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✶ On the cover: Local crooner and X Factor competitor Jason Brock. Photo: Jose Guzman Colon

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Local crooner hits it big on The X Factor • by Jim Provenzano

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ason Brock’s life story could be used as material for a Tammy Wynette song, or perhaps one of his own songs. The vocalist, know for his soulful performances at local cabarets and benefits, is also working on songwriting. That is, when he’s not appearing on Fox’s The X Factor. After a rousing audition held at The Cow Palace, Jason Brock’s performance was featured on the premiere episode of the singer competition show. Having just completed taping the show’s Boot Camp episodes, Brock couldn’t say just where he stands in the competition, but the signs look good for the 34-year-old. As we walked and talked on sunny afternoon in San Francisco, several people recognized Brock and chatted him up. Since moving to San Francisco, Brock’s life, his singing in particular, has opened up big time. He seems to have settled into accepting and developing his talent, and his life. As a kid, though, things were quite different. “My family moved a lot, chasing God and money,” said Brock, who described his father as a ‘religious entrepreneur.’ His family’s non-denominational faith was charismatic, said Brock. “Speaking in tongues, but no snake-handling,” he clarified. “We did do the bit where the pastor touches you and you fall over. I never fell over. I could never buy it.” School choir marked his first secular singing. But, said Brock, “My family was always in church, so there was always music. My parents were also amateur singer-songwriters. We always had music in our house.” His sister and two brothers are also musicians. “We were encouraged to be musical, but more as Christian musicians.” His sister is a Christian musician. “I, obviously, am not. My whole life I’d been listening to nonChristian music, even though I was told not to. It was like a secret.” With limited television-viewing as well, Brock’s appreciation of Anita Baker, Paula Abdul and other pop vocalists became a hidden passion. Seeing Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero” stood out for the young singer. “That is the first song that ever touched me in an emotional way, and I realized that music could be so powerful.” After attending college for a semester, Brock, then 18, was also depressed, aching to burst out of the closet, and living with his recently widowed grandmother in suburban Texas.

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Jason Brock. Jose Guzman Colon

“I was trying to be a good Christian, thinking it would make me happy, because that’s what I’d always been told,” said Brock. Instead, he says, “I just let it go, and decided to do what I wanted to do to be happy, rather than what I was told to do. But I was poor and getting harassed for being gay.” After moving to Dallas, Brock began what he called his “hedonistic surge” of coming out, going out, and celebrating his life, sometimes to excess. “For a few years, I’d been doing every drug I could find. I was really unhappy and reckless.” His first visit to a gay bar “was weird at first.” Brock traveled a lot for his job with a medical supply distributor. He met his first boyfriend via a website, then took a risky plunge. “I moved to Tucson only weeks after meeting him online,” said Brock. “I know; crazy. I’m a very daring person. I took a Greyhound bus from Georgia, where I was traveling all the way to Tucson. I didn’t even think of the fact that you can’t shower on a bus. I had a pile of those little hand-wipes. I don’t know if it worked. My ‘new boyfriend’ looked…quite different than I expected. I thought, ‘What have I done? This is so weird.’ But I was there, I just had to get used to him.” Determined to make a go of it, Brock sobered up, worked on making a ‘happy family life,’ which he had for a year and a half. “I did a lot of volunteer work, and that opened my eyes to a new sort of life. I didn’t feel as reckless or unstable as I had before.” But when that relationship fell apart, Brock started having anxiety attacks, spurred on by his break-up, which pivoted on a disastrous car accident where a motorcyclist was killed.


Jason Brock onstage with the X Factor judges before him

Jason Brock (left) backstage at a Richmond/ Ermet AIDS Foundation concert with Paul Anka. Steven Underhill

semesters of music school. Working a day job and living with a new boyfriend, Brock began performing more often, including singing the National Anthem at Tucson’s 2004 Gay Pride celebration. That performance led to a local DJ inviting him to host a show at IBT’s, a gay bar, which he hosted for a year. “It was my first paying gig as a singer!” A two-year guest-starring role in a local musical called Homo Neurotic (“very appropriate!” Brock joked), plus more Pride shows, led to the 2009 Arizona Gay Idol competition, which he won.

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“It was horrible,” said Brock. “Our vehicle flipped over, and we almost died. And then, my boyfriend left me a few weeks later for the nurse who we met at the hospital. He moved out of our apartment, and I was traumatized. Holy crap!” Alone in Tucson, Brock said he had to adjust yet again, and still struggles with anxiety. But that’s not a problem onstage. “I don’t usually get anxiety during or before a show.” He wrote songs about heartache and break-ups, played his guitar, and performed at a few small karaoke competitions. “Music was kind of in the background,” he said of his efforts, which included a few

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Lady Rizo (at The Rrazz Room, Nov. 15)

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Cabarets and clubs make beautiful music • by Josh Klipp

n the 1940s and ‘50s, San Francisco – particularly the Fillmore and North Beach – pulsed with so much beautiful jazz it became known as the “Harlem of the West.” Billie Holiday sang at the New Orleans Swing Club on Webster at Post. Ella Fitzgerald blew the roof off The Long Bar on Fillmore between Post and Geary. Louis Armstrong listened to Charlie Parker at Jimbo’s Bop City at 1721 Fillmore, a popular after-hours jam joint (now Marcus Books). In fact, celebrity guests at Bop City had their names painted on chairs, and the A-list included Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Miles Davis and an armslength more. And while all good things come to an end (including the closure of popular North Beach joints Pearl’s, Moose’s, and Enrico’s in the last decade alone), San Francisco jazz never died. Like any force of nature, it simply reinvented itself, albeit perhaps a little harder to find. Look carefully and you’ll see it. Like Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden, it exists behind vine covered walls, obscured in whispering fog, floating through open windows like melancholy notes from Chet Baker’s horn at the old Black Hawk. So don your fedora, pull over your trench coat, and venture into unexplored neighborhoods, through unopened doors, across new or ancient thresholds and into the fresh sounds of San Francisco jazz. Once you discover your new favorite old haunt, raise a toast to all who’ve come before: a silent invocation to the once and future Harlem of the West. Biscuits and Blues: The staircase down to San Francisco’s blues club at 401 Mason Street is a porthole to the deep and gritty South – complete with Southern cuisine, but minus the rifle racks and Duke Boys (sorry guys). Make it double-feature Fridays - Lavay Smith

