FALL ARTS: NIGHTLIFE Back to school, party people
FALL ARTS: NIGHTLIFE Heads up, clubbers of the near future, on two new party spots. Audio Discotech (316 11th St, SF. www.audiosf.com) looks retro-fab, with a Funktion-One system — but the crowd retains a spritz of former-occupant Mist's at-bro-sphere, and the headliners so far have leaned too pop-EDM for my taste. Beaux (2344 Market, SF. www.beauxsf.com), opening mid-September in the Castro, risks this on the gay side — it takes over the Trigger space — but with hip-explosion promoter Joshua J at the helm, a sleek-yet-comfy redesign, and a "soundscape "-oriented approach to its three floors, it might be quite cute.
But for right now: fall, parties, let's get into them. (And for Labor Day Weekend party picks, hit up www.sfbg.com/noise.)
SENSATION: THE OCEAN OF WHITE
This critic-proof arena spectacle — wear all white! — seems too over-the-top to not devolve into just another writhing mass of fistpumpers waiting for the next drop. However! The surprise is that music coordinators actually have some good taste, and it's more multimedia art project than quick cash-in — even though it costs a bundle.
Sept. 14, 7pm, $150–$250. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakl. http://www.sensation.com
Prepare to be beamed aboard the dub-genius starship of Alex Paterson and fellow UK rave pioneer friends at this 25th anniversary live performance. Little Fluffy Clouds for all.
Sept. 18, doors 7pm, show 8pm, $25. Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness, SF. www.theregencyballroom.com
Yes, yoga, good vibes, crunchy granola, and astral projection are still on the macrobiotic menu at this mountain music and meditation festival, themed "Year of the Water Snake." Check out this insane lineup, though: Mount Kimbie, Lunice, Hudson Mohawke, Iamwhoami's US debut, Thugfucker, Matias Aguayo, Max Cooper, Lee Foss, STS9....
Sept. 19-23, $40–$275. Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, CA. www.symbiosisgathering.com
INDIAN SUMMER BLOCK PARTY
A treasured daytime blackout tradition, with superstar undergrounders Speedy J, Tiger and Woods, Henrik Schwartz, Woolfy. And a block full of happy freaks. No headdresses please.
Sept. 28, 2pm-night, $20–$30. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Earth's reigning feel-good French electro prestidigitator returns to an adoring Bay Area — on Halloween. It's going to be craziness.
Oct. 31, 9pm, $25. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com
The As You Like It party crew brings in wicked young Brit househead Maya Jane Coles and cosmic German techno fave Cosmin TRG (as well as almost a dozen others) for some big fun.
Nov. 1, 9pm-4am, $20. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.ayli-sf.com
Hey, are you fat, hairy, and gay? Can I snag your digits? Also: You'll be dancing all Veterans Day weekend long at this inaugural week of woofy pride with tons of special guests. (Do people still say, "Woof?" Or is that a '90s thing?)
Nov. 7-11, various locations, times, and prices. www.sfbearpride.com