Our mega-guide to 2011's Hot Pride Action — and parties and art and ...
Pullin' Pork for Pride Pilsner Inn, 225 Church, SF. www.pilsnerinn.com. 6-9pm, free. The Guardian's Pride Week happy hour turns seven years old, so we're sharing our secret of youth: pulled pork sandwiches, which our own Funk N Chunk crew will be dishing out for free. Beats by DJ OME, and and ample chance to check in with all the beautiful alternative people.
Stay Gold Public Works, 161 Erie, SF; Facebook: Stay Gold Pride. 9pm-2:30am, $3-$5. This young and fun queer party kicks out the party jams (plus an art show, live performances, and other surprises) with resident DJ hotties Rapid Fire and Pink Lightning.
Oh! The Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom, SF. www.powerhouse-sf.com. 10pm-2am, $5. Oh hey, Bright Young Gentleman's Adventuring Society, let's not waste any time on this whole Pride week, shall we? Head to the Powerhouse for DJs Guy Ruben and the so-dreamy Taco Tuesday while you're still fresh – you'll be a little less so after these porno beats and scruffy meets.
“Heroes With Bling” Market Street Gallery, 1554 Market, SF. www.marketstreetgallery.com. 6-8pm, free. 'Cause what would Pride be without the glittery gaudy of our city's drag royalty? Photographer Jose A. Guzman Colon has documented the highest of heels, the opaquest of eyeshadow in this photographic Pride pre-party. This one will be a gracious who's who.
A Truly Fabulous Nightlife California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, SF; (415) 379-8000, www.calacademy.org. 6-10pm, $12. Help drop the science on Pride week with special exhibitions, DJs Miss Juanita MORE!, Stanley Frank, Chelsea Starr, and Honey Soundsystem in the aquarium, plus a “tranimal” costume contest judged by drag's own special fauna exhibit, Heklina.
Sex-positive photo show Good Vibrations, 1620 Polk, SF; (415) 345-0400, www.goodvibes.com. 6-8pm, free. Enjoy the images of storied sex-positive photographer Phyllis Christopher with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and, of course, good vibes.
Street Power: The Story of San Francisco's Vanguard GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., SF; (415) 621-1107, www.glbthistory.org. 7-9pm, $5 suggested donation. Learn your history as local smartypants Joey Plaster, Mia Tu Mutch, and Rev. Megan Rohrer draw parallels between the Vanguard youth movement of the 1960s and present day LGBTQ organizations.
Pan Dulce The Café, 2369 Market, SF; (415) 675-9763, www.clubpapi.com. 8pm-2am, $5-$8. The Bay Area's largest weekly Latin party kicks off Pride in the 'Stro with sexy go-go papis, drink specials, and more – hosted by Sasha and beats by DJ Carlos.
Eden Thurs/23-Sun/26, Various locations, SF; (510) 842-6315, www.edininthebay.com. $65-$100. This weekend-long event is for all the ladies – four nights and six parties featuring glamorous catwalks, celebrities from the Real L Word, stand-up comedy, superstar DJs, and more.
In the Mood for Love Truck, 1900 Folsom, SF. www.trucksf.com. 10pm-1am, free. High-octane laser beams will sear from the eyes of drag glamorpuss La Monistat – tonight's all about the dramarama love ballads, so donate to the party's concurrent food drive to avoid unhinging a woman who is already bawling out.
Stud Bar 45th anniversary party Stud, 399 Ninth St., SF. www.studsf.com. 8pm-2am, free. Hey daddy, you're not gonna want to miss the festivities at SF's classic cruisy queer bar.
Big Gay Warehouse party Big Gay Warehouse, SF. www.biggaywarehouse.org. 6-10pm, $5 plus $1 six month membership. It'll be the BGW's (first and) last Pride hurrah before the party collective gets the boot from their SoMa space – but don't cry for them. Better that you dance dance dance to Forever, Tacocat, Bitter Fruit, and Fat Transfer. Shuttles depart from 17th St. and Capp to take you there all night, and afterwards you can catch a ride to East Bay parties.
DTF Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF. (415) 863-2047, www.lexingtonclub.com. 9pm, free. Are you? Come prepared to get revved up – DJs Miss Jackson and Astro, host Kellen, and a passel of comely go-go dancers will have you mashing face with other lucky lasses toute suite.
