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Need weekend ideas? Here are 10 queer things to do in Los Angeles

Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” is a theatrical extravaganza in song, talk, and big — really big — costumes that re-envisions queer and underrepresented histories in the United States. Photo: Teddy Wolff.

Here it is. Your Big Gay Guide for the weekend.

FRIDAY

  • RuPaul’s Hollywood Star

What: RuPaul will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that will be dedicated under the category of “Television” in front of the production office of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Walk of Fame

Cost: Free

  • Drag Dinner

What: The DREAMGIRLS Revue Drag Show will be hosted by RuPaul’s diva Delta Work.

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach

Cost: Free, 562-436-7900 for reservations.

  • “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”

What: The follow-up to the hit off-Broadway comedy “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” is “My Big Gay Italian Funeral,” which is having its West Coast premiere. Someone in the family has died, and the Staten Island funeral home fills up with zany, over-the-top family members who bring their baggage and upstage the funeral.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Sherry Theater

Cost: $10

  • Open Mic Night

What: HOT: Open Stage & Happy Times is a performance night of live cover songs and all kinds of entertainment, including comedy, magic, and drag. Hosts Wendy Ho and Robin Lightcast invite guests to display their talents by booking a performance spot, too.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Hamburger Mary’s WeHo

Cost: $5

This 1986 cover of “Safer Sex Comix #4” from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis is one of nearly 100 queer history items on display in “Lost & Found.” Photo: AIDS History Project Collection at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

SATURDAY

What: Queer history exhibit that spotlights 30 years of safer-sex and harm-reduction activism in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

When: Opening reception, 5 – 9 p.m., exhibit closes June 24.

Where: ONE Gallery, 626 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood

Cost: Free

Taylor Mac brings 24 decades of gay history, flamboyant costumes to the Ace

  • “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”

What: Taylor Mac’s ambitious, theatrical extravaganza that re-envisions queer and underrepresented histories in the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country, and in its disparate communities, from 1776 to the present.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, March 23, March 24

Where: The Theater at Ace Hotel

Cost: $45-$250

The cast of “Will & Grace” will be at PaleyFest Saturday. Photo: NBC.

  • “Will & Grace” at Paleyfest

What: Will & Grace episodes will be screened followed by a Q&A with cast members, exclusive behind-the-scene scoops, and anecdotes.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Dolby Theater

Cost: $40

  • “Some F*cking Advice”

What: A cast of queer, gay, bisexual, asexual, trans, and straight performers brings privacy to the main stage by questioning themselves, their relationships, and their fantasies all to the point where they seek some fucking advice.

When: 10 p.m.

Where: The Second City’s Studio Theater

Cost: $12

SUNDAY

  • Drag Brunch

What: The grand opening of Lights, Camera, Brunch will serve food and mimosas. Hosted by April Showers and others.

When: Noon

Where: RAGE Night Club

Cost: 310-652-7055 for reservations, walk ins welcomed.

  • Drag Queen Bingo

What: Drag Queen Bingo will feature celebrity guests and have prize packages for the winners. Proceeds will be benefiting local and national charities.

When: 6 and 8 p.m.

Where: Hamburger Mary’s WeHo

Cost: Free. 323-654-3800 for reservations.

  • L.A. Leather Pride Kick Off Party

What: Eagle 562 in Long Beach is kicking off L.A. Leather Pride with a naughty party to cheer contestants for the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest.  

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Eagle 562

Cost: $15

About the author

Kristine Bañuelos

Kristine Bañuelos is a senior at California State University Long Beach. One of her pet peeve of hers is when people say “supposably” instead of “supposedly” and “anyways” instead of “anyway.” She’s been trying to like coffee for three years, is a frequent concert-goer, and, with the help of friends, is constantly expanding her Drake and Selena merchandise collection.

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