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✶ On the cover: Gay hiphop performer AB Soto

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Double Duchaess One half d.a.v.O., one half Krylon, and one hundred percent infective campy electro hop, Double Duchess’ new club-ringing anthem “Bucket Betch” repeatedly and correctly asserts that they are “popping up and taking over the place.” DD’s first EP, “Hey Girl,” released last March to a packed Rickshaw Stop, and is available on iTunes. It’s the production brainchild of d.a.v.O., a Baltimore native who grew up on go-go music, the Beastie Boys, and a score of punk DJs. A percussionist by training, d.a.v.O. broke into the business as a member of Jepetto, a late ‘90s early 2k alternative rock/funk/hip hop and punk band that featured on the Warped Tour. After moving to San Francisco, d.a.v.O. met the inimitable Krylon and, when Krylon showed up to jam sessions and started “lacing tracks, talking shit and getting sassy about something”, Double Duchess was born. Their “Bucket Betch” music video, made by volunteer friends, performers and filmmakers, caught attention as far as The Huffington Post, which declared it “San Francisco’s newest queer hip-hop anthem.” In the video, Krylon, who names Peaches, Chaka Khan, and De La Soul as influences, testifies to his declaration that, “You can’t perform our stuff half-ass!” and brings half of San Francisco’s most beautiful queers along with him on teetering high-heeled walks through the Mission, sparkler-waving bicycle rides through the Castro, fierce vogueing on BART platforms, and back alley dance parties choreographed by

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slinky, sexy, tautly muscled man named Krylon piles bound, braided hair atop his head. Wearing silver Spandex with stiletto heels and standing in the middle of a busy downtown San Francisco crosswalk while high-kicking, head cocked to one side, he’s queen-screaming into a bullhorn, “SAN FRANCISCO, OOHH, WHAT’S UP HEEEEEYY??!!” Streaming passersby do not bat an eye. This scene from SF’s queer hip hop duo Double Duchess’ latest music video, “Bucket Betch” defines not only San Francisco in 2012, but the next generation of Bay Area queer hip hop. It’s nearly a decade now since trailblazing hip-hop Queer-os (queer heroes) like Oakland’s black and queer Deep Dickcollective, San Francisco transman Katastrophe, Los Angeles based transwoman Foxxjazell, and West Coast lesbians JenRo and Julie Potter finger-nailed, scraped and mic-smashed their way into the hyper masculine and strictly heterosexual world of hip hop. This dauntless coterie spun and spat rhymes while unapologetically queer and now, a new generation of queer hip-hop homos almost luxuriously rap, sing, shimmy or vogue their way through tracks that talk, sing or are about their queerness if they feel like it, or about something else if they don’t. Standing on the shoulders of hard-hitting, insistently out predecessors, this new crop of players often times gets to simply focus on making hot music. And it is a near tsunami of musical, lyrical, and visual heat.


who introduced her to the world of artistic options. In ninth grade she inherited a karaoke machine with a microphone, and started filling in her own lyrics over popular hip hop beats - she recalls the first being Lil’ John’s “Get Low.” In 2008 she was pulled onstage at a Santigold concert where she met Whitfield. The two became inseparable and now perform exclusively as a duo. Tron describes her sound as “raw, in your face.” But one of her most memorable tracks conjures Lil’ Kim as Tron all but purrs her smooth, sexy rhymes to “GirlsOnGirls.” Speaking of the Queen Bee, Tron recently opened for her idol, Lil’ Kim, at Mezzanine. To hear and download Micah Tron, check out www.soundcloud.com/ MicahTron.

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d.a.v.O.’s partner, Antone Martinez. DD recently blew audience brain matter on the SF MOMA’s Catwalk at an event for the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit, and the resulting swarm of photo and autograph-seekers took 20 minutes to unravel. This fall they’ll release an album of remixes. In the meanwhile, they will light up venues around the Bay Area not only with their kaleidoscopically high energy live performances, but also their line-out-the-door popular new clubs “Swagger Like Us” (El Rio) and “Church” (Public Works, produced with Peaches Christ). For more info and upcoming dates, check out Double Duchess’ website at www.doubleduchess.com. Micah Tron It’s a Saturday, almost midnight, and the stacked speakers nearly scrape the ceiling at the Mission’s hottest new venue, Public Works. DJ Rapidfire makes a decibel-splitting introduction, and moments later the crowd twitches to cranking beats like a pulsating beefed-up muscle on Melky Cabrera’s backside as lesbian rapper Micah Tron (pronounced Mee-kah Trawn) instructs the packed room of hipsters to “back it up and use it like a bumper” while her larger-thanlife artistic accomplice, Jocquese Whitfield, performs cartilage-defying vogue dips smack flat to the alcohol-sticky stage floor. A San Francisco native in a city of transients, Tron grew up on the music of Snoop Dogg, The Gap Band, Missy Elliott and MC Lyte. Bouncing between neighborhoods and homes (sometimes no home at all), Tron eventually landed a scholarship and a mentor 6 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

