•September 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We know you work hard all week (and weekend) and this Labor Day we want to help you blow off some steam in the best way we know how — DANCING! This Labor Day Saturday spend the afternoon with us on the patio and join us for a dance contest of epic proportions! There will be celebrity judges, prizes including $100 cash and tickets to Deviants 2011 — our official Folsom Street Block Party and sweat-inducing soul shaking competitive dance moves!

**THIS JUST IN! Our celebrity Dance Contest judges will be none other than

Kelly Lovemonster, lead Hard French Jiggalicious Dance Babe and Hard French Winter Ball King.

Lil Miss Hot Mess, bedazzling queen about town and winner of the first Tiara Sensation Pageant

John Avalos, San Francisco Supervisor and candidate to become the next (and best looking) Mayor of San Francisco
September 3rd, 2pm – 8pm
$7 – dancing and cruising
3pm – 4pm: $1 beers
3pm – 5pm: free BBQ until its all gone!

yr Hard French DJs:
DJ Carnita & DJ Brown Amy
playing the 60s girl groups, early ’70s soulful funk, boogaloo, garage & Northern Soul stompers

special guest:
DJ Nitty Gritty (SEATTLE)
Nitty Gritty is one of two resident DJs at Sophisticated Mama on Seattle’s Capitol Hill he plays rare and popular soul from the 60’s and early 70’s

w/ the Hard French Jiggalicious Dance Babes
“Babes shakin it down and making you move.”

As Always:
**FRITO BOATS** (starting at 5pm)
GinO recreates a childhood snack bar treat & turns it into a masterpiece of gourmet, homemade tasty vegetarian chili, piled high atop your own bag of FritO’s, smothered in cheese & chopped onions–served with a spoon & love!

**Hard French Photo Booth** (starting at 6pm) w/guest artist Caitlin Sweet
This month’s $1 photobooth will benefit [SSEX BBOX] Magazine with guest photographer: Shot In The City!
[SSEX BBOX] Magazine is a tool for exploring sex, sexuality, and gender through through print! By allowing people to talk candidly through [SSEX BBOX] we will expose taboos while normalizing fetishes allowing us all to have richer healthier dynamics around Sex outside the Box.


We’re Back From The Woods And Ready To Go To Some Are Camp

•August 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

What a whrilwind the Northwest was!  Thank you to Beyonda, DJ Shannon Action Slacks, DJ Nitty Gritty & Nark Magazine for hosting our 3-date extravaganza.  Can’t wait to visit ya’ll again!

For a fun peek at what the magic was like check out these great shots from our Seattle Party.

We had so much fun amongst the trees that we’ve decided to head back into them with our friends at SOMETHING for their annual Some Are Camp extravaganza in Guernville!  Things will be smokey and soulful as we headline a bonfire complete with a talent show hosted by our BFF Lil Miss Hot Mess on Saturday night.  Here are details and a sexy picture — see you in the woodz.

Some Are Camp is back for it’s 3rd year!
2 days of camping, pooling, swimming, dancing, boozing, kissing,d-p-ing etc

You’ll need a bus look. A setting up camp look. A river look. A bonfire look, a BEAST look, a pool look.

Saturday September 10th
11am Bus hosted by Martha T. Lipton leaves Cafe Flore (free cocktails on the bus), and drops us at Camp Outback.
Group trip to the river!

7-11pm bonfire and kegger djd by Carnita and Brown Amy with a talent show hosted by Lil Miss Hot mess.

11pm BEAST PARADE- bar hop through town and cause mayhem.

Sunday September 11th
Hangover Pool Party and the Woods with Djs Dirty Knees, Hoku Mama Swamp and down-E. It’s a bring your own booze affair with free bottle check (we provide the mixers the cups and the ice, no glass at the pool) and some more KEGS!

Bus leaves from the woods at 8p.m. from the Woods.

Camp at Camp Outback with us!

(707) 869-3102

Bus tickets are $50 and also get you into all three parties! You can buy them at SOME THING every Friday or email tiara.sensation@gmail.com

Pitch a tent with us!

Brown Amy & Carnita are heading Northwest (Babes on Parade)

•August 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We just can’t sit still and our excited to take our records, dancing shoes and fancy haircuts up North where we’ll be joining some of our favorite soul-spinning folks in the whole world for a weeks worth of foot-stomping in the forests!

