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    Sister Dana sez, “Beware the IDES OF MARCH…”

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity, Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun —

    Sister Dana sez, “‘Beware the IDES OF MARCH’ (March 15) is a quote from Shakespeare regarding the assassination of Emperor Caesar. I don’t know what that has to do with us modern folk—but just beware!”

    Coronation 58 “RISE OF THE GOLDEN GODS” arose on February 25 at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA. Congratulations to stepping down Imperials, Emperor Brent Daddy Munro and Empress Ehra Amaya, on a glorious reign! And welcome to incoming Imperials, Empress Cameron Stiehl-Munro & Emperor Michael Anthony

    2358MRKT Gallery Space (on 2358 Market Street) held its every-first-Thursday reception, HELLO CITY, on March 2 with a play on the concept of the Japanese animation cat, “Hello Kitty.” I have three faves. “Rock M Sakura” is a stunning photograph of that famous DQ of the RuPaul drag dynasty by CashMonetDrag of Los Angeles. Clint Fredric Wiater’s “Tighty Kitty Whities” acrylic on wood panel is a delightfully whimsical underwear cat. Katie Capadona’s photographshave taken a posed model’s body and inserted a cat’s head instead with “You Can’t Hang with Me(ow),” “What Meow?” and “Tuna Tartare & Sloe Gin Fizz.” All these cool cats and more will be on display through March 12.

    SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION & STRUT at 470 Castro Streetheld their monthly art reception of OUR FELLOW MORTALS aka Mementos Salvatruchos on March 3. “Our Fellow Mortals” is the name for Bay Area-based artist Jonathan Hemelberg. Born and raised in San Francisco, he creates artwork that is inspired by the intersection of queer, cultural, and ethnic identities. Growing up as a queer first-gen Salvadoran-Colombian-American often left him feeling invisible in a vast majority of spaces, even queer ones at the time. As a result, he focuses on painting and drawing figures that celebrate sex, queerness, brownness, and indigenous history as a way to make others, like him, feel powerful in their own skin. “Self Portrait,” in acrylic gauche on wood, is very moving—especially with the tear running down his face. “Creamed Corn” is an arousing, erotic depiction. Well, to be truthful, almost all these works are erotic gay men.

    By the way, on April 7, Strut is inviting you to help them behold and enjoy the work of JessJae! I have no idea what that is exactly, but I’m sure it’s great. Something to do with Tarot cards. I will have more info in my next column. The Art Opening starts at 8 pm and will go till 10 pm. They will have light snacks and some refreshments (including wine) for everyone. But lately, at their first Friday events, they are requiring an advance free ticket, which I am not happy about—regarding these mandatory ticket things for all the art receptions these days.

    On March 3, Schlomer Haus Gallery at 2128 Market Street held a reception for SHAPE SHIFTERS: QUEERING THE METAVERSE, a portal into artist Joseph Abbati‘s own metaverse where his painted portraits, avatars, and queer identity transcend the chains of hetero-normavity and reclaim its power. Infused with Abbati’s background in graphic arts, each photo-like rendering in these paintings creates a new meta-world, a metaverse where meaning is rooted in the essence of queerness. To view Abbati’s works, you must pass through last month’s exhibition, SKINTIGHT, by Lanee Bird, to enter a little portal to two little cubbyholes for viewing. Abbati’s works are LITERALLY mind-bending—with odd curvatures in the faces. My favorite was a bearded man with either a black eye or the start of face paint on his eyelid for a drag show.

    Barry Moore, Lauren Boebert, and George Santos have introduced a bill to make the AR-15 “The National Gun of America.” This is basically a slap on the face to the memory of every victim of mass shootings and their families. Sister Dana sez, “It’s bad enough that they wear AR-15 gun pins on their lapels, but they are now trying to memorialize an instrument of war and massive destruction? Just shoot me!”

    Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for a “national divorce” between liberal and conservative states. She has practically called for a Civil War. Sister Dana sez, “Let’s call for a divorce of MTG from the House of Representatives!”

