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No sex in Lawrence, book claims by Matthew S. Bajko


he author of a new critically-acclaimed book that examines what really happened during an arrest of two Texas men that led to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the nation’s sodomy laws claims that the pair not only were platonic friends but also that they were not engaged in sex when they were arTim Rummelhoff/University rested. of Minnesota Law School Based on years of research into the Dale Carpenter case, legal documents, and interviews with key figures, University of Minnesota law professor Dale Carpenter lays out the reasoning for his controversial conclusion in Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas (Norton). The most compelling evidence comes from the two gay men at the heart of the case, John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, who both spoke to Carpenter before they died. It came as a shock, for like most people who followed the case, he believed sheriff ’s deputies had caught the pair having anal intercourse inside Lawrence’s Houston-area apartment. “I had not had that impression at all. I came to that conclusion reluctantly,” Carpenter, a former conservative columnist for the Bay Area Reporter, said in a phone interview this week. “I did think people would be somewhat surprised, but I have lived with the case and book for so long now I am constantly astonished at how surprised people are.” Much of what occurred the night of September 17, 1998, it turns out, was based on a string of fabrications, writes Carpenter. A jealous drunk boyfriend of Garner’s phoned 911 with a false report of “a crazy black guy with a gun” at the apartment complex where Lawrence lived. Upon entering the apartment, two of the four responding sheriff ’s deputies claimed they saw Lawrence, an older white man, anally penetrating Garner, a black man years his junior. The men were then arrested, brought to the county jail, and charged with violating Texas’ homosexual conduct law. LGBT rights lawyers had been waiting for just such a set of circumstances in order to contest the constitutionality of the anti-gay law. They convinced the men to plead “no contest,” essentially agreeing to the charges laid against them by the sheriff deputies, and then shielded them from having to talk to the press. Not only were reporters mistaken into thinking that gay sex was at the heart of the case so were the subsequent jurists who heard the litigation. Carpenter notes that the brief Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court used words such as “intimate,” “intimacy,” and “relationship,” further confusing the matter. “Here, the advocates distanced themselves from the actual circumstance in which the police and the defendants played out their drama in September 1998,” he writes. Even in the court’s majority 5-4 opinion Justice Anthony M. Kennedy referred to the See page 12 >>

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Food trucks to replace Pink Sat. stage by Seth Hemmelgarn


n an effort to alter the tone of the event, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will replace the main stage at this year’s Pink Saturday with food trucks. The move may disappoint people drawn to the annual street party by the large sound system, which last year occupied a spot near Castro and Market streets. Concerns about safety at the event have grown in recent years, and organizers are indicating they want a more mellow celebration. This year’s Pink Saturday begins at 5 p.m. on June 23. Donation gates will close at 11, and the music will end at 11:15. The suggested donation will be $5. The event, which takes place every year on the night before San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Parade, draws tens of thousands of people. Thousands of dollars are granted to charities after the party. Sister Selma Soul, Pink Saturday event chair, talked to members of the city’s Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation about the food trucks at the panel’s Thursday, April 12 meeting. “We wanted to help diversify the tone of the event,” she said before the board’s eight voting members who were present unanimously See page 6 >>

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Pink Saturday’s main stage, seen at last year’s street party, will be replaced with food trucks this year in an effort to create a more mellow event, say the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Protest may hit Castro over Corpus Christi doc A by David Duran

new production of Corpus Christi, Terrence McNally’s controversial play that depicts Jesus as a gay man in 1950s Texas, has some Catholics in an uproar ahead of the premiere of a documentary about the work that will screen at the Castro Theatre next weekend. A protest outside the April 29 event at the Castro could materialize, said officials with 108 Productions, which has staged its touring version of the play since 2006, although there is no indication yet of any organized response. “Surprisingly, now it seems our biggest group of protesters in our six-year history may show up in San Francisco, a city where we assumed we would be most protected from such attacks,” said Nic Arnzen, the play’s director and film’s co-director/producer. “Luckily, we have found the city rallying around us as individuals and organizations come forward to stand in solidarity with us and our quest to spread the message of love and equality.” An online petition, based on a series of previous anti-Corpus Christi petitions by the right-wing Catholic site America Needs Fatima, has drawn over 7,000 signatures to date. The petition denounces 108 Productions’ version of the play – along with the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption – as “unspeakable blasphemy” and “prejudicial outrage.” It also calls on the Castro Theatre to “immediately cancel the showing of this movie and play, and to offer a public apology to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to all God fearing Americans.” The controversy has both made sense to and confused Arnzen. He can understand someone being outraged if they had limited information about the play and film but, on the other hand, is confused that people would come to conclusions without seeking more information. “Nearly every person railing against the play and film has not seen or read it,” said Arnzen. “The bottom line is they are upset that we would imagine Jesus as a gay man. As if being

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A scene from 108 Productions’ Corpus Christi, “You are Healed, Philip,” features David Pevsner, left, as Philip and James Brandon as Joshua, with the cast in the background.

gay was a sin, which of course hits the heart of the matter.” James Brandon, who has played the lead role of Joshua since the production’s inception six years ago and is now a co-producer of the play and film, describes the message of the play in one word, “love.” “No matter what gender, sexual identity, what color the skin, where you’re from, we can all understand the capacity to love one another,” Brandon said. He believes that everyone can learn to live together in this world and actually embrace each other’s diversities as gifts rather than faults. The play has been described as blasphemous and a direct attack on religion by religious groups for years, but Brandon believes it’s actually the complete opposite and considers the


play a “piece of art.” “If a piece of art challenges your beliefs, makes you actually feel something deep within, what a beautiful thing to explore,” he said. “That’s the gift of art – you have an expressive outlet that allows you to go within and delve deeper into your own beliefs.” He added that the most frustrating part is how anti-gay religious groups can claim to have an informed opinion without being informed about what the play is truly about. Representatives from the office of the Archdiocese of San Francisco declined to speak to the Bay Area Reporter. The Castro Theatre did not respond to an email message seeking comment. However, Cathy Renna, who is helping with See page 13 >>

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EQCA honors gay doctor by Seth Hemmelgarn


gay San Francisco doctor who primarily provides care to lowincome transgender women and people living with HIV/AIDS was honored last weekend by Equality California. Dr. Royce Lin, 39, accepted the first-ever State Farm Good Neighbor Award at the statewide LGBT lobbying group’s Saturday, April 14 gala at the Fairmont Hotel. Lin told attendees he’s felt lucky to be able to reach out to those “whose voices so often go unheard.” “Our clients are among the bravest, most tenacious, and generous people I know,” he added. Among other positions, Lin works at the Ward 86 HIV clinic at San Francisco General Hospital and for the Tom Waddell Health Center’s Transgender Clinic. Equality California board President Clarissa Filgioun said in a statement that Lin “provides a lifeline for marginalized gay and transgender people who often lack access to basic health care or for whom a trip to the doctor can be a traumatic experience because of a lack of culturally competent health care providers who understand and empathize with the unique health care needs of LGBT people.” Lin told the crowd, “It is not I who

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Equality California honorees Dr. Royce Lin, left, and Senator Dianne Feinstein greeted each other at the gala.

deserve this award,” saying there are many people doing similar work “day in and day out.” A doctor since 2000, Lin said in a phone interview that he chose the profession because “as a gay man coming of age during the height of the AIDS epidemic, I was always drawn to the way that our community gathered” in response. “It was not just for the science, but really the story, the heroism of people who are affected by HIV, and it was a great fit for me,” said Lin. “HIV is

something that certainly has affected my life, as well, so to be able to help others is something that’s tremendously rewarding.” Lin attended college in Boston in the early 1990s. He said that among the memories that stand out to him are volunteering at Fenway Health, which provides HIV care and other services. He recalled “trying to navigate being a sexually active gay man during a time when there was a lot that See page 12 >>

SF supes call for LGBT seniors task force by Matthew S. Bajko and Seth Hemmelgarn


hree months after holding a hearing on the needs of LGBT seniors, three out San Francisco supervisors are calling for an advisory panel to report on the issue. Gay Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener, along with bisexual Supervisor Christina Olague, introduced legislation this week that would create an 11-member LGBT Seniors Task Force appointed by the board. The city’s Department of Aging and Adult Services would staff it. According to the legislation, the body is to spend 15 months addressing the specific needs of LGBT seniors in San Francisco. Areas it is expressly asked to investigate include housing needs, legal issues, and health services. It would then present the board with a plan detailing its recommendations, timelines for implementing them and estimated costs of the programs. The legislation has a built-in exit clause, stipulating that the task force would be disbanded 18 months after its creation. Once approved by the board and Mayor Ed Lee, applicants would need to apply through the regular Rules Committee appointment process. Meanwhile, District Attorney

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George Gascón has announced the launch of an elder fraud outreach campaign for Elder Abuse Awareness month, which is in May. Such abuse involves any type of fraud aimed at an elder and can range from withdrawing money from an elder’s wallet to an “elaborate scheme” to have the person turn over their property, the DA’s office stated. In a meeting with reporters Thursday, April 12, Gascón said that people from “marginalized” communities, such as LGBTs, might be especially afraid to report incidents. Gascón met with representatives from several LGBT groups Wednes-

day, April 11, to discuss the creation of an LGBT/DA advisory forum, similar to what he created when he was police chief. He said that at the meeting, he was told LGBT elders “have a whole different set of needs,” since they often don’t have the “more traditional family support” that others may have. He also said that he was “surprised” to learn of discrimination and harassment at some senior centers, which isn’t something “I would have expected in San Francisco.” Four subcommittees were created, including a seniors abuse committee to focus on challenges faced by LGBT seniors. The elder fraud outreach campaign, which will cost $25,000 and begins May 1, includes bus stop ads and is being funded by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Thursday, Gascón also announced the creation of a multilingual hotline to encourage San Franciscans and people who work in the city to report fraud. The hotline is available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish and allows users to report elder financial abuse and other types of fraud anonymously. The number is (415) 553-9535.▼

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Dine out to fight AIDS in SF, Silicon Valley compiled by Cynthia Laird


t’s not too late to make reservations at a restaurant near you that will be participating in next week’s Dining Out for Life to benefit HIV/ AIDS service organizations. Taking place Thursday, April 26 in San Francisco and the South Bay, participating restaurants will donate 25 percent of their gross sales to support the programs of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Health Trust in Silicon Valley, respectively. According to a press release from the AIDS foundation, more than 100 eateries will take part this year. “This is a fantastic opportunity to gather your family and friends at one of our many participating restaurants to have fun, enjoy a good meal, and support a very worthy cause,” stated SFAF CEO Neil Giuliano. “There remains a critical need for our free, local services to stop the spread of HIV and make sure everyone has access to proper care.” SFAF’s Dining Out for Life also features opportunities for diners to enter a raffle for exciting prizes, including a trip to Costa Rica, San Francisco Giants tickets, and much more. This year marks San Francisco’s 11th year hosting Dining Out for Life, which was started by the Stop AIDS Project. Last fall, SAP merged with SFAF, which now co-produces the event. Since it started in the city

in 2002, Dining Out for Life has raised more than $1 million locally. In the South Bay, the Health Trust is organizing Dining Out for Life. It is the largest provider of non-medical AIDS services in Santa Clara County and is the area’s only major public fundraiser for HIV/AIDS. In San Francisco, find participating restaurants by visiting www. For Silicon Valley, visit

LGBT vets host open house tonight The predominately LGBT Alexander Hamilton Post 448 of the American Legion will host an open house and awards night tonight (Thursday, April 19) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, room 207. Post Commander Mario Benfield said that prior to the event, the post planned to present House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) with its Medal of Valor for her work in helping to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” At the open house, there will be refreshments and a no-host bar. People are welcome to stay for the post’s regular meeting that follows the open house.

Sample world religions The Pacific School of Religion is hosting Sacred Snapshots: A Sampler for the Spirit on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The daylong event will be held on the PSR

campus, 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley. The public is invited to come and explore the spiritual practices of the world’s major religions without the fear of evangelism or pressure, and allow religion to open up a space for holiness instead of shutting it down. There will be experiential sessions and lectures on divinity in its many forms taught by progressive leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of various faiths. Admission is $10. For more information, visit

Castro Lions Club event The Castro Lions Club will have a beer benefit Sunday, April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Edge bar, 4149 18th Street (at Collingwood) in the Castro. Club president Troy Brunet also said that it’s the post-Mr. Heartthrob party. The event benefits the club’s charities.

Lambda Literary finalists at SF library Nearly a dozen Lambda Literary finalists will do readings at the San Francisco Public Library next week, ahead of the awards in New York City in June. This year marks the 24th annual literary event, known as the Lammies, which celebrates LGBT literature. Officials at the Lambda Literary Foundation, which holds the awards, said that this year there are more than 600 titles represented from about 250 publishers in the 24 categories. See page 13 >>

Progressive Methodist group seeks pro-gay change by Chuck Colbert


s Methodists prepare to head to Tampa, Florida for their General Conference next week, the director of a progressive religious movement within the denomination is calling for a coming together around several issues, including LGBT rights. “People need community,” said cathy knight, executive director of the Chicago-based Church Within A Church Movement, which grew out of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination’s exclusionary policies toward gay and lesbian persons. For more than seven years, knight, who does not capitalize her name, has served CWACM, which is all about “inclusion and just ministry,” she noted. Inclusion means affirming LGBT persons. Justice is about fighting racism and white privilege, she said. Perhaps more important, justice ministry requires ordaining women and men who are still barred by the United Methodist Church’s prohibition on openly gay ministers. The spiritual home of former President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the United Methodist Church has an estimated 8 million members nationwide and in Canada. It is also a global church with an additional 3.5 million members in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The denomination, like other branches in mainline Protestantism, has seen its numbers drop in North America, but membership has risen

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cathy knight, executive director of the Church Within A Church Movement, will be in Tampa next week for the Methodist Church’s General Conference.

in Africa and Asia. Meanwhile, CWACM is growing, “exponentially,” said knight, readily acknowledging in the same breath that it is a small movement with hundreds of members and a listserv of a couple thousand. The “presumed risk,” knight said, of CWACM membership keeps many supporters from joining. “We are non-hierarchical, very open to how the spirit informs this justice ministry,” she said. “It’s a very liberating place for people who have been harmed in the name of church. “When people can find wholeness and healing and a loving community,” knight added, “that is what I think is church. And when people remember who they are, who God

has made them to be, then they, we, can in turn, transform and liberate our communities and the world.” While other mainline Protestant churches – Evangelical Lutherans, Presbyterians, the United Church of Christ, and Episcopalians with roots in the English Reformation – all have lifted bans on out clergy and have become increasingly welcoming of LGBT persons, the United Methodists have not. That in large part is what draws progressive Methodists to CWACM. In fact since 1972, United Methodist Church doctrine has become increasing explicit in firming up anti-gay policy, and that may be the case at next week’s conference. The United Methodist Church does “not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching,” states the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s law book. The book also states, “Homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth.” And while “We insist that all persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured,” the book adds, the United Methodist Church advocates “laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” Not only are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” unsuitable for ordination, but also pastors who See page 13 >>

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Volume 42, Number 16 April 19-25, 2012 PUBLISHER Thomas E. Horn Bob Ross (Founder, 1971 – 2003) NEWS EDITOR Cynthia Laird ARTS EDITOR Roberto Friedman ASSISTANT EDITORS Matthew S. Bajko Seth Hemmelgarn Jim Provenzano CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dan Aiello • Tavo Amador • Erin Blackwell Roger Brigham • Scott Brogan Victoria A. Brownworth • Philip Campbell Heather Cassell • Chuck Colbert Richard Dodds • David Duran Raymond Flournoy • David Guarino Liz Highleyman • Brandon Judell John F. Karr • Lisa Keen • Matthew Kennedy David Lamble • Michael K. Lavers Michael McDonagh • David-Elijah Nahmod Paul Parish • Lois Pearlman • Tim Pfaff Jim Piechota • Bob Roehr • Donna Sachet Adam Sandel • Jason Serinus • Gregg Shapiro Gwendolyn Smith • Ed Walsh • Sura Wood

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Faux anger T

he all-too-common fake anger of our hyperactive politics exploded again last week when lesbian Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen made the now-infamous comment that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” That the underlying crux of Rosen’s remark was correct was beside the point, as Democrats and the Obama campaign piled on, terrified that they would lose the women’s vote in November – as if one sentence from a paid TV commentator would upend the whole election. How dare Rosen say such a thing, they clucked. Republicans wasted no time in criticizing Rosen either. Ann Romney, the wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, even opened a Twitter account so that she could express how hurt she was by the characterization because her decision to be a stay at home mom was hard work. (Never mind that the filthy rich Romneys likely had more attractive options and never struggled with the same painful decisions over work and family that the majority of American women are forced to make for their daily survival.) Before the day was over, Rosen had apologized, Republicans kept rubbing it in, and we all were left to wait for the next ruckus to hit the 2012 presidential race. That there will be more is a given in today’s media spin cycle, where every tweet is analyzed, every pundit tries to outdo the other, and Facebook feeds are filled with shrill words against politicians. Most of it is just stupid. The thing is, the shouting and hyperbole mask the very real problems working women (and men) face today. Women have long had to choose between a career and raising children in an attempt to balance the demands of home and work. The reality of today’s economy requires that many women with children must work outside the home; it’s not a choice, it’s a necessity. Rosen’s point was that the Romneys are so wealthy that they don’t understand the hardship experienced by the majority of Americans. Even in our community, the num-

ber of lesbians raising children has exploded in the last 10 years. Rosen herself is a mom. Statistics show that the income gap between the wealthiest and the middle class has grown during the current recession. More families now live paycheck to paycheck while others have lost homes to foreclosure. Those who have been job hunting for months or even years are now told that if they’ve been unemployed for any length of time not to apply. Just this week Best Buy announced if was closing two Bay Area stores in areas that can least afford the additional laid off workers, East Palo Alto and Pittsburg. The unemployment rate in East Palo Alto is 17.1 percent; in Pittsburg it’s 15.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If these grave problems in the economy

are not solved, the personal and economic choices for Americans will decrease even more. It’s voters who are the real losers in these instances of outsized manufactured anger. They want the candidates to talk about their plans for strengthening the economy and putting people back to work. That discussion was largely missing from the Republican primary race and, now that the contest is effectively over, voters will see that Romney has little to offer in the way of concrete solutions. That’s not an encouraging sign for the unemployed, as this country shifts from a manufacturing base to a services-oriented workforce. We don’t need the fake outrage, the piling on, the laughable statements. What we need is Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, and a president who can forcefully articulate that discrimination is wrong, and that all citizens deserve equal treatment.▼

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Recordando a Agnes (Remembering Agnes) by Tracy Garza


ords almost fail to describe the torrent of emotions I felt upon learning of the vicious hate crime that took the life of my compatriota, Mexican trans activist Agnes Torres last month in Puebla state. A boiling sense of outrage, disbelief, dismay, shock, mournful resignation – and even a considerable amount of survivor’s guilt. Torres’s fate, after all, could very easily have been my own, had things been slightly different for me a decade ago. It was about 10 years ago that I requested and was granted asylum in the United States after coming to the San Francisco Bay Area seeking a more LGBT-friendly environment. Had I not been as fortunate and been forced to remain in my native Mexico, is there any reason not to think that it would have been only a matter of time until I might find the same fate as Torres? While some progress has undoubtedly been made by Mexican LGBT activists in the last 10 years, it’s hate crimes such as Torres’s horrific murder that painfully remind us how much more needs to be done – in Mexico and throughout Latin America. In Mexico, violent backlash against anyone who is considered challenging the status quo is still far too frequent, and the federal law enforcement mechanisms still far too ineffectual in most cases to enforce the anti-discrimination laws that are already on the books. I really cannot overemphasize how dangerous a country like Mexico can be to anyone who doesn’t go along with “how it’s always been done”: when they were young, my own parents narrowly escaped the 1968 student massacre in which hundreds of students were killed in cold blood by soldiers, just a few days before the start of the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Those students were ruthlessly massacred simply for daring to ask for more democracy in Mexico through peaceful and lawful public protests.

