More Important Than Ever: SF Pride

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In the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando, San Francisco Pride is more important than ever. We need to be together with friends and allies, feel loved, and share our stories. SF Pride, for many of us is usually a 3-day non-stop dance party where ingesting a variety of substances and acting like a fool, is mandatory. But maybe this year, in addition to the cray parties and the fabulously flamboyant parade you want an experience that’s a little less induced by the worst hangover of your life. We’ve got some options for you, some with snacks and cuddle puddles, some with long overdue discussions, all of them though with the intention of increasing visibility and the love for our LGBT community. Here’s a look at the non-traditional and a little off the beaten path (pun intended) pride weekend, June 23rd-26th, HAPPY PRIDE Y’ALL.

MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Sweet and Dandy Film series, June 23rd, 6:30pm

If you want your pride kick-off party to involve popcorn and intellectual conversation, this is for you. Sweet and Dandy is an 8-week film series, it’s last week culminating over Pride weekend, and it examines the cultural narratives of the queer community in documentaries and movie shorts. So bring your onesie and thinking hat because you’ll leave this film series undoubtedly knowing more, feeling more, and having increased empathy for the individual struggles of gender politics.

PRIDE BRUNCH

Hotel Whitcomb , 11am-2pm June 25th

Brunch and celebrating fabulous things are what we do best, so naturally someone put them together, Pride Brunch! This event brings you brunch with the finest folks and the most delicious delicacies including music by the Dixieland Dykes. With Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Tito’s Vodka hosting the event, why not start Saturday off right with what sounds like some bomb Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

PRIDE PUB CRAWL

Wild SF Tours, starts at the Castro Theatre

For those of us who like to pair a nice cold one with our cultural knowledge, this pub crawl is our new BFF. It’s about as non-traditional as it gets when it comes to getting to know your city. The tour guide walks around with a guitar and tells you about historical landmarks while playing diddies in A-minor. Play drinking games and learn how to master the ever-growing acronym LGBTQQOIAAPT (I mean wow), while getting woke about the why’s and how’s of Pride weekend.

LOVE SPACE

Civic Center Plaza, June 26th

If you’re looking to go more traditional but want to keep things low key, this space is your new home. It’s basically a huge tent in the middle of civic center where you can eat cookies, hydrate yourself, and catch a little break from all the wonderful chaos. This spectacular, colorful, natural and non-commercial oasis provides a heart-connected sanctuary in the midst of an often overwhelming festival. Come and celebrate queer creative spirit with heartfelt conversation, cuddle puddles, and the most fabulous Drag Snack Shows in San Francisco.

4 Things Keeping SF Weird

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There’s a lot of conversation and fear around how the city is bending toward a future of tech elite millionaire’s and a middle class dystopia. How the weird and culturally diverse are being pushed out in order to make way for luxury condos and AirBnB tourists, and everyone has an opinion on how to stop it and who to point a finger at. These are all very real and sensitive issues facing our community but we wanted to highlight some activities and places that are keeping our weird San Francisco hearts full of paint, glitter, and unicorns. Here are some things you can do this week, right now, that will remind you that San Francisco is still creative and vibrant, you just have to look a little harder now.

GUERILLA DYKE BAR TAKEOVER

MAY 20th

The housing crisis in San Francisco has not only affected tenants and priced out many people who have been living here for decades, but it has also devastated the lesbian bar population almost entirely into extinction. From the ashes, The Guerilla Dyke Bar Takeover was born. It’s a monthly party, where a different local bar is chosen and every Lesbian on the LGBTQI spectrum shows up and turns it into a dyke bar for the night. Get ready for a sea of mullets, fohawks, and pleather jackets flooding the streets of the Mission on Friday night.

MUSEUM & GALLERY CRAWL

May 19th

It’s that time of the month again, in a good way, it’s Third Thursdays, that’s today, the 19th. It’s a free event, RSVP online, and hop around downtown SF to see live performances, drink champagne, and look at art from the masters of the 20th century to the rising stars of the most contemporary art scene in san Francisco today. This will be the best zero dollars you ever spent.

RED DOOR CAFE

1608 Bush st, SF

Bring your humor and personality, because if you don’t you won’t be seated or you’ll probably leave feeling offended. The walls are painted bright shades of orange and red, there are naked barbie dolls and toy animals glued in provocative positions, and colorful dildos in place of flowers as your tables’ centerpiece. But despite the loud decor, the food is delicious and if you’ve lived here a long time, it’ll probably bring back memories of the good ‘ol days.

ART AT THE DUMP

503 Tunnel Avenue, SF – May 20th 5-9pm

The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco provides artists with a free pass to scavenge at the dump. Childhood dreams do come true. Trash and scrap metal are gathered at all hours of the night and day, and in the program’s 24-hour all access studio, artists repurpose San Francisco’s treasures of the underworld. This is not the kind of recycled art you did in 5th grade with dry macaroni, it’s a must see show that redefines waste and brings to the surface issues of sustainability in our modern urban spaces.

SFMOMA is Reopening and You’re Not Invited

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We’ve waited a long time for this, two years to be exact, the SFMOMA is reopening May 14th! We’ve missed you so and longed for your return because of the art, sure, but also because what better way to appear artsy and cultured on a first date than suggesting you go to MOMA? We’ve had to settle for bars and coffee shops. Even worse is when family comes to visit and instead of a pleasant day of silence while looking at art, you’ve had to go to Pier 39. So this is indeed a time of celebration and rebirth on many levels. Sadly, however, all the tickets are sold out for the opening party, but in order to honor the glorious return of this awesome institution in spirit, here’s a list of some other great art galleries in the city where you can feel all warm and artsy inside.

111 MINNA GALLERY

FiDi, SF

Maybe it’s not a place for when mom and dad visit, but it’s certainly an interesting spot to say the least. A place for experimental art and experimental cocktails. Try the neon green Tokyo tea, dance all night, and experience amazing performances and glow in the dark paintings.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

The Mission, SF

This gallery has been a springboard for emerging artists since 1974, and is one of the last standing non-profit spaces dedicated to providing resources and giving visibility to visual artists breaking onto the scene. But don’t be fooled by its OG status, they are known for throwing parties that will get hashtagged #LitAF for years to come while also managing to attract serious art buyers and curators.

THE TENDERLOIN MUSEAM

The Tenderloin, SF

The Tenderloin District officially consists of a 31 block radius and this museum has been an essential part in preserving the neighborhood. Activists on the directors board won city planning landmark titles so old buildings couldn’t be knocked down and replaced with luxury condos. The museum chronicles the living and ongoing history of the “immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints,” who created the community and played an integral part in building the cultural richness of San Francisco. (Quote by, The Rev. Cecil Williams, when speaking about the history of the TL.)

THE SHOOTING GALLERY

Little Saigon/Lower Geary, SF

The home of this gallery is in an old industrial bakery and is one of the sole proprietors holding down the art scene on Lower Geary. This self proclaimed gallery of street art and pop culture has a mission to the necessity of giving visibility and celebration to artists whom some consider “lowbrow.” If you think art is dead and Warhol was our last great hope, visit this place, get weird, and restore your faith in a scene that is still very much alive.