We try to cover a wide variety of topics here at the Biscuit. Some of these stories are ongoing due to the path they’re taking through City channels or courts and others blip across our screen and seem to disappear into the ether never to be heard from again. Thought we’d take a quick minute to catch up on some, inform on a few others and put to rest one or two more.
The long wait to see who will be crowned ‘Hunky Jesus 2013′ will finally take place. During the 34th Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Celebration Mother Nature dumped a sea upon revelers before the beloved Hunky Jesus competition could jump off. Undaunted they swore they’d reschedule.
The ‘Second Coming’ of the Hunky Jesus contest will take place at SoMa hot spot DNA Lounge on April 19th. Sliding scale tickets available with cheaper prices in advance than found at the door. Sisters also assure all that no one will be turned away for lack of funds, but encourage everyone give something to get in. It all goes to good causes and the other large events the Sisters put on throughout the year in the Castro and around SF. Advance tickets can be found here.
Every year one of the big draws to fun in summer time sun in Dolores Park are the annual SF Mime Troupe performances. Now it seems this years entire season is being threatened as the nearly five decade old group is in deep financial stress.
The Tony nominated Troupe has put out an emergency fundraising call to try and save at least part of the summer season shows. They’re trying to raise at least $40,000 dollars by the end of April to ensure a scaled back season could go forth. For more than 50 years the Troupe has staged comedic musicals about pressing social issues entertaining the Bay Area citizens. One of the largest turn outs of the season is the Dolores Park run.
Ellen Callas, SF Mime Troupe spokesperson .was quoted in the SF Gate, “We’ve slashed the budget and shortened the season to a point that can be slashed no further,” she adds. “We’re at a critical juncture. We want to be out there. Being absent for a year-the world is so ephemeral now that if you take any time off, before you know it you’re a footnote in history. But we’re not dead yet.” Can you help? To donate call (415) 285-1717 or click www.sfmt.org.
Supervisor Wiener is one of the busiest men in the District 8 and is involved with a multitude of issues. Several hot button issues continue to drag on. Monday there was suppose to be a hearing on the Tenant-In-Common Condo Conversion law he proposed that has been met with heated resistance. Mayor Lee proposed all sides sit down and find compromise. Since February the issue has been tabled four times. It continues to be in a holding pattern and the compromise the Mayor encouraged is ongoing.
Along these same lines the case against longtime LGBT activist and blogger, Michael Petrelis, who was charged in November of 2012 with violating Section 647(j) sub-section (1) of the penal code when he snapped a pix of Sup. Wiener in a City Hall bathroom brushing his teeth.
The ensuing court case which we predicted to be a rumble between these two political polar opposites has been more of glacial meandering through court date postponements and legal sparring for the last five months. Petrelis has continued on with his push for more transparency in all things government via his blog Petrelis Files, though, any comment about the case is always referred back to his attorney and his bully pulpit of a blog has been rather quiet as well. As yet this issue is unresolved. It boggles the mind when one thinks of the untold cost all this court time has been on the much stressed SF budget and how much of this is just a grudge gone too far?
We will continue to follow up on all these issues and others as they come up and are germane to our commitment to keeping abreast of issues originating from or impacting the Castro. Don’t forget if you have a tip, idea for a story, or have some insider info feel free to drop it in our in box.