Online Extra: Sampler: Armory offers 'Escape' at erotic haunted house
by Seth Hemmelgarn
The San Francisco Armory, at 1800 Mission Street, has opened its new erotic haunted house for Halloween, promising a "terrifying experience."
"This year, we've produced an entirely new kind of horror, where participants will be forced to escape from the darkest recesses of the century-old San Francisco Armory," Audrey Joseph, the Armory's events director, said in a news release. "Escape: Hell in the Armory is beyond anything we've done before – a terrifying game of cat and mouse, played out in a truly haunted building."
Escape opened earlier this month and runs through October 31. Hours are 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $45-$55.
The Armory, which is owned by the Kink.com porn studio, is partnering with haunted house producers Blackout for the event.
Participants are required to attend in pairs and must "work together to escape the nightmarish scenario unfolding throughout the Armory," producers said. Each team has 20 minutes to find its way out.
"This is not for the faint of heart," Joseph said. "Blackout produces adults only Halloween events that are graphic in every sense of the word. In the past few years, they've learned to really exploit this building in a way that's terrifying. I went last year, but knowing what I know, I'm not so sure I can handle this one."
Each person gets a safe word allowing them to end the tour if it becomes too overwhelming. Participants are expected to sign waivers. People who are under 18, or who have with pre-existing medical conditions that the experience might trigger, are not permitted.
For more information, visit http://www.sfarmory.com.
Singer raising money for SF video
Singer Tom Goss will be in San Francisco October 10-17 filming an LGBTQ music video.
Goss, a gay man who's advocated for LGBTQ causes and people who are homeless, has created a Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tomgossmusic/our-songs-our-stories-lgbt-music-videos) "to support his new video projects that aim to tell the story of love and life in the LGBTQ communities," promoters said in an email.
As of Thursday, almost $7,000 had been raised toward the $20,000 goal.
The video being filmed in San Francisco is for "More than Temporary," a collaboration with local artist Chris Turner that tells the story of LGBT seniors.
"Through the eyes of a young man, falling in love for the first time, we see the beauty and strength of those that have come before us," Goss says on his Kickstarter site. "Those that have endured discrimination and fought for the rights we take for granted today. 'More than Temporary' aims to show people around the world that the LGBT community is home to many vibrant and long-lasting relationships and prove that our love stories are just as inspirational, if not more so, as any others."
Goss has previously worked with groups like the Trevor Project, which works to prevent suicide, and PFLAG, which support parents and friends of gay people.
AT&T marks LGBT History Month with Snapchat campaign
October is LGBT History Month, and AT&T is inviting Snapchat users to share their "most prideful moments" using Snapchat filters available only in San Francisco October 11-12.
"In a month that celebrates major LGBT milestones including National Coming Out Day (October 11)," there's "much to be proud of," AT&T said in a news release.
The company said it has "a rich history" of supporting LGBTs, including being one of the first to have non-discrimination policies, offer domestic partner benefit programs, and offer transgender health benefits.
Sampler is an online column highlighting LGBT performances, exhibits, and other entertainment in the San Francisco Bay Area. It typically runs every Tuesday. Contact reporter Seth Hemmelgarn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 875-9986 to suggest column items.