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This week: a marriage of vinyl dolls and records at Milk; Slum Village helps introduce you to the "Lower Haters." 

Wednesday, Jan 11 2006
At Haight Street's Kid Robot, "adult toys" means something far different than it does in the Tenderloin. The store is known as ground zero for awesome figurines and stuffed creatures from Asia and the U.S. and has increasingly been releasing its own amazing creations. Last year, Kid Robot created "Dunny," a plain, bunny-shaped vinyl doll that's meant to be a blank canvas for both seasoned designers and bedroom crafters alike. This Thursday, Jan. 12, artist Mark "Huck" Gee will unveil his latest version of Dunny -- and hopefully call attention to his plight of possible deportation, as detailed on the Web site It will also be a great occasion to take in the incredible turntable wizardry of special guest Qbert , the world-champion DJ who splits his time between Hawaii and the Bay Area. Free Red Stripe will be flowing as some serious vinyl fetishes are indulged to the soundtrack of hip hop beats at Milk; visit for more info.

The six-city, mostly Canadian "XXXPlosive Tour" is rolling through town to knock your Rocawear socks off. New Yorkbased DJ Cosmo Baker, known for his "The Rub" parties in Brooklyn, will bring a bag full of original blends/mash-ups and a savvy style that cares not what genre boundaries are crossed in the pursuit of a rip-roarin' good time. (Recently, Baker refashioned Wu-Tang stalwart Ghostface into a house music icon, so there's no telling what he's got in store.) He's also enlisted the help of two respected, just-below-the-radar MCs to perform along with him: the verbally dexterous Pase Rock, from Cincinnati quartet Five Deez, and Baltimore's supersaucy Spankrock, the man who perhaps best embodies the theme of the tour. Local DJ Ross Hogg (aka SF Weekly contributor Ross Viator) will help the crowd reach a state of supreme hyphy, as the "XXXPlosive Tour" comes to Milk on Friday, Jan. 13; visit for more info.

A new collective based out of S.F.'s Lower Haight area is going to be throwing hip hop parties under the name "Lower Haters," a rather cheeky way of asserting neighborhood pride. But by the looks of the group's debut event, these Haters ain't messing around. The first night, hosted by Spearhead's Radio Active, will roll out with live sets from Detroit's Slum Village and L.A.'s the A-Team, which is the alias for heavyweight rappers Abstract Rude and Aceyalone and their turntablist, DJ Drez. And make no mistake: This is not a "play the wall" type gig -- expect to dance! U.K. drum 'n' bass DJ Shy FX and MC Armanni will quicken pulses with the latest hot-steppers from Britain, and Lower Hater resident DJ Romanowski will unleash the party in his pants (and many pockets has this eclectic jock). No word yet on how frequent these nights will be, so it's best to start out right and head to the launch of "Lower Haters" on Friday, Jan. 13, at Mighty; call 762-0151 or visit for more info.

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