Insider’s Guide to San Francisco with Justin Vivian Bond


Described in The New Yorker as “The greatest cabaret artist of vs generation” by Hilton Als, Tony–nominated performance artist Justin Vivian Bond is best known as Kiki of ‘Kiki and Herb,’ and as one of the stars of John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus.

While currently residing in New York, Bond lived in San Francisco for many years and remains a frequent visitor to the city.  We asked v to share some favorite haunts and hangouts in SF.

What’s your favorite cultural institution to spend time at in the city?

There are few places in the world that mean more to me than The Castro Theatre. Long before I gave concerts or appeared in films there I sat in the audience and was introduced to the great directors of queer cinema: Derek Jarman, Tom Kalin, Sally Potter, Marlon Riggs among so many others and I also got the thrill of experiencing many classic films I’d been dying to see on the big screen for the first time. The Frameline Film Festival and the magical events produced by Marc Huestis are just a few of the mind-expanding traditions that continue to draw me. I’m not even going to go into the times I’ve been all nervous, excited and amped up with desire while on a date at the Castro. I love that the Castro Theater remains what it was created to be -a dream palace.

Find out more about v’s favorite places in the city by visiting San Francisco Agenda.

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