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and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Friday November 23; and blues singer John Nemeth, Friday November 30. While neither has any overt connection to queer folk, this is some of the sexiest music you’ll ever hear, no matter who you love. Bliss Bar: A neighborhood bar with queer-friendly swank in the heart of Noe Valley, escape the 24th Street stroller derby and wind down your weekend with class. Bliss’ Sunday Jazz series features some loverly Bay Area talent. Check online listings. Every Sunday afternoon 4:30-7:30pm, $10 cover, 4026 24th Street. Blush! Wine Bar: No need to wander far for smooth vintage and stringed jazz at this niche conveniently located at 476 Castro. Every Thursday features the Avatar Ensemble, 7-10pm, no cover. Cheers! Le Colonial: Tucked away at 20 Cosmo Place, this intimate spot features Vietnamese food. In a throwback to days gone by, proper attire is requested. Monday 7-10pm is Le Jazz Hot, featuring The Hot Club – San Francisco’s brand of rare gypsy jazz. It’s a cozy destination for proper queers who like their jazz a little plucked and twisted. Comstock Saloon: First, pay homage to San Francisco’s queer past with tapas at Bocadillos, 710 Montgomery Street, site of the old Black Cat Bar where the echoes of José Sarria may serenade as you nibble. Afterward, amble past the old jail that once held brave and screaming queens, and head over to the Comstock Saloon at 155 Columbus. Enjoy a nightcap worthy of the swoon-iest Barbary sailors as soft jazz floats down through the rafters, alighting onto a wooden bar top steeped in memory. Condor Club: The country’s first topless bar bears photos of Carol Doda that would make a Castro queen blush with pride and envy. This little corner of San


Francisco history also has live music Friday – Sunday, 3-6pm, no cover. And the best part – the band stand features a stripper pole. (Indeed, I’ve worked it while mashing up Sinatra’s “Lady is a Tramp” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”). Be brave. Check out my band, Josh Klipp and the Klipptones, Sunday November 18, 3-6pm, corner of Broadway and Columbus. It will be worth your trip to the heart of North Beach. (FYI, the tops start flying off at 6pm.) Preservation Hall West: Promising to bring New Orleans-style jazz to San Francisco, there is no jazz or blues scheduled in November. But stay-tuned as this new venue may yet live up to its name. 777 Valencia.

Sony Holland (at Yoshi’s Nov. 18)

Rassella’s: Located at 1534 Fillmore in the heart of San Francisco’s historic jazz district, this now nearinstitution has featured the Bay Area’s own Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists Tracy Chapman and Ledisi. Enjoy authentic Ethiopian cuisine and bask in the whispers of Fillmore’s ghosts while SF’s best play live. The online calendar is out of date, but the music never is. Revolution Café: For the queer hipster set, direct your attention to the Revolution Café, located at the corner of 22nd and Bartlett just across from the Make Out Room and scene of Stay Golds of yore. Music Page 10



John Nemeth (at Biscuits and Blues, Nov. 30)

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A budding relationship with another boyfriend, this one from San Francisco, led Brock to move to the Bay Area. Although that didn’t last, his ex, also a musician, helped him get a few small gigs at jazz clubs and bars. Open mic nights at Rosello’s Jazz Store led to his own night hosting a talent night when Dianthe “Dee” Spencer (also a music and dance instructor at SF State) encouraged him. That led to performing at Martuni’s, where he eventually began hosting Tuesday nights. “A paid gig, performing every week; that’s what I needed,” Brock said with a smile. Bay Area fans of the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation have also enjoyed Brock’s more full-stage performances at the Rrazz Room and the Herbst Theatre. “I got to sing with all these stars! It was amazing.” What locals know, and what instead was portrayed on the show as a ‘surprise,’ is Brock’s ability to belt out songs with conviction enough to wow an entire arena full of listeners. The X Factor judges, including Britney Spears and Simon Cowell gave Brock high marks, calling him “amazing” and “lovely.” But what’s it like to be grouped in with some true amateurs? “There were some who, well, I was like, ‘Good for them for trying,’ said Brock with polite restraint. “I didn’t think they would make it. But some people who make it past the first round, I was surprised. Maybe the judges see something I don’t. A lot of people think they can sing, and they’re going to find out, eventually, whether it’s from the judges or the public. If you get far enough on these shows, that means you can sing.” Brock agreed that perhaps some of the less-talented were included just for ratings. But the hyped-up ‘Boot Camp’ sessions were not exaggerated. Said Brock, “We were up all night, getting maybe two hours of sleep. This was when I was trying to be my very best. But I wasn’t alone. It’s not that I was restless. There was just no time. We spent hours trying to work on a song. There’s so much waiting involved with a TV production.” That Brock was given his own mini-segment that acknowledged his being gay was interesting. At first the episode got more media coverage for deleting an entire segment from another audition, where another gay man tearfully came out to Spears. Since then, he has made it into the final 24 finalists, one of six finalists in the over-25 category. “I think I’m the only out gay one on the show,” said Brock. “In a way, it was nice that they showed that I’m gay, but the intro made it sound like I was delusional!” Brock had been asked to describe his ‘dream show,’ which he did, in detail, including a “glitter explosion” finale. Brock carried it off (without the glitter). The segment of his audition, posted on YouTube.com, has already been viewed more than 2 million times. “I get Tweets and praiseful comments from all over 8 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012

