That there can be a successful club whose hook is friendly conversation may say more about technology's limits than it does about a possible resurgence of Moose Lodges or canasta parties — although bingo is definitely in. Nightlife, this business we call tipsy, took a sucker punch from its former friend the Interweb, of course. (Why go out when you can get drunk online?) And we're pretty much used to thinking of clubs at this point as either struggling to imitate the ethernet with hyper-adverbial interactive "concepts" or fetishizing things that computers cannot touch yet. Face-to-face give-and-take now joins classic cruising, live performance, art exhibits, sculptural environments, oxygen bars, professional mixology, vinyl archaeology, sweaty bodies, and chocolate syrup wrestling (www.chocolatesyrupwrestling.com) in clubland's Museum of the Mostly Mouse-Free.
Clubs. Is there no index they can't gloss?
One other nightlife experience that can never be truly virtualized: that predawn abandoned bus ride home, muffled sounds of the club still ringing in your ears. I like to think of Muni in those moments as my personal stretch Hummer; the driver is my handsome Israeli chauffeur/bodyguard/secret paramour who will someday betray me, and I'm a (kind of smelly) target of salivating paparazzi. Then I start to feel a tad snobbish and base and also possibly paranoid. But then I have a Snickers and I'm OK. --- Marke B. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Be Nice Party
Second Wednesdays, 6–11 p.m.
312 Harrison, SF