Agnes Torres

Just as my own parents barely escaped the bloody 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, I was just fortunate enough to seek asylum in the United States in the early 21st century, just as American authorities first began recognizing the very real risk of persecution faced in Latin America by anyone whose real or perceived gender identity doesn’t match the gender they were assigned at birth. Of course, hate crimes against transgender, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming people can happen almost anywhere in the world; it has been almost 10 years since the world lost another beautiful transgender Latina, Gwen Araujo, in a hate crime that happened right here in the Bay Area. Unlike what happened in the Araujo case, it is highly unlikely that Torres’s murderers will ever

be brought to trial; Mexican law enforcement is notoriously inefficient even in instances that don’t involve presumed hate crimes. To make matters worse, at least one Mexican politician made scornful remarks about Torres shortly after she was found murdered. I believe that the best way to honor the memories of beautiful women like Araujo and Torres is to continue fighting for justice and equality, wherever we happen to be, and to never allow ourselves (as trans people or allies) to be intimidated by the sheer amount of hatred, bigotry, and intolerance that’s out there. That is the only way we can continue to make progress toward exactly the kind of world that women like Araujo and Torres deserved and hoped for: one where none of us have to fear getting killed simply for being who we are, and openly expressing our gender identity in all public spaces, as every person should have the right to do. As long as I remain here in the Bay Area, I know I will continue trying to do my part; for the last 10 years, I have been doing all I can to help nonprofits like the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. More recently, I was also very fortunate to be appointed to the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (a commission that is itself headed by a trans woman). No matter where you are, you, too, can do a lot to help: consider offering some financial support to nonprofits like TLC, NCLR, or IGLHRC; you can also become involved in all present and future efforts to urge local lawmakers and public officials in places like Puebla, Mexico, to put an end to these barbaric affronts to human dignity.▼ You can find the Agnes Torres memorial Facebook page at: /YoSoyAgnesTorres. Tracy Garza is a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s LGBT Advisory Committee.

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ome of the winners from the Bay Area Reporter’s Best of the Gays readers’ poll showed off their certificates at the post-poll party held April 12 at the Hard Rock Cafe at Fisher-

man’s Wharf. The paper’s second annual poll was a success and winning merchants can now let their customers know they are the best.

Comedian Karen Ripley injured in car accident by Heather Cassell


car collided with a vehicle driven by lesbian comedian Karen Ripley last month, totaling her truck and sending her to the hospital. Ripley was driving eastbound on I-80 when the other car was merging onto the freeway, slamming into her truck and causing it to overturn around 2:15 p.m. on March 31, according to the California Highway Patrol. Ripley was not at fault, according to the CHP report completed April 12, said Officer Chris Parker, public information officer for the CHP. The other car was also severely damaged, said Parker. No passengers were in either car.


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approved street closures for this year’s party. Soul, whose legal name is James Bazydola, later told the Bay Area Reporter that organizers are trying to make this year’s event “more of a block party.” She said a portion of the crowd would be disappointed with the loss of the main stage. “You can’t make everyone happy,” she said, adding that the Sisters would gauge people’s reactions. There will be DJ stations throughout the event, and the Sisters are hoping people will be more spread out so there’s “not one lump of folks at an intersection,” said Soul. Alcohol isn’t permitted at Pink Saturday, but people will still have plenty of chances to drink that Saturday as area bars are generally packed. “We figured the food was a great thing for people, especially if they’ve been drinking all day,” said Soul She also said having the food trucks would help free up space for participants from the San Francisco Dyke March, which is also set for June 23 and ends up in the Castro. “We want to make sure their presence is welcome there and embraced,” said Soul. “That was really the goal of that placement.” The Dyke March’s DJ sound truck will be placed near Market and Noe streets, which the Sisters say will be the march’s terminating point.

Comedian Karen Ripley

Ripley, a 25-year comedic veteran and East Bay resident, was taken to Kaiser in Vallejo for minor injuries. The Sisters’ street closure application says their goal is to have at least 10 food trucks at the Castro and Market intersection. Soul said they don’t have any food trucks under contract yet. The Sisters are asking the vendors for about $500 per truck, though that

She is best known for her performances with the Queer Queens of Comedy, Divas of the Divine, and appearances at many Pride celebrations. The other party wasn’t treated for injuries, according to Parker. CHP was at the scene of the incident within four minutes of the accident. Ripley declined to comment for this story, citing legal issues. Ripley, along with other comedians, is scheduled to perform Sunday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Futon Comedy 94903, at Mary’s Futons, 4100 Redwood Highway in San Rafael. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. For information, visit www.marysfutons. com/Futon_Comedy_94903.php.▼

Security Soul said security measures include hiring at least 50 private security staffers, as they did last year. Also, more Sisters would be inside the event to help “de-escalate” tension, she said. Sergeant Chuck Limbert, LGBT liaison for Mission Station, which oversees the Castro and surrounding neighborhoods, has been involved in planning for Pink Saturday. He said extra police would be assigned to this year’s event, but he wouldn’t say how much additional staff there would be. Police “will definitely be present, and we will not tolerate anyone who is drunk or is coming with the intent to create a disturbance at this venue,” said Limbert. Two years ago, Stephen Powell, 19, was shot to death around the time the Pink Saturday ended. Police have indicated they suspect people from outside the neighborhood were involved in the shooting. Police Homicide Inspector Kevin Jones said this week that the case is still open, but “We’ve exhausted every lead that we’ve been given.” He said investigators developed leads themselves. “We didn’t get a lot of help from the public,” he said. Jones urges people “to report problems as soon as they see something.” Anyone with information regarding Powell’s death may contact the homicide unit at (415) 553-1145. Information may also be provided anonymously at (415) 575-4444, or text-a-tip to TIP411. The case number is 100 589 764.▼

“We figured the food was a great thing for people, especially if they’ve been drinking all day.” –Sister Selma Soul

figure hasn’t been finalized, she said. Terrance Alan, who along with John Wood produced and paid for the main stage for years, said that if the Sisters “feel this change is what is needed for the health of the event, then we all support it.” He described the music he and Wood supplied as “popular alternative dance music.” Wood didn’t respond to interview requests. Another change this year is the Sisters’ ability to talk about Pink Saturday. The group of charitable drag nuns has previously been prohibited from advertising the event before the date of the party, but that condition has been lifted by city officials.

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ENDA top priority if Dems retake House, says Pelosi by Matthew S. Bajko


hould Democrats retake the House this fall, passage of federal protections for LGBT employees would be a high priority on their to-do list, promised Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in response to a question from the Bay Area Reporter during a recent visit to the Castro. Pelosi (D-San Francisco) is in line to once again become House speaker if her party is able to retake control of Congress’ lower chamber from the Republicans in November. To do so they need to reclaim 25 seats, and Democrats are increasingly confident they can due to female voters being turned off by the GOP this election cycle. In talking to local reporters Wednesday, April 11 after an event unveiling a permanent display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at Castro restaurant Catch, Pelosi said her confidence in winning back the House grows by the week. [Albeit a day later saw a cable news-whipped firestorm over a lesbian Democratic strategist’s dismissive comment of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, a stay-at-home mom, because she “has never worked a day in her life.”] Whereas a few months back Pelosi thought flipping the House was a close call, now she believes Democrats have a “more solid 50/50 chance” of taking back the gavel. Asked by the B.A.R. where passage of a pro-LGBT Employment NonDiscrimination Act would be among her to-do list as speaker, Pelosi indicated it would be one of the first pieces of legislation she would want to see the House address. “It would be a very high priority. We have to do it,” said Pelosi. The next night Pelosi repeated her pledge during an appearance on former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Current TV show, video of which can be seen on the online version of this column at Asked by Granholm what a Democratic House’s initial legislative agenda would look like, Pelosi replied that “... as part of that initial array of bills we would have ENDA, it was part of our agenda before ... ending discrimination in the workplace, and that would be part of it as well.” The same day that Pelosi spoke with the B.A.R. the Obama administration was meeting at the White House with leaders of national LGBT groups to inform them that the president would not sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Due to the refusal of the GOP House leadership to bring the ENDA legislation up for a vote, LGBT advo-

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave remarks at Catch Restaurant last week where she and AIDS advocates unveiled panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

cates have been pressuring President Barack Obama to issue what is being called a “mini ENDA” through executive order. His refusal to do so has set off a firestorm of criticism against the White House; this week the Human Rights Campaign launched a letter-writing campaign about ENDA targeted at Obama and Congress. Asked about the White House meeting, Pelosi said she was unaware it was taking place but did acknowledge that stopping LGBT discrimination in the workplace “certainly needs to happen at the federal level. It is hard to imagine we need something like ENDA, but we do.” Her response would appear to put Pelosi at odds with the president’s refusal to issue the executive order. Asked for clarification, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told the B.A.R. that the fight over ENDA signals the need to elect a Democratic House. “This decision adds more urgency to Democrats winning back the House to continue on our path of ending discrimination as we did by repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and making a fully-inclusive hate crimes bill the law of the land,” wrote Hammill in an emailed response. “With a Democratic Congress, we will make more strides toward equality by passing a fully-inclusive ENDA and repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.” Senator Dianne Feinstein (DCalifornia) is championing repeal of DOMA, the federal ban against same-sex marriage, in the Democratic-held Senate, but there is zero chance of seeing any LGBT legislation passed this year. There has been virtually no movement on LGBT issues in Congress since the Republican takeover of the House in 2010, apart from DADT’s repeal during the lame duck session that year. ENDA has had a tortured history in Congress since first being

proposed in 1974. A fully inclusive version that would include gender identity protections has never made it out of either chamber. A bill stripped of the transgenderfriendly language came close to passing out of the Senate in 1996. Similar legislation did pass the House in 2007 but was never taken up by the Senate. For Pelosi, who was excoriated five years ago for allowing the version only covering sexual orientation to be voted on, passing a fully-inclusive ENDA would finally heal that wound with LGBT activists.

2nd SF police station to add LGBT liaison The San Francisco Police Department’s Mission Station oversees much of the city’s gay Castro district, and as such, has long designated an officer to be its liaison to the LGBT community. It is the only police station in the city to do so, though the department two years ago created a citywide LGBT liaison position. Now newly installed Park Station Captain John J. Feeney is looking at naming one of his officers as an LGBT liaison. Once you cross Market Street in the Castro into the Duboce Triangle neighborhood or head up into Twin Peaks, that part of town is actually under the auspices of Park Station, which is more closely associated with the Haight and Cole Valley districts. Feeney attended the April meeting of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro to introduce himself and was asked about establishing an LGBT liaison by the B.A.R. At the time he said that the idea “hasn’t come up.” But in a follow-up email exchange, Feeney wrote that, “I am interested in designating an LGBT liaison officer and will speak with my lieutenants for their suggestions. I have an officer in mind but would like their input as well.” Feeney added that he hoped to soon be able to publicly announce which officer it would be.▼

SF State sexuality center eyes larger role in policy arena by Matthew S. Bajko


sexuality center at San Francisco State University aims to play a greater role in the public policy arena following a recent merger. The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality wants to have a larger voice in debates on such hot button topics as sex education, HIV prevention, transgender rights, and the teaching of LGBT his-

tory in schools. “I think there is a real fear in addressing issues in sexuality and sexual health, but information will not make the problem worse. Talking about these issues and examining them actually helps,” said Colleen Hoff, Ph.D., director of CREGS. “These issues impact everyone, and right now there is a real disconnect between what is a healthy part of life and what is taboo and scares us.”

The increased presence in the public square comes after a merger between SFSU’s former Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, which Hoff directed, and the National Sexuality Resource Center was finalized in February. CREGS is housed at the public university’s downtown campus above the Bloomingdale’s shopping center on Market Street. See page 12 >>

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Quake ceremony turns attention to disaster preparedness by Matthew S. Bajko


he anniversary events this week commemorating the 1906 earthquake and fire that devastated much of San Francisco are once again turning attention to the importance of being prepared for when the next big seismic event hits the Bay Area. The city’s Department of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to assemble earthquake preparedness kits they can store at home. The agency has teamed up with local businesses to promote its “Who Are You Shopping For?” campaign through the end of April. “It highlights the importance of buying emergency supplies for you and your neighbors,” Castro resident Jim Turner, the agency’s private sector liaison, explained to Castro merchants at their April meeting. The participating stores, such as Walgreens and Cliff ’s Variety in the Castro, will have shopping lists detailing the sort of supplies people should have at home in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster. The city instructs people to have enough supplies to last three days. The family-run Cliff ’s has been urging its customers to assemble the earthquake kits for years, and rotates a window display promoting emergency preparedness between the annual 1906 quake events in April or in October around the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. “We think emergency preparedness is very important. We encourage people every year to put together their kits,” said Terry Asten Bennett, the store’s manager. The specific needs of LGBT people during disasters has received little attention within the emergency preparedness field, which takes a broader perspective toward its work, noted a Bay Area Reporter article

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Jenn Harris, a buyer for Cliff’s Variety in the Castro, sets up the emergency preparedness display window, timed to this week’s anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.

last month. But that is slowly changing, as evidenced by a first-of-itskind training designed specifically for LGBT people and communitybased organizations launched this spring by Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, known as CARD, in Alameda County. In San Francisco, the level of disaster preparedness varies at LGBT nonprofits depending on the services they provide. Asked if the city’s HIV/AIDS Provider Network had ever worked with an adviser on developing a disaster plan, AIDS Emergency Fund Executive Director Mike Smith said he couldn’t recall the coalition having done so. At his own agency, which helps people living with HIV and AIDS pay their rent or medical bills, Smith said there would be little he and his staff could do in the immediate aftermath of a major disaster. “We have a plan. We won’t be open until the banks are open,” said Smith. “I don’t know what anyone would do with a check from AEF until the banks are open again.” Other agencies that provide direct services, from housing to medical care, have much more detailed plans covering a variety of potential disaster scenarios. At Project Open Hand, which feeds people with HIV and AIDS and other life-threatening diseases, staff regularly participates in earthquake drills and revisits its emergency preparedness plans quarterly. Steve Hunter, the agency’s director of building operations, oversees the food bank’s disaster planning. The contingency plans include everything from educating staff on the need for them to have their earthquake kits at home to backup methods for feeding the agency’s clients. Project Open Hand has a small generator to run some of its systems if the power goes out. It also stockpiles frozen cooked meals that could be thawed out and distributed to clients, as well as what are called heater meals that come equipped with their own heating mechanism. “Our goal is almost immediate service,” said Hunter, who lived through the 1989 quake and whose wife is a member of their Richmond District neighborhood emergency response team. “If it just came down to where we could only distribute bread or cheese sandwiches, we could still pack them in our generating line.” The agency is also part of the Tenderloin Hunger Task Force, comprised of nearby agencies such as Glide Memorial Church and St. Anthony’s that have banded together and devised plans for assisting each other in the event a disaster of any kind disrupts even one agency’s abil-

ity to provide meals. “We all have emergency food on hand, emergency water and we all have radios to communicate between ourselves,” said Hunter. At Maitri, a Castro AIDS hospice that cares for up to 15 patients at any given time, its licensing by various government agencies requires it to have plans in place in the event of a disaster. It too has worked collaboratively with other hospices and the nearby Davies Medical Center off Duboce Park should it need to relocate its patients. “Since we are a 24-hour residential care facility for the chronically ill, our licensing requires us to have up-to-date evacuation plans,” said Maitri Executive Director Michael Smithwick, who also lived through the 1989 quake and has an extensive disaster kit stored at his house. So far the agency has never had to evacuate its building or transfer patients elsewhere, said Smithwick. He and his staff do annual trainings to prepare for what to do in the case of a fire or evacuation. “My personal perspective, having gone through the ’89 quake, is people have short memories. People tend to be in denial about what could happen,” said Smithwick, who happened to be in the heavily damaged Marina district when the earthquake struck. “It has happened before so let’s learn from history.” Larkin Street Youth Services also has detailed plans for each of its 15 different facilities, which includes nine housing sites, two shelters, one permanent housing program, and transitional living programs scattered in various San Francisco neighborhoods. “We are also trying to build an overall plan agency-wide,” said Ray Fort, the nonprofit’s chief operating officer who also oversees its emergency preparedness efforts. “We are making sure we can be up and running and housing all our clients in the aftermath of a major event.” Larkin staff regularly participates in disaster drills, as do residents of its programs. The agency is also looking to duplicate its computer infrastructure so as not to lose important files. While Fort himself has not lived through a major disaster, he said the agency’s planning did kick in in 2009 when a fire at a PG&E facility cut off power to one of Larkin’s Tenderloin shelters. “We have some excess capacity at one of our sites to address this situation or if a building collapses,” said Fort, though he added that, “We haven’t identified space for all the youth if all of our buildings are impacted.” One local business that has been a See page 12 >>

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Kaiser staffer recognized for Free Clinic work by Elliot Owen


hile most people are lazily marinating in the last hours before the work week begins, Huan Dong is busy volunteering 12-14 hours of his time at the Berkeley Free Clinic every Sunday. The 26-year-old UC Berkeley graduate works at the Gay Men’s Health Collective, a section within the clinic that provides free sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment, and counseling to men of all ages and sexual orientations. He is a volunteer medic and a GMHC section coordinator. When Dong isn’t volunteering at the clinic, he’s working as an assistant production manager for the Educational Theater Company, a Kaiser Permanente program that facilitates live theater performances for tens of thousands of adolescents each year, covering subjects like anti-bullying, puberty, STI/HIV prevention, peer pressure, and healthy relationships. “I am a performer/educator,” Dong said in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter. “We engage students, teens, and adults in health conversation and dialogue through the medium of live theater to disseminate information

that will hopefully influence the students and community members to make healthy decisions in their life.” But it’s Dong’s work at the Berkeley Free Clinic for which Kaiser Permanente recently recognized him. In January, his four years of volunteer service were commended when he received the David Lawrence Service Award, which honors Kaiser Permanente physicians and employees who illustrate great community service and undertake exceptional efforts to improving community health. Dong was among the 15 winners selected from 135 nominees. “I felt completely honored,” he said. “I looked at the other people’s profiles who received the award and I’m literally amongst stars, people I strive to be like. Some are physicians that have been through a decade of work. For someone like me that is just starting a medical/health career to receive this award for my work at the clinic – I’m without words.” Each winner receives a $10,000 donation to designate to a nonprofit organization which means that this year, the Berkeley Free Clinic is getting lucky. “The award money couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Evan

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Kaiser employee Huan Dong recently won an award from the medical group for his volunteer work at the Berkeley Free Clinic.

