The city might be culturally down, but it's not entirely out; San Francisco still has a few institutions from the old days that are worth going to. One of them is Tubesteak Connection, Bus Station John's long-running Thursday night disco party at Aunt Charlie's Lounge in the Tenderloin. Started in 2004 as a way to simulate the cruisey atmosphere of pre-AIDS bathhouses and pick-up bars, it's since developed a devoted following and worldwide reputation as a place that offers a true underground disco experience. Tonight marks the party's 10th anniversary, expect a sweaty, red-tinted evening soundtracked by some of the best (and most obscure) disco songs to have ever been released.
Some words from Bus Station John himself, courtesy of a recent press release:
"Deep thanks to everyone who's supported my vision over the years, making us San Francisco's currently longest-running GLBTQQIXYZ weekly party. Here's to my beautiful "believers" -- our extended family of dancers, music lovers and kindred spirits whose passion & enthusiasm for the music have so often inspired, excited, and sustained me -- as well as to all the shiny new faces/stray cats whose continual influx into Aunt Charlie's inevitably spices up our little disco stew @ Turk & Taylor, each & every Thursday night...."
The party is tonight at Aunt Charlie's Lounge (133 Turk St.), it starts at 10 p.m., and the cover is a $5-$10 sliding scale (a part of the proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco Night Ministry). For an idea of what to expect, check out SF Weekly's glowing review of the party. Oh, and remember, no cell phones allowed.