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BARchive :: Singing Out

BARchive :: Singing Out

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Dec 15, 2013

Today the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus has grown tremendously since its early beginnings. It's gone on national tours, issued recordings, commissioned new music, and helped spur the LGBT choral movement.

BARchive :: Thanksgiving High

BARchive :: Thanksgiving High

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Nov 23, 2013

That platter had the Acapulco Gold dressing. This platter of turkey came from the herbed bird. Didn't it? The small platter of dark meat came from the other bird. Or was it the other way around? Our hunger could not be sated.

BARchive :: Halloween on Polk Street 1975

BARchive :: Halloween on Polk Street 1975

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Oct 26, 2013

It was Friday, October 31, 1975. My first Halloween in San Francisco. I'd just dropped a bundle on black leather chaps from Hard On Leathers on Polk and a Muir motorcycle cap from A Taste of Leather on Folsom.

BARchive :: The Slot

BARchive :: The Slot

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Sep 29, 2013

In 1976, before the Folsom Street Fair became the iconic festival it is today, among the bars, baths, and blue-collar joints South of Market, at 979 Folsom Street, stood the South-of-the-Slot bathhouse.

BARchive :: Rainbow Cowboys

BARchive :: Rainbow Cowboys

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Aug 7, 2013

Four parade cowboys in sweat stained fancy shirts reined in their horses. Wes and I were in Guerneville outside the Rainbow Cattle Company at 16220 Main Street.

BARchive :: Sinbad's & Sailors

BARchive :: Sinbad's & Sailors

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Jul 23, 2013

It was Sunday, July 4, 1976. The City was celebrating a twin bicentennial. Sailors were in town! We meandered the Embarcadero, loading our cameras with "seafood" until lunchtime.

BARchive :: Freedom

BARchive :: Freedom

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Jun 27, 2013

It was Gay Freedom Day; Sunday, June 27, 1976. Things were very different then; very different.

BARchive :: Mocambo

BARchive :: Mocambo

  • by Jim Stewart
  • May 28, 2013

San Francisco's Tenderloin is roughly bounded by Market, Mason, Geary, and Van Ness. It has a rap sheet dating back to the Gold Rush. By the Roaring 1920s, it had become infamous for its nightlife, jazz clubs, and vice dens. Mocambo was one of those 1970s

BARchive Extra: The Eagle's First Opening

BARchive Extra: The Eagle's First Opening

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 26, 2013

If the recent re-opening to the San Francisco Eagle Tavern seemed like a big deal, compare it to the bar's original opening in 1981.

BARchive: Art at the Ambush

BARchive: Art at the Ambush

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Mar 31, 2013

Delay's Ambush, in a rundown 1907 three-story building, was a leather-western-bear, beer and wine bar - and art gallery.

BARchive: Valentines Day On the QT

BARchive: Valentines Day On the QT

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Feb 25, 2013

During the 1960s, Polk Street had grown gay. Some complained; others saw financial advantages. Straight places remained empty. Gay places didn't.

BARchive: The Elephant Walk

BARchive: The Elephant Walk

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Dec 27, 2012

In the 1970s Castro at Christmas was real, like gays and Hollywood make things real.

BARchive: Take Me to the River

BARchive: Take Me to the River

  • by Dr. Jack Fritscher
  • Jul 31, 2012

Diversely eclectic, Guerneville is San Francisco's backyard playground on the fabled Russian River where generations of GLBTs have retreated like Thoreau at Walden Pond to vacation.

BARchive: Tri-ing Times

BARchive: Tri-ing Times

  • by JIm Provenzano
  • Mar 26, 2012

Years before the first Gay Games (1982), San Francisco's gay community already had a lot going on in organized sports. Several gay softball teams had been organized before the historic Gays vs. Cops games in 1973 and 1974.