- Bridgemen/50-Plus Monthly Meetup at Papi Rico/Strut
Interested in learning more about the Bridgemen and/or the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network? Our next joint Monthly Meetup of the 2 groups will be on Wednesday, August 14, at 2 locations in the Castro! Please join us for dinner at Papi Rico (544 Castro) at 5:30 PM. Afterwards we’ll walk a block over to Strut (470 Castro) to attend an art reception for the artist Gabriel Garbow, whose recent work was inspired by 50-Plus members who posed for him. PLEASE NOTE: 1) The event is listed on the Meetup pages for both groups. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP WITH BOTH BRIDGEMEN AND 50-PLUS. 2) Both Strut and the front room of the restaurant (but not the back rooms) are wheelchair-accessible. 3) Both Strut and the restaurant are accessible by Muni metro lines K, L, M, and bus lines #24, #33 and #35. 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- 50-Plus Coordinator Dusty Araujo here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by work phone at[masked]
- VOLUNTEER: Manhandle in the Panhandle
DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT. The Panhandle is the narrow strip of land east of Golden Gate Park that forms the boundary between the Western Addition to the north and the Haight-Ashbury to the south. Join the Bridgemen for a day of community service as we assist the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) with the ongoing restoration and beautification at the Panhandle. We will meet at the corner of Ashbury & Oak Streets at 10:00 AM. Some volunteer guidelines from the SFRPD: -- Wear old clothes and bring layers of clothes – long pants and long-sleeved shirts (you may encounter poison oak or blackberries). -- Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes with good tread. -- Bring rain gear and/or sun block and sun hat. -- Water and light snacks will be provided, but bring additional as per your dietary needs. -- Work gloves and tools will be provided. -- Projects take place rain or shine, barring high winds or dangerous weather conditions. Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. 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]
- TFTATFW: Lunch + “Queer California” @ Oakland Museum
>> PLEASE READ THIS EVENT DESCRIPTION COMPLETELY! << >> PLEASE DO *NOT* RSVP FOR THIS EVENT UNDER *BOTH* BRIDGEMEN AND 50-PLUS! << For the TFTATFW (The First Thursday After The First Wednesday) event for August, the Bridgemen and 50-Plus will be returning to Oakland for lunch and a visit to the Oakland Museum, all compliments of Bridgemen/50-Plus! NOTE: This event is limited to 20 members of either group. Members who already attended in June will not be allowed to attend a second time. OUR ITINERARY: -- We will meet in front of the Wells Fargo (12th St & Broadway) at the 12th Street / Oakland City Center BART station. Members are responsible for their own transportation expense to the meeting point. After assembling, we will walk 4-5 blocks to Buffet Fortuna (800 Broadway) to enjoy lunch together, compliments of Bridgemen/50-Plus. This is an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant offering Chinese, Japanese and American food. -- After lunch, we’ll walk 8-9 more blocks to the Oakland Museum of California to view the “Queer California: Untold Stories” exhibition. Bridgemen/50-Plus will cover the cost of admission to the museum. You can read more about the exhibition here: http://museumca.org/exhibit/queer-california-untold-stories -- After the museum visit, we’ll walk 2 blocks to the Lake Merritt BART station for those who are taking BART to return to San Francisco or other destinations. 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]
- Bridgemen Planning Committee Meeting
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ORDERING FOOD FOR THE GROUP AND NEED AN ACCURATE HEADCOUNT. PLEASE ONLY RSVP FOR THIS EVENT IF YOU'RE 100% COMMITTED TO ATTENDING. 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 the evening, enjoy some complimentary food and share your ideas for projects we can get involved with. Here are the general guidelines we follow for selecting service projects: 1. Events will be chosen at planning meetings through consensus, and any major concerns or objections from a Planning Group member will prevent a project from moving forward. 2. Every service project must have a designated Project Lead before it can be approved. 3. Bridgemen must always work in teams. 4. All events must allow for a minimum of 15 participants, and events with larger capacities will be prioritized over smaller ones. 5. Bridgemen must not be required to attend training on a different day than the actual event. 6. Bridgemen are not responsible for supplies and will not seek donation of supplies for events. The organization will be responsible for getting supplies. 7. Bridgemen will not register participants into a database for partnering organizations. Individuals are allowed to register with partnering organizations on their own. 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].
- Strut Art Opening - “Woof/Grrr/X/O” by Bearpad
The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists every month since Magnet was founded in 2003, and has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of July 2019 we are exhibiting the work of Jim James in his show titled “Black And White Nostalgia.” ARTIST’S STATEMENT: In gay bars around the world there has been a tradition of erotic woodcut artwork - usually made from industrial subflooring or rough ply wood, depicting fellas in various states of play and arousal. These artifacts of queer history have purpose, to set the scene, the mood, and a standard by which the patrons might strive. The majority of these dudes tend to be cis, white, and ripped so their relate-ability is limited to an unrealistic (and for most impossible) standard. This collection of work proposes an alternative - of diversity in many forms and tenderness not usually seen in the format. A celebration of beautiful round imperfect bodies and the potential for love and acceptance that our greater queer community should be striving for. These new figures reach towards an evolving cultural identity within the subculture of "bears" that began as a refuge for those not fitting the norm. Created in that dusky watering hole tradition, the art itself was cut and carved by hand from loose sketches on high-quality plywood, painted, sealed for durability and ready to hang! ABOUT THE ARTIST: A graphic designer and casual carpenter by trade, BEARPAD has spent the last 5 years drawing cuddly fuzzy fellas on the side and has slowly grown into a self-run brand of shirts and queer accessories sold round the world. Born and raised in Southern California, he makes art in a big dusty backyard in Vallejo. Visit ShopBearpad.com for more! The Art Opening runs 8–10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].
