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Wednesday, Sep 25 1996
The Exotic Dancer's Alliance (EDA) is a nonprofit collective organized to protect the civil, human, and labor rights of sex industry workers, right down to those cleaning off the poles at routine's end. The issues are things like overtime pay, sexual harassment, and illegal dismissals; unauthorized filming; and providing drug counseling and therapy. Endorsed by Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Leslie Katz, the Exotica Extravaganza is a sexy benefit to help EDA fight for strippers everywhere. Come and be titillated by male and female stage performances; lap-dancing demonstrations (private sessions available); MC Carol Queen, who, among other things, is a writer and a sex expert; and musical performances by Jennifer Bryce and Wicked Leadbelly -- whose lead hotties were two of the women responsible for the recent unionization of the Lusty Lady. DJs Junkyard and Simmah will spin steamy tunes for the masses. (Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Trocadero, 520 Fourth St. The sultry evening begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7-10; call 995-4600.) ... If the exotic dancing has gotten you all hot and bothered and you need to blow off a little steam, DJs Bry Bry of Mondo A Go-Go and the Chameleon and Alvin A Go-Go of the fabulous Baby Judy's are celebrating their new "Monster Island," a steamy dance spot that will blend the creme de la creme of every danceable musical genre imaginable -- surf, indie rock, soul, ska, Motown, glam, punk, new wave, grunge (you get the idea). (Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Stud, Ninth St. & Harrison. The night begins at 10 p.m. Admission is $3; call 252-7883.) ... Here's a show worth the journey over the Golden Gate Bridge. First, New Orleans-based Keb' Mo' will spin yarns with his distinctive 12-bar blues style. Next, Kelly Joe Phelps slips in with his quiet disposition and his unassuming, remarkable talent. Bent over dobro-style, Phelps sets to playing with only the briefest glance at the crowd. His face remains downcast and his eyes closed through most of his set as his guitar effortlessly moans and mumbles on a private channel to the soul of every backwater king to pick up a guitar. Phelps' voice, which on recordings sounds pale and insubstantial, takes on an unearthly aspect during live performances. (Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton, San Rafael. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.; call 388-2820 for ticket price.) ... If you can't make it that far, Celtic fiddler Ashley MacIsaac has journeyed all the way down from the Great White North to single-handedly change the country's vision of the "Cape Breton sound" -- that is, traditional, Scottish-based fiddling. MacIsaac's Hi, How Are You Today? throws his love for the ancient Highland instrument into the middle of an aggressive rock cyclone that fuses rhythms from techno and industrial tracks with attitude from Clash- and Ramones-era punk and a boundless love of kilts. (Saturday, Sept. 28, at the International Center, 50 Oak. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16.50; call 392-4400.)

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