One of the cutest little secrets of nightlife music nerds has been this wildly eclectic night of, well, rare bits of sonic loveliness and genius off-kilter projections, put on by three cute bearish guys and tucked away in gay bar Truck. For this anniversary free-for-all, they've invited 16 DJs (including residents Chicken, Bearno Kardashian, and Bobby Please) to spin 20-minute sets of yummy, weird stuff. Plus there'll be pop-up food from Two Tarts and a Stove. Delish.
Fri/9, 6pm-2am, free. Truck, 1900 Folsom, SF. rarebits.tumblr.com
ALL NIGHT LONG
If you've just moved here from another planet, or know a friend who really needs to catch up, witnessing classic DJ Garth take the decks for a fabuloso marathon five-and-a-half hour set in the Public Works loft — well, that's the perfect crash course in 20 years of San Francisco dance music.
His titillatingly wicked blend of psychedelic rock, cosmic disco, acid house, and pagan grooves will have you howling at the moon right quickly, friend.
Sat/10, 10pm-3:30am, $7. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
NON-STOP BHANGRA DIWALI CELEBRATION
Meanwhile, downstairs at Public Works, one of my favorite monthly parties celebrates the Indian festival of lights, Diwali, with a bhangra-riffic blowout, with the dholrythms dancers, live dhol drummers, and DJs Jimmy Love, rav-E, Santero, and Harvi Bhachu. It all kicks off with a seriously great bhangra flashmob and procession at 16th Street and Valencia at 9pm. Bring a light and let it shine!
Sat/10, 9pm-3am, $10–$15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com