- Urban(e) Hike: Lands End Trail
It’s high time for another Bridgemen/50-Plus urban hike in San Francisco! This time it will be Lands End Trail, offering beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate. Lands End Trail is a moderate 3.5-mile loop trail along Lands End, the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco. Sights along the trail include the Sutro Baths ruins, Point Lobos, Mile Rock Lighthouse ruins, a Labyrinth, and numerous overlooks. We’ll meet at the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center (at the Main Parking Lot off Point Lobos Ave, above the ruins of the Sutro Baths) at 11 AM. This event will be B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch), so please arrive with your food and beverage, ready to go. From there we can hike to Eagles Point, the eastern trailhead, where we can relax, take in the view and eat lunch together. After lunch, we’ll head back to the parking lot. Things to bring: -- Food and drink for yourself. Remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated! -- Sunscreen and/or a hat. -- Jacket and/or layers if it’s chilly. -- Blanket to sit on (I can bring 3 lightweight picnic blankets from Strut; I just need help carrying them all). 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]
- MagneKink 2019
The Bridgemen and 50-Plus are invited to MagneKink 2019, an annual social event for San Francisco’s queer leather/fetish/kink community! This will be our 6th annual event, and is being held in honor of Up Your Alley weekend. Before you dive into that busy weekend of events, we hope you can join us to socialize with your fellow leather/fetish/kink enthusiasts. This is a great chance to catch up with old friends, meet some new ones and to square up your plans for the weekend festivities. So whether you’re new to kink or a seasoned pro, slap on some gear and come out to socialize with your fellow kinksters! This year’s event will feature a live DJ, raffle prizes and complimentary refreshments and clothes check. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked].
- VOLUNTEER: SF-Marin Food Bank
DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT. The mission of the SF-Marin Food Bank is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin Counties. 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 an afternoon 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. Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. 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]
- Salsa Sunday with the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network and Bridgemen at El Rio
Join the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network and Bridgemen for an afternoon of live music, salsa dancing and snacks at El Rio’s Salsa Sunday—the longest running live salsa dance party in San Francisco. All levels of salsa dancing experience welcome! Beginners are encouraged to join the free class at 3:15 pm. (from 3:15 to 4:00 PM) Band starts at 4pm (give or take) Please Note: Live music will be loud for some. Please bring ear plugs if you may be bothered by loud music. Although wheel chair accessible this even is may not be apt for those with mobility issues as it gets crowded. NOTE: Guests by request ONLY Location: El Rio, 3158 Mission Street in San Francisco, accessible by BART 24th Mission and MUNI 24 bus) Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019 Time: 3 pm – 8 pm 3:15 pm – 4 pm - free salsa class with Gonzalo 4 – 8 pm – salsa band LOS RUMBEROS! Performs Please arrive before 6 pm for a free snack and a drink (non-alcoholic) tickets. RSVP: Entry fees are paid for the first 25 people who RSVP! PLEASE RSVP by Friday September 21 at 3 pm. If you already RSVP on the 50 Plus Meetup, no need to do it here also. Questions? Call Dusty, at[masked] – San Francisco AIDS Foundation
- Strut Art Opening - “Black And White Nostalgia” by Jim James
The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists every month since Magnet was founded in 2003, and has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of July 2019 we are exhibiting the work of Jim James in his show titled “Black And White Nostalgia.” ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This group of black and white photography work is from the late seventies to late nineties. It was a time of transition from the good old days, or the golden era of gay, to the challenging, difficult AIDS Years. Having fled the persecution of Anita Bryant's Florida, I found an unbelievable community in San Francisco, not just surviving, but thriving against incredible odds. When just the thought or rumor of being gay was dangerous, and the hysteria of AIDS gripped the nation, here was a generation of men living openly, proudly, defiantly, flamboyantly, and flawlessly! The Castro, South of Market, and Polk Street felt like movie sets, a constant costume party twenty-four seven. Elaborate festivals, fundraisers and parades were staged every weekend. Not to mention all the intense, heavy cruising everywhere, and always some kind of sex behind the next half closed door or corner. It was against this backdrop that my photography blossomed. A delicious buffet of gorgeous, beautiful, outrageous people I either knew, got to know, or wanted to know. I've tried to capture the flavor and feel of those times, these images are the result. ABOUT THE ARTIST: I joined the great migration of gays to the safety of San Francisco in 1979. My photography started as a way to break through shyness and feel connected. It soon became a front row ticket to the exciting, glamorous gay community in San Francisco and later around the world. I've amassed five decades of analog and digital photography of gay San Franciscana, parades, festivals, art happenings, nightlife, exotic travel, and male erotica. I learned and perfected my skills at the Harvey Milk Photography Center, the San Francisco Art Institute, and on the streets of San Francisco. My work is influenced by Diane Arbus' sensational counter-culture portraits, the Infamous Weegee's gritty street and nightclub photography, Bob Mizer's sexy beefcake, and Robert Mapplethorpe's elegant nudes. I'm currently working on an e book of my travels to Thailand's famous gay hot spot, Dongtan Beach. For more visit: http://photojimsf.com The Art Opening runs 8–10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].