Nightlife: Masquerotica, Michele Myers, Death Becomes Her, more as our favorite civic holiday swings into action
SUPER EGO "We wanted to put together something that truly reflects San Francisco on its most popular holiday," DJ Syd Gris of Opulent temple tells me over the phone. "A titillating, intoxicating kaleidoscope of San Francisco flavor with soulful, sexy music. And zombie strippers."
He's talking about the massive Masquerotica (Sat/20, 8:30pm-3am $55–$125, creative costume expected. San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., SF. www.maquerotica.com ), a perfect kick-off to the insane Halloween season, which pretty much does include frisky input from most of the more risquee club scenes SF's got going — Kink.com, Anon Salon, Mission Control, Vau de Vire, Hubba Hubba Revue, Bondage-A-Go-Go, Asian Diva Girls, Club Exotica ... and then for kicks, Trannyshack. Hey, different strokes! Please have sex with Trannyshack if you want.
There also promises to be some intriguing tunes, from electro-house headliners Stanton Warriors and 15-piece funk band Action Jackson right on through to the early R&B Hard French DJs and hard-driving Mr. Gris himself. (We'll also probably be hearing from a lot from gay rapper Cazwell's alabaster abs as well. Squee squee!)
"The demise of the Exotic Erotic Ball here a few years ago provided an opportunity to put the focus back on local talent while still keeping the sexy vibe. We'd like to think that we're sanding off some of the rougher edges of what the Erotic Exotic and the Castro became, so that people feel more comfortable being themselves. Or getting out of themselves. Whatever the case may be."
Although there's no hardcore sex allowed at Masquerotica (no fear, there'll be plenty of makeout areas), why do San Franciscans weave so much hanky-panky into our pagan revels? Or did I just answer my own question?
"Halloween is partly about being able to express yourself in ways that don't involve judgement, and so a lot of subcultural communities found acceptance during the holiday," Gris said. "We want to honor that. We're a big tent, and we want to fill it with all the people and things that turn us on in the Bay Area."
I have a scary-powerful crush on this wizard of wide-ranging techno, whose epic sets with live bells and whistles are painterly in their soundscape effects and irresistible in their atmospheres. You can dance to them, too. With DJs Conor, Jonah Sharp, and Mike B.
Thu/18, 9pm-3am, $12–$15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Oh hey, did I mention that the amazing Move D was in town from Berlin? Why not take advantage of that, and his fruitful collaboration with local hero Jonah Sharp, and present them both in their ambitious ambient live-entity form, Reagenz. Tech heads like me are already wetting their drawers for this installment of the Realtime live techno party, also featuring Moniker, Polk & Hyde, and Its Own Infinite Flower.
Fri/19, 9pm, $12–$15. 222 Hyde, SF. www.222hyde.com
One of the city's most beloved underground parties emerges to celebrate its anniversary, with SF legend DJ Neon Leon at the helm. Expect tons of warm house tunes and love up the wazoo (plus some nifty projections, too!) With DJs Steve Fabus, Robin Simmons, Jason Kendig, Robert Jeffrey, and Viv Baron.
Fri/19, 10pm-4am, $10. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.public.com