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GLBT History Museum: SoMa Nights | Exhibition Opening with DJ Junkyard

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the GLBT Historical Society to celebrate one of San Francisco’s golden ages of nightlife, as we open our latest exhibit, SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins 1986-1994

As a photographer for The Sentinel newspaper in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Melissa Hawkins captured the uninhibited energy and unparalleled fashions of clubs, bars, and parties like Uranus, The Box, Junk, The Eagle, The STUD, The Endup, The Rawhide, Dekadance, Pleasuredome, Colossus, and many more. It was a time when nightlife giants like Doris Fish, Jerome Caja, MichaelAngelo, Sister Boom Boom, The Steve Lady, Linda Perry, Justin Vivian Bond, Chi Chi LaRue, Richie Rich, and more party-hopped through San Francisco’s scene.

At the height of the AIDS epidemic—and of AIDS activism—nightlife was more important (and more wild) than ever as a focal point of the LGBTQ community. Hawkins captured it all in striking black-and-white prints, displayed here for the first time, along with flyers, posters, stickers, buttons, videos, Sentinel photo spreads and more from the GLBT Historical Society Archives.

SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins 1986-1994 is co-curated by Hawkins and nightlife historian Marke Bieschke and will run through May 27, 2019.

The opening reception will feature DJ Junkyard of legendary club Junk, some of San Francisco’s best known nightlife personalities, and brief remarks by the curators. Light refreshments will be served.

The GLBT Historical Society Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco

$5.00 | Free for members
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ASL interpretation provided upon request. Please write at least three days in advance of event to nalini@glbthistory.org.

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February 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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