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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Historic marathon party planned for San Diego Pride weekend

San Diego Pride weekend is just under three months away, and already we have a Pride party on the horizon that people are talking about.

Overdrive Pride is a joint production of DJ/promotor Tristan Jaxx and promoter Shaun Flak, and is slated for Saturday night of Pride weekend, July 19. What makes this party interesting are the hours of operation: 10 pm to 10 am. Yes, a 12-hour party.

Now, there have been long parties here in San Diego in the past. I recall some old Club Montage parties that went that long, but that was more by accident than design: A 10-to-6 party extended a few hours or so, because the crowd was still raging at 6 am and the owners decided spur-of-the-moment to keep things going. But this is the first San Diego Pride party, to my memory, that is set at 12 hours from the get go; a true marathon dance party at which those present will be making history.

The DJ line up is exciting as well, with San Francisco DJ Andrew Gibbons opening for none other than DJ Nina Flowers, of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" fame. Local favorite DJ Tristan Jaxx will take over and finish up during after-hours.

The party will also feature a festival-class laser show by San Francisco-based RAGErLAZER, bringing a production value we’re unaccustomed to seeing here in San Diego at a Pride party. Mimosas will be served on the rooftop at sunrise, and those who stay and dance until the very end will be awarded commemorative “You Did It!” ribbons.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for $30 … which works out to $2.50 an hour. Quite a deal!

Things to do in Hillcrest if you’re not going to White Party Palm Springs

White Party Palm Springs will take place this weekend, which means the annual exodus of boys from this city will commence on Friday. Those of you who, for whatever reason, are not heading up the I-15 this year, don’t worry! Clubs will still be open, and there will still be things to do, here in Hillcrest this weekend:

Bingo for AIDS/LifeCycle Team San Diego at Urban Mo's

On Saturday, members of the AIDS/LifeCycle Team San Diego will be holding a fundraiser at Urban Mo’s in conjunction with Mo’s regular Throw Back Bingo event.

Hosted by Gouda and T&T titleholder Big Mama Mo, Jell-O shots will be on sale, and fabulous prizes will be awarded (including gift certificates for Urban MO's Bar & Grill, Uptown Tavern, West Coast Tavern, Martinis Above Fourth) with 100% of the proceeds going to ALC San Diego.

Laces & Lashes Ball at Rich's

Also this Saturday, be at Rich’s to see the San Diego American Flag Football team become a drag football team, at the 1st Annual Laces & Lashes Ball. Ophelia Later will be your emcee for the event, which will determine whether “football players can compete in drag the same way they compete on the field.”

The red carpet portion of the evening will run from 7-8 pm, with show time kicking off at 8 pm. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

The Black Party at Rich’s

For the ultimate non-White Party experience, head back to Rich’s later on Saturday for their 9th Annual Black Party. Black attire is encouraged, with music provided by DJ John Joseph.

Other fun stuff this week

Thursday, April 24

9 pm: Club Flicker at Flicks

10 pm: WET at Bourbon Street

Friday, April 25

7 pm: Finger Me Fridays at Gossip Grill

Saturday, April 26

10 am to 2 pm: Mexican Brunch at Baja Betty's

8 pm: Brazilian Night at #1 Fifth Avenue

Sunday, April 27

11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

3-7 pm: Sunday Fundays at Uptown Tavern

3-8 pm: Church at Babycakes

Monday, April 28

6-11 pm: 50₵ Wing Night at Hillcrest Brewing Company

9 pm: Manic Mondays at the Brass Rail

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from past weeks, including photos from Lez at Rich’s, the GLAAD Media Awards up in LA, Urban Mo’s 22nd Anniversary Party, the Pride Headliner Announcement Party at Gossip Grill, Out at the Park, Taste of Hillcrest, the Outrageous Bonnet Contest at Harvey Milk’s American Diner, and Easter Brunch at Lips. Happy viewing!