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FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Nightlife wobbles, glows, and explodes in the fall

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Identity Festival This travelling electronic dance music circus is so big it kind of scares me (and for a techno fest called "Identity" there sure are an awful lot of white dudes), but if you cut through the mainstream hypes there's much of value here, including Booka Shade, Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, Pretty Lights, Le Castle Vania, and, yes, Pete Tong and Crystal Method. Local surfer dude Kaskade headlines in a triumphant homecoming of sorts. Saturday, September 3, 1 p.m.-11:30 p.m., $60. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. www.idfestival.com

Optimo If you are at all interested in how a bonkers pair of Scottish geniuses can mix retro rock and old school jams from all genres into a seamless set of utterly surprising, utterly danceable, shiver-inducing glory, then you need to be here. If not, then I pity you and your Celine Dion CDs. With Mi Ami, Solar, Conor, Pickpocket, and Ryan P. Saturday, September 3, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $10 advance. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com

Doin' It in the Park The massive SF daytime hip-hop and funk tradition is back at Golden Gate Park, a positivity picnic with a roster of local all-stars like Chuy Gomez, Shortkut, J. Boogie, Apollo, Mr. E, the Whooligan, and King Most. Bring the kids! (Then hit the afterparty with Triple Threat at Mighty.) Sunday, September 4, noon-6 p.m., free. Marx Meadows, Golden Gate Park. Facebook: Doin' It in the park

The Afterburn After spending a week with these people in the desert, who the heck would want to be packed with them on a basement dancefloor? Those Burners who aren't quite ready yet to let go of the love, of course, and anyone into the dastardly decks hijinks of Ooah of Glitch Mob, my secret acid crunk crush An-Ten-Nae (performing live with a drummer), and tons more. Friday, September 9, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $20–$25. 103 Harriet, SF. www.1015.com

Barem The minimal techno mindblower on M-Nus Records is a master of live atmospherics and teased gratification. He rolls into town with a posse of excitements including John Tejada, Geddes, Matt Tolfrey, Antacid, and our own local techno success story of the moment, Pillow Talk, for a deep-yet-eclectic evening. Saturday, September 10, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10–$18. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com

Bring Your Own Queer 2011The big daytime BYOQ shindig is back this year, with oodles of local queer talent staking a claim to Golden Gate Park. Dance, prance, and parting glance with Juanita More!, Honey Soundsystem, la Chica Boom, Bay Area Derby Girls, and an entire "Fashion Forest" to get lost in! Saturday, September 17, 12 p.m.-6 a.m., free. Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, SF. www.byoq.org

Earthdance Get global-spiritual at this enriching three-day festival, showcasing a bundle of Burn-step acts in the "Electronica Temple" like Tipper, Mimosa, Gaudi, Sub Swara, and Ill-Esha, plus I'm sure an eye-popping host of flaming poi twirlers. September 23-25, $45–$195. Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo. www.earthdancelive.com

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