Music + Nightlife

Party Radar: 23 hot fright fests for Halloween

The indelibly haunting Peaches Christ hosts Creatures of the Nightlife (Thu/26) and Mother-Halloween: A Party (Sat/28). Photo by Jose A. Guzman-Colon

PARTY RADAR Three perfect things you should do right now to get into the mood for Halloween:

*** Go see a scary film at the always gore-rific Another Hole in the Head Film Fest! (Through Nov. 8). Like, say, Dead Ant playing Sat/28:

*** Leap into haunting psycho-jazz act Wolf Eyes, playing in town at various unexpected venues through Mon/29:

*** Get into this bewitching video of runway legend Isla Chanel vogueing while pregnant in the video for her group Purple Crush‘s “Witch Stunt”:

OK here are some parties now, please don’t go as sexy Ryan Zinke. Oh! And if you love humongous Hallo-raves featuring the mega-ghosts of dance floors past (guilty), don’t forget to check out this year’s LoveBoat Halloween, formerly Ghost Ship, at Pier 70, hosted by Miss Juanita More! 

Thu/26: CREATURES OF THE NIGHTLIFE Best of the Bay 2017 Best Drag Queen winner Peaches Christ hosts this boo-tiful installment of the Cal Academy’s essential Nightlife parties, with a Stranger Queens drag show, Phantom Lab, Upside Down Arcade, Haunted Hall, and all kinds of mad science. 6pm-9pm, $20. California Academy of Sciences, SF. More info here. 

Fri/27: GREEN GORILLA LOUNGE HALLOWEEN The classic SF party crew brings in delightful UK bassist duo Dusky for a 5-hour set in the Monarch basement, plus some legends playing house for you upstairs. 9pm-3am, $10-$25. Monarch SF. More info here

Fri/27: HELLA WIGS ON HALLOWEEN What goes together better than wigs and rhumba? What about wigs and reggae? Or how about wigs and flamenco? You will get all of this and also flip your wig when live acts Makru and La Mandanga Band plus DJ Izzy Wise brew up this effusive global treat. 10pm-1am, $10. Elbo Room, SF. More info here.    

Fri/27: SURFACE TENSION HELLOWEEN Our most far-sighted techno party goes farther out with the SF debut of Antenes, the New York-based DJ, producer and electronics artist “who operates a laboratory of self-made sequencers and synthesizers using vintage telephone equipment built in the name of sonic and spatial exploration.” Also there will be 400 PPM and HOM so get there, get scared. 10pm-4am, $20. F8, SF. More info here

Fri/27: BLACK FRIDAYS: HALLOQUEEN Ms. Honey Mahogany and her coven of frightfully talented performers summon you to a high-flying night of drag shenanigans and live performances. All are welcome! 10pm-4am, $10. the Stud, SF. More info here

Dress like Bubbles!

Sat/28: A SEA OF BUBBLES Beloved club presence Bubbles tragically left us this year, but his effervescent spirit reigns supreme! This awesome party pays tribute by asking everyone to come dressed as Bubbles, in one of his many infamous guises! A fundraiser for the LGBT Community Center! Go to this! 10pm-2am, free but donation requested. terra Gallery, SF. More info here. 

Sat/28: HORROR STORY: DANCE OF THE DEAD Flamboyant burners Mystopia team with fab party crew Polyglamorous for this spooooooky rave. SF legend DJ Dan will headline, b2bing with DivaDanielle. plus: Harry Cross from Mens Room in Chicago, another legend David Harness, and so much more. 10pm-5am, $15-$55. 550 Barneveld, SF. More info here.  

Sat/28: SCREAMWORKS It has always been my dream to hear the bewitching goth-techno sounds of Mozhgan on All Hallow’s Eve. Welp, wish granted, as the Pound Puppy crew “Call all bloody Marys!” out for a night with her and ace vinylologist from the crypt, Carlos Souffront.  9pm-4am, $15. The Stud, SF. More info here

Sat/28: CREATURE: NIGHTMARE The polymorphously perverse party crew stuns whenever they throw a party, with thrilling decor and fucked-up musical performances. This time they INVADE YOUR DREAMS. Music by Club Chai’s 8ulentina and tons more. 9pm-2am, $10-$15. El Rio, SF. More info here.  

Sat/28: AZAELIA BANKS The infamous rapper who burnt a hole through the world with “212” several years ago is pretty scary! She’ll rap to a packed, enraptured crowd for the Mezzanine x Swagger Like Us Halloween shindig. With amazing DJ Total Freedom. 9pm-2am, $35. Mezzanine, SF. More info here.   

Sat/28: SMITHSFITS HALLOWEEN Yes, in a coup of nightlife punnery that actually manifests as an awesome party, Smithsfits is a night that celebrates both the Smiths and the Misfits. Don’t ask me why, I just work here. This 7th annual Halloween edition features a costume party and DJs Josh Ghoul Omartyr Perez, & Nakobre. 9pm-2am, $5. The Knockout, SF. More info here

Sat/28: MOTHER-HALLOWEEN: A PARTY A creepy drag tradition! Peaches Christ joins Heklina at her weekly show for a fright night that will murder your wig. With about a zillion performers. 10pm-1am, $20. Oasis, SF. More info here

Sat/28: HARD 2 SWALLOW A pre-Halloween evening of immersive performance presented by HUSH-HUSH and R/SF projects’ MASQ (wear a mask!). “It has come to our attention that many of us are haunted I by our guts. The stomach is a no man’s land of emotions, experiences, and other indigestible matter. HARD 2 SWALLOW is a new take on immersive performance: for one night only, find yourself swallowed whole. A journey down the digestive tract. Let’s see what you’re really made of.” 8pm-11pm, $32. R/SF Projects, SF. More info here

Sun/29: DISCO DADDY HALLOWEEN EDITION Watch out for daddy! He’s like the Soul Dracula, but gayer! DJ Bus Station John haunts the decks at the Eagle, with the soundtrack of gay liberation — and a fistful of spooky surprises! This is a fundraiser for the Tipping Point Relief Fund, helping disadvantaged victims of the fires up north. 7pm-2am, $5-$7. Eagle, SF. More info here

Sun/29: SUNSET HALLOWEEN CRUISE I adore the idea of ace Polish house duo Catz and Dogz on a boat, especially joined by Jake the Rapper, DJ Three, and a ton more, plus the cutest rave crowd you’ll ever see on the high seas, high seas indeed. 5pm-11pm, $80. Pier 3, SF. More info here.  

Sun/29: HALLOWEEN HANGOVER BRUNCH It’s Bloody Mary time! Plus some serious eats and banging techno from Frankfurt DJ Lauer. Come hang with the ghouls outdoors at the Midway and air out your filthy costume. Noon-4pm, $5. The Midway, SF. More info here

Sun/29: GLOW IN THE STREETS BLOCK PARTY Queer Burning Man camp Comfort and Joy is bringing back the spirit of the now-buried Halloween in the Castro, which was one banished by a lack of imaginative leaders and political will. Get freaky in the streets near Cafe Flore with techno and house DJs Justime, Robin Malone Simmons, Elaine Denham, and many more. Wear something fun duh. 4pm-10pm, $10-$12. Noe between Market and Beaver. More info here

SUN/29: CRAMPS/SUICIDE TRIBUTE Gone are the days when the Cramps would play the Fillmore every Halloween — although we get the B-52s! — so what better way to pay tribute than this cover band show! “Featuring The Smell of Female with Lower Self (formerly The Beat-Offs) as the Cramps. Also Featuring High Priestess as Suicide, and performances by Lady Piranha and Veruca Bathsalts!” 9pm, $5. the Stud, SF. More info here

Tue/31: PARANOID LONDON Mythical monsters rise from the acid house deep! UK duo Paranoid London will bring plenty of live anxious boom and killer electronic splatter to this special As You Like It party. 9pm, $16-$20. The Independent, SF. More info here

Tue/31: ALL HALLOW’S EVE A huge Halloween blowout tradition at DNA Lounge (recently voted best Nightclub in our Best of the Bay 2017). Aerialists, acrobats, a ton of DJs and live acts, plus decor from out of this underworld. Oh, and burlesque from another Best of the Bay winner, Hubba Hubba Revue! Not to be missed for a great hometown Halloween vibe. 9pm-3am, $18. DNA Lounge, SF. More info here.  

Tue/31: STEREO ARGENTO HALLOWEEN Splatter drag extravaganza! High heels and buckets of blood are the order of the night here, as high priestess Meredeath and her all-star queens bathe in the wet horror of the evening. They’re showing movies Evil Dead 2 and Tourist Trap from 5pm-9pm and then unleashing their drag (and dancing powers) onstage for some full-throated screams. Plus a costume contest! 5pm-2am, $5 before 9, $10 after. The Stud, SF. More info here

Tue/31: TECHNO HALLOWEEN Bang out the ghost with Danish DJ Kolsch — he always wears such fetching hats! — at Audio, and dress in a costume, too. 9:30pm-2am, $10-$15. Audio, SF. More info here

Tue/31: GOOD4U HALLOWEEN Cool and spooky shindig at Madrone from the awesome Good4U party kids! Special guest Das Jimmy B and Woo in a fun, intimate setting. 9pm-2am, free! Madrone, SF. More info here.   

Party Radar: Partycopia!

