Fag Friday, Doc Martin, Jazzy Jeff, Kafana Balkan, and more fun nightlife haps. Plus: Happy 50th birthday DJ Bus Station John!
SUPER EGO I think we've all agreed to finally bury overused buzzwords like "legendary" and "icon" and "classic" and "mitxirrika" in the cold, cold buzzground. Hype gives me the sneezes. Nevertheless, there are some accomplished parties and DJs making return visits (and, in one case, celebrating a semi-centennial) this week, which and who deserve some fresh superlatives.
Dear me, Doc's been such a part of the West Coast dance music landscape for the past 25 years that he can throw down any type of set he wants and walk away a winner. In the past two years alone, I've seen him pump early house, cutting-edge post-minimal, and full-on balls-out techno. He's got the mastery to match his moods, the mark of true artistry.
Fri/21, 10 p.m., $15. Temple, 540 Howard, SF. www.templesf.com
At the previous lovely instance of this omnisexual soulful house party's reunion, in October, I looked over the masses losing their minds when DJ David Harness dropped Danny Krivit's rework of Derrick May's "Strings of Life" and teared up a little with the gorgeous wonder of it all. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll strip off someone's shirt and twirl around with it. Mr. Harness returns, with Juanita More, Rolo, and Miss "I Get Lifted" herself, diva Barbara Tucker live. One of my favorite things.
Fri/21, 10 p.m.–4 a.m., $10. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Those 1990s revivalists will forever pin him to the Fresh Prince — but man, they just don't understand. Jazz's output, especially his recent mixes, has shown a level of crate sophistication and broadmindedness that transcends retro hip-hop shtick. Don't worry, you'll still get some joyous old-timey hands-in-the-air, but Jazz'll drop some smart new hip-shake as well. With Apollo, Sake One, and the Whooligan.
Fri/21, 10 p.m.–late, $20. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
Are you being Serbed? Well, get Kosovar here! This raucous, incredibly fun party returns after a long hiatus for its fourth anniversary, its trademark Gypsy-influenced tunes in tow. There's a dedicated crowd of oom pah pah-lovers, who live for live performances by talented ensemble Brass Menazeri and those almost-hallucinogenic moments when DJ Zeljko hits 'em with a vintage old-country slice in goddess-knows-what time signature. It's a little bit Burner, a little bit Beatbox, and all Balkan, baby.
Sat/22, 9 p.m., $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.rickshawstop.com
Juan Maclean's DJ Kicks mix on K7! was one of the best label-released mixes of last year, showing an astute ear that managed to bend disparate elements into a pleasant happy house revival (which cannily matched the single "Happy House," released by his band, The Juan Maclean). Drop your coat on the floor and prance around it when he headlines this winky-ravey party.
Sat/22, 10 p.m.–late, $15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com