What do you get when you mix Red Wine with Big Booty? No, not a bladder infection or flavored santorum -- it's "Strawberry," one of the only pansexual hip hop parties around. Over the last three years, promoters TophOne, Jose Mineros, and David Peterson (the former of R.W.; the latter two of B.B., "Fag Fridays") have brought together the homo and hetero worlds, offering gay acts like Deep Dickollective and Hanifah Walida and straight DJs such as Afrika Bambaataa and Kool DJ Red Alert. For the event's third anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Endup, there'll be plenty of great slamming tunes from such DJs as Quest, Marz, MC Eddie-K, Zeph, and Romanowski, along with live graffiti art from Twick and giveaways from True and FTC Skateshop. Taste the love by calling 332-5800, ext. 211, or going to www.theendup.com.
-- Dan Strachota
Beware the mad-blunted following of the dreadlocked one they call FreQ Nasty. Otherwise known as Darin McFadyen, a Zen-practicing Kiwi residing in the U.K. these last 10 years, FreQ has a visual presence as memorable and over-the-top as his time-tested breakbeats are insane. His new album, Bring Me the Head of FreQ Nasty, perfects his body-rockin' art, boasting enough versatility to host an esteemed house vocalist (Yolanda) as well as two of the most notable stars of U.K. hip hop (Rodney P and Roots Manuva). If it's at all possible to fog up the room with the scents of sweet sticky icky, it's gonna happen here. Lightweights stay home when FreQ Nasty brings the pain on Saturday, Sept. 11, to Mighty; call 626-7001 or visit www.mighty119.com.
-- Tamara Palmer