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Margaret Cho to host first virtual Folsom Street Fair + more good news from around the Bay Area

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If an online fetish festival feels a little lacking, at least we can count on Margaret Cho to bring some genuine raunch and rowdiness.

Plus, more 1,000 live music and arts venues nationwide went red on Tuesday night to raise awareness around the pandemic's impact on event spaces; Tommy's Joynt is here to stay; San Mateo's first Black mayor is selling crunch cakes; and more local headlines to bring a silver lining to your day.


Sugar, Spice and Civil Rights: The Beloved Bakery Run by San Mateo's First Black Mayor, NBC Bay Area

Blum's Bakery has been closed for decades, but its crunch cake lives on thanks to activist and former three-term San Mateo Mayor Claire Mack, who is serving her own version of the treat from her home of more than 50 years. Read more.


Margaret Cho Announced as Host of Virtual Folsom Street Fair, SFist

On September 27, the annual fetish fest will go fully virtual the first time ever. It's a semi-bummer, but at least activist, author, and funny-as-hell woman Margaret Cho will be at the helm. Expect DJs, BDSM demos, live music, and performance artists as usual. Read more.


#RedAlertRESTART shines light on Bay Area venues to urge support of live events industry during pandemic, Datebook

If you took a stroll on Tuesday evening, chances are you saw one of the Bay Area's event venues—including Palace of Fine Arts, Fox Theater, and Bottom of the Hill—light up red to urge Congress to pass the Restart Act, which would help music and performance businesses impacted by the pandemic. Read more.

Don't worry: SF's iconic Tommy's Joynt is not closing, SFGate

Forget what Broke Ass Stuart said. This 73-year-old hofbrau remains shuttered for now, but does plan to once again serve its turkey legs and brisket sandwiches...someday. Read more.


Newsom signs California eviction moratorium for renters hurt by pandemic, San Francisco Chronicle

The bill will protect California renters through the end of January by ensuring that they won't be evicted so long as they pay 25 percent of their rent and declare financial hardship. Read more.


Teens step up to work at the polls as COVID-19 drives older workers away, Berkeleyside

The average age of American poll workers is 62, which means senior volunteers at risk for contracting Covid-19 may be staying home this year. Teens who are too young to vote are signing up to fill in. Read more.

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