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23 February 2019


Political Notebook: In a first, CA transit agency reports contracts with LGBT businesses

NEWS | By Matthew Bajko | Feb 20

In the fiscal year 2016-2017 the California Department of Transportation awarded a construction contract worth $1,367,300 to a bisexual-owned business.

Gay stylist was a partier, Rickleffs' defense says

NEWS | Feb 20

A defense attorney painted a different picture of gay stylist Steven "Eriq" Escalon, saying he was a partier, when it began to call witnesses in the murder trial of James Rickleffs, which entered its fourth week in San Francisco Superior Court.

SF health chief's on the job

NEWS | By BAR staff | Feb 20

San Francisco's new health director, Dr. Grant Colfax, started work Tuesday and toured a health fair with Mayor London Breed.

Editorial: DMV needs to get a clue

NEWS | By BAR Editorial Board | Feb 20

The decision by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to reject a gay man's "LTHR DDY" — short for leather daddy — vanity plate for his motorcycle reeks of homophobia, as state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) wrote out in a sharply worded letter.

Syringe access site near Duboce Triangle expands services

NEWS | By Tony Taylor | Feb 20

City public health officials told Duboce Triangle residents at a recent meeting that they started an expanded syringe access and disposal site behind the Safeway store last month as a way to offer "low-barrier medical services" to homeless people.

SF approves first cannabis equity applicant

CANNABIS | By Sari Staver | Feb 20

San Francisco's first cannabis dispensary equity applicant got the green light from the city's planning commission this month, enabling the founders of Cole Ashbury Group to begin renovations on a storefront at 1685 Haight Street.

Gay man alleges harassment by SF gym owner

NEWS | Feb 20

A gay man claims his landlord, an owner of Fitness SF, is using a restraining order as a way to eventually evict him from his home.

Grenell one of Trump's picks for US ambassador to the UN

NEWS | By Heather Cassell | Feb 20

The White House this week released four potential nominees, including gay Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, for the vacant position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations following the abrupt withdrawal of Heather Nauert.

Newsom names SF pot czar to state post

CANNABIS | By Sari Staver | Feb 20

Governor Gavin Newsom has named San Francisco cannabis czar Nicole Elliott as a senior adviser for cannabis in the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, an appointment that drew praise from LGBT leaders in the cannabis industry.

Arts & Culture

Great acoustics

MUSIC | By Philip Campbell | Feb 20

The Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, the thoroughly renovated fourth floor and basement of the Beaux Arts-designed Veterans Building, opened to enthusiastic praise three years ago. It is home to the 299-seat Diane and Ted Taube Atrium Theater.

Arts Events Feb 21-28 2019

ARTS EVENTS | By Events Editor | Feb 20

What awaits you behind that curtain? Find out at theatrical and other arts events this week.

Spotlit moves

DANCE | By Paul Parish | Feb 19

San Francisco Ballet's second and third programs opened during the rains of last week and made many people glad they'd braved the downpours.

Claude Monet's enchanted glade

ART | By Sura Wood | Feb 19

The received wisdom, at least for some, is that Impressionist master Claude Monet is too easy, but, as with all great artists, he only makes it look that way.

Cultural connections

MOVIES | By Roberto Friedman | Feb 19

Out There goes out & about to arts & cultural events five nights out of seven most weeks. It's a good way to stay involved, be a part of the city, see different neighborhoods and get out of our own personal bubble.

Caliphates & catfish

THEATER | By Jim Gladstone | Feb 19

Two forces are at war in "A White Girl's Guide to International Terrorism," a slow, soulful social drama and a hastily paced thriller.


Cinematic celebrations - Oscar parties around the Bay Area

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Feb 20

Oscar night is one of the holier nights on the LGBTQ calendar, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate the big night. Even with this year's controversies over choosing a host (who isn't a homophobic jerk) might dissuade former fans from viewing.

Furrplay @ Oasis

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Steven Underhill | Feb 20

Furr Play at Oasis drew husky bears, otters and their pals to the dance event at the popular SoMa nightclub on February 15.

Nightlife Events Feb 21-28 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Events Editor | Feb 20

You'll have fun this week, if you dare to try. Scout's honor.

Leather Events, February 14 — March 3, 2019

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Race Bannon | Feb 13

There's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.

Boy Division @ Cat Club

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS | By Steven Underhill | Feb 13

Boy Division, the monthly New Wave, goth, queer pop night, included groovy retro sounds, plus drag queens and puppets! The diverse crowd enjoyed a Dark Room drag show, and grooving to The Cure, Depeche Mode and other faves with DJ Xander at the Cat Club.

Women take the stage - Ms. San Francisco Leather contest at SOMArts

LEATHER-KINK | By Race Bannon | Feb 13

One of the biggest annual local gatherings for leatherwomen took place this past Saturday, the Ms. San Francisco Leather contest at SOMArts Cultural Center.