Red, leather and glitter carpet – San Francisco rolls them all out for a dazzling spring calendar of celebrations and recognitions in the Gay Community

February 1, 2013 – As a true gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT Community. Often referred to as the “First Lady of San Francisco,” Donna Sachet’s more than 20 years of experience and affiliations with a broad spectrum of the LGBT community will guide you through the highlights. From entertainment to fundraisers, from small events to major galas, and from the Castro to the entire city, Donna is tapped into everything that is happening in San Francisco and she will share the “what, when and where” with you in her quarterly updates.

News Flash: After five successful years as San Francisco’s premier cabaret venue at Hotel Nikko, The Rrazz Room rolled out the glitter carpet at its new location in the historic and architecturally gorgeous Cadillac Building at 1000 Van Ness Ave. Now known as Live at the Rrazz, this popular magnet for live performers and their admirers will continue to offer a variety of musical styles, along with comedy and other entertainment categories, while adding additional seating and an extensive dining experience. The ongoing partners also promise to maintain their commitment to showcasing the best in LGBT performance. Past stars include Leslie Jordan, Bruce Vilanch, Varla Jean Merman, Kinsey Sicks, Sharon McNight, Justin Bond, Matthew Martin, Katya Smirnoff Skye and yours truly, in my annual holiday cabaret, Songs of the Season, benefiting the AIDS Emergency Fund. www.liveattherrazz.com

February 2013
Love Swings: Joey Arias, Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 8 p.m., at the Castro Theatre. In conjunction with Earl Dax, local impresario Mark Huestis brings another legendary performer to the Castro. Arias, the New York sensation, described by The New York Times as “downtown New York’s answer to Cher,” will amaze and amuse, giving this traditional holiday a decidedly non-traditional twist. Special guests Veronica Klaus and Connie Champagne bring their gorgeous vocals to the night and famed Mr. David showcases his fashions, while Leo Herrera presents video stimulation for a rare joining of incredible talent. www.castrotheatre.com, www.ticketfly.com

14th Annual Trannyshack Star Search Competition -- Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. The epic battle for the crown returns -- Trannyshack has become synonymous with over-the-top performances, incredible costuming and mind-blowing surprises, each not for the faint of heart. Join the legendary Heklina and Peaches Christ, celebrity judges Trixxie Carr, Raya Light, Lady Bear, Kim Burly, Becky Motorlodge and Dia Dear for this unforgettable night of gender-bending illusion. Special appearance by Sexitude. Reserve now, this event is predicted to sell out. www.dnalounge.com

Green Sneakers: Ricky Ian Gordon’s Mini-Opera, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Southside Theatre, Fort Mason. This sensitive and intimate musical production, inspired by the loss of a loved one to AIDS, is bound to resonate with the local community and includes baritone vocals and the Del Sole String Quartet. A lecture and Q&A with Ricky Ian Gordon at 7 p.m. precedes the performance. Brought to you by the diva of Kung Pao Comedy Lisa Geduldig. After its West Coast debut, Green Sneakers heads to New York’s Lincoln Center.

Babylon by the Bay: An Evening of Diamonds & Debauchery – At the 48th annual Imperial Coronation, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, Galleria Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St., reigning Emperor Bradley Roberts and Empress Sissy St. Clair surrender their crowns to the newly elected monarchs of the city. A resplendent assemblage of hundreds of visiting and local dignitaries, royalty and even common folk bear witness. The International Court System spans more than 70 chapters in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.; however, it started in San Francisco nearly 50 years ago with Jose Sarria, a popular performer at the legendary Black Cat and gay rights pioneer. This annual event has been attended by every Mayor since George Moscone, other elected officials and even Carol Channing. www.imperialcouncilsf.org

Boas, Bowties and Bubbly: Academy of Friends 33rd annual Oscar Gala – Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St. Grab your moment on the red carpet, watch the Hollywood awards show on multiple screens, sample food and wine, bid on silent auction must-haves and ogle the fellow guests in their best finery. Think Roaring ‘20’s and Hollywood’s Golden Age. The Academy of Friends moves to a new location, promising spacious rooms, soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Proceeds benefit six Bay Area HIV/AIDS service agencies. There’s not need to fly to Los Angeles, when this elegant soiree is in our own backyard. www.academyoffriends.org

March 2013:
Leather Alliance Weekend, March 1-3, 2013. Attended by leather devotees from across the globe, South of Market really comes alive and the SOMA bars roll out the leather carpet. This event-filled weekend starts with a roast of local legendary Leatherwoman Queen Cougar, produced by popular Ray Tilton, Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at The Arc, 1500 Howard St. Expect startling revelations and good-humored ribbing. Saturday, March 2, 2013 includes seminars during the day and the Mr. SF Leather Contest at 8 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St. Watch your fantasies come alive as contestants vie for this prestigious title. Things wrap up on Sunday, March 3, at Beatbox, 314 11th St., with the Community Awards Brunch at noon, recognizing deserving individuals and businesses, followed by a beer bust at the highly anticipated, recently reopened SF Eagle at 398 12th St. www.leatheralliance.org

The Inaugural SF Nitey Awards – Monday, March 4, 2013 at The Castro Theatre at 8 p.m. 7x7 magazine, Site & Sound and the San Francisco Entertainment Commission come together to create a very special event where San Francisco nightlife and its supporters are celebrated. This posh ceremony with awards in 23 categories, including best dance club, best promoter, best adult entertainment, best cocktail lounge, best happy hour, most notable drag queen, best Gay bar and more, promises to rival the Grammies in glamour, drama and surprises. VIP and general seating available. www.niteyawards.com

Soiree 11/Studio 11 – Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Galleria Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St., the San Francisco LGBT Community Center continues its tradition of show-stopping annual galas, this year harkening back to the halcyon days of Studio 54, when disco was king and the nights never ended. Food, drink, silent auction, and lots and lots of dancing. Polyester pant suits and beaded miniskirts are optional. www.sfcenter.org

Snow White and Her Merry Men: Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus -- Monday and Tuesday, March 25 and 26, at 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness and Grove streets. This first-ever joint production of two internationally recognized San Francisco institutions promises hilarious vignettes and glorious music. Under the artistic direction of Tim Seelig, the Chorus has hit new heights of musical expertise, ticket demand and critical acclaim. And for 36 years, Beach Blanket Babylon has played to sold-out houses in their own North Beach theatre, attracting audiences from around the world and becoming a must-see attraction for every San Francisco visitor. www.sfgmc.org

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