To thank the crew of bartenders, bottleboys, and doormen who had hung with him through hard times, Allan threw a Thanksgiving feast at his apartment. Like Alice’s brownies, one dressing packed a wallop. One didn’t.
In the past few years a few familiar gay bars have left the scene, only to be replaced by new bars not geared toward the gay community. The list includes Marlena’s, which has become Brass Tacks. Kimo’s was replaced by Playland, Driftwood took over from Kok and (back in 2009) and Ginger’s Trois was replaced by Rickhouse. Will the hetero-zation of queer bars ever end?
It was Friday, October 31, 1975. My first Halloween in San Francisco. I’d just dropped a bundle on black leather chaps from Hard On Leathers on Polk and a Muir motorcycle cap from A Taste of Leather on Folsom.
The rejuvenation of mid-Market is being given a boost by American Conservatory Theatre, which is going to make that tired old broad, the Strand Theatre, into a grand dame by restoring it to a legit theatre. That’s a full circle for the Strand, which had started legit in 1917, but had been a grind house for years when I arrived on the scene in 1967.
The San Francisco AIDS Foundations 2013 Tribute Celebration at the California Academy of Sciences included fascinating docent talks, a tour through the rainbow forest, plus delicious food, drinks and tributes to pioneers in the fight against AIDS.
Enjoy a select photo album of sexy snaps from the 2013 edition of the annual leather-kink fair; shot by the prolific Steven Underhill.
Ducal Court, movie stars at the de Young, and Glamorama fun feature in this week’s album of photos by Steven Underhill.
September 2013 BARtab in page-view format! Vodka Boycott: Da! Nyet!, The Cinch turns 40, Pandora Boxx, Leatherazzi, BARchive kinks up The Slot, and On the Tab events.