My co-host this week is comedian Zahra Noorbaksh, co-host of the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, and recently named one of 100 people shaping the future of culture. We barely had time to cover all the shows that mattered to us this week. Left out was the Stanford Jazz Festival opening this week, including singer Tiffany Austin, clarinetist Anat Cohen, Natalie and daughter Sandy Cressman and Ravi Coltrane.
We also couldn't fit in the opening of the play An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep on Friday, an adaptation and critique of a 19th century play about race. Director Eric Ting is terrific at deconstructing plays like this, and challenging the audience. And don't forget: with Pride celebrations, public transit is your friend if you're coming into San Francisco this weekend. Now here's the show.
June 23–25: With its many stages, after-parties and the big parade, San Francisco Pride is simply too big to sum up in a couple of performers, events and shows, but we've tried. The Dyke March is worth catching as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. And we're both fans of Madame Gandhi (video above), appearing on the main stage on Sunday, June 25, for her feminist, period-positive message and great dance beats.
Marga Gomez, the heart of Bay Area Comedy, is one of the emcees on the main stage, and we're hoping for good things from #HellaGayComedy on Friday, June 23, at Club OMG in San Francisco, with Omar Qureshi, Jesus U.Bettawork, Cassandra Gorgeous, and others. And don't be surprised if you see people in top hats and claw-like hands at Pride in honor of the Australian horror-flick character The Babadook, a creature who is feared, but also somehow a part of the family. In a recent twist, he's become a gay icon of sorts. Details for San Francisco Pride are here.