Not all S.F. clubgoers are self-serving hedonists. Local promoter Kohi-Noor's upcoming tsunami benefit proves that not only do we care, but also we can have a damn good time in the name of a good cause. The event features talks from various charity representatives about outlets available to the kindhearted, and though you may find it difficult to dance to their lectures, you shouldn't have a problem grooving to the worldly beats of the legendary Cheb i Sabbah. In the 1960s, Sabbah fraternized with John and Yoko (yes, that John and Yoko). After moving to San Francisco in the '80s, he established himself as an icon, collaborating with qawwali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, among others. His music is panoramic and deeply spiritual, exploring the intersections of Eastern mysticism and contemporary Western house music culture. Come to lend a hand, but stay to move your feet, on Friday, Jan. 28, at Club Q; call 608-0350 or go to www.clubqsf.com for more info.
-- Sam Chennault
Sitting smack-dab in San Francisco's septic tank of cheap drug sales and crack-induced aggravated assaults, Arrow Bar isn't always the safest place to visit, much less leave with a few pints swimming in your system. DJ Jet Set James' "Jailbait UK," however -- with its bright, smooth mixing of Britpop, '60s soul, classic punk, and rock -- makes risking your life seem like a good bet. In addition to the typically young and frighteningly hip crowd that fills the dance floor around midnight, there's a smattering of old regulars and surly bouncers near the entrance who make for an entertaining contrast. The music starts at 10 p.m. this and every other Tuesday. Call 255-7920 for more information.
-- Brock Keeling