Nightlife

Party Radar: Double Duchess will release you

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Dazzling local Hi-NRG electro-hop sissy bounce-y duo Double Duchess graced our Club Action cover in February and has been slaying parties for the past year. Now we finally get an official EP release, Extravaganza, and of course what promises to be a totally insane event at Rickshaw Stop on Sat/31.     

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Nite Trax: Sisterz of the Underground re-fresh the Bay

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Sometimes being a nightlife writer feels like getting stranded on Techno Dude Island. Not always cuuute. So when I got wind that the classic Sisterz of the Underground hip-hop party crew was hitting the Bay for a huge 10-year anniversary celebration Sat/31 including a party at Public Works and a day of tech workshops and empowerment talks at CellSpace, I jumped on the chance for a breath of fresh female air and an indepth talk with folks who inspired me back in the day to try a few dance floor moves I probably shouldn't have.

SOTU founder Sarah "Smalls" McCann, creative director Traci P, and organizer Crykit moved away from the Bay a little while ago (and the groundbreaking in-school hip-hop education program they started, Def Ed, is currently in hibernation mode), but the international Sisterz of the Underground network they helped establish is still thriving and inspiring women to discover and transmit the roots of hip-hop dance, art, music, creativity, and culture. The 10th anniversary party reflects that all-encompassing approach with live music from Kid Sister, DJ Shortee, Green B, Jeanine da Feen, and tons more, plus a 1-on-1 dance battle, art and vendor fair, live painting, nail booth... It'll be a much-needed femme attack in this age of War on Women, hip-hop style acrimony, and the mainstreaming of street spirit. 

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Sis hop

Nightlife: Sisterz of the Underground return, Forward SF celebrates a decade, Lexington Club's queer quinceneara, more

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO Like many of the great, oldish-school Bay Area hip-hop party collectives, the Sisterz of the Underground core crew has skedaddled — founder Sarah Smalls to LA, creative director Traci P. and organizer Crykit to Las Vegas — following their fortunes to other, perhaps fresher climes. But just like those spectacular b-girl (and -boy) cypher dance circles that have been popping up on finer San Francisco floors of late, the Sisterz are returning, hopefully bringing more of that fly feeling back with them.Read more »

Lost at sea

Could a world-class arts festival save the foundering America's Cup?

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cheryl@sfbg.com

AMERICA'S CUP Clear your mind, if you can, of brawls over San Francisco piers and other obscenely expensive parcels of waterfront real estate. Focus solely on the inevitability of the 34th annual America's Cup.Read more »

Gay-la time: LGBT Center's annual 'Soiree' gets Frenched

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Photos by Bowerbird Photography.
 
There couldn't have been a better way to escape the dramatic, wet downpour the night of Sat/24 than to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SF LGBT Community Center at the SF Design Center under the twinkling lights of a "gay Pah-ree" inspired party. (Never was "Paris" pronounced the clunky Anglo way, of course.)

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Nite Trax: The fabulous creatures of Gaultier's opening gala

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Hyperproductive fashion designer and revered fantasy engineer Jean Paul Gaultier was in town last week for the opening of a (very cool) retrospective of his work at the de Young. His nightlife stops included the Some Thing drag show at the Stud on Friday, a cruisy interlude at the Powerhouse on Saturday -- and of course a lavish opening gala celebration at the de Young itself on Friday evening.

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Where Jean Paul Gaultier should go out this week

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Revered French bad-boy designer Jean Paul Gaultier is in town for the unveiling of a neat-looking "enfant terrible" retrospective of his work at the de Young. (Will there be anything in it as scandalous as the tribute to Naomi Campbell's famous wipeout in the Vivienne Westwood show five years ago?). He also has a busy schedule: a red-carpet appearance at the new Al Pacino movie launch tonight, a private-ish A-gayish loft party on Thursday whose redeeming feature = drag goddess DJ Juanita More, and of course a lavish opening celebration at the de Young itself on Friday. ($300 per person -- I'll be blogging all the opulence and potential fashion faux paaaaaases.) 

But us lowly club kids love you too, JPG.

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Up north

North Beach drinking shenanigans, plus Nina Kraviz, Mike Simonetti, Ssion, Quantic, and more hot-cool nightlife

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Mr. Black in SF: The Reckoning

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Or, Rebel without a Cause

Groucho Marx once said, “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” For you contemporary types, a similar sentiment was expressed by Blair Waldorf in the first season of Gossip Girl. “Watch and learn, ladies. The most important parties to attend are the ones you’re not invited to.”

I was originally invited to venue Rebel for the launch of much-hyped "branded" monthly NYC-LA-SF gay party Mr. Black on March 1. After interviewing promoters Joshua J and Luke Nero for this SFBG story, I got placed on the guest list. Without resorting to being totally tacky and asking, of course. 

So imagine my utter horror and humiliation after glancing over said list last Thursday night and not seeing my name.

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Knock three times

Who's there? XXXY, Eats Everything, Beautiful Swimmers, DJ Lengua, Murk,  more

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO Hey ya'll, here are some primo parties I'm digging this week (and I just added some more great shindigs here) -- remember to tap-tap-tap on the second stall door to the left and say, "Hi!" Just a wee reminder: for a lot more insanity, hit up www.sfbg.com/nightlife2012 where you'll find a huge list of my favorite weekly and monthly parties. Hi!Read more »