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Leather Events, July 25 — August 10, 2019

by Race Bannon

Up Your Alley Street Fair @ SoMa Sun 28 photo: Steven Underhill
Up Your Alley Street Fair @ SoMa Sun 28 photo: Steven Underhill  

Welcome to the second-busiest leather-kink weekend in the Bay Area, where there's always a lot going on for leather and other kinksters.


THURSDAY 25
The Catacombs: a Tribute @ Underground SF
In advance of Dore weekend, Mr. Drummer '79 will celebrate the legendary queer space of The SF Catacombs (1975-85). To conjure its spirit, they've enlisted support from the Airtight collective. Self-described as a "dyke-centered rave and psychedelic sex party," Airtight has cultivated a uniquely futuristic identity while preserving the underground attitude founded by the kink community. DJs Day Thief (Airtight) & Matthew Paul. At 9:30, a special screening of Jonesy & Jamie C. Knight's "The FIGA," an oral herstory of the San Francisco Catacombs; featuring Dr. Gayle Rubin. https://bit.ly/2JvxnsJ

Frisky Pups: Dore Alley @ SF Catalyst
Start your Dore Alley weekend off at a sex and kink party for men, with a fully-equipped play space with BDSM equipment, fuck benches, beds, slings, puppy mats, and much more that will help you unleash your primal instincts. Lube, condoms, and snacks provided. Wild sex, torturous SM, tight bondage, stretching assplay, drenching piss, or whatever twisted things you desire. All sex-positive, male-identified 18+ are invited. Advance tickets $20, $30 at door. 1060 Folsom St., 8pm-1:30am. Tickets at https://friskypupsdorealley.eventbrite.com.

In Gear Dinner @ Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant
BLUF SF's 10th Anniversary Annual Dinner has become a tradition to kick off the busy leather week of activities. Whether you're new to BLUF or want to reconnect with old friends, you'll find a large gathering rubbing elbows - leather to leather - in a friendly setting. Tickets are available at Eventbrite. 225 11th St., 6-10pm. www.blufsf.com

TNL Leather Live and C-Gar Social @ SF Eagle
Kick off Dore Alley weekend right with a with a performance by Probe7 and cruise the back alley of the Eagle to find the C-Gar Social with smoking hot leathermen ready for action while DJ Jeff Johnson's throbbing, tech heavy sex beats penetrate your senses leaving you primed and ready for the rest of the weekend. 398 12th St., 9pm-2am. www.sf-eagle.com


FRIDAY 26
Beards & Booze @ The Edge
This weekly happy hour event is for bearded guys and the beard fetishists who like them. 4149 18th St., 5pm. www.edgesf.com

Bearracuda w/GROWLr @ Folsom Street Foundry
Bearracuda SF in association with Brian Kent Productions presents Dirty Dore — Underwear Night. DJs Matt Consola and Paul Goodyear. General Admission and VIP tickets available. Strip down with hundreds of guys right in the middle of the action on Folsom Street and 10th. 1425 Folsom St., 9pm-3am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2M1TbOe

Early Leather: San Francisco's Leather Scene, 1966—1992 @ The GLBT Historical Society
Panel featuring members of the early San Francisco leather scene and scholars of the local leather and kink community who will reflect on leather life in the city from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, the years that witnessed the emergence of this unique subculture. Among the topics that will be discussed are the origins of the leather community in early gay motorcycle clubs, the emergence of a distinct and recognizable scene in the 1970s and the maturation of leather culture during the height of the AIDS epidemic from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Panelists include Peter Fiske, a leatherman for the past 55 years and the chairman emeritus of The 15 Association. His book My Leather Life: Early Years 1958—1983 will be available for purchase and signing. Panelists also include Gayle Rubin, Race Bannon, Steve Gaynes and Graylin Thornton. The program is being held in conjunction with The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby, an exhibition currently on view at the GLBT Historical Society Museum. $5 (free for members), 4127 18th St., 7-9pm. https://www.glbthistory.org/visitor-info/

