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Castro Farmers’ Market Returns for the Season

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Drought Conditions Call for Greater Community Support

San Francisco (March 6, 2015) – The Castro Farmers’ Market will return on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 with Northern California’s freshest fruits and vegetables, live music, and fun activities for all ages. The market, located on Noe St. between Market and Beaver, is open every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and runs through December 16. The entire Castro community is invited to join in opening day ceremonies with a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. with Supervisor Scott Wiener and community activist Donna Sachet. Allen Moy, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA)’s Executive Director, stated, “This farmers’ market is an integral part of our local food system. The California farmers who participate in the farmers’ market every week are selling fresh fruits and vegetables that they grow themselves. With the added pressures of the ongoing drought, these farmers are counting on the support of Castro residents to help sustain their farms.”

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The House Of Love Presents - Loveball, San Francisco Edition

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For Immediate Release -

A night of creative expression, love, and harmonious decadence, via a re-imagination of ball culture (Paris Is Burning), with proceeds going to the LGBTQ non-profit, Openhouse.

Where -

Oasis

298 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

When -

Friday, February 27, 2015

10 pm - 3 am

Info -

$10.00 Pre-sale tickets

$12.00 Door cover

$40.00 VIP tickets

https://sites.google.com/site/loveballpdx/

https://www.facebook.com/loveballpdx

https://www.facebook.com/events/907577575928963/

http://sfoasis.com/

loveballpdx@gmail.com

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Mardi Gras Party @ Lookout - February 17, 2015

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LOOKOUT announces it’s Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, February 17 2015. Come out and celebrate with your friends and earn your beads!

Featured drink specials will include our very popular “Hurricane Bianca” a tasty combination of Southern Comfort, pineapple & Pink grapefruit juices and topped with champagne.

This year, “Mama Knows” one of Lookout’s regular pop-up restaurants, will be offering a Fat Tuesday menu that includes Mama’s Gumbo & Fried Shrimp PoBoy tacos from 6pm-9pm. Arrive early, Mama’s food sell’s out fast.

3600 16TH at Market
SF CA 94114

Cupid’s Undie Run comes to San Francisco - Castro Cupids Rejoice!

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This code is good for $10 off now until January 31: SFPRIDE

The rapidly growing Cupid’s Undie Run is returning to San Francisco on Valentine’s Day 2015. With this expansion, the event will be in 38 cities across the United States and Australia; including two additional California races – Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

Cupid’s Undie Run participants will run a “brief” one-mile race in their bedroom best on Saturday, February 14, 2015 to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). Runners spend months prior to the Valentine’s Day race fundraising and then celebrate in their accomplishments on race day. The run takes place in the middle of a party hosted at Pedro’s Cantina, 128 King Street, San Francisco, CA.

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Drag Queens On Ice returns to Union Square for its fifth season

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A couple weeks back, MyCastro gave you the list of some of the best holiday-themed drag shows that the city has to offer. And, well, we'd like to add yet another performance that is sure to add some extra pizazz to your holiday season.

Hop on down to the Union Square ice rink for this year's installment of Drag Queen's On Ice: Glitz and Glamour!

This holiday tradition--the performance turns five-years-old this season--features some of our favorite drag queens "donning their most gay apparel" for an evening of "laughs, li syncing and lipstick" that isn't to be missed. The cast of characters also includes special guest appearances by Queen Dilly Dally and Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence!

All the fabulous fun takes place Wednesday, December 17, at 8 pm at Union Square. Please visit the event's Facebook page for ticket information.

"Things Just Happen, And Sometimes You Get A Little Lucky:" Interview with Richard Kramer

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I was thrilled when Emmy and Peabody award-winning television writer, director and producer, Richard Kramer, recently introduced himself and sat down for an interview about his television career and debut novel, These Things Happen.

I started with:

You and I met on Twitter. When I initially read your profile, I thought we'd connected because we're both writers. But one of the first things you mentioned to me was your passion for vintage beefcake. That's obviously a passion I share with you and the fans of my vintage beefcake blog.

