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Try "popscene" on Christmas Eve eve, "Full Circle" on Christmas Eve, and DJ DK Watts at the Bar on Castro on Christmas night

Quirky Britpop, indie, and rocktronica bands always have a friendly home at "popscene," the weekly party that worked overtime this year to bring live shows from the likes of the Killers, Elefant, the Cardigans, Ambulance LTD, and IMA Robot, and even managed to put a couple of Smiths behind its turntables. This week's "Christmas Eve Eve Party"will give regular DJs Aaron Axelsen, Disco Shawn, and Nako a chance to musically commune with one of their favorite guests, DJ Omar (who was an original partner in "popscene"). The club's 18-and-over policy (a rarity in this city) ensures that the energy levels are pumping and the wallflowers are scarce. Celebrate the night before the night before on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 330 Ritch; for more information, visit www.popscene-sf.com.
-- Tamara Palmer


DJ Said has been hosting the weekly party "Full Circle" for two months now in order to explore the connections among soulful slices of breakbeat, electro, house, and nu-jazz -- styles that other locals like to keep separate for some reason. While his considerable skills are enough to hold it down, Said brings in like-minded out-of-towners from time to time, such as Detroit's Alton Miller and Philly's King Britt. He's also demonstrated that DJing isn't so much about a salary as it is about music and caring for others: Regular benefit nights are part of the schedule at "Full Circle." A madly funky way to unwind before what could be a stressful holiday awaits on Friday, Dec. 24, at Mighty; call 626-7001 or go to www.fatsouls.com for more info.
-- Tamara Palmer


For one reason or another, gay bars fill to capacity on Christmas night. Maybe it's the strain of dealing with a tense family reunion accented by ugly gift sweaters Mom picked out for you, or perhaps it's bitterness from, yet again, not finding that "special friend" to bring home for the holidays that forces the homosexual male into the comforting arms of alcohol and thumping electronic beats. For some, though, either they have nowhere to go or they just don't celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus. Fortunately, the Bar on Castro will open its doors tonight to welcome all with resident DJ DK Watts and his uncomplicated house-centric mix of breakbeat and Top 40, which should set the perfect tone for dancing off any residual holiday anxiety. Watts hits the decks at 9 p.m. this (and every) Saturday, Dec. 25; call 626-9320 for more info.
-- Brock Keeling

 
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