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This Week’s Fun Stuff: Mostly Movie Magic, With Plenty of Pride on the Side!

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It’s the first day of Pride month, the sun is shining on our sequins and glitter, and The City is gearing up for a summer full of exciting events! This week is a big one for the film buffs, as well as for honoring the Bay’s rich LGBTQ+ history with the first blush of Pride programming from across The Bay. Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of June 1st, 2021…

This Week’s Giveaways

We Wanna Send You to Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park!


This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 6/1

Free Museum Day @ de Young and Conservatory of Flowers

All Day | Golden Gate Park | Free

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Every first Tuesday of the month, admission to the de Young museum and the Conservatory of Flowers is totally free. Check out both in one day – they’re neighbors in Golden Gate Park! Take note, though – this is the last free Tuesday that the de Young will offer for a little while, but they’ll be back on 7/6


Wednesday, 6/2

Dominic Angerame Live, Featuring Kevin Barnard

8:30 pm | Jack Kerouac Alley 255 Columbus Avenue | Free with drink purchase from Vesuvio

Join Magic Lantern Microcinema in Jack Kerouac alley for a conversation with local experimental filmmaker Dominic Angerame. A screening of the filmmaker’s work will also be presented on 16mm film, with live musical accompaniment by Kevin Barnard. It’s a free event, but there’s a one-drink minimum from Vesuvio right next door – sorry kiddos, this one’s 21+.


Free SkyStar Rides for Graduating SFUSD Seniors

Mon-Fri 12:00pm – 10:00 pm; Sat-Sun 10:00 am – 10:00 pm | Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park | $0-18

Starting 6/2 and running through 9/6, the class of 2021 can take a ride on the SkyStar Observation Wheel at Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse. Just flash that SFUSD student ID to get a free ride on the 150-ft wheel and enjoy an unparalleled view of the city from the Bay to the Breakers. If you want to bring a non-graduating senior friend, the ride is normally $18, or $12 for kids under 12. (SF residents can get 15% off!)


Thursday, 6/3

SF DocFest: Summer of Soul + Opening Party @ The Roxie

6:00 pm | Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street | $30

The 20th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival kicks off with Questlove’s acclaimed filmmaking debut, Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). The doc chronicles the six-week Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969, and includes never-before-seen concert performances by B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder and more. After the show, hop on down to The Church of 8 Wheels for a roller disco afterparty!


Bay Area Dance on Film: A Drive-In

9:00 pm | Fort Mason Center, Marina Street & Buchanan Street| $40 per vehicle

KQED, Fort Mason Flix, and the SF Dance Film Festival present this night of shorts at the drive-in, featuring top selections from the festival, as well as selections from the KQED series If Cities Could Dance. The program will conclude with an exclusive preview screening of local director My-Linh Le’s Mud Water.


Re-Storying the Ramayana: A Role-Playing Game Virtual Program

4:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

The Asian Art museum invites you to take part in this queer ecofeminist retelling of the South Asian epic The Ramayana.In this interactive virtual event presented in celebration of Pride Month, artist Anuj Vaidya and poet and performer Jessica Stokes reimagine the story of the vulture Jatayu using performance, poetry, collaborative storytelling, and role-playing games. 


Friday, 6/4

Mighty Reels: Pride Footage Through the Years

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual Event | $0-25

Join the GLBT History Museum for the first installment of their new programming series, Mighty Reels! This ongoing program will screen varied and intimate footage from San Francisco’s past Pride events, selected from the museum’s archives. Historian and GLBT Historical Society founding member Gerard Koskovich will lead a conversation interpreting and exploring the clips after the screening, tracing the evolution of Pride throughout the decades.


Opening Reception for Day Trip: Paintings by Kate Zimmer and Lola 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | SLATE Contemporary Gallery, 473 25th Street, Suite A, Oakland | Free

SLATE Contemporary’s new two-artist exhibition showcases two very different, yet complementary, styles of acrylic painting. Stop by the opening reception to enjoy the artwork and chat with the artists. If you can’t make the opening reception, don’t worry! The show runs through 7/31. 


Saturday, 6/5

Tommy Wiseau’s The Room @ The Balboa Theatre

11:00 pm – 1:00 am | Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street | $15

If you’ve never thrown handfuls of plastic spoons at the screen in a theatre full of people screaming “OH HI MARK,” you’ve never experienced Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. And that makes you a bad San Franciscan. (Sorry, I don’t make the rules.) But don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to fix that, as the show is back in action and runs the first Saturday of every month. So don’t tear me apart, Lisa! Grab your Red Dress and your Best Friends and go see the best worst movie San Francisco ever spat out the way it’s MEANT to be seen!


Does It Bang? Parklet Party

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm | DNA Lounge Parklet, 375 11th Street | Free

This multi-genre party provides a space for both established and up-and-coming DJs and VJs to experiment with all things that BANG. Lucy Stoner, DJ Please, and Rafer Rawb will be in the booth dropping some booty-bumpin’ sounds at this all-ages outdoor party.


Sunday, 6/6

Porch Pride 2021: Lavender Country Live!

1:00 pm | Virtual Event | Suggested donation: $10

Bluegrass Pride has brought back their enormously popular “queer-antine” music festival, Porch Pride! At this kickoff event, the father of queer country music, Patrick Haggerty, will play a few of his favorites and share a discussion of his creative process. He’ll also talk about the historical significance of the Pride movement, and the radical history of Bluegrass Pride itself.


Monday, 6/7

SF Design Week 2021: Virtual Design Festival

6/7-6/13, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm | Virtual Event | $39.99

The 15th annual SF Design Week has gone virtual this year! This year’s theme is “Power,” so discussions about designers’ roles in leading societal shifts will be at the forefront. Highlights will include talks, webinars, web-conferences, and virtual tours with leading designers and thought leaders, as well as the 2021 Design Awards.


Mark your calendar for next week

Tuesday, 6/8 – SFLCD Erotic Storytelling Hour: PRIDE Edition

Saturday, 6/12 – Ellen Reid: SOUNDWALK


Rad Ongoing Events

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Free Admission Hour at the Japanese Tea Gardens

Every Tuesday @ 7:00 pm – Talkin Snacks with Snaxx Live!

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Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker has been an artist, entertainer, and “glamour girl” since birth. Since 2017, Lizzie has been writing professionally for small businesses, as well as creatively. She has published essays in VIE Magazine, and has written website and social media content for pole dance studios, afterschool programs, and reference sites. At the same time, Lizzie has also continued to develop her performance career at queer nightlife events across the Bay Area. She can be found both onstage and off, reading her stories aloud in bars, emceeing drag and burlesque shows, and producing arts events that defy genre and expectation.

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