Comfort & Joy presents
in collaboration with Calamus,
TOUCH SOLSTICE 2014 A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
December 20th, 2014, 8pm-4am
We take advantage of the longest night of the year to bring you an 8 hour party that will awaken all five of your senses…
Enjoy a nourishing buffet of food that will satiate your belly and your soul,
while having a kiki with your kindred spirits. Your delicious food will be provided by Blitzy (who just launched a vegetarian food delivery service, Green Tiffin), Beonda and Zac.
There will be sparkling entertainment during dinner, including: Brontez Purnell reading from his book “The Cruising Diaries”; Miss Rahni performing numbers from her acclaimed one-woman show “My Book, Vol. 1″; and queer comedian Sampson, who’s comedy albums include “Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings” and “That Bitch Better Be Funny”.
A performative ritual to highlight the power we tap into at this annual turning point, lead by Kevin, Zac, and Max.
The ritual will be followed by a show hosted by Ultra featuring some of your favorite and thought-provoking queens, including Effervescence Jackson, Mama Dora, Mandala, Shakey Gibson, Vivi The Force, Trangela Lansbery, Amanda Love, Samuel Kehl, Dakota Pendant, Alabama Slamma and Beonda.
Exhilarating music mixed together by talented DJs
ON the main dancefloor, we are featuring Sergio Fedasz & Steve Fabus of GoBang!, as well as Robin Malone Simmons of Odyssey.
In our more intimate playspace lounge, we have the sexy stylings of Justime of Digital Wildlife and Collin Bass
The intoxicating scent of hundreds of beautiful creatures,
coming together to celebrate the return of the sun.
Are you interested in developing your beefcake photography skills? Consider attending this October 4th hands on workshop on Studio Photography of the Male Nude in San Francisco.
This workshop is open to all abilities. Bring your own camera (DSLR preferred). Class is limited to 8 photographers. We will have multiple studio lighting setups and 4 hot/sexy models, so you will get lets of time behind the camera.
Arrive at 11 am for an hour class on use of studio lighting, and basic photography. More advanced photographers are free to arrive at noon and focus on actual shooting.
Topics covered will include:
– lighting with studio strobes
– posing of the male nude
– telling stories with props and multiple models
– portrait/fashion lighting with partially clothed figures
– erotic photography
Workshop Instructor Dot (aka Tom Schmidt) has published several books of photography, including “The Classic Beauty of Male Escorts in San Francisco”, “Sons of God”, and “Comfort and Joy”. His work has been exhibited in San Francisco and around the Bay Area.
For more information contact Dot/Tom at PhotoByDot (at) yahoo (dot) com.
The hot Playa topic this year is all about Plug and Play camps and the controversy surrounding the loopholes they find to be able to run profitable business behind their private walls while on the Playa. As someone who appreciates a challenge and a good story got share, I felt fortunate that I was able to be an employee working in one of these. Yes, I was a sherpa for a camp put in place by one of the members on the board of directors for Burning Man.
To avoid any possible issues surrounding my story, I’m going to go ahead and just use different names for everyone involved and the exact title of camps I am talking about. My intention is not to hurt any individual’s reputation. I will just share my experience of something that I personally believe is a true example of how someone could actually do it wrong at Burning Man.
We are very excited to announce that…. TOUCH is BACK in a NEW VENUE for a NEW ERA!
Our new private venue has TWO floors of activity, several diverse rooms, spring loaded dancefloor, outdoor smoking area, secure bike parking, upholstered booths downstairs and an comfortable affection-encouraged area upstairs.
At Friday’s TOUCH URANUS we are paying tribute to the legendary Club URANUS: A phenomenon that occurred every Sunday night at the ENDUP bar (6th & Harrison) during the 1990’s in San Francisco.
With MUSIC by some of the Bay Area’s best dancefloor talent
Pete Avila (Club Uranus + Your Mamas House)
Steve Fabus + Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!)
Bus Station John (The Tubesteak Connection)
Tisdale Fry (What Wednesdays)
Sam Kehl (Opening Set)
SAUCY PERFORMANCES by Mysteriously Delightful Clubkids ~
Empress Jupiter Knows
Vivi La Force
The story of how a series of books inspired a journey across the sea to a desert far far away”
My first trip to Burning Man will also coincide with my first visit to San Francisco. Ever since I first read Tales Of The City I have long felt a pull to the city.
Growing up gay in the gritty underworld of Melbourne was tough. The people of the queer community were often targeted. It was inspiring to read Armistead’s Series of novels and dream of living in a city such as San Francisco. I identified strongly with Mouse. The Gay Everyman. And from my first reading I wished my life could be a little like his. Mouse had swagger , not so much cool but brave and sophisticated a man who stood by his principles and lived by what he believed. It was definitely someone I aspired to be.
Some years after I had come out to my family, found my footing within the gay community a loving partner and formed my own logical family Armistead Maupin published “Michael Tolliver Lives” for me this book was groundbreaking almost a second coming out. Mouse had a younger partner and in his wonderful writing I could draw parallels between Mouse and my own wonderful partner John
Earlier this year when I had already sought to establish contact with Comfort & Joy in my early planning for Burning Man Armistead released his latest novel The Days Of Anna Madrigal. After reading the book and his glowing description of Comfort & Joy I knew camping with comfort and joy was a “logical” decision.
For those of you who have not read this series of books I highly recommend them. I had the privilege of meeting Armistead and his partner Chris whilst he was doing a literary tour with “Mary Ann In Autumn” I wonder if I will meet him again on the playa.
With only a few weeks till I depart for America. I’ve begun to reflect now on why I am going and what I hope to achieve and most of all not form pre conceived conceptions of how I want my week in the desert to unfold.. The Playa will provide…
Back by Popular Demand
A Solo Play by Evan Johnson
In Collaboration with and directed by Ben Randle
In this “fresh twist on Peter Pan” (SF Chronicle), shadows stir in modern day San Francisco when Michael discovers a time capsule in his basement. As Michael looks through VHS tapes, audio cassettes and wrinkled party fliers, parallels begin to emerge between his life and that of 90’s gay club kid Peter Pansy.
This performance experience has all sorts of faerie magic in it. PANSY is about connecting to a lost shadow, walking in another homo’s shoes, and finding one’s place in the world.
Now at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco with performances nightly through June 29th. Find out more in this Facebook event.
Following each performance of Pansy an informal discussion will take place with performer Evan Johnson & local queer luminaries. Like Peter Pan’s lost shadow, these discussions will re- connect this make-believe story with a sense of real-life queer lineage, firmly placing this theatrical work into a historical context. The effect will be nothing short of magical.
June 20: The Ticking Queer Clock – Queer Ancestors Project. Special Guest Katie Gilmartin
June 21: Early 90’s Nightlife, Remembering Diet Popstitute. Guests Alvin Orloff and David Hawkins
June 22: Theatrical Fairie Dust – The Cockettes. Special Guest Rumi Missabu
June 26: More is More – Drag Family as Drag History. Special Guest David Glamamore
June 27: Pansy Division – Fems in Leather Jackets: Queercore Music and Culture. Special Guest Jon Ginoli
June 28: Grace Under Fire: Stories from the Crisis Years. Special Guest Steve Susoyev