Fog City Pack's Beta 2018 @ Club Six
Fog City Pack presents Beta 2019 featuring Jasmine Infiniti, Vicki Powell and Brian Rojas. Two floors of devilish bass lines, heavenly vocals, and a congregation of devout deviants. Also spinning will be Fawks, Jumpr (Joe Weidman), and Astro; sponsored by Mr-S-Leather, lighting Design by Justin Bernard, photography by Bradley Roberge. 60 6th St., 10pm-4am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2FmDSvq

Growlr @ SF Eagle
Gear up and come play with hot bears, cubs, otters, pups, and pigs. The fun is always zero feet away. The patio is packed with guys of every size for some cruising; cub-tested, daddy-approved beats from DJ Byron Bonsall. Bearded bartenders kick-off your weekend while sexy gogo cubs get you all worked up. Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 (Matt Welch) hosts a sexy contest. Show some skin to win. Prizes sponsored by Steamworks, Folsom Gulch, and SF Eagle! 398 12th St., 9pm-2am. www.sf-eagle.com

Heat: Leather & Chains @ Great Northern
DJ Ana Paula (Brazil) and DJ Jack Chang (London) spin at a leather-themed dance party. $30-$45. 119 Utah St., 10pm-4am. Tickets at www.glosspresents.com

Prime — Daddy Alley @ Roccapulco
For Up Your Alley weekend, TrophyDad again brings you Prime, a dance party for men in their prime and their admirers, with hot music, hot gogo studs in their prime on the boxes. DJ Neon the Glowgobear brings you his special brand of dance music. Lighting and visual production by William Brown. Clothes check available. $25-$35, 3140 Mission St., 10pm-4am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2xXpqpj

Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club
Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members, 4058 18th St., 9:30pm. www.castrocountryclub.org

(Sub)mission: Cocktails & Comedy @ The Armory Club
The weekly stand-up comedy shows in the basement of the SF Armory Club, where comedians from the Bay Area and around the country perform their hardest-hitting material, and a member of the San Francisco kink community shares some tips and tricks. Grab a craft cocktail from the bar upstairs and prepare for a night of laughter with the right amount of kink. Doors open at 6:30. $15, 1799 Mission St., Shows start at 7pm and 9pm. Information, ticket links at https://bit.ly/2IdEVj8


Brüt @ The Great Northern Sat 27  

SATURDAY 27
Bay of Pigs @ 550 Barneveld
Folsom Street Events continues with their annual leather and fetish event, this year at a new venue for a new experience with new raunchy hijinks to be had. With 1,000 muscle pigs, hot daddies, and hairy bears in the house, with DJ Harvey, mind-blowing light and visual show, many rooms of music to explore, sexy gogos. Join the upstairs Pig Pen, for some extra fun. $50, 550 Barneveld Ave., 10pm-4am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2XuF75R


Big Muscle Party: Dore Edition @ DNA Lounge
The Big Muscle Party returns for the Saturday before the street fair; featuring Music by DJ Paul Goodyear and DJ Steve Fabus (Go Bang!). This event will be your first opportunity to see the 2020 Bare Chest Calendar and meet the Calendar men; backroom Beats by Tiny Timothy Parker and Juan (Beatbox events). 21+. 1pm-6pm, 375 11th St. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2KeeNpw

Brüt @ The Great Northern
The New York party club is back again at one of SF's hottest venues that will be taken over by some of the sexiest men from around the world. Expect plenty of shirtless harnessed hotties. DJs Ralphi Rosario and Dan Darlington bring New York to the dance floor while sexy dancers keep the energy going. Clothes check available. 119 Utah St., 10pm-4am. Tickets at https://tickets.hedonicproductions.com/

Code @ The Edge
Cum play on Up Your Alley weekend where it's all play and you can be a toy at the only leather-kink event in the Castro. San Francisco Bay Area Rubber, West Coast Rubber, and Rubbout come together for shiny and tight fun in rubber and latex. 4149 18th St., 9pm-2am. www.edgesf.com