Pittsburgher Clark Price plays the Mixed Forms party, Sat/21

PARTY RADAR I’m knee-deep in counting thousands of votes for Best of the Bay — it comes out next week, and I can’t wait to see who wins all the nightlife awards! So I’m going to have a lot of FOMO about the below. (Oh, who are we kidding, I’ll sneak out at some point and meet you on the dance floor. Keep that poppers bottle warm for me.) 

So here’s a plethora of parties, a partycopia if you will, to keep us on our twinkletoes until Halloween sweeps through. 

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

THE SOFT MOON I adore the local-made-big, anxious-darkwave-shoegaze sounds of Soft Moon. This concert should be a great elbow rub among the indie scene. Thu/19, 9pm-2am, $25. Mezzanine, SF. More info here

DTE ASTERISK TAKEOVER Local, hard-yet-ethereal techno label Asterisk brings Penumbra, Night Sea, Viewfinder, and Alta Mar to the free Down To Earth Inner Orbit party. Check out some new sounds. Thu/19, 10pm-2am, free. F8, SF. More info here.    

HOE IS COVEN Halloween is coming upon us, and so is night queen Nicki Jizz — join her and a sex cauldron of “hoe-cus poke-us” drag queens for a cut-up show and witchy beats. Thu/19, 10pm-2am, $5-$7. The Stud, SF. More info here.   

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 

MONOLINK Actually the appearance by the euphorically melodic Berlin technoist — alongside fellow Deutschers Dwig (live), Johannes Ton, Ramona Wouters, Feathered Sun, and Fata and Morgana — is a wonderful part of a celebration of the 50th (!) anniversary of our own Goethe Institut (the folks who put on the annual Berlin and Beyond film festival, among other things). A mini-festival of German electronic delights! Fri/20, 9:30pm-4am, $15-$25. Public Works, SF. More info here.     

?UESTLOVE Who doesn’t love this outspoken founding member of the Roots, appearing for an extended DJ set at Midway, and “bringing 30 years’ worth of musical history with him. Hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, disco, a little bit of everything you love and then some.” Fri/20, 9:30pm-2am, $20-$45. Midway, SF. More info here.   

NIGHTLIGHT DISCO BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO The great soul party Hard French and the Stud team up for a queer fiesta, featuring performances by Spice Queers!, Florida Man, Mary Vice, and more. Plus DJs Brown Amy, John Fucking Cartwright, Steve Fabus, and Siobhan Aluvalot. Yay! Fri/20, 10pm-4am, $10+. The Stud, SF. More info here.  

MEKLIT Incredible Ethio-Jazz singer — and delightful presence — Meklit is joined by Balkan ensemble Istanbul Connection and  Haitian-American singer/songwriter Lalin for a border-hopping night of excellent live sounds. Fri/20, 8pm, $15. New Parish, Oakland. More info here

GLOBAL SOUL Or, you could head toward the Brazilian-Detroit-Bhangra side of things, as Braza, Motown on Mondays, and Non Stop Bhangra come together for this boundary-smudging night of awesomeness. Fri/20, 9pm-3am, $12-$15. Great Northern, SF. More info here.  

THE QUEEN IS DEAD Special edition of this night for Smiths and Britpop lovers — DJ Omar, one of our very best (and tireless) exponents of the sounds of yore hops aboard to frankly your Mr. Shankly. Fri/20, 9pm-2am, free with RSVP. Bar Fluxus, SF. More info here

RED BALL: BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO “Join the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America for a fundraiser for Puerto Rico and night of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution and the advancements for workers’ rights that came with it! Wear red or join the costume contest!” Fri/20, 8pm-1am, suggested donation $10. Verdi Club, SF. More info here

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 

DJ Elz rocks for the fire victims at Monarch.

MONARCH FIRE RELIEF FUNDRAISER What it’s all about folks. A bunch of spinners — including Elz (above), Shiny Objects, Joey Alaniz, and more electro-funky and deep-house-y peeps light it up for up north. Sat/21, 8pm-3am, $10+. Monarch, SF. More info here

CLARK PRICE The monthly, charitable, and too cute Mixed Forms party brings out one of Pittsburgh’s best queer technoists, alongside Chicago’s Ariel Zetina, and our own excellent Lily Ackerman. Benefitting Trans Lifeline. Sat/21, 10pm-3am, $10-$15. The Stud, SF. More info here.     

PUSH THE FEELING Awesome intimate contemporary indie dance and underground house sounds at this monthly party, this time featuring local favorite Taravel with Touchless (live), Glenn Jackson, and Kevin Meenan. Sat/21, 9pm-2am, $7. Underground SF. More info here. 

FRINGE More indie dance, but this time in retro mode! Come sing along to all your favorites of the distant, dinosaur-ridden 2000s, with DJs subOctave and Blondie K. “We’ll be taking donations in exchange for Candy and donating a portion of the door to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund! Do Good & Feel Good!” Sat/21, 9pm-2am, $5. Madrone, SF. More info here

MOVEMENT 004: A PARTY FOR PUERTO RICO Dancing for a cause (with an ample patio) “~ Movement ~ is a recurring gathering dedicated to inclusion, connection, activation, and transformation. We bring together diverse local artists, people who like to dance and express themselves, and nonprofits working every day to defend the rights of marginalized communities.” This time, DJs Ben Davis, Yaz, West Lee, and more play to benefit ConPRmetidos, a nonprofit based in San Juan doing crucial hurricane relief. Sat/21, 2pm-6pm, $5-$30 sliding scale. Mars Bar, SF. More info here

MAKE OUT PARTY This pucker-up monthly brings queer lip-locking to the Eagle patio (kiss a friend for the camera and get a free Jell-O shot!). With DJs Robin Simmons and Elaine Denham, who are adorable. Sat/21, 9pm-2am, $10. Eagle, SF. More info here

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Party Radar: Fundraisers for North Bay fires, Puerto Rico, Mexico

Cassiopeia plays Mon/16 at El Rio's "Nasty! For Puerto Rico"

PARTY RADAR Another devastating tragedy, another round of climate change refugees who will most likely rely on monetized crowdfunding platforms to survive and recover. But while the fires up north continue to destroy so much, the nightlife and arts community is coming together to help those in need by not just raising funds, but also spreading information and gathering actual goods for our friends who have lost so much. 

Here’s a brief list of party things happening this week to help Northern California, Puerto Rico, and Mexico — get into it! 

UPDATE! Tonight (Wed/11, 7:30pm) is a star-studded tribute to Tom Petty, with proceeds split between Vegas and Puerto Rico Relief at Cafe Du Nord. Check it out here

THROUGH THURSDAY AFTER 5PM: The Stud is collecting needed goods for victims of the Northern Cali fires (here’s list of what to bring), and if you come for the excellent Nonprofitfeelings happy hour, Wed/11, 5pm-9pm, %10 of your beverage price will go to relief efforts (order a $5 frozé slushy!)

THU/12: COMEDY AT ASHKENAZ The monthly Berkeley comedy extravaganza is donating 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB). Audience members may also bring material donations (toiletries, canned goods, clothing…) to the comedy show. Ashkenaz will transport donations up there this weekend. 8-9:30pm, $15-$20. More info here

THU/12: 100% – A BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO A wonderfully underground-feeling event at ATA. “Readings by La Suzy & Josiah Luis Aldrete. Film by Faith Arazi. Music by NO/YA + The Creatrix. Empanadas for sale!” 7pm-10pm, $10-$20. Artists’ Television Access, SF. More info here

THU/12: HELP IS ON THE WAY A huge cavalcade of DJs will fill the Starline in Oakland with fantastic hip-hop, dub, reggaeton, reggae, and more sounds! Featuring Rescue, Vinnie Esparza, D-Sharp, Teeko, and dozens more. 8pm-2am, $10-$20. Starline Social Club, Oakland. More details here.

FRI/13: WE LOVE PUERTO RICO “The Great Northern, Monarch, You’re Welcome, Up All Night, YBR, Sunset Soundsystem, Disco Knights, Pink Mammoth, Brass Tax and Housepitalty come together for an amazing night of dance music, food and Puerto Rican culture in response to hurricane Maria. DJ’s, live music, art and vendors! 100% of the net proceeds from the event go to: Unidos por Puerto Rico, CoPRmetidos, and Maria Community Fund. Supported by www.sf4pr.com. 9pm-3am, $5-$20. More info here

FRI/13: UNIDOS POR MEXICO SF <3 MX HAPPY HOUR  Hosted by the incredible www.tablehopper.com! “We have all been feeling powerless watching the horrific aftermath of the most recent quakes in Mexico. It’s heartbreaking. So let’s do something! I partnered up with the wonderful folks at Cambria Gallery in SoMa to hold a happy hour-style fundraiser (bites and drinks) for Mexico earthquake relief. There will be bites from Loló, Copita Tequileria y Comida, Sal de Vida Gourmet, queso from WesBurger ‘N’ More, and others, including Green Chile Kitchen. The bar will be shaking courtesy of Rye On The Road and El Techo, including cervezas provided by Cadillac Bar & Grill and Hard Frescos. This event will be a 100% donation to Omaze and Ambulante, helping Mexico rebuild: http://donate.omaze.com/mexico.” 6:30pm-9pm, $35+. Cambria Gallery, SF. More info here

FRI/13: ¡WEPA! AN LGBT FUNDRAISER FOR PUERTO RICO! “Come join us at the Lookout for a Happy Hour Fundraiser featuring the musical stylings of Sergio Fedasz and Stefanie Phillips. This event will not have a cover, so money will be raised through direct donations, raffles and Jell-o shots. The boys behind the bar will keep you well-lubricated to facilate your generosity!” I mean, that does sound like fun. 5pm-9pm, donations requested. The LookOut, SF. More info here 

SAT/14 ARTISTS FOR PUERTO RICO BENEFIT SALE “Please join Oakland’s Interface Gallery and Bay Area artists and merchants for an art sale to benefit Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. 30+ Local artists will offer incredible, affordable works, including original art, art prints, and artist-made goods. Come have a fun day with us, celebrating our creative community and raising money for the people of Puerto Rico! Food and beer will be served! One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund.” 11am-4pm, free but buy some cool art and raffle tickets! Temescal Alleys, Oakland. More info here.  

