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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

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

Cruzin d'Loo Presents Ain't Mama's Drag

Fridays, 8-10 p.m.

Every Friday night at 8pm, Cruzin d'Loo assembles the zaniest cast of characters to entertain you. Cruzin presents Ain't Mama's Drag. Where we have Queens, Kings and whatever the cat drags in. All ages No cover 415-920-0577

"Dark Room": Dark Room

Last Saturday of every month, 9:30 p.m.
The Stud 399 Ninth St., San Francisco South of Market

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

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


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

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

"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

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

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