Jason Brock backstage at an REAF benefit. Steven Underhill

the world; so much love. It’s so nice,” said Brock, who enjoyed one fan’s description of him as a combination of Elton John, Adam Lambert and Jack Black. Yet of course, the online world isn’t without its haters, a few of whom, among the 5,000 comments, focus on Brock’s being gay in derogatory ways. Yet, Brock lets it slide, knowing the majority appreciate him. “There are still people who say, ‘Oh, he’s got a great voice, but he’s too gay.’ There are enough people saying what could affect my ability to compete. But part of it is the opportunity to use this for issues, like marriage equality.” Brock’s bi-national relationship prohibits common benefits straight couples enjoy. So, what is Brock doing to corral this new success? Having recently visited his new boyfriend, who lives in Japan, Brock is eager to harness his X Factor fame. “First: no more tech support day job. I’m not going back to that,” he said. “I want to go entertainment all the way.” Brock hopes for a record contract, and a career in television. “I see myself perhaps as a talk show host, one who sings. I’d like to do that.” While he’ll drop in at his old haunts like Martuni’s, Brock is also aiming for larger venues. “Depending on how far I get, I’m going to use it as much as I can. I don’t think I presented anything that was too outrageous or not really me. When I see myself on the show, it’s like, ‘Okay, that’s me.’ It’s cool.” ✸ Watch The X Factor Thursdays, 8pm on Fox. Keep up with Jason at: www.jasonbrockvocals.com


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seven nights a week, never a cover. Recommended performer: Howell Devine, a gritty rural blues trio with farm boy looks. Sunday, November 4, 8:30-11:30pm. Rouge: Smothered in red velvet and dripping chandeliers, this spot at Broadway and Polk is best avoided on weekends unless you enjoy your martini with a side of drunken Marina-ites en masse. But Thursday promises Happy Hour 5-10pm, Nick’s Crispy tacos, and live jazz 8-10pm. The Rrazz Room: Located in Hotel Nikko at 222 Mason Street, this sophisticated but intimate venue’s downfall is its embarrassment of tantalizingly queer-angled artistry. A favored venue of local and famed chanteuse Veronica Klaus, and jazz and R&B bands and vocalists, it’s a little pricey, but performances are worth the coin. Recommended: Lady Rizo, Wednesday November 15. I caught her live at NYC’s The Darby, Prince’s afterhours haunt. Do not miss this show. Also: November 11-21, Wesla Whitfield – purist old-school class. Savanna Jazz: The walls of this joint are covered in images of jazz greats. Live music features an incredible six nights a week. I can’t help but recommend my own group, Josh Klipp and the Klipptones, Friday November 2, 7:30-11:30pm, $8. I’ll be the eye candy, but the real showstopper is co-vocalist and Bay Area novitiate, Emily Day. 2937 Mission Street. Top of the Mark: A Judy Garland haunt and famed for its 100 Martinis menu, this spot opened in 1939 and holds its share of San Francisco lore. While much of the entertainment features funk, pop, or smooth piano jazz, local jiving and wailing rousers Stompy Jones start your three-day weekend every Thursday night, 7:3011:30pm, $10. 999 California Street.

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Amanda King (at Zingari Lounge, Nov. 6)

Yoshi’s (San Francisco): Elegance and marquee entertainment dominate 1330 Fillmore Street, an address shared by the Jazz Heritage Center. Pre-show sushi is optional. Recommended performer: Sony Holland. This stunning chanteuse once sang on Fisherman’s Wharf and is now a Bay Area favorite. She and her silken voice grace the stage Sunday, November 18, 7pm, $20. The Oakland Yoshi’s also books great local and touring jazz and R&B talents. Zingari Lounge: This Italian restaurant, wine bar and jazz club with lush views is located at 501 Post Street. Recommended performer: Amanda King, a straight-ahead jazz chanteuse who has entertained at the Castro Street Fair and whose style has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Ann-Margaret. Tuesday November 6, 7:30-11:30pm, no cover. What better way to celebrate the president’s re-election? ✸


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LLatin men, at the South Bay private men’s bath house. $$8-$39. Reg hours 24/7. 18+. 1010 The Alameda. (408) 2275-1215. www.thewatergarden.com

TThe Monster Show @ The Edge

Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with gogo C gguys. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Shirts Off @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

$1 off any drink if ya doff yer shirt. 8pm-2am. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.holeinthewallsaloon.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Retro tunes and retro cruisy crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

Fri 2 ➠ Del Shores @ The Rrazz Room

Gay creator of the funny Sordid Lives shows performs his solo stand-up act. $25. 10:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Fedorable @ El Rio Jake Genesis @ Nob Hill Theatre. See Fri 2

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Free weekly queer dance party, with gogos, prizes, old groovy tunes, cheap cocktails. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Apollo Run @ Amnesia

Jake Genesis @ Nob Hill Theatre

Innovative Brooklyn-based trio performs Here Be Dragons, The Musical. The New Cassettes and Amusia also play. $10. 8pm. All ages. 853 Valencia St. 970-0012. www.apollorun.com www.amnesiathebar.com

New hairy muscle porn stud shows himself off in 3D at 8pm, with a live duo sex show at 10pm! $25. Also Nov. 3. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Betty Buckley @ The Rrazz Room

Joe @ The Lookout

Iconic Broadway actress-singer performs “Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway” $45-$55. 8pm. Nov 3, 7pm & 9:30pm; Nov 4, 7pm. Thru Nov 4. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Shots, drinks and DJed fun. $2. 10pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Josh Klipp and the Klipptones @ Savanna Jazz

Weekly DJed music night. No cover. 6551 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-3820. www.whitehorsebar.com

The local crooner and his band perform with covocalist and Bay Area novitiate, Emily Day. $8. 7:3011:30pm. 2937 Mission Street. 285-3369. www.savannajazz.com

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, Marga Gomez, Colleen Watson, Matt Leib, Stefani Silverman. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission. www.comedybodega.com

