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Homing's In: community, arts, nightlife online

by Jim Provenzano

Drunk Drag Broadway, Dancing Together Apart, Rex Ray, Congressman-elect Ritchie Torres
Drunk Drag Broadway, Dancing Together Apart, Rex Ray, Congressman-elect Ritchie Torres   

Midsummer mindfulness means enjoying more entertainments at home. Sorry, that's the way it is. Whether you're enjoying or avoiding fireworks, keep safe and enjoy arts, nightlife and community events online.


ARTS
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 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. www.glbthistory.org

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. www.asimagery.org

Art on Market Street
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Gay Pride, artist Win Mixter continues the San Francisco Arts Commission's 'Celebrating 50 Years of Gay Pride' 2020 Art on Market Street Poster Series with work that honors people, organizations and actions in our collective history. https://sfartscommission.org

Author Events at Alley Cat Books
The bookstore, while physically closed, hosts online events with acclaimed authors. the store is also taking mail order book purchases. www.alleycatbookshop.com

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, and the remainder will be sold throughout the spring.
www.cartoonart.org

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.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/

Contemporary Jewish Museum Events & Exhibits
View virtual exhibits (like Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years) and online events. https://thecjm.org/


Dancing Together Apart  

Dancing Together Apart
Women's dance-film project with 20 Dancers over 40 days from all up and down the West Coast of the United States, from Portland to L.A., who participated in the work focusing on our current struggles with the COVID pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and police violence. https://www.dancingtogetherapart.org/

Disclosure
Sam Feder's documentary about transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Jen Richards, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono. Launches June 19. on Netflix. www.netflix.com

Films and Art at BAMPFA
The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive show online exhibits (Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, Folk and Modern Art in Postcolonial India) and art films, including Spaceship Earth, The Cordillera of Dreams and more. www.bampfa.org

Films at The Roxie
Watch independent and classic films online at the Roxie's virtual cinema.
https://www.roxie.com

Frameline44 Films
The LGBT International Film Festival is postponed to Fall 2020, 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. Also, view films in the Frameline Pride Showcase June 25-28. Other films include AIDS-themed documentaries and short films thru July 10 (see related article HERE) www.frameline.org

GayBingeTV
Streaming channel for independent LGBT short, feature and documentary films.
https://www.gaybingetv.com/

Gay Men's Sketch
Mark I. Chester hosts three gay men's sketch events a week, with sexy male models posing and works shared via Zoom. Tues. Gay Men's Sketch in exile. 6:30pm. Fri. Hot Draw! in exile. 6:30pm. Sun. Gay Men's Sketch in exile aux. - 2pm. instagram.com/gaymenssketch instagram.com/hotdrawsf

Homo Say What
Acclaimed documentary explores the origins of homophobia against men that became institutionalized in the 1950s and how that continues to negatively affect all genders and sexualities to this day.
https://homosaywhatfilm.com/

LGBT Films on Tubi
The free streaming service showcases several queer films, including God's Own Country (2017) - won directing award at Sundance; Hearthstone (2016) — won directing award at TIFF; Jeffrey (1995) — starring Patrick Stewart; Latter Days (2003); Lip Service (2012, series); Love is All You Need? (2016) — starring Emily Osment; Poison (1991) - directed by Todd Haynes, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner; Saved! (2004) — starring Mandy Moore and Macaulay Culkin, and others.
https://tubitv.com/

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. www.hoperunshighfilms.com

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. http://themarsh.org/marshstream/

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.
Oakland Museum museumca.org
SF MOMA www.sfmoma.org
de Young and Legion of Honor www.famsf.org
Asian Art Museum https://asianart.org

Music and Dance at 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. www.calperformances.org Also on YouTube and Spotify.

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. Quarantine is a Drag Trivia Night, with J. Conrad Frank (Katya Smirnoff-Skyy), drag performers Coco Buttah, Elsa Touche, and Piranha.
https://www.nctcsf.org/onstage-to-online
www.facebook.com/nctcsf https://www.youtube.com/user/NCTCSF

NIAD Exhibits
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art.
www.niadartstore.org

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). Also, 'Opera is Proud,' a June series of performances and talks with the LGBT them and artists. https://sfopera.com/
Also, New York's Metropolitan Opera shares their amazing productions online. www.metopera.org

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. www.playathome.org


Dyllón Burnside hosts 'Prideland.'  