Howard, the clinic’s funding coordinator. “Over the years our funding has been cut to levels where we’ve considered possibly closing because of the unsustainability of government funding,” Howard added. “Five years ago, we would be working on a budget of $400,000 annually and now, our budget is less than $200,000.” Most of the award money will be

allocated toward the clinic’s Women and Trans-inclusive Services, a new program that provides STI testing and treatment, and counseling services for all women and transgender individuals. While Howard is thrilled for the clinic, he is also proud of Dong. For someone so young to receive the honor, he said, speaks volumes of his character. “I’ve heard people talk about that award, how prestigious it is. If I had to pick someone at the clinic that really represents the idea of doing service for the health community, it would be Huan. He is able to put people at ease and connect with them wherever they are in their situations to bring out fruitful conversations,” Howard said. “He’s so respectful and genuine,” Howard added. For most of his life, Dong was on the receiving end of many services. His parents moved his family to San Jose from Vietnam when he was 4. Growing up, he remembers living in a house with 15 of his family members and the “Monopoly” money his mother used to buy groceries. “They were really food stamps,” he said. After Dong learned English he did

well enough in school to be admitted to UC Berkeley. He credits his hardworking ethic to his parents. “I saw how hard my parents worked so their family could have opportunities they hadn’t received because of the Vietnam war,” he said. “With that, how could I not work hard? I wanted to really follow-through and grasp those opportunities.” If growing up as an immigrant adolescent wasn’t hard enough, add the challenge of coming out as a member of the LGBT community. Dong credits his attraction to community service to the support he received from various people and organizations when overcoming the two adversities. “I’ve gained that system of support from organizations that helped me,” he said. “I want to do the same for others who might need that mentorship. Whenever I can be, I am supportive.” Dong is planning to apply to medical schools by year’s end. Winners of the David Lawrence Service Award were selected by a subcommittee of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospital’s board of directors. Lawrence, a physician, is a former CEO of Kaiser Permanente and lifelong advocate of improving health.▼

Queer Asian group celebrates silver anniversary by Heather Cassell

“around people who look like me, live like me,” said the 37-year-old queer woman. “It’s given me a sense of pride in that APIQWTC is well recognized within the LGBT community as an Asian entity and the involvement in joint efforts with other organizations,” added Lynn Sugihara, a core member and a banquet committee member. Other performers at this year’s event include rap artist Skim; genderqueer artist Tonilyn A. Sideco; country musician Michelle Lee; and Lindsay Chan, a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra.


he Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a bang at its annual Lunar New Year Banquet this weekend. More than 400 queer Asian women and transgender individuals and allies will celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the sold-out silver anniversary event April 21 that has brought out a host of entertainment for the evening in Oakland’s Chinatown. “It’s going to be an exciting and lively event,” said D’Lo, a queer political theater artist who is flying in to emcee. Award-winning writer Willy Wilkinson will perform a piece, “Transition in the Fierce Year of the Dragon” about his transition from female to male in honor of the spirit of a year that opens up possibilities and transitions. Wilkinson, 49, has participated in the organization since its early years and used to edit its “Phoenix Rising” newsletter, he said. “We’ve come a long way in 25 years,” said Wilkinson, reminiscing about a time when Asian lesbians and transgender individuals were

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isolated and experienced prejudice in the LGBT community. “To see ... how far we’ve come is pretty amazing.” Amber Field, who will be performing a piece from a forthcoming performance at the Queer Arts Festival in June, agreed with Wilkinson. She moved to the Bay Area from the Midwest specifically to be

A quarter century ago a small group of queer and transgender Asian women’s organizations came together and created the annual API Lunar New Year Banquet to network with each other. The banquet eventually evolved into what is now APIQWTC, an all-volunteer umbrella organization that produces political and social events and supports queer Asian women’s and transgender activism. APIQWTC provides the space for an estimated 1,000 queer women and transgender individuals of Asian

bormaster on Narragansett Bay, grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island and loved the water. Landing in San Francisco in the late 1970s as a handsome man, he quickly became a popular addition to the Castro. While managing Moby Dick bar in the late 1980s, he became known for his lavish and unique parties that were thrown with his close friend Pamela Howell. Michael is survived by his ailing father David Goglia; brother David Goglia Jr.; Aunt Felicia; his dog Ditto;

as well as a long list of friends. Michael is predeceased by his mother, Ruth Goglia; Uncle Ray; longtime companion Russ Fields; close friend Dan; and beloved dogs Goofy and Teddy. Michael was a wonderfully loyal and compassionate friend who was always there for his friends. So, it is in Michael’s honor that Erin Lavery and Pamela Howell are throwing a celebration of life at Moby Dick, 4049 18th Street, this Sunday, April 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.

long and courageous fight with liver and kidney failure on December 2, 2011 in San Francisco. Mikey is survived by his mother, Rosemary, of Columbia, Tennessee; sister Michelle; uncle Terry Kean; aunt Denise Carmona; and uncle Michael Kean; as well as his nephew, Jamie W. Phillips, and niece Kristi M. Phillips. He was preceded in death by his partner, Steven. Mikey also leaves behind many close

friends in San Francisco. Mikey moved to San Francisco from Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 1989. He was a poet, a keepsake treasurer, and a collector. Many who remember him knew of his elephant knick-knack collection. He will be missed by all who knew him. A short memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 5 p.m. in Golden Gate Park by the ocean.

APIQWTC co-founder Crystal Jang

Obituaries >> Michael Howard Goglia April 19, 1954 – March 5, 2012

Michael Howard Goglia, born April 19, 1954, passed away at the age of 57 on March 5. A longtime resident of San Francisco, he died at the home of a close friend, Gayle Harlow. Michael, whose father was a har-

Michael “Mikey” Sweigert November 29, 1966 – December 2, 2011

Michael “Mikey” Sweigert was born on November 29, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois to Rosemary and Michael Pascual; and later adopted by Robert J. Sweigert. He died of complications due to a

descent to gather and celebrate who they are, said co-founding members Crystal Jang and Koko Lin. Oftentimes, even today, many queer women and transgender Asians live in the closet in fear of losing their family and community, the women said about APIQWTC and

its importance. Celebrating means honoring the women who have given to the community and supporting rising stars. APIQWTC organizers have given out the Phoenix Award since 2002 and scholarships since the beginning, See page 12 >>

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Queer Asian group From page 11

except when lack of funds halted the program for a while. Organizers reinstated the scholarship program six years ago, Jang and Lin said. This year, Vuong Nguyen, founder and organizer of “Song That Radio,” an LGBT Vietnamese American weekly radio program


Quake From page 8

leader on emergency preparedness in the private sector is Gap Inc. The international clothing retailer’s waterfront San Francisco headquarters is equipped to become an emergency operations center, backup workplace facility, and potential shelter should a major earthquake strike the Bay Area region.


SF State From page 7

The restructuring started more than a year ago when Gilbert Herdt stepped down as director of the national center, which he founded and had a strong advocacy component to its work. Hoff stepped in to oversee the combined research unit and is refocusing its attention to include the policy component. “We feel our research work could be more impactful on policy,” Hoff told the Bay Area Reporter at the official launch of the new center Friday, April 13. She added that CREGS staff is looking to engage in policy discussions “locally, statewide, and nationally.” The center wants to ensure that the


EQCA From page 2

was unknown, a lot of fear. It really made me feel that I had a duty and obligation to my community to really give back, and medicine was a route for me to do that.” Lin has been a physician at Ward 86 since 2004, where the vast majority of patients either has no insurance or receives public safety net coverage through Medi-Cal or other forms. Many of the ward’s patients are from communities of color, and many are monolingual Spanish or Chinese speakers, said Lin, who speaks both Mandarin Chinese and


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men’s “private sexual conduct.” Learning that the men were not having sex at the time of the raid, nor had they ever been sexual partners, surprised not only Carpenter but also has shocked reviewers of his book and the journalists who initially reported on the case and the subsequent litigation. Writing about the book in the New Yorker in March, reviewer Dahlia Lithwick acknowledged that those covering the case only had a “gauzy” recollection for the actual facts. “That’s the punch line: the case that affirmed the right of gay couples to have consensual sex in private spaces seems to have involved two men who were neither a couple nor having sex,” wrote Lithwick. “In order to appeal to the conservative justices on the high court, the story of a booze-soaked quarrel was repackaged as a love story. Nobody had to know that the gay-rights case of the century was actually about three or four men getting drunk in front of a television in a Harris County apartment decorated with bad James Dean erotica.” In a post on the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association’s

that celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, is being honored with the Phoenix Award. “Receiving the Phoenix Award means ‘Song That Radio’ works and my works in Vietnamese American LGBT community [work],” wrote Nguyen in an email. “That’s a great honor for ‘Song That Radio’ and for myself.” Christine Pan and Jamie Suma-

gue are this year’s scholarship awardees. APIQWTC is more than bringing activists together, there has always been a social element, said Jang and Lin about the banquet and other events that help raise funds for the grassroots organization. Jang and Lin declined to provide the organization’s annual budget. “People want to party and have

fun,” said Lin about some of the social events that include skiing, wine tasting, movie outings and more.

In its 25th year, core members of APIQWTC are restructuring to broaden the organization’s reach and support for its growing members, that now include families and spans generations, the leaders said.

Organizers are also aiming to continue building coalition with other LGBT organizations, they added. “I want to see not just being able to blossom in the broader area in the LGBT community, but also to be able to go back home and be proud of ourselves,” said Jang. For more information, visit www. or email▼

Overseeing the company’s efforts is Michael Lazcano, global director of Gap’s business continuity planning, who joined the company in 2007. “As a department we are entrusted with seeing that all or any parts of Gap Inc. around the world are able to respond effectively to a disaster,” said Lazcano. “We supply the tools and mechanisms to make that happen.”

His team gained invaluable insights from the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear scare that hit the Pacific Rim country last year. Gap has a major presence in Japan, and Lazcano’s department spent two and half months dealing with the aftermath. Their focus is not just on seeing the company get back to business, he said, but also working to help the local community rebound.

“We are part of the larger community we serve,” he said. In California Gap has teamed with both local and state officials as well as nonprofits like the American Red Cross to plan for when a disaster strikes. When a gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, for example, the company offered to house displaced residents in its facility in the town. “You start thinking about bad

things before they happen and start creating plans to mitigate the impact of when bad things happen,” said Lazcano, who also helps train Gap’s employees on what to do during a disaster. “Within the walls of Gap Inc. we are constantly sharing information with our employees, globally as well as in San Francisco.” For more information on emergency planning, visit www.sfdem. org.▼

“We found there isn’t a lot of support for them in the gay community or the disabilities community” said Hoff, who also wants to broaden her research focus to include lesbian families rearing children with special needs. “This is an emerging area where very little research has been done.” One new initiative CREGS has launched is aimed at increasing diversity in the field of sexuality itself. As American society becomes more ethnic and multiracial, there are “a troubling lack of racial and ethnic minorities in the fields of sexuality and sexual health,” noted Hoff. “We are seeking funding for that right now,” she added. CREGS staff has also been working with local school district officials on

developing LGBT history curriculum to meet the requirements of a new state law that recently went into effect. “I remember the battle over female studies and gender studies. What a radical notion,” said gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who authored the LGBT curriculum bill and attended CREGS’ launch ceremony. “The work you are doing is cutting edge and all of it is without much precedent.” The center’s work not only informs the community but also policymakers, added Leno. “It helps us craft policy that will positively impact young lives,” he said. To learn more about CREGS or to volunteer for one of its research studies, visit▼

Francisco Equality Awards drew 466 guests and raised $255,000. It’s been a tumultuous year for Equality California. Among other problems, the group saw its former Executive Director Roland Palencia resign after just three months. Interim Executive Director Laurie Hasencamp was brought on board in late February and was at the gala Saturday night. Orr said, “After a really tough year, I think it was good ... to remind people we’re still here, we’re still doing this work, here’s the direction we’re going, and their investment in the organization has made a difference.”▼

academic research conducted by SF State faculty is applied to real-world settings. One example is the fight over abstinence-only sex education in public schools. CREGS researcher Jessica Fields is an expert on how to educate youth about sexuality, noted Hoff, and could be called on more to speak about the need for a comprehensive approach to teaching sex-ed classes. Hoff is an expert on the dynamics within gay male couples, and her research findings could help shape how health officials devise tools to prevent HIV and other STDs among such couples. She has also been studying gay fathers of adopted children with disabilities and is seeking funds to develop supportive services for such families.

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Spanish. Most of the clients are gay men, he said. Lin has worked for the Waddell center since 2011 and sees patients in the Transgender Clinic. There, problems facing many people include HIV, poverty, and discrimination. He said a number of the clients are engaged in commercial sex work. As a Waddell center employee, Lin also has provided medical care out of Tenderloin Health’s offices three days a week. He said many of those clients “suffer from a great deal of trauma and have a very difficult time navigating a conventional medical system.” Many of the patients there are homeless or marginally housed

and struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues. The city has been working to ensure Tenderloin Health’s former clients continue to receive care in the aftermath of the agency’s closure. Lin said there’s “absolutely” still a lot of stigma around HIV. “I think stigma is really the big killer,” he said. “I think when I see people do poorly, oftentimes it’s stigma and the silence and the shame that really leads to a poor outcome.” He said that he and other care providers see many people “because of stigma not access care until very, very late in the course” of the disease.

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blog, journalist Kenneth Jost accused Lambda Legal and the other gay rights groups involved in the case of “spinning” himself and the other reporters who covered the story. “We did not know, as Carpenter now discloses, that Lawrence and Garner both had police records,” wrote Jost. “And we did not know that Lawrence and Garner were staying out of the limelight at their lawyers’ directions because the stories of their somewhat checkered lives would not generate the kind of sympathy and support that the gay rights lawyers wanted.” Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart, writing on the Huffington Post, said the question of whether sex actually occurred between Lawrence and Garner is legally beside the point. And he disputed allegations that the legal team had deliberately misled the press or the courts about the facts of the case. “We never misrepresented the facts or dressed up the story; sodomy laws did prevent loving couples from celebrating and protecting their relationships, children, jobs, and security,” wrote Cathcart, “and whether in committed relationships or casual ones, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are entitled to privacy and dignity ‘just like everybody else.’” In his book Carpenter is careful

not to accuse Lambda Legal of deliberating misleading the courts. “What I said in the book is they did not, as best I could tell, Lambda did not do anything unethical in court. There is a difference between that and, say, representing your case to the media,” Carpenter told the B.A.R. “I get why journalists might feel they were misled. My reading of it is nothing unusual occurred in this case.” Because the arresting officer’s reports included the sex claims, that was all that the attorney’s needed to rely upon in court. “You are perfectly in your right to let police accusations to go forward. There is no such duty to tell the court the right facts,” said Carpenter. “They never say they were having sex. They say there were charged with having sex.” What he discovered about the facts of the case, said Carpenter, means that the Texas law was even more invidious than most people understood. “It meant it was effectively illegal to be gay in Texas as opposed to engaging in any specific prohibited conduct,” he said. Carpenter and another law professor filed a brief in the case with the Supreme Court and were in the chambers for the oral arguments.

Immediately after the historic decision was issued in June 2003, he began writing a law review article about the case. That led him to begin digging into what occurred inside Lawrence’s apartment. A call to a longtime Houston gays rights advocate was the first time Carpenter learned that the story the public had been told likely wasn’t true. He knew he was on to something when the lawyers in the case declined to talk about what sexual actions had transpired. He then tracked down three of the four arresting officers in the case, and in 2004, published his determination that no sex had occurred in his article for the Michigan Law Review. Although he won an award for the article, few people outside legal circles took notice. An editor at Norton who had been shown the piece, though, commissioned Carpenter to turn it into a book. With contract in hand, Carpenter then re-interviewed the people attached to the case. Eventually, he was able to speak with Lawrence and Garner, though their attorneys refused to allow them to answer questions on if they were having sex. As Carpenter makes clear in the book, their answers led him to believe the anal intercourse claims had

Also Saturday night, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) accepted Equality California’s Leadership Award. Feinstein is the author of the Respect for Marriage Act that would repeal the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. At the gala, the JC Penney Company received EQCA’s Corporate Responsibility Award. The retailer withstood pressure from anti-gay activists earlier this year when it announced that out daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres would be its new spokeswoman. According to EQCA spokeswoman Rebekah Orr, this year’s San

been fabricated. Garner died in 2006 without ever directly discussing if he had had sex with Lawrence. Last spring, just as he was about to submit his manuscript, Carpenter received word from Lawrence that he wanted to talk to him again. During their final interview, he emphatically stated that no sex occurred the night in question. “He wanted to tell his side of the story since he had never been allowed to tell it,” Carpenter said. “He told me everything, then six months later, unexpectedly, he died.” Carpenter will discuss his controversial findings at a Commonwealth Club event tonight (Thursday, April 19) at 595 Market Street. The program begins at 6 p.m. and costs $20 for non-members, $8 for members, and $7 for students (with valid ID).▼

Correction In the April 5 Best of the Gays section, the description for Best Place to Buy Fetish Gear winner Mr. S Leather was incorrect. The Madame S boutique is closed, and the store now features the Mr. S Locker Room. The online version has been corrected.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FLORIST BY GRACE, 298 Market St., SF, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Jie Su. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/12/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/13/12.

MAR 29, APR 5, 12, 19, 2012 statement file A- 034217300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CHROMIUM, 440 Brannan St., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Anthony D. Wessling. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/15/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/21/12.

MAR 29, APR 5, 12, 19, 2012 statement file A- 034210800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EAT IT UP, BUTTERCUP!, 245 Marietta, SF, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Autumn Long. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/19/12.

MAR 29, APR 5, 12, 19, 2012 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name FILE# A-33162600 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: SHINY STONE, 1501 Broderick St. #143, SF, CA 94115. This business was conducted by an individual, signed Jose R. Cruz. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/22/10.

MAR 29, APR 5, 12, 19, 2012 notice of application TO SELL alcoholic beverageS Dated 03/26/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: IZA ROVNER. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell alcoholic beverages at 418 Beach St., SF, CA 94133-1102. Type of license applied for

47 - On-sale GENERAL Eating place APR 5, 12, 19, 2012 statement file A- 034233500

notice of application FOR CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OF alcoholic beverage LICENSE Dated 04/09/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: HOTEL FRANK LICENSING LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell alcoholic beverages at 398 Geary St., SF, CA 94102-1802. Type of license applied for

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Dated at Oakland, California, this 13th day of April, 2012. /s/ Patricia A. Williams for Kenneth A. Duron, District Secretary San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District 4/26/12 • CNS-2299067# BAY AREA REPORTER notice of application TO SELL alcoholic beverageS Dated 04/02/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SF HENRY VIII, LCC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell alcoholic beverages at 422 Geary St., SF, CA 94102-1223. Type of license applied for

41 - On-sale beer & WINE - EATing place APR 5, 12, 19, 2012 statement file A- 034240900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DOROTHY AND RUTH, 1885 Golden Gate Ave. #5, SF, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Miranda Jones. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/02/12.

APR 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 statement file A- 034189900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROYALTY PIZZA CAFE, 829 Geary St., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Mousa JM Abdel Jabbar. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/08/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/08/12.

APR 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 statement file A- 034190400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WAI KUEN WONG HERBALIST CONSULTING CENTER, 2822 San Bruno Ave., SF, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Stanley Wai Kuen Yang. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/07/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/09/12.

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statement file A- 034223800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CRUNCH; CRUNCH FITNESS, 1725 Union St., SF, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Keith Worts. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/15/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/23/12.

APR 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 statement file A- 034223600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CRUNCH; CRUNCH FITNESS, 61 New Montgomery, SF, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Keith Worts. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/15/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/23/12.

APR 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 statement file A- A-034223500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CRUNCH; CRUNCH FITNESS, 345 Spear St., SF, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Keith Worts. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/15/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/23/12.

APR 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 statement file A- 034223400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CRUNCH; CRUNCH FITNESS, 2324 Chestnut St., SF, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Keith Worts. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/15/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/23/12.

APR 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name FILE# A-030632700 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: WOODLEAF EATING DISORDER CENTER, 45 Franklin St., SF, CA 94102. This business was conducted by an individual, signed Neil Miller. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/28/2007.

