Music and nightlife

Don’t stand back, it’s time for ‘Night of 1,001 Stevies’

MUSIC A night of Stevie Nicks’ music, performed by awesome live bands, benefitting Access: Women’s Health Justice? Stop dragging’ your feet around and hit up the second annual “Night of 1,001 Stevies,” Fri/25 at Bottom of the Hill, for plenty of scarves draped over microphones, tons of bewitching feminine energy, and a magickal lineup—including Everyone Is Dirty, Lapel, Katie Day, Jeremi Rebecca Hush, Josiah Johnson, and Marston, plus Tarot card readings by LouReads and artwork by Sister Stranger.

The brainchild of Tracey Holland of the evening’s fantastic headlining act Vandella (whose rock sound is inspired by Fleetwood Mac among others), “Night of 1,001 Stevies” pairs her love of live performance in a tight-knit community with her passion for women’s access to health care and abortion. We spoke over email about the genesis of the idea, the resonance of Stevie’s music, and how it all comes together for one night. (Check out the “Night of 1,001 Stevies” Instagram for more.)  

Tracey Holland of Vandella

48 HILLS How did you come up with this great (and hilarious) idea? 

TRACEY HOLLAND Several pieces sort of dovetailed all around the same time for me to bring the whole concept into what it’s grown into. First, I’d gotten wind of the NY event called “Night of 1,000 Stevies,” which has been going on for several years now. It’s apparently a big dance party they throw every year on Stevie’s birthday, May 26th, and has a big drag focus. As a huge Stevie and Fleetwood Mac fan, I was instantly in love with this whole idea, and knew that the West Coast absolutely needed our own version of this. Of course, as a musician, I wanted to make it more of a live show and use it as an opportunity to bring together a bunch of incredible musicians I know all in one place, as a means of also celebrating our music community which, particularly in SF in recent years, has taken something of a hit, as I know everyone is well aware.

The 2016 election really shook me, and was the catalyst for myself and so many other people trying to get more involved in politics in their communities and on a larger scale—so I then got really excited about turning the whole thing into a benefit for women’s-centric causes, and a celebration of women, and intersectional feminism, and music, and community. Basically it felt like a way to make some small difference, and take a stand, and highlight all these things that I’m really passionate about.

Access: Women’s Health Justice does amazing work that is targeted towards focusing on underprivileged communities and women who have limited resources and access to getting abortion and reproductive needs met. I wanted to make sure we were benefiting an organization that took into account women for whom Planned Parenthood (while wonderful, and whom I fully stand behind) is still a barrier to care. Access coordinates financial pieces, as well as even coordinating transportation and lodging for women who may need to travel, or may have a more sensitive situation. And to me, that is such an important, direct, hands-on piece of really caring for women having to do this. I really respect and admire their work and am really so passionate about abortion access for ALL women, and am really excited to be able to partner with Access for this particular reason. 

And it’s also just an awesome, epic party with Stevie as the catalyst. So. What’s not to love?!

48H I love that the Night of 1,001 Stevies aims to actively-embrace and harness the powers of music, feminine energy, and activism—can you tell me more about how you’ve experienced this connection to Stevie’s music, and has this resonated with the other musicians involved? 

TH I’ve always been really drawn to darker complexities and emotions, the mystical, and exploring the messiness of humans and how we live and relate, and I think this is a piece of Stevie’s music that clearly a lot of people are drawn to, and really appreciate, first off. As a woman in the music business, it took me years (until recently, really) to understand that a lot of my experience was based in misogyny, being written off or undervalued or dismissed simply because I’m a woman. I’m fortunate to have an amazing band of brothers whom are all progressive; but there’s still a wide swath of my musical and business experience that has this underlying current always running through it.

Stevie, to me, is this amazing embodiment of feminine energy that is purely her energy—I think there is sometimes this rhetoric surrounding feminism that sort of misses the point, and forces women and girls to be pigeon-holed into a way that feminism is supposed to look, act, and “be.” So, as a woman, it ends up feeling like no matter where you turn, you’re supposed to fit into some sort of box or else you’re not a part of the “club” (whatever that club may be). Stevie’s music explores this darkness, and complex emotions, and is sort of unapologetic in that way, and that’s something that personally has always resonated with me—the permission to not feel or be “nice” or “easy”—to be allowed to be difficult, and to have dark emotions, to be drawn to that—the permission to not have to always “make sense” because other people demand it of you.

I think part of what captivates people about Stevie and her music is that she is this strong figure, but she’s strong in a very unapologetically feminine sense. “Strength” is so commonly associated with being more “masculine” and I’ve always rejected that and hated that notion. You can be soft, and you can be sexy, and you can be all these traditionally “feminine” things—and still be a badass. You don’t have to do feminism any one way, and that’s something I’ve always felt very strongly about. I think in our current climate, as we’re talking more about gender roles and identities, trans rights and issues, LGBTQ issues, and feminism that does need to be inclusive of ALL the forms of feminism, that this mindset is starting to shift, and I’m so glad our larger discussions are starting to include some more of that nuance. 

The other musicians who are onboard for these shows are all such embodiments of this larger vision. The lineup is heavily female, though I always made clear from the start that my feminism is not at all about not including and loving men—there will be a lot of males onstage as well, and this is a mindful choice on my part. I feel very strongly that I want men who to be a part of the discussion, and the solutions, around feminist and women’s issues. I believe the patriarchy, as it were, does a disservice to both men and women. So for me, including men who are positive supporters of women, including myself and others, was a conscious choice meant to keep the discussion open.  

Every one of the featured artists hopped onboard immediately and have been so excited and gracious. Every one has been touched by Stevie’s music in a similar fashion to what I’ve described above, and I think it’s just such a beautiful and special thing to recognize and get to revel in together. 

48H How was the first time you did this? Can you describe the scene and what you hope to replicate with the second installment? 

TH This is a very indie, DIY-benefit in the early stages of its infancy, so it’s really been a labor of love and has that really exciting, buzzy camaraderie that comes with things like this, that are borne out of a passion for something and a hairbrained idea, and it gets all pulled together somehow. Last year was a small show in SF, but to a PACKED crowd. We had some amazing musicians play, and everyone was just so supportive, and again, just kind of buzzing. It felt like a really special night and it felt like the energy in the room around that was palpable.

