Say what you will about activism in San Francisco, but at least our politics are never boring. We stage puke-ins; we canvass in the buff; we even voted on a proposition a few years back that tried to rename a sewage plant after George W. Bush. (It failed, much like Bush's presidency.)
Nonetheless, we weren't surprised to hear that one such group, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, prefers its activism in song form. We can't say we blame them. The group's first performance was an impromptu memorial for George Moscone and Harvey Milk in 1978, and members of this 300-man chorus have since continued to raise the bar for gay rights, with concerts dedicated to Proposition 8, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the AIDS epidemic, and more (often in conservative communities).
October 14 is the Chorus's annual gay-la, Crescendo, which promises a champagne brunch, silent auction, and selections from its upcoming Iconic Season 35, which includes "SantaConcert," "Snow White and Her Merry Men," and "Harvey Milk: The Living Legacy."
While the price tag is a bit heftier than your typical brunch (depending on how many mimosas you order), how often do you have a chance to schmooze and booze with the likes of Dan Savage, (whom you might know as the syndicated advice columnist in the back of SF Weekly, and creator of the It Gets Better campaign), Joe Jervis (aka political blogger Joe.My.God.), and composer/author/producer Andrew Lippa? So go on, end this week on a high note.
Crescendo starts at noon at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market (at O'Farrell), S.F. Admission is $150-$1,200.
And just for the hell of it, here's our favorite Dan Savage video, on what to expect in long-term relationships: