Mark your calendars! Don't miss the fun! The Frameline film festival is happening in less than a month, and we've saved you a seat!
Saturday, June 21st we are all getting together to see Nia Vardalos (of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") in her latest - "Helicopter Mom", a comedy about an overbearing mother and her maybe gay son...read about it in the link below, it sounds like a real good time.
As a warm up to the movie, we've reserved a fancy space at Dante's Table at 5pm for us to say hello to old and new alumni friends + indulge in appetizers and libations. Sig-O's and friends welcome ... don't leave them out of this fun evening. We'll pass out tickets at Dante’s Table and head over to the movie around 6:30pm, so don't be late!
In summation - Saturday 21, June 2014:
* 5pm - Dante's Table, 544 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114
* 7pm - "Helicopter Mom", Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St,
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tickets will go fast. For $20 you will get great hors d'oeuvres, a fun time with UCLA Anderson LGBT Alumni in San Francisco's Castro District, and a great movie at Frameline. Reserve your spot via the Anderson Alumni website at top of this page; or on Anderson Alumni Website at:
Film information on Frameline website:
Link to Movie Information on IMDb:
On Fire in the Castro
Dante's Table, the second restaurant from Francesco D'Ippolito, who owns another of the neighborhood's landmarks, Poesia. Helmed by Italian chef Andrea Cesca, a pizzaiolo who's logged time at Cotogna, this restaurant aims to fill the need for relaxed neighborhood Italian fare, with options like pizza, arancini, salads, and pasta. There's also a full liquor license, which is put to use in a handful of simple cocktails, and 14 Italian wines by the bottle that all go for a very reasonable prices.
Like the Divine Comedy itself, the former Dancing Pig BBQ space is divided into three segments: Inferno (the main dining room), Purgatorio (the hallway), and Paradiso (the rear dining room and garden patio).
The Castro Theatre
The Castro Theatre originally opened at 479 Castro Street in 1910. In the early-1920s, a new and larger Castro Theater was built at 429 Castro Street, its current location, only a few doors up from the original theatre.
The New Castro Theatre opened on June 22, 1922 for an invitation-only screening, with local luminaries such as Mayor James "Sunny Jim" Rolph in attendance, of the Paramount Pictures release "Across the Continent" (1922), starring Wallace Reid. The new Castro Theater opened the following day to the general public.
The Nasser brothers, who built the theater and still own it, also owned several other movie houses in the San Francisco area. The interior is luxurious and ornate, with subtly convex and concave walls and ceiling and a dramatic "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ that is played before films and events. The large neon "Castro" sign is emblematic of both the theatre and the Castro District. The extravagant interior ceiling and chandelier of the Castro Theatre are renowned throughout the region.
Today, the Castro Theatre hosts repertory movies, film festivals, and special events, including gay/lesbian and multicultural focus film festivals and event.
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