We had Tarot readings going on, lots of scarves we’d hung from mic stands, impromptu face and glitter-painting going on in the crowd: It was pretty magical. We have some incredible volunteers this year (shoutouts to Kevin White, Allie Hunt, and Emily Zitin!) who are helping us with overall planning, promotion, and vibe – we’re going to have a lot more surprises in store at the two shows that I think will really make it more of an experience.

We’re also hoping to just spread the word of Night of 1,001 Stevies—not just for the fact that it’s benefitting an incredible organization, Access: Women’s Health Justice, but to spread the message, too, because honestly even when I just am telling people about it on the street, it really gets people excited. I think just the fact that you can have a hairbrained scheme (my bread and butter, if we’re being honest) and then execute on it in your own small way to make a small impact. I think that gets people excited, and hopefully gets them to thinking of what they love and what pieces of their world they can pull together and get creative with to do some small bit of good, too?

My larger dream is to take this event annually to different cities along the West Coast and/or make it a small one-day festival where we get to celebrate all these things and continue to highlight, benefit, and talk about the issues we face in our current political and social climate. We’re on Instagram at @1001stevies, which has been an awesome way to highlight all the artists and have a little more of a homebase to build on the community as it takes shape. 

48H How do you decide which songs each act plays? or are there multiple Landslides?

TH Ha, there will not be multiple Landslides—everyone will be playing a short set of songs of their choosing. The opening sets will be short sets of either Stevie/FM songs and a couple originals, followed by Vandella playing a headlining set deep with Stevie/FM jams, as well as some originals in the FM vein. The song choices are honestly pretty heavily Stevie-centric. Her solo catalogue has some amazing hits, and deep cuts, that are going to be featured throughout the night. it’s a really eclectic span of her career, quite honestly. Everyone has impeccable taste in their song choices! There will of course be a lot of the hits because, come on. But it’ll really showcase a lot of the different Stevie eras.  

48H What’s your own favorite Stevie song? 

TH Oh wow. Ever? Of all time? Just ONE? Rhiannon is so beautiful and is representative to me of the kind of woman I want to be, if that makes sense. But I suppose if I’m picking the one that means the most to me personally, on a really deep and vulnerable level, I’d have to say “Storms.” The lyric “Never have I been a blue calm sea / I have always been a storm” just slays me because it feels like it was written for me. That’s the power of our girl Stevie. I’m sure a lot of people feel one of her lyrics so deep to their core like that; and that’s part of what makes music so damn special, isn’t it? OK, that was two. Sorry.

Fri/25, 8pm, $12/$15
Bottom of the Hill, SF.
More info here.

RIP DJ Cameron Paul: a toast to the Mixx-It master

If you’ve ever danced with abandon to Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push-It,” or jammed out in your room to an extended mix of “Axel F”—and who here among us has not—then you’ve been touched by genius Bay Area DJ and producer Cameron Paul, who passed away Monday at the age of 60 after an illness. His passing was announced on his Facebook page by his sister, who was helping to take care of him in Tulsa. 

Cameron Paul’s importance went far beyond those pop triumphs: To an entire generation of club-goers in the late ’70s and early ’80s, he was the whole reason to step out to spots like City Nights and the Broadway Power and Light Club—or bop at home to master mixes on KSOL and KMEL.

He was a crucial link between disco (he played the first promo copy of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack here in 1977) and electro and beyond (his classic version of CCCP’s “American Soviets” crushed dance floors from underground gay goth to bougie penthouse)—at a time when “DJ” was becoming more than just a service occupation, and more of an artistic calling. Beyond the incredible DJ, radio, and dancefloor-friendly remixes and medleys he produced through his Mixx-It service, he also pioneered the “how-to” video series for DJs. He worked with almost every local DJ or remixer of consequence in the 1980s, and is still revered for his technical expertise. 

“Cameron was one of my earliest contacts to the SF dance music production scene,” says Jim Hopkins, another legendary spinner and remixer, who now heads up the essential San Francisco Disco Preservation Society, which archives classic mixes by local DJs, including the two you can hear by Cameron Paul on this page, both remastered by Jim.

“We both started doing tape re-editing for Hot Tracks DJ remix service around the same time in 1985,” said Hopkins. “I was living in Sacramento, CA at the time, While he was in the Bay Area.

“He was the technical guy that I dealt with when I first started submitting my reel-to-reel edits to Hot Tracks. He was the one that told me the gear that I needed to buy to start tape editing professionally. We spoke on the phone quite a bit, talking about techniques. He was an inspiration and gave me some good advice on editing techniques.”

The early electro, or “Beat” style—which was actually an eclectic, beyond-niche melding of sounds that were being marketed as freestyle, breakdance, hip-house, New Wave, etc—has been overlooked by many writers and modern-day musical excavators, passed over in favor of the well-worn narratives of hip-hop, house, and techno. But for a few halcyon years, Beat connected dance floors from Dallas to Paris. With Cameron’s passing, I’m hoping that the freedom and abandon of these years (if not the hyper-cumulus clouds of AquaNet) will be rediscovered. RIP, Cameron! 

Full announcement from Cameron’s Facebook page: 

Cameron Paul 5/31/1957-3/26/2018
Cameron Paul, born and raised in San Francisco, CA passed away in peace with Christ on March 26, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cameron was a music producer and legendary DJ who, under the stage name Cameron Paul, revolutionized club music and introduced the world to a new form of entertainment, “Mixx-It”. Cameron’s music could be heard on the legendary Bay Area radio stations KSOL and KMEL-FM, and he earned gold records for his remixes of iconic songs like Salt n Pepa’s “Push It” and George Michaels’ “I Want Your Sex”.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s his music drew enormous crowds to San Francisco dance clubs like City Nights and Studio West where the masses danced the nights away to his unique style of music. Cameron’s irreplicable contribution to the music industry resulted in him being inducted into the Legends of Vinyl DJ Hall of Fame, solidifying his reign as an artist whose music will inspire others all over the world for generations to come.
Cameron was preceded in death by his loving sister Laura, and leaves behind his loving parents, Larry and Caroline of San Francisco, CA, his devoted sister Suzanne and her husband Steve, his niece Kirsten, two nephews, Brandon and Jordan, and many cousins.
A simple memorial will be held in San Mateo, CA and will be announced on his Facebook page “Cameron Paul.”
Cameron had a compassionate heart and shared his love for animals with his sisters, Laura and Suzanne. In lieu of flowers, he requested donations be made to Alley Cat Allies, a charity that assists shelters in saving cats and kittens around the US. Donations can be made under Cameron’s name directly to [email protected] or to the Porta Caeli Hospice house in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was lovingly cared for in his final days.

