DNA Runs Afoul of ABC
|Neil Girling, www.theblight.net|
|Too Lewd for SF? Flame Cynders performing at the DNA's Hubba Hubba Revue|
As first reported by SFist, on February 13th, the DNA Lounge's Jamie Zawinski revealed on the club's website that the venue is currently embroiled in a battle with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), who are "trying to permanently revoke our liquor license," according to Zawinski.
ABC's charges? ""lewdness", "discrimination", and "running a disorderly house injurious to the public welfare and morals" - a shocking accusation in San Francisco, to say the least. The citation arose out of two former monthly events, the gay-themed "Cream" and the lesbian-themed "Escandido," both of which were staked out by undercover ABC agents searching for illegal activities of moral turpitude.
Zawinski contends the citations were a retaliatory move by ABC resulting from the club's successful petition to change its liquor license from Type 48 (21+) to Type 47 (all ages/restaurant). In any event, the authorities documented several alleged violations, including fondling and/or exposure of bare buttocks, female breasts (during a lesbian wet t-shirt contest) and/or genitals; repeated pelvic thrusts and other "simulated sex acts"; as well as discriminatory pricing (apparently, women were charged a different rate than men by Escandido's outside promoters, which, Zawinski contends, was not immediately known by club staff).
While the DNA Lounge has indeed cultivated a sexually ambiguous, techy Goth crowd, and hosted numerous burlesque-themed events, like the Hubba Hubba Revue and Bohemian Carnival, we have to wonder: What's the world coming to when a lesbian wet t-shirt contest is no longer sacred?
Seriously, in a city where some clubs have much bigger problems than a brief nipple flash or cheek-squeeze among consenting adults, it's hard to understand what the big deal is. This certainly sounds like a vendetta against the DNA, or in the very least, selective enforcement, by the ABC.