It's Pride Week, the high holy days of homosexuality here in San Francisco. We're all on tenterhooks waiting for the SCOTUS ruling on DOMA and Prop 8, but whether we will have cause to celebrate or drown our sorrows, now is the time to embrace our culture and community over an adult beverage or two.
As for the parade and festival, I personally couldn't be bothered. Gone are the days of letting the queer freak flag fly. Of late it's been a showcase for local politicos building their platform, and booze brands and cell phone carriers hawking their wares. I get enough advertising on the Internet, thank you.
But there's plenty else going on if you look around. Here's a few events I've got my eye on.
Wednesday, June 26
Ethel Merman Experience at Martuni's, 7 pm
The always boisterous Ethel Merman will be belting out tunes at everyone's favorite piano bar.
Thursday, June 27
Academy of Friends Pre-Pride Party at Harlot, 5:30 pm
Music, food and booze, all to support local HIV/AIDS causes. Do good while having fun!
Vintage Queer San Francisco, 8 pm
Oddball Films lines up a bunch of ultra-rare shorts and documentaries on local queerery.
Saturday, June 29
Dyke March, 12 pm
The women's community kicks off from Dolores Park, meandering through the Mission back to Castro and Market, which takes us to:
Pink Saturday, 5 pm
For my money the best part of Pride weekend. Men and women, young and old, all colors, all together. Even if they're not allowing open containers (uh huh), it's a good time, and all donations go to local causes.
Sunday, June 30
SF Alternative to Pride Parade (and Bar Crawl), 12 pm
The parade the way it was meant to be. Drag queens, leather queens, furries, punks and all our other favorite freaks and deviants are sure to take to the streets, meandering from The Cinch by way of Civic Center and ending up at The Eagle.
Mugsy Pop-up at Miss Ollie's, 5 pm
Or, if you want to skip all the SF mishegas altogether (and I don't blame you), head down to Miss Ollie's, a Caribbean restaurant in Oakland, for my favorite queer-owned wine pop-up, featuring my favorite urban wineries, including queer-owned Gratta Wines, and queer-friendly Urban Cellars and Rock Wall Wines.