Castro District News

Castro Cleanup: Trash Exorcism at Dolores Park

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By Brittany Doohan


[Photo: Trash Exorcism FB event page]

We all love Dolores Park (Castro’s favorite park on 18th and Church in San Francisco) — best for enjoying warm weather and shirtless hotties — but with all the fun we have there, it can get a little messy. That’s why The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Dolores Park Works and a stampede of good-natured San Franciscans came together Saturday, March 30th to perform a "trash exorcism" of Dolores Park!

And were not talking about picking up a few empty beer bottles — they got on their hands and knees and spring cleaned like machines: trash, cigarette butts, bottle caps, napkins — everything, gone.

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March 4 Equality: Marriage Equality Movement at Harvey Milk Plaza in Castro, San Francisco

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By Brittany Doohan

On Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 6:30pm, nearly 2500 fellow gay, straight and bisexual San Franciscans gathered at Harvey Milk Plaza (on Castro and Market) for the historic March 4 Equality. LGBT activists and supporters marched to city hall demanding that Prop 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) be shut down by the U.S. Supreme Court, which was heard on March 26th and 27.

With plenty of rainbow garb and some pretty clever signs saying, "God Loves Fags," "What would Harvey do?" and "I liked it but I couldn't put a ring on it,” San Franciscans sure do rally with passion and flair.

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What's the Deal With Those Gold Chairs on Church and Duboce?

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By Brittany Doohan


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Gold Chairs Runneth Over Near the Castro District

We know you’ve seen them — nine bronze painted chairs planted ever so curiously by the N muni stop on Church and Duboce, near Castro, San Francisco. So, what the heck are they doing there? What you may have thought to be some sort of prank or protest is actually an art piece, paid for by our lovely city.

In response to the community’s plea for more seating near the train stop, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the Department of Public Works joined forces with artist Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe to create the ultimate solution: a permanent public art installation called Domestic Seating.

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Song as Old as Rhyme: Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along at Castro Theatre

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By Brittany Doohan

Strap on your Disney shoes people (we know you have a pair) — Castro Theatre has done it again. This historic Castro District landmark is indulging us in yet another amazing Disney sing-along treat: Beauty and the Beast.

Beginning Wednesday, March 27th through Friday, April 5th, you will have the chance to watch this Disney classic while showing off your amazing (or not-so-amazing) vocal range. And don’t worry if you don’t know all the words, your favorite Castro Street theatre has got you covered: These showings have been customized with on-screen lyrics! Your fabulous hosts Laurie Bushman and Sara Moore will be there to introduce each performance and help you warm up those vocal chords.

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The Castro Wants Another Starbucks for Some Reason

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By www.sfist.com Editors

Employing "reclaimed" gobbledygook as a selling point, Starbucks wants to put another damn spore in the Castro, a few blocks away from the bear-frequented Starbucks at 18th and Castro. With takeover plans zeroed in at 2201 Market (at 15th Street), here's what the coffee mammoth would like to do: "The design vision for this unique 'diamond-in-the-rough' building includes creating an open, warm and welcoming experience that reflects the character and history of the surrounding neighborhood. The store would be built using eco-conscious building practices and materials to minimize the impact on the environment."

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Folsom Street Fair 2012

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By Staff Writer

In 2012 the world's largest leather event, the Folsom Street Fair®, will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and the Castro District couldn't be more excited. We are sure to see the fairgrounds filled with people in their most outrageous leather/rubber/fetish attire enjoying the world's largest and best loved Leather fair.

The Folsom Street Fair is a true San Francisco original. With over 400,000 people in attendance covering 13 city blocks, the Fair is the largest leather/fetish event in the world and the third largest, single-day outdoor event in California. Folsom Street Events is thrilled to celebrate the 28th Folsom Street Fair with style and a week's worth of truly outstanding events over the course of San Francisco Leather Week.

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Castro Nudists Draw More Controversy Over Cock Ring

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By Jay Barman

The band of birthday-suited dudes who enjoy strutting the plaza at 17th and Castro and taking pictures with tourists has come under some fire recently from what they're referring to as "cock ring patrol" from some SFPD officers. The officers argue that the cock rings overstep the bounds of the city's laws on nudity, crossing the line from legal nudity to lewdness, and could therefore subject the offender to an arrest.

The nudists, meanwhile, a band of (usually) about a half-dozen gay men of various ages and shapes, would likely claim that it's just a piece of jewelry and not being used as a sex toy. One highly visible nudist who appears to have nothing to do with his days besides sit and stand naked on city streets, Lloyd Fishback, said in an NSFW interview on public access a few years ago (which we highly recommend watching) that the cock ring thing was just a cosmetic enhancer of sorts.

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SF Pride Celebration

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Get your tickets for Be Scene!,
a fundraiser for SF Pride.
June 7, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
at W San Francisco
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Noon to 6:00 p.m. in SF's Civic Center [MAP]
Sunday, June 24, 2012
11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in SF's Civic Center [MAP]

About the SF Pride Celebration


Photo: Jane Cleland

San Francisco Pride has been said to be "one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage."

The SF Pride Celebration will be held over the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2012, in downtown San Francisco in Civic Center at the foot of San Francisco's historic City Hall where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more tha thirty years ago.

With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

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Blame Muni not Muni driver; says Lawyer - Castro

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By Rachel Gordon, Stephanie M. Lee, John Wildermuth

The Muni operator who faces a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge for running over a 23-year-old woman with his bus in a Castro district crosswalk last summer made a brief court appearance Thursday on a procedural matter, and in a hallway interview afterward his attorney said that his client shouldn't be blamed.

Defense attorney Stuart Hanlon said the real culprit was inadequate supervision at Muni that allowed his client, Wallace Loggins, to drive a 40-foot bus along unfamiliar streets.

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Flap Over Rainbow Flag in the Castro

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By C.W Nevius

The rainbow flag at the intersection of Market and Castro streets seems like an affirming and positive local icon. But this is San Francisco, where even toys from Happy Meals can seem sinister.

Inevitably, controversy has sprung up around the flagpole. That's a shame because, as Cleve Jones, longtime gay activist, says, the solution is simple: "It should fly at full-staff, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."

In the past 10 years, exceptions have been made by merchants who pay for and maintain the flag and plaza; the most recent example was flying a "Bear" flag last weekend.

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