Trixxie Carr, Dia Dear, and Cousin Wonderlette in last year’s Tiara Sensation. Get the 411 on where these beauties landed in advance of this year’s Friday competition. Photos by Kegan Marling
The comedown was a lot this week after Folsom Street Fair, particularly when it was announced that long-running Sunday night house party thing Honey Soundsystem would be ending next month — coupled with the fact that thee Monday night party Vienetta Discoteque is ending, it was like … gosh.
Is it over, SF? Not entirely.
This weekend, we’re standing up straight, protesting the removal of the Market Street chess players (see Sunday’s listings, below). And to drive home the point that life need not shrivel and die when the lights come on, we invited drag starlets Glamamore and Vivvyanne ForeverMORE to tell us about what happened to last year’s contestants of their drag pageant. This year Tiara Sensation will take place in the luxe lobby of the de Young Museum — proof positive that not all is on a downward trajectory when it comes to freaky and weird SF. Some other ways to thrive this weekend:
FLUFF Where one house night ends, another begins. Dr. Sleep and Sissyslap are giving birth to this queer night at the Lookout, our go-to for Castro views and DGAF cocktails.
THURSDAY // 9PM-2AM // LOOKOUT // MORE
TIARA SENSATION Caitlin here. In 2012, in the hopes of encapsulating the wonder of my favorite drag pageant, I brought my video intern to capture contestants in dressing room interviews, which as you can ask them were SENSATIONAL. Sadly, my intern’s camera shit the bed the week after, we lost the footage, and I was too high on mushrooms to remember what the hell they talked about anyway. I remember Dia Dear writhing naked to Frank Ocean … At any rate, this year the pageant is happening at the de Young museum, a big classy come-up from the Rickshaw Stop ( ❤ u Rickshaw Stop) and here at AHDM4U we felt the Some Thing team deserved a hat tip.
We asked Glamamore and Vivvyanne Forevermore to update us on where all of 2012’s contestants wound up. Click on the images below to expand and get the 411 on where that wig landed.
FRIDAY // 7PM // DE YOUNG MUSEUM // MORE
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: TIARA SENSATION 2012 COMPETITORS
Photos by Kegan Marling
SPCA CARNIVAL Think of the kitties! The San Francisco SPCA turns 145 years old this weekend (!?) with a Friday night cocktail hour (sold out, sorry late babes) and a Saturday carnival with free pet adoptions and tons of snacks, games, a Barbary Coast SF history exhibit … many things. Go support this preposterously historic no-kill shelter. Yes, there will be a beer garden.
SATURDAY // 11AM-6PM // SF SPCA // MORE
FARAH GOES BANG PREMIERE We love local feminist hip-hop author Laura Goode, and were beyond when the movie she made with friend Meera Menon about young feminists dealing with the John Kerry presidential campaign and losing their virginity (ayyyye … ) took home the Nora Ephron prize at Tribeca Film Festival (hey Sandra Bernhard, we were fans first). Now Farah Goes Bang makes its Bay Area premiere in conjuncture with the Iranian Film Festival.
SATURDAY, 3:15PM (RUSH TIX ONLY) AND SUNDAY, 9:15PM // $14 // SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER, MILL VALLEY // MORE
Cast and crew of Farah Goes Bang
SWAGGER LIKE US It’s the first Sunday of the month so obvs (it’s your bb Kelly) I’ll be hosting my monthly queer hip hop, performance, and danceparty — wow that’s a lot to say in a sentence. Anyways it’s going to be 70+ degrees on the back patio of El Rio, and I’m featuring Rica Shay all the way from BK and the Bay’s very own DJ Olga T of Good Times. Sunday’s about to look hella cute y’all.
SUNDAY // 3-8PM // $5 BEFORE 4, $8 AFTER // EL RIO // MORE
MARKET STREET CHESS-IN Dear SFPD, You realize that no one really thinks you got rid of the Market Street chess players because they were contributing to crime, right? Obvs the campaign was started because the Twitterati don’t like looking at poor people. Or there’s a new “Checkmate” app in the works and techies don’t need the IRL competition. Either way, see you on Sunday with our boards! ❤
SUNDAY // NOON-3PM // FREE // MARKET BETWEEN 5TH AND 6TH STREET // MORE
“STILL HERE: PHOTOS OF SAN FRANCISCO” Curated by local genius Johnny Ray Huston, this assemblage of photos captures the wild spirit of SF that is disappearing in parts, but remains intact in important pockets around the city. An important reflection on where we sit in this tumultuous era. Don’t miss: our babe and nightlife shooter Fabian Echevarria’s images.
SUNDAY // OPENING RECEPTION: 6-9PM // FREE // ALLEY CAT BOOKS // MORE
DUNGEONS AND DRAGFIENDS Yes, it’s a fantasy night for drag nerds. Dean Disaster hosts, and this week’s stimulating (and no-cover!) lineup includes a dragon number by faux queen star Bonersaurus Rex, plus Suppositori Spelling as Gollum.
SUNDAY // 7-10PM // FREE — BRING SINGLES FOR TIP$$ // THE STUD // MORE
“BILL JONES” The YBCA has dedicated a month of events to this seminal contemporary dancer and the work of his Arnie Zane Dance Company. Monday is the perfect day to head to see the Center’s visual arts exhibition focusing on Jones, which features photos, set pieces, and costumes that lend special insight into his work. The exhibition is free til October 18th, but today you can chase it with an equally costless panel discussion featuring local artists speaking on Jones’ impact on the arts.
MONDAY // FREE // YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS // MORE
Bill Jones, painted by Keith Haring