Burger Boogaloo announces killer 2018 lineup

Devo headlines the Oakland rock festival, June 30-July 1.

MUSIC I was just watching the iconic 1985 video of the Damned’s performance of “Eloise” on Top of the Pops—how on earth did David Vartanian keep those skin-tight white jeans pee-stain free?—when the word came down: The iconic 1970s punk band turned ’80s goth-pop heroes (and soft-synth political romantics) are headlining our best and most Oakland-y rock fest, Burger Boogaloo, June 30 and July 1 at Mosswood Park.

They’ll be joined by beloved oddballs Devo at the top of the bill, perfectly expanding Boogaloo’s template of death-rockabilly/subterranean-soul, and weird enough to climax a fest hosted by John Waters. And they’ll be complemented by on-brand Boogaloo acts The Mummies, Hunx And His Punx, Mudhoney, Dwarves, The Dickies, Le Shok,and many more, as well as awesome outliers like Quintron and Francis Lau. 

(Quick sidetone: Seeing Devo perform randomly one workday afternoon in front of SF City Hall, as leader Mark Mothersbaugh inveighed against the Bush Administration, was one of the few amazing political protest memories I retain of those dark, tacky years.) 

Tickets go on sale Wed/7, you can find more info here

PS The Mummies are the best. 

PPS Read this amazing Bay Guardian interview with Ronnie Spector, who headlined Burger Boogaloo in 2014, which is sill considered “peak Boogaloo.” (And here’s a review of that one).

Party Radar: Fierce and lovely for MLK Weekend

A celebration of the life of club legend Miss Who Who (left, with dancer Stacey) takes place on Sun/14.

PARTY RADAR As always, but especially in the last politically horrific year, the dance floor is a beacon for and a bastion of love, peace, and unity that transcends race, sexuality, and gender. Even the harshest noise show and the most clinical techno underground offers a communal warmth the outside world does its best to shut out and up. This weekend, set aside to honor Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. offers plenty of opportunity to spread his message through music, dancing, and some glorious carrying on. 

FRI/12: MARTINEZ BROTHERS The adorable Bronx duo rocketed to fame as teens full-bent on reviving classic house vibes: That’s a ubiquitous goal these days, but the Brothers keep rocketing ahead of the pack with a sunny attitude and serious skills. 9pm-3:30am, $15-$25. Public Works, SF. More info here

FRI/12: SWAGGER LIKE US PRESENTS JIBBZ The Bay’s most vibrant queer hip-hop etc. party brings in Oakland global bass and Afrobeat producer to swag the decks. Don’t miss this. 9pm-2am, $10-$12. White Horse, Oakland. More info here

FRI/12: EDDIE C, MARK E. QUARK Fabulous disco-rave vibes from classic DJ Eddie C, while another legend, Mark E. Quark, brings the funky techno. Local duo Diskoalition opens up. 9:30-late, $10-$15. Monarch, SF. More info here.  

FRI/12: WETWARE, ENTRO SENESTRE The Surface Tension parties always guarantee a boundary-pushing experience, and experimental-techno-noise act Wetware and lauded Bank NYC label conch Entro Senestre will not disappoint. 10pm-4am, $12-$15. the Stud, SF. More info here

FRI/12: NEON BLACK Sexy synthy retro and future grooves at this party that feels like you’re floating through the Drive soundtrack inside a vintage Tron arcade game. With DJs Pendaison, Wyram, Danny Dolorean, and Fact.50. 9:30pm-3am, $5-$10. Cat Club, SF. More info here

FRI/12: VRIL “Seemingly out of nothing, through dust and with no bang, Vril appeared on the scene.” The burbling-techno Giegling label brought this “shadowy German” to light, the Modular party brings him to the Midway. Don’t miss opener Lily Ackerman, one of our most exciting rising DJ stars. 9:30pm-4am, $20. Midway, SF. More info here

FRI/12: LAST NITE This fantastic and popular 2000s revival night will have you Strokes-ing out all over again. “It’s like we ate Pitchfork, stole your iPod and then rode off on your track bike.” 10pm-2am, $5-$10. Make-Out Room, SF. More info here

SAT/13: KETIOV AT VIVVY’S GRAND OPENING Vivvy’s Grand Opening is our most surreal drag night, with enormous concepts a Payless budget. Ketiov is a solo project by Voitek, half of incredible techno duo Catz ‘n Dogz. Vivvy will be dropping jaws, Ketiov will be dropping deep disco-update jams. 10pm-4am, $10. The Stud, SF. More info here

SAT/13: EVIGT MÖRKER Swedish techno wiz wows with incredible selection and mixing skills — I’d expect nothing less from the awesome Sure Thing party. The back room on this one will be an ambient wonderland, with Topazu, Experimental Housewife, and more. 10pm-4am, $15-$20. F8, SF. More info here

SAT/13: NICO STOJAN (AND FAREWELL PETER BLICK) One of the most awesome people on the scene, Public Works honcho Peter Blick, is moving to Colorado (he’ll still be popping in to throw some great parties) — say farewell as he DJs alongside Berlin expansive-technoist Nico Stojan, with Oceanvs Orientalis and Ramona Wouters. 9pm-4am, $15-$20. Public Works, SF. More info here

 SAT/13: POUND PUPPY Woof, woof, sailor. This monthly scruffy circle-sniff is all about cute beards and very good music. DJ Jeremy Castillo from Club Lonely paws the decks this time around, with space jams galore. 10pm-2am, $10. Eagle, SF. More info here

SUN/14: LANDO AT WERD Aw, nice one! One of my favorite local producers of the aughts is back in town for this semi-union of the great Icee Hot party at weekly techno joint Werd. With Elexos Park and CZ. 9pm-2am, $5. Monarch, SF. More info here

SUN/14: MISS WHO WHO’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE A beautiful and legendary presence on the dance floors of SF left us last month. I’ve known Miss Who Who (and her ever-present handkerchief) for decades, since we danced together every weekend, all weekend, at the End Up. The SF scene is diminished with her passing, but this celebration of life will be a joyous reunion in her honor. With DJ David Harness. 5pm-10pm, free (donations encouraged). The Midway, SF. More info here

SUN/14: RESIST – THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL A dazzling troupe of drag performers — Dia Dear, Profundity, Nikki Jizz, Miss Rahni, Uphoria, Qween, Reverend Lysol, Kuntrol Alt-V, Glamamore, more —  taking on the seminal Nine Inch Nails album in its entirety? In order to make a powerful political statement? Sign me up, tie me down(ward). Sun/14, 8pm, $15-$25. Rickshaw Stop, SF. More info here

SUN/14: MLK & HNY Honey Soundsystem’s annual MLK Weekend celebration comes into its 10th year (!) I’m dying to tell you the special guests, but suffice it to say they represent the incredible diversity of the underground queer dance music scene. One of my favorite parties of the year. 9pm-4am, $20. Audio, SF. More info here.  

