Queer monthly outdoor party Hard French returns with vinyl sunshine
HF Rookie Ricardo's Records (www.rookyricardosrecords.com) in the Lower Haight. The owner, Dick Vivian, has been dancing to these 45s since they were originally pressed — and he now shares them with all the DJs who take an interest. Also, Dick is our total record daddy dream babe. The aforementioned soul scene in San Francisco would not exist without Rookie's.
SFBG Any new record scores the DJs are stoked to debut on Saturday?
HF "Since the Days of Pigtails" by Chairmen of the Board, "Do the 45" by the Sharpees, Ruby Lee's "Gonna Put a Watch On You," and "Soulful Dress" by Sugar Pie DeSanto. Plus a bunch more — we've basically spent the last three months digging through acres of vinyl.
SFBG What's been the most memorable Hard French moment so far?
HF Our most mind-altering moment had to have been the Hard French Winter Ball we threw in January at the haunted Brookdale Lodge in the Santa Cruz mountains. More than 400 people — from Santa Cruz locals to folks as far as New York, Toronto, and New Orleans — dressed in their finest formal fashions and completely took over the lodge. Seriously, every room was booked, the hotel bar was overrun, there were drag queens putting on face in the bathrooms, queers frenching in every nook and cranny, and even double dutch happening in the famous Brook Room, a beautiful room with a river that runs right through it! The event was hosted by the one and only Lil Miss Hot Mess, who curated a show that featured jaw-dropping performances by Glamamore, Alotta Boute, and others. There was also a dance contest, a highly competitive coronation ... Oh, and we made it snow — inside the hotel. No big deal.
SFBG Any plans to take the party abroad? Will you ever be able to say Hard French is big in Japan?
HF Though it's easy to forget, Canada is abroad, and Hard French has had mind-blowing parties in Toronto (as well as New York). But yes, we do have a few other international buns in the oven. As a note, if anyone out there wants to pay for six round trip tickets, a few hotel suites, a couple pitchers of margaritas, and some regional cuisine, Hard French will roll into your town and throw the best damn dance party that Iceland, Croatia, Zanzibar, or wherever has ever seen.
SFBG Describe Hard French in a haiku.
HF: Make out with hot babes/ Inside soul shaken sunlight/ Daytime adventure.
Sat/5 and every first Sat., 3 p.m.– 8 p.m.
$7 (free BBQ from 3–5 p.m.)
3158 Mission, SF.