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o, ho ho! It’s that time of year again. December’s holiday-themed live shows and concerts should please anyone with alternative and traditional tastes. December 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of our world renowned San Francisco Symphony. On Friday, December 8, 1911, conductor Henry Hadley picked up his baton to lead the newly formed San Francisco Orchestra’s first ever concert. The Symphony celebrates its centennial and the holidays with a plethora of fun events, some for us grown-ups and some that our LGBT families can bring the kids to. All events are at Davies Symphony Hall (201 Van Ness, 864-6000). www.sfsymphony.org On Saturday, December 10 at 1 and 4pm, Sunday December 11 at 3pm, bask in the star power of Broadway legend and gay icon Chita Rivera as she narrates the Symphony’s holiday production of Peter and the Wolf. Musical selections include Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Tickets range from $15-57. Sunday December 11 also hosts holiday hits from the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Tommy James conducts, beginning at 8pm. $15-68. Join Jennifer Holliday, the original Dreamgirl, and other Broadway luminaries such as Ben Vereen, Lea Salonga, and pop icon Peabo Bryson for the Symphony’s presentation of The Colors of Christmas. On Wednesday, December 14, and Thursday December 15, at 8pm on both evenings, the stars will perform holiday favorites, plus their own hits. $15-86. Davies Symphony Hall might be the place to ring in 2012. Come join the Symphony for a wild and wonderful New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Masks will be provided. The Martini Brothers will perform swing music in the lobby, or you can dance on the fabulous Davies stage while the Peter Minton Orchestra serenades you. The fun starts at 9PM. $85195. www.sfsymphony.org The uber-elegant Rrazz Room inside the Hotel Nikko (222 Mason, 394-1189) has plenty of classy entertainment for the holiday season. Katya Smirnoff-Skky serves up a “tipsy” night of new and classic holiday cheer, Tuesday, December 6 at 8pm. $30. On Wednesday, December 7, at 8pm, folkrock songbird Maria Muldaur (“Midnight at the Oasis”) offers her annual Blues and Jazz Christmas Concert. $35. 4 BAR★TAB • bartabsf.com • December 2011

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The following week, San Francisco is visited by another legend of the Great White Way. Franc D’Ambrosio, best known as the longest running Phantom of the Opera in Broadway history, will perform his show It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas. The handsome, openly gay singer will perform from Tuesday, December 13 through Saturday December 17 at 8pm, with an added show on Sunday, December 18 at 7pm. $30-40. Two gay icons, both inhabiting the same body, ring in the holidays when local legend Connie Champagne performs as cinema legend Judy Garland. What’s Christmas without Judy? In Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, you can bask in holiday songs, special guests, and Santa Claus. Sunday December 18 at 4pm, and Monday December 19 at 8pm. $32-50. Sharon McNight will “sleigh” you when she tosses Twisted Xmas: A Druid’s View of the Holidays at you on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 20 and 21, at 8pm. An irreverent look at the holidays, McNight presents an alternative choice from the expected songs. She has stockpiled myriad and outrageous wacky musical commentaries about the 12 Days of Christmas. Targets include Santa, Jesus, Teddy Bears, elves, snow and Bette Davis. $30. For jazzy fun with a big band sound, spend Christmas Night with the Fabulous Bud. E. Luv. On Sunday, December 25 at 7pm. $25. www.therrazzroom If you’re feeling like “the only kid on the block without a Christmas tree,” then head over to the New Asia Restaurant (722 Pacific St.) for an evening of


Chita Rivera at Davies Hall

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy. It’s Jewish Comedy on Christmas Day in a Chinese restaurant (where else?). Host Lisa Geduldig and her headliners, Elayne Boosler, Avi Lieberman and Jeff Applebaum will give you the Bar Mitzvah you never had. It’s a real reprieve from “Jingle Bells.” Check it out on Friday and Saturday December 23 and 24. Dinner show at 6pm, ($62) or the 9:30pm cocktail show ($42); or on Sunday, Christmas Day, for a 5pm dinner show, 8:30Pm cocktail show, same prices. (925) 275-9005. www.Koshercomedy.com Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a more traditional state of mind than a holiday for Jews.

Join Rabbi Camille Angel at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav (290 Dolores, 861-6932), San Francisco’s LGBT Temple, for a Klezmer Shabbat (Sabbath). On Friday, December 23 at 8:15pm, come to the Shul (temple) as everyone lights candles, dances, and sings familiar tunes melded with klezmer rhythms and melodies. Cantor Sharon Bernstein, plus Stuart Brotman (on bass), and Sheldon Brown (on clarinet) will lead you in song, as your spirit soars wit the delights of Chanukah. All are welcome. Unfortunately, Bibi SF, the promoters of fabulous dance parties for LGBT Middle Easterners (shake those hips! is Bibi’s motto) will be sitting out this holiday season. But do keep an eye on Bibi’s My Space and Facebook pages. Rostam, the brains behind all those great parties, has a few events in the works. www.BibiSF.org Christmas carols will fill the halls at our beloved Castro Theater (429 Castro St. 865-2787). Stop by that stunning cinema palace on Christmas Eve, December 24, for a fabulous concert by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Be prepared to laugh, jingle your sleigh bells and feel those goose bumps! Special guests include Melody Moore and Donna Sachet. Showtimes at 5, 7 and 9pm. The Lesbian/Gay Chorus will join the Men’s Chorus at 5pm only. $10. www.sfgmc.org ✸

