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agement. All of that was compounded by the economic crisis. One of the contributors was the agency’s lease, which Lynch said was “expensive” at nearly $33,000 per month, and has three and a half years left. City budget cuts were also a factor, he said. “We’ve explored every possible way that we could to have the organization continue,” said Lynch, no longer hopeful that an “angel” philanthropist who could afford $300,000 or more a year to support the agency will appear. “But it’s not only about the organization continuing. It’s about providing good services. There comes a

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Issues remain in Prop 8 federal case analysis by Rex Wockner Attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies speak at a news conference during the federal Prop 8 trial.

arious legal documents will be filed and then the federal Proposition 8 case will be argued in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the week of December 6. And there’s little chance California’s statewide and local LGBT activists will talk about much else between now and then. So what’s the Prop 8 chitchat here on the Left Coast? There are several issues.


Governor, AG Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown (a former governor who’s running for governor again), and everyone else who was sued in the federal case known as Perry v. Schwarzenegger have refused to defend Prop 8 in court. Schwarzenegger and Brown say Prop 8 is unconstitutional, that gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry right now, and that there should not have been a stay issued pending appeal. Because of their refusals, Prop 8’s only defenders are the defendant-intervenors from, the folks who brought you Prop 8 in the first place. But in what has emerged as a central question in the case, the defendant-intervenors may not have legal standing to function as defendants at the appellate level. Nobody sued these folks in this case, and these folks have nothing to do with defending the state constitution, of which Prop 8 is a part. That’s Brown and Schwarzenegger’s job. The 9th Circuit has ordered these Prop 8 proponents to prove they even have standing to file an appeal. There is at least a 50-50 chance they’ll be kicked out of the case.

Imperial County That brings us to Imperial County, a poor, dusty place of about 167,000 people located in the desert between San Diego County and the Arizona border. Imperial County, represented by a Christian legal group, wants to enter the case as a real defendant so the ruling that struck down Prop 8 really can be appealed to the 9th Circuit. The 9th Circuit will make that call as well. Many observers think it’s a long shot, but, of course, courts are often unpredictable and the



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he vast majority of LGBT nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area have been negatively affected by the economic recession, according to a survey from the San Francisco-based Horizons Horizons Foun- Foundation dation. Executive Director The survey in- Roger Doughty dicates that 96 percent of respondents, which offer assistance in fields ranging from health care to legal advocacy, have been hurt by the recession. Layoffs and cuts to services are among the changes agencies have had to make. The survey is “an attempt to get information that could be useful for the organizations themselves,” and show them whether other groups are having similar experiences, said Roger Doughty, executive director of Horizons, which gathers funding from various sources and funnels it primarily – but not exclusively – to LGBT organizations. Doughty said the aim is also to get “a reality picture” in front of donors that will serve as “a call to action.” The survey was first launched in late April. Horizons approached about 75 organizations to complete the online survey, said Doughty. Of those, 52 responded. Most of the respondents were San Francisco nonprofits, but agencies from around the Bay Area took part, Doughty said. Among other findings, 46 percent of respondents reported layoffs in the past 18 months, while 43 percent reported having to reduce employee hours. An ominous sign of the difficulty in which nonprofits find themselves was the news that New Leaf: Services for Our Community, will close in October. [See story, page 1.] Thom Lynch, the interim executive director, said New Leaf, which provides mental health, substance abuse, and senior services, participated in the Horizons survey. Another indicator is data from the survey around future layoffs. While 32.7 percent of the respondents said layoffs are “unlikely but possible” at their agencies, 16.3 percent said there will “maybe” be layoffs. Another 8.2 percent said layoffs are “likely but not certain,” and 8.2 percent of the respondents reported they anticipate laying off staff. Another survey participant was the Stop AIDS Project, which works to prevent HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men in San Francisco. Kyriell Noon, the agency’s executive director, said Stop AIDS has seen declines “in all the arenas,” including government

point where the quality of the services is so damaged that we just can’t continue to do that fairly to the clients or the community.” New Leaf wasn’t at that point yet, but was rapidly heading toward it, Lynch said. At the beginning of August he informed Garcia, who worked with New Leaf ’s management on a 60day plan to dissolve the organization and vacate the Fox Plaza administrative offices at 1390 Market Street and the clinical offices around the corner at 103 Hayes Street. Garcia wanted to ensure a rapid, but smooth, transition of services to other agencies and to make the change as seamless as possible. It also provided time for the agency’s management to properly execute the dissolution plan. The city will acquire the agency’s assets once state Attorney General Jerry Brown approves the plan. But the truth is, in the end, one of the city’s pillar queer organizations is a pauper in need of $50,000 to close its doors, Lynch estimated. Garcia praised New Leaf ’s leadership for the agency’s handling of the difficult situation.

