Come See The Velvet Hammer Burlesque


We are pleased to announce the St. James Infirmary's involvement with

Frameline 28 – The San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival! This year we are co-presenting the following program with the Festival.


The Velvet Hammer Burlesque

Friday June 18  |  10:30 pm  |  Herbst

$8 members   |   $9 general   |   VELV18H

With stage names like Bubbles La Rue, Dirty Martini, and Ming Dynatease, the women of the Velvet Hammer Burlesque bring the fine art of striptease to a whole new level. Sexy, bold, daring, and brash, they’re unafraid to show some leg, and they don’t believe that beauty comes in a bottle. Celebrating a wide range of body types and personal styles, these women promise to show you a whole lot of flouncing flesh — and more!


Directed by Velvet Hammer’s own Augusta, THE VELVET HAMMER BURLESQUE chronicles the group’s history and features interviews with members who explain their own wild urges for taking their clothes off. Tips on how to strip, original audition tapes, and scenes from live shows are also included. With “Creativity Above All” as their motto, these women do one hell of a job of dressing up the old art of seduction.


In IS YOUR WIFE A SECRET LESBIAN?, filmmaker Szu Burgess’s campy lesbian porn makes creative reuse of vintage 16mm stag films (from 1930 to 1969), woven together with a lesbian propaganda piece from a 1966 Photo Magazine.      — Erin Cullerton

IS YOUR WIFE A SECRET LESBIAN? dir Szu Burgess 2002 USA 9 min video

THE VELVET HAMMER BURLESQUE dir Augusta 2003 USA 84 min video




Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm

Tuesday June 22  |  6:30 pm  |  Herbst

Legendary goddess of porn and sexpert Annie Sprinkle brings together 25 “orgasm experts” for the most fantastically fun film on the subject to date. With HEARTS CRACKED OPEN, a lesbian guide to Tantric sex.

A Few Good Dykes

Saturday June 19  |  7:45 pm  |  Herbst

Meet the Dyke Uniform Core, a lesbian group that wears military uniforms in the context of BDSM, exploring the sexy dichotomy of a woman’s body in a man’s uniform.  With HEADSPACE, a look at LA’s fetish scene.

Dykes in the City

Tuesday June 22  |  9:00 pm  |  Castro

Like the gals in “Sex in the City,” the dykes featured in these funny shorts—including MERCURY IN RETROGRADE starring Lea DeLaria—are all trying to find Ms. Right and get some action while they’re searching.


Fun In Girls’ Shorts

Saturday June 19  |  1:15 pm  |  Castro

Saturday June 26  |  6:30 pm  |  Roxie

The perennially popular collection of hilarious, sexy, quirky lesbian shorts about the downright hysterical diversity of lesbian life, including a new comedy from dyke icon and GO FISH star Guinevere Turner.

Girls by the Bay

Saturday June 26  |  12:30 pm  |  Herbst

This year, the Bay Area’s lesbian filmmakers travel everywhere, from the annual dyke march to Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and beyond, to demonstrate how rich and riveting the local lesbian film scene truly is.


Sunday June 20  |  11:00 am  |  Castro

Poor Anne Bancroft, whose portrayals of both Mrs. Robinson and Anne Sullivan are just two of the many subjects parodied in LIPSCHTICK, a side-splitting line-up of the Festival’s most hilarious parodies.




FRAMELINE 28 – The 28th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, the world's oldest and largest celebration of LGBT cinema, will run from June 17-27, 2004. The 28th edition of the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will delight over 80,000 attendees with nearly 80 features, including many world and US premieres, and over 150 shorts. The Festival opens with TOUCH OF PINK (starring Kyle McLachlan), Indo-Canadian-British director Ian Iqbal Rashid’s film about the many identities we juggle each day, not always successfully. After the film, come celebrate the joys of marriage and cinema at San Francisco's City Hall.  The Festival closes on a fun, upbeat note with Angela Robinson’s D.E.B.S., a bubbly, sexy, fun-filled, irreverent send-up of espionage movies, action thrillers, and teen angst. After the film, celebrate the hottest film festival and pride season in memory at the swanky SOMA hot spot, Terra.



Tickets are now on sale at:, or call 925.866.9559.


Purchasing in advance is highly advised, as shows will sell out! Discounted

group tickets are available, as well as our special GOLD PASS, CASTRO PASS AND HERBST PASS.



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