1970 was an important year -- the year not only of my birth, but also of the first Pride Celebration. For 32 years our community has risked sunburns, blisters, and dehydration. It has endured religious fanaticism, right-wing Republicans, and a Twinkie-eating assassin, all in the effort to march for justice and to celebrate our community. This year's theme is, "Be yourself, change the world!" Once again we will come together and accentuate our individuality with wigs, glitter, leather, pumps, personal lubricant, lingerie, ecstasy, plastic surgery, botox injections, mushrooms, mullets, implants, tattoos, piercings, steroids, Lee Press-On Nails, medicinal marijuana, and war paint. Pride is a chance to shine, an opportunity to share optimism for the future, embrace the past, and revel in our beautiful, dysfunctional community. Let's not forget, however, that we still haven't achieved our basic civil and human rights in America and in other parts of the world.
In case you don't know what to do with yourself, here are my recommendations for Pride.Third Hand Store1839 Divisadero
Open Mon-Sat, noon-6 p.m.
It's important to plan ahead, so I thought I'd let you know where to buy something to wear to the parade -- like a stunning, wide-brimmed hat for proper shade. Since 1967, this shop has been selling a fine selection of men's and women's retro clothing, as well as a wide range of hard-to-find accessories. This is where the Cockettes shopped for their fetching '30s-era frocks that accentuated their protruding ... manliness. Most recently, Christian Dior's houseboy, John Galliano, visited the store and bought some of their best gowns and hats (most likely to inspire his upcoming fall collection). So go forth and shop.Stood Up
399 Ninth St.
Wednesday, June 19, 8:30 p.m.
It isn't easy being cheesy! The only person I know who goes to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the open mike, Pippi Lovestocking, has once again hit hard times. I spotted her recently, homeless and pushing a Bed, Bath & Beyond shopping cart through Civic Center Plaza. She's been busy filing moral bankruptcy, but still found a moment to inform me that she would be performing tonight and July 3 at her own comedy show, Stood Up. Boy, was I surprised when she pulled out a press release and semi-current photo of herself from a half-empty/half-full bag of Cheetohs. I noticed her eye shadow was actually the orange residue usually left on your fingertips from the above-mentioned snack food. Pretty resourceful grrrrl. Asked what she was doing to celebrate pride, she said she was going to swallow it. For more Pippi, visit her at her cyber home at www.pippi-lovestocking.com.Swallow My Pride
Cobb's Comedy Club
Wed-Sun, June 6-30, 8 p.m.Hot Pink: Lesbians in the Visual Arts
973 Market St., Suite 400
Tue-Sat, June 19-August 30, 1-5 p.m.
From my college days in the mid-'80s, I remember that women artists were omitted from the H.W. Janson's History of Art, a required text for introductory art history students. Sadly, it now seems that many of my female art peers are still struggling for visibility. That's why I'm insisting that everyone I know check out this show. Their work is thought-provoking, visually stimulating, and as hung as well as any man's.
Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary, Second Floor
Through July 20, Tue-Fri, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
This show curated by Glen Helfand includes works on intersecting themes of domesticity, design, and deconstruction. The showstopper is a piece that combines photography, decorator accents and thievery. Artist Kate Pocrass has been busying herself by stealing the guest soap from the bathrooms of friends, family, and acquaintances, and then photographing her loot for a soap-opera installation. www.renabranstengallery.com.Rebel Without a Pause
2789 24th St.
Wed-Sun, June 19-23, 8 p.m.
Reno is a New York comedic performer who takes the audience on an adventurous journey through her own stream of consciousness. Her new performance showcases her gutsy and poignant observations of the events following September 11.
The Devil in the Water
Friday, June 21, 3:30 p.m.
An inspirational documentary about the defining moment of The World Gay Pride Event that marched through Rome in 2000, much to the displeasure of the pope.Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie
Saturday, June 22, 8:45 p.m.
Finally, a film in the Festival from the long-overlooked genre of Japanese gender-bending, lesbian-erotic anime. Kunihiko Ikuhara, the genius who directed the amazing series Sailor Moon will be here in for this screening. Revolutionary Girlis about the steamy relationship between two girls -- Utena, a gender illusionist with an out-of-this-world wardrobe, and femme fatale Anthy.Tricia's Wedding/Elevator Girls in Bondage Yerba Buena Center for the Arts TheatreSaturday, June 22, 9 p.m.
Two recently unearthed films that showcase the outrageous subversive antics of The Cockettes.This is a rare screening, so be sure to go!Incidental Journey
Sunday, June 23, 3:45 p.m.
A film in which love transcends sexual identities and titles. It's hard to find many gay films that don't focus on social prejudice or coming to terms with being outside the sexual norm. This film is refreshing because it deals with universal themes of loss, appreciating life's unexpected gifts, and learning to embrace love in unexpected circumstances.