Supperclub hosts San Francisco Late Night Coalition
Catherine Rauschuber and District 8 Candidate Alix Rosenthal complete
an incomplete photographic composition inside the sensually rich
Supperclub on the occasion of the San Francisco Late Night Coalition's
first annual fundraiser gala event.
October 20, 2006
On Wednesday night, the San
Francisco Late Night Coalition held its first annual fundraiser
gala at the Supperclub
and Fog City Journal was there to soak it all up.
It was certainly a night to remember!
Gala attendees dined on a five course meal prepared by renowned
Chef Jon Stevens while taking in Supperclubs breathtaking
décor while lounging around tables on white sheeted beds
ringing virginal with the all-white dining room. The $250 invite-only
affair included a program of speeches by local elected officials
and a line-up of aerial performers, musicians, vocalists, and
Supperclub co-owner, Alex Lustberg
The San Francisco Late Night Coalition (SFLNC) is
a political action committee composed of club owners, promoters,
activists, dj's, musicians, artists and community members. Its
stated goal is to protect, preserve and promote San Francisco's
Turkish delight, Yaylor Kaplan.
The SFLNC works to "encourage understanding
of the regulations and issues surrounding after-hours entertainment,
and to provide a voice for the rights and the passions of this
While some Fog City Journalist's write probing
analyses of topics generally perceived to be weighty, I find
myself drawn to writing about the intersection of the San Francisco's
cultural and political worlds.
This is precisely the intersection where the SFLNC
sits. And no doubt attendees of the gala would argue the organizations
focus is extremely vital to the strength of the cultural and economic
fabric of San Francisco.
The gala was attended by whos who of the local
entertainment scene. Owners of major entertainment venues, such
as 1015 and Mezzanine were in attendance, as well as politicians,
event organizers and promoters. Performers throughout the evening
included DJ Pusspuss, JT Donaldson, Ellen Ferrato, M3, Laird,
Adnan, Smoove, Michael Anthony, Late Night Sneaky, Kepi &
Kat, Kerri Kresinski, Marissa Lendhardt, members of Xeno, Miranda
Caroligne, Rena Jones, and Kitten on the Keys.
The SFLNC was founded in 1999 in reaction to an
era of Police Department crackdowns on entertainment venues, threatening
some of the city's most well known nightclubs. The SFLNC formed
and rallied public and political support against the SFPD actions
- and to promote the value of San Francisco late-night entertainment.
When Assemblyman Mark Leno was on the Board of Supervisors,
he sponsored SFLNC legislation to remove permitting control from
the SFPD and created the Entertainment Commission. The legislation
passed in 2003, and the Entertainment Commission now has authority
of city entertainment permitting.
California State Assemblymember Mark Leno
Ian Chang ("Smoove"), whose dj set capped
off the event, thinks the seven-year existence of the SFLNC has
had a palpable impact on the late-night entertainment scene. He
explained this saying, "The mood between the promoters and
club owners and the cops is much less adversarial than it was
just a few years ago."
Chang also noted that the SFLNC has accomplished
much to put a good face on dj culture, often perceived as being
merely a vehicle for drug use.
Since its initial successes against the SFPD crackdown,
the SFLNC now lobbies on behalf of the entertainment industry
at City Hall. The SFLNC has sponsored numerous pieces of pro-nightlife
legislation including an ordinance disallowing the city to use
calls for emergency medical service against clubs in permit proceedings,
and legislation allowing 18+ events to continue after 2am.
Supervisor Daly spoke to the gala attendees about
his work with the SFLNC to pass an ordinance that exempts places
of entertainment from needing a duplicative dance hall permit
just to allow dancing. Daly invoked the message of the SFLNC sticker
he was wearing on his suit, pronouncing that "dancing is
not a crime."
Supervisor Chris Daly
Supervisor Daly mentioned he has been working with
the SFLNC on zoning and redevelopment issues, including ensuring
that entertainment remains a permitted use in currently allowed
Eastern neighborhoods, and becomes a permitted use in the South
of Market area where new entertainment uses have not been allowed
since the last re-zoning in 1992.
Assemblyman Mark Leno spoke of his efforts at the
State level to allow San Francisco to serve alcohol until 4am,
an effort which has not been successful to date, but which he
and SFLNC will continue to pursue. Leno also presented the SFLNC
with a proclamation from the State of California.
SFLNC Political Director John Wood (left) and SFLNC Chairman Terrance
Allen (right) receive a proclomation from State Assemblymember
Terrance Allen, Chairman of the SFLNC, commented
that the SFLNC has a lot to celebrate, and likely will become
even more influential as it continues to harness the political
energy of some of the citys most creative folks.
A few performers in attendance explained that the
intimate event was great because it allowed some of the scenes
heavy hitters to interact, enjoy each others performances,
celebrate all of the work theyve done for the cultural life
of San Francisco, and prepare the way to do even more
Alix Rosenthal and Catherine Rauschuber enjoy an after dinner
with Fog City's Luke Thomas.
Photo by Kristen L.