FEELS LIKE…

FEELS LIKE…

Our first art and music fest was way too fun

Looking back on Saturday night, I don’t think I’ve ever said thank you so many times and really meant it. Call it gratuitous, but here go a few more because YDI. First and foremost, to the squad of all squads: D, Brad, Jesse, Cole, Morgan, Little Little, Baby D, Justin–love y’all and thank you for pouring so much into making this one go. To the artists, musical and otherwise, for creating great shit and sharing it with us. To the folks at EBX, and to Charles, Max, Jasmin, and Ray for documenting. Especially to Aleks, Ed, Dave, Darius, Nate, and Tim for hosting us and trusting that we wouldn’t fuck things up too bad. Lastly though, to my brother Max for building this thing with me, for helping to facilitate my weird ideas, and for really just believing in the kid.

For those of you for whom none of this makes any sense, last Saturday we launched Feels II, a celebration spread across three warehouses in West Oakland, showcasing some of our favorite creatives. I did some gushing on Twitter about it already, but this community is unreal and we’re lucky to be a part of it. I wouldn’t say our job is always easy, but finding tight folks to work with hasn’t ever really been a problem. Can’t think of a place I’d rather be doing this than here at home. Here’s to whatever’s next.

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CATCHING FEELS

CATCHING FEELS

A last word about our opening party last Friday

Photography by Intwovision

I felt a lot about Friday night. Mostly gratitude. A little vindication. Feels took some sweat, but damn did it ever turn into something beautiful. For the folks who saw this thing through and contributed a piece of their creative vision to ours, I can’t thank you enough. Seeing all that amazing shit up on the walls of the same building was surreal. To Kyle and Maat at Grid Gallery, you guys are heroic. And to our Trill Team representatives, y’all really made some magic happen. Somewhere between the D-Lo and the liquid light show, it all kinda hit home for me.

To those who didn’t get the chance to step inside, Friday marked the opening our group show Feels, and we had a good time with it, to say the least. Fortunately though, that was the beginning, and not the end. We’ll be featuring work contributed by our artists for the next month, with events to follow throughout the show’s run time. In the meantime, you can learn more about the artists and their work here, and enjoy some more moments from Friday below. Once again, much love to Kyle of Intwovision for these shots. More from him very soon.

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SCENES FROM STYLE WARS

SCENES FROM STYLE WARS

A couple snaps from our latest Wine & Bowties film screening

Photography by Kyle Davidson

We said it Thursday during the screening, but we’ll say it here again. From the outside looking in it may seem like Wine & Bowties is a one, two, or three person operation, but in reality it took a village. Shout out to the folks that have spread our name. We can feel your energy. We’d also like to take a moment to give some supreme love to Jacquie and Sarah for their contributions to the screening, as well as the homie Halston for joogin the projector through and through. Max & Ari, salute to you as well, thank you for the space to do our thing.

As we mentioned, our mission is to unite our generation. To celebrate the culture around us while giving nod to the past. That mission embodied Thursday’s screening of Style Wars, and in a sense embodies our pursuit. Kyle of Intwovision blessed us with some snaps from Thursdays screening. Take a look for yourself…

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SMALL TALK

SMALL TALK

Snaps from the first Wine & Bowties Talk

Photography by Intwovision

Wooooo. Thursday was special, wasn’t it? That one was a long time coming. For the folks that made it to Owl N Wood for our first Wine & Bowties Talk, many many thanks, it was truly a moment. With Wine & Bowties we’re in the business of win wins. Facilitating symbiotic relationships and experiences while doing cool shit. That’s the motto.

With each experience and each event we have to stretch ourselves a bit, and Thursday was nothing short of that. One of the reasons we selected the panelists that we did was because all of them are on the way up. Fueled by passion and purpose these folks are continuously progressing at their craft, and that’s one of the many reasons that makes them dope in our eyes. To Lauren, Max, Daghe, Queens and Japheth, thank you for being part of the experience.

In the events to come we’ll get better at capturing these moments. For starters we’ll try recording the discussion next time (I know right? Floppin…) and we’ll also look to engage more with our online community during the panels as well. In the mean time, you can marinate on the images courtesy of Kyle D of Intwovision, who snapped a few pics from our first Wine & Bowties Talk.

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WINE & BOWTIES PRESENTS: PARIS IS BURNING

WINE & BOWTIES PRESENTS: PARIS IS BURNING

We make our 2014 debut at Oakland Surf Club with another cult classic

Paris is Burning

It’s crazy how some small corner of the world can end up having such an outsized influence on the world. I suppose all it takes is having a scene that’s unlike anywhere else. New York in the ’80s may been a high-water mark for human history in terms of subcultures per square mile–particularly the kinds of subcultures capable of weaving themselves into a society’s cultural DNA. From Madonna to Kool Herc to O’Brien to Byrne to Haring to Basquiat…as time goes on, the legacies of the folks who made Downtown’s dilapidated landscape home only seem to appreciate in impact.

