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BAS Pride 2015: Dragula, SOME THING’S Got Talent & The Maricón Collective

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From the Maricón Collective.

As Pride month starts picking up steam, it would seem that the city is learning a couple of things: One is that perhaps some are a little unfair when it comes to passing judgment on the merits of our bodacious sister to the south, Los Angeles, and the other is that rainbow standard burns a hell of a lot brighter when it’s got some brown in it.

As I have often waxed on here before, one of the best memories of growing up in Lincoln Heights were the backyard/ driveway parties where friends and family kicked it all day and well into the balmy, lavender smogged night, playing records, drinking, eating and dancing. My nana would get misty-eyed over songs on repeat, drunken tíos danced and got frisky, and the kids ran around amped on strawberry Fanta.

L.A.’s Maricón Collective, “brings its East Los Angeles backyard party vibes to Galería De La Raza for the unveiling of the new digital mural “Por Vida” by Manuel Paul of Maricón Collective.” Saturday night. There will be a dance party to follow and the collective will actually be getting a pre-welcome at Smooth Operator in the Castro, where the collective’s Rudy Bleu will also be spinning.

Friday night, however, will be a pageant princess bloodbath in the streets South of Market. Those arbiters of Hollywood hell mouth hokum, the Boulet Brothers will once again be reigning over a dais of local and Lost Strangeles doyennes while they pit contenders vying for the title of Miss Dragula San Francisco in a danse macabre of hairspray and Woochie appliques set across a backdrop of sweaty go-go boys.

The triumphant la Sissy as envisioned by Haroon Schmadalat

However, in the court of Miss Vivvyanne ForeverMORE!, the agony and ecstasy will retain a decidedly more hometown flavor as Gina LaDivinaLil Miss Hot MessDulce De Leche, and Mutha Chucka decide what deranged Eve Harrington under the influence gets to rip the crown from the reigning RubyBlue GenderBender at the SOME THING’S Got Talent pageant at the Stud (My money is on the vicious and tranquilized powerhouse, Sissy Payczechs..well the money I don’t have).

Which one should you go to? Fuck if I know. I mean I guess you could say it’s sort of like the difference between The Munsters and The Addams Family when it comes to choosing between these two candy floss dogfight delights and, like reruns,  your eyes will probably hurt after watching for two hours, but just keep knocking ‘em back and pretty soon you too will feel like a star as you spasmodically trip the light fantastic in front of your trade for the evening, following the shows. Maybe, just maybe, everyone leaves with a prize! Wheee!


Dragula San Francisco
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 10:00 p.m.

The Oasis
298 11th Street (@ Folsom)
[South of Market]
$10 before 10:30 p.m./ $13 after


SOME THING’S Got Talent- A Pageant
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 10:00 p.m.

The Stud
398 9th Street (@ Harrison)
[South of Market]


Smooth Operator + Maricón Collective
Saturday, June 13, 2015 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

456 Castro Street (btw 17th &18th)
[Castro/ Eureka Valley]

From LA to the Bay: Maricón Collective Digital Mural Unveiling and Dance Party
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 7:30 p.m.- 11:30 p.m.

Galería de la Raza
2857 24th Street (@ Bryant)
FREE/ $5 after 8:30 p.m.


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Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.