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Protest the Eagle Tavern’s Closing – Drink at Surprise Leather Bar Tonight at Skylark

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Just in case you haven’t been following the saga that is the impending closure of SoMa mainstay, the Eagle Tavern, the Guardian’s Emily Appelbaum gives a pretty good run-down up until this point here.

In addition, if you want to join in the rabble that have amassed to protest these proceedings, put on your cruisiest rags and head on down to a guerilla leather bar that is happening at the Skylark at 8 p.m. tonight. After all it wasn’t all that long ago that the space was known as La India Bonita, the other drag doyenne of 16th Street, and another queer space lost to the city’s hazy memory. It’s a small miracle that its batty sister, Esta Noche, is still around and not some precious swill mill, quite frankly.

It’s oft lamented how all these queer spaces have evaporated and how mainstream and commodified places like Castro Street have become, so let’s see if we can’t save South of Market from the whitewash.

Everyone is welcome so even if you don’t have a little sugar in your tank, come support anyway. You gotta love activism that only requires you to show up and drink.

Surprise Leather Bar! at The Skylark (La India Bonita, R.I.P.) Wednesday, April 13, 8pm 3089 16th Street (@ Valencia) [Inner Mission] SF a

Photo courtesy of Emily Appelbaum at

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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.

1 Comment

  1. MPetrelis
    April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    any words or pix of the queer-in at the skylark? i’d like to know what happened, how much fun was had and the number of folks who turned out for the action. give us more info, please!