Our most-read stories of 2017

The scene at Alamo Square as thousands came into the streets to protest a group associated with the resurgent white supremacist movement.

This was a truly unsettling year, from the election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of white supremacist movements to the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee and the ongoing crisis of homelessness and displacement  — a time when independent, local media proved itself more essential than ever. (Unfortunately, we continued to lose voices on the scene when we needed them most.)

With your support, 48 Hills was on the streets and inside City Hall, telling the stories of the Bay Area that mattered. One of the things we’re proudest of this year was expanding our arts and culture coverage, with film reviews, theater reviews, music coverage, arts picks, and even more of our Party Radar nightlife column. We also increased our international coverage, drawing in readers from around the world.

Below is a selection of our most-read stories of 2017. Thank you to our 48 Hills community for reading, and for your support.

Please donate so we can continue to grow in 2018!     

Donald Trump was declared President of the United States, and no one was having it. The Women’s March brought the communal heat to San Francisco’s street on a cold, windy day — and, as part of the national happening, was the largest political protest in this country’s history. Read more

The resilience of SF’s resistance network and history shone through on August 26. Tens of thousands of protestors, from the Marina to the Castro, took to the streets to protest a “free speech” rally by a group associated with white supremacists. It was glorious — also horrifying that we even had to be there. Read more.

The tragic saga of Iris Canada, the 100-year-old Lower Haight tenant who was evicted from her home — and then passed away a month later — galvanized housing activists and made national news. We covered Iris’ story in-depth, in articles like these and in our special Dialogues for Life Project about the case. Read more here and here.

Every day for several weeks, Tim Redmond and Sana Saleem attended the trial that captured the nation’s attention — not least that of the rabid rightwing-o-sphere– and ultimately led to the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on charges of killing Kate Steinle. You can read the full dispatches here.

One of San Francisco’s most recognizable free spirits, and a nightlife legend, was shot to death point blank in the Tenderloin. We reported from the wake/party on the streets celebrating Bubbles’ life. Read more.

Of all the horrible possibilities of the unhinged Trump administration, the threat of armed agents of the government hauling away our neighbors was one that affected the Bay Area mightily. After President Trump signed an executive order aiming to block federal funding to sanctuary cities, we reported from a legal training to help understand what ICE could and couldn’t do. Read more.

As the anniversary of the Bay Area’s worst nightlife tragedy neared, we interviewed Andy Kershaw, the husband of victim Amanda Allen, who updated us on the case and opened up about how it had affected him. Read more.

Trump’s odious Muslim travel ban inspired hundreds of protestors to shut down San Francisco International Airport, until a court blocked its imposition. Read more.   

When a shady real estate agency tried to pink-wash its flip of eviction-marred properties by hiring a drag queen to make a cutesy video advertisement, we called it out. Read more

The 42nd installment of Best of the Bay — and the second that 48 Hills hosted after the Bay Guardian stopped publishing weekly in print — was a wonderful compilation of beloved SF institutions and new businesses that proved we still live in the best place on earth. Read more.

The push for unchecked, market-rate development put on a youthful, tech-ready face at an Oakland conference called Yimbytown 2017. We were there to report on the civil discussion on the surface — and the nastiness behind the scenes. Read more.

Tim Redmond reported live from City Hall as stunned officials gathered to mourn the mayor after his sudden passing and figure out next steps. Read more.  

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Comedowns are for Losers: New Year’s Day Parties 2018

PARTY RADAR Yes, yes, New Year’s Eve gets all the press — and this year offers a plethora of ways to stomp out this cursed year on the dance floor (read my guide, dammit!) — but the real survivors, the party legends, the gilded livers dance right on through to the other side, nightlifing through New Year’s Day. Here’s my seventh annual roundup New Year’s Day happenings you shouldn’t miss. Take a brief shower, drink some orange juice, and shine on, you crazy diamond.  

PS The 2018 newbie look doesn’t have to be all sticky sparkles and torn-through baggies. For those seeking communion of a different ecstatic nature, might I suggest gathering at the Wave Organ at 4pm on Monday for “literary mixtape” of local author readings, hosted by Quiet Lightning … or simply taking a long nap and waking to gaze up into a Supermoon of hope and love (and yoga on the beach). 

IT’S A NEW DAY Massive gathering outside massive Great Northern club for “four stages of the best music, art installations, mutant vehicles, aerial performances, food trucks, interactive games, special surprises and lots of nice people.” With house and techno heavyweights DJ Tennis, Steve Bug, Marques Wyatt, Honey Dijon, and dozens more. Mon/1, 4am-9pm, $25+. Great Northern, SF. More info here

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS Burning Man stalwarts the Space Cowboys continue their nouveau-hippie tradition for the umpteenth year — now at the gigantic Midway SF venue. DJs include famous peeps like Doc Martin and the Stanton Warriors, but the real treat is seeing thousands of hyper-smiling people swimming in sequined cowboy hats and champagne cocktails. Mon/1, 6am-6pm, $20+. Midway, SF. More info here

BRASSTAX SUPPER OF SURVIVORS Make your transition to the next level of heliocentric consciousness — or just keep your buzz on and get shot with a glitter cannon — at this insanely great post BoC tradition. A great lineup of local DJs who won’t stint on the drum and bass, a special “triage station” with toothbrushes and other freshening aids for your epic party journey, and something new called “Game of Cones” which, well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself … Mon/1, 3pm-Midnight, $5-$20. Public Works, SF. More info here.  

