I rake the streets, back alleys, back rooms of bars, behind the red curtain, search the glory holes and give you highlights of events this week. I should have an app that automatically updates to your weekly calendar. OK OK that may be controlling of me, but look no further.
ON THE FLY: 3/31 – 4/5
Enjoy a pair of unlikely heroes in PeeWee’s Big Adventure andEdward Scissorhandsat the Castro Theatre, two of Tim Burton’s popular films. April 1; PeeWee at 7:30pm, Edward at 9:20pm. $10. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com
Wondercon, the 25th annual enormous comic book, TV and movie convention, brings thousands of fans and artists, actors, directors, composers and producers together for three days of fantasy fun. Celebs include Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Smith, Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Elvira, Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), Toby Haynes (Doctor Who director) and many more.
Balenciaga and Spain @ de Young Museum: Fashion exhibit focusing on the influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Crist—bal Balenciaga. 6:30pm-8:30pm. $6-$17. Thru July 4. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600. www.famsf.org
Mark Johnson @ Magnet: Opening reception for Montgomery-Ward and the Office Adonis, the artist’s exhibit of retro ad-inspired art. 8pm-10pm. Thru April. 4122 18th St. at Castro. 581-1613. www.magnetsf.org
Wondercon @ Moscone Center: 25th anniversary of the enormous annual comic book, TV and movie convention that brings thousands of fans to artists, actors, directors, composers and producers. Prism Comics hosts a booth (#319) and two panels with LGBT comic artists Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, about the adventures of Kate Spencer, a federal prosecutor-turned superhero, who’s tired of seeing guilty criminals evade punishment; and co-writer for True Bloodcomics), Brian Anderson (So Super Duper), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter, Sticky), Justin Hall (Glamazonia), and other comically delicious talents. (Writing Queer, April 2, 6pm, Room 250; Queer Youth and Comics, April 3, 12:30pm in Room 254) Celebs include Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Smith, Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Elvira, Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), Toby Haynes (Doctor Who director), Thru April 3. 747 Howard St.
The Black Swan Experience @ Lumiere Theater Heklina and Sister Roma cohost the new interactive screening of the Oscar-winning over-the-top film. Dress as your favorite character! Free. 12am. 1572 California St. at Polk. www.iwasperfect.com
Davis Davis: Planet X @ Marx & Zavattero Gallery: Exhibit of eerie space-age toy battlescapes with a pre-Sputnik flavor of paranoia. Thru April 23. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm. 77 Geary St. 2nd floor. 627-9111. www.marxzav.com
Hunks & Heroes @ Truck: The New York gay comic book fan party arrives in SF for Wondercon. Dress up as your secret identity; win comic and porn prizes; a portion of proceeds benefit The Trevor Project. Happy hour 6pm-9pm, and full out fest 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com
In Paths Untrodden @ SF Public Library: Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems and the Radical Faeries, curated by Joey Cain; an exhibit of the gay poet’s influence on contemporary queer culture. Thru May 19. James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St. third floor. www.sfpl.org
Q Comedy @ Martuni’s: Host Nick Leonard, Ray Ferrer, Mary Van Note, DJ Real and Uni and her Ukelele with your Femcee SF Drag Legend Cookie Dough. Partial proceeds go to benefit the SF Ducal Charity Fund. $5-$15. 8pm. 4 Valencia St. www.Qcomedy.com
SF Hiking Club @ Golden Gate Bridge: Enjoy the scenic promenade along the iconic bridge with LGBT hikers. Meet 6pm at Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach St. 577-9367. www.sfhiking.com
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