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Wednesday, Oct 16 1996
Another Goddamn Benefit
The Holy Grail of drag fund-raisers. S.F.'s Marc Huestis (who did the documentary Sex Is ... and puts on tributes to films like Warhol's Heat or The Nutty Professor) has assembled rare performance and interview clips from gay-related fund-raising events over the last 20 years. Another Goddamn Benefit includes appearances by the royal family of local queerdom -- Tom Ammiano, Justin Bond, Connie Champagne, Doris Fish, Silvana Nova -- and countless others, including, from a more distant but equally tinselly realm, Carol Lynley and Sylvia Miles. These events comprise everything from "live soap opera" (1984's "Naked Brunch" with Doris Fish and Miss X) to diva showcases (1986's "Esmerelda Live") to "living memorials" for people dying of AIDS (1988's "Gimme the Damn Money"). Much of the campy content has a serious subtext -- witness the late Mark Finch's inspired "porn deconstruction" in a 1991 show at Josie's. Recent Castro Theater tributes to The Poseidon Adventure and Heat, both done as fund-raisers for AIDS charities and both included in Another Goddamn Benefit, show that in spite of the loss of many of these performers, the spirit of community and foolish fun survives.

Gary Morris

Another Goddamn Benefit screens Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 17, at 6 and 8 p.m. (Wednesday matinee at 2 p.m.) with Sex Is ... at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St.; call 863-1087.

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