FRI., APRIL 8
Jokers of the Scene The hardcore Torontonian goofballs are so nutty they used to be controversial. Now, they're just good electro fun, and will pack the shiny-shiny Lights Down Low party even more. With Brenmar and Christian Martin (also damn good).
10 p.m.-late, $10. SOM 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com
Miss Blow Up USA The exuberant 18+ monthly glitz-electro night is still going strong -- and now they need a queen (apparently I've been retired). Anyone can enter -- and everyone wins with DJs Jeffrey Paradise, Lloydski, Dirty Dave, and more.
10 p.m., $10 21+/$15 18+, DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. www.blowupsf.com
SAT., APRIL 9
Aprilween Yes, yes, every day is Halloween for us freaks — but not every night is a massive costume party at the monthly mashup Bootie party. So here you have it, Aprilween, with DJs Adrian and Mysterious D with guests Faroff and Squrrrl and live mashup band Smashup Derby. Plus crazy costume contest.
9 p.m., $8 before 10, $10 after. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. www.bootiesf.com
BiBi The off-the-hook hot and charitable queer Middle Eastern party returns with a "sail the seven seas" theme. DJs Cairo brings the ululating beats, bellydancers, yummy drink specials, and, as always, friendly hipshakes and sultry winks.
9 p.m., $10. Club 8, 1151 Folsom, SF. www.bibisf.org
Justin Vivian Bond San Francisco's drag cabaret pride and joy, now slaying them (and scoring Tony noms) in New York City is releasing a new CD, Dendrophile, and bringing a truckload of talent to the Castro Theatre for a scenester's dream of a performance.
8 p.m.–11 p.m., $25–$65. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF. www.castrotheatre.com
WED., APRIL 13
DJ Kentaro + Japan benefit I am so delighted that actual vinyl turntables are making a comeback — but one glimpse of this Ninja Tune dude's mad scratch-collage skillness might send a generation running back to Serrato. Proceeds go to Global Givings Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
9:30 p.m.–late, $10. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
FRI., APRIL 15
Mary Ann Hobbs BBC Radio's undisputed queen of fractured beats and intel electronic dance comes back to the Bay — with a fanperson's wet-dream roster: Joy Orbison, Kode9, Roska, Gonjasufi (yes!), Lorn, Ghosts on Tape, and loads more. Sooo good.
10 p.m.–late, $15 adv. 103 Harriet, SF. www.1015.com
Tensnake After a few false visa-issue starts, the German recombinant house prince brings his funky, fantastic, steamy, sing-a-long creations to Public Works. Coma Cat here we come!
9 p.m.–4 a.m., $10 with Facebook RSVP. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. Facebook: Tensnake Live!
SAT., APRIL 16
Legowelt Absolutely smoking house with a classic mid-'80s feel from this Dutch "slam jack" artiste at a special installment of the rad Donuts! party. Also check out fellow headliners Miracles Club from Portland for more introspective early house-ish sounds and local spectacle-kinksters Tres Lingerie.
9:30 p.m.–3 a.m., $5 before 10, $10 after. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com