complimentary glass of champagne
– Saint Harridan Gift Bag
– Entrance to Gala Saturday, August 17th, 2013
GALA LOCATION: Geoffrey’s Inner Circle (1st Floor)
410 14th Street, Oakland
2 blocks from 12 Street Bart and the Butch Voices Conference
Butch Nation Performance Night
Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
410 14th St, Oakland
Doors Open @ 6.p.m.
Show @ 7 p.m.
This year’s BUTCH Nation is going to be HOT! Join us for a super sexy and talented performance line-up! Keynote, Jay Toole will take to the stage to tell you a story or two as this show sizzles with music, performance, and cool raffles. Wait, that’s not hot enough? Well, perhaps you need a little bit of fashion in your life? No worries, Saint Harridan Suits will be there strutting about and representing in the BUTCH Nation Fashion Show!
Join us, show starts at 7pm… be there early!
Please note: This event, as with the entire BUTCH Voices conference, is scent aware. Please read our entire scent-aware policy here: http://www.butchvoices.com/scent-aware-policy. Please keep it scent-free so everybody can show up and not have to leave due to chemical injury! Leave off perfume, cologne, essential oils and use fragrance-free detergent on your clothes. If you have a strong scent on your body, you may be asked to move or leave.
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