4U Mag continues our celebration of extraordinary women of color past and present for Black History Month. New York City author of Redefining Realness Janet Mock is a brilliant writer, LGBTQ activist and all-around incredible human being. Mock’s deeply personal New York Times best-selling memoir was a way to share her story about being a transgendered person of color. In 2012, Mock started the viral hashtag #girlslikeus to increase trans visibility and empower transgender women. Mock exemplifies black excellence with her courage, strength and persistence.
Et Al Gallery cuties Aaron Harbour and Jackie Im (pictured here at Mexico City’s Material Art Fair last week) spin Lebanese wedding music tonight. Photo by Caitlin Donohue
Check out the new space occupied by SF’s essential arts magazine at SFAQ’S ISSUE RELEASE PARTY (6-9PM // FREE // SFAQ PROJECT SPACE // MORE) — its previous incarnation was as a massage parlor. Et Al Gallery cuties Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour are promising Bay Area hip-hop and Lebanese wedding music as the soundtrack to this event. You’ll also get magic tricks and an innovative presentation on the economic epochs of San Francisco.
San Francisco electro pop duo Double Duchess celebrates the successful completion of their Pledge Music Campaign with a live show. Join DOUBLE DUCHESS & BLAUS (9PM-2AM // $10 // RICKSHAW STOP // MORE) for an evening of music and vogue. LA’s Purple Crush and Tacoma’s Mirror Gloss will also be performing.
One of our fave Bay Area sculptors and ceramics artists invites you to JO BOYER’S VALENTINE’S EVE OPENING (6-9PM // FREE // RUBY’S GALLERY // MORE). Her pieces promise to explore “the idea of finding the balance between the many functions of love relationships vs. the many feelings of love relationships.” Needless to say, Boyer’s show will be beautiful and deep.
Join the Swagger Like Us crew as they host New York City vogue DJ and producer Mike Q at the LONELY HEARTS CLUB (10-3AM // $20 // 1015 FOLSOM // MORE). The evening will also include a myriad of extraordinary electronic DJs and producers such as STWO, Yahtzel, Sosupersam and Bleep Bloop. Who knows, maybe you will fall in love.
Not a romantic? Join the boys at Club Some Thing for MY BLOODY VALENTINE’S (8PM // $10 // THE STUD // MORE). Judging by the above promo materials and line-up which includes the darkly beautiful East Bay artist Vain Hein (who currently has a rad KickStarter page for his debut album “Gag Order”) this may be your creepier Valentine’s Day celebration. Arrive early to see rapper Rica Shay slay the stage with his body and live performance.
Ever wonder what it would be like to live inside a mouse’s house? East Bay artists Casey Fay and Stevie Shakes present the answer at MOUSE HOUSE (7-10PM // FREE // SIDEQUEST GALLERY // MORE), a collaborative show about just that. Free pancakes and boozy cocktails for all who come to the Mouse House … no, seriously.
Don’t have a date? Head down to R&B party SMOOTH OPERATOR (5-9PM // $5 // Q BAR // MORE) for the cutest happy hour in the Castro. Hosted by Gave Good Face and DJ and drag darling Hoku Mamaswamp.
Visual artist and DJ Primo Pitino hosts the opening of his solo show SEXCAT (6-10PM // FREE // 1114 FOLSOM/ SOMA YAHCT CLUB // MORE). Pitino will be debuting a giant indoor mural (we pray it’s also cat themed), a series of paintings and will be selling the coolest “sexcat” shirts E V E R! The opening is immediately followed by a Italian disco funk dance party at Amnesia put on by Pitino’s 2 Men Will Move You.
Continuing the animal theme V Day celebration this weekend POUND PUPPY PRESENTS PUPPY LOVE (9-2AM // $10 // THE SF EAGLE // MORE). Think puppy butt plugs, harnesses and dog masks ❤ Our fave disco DJ Carrie on Disco will be the guest, and we’re sure there will be plenty of hairy men making out with each other in slow motion a la the above video.
We featured ReLove in our Issue 7: Heartthrob and we can’t believe they’re already celebrating their first successful year of business! RELOVE TURNS 1 (3-6PM // FREE // RELOVE VINTAGE AND MODERN RESALE // MORE) will be the cutest store party with complimentary mimosas, a live DJ set and allll the vintage shopping!
Bearded drag queen Grace Towers presents SLUMBER SEXUAL (11:30PM-10:30AM // $12 PRE SALE // SECRET LOCATION // MORE) a cruisy after hours party at a secret location. DJ Adam Kraft promises to help you slip out of your PJs for a hella sexy sound filled evening and your co-host Matt Picon will find you a hot match or two. And also these tag lines, “Bored from all the BROmance? Sleepy from too much Peepee? Lethargic from the large dicks?” Yes.