Ad Hoc “Gateway” Committee Formed

The next meeting of the  Ad Hoc Gateway Committee, being chaired by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Vice-President, Bob Brown, will be scheduled soon.

The Cultural District has contracted with the respected Landscape Architect firm of Bionic to design something that could be erected on Folsom Street to visually represent the District, welcome visitors, and serve as a “placemaking” focal point for the neighborhood.  The Board has looked at their various proposed designs, and feels that additional information about the design features, and additional discussion and opinion sharing, is needed. This Committee will review and revise the specifications, arrange to meet with the landscape architects, and make recommendations to the Board. 

The public is welcome to attend the Committee’s meetings; people of who have expressed interest in the LCD Arts and Culture Committee in the past are particularly invited.

For more info, or to be notified when the next meeting is scheduled, please contact Committee Chair Bob Brown.

GGGuards host Leather Auction Online

The Golden Gate Guards are having an on-line leather silent auction hosted by 32auctions.com.  This is a golden opportunity for you to add to your leather collection.

They have more than 120 items, including high quality leather boots, chaps, jackets, pants, vests, accessories and even some BDSM equipment. Many items are in excellent condition, while some show gentle wear.

Check it out at 32auctions.com/2021GGGLeatherAuction

The Auction is now OPEN, and is scheduled to close on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 09:00 PM PDT.  You will need to create an account at 32auctions.com in order to bid for the auction items.

This online event is to raise funds for the Golden Gate Guards, a leather-Levi, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, open to both men and women, that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. They host safe, sane, and enjoyable events for those with an interest in leather, Levis, motorcycles and uniforms, while raising money for other non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.  They have a lot of fun, too!

Preserving Nob Hill Theater History

Representatives of the new owner of 729 Bush Street, the site of the now-closed Nob Hill Theater, will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 17th, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to present draft plans for a proposed renovation of the building to create a surgical center with dwellings above, reaching a height of 50 feet. The façade of the existing building will be retained.

The public meeting is being held to showcase the history of the theater and solicit feedback from members of the public. 729 Bush Street housed the Nob Hill Theater, a prominent gay adult theater and gathering place from circa 1968 to 2018.

You can attend the meeting via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86153240322 (or call +16699009128,,86153240322#), or view a copy of the presentation and submit comments at 729bush.com. All comments will be shared with the SF Planning Department, and considered as plans for the site are finalized.  Questions may also be sent to nobhilltheaterhistory@gmail.com.

A full press release about this can be viewed here.

Vaccination Time!

No one reading this needs to be reminded of the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19.  It’s essential for your personal health and safety, it’s essential to our community, and now it’s essential if you want to get a drink.

Throughout SOMA (and elsewhere), bars, clubs, private parties and others are increasingly requiring patrons to provide proof of vaccination, or extremely recent negative COVID-19 test results.   (See the SF Eagle’s detailed page on the subject.)

So when you visit SOMA, please bring proof of vaccination.  The original paper vaccination record will do, but for faster service (and to make life easy for the door personnel), consider getting an official State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record right on your smartphone.

And if you aren’t yet vaccinated, please click here for info on how you can get it.  It’s free, it’s easy to get, it’s safe, and, oh yes, it might just save your life.