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✶ On the cover: Club OMG fans at a pre-opening party. Photo: Monty Suwannukul

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Club OMG fans at a pre-opening party.

BOLLY, BY GOLLY!

South Asian Nightclub Brightens Mid-Market District

• by Jim Provenzano Monty Suwannukul

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he newest club is opening up,” goes the old Nina Hagen song, her caustic anthem to 1980s New York nightlife. This time, the neighborhood that was filmed to look like New York’s East Village (for the film Rent) is the locale for ‘the newest club,’ the gay-owned Club OMG! From its robin’s egg retro blue décor to its circular dance floor and five-projector visuals, the new venue combines intimacy with a club-like ambiance. Co-owner Rakesh Modi said that he didn’t realize how difficult the whole process would be. “Getting the alcohol license transferred, getting all the permits,” he said. “It was quite a challenge. But we’re open, finally!” Started in early September with a few soft openings, Modi and co-owner Paresh Shah have been putting the pieces together for what he considers the first gayowned South Asian-focused nightclub in San Francisco, if not the entire U.S. The club had an enthusiastic turnout even before it opened. When the bar wasn’t quite ready last month, the party was moved to a neighboring bar, where South Asian lesbians, gays and pals danced and enjoyed themselves. Now that Club OMG is open, along with the regular evening events, Modi said they’ll be focusing on corporate events for nearby tech companies and other businesses. Some nights, they’ll be open early at 5pm or 8pm, depending on the nights and bookings, or earlier Happy Hour events. It’s at such events where new patrons can sample the club’s new signature cocktails stirred up by resident 4 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

mixologist Jason O’Meara. A bar stocked with quality brands, specialty ginger and saffron martinis, margaritas and other cocktails, along with a revamped décor, make the trip to mid-Market a worthy adventure. With weekly Saturday Bollywood nights, the popular music form will get unique takes by guest and resident DJs. “We want to have a presence in San Francisco,” said Modi, when asked about his inspiration for starting the nightclub. His business partners owned a bar in the East Bay, and wanted to bring a South Asian LGBT presence to the scene. “We also realized there was no club that had Bollywood music,” said Modi. “We wanted to see something for ourselves. There’s a large growing LGBT South Asian presence in the city, yet there is no gay Bollywood dance club in the country. So we’re the first. It’s also popularizing the music and the culture in a fun way.” Affiliated with the South Asian LGBT group Trikone for years, “also the first organization of its kind in the country,” Modi reminded me, he’s made some of the club’s upcoming events fundraisers for the nonprofit. But he sees Club OMG! as extending a further aspect. “It’s also a way to integrate and assimilate the gay and non-gay south Asian communities. Ideally, we want to have Bollywood nights where everybody can enjoy themselves. That was the incentive to start. Everybody should feel welcome.” Despite this message, some South Asian LGBTs are still cautious about being out, even in liberal San Francisco. Other local Bollywood parties, most of which take place in the South Bay, are not gay, Modi said.


Club OMG co-owner Rakesh Modi also DJs.

The colorful new Club OMG. Georg Lester

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Bollywood music’s blend of cultural music influences should appeal to those interested in world music and uplifting dance beats. “Bollywood music today is more of a good mix of salsa, Arabic; a blend of cultures,” said Modi. “We also want to realize that there are people who don’t know it and we want to familiarize them.” Bollywood dance classes on Sunday evenings are in the works. Led by fitness instructor Satish, the basic moves will be taught to newbies. The Club OMG events add to the already popular Non-Stop Banghra dance nights held at Public Works (moved from The Rickshaw Stop after their popularity increased). “That’s a good sign that people are going to try it,” said Modi. Along with the Saturday Bollywood parties, and

Sunday dance lessons, Modi mentioned other events, including a grand opening weekend September 27 through 30. Thursday’s weekly Wish starts off with DJ Drewbad spinning Top 40 and hiphop from 9pm to closing. September 28 is the nearby Sixth Street Art Walk, and the club will open early (3pm), with a fashion show by designer Hector Manuel, and $3 drink specials. The weekend includes new events Spicy; Friday nights with DJ SSHaaN playing Bollywood hits. He also spins at Saturday’s Jalwa Bollywood dance party. ✸ Visit Club OMG 7 days a week, 5:30pm-2am at 43 6th Street at Market. www. clubomgsf.com

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The spooky environs of last year’s Masquerotica

HALLOWEEN HOEDOWN Zombies, Monsters and Parties, Oh My! • by David-Elijah Nahmod Jim Provenzano

