Rafael Mandelman, London Breed, and Mark Leno | Photos: Anthony O’Donnell/Tony Taylor
A HISTORIC ELECTORAL TRIUMPH
Mandelman wins D8, Ranked-choice voting leaves San Francisco in suspense
After a nail-biting week involving tens of thousands of mail-in ballots and a debatable ranked choice voting system, London Breed beat out Mark Leno in one of the closest San Francisco mayoral elections in over 20 years.
Sugah Betes on Hamilton, filthy dirty drag queens, and colorblind casting
It may be a little bit easier to get tickets to Hamilton: The Drag Version, than for Hamilton, the Broadway version, but don’t wait too long, because this show will sell out. It will be running for five weeks at the wonderful PianoFight in San Francisco, at 144 Taylor Street.
BLU’MING NEW FLORAL BUSINESS
After over 20 years of working at IXIA floral boutique (2331 Market Street), first time entrepreneur Bruce Sparrow is ready to blossom. BluMen, a botanic sculpture boutique, will open at 548 Castro Street in July.
Fate of the earth in the hands of women’s education
Over the last 200 years, the earth’s population has increased from one billion to over seven billion people and is projected to grow to 11.1 billion by the year 2100. This growth will have enormous impacts on the natural environment, on the extinction of many species, and even on the future of our own species.
Photo by Randy Jacob on Unsplash
California Budget to include funding for homeless youth
On Tuesday, June 12, Governor Jerry Brown and the leadership of the California Legislature released the official proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The funding proposal includes funding requested by Senator Scott Weiner for assisting programs for homeless youth as part of Senate Bill 918. The budget package will be voted on by the full legislature by June 15.
Photo: Tony Taylor
Public Library Wins Most Prestigious Award
The San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) has just won the most prestigious library award in the country. According to Michael Lambert, Acting City Librarian, the award has been given to the SFPL for its service to the community, innovation in developing specific community programs, and leadership in creating programs emulated by other libraries.
Photo courtesy San Francisco History Center of the SF Public Library
Buena Vista Neighborhood News
The month of June will feature some important neighborhood meetings for those who are part of the BVNA or those who are interested in this wonderful section of the city. Here is a snapshot of some important items...
Arts at Risk as Cost of Living Increases
...we fear that skyrocketing housing prices caused in part by the tech industry, are driving the arts and culture out. The inadequacy of public resources for the arts can be seen in the uneven dispersal of arts and cultural centers throughout San Francisco. Public facilities like the African American Art and Cultural Complex, Queer Cultural Center, Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SOMArts, and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, are concentrated on the eastside of the City––leaving communities and people on the western half without public cultural and arts centers.
DELECTABLE PRIDE EVENTS
Precita Park Cafe
On Tuesday, June 19th, neighborhood restaurant, Precita Park Cafe will host their annual Gay Pasta night for an evening of food, friends, and Pride fun.
The Castro’s prideful Finn Town tavern is celebrating Pride with a special “All You Need is Love” cocktail menu honoring prominent members of the LGBTQ community.
On June 5th, voters may elect Mark Leno as their first LGBTQ mayor.
Photos by Tony Taylor/Anthony O’Donnell
The Legacy of Leno
Surrounded by kids playing in the grass as part of an after-school program, The Courier met with mayoral candidate Mark Leno in the Castro’s Duboce Park one late Monday afternoon, which seemed appropriate, as we discussed the future of our city.
A soft spoken man, Leno has a lot to say about policy changes for the good of San Francisco. After all, he has devoted the last 20 years of his life to that end, having served first on the county’s Board of Supervisors, and later in the State Assembly and State Senate. All the while, he’s been a resident of San Francisco, and has lived in the same Noe Valley home since 1982, which he shared with his life partner, Douglas Jackson, who passed away from AIDS related causes in 1990.
