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Daytime Realness

Third Sunday of every month, 3 p.m.
El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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We always think about drag performers when we hear Gillian Welch's song "Barroom Girls." Especially the part that goes, "She tosses and turns because the sun is unkind." Because holy shit, when you're not sure if your tuck is tight enough, or whether your beard's growing through your foundation, or even of the quality of the foundation itself, the sun can be plenty unkind. These are the reasons to admire, not just love, the moxie of Daytime Realness, a tea dance in the sense that it occurs at teatime, but even better/worse, it's held outdoors on the Mission District bar's famous back patio. Heklina and Hard French's DJ Carnita present drag performances, lit by the sun, and dance sets, lit by the sun. Luckily there are bitchin' chicken and waffles to ease the pain/your health. One part of Welch's song is true here, though: "All of the colors go 'round in a swirl/ When you dance in the arms of the barroom girls." 415-282-3325

Sunday's a Drag

Sundays, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

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Brunch & drag revue with Donna Sachet. 415-395-8595

Red Hots Burlesque Brunch

Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
PianoFight 144 Taylor, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

Buy Tickets$10-$20

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Doors open at 11am. Show at noon.

Welcome to San Francisco's only Burlesque Brunch show, happening every Sunday at PianoFight, featuring Red Hots' Burlesque and the best food and drink the city has to offer. Enjoy $15 bottomless (and topless) mimosas alongside a delectable menu of comfort foods from PianoFight’s chefs. Red Hots Burlesque has a mission of variety! Expect drag, comedy, striptease, sideshow, circus from folks of every gender, size, race, performance style and country. Yes, we have a pool of over 500 performers from all over the world. You will never see the same show twice! 415-672-4735

Dragalicious Brunch

Sundays, 12:15, 1:30 & 2:45 p.m.

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Featuring drag performances and bottomless mimosas.

The GlamaZone

Sundays, 8:30 p.m.
The Cafe 2369 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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With Pollo Del Mar and guests. 415-621-4434

Piano Bar 101

Mondays, 9 p.m.
Martuni's 4 Valencia, San Francisco South of Market

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Open mic cabaret with Joe Collins Wicht, Trauma Flintstone's piano-playing alter ego. 415-241-0205

Mahogany Mondays

Mondays, 9 p.m.
Midnight Sun 4067 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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With Honey Mahogany and guests. 415-861-4186

"High Fantasy": High Fantasy

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

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Weekends are for amateurs — the really good stuff happens during the week. Well, that might be a little hyperbolic, but it's certainly true in the case of High Fantasy. Going on for several years now, the weekly Tuesday night party at Aunt Charlie's is your midweek destination for a dose of high-concept gender-bending insanity. Madcap promoters Myles Cooper and Vivian Baron host an evening of cheap drinking, dancing, and drag to an impeccably selected soundtrack of underground house and disco classics. Its Facebook page declares, "It's everything you want...." And, for the low price of $5 (or less), it probably is. 415-441-2922

Meow Mix

Tuesdays, 11 p.m.
The Stud 399 Ninth St., San Francisco South of Market

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We like our gay bars like we like our women — rough around the edges and with as little cover as possible. With its bordello-esque atmosphere and cheap drinks, it's no surprise that The Stud, one of the city's oldest gay bars, still reigns supreme. Sure, it can be a little cramped, and there are corners so dark you need to feel your way out, but where The Stud lacks in ambience, it makes up for it with its no-holds-barred drag performances, amazing local DJs, and innovative performances such as the weekly Meow Mix. Billed as a night of “glamorous and not so glamorous avant garde performance art,” Meow Mix is a cabaret show where anything goes. Expect a little raunch, elaborate costuming, and acerbic wit from host Ferosha Titties. 415-863-6623

Follies at Oasis

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Oasis 298 11th St., San Francisco South of Market

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Weekly drag cabaret starring Holotta Tymes and guests. 415-985-4442

Red Hots Burlesque

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.
Oasis 298 11th St., San Francisco South of Market

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After the shuttering of the Supperclub, RHB moves its weekly Wednesday show to an even more queer-friendly home at Oasis. 415-985-4442

Fauxgirls!

Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. and First Friday of every month, 6 p.m.

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As far as we can tell, San Francisco's first drag bar was a happy accident — unofficial history holds that Joe Finocchio established his eventually world-famous "female impersonator" spot in 1936 after hearing a customer in his father's bar imitate Sophie Tucker, known for her risque numbers. As hard as it might be to believe, this type of entertainment was accepted by the American mainstream for decades after that, with Finocchio's getting a decent amount of tourist traffic. Finocchio's closed in 1999, but there's still a hint of its spirit in the city. On a visit to Fauxgirls!, we saw citizens from "red" states wriggling with adoration alongside others. Fauxgirls! is not a delicate show, and its venue then was closer to the Tenderloin than Union Square. It's wonderful and funny, and the gowns are very pretty, but the performers aren't playing. The visitors in question, a whole family of them in their baseball hats, proudly and repeatedly asserting they were from Kentucky or Kansas or somewhere, learned at the same time we did that "hooker" is a term of endearment. And they loved it. This year, there's more to love about Fauxgirls!, including a dinner menu and a new venue next door to Union Square and the Powell cable-car turnaround. Produced by accomplished drag personage Victoria Secret, Fauxgirls! is hosted by Alexandria and includes a cast of sparkling female impersonators (and Bobby, the token butch) in a show involving lip-synching, singing, audience participation, generous tipping, and getting called "hooker." 415-421-8700

Mary-Go-Round

Third Thursday of every month, 10 p.m.
Lookout 3600 16th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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With hostesses Suppositori Spelling, Mercedez Munro, and Holotta Tymes. 415-703-9751