Here’s the scoop on our Portland => Seattle => Portland adventures

This one is especially exciting for Carnita who years ago was INSPIRED TO BECOME A SOUL DJ while living in Portland and attending this incredible party hosted by DJ beyonda.  Things are coming full circle, ya’ll!

I’ve Got A Hole In My Soul

Thursday, August 11th 9pm-2:30am


315 SE 3rd Avenue, Portland

I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL & DJ Beyondadoubt
is thrilled to welcome, for the 1ST TIME in Portland,
homies & HARD FRENCH SF residents:DJ Brown Amy & DJ Carnita!!!!!!


The Deepest Crates in New Orleans:
DJ Brice Nice
(WWOZ New Orleans, Rhythm Killers Productions, Hip Drop, etc….)

SO excited to be re-joining the Seattle-based babes at Nark Magazine and Sophisticated Mama for an on-steriods version of the fun we all had a few weeks ago at the Capitol Hill Block Party!
SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH at FRED WILDLIFE REFUGEwith Vinyl & 45 spinsters:
Carnita & Brown Amy (San Francisco), Nitty Gritty (Seattle)
+Special guest Blueyedsoul

Located at:
FRED Wildlife Refuge
127 E. Boylston (Entrance on Belmont Ave)
(9-10pm Happy Hour drinks with Food Cart/Truck outside)

QUEERZ EVERYWHERE!  So thrilled to be invited by our Hard French guest DJ & total soul inspiration, DJ Shannon Action Slacks to spin with her at her new/gaygaygay soul danceparty Sugar Town!  There will also be ice cream so this is the perfect sticky sweet tour closer for us.
Sugar Town August — Queer Soul DANCE & “ice cream” SOULcial!
Thursday, August 19th 9pm-2am
The Saratoga Bar
6190 N Interstate Avenue, Portland
July Sugar Town was a resounding success and we’re following it up with something even more spectacular! Sugar Town AUGUST features very special guest DJ’s Brown Amy & Carnita from San Francisco’s INSANELY popular and impossibly fun Hard French party! Also joining us will be Portland’s favorite DJ soul superhero Beyonda along with resident Sugar Town DJ Action Slacks! That’s 4 QUEER soul DJs – The Queer Soul SUPER Friends!Additionally, Saratoga will be featuring special ice cream flavored drinks so we’re calling this an “Ice Cream” SOULcial. But that’s not all! Delectable sweet treats from Sugar Daddy Baking and don’t miss the Sugar Town Photobooth by Dana Rae!

See you there and DON’T forget to dress in the colors candy or Ice cream or cupcakes or. . . .

Why Mattachine This Sunday Perfectly Bookends My Decade As An Out Queer (thanks John Cameron Mitchell!)

•July 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The post-Hard French period of my life (it’s pretty much like a BC/AD difference at this point) has been marked by so many previously unthinkable and magical experiences — from slinging records across 11 states and 2 countries in a wild road tour with Amy to curating a balls to the wall pride party with some of my favorite all-time DJs and performers to igniting a queer takeover of a haunted hotel.  Each of these memories and so many more continue to blow me away but these still don’t reach any where near the level of awe I feel when reflecting upon what is the craziest of them all – meeting & throwing a party with John Cameron Mitchell.

I’m pretty sure that most everyone out there who’s seen John’s film, Hedwig & The Angry Inch at the very least appreciated the music & the message that have turned the film into the definition of a cult-classic.  To me, Hedwig was something far deeper than a film — it was a crucial pillar of validation at a time when I was desperately clinging for any semblance of self-worth and identity.  I came out when I was 14 — it’s not a particularly remarkable coming out story, but like all others it led to a complete inner panic.  One where I felt myself completely losing the heteronormative identity that had shaped me and also many of the friends and support systems that had come with it.  I was a lone-wolf queer in my circle and while some folks gave me an “it’s ok to be gay” pat on the back, I still had little to no clue what that meant, or where to find community or a sense of who I now was or to become.

Then, less than two weeks after first uttering the words “I’m gay” to another person, I rented a new “gay” movie that had just come out with the hopes that it would somehow toss me some sort of lifesaver and at least make me feel slightly less isolated in my newly articulated gayity.

Thank movie, was of course Hedwig and the Angry Inch and after watching it more times than I could count over the subsequent 3 day rental period it was patently clear that I wasn’t alone, and that the queer me was going to involve a lot more guts glitter than I had perviously imagined.  I can’t fully express how empowering it was to be told that, yes, I may be the only gay I know, but goddammit that makes me a a rockstar in the sexual identity world of high school and it was time to own it, dress the part & make my mark.  I was ready to shine.

