Gilbert Baker during an interview with ABC-TV for When We Rise, February 2017 Photo: Tony Taylor
Remembering Gilbert Baker 40 years after revealing the iconic Rainbow Flag, creator Gilbert Baker’s story of pride, poverty, and power
Into the art gallery space where an ABC television cameraman and a freelance photographer awaited his arrival, Gilbert Baker spun through the glass doors of 518 Castro Street a little after noon.
Oroville Dam Spillway Photo Courtesy: Sierra Club SF Bay
To dam or not to dam?
As summer approaches and the winter rains become a distant memory, we are reminded once again that much of California is a desert. Newspapers editorialize about how to plan for future droughts. Sooner or later someone declares that California must build more dams. And yet those same newspapers featured terrifying photos of a large dam spillway failing and outlined the enormous costs involved not only if the dam fails but also if it just needs repairs.
To learn the dam facts (sorry), I contacted Sierra Club California Water Committee Co-chair Charlotte Allen. Allen became interested in water issues after reading “Cadillac Desert” in 1986. She found water policy to be fascinating ...
Photos from the 2018 Gay Freedom Day Parade
Pride Parade Provides Strength for Troubled Times
No Human Is "Illegal” parades through San Francisco
More than one million people attended the parade that began near the Embarcadero at 10:30 a.m. and lasted about six hours, according to CBS5, which live-streamed the event. Over 240 contingents paraded along Market Street spilling into the Civic Center Pride festival.
Photo: Glen Rose Photography
The Doo-Wop Diva of Outside Lands
Donning cat-winged eyeliner and a blonde beehive swirled atop her head, sultry voiced Oakland-native Shannon Shaw is having a great year.
Shannon & the Clams, the doo-wop garage-punk quartet in which Shaw is vocalist and bassist, released their latest LP, Onion, back in February, and are scheduled to tour on Onion all summer. Shannon also recorded her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville, which came out in June. Both albums were recorded on Dan Auerbach’s label, Easy Eye Sound...
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 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.
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.
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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FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE
Plan for Financial Freedom—Even If You’re Not Rich
In honor of Independence Day, let’s focus on a freedom you probably want to achieve—your financial independence. You know, that time of your life when you have enough money to kiss your job goodbye and pursue your passions.
Sounds great. But for most of us, it also sounds like a long slog. Achieving financial freedom means you have to accumulate wealth. And the surest way to build wealth is to spend less than you make. When you live someplace as expensive as the Bay Area, it’s hard not to pay out every cent that comes in.
The Loudest Holiday.
Hey everybody; you know all that anxiety that’s been building up? Well, just let it go and relax now, because the 4th of July is here. The Great American Holiday. The one with the noise and the colors and the hot. Now, it is summer. That’s what the 4th is. Not just the day we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the best country in the history of the world but also the heart of the season of light.
No matter what the astronomers tell us, it’s not the solstice that signifies the beginning of our season of mayhem. Not in America. Its 0704, thirteen days later, when kids run amuck while parents drink beer out of cans and fall off of patio furniture. When families squeeze into minivans and travel long distances to get into fights over the logistics of eating fries at Mickey D’s and burgers at the King.
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