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The Cat Club shutters its doors in style; Mezzanine hosts DJs Krush and Kittin

It seems like only yesterday that my naive eyes were scorched at the sight of my seemingly uptight Dante professor dancing in nothing more than a sports bra and a leather miniskirt, gyrating atop a go-go platform at the Cat Club with one of her female graduate students. But it wasn't yesterday, it was 10 years ago. (And in other news, I'm old.) Since then, this depraved SOMA staple has played host to a number of club nights and concerts. This Friday, April 29, "Cat Club's Ten-Year Anniversary Party" will observe the venue's decade on the scene, as well as commemorate the closing of its doors on May 1. But dry those tears, because the party features a bevy of local DJ talent -- including Melting Girl, Adrian and the Mysterious D., Otterpop, Jenny Young, Hicksmokey, Damon, Dangerous Dan, and Black -- who will sum up the Cat Club's 10 years by spinning comprehensive sets of electro, goth, glam, hip hop, indie rock, '80s, and new wave sounds. Additional live performances by stilt walkers, belly dancers, and "Trannyshack" regulars Glamamore and Trixxy Carr will help keep spirits high; call 431-3332 for more information. -- Brock Keeling


When Mezzanine is rockin', it is really rockin', and this weekend finds the club hosting two international headliners from very different corners of the electronic world. First up is DJ Krush , a veteran musician (and ex-yakuza gangster) with multiple albums under his belt and the distinction of being one of the biggest names to cross over from Japan into Europe and America. This, despite barely speaking English and composing numerous concoctions in his native language. Krush has mastered a special fusion of traditional Eastern instrumentation with Western rhythmic influences (from jazz to hip hop), and the sonic palette he draws from in his appearances makes most DJs' boxes look flat and one-dimensional. Experience a kaleidoscope of musical colors as DJ Krush guest-stars at Mezzanine on Friday, April 29; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info. -- Tamara Palmer


Mezzanine closes out the weekend with French-born Miss Kittin , one of the first ladies of international electro groove. After living in France and enjoying DJ residencies there and in Barcelona, she's resided in Berlin for the past few years. She's in constant demand on the European club circuit, and her current residency is at the highly regarded Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, where patrons lounge in futuristic pods and enjoy 360 degrees of moving projection art. Kittin has few peers in the scene who do what she does, from singing (or "vocal pouting") and DJing to producing and remixing. Check out this sassy one-woman orchestra on Saturday, April 30; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info.-- Tamara Palmer

 
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