The Ms. Tang Tang Show African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton, SF; (415) 922-2049, www.aaacc.org, www.brownpapertickets.org. 7:30pm, $15-$20. Be apart of a live studio audience for this all-queer-all-Asian variety show with guest artists D'Lo, Kit Yan, Philip Huang, and more as they perform, amuse, and delight. The show will be aired online, so be sure to sit strategically to get your “good side” on film.
Hunky Rebel, 1760 Market, SF. (415) 431-4202. Facebook: Hunky. 10pm-4am, free before 11pm. An out-of-state ID gets you in for free all night, so this is the perfect spot to check out all the just-docked fresh meat.
Pride Kick-off party The Lexington, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.thelexingtonclub.com, 9pm, free with drink purchase. Kick-off pride at the Lex for their notorious shit-show of a celebration (and we mean that in a good way.) This year Ms Jackson and Astro from parties She Said and Cockblock handle the decks while those sexy Lexy go-go dancers turn the crowd out..
Shameless House of Music, 420 14th St., Oakl.; www.shipsinthenight.blogspot.com. 9pm-3am, $7. Can't make it over the bridge in to SF tonight? No worries – Ships in the Night brings Pride to Oakland! This 700 plus venue will hold DJs, debauchery, dancing and more – including a special performance from kick-ass Purple Rhinestone Eagle, home-cooked treats, and indie vendors.
Trans March Dolores Park, Dolores and 18th St., SF; www.transmarch.org. 3:30-6:30pm rally, 6:30pm march, donations accepted. Gather in support of transgendered and transsexual justice and visibility at a rally in the park – featuring DJ Stephanie Luz , Rev. Megan Rohrer and the Vanguard Youth, Josie and the Pussycats, and more – and a protest march to follow. This year's Trans March honors the 45th anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria Riots.
Trans March after party The Lexington, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.thelexingtonclub.com. 9pm, free with drink purchase. Decompress after a day of kickass trans unity and solidarity at the Lex with DJs Jenna Riot and Miss Pop spinning an eclectic dance mix of hip-hop and Top 40s jams of the past and present.
33rd Annual Pride Concert® Everett Auditorium, 450 Church, SF; 1-800-595-4TIX, www.annualprideconcert.org. 8pm, $15-$30. Get a dose of culture during this year's Pride festivities with a showcase of the world's premier LGBTQ orchestra, choruses, and wind ensembles with host Trauma Flintstone.
Unofficial 2 Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. (415) 552-7788, www.elbo.com. 10pm-2am, $7. Coinciding nicely with trans mag Original Plumbing's green issue, this is the OP crew's second year of post Trans Parade hijinx. DJs Rapidfire and Bunnystyle will kick out the jams. Amos Mac will snap your look.
Le Petit Mort Pride Som Bar, 2925 16th St., SF. (415) 558-8521, www.som-barsf.com. 6-10pm, free. A magical mystery ride? Celebrating diversity? A free party during Pride Week? Will wonders never cease – these deep '80s and disco tunes will touch you deep inside, cuz that's what Pride's all about.
Marga & the Tomboys LGBT Community Center, 2nd Floor, 1800 Market, SF; www.brownpapertickets.com. 8Pm, $15. Check out Latina funny-woman Marga Gomez and resident cutie-pie Janine Brito as they serve up some side-splitting queer comedy for the National Queer Arts Festival.
Beefy Babe Parade Big Gay Warehouse, SF; www.biggaywarehouse.org, Facebook: Beefy Babe parade. 8pm-3am, $6-$9. If you've never been out to his punk rock warehouse, this would be the time – bad ass babes from Portland, Purple Rhinstone Eagle, are performing and other awesome surprises are in the works. Check online for bike-able routes and info on shuttles from the Mission.
GAWK's 25th anniversary party Tikka Masala, 1668 Haight, SF. 7pm, free. The Gay Artists and Writer's Collective celebrates a quarter century of providing soundtrack to the city's progressive causes, with live bands, quite moving and fun readings, and a always fascinating crowd of characters.
MR. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. Facebook: Mr. 4th Annual Mustache Party. www.mighty119.com 9pm-4am, $15 presale. 'Tis the season to mingle with porn stars from Naked Sword and Golden Gate and hear to NYC's Miss Honey Dijon tear up the decks. Throw on your best fake or real mustache because that's how hot and porny it's gonna get.
