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Big Gay Comedy, Little Movies Join "Bridegroom"& "Champagne" for Weekend Options

Weekends come quick sometimes – and when it’s filled with so much to do, they go by quickly too.

Bruce Vilanch heads an all star weekend with the "Big Gay Comedy Show."
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Peaches Christ brings us 40 movies in a day!

A highlight for this weekend is Sunday’s The Big Gay Comedy Show, a benefit for Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. The event, on April 13 at 7:30pm at the Marine’s Memorial Theatre, is unlike their usual evening of cabaret acts. While those shows are wonderful and get you a great evening of songs, this time around the are reaching more for your funny bone as the show is headlined by Bruce Vilanch, the Emmy winning writer who has helped with material from Bette Midler to the Academy Awards and has turned to more acting gigs like when he was in the touring version of “Hairspray” and the really cute internet show “Child of the 70s.”

Vilanch alone is reason enough to see this event. But there’s plenty of other talent scheduled as well: Jason Brock, who will likely bringing down the house with one of his grand musical numbers; Countess Katya Smirnoff Skyy, who will combine music with laugher; the great comedic performer Marga Gomez (who just had a wonderful one woman show play in San Francisco) and Shawn Ryan, who won us over on “America’s Got Talent.”

So should you need an evening of music and comedy, this is definitely the event.

Considering it’s a benefit, the ticket prices starting at $35 is quite a deal. Get more information at

Working backwards from Sunday night, early in the day on Sunday is a screening of the documentary “Bridegroom,” showing at 11am at the Opera Plaza Cinema. This event, hosted by me, is the movie’s only screening in San Francisco and it’s true life love story is an emotional rollercoaster and best seen in a group. The event will also feature a screening of an episode of the popular 1980s TV series, “Designing Women.” The movie’s director, Linda Bloodworth Thomason, also wrote the TV series and there is an early episode entitled “Killing All the Right People,” which is titled after she heard hospital staff talking about how AIDS was killing off gay people. This incident has propelled Bloodworth Thomason to support equal rights and humanity to others.

The movie is being screened in conjunction with the birthday of Thomas Bridegroom, one of the subjects of the film, who will be there in spirit. For just $10 you get to start your day off on an emotional high and might be able to leave with one of the giveaways, which include an autographed copy of “Bridegroom” and season one of “Designing Women” as well as a pair of tickets the dragploitation hit “Sh** & Champagne” and a DVD copy of the popular Frameline Film Festival movie, “Pit Stop.”

Tickets are $10 at or $12 at the door, while supplies last.

Speaking of the giveaways, “Sh** & Champagne” is becoming one of San Francisco’s long running surprises. It was only suppose to have been here for a limited time, but due to popular demand, it keeps getting extended and now is suppose to close at the end of April. The funny parody, which plays Fridays and Saturdays, is part Quentin Tarantino and part 1970s blackploitation film that puts D’Arcy Drollinger in harm’s way as she uncovers a prostitution ring, recruiting its stable of victims from retail. She is pitted against the ultra talented Matthew Martin as the brains behind the ring and the two of them go at it right on stage with well choreographed dance/fight moves.

The duo is supported by an amazing cast. Too funny everyone! Get tickets at

Do you want to see almost 40 movies in a day? Well you can, thanks to Saturday’s San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival with your hosts Peaches Christ & Sam Sharkey, starting at 4:30pm at the Victoria Theatre.

Divided into three different programs in case you can’t do it all, this popular festival is dedicated to supporting underground cinema from Bay Area filmmakers. This raucously, thrilling evening will include have two parts of shorts and then concludes with the San Francisco Premiere of the new film “Ladies and Gentlemen: Phatima Rude,” a film by Paul King and Joel Landfield.

You can get a super deal and see all three programs for $20. Or you can just do one segment or another for $15 each. Get tickets at

The SFUSFF will be a physically immersive event with Christ and Sharkey kicking off the night with a Live Rock Show featuring the talents of local bands Citizen Midnight and Zbörnak, followed by special appearances from some of the filmmakers themselves and the stars of the films. Some films will screen with a live interactive component where the film is presented in 4-D!

SFUSFF celebrates the underground, overlooked, avant-garde, and ultra outrageous films of the Bay Area. SFUSFF has run since 2003 as the concluding event of the Midnight Mass screening series, which began in 1998.

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