Foxxjazell If ever it could be said that a woman has changed the face of hip-hop, that woman would be Foxxjazell. The Alabama native moved to California at the age of 17 with $20 in her purse and dreams of becoming an actress. Instead, she landed a role as a member of the short-lived rap quartet, one20five, where she sharpened her rapping skills and learned first hand the jagged and usually hazardous friction between her identity and her art . “Hip-hop is built on masculinity,” she says. “They let a couple female artists come through once in a while and get their shine, usually through a male cosigner. But the worst thing you can be (in hip-hop) to this day is a fag.” Foxx came out as transgender and started her solo career only after the group disbanded because she “didn’t want to jeopardize the credibility of the other members.” Since then, every closed door has motivated Foxx even more. She’s started her own record label, played FoxxxJazell


major Pride festivals around the country, opened for Robin S., RuPaul and Cazwell, was featured in XXL and CLIK magazines, and has dominated airtime with her music videos on MTV LOGO, VH1, CMC and more. Despite her successes, she still struggles for recognition within what she calls the ‘urban’ community. “(It’s a) very ‘crabs in the barrel’ type of approach. When one of us is getting out of the barrel, all the others are like ‘Get your ass back down here.’” Having been a part of queer hip-hop for several years, Foxx sees some progress breaking down the genre’s homophobia and misogyny, but points out that the expectations for female rappers still focus on their look and not their talent. “(For female rappers), everything has to be up to par - her weight, her hair, her make up. (For male rappers) he can be in a tank top and jeans and he’s good to go. Notorious B.I.G. can excel solely on his skills. But Nikki Minaj? She can’t be out there out of shape and looking all raggedly. She’s so dragged up she’s like a drag queen, a visual artist.” Foxx herself brings equal parts skill and glamor to the stage, and recently performed at NYC’s Latex Ball, Youth Pride Festival, and Black Pride at Splash. Magnificently, she is as much about sustaining her own career as she is those of other transgender rappers, and just released the “T-Girl” remix of her single “NYC Love” which features a historical first - four transwomen rappers on a single track. For more info on Foxxjazell visit: www.foxxjazell.com It’s a Rap Each of these artists plays a distinct role in the present and future of queer hip-hop. And though the Bay Area takes for granted silver Spandex queens bullhorn-screaming in busy crosswalks, such exploits still feed queer-starved souls around the world. While Frank Ocean receives kudos for coming out, such bravado was not birthed in a vacuum, but rather on foundations laid by brave hip hop homos, many of whom incubated right here in the Bay Area. Go see these artists while you still can. As you bask in the decibel shattering, psychedelic splaying glow of these creative and courageous creatures, understand you are watching hip hop history being made in a time the likes of which you may never see again. Double Duchess dreams of playing Outside Lands. Micah Tron swoons for Noise Pop. Foxxjazell strives to be a household name. The door is cracked, and possibilities await. When asked what they would tell their grandbabies about these days, Double Duchess’ Krylon responded, “I love that you think we’re going to have grandbabies!” And after that he said, “We’ll say that we made queer music at an exciting time for queer culture. We came, we saw, we conquered, and as a direct result of this they can live their dreams, too.” ✸ September 2012 • bartabsf.com • BARHTAB 7


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alling from London, AB Soto took time along his current tour (London, Spain, Chicago New York, and back to a few of those cities) to share his thoughts on art, music and gay culture. With his colorful eclectic outfits that range from glam-trash to cuddly pajamas with inflatable toy store headdresses, Los Angeles-born Soto has not only struck musical chords, but style ones as well. Soto will bring his hiphop “Banjee” music act to the Folsom street Fair’s main stage (10th St. at Folsom) Sunday September 23 at 12:30pm. Whether dancing, singing or posing a la classic vogue style, the diminutive Soto (he’s 5’ 7”) brings jumbo-size energy and poise to his stage acts. “I’m just trying to keep up,” said Soto with a giggle. “Every time I release something, it’s been really busy. I’m trying to be all these places at the same time. But I’m not complaining. It’s good!” The self-producing performer, who lives in LA, blends his former dance and fashion experience into his new work, focusing on creating songs and performances, which he’s been doing for the past three years. “I was tapping into all these passions of mine and music came to me,” said Soto. “It seemed like the next step. It felt like I had been collecting all these different skills along the way. Despite his unique fashion look, Soto doesn’t think of it as an act. “I really wouldn’t call it a persona,” he said. “Some people see me as this comic book person, but it’s just what me and my friends wear. The kids here in London, the gay men dress differently than in Los Angeles. It was hiphop in the beginning and now there’s more of a pop art. But it’s me. I’m not pretending to be someone else.” “I could describe it for days, but you just need to 8 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

