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5 options for digital events in SF: Friday, June 19

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.

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Here's your SF online event calendar for Friday, June 19. Support a local bookstore, learn about the AIDS Memorial Quilt or hear live music, readings, poetry, and observations on the legacy of Juneteenth.

Adobe Books fundraiser with ALOK, Vivek Shraya, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Meredith Talusan, and more

Photo: Writers With Drinks/Facebook

It's a tough time for local bookstores, which were just able to reopen for indoor shopping earlier this week after a three-month halt due to shelter-in-place. During this event, San Francisco literary night Writers With Drinks will raise funds to help one local bookstore stay in business.

The event will feature transgender and non-binary authors ALOK, Vivek Shraya, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Cyrus Grace Dunham, Meredith Talusan and Toni D. Newman in a panel discussion, with proceeds supporting Adobe Books.

When: Friday, June 19, 12 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: Free

Juneteenth and the Blues with Marcus Shelby

Photo: Museum of the African Diaspora/Facebook

Join the Museum of the African Diaspora for a special Juneteenth presentation. Juneteenth and the Blues is an hour-long session and discussion with San Francisco-based composer, bassist, and bandleader Marcus Shelby about the importance and historical significance of Juneteenth in black American culture.

The presentation will include live music, readings, poetry, and observations on the legacy of June 19, 1865, the date when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, one of the last places to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, became free.

When: Friday, June 19, 4 p.m.

How to join: RSVP online

Price: $0 – $25 (sliding scale)

Art For Lunch – Mike Smith on the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in Washington, D.C. | Photo: Elvert Barnes

During this Art For Lunch session presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, hear from Mike Smith, a founding member of The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the former executive director of the AIDS Emergency Fund.

As we previously reported, the quilt was conceived in 1985 by San Francisco activist Cleve Jones. Each panel represents a person lost to AIDS; many were hand-sewn by grieving family and friends.

When: Friday, June 19, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free

Art + Pride 2020

Image: Harvey Milk Photo Center/Facebook

Over at the Harvey Milk Photo Center at Duboce Park, learn about the Art + Pride 2020 virtual exhibit during a virtual kickoff party also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride in San Francisco. The exhibit displays vintage images, as well as many pieces of contemporary art. 

"Each one of these artists adds an immense richness, joy and depth to each of our lives every day," Harvey Milk Photo Center director Dave Christensen wrote. 

When: Friday, June 19, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Twitch

Price: Free, donations are welcome

Beethoven's Op. 130 String Quartet and More

Photo: Chamber Music Society Of San Francisco/Facebook

Enjoy a virtual music experience featuring excerpts from Beethoven's Opus 130 String Quartet and a live conversation with the Chamber Music Society Of San Francisco.

The music "will be pre-recorded to avoid all glitches," event organizers said. The music will be introduced live — expect to hear context and some anecdotes about each piece. There will also be a Q&A conversation.

When: Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: $25

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