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Sunday Open Gym

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

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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

The Jungle Giants

Sun., May 26, 7:30 p.m.
Cafe Du Nord 2170 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley


415-861-5016

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

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

Drink and Be Mary

Ongoing
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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415-703-9751

"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

Badlands Video Dance Club

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

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415-626-9320

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

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

Karaoke Mondays

Mondays, 9 p.m.
EZ5 682 Commercial, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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415-362-9321

Harvey's Funny Tuesdays

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Harvey's 500 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Comedy shows in bars can be an odd mix, especially when a birthday or bachelorette party means lots of stiff drinks and dildos strapped to the heads of the women tearing it up in their final hours before marriage. These giggling “dickheads” can be a comedian’s worst nightmare, as the rest of the audience tends to be tangentially aware that someone else is also performing laughable acts. The clown onstage tries to eke out a living, meanwhile, begging you to take his (or her) wife. But Ronn Vigh, the host and producer of Harvey's Funny Tuesdays, wouldn't stand for that. He says his brash demeanor has brought comparisons to a young Joan Rivers, adding, “well, if she was male, gay and didn't start shooting up Botox by the bucket.” Also, Vigh has had a birthday party at this venue, in which a cadre of his favorite funny gals celebrated his special day from the stage. Regardless, Vigh's lineups always include San Francisco comics of many stripes. The stiff drinks and celebration are a guarantee, but the headgear is up to you. 415-431-4278

Hey Violet

Tue., May 28, 7 p.m.
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley


415-861-5016

Transmagic

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

"Cock Shot": Cock Shot

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

"13 Licks"

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ Natalie Nuxx & guest DJs 415-864-2877

The Last Black Man in San Francisco : The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Wed., May 29, 7 p.m.
Castro Theatre 429 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation. A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them. Joe Talbot’s directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world. 415-621-6120

Honey

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

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Community building group celebrating LBTQQ young women. 415-703-6150

Musical Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
The Edge 4149 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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VJ Brian Kent screens clips of classic movie musicals all night, with drag performances, trivia contests, and drink specials adding a little extra effervescence. 415-863-4027

"Juicy": Juicy

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Lookout 3600 16th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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415-703-9751

DJ Jim Hopkins

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
440 Castro 440 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

Karaoke Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
EZ5 682 Commercial, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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415-362-9321

"Pussy Party": Pussy Party

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

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w/ Sasha, Ms. Jackson, and guests 415-863-4027

"Dee's Keys": Dee's Keys

Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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piano bar happy hour with Dee Spencer 415-863-4027

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