MON/16: NASTY FOR PUERTO RICO! HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT This is huge! A ton of restaurants, bars, and institutions —  from Mission Chinese Food and the Conservatory of Flowers to Alamo Drafthouse and The Stud – converge at El Rio with goodies for a night of live music and performance from Cassiopeia, Eternal Drag, and  Lovesick Deejays. 9pm-1am, $5-$10. El Rio, SF. More info here. 

FRI/20: CLARION MUSIC CENTER BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO Performances about at this fundraiser, including “players of SF City Theatre Company, the principle singers of Teatro Mistral; award-winning storyteller Charlie Chin and poets Dave Holt, Clara Hsu and Greg Pond. The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil. The benefit coincides with Galeria Clarion’s opening reception of ‘the Ungroup Show’ which begins at 6 pm. The show features the work of seven local artists. 100% of the proceeds of the evening goes to Unidos, a hurricane relief fund.” 6pm (show at 7pm), $25. Clarion Music Center, SF. More details here. 

FRI/20: NIGHTLIGHT DISCO BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO The great soul party Hard French and the Stud team up for a queer fiesta, featuring performances by Spice Queers!, Florida Man, Mary Vice, and more. Plus DJs Brown Amy, John Fucking Cartwright, Steve Fabus, and Siobhan Aluvalot. Yay! 10pm-4am, $10+. The Stud, SF. More info here.  


 

Party Radar: Up with Clam

Lauren Flax plays the Techno Clam party, Sat/7.

PARTY RADAR I love diving deep, deep into the Bay Area nightlife scene every week, but sometimes it gets a little lonely rooting around for those party pearls at the bottom of our slippery club basin. (Also, as a queer Arab man-person, I love to see others’ perspectives on the scene occasionally!) So I giggled little bubbles of delight when I discovered TechnoClam, the local site run by Alex McGeagh and Mo Kudeki, aka DJ DpeshMo. 

TechnoClam not only offers weekly nightlife picks that pry open the techno underground, it also hosts podcasts, posts news, pushes merch, and, yes, even throws sharp-as-a-razor-clam quarterly parties, like Sat/7’s TechnoClam #2 in the Public Works loft (10pm-3am, $10). This one features some shell-shattering vibes from NYC’s Lauren Flax, the Bay Area’s Symonne, and Dpeshmo herself. (I am loving her mixes to beyond.) 

“TechnoClam began as a blog, mostly known for its feminist-oriented coverage of women producers, DJs, and party recommendations – especially pushing forward promoters and venues that support women and queer artists,” Alex told me about the Clam’s mission-oriented origins. “There are so many talented women here with so many crews that support them, but there weren’t any all-women-led and -booked primarily-techno parties, so it’s nice to do something a little different. We think it’s really important for women (especially younger ones) to see others performing and producing so they know they can do it too.” 

Symonne plays the TechnoClam party, Sat/7

Look for the Clam-ness to spread: “We’re both on a mission to get to know all the techno women in town and eventually on the planet. Obviously that’s not really achievable, but one of the upsides of the relatively small numbers of women is the opportunity to form connections and support one another,” Alex continued. “Aside from having a lot of generous advice and support from our friends at Permission to Land, Surface Tension, and As You Like It, female:pressure, Discwoman, and Honey Soundsystem have been really inspiring to us. Locally, we really love a few crews that are doing some excellent, more intimate parties — Asterisk and Kosmetik are particularly fresh and forward-thinking. Run the Length of Your Wildness and Housepitality are also really reliably good each week and jive with a lot of our values.

“Hopefully we can also make this scene more woman-friendly via our own booking choices, and by recommending local women artists to others even outside of our own parties. There’s a lot of interest in seeing more diverse lineups these days,  but underrepresented groups can lack the name recognition or followings they deserve, so we’re here to help correct the balance there too,” Alex says.

“It gets back to our mission of celebrating the great work women in house/techno are already doing.”

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RIP DJ Stef

RIP DJ STEF The Bay was shocked this week to learn of the sudden passing of hip-hop legend, tireless scene booster, coolest person ever (and personal friend) DJ Stef, aka Stephanie Ornelas. Stef has been so integral to the Bay Area not-just-hip-hop scene as a designer, writer, DJ, and ever-present amiga that the extent of her loss has been impossible to comprehend. (This lovely remembrance by writer Nastia Voynavskaya touches on some of the deeper points.) In the early ’90s, Stef’s zine, and later pioneering website, Vinyl Exchange helped bring so many soon-to-be-famous local names to the fore. Tributes from the likes of Z-Trip, Lyrics Born, El-P, Peanut Butter Wolf, Equipto, and more have been pouring in: testament to her influence. No tribute parties have been planned yet, we’re still reeling, I’ll let y’all know. 

BIG BENEFIT Love to see the Bay Area band together to help. Here’s a benefit for Puerto Rico + Mexico called Live to Give this Thu/5 at 1015 Folsom that’s so chock-full off players I’m just gonna post the flyer: 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

DJ Izzy Wise

BRAZILIFYIN’ “Every First Thursday of the month, Brazil Electro presents the most Brazilifyin’ DJs of San Francisco, mixing Tupiniquim rhythms like Samba, Maracatu, Axé, Forró, Pagode, Frevo with global tendencies of dance music.” This one kicks off with DJ Izzy Wise, Saint-Hills, and Paulo Presotto. Thu/5, 9pm-2am, free. Madrone, SF. More info here

PUFF A monthly queer cannabis appreciation night, this month featuring a Harvest Moon hot buns competition? Put it in your peace pipe! Thu/5, 7pm-10pm, $5-$10. The Stud, SF. More info here.

¡¡AYE MEXICO!! It’s drag princess Dulce De Leche’s birthday — and she’s having a performance-studded fundraising fiesta for the victims of Mexico’s recent earthquakes to celebrate,  with Leandro’s tamales and DJ Prince Wolfe’s tunes. Thu/5, 8pm-10pm, $5. Powerhouse, SF. More info here.    

MAKE ME A MIXTAPE Are you ready for a deluge of emo? Get sadly into it at this monthly sing-a-long and friendly mopefest. (There’s some punk and hardcore in there, too.) Thu/5, 9:30-2am, free. The KnockOut, SF. More info here. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

Aurora Halal

AURORA HALAL The splendidly psych-dark techno party We Are Monsters (DJs Mozhgan and Solar) brings in this live Brooklyn boundary-breaker for an evening of bewitching sounds and visions. Fri/6, 10m-3am, $15-$20. Monarch, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

DIRECT TO EARTH 6-YEAR ANNIVERSARY One of our more storied techno crews hits six, with a big blowout featuring wizards Ben Sims and Max Gardner, plus lots more. Fri/6, 10pm-4am, $15-$20. F8, SF. Tickets and more info here

SHORTKUT + CUT CHEMIST Absolutely legendary turntablists mix it up for the Future Primitive 20th anniversary (!!!). Do not miss. Fri/6, 9:30pm-2:30am, $30. Great Northern, SF. Tickets and more info here

SUICIDE COMMANDO “Going strong for 30 years, Suicide Commando have not only been pioneers of the harder electro genre, but continue being innovators up to this very day.” With Pankow at the BodyShock party. Fri/6, 9pm-1:30pm, $25. Elbo Room, SF. Tickets and more info here

NIGHT OF 1000 DIVINES Walk like a man! Or at least like a large, iconic queen, as this queer punk rock monthly celebrates the legend with an entire night of Divine/John Waters inspired numbers, looks and filth. Plus live band the Lollygaggers! Fri/6, 10pm-3am, $5-$10. The Stud, SF. More info here

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

FROLIC: THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST Calling all furries ready for fall! DJs Raid Zero, LycanCatt, NightKat, and NeonBunny. With visuals by Skibit, Groggy, and MaliePono are howling for you to dance at this monthly, well, frolic. Sat/7, 8pm-2am, $12 ($8 with/in animal costume). Eagle, SF. More info here.

DISTRIKT: RETROSPEKT Oh hey, we’re already nostalgic for Burning Man and we’ve hardly decompressed (also the camps still need funds). Tons of DJs at this 12+-hour long party. The party suggests you get there early “to celebrate the Blue Angels buzzing around for Fleet Week” which I guess shows you just where we’re at with that whole Burning Man as alternative utopia thing, LOL shruggie. Sat/7, 1pm-late, $30 Midway, SF. Tickets and more info here. 

