THE QUEER ISSUE: Hop on your rainbow unicorn and ride through Pride with these sparkling parties, rallies, performances, and events
Boys in their Bedrooms Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com . Mon-Thu 5 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat–Sun 2 p.m.–2 a.m. Through June 30. Photographer Amos Mac of Original Plumbing zine gets up close and personal, chronicling the trans male lifestyle on the sexy Lex's walls.
Chronotopia SOMArts, 934 Brannan, SF; (415) 552-1770, www.somarts.org . Explore "the past, present, and future of queer histories" with this eye-popping photography exhibit that celebrates the spectrum of queer images.
Faetopia Festival Old Tower Records space at Market and Noe streets, SF; Various times and prices. Through June 26. www.playajoy.org/faetopia . The lovely, radical faeries of Comfort and Joy take over this huge space for a "remix of the past and present for future utopias," including eco-homo installations, "cuddle cinema" events, and a gossamer wing-load of ideas and performances.
Frameline Film Festival Various locations; see website for dates and times, www.frameline.org . The humongous citywide queer flick fest is still going strong, with dozens of screen gems.
Golden Girls Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission, SF; (415) 690-9410, www.voicefactorysf.org . Thu/24 and Fri/25, 7p.m. and 9 p.m.. $20–$25. Heklina, Cookie Dough, Matthew Martin, and Pollo Del Mar are joined by Mike Finn and Laurie Busman for live-action versions of two all-new episodes of the beloved TV show.
National Queer Arts Festival Various locations; see website for details, www.queerculturalcenter.org . Experience scandalously good spoken word, cabaret, art installations, and so much more as this powerhouse monthlong celebration of queer revelations continues.
Allstars 4 The Garage, 975 Howard, SF; (415) 518-1517, www.975howard.com . 8 p.m., $10-$20. An array of one-person shows and monologues that focus on the diversity and struggle of queer daily life.
Booty Call Q Bar, 456 Castro, SF; (415) 626-7220, www.qbarsf.com . 9p.m., $3. Juanita More, Joshua J, and photographers whip up dirty tunes and photobooth eye-candy, with DJ W, Jeremy of House of Stank.
HomoEvolution El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF; (415) 282-3325, www.elriosf.com . 8p.m., free. LGBT hip-hop showcase in full effect, with Foxxjazell, Bry'Nt, Benni E, Drew Mason, and Sgt. Sass.
Mary Go Round LookOut, 3600 16th St, SF; (415) 431-3111, www.lookoutsf.com . 10 p.m., $5. House of Glitterati invades the weekly drag show, anchored by Suppositori Spelling, Cookie Dough, and Pollo Del Mar.
OH! Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom, SF; (415) 552-8689, www.powerhouse-sf.com . The Bright Young Gentlemen's Adventuring Society cordially invites you to get it on. With DJs Taco Tuesday and PDX hottie Stormy.
Pullin' Pork for Pride Pilsner Inn, 225 Church, SF; (415) 621-7058. 6 p.m.–9 p.m. free. Hot pork in hot buns (free sandwiches from the Funk N Chunk crew, we mean). It's the Guardian's annual free-for-all shindig with DJ Stanley Frank of Vienetta Discotheque, games, surprises, more.
Radar: Old School 3 San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin, SF; (415) 557-4400, www.radarproductions.org . SF's top writers reimagine the lives and legacies of queers gone by. With Justin Chin, Len Plass, Cyd Nova, and more.
A Spot of T African American Arts and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton, SF; www.queerculturalcenter.org . 8 p.m., $12–$20. Original Plumbing brings on an all-transmale cabaret extravaganza with Chris Vargas, Berlin Reed, Ketch Wehr, Glenn Marla, and more.
Bad Reputation Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com . 9 p.m., free. The sexy Lex's infamous Pride kick-off, with DJs Jenna Riot and Dee Dee Crocodile, go-gos, drink specials. Oh, and smokin' hot grrrls.
Bedtime Stories A Different Light, 498 Castro, SF; (415) 431-0891, www.adlbooks.com . 7:30 p.m., free. Fabio, oh, Fabio? Erotic gay romance author G.A. Hauser steams up the windows of A Different Light.
Carletta Sue Kay, Brent James, Pepperspray The Eagle, 398 12th St., SF. (415) 626-0880, www.sfeagle.com . 10 p.m., $5. Faggotty rock time. A screwed-up Appalachian-ish crooner, a naughty country high-flyer, and four heavy metal drag queens take over the Eagle. What's not to love?
