“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Joan Rivers as our entertainment for the upcoming 25th Folsom Street Fair formal gala,” says Andy Copper, Folsom Street Events Board President. “We are both ecstatic and just a little frightened to witness Joan Rivers in the same room with 350 members of the leather community,” adds Copper.
The formal gala will help kick off San Francisco Leather Week (September 20th – September 28th, 2008). The week itself will offer an expanded range of social, artistic, historic, and cultural options for the community. “The gala is the first of its kind for us. We’ve never produced a formal event so we are anticipating a superb turnout,” declares Demetri Moshoyannis, Executive Director. Formal attire is required to attend the event, including formal dress leather and high-fashion kink wear. Tickets may be purchased exclusively online at the Folsom Street Events Shop.
The formal gala will take place in the luxurious Regency Center’s Sutter Room. Included in the ticket price is a specially designed menu from Small Potatoes, an open bar, and, of course, a very special and intimate performance with Joan Rivers. A display of selected pieces from the GLBT Historical Society’s exhibit of “25 Years of Folsom Street Fair” will be on hand at the gala, too. The event is likely to sell out as the space can only accommodate 350 people.
The added festivities will lead up to the historic 25th Folsom Street Fair, offering 250+ exciting and sexy exhibitors and vendors, hot food and cold drinks, and tons of artistic and cultural entertainment. The event hosts two live stages with 16 live alternative acts, a huge dance area with internationally renowned DJs, a dedicated area for women (“Venus’ Playground”) and a newly inaugurated artists’ area. This year, the Fair hopes to attract a famous and fun, top-name performer or two that will excite everyone in attendance. Previous performers have included Imperial Teen, Ladytron DJ Tour, Bob Mould, and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult among others.