GO BANG! CELEBRATES THE TROCADERO TRANSFER Our cutest, most authentic monthly disco party — it was packed last time for its Sylvester tribute — celebrates SF’s disco ground zero in the ’70s, the fabulous Troc. With DJs Gay Marvine, John Torres, Steve Fabus, and more. Sat/7, 9pm-3am, $5-$10. the Stud, SF. Tickets and more info here

KENNY DOPE One half of house maestros Masters at Work — and a totally sweetie besides being a dance floor devastator — pops up to drop some old-school NYC dopeness. Sat/7, 10pm-4am, $10-$20. Halcyon, SF. Tickets and more info here

POWERBLOUSE Each month, drag goddesses Juanita More and Glamamore transform a drag newbie, live onstage, into the creature of her fantasies — and then makes her lip-sync a really complicated song! It’s a hoot. With DJ Rolo. Sat/7, 10pm, $5. Powerhouse, SF. More info here.    

HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER “Modern-day indie and electro meets Electronica from the ’90s and ’00s for a rock-synthpop battle of epic proportions. This month, Harder Better Faster Stronger presents DANCE UP A STORM, a unique mobile response fundraiser and dance party to support the victims of Hurricanes in 2017 including some of the most hard hit including Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.” Sat/7, 9:30pm-2am, $5. Slate, SF. More info here

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Party Radar: Let’s toast fall

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy leads you on a drag journey through the '90 grunge songbook, in Katy'as Bitter Sweet Symphony, Thu/28 and Fri/29

PARTY RADAR OK so we survived Folsom Street Fair — barely. But it occurred to me in a rare and brief moment of clarity, that Folsom is, in our fabulously perverse way, our very own Harvest festival, that ancient celebration of bounty … and booty. And while we were whipping up a storm, the beautiful early fall light streaming gold on a sea of bared bottoms, it was a turning of the seasons, a pure, clear equinox of licentiousness. 

Er, ok, maybe there was extra tequila in that slushee margarita….

Anyway, that’s over, on to Oktoberfest. The huge SF version was last weekend at Fort Mason, but honestly it is not my favorite: way too crowded and overbearing for my Oktobertaste. Instead, what if I told you the Symphony was becoming a beerhall, and you could polka-along with a big orchestra? That’s right, Tue/3 is the first ever Symphony Oktoberfest. There will be unlimited beer served in the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall for patrons (VIP tickets snag you a whole biergarten with Bavarian bites and polka band) — and a program of drinking songs, Bavarian waltzes and polkas, and much more. It absolutely does not hurt, even ein bischen, that the whole thing is overseen by hottie resident conductor Christian Reif. Clink, clink, Schatzi! More info here

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

GOLDIE Ugh, my ultimate UK drum and bass crush lands at 1015 Folsom for some toothy shenanigans. Thu/28, 10pm-2am, $20-$25. 1015 Folsom, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

FRONT 242 Industrial gods join forces with equally godlike Severed Heads and awesome Oakland DJ Dimentia for a night of loud grinding and pockets of synths bliss. Thu/28, 9pm, $40. Mezzanine, SF. Tickets and more info here.

KATYA, A BITTERSWEET ’90s SYMPHONY I love a good adventurous drag queen who sings her own numbers and outs a real smart spin on them. Take a trip with Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Eastern European royal ingenue, through the grunge-y catalogue of the ’90s. Thu/28 (8pm) and Fri/29 (7pm), $25. Oasis, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

HOTLINE A gaggle of our outstanding indie dance parties — Fringe, The Queen Is Dead, Harder Better Faster Stronger, Last Nite, Club Gossip, Indie Cent, Club Satori — come together to help save DNA Lounge … with giant party of course! The last one was packed, and thins one promises more sing-a-long craziness. Fri/29, 9pm-late, $10-$15. DNA Lounge, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

ABSCHIED FRÄULEIN, BUBBLES! Our dear, departed Bubbles is having a real going away party, as the nightlife community comes together in memory of the beloved club character, murdered a couple weeks ago. Fri/29, 8pm-2am, please donate to  www.youcaring.com/bubblesbubblesynski-945673. Eagle, SF. Tickets and more info here. 

AFROLICIOUS Aw, one of my favorite (and tight!) live ensembles is dropping a new album, Destiny, and you won’t want to miss what they bring to the stage, pumping their irresistible global funk sounds. With DJs Ozgood and Antonio Guedes. Fri/29, 9:30pm-3am, $18-$20. Public Works, SF. Tickets and more info here

STEREO ARGENTO A night of horror-movie-based drag? With Italo Disco? Come on, now, this is one of the most unique things you’re likely to be caught dead at. Fri/29, 10pm-3qm, $10. The Stud, SF. Tickets and more info here

AS YOU LIKE IT 7-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Gonna be a real corker! With the Black Madonna, KiNK, and many more. Read our interview feature here. Fri/29, 9pm-4am, $25. The Midway, SF. Tickets and more info here. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

RICHIE HAWTIN The Canadian techno force returns — probably with a great new haircut — to support his sake brand ENTER.Sake for World Sake Day. (I am not making this up.) With Marcel Dettmann and a new favorite of mine, Pattern Drama. Sat/30, 9pm-3am, $25-$40. The Midway, SF. Tickets and more info here

NOSAJ THING + JACQUES GREEN Two veterans of abstract bass music, both on the more melodic side but with different influences: Nosaj is more the psych-soul Brainfeeder type, while Jacques feeds off footwork and ’90s R&B. Both are superb.With Jim-E Stack. Sat/30, 9pm-2:30am, $15. Great Northern, SF. Tickets and more info here

THE MAGICIAN Lovely, French-derived, synthy-house maximalism from this prestidigitator, that doesn’t shy away from pop drama here and there. Sat/30, 10pm-3am, $25. 1015 Folsom, SF. Tickets and more info here.   

All the world’s a party

The Black madonna (center) headlines the As You Like It seventh anniversary party, Fri/29

If there’s just one thing that distinguishes the As You Like It party crew, celebrating its seventh anniversary Fri/29 at the Midway (9pm-4am, $25), it’s that it takes things aaaaalll the way there. Besides the overflow of family feeling and deep local support the crew has carefully cultivated — it won a Best of the Bay Editors Pick in 2012 for its “unabashedly intelligent, yet still madly danceable” gigs — As You Like It packs its lineups with diverse, powerhouse players that underline it’s simple party manifesto: “quality.”   

This time around is no different: headliners include Chicago’s Black Madonna, Detroit’s Floorplan (live), Bulgaria’s KiNK (live), London’s Call Super, SF’s Honey Soundsystem and David Siska, plus back-to-back sets by deep disco giants Gerd Janson B2B Prins Thomas and residents Sassmouth B2B Mike Gushansky. ‘Zwounds, that’s a lineup!

(And in true form the party train rolls on: As You Like it has upcoming dates with Chicago house legend Chez Damier on October 13 and Paranoid London on Halloween. 

Jeremy Bispo cofounded AYLI with Jeremy Linden and gathered a lot of his party knowledge from his underground rave days — including how to assemble a stable of heavy-hitting residents like Christina Chatfield and Mossmoss as well as Siska, Sassmouth, and Gushansky. I caught up with him for some quick questions about the party and the underground scene.    

48 HILLS As You Like It is truly “maximalist” in that each party is packed full of headliners and great talent — how do you plan your lineups, and how did the anniversary come together?

JEREMY BISPO First, I want to thank you, Marke, for being so supportive of As You Like It from the beginning. Your support early on gave us the confidence to take the steps that’s brought us to where we are today.

I’m not sure I’d call us “maximalist.” Each party is different, depending on scale, venue, and process. One show might be a solo headliner with an extended set, another might include adding a second, or a third could be a second room, with as many or more. Each party comes together differently. For a party, we could start with an availability of an artist we have an existing relationship that wants to come back to San Francisco. For a different night, it could start with an artist that we’ve been chasing for years and it’s finally coming to fruition. I then look for the perfect venue to showcase the artist and go from there.

For the anniversary, I was approached to bring The Black Madonna back to San Francisco during the final weekend of September. The Black Madonna, aka Marea Stamper, is a close friend of As You Like It. We’ve now hosted her in a variety of venues and for this date the agent and myself wanted to create a more dynamic way to showcase her. So it started with her and as the conversation came together it became more apparent that there would be several other artists on the West Coast for the CRSSD Festival: KiNK, Floorplan, Gerd Janson and Prins Thomas. We had existing relationships with all but KiNK so it made sense to try to bring them all together to celebrate our Seven Year Anniversary. From there, we reached out to Call Super and Honey Soundsystem. They were both obvious additions to fill out the line-up, showcasing many of our biggest recent and longterm influences.

48 HILLS How have you seen the underground techno scene change over the last seven years? 

BISPO When we started there were a lot more promoters in San Francisco that moved their shows from venue to venue or had home base venues. Now, we find that most parties have become “shows” and not parties and are done in-house by bookers, sometimes bringing in outside promoters to help.

There were a lot more established artists calling San Francisco home seven years ago. Many of those have now moved onto Berlin, New York City, or Los Angeles. We’re lucky now to have some hungry, younger talent and promoters that are coming up, such as Brouhaha, Outpost SF, Direct to Earth, Surface Tension, Diacritic Collective and Techno Clam. With the loss of so many underground venues and places like 222 Hyde, the younger artists now have fewer opportunities to cut their teeth, so they’re still fairly green as performers.

