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Party Radar: Felabration, New Wave City, Castro Street Fair, more


Lovevolution’s daytime portion may be cancelled this weekend, but that’s no reason to sit this one out — as I wrote this week in Super Ego, there’s tons of great Love Weekend events, plus a bunch more happenings. Funz! Read about all the official Lovevolution parties still going on here, and check out the below for even more.

But first, I promised a look at the Silent Disco movement, which is finally hosting an official, non-underground event this weekend — so I can write about it without getting it busted, heh. Silent Frisco is taking place on Saturday afternoon at the brand new Jones bar, which has been pumping the fact that it’s a mainly outdoor venue in the heart of the city. (Sat/2, noon–10 p.m., $15, Jones, 620 Jones, SF. www.sunsetpromotions.com). You get special wireless headphones that pick up a signal broadcast from the DJ booth (with two DJ channels to choose from for maximum hubbub.) Although the idea’s been around a while, the actual movement originated at the Bonnaroo festival in 2007 and has toured the world since. SF’s DJ Motion Potion has been there from the beginning and he told me it’s quite bonkers. Wildly diverse-styled DJs for this installment are Jeffrey Paradise, Disco Shawn, Centipede, MoPo himself, and a special secret guest. Get into it.




Afrobeat and soulful house luminary DJ Said of Fatsouls Records is back with his awesomely deep monthly We & the Music party, this time featuring local decks master David Harness for a celebration of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, as Nigeria celebrates its 50th anniversary. It looks so young!  222 Hyde is gonna have a major dance attack on its hands …

Fri/1, 9pm, $10. 222 Hyde, SF. www.222hyde.com



Surely this means that the neverending monthly retroland of New Wave City is the longest-operating club in the city? Join DJs Skip, Shindog, Low Life, Melting Girl, and more to sing along to all your favorites from the ’80s at a club that started looking back right when that decade ended.

Sat/2, 9pm-3am, $12. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. www.newwavecity.com



Soooo too cool for school, but not so cool it freezes you out. This great indie club is back at a new location, bringing with it “the best in classic Britpop, Madchester, 90s Indie, Mod, dancey shoegaze, power pop, and 60s soul on the first Saturday of every month!” It’s an Oasis, everybody, with free champagne until they run out. DJs Aaron Axelson and Omar preside.

Sat/2, 10pm-3am, $8. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, SF. www.sfcatclub.com



Hot fun — or at least tacky tchotchke shopping and muscle man cruising — at this huge affair that streatches all up and down Castro from Market to your future trick’s house. Also music and dancing, with several stages (the line-dancing stage behind Castro Theater is my personal fave) and performances by Pepperspray, Adonisaurus, DJ Jim Hopkins, and many more. PLUS: You could win an Atlantis cruise from GayCities.com. O.M.G.!

Sun/3, 11am-6pm, donation requested. Market and Castro, SF. www.castrostreetfair.org



Another long runner! This funky house and chill techno joint has moved around a bunch, but never lost its good-footin’. Celebrate a dozen with DJs Justin V. of !!!, UK’s Simbad, and residents Solar, Nikola Baytala, Conor, and Kwai LeCheif.

Sun/3, 9:30pm, $7. 222 Hyde, SF. www.222hyde.com


Party Radar: Frikstailers, Eoto and Mimosa, Chaser, Cockblock


OK there are like a million parties going one this week — and I’m just getting started. (Hurray first hangover of Folsom Street Fair weekend! That means I’m over the hump now, right?) Here are a few more good ones I couldn’t squeeze in to this week’s issue ….Whip it up!


Decompression isn’t for a little while yet, but Fridays at 103 Harriet have been easing people back down from Burning Man in a proper wonky-dubstep style. 22-year-old beatsmaker MiMOSA, who just released intriguing “space age psychedelic bass” EP Silver Lining, joins live band Eoto, whose style I think of as electronic fusion, using jazz techniques (and live drummer) to bring laptop generated jams to life.


Fri/24, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $20. 103 Harriet, SF. www.1015.com



She didn’t make the cut of our Hot Sluts, but my favorite drag queen whore Monistat (“hate to love her, love to hate her”) is having a grand birthday party on Saturday evening at the EndUp, with a slew of local drag luminaries — Ambrosia Salad, Faux King Awesome, Downey — performing songs by her favorite band Goldfrapp. With DJ duo Stereogamous in from Australia.

