January 28, 2013

F3 Full Wolf Moon @ the Cotton Mill


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Last Friday I went to my first F3 event at the historic Cotton Mill in the Jingletown section of Oakland.  Built in 1917, the building exterior looks exactly as in the photo from the early part of the last century. But the interior has been completely modernized with artist's lofts and it is beautiful.

 The Cotton Mill, early 1900's
photographer unknown

The F3 event showcased art which included painting, sculpture, photography, fashion, mixed media, and furniture. In addition there was a design bazaar, live performances, and refreshments.

Free BART shuttle transportation was provided to and from the Fruitvale BART station to the Cotton Mill Studios from 6:00-10:30pm. That was a great advantage as there is absolutely NO parking on the night of the events. Also, it is a nightmare getting to the location if you've never been there before.

One of the greeters at the entrance to the building was the always charming and talented jewelry designer/photographer, Susan Tuttle. Behind her are historic photographs of the old mill factory.

Susan Tuttle, right
photo by Styrous®


The artist studios were open for the event and I was able to wander through them to see some of the interesting work going on in the complex.

Alexi Ueltzen 
clothing, toys and home items
photo by Styrous®


One studio I found particularly interesting is Tinkering Monkey who produces wood objects for the home: stands for iPads, iPhones, furniture, etc. They had a laser cutting demo during the event.

 Tinkering Monkey
photo by Styrous®
 Tinkering Monkey
photo by Styrous®


I visited the studio of black and white, large format photographer, RW Hawkins, whose images are beautiful, crisp and clean.

RW Hawkins, photographer
photo by Styrous®


The Clock Tower Studio/Gallery held it's closing reception for the exhibition it had been showing since December, ALL I REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAHANUKWANZASOLSTICUS: Loving Community.



One of the vendors attending the event was Serena Toxicat who sings and collaborates with other artists under the name, Protea. She had quite a tale to tell about one of the songs on her album, Going Forth by Night. The song "Khufu" was sung in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid. I thought that was pretty cool. The song, and others, can be heard on ReverbNation. Her music has an ethereal feeling to it. Really quite soothing but mysterious at the same time.

Protea album, Going Forth by Night
 cover photo & design by Ayda Meisami

And Serena has great tattoos.

Serena's tattoos
photo by Styrous®


So, while I'm on the topic of music/performance, the fourth and top floor was where the performances were held. They included poetry readings by Sexxyluv, Michael Ting, Joy Sledge and Epiphany Castro. The readings were preceded by DJ Styles then followed with performances by Jukebox Nightmare and Wyatt Act. Larissa was Mistress of Ceremonies.

F3 Full Wolf Moon
performance program list
photo by Styrous®

photo by Styrous®

DJ Styles
photo by Styrous®

Aqueila M. Lewis aka Sexxyluv *1
photo by Styrous®

Epiphany Castro
waiting her turn to go on stage
photo by Styrous®

Michael Ting *2
photo by Styrous®

Joy E. Sledge *3

photo by Styrous®

Epiphany Castro *4
photo by Styrous®

 Epiphany Castro's amazing shoes
photo by Styrous®

Wyatt Act waiting their turn
photo by Styrous®

Wyatt Act
photo by Styrous®

Amrik Sandhu, drums
Jukebox Nightmare
photo by Styrous®

Amrik Sandhu, drums
Jukebox Nightmare
photo by Styrous®

Ronald Mealey, bass
Jukebox Nightmare
photo by Styrous®

left: Ronald Mealey              right: James Barrett
Jukebox Nightmare
photo by Styrous®


left: Amrik Sandhu, drums
right: James Barrett, guitar
Jukebox Nightmare
photo by Styrous®


left: James Barret, guitar
right: Brently Hicks, lead singer
Jukebox Nightmare
photo by Styrous®


 The poet performances on YouTube

 *1 Sexxyluv videos on YouTube
 *2 Michael Ting videos on YouTube
 *3 Joy E. Sledge videos on YouTube
 *4 Epiphany Castro videos on YouTube

Music videos on the net

Larissa vocals on YouTube
Protea on ReverbNation
Jukebox Nightmare on YouTube
Wyatt Act on YouTube

The F3 event is a quarterly happening. I had a great time and I'm really looking forward to the next one in April.


Styrous® ~ January 28, 2013

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