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ctober is one of the holiest months on the drag show. Of course there will be music and monster LGBT calendar, and Halloween is one of our mashing. Both events 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse most sacred days. In a city that’s as wild, cra- Drive. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org zy and fun as San Francisco, there are plenty of ways October will be a busy month for Ms. Peaches Christ, to celebrate the season. Everything from classic film who’s taking over the town. On Saturday, October 20, screenings to parties galore. join her and Heklina at the beautiful Castro Theater The madness begins early at the California Academy for Death Becomes Her, a wacky live stage show, folof Sciences. Jaws fans will no lowed by a screening of the doubt want to be there on creepy comedy classic starOctober 4, when the Acadring Meryl Street and Goldie emy’s Thursday Nightlife Hawn. Festivities include evseries offers Sharktoberfest, erlasting youth makeovers, a with sharks and plenty of dead celebrities costume conbeer. Taste your way through test, and a fountain of youth the beer garden in African bar with yummy libations. Hall. Mingle amongst robot 8pm-12am, 429 Castro St. sharks. Hear about newly www.peacheschrist.com discovered shark species and www.castrotheatre.com conservation efforts. Keep A month-long exhibition sipping that beer as you view commences at the SOMArts Academy specimens, shark Cultural Center a few weeks tooth tools, and photos of before Halloween and conSandy, the first shark to surtinues into November. Callvive in captivity. Music by ing on the Spirits to Face the Sleazemore of Lights Down Future: Dia De Los Muertos Low Fame. 2012 invites you to attend Jim Provenzano Return to Cal Academy’s their opening reception on Dressing up for Halloween fun Nightlife on Thursday OcFriday, October 12 from 6pm tober 25 to join the incomto 9pm. The show’s regular parable Peaches Christ for Zombie Nightlife. Brainy run begins the following day, October 13, and will be party goers beware! Experiment with slimy specimens on display until November 10. The centuries-old train a Human Organ Lab. Zombie make-up artists will dition of building altars to welcome and celebrate debe on the prowl, and Peaches will present a zombie Page 8


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ceased loved ones fuses with present-day artists’ sentiments on the state of life and politics. Works by 80 Bay Area artists will be on display. On Saturday October 20, sisters Natalia and Amanda Vigil will present Gathering the Embers: A Dia de los Muertos Tribute Show. Writers, performing artists, media makers and musicians pay tribute to love, life, loss and resiliency. 7pm9:30pm, 934 Brannan St., 863-1414. www.somarts.org If you’re in the mood for something naughtier, you might want to check out Masquerotica on Saturday October 20 at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. Affiliated with Folsom Street Events, but partnered with a number of straight-run events, this second annual Halloween party promises a gay/ straight mix of music, dance, and kink. Costumes and creative sexy wear will be the order of the night, with no street clothes permitted. 8:30pm-3am. 635 8th St. www.Masquerotica.com We in the LGBT community have a rich and diverse history. We also have a wonderful little museum which is documenting that history. On Thursday, Oct 25, join the GLBT Historical Society, the organization which runs the GLBT History Museum, for Unmasked, their annual gala. It will be an evening of elegance and fun in The Green Room of the War Memorial and Performing Arts Building. The evening will include a performance from hunky baritone Zachary Gordon, plus Hard French DJs and Glamamore. 7pm-9pm (VIP reception from 6-7). 401 Van Ness Ave. 777-5455. www.unmaskedgala.org As Halloween approaches, Bimbo’s 365 Club offers the Foreverland Thriller Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 27. The late, great Gloved One, Michael Jackson, will be honored by a 14-piece orchestra, including four lead vocalists. Hear classic chestnuts such as “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Beat It,” and many others, as you’ve never heard them before. Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm. 1025 Columbus 474-0365. www.bimbos365club.com And what would Halloween in San Francisco be without Shocktoberfest at Thrillpeddlers’ Hypnodrome? Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death promises an evening of horror and unhinged comedy. Described as an “extravaganza of terror and titillation” the show includes one classic Grand Guignol thriller, two world premiere one-act plays, a musical spectacle, and a scary lights-out spook show finale. The chills begin on Thursday October 4, and will run until November 17. The show can generally be seen at 8pm Thursday-Saturday, but there will be special Halloween performances on October 30 and 31 (Tues/Wed) also at 8pm. 575 10th St. www. thrillpeddlers.com Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, DNA Lounge of8 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

Zombie Nightlife

fers two big parties. On Monday, October 29, Halloween Bootie lets you dance your ass off at the biggest mash-up in the world. Every musical style from every era comes together in one big, wild party. 9pm-3am. The fun gets even wilder on the 31st, Halloween night, when DNA’s All Hallow’s Eve party presents a whopping 14 DJs in 4 rooms. Dance to indie pop, new wave, dark electronica, gothic, industrial. There’s an after midnight costume contest with $1000 in cash prizes. 9pm-3am. 375 Eleventh St. 626-1409. www.dnalounge.com If your idea of celebrating Halloween is to go out and watch a few good old-fashioned monster movies, San Francisco has two special treats for you. On Wednesday October 24, Fathom Events, in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies, presents James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) together on the big screen in pristine, digital prints. Whale was the first (as far as we know) gay director in Hollywood history to come out, and Bride was one of his coming out films. The script is chock-full of witty gay innuendos that were hard to spot in 1935, but stand out front and center to modern viewers. The evening includes a filmed interview with Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff, the legendary horror star who played the monster in both films. Advanced ticket sales are available and recommended. Screens 7pm at two venues: Century 9, 835 Market. (800) 326-3264, and Empire Cinema, 85 West Portal. (800) 326-3264. www.fathomevents.com And finally, on Tuesday, October 30, head over to Davies Symphony Hall for a 7pm screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919). This surreal, almost dreamlike masterpiece is considered to be the first horror movie to achieve worldwide acclaim. A masterpiece of expressionistic silent cinema, the film will feature uber-cute Cameron Carpenter at the organ. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org ✸


