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
This Week’s Events
Free Museum Day @ de Young and Conservatory of Flowers
All Day | Golden Gate Park | Free
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
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+.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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