“It’s a drag, man” can mean that something is tedious. Here in our wonderful city, “Sunday’s a Drag” means fun at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room brunch and revue with Donna Sachet and company – www.harrydenton.com.
In the late 1960s, at Broadway and Kearny streets, you could find San Francisco’s world famous “female impersonators’ show” at Finnochio’s nightclub. Joe Finnochio began showcasing what he called “the boys” performing imitations of female movie stars in June of 1936. Although the club was raided by the police in the beginning, the performances were allowed to continue because it became a tourist attraction and a symbol of The City’s sophistication. Apparently, Joe had to also promise that the entertainers would not mingle with the customers. Joe died in 1986 at the age of 88. Joe’s widow Eve closed the club in 1999. North Beach neighbor and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is quoted as saying, “That’s a drag.”
San Francisco’s Donna Sachet combines her performing talent with heartfelt compassion. I met Donna years ago through the charitable events where she donates her time. If you want to know what motivates one of San Francisco’s premiere drag artists, this is a clip of Donna talking about her work: