QUEER ISSUE: Our annual guide to the (actually!) coolest Pride events
Faetopia Tower Records building, 2286 Market, SF. www.faetopia.com. Through Fri/22, noon-midnight, (event times vary), $10 suggested donation. What's a radical queer to do in the season of commercialized sexuality? Seize an empty records store and fill with blithe faggotry. The crew behind Faetopia is organizing nights of queer cinema, hip-hop and ecology classes, drag musicals, skillshares, and much more — drop in.
Frameline Film Festival Various times and venues, SF. Through Sun/24. www.frameline.org. The 36th year of this international gay and lesbian film fest has taken over SF — from a documentary on a female Olympian weightlifter to sweet tales of love, to goofy nights of short flicks.
National Queer Arts Festival Various times and venues, SF. www.queerculturalcenter.org. The fest has been raging since the start of the month, but this week you can catch Marga Gomez at the LGBT Center (Fri/22), darkly humored dance pieces at The Garage (Sat/23), and Ali Liebegott's "Faggot Dinosaur" art exhibit at Alley Cat Books.
"Searching for Queertopia" Galeria de la Raza 2857 24th St., SF. www.galeriadelaraza.org. Through June 30. 7:30pm, free. An exhibition documenting Las Intrépidas, a traditional celebration of muxe (queer) culture in the Oaxacan town of Juchitán de Zaragoza.
The Guardian's 8th annual Pullin' Pork for Pride Pilsner Inn, 225 Church, SF. www.sfbg.com. 5:30-9pm, free. Squee! Our annual meat treat (free pulled pork sandos for all!) will be soundtracked by Hard French heartthrobs, DJs Brown Amy and Carnita.
Gay Pride Comedy Show Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin, SF. (415) 346-2025, www.decosf.com. 7pm, $20. Camp out at this lineup of stand-up queers, compiled by hometown comedian Charlie Ballard in order to challenge the common perception of what a gay person is.
Bi-BQ bisexual pride potluck and promenade Dolores Park Café, 501 Dolores, SF. (707) 799-4343, www.sfpride.org. 5pm, free. The pre-party for Frameline Film Festival's showing of Bi-Candy features a potluck barbeque, Dolores Cafe performances, and a promenade en masse to Victoria Theatre.
Booty Call QBar, 456 Castro, SF. www.bootycallwednesdays.com. 9pm-2am, $3. The thing about Booty Call — besides its quickly-shirtless bevy of Castro babes — would be its extravagant photobooth, designed each week by a different, deserving SF creative type. Get trashed, dance crazy, but stay pretty for the camera (and hostess Juanita More.)
Stay Gold Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com. 10pm-3am; $3 before 11pm, $5 after. Suggested apparel for the Pride edition of the monthly queer hip-hop banger: vinyl flower print bodysuit, winged sneakers, ass.
Dude magazine launch party Eros, 2051 Market, SF. www.erossf.com. 7-10pm, free. Australian transmasculinity zine is planting a flag in our soil, and celebrating with this reception at all-male sex club Eros.