First, we would like to say Farewell to Joseph S. Reyes aka Boyet and Joe. Joe passed away suddenly on April 11, 2015. Joe did volunteer work at Project Open Hand and was one of the friendliest volunteers and persons we have ever met. See obiturary by his friends and family below...
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So how does a commercial work? Our inquiring minds wanted to know were the people in it actors or real people? We discovered the people used in the making of the commercial were, indeed, real people seeking jobs from around the world used to complete Indeed's facasinating commercial ...
Joseph S. Reyes December 5, 1967 - April 11, 2015
Joseph "Joe" "Boyet" S. Reyes, 47, of San Francisco passed away unexpected on April 11, 2015. He is being laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, CA.
Joe was born in Manila, Philippines on December 5, 1967. In 1979, he immigrated to the United States along with his siblings to join their parents. He graduated high school from Sacred Heart in San Francisco and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. After college, he was a staff accountant at several firms, including Tucker Alan Incorporated and Aegis Mortgage.
Joe enjoyed music and dance. He was a member of LIKHA -Pilipino Folk Ensemble and absolutely loved performing throughout the Bay Area, showcasing the diversity of Pilipino culture on the stage. He entertained family and friends with his self-taught piano skills, and he sang with St. John Evangelist Church Choir. Joe also was a very active volunteer at Project Open Hand and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. He found joy and purpose in helping the needy.
Joe is lovingly remembered by his devoted parents, Luz and Vicene Reyes; his brother, Mark, and sister-in-law, Judie; his sister, Marian, and brother-in-law, James; his nieces Khalia and Kaylie; his nephews, Patrick, Ronan, Gabriel, and Fintan; his beloved dog, Bantay, and many other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Project Open Hand (www.openhand.org). The Reyes family wishes to thank Alcoholics Anonymous and St. John The Evangelist Church.
50 Mason Social Club
50 Mason Street Social Club is one of many new popular night spots in the Tenderloin that draws patrons from all over the bay area.
Mason has live performances that include variety shows and a popular jam session without cover that unfolds every Thursday night with various musicians playing together.
Construction works continues at SFMOMA's new Snohetta addition, which will have 16-foot-high ceilings, walls painted SFMOMA white" and six types of wood under considering for flooring. The oak floor is expected to provide continuity between the new addition and the Botta structure erected in 1994 so that visitors will experience it as "a single museum, not two."
The museum has been closed since 2013 and is expected to re-open in early 2016.
Iconic Gay & Lesbian Historical American Neighborhoods
Club 21 across the street from the former Compton Cafeteria where black drag queens, trans women and hustlers took on SFPD three years before Stonewall riots in New York
Pre-dating Stonewall riots in New York on June 28, 1969, San Francisco's Compton Cafeteria in the Tenderloin actually had the first 'gay' riot against injustice that took place in August 1966.
Compton, which stood on the corner of Turk at Taylor and is now a rehab housing project, was a popular after hours restaurant where men, drag queens and trans women gathered after the bars closed to drink 60 cents cups of coffee, gossip while coming down off of their highs. The cafeteria was located merely two blocks away from Woolworth on Powell, where many drag queens and trans women could walk to Woolworth's and buy [fake] eyelashes and change from male to female clothes.
Blue painted building now a Rehab home for people in recovery was the former location of Compton Cafeteria in the Tenderloin.
"Everybody that lived in the Tenderloin ate at Compton's," Amanda St. Jaymes, a transgender woman who ran a residential hotel nearby, said in a documentary, Screaming Queens, which chronicles a confrontation with police that marked the start of a movement toward LGBT rights.
Historically The Tenderloin, where sex work, gambling, and drug use were commonplace, was one of only a few neighborhoods where trans women and drag queens could live openly. Yet, they were still regularly subject to police harassment and arrested for the crime of "female impersonation."
The owners who were not gay didn't really want to become a late night hangout for queens, trans and hustlers. Workers would often call the police at night to clear the place out.
On this particular August pre-dawn morning in 1966 when a policeman in Compton's grabbed a black drag queen, she threw a cup of coffee in his face. The cafeteria "erupted," according to Susan Stryker, a historian who directed Screaming Queens. People flipped tables and threw cutlery. Sugar shakers crashed through the restaurant's windows and doors. Drag queens swung their heavy purses at officers. Outside on the street, dozens of people fought back as police forced them into paddy wagons. The crowd trashed a cop car and set a newsstand on fire.
"We just got tired of it," St. Jaymes told Stryker. "We got tired of being harassed. We got tired of being made to go into the men's room when we were dressed like women. We wanted our rights."
If the famous Stonewall riots in New York City were the origin of this nation's gay rights movement, the Tenderloin upheaval three years before was "the transgender community's debut on the stage of American political history," according to Stryker. "It was the first known instance of collective militant queer resistance to police harassment in United States history."
Stonewall is often thought of as an uprising of gay men. In reality, "it was drag queens, Black drag queens, who fought the police at the famous Stonewall Inn rebellion in 1969,"
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We have MC Odessa Lil ( Audra Wolfmann), burlesque legend Isis Starr, IfnWhendy Darling, Blackhoodygrrl, Ada Lavender, Lay-Si Luna, and Red-Velvet Dancer All on stage for you wIth stage kittens Vixi Vale and Bella Badonkadonk (Bella Sims)..
The history of burlesque is the history of parody and the history of pressing boundaries. Drawing from the rich and varied images of burlesque over the ages, The DIVA or Die Cabaret will take the audience on a voyeuristic journey allowing them a sensuous peek at the bold women and times of burlesque, offering women the opportunity to claim their power and strut their stuff in an art form that goes back to the Greeks.
The Flag of Scotland added by Simon, the bartender, hangs prominent in Club 21
Club 21 goes through several different transitions from the time it opens until it closes at 2 a.m. in the Tenderloin. Regulars attend the popular TL watering hole at all hours. Hipsters and tourists and office workers gather in the evenings and on weekends.
Simon, a newcomer, from Scotland is our favorite bartender and has hung his native Scotland flag up in the bar. Simon told us we were first to ask what country the flag, which we found beautiful, represented. "Scotland," he proudly announced, "that's where I'm from..."
Simon of Scotland is one of Club 21's rotating bartenders.
SFMoMA on Third Street at Yerba Buena Gardens under re-construction til early 2016