SUPER EGO Will Pink Saturday go the way of Halloween in the Castro? Plus: Wizard of Odd, Soundwave Festival, Bardot A Go Go, and Esta Noche's return (for one night only!)
SUPER EGO Some of us fabulous fairies caught flailing in the ratty-tutu-and-trucker-cap tornado of Pink Saturday, during this year's Pride celebrations, were like, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Castro, anymore."
Indeed, the radical roots of the huge 24-year-old celebration — it began as an ACT-UP protest and party — seemed all but washed away in a sea of urine, puke, and shrieks at some points. And, while no one got shot like in 2009, violence tainted the roiling street affair: Even one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the charitably benevolent gay nuns who host Pink Saturday, was physically attacked along with her husband.
(Alas, homophobic violence was everywhere that weekend: Two lesbians were beaten senseless in SoMa, and my friend in Nob Hill got jumped by an SUV-full of assholes. Gross.)
I adore our young allies — and I ain't mad about straight dudes ripping off their shirts to show support, neither. 'Mos before bros! I know they're not all to blame for flooding the Castro's streets with, er, pink. Hey, we invited them to join us. However. The bad outfits, the worse liquor, and the pushy elbowing need to be checked at the door. (Looking at you, too, mouthy gays.)
Has this year ruined it for everyone? Now that Pink Saturday seems out of control, will it go the way of Halloween in the Castro?
"The Sisters don't get nearly enough credit for Pink Saturday," Castro supervisor Scott Wiener told me over the phone. "They plan all year round, working closely with my office, the Police Department, and the Department of Public Works to try to make sure that it's welcoming and safe. That said, I think we can acknowledge there were a lot of problems — and while the general level of violence was kept low, the attack on the Sister and the human waste issue were definite takeaways as we consider how to keep this event accessible in the future.
"The Sisters meet every year to vote on whether to put on this now-150,000-plus event every year," Wiener continued. "Pink Saturday holds enormous importance for the LGBT community and raises tens of thousands of dollars in funds. Ten percent of the police force were assigned to it this year.
"But Castro residents put up with a lot. And I think we really noticed how the vibe changed after 9pm, after the Dyke March crowd had filtered away. I'll be meeting with the Sisters and Police Chief Greg Suhr about viable plans for next year — and nothing's being ruled out right now."
NIGHTLIFE LIVE: WATER
The biennial Soundwave Fest sweeps over the bay with an awesome series of esoteric-cool sonic installations and head-trip voyages. (This year's theme is "water," very prescient in a time of drought.) Your aural-aqueous immersion kicks off at the Cal Academy's Thursday Nightlife party, with performances by Rogue Wave and Kaycee Johansing and sonic installations throughout the museum. Submerged turntables! Underwater zither! Coral reef data-surfing! Full bar!
Thu/10, 6pm-10pm, $10–$12. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., SF. www.soundwavesf.com
BARDOT A GO GO
Can't have a Bastille Day celebration without a little Swingin' Sixties "ooh-la-la." This insanely fun, 16-year-old annual soiree dazzles with Franco-groovy chic — and classic, decadent French pop tunes (Bardot, Gainsbourg, Dutronc, etc.) from DJs Pink Frankenstein, Brother Grimm, and Cali Kid. Plus, Peter Thomas Hair Design will be there 9pm-11pm to fluff your coiffure for free.
Fri/11, 9pm, $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.bardotagogo.com