APR 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 statement file A-034240400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TRET SERVICES, 652 Funston Ave., SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Tari Trethewy. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/02/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/02/12.

APR 12, 19, 26, MAY 3, 2012 statement file A-034254500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ACCORDION APOCALYPSE REPAIR SHOP, 255 10th St., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Rebecca Fell. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/28/06. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/05/12.

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47 - On-sale GENERAL Eating place APR 19, 2012 notice of application FOR CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OF alcoholic beverage LICENSE Dated 02/27/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: MAZE CAFE LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell alcoholic beverages at 4134 Geary Blvd., SF, CA 94118-3102. Type of license applied for

47 - On-sale GENERAL Eating place APR 19, 2012 notice of application TO SELL alcoholic beverageS Dated 04/10/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: LANZHOU NOODLE LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell alcoholic beverages at 173-181 Eddy St., SF, CA 94102-2706. Type of license applied for

41 - On-sale BEER & WINE - Eating place APR 19, 26, MAY 3, 2012 state of california in and for the county of san francisco file# CNC12-548572 In the matter of the application of: ALTANTSETSEG YANSANJAV for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ALTANTSETSEG YANSANJAV is requesting that his/her name be changed to VICTORIA KRAJCI. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 12th of June 2012 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

APR 19, 26, MAY 3, 10, 2012 statement file A-034263400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KGB INTERIOR DESIGN, 245 Vallejo St., SF, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed KGB Associates LTD. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/10/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/10/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROSAMUNDE SAUSAGE GRILL, 545 Haight St., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Jennifer Tucci. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/07/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/28/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CRUNCH; CRUNCH FITNESS, 2330 Polk St., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Keith Worts. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/15/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/23/12.

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Dated 04/09/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SE7EN-QN, INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell alcoholic beverages at 398 7th St., SF, CA 94103-4030. Type of license applied for

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LANIADO DIAMONDS, 3145 Geary Blvd. #702, SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Yaniv Laniado. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/12/12.

APR 19, 26, MAY 3, 10, 2012 statement file A-034254100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CALAR MUSIC, 221 11th St., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Cristian Lopez. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/05/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/05/12.

APR 19, 26, MAY 3, 10, 2012 statement file A-034274800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EVA LINDA’S CLEANING SERVICE, 1118 Fitzgerald Ave., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Michael Mellegers. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/17/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/13/12.

APR 19, 26, MAY 3, 10, 2012 statement file A-034276500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SANDRA CLEANING SERVICES, 240 Arguello Ave., Vallejo, CA 94591. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Devon Willis. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/16/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/16/12.

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A scene from director Bouli Lanners’ The Giants. SFFS


he 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19-May 3 at the Castro Theatre, Kabuki Cinemas, SF Film Society Cinema, and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley) rocks its Castro opening night with Benoit Jacuot’s take on life at Versailles as the French Revolution gears up (Farewell, My Queen), and pays tributes to British icon Kenneth Branagh (Dead Again), screenwriter David Peoples (Unforgiven), and “Queen of the docs” Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA). The Giants Director Bouli Lanners doubles down on some of the cultural lessons we learned from Belgium’s Best Foreign Film Oscar entry, Bullhead. Our heroes are a bratty teen brother act and their feckless young neighbor, ignoring the wisdom a lad might gain from a good dose of Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer. Yet


Highlights from the San Francisco International Film Festival, week 1 by David Lamble

despite their egregious missteps, they still make it to the raft by the third act, in a thoroughly guilty-pleasure romp through adolescent foodfight humor that contains glimpses into Belgium’s shaky future. (Kabuki, 4/20, 21) Peaches Christ presents Tommy It was the musical innovation of a decade of acid rock – a rock opera? – that forever endeared The Who to American fans. At Woodstock after surviving the rain and the mud, they were an indescrib-


able thrill, the best rock set from 5 a.m. to the crack of dawn I’ll ever live through. That includes the irascible guitarist/writer Pete Townshend booting the mouthy Abby Hoffman off the main stage and later puncturing the prideful airs of us plucky Woodstock survivors. “As a cynical English arsehole, I walked through it all and felt like spitting on the lot of them, trying to make them realize that nothing had changed and nothing was going to change. Not

Under Mexican skies ‘Photography in Mexico’ at SFMOMA

only that, what they thought was an alternative society was basically a field full of six-foot-deep mud laced with LSD. If that was the world they wanted to live in, then fuck the lot of them.” Fast-forward six years as an even more cynical English arsehole gets to turn the movie of Tommy into one of his patented travesties. The early ‘70s gave a generation of cinema outlaws license to howl, liberties that Altman, Coppola, Roeg and Scorsese made the most of. Any of these guys might have mined the gold from Townshend’s vision of a deaf, dumb and blind boy Messiah. Director Ken Russell, who generally upstaged his stories by indulging a bottomless penchant for the grotesque, here saddles non-rockers Oliver Reed and Ann-Margret with See page 29 >>

“Ponzoña, Arena Coliseo” (ca. 1983) by Lourdes Grobet, gelatin silver print.

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f you’re interested in uncovering a wealth of photography, Mexico might not be the first place you’d look. But the origin and intensity of the remarkably muscular imagery produced by our neighbors South of the Border are among the surprises that make Photography in Mexico: Selected Works from the Collections of SFMOMA and Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser such a rewarding experience. The sprawling new show at the museum is a reminder that Mexico is more than Cabo-Wabo on spring break, or the corruption-ridden, brutally poor country where rival cartels murder each other and rack up the body count of innocent casualties. Occupying the majority of the third floor and covering the 1920s to the present, a period of cultural and po-

litical upheaval following the Mexican revolution, the exhibition includes over 150 works by more than a dozen Mexican photographers, as well as by major American and European artists who found inspiration there. Encompassing an impressive range of subjects – migration, injustice, indigenous peoples, the political, social and physical landscape, rapacious development, race and glaring disparities in class – the show puts a powerful foot forward with its opening gallery. It’s filled with wonderful photographs by Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, who lived in Mexico together for several years during the 1920s. For anyone who saw SFMOMA’s Modotti show several years ago, many of the pictures will be familiar, and they

only improve upon repeated viewing. One can see not only how these two influenced each other, but also Modotti’s gradual emergence from Weston’s formidable aesthetic shadow as she forged a style and identity all her own. Her sea of sombreros in “Workers Parade,” which resembles a field of flowers in full bloom, seems to reflect an artistic lineage with “No. 2 Ollas,” Weston’s collection of clay pots, abstract shapes that look like displaced ocean dwellers. In his “Maguey Cactus, Mexico,” a plant spreads its prickly wings in an arc-like rays of the sun. Shadows fall across Weston’s mysterious “Pirámide del Sol, Teotihuacán,” lending mythic eloquence to the imposing stone structure, and then there’s Modotti’s “Rafael on Roof See page 28 >>


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Swinburne goes to the Café Flore by Roberto Friedman


he sun has poured through a mail-slot in the morning fog and is brightening the pavement where darlings sit at the Café Flore. The tables are mostly empty. A woman is reading a letter aloud to her friend, because “I need the sound of something to say!” At 10 o’clock the cafésitters are subdued. They pose, bent over their lattes as if there were words inscribed in the foam. A busboy strolls among the tables listlessly, picking up a spoon here, a coffee cup there. A short, manic creature arrives on the scene. He strides through the front gate and scampers around the chairs in his path looking like a pale, blonde monkey. He proceeds at once to the counter, where he stacks his quarters like gold-pieces and orders a double cappuccino. Jim, behind the gleaming espresso machine, doesn’t give A.C. Swinburne a second look. Neither his flurry of bright red locks,

which dangle halfway down his back, nor his deep purple velvet blouse is half as showy as the hairdos and costumes of the regular clientele. “How you doing this morning?” asks Jim. “Day smiteth day in twain, night sundereth night,” says Swinburne. “And on mine eyes the dark sits as the light. Yea, Lord, thou knowest I know not, having sinned, if heaven be clean or unclean in thy sight.” “I know just how you feel,” Jim empathizes, “and you were right to get up and get over here. This double’ll do you right.” He pushes the coffee drink towards Swinburne. “Anything with it?” “There is a feverish famine in my veins,” says Swinburne. “Then you deserve a Danish,” Jim insists. “Sugar and cream by the cash register.” Swinburne takes his Danish and coffee outside and makes a bee-line to the sunniest spot. There, in the lick of

the most beneficent rays, Swinburne laps up his coffee and experiences the agony of the café seat. The caffeine rushes his thoughts around, so that his focus is scrambled. Painted face after face passes by, distracting him. He cannot concentrate enough to read, his attention is a nervous fish, darting away from his pastel notebook to his chapbook of verse, then back to the notebook again. He can write but a few words before his fountain pen floats upwards from paper, a bubble of arrested ink distended from the tip. His gaze is drawn to the resplendent idlers. They pose with eyes braceleted by sunglasses, with all manner of metal and phosphorescent plastic dangling from ears and faces. Swinburne sits transfixed, in awe of the demanding page. He stays so long it is nighttime at the Flore, winter solstice, the longest night of the year. The cars speeding by turn on their headlights, and the billboard overhead the café comes brightly, garishly lit. This week it promotes Grand Rémy, a giant gold bottle of champagne lying on its side, shining with the light of 1,000-watt kliegs. Swinburne ventures beyond the frosted-glass walls to the sidewalk, straining to see the image’s vertical plane. He reels from the sight and limps back to the bar inside. He orders a pint of bourbon. The poet sits inside the café building now, inside the shed built of corrugated metal and glass. He must share a table with strangers; they fix their chairs so as to be in least sight of him, and he in least sight of them. He is the prisoner of a crick in his neck, the gods’ revenge for his worship at the billboard altar. His neck gives play neither left nor right. And so he is prey of the company at his table. They are bored with each other, and they turn to consider the strangely cultivated flower sitting bolt upright and captive in their midst. They train their appetite for entertainment on him, by staring not directly but all around him: the oblique yet penetrating glances of the furtively engaged. Swinburne is aghast. The cafésitters are appraising him, as if the orchids were studying the botanist! They are two pale women, thin as cigarettes, and a gaunt young man wearing some amalgamation of aluminum foil and leather. The young man points his chin at Swinburne, and his hairdo follows. This famed regular is Hedonist

English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909).

California, a dandy of 30 shades of eye-shadow and 100 attitudes. When Hedonist was 20 years old, he moved from Philadelphia to the Café Flore. It was a voluntary self-commitment, because Hedonist had fashion but not yet plans. Café-watchers remember Hedonist’s finest hour, when a lion he had shave-sculpted into the side of his skull flashed briefly as a fierce cartoon, then grew, shaggy and amorphous, into his next ‘do. “You see that bullet-hole over there in the glass?” Swinburne, arrested by the youth’s forward address, obeys the directive and finds a coin-sized hole just beneath the café signature. He jerks his head in a rough nod, unable to move his neck. “That’s from the night they finally got Art Brut,” says Hedonist, and his eyes draw closed behind their makeup. “USA, CIA, FBI, IRS all rolled up into one ball. Art was talking the truth too much of the time, you get the picture?” Swinburne tosses his red mane with a painful jolt of the neck. This harlequin’s words have stirred the poetry within him. “Behold now, surely somewhere there is death, for each man hath some space of years,” he extemporizes, “a little space of time ere time expires, a little day, a little way of breath.” “You’re dead right, no future!” says California. His eyes reappear from under their lids, to study the poet. One of the women by his side stops smoking long enough to speak up. “Everyone knew when smack was hitting the city, because Art would be standing on his chair, then dancing on the table. You’d see him get higher and higher, and you’d know the government was flooding the populace again. He was sort of a barometer of smack, that poet.” “Smack that poet!” The other woman likes her own joke, laughs through volumes of smoke. “That’s where he was the night he was b-b’ed down, standing on his table, shouting, ‘God save the Bill of Rights!’ Wow, what good scene. Of course it was gross when he started bleeding. But the busboy wiped up.” The women go back to their cigarettes. They are the Maxell twins, heirs to the fortune in magnetic tape. Swinburne learns his café lesson fast and turns his attention away, in an exaggerated roll of the eyes. Outside, the chill of the night has fogged with condensation the glass sidewalk di-

viders. Swinburne stifles a shiver. He cannot help himself giving voice to an impulse. “Outside, it must be winter among men. For at the gold bars of the gates again, I heard all night and all the hours of it, the wind’s wet wings and fingers drip with rain.” “That’s good, man,” says Hedonist. “You write lyrics?” Swinburne says yea. “You oughta make some vids for YouTube. I bet you could monetize it.” At this first appreciation of his great gift, Swinburne comes out from behind his reserve and speaks his first 21st-century words. “I [heart] your coif,” he says. “My hair is my art project.” The smart young brioche affects a pose. “I qualify for grants.” “Really,” says Swinburne, his admiration for this new society aglow. He is about to inquire further about the patronage of men of letters when a small carafe of a man passes by, followed by his entourage, carrying coffee. “Hed-onist! What-ever have you done with your hair?” The claque seats itself in a far corner before Swinburne’s tablemate can give reply. Young California seethes sotto voce to the poet, “It’s impossible to remain anonymous in this town. Sometimes I simply yearn to return to New York City.” No matter that the closest the famous idler has come to living in New York was his semester at Rutgers, Swinburne is impressed. In a voice given to exquisite phrasings of universal truths, he asks whether there is a privy on the premises. “You haven’t lived until you see the outhouse,” California assures him, pointing it out. Swinburne makes his way among the momentarily stalled and the truly camped out, squeezing between chairs in his dexterous chimpanzee manner. And then the poet stands, amazed, behind the w.c. door. He has reached an earthly Paradise! First, to learn that this country’s poets are amply rewarded. Then, to see public recognition of a regional poet at his very table. Not even in his headiest days as Laureate did Swinburne envision such a culture. And now this! A lavatory filled to the ventilation ducts with verse stylings, penned in every color ink imaginable. “Speed boys speed,” “Dead flowers = Dead souls,” “Social call in spandex,” “Tight girls rule.” The poet sways with the prospect of so many works-in-progress. No wonder See page 30 >>


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David Rodgers

Charles Busch (right, with Amy Rutberg) starred in the New York production of his comedy The Divine Sister, part of NCTC’s new season.

Seasons of love by Richard Dodds


rom Indonesia to Kentucky, from playwrights emerging to celebrated, and from Harvey Milk to Mr. Sandman, the newly announced 2012-2013 season at New Conservatory Theatre Center spans generations, locales, and issues. Two world premieres are included in NCTC›s 18th Pride season, including one co-authored by Artistic Director Ed Decker and his husband Robert Leone that will open the season. Here is a look at the nine plays that make up the new season. Rights of Passage (Aug. 17 - Sept. 16), by Decker and Leone, has literally been years in the making as the partners traveled around the world gathering stories from LGBT communities. Anchoring the piece is the character Wayan, a gay Hindu living in Bali, with the region’s performance techniques adapted to tell stories from dozens of cultures. Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life (Oct. 17 - 28) brings back a “remixed” version of the 1991 show that brought national attention to the SF troupe Pomo Afro Homos. Created by Brian Freeman, Djola Banner and Eric Gupton, the piece is made up of vignettes from black gay life that have been augmented with scenes drawn from contemporary sources. Presented in collaboration with AfroSolo, Freeman and two new cast members performed the updated version in several East Coast cities last year. The Submission (Nov. 2 - Dec. 16) is a play about a play. When a gay white playwright adopts an Africanevocative female pseudonym for a work about life in the projects, he tries to convince a black woman to be his stand-in when the play is chosen for production in Louisville’s Humana Festival, inciting sexual and racial frictions. Jeff Talbott’s comedy-drama had its world premiere last year in New York. The Marvelous Wonderettes (Nov. 30 - Jan. 13) is a time-traveling musical created by Roger Bean and based in the songs of the 1950s and ‘60s. The title quartet of late ‘50s high schoolers is pressed into sudden service at the prom, and amid a repertoire that includes “Mr. Sandman,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “It’s My Party,” teen dramas are played out. The second act takes place a decade later, at the class reunion, with more music and more comedic conflict. The show has had numerous productions since its 2001 debut at Milwaukee Rep, and this will be its SF premiere. Dear Harvey (Jan. 18 - Feb. 24) was developed by playwright Patrick Loughrey from her interviews with Harvey Milk’s friends, contemporaries, and bearers of his legacy as well

as from Milk’s own writings (including quotes from his Bay Area Reporter column that ran from 1975 until his assassination in 1978). San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre commissioned the play and hosted its premiere in 2009. The Lisbon Traviata (Feb. 22 - March 24) marks a return to Terrence McNally’s comedy-drama 14 years after NCTC’s initial staging. The title refers to an actual bootleg recording of a Maria Callas performance, and becomes a centerpiece in a story about tattered relationships involving a sharp-tongued opera queen, his depressed young friend, and a lover who seems to be on his way out the door. – The Bus (March 22 - April 28) focuses on two small-town teens who use a powerful church’s iconic bus as their place of rendezvous. Various other townsfolk come into play, along with homophobia and religious zealotry. This is the West Coast premiere of James Lantz’s drama first produced in Vermont in 2006. A Marriage (May 17 June 29) is the world premiere of Tom Swift’s play that follows the story of one gay marriage over a span of 40 years. The play had a reading during the 2011 PlayGround festival, and the new-play incubator is co-producing the NCTC run. The Divine Sister (May 31 - June 29) is the newest play from Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party, Die, Mommie, Die!) which continues his skewed tributes to the movies. The genre under attack in his 2010 comedy are such nunnery films as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, and Agnes of God. This will be its Bay Area premiere. Season tickets for the entire series or a four-show “sampler” are now on sale at .