Maybe that’s because I am vintage beefcake. I grew up in New York, and I vividly remember the windows of the porn shops on 42nd Street, long before Disney came along. I remember the men in hats, smoking, the silences, sneaking in and getting kicked out because I was too young. You couldn’t show dick at the time, so everything was idealized, classical, pillars, posing straps. And of course this imprinted itself on my erotic consciousness in a way that the million-times more graphic porn of today can never equal. In vintage beefcake, there was mystery involved; you had to call on your imagination, write the story yourself. Just where did those crumbled pillars come from, anyway? On which mountaintop did that healthy male frolicking take place? What vanished civilization was this?

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Hearth introducing itself to the Castro with press preview party

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We have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Hearth since we first spoke with Ariana Akbar and did a piece on the business a couple months back.

Now we are brimming over with glee, because the organic coffee roaster and food-pairing ingenue is finally open for business, and capping off the excitement tonight with an soft open house and press preview.

The 17th Street spot will offer an invite-only sneak peak this evening that includes a look at the new space as well as a tasting--yes, there will be a sneak peak of the food and beverages! A selection of Hearth's coffee and 100% organic baked goods will be available for sampling, as well as some of their wine-and-cheese pairings.Other samplings include panini-pressed sandwiches--their Continental sanny pairs well with a pre-selected Bordeaux--bourbon infused brioche, and a caramel chocolate mousse. And of course,there will be a coffee tasting, because that is what this lovely homegrown roaster is all about.

What a great way to welcome yourself to the neighborhood, right?

But you don't have to wait for the preview to pass to hear what Hearth has to offer, head on down to their 17th Street location in the Castro and try it out for yourself!

Spend your Thanksgiving Eve with DJs and pie at Lookout Bar

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What's that you say? One of our favorite Castro hot spots is getting into the Turkey Day spirit? And there's going to be pie??

Sounds like a hump day date to us!

Get yourself to Lookout Bar this Wednesday, November 26 for Whatsgiving from 7pm-2am. The re-holiday event boasts free pie--yes, free--and is encouraging attendees to bring a little dish of something to share with other event-goers.

There will of course be plenty of tuneage, as Danny Snodgrass and Tisdale Fry will be manning the turntables for your "social and aural pleasure."

Why not get your groove on the night before you stuff your face with all that Thanksgiving fair?

Art We Love: Check out "HARD WORKING" this Friday at Glama-Rama

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Girl, there ain't nothing cute about aching feet from hauling ass in your heels at your 9-to-5 day job. However, there is an artist who understands that and is putting a delightful artistic spin on the scene.

Starting November 11, artist Eden Hutchinson is bringing "gender roles and classicism" to colorful canvases with "HARD WORKING: Bitter Waitresses, Hair-Brained Hairdressers & Whirling Dervishes". And from the teasers that we've already seen online, this is one art series that is not to be missed.

Glama-Rama Salon--where drag wigs go to die--will be displaying Hutchinson's exhibition until January 4, 2015. But there will be a special opening reception for it this Friday, November 14, from 7 pm to 10 pm.

The event is free and includes beverages and snacks. Free art and drinks? We'll run out of work in our heels for that!

For more information on the event please visit its Facebook page.

Get your laugh on at the Hella Gay Comedy Festival

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Laughter really is the best medicine, and there's no better way to cure your mid-week blues than with a few whole-hearted chuckles.

Lucky for you, today is the start of the Hella Gay Comedy Festival!

The event, which runs from today until November 9th, will bring laughs to 10 different San Francisco venues as well as shows across the bridge in Oakland. SFGate events boasts its lineup of "LGBT and LGBT friendly" comedians and standup aficionados to stages to bring you lots of laughs.

This is the "inaugural" fest for #HellaGayComedy, which has been successfully putting shows on across the Bay Area since 2011. Part of #HellaGayComedy's appeal? An inclusive atmosphere to there shows which makes everyone--gay, straight, bisexual, the list goes on--feel completely welcome and able to kick back and have a good laugh.

The laughs kick off tonight at Club OMG! at 43 Sixth Street in San Francisco. For more information on tickets, performers, and other festival background, please visit hellagaycomedy.com