7th Annual Hard French Winter Ball

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7th Annual Hard French Winter Ball
Heaven is a place on Earth
Saturday February 18, 2017
9pm-2am
@ Grand Theater / Gray Area

Buy Pre-Sale Tickets @ http://bit.ly/2jf0LnU

Featuring:
Curated Dancsendence with Bay Area Legend
PAM THE FUNKSTRESS
sweet little lies by
FLEETWOOD MACRAMÉ
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baile suavecito por
BROWN AMY & CARNITA
$15 limited presale
$20 regular presale
$25 at the door at 9PM (Limited availability)
Buy Pre-Sale Tickets @ http://bit.ly/2jf0LnU

This February Hard French invites you to Seventh Heaven for the formally dressed, informally wild, adult prom known as the Hard French Winter Ball. We bring it home to the Mission and enter the mystery with you this year with a celebration of you at the iconic Grand Theater at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Your Winter Ball includes a very special DJ set by pioneer Bay Area DJ Pam the Funkstress, a live performance by Fleetwood Macramé and the usual lot of Hard French surprises. Ask a date(s), prep a look for looks and buy your pre-sale ticket today because this years ball is not the one you wanna be all chiyeta about after cuz you didn’t go. It’s time.

About Pam The Funkstress:

One of the nation’s most recognized female DJs, Pam The Funkstress, is a true pioneer. She recently joined Prince on his lavish Piano and a Microphone tour, DJ’ing his after parties with her well honed blend of classic funk and golden era hip hop. It
was a crowning achievement for the longtime DJ, known around the Bay Area for her scratching prowess and her radio and club residencies.
She busted out on the recording scene as a member of The Coup in 1993 with their debut album “Kill My Landlord”. Filling a political underground void, the East Oakland based Coup, earned critical acclaim by following up with“Genocide and Juice” (1994), and “Steal this Album” (1998). But it has been her commitment to the
underground, DJs, and the music they embrace that has kept her fans scouring record stores and trade publications to get the latest cuts and dirt on their favorite DJ. To call Pam The Funkstress a DJ/Recording Artist would be negligent. She is an advocate for female independence and the pursuit of civil rights. College campuses frequently invited her to speak at symposiums and on panels to spread her message of success by self-reliance to the next generation. The Funkstress has been featured in music publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, 4080, Rap Pages, Ms., Fader and Wired just to name a few. Known for cuttin’ the wax with more than just her hands, she has been asked to grace the opening stage for the elite in rap music. From KRS-One to Grandmaster Flash to Sean “Puffy” Combs in Europe, Pam The Funkstress has answered the call of duty to get the crowd fired up. From East to West, from studio to stage, Pam The Funkstress lights up the tables and always leaves the party smokin’.

About Fleetwood Macramé:

Fleetwood Macramé is quickly becoming the Bay Area’s most exciting tribute band. What began as a simple exercise in fun has turned into an awe inspiring live experience complete with show stopping renditions of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits. Audience participation is encouraged, and Bay Area crowds are coming in
droves to sing along with Fleetwood Macrame. Whats more, they sound so much like Fleetwood Mac, if you closed your eyes you would think it was the real thing. Only its better, because you are front row!

About the Grand Theater/Gray Area:

In 2014 the Gray Area found a permanent home in the Mission District at The GrandTheater, a former 870-seat single screen cinema built in 1940. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Gray Area $100,000 to develop an immersive theater for experimental surround cinema allowing them to secure this historic building.

Yours Truly: A benefit for Ghost Ship

Yours Truly
A benefit for the victims of the Ghost Ship fire

Wednesday, December 7th, 9pm
El Rio
$5 + NOTAFLOF

100% of proceeds will be evenly divided between the Trans Assistance Project who are collecting money to pay for funeral services and end of life costs for the trans women who lost their lives in the fire –https://www.transassistance.org/

and the fund set up by Grey Area who is working directly with the Oakland Mayors Office to ensure the appropriate distribution of proceeds. (https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684)

“Not everything has to be on the main road, sometimes you find paradise in the smallest places” – Frankie Knuckles

Fellow Dream Makers,
Our community has been struck by a tremendous loss this past weekend. We admire your resilience and honor your commitment to the collective magic. We are strongest together. Like many of you we are at a loss for words. We all find solace, however, in our community.

