A spring of Milk and honeys with Harvey Milk Day, JD Samson, J.Phlip, Capsule Design Fest, NGUZUNGUZU, and more
SUPER EGO And so, my queer peeps, we finally get an official "day" that won't automatically invoke thoughts of rainbow jock straps, hot pink pasties, inscrutable promotional booths, and Miller Lite sponsorships. I'm talking about the new Harvey Milk Day, May 22, which doesn't yet involve an Altoids float full of Gold's Gym refugees or a Virgin sweepstakes. But I'm sure we'll try our damnedest!
J/k, j/k, don't get your Pride panties all in a twist, just sayin'. It's beyond lovely that Mr. Milk is finally being recognized by California, thanks to our perennially tanned, leather-pantsed, and boyish state Sen. Mark Leno. And it'll be plum-dandy to (hopefully) refocus on the great political legacy of the queer movement.
That's not to say we're not gonna have ourselves a little party. All day Saturday, the Castro District will be abuzz with what looks like 20-hundred gonzo events, everything from a "Hotcakes for Harvey" brunch at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, to the crazy tricycle-race-meets-bar-crawl Tour de Castro with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to a, duh, "Milk & Cookies Street Fair." Happily bewilder yourself by visiting www.milkday.org for the full rundown. Then, on Sun/23, the ginormous Kink Armory gets taken over for a hootin' and hollerin' Castro County Fair (www.castrocountyfair.org) and a fruity evening Milk Shake party hits 715 Harrison (www.milkshake2010.com). No, we don't get a day off work, but if you're queer, you best be workin' all the time anyway.
Oh yes, Terrorbird is a real thing, with terrorclaws. OK, it's not that scary, but Terrorbird is one of the biggest local indie and electronic music promoters going, and it's celebrating its fourth birthday with a beakin' extravaganza. DJs Sugar & Gold and Disco Shawn work it out between primo acts Man/Miracle, Baths, the Splinters, and Sister Crayon.
Thu/20, 8 p.m., $5. Milk, 1840 Haight, SF. www.milksf.com
If you don't have a kinda-crush on JD Samson, formerly of Le Tigre and now of MEN, you are not human. Samson will bring expertly fun electro-fied rock skills to "create space for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other." Unicrons and The Workout host, Honey Soundsystem, Distorted Disco DJs, Fonzie, and more open up.
Fri/21, 9 p.m., $10. Triple Crown, 1772 Market, SF. www.triplecrownsf.com
Oh man, one of my favorite DJs in San Francisco is leaving, and I can't even be mad at her because she's (of course) going to Berlin. You can catch her waving a mind-melting techno adieu at the superior Phonic party at the EndUp on Thursday, or you can watch her wig out with world-famous Dirtybird labelmates Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, and Worthy at Mezzanine. Better yet, do both for a double dose. See ya on the Phlipside, J.
Fri/21, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $15. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
Completely mad tropical bass rave sounds from this young Los Angeles duo who are blowing up the spotlight with that warped airhorn sound. Catch them rumbling the intimate 222 Hyde space with support from Ghosts on Tape, Disco Shawn, and Rollie Fingers.
Sat/22, 10 p.m., $5. 222 Hyde, SF. www.222hyde.com