Fierce Tranny Elementary

As an apocalyptic rain of budget cuts to education threatens to wash away basic literacy, leaving children a gibbering hive mind of ultraviolent, computer-savvy street gangsters, alternative public schools reach out to ye olde community for fund-raising salvation. Leave it to San Francisco’s local species of merrymaking drag dynamos to confront the fiscal challenge with a lip-synch and a wink, taking over an elementary school for a night of inspired performances. "Love 101," a benefit for the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, draws together no less than 17 queeny talents to strut their stuff onstage at the progressive school, fighting the economic recession through costume, makeup, and soundlessly moving their mouths to popular song. The first show raked in a cool $1,500, and this new tradition of drag queens saving kids from a crime-ridden life free of long division only stands to gain popularity. This time around, the numbers riff on the ever-riffable theme of love, and one imagines that childlike drag concepts will give the evening an air of both innocence and youthful trauma. Organized by Precious Moments and Ivy Drip, the lineup features hometown drag stalwarts like Gina La Divina (hostess of the Hot Boxxx Girls drag revue at Aunt Charlie’s), Raya Light, and Putanesca, with other crowd favorites such as Kegel Kater, L. Ron Hubby (recently seen executing a dead-on Mr. Rogers impersonation), and Turleen.
Fri., April 17, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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