Interviews & Culture

by Joshua Hennen

As a companion story to the article entitled "San Francisco Drag Show gets Rowdy Melee ensues," I decided to give a more or less sequential account of my experiences in downtown San Francisco the night before the drag revue.  So here it goes....

That October evening was warm and pleasant, a perfect temperature to explore downtown San Francisco.  I had been told that a transgender bar on the corner of Polk and Post Streets held a midnight show every Friday.  Since it was my intention to visit a drag revue the following night for a story for Hennen's Observer, I felt that this show might give some additional material to write about.

by Joshua Hennen

SAN FRANCISCO California - After last month’s visit to a snake-handling church in West Virginia (see October’s issue online) I felt that a story about a prominent San Francisco drag show would be a good counterpoint for the November issue.  That said, I booked a flight and made a reservation for “Fauxgirls,” a show billed as “San Francisco’s  Favorite Drag Revue.”

Since the show was booked on a Saturday night and I arrived on a Thursday, that left me plenty of time to explore the city.  So I visited the normal attractions that San Francisco has to offer, during the course of which I discovered that a transsexual drag show was to be held on Friday night.  This one, I was assured, would be “more adventurous” than Fauxgirls.  The more adventurous reader can view the story about my experiences online by clicking on the story entitled, “The Gulch.”

JOLO West Virginia - For the current issue of Hennen’s Observer I decided to observe a snake handling church in action.  After a few hours of basic research I found a congregation in West Virginia (one of the few states where this activity is still legal), known as “The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with Signs Following,” located in Jolo (pronounced Joe-Low).  And as luck would have it, that weekend was this church’s annual homecoming.