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Pride Guide 2008

Hard to believe, but it’s already been 12 months since last year’s San Francisco Pride celebration. If you are lucky enough to have been there, then you’ll be even more excited to see what’s in store for this year’s festivities with celebrity grand marshals like Cyndi Lauper and Charo. But there is so much more to Pride than a weekend party; it’s a month long celebration of everything that is great about the queer community, from films and theatre to art and music, San Francisco Pride’s got it all and then some.

Anybody who is interested in movies will want to visit any of our local cinemas for a annual film festivals like the Queer Women of Color Film Fest and for San Francisco’s annual International LGBT Festival, Frameline32. And in addition to musical offerings from M’shell Ndegeocello and Cyndi Lauper at this year’s official celebration, you can look forward to concerts by the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus as well as A Queer Night at the Opera.

First and foremost, however, SF Pride is about celebrating our queer community, and there’s no better way to do that than by supporting local artists and businesses in any number of the events that are featured as part of the month long National Queer Arts Festival. But if you’re looking for something to do later on in the night, don’t forget to check out the infamous parties. By now you might be on information overload but don’t worry because SF Gay is here to help you keep track of it all.

June 10 Tuesday
3pm – Pride Business Expo @ Hotel Whitcomb

June 11 Wednesday
7:30pm – Remembering June Jordan @ SF LGBT Community Center

June 12 Thursday
7:30pm – Border Out @ SomArts Cultural Center

June 13 Friday
7:30pm – Opening of the Queer Women of Color Film Festival @ Brava! Theatre
9pm – Rally The Troupes 4 @ SomArts Cultural Center

June 14 Saturday
10pm – Burning Bush Pre-Pride Party @ Eli’s Mile High Club

June 19 Thursday
8pm – Opening of 2008 Fresh Meat Festival @ Project Artaud Theatre
10pm – Opening of Frameline32 @ Castro Treatre

June 20 Friday
8pm – A Queer Night At The Opera @ SomArts Cultural Center
June 21 Saturday
8pm – The Bond of Love @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music

June 25 Wednesday
7pm – San Francisco Leather Pride Meet & Greet @ Chaps II

June 26 Thursday
8pm – Our Message Is Music @ First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center
9pm – Official A & PI Pride Kick-off Party @ API Wellness Center

June 28 Saturday
10:30am – Pink Triangle Installation Ceremony @ Twin Peaks
11am – The 10th Annual Pride Brunch @ Hotel Whitcomb
12pm – The 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration @ Civic Center
3pm –Dyke March Celebration @ Dolores Park
7pm – The 16th Annual Dyke March @ Dolores Park
8pm – Sundance Saloon Country Western Pride Dance @ Hotel Whitcomb
9pm – Mo’ Butta Saturday @ Mighty
9:30pm – Club Papi Brown Party @ Space 550
9:30pm – Universe @ New York Studios
9:30pm – The Monster Show & Bootie SF @ DNA Lounge
10pm – Crisco Disco @ Mezzanine

June 29 Sunday
10:30am – The 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade
12pm – The 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration
8pm - The Return of Charo & Her Las Vegas Show @ Herbst Theatre

EVENT NAME: PRIDE BUSINESS EXPO
WHAT: One of the largest LGBT business trade shows in the nation
WHEN: Tuesday, June 10
VENUE: Hotel Whitcomb
COST: Free
MORE INFO: www.ggba.com

EVENT NAME: REMEMBERING JUNE JORDAN
WHAT: Queer poets come together for one stellar night of poetry and performance
WHEN: Wednesday, June 11
VENUE: SF LGBT Community Center
COST: $8-$15
MORE INFO: www.queerculturalcenter.org

EVENT NAME: BORDER OUT
WHAT: A collaborative performance featuring Bay Area-based LGBT immigrants
WHEN: Thursday, June 12
VENUE: SomArts Cultural Center
COST: $8-$15
MORE INFO: www.queerculturalcenter.org

EVENT NAME: RALLY THE TROUPES 4
WHAT: An eclectic mix of drag kings, queens, and burlesque artists
WHEN: Friday, June 13
VENUE: SomArts Cultural Center
COST: $10-$15
MORE INFO: www.queerculturalcenter.org

EVENT NAME: THE 4TH ANNUAL QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FEST
WHAT: A 3-day film festival honoring queer women of color
WHEN: Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15
VENUE: Brava! Theatre
COST: $5-$20
MORE INFO: www.qwocmap.org