Prideland
New interview series; Out, Proud & Southern: Dyllón Burnside's Story; recounts his own experience coming out in the South and travels to the heart of Alabama to meet Carmarion D. Anderson, a barrier-breaking transgender woman of color and the Alabama State Director of the Human Rights Campaign. www.pbs.org

The Prince
Sebastián Munoz' searing gay prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison streams online starting July 7. https://www.kinolorber.com/

Proud
Philippe Faucon's three-part dramatic film about French gay lives in 1981, 1999 and 2013. Opens in virtual cinemas June 19. https://kinomarquee.com/

Putting On
Season 2 of the gay reality show airs (starring Israeli-born underwear model, Instagram star, and entrepreneur, On Mekahel); Sundays at 4pm & 7pm. https://revry.tv/

Queen of the Capital
Josh Davidsburg's vivacious and inspiring documentary follows Muffy Blake Stephyns, a drag performer with high aspirations. Muffy and her everyday persona, Daniel, navigate the drag and bureaucratic worlds of Washington, D.C., while following her dream to lead a colorful group of philanthropic drag performers. $10 rent. https://ondemand.drafthouse.com/film/queen-of-the-capital/

A Queer Serial
New series of LGBT-themed podcasts with voice actors such as Sam Pancake (Transparent, Gilmore Girls), @lgbt_history's Matthew Reimer, Radical Faeries' Will Roscoe and Joey Cain, and Chicago performers Salvio Gado and Jon Martinez, along with real recordings of pioneers including transgender entertainer Christine Jorgensen, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and lesbian journalist Edythe Eyde.
https://www.mattachinepod.com/seasontwo


Rex Ray: Cut and Paste @ Gallery 16  

Rex Ray: Cut and Paste
New exhibition of works by the late gay Bay Area artist; Rex Ray (1956—2015) was a beloved San Francisco artist and designer recognized worldwide for his distinct compositions, saturated colors and unapologetic devotion to beauty. His art was widely viewed as an accessible link to the pop and modernist aesthetic although his work referenced a variety of influences. New book of his art on sale. July 10-Aug. 30. Open for limited visitors (face masks required) Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm. 502 3rd St. https://gallery16.com/

Salon Pride
Samuel ace hosts Queer Sound 2020, a weekly experimental music show, Tuesdays in June: Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Ronaldo V. Wilson; 6/23: Jai Dulani, Rosy Thowtho, Tanner Menard & Andrew Weathers; 6/30: Andrea Abi-Karam, Caroline Bergvall, Serena Chopra. https://www.atsalonisu.org/2020-event/atsalon-queer-sound-2020/

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
What's more inspiring than the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus? Concerts and films, plus guest performers joining their Behind the Curtain series. Online silent auction of prizes, travel packages (a safari trip, and more) through July 16. https://www.sfgmc.org/sfgmctv

San Francisco Performances Presents Front Row CD Archive Online Series
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. http://sfperformances.org/

SF Jazz Fridays at Five
Cool jazz will bring you good vibes. The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians. https://www.sfjazz.org

SF Mime Troupe
Enjoy the theatre company's new radio serial-style production of Tales of the resistance, thru Oct. 24. Each series will have 2 episodes, which cycle through the Summer 2020, culminating in a finale where all 4 storylines converge. https://www.sfmt.org/talesoftheresistance

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The local dance company streams notable works, including Helen Pickett's Oasis, Brennan Wall's Nocturne, Rex Wheeler's Sinfonietta and an ongoing Hump Day Ballets series. https://www.smuinballet.org/

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 and chats with favorite stars. www.starsinthehouse.com

Surviving the Silence
World premiere of the documentary about the pre-'Don't Ask Don't Tell' struggle of Colonel Patsy Thompson, who was forced to expel Army hero Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer fpr being a lesbian. In addition to revealing this untold story, Surviving the Silence explores Thompson's 30+ years of a closeted life with now-wife Barbara Brass. Together, they candidly share how they wrestled with heart-wrenching choices in public and in private. https://filmfestivalflix.com

Suzannah
San Francisco Opera's streaming recorded production of composer and librettist Carlisle Floyd's piercing portrait of innocence lost to hypocrisy. Infused with the rhythms of Appalachia, Susannah reimagines the biblical story of a teenager coming of age in an isolated religious community. July 4, 10am, PST. sfopera.com

Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
Screening of the American Masters documentary about the the late gay playwright is followed by online talks with Tyne Daley, Chita Rivera, producer Tom Kirdahy and director-writer Jeff Kaufman, with moderator David Rooney, July 8. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters

Theatre Rhino
The local gay theatre company presents online performances of solo and other plays, including works written and performed by John Fisher. July 9, 8pm: Modjeska: San Francisco's First Superstar. Other plays archived online. www.therhino.org

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. https://www.cinemasf.com/

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

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. openspacetrust.org

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


Drunk Drag Broadway  

NIGHTLIFE
Booty Mashup
Adriana A and guest DJs blend pop hits to danceable grooves, Wed-Sun. https://www.twitch.tv/BOOTIEMASHUP