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Hotel Lounges Serve Class • by Jim Provenzano ant to spend a daycation in the city over the holidays? Don’t want to risk driving or hailing a cab after a night of New Year’s Eve carousing? Expecting guests? Are you a visiting tourist hoping for a holiday hook-up? Get a room. Hotel lounges in Union Square and around San Francisco offer stylish décor, handy access to room reservations, and a bevy of classy venues for an intriguing rendezvous. Whether it’s a date with an old pal or a Grindr homme du jour, hotel bars are a special treat we locals tend to overlook. Old-style elegance drips from the ornate walls of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel lobby bar. One might almost expect some Louis XIV extras to descend the impressive staircase. Drinks are a few bucks more (our martini was $12), but the tourist-watching was priceless, and the staff didn’t bug us after we ordered just one drink. 450 Powell St. 392-7755. www.sirfrancisdrake.com Of course, for spectacular views, take the elevator to the top floor of any hotel. With the Drake, its top floor is top notch. Harry Denton’s Starlight Room is as stellar inside as out. A classy blend of scenery, dancing, dining and even drag (on Sunday brunch events), The Starlight Room is almost a holiday in itself. www.harrydenton.com

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For a view that offers a Western sunset while dining, the Westin St. Francis’s top floor bar and restaurant gives good view. The hotel’s “newer” section itself is a bit 70s future-retro (think Logan’s Run), but the view up top is mighty fine, and they offer New Year’s Eve packages. 335 Powell St. 3977000. www.westin.com For first-floor style on a grand scale, Hotel Monaco’s Grand Café is a great spot for a pre- or post-theatre drink, and a few nibbly things or a fullcourse French cuisine dinner. 501 Geary St. 2920101. www.monaco-sf.com Also in Union Square, Hotel Abri is not only obviously gay-friendly, with its rainbow flag hoisted below its marquee. It’s also ultra modern and affordable for the center of the shopping and theatre district. Their Puccini and Pinetti Italian Bar and Grill includes a lively bar and colorful Italian cuisine. But if you’re booking a room, unless you plan to stay up late, ask for one that doesn’t overlook the nearby nightclubs. 127 Ellis St. (866) 823-4669. www.larkspurhotels.com/collection/abri Set in the middle of the museum district, W Hotel’s bar and lounge enjoyed a top to bottom renovation just a few months ago. The new décor bring high-tech lighting and a space-age ambiance that doesn’t veer toward campy scifi. The menu at


The elegant Sir Francis Drake Hotel lobby bar

Trace restaurant incorporates local growers and a sumptuous style. Environmentally conscious? Relax. The W is one of the newest hotels to be certified with a Silver LEED-ED, which basically means they’re cool and green. 181 Third St. 777-5300. www.wsanfrancisco.com The traditionally-designed Hotel Whitcomb has a long history of hosting LGBT events, from leather to country-western nights and ballroom competitions. With chandeliers, elegant glasswork, and intricately designed carpets, the lobby alone dazzles, and the lounge is roomy. On New Year’s Eve, the Sundance Saloon folks bring same-sex two-stepping and line dancing to a year-end crescendo. Sounds like a perfect way to lasso up some year-end fun. 1231 Market St. at 8th. 626-8000. www.hotelwhitcomb.com Several of these venues are part of the Kimpton chain of hotels. Book a room or a private event at (800) KIMPTON or www.kimptonhotels.com ✸

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Santa Skivvies Run @ The Lookout. See Sun. 11

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Monty Suwannukul

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Fri 2 ➠ The Golden Girls @ Victoria Theatre

The Christmas Episodes, the 6th annual hilarious drag stage adaptation of the hit TV show, with Heklina, Matthew Martin, Cookie Dough and Pollo Del Mar. Dec 1 opening night partial proceeds benefit Project Open Hand. $25-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 23. 2961 16th St. at Mission. www.trannyshack.com/goldengirls/

Ahoy There! @ Potero SF Public Library Friends of the Library’s nautical-themed cocktail and beer party shows off the renovated building. Join up, donate, schmooze with local authors. 7pm-10pm. 1616 20th St. at Arkansas. www.friendssfpl.org

Bad Girl Cocktail Hour @ The Lexington Club Every Friday night, bad girls can get $1 dollar margaritas between 9pm and 10pm. 3464 19th St. between Mission and Valencia. 863-2052. www.lexingtonclub.com

Christopher Daniels @ Nob Hill Theatre

Marlena Shaw @ the Rrazz Room

Porn newbie and hot blond-redhead does a full-on strip act. $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Dec. 3. Admission includes all shows and the downstairs cruise areas. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Veteran jazz-soul singer and composer performs. $35-$40. 8pm. Also Dec 2, 8pm; Dec 3, 7pm & 9:15pm; Dec 4, 7pm. 2-drink min. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

The Monster Show @ The Edge Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with gogo guys. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Show Off @ Truck Weekly drag variety show hosted by Pristine Condition. 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Retro tunes and retro cruisy crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

Fuzz @ Kok Bar First Fridays; take off your shirt, hairy guys, and get drink specials. 9:30pm-1:30am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Queer Deaf Social @ Café Flore Gathering of LGBT deaf locals and friends. 6pm-9pm. Happy Hour 4pm-8pm. First Fridays monthly. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