Fuego @ The Watergarden, San Jose

Weekly event, with Latin music, half-off locker fees and 12 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012

Dance club (eight bars, more dance floors, lounge) hosts the largest gay Latin dance night in the Bay Area. $6 cover before 11pm with text message. Sign up online. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com Page 14



Club Temple @ White Horse Bar, Oakland


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Marga Gomez’s M G ’ D Day off tth the h D Dead d Republican @ La Peña Cultural Center

The wry comic master presents a holiday-politicallythemed comedy night, with a Romney altar to his blandness and political mendacity; plus takes on lesbian heiresses, Pussy Riot and more. $20. 8pm. Also Nov 3. 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. www.margagomez.com www.lapena.org

Pants Off Fridays @ Kok Bar

New night at the cruisy bar; strip down to boxers, shorts or less and get discounted drinks. Free clothes check. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Pulled Pork Happy Hour @ Lone Star Saloon

Weekly happy hour with homemade pulled pork BBQ sandwiches. 2pm-8pm. 1354 Harrison St. www.lonestarsf.com

Spicy @ Club OMG

DJ SSHaaN spins Bollywood dance hits at the intimate new South Asian LGBT nightclub. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com

Sat 3➠ Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

Beer only $8 until you bust. 4pm-7pm. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.hitws.com

La Bota Loca @ Club 21, Oakland

Live bands, DJed tunes, gogo hotties, drag shows, drink specials, all at Oakland’s premiere Latin nightclub and weekly cowboy night. $10-$15. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Bounce That @ Truck

Carly Ozard @ The Rrazz Room. See Sun 4

Go Bang @ The Stud

The intimate disco party has moved to SoMa. Guest DJs Lester Temple and Glenn Rivera, with residents Steve Fabus and Sergio Fedasz. $7. 9pm-3am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.gobangsf.com

Hard French @ El Rio

Popular daytime deliciously DJed dance party on the patio. $7. 2pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St. www.hardfrench.com www.elriosf.com

Jalwa @ Club OMG

DJ SSHaaN spins a unique Bollywood dance mix at the intimate new South Asian LGBT nightclub. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com

Sun 4➠ All-Male Amateur Strip Show @ Deco Lounge

Ruby Holiday and Diva LaFever cohost the weekly night of newbies gettin’ nude. $100 cash prize! DJ Lambchop spins tunes. Contest 10:30pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Carly Ozard @ The Rrazz Room

Former local songstress returns for two shows at the the intimate cabaret club. $20. 2-drink min. 4pm. Also Nov 5, 8pm. Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason St at O’Farrell. (866) 468-3399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Daddy @ Kok

Salsa Sundays @ El Rio

Men-only cruise night, with gogo guy and DJ Guber. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com 14 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012

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New 80s freestyle electro night, with DJs Kris Corzine and Zero Zero One. No cover. 8pm-12am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com


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that h support llocall causes. 2nd 2 d & 44thh SSundays. d 3pm8pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Sports Beer Bust @ Kok Bar

Wear a uniform, a jock strap or less and get more beer for your bucks. 5pm-8pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595. www.harrydenton.com

Mon 5➠ Cock and Bull Mondays @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

Specials on drinks made with “Cock and Bull” ginger ale (Jack and Cock, Russian Mule, and more). 8pmclosing. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.holeinthewallsaloon.com

Karaoke @ The Lookout

Paul K hosts the amateur singing night. 8pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Monday Musicals @ The Edge

The renovated bar now shows fun musicals each week. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Pinups & Show Ponies @ Sofa Lounge

Shakey Gibson’s new weekly revue, with jazz sirens, burlesque beauties and drag follies. 9:30pm no cover. 139 8th St. at Minna, (below Bossa Nova). www.facebook.com/SofaSF

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Dudley Saunders @ Casa Sanchez. See Thu 8

Sacred Cocktails @ Twin Peaks

Weekly gathering for Christian and other faithful LGBTs, sponsored by Oasis, the GLBT Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Upstairs, 7:308:30pm. Castro St. at Market. www.saintaiden.org

Tue 6 ➠ Election Night Party @ YBCA

Watch the election returns and enjoy a spirited concert with youth performers, the San Francisco Rock Project and Destiny Arts Center. Free. 6pm-11pm. 701 Mission St. 978-2787. www.ybca.org

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party @ The Rrazz Room

Musical comedy variety show. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

Enjoy strip shows in the comfort of your skivvies, or less, with complimentary libations, and the weekly night. $20. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 3976758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com


Smarty Pants Trivia @ Stray Bar

Kitty Tapata hosts the game show fun with popcorn and prizes at the gay/straight bar in Bernal Heights. Tuesdays, 8pm. 309 Cortland. www.straybarsf.com

Wed 7➠ Bobby Caldwell @ The Rrazz Room

Veteran vocalist performs jazz, pop and R&B classics. $45-$47.50. 8pm. Nov 8, 8pm. Nov 9 & 10, 7pm & 9:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Booty Call @ Q Bar

Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly night packs the intimate stylish bar with grooves and a groovy younger crowd. $3. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.QbarSF.com

Thu 8 ➠ 80s Thursdays @ Cat Club

DJs and VJs take you back to the MTV era with music from the 1980s. $6. 9:30-2am. 1190 Folsom St. www.sfcatclub.com

Dudley Saunders @ Casa Sanchez

Enjoy dinner and/or drinks as the New York gay folkrock singer performs music from his fourth album, Monsters. Free. 8pm. 2778 24th St. 282-2402. www.reverbnation.com/dudleysaunders www.casasanchezfood.com

Fuego @ The Watergarden, San Jose

Weekly event, with Latin music, half-off locker fees and Latin men, at the South Bay private men’s bath house. $8-$39. Reg hours 24/7. 18+. 1010 The Alameda. (408) 275-1215. www.thewatergarden.com