Streat Food Park

EATS ON WHEELS • by Ray Aguilera Ray Aguilera

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house-breaded chicken option. Fries, sweet potato tots, and delicious fried pickles round out the bar eats. Truck’s kitchen is generally open from 4-9pm, but Fridays the burgers start hitting the grill at noon and meat party doesn’t stop until 9pm. The monthly Swallow party features a rotating menu of gourmet goodies made by Ben and Dino, the titular tarts behind Two Tarts and a Stove (facebook.com/ eatups). A recent menu included a Southwestern flatbread with chorizo and cilantro cream, and the everpopular cheeseburger egg rolls. Swallow happens on third Wednesdays from 5pm-10pm. The next Swallow will be happening on October 17. On the second Friday of the month, the Tarts also invade Truck’s kitchen, turning out affordable and delicious pub food during Rarebits, a monthy rotating DJ night where the selectors change every 15 minutes. In keeping with the “rarebits” theme, the eats are Englishinspired dishes, including a banger sausage on a soft bun with caramelized onions and tomato relish, classic fish and chips, and of course, a take on Welsh rarebit, an aleinfused cheese sauce served over hearty toasted bread. The next Rarebits happens on Friday, October 12. Over at Lookout (3600 16th Street), the kitchen turns out wings, sliders, quesadillas and other bar faves six nights a week. On Tuesdays, Lookout’s kitchen gets taken over to the folks from Down to Grub, who turn it with southern-style favorites from 6-10pm. The menu changes weekly, but you can often find ribs and downhome specialties like DTG’s shrimp and grits, with mustard greens and grilled peaches. The fried chicken sandwich is another standout, topped with honey-jalapeño slaw and a spiced aioli. For something a bit more sophisticated, check Page 12



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veryone knows about the big food names in San Francisco. But in addition to our beloved collection of well-known eateries, there are tons of places off the beaten path –or even not really on the path in the first place– to get a good plate of grub, usually accompanied by a cold beer or a cocktail to wash it all down. Food trucks are all the rage, but until recently, there hasn’t been a regular spot to find your favorite wheeled purveyors of designer grilled cheese sandwiches and fusion cuisine served in taco form. You used to have to stalk food trucks on Twitter, but thanks to SoMa’s Streat Food Park (Ha, see what they did there?), you can wander down to 11th Street and Division and find a constantly-rotating collection of trucks slinging all manner of tasty eats. It’s reminiscent of the permanent pods scattered throughout downtown Portland, but with less rain and things with birds on them. The Streat Food Park usually boasts at least a half-dozen food vendors, hawking all sorts of tasty treats, from Vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches to handmade popsicles. A recent dinner service featured everything from gyros and made-to-order drip coffees to southern-style BBQ with traditional sides like mac and cheese. Part of the fun of having so many options is putting together a “tasting menu” from a few different vendors. Streat Food Park also features free Wi-Fi, lots of bike parking, a beer garden, and plenty of space to sit down and enjoy. Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 11am3pm, with dinner from 5pm-10pm. On weekends, Streat Food Park is open from 11am-10pm. Also in SoMa, beardy fellas and those who love them have been bellying up for “meaty boy” burgers with all the accouterments at Truck (1900 Folsom Street). There are Gardenburgers for vegetarians, as well as a


Chubby Noodle dish

Fried Pickles at Truck

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Ray Aguilera

out Mugsy’s Wine Bar, a sporadic pop-up wine bar that happens on “occasional” Fridays at El Rio (3158 Mission Street). When Mugsy is in the house, expect affordably-priced pours from urban wineries, and wines made by women and vintners of color. Featured wines are around $7 a glass, and hail from exotic locales as near as Oakland, and as far away as Italy. They pair nicely with the free oysters El Rio dishes out every Friday starting at 5:30pm. mugsywinebar.tumblr.com. On the other side of town, Amante (570 Green Street) is a sleek bar with a lounge-y vibe, and drink names ending in “-tini” that Herb Caen probably wouldn’t approve of. But drinks go better with food, and it’s hard

