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From Black Tie Galas to Home Spun Celebrations, Summer Arrives in San Francisco

As a true Gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT Community. Often referred as the “First Lady of San Francisco,” Donna Sachet’s more than 20 years of experience and affiliations with a broad spectrum of the LGBT Community will guide you through the year’s highlights. From entertainment to fundraisers, from small events to major galas, and from the Castro to the entire City, Donna is tapped into everything that is happening in San Francisco and she will share the “what, when, and where” with you in her quarterly updates.

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As a true Gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT Community. Often referred as the “First Lady of San Francisco,” Donna Sachet’s more than 20 years of experience and affiliations with a broad spectrum of the LGBT Community will guide you through the year’s highlights. From entertainment to fundraisers, from small events to major galas, and from the Castro to the entire City, Donna is tapped into everything that is happening in San Francisco and she will share the “what, when, and where” with you in her quarterly updates.

April — June 2011

The Bay Area Reporter (BAR) is now the oldest continuously published LGBT newspaper in the country, having documented the struggles, achievements, celebrations, heartaches, celebrities and underdogs of the LGBT community since 1971. Defying the commonly held belief that “print media is dead,” the BAR continues to be in great demand locally and throughout the country for its well researched news reports, lively arts, sports coverage, highly anticipated regular columns, diverse advertisements and weekly events listings. A special 40th anniversary edition on April 7, 2011 will look back with pride and announce the winners in the first ever Readers’ Choice Awards, The Best of the Gays, recognizing people, places, and organizations loved by the LGBT Community. Make sure to snag your copy of this commemorative issue. www.ebar.com

The GLBT Historical Society continues to break all visitation estimates at its new property in the Castro on 18th St. off Castro, the only museum of its kind in North America. Enjoy a rotating display of items from extensive historical archives, a veritable treasure trove of irreplaceable artifacts, including early gay publications, Harvey Milk memorabilia, gay bar souvenirs, political treatises, significant clothing and costumes and rarely seen photographs, right in the heart of the Castro. The first Wednesday of every month admission is free, thanks to the generosity of the Bob Ross Foundation. www.glbthistory.org.

BRAND NEW! The Sexy City Tour, a three-hour bus tour highlighting San Francisco’s hot spots of yesterday and today, organized by Betty Sullivan of the much used bettyslist.com and guided by Dr. Carol Queen, PhD, internationally known sexologist and author, founder of the Center for Sex & Culture and Chief Cultural Officer at Good Vibrations. Leave the kiddies behind for this tour, but prepare to meet the Bahgdad by the Bay you’ve only heard about. All guests receive a tantalizing gift bag from Good Vibrations at the conclusion of the tour. The fun starts on Saturday, April 23, 2011 and repeats monthly. www.bettyslist.com/sexycitytour

The Pacific Coast Association Castro Farmers’ Market, located on Noe St. at Market, is now in its third year, appears every Wednesday until fall and features farm fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, Artesian cheeses, flowers, meats and more. Why eat frozen when you can gather the makings of a fresh, wholesome meal right in the Castro, while ogling the hot neighbors and visitors doing the same? Live entertainment from a variety of musicians may prompt the desire to linger. After selecting your bounty, visit the surrounding shops offering unique items (i.e. Under One Roof’s nearby annex), enjoy a drink at one of the neighboring bars (i.e. upstairs LookOut) or relax with a latte or cappuccino at one of the curbside tables of a local café (i.e. popular Café Flore). www.pcfma.com.

San Francisco Ballet’s Nite Out, Friday, April 8 offers a unique opportunity to enjoy this world class company on a night specifically catered to LGBT dance lovers. At 7 p.m., a “meet the artist” interview will deepen the appreciation of the program which starts at 8 p.m., followed by a hosted cocktail reception in the Dress Circle Bar with breathtaking views of dramatically lit City Hall. This night’s performance includes Fokine’s beloved Petrouchka and the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Number Nine. Sounds like the perfect date night. www.sfballet.org.

Glitter & Be Gay on Friday, April 15, with 42nd Street Moon theatrical company, known for its fully staged intimate productions. Before the regularly scheduled performance of Strike Up the Band, patrons are invited to gather at Elephant & Castle, 424 Castle St., for a lively discussion of Broadway and this musical led by UC Berkeley professor D.A. Miller over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Yes, the rumors are true: Broadway is seething with LGBT talent. This casual event repeats on Friday, May 13 before a performance of Silk Stockings. www.42ndstmoon.org.

The SF Gay Men’s Chorus presents Words at Davies Symphony Hall on Thursday, April 21, at 8 p.m. conducted by brand new Artistic Director Tim Seelig, formerly with the acclaimed Turtle Creek Chorale of Dallas, TX. The emphasis may be on lyrics, but always couched in glorious music as only this historic chorus of over 200 male voices can deliver. The evening will also feature multi-media projections, the fabulous Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ, and popular “choralography.” With something for everyone, this concert launches a new era for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and is sure to sell out quickly. www.sfgmc.org.