experience it. I don’t even know what genre I’m in. I’m just doing what I love. Visually, I see something and say ‘I think it would look good on top of my head.’ Most times, it does.” The eclectic stylings, from pink painted eyebrows to nearly nude poses, to multi-layered sports, PJs, cartoon bed sheets and stuffed animals, reflect Soto’s perspective on Hollywood fame culture, all with a sense of humor. With his own style, Soto is also pushing the compositional definition of hiphop by keeping alive his ‘Banjee’ and ‘Butch Queen’ attitude. “I think, as a gay man, everybody has a bit of banjee in them. Young gay kids speak that way, but don’t even know where it comes from. And they’re all different races. It’s a vibe and an attitude; a little urban, street, independent, and everything else is pretty vague. You could be rich and still be super-banjee. Anyone can be banjee. It’s like, it’s okay to be strong and assertive if you feel like you need to stand up for yourself in an assertive way.” With new song collections called Fagout, Vol. 1, Soto is definitely asserting his spirit, and a new attitude about the entire process of making and sharing music. “This whole journey is not about the money,” he said. “I make the music accessible to everyone so everyone can have it. Being so strict to the way music has been released in the past is so boring. If I make a song and want to release it the next day, I’ll do it.” Another upcoming project is a 15-minute scripted film that includes a few of Soto’s songs, which will be released online later this month, and at a few upcoming film festivals. Are performers like Soto changing hiphop? “I think that’s there’s a huge homophobic underlying tone in the industry,” he said. “Executives want to sell records. But gay people are everywhere. People are coming out again. These days are like the new coming out. It’s almost like we want more, and we have to continue to keep coming out. A lot of people are doing it in the music industry.” Soto sees his contemporaries as part of a small yet hopefully growing genre. “It’s a small community of us coming together, changing the way people see us.” See more of AB Soto at the Folsom Street Fair (12:25pm, mainstage), and online at www.absotomusic.com ✸

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hile leather events happen throughout the year, September is considered Folsom season. The prolific Rich Stadtmiller documents nearly all Bay Area leather events year-round, along with fundraisers and

bar community events. With some help from colleagues (see extra photo credit), he’s one of the wonderful people who keep our visibility diverse and fun. Be out, be proud, and smile for Rich’s camera. Enjoy more at www.richtrove.com– J.P.

ACLC Leather Elegance. Photo: Leland Carina

The Bare Chest finals at DNA Lounge

IML Send-off Party at The Powerhouse

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he sexy couple making out next to you soon become more than passionate, as one ties the other up, rips his clothes off and offers his submissive partner’s mouth for your pleasure. Sounds like just another night in South of Market? Not exactly. While many gay bars in San Francisco have a longstanding reputation for a cruisy atmosphere, including BDSM demonstrations and fetish nights, it’s rare that you’ll happen upon the full-tilt bondage orgies created by Kink.com’s Bound in Public video series. But while the videos are available online for thousands to enjoy, with titles like “Horny Men Attack a Gogo Boy at The Powerhouse Bar,” some bar owners are a bit skittish about discussing the videos that they allowed to be shot there. Director and Master of sexual ceremonies Van Darkholme, long a known presence in the local kink scene, can be seen orchestrating nearly all the scenes in the Bound in Public series, which he clarifies, are staged as invite-only private events that nonetheless retain a spontaneous atmosphere. The inspiration behind the series began at a private birthday/sex party shot at the Armory studios for the Bound Gods series. Said Darkholme, “We invited people to become extras for that shoot. I did a demo in the middle on the upper floor. People were just taken by it. To see people enjoying this up close and live was great. They told me how incredible, and educational, it was to witness it. There’s this strange, positive energy in the room. Then I realized, I think 10 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

Spencer Reed tops Shane Frost at The Powerhouse.

we’ve got something here.” Darkholme, his crew, and several local and visiting porn performers, have shot videos at the Folsom Street Fair, in several bars, as well as the Mister S leather store, Stompers Boots, Wicked Grounds Café, The Nob Hill Theatre, adult video shops, even a grocery store and a laundromat. Unlike traditional porn shoots on location, their scenes have an edgy, sometimes awkward spontaneity. There’s also the odd sight of recognizing a few acquaintances as extras. Darkholme describes the “exhilaration” of the public response to their BDSM displays at street fairs, where everyone’s an extra, with “fans cheering, and at the same time, feeling this symbiotic connection.” Darkholme cites his outdoor street fair shoots as favorites. “Everybody, male, female, old people, young people; everybody gets to be our audience.” Asked if participants use safe words when they’re overwhelmed by the bondage experience, Darkholme Bound In Public

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Tristan Jaxx bar-tops Shane Frost at Raven (then-Club Eight).


Bound In Public A balcony boff at The Lookout

Darkholme described as “a human centipede of buttlickers on top of the bar.” Barcade Scott Peterson, manager of The Powerhouse for 15 years, was one of the first gay bar owners approached by the Bound in Public crew. He said that renting his space for a porn shoot, “is a grey area. If some neighbor complains, it’s my liquor license on the line. But we got away with it, and it was fun.” The “problematic” aspect is the pervasive specter of the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) slapping a tavern with a fine for violations to its stringent regulations, specifically the seemingly dreaded combination (to ABC) of nude people and alcohol being in the same room. Page 12



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assuredly affirmed. “They all have safe words. Not everybody gets to do this. Not everyone can do this. Anytime it’s not right, we stop. Otherwise the performers get pissed off.” While he favors the spontaneity of street fairs, Darkholme also uses caution to guard against what he calls “the occasional crazy person. We have other dom’s (dominant performers) to make sure the sub (submissive) is safe. At the end of the shoots, all my sub’s say things like, ‘That was incredible. I want to do it again!’ It’s such an endorphin rush!” Darkholme admits that things can get out of control, which is why participating as an extra for the semi-staged shoots has a few limitations. Eric, a local acquaintance who attended a studio taping with other masked participants, said of his experience, “You couldn’t just go up and fondle the porn stars,” he said. “As an extra, you’re supposed to be in the background. I was a little disappointed, but I got a few minutes with one of my porn favorites.” Darkholme said that interaction with porn guys is simple; just ask for permission. “They aren’t being paid to play with the public. The purpose of the shoot is to witness the sub getting worked over by the doms. We have some where there’s more full participation.” That combination of professional sex performers and cinematic spontaneity leads to some memorable scenes, one shot at Raven, then-Club Eight, which

