Our picks for Thursday April 7, 2016

    Beautiful by Night, Besties, Flaming Groovies, Laether Strip, more

    Last updated: April 7, 2016 at 6:18 am
    'Beautiful by Night'

    FILM BEAUTIFUL BY NIGHT “James Hosking’s documentary Beautiful by Night follows three older drag entertainers at the legendary Aunt Charlie’s in the Tenderloin over the course of one evening. The film, along with show-stopping drag performances from the three ladies, played to a sold out show at the Tenderloin Museum. Hosking and cinematographer Vanessa Carr will be in attendance and will lead a discussion with subjects Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande and Olivia Hart, who will also dazzle us with not-to-be-missed drag performances (for the first time ever at the Roxie Theater!). Thu/7, 7pm, $15. Roxie Cinema, SF. Tickets and more info here.  

    LIVE MUSIC FLAMING GROOVIES Wow! A 50th anniversary performance with this legendary proto-punk rock band, including an appearance by founding member Roy Loney. “The Flamin Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a ground-breaking self-released 10-inch EP called Sneakers, the band caught the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first full-length album, Supersnazz, for the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin’ Spoonful): Flamingo, and the now revered classic, Teenage Head.” Thu/7, 8pm, $25. The Chapel, SF. Tickets and more info here 

    PARTY THE BESTIES 2016 The Bay Area Reporters “Best Of” issue wraps up the best of gay San Francisco (according to voters) and rolls it all out at this free community celebration, featuring “performances by Connie Champagne (elegant Judy Garland tribute),
    Kingdom! (drag king hip hop ensemble), Veronica Klaus (popular local chanteuse), Jason Brock (powerhouse vocalist-actor), Mark O’Brien (DJ, Polyglamourous, BAAAHS), and Tammy L. Hall (renowned piano accompanist).” Thu/7, 6pm-9pm, free. SF Oasis. More info here
     

    LIVE MUSIC LAETHER STRIP The Bodyshock party pumps the darkest and best of electronic tunes from the ’80s on up. Industrial and Electronic Body Music are always on the menu, so it makes sense that this sensational hard-hitting Danish industrial act, founded in 1988, should be on hand for Bodyshock’s third anniversary. With Ludovico Technique and DJs Crackwhore and Unit 77. Thu/7, 9pm-1am, $15. Elbo Room, SF. Tickets and more info here.    

    VISUAL ART MOLESKINE V More than 50 artists from around the world offer up their sketchbooks for your delectation at this awesome event. It’s all contained in a big book and displayed on the Spoke Art Gallery’s walls. “Artists from all sorts of creative backgrounds in film, fine art, comics, illustration, animation come together for this multifaceted showcase. This annual show has gained international recognition and welcomes some new faces this year, including Berlin based Andrea Wan and acclaimed female street artist Miss Van.” Thu/7, 5pm-10pm, free. Spoke Art Gallery, SF. More info here.  

    FILM BLACK SUNDAY The great Gothic Cinema series at YBCA continues. “In 17th Century Moldavia, the evil Princess Asa is condemned to death for witchcraft and vampirism. Two hundred years later, two doctors en route to a medical convention discover her crypt and accidentally set her resurrection in motion. This dark fairy tale, full of shadowy tombs, secret passages, and ominous castles, is directed by the Italian maestro of gothic horror, Mario Bava. We are presenting the rarely screened uncut European version (English dubbed, in the Italian tradition). (1960, 87 min, 35mm.)” Thu/7, 7:30pm (also Sun/10 at 2pm), $10. YBCA, SF. Tickets and more info here.    

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    Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.