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Homing's In: arts, nightlife & community events online

by Jim Provenzano

Freda Kahlo, Kippy Marks, Harvey Birthday and Smuin Ballet
Freda Kahlo, Kippy Marks, Harvey Birthday and Smuin Ballet  

Arts, nightlife and community events offer a wide variety of viewing fun and interactive opportunities.

50 Years of Pride
Presented by the GLBT Historical Society and the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries, with the support of San Francisco Pride, 50 Years of Pride features 100 photographs to celebrate five decades of San Francisco Pride, one of the city's most beloved public festivals. View an online version of the exhibition will instead be unveiled on May 15 on the GLBT Historical Society's website with the physical exhibition opening later in the year after the city's shelter-in-place order has been relaxed. Thru April 2021 at City Hall.

Amy Siewert: Imagery
Dance is the most vibrantly physical of art forms, and we miss it. Until we can enjoy it live, check out some amazing short dance films by Siewert's beautiful deft dancers.

Artists Sheltering in Place
Live Worms responds by sharing what local artists have been creating during these trying times; featuring artwork by Kevin Brown, Debra Walker, Jeffrey Thompson, Tom Schultz, Michael Pedroni, Ruth Cali Caprow, Mauro Ffortissimo, Bob Bralove, Elly Simmons, Tina Tarnoff, Howard Whitehouse, Michael Fasanella, Fanny Renoir, Marc Brown, Dan Macchiarini, Richard Louis Perri, Jerry Ferraz, James Redo, Victoria Brill, Lisa Keith, Gary Janis, Nancy Calef. Through May.

Author Events at Alley Cat Books
The bookstore, while physically closed, hosts online events with acclaimed authors.

Bay Area Theatre Live
Join Bay Area Theatre Live on YouTube and Facebook, as the company showcases some of Broadway and the Bay Area's biggest stars...all in an effort to raise money for local Bay Area theatre companies; hosted by: A.J. Mizes, Neal Pascua, and Daniel Lloyd Pias. May 13, 5pm-7pm.

A Boy and His Tiger
The Cartoon Art Museum pays tribute to the comic art of Bill Watterson, creator of the popular Calvin and Hobbs series. Bid on print, T-shirts, bags and more. Artwork created by professional artists, graphic novelists, illustrators and animators was created and auctioned off on eBay beginning in January, and the remainder will be sold throughout the spring.

Broadway Performers
For Broadway fans, Tony-winning performers and the super-sexy Broadway Bares benefits, visit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' YouTube channel for hours of amazing performances. Donation options are linked as well.

CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home
The Center for Asian American Media presents more than 20 streaming screenings (including a sing-along version of H.P. Mendoza's Fruit Fly) and events ranging from online film screenings to interactive panels, watch parties, and house parties featuring live performances, all free of charge; through May 22.

Films at The Roxie
Watch independent and classic films online at the Roxie's virtual cinema.

Gay Men's Sketch goes online  

Frameline Play
The LGBT International Film Festival may be cancelled, but you can enjoy a selection of paid and free content, including on-demand Frameline Distribution films, Frameline Youth In Motion films and curriculum, the Frameline Voices catalog on YouTube, and the Frameline Completion Fund.

Gay Men's Sketch
Mark I. Chester hosts online drawing party, with a sexy model posing, then participants sharing their work. Weekly, Sunday afternoons, and other days.

GLOW Shorts
Miami's OUTshine Film festival screens short LGBT-themed films online, with Happy Hour drinks & music before we login to our Virtual Theater to watch a selection of short films for our GLOWshorts Virtual Program at 7:45pm; third Thursdays.

Hicklebee's Reading & Fundraiser
The San Jose bookstore gets a bit of help from Young Adult authors Kate Messner, Sarah Kuhn and Shannon Doleski, who share an online conversation. May 15., 12pm. Donations.

Lee Grant Documentaries
Hope Runs High is incredibly proud to announce the theatrical re-release of Academy Award winner Lee Grant's documentary work. Kicked off at NYC's Film Forum as part of a 13-film retrospective of Grant's work as actor and director, this series represents the largest retrospective of Grant's time behind the camera.

Let's Face It
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) announces the launch of Let's Face It, a nationwide mask-making design competition. Artists, designers, and creatives of all types and ages have been passionately responding to the current need to cover our faces. For each design entered, the Museum of Craft and Design will donate a new mask to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. For additional details and guidelines visit

Living Between Generations
Foglifter's Emerging Writer Fellows Reginald Edmonds and Ali Michael Cannon Present: Living Between Generations: An Intergenerational Reading and Panel Discussionwith Bambi Walker, Tino V.H. Jr, Daniel, Jewelle Gomez, Willy Wilkinson, Aurora Levins Morales and Andrew Ramer. May 23, 5pm-7pm PST.

