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"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

Badlands Video Dance Club

Ongoing, 8 p.m.
SF Badlands 4121 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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415-626-9320

"Cock Shot": Cock Shot

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

Ink & Metal

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Powerhouse 1347 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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Tattooed and pierced studs score discounts at this hardcore gay night. 415-552-8689

Musical Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
The Edge 4149 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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VJ Brian Kent screens clips of classic movie musicals all night, with drag performances, trivia contests, and drink specials adding a little extra effervescence. 415-863-4027

Sing Till It Hurts

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
The Stud 399 Ninth St., San Francisco South of Market

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Weekly karaoke with Sister Flora Goodthyme. 415-863-6623

"Pussy Party": Pussy Party

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ Sasha, Ms. Jackson, and guests 415-863-4027

DJ Jim Hopkins

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
440 Castro 440 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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

"Dee's Keys": Dee's Keys

Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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piano bar happy hour with Dee Spencer 415-863-4027

Sundance Saloon

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m.
Space 550 550 Barneveld, San Francisco Bayview-Hunters Point

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Gay-friendly country dancing 415-550-8286

CDXL

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
440 Castro 440 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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415-621-8732

"Throwback Thursday"

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ Jay-R 415-864-2877

Bulge

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Powerhouse 1347 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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Weekly underwear party. 415-552-8689

"My So-Called Night": My So-Called Night

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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'90s dance party with VJs Jorge Terez & Becky Knox 415-863-4027

"Daddy Saddle": Daddy Saddle

Third Friday of every month, 9 p.m.
Lone Star Saloon 1354 Harrison, San Francisco South of Market

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

Latin Explosion

Fridays, 9 p.m.
Club 21 2111 Franklin, Oakland Downtown Oakland

"Manimal": Manimal

Fridays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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415-863-4027

Friday Nights in the Castro

Fridays, 9 p.m.
Lookout 3600 16th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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With rotating DJs. 415-703-9751

I Candy

Fridays, 9 p.m.
The Cafe 2369 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

"Kinky Beats"

Fridays, 10 p.m.
Cafe Flore 2298 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ Sergio 415-621-8579

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

"Mango": Mango

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

"Bleaux": Bleaux

Fourth Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ Lindsay Slowhands & DJ Haute Toddy 415-863-4027

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