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"High Fantasy": High Fantasy

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

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Weekends are for amateurs — the really good stuff happens during the week. Well, that might be a little hyperbolic, but it's certainly true in the case of High Fantasy. Going on for several years now, the weekly Tuesday night party at Aunt Charlie's is your midweek destination for a dose of high-concept gender-bending insanity. Madcap promoters Myles Cooper and Vivian Baron host an evening of cheap drinking, dancing, and drag to an impeccably selected soundtrack of underground house and disco classics. Its Facebook page declares, "It's everything you want...." And, for the low price of $5 (or less), it probably is. 415-441-2922

"Phat Tuesday": Phat Tuesday

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Raven 1151 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ DJs Scotty Fox & Clinton Lee 415-431-1151

"Cock Shot": Cock Shot

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

Live Jazz

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Raven 1151 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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Live jazz music and drink specials. 415-431-1151

"13 Licks"

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

w/ Natalie Nuxx & guest DJs 415-864-2877

"Music Therapy": Music Therapy

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Pop's Bar 2800 24th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ DJ Clave 415-872-5160

"Underground Nomads": Underground Nomads

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
F8 1192 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ rotating resident DJs Amar, Sep, and Dulce Vita, plus guests 415-857-1192

"Bless Up": Bless Up

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Milk Bar 1840 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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w/ Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi 415-387-6455

"Housepitality": Housepitality

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
F8 1192 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Like hunger, the urge to dance can strike at rather inopportune moments. When you get that midweek itch, Housepitality is something you can turn to for relief. Put on by Miguel Solari and PillowTalk's Michael Tello, it's a weekly affair dedicated to the deeper strains of dance music. Swing by on any Wednesday night, and you'll find the club's main room packed and dancing to sounds provided by big-name guests like Rick Wilhite, Recloose, and Fast Eddie. Yet, while the guests are a part of the draw, it's really the sense of community that makes this party so fun — it features a family-sized crew of resident DJs, and the back room is regularly staffed by fellow travellers from the local scene. Throw in a rotating cast of resident mixologists, and you have almost the perfect antidote to the hump day blues. 415-857-1192

"The 45 Slew": The 45 Slew

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 10 p.m.
Edinburgh Castle 950 Geary, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

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w/ resident DJs Micah Aza & Al Lover 415-885-4074

"Wayback Wednesday": Wayback Wednesday

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Raven 1151 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ DJ Mark Andrus 415-431-1151

"Jet Set"

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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Salsa, reggaetón, and Latin hip-hop with resident DJ Erick Santero. 510-451-4677

"Juicy": Juicy

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Lookout 3600 16th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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"Pussy Party": Pussy Party

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ Sasha, Ms. Jackson, and guests 415-863-4027

DJ Jim Hopkins

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
440 Castro 440 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley


Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
City Nights 715 Harrison, San Francisco South of Market

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18+ dance party 415-339-8686

"Bondage-A-Go-Go": Bondage-A-Go-Go

Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Cat Club 1190 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ DJ Damon, Tomas Diablo, guests 415-703-8964

Industry Night

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

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Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
Bissap Baobab 3372 19th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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timba dance party with DJ WaltDigz 415-826-9287

"EQ Wednesdays": EQ Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
Wish 1539 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

"Next Level Thursdays": Next Level Thursdays

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Temple 540 Howard, San Francisco South of Market

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"Peaches": Peaches

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Skylark Bar 3089 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Ever since she was a child, Bay Area DJ ThatGirl has been interested in street art and its connection to the hip-hop movement. However, it wasn't until she attended a rave in 1997 that she discovered her desire to channel this creativity into music, most notably turntablism. She soon purchased her own set of DJ tools and quickly gained respect in the community with her turntable skills and ability to uniquely set the mood for events as diverse as B-boy battles and art show openings. ThatGirl is also known as part of the Peaches crew, a weekly all-girl DJ party in the Mission that has been going strong since 2009. We caught up with ThatGirl to talk about her love of art, why she is "that girl," and what we can expect to hear at her parties.

Give us a little background on how you got into art and DJing.