EVENT NAME: BURNING BUSH PRE-PRIDE PARTY
WHAT: A hot new dancehall for ladies & gentlemen of the rainbow
WHEN: Saturday, June 14
VENUE: Eli’s Mile High Club
COST: $5-$10
MORE INFO: www.myspace.com/apples_and_afros

EVENT NAME: FRAMELINE32
WHAT: The 32nd Annual San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
WHEN: Thursday, June 19 – Sunday, June 29
VENUE: Castro Theatre, Roxie Film Center, Victoria Theatre, Rialto Cinemas
COST: Varies per screening
MORE INFO: www.frameline.org

EVENT NAME: 2008 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL
WHAT: The 7th Annual Transgender and Queer Performance Festival
WHEN: Thursday, June 19 – Sunday, June 22
VENUE: Project Artaud Theatre
COST: $15
MORE INFO: www.freshmeatproductions.org

EVENT NAME: A QUEER NIGHT AT THE OPERA
WHAT: An introduction to the art of opera
WHEN: Friday, June 20
VENUE: SomArts Cultural Center
COST: $15-$20
MORE INFO: www.queerculturalcenter.org

EVENT NAME: THE BOND OF LOVE
WHAT: The Golden Gate Men’s Chorus Concert Series
WHEN: Saturday, June 21 – Tuesday, June 24
VENUE: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
COST: $20
MORE INFO: www.ggmc.org

EVENT NAME: SAN FRANCISCO LEATHER PRIDE MEET & GREET
WHAT: An event to welcome visiting Leather/Kink people
WHEN: Wednesday, June 25
VENUE: Chaps II
COST: Free
MORE INFO: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com

EVENT NAME: OFFICIAL A&PI PRIDE KICK-OFF PARTY
WHAT: This party sets off Pride week for all A&PI LGBT attendees
WHEN: Thursday, June 26
VENUE: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
COST: Free
MORE INFO: www.apiwellness.org

EVENT NAME: OUR MESSAGE IS MUSIC
WHAT: 2008 Pride Concert feat. SF Gay Men’s Chorus
WHEN: Thursday, June 26 – Friday, June 27
VENUE: First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center
COST: $15-$35
MORE INFO: www.sflgfb.org/sfprideconcert.html

EVENT NAME: PINK TRIANGLE INSTALLATION & COMMEMORATION
WHAT: A ceremony for the annual installation of the Pink Triangle
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: Twin Peaks
COST: Free
MORE INFO: www.thepinktriangle.com

EVENT NAME: THE 16TH ANNUAL DYKE MARCH
WHAT: The Annual Dyke March
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: Dolores Park
COST: Free
MORE INFO: www.thedykemarch.or

EVENT NAME: SUNDANCE SALOON COUNTRY WESTERN PRIDE DANCE
WHAT: The Country-Western Pride Dance is a benefit for the Positive Resource Center
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: Hotel Whitcomb
COST: $10
MORE INFO: www.sundancesaloon.org

EVENT NAME: CLUB PAPI BROWN PARTY
WHAT: The biggest Latino party of the weekend
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: Space 550
COST: $20
MORE INFO: www.clubpapi.com

EVENT NAME: MO’ BUTTA SATURDAY
WHAT: One of the largest women’s parties for Pride
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: Mighty
COST: $20
MORE INFO: www.butterflyproductions.org/sfpride08.html

EVENT NAME: CRISCO DISCO
WHAT: Dance til dawn
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: Mezzanine
COST: $35-$60
MORE INFO: www.criscodisco.net

EVENT NAME: UNIVERSE
WHAT: Legendary night club with world class DJ’s
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: New York Studios
COST: $28-$60
MORE INFO: itbonlineservices.com/clubuniverse/

EVENT NAME: THE 10TH ANNUAL PRIDE BRUNCH
WHAT: A brunch benefiting the Positive Resource Center
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: Hotel Whitcomb
COST: $75-$100
MORE INFO: www.donnasachet.com

EVENT NAME: THE MONSTER SHOW & BOOTIE SF
WHAT: A Monster Show Bootie Mash-Up Pink Saturday Party
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
VENUE: DNA Lounge
COST: $6-$12
MORE INFO: www.cookievision.com

EVENT NAME: THE 38TH ANNUAL SF LGBT PRIDE CELEBRATION
WHAT: San Francisco Pride Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, June 28 – Sunday, June 29
VENUE: Civic Center Plaza
COST: Free
MORE INFO: www.sfpride.org

