Your Guide To Pride 2006
We know it’s totally gay to say that Pride is our most favorite of all the summer festivals, but it’s true blue, baby, we love you. Colorful and friendly and sexy, this year’s Pride has more than the usual going on with so many satellite-site good times we just couldn’t ignore. The 2006 supersoaked Pride Guide includes bars and clubs where a buttload of before, during, and afters are going down. Take advantage of all the fabulous foodstuffs during the block party and festival, be safe, and have a ball, gorgeous.
Wednesday June 14
Pride Bingo. Early bird starts at 8:30 p.m., the Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 547-0069, www.clubhippo.com. Kick off Pride week with Hippo’s famous Bingo, wear Pride colors (cue “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) and win extra early-birdie games. And you don’t have to be a friend of Dorothy or an L-Word fan to have a cocktail and get lucky.
Thursday June 15
Interfaith Pride Service. 7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 1 W. Hamilton St., (410) 685-2330, www.firstunitarian.net. Join an Open-with-a-capital-O service for all faiths and get the spiritual touch that this weekend needs.
Southern Baptist Sissies. 8 p.m., Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, www.spotlighters.org, $12-$15. Revel in some inspirational culture with a special Pride performance of this passionate comedy about four boys growing up under the guidance of the Calvary Baptist Church in Dallas.
Gay Pride Kickoff Contest. 11:30 p.m., Spectrum, 2000 Eastern Ave., (410) 563-2482, 20 percent of the cover goes to Baltimore Pride. What they are judging and what you can win is anyone’s guess, but an outrageous Thursday night is a sure thang, Miss Thang.
Friday June 16
Spirited Book Signing. 7 p.m., Lambda Rising, 241 W. Chase St., (410) 234-0069, free. Everybody’s fave rave rainbow-bright bookstore welcomes editor Lisa C. Moore and contributors Tracee Ford, Dorothy Harris, and Tonya Parker to read and sign their book Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity.
Pride Drag King Show. Gallagher’s Bar and Grill, 940 S. Conkling St., (410) 327-3966, free before 9 p.m. This bad boi is huge and features the Charm City Boys. Whoop.
Pre-Pride Show. 9:30 p.m., the Rowan Tree, 1633 S. Charles St., (410) 468-0550, www.therowantree.net. With the King and Queen of Pride, plus the gorgeous Miss Rowan Tree.
A Night at La Cage. 11 p.m., the Hippo, $5-$7. Presented by recently crowned Miss Gay Maryland Andora Te’tee and her tiara.
Saturday June 17
Pride Parade. 4-5:30 p.m., Mount Vernon, starts at Charles and Franklin streets and goes north to Chase Street, www.baltimorepride.org, free. Pride weekend kicks off with a silver stiletto, as the parade’s second annual high-heel race makes its way to the judge’s stand at Charles and Eager streets. At a less brisk but no less fabulous pace follows a sea of leather and glitter, floats and boats (no gloats), while the King and Queen, the Maestro and Dream, watch over the festivities.
Pride Block Party. 6-10 p.m., Eager Street between Cathedral and Charles streets, www.baltimorepride.org, free. Pride spills out into Mount Vernon, with more than 75 vendors hocking all the jewelry, eats, and, of course, drink that you need. While you treat the asphalt like a disco floor and “I Think We’re Alone Now” comes on, we should let you know that it ain’t from no DJ booth, honey. Tiffany is headlining, and she’s sure to bring out the 13-year-old valley girl in all of us. Baltimore’s own Ultra Naté is scheduled to spin and sing, alongside more performers than you can shake a glowstick at.
Coconuts Café Post Block Party. 5 p.m., Coconuts Café, 311 W. Madison St., (410) 383-6064, www.coconutscafe.com. Rockin’ bevvies and spinning DJs.
Junior Vasquez. 8:30 p.m., the Hippo, $15 with a discount admission card from one of the Hippo’s gorgeous staff members before 10 p.m., $25 after. The fabulous DJ JV is joined by DJ Farrell for a night to remember, or forget. Whatevs.
Firefly Entertainment Tease Party. 9 p.m., Eden’s Lounge, 15 W. Eager St., (443) 939-6165, www.edenslounge.com, $10 before 10 p.m., VIP $25. DJ India spins deep house, hip-hop, reggaeton (hey, we don’t question, we just letcha know what up), and lounge.
Block Party Part II. 9 p.m., Gallagher’s Bar and Grill, first 50 get freebies. Find the Gallagher’s street team during the festival for free drink and VIP cards to save a bit in the Pride budget department.
Retroschock Dance Party. 10 p.m., Grand Central, 1001-03 N. Charles St., (410) 752-7133, www.centralstationpub.com. Join everybody and their friend, lover, sister, and brother filling the multileveled Grand Central all damn night long. Come 6 a.m. Sunday, Rize After After Hours Party takes over for a $10 cover and cash-only bar. Sounds like Bloody Mary good times.
Sunday June 18
Pride Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Druid Hill Park, www.baltimorepride.org, free. Don’t have too much fun on Saturday—all right, go ahead. But make sure to get up bright and early for more than 150 vendors, karaoke, 7 hours of drag performance, and nonstop celebrating until the sun goesýdown. Or at least until rush hour ends. Rachael Sage is gonna be there, and so is Eric Himan. Oh, did we mention Levi Kreis, plus Since, Fusion, Miss Gay Maryland Andora Te’tee, Mr. Gay Maryland Romance, the Damsels, HoneyChuck, 9bobNote, M. Elaine Douülas, Odd Girl Out, Mara Levi, and probably even more? There’s a play area, so bring the kids, the folks, and the whole entourage. Plus, the first annual Pride 3-5K walk/run, with no entry fee. Contact www.baltimorefrontrunners.org for more info. Hey, get your learn on, too, at any of the numerous stands packed with info on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (and anyone else we forgot) health and community action, political information, and web site addresses to check out later. A Pride weekend ain’t kicked till the park is empty and people be home Googling stuff.
Official Pride Closing Party. 6 p.m., Club X, 10 S. Calvert St. Gaylife sez so, dig?
After Pride Block Party. Club Bunns, 600 W. Lexington St., (410) 234-2866. What description do you flipping need for this one? Geez. Hit it and don’t quit it.
Are We Not Men?! 9 p.m., the Depot, 1728 N. Charles St., (410) 528-0174, www.thedepot.us, $5. It ain’t over until this weekly event gets wild with tonight’s special guests, synth-punk duo Hott Beat from Washington and DJ Stace of Bass. Don’t sit just yet, you’ll have all year to sleep it off.
Plus, check out Leon’s (870 Park Ave.), the Drinkery (205 W. Read St.), Quest (3607 Fleet St.), Blue Parrot (5860 Belair Road), and Club Phoenix (1 W. Biddle St.) for drinks and conversation. Baltimore Eagle (2022 N. Charles St.) for leather, baby.
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