Sat/25, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., $5. The EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.theendup.com



The fashion-forward queer girl (and friends!) club that brought us the actual, hilarious Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber party hits you oh so good with some progressive pop and fun mashup dancing. Guardina Bestof the Bay “Best DJ” Nuxx and awesomely talented DJ Party Ben do it up. Spanin’ photobooth! Dress kinky!

Sat/25, 10 p.m., $7. Rickshaw Stop, 155 fell, SF. www.cockblocksf.com



Longtime readers of my column — and people who just plain see me freaking on the streets — know I’ve been bananas for the cumbia nueva movement, most prominently represented by Buenos Aires club Zizek and its label, ZZK. One of the best acts on that label, nutty duo Frikstailers, is gonna be at the Red Devil Lounge on Monday, and it’s gonna be an air-horn blast — the club will be turned into a West Coast version of Zizek, so expect some serious Buenos.


Mon/27, 8 p.m., $10. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk, SF. www.reddevillounge.com

Party Radar: Men, Kele, Kaos


Ah, yes — the fleeting maybe yes/ maybe no of San Francisco summer has (possibly) arrived. And even if the weather doesn’t quite cooperate, at least we all feel our spirits lift and our clothing constrict. Fortunately, there are many, many parties to rip it all off at! Not literally, but why not? Besides some of the parties listed in this week’s Super Ego clubs column, here’s a few more at which you can run wild and free and hot.


The topical and too-catchy indie electro group Men, which includes super-sexy JD Samson of Le Tigre fame, is taking over the SFMOMA this evening as part of the Thursday Now Playing series. (“Radical dance music” in a big museum? Me like.)

Cool queers and friends of all stripes will get into a screening of a new project by the Ridykeulous project at 7pm and then a live performance in the Haas Atrium by Men at 9pm.

Thu/16, 6pm-9:45pm, free with admission to museum. SFMOMA, 151 Third St., SF. www.sfmoma.org




The Bloc Party leader — and out queer dream — is bringing his solo show to Mezzanine in support of new album The Boxer, and it seems he’s focussing on getting the crowd dancing. That’s alright with me! Does It Offend You, Yeah?, who put on a great show a couple years ago at Slim’s (even though everyone was at Coachella) open up with some baggy Madchester-referencing gonzo electro. 

Sat/18, 9pm, $20. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com




Toothy grin for this one. Honey Soundsystem‘s great weekly Honey Sundays party has been homeless since Paradise Lounge shut its doors. Until the Honey boys find a new space, they’ve been a-roving — and it’s a great indication of how open our scene is that they’re arty-fab queer crowd is being welcomed by intelligent techno-head hosts. This week, Honey pairs with Bionic, the weekly Sunday at 222 Hyde that’s seen its fair share of roving itself, to bring in Berlin ‘s DJ Kaos, whose been pumping out quality, eclectic techno and house releases since 1991, yeesh. I can’t wait to see how this whole experiment coalesces.

Sun/19, 10pm, $5. 222 Hyde, SF. www.222hyde.com 

Party Radar: Stereo Total, Sabo, Cam, Dub Mission, more


Whoo! There’s a lot going on nightlifewise this long weekend. Besides the parties upon which I shined a woozy post-Canadian spotlight in this week’s Super Ego clubs column, here’s a few more great soirees at which you can work out your frustration or relief that you aren’t at Burning Man. The city is ours!


I caught the seminal ’90s dance-pop-punk, pan-European duo at Bimbo’s last year, with leslie and the Lys opening. Leslie was her usual oddball-amazeball whackadoodle self, but the Totals were a revelation. The place was packed, but even though there were only two of them, they enthralled the crowd with over-the-top mugging and anarchic, scenery-chewing live antics. And of course the infectious music turned into a massive singalong. Long story short: do not miss.

Thu/2, 9 pm, $18. Slim’s, 333 11th St., SF. www.slims-sf.com, www.stereototal.de 



NYC beatmaster Sabo has played to glorious acclaim at the Afrolicious and Tormenta Tropical parties, and SF crowds eat his Afro-Latin-tropical-hop beats up. (Does it help that he’s a total babe? Maybe for you — I would never even consider such a thing when evaluating a DJ’s skills.) For this month’s installment of the Braza! party, he’ll be laying down an all-Brazilian set to get your Ipanema jumpin’.

Fri/3, 10pm-3am, $10. SOM, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com 




The dreamy French hip-hopiste comes bearing surreal stoner grooves. (His new album Sevenincludes an appearance by reclusive house legend Nicolette!) Sway along with local bass-twister Mophono of mind-bending weekly Change the Beat and Carey Kopp.


