Our dear friend Baruch Porras-Hernandez is busy AF. In addition to his solo show, “Love in the Time of Piñatas,” our go-to culture guide is booked solid this month, either performing or hosting various quality events around the San Francisco Bay Area.
So, when June came about and we wanted to get a culture guide to what’s happening during Gay Pride, we knew we could simply just ask Baruch to share his event calendar, jam-packed with performances, art shows, literary speakeasies, poetry readings, and his solo show, of course. The result? Culture Guide to SF Pride.
“Love in the Time of Piñatas” is having its first preview night on Tuesday, June 20 at Brava Theater. Directed by Evren Odcikin, the one-night-only preview performance is part of the National Queer Arts Festival, and it’s being supported by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. You can get your ticket to it here.
“It will hopefully be a culmination of all my solo shows, but with donuts,” Baruch said. “I’m super grateful to be able to work on my art like this with so much support from queer artists and organizations that I’ve been working with for years, and that I truly appreciate.”
Below is Baruch’s full event calendar for Gay Pride Month, the ultimate culture guide. Make sure to come say hi!
JUNE 3: ART OPENING FOR DANIEL ARZOLA
8PM at Strut in the Castro FREE!
Baruch is hosting an art opening for an incredible international gay artist, here in San Francisco all the way from Venezuela! This is a special night at Strut where Baruch is the event organizer, with free drinks, free hugs and free snacks! But really, come see this guy’s art. It is truly beautiful and inspires the fight for queer rights everywhere. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
JUNE 4: RADICALLY BRIEF AT THE BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL!
5:30PM at the Cornerstone Pub in Berkeley
Baruch’s hosting a fun literary event for Lit Camp at the Bay Area Book Festival titled “Radically Brief: Super-Short Writing from Terrific Bay Area Writers.” This is a great way to close out this incredible festival. For more info and for tickets click here.
JUNE 5: PROFESSOR AWESOME’S END OF THE WORLD GOOD TIME REVUE!
7:30PM at Piano Fight on 144 Taylor St.
Baruch’s doing some storytelling and comedy at this amazing variety show that will also include stand up from the incredible Irene Tu, and the legendary spoken word artist Joyce Lee! This is a do-not-miss show! For tickets and more info click here and the RSVP on Facebook.
JUNE 7: KQED CREATIVE RESISTANCE!
8PM at the Verdi Club on 2424 Mariposa St.
Baruch’s once again hosting a show with KQED Arts, and he’s super proud to be a part of this event that will include Comedy! Music! Film! Poetry! Dance! And most importantly… Cake! Bay Area artists bring their wit, wisdom and creativity to the stage to celebrate the role of art and community in these current time. In addition to hosting, Baruch’s also doing a set, and you’ll also get to see performances by The GRRRL Brigade, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Wonder Dave, Dominique Gellin, and Avi Vinocur and Scott Padden of Goodnight, Texas. Tickets are only $10 on Eventbrite, and you can also RSVP on Facebook.
JUNE 8: SHIPWRECK SF!
7PM at The Booksmith in the Haight
This is Baruch’s favorite monthly gig! So, you get to hear his sexy voice throughout the night! “Shipwreck Presents: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, so they figured they’d write some Summer of Love Fanfic about Tom Wolfe’s Summer of Love Fanfic classic, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test! Learn more about this trippy event by RSVP’ing on Facebook.
JUNE 10: RED LIGHT LIT – SECRET SPEAKEASY!
7:30PM at A SECRET SPOT!
Join Red Light Lit for an evening of sexy spoken word and song in an intimate SECRET SPEAKEASY with sexy music, sexy poetry, sexy performers and much much more. Did we mention it’s going to be sexy? Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
JUNE 20: LOVE IN THE TIME OF PIÑATAS!
7:30PM at Brava Theatre in the Mission
Watch as Baruch breaks open his life and lets all the candy fall out, as he wrestles with immigrant guilt, punches it in the face, makes out with it a little, then transforms it into a hilarious show that pushes past the stereotypes (maybe) to bring you a unique story of a queer Latino struggling to eat donuts in America. Click here to buy your tickets.
JUNE 28: PERFECTLY QUEER POETRY PANEL AND READING!
7PM at Nomadic Press Uptown in Oakland
This is their annual queer pride poetry extravaganza. Baruch is performing and leading a panel discussion on queer poetry. Find out more about Perfectly Queer on Facebook.
JUNE 29: LITERARY SPEAKEASY!
7PM at Martuni’s on Valencia St.
This literary series is close to Baruch’s heart for many reasons, not only is it hosted by his long time friend and fellow poet James J. Siegle, but the event is happening in his favorite bar in all of San Francisco… Martuni’s! Literary Speakeasy is always FREE with no drink minimum. And everyone in attendance receives a FREE raffle ticket for their chance to win the evening’s secret speakeasy prize. Find out more about Literary Speakeasy on Facebook.
Do you know of any other events happening during Gay Pride Month that should be featured in our culture guide? Let us know in the comments or by pinging me on Twitter.
Featured Illustration: Daniel Arzola