From Mighty Reels

Mighty Reels: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

The Castro Street Fair in the 1970s. Photo: Courtesy Castro Street Fair
The Castro Street Fair in the 1970s. Photo: Courtesy Castro Street Fair

Friday, September 30
7pm-8:30pm, $5
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
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This month’s installment of the Mighty Reels series of historic LGBTQ film and video from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society reveals the sights and sounds of the early years of the Castro Street Fair. Media preservationist John Raines presents rare videotape of the 1976 and 1978 fairs as captured by the Queer Blue Light media collective.

Always held on the first Sunday in October, the fair has been a favorite with residents and visitors alike for over 40 years. A major highlight of these videos is a brief interview with Harvey Milk, who explains his rationale for establishing the event in 1974. The screening takes place just two days before this year’s fair.

MIGHTY REELS: Happy Birthday Sylvester!

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Wednesday, August 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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Travel back to 1985 in the August installment of our monthly “Mighty Reels” series of moving images from the archives. Media preservationist John Raines presents a scarce video of the first “40th” birthday celebration for iconic San Francisco disco diva Sylvester (1947-1988), with the star performing sentimental standards backed by a jazz band. The program will conclude with encore clips of Sylvester and other Megatone Records artists including Paul Parker, Jo-Lo, Billy Preston and Modern Rocketry. Sylvester James was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 1947, so the program is taking place less than a week before what would have been his 69th birthday. Admission: $5; free for members.

MIGHTY REELS: That’s MS. Leather to You!

Friday, July 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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Kick off your Up Your Alley festival weekend with our screening of the first-ever International Ms. Leather competition of 1987. Media preservationist John Raines presents an hour-long video highlighting the excitement, thrills, and laughs of this playful romp held at San Francisco’s long-vanished DV8 Lounge. Since its inception in 1987, International Ms. Leather has become a fixture in the leather and lesbian communities and an annual sibling to Chicago’s International Mr. Leather contest.

ONLINE_Sampler_35_15_LRG[1]Our special guest is Audrey Joseph, a longtime entertainment producer and LGBT rights activist who was closely involved with this inaugural event. Admission: $5; free for members.

Historic media come to the ’net

vlcsnap-7327-12-17-08h36m22s451MIGHTY REELS, our ongoing series featuring rare film, video, and audio from the archives, is now viewable at our website. Programs will be posted a few days after they’re presented at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco. There’s nothing like the experience with a live audience, so we encourage you to attend MIGHTY REELS in person. But if you aren’t able to make it, or would like to see the program again, you can enjoy these historical gems in the comfort of your internet browser.

pit7sOur next museum program, “That’s MS. Leather to You,” is coming July 29 at 7 p.m. See an hour of highlights of the first-ever International Ms. Leather competition of 1987.

MIGHTY REELS: Pride in the 70s

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Harvey Milk gestures at the crowd during the 1975 Gay Freedom Day parade on O’Farrell Street.

Friday, June 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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This program is now available for on-line viewing.

In celebration of Pride Month, media preservationist John Raines devotes his ongoing Mighty Reels series to a look back at Pride in the 1970s. Beginning with amateur video of the 1973 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade and festival — a casual party in the park — the program surveys annual marches in the city through 1981. Harvey Milk appears in some of the reels, both before and after becoming California’s first openly gay elected official. Rare film and video drawn from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society include a Super 8 retrospective lensed and introduced by Lou Perica (1930-1989), a longtime member of San Francisco’s gay community. Admission: $5.00; free for members.

MIGHTY REELS: White Night Fright!

Riot police and residents face off in San Francisco’s Castro District.

Friday, May 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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This program is now available for on-line viewing.

Kicking off the new monthly Mighty Reels series of film and video from the GLBT Historical Society archives, “White Night Fright” brings together scarce archival finds to mark the 37th anniversary of the White Night Riot. A night of unprecedented violence followed the surprise verdict in the trial of Dan White, killer of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. Curated by media preservationist John Raines, the program includes untelevised footage of the riot, an amateur documentary, a satirical radio broadcast, and highlights of the tenth anniversary demonstration in 1989. Admission: $5.00; free for members.