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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:23:55 +0000

 



Wherein Senator Wiener has re-introduced the 4AM Last Call Bill.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:23:55 +0000

Hooray! We are 100% in support of this, of course. I wrote about this last year, but the bill has finally been introduced. You can help by contacting your senators and assembly members to express support. Senator Wiener Introduces Bill Allowing Cities to Choose to Extend Alcohol Sales to 4 AM: Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 905, which will allow -- but not require -- cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m. The new 5-year pilot program version of the LOCAL Act, which stands for Let Our Communities Adjust Late-Night, preserves complete local control in terms of decision-making and applies only to the six cities whose Mayors have expressed interest in pursuing later hours: San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Hollywood, and Long Beach. Last year, a different version of this bill authored by Senator Wiener (allowing local control throughout California), passed the Senate with a 2/3 bipartisan vote and garnered significant support in the Assembly. Unfortunately, the bill was "held" by the chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and not submitted for a vote by that committee. At the time, Senator Wiener vowed to bring back this effort to support nightlife. [...] SB 905 does not automatically extend alcohol sale hours in these six cities -- it simply creates the option for the cities to choose to extend hours. As with the previous bill, cities will have significant flexibility and can, for example, limit extended hours only to certain neighborhoods, only to certain nights of the week, or only to a few nights a year. Local governments still will have to create and approve a plan, which ABC will also have to approve, to allow for later service hours with full community input. The bill also has a five-year sunset, which means the effects of allowing later service hours can be evaluated and then renewed or discontinued after five years. The full text of the bill can be found here. [...] Ben Bleiman, California Music and Culture Association and the San Francisco Bar Owners Alliance: "This will would - finally! - allow these California cities who chose to do so to extend their operating hours to match other world-class nightlife cities in the U.S.A and abroad. Currently, we are at a huge disadvantage when competing with cities like Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Miami Beach, and New Orleans, all of whom have late-night service hours beyond 2 a.m." Joe D'Alessandro, President and CEO of San Francisco Travel Association: "Tourism is San Francisco's number one industry providing significant economic benefits to the people and workforce of our City and our important small business network. Permitting bars to extend their hours allows San Francisco to stay competitive in the night life scene with cities such as New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C. who are all vying for a share of the business, leisure and convention market." Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of public policy for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce: "We should determine at a city level how to best attract and support local nightlife businesses. We can't take a one size fits all approach when it comes to nightlife in San Francisco neighborhoods. What's best for one neighborhood might not be best for another, and this legislation allows us to capitalize on nightlife as an economic driver, increase jobs and local tax revenue, when deemed appropriate in a specific area of the City." There's was some Q&A on his Twitter before the lunatic fringe showed up: @Scott_Wiener. Each city will decide for itself whether or not to go later. @aclimbingnerd. Why is San Diego being left out? @Scott_Wiener. B/c there was significant opposition from San Diego & little support. It was clear San Diego was never going to adopt later hours. The opposition from cities that would never adopt it anyway was jeopardizing the whole bill. So we limited it to cities whose mayors say they want it. @aclimbingner[...]



Wherein we've got a photo booth now!

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 03:17:49 +0000

Or, "That time I dressed as the Dazzle Booth in the Dazzle Booth." It's by the Main Room front door, but I went with a Dazzle Room interior because lighter backdrops work better than the usual DNA Lounge green-on-black hotness. This is going to get messy, I'm sure. Please proceed with the self-mortification. It is Mortified tonight, after all. I sunk a whole bunch of time in to trying to build my own photo booth a couple of times over the last decade, and each time I ended up giving up because solving the basic vending machine problem of "take cash or card, dispense candy" was just too much of a pain in the ass, so we finally just went with an outside vendor, Photo-Matica. We only get a portion of the money, but they maintain the printer, so, fair trade. (Pro tip: printers are a gigantic pain in the butt.) I'm told that this cabinet started off its life as a chemical film-based photo booth, some time in the previous century, and they refurbished it with the usual digital features.



Wherein there are photos and a smattering of anecdotes.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 20:27:21 +0000