Sat/4,10 pm–late, $10 advance. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com 



Those artsy-crafty drag queens behind weekly Friday night sensation Some Thing at the Stud (go there this week as well) are at it again, bringing their enormously fun — and actually quite genius,fashionwise –  parody of Project Runway to Cat Club. Sublebrity SF alternaqueer teams (pretty much everyone who’s anyone in the city) are given a series of surprise challenges and must use the club’s decorations to formulate a fab outfit. Then the model must perform a drag number in said outfit for judges. It’s a total hoot, and DJ Down-E helps you dance through it all.

Sat/4, 10pm-3:30am, $7. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, SF. www.sfcatclub.com




San Francisco’s original dub haven, this weekly joint always makes me smile while turning my head all spacey. Mission maestro DJ Sep welcomes Dr. Israel, Patch Dub, Katrina Blackstone, Turbo Sonidero Futuristico, and MC Mex Tape for a global-eared night of true vibes.

Sun/5, 9 pm, $10 advance. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com



One of my favorite old(ish) school Chicago house DJs comes in for a special Sunday Sessions party at the EndUp. This one’s going til 5 folks, so bring a bottle of water and prepare to get souled-out, classic-style. With Dawn of Sound, Ryan Nyberg, Rick Preston and more.

Sun/5, 8pm-5am, $20. EndUp, 401 6th St., SF. www.theendup.com


Party Radar: Best of the Bay, ZZK, Illuminated Forest, A-Trak, more


Whew! There’s a lot of throwdown and get lit opportunities in nightlife this week and weekend, beginning tonight, 8/5, at 9pm with the Guardian’s own Best of the Bay Rock Party revving up the amps at Mezzanine — with performances by Chuck Prophet, the Bitter Honeys, and Stephanie Finch and the Company Men, hosted by The Freeze and DJed by Ome. You’ll definitely want to hit this up, especially to schmooze with this year’s Best of the Bay winners. Your elbows will be rubbed down to the bone! 

Here are some more shindigs you need to get into:


The outstanding Argentinean electro-cumbia label and Zizek party source is hitting the road — with primo acts El Remolon, Chancha Via Circuito, and El G in tow. (Check this wonderful Chancha mix, basically a refresher course in the primal cumbia sound). Digital folklorico!

Thu/5, 9pm, $12. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.rickshawstop.com



Matthew Dear

The shapeshifting heartthrob of emotional techno is back in town to promote forthcoming album Black City, this time without his full band — but it will be a dance floor show to remember. Nikola Baytala, Shoddy Lynn, and Blufarm open.

Fri/6, 10pm, $15. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com




Those crazy-fun electro-lovin’ Blow Up kids are back, with another “summer concert series” rager, featuring young turntable wiz A-Trak as well as Peanut Butter Wolf (whose got a dun finger in the whole synth wave pie), Nacho Lovers, and the always great Jeffrey Paradise.

Sat/7, 10 pm, $15, 18+. Mission Rock Cafe, 817 Terry Francois Blvd., SF. www.blowupsf.com


Revelations in the Illuminated Forest 

It’s one of your last chances to get in on the amazing “Green Sound” Soundwave Festival that’s taken over SF this summer and lit up many an adventurous, experimental-loving ear. The fest has set up the Lab as an Illuminated Forest — “a multimedia interactive exhibit and reactive performance space” (i.e., there are amazing things going on) — and this will be the de facto closing party. With plant sounds and other audiovisual wonders from Etraordinary Forest, Geraud Bec, and Takahiro Kawaguchi. 

Sat/7, 7:30, $10-$15 sliding scale. The Lab, 2948 16th Street, SF. www.projectsoundwave.com



Hard French

Awesome soul music all afternoon on a patio filled with intensely stylish and friendly young queers? Bring on the thankful tongue kisses! Bonus: this month’s installment’s theme is Psycho Beach Party, naturally.

Sat/7, 3pm-8pm, $5 ($10 for tasty beer bust). El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. www.elriosf.com 



Le Perle Degli Squallor

Supersexi bodymotion and hot boy cruising at DJ Bus Station John’s monthly disco rareties hotspot at the wildly off-the-radar Hot Spot bar. Calling all fanny fondlers and tonsil-ticklers — come feel (an) Italian, stallion.

Sat/7, 9pm, $5. Hot Spot, 1414 Market, SF.