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not to love Chubby Noodle, the restaurant-within-abar tucked into this North Beach watering hole. The noodle dishes are delicious, in particular the Peppered Duck, a seared breast atop a pile of perfectly chewy chow fun with seasonal veggies. Keeping with the “chubby” theme, pork belly fried rice is served with spicy housemade kimchi, and a sunny-side up egg adds even more decadent richness. The organic fried chicken comes in either wing or strip form. It’s brined in buttermilk, and paired with a spicy, creamy sambal sauce for a little bit of a kick. On the lighter end, Chubby Noodle offers small plates that go well with Amante’s libations, including salt and pepper shrimp, Korean-style pork tacos, and tombo tuna poke. Enjoy! ✸


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Denise Perrier @ The Rrazz Room Vocalist performs symphonic jazz with an instrumental V dduo. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason SSt. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.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

The Psychedelic Furs @ Bimbos Stylishly cool British 80s New Wave/Nouvelle Vague band performs. The Chevin opens. $30. 21+. 8pm. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365. www.bimbos365club.com

Smarty Pants Trivia @ Stray Bar Remember the Party @ City Nights. See Sun 8

Mon 1 ➠ Cock and Bull Mondays @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

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

Wed 3 ➠ Booty Call @ Q Bar

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

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

Funny Mondays @ Deco Lounge

Bubba @ Truck

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

Good ole boy drinks, specials and Bubba bartenders. 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Karaoke @ The Lookout

D’lysh @ Deco Lounge

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

Isa Manzanita hosts the weekly drag show at 10:30pm. No cover. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.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. www.dragatmartunis.com

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

Supernova @ Truck

Helen Reddy @ Yoshi’s The 70s singer returns from retirement to sing classic hits and new takes on other songs. $45. 8pm. Also Oct 4. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Melissa Etheridge @ Fox Theater, Oakland The folk-rock favorite returns with classic hits and songs from her new CD 4th Street Feeling. $58-$103. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave. www.apeconcerts.com

Trivia show at the lil gay bar, with DJs Pork Sweats and Jimmy Swear. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Tommy Igoe Band @ The Rrazz Room Drummer welcomes guest performers. $25. 7:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 3803095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Tue 2 ➠ 13 Licks @ Q Bar Weekly women’s night at the stylish intimate bar. 9pm2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com 14 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

The Psychedelic Furs @ Bimbos. See Tue 2


Rookie’s Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Auditioning newbies get nude for a $200 cash prize; audience judges. 8pm sign-up. 9pm show. $25 (audience only). 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Shazia Mirza @ The Punchline British Muslim comedian brings her taboo-breaking deadpan humor to the local club. $15. 2-drink min. 8pm. 444 Battery St. at Clay. 397-7573. www.punchlinecomedyclub.com

Thunder From Down Under @ The Rrazz Room The Australian male strip troupe performs its sexy show. $35-$55. Thru Oct 6. Wed & Thu 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm & 9:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Thu 4 ➠ The Bride of Death @ Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers presents Shocktoberfest 13, an evening of horror and unhinged comedy with two worldpremiere one-act plays and a classic: Coals of Fire by Fredrick Whitney, The Bride of Death by Michael Phillis, and Rob Keefe’s The Twisted Pair. Thu-Sat 8pm. Special Halloween performances Oct. 30 & 31. Thru Nov 17. 575 10th St. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

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

Daddy @ Kok Daddies and their boys enjoy drink specials and porn entertainment. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Fleet Week @ Nob Hill Theatre Free entrance for all military personnel with valid ID, thru Oct 7. $25 for civilians. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Sharktoberfest Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences View shark exhibits and sip local brews, with music by Sleazemore. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

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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


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TTubesteak b t kC Connection tii @ 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 5 ➠ 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

Ho Down @ Thee Parkside

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

Kinky Beats @ Café Flore Sergio’s weekly DJ night at the popular café-bar, with 2 for 1 martinis. 9pm-1:30am. 2298 Market St. 6218579. www.cafeflore.com

Salsa Club @ Cafe Cocomo Same-sex dancing and lessons with a live band. 21+. 8:30pm-12am. 650 Indiana St. www.QueerBallroom.com

Sylvester Trubute @ The Rrazz Room

Horizons Foundation Gala @ Fairmont Hotel U.S. Representative Barney Frank and NCLR’s Executive Director Kate Kendell are honored at the fundraising gala for the LGBT nonprofit, with music by Toshi Reagon, private auctions, drinks, food, a dessert buffet, and a casino party theme. $75 and up for party, $250 and up for dinner and party. 5:30pm-11pm. 950 Mason St. 398-2333. www.horizonsfoundation.org/gala

Taye Diggs @ Kanbar Theatre Handsome actor (Rent, Private Practice) –and husband of Broadway’s Wicked star Edina Menzel– performs musical theatre songs, pop hits and standards with a band. $50-$62. 8pm. 3200 California St. at Presidio. 292-1233. www.jccsf.org/arts

Musical based on the life of the gay disco icon. $25. 10:30pm. Also Oct. 6. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

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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