Salsa Club @ Cafe Cocomo Same-sex dancing and lessons with a live band. 21+. 8:30pm-12am. 650 Indiana St. www.QueerBallroom.com

SF Bal Swingfest @ Hotel Whitcomb Three-day dance competition, show and social event,

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with same-sex dancing events, workshops and live bands. Costume theme nights and lots of dancing fun. $95 for full weekend. Day rates too. 6pm-1am. Thru Dec. 4. 1231 Market St. at 8th. 305-8242. www.queerjitterbugs.com

Erika von Volkyrie @ Martuni’s. See Sat. 3

Some Thing @ The Stud Wild weekly drag show with SF’s most unusual talents. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Sat 3 ➠ Bearracuda @ Club Eight Monthly dance party with beartastic fun; DJs Steve Sherwood and Wasted Santa. $6-$8. 9pm-3am. 1151 Folsom St. www.bearracuda.com

Bistroteque @ Café Flore

Bootie SF @ DNA Lounge Weekly mash-up dance night, with resident DJs Adrian & Mysterious D. No matter the theme, a mixed fun good time’s assured. $8-$15. 9pm-3am. 21+. 375 11th st. at Harrison. www.BootieSF.com www.DNAlounge.com

Chaos @ Beatbox Tristan Jaxx and guest Luis Perez DJ the new hot monthly night that goes late. $10, or $25 for open bar. 10pm-4amish. 314 11th St. www.beatboxsf.com

Cockfight @ SF Underground Culture Whores’ big dance party in a little club’s now just first Saturdays, so get your fun time in with Pansy the Drunken Panda, other gogo buys and fun DJed mixes from DCNstruct and MyKill. $7. Wear a wrestling singlet and get in free! 9pm-2am. 424 Haight St. wwww.cockfightsf.com

Code @ The Stud DJs Six and Cady spin electro pop. $5. 9pm-2am (1st Sat). 399 9th st. at Harrison. www.sixcandcandy.com www.studsf.com

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DJ Ken Vulsion spins tunes at the popular café-bar; 2 for 1 cosmos. 9pm-1:30am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

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10:30pm with lessons 7:00 - 8:00 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Toys for Tots @ St. Regis Hotel Join the LGBT Community Center at a party to help kids over the holidays; DJ Christopher B. Bring an unwrapped toy. Festive holiday attire, please. 4pm-7pm. Third St. at Mission. RSVP: ToysForTots.SF@gmail.com www.facebook. com/events/136636986439314/

Winterfest @ Metreon Cityview The annual SF Bicycle Coalition party and fundraiser includes beer, wine, food, sales, art auctions, bike displays and equipment discounts, DJed tunes by Shooey & Ding Dong, and a wheely cool crowd; new scenic location. $20-$60. 6pm-10:30pm. 101 4th St. www.sfbike.org/?winterfest

Mon 5 ➠ Mary Wilson at Help Is On the Way @ Marines Memorial Theatre. See Mon 5

Erika von Volkyrie @ Martuni’s Gothic chanteuse/pianist performs “Holiday in Berlin,” with guests Honey Mahogany and Camilla Lombard. $7. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Hot Box @ Bench and Bar, Oakland Weekly women’s night produced by Movement Productions, with DJs Astro, Olga T, Rapture and Val G. specialty drinks, cafe seating. $8-$15. 9pm to 3am. www.hotboxinthebay.com

Stallion @ Rebel Joshua J’s weekly night; DJ David Harness and Joey Jinks spin tunes while sexy gogo guys shake it and offer lap dances. $5-$8. 21+. 9pm-4am. 1760 Market St. at Octavia. www.joshuajpresents.com

Sun 4 ➠ Men in Gear @ Kok Bar Fundraiser for local causes, and cheaper if you dress kinky. $8 all you can drink Bud Light or Rolling Rock. 5pm-9pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Beer Bust @ Truck Beer, and lots of it. $10. 4pm-8pm. Ice Queen Sundays, a new drag show, follows. Shows at 9:30 and 11pm. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Honey Soundsystem @ Holy Cow The cool Sunday music mix crew plays groove-adelic sounds for a hip, diverse crowd. 10pm-2am. 1535 Folsom St. at 11th. www.honeysoundsystem.com

Men in Gear @ Kok Sunday beer bust with the leather men. Monthly, 1st Sundays. $8-$10. 3pm-7pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 5pm10:30pm; lessons 5:30-7:15 pm. Also Thursdays 6:30pm-

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BOOBS @ The Rrazz Room Busty Outrageous Over-the-top Broads Singin’ (Leanne Borghesi, Jessica Coker and Soila Hughes) perform funny pop, rap and blues, accompanied by the Graham Sobelman Trio. $25. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Help Is On the Way @ Marines Memorial Theatre Mary Wilson of the Supremes headlines the 10th annual Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation concert and gala, with Susan Anton, RJ Helton, Shawn Ryan, Von Smith, La Toya London, David Burnham, Sally Struthers, Bonnie Franklin, Loretta Devine, Paula West, Wesla Whitfield and the cast of New Conservatory Theatre’s production of Xanadu! plus other talented singers and comics. $40-$60. 7:30pm. After-party with wine & dessert with VIP tickets ($100). 609 Sutter St. 273-1620. www.reaf.org

