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Blackball Universe YouTag Party

When: Wed., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. 2014

Blackball Universe (230 Madison St., Oakland) is a hole-in-the-wall that you want to crawl into. It’s understated on the outside, with a nondescript door that leads up a narrow staircase. Inside, though, rooms covered in art flow into each other, leading back to a cozy bar decorated like an old speakeasy, with velvet cushions and all. It’s the home of the Blackball Universe music label and artist collective, and also holds the studio of Blackball founder Xavier Dphrepaulezz.  The charismatic, dapper musician performs as Fantastic Negrito, often drawing sidewalk crowds on First Fridays by delivering black roots music with a host of accompaniments. For the second year in a row, Dphrepaulezz will be inviting the public to join the Blackball family for a night of New Year’s celebration and music. The party is called YouTag, because the walls will be covered in white paper and guests will be invited to scribble out their 2014 memories and 2015 resolutions. Markers, food, and drinks will all be supplied. All you need to bring is a creative willingness and the inclination to dance. The party is all ages and free, but donations are encouraged.

Sarah Burke

Price: Free, but donations encouraged

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