This Wednesday night Hard French and El Rio invite you to gather, embrace, share, be, dance, sing or just get some air with family while we honor our fallen primos in Oakland.

Hard French XXX, 9.25.16

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Hard French XXX
Cat Club, 1190 Folsom
Folsom Sunday, September 25th
6pm – 12am // $10-$20 presale @ $25 the door
Buy tickets!

featuring an all-female all-POC DJ lineup of
Discwoman w/ Analog Soul (NYC)
Mozhgan (We Are Monsters)
Olga T (Mango)
Brown Amy (Hard French)

Hoe-ly Durtbags Hard French we see you. Hiding in that dark corner, being a little malcreada. Wearing your cochina chonies. Looking but barely being seen. You want to partake, you want a taste, your privates beckon. But you’ve never tried…..Should you?

Show your chonies boo!! This year Hard French has you smothered. Folsom Sunday 2016 join us and hundreds of your most divergent hermanas for the 1 Folsom after-party especially designed with you in mind.

Hard French is proud to present an all female all POC DJ line up Folsom Sunday 2016 featuring Discwoman represented by Analog Soul and DJs Mozhgan, Olga T and our very own Brown Amy. Step inside one of San Francisco’s notoriously perviest spaces, The Cat Club, for the hottest ending to SF’s sexiest weekend.

graphic design by Sean Martinez

6 YEARS of HARD DANCING.
6 YEARS OF HARD CRUISING.
6 YEARS OF HARD FRENCH.
#HF666 Party like the Beast Baby

6th Annual Hard French Hearts Los Homos

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HARD FRENCH ▼s LOS HOMOS VI – Pride Sunday w/ PSYCHIC TV
Our 6th Annual Pride Party w/ 1 block party, 2 stages, 6 clubs in 6 hours
and a live performance by Genesis P-Orridge with Psychic TV and Bézier

Quick Links:
Tickets: http://hardfrenchloshomos2016.eventbrite.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619150251736277/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/hardfrench

Pride Sunday June 26th, 2016
3pm-11pm (block party 3pm-8pm)
$15 hella early bird tickets (SOLD OUT) // $20 early bird pre-sale // $25 general pre-sale// $30 at the door
Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street), 21+
Buy tickets: http://hardfrenchloshomos2016.eventbrite.com/

MEZZANINE MAIN STAGE (3pm – 11pm)
live performance by Psychic TV with Genesis P-Orridge
live set by Bézier
& 6 clubs in 6 hours: Bae vs LA
Hosted by: Haus of Hoe

STEVENSON ALLEY OUTDOOR BLOCK PARTY (3pm – 8pm)
featuring your Hard French DJs Brown Amy & Carnita
spinning the baddest all vinyl girl group grooves, north soul stunners, and funky foot stompers this side of the 60s
with the infamous Jiggalicious Dance Babes
Babes shakin it down and makin you move

PRIDE PHOTO BOOTH
by Shot In The City

6 YEARS of HARD DANCING.
6 YEARS OF HARD CRUISING.
6 YEARS OF HARD FRENCH▼s LOS HOMOS.
#HF666 Party like the Beast Baby

CLUB SODA: a Hard French Fundraiser for SOMArts

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On Saturday, April 23, SOMArts Cultural Center teams up with infamous dance party Hard French to transform SOMArts into Club Soda – A one-night-only, after-hours benefit for SOMArts’ programs. Club Soda will showcase the best in Hard French Films, DJs, Dancing and Drag:

SODA FOUNTAIN OUTDOOR PATIO
Hard French Film Festival and Happy Hour (10PM – 11PM)
Aron Kantor and Jorge Portillo are the masterminds behind many of Hard French’s viral videos. Watch them all under the stars at this special early happy hour screening.