Q Comedy Showcase @ Martuni’s Paul Pratt, Lisa Geduldig, Jill Bourque, Carrie Avritt, Kibibi Dillon and Veronica Porras do GLBT stand-up at this laughfilled night, with host Nick Leonard. Joe Wicht’s Piano Bar follows. 1st Mondays. $5-$15. 8pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.Qcomedy.com

Supernova @ Truck Trivia show at the lil gay bar, with DJs Pork Sweats and Jimmy Swear. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com Winterfest @ Metreon Cityview. See Sun. 4


Wed 7➠ Booty Call @ Q Bar Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly dance night, popular with the stylish younger set. $3. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.qbarsf.com

Bubba @ Truck Good ole boy drinks, specials, underwear fun, and Bubba bartenders. 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

D’lysh @ Deco Lounge Latin hiphop and drag night (3rd Wed); hosted by Isa Manzanita. $150 talent show prize. $5. 9pm-2am. 510 Larkin St. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Maria Muldaur @ The Rrazz Room Pop and jazz songs from the folk-rock songbird (“Midnight on the Oasis”). $35. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Rookies Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Newbies get nude at the historic strip joint. $20. 8pm sign-up. 9pm show. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com Katya Smirnoff-Skyy @ The Rrazz Room. See Tue. 6

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Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio Women’s burlesque show performs each Wed & Fri. $5-$10. 7pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

13 Licks @ Q Bar Weekly women’s dance night at the intimate Castro bar. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.qbarsf.com

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Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Bitch @ Starry Plough, Berkeley

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. This week: Rachel McDowell and Morgan. One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Powerful singer-electric violinist performs at the East Bay venue with DJ Alligator. Local songstress Jenny Hoyston opens. $10. 9pm. 21+. 3101 Shattuck Ave. (510) 841-2082. www.bitchmusic.com www.starryploughpub.com

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy @ The Rrazz Room

Daddy @ Kok

Hamisi DJs the popular happy hour, 6pm-9pm, where fun continues later. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Daddies and their boys enjoy drink specials and porn entertainment. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

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The exiled Russian drag empress serves up a tipsy night of holiday songs. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

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Drag Queens D Q on Ice I @ Union U i Square S Skating with the local stars, as drag performers take to the ice, and you can, too. Group drag skate 8pm; show 9:30pm. Beer and wine available. $5-$10. Reg. hours 10am-11:30pm. Thru Dec 31. Powell St. at Geary. 7812688. www.unionsquareicerink.com

Juicy @ The White Horse, Oakland Hip Hop, R&B and soul. 9pm. (karaoke, drag king shows other nights, too). 6551 Telegraph Ave. (510) 652-3820. www.whitehorsebar.com

Loni Love @ The Rrazz Room Comedy host of The Gossip Queens does her wild stand-up act. $25. 8pm. Also Dec 9 & 10 at 9:30pm, and Dec 11 at 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Recovering Commies @ Cobb’s Comedy Club Yuri Kagan, gay comic, performs stand-up with Vladimir Khlynin and presents other comedians with Russian heritage, including Kira Soltanovich, Chris Garcia and Janine Brito. $15. 8pm. 2-drink min. 18+. 915 Columbus Ave. www.RecoveringCommies.com

Show Off @ Truck Weekly drag variety show hosted by Pristine Condition. 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Bitch @ Starry Plough, Berkeley. See Thu. 8

Fri 9 ➠ Bad Girl Cocktail Hour @ The Lexington Club Every Friday night, bad girls can get $1 dollar margaritas between 9pm and 10pm. All drinks being served up by the fabulous bartending duo of Tanya and Amy. 3464 19th St. between Mission and Valencia. 863-2052. www.lexingtonclub.com

Cubcake @ The Lone Star Saloon Bears, beer and cupcakes; second Fridays. 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St. 863-9999. www.lonestarsf.com

Hella Gay Comedy @ La Estrellita Café, Oakland Charlie Ballard hosts another night of multiculti queer yet totally un-PC comedy; this month, Fred Anderson, Rory Hensey, Carrie Avritt, Stephanie Milton, Queen TT, Dolores Trevino. Full bar/dining available. $10. 21+. 9pm. 446 E. 12th St. (510) 891-0972. www.charlieballard.com

Jock Night @ Kok Yuri Kagan’s Recovering Commies @ Cobb’s Comedy Club. See Thu. 8

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Monthly strap attack (2nd Fridays). Free clothes check. Get jockular. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. at 8th. 255-2427. www.kokbarsf.com


Queen TT at Hella Gay Comedy @ La Estrellita Café, Oakland. See Fri. 9

Kinky Beats @ Café Flore Sergio’s weekly DJ night at the popular café-bar. 2 for 1 martinis! 9pm-1:30am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

Lick It @ Powerhouse Lance Holman hosts a night of SM-themed fun with DJ Guy Ruben. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. 552-8689. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Pete Escovedo Orchestra @ The Rrazz Room Latin jazz ensemble wows with classic and contemporary music. $37.50-$40. 7:30pm. Also dec 10, 7:30pm and Dec 11, 5pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Some Thing @ The Stud Weekly drag show with unusual acts. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Werk @ Deco Lounge Tori Balenciaga’s night, with drag acts, gogo guys, and dance music, with special guest Morgan McMichaels ( RuPaul’s Drag Race ). $10-$15. Show 10:30pm. 510 Larkin St. www.decosf.com