48 HILLS What have you learned in seven years of running As You Like It, both about throwing parties and the SF scene?

A: I’m not sure I’ve learned anything new. My roots come from the underground community of the late ’90s, namely Cloud Factory and Friends n’ Family. It’s been confirmed that first and foremost San Francisco is a community city. This is why, for example Sunset Sound System has such broad support across the generations, as well as the younger generation with Sunset’s excellent bookings, or why Lee Burridge finds such support here, through his decade of SF performances plus his relationship to Burning Man, or Dirty Bird’s growth out of free BBQs in Golden Gate Park and homegrown talent. The city thrives when events or artists grow gradually from the roots up and the support artists, even international artists, receive often comes from the community personally connecting with them, as people first, and musicians a short second.

48 HILLS What are one or two highlights of the past seven years?

BISPO Wow, this is a tough one. Only two? I can’t nail it down to only two: Nicolas Jaar’s San Francisco debut in 2010 at the Compound, Maya Jane Coles debut in 2011 in a sex dungeon, Peter Van Hoesen’s extended set in a last minute warehouse after first losing our venue, both of Jeff Mills (a personal hero) AYLI dates at Public Works, Laurent Garnier (another hero) at Public Works, both DJ Koze dates, Todd Terje at the AYLI 5 year, The Black Madonna and Mike Servito party last year was life affirming and lastly taking AYLI on the road, Seattle, Vancouver, BC, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Miami, Washington DC and Los Angeles and deepening relationships in those cities. OK, I tried. 🙂

48 HILLS I know the Ghost Ship fire took away some valuable members of theAs You Like It Family — how has continuing to throw parties helped you and the scene heal?

BISPO I’d like to say that throwing parties has helped me or the community heal. I just don’t think I feel that way. I would say that the through the ongoing grieving process the larger community behind As You Like It has leaned on each other in ways I couldn’t have imagined possible. The love and support we’ve all shown for each other through hugs, kind words, smiles, tears, gatherings, mostly outside of clubs, and certain dance floor moments has blown me away. I hope our parties have been able to provide people with some solace, and through these monthly gatherings, I’ve felt less alone in my grief, but beyond that, every day, together we get through this by leaning on each more, even as there have been  more tragic losses in the passing months.

AS YOU LIKE IT SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY
Fri/29, 9pm-4am, $25
The Midway, SF.
Tickets and more info here.  

To be blunt, a blast

Smoked out Soul: VJ Johnny Diamond (left) and DJ/instrumentalists Will Magid (center) and Zebuel. Photo by Dirk Wyse.

ALL EARS Smoked Out Soul is a dance party for people who like their funk with a side of exquisitely choreographed chaos. At its most stripped-down, Smoked Out Soul (or, cleverly, S.O.S.) is two DJ/instrumentalists with live drums and percussion. That would be enough to distinguish it among DJ parties, but those are just the core members of a collective that includes trumpet, sax, and guitar, and adds guest DJs and musicians to the stew every Thursday night. It’s a recipe that keeps you, not just grooving, but whirling around to see what new treat has jumped onstage, until you find yourself out ’til 2am on a weeknight, again.

48 Hills joined DJs Zebuel and Will Magid and drummer Paul Oliphant at Monarch – during the multi-hour “labor of love” that is setting up a show with so many moving pieces – to find the magic glue that holds it all together. (The prolific Mr. Magid also offered a preview of his Alligator Spacewalk project’s upcoming album release, Fri/22 at SF JAZZ.)

S.O.S. began with some technical wizardry in the woods, and it involves a fair amount of mind-reading (as evidenced by Zebuel and Magid’s tendency to finish each other’s sentences). But the collective’s success ultimately comes down to an earthly kind of special sauce: a real community that is as much about mixing people together as it is about mashing up styles of music.

48 HILLS Zebuel, do you remember how you first fell in love with funk and soul music?

ZEBUEL I grew up right outside of Memphis, and I got way into the music from where I grew up, but not until I moved to Alaska. I remember the day I went into a record store, and they were playing Muddy Waters, and I just got chill bumps. It hit me, like, “Holy fuck. This shit was recorded 30 miles from where I was born!” Then when I moved back to Memphis, I started working in blues clubs, saw blues music every night of the week, and just became kind of obsessed.

48 HILLS How did Smoked Out Soul begin?

ZEBUEL Smoked Out Soul started as a mixtape that I made. The whole concept was: I love funk and soul music, but at the time, I was kind of a bass music DJ, and I wanted to fuse those two worlds. The name has a Memphis tie too: this hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, they’re always talking ‘bout “smoked out this” and “smoked out that.” People really liked the mixtape, so I started DJing that style to bring soul music into the bass world.

48 HILLS When did Will enter the picture?

ZEBUEL I first met Will –

WILL MAGID The origin story of our love is hilarious.

ZEBUEL At a crazy music festival.

TOGETHER Wood Womp.

ZEBUEL He was DJing and playing trumpet, and you had a drummer too –

WILL MAGID I love that festival and everyone that puts it together, but they were not set up for live music. We had cables that wouldn’t fit into whatever inputs they had. We were waiting for the sound guy – there was no sound guy. And Zeb showed up out of the woods. He’s like, “You guys doin’ alright?” I’m like, “No!” I’m freaking out! He’s all calm, cool, collected. He’s like, “Here’s a beer. I’ll figure it out.” And he has some adapters, and plugs things in, and he’s like, “You guys are good to go.” I’m like, “Who is this guy?”

I’m forever indebted to you for that.

48 HILLS One of the things that really distinguishes this party is that it has live drummers and percussionists. Paul, can you describe your approach to drumming when you’re working with a DJ?

PAUL OLIPHANT If you’re playing along to a track, the track is the ruler, so I have to mold to what the DJ is doing. A lot of drummers – myself included, a long time ago – their approach is to solo a little bit more, do more busy stuff. My approach to drumming in general is more of a groove-based approach: match them [the beats in the track] and accentuate them a little bit, as opposed to playing around them.

48 HILLS How many drummers are regularly part of S.O.S. at this point?

WILL MAGID We’re at a point where, a couple weeks ago, I looked over at the stage: you had Enrique Padilla, Brandon Lee, Diamond Vibes from Afrolicious – like four or five of my favorite percussionists – and Paul onstage playing. It made me so happy.

48 HILLS You also have a lot of guest DJs. It’s cool to be able to go to your regular party and also expect to see an awesome DJ who you haven’t seen before. How do you find the people you bring in?

ZEBUEL A lot of times it’s people who we’re way into their music, like Captain Planet, who does the Mixtape Riot blog, and Jeremy Sole, another L.A. guy. mALaRkEy, who does the jUkE jOiNt party in Sebastopol and does an electro-funk kind of thing.

A lot of DJs don’t have the opportunity to play with live musicians, so it’s fun to bring in DJs who are just in the DJ scene, and then we have our musician buddies who aren’t really in the DJ scene. And everyone gets to mingle.

Percussionist Enrique Padilla (left) and drummer Paul Oliphant. Photo by Dirk Wyse.

WILL MAGID I think that’s such a big part of this project. It started off as a mixtape, and the whole point of a mixtape is to put different things you’re listening to together, and then people might be attracted to one song and discover a new song. That’s how this party is with people.

48 HILLS There are so many musicians who rotate in and out throughout the night. Half those people are guests, and there’s no set list, so nobody has any idea what’s about to happen. How does that work?

WILL MAGID The fact that we’ve all known each other for a long time is really important for that. Beyond just the mechanics of it working, it’s open and can blossom because of that.

ZEBUEL There’s an unspoken connection thing. I can tell by the look on his face if he’s not feeling that song, and then you can just mix another tune.

WILL MAGID Also, mechanically speaking, having a steady beat and keeping the key consistent, sometimes, is a big part of what makes it work. If there’s a horn player up there [soloing] and we’re in [the key of] F, I’m gonna play something in F in the same tempo. Even if he doesn’t notice that the song’s changing, whatever he’s doing will kind of work.

At its core, even though we’re playing dance music, it’s like an art project because there’s this risk associated with it. There’s always the chance that something bad or amazing will happen.

ZEBUEL And the visual aspect too. Gotta give a shot-out to Johnny Diamond for crushing the visuals.

WILL MAGID And he’s always really thoughtful: When a guest is up, he puts their logo on the wall. Sometimes those little things make you perform better.

48 HILLS What are the trickiest parts of your party for musicians who haven’t played with you before?

WILL MAGID Songs don’t really begin, or end – that’s the biggest thing. When you learn how to play music, those are the two most important moments, and that goes out the window with this because songs just flow into each other. It’s more of a continuously evolving collage.

Also, a lot of great musicians came up playing jazz, and in jazz you can just rip. There’s certainly a time and place for that here. But then there’s other times: when Aretha Franklin’s singing, you don’t really need to play right now. She’s got it.

Will Magid (trumpet) and horns breaking it down on the dance floor. Photo by Dirk Wyse.

48 HILLS Have you ever had a guest who you’d never worked with before, who just got it immediately and nailed it?

WILL MAGID One time a woman named Iva Lamkum showed up, and she wanted to sing, but we didn’t know her. The two hardest instruments to do well with a DJ are bass and vocals. So she’s super-nice, but in the back of our minds is, “This person may be a terrible singer, and in their mind they’re going to be singing tonight.” And then she started singing, and she was a mind-blowingly good singer.