HOE IS BRUNCH Hitch up your panties, hoist up your falsies, and head your fine self to El Rio for a rip-roarin’ drag brunch, courtesy of the Hoe is Life party crew. I adore Nicki Jizz and her posse of POC beauties — this special daytime edition features fantastic dance music, performances galore, “mama’s comfort food, bottomless mimosas, and unlimited bussy!” Mon/1, 1pm-6pm, $5 before 2pm, $10 after. $15 for bottomless mimosas. El Rio, SF. More info here.  

DAY ONE, CARRY ON Techno hotbox Halcyon offers a New Year’s Day Night of nonstop dancing, starting at 6pm and featuring Sunshine People, Funky Teknomics, and a special surprise guest, which, knowing Halcyon, is probably going to be a stunner. Mon/1, 6pm-late, $20+. Halcyon, SF. More info here

UNDERGROUND SF NEW YEAR’S ROLLOVER Lovely, funky Lower Haight techno mayhem from some of my favorite crews, including Kosmetik, Romper Room, and Werd DJs, at this hangout to pre-empt/prolong your hangover. Swing through. Mon/1, 7pm-2am, $5. Underground SF. More info here

Party Radar: A Too-Cute New Year’s Eve 2017 Party Guide

LA's Dâm Funk kicks the 2018 party off right at Public Works.

PARTY RADAR Halleloo, halleloo! This dumb-ass year is ’bout to get kicked in the dumpster. I’m off to Palm prings to hide from the holidays with a giant margarita, poolside beneath some chili lights strung from a Joshua tree — Merry-juana Christmas, everybody! But folks have been hitting me up for SF NYE recs, so here are some bright beacons in that blizzard of amateurs we call NYE. And don’t forget to stay tuned for my “Comedowns are for Losers” annual guide to what matters most, New Year’s Day parties, coming soon. Right after I finish up this next marg. Bon voyagee.

PS If you’re looking for bigger parties, there are these galore, of course, from the all-night POPNYE EDM rave at the Armory (and the not-so-all-night Kaskade EDM rave at Bill Graham) to the hippie electronic jams of STS9 at the Warfield, the Steampunk-folk Burner jams of Beats Antique at the Midway, the monster mash-up mosh of Bootie NYE, shirtless hairy men galore at Bearracuda NYE, and the gay dragstravaganza, featuring rapper Cazwell and some of my favorite performers, at Oasis.  

PPS Might I suggest you kick everything off with something gorgeous New Year’s Eve morning: taking a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell at the Asian Art Museum

PPPS New Year’s Eve gets all the presss, but there are some other great parties this weekend, too, including the awesome Hotline Winter Wonderland Bash — with a real snow machine (Fri/29), Yungg Trip and Felex Up Crew at Dub Mission (Fri/29), Hot Froot (Fri/29), KINGDOM! Drag King Black and Gold NYE Ball (Fri/29) Chulita Vinyl Club at the KnockOut (Sat/30), and drag goddess Glamamore’s Pre NYE Eve rager, Glamamore’s Nutz

ACID TEST NEW YEAR’S FREAKOUT! “A psychedelic happening featuring lights and sounds,” with groovy psych-rock music by LA five-piece The Creation Factory and Berkeley’s The Pop Club Group, plus DJs Steve and Noemi, Jodie Artichoke, and more. Sun/31, 9pm-2am, $10-$15. Elbo Room, SF. More info here.  

SWEATER FUNK NEW YEAR’S EVE This adorable crew of local vinyl funkateer DJs comes together to play you classic “boogie – modern soul – steppers” at the Knockout. Your angora will get itchy! Sun/31, 9pm-2am, $10-$20. The Knockout, SF. More info here.    

INSPECTOR GADJE Nothing resounds so wonderfully and woozily with the feeling of a great New Year than a BBBB — big Balkan brass band. Whirl and stomp with the awesome Inspector Gadje band at this artists’ extravaganza evening, put on by the eye-popping Salles des Artistes. Sun/31, 8pm-2am, $35. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Hall, SF. More info here.    

NYE PACHANGA Launch into 2018 with some Latinx love. Virgil’s Sea Room and Gallerie de la Raza in the Mission are teaming up for food, fun, a little piñata-whacking, and of course dancing, courtesy of DJs Sizzle, Crasslos, Carnitas of Hard French, and FlyLoveSong. Sun/31, 9pm-2am, $15-$20. Virgil’s Sea Room, SF. More info here

UP ALL NIGHT AT THE STUD Fifteen dollars (presale) for 12 hours of dancing and drag — including Midwest underground techno powerhouse DJ Noncompliant aka Shiva, psychedelic electronic sorceress Mozhgan, a Club Lonely takeover at dawn, and oodles of friendly queer faces. It’s also the anniversary of the Stud Collective taking over the space and converting it into the country’s first worker-owned cooperative nightclub! (I will be there and a fun mess.) Sun/31, 9pm-9am, $15-$25. The Stud, SF. More info here. 


AFROLICIOUS NYE This local funk-electronic collective contains some people I adore, playing Afro-House, Latin Grooves, classic funk, island jams, and everything under the sun Wear comfy kicks: With a live band and ace DJs on hand, you’ll be on your feet all night. Sun/31, 9pm-2am, $50. Rickshaw Stop, SF. More info here.   

POOLSIDE + DÂM FUNK LA funk deity Dâm Funk will launch Public Works into space after dreamy duo Poolside (starring our own Jeffrey Paradise) dunks the crowds in sunny melodies. With Body Music and Groovewell. Sun/31, 9pm-3:30am, $25. Public Works, SF. More info here

SWAGGER LIKE US Vibrant queer hip-hop and deep beats at this Best of the Bay winner, with the amazing Bearcat from Discwoman and Atlanta’s Leonce. The crowd at this party cannot be beat for fabulous looks and warm attitude. Sun/31, 9pm-3am, $20+. F8, SF. More info here.   

NEW YEAR’S EVE FLAMENCO The dramatic, addictive Spanish dance genre — which built the foundation for modern nightlife — whirls into the new year at Thirsty Bear. Three shows starting at 8pm, plus a menu of tapas goodies. Sun/21, 8pm, free. Thirsty Bear, SF. More info here.   


