Busyness seems to be the word of the moment. Between the presidential debates, Fleet Week, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the America's Cup, the Giants, the A's, the 49ers, the weather, etc. it can be hard to keep a level head. Fortunately, this week's nightlife choices are relatively straightforward, and, to make it even easier, we've put together this top five cheat sheet for you to palm and occasionally look down at. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Since its founding in 2010, Public Works has occupied a leading position in the city's club culture. Its atmosphere and superior bookings have made it the kind of place that you can just show up to without regard for who's playing. Now, to celebrate two years of being officially open, the club's gathering together a bunch of heads (DJs from parties As You Like It, Hard French, Opfel, and others) from the community to throw a party. Headlining the event is London-based techno/minimal house producer Max Cooper -- check out "Ripple" and "Harmonisch Serie.". Top it off with a bit of charity -- all proceeds go towards Bay Area-based non-profits Root Division and Mission Graduates -- and how could you go wrong on a Thursday night?
Friday, Oct. 5, 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
The satellite version of the Los Angeles-based Low End Theory party returns to 1015 Folsom for a somewhat unusual evening by its own standards. Normally the best place in the city to catch up on what's happening in the world of leftfield beats (catch our review of Flying Lotus' set earlier this year), this month's party features Bay Area scratch DJ legend Mix Master Mike. Popularly known for his work with the Beastie Boys, Mike's reputation in the world of turntablism is only matched by his Rocksteady Crew/Invisibl Skratch Piklz partner DJ QBert. Together, their otherworldy (and almost psychedelic) scratching has earned them three consecutive DMC World DJ Championships. He's joined on the bill by the usual crew of residents as well as Anticon co-founder Odd Nosdam and local player Mophono.
Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Purportedly the only club in California to legally stay open from Friday night to Monday morning, The EndUp has long been a favorite haunt for the Bay Area's techno scene. Maybe a little less so now that KONTROL's long gone, but that doesn't stop the venue from hosting some excellent label showcases (such as the Beretta Music Showcase we profiled earlier this year). This weekend, it's all about forward-thinking Toronto/Berlin-based techno label Thoughtless Music. Label-head Noah Pred is set to take the controls alongside Seattle's Dave Pezzner and Torontonian Arthur Oskan. Listen to this mix by Pred recorded live from the board at Panorama Bar.