Keeping Nights Bright in San Francisco

with Honey Mahogany, D’Arcy Drollinger, Josh Cheon, Julie Phelps, and Monique Jenkinson
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7pm
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The night acts as a binding agent, most of us have felt the warm embrace of the dark. It forges friendships, births collaboration, and is an abrupt burst of creation night after night. The night is a thermometer of the creativity spirit of a city. San Francisco Bay Area nightlife seemingly undergoes ceaseless transformation – most recently during the pandemic – an ongoing path of change, transience, and displacement met with poetic perseverance. Please join us for a panel conversation exploring the wonder, work and whereabouts of nightlife today with some of the most prolific and experimental nighttime characters hosted in one of San Francisco’s most iconic and storied nightlife centers, the Tenderloin.  

Featured panelists:

Honey Mahogany, The STUD

D’Arcy Drollinger, OASIS

Josh Cheon, Dark Entries

Julie Phelps, CounterPulse

in a conversation moderated by Victor Cordon

with special guest Monique Jenkinson reading from her new book Faux Queen: A Life in Drag

Books available for sale courtesy of Dog Eared Books


Featuring an opening gallery reception for “La Vida es Tormentos y Alegrios” by Humberto Maldonado and Donna Personna


About D’Arcy Drollinger | OASIS

D’Arcy Drollinger is an actor, writer, director, choreographer and producer. His first feature film, Shit and Champagne, debuted in 2021, in which Drollinger wrote, directed and starred. D’Arcy is the creator and host of the hit satirical news youtube series Hot Trash. Works include: Bitch Slap! Champagne White is Disastrous, Champagne White and The Temple of Poon, Mr. Irresistible, Project: Lohan, Scalpel!, The Possession of Mrs. Jones, Pink Elephants, Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls, Suburbia 3000 and The Cereal Killers. Other credits include: The Producers (first Broadway production), Hairspray the Musical (first Broadway production), and VH1’s Divas 2000 featuring RuPaul. Drollinger continues to adapt, direct and co-star in the long-running hit drag parodies Sex and the City LIVE! and Golden Girls LIVE!: The Christmas Episodes. D’Arcy is the creator of the dance-fitness-wellness brand, Sexitude. D’Arcy Drollinger is the owner and Artistic Director of OASIS, San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed nightclub / cabaret. Voted Best of the Bay in multiple categories including: Best Nightclub, Best Drag Show & Best Cabaret Venue. |​​


About Honey Mahogany | The STUD

Honey is co-founder of the Transgender District, the world’s first officially recognized transgender neighborhood located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin; co-owner of the Stud Bar, San Francisco’s oldest LGBTQ establishment and the nation’s first cooperatively owned LGBTQ nightlife venue; one of the founding queens of Drag Queen Story Hour; serves on the board of Manny’s, a cafe, bookstore, and people powered and community focused meeting and learning space; serves on the board of OX, a queer performance art non-profit; currently sits on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee as an appointed member; and also works as a legislative aide in the District 6 Office of San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney.