Sat 10 ➠ Beef Bar @ Truck Furry shower guys party at the monthly bear night, with DJ Brian Maier. No cover. 8pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.BeefBarSF.com www.trucksf.com

Black XXXmas @ The Factory Sixth annual leather holiday circuit dance party, with DJs Abel, Luke Johnstone, APG, and Jay Santos. $30-$40. 10pm-6am. 21+. 525 Harrison St. www.guspresents.com

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Project Nunway III @ Beatbox. See Sun. 11

FFrolic lii @ The Th h Stud St d St Monthly costume dance party for Furries and friends. Dress up and dance, you animal (2nd Sat). $3 with costume, $7 without. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.neonbunny.com/frolic www.studsf.com

Hot & Healthy @ Café Flore Garza’s monthly (second Saturdays) benefit, raffle, show and HIV outreach night at the popular café-bar. 2 for 1 cosmos! 4pm-2am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www. cafeflore.com

Love Will Fix It @ Hot Spot DJ Bus Station John’s intimate monthly (second Saturdays) retro disco night with an R&B focus, re-decorates the cozy dive bar into a cool dance hangout; popular with a gaily diverse crowd. $5. 9pm-2am. 1414 Market St. at Polk.

Odyssey @ Deco Lounge Dance party with DJs Robin and David Harness. $5. 9pm-2am. 510 Larkin St. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Stallion @ Rebel Joshua J’s weekly night with sexy gogo guys shaking it. $5-$8. 21+. 9pm-4am. 1760 Market St. at Octavia. www.joshuajpresents.com

Sun 11➠ All-Male Amateur Strip Show @ Deco Lounge Ruby Holiday and Lamb Chop cohost the night of newbies gettin’ nude. $100 cash prize! DJ Lambchop spins tunes. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Bear Bust @ Kok All-you-can-drink Bud Light, Rolling Rock draft. 8pm-12am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Beer Bust @ Truck Beer, and lots of it. $10. 4pm-8pm. Ice Queen Sundays, a new drag show, follows. Shows at 9:30 and 11pm. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Disco Christmas @ The Grand Holiday T-dance with DJs Steve Fabus and Paul Goodyear, in a totally renovated nightclub (home of the legendary Tracadero parties). $15. 6pm-12am. 520 4th St. www.guspresents.com

Project Nunway III @ Beatbox The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence present the third annual wild “Fellini-esque” costume show and party, with a “steampunk/goth/drag/whatever” dress code. This year, recycled materials are used by local designers paired with Sisters. Jane Wiedlin of the Gogos, Mutha Chucka and Annie Danger provide catwalk commentary. Live music by Robot Bomb Shelter, DJed grooves Trevor Sigler, Bill Dupp and Sister Maudlin Mascara. $9-$20. 3pm-9pm. 314 11th St. www.thesisters.org www.beatboxsf.com

Santa Skivvies Run @ The Lookout Stacey Kent @ Venetian Room. Sun. 11

Third annual run around the Castro –in red swimwear, Santa hats and not much else– raises funds for the SF AIDS Foundation. Sign up in advance to get pledges or register the day-of. Top pledges get prizes. All participants who raise/donate the minimum get a Santa hat. It’s fun, it’s festive, it’s momentarily freezing. $35 minimum. 1pm. After-party back at The Lookout. 3600 Market St. at Noe. www.greaterthanone.org/events/santa-run

Stacey Kent @ Venetian Room

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Bay Area Cabaret presents the Grammy Award-nominated jazz vocalist in her San Francisco debut. $40-$45. 5pm (sold out) & 7:30pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. 3924400. www.bayareacabaret.org


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Sundance Saloon Holiday Ball @ Space 550 The LGBT country-western dance event hosts a holidaythemed party with two-stepping, line-dancing and holiday faves. $5 if you donate an unwrapped toy for a needy kid. $8 otherwise. 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Sundayz @ Beatbox New weekly beer and booze bust and T-dance, with a portion of proceeds going to various local AIDS/HIV and LGBT nonprofits. DJs Russ Rich, Byron Bonsall, Brian Maier, Christopher B and Kevin Lee. $15 bust or $5 + cash bar. 3pm-7pm. 314 11th St. www.beatboxsf.com

Toy Drive @ Club 1220 Annual toy drive with hung stocking-stuffer Michael Brandon, and Holotta Thymes and her drag show girls at 8pm. $5 and bring a new unwrapped toy for a needy kid. 4pm-11:30pm. 1220 Pine St. Walnut Creek. www.club1220.com

Mon 12 ➠ Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Queer Comedy Night @ El Rio Karen Ripley does stand-up comedy with a wry edge. $7$20. 8pm. 21+. 3158 Mission St. (800) 838-3006. www.koshercomedy.com www.elriosf.com

Toy Drive @ Club 1220. See Sun. 11

Russ Lorenson @ The Rrazz Room Crooner hosts the 6th annual jazzy Christmas in San Francisco show, with Tim Hockenberry, Carly Ozard and other guests. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Tue 13 ➠ Franc D’Ambrosio @ The Rrazz Room Broadway singer ( Phantom of the Opera) and local fave performs It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas. $30-40. Thru Dec. 17 at 8pm; also Sun Dec 18 at 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. This week: Scott Silverman, Josef Anolin and David Hawkins. One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Pit Stop @ Kok Hamisi DJs the popular happy hour, 6pm-9pm, where fun continues later. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Enjoy strip shows in the comfort of your skivvies, or less. $20. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Wed 14 ➠ Dream Queens Review @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Drag show each 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the classic Tenderloin bar, hosted by Collette LeGrande-Ashton. No cover. 10pm. 133 Turk St. 441-2922. www.dreamqueensrevue.com