ZEBUEL It turns out she’s pretty well-known. She’s from New Zealand.

48 HILLS What was the most epic night at S.O.S. for each of you?

ZEBUEL Bonobo horns were probably my favorite. Those guys just fucking crushed it hard. They had a blast.

WILL MAGID Nice pun. This was the horn section that was playing with Bonobo when he was in town last year. They’re friends of mine, so I invited them. It was a surprise too: two amazing horn players just pop out of nowhere and lit the place up.

My favorite night was probably the Poldoore night.

ZEBUEL Oh, shit! That was a good one.

WILL MAGID He’s a producer from Belgium. We were playing his shit all the time at our party, not even knowing who he is. Then I went out to Belgium and did some shows with him, and he came to the States and we got in the studio together while he was in town [Zeb and Poldoore later released the song “Hangover Blues” from those sessions], which culminated in a performance at S.O.S. It was his first U.S. date.

ZEBUEL And his first time playing with a full band, too.

WILL MAGID I just love that about music: people that live on opposite sides of the world, you’re all attracted to the same wavelength, and then you can actually connect your wavelengths together and make new things, in front of people who also are on that wavelength.

48 HILLS What’s next for S.O.S.? What else do you have up your sleeve?

WILL MAGID We’re putting out a compilation record real soon – sometime this fall. It’s gonna be a benefit for the ACLU. And it’s largely people that have played this party, many of which we didn’t know two years ago, when this was started.

ZEBUEL Smoked Out Soul is crazy because it started out as a mixtape and then ended up as the party, and then we got booked for Guitarfish [music festival] a few years ago, and then it was like, “Oh, shit. I guess we’re a band now.”

48 HILLS Will, you’re also releasing new music with Alligator Spacewalk at SFJAZZ this weekend. How does that project compare to Smoked Out Soul?

WILL MAGID Alligator Spacewalk is taking the Smoked Out Soul concept, but with three string players and three horn players – a ten-piece group – and with all original compositions. The DJ side of my personality is really satisfied, so Alligator Spacewalk has become an outlet for orchestrating and exploring these more wild artistic concepts.

48 HILLS Tell me about the composer of the piece you’ll be performing.

WILL MAGID Teddy Raven may be the only person who intersects with all these different things from my musical universe: Balkan music and funk and jazz and also electronic music a little bit, and is a really good composer. He plays sax with Midtown Social, different Jazz Mafia projects, Inspector Gadje, and studied Bulgarian flute on a Fulbright fellowship.

So Teddy wrote this piece called the Lunar Conquest Suite [commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival]. It’s five movements, each about a different time period of what culminates in the U.S. moon landing in 1969. The first movement is after WWII, when the Soviet Union and the United States were fighting over Nazi scientists, one of which was the main guy that made the rocket ship that landed on the moon. It’s this bizarre part of U.S. history told through music.

And it’s also a two-part record. After Trump was elected, I just felt this deep sorrow, and meanwhile I’m really inspired by Teddy’s composing, so I wrote all this other music. It’s a double-disk: Resistance Rising and the Lunar Conquest Suite.

SMOKED OUT SOUL

Every Thursday, 10pm to close, $5-$10

Monarch, SF

Weekly lineups and advance tickets here.

ALLIGATOR SPACEWALK PRESENTS THE LUNAR CONQUEST SUITE

Friday, September 22, 7pm and 8:30pm, $25

SFJAZZ

Tickets and more info here.

Quick ‘n dirty guide to Folsom 2017 parties

The Mr. Drummer 1979 party crew salutes legendary leather bar Fe-Be's. See Thursday.

PARTY RADAR One of the most fun experiences I had this year was writing a history of bathhouse music and, by extension, how queer sex music of the 1960s and ’70s still influences the dance floors of today. Hey, the more we hook up, the better we sound.

This year’s Folsom Street Fair (Sun/24, 11am-6pm) offers plenty of entertainment in and of itself — former executive director Demetri Moshoyannis loved electronic music, and this year follows suit with headliners Austra and Little Boots. But the satellite parties and events are where the real underground fun happens. 

Here’s a selection of deliciously depraved parties (and a sprinkling of other interesting events and shows) suited to every fabulous body type and erogenous area of interest. Pull up/kick off your kinky boots and let’s get busy.  For more sweet, sweet party goodness, from GoGo Penguin to Moodymann, check out this week’s regular Party Radar column

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

OUTLOUD STORYTELLING PRESENTS “HURTS SO GOOD” A wild cast of local characters comes together to relate their tales of kinky splendor. Tue/19, 7:30pm, $10. Oasis, SF. Tickets and more info here

HIGH FANTASY Come on down to Aunt Charlie’s to see some true underground SF drag, in all its charming DIY glory — this week soundtracked but he dark, delicious electronic sounds of Exillon. Tue/19, 10pm, $5. Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, SF. More info here.  

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

MUTANTE: CORROSION A tribute to noisy No Wave/New Wave/Goth (and more!) music at the bear bar. A miracle! “Corrosion. Clanging Industrial, haunting minimal and sharp post punk. Get raw and reckless before Folsom with Mutante. ” Wed/20, 8pm-midnight, $5. Lone Star Saloon, SF. More info here.  

BONDAGE A GO GO Our weekly pansexual tittilation celebration is of curse a HUGE must for Folsom week. DJs Tomas Diablo (who gave us his top 10 Folsom dance tunes in last year’s round-up) and Damon heat things up for a fetish-happy crowd. Wed/20, 9pm-2am, $10. More info here

KOSMETIK The Stud dance floor gets dark, deep, and extra queer, and Jordee, Matthew Paul, Siobhan Aluvalot, and Taco Tuesday pump underground techno. Wed/20, 9pm-2am, $5. The Stud, SF. More info here.   

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Clean your half-shirt! Nikki Jizz hosts HoeIsGagged

HOEISGAGGED: A PRE-FOLSOM DRAG The monthly Hoe is Life party gets dirty, with a daring show from the likes of Lady Bear, Cyanide, and Cinnamon Maxxine, and hard-hitting beats from Jibbz and Primo. Thu/21, 10pm-2am, $7. The Stud. SF. More info here

THE TUBESTEAK CONNECTION The original weekly bathhouse disco tribute party — launched 13 years ago! — is also a true San Francisco treasure. DJ Bus Station John plays steamy tracks and decorates Aunt Charlie’s with vintage porn, for a real vintage feel (up). Thu/21, 10pm-2am, $5. Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, SF. More info here.  

GAYC/DC It is a gay AC/DC tribute band. And it is glorious. (Sorry, really trying not to make a Hershey Highway to Hell joke, here.) With Fat Bottom Girls and Zbornak. Thu/21, 9pm-2am, $10. The Eagle, SF. More info here

JUNK An underwear contest? On Folsom? YOU DON’T SAY. But this one is hosted by the fantastic Dulce De Leche and Mister Pam — with beats by DJ Rolo — so you know it will be truly escandaloso. Thu/21, 9pm, $5. Powerhouse, SF. More info here. 

QUEER SEX TRIVIA There’s a “vas deferens” between those who know, and those who think they know. (I totally stole that joke from a DJ friend, sorry.) Test your sexpertise at this cute contest — with sexy prizes! Thu/21, 7pm-10pm, free. The Stud, SF. More info here.  

FE-BE’S The party crew known as Mr. Drummer 1979 is back to pay thematic tribute to one of our legendary leather bars, Fe-Be’s, which was famously featured in the history-making Time magazine photo spread “The Homosexual in America” in 1966. With DJs Jackie House and Matthew Paul. Thu/21, 9pm-2am, $10. Underground SF. More info here.

FIRST CHURCH OF THE SILVERSEXUAL  The ultimate queer Bowie tribute show extravaganza is hitting the road for a tour, and hometown SF kicks it all off. Stellar entertainment — and dancing, too, with DJ RoseGold. Thu/21, 9pm, $15. Elbo Room, SF. More info here.  

CLUB POPPERS FOLSOM EDITION Something in the Castro! Blow your mind with DJs Power Top Ramen, Prince Wolfe of Go Bang!, and Maya Wan at QBar. Thu/21, 9pm-2am, $5. QBar, SF. More info here

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

NYC’s Joey LaBeija sweeps into Swagger Like Us

SWAGGER LIKE US: FETISH IV Our raddest queer hip-hop-and-beyond party pulls outlaw the stops and clamps with this special night, featuring DJ Joey LaBeija and live bondage demos by Andre Shakti. Fri/22, 10pm-2am, $10. Elbo Room, SF. More info here

PEGASUS VII: FOLSOM KICK-OFF The best little meet-and-greet for scruffy, stylish fetishists. Castro consignment boutique Sui Generis hosts, with beats by Sala Zar and a ’70s leather bar theme. Fri/22, 7pm-10pm, free. Sui Generis, SF. More info here

PHANTASMAGORIA DJ Nark from Seattle blows in for a wild night of “irl installations of sex positivity” with DJs In Flagranti and Kelly Naughton, plus barber cuts, bondage demos, cute hosts from all over, and “interactive dark corners.” Fri/22, 8pm-2am, $20. The Eagle, SF. Tickets and more info here

10TH ANNUAL BEARRACUDA FOLSOM PARTY Bears all up in there! “It’s our largest party in the US with 1200+ furry faces” and sugar-rush DJs Tony Moran, Ryan Jones, and Freddy King of Pants.  Fri/22, 9pm-4am, $20-$30. Public Works, SF. Tickets and more info here

Red Hots Burlesque gets red hot with a femme performer extravaganza.