Lowdown on Lohan Word arrives from playwright-director-performer D’Arcy Drollinger that his Project: Lohan will have a summer run in San Francisco. Seen at New York’s La MaMa E.T.C. last year (with Drollinger in the title role), the show chronicles the rise and fall of actress Lindsay Lohan in a multi-media production based on texts from tabloids, magazines, entertainment TV, court documents, and 911 calls. Designed to be a both poignant and comic study of pop culture and its pitfalls, Drollinger likens the story to classic myths and even Shakespearean tragedies. Drollinger is using ACT’s new Mid-Market performance space, dubbed the Costume Shop, for the July 26 - Aug. 19 run. Previous Drollinger productions include Pink Elephants, Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls, and Scalpel!▼

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B moving SF Ballet’s all-Balanchine Program 7 by Paul Parrish


here is no more vexing question than “what is a classic?” It’s a question that the penultimate program of San Francisco Ballet’s season raised in many fruitful ways. SFB’s Program Seven, which opened last Thursday and ran through April 18 at the Opera House, shows three ballets from the early-middle period of George Balanchine, when he was still working on Broadway and immensely successful as a maker of hit shows. Balanchine, like Louis Armstrong, made work that was simultaneously great and popular -- his new works affected New York like new skyscrapers, everybody had an opinion. Like Shakespeare, Balanchine made his shows for the poor folks as well as the rich. There are satisfactions for everyone, and there are splendid effects which can only be seen from the cheap seats. I defer my own judgment of this show to my friend Tiff, who’s a poet and has not seen a lot of ballet. She asked me if all ballet was like this. “It’s like it exalts the music,” she said. “Can that be right?” [Say more, I say.] “It’s like the music makes me feel a certain way, and the dancing makes me feel the same thing, only more so. I feel so expanded, and opened up.” Seriously, there is no better criticism of this show [Divertimento # 15, Scotch Symphony, and The Four Temperaments] than that. All the rest is commentary. When a work of art raises a sense of wonder at first sight, and begs for revisiting, and repays attention over and over agai, that’s my working definition of “classic.” When it turns out that there are many possible interpretations, which can be diametrically

Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet dancers Ruben Martin and Frances Chung in George Balanchine’s Divertimento #15.

opposed to each other and yet each works [e.g., Hamlet, or Concerto Barocco], that’s classic. When it’s more beautiful than it can be danced, that’s classic. No choreographer in the history of the dance art has created more classics than George Balanchine, who grew up in Tsarist Russia, trained in the Imperial Ballet School and also at the Conservatory of Music, escaped after the Revolution, danced and choreographed for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in the between-war years, and then was brought to New York by the founder of the Museum of Modern Art to start an “American Ballet.” He worked for Goldwyn in Hollywood and later on Broadway until his big chance came, finally in the 1950s, when the New York City Center made his little “Ballet Society” its resident dance company under the name New York City Ballet. He made a lot of classics before he died in 1983, and was honored worldwide as the greatest choreographer of the century. San Francisco Ballet dances these three works in a way that is its own, and acceptable, but if you’ve seen the ballets before they look distorted. The big difference is that SFB is a man’s company, where the men are expansive and the women hold back. They “lower their voices.” They smile a lot, soften their shoulders, repress their wilder ideas. Whereas Balanchine’s company was a woman’s company – the women were strong, square-shouldered, high-energy, incisive, dramatic creatures, stars with the charisma of Katharine Hepburn, and a way like hers of being recognizably modern American women. Not all of them were as abrasive as Kate, but each was sovereign in her way. In the Mozart Divertimento # 15, in which the men frankly outshone the women. Gennadi Nedvigin [who can admittedly do no wrong] ran away with the show, even though he tried very hard not to, rivaled only by Hansuke Yamamoto, whose darting footwork and dazzling batterie showed the kind of clarity that we should have seen from the dancer recreating the role set in 1956 on Patricia Wilde – who created a sensation with her brilliant gargouillades back then. Divertimento needs to be like the movie Stage Door (the Hepburn/Ginger-Rogers vehicle with supporting cast of Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, etc.) – even the corps girls need to be distinctive (everyone gets a solo at some point), and in front of them there have to be five ballerinas. Mozart’s second movement is a Theme and Variations, and Balanchine made six solos, each of which has to be danced as a spontaneous miracle. It’s no good if the dancer looks overtaxed by the difficulties. This is one of those things which needs to be great to be good. SFB should have cast it up to strength, with, say, Tan, Sylve, Ko-

chetkova, Van Patten, and Chung, and let the wittiest girl take the role created by Tannaquil leClercq. Granted, New York City Ballet on an ordinary night does not dance this ballet as well as our dancers did last Friday. But even my friend, who’s not seen much ballet, could tell the girls were working too hard, while the boys were musical and totally on top of the game. When it’s great, Divertimento is like an ideal Marriage of Figaro – the girl gets to choose. That said, it’s worth seeing. Scotch Symphony is a paradoxical thing. It references old-fashioned Scottish lore. There’s a backdrop showing a ruined castle, the boys are in kilts (yum yum) and kind of soldierly. There’s a girl in red socks (the brilliant Dores Andre) who does very fancy footwork, and the ballerina looks like a Sylph out of Sir Walter Scott. But the steps are very modern, especially the pointe work and the partnering. It’s set to Mendelssohn’s symphony of that name. Friday night, the toujours-gai, fairy-like Sarah van Patten flitted about the melancholy hero Tiit Helimets, who longed for more apparitions of her than he got. I’ve seen the ballerina danced, by the great NYCB ballerina Kyra Nichols, as a more mysterious, rather grave creature whispering secrets to him from another world, and I prefer that interpretation, though van Patten was entirely convincing, a miracle of lightness, exquisite in the role. And Helimets’ demeanor, plus his feathery batterie, marked him as a poet, someone capable of insight and doomed to suffer for it. The Scottish style was best exemplified by Dustin Spero. The show closes with the first of Balanchine’s neo-classical blackand-white leotard ballets, The Four Temperaments, set to a score he commissioned in the early ‘40s from the refugee Swiss composer Paul Hindemith (at a point when Balanchine had Broadway earnings and Hindemith was hard up) which he desired as chamber music to play with his musical friends. Balanchine’s friends were the likes of Stravinsky, W.H. Auden, and Nathan Milstein, whom I believe played first violin in the first performance of 4 Ts in Balanchine’s living room. The company do a great job of Four Temperaments. Jaime Garcia Castillo and Vito Mazzeo were outstanding as the Melancholic and the cool, Phlegmatic heroes. Vanessa Zahorian was marvelously jazzy as the Sanguinic character; the soloist Nutnaree Pipit Suksun carved her variation with stunning clarity and wonderful phrasing. The whole ballet builds to an overwhelming climax, with the entire ensemble thrust into action at the end like a giant machine mowing everything down, and an exaltation of lifts at the very end.▼

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Spring bookshelf by Gregg Shapiro


ere’s a brief sampling of books, of interest to LGBT readers, being released this spring season, beginning with fiction entries. Coral Glynn (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Peter Cameron’s first novel since his acclaimed Y/A novel Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, is set in 1950s England and examines how victims of circumstance learn to love one another. In the Y/A novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Harper Collins), Emily M. Danforth tells of the experience of a young lesbian dealing with being queer while staying with her ultra-religious aunt following the death of her parents in a car accident. Novelist Alvin Orloff explores the mid-1970s with teenager Leonard shedding his “good kid” image and joining the Burnouts, a gang of misfits, as he embarks on his personal journey of self-discovery in Why Aren’t You Smiling? (Manic D Press). Teenage criminals Sarah, Jenna, Lauren and Cassie are sent to an experimental juvenile detention center on a farm to create something tangible. As three of the girls try to heal their wounds, one sets out to destroy everything they work for in Getting Somewhere (Penguin Young Readers, by Beth Neff. Monstress (Ecco), award-winning, queer, Filipino writer Lysley Tenorio’s debut story collection, includes the National Magazine Award-nominated title story among the eight pieces. In his West Virginia-set debut novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), Carter Sickels introduces us to Cole, a nursing home aid and part-time drug dealer whose interactions with the town folk, including an openly gay excon, are the basis of the story.

Eleanor Brown’s marvelous novel The Weird Sisters (Berkley), about the three Andreas sisters, their ill mother and Shakespeare-quoting professor father, one of 2011’s more auspicious debuts, is now available in a paperback edition. Acclaimed gay essayist and poet Wayne Koestenbaum returns with Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (Turtle Point), his first poetry collection since 2006’s Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films. The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard (Library of America), edited by Ron Padgett with an introduction by Paul Auster, includes the late gay writer’s groundbreaking autobiographical piece I Remember, as well as poems, short plays, drawings and comic strips, stories, journal entries and more. High school sweethearts Nate and Adam’s relationship survived the strains of homophobic brutality, but as college life begins in different cities, their love is put to the test when new people enter their lives, forcing them

to recognize what they really want in J. J.H. Trumble’s novel Don’t Let Me G Go (Kensington Books). The adult-oriented parody If You G Give A Kid A Cookie, Will He Shut tthe Fuck Up? (St. Martin’s Griffin), aan honest tale of a parent just wantin ing to find peace with his noisy kids, b by Marcy Roznick, fills the void b between the books Go the F**k to SSleep and If You Give a Mouse a C Cookie. The 11 entwined short stories in 998 Wounds (Manic D Press) by Justtin Chin explore intense emotions, aas well as the characters that inhibit tthem. “Sweep-you-off-your-feet” storries by Steve Berman, Simon Sheppard, Rob Rosen and 10 other gay writers can be found between the covers of Best Gay Romance 2012 (Cleis Press), edited by Richard Labonte. Out writer R. Zamora Linmark is having quite a year in terms of publishing, following up his Coffee House Press novel Leche with his third poetry collection Drive-by Vigils (Hanging Loose Press). After the murder of music critic Dwayne Robinson is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation, his old friend D Hunter suspects there’s more to it in The Plot Against Hip Hop by Nelson George (Akashic Books), a novel that parallels the history of hip hop and its culture. Edited by Joyce Carol Oates, New Jersey Noir (Akashic Books) is dedicated to the Garden State and features a collaboration by out writers Edmund White and Michael Carroll, as well as contributions by Alicia Ostriker, Jonathan Safran Foer, C.K. Williams, Gerald Stern, Robert Pinsky and Oates herself. In the novel Janet Planet (Mayapple Press), poet Eleanor Lerman rewrites the life of writer Carlos CasSee page 30 >>

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Civil writes by Jim Piechota I Must Resist: The Life and Letters of Bayard Rustin, edited by Michael G. Long; City Lights, $18.95


orn in 1912, Bayard Rustin was one of America’s most valiant nonviolent warriors in the fight for human rights, and his letters throughout the mid-20th-century Civil Rights movement are published in their entirety in an enlightening and historically groundbreaking new anthology commemorating his life and tireless humanitarian work, I Must Resist: The Life and Letters of Bayard Rustin. A close friend and ally of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rustin is probably best known for organizing the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This became just one of the many political upheavals that consistently drew him into the cross-

hairs of the federal government for his tactical and seamless organization of activists, protests, and general uprisings in the name of African-American justice and homosexual freedom. Rustin was unapologetically and very openly gay, and had early ties to the Communist Party, two factors which greatly concerned various other community leaders about the impact those facts would have, and how they could impede the movement’s progress and hurt Rustin’s credibility. But Rustin’s contributions to American history bloomed in spite of these developments, and this book affords readers a closer look into his political machinations and personal passions. Veteran editor Michael G. Long (Christian Peace and Nonviolence: A Documentary History, 2011) pres-

ents Rustin’s letters chronologically, and prefaces them with introspective side commentary and a paragraph of information on both the intent of the letters and to whom

tthey were sent. Poring over m many cardboard boxes of Rusttin’s missives, Long carefully h hand-selected each one for its aability to convey a unique asp pect of his subject’s personal llife and his public struggle for eequality. In doing so, the book eexplores Rustin’s life through a vvoice that is uniquely his own. From Rustin’s use of code b buried in his text to convey anxie ieties of his sexuality while in p prison to his surprising support fo for bombing activity against a rradical black liberation collecti tive, the letters form an open an and honest tapestry of opinions o on the true nature of a peaceful ac activist. Beginning in 1942, the letters span decades, and include his staunch opposition to the military draft and to World War II, which landed him in federal prison (and further problems with accusations

of homosexual activity while incarcerated). Further on are letters illustrating his historic organization of the Journey of Reconciliation, and his need to redirect aspects of his sexuality in order to focus on matters at hand. After threats by a desperate politician, Rustin writes of his two-year separation from affiliations with Martin Luther King, Jr. King’s assassination, a protest over Ronald Reagan’s welfare cuts, and critical opinions on Jesse Jackson’s bid for the presidency all prove eyeopening and energizing, demonstrating the true spirit of a seasoned civil-rights fighter. A true, historical game-changer and indefatigable pioneer, and an occupier of Washington long before the current Occupy movement materialized, Bayard Rustin’s life, loves, struggles, and accomplishments are respectfully commemorated in this empowering, epistolary volume.▼


Art above all by Tavo Amador


ergei Diaghilev (1872-1929), founder of the Ballets Russes, and his greatest dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950), were a famous male couple during the Belle Epoque. Herbert Ross’ Nijinsky (1980), just released in DVD, chronicles their relationship and accomplishments. The first scene shows a catatonic Nijinksy (George de la Pena) in a hospital room, wearing a straitjacket. It then flashes to 1912 Budapest, where he and Diaghilev (Alan Bates) have arrived with the Ballets Russes. They have been lovers for three happy years, although the germ-phobic impresario insists they kiss with a linen handkerchief between their lips. Diaghilev gives his protégé a classical red-figure Greek dish featuring a nude male. That evening, Nijinksy dances Le Spectre de la Rose to wild acclaim. Over the heated objections of choreographer Misha Fokine (Jeremy Irons), Diaghilev allows Nijinksy to create and dance in his own ballet. Unknown to them, the wealthy, aristocratic Romola de Pulsky (Leslie Browne) sneaks into the theatre to watch rehearsals. Obsessed with Nijinksy, longing to dance, she joins the corps de ballet. After their Hungarian triumph, they spend several weeks in Greece touring the ruins, enthralled with each other and their art. The future looks bright.

In Monte Carlo, Diaghilev meets his wealthy patron, the openly gay Baron de Gunzburg (Alan Badel), who admires the Russian’s commitment to art – and to Nijinsky. The Ballets Russes will soon be staging Apres Midi d’un Faun. Designer Leon Bakst (Ronald Lacey) warns that Nijinksy’s costume is too revealing. Fokine, too, objects, and in a rage, calls Nijinksy a “pederast whore!” Diaghilev doesn’t renew his contract. Nijinksy’s performance is scandalous. When he simude lates an orgasm, spectators hiss. A delighted Diaghilev knows the notoriety will mean sold-out performances. Nijinksy, however, is depressed and fears he will follow his older brother into madness. In Switzerland, Igor Stravinsky plays Le Sacre du Printemps for them. It’s to be Nijinksy’s next ballet. The May 31, 1913 Paris premiere is jeered. Many in the audience pelt the stage with their programs. Critical reaction is harsh, increasing Nijinksy’s anxiety. They travel to Italy, but the stress takes its toll. Nijinksy, jealous that Diaghilev admires beautiful boys on the beach, becomes hysterical, screaming that he’s being smothered. He wants to separate. “I never believed this could happen,” responds Diaghilev, who nonetheless agrees they should part. He sends Nijinksy and the com-

pany to Buenos Aires, the first stop of a South American tour. He stays in Paris, working with Richard Strauss to finish his score for a new ballet, The Legend of Joseph. Nijinksy expects to dance and choreograph it. In Buenos Aires, Nijinsky learns Diaghilev has found a new dancer for Joseph. Enraged, he trashes his cabin. Romola comforts him, manipulates him, takes him to bed. Their marriage startles the company. “You stupid, stupid boy,” comments Diaghilev. He fires him. “No one in life is indispensable,” he says, despite his devastation. He gets in touch with Fokine, planning to bring him back. Remorseful, hysterical, Nijinksy blames Romola. He wants to see See page 30 >>

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Thu 19>> Fwd: Life Gone Viral @ The Marsh David Ford, Jeri Lynn Cohen and Charlie Varon’s comic play about the foibles of Internet-ruled living. $20-$50. Previews; opening May 12. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm, Sun 7pm. Thru June 10. 1062 Valencia St. 2823055.

Hairspray @ Fox Theatre, Redwood City The national touring company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the campy John Waters film makes a Bay Area appearance. $20-$48. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru April 22. 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. (650) 579-5565.

How To Survive a Plague @ Sundance Kabuki Cinema David France’s striking documentary about ACT UP’s early days and its later focus on treatment issues. Part of the SF International Film Festival (thru May 3). $13. 9pm. 1881 Post St.

In the Heights @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real Pak Han

Words with friends by Jim Provenzano

Lambda Literary Award finalists Justin Chin, Daphney Gottlieb, and Ryan Van Meter’s memoir.


f you’re not too busy playing cell phone games or texting while driving, check out some events where words are read aloud, by some of my friends, colleagues and other local LGBT literary talents and scholarly types. Thursday, April 19, Vaughn Walker and Dale Carpenter speak at The Commonwealth Club. The retired gay judge discusses issues and challenges of his rulings on such controversial cases as the NSA warrantless wiretapping, the Apple Computer, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation copyright case, and the constitutional challenge of California’s Proposition 8. 12pm. Then, at 6pm, gay author and former B.A.R. columnist Dale Carpenter discusses his new book, Flagrant Conduct – The Untold Story of Lawrence vs. Texas, about the Supreme Court case that expanded LGBT rights. Both $7-$20. 595 Market St. 597-6700. Friday, April 20, Natya and Narration at CounterPulse blends dance and literature in works with an Indian inspiration by Bharatanatyam exponent Vidhya Subramanian, award-winning writer Jaya Padmanabhan, poet Arun Kumar, and essayist and humorist Kalpana Mohan. $20. Fri & Sat 7pm. Sun 2:30pm. 1310 Mission St. 626-2060. Also Friday, April 20, Jay Michaelson speaks at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. The author of God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality discusses his book and faith issues among LGBT communities. 7pm. 290 Dolores St. Bay Area Lambda Literary Award Finalists read at the San Francisco Public Library, Tuesday, April 24. Justin Chin, Lara Fergus, Daphne Gottlieb, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Tirza T. Latimer, Malinda Lo, Jim Provenzano (yep, yours truly), Jan Steckel, Ryan Van Meter, Nat Smith, Christina Hutchins and Luna Maia read short excerpts from their works. Free. 5pm reception. 6pm reading. Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, lower level. 100 Larkin St. 557-4400. Wednesday, April 25, an Adrienne Rich Reading, also at the Public Library, brings local LGBT writers Elana Dykewomon, Jewelle Gomez, Peter Orner, Aaron Shurin, Justin Chin, Robin Ekiss, Ali Liebegott, Teya Schaffer, Arissa White, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Kevin Simmons, Stephen Kopel, The late Adrienne Rich Toni Morosovitch, Drea Brown, Kevin Killian and Christian Gullette gather to remember the lesbian poet. Free. 6pm. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

Thursday, April 26, Poets That Inspired Me, also at the Public Library, includes Cole Krawitz, Robert Andrew Perez Jr., Jim Roderick, and James J. Siegel reading favorite poems at an event sponsored by Guy Writers. Free. 6pm. James Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400. While you’re at the Library, see Radically Gay: the Life of Harry Hay. The new exhibition celebrates the remarkable life and Harry Hay work of activist Harry Hay, who laid the foundation for the modern lesbian and gay rights movement; curated by Joey Cain. Free. Thru July 29. 100 Larkin St. 557-4400. Wednesday, April 25, Will Roscoe and Joey Cain discuss Hay at CounterPulse. Learn about the amazing gay activist with Will Roscoe, editor of Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder–Harry Hay and Cain, curator of the new Public Library exhibit, opening April 26. Free. 7:30pm. 1310 Mission St. 6262060. Thursday, April 26, Judy Grahn hosts Struggle, Then and Now at La Peña Center, Berkeley. Intergenerational Voices on the Bay Area Lesbian Movement, an evening of readings, discussions, and dance, with lesbian Judy Grahn activists and authors, also includes a performance by Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers. Free. 7pm. 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley. The Youth Speaks Poetry Slam continues at various venues. The annual competition and reading festival, with hundreds of local teens performing spoken word, holds semifinals April 20-21 (free). Grand Slam Finals April 27, 7pm at Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St. ($6-$300). Thru April 27. See literature onstage in Of Mice and Men at Mountain View’s Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre Works’ production of John Steinbeck’s stage adaptation of his classic novel about troubled drifters during the Great Depression. $19-$69. Tue & Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm and Sun 7pm. Thru April 29. (650) 463-1960. More art about lit is shown at Broadside Attractions, Vanquished Terrains at Intersection for the Arts, a group exhibit of paired visual and literary artists’ works exploring the history of print publishing. Exhibit hours Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 925 Mission St. 626-2787. And for a dance interpretation of classic literary voices, Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real at ODC Theater, Thirteenth Floor Dance Theater’s new production, brings Virginia Woolf and her pals into a strange reality show (see photo, top). $18-$23. 8pm. Preview Thursday April 26. Fri-Sun thru April 29. 3153 17th St.

The touring company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about Spanish Harlem residents. $20-$75. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm. Sun 1pm & 6pm. Thru April 22. (408) 792-4131. www.InzTheHeightsOnTour. com

Monty Python’s Spamalot @ Orpheum Theatre The hilarious hit musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail returns. $30$200. Wed-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru April 22. 1192 Market St. (888) 7461799.

