Serving Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul1516838400000

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF), established in 1860, helps over 1,000 people in San Francisco every day, including those suffering from poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and domestic violence. SVDP-SF’s Multi-Service Center (MSC) South is Northern California’s largest and most extensive homeless shelter. Bridgemen will once again be assisting at MSC serving dinner to the less-fortunate, performing various food service tasks as necessary.

NOTE: As SVDP-SF can only accommodate a certain number of volunteers in their dining room, space for this service event is limited. Please only RSVP for this event if you’re 100% certain you’ll be able to attend.

DRESS CODE: Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that covers your arms and legs. I’m happy to provide Bridgemen T-shirts to those who do not yet have one. Please tell me your T-shirt size BEFORE 2PM, 01/24/18, so that I know to bring one for you.

Lastly, all volunteers will be required to complete a waiver form, which will be available the day of the event.

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.

Swords to Plowshares to Paintbrushes1516903200000

Swords to Plowshares is a veterans organization that provides job training, housing, and benefits advocacy to low-income and homeless US military veterans. Started in 1974 at a small location on Valencia Street, their ongoing goal has been to heal the wounds of war, restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

The Bridgemen are proud to be partnering with Swords to Plowshares for the first time to support them in their mission. We will be assisting them with painting the interior walls in the basement of their newly-renovated facility, the Fairfax Hotel in the Tenderloin. The facility houses 40 formerly homeless and disabled veterans and provides 24/7 onsite mental health care.

Please come join us to get your paint on and help out a great organization! Snacks and water will be provided by the organization, as will all the materials needed for the project, including gloves and shoe covers. Wear clothes that can get dirty; long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

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 John David here on Meetup or by cell phone at[masked]-9775.

Strut Art Opening - “Forgetting to Remember, the Clocks” by David Spiher1517025600000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of a local gay or queer artist once a month for over 14 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of January we are exhibiting the work of David Spiher.

Artist Statement: "I live in the East Bay and make art—currently producing prints and paintings—at the Compound Studios in Oakland. I have been an assistant for a number of artists, designers and crafts people so I am really used to helping others make work. However, very often I have found it really hard to make my own, to justify my own choices, sometimes even to myself. As a way to free myself from these self-imposed restrictions, I have shifted personae depending on subject matter and interest in various media. From 2004 to 2009, I produced hand-painted pornographic ceramic plates as Virginia Trembles. As David Six, I was producing print work. My current body of work under my own name centers on my husband Dr. Ralph Thurlow and his struggle with HIVAIDS Neuro Dementia. The work submitted for Strut has all been completed in the last two years and revolves around Ralph’s decline, my increasing care-giving responsibilities and staying alive creatively. So that Ralph is not just the subject but also a participant in the making of the image and artwork he is involved in the generation of the paintings actively drawing on the images, generating subject matter and in ongoing critical conversations as the work progresses. Ralph and I are both long-term HIV survivors, long-term 12 recovery and are actively working out the ways and means of dealing with our physical, mental and emotional health."

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

Please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked] if you have any questions.

Strut Art Opening - "For Strut: LGBTQ Related Drawings" by José Joaquin Figueroa1517630400000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists once a month for over 14 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of February, we are exhibiting the work of José Joaquin Figueroa.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
José Joaquin Figueroa is an Oakland-based artist born in Caracas, Venezuela. Figueroa uses postmodern strategies to create artworks that reflect on the fragility of fleeting moments, the complications of interlayered identities and the impossibility of a single perspective. Figueroa has exhibited at Southern Exposure, Berkeley Art Museum and Embark Gallery, all in the Bay Area; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Bogotá, Colombia; Longwood Arts Project in New York, among others. He attended Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2009, received his BFA in arts from the Cooper Union in 2014 and his MFA from UC Berkeley in 2016. He is currently an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I draw imagining an aerial and extracorporeal perspective that generates a vigilant record of my everyday environments. My drawing practice is constantly evolving and incorporates the use of text as a formal resource while following premises of ethnographic methodologies. The resulting images are panoramic long-shutter exposures developed on site and in public. The documents become part of my permanent archive and are scanned, categorized and disseminated as photographic reproductions. The project has a performative dimension since drawing in public generates interactions with other participants, especially when they recognize themselves in the recorded scene. The drawings are water colored with liquids that belong to the depicted environment (water, wine, coffee or other) gaining the status of relics of that specific time and space. I post same-day drawings in social media as a way to challenge photography’s monopoly in terms of truthfully and instantaneously translating reality. At the moment, the archive houses more than a thousand drawings and as many and more images that illustrate my ongoing pilgrimage. Categories within my archive flux from doing fieldwork in China and exploring Angel Falls in my home country of Venezuela, to drawing a dinner party at my kitchen table and going to a sex club.

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

Please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked] if you have any questions.

BAAITS 2018 Two-Spirit Powwow1517673600000

Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) is a community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities to LGBTIQ Native Americans, their families and friends, with the goal of restoring and recovering the role of Two-Spirit people within the Native American community.

What does the term “Two Spirits” mean?
In many Native American cultures, some individuals possess and manifest a balance of both feminine and masculine energies, making them inherently sacred people. These sacred people were given many names and specific traditions within tribal practices. To honor the connection to specific Native traditions and build an inclusive collective identity, the term “Two Spirit” was adopted.

BAAITS is holding their 7th Annual Two-Spirit Powwow on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. It provides a uniquely San Francisco cultural experience by featuring Native American music, dance, arts/crafts, food and vendors. Its intent is to decolonize Native American communities while promoting acceptance of all genders and sexualities. Last year’s powwow drew more than 4,000 attendees!

Bridgemen are very excited and honored to assist BAAITS with their powwow! We will work the morning volunteer shift from 8-11 AM, helping with event set-up and providing general support. Afterwards we’re welcome to enjoy the event as guests and experience its cultural richness.

Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell me your T-shirt size BEFORE 5 PM, 02/02/18, so that I know to bring one for you.

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.

Bridgemen Planning Group Meeting1518058800000

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 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] .

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