Charles Peoples III (left) and Rudy Guerrero star as Adam and Tick in Priscilla the Musical Photos: Tony Taylor
Acclaimed Priscilla the Musical returns, rehearsals underway
Cult-classic film turned stage production, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert revives sold-out summer spectacle
With five short weeks until show time, cast members of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical met at Moon Rehearsal Space on Van Ness Avenue on a warm Friday evening in April to begin learning ensemble choreography for multiple production numbers. For many cast members, however, this rehearsal is simply a refresher.
Photo: Anthony O’Donnell
Mandelman’s Chance to Clean Up Castro
Tireless Supervisor candidate and affordable housing advocate Rafael Mandelman may have a lengthy list of District 8 to-dos soon. With voters heading into the booths on June 5th, Mandelman’s time may finally come to button-up the Castro.
“This neighborhood needs lots of love and attention,” he said. “Small businesses are suffering. They need a champion and an advocate.”
Every spring music lovers from around the Bay and beyond wait expectantly for news of the coming summer's Outside Lands artist lineup. That announcement came Tuesday morning, April 3rd. The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, and Janet Jackson will close out the three nights of OSL 2018, which happens on August 10th through 12th. The organizers of Outside Lands, Another Planet, Superfly, and Starr Hill, have gained a reputation for their skill in booking an incredible cross section of talent, and in 2018 they've lived up to it again. BØRNS, ODESZA, Bon Iver, Lizzo, Chicano Batman, Jessie Ware, and Kikagaku Moyo are a small representation of the diversity to be found at the festival.
Not even recycling can fix this problem
To gain insight into the complexities of environmental health, I sat down with John Rizzo, a member of both the SF Group and Chapter Executive Committees of the Sierra Club. Rizzo is also a technical adviser to World Clean-up Day. We talked about his work around decreasing pollution in our oceans and waterways. Rizzo had just returned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sixth International Marine Debris conference in San Diego.
Interactive LGBTQ History Lesson on Foot
Since buying Cruisin’ the Castro Walking Tours 13 years ago, Kathy Amendola has taken more than 10,000 people on her tour. The tour spotlights several historical points of LGBTQ interest throughout the neighborhood and offers an inside perspective on how the Castro became known as the “Gay Mecca” of the world. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ community that has lived in the Castro for decades or a straight tourist visiting San Francisco for the first time, Cruisin’ the Castro offers something new for everyone.
Queer, gender-non-conforming drag queen of color earns Democratic honor
When you talk to Honey Mahogany, you don’t get the “yas kween” vibes that permeate queer culture these days. Instead, her engagement is articulate, intellectual, gentle; it wouldn’t be a surprise if she ran for office someday.
Honey is a busy bee working the San Francisco scene in multiple variations. The political activist and self-described quadruple threat is a queer drag queen of color who identifies as gender non-conforming.
British pianist debuts Beethoven #3 at Davies
One of the world’s most celebrated, accomplished, and highly respected concert pianists, Paul Lewis, will be making his San Francisco Symphony debut on April 12th at Davies Symphony Hall. He has performed with nearly every notable major symphony orchestra and has been the recipient of countless awards within classical music, in recognition of his stunning recordings and performances.
48th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride festival is Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, June 24. Parade/March is June 24
Downtown at 10:30 AM. Celebration/Rally is Noon to 6PM on Saturday and 1AM to 6PM on Sunday in Civic Center Plaza.
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Want to Protect Your Partner?
Marriage Isn’t the Only Option.
It’s been three years since the odious Defense of Marriage Act was overturned, finally allowing same-sex couples to legally marry. As great as having the marriage option is, you may be among the many people—LGBTQ and straight—who don’t care to walk down the aisle. Maybe you don’t want marriage to ruin your relationship. Or your domestic situation involves more than the one partner sanctioned by marriage laws. Perhaps you’re both older and don’t want to mix finances. Or you might not be getting married for the sake of your kids.
Many Further Questions.
Robert Mueller has many questions for the president. The New York Times released a list of 49 for which Donald Trump hopefully has answers that can assist the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election. Although the New York City real estate developer may know nothing at all. A situation many folks say… chances are high.
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