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Big Lebowski Party on Saturday

There are few movies in the history of cinema which have had the kind of cultural impact, particularly among the counterculture set, as The Big Lebowski. The film, which really needs no introduction, stars Jeff Bridges as “The Dude”; an eclectic, White Russian-drinking fellow who likes to...

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QOTSA to Perform at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 05-04-2014

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There may be no band on the scene right now representing for rock ‘n roll in its purest form any better than Southern California rockers Queens of the Stone Age. The group (which rose from the ashes of the Palm Beach Desert Rock scene of which front-man Josh Homme’s old band, Kyuss, were major players) has been at it for over 15 years, and is currently in as good of form as ever, touring in support of their recent critically acclaimed record, Like Clockwork. The record sees QOTSA refining their sound to a tightly-melodic hard rock sensibility sure to delight fans new and old, and is generally considered to be one of the best rock albums to be released in recent years.

Homme and company will be bringing their unique brand of driving, melodic, groove-oriented hard rock to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Thursday, April 17. You can expect plenty of jams from the new record, in addition to top favorites from throughout the bands discography. The band’s newly renovated lineup sees them in tip-top shape, and Homme is currently in rare form, with a fresh and focused perspective on the heels of a serious health care that sidelined him in 2010. 2014 is prime-time to see QOTSA in concert, and we strongly suggest you check out the show whether you are a big fan of the band or just want to see some great live hard rock music.

The show will start at 7:30 PM, and QOTSA will be supported by opening act Warpaint. For more information on the concert and to purchase tickets, please click here.

For the skinny on the San Francisco nightlife scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Nightlife page.

 

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib at 1015 Folsom

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 23-03-2014

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There will be only one place to be for lovers of great underground hip-hop in San Francisco this Thursday, March 27th, and that is at 1015 Folsom for a performance by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. The somewhat unlikely pairing of emcee and producer will be performing in support of their recent collaborative release, Pinata, released on March 18th, 2014. The album features a star-studded list of guests, including such hip-hop staples as Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Scarface, Ab-Soul, Casey Veggies, and Mac Miller, and was preceded by three Madlib/Gibbs EPs released over 2012 and 2013.

If you need to know more about the artists to be performing, Freddy Gibbs is part of a new generation of street-oriented rappers, having been produced by such top hip-hop beatmakers as Red Spyda, Just Blaze, Buckwild, The Alchemist, Polow Da Don, and Collipark. The Gary, Indiana native is known for bringing a grit and grime to the game which has faded in recent years, while still maintaining a modernist appeal. Madlib is one of the top hip-hop producers of all time, having worked with such top-notch artists as Erykah Badu, J Dilla, MF Doom, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

For more information on the event and to purchase early-bird tickets, please click here.

If you want the skinny on the San Francisco Nightlife scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Nightlife page.

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl 2014

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drink Events, Holiday Events, Nightlife | Posted on 10-03-2014

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We all know that if there is one holiday that personifies drinking culture more than any other, it is St. Patrick’s Day, so what better way to spend the Irish holiday than with a bar crawl? That is just what we suggest you do for 2014 with the St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl, going down this March 15th in San Francisco. Over 1,500 people joined in for the crawl last year, meaning that this should be a pretty major event and one that you will not want to miss if you love St. Patrick’s Day mirth

Wristbands are to be picked up at Circa after 1:00 PM, and the crawl starts at 2:00 and runs until 6:00. Participating bars include Eastside West, Cornet Club, Stock and Trade, KT’s, and of course Circa. There will be drink specials at all participating bars for those with wristbands, including $5 Jameson at Eastside West, $3 Heinekens or Bud Lights at Cornet Club, $5 Whiskey Gingers at Stock and Trade, and $2 10 ounce draft beers at KT’s. There will also be an after party at Eastside West for the revelers who are still going, featuring high-energy music from popular Bay Area DJ Traviswild. For more info and to purchase tickets in advance, please click here.

