Kippy Marks plays KDK Masque Ball

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The Cafe, 2369 Market Street, San Francisco


Experience the true spirit of Mardi Gras with San Francisco's Krewe de Kinque charitable Mardi Gras club! Our Bal Masque XVII, with the theme "Diners, Divas & Dives" will be held at The Café (2369 Market Street at Castro) on Saturday, March 7, 2020, 6pm to 9:30pm. KDK King & Queen XVI Aja Monet-Ashton & Kelly Rose will reign over an exciting night of wild costumes, outrageous performances, regal Kings & Queens, & sexy shenanigans by the West Coast's authentic krewe!

Kicking off the festivities as Grand Marshal and performing at the masked ball will be Renée Lubin, the local actor who performed for 33 years in the longest-running musical in the world, Beach Blanket Babylon. The campy show known for elaborate costumes, huge hats and wigs, and skits exploiting politics and pop culture, recently ended its 45-year run at Club Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district. Directed by Kenny Mazlow and created by the late Steve Silver, the hilarious show was enjoyed by 6.5 million people. Many of the cast members will join Lubin for the Second Line Parade after she is sashed.


We’re thrilled to partner with The Café again after their stunning remodel. Masked ball guests will experience a large dancefloor and elevated stage, state of the art lighting effects and sound, multiple huge media screens throughout the club, confetti canons & fog machines, and huge bar & restrooms.

GENERAL ADMISSION: ($20 advance/$25 door): Celebrate Mardi Gras with stunning Bourbon Street & “Diners, Divas & Dives” decor & themed music, a Second Line parade led by the Celebrity Grand Marshal, a costumed tableaux show, the crowning of KDK King & Queen XVII, Stoli & Hurricane drink specials, yummy Jell-O shots, sexy Go Go dancers, exciting silent auction and raffle prizes, and no host full bar service. Capture the fun with your professional staged photo by KDK King XV Gareth Gooch!

BE A VIP! ($40 advance/$50 door): VIPs will enjoy a delicious Southern buffet, your name in the printed program & a complimentary Stoli drink of your choice!

VIP GOLD SPONSOR ($100 advance only): Reserved seat with stage view, a delicious Southern buffet, preferred name placement in the printed program, & 2 Stoli COMP drink tickets!

Costumes, masks, beads encouraged or come as you are! Thank you to our sponsors: The Café, Stoli & the SF Bay Times!


21 & over with photo ID required, in/out privileges with handstamp.

Proceeds benefit Compton’s Transgender Cultural District. Founded in 2017, it is the first legally recognized transgender district in the world, encompassing six blocks in the southeastern Tenderloin and crosses over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th Street in San Francisco. Their mission is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. The district aims to stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces.

*Handicapped accessible with elevator. Contact Gary at number below by Feb. 23rd if purchasing tickets and requesting ASL interpreting during stage program.

MORE INFO: Gary Virginia, KDK Founder,; 415-867-5004. Laissez les bons temps rouler!