Good Vibrations Holiday Ball at Club NV

Carol Queen

Originally uploaded by Charles Haynes.

The Good Vibrations holiday ball at
Club NV last night was a total blast. The music mixed 80s pop and new wave with a strangely huge yet very welcome amount of stuff by Prince, and I really liked the open plan of Club NV, with the deconstructed discoball spinning overhead and small comfortable nooks to sit in. It was better somehow than the DNA Lounge last year.

What can I say? I danced my head off, met a ton of people, admired the two women dressed as fructose and glucose molecules. I flirted with DJ Junkyard from Junk and I might have made out with her date. Accidentally. Oops! (Hot vegan bartender, you made my night.) I met a cute photographer for Good Vibes and got her card. I watched my wrestling buddy Calvin on stage doing some of the finest go-go dancing ever known to human or alien. I sighed over the amazingness of Carol Queen, head of the Center for Sex and Culture. Lots of SF literary people were there: Simon Sheppard, Lori Selke, Charlie Anders, Annalee Newitz, and Daphne Gottlieb. Also? The dance with the mixing bowl and the sugar? I’ll never forget it.

But most of all I was stunned by the burlesque striptease (to opera) done by Margaret Cho. Pretty much all I could think as she waved around these enormous red feather fans, gay 90s style, caressing her body with them, being all bold and amazing and genderqueer, was “OMG I am looking at Margaret Cho naked. She is my people.”

7 Comments so far

  1. tyler82 (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    Margaret CHO makes life worth living, I wanted to go but couldn’t scrounge up the $20.

  2. Mark (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

    Gosh, if I’d known it had the literary component I would have come. I just thought it was going to be a lot of schmoozing, which I am worst at.

  3. Liz Henry (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:15 pm

    Oh, there was absolutely no literary element. Just dancing around, people wearing silly outfits, and fun stage shows. I just mentioned the only people I actually knew.

    Not being cool enough to know actual porn stars, one makes do…

  4. violet (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

    the party was so much fun! add to the literati list my friends Thomas Roche, Mistress Morgana and Stephen Elliott. I have photos and a long video of Margaret Cho’s fan dance here:

  5. Liz Henry (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    Violet! How did I miss you? I’m such a dork… and I did see Stephen briefly and then forgot. I think we were standing in almost the same place for Margaret’s dance, too.

    Of the humonguous dance-club parties I’ve been to, this was the best ever.

    Thanks for the amazing video – it makes me so happy that more people get to see it.

  6. joseph (unregistered) on December 18th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    who was that group that did the prince number? they are a local drag troupe, right? i think i have seen them before. hot!

  7. Deniel (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    Gosh, if I’d known it had the literary component I would have come. I just thought it was going to be a lot of schmoozing, which I am worst at.

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