Wednesday, September 1, 2004
If you're not crazy about corporations shitcanning workers' benefits, raping the environment, influencing elected officials, and getting vast tax breaks all the while, what else besides spending your money carefully, voting, and bitching about corporate abuses over rounds of beers can you do? The citizens' action coalition Persons Inc. has at least one idea -- petition our federal government for a constitutional amendment restricting the Bill of Rights to human beings, not faceless enterprises with stock-ticker abbreviations. Help support the group's cause (or at least learn more about it) at "A Little Rebellion -- Pro-Democracy Benefit for Persons Inc.," a party loaded with representatives from left-wingers like Reclaim Democracy and the California Green Party, with live music from Elroy, Shantytown, Kiss the Girl, and other outfits to sweeten the vibe. Fight the power at 8 p.m. at Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $5-15; call 252-7666 or visit www.studioz.tv.
Thursday, September 2, 2004
Ever since the closing of its last regular venue, the much-mourned Justice League, the punk-rock-and-scantily-clad-vixens mélange that was "Stinky's Peepshow" has been on hiatus, leaving fans of raucous live bands paired with gyrations from "Large and Lovely" go-go dancers with nothing much to do on Thursday nights. That is, until tonight, when the triumphant return of "Stinky's Peepshow" brings a whole lotta big, fine asses back to the stage, where they belong. The Fazolis and Pepperspray nail down the live music bit, while in the back room Big Nate spins the heavy-breathing tunes that keep "Stinky"'s Rubenesque beauties bouncing through something called "Flameus Caesar's Tribute to the Greek Games." If all goes well, the "Peepshow" is set for a monthly slot in its new home, so cheer on your favorite lady starting at 10 p.m. at Café Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), S.F. Admission is $10; call 861-5016 or visit www.cafedunord.com.
Friday, September 3, 2004
Lord knows there are plenty of local queer bars at which you can pout and pose and decorously frug to electronic twaddle. But what about people who long in their heart of hearts to do-si-do their partners around the floor? Is there nowhere in our fair city that can tolerate such wholesome same-sex frolicking? Buck up, downcast folk dancers: Now there is. At the "San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Contra Dance," cheerful hoofers get down each month, briskly executing moves sung out by a caller. Allemande left! Swing and circle! Chase your neighbor and tallyho! No worries, newbies, if you don't know how to contradance; you will by the end of the evening. Boogie to the strains of the Roadoilers Old Time String Band starting at 8 p.m. at the Women's Building, 3543 18th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is free-$10; call 292-7857 or visit www.lcfd.org/sf.
Saturday, September 4, 2004
The butch-girl and tranny-boy community gets a new kind of coming-out party tonight. Fairy Butch's First Annual Amateur Strip Contest isn't necessarily the "dykes gone wild" event you might expect from lusty ladies' favorite MC, bless her sex-positive soul. Unlike most strip-contest hosts, the tuxedoed Fairy organized several rehearsals for this one and encourages a cooperative attitude among contestants. On the other hand, it isa competition, adjudicated by a "jury of illustrious stripping professionals and other San Francisco notables," the announcement says. Prizes will be awarded for best moneymaker-shaking by women and trans-folks, and the audience will be witness to the very latest in stripping talent. OK, we've changed our minds: Judging by the naked chick with the nice jugs and the pink crew cut shown on the invitation, maybe it is dykes gone wild after all. Unprofessional behavior starts at 10 p.m. at 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission (at 22nd Street), S.F. Admission is $10-15; call 970-9777 or visit www.fairybutch.com.
Sunday, September 5, 2004
San Francisco's outpost of the Hooters chain is big-boobie heaven for those who enjoy having their chicken wings served by chesty women in skimpy tank tops. But while that takes care of straight men, straight women with open minds, and, um, lesbians with straight-guy tastes, gay men are simply left out in the cold. But not at tonight's "Hooters Men for Men," a democratic do benefiting the gay men's health clinic Magnet that features the exceptionally large pecs of a crop of "Hooters Men," who participate in a wet T-shirt contest, a best-chest contest, and a "Hooter-hoop" battle for the best hula hoop moves. Hell, if you're enjoying yourself enough you can jump right up and compete with 'em. Make a boob of yourself starting at 4 p.m. at Daddy's Bar, 440 Castro (at Market), S.F. Admission is free (but those who pay $7 can participate in an optional "beverage bust"); call 621-8732 or visit www.daddysbar.com.
Monday, September 6, 2004
We've always considered the name "Labor Day" something of a misnomer. We haul our sorry butts out of bed five days a week and go to work -- now that's labor. This day should be called something else, maybe "Sleep In and Lie Around Watching Game Shows Day," or perhaps "Go Out to the Park and Drink Warm Beer Day." If you actually want something laborious (yet extremely rewarding) to do instead, have we got an event for you: nature nonprofit Greenbelt Alliance's "San Francisco to Sausalito" hike. Yep, you'll go from downtown San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge and across the Marin Headlands to Sausalito on this hilly 11-mile ramble, returning home on the ferry with sore feet and expanded lungs and a head full of panoramic views in the evening. Bring water, lunch, and $6.50 for the ferry ride when you meet at 10 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Steuart, S.F. Participation is free; call 543-6771 or visit www.greenbelt.org.
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Thirty-year White House veteran Richard Clarke is a counterterrorism expert par excellence. He worked for the administrations of Reagan, both Bushes, and Clinton in various intelligence jobs: In other words, he's got serious anti-terrorist chops. So now that he's written a book charging that our current president ignored his advice about al Qaeda before, during, and after Sept. 11, who can refute him? Bush cronies have responded to the allegations in Against All Enemies, but in what looks to us like an amazingly dumb way: National Security Council member Stephen Hadley, for example, claimed that Clarke was "just wrong" in a 60 Minutes interview -- without offering much evidence to support his assertion. For hard, cold facts from the man going public with his opinion that President Bush "has made us less safe," catch Clarke's Bay Area appearance at 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, on the UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $5-10; call (510) 642-9988 or visit http://gspp.berkeley.edu.
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