Paris is Burning encapsulates a scene within that scene in a powerful way. Jennie Livingston’s 1990 doc, shot over the course of a few years in the late ’80s, tells the story of the city’s drag ball culture through the word’s of some of its most compelling figures. A few decades later, it’s a touchstone for the fashion and film worlds, and a poignant document, as valuable for the individual portraits as it is for its historical implications. It’s a film about a community doubly marginalized–primarily black and latin, and almost exclusively queer and trans; but it’s also deeply personal and intimate, even as digs into big, burning questions of identity and class and sexuality.

For us, it feels pretty fitting for what we’re trying to do here in Oakland circa 2014. I mean, in a broad sense, what are we doing for if we’re not providing a space for folks to do them? Like really do them. With that in mind, we’ll be screening Paris next Thursday, in the January installment of our screening series with the homies at Oakland Surf Club. Tell a friend, come through, grab some brew, swoop some icy gear. Voguing also heavily encouraged. You know the drill; trailer after the jump.

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WINE & BOWTIES PRESENTS: COCAINE COWBOYS

WINE & BOWTIES PRESENTS: COCAINE COWBOYS

This Thursday, we're back at Oakland Surf Club to screen a cult classic

Cocaine Cowboys

Though we’re just getting rolling with the film screenings, I feel like we have a pretty good idea of where we want to take it. In my humble, the best documentaries are the ones that stretch out your imagination, that in a sense, make your world a little more expansive. The first time I saw Billy Corben’s Cocaine Cowboys–undoubtedly smoked out on Max’s couch in Culver City–my sense of possibility in the universe got just slightly wider. I understood, for example, how damn near an entire U.S. metro area could be built on drug traffic. I even had a vague idea of what it might be like to smuggle a few hundred kilos into the port of Miami in a speedboat. This wasn’t Johnny Depp in Blow. This was a set of events that actually happened. And for that reason alone, it was pretty powerful.

In the seven years since its release, Cocaine Cowboys has earned the title of cult classic for it’s gritty, unrelenting portrait of the rise of cocaine in America during the late ’70s and early ’80s. Centered on Miami, Cowboys pairs archival footage with in-person interviews–with traffickers, users and enforcers alike–exploring a massive shift in culture through the eyes of those who were there to witness it firsthand. From the glitzy days of disco to the devastating wave of violence that rocked Miami in the early ’80s, Cocaine Cowboys builds its narrative arc in unflinching detail, putting an era in perspective for those of us born a little further down the road.

This Thursday, we’ll be bringing Cocaine Cowboys to Oakland Surf Club for an intimate screening. In the months to come, along with new, rarely seen films, we’ll be screening older favorites like Cowboys, in an effort to celebrate film and bring folks together. For Thursday, grab some beers, tell a friend, and come through. Should be a good time. Oh, and peep the trailer after the MORE.

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WINE & BOWTIES PRESENTS THE SOURCE FAMILY

WINE & BOWTIES PRESENTS THE SOURCE FAMILY

This Saturday, we'll be holding our first film screening at Oakland Surf Club

The story of Father Yod and The Source Family is one that’s captured Max and my imagination for a long time now. In fact, it’s hard to find a piece of it that doesn’t read as mythical: the occult cosmology, the Godlike father figure, drugs and polygamy, the psychedelic family band…the list goes on. It was the kind of romantic ’70s L.A. saga where an eventual movie option seemed almost inevitable. Thankfully, directors Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille were able to mine the Family archives to produce just that film, The Source Family. Joining forces with family historian and archivist Isis Aquarian (also one of Father Yod’s thirteeen wives), Maria and Jodi weave together archival footage, photography and music, with personal interviews with family members, to create a robust, thoughtful portrait of the ’70s grooviest spiritual commune.

Back in May, we had the opportunity to talk with Isis about her experiences in the Family, and now we’re getting yet another chance to share the Source Family story with you. This Saturday, at 7:00, we’ll be co-presenting The Source Family documentary along with Oakland Surf Club, at their gorgeous retail space and gallery at 337 14th Street in Downtown Oakland. Doors will open at 7, with the screening following at 7:30. For the record though, capacity is very limited, so if you’re interested in checking it out, shoot us an email at rsvp@wineandbowties.com, and we’ll let you know about availability. You can learn more about the Family here and the movie here, and we’ll hope to see you in there. Peep the trailer below.

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MOMENTS FROM WORK IT OUT

MOMENTS FROM WORK IT OUT

We went in

Saturday night was too real. Someone told me it was the 2014. Really one for the books if you ask me. Everything just came together, really can’t be mad at too much. Whole lotta superstars in the building Saturday night. Whole lotta positivity in the building Saturday night. It was hard not to notice.

Whole lotta thank you’s to throw around too. First and foremost to the folks that stepped inside our doors, thank you. It’s really all about you. You make our celebrations what they are. We also got a lot of help this time round from a few unsung heroes, namely CP and Morgan who lent their time and effort to ensuring that things flowed smoothly. Undoubtedly though, the most love goes to Yung_smh, who threw down a marathon set for the ages.

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