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Daytime Realness

Third Sunday of every month, 3 p.m.
El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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We always think about drag performers when we hear Gillian Welch's song "Barroom Girls." Especially the part that goes, "She tosses and turns because the sun is unkind." Because holy shit, when you're not sure if your tuck is tight enough, or whether your beard's growing through your foundation, or even of the quality of the foundation itself, the sun can be plenty unkind. These are the reasons to admire, not just love, the moxie of Daytime Realness, a tea dance in the sense that it occurs at teatime, but even better/worse, it's held outdoors on the Mission District bar's famous back patio. Heklina and Hard French's DJ Carnita present drag performances, lit by the sun, and dance sets, lit by the sun. Luckily there are bitchin' chicken and waffles to ease the pain/your health. One part of Welch's song is true here, though: "All of the colors go 'round in a swirl/ When you dance in the arms of the barroom girls." 415-282-3325

Sunday Open Gym

Sundays, 5 p.m.
Eureka Valley Recreation Center 100 Collingwood, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

Large American cities during the industrial age had amateur baseball leagues made up of blue-collar workers who created their own little societies unseen by the general populace. Men formed their teams — representing factories, power plants, and other facilities — developed rivalries, and had playoffs and championship series just like the pros. Some of them, in fact, went on to play professionally. For nearly three decades, San Francisco has had a largely unknown tour de force of amateur sports in the San Francisco Gay Basketball Association and its Castro League. Like most organized amateur leagues, it’s composed of dedicated people who take the sport seriously and fight hard to win. To be fair, though, it does include some levity. Looking at the team names will tell you that right away: the All-City Ballers, Frisco Force, the Backdoor Pass, the Guardians of the Hole. Step into this world this evening at Sunday Open Gyms. Stuart Leung, the association’s acting commissioner, says 20 to 35 people turn out for this practice session each Sunday. Anyone is welcome (gay, straight, bi, or other), and it’s a chance to socialize, exercise, play ball, and see where it takes you. Leung says people of all experience levels show up, and games are conducted on two courts. Some participants have never played, while others played in high school or college, and a few have done time in the pros. Leung says most people who play in the Castro League got their start at a Sunday open session. Leung says to bring a light-colored as well as a dark T-shirt, so when teams are chosen you’ll be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys. 415-831-6810


Third Sunday of every month, 6 p.m.
The Stud 399 Ninth St., San Francisco South of Market

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monthly bear dance party with resident DJ Mike Biggz & guests 415-863-6623

"Disco Daddy": Disco Daddy

Third Sunday of every month, 7 p.m.
S.F. Eagle 398 12th St., San Francisco South of Market

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w/ DJ Bus Station John 415-626-0880

Dragalicious Brunch

Sundays, 12:15, 1:30 & 2:45 p.m.

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Featuring drag performances and bottomless mimosas.

30 Years of Collecting Art That Tells Our Stories

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays
GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Elisabeth Cornu curates a selection of visual art that recalls scenes from the heady, hot, turbulent days of gay life from the 1960s to the 1990s. 415-621-1107

Queer Past Becomes Present

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays
GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Multipart exhibit tracing the history of queer youth activism, exploring lost S.F. "gayborhoods," paying tribute to pioneering lesbian magazine The Ladder, spotlighting Bay Area HIV/AIDS organizations, and more. 415-621-1107

Out of the Boxes: Historical Society Opens Archives of Pioneering Historian Allan Bérubé

GLBT Historical Society 657 Mission, San Francisco South of Market

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Bérubé was one of the pioneers in the field of community-based gay history that emerged in the 1970s and early 1980s. The GLBT Historical Society has opened his papers for use by researchers. 415-777-5455

Drink and Be Mary

Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Gay boys (and friends) enjoy two-for-one drinks every day until 9 p.m. 415-864-2877

"Jock": Jock

Sundays, 3-8 p.m.
Lookout 3600 16th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Sundance Saloon

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m.
Space 550 550 Barneveld, San Francisco Bayview-Hunters Point

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Gay-friendly country dancing 415-550-8286

"Kick It!: '80s at 8": Kick It!: '80s at 8

Sundays, 8 p.m.
The Edge 4149 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ MC2 415-863-4027

"Sunday Sessions"

Sundays, 8 p.m.
The EndUp 401 Sixth St., San Francisco South of Market

Badlands Video Dance Club

Ongoing, 8 p.m.
SF Badlands 4121 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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The GlamaZone

Sundays, 8:30 p.m.
The Cafe 2369 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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With Pollo Del Mar and guests. 415-621-4434

