Hey, come see this show tonight! I say this not only because I think it will be really good, but also because we don't have a whole lot of live music in the next two months, since the whole world just shuts down between Halloween and New Year's Eve.
Anyway, Ruby is awesome and I think the last time she played in SF was probably in 1996, and that was probably with Pigface. Here are some video reminders of how great the album Salt Peter was:
And here are some clips of her singing with the Pigface 25 year reunion a few weeks ago, so hopefully we'll get some of that:
Perennial favorites Halou are opening, and it will be their 11th time here, I think. They seem to have only ever made one video as Halou and that was a cartoon, so instead here are some videos by their alter ego, Stripmall Architecture:
Tonight we have Turbo Drive's tribute to John Carpenter (dress up as your favorite character from a John Carpenter film for a chance to win tickets to Perturbator in January!) and coincidentally it looks like some miscreant has tagged our building. Thanks, Obama.
And there goes another epic Halloween weekend!
You may recall my complaints in previous years about how the Bootie customers just don't really try hard enough on Halloween. Well that wasn't true this year! This year, the Bootie costume contest was worthy, and the $12 shit-costumes in the audience were definitely in the minority! So yay for that. Keep it up, people!
Photos, photos, so many photos:
Some thoughts on costume contests in general...
Obviously having a good MC is critical to a successful costume contest, because if they don't manage the cheering and winner selection properly and quickly, you'll be there all night. We've got the MC situation under control, obviously. But! But! <<butt gesture>> But!
I've come to the conclusion that for costume contests, the Door Guy is just as important as the Master of Ceremonies. That is, to make the thing really work, you need some serious quality control at Stage Left: it's just as important, possibly more important, to control who gets on stage as it is to deal with what happens once they do.
You will often hear MCs lament, "Well I had to give something to the guy in the shitty $12 Spirit Halloween Store 'pizza' costume, did you hear how they cheered? There would have been a riot."
Well, you solve that problem by not letting pizza guy on the stage in the first place, and then the audience is no wiser. The folks controlling the stage stairs need to channel their inner Studio 54 and tell people, "Sorry, no, you're not cool enough."
It's also really important to go through the venue about 30 minutes before the contest for a hard sell recruitment drive on any really good costumes they see. The MC and/or the crew need to bully those people into entering the contest who really should. It's surprising how often there will be amazing costumes standing right there in the audience who totally would have beaten everyone else who entered if they had just gone up the stairs.
- "Oh, this old thing? Why no, I couldn't possibly."
"I'm running the contest, and I'm telling you that I need you in it. Here's a drink ticket. Get over there."
Some other galleries from recent weeks:
Also I recently implemented what I call the "Mutual Admiration Society", so that when one of them makes a post or hits "like" on something, the other three in the column also "like" it.
The @dnalounge accounts are also posting a mini-gallery of four random photos related to upcoming events once a day (some of the same photos that show up in the gallery at the bottom of the front page). I'm actually not sure if that's fun or annoying. People seem to hit "like" on them sometimes, so I guess I'll go with the former.
Though, a number of our Instagram followers seem to be people (actual humans) who hit "like" on literally every picture they see. Weird.
Hey, we won some Best of the Bay stuff! Yay us! And thank you for saying "Yay, us!"
- Best Overall Nightlife Venue: DNA Lounge
Best Overall Dance Party: Bootie SF
Best Burlesque: Hubba Hubba Revue
Incident Report of the Week:
Apparently the bassist strangled another band member while on stage during their set. It being a metal show, no one was sure if it was part of the act or not. [...] At 8:20pm, the police arrived. [...] He was arrested, and is being booked on criminal battery and threats. [...] About 8:35 the police left with the perp in custody. The show carries on.
Some upcoming events of note:
Tonight, we have Meat Beat Manifesto, a show I am really looking forward to because I haven't seen them in at least a decade. Storm the Studio and 99% kind of blew my mind when I was a kid.
Next weekend, of course, is the thing that DNA Lounge does best: Halloween. We've got three parties for you this time, and they are each in all four rooms.
Now everyone knows that parents always have a favorite child (even if you were an only child, Mom probably loved someone else more, you know it's true) so it's no secret that our Friday party, All Hallow's Eve, is my favorite. That's the one with the excellent costume contest, where the winners are generally deserving! If you have more than one costume (duh, of course you do, you live in San Francisco), this is the night for you to bring your A Game.
But don't get me wrong, the other two are excellent parties in their own right. Mom and Dad love both of you just as much, I totally swear. Booootie: At our very own party juggernaut, this is definitely their best party of the year, and you're probably never going to see a bigger Halloween party unless you're in a stadium or out in a field somewhere, and who needs that? It's not to be missed.
And Death Guild? Well there is literally nothing in the world more goth than a 23½ year old goth party happening on Halloween proper. Plus goth burlesque upstairs from The Hubbs, of course, helping you get your swoopy on.
Remember kids, it's a marathon, not a sprint.
By the way, we haven't decided yet if we're going to print up a stack of those lovely Gene Wilder / Dr. Fronkensteen posters (RIP) by R.Black. We usually print up a stack of the Halloween posters, but honestly, they don't sell. Would you buy one for ten bucks? Be honest: if what you really mean is, "I would totally take one of those home if someone gave it to me for free", that is actually a "no".