Gold Queers in the Night 111 Minna, SF; (415) 974-1719, www.111minnagallery.com . 9 p.m., $7. The Stay Gold and Hella Gay crews team up with Blood, Sweat, and Queers for an epic night of youthful, sweaty jams in the indie dance vein.
Gretchen Phillips and Phranc El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF; (415) 282-3325, www.elriosf.com . 8 p.m., $8–$15. Texan Phillips and "all–American, Jewish, lesbian folksinger" Phranc bring the Sapphic sounds.
Marga Gomez is Proud and Bothered New Conservatory Theater, 25 Van Ness, SF; (415) 861-4914, www.nctcsf.org . 8 p.m., $28 advance. Also Sat/26. The hilarious lesbian Latina queen of comedy takes a sharp-shootin' walk of shame through her not-so-Prideful past.
Nightlife California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse, SF; (415) 379-5128, www.calacademy.org . 6 p.m.-10 p.m., $8–$10. Get thee to the awesome museum for tunes by Juanita More!, LadyHouse, and Stanley Frank, plus Sex Talk with Jane Tollini, and, of course, live penguins.
Queer Radicals New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin, SF; (415) 864-1278. 7p.m., free (summer buffet for $7.50). A panel of queer and transgender activists discusses how to build a militant movement for LGBT liberation.
The Sound of Fabulous Mission High School, 3750 18th St., SF: www.sfprideconcert.org . 8 p.m., $15–$40. Also Fri/25. The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco celebrates 30 years of, yes, fabulous, joining forces with the Gay Men's Chorus, and the Freedom Marching Band for some "out loud and proud."
Sybaritic Cougars with Ecosexual Tendencies Good Vibrations Polk, 1620 Polk, SF; (415) 345-0400, www.goodvibes.com . 6 p.m.–8 p.m., free. Sex-positive activists Annie Sprinkle and partner Beth Stephens host a retrospective of their Love Art Lab series.
The Tubesteak Connection Aunt Charlie's, 133 Turk, SF; (415) 441-2922, www.auntcharlieslounge.com . 10 p.m., $4. A sticky, finger-lickin', Hi-NRG hijinks tribute to bathhouse disco and funk rarities, swarthy clones, and outfits Grace Jones would die for. With DJ Bus Station John.
Art Attack Pride Supperclub, 657 Harrison, SF; (415) 348-0900, www.supperclub.com . 9 p.m., $20. Video artist III paints the club fuchsia for DJ Lady Kier of Deee-Lite, the return of drag-rock amazers Pepperspray, and LA mesh-wonder Fade-Dra.
Bearracuda Pride DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF; (415) 626-2532, www.dnalounge.com . 9 p.m.-late. $20. Two floors of beard rubs, belly bumps, fur fun, and hairy hijinks as the city's wild bear club goes big. DJ Ted Eiel heads up.
Bibi Gay Middle Eastern Mega Pride Party Paradise, 1501 Folsom, SF; (415) 252-5018, www.paradisesf.com . 9 p.m., $15. One of the most-anticipated parties of the season, with DJs Nile, Nadar, and Cheon delving into global sounds for a hip-shaking, ululating crowd of all stripes. Hookahs! Hotties! Bellydancers!
Folsom Friday Various SoMa venues, www.folsomfriday.com . 10 p.m.–2 a.m., free. Shuttles run down Folsom Street all night for a sleazy-fun bar crawl in SF's other mecca for queer venues, including Truck, Chaps, Powerhouse, Blow Buddies, Lone Star, Mr. S, and Off Ramp Leathers.
MR. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF; (415) 626-7001, www.mighty119.com . 8 p.m.–4 a.m. $15. Break out your giant fake mustaches: NYC's Larry Tee and our own house hero David Harness rock all night at this annual campy hoot. Yes, there'll be a hot 'stache (and 'stache-riding?) contest.
San Francisco Trans March Dolores Park, Dolores and 18th St.; (415) 447-2774, www.transmarch.org . 3 p.m. stage, 7 p.m. march; free. Join the transgender community of San Francisco and beyond for a day of live performances, speeches, and not-so-military marching.