If you want the lowdown on the nightlife in San Francisco, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Nightlife page.

 

Other Minds Festival Coming Up

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Festivals, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 26-02-2014

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If you live in the Bay Area and love avant-garde music, there is no better opportunity to see the compositions of some of the top of avant-garde composers working today in concert than at the Other Minds Festival which will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2014 at the SF Jazz Center.

Other Minds is now in its 19th year, and it is one of the country’s longest-running and most relevant avant-garde music events. Each year, nine composers display some of their best work for discerning Bay Area fans of cutting-edge avant-garde composition.

This particular festival, unlike past installments, will feature all Bay Area composers, making it a unique event and one you will not want to miss if you take pride in local Bay Area music. The featured composers will include Mark Applebaum, John Bischoff, Donald Buchla, Joseph Byrd, Charles Celeste Hutchins, Myra Melford, Roscoe Mitchell, Wendy Reid, and John Schott, and their music will be performed by such excellent musicians as Alan Zimmerman (percussion), Sarah Cahill (piano), the Del Sol String Quartet, Dan Seamus (bass), John Hanes (drums), Tom Dambly (trumpet), and J.D. Parran, Vinny Golia, & Scott Robinson (bass saxophones).

For more information on the festival, including a complete program, and to purchase tickets, please check out the official website for the event.

If you want the skinny on the San Francisco nightlife scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Nightlife page.

 

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Big Lebowski Party on Saturday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drink Events, Festivals, Nightlife | Posted on 13-02-2014

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There are few movies in the history of cinema which have had the kind of cultural impact, particularly among the counterculture set, as The Big Lebowski. The film, which really needs no introduction, stars Jeff Bridges as “The Dude”; an eclectic, White Russian-drinking fellow who likes to bowl and marches to the beat of his own drummer.

Although the film is set in Los Angeles, it is a decidedly California-as-a-whole affair, meaning Northern California cats get down with The Dude too. This is evidenced by the Big Lebowski Party which has been taking place in San Francisco for over a decade, now on its 11th year. The event will be going down at 518 Valencia Gallery this year on the day after Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 15th.

The party will start at 8 PM, and will include things you would generally expect at a Big Lebowski affair, including plenty of White Russians, a Lebowski costume contest, and a 35mm screening of the classic Coen brothers film at midnight. It is $12 to get in and a 21+ event.

I don’t know that there is any film that much better exemplifies the Party Travel Hotspots aesthetic than The Big Lebowski, meaning you will definitely see us there getting our Dude on with our fellow SF Lebowski fanatics! Don’t miss it, and don’t forget where you got the inside scoop: PTH’s San Francisco Lowdown.

For more information on the San Francisco nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Nightlife page.

 

SF Beer Week 2014 Approaches

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drink Events, Food Events, Nightlife | Posted on 02-02-2014

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Anyone who knows craft beer knows that Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the West Coast in general are the original hubs for American craft beer culture. It is only fitting that one of the countries best craft brew events, SF Beer Week, would be held in San Francisco.

From February 7th through 16th, the San Francisco Brewer’s Guild will be presenting SF Beer Week 2014, a veritable beer extravaganza taking place at various venues throughout the city. Not only will there be an opportunity to try out just about any  style of  beer imaginable, but there will also be meet and greets and discussions  with prominent brewers, food pairing events, demos, and educational classes on beer and brewing.

Check out the official website for SF Beer Week 2014 for a full listing of events, participating breweries, and more.

For information on the nightlife scene in San Francisco, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Nightlife page.

Beats For Boobs Event This Saturday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drink Events, Festivals, Food Events, Music Events | Posted on 19-01-2014

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If there are two things that we at Party Travel Hotspots’ SF Lowdown love (and just about everyone in their right mind loves for that matter), it would be beats and boobs. For this reason, the 10th annual Beats For Boobs event going down this Saturday, January 25th at Mezzanine is definitely right up our alley. The event will start at 7 PM and go until 2 AM, and will feature music, art, fashion, food, drinks and more. Proceeds will go to support local breast cancer organizations, making this a party with a conscience and a cause worth fighting for.

