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Phantasms

A new wave of cyber-horror drag hits club stages. Plus: Gigamesh, Disquiet Night, Accidental Bear, Tormenta Tropical, more nightlife

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO Scene: Midnight, Tiara Sensation drag pageant, Rickshaw Stop, September. A naked, enormously white-and-purple-bewigged figure in two-foot-high Plexiglass heels, laid across three raised Plexiglass pillars, faces away from us. The pitched down strains of Frank Ocean's "Pyramid," his voice syrupped into a slo-mo Judy Garland phantasmagoria, drown us in waves of bass. Sheee's wooorkiiing at the Pyyyramid toniiiight.Read more »

Balls out

New gay sports bar Hi Tops scores. Plus: Moodymann, Tin Man, more nightlife

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SUPER EGO If, by some miracle, I manage to make it through this entire column about a new gay sports bar in the Castro without dropping a single awful double entendre, then I totally deserve a Stanley cup, a Heisman trophy, and a Super Bowl ring. IMPOSSIBLE! Why does everything jocky sound so dirty when you sprinkle a little fairy dust on it?Read more »

Nite Trax: Honey Soundsystem feels love anew

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Honey Soundsystem, that handsome group of techno and disco rarety-loving DJs and purveyors of one of the best weekly parties in SF (Sundays at Holy Cow), has gone through a few changes this year, parting ways with a couple members -- perhaps temporarily -- to side projects and expanding their reach greatly with several international appearances.

But the honeycomb hasn't stopped pumping out great tunes, and it looks like Honey's latest record label, HNYTRX, has launched with an expansive, uplifting new house tune, "Face Love Anew" by Australian favorites Stereogamous featuring singer Shaun J. Wright, formerly of Hercules and Love Affair. It's a keeper.

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GOLDIES 2012: Mica Sigourney

Drag-rooted performance works that question the egotism of the artist and the role of the audience

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GOLDIES Regular appearances are not Mica Sigourney's thing. True, most Friday nights you'll find alt-persona VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! at the Stud hosting Some Thing, the boisterously resourceful drag cavalcade (formerly Tiara Sensation) started two years ago with drag mother Glamamore and dj down-E. Even there, though, you couldn't call VivvyAnne's appearance regular: one night it's ersatz Dior, another it's lipstick, hobo beard, and a jock strap.Read more »

outLOUD Radio snags stories from an evolving queer world

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It's Saturday afternoon and, two weeks before the gala that will mark its 10th year of existence (coming up Wed/14) outLOUD Radio is talking style. Elders from the queer community are sitting in a circle in a LGBT Community Center third floor conference room, translating their thoughts on the concept of "gay uniform" into the waiting mics of outLOUD Radio youth volunteers.

"Describe what you're wearing today."Read more »

Life's a gas

Nightlife: Waiting to exhale with ASC, Starkey, Mount Kimbie, Rarebits, Maya Jane Cole, more

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Pre-lloween

Nightlife: Masquerotica, Michele Myers, Death Becomes Her, more as our favorite civic holiday swings into action

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marke@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO "We wanted to put together something that truly reflects San Francisco on its most popular holiday," DJ Syd Gris of Opulent temple tells me over the phone. "A titillating, intoxicating kaleidoscope of San Francisco flavor with soulful, sexy music. And zombie strippers."Read more »

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and timewarp

New book lays bare the countercultural roots of the Renaissance Faire

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Hey, boldface

Nightlife: Taking names and shaking ass with Poolside, Black Coffee, Love Will Fix It, Jamie XX, more parties

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SUPER EGO Warm and fuzzy-edged highlights of the past week or so: dancing to '80s hip-house pioneer Tyree Cooper in the apse of St. John the Evangelist church in the Mission last Sunday, yes the actual church, where many a rave was thrown in the '90s. Watching Amon Tobin melt faces with his stacked-cube digital-mapping projection stage show at Berkeley's Greek Theatre (but first, some hot mama threw her bra onstage for openers Kronos Quartet!) Also: did Amon really drop a trap track? Eek.Read more »