Go Deep @ El Rio

Man on man lube wrestling in the pit (an inflatable mini-pool), porn guys, drag queens, clowns, Boylesque performances, DJ Drama Bin Laden and Cajun food! 2nd Thursdays. 8pm-12am. 3158 Mission St. www.elriosf.com

Ladies Arm Wrestling @ Thee Parkside

Women of the bars compete in the arm-wrestling bouts; Hemlock vs. Casanova and Pops vs. Parkside. 9pm-ish. 21+. www.theeparkside.com

Laughing Stock Comedy Show @ 4N5

Comics Anthony Sandoval, Charlie Ballard, Kollin Holtz, John Hoogasian and Hector Rodriguez. $5. 7pm. Gallery/Bar 4N5, 863 Mission St. 522-2440. galiara.com

The Monster Show @ The Edge

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Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with gogo guys. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com


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Sundance S d S Saloon l @S Space 55 550 0

The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:307:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Retro tunes and retro cruisy crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

Fri 9 ➠ Bad Girl Cocktail Hour @ The Lexington Club

Every Friday night, bad girls can get $1 dollar margaritas between 9pm and 10pm. 3464 19th St. between Mission and Valencia. 863-2052. www.lexingtonclub.com

Cubcake @ Lone Star Saloon

Monthly (2nd Fri) party for those with a sweet tooth; DJ Medic spins tunes. 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St. www.lonestarsf.com

David Sanborn @ Yoshi’s Oakland

The prolific multi-Grammy-winning jazz saxaphonist performs with his band. $30-$45. Fri & Sat 8pm & 10pm. Sun 6pm & 8pm. Thru Nov 11. 510 Embarcadero West. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

Metrosexual Comedy Night @ Deco Lounge

The gay comedy night features ‘favorite flaming straight guys’; hosted by Shanti Charan, with Sammy Obeid, Dave Studebaker, Steve Lee, Raymond Santos, Imran G, Marc Abrigo. $10. 8pm. 21+. 510 Larkin St. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Preston Steel @ Nob Hill Theatre

Shanti Charan performs at Metrosexual Comedy Night @ Deco Lounge. See Fri 9

Sonar On Tour @ Fox Theatre, Oakland

Electro mini-fest with Die Antwoord, Azari & III, Seth Troxler, Paul Kalkbrenner, Nic Fanciulli. $40-$50. 7pm. 1807 Telegraqph Ave. Oakland (510) 302-2250. www.azariandiii.com

Spicy @ Club OMG

DJ SSHaaN spins Bollywood dance hits at the intimate new South Asian LGBT nightclub. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com

Sat 10 ➠ Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

Beer only $8 until you bust. 4pm-8pm. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.hitws.com

Club Gossip @ Cat Club

Mixed gay-friendly goth-electro-retro-ish club night; monthly (2nd Sat.). $8. 21+. 9pm-3am. 1190 Folsom St. www.sfcatclub.com

Cockblock @ Rickshaw Stop

Lesbo-rific queer homo dance night each 2nd & 4th Saturday. $5-$10. 21+. 10pm-2am. 155 Fell St. www.rickshawstop.com

Porn stud shows himself off in 3D at 8pm and 10pm. $25. Also Nov 10. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Daddy @ Kok

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

Frolic @ The Stud

The largest gay Latin dance night in the Bay Area. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Rarebits @ Truck

Unusual music mix night with tempting cheese-filled Brit menu items, too; 2nd Fridays, 6pm-10pm. 1900 Folsom St. 252-0306. www.trucksf.com 20 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012

Men-only cruise night, wqith gogo guy and DJ Guber. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com Monthly costume dance party (2nd Sat) for Furries and friends, with DJs Ikkuma, Smashwolf, Neonbunny. Dance, you animals! $3-$7. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison www.neonbunny.com/frolic www.studsf.com

Journey to the End of the Night @ Citywide

Local edition of the popular live street game, where nearly 2,000 people play chasers and gamers in a


Sun 11➠ Beer Bust @ Truck

Beer, and lots of it. $10. 4pm-8pm. Ice Queen Sundays, a new drag show, follows. Shows at 9:30 and 11pm. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Jock @ Lookout

Weekly fundraiser for various local LGBT sports groups. $2 cover. Drink specials. 3pm-9pm. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Salsa Sundays @ El Rio

Salsa dancing for LGBT folks and friends, with live merengue and cumbia bands; tapas and donations that support local causes. 2nd & 4th Sundays. 3pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Sports Beer Bust @ Kok Bar citywide (mostly downtown) edition of Tag. Start/ registration at Dolores Park, 6pm. 18th St. at Dolores. www.totheendofthenight.com

Kinky Disco @ Rebel

DJ Johnny Sonic (aka Paul Goodyear) spins 80s, 90s electronica, disco and unusual music. Free entry if dressed in drag. $5. 9pm-4am. 1760 Market St. www.kinkydisko.com

Leather Beer Bust @ Kok

Enjoy an afternoon leather-friendly beer bust. 2pm7pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Love Will Fix It @ Hot Spot

DJ Bus Station John’s intimate monthly (2nd Saturdays) retro disco night with an R&B focus, re-decorates the cozy dive bar into a cool dance hangout; popular with a gaily diverse crowd. $5. 9pm-2am. 1414 Market St.