If you are wondering exactly what to expect, there will be music by local DJs such as shOOey, Atish, and Kimmy Le Funk, and art by Christa Grenawalt and Nick Myerhoff. There will be performance art, including an aerial performance by Chloe Marvel Light, a dance show by the Solar Flare Light Dancers, and the Dhol Rhythms of Non Stop Bhangra bringing their unique stylings to the proceedings. A few of the fashion labels to join in on the festivities will be Warrior Within, Milena, Silver Lucy, and Wabi Sabi Couture. Food will be provided by Takko, Sauce, and The Cake Gallery, and there will also be hair and makeup artists on-site to get you looking your best.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please check out the official website. Remember, this is all for a good cause, and those affected by breast cancer will greatly appreciate your support.

For the skinny on yearly events in San Francisco, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Events page.

Free Waffle Wednesdays at Capitol One 360 Cafe

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Food Events | Posted on 05-01-2014

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If you love good waffles and things that cost no money and you live in the Bay Area, we have just the event for you in Free Waffle Wednesdays, held on the first Wednesday of every month at Capital One 360 Café in SF’s Financial District from 9-11 AM, or while supplies last.

For January 2014, the event is being held on Wednesday, January 8th, due to New Year’s Day having been the first Wednesday of the month, so you can still take advantage of the tasty waffle treats to be had for this month. There is a different type of waffle served at each event, with this month’s being the classic vanilla with Nutella. Past waffle offerings have included maple bacon, salted caramel, and TCHO chocolate.

For San Francisco foodies looking for breakfast on the cheap, it doesn’t get any cheaper than this, so be sure to hit up 360 on Wednesday for that scrumptious waffle goodness.

For more information on the San Francisco food scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Dining page.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas Eve Performance

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Holiday Events, LGBT Events, Music Events | Posted on 22-12-2013

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It is that time of the year again, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus are putting on their annual holiday performance this Christmas Eve, titled Shine. This year is the 35th anniversary of the group, who’s first performance was during a moving candlelight vigil held for Harvey Milk on the night of his tragic death. The chorus has played an integral role in LGBT activism over the years, but is also known for their sheer musical excellence, which will certainly be on display this December 24.

There will be 300 participants in the performance which will go down at the Castro Theatre at 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 PM. Recording artist Matt Alber and SF Opera soprano Marina Harris will make special guest appearances, and of course you will get to hear plenty of Christmas and Holiday favorites. Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig has been reluctant to spill the beans regarding exactly what to expect at this performance, meaning there should be some very special surprises.

Whether you are a member of the San Francisco LGBT community, an ally, or simply a lover of great choral and holiday music, this event is one you will definitely want to check out if time and funds permit. Tickets are $25-$35, and they can be purchased here.

For more information on yearly events in San Francisco, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Events page.

 

“Lost & Found” Every Tuesday at Make-Out Room

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 08-12-2013

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So often, when you hear the term “soul party” you automatically expect a night of rousing ’60s and ’70s jams to get your groove on and dance to. This is where “Lost & Found,” a different type of soul party held every Tuesday night at happening SF hotspot the Make-Out comes into play. Rather than a night of funky and uptempo soul jams, stalwart Bay Area DJs Lucky and Primo spin slow and sexy soul all night.

You can expect to hear some really rare dusty old vinyl cuts as these guys are not messing around when it comes to their collection. If you really love great vintage vinyl, soul music, and a kickback vibe, this is an event which is definitely for you. One of the best things about it, on top of everything else, is that it is free so you can save your money for drinks. Come on out and slow dance to Lost & Found next Tuesday at the Make-Out room and you are sure to have a great time if you are a true music lover or simply enjoy a night out on the town in a chill atmosphere.

For more information on San Francisco nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Nightlife page.