Castro District News

Strip Club Trying Move Into Former Diesel Store Space on Castro Street in San Francisco

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By Brittany Doohan

Move over Magic Mike — we may have some new male strippers in the spotlight. Randy Rooster, a Chippendales-style strip club, is in escrow to purchase the former retail space (400 Castro Street, San Francisco) on the corner of Castro and Market, adjacent to Harvey Milk Plaza. (There were some rumors about an Apple store taking the space — but I think the Castro District might prefer some shirtless men over another new iPod.)

Supporters and backers of the Randy Rooster have been reaching out to the community, and they launched a website (http://rr-sf.com) to gain investors. The Randy Rooster promises to be an ethical business that contributes to "the greater good," according to SFist.

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Dolores Park is Getting a Facelift!

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By Brittany Doohan

As part of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project, Castro District’s favorite place to hang out in the sun will be going through a bit of a revamp. In an effort to preserve the historic park — which is eligible for the National Registry of Historic Landmarks and needs to be protected according to California law (CEQA) — the San Francisco Planning Department has proposed several major changes (exciting!).

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A-maize-ing Venezuelan Food: Pica Pica Now Open in the Castro!

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By Brittany Doohan


[Photos: PicaPica.com]

Pica Pica — a gluten-free, Venezuelan restaurant that serves everything from arepas to cachapas to sweet plantains — is now open in Castro, San Francisco! Located on 17th between Hartford and Market Streets, Pica Pica has been long awaited by Castro District residents.

“I would never have anticipated that opening a third location while operating two others would be this challenging, but it was truly a struggle. Initially we thought the Castro would be similar to Valencia, only slightly bigger.

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The New Castro Sidewalk Facelift Project

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The New Castro Sidewalk Facelift Project
By Brittany Doohan


[Photos: Planning Department]

On April 3, 2013, city planners presented some new options for pedestrian sidewalk upgrades to Castro Street. The improvements, which are set to begin 2014, will include 22-foot sidewalks, brand new trees and pedestrian-scaled lighting, according to SF Streets blog.

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Subsidized street trees coming to the Castro!

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Tree planting organization helps residents beautify

The Castro and surrounding blocks will soon be leafier. Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit organization that helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens throughout San Francisco, has planned a summer tree planting in the Castro.

FUF plants trees in neighborhoods in which property owners have requested trees for at least 25 properties. A "Tree Package" includes a tree, permit processing, site preparation including concrete removal, and two post-planting tree care visits. Most of the costs are covered by grants, government funding and donations; tree recipients pay a fee of only $135 per Tree Package, which includes a one-year FUF membership.

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Dolores Park: A Castro District Favorite

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By Brittany Doohan


[Photo by: Anand Wilder]

Dolores Park (originally known as Mission Park) is one of the most popular and loved parks in San Francisco — especially by gay San Francisco!

Dolores Park Amenities, Facilities and Tranquilities

Located on 18th St. between Dolores and Church Streets, Dolores Park spreads it’s grassy roots across nearly 14 acres, holding six tennis courts, one basketball court, two soccer fields, a playground and a clubhouse with public restrooms. And, if you find the right spot, you can enjoy one of the best views in the city.

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The Castro Booze Bucket List: 6 Bloody Marys You Have to Try

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I love a good Bloody Mary (or Maria). It is the perfect amount of spicy and savory flavor, combined with the obvious essentials, vodka or tequila. Not only is it the perfect companion to almost any meal (besides dessert, but hey, I’m sure that’s arguable), but you can also drink a good ol’ Mary any time of day!

Since we all know how much Gay San Francisco loves to brunch, I’ve compiled a Bloody Mary Bucket List for you to try some of the best Bloody Marys of the Castro District. Whether you spread it out over a couple weekends, or jam-pack this Bloody Mary action all into one day — well, that’s up to you. Enjoy!

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Laughs at Lookout, 16th St. and Market, San Francisco

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Thursday, March 14th
10pm
$10 at Door

Stand-up comic, Valerie Branch hosts a night of amazing comedic talent featuring six of the Bay Areas top LGBT comics at the iconic Lookout bar and nightclub. Also appearing in this line up is San Francisco’s Omnipresent Drag Chanteuse, Bebe Sweetbriar, who will be singing a wildly hilarious number live!

Host / Producer, Valerie Branch
Valerie Branch started stand up comedy in Portland, Oregon, then moved to San Francisco where her cheeky wit and her bawdy drag character, Pia Messing, have earned her a strong following in the LGBT community. She has opened for Tommy Davidson at Tommy T's Showroom, featured for Justin Martindale at SF Comedy Cellar and performed regularly at the legendary Purple Onion. Valerie co-produces the Jokers and Queens Comedy and Drag Showcase, and was one of the rotating emcees at what SF Weekly 2012 vote voted “Best Open Mic”.

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Remember The Party Presents We Are Family--Disco!

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Remember The Party's annual Disco event for 2012 will be Remember The Party--We Are Family! With DJ Jerry Bonham, at City Nights 715 Harrison St. San Francisco formerly known as Dreamland. On Sunday October 7th from 6:00pm to 3:00am.

Remember The Party is a truly authentic Disco party. A salute to San Francisco's famous dance spaces like the Trocadero Transfer, Dreamland, the I-Beam etc., it's a fabulous celebration of how a Disco party was presented during the 70s and early 80s with manually operated lighting used as an enhancement to the music, shimmering mirror balls and glorious music with soaring strings, soulful vocals and dangerous rhythm. RTP gives a feel of how a night at the Disco really was during the Disco era, a gorgeous peek at SF's gay Disco musical heritage.

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