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Other Minds Festival Coming Up

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


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.

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Big Lebowski Party on Saturday

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


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.

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Beats For Boobs Event This Saturday

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


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.

Folsom Street Fair 2013 This Sunday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Festivals, Music Events | Posted on 25-09-2013


It is that time of year again, and it is time for San Francisco’s legendary Folsom Street Fair, going down this Sunday, September 29 from 11 AM to 6 PM on Folsom Street. The Folsom Street Fair, experiencing its 30th anniversary with this year’s event is a truly defining festival in San Francisco and one of the more intrepid yearly public street events in the world.

If you are not familiar with the Folsom Street Fair, it is a celebration of BDSM and the “leather” gay subculture and is considered the largest fetish festival in the world. Even if you are not a part of these subcultures or particularly interested in them, many onlookers visit the festival each year just to take in the extravagant sight that it is to behold.

On top of all the usual kinky festivities, there will be a lot of excellent dance music at the fair, and plenty of after-parties and adjoining special events. Best of all, admission to the event is free with a minimal suggested donation. All proceeds go the fair’s beneficiaries, and those who give the suggested donation will receive two dollars off each drink purchase at the fair. For more info, click here.

For more info on annual events going on in San Francisco, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Events page.