RED HOTS BURLESQUE: FOLSOM FEMME EXTRAVAGANZA The hottest burlesque show i town salute Folsom with this all-femme turn-up. With Pickles LaVay, Violet Streak, Sgt Die Weiss, and more. Fri/22, 7pm, $10-$20. The Stud, SF. Tickets and more info here.

BLACK FRIDAYS: FOLSOM EDITION After Red Hots, stick around the Stud for this incredible night that features all-QPOC performers: drag, live singing, performance — and, of course, come fun kinky stuff. With DJ Micahtron. Fri/22, 10pm-4am, $10. The Stud, SF. More info here.  

STEAM DOES FOLSOM A steamy affair to maybe remember! Walter Gomez hosts this bathhouse-themed monthly party, with a wet towel contest, “power shoer” go-go booths, massage, and the tunes of DJ MAJR. Fri/22, 10pm-2am, $10. Powerhouse, SF. More info here.  

MAGIC KINKDOM Queer young burner crew Shenanigans are back at it: “Welcome back to the naughtiest place on earth: The Magic KinKdom! Whether you prefer it doggystyle like Ms. Deville or want to take a Captain’s entire hook at once, we’ll be sure to fulfill your darkest Disney desires.” Fri/22, 10pm-3am, $10. Oasis, SF. Tickets and more info here

CLUB LONELY Not really Folsom-themed, but I’m recommending because it is a truly “SF” flavored dance party that is one of my favorites in the city. With DJs Vin Sol, Primo, and Jeremy Castillo. Fri/22, 10pm-late, $10. OMG, SF. More info here

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Homobiles, away!

THE HOMOBILES Insanely awesome local dyke+ punk band hits the tour circuit with this send-off, also including the sexy queer Lolly Gaggers and Maya Songbird. Sat/23, 8:30pm-11pm, $10. The Knockout, SF. More info here.  

LOVE HANGOVER: CRUISE DISCO Aww, I love this monthly afternoon party at the Lone Star. This edition features DJs Chaka Quan and Siobhan Aluvalot twirl you into Folsom bliss on the patio — plus free BBQ! Sat/23, 3pm-9pm, $5. Lone Star Saloon, SF. More info here.

SURE THING The Stud hosts an immersive techno experience that will get you all tingly before the big fair. With DJ Wata Igarashi from Japan and SF’s Aaron Jen. Sat/23, 10pm-4am, $15-$20. The Stud, SF. Tickets and more info here

CELLBLOC Pittsburgh underground techno honcho Aaron Clark joins SF’s Dark Entries Records chief Josh Cheon for a night of “intertwined limbs, pulsing meat to a throbbing beat, writhing bodies and stomping feet!” Gonna call out the whole incarceral-state fetishism here — fantasy? Or a huge part of your community’s depressing reality? — but I am down with the musical guests. Sat/23, 8pm-2am, $15 in gear $20 without. The Eagle, SF. More info here

NEW BREED: THE SECOND COMING A can’t-miss party for scruffy dancers. Usually I scroll past any party with “Breed” in the title — not yucking anyone’s yum! — but this huge banger is no goofy sacred-man-seed cum-union party. It’s put on by the awesome Polyglamorous and Pound Puppy crews, for one, and features stellar underground techno talent, like Fabrizio Mammarella, Jacob Meehan, Bears in Space, the Kosmetik crew, and more. Sat/23, 10pm-6am, $40. Club Six, SF. More info here.   

BOOTIE PRE-FOLSOM SF’s original mash-up party kicks it into fetish gear, with live mash-up band Smash-Up Derby and four rooms of shiny metal hi-jinx. Sat/23, 9pm-late, $15. DNA Lounge, SF. Tickets and more info here

SALON KUMALICIOUS You know what’s festive, and oh so SF? Getting together at the fancy STD clinic for an artistic salon. “Come draw hot and hunky queer bigger men of color (…and the men who love them) posing in their finest gear, leathers, fetish and kink accessories in celebration of Folsom Street Fair weekend.” Sat/23, 7:30pm-9pm, free. Strut, SF. More info here

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

DEVIANTS: ADULT ARCADE As always, the incredible dance party you don’t want to miss, with plenty of fantastic music and performances you won’t see anywhere else. This year features DJs Jennifer Cardini, Josie Rebelle, and Honey Soundsystem — and special surprises will abound. Sun/24, 6pm-2am, $40. Mezzanine, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

AIRTIGHT Lesbian daytime cruising and BDSM demos! All right, it’s air tight. With DJs Rolo, Lorant, Jordee, She Must Be Trouble, and La Frida. Sun/24, 2pm-9pm, free. The Stud, SF. More info here.  

DADDY DAYCARE Poppa needs a pamperin’ (which can have a lot of meanings when it comes to Folsom!) Join DJs Carrie On Disco, Bezier, Michael Romano, and Kelly Naughton at Driftwood for some disco funtime. Sun/24, 1pm-9pm, free. Driftwood, SF. More info here. 

FOLSOM STREET FAIR PARTY! Well, can’t argue with the name! And can’t argue with one of my favorite pastimes: Enjoying the fair from a perch atop Oasis, drinking fruity drinks on the generous deck. Sun/24, 11am-10pm, free. Oasis, SF. More info here

CAT CLUB CELEBRATES FOLSOM I will never forget the moment, in 2000, when a mind-blowing pack of human poodles rollerbladed into the Cat Club and onto the dance floor, just in time for Safety Dance. Cat Club is the perfect old-school bar/club to duck into during the day for a drink and some food ol’ SF surrealism. Sun/24, noon-10pm, free. Cat Club, SF. More info here.  

EAGLE PARTY ON THE PATIO Good luck getting into the Eagle during Fair time. (I love hitting the bar up for shots in the morning before the rush, though.) But in the evening things get a little easier, and you’ll have the pleasure of dancing to folks like the Go Bang! DJs (closing set) and DJ Bus Station John. Sun/24, 8pm-2am, $5. Eagle, SF. More info here

WERD FOLSOM ROUNDUP Sweet techno weekly Werd throws down at Monarch for those still on the go-go-go! With Jimmy B, Zoz, and Woo. Sun/24, 9pm, $5. Monarch, SF. More info here

TEENAGE DREAMS Why not wind up your crazy weekend at this shindig, which brings major underground Oakland flavor to SoMa. Piano Rain (Live Set) and DJs Shawna Shawnté, Brown Amy, and DURT keep you going until 4am. Sun/24, 9pm-4am, $10. The Stud, SF. More info here

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Drink myself down all day on the Mix or the Lone Star patio and eat some motherf*ckin’ burritos because I don’t have to fit in this sequined codpiece anymore. 

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Party Radar: Lace in the leather

Detroit house god Moodymann gets ready for a pool party. See Sunday.

PARTY RADAR I’ve already listed the plethora of leather affairs this week for Folsom Street Fair, but there’s a deluge of great parties that aren’t exactly affiliated — although the crossover of crowds this week should be terrific. So below I’m listing some more joint to reserve room for on your dance card. 

GOGO SEESEE GOGO PENGUIN Before we launch into this week’s debauchery, let’s take a calming moment with a UK jazz trio named GoGo Penguin that takes as much inspiration from ambient electronic moodiness and indie chill as it does rigorous tradition. Like Cinematic Orchestra and the Esbjörn Svennson Trio, the meandering, ruminative lines jump from background wallpaper to surprisingly bob-able floor-fillers. They’re at SF Jazz Wed/19 and Thu/20, for performances sure to be full of bobbing heads. More info here.

GET THE INTEL Woah, the second anniversary of Intelligent Dance Party is a full on festival of intelligent music-makers! September 22-23 at Hyde Street Studios sees IDPalooza with Romulo Del Castillo , Abandoned Footwear, Captain Marmalade, Bleie, KnobGoblin, Terminal 11, Jonah Sharp and Its Own Infinite Flower, David Last, bioMecanico, and more — phew! More info here

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

PSYCHIC TV Ultimate head trip time, as legendary Genesis P. Orridge and crew vroom into SF to take you on a psychedelic rock journey. With Moira Scar. Thu/21, 8pm, $22. Independent, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

RUBIDIUM Wonderfully driving, cavernous, and often wiggy techno from this Oakland DJ, aka Rachel Bisagni. With Sean Ocean and Nate Manic at the free DTE Inner Orbit party that showcases local performers. Thu/21, 10pm, free. F8, SF. More info here.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22  

THE MOLE From the As You Like It crew HQ: “The emphasis of the *Bloom* series is to provide intimate environments for San Francisco debuts of established or up-and-coming artists. For the second installment, we’re honored to debut Vancouver, B.C.-born and Berlin-based artist, The Mole. This will mark the California debut of a cult artist that those who have seen or heard him perform have been clamoring for for years.” With Dave Aju and Woozy. Fri/22, 9:30pm-3am, $15. Monarch, SF. Tickets and more info here.   

