Top image courtesy the Internet wanderings of Marco de la Vega
Tears are appropriate, especially when you’re in the UN Plaza Carl’s Jr., site of broken dreams, low level drug deals and sad, gratuitous calorie consumption.
It’s mostly our fault that we were there — AHDM4U had asked hip-hop promotor Marco de la Vega a.k.a. S4nta Mu3rte to teach us about sad rap in advance of this Friday’s incarnation of his dark danceparty 120 Minutes. He’s deploying Brooklyn’s proudly mopey Little Pain (the great mind behind “High Cry”) and perma-bummed Antwon hypeman/Berkeley American Apparel employee Sad Andy. Marco told us this Carl’s location would be the perfect setting to talk about the current predilection for crying in hip-hop.
Our stomach hurt from fast food French fries and the Diet Coke we’d ordered that turned out to be the size of a baby. Then Marco stood us up, something about the location being too hard to drive to, despite the fact he’d chosen it himself days prior. He was sorry, he said, and if it made us feel any better, he was now unable he was to find anyone to get tacos with him in the Mission.
Is sad the new mad? Sad’s not a new thing in rap, of course. Tupac, of course, Biz Markie, even. There is no emotion hip-hop has left un-professed — it’s just that never before has there been such a reveling in grief. Drake.
We reckon San Francisco could use a good cry after this week’s announcement that Latino gay bar Esta Noche has been sold to new owners, a changeover process starting as soon as next week. Goodbye brown drag in the inner Mission. Sometimes things start moving too quickly to be irate, and you just want to get soft and sob a little. Our recommendation: do that over a stiff Esta Noche margarita tomorrow and then move onto Elbo Room to pretend like your woe is a statement piece.
It’s a riot grrl night at a bear bar, what else do you need? DJs Crowderism and Jimmy Swear have dedicated tonight to Carrie Brownstein.
SAN FRANCISCO EVICTION TIMES
Print by Jose Guadalupe Posada
Our friendly community radio station broadcasts something rabble-rousing against the forces of gentrification while you browse poster prints by the macabre, politicized 19th century Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Happy Primo photo via his Instagram
The queer soul 45s party returns for season No. 5 at its El Rio digs with guest DJ stars Primo and the eternally adorable Wam Bam Ashleyanne.
SATURDAY // 2-8PM // $8 // EL RIO // MORE
Boy Young photo by Jorge Portillo
Pretty little weirdo Boy Young curates the second installment of their popular danceparty/drag revue, featuring as always the DJ talents of Primo Pitino. Vain Hein, the legendary Gina Ladivina, DJ Taco Tuesday and more lend a hand.
SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
Illustration by BAAITS
The Oakland queer party just took a controversial stance regarding cis straight white people and we’ll be interested to see if it results in a more POC queer-centric space tonight. This eve the party is a benefit for much-deserving Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits.
SWAGGER LIKE US
Photo by Shot in the City
Kelly’s superlative queer hip-hop dance party returns after a long winter to its original home on the El Rio patio. Resident DJ DavO spins, while cuddly-pervy Chicago bear rapper Big Dipper performs live.
The Academy knows nothing. This film on the East Bay teen who was killed by BART Police was important, despite its Oscar snub. Go see it for free today at the library.
MARSHALL ELEMENTARY TAMALE CONTEST
For the second year in a row, this Spanish language immersion school laid down the gauntlet for the neighborhood’s pro and semi-pro masa magicians. Weigh in on their work — your admission fee will help the school in underfunded areas like field trips, sports, and classroom technology.
MONDAY // 6-8PM // $25-30 // ROOSEVELT TAMALE PARLOR // MORE