Strap on your flaming jetpack and Zoom through Pride week's must-attend events
Pepperspray SF Eagle, 398 12th St., SF; www.sf-eagle.com. 9pm-midnite, $10. If you weren't hip to this actually legendary all-drag queen rock band when the first time around (in the early 00s), here's your chance to EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC. The fearsome foursome will be heshing their wigs off for the first time in a decade, supported like pantyhose by She-L-O (Electric Light Orchestra tribute band!). Pepperspray hits the stage at 10 sharp -- no drag time please!
"Pride NightLife" California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, SF; www.calacademy.org. 6-10pm, $12. This year's incarnation of the popular annual science museum event includes a "transpecies" costume contest with drag stars Glamamore, Heklina, Juanita More, and Peaches Christ; talks by reps from the Center for Sex and Culture'; music from DJs Carnita and Brown Amy of Hard French vs. DJs Pink Lightning and Rapid Fire of Stay Gold. And more. Seriously, what other Pride event will teach you about sea slugs?
The Tubesteak Connection Aunt Charlie's, 133 turk, SF; www.auntcharlieslounge.com. 10pm-2am, $5. A quintessential gay SF experience, DJ Bus Station John's weekly club transports us back to the good ol' cruisy bathhouse days with soulful disco and Hi-NRG tunes, plus some special Pride surprises. No cell phones, please!
"Vintage Queer San Francisco" Oddball Films, 275 Capp, SF; www.oddballfilms.com, 8pm, $10. Amazing film clips and fascinating video snippets of queer life in Oz over the last century.
Bearracuda Public Works, 161 Erie, SF; www.bearracuda.com. 9pm-3am, $12 advance. Are you big? Fat? Hairy? Hot? Male-identified? If you answered "yes" to at least two of those, this is where you need to be. Honey Soundsystem DJs guest. Otters welcome.
Mr. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF; www.monarchsf.com. 9pm-late, $15. Borrow a mustache -- or hey, grow your own -- for this great party put on by Fag Fridays and Beatbox Events. (Last year's was a real hoot.) With quality house music from DJs David Harness and Jeno plus cute boys.
"Some Thing is Really Gay" The Stud, 399 Ninth St. SF; www.studsf.com. 10pm-4am, $8. Watch in awe as the city's most artistically-inclined drag performers deconstruct, reconstruct, and just plain strut with Pride's many goofy tropes. Oh, and much dancing and carrying on to fun music.
Trans March Dolores Park, Dolores at 19th, SF; www.transmarch.org. Speakers and music 3pm; march (to Civic Center) 6pm, free. The 10th annual Trans March aims to inspire "all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where we are safe, loved, and empowered." Check out the event's website for info on post-march parties for youth and adults.
"Unofficial: Trans March After Party" Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF; www.elbo.com. 10pm-2am, $10. For the fourth year in a row, Amos Mac and Rocco Katastrophe of the world's hottest FTM magazine Original Plumbing get wild with you after the march. With DJs Rapid Fire and Average Joe and a boatload of hot trans go-gos.