New Wave City @ Cat Club

Synth night and tribute to New Romantic bands (Adam Ant, Duran Duran), with music videos and DJs Skip and Shindog. $7-$12. 9pm-3am. 21+. 1190 Folsom St. www.newwavecity.com

Wear a uniform, a jock strap or less and get more beer for your bucks. 5pm-8pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Tommy Tune @ The Venetian Room

Broadway choreographer and performer (nine-time Tony Award-winner) brings his new solo show Taps, Tune and Tall Tales, his story of 50 years of musical theatre history, to the elegant hall at the Fairmont Hotel. $40-$47. 950 Mason St. 392-4400. www.bayareacabaret.org

Wesla Whitfield @ The Rrazz Room

Classy local singer performs jazz and R&B classics with the mike Greensill Trio. $35-$45. Various times thru Nov 21. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Mon 12 ➠

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Bay Area comics and visiting guests perform cool multi-culti stand-up, featuring David Hawkins, Samson Koletkar, Stefani Silverman, Kate Willett, and hostess, Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. 522-3737. www.koshercomedy.com

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FFunny M Mondays d @D Deco LLounge

Victor Torres hosts a comedy open mic night. 7pm9pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.decosf.com

Karaoke @ The Lookout

Paul K hosts the amateur singing night. 8pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Tue 13➠ Fanboy @ Lone Star Saloon

Special Dr. Who night with trivia and prizes; DJs Jimmy Swear, BDGR, and Crowderism. 7pm. 1354 Harrison St. www.lonestarsf.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Wed 14➠ Booty Call @ Q Bar

Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly night packs the intimate stylish bar with grooves and a groovy younger

crowd. $3. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.QbarSF.com

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Retro-classic drag show (2nd and 4th Wednesday) at the classic Tenderloin bar, featuring Collette Ashton, Ruby Slippers, Sophilya Leggz, Bobby Ashton, Sheena Rose, Davida Ashton and Joie de Vivre. No cover. 10pm. 133 Turk St. 441-2922. www.dreamqueensrevue.com

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

Women’s burlesque show performs each Wed & Fri. $5$10. 7pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Thu 15➠ Circle Jerk @ Nob Hill Theatre

Participatory porntastic fun in the Underground Playroom of the strip joint; join in the fun! $10. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Fauxgirls @ Infusion Lounge

The classy drag revue celebrates its 11th year; dinner seating at 7pm. Show at 8pm. No cover. 124 Ellis St. 421-8700. www.fauxgirls.com

Goapele @ Yoshi’s, Oakland

Singer-songwriter and Bay Area vocalist who blends soul, jazz and hiphop in a unique blend, performs live. $30. (dinner and menu items extra) 8pm & 10pm. Sun 7pm & 9pm. Thru Sun Nov 18. 510 Embarcadero West. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

Green & Gold Gala @ Conservatory of Flowers

Golden Gate Park arboretum’s annual festive fundraiser, with a Boomtown Barbary Coast theme. See the garden railway exhibition, enjoy drinks, food, live music and “burlesque” entertainment, plus a visit from ‘Emperor Norton.’ Black tie, business or themed attire. $95, $150, $250 (VIP 5:30pm) and up. 7pm-11pm. 100 JFK Drive. 831-2093. www.greenandgoldgala.org

Lady Rizo @ The Rrazz Room

The slightly zany yet vocally serious New York performer returns. $30. 9pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Susanna Hoffs @ Red Devil Lounge

Lead singer for The Bangles performs music from her third solo album. Evolution Eden opens. $20-$25. 8pm. 1695 Polk St. www.reddevillounge.com 22 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012


floors of fun. Third Fridays. $5. 9pm-3am. 1151 Folsom St. at 7th. www.ravenbarsf.com

Morrissey @ Davies Symphony Hall

Former front man for The Smiths performs with his band. $50-$90. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. at Grove. www.livenation.com

Sat 17➠ Bearracuda @ Monarch

Matt Bearracuda’s birthday party rocks the ursine set, with DJs Steve Sherwood and Matt Stands (Seattle). $6-$8. 9pm-3am. 101 Sixth St. www.bearracuda.com

Beatpig @ Powerhouse

Juanita More spins saucy grooves and dudes cruise at the eclectic music, drag and kink night; each 3rd Saturday. $5. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. 552-8689. www.beatpigsf.com www.powerhouse-sf.com

Club Rimshot @ Bench and Bar, Oakland Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Retro disco tunes and retro cruisy crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

Fri 16➠ Ana Gasteyer @ The Rrazz Room

Comic actress (Saturday Night Live, Suburgatory) performs Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman, a comic show of songs and stories. $40. 9:15pm. Also Nov 17, 9:15 and Nov 18, 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Dragon 2.0 @ Raven

Revamped monthly gay Asian dance party at the renovated club (formerly Club 8); tequila gogos and two

Weekly hip hop and R&B night. $8-$15. 9pm to 4am. 510 17th St. www.bench-and-bar.com

Couture Funding a Cure @ Westfield Valley Fair

Santa Clara County Gala benefit for the American Cancer Society, with Project Runway’s Anthony Ryan Auld; food, wines, champagne, décor and fashion shows. $125 and up. 6pm-9pm. 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (Forest Avenue Entrance). www.gala.acsevents.org

Fruitcake @ The Stud

Queer dance party for all; third Saturdays. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.studsf.com

Gameboi @ Mist Ultra Lounge

Asian pop, disco and dance music night with drink specials, gogo hotties and DJed tunes (3rd Sat). $25. 9:30pm-2am. 316 11th St. www.facebook.com/gameboisf Page 24



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Jalwa @ Club OMG

DJ SSHaaN spins a unique Bollywood dance mix at the intimate new South Asian LGBT nightclub. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com

Pulse @ The Turf Club, Hayward

Enjoy hot gogo studs, prizes, tiki bar cocktails, a friendly atmosphere and the biggest outdoor gay bar patio in Northern California; third Saturdays. 22519 Main St. www.wfturfclub.com

Reddroxx @ Lone Star Saloon

DJ BRD spins tunes at the cruisy night. 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St. www.lonestarsf.com

SoMa Country @ Beatbox

Sundance Saloon’s South of Market event (3rd Saturdays), with two-stepping, line-dancing lessons for beginners, and friendly regulars. Cowboy gear not required, but boots or smooth-heeled shoes recommended. $8. 6pm-10pm. 314 11th St. www.sundancesaloon.org

Sun 18➠ Debauchery @ White Horse Tavern, Oakland

Third Sunday dance and cruise fun. No cover. 6551 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-3820. www.whitehorsebar.com

