Beaming with pride
This weekend marks the official beginning of Santa Fe Pride, the annual celebration of the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) community presented by the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance. Things start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, with an art exhibit and reception at Louie’s Corner Café (229 Galisteo St., 820-2253, no charge). Friday to Sunday and Thursday, June 18 to 20 and 24, at Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. DeVargas St., 988-4262, www.santafeplayhouse.org) you can catch Paul Rudnick’s comedy The New Century. From 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 19, the Santa Fe Southern Railway operates its Pride Train to Lamy and presents a barbecue picnic ($55 per person, 989-8600, www.sfsr.com). From 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 20, The Lodge at Santa Fe (750 N. St. Francis Drive, 992-5800) hosts the Swim and Spin poolside dance party with guest DJs. There is a $5 suggested donation.
Openly gay Episcopalian Bishop Eugene Robinson speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave. ($15). On Friday, June 25, hit the Men’s Pink Friday Pool Party (5 to 10 p.m.) or the Dyke Dance (8 p.m.) at The Lodge at Santa Fe for some 21-and-over fun ($5 for the pool party, $10 for the dance). The parade featuring grand marshal and former SFHRA president Donald Stout starts at noon Saturday, June 26, and ends with a free community celebration at the Railyard Park that lasts until 6 p.m. Also 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 26, Warehouse 21 teen-arts center (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 989-4423, www.warehouse21.org) presents a free GLBTQ youth party hosted by drag performer Wenda Watch, with live music, food, and special activities. Wrapping up the pride celebration is a free performance by Concordia Santa Fe wind ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at St. Francis Auditorium. Visit www.santafehra.org for more information.