SF International Film Festival @ Various Venues Large film festival with features, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Opening night screens Farewell, My Queen (7pm) at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. Thru May 3.

Seun Kuti, Fela’s Egypt 80 @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Bringing his own blend of afrobeat music, singer Seun Kuti leads his father’s band, Fela’s Egypt 80, for one night of original music. $20-$58. 8pm. UC Berkeley campus, Bancroft Way at College Ave. (510) 6436714.

Spring Awakening @ Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek Duncan Sheik’s award-winning musical about teenage sexuality gets an East Bay production. $17-$35. Thu-Sat 8:15pm. Sun 2:15pm. Thru May 6. Knight Stage 3 Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. (925) 2951400.

Varla Jean Merman @ The Rrazz Room Statuesque drag performer (Jeffery Roberson) performs The Book of Merman, a comic show with hilarious music. $25-$40. 8pm. Wed-Sun thru April 28, 8pm. April 22 & 29 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Fri 20 Dark Side of Oz @ Roxie Theatre See the first half of The Wizard of Oz with the imfamously perfectly synched Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon. Celebrate 4/20 Day with this original (accidental or intentional?) pop culture mash-up. $12. 8pm. 3117 16th st.

A Bright Room Called Day @ Gough Street Theatre Custom Made theatre company’s production of Tony Kushner’s play about a group of artists struggling in 1930s pre-Nazi Berlin. $25-$32. Fri & Sat 8pm Sun 7pm. Thru April 22. 1620 Gough St.

The Caretaker @ Curran Theatre Jonathan Pryce stars in a London touring production of the revival of Harold Pinter’s comic yet menacing drama. $25-$175. TueSat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7:30pm. Thru April 22. 445 Geary St. (888) 746 1799.

Heather Gold @ The Garage Comedian and solo performer hosts an unusual interactive talk show/podcast, with guests musician Michelle Haynes and visual artist Michael Brown. $15-$25. 8pm. 975 Howard St.

Hot Greeks @ The Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers revives the Cockettes’ hilarious college comedy revue that meets ancient Greek bawdy burlesque in a new expanded version, with a new cast, costumes, songs and fabulous camp. $30-$35; $69 for a pair. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 5. 575 10th St. at Bryant & Division. (800) 838-3006.

Labayan Dance SF @ ODC Theater Award-winning local company, under the direction of Enrico Labayan, performs new and repertory works. $25. 8pm. Also April 21, 8pm; April 22, 3pm. 3153 17th St. 8639834.

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later @ New Conservatory Theatre Center The sequel to the groundbreaking drama, based on real interviews with people effected by the murder of Matthew Shepard, gets its San Francisco premiere. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru April 29. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Maple & Vine @ American Conservatory Theatre West Coast premiere of Jordan Harrison’s dark comedy about a couple who give up contemporary life and join a group of 1950s

Fri 20>> Anatol @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Arthur Schnitzler’s play about a Viennese philanderer, in the world premiere of a newly translated adaptation by Margret Schaefer. $34-$55. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. 2081 Addison St. Thru May 13. (510) 843-4822.

Any Given Day @ Magic Theatre Linda McLean’s taut drama about family tensions in a Glasgow Scotland family. $20$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Fort Mason, Bldg. D., 3rd floor. 441-8822.

Bay Area Dance Week @ Bay Area Get moving at the annual free festival of dance, with performances, workshops and classes in tango, Bharatnatyam, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly, aerial, Scottish country, West African, and contact improvisation taking place all over the Bay Area. Kickoff event in SF’s Union Square Park, Geary & Stockton streets. April 20, 12pm. Events thru April 29.

Fri 20 James Bond Films @ Castro Theatre Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sexy spy flicks based on the bestselling books, with doubleand triple-features starring Sean Connery, Roger Moore and George Lazenby. Dr. No (2pm, 7pm) and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (4:10pm, 9pm). April 21, From Russia With Love (2:30, 9:30pm), Diamonds Are Forever (4:45) and The Spy Who Loved Me (7pm). April 22, Thunderball (1pm, 8:15), Live and Let Die (3:30) and For Your Eyes Only (5:50). $8-$11. 429 Castro St.

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reenactors who want to live life like “the good old days.” $10-$95. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru April 22. 415 Geary St. 749-2228.

at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

Mon 23>>

Marilyn Pittman @ The Marsh

Q Comedy @ Stage Werx Theater

The veteran lesbian comic gets a little more serious in her solo show about her parents’ tragic murder-suicide deaths. $15-$35-$50. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm, Sun 7pm. Extended thru May 27. Studio Theater, 1062 Valencia St. (800) 838-3006.

The Real Americans @ The Marsh Dan Hoyle’s fascinating multiple-character solo show based on his cross-country trek into America’s red states and liberal cities. $25-$50. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Sun 2pm. Thru April 14. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.

Red @ Berkeley Repertory John Logan’s (screenwriter of The Aviator, Gladiator and Hugo) Broadway hit about abstract painter Mark Rothko, engaged in a battle of wits with his young assistant, makes its West Coast debut. $14-$72. TueSat 8pm. Sun 2pm. & 7pm Extended thru May 12. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Sugar @ Eureka Theater 42nd Street Moon’s production of Peter Stone, Bob Merrill and Jule Styne’s 1972 comic drag musical based on the Billy Wilder film Some Like It Hot; starring award-winning drag actor Scott Hayes. $20$50. Wed 7pm. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Thru April 22. 215 Jackson St. 255-8205.

Xtigone @ Buriel Clay Theater African American Shakespeare Company’s production of Chicago playwright Nambi E. Kelley’s urban adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone. $10-$30. 8pm. Sat 8pm and Sun 3pm thru May 13. African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. at Webster. (800) 838-3006.

Sat 21>> Audience as Subject @ YBCA Mark Bradford (found material sculptures) and Audience as Subject, Part 2, (big photos of fans at soccer matches and rock concerts), plus other exhibits. Thru May 27. 701 Mission St. 978-2787.

The Cult of Beauty @ Legion of Honor

Cookie Dough headlines an all-star comedy lineup with Morgan, Jennifer Dronsky, Valerie Branch, Cassandra Gorgeous, Lynn Ruth Miller, and Jill Bourque. $8-$20. 8pm. 446 Valencia St. at 16th.

Sat 21 Bruce Vilanch @ Jewish Community Center Gay author and comic writer for the Academy Awards and many performers shares an evening of stories. $40-$55. 8pm. Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St. at Presidio. 292-1233.

Photography in Mexico @ SF Museum of Modern Art New group exhibit of historic prints documenting Mexican life and culture since 1920. Also, The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area, and a new mural by Dutch artist Parra. March 31-July 29. Free-$18. Open daily (except Wednesdays) 11am-5:45pm.; open late Thursdays, until 8:45pm. 131 Third St. 357-4000.

RAWdance @ Sanchez Studio Concept Series 11, with new experimental dance works. EmSpace Dance, Christy Funsch, David Martinez and others. Donations. Sat & Sun 3pm & 8pm. 66 Sanchez St at 14th. 686-0728.

Tommy @ Sundance Kabuki Cinema Peaches Christ hosts a screening of the overthe-top Ken Russull film adaptation of The Who’s famous rock opera; part of the SF International Film Festival, April 19-May 3. $20. 11pm. 1881 Post St.

Top Shelf @ The Rrazz Room Doo-wop vocal ensemble performs Uptown, Downtown, Motown Madness, a musical of classic soul. $25. 3pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Vintage Paper Fair @ Hall of Flowers

Subtitled The Victorian Avante-Garde, 18601900, this new exhibit focuses on the British Aesthetic Movement. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Thru June 17. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3620.

Shop from dozens of dealers’ bins of decorative old paper goods: postcards, prints, calendars, posters and more. Sat 10-6pm. Sun11am-5pm. County Fair Bldg., 9th Ave at Lincoln Way, golden Gate Park.

A Hot Day in Ephesus @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

Sun 22>>

Vicki Siegel’s musical comedy based on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, about twin servants, mistaken identity and love. $12-$15. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thru May 19. 1301 Shattuck at Berryman. (510) 649-5999.

Jean Paul Gaultier @ de Young Museum The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first exhibition devoted to the gay French fashion designer. $6-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Friday night special events 6pm-8:45pm. Thru Aug. 19. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600.

Judea Eden Band @ El Rio CD release party for the popular local Urban Soul Pop band. Amy Meyers Band, Billie Burnor & the Bad Ass Boots also perform. $8. 3pm. 3158 Mission St. at Cesar Chavez. 282-3325.

Alyssa Stone, Eliza Leoni @ Martuni's Signing duo performs Do Re We: The Sound of Two-sic, a parody revue. Part of Ray of Light Theatre’s showcase series. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

SF Hiking Club @ Castro, Berkeley Join GLBT hikers for a casual, fun, 4-mile hike on stairways in the Castro area. Bring water, snack, hat, sunscreen, layers, good walking shoes. Meet 10am at Harvey Milk Plaza. 845-3492. Also, April 25, 3-mile hike through the Berkeley Meadow/Eastshore State Park. Meet 6:15pm at park entrance (University at Frontage). (510) 910-8734.

Slavoj Zizek & Boris Gunjevic @ Palace of Fine Arts Radical theologian and philosopher share a discussion with Roy Eisenhardt on faith, politics and capitalism. $20-$27. 8pm. 3301 Lyon St. 392-4400. slavoj-zizek-boris-gunjevic/

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104 David Perry’s talk show about LGBT people and issues. April 23-29, David talks with Zoe Dunning, a retired U.S Navy Commander about coming out as a lesbian before the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and her pioneering challenge to the US military. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm.

Tue 24>> Elect to Laugh @ The Marsh Will Durst welcomes comic commentator pals to a new weekly political humor night. $15-$50. 8pm. Thru Nov 6. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. 282-3055.

Riffs & Refuge @ Old First Church Composers, Inc presents and evening of world premieres and new chamber works with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Martha & Monica, soprano Deborah NorinKuehn and other performers. $14-$17. 8pm. 1751 Sacramento St. 474-1608.

Men of Endurance @ The Rrazz Room Gospel music concert by the six-man vocal ensemble. $25. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Wed 25>> Life & Death in Black & White @ GLBT History Museum AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco, 1985– 1990, focuses on the work of Jane Philomen Cleland, Patrick Clifton, Marc Geller, Rick Gerharter and Daniel Nicoletta, five gay & lesbian photographers who documented the emergence of militant AIDS activism in San Francisco through the medium of blackand-white film. $5. Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St.

Thu 26>> Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha The new LGBT and indie comic stand-up night’s hosted by “Mr. Gomez” (retired Telemundo extra and associate of comic Marga Gomez). 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.

Dining Out for Life @ Various Restaurants 11th annual fundraiser for the SF AIDS Foundation, where a portion of your bill at more than 100 participating local eateries goes to HIV prevention efforts.

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Funky Chicken Dinner @ Mars Bar

Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show

Juanita More hosts the annual dinner fundraiser, featuring her own fried chicken with honey goo, mixed green salad muffin and a cupcake. Email reservations only. 6pm-9pm. 798 Brannan St.

Wed 25

Saints and Sinners @ Visual Aid Exhibit of works by David Faulk and Michael Johnstone. 57 Post St. #905.

Three Guys + @ El Rio Live music from queer/trans musicians Josh Klipp, Joe Stevens, Eli Conley and violinist Beau Dream. Free. 6pm. 3158 Mission St. at Cesar Chavez. 282-3325.

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In Paris @ Berkeley Repretory Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in Dmitry Krymov’s innovative and intimate romantic play performed in French and Russian with English subtitles. $22.50-$125. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed 7pm Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru May 13. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St. at Shattuck. (510) 647-2949.

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And the Dildeaux goes to… by Scott Brogan


he Powerhouse was packed last Saturday night as the Golden Gate Guards gave out their annual “Golden Dildeaux Awards” (aka The Woody Awards). This year marked the fortieth anniversary of the awards. Can you believe it? Half the nominees weren’t even born when the awards were created. The awards were the brainchild of the late Mister Marcus, back in 1972. After founding the Golden Gate Guards in 1987, Marcus suggested the new organization take over the awards. And man, did they! Now they raise a ton of money for the AEF (AIDS Emergency Fund). I know of several people who actively campaign for votes (each vote costs $1 which goes to the AEF) and try to amass as many of these special “statuettes” as possible. I wouldn’t know. I’m the Susan Lucci of these awards. I’ve been nominated many times, but have yet to take home the gold, or in this case “The Wood.” Part of the fun of the awards is that most of the categories change from year to year. This year, there were 24 very special categories (take that, boring Oscars!), including: “The Boss” Award (the top of them all), the “Good Wife” Award (spouse of the month), the “Off-Ramp” Award (leather fashionista), the “Mildred Pierce” Award (pushy bottom), the “Iron Lady” Award (really butch woman), and more. The show began around 7p.m. Things went downhill from there – in a good and fun way, of course. It was a blast and a definitely a joyous event, as it always is. You can count on The Golden Dildeaux Awards to put a smile on your face. We were

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Race Bannon picks up his Golden Dildeaux Award at last Saturday’s annual event hosted by the Golden Gate Guards.

even treated to Mark Paladini performing “Cabaret” with some special lyrics and some help from two life-sized stars. For more information about The Golden Gate Guards, check out their site at: www. You’ll find that they do much more than just give out awards.

Mr. SF Leather Has His First Official Event About an hour after the awards were over, our new Mr. SF Leather (2012) Jesse Vanciel hosted his first official event, titled Black Saturday. It was quite interesting, watching the crowd change from one event to the other. Of course, there

were some who attended both, but the change in tone and attendees seemed to me to be a reflection of how diverse our community has become. Now you can go from event to event and have completely different experiences. It’s really nice to see such wonderful variations in age, attire, and attitude. Vanciel did a great job. He wisely stayed away from being a talking head, letting the sexy go-go boys and demos (bondage and flogging) appropriately engage the crowd. When doing a bar event on a weekend night, there’s always a fine line between annoying and engaging the patrons. Vanciel and company certainly didn’t annoy. See page 27 >>

Coming up in leather and kink Thu., Apr. 19: Koktail Club Happy Hour at Kok Bar (1225 Folsom). Drink specials and Hamisi doing Hammy Time until 10 p.m. 5 – 10 p.m. for details. Thu., Apr. 19: Daddy Thursdays at Kok Bar. Shot & drink specials. 10 p.m. – close. Thu., Apr. 19: Bare Chest Calendar Contest at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom). 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thu., Apr. 19: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse (during the Bare Chest contest). $5 cover to benefit Project Inform. 10 p.m. – close. Thu., Apr. 19: Weekly Yoka at the SF Citadel (363 6 th St.). $20 per student. 7 – 8 p.m. Thu., Apr. 19: Edge-ing at The Edge with Michael Brandon (18th & Collingwood). Go-go studz, spanking demo, “Sexiest Happy Trail” contest and more! 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Fri., Apr. 20: Men in Gear Monthly Cruise Night at Kok Bar. Wear your gear for specials and more! 10 p.m. – close. Fri., Apr. 20: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom). 10 p.m. – close. Live shower boys, drink specials, loads of fun! Sat., Apr. 21: Wild Nights with Frank Wild at Kok Bar. Drink specials plus music giveaways. 9 p.m. – close. Sat., Apr. 21: All Beef Saturday Nights at The Lone Star (1354 Harrison). 100% SoMa Beef! 9 p.m. – close. Sat., Apr. 21: Beatpig with Juanita More! at The Powerhouse. Saucy grooves and dudes cruise to eclectic music. 9 p.m. – close. Check it out on Facebook for more details. Sun., Apr. 22: Hayseed Harlots presented by Michael Brandon and hosted by Sister Hera Tique at Rebel Bar (1760 Market). This is a benefit for the St. James Infirmary. 5 – 8 p.m. Go to Hayseed Harlots on Facebook for details. Sun., Apr. 22: Truck Bust Sundays at Truck. $1 beer bust. Warm Bar, hot men, cold beer. 4 – 8 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 22: Jockstrap Beer Bust at Kok Bar. 3 – 7 p.m. Wear your jock for drink specials, and more! Sun., Apr. 22: Baby Daddy at Kok Bar. 9 p.m. – close. Drink & shot specials all night, cartoons, music and no cover! Sun., Apr. 22: Nasty at The Powerhouse. Get nasty and dirty! 10 p.m. – close. Mon., Apr. 23: Trivia Night with host Casey Ley at Truck. Featuring prizes, insane fun and ridiculous questions! 8 – 10 p.m. Mon., Apr. 23: Dirty Dicks at The Powerhouse. $3 well drinks. 4 – 10 p.m. Tue., Apr. 24: Busted at Truck. $5 beer bust. 9 – 11 p.m. Tue., Apr. 24: Safeword: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tue., Apr. 24: Intermediate Rope Bondage, as taught by Rain Degrey at the SF Citadel. 8 – 10 p.m. $20 admission. Tue., Apr. 24: Ink & Metal at The Powerhouse. 9 p.m. – close. Tue., Apr. 24: Kok Block at Kok Bar. Happy hour prices all night. Pool tournament 7 – 10 p.m., winner gets $25. Wed., Apr. 25: Pit Stop at Kok Bar. Happy Hour prices all night. 5 p.m. – close. Wed., Apr. 25: Leathermen’s Discussion Group at the Mr. S Playspace (385A 8th St). This month: Leatherati (all about the popular site) with Loren Berthelsen and Alex Lindsay. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Wed., Apr. 25: Nipple Play at The Powerhouse. Drink specials for the shirtless. 10 pm. – close. Wed., Apr. 25: Leather Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison). This is a male only club. Doors open 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Play till late. Wed., Apr. 25: Nipple Play at The Powerhouse. Go shirtless! 10 p.m. - close.


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Day for night by John Karr


ell, whattyaknow. Two new films from TitanMen both feature Spencer Reed. Which makes them about the 70th-something scenes he’s filmed in the last 20-something minutes. He’s fortunately good in both, although it’s hard to miss when you’re topping new sensation Trenton Ducati in Surveillance, and Hunter Marx in Sticking Point. I guess the real surprise is that Marc Dylan isn’t in either movie. Surveillance was directed by Paul Wilde, who has recently been stepping more into the spotlight at Titan, now taking solo credits on the Rough line of extreme fetish movies, as well as alternating director’s chores with Brian Mills on the company’s mainstream stuff. Both of their two new movies score pretty high, and are differentiated mostly by tone. Brian Mills directed Sticking Point with his usual temperate trust. That’s no insult, because I appreciate his not whipping up false storms. It does mean, however, that he depends a lot on his performers. They come through with more than a few stand out moments on this one. Wilde’s Surveillance has a more brooding, get-beneath-yourskin sort of mood, perhaps motivated by the movie’s basically voyeuristic set up. Despite the fact that establishing shots show it’s daytime, Surveillance has a darker night shift feel, while Sticking Point is flooded with bright California sunshine. Similarly, the music for Surveillance is stark, somehow suspenseful, and insinuatingly sexy, composed by Discopup, a name new to me that I’m gonna look out for. The Sticking Point music, composed by two Titan regulars, is more brightly rhythmic, its guitar riffing suggestive but certainly not ominous. Both movies have more structure than if they were built around a simple theme, but less so than having a plot. Sticking Point finds a pair of contractors overseeing a home renovation at which their employees are busy sticking it to each other. Surveillance has a security guy watching on a monitor the four stock rooms of a warehouse, and witnessing the employees in each area neglecting work for sex. Natch, the goings-on get so hot the watchman has to join in himself.