Hydrant @ Deco Lounge AEF fundraiser, 6pm-9pm. Ducal Court Christmas party, 7pm-9pm and Dylish drag show at 10pm. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.com Sundance Saloon Holiday Ball @ Space 550. See Sun. 11

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Mary-Go-Round @ The Lookout

Franc D’Ambrosio @ The Rrazz Room. See Tue. 13

A fun weekly drag show with Suppositori Spelling, Mercedez Munro and Ginger Snap. $5. 10pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Thu 15 ➠ Daddy @ Kok Daddies and their boys enjoy drink specials and porn entertainment. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

The Monster Show @ The Edge Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with hot gogo guys and DJ MC2. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

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Retro disco tunes and retro cruisy crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

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Fri 16 ➠ Holiday Party @ Truck Happy KwanzaChristmakkuh! 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Kinky Beats @ Café Flore Sergio’s weekly DJ night at the popular café-bar. 2 for 1 martinis! 9pm-1:30am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland Gay Latin dance club (eight bars, more dance floors, lounge) shows off their hottests gogo studs. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com Beatpig @ Powerhouse. See Sat. 17

Snap-a-Licious @ Deco Lounge Ginger Snap’s fun drag show ends its reign; final show. $5. 10pm-2am. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. www.decosf.com

Some Thing @ The Stud

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Weekly drag show with unusual acts. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

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Allen Jordan

Sat 17➠ Beatpig @ Powerhouse Juanita More spins saucy grooves and dudes cruise at the eclectic music, drag and kink night; each 3rd Saturday. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. 552-8689. www.beatpigsf.com www.powerhouse-sf.com


Fauxgirls @ Kimo’s Classic drag show with Victoria Secret, Alexandria, Chanel, Davida Ashton, Tiger Lily, Maria Garza and more; each 3rd Saturday. No cover. 10pm. 1351 Polk St. 885-4535. www.fauxgirls.com

Ho Ho Ho Party @ Nob Hill Theatre Michael Brandon, the extra hung stocking stuffer, performs at the Christmas-themed strip show. $25 includes all shows, the downstairs cruise areas, plus food and drinks. 8pm & 10pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

I Just Wanna F*ckin’ Dance @ Beatbox New dance music night at the newest SoMa nightclub. 10pm-2am-ish. 314 11th St. www.beatboxsf.com

Pulse @ The Turf Club, Hayward Enjoy hot gogo studs, prizes, tiki bar cocktails, a friendly atmosphere and the biggest outdoor gay bar patio in Northern California; third Saturdays. 22519 Main St. www.wfturfclub.com

Fruitcake @ The Stud Queer dance party for all; third Saturdays. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.studsf.com

Stallion @ Rebel Joshua J’s weekly night; DJ David Harness and Joey Jinks spin tunes while sexy gogo guys shake it and offer lap dances. $5-$8. 21+. 9pm-4am. 1760 Market St. at Octavia. www.joshuajpresents.com

Wild Nights @ Kok Bar DJ Frank Wild spins groovy tunes at the new party (3rd Saturdays), with music give-aways, Steamworks towel guys, sexy swag, porn DVDs, and drink specials. $3. 9pm2am. 1225 Folsom St. at 8th. 255-2427. www.kokbarsf.com

Sun 18 ➠ All-Male Amateur Strip Show @ Deco Lounge Ruby Holiday and Lamb Chop cohost the night of newbies gettin’ nude. $100 cash prize! DJ Lambchop spins tunes. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.com

Big @ The Stud Monthly dance party for big men and their friends (3rd Sundays). $5. 6pm-11pm. 399 9th St. www.phattestevents.com www.studsf.com

Connie Champagne @ The Rrazz Room Local fave singer performs her charming Judy Garland show, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. $32.50. 4pm. Also Dec 19, 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.ConnieChampagne.com www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Jockstrap Bust @ Kok Bar

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$8 stripped down, $10 not; all you can drink Bud Light or Rolling Rock. 5pm-9pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com


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Jackie Beat @ No Name Restaurant. See Mon. 19

Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF @ Martuni’s A Shameless Show of Holiday Shite, the chorus’ wacky collection of traditional and whimsical holiday songs, sing-alongs, and a toy drive. So, bring an unwrapped toy for a needy kid. 4pm. Also Dec 19, 7:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.lgcsf.org

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 3958595. www.harrydenton.com

Sundayz @ Beatbox New weekly booze bust and T-dance, with a portion of proceeds going to various local AIDS/HIV and LGBT non profits. DJs Russ Rich, Byron Bonsall, Brian Maier, Christopher B and Kevin Lee. $15 bust or $5 + cash bar. 3pm-7pm. 314 11th St. www.beatboxsf.com

Yuletide Beer Bust @ Kok The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host a fundraiser with Jell-O shots, a stuffed stocking raffle, a Sister Santa and holiday fun. Bring non-perishable food items for the SF Food Bank. $8-$10. 3pm-7pm. 1225 Folsom St. www.thesisters.org www.kokbarsf.com

