Wednesday, July 25, 2007

CRUISE DIRECTOR ALERT: Splash, freeze and play on Dore weekend

Hi friends!

Hard to believe how quickly the summer is just racing by, and that it’s already time for our down n’ dirty leather street festival, Dore Alley. Last year at this time I was in San Diego for Pride and had to miss this intimate and local fave, so I’ll be looking to make up for lost time!

Fortunately, it’s a weekend jam-packed with fun, by the pool, on the dancefloor, and in the streets:

Saturday, July 28 (daytime)

Splash 2 Pool Party

Join LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization Equality California to raise funds for a great cause, and to see a special performance by none other than the Original Fag Hag’s role model and hero, Donna Sachet (

12-4 at the Imperial Palace

3900 21st Street @ Castro

Tickets $50 online at :{DBC23C2B-24F3-4DEB-9F74-7815D5A76C3B}&content_id={333E0A77-54E6-4AC1-AB91-9346D1606460}&seid=

Saturday, July 28 (nighttime)

Arctic Babylon with DJ Manny Lehman, DJ Luke Johnstone, RKM, and a live performance by Flava (

Nevermind that the Original Fag Hag’s favorite soap opera, Queer as Folk, has been off the air for YEARS, and that this affiliated circuit party has been moved from its former home at Mezzanine, your cruise director’s favorite venue. Here’s a great chance to see a world-class DJ in a very cozy club, and a chance to see the inimitable, amazing, and always overflowing with happy energy Mark Miller (aka Miss Miller) on the gogo box!

Embrace Productions will build Arctic Babylon, transforming dance floors into sexy winter wonderlands with over-the-top visuals and décor including floor to ceiling icicles, glaciers, and of course, snow frosted dancers. Arctic Babylon Tour is the most visually stunning of all past Babylon adventures, stimulating the full Babylon experience.


119 Utah Street @ 15th


$20 advance tickets available at BODY on Castro, $30 door (for general info about the nationwide tour) (for local details)

Also Saturday night, for those of you who want to get a head start on your Dore Alley celebration, this party sounds totally hot, with the Cat Club opening up extra floors for the occasion:

Bay of Pigs

Three Floors of Debauchery, with DJ Paulo in the main room, DJ Nikita in the Dungeon Lounge on the 2nd floor, and Tattoo Chris hosting the evening

Cat Club
1190 Folsom
10pm - 4am

$30.00 advance tix available at Rock Hard and Mr S. Leather

$40.00 At the door (if available) night of the event.

Sunday, July 29

Let’s start the day off right, nice and early, with mimosas at our usual Sunday brunching spot, Squat & Gobble Castro, at Noe & Market. We’ll be there at 10:00 a.m. (NOTE: not the usual 11:30 a.m.!), already decked out in our leather and camouflage gear (just FYI, that’s this year’s “butch and natural” theme for the 3 women who will be attending), so we’ll be ready to go directly to Dore immediately following.

Up Your Alley Street Fair, (aka Dore Alley)


Dore Alley, between Folsom and Howard Streets and the adjoining block of Folsom between 9th and 10th Streets

Immediately following the fair, we’ll regroup and briefly rest before gearing up for one more dance party before the weekend’s over:

Play (“Flirt. Frolic. Dance.”)

Official T-Dance and Gear Party of the Up Your Alley Street Fair

DJ David Knapp


DNA Lounge

375 11th Street @ Harrison

$20 advance from Play Pals

$25 advance at PO Plus Castro, Mister S or online

$30 door


Sunday, August 5

Matinee with DJs Wayne G and Luke Johnstone @ Temple

New venue! Howard between 1st & 2nd


Sunday, August 12

Your faithful cruise director debuts on the gogo box at a brand new T-dance in the gayborhood, The Launch Party at JET, 3pm-9pm

ALSO on August 12:

Jamie J Sanchez at Fresh

Hope to see you soon!

Your faithful cruise director,


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