Top image: Cover art from Marcelo’s Solo promo campaign. Photo by Matthew Reamer
Does any moment in art arouse more fan fervor than the release of a big-deal pop album? Do you remember when Nothing Was The Same leaked, a.k.a., the night of a thousand live tweets? For a moment we all thought everyone cared about what we had to say, that we were in this moment together whatever. Such is the emotional heft of a big-deal album release.
Pure R&B sex face, rweright? But turns out Marcelo is a performance artist packaging his next series of web-broadcasted performances as a sleek pop release. Solo, the first “single” will be streaming Friday early evening while you transition into your weekend. Get to know Marcelo, babes, as he spends hours confined in a straitjacket.
“Freedom through the choice of forced restraint,” he wrote when AHDM4U contacted him to figure out his inspiration behind this first single. “I enter this foreign space willing to let go and embrace the rare and vital moment of just being.” He suggests leaving the live feed on while you go about your Friday night business, putting on lashes and toasting with friends, etc.
He has AHDM4U’s attention, if only because here is a man who understands what kind of imagery makes our synapses fire. “Mythology. Cinema. Romance,” he writes. “How do dream pop icons cope with real private drama? How do they reveal it? How much? How little? Is it in secret codes? A trail of breadcrumbs? Or straight up?”
SOLO: A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY MARCELO FRIDAY // 4-10PM // FREE // YR COMPUTER // MORE
Last night’s Sir New York pop-up shop at Barrow Salon. Tonight the racks will be at Virgil’s Sea Room
SIR NEW YORK POP UP SHOP & AFTER PARTY, Get excited bbs. New York fashion designer Auston Bjokman has brought his beautiful unisex street wear line Sir New York to SF. Bjokman will be in attendance tonight at Virgil’s Sea Room for a hella cute pop-up shop and after-party.
THURSDAY // POP-UP: 8PM-10PM; AFTER-PARTY: 10PM-2AM // FREE // VIRGIIL’S SEA ROOM // MORE
THE BLOOM Ah, the fine line between technology and magic. A stellar lineup of local writers and performers explore the fissure between these two, often oppositional forces. Where do Ali Liebegott, Kat Marie Yoas, Cara Rose DeFabio (fresh off the viral success of her Melroji Place shorts), Maryam Rostami and more find wonder in the unseen? Come to this reading tonight and you’ll know.
THURSDAY // 7-9:30PM // FREE // THE BOX FACTORY // MORE
SF HIP-HOP DANCEFEST Master classes by local greats, and twice-daily performances featuring nine of the Bay Area’s best hip-hop dance crews — in the Marina? This weekend, yes. The venerable SF Hip-Hop Dancefest returns, and with it some of the best opportunities to survey the area’s moves that you’ll have all year. Study up.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY // $40 PER PERFORMANCE, $75 FOR TWO // PALACE OF FINE ARTS THEATER // MORE
VICKI MARLANE: I’M YOUR LADY Vicki Marlane, beloved Bay Area transgendered drag performer. She produced drag show staple Hot Boxxx Girls for over 10 years before passing suddenly at age 76. In celebration of her legacy, the GLBT History Museum has curated a show of never-before-seen video, photographs and artifacts from the Marlane estate.
FRIDAY // 7PM // $5 // GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM // MORE
DJ ASSAULT & DOUBLE DUCHESS, Can we just take a moment to acknowledge how bizarre and amazing the above Youtube video is. If you’re looking for an epic dance party on Friday, Detroit’s legendary DJ Assault will be spinning his hits for y’all at the Chapel. Assault is sharing a bill with SF deviant divas Double Duchess and the amazingly sexy DJ Rapid Fire. Bring a towel ’cause it’s going to get sweaty.
FRIDAY // 10PM-2AM // $10-$15 // THE CHAPEL // MORE
ODYSSEY, Happiest Birthday to disco funk DJ Robin Simmons! AHDM4U <3’s you in a serious way. If y’all haven’t had an opportunity to ride the amazing intergalactic star ship that is Odyssey now is the time. See y’all on the dance floor.
FRIDAY // 9:30PM-3:30AM // $10, PAYMENT OPTIONAL BEFORE $10:30PM // PUBLIC WORKS // MORE
FABULOSA FEST SHOWCASE The woman-centered summertime campout brings an autumnal showcase to the city — check sets by Olympia’s Tender Forever, SF’s Van Wave, The Galloping Sea, Davis’ Poppet, and DJ Doc Sleep.
SATURDAY // 3-8PM // $7 // EL RIO // MORE
ORIGINAL PLUMBING’S PARTY ISSUE PARTY, New York City photographer Amos Mac and rapper Rocco Katastrophe will be partying it up at their release party for another groundbreaking release of Original Plumping, their trans male quarterly. On deck is Issue 12, OP’s Party Issue that celebrates queer nightlife. It’s safe to say there will be some major cruising and gyrating on the dance floor.
SATURDAY // 10PM-2AM // $7, $5 before 11PM // THE STUD // MORE
WEST COAST CRAFT This weekend’s gonna be cold and cloudy — the perfect season for crafting. Wander the vast aisles of this indie craft fair, blessed with a vendor list happily devoid of schlock — Mission textile queens Gravel & Gold will sell their perfect housewares, gents can get their dandy on with local dress shirt makers Taylor and Stitch, and cute DIY publications like LA’s Jimmy the Zine will be in town to flirt and hawk.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY // 10AM-6PM // FREE // FORT MASON // MORE