Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Musician Eli Conley is playing Queer Folk Punk Holiday Disaster Show at the Lost Church on 12/22, and told KALW’s Jackie Sojico about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.
- Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes Drag Show — Victoria Theater, 12/20-12/23
- Fishbone — The Independent, 12/22 at 9 p.m.
- SFGMC Home For The Holidays — Castro Theater, 12/24
Whatta drag! 12/20-23 The Golden Girls: The Christmas episodes is a drag show with local drag stars Heklina, D’Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin, and Holotta Tymes play loving send-ups of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. Prepare yourself for Blanche's sexy antics, Sophia's cutting wit, Dorothy's consternation, Rose's endearing stupidity, and lots of beefy shoulder pads, at the Victoria Theater. No matter the season, nothing warms your heart — or keeps you laughing — like the Golden Girls. There are shows from 12/20-12/23, and tickets are available online.
"When you think about the Golden Girls, even though none of the characters themselves are queer, it's all about chosen family ... and so that combined with drag queens live, what could possibly be better?"
Live, loud and all over the map — 12/22 Fishbone is a pioneering ska, funk, punk, soul and rock band from Los Angeles. They're been playing together for over 25 years and they blazed a trail through ska, funk, punk, and rock fusion since starting their professional career in Los Angeles' burgeoning alternative rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. They've toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool and Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more. The band combines thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with Fishbone’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show, cultivating their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history.
"Even though my music is super different from Fishbone because I'm more of a country folk artist, there's this way that I really identify with them, as somebody who is making music in a genre that maybe people don't expect you to be doing — but actually the history of it is super grounded in your community."
Home for the holidays — 12/24 Every year, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus comes together on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday season with three not-to-be-missed concerts at the historic Castro Theatre! This year is the 28th Annual iteration of "Home for the Holidays," and a few holiday surprises. These shows always sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets early.
"I think it's amazing that they've kept doing that all these years ... and they all save this time so they can all be together on Christmas Eve. If you've ever seen the San Francisco Gay Men's you know there's a lot of choreography, there's a lot of costumes, and just so much humor."