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DNA Lounge: A Nest Of Perverts [Feb. 14th, 2009|02:39 am]
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People of California, discover where your tax dollars are going. Because a nightclub won an appeal against the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to get the terms of their hospitality license changed, the ABC are trying to obliterate said nightclub entirely (possibly also because gay people like to go there).

If any newspapers out there are looking for some fun stories to run. Just saying.

In the meantime, maybe you’d like to go down to the DNA Lounge in San Francisco this weekend. According to the ABC (who are spending your tax money on putting undercover agents into the place to watch for and time exposure of buttocks), they’re ”running a disorderly house injurious to the public welfare and morals.”  That sounds good, right?

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[User Picture]From: slinka
2009-02-14 02:38 am (UTC)

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If you live in San Francisco and don't like gay butt-slappin, move. it's that easy.
[User Picture]From: clearmind
2009-02-14 05:00 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: slinka
2009-02-14 01:20 pm (UTC)

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We read the same text.
[User Picture]From: warren_ellis
2009-02-14 02:03 pm (UTC)

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Word to the wise: pedantry is even less tolerable when it comes with no sense of humour and the inability to perceive context.
[User Picture]From: morbid_curious
2009-02-14 02:52 am (UTC)

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If DNA wasn't already high on my to-visit list for San Francisco, it would be now.
[User Picture]From: balamuthia
2009-02-14 02:59 am (UTC)

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Something similar to that happened to a club here called "Lime". I assume it happens a lot, and a lto more frequently these days.

Fucking fundies.
[User Picture]From: acydrayn
2009-02-14 03:04 am (UTC)

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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.

[User Picture]From: gotham_bound
2009-02-14 03:17 am (UTC)

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It's probably that alt culture stuff that is freaking out the ABC as well as the occasional tits and ass from gay nights.
[User Picture]From: gotham_bound
2009-02-14 03:25 am (UTC)

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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.)
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[User Picture]From: gotham_bound
2009-02-14 04:46 am (UTC)

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For the very reason of the ABC's actions? You know AG Brown doesn't run it, right?
[User Picture]From: ivymcallister
2009-02-14 03:56 am (UTC)

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Prop 8 backlash, I imagine. What a fucking waste.
[User Picture]From: glamtasm
2009-02-14 04:42 am (UTC)

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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.

[User Picture]From: acidexia
2009-02-14 05:07 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: darkcryst
2009-02-14 06:54 am (UTC)

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I love the DNA - I go to the Bootie night as much as I can - and I know they'll fight this hard.

From: dasht
2009-02-14 07:50 am (UTC)

chronic

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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?

-t

[User Picture]From: alostrael
2009-02-14 09:49 am (UTC)

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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!
[User Picture]From: apollinax
2009-02-14 10:32 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: dali_drama
2009-02-15 12:47 am (UTC)

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uhm, what?
[User Picture]From: icedaemoness
2009-02-16 10:01 pm (UTC)

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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!"
[User Picture]From: pir
2009-02-14 01:52 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: y2kdragon
2009-02-14 03:46 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: xplosivo
2009-02-14 06:03 pm (UTC)

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Quit undermining my countries Puritan values, subversive.
From: hellotransience
2009-02-14 06:12 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: josienutter
2009-02-14 08:52 pm (UTC)

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WTF?
[User Picture]From: skreidle
2009-02-14 09:29 pm (UTC)

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Another article for you:

Brits show Yanks how a police state is done.

Quite distressing, that.
[User Picture]From: xenogram
2009-02-14 11:27 pm (UTC)

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All this outrage is all very well, but where do we send the fucking money if we want to do something about it?
[User Picture]From: theaggregator
2009-02-15 02:01 am (UTC)

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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.

Bastards.