TitanMen’s Surveillance

I might like Surveillance a little more, were it not for the way it weaves its three separate sex scenes together. I’d prefer one at a time to this shuffling, which I think undermines focus. Others may find it heightening. Sticking Point has a beautifully complected black man in Race Cooper, and a half dozen white guys; a pair of hairy dads in Titan Exclusive Hunter Marx, and lush Brad Kalvo (his dense sideburns/mutton chops are killer), and a pair of youths, smooth Jordan White and oh, my, my, Jayden Grey. Spencer Reed is rousing with Marx, and brawny Brad Kalvo tops Mr. Cooper well. They share no special chemistry, but are appealing nonetheless, especially in some shots from downwind that show a pink cock sluicing deep black ass, the colors so intense you’d think Vincent Minnelli was moonlighting in porn. And I appreciated much the encore given Jayden Grey in the finale, a three-way jack off with Mssrs. Cooper and Kalvo. There’s also a sizzler of a star turn for the punk heat of Jayden Grey and the movie’s stand-out fucker, Trenton Ducati. Mr. Ducati, in his third Titan

movie, is one fuck of a sensation. He’s a suave looker, with his slickedback hair shiny as his muscle stud body, with its randomly placed tats reading more like construction worker or biker before they read gay. The furrows of smile lines roughen a boyish face, and he has an altogether winning cock--shiny and sturdy, so finely proportioned. He looks like a star. And he fucks like one, whether topping (in Sticking Point with Jayden Grey, who takes a thriller ride on Ducati’s cock, straddling him and grinding down while leaning back on Ducati’s chest for hot kisses as Ducati reaches round to flail the kid’s cock; ah, something sticky this way cums), or bottoming (in Surveillance with Reed using all his heft to cram concrete cock into ass crack). Trenton’s my new first husband, firster than all who proceeded (and there have been many first husbands in my life). Also in Surveillance: a fur fest with Hunter Marx topping Jesse Jackman; Dario Beck gangbanged by all, with Christopher Daniels getting an infrequent chance to demonstrate his topping skill when he’s added to the group; and English import Harley Everett, a working class fucker who is well met by multiply-pierced, burly Nate Pierce. ▼

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Nominees For Leather Marshall Announced Pride is just around the corner. SF Leather Pride Contingent chair Jay Hemphill and co-chair Michael Holeman are already hard at work getting everything together and putting the many pieces of the puzzle together. It’s quite an undertaking, but they and the other volunteers manage to do it successfully every year. I’m proud to report that I’m one of the twelve nominees for Leather Marshall. My pride is not just in the nomination, but it’s also in the company I’m with. The nominees are: M Rocket, Leland Carina, Terry Penn, Rio Spooner, Steve Gaynes, Mario Torrigino, Race Bannon, Patrick Mulcahey, and Scott Peterson. See what I mean? Fantastic people. Now, I certainly wouldn’t use this column for any personal agenda (vote for me), nor would I ever try to influence anyone (vote for me), or even beg (vote for me). Seriously though, I will say that I’m very honored to be a part of this great group of nominees. If you have a favorite,

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Mr. SF Leather 2012 Jesse Vanciel enjoys one of his demo subjects at last Saturday’s Black Saturday event.

be sure to be at the next meeting of the committee at The Citadel (363 6th Street) on May 12th. The meeting starts as 2 pm. While you’re

three, be sure to volunteer if you can – they can always use the extra help. More information can be found at:▼

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he San Francisco Symphony is back from its American Mavericks tour, set to host some impressive artists in upcoming concerts at Davies Hall. Jean-Yves Thibaudet (pianist, April 19-22): Thibaudet is performing Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 5 with fellow Frenchman Stephane Deneve conducting. He is known for his delicate musicality and stun-

ning technique, and he has recorded over 40 albums over the course of his career. The New York Times says of Thibaudet: “Every note he fashions is a pearl. The joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed.” Thibaudet has also been the pianist heard in the movie soundtracks of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, and most recently in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Susanna Malkki (SFS conducting debut, April 27-28): Malkki has been the Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain since 2006. She also made her Chicago Symphony debut this season, of which Mr. von Rhein raved, “The only question that arose following Susanna Malkki’s impressive debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was: Why did it take so long? Malkki is a dynamic leader and perceptive musician who is all purposeful vigor in front of an orchestra. Her chemistry with the CSO musicians was instantaneous.” Last April, she became the first woman to conduct an opera at La Scala, and has already been invited to return to conduct concerts with the orchestra. Beth Custer Ensemble @ Davies After Hours (April 27, after the Malkki concert): After Susanna Malkki’s concert on April 27, renowned clarinetist, vocalist and composer Beth Custer will perform her musical response to the orchestral concert in Davies After Hours’ second tier lounge with her Ensemble of guitarist David James (Afrofunk Experience, Spearhead), percussionist Jan Jackson (Will Bernard, Chuck Berry), trumpeter Chris Grady (Tom

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Waits, Club Foot Orchestra), bassist Vicky Grossi (PC Munoz, Graham Connah) and back-up vocalist Diana Mangano (Jefferson Starship). Beth Custer brings myriad influences and musical genres to her performances. She is a composer who has not only been commissioned by groups including the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Kronos Quartet and Turtle Island Quartet,

but a performer who is a founding member of the jazz clarinet quartet Clarinet Thing and who has played alongside artists including the Violent Femmes, the Tin Hat Trio, and Joan Jeanrenaud. The BCE performs in a variety of spaces, from clubs and museums to theaters and concert halls.▼ Info:

Oscar Fernando Gómez, courtesy SFMOMA

Untitled from The Windows Series (2008-10) by Oscar Fernando Gómez, inkjet print.


Mexican skies From page 17

Deck,” exquisite in its simplicity, light and composition. That Modotti triggered a heavy if previously submerged sensuality in the cerebral Weston is evident in his luscious, unabashedly sexual nudes of his lover. A particularly arresting photograph showing her voluptuous naked breast spilling out of a half-open kimono retains its formalism while conveying desire. Of greater interest to the uninitiated will be works by accomplished Mexican photographers little-known to Americans, such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who became the country’s most famous photographer. While working as an accountant in his early 20s, he was influenced by Weston, and especially by Modotti, who became his mentor. Bravo experimented with light a la Weston, and skated along the edge of Surrealism, transforming the mundane into the fantastic, as in the eerie close-up of broken statuary, “Angel of the Quake.” He also excelled at poetic imagery. In “The Good Reputation Sleeping,” a female student, her half-naked body swathed in bandages, stretches out languidly on a concrete roof, drink-

ing in the midday sun, and in “The Daydream,” an introspective young girl gently leans against a secondfloor railing. But, in contrast, some of his work can be forcefully blunt, like “Striking Worker, Assassinated,” a picture of a bloodied corpse, dressed in a bright white striped shirt, lying dead on the ground. Since the age of 12, leading crime photographer Enrique Metinides, a.k.a. El Nino, was something of an ambulance chaser whose morbid fascination with traffic accidents, bus crashes, mud slides, avalanches, derailed trains, the retrieval of dead bodies, fires, murders and other forms of carnage led to his being hired at 14 by a popular nota roja (bloody news) rag. As one might surmise, his grisly images of horrifying things befalling other people make for a can’t-bear-to-look, can’tstop-staring viewing experience. Shaped – or warped – by gangster and detective films, Metinides, always on the hunt for natural and unnatural disasters, was glued to emergency radio frequencies so he could be first on the scene. After years photographing indigenous peoples and the underclass, Lourdes Grobet trained her attention on the ritualized theatrical arena of professional wrestling known

as lucha libre. In striking pictures, she immortalizes its masked, costumed participants, who could have stepped out of an S&M dungeon or been executioners for Henry VIII. She portrays the luchadores in and out of the ring, and it’s hard to gauge in which realm they’d be scarier. Engaging in an age-old spectacle, these modern-day gladiators, safely anonymous behind their masks, stun and disorient their opponents, but the average guy would probably just faint from fright. A chronicler of contemporary class wars, Yvonne Venegas spent years documenting the lavish lifestyle of the privileged, super-rich Maria Elvia de Hank, wife of millionaire entrepreneur and former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rohn. A tacit essay in incongruity, her series of large color inkjet prints provides a glimpse of an indulgent material world offlimits to all but a very few in a country plagued by grinding, widespread poverty. Venegas depicts celebrations on the couple’s estate, an isolated, Disneyland-like compound that has its own bull ring, stables, private zoo, canine race track, football stadium and casino, amenities no one should be without.▼ Through July 8 at SFMOMA.

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To the mat by David Lamble


t’s a crying shame that schoolboy wrestlers don’t have a pro league of their own to aspire to, but this don’t-get-no-respect sport gets a shot at major-league comedy in director Tom McCarthy’s sweet/ sad moral parable Win Win, now out on DVD Set in the morally slippery slopes of New Jersey, the story is kick-started by the attempts of a schlemiel to survive the Great Recession. Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is drowning; he’s a familylaw court attorney/high school wrestling coach whose fees can’t cover his nut, and whose boys are forever gazing up at the gym banner proclaiming, “You’ve been pinned.” One day Mike accepts a hefty guardian’s fee to keep a dementiaafflicted old guy out of a state home. Instead, Mike pockets the money, sticking Leo Poplar (Burt Young) in a small furnished room without his daily ration of Cocoa Puffs. One day a bottle-blonde, 16-yearold feisty little punk named Kyle (real-life wrestler/first-time actor Alex Shaffer) shows up on Leo’s stoop proclaiming himself Leo’s grandson. Now, Mike needs another kid like he needs a second head, but as his jogging buddy points out, he sure could use a talented little wolverine boy wrestler, who was a state champ in his native Ohio before mysteriously disappearing from competition. Tom McCarthy’s comedies are

the closest an American filmmaker has come recently to the spiritual ambitions of French New Wave director Eric Rohmer’s human philosophical films, described by one critic as “testaments to the serious beauty of ordinary life.” McCarthy’s impeccable casting and pairing of the novice Shaffer against brilliant pro actors allow this physically talented boy to flex his fledgling acting muscles where he intimidates the bodies and pricks the consciences of three shifty adults. Win Win’s frisky straight-boy wrestlers lead me to recall the B.A.R.’s own Jim Provenzano’s challenging tale of gay-boy New Jersey wrestlers, PINS, and how the new digital-film world might finally be ready for this queer moral fable. Special features: deleted scenes; teen actor David Thompson cuts up at Sundance; Tom McCarthy and Paul Giamatti at Sundance; music video.

Gay family values While it’s unfair to judge today’s edgy queer cinema by the high octane entertainment values of Hollywood’s fabled golden age, my fifth viewing of The Kids Are All Right (2010) on DVD had me laughing out loud, and had a friend pleading to sit through it again for writer/director Lisa Cholodenko’s insightful featurelength commentary. If the classic definition of

screwball comedy is a scenario where an autonomous woman challenges the masculinity of the main male character, Kids doubles down on all the genre’s traditional bets. Beginning with a young man’s

curiosity about the identity of his birth Dad after jealously witnessing his best friend roughhousing with his live-in Pop, that young man, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), goads his older sister, Joni (Mia Wasikowska),

into calling Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the still-eligible bachelor free-spirit who a generation ago made the almost whimsical decision to contribute to a sperm bank rather than a blood bank. At first the moms, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are merely bemused at the prospect of some face time with their somewhat goofy benefactor. But screwball comedy is dedicated to detonating the best-laid plans, and pretty soon the Moms are aghast when Joni seeks to build a real relationship with this not-soperfect male role model. This breach in the dam has a slew of hilarious consequences, including a wildly unpredictable series of unauthorized sleepovers and a wacky drunken dinner party where Nic channels her inner Joni Mitchell. While no mention is made of the dreaded topic of lesbian bed death, the filmmakers do invoke screwball’s motif of the main couple undergoing a kind of symbolic divorce followed by a magical remarriage. There was a time when even radical queer activists claimed that hetero fears that LGBT folks were looking for the right to marry and raise kids was a lunatic notion. Forty years later, The Kids Are All Right is a funny valentine to life on that queer planet. DVD features include three making-of short subjects and a winning director’s commentary.▼



A scene from director Cristian Jimenez’s Bonsai.


SF Int. FilmFest From page 17

a White Cliffs of Dover-worthy melodrama in which Elton John’s glorious wail on “Pinball Wizard” and Tina Turner’s Acid Queen, which Pauline Kael recalled as “pure, concentrated acid sex,” become musical candy treats. (Kabuki, 4/21, 11 p.m. show) Bonsai Chilean director Cristian Jimenez jerks our lead emotionally with a romantic time-travel piece. A love-smitten but thoroughly confused Santiago undergrad/aspiring writer stumbles into a mendacious but diabolically clever way to keep his would-be girlfriend hooked or at least curious. The clean-shaven lad informs Emily that he’s been hired by a famous writer to type up the wise one’s latest novel from handwritten notebooks. In fact the big guy has found a cheaper typist, but Emily doesn’t know this. Over the next eight years, our lad stops shaving but keeps scribbling into those notebooks, passing off his first novel

as the crowning achievement of the great man. (Kabuki, 4/20, 22; PFA, 4/24) Oslo, August 31 Director Joachim Trier challenges you to get past your fear and loathing of druggie fuckups and give a hearing to this first-person wail about possibly the last day in the life of a handsome, failed writer/hipster more youthful than his 34 years would imply. Loosely inspired by a novel filmed by Louis Malle (The Fire Within), this achingly personal tale demonstrates the oppressive claustrophobia of a seemingly sophisticated Scandinavian cultural hub. (PFA, 4/20; Kabuki, 4/21; SFFSC, 4/27) The Day He Arrives Director Hong Sangsoo severely tries our patience with a deliberately paced talk-fest focused on the amorous misadventures of a once-promising Korean filmmaker. Shot for no particular reason in digital B&W, Hong delights in returning to the scene of his alter ego’s misbehavior by looping back and forth between stupid

A scene from director Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31.

pet tricks with needy women, quarrelsome male buddies, and a posse of annoying if admiring film students. Little is revealed, and well before its 79 minutes are up, a certain torpor has set in. (Kabuki, 4/20, 23; PFA, 4/25) The Fourth Dimension “I never cared so much about making perfect sense. I wanted to make perfect nonsense. I wanted to tell jokes, but I don’t give a fuck about the punchline.” This three-filmmaker anthology is off to the races with a signature chapter from Harmony Korine. The indie enfant terrible whose brilliant first script, Kids, established Larry Clark as a favorite whipping boy for moralistic critics, here has box office bad-boy champ Val Kilmer as a jivetalking hipster faux white preacher who incites a motley congregation with visions of a cotton-candy heaven. Jumping between the preacher’s disco church decorated with Christmas tree lights, a Midnight bicycle ride, and an all-night video-game binge with his girlfriend, these 30

minutes showcase Korine, cinema trickster. (Kabuki, 4/20, 21) The Loneliest Planet In sync with this year’s festival slow-mo gear, Russian émigré director Julia Loktev takes her sweet time coming to a revelatory moment where a couple soon to be married (Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) find their life together unraveling. The couple’s pre-honeymoon hike through Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains comes undone when one of the pair slips up during a bizarre encounter with the natives. You’ll find more action in Gael’s forthcoming stint as boxer Roberto Duran (Hands of Stone), but this one has its share of feisty clinches. (Kabuki, 4/24, 27) Goodbye Mohammad Rasoulol, the Iranian director under house arrest (This Is Not a Film), conducts a methodical cinematic autopsy on a youngish pregnant woman’s slog through the brutal molasses of the Mullahs’ prescription for mouthy dissidents. If you can take a beyondKafkaesque exposé of life under a

thug-ocracy, the final chilly moments in a cheap airport hotel will be ample reward. (Kabuki, 4/20, 21, 23) Harlan County, USA My 1970s Dallas hangout was my buddy David’s snug University Park, Texas multiplex, a short putt from where George W. now calls home. David repeatedly ran the trailer for Barbara Kopple’s pile-driver doc that had Kentucky coal miners and company goons actually exchanging shots. The film won Kopple an Oscar (she’s lucky it wasn’t a purple heart for all the live ammunition featured in the trailer), and this year represents her for the festival’s Persistence of Vision Award. It’s still the scariest goddamn movie I’ve never seen. (Kabuki, 4/22) Informant Jamie Meltzer’s doc features an FBI informant accused of being an agent provocateur in a Dick Cheney-style sting against student demonstrators at the 2008 GOP convention in Minnesota. (Kabuki, 4/22, 27; PFA, 4/23)▼ Info:

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Spring bookshelf From page 21

taneda, “godfather of the new age,” for the Woodstock generation. Boundaries (Akashic Books) by award-winning writer Elizabeth Nunez tells the story of a Caribbean husband and wife clinging to the Victorian notions of privacy while their daughter Anna yearns for her mother’s affection and to assimilate in her new country.

Nonfiction now As colorful and stylish as the man himself, Brad Goreski’s Born To Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far (It Books) is a combination memoir and style guide, full of personal stories, photos and style tips from the gay star of Bravo’s reality shows It’s a Brad, Brad World and The Rachel Zoe Project. Arriving just in time to share in the Hawaii fascination stirred up by The Descendants, the paperback edition of Unfamiliar Fishes (Riverhead) by essayist and This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell offers her unique perspective on the “Americanization of Hawaii.” Edited by Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort, Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press) features contributions by Jennifer Camper, Holly Hughes, Joan Lipkin, Phyllis Lyon, Lesléa Newman, Monica Palacios and Lydia Stryk. Neil Hegarty’s The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press) includes the Emerald Isle’s 1990s decriminalization of homosexuality. Published posthumously, The Weather in Proust (Duke University Press) by gay studies pioneer and literary theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is a collection of pieces, edited by her


Nijinsky DVD From page 22

Diaghilev, but he won’t meet with either of them. Nijinjky’s mental collapse accelerates. Desperate to save him, willing to have a sexless marriage, Romola forces her way into Diaghilev’s presence, pleading with him to take Nijinsky back. He’s unmoved. “Am I to play nursemaid to a neurotic child? When they are 19, they need what an older man can give. Then they get older.” She’s worried that Nijinsky will go mad. “Your fears are justified,” says the deeply saddened Diaghilev. “He’s helpless without you,” she insists. “What if I don’t want him? Love is not eternal.” Time destroyed them. If he had loved Nijinksy enough, he wouldn’t have sent him to South America alone. “He wouldn’t have married.” He loves Nijinksy, but has found his personal and professional replacement, Leonide Massine. He admits he won’t be as good, but “the company will always come first with me.” Romola vows to take care of Nijinksy. The film ends with another shot of him in the straightjacket. Ross, a former choreographer and husband of American Ballet Theatre prima ballerina Nora Kaye (a co-producer of the movie), superbly evokes this Proustian world in which gay aristocrats and artists moved

All the poet’s quotations are from A.C. Swinburne, Laus Veneris (1866).

