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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Thursday, June 25

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 online event calendar for Thursday, June 25. Hear about the future of queer gathering spaces, check out a collective of creators and activists working to amplify the voices of LGBTQ prisoners, join a discussion with Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and more.

The Changing Times: A conversation with Supervisor Aaron Peskin and Joe Eskenazi

Image: Telegraph Hill Dwellers/Facebook

District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin will talk with Joe Eskenazi, managing editor at Mission Local, about issues and politics in the city and his district, which includes North Beach and Chinatown. At the end, there will be time for some audience questions.

When: Thursday, June 25, 5:30 p.m.

How to join: RSVP online

Price: Free

Manny's LIVE: The Future of Queer Gathering Spaces

Photo: Manny's/Facebook

What is the future of queer gathering spaces? Two people at the forefront of this question, Honey Mahogany of the recently closed The Stud and Grace Towers of Shelter in Grace, will talk about that question during the event, hosted by Mission-based community space Manny's.

Hear about what will bring people together in the future. Will there be a renaissance of the gay bar?  What will the physicality of queer space of the future look like after shelter-in-place?

When: Thursday, June 25, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free, donations are welcome

Full-Spectrum Science: Rainbows

Image: Exploratorium/Facebook

Learn from Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman about the rainbow in all its glory. Hear about its meaning in the Pride flag, the optics of rainbows in nature, and rainbows in art and popular culture.

Since joining the Exploratorium in 1971, Hipschman has worked as an exhibit developer, author, teacher, and webcast host. He is currently also busy with the Exploratorium’s Environmental Initiative.

When: Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube. This event is intended for audiences aged 13 and over.

Price: Free

Virtual NightLife, Vol. 6: Pride

Image: California Academy of Sciences/Facebook

Over in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is joining this year’s virtual Pride celebrations with a special edition of the 10th-annual Pride NightLife, hosted by drag queen Heklina.

Heklina will perform classic songs throughout the evening, bringing the glam straight from her home to yours. 

Then, enjoy a cocktail demo, watch a screening of "How To Respect Gender Pronouns" by Imani Outen, or get a virtual tour of ABO Comix's gallery. ABO Comix is a collective of creators and activists who work to amplify the voices of LGBTQ prisoners through art.

When: Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free

Juli Delgado Lopera and Myriam Gurba in conversation

Image: San Francisco Public Library/Facebook

Join an evening with Juliana Delgado Lopera and Myriam Gurba, in celebration of Lopera's latest book "Fiebre Tropical: A Novel published by The Feminist Press."

The multilingual debut novel features a Colombian teenager's coming-of-age and coming out, in a tale spanning from Bogotá, Colombia to an ant-infested Miami townhouse.

Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian, speaker and storyteller based in San Francisco. Gurba is a writer and artist, and author of "Mean," a true crime, memoir and ghost story about coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana, ranked by O, the Oprah Magazine, as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time.

When: Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free

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