METRIC Beloved indie dance group returns with their Canadian synth ways to light up Mezzanine. Their live show is fantastic — at least when I avidly followed them in the aughts — and this will be both a reunion and a bang-up celebration. Sun/31, 9pm-3am, $80. Mezzanine, SF. More info here

TURBO DRIVE NYE The smooth-synth retro minds behind latest party phenomena Turbo Drive and Neon Black — think the Drive soundtrack in an ’80s arcade — are taking over Emporium, the giant new arcade on Divisadero, and pinballing you into 2018 via 1989. With DJs Danny Delorean, Fact.50, and more. Sun/31, 8pm-2am, free + five game tokens. Emporium, SF. More info here.   

FATHER OF THE YEAR LOL, this incredibly cleverly titled gay shindig brings out the dadbods (and not-so-dadbods) to Driftwood for dad-dance music by Mark O’Brien (Polyglamorous), Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!), and “ResiDAD” DJs Michael Romano and Kelly Naughton. Plus a Double Scorpio brand “midnight magic poppertunity toast!” (wink) Sun/31, 9pm-2am, $10.50. Driftwood, SF. More info here

TYCHO Our hero of electronic pop-atmospherics returns for a night spent ballooning out the walls of the Fillmore. Bring your edibles, throw on your Ray-Bans, and bid the dark of 2017 adieu. Sun/31, 9pm-1am, $75. The Fillmore, SF. More info here

CLUB LONELY NYE One of my supreme favorite small house music parties with a huge vibe, Club Lonely, brings in an awesome DJ, Myles Cooper, from another equally delectable party, High Fantasy, to join resident DJs Vin Sol, Jeremy Castillo, and Primo in burning 2017 to the ground. Sun/31, 9pm-4am, $15. Club OMG, SF. More info here

MANGO NYE This lesbian wonder-party has been around for more than two decades and still rules the scene with its super-diverse blend of dancers, and house and hip-hop beats by legend Olga T. With DJs Lady Lu and La Coqui and El Rio’s strong drinks. Juicy! Sun/31, 8pm-2am, $15. El Rio, SF. More info here

Scenes from the Best of the Bay 2017 winners party

Best Dance Party co-winners Non Stop Bhangra

The crowd was buzzing, the vibe was warm, and the feelings were fuzzy at Best Gay Bar 2017 The Stud on Tuesday, December 5, as this year’s Bay Guardian Best of the Bay winners gathered to celebrate.

Delicious food from Best Mediterranean Restaurant winner Old Jerusalem and perennial 48 Hills favorite Casa Sanchez kept everyone happy, and Powerhouse performance by the dholrhythms dancers from Best Dance Party Non Stop Bhangra had everyone on their feet dancing along.

Everyone from Best Thai Restaurant winner Lers Ros and Best Electrician Pauric Electric to Best Website Broke-Ass Stuart and Best Film Festival Frameline showed up to party — and prove that the Bay is the still Best of all.

Best Trainer Ace Morgan
Zachary’s: Best Pizza Co-Winner
Maria Davis, owner of Best Dive Bar St. Mary’s Pub and Stud collective member.
Best Winery Gratta Wines
Best Locally Produced TV Show: Reality Check TV
48 Hills’ Marke B and DJ Sep of Best Reggae Club Dub Mission
Rare out-of-face photo! Best Drag Queen Peaches Christ (middle).

Party Radar: The best club ever?

Club 57 party artwork by Kenny Scharf as Jet.

PARTY RADAR I just flew in from New York City, and, boi, are my nasal passages tired. From a muddy-sounding multi-warehouse Brooklyn rave with The Black Madonna to a raucous cabaret evening at actor Alan Cumming’s new post-Eastern Bloc Club Cumming — with stops at Bushwick neighborhood hang Bossa Nova Civic Club (which just happens to host the world’s best techno DJs) and incredible, neon-ceilinged Bushwick spot Analog (which hosts one of my favorite gay parties, Wrecked, coming to SF next month!) … Child, I did a lot.

Photo by David Schnur

Probably the most amazing thing, however, was the stunning, nightlife-affirming “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983” show at the MoMA. Like the sprawling show itself, which took over the MoMA’s basement, Club 57 was located in the basement of a Polish Church on St. Mark’s Place — the real underground, on zero budget — and involved every early 80’s club, art, and music icon you could think of.

Keith Haring performing na “Act of Live Art” in 1980 at Club 57. Photo by Joseph Szkodzinski

Seriously: Keith Haring was its visual art selector, Ann Magnuson was its performance curator, Susan Hannaford and Tom Scully were the film programmers, and from there you also get Kenny Scharf, Klaus Nomi, John Sex, Fab 5 Freddy, Future 2000, Kenny Scharf, Taboo!, Divine, Lisa Lyon, Africa Bambaataa, Johnny Dynell … RuPaul, Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, The Fleshtones, and Madonna hung out there. Everybody hung out there. There were wiggy rock performances, experimental film nights, DIY fashions galore, and music that popped with early New Wave, hip-hop, Alt Country, jangly indie, and electro.  

A plastic cape worn onstage by Klaus Nomi. Photo by David Schnur
Club 57 calendar, hand-collaged by Ann Magnuson. Photo by David Schnur
A cheeky ad by Lypsinka
Painting by Kenny Scharf

It’s a club kid paradise, yes, but with some very important art and purpose. The club’s gritty, relentlessly DIY aesthetic was fueled by reaction against the stifling mores of the Reagan era. Some of the art revels in an ironic, plastic-elastic realm as sleek as the Gipper’s coif — this was the height of gender-bending, post-punk sheen, albeit held together with Scotch tape and nail glue — and the ballooning-cartooning of Haring, Scharf, and the Downtown graffiti scene. Other provocative, agit-prop bits remind you of just how affecting that form can be: I dare anyone not to weep as Wojnarowicz famously beseeches, in a hallucinatory film called Listen to This, to dump his body on the White House lawn when he dies of AIDS.

The gang at 57. Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi

You get so much in between its hard to take it all in — Joey Arias pop-and-locking out of a wheelchair, Charles Busch and Lypsinka aggressively deconstructing gay drama on stage, Magnuson’s hand-collaged club calendar’s, the art of a young SAMO (aka Jean-Michel Basquiat in his first street art phase), gorgeous pieces by photographer and gadabout Tseng Kwong Chi (who deserves a major retrospective of his own). There’s even a full-on  dazzling fluorescent “secret” backroom by Scharf called Cosmic Closet! And it turns out a lot of the club founders were kids from San Francisco, who felt they weren’t fitting into the punk scene or the gay scene, so they started something new: 

I was overwhelmed by this tribute to the power of nightlife, synthesize so many different streams of expression into one phenomenal hullaballoo. Pure inspiration, and a hot goose to nurture that spirit here at home. What we do is real, folks. 


