Castro District News

End of the Line for Castro Staple; Delano's Market

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Posted on www.sfgate.com
By Casey Newton

Castro District San Francisco has lost DeLano's IGA Markets, a small family-owned grocery chain with stores in San Francisco, Marin and Davis, is struggling financially and plans to close many of its stores soon. Members of this GLB community are disappointed.

"I don't have a story for you yet; we're still working ... with our creditors," said owner Harley DeLano in a brief phone interview Monday from the company's headquarters in Davis. Many Castro District residents feel this is the end for the grocery store.

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Brittney Spears to Perform in the Castro

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Posted on sanfrancsico.cbslocal.com
By CBS.com Staff Writers

Castro District resident cheer! Brit is coming to the Castro! We know you've been dying to know details about Britney Spears' Good Morning America mini-concert this month. Details about the performance have been sketchy...that is, until now. We have all the info for you!

Get ready for some street closures. The 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street, between Market and 19th streets in the Castro, will be shutdown at midnight on March 26th until 5pm on March 27th.

Britney is scheduled to perform for an hour beginning at noon in front of the Castro Theater. The segment will air on Good Morning America on Tuesday, March 29th, the day Spears' album Femme Fatale is released.

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Gaga tries to pressure Target to give gay

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Posted on www.365gay.com
By Annie Rooney

Lady Gags fights on for us in the Castro San Francisco! Lady Gaga said she would release an exclusive edition of her "Born This Way" album to Target stores if the company makes efforts to support the gay community. The new edition includes remixes and three extra studio songs.

Target previously gave a donation to anti-gay Minnesota politician Tom Emmer. Castro District residents wonder why they would give such a donation. Gaga met with company executives for a conversation where she stressed how supporting the gay community was important to her, her fans, and their partnership. Castro San Francisco loves their continued support from Lady Gaga.

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Wyler at Heart

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By Advocate.com Editors

Are you familiar with the following man Castro San Francisco? If you do not, you will after this article. HIV-positive porn actor Mason Wyler recently filmed two condom-free scenes with two other HIV-positive performers — mostly because he wanted to. Wyler talked to The Advocate about his decision and the role of safe sex in porn.

One of the most controversial figures in the porn industry, 27-year-old Mason Wyler shook things up again when the HIV-positive performer announced this month that he was appearing in two bareback scenes with Owen Hawk and Brandon Hawk — porn stars and boyfriends who are also HIV-positive. Castro district residents wonders if Wyler is sending mixed messages about sexual activities being an HIV positive individual. The reason for Wyler's decision was that he simply wanted to have sex with the pair and that working with HIV-negative actors, bareback or not, often incites fear in them.

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NICE Collective pops up in S.F.'s Castro

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Posted on www.sfgate.com
February 6, 2011
By Dino-Ray Ramos

San Francisco's fashion foot soldiers doing reconnaissance near the Castro district may not notice the unassuming, almost camouflaged temporary storefront steps away from the Church Street Muni Station. The store is a first for NICE Collective design duo Joe Haller and Ian Hannula, but don't call it a pop-up store. It's more of a retail convoy. A convoy that is welcome for Castro San Francisco residents.

"NICE Collective termed the boutiques, 'Mobile Supply Unit' (MSU) to focus on the utilitarian aspects of the 'pop-up store zeitgeist' as well as to reiterate broader access (and) supply of our products to our clientele," explains brand director Riley Johndonnell. A broader access of supply for Castro San Francisco sounds enticing.

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Another Suspicious Castro Fire Friday Morning

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Posted on www.sfappeal.com
By The Advocate.com

Castro San Francisco district residents worry.

San Francisco police and fire investigators are looking into another suspicious fire in San Francisco's Castro District this morning, the fourth in the area in the past two days. The fire was reported shortly before 4:15 a.m. in the 4000 block of 18th Street, police said. A piece of plastic was burning in front of the doorway of a building. Firefighters responded but the fire was extinguished before they arrived, according to police.

There were three other fires in the same Castro Disrict area on Thursday that investigators are also considering suspicious. Two second-alarm fires, one reported shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday at 3620 16th St. and the other at about 5:30 a.m. at 3943 17th St., also originated on the exterior of the buildings. Again, all firest within the Castro District San Francisco area. Investigators believe the fires were intentionally set, and are working to determine if they are related, fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said Thursday."There are a lot of common factors," Talmadge said. "The most obvious are the time and location, and both of those fires' point of origin was on the exterior.

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The Sweetest Thing

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By Neal Broverman

MyCastro.com and Castro District sweetheart, The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kandi Burruss doesn't lip sync and she doesn't have a part-time lesbian lover. But she does have a new album, and a lot to say about gay Atlanta and Tyler Perry.

Kandi Burruss is a Real Housewives anomaly. An anomaly that Castro District residents embrace. The Atlanta star is not only sane and likable, she actually had a music career long before her she appeared on the reality show-she was a member of the girl group Xscape and a successful songwriter for acts like TLC and Destiny's Child. Not long after releasing her second CD, Kandi Koated, and fresh off a tour with Fantasia, Burruss chatted with The Advocate about the White Party and the real gays of Atlanta, but she wasn't prepared to talk about Tyler Perry's love life.

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Castro Home for Our History - On Scene With Bill Wilson

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Posted on www.sentinel.com
By Bill Wilson

The Castro San Francisco history has a home at 4127 – 18th Street in the heart of the San Francisco Castro District. Just writing those words sends a sense of pride through my being as it does for Castro residents. The vision of those who created some of that history and those who have sought to preserve it has been realized as the GLBT History Museum formally opened in the heart of gay San Francisco, the Castro on January 13 with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Ed Lee, former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, current Supervisors Wiener and Campos.

As a person old enough to know of the time when the word Queer had no positive context, I thought this was a big enough deal that I literally got off the plane from Frankfurt, Germany having started the day in Rome, Italy and went to the opening. Mycastro.com is just as excited.

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Just the Way You Are

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By Ross von Metzke

Well Castro San Francisco they say a picture says a thousand words - and that's exactly what D.J. Paul V. is hoping happens with his new blog, Born This Way.

Yes, it shares a title with a yet-to-be released album by a popular Castro San Francisco pop-star Lady Gaga. But the title, Paul says, has been brewing in his brain since California's Proposition 8 passed in 2008. Remember the buzz in Castro San Francisco district when Proposition 8 passed?

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