Top image Jose Leon Cerrillo, Hotel Eden, 2009. Installation, performance. Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, 2009. Courtesy Proyectos Monclova.
TBH, when 4U mag walked into the Mission district’s newest gallery Kiria Koula we headed straight to the bar. Obvs, we were stoked to find a delicious selection of fine Mexiccan mezcal. Gallery owner Leticia Vilata and curator Juana Berriro instantly had our hearts with their selection of boozy cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres (s/o to that Peruvian-style ceviche.) Oh, and Kiria Koula’s opening show featuring Mexican installation artist Jose Leon Cerrilo’s dynamic metal frame structures and screenprints on glass, plus Swedish via Berlin video artist Ilja Karilampi’s films (we caught one of them in the midst of a very fascinating Dr. Dre moment) was pretty much the coolest. The gallery promises to continue featuring emerging and mid-career artists and will also host a variety of free lecture programs and events with featured artists and members of the Bay Area’s community of scholars, cultural producers and writers.
KIRIA KOULA GRAND OPENING (THURSDAY // 6-8PM // FREE // KIRIA KOULA // MORE)
San Francisco’s fave queer hip hop party Swagger Like Us, soul music party Hard French and drag performance party Daytime Realness are going pool side at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs for the ultimate PRIDE WKND TAKEOVER (11A-6P // $20 // HRH PALM SPRINGS // MORE). The party crews are bringing an all star cast of performers and hosts to celebrate Pride in the desert.
We swoon for queer artist Craig Calderwood’s intricate, genderfucked etches and wouldn’t miss this chance to go chill in studio with Calderwood and studio mate Sam Lopes. Pick up one of Calderwood’s life affirming puff paint sweatshirts, have a bev while your at it. CRAIG CALDERWOOD AND SAM LOPES OPEN STUDIO (4-7P // 1441 FRANKLIN, SECOND FLOOR, OAKL. // MORE).
Oh we can’t, this sounds amazing. Just pulling it straight from YBCA’s website: “15 local MCs to recreate the hip-hop catalog of 1993 (Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, and more) on two stages with two of the Bay Area’s foremost young composers, JooWan Kim performing with his chamber orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj and Oakland’s own Kev Choice, Lauryn Hill’s former musical director, performing with the 11-piece Kev Choice Ensemble.” LOVE innovative looks at hip-hop’s past — please go support CLAS/SICK HIP-HOP: 1993 EDITION (8P // $25 // ALSO SATURDAY // YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS // MORE).
SMOOTH OPERATOR (4P-8P // $5 // Q BAR // MORE) is our new fave Castro daytime party. You can’t go wrong with 2 for 1 cocktails, an R&B DJ set by faux queen Hoku MamaSwamp and handsome as all hell host Jess Cuevas of GaveGoodFace.
Gluttony for a good cause though. The contestants at WING WINGS EATING COMPETITION (NOON-4P // $5 DONATION SUGGESTED // SOMA STREAT FOOD PARK // MORE) pledged to raise at least $150 for Curry Without Worry, the non profit that feeds all comers for free in UN Plaza every week. Now you can come through and watch them eat wings from our fave Lower Haight shop ’til they explode from philanthropic stomach ruptures.
Animal theme parties are also our fave and the boys over at POUND PUPPY (9P-2A // SF EAGLE // MORE) are celebrating there first year of party. So that’s like 7 in doggy years, right? The evening will featuring sexy haircuts on the patio, special guest DJ Matrixxman and obvs puppy butt plugs.
If all you really need is a place to sport your new Leigh Bowery look, don’t worry that Halloween is over. CLUB KIKI (9P-2A // $5 // CLUB OMG // MORE) offers all the Club Kid color you need, with host Nathan Krause and a drag show to boot.
Beacause it’s 10:30am onna Sunday and you NEED the goddess. 4U knows. That’s why we’re pointing you to HARVEST GODDESS FESTIVAL (ALL WEEKEND // TODAY 10:30A-3P // FREE // HERCHURCH // MORE), where you’ll find sermons on the Divine Feminine (like we said, today at 10:30am on the dot), Her-oriented vendor booths, and more.
SALSA SUNDAY (3P-8P // $10, $8 BEFORE 4P // EL RIO // MORE) is the longest running live band salsa party in SF. It features a dance class promptly starting at 3:15p followed by an outdoor daytime dance party where you can show off all your latest moves. All door proceeds between 3-4p always go to a local LGBTQ organizations. This month’s proceeds go to Impact Bay Area.