Bridgemen...Meet MAX!1508637600000

Initially established in 1988, MAX is a social group for gay men and their friends. Their goal is to provide members opportunities to meet new people and gain a greater sense of community. The group focuses on cocktail parties, dinners, theater nights, art tours, wine tastings, hiking, weekend forays to nearby areas within California and longer trips abroad.

After a brief hiatus, MAX has recently relaunched, and they’re looking to increase their membership. Bridgemen are likewise always looking for new members, especially those interested in participating in our community service projects. What better opportunity to meet both objectives and have some fun than to have a joint mixer social! Come join us at Strut for a lively evening of man-on-man socializing and complimentary refreshments.

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked] or Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez here on Meetup or by email at [masked].

Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul1509058800000

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) was established in 1860 to help the most vulnerable in the community to become as self-sufficient as possible. SVDP-SF 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. Each day, they shelter, feed, and support over 340 homeless men and women, in addition to providing drop-in care to another 70 people struggling to find adequate food or shelter throughout the City. Bridgemen will 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 in advance 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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 4:00 PM to 7:15 PM

St. Vincent de Paul MSC-South | 525 5th Street, San Francisco, CA (enter through main entrance on Bryant Street)

The Hunger Gaymes: SF-Marin Food Bank1509205500000

The mission of the SF-Marin Food Bank is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin Counties. They envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. Every year, about 225,000 people rely on their assistance, a figure which includes 30,000 families, 44,000 children and 29,000 seniors.

Join the Bridgemen for a day of putting together wholesome, nutritious food items for those in need in San Francisco and Marin counties. We will work in teams to sort and pack the food donations they receive and get them ready to be sent out to distribution locations.

DRESS CODE: All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and will not be allowed to enter the building if wearing open-toe shoes or sandals. 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 Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked], or Point Man Matt Hall here on Meetup or by cell phone at[masked]-7133.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM

SF-Marin Food Bank | 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Bridgemen Planning Group Monthly Meeting1509588000000

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, November 1, 2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Strut Art Opening - “Vulnerable” by Joe Mazza1509764400000

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 November we are exhibiting the work of Joe Mazza in his show titled “Vulnerable.”

Artist Statement: We are most authentic, our most beautiful selves when we are open and vulnerable. This photo series explores these aspects of the human condition – our inner struggle with loneliness, surrender, anticipation, and the embracing our sense of playfulness, of intimacy and sexuality. The subjects in this series are not professional models, they are local artists, heath care professionals, athletes, teachers and students who live and work in San Francisco. What they have in common is an open spirit and a willingness to explore honest moments together that highlight the beautifully complex and vulnerable side of our shared humanity.

About the Artist: Joe Mazza has spent much of his life either in front of or behind a camera. Joe’s work as photographer includes shooting the opening montage for the critically-acclaimed Netflix series SENSE8; commercial, editorial and product work for dozens of Bay Area businesses; backstage photographer for the American Idol website; the Buddies with Benefits Calendar, Black Men of the Castro Calendar benefiting Stop AIDS Project and the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Bare Chest Calendars benefiting AIDS Emergency Fund. His work has been featured in a number of magazines and online publications and has been selected to appear with eight other international photographers in a calendar to benefit Act-Q Romania, which helps further LGBT arts and awareness in Romania.

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.

Friday, November 3, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

Peerless at Pier 94: Audubon Society Habitat Restoration1509811200000

Now 100 years old, the Golden Gate Audubon Society is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats. They conserve and restore wildlife habitats, connect people with the natural world, and educate and engage Bay Area residents in the protection of our shared, local environment.

This is the Bridgemen’s first time partnering with Audubon Society! We will be doing habitat restoration at Pier 94 in the Bayview/Hunters Point district. This will involve planting and tending to native plants that provide habitat to birds and other wildlife as well as some weeding and/or trash pick-up.

Due to the work site location in a remote corner of the city, CARPOOLING IS RECOMMENDED. If anyone going is able to provide rides, please indicate in the comments section.

WHAT TO WEAR: Wear comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots that you do not mind getting a bit muddy. Dress in layers for changing weather, bring a hat or wear sunscreen. 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 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.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Pier 94 | 480 Amador Street, San Francisco, CA

Theatre Rhino: Staged Reading of Steve Yockey's "Wolves"1510023600000

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. We are so fortunate to have this amazing, historic venue in our city! Strut is very proud to collaborate with Theatre Rhino on November 6 in presenting a staged reading of Steve Yockey's play Wolves.

THE PREMISE: Ben is a timid, young city-dweller who freaks out when his roommate, Jack, brings home a big, bad wolf for a one-night stand. When he tries to rescue Jack, Ben sets into motion a dangerous chain of events that will alter the world as they know it, and the narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This “deconstruction” of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked] or Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez here on Meetup or by email at [masked].

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

Bridgemen Monthly Meetup!1510196400000

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


>>>This month we will be announcing the kick-off of our annual HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE to benefit the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program.<<< Start thinking about what amazing toys you'd like to contribute!

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!


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


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Lookout | 3600 16th Street (at Market & Noe Streets)

"The Normal Heart" at Theatre Rhino1510371900000

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 on Friday, November 10, 2017, for a performance of their production of The Normal Heart, written by Larry Kramer and directed by John Fisher. 

“A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in NY, London and LA, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.”

NOTE: Attendance will initially be capped to 25 tickets. 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]-4549. See you there!

Friday, November 10, 2017 | 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Eureka (Gateway) Theatre | 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA

Speed Friending with Gay Men In SF Meetup Group1510455600000

Bridgemen is all about making connections: connections to people, connections to organizations, connections to communities. We’ll be hosting yet another group-to-group meet-n-greet event in November, providing members another opportunity to connect and make new friends: Speed Friending with the Meetup group Gay Men in SF!

So whether you’re new to San Francisco or a local legend, if you’re looking to make new friends, come check it out! We’ll have refreshments and some get-to-know-you games to help get the ball rolling. We did this event last year and it was very successful. Don’t miss this year’s opportunity!

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked] or Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez here on Meetup or by email at [masked].

Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

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