The weekend is crazy with excitement in San Francisco! Some events are like a comet and will come and go as fast as they arrived while others might be with us for a week or two. To see everything San Francisco has to offer, you need to plan carefully.
“Showgirls” at the hand of Peaches Christ promises to be more than the Aug. 23 screening of the movie voted worst film of the 1990s. Before the curtain goes up at the Castro Theatre, Christ and crew re-enact parts of the show including her now infamous volcano dance. Also, those who love large popcorn might be in for a shock when the freak show of volunteer dancers comes and give you a dirty, funny, sexy and sometimes disgusting lapdance right in your seat. Get tickets now at www.peacheschrist.com.
“To Be Takei” just opened in San Francisco and is definitely worth checking out. The documentary on TV’s Sulu from “Star Trek” George Takei shows all of the struggles he had while growing up and yet some how he remains a fun and vibrant man with a lot of life left in him. The film chronicles his love life with his husband Brad and also shows how he’s trying to educate people on prejudice and acceptance, mixing that in with some “Star Trek” fan meet and greets. Good stuff from start to finish. Maybe better to wait until Monday until all of the other excitement leaves, but you can find a theatre at www.tobetakei.com.
Society Cabaret has its hands full of talent this weekend with two different shows.
“Lush ‘n Roulette” is a cutely-titled show that has three performers – Paul Araquistain, Stephanie Lundi and Stephanie Lynne Smith – all trying to out-perform each other in a song roulette. It mixes wit, sass and attitude – and if you add a yummy cocktails and delicious food and you’re definitely set for Friday, Aug. 22’s 8pm show.
“Yes Dear,” which plays at Society Cabaret on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8pm, is billed as a marital cabaret and husband and wife team Scott Grinthal and Lauren Mayer add a unique twist on the traditional musical duo as she's the wry accompanist and he's the lovely singer.
Get tickets to either or both and see what’s ahead (YEAH ! Jai Rodriguez) by going to www.societycabaret.com.
Speaking of cabaret –if you want to go to a cabaret a la speed dating then “Help is on the Way” is the perfect show for Sunday, Aug. 24 at 7:30pm at the Palace of Fine Arts. You get numerous shows in two hours: a performance from “Motown the Musical,” local legends Paula West and Jason Brock, icons Florence Henderson and Richard Chamberlin, Broadway and TV stars Valarie Pettiford and Alex Newell and a cast of not thousands but dozens – all great. Hey you even get the same sex dancing partners from “America’s Got Talent” and Barbra Streisand’s sister, Roslyn Kind. Lots of fun and for a good cause, supporting AIDS charities. Go to www.richmondermet.org.
Since I’ve mentioned Barbra Streisand, she may not be in town – but a show kind of about her is. “Buyer & Cellar” is at the Curran through Aug. 31 and has Michael Urie in an award winning one man show about “what if” the real mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement had an employee who interacted with Streisand herself. Yes absurd but completely charming and definitely worth seeing. More info at www.shnsf.com.
Sunday also is the beginning of Revolve, Oakland’s gay arts and film festival. This eight day event has so much going on that you can easily be entertained for days. They have an unbelievable all access pass for $40 which would get you into anything but the boat cruise. But you can see great movies like “Limited Partnership,” one of my favorite documentaries of the year. Or hear some cool DJs, dance artists, poets (including Wonder Dave) and visual artists. Revolve will also feature some episodes of the wonderful Oakland-based web series “Dyke Central” and Stela Furtado’s film “Blurred Lines” which hopes to expand the way we view genders and as well as great visual work from photographer jeffers REX and model ant DeSean. To show solidarity and spirit, they also encourage people to join them on their float which will be part of Oakland Pride’s parade Aug. 31.
If the phrase “off the hook” ever needed to be used, this is the event. Check it all out at www.spectrumqueermedia.com.