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    Sister Dana Sez: Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun

    sisterdanaSister Dana sez, “We just had the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington, returning amidst a newly reinvigorated fight for civil rights that has grown rapidly to include LGBTQ Americans. After all, queer rights are civil rights.” And Chairman Emeritus, NAACP Julian Bond, who stands with the Human Rights Campaign in endorsing marriage equality, stated, “No parallel between movements is exact. But like race, our sexuality and gender identity aren’t preferences. They are immutable, unchangeable – and the constitution protects us all against discrimination based on immutable differences.” Sister Dana sez, “Amen!”

    Helping to eliminate LGBTQ discrimination, the RAINBOW WORLD FUND rainbow bus (aka THE BUS OF HOPE) was in the Castro last weekend, parked at Jane Warner Plaza. Founded in 2000, Rainbow World Fund is an all-volunteer international humanitarian service agency based in the LGBTQ and friends communities. RWF is the first to promote queer philanthropy in the area of global humanitarian relief. Along with raising our community’s consciousness, RWF raises funds to support humanitarian relief projects focusing on HIV/AIDS, safe water, land mine eradication, hunger, education, and disaster relief in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the United States. RWF creates a platform and united voice for LGBTQ compassion and concern to be seen throughout the world, changing how the world sees queer people. They take gay giving to the next level.

    In the past, the bus has been used to deliver humanitarian aid to Mexico. They recently converted the interior into a lounge and bar, where a lovely reception was held. “We live in a time in which our survival on this planet depends on each of us giving more to each other,” said RWF Executive Director Jeff Cotter. “The philosophy is that we are all one human family. Together we can heal the world.” The bus was originally created as a colorful float for the 2007 SF Pride Parade, in which RWF was an Organizational Grand Marshal. The bus has since delivered thousands of pounds of medicines, medical equipment, educational materials, and more to needy nations. To volunteer, see rainbowfund.org.

    CUMMING UP

    BEYOND IT is the latest way-kewl nonprofit charitable organization to pop up. Founded by newly out, loud, proud soccer star Olympian, ROBBIE ROGERS, who signed with the LA Galaxy in May 2013, the Beyond It mission is to serve as “a global platform of support for people and initiatives to invite our culture to move beyond the labels & stereotypes that limit us from reaching our full potential,” including eradication of homophobia, racism, and other prejudices. Check out beyondit.org as the website develops, and enjoy beautiful photos of this cutie!

    I just caught writer/director PEDRO ALMODÓVAR’s newest naughty comedy, I’M SO EXCITED at the Castro Theatre. It runs September 9th and 10th at the Castro. It’s his most joyous and colorful since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdownwhere passengers are put in hilarious, precarious situations aboard a plane flying from Spain to Mexico City, when a landing gear failure endangers their lives. Flamboyant flight attendants and straight (but possibly bi) pilots use sleeping pills to calm those in economy class and make them passed out passengers; while first class clientele are treated to mescaline martinis to calm their nerves and stir up their libidos. It seems most everyone in business class has some kind of dark secret (hired assassin, dominatrix, embezzler, adulterer, clairvoyant, closet queen, and more) that gradually emerges when all are faced with imminent death. Add to this colorful chaos the side-splitting antics of a trio of gay steward «sisters» dancing, camping, and lip-synching to The Pointer Sisters’ title song. This ain’t no disaster movie, sister! Oh, and it’s subtitled from Spanish, so don’t go hung-over. Show-times (2:30 bargain matinee), 4:45, 7, 9:15pm. castrotheatre.com

    DRINK AND DRAW is every Monday night at MOBY DICK bar, between 7:30 and 10:30pm. Male models pose for life drawing sessions – an opportunity for first-timers to learn how to draw or for experienced artists to improve their technique. “Thank you, Joe Cappelletti and Scot Riffe of Moby Dick for Drink and Draw. We all love it so much, and Brandon’s music and expertly made drinks,” says organizer/ well known artist Thomasina DeMaio. “A lot of us are making mini breakthroughs with our growth, and we thank you for providing this model for free to the community. It has become church for several of us.”

