How was YOUR Hollow Weenie? I thoroughly enjoyed the GLAAD “Heroes and Villains” themed costume party fundraiser at 80 Missouri. Creator Adam Sandel was the poofy emcee from Cabaret. Hostess Donna Sachet was a naughty nurse. GLAAD Regional Director Juan Barajas was a silver glitter-gloved Michael Jackson. I was Super Gay Caballero in tiar’d pink ten gallon hat and dripping in rhinestones and rainbows. Sister spied so many characters as we danced “The Time Warp”: heroes like The Green Lantern, Superman, Batman & Robin, Spiderman, Tarzan, gay military men who were asking AND telling, D'Artagnan of the Three Musketeers, Miss Piggy with Kermit the Frog, Peter Pan with Tinker Bell; and villains Bonnie & Clyde, Joan Crawford and Baby Jane Hudson, Cruella deVille, Sue Sylvester from Glee, Maleficent the witch, Freddy Kruger, Dracula, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
My fellow Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence showed their own special “traditional family values” by throwing a Halloween costume party for the kiddies with face painting, entertainment, candy, and a big parade through the Castro. Then we threw an “Angels and Demons” (reference Dan Brown’s book and the movie) beer bust fundraiser at The Edge for the SF Night Ministry (providing middle-of-the-night compassionate nonjudgmental pastoral care, counseling, referral, and crisis intervention to anyone in any kind of distress) with devilishly good entertainment by The Ducal Court. Lastly I caught Gypsy Love’s latest release party at Q-Bar for her sizzling, queerific CD and music video, “Wish,” with Kippy Marks on electric violin (gypsytime.com). Oh, not counting the many midnight prowls through my Castro during our gay national four-day high holiday, Hallowqueen Weekend, of course.
Here are some treats you will enjoy:
BIG DEAL is Visual Aid’s wildly popular party on Saturday Nov. 12, where 500 works of art are sold at $165 apiece, and an exciting live auction features fine art and luxury items. Come for the great art, bargains, people-watching, chill tunes, cocktails, lavish hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Visual Aid provides free art supplies, grants, exhibition opportunities, and community to artists living with AIDS, breast cancer, diabetes, Hep C, and other life-threatening illnesses. Big Deal is at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan & 8th Streets. Info at visualaid.org or (415) 777-8242.
VIOLET EYES IN THE RED CITY is amfAR's yearly charity event on Friday, Nov. 4 at 9 PM at the Ken Fulk Studio. amfAR is dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.
Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $325 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.
More info at (415) 402-0303 or amfar.org. This is one the most popular social events of the year, benefiting Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Foundation for AIDS Research, with special performances by Chaka Khan, Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen, and actor Alan Cummings. It’s a lavish Moroccan-themed party for 500 guests, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and sweets by Top Chef Just Desserts winner Yigit Pura.
SOMETHING WONDERFUL is the title of Carly Ozard’s newest cabaret show at the Rrazz Room in Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street at O’Farrell on Nov. 7, 8, and 9 at 8 PM. Carly’s comedic songs feature the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lucinda Williams, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elton John, Bette Midler, and more. “This is not a trite show about love and how grand it is, or how badly we want it,” says Carly. “It’s an observation from experience: most of us are so crazy, it’s hard to figure out who and what we deserve. But in this life, we all deserve to experience something – something wonderful!” $25 tix and info at therrazzroom.com.
IT’S ALL THE RAGE is comic Marilyn Pitman’s latest one-woman show, “the funniest show about murder-suicide you’ll ever see” at Stage Werx, 446 Valencia and 15th Streets on Monday, Nov. 14 and Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 PM. “I grew up in a funny family,” Marilyn reveals, “and then my dad shot my mom. And then himself. He was a WWII vet, she was a poet. The ‘greatest generation?’ Nah. Love is deadly. It could happen to you. I survived it. Mostly. And I’m a comic.” Tix at brownpapertickets.com or visit goldstar.com. For info: marilynpittman.com and check out her youtube.com/pittmonstergal.
GAY IN AMERICA is a fascinating photo book by photographer Scott Pasfield, for which The Magnet Center of queer health and wellbeing at 4122 18th and Castro Streets is doing a fundraising book signing on Saturday, Nov. 5, 7 PM. It's an amazing project: 224 pages, 140 men in 50 states, photographed over three years traveling 52,000+ miles. Lots of SF area men, too. Pasfield will present a slideshow, discussion, and signing. Meet the fathers, sons, brothers, couples, families, and the nice guys next door, as Scott takes us on a journey across Gaymerica. Purchases of Gay in America will help raise money for two great SF nonprofit AIDS fighting organizations - The Magnet Center and Under One Roof. This is followed by a book signing, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres at Under One Roof, 518A Castro Street.
Buh-bye! Gotta go out tricking now!