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Bound In Public

A tight-roped twink at Truck

Street fair organizers and nonprofits laud ABC’s training sessions for volunteer beverage booth bartenders, which prevent minors from being served alcohol. But in some cases, as has been documented in our parent publication, the Bay Area Reporter, and other local weeklies, ABC staffers have a history of overreacting to alleged violations. Peterson recalls the 2002 party called Strip, which “was too much for ABC,” he said, before it had even taken place. “They used an ad to try to fine us, saying ‘You’re implying nudity.’” So, with an actual porn video shot there, Peterson’s understandably concerned, and said he wouldn’t want a porn video to be shot at The Powerhouse again. He also noted the extreme nature of the Bound in Public shoot as being “more than just about bondage. It made me very uncomfortable. Everybody tries to push the boundaries, and we’re trying to, but a lot of older places have been shut down. It’s not good to say it couldn’t happen, because in reality it can.” But Peterson doesn’t think the videos perpetuate too great a fictional fetish atmosphere. “If we were more liberal in this world, they could come in and be bound and fucked, as long as everyone’s a consenting adult. You can come to San Francisco and have a good time, but you have to be careful. Some of us have to do our jobs.” Looking Out Doing his job while the second of two Bound in Public videos were shot at The Lookout, owner Chris Hastings admitted he was surprised by the intensity of the humiliation one performer endured. “I knew that they’d done it at other bars,” said Hastings. “Other gay bar owners had positive things to say, so we did the first one. It was an interesting experience to see who participated in it.” With its open views, The Lookout afforded the ultimate exhibitionist locale, but, Hastings noted, a one-way tinted film was taped to the bar’s expansive windows. “It definitely has an appeal that it’s open to anyone to participate,” Hastings said. “I could tell they were into that.” But, he added, “The people were drink12 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

ing [liquor provided by the film crew, not the bar] and started heckling the paid participant, who had a breakdown and started crying. This guy totally lost it. That caught me off-guard.” Asked about the legal “grey line” of shooting porn in a bar, Hastings said he’d rather not have another such video shot at his bar, and didn’t know how ABC would react. But “if push came to shove, it’s pretty clear that we weren’t open during the shoot. We didn’t sell them any product. They brought in their own food, and they cleaned up afterward.” Of additional concern to Hastings was the use of food in the taping, which included pizza being served on a performer’s ass. But it was definitely not from the bar’s popular menu. Asked who would be turned on by a guy with a pizza on his butt, he replied, “Well, obviously somebody does.” Beat It One of the more recent Bound in Public videos was shot at SoMa’s newest mixed-use club, Beatbox. Event manager EJ “Gehno” Sanchez asked the crew to avoid more recognizable parts of the popular new space. But eventually two performers crawled up and down the space’s iconic grid sculpture. The entire alcohol/nudity absurdity was dodged via drink tickets, a private party, and the film crew providing booze, said Sanchez. Asked why others would allow a potentially problematic film shoot, Sanchez was blunt: “Money. The location fee pays part of the rent.” He dismissed concerns about ABC swooping down on a bar over such activity. “We’re all part of a community,” he said. “We all kind of know each other. When we’re doing these events, we approach it from a ‘friend’ place, and as a business.” Sanchez described the Bound in Public shoots as “a party where you can get involved or not. That’s what makes it enticing. I thought it was great. Working with them was pretty simple.” Sanchez called the crew “professional yet laid back.” Sanchez was also honest about the sexual nature of some bars, clubs, and special events apart from video shoots. “People have sex; they create darkrooms, cruisy areas. That’s part of the appeal.” Sanchez, who worked with Treasure Island Media, another local porn company, is understandably relaxed about on-site sex. “If you have rules, and everybody’s breaking them,” said Sanchez. “You can break, or bend, even more rules. [Most of us] are trying to stay within the law, so we can all have fun.” Along with being a presenting sponsor of the Folsom Street Fair, Darkholme promises some special events on their stage, as well the future return of the popular Naked Kombat series. Look for updates on www.KinkMen.com


Alessio Romero whets his appetite with a wet Josh West, in Code Yellow, filmed at Kok Bar. Raging Stallion Studios

Kok Swayin’ “Bars are under so much scrutiny all the time,” said David Morgan, owner of Kok Bar (formerly Chaps). “It’s understandable to be concerned. But if someone came after us, I like to think that we’d have some support.” The site of more than a dozen videos shot by Falcon and Raging Stallion studios, Morgan said he might consider the Kink folks’ presence, but hasn’t been asked. Morgan is comfortable with the professional studios’ video visits. “I see it as PR. It’s never been a problem. The bar is so small in the first place; it works for them.” Transformed with some deft lighting, one of Raging Stallion’s more popular kink videos, Code Yellow: Piss in My Mouth, featured more water sports than would ever be witnessed at the bar without a drainage ditch. With its private men’s room, Morgan agreed that such acts wouldn’t be cool in his bar. He also clarified that the bar was, of course, cleaned up after each of the video shoots. “We usually get a copy of the DVD, too” he added. “The release parties are fun; everybody loves a porn party. It’s funny to play the video when people are in the bar, and see them recognize it.” Morgan said the only important aspect of renting a bar for porn shoots is insurance and liability. And he also trusts that his patrons know the difference be-

