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Make the Yuletide Gay With Connie Champagne at the Rrazz Room, Gay Men's Chorus at the Castro

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Yeah, I know, in “make the yuletide gay,” “gay” means happy. I’m not that dense. But hey, I figured a more contemporary understanding of the word would be a great way to link two upcoming gay-gay events that are bound to make you happy-gay! (It’s a really fun word.)

First, there’s Connie Champagne in “A Judy Garland Christmas” at the Rrazz Room, a one-night only event on December 22 at 8 p.m. Drag performer Connie Champagne’s Judy Garland is legendary. The New York Times (they’re moderately more famous than I am, I guess) has called her show “a subtle masterpiece of parody and homage.” Which sounds like a damn good time—not to mention the fact that it doesn’t get much gayer than the combination of drag and Judy Garland. Tickets to see Connie (er, Judy) in action are $30 and can be purchased on the Rrazz Room website.

No plans for Christmas Eve? I’m in the same boat (such is the plight of the Jew). All the more reason to get excited about the 20th annual “Home for the Holidays,” the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus yearly tribute to the season. Head to the Castro Theatre for one of three shows (5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.) and watch 100 talented gay men perform everything from standards to modern classics. This is the Bay Area, so you can expect the repertoire to be about more than just Christmas. Tickets for the event are between $20 and $30—get yours on the SFGMC website.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out my list of Ten Depressing Christmas Songs to Make You Cry. This season can’t be all happy, right?

Photo by Kent Taylor.