Hello and welcome to 2018. Aren't you glad to have finally kicked to the curb that unrelenting shitshow known as 2017? Me too. (This is where 2018 says "Hold my beer".) So, if you're not doing anything this afternoon, and/or you don't like wearing pants, we are again the official before- and after-party of the 17th Annual No Pants Subway Ride! Help maintain our town's level of WTFfery. This Friday: Hubba Hubba's tribute to moose, beaver and functional democracy, the "Oh, Canada!" show. If all goes according to plan, DNA Pizza will be serving poutine that evening. Recent highlights: the Skating Polly show was fantastic. You should check them out. Hotline was great fun as always, though it unfortunately suffered the attendance curse of being on the Friday of New Year's weekend. They brought in a snow machine! It looked amazing, but I'm afraid to ask what the "snow" was made of. Every year, Bootie's NYE flyer contains references to a selection of the year's trending topics, and this year they included The Monopoly Man, the "cause-player" famous for photo-bombing the Equifax hearings, among other recent kleptocratic antics. When I noticed that, I messaged them on Twitter saying, "Hey look, you're on our flyer!" They responded, "Awesome, are you flying me out?" And A+D decided that the answer was yes! So that's awesome. As I mentioned last time, December and January are typically really slow months for us: we're open less, and far fewer people show up. So now would be a fantastic time for you to contribute to our Patreon. I know a lot of people have it rough at the end of the year, but it's always worrying when I see a bunch of our patrons editing their pledges downward, without new members joining in. Our monthly Patreon pledges have actually dropped several hundred bucks a month since October, and we've had only a couple of new sign-ups in months. Back in April I lamented how I don't really know how to promote the Patreon, and wouldn't it be awesome if someone with some graphic design and/or marketing skill could help out with that, but that person has not yet materialized, so as with so many things, I guess if I don't do it, it won't get done... so I half-assed it. Which is better than no-assing it. I just picked some amusing photos from our gallery and slapped "SUPPORT DNA LOUNGE" and the Patreon URL on them, and started posting those once a day. So, when you see those go by, please give them a Share or RT or whatnot. With the way the social mediators work these days, nobody's going to see them if other people don't muster up some "engagement". I haven't done a photo gallery dump since mid-November, so here it is! So Stoked: Graveyard Dead Boys Бумбокс Riddim Hours Skating Polly Turbo Drive: Gost Turbo Drive: Betamaxx Monday Hubba: Klowns Death Guild Bootie: Santacon Hotline Hubba Holiday Spectacular Pumpkin Spice Bootie Bootie: Star Wars Holiday Special Bootie NYE



Wherein Santa wants you to donate, and Santa wants you to write blurbs.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:43:53 +0000

I hope you love this image as much as I do: I hope you love it so much that you share it with all of your friends so many times over the next few weeks that they get so sick of seeing it that they go fiiiiiine I'll donate already, geeeez!" We would be eternally grateful if you would sign up for the DNA Lounge Patreon on a recurring basis, but if you'd like to make a one-time donation, that works too! Even though we're now a Legacy Business, we still need your financial help. Hopefully you've been enjoying those awesome sound upgrades that we just made, but they did not come cheap. As I mentioned on the occasion of our thirty-second anniversary (!!!) in addition to this traditionally being a very slow time of the year for our business, we also recently had some really expensive equipment failures and plumbing disasters to contend with. So we very much could use your help. But of course one of the best things you can do is to just show up! And bring your friends. We've got a lot of cool stuff going on this month, check it out: Anyway, blurbs. Santa wants you to write blurbs. We do a number of DJ events, and it's always difficult getting blurbs written for them. Most of them just have a repeating blurb describing the party in general terms, without describing the artists at any particular event. For some parties, that makes plenty of sense. Some parties are the sort of event where people show up on the reputation of the party itself, and the majority of them don't have a particular interest in who is DJing that night: they just know that the music they will hear is their kind of thing. But there are other parties where the headliners are touring DJs, and people care deeply about them in particular. When I look at the comments on these parties' Facebook events and on Twitter I see a lot of people being extremely concerned about set times, because they're here for that one particular DJ that they really don't want to miss. It seems to me that parties like Control, Acid Rain, and So Stoked are very much the kind of events where the specific DJs tend to have enthusiastic fans of them personally. But we rarely end up having blurbs for the headliners. If the promoters do write a blurb for the specific event instead of re-using the generic one, it's typically just, "Come party party party mind blown party" without any, you know, adjectives. (Hey, blurbs are hard to write. And the artists themselves rarely bother writing their own bios.) Even though our traditional division of labor with outside promoters is that we run the venue and they, you know, promote, it's a group effort, and we try to help out in any way we can. So we do things like sending email to past ticket buyers saying, "Hey, you bought tickets for Control last time, with DJ So-and-So, the next one is coming up with DJ Other-Guy." But these emails go out and.... they don't tell you anything about DJ Other-Guy, because nobody wrote that blurb. I gotta believe that if someone is obsessive about DJ So-and-So but have never heard of DJ Other-Guy, that there are words we could say to them that would improve the odds of them coming to the show. Soooooo..... Are you a musical obsessive who enjoys many of the modern forms of EDM that we've been hosting here of late? Would you like to write short blurbs for us? Mail me! Compensation will be proportionate with how good at it you are! Omar has been writing them for our rock shows and doing a great job of it, but we could really use some help on the dance music side.



Wherein DNA Lounge is now a Legacy Business!