    SEX & THE CITY – LIVE is the latest smash hit from director D’Arcy in the form of new episodes now showing every Wednesday night, 7 and 9pm, Rebel, 1760 Market Street @ Octavia. Order a Cosmo and get ready for the raunchy sex! The always hilarious stage adaptation stars drag regulars Heklina, D’Arcy Drollinger, Lady Bear, Trixxie Carr, Leigh Crow, Pristine Condition, and Cookie Dough. Tickets at sexandthecitylive.eventbrite.com. I threw on my pearl necklace (no, not THAT kind, you perv), slipped into a pair of Manolo Blahniks (not really – they were Vans), and downed a Cosmo to catch The Girls (Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes with the eponymous Mr. Big) once again in all their Manhattan madness. That night, Steven LeMay subbed for Trixxie. It was all about potential mother-in-law problems with a Mama’s boy, exes popping up, improper proposals, funky spunk, bee-jays, vajayjays, fashion faux pas (fashion kills – especially in high high heels), narcissism, bare-ass nudity, and dating don’ts (fixing up GBF Stanford with an ill fit, for example). As usual, the show opens with a video takeoff of the TV classic, with Carrie/Heklina getting splashed by a passing vehicle. The HBO soundtrack is used frequently, and there are many inner monologue voiceovers by Carrie to move the plot along. You don’t have to love the TV series to appreciate this live show, but it doesn’t hurt. Feel free to hoot and holler and yell at the players – who are most definitely true blue drama queens.

    Bea Dazzler & L. Ron Hubby present (in association with the KLUBSTiTUTE KOLLECTiVE) FAUX QUEEN PAGEANT 2013: SISTERS GRIMM, a fun fundraiser as the original contest for Drag Queens Trapped in Women’s Bodies. This only-in-EssEff event happens Saturday, September 14, doors 7 pm; Pie Eating Contest 7:30 pm, Pageant 8pm; Winner’s Circle 10 pm at Slim’s, 333 – 11th Street, slimspresents.com. Tix: $15 in advance; $20 at the door, fauxqueenpageant.brownpapertickets.com.

    Once upon a time, in a city by a bay, the fiercest faux queens in the kingdom vied for their own happy ending! The Faux Queen Pageant comes out of the woods and onto the stage at Slim’s – a world of fractured fairy tales where the princess rescues herself. Contestants compete in two categories: the Fairy Tale Couture fashion walk and the Talent Competition. Audience members can pick their favorite performer for a special Audience Favorite Prize with points granted with each dollar tipped. Femcees are Heklina and FQP 2000 Winner Windy Plains.

    PANDORA BOXX: LICK THIS BOXX! is an evening of comedy, stories, and song. It runs September 6th-8th, 7:30 & 10 pm at Rebel, 1760 Market. The show includes Ms. Boxx’s tales of life after RuPaul’s Drag Race, shocking confessions about her shameful addiction, details about her sordid sexual encounters, salacious behind-the-scenes dish on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and even a taste of her acclaimed Carol Channing impersonation. Despite not winning, Pandora proved to be the breakout star and was named by Entertainment Weekly as “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Her popularity led to a gig as a drag professor on the spin-off show RuPaul’s Drag U. Lick This Boxx! combines glitter, music, video, and Pandora’s sarcastic wit into one big ball of congealed polyester hysterical goodness. brownpapertickets.com, pandoraboxx.com.

    SING-ALONG MARY POPPINS is back by popular demand. The Castro Theatre brings back a sing-along experience to one of the finest Disney movies of all time – MARY POPPINS. The first full weekend of September – Friday, September 6 at 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9 at 2 & 7 pm – fans are invited to warm up their vocal cords and participate in the Castro Theatre’s much beloved sing-along tradition. Winner of five Oscars including Best Actress and Best Original Song, Mary Poppins tells the story of the titular English governess (Julie Andrews) who comes to work for a stuffy banker (David Tomlinson) at the behest of his unhappy children. They soon discover that Mary is not simply a kind caretaker, but that she possesses enchanting magical powers. Tix are $15 for adults; $10 for children (12 and below) and seniors (62+). castrotheatre.com.

    Finally, it’s here: the long-awaited sequel and adult flick pick, Sexo en Barcelona 2, ragingstallion.com.

    Sister Dana sez, “Starting on October 1, America will take a huge step towards universal health care – when 22 million uninsured Americans will be able to start getting affordable health insurance under Obamacare. But right-wing groups have launched a multi-million-dollar campaign to torpedo Obamacare before it even gets started. Their plan: mislead young people about how the law works so they get scared and don’t enroll. The problem is that it really could work, because if younger, healthier people don’t participate, then costs will skyrocket, and Obamacare will fail. Period.”