Party Radar: Strap yourself in for the long weekend


This week, I took advantage of our Video Issue to gush in the Super Ego column about some digital developments in Clubland that fascinate me. But of course upon us comes the three-day bonanza known as Memorial Weekend to the outside world (Blackout McBlackety-Blackout Weekend to party peeps). So here’s a few picks to guide you tipsily down the Memorial Hole. Rat your wig and grip that PBR, because here we go. And check out our Weekly Picks for more craziness.

First to get you in the mood while you read this, here’s a primo mix from one of my new fave “fun time” DJs, Alex Niggemann, suitable for throwing down, vogueing, or just doing up your go-out mascara:


Alex Niggemann Live @ Soulfooled, Watergate, Berlin – 14-04-2010 by R_co

(Feeling deeper? Try this Snobo mix. Or just bhangra out of control.)


Get real, get fierce, get runway ($200 cash prize for voguers who rule) at the one year anniversary of this kiki favorite all the children flock to. DJs Errol, Chelsea Starr, Nikki B. play an interesting melange of the danceable — ironic pop to disco depths. Domonique and Artist Malcolm Drake preside over the ovah.

Fri/28, 10pm-3am, $7. Supperclub, 657 Harrison, SF. www.supperclub.com


Bump hips and try not to trip when you strap into your skates and go for a wild, wild ride at Mezzanine. DJs Chris Orr, Conor, Jordan, and BT Magnum give you the spins. Plus best promo ever: “What do you get when you take 23 afros, 37 scrunchies, 19 side ponytails, 45 satin bomber jackets, 132 knee socks, 240 bootie shorts, 3 fog blasters, 18 lasers, 52 sexy disco cuts, put them in an open spaced industrial warehouse space, shake it up, a drizzle of neon, a sprinkle of glitter, and a smorgasbord of wheels?” My Tuesday?

Fri/28, 9pm, $7. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com


It’s DJ Down-E’s birthday, and a gaggle of alternadrag queens will be flocking to the stage for “Some Thing Special” to pay tribute. Faux King Awesome, Beth Amphetamine, Glamamore, Phatima, and so many more will help blow out the candles. DJs Hoku Mama Swamp and Juanita More put on party hits.

Fri/28, 10pm-4am (shows at 11 and midnight), $5. The Stud, 399 9th Street, SF. www.studsf.com


The Kosmik Messenger of Detroit techno flies in with his mindblowing combination of tribal soul and electronic forward-thinking. I’ve known him and heard him for about 21 years now, and he never fails to delight, deepen, and surprise.

Fri/28, 10pm-4am, $10. Teple, 540 Howard, SF. www.templesf.com


DJs Sergio Iglesias, Russell Quan, and dXXX bring on the old old school (we’re talking Motown, rockabilly, and French 60s pop here) for a hip and giddy crowd — and enliven it with a live performance from the Teenage Dance Craze house band. Kids keep swingin’.

Fri/28, 10pm, $4. The Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF. www.knockoutsf.com


Trust, no Zs when this banger invades Mighty. Not quite an all-out electro overloader — he throws in some subtle, even disco-y effects — but yeah, he’s a bit of joyous nutso. OK, I changed my mind, there will be overload. Freaky overload.

Sat/29, 10pm-very late. $20. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com


Rock it. Roll it. Blow it up! One of SF’s most “cherished” (punny, maybe!) rock ‘n roll extravaganzas returns for prom-prom-prom. Dressed in your finest fucked-up formal wear and lose it sublime. Lusty Ladies dance, Merkley??? hosts, Nicky Bangles performs, Lady Bear serves, nuns are there, and DJs Omar, Jenny, and a hell-heaven host of others rip up the tables. Tons of prizes awarded to nuttiest prommers — including Prom King, Biggest Queen, Class Slut and Stud. Why do I keep typing “porn” instead of “prom”?

Sat/29, 9pm-3am, $10. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, SF. www.sfcatclub.com


DJ David Harness‘s classic soulful house affair is back this weekend, at SOM. This should have an amazing and diverse crowd of deep lovers in it for the dance, not the showin’ off.

Sat/29, 9:30pm-4am, $10. SOM, 2925 16th Street, SF. www.som-bar.com


The whole gay “identify with an animal” thing has gone too far. Let’s mock it by taking it farther! Mica and Walter host this Sunday evening homo “in between” party at the Powerhouse (sexy!) to “get wild.” Tons of kooky funsters and drink specials expected. Music by DJ Dirty Knees. Plus this: “Wanna be the reigning CHICKENBEAR? Then practice your mating call and get ready to strut your stuff for a CASH prize! You can get some pointers from our feral gogo dancers!” CASH. It’s a theme.

