Sister Dana sez, âWhat the hell is wrong with Cupid and his missing arrows into this gay nunâs heart time and time again?! Is he still the Valentines mascot? Maybe we should refer Cupid to the Hunger Games.â
RICHMOND/ERMET AIDS FOUNDATION producers Ken Henderson and Joe Seiler presented a stellar one-night-only benefit cabaret to raise funds for REAF and BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS. American Idol and Broadway (The Color Purple) star La Toya London, reality talent show stars Jason Brock (X Factor) and Tim Hockenberry (Americanâs Got Talent), and Hollywoodâs Lindsay Pearce joined the national touring company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show ANYTHING GOES for an evening of upbeat, high-energy music, comedy, and variety at Pier 39 Bay Theater. REAF has worked with over 35 touring casts to date to produce these gorge âOne Night Only Cabaretâ events. REAF has distributed well over $2.6 million to AIDS service agencies. This show was emceed by one of the wittiest, funniest yet (and tear-jerking singing âBeautiful Cityâ) - Erich Bergen, who has the male romantic lead (Billy Crocker) in Anything Goes. The entire company performed a fabulous 42nd Street overture, complete with electrifying tap dancing. Jose Solivan, the AG stage manager, hit the heights of falsetto to do Melba Mooreâs âI Got Love.â Brock and London brought down the house with their â50s style âYouâre the One that I Wantâ from Grease. Lindsay gave us âGimme Gimmeâ (âCupidâs famous arrow: gimme loveâ) and a Katy Perry fiery âFirework.â
There was an immensely impressive karate exhibition by Sean Watkins, as well as magic by Vincent Rodriguez III. Hockenberry sang his original composition, âEase Your Pain,â and Bob Dylanâs âLike a Rolling Stone.â Ryan Steer (on ukulele) and Alex Finke (second lead AG actress Hope) gave us a song and soft shoe, âGlory of Love.â Fred Applegate (AGâs Moonface) sang a comedic âIf Ever I Would Leave Youâ from bad dinner theater. Ed Staudenmayer (stodgy British Lord Evelyn) and his dog ironically performed his hilarious send-up of âCats.â Purrfect! Alas, column space does not allow writing about ALL the amazingly talented entertainers, but the entire companyâs finale was incredible - the title song, âAnything Goes!â
GAPA (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance) celebrated the coming of the Year of the Snake in style with the GAPA ROYAL BANQUET at the Empress of China (read more about this event on page 14). Co-chairs Ben Leong and William Nguyen (also 1st Prince), along with Emcee Estee Longah hosted. Mr. GAPA Jethro and Miss GAPA Jezebel performed stylishly. The Ladies of GAPA did a flawless âLa Cage aux Follesâ production number. The Godzy âGodzillaâ Award Winner for Activism was given to Brian Yee. Two special scholarships were awarded.
ALRP (AIDS Legal Referral Panel) kicked off 30 YEARS OF JUSTICE FROM THE HEART CAMPAIGN at the SF LGBT Community Center with Executive Director Bill Hirsch and Director of Development Jim McBride speaking of this new fundraising initiative that commemorates the agencyâs 30th year of service to the community. Founded in 1983, ALRP became the first legal services provider in the nation dedicated to meeting the needs of people with HIV. Through this campaign, ALRP hopes to raise $300,000 from foundations, corporations, and individual donors. The aim is to ensure ALRPâs long-term stability and continuation of its programs helping clients avoid unlawful evictions, protect and regain lost jobs and insurance/medical benefits, protect their assets and their childrenâs future, reduce their stress and improve their health, and assure their personal dignity. Last year alone, ALRP helped almost 1,500 people with HIV/AIDS in 2,099 legal matters, successfully leveraging over $1.4 million in donated legal services, and providing training for more than 80 attorneys. ALRP also launched their label, Private Reserve Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon Wines (from JK Cellars) and ALRP/UTAC (Until Thereâs A Cure Foundation) gold bracelet partnership. More info: alrp.org.
KREWE DE KINQUE Mardi Gras Club had a festive kickoff with House of Garza at Cafe Flore. Garza performed, as did Bebe Sweetbriar, Sasha Stephane, Marco Middlesex, Kippy Marks, Tweaka Turner, MamaDora, DJ KdK King Gary I, and we formed a conga line to dance to âWhen the Saints Go Marching In.â KREWE DE KINQUE MARDI GRAS BAL MASQUE X is a fundraiser for TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER at The Arc (1500 Howard at 11th) Saturday, Feb. 9. An open bar featuring Stoli & Bacardi, New Orleans buffet, and lively music from The Dixieland Dykes + 3 for VIPs at 7pm. The General Admission at 8pm tickets ($20 advance, brownpapertickets.com/event/320667); $25 at door if available) includes all the fun of the Masked Ball: DJ Kelly Kidd & dancing, performers Grand Marshal Cassandra Cass and Miss Gay United States Mercedez Munro, Second Line Parade, Live Tableaux Show, and crowning of the King and Queen X. Then on Mardi Gras Tuesday, Feb. 12, KdK will host its FAT TUESDAY BUS & BAR CRAWL starting at The Mix in the Castro.
FREEDOM FROM TOBACCO (FFT), a project of the SF LGBT Community Center, joined San Franciscoâs civic and community leaders to celebrate CafĂ© Floreâs commitment to a healthy LGBTQ community by providing a smoke-free patio for its guests. FFT presented its data from air quality measurements at the Cityâs queer bars that show unhealthy air quality levels on outdoor bar patios, and a resolution for other bars and restaurants asking them to commit to providing healthier outdoor spaces. Supervisors Scott Wiener and Eric Mar joined representatives from State Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Tom Ammianoâs offices in presenting proclamations to J.D. Petras, CafĂ© Floreâs owner.
Experience the Academy Awards with ACADEMY OF FRIENDSâ AIDS fundraiser in tribute to the style and glamour of the Roaring 20âs and the beginning of Hollywoodâs Golden Age at BOAS, BOWTIES & BUBBLY! with live telecast of the Oscars on super-sized video screens, champagne, and live entertainment. Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street on February 24. Tix at aofriends/2013galaticketpurchase). AoF held a fun champagne kickoff at Bubble Lounge to announce the BB&B event, with Board Chair Howard Edelman and Vice Chair Matthew Denckla hosting.
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is at Castro Theatre February 20, hosted by Mark Rhoades. Q&A with Director Lisa Vreeland by fashion icon Joy Bianchi follows the screening. Cocktail party at 7pm, upstairs with Lisa Vreeland, 8pm screening. During Diana Vreelandâs fifty-year reign as the âEmpress of Fashion,â she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She had many gay friends such as Yves Saint Laurent, Halston, Giorgio Armani, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Cecil Beaton, and Billy Baldwin. Admission is $12.
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Donât miss Magnetâs (18th and Castro) art exhibition of Chinese ink on rice paper by Xiang Gao: sometimes deeply disturbing, other times placating fear. Note the bird icon as spirit and red strings as veins and lifelines.
Cupid gets chewed up and spit out when the LESBIAN/GAY CHORUS OF SAN FRANCISCO presents their 10th annual Anti-Valentineâs Day Cabaret, Love Bites: 10 Years and Still Masticating on Friday and Saturday, February 8th and 9th, 8pm at the Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission and 25th Street Tickets $20-$30 sliding scale general admission available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/315413), LGCSFâs website (lgcsf.org), or at the door.
Sister Dana sez, âHappy Chinese New Year! Itâs the Year of the Snake, which seems particularly phallic to this nun!â