Ok, first I think you need to watch this excellent documentary about every sound guy ever (except for ours, of course), from The Hard Times, whom you might remember as the folks who brought you "Henry Rollins Driving App Tells You How Hard It Would Have Been to Get There in the '80s":
Next, here's an unexpected headline:
But it means a lot less once you read the details:
Thanks to a bill sponsored by state senator Mark Leno, San Francisco is about to get its first new liquor licenses in almost 80 years -- but only five of them. They're earmarked for new or existing restaurants on one of seven commercial corridors where there tend not to be any restaurants with general on-sale or "full" liquor licenses, with the idea being that businesses in these areas can't afford to buy licenses on the secondary market, as they're usually sold, these days averaging around $300,000 in SF.
The eligible neighborhoods are Third Street in the Bayview, outer Mission Street in the Excelsior, San Bruno Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Noriega Street, Taraval Street and Visitacion Valley. The licenses will be available directly from ABC for an application fee of $13,800 and will be non-transferable. [...]
The weirdness and seeming scarcity around liquor licenses here dates back to a state law passed in 1939 that declared that cities could only have one general on-sale license for every 2,000 residents. That would have limited SF to only 418 licenses at our current population, but at the time the law was passed there were already around 1,000 licenses issued here, which were all grandfathered in and transferrable. Those same licenses are the ones that continue to be bought and sold on the secondary market, and their value has risen greatly driven by our local restaurant economy in neighborhoods like the Mission, Hayes Valley and the Financial District. But $300,000 is a steep price for a mom-and-pop business in one of these more "outer" neighborhoods, a problem that the new licenses hope to solve.
Only five though? Van Houten says they asked for 28, but for now, we have to settle for five.
So yeah. Five, and they're in the Inner Farallons and Almost-Colma.
We had several truly excellent shows in the last few weeks, and hey, here are some photos of them:
They were also reasonably well attended. I mean, not great, but enough that the room didn't feel empty and we didn't take a bath on them. As you know, the rule of thumb is generally "if it's a show jwz is looking forward to, nobody's going to show." You don't want me as a fan, I'm apparently the kiss of death.
So yay, go team!
Some upcoming shows that I strongly recommend: This Friday, Hubba are bringing the Dungeons & Dragons sleaze. Then next Friday, Meat Beat Manifesto! It's been like a thousand years since I've seen them. And of course in two weeks, on Friday Oct 28, our fifteenth annual Halloween party. R. Black did another fantastic job on that poster, did he not? You're definitely going to want to buy advance tickets for Halloween. (Oh yeah, and then we also have a little Halloween party on Saturday, and a little Halloween party on Monday too, NBD.)
Have you received the memo about ROT13, our new happy hour over at Codeword? It happens every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 9pm or so. It's being run by Jared, who you might remember as the bartender under the stairs who specializes in the fancier and more interesting cocktails. There are also some pretty tasty appetizers that aren't on the usual DNA Pizza menu. Come check it out.
"Hey, how's that parklet going?" you didn't ask. Well I'll tell you. Since we were required to remove the parklet in mid June because the construction in front of our door was definitely happening by the end of June, what have they accomplished? Well, they dug up the corner of the sidewalk on the Southeast corner of Folsom and Harrison -- across the street from us, by Costco -- and replaced it with a new corner that is identical the old one in every way except that it has those yellow dots on it now.
This is apparently a two week process, because they pour like five different kinds of concrete to accomplish this, and let them dry between each layer.
So now they're doing that again... on the Southwest corner. Even farther away from us.
It's amazing that anything ever gets built at all.
I'm told they also spent a while digging up the middle of the street on the other side of Harrison from us, because after they began construction they "discovered" that this neighborhood is built on sand and it needed to be reinforced. What an amazing discovery! Who knew! Except everybody.
This is why you had nowhere to sit outside for just about the entire summer. Thanks again, SFMTA and SFDPW. You're doing a bang-up job on this whole "scheduling" thing.
Have plans for this evening?
It seems that the SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay contest is back, and is apparently run by 48 Hills now? Ok. How about you go vote for us? We are insecure people and need the validation. So many categories! Might we recommend:
- Best Late Night Restaurant: DNA Pizza
- Best Pizza: DNA Pizza
- Best Sandwiches: DNA Pizza
- Best Cafe: DNA Pizza
- Best Overall Bar: DNA Lounge
- Best New Bar: Codeword
- Best Bar Staff: DNA Lounge
- Best Performance Space: DNA Lounge
- Best Overall Live Music Venue: DNA Lounge
- Best Overall Nightlife Venue: DNA Lounge
- Best Overall Dance Party: Bootie SF
- Best Rock Club: DNA Lounge
- Best Trivia Night: Big Quiz Thing @ Codeword
- Best Burlesque: Hubba Hubba Revue
- Best Literary Night: Odd Salon
Also here are some photos and your monthly mixtape:
The new drum of Spill Magic has arrived, so you may now vomit with impunity. During the unfortunate period when we had run out, we asked you to kindly refrain from vomiting on our floor, and I know that was a terrible hardship to most of you, but those dark days are now behind us. Carry on.
Oh hey, how's that construction going, that required our parklet to be removed more than two months ago? Well, I think they spray-painted a couple of lines on the sidewalk at the opposite end of the block a couple of weeks ago. Other than that, nothing.
Why hasn't anything happened? They don't answer. When is work starting? They don't answer. What will that work be? They don't answer.
SFMTA and SFDPW, you are bad at your jobs and you should feel bad. A pox on both your houses.
I really want to just re-install our parklet and see how long it takes them to notice, but I don't have the money to burn on art projects like that any more. However, if anyone out there happens to have a few wooden shipping palettes and a ratty couch or two, we can replace it with the jankiest possible substitute. Call me. Let's make this happen.
Also this month's mixtape: