Holy shit you guys, thank you!
Wednesday: Highest-attended Halloween of all time.
In fact, Halloween attendance was quite a bit higher than 2010 and 2011 Halloweens combined. And it was a Wednesday! And it was raining!
Thank you all for coming out! Halloween is our favorite time of the year, and all three of our parties this year were amazingly fun. And just about all of you dressed up! Seriously, I saw almost nobody not wearing at least an effort at a costume. There were a handful of guys wearing t-shirts saying some variant of
"I'm an asshole" "This is my costume", but really, almost none, which made them stick out like sore thumbs amongst all the fabulousity.
So, look at all of you participating! Go you.
Aside from these parties being awesome... it's also nice that now we get to pay some bills. So there's that, too.
I wish we had more photographic evidence that these parties had occurred, however.
Montana's photos of All Hallow's Eve are up now. Vau de Vire's performances were awesome as always. Hulk Hogan, to the right, was the well-deserved winner of our costume contest. He was spot on, and even had the moves down. Second place went to the two super-glittery gay alien fish or whatever they were supposed to be, and third was "Firey from Labyrinth look at my tits". Which honestly, I think was undeserved, because though it was a great mask, tits are not a costume, and that's what everyone was clapping for. Sigh. I'd have picked the 50s Astronauts for 2nd or 3rd. Well, it was still a marked improvement over last year's Harry Potter debacle.
Though, what do I know, almost nobody even recognized two of my three costumes this year, and I wasn't even trying to be obscure...
There aren't too many photos of Wednesday because the two photographers we hired (one of whom was gonna run a photo booth) didn't show up, so we had to scramble at the last minute.
There are no photos of Booootie on Friday because we never get photos of Bootie. Funny story: I learned recently that, for like a year and a half Bootie has actually been paying someone to sho.
There are also no photos of Trannyshack -- in fact, I believe there are zero photos of Trannyshack in our gallery at all, and we've been doing the party for more than three years -- but there are some videos.
"Well why don't you just hire your own photographer for these events?" you ask. Well, photos are for promoting the event so as the promoter of the party, that's clearly their job, not mine. We have a pretty well-defined division of labor in this industry most of the time over who pays for what. So I'm just going to keep whining about it instead.
Though this has led me to the decision to change our photo policy. The new rule is going to be: If you want to bring your SLR into the club, congratulations, you're our staff photographer for the night. We'll give you a photo pass in exchange for your email address, web site, and your promise that we get a copy of your photos. Don't agree? Leave your camera at home.
At least that way, I'll know who to nag later. We'll see how this works.
Tonight is our first night running two separate, simultaneous events, one in DNA Lounge and one Above DNA. So that will be interesting.
The event in the big room is I-don't-even-know-what, it's some kind of trivia contest in Russian. Customers keep calling the club and trying to ask us questions about it in Russian, which doesn't really work out to the satisfaction of either party.
Above DNA, we have the first night of our new monthly, Twitch, a dark-electronic dance party brought to you by Omar from Popscene and Justin from The Soft Moon (whose record release party it also is!) In future months this party will also feature live bands, but this first one is a DJ night.
Do check it out, won't you?
Good bye, DNA Pizza Water Feature, and good riddance.
That thing never worked right in the ten years or so it's been here. Instead of being a sheet of water it was a series of drizzles. We tried to make it not suck; we failed. So now we can replace it with posters! Which don't suck. And will never splash you, and probably won't ever smell funny.
Actually we have no photos of Deiphago, but there are a few videos, which are the first videos of Above DNA, so there's that?
I guess what I'm saying is that the new photo pass regime has not yet borne fruit.
Come on, you slackers, throw me a bone here.
There's a meeting on Thu Nov 15 at 6pm at Don Ramon's that you might want to attend.
The new Western SOMA zoning plan would make it impossible for a new entertainment venue to ever open on Eleventh Street, and would make it easier for even more condos to be built in between the existing nightclubs. Should any club close, it could be replaced with housing, but no new clubs could ever open.
Supervisor Kim is considering supporting a revision of the plan that would make entertainment be a fully permitted use on Eleventh between Folsom and Harrison.
You know, the block where all of the clubs are.
