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San Francisco’s DNA Lounge In Danger Of Shutting Down

In a blog post today, most likely from venue owner & proprietor, Jamie Ziwenski, he chronicled the issues the DNA Lounge is facing.

I really don’t want to have to close DNA Lounge. We have done some great things here. Not me, we. The umbrella of DNA is host to countless vibrant communities and thousands of regulars. We’ve had fifteen years of the most diverse, weird, interesting calendar of any venue I’ve ever seen. A typical month here doesn’t include just bands and DJs, but comedy, lecture series, circuses, robotic exhibitions, dance performances, hair shows… We provide a home for a whole lot of truly amazing art. I’m so proud of everyone. I’m immensely grateful to our staff for making it happen. They all clearly have a lot of love for this place too, because there’s no other reason someone would put up with the low pay and appalling working conditions!

DNA Lounge hosts popular weekly events such as Bootie & goth/industrial dance night, Death Guild. DNA is also home to concerts and have hosted shows with the likes GWAR, The Misfits, Green Day, and countless others.

Photo by John Adams

Green Day @ DNA Lounge (2009) – Photo by John Adams

So, what can be done to keep DNA Lounge open? from the blog post:

Some form of crowdfunding is a possibility, I suppose. Most people want something in return for their Kickstarters and whatnot: it tends to be viewed as commerce more than charity. So at the low end, this would probably look a lot like: buying a spot on the guest list for a year, or a stack of “get in free” cards, or something. It would be easy to mis-design those rewards in such a way as to not actually make any money from them. But maybe at the high end, there would be enough people willing to kick down substantial contributions: people who feel it’s worth more to them than $12 per show to keep DNA Lounge in existence.

Another possibility is looking for grants. Grants for the arts are out there. A few years back, Yoshi’s somehow convinced the City to just give them $7.2 million. And then they went out of business anyway. So…. we know that’s possible, I guess? But writing grant proposals is a specialized skill. I don’t possess it and I don’t know anyone who does. Do you? By all means, send ’em by.

If you’d like to weigh in on ways to save DNA Lounge, or just leave memories about times you’ve spent there – that can be done here.

 

 

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