Food Truck, Lounge, and Beer Garden
Need a break from dancing? Got the munchies? D’Maize will be serving up the tastiest pupusas this side of the 101 and the bar will be open until 2 am!

CLUB SODA MAINSTAGE
DJ MOZHGAN (We are Monsters)
Mozghan Shariat is a wizard. As part of the We Are Monsters party collective, Mozghan has been casting dancefloor spells around SF for years.

DJ Primo (Woman, Club Lonely)
We don’t have to tell you how weird this could get.

With your favorite Hard French DJs Brown Amy and Carnita
We wonder if these two might have a few surprises up their sleeves.

SODA POP 2AM DRAG SHOW
Curated by yr hostess BOY YOUNG (Woman, Pound Puppy) and featuring:
Miss J
Willard
Trangela Lansbury
Pseuda

6 years of Hard Dancing
6 years of Hard Cruising
6 years of Hard French
#HF666

Hard French + Honey Soundsystem

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Hard French + Honey Soundsystem
yr favorite saturday afternoon soul music dance party w/ a touch of Honey
Saturday April 2nd
2pm – 8pm, $10
Free BBQ till its gone!
#HF666

OUR STICKY GUESTS:
HONEY SOUNDSYSTEM
w/ DJs Josh Cheon and Robot Hustle spinning their favorite soul and funk records

RESIDENTIAL TOURS with:
yr Hard French DJs Carnita & Brown Amy
Spinning the baddest all-vinyl girl group grooves, northern soul stunners and funky foot stompers this side of the ’60s

FREAK OUTS by:
Tim, Devon and Jorge

JIGGALICIOUS SPELLS CAST BY:
The Hard French Jiggalicious Dance Babes

FREE BBQ on the PATIO

PHOTO BOOTH BY Shot in the City Photography

DOOR DIVA:
Dean Disaster

6 YEARS of HARD DANCING.
6 YEARS OF HARD CRUISING.
6 YEARS OF HARD FRENCH.
#HF666 Party like the Beast Baby

Hard French Winter Ball

** PRESALE TICKETS TO THE WINTER BALL ARE NOW SOLD OUT! WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SALE DAY OF EVENT at 7PM. SEE YOU AT THE BALL!**

6th Annual Hard French Winter Ball
A formally dressed, informally wild night to remember
Saturday January 30, 2015,
9pm-2am
Starline Social Club, Oakland

Featuring:

In the Starline Grand Ballroom…
A special hometown performance by Living Legend Sugar Pie DeSanto

In the Nuestras Señoras Speakeasy….
Nonstop dance party with DJ Olga T and friends

In the Bienvenidos Drag Lounge…
Cosmic Drag numbers by yr hosts Dulce de Leche, Kitty Von Quim, Jupiter, and Miss Cleo Patois!

With rotating DJ sets by DJs Carnita, Brown Amy, and special guest Brontez on both floors throughout the night!

prom photos by Shot In The City Photography

$15 limited presale (SOLD OUT)
$20 regular presale (SOLD OUT)
$25 at the door at 9PM (Limited availability)

For the sixth year in a row we’re going all out for the formally dressed, informally wild, 60’s soul adult prom known as the Hard French Winter Ball. Not only are we hosting it in the gorgeous ballroom of Oakland’s new Starline Social Club, but we’re going to be honored with another fiery hometown performance by Oakland’s own 79 year old living legend, Sugar Pie DeSanto. She has been packing ballrooms for over 60 years and now’s your chance to dress up and get down with Sugar Pie. Ask a date, start working on that fancy outfit and buy your pre-sale ticket today because you don’t want to miss this ball.

About the Starline Social Club:
The Starline Social Club is located in a former Odd Fellow’s Hall and saloon built in 1883 at the corner of West Grand Ave. and MLK Jr. Way in Uptown Oakland. Revamped and reopened in early 2015, it features a 400-person ballroom upstairs for live performances and 50-person bar and restaurant on the ground floor. Originally an Odd Fellows Hall, it’s had many tenants over the years, including a saloon, a social club for the deaf and Starline Janitorial Supply; more recently, it’s played host to countless underground dance parties.