tween porn fiction and bar reality. “People sometimes think that if they stay afterwards there’s going to be a big orgy. Usually by 2 A.M., everyone’s going home. At one time, ABC was going around to bars, banging on their doors to see if they were serving drinks after hours.” Morgan runs a bar safety workshop for others in the business, and said, should any problems occur for his colleagues, “If one of us got in trouble, we would all rally forces and come together.” Despite the good working relationship Morgan cites, he still wonders about the skin/booze restrictions in the supposed “gay mecca” where people can sit on a public bench while naked, but not while having a beer. “You can go to a bar with nudity in so many other areas of the world. It’s silly.” ✸

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Club Rimshot @ Bench and Bar, Oakland

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

Karrin Allyson @ The Rrazz Room

Three-time Grammy nominee performs her cabaret show. $35. 7:30pm. Also Sept 2, 5pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Mark Nadler @ The Rrazz Room

The comic singer performs Crazy 1961, retro tunes and fun. $35. 9:15pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Sausalito Art Festival @ Marinship Park

60th annual festival of art (260 artists), crafts, live music, food, beverages and sunshine. Performers include America, The Yardbirds, Smash Mouth, Herman’s Hermits, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, The Grass Roots, The Fixx and more. 9am-6pm; Sun til 5pm. Thru Sept. 3. www.sausalitoartfestival.org

Sun 2 Karrin Allyson @ The Rrazz Room See Sept. 1

Sat 1 Adam Killian @ Nob Hill Theatre

Energetic porn star (we use that term rarely) does his sexy solo show (8pm) and explicit duo show (10pm). $25. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

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

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

Bearracuda @ Rickshaw Stop

DJ Matt Consola spins tunes for the ursine set. $6-$8. 9pm-2am. 155 Fell St. www.bearracuda.com www.rickshawstop.com

Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

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

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 14 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

Hero @ Ruby Skye. photo: Marques Daniels See Sept. 2


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Oakland Pride @ Downtown Oakland

Day-long LGBTQ celebration, with performances by CeCe Peniston, Cylde Carson, Rah digga, Martin Luther, DJed dance spaces, kids/family spaces, more than 100 food, beverage and info booths, and thousands of people enjoying the day. $10. 11am7pm. Franklin Street, between 18th & 22nd. (510) 545-6251. www.oaklandpride.org

Oakland Pride After-Party @ Telegraph & 17th

Enjoy more pride, with CeCe Peniston, Michah Tron; DJs David Harness, Luna, Miss Jackson, PornStar, Rum and others spin tunes. 30-foot outdoor bar. $15 6pm12am outdoors, 6pm-4am at Bench and Bar. 510 17th St. (510) 444-2266. www.bench-and-bar.com

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room Lypsinka @ The Razz Room See Sept. 4

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

Hero @ Ruby Skye

Popular electronic dance night with DJs Dave Aude and Jamie J. Sanchez. $25. 21+. 420 Mason St. www.industrysf.com

Honey Soundsystem @ Holy Cow

Sunday music mix crew plays groove-adelic sounds for a hip, diverse crowd. 10pm-2am. 1535 Folsom St. at 11th. www.honeysoundsystem.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

Jonathan Poretz @ The Rrazz Room

Classy Vegas-style crooner performs with his swingin’ trio. $30. 7:30pm. 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. 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. Also Thursdays. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Sunday School @ The EndUp

New T-dance and beer bust at the famed disco. Enjoy the sunny patio and grooves by DJ Hawthorne and the Ghetto Disco crew. $5 cover. $3 drinks. 3pm-8pm. 401 6th St. www.theendup.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. www.kokbarsf.com 16 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

Mon 3 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

Funny Mondays @ Deco Lounge

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

Monday Musicals @ The Edge

Cast members from the touring production of Les Miserables perform in the bar (9pm)! Show ticket giveaways, too. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pmclosing. 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

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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Weekly women’s night at the stylish intimate bar. 9pm-2am. 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

Lypsinka @ The Rrazz Room

New York’s drag icon returns to perform The Passion of the Crawford, the fascinating audio collage tribute to the film diva. $35. Tue-Thu 8pm. Fri & Sat 9:30pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Sept 16. Also, John Epperson (out of drag) performs An Evening With Lipsynka’s Maid, Sept 17, 8pm. $25. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.lypsinka.com www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Meow Mix @ The Stud

Weekly drag and variety show. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.studsf.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 5 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

D’lysh @ Deco Lounge

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

Pit Stop @ Kok

Hamisi DJs the popular happy hour, 6pm-9pm, where fun continues later. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.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

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Molly Ringwald @ The Verdi Club

Actress discusses her new book, When It Happens To You, with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl. Reception with drinks, 6:30pm $50. Discussion $12-$15, 8pm. 2424 Mariposa St. www.litquake.org

The Monster Show @ The Edge

Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with gogo guys. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.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 5:307:15 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 7 Adrian Long @ Nob Hill Theatre

Montreal porn stud and Bar Stock fave shares his strip show. $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Sept. 8. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com Adrian Long @ Nob Hill Theatre See Sept. 7