The Marsh Stream
The theatre producer known for acclaimed solo shows presents a variety of programming at 7:30pm nightly on MarshStream, its newly launched Broadcast Platform, even interactive Bingo game nights.

Michelle Obama reads stories on PBD Kids
Got kids? Even if you don't, few things are more soothing than the former First Lady reading enchanting children' books. Enjoy her readings and more on the PBS Kids YouTube Channel.

New Conservatory Theater Company: Offstage But Online
Temporarily shuttered, queer theater company NCTC is now building a digital playground for your viewing pleasure that will feature actor monologues, messages from playwrights, exercises to practice mindfulness and original material from Conservatory students.

NIAD Exhibits
the art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares and sells beautiful works of art.

Museum collections worldwide  

Museum Collections
Look! It's art! Many local museums and galleries host expanded online exhibits of classic and modern art, plus short films and 'Artist at Home' interviews. Check them out.

Museums around the World
View collections of more than 500 museums around the world.
and hundreds of collections in 80 countries

Music and Dance @ Cal Performances
Watch videos of dances (Mark Morris, Mariinsky Ballet, Meredith Monk) and classical and modern music courtesy of the Berkeley-based performing arts organization.

Opera online
San Francisco Opera streams productions of Boito's Mefistofele, Boito's Mefistofele (2013); Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2012); Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia (2011); Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Moby-Dick (2012). beginning May 9.
Also, New York's Metropolitan Opera shares their amazing productions online.

Play at Home
Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents a bunch of short play scripts you can download and perform at home, featuring works by Julia Cho, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Miranda Rose Hall, Ricardo Pérez González and several others.

Queer Ancestors Projet
Strut SF hosts an arts event with work by 20 creative writing and printmaking students (in anthology order): Sen, Katie Silva, Ruby Harrison-Clay, Striff, al aguas, rai dang, Xochtil Marquez, Satan, Bear/Meat Head, sylk rodriguez, Jesse Sun, Sonemani Bitna, Tea Imani, grace cho, Christine Abiba, Claire Rupnow, Abhidahlia R. Gamma, Jose Francisco, kimiko goeller, and Giorgia Sage, with creative writing director Celeste Chan and Queer Ancestors Project artistic director Katie Gilmartin. May 16, 7pm-9pm PST. www.facebook

Radar Superstar
Sister Spit 2020's literary reading, with Yodassa Williams, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Ananya Garg, Creatix Tiara, Dena Rod, Mia Willis, Imani Sims, Junauda Petrus and Librecht Baker. June 2, 6:30pm.

Reel in the Closet
Online screening of the award-winning feature documentary about home movies made by queer people dating back to the 1930s. Cast and crew will be answering viewer's questions during a live Q&A after the film. Scheduled to be in attendance: cast member John Carr; filmmakers Stu Maddux and Joseph Applebaum. May 23, 5pm PST. Trailer on YouTube

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
What's more inspiring than the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus? Birthed out of tragedy, the Chorus has uplifted our spirits with decades of concerts, a moving documentary film, a hugely popular group song performed as a tribute to Covid-19 first responders, and now a TV channel of streaming choral concerts, plus guest performers like Laura Benanti, Billy Porter and Kristin Chenoweth, plus Chasten Buttigieg and figure skater Adam Rippon, joining their Behind the Curtain series.

Reel in the Closet  

San Francisco Performances
After several programs in celebration of their 40th anniversary were cancelled, instead, SFP offers memorable classical concerts from the past, all recorded at the Herbst Theater between 2004-2008. Concerts are audio only.

Secret Emchy Society
The acclaimed local Americana band celebrates the release of their new album, The Cahser, with JBird McLaughlin. May 15, 6pm PST.

SF Jazz Fridays at Five
Cool jazz will bring you good vibes. The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians lined up through May.

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The local dance company streams notable works, and a weekly Wednesday Hump Day Ballets series through May 22.

Southern Exposure Silent Auction
Let's not forget the visual arts. Southern Exposure's annual fundraiser, now online-only, features works by more than 100 artists. That could help you beautify your home, since you're spending more time there.

Stars in the House
Musical genius and affable host Seth Rudetsky —with his husband James— hosts Zoom chats with Broadway, film and TV stars galore. One of the first online fundraisers, your donations help performers of all kinds, from actors to lighting crew members. Broadway may be closed, but you can enjoy living room concerts with favorite stars.