Petchitecture on Saturday, April 23, brings together more than 800 elegantly dressed supporters of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) and their beloved pet companions for a truly “only in San Francisco” black tie gala at the Palace Hotel. As you inspect animal habitats specially designed by local interior designers and other talented individuals, expect generous cocktails and restaurant samplings, an exciting silent and live auction, a return appearance by local film critic and television personality Jan Wahl, and limitless photo opportunities with pets and their admirers. PAWS celebrates the human/animal bond and strives to enable financially strapped individuals with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses to keep their pets, assisting with food, veterinarian services, dog-walking, and other help. Don’t worry; the animals and the guests are on their best behavior for this event www.pawssf.org.

Divas & Dames on Sunday, May 1, brings together a cast of ladies for a magical evening of music benefiting the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation at Marines Memorial Theatre. Imagine a single night with entertainment from Lisa Vroman, Sharon McNight, Connie Champagne, Paula West, Wesla Whitfield, Meg McKay, Carmen Milagro, Carly Ozard and Matthew Martin. Expect stirring torch songs, hilarious spoofs and beloved favorite tunes, all delivered with heart and soul. www.reaf.org.

GLAAD Media Awards celebrates 25 years of advocacy for the San Francisco LGBT community on Saturday, May 14, in San Francisco with celebrity sightings galore, moving speeches, and inspirational performances at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Believe me, the glittering visiting celebrities are often outshined by the local luminaries, dressed in their finest and committed to the important national work of GLAAD. Award nominees include films Howl and Burlesque, television series Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee, and musicians Chely Wright and Scissor Sisters. This is one black-tie event where the dinner is delicious, the program extraordinary, and the gift bags worth grabbing.www.glaad.org.

BLISS 2011, on Sunday, May 15, at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, is the signature gala and auction for Maitri, a compassionate care home for people living with AIDS. This year’s entertainment features internationally acclaimed jazz singer Paula West and the silent auction will offer an extensive range of unique temptations. Don’t miss this exciting evening of cocktails, cuisine, fashion and entertainment. www.maitrisf.org.

American Conservatory Theatre’s World Premiere of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City The Wednesday, June 1, opening night gala will rival anything San Francisco has ever seen with a seated dinner in tented Union Square, the highly anticipated world premiere performance and a dance party at Ruby Skye nightclub. So many of us grew up with or envisioned San Francisco through the lens of Armistead Maupin and his ground-breaking saga of fictional local characters whose lives intertwined within this dynamic city. Now, the books come to life in a musical theatre production created by a team of renowned artists led by Armistead Maupin and including musicians Jake Shears and John Garden of Scissor Sisters. Honorary Co-Chairs Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney add star power to the gala evening. Performances will continue through July 2011. www.act-sf.org.

Clift’s Variety Store celebrates 75 years of business in the Castro and AIDS Emergency Fund is partnering with them on Saturday, June 4, 2011. This iconic hardware store has evolved into today’s unique business, offering the neighborhood everything from hammers to eyelashes, lighting essentials to shower curtains and expert paint mixing to friendly fabric service. Although details are scarce due to the date, expect a rollicking block party with sidewalk activities, a Sylvester-themed dance, recognition of significant historic leaders and loads of local celebrities. Just as Clift’s Variety Store has brought the Castro neighborhood together for 75 years, on June 4 it will gather children, families, homeowners, small businesses, Castro clones, Lesbians, circuit boys, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Bears and Drag Queens for this historic occasion. www.aef-sf.org.

FRAMELINE 35: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival runs June 16 through 26, 2011 with screenings at multiple theatres across San Francisco. This renowned festival showcases an incredible variety of cinema carefully selected by an esteemed panel of industry experts. Frameline has earned a reputation for offering financial and other support for up- and-coming film makers. Watch for details of special VIP Opening Night and Closing Night parties with opportunities to rub elbows with actors, directors, producers and other motion picture luminaries. www.frameline.org

SF Pride, In Pride We Trust, June 25 & 26 This mammoth Pride parade and celebration in San Francisco is a must-attend for everyone in the LGBT Community and beyond. From the raising of the Pride flag at City Hall to the dramatic appearance of a giant pink triangle atop Twin Peaks; the sprawling crowds in Civic Center to the eclectic contingents in the parade down Market St.; the huge evening dance parties to lively daytime bar events; this highly anticipated annual event continues to grow in size, reputation and variety. Announced grand marshals of the Pride parade include Bishop Yvette Flunder and the Trevor Project. Details about the Dyke March, Pink Triangle installation, Pride concert, Pink Brick award, Pride brunch, main stage entertainment, parade and celebration will be updated frequently at www.sfpride.org.

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