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Divas' denouement: Historic bar to shutter this week

Divas' denouement: Historic bar to shutter this week

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 27, 2019

Divas, the Polk district bar and nightclub that had long been a safe haven for the transgender community, will be closing its doors on March 30. The bar will celebrate its many years of service to the community with a closing night party.

Divas bar to close March 30

Divas bar to close March 30

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 20, 2019

Divas nightclub, one of the last vestiges from the days when Polk Street was a major gay and transgender hangout, will close its doors at the end of March.

Ministers, homophiles and raging cops - How a raucous New Year's Day ball changed San Francisco

Ministers, homophiles and raging cops - How a raucous New Year's Day ball changed San Francisco

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 26, 2018

History sometimes seems ruled by events with unintended consequences. That certainly is the case with the Mardi Gras Ball at California Hall, which happened on January 1, 1965. It's an event that's been called 'San Francisco's Stonewall.'

Support the things you love

Support the things you love

  • by Juanita MORE!
  • Oct 31, 2018

October was cute, and it was sweet to end it with such gorgeous weather. My two monthly parties at Powerhouse have helped to raise great money for two organizations that I really care deeply about.

Big little talent: meet 11-Year-Old Drag Diva Desmond

Big little talent: meet 11-Year-Old Drag Diva Desmond

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 10, 2018

He's only eleven years old, yet Desmond Napoles has already made a name for himself with appearances at New York's famed Wigstock, and cutting the opening ribbon at DragCon NYC with RuPaul.

Varla Jean Merman:  Talkin' 'bout her generation

Varla Jean Merman: Talkin' 'bout her generation

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 3, 2018

This weekend brings two very different drag shows to San Francisco. At Oasis, tonight through Sunday, legendary comedienne Varla Jean Merman performs her latest solo cabaret act, the circus-themed 'Under A Big Top.'

The Life of the Party

The Life of the Party

  • by Juanita MORE!
  • Oct 3, 2018

When I first moved to San Francisco, one of my roommates sold a little coke and meth to help him make some extra cash while working his way through college. By that time, I had already made it through school as a devoted pot smoker.

Werkin' for a living:  Drag stars on stage

Werkin' for a living: Drag stars on stage

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 19, 2018

The Werq the World Tour including Eureka, Aquaria, Asia O'Hara, Eureka, Kameron Michaels, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi and Violet Chachki, sashays into the Curran Theater for a one-night stand on October 5.

GAPA Runway XXX @ Herbst Theater

GAPA Runway XXX @ Herbst Theater

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Aug 29, 2018

The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation's annual costume, drag and talent gala, Runway, took on a "Quest for the Pearl" pirate theme for its thirtieth edition, held August 25 at The Herbst Theater.

Charles Pierce: a male actress to remember

Charles Pierce: a male actress to remember

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 22, 2018

Charles Pierce's connection to San Francisco history is easily lost due to his larger than life personality and his talent.

Kings at Sea: salty swaggering drag kings dock at Oasis

Kings at Sea: salty swaggering drag kings dock at Oasis

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 15, 2018

On Wednesday August 22 the 23rd annual Drag King Contest comes to the Oasis. This year's show, dubbed "Salty Swaggering Sea Men," invites audiences to man the torpedoes full speed ahead for a nautical-themed show with seamen, mermen, sailors.

Keeping house: The story of the MOREboys, and being a drag mother

Keeping house: The story of the MOREboys, and being a drag mother

  • by Juanita MORE!
  • Aug 1, 2018

Our sage columnist explains the growth of her House of MOREboys, and how, like the cast of 'Pose,' many have a chosen family.

Matthew Martin's greatest hits:  Entertainer returns to Oasis

Matthew Martin's greatest hits: Entertainer returns to Oasis

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 18, 2018

Popular drag artist Matthew Martin begins a three-night engagement at Oasis on July 26. Best known for his tongue-in-cheek homages to the classic leading ladies of Hollywood, Martin describes the new show as a mash-up of his greatest hits.

Blair St. Clair: Drag star sings, dishes and glams up Oasis

Blair St. Clair: Drag star sings, dishes and glams up Oasis

  • by Dan Renzi
  • Jul 18, 2018

Blair St. Clair did not win Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race, but that hasn't stopped the trajectory of her rapidly rising career. Her YouTube video "Now or Never" has almost two million views; that song is a track on her album, 'Call My Life.'