Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Full steam ahead for Pride

On the Town

Donna Sachet gets into the Love Boat theme at Trigger's second anniversary party last Wednesday. (Photo: Steven Underhill)
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The Edge is back, bigger and better than ever! Last Sunday, we led the celebration of its 20th anniversary, as the full scope of the recent remodeling and improvements became apparent. In addition to the physical enhancements, improved lighting, industrial finishes, and increased seating, the Edge announced its new weekly slate of special events, hosted by the likes of Michael Brandon, Cookie Dough , The Church Lady , and Drew Cutler . The party started with two hours of complimentary cocktails and some very busy bartending. Over the next few hours, performers entertained, raffle prizes were awarded, and the crowd traded stories about Edge history and buzzed about the new look. We caught up with Goldblatt , Gary Virginia, Diva D, Maurizio , Ben & Terry Penn, and Berlin Fisher, among others. And yes, the party concluded with an amazing Cirque de Sachet performance!

Trigger celebrated its second year anniversary last Wednesday with spinning klieg lights and a Gilligan's Island theme, featuring a wooden gangplank outside with a flock of seagulls above. The place was jammed for the first two hours of hosted drinks and tons of food for their most loyal customers. Gorgeous go-go boys and girls gyrated on every available space, casino tables beckoned, and video screens played cheesy tropically-themed TV reruns. Owner Greg Bronstein welcomed each guest, including Bevan Dufty, Adam Sandel, Julian Marshburn , John Weber, Alex Randolph, Jose Mercado, and W. Skye Paterson .

Marlena's bar in Hayes Valley will celebrate its 21st anniversary all next week with nightly drink specials and shows on Friday and Saturday. As always, this super-friendly bar is seasonally decorated for Pride Week. If Octavia Boulevard has become the Champs-Elysees of San Francisco, Marlena's is the Arc de Triomphe!

Once again, the SF Gay Men's Chorus delivered an incredible concert series, this time titled Hootenanny, at the Academy of Arts Morgan Auditorium. Special guests Shawn Kirchner & Ryan Harrison, Vance George , Kim Wisdom, the Whoa Nellies and the Barbary Coast Cloggers proved the perfect addition to the gorgeous singing of the chorus and its smaller sub-groups Vocal Minority and Lollipop Guild. If you weren't crying during the lush harmony of "Home on the Range," laughing at the Patsy Kline number, or deeply moved by "Meet Me on the Mountain," you weren't really in the room!

Heklina promised an incredible Trannyshack evening for her birthday last Friday, and she delivered! The packed audience at Club DNA thrilled to performance after performance, most notably Miss Rahni, Justin Vivien Bond, and Holy McGrail . At the height of the evening, a posse of drag queens, including Juanita More, Sister Roma, Pollo del Mar , and Bebe Sweetbriar , brought her cake on stage and led the birthday song. Who says drag queens are jealous, self-absorbed, back-stabbing – never mind!

You know how much we love Pride Week, the largest and most diverse LGBT celebration in the country. Here are some of our most highly recommended suggestions to keep your schedule full and fun.

Thurs., June 23, the Clift Hotel hosts the Pride Media Party from 6-8 p.m. with appearances by all the Grand Marshals and many elected officials, while Mark Rhoades hosts his Pride Party at the Bently Reserve from 6-9:30 p.m. with special guest Sandra Bernhard. Both parties are known for their celebrity buzz and elegant atmospheres.

Chippies ahoy at the Trigger party. (Photo: Steven Underhill)

Fri., June 24, 8 p.m., the 33rd annual Pride Concert at Everett Auditorium, 450 Church St., brings together the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony , SF Lesbian Gay Freedom Band , and members of Golden Gate Men's Chorus and SF Gay Men's Chorus. Throw in the hilarious Trauma Flintstone as emcee, and you've got an evening to remember! A Recognition Award will be presented to Commander Zoe Dunning. Did you see the photo of President Obama in the White House signing the paperwork to eliminate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," with Zoe standing by his side?

Sat., June 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb is the place to be for the 13th Annual Pride Brunch, presented by Wells Fargo, honoring the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade, and benefiting Positive Resource Center. There's music by the Dixieland Dykes +3, colorful decor, tempting silent auction, hosted Stoli vodka and Sailor Jerry's rum cocktails, and Barefoot sparkling wine, brunch buffet, and an uplifting program featuring remarks from each Grand Marshal. Don't miss it!

Finally, the SF LGBT Pride Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. on Sun., June 26. We will be looking for each of your smiling faces from the TV anchor desk, joined by Michelle Meow, Sebastian Kunz, Morris Knight , Celeste Perry, and Lenny Broberg. Stream it live, watch the whole thing on KOFY-TV at 7 p.m., or whenever you want on Comcast On Demand. However you spend your Pride Week, be safe, be courteous, and be you!

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