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1997 might as well be a lifetime ago. Back then we'd rake in piles of dot-com cash every week just to blow it every weekend on a fascination with four-on-the-floor club culture. Maybe that's why the re-emergence of Bristol's Way Out Westis such a trip. Back in the good ol' days the duo's breakthrough single "The Gift" seemed to be on every table in town; the track's huge hook and straight-ahead subbass thump provided the soundtrack to the popular appropriation of progressive house. Today, WOW's Nick Warren and Jody Wisternoff seem older and wiser. They've taken some time apart and reunited to create Don't Look Now, a full-length slated for summer release. The record's flagship is a monstrous track appropriately dubbed "Muthafucka," which WOW will support with its first live tour ever. DJ MoMu opens the show on Thursday, May 20, at 10 p.m. at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint), S.F. Admission is $10; call 820-9669 or go to www.mezzaninesf.com.


Even though the décor of this swank watering hole is inspired by French-colonial Vietnam of the 1920s, Le Colonialassumes the venturesome ambience of a 19th-century safari outpost late on Saturday nights. (We'd tell you what the club was called, only the promoters were clear in pointing out, "That night doesn't have a name anymore, it's an experience." Uh-huh.) There aren't any stuffed elephant heads on the wall, but other than that, it's perfect: all wicker and dark wood, bird cages and leafy vegetation, and, of course, swarms of sleek twentysomethings on the prowl. Sure, it's a meat market, but it might be the most dignified meat market in town. The soundtrack to the hunt wells from the crates of resident DJ Rob, who spins an enterprising mix of deep house, soul, and hip hop. When he hands over the tables to the occasional guest (including members of the Brown Hornet Crew, Saul Good, and DJ Masao), expect a wider array of beats. The swish experience doesn't come cheap, though; it's $10 to get in the door and the drinks are steep, but at least in this case you get what you pay for. Things start at 10 p.m. and go until 2 in the morning, and toward the end of the night people start dancing, though none of them dances in sneakers. Le Colonial is located at the legendary address 20 Cosmo Place (at Taylor -- the site of historic Trader Vic's), S.F. Call 931-3600 or visit www.lecolonialsf.com for more information.

 
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