Thu 6 Club Temple @ White Horse Bar, Oakland

Amanda MC Broom @ The Rrazz Roomn

Cabaret performer blends cinematic music classics into her act. $37.50. 7:30pm. Also Sept 8, 7:30, and Sept 9, 4pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

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

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

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 18 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

Darling Gunsel at Ho Down @ Thee Parkside See Sept. 7


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

Ho Down @ Thee Parkside

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

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

World Musical Journey @ Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

Benefit concert for the Tibetan Aid Project, with harp music by Diana Stork, Diana Rowan, and Portia Diwa, ambient African Kora by Daniel Berkman and traditional Hindustani ragas by Teed Rockwell, accompanied by Omkar Bhave on tabla. $22.50-$24.50. 8pm. 2020 Addison St. Berkeley. (510) 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

Opening Night Gala @ San Francisco Opera See Sept. 7

Opening Night Gala @ San Francisco Opera

21st annual opening night gala for the acclaimed local opera company. $250-$425. Cocktail reception, 6pm; performance of Rigoletto, 8pm; Dessert and dancing, 11pm-2am. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 551-6285. www.sfopera.com/bravogala

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Fantastic queer-lectic electronic/pop/punk music variety concert, with Violent Vickie, Darling Gunsel, Samuelroy, Erleen Nada and DJ Chicken. $10. 1600 17th St. www.theeparkside.com

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Moon Trent @ Brainwash Café

Local gay singventer-songwriter performs on a bill with Carl With Records and Magic Mirror. Free. 8pm. 1122 Folsom St. www.brainwash.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

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

Sun 9 Blondie and Devo @ The Warfield See Sept. 10

Werk @ Deco Lounge

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

Some Thing @ The Stud

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

Bear T-Dance @ The White Horse, Oakland

Second Sundays for the fuzzy set and their pals. 5pm10pm. No cover. 6551 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-3820. www.whitehorsebar.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

Jock @ Lookout

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

Love Will Fix It @ Hot Spot

Salsa Sundays @ El Rio

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.

Salsa dancing for LGBT folks and friends, with live merengue and cumbia bands; tapas and donations that support local causes. 2nd & 4th Sundays. 3pm8pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Hot & Healthy @ Café Flore

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

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

Cockblock @ Rickshaw Stop

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 20 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Mon 10 Blondie, Devo @ The Warfield

Classic 70s-80s pop bands reunite for a duo tour. Whip It Good with a Heart of Glass. $39-$92. 8pm. 982 Market St. 345-0900. www.thewarfieldtheatre.com

Tommy Igoe Band @ The Rrazz Room

Accomplished drummer welcomes guest stars at his monthly concert. $25. 7:30pm. Also Sept 24. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com


Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Diane Amos, Malcolm Grissom, Jill Bourque, Kevin Young and hostess Lisa Geduldig tells funny stories and jokes. $7-$20. 21+. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. at Precita. (800) 838-3006. www.koshercomedy.com www.elriosf.com

Funny Mondays @ Deco Lounge

Victor Torres hosts a comedy open mic night. 7pm9pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 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 Trivia show at the lil gay bar, with DJs Pork Sweats and Jimmy Swear. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Tue 11 Smarty Pants Trivia @ Stray Bar

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

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Blaqk Audio @ Great American Music Hall

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Thu 13 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

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

Weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. 8pm9:30pm. 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

Olivia Newton-John @ Golden Gate Theatre

The pop icon returns to San Francisco for a rare onenight concert. $50-$150. 1 Taylor St. at Market/6th. (888) 746-1799. www.shnsf.com

Fuego @ The Watergarden, San Jose Olivia Newton-John @ Golden Gate Theatre See Sept. 13

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

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

Wed 12 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

Pit Stop @ Kok

Hamisi DJs the popular happy hour, 6pm-9pm, where fun continues later. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.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 22 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

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

The Monster Show @ The Edge

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

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) 2689425. www.club21oakland.com

Fri 14 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


Art for AIDS @ City View, Metreon

16th annual benefit for the UCSF Alliance Health Project, with fabulous art works up for auction by Jock Sturges, Rex Ray, Paul Madonna, Ross Bleckner, Annie Leibowitz and many more, plus winery tours, spa treatments and luxury vacations. 5:30-9:30pm. 135 4th St. www.ucsf-ahp.org

Friday Nights @ de Young Museum

Weekly parties, live performances and quick art installations, paired with current shows, including the Jean Paul Gaultier couture/costume exhibit. Free-$18 (tickets required for exhibit entry). 5:30pm-8:30pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. www.deyoung.famsf.org

Karen Akers @ The Rrazz Room

The popular New York cabaret singer brings her acclaimed Algonquin Hotel show of all-Sondheim songs to SF. $45-$47.50. 7:30pm. Also Sept 15, 7:30pm. Sept 16, 4pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Killing My Lobster Quinceañera Prom @ Verdi Club

Comedy theatre troupe’s 15th anniversary gala fundraiser, with Marga Gomez, a prom photo booth, silent auction, drinks, nibblies and music. $35-$50. 8pm-12am. 2424 Mariposa St. www.killingmylobster.com www.verdiclub.com

Karen Akers @ The Rrazz Room See Sept.14

Janis Paige @ The Rrazz Room

Veteran actress performs a selection of classic cabaret songs. 3pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Pulse @ The Turf Club, Hayward Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

