By SF Weekly
By Kate Conger
By Anna Pulley
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Angela Lutz
By Kate Conger
By Hiya Swanhuyser
By Marilyn Wann
Garrin Benfield: When this crazy-sexy and talented folk-rock singer-songwriter performs, everyone comes. Thu., June 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m., free, www.garrin.com. Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores (at 18th St.), 621-2936, www.doloresparkcafe.org.
The Box: This double-entendre-y and sexually-charged night is for all of you lovely ladies out there who love other lovely ladies. DJ/host Hodel throws down her signature beats at this Pride party. Thu., June 21, 9 p.m., $20. The Independent, 628 Divisadero (at Hayes), 771-1421, www.independentsf.com.
Colossus: Massive, eight-hour, circuity party for the waxed-chest, dilated-pupils set. DJs Alexander and Brett Henrichsen spin. Sat., June 23, 10 p.m., $60-$90, www.guspresents.com. Gift Center Pavilion, 888 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 861-7733.
Crafty Bitches: Queer and bisexual women meet to work on their knitting, sewing, or other projects. Wednesdays, 3 p.m., free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St. (at Valencia), 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com.
Dykes on Bikes Pre-Pride, Pre-Dyke March: Rent your U-Haul, ladies. You don't want to miss this beer bust to kick off the Pride weekend. Sat., June 23, 1-5 p.m. Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St. (at Harrison), 626-0880, www.sfeagle.com.
Ex-Boyfriends: Along with Looker and Lou Lou & the Guitarfish, Ex-Boyfriends pound it hard and long at this rock show in the Tenderloin. Fri., June 22, 9:30 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), 923-0923, www.hemlocktavern.com.
Fauxgirls!: A regular revue featuring fetching female impersonators. Every other Saturday, 10 p.m., free. Marlena's, 488 Hayes (at Octavia), 864-6672.
Fresh: Come shake your sweaty (and sore) ass at this tea dance in downtown San Francisco. Kimberly S. spins electro, hip hop, and techno beats for the boys. Sun., June 24, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, $20-$25. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777, www.rubyskye.com.
Gay Disco Fever: Ladies, are you looking to snatch some gash this Pride season? Well, look no further than the Lexington's disco night. Drag king Rusty Hips, Courtney Trouble, Jenna Riot, Claire, Shaunna, and DJs Campbell and Chelsea Starr perform and love to love you, baby. Thu., June 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St. (at Valencia), 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com.
Gay Pride 2007: Benefiting the Milk Memorial: Probably the most fun you will have during Pride (or perhaps the entire year) is at this party hosted by Juanita MORE!. At this hedonistic pool party, expect to see stellar performances by DJ Derek B (of "Trannyshack", and Lime), DJ James Glass, and the $65,000 Silicone Wonder Gina LaDivina. Sun., June 24, 3-10 p.m., $20-$25, www.juanitamore.com. Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy (at Polk), 885-5088, www.bambuddhalounge.com.
Gay Shame: The group meets to talk about The Invisible End of the Rainbow: Liberation Politics in the Queer Community. Wed., June 27, 7 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.
Girlezque: A femme-y leg show full of classy cabaret gals; serves as the coincidental answer to the "Boylesque" event. Thu., June 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10-$15. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com.
Veronica Klaus: Award-winning R&B, jazz, and cabaret songstress performs two hotly anticipated shows at this North Beach jazz venue. Thu., June 21, 8 & 10 p.m., $15. Jazz at Pearl's, 256 Columbus (at Broadway), 291-8255, www.jazzatpearls.com.
Mango: Nighttime Edition: After working up a sweat and/or getting high at the Dyke March, drop by this dyke-heavy party in the Outer Mission. DJs Edaj, La Niche, Olga-T, and Marcella throw down hip hop, dancehall, salsa, merengue, cumbia, samba, and reggaetÓn sounds at this (hopefully) sun-drenched party. Sat., June 23, 7 p.m. El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com.
Naught but Pirates: Sean Owens musical features a character called Black Dick perfect to ram right into your Pride season (which seems to get less about sex and more about families, gay soliders, and other mainstream shit like that). Wed., June 20, 8 p.m., $12-$20. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847, www.sffringe.org.
Oragami and Jenna Riot: Before the Dyke March starts, come hear some heavy rock in the afternoon. Sat., June 23, 3-5 p.m., free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St. (at Valencia), 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com.
Pride Round-Up: June 21-27. Multiple San Francisco locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.
Queer Cabaret: Shotgun Players host a unique and boisterous evening of Queer performers celebrating National Gay Pride. Wed., June 20, 8 p.m. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at MLK Jr.), Berkeley, 510-841-6500.