Sun/30, 7pm-11pm, $5. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom, SF. www.powerhouse-sf.com


The Honey Soundsystem boys are bringing in fabulous disco-house spinner DJ Spun from Rong Music for their “extended Memorial Day mix.” Goddess help us all.

Sun/30, 6:30pm-2:30pm, $3. paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom, SF. www.paradisesf.com


The too-hip electro free-for-all is back for jamz. The awesome HOTTUB rap trio tears off their clothes, DJ Them Jeans from LA provides some gonzo (yet pretty keenly smart) slices, and our two biggest saw-wave table-ravers Richie Panic and Sleazemore flash their pearly jaws.

Sun/30, 9pm, $10. Triple Crown, 1172 Market, SF. www.triplecrownsf.com


Smooth house hero Kevin Yost returns, and hometown kings Solar, J-Bird, Galen, Deron, and Tasho (with a headlining appearance by Lance DeSardi) make it work at this marathon bonkers outdoor-patio Beat-BQ (you can eat til six), brought to us by the delerious Pacific Sound. You could lose a day here, easy.

Sun/30, 2pm-2am, $10. Cocomo, 650 Indiana, SF. www.cafecocomo.com


This regular Sunday night party is so cute I don’t know what to do with it. If you like to boogie — and I don’t say that ironically, it gets funky and sweaty in the basement of Li Po — then join E Da Boss, Eddy Bauer, and the Sweater Funk crew for some lively, local, laidback-attitude times. Sweeet.

Sun/30, 9pm, free. Li Po Lounge, 916 Grant, SF.

Party Radar: Andy Butler, Prefuse 73, Poleng closing


So much goodness (and a little sad — see: Poleng Closing Party) out there in SF partyland. So, so much — in fact it’s like a creative explosion. Besides umpteen parties for Haiti this week, a great OK Hole, some soulful Anane, and a bit of wobble from DJ Krush, here’s a few more parties you may enjoy …


Hercules and Love Affair (Andy Butler DJ set)

Butler in Butt mag

We could be mad at Hercules and Love Affair founder Andy Butler for stealing our precious DJ Jason Kendig away to tour the world (and, yes, have a love affair). But the deep-disco-reminiscent music’s just so good! He and Jason will rock Vessel on Wednesday with Honey Soundsystem’s Pee Play and BT Magnum.

Hercules and Love Affair DJ set
Wed/27, 10 p.m., $10
85 Compton, SF


Last Call: Poleng Closing Party — Haiti Relief

Sake One helps bid adieu

Oh man, one of the cutest spaces in the city is succumbing to the recession — but in style, donating all the proceeds of its final party to Oxfam for Haiti. We had some good times … Join Bay hip-hop and funk heavyweights Sake One and J-Boogie, Mr. E, Vinroc, Proof, Hakobo, King Most, Prince Aries, Haylow, Cutso, DJ Mel, Ant One, Green Tea, Shred One, Andy C, Chicken Skratch, Umami, Green B, BT Magnum, and Binaca! to bid farewell …

Last Call: Poleng Closing party
Fri/29, 9pm, sliding scale donation $5-10
Poleng Lounge
1751 Fulton, SF
all proceeds go towards Haiti earthquake relief
via www.oxfam.org


Prefuse 73

Lush and chunky east Coast beats (I totally stole that description from someone else’s YouTube comments because it works) from the sexy Guillermo Scott Herren — no, not Gil Scott-Heron — at Slim’s. He’ll be joined by future-dub amazeball Gaslamp Killer for extra wow factor. This is the one to smoke up and get down too …

Prefuse 73
Tue/2, 8 pm, $20
333 11th Street, SF

Party Radar: Bootie moves to Mezzanine this month


Hear ye, hear ye: Biweekly monster mashup party Bootie’s usual home, DNA Lounge, is closed for the month of January as part of a settlement with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which sited it for supposed “lewd behavior.” Ugh.

But the mashup must go on, temporarily at Mezzanine this month, with DJs A+D and Jay-R, plus a special Future Universal room this Saturday, with Sarah Delush, Mario Muse, Kidhack, and Interrobang, who wins DJ name of the year already.

In other delicious mashup news — is Christina Aguilera-meets-Julian Casablancas masterwork “A Stroke of Genius” really the song of the decade? You betcha, Freelance Hellraiser.