Beats for Boobs @ Mezzanine Fundraiser for breast cancer nonprofits, with DJs Carol C, Emily Fox, Kimba, Mo Corleone, plus a fashion show and catered treats. $25-$35. 7pm-2am. 444 Jesse St. www.beatsforboobs2012sf.eventbrite.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 16 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

All-Male Amateur Strip Show @ Deco Lounge

Brian Kent @ The Rrazz Room New York singer-composer performs with his band in a fundraiser for AIDS Emergency Fund. $50. 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Castro Street Fair @ Castro & Market Annual street fair with live entertainment, DJed music, booths galore, food trucks, drag and dance acts, all with a County Fair theme. 11am-6pm. www.CastroStreetFair.org

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Fantastic queer-lectic electronic/pop/punk music variety concert, this month with Bernadette, Shawna Virago, Castles in Spain, Lydia Popovich and DJ Salex. $10. 9pm-2am. 1600 17th St. www.theeparkside.com


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the Punk, Lee Presson & the Nails, Vernian Process and others perform. $22-$52. 1pm-12am. 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond. www.steamstock.org

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

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 8 ➠ Funny Mondays @ Deco Lounge Victor Torres hosts a comedy open mic night. 7pm9pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.decosf.com Gianmarco @ Yoshi’s. See Sun 7

The Flamingos @ The Rrazz Room R&B veterans perform classic romance songs. $35-$45. 4pm. Also Oct 8, 8pm.2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Gianmarco @ Yoshi’s Peruvian pop singer-composer (Latin grammy winner) performs. $45-$60. 6pm. Also Oct 8, 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. www.yoshis.com

Honey Soundsystem @ Holy Cow The coolest Sunday music mix crew plays groove-adelic sounds for a hip, diverse crowd. 10pm-2am. 1535 Folsom St. at 11th. www.honeysoundsystem.com

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

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

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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere @ The Stud

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Seymore Sinn and Dean Disaster cohost a decadent drag king variety show and performance revue, this month with a Dungeons & Drag Kings theme. $5. 7pm10pm. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

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

Martha Reeves @ The Rrazz Room

Jockstrap Bust @ Kok Bar

R&B iconic singer performs with her band. $40-$45. Nightly thru Oct 14 (7pm). 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

$8 stripped down, $10 not; all you can drink Bud Light or Rolling Rock. 5pm-9pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Remember the Party @ City Nights

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

We Are Family, a classic disco dance event, with DJ Jerry Bonham spinning the ultra-hot 70s and 80s hits. $25-$30. 6pm-3am. 715 Harrison St. www.remembertheparty.com

Strip down as guys onstage strip. Weekly. $20. 8pm11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Smarty Pants Trivia @ Stray Bar

Steamstock @ Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

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

Thomas Dolby headlines a daylong festival of steampunk culture, with wacky retro-future costumes encouraged; nay, required! Abney Park, Frenchy and 18 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012


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

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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

Go Deep @ El Rio

Wed 10 ➠

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

Booty Call @ Q Bar

Josh Klipp & The Klipptones @Mint Plaza

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

Jazz vocalist and his band perform at the Central Market Arts Fest. Free. 6pm-7pm. Mint Plaza. Also, Oct. 13 at Mondy’s Living Room Series, and Oct. 14 at Bliss Bar. www.joshuaklipp.com

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Shirts Off @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

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

$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

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SSundays d 55pm-10:30pm 10 30 with i h llessons ffrom 55:30-7:15 300 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Treasure Island Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences Gems and minerals are on display, withinformative talks in between drinks and dreamy soundscape DJing Groundislava and electro tunes by Shigeto. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.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

VIP @ Club 21, Oakland Hip Hop, Top 40, and sexy Latin music; gogo dancers, appetizers, and special guest DJs. No cover before 11pm and just $5 after all night. Dancing 9pm-3am. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Fri 12 ➠ 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

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

Nayland Blake @ YBCA Opening reception for FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX, the former Bay Area artist’s new exhibit of whimsical conceptual and assembled found-object, personal installations and artworks, including a DJ booth with his own large record collection. $12-$15. 8pm. Grand lobby and galleries, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 979-2787. wwww.naylandblake.net www.ybca.org

Smashing Pumpkins @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Popular band returns, performing the album Oceania in full, plus favorites hits and obscurities. $52. 8pm. Civic Center. www.apeconcerts.com

Werk @ Deco Lounge

Joe @ The Lookout

Tori Balenciaga’s night (2nd Fri), with drag acts, gogo guys, and dance music. $5-$10. Show 10:30pm. 510 Larkin St. www.decosf.com

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

Sat 13 ➠

Justin Vivian Bond @ The Rrazz Room

Autumn Lights Festival @ Lake Merritt Gardens, Oakland

Mx America returns from New York in a special concert. $30. 10pm. Also Oct 13, 10pm and Oct 14, 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Kinky Beats @ Café Flore Sergio’s weekly DJ night at the popular café-bar, with 2 for 1 martinis. 9pm-1:30am. 2298 Market St. 6218579. www.cafeflore.com