About Sugar Pie DeSanto:
We’re thrilled to be welcoming back living legend Sugar Pie DeSanto for her third Hard French performance. DeSanto, now 79 year old, recorded hits in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that we regularly play at Hard French including Soulful Dress, I Want To Know, I Don’t Wanna Fuss, Go Go Power and a pair of songs she recorded with her childhood friend ETTA JAMES, Down In The Basement and Do I Make Myself Clear. Speaking of Sugar Pie and Etta, the only thing we like more than the songs they recorded together is the fact that in the 50’s they ran together in a San Francisco girl gang called the Lucky 20’s!! DeSanto now calls Oakland home and can often be spotted at some of the city’s finest dives.

Accessibility information:
Because the Starline is in a 133 year old building the upstairs ballroom is only accessible by two flights of stairs. If you have any accessibility needs or questions about the venue’s setup please contact as at info@hardfrench.com so that we can work to accommodate you.

6 YEARS of HARD DANCING.
6 YEARS OF HARD CRUISING.
6 YEARS OF HARD FRENCH.
#HF666 Party like the Beast Baby

2015 Hard French Winter Ball Finalists

My favorite part of being your #HFWB royal coronation coordinator is that I get to witness firsthand the fierce contributions of our communities best, brightest, and babeliest!  (That and the only person who tops the queen is the one who puts the crown on her head.) Seriously, I always find myself developing crushes on these kids who are already winners to me! But, as capitalism dictates, there can only be ONE king and queen, and you must be present at the ball to vote, so if you want to see your BFFs win, you better GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Once again, all of the finalists have chosen community beneficiaries that they’re raising money for. Thanks to the Levi Strauss Foundation, the king and queen will each get to give at least $1,000 to the org of their choice!  (And you can help chip in to those donations by visiting the photobooth and coat check.)  And, we like to take care of the winners themselves too, with treats from Paxton Gate, Virgil’s Sea Room, and more TBA, plus B-12 shots from Doctor Stephen and they each get a Season Pass to Hard French!!!

So, keep cool and carry on and read about your nominees in alphabetical order (with queens first because we know they’re most important!) and the wonderful projects they’re supporting!

hearts,
Lil Miss Hot Mess

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Queen

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Seven-word self summary: Your favorite fun vegan bartender

Why I want to be queen: I would love to be Hard French Winter Ball queen so that I can make a small difference in the world, by supporting a great cause and by being generally fabulous.

Beneficiary: Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is a female owned an operated fledgling farm sanctuary that is doing great work to further the causes of veganism, compassion, and environmental sustainability. Environmental destruction is a problem that all communities have to face, and are directly affected by. We all have to live on this earth, so we might as well take great care of it while we are here, and Rowdy Girl is making a lot of progress towards this cause.

Words from friends: “Femme as fuck and butch as brick. Bartender with a heart of gold.”

Dulce De Lechedulce

Seven-word self summary: SF drag queen with a deep love for soul music

Why I want to be queen: I love Hard French and think I would make a great queen. I’ll be fair in all my ruling and keep that party going!!!

Beneficiary: I think Homobiles has become the newest pillar in safety services offered to the SF community. Like any new non profit, they need funding!

Words from friends: “Big, beautiful and full of LIFE–she gives everyone a chance to shine.”

persiaPersia

Seven-word self summary: International Glamorous Drag Queen

Why I want to be queen: I want to win HF Queen because I want donate my win to my favorite children’s after school arts program, CASA. Our children are our future.

Beneficiary: CASA is known for top-notch creative arts programming. Being a San Francisco based after school program, we are most proud of our social justice work and focus on social-emotional development. Many of our students graduate with a love for the arts, but more importantly, they leave us with a drive to be a better human being.

