Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (02.09.12) - Friday,
This weekend, San Francisco will host its first large-scale
display of AIDS Memorial Quilt blocks since 1999. A reading of
the names of 10,000 of the people the quilt memorializes will
open the exhibit.
"The quilt has not been shown in San Francisco for years. Many
of my employees who are part of the younger generation have no
knowledge about it," said Petyr Kane, a Castro neighborhood
retailer who helped organize the display.
"We wanted to do something big that would draw attention back
to this critical issue and combat what we're seeing as a
decreasing concern about getting infected," said Beth
Feingold, executive director of Under One Roof. The Castro
store, whose proceeds benefit HIV agencies, also worked to
make the display possible. The Names Project, which maintains
the quilt, was founded in San Francisco but relocated to
Atlanta in 2000.
The display begins at noon Sunday at the former Tower Records
store, 2278 Market St. Quilt panels will be on view also at
Body, 450 Castro St.; Under One Roof, 518A Castro St.; Bank of
America, 501 Castro St.; and Catch, 2362 Market St. The
exhibit continues through Feb. 20; there is no admission
charge, but donations will be collected to support local AIDS