The Dore Party @ Mr. S Leather
Join the Mr. S Leather crew and 100s of sexy men. Come find the gear that's best suited for your kinky desires. Enjoy the Back Alley Beer Garden from 12-6 with DJs Stefanie Phillips and Jim Hopkins (S.F. Disco Preservation Society). 21+ only. 1pm-8pm, 385 8th St. www.mr-s-leather.com

Macho @ Steamworks
Nastykinkpigs.com and Steamworks return during the busy leather weekend for their party featuring 58 rooms, full gym, hot tub, steam room, and lots of hot men. 8pm-4am, 2107 4th St., Berkeley. www.steamworksbaths.com/berkeley

The Maze @ Atlas
Head off the beaten path and find out what's happening upstairs in the dark at The MAZE at Atlas. Immerse yourself in a cruisy, dimly lit labyrinth where the only thing you are certain to find, is trouble. This is a different kind of Pride. No rainbows, no dance floor, no screaming, no Jello shots. $15, 10pm-3am. www.atlas-sf.com

Men's BDSM Play Party @ SF Catalyst
Bind or be bound. Serve or be served. Whip or be whipped. Piss or be pissed on. Your fantasies are our reality. The 15 Association is a social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM and other kink play. They have been hosting monthly play parties for almost 40 years. This party is the hottest of the year with over 100 men attending each year. This party always sells out. Buy your ticket early. If you have not attended one of our parties in the past, click the "Request Invite" button on the web site. 1060 Folsom St., 6pm-12am (doors close 10pm). www.the15sf.org

NSA @ OMG
Leather week-inspired underwear fetish party, with dim lights, hot bartenders, and horny men; sponsored by Spunk. $1 well drinks until 4pm to anyone in underwear. $8, free with student ID. Free clothes check. 43 6th St., 3-8pm (doors close 7pm). www.clubomgsf.com

Onyx Invasion @ Powerhouse
Join Onyx members from all over the U.S. as they welcome their newest Full and Associate members from the 2019 Onyx Northwest pledge. 1347 Folsom St., 6-9pm. www.onyxnorthwest.com

Peter Fiske Preview and Sale @ SF Catalyst
Legendary Leatherman Peter Fiske will be previewing and selling whips from his collection as well as selling and signing copies of his new memoir. All are invited. 1060 Folsom St., 10am-12pm. www.sfcatalyst.org

Q-Ties: a Queer & Trans Play Party @ Iron Giant Loft
A play party exclusively for queer, trans, genderfluid, genderqueer, and lesbian, gay, bi, and pansexual attendees. Come to a space where you're not the only one in the room, where you're as likely to encounter bi men hooking up as bi women, where femme invisibility is minimized (but all presentations are welcomed), and where trans bodies are celebrated. Alex leads a welcome circle where a room of strangers slowly opens up and winds up on the same page, having the opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood in new ways. $30-$50, 1080 23rd St., Oakland, 7:30pm-12am. Tickets at https://lgbqtiesjul19.brownpapertickets.com/

Rogue @ SF Eagle
Rogue returns for Dore Alley weekend which means we'll go deeper, harder and more intense with DJ Manny Lehman driving his throbbing beats all night long. Experience the debauchery and lose yourself for a night and play by your own rules with hot men, music and meat. GoGo slaves, live demos, and more. 9pm — 2am. $15 advance tickets available soon at website. $20 at door. 398 12th St., 9pm-2am. www.sf-eagle.com

The Shining @ Powerhouse
Cum play on Dore Alley weekend where it's all play and you can be a toy. San Francisco Bay Area Rubber, West Coast Rubber, and Rubbout come together for shiny and tight fun in rubber and latex. 1347 Folsom St., 2pm-5pm. www.powerhousebar.com