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

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

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

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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

SF Cocktail Week @ Various Venues

Citywide celebration/promotion of cocktails, with tasting, parties, and more. Most event $35-$95. Thru Sept 23. www.sfcocktailweek.com

Tue 18 Cheryl Bentyne @ The Rrazz Room

Original member of the The Manhattan Transfer performs with her trio in a Cole Porter tribute. $35-$40. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Laurie Anderson @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

The pop art musician premieres her new work, Dirtday!, a look at politics, evolution, and animals. $22-$82. 8pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Paloma Faith @ Rickshaw Stop Paloma Faith @ Rickshaw Stop See Sept. 18

Sun 16 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

Talented singer from the UK (who’s perfomed in TV shows with Jennifer Saunders) stops by on her first US tour. $15. 8pm. 155 Fell St. at Van Ness. www.palomafaith.com www.rickshawstop.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

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. 3pm8pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Mon 17 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

Obama Fundraiser @ The Box

LGBT community dinner with wine pairings; 40% benefits the Pride PAC. $350. 6:30pm-11pm. 1069 Howard St. www.Pride-PAC.com 24 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

Turk Mason and BeBe Sweetbriar cohost Porno See Sept. 20


Wed 19 Bear Bust @ Kok

All-you-can-drink Bud Light, Rolling Rock draft. 8pm12am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.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

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

Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes @ The Rrazz Room

Veteran R&B group (“If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” “The Love I Lost”) performs their classic hits. $30-$37.50. Thru Sept 23, various times. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala @ Davies Hall

Violinist Joshua Bell is a special guest performer at the opening season gala, with music by Chausson, Berlioz, Ravel and others. Wine reception before; after-party with live music, dancing, drinks and food. Concert 8pm; $150-$295. Pre- and post-concert events $500 and up. 201 Van Ness Ave. 503-5500. www.sfsymphony.org

Thu 20 Children’s Hospital Benefit Concert @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Lady Antebellum headline a concert benefit for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, with comic Dana Carvey, and other guests. MC Hammer DJs after-party at City Hall. $250-$1000. 6:30 reception, 8pm concert. 99 Grove St. 476-6400. www.theconcertforucsfbch.com

Porno @ Beatbox

Turk Mason and BeBe Sweetbriar host the porny dance night (3rd Thursdays), with guest DJs Chi Chi LaRue, porny gogos Dean Monroe, Michael Brandon, Shane Frost and others; Sister Roma hosts. $15. 9pm-2am. 314 11th St. www.SweetTurkie.com www.BeatboxSF.com

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Bob Mould @ The Fillmore

Prolific musician performs his new CD Silver Age, and the 1992 Sugar album Copper Blue in its entirety, plus Husker Du and other songs. $25-$35. 9pm. 1805 Geary St. www.thefillmore.com

Joe @ The Lookout

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

The Ella Effect @ Shotwell Studios

The local singer/dancer Josh Klipp and his band The Klipptones celebrate the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald (who was a dancer before becoming a singer), along with Freeplay Dance Crew, Sarah Bush Dance Project and others. $15. 8pm & 9:30pm only. 3252-A 19th St. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/267259 www.joshklipp.com

Kinky Beats @ Café Flore Bob Mould @ The Fillmore See Sept. 21

Fauxgirls @ Infusion Lounge

The classy drag revue (3rd Thursdays) has moved to a new location, and celebrates its 11th year; Victoria Secret, Alexandria, Chanel, Maria Garza, Mini Minerva, Kipper, Daffney Deluxe and Ruby LeBrowne; dinner seating at 7pm. Show at 8pm. No cover. 124 Ellis St. 421-8700. www.fauxgirls.com

Fri 21 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

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

Shane Frost, Steven Daigle @ Nob Hill Theatre

Two playful porn pups perform as a poking plowing pair! $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Sept 22. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Tom Orr @ The Rrazz Room

The Devil Wears Nada!, the gay comic singer’s new show, with the Tom Shaw Trio accompanying this naughty show. $25-$30. 2-drink min. 10:30pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason st. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Sat 22 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

Hal Sparks @ Yoshi’s

Actor-comedian (Queer as Folk) performs his irreverent stand-up act. $24-$28. 8pm & 10pm. 1330 Fillmore St. www.yoshis.com

Club Rimshot @ Bench and Bar, Oakland

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

House of Garza @ Café Flore Josh Klipp’s The Ella Effect @ Shotwell Studios See Sept. 21

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Garza’s monthly variety show (4th Saturdays), with raffles, drag acts and fun. 10pm-1am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com


Go Bang! @ Deco Lounge

The popular intimate disco dance night, with resident DJs Steve Fabus, Sergio Fedasz, and special guests Paul Goodyear, Allen Craig. $5. Free before 10pm. 9pm-3am. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.gobangsf.com www.decosf.com

Sun 23 Folsom Street Fair @ Folsom Street

The largest street fair of its kind once again fills SoMa with leatherclad kinksters, looky-loos and booths fulla kinky products and tasty food and beverages, live and DJed acts, and sexy, kinky people galore. Donations at the gates. 11am-6pm. Folsom Street between 11th and 7th. www.folsomstreetevents.org

