Four new bars to get you hot 'n watered. Plus: "V", Rebolledo, Ewan Pearson, Brazil Carnaval Ball, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Ellen Ferrato, and Poolside parties
For six years the monthly Lights Down Low party has brought new intriguing sounds and old favorites to SF — this Brit legend (whose work as Maas is revered by techno heads and who's been palling around with Andy Weatherall lately) brings some deep tech-funk and bleepiness, joining New Jersey house god Todd Edwards and many more for some in-the-dark madness.
Fri/17, 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m., $15 advance. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. wwwpublicsf.com
Opening for sophisticated Italian-Belgian pop-house act Aeroplane on Friday is our very own Poolside, the sun-kissed duo comprised of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise, who've been slaying daytime parties around the world with dreamy acid house reveries and melodies that catch you in the bikini. A bit of lovely warmth in winter, this.
Fri/17, 9 p.m., $17 advance. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
Intoxicating Mexican techno from this wavy-haired goofball, please, especially when hybridized with avant-pop structures into a bouncy funk, with one smart eye on retro-minimalism and the other on bumping rumps. Tim Sweeney, host of NYC's invaluable Beats in Space radio show opens up.
BRAZIL CARNAVAL BALL
"Nobody parties like the Brazilians!" is the motto of the Friends of Brazil, who are throwing their 45th outrageous Carnaval celebration on Saturday. I and my sore bottom are here to affirm that this is true! Mardi Gras is hard upon us, and it's Rio's traditional time to shine (even though our own big Carnaval street party doesn't happen until May). Let those feathers fly and sequins shine with great live music and dancers.
Sat/18, 9:30 p.m., $35. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana, SF. www.brazilianevents.com
LIL MISS HOT MESS'S ROLLER SKATING BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
This adorably meshuggah yet politically sharp (her satirical stage extravaganzas are to die for) drag queen threw one of the parties of 2010 when her birthday Bar Mitzvah rolled around. The long-awaited follow up, on wheels, promises just as many bumps, thumps, and bewigged triumphs.
Sun/19, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., $6 admission, $4 skate rental (or bring your own). CellSpace, 2050 Bryant, SF. www.lilmisshotmess.com