QUEER ISSUE: Our annual guide to the (actually!) coolest Pride events
"Fabulous" Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St., SF. www.creativityexplored.org. Through Aug. 1. Opening reception: 7pm-9pm, free. Artist Sara O'Sullivan curates this collection of gender-bending and queer culture at CE's gallery for developmentally-disabled creative people. Inspired by O'Sullivans love of drag queens, the show features a life-size hot pink cardboard drum set.
OccuPride planning meeting Faetopia, 2286 Market, SF. www.faetopia.com. Perhaps you're one of those radical queers looking for some outlet for your general angst regarding capitalism and the over-commercialization of even our most human desires. Hie thee to this get-together of like-minded souls who will be planning an action to take Pride back to its alternative roots.
Pride Nightlife California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, SF. www.calacademy.org. 6-10pm, $12. Sexologist Carol Queen, drag fauna Juanita More and Heklina, darling queer DJs, and other exotic fauna join Claude the albino alligator at the Academy's weekly party night. Star"gay"ze in the planetarium and learn about the same-sex predilections of your fave constellations.
Stone Pony solstice anniversary Stone Pony, 3552 20th St., SF. 6-10pm, free. If you haven't assembled your outfits for the weekend but can't stomach the thought of hitting the thrift town racks, you've come to the right place — this mystical vintage boutique is celebrating its Pride season one-year anniversary with champagne, "epic floral arrangements," music, and yes — style style style for sale sale sale.
Wrestle Mania Pride Kick-off Party Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF. www.lexingtonclub.com. 9pm, free. Do babes with biceps get you bent? Cruise to the Lex for its lezzie arm wrestling party — where you won't need to strong arm anyone to get them moving to DJs Ms. Jackson and China G.
Bearracuda Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com. 9pm-3am, $10–$15. Fluff your fur for this bear bash — Doc Sleep, Ted Eiel, dabecy from Electronic Music Bears, and Robert Jeffrey of Dial Up give you something to step to.
Bibi five-year anniversary Som Bar, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com. . 9pm-2am, $15 advance tickets. This is the only Pride party featuring non-metaphoric sword acrobatics. The queer Middle Eastern-North African community will converge for the fifth anniversary of its favorite, undulating dance party. Belly dance and aforementioned sword play figures alongside DJs Emancipation and Nader.
Bustin' Out! Official Trans March After-Party El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. www.elriosf.com. 8pm, $5–$50. DJs Ome, Jillio, and Bobby of Tortillas Picantes will spin at the be-patioed, community-oriented Mission bar. The get-down is a benefit for TGI Justice, a network of transpeople in and out of jail who are set on defeating the unjust prison industry.
Horse Meat Disco Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com. 9pm, $17. A huge mixed party (also including awesome local sunny electronic duo Poolside, the jubilant sounds of Crystal Ark, and the Honey Soundsystem DJs) will feature the beloved Horse Meat boys from London, who did much to stoke the last decade's obsession with rare disco and classic house treats.