Queens on Film: Booty Call Brings the Flashbulbs to the Castro

In a world gone mad with undiscerning digital camera use, it's comforting to know that some drag queens still hold the art of portraiture to high standards. One gender illusionist in particular has endeavored to transport her photo studio into The Bar on Castro every other Wednesday. Juanita More! and a few of her drag children launched a club night called "Booty Call" earlier this month, and along with the nightlife requisites — DJs, drink specials, social intrigue, good lighting — the event includes a space for private photo shoots in the back of the bar. An extension of the salacious shutterbug series initiated by Ms. More! some time ago, "Booty Call" provides hoi polloi with the opportunity to professionally capture a night of getting plastered. To think that once that happened only at weddings. "Booty Call" takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and every first and third Wednesday of the month, at The Bar on Castro starting at 9 p.m. Admission is $1; call 626-7220 or visit www.thebarsf.com for more info. Evan James

Born Steffen Berkhahn (and occasionally recording under the alias Wahoo), Dixon is best known for working with Berlin's renowned label Sonar Kollektiv. He has compiled several collections and original releases for its catalog, including the acclaimed Off Limits series, which brings together overlooked downtempo, broken beat, house, and minimal techno gems. Earlier this year, Dixon branched off on his own with Innervisions, a label deserving of such a Stevie Wonder-ful reference — its dancefloor tracks push the envelope of rhythm and funk. But Dixon is still part of the Sonar Kollektiv fold, touring with labelmates Âme (Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann), who just released their first DJ collection, Mixing. Expect to hear the trio playing the latest house and techno tunes from Berlin, Detroit, and Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Pink at 10 p.m. Call 431-8889 or visit www.pinksf.com for more info. Tamara Palmer

DJs from Miami (Craze), Atlanta (Klever), Los Angeles (Arabian Prince), and Baltimore (Tittsworth) will converge in San Francisco this weekend to present the party "Bass Session." Their individual sounds range from hip-hop and jungle to uptempo booty beats reflective of their respective regions. These are all seasoned pros who worship the almighty bass, and they'll spin the most booming, bone-rattling selections no matter the genre. The gentlemen test their low-end theories at "Bass Session" on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Temple at 10 p.m. Admission is $20; call 978-9953 or visit www.templesf.com for more info. — T.P.

 
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