News Briefs: SF holds Easter events

  • by Cynthia Laird, News Editor
  • Wednesday April 17, 2019
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Miguel of Les Noche, left, kisses the hand of the Easter bonnet contest winner, Todd Atkins-Whitley, at the 2018 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's annual Easter celebration that was held in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Rick Gerharter
Miguel of Les Noche, left, kisses the hand of the Easter bonnet contest winner, Todd Atkins-Whitley, at the 2018 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's annual Easter celebration that was held in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Rick Gerharter

There are several events taking place Easter weekend.

On Good Friday, April 19, Temenos Catholic Worker will hold its annual Tenderloin Stations of the Cross. The theme is "Stations of the Cosmic Christ."

People should gather at noon at McAllister and Polk streets, near City Hall. From there, organizer Father River Damien Sims wrote in an email, the group will walk and remember the suffering of those who have no home, health insurance, food, or a living wage.

Sims said volunteers are needed to serve as readers. If interested, contact him at (415) 305-2124 or mailto:[email protected].

On Easter Sunday, April 21, Tenderloin Tessie will serve its annual dinner for those in need. The event includes ham with all the trimmings and a gift bag. Free clothes will also be available.

The dinner takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin Street, between Geary and O'Farrell.

All are welcome. To volunteer, call Michael Gagne at (415) 584-3252.

Finally, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will celebrate their 40th anniversary with an Easter party Sunday in Mission Dolores Park. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes the Easter bonnet, Foxy Mary, and Hunky Jesus contests.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted. For more on the Sisters' 40th anniversary, see the Bay Area Reporter's recent article at

Dustin Lance Black to speak in SF

Gay Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will be in San Francisco next month talking at the Commonwealth Club's Inforum program about his new memoir, "Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas."

The event takes place Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, second floor.

In the book, Black reveals his conservative origins and provides personal and philosophical insight into the complicated divide between red and blue America.

Black, who won his Oscar for "Milk," is expected to reflect on his personal journey to self-acceptance and success and share his perspective on bridging the divides in the country today.

Tickets are $25 for club members, or $55 for premium seating and a copy of the book; and $35 for nonmembers, or $65, premium, which includes a copy of the book.

For more information, visit and click on "Events."

LGBTQ financial planning day

Horizons Foundation will hold its annual LGBTQ financial planning day Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street.

This free event allows participants to receive one-on-one consultations to increase their financial literacy. In addition to Horizons and the LGBT center, the event is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Financial Planning Association.

Workshops will focus on estate planning and retirement management. Organizers said that the sessions would be "especially useful for LGBTQ seniors."

For more information and to RSVP, visit

April Follies ballroom dance competition

April Follies, the largest and longest-running queer dance competition in North America, will be held Saturday, April 27, at Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 The Embarcadero in Oakland.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for a day of competition and free dance lessons for all evening ticketholders starting at 6:30 p.m.

Spectator tickets and competitor registration are available at Advance daytime spectator tickets for the entire day are $30, for the evening "A" level finals and show, as well as free dance lessons, $40, and for both day and evening, $55.

Additionally, April Follies dancers are featured in the 2017 documentary "Hot to Trot," which is now streaming on iTunes and Amazon video on demand. For more information, visit

Registration open for Gender Spectrum

Registration is now open for Gender Spectrum's conference and a professionals' symposium that will be held this summer at St. Mary's College of California in Moraga.

The July 20-21 conference provides an array of programs and activities for families with transgender, nonbinary, and otherwise gender-expansive children and youth. The weekend is preceded by a daylong professionals' symposium where those working with youth come together to discuss the most up-to-date information and best practices for serving gender-expansive kids.

Tickets for the July 19 professionals' symposium are $280 until April 30.

Early bird ticket prices for the conference are $440 for a family ticket or $225 for an adult ticket until April 30. Saturday and Sunday lunches are extra.

Organizers said that there are sliding-scale tickets. Other options, such as housing, are also available.

For more information, visit