Strut Book Club Reads "City of Night" by John Rechy1474943400000

This month, the Strut Book Club is reading the classic “City of Night” by John Rechy. Join us September 26th at 7:30 PM on the Second Floor of Strut for some wine and literature. Read the book before hand and come ready to discuss your thoughts. The discussion will be facilitated by our community organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez. 

Continuing our romp down gay classics with John Rechy’s explosive first novel, which appeared in 1963 and marked a radical departure in fiction, and gave voice to a subculture that had never before been revealed with such acuity. It earned comparisons to Genet and Kerouac, even as Rechy was personally attacked by scandalized reviewers. The book is an international bestseller. Bold and inventive in style, Rechy is unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling “youngman” and his search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of hustlers, drag queens, and denizens of their world, as he moves from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter. 

Monday, September 26 | 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Strut | 470 Castro St

Castro Street Fair Social Meetup1475438400000

“I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you...And you...And you...Gotta give em hope.” -Harvey Milk

In 1974, Harvey Milk founded the first Castro Street Fair. Since then, the fair has grown into a community street celebration featuring hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations. The fair will also feature music, dancing, and live entertainment. 

Meet at the Strut Booth located on Castro St out front of Strut (470 Castro St) at 1:00 PM to meet up with other Bridgemen. The group will hang out at the fair together from 1 to 4 PM, but the event runs from 11 AM to 6 PM, so feel free to arrive and leave at anytime. 

Sunday, October 2 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Castro Street Fair - Strut Booth on Castro St near Strut (470 Castro St)

Strut Art Opening "Tubular Insights" by Damon McLay1475895600000

Join Bridgemen in celebrating Damon McLay's awe-inspiring, vibrant photographs using cylindrical reflections to create astonishing beauty from everyday objects with "Tubular Insights: Reflections from the Rabbit Hole."

This collection is about engaging life with fervent curiosity. It’s about casting away pre-conceived notions and taking time to explore what others might dismiss. Embracing the possibility that with a slight shift of perspective the commonplace can become extraordinary. These photographs reveal everyday objects through the inner reflections of cylinders, pipes and tubes. While these complex textures and colors may not feel familiar they are, in fact, things you see everyday. It’s within these moments that we can realize astonishing beauty that's just waiting to be discovered.

Friday, October 7 | 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro St

Bridgemen Monthly Meetup!1476324000000

Interested in learning more about Bridgemen and what we do? Join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month for a bit of fun, free food and camaraderie in the Castro!

This is your chance to meet new and returning members alike. So, come get connected, whether it's your first time or fiftieth time! Surround yourself with an amazing group of guys that are here to have fun and make a difference!

RSVP now or just show up and come be part of something great.

Wednesday, October 12 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Lookout | 3600 Sixteenth Street (at Market & Noe)

World Tree of Hope - Volunteer Day1477152000000

The World Tree of Hope is a twenty-foot holiday tree in San Francisco City Hall that is decorated with thousands of origami cranes that are inscribed with people’s wishes and hopes for the future of the world, alongside beautifully glittering holiday stars. The tree is created as a symbol of global unity and hope and is a gift from the LGBT community to the world. This is the 10th year anniversary of the tree and we are returning to City Hall! 

For this project, the Bridgemen will be folding origami cranes (or learning how to fold origami cranes with internationally renowned origami masters from Japantown), wiring origami cranes for hanging from the tree, pre-decorating boughs of the tree, sorting/ironing cranes from prior years, as well as creating your own art and/or writing wishes for cranes to be folded for the tree. You do not need to know how to fold origami to help!

Food and drinks will be provided for all volunteers. 

Click here to see a video of a past year's tree and here to see a time lapse video of the tree being decorated.

The official tree lighting is on Tuesday, December 1 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at San Francisco City Hall, and admission is free!

Saturday, October 22 | 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro

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