I took not only the film’s message of staying strong in your wicked little town, loving yourself & sharing your worth with the world to heart but also grabbed onto its aesthetic directives – ditching my cargo shorts & Shaq jersey and donning sparkly Mac eyeshadows and sequined tops from Limited Too.  It’s one thing to be gay at your high school, it’s an entirely different (and more empowering in my opinion) experience to do it in heels.  I performed Queen in my high school talent show in Bettie Page pumps, gender-bended my way into being named Ventura’s Punk Rock Prom Queen and also could be found in my best face at monthly Hedwig midnight screenings at the Laemelle in West Hollywood.  It was at one of these that I first met John Cameron Mitchell – I was too stunned for words and after his handshake refused to wash my hands with soap for over a week.

Haaaaaaay, Queen.

Flash-forward nearly a decade.  I’ve traded in my lipgloss for a mustache (can’t get enough of these clichés, can i?) and am in Toronto to bring Canada it’s first Hard French.  While there, I met John at a Toronto International Film Festival afterparty and sloppily drunk, dug up the courage to invite him to the Hard French we were doing in NYC that weekend.  Imagine the shock when 4 days later, I saw the man who’s creation made me the gay I am today walk through the doors of the East River Bar.  This story is long & involved, but suffice to say we chatted about music & as a lover of soul we made plans for him to DJ with us next time he was in SF.  Having him as our guest at the BYOQ festival some months later was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had (and not just because we were outdoors in Golden Gaet Park in the middle of a fall-rainstorm) and one that awed those who’ve seen me through my life as well – I sent a photo of us DJing to my Mom, she had it framed.

Framed + Hung in Mama's House

So, this is why, it is beyond an honor and more aptly considered a mind-blowing divine priveledge to be presenting John & his now infamous New York Party, Mattachine, here in San Francisco this Sunday, July 31st at El Rio.  In the same way that Hedwig imbued me with a sense of self worth so many years ago, I’m again feeling particularly empowered to be able to assist someone who’s meant so much to me in bringing his creation to the city that I love and has continued the identity-shaping process he helped initiate when I was 14.

Mattachine too, is a particularly galvanizing club to be hosting here in that its name and its roots are born out of the country’s first gay rights group, the Mattachine Society, who used bars and dancefloors to assert their worth and demand their rights.  As someone who believes that so much of our queer collective power is born out of our bars, parties & community meeting spaces this party is in every way an affirmation of my beliefs.  That being said, it’s also going to be an ass-kicking rock n’ roll dancefest the likes of which San Francisco’s outdoor party scene has never experienced.  John along with his partners Amber Martin, PJ Deboy & Paul Dawson are my kind of classic rock queers and I cannot wait to honor my younger self by sweating it out, shedding my shirt & celebrating my official decade of queerness on the dancefloor with the man who helped to kick it off.

Mattachine SF

Mattachine SF Poster

Mattachine Dance Party with John Cameron Mitchell & Amber Martin

Sunday July 31st from 3-8pm.  EL RIO (1465 Mission Street, San Francisco)

Mattachine is a now-legendary NYC dance party brought to you by director/actor JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, Rabbit Hole), former-Portland performance queen AMBER MARTIN, PJ DEBOY (Shortbus), and PAUL DAWSON (Shortbus). For over three years, it’s been packing the dance floor and overflowing onto the sidewalk at the West Village bar Julius’—the very bar where members of the Mattachine Society, the country’s first gay-rights, pinko-commie organization, demanded a drink in 1964 to fight against the city’s “no service for known homosexuals” law. Before Stonewall, there was the infamous “Sip-In.” Now, 48 years later, those men are honored once a month in Julius’ by scores of fancy-dressed folks careening into each other’s arm to the songs of queer yesteryear and beyond. Like John says, “ALL music is dance music!!”

Now they’re taking MATTACHINE on the road, promoting ethical homosexual culture everywhere. Tonight is your night to be an early-era, pinko-commie, downtown homo, demand your drink, and careen into someone else’s arms.

$5 at the door.

Dress: Up and Come: Out!