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:12:23 +0000

Thank you to the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Jane Kim, and the Small Business Commission for this honor! What's a Legacy Business, you ask? It's a San Francisco program to help historic small businesses stay open, in the face of the changes the city is going through. The Office of Small Business says: Legacy Businesses Anchor San Francisco Neighborhoods San Francisco is a world-class city known for its many distinctive neighborhoods. Contributing to the uniqueness of the city are the people, architecture, streetscape, geography, weather, transportation, history, culture -- and businesses. San Francisco wouldn't be San Francisco without its many independent, locally-owned businesses. In her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs remarked on the importance of neighborhood businesses: "The trust of a city street is formed over time from many, many little public sidewalk contacts. It grows out of people stopping by at the bar for a beer, getting advice from the grocer and giving advice to the newsstand man, comparing opinions with other customers at the bakery and nodding hello to the two boys drinking pop on the stoop." Our neighborhood businesses -- including retailers, service providers, manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and more -- are the places that give the city its character. They're the bedrock of our communities and a draw for tourists from around the world. Preserving our legacy businesses is critical to maintaining what it is that makes San Francisco a special place. This is a great program, and I'm glad San Francisco does things like this! It's a breath of fresh air, given how difficult it is to run a business in this town for so many reasons. Businesses that qualify and are approved become eligible for certain grants, including some that behave a bit like rent control. (You may not realize that rent control doesn't exist for commercial leases: it's a residential thing only. Commercial leases have no restrictions, by state law.) So this is great news, and we're in the process of looking in to that whole grant situation. In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you our application to the program. I had to write a long essay explaining the first thirty-two years of our history. You've probably read some of this before -- there was some cutting and pasting, and it's a little repetitive because of their submission format -- but it's a more concise version of our long history than what has appeared in other places: DNA Lounge: Legacy Business h. How would the community be diminished if the business were to be sold, relocated, shut down, etc.? Because we take chances on such a wide variety of events, losing DNA Lounge would mean that those events would have a difficult time finding new homes. Some of them would probably end up in underground, unlicensed and unsafe spaces. Some might not happen at all. Many different subcultures have made their home here over the years, and would find it tragic to have to scatter to multiple less-welcoming places. Due to the concentration of entertainment businesses on Eleventh Street, all of the businesses benefit from each others' presence. For example, DNA Lounge's restaurant always gets more business when Slim's has a show, and Butter gets a lot of business from folks who begin their evening there before heading across the street to DNA Lounge. If DNA Lounge were not here, it would significantly reduce the number of people patronizing our part of SOMA. The fact that our block is bright and loud and active is part of what makes it safe. CRITERION 3. a. Describe the business and the essential features that define its character. DNA Lounge is an all-ages nightclub, concert venue, and 24 hour restaurant and cafe. We have four different performance spaces, including two stages. The thing that most defines the character of DNA Lounge is the diversity of entertainment we host here. Whereas most venues specialize on either live concerts or dance p[...]



Wherein we have made some sound upgrades!

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:47:38 +0000

We've just completed a bunch of sound upgrades to help ring in 2018 with a much bigger boom than usual! Here's what Devon has to say about the work he did over the last few weeks: The Main room has a new Midas M32 live mixing console, and a new BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 main system processor. The Midas board, with it's legendary pre-amps, brings a big upgrade in live sound quality for live shows. Plus it's compatible with the X32, a board that a lot of bands are touring with these days, so they can just load their show file from a USB stick instead of having to haul in their entire board. We reconfigured and re-tuned the entire system from scratch over the course of several days. The highs and mids have an astonishing clarity and presence unlike anything we've had in that room. Subtle textures and details in the music pop out like we've never had before in this room. Everything is really clean, and not harsh at all at high volumes. The subwoofers got a 20% increase in power by switching from one 4,000 watt amp to two 2,400 watt amps left over from Codeword. This also changed the impedance from 2 ohms to 4 ohms, which should make for tighter bass, too. We were able to put some really narrow cuts at the frequencies that made the ventilation ducts rattle, which makes the room sound a little cleaner. The bass is much deeper and punchier, able to hit you in the chest pretty hard. Even at low volumes, the room feels a lot bigger and more present. You can still feel the bass even when the levels are low enough for quiet conversation on the dancefloor. We replaced the Lounge's subwoofer amp, giving it a noticeable bump in power. The room was also re-tuned a little bit, making it sound better and more even overall. We moved the Soundcraft Expression SI board from the main room up to Above DNA. Above DNA's system processor has been upgraded to a Soundweb London as well. We replaced the two older EAW subs under the Above DNA stage with three of the JBL subs salvaged from Codeword. It's a change from two horn-loaded 12" subs to three front-loaded 15" subs. The room was re-tuned from scratch and is a lot cleaner, with way more bass than before. The low end used to taper off a bit about halfway to the bar, but now it carries all the way to the back of the room. Overall, the room sounds a lot bigger. The Dazzle Room got the fourth subwoofer from Codeword, which helps fill in some much-needed low end. We did a bit of re-EQing on the mains for better clarity. So, you should come by and check it out...