Queer Open Mike: Come be a star (or discover one) at this popular and talent-filled open-mike night at the LGBT Community Center's cafe. Poet Ryka Aoki de la Cruz and musicians LotSix and Steph Hayes are featured guests. Fri., June 22, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $1-$5. Three Dollar Bill Cafe, 1800 Market (at McCoppin), 503-1532, www.threedollarbill.com.
Queer Wedding Sweet: Oy vey, indeed! This musical and cabaret spectacle fuses together stories from actual queer weddings with klezmer and Yiddish songs, juggling, poetry, and more. It's sure to tickle and amuse all of you showtune-loving faigelehs out there. Wed., June 20, 8 p.m.; Thu., June 21, 8 p.m., $30-$36. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.
Rebel Girl Dyke March After-Party: Resident DJs China G and Campbell spin electro, indie rock, hip hop '80s, and more. Sat., June 23, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com.
San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade: Check the Night and Day section for more info. Sun., June 24, 10:30 a.m., free. Market Street, Market (between Van Ness and the Embarcadero).
Sanctuary: A sanctuary from sobriety is more like it! (Ba-da-bum) DJs Blaine Soileau and David Knapp man the decks at this circuit party Pride finale. Sun., June 24, 10 p.m., $20-$30. The Factory, 525 Harrison (at First St.), 546-7938.
So Emotional: DJs Campbell and Dr. Sleep pump out soft rock, sing-alongs, and dedications to help end your Pride weekend on a (very) high note. Sun., June 24, 10 p.m., free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St. (at Valencia), 863-2052, www.lexingtonclub.com.
Tea 'N' Crisp: You've simply got to see this play based on the life of ultra-sissy English writer, model, and actor Quentin Crisp, who rocked it in his days on this earth. An aside: why more sissies aren't featured on the covers of gay and Pride magazines in lieu of the many gay soldiers on rags now, who want you to feel sorry for them because the mean ol' armed forces won't let them rape and murder innocent Iraqis, too is beyond me. I digress. Richard Louis James skillfully portrays Crisp. Thu., June 21, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 22, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., $25. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at MLK Jr.), Berkeley, 510-841-6500.
The Pride Concert: Here's Where I Stand: The Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble, and the GLAM Youth Choir (whew) perform blues, Broadway, gospel, world, jazz, funk and more at the 29th Annual Pride concert. Fri., June 22, 8-10 p.m.; Sat., June 23, 8-10 p.m., $20-$40, www.sflgfb.org. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 776-4580.
Trans March: Fast becoming the most popular and beloved event during the Pride season is the Trans March, celebrating transfolks, allies, and admirers alike. Expect protesting, color, live bands, beauty, and a live performance by the Floating Corpses, and more. Fri., June 22, 3:30-9:30 p.m., www.trnasmarch.org. Dolores Park, Dolores (between 18th & 20th Sts.).
Tubesteak Connection: You would have to be clinically insane to miss Bus Station John's Thursday night disco-sleaze party, which features rarities of the late '70s and early '80s. This is the only way kick off your Pride weekend to ensure a most rockin' one. Thu., June 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $3. Aunt Charlie's Lounge, 133 Turk (at Taylor), 441-2922, www.auntcharlieslounge.com.
Underworld: DJ Matt Consola spins at this circuit party that's also the "world's largest underwear party," so leave the skidmarks in the hamper, boys. Ew. Fri., June 22, 10 p.m., $15-$20. Space 550, 550 Barneveld (between Industrial & Oakdale), 550-8286, www.space550.com.
Wilde Boys: Written by Richard "Scrumbly" Koldewyn and directed by Michael Mohammed, this musical presents a fictitious account of the salon where Oscar Wilde hung out with his, um, young male fans. What's more, it's the perfect play for those of us who find Wilde a fascinating man, but find his words a tad too flowery to read. Thu., June 21, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 22, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., $28. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.
Youth Pride Dance Juicy: This dance party is open to those who identify as "queens, teens, lesbians, drag-kings, genderqueers, trans bois, drag-queens, studs, fags, gays, bisexuals, dykes, femmes, pansexuals, trans girls, sissies, butchies and fairies of all shapes, sizes, and colors" only so long as you're 24 years old or younger. (You hearing that, NAMBLA members? Good.) DJ Hawthorne spins all of your club favorites. Also, this is a clean and sober event, kids, so you might want to strap on your boot flasks before going out. Sat., June 23, 8 p.m.-midnight, free, www.lyric.org. Women's Building, 3543 18th St. (at Valencia), 431-1180.
'Til Friday: Drag performers including, but not limited to, Cockatelia, Holotta Tymes, Manley Lennox, and Sofondaboyz entertain the night away. Fridays, 10:30 p.m. & midnight, free. Michael's Octavia Lounge, 1722 Market (at Octavia), 863-3516, www.octavialounge.com.