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Come together: Kevin KoChen of Symbiosis Gathering talks communion, spirituality, electronic jams

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The eighth annual Symbiosis Gathering -- part outdoor music festival, part rave on a lake, part yoga retreat, part art project, part green conference, all pretty amazing -- happens this weekend. I wrote about it in last week's paper (especially about my enthusiasm for the music lineup, including Mount Kimbie, Polica, Hudson Mohawke, Matias Aguayo, STS9, Thugfucker, and a ton more).It's a creative explosion!

I caught up with Symbiosis producer Kevin KoChen to get a little more interdimensional with the fest's vibe.  

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Symbiotical

Symbiosis Gathering brings boundary breaking music, killer yoga, natural beauty, and GODS ROBOTS together

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SUPER EGO Yoga! Soon it will rule us all. Read more »

Pumped up

Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail — in high heels

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Party Radar: Burning Mom, Disco Daddy, Hardkiss Brothers, Delroy Edwards, Stompy + Sunset, more

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"Underground" doesn't just mean night, doesn't just mean music, doesn't just mean hip/trendy byword. If you want a jolt of that old-fashioned DIY charge that parties used have in San Francisco, I highly recommend a stop by Zinefest this weekend in the County Fair building in Golden Gate Park. You'll feel punky, nerdy, hip, creative, and cute all at once. The only thing missing is "loud" -- but you'll be shouting in your head how neat everything is.

Oh, and if the Twirl and Dip ice cream truck is nearby, you can dance for joy with a giant sprinkle-topped sundae. Who needs clubs at all? Well anyway, here's some parties.

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Fall go boom

FALL ARTS: NIGHTLIFE Back to school, party people

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Manning contingent wins Pride award

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Ah, the sweet rainbow flavor of comeuppance. As the fascinating and part-tragic, part-inspiring saga of Chelsea Manning continues to unfold, at least one portion of the struggle has reached a satisfying conclusion.

The disastrous move by this year's Pride Board to negate the election of Bradley Manning as a community grand marshal in the parade -- locking out press and protestors, canceling meetings, and kicking up a general shitstorm in the process -- only served to bring out three blocks' worth of marching supporters in the Bradley Manning Supprt Network Contingent this year. Now, that contingent has won the "Best Overall Pride Contingent Award," voted on by the public.

Sorry, Pride Board :/

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Party Radar: Flume, Symbiosis, Monster Show, Simian Mobile Disco, Escort, more

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As always, the party cup overfloweth in SF as burners make their annual migration into the sea of funfur and sparklepants. Besides the great shindigs listed in the paper in this week's Super Ego nightlife column, here are a few more stones to throw at your Exodus hangover ... 

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Product placement

Yummy stereo goods at Dijital Fix, giant sheep party, Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Maurice Fulton, more nightlife

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SUPER EGO Anyone who's gone to grab my ass and resurfaced 20 minutes later with a handful of vintage Safeway plastic bags and several torn free condom wrappers holding pre-chewed wads of Gonzo Grape Bubblicious knows I'm not really into "bling," as the kids these days say in 1997. Who needs $525 Alejandro Ingelmo gold-trimmed "Tron" sneakers when you can just wear discarded DSW boxes! Cheap and proud lady right here.Read more »

RIP Jose Sarria, Empress I of SF, the Widow Norton

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He led a life that spanned the full evolution of modern gay rights -- and the mourning gowns will be fabulous. Jose Julio Sarria is dead at 90, all hail the Empress. 

 

So Bootieful

The original mashup club turns 10. Plus: Jukebox, The Revenge, Clipping., Drag King Contest, more nightlife

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SUPER EGO You'd figure that after 10 successful years and a franchise that rings the globe, including regular stops in São Paolo, Shanghai, Dublin, and Dubai, your party would at some point become an empty parody of itself, flailing through the same frantic motions, like a mime in a blender. But what if your club were based on a type of dance music — mashups — that was a kind of parody to begin with? And what if you focused your seemingly endless energy toward keeping San Francisco freakiness and anarchic fun at the fore?Read more »