Landon Conrad @ Nob Hill Theatre Falcon blond stud performs naked and live. $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Oct. 13. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com 20 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

Festive glowing large-scale light-art Burning Man-style installation, with food trucks, beer and wine, a silent auction and DIY art projects on-site. Come illuminated! $25-$35. 6pm-10pm. 666 Bellevue Ave. Oakland. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com

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


Justin Vivian Bond at The Rrazz Room. See Fri 12

Hot & Healthy @ Café Flore Garza’s monthly (2nd Sat) benefit, raffle, show and HIV outreach night at the popular café-bar. 2 for 1 cosmos! 4pm-2am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.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

Lit Crawl @ Valencia Street Venues Litquake’s annual three-hour, three-part, multiplevenue wild reading series, with hundreds of authors reading in dozens of bars, nightclubs, cafes, even laundromats! Hourly 6pm to 9pm. www.litcrawl.org

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

Frolic @ The Stud 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

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. at Polk.

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

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A Ri R Rich i h TTreasure TTrove @ TTruck k Celebration honoring the prolific work of leather/ nightlife photographer Rich Stadtmiller. $3. 6pm-12am. 1900 Folsom St. www.richtrove.com www.trucksf.com

Treasure Island Music Festival @ Treasure Island Two-day outdoor all-day concert line-up of local and touring bands; 13 each day. $75-$239. On-island parking $30-$60. (shuttle buses available). Also Oct.14. www.treasureislandfestival.com/2012/

Sun 14 ➠ 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

Bi-Curious Comedy Night @ Deco Lounge Get laughs from both sides with host Rick Fletcher, James Gunn, Casey Ley, Nick Leonard, Kate Willet, Nicole Calasich, Justin Alan and Jen Dronsky. $10. 21+. 8pm. 510 Larkin St. www.decosf.com

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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


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 15 ➠ The Blues Broads @ The Rrazz Room Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Angela Strehli & Deanna Bogart perform. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 3803095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Orpheum Theatre Founder of Talking Heads and vocalist-musician Annie Clark perform music from their collaborative CD Love This Giant. $63.50-$129. 8pm. 1192 Market St. at 8th. (888) 746-1799. www.shnsf.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. www.dragatmartunis.com

Tue 16 ➠ Jim Caruso @ The Rrazz Room Cabaret songs and impromptu variety show. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 3803095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Strip down as guys onstage strip. Weekly. $20. 8pm11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.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

Wed 17 ➠ 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.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 Page 24



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Diane D Di i S Schuur h @ TThe h R Rrazz R Room Veteran jazz singer-pianist performs. $40-$47.50. 8pm Various times thru Oct 21. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.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 18 ➠ 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. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Fauxgirls @ Infusion Lounge The classy drag revue (3rd Thursdays) has moved to a new location, and celebrates its 11th year; dinner seating at 7pm. Show at 8pm. No cover. 124 Ellis St. 421-8700. www.fauxgirls.com

Freelance Whales @ Mezzanine Multi-instrumental talented band performs. Geographer opens. $20. 9pm. 444 Jessie St. www.apeconcerts.com

Makers Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences Celebrate innovation with Maker Faire projects up-close, storytelling puppeteer Dax Tran-Caffee, plus more mechanical creations and how-to workshops, all with drinks and Dr. Sleep DJing music. $10-$12. 6pm10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

One Night, One Heart @ Fort Mason Center 20th anniversary gala party and fundraiser for Zen Hospice Project, with appetizers, beer and wine; reception $25-$100. 5:30pm-7pm, dance party 7pm-10pm. Golden Gate Room, Marina Blvd at Buchanan. 9137682. www.zenhospice.org

Porno @ Beatbox Turk Mason and BeBe Sweetbriar host the porny dance night (3rd Thursdays), with guest DJs and porn gogo dudes. $15. 9pm-2am. 314 11th St. www.BeatboxSF.com

Fri 19 ➠ Dragon 2.0 @ Raven Revamped monthly gay Asian dance party at the renovated club (formerly Club 8); tequila gogos and two floors of fun. Third Fridays. $5. 9pm-3am. 1151 Folsom St. at 7th. www.ravenbarsf.com 24 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

Masquerotica @ Concourse Exhibition Center. See Sat 20

Fishnet Follies @ The Rrazz Room Burlesque revue. 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

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland Special Jennifer Lopez tribute party at the dance club (eight bars, more dance floors, lounge) that hosts 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

Some Thing @ The Stud Wild weekly drag show with SF’s most unusual talents. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Strip @ Kok Bar Take it off at the 4th Fridays stripping event with a Cheap Ass Contest, $100 winner. $5. 11pm contest. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Sat 20 ➠ 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

Dancing Ghosts @ Hotspot San Francisco’s Darkwave dance party pays tribute to bands like Bauhaus and Clan of Xymox, via DJs Xander and Le Perv. $5 (free before 10). 21+ 9:30 pm to 2:00 am. 1414 Market St. www.dancingghosts.com

