Two crackin' new nightlife venues open. Plus: Wunmi, Deetron, Andre Lodemann, Harvey Milk's birthday, more parties
SUPER EGO Zounds and gulldurnit. Figures I'd fall ill right at the start of street festival season, when the weather was gorgeous, the freaks were How Weirding, and two new clubs were throwing open their fresh-painted portals. Why can't my body just obey my mind and be invincible! It's nothing but an overgrown orang-oo-tang. Oh well, I guess when you have only one sinus left — thanks, 1997 — every day of health is a smelly blessing.
Those two clubs: OK, one was really a hard re-opening. 222 Hyde (www.222hyde.com) has been going packed and strong for a few months since its remodel. The skinny-as-a-rail, bi-level spot has a bit more capacity and a lounge and smoking area — but the real talk is the absolutely transfixing light display on the ceiling above the basement dance floor. It feels like disco Tron! The good Tron!
And a blizzard of ecstatic Tweets agonized me about missing the actually opening of RKRL (52 Sixth St., SF. www.facebook.com/RKRLSF), a satellite of Club Six that plans to bring small-venue live rock — and a little dancing, too — to downtown's wilds, courtesy of the crazy Low SF crew. I'll be there soon. Achoo!
Sunny live Nigerian (via London and NYC) riddem vibes from one of the world's most gorgeous and talented women at the always-pumpin' Afrolicious weekly global funk party? You can't miss this high-octane Wunmi bliss — I can't wait to see what she's wearing.
Thu/17, 9:30pm, $8 before 11pm, $10 after. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com
Among my all-time favorite techno producers and DJs, who rides that impeccable sweet spot between intelligently danceable and emotionally hypnotic. The delicious twist here is that the classic German, instrumental in East Berlin's 1990s dance scene, will be playing at Marques Wyatt's lovely monthly deep, deep house party Deep. The collision of spiritual currents with waves of brain-tickling tech should be, well, splashy. In the sweat-inducing sense.
Fri/18, 10pm-4am, $15 advance, $20 door. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
A hot-sounding new monthly party named, presumably, after the brilliant Model 500 record from 1989, already promising a warm blanket of chill Balearic house-y sounds. Up first: the West Coast cosmic boogie boy known as Suzanne Kraft, lo-fi sensual wooziness from SFV Acid, Ash Williams, Avalon Emerson, Caitlin Denny, more.
Fri/18, 9pm-3am, $5. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
DEETRON --- (JUST HEARD DEETRON HAD TO CANCEL DUE TO ILLNESS ;(, BUT THE AMAZING CAMEA WILL NOW PLAY AN EXTENDED SET)
The second in a massive series of techno parties from the quality As You Like It crew (this time teaming up with Public Works) sees Swiss wiz Deetron bang the party with his signature melodic twists on the Detroit sound. Bern, baby, Bern! With Camea, Rich Korach, and Mossmoss.
Sat/19, 9pm-4am, $10 before 10pm, $15 after. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.ayli-sf.com