In the mid-1990s, the coolest thing in the world was to be a lesbian. Everyone wanted to be a lesbian. Except there was still lots of violent discrimination and stuff! But there were pictures, glossy pictures of glossy ladies, and various people made up names like "lipstick lesbian," and there was Ellen, and San Francisco was the lesbian place to be. But SF Weekly contributor Michelle Tea wrote Valencia, a book that told about one young woman's life on and around the Valencia Street of that time (very different from the one we have now!) and it was so real and so beautifully told that smart people from all over became her fans, disregarding entirely the trendy cachet of "lesbian chic." Currently, Tea has decided to make 21 films, one for each chapter of the book, to be directed by Margaret Cho, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, and other brilliant types. Tonight's Valencia: 1995 -- A '90s Party to Benefit Valencia: The Movie/s features screenings, DJ Pink Lightning, a toilet photo booth with photographer (and director!) Amos Mac, and much more.
Mon., Feb. 28, 9 p.m., 2011