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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Once a red-hot television format, variety shows are now pretty much dead. Gone are the days when Donny and Marie would mix corny skits with pop songs, or Ed Sullivan would introduce Robert Goulet right before a dog that could do handstands. But thankfully for lovers of kitsch and talent, "Viva Variety" has resurrected the medium on a local level, with enthused crowds turning out to see queer and queer-friendly comics, singers, dancers, musicians, and just plain unclassifiable performers since the series' 1999 launch. The latest "Viva" -- which features electric violinist Adrian West, witty drag shtick from Peggy L'Eggs, bountiful bump-and-grind from Big Burlesque, and many other acts -- promises more of what's kept audiences coming back, with proceeds benefiting nonprofit sober space Castro Country Club. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton (at Webster), S.F. Admission is $15; call 863-0741 or visit

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