Check Out More About Mattachine —
NY Times Article about Mattachine and John Cameron Mitchell:http://nyti.ms/jgobeL
Watch a Video of Mattachine in Action: http://bit.ly/loq0ws

DJ Carnita Is On The Grill in Seattle All Weekend

•July 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Carnita’s Emereald City invasion is in full affect!  Last night it was an honor to share the decks with DJ Nitty Gritty (great name) at Sophisticated Mama — a weekly soul jam at Havana that featured the hardest working dancefloor i’ve seen outside of a Hard French.  Check out this sassy writeup we got in the Stranger’s Homosexual Agenda column (its really weird to go into a town and see your real name in the paper, btw) —

Um… no. We’re not talking about Lady Bunny. At least not just yet… she isn’t scheduled to visit until the 28th, which, if you are into calendars and time and junk like that, you know damn good and well doesn’t happen until NEXT week. (Stop pestering me!) And we’re also not talking about Katy Perry and her fireworks or whatever at KeyArena (it gets better! Moon, moon, moon!) nor any of the Indigo Girls at the damn zoo, because both of those things happened last night. (Pay attention!) The Sophisticated Mama we are discussing at the moment is a newish (to me at least—it’s been going on since last October, apparently… where the hell have I been?) every Thursday soul night. Yes, SOUL! Being a ginger, and therefore born without a soul and thoroughly damned from the word “go,” I know very little about it, but the experts tell me that resident DJs Nitty Gritty and Sad Bastard(awww… cheer up, Bastard!) and a rotating cast of guests will be spinning rare and popular soul singles from the 1960s and ’70s for your musical joy and soulful edification. Tonight’s special pre–Capitol Hill Block Party edition features San Francisco’s Tom Temprano as DJ superguest, and the gays are thoroughly encouraged to attend. (See, Daddy? Sinners got soul, too!) Havana, 9 pm, free, 21+.

The Nitty Gritty/Carnita combo buffet continues tomorrow night, Saturday the 23rd, at The Capitol Hill Block Party at Sole Repair‘s Summer Soul Jam from 9-2!  5 Hours of hot heavy sweaty post-daytime drunk debauchery promises to be a good time.  As an aside, super thanks to Nark Magazine & Vitamin Water (seriously) for making my whole northwest gaycation possible with this here gig!

OH!  And speaking of Seattle, this here is just the appetizer for the sweet soul feast that Brown Amy & I are going to be handling up here in August.  Check out this cute flyer + facebook invite for more information.

hard french seattle

Nark Magazine presents the biggest soul, funk and R&B party of the year!


with Vinyl & 45 spinsters:
Carnita & Brown Amy (San Francisco), Nitty Gritty (Seattle)
+Special guest Blueyedsoul

HARD FRENCH (San Francisco)
Featuring DJ’s Carnita & Brown Amy
Brown Amy & Carnita are the resident DJs at Hard French, a monthly soul dance party in San Francisco that has garnered praise in the SF Bay Guardian, The New Gay, SF Weekly, the New York Times and more and previously threw the Beauty Bar SF monthly, The Real Nitty Gritty. They were recently named San Francisco’s favorite DJ’s by Asterisk SF Magazine and have been featured together at Homo A GoGo, Fabulosa Fest, Brown Down Crown Parties, the Lexington, the Parkside, Public Works and have played guest DJ sets at award-winning San Francisco clubs like Some Thing at the Stud and Go Bang at Paradise Lounge. They have been also taken their show on the road toting their 45s as far away as Toronto and New York and Austin and were recently featured at Business Woman’s Special in Toronto and at The Hook Up! showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX. They have been heard on Bay Area Radio stations like Pirate Cat Radio and KALX Berkeley.


Featuring DJ Nitty Gritty
Started in the fall of 2010, Sophisticated Mama is a weekly soul dance night at Havana Social Club on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Every Thursday resident DJs Nitty Gritty and Sad Bastard spin rare and popular soul, funk and r&b from the 60’s and early 70’s.

