Rocktober in the 'Stro has started with a bang and looks to be a non-stop, fun-fueled month. Last weekends Castro Street Fair kicked-off the busy month and this coming weekend is teeming with a wide variety of activities. As a matter of fact it's so crammed our usual Friday thru Sunday picks have bled into Thursday which is where our picks of 'cool things to do' jumps off.
Thursday, Oct. 10th: The wildly popular local homo blog, Accidental Bear, run by Castro Biscuit pal and supporter Mike Enders, presents a singer/songwriter musical showcase at Rebel (1746 Market St) featuring the hot and hunky Queer troubadours Bobby Jo Valentine, Stephen Leonard. and Manny Capozzi. These acoustic nightingales are all talented, award-winning musicians. The tunes start at 8PM and it's only $10.
Down the street, Castro newest nightspot, Beaux, is throwing an opening night party to rival all others starting at 8PM as well. The former Trigger née Jet, née Detour (2344 Market St.) has had an extensive facelift. Castro club impresario and your evenings host, Joshua J, has kept us abreast step-by-step of all the details and his last report promises an opening night for the record books.
Our last pick of the night is an early evening reading at Books Inc (2275 Market St) at 7:30 by Alexandra Franzen. Ms. Franzen's work has appeared in an illustrious list of periodicals and online mags. Tonight she will be reading from her latest effort, 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome, a beautiful and brilliant blending of humor, interactive art and unique, fun ways to say “thank you” to the people who make your life tremendously awesome. This mini-workshop slash reading is FREE!
Friday October 11th: National Coming Out Day begins by us wishing Castro Biscuit pal and supporter, Cleve Jones, legendary LGBT activist and icon, a warm and wonderful happy birthday. In all likelihood you'll find him celebrating tonight with pals at his fave Castro neighborhood bar, The Mix (4086 18th St). Stop over and buy him a drink won't ya? Tonight is also the opening of the 2013 Arabic Film Festival at the Castro Theater (429 Castro St). This multi-California-city hopping film fest's opening offering is the tender film When I Saw You that follows a 11 year-old, Palestinian boy named Tarek and his mother as they flee their Jordan homeland during the 1967 war between Israel and Egypt. This film has been getting wild reviews at every festival it's played and is well worth seeing. The film is sub-titled, runs 96 minutes and begins at 7:30PM.
Saturday October 12th: Head over to Jane Warner Plaza (17th St & Castro) for another in the Castro Community Benefit Districts live musical series. Today's offering is Josh Klipp & the Klipptones at 3PM. This local band is a real crowd pleaser with their smooth Swing and Jazz interpretations of classic and standard songs. Today is also the day Peaches Christ haunts the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St.) with her horrific Halloween production Return to Grey Gardens. Peaches infamous parody live pre-movie shows are legendary in scope and this proves to be another not to miss event. Special guests include Ru Paul Drag Race winner, Jinyx Monsoon, and the star of multiple John Water films, Mink Stole! The live show is followed by the presentation of the classic doc film of family disFUNction, Grey Gardens. There are two showings 3PM and 8PM. Get tickets here.
Sunday October 13th: Today, according to weather reports, is supposed to be sunny and perfect. A great day to wander the neighborhood and check out all the charity beer busts and events that go on in multiple bars in the afternoon like Jocks at The Lookout (3600 16th St.) who raise funds to support local Queer sport teams. Todays MUST DO event at Jane Warner Plaza (17th St. & Castro) is a special outdoor, midday Lit Quake reading taking place at 1PM. Lit Quake is the one of a kind week-long literary event that takes place Citywide
every October. Originally hatched over beers at the Edinburgh Castle pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in a fog-bound Golden Gate Park. Co-organizers and local writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware quickly realized that book lovers wanted something more. Now in its 14th year it's a roving cerebral party that hits hot spots all over SF. Todays offering includes some amazing local authors and thinkers from a wide variety of genres and disciplines: Monica Nolan, Nick Krieger, Mark Abramson, Kevin Sessums, and our favorite godless pervert, Greta Christina. This is a not to miss event made even more special by being FREE!
Those are our picks. Enjoy yourself and thanks for reading the Castro Biscuit.