We have many reasons to love Pam the Funkstress. She's famous for her skill on the turntables rather than for being decorative, for one. Also, as half of political hip hop group the Coup, she and MC Boots Riley have made smart, critical records that win over even those who aren't impressed with Riley's lyrics. About Pam's talent, local hip hop deity Davey D says on his Web site, "... there's been many a 'fool' who've gotten eaten up alive in battles with her." She even owns her own catering business in Fremont. That's not musical: We just admire her independence.
We also dig DJ Pam because she's a woman with a playful side, as noted in a 2000 interview in Curvemagazine: "If I really start showcasing, then I'll start to go back and forth using my nose and my breasts on the turntable. So, that's what I'm famous for, putting my breasts on the cut." Honestly, we're pretty sure she's more famous for the World Trade Center episode (in which the Coup's Party Music cover art foreshadowed the real-life attack), which the duo handled with dignity, compassion, and a complete lack of pandering to their political opponents. For us, it's just another reason to be way into DJ Pam, who spins tonight as part of the "Sisterz of the Underground 4 Year Anniversary Fundraiser." Greans, the Extra Credit Crew, Neb Luv, Tenashus, Sister Yamz, and tons of others also perform at 9 at Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $10; call 252-7666 or visit www.studioz.tv.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
My So-Called Queer Life
Despite what fans of Queer Eye might think, the days when gay men spent more time on their hair than their nighttime reading are long over. Luckily, the authors of Mondo Homo: Your Essential Guide to Queer Pop Culture breeze through town tonight to set us, uh, straight. At an event described as "part book launch and part game show," the book's contributors explain the effect of the Smiths, Claire Danes, and Sid and Marty Krofft on queer culture. Practical matters are also covered, such as how to get a porn star boyfriend. Expect lots of audience participation at 7 p.m. at A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 431-0891 or go to www.adlbooks.com.
-- Jane Tunks
Kings of Comedy
Laugh for a cause
The folks at the nonprofit 826 Valencia are responsible for teaching today's kids the important things: reading, writing, and how to channel cleverness into success. But their noble work doesn't come cheap, which is why tonight, the good-hearted educators present "A Night of a Thousand Scowls," the third annual comedy-fueled fund-raiser for the group's Writers' Room at Everett Middle School. The organizers assure us that the event's date -- April Fools' Day -- is pure happenstance. As such, we're sure they won't mind if we suggest that those inclined to pee when laughing bring an extra pair of underpants. Hosted by local funnyman Al Madrigal, this year's lineup includes King of Queens' Patton Oswalt and Gregg Proops from Whose Line Is It Anyway? The guffaws begin at 7:30 in the Everett Middle School Auditorium, 450 Church (at 16th Street), S.F. Admission is $15-25 (sliding scale); visit www.826valencia.org.
-- Jane Tunks
Parading for Dummies
Cowboy actor Will Rogers once noted that Americans forgive any failing short of stupidity. But San Franciscans, who've always marched to a different beat, praise foolishness every April 1 at the St. Stupid's Day Parade.
Presided over by First Church of the Last Laugh's Bishop Joey (Ed Holmes), who founded the religious procession in 1979 as an alternative to banal April Fools' Day buffoonery, the costumed, confetti-throwing cavalcade treks from downtown to North Beach, jeering "overly serious" economic institutions along the way, including the Pacific Stock Exchange, where Joey incites revelers to a sock battle fiercer than anything seen on the trading floor. After whipping up an appetite, mayhem-makers head to Washington Square for a free lunch, proving that ignorance really is bliss. The 27th St. Stupid's Day Parade starts at noon at Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero & Market, S.F. Participation is free; visit www.saintstupid.com.
-- Josh Rotter
What with Locus Arts, Precita Eyes, and Galería de la Raza, the gallery scene on the Mission/Potrero Hill border is full of potential. So it's fitting that the opening exhibit at the new MixedUSE Gallery, mischievously titled "Peeing in the Sandbox," revolves around themes of childhood, a time of pure latency. The show's artists are inspired by those whimsical years, using materials in their works that are reminiscent of such kiddie supplies as crayons and paste. Bring along your iPod and you can play DJ -- at this party -- too. The juvenile behavior starts at 7 p.m. (the exhibition continues through May 1) at MixedUSE, 2917 24th St. (at Florida), S.F. Admission is free; call 970-0560.
-- Brock Keeling