About Josh Cheon | Dark Entries

Dark Entries was born in the spring of 2009 to release out of print and unreleased underground music as well as contemporary bands. A project of Josh Cheon, a vinyl-focused DJ and collector, Dark Entries takes great care in preserving sound quality and respecting the aesthetics of its artists. All of their releases are a carry over from the DIY days of the 1980s independent record labels. Josh grew up 15 minutes outside of New York City, and more specifically The Bank, a goth club that laid the foundations for his obsession with dark synthesizer driven music. Dancing to Q Lazzarus, Cetu Javu and “With Sympathy” era Ministry as well as newer acts like Wolfshiem, Beborn Beton and VNV Nation he eventually got a summer job with Metropolis Records in Philadelphia who released modern EBM and synthpop bands like Wolfshiem, VNV Nation and Covenant as well as classic darkwave band Clan Of Xymox and Bunnydrums. While attending Rutgers University, he became the Music Director for 90.3FM The Core for two years and held internships at Beggars Banquet/4AD/Matador and DFA Records. These internships gave Josh a first hand look at independent record labels and how they operate. Moving to San Francisco in 2006, Josh fell into the disco revival with Honey Soundsystem and secured a weekly show on West Add Radio. He noticed a lack of post punk and dark wave parties in San Francisco, so he started a night called Radio Lines at the Transfer. Sharing the decks with another avid record collector, Phil Mailer who ran the blog A Viable Commercial, Josh learned about the band Eleven Pond, whose debut LP was going for inflated sums on ebay. Luckily Jeff Gallea from Eleven Pond left a comment on the blog post and Josh contacted him. After obtaining a copy of the master tapes, he had the songs remastered for vinyl and released the LP in July 2009 with a silk screened cover like the original LP had. All of our releases are inspired by the DIY nature of independent record labels. Our designer Eloise Leigh is responsible for all reproductions and original concepts. Dark Entries entrusts all of their projects with the best engineer in the state, George Horn at Fantasy Studios, who remasters each release using his 50+ years of knowledge in the industry. With over 100 releases under our belt from Severed Heads, Crash Course In Science, Patrick Cowley to the Dark Entries Editions series focusing on hard to find Italo Disco and Synthpop 12”s.


About Julie Phelps | CounterPulse 

Artistic & Executive Director Julie Phelps has been at the helm of CounterPulse since 2014. Working at the intersection of the arts, activism, and community development, Phelps enacts hybridity as a mode of advancing the multi-faceted mission of CounterPulse. Phelps is active in connecting the artistic works of CounterPulse to the community by coordinating panels, symposia, discussion series to promote the power of the arts to catalyze change in our society. Under her leadership CounterPulse has grown from $800,000 to $1.2 million annual budget through funding and launching curated and acclaimed programs positioning CounterPulse as a curatorial leader worldwide. She is herself an internationally touring performer, social practice artists and cultural representative, and is deeply rooted in the queer and dance communities. She was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy 2019 and 2020, was named a YBCA 100 Honoree in 2017, is a published essayist in Performance Research Journal in 2021, is a contributing author in choreography: strategies (Art Stations Foundation, Poland, 2022) and was recently interviewed by the New York Times on her unique ability to build new sources of philanthropy in the tech sector. Between 2013-2016, Phelps spearheaded the process of acquiring and renovating a new facility for CounterPulse, helping to launch a new model for placing arts at the center of community development as the pilot project of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), with full acquisition slated for July 2022 after raising over $7 million.


About Monique Jenkinson

Monique Jenkinson is an artist, performer, choreographer, and writer. Lauded for a “campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art,” her work considers the performance of femininity as a powerful, vulnerable, and subversive act. She made “herstory” as the first cis-woman to win a major drag queen pageant and subsequently her solo performance works have toured nationally and internationally in wide-ranging contexts from nightclubs to theaters to museums—from Joe’s Pub, New Museum, and the historic Stonewall in New York City, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, The Stud, CounterPulse and de Young Museum in San Francisco, and in Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Provincetown, London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Zürich, Paris, Reykjavik, Rome, Catania, and Cork.


About Victor Cordon

Victor Cordon is a social impact professional currently leading employee impact, community impact and philanthropy practices at Okta. He has over a decade of experience working in nonprofit fundraising, corporate partnerships and philanthropy roles for organizations including the American Red Cross and AAA. Victor is passionate about activating individuals and organizations to do their most strategic good, believing that a more just and equitable world requires thoughtful and intentional participation in community. A proud San Francisco native, Victor is committed to protecting and enriching the Bay Area’s artistic and cultural legacy, and believes in the need for spaces like CounterPulse to exist. He holds a BA from UCLA, where he studied dance, performance studies and globalization studies.

Header image of Infinite Jess at TVOD by Julie Phelps



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