Some Thing Biggest Bestest Gayest Funnest Drag Show Sensation! Ever The Stud, 399 Ninth St., SF; (415) 863-6623, www.studsf.com . 9 p.m.–4 a.m., $10. Er, the name kind of says it all? The packed weekly club goes nuclear. VivvyAnne ForeverMore, Glamamore, Juanita More, Down-E, Diamond Daggers, Anna Conda &ldots; who'll walk away with the mushroom cloud?
Original Plumbing presents Unofficial! Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF; (415) 552-7788, www.elbo.com . 9 p.m., $10. A party in honor of trans pride and visibility — plus, it'll be a blast. Rocco Katastrophe and Jenna Riot host, DJs Chelsea Starr and 100 spokes spin, furry photo booth, trans slideshow, performances by Glenn Marla and Ice Cream Socialites.
Trans March 2010 Dolores Park, 17 Street and Dolores, SF. Rally at 3:30, march at 7 p.m.. www.transmarch.org . "United by Pride, United by Power" is the theme of this year's inspiring event, with performances by the Transcendence Gospel Choir, Nori Herras, and a ton more..
Big Top vs. Trannyshack Club Eight, 1151 Folsom, SF; (415) 431-1151, www.eightsf.com . 9 p.m., $10 adv. Surely, it will be a circus when these two balls-out parties collide. Big Top brings the half-naked cockring-masters, Trannyshack brings the barkers. With DJ W. Jeremy. Midnight dragocalypse with Heklina, Ambrosia Salad, Miss Rahni, and more.
Blow Off Slim's 333 11th St., SF. (415) 255-0333, www.slims-sf.com . 10pm, $15-$20. DJs Bob Mould (of Sugar) and Rich Morel spin the rock remixes for a packed crowd of large hairies, scruffy fairies, and their admirers. Get into it.
Bootie: Lady Gaga vs. Madonna DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF; (415) 626-2532, www.dnalounge.com . Could it get any stereotypically gayer? Don't worry, punkers, the Bootie mashup crew are here to subvert it into happy chaos. Huge drag show at midnight.
Chaser: The Imminent Return EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF; (415) 896-1075, www.theendup.com . 5 p.m.–10 p.m., $10. Monistat lives! Her ass-whoopin', drink-spillin' drag club resurrects itself, with a full-on show of every insanely entertaining alternaqueen in the phonebook, apparently. Plus DJ Guy Ruben.
Cockblock Mega-Pride Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF; (415) 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com . 9 p.m., $20-$25. Wild, wet, and more wild at this ecstatic, high-hoofin' joint for lezzies, queers, and lovers. With DJs Nuxx and Motive and hot chicks galore.
Excuses for Skipping and Lauren DeRose Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com . 3 p.m., free. Warm up for the Dyke March with these two live rockin' acts.
Go Bang! Pride Edition Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin, SF; (415) 346-2025, www.decosf.com . 9 p.m.-after hours, $5. One of our cutest disco and house parties goes pink with DJs Jason Kendig, Marcelino Andrade, Sergio, and more. Expect to be turned out, put upside-down, and spun around.
Lights Down Low Pride Edition Triple Crown, 1760 Market, SF; (415) 863-3516, www.triplecrownsf.com . 8 p.m.–4 a.m., $15. The gonzo electro party delivers a worthy Pride blackout with DJs Larry Tee, Kim Ann Foxman, Saratonin from Brownies for my Bitches, Sleazemore, Derek Bobus, and more. Hosted by the Miss Honey kids and Davi.
LGBT Pride Celebration Civic Center, Carlton B. Goodlett Place and McAllister, SF; (415) 864-3733, www.sfpride.org . Noon–6 p.m., free. Celebrate LGBT pride at this free outdoor event featuring DJs, speakers, and live music. This is the first half of the weekend-long celebration sponsored by SF Pride, featuring hip-hop, a battle of the bands, and more.
LGBTQ History Bike Tour Meet at Cupid's Arrow on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building, SF; 2 p.m.–5 p.m., $5 donation. Get smart (and fit) for Pride on this eight-mile tour of queer history hotspots, ending up at the Dyke March.
Love and Happiness SOM, 2925 16th St., SF; (415) 558-8521, www.som-bar.com . 10 p.m.–4 a.m., $15. It's a glorious old-school house reunion for the rainbow children, with David Harness and Ruben Mancias on decks, Robnoxious at the door, and Joseph Solis hosting.
