All of the local bars and restaurants are actively promoting Halloween-themed events this weekend, since it IS the Gay High Holy Days. It's a nice bonus that Halloween occurs on Saturday - That means that there will be TWO nights (Friday and Saturday) to show off your costume. Check the listings for for my take on the biggest party on Saturday.
Friday, Oct. 28, 9PM: SPANK THIS at the Eagle. Watch TJ Wood spank FRATBOY.com's Noah Brooks live and in the FLESH. Giveaways from SpankThis and ManKind Video.
Sat. Oct. 29: NIGHTMARE ON NORMAL STREET. This is the biggest gay-specific party in town, and it's a lot of fun. The people-watching is intense, and the humorous themes of the many of the costumes are my favorite part ("Mighty Mormon Power Rangers"? Hilarious!) I've already got my tickets. If you want to wear a full-on cop uniform, you can, and you won't be hassled by the many relaxed, somewhat bored cops all around. Here is a nice video clip from 2007.
Wed. Nov. 2, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Beep and San Diego Puppy Play (SDPP). First Wed. of each month.
Wed. Nov. 2, 7-9PM: MEN'S MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS, hosted by FetishMenSanDiego and San Diego League of Gentlemen. Moderated by Papa Tony. This has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene.
Thu. Nov. 3, 9-11PM: Yellow Hankie Beverage Bust at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.
Fri. Nov. 4, 7-9PM; SDLOG educational event: This month's topic is Sounds and Pumping. First Fri. of each month. at the Joyce Beers Community Center, between the Terra and Aladdin restaurants by Ralph's supermarket on University.
Sun. Nov. 6, 5-8PM: The 2nd Annual Meatball Turkey Day Dinner will be on the weekend before Palm Springs Leather Pride. Be sure to read my review from a year ago, and get there early! Last year's event was a breakthrough, showing how San Diego's community can pull together and overbook a major fundraiser at a huge auditorium. The folks in charge of it are the best guys that I know, and they have a lot of excellent talent, volunteers and well-wishers lined up behind them. I plan to be there, taking Social Column pictures all night. It's going to be that kind of event.
Sat. Nov. 5, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 cover. First Sat. of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.
Nov. 5 & 6: Palm Springs Pride
Sun. Nov. 6, 3PM, CIGARS & BOOTS on the patio at Redwing Bar & Grill, hosted by California LeatherSir 2010 Miles B. First Sun. of each month. If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you.
Fri. Nov.11, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Fri. of each month. It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar. Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. Dress to impress if you've got the gear, or show us some skin - I promise you'll be glad that you did. Here are some pictures from Oct., February, March, April, June and September. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.
Sat. Nov. 12, 9PM onward: UNIFORM NIGHT at the Eagle. Wear Military Gear or Civil Uniform Gear. Second Sat. of each month.
Nov. 12 & 13: Palm Springs Leather Pride
Wed. Nov. 16, 2011, 7-11PM: TNG social event at Bamboo Lounge. TNG stands for "The Next Generation", which is a kinky social group for younger men and women from 18 to 35 years old. This particular event is in the style of a group discussion.
Wed. Nov. 16, 7-9PM: MEN'S MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS, hosted by FetishMenSanDiego and San Diego League of Gentlemen. Moderated by Papa Tony. This has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene.
Fri. Nov. 18, 8:30PM-1AM: Fri. NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Fri. of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.
Thu. Nov. 24: Thanksgiving
Sat. Nov. 26, 10pm: Underwear Party and Contest at the Eagle. Hosted by Mr. SD Eagle 2011 Kane. Fourth Sat. of each month.
Sat. Dec. 17th, 9PM-3AM: ANVIL CLUB up in the San Fernando Valley. I give it a rave review here.
Fri. Dec. 30, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY Fri. NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Fri. of each month, such as March 30, June 29, August 31 and Nov. 30th of 2012. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment.