Cover photo: Hugo Sanchez // Photo by Frederico Ciamei
Happy goddamn Bear Pride Week, y’all. What, you didn’t know it was Bear Pride Week? Rub your belly right, cuz it is. Peaches is playing (see below), mad furry mountain babes are trucking around our fair city’s eateries and hole in the wall watering holes … and we have an interview with the king of Italian soppotares — Hugo Sanchez, the body movement pioneer and DJ par excellence, who is playing Honey Soundsystem’s Friday night party. Wait, didn’t Honey Soundsystem make a thing about how it was ending a few weeks ago? We know angels, we’re confused as you are. Now read this interview for intercultural understandings:
BEARS LOVE HNY FRIDAY // 10AM-4PM // $15 ADVANCE // BEATBOX // MORE
AHDM4U :: Your bio says you threw the first queer party in Rome, even though we’re fairly sure the ancient Romans were huge homos. What is it like, being queer in Italy these days?
HUGO SANCHEZ :: Being queer is in fashion, first of all. Secondly, being openly queer is something that’s been made possible by the fact that so many people in the 1970s and ’80s put their lives on the line for the queer revolution. What I really don’t like about the queer movement these days is that we haven’t continued fighting for sexual freedom — we only focus on civil rights. This is a big failure.
AHDM4U :: So you actually got the name Hugo Sanchez from a Mexican footballer who is rumored to touch his teammates inappropriately. A personal hero of yours? Explain the attraction.
HS :: Yes, I grow up as a DJ in a context where we — I mean me and my DJ friends — were quite into the spectacular sport of football. So Hugo Sanchez has always been our hero for his incredible and spectacular way of playing with the ball. I personally was also very attracted by the way he touched his mates during the matches. This is always have been a sexual dream, football players showering together after the match. This Mexican player really lends himself to our imaginations 😉
AHDM4U :: We just put out our AHDM4U Travel Issue, so we’re a bit obsessed with getting cute itineraries for amazing cities we’ve never visited. Can you give us some Roman must-sees?
HS :: Once you are there, you have to spend just one day doing the classic stuff. Then forget it and get into the real, today city, which is the eastern area: Pigneto, Mandrione and Torpignattara. Those are the places where I live, and where most of the people are who are doing stuff are living. There are a lot of house shows and exhibitions and things are more real and affordable. I run a studio with some friends, it’s named Pescheria, and we regularly organize music shows.
AHDM4U sez: this video from a Pescheria house party is the best live action mixtape cum travel porn we’ve seen recently
AHDM4U :: And finally … what does bear pride mean to Hugo?
HS :: Being a bear is still a big revolt against the body-sex stereotypes of mainstream gay culture. But I want to be sure and say that everybody is a revolution of their own — and that we will never let body fascism destroy the pleasure of being who we want to be.
OUR PICKS FOR THE WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 7TH AND BEYOND:
Left: “The Edge of Time – Ancient Rome from Roaming” by Carrie Mae Weems // Right: “Din Facing Forward” by Mickalene Thomas
SEVEN SISTERS AHDM4U was devs to miss the opening reception for this spectacular group show at Jenkins Johnson Gallery. “Seven Sisters” highlights eight talented women artists from all over the world, including one of our faves, Mickalene Thomas. The show’s press release says Seven Sisters is the “artists’ commentaries on the intersection of ethics, race, culture, and self-expression.” So down! We feel a cute gallery crawl this weekend. The show will be up until December 7th.
TUESDAY – SATURDAY // 10AM – 6PM // FREE // JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY // MORE
TENDERHEART MURAL REDEDICATION BLOCK PARTY Join the budding artists and curators of the Meridien Gallery youth intern program in celebrating the amazing mural they refurbished after the original they created in 2001 was ruined by tags and general Tenderloin neighborhood wear and tear. The piece tells the stories of the formerly homeless adults that live in the building it’s painted on, the Hartland Hotel. DJs, dancing, salad, sandwiches, juice, icecream (you know you wanted to know the complimentary snack menu.)
FRIDAY // 3-6PM // FREE // MYRTLE AND LARKIN // MORE
Monique Jenkins // Photo by Arturo Cosenza
INSTRUMENT Performance artist, dancer, SF faux queen Monique Jenkins a.k.a. Fauxnique performs in her extraordinary modern dance show this weekend at Counterpulse. Having seen Jenkins everywhere from The Stud to museums, AHDM4U knows this show will be nothing short of inspiring, creative, beautiful.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY // 8PM (FRI) & 7PM (SAT) // $20 – $30 // COUNTERPULSE // MORE
Queen Crescent in Mexico City // Photo by Peppers Jett
FREE QUEEN CRESCENT SHOW We know several of you SF bbs are on a tight budget — that rent! Praise goddess the QPOC psych rock band with the meanest flute player, Queen Crescent, is playing a free show for y’all at El Rio’s “Friday Night Live” series. We recommend getting there early, sipping on a few of El Rio’s insanely strong margaritas, and moshing it out on the dance floor. Are you supposed to mosh to rock? Giggle. Either way it’s going to be a really cute show.
FRIDAY // 10PM // FREE // EL RIO // MORE
POUND PUPPY Everyone’s having a pop culture cat moment? Well fuck that, let’s throw a dog party. So went the conversation (we like to think) when local party boys DJ Taco Tuesday and Chip Mint, Blake Cedric, and Jorge Portillo (who may just be AHDM4U’s new staffer, stay tuned) decided to throw this canine-themed slutfest at town’s famous leather bar. BDSM demos galore, woof.
SATURDAY // 10AM-2PM // $7PM // SF EAGLE // MORE
PEACHES The teddies are in their high season, so join DJs Rotten Robbie, Medic, Steve Sherwood and our fave Monday night heros (RIP, Vienetta Discoteque) Stanley Frank and Robert Jeffrey. Because it’s a holiday, the Bearracuda boys are doing it bigger and better with legendary singer and performance artist Peaches burning down the main stage at Mission club extraordinaire Public Works.
SATURDAY // 9PM-3AM // $20 // PUBLIC WORKS // MORE
BATCH MADE MARKET Sign up for free workshops on making ghee (South Asian clarified butter, duh), mustard, sweet potato pie filling, and more at this delicious local food market. Since it’s the last Batch Made of the year, the event is totally free, so you can save your dollars to stock up on the local vendors’ wares.
SUNDAY // 10AM-7PM // FREE // 55 DUBOCE // MORE
NO NO BINGO Drag queens reading bingo numbers, now that my friends is an industry night. Our favorite DJ-politico energizer bunny teams up with Some Thing’s cerebral host Vivvyanne Forevermore for this semi-monthly (every second and fourth Monday) new party. We’re just stoked that the prizes include scrip for Mission Pie bc: snacks.
MONDAY // 8PM-MIDNIGHT // FREE (BINGO CARD WITH PURCHASE OF DRINK) // VIRGIL’S // MORE