Gina Yashere @ Brava Theatre

British-Nigerian comic performs her act for a DVD taping. $20-$18. 8pm. 2781 24th St. at York. (800) 838-3006. www.ginayashere.com www.Brava.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

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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 26 Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Wendy Ho at Funny Tuesdays @Harvey’s See Sept. 25

Honey Soundsystem @ Holy Cow

Sunday music mix crew plays groove-adelic sounds for a hip, diverse crowd. 10pm-2am. 1535 Folsom St. at 11th. www.honeysoundsystem.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. 3pm8pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Mon 24 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

Tue 25 13 Licks @ Q Bar

Weekly women’s night at the stylish intimate bar. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night, tonight with special guest Wendy Ho! One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com 28 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

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

Susan Surftone @ Forbidden Island, Alameda

Enjoy gfroovy surf guitar music by the lesbina musician and her band. $5. 5pm. 1304 Lincoln Ave. Alameda. www.susansurftone.com

Thunder From Down Under @ The Rrazz Room

The Australian male strip troupe performs its womenfocused 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 27 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

Fri 28 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

Werk @ Deco Lounge

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


Aimee Mann @ The Fillmore See Sept. 29

Sat 29 Aimee Mann @ The Fillmore

Pop singer (Til Tuesday, the Magnolia soundtrack) performs new and classic songs. Field Report opens. $35-$47. 9pm. 1805 Geary St. www.thefillmore.com Also Sept 30 at the Uptown Theatre, Napa. $35-$50. 1350 3rd St. www.livenation.com

Open Rehearsal, Auction @ AXIS Dance

Enjoy bidding on a variety of ticket deals, hotel stays and art, meet the dancers, then see a rehearsal of new dances performed by the innovative company. $10. 6:30pm. Alice Arts Center, 1428 Alice St., Oakland. (510) 625-0110. www.axisdance.org

Tiara Sensation Drag Pageant @ Rickshaw Stop

Glamamore, VivvyAnne ForeverMore, DJ down-E, Diamanda Kallas, Dulce De Leche and many others compete and perform at the wild drag contest. $10$20. 9pm. 155 Fell St. www.rickshawstop.com

Sun 30 Bud E. Luv @ The Rrazz Room

Enjoy the fun Las Vegas lounge act right in downtown San Francisco. $30. 7pm. 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. 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

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THE LOST BARSd A by Jim Stewart

t a run on a ranch in Mendocino County I won a case of Olympia long necks from Playland, when it was a new bar at 1190 Folsom Street, long before the Cat Club. I’d heard Playland was a sleeper. The night I went for my case of Oly it was awake. A body-harnessed doorman crossed his muscled arms over his hairy chest at the head of the line. A man came out, he let another in. The men were hot. It was worth the wait. Some stood in spotless leathers practicing their S&M, Standing and Modeling. Others were in Levis well worn in the crotch. A whiff of poppers drifted down the line as disco blasted out the door. A fist passed a small brown bottle to me. “Here!” I took the bottle, inhaled deeply, and started to hand it back to Well Worn Crotch. “Pass it along. It’s from the doorman. He wants us to stay.” A poppers rush is short but can be intense. I saw an apparition. A bearded man in GypsyHippie-rags. His long robe and wide-brimmed hat were complemented by dozens of dangly necklaces and spangled bracelets. A tambourine hung from a cord around his waist. His dirty feet were bare. A miniature collie wearing a red bandanna trotted behind. With a rattle of jewelry he picked up the collie and leaned toward me. “Pot?” he said. I shook my head. “Hash?” I shook my head again. He moved down the line. Bills were pulled from wallets. My poppers rush gone, Gypsy-Hippie-Man and dog remained. “Who’s that?” I said to Well Worn Crotch. “Jesus Christ Satan.” “What?” “Jesus Christ Satan.” He laughed. “He was a lawyer in New York and came here in the Sixties.” As if that 30 BARHTAB • bartabsf.com • September 2012

explained all. “He’s homeless?” “He declared his apartment an independent country and applied to the U.N. for aid to developing nations.” “Nice if you can get it,” Leather Chaps said behind me. We were near- Folsom Street ing the door. bartender Rick. The music was Photo: Jim Stewart louder. Jesus Christ Satan crossed Folsom Street and headed towards The Slot. Inside Playland I saw it was worth the wait. The crowd, half naked, swayed to the beat of throbbing pounding music. The DJ built the pulse as the closing hour of two approached. Some of the sweat-drenched men left, heading for the baths, others headed for the ongoing orgy in the back room. Great bartenders and back rooms could make or break a Folsom bar. I fought my way to a hot bartender through the mass of bodies, groping and being groped. With beer in hand I headed for the back room. The smell of booze and cigarettes, weed and poppers, sweat and testosterone, enhanced the dark scene of men moaning and grunting. Soon I was part of that critical mass of male flesh grinding its way to Nirvana. My body sang. The din of disco stopped. “Repent, you mother-fuckers, repent!” The sounds of a shaken tambourine were heard above the grunting and moaning. “Repent, you mother-fuckers!” Folsom Street Silence. bartender Chris. “We’re not mother-fuckers. Photo: Jim Stewart We’re father-fuckers!” a deep voice bellowed in passion. A small dog barked. Jesus Christ Satan! “Last call, gentlemen. Last call. Drink up, please. It’s time.” 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. ✸



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