Featuring Guest DJ, Seattle Favorite:

Photography by:
Nark Magazine

More Details TBA

Located at:
FRED Wildlife Refuge
127 E. Boylston (Entrance on Belmont Ave)
(9-10pm Happy Hour drinks with Food Cart/Truck outside)

Nark Magazine: http://www.Narkmagazine.co​m/
FRED Wildlife Refuge: http://www.fredwildliferef​uge.com/
Hard French: http://www.hardfrench.com/
Sophisticated Mama: http://www.facebook.com/gr​oups/156540951065151

Brown Amy & Carnita R Getting Crafty @ Indie Mart This Sunday

•July 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We’ve been huge fans of/shoppers at Indie Mart for years and have always dreamed of bringing out 45s on to the stage — and now our dreams are coming true!  Indie Mart is a wonderful way to get drunk outdoors during the daytime (which we’re clearly huge fans of) while also supporting local small businesses (like our friends at Blackjet Baking Co) & bands & artists & …stuff?  There’s also a rumor that mayoral candidate John Avalos will be joining us on stage to play a few records later in the evening…  OH!  And we get to judge a DIY Contest with Indie Mart founder Kelly Malone and our pal Broke-Ass Stuart.  We ❤ passing judgement!


indie martndie mart is back, after an 8 month hibernation. SF’s only truly local indie design, DIY and music party hits Sunday July 24th from 12-7pm (extended hours) at Thee Parkside and all down Wisconsin Street. Roll out with your peeps and hit first outdoor show of the year! All the things you love: awesome vendors, all day bands, cheap beers, stiff drinks, photobooth to get wild in, Parkside’s tasty BBQ and tots, all the eye candy, fun and rad shopping you can imagine. Vendors include DIYers, makers, designers, screenprinters, illustrators, artists, typographers, vintage, a few carpenters, foodies and some of our favorites like Shotwell, Gangs of SF, Pretty Penny, San Franpsycho, Indosole, Workshop, Black Jet Bakery & about 80 more. Add in: food vendors (for the first time), our second annual DIY competition with judges Broke Ass Stuart, Kelly Malone & The Hard French DJ’s (thanks to Wikia DIY). A 6pm soul/oldies dance competition for awesome prizes. Workshop SF. Make your own terrarium fundraiser by Flora Grubb. Sex kitten makeovers by Fox & Doll: Red lips, smokey eyes & F’ed up- special effects black eyes & bruises, so youre not left out dudes. Lastly, of course the Photo Booth! We’ll have all kinds of interactive designers & good stuff going on.

The Hard French DJ’s will be spinning oldies jams, with resident DJ Rck Moranis and her sweet van. Check out the killer band lineup, details & set times available here:

· 6pm- Social Studies-
· 5pm- Ugly Winner- http://www.myspace.com/win​ningisugly
· 4pm- Carletta Sue Kay-
· 3pm- SF Rock Project- kids that will rock your balls off-
· 2pm- Marabelle Phoenix-

$5- ticket donation to Kelly’s Cancer Fund

– 7:30pm- Montra
– 8:45pm- The Downer Party

Admission is a sliding $3-5. donation, which is a fundraiser for the founder, Kelly Malone’s cancer treatments. Or a $20- donation to her fund gets you admission to indie mart, a rad indie mart tee or tote bag, a raffle ticket and admission to the afterparty show.

The Indie-Mart Street Fair
Sunday July 24th, 12-7pm
Thee Parkside- 17th st & all down Wisconsin
ALL AGES- 21 to booze it up.
$3 donation

art by Nancy Mungcal

DJ Carnita Is Hosting A New SunGay Party Called Daytime Realness — Be There

•July 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Daytime Realness Is: Burt Reynolds Mustache, Three’s Company, Roller Skates, Astroturf, Kiddie Pools, Technicolor Jello Molds, Artificial House Plants, High Waistlines, Cuckoo Clocks, Floral Print Bathrooms, Shag Carpeting, Cabana Boys, Shrimp Cocktails, Harvey Wallbangers, Muppets in Bikinis, Pink Flamingos, Hawaiian Tropics, White Loafers, A SUNDAY YOU CANT REMEMBER & WILL NEVER FORGET

Daytime Realness

COME TO THE PARTY!  It’s going to be an epic blast full of top-notch performances, great music and babes for days.  You know you want to be able to say “I was there for the first one.”

Just when you thought it was safe to stay in on Sundays…

Join your hosts Heklina (Trannyshack) & DJ Carnita (Hard French) and groove to the musical stylings of Stanley Frank (Viennetta Discotheque, Chillidog) as you take in performances by some of San Francisco’s finest queens and cruise some of its hottest bodies.



El Rio



Hostessing by Heklina & DJ Carnita

Turntabling by Stanley Frank



Featuring Daylit Performances on the Patio by:

Gina La Divina

Ambrosia Salad

Miss Rahni

Rotisserie Ethnicity Jackson Houston Ross

And More!


Daytime Realness is a new party on the patio at El Rio every third Sunday afternoon from 3-8pm.