Jim Meko seems to think it's 1998 again and is trying to do some rabble-rousing to stir up the "condos versus clubs" battle again:
Kim ponders radical realignment of 11th Street neighbor/nightclub zoning
To hear tell, business would be booming and we~d all be dancing in the streets if it were not for "the purple building" and "that lady on Norfolk alley who keeps complaining." Such is the state of denial the California Music and Culture Association (CMAC) lives in as they plot to foment another war between neighbors and nightclubs in South of Market.
"Radical realignment" my ass. He even throws "But think of your property values!!" in there, too.
Seriously, Jim? Still? After all this time?
Anyway, if you think that entertainment should be allowed on Eleventh Street, you should go to the meeting and make your voice heard, lest it die by forced attrition. I don't look forward to a future where we're the only club left on this block, surrounded by nothing but million dollar condos.
If entertainment had been a "permitted use" on Eleventh street two years ago, opening the Above DNA space would have cost me about $100,000 less.
I'm not even kidding.
Here's something we haven't had the ability to do before: it turns out that ticket sales for tonight's Drop the Lime + Tenderlions show were kind of light, so we moved that show to Above DNA, and were able to book a different DJ event in the main room on the same night, at the last minute: Sebastiaan Van Beest. So that's handy!
It's a little weird in that this required the event's URL to change, since those are tied to the room, so if someone clicks on an old link to Drop the Lime, they'll get the other event instead, but, oh well. It probably won't happen often.
(I don't know Sebastiaan, but both Drop the Lime and Tenderlions put on a fun show, so you should come!)
I have already received my first email saying, "Hey, where's the webcast??" about an Above DNA event, since currently the webcast is only set up for the main room. The reason for that is: it's a hugely complicated pain in the ass, and we haven't gotten around to doing anything about it yet. And we may never; I haven't decided yet.
Here's an entertaining review of last week's Kitty Pryde show:
SFBG: Ladies and gentleman, hip-hop 2012: Kitty Pryde, Main Attrakionz, Hottub
If you took a break from the Internet last week/summer, you may have missed that she's a Daytona Beach teenager currently assuming the "ruining hip-hop" mantle with her geekiness, doodles, weird voices. But unlike say, Ke$ha, Kitty Pryde can rap and like a rapper, she combats haters with considerable grace and counter-aggresiveness.
She spent the first handful of songs breathily self-deprecating, comparing herself unfavorably with the opening acts and squeaking. Her EP is called haha i'm sorry, as befitting a rap parody of a teenage white girl.
There are, as usual, no photos of this landmark event.
It was... something. Kitty Pryde mostly sat down on the stage and giggled through her songs, sometimes letting the A.D.D. get the best of her and getting bored halfway through and telling her DJ "OK, let's do the next one now". Her show was certainly not something I had seen before... but I don't go to a lot of junior-high talent shows. Not since we hosted BrokeNCYDE has a show "touched" me in this way. I feel like I've been given a "Rusty Tumblr", if you know what I mean and I think you do.
In the opinion of this reporter, and upon consultation with DNA Lounge's resident experts in the field, I can tell you without hesitation that Main Attrakionz are everything that is wrong with hiphop. They have both samples on the soundboard: the "shotgun" and the "airhorn". Thank you, fellow on the left, for repeating "Uhh!" into your mic for the whole show. Thank you, fellow on the right, for repeating "Yo!" into your mic for the whole show.
Also they were repeatedly guilty of "Frisco" Violations. Inexcusable.
Hottub were fun, though.
I probably shouldn't be allowed to write reviews.
Have I mentioned that I hate our fire alarm?
Because I hate our fire alarm.
I took a big step (for me) and ported the DNA Lounge blog to WordPress. Prior to this, it was a lovingly hand-crafted series of Perl scripts that generated static HTML files. (Except without the love.)
It's got some rough edges, but I think I managed to keep all of the URLs the same, and all of the pages looking the same as before. I know that navigation between pages is still a little screwed up, but let me know if you see any other weirdness.
The comment system is now the built-in WordPress comment system, instead of Disqus. I think I managed to import all of the old comments. Disqus was OK, but I prefer to not rely on third-party services when I can help it: in the long run it always ends up being more trouble than it was worth.
Ok, I think it's finally working. Like I said in my last post, which you might not have seen, I've converted Ye Olde Blogge to use WordPress instead of the home-brewed mess it was before. Let me know if you see anything that's broken or harder to use than before. This is going to take some getting used to. I'm not entirely sure it was a good idea.
There's an SF Weekly review of Taboo and specifically Brooke Candy. I guess it's a good review? It's kind of hard to tell.