Josh Klipp and the Klipptones @ Condor Club

Local crooner and his jazz band perform at the strip club. 3-6pm. 560 Broadway. 781-8222. www.joshklipp.com

Michael Zapruder @ Amnesia

Innovative multimedia artist premieres Pink Thunder, a prose poem song cycle with accompanying art works (event is the closing party for the exhibit), collectively performed and composed by a Bay Area ensemble of artists. $7. 9pm. 853 Valencia St. 970-0012. www.michaelzapruder.com www.amnesiathebar.com

Sony Holland @ Yoshi’s

Local vocalist with a sweet jazz voice performs with her quintet. $20. 7pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595. www.harrydenton.com 24 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012

Josh Klipp and the Klipptones @ Condor Club. See Sun 18

Mon 19➠ Cock and Bull Mondays @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

Specials on drinks made with “Cock and Bull” ginger ale (Jack and Cock, Russian Mule, and more). 8pmclosing. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.hitws.com

Karaoke @ The Lookout

Paul K hosts the amateur singing night. 8pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Monday Musicals @ The Edge

The renovated bar now shows fun musicals each week. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Tue 20➠ 13 Licks @ Q Bar

Weekly women’s night at the stylish intimate bar. 9pm2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Smarty Pants Trivia @ Stray Bar

Kitty Tapata hosts the game show fun with popcorn and prizes at the dog-friendly gay/straight bar in Bernal Heights. Tuesdays, 8pm. 309 Cortland. www.straybarsf.com


Thu 22➠

(Thanksgiving Day)

Dark Sparkle @ Café DuNord

Goth romance spectacle band performs. $5. 9pm. 21+. 2170 Market St. at Sanchez. 861-5016. www.cafedunord.com

Henry Rollins @ Yoshi’s

The former punk rocker Black Flag and Rollins Band front man (and unofficial f*g stag) shares his thoughtprovoking monologue show, The Long March. $25-$30. 7:30pm. Also Nov 23, 7:30pm and Nov 25, 7pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner Buffet @ Mark Hopkins Hotel

Wed 21➠

Booty Call @ Q Bar

Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly night packs the intimate stylish bar with grooves and a groovy younger crowd. $3. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.QbarSF.com

Come To My House @ Deco Lounge

Early evening (5pm-9pm) monthly (3rd Wed) fundraiser for the Trevor Project, with host Angelina Josephina Manacotti. $5. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Michael Ethans performs (11am-3pm) and Richardo Scales (3pm-8pm) at two elegant meal servings at the elegant hotel. $59 (kids 4-12)- $105 (adults). 6166941. 1 Nob Hill www.topofthemark.com

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Special “shake your giblets” post-Thanksgiving night, with retro disco tunes and retro cruisy crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

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Honky-Tonk Bands @ Starry Plough, Berkeley

Fri 23➠

Swing out with roots-a-billy bands at the bar/restaurant, with The Muddy Roses (women vocal trio and string band), Miss Lonely Hearts, and The Better Halves. $7-$12. 9:30pm. 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-2082. www.starryploughpub.com

Distortion @ Lone Star Saloon

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

Gay rock stars Bob Mould and Chris Xefos spin tunes! 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St. www.lonestarsf.com

The English Beat @ Bimbo’s

Popular ska-rock band performs. $22-$25. 21+. 9pm. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365. www.bimbos365club.com

Fedorable @ El Rio

Free weekly queer dance party, with gogos, prizes, old groovy tunes, cheap cocktails. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Fishnet Follies @ The Rrazz Room

Ladies perform a saucy burlesque revue. $30-$45. 10:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Joe @ The Lookout

Shots, drinks and DJed fun. $2. 10pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Eight bars, more dance floors, and a smoking lounge; the largest gay Latin dance night in the Bay Area. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Miki Howard @ The Rrazz Room

R&B pop songstress performs new and classic songs. $40. 8pm. Also Nov 24 at 7pm & 9:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Spicy @ Club OMG

DJ SSHaaN spins Bollywood dance hits at the intimate new South Asian LGBT nightclub. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com

Sat 24➠ Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

Beer only $8 until you bust. 4pm-8pm. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.hitws.com Page 28



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Bootie B ti S SFF @ DN DNA A LLounge

Weekly mash-up dance night, with resident DJs Adrian & Mysterious D. No matter the theme, a mixed fun good time’s assured. $8-$15. 9pm-3am. 21+. 375 11th st. at Harrison. www.BootieSF.com www.DNAlounge.com

La Bota Loca @ Club 21, Oakland

Live bands, DJed tunes, gogo hotties, drag shows, drink specials, all at Oakland’s premiere Latin nightclub and weekly cowboy night. $10-$15. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Jalwa @ Club OMG

DJ SSHaaN spins a unique Bollywood dance mix at the intimate new South Asian LGBT nightclub. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com

Mango @ El Rio

Popular women of color monthly event (MarchNovember), with BBQ and drink specials and dancing. $8-$10. 3pm-8:30pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Sun 25➠ All-Male Amateur Strip Show @ Deco Lounge

Ruby Holiday and Diva LaFever cohost the weekly night of newbies gettin’ nude. $100 cash prize! DJ Lambchop spins tunes. Contest 10:30pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Jock @ Lookout

Weekly fundraiser for various local LGBT sports groups. $2 cover. Drink specials. 3pm-9pm. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595. www.harrydenton.com

Mon 26➠ Funny Mondays @ Deco Lounge

Victor Torres hosts a comedy open mic night. 7pm9pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.decosf.com

Monday Musicals @ The Edge

The renovated bar now shows fun musicals each week. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming 28 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012

Marlena Shaw @ The Rrazz Room. Thu 29

accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Sacred Cocktails @ Twin Peaks

Weekly gathering for Christian and other faithful LGBTs, sponsored by Oasis, the GLBT Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Upstairs, 7:308:30pm. Castro St. at Market. www.saintaiden.org

