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Ragtime Tuesdays

Tuesdays, 5 p.m.
Pier 23 Cafe Pier 23, San Francisco Embarcadero

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"Sinner's Hour"

Tuesdays-Fridays, 5-7 p.m.
The Chapel 777 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Live music on Thursdays. 415-551-5157

The Crow Eaters

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

"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

Karaoke Night

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Blackthorn Tavern 834 Irving, San Francisco Sunset (Outer)

Open Mic with Chris Rodriguez

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Ireland's 32 3920 Geary, San Francisco Richmond (Inner)

Brass Magic

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

Smith Dobson

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

Gaucho, Eric Garland's Jazz Session, The Amnesiacs: Gaucho and The Amnesiacs

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Amnesia 853 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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The term "gaucho" commonly refers to nomadic South American cowboys, which is pretty indicative of how the San Francisco band Gaucho plays its version of Gypsy jazz: in Gaucho's hands, le jazz manouche is left playfully unchained to the genre's European historical foundations, allowing the music to ramble and roam beyond the typically defined borders of Djangoslavia. Of course, Gaucho nails down the genre's staple sounds — e.g., the rhythmic, pumping, almost percussive guitar chordings — but Gaucho's universe is expansive enough that Django Reinhardt is not the only star illuminating its nocturnal wanderings. For example, on the 2009 album Deep Night, Gaucho opens the Hot Club's walls to encompass Tin Pan Alley, New Orleans riverboat swing, and loose blues influences, while its regular Wednesday gig at Amnesia is anything but a staid lesson in Gypsy jazz history. These Mission District regulars (bandleader/guitarist Dave Ricketts, accordionist Rob Reich, reedsman Ralph Carney, et al) always keep the proceedings free and easy. It's easy to imagine Django's own vagabond ghost smiling down in approval.

Gaucho's newest CD, Pearl, was released October 19, 2010, on Porto Franco Records. 415-970-0012

DJ Tragic

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 9 p.m.
Slate Bar 2925 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

"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

OMG! Karaoke

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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In the front room. 415-282-3325

"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

"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

Patrick Wolff

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

"EQ Wednesdays": EQ Wednesdays

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

"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.


"Dee's Keys": Dee's Keys

Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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piano bar happy hour with Dee Spencer 415-863-4027


Thursdays, 7 p.m.
The Knockout 3223 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Show your B-I-N-G-O face. 415-550-6994

Barbara Ochoa

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Zingari 501 Post, San Francisco Union Square/ Financial District

"My So-Called Night": My So-Called Night

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

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'90s dance party with VJs Jorge Terez & Becky Knox 415-863-4027

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