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Mon 19 ➠ Jackie Beat @ No Name Restaurant Enjoy drinks and light food at the bawdy LA drag queen’s act, all with a song-filled holiday theme (“I Saw Daddy Doin’ Santa Claus, “Alcoholidaze”). $30. 7pm and 9:30pm. 2223 Market St. a Noe. www.MissJackieBeat.com


Karaoke @ The Lookout Paul K hosts the amateur singing night. 8pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Monday Musicals @ The Edge The renovated bar now shows fun musicals each week. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Tue 20 ➠ Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Sharon McNight @ The Rrazz Room

Sharon McNight @ The Rrazz Room. See Tue. 20

Wed 21➠

Veteran chanteuse’s Twisted Xmas: A Druid’s View of the Holidays, with irreverent unusual holiday songs and comedy. $30. 8pm. Also Dec 21, 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Bear Bust @ Kok

Underwear Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

Bisexual gathering; 7pm-10pm; each 3rd Wed. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

Clothing-optional event at the historic strip joint; includes entry for shows and arcade. $20. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

All-you-can-drink Bud Light, Rolling Rock draft. 8pm-12am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Bi Night @ Café Flore

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Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

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Elayne Boosler headlines Kung Pao Kosher Comedy @ New Asia Restaurant. See Fri. 23

Blue Room Comedy @ The Stud Comic David Hawkins has moved his popular bawdy laughfest to a roomy nightclub; No cover. 8pm. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Thu 22 ➠ Daddy @ Kok Daddies and their boys enjoy drink specials and porn entertainment. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

A Gospel Christmas @ The Rrazz Room Kim Nalley, Tammy Hall and guest singers perform a soulful holiday music night. $35. 8pm. Also Dec 23, 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

The Monster Show @ The Edge

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy @ New Asia Restaurant

Weekly drag variety show hosted by Pristine Condition. 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Elaine Boosler headlines the 19th annual popular night of Jewish comedy in a Chinese restaurant. Also performing, Avi Liberman, Jeff Applebaum, and hostess Lisa Geduldig. Enjoy a sumptuous 7-course banquet ($62) or cocktails and eggrolls ($42). The comedy’s kosher, not the food. Dec 23 & 24 at 6pm & 9:30pm. Dec 25 at 5pm & 8:30pm. 772 Pacific Ave. at Grant. (925) 275-9005. www.koshercomedy.com

Underwear Party @ Powerhouse

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

Be naughty and nice at the undy-friendly cruise night. 9pm2am. 1347 Folsom St. 552-8689. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Gay Latin dance club (eight bars, more dance floors, lounge) shows off their hottests gogo studs. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with gogo guys and DJ MC2. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Show Off @ Truck

Fri 23 ➠ Fuzzz @ El Rio

Some Thing @ The Stud

Diverse crowd for an eclectic queer-friendly dance night with different themes. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

Weekly drag show with unusual acts. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Hard @ Q Bar

Take it off at the 4th Fridays stripping event with a Cheap Ass Contest, $100 winner. $5. 11pm contest. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Electro pop dance night at the intimate Castro bar-club, with DJ Haute Toddy. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com

Strip @ Kok Bar

Sat 24➠ Bistroteque @ Café Flore DJ Ken Vulsion spins tunes at the popular café-bar. 2 for 1 cosmos! 9pm-1:30am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

House of Garza @ Café Flore Garza’s monthly variety show (4th Saturdays), with raffles, drag acts and fun. 10pm-1am. 2298 Market St. 621-8579. www.cafeflore.com

A Nightmare Before Christmas @ Deco Lounge

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Kim Nalley performs A Gospel Christmas @ The Rrazz Room. See Thu. 22

Jesse Hughes’ performance and dance party. $5. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025. www.decosf.com


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~from page 24

Karaoke @ The Lookout

Paul K hosts the amateur singing night. 8pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Monday Musicals @ The Edge The renovated bar shows fun musicals each week. 7pm2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Supernova @ Truck Trivia show at the lil gay bar, with DJs Pork Sweats and Jimmy Swear. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

Tue 27➠ Rich Stadtmiller

Sun 25 ➠ Christmas Day Bud E. Luv Band @ The Rrazz Room The boisterous jazz-swing band’s holiday show. $35. 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Kim Nalley, Houston Person @ The Rrazz Room Jazz singer and veteran saxaphonist share a bill of New Year’s Eve concerts. $30-$40 Dec 27-30. 8pm. Dec 31, 7:30pm & 10:30pm, $75 and $150, includes champagne toast and post-show buffet. Also Jan 1, 7pm.2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Clothing-optional event at the historic strip joint; includes entry for shows, arcade and refreshments. $20. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Pit Stop @ Kok Hamisi DJs the popular happy hour, 6pm-9pm, where fun continues later. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

Wed 28 ➠ Blue Room Comedy @ The Stud Comic David Hawkins’ popular bawdy laughfest; no cover. 8pm. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Booty Call @ Q Bar Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly dance night, popular with the stylish younger set. $3. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.qbarsf.com

Dream Queens Review @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Drag show each 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the classic Tenderloin bar, hosted by Collette LeGrande-Ashton. No cover. 10pm. 133 Turk St. 441-2922. www.dreamqueensrevue.com

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

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Women’s burlesque show performs each Wed & Fri. $5$10. 7pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. www.elriosf.com

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9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The popular country western LGBT dance night. $5. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.sundancesaloon.org

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Retro tunes and retro cruisy crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

Fri 30 ➠ Thu 29 ➠ Daddy @ Kok Daddies and their boys enjoy drink specials and porn entertainment. 10pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. www.kokbarsf.com

The Monster Show @ The Edge Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with gogo guys.