Boy Division
DJ Xander hosts the Twitch online edition of the New Wave retro-fun dance party. www.twitch.tv/deejayxander

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 goals for a future venue. Party with the crew of The Stud at Twitch TV: https://www.twitch.tv/dragalive

Drag Queen Mukbang
Online episodic mini-series of drag performers in a show sponsored by Jack Daniel's new brand, Tennessee Fire, with Patrick Starr, Gia Gunn, Eugene Lee Yang and Laganja Estranja. Saturdays. www.jackdaniels.com

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

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 Traci Chambers Ross More. juanitamore.com/podcasts

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. https://www.twitch.tv/monstershowsf

Oasis TV
The SoMa nightclub's Pride programming includes new and archival footage from the venue's best shows (such as Sex and the City Live, The Golden Girl's Live (July 3), 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. July 3, 6pm: Drunk Drag Broadway. July 5: Drag Storytime with Snaxx. New content will be uploaded regularly. sfoasis.com/

Pillows
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. https://www.twitch.tv/cashmonetdrag

Quarant-Tea
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. https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund

Quarantinis with Katya
Katya Smirnoff-Skyy sings and hosts weekly Thursdays online cocktail parties. www.facebook.com/katya.smirnoffskyy

Queerpowers.com
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. https://www.queerpowers.com/

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. www.facebook.com

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar now features wacky karaoke, DJs and other entertainments. https://www.twitch.tv/sfeaglebar

Sampson McCormick
The acclaimed comic shares insightful witty perspectives of a Black gay man in short clips and "Church Boy," a new 40-minute recorded show. http://www.sampsoncomedy.com Sampson's YouTube channel

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. http://www.sundancesaloon.org/

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. Join in the night, with their own Venmo links for tips. http://jesusubettawork.com/


New Voices in Congress @ Manny's  

COMMUNITY
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.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CastroCountryClub/events/ Join the Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/794362233 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. www.gracecathedral.org

Exploratorium Events
Talks, and demos with a science theme. www.exploratorium.edu

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. $5 donation.
July 8, 6pm: The International AIDS Conference in San Francisco, 1990—2020
July 17, 6pm: Labor of Love: The Birth of San Francisco Pride
July 22, 6pm: The Evolution of Black LGBTQ Leadership
July 31, 6pm: Dykes, Camera, Action!
Online exhibits include Labor of Love about the first ten years of Pride events in San Francisco; , Performance, Protest & Politics: The Art of Gilbert Baker, Pioneering Periodicals, 1940s-1950s, Picturing Kinship: Portraits of our Community by Lenore Chinn and 50 Years of Pride. https://www.glbthistory.org/fighting-back

Fighting Racism
Join fundraising support and civil rights activism through various groups: The George Floyd Memorial Fund
(https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd, The Minnesota Freedom Fund (https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/), Black Lives Matter (https://blacklivesmatter.com/), Campaign Zero (https://www.joincampaignzero.org).

GLIDE Services
Online services with the spiritual center of healing, faith, justice and community for everyone. https://www.glide.org/church/

Keshet
The Jewish LGBTQ organization's online events include discussions, author talks and celebrations.
https://www.keshetonline.org

LGBTQ&A
Jeffrey Masters hosts a series of weekly podcasts with community notables; sponsored by The Advocate and GLAAD. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lgbtq-a/id1151561226

Manny's Live
Community leaders, authors, activists and politicians join online discussions. July 7, 5:30pm: New Voices in Congres, with Congressmen-elect Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres, the first gay Black elected congressional members.
www.welcometomannys.com

National AIDS Memorial
The National AIDS Memorial launches a new web platform that features the entire AIDS Quilt's 48,000 panels online, with a new initiative to share stories from 40 years of the pandemic from then to now. July-ongoing. Opening is coordinated with the annual International AIDS Conference. https://aidsmemorial.org/

Out in the Bay
The long-running LGBT radio show, offline for a few years, has returned with new podcast episodes, and an extensive archive. Host Eric Jansen welcomes artists, community leaders and celebrities. https://www.outinthebay.org/

Queercore Podcast
The QueerCore Podcast, hosted by August Bernadicou, elucidates radical, LGBTQ activists' dark histories. It is a spotlight on the catalysts who fought in the front-lines, in the back-lines and in the trenches of civil rights. The QueerCore Podcast is an opportunity for them to tell their stories in their own words. https://www.queercorepod.com/

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. https://shaarzahav.org/services/

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. For kids stuck at home there will be Kids Dance Parties on Zoom until May 1. Pastor Rohrer will also hold their Sunday services online via Facebook live at their Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/meganrohrer/events/

Zoom Baking Classes
Join a variety of notable chefs for fun tutorials on baking. Fridays 10am PT/1pm ET.
www.24sixlife.com/baking-zoom-room

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