From March Events

STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward

STAGED READING
Rhino in the Castro: “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward
Monday, March 6

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome

Sir Noël Coward (1972). Photo: Allan Warren

Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” a series of readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering is “Blithe Spirit,” a classic 1941 comedy by gay author and celebrated wit Sir Noël Coward. The play centers on a fussy novelist, Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife whose spirit is conjured up by a visiting “happy medium,” Madame Arcati. The Rhino’s reading discovers the queer connotations between the lines.

FUNDRAISER Out of Hibernation: Beartoonist Beer Bust at the Lone Star

FUNDRAISER
Out of Hibernation: Beartoonist Beer Bust at the Lone Star  
Sunday, March 12
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Lone Star Saloon
1354 Harrison St., San Francisco
 

“Bear Pride” temporary chalk drawing by Fran Frisch at the Lone Star Saloon (circa 1995)

The Lone Star Saloon invites gay bears and their friends to a special beer bust to support the GLBT Historical Society and its current exhibition, “Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture.” Exhibition curator Jeremy Prince will be on hand to make informal comments about the history of the bear subculture, and artwork and t-shirts by bear cartoonist Fran Frisch will be available for purchase. With spring on the way, the beer bust will be a great opportunity to come out of hibernation for a visit to the Lone Star, recently honored by the City of San Francisco as an officially recognized LGBTQ legacy business.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Turning 32, Turning Six, Turning Up the Music

Turning 32, Turning Six, Turning Up the Music 
Friday, March 17
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Tickets: $15.00 advance; $20 at the door

 

Thirty-two years ago, a band of queer history enthusiasts created the GLBT Historical Society to uncover and preserve stories of the LGBTQ past. Six years ago, we opened the doors of the GLBT History Museum in the Castro.
Join us at a double anniversary party to celebrate these milestones — and to raise funds for our spring makeover. The museum is showing a little age and needs a fresh face to better welcome visitors for the next four years. Proceeds of the party will help us redo the entry, reception desk and shop.

VivvyAnne ForeverMORE, Marga Gomez and Alex U. Inn will serve as hosts and entertainers, and DJ Marke B will play cool queer hits from the past four decades. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Wine donated by Beaux, Equality Wines and the Midnight Sun.

For advance tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

OPEN HOUSE Behind the Scenes: The GLBT Historical Society Archives

OPEN HOUSE

Behind the Scenes: The GLBT Historical Society Archives
Saturday, March 18
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
GLBT Historical Society Archives
989 Market St., Lower Level, San Francisco
Admission: Free

Managing archivist Joanna Black in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society. Photo by Gerard Koskovich.

The GLBT Historical Society preserves one of the world’s largest collections of LGBTQ historical materials. The archives are used by historians, writers, filmmakers and others researchers, yet they remain little known to the wider community. This special open house will offer members of the public a behind-the-scenes tour, including a rare opportunity to visit the archival reserve normally accessible only to Historical Society staff.

Managing archivist Joanna Black will provide an introduction to the collections and the function of the archives. Visitors also will have a chance to see highlights from the holdings that have never before been displayed publicly. Guided tours of the archives will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a free ticket, RSVP no later than 3:00 p.m. on March 17 via Eventbrite.

LIVING HISTORY ACT(ing) UP: 30 Years of Nonviolent Direct Action

LIVING HISTORY
ACT(ing) UP: 30 Years of Nonviolent Direct Action
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00; free for members
Militants from Stop AIDS Now or Else (SANOE) hold a sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge, Jan. 31, 1989. Photo Copyright © Rick Gerharter.
Thirty years ago this month, the first chapter of the militant AIDS activist organization ACT UP was founded in New York City. At the same time, the AIDS Action Pledge was forming in San Francisco, emerging from earlier AIDS protest groups in the city, including Citizens for Medical Justice, Mobilization Against AIDS and the ARC/AIDS Vigil. The first in a new monthly series called “Fighting Back!” sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society, this intergenerational discussion will feature veterans of those early groups as well as contemporary organizers of LGBTQ nonviolent direct action who will lead a public forum exploring the effectiveness of such efforts in creating change.