A full report on the Movement Detroit techno fest. Plus: DJ Toph One returns, Soul Slam, more.
I asked him how he could keep up such tremendous energy through a quarter-century, how he didn't run himself ragged on the hard facts of the world even as he transported generations of dance floors into cosmic netherworlds.
"It's a path," he replied, uncurling his arm along the back of my chair and staring somewhere far in the back of my skull. "Techno is a calling, and you do it because you have to do it, and that's it. It's not just some sort of music you build a life around. It's the direction you take in your whole life, the actual path. No matter where it leads you."
I promised I'd finally stop writing about Detroit but the hits just keep on coming: mad genius and early techno innovator from across the river in Windsor Richie Hawtin whirlwinds through with the yummy Paco Osuna (Fri/8, 9pm, $22.50. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com), former Detroiter (now Berliner) Magda lights up the Sunset Island party on Treasure Island Sun/10, and the As You Like It Live party with Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Kassem Mosse, Christina Chatfield, and Bobby Browser (Fri/8, 9pm-4am, $15 before 10pm, $25 after. Beatbox, 314 11th St., SF. www.facebook.com/AsYouLikeItSF) continues Movement's adventurous exploration of techno textures.
SOUL SLAM SF 7
I recently stayed in a Prince-themed hotel where the mirror above the bed was inscribed, "I was dreamin' when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray ...." It was a fantasy come true. Another? The seventh installment of this Prince vs. Michael Jackson sonic smackdown — a step beyond the normal tribute night with excellent rare selections by NYC's DJ Spinna with Hakobo, King Most, and Proof.
Sat/9, 9pm, $20 advance. Mezanine, $$$ Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
NON STOP BHANGRA: TOPH ONE RETURNS
It's a mitzvah! After surviving a tragic hit-and-run that stunned the nightlife community, bike king and DJ extraordinaire Toph One resurfaces at this ace bhangra monthly, heading up the global-funky loft with Jeremy Sole of Santa Monica's groovy Afrofunke' party. Meanwhile, in the main room, LA bhangra superstars Sandeep Kumar and Doc Bladez keep it electro-punjabi whirled.
Sat/9, 9pm, $10 advance, $15 door. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. wwwpublicsf.com
PINK AND PURPLE PATIO PARTY
Why should El Rio, EndUp, and Wild Side West get all the sunny queer veranda jollies? Cafe Cocomo prances into the afternoon outdoors game with this cute-looking affair — and yes, there is a fuschia and lavender costume theme, with prizes awarded to best retina-searing ensembles. DJ EMV throws a few Latin and retro-pop twists with eclectic guests. Plus: free BBQ!
Sat/9, 1pm-7pm, $10 — mention the Guardian and get $5 off! Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana, SF. www.tinyurl.com/PPPPLGBT