From reports of multiple gay-bashings in Northern California to rapacious corporations like Wells Fargo rainbow-washing their foreclosures, Pride can be a little draining. It’s been a few years since the Supreme Court delivered good news to the LGBTQ community, so if some barfy evangelical ejected you from their bakery and you need something fun to do instead, read on.
Through June 24, at five theaters across the Bay Area.
America’s largest and longest-running LGBTQ film festival remains the best way for people of all sexual orientations to learn something about queer history and culture. Highlights for 2018 include Ondi Timoner’s Mapplethorpe, a documentary about the photographer of forbidden erotica (Thursday, June 21) and “Dark Twisted Fantasies,” a 95-minute compendium of oddball shorts (Saturday, June 23).
Jersey Restaurant’s Pride Tap Takeover
Through June 24, at Jersey, 145 Second St.
Brewers like puns almost as much as drag kings do, and SoMa Italian restaurant Jersey is ready with five of its taps dedicated to LGBTQ-themed beer. Through Pride weekend, you can pair those saffron arancini or that Taylor pork roll pizza with Black Hammer’s Sparkle Pony Belgian Blonde Ale, Ferment.Drink.Repeat’s Portola Pride Brut IPA, or Benoit Casper’s Yassss Kolsch.
Sister Act Sing-Along Pride Mass
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m., at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. Free.
The same people who created the Beyoncé Mass earlier this year return to the seat of S.F.’s Episcopal diocese led by Lauren McWilliams. While the classic Whoopi Goldberg comedy was shot in and around a different San Francisco church, any sinners who think the Apostles were John, Paul, George, and Ringo are welcome to attend.
Noise Pop and DoTheGay’s High Tide Pride Cruise
Thursday, June 21, Hornblower Cruises, Pier 3, Embarcadero, $39.95-$59.95.
Honey Soundsystem returns to the Bay Area often enough, but the DJ collective usually stays ashore. This Thursday, the nightlife veterans join rapper-producer Le1f and drag queen Kochina Rude for a tour around the Bay, sponsored by the people behind your favorite music festivals and Deep Eddy Vodka. Hard cruising never earned its name so well.
Vogue & Tone With Jose Xtravaganza
Saturday, June 23, 4-5:45 p.m., at ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., $35.
When was the last time you took a class with someone from the House of Xtravaganza (and who performed on Madonna’s Blonde Ambition World Tour)? Learn the basics of vogueing, including contortions and floor dips, from a veteran of Harlem’s drag-ball culture, who’s in town as one of Pride’s grand marshals.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ Unbreakable
Friday, June 22, 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., $25.
For its final show of the season, the SFGMC presents the world premiere of Andrew Lippa’s history of the LGBTQ struggle for equality. Based on the structure of August Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, Unbreakable encompasses landmark moments in 120 years of queer American life, from the Lavender Scare to Sylvia Rivera.
Wild Things, featuring Kehlani
Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m., at Public Works, 161 Erie St., $20-$760.
Women-loving-women don’t get nearly as much elbow room as they should at Pride, but this post-Dyke March afterparty at Public Works will fix that. This year, Grammy-nominated Oakland native Kehlani headlines this excellent, eight-hour party, with local DJs, craft cocktails, and food trucks. Catch her before she headlines Pride the following afternoon.
Afterglow 2018: Pink Saturday Blacklight Discotheque
Saturday, June 23, 10 p.m., Space 550, 550 Barneveld St., $80.
If there’s one thing to miss Pride Sunday for, it’s this Comfort & Joy party in the Bayview where glow-in-the-dark hippies and Radical Faeries go all night long. (We would say it’s a “rager,” but that word is fundamentally contradictory to this wonderful event’s love-thy-neighbor ethos.)
Hard French Hearts Los Homos VIII with Evelyn “Champagne” King
Sunday, June 24, 3-11 p.m., at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., $25-$35.
“I have a little more meat on my bones, but I’m still bubbly,” the singer of “Shame” and “Betcha She Don’t Love You” told SF Weekly. “I get down.” As in years past, the Hard French crew closes off Stevenson Street in the afternoon as party animals drift over from Civic Center for the main event — and you do not want to miss Evelyn “Champagne” King.
Film School Dropouts Presents Pink Flamingos
Thursday, June 28, 9:30 p.m., at the Roxie, 3117 16th St. $15; roxie.com
You know you love this movie more than the sound of babies crying or even the thought of original sin itself. Veruca Bathsalts and Jerry Lee of Peaches Christ Productions present John Waters’ ultimate 1972 gross-out, . Four days after Pride Sunday, you know you can find it in yourself to watch Divine eat dogshit.