For two years after a change in ownership, the Paradise Lounge kept its doors shut, which some thought signaled a death knell for SOMA's nightlife. Now, after a facelift and lots of hand-wringing, it has reopened as an upscale-ish nightclub -- and instead of showcasing live bands, it hosts swanky club nights. The most popular thus far is the aptly titled Friday party "Elegance," a soiree that goes well into the morning. Resident DJs Allier, Enrique, I-Cuespin, and Mixtek provide the standard blend of hip hop and house, but also throw in a smidge of salsa to set their dance music apart and get the crowd deliriously on its feet. The masses here tend toward the stylish, so leave the flip-flops and baseball caps at home. The elegant evening takes place every Friday; call 621-1911 or visit www.paradiseloungesf.com.
-- Brock Keeling
You thought it was over, but you were wrong. Those mod '60s psychedelic sounds and styles from France -- you know, the ones hipsters can't seem to get enough of -- return once again to a dance floor near you. This time they find their way to Hayes Valley's Rickshaw Stop for "Diabolik." Inspired by that bygone era of insouciance, sexy Serge Gainsbourgesque rhythms, and laughable bowl haircuts -- and, perhaps, the 1968 Italian-French pop art flick of the same name -- DJs Jodie Artichoke, Carlos, Major Sean, and Dr. Scott crank out yesteryear's garage, soul, and psych from across the Atlantic to soothe your inner Frog. Although you might find the look of it all a tad pretentious, the music is decidedly not. (Note: This is an 18-and-over night, so stay home, kiddies.) La fête shimmies on Saturday, Sept. 18; call 861-2011 or visit www.diabolik-sf.com.
-- Brock Keeling