Singletail Workshop Pt. 1 @ Wicked Grounds Annex
Dark Eros Dojo Presents an initial demonstration and exploration of single-tails and is a prerequisite for the hands-on workshop beginning at 1:30pm the same day. An exploration of the art and discipline of conducting and processing single tail whip scenes, emphasis will be on safety, training ethic, cultivating consent culture, dojo culture, and sacred space for the work. This class is equally suited for bottoms as well as tops wanting to increase skills. $25-$45, 293 8th St., 11am-1:15pm. www.wickedgrounds.com

Singletail Workshop Pt. 2 @ Wicked Grounds Annex
Dark Eros Dojo Presents' second of two singletail classes on this day. This class is a hands-on exploration of the art and discipline of conducting and processing single tail whip scenes. Emphasis on safety, training ethic, cultivating consent culture, dojo culture, and sacred space for the work. It's equally suited for bottoms as well as tops wanting to increase skills, bottoms to the front. Class limited to 8 attendees plus their partners. $100-$150, 293 8th St., 1:30pm-5:30pm. www.wickedgrounds.com

Sneaks @ Club Six
Polyglamorous' notorious sneaker fetish party is back this Dore weekend, an event 48 Hills described as "an athletic gear fetish party that turned into the underground gay rave of the year." DJs will be Noncompliant, Chrissy, Polyglamorous residents and more. Dress code strictly enforced: must wear sneakers. Do wear sports gear, singlets, mesh, underwear, knee socks, gym shorts, sweats, track suits... things that are sports-related or you might wear to the gym. Don't wear jeans or slacks. Clothes check. No ins & outs. Bar is cash only. 60 6th St., 10pm-5am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2x8Edx3


Ritual After Hours @ 1015 Folsom Sun 28  

SUNDAY 28
CumUnion @ SF Catalyst
The International play party for men; parties by 442 invite men of all races and types, ages 18+, to join us at CumUnion's flagship party at its new location. $20 includes private locker (ID required for key deposit). Two levels of play packed with play beds, loads of hot men, tons of kinky play equipment, and more. Come ready to play. 1060 Folsom St. 3pm-12am. www.CumUnion.com

Play T-Dance 2019 @ City Nights
Since 2001, Play T-Dance has been giving folks in the Bay Area the occasion to flirt, frolic and dance to their favorite tea dance music. After a four-year hiatus, Play T-Dance makes its return under the direction of Brian Kent for what will be a fun Dore Alley Weekend closing party, with resident DJ/Producer Russ Rich. Enjoy gear, leather. fetish. uniform. rubber. Snack, a photo booth. $55-$60, 715 Harrison St., 6pm-1am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2N6G7cq

Ritual After Hours @ 1015 Folsom
Join the Real Bad circle of friends for the return of their after-hours dance party. DJ Charly from Real Bad XXX returns to spin an open-to-close set. As with their flagship event, you can expect world-class production, friendly and flirty hospitality, and dance floor magic, all benefiting local LGBT non-profits. RagerLazer will deliver a light and laser show as Kristen Violet creates a visual experience. $40 (more at the door). 1015 Folsom St., 4am-9am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2WYC1aH/.

Rough @ Mezzanine
Official closing party of Up Your Alley weekend and official send-off party of Lazy Bear Week 2019. Co-headliners DJ Bryan Hughes and DJ Steve Sherwood take you on an aural adventure while an amazing laser and light show and great decor adds to the debauchery. Host for the evening is Jack Dixon, who's ready to show you a good time. 21+ (ID required for entry). $45-$50, 444 Jessie St., 6pm-2am. Tickets at https://bit.ly/2WZtqj7.

