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Event Spotlight: Aunt Charlie's Veteran Drag Queens Take Over The Roxie

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After 29 years at Turk and TaylorAunt Charlie's—the neighborhood's venerable drag bar and lounge—is still going strong. But this Thursday, three of the cabaret's leading ladies are taking their act on the road to a bigger, even more historic venue: the Roxie Theater.

At 7pm April 7th, the Tenderloin Museum is hosting a screening of Beautiful By Night at the Roxie—an encore to its sold-out tribute to Aunt Charlie's at the Tenderloin Museum earlier this winter.

The award-winning documentary by San Francisco filmmaker and photographer James Hosking follows Aunt Charlie's veteran performers Donna Personna,Olivia Hart and Collette LeGrande over the course of one night. In addition to going behind the scenes at Aunt Charlie's, it takes viewers into the tiny single-room occupancy hotel rooms the performers call home to hear how they made their ways to the stage and how the Tenderloin has treated them over the years.

Donna Persona on stage at Aunt Charlie's. (Photo: James Hosking)

Once the 28-minute film wraps up, there will be a discussion with the director, cinematographer and stars, followed by live performances by the trio. In the theater's 107-year history, we're told this is the first time it's ever hosted a drag show.

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