Kiss Me Deadly Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com . 9 p.m., free. After the Dyke March, cool off (most likely get hotter) with DJ Bunnystyle of Blood, Sweat, and Queers.
Mango After Dyke March Party El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF; (415) 282-3325, www.elriosf.com . 8 p.m., $10/$15. Food, drink, dancing, and girls, girls, girls at this juicy ladies night.
Pink Pleasure Party Good Vibrations Valencia, 603 Valencia, SF; (415) 522-5460, www.goodvibes.com . 8–10p.m., free. Drop in, dyke out, gear up for a sensual Pride at this Good Vibes mix n' mingle.
Pink Saturday Castro District, SF; www.thesisters.org . 6p.m.–midnight, donation requested, all ages. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host their cuckoo annual outdoor event, featuring entertainment, beer, cocktails, food, and, duh, cruising galore.
Pink Triangle Installation Twin Peaks Vista, Twin Peaks Blvd parking area, SF; (415) 247-1100, ext 142, www.thepinktriangle.com . 7:30–10:30 a.m., free. Bring a hammer and your hunky work boots and help install the humongous pink triangle atop Twin Peaks for everyone to see. Volunteers needed! Do it!
San Francisco Dyke March Dolores Park, Dolores and 18th St., SF; www.dykemarch.org . Rally at 3 p.m.. March at 7 p.m.. Free. The one "do not miss" event of Pride, with tons of entertainment and speakers, impossibly sexy crowd, and a "Dyke Planet, Green Planet" theme.
Sundance Saloon Pride Dance Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market, SF; (415) 626-8000, www.sundancesaloon.org . 8 p.m., $10. Also Sun/27. Shine up your spurs for a country line-dance party that'll put you in a hootin' mood.
Body Rock Temple Bar, 600 Polk, SF; (415) 931-5196. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., 18+ free. Delightfully tawdry Miss Monistat queens it over this all-day dragstravaganza, featuring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Mutha Chucka, Cher-A-Little, and others. With crazy beats from Electronic Music Bears, High Fantasy, and more.
Gay Shame Goth Cry-In Outside LGBT Center, 1800 Market, SF; www.gayshamesf.org . 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m., free. Protest and grieve the commercialization of Pride and the community – throw on your blackest black and let the tears roll.
Juanita MORE!'s Pride Party 2010 Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Blvd, SF; (415) 626-5355, www.juanitamore.com . 2 p.m.–2 a.m., $35. Pretty much the charitable Pride party of the year, flooded with cool kids, admirers, and the sounds of the mind-blowing Cougar Cadet Corps Drumline. DJs James Glass, Chelsea Starr, Kim Ann Foxman, and many more. Benefiting Bay Positives. Shuttles available from the Pride Celebration.
Les Beaux SOM, 2925 16th St., SF; (415) 558-8521, www.som-bar.com . 3 p.m.–9 p.m., $10. Don't catch your breath after Pride, girls. Get beautiful with Cockblock's DJ Nuxx and decks guests Sarah Delush and Rapid Fire.
LGBT Pride Celebration Civic Center, Carlton B. Goodlett Place and McCallister, SF; (415) 864-3733, www.sfpride.org . Noon–7 p.m., free. The celebration hits full stride, with a buttload of musical and dance performances and, truly, something for everyone. Don't forget your sunscreen or little umbrella.
LGBT Pride Parade Market at Davis to Market and Eighth Sts, SF; (415) 864-3733, www.sfpride.org . 10:30 a.m.–noon, free. This 40th annual parade, with an expected draw of 500,000, is the highlight of the Pride Weekend in the city that defines queer culture.
Honey Pride Paradise, 1501 Folsom, SF; (415) 252-5018, www.paradisesf.com . 6 p.m.–2:30 a.m., $3. Legendary (actually) disco DJ Steve Fabus goes classic house on us, joining the regular Honey Soundsystem discaires for stylish specialness all around. $8 beer bust 6 p.m.-9 p.m..
Queerly Beloved Pink Sunday Party El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF; (415) 282-3325, www.elriosf.com . 3 p.m.–8 p.m., $5. Courtney Trouble and Tina Horn host this benefit for queerporn.tv. DJs Campbell and Venus in Furs, performers Alotta Boutte and Dexter James, kissing and kink booths, and dirty, sexy queers.
Too Fast for Love Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF; (415) 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com . 9 p.m., free. "Shake it, fake it, take it" as DJ Campbell spins the dirty at this Pride after-affair.