San Francisco Pride Hits its Stride
San Francisco Pride turns 40 this year, and there's a huge number of events -- official and unofficial -- to help you mark the occasion starting early June and going right through the summer. Events range from light and fun to political and avant garde and touch on a diverse array of art forms including film festivals, dance, concerts, and performance art.
If you're planning a trip there, the main events (parade and rally) take place June 26 and 27. But there are plenty of other enticing gems such as a Sexy City Tour with Carol Bean and Betty's List on June 4; the Sixth Annual Queer Woman of Color Film Festival June 11-13; and the 32nd Annual Pride Concert on June 24. Photo above Pride 2009 attendees by Juan Carlos Pometta Betancourt.
The supperclub San Francisco, a sexy dining establishment which serves patrons as they lie in comfortable beds is hosting a series of official Pride events June 17-26, including dinners, cocktail parties, dance events, and "other surprises," according to PR rep Keenan Hemje. "Decompressed and Undressed," which takes place June 22, includes a three-course meal served on the restaurant's signature plush beds. Patrons and staff are "encouraged to wear as little as possible." Yes, there's a complimentary coat/clothes check.
Fans of Angels in America take note: For a bit of longer-range planning, in celebration of the play’s 20th anniversary, San Francisco's Museum of Performance & Design will mount an extraordinary new exhibition, More Life! Angels in America at Twenty, scheduled to run from November 6, 2010 to March 26, 2011. Photo at right from Angels in America by Joan Marcus.