Death Becomes Her @ Castro Theatre Peaches Christ and Heklina cohost a screening of the horror comedy, with a dead celebrity contest, and Elixir Bar & Lounge and the usual drag hilarity. $20-$45. 8pm. 429 Castro St. www.peacheschrist.com

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. 9:30pm2am. 316 11th St. www.facebook.com/gameboisf

Masquerotica @ Concourse Exhibition Center Second annual large-scale Halloween event, with multiple stages, booths, beverages and lots of people in costumes. Mostly straight, but a good contingent of gays, with Heklina, Caswell, Hard French DJs, Kink.com’s dungeon, and other unusual fun. $45-$100. 8:30pm-3am. 635 8th St. www.masquerotica.com

Pulse @ The Turf Club, Hayward

Sun 21 ➠ 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

Daytime Realness @ El Rio The fun open-air drag show returns, with hostess Heklina, DJ Carnita, Stanley Frank, and drag acts, plus chicken and waffles! 3rd Sundays. 3pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St. www.elriosf.com

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

Debauchery @ White Horse Tavern, Oakland

SF Night Ministry Gala @ Urban Life Center

Jockstrap Bust @ Kok Bar

Donna Sachet MCs the fundraiser gala for the outreach nonprofit, which include silent and live auction items, live music, drinks and dinner. $75 and up. 5:30pm-11pm. 1101 O’Farrell St. 935-7862. www.sfnightministry.org

$8 stripped down, $10 not; all you can drink Bud Light or Rolling Rock. 5pm-9pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

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

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Our LLady O d J @ TThe h R Rrazz R Room Amazing post-religious Gospel song stylings. $25. 9pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 3803095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

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Funny Mondays @ Deco Lounge Victor Torres hosts a comedy open mic night. 7pm9pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.decosf.com

Gregg Marx @ The Rrazz Room Hunky soap opera actor shares his musical talents with a Cole Porter tribute. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

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

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

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

Tue 23 ➠

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

Thu 25 ➠

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Club Temple @ White Horse Bar, Oakland

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

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

Fuego @ The Watergarden, San Jose

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Enjoy strip shows in the comfort of your skivvies, or less, with complimentary libations. $20. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

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

Positive Resource Center Gala @ RF80

The Monster Show @ The Edge

Enjoy drinks, hors d’eouvres silent auction items, live act with Ethel Merman and DJed tunes by Lamont Young, at Windows of Opportunity, which honors Donna Sachet and Gary Virginia. $100. 6pm-9pm. 80 Minna St. www.positiveresource.org

Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with gogo guys and DJ MC2. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Shirley Jones @ The Rrazz Room

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

Mrs. Partridge! Marion the Librarian! The musical theatre and TV actress performs an evening of story and song. $40-$45. 8pm. Nightly thru Oct 28 (5pm). 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Wed 24 ➠ 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.QbarSF.com

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Old-school drag show (2nd and 4th Wednesday) at the 26 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

Unmasked @ The Green Room The GLBT Historical Society’s annual gala, with silent auction treasures, drinks, food, entertainment (including baritone Zachary Gordin), a great view and fun folks. Festive attire encouraged. $60, $100 and up. (VIP reception 6pm) 7pm-9pm. 401 War Memorial & Performing Arts Bldng., Van Ness Ave. 777-5455. www.unmaskedgala.org

Zombie Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences Get a zombie makeover, learn about the science of possibly real zombie-ism, plus a zombie drag pageant with Peaches Christ and Heklina, DJed tunes, projec-


quired for exhibit entry). 5:30pm-8:30pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.deyoung.famsf.org

Indie Erotic Quickies @ Castro Theatre Good Vibrations presents the best in a competition of films that are funny, serious, straight, queer, kinky, animated, or something else entirely. $15-$45. 7pm party, 8pm screenings. 429 Castro St. www.goodvibesquickies.com

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

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

tions and drinks. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

Fri 26 ➠ Friday Nights @ de Young Museum Weekly parties, live performances and quick art installations, paired with current shows. Free-$18 (tickets re-

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

Lex Sabre @ Nob Hill Theatre The sexy porn stud shows off his enormous…talent! $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Oct. 27. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

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Halloween at The Lookout

Werk W k@D Deco LLounge Tori Balenciaga hosts the Jock contest, with $100 prize, at the monthly male underwear party (4th Fri). $5. 9pm-3am. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.decosf.com

Sat 27 ➠ Bootie SF @ DNA Lounge 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

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.

