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Friday, June 28, 2013

Upcoming Events

As always, check the FMSD monthly calendar-at-a-glance
which contains news about ALL known upcoming events. 
Be sure to click on "More Info" to get the best details!

It's July Fourth Holiday Season this next week

So things are going to go a bit sideways with family in town, or heading out of town ourselves. The Hands-On Demos and Men's Discussion WILL be happening this next week.  They won't be as grandiose and dynamic as originally planned, but they are well-loved events that folks look forward to.

Pride Weekend Coming Up

Things get really SNAPPY, starting the week afterward!  It's going to be San Diego Pride Week, so we are going to be swamped with parties everywhere, the Leather Realm will be in full force, with a BIG, combined Leather Contingent in the Parade, and out-of-towners acting VERY single. Big play-party, too.

We have an enormous amount of reasons to feel great community pride.  We will be quite scattered, though - I never encourage people to host social occasions during Pride Week, because there are so many, many conflicting events. That's why there are never thousands of leatherfolk in the parade - Too many of us are being yanked in every direction by every other kind of group that we support.

It's a great problem to have!

Up Your Alley Festival Coming in Late July

This is the gay men's subset of the Folsom Street Fair.  If you would like to share lodging, attend parties, or pal around with other San Diegans during the course of the weekend, drop me a line at papatony @ - I give a really good South of Market District Shopping Tour.  Here are some tips for newbies that may do you some good.

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Nice video (not safe for work). You may recognize a few faces. I certainly did.

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 28 (fourth Friday of each month), 10pm: Dress It Up/Strip It Down (Gear Night) @ the San Diego Eagle, at 3040 N Park Way

Saturday, June 29, 10PM: Wolfs Backroom Revisited San Diego Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way. Dress code enforced evening! Must be in leather, underwear or shirtless to get into our special area!

Sundays: Every Sunday afternoon until Pride outside the Eagle, there will be a BBQ benefiting the Eagle's parade float and the Leatherboys San Diego. The grill requests a $3 donation.

This week is special, in that there will be sign up sheets to help build the float, and organize other volunteer jobs needed to pull off Pride. So stop by, grab some cheap grub, and see if there are tasks that you want to do on the list!

Tuesday, July 2 (first and third Tuesday of each month), 7PM: Hands-On Demos @ the San Diego Eagle, at 3040 N Park Way. These are utterly safe, relaxed and sociable opportunities to get better-acquainted with the kinky arts.  All are welcome, at all experience-levels. In fact, we encourage beginners, because we make it okay to be clumsy or unsure. We all have to start somewhere!

Wednesday, July 3rd (every Wednesday), 7PM: Men's Discussions. Tonight's topic: Favorite Stories - Next week is the BIG SURPRISE!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 10PM: Puppy Night @ San Diego Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way. Our Dayton is celebrating his one-year anniversary of leading the Pack, and frankly, it's something wonderful to celebrate. He has charisma, leadership and organization-skills to spare!

Saturday, July 6th (first Saturday of each month), 4-7PM: Cigars & Boots at Bourbon Street at 4612 Park Blvd - Relaxed, happy, comfortable, serene. Pure brotherhood.

Sunday, July 7th: Off Sunset Festival in Silverlake. The first annual Off Sunset Festival is expected to see well over 5,000 attendees, all 21 and over. Spanning a half mile with:

Over 50 merchandise, art and novelty vendors
Gourmet food trucks staple and festival food vendors
Beer trailers and all your favorite spirits
Live music and dj tent

July 12-14: Wet'n Hot in Palm Springs, CA


Zillions of events and interesting things, but I will limit my coverage to the FUN STUFF:

The Eagle will be jumping, both Friday and Saturday nights.  There is also a big play-party on Saturday.

Saturday, July 13, 10am at the Pride Flag at the corner of Normal Street and University (last year, our contingent was in front of the Center): Leather Contingent and San Diego Eagle at San Diego Pride Parade. March with your Tribe.  This year, Mr. San Diego Eagle 2013 Robb Rodd has formed a team to bring the Eagle back into the public eye with a float.

We will be marching together, posing for the annual Group Photo, and having a great time representing our community.  No bare tits (on women) or ass, at ALL. The cops will hassle you.

The hidden (but HUGE) Leather Realm at the Pride Festival.

Saturday, July 13, after the Parade until 9PM: Leather Realm.  This is a massive, delightful education and enrollment environment.

Saturday, July 13, 8PM-2am Numbers Bar, at 3811 Park BlvdFURRAGEOUS Party

Sunday, July 14: Leather Realm continues at the Pride Festival.

Friday, July 19 (third Friday, every other month), 10:30pm: STUD Night @ the Eagle, at 3040 N Park Way. Featured guest will be Leo Forte.

Sunday, July 28, 11am to 6pmUp Your Alley Street Fair in San Francisco. There will be a group of San Diegans traveling together. Here are my Tips for Newbies.

July 31-August 5: Lazy Bear Weekend in Guerneville, California

Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm @ Birch North Park TheatreFilmOut presents "FIRST PERIOD" - SAN DIEGO PREMIERE!  Director: Charlie Vaughn. Description: If John Waters were to direct a John Hughes film – this outrageous new comedy would be that film! New girl Cassie (Brandon Alexander III) and school outcast Maggie (Dudley Beene) are easily the most unpopular girls at their high school. Together, they decide the way to win the hearts of cute boys and popular girls is to enter--and win--the annual Talent Show. But rivals Heather (Lauren Rose Lewis), other Heather, and their popular boyfriends Dirk (Michael Turchin) and Brett (Leigh Wakeford) will stop at nothing to keep Cassie and Maggie the laughing stock of the school. It's going to take courage, a make over, and maybe even a rap battle to beat them in true 80s style. With Jack Plotnick, Cassandra Peterson & Judy Tenuta! Running Time: 100 min, Unrated Check out the teaser hereGet tickets here.


Get your tickets EARLY.  Limited space for the events. Details here.

Friday, August 23rd, 12 Noon (tentative): Leather Pride Flag Raising

Friday, August 23rd: All events located at the Victory Theater (Center for the Amusing Arts) at 2558 Imperial Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets, near Golden Hill):

8 pm - 9:30pm: Meet & Greet
9:30 pm - 9:45 pm: Opening Ceremonies
9:45 pm - 11 pm: Celebrate Wish and Aaron at the Cigar Social, with Hors d'oeuvres and drinks

Saturday, August 24th: all events located at the Victory Theater:

6 pm - 8:30 pm: Mr and Ms San Diego Leather Contest
8: 30 pm - 9:30 pm: High Leather Cocktails with Tray Service and Cigar Social
9:30 pm: Announcement of Mr and Ms San Diego Leather 2013 winners

Sunday, August 25th:

11 am - 1 pm - Victory Brunch @ Urban Mo's Bar & Grill at 308 University Ave in Hillcrest
4PM (tentative): Leather Pride Flag Lowering

Sunday, September 29, 11am to 6pm:  Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.  Here are my Tips for Newbies.

San Diego's own Bryan Teague won American Leatherboy in 2010

October 11-13: American Brotherhood Weekend: A Leather Family Reunion in Chicago. Our own Mr. San Diego Leather 2012 Aaron will be running for American Leatherman 2013.

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