BOYS NOIZE That good ol’ hardcore electro feeling returns with this favorite of the late aughts, who now seems to be going through a more EBM than EDM phase, which is great. Dark and euphoric is just fine. Fri/14, 10pm-late, $20-$30. Halcyon, SF. More info here

KATYA: A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR I adore Russian Drag Duchess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. “Now in its 11th year, and sure to make your Yuletide Gay. With music director Joe Wicht and special appearences by her Elves, Katya will delight you with a fun-filled evening of belting, banter, and ball gowns to bolster your holiday spirit(s)! With songs ranging from classic holiday fair, to Popera, and disco, there is something for everyone in this heartwarming and brilliantly funny journey through Katya’s holiday misadventures.” Fri/15 and Sat/16, 8pm, $21-$50. Feinstein’s, SF. More info here.

CREATURE This multi-theme, multimedia, multi-genre party at the Stud is one of the best new parties of the year. “All we wanna do for the holidays is M/U/T/A/T/E. ya know, become our creepiest selves, queer our form, develop some evil powers.” With Casual Aztec, Troubled Youth, Brown Amy, Skin, and lots more. Fri/15, 10pm-late, $10. The Stud, SF. More info here

THE QUEEN IS DEAD An excellent all-Smiths and Smiths-adjacent night? Reel around the fountain, kiddos, it’s time for the feels. With Tu Vu and Mario Muse and special guest Sarah Star Child from Chulita Vinyl Club. Fri/15, 9pm-2am, free with RSVP here. Bar Fluxus, SF. More info here.

MNML:FUN w/ KYN and Normalien “KYN is an electronic duo that explores experimental dance music with a dark, minimal and atmospheric aesthetic. With influences from films like Blade Runner, Alien and Ex Machina to the sounds of Northern Electronics, Stephan Bodzin, Ital Tek and Andy Stott, KYN weaves an odyssey of electronic sound through live performance. Normalien utilizes modular synthesizers to create improvisational hardware-based dance, downtempo and experimental electronic music, all of which are controlled by dozens of different voltage signals flowing through wires in realtime.” That is truly some mnml fun. Fri/15, 10pm-2am, $5. Underground SF. More info here


VOLVOX This is pretty huge. Three of our biggest party crews — Lights Down Low, As You Like It, and Honey Soundsystem — are joining forces to bring you not just deep-dark-techno Volvox, one of the best up-and-coming DJs in the world, but also the wonderfully miasmic, slow-burning Dorisburg. And it’s a full-on charity party to benefit the LYRIC queer youth services org in the Castro. Don’t miss! With Lily Ackerman, Sassmouth, and Siska. Sat/16, 10pm-4am,  $15. The Stud, SF. More info here. 

MARK FARINA AND DOC MARTIN It’s been a while since we had these two rave-era legends playing together, and I can’t wait for a heaping dose of funky techno and jazzy house — plus some new tricks these seasoned but still incredibly popular dogs have learned (including Doc’s penchant for cutting edge deep grooves). Fantastische. Sat/16, 9pm-3:30am, $15-$25. Public Works, SF. More info here.  

HANUCON! Good morning to everyone who survive the horrifying ritual known as SantaCon. Now it’s time for a big queer Jew party (all are welcome!). “We’ll have latkes, vodkas and a mishmosh of folks. First 50 people in the door get their very own blue and white hat. An evening of community Hosted by the infamous faux queen Miss Shugana (reigning Grand Duchess of San Francisco) in conjunction with Keshet, the National Jewish LGBT Organization and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav.” Chag Sameach! Sat/16, 6pm-9pm, $10. Oasis SF. More info here

FRINGE Time to ring those Sleigh Bells. Dance, dance, dance to the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and more favorites from the indie-dance apex of the aughts at this favorite get-down. Glitter make-up station, tons of giveaways, and a warm and toasty crowd. With Blondie K & subOctave and special guest Mario Muse. Sat/16, 9pm-2am, $5. Madrone, SF. More info here. 

GUY GERBER Israeli innovator of hypnotic techno (who else could pull off a collaboration with Puff Daddy?) comes to big room Great Northern for the On&On party. His “Timing” is still one of my favorite records. Sat/16, 9:30pm-3:30am, $15-$22. Great Northern, SF. More info here

BEATPIG Every month, the gay dance floor at Powerhouse goes HOG WILD, as Walter Gomez and Juanita More pork up the joint, with rib-licking tunes by John Walker. Yes, it is pig-themed. Sat/16, 10pm-2am, $5 benefits the Transgender Law Center. Powerhouse, SF. More info here


A BARRY WHITE CHRISTMAS Well, who doesn’t think of a sexy big poppa in the Yuletide? That Disco Daddy scallywag DJ Bus Station John dedicates his wildly popular monthly party to the Velvet Force that is soul legend Barry White. Get into it, and let’s wish together for a Teddy PendergrEaster. Sun/17, 7pm-2am, $5-$7. Eagle, SF. More info here.    

EXPERIMENTAL HOUSEWIFE Been meaning to see this rising SF star, appearing at the weekly Werd party. “Experimental Housewife is exactly what you’d think: an experimental DJ and producer. With an impeccable taste in house, deep house, and techno classics, ExHouse often slices through all genres with her hard techno and noise side. Also a drummer and professor, her sets are bizarre treats for the mind, replete with rhythmic force and nostalgic layers.” Sun/17, 9pm, $5-$10. Monarch, SF. More info here

DAVID HARNESS Soulful house for your spiritual season? Si si. The local legend lights up Halcyon’s formidable sound system and rings all the bells at this Mighty Real reunion party. Sun/17, 10pm-4am, $15. Halcyon, SF. Tickets and more info here 

Party Radar: Wild nights — wild nights!

Chulita Vinyl Club celebrates three years of insanely good Latin grooves, Fri/8.

PARTY RADAR This has been a huge and heavy week for Bay Area nightlife: So much love going out all who didn’t let Ghost Ship anniversary grief stop them from communing on the dance floors, and props to all the parties that took part in the moment of silence for the victims last Saturday. Now we’re on to the criminal case preliminary hearings, and it will be a long while, probably, to see some justice.

