Seems like the upcoming weekend will mostly be a drag. Not because of the good weather will leave San Francisco in a drought, but due to several noteworthy events that are geared towards the trans friendly audience and participants.
First, there’s the Imperial Council’s Coronation Ball this weekend as a new Empress and Emperor will be crowned. There are several Imperial events through the weekend, but the one that draws the most attention is Saturday evening’s Coronation, entitled “A View to a Kill,” which will take place at the Galleria Design Center starting at 6pm. The only tickets available are $65 reserved seating and they can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/533608.
For those not familiar, the Imperial Council is a non-profit organization designed to raise money for charities having to do with diversity and tolerance and was started by San Francisco’s first openly gay politician José Julio Sarria, who died last year and whose funeral had much attention locally as any respected politician– gay or straight. The difference is, his services, like everything with the Imperial Court System, was celebrated with style and respect as well as glamour and glitz.
To see the entire schedule of events and learn more about the local chapter of the Imperial Council, go to www.imperialcouncilsf.org.
There’s another drag competition event this weekend – and yet “RuPaul’s Drag Race” doesn’t even return until next week.
Two of San Francisco favorite queens, Peaches Christ and Heklina, co-host the 15th Annual Trannyshack Star Search competition in which our queens and judges search for the next “big wig” in dragdome. The Saturday night event starts at 11pm at the DNA Lounge at 375 Eleventh Street. Doors open at 9:30pm and tickets in advance are $15. With guest judges like Honey Mahogany, Lady Bear, Lindsay Slowhands, Holy McGrail, Sue Casa, U-Phoria and a surprise guest judge, you know it will sell out.
Get tickets and more information at www.trannyshack.com
Drag also highlights the show “*Hit & Champagne,” which has become so popular that they keep extending the run. And no wonder it features the talents of Matthew Martin whom I love in everything and D’Arcy Drollinger who is perhaps the prettiest drag queen I’ve ever seen. (Drollinger is so convincing as a woman, I think I went straight).
Their dragploitation spoof with the two master talents offering an over-the-top production seems to be a show that cannot be missed!
It plays Fridays at Saturdays through March at Rebel at 1760 Market Street.
One interesting tidbit…one of the actors is Peter Griggs, who was wonderful a few years ago in a show called “Killer Queen.” Well, Griggs is also drag persona U-Phoria so he/she will be having double duty on Saturday night with also be a judge at “Star Search.”
To get tickets to the “*Hit” show (Which has a s before the “Hit” but Examiner won’t let me use that word), go to www.tinyurl.com/mxh76xo
Perhaps you’d like a weekend with no drag. Don’t worry as the Society Cabaret has some great counter programming.
The Cabaret will feature Feb. 21-23 a show entitled “Sing a Song of Sondheim,” with some special San Francisco performers gathering to pay tribute to the most acclaimed composer of our time.
For theatre lovers, this is a must see as Sondheim has brought us “West Side Story,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Company,” “A Little Night Music” and “Into the Woods,” among others. It will be exciting to see if the program sticks to classic songs like “Somewhere” and “Send in the Clowns” or will mix it up a bit with lesser known songs tunes such as “Not a Day Goes By” or “Goodbye For Now.”
Only way to find out is go to the show Friday or Saturday at 8pm or Sunday at 2pm.
Get tickets and information at www.societycabaret.com