Todd Trexler's iconic '70s nightlife posters return. Plus: Hardkiss Brothers, Kafana Balkan, Brown Sugar, Toph One, more parties
And hey, there's some hope for a freakish future, even: lauded local theater troupe Thrillpeddlers, which includes a couple gorgeous surviving Cockettes itself, will put on the Cockettes' 1971, Trexler-postered "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma" starting March 28, www.thrillpeddlers.com.
Trexler's importance to gay culture doesn't end with his glamourous posterization, however. After his '70s time "crafting assemblage sculptures from gems found at Cliff's Variety Store, hand-drawing the posters in the flat at 584B Castro Street, smoking weed with Sebastian [Bill Graham's accountant, who instigated the whole Nocturnal Dream Emissions insanity], and hanging out at the Palace and the Upper Market Street Gallery," he moved down to Monterey and became a registered nurse, cared for the first GRID, aka AIDS, patient in the area, and pitched in on the groundbreaking early work on the epidemic with UCSF and the National Institutes of Health.
"What troubles me most now," he says, reflecting on his experience, "is the rising prevalence of HIV infections among young gay men." Some cycles don't need repeating, k?
Heck yes — the classic hip-hop soul joint is back, scooping you up for free after the Oakland Art Murmur's First Fridays blast, which is amazing. Brown Sugar crew Jam the Man, The C.M.E, and Sake 1 spin with the Local 1200 crew on the street and then take it inside to the spanking new Shadow Lounge (formerly Maxwell's). Welcome back, fellas.
Fri/1 and first Fridays, 9:30pm, free. Shadow Lounge, 341 13th St., Oakl.
Moody-poppy Detroit techno pretty boy is a favorite around these parts. He may have started the recent (sometimes regrettable) trend of DJs singing, but he's one of the best at it — and his compositions aren't afraid to get deep and edgy.
Fri/1, 9pm, free. 1015 Folsom, SF. www.1015.com
Icon Ultra Lounge is dead — please welcome new, neater venue F8 in its place. Also, after a horrific hit-and-run accident last year, beloved and crazy DJ Toph One is alive! He's returned with his crew to reboot this eclectic-tuned early evening fave every Friday to fly you into the weekend.
Fridays, 5:30-9:30, free. F8, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.feightsf.com
KAFANA BALKAN SIXTH ANNIVERSARY
Holy Balkans, Batman! Six years of wild, whirling, stomping, shouting Romani-inspired music goodness from one of the best and most unique parties anywhere, with DJ Zeljko, the Inspector Gadje brass band, and a Balkan bellydance blowout with the inimitable Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts. Get there early.
Sat/2, 9pm, $15. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.rickshawstop.com
GAVIN AND ROBBIE HARDKISS
OK, the headliner for this event is actually the excellent old-school California techno wizard John Tejada (along with fellow mage Pezzner playing live) downstairs in the big room of Public Works — but the big news is a reunion of two of SF's wiggy, wowza Hardkiss Brothers all night long upstairs in the loft. Bigness!
Sat/2, $12 advance, $15 door. Public Works, 131 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com