In the meantime, the dance music community continues to come together to raise money for legal fees and family — and to release some incredible tracks from these talented souls. Three new releases take center stage. The first is based on weekly Monday party Run the Length of Your Wildness, via a stellar EP bearing the name on LA label Hobo Camp, featuring music from Cherushii, who ran the party, and Nackt aka Johnny Igaa, both lost to the fire. There’ll be a release celebration, at the party, Mon/18.

Nackt also has a new four-track EP on local label Left Hand Path, finalized just before he passed, entitled, perfectly, “Private Property Created Crime.” You can score a copy here

And then there’s the monumental Silk to Dry the Tears, an album featuring 31 artists associated with the label 100% Silk, which was originally named in the civil suit, has been released from the list, but now owes huge amounts of legal bills. Proceeds from the sale go to help that out — and you’ll be helped out, too, with some incredible tracks, like one of Octo Octa’s lovely, kicky peregrinations through house history, “Not Sure What To Do (Variation Zoning 4):

But beyond all this, how incredibly comforting it is to know we haven’t let this tragedy extinguish our wild nights together. See you out there! 


CHULITA VINYL CLUB 3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Insanely talented collective of vinyl lovers — now with franchises all over the country! — comes together to celebrate three years of kicking ass on the decks, and bringing some gorgeous cambia to the dance floors. Fri/8, 9pm-1:30am, free. Legionnaire Saloon, Oakland. More info here

DEEPCHORD + FLUXION An audiovisual world premiere at Gray Area (the perfect place for such a thing) called “Transformations”  from these two lauded dub techno players. Openers bvdub and Chris Zaldua will set the gritty electronic vibes. Fri/8, 9pm-2am, $20-$25. Gray Area, SF. More info here.  

UNIIQU3 Neon-colorful and so-so-styish queer hip-hop party Swagger Like Us brings in this Newark rapper for some tight vibes (and an untouchable crowd). Fri/8, 10pm-2am, $10. Elbo Room, SF. More info here

ION LUDWIG I am loving typing out all these names after a glass of wine — I feel like Friday’s got a total back-in-the-rave-day lineup, at least when it comes to flamboyant monikers. Ion Ludwig’s heady, trippy Dutch techno certainly fits the bill, presented tonight by Housepitality and the Diacritic Collective, which I must write about soon. Fri/8, 10pm-late, $15-$20. F8, SF. More info here.    

NEON BLACK: DIE HARD Synth-happy party Neon Black (think the soundtracks to Drive and Stranger Things but with a tad more Italo disco) is hosting a tribute to Christmas action movies, including Die Hard, which is wonderfully weird and totally in-step with Neon Black honchos DJ Danny Delorean and Fact50’s vibes. There are also video games because of course. Fri/8, 9:30pm-3am, $5-$8. Cat Club, SF. More info here

LAST NITE The 2000s are back, ahem. This long-running party keeps getting more and more popular, which may be a comment on the growing nostalgia of aging millennials — but probably just because the DJs Jamie Jams and Rocky have all the right Strokes. Fri/8, 10pm-2am, $5-$10. Make-out Room, SF. More info here.  

VIVVY’S GRAND OPENING Ugh I love this party so much! Every month, Vivvy comes up with something drag-spectacular, be it two drag shows happening simultaneously, a 45-minute journey through a dystopian space colony, a very weird Cats, or a dozen drag queens interpreting the same song. Plus, all-night dancing. Fri/8, 10pm-4am, $10. the Stud, SF. More info here


DAVID HARNESS The legendary local soulful house DJ and producer has a new album about to drop (ran into him at the cheese store today and he was ready to let us have it). He’ll be making his debut at the Stud, with Berlin’s Alison Swing from the Dig Deeper party, at the Mixed Forms party, which is one of those magical “every different type of person is here” type deals. Don’t sleep. Sat/9, 10pm-4am, $20. Proceeds go to Trans Assistance Project (TAP) and Community United Against Violence (CUAV). The Stud, SF. More info here

WONDER-FULL This is such a positive and affirming event, exactly what we need right now. Every year, brilliant NYC DJ Spinna comes in to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder all night long, with favorites, rare cuts, and surprising edits. Ready for some songs in the Key of Life. Sat/9, 9pm-4am, $25. Mezzanine, SF. More info here

CLARK PRICE I love this Pittsburgh techno-ist so much. (He’s also staying at my house so I better say nice things! Ha.) His Honcho crew has transformed underground gay dancing over on that side of the country, and now he’s coming to play at Pound Puppy, our woofy monthly pawty at he Eagle. Sat/9 10pm-2am, $10. Eagle, SF. More info here. 

ORIGINS BALL We’re havin’ ourselves a Vogue Ball, y’all! “In celebration of the House of Energi’s 15 year anniversary, Founder Ultraa Energi and Father Ryan Energi are proud to present the Origins Ball in San Francisco! With Origins, we honor the traditions and memories of those who paved the way for Ballroom. We look inward towards the source of our own creativity to unleash on the runway.” Categories include: FACE – FLAWLESS, FOOT AND EYEWEAR – BODAK YELLOW, BIZARRE – STRANGER THINGS, and BLUE COLLAR DOLLARS. Sat/9, 9pm-6am, $20. Danzhaus, SF. More info here.    

LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH  A killer night of live electronics from local favorites Stress Therapy, Identity Theft, and Bellona, with intermission tunes from DJ Zlaya and Bit. Hosted by Body Rapture. Sat/9, 9pm-1am, $8. Eli’s Mile High Club, Oakland. More info here

NINE “Nine is a musical moniker of Nihar Bhatt, member of the post-techno Surface Tension DJ collective and co-head, (with Chris Zaldua), of the Left Hand Path record label. While deeply rooted in the architecture of ’90s acid and rave, Nine’s live hardware sets are constantly searching the landscape of the modern dystopia for ideas to bring to life.” I adore Nihar! This great-looking In Too Deep party also features Kyn, Greg Kappes (visuals), and Jesse Austin. Sat/9, 9:30pm-11:30pm, $7-$15 sliding scale. Studio Grand, Oakland. More info here.   

STUDIO 5’4 There is a party for short gay men and their admirers, and it is wonderful. This month’s theme? “All that’s little is gold!” Sat/9. 9pm-2am, $5. Lone Star, SF. More info here