EVENT NAME: THE 38TH ANNUAL SF LGBT PRIDE PARADE
WHAT: San Francisco Pride Parade
WHEN: Sunday, June 29
VENUE: Along Market Street
COST: Free
MORE INFO: www.sfpride.org

EVENT NAME: THE RETURN OF CHARO & HER LAS VEGAS SHOW
WHAT: Celebrity Grand Marshal Charo in her sold-out show
WHEN: Sunday, June 29
VENUE: The Herbst Theatre
COST: $40-$100
MORE INFO: www.koshercomedy.com


Here are the links for these events and some others I didn’t list.

6/10 - Pride Business Expo
http://www.sfstation.com/pride-business-expo-e341641

6/11 - Remembering June Jordan
http://www.sfstation.com/remembering-june-jordan-e341661

6/12 - Border Out
http://www.sfstation.com/border-out-e341671

6/13 - Rally The Troupes 4
http://www.sfstation.com/rally-the-troupes-4-e341721

6/13, 6/14, 6/15 - The 4th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
http://www.sfstation.com/the-4th-annual-queer-women-of-color-film-festival-e341701

6/14 - Project Eden's Gay Prom
http://www.sfstation.com/project-eden-gay-prom-e341731

6/14 - Burning Bush Pre Pride Party
http://www.sfstation.com/burning-bush-pre-pride-party-2008-e341741

6/19 - Beyond Chemistry
http://www.sfstation.com/beyond-chemistry-e341751

6/19 - Mani-Pedi Cabaret
http://www.sfstation.com/mani-pedi-cabaret-e341761

6/19 to 6/22 - 2008 Fresh Meat Festival
http://www.sfstation.com/2008-fresh-meat-festival-e338701

6/19 to 6/29 - Frameline32
http://www.sfstation.com/frameline32-e342701

6/20 - A Queer Night At The Opera
http://www.sfstation.com/a-queer-night-at-the-opera-e342541

6/20 - Mr. & Ms. Alameda County Leather Contest Meet and Greet
http://www.sfstation.com/mr-and-ms-alameda-county-leather-contest-meet-and-greet-e342501

6/21 - Mr. & Ms. Alameda County Leather Contest
http://www.sfstation.com/mr-and-ms-alameda-county-leather-contest-e342551

6/21 - Club La Zeez Pre-Pride Dance Extravaganza
http://www.sfstation.com/club-la-zeez-pre-pride-dance-extravaganza-e285151

6/21, 6/22, 6/24 - The Bond Of Love
http://www.sfstation.com/the-bond-of-love-e342561

6/22 - Rainbow Community Center Pride Picnic
http://www.sfstation.com/rainbow-community-center-pride-picnic-e342581

6/25 - SF Leather Pride Meet & Greet
http://www.sfstation.com/sf-leather-pride-meet-and-greet-e342591

6/26 - TransForming Community
http://www.sfstation.com/transforming-community-e342601

6/26 - The Official A&PI Pride Kick Off Party
http://www.sfstation.com/official-a-and-pi-pride-kick-off-party-e341771

6/26, 6/27 - Our Message Is Music
http://www.sfstation.com/our-message-is-music-e336051

6/27 - Cream
http://www.sfstation.com/cream-e133421

6/28 - The Monster Show & Bootie SF
http://www.sfstation.com/the-monster-show-and-bootie-sf-e342671

6/28 - Club Papi Brown Party
http://www.sfstation.com/club-papi-brown-party-e342641

6/28 - Sundance Saloon Country Western Pride Dance
http://www.sfstation.com/sundance-saloon-country-western-pride-dance-e342631

6/28 - Mo' Butta Saturday
http://www.sfstation.com/mo-butta-saturday-e342621

6/28 - Pink Triangle Installation & Commemoration Ceremony 2008
http://www.sfstation.com/pink-triangle-installation-and-commemoration-ceremony-2008-e341791

6/28 - Universe
http://www.sfstation.com/universe-e342651

6/28 - Crisco Disco
http://www.sfstation.com/crisco-disco-e342661

6/28 & 6/29 - The 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride
http://www.sfstation.com/the-38th-annual-san-francisco-lgbt-pride-e342681

6/29 - The Return Of Charo and Her Las Vegas Show
http://www.sfstation.com/the-return-of-charo-and-her-las-vegas-show-e298121