Join Bridgemen at the August Magnet Art Opening. This month, Travis Ridlehuber is the featured artist.
Travis' work illustrates the beauty of man in his natural state: bearded and masculine, strong and vulnerable, magnetic, Apollonian.
The paintings are executed on finely-crafted, custom-built wood panels. Historically, a male skill fostered through guilds, woodworking was passed from one generation of carpenters to the next, from fathers to sons. Reflecting this tradition, the panels are hard and strong, beautiful like the images of men that they hold.
The creation of the work has been, in part, a collaborative effort on the part of the painter, the woodworker and the models.
The models: The images were almost solely taken from “selfies” chosen by artist and subject from a collection of photos each man uses to portray himself.
The woodworker: An incredibly skilled craftsman who takes great pride in his work. He has worked with me to ensure that the grain and type of wood are perfectly paired and finished for each individual piece.
And finally the painter: bringing the refined craftsmanship of the woodworker, the hard refined beauty of the wood, and the beauty of the model together in the finished work.
We will be passing out Bridgemen stickers, so make sure to look for anyone wearing a sticker and come say hello. Our event host for the July Art Opening is Gasper.
Friday, August 7 | 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Magnet: 4122 Eighteenth Street (18th and Castro)
Bridgemen, come help us serve it while it's hot! Join us for a day of serving lunch to San Francisco's poor, homeless, and hungry.
Glide is a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Glide is an active place of worship in the Tenderloin that has built a reputation around providing social services for some of the neighborhoods most vulnerable. Bridgemen will be assisting with the meals program, which was launched in the 1960s.
Wear comfy clothing and a Bridgemen shirt if you've got one and meet us in front of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation building at 10:30 AM. If you arrive late, please call or text Michael at 415.987.5120.
John David is the point man for this project.
Saturday, August 8 | 10:30 - 2:30 PM
San Francisco AIDS Foundation: 1035 Market St, SF
Join fellow your BRIDGEMEN for a day of community work at the National AIDS Memorial Grove! We’ll be working alongside the Grove’s staff and volunteers to beautify this beloved area that our community works so hard to maintain and honor the memory of those we've lost to the fight against AIDS.
Bagels and coffee will be provided prior to our service project and, afterwards, they provide a sandwich buffet luncheon that we’ll enjoy together in this beautiful setting!
Of all things wondrous in SF, a summer morning in the mist of The Grove is one experience you will not want to miss. Wear a Bridgemen shirt if you have one, dress comfortably and don't be afraid to get a little DIRTY !!
Ross Hayduk is the point man for this project.
Saturday, August 15 | 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park
Interested in learning more about Bridgemen and what we do? Join us every 3rd 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, August 19 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Lookout -[masked]th Street (at Market & Noe)
The RSVP for this meetup opens on August 1 at 9:00 AM
Help us mount a Bridgemen Love Dolores social media campaign by joining the Bridgemen and Mister Manners for a day of fun and sun at Dolores Park! We will be promoting the Love Dolores campaign and telling community members about Bridgemen! We will have a white board available for people to write down how they plan to Love Dolores and then make a pledge by displaying their message in a picture with a life-sized Mister Manners!
We will also let people know where the new trash and recycling area is and generally encourage good behavior at Dolores Park. And we will be passing out Love Dolores swag and engaging with community members (and puppies!).
For more information around the Love Dolores campaign, please click here to watch a short informational video.
If you have a Bridgemen T-shirt, wear it! If not, we'll give you a Bridgemen sticker. And all participants will receive a free Love Dolores bandanna.
Saturday, July 22 | 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dolores Park - Dolores St and Nineteenth Street Entrance
RSVP for this meetup will open on Sunday, August 2 at 9 AM.
Put on your Bridgemen T-shirt, or some leggings, or a tie-dyed anything, or just get dressed period, and come join the Bridgemen for Flagging in the Park at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.We will provide some snacks, but please bring your own beverages.
For August, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation has been chosen as the beneficiary for the event, and we'd like you to help us celebrate!
We'll be twirlin' those flags and dancing to some of the hottest tunes by DJ John LePage. Don't fret if you don't have a flag - there are plenty of men who like to share (and then some). Bubbles, drums, hula hoops and more are welcome too. You won’t want to miss an afternoon in the sun with hot men, good food and the company of your fellow BRIDGEMEN!
All donations collected from Flagging in the Park on August 23 will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. SFAF Programs include Black Brothers Esteem (BBE), Bridgemen, DREAAM, Housing and Benefits, Magnet, Positive Force, Latino Programs, Stonewall Project, Syringe Access Services (SAS), and TransLife.
Note: You may want to bring a blanket, beach towel, a chair, or something to sit on unless you want to sit directly on the grass. We will have some blankets available, but cannot guarantee enough space for everyone.
Sunday, August 23 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
National AIDS Memorial Grove - Bowling Green Dr. (at Nancy Pelosi Dr.)