The wonderful Margaret Cho is back in the land of tiny dogs. Plus: Lazer Sword, Smalltown DJs, the Tiara Sensation Pageant, and more wild nightlife
SUPER EGO "You know me, I'm always doing something," Margaret Cho practically purred over the phone en route to another smash show on the East Coast. Um, understatement of the year much? While the Cho-stess with the Mostest is lately giving off the chill vibes of an edgy comedian and right-on scenester in her prime (she's not shy about being on the golden side of 40), she's been more active than ever. "I totally have symbolic flames on the side of my tour bus," she quipped. "It's so retro '90s."
The San Francisco-born, Korean American, queer-lovin' smart-mouth may have a fulltime TV job on Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva, but she's also just released an actually damn good album of "comedy music," Cho Dependent, with guest helpers like Tegan and Sara, Fiona Apple, Ben Lee, and Ani DiFranco. (Her DIY dancing turd outfit for the "Eat Shit and Die" video is pretty priceless.) Her current "Cho Dependent" tour, however, focuses less on the tunes and more on the stand-up topics she's polished to raucous perfection. "I talk about immigration, my mother, maybe my new bellydance workout. Also gay rights — I hear they're really in right now," she deadpans. High on her agenda when she hits the city? Some more ink at Everlasting Tattoo on Divisadero, "the best tattoo shop in the world."
"It's just so awesome to be coming back to SF on this tour," she continues. "It's always like coming home to family. A family with a lot of little dogs."
Thursday night workout time. The weekly Phonic party at Endup is one of my favorite scene treats, and the lineup this time around is too SF techno-tasty to pass up. Dabecy of Electronic Music Bears joins Honey Soundsystem's Jason Kendig and Pee Play for some distinguished beats in a deeper vein.
Thu/2, 10 p.m.–4 a.m., free before midnight, $10 after. EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.theendup.com 
This party on Maiden Lane promises to be a fun crush of styles, with wide-ranging dancefloor selections from DJ Deevice (Pirate Cat Radio), Jason Kendig (again!), Sleazemore (Lights Down Low), and Solar (Sunset). "We're really hoping to save downtown from douchebags and the women who love them," Deevice told me. "The place is nice, but not chi-chi. I mean, it can't obviously double as a strip joint like other downtown clubs. Just come and have some fun."
Check out DJ Deevice's absolutely lovely "Better" mix:
Fri/3, 9:30 p.m.–3 a.m., $5 before 11 p.m./ $10 after. 45 Maiden Lane, SF
Finally! Bay natives Lazer Sword, the fab duo who basically broke the future bass scene wide open, are releasing their debut album and it'll be bonkers. Lazer's Low Limit and Lando Kal beam in for brain melt, with support from spooktastic up-and-comer OoOoOO, OG atmospheric electro-hopper Machinedrum, and DJ Dials, who always has great hats. It's all part of Hacksaw Entertainment's second anniversary blowout.
Sat/4, 9 p.m.–3 a.m., $14.50 advance. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.hacksawent.com 
One of the highlights of my recent trip up north — this rad-cute duo from Alberta, Canada, pops four turntables and manages to do in Girl Talk types when it comes to mixing electro banger flair with underground house beats, hip-hop and Bmore swagger, and sly pop winks. Somehow it doesn't come off as Vegas-y mashup as one might supect — maybe it's vinyl Canadian party magic.
Sat/4, 9 p.m.–3 a.m., $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com 
Get ready for glamour and outrage — of a fantastic, ethereal bent, of course. The kids from the Friday weekly Some Thing party blow up with this must-see drag runway fundraiser for the Off Center theater. Contestants: Alotta Boutte, Elijah Minelli, Honey Mahogany, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Mercedez Munro, Monistat, and Turleen. DJs: Stanley Frank and Hoku Mama Swamp. Plus: Juanita More and Miss Rahni. Names!
Sun/5, 8 p.m.–midnight, $35. Temple, 540 Howard, SF. www.templesf.com