I would dare trace the notion of distance back even farther, to the very impulse of Onra's stylized hip-hop production. Whether seeking out some sense of imaginative rootedness across disparate traditions and backgrounds in Chinoiseries and other beat-tapes, or the heart of expressionistic eros in Long Distance, a sense of absence drives Onra's work. But he doesn't get lost in mournful nostalgia for a lost past and places already visited; some sort of dreamy future — a strange horizon where the erotic and robotic merge — seems to rise from the rubble. Desire might just find what it's been looking for.
With Buddy Sativa, Sweater Funk DJs
Fri/29, 10 p.m.; $10
2925 16th St., SF