It all started off with a fascination for graffiti. In kindergarten, on the way to school each morning, our bus would pass by these walls that were always covered with crazy colorful letterforms. For some reason, I imagined a lone phantom artist behind all of it, who only came out at night to create. Although I didn't understand what I was seeing, I became obsessed with it. I would try absorbing everything I could, and drawing what I saw in a notebook. Pretty soon, I observed that this particular kind of artwork appeared throughout the city. I was amazed at how much this lone artist got around and I wanted to be a phantom artist, too.

It wasn't until a few years later that I really understood what I was actually seeing. My dad took me to the public library one afternoon and I spotted this book with cover art that resembled what I was seeing all around the city. The book was called Subway Art. I soon discovered that it wasn't just one artist behind it all, it was a whole movement of artists. I learned about this whole subcultural explosion called graffiti and that it was part of an even bigger movement called hip-hop. My mind was absolutely blown and my imagination went wild. I dabbled with graffiti for a few years and then eventually got curious about DJing. The '80s were definitely a creative golden era that I was fortunate to have been born and raised in.

How did you come up with ThatGirl as your moniker?

Being active in a male dominated subculture, I was always referred to as "that girl." I would always hear comments like "Oh, it's that girl," or "There goes that girl again." The label kind of just stuck.

How did you get into turntablism?

I got curious about DJing after attending my first rave in 1997. I was 16 years old. The party was held in a warehouse in Oakland called Homebase. The party was a Halloween event called Tribal Massive. Crystal Method and DJ Dan were the main headliners. In another room, DJ Qbert and Kid Koala held down a four-turntable set. On either side of them stood these giant, life-sized lava lamps. The ambiance was out of this world. They were playing all kinds of weird shit; I couldn't really pinpoint one genre. I remember the dancers getting down the whole night until the sun came up. The energy was amazing, and I was fascinated by the way these two DJs were able to move the crowd. After that I saved up to buy my first DJ-in-a-box set.

Since turntablism was so male-dominated when you started your career, did you feel more pressure to be at the top of your game for every gig?

When I first started, I found that some of my male counterparts were very supportive while others were very territorial. I even had one gig where the guys wouldn't let me get on the turntables at all, even though my name was on the bill. Similar to the graffiti scene, I knew that I was automatically under a microscope given the uneven gender balance, and that weak first impressions were very unforgiving. This uneven gender balance is what gave me the advantage of being noticed; however, I quickly learned that riding on gender and sexuality alone wasn't enough to establish respect or longevity. Bay Area music connoisseurs had a knack for spotting the fake and the gimmicky. I learned of the power and responsibility attached to my female sexuality. I recognized that before I could be in a place where I could rework any negative stereotypes into a constructive light, I first needed to be in a place where I could prove myself and be accepted as equal to male DJs skill-wise.

Do you feel female DJs are represented positively these days, or do you see some negative backlash?

These days there are a lot more female DJs in the scene, so gender is not as big of an issue as it used to be.

You're known mainly for your soul and funk groove sounds. What attracted you to these genres?

I think DJs, musicians, and artists in general have the power to shape culture and values of society. I tend to gravitate towards music with reflective themes, nostalgic rhythms, uplifting vibes, and righteous lyrics — music that brings the listener back to the soul. But don't get me wrong, I also love that grimy, bass-driven, body-rolling, party-rock sound when appropriate. My point is, let us not be at the exclusive control of Clear Channel programming.

Tell us a little of how you connected with the weekly Peaches party.

Although Peaches was the mastermind of the lovely Masaye Waugh, it was actually pretty destined that we all came together. DJs Umami, Inkfat, Deeandroid, and Lady Fingaz are among the most talented and down-to-earth DJs I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Although our styles differ, we all came together because of our same drive and passion for music. What keeps us together is our common appreciation for alcoholic beverages, food, conversation, and sick humor.

How has this weekly managed to stay so successful?

Because we all get along and work together so well, we enjoy the company of our weekly regulars, and we like to make money for what we love doing.

Lastly, what can we expect to hear this week at Peaches?

Soul-shaking, beat-bumping, hip-swaying, revolutionary fist-pumping, baby-making music.


"Redisco: Thrift Shop Thursdays": Redisco: Thrift Shop Thursdays

Third Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.
Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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