~ Flagging In The Park ~ Steve Fabus

By September 19, 2015Uncategorized

Saturday, October 10 – 1 PM to 4 PM

National AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park FITP_Oct102015

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove.  This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, hoopers and their supporters.  Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.  

Music by: Steve Fabus is one of the few club DJs whose career spans almost the entire history of the profession and art form itself. He has played at legendary clubs including the Trocadero Transfer, I-Beam and EndUp in San Francisco, Tracks and River Club in NYC, the Pavilion on Fire Island and Probe in LA, up to the present time where he is a co-resident at Go BANG! He does guest shots all over the city at Honey Soundsystem, Odyssey, Afterglow, BeatBox, Booty Call and others where he never stops pushing the margins for new music as well as classic underground house and disco. He plays around the country in Chicago, NYC, LA, Seattle, Philadelphia, Miami, Fire Island, Palm Springs and other cities and across the pond he’s played in London at Horse Meat Disco, in Berlin at Cocktail d’Amore and in Glasgow at Optimo’s Sub Club. Steve’s hometown of Chicago along with New York has largely influenced him musically with the soulful roots of disco and house. More about Steve

Our beneficiary: AIDS Housing Alliance/SF believes in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Toward this vision, they prevent homelessness primarily for LGBTQ or HIV communities by protecting the housing they already have, providing resources to secure new housing, and promoting public policy to increase opportunity for all. They have developed a comprehensive suite of services available to the LGBTQ or HIV+ individuals and their households in San Francisco. Their services include:  housing referrals, back rent grants, move-in deposit loans, rental subsidies, credit wellness clinic, tenants rights counseling, job training & supportive employment, and public policy advocacy.

Where to go: National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71)

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are eighteen years later, the event is thriving and growing; with the DJs, organizers, and participants donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) non-profits. 

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  There are little or no services nearby.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe.

2015 Partners: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all 5 of our 2015 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial GroveSisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Randal Schiller ProductionsGloss MagazineFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingKenshi Westover, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their help with FITP!

2015 Co-Producers: Leading up to the 2015 Season, Xavier has been coaching a group of local Flaggers to assist with organizing and running this year’s events.  By spreading the knowledge of how to arrange them, this will hopefully ensure that FITP continues as a set of vibrant community gatherings each year – for many years to come!  

The Co-Producers for this year are – Thomas Steele (May), Andrew Lopez (June), Michael Rackley (July), Jeff Hettinger & Rob Gomez (Aug), Michele Laskowski (Oct), still led by Xavier Caylor together with his stalwart partner Jeffrey Doney. 

This is the last event of the 2015 season. Stay tuned for the 2016 Flagging In The Park schedule.

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