Bad Girl Cocktail Hour @ The Lexington Club Every Friday night, bad girls can get $1 dollar margaritas between 9pm and 10pm. 3464 19th St. between Mission and Valencia. 863-2052. www.lexingtonclub.com

Underworld @ Space 550 Tighty whities dance night with DJ Kevin Lee; clothes check; undies fashion show, $20-$30. ($110 weekend pass for four NYE weekend parties). 550 Barneveld, at Oakdale. www.guspresents.com

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Go Bang NYE @ Deco Lounge. See Sat. 31

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Sat 31 New Year’s Eve Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an everchanging lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Special New Year’s Eve shows at 7pm & 10:15pm include champagne and truffles, and post-show dancing for the late show ($65-$190). $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/ wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Bearracuda @ Club Eight 6th annual New Year’s Eve party for the bear set and their pals, with DJs Brian Maier and Craig Gaibler. $20. 9pm3am. 1151 Folsom St. www.bearracuda.com

Colossus @ World Gym “Let’s Get Physical” New Year’s Eve dance party with DJs Hector Fonseca and Luke Johnstone, plus a hi-energy disco room with DJ Matt Consola. $50-$70 ($110 four-party weekend pass). 9pm-6am. 290 DeHaro St. at 16th. www.guspresents.com

Honey Soundsystem NYE @ Public Works

Country Western Dance @ Hotel Whitcomb

Bulgarians music act KiNK performs live, with hot DJ sets from Jason Kendig, Ken Vulsion, Robot Hustle, Derek Bobus and P-Play. 151 Erie St. www.honeysoundsystem.com

Sundance Saloon hosts its third annual New Year’s Eve party for cowboys and cowgirls, with line-dancing, twostepping and a midnight balloon drop. $25-$30. $50 with dinner (6pm); advance only. 8pm-1am. 1231 Market St. at 8th. www.sundancesaloon.org

Go Bang NYE @ Deco Lounge Dicso dance party with retrotastic tunes spun by DJs Steve Fabus, Sergio, Doc Sleep, Osmose, and Eddie House. $10. 9pm-3am. 510 Larkin St. at Truk. www.gobangsf.com www.decosf.com

Lea DeLaria @ Victoria Theatre. See Sat. 31

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi. See Sat. 31

Kim Nalley, Houston Person @ The Rrazz Room Jazz singer and veteran saxaphonist share a bill on New Year’s Eve concerts. $75 and $150 includes champagne toast and post-show buffet. 7:30pm & 10:30pm. Also Jan 1, 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Lea DeLaria @ Victoria Theatre Theatre Rhinoceros presents the out and proud lesbian comic, who performs with her hot swing band for a night of jazz, Broadway songs and hilarity. $30-$35. 7pm & 9pm shows. 2961 16th St. at Mission. (800) 838-3006. www.TheRhino.org

Trannyshack/Big Top @ DNA Lounge Heklina and Joshua J join forces yet again for a New Year’s Eve party with acts by Suppositori Spelling, Holy McGrail, Honey Mahogany and more. Upstairs, gogo guys shake it to grooves by John LePage and Joey Jinks. $20-$30. 9pm3am. 375 11th St. www.joshuajpresents.com www.trannyshack.com www.DNAlounge.com

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For updated New Year’s Eve listings, go to BARtabSF.com. To submit your January events, send by December 16 to BARtabSF@ebar.com

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HOLIDAY HAUNTSd T Creating Families in Gay Bars • by Jim Provenzano he winter holidays are the most obvious time of year when gays, separated from their parents, are forced to decide between biological family and acquired family. While hopefully more LGBT people than ever before are comfortably out to their families, at least enough to attend traditional holidays with them, in the early days of San Francisco’s gay community, that wasn’t the case. The post-World War II environment of queer refugees left many homosexual men and women, who discovered their samesex desires during the war, were forced to decide: stay in the gayfriendly community where they docked, or return to the closet and their original homes. Many stayed in the Bay Area. So, Christmas or Hanukkah approaches. What’s a gay guy or gal to do? Fortunately, the growing number of gay bars anticipated this need for alternative community. Many bars stayed open through these days and nights, offering more than a bit of spiked eggnog for patrons who might otherwise spend the days alone.

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Check out the fullpage ad for Cabaret in a December 1973 issue of our parent publication, The Bay Area Reporter. Promising what appears to be a postwar Andrews Sisters drag tribute act, “Stevens & Miller and Friends” wish patrons a “WONDERful Christmas.” They even host an “employee Christmas Party.” In the same issue, other bars advertised holiday parties. S.I.R. (the Society for Individual Rights) hosted a “Mary Kish Mess” review December 15 and 16 at the SIR Center on 83 6th St. The Ramrod (1225 Folsom St.) held its Christmas party on December 18. And the Purple Pickle (2223 Market St.) hosted a holiday affair December 19. For Cabaret, the prospect of opening in the middle of the holiday season may have been a bonus, or a hazard. There is very little other documentation of the club, once housed at 936 Montgomery St., which is now a parking lot. But no doubt some lonely souls were heartened that year, and the yuletide in San Francisco was certainly gay. ✸


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