When three local DJs who regularly spin at several of the city's more popular and alt-y dyke clubs veer off and create a new night in quaint Hayes Valley and christen it with the ostentatious name "White Diamonds," you know something is afoot. Decked out with its own makeshift photo studio and a name reminiscent of golden-age movie star Elizabeth Taylor (well, her perfume anyway), the club embodies an attempt to bring back a bit of much-needed charm and mystery to S.F.'s nightlife. But this isn't an exclusive scene by any means (sexual bents or otherwise), as the crowd promises to be just as diverse as the music hitting the dance floor. Gifted DJs Chelsea ("Club Hot Pants"), Saratonin ("Brownies for My Bitches"), and Jenny Young ("Club Fake") steer clear of any set genre by spinning eclectic beats ranging from hip hop and indie rock to electronic and goth. The night commences this and every third Thursday at the Rickshaw Stop; call 861-2011 or visit www.rickshawstop.com for more info.
-- Brock Keeling
We all bitch about oil, but how many people have done their part to reduce our nation's dependence on it? With gas hovering dangerously close to three bucks a gallon, local Brazilian funk/rock band Bat Makumba has taken a stand by purchasing a tour bus that runs on vegetable oil. The group is also trying to bring more awareness to the issue with a concert called "A Declaration of Oil Independence," with proceeds to benefit the Clean Fuel Caravan Coalition. Unless you pull up in a big, fat Hummer and take up three parking spaces, you'll encounter a welcoming environment for all. More important, Bat Makumba knows how to get those rumps shaking with its spicy soup that adds dashes of everything from ska to salsa. The act will be joined by worldly hip-hoppers Hyim & the Fat Foakland Orchestra and tenured house DJ Franky Boissy on Saturday, July 23, at the Independent; call 771-1421 or visit www.theindependentsf.com for more info.
-- Tamara Palmer