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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Upcoming Events

I'll be sending out a rather large Social Column shortly, and you won't want to miss it. The relationship between us and the San Diego Police has been shifting slowly back to the Bad Old Days, and it's time to get the news out.

I'll be shifting the moderation of the Men's Discussions over to California LeatherSir 2011 Sam, who has had four years of experience with this sort of thing.  At the last one, we ran out of chairs!  That's Sam on the far left of the picture. Why make the change?  Because I have more new projects coming up that will need my full attention. San Diego's community is a rocket-ship heading for the stars, and we're all on it together. Local leaders' successes are building upon successes, and  I want to help in any way that I can. My time is best spent doing what I do behind the scenes - networking, mentoring, encouraging and brainstorming.

Some of you might be wondering why I'm promoting the FilmOut movie series, which is a non-profit, gay-run effort. Several reasons: Our demographic is highly sought-after nowadays, and once somebody finds out that we can be reached, they really want us back, visible and proud and numerous. We are definitely the kind of crowd that appreciates gay-friendly movies in a packed theater that is central to where most of our community lives. It's a very unifying occasion, where you know that you're among folks who accept you without question, and everybody around you has the same reactions at the same time. Our turnout for the Cruising Movie event was a massive success… This photo only shows the folks who wanted to be in the group shot. The RENT movie event was nearly sold-out last month, and now the organizers have sent me twenty-five free tickets for my buddies to go see Shortbus at 7PM on January 18th.  Show up at 6:45PM to get your ticket(s) from me personally, outside the door at the Birch North Park Theatre.

The problem with the FilmOut series is that it is one of THREE events happening that evening. This is a great, superb, completely wonderful problem to have.  Two years ago, we had maybe one gay kinkster-related event every three or four months.  Now, as you can see below, the calendar is getting crammed with delightful choices. The events are succeeding, too - We're all getting the variety that each of us needs.

Well, except for the more hardcore play parties. I'm working on it...

-=-=-=-=-=- UPCOMING EVENTS

Fri. Dec. 30, 9PM; NEW YEAR'S EVE Party at the Eagle.

Fri. Dec. 30, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY Fri. NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Fri. of each month, such as March 30, June 29, August 31 and Nov. 30th of 2012. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment. I will be there, teaching flogging as usual.

Sun. Jan. 1, 5PM, CIGARS & BOOTS on the patio at Redwing Bar & Grill, hosted by California LeatherSir 2010 Miles B. First Sun. of each month. If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you. 

Wed. Jan. 4, 7-9PM: MEN'S MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS. This has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. Here is a picture from the December 21 event. It's a great excuse for the generations to meet and build friendships and share mentoring. Featured guests for the evening will be San Diego Puppy Patrol.  Learn more about the Puppy movement in the kinky gay male community.

Wed. Jan. 4, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Beep and San Diego Puppy Patrol (SDPP). First Wed. of each month.

Thu. Jan. 5, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.

Fri, Jan. 6, 7-9PM; SDLOG EDUCATIONAL EVENT: Usually, the first event of the year is the Planning Meeting, where decisions are made about future events.  First Friday of each month. at the Joyce Beers Community Centerby the Aladdin restaurant near Ralph's supermarket on University.

Sat. Jan. 7, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 cover. First Sat. of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.

Thu. Jan. 12 at 9pm till 1am; Red Hankie Social Night at the Eagle.  Second Thu. of each month

Fri. Jan. 13, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Fri. of each month. It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar. Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. Dress to impress if you've got the gear, or show us some skin - I promise you'll be glad that you did. Here are some pictures from Oct.FebruaryMarchAprilJune and September. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

Sat. Jan. 14, 9PM onward: UNIFORM NIGHT at the Eagle. Wear Military Gear or Civil Uniform Gear. Second Sat. of each month.

Wed. Jan. 18, 7-9PM: MEN'S MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS. Moderated by Papa Tony. This has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. Featured guests for the evening will be CubClub, a group of young, dynamic men who were the organizers behind the recent, wildly successful BELT party.

Wed. Jan. 18, 7-11PM: TNG social event at Bamboo Lounge. TNG stands for "The Next Generation", which is a kinky social group for younger men and women from 18 to 35 years old. This particular event is in the style of a group discussion. Third Wednesday of each month.

Wed. Jan. 18, 7-10PM: FilmOut San Diego presents SHORTBUS at the Birch North Park Theatre. $10 cash at the door, and bring extra cash for the fabulous raffle items!  Upcoming movies: Feb 15th-Breakfast at Tiffany's, Mar 14th-HAIR, Apr 18th-Cry-Baby, May 16th-Sordid Lives

Thu. Jan. 19, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.

Fri. Jan. 20, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Fri. of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.

Jan 26th to 29th: Hard Edge - Beyond the Realm weekend

Sat. Jan 28, 10pm: Underwear Party and Contest at the Eagle. Hosted by Mr. SD Eagle 2011 Kane. Fourth Sat. of each month.

Sat. Feb.4, 9PM-3AM: ANVIL CLUB up in the San Fernando Valley. I give it a rave review here. Upcoming dates include Mar. 24 (LA Leather), April 21(Sports Gear), June 23, August 24 (Rubber), Oct. 20 (Uniforms) and Dec. 15.

Sat. Feb. 18th: Mr. SD Eagle Contest. More details will be posted as they arrive.

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