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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Night + Day: Calendar Picks for 5/27

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Trannyshack: Lady GaGa, midnight, $8

The Stud - 399 Ninth St.

So, the rumors are true: Trannyshack is leaving us. An ominous note on the drag show's Web site reminds us "There are now 12 Trannyshacks left." We thought it was a publicity stunt at first too, but no. It's horribly real. The long-running show, famous for dragging drag into the 21st century with creativity, youthiness, and a weirdly egalitarian spirit is dying. Tonight the revue features a live performance by Los Angeles chanteuse Lady GaGa, who embodies the fashion-forward, glamorous rock monster vibe that's such a big part of the shack. Obviously, you should start planning an outfit asap. Heklina and the usual gang are expected to hot-tranny-mess it up too, of course, tonight and on all the remaining Tuesdays; upcoming themes include "Addicted to Porn" and a Stevie Nicks tribute night. -Hiya Swanhuyser


A Reading Featuring Adam Mansbach with Jeff Chang and Dan Wolf, 7:30pm, $5-$15

Intersection for the Arts - 446 Valencia

If only all author appearances could go as well as Adam Mansbach's appearance will go tonight. We’re serious: It'll go well. Not just because he is a critically acclaimed author with a provocatively titled new book, The End of the Jews, a sweeping generational tale about America, literature, ethnic identity, and a grandfather-grandson graffiti bombing run. Actually, it's not because of that at all. Just check out the YouTube video B-Boy Hodown 2006 — Political Panel, in which Mansbach throws down a ripping speech about the need to reconnect kids to the roots of hip-hop, seemingly off the top of his head. He has the passion, the whip-smart intelligence, and the cadence and flow of a spoken-word hip-hop chronicler — which he is. He lectures on popular culture at colleges around the country thanks to the success of his last novel, 2005's Angry Black White Boy, which is being taught at more than 40 of them nationwide, according to his Web site. At A Reading Featuring Adam Mansbach with Jeff Chang and Dan Wolf, he talks about his specialties — race, hip-hop, literature — with fellow author Chang, who's no slouch either: The journalist, fiction writer, and founder of the hip-hop label SoleSides (now Quannum Projects), also lectures around the country. Later, rapper and actor Wolf (a founding member of Felonious) will perform a portion of his theatrical adaptation of Angry Black White Boy in anticipation of its premiere in the fall (the book is also is set to become a movie). Not much chance of things going sour tonight. -Michael Leaverton


Spanglish Probably Won't Cut It, 7pm

Modern Times Bookstore - 888 Valencia at 20th St.

For eight years, native speakers and other people who can hold up their end of a literary conversation in Spanish have gathered at the end of every month, in the back room of the Mission District's famous workers-collective bookstore. Does Oprah know about this? It kind of takes the whole book-group idea to the next level, so maybe someone should tip her off. Interested newcomers with the necessary chops are welcome to join the Spanish Book Group. In May, the book under consideration is La Velocidad de La Luz, by Soldiers of Salamis author Javier Cercas. -Hiya Swanhuyser

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