The word "indie" is thrown around way too much—so much that I don't think it can even be called indie anymore. We're stuck with it, though, just like "hipster" and putting "core" after a random word and calling it a music genre. Still, when I see a flyer promoting an indie night, it catches my eye because it usually means that, at some point, The Strokes will be played.
Case in point: The Office's (3936 30th St. in North Park) Strictly Business on Saturday, Oct. 13. This dance party will be helmed by DJs EdRoc and Kanye Asada, who'll spin the indie goods, along with a hodgepodge of other genres that appeal to the indie crowd, possibly ironically, like soul, house, pop, disco and rap.
For me, true independent spirit belongs to drag queens, who embody the ideal of working and living outside of mainstream constructs. For those who've always felt there was a bit of drag in them, Lips (3036 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park) will host its monthly So You Think You Can Drag? contest on Sunday, Oct. 14. Watch amateur queens attempt to become the next RuPaul, or, if you've got the balls, sign up online to perform yourself. The winner gets $100. Bring your wig and your sassy verbal bitch slaps.
To cap your indie weekend, U-31 Cocktail Lounge (3112 University Ave. in North Park) will get you past hump day with Humpnight on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The middle of the work week seems like a bad time for an indie dance party that goes 'til 2 a.m. If that doesn't sound like a shitty-enough Thursday morning, there'll be free vodka from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. if you RSVP. Better start faking a cough now.