Some Thing Pride The Stud, 399 Ninth St., SF. www.studsf.com. 10 p.m.-4 am., $7 The wild drag threesome of Vivvyanne Forevermore, Glamamore, and Down-E take you down the rabbithole with loads of performances, a scene truly to behold, and music from DJs Hoku Mama Swamp and Stanley Frank.
Color from God-lung (Larkwatt 1152) Breathing Room, 1592 Market, SF. Facebook: Color from God-lung. 9-11pm, donation suggested. Take a break from the candy-coated craziness to check out this movement-based opera, whose plot unfolds in a post-apocalyptic petrified elephant carcass and involves endurance-based vocal feats.
Pink Triangle installation and ceremony Twin Peaks Vista Overlook, SF. (415) 726-4914, www.thepinktriangle.com. 7-10am installation, 10:30am commemoration ceremony, free. Help commemorate the gay victims of the Holocaust with the annual installation of the symbolic pink triangle atop Twin Peaks that can be seen for miles!
Dyke March Dolores Park, Dolores and 18th St., SF; www.thedykemarch.org. 3-7pm rally, 7pm march, $5-$10 suggested donation. San Francisco's Dyke March is the largest of it's kind in the world. Represent and be visible at a rally with performances and DJs – Hard French's Brown Amy is headlining, so wear your dancing shoes – with a parade to follow.
Pink Saturday at the Dark Room The Hot Spot, 1414 Market, SF. 10pm. “Demented” performances from some the best drag queens going (Anna Conda, Lady Bear, Raya Light) stud this macabre gay goth-industrial break from the rainbow rally outside. Drink specials help melt your makeup off. With DJs Le Perv, Phatima, and Faux King Awesome.
Men's Spanking Party Power Exchange, 220 Jones, SF; (415) 864-2766, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-6pm, $20. Yup, you sure did read that correctly. So, who's been a bad boy? Those of you males who are into spanking and paddling – whether bi, gay, or straight – bend on over. This is your lucky day.
Tap That Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.thelexingtonclub.com. 7pm, free.DJ Becky Knox of Lions, Tigers, and Queen keeps the delicious dyke dancing going well after the march is over. This is the OG of Dyke March afterparties, so let's not forget our heritage, people.
Big Top vs. Trannyshack Club 8, 1151 Folsom, SF. www.trannyshack.com. Doors at 9pm, show at 11pm, $15 presale. When clubs collide, you wanna be there for the ensuing bump 'n' grind. Kooky-crazy drag institution Trannyshack's bearded ladies take on the ringling go-go twinks and hairy fortune tellers of Big Top's homo disco circus – they'll tangle til dawn, with you caught in the dancetastically dirty sheets. Watch that elephant.
Indigenous Pride LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market, SF; www.sfcenter.org, email@example.com. 8pm, free. This Indian Two Spirits celebration is alcohol-free and features spoken word, Native American hand games, drumming, and more.
Go Bang! Go Pride! Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin, SF. Facebook: Go Bang! Go Pride! 9pm-3am, $5. DJ Peeplay of Honey Soundsystem teams with Lel'Elephant, Sergio, and Steve Fabus for a gay 'ol time. Disco dance your way through the weekend with rare grooves and deep cuts .
Bearracuda Pride Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.bearracuda.com. 9pm-late, $10-15. Furry manmeat takes over Public Works to listen to dabecey of Electronic Music Bears, DJ Peeplay of Honey Soundsystem, and Jen Irish of Denver – and make the second floor treehouse into a teddybear's picnic. Fuzzy!
Gaypocalypse SUB/Mission 2183 Mission, SF; Facebook: Gaypocalypse – Dyke March Afterparty. 9pm-2am, $7. DJs from Stay Gold, Ships in the Night, Party Hole, and Hella Gay join party forces for a night of booty-clapping jams at this debaucherous Dyke march after party.
Lights Down Low SOM Bar, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com. 8pm-3am, $15 presale. JD Samson of Le Tigre, Nomi Ruiz of Hercules and Love Affair, and Honey Soundsystem's Derek Bobus headline this electronic get down. Nu disco? Nu problem.
Mighty Real Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com. 10pm-4am, $10 presale. House god Quentin Harris — the man with the golden ear and platinum body — and local boy David Harness turn up the dance floor soul into Pride Sunday's early hours.
