Party Radar

Folsom Special: Guerrilla Queer Bar returns as leather "Pop-Up"

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Picture it: the Marina, 2000, a club called Trap Door playing goofy throwback hip-hop, shirty dudes and "woo" girls playing the heter-mating game with hetero-abando.

In strut a gaggle of rough and ready queers, me included, part of Guerrilla Queer Bar, to shake things up and sprinkle a little unicorn rainbow dust (and wig hair) on the proceedings. Web 1.0 was in full effect, queers were losing their spaces, and so we wanted to "take it back" by invading "straight" neighborhoods and wreaking a little lavender havoc -- you know, to even things out and have fun. It was kind of the original flashmob, spread only by the limited social media of the time (i.e. email listservs). 

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Party Radar: Whip it good at Folsom Week parties

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Folsom Street Fair is coming hard upon us -- don't be left hanging upside down without a solid party plan. The following picks will help you whip your way through the lame into the hard, dark, wet embrace of excellent nightlife.

First our video spirit guide: This excellent short film shot by Leo Herrera and Aron Kantor of last year's fair - from cameras mounted on their leather puppy masks.

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Faux sho

SUPER EGO The annual Faux Queen Pageant femmes up the drag scene. Plus: Nickodemus, LTJ Bukem, Go Bang!, Lo Down Loretta Brown, more nightlife.

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO Just like the Bible says, "We're all born naked; the rest is drag." Everyone's a drag queen of some sort or other, for good or ill, and since 1995 the incredible annual Faux Queen Pageant has been proving that sometimes the best drag queens of all are women.Read more »

Fall on the floor

SUPER EGO/FALL ARTS 2014 Hushfest, Katey Red, Deviants, Soul Camp, Sunset Picnic, Bonobo -- we know where you'll be in the nightclub.

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SUPER EGO/ FALL ARTS This feisty discombobulation of a nightlife column turns 10 in October (old!) — to celebrate, here's a wee selection of premium upcoming blackouts and future glitter emergencies. Never look back, never look down!

 

KATEY RED

Fierce transgender MC is the mother of the New Orleans sissy bounce movement: She'll make your jeans quake.

Sat/30, 9pm, $10. Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl. www.facebook.com/swaggerlikeussfRead more »

Scruff love

Mr. Scruff brings us six hours of love. Plus: SF Drag King Contest, Heartthrob, Odyssey, Coyu, more

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Get read

SUPER EGO: Great new books on nightlife and music, plus Green Velvet, Cajmere, Fog Rugby, Friends With Benefits, MOM on Mars, more parties

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Far afield

SUPER EGO A healthy lifestyle should never interfere with your nightlife schedule. Plus: Moon Boots, The Field, Tony Humphries, Summer Sundays, more parties

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO I've been kind of taking a healthgoth/normcore approach to life lately — banging my sequined coffin shut at 10pm or so, then springing out, my mirrorball Reboks shooting fire, for an early morning jog and beet shake (extra pollen). Does this mean I'm ready to be a dad? I'm even hanging out most nights at the gay sports bar, hiking volcanic parks on weekends, and refusing cocktail straws with my drinks, to save the Earth.Read more »

Party Radar: Basement Jaxx, Outpost, Clockwork, Bardot A Go Go, more

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From the wild, wild, wide world of British clubbing: People are calling the video below "the worst club promo ever," but I kinda want to go. It's not often you find so much abandon, bounce, tan spray, and just plain this in nightlife these days:

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Party Radar: Hardkiss Brothers celebrate 1991, "Flowers Blooming"

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It's a tribute to the resiliency of SF's classic Hardkiss Brothers -- and the soul of the SF house music scene -- that, after the devastating loss of musical brother Scott last year, Gavin and Robbie Hardkiss have bounced back with an exuberant tribute to the roots of their legendary collective, new album 1991.

This Fri/20 at Public Works (9pm-3am, $10. 161 Erie, SF), they'll be bringing the Hardkiss family together to celebrate the release of exuberant floor-stomping single "Flowers Blooming" -- a rework of lovely 1980 Change track "Glow of Love." Free download below!

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Get up

Nightlife wakes up with Morning Gloryville, Loco Dice, Louie Vega, Maya Jane Coles, Grit & Glamour, Werd, more parties

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO Fellow freakazoids, I'm disturbed. There's an alarming new microtrend in nightlife: daylife. More specifically: morninglife. Halp!Read more »