Party Radar: I Heart Cochina Tonga's, Tyree Cooper in a church, Beat Junkies 20th, 3-D dance fest, more
O my goddess, there's gonna be a yoga rave. Why, Govinda, why???
Actually I'm kind of intrigued. But full intriguement will have to wait until I'm hungover from the onslaught of this weekend's parties. And here I thought I could recover from Folsom. Nah, brah. Not only are there all these parties I listed in my Super Ego clubs column this week, or our rooftop shindig at SFMOMA tonight, there are also all the below, equally worthy.
And before we launch -- can I put in just one more plug for the STEREO: 3-D Arts and Music Fest on Saturday? There are going to be giant classic video games there! Plus a DJ set by Ladytron (and a '80s video arcade set by DJ Omar), 3-D visual projections, and all kinds of cool effects. Go, Govinda, go!
In other news, can a porn star be a gay circuit DJ? The question has burnt a hole through the local gay internet this week, it really has. I never listen to that circuit, er, stuff -- so it's like a 9-inch tree falling in a forest of meth to me, honey. Good luck, though! Here are some real parties:
Ay-ay-ay, it's the first anniversary of this hilariously fun monthly, mashing up budget Mexican fiesta with drag queens on cheap drinks. Ambrosia Salad hosts (and DJs now!), along with DJs Taco Tuesday and Stanley Frank. Lots of maracas shaking, and I'll be the pinata colada. Disfrutas!
Thu/27, 9pm, free. LookOut, 3600 16th St., SF.
Raising awareness of and money to eradicate leukemia, this third annual shindig boasts the always-fresh Mark Farina, Scott Diaz, Chris Lum, and really tons more local funk-house alums. Greeve for a good cause ok!
Thu/27, 9pm, $10 donation to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com
Berlin's sophisticated tech-house favorite returns to Public Works with a trademark impeccably calculated set to blow minds, pack floors.
Thu/27, 9pm-3am, $10-$15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Just some really great, kind of heady, deep and dark machine-generated dance music from this LA guy, in a 4-hour set.
Fri/28, 10pm, $15-$20. 222 Hyde, SF.
I randomly saw this deep-dub Berliner last time he was here, and he blew me away with his techno technique. He's here this time around as part of the Bunker A/V series at Monarch, courtesy of the great underground techno club Bunker in NYC -- and with Detroit-NYC heartthrob Derek Plaslaiko in tow.
Fri/28, 9pm-4am, $10-$20. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com
The stellar local turntablist crew has helped keep that native sound alive in the city for more than two decades -- whaaaaa??? Craziness. J.Rocc, Rhettmatic, Babu, D Styles, Melo D, Shortkut, Mr.Choc, DJ Curse - long may they reign -- and slay Mighty's mighty soundsystem.
Sat/29, 10pm-late, $20. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
Old school Detroit techno wizzes will go beyond the dance. Duo Octave One was excellent last last time they were here, playing a driving set that left us breathless. As a DJ, Craig is kind of the Prince of techno -- you never know what his live sets will be like, but there will definitely be a soulful eccentricity (and he has one of the unmatched back catalogues in dance music to draw from).
Sat/29, 9:30-4am, $20-$25. Public Wrks, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Chicago acid hip-house legend is back on the scene - and headlining this amazing-sounding party at St. Johns church, his only US appearance on a grand tour. (Flashback to the wonderful Episcodisco parties at Grace Cathedral!) Also included: 5kinandbone5, DJ Dedan, Castle Hands, and light artist Donovan Drummond. Get spiritual now.
Sun/30, 5:30-10pm, $10-$15. Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th St., SF.
This monthly queer hip-hop patio party brought out the sunshine last time around, with stellar live performances and great tunes ranging across the whole hip-hopiverse. It wasn't just ironic white hipster kids either! Nice vibes and a good time. plus Salt-N-Pepa. Okrrrr?
Sun/30, 3pm-8pm, $8. El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. www.elriosf.com