Forget the corny V-Week candy and flowers: Have a heart for Non Stop Bhangra, Light Asylum, Garth and Jeno, Droog, and Opel parties this week
SUPER EGO The last time I tried to make out with a cute boy who wasn't my husband, he actually said, "OK, I'm going to stand over there now. But you're a great dancer." Smooth save, Cornelius J. McRejector. I mean, if I had any pride left to be wounded do you think I'd be standing here wearing pink Baby Phat bedazzled cutoff jeans, a sequined visor that reads "Party Bottom," possum-brown Keds, and some totally offensive, insensitively appropriated Native American item, possibly a dreamcatcher nose ring? I don't need you! I'm busy re-embracing irony.
Anyway, that whole tackiness is over, and the point is this: dancing. If it seems there are more wild Valentine's themed parties than ever this year (check out our roundup in this issue), there are also, well, more parties in general, including choice ones such as below. Just like Lana del Ray's top lip, there's always enough nightlife to go around. So don't let some piddly fear of rejection lock you in the closet with zombie Mitt Romney. Be the great dancer you are.
Wide-ranging party players Marco de la Vega, Gary Riviera, and Brian Furstman have launched the new Future Perfect weekly at Monarch with the intent to obliterate whatever few genre boundaries remain in dance music — no central feel, "just good, forward thinking, contemporary" music, de la Vega told me. That's a tough trick: without a definable flavor for a crowd to hold onto, you need to sustain a wholly unique energy (drink specials help!) or rely on big guest names to draw people back. Future Perfect seems to be succeeding at both strategies. The party's already hosted Cold Cave, Jokers of the Scene, and Nguzunguzu; the latest big name is beguilingly dark live duo Light Asylum, anchored by singer Shannon Funchess' throaty vocals. Considering Light Asylum's justifiable reputation as one of the most riveting live acts around, this party's energy will keep building.
Thu/9, 9 p.m., $10–$15. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com
BACK2BACK SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY
SF's cosmic jam legends Jeno and Garth brought down club Mighty's roof when they played at their original party Wicked's 20th anniversary last year. Now they're celebrating the lucky seventh of the party that sees them both on decks at the same time, finishing each others' musical sentences. Poetry for your feet, child, and not to be missed for anyone interested in DJ sets that color outside the lines. (I'm so excited, I'm mixing my metaphors.)
Fri/10, 8 p.m.-4 a.m., free before 11 p.m., $7 after. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com