Friday, June 15, 2012

here's a lil somthin to entice you to this year's mega-party put on by ships in the night, Stay Gold, and PartyHole:

also happening this year: SISSY SHIPS!

After the Trans March Sissy Strut and Ships in the Night bring you...

A Queer Dance party
... and a special Pride collaboration
Friday June 22,2012
9pm-2am $5 - $10 sliding scale
@ SF Underground 424 Haight St

DJS: Katie Duck, Ponyboy, Lil MC, Durt,
plus special guest DJ: Brontez!
Spinning Old Skool Soul, R&B and Hip Hop all night long!

Drink Specials* The Sissy, The GoodNight, The HandJ*

Proceeds from tonight will be doanted to the Queer Women of Color Film Festival ( QWOCMAP). Be sure to attend the screenings June 8th, 9th & 10th @ Novellus Theater! Check out their page for more information:

Join us after the TransMarch!
RSVP on Facebook:
Ships in the Night is party of Hard French Hearts Los Homos
Sunday, June 24th
Get yr tickets for a mind-blowing show from Ssion and Sugar Pie DeSanto!!!
plus yr fave DJ's from queer parties from the Bay and beyond...
check out info here:
Ships in the Night next Oakland party:
Whad up Family! Join us July 7th for another round of sweat, dance and love.

Ships In The Night
... Sat July 7th @ The Oasis
135 12th St. (@ Madison), Oakland, CA 94607
9pm - 2am 21+

Musical Maestros for the evening:
DJ CLR Jamz & Durt
more TBA

Special performances TBA

one bar in the front room,
beer and water bar in the back/outside

COAT CHECK by our beloved Amber Jiggles
($2 an item so you don't lose yr shit!)

hot dogs for sale out front

and more bumping and grinding than you can shake a stick at!!!

A benefit for GRRL Camp! GRRRL empowers girls to realize their full potential through sports, dance, self-defense, health education, and social justice education. GRRRL values communities in which girls are leaders and are valued for their intelligence and skills over their appearance, and in which youth development principals are used to counter adultism. Read on for more information:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thanks for coming out last month. Y'all rocked the house
as - per - usual. Next up is June which means... It's PRIDE !!! Come start the celebration early with us Saturday June 2nd @ The Oasis

Ships In The Night
@ The Oasis
135 12th St
9pm-2am, 21+
$5 at the door

w/ DJ's Durt, Moxy, Andre, & Motive!
playing all the jamz yr booty needs

2 bars (one in front, one outside with beer only)

and now featuring....
Coat Check!
by our beloved DJ Jiggles (aka Amber)
$2 an item

plus hot dogs out front
and other performances and treats TBA

Tonight will benefit a women and trans inclusive day @ The Berkeley Free Clinic. The BFC is a community based collectively run clinic, staffed completely by volunteers. Offers limited medical, dental, and counseling services, as well as information and more.
On Saturdays from 11am-2pm, the Berkeley Free Clinic offers services to women and transgendered clients. Read on for more information:

135 12th St. (@ Madison), Oakland, CA 94607

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Next Ships In The Night March 3rd @ The Oasis

Nina, Joplin, Shirley Manson, Aretha, Bikini Kill, Patti Smith, Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple, Bjork, TLC, Aalyiah, PJ Harvey, ANIIII, Me'shell, Gwen, Sleater-Kinney, JD Sampson, Whitney, Diana, Etta, the dummer for Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monoe, Tina Turner , Grace Jones, Santigold, Donna Summer, Fat Transfer, Thunderheist, Poly Styrene, Kimya Dawson, Adee Roberson, Fefe Dobson, Alexis Brown, Tamar Kali, Billie Holiday, Madonna The Slits....let's make sure the list goes on and on and on..!  Next Ships is a benefit for Girl's Rock Camp! 


This month we will raise funds for the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and teamwork. BAGRC challenges gender stereotypes, encourage collaboration and tolerance among peers, and provides a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves. Through music lessons, workshops, group activities and performance, girls acquire skills that help guide them throughout their lives.

Also-- let's kick off Maren's birthday month in style! Cause, you know, it's Pisces time but this Aries is takin ova!

DJ Durt
DJ Lady Ryan (O'Fasho!)
DJ Pink Lightning (Stay Gold)
aaannd, just added...
DJ Jiggles! (PartyHole, Queer Qumbia Qrew)

Special performance by Jeepneys!!!

21 +

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012: "It's More Fun When It's Fun"

 Hello Friends!
As many of you already know, my baby of almost 6 years (ships in the night, monthly queer dance party) is on a San Francisco hiatus. After several years at Underground SF, the crew felt like it was time for a break. The reality folks is that, when I put on dance parties, I'm doing it mostly for myself...and if I'm not having fun anymore, then is it really worth it to continue? Well, I want to keep ships TRANS BAY, so therefore, I am on a search for a new SF ships venue.  I want to see a re-birth of this raunchy queer dance party!
Ships started out as an opportunity for me and my friends to dance  to music we actually wanted to listen to, in a venue that did not discriminate based on gender presentation and/or body odor, and was not immediately co-opted by well-meaning and not-so-well-meaning straight people who like our music better than other clubs.  It developed into a collective of four awesome people running two monthly clubs in SF and Oakland, plus special one-time events (during Pride month, for Safetyfest, etc.). We've raised thousands and thousands of dollars for tons of radical causes (for queers locked up, for feminist activists, for people of color collectives, etc. etc.!). We want this party to be sustainable, so we pay ourselves a bit too. But we have always been committed to giving back to the folks and projects that our community is involved in and working hard to protect.
People have been giving us excellent feedback on our parties over the years, that they love the music, that they feel more comfortable there than at other clubs, that they met lovers & made friends at our parties, and that people generally have a good attitude when they are around so many different kinds of queers and gender outlaws. Well, that makes my little heart soar and is what its all about for me. Also, its worth it for the feeling I get when i dj.  When i look up and see a bunch of people twerking and popping their booties, singing along, bumping and grinding, vogueing to the songs i'm playing...well, shit, thats why i do this.
And it keeps going...Oakland Ships has been going strong for over a year and continues to be the party that i look forward to every month. Cuz its me and my crew giving birth to our visions, every month.  All of you who come and shake yr asses and hang out with us every time, are our family and make us excited to keep doing it.
AND, I want to re-invigorate SF ships. therefore, I want more FEEDBACK. What can we do better? What do you like, what do you not like? Are there spaces out there in SF that you love that you would want to see ships at?
Any and all ideas are welcome. You can email the crew at

For folks who have never been to a ships party, then please come out to Oakland first Saturdays at Oasis! We love having new folks come out and tell their friends and their friends, etc...Thats how our family grows.

hope ya'll are having a great 2012 so far. here's to more struggle and celebration in the days to come.