Helping with "Help" (REAF/PRC)1503243900000

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awareness about, AIDS services, hunger programs and programs for underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. REAF was founded by two mothers, Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet, who lost their only sons to AIDS, as a way to honor their sons’ memories and help alleviate the suffering of those living with HIV and AIDS. “Help Is On The Way” is their annual fundraising concert and gala. This year’s beneficiaries are Meals On Wheels of San Francisco and Positive Resource Center (PRC)

Bridgemen have been recruited by PRC to assist with the set-up of the event. Preparation will go in shifts, and we’ll take the first shift starting at 8:45 AM. We will help set up the Silent Auction, Gift Bag/Main Show and VIP Reception areas. Some heavy lifting may be involved. Please wear comfortable, casual clothes. I’m happy to provide Bridgemen T-shirts to those who do not yet have one. Please tell me your T-shirt size in advance so that I know to bring one for you.

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 Point Man Dennis Isner here on Meetup or by cell phone at[masked]-8930.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM

Herbst Theater/Green Room | 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA

Group Hike: Angel Island State Park1503763200000

Angel Island State Park is the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay. It’s been a cattle ranch, a US Immigration Station and a WWII POW detention center before becoming a state park in 1954. It offers great hiking trails and magnificent views of the Bay and surrounding area. For more info and park rules, click here.

We’ll meet near the Blue & Gold Fleet ticket counter at Pier 41 at 9 AM and purchase our tickets for the 9:45 AM ferry. All participants are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from the island. The one-way fare is $9.75, and you’ll need to buy 2 tickets ($19.50 total). We’ll spend the day hiking and relaxing and then take the last ferry back, which departs at 4:25 PM and is scheduled to arrive back at Pier 41 at 5:30 PM. You can either buy your tickets then, or you can purchase them in advance at

This will be B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch), so please arrive with your food and beverage, ready to go. Once we arrive, we will decide how best to structure the hike. There are multiple trails and hiking options, and we all have varying degrees of hiking experience and abilities. We may decide to split into groups to do different hikes or we may all do the same hike and split into groups based on hiking pace. What’s most important is that nobody is left alone.

Things to bring:

--  Food and drink for yourself. Remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated!

--  Sunscreen and/or a hat.

--  Sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

--  Layers of clothing. It can get very chilly on that ferry!

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]-4549. Additional Point Men for this event will be John David, Matt Hall and Gerson Durand.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Blue & Gold Fleet | Pier 41, San Francisco, CA

Bridgemen Planning Group Monthly Meeting1504749600000

Would you like to get more involved with Bridgemen on a deeper level? Would you like to help decide what community service projects we do? Is there a nonprofit that’s near and dear to your heart that you’d like to see us work with? If so, we would love to have you join us and hear your input!

The Bridgemen Planning Group is always looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives in helping us select our projects. Come join us for an evening at Strut, enjoy some free food and share your ideas for projects we can get involved with.

Please RSVP so that we can get an accurate head count.

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Strut, 3rd Floor Lobby | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

Strut Art Opening - “Scattered" by Karl Fjelstrom1504926000000

PLEASE NOTE: The Art Opening for September is not the first Friday of the month as usual. Due to the 3-day Labor Day weekend, it will be held on the SECOND FRIDAY of the month.

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of a local gay or queer artist once a month for over 13 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of September we are exhibiting the work of Karl Fjelstrom in his show titled “Scattered.”

Artist Statement: Scrambled or “Scattered” porn is something you may have stumbled across during adolescence late at night. You couldn’t always see a clear picture, but you knew what was happening. As a painter, I have always enjoyed making images where the subject matter isn't so specific that everything is spelled out for the viewer. To me, watching pornography is the epitome of voyeurism. With this concept of “scattered porn,” the subject matter may be hardcore gay pornography, but distorted to the point of ambiguity. My goal with this collection is to showcase the male physique by taking the normally objectified perspective of gay pornographic culture and elevating it to the point of fine art. The images are “creatively censored” by dissecting, cropping, or blurring out various parts of the composition, much like that of watching scattered channels on a television. Since there are technically no depictions of full-on genitalia, it is not overtly obscene. It blurs the line of erotica and pornography, a theme prominent in gay culture.

About the Artist: I am a San Francisco-based artist, using the traditional medium of oil paint on canvas. I enjoy rendering subjects in a photo-realistic style so the focus is taken off the technique and placed solely on the image. By using this traditional method of oil paint on canvas, it allows me to blend and smooth out color transitions. My favorite tool is the ghetto 99-cent bristle brushes you can get at the hardware store. Once you get all the annoying loose hairs out with multiple washes, it is perfect for blending colors to get a smooth depth-of-field effect often found in photography.

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked] or Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray at [masked] if you have any questions.

Friday, September 8, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

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