Trash queens reign at Cinch

Ruby Skye's owners are plunking down $20K to turn the San Francisco club into something from The Wizard of Ozfor the night, so Dorothy costumes will probably go over well here. But the real transformative powers will belong to DJ Z-Trip, who will expertly pluck the scariest and ghouly-grooviest bits from rock and hip-hop records for his holiday monster mash. Don't be afraid to experience Z-Trip's special "Halloween massacre" of Oz on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Ruby Skye at 9 p.m. Admission is $15; call 693-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info. Tamara Palmer


Robin Thicke (son of actor Alan Thicke) was destined for an entertainment career. But while his father has never been particularly respected for his vocals (though he tried with those TV theme songs), Robin has quietly become a promising soul singer endorsed by such urban music personalities as Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne (who've collaborated with him) and Pharrell Williams, who signed him and produced songs for his current album The Evolution of Robin Thicke. Sensitive without being fey, Thicke rocks a falsetto that could put Justin Timberlake to shame. Atlanta's Anthony David, a guitarist with a throwback voice, joins Thicke as an opening act for India.Arie on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 27, at 9 p.m. at the Fillmore. Admission is $35; call 346-6000 or visit www.thefillmore.com for more info. — T.P.


Although we've covered "Charlie Horse" in the past, the club night is definitely worth revisiting in more ways than one. Hosts Anna Conda and Kiddie combine forces to turn innocent Friday nights on Polk Street into revelations for drug addicts who have estranged relationships with their genders. A recent theme for this weekly drag show paid homage to one of San Francisco's aesthetic and literary laureates (called "Bambi Lakes on a Plane," it included the murders of No See Um and Lucy Borden), and most other ideas rank just as high-concept and lowbrow. What's more, Kiddie is simply stellar on the decks and the requests for crack by emcees are riotous. (Even the bathroom is big enough for two people to ... well, let's just lie and say hump in.) Aside from having to step over a few icy Converse- and cardigan-wearing hipsters, the place shines bright. Queens and self-proclaimed A-Gays who think that they're wild could benefit from a night or five here, too. The psychosis starts every Friday night at the Cinch at 9 p.m. Admission is free; call 776-4162 or visit www.thecinch.com for more info. Brock Keeling


The reclusive Bassbin Twins (Peter Houser) came out of the vibrant Bay Area rave scene in the '90s. He fled to Europe before the end of the decade, where the producer was treated like a breakbeat god for brilliant proto-mash-up bootleg records as well as original discofied cuts. Back in the States, Bassbin Twins offers up a rare live performance pillaging from his catalog as well as any groove he deems worthy to jack for the annual "Night of the Living Bass" party on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Mighty at 10 p.m. Admission is $15 adv.; call 762-0151 or visit www.opelproductions.com for more info. — T.P.

 
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