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 Cinch is currently the only gay bar on Polk Street, or one of the few, if you count the gay-friendly spaces. This is from a high which numbered between 20 and 30 venues in the neighborhood during Harvey Milk’s era.
For the sexually creative set, “most sex toys to some degree can be thought of as co-gender,” said Good Vibrations’ resident sexpert Dr. Carol Queen recently about sex toys. And it turns out any couple of any gender or orientation can really use a few.
The newest gay-mixed dance night of atomic dancefloor disco action is monthly and has moved back to the Deco Lounge. And they’ve got new talent! DJ Said offers a soulful African house mix, DJs Carnitas, Brown Amy, Hard French style Tal M Klein, Kimmy LeFunk and Mr. Fabulous, plus hosts Steve Fabus, Sergio and Stanley Frank.
Pleasant rock. Is that a genre? Cary Brothers’ music offers a good dose of low-key passion, nods to emo without getting over-indulgent, and just sounds good. Harper Blynn opens. Check out these musicians at the cool Polk District club.
Four big years ago, Bearracuda set up shop in a Tenderloin piano bar with carpeted floors and pre-civil war CD players. At the end of 2010, Bearracuda will have been in 10 cities in the U.S. and across the pond! On Friday, August 13, celebrate four great years in San Francisco.
Enjoy a fantastic retro dance night the gay-friendly way, with same-sex dancing and lessons (7pm), cocktails, hors d’eouvres, Stompy Jones and Veronica Klaus, Suppository Spelling, La Garza, Tweaka Turner, La Malinche, Mama Dora and many more.