Well, we're exactly 13 months late, but we finally have the audio webcast up and running in Above DNA! You can listen to the archive of the Anoraak / Marrow show from last night. There's some static at the beginning from our last-minute scramble to get the cabling right, but it gets going around 9:35pm.
There's no video in Above DNA yet. Video's a much more complicated and expensive project.
I must share with you a couple of our incident reports from last night. We get a lot of stupid behavior here, but sometimes people go way above and beyond the call of duty.
At approximately 1:50am, I responded to a medical call in Above DNA. When I arrived, I discovered an Asian male laying on the ground near the stage. Upon investigation, I discovered that there was no medical issue with the subject and that he had previously assaulted the DJ, two customers and attempted to knock over the DJ booth. The customer did not respond to any verbal instructions, but was responsive to painful stimuli.
I informed the customer that he could not lay on the floor in the venue and that he need to stand up and step outside. The customer refused and closed his eyes. He stated that he was "perfectly within his rights to lay on the floor." I informed him that we would assist him physically if neccesary. Security staff and I lifted the customer and began carrying him to the above door. The cusotmer began thrashing and kicking, striking me in the groin with his foot. After placing him on the ground, we handcuffed the customer and escorted him out of the venue. The customer then stated that he was going to kill me.
Contacted SFPD at 2:00am. SFPD arrived at approximately 2:10 am. The responding officers then left the scene due to a higher priority call. [...the guy sat on the sidewalk in cuffs for 3 more hours...]
At 4:45am SFFD unit M89 arrived. After releasing the subject to the SFFD Officers, they determined that he was not in any medical danger and allowed him to walk home. SFFD left the scene at 5:00 am.
And, in international relations:
At about 11:30 pm I was standing outside the front door when I witnessed an individual try and sneak in behind the door person. I stepped between him and the inside an asked if I could help him. He said he was trying to get his coat. I told him I would gladly get his jacket for him if he could give me his coat check ticket. At this time he started cursing and reciting strings of numbers. I replied in kind, telling him the local zip codes. We seemed to reach an impasse so I again asked him for his coat check ticket. He responded that he had the strongest fences in Sweden. He then proceeded to hug random strangers on the sidewalk and pull their hair. At this time I moved him away from the front door and next to the bike racks. I again tried to get his coat check ticket to no avail.
I stepped away to help some other customers when he started to try and urinate on the bike rack. I told him that he would be going to jail if he did not put away his private parts and move along. He started to re-dress himself and I turned again to help some other customers when I felt urine splashing on my leg.
At this time I took the patron by the shoulder and walked him around the corner. I told him he had two choices: go away, or go to jail. I then left him around the corner. I returned to the front of the venue to tell staff about him when he stumbled back towards the club and fell on two customers in line. At this time Arlo pulled him out of line and I told him, "last chance, go away or your going to jail". He verbally chose jail and called us faggots. I called the police non-emergency number at 11:42pm. Unit 103 responded at 11:49pm. At this time they took Jonas from Sweden into custody. They took him to the station to see more of America.
Last week, David got bit on the ankle -- the ankle -- so hard that it drew blood.
The things we put up with for you people. You don't even know.
Some recent photo galleries:
All three of our Halloween parties were amazing. Point Break Live was amazing. There's been some amazement, is what I'm saying.
Here's a fun interview with the director of Point Break Live:
So the original cast members have been supportive of the show?
Busey showed up the first time really early and came in all scary, especially to the guy playing his character Pappas, like 'Don't mess up my show! If you suck I'm gonna rip your head off and shit down your throat!' And then he sat in the front row and five minutes into it he was grabbing water guns, and getting up on stage chasing people around. And three weeks ago, Lori Petty, who played Tyler in the movie, came in and auditioned for Johnny Utah and won. That was really epic to have one of the stars in the show.
What's the strangest Point Break Live! related encounter you've had since you've been doing this?
I met Keanu once when we were doing the shows. He's never come, but one night after we finished doing a show, there was a sister bar nearby that called us and were like 'you gotta get over here, Keanu Reeves is here.' It was right around Halloween so I was like, whatever. But I went over there with some flyers and brought a poster and sure enough it was Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, Bill and Ted, sitting at the bar together. And I mentioned the show to Keanu and said you should come and audition and he was like, 'But what if I didn't win, you know, that would suck!" At the show itself we've had all kinds of crazy stories. We've had people visiting from Japan who don't know English audition and of course the audience picks them. So people who can't even read English have gone on and tried to guess what the words are and people still went nuts for it.
Both November Point Break Live shows sold out, both December shows are sold out already, and the two January shows are going fast! Get your tickets soon, people! You really do want to see this. Words don't do it justice.
(We do sell a few standing-room walk-up tickets at the door, so if you still want to come to the December shows, you can probably manage that if you get here early.)
If you have any photos from Halloween, please send them! I can't believe how few photos we have. There were so many amazing costumes, and they're largely undocumented here. Help us out, people.
A short clip from the Point Break Live rehearsal this afternoon:
The first two shows are this Friday, and the early show is almost sold out! Have you got your tickets yet?
Tomorrow's Halloween! Do you have your tickets for that yet? Our staff have been working themselves to the... bone getting ready for you, muaaahahahaha. Thirteen spooooooky DJs in four rooms!
Also, check out our new bike rack! This now completes the Parklet Project. It was installed yesterday, and within an hour of the bolts going into the ground, there were eight bikes in it.
Check out the trailer for Mortified Nation, the documentary about the various Mortified shows around the country. They shot this in several cities, but I'm told that DNA Lounge gets a lot of screen time. It's 'cause we're so pretty.
Also, Point Break Live is coming up in just a few weeks. These shows are very likely to sell out, so get your tickets soon! (It's a seated show, and chairs take up more space than bodies, so we can't fit as many of you in.)
One of the hilarious bits about Point Break Live is that at every show, the Keanu part is cast from the audience -- and a little while ago, at Point Break Live in LA, the Johnny Utah role was won by Lori Petty! That's kind of amazing.
And, some photos of recent events:
Our Halloween lineups are out! Trannyshack and Bootie are doing their parties the weekend before, on the 25th and 26th, and then the epic DNA Lounge Halloween party is on Halloween proper: Thirteen spooky DJs in four spooky rooms, with The Vau de Vire Society and Dr. Kingfish's costume contest!
Today we installed the hinged diamond-plate flap to cover the drainage gap between the parklet and the sidewalk. It has a pretty wonky shape because our sidewalk has a pretty wonky shape. It had to be this wide in order to be level. It's pretty heavy, but it flips up to let us clean the gutter and for access to the various utility vaults buried in our sidewalk.
We also got a couple of these, and a couple of these. Check out how long those bolts are!
Only stools and bike rack left to do.
We installed the bar top today! The parklet is now open for business.
For now, we're borrowing some stools from Above DNA, but permanently-mounted stools are coming soon. Also still on the agenda is a piece of hinged diamond-plate to cover the gap between the parklet and the sidewalk. After that, we're waiting for the city to install the bicycle rack.
The bar top is several pieces of wood glued together. The first pass of glueing happened in the shop, but to transport it, it still needed to be in 3 large pieces. This is a shot of them being glued together.
Also, look, the fins are getting a nice patina on them already! That's just from the rain on Saturday.
Oh, we got a nice review of the Moving Units show.
I strongly recommend you come by for the Icky Blossoms show on Sunday, Sep 23 because they are awesome. That's the evening after Folsom Street Fair. They're also performing at the fair, but that's probably only a half hour set -- this is a full show.