Sundance Saloon Online Live
Sundance Saloon offers online dance lessons and dancing every Sunday night. Beginning classes are aimed at novices. Learn how to dance while you shelter in place from 6-9pm. 6pm: beginning line dance for complete novices; 7pm: intermediate line dance; 8:15pm: line dance mini-marathon. Through April 26.

Virtual Streaming Room With Cinema SF
Cinema SF, owners of the historic Balboa and Vogue Theaters, are keeping the spirit of movie-going alive with a series of virtual movie screenings and online chats. Proceeds from the screenings will go towards keeping the theaters alive so they can reopen after the shutdown ends.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival
Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have jointly announced that a new digital-only festival is taking place next month. In just over a month, a new fest called We Are One: A Global Film Festival will happen exclusively on YouTube for 10 days, presenting narrative feature films, shorts, documentaries, and more — all free on YouTube for the world to watch. May 29-June 7.

We Players' Audio Dramas
the innovative site-speficic theatre company presents podcast-style audio re-interpretations of their recent productions, including Wonder Storytime with Alice and Friends, and The Odyssey.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Animals worldwide have reclaimed urban spaces, as you may have seen in the news. But we need to face how our damage to the environment and abuse of wild animals may have aided the spread of disease. While we contemplate that, enjoy films of animals in the wild. Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) hosts an ongoing series of nature films and talks.

WQUR: Queer Quarantine Radio
BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ and Major Scales perform old-time radio-style thriller detective programs.

Xena Warrior Princess With Lucy Lawless
SyFy Channel will air all six seasons of Xena: Warrior Princess every Thursday from morning until afternoon. Xena herself, Lucy Lawless, will be hosting wrap sessions after each block; special guests are expected to appear. Rumor has it that Renee O'Connor, who played Xena's love interest and stalwart friend Gabrielle, might be on hand for a reunion. Screenings are every Thursday.

Don Baird's rock mixes on Black Wolf Metal  

Booty Mashup
Adrian A and guest DJs blend pop hits to a danceable groove.

Boy Division
DJ Xander premieres the twitch online edition of the New Wave retro-fun dance party.

Black Wolf Metal
If you miss the rocking' sounds of SoMa bar the Hole in the Wall, Don Baird, plus Andy, Bluto, Miguel and Dennis, spin rock and punk classics and obscurities (Thursdays and Friday nights starting at 8pm for Baird's sets), with archived sets, too.

Drag Alive from The Stud
Every Saturday night The Stud, San Francisco's oldest queer bar, will host Drag Alive. Vivvyanne Forevermore and Jillian Gnarling bring you a virtual Stud to help support the staff, performers and the bar itself, which its collective is working hard to keep alive. Party with the crew of The Stud at Twitch TV:

Frolic Quarantine
The fun pursuit party goes virtual. Don your animal gear and enjoy a variety of DJ mixes. Monthly, first Saturdays.

Juanita MORE!'s ListenMORE!
Enjoy a podcast series of tales about the prolific nightlife producer, chef and activist, with Mr. David, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Mutha Chucka, William Martin, Voodonna Black, Dulce De Leche, Sister Roma and others.

Kippy Marks  

Kippy Marks Live Feed Fundraiser
The local violinist performs music in an online fundraising concert for Positive Resource Center and the Bare Chest Calendar 2021. May 28, 6pm-7:30pm PST.

The Monster Show
One of the longest running drag shows in the Castro, The Monster Show has made The Edge bar a Thursday night destination. The Monster show now comes to Twitch TV, where the performers will entertain you while they raise money for bar employees.

Oasis TV
Oasis, the beloved SOMA nightclub, is another venue that's shuttered for the duration of the shutdown. That isn't stopping co-owner D'Arcy Drollinger from bringing some of Oasis' finest entertainers to your computer screen. Archival footage from the venue's best past shows are being uploaded to Oasis TV, the club's YouTube page, such as Sex and the City Live, The Golden Girl's Live, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live, Star Trek Live and AbFab Live. There will also be original shows like Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls, Debbie Does Dallas and Bitch Slap. New content will be uploaded regularly. And be sure to keep an eye on Drollingers's own Facebook page for info on Sextitude, his dance class which streams Sundays at 1:30pm for the duration of the shutdown:

Glamamore's long-running Monday night party at Powerhouse can also be found at Twitch TV. The party is called Pillows and has been a staple of the bar for years and is currently being hosted by Mary Vice. It's better than Monday Night Football! Check it out every Monday at 9pm here:

Prince and the Revolution Concerts
the estate of the late great musician presents a three-day fundraiser for COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, with archival concert footage of the Purple Rain tour, interviews and rare audio clips. May 14-16

One of the first local nightlife fundraisers, the SF Queer Nightlife Fund presents DJs spinning hours of music for your now possibly obsessive housecleaning activities.