Tue 27➠ Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

Enjoy strip shows in the comfort of your skivvies, or less, with complimentary libations, at the weekly night. $20. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Wed 28➠ Booty Call @ Q Bar

Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly night packs the intimate stylish bar with grooves and a groovy younger crowd. $3. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.QbarSF.com

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Old-school drag show (2nd and 4th Wednesday) at the classic Tenderloin bar, featuring Collette Ashton,


Ruby Slippers, Sophilya Leggz, Bobby Ashton, Sheena Rose, Davida Ashton and Joie de Vivre!. No cover. 10pm. 133 Turk St. 441-2922. www.dreamqueensrevue.com

Feminista Comedy Night @ Deco Lounge Host Kollin Holtz welcomes comics Colleen Watson, Kelly Lynch, Loren Kraut, Sandra Risser, Jenn Dronsky, Kimberly Wendt, Carrie Avritt, Eloisa Bravo. $10. 8pm. 21+. 510 Larkin St. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Thu 29➠ Cockblock @ Rickshaw Stop

Lesbo-rific queer homo dance night each 2nd & 4th Saturday. $5-$7. 21+. 10pm-2am. 155 Fell St. www. rickshawstop.com

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

The new weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission. www.comedybodega.com

Marlena Shaw @ The Rrazz Room

Soul legend performs classic music with her band. $35$0. 8pm. Also Nov 30, 8pm, Dec 1, 7pm & 9:15pm, Dec 2 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Wood @ Lone Star Saloon

Don your flannel at the lumberjack-themed party; DJ Bill Dupp; drink specials. 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St. www.lonestarsf.com

Fri 30➠ Bad Girl Cocktail Hour @ The Lexington Club

Every Friday night, bad girls can get $1 dollar margaritas between 9pm and 10pm. 3464 19th St. between Mission and Valencia. 863-2052. www.lexingtonclub.com

Joe @ The Lookout

Shots, drinks and DJed fun. $2. 10pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Pants Off Fridays @ Kok Bar

New night at the cruisy bar; strip down to boxers, shorts or less and get discounted drinks. Free clothes check. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Spicy @ Club OMG

DJ SSHaaN spins Bollywood dance hits at the intimate new South Asian LGBT nightclub. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. at Market. www.clubomgsf.com To submit your December events, send by November 15 to BARtabSF@ebar.com


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ovember means elections. They’re not always filled with donkeys and elephants supported by super PACs finagling to deceive. Sometimes they’re beefcake elections that stimulate the libido and satisfy the soul. Sometimes they pit Gay Bar v. Gay Bar. During the 1970s the California Motor Club held its popular fall charity carnival to elect Mr. CMC in the Marine Labor Union building on Fremont Street, fondly known as Seaman’s Hall. The CMC Carnival wasn’t the only beefcake election in town. In 1975, the Acme Brewing Company of San Francisco sponsored the Acme Man ‘75 contest. Their souvenir program featured 30 shirtless hotties sponsored by various gay bars. From that Acme Man election, bar owners made money, Acme beer sales in gay bars increased, and the Society for Individual Rights (S.I.R.), a gay community-building organization, reaped the benefits of the ticket sales. The following year, however, Acme no longer wanted their beer brand coupled with the “fag” bar brand. Threats of a boycott canceled Acme Man ’76. Once upon a November, Allan Lowery, my boss and owner of the Leatherneck bar at 11th Street and Folsom, asked me to get out my Nikon and take a few shots of Max Morales for a Mr. CMC poster. Over a few lines and a couple of beers in his office we discussed the details. “How much should we spend?” Allan said. “On the posters?” I said. “No! How much should the Leatherneck kick in to make Max Mr. CMC?” “That’s how it works?” I said. I’d envisioned individual carnival-goers stuffing their monetary votes into their candidate’s, ah… ballot box, sort of like tipping the stripper boys who dance on the bar. It sounded a lot more fun then some Super PAC buying the election. “It’s all for charity,” Allan said. So on a Sunday in November, I walked through the second floor entrance doors of Seaman’s Hall into a world Lewis Carroll could never have imagined down any rabbit hole. The place was packed. The music was loud. Its beat matched the rhythm of heavy sex. Mr. CMC candidates were onstage, seducing the crowd. I stuffed my measly monetary vote in Max’s cardboard ballot box and headed for the bar. I ordered a beer, a long-neck Oly. The air was heavy with the ripe aroma of male sweat, pot, and poppers, all overlaid with tobacco smoke and booze. A roar from the crowd turned my head. One candidate, his muscled, oiled torso strapped into a 30 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • November 2012

Bill Jolly, Mr. Acme Beer candidate, sponsored by The Round-Up, 1975

leather body harness, dominated the stage. He played to his audience of cheering leatherfolk, air-fucking to the edge of the stage and back. Then back again, at the edge of the stage, he popped his well-endowed tool from its black leather toolbox and sprayed his sacred juices over those below. The crowd went wild! Men surged forward to lap the precious liquid from sweating chests and bellies. I edged my way down the packed stairs to a raw first floor man-cave. As if staged for a Pier Paolo Pasolini film, a stand-up orgy stretched before me. Booths around the perimeter offered services for hire, for charity. One provided free manicures prior to four-bit fistings. I bumped into Allan. “Did Max win?” I said. “No,” Allan said. “Neither did the air-fucker.” Big bucks had backed the winner. After cruising the crowd, getting a good buzz on, and having been sexually satiated several times, I left, a happy man who had done his duty and cast his vote, for charity. Each year the CMC crowd grew. Rental fees increased. Lawsuits were feared. Insurance became required. The CMC Carnival was last held at Seamen’s Hall in 1978. ✸ Copyright 2012 Jim Stewart. For further true gay adventures check out the award-winning Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco by Jim Stewart.



November, 2012 edition of BARtab