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Cheb i Sabbah spins his last set at Nickie's BBQ; ADULT. electrifies Bottom of the Hill; "For the Kids" concentrates dozens of house DJs in one spot

Wednesday, May 11 2005
Next Tuesday, May 17, marks the end of an era. After a 15-year residency, Cheb i Sabbah bids a fond farewell to Nickie's BBQ, the nondescript Haight Street bar that he transformed into ground zero for world music in the bay. From the tabla-rattling sounds of South Asia to the tribal rhythms of Africa, Sabbah's output has carried the weight of the global music culture on its shoulders and has transformed him into an icon over the past four decades. The Algerian-born DJ has hung out with John and Yoko, collaborated with jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, and studied with legendary avant-garde theater groups such as the Living Theatre and Tribal Warning Theatre. In addition to his gig at Nickie's, Sabbah will be celebrating the release of his fifth album, La Kahena, at Blue Cube on Saturday, May 14. That show promises an internationally minded potpourri of percussionists and belly dancers, as well as popular dub selector DJ Sep. Whether you prefer the melancholic send-off of Nickie's (, 521-5508) or the celebratory performance-theater of Blue Cube (, EXC-ITED), this week is a perfect time to check out one of San Francisco's most legendary DJs. -- Sam Chennault

Married Detroiters Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller have a musical project called ADULT. , but it just so happens that all ages are welcome this Saturday, May 14, at the Bottom of the Hill, and you know what they say: You can never start 'em off too young with the cheeky electro. Even li'l rascals will be able to feel the bump and funk of the act's keyboard/bass/guitar rhythm section and the rugged soul in Kuperus' voice as she and Miller massage their machines. (But wee ones should be steered away from Kuperus' provocative -- and sometimes morbidly creepy -- art photography, which adorns the group's album covers.) ADULT. is working on a new album for Thrill Jockey to be released toward the end of the year. Detroit's Genders and locals Gold Chains & Sue Cie open; call 621-4455 or visit for more info. -- Tamara Palmer

If you're looking to catch a great many of San Francisco's top house DJs all in one sitting, "For the Kids" is a rare treat -- the 14-hour party features maestros such as Miguel Migs, Jenö, Garth, MRK, Galen, Solar, Nikola, Rick Preston, Andy Caldwell, and Monty Luke. Benefiting the NextAid organization, the party will earn money toward the construction of a center for children in South Africa who've been orphaned by AIDS. It will also serve as a tribute to the local dance community's late friend Wert Terry, for whom NextAid will name one of the buildings in the South African center. The indoor/outdoor dance-a-thon goes from noon until 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, at Cafe Cocomo; for more info, call 824-6910 or visit Tamara Palmer

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