Event-Things Full of Awesome That You Should Know About

Do you ever get that feeling that there is SO MUCH AMAZING STUFF to do ALL AT ONCE that you have to lie in bed with the covers pulled up and a cat purring on your chest in order to process it all?

Just me?

OK. Still: There are amazing things in to do in the universe, and here are some of them that are happening within the next month and located in the Bay Area. My apologies in advance for the somewhat haphazard formatting.

1. The San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
May 20th to May 29th in San Francisco, CA
From the official description:

The San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival has, since 1999, provided a forum for sex worker film and video makers to screen works about sex workers and the sex industries from around the world. The Festival has expanded to become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts, political organizing, skills sharing and ever expanding other events. The Sex Worker Festival recognizes and honors prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers, who have since time immemorial been dynamic and integral members of arts communities.

You can view the entire schedule of the 2011 SWF here, and you can peruse the workshops for sex workers as well as the general public here. Friday’s skill share sounds particularly invaluable as both a source of information and community building.

One of the things that makes me happiest about this event, aside from that it exists and is being held in San Francisco is this (partial) list of sponsors:National Queer Arts Festival; San Francisco Transgender Film Festival; Media Alliance; The St. James Infirmary; SWAAY (Sex Work Activists, Allies, and You); Good Vibrations; Sex Worker Media Library; Center for Sex & Culture; Toys in Babeland; Vixen Creations; the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc…

2. The National Queer Arts Festival, organized by the Queer Cultural Center, taking place during the month of June in San Francisco, CA.

The entire schedule of the festival can be found on the festival website. There is SO MUCH GREAT ART, oh my goodness. I’m particularly excited about Dirtstar (the opening is at 7pm on June 2nd ), QIY: Queer It Yourself, Tools for Survival, and A History of Queer Street Art. From the official description:

Don’t miss one of the first collections featuring queer graffiti and street art artists. A multimedia featuring catolog, postered construction walls, murals, and visual arts exhibit, it’s a groundbreaking project! In street art world, being queer isn’t okay. The scene is dominated by misogynistic and homophobic heterosexual men. This exhibit, intended to counter the world of hegemonic street art, sheds light on the constant bullying of queer street artists and depicts the lineage of queers in street art and graffiti.

Amazing, no? I can’t wait to see what other art awaits.

Upcoming Bay Area Derby Girls bouts in the Bay Area
Rumble In the Park: A double header at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco in Golden Gate Park. You can buy tickets… soon. (Or sign up for the newsletter here for discounts on tickets and notifications and whatnot)

Also! If you have passed your minimum skills test, you can join the Black & White Scrimmage on May 28th! Hell yeah. Skaters can RSVP here, preferably as soon as possible. The B&W scrimmages are not open to the public, though I bet if you know a derby girl, she might let you tag along. (Also! If you visit the BAD website this month, be sure to read up about the Volunteer of the Month, who is one of my RR teammates — her comments about her favorite parts of the derby world made me tear up.)

Also amazing, though sadly too late notice on this blog for anyone, myself included, to go tonight is the Rainbow Skate! It’s a LGBTerrific night of roller skating and roller blading at the Redwood City Roller Rink that is held every Wednesday evening from 8pm to 10:30pm. Admission is $9.00, which includes skate rental. Also! The first Wednesday of every month is ’70’s and ’80’s Night and the last Wednesday of each month is UNDERWEAR NIGHT. YES. Directions for attendance: “Pull out your showiest, fanciest, flashiest or tightest underwear and come show them off!” How can you refuse that offer?

5. Dance Party: Hard French
Saturday, June 4th at el Rio from 2pm to 8pm.
Described as “a Saturday afternoon soul music dance party” at the el Rio in San Francisco, $7.00 gets you dancing, cruising and free BBQ as long as it lasts between 3pm to 5pm as well as $1.00 beer. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as lines out the door often form before the evening is over. Also! My picture may or may not still be above the urinal in the men’s room and better yet, there is a photobooth hosted by none other than the lovely Courtney Trouble, with proceeds benefiting queer incarcerated youth.

6. Kink & BDSM

Jay Wiseman is teaching a First Aid/CPR/AED class on June 5th, 2011 from 11am to 6pm. From Jay:

I’m presenting a First Aid/CPR/AED class at a private home in Walnut Creek on Sunday, June 5th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Exact address given with RSVP.) This is an “official” class and those who complete it can receive certification in the above good for two years.The class will cover overall emergency management, legal aspects, CPR for adults, use of the automatic external defibrillator, and the major first aid techniques. Costs: There is no fixed charge for the training itself and nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. The certification itself costs $60.00. Please RSVP to jaywiseman [at] yahoo.com.

SFgoL’s June Business Meeting is on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10pm in San Francisco. SFgoL says “This is our monthly business meeting, held the first Thursday of each month. It is open to all Leather girls– members and those who think they might want to join. Come check us out!”

Next up: a Fuck-Ton of Pride events and parties and hopefully more pictures of Ian McKellan and his love interests. I love Pride season.


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