SANGO The Seattle-based producer leads a stellar Mega Baile Funk” night with Mikos Da Gawd, Antonio Guedes, Kush Arora, and tons more. Get down the Brazilian way. Fri/22, 10pm-3am, $25. 1015 Folsom, SF. Tickets and more info here

WHATEVER FOREVER A party (or a platform? It’s one of those music meets tech thingies) that brings on the moody, moody future electro-soul sounds with special guests Andre Power, Iamnobodi, and Sasha Marie. Fri/22, 9pm-2am, $20. Mezzanine, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

LOS RAKAS My babes! Love this East Bay Panamanian rap duo  — welp, they’re back and looking and sounding as fine an party-ready as ever. Fri/22, 8pm-midnight, $20-$25.  Slim’s, SF. Tickets and more info here.    

        SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

AUSCULTATION A little dreamy, heady, handmade electronic-ness to guide us into fall wouldn’t be so bad, ad this 100% Silk label stalwart comes to the Outpost party with Maria Minerva (live), Michael Claus and CM-4. Sat/23, 10pm, $5-$10. Elbo Room, SF. Tickets and more info here

PUBLIC WORKS 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Really already seven years at my second home?I jest, but not really: It’s one of my favorite spots and sometimes I sleep there, or just outside. This seven-year blowout brings together favorites DJ Scumfrog, Kerala Dus, Rachel Torro, Romania’s Petre Inspirescu, and more for a lively celebration. Sat/23, 9pm-late, $17. Public Works, SF. Tickets and more info here

MAC & CHEESE Do you like future beats and psychedelic trap? Do you like free mac and cheese? Would you like these things served up by a wildly fun crew at Pop’s bar? This is the party for you, Krafty. With DJs Yoavs, tree money, Funkoscope, Hooded Youth, and more. Sat/23, 9pm, free with RSVP to www.macandcheese.world/rsvp. Pop’s Bar, SF. More info here

FUNDRAISER FOR OAXACA, CHIAPAS, AND MEXIO CITY This was planned before Tuesday’s quake in Mexico City, and now it’s more urgent than ever. Live music from Mario Esteva, Dj B from Queer Qumbia and DJ Carnitas from Hard French, plus poetry, a silent auction, and drop-off point for donations (they need tents!). Sat/23, 3pm-5pm, donate! Galleria de la Raza, SF. More info here

&ME The boppy young German has a lovely, well-tuned ear for energetic techno that isn’t afraid to delve into oddities or go for popular, but not played-out, material. At the Green Gorilla Lounge party. Sat/23, 9:30pm-3am, $10-$20. Monarch, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

MOODYMANN There really isn’t much difference, sonically, between this Detroit house legend’s freaky-sexy music and the Folsom Street Fair — either way, the man otherwise known as Kenny Dixon, Jr. is your daddy. He’ll be presiding over a patio and pool party at the Phoenix Hotel. Sun/24, noon-6pm, $25-$30. Phoenix Hotel, SF. Tickets and more info here

PERMISSION TO LAND “Music, drinks and food in the only outdoor space you can be LOUD, The Midway SF Patio.” With Atish, Tara Brooks, Tim Engelhardt, and Chuwee. Sun/24, 2pm-9pm, $15-$17.50. The Midway, SF. Tickets and more info here

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Party Radar: Bubbling Onward

Bubbles would have loved it: Taylor Mac's epic '24-Decade History of Popular Music' comes to the Curran over the next two weekends. See below.

PARTY RADAR  As local nightlife still reels from the loss of Bubbles, the beloved club kid/DJ/artist who was shot to death last weekend, of course we are all coming together to help raise funds for the Bubbles cause, and hold our own special dance floor memorials. Bubbles’ friend Nada has set up a memorial fund and is in contact with Bubbles’ family. We persevere in pressuring the police to investigate this as a hate crime and catch the killer. Meanwhile, parties are being planned apace:

Thu/14 at Bissap Baobab is Beats for Bubbles, featuring eclectic sounds with DJ Dot and Moto Tembo (9pm-12am, $5 after 10pm) 

Fri/29  is Abscheidfraulein Bubbles at the Eagle, which is having quite a few local celebrities. This was originally planned by Bubbles as a going away party, as he was leaving to start a new life in Berlin. It’s now planned as a festive, more profound going away. No event page up yet, but here’s the flyer. 9pm-late with DJs Bonnie Ford, Mozghan, Solar, Charlotte the Baroness, Cole and lightshow by Donovan.

October 28 — can you imagine A Sea of Bubbles? Throw on the nearest dreadlocked blonde wig and denim hot pants and join in, as Terra Gallery hosts a giant party for Bubbles lookalikes — they’re going for 1000. This is such a genius idea and Bubbles would have loved it. 10pm-2am. 

TWO MORE BUBBLES WOULD LOVE This week sees two marvelous performers who seem to split the difference between Bubbles’ politically artistic and hilariously hysterical sides. Legendary NYC artist Taylor Mac slayed the scene there last year in the show of the year: His 24-hour performance of the story of the United States through song and drag and performance, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.” Insane! He’s not going 24-hours all-in here in SF, but definitely going all-out with a series of appearances at the Curran that divides the epic into four parts, starting this Friday and continuing over the next two weekends. Don’t miss this! More info here.

Varla Jean Merman in “Bad Heroine” at Oasis, through Sun/17

Meanwhile, everybody’s favorite ditzy blonde “illegitimate lovechild of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine” — the one who can hold a high C for 12 bars while she downs a can of Cheez Wiz — is in town from P-town at Oasis through Sun/17 with her new show “Bad Heroine.” Varla Jean Merman will make you spit out your martini and make you want to run on stage and hug her in gratitude. I love her to death, and this show looks funny as all get-out. More info here

PS: I love this recording Bubbles left us from July with her friend Buckner. Light one up and have a long listen. 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Wolf, Lamb, Soul, & Clap

WOLF & LAMB & SOUL CLAP Boston’s finest foursome — two duos who meld seamlessly, and are responsible for digging up the most exquisite r&b and underground house jams of the late 2000s, come in to tear the roof of the Great Northern. Fri/15, 9:30pm-3:30am, $20. Great Northern, SF. Tickets and more info here. 

DEATH ON THE BALCONY Arg, another fantastic duo I don’t want to miss! Friday’s gonna be hard, y’all. The UK twosome brings a deep sense of complexity and joyful detail to their techno-house sets, unafraid to be ruminative and take flight to the stratosphere. An Akbar Music showcase also featuring Martin Aquino and Tyrel Williams. Fri/15, 10pm-4am, $10-$20. Halcyon, SF. Tickets and more info here

THE QUEEN IS DEAD Who does not like the Smiths, and related Brit bands? Who does not like it when Morrissey rips his shirt off at the end of a song? OK, don’t answer that second question — Beefcake is Murder! — but do go to this swell party, plating your favorite Marr + Moz + beyond. Fri/15, 9pm-2am, free with RSVP. Bar Fluxus, SF. RSVP and more info here

CREATURE One of the most SF of SF parties — a gender-free wonderland of outlandish performance, punk attitude, lovely people from all over, and underground vibe. This month’s theme is illumination so you know there’s something special planned. Fri/15, 10pm-4am, $10. The Stud, SF. More info here

JACOB GROENING & JASCHA HAGEN Lovely deep techno from two German visitors in an intimate loft. Fri/15, 9:30pm-3am, $10-$20. Public Works, SF. Tickets and more info here.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 

CHRIS CRUSE The leading light of LA’s infamous Spotlight parties, which showcases underground queer sounds, pops by on a global jaunt to bring his uniquely yummy sound o the world. He’ll be at the Mixed Forms party, which itself is making some underground waves. This, too, is a fundraiser for Bubbles — so come dance and support. Sat/16, 9pm-4am, $10-$20. The Stud, SF. Tickets and more info here

TORNADO WALLACE The beardy, hypnotic techno wonder froDown Under comes back to whip Monarch into a frenzy. Sat/16, 10pm-3:30am, $10-$20. Monarch, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

FRINGE The cutest little indie dance party (which actually gets quite packed!) is having a “Glitter Bash,” so you can have a little glam with your wham-bam. Glitter Friends will be on hand for glitter face-painting, with DJs Blondie K and SubOctave turning up the sparkle. Sat/16, 9pm-2am, $5. Madrone, SF. More info here

MAKEOUT PARTY “Who’s in my mouth?” Get ready to lock lips at this omnisexual dance party (you’ll get a Jell-O shot if you do it for the camera!) With too cute — and too good — DJs Robin Malone Simmons and Elaine Denham. Sat/16, 10pm-2am, $10. Eagle SF. More info here.  

LES NUBIANS The gorgeously talented “Afropean” sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart pop back into town from recording a new album in Detroit to give us a touch of their live, worldly R&B magic. Sat/16, 9pm, $22-$25. New Parish, Oakland. Tickets and more info here.  

BEATPIG Can’t beat the combination of drag goddess Juanita More, host Walter Gomez, DJ Stanley Frank, and a club full of cute, scruffy, gay boys. Sat/16, 10pm-2am, $5. Powerhouse, SF. More info here.     

PUSH THE FEELING One of my favorite little monthly indie-electronic dance parties is always a good time, featuring Plaza, Ilya, Johnny Nunes, and Kevin Meenan. Sat/16, 10pm-2am, $7. Underground SF. More info here

DAD: DUDES AND DISCO How much do I love super-cutie DJs Michael Romano and Kelly Naughton? Thiiiiiiis much. Their party at Driftwood will rock your dad-bod. With special guest legend DJ Jim Hopkins. Sat/16, 9pm, $5. Driftwood, SF. More info here.   

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