OurTownSF LGBTQ Nonprofit Expo1540063800000

OurTownSF, an all-volunteer program of the nonprofit Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF), is a search engine and free promotional tool for 300+ San Francisco LGBTQ nonprofits, arts and athletic groups to connect with clients, donors and/or volunteers. For the third year running, they’re hosting the OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo. This year’s expo, in partnership with TurnOut, will feature over 100 SF LGBTQ arts, community, fundraiser, legal, political, recovery, well-being and spiritual groups, over $1,000 in door prizes, food from over a dozen local eateries served by the sexy men of the 2019 Bare Chest Calendar and fabulous entertainment, all at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center in the Castro.

Watch the YouTube video from the 2017 Expo by Archive Productions, Inc.:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFgvCPIZFRw

Come out for the LGBTQ entertainment, food and beverages, and check out the silent auction items. For a complete up-to-date listing of entertainers, emcees, hosts, sponsors, etc., please see the Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1988951171146000/

Though the Bridgemen will be tabling at the event in coordination with Strut, this will primarily be a social event. Though there’s no commitment to work that day, please stop by our table just to say hi! If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked].

Fabulous at 40! Supporting SFGMC Concert1540602000000

Since their solemn performance on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on November 27, 1978, on the occasion of an impromptu memorial for Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) has been a community organization rooted in San Francisco. They perform over 50 concerts each year, including many that directly benefit local social justice and healthcare-related nonprofit organizations. Community involvement is an active part of their mission.

On October 26, 2018, come celebrate SFGMC’s 40th birthday! Acclaimed soprano Ellie Dehn and chamber orchestra join SFGMC for a once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring “When We No Longer Touch,” the first requiem dedicated to those we lost to the AIDS epidemic. Plus, this marks the first time SFGMC performs at the gorgeous St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

The Bridgemen will be assisting SFGMC at their concert with the following: lobby ambassadors / floaters, merchandise, ushering and patron services. After volunteering, we will be able to enjoy the show together! There may be more volunteer tasks to perform after the show. Details about dress code to follow.

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked] or event Point Man Robert Sagabaen [masked]/(408)[masked] (text is more effective) or here on Meetup. Also when you do text me please let me know you're from the Bridgeman group and also your full name would be great as I need to put you on a roster of volunteers. Thanks so much!

“The Boy from Oz” at Theatre Rhino1540694700000

Theatre Rhinoceros, the world’s oldest, continuously-producing, professional queer theater, was founded in San Francisco in August 1977 by the late Allan B. Estes, Jr. True to its queer roots, its first play, “The West Street Gang” by Doric Wilson, was staged in a SoMa leather bar, The Black and Blue. We are so fortunate to have this amazing, historic venue in our city!

Bridgemen have once again been offered complimentary tickets, this time on Saturday, October 27, 2018, for their production of “The Boy from Oz,” a fun and raucous musical by Nick Enright and Martin Sherman about songwriter, entertainer and gay icon, Peter Allen. Directed by John Fisher.

NOTE: Attendance will initially be capped to 15 tickets for Bridgemen. More seats may be made available later, but that’s not guaranteed. Because tickets are limited, as a courtesy to both fellow Bridgemen members and our Theatre Rhino partners, PLEASE ONLY RSVP FOR THIS EVENT IF YOU’RE 100% CERTAIN YOU’LL BE ABLE TO ATTEND.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]. See you there!

First Thursday at BAMPFA (UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive)1541095200000

BAMPFA, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (https://bampfa.org/), is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley, located on the western edge of campus, just 1 block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. On the first Thursday of every month, BAMPFA gallery admission is free to all. Come out and join the Bridgemen and 50-Plus for a joint adventure to the East Bay for some art and culture! We’ll meet at the museum early, view the galleries, listen to an optional lecture and then have lunch in the area afterwards.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Exhibition: “Peter Hujar: Speed of Life”
Peter Hujar (1934–1987), a prominent figure in the downtown New York art scene in the 1970s and 1980s, is best known for his intimate, searching, and playful portraits of artists, writers, and performers, including Susan Sontag, William S. Burroughs, David Wojnarowicz, and the masters of drag theater.
>>Read more here: https://bampfa.org/program/peter-hujar-speed-life

Exhibition: “Redacted: Art for Human Rights”
In the United States, any citizen may request government documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request; however, records are often delivered with black rectangles obscuring classified information. Drawn from the BAMPFA collection, this exhibition features artworks that utilize redacted text, spaces, and elements as a tactic to both illustrate and obscure the precarious nature of truth.
>>Read more here: https://bampfa.org/program/redacted-art-human-rights

Lecture: “On Routes of Slavery: The African Cultural Diaspora with Ahmad Sikainga,” >>12 PM<<
In this lecture presented in collaboration with Cal Performances and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Ahmad Sikainga will discuss the African diaspora in relation to “The Routes of Slavery (1444–1888),” a musical performance presented on November 3 at Zellerbach Hall that celebrates the influence of enslaved Africans on the culture of the Americas and Europe.
>>Read more here: https://bampfa.org/event/routes-slavery-african-cultural-diaspora-ahmad-sikainga

If you have questions or concerns about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

Kayaking Course (PLEASE READ FULL EVENT DESCRIPTION)1541350800000

In an effort to expand and diversify the activities Bridgemen & 50-Plus offer, we are presenting this great opportunity to get out and enjoy San Francisco’s natural resources, get some outdoor exercise and share good times: the members of Bridgemen and 50-Plus are taking a kayaking course on Lake Merced in San Francisco!

Learn the basics of kayaking, including proper stroke, types of kayaks and weather conditions. Participants MUST KNOW HOW TO SWIM before taking the class and provide their own wet suits if they want to wear a wet suit. Dress for various weather conditions: wear synthetic wool clothing and bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Bring water and a snack. Class may be cancelled due to weather.

Due to the availability of equipment, participation in this event will be limited to 15 people total, 7 from each group, plus a coordinator. Depending on the level of interest, we may schedule similar events in the future. There is a $30 participation fee for the event. Of that amount, Bridgemen/50-Plus will cover $20; participating members will need to pay the remaining $10. This NON-REFUNDABLE $10 fee must be paid IN CASH IN ADVANCE BY 10/26/18 in order to ensure your participation and reserve your space. Please arrange with Alex to make payment ASAP after RSVP-ing.

Lastly, all participants will be required to sign a liability waiver from San Francisco AIDS Foundation, available on the day of the event.

If you have questions or concerns about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

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