Marke B.

Party Radar: Kooky Scientist, Hunee, Regis, Atom, Kafana Balkan, Sacred Silversexual, Terrence Dixon, more

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So this week the Internet laughed at the Bronies, or rather at a devilishly edited video of a Bronycon rave somewhere, probably, in the upper Midwest. I admit I laughed and laughed -- it is impossible not to break down when the guy implores everyone to come to "Brony-Can, Canada's premiere My Little Pony convention" -- but not so much out of mean-spiritedness, at least in my own estimation.

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Fete or Fate: Minimal Wave mini-fest washes over Bay

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The minimal synth movement -- which revives obscure (and launches new) careers in the Cold Wave, analogue electronic DIY synthesizer sound of the early '80s -- has been going strong since it first hit the Internet radio and underground club scene nearly a decade ago. While SF no longer has a night really dedicated to the sounds of such overlooked yet amazing acts like Ausgang Verboten, Esplendor Geometrico, Eleven Pond, Xex, and Zwischenfall, we've managed to work tunes from their ilk onto the rosters of regular parties like OK Hole, Haceteria, Dark Room, and more.

Best of all for SF, we have DJ Josh Cheon's Dark Entries Records, leading the way with reissues and new works that beckon that chilly underground feeling of yore. Seriously, spend a minute browsing the catalogue and you're sure to be intrigued. 

And now it's time for a minimal mini-fest, huzzah.

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Luscious Jacksons

There are too many Michael Jackson tribute nights -- there, we said it. Plus: Cajmere, Squrrrl, Safety Scissors, Underwater Nightlife, more

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SUPER EGO I'm not sure what's going on — or really if I want to investigate it further than noticing it — but we're about to experience a strange congestion of Michael Jackson and Prince on our dancefloors. First, there's the Trannyshack "Michael vs. Janet Jackson Tribute" dragstravaganza (Fri/19, 9pm, $15. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, SF. www.trannyshack.com) with one of those RuPaul people, Jinkx Monsoon, who is awesome. Then there's the always pretty nifty annual Soul Slam: Prince vs. Read more »

Nothing could be more super duper than 'So Super Duper'

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On Saturday evening in the Castro at 7pm, quite possibly one of the gayest things ever will occur, as queer comics artist Brian Andersen debuts his colorful new teen-friendly, straight-friendly, unabashedly queer So Super Duper volume, which stars "a little gay empathic hero (he can read emotions) named Psyche who doesn't quite know he's gay yet – even though it's painfully obvious to everyone around him."

It is so cute. And gloriously upping the pink quotient at the book launch, nationally televised diva Jason Brock will be hitting some high notes (he basically ruled the Bike Music Festival a few weeks back). Comics, superheroes, man-divas: It's a gaysplosion.

I asked the infectiously smiley Brian to talk a little about the So Super Duper's inspiration, and he had some very interesting things to say about being a proud femme-y gay guy in a world of macho stereotypes. 

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Bhangin'

Nightlife: Non Stop Bhangra, Blockhead, Pepper 20-year reunion, Bardot A Go Go, Fag Fridays, Hanukkah in July, Disco Daddy, more great parties

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SUPER EGO Few things light up our nightlife scene like the whirling, clapping, shouting, laughing, dhol-drum-driven monthly bonanza that is Non Stop Bhangra. The recent influx of Indian arrivals, mostly due to tech-related jobs, has given Bay Area culture a nice, bright kick in the pakoras — we were already home to a flourishing Indian community, too — and the eight-year-old NSB monthly party is a welcome wagon everyone can hop on.Read more »

Mz. America

Nightlife: Derrick Carter, Wicked's 22nd, Body High, Swagger Like Us, Cream of Beat, Bionic (RE)Launch, and more parties to light your fireworks

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SUPER EGO I am absolutely exhausted from having to take in so many BART-strike refugees, caught by surprise on the empty platforms, in their platforms, right after Pride. I personally feel like a very glamorous Ellis Island for ill-informed East Bay drag queens, a beacon of hungover light. Give me your sequined, your glittered, your plumped-out, pumped-up, spandex-slathered asses yearning to breathe free. Now quit hogging my bathroom. It ain't summer 'til you've rolled over on a bed of flung-off lucite heels!Read more »

'Alternative to Pride Parade' announced

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In the wake of all the kerfuffles besetting Pride this year -- from the Pride Board's egregiously mismanaged reaction to the election of Bradley Manning as a community grand marshal (his supporters have plans of their own), to the recent announcement that military recruiters would be descending upon the celebration in earnest, and, well, just the continued corporatization of Pride in general -- it comes as no surprise that a radical Pride-questioning movement has been reawakened.  Just like the '90s are back, so is Gay Shame, at least in spirit.

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Secret handsome gentlemen meet-up spot: Pride in Style

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Many of you know me as that ditzy drag queen in a trash bag stumbling down your block at 4am. But I am also, on occasion, a snappy dresser -- in my mind. Or at least I know how to hit on snappy dressers (talk about bow ties).

I also know when. And for the cutest, scruffiest ones get to the annual Sui Generis afternoon Pride in Style party, this year on Sat/29.

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....and here's your full freedom to marry dance mix, Mary

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Today already has an amazing (and in one case sad) soundtrack of excellent tunes. But Honey Soundsystem are first on the stick with an excellent mix of underground house and techno (and indie and acid and minimal synth) picks to play as you get ready for your big fat gay wedding, called, yes, "Marry in Ecstasy."

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Pride on fire: This year's must-do events

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Strap on that rainbow jetpack -- there's a heckuva lot of stuff going down at Pride. Here are our pinkiest, proudest picks. 

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