After days of rain and cold, two days of sunshine Saturday and Sunday offer plenty of reason to get out and survey the bustling party landscape this weekend. From turn of the century waltzes to wintery warehouse raves, the offerings this weekend are as eclectic as they come, and in a city like San Francisco, they come strong.
FRIDAY JANUARY 22nd
LISTENING LOUNGE: LADIES FIRST @ 111 Minna (111 Minna St.) – If you’re sick of the term DJ having a distinctly male connotation, then you might want to come out to the first Listening Lounge of the year at 111 Minna where tribute will be paid to some of the top female DJs in the Bay Area presented by the Bay’s own good Samaritans of good music the Reignforest Collective.
THE FORMULA + GET LIVE present DEFINITION @ Poleng Lounge (1751 Fulton Av e.) – Continuing to redefine just what it means to go out with a bang, Poleng Lounge presents two rooms of hip hop favorites straddling four decades. Will the 70s beat the 80s? Will the 90s beat 2000? See your favorite period in hip hop take on your other favorite period in hip hop as DJs Mr. E, Shred One, Neogeo, Boogie Brown, Ced. Crimes, and Mamabear probe the rich history of this unique musical genre as it has defined four eras of society and sound.
EAST NILE ELECTRONIC @ EAST NILE (1510 8th St. Oakland) – If you’ve never seen a man scream into a microphone linked to no less than ten guitar peddles, a synthesizer, a vocoder, and a studio quality sound system then you can hardly consider yourself a true follower of the electronic music underground. Eats Tapes, Sex Worker, Bookworms, and Jaws restore Oakland to its proper rustic rave roots with a sampling of local electronic that just might break the PA. Again.
EDWARDIAN BALL WORLD’S FAIR @ The Regency Ballroom (1290 Sutter St.) – As previously announced, the Edwardian Ball, a ten-year running Edward Gorey tribute in the form of a two-day turn of the century event, is back in town. Although the ball proper is Saturday, Friday’s lineup includes back-to-back aerial acts, professional hoola hoopers, belly dancers, and cabaret ensembles that rival the stage of the star occasion. The world’s fair is a once a year occurrence allowing visitors to travel back in time to a place where the shape of a woman was largely determined by her corset, the top hat was an unforgettable status symbol, and steam engines were at the cutting edge of new technology. Should you find yourself clinging to a certain item of the past, you may even be able to, for a small fee paid to the world’s fair vendors, bring it back with you into the present. You can read more about the ball here.
SATURDAY JANUARY 23rd
BIG UP LAUNCH PARTY @ PARADISE LOUNGE (1501 Folsom St.) – Big Up Magazine, as you may know from our recent interview with Editor Katya Guseva, has been bridging the shores of dub step with its launch parties for over a year now. This month’s two-part launch party includes an open bar pre-party at the Lower Haight’s favorite street wear shop and design cooperative D-Structure and a main event lineup at the Paradise Lounge that includes founding father of Finish underground dub Tes La Rok, Manchester’s deep bass astronaut Synkro, Surefire Sound’s DJG, Cosmic Vibe’s Lub Dub and MC Duh working the mic.
EDWARDIAN BALL @ The Regency Ballroom (1290 Sutter St.) – If you’ve been looking for the right occasion to break out your vintage silk top hat, your 1900s velveteen vest, or authentic steel boned corset, wait no further. The Edwardian Ball is back in town to celebrate its tenth anniversary with more pomp and romp, more feathers and furs, more marvel and macabre than even Edward Gorey, the spirit of the hour, could even imagine. Performances from co-founders Rosin Coven and the Vau de Vire Society, as well as fresh acts from avant gardess Jill Tracy, Fou Fou Ha!, Kitten on the Keys, Delachaux, Vima Vice Squad, and Miz Margo promise revelers nonstop tantalization while an outdoor croquet garden, the Edwardian equivalent of a chill room, allows visitors to mingle in turn of the century style. You can read more about the ball here.
2010 ICEBREAKERS BALL @ MIGHTY (119 Utah St.) – Although the only ice in sight just might be the cubes in your cocktail glass, the Icebreakers Ball promises to transform the red brick walls of warehouse turned nightclub Mighty into a pure white winter woofer land. DJ Icey, Zone Records’s Florida-based electro house champion, is back in the Bay for a fifth year of breaks, dub step, hip hop, and future sound in a three-room lineup that includes DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders and Zach Moore of the Bay-notorious Space Cowboys. White attire is encouraged.
BOOTIE w. DJ P @ MEZZANINE (444 Jessie St.) – Bootie is back for its second Mezzanine performance with a rare DJ set by turntable mixologist DJ P, the usual beat-morphing mayhem from Bay Bootie allstars DJ Adrian and Mysterious D., and a special midnight mashup from John!John! vs. Sarah and the Bootie Bumpettes before the show returns to its usual spot at the DNA Lounge. The first hundred attendees will receive a free Bootie CD to shake their booties to.
LIFESTYLE BLACK & WHITE PARTY @ W Hotel (181 Third St.) – Extravagance never looked so good. The W Hotel gives local socialites three rooms of house, top 40s, and club hits a spot to strut that little black dress or dashing Armani suit that’s been hanging in the closet all season. And because they know that even the elite have fallen on tough times on account of the economy, they’re offering free guest list before 10:30 with rsvp and free champagne from 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM.
Flip through the FLYER SCANNER below for info. on more events this weekend!