On February 21, the city's bartenders, barbacks, cocktailers, servers, DJs, dancers, doormen, and other service industry workers were celebrated at an annual party hosted by impresario Stephen Torres of Lone Star Saloon. This year's ball was held at Bender's in the Mission District, where guests enjoyed specials on Trumer Pils beer and shots of Fernet—an industry favorite!—while grooving to sounds from the Hard French DJs and the legendary Bus Station John. Guest host Broke Ass Stuart entertained the crowd with fun competitions for great prizes.
photo credit: Riley Manlapaz
Damp days like today naturally lead one's thoughts to lusher, more tropical climes—a leisurely jaunt to the islands, let's say, or across the equator. But instead of following the herds to the usual, overtrafficked stalwarts (we're lookin' at you, Costa Rica), we invite you to consider the sun-dappled secrets of El Salvador.
The more populous areas feature numerous festivals celebrating El Salvador's art, music and culinary delights. But more adventurous, sporty travelers will be drawn to the country's awesome vistas from atop highly-accessible volcanic mountain ranges, and the legendary Punta Roca surf break offers the best boarding in Central America.
Earlier this week, Jennifer Maerz at SF Weekly reported on a troubling trend in DJ-police relations. According to the article, police have been raiding underground parties and confiscating DJ equipment as evidence—including the laptops of DJs who aren't even spinning at the time of the raid. In many cases, the property has not been returned, prompting the Electronic Frontier Foundation to take on the cases of two DJs mentioned in Maerz's article, DJs Justin Credible and Matthew Higgins.