Though usually not advisable, shouting in public is condoned during sporting events, heated town-hall meetings, and at the sight of suitcases when space camp comes to an end. Let it all out in a safe place with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to two B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls roller-derby bouts on Sunday, August 14 at the Oakland Convention Center (up to a $30 value). Doors open at 9 a.m., the first bout begins at 11 a.m., and the second begins at 1 p.m.
The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls' 2011 all-star team takes on the Detroit Derby Girls All-Stars in The Golden Bowl, an all-female full-contact roller-derby competition to see which team skates fiercer and throws elbows harder. A ravenous pack of roller-derby demonesses sets off when the whistle blows, scrambling around a skating track to lap as many of the opposing team’s warriors as speed, physics, and their strategically placed padded armor will allow. In the battle for dominance, the line between audience and performers frequently blurs, with skaters flying off the track and into waiting arms, and rowdy, fever-pitch screaming issuing from the throats of contestants and fans alike. This competitive atmosphere sometimes overwhelms the bewheeled women and incites them to brawl, tension blazing like a match in a room full of parade floats.