If you live in San Francisco and don't like gay butt-slappin, move. it's that easy.
The complaint is being filed by a state department, not a city or county institution. There isn't an outcry by the locals, it's state-level regulators.
Word to the wise: pedantry is even less tolerable when it comes with no sense of humour and the inability to perceive context.
If DNA wasn't already high on my to-visit list for San Francisco, it would be now.
Something similar to that happened to a club here called "Lime". I assume it happens a lot, and a lto more frequently these days.
The DNA Lounge is plain awesome and JWZ's blog is just as entertaining (and sad) detailing his legal battles over the years with the city on trying to run his club. It does host gay friendly events but that is a small portion of the events there that cater to a Burlesque/Circus/Burningman/Rivethead/Goth/Gay/Niche and Hip Hop clientele. The concerts they have also have bands like Gwar to Genintorturer's. I've never seen anything more lude than girls with pasties there.... which in San Francisco last I checked was called tipping your hat to the law. It is a true alternative club.
They also have a great Absinthe selection and cute angry bartenders.
It's probably that alt culture stuff that is freaking out the ABC as well as the occasional tits and ass from gay nights.
I don't know how or why it came to be this way. The ABC really is one of the last draconian bastions of puritanical law enforcement in the state, particularly when you consider the Attorney General is a former governor who was once nicknamed "Governor Moonbeam." (I miss the old Jerry Brown, but he seems to be even handed in applying justice, so I'm good. So far.)
For the very reason of the ABC's actions? You know AG Brown doesn't run it, right?
Prop 8 backlash, I imagine. What a fucking waste.
The poor DNA has been under siege from various organizations and factions for as long as I can remember. I think it all started when a bunch of yuppies moved into SOMA and tried to "upscale" the area, but I don't recall the sequence of events entirely. But it still manages to be a happening venue for all manner of events!
Exposed buttocks! I laugh! I mean seriously, does *anyone* have so little in their lives that they have to get all bothered by that? Tsk.
LMAO about DNA Lounge. I don't think ABC has been to very many other venues in San Francisco. It's nice press for DNA though. They should use that as a blurb on their next flyer.
I love the DNA - I go to the Bootie night as much as I can - and I know they'll fight this hard.
2009-02-14 07:50 am (UTC)
People who feel like doing something should find polite ways to encourage any of the following to write about the problem: matier and ross, willy brown, the business desk, and the lifestyle / food desks.
Gee, let's right now in this completely f'd economy have government get really aggressive about finding lame excuses to stop dollars from recirculating in local economies, ya' think? Sound like a good idea? Sound like an idea that could only ever really be *owned* by a state gov't on the verge of bankruptcy?
The coolest thing ever is that you are seriously my number 1 favorite LJ contibutor and jwz
is my number 2. I'm so glad that you referenced this!!!!! Power to the people!
As someone who goes to DNA quite often, I don't think that "running a disorderly house injurious to the public welfare and morals" is too far off base. Well, at least on the morals part. But that's what you get with The Living Dead Girlz
. I can't say it's particularly disorderly or harmful to the public welfare.
But we are very moralistic!
Oh, wait... we're pro-female empowerment, so I guess the word "morals" might have some alternate definitions for us...
"Cain't let them wimmin's git outta their god-chosen place!"
2009-02-14 01:52 pm (UTC)
Heh, I also recommend going to the DNA lounge, been there many times when I've been in SF. I don't know jwz
but I do know many of the dancers and customers.
At least this isn't DC. When the baseball team needed a stadium, every site was rejected but one. To use that site, the city got to take a whole bunch of properties...ones that housed "unsavory" businesses. Basically, a bunch of clubs that catered to the non-vanilla kind of clients. Also, they forced what was arguably one the the best concert venues to close.
See? The ABC should take a note here. If you want to get rid of a club you don't like, simply get the city to take the land for the public good. Much easier, and eminent domain suits rarely go the way of the property owner.
Quit undermining my countries Puritan values, subversive.
GODDAMMIT! I just performed there last week! It's a great venue, I've been there dozens of times and haven't seen anything more lewd and indecent than fucking BURLESQUE! Good Christ, why don't these freaks take a run down to one of the straight bars where the breeders are a-dry humpin'? Of course not, there's some good babies that could come out of THAT fracas.. UGH.
All this outrage is all very well, but where do we send the fucking money if we want to do something about it?
Sigh. I used to work there, I'm still friends with a lot of people that do work there, I love the place and it's my home away from home.
No wonder my state wants to shut it down.