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Life Beyond Uranus: Remembering a Golden Age of San Francisco Nightlife

  • GLBT Historical Society Museum 4127 18th Street San Francisco, CA, 94114 United States (map)


GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114


$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited Seating, advance RSVP recommended.

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Legendary club kids, DJs, queer punks, DIY fashionistas, nightlife promoters and club owners gather to share their scandalous stories of nightlife before the Internet (1980s – 1990s).

They'll recount stories from San Francisco queer clubs such as Uranus, The Stud, The Box, The Eagle, Colossus, Universe and more. Notorious outfits, artifacts and looks from both the denizens’ personal collections and the GLBT Historical Society’s archives will be shown, highlighting how a resilient nightlife scene helped a community weather the darkest years of the AIDS crisis.

Special guest panelists include:

Jennifer "Junkyard" Morris—DJ and promoter of the Junk party at the Stud

Page Hodel—DJ and promoter of the diverse and women-centered Box and Club Q parties.

Lewis Walden—DJ and promoter of Club Uranus and Club Chaos

Gus Bean— proprietor of the Colossus and Atlas parties, as well as many more early "circuit" parties.

Melissa Hawkins—Photographer and multidisciplinary designer.

Moderated by Marke Bieschke—Nightlife historian who specializes in queer dance music and club history.

This program is part of the SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins exhibition, on view through May 27, 2019.

Photo credit: Melissa Hawkins, Dancer, Folsom (1991); used with permission.