"Big Top": Big Top

Sundays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

WTF: Women's, Trans/Genderqueer, and Femmes' Night

Second and Fourth Monday of every month, 6 p.m.
Bike Kitchen 650H Florida, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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In the name of Miriam Bengoetxea, Basque bike engineer (of Orbea Orca fame), we command you to attend WTF: the Women, Transgenderqueer, and Femme bike-fix night! Bengoetxea is one of the only women in the world designing carbon-fiber bicycle frames, partly because she's had the support of the world-famous Mondragón collective. Local ladies and transmen, meanwhile, have the Bike Kitchen, a collective dedicated to equality and bicycles. So, if you've ever felt like "Fuck it, dudes are rotten teachers. I'll just buy a car," give cycling one more chance at an evening of tubes, patch kits, and 5 mm Allen wrenches just for you. 415-647-2453


Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10 a.m.

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@ Hillsdale Shopping Center, 60 31st Ave. San Mateo, CA 94403
San Mateo’s FIT4MOM “Stroller Stride” classes will take up residence at Hillsdale Shopping Center beginning January 10, 2018. Monday through Wednesday and Friday sessions from 9am – 10am will feature a total fitness program including power walking, interval strength and body toning, utilizing exercise tubing, your baby-riding stroller and the surrounding environment. Mom’s looking to stay active while having their baby on board, with the added benefit of meeting other local moms are invited to enroll. The program offers monthly membership and 10, 5 or daily passes. To register and gather more information visit, 650-571-1029

Hysteria: Comedy Open Mic for Women & Queers

Mondays, 6 p.m.
Oasis 298 11th St., San Francisco South of Market

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Hosted by Irene Tu and Jessica Sele, with all genders welcome (but misogyny most definitely not). 415-985-4442

Big Queer Pubquiz: Best Trivia Night in San Francisco

Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Virgil's Sea Room 3152 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Voted "Best Trivia in the Bay" by 48 Hills two years running, the Big Queer Pubquiz offers a FREE original game every Monday night at Virgil's Sea Room. Teams of 1-6 players are quizzed on current events, general knowledge, music, pop culture, weird history, science, math, spelling, and more. Everybody's an expert in something, so round up a diverse team of smarties to trot to victory. Win free drinks and weird prizes! Trivia is always free to play, and Virgil's serves amazing cocktails alongside excellent non-alcoholic options. This event is 21+, gameplay begins at 8pm sharp. 415-829-2233

Piano Bar 101

Mondays, 9 p.m.
Martuni's 4 Valencia, San Francisco South of Market

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Open mic cabaret with Joe Collins Wicht, Trauma Flintstone's piano-playing alter ego. 415-241-0205

Mahogany Mondays

Mondays, 9 p.m.
Midnight Sun 4067 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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With Honey Mahogany and guests. 415-861-4186

"High Fantasy": High Fantasy

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

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Weekends are for amateurs — the really good stuff happens during the week. Well, that might be a little hyperbolic, but it's certainly true in the case of High Fantasy. Going on for several years now, the weekly Tuesday night party at Aunt Charlie's is your midweek destination for a dose of high-concept gender-bending insanity. Madcap promoters Myles Cooper and Vivian Baron host an evening of cheap drinking, dancing, and drag to an impeccably selected soundtrack of underground house and disco classics. Its Facebook page declares, "It's everything you want...." And, for the low price of $5 (or less), it probably is. 415-441-2922

Meow Mix

Tuesdays, 11 p.m.
The Stud 399 Ninth St., San Francisco South of Market

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We like our gay bars like we like our women — rough around the edges and with as little cover as possible. With its bordello-esque atmosphere and cheap drinks, it's no surprise that The Stud, one of the city's oldest gay bars, still reigns supreme. Sure, it can be a little cramped, and there are corners so dark you need to feel your way out, but where The Stud lacks in ambience, it makes up for it with its no-holds-barred drag performances, amazing local DJs, and innovative performances such as the weekly Meow Mix. Billed as a night of “glamorous and not so glamorous avant garde performance art,” Meow Mix is a cabaret show where anything goes. Expect a little raunch, elaborate costuming, and acerbic wit from host Ferosha Titties. 415-863-6623


Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.
LYRIC 123-127 Collingwood, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Community building group celebrating trans/gender-variant youth. 415-703-6150

Queer Youth Meal Night

Tuesdays, 5 p.m.

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Free meals and movies in a safe environment for trans/queer/ally friends. 415-865-5555

S.F. FrontRunners' Run

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Ferry Building 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco Embarcadero

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Each week a gay-friendly group of runners meets for a 3-to 5-mile jog from the Embarcadero to Aquatic Park. 415-983-8000

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