Homing's In: Pride month arts, nightlife & community events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Tuesday June 2, 2020
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Smuin Ballet, A Queer Serial podcasts, Black Lives Matter, Wilson Cruz reads with Lambda Literary.
Smuin Ballet, A Queer Serial podcasts, Black Lives Matter, Wilson Cruz reads with Lambda Literary.

Amid protests and a pandemic, as Pride month gets underway, you can find a bit of relief with a rainbow of arts, nightlife and community events.


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

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.


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.


Cineola Film Festival

Two blocks of documentary short films showcasing stories from across Latin America - including LGBTQ+ stories from Brazil and Honduras - and two live filmmaker Q&As, moderated by Bay Area filmmaker Colin Trevorrow ('Jurassic World') and film writer Carlos Aguilar. June 6-12.


Contemporary Jewish Museum Events & Exhibits

View virtual exhibits (like Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years) and online events. June 11, 5:30pm: Drink Something! A Cocktail Hour with Evan Bloom and Rachel Levin. June 19, 12pm: Mike Smith on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Levi Strauss & Co. Panel, and the Fight against AIDS. Sunday Stories at 10am, including 'Harvey Milk's San Francisco June 28, 10am.

Eric Cervini's 'The Deviant's War'  

The Deviant's War
Dr. Eric Cervini, author of a new acclaimed biography of Frank Kameny and the early gay civil rights struggle, discusses his new book with a variety of other scholars, on multiple dates through June.

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.

Frameline 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. www.frameline.org

Streaming channel for independent LGBT short, feature and documentary films.

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.

Wilson Crus reads James Baldwin with Lambda Literary  

Lambda Literary Does Pride
The Lambda Literary Foundation hosts multiple reading through June with authors, actors, essayists and others, including Wilson Cruz (June 4), Samantha Irby & Glennon Doyle (June 9), Nico Tortorella, Ryan Jamaal Swain Reads Edmund White; Kristen Arnett & T Kira Madden (June18), Nicole Byer Reads From Her Own Work (June 23),Chani Nicholas & Jacob Tobia (June 25) Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin in Conversation With Hilton Als (June 30); most events 5pm PST. www.lambdaliterary.org/pride-2020

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.

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/

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.

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 @ 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.

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

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). https://sfopera.com/
Also, New York's Metropolitan Opera shares their amazing productions online. www.metopera.org

OUTstream Film Fest
Seven day virtual film festival featuring queer film, episodic, and short films from all over the world. Throughout the week, audiences will have the opportunity to view programs from any device as well as participate in interactive online Q&A's and discussions about the state of queer art, film, and media. June 1-7. https://outstreamfest.com/

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

Episode 1 of a 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

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.

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. www.radarproductions.org

Salon Pride
Samuel ace hosts Queer Sound 2020, a weekly experimental music show, Tuesdays in June. 6/2: Shayla Lawson, Urayoán Noel; 6/9: Ching-In Chen, Ian Hatcher, micha cárdenas; 6/16: 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? The acclaimed documentary Gay Chorus Deep South screens June 7, 4pm PDT; , 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. 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. June 6, 5pm: Marcus Shelby Quartet and Angela Davis. June 12: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi. https://www.sfjazz.org

Smuin Contemporary Ballet  

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/

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 and chats with favorite stars. www.starsinthehouse.com

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/

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.

Theatre Rhino
The local gay theatre company presents online performances of solo and other plays. June 4, 8pm: Doodler: The Unsolved Castro Murders, written and performed by John Fisher. 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 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; through June 7. www.youtube.com/WeAreOne

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

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. www.syfy.com

Drag Alive at The Stud  

Booty Mashup
Adriana 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. Next date is June 13, 9pm-1am. www.twitch.tv/deejayxander

Drag Alive at 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

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
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. sfoasis.com/
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: www.facebook.com/darcydrollinger

The Peaches Christ Roast
Rebroadcast of the hilarious comedy show performed at The Castro Theatre, with lea DuVall, Heklina, Heather Matarazzo, Jinkx Monsoon, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Sister Roma, Mink Stole, with Roast Mistress Coco Peru, and very special guest John Waters.

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.

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

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 no features wacky karaoke, DJs and other entertainments. https://www.twitch.tv/sfeaglebar

Sampson McCormick  

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

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. www.facebook.com

LGBTQ BlackLivesMatter Virtual Town Hall  

LGBTQ BlackLivesMatter Virtual Town Hall
Equality Florida is hosting a virtual town hall to discuss the intersections of systemic racism and injustice against the LGBTQ community and call on supporters of LGBTQ civil rights to take action; with Alphonso David, President, HRC; Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council VP; Michele Rayner, Civil Rights Attorney; Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director, NCLR, and Moderator: Nadine Smith, Executive Director, Equality Florida. RSVP link

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 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. https://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.
Harm Reduction: Managing Risk & Social Needs, Wednesday, June 3 6:00—7:30pm.
Beyond the Rainbow: Queer Symbology, History & Flag-Making, Friday, June 5 6:00—8:00p.m
No on 64! Testing, Contact Tracing & Quarantine, Wednesday, June 10, 6:00—7:30 p.m
Being Transgender in a Pandemic Wednesday, June 17 6:00—7:30 p.m
Celebrating 50 Years of Pride Through Art Thursday, June 18 6pm-8pm
Curating With Pride Sunday, June 21 2:00—4:00 p.m
Direct Action, Marching & Parading Wednesday, June 24 6:00—7:30 p.m

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 50 Years of Pride. https://www.glbthistory.org/fighting-back

Fighting Racism  

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/

The Jewish LGBTQ organization's online events include: Schtick Together Pride Havdalah for Families with Young Children June 6, 2020 at 3pm PST; Rainbow Challah Baking Class June 11, 1pm, Community-wide Pride Havdalah co-hosted by Kol HaChaverim June 13, 5:30pm, Pride Havdalah for LGBTQ Teens June 20 6pm. https://www.keshetonline.org

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

Pride at Home
Kickoff event for SF Pride, hosted by Manny's, with Mayor London Breed. June 5, 12pm.
https://www.facebook.com event page

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.

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

Do you have an event to add? Email events@ebar.com

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