Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 21 / 26 May 2016

Soireés & Swordplay

Shooting Stars

A Shooting Stars Extra

Anna Conda (left) was copacetic at the Beatnik-themed Soireé. Photo: Steven Underhill
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From the classy panoramic sights at Metreon's City View to the cavernous castled Armory, two of last Saturday's biggest events could not have been more different. We followed prolific event photographer Steven Underhill from the LGBT Center's annual Soireé to Hack Cancer's regal and rowdy Game of Thrones party.

Starting off with a cool jazz set by local chanteuse Veronica Klaus, who was accompanied by Martuni's favorite ivory-tickler Joe Wicht, early guests at the LGBT Center's Soireé made their way to the bars for cocktails and champagne served up by staffers from The Midnight Sun.

The Center's Rebecca Rolfe welcomed local dignitaries like State Senator Mark Leno and supervisor Scott Weiner, both of whom told of the Center's long legacy of development under different administrations. Appetizers were passed among guests, and Joshua Klipp and the Klipptones performed a terrific set, with a guest appearance by Jeb Havens. As many more guests arrived, more spilled out onto the veranda to enjoy the view and the fine evening.

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Underhill and I then headed to the Mission, where hundreds of people were already lined up for entry to the Armory for Hack Cancer's Game of Thrones: A Royal Affair, which was well-timed on the night before the HBO medieval fantasy show's Season Four premiere.

Dozens of women (and a few men) dressed as the blonde Daenerys Targaryen offered up the fun catch phrase, "Where are my dragons?!?"

And a huge dragon was among the set pieces that cordoned off areas of the cavernous space, which included several bars, two stages, video and photos booths, fortune tellers, makeover booths, and even two areas of live combat, one group in full metal armor.

Male hunks in plenty of fake fur and crowns, women in medieval gowns and a few other folks in character dress, even a few crows, looped the various areas in between enjoying performances by musicians, acrobats and DJs. From Starks to Lannisters, it was a festive affair.

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Hack Cancer's Games of Thrones party. photo: Steven Underhill

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