NATIONAL LGBTQ CENTER FOR THE ARTS

170 Valencia St, San Francisco

Greetings from all of us at Opera Parallèle. We hope you are well and safe in these challenging times and regret to tell you that sadly, we must postpone our May 15-17 performances of Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk. In addition, we must postpone our two remaining events as part of the Harvey Milk: The Bullhorn Series on April 14 and May 5.

We are working with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus to secure new dates for The Bullhorn Series later in 2020 and we’ll announce them once it is settled.

For ticket buyers of The Bullhorn Series (April 14 & May 5) – you will have the option of donating the value of your tickets back to Opera Parallèle to help us defray expenses. If you are not in a position to donate, we are also happy to process your request for a refund. To do either of these options please contact the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at patronservices@sfgmc.org. Please direct any enquiries related to the opera Harvey Milk to info@operaparallele.org

Thank you for your partnership and support. We will weather this together and look forward to sharing community with you again soon.

In the lead up to Opera Parallèle’s production of Harvey Milk by Stewart Wallace, hitting the stage, Opera Parallèle in partnership with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus present a series of responsive community conversations that elevate LGBTQ voices and inspire civic activism in a new generation of voters and citizens. We take as inspiration the life of Harvey Milk, to explore his legacy, to shine a light on issues that are facing the community today and to celebrate those who are working to address them.

The Bullhorn Series is generously supported by the Sam Mazza Foundation, Horzions Foundation, Bill Graham Foundation, & the GLBT Historical Society.

PLEASE NOTE: According to the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts is a 1930’s-era building that has not yet undergone renovations that meet contemporary ADA standards. SFGMC is committed to being transparent and accessible to all patrons. Please contact San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Patron Services at patronservices@sfgmc.org or 415-792-2647 if you have any questions or concerns related to ADA access so that they can ensure you are informed of the building’s limitations and accommodations can be arranged.

NEVER TAKE AN ELEVATOR IN CITY HALL

New Dates To Be Announced Soon

Harvey Milk was known for his theatrical flair, once telling his staff to always use City Hall’s marble staircase as it afforded a grander entrance. From the great protest songs of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s to Harvey’s windows at Castro Camera, art and music have always been at the center of social change in San Francisco. Join us for a showcase of art and activism to ignite your creative spirit.

 Host: Honey Mahogany (Activist, Drag Queen, Legislative Aide to Supervisor Matt Haney) 

 Musical Performance: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus with special appearance by Holly Near

Panellists: Holly Near – Singer/Songwriter/Activist; Dr. Tim SeeligArtistic Director – San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus; Sister Roma – Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 

I’M HERE TO RECRUIT YOU

New Dates To Be Announced Soon

Who was Harvey Milk? Discover the man behind the movement. Explore the man, the myth, the martyr – through the stories of those who knew him well. Discover the many facets of Milk as we capture the oral histories of key San Francisco figures who were part of Milk’s inner circle.

Host: Eric Marcus (Host of podcast & author of Making Gay History) 

Musical Performance: Excerpts from Harvey Milk featuring Matthew Worth.

Panellists: Anne Kronenberg – Former Campaign Manager to Harvey Milk; Gwenn Craig –  Activist – Worked with Harvey on 1978 ‘No on 6 Campaign’; Carol Ruth Silver – Former City Supervisor with Harvey Milk. 

PAST EVENTS

THE AMERICAN DREAM STARTS WITH THE NEIGHBORHOODS

Tuesday February 11, 2020 | 7pm

Harvey Milk was known as ‘The Mayor of Castro Street’. He galvanized a community by uniting disparate groups, registering new voters and motivating the grassroots to address local issues. What can we learn from how Harvey activated his community to create change? Who is doing this now? Why is this important? 

Host: Cat Brooks (Community Activist, Playwright)

Musical Performance: New Voices Bay Area – Transgender, Intersex, & Gender Queer Chorus – Community Music Center

Panellists: Rafael Mandelman – Supervisor District 8, Ani Rivera – Galeria de la Raza, Aria Sa’id – Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, Manny Yekutiel – Founder of ‘Manny’s’ Civic Gathering Space.

YOU GOT TO GIVE THEM HOPE

Tuesday March 3, 2020 | 7pm

Harvey Milk’s vision for the future was based on building hope. ‘Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, Hope that all will be all right.’ In these times where hope is challenged, join us for an intergenerational panel, which will inspire us to embrace civic engagement, envision a better future and ‘give them hope’. 

Host: Michelle Meow (Host – The Michelle Meow Show – Commonwealth Club)

Musical Performance: Excerpts from Harvey Milk featuring ‘Young Harvey’

Panellists: Gavin Grimm – Member of ACLU Board; Jose ‘JoJo’ Ty – San Francisco Youth Commission; Mark Leno Former California State Senator and more to be announced.