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It’s Science Week at Public Works! We’ve got two fun & fantastic events this week that will have you meeting new folks, enjoying a tasty cocktail (or two), and tickling your brain — and learning a thing or two in the process.
First, start your week in reverse Monday evening (Oct. 30) as Science Friday partners with the Bay Area Science Festival to host Science Friday Trivia at Public Works. Radio host Ira Flatow will be dishing up team trivia (singles welcome: you’ll be paired into teams with like-minded folks) that delves deep into all things science… for instance:
Q: Are the creatures we call daddy-long-legs or harvestmen actually spiders?

Q: Why are the blue-footed booby’s feet … well, blue?

Q: The Kelvin scale measures what exactly?

OK, these aren’t actual SciFri (see what we did there?) trivia questions … but they could be. If you know the answers … Read more ›

Mayer Hawthorne is a musician, singer-songwriter, and killer DJ from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He grew up on hip-hop, soul, funk, and techno (of course!), and he makes music to love to, to cry to, and to dance to. Tomorrow, Friday Sept. 15, Mayer Hawthorne is making a visit to Public Works, playing a genre-spanning DJ set, and we asked him a handful of questions so our clubgoers can get a better idea of what he’s about. Read on — and don’t miss his set!

 

Since Public Works is primarily a techno-house club and you’re from Detroit (Ann Arbor, to be specific), it’s only natural that we ask you about techno. Was techno a fixture in your musical life growing up? Do you keep up with the present-day situation in house and techno at all?
I was hella conflicted in the ’90s — because I secretly loved a lot of the soulful house and … Read more ›

Every other Tuesday, things get a little odd here at Public Works. Odd Salon is a biweekly gathering of storytellers and speakers, united around a common theme — a contemporary twist on the French salons of yore.

Now in its fourth year running, Odd Salon is the rare gathering that is as educational as it is entertaining. Each event features 6 short talks and lectures, presented by recurring Odd Salon veterans (known as Fellows) and newcomers alike. In addition to Odd Salon’s bimonthly events at Public Works, they’ve hosted pop-ups and one-offs with the Long Now Foundation, the California Academy of Sciences, and they produced a sold-out special series on San Francisco history for the California Historical Society.
We caught up with one of Odd Salon’s co-founders and primary curators, Annetta Black, to learn more about what makes Odd Salons … odd, and why you should come visit. Read on!

How did Odd … Read more ›

A San Francisco native, UFO! (born Edwin Garro) came up in the Bay Area’s hip-hop scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, polishing his scratching and mixing skills alongside legends like DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and DJ Quest. Not long after, he began repping the gritty sounds that were coming straight out of London — jungle and drum & bass.
In 1996, UFO! co-founded the Phunckateck collective, a crew of DJs, musicians, and promoters who threw a weekly party that put drum & bass on the map in San Francisco. Their weekly parties played host to some of the genre’s best-known names — like Roni Size, Photek, Dieselboy, and Goldie, among others.
Fast forward two decades and UFO! is back, playing an all-night, all-vinyl set of drum & bass classics at the Public Works Loft this Thursday, August 3. Another San Francisco original, Audio Angel, aka Rashida Clendening, will join UFO! on the mic. We caught up with UFO! to learn a little bit about his history in … Read more ›

This Saturday, July 15, we’re hosting a new party at the Public Works Loft: TechnoClam, a celebration of deep techno and house and the women devoted to them. We thought partygoers might want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes, so we caught up with Alex McGeagh, one of the Clam’s co-founders. Read on — and snag cheap presale tickets for Saturday’s party. See you there!
 

 

Tell us about TechnoClam — what exactly is it? How did it begin? Are there some kind of seafloor dance parties that we don’t know about?
TechnoClam is a feminist website devoted to the women of house and techno. The idea hatched after reading lots of lists and articles annoyingly dominated by men in my favorite online music mags, and after an especially stoned and giggly BART ride with some good friends, the name was born. We share a weekly post of parties that we recommend, … Read more ›

If you live in the Bay Area and you like dance music, you’ve probably heard of Atish. The San Francisco DJ has spent the past couple of years seeing his star steadily rise … moving handily from playing aboard Robot Heart at Burning Man to festivals like Desert Hearts and clubs around the world.
He recently launched his own party, Late Night Tonite, which he’s brought to Public Works and Good Room in Brooklyn, in which Atish hosts a guest for the party — and interviews them live on stage. It’s not your usual party, but Atish is not your usual DJ.
This Friday, July 7, Atish returns to the Public Works Loft for an all-night, open-close DJ set. If you don’t already have a ticket, we’re sorry — it’s sold out. But even if you didn’t snag a ticket, you might get a kick out of this interview with the man himself anyway. Read on!
 

 
Your profile has steadily risen over the years, both at home and abroad. … Read more ›

Two years ago, a group of friends came together, united by a shared love of music of all kinds. After years of throwing house parties and rallying for shows, they decided to take the next step — and so GrooveWell was born.

For two years running, GrooveWell has thrown a weekly party at Milk Bar on Haight St., bringing funk, soul, boogie, disco and house to a welcoming, diverse dancefloor. Alongside their own residents (Ledet, J Key, and SoulFunky) they’ve featured numerous talented local DJs, like Zebuel, Little John, DJ Fox, Numerous, and many more.  For their two-year anniversary, they’re going bigger, launching a new endeavor called Elevated Rhythms, bringing GrooveWell to the Public Works Loft, hosting local legend David Harness on our heavyweight Funktion-One soundsystem.

We caught up with Harness to ask him a couple questions and learn more about the music he’s dedicated his life to. Read on… and join Harness and the GrooveWell crew for Elevated Rhythms … Read more ›