Cockblock Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.cockblocksf.com. 9pm-2am, $15. This Dyke March after-party will feature Cockblock and Q Bar's sharp Natalie Nuxx and DJ C.LA, who is gonna bring that trampy Vegas spirit straight to the sexy lesbis at this sweaty dance-off.
SF Pride Parade and Celebration Market, from Beale to 8th St., SF; www.sfpride.org. 10:30am, free/$20 V.I.P. passes for 2-5pm party at City Hall. The mother of all Pride babies – this is where it all began, folks. The O.G. protest march down Market Street for LGBTQ rights, justice, and visibility. This year's main stage performances at Civic Center include Sandra Bernhard, Luciana, Big Freedia, and tons more. The theme this year is “Stand Up for LGBT Youth”
Bradley Manning parade contingent Meet at Starbucks, 99 Jackson, SF; Facebook: March for alleged WikiLeaker. 9:45am, free. March in the parade with fellow supporters for the gay soldier who spoke openly against Don't Ask Don't Tell, and who is now imprisoned for allegedly blowing the whistle on U.S. war crimes in Iraq.
Mikes on Bikes Contingent Meet on Spear near Market 9pm-10pm, $5-$10. 415-905-8854 pre-reg hotline. Hey alternaqueer boys, bring your bike and ride with DJ Bus Station John and a spokeful of hotties, probably in their underwear, for the 15th anniversary “ride of your life.”
BiBi Pride After-Party T-Dance Club Eight, 1151 Folsom, SF. Facebook: BiBi Pride, www.eightsf.com. 4 p.m.-10 p.m., $15. Calling all Middle-Eastern and North African hotties! Get into the swing of Pride with Ooh La La Belly Dance, DJ Nile, DJ Nader and all the hip-shaking girls and boys you can handle.
Hard French Hearts Los Homos Public Works, 161 Erie, SF; www.hardfrench.com. 2-10pm, $15-$20. Like a Hard French on steroids, this massively popular, fresh and funky daytime BBQ soul party touches down for Pride and features sure-to-be-mind-blowing performances from Erase Errata, Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots, and New Orleans sissy bounce queen Big Freedia (azz up!), as well as a second room with guest DJs from Stay Gold, Ships in the Night, Dial Up!, and more.
Hit It and Quit It The Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.thelexingtonclub.com. Dirty bass to top 40 – if you can't hook up here, you can't hook up anywhere (or you have a penis).
Juanita MORE! Pride Party Chambers, 601 Eddy, SF. www.juanitamore.com. 2pm-2am, $25-35. Not only have we anointed it “Best Queer Party” of the year, but the top shelf entertainment (the Some Thing crew will be there, as well as the adorable Cougar Cadet Corps Drumline, NYC's House of Stank, and the UK's Horsemeat Disco) all goes to benefit a gay-straight youth alliance doing werq with the young folks. Plus it's a pool party, too! Drag fierceness Miss Juanita More presides.
Honey Pride Holy Cow 1535 Folsom, SF. www.honeysoundsystem.com, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. The gorgeous boys of Honey Soundsystem draw a hot, fun crowd of dancers who like being taken on a journey through all manner of dance music. Plus there's a barbecue going on! San Francisco's storied DJ Robbie Hardkiss and Doc Sleep provide the soundtrack for lovers.
Last Night Pride Party Club Six, 60 Sixth St., SF. www.clubsix.com 4pm-2am, $10. Race in style to the finish line with this DJ-fashion-dance explosion. With dubstep and electro DJs holding down Six's White Room and hip-hop and pop bobbing their heads in the Dark Room, you'll have options for the soundtrack to your come-down after a week of wild.
Queerly Beloved El Rio, 3158 Mission, (415) 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. 3-9pm, $8. Dubbed “a Pride party for the rest of us,” Courtney Trouble's annual Pride celebration is for all genders and sexualities, and features a wet t-shirt contest with pricey prizes, musical performances, a photo booth, tons of eye candy, porn screenings, free food, and so much more.
SF Pride Closing Party Regency Ballroom, 1300 Sutter, SF; (310) 880-4546, www.theregencyballroom.com. 7pm, $65. This year's official Pride closing party is a bonanza that includes performances by Taylor Dayne, fierce contestants from Ru Paul's Drag Race, DJ Glovibes, and host Peter Paige from Queer as Folk.
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