Up Your Alley Street Fair @ Folsom and 10th Streets
Up Your Alley street fair is for real players and not for the faint of heart — where leather daddies rule the streets of San Francisco's South of Market district. Men in all varieties of gear, playing in the streets. Rubber, sportswear, biker gear, skinhead, punk, and more. Located in front of the legendary Powerhouse bar, Up Your Alley brings nearly 15,000 players from all over the world. 11am-6pm.
www.folsomstreetevents.org


MONDAY 29
Bulge @ SF Catalyst
Bulge is San Francisco's newest fetish gear party presented by Parties by 442. Every Monday night. Wear your hottest underwear, athletic gear, fetish gear, leather, whatever gets you off. $20, 1060 Folsom St., 8pm-1am. www.sfcatalyst.org

Ride Mondays @ Eros
A motorcycle rider and leathermen night at Eros, bring your helmet, AMA card, MC club card or club colors and get $3 off entry or massage. 2051 Market St. www.erossf.com


TUESDAY 30
Naked Tuesdays by 442 @ SF Catalyst
Hosted by 442 every Tuesday. This naked play party is based on a San Francisco tradition (formerly Naked Mondays) and draws all types of 18+ guys. Everyone strips down and gets naked upon entry for easy and friendly play. Fetish gear, underwear or jockstraps are also acceptable. Secure lockers available. $20, 1060 Folsom St., 9pm-1am. www.sfcatalyst.org


SUNDAY 2
(Sub)mission: Cocktails & Comedy @ The Armory Club
The weekly stand-up comedy show's in the basement of the SF Armory Club. Comedians from the Bay Area and around the country perform their hardest-hitting material, and a member of the San Francisco kink community shares some tips and tricks. Grab a craft cocktail from the bar upstairs and prepare for a night of laughter with the right amount of kink. Doors open at 6:30. $15, 1799 Mission St., Shows start at 7pm and 9pm. Information and ticket links at https://bit.ly/2IdEVj8.


SATURDAY 3
CumUnion @ SF Catalyst
The 1st Saturday of every month, the International play party for men, now held in 40 locations worldwide, invites men of all races and types, ages 18+, meet at CumUnion's flagship party at its new location. $20 includes private locker (ID required for key deposit). Two levels of play packed with play beds, loads of hot men, tons of kinky play equipment, and more. Come ready to play. 1060 Folsom St., 9pm-4am. www.CumUnion.com

Leather Night @ Bolt Bar
An impromptu leather social. Get your summer leather on and catch up. This will be the same evening as the Sacramento Valley Bears Beer Bust. 9pm-2am, 2560 Boxwood St., Sacramento. www.sacbolt.com


SUNDAY 4
The 15 Association Beer Bust @ SF Eagle
The 15 Association has been serving the leather community since 1980. Did you know that no one is ever turned away from a 15 party or event for lack of funds? Did you know the 15 has a fund to help those facing serious financial hardship? Did you know the 15 loses money on nearly every event because we keep our fees low and affordable? They can do these things through the success of fundraisers such as this one. It is their time to serve you again. Beer (or soda), Jell-O shots, raffle prizes, and the camaraderie of fellow leatherfolk. 398 12th St., 3-6pm. www.the15sf.org


MONDAY 5
Bulge @ SF Catalyst
Bulge is San Francisco's newest fetish gear party presented by Parties by 442, every Monday night. Wear your hottest underwear, athletic gear, fetish gear, leather, whatever gets you off. $20, 1060 Folsom St., 8pm-1am. www.sfcatalyst.org

Ride Mondays @ Eros
A motorcycle rider and leathermen night at Eros, bring your helmet, AMA card, MC club card or club colors and get $3 off entry or massage. 2051 Market St. www.erossf.com


FRIDAY 9 — SUNDAY 11
Summer Adventure @ Railroad Park Resort
The Golden Gate Guards presents their 33rd annual run. Check the website for details. www.ggguards.org


SATURDAY 10
Leather Lounge @ SF Eagle
BLUF SF hosts this monthly gathering of men so leathermen can gear up, grab a cigar, and socialize every 2nd Saturday of the month. Join their group on Facebook for more information including cover details and special times/themes. 398 12th St., 9pm-2am. www.blufsf.com


Find Race Bannon's Leather columns at https://www.ebar.com/bartab/leather-kink


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