Online Screening: Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight
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Submitted by the Event Organizer
Adjacent to Aunt Charlie’s, the Tenderloin District’s last working-class drag bar, there’s a little-known name tucked away on the Turk Street sign between Jones and Taylor that simply says: Vicki Mar Lane. But who was Vicki Marlane, and why was a street named after her in her honor?
To commemorate the legendary drag queen who performed at Aunt Charlie’s—and provide relief funds for the beloved bar’s cornerstone staff members—the Tenderloin Museum, the Glide Legacy Committee, and the Save Aunt Charlie’s Collective are proud to present: “Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight,” the vibrant film which chronicles the remarkable experiences of Vicki Marlane, drag performer, and icon who strutted onstage well into her seventies.
Vicki takes us on the ride of her life—from the early days of roller skating in women’s wear to hoochie-coochie girl carnival sideshows and romantic road trips. We hitchhike through the adventures that led to her being San Francisco’s “Toast of the Town” in the early ’70s, while Vicki shares her tips of the trade acquired from decades of drag experience.
Directed by Michelle Lawler, and produced by archivist and historian Kim Klausner (It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues In School, Frameline20) and Emmy Award-winning Susan Stryker (Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, Frameline30), this film is a 21st-century toast to a legend.
Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight will be screened via Zoom at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A with producers and activist Susan Stryker and Kim Klausner, and director Michelle Lawler. Proudly in partnership with the Glide Legacy Committee.
Donations for this film will go towards staff members experiencing financial fallout from the pandemic. Please donate at least $10 if you can, and higher donations welcome! 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Aunt Charlie’s staff.
*The event is limited to 500 attendees.
*Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event to those who register.