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By SF Weekly
By Ian S. Port
By Ian S. Port
The week leading up to New Year's Eve is a tense one. In addition to dealing with Christmas, there's the onset of extreme stress that comes with planning a successful New Year's, a mental state that ranges from delusions of grandeur (e.g., you plan to throw the best house party ever, even if you live in Orinda) to denial ("I'm not doing anything!") to utter concession (you plan to curl up on the couch with a bottle of sparkling wine and watch New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005). Our advice: Calm the fuck down. Only when you accept the fact that no one will press his lips against yours during the first few seconds of '05, and that nobody at the party will spare you a modicum of cocaine, will you be ready for some carefree frolicking, which is where the following list comes in.
The cavernous faux-gangsta magnet Ten 15 Folsom is throwing "Fire & Ice." Although, sadly, you probably won't dance to Pat Benatar's oeuvre here, you will have the rare opportunity to hear European trance god Ferry Corsten spin a comprehensive five-hour set (from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.) with DJs Adam Ohana, Carlos Ortega, Cyber Joe, Dov, Brad Robinson, D. Spurlock, Rafael, Gianni, Party Ben, Sattva, Scott Carrelli, Taj, and Will Spencer playing before and after; for info, call 431-1200 or go to www.1015.com.
On the flip side, El Rio gives us an alternative to dehydration and reckless abandon with its left-leaning and socially conscious "Resistance Lounge IV." Here, you can snap your fingers to earnest spoken-word artists and dance to Aphrodesia's Afrobeat, dub, funk, Caribbean, and East African rhythms. Admission is a sliding scale of $20 to $50, with proceeds going to Direct Action to Stop the War's "efforts to create authentic democracy and combat empire at the local and global level." No, seriously. Clearly, this is not the place to tastefully snort lines off of an underage piece of ass; call 282-3325 or go to www.elriosf.com for more info.
The Stud's New Year's Eve bash "Clink! Clink!," however, might be the venue at which to commit high-grade acts of lasciviousness. "Rehab Sundays" hosts Marcia Gagliardi and Ryan Robles have thankfully decided to put on a show that should, in a word, rock. The two will transform the boxy SOMA venue into a "luxe boudoir discothèque" for the night. In addition to DJs spinning French and deep house beats, award-winning blues and R&B vocalist Veronica Klaus will croon a seductive set at midnight. Expect champagne, chocolates, cabaret go-go dancers, and much more; call 252-7883 or go to www.studsf.com for more info.
Finally, if deep, soulful, old-school house is your thing, check out "005" at Blue Cube. San Francisco was a focal point of creativity and fun in the national rave scene of the '90s due in large part to the efforts of the DJ collective Wicked and its hedonistic outdoor "Full Moon Massive" parties, where tribal house music lit up every 28th night. Though that scene has lost momentum since its heyday, the electric spirit of the Wicked crew still gets bodies moving. For "005," DJs Jenö, Markie, and Garth will commune with old friends and fellow full-mooners Dubtribe (which is readying the release of its new album, Baggage) at a downtown venue that is barely a season old yet already lauded for its intimate feel. Charlotte the Baroness, TophOne, Neil Bulletproof, and others will also take to the turntables; for pre-sale tickets and info, go to www.bluecubesf.com. (For more New Year's Eve events, see our guide on Page 82.)