Folsom Street Fair is coming hard upon us — don’t be left hanging upside down without a solid party plan. The following picks will help you whip your way through the lame into the hard, dark, wet embrace of excellent nightlife.
First our video spirit guide: This excellent short film shot by Leo Herrera and Aron Kantor of last year’s fair – from cameras mounted on their leather puppy masks.
Good boys. Now, parties. Oh! And if you’re into live homo-rock, you have to check out the SF Eagle this week — My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult, !!!, Jello Biafra and more are performing out in the lot.
The original weekly underground old school gay disco tribute, going 10-years dirty and strong with DJ Bus Station John.
Thu/18, 10pm-2am, $5. Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, 133 Turk, SF. www.auntcharlieslounge.com
SWAGGER LIKE US: FETISH
Awesome queer hip-hop party gets low with this sexy Folsom special. DJs Robin Malone Simmons, DavO, and boy_friend, live floggings, rope demo, more.
Thu/18, 9:30pm-2am, $6. Public Works Loft, 161 Erie, SF. Facebook invite
Big, hairy, sweaty men twirling with gruff abandon to DJs Luis Lennon, Paul Goodyear, Jackie House, and Trevor Sigler.
Fri/19, 9pm-4am, $20 advance. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. Facebook invite
CLUB FIST: LUSTY LADY TRIBUTE
Fantastic, sexy Oakland party pays tribute to SF’s legendary, recently shuttered Lusty Lady strip club and coop — with original Lusty Lady peepshow dancers performing live, and a “Feisty Fistettes Fucked-Up Foreplay Booth.” Hottt.
Fri/19, 9pm-3am, $5-$7. One Fam Center, 1606 Seventh St, Oakl. www.tinyurl.com/fistlusty2014
Webelo, youbelo, everybodybelos for this too-cute, super-friendly Cub Scout-themed party from LA, up here for the first time. Earn your badges with DJs Conor, Chris Bowen, and Victor Rodriguez – plus inimitable den mother Lady Bear.
Fri/19, 9pm-2am, $6. Lookout, 3600 16th St, SF. www.tinyurl.com/cubscoutsf2014
SOME THING FOLSOM
Vivacious, befuddling, sometimes besmattering art drag at its finest at this weekly party, now with more bondage! Special Guest Marti Gould Cummings.
Fri/19, 10pm-4am, $10. The Stud, 399 Ninth St., SF. www.facebook.com/groups/clubsomething/
Nothing says leather better than a pork-themed party. (Well, maybe a beef-themed one). Drag goddess Juanita More and host Walter Gomez pour on the hot boys and crispy cracklin’s for all the little piggies. Benefits Transgender Law Center.
Sat/20, 9pm-2am, $5. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom, SF. Facebook invite
The legendary big-room house DJ will wipe the floor with your happy, sweaty ass.
Sat/20, 9pm-5am, $20-$28. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
FOLSOM UNIFORM PARTY
Infamous dyke bar the Lexington Club slays it every year with this fetish uniform shindig. DJs Jenna Riot and Andre pour on the jams.
Sat/20, 9pm, free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St, SF. www.lexingtonclub.com
POUND PUPPY: DOGGYSTYLE
“We’re just some pups on the prowl for a Scooby Snack, and by Scooby Snack we mean a big fat bone to gnaw on.” Points for self-actualization! DJs Harry + Jpeg, Jeffrey Sfire, whip the large pack into a hous and Italo disco frenzy.
Sat/20, 10pm-4am, $15 before 11pm. F8, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.tinyurl.com/folsomdoggystyle
DEVIANTS ADULT ARCADE
Crazy characters, insane decor, and wild post-Folsom dancing with original disco hunk Paul Parker, DJs Pareja from Argentina, The Black Madonna, Honey Soundsystem, more.
Sun/21, 6pm-2am, $30-$50. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.bit.ly/1ph5Smb
A claws-out Mission party for scrappy-cute queer kids. With DJs Brontez Purnell, Carrie On Disco, a gaggle of burlesque performers like Kitty Von Quim, and hosts Rotimi Agbabiaka, Cle Torres, and Caitlin Donohue.
Sun/21, 6pm-2am, $10. SubMission, 2183 Mission, SF. www.tinyurl.com/queermeowsf