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21 Grand info

449B 23rd St
between Broadway & Telegraph
Oakland, CA

doors at 8:30pm
show at 9pm(ish)

$6-$10 sliding scale


Friday, October 3rd
at 21 Grand Gallery!



After a year the FFF series will come to a close with a media-overloaded party featuring DJ sets by Mikl-em and Omnimediamaniac Univac.

Also, for your short-attention span visual stimulation, we present Unkl Mikl's Mikro-Cinema: var.y short vids in a dark corner.

All that, plus a looser look at the California Governor's race
TOTAL FRICKIN' RECALL. A little last minute political character assassination. No, we're not better than that. Enjoy dramatic readings from Arnie's big book on Body Building and much more.

8:30pm Friday August 1st, 2003
21 Grand Gallery located at 449B 23rd St.
(between Broadway and Telegraph) in Oakland
(510) 444-7263 (that's 44-GRAND)

See pictures of the last FFF
Courtesy of Laughing Squid.

details on the last FFF...

Friday, August 1st

First Frickin Fridays #7
at 21 Grand Gallery!
Ralph Carney
Bucky Sinister

in one Frickin' show

Ralph Carney is an amazing horn-player and multi-instrumental threat, who started with Akron pre-post-punk sensations Tin Huey and went on to become a regular in Tom Waits' band as well as playing with everyone from William S. Burroughs to Galaxie 500. Locally you may have seen him play with Mr Lucky or the Oranj Symphonette. Ralph's website has more on him and his brand new solo album (plus an animation by Mumble Boy!). Ralph will play live and talk about his music, his instruments, the Tin Huey reunion, and a whole lot more!!

Bucky Sinister is a fixture on the San Francisco spoken word scene. His book King of the Roadkills was published by Manic D Press, and his work is featured in the The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (amongst such writers as Jack Micheline, Diane DiPrima, and Jim Carroll). He also recently appeared in the stage version of Reservoir Dogs at Spanganga Bucky will read from his work to begin the evening.

it's not just Mass Transit, it's a pre-party!!

21 Grand is located near 19th Street BART. As you may know, BART is a Rapid Transit system which serves San Francisco and the East Bay and provides a driving/parking free option for trans-bay travel. However, BART is also notoriously complicated. Trains travel in 2 directions: which one will take you to 21 Grand???

Now it's easier. First Frickin' Fridays has instituted a "BART Pool" system to help facilitate travel (to FFF) on BART and to allow you to take full advantage of not driving. In other words, you just concentrate on drinking! Once you successfully reach FFF, we will reward you with a complementary beverage. It's our little way of saying, "HEY! You made it!"

To get in the Pool, just meet at 7:15 pm at the Attic bar (3336 24th St at Mission). This month's BART pool chaperone is Noona, and she has some additional activities planned for the Attic rendezvous, so don't be late. At 8pm or so your chaperone will guide you to the nearest BART station (do not pass Go) and aid you in choosing the correct train to safely carry you to your destination with entertainment at 21 Grand. Questions? Write to:

What's an FFF?

First Frickin' Fridays is a life-sized bimonthly 'zine presented by Mikl-Em at 21 Grand Gallery. Mikl-Em is co-creator and longtime producer of Laughing Squid's Tentacle Sessions living artist series. Like the Sessions, FFF aims to create an intimate setting for focused but unpretentious presentations of arts and artists of this place and time.

Hope to see you there!

details on the one before the last FFF...

June 6th, Mikl-em's First Frickin Fridays #6

Improvisational Bridges & Kozmigroov Waves

Live spoken words and moving limbs, and an X-ray spec-ial look back at a strain of jazz hybridized by electronic components and forward at its legacy

8pm Friday June 6th, 2003
21 Grand Gallery located at 449B 23rd St.
(between Broadway and Telegraph) in Oakland
(510) 444-7263 (that's 44-GRAND)

Sara Kraft and Ed Purver
& DJ {free/form}

This instance of First Frickin' Fridays takes a stance straddling music, poetry and performance with an undercurrent of improvisation throughout. The format will feature one part performance and one part listening party/dj set.

The first half of the show will interweave the works of performing poet Mikl-em and multi-media performing artists Sara Kraft and Ed Purver. The second will feature {free/form} as dj/tour guide through the pleasures of the music known as Kozmigroov.

This is a new format for FFF, which will be repeated in future shows: live performances in the first half, and an exploration & presentation of a "post-electronic" musical genre in the second. The musical section will cross-fade from a discussion and presentation about the genre into a mixed set of that music.

In the first half Mikl-em will read from recent writings and Sara Kraft and Ed Purver will perform new work. Mikl and Sara will also do a collaborative piece. Special guest accomplices may appear.

Our musical feature will spotlight "Kozmigroov", a direction of music which, amongst its features, marks the effect of electronics on jazz. Our special guest DJ {free/form} will play and explicate this groove-y, worldly genre. {f/f} will spin essential sounds from classic Kozmigroov artists like Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Fela Kuti, and bring us back to the future in the form of such modern Kozmigroovers as Spaceheads & Cinematic Orchestra. He'll crossfade from conversing about Kozmigroov with Mikl-em to a full-on set of groove-tunes, to close the night.

Mikl-em, the producer of First Frickin' Fridays, tells poems, says stories, and performs performances. His "Absurd Night Live" show was a part of The EXIT Theater's 2002 Absurdist Festival, and he is a regular in the annual Dadafest. His work runs the range from beat re-fleck-shuns to dada rants to excursive flights of thought and sound that trespass equally on the grounds of rap & jazz. He is allergic to pretension and obsensed with humor. He has never met nor admitted a typo he didn't like (in the sense obsession isn't senseless). Mikl incorporates recent poems in Bermuda, and will make his latest work at the show, before the eyes of an amazed audience (nothing up his sleeve, keep your eye on the ball). Hear Mikl in action

Sara Kraft emigrated to San Francisco 3 years ago from Chicago. She spent the decade previous in the Windy City creating, directing, and performing original multi-media performance, dance and music. Her celebrated Bay Area performances include:

Sara was a founding member and co-artistic director of Baubo Performance Project, a collective acclaimed for "fashioning moving, beautiful, transcendent work" (Chicago Reader). She has guested with such Chicago companies as Xsight!, Redmoon, and Street Signs. Her individual and collaborative work have been presented at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, DanceChicago Festival, and Berlin's Theaterhaus Mitte. Sara has a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, certification from Moving on Center School, and has studied with a range of artists including members of Pina Bausch's Tanztheatre Wuppertal, Meredith Monk's House company, SITI company, Contraband, Goat Island, Ruth Zaporah, and Lynn Book. She also teaches performance and works extensively in film and video.

Ed Purver is a British actor of theater, television and film. He has performed principle roles in some of the most reputable theaters in the UK including the Royal Exchange, the New Vic, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and in London's West End. He also conceived and performed "Tube Twins", a series of site specific events on the London Underground. Recently he collaboratively created and performed in the local physical theatre hit 28 Very Short Scenes About Love at Noh Space. Purver graduated from LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). He has trained in dance and physical theatre with Theatre de Complicite, Monika Pagneux of Lecoq School, Lower Left Dance Collective, Ruth Zaporah, Keriac, and Goat Island Performance Group.

{free/form} is the keeper of the Kozmigroov Index co-founder of bianca's Smut Shack, both the on-line and off-line incarnations. He has DJ'd at numerous events including a series of Jazzatronic Brunches at Cafe Lola, and at bianca's shack at Burning Man.