Words from friends: “I mean, have you seen those shoes? And that voice! Google Google Apps Apps! ”

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Seven-word self summary: Watch out Fashion, there’s a new Saint in Town

Why I want to be queen: I want to be Hard French Queen 2015 to lead the children to the most jiggalicious dance party in town!

Beneficiary: I’m supporting Gender Proud, which  focuses its efforts toward transgender people to self identify with the fewest possible barriers. San Francisco is a place where I feel totally free living as a Drag Queen and I want to funnel my successes to areas that don’t have the same privileges. At present Gender Proud’s attention is primarily on Brazil, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.

Words from friends: “Brings the smiles to the party and has glamor for days.”

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King

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Seven-word self summary: The man behind the curtain (on Fridays)

Why I want to be king: I’ve always wanted to live in a castle.

Beneficiary: The SF LGBT Community Center’s mission has evolved, and a new focus of theirs is to make sure it is financially viable for people who live in the city to remain in the city with the addition of financial services like lending circles and small business mentoring. And they still serve as a resource for the most underrepresented in our community.

Words from Friends: “One of the sweetest men in all of SF!”

djtoriDJ Tori

Seven-word self summary: SF XoLa with a heart of gold n glitter

Why I want to be king: Would Luh to be king because I Luh HardFrench n I Luh all the Queers that throw this event it would be an honor.

Beneficiary: CASA is known for top-notch creative arts programming. Being a San Francisco based after school program, we are most proud of our social justice work and focus on social-emotional development. Many of our students graduate with a love for the arts, but more importantly, they leave us with a drive to be a better human being.

Words from friends: “Taking a fuzzy photo with him is like being shot by the paparazzi!”

hythamHytham Rashid

Seven-word self summary: Gay Palestinian Muslim Medical Student / Party Promoter

Why I want to be king: I want to be king to raise awareness to youth homelessness, which disproportionately affects LGBTQI communities! Also, I’m moving to Miami for school, so this is my last chance to transform what little social capital I might have from partying at Hard French over he past few years into material wealth for an organization close to my heart.

Beneficiary: I’m helping Homeless Youth Alliance because they helped me when I was a homeless queer teen in SF, so they deserve whatever I can give them! I’m not very smart or rich yet, but someday I hope to come back to SF and empower other queer homeless youth by improving the accessibility of socioeconomic opportunities like safe housing, quality healthcare, and competitive educations.

Words from friends: “Selfless, caring, and hardworking, be it through health efforts, workshops, parties, or papers.”

missjMiss Jay

Seven-word self summary: Gender progressive moving forward queer San Francisco

Why I want to be king: As King of Hard French, I will be able to represent the community on all levels, proudly and loudly, spreading love and happiness!!

Beneficiary: Gender Proud, to inspire the youth to live their true authentic selves with pride and positivity.

Words from friends: “Too fierce, too funny, too loving and too giving! She’s a goddamn force-tress!”

Nominate Your 2015 Hard French Winter Ball King & Queen

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2014 King and Queen

Deadline Extended: all nominations due Friday, May 22 at 6pm Pacific Time!

Calling all do-gooder Dannies, moving Maybelles, shaking Shakiras, creative Cathies and bad-ass Betties!  It’s that time of year when we’re looking for our next court of Hard French Winter Ball kings and queens, okay?!  Nominate your favorite hometown heroes who give give give to our fierce and fab communities and live live live their passions on the daily.  We want to shower them with all the loving we can.

In addition to fame, a Hard French Season Pass, and all the local gift cards we can muster (more on that soon), our king and queen each get to select a non-profit organization to receive the proceeds from our photobooth. This year, thanks to the Levi Strauss Foundation, each organization with start with $1000 and they will match all funds raised at the photobooth dollar for dollar! Nominate folks you believe make your community a better place, we’ll tally your nominations, choose a court, and vote on the King and Queen of the ball live at the event! Helping us helping you helping them helping everyone out.

So what are you waiting for?  Nominate your sexiest sweethearts stat!  (Official rules are below.)

XO your coronation captain,
Lil Miss Hot Mess

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