    Cole Porter’s award-winning musical, ANYTHING GOES, continues at 42ND STREET MOON now through March 12 at the Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson Street. First produced on Broadway in 1934, it has twice won the Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical” (1987 and 2011). It’s a zany trip on a yacht with romantic entanglements, crazy disguises, talented tap-dancing sailors, gangsters, pranksters, and blackmail along the way. This hilarious, heart-warming romantic comedy musical features such Cole classics as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Easy to Love,” “Friendship,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “All Through the Night,” and “It’s De-Lovely”—not to mention the title song!

    DOMINION VOTING hadcontacted Fox News via 3,682 emails about false election fraud claims; yet Fox continued the lies. Sister Dana sez, “After the Dominion suit has revealed FOX NEWS has spread ‘The Big Lie,’ knowing it was a lie; then now that particular station of information and mischievous cunning can definitely be called ‘sly like a fox’!’’

    Disney has been dazzling audiences for 100 years—and SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS (SFGMC) is proud to celebrate their 45th anniversary with some of the most-loved music from Disney with DISNEY PRIDE IN CONCERT. Returning to Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue on March 16 and 17, 7:30 pm, this two-act spectacular—featuring the 250 members of the chorus and a 25-piece orchestra—combines over 40 classic and contemporary Disney songs with unique storylines that come directly from SFGMC chorus members. Get ready for hit songs from The Lion King, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, Mulan, Hercules, Coco, and so many more in their extraordinary spring production. Disney concerts offer “A Whole New World” of wonder and possibility for those who have felt unworthy, struggled with self-acceptance, or wondered about their purpose in life. The magic of these events cannot be overstated. Go see the show, and make anti-Disney DeSantis angry!

    Lockdown Comedy is on Zoom on Thursday, March 16, featuring Matt Kirshen (LA), Mina Hartong (NY), Carla Clayy (SF), and “The Geduldig Sisters”—producer/comic Lisa Geduldig and her 91-year-young mother Arline Geduldig (Florida). Lockdown Comedy has been running every 3rd Thursday of the month on Zoom since July 2020. Since the monthly shows still cater to audiences of some 30–50 people monthly throughout the U.S. and some internationally, and since the pandemic is not yet over, the show will continue on Zoom for the foreseeable future.

    Sister Dana sez, “The English professor in me needs to stress that the word ‘woke’ is a verb, and is the past tense of ‘wake.’ It is NOT an adjective. Please stop using it incorrectly! Wake up!”

    Based on the iconic 1985 film—which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game—CLUE is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery comedy. At a remote mansion, six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. As the body count rises, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, and Wadsworth, the butler, race to find the killer. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT?! Mysteriously playing now through April 22, SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE, 450 Post Street, Floor 2M.

    Sister Dana sez, “I said it once, and I’ll say it again: Let’s hope they really ‘Gay It Up’ at the OSCARS on March 12!”

    THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN is a benefit for us Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on March 19, 4–7 pm at the Edge bar, 4149 18th Street. Hosted by our saints, with emcee Mark Paladini and music by DJ Jimmy Strano. Live performers. Beer/Soda Bust.

    The 58th Anniversary of BLOODY SUNDAY in Selma, Alabama was commemorated on March 5 when President Biden visited the historic site of Edmund Pettus Bridge where civil rights protesters were senselessly, violently, brutally attacked. On March 7, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and soon to be Congressman John Lewis led hundreds in a peaceful protest across the bridge to Montgomery for the right to vote—but were cruelly assaulted. This public display eventually led to passage of the VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 five months later. Then in 2013, all that was sadly, unfairly diluted by the radical right and Supreme Court.

    Sister Dana sez, “We need to bust the filibuster and pass the JOHN LEWIS VOTING ACT!”

    Sister Dana sez, “We need to rename the bridge that was named after a KKK Grand Dragon U.S. senator—to become the John Lewis Bridge!”

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise in this country. According to a report from the ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE, anti-Semitic incidents have reached a record high of 2,700 acts of assault, vandalism, and harassment, up 34% from 2020 to 2021, the highest level since tracking began in 1979.

    Sister Dana sez, “The Radical Right is attacking our rights: attacks against media, Black voters, libraries, teachers, LGBTQ people, Jewish people, immigrants, trans kids, women’s choices, free enterprise, drag, and bloggers. Welcome to AmeriKKKa the autocracy!”

    Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun
    Published on March 9, 2023