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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF & Oakland: Thursday, April 30

The Bay Area's shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We're aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 


Here's your SF and Oakland event calendar for Thursday, April 30. Enjoy a comedy show, get a crash course in shark science or watch some short films from a disability film festival — all from the comfort of your couch.

No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

Photo: Frameline/Eventbrite

With the recent passing of Phyllis Lyon, partner in love and politics to the late Del Martin, Frameline and the Roxie Theater have teamed up to offer an online community screening of the movie "No Secret Anymore," which tells the story of the couple's 50-year romance and their work as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement.

The event will be preceded with tributes to Lyon by LGBTQ+ artists and activists. 100% of donations will go to Lyon-Martin Health Services, the clinic named for the couple that supports low-income transgender people and cisgender women, and is currently facing a potential closure.

When: Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: $10 suggested donation

Lessons From Surviving the AIDS Epidemic with Gregg Cassin

Photo: Manny's/Facebook

What are the lessons one learns from a global pandemic? Are there parallels with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and COVID-19? Join Manny's for a cyber conversation with Gregg Cassin, a 34-year survivor of HIV who created "Honoring Our Experience," a retreat program addressing the issues of long-term survivors of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

When: Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free, donations are welcome

Superfest Disability Film Festival: Short Films

Photo: Asian Art Museum/Facebook

The longest-running disability film festival in the world, Superfest aims to show disability through a diverse and complex lens. While the next edition is currently set for October, the festival is teaming up with the Asian Art Museum for this digital screening of four short films that explore Asian and Asian-American people with disabilities. The screening will be followed by a panel of Asian-American leaders in the disability community.

When: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free

Virtual NightLife

Image: California Academy of Sciences/Facebook

If the California Academy of Sciences' NightLife was a part of your pre-pandemic social calendar, you'll be pleased to learn that it's now happening online every other Thursday. This week, take in a crash course on sharks, get some face time with farm animals, listen to "accordion soul," and learn about bizarre arachnid mating rituals and how to start a kitchen quarantine garden.

When: Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free

Comedy Underground

Image: Comedy Underground/Eventbrite

Comedy Underground, a weekly stand-up show that previously performed every Thursday in Downtown Oakland, is now online. Enjoy some of the best comics in the East Bay from the safety and comfort of your own home on Zoom.

When: Thursday, April 30, 8 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite; the Zoom link will be emailed to you as soon as you register for the event

Price: Donation-based; pay what you can

Midday break

Learn some fun facts about opossums or take a look at behind-the-scenes exhibit maintenance at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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