Quarantinis with Katya
Katya Smirnoff-Skyy sings and hosts weekly Thursdays online cocktail parties.
A new LGBTQ+ platform developed by two San Franciscans on the first day of the Covid-19 quarantine. enjoy live drag shows, queer house parties, political broadcasts and other LGBTQ content from all over the world, uploaded hourly. Founded and curated by former Google employee Katie Bush and former Apple employee Anders Howerton.

Russell Deason's Happy Hour in Exile
The Bestie-winning pianist and cabaret singer brings his martini bar ambiance into your home; Mondays 5:30pm-7pm.

Vanessa Bousay
The drag chanteuse performs 'DiVanessa at Home: Broadway Night,' May 23, 6pm PST.

You Betta Work Comedy Fiesta (monthly)
Fresh from his second Besties win, ebullient comic Jesus U Betta Work hosts a group-chat comedy night on third Fridays, 7:30 P.M. Pacific Time. (May 15) Join in the night, with their own Venmo links for tips.

Harvey Milk Brithday celebrations  

Castro Country Club's Virtual Gratitude Meeting and Check-in
Castro Country Club, the safe space for queers in recovery, will be holding virtual meetings on Sundays at 1 pm until they are able to reopen. The Zoom meeting room will open at 12:30 and the meeting room will remain open for at least 30 minutes thereafter for hanging out and fellowship.
Join the Zoom meeting at Meeting ID: 794 363 233

Daily Services at Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral, the welcoming and affirming Episcopalian congregation atop Nob Hill, will be holding online services weekday mornings at 9am and Sunday mornings at 11am. Grace is also hosting online Bible study and other events.

Exploratorium Events
Talks, and demos with a science theme. May 13, 4pm (and weekly afterward): COVID Conversations with Exploratorium Scientist Jennifer Frazier, Ph.D. May 12, 4pm: Exploratorium educator Ron Hipschman to uncover fascinating connections between elements from the periodic table and our collective human experience. May 12, 7pm: listening party with musicians Reggie Watts, Colleen, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Dan Deacon, Roscoe Mitchell with William Winant and James Fei.

Fighting Back with the GLBT Historical Society
Three years ago the GLBT Historical Society launched Fighting Back, a series which brings together community leaders, experts, historians and activists to explore lessons from the past that might be useful in formulating resistance efforts today. The series is continuing online with the moniker "Fighting Back: Lessons From AIDS for Covid-19." The series hopes to find ways to transform their possible feelings of anger, despair or anxiety into action, and to find models for building community and solidarity in the midst of this pandemic.

May 15: Unruly Desires: American Sailors and Homosexualities.
May 20: Housing Insecurity & Public Health.
May 21: AIDS Activism & Writing About Sex.
May 27: Disease Treatment & Research Activism. Programs start at 6pm.

Online exhibits include Performance, Protest & Politics: The Art of Gilbert baker, Pioneering Periodicals, 1940s-1950s, Picturing Kinship: Portraits of our Community by Lenore Chinn and (opening May 15) 50 Years of Pride.

Happy Birthday, Harvey!
May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day in the State of California—a day of celebration and reflection on the strength of our community all the more resonant as we face COVID-19 together. Sponsored by the GGBA - Golden Gate Business Association. To commemorate this day, we present a virtual "block party",Juanita MORE! will hosting with performances by Mercedes Munro and Bionka Simon and the evening's tracks provided by DJs Parks, Kidd, Jim Hopkins and Paul Goodyear. May 22, 5:30pm-9pm.

Live Drag for Our Elder Queers
The Tenderloin Museum presents an online party and drag show May 22, 4:30pm.

Shabbat Services With Congregation Shaar Zahav
During the Covid-19 shutdown Congregation Shaar Zahav, San Francisco's synagogue for LGBTQ Jews and friends, will stream their Shabbat (Sabbath) services via Zoom. Friday nights at 7:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 10 A.M.

Worship With Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer
Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer of Grace Lutheran Church, the first openly transgender pastor to be ordained in the Lutheran church, will be offering a variety of online services and events during the Covid-19 shutdown. Pastor Rohrer will also hold their Sunday services online via Facebook live at their Facebook page.

Zoom Baking Classes
Join a variety of notable chefs for fun tutorials on baking. Fridays 10am PT/1pm ET.

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