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literary executor Jonathan Goldberg, of her work in the final years of her life, before she died of breast cancer in 2009. As a devoted father, husband and professor at the Yeshiva University Joy Ladin shares her transitions from a man to a woman in Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders (U. of Wisconsin Press). Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone (U. of North Carolina Press) by Nadine Cohodas is a thorough biography of the late soul diva, musician, songwriter and civil rights activist. Particularly timely in light of the recent changes regarding gays in the military, Out of Step by retired journalist J. Lee Watton (A&M Books) takes readers back 45 years to the Office of Naval Intelligence’s gay witch-hunt, to tell the true story of what happened during the summer of 1965. Described as “the definitive collection of writing” by a pioneering theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies, the substantial Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (Duke University Press) compiles some of Rubins’ most influential essays. Including more than a dozen pages of color photos, It’s Not Really About the Hair (!t Books) by Tabatha Coffey with Richard Buskin, the memoir by the out lesbian host of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, is now in a paperback edition. The Good, the Bad and the GodAwful: 21st Century Movie Reviews (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Griffin) by Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone and MTV fame contains more than 200 movie reviews, including some with queer content (The Nomi Song, Chloe, Savage Grace) and films from out filmmakers (I’m Not There, D.E.B.S., Broken Embraces and Burlesque).▼ with relative freedom in the upper echelons of society. His recreation of the ballets and the shocking nature of Nijinksy’s dancing is excellent. Bates, never more handsome, never more authoritative, is magnificent. His Diaghilev doesn’t apologize for who he is, even when it’s painful. He makes the often-soapy dialogue compelling. The romantic-looking de la Pena, then 25, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, bravely tackles the demanding title role. His accent is good, he moves and dances well, and is touching in the early scenes, very much in love with Diaghilev. His large, soft brown eyes suggest a fawn, rather than a faun, however. He’s uneven in the intense, melodramatic moments, yet is ultimately moving. Browne, also a professional dancer, looks lovely, but is hopeless in her part. Badel is superb as the flamboyant Baron, blessed with money, but wanting youth and beauty. Irons shows why he would soon become a star. The costumes, sets, cinematography, and score are glorious. Although a commercial disappointment, Nijinksy is much better than Ross’ earlier look at ballet The Turning Point (1977), which was a hit. Diaghilev and Nijinsky revolutionized ballet. Their artistic legacy outlived their personal tragedies. This movie honors their achievements.▼


are these wordsmiths so highly prized, they are so generous and public with their inspirations! The emissary from the 19th century uncaps his fountain pen and adds his own improvised lines humbly, above the paper-towel dispenser. “And I came forth/ like a man blind and naked in strange lands,/ That hears men laugh and weep, and knows not whence /Nor wherefore, but is broken in his sense;/ So rode I, hearing all these chant and pray, “And marveled, till before us rose

and fell/ White cursed hills, like outer skirts of hell/ Seen where men’s eyes look through the day to night,/ Like a jagged shell’s lips, harsh, untenable, “Blown in between by devils’ wrangling breath;/ Nathless we won well past that hell and death,/ Down to the sweet land where all airs are good,/ Even unto Rome where God’s grace tarrieth.” Refreshed, invigorated, Algernon Charles Swinburne walks out into the bracing Market Street fog.▼


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celebrate same-sex unions or marriages can be put on church trial and defrocked. The high-profile 1999 trial of the Reverend Jimmy Creech is a case in point. Still, the church â&#x20AC;&#x153;implore[s] families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friendsâ&#x20AC;? and commits itself â&#x20AC;&#x153;to be in ministry with all persons, affirming that Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grace, love, and forgiveness is available to all,â&#x20AC;? according to the Book of Discipline.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Painfulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; period The last 40 years have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely painful,â&#x20AC;? said the Reverend Kevin Johnson, co-founder and pastor of Bloom in the Desert Ministries, a United Church of Christ and Reconciling Methodist congregation in Palm Springs that is the first new church affiliated with CWACM. Johnson was referring to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the injustice and misinformation and intransigence,â&#x20AC;? what he referred to


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mission is to change the story on religious bullying and homophobia, in all ages and walks of life, by first learning to love the self. The documentary will be combined with performances of the play in select cities. The plan will continue touring in various cities that have reached out to producers in response to anti-gay bills or other proposals such as Knoxville, Tennessee, where residents are currently dealing with fallout over the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say gayâ&#x20AC;? bill. The producers also are targeting St.

over the telephone as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the march toward greater exclusion of gay and lesbian people,â&#x20AC;? which, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is consistent and documentableâ&#x20AC;? in the United Methodist Church. Bloom in the Desert Ministries has a congregation of about 105 members. Every four years the United Methodist Church gathers in General Conference, a convening of clergy and laity, to determine denominational polity. Over the last four decades, United Methodists, meeting in General Conference, have become increasingly conservative, primarily because of its growth overseas. Nearly 1,000 delegates from all over the world will gather in Tampa from April 23 through May 4. There, delegates will grapple with petitions and resolutions, among other matters. General Conference is significant insofar as it is the only body that can set official policy and speak for the denomination. CWACMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knight said that she expects any number of LGBT-relat-

Louis, Missouri, which is known to have one of the highest concentrations of Catholics in the country. The San Francisco premiere is sponsored by Soulforce, which is in the midst of its annual Equality Ride; the Church of Uncommon Hope; and MCC in the Valley church in southern California.â&#x2013;ź For more information about the play, film, and the I Am Love campaign, go to

ed proposals to come up at General Conference. Some directly aim at â&#x20AC;&#x153;striking â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the homosexuality-is-incompatible-with-Christian-teachingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; line while others, unbelievably in 2012 when the acceptance of lesbian and gay folks is on the rise, seek to bolster that exclusion,â&#x20AC;? she said. Yet other resolutions may seek â&#x20AC;&#x153;to include transgender clergy in the list of people who cannot be ordained in the United Methodist Church,â&#x20AC;? said knight. CWACM plans a visible presence in Tampa, to give what knight calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;justice ministry witness of hope and equality.â&#x20AC;? Joining knight will be the Reverend Annie Britton and her wife, Terry Schwennesen, along with the Reverend DeLyn Celec and her wife, Sarah Celec. CWACM ordained Britton in 2008 and last year ordained Celec. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people think we are irritants,â&#x20AC;? said knight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;renegadesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by one United Methodist bishop. We are renegades, so was Jesus.â&#x20AC;?â&#x2013;ź

Legal Notices>> SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT NOTICE TO PROPOSERS -GENERAL INFORMATION The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Districtâ&#x20AC;?), 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California, is advertising for proposals to provide FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES for Underwriting Services for Restructure of Sales Tax Revenue Debt, Airport Premium Fare Revenue Bonds, and a New Money Issuance, Series 2012, Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 6M2035, on or about April 16, 2012, with proposals due by 2:00 P.M. local time, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED 7KH'LVWULFWLVVROLFLWLQJIRUWKHSURIHVVLRQDOVHUYLFHVRI DTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGFRQVXOWLQJĂ&#x20AC;UPRUMRLQW YHQWXUH ´&2168/7$17Âľ WRSURYLGHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDODGYLVRU\VHUYLFHVWRDVVLVWDQGDGYLVHWKH District staff in restructuring the debt service for economically refundable outstanding Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Airport Premium Fare Revenue Bonds 2002; and developing a VWUXFWXUHIRUDQHZPRQH\LVVXHWRIXQGWKH2DNODQG$LUSRUW&RQQHFWRU 2$& SURMHFWRQ a negotiated sale basis. Accordingly, the District is now accepting proposals from proposers (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proposersâ&#x20AC;?) for consideration for the selection of a CONSULTANT to perform the scope RI VHUYLFHVDVGHVFULEHGIXUWKHUDQGVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQWKLV5HTXHVWIRU3URSRVDOV ´5)3Âľ  7KH'LVWULFWVWURQJO\HQFRXUDJHVĂ&#x20AC;UPVWRVHHN0%(:%( participation and propose as a team. Estimated Cost and Time of Performance: The District intends to make one (1) award as a UHVXOWIURPWKLV5)3([SHQGLWXUHVIRUĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDODGYLVRU\VHUYLFHVIRUWKLVHQJDJHPHQWDUH QRWH[SHFWHGWRH[FHHGĂ&#x20AC;IW\WKRXVDQGGROODUV  RYHUDSHULRGRI SHUIRUPDQFHRI  approximately six months. $3UH3URSRVDO0HHWLQJZLOOEHKHOGRQ:HGQHVGD\0D\7KH3UH3URSRVDO Meeting will convene at 2:00 P.M., local time, at the Kaiser Center, located at: 300 Lakeside Drive, 17th Floor Main Conference Room # 1700, Oakland, California, 94612. At the Pre-Proposal meeting the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Non-Discrimination Program for Subcontracting SROLF\ZLOOEHH[SODLQHG$OOTXHVWLRQVUHJDUGLQJ0%(:%(SDUWLFLSDWLRQVKRXOGEH GLUHFWHGWR0V5XE\6PLWK2IĂ&#x20AC;FHRI &LYLO5LJKWVDW  )$;   Prospective proposers are requested to make every effort to attend this only scheduled 3UH3URSRVDO0HHWLQJDQGWRFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPWKHLUDWWHQGDQFHE\FRQWDFWLQJWKH'LVWULFW¡V &RQWUDFW$GPLQLVWUDWRU0U5RQ&RIIH\DWWHOHSKRQH  )$;   7650, prior to the date of the Pre-Proposal Meeting. Proposals must be received by 2:00 P.M., local time, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the address OLVWHGLQWKH5)36XEPLVVLRQRI DSURSRVDOVKDOOFRQVWLWXWHDĂ&#x20AC;UPRIIHUWRWKH'LVWULFWIRU RQHKXQGUHGDQGHLJKW\  FDOHQGDUGD\VIURPGDWHRI SURSRVDOVXEPLVVLRQ WHERE TO OBTAIN OR SEE RFP DOCUMENTS (Available on or after April 16, 2012). Copies of the RFP may be obtained: (1) By written request to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contract Administrator, 300 Lakeside Drive, 17th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Reference RFP No. 6M2035 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES for Underwriting Services for Restructure of Sales Tax Revenue Debt, Airport Premium Fare Revenue Bonds, and a New Money Issuance, Series 2012, and send requests to Fax No. (510) 464-7650. (2) By arranging pick up at the above address. Call the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contract Administrator,  SULRUWRSLFNXSRI WKH5)3 (3) By E-mail request to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contract Administrator, Ron Coffey, at: rcoffey@ (4) By attending the Pre-proposal Meeting and obtaining the RFP at the meeting. Dated at Oakland, California this 12th day of April 2012. V.HQQHWK$'XURQÂ&#x2021;.HQQHWK$'XURQÂ&#x2021;'LVWULFW6HFUHWDU\ San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Â&#x2021;&16Â&#x2021;%$<$5($5(3257(5 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREARAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT

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Authors scheduled to participate in the April 24 reading include Lara Fergus (My Sister Chaos, Lesbian Debut Fiction category); Justin Chin (98 Wounds, Gay Debut Fiction); Ryan Van Meter (If You Knew Then What I Know Now, Gay Memoir/Biography); Bay Area Reporter assistant editor Jim Provenzano (Every Time I Think of You, Gay Romance); Nat Smith, co-editor with Eric A. Stanley (Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, Transgender Nonfiction); Jan Steckel (The Horizontal Poet, Bisexual Nonfiction); Malinda Lo (Huntress, LGBT Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Young Adult); and Tirza True Latimer, co-author with Wanda M. Corn (Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, LGBT Nonfiction). Additionally, three nominees in the Lesbian Poetry category are expected to participate. They are Daphne Gottlieb (15 Ways to Stay Alive); Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Love Cake); and Christina Hutchins (The Stranger Dissolves). The San Francisco reading starts at 6 p.m. in the Latino-Hispanic Meeting Room at the main library, 100 Larkin Street.

Adrienne Rich memorial tributes announced There are two free, public celebrations planned for award-winning poet Adrienne Rich, an out lesbian who died March 27 in Santa Cruz at the age of 82 after suffering from a lifetime of rheumatoid arthritis. In San Francisco, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Change of World: In Celebration of Adrienne Richâ&#x20AC;? takes place Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the main library, 100 Larkin Street. For more

information contact Karen Sundheim at In Santa Cruz, where Ms. Rich lived for many years, a tribute to her life and work will also be held on April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Kresge Town Hall. University faculty and community poets will present readings from Ms. Richâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Professor Bettina Aptheker at

Brown Boi fundraiser The Brown Boi Project is coming up on its second anniversary and will be holding its first big fundraiser in Oakland on Friday, April 27. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 685 14th street (near 12th Street BART station). The project is a community of masculine of center women, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and allies that work to transform privilege of masculinity, gender, race into tools for achieving racial and gender justice. Dolores Chandler, development and communications coordinator for Brown Boi, said that seating for the event is limited to between 70-80 people. Tickets are $75-$100, sliding scale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re super excited about this fundraiser and turning it into an annual event,â&#x20AC;? Chandler said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We plan to make this a larger event next year and will be able to accommodate more people.â&#x20AC;? The evening will include a super quiz that is described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Feud meets Jeopardy.â&#x20AC;? For tickets and to make donations, visit

Perinatal care conference coming up

tal care for LGBTQ patients will be held at UCSF next weekend. Out nurse practitioner Rebecca Goldfader is one of the co-chairs of the conference and will be speaking, along with Judy Appel, executive director of Our Family Coalition. Other speakers include Shane Snowdon, director of the UCSF Center for LGBT Health and Equity; Drs. Patricia Robertson and Carol Miller; and Sara Flores, certified nurse midwife. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enhancing Quality of Perinatal Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Patientsâ&#x20AC;? is the title of the conference, which takes place Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UCSF Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Avenue. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 25. The cost is $50 for clinicians and $10 for students. Nursing continuing education credit is also available. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss best practices across disciplines, hear a patient panel speak about their experiences, and have small break-out discussions. To register, visit lgbtqperinatal.â&#x2013;ź

On the web Online content this week includes the Bay Area Reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online columns, Political Notes and Wedding Bell Blues; the Jock Talk, Out in the World, and Transmissions columns; and articles on an authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming appearance at Congregation Shaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ar Zahav, Assemblyman Tom Ammianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marijuana bill hearing, the Victory Fund brunch in D.C., and a new poll of Latinosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; views on gay issues.

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NOTICE TO PROPOSERS -GENERAL INFORMATION The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Districtâ&#x20AC;?), 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California, is advertising for proposals to provide 81'(5:5,7,1*6(59,&(6IRU5HVWUXFWXULQJRI 6DOHV7D[5HYHQXH'HEW$LUSRUW Premium Fare Revenue Bonds 2002, and a New Money Issuance, Series 2012, Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 6M2034, on or about April 16, 2012, with proposals due by 2:00 P.M. local time, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED The District is requesting proposals for underwriting services to engage the services of TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQYHVWPHQWEDQNHUVRUDMRLQWYHQWXUH KHUHLQDIWHUUHIHUUHGWRDV´%$1.(5Âľ WR assist the District to serve as a Senior Manager in connection with the possible restructuring of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt service for economically refundable outstanding Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Airport Premium Fare Revenue Bonds 2002; and structure a New Money Issue to IXQGWKH2DNODQG$LUSRUW&RQQHFWRU 2$& SURMHFWRQDQHJRWLDWHGVDOHEDVLV7KH'LVWULFW also reserves the right to select one or more Co-Managers in this process. The District VWURQJO\HQFRXUDJHVĂ&#x20AC;UPVWRVHHN0%(:%(SDUWLFLSDWLRQDQGSURSRVHDVDWHDP ,QFDOHQGDU\HDUWKH'LVWULFWLQWHQGVWRUHVWUXFWXUHDSSUR[LPDWHO\PLOOLRQRI  WKH'LVWULFW¡VRXWVWDQGLQJVDOHVWD[UHYHQXHGHEWDQGDSSUR[LPDWHO\PLOOLRQ$LUSRUW Premium Fare Revenue Bonds. Additionally, the District intends to issue approximately PLOOLRQ1HZ0RQH\VHULHVWRIXQGWKH2DNODQG$LUSRUW&RQQHFWRU 2$& 7KH 'LVWULFWLQWHQGVWRVHFXUHWKHVHUYLFHVRI DTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQYHVWPHQWXQGHUZULWHU KHUHLQ referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;BANKERâ&#x20AC;?) to assist the District and its Financial Advisors in developing WKHVWUXFWXUHRI DUHIXQGLQJGHEWSURĂ&#x20AC;OHIRUDQHJRWLDWHGVDOHWUDQVDFWLRQDQGRSWLPL]H a New Money Structure. Accordingly, the District is now accepting proposals from proposers (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proposersâ&#x20AC;?) for consideration for the selection of a BANKER to effectively SURYLGHDQGSHUIRUPWKHVFRSHRI VHUYLFHVDVGHVFULEHGIXUWKHUDQGVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQWKLV Request for Proposals (â&#x20AC;&#x153;RFPâ&#x20AC;?). A Pre-Proposal Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The Pre-Proposal Meeting will convene at 2:00 P.M., local time, at the Kaiser Center, located at: 300 Lakeside Drive, 15th Floor Main Conference Room # 1500, Oakland, California, 94612. At the PreProposal meeting the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Non-Discrimination Program for Subcontracting policy ZLOOEHH[SODLQHG$OOTXHVWLRQVUHJDUGLQJ0%(:%(SDUWLFLSDWLRQVKRXOGEHGLUHFWHG WR0U5RQ*UDQDGD2IĂ&#x20AC;FHRI &LYLO5LJKWVDW  )$;   Prospective proposers are requested to make every effort to attend this only scheduled 3UH3URSRVDO0HHWLQJDQGWRFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPWKHLUDWWHQGDQFHE\FRQWDFWLQJWKH'LVWULFW¡V &RQWUDFW$GPLQLVWUDWRU0U5RQ&RIIH\DWWHOHSKRQH  )$;   7650, prior to the date of the Pre-Proposal Meeting. Proposals must be received by 2:00 P.M., local time, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the address OLVWHGLQWKH5)36XEPLVVLRQRI DSURSRVDOVKDOOFRQVWLWXWHDĂ&#x20AC;UPRIIHUWRWKH'LVWULFWIRU RQHKXQGUHGDQGHLJKW\  FDOHQGDUGD\VIURPGDWHRI SURSRVDOVXEPLVVLRQ WHERE TO OBTAIN OR SEE RFP DOCUMENTS (Available on or after April 16, 2012). Copies of the RFP may be obtained: (1) By written request to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contract Administrator, 300 Lakeside Drive, 17th )ORRU2DNODQG&$5HIHUHQFH5)31R0²81'(5:5,7,1*6(59,&(6 for Restructuring of Sales Tax Revenue Debt, Airport Premium Fare Revenue Bonds 2002, and a New Money Issuance, Series 2012, and send requests to Fax No. (510) 464-7650. (2) By arranging pick up at the above address. Call the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contract Administrator,  SULRUWRSLFNXSRI WKH5)3 (3) By E-mail request to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contract Administrator, Ron Coffey, at: (4) By attending the Pre-proposal Meeting and obtaining the RFP at the meeting. Dated at Oakland, California this 12th day of April 2012. V.HQQHWK$'XURQÂ&#x2021;.HQQHWK$'XURQ'LVWULFW6HFUHWDU\ San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Â&#x2021;&16Â&#x2021;%$<$5($5(3257(5

STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC12-548520 In the matter of the application of: SARAH QUEEN BROWNING for change of name, having been ďŹ led in Court, and it appearing from said application that SARAH QUEEN BROWNING ďŹ led an application proposing that his/her name be changed to SARAH COOK QUEEN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept 514 on the 22nd of May 2012 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

MAR 29, APR 5, 12, 19, 2012

STATEMENT FILE A- 034209400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRAMLY SYSTEMS, 1499 Sutter St. #303, SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Lawrence Berkowitz. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed ďŹ ctitious business name or names on 03/16/12. The statement was ďŹ led with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/16/12.

MAR 29, APR 5, 12, 19, 2012 STATEMENT FILE A- 034221700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EDEN CAFE, 47 Franklin St., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Angela Chang. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed ďŹ ctitious business name or names on NA. The statement was ďŹ led with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/23/12.

MAR 29, APR 5, 12, 19, 2012

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