Come let us adore Beyoncé with mass at Grace Cathedral

In the eyes of many, Beyoncé is a saint and it appears Nob Hill’s Grace Cathedral might think so, too.

Next week, members of the public can revere the 36-year-old pop star with the church’s “Beyoncé Mass.” The service is organized by the Vine, a more modern take on worship that combines contemporary music with theology in an effort to reach young parishioners.

According to the church’s website, the mass is intended to serve as a way to “discover how her art opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females.”

In addition to a rundown of Queen Bey’s catalogue, the service will include a sermon from Rev. Yolanda Norton, an assistant professor of Old Testament at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Over the weekend, Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with a jaw-dropping performance. Through nearly two hours and five costume changes, the singer was backed by 100 dancers, a marching band, a drum line and a baton twirler — not to mention guest appearances from husband Jay Z, sister Solange Knowles and a brief Destiny’s Child reunion.

The set was a vivid tribute to America’s historically black colleges and universities and black culture, including everything from step shows and second line to Houston’s woozy chopped and screwed rap and Jamaican dancehall.

“Freedom,” for example, morphed into a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often called the black national anthem, and was bookended by “Formation,” the lead single from 2016’s “Lemondade.”

Members of the Beyhive looking to celebrate her the rest of her catalogue can head to Grace Cathedral April 25 at 6:30 p.m. for the service.

CLUSTERFEST

Comedy Central’s second annual Clusterfest comedy festival has rolled out new additions to a lineup headlined by Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer and Trevor Noah.

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll were added to the bill, joining the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Maria Bamford, Michael Che, Sasheer Zamata and Desus & Mero of Viceland fame. Wu-Tang Clan and T-Pain will be rounding out the musical portion of the fest.
Attendees of the three-day festival can also catch live productions of Last Podcast on the Left, Reductress Live and Drunk History & Friends.

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be pleased to see Jinkx Monsoon, Bianca Del Rio, Manila Luzon and Alaska Thunderf**ck on the bill, too.

Clusterfest runs June 1-3 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Three-day passes are available now, and single-day tickets go on sale Thursday at clusterfest.com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

America Ferrera is 34 … TV personality Kourtney Kardashian is 39 … Talk-show host Conan O’Brien is 55 … Actor Eric Roberts is 62 … Actor Rick Moranis is 65.

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