Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Online Extra: Sampler: SJ to mark day of AIDS awareness


Andrew Christian underwear model Jose V., will be at HIV awareness events this weekend in San Jose.
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San Jose is set to mark National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with underwear models, an outdoor festival, HIV testing, and DJs at a gay nightclub.

Carnivale, a free outdoor party, is set for 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, September 26 on Post Street from Market to First streets and Lightson Alley. The festival is outside Splash, 65 Post Street, which will be hosting the fourth annual Red Party inside, set for 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

The events will include Rapid HIV and hepatitis C tests, flu shots, and other health screenings.

Andrew Christian underwear models Jose V. and Gio will be on hand, as will Ongina from RuPual's Drag Race, performer Desi Arnaz, and DJs, including DJ Cisco. Local drag stars Mahlae Balenciaga and Xenea Malletti will serve as emcees.

Raffle prizes will include Andrew Christian underwear and Splash discount cards.

Nic Caleb, Red Party coordinator and co-founder, said organizers are expecting more than 2,000 people, based on last year's attendance.

It's going to be "a very educational and a very fun atmosphere," Caleb said.

In 2014, 150 flu shots and 129 at-home HIV test kits were given out, while 66 people did Rapid HIV tests and 18 people were tested for hepatitis C on site.

People of all ages are welcome to the outdoor festival, which will be hosted by the Project More Foundation. Donations are encouraged. The main beneficiary is the AIDS services division of Santa Clara County's Health Trust.

The cover charge for Splash will be $6. Part of that money will go toward the Health Trust and some will go toward event expenses, such as decorations and marketing materials.

For every red specialty cocktail sold, the club will donate $1 to the Health Trust. People must be 21 or older to get into the bar.

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Animation festival headed to SF

The 17th annual Animation Show of Shows is on its way to San Francisco October 9-15.

"Each year over 3,000 animated shorts are created, some of which take years to complete, but only a handful are seen outside the inner circles of the animation community," organizers said in a news release, describing the films as "beautifully crafted, unique films."

Locally, the Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento Street, is hosting the festival.

Snowfall, an LGBT-themed film from Irish animator Conor Whelan, is among the features. It involves "An anxious young man who has a moving experience at a friend s house party," according to the festival producers. It's "a story of fleeting love, of mixed emotions, and of how we interact with each other."

The festival will also include documentaries featuring four of the directors discussing the motivation, process, and experiences behind the films.

The animators come from Russia, Iran, France, and other countries.

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Sampler is an online column highlighting LGBT performances, exhibits, and other entertainment in the San Francisco Bay Area. It typically runs every Tuesday. The column is taking next week off; the next Sampler will run October 6. Contact reporter Seth Hemmelgarn at or (415) 875-9986 to suggest column items.




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