Some Thing

Fridays
The Stud 399 Ninth St., San Francisco South of Market

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The unGoogleable inheritor of the Trannyshack art-drag scepter is known as Some Thing; each Friday brings a new theme via semi-pun. It could be simple, such as Some Thing Good, or it could be A Li’l Sumptin’ Some Thing, which is funny but what are you going to wear? The first show begins at 11 p.m., and this segment is titled Some Thing — it’s danger-drag; unexpected, experimental, post-punk, political, performance-arty stage shows. The second show, at midnight, Some Thing More, is hosted by Glamamore, sigh, the dreamy diva and queen of synchs — her show is polished, practiced, yet still a screaming good time. Also at this post-Tiara Sensation weekly événement, a person can and does visit Haute Gloo’s craft table, to make a tiara or other accessory (we once did-it-ourselves upon a Barack Obama-themed diadem). Various documentation situations ensue, by which we mean there is usually a photo set on which to get shot. 415-863-6623

Séduction Féroce: Oakland’s Finest Cabaret & Dance Party!

Third Friday of every month, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Club BNB 2120 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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Séduction Féroce brings a sexy, diverse, high quality entertainment EXPERIENCE to the East Bay every Third Friday of the month! Enjoy a jaw-dropping array of delicious burlesque, boylesque, drag, dance, & circus performances! Get there early and stay late to indulge in the musical mixology of Bay Area’s DJ Troynado! 510-444-2266

Séduction Féroce

Third Friday of every month, 9 p.m.
Club BNB 2120 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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Monthly queer burlesque cabaret. 510-444-2266

The Midnight Show

Fridays, Saturdays, 12 a.m.
Divas 1081 Post, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

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With Alexis Miranda. 415-474-3482

Showtime in the Mission

Fridays, 7 p.m.

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Weekly drag show hosted by Galilea and including a five-course meal.

The Ladies of San Francisco: The Finest Old School Drag

Fridays, 10:15 & 11:30 p.m.
OMG 43 Sixth St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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With hostess Miss Galilea and DJ Jack Rojo. 415-896-6374

Throwin' Hoes: A Night of Live Music and Drag

Sat., June 22, 9 p.m.
El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

Buy Tickets$10

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Throwin' Bo's is once again teaming up with local drag crew Hoe is Life to bring you Throwin' Hoes: A Night of Live Music and Drag! This time they're bringing the party to El Rio just in time for Pride month. Come through for sets from GESS and Maya Songbird as well as daring drag from the Haus of Hoe! 415-282-3325

Mother

Saturdays, 10 p.m.
Oasis 298 11th St., San Francisco South of Market

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Weekly themed drag tributes and transgressions with Heklina and guests. 415-985-4442

The Dream Queens Revue

Fourth and Second Wednesday of every month, 9:30 p.m.

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In a city that prides itself (see what we did there?) on having one of the most prominent and active LGBT communities in the world, how do you determine the best place to see a drag show? By going to the place with the most glitter! Described by one Yelp reviewer as "a slightly skeezy gay bar from the mid-'70s, left untouched for 40 years, and revisited in 2012," what Aunt Charlie's Longue lacks in size and location, it makes up for in hosting some of the best and intimate drag shows in S.F. Twice a month, this hole-in-the-wall bar known for its cheap (and stiff) drinks and raucous entertainment, hosts The Dream Queens Revue, a drag show filled with "outrageousness glitz and fabulicious-ness." We don't know exactly what that means, but we love it. Featuring members of the Grand Ducal Council, a camp-oriented nonprofit that raises money for charities, and a token male performer (as in, a man performing masculinity), this unforgettable cabaret show is a must-sequined spectacle that's not to be missed. 415-441-2922

HAUS SERPENS : Rock + Roll Revue

Last Wednesday of every month, 8-11 p.m.
The Golden Bull 412 14th St., Oakland Downtown Oakland

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FIRE - FANTASY - FOOD - FEMMES DEVILL DOESN'T SLEEP. PRESENTS Haus Serpens Cabaret : Eating Erogenous A Rock + Roll Revue featuring the hell-borne hijinx of an all-female cast of the Bay Area's finest local artists. Celebrate 4/20 in style and don't forget to bring your munchies as we enjoy a humpday evening full of: • INDELICATE ART • • CIRQUE • • SIDESHOW • • SHOWGIRLS • ====FEAT.==== Kitty Oaks Jain Dowe Vesper Synd Snatch Adams Hunny Bunnah Luma Jaguar Holli Would Vaudie Va-Boom Gabriela Starchild with art by Amani Marina and LIVE music by Cellista ********** 347-603-3920

The Picklewater Clown Cabaret

First Monday of every month, 8 p.m.
Stage Werx 446 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: A Drag King Variety Show

First Sunday of every month, 5-10 p.m.
The Stud 399 Ninth St., San Francisco South of Market

Little Minsky's Burlesque & Variety Show

Second Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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This monthly Vaudeville revival brings a jazzier vibe to the hippie Haight. 415-552-6949

Dollhouse Monsters

Fri., July 12, 8-10 p.m., Sat., July 13, 8-10 p.m., Fri., July 19, 8-10 p.m., Sat., July 20, 8-10 p.m., Fri., July 26, 8-10 p.m. and Sat., July 27, 8-10 p.m.
Exit Theatre 156 Eddy, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

Buy Tickets$20-$30

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This hybrid performance piece combines theatrical scripting with the intimacy of burlesque. A timeless tale delving into the intimate secrets (and some of the hidden monsters) of three women struggling to make sense of the world, and their role in it. 415-673-3847

"Hell'a Tight!": Hell'a Tight!

Second Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
Underground SF 424 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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w/ Lindsay Slowhands 415-864-7386

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