Sun 28 ➠ Disney Princess Comedy Night @ Deco Lounge Kristee Ono hosts a night of cartoon comedy, with Clare O’kane featuring Veronica Porras, Mimi Vilmenay, Jessica Barnes, Mary Alice, Jessica Sele, Lauren Kraut, Ali Brown and Nicole Calasich. $10. 21+. 8pm. 510 Larkin St. www.decosf.com

Hero @ Ruby Skye Halloween-themed dance party, with DJs Hector Fonseca, Luke Johnstone and Russ Rich. $25-$30. 6pm12am 420 Mason St. www.industrysf.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

Jockstrap Bust @ Kok Bar $8 stripped down, $10 not; all you can drink Bud Light or Rolling Rock. Weekly. 5pm-9pm. 1225 Folsom St.

Kenny Washington @ The Rrazz Room “Superman” of the Bay Area jazz scene performs. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Mary Wilson @ The Venetian Room Motown legend and orginal member of The Supremes performs R&B classics at the swanky hotel. $40-$75. 7pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason st. 392-4400. www.BayAreaCabaret.org

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 29 ➠ 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


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

Tammy L. Hall Quinet @ The Rrazz Room Amazing jazz and improv pianist performs with her band. 7:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Tue 30 ➠ Betty Buckley @ The Rrazz Room 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

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Enjoy strip shows in the comfort of your skivvies, or less, with complimentary libations. $20. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.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

Wed 31 ➠ 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.QbarSF.com

Costume Contest @ Bench & Bar, Oakland Dress up and win prizes. 9pm-3am. 510 17th St., Oakland. www.bench-and-bar.com

Demons & Angels @ Club 21, Oakland Halloween costume party with $2,000 in cash and prizes, drink specials, gogo dancers, hip hop, Top 40 & Latin music all night long. $15. 9pm-3am. 2111 Franklin St. www.club21oakland.com/halloween

Halloween @ Castro & SoMa Bars Remember, there is no street party on Halloween night in the Castro. Streets will not be closed off. However, all the bars (including South of Market) will welcome costumed revelers, and many will host special events and costume contests too numerous to list. Dress up, be safe, obey traffic lights, don’t jaywalk, and have fun!

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SAN FRANCISCO HALLOWEEN: 1978 I

• Story and photos by Jim Stewart

t was Tuesday, October 31, 1978. Halloween. Prop 6 would be on the ballot in a week. It was sponsored by state legislator John Briggs of Orange County and better known as the Briggs Initiative. If passed, it would ban gay and lesbian teachers and staff from employment in the California public schools. We needed money to defeat it. We needed a fundraiser. Hey, let’s put on a show! What could be more American than Mickey and Judy! What could be more patriotic than a World War II USO Canteen Show! I was building a catwalk on which Halloween revelers could strut their stuff in a cavernous two-story building (now gone) near the northeast corner of Market and Castro. “Are you sure that thing’s not going to collapse?” Harvey Milk said, as he nodded at my catwalk. He had just come into the building on his way to his new minuscule camera shop. He’d moved to the building from Castro Street after his election. He didn’t do much business there. He was busy at City Hall. “It’ll be fine,” I said. I finished toenailing the support struts in place. “Some of those queens are pretty hefty. The last thing we need is a disaster,” Harvey said. “Everything’s safe,” I said. We opened when it got dark and the Halloween crowd on Castro grew. Red, white, and blue bunting and American flags decorated the hall. Everything was a dollar. Coffee a dollar. Doughnuts a dollar. A dollar a dance with a pin-up gal, in drag or for real. A dollar a dance with a GI Joe or one of America’s finest officers. The DJ kept the tunes coming. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” held court. Disco played second fiddle. From an inside balcony across the back, Wakefield Poole projected onto screens hung from the ceiling slide shows of hot men and scenes from his famous porno-art films Boys in the Sand and Bijou. Kate Smith 30 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • October 2012

sang out her famous “God Bless America” from an old black and white Movietone newsreel clip. Two lesbians were dressed as slices of toast, one hung with garlands of peanuts, the other draped in clusters of grapes. They hugged and kissed and became a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Drag queens, Greek gods, and leatherfolk filled the hall. A man dressed as a cock walked hunched over until he saw what he liked, then stood up tall and ejaculated Ivory Liquid. The music stopped. The hall went dark. Damn World War II fuse box! I dashed out the door, fought my way across Market Street traffic, and down Castro to Cliff’s hardware. Ernie was locking up. “I’m sorry we’re closed.” I yelled my tale of woe through the glass door, ending with a vague threat of “hundreds of drag queens” descending on Cliff’s in protest. I got the fuses. The lights went back on. The night continued. “We can all thank Ernie at Cliff’s for coming to our rescue,” I said over the loudspeaker. Cheers went up in the hall. Kate Smith burst out singing “God Bless America” and the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” started the dollars flowing again. A week later, on November 7, 1978, the Briggs Initiative was soundly defeated at the polls with over a 58% “no” vote. We felt safe again. Less than a month later, on November 27, 1978, Supervisor Harvey Milk was assassinated in his office at City Hall by Dan White. ✸ 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.


October, 2012 edition of BARtab  

The most comprehensive entertainment and nightlife guide for the San Francisco Bay Area LGBT community.

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