9th Circuit might really want to find a way for Prop 8 proponents to have their appeal of Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s August 4 ruling that Prop 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

Findings of fact If the Protect Marriage folks are allowed to function as defendants, they may attempt to sidestep Walker’s 80-some findings of fact from the trial court decision and start from scratch, arguing that gays are hard to define and nobody knows what makes you gay, that morality and religion provide a legally acceptable “rational basis” for governments to discriminate against gays in some ways, that marriage is obviously primarily about making babies the old-fashioned way, and what have you. It will be up to the 9th Circuit to decide how much weight Walker’s comprehensive findings carry in an appeal. Legally speaking, those are evidentiary facts. There’s something else that can be brought into a courtroom: legislative facts. For the sake of simplicity, a legislative fact is something of such general knowledge that it need not be proven, or


cannot be proven even though everyone knows it’s true. “Love is real” might be an example of a legislative fact. The Prop 8 proponents could head down this road in an attempt to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples, arguing, among other things that “marriage is between a man and a woman – period.” Of course, in the Bible, marriage is sometimes between a man and several women. And starting in 2001 with the Netherlands, 12 countries have decided that marriage also is between a man and a man, and a woman and a woman. One of those countries is the U.S. Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. “Marriage is for procreation” could be another attempted legislative fact, despite the fact that millions of married straight people never have procreated.

Judge outed The mainstream media have outed Walker as gay, even though various outlets have presented no evidence and Walker hasn’t said anything about his sexual orientation one way or the


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by Seth Hemmelgarn

n LGBT nonprofit that provides mental health, substance abuse, and senior services announced this week that it has run out of money and will close its doors by the middle of October. The board of directors of New Leaf: Services for Our Community voted unanimously August 15 at an emergency meeting to begin the process to dissolve the agency, which turned 35 this year. The closure is due to the fact that the agency is no longer fiscally sustainable, Thom Lynch, interim executive director of New Leaf, and Barbara Garcia, deputy director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, told the Bay Area Reporter Monday. “There were a lot of tears around the table. Some of the board members were former clients at New Leaf; one was a long-term client. This hits people personally,” said Lynch, who stepped into the troubled organization 10 months ago in an attempt to fix it. “It’s very, very sad, but I’m also really proud of the organization for taking

a really hard look at itself and making a tough decision.” The deadly mix: a dearth of necessary financial resources combined with rising operational costs on top of high operational expenses. Some former employees also pointed to poor man-

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SF agency assists LGBT refugees, asylum seekers by Matthew S. Bajko little known agency founded two years ago in San Francisco is helping to shine a spotlight on the plight of LGBT refugees around the globe who are fleeing persecution in their home countries. The Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, called ORAM for short, is the brainchild of Neil Grungras, an openly gay lawyer who specializes in immigration and refuge law whose career has included stints with the State Department and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Since founding ORAM in 2008, Grungras has devoted himself full time to growing the nonprofit. He oversees its program in Turkey for LGBT Iranians seeking to immigrate to Western countries and lobbies United Nations officials in Geneva about the needs of LGBT asylum seekers and refugees from around the globe. “No one had touched on the issues of LGBT refugees, period, from a legal perspective. No one had confronted the reason why the international system does not protect LGBT refugees,” said Grungras when asked why he started ORAM in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter. Unlike more established groups that advocate on behalf of LGBT people within their home countries, such at Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, ORAM is focused on what happens once an LGBT person crosses the border to a foreign country. “People constantly ask us to comment about the situation of gays in various countries but that is not what we do. We help people who have actually left the places where they have been persecuted and help them get refugee status and some legal protection and get settled in a new country,” said Grungras. “We don’t make it our business to focus on persecution in the country of origin. We are a humanitarian organization who helps people who have left their country. Of course we know what is going on, but our mission is to help our brothers and sisters reach safety.” What ORAM does not do is help LGBT people escape their home country or cross borders illegally, stressed Grungras. “We decided that the best way to spend our resources is to give people legal representation so they can get out of there and get somewhere safe and rebuild their lives,” said Grungras. A five-person board, whose president is business consultant Jon Huggett, oversees the agency. Huggett, a gay man who was president of the Stop AIDS Project’s board in the 1990s, was the first CEO of PlanetOut when the online LGBT media company launched in 1995. Born in the United Kingdom, Huggett first met Grungras 20 years ago and then hired him to be his immigration lawyer when he applied for U.S. citizenship 14 years ago. Over the years the two would discuss the need for an agency like ORAM. As more LGBT people come out in countries with homophobic policies, and anti-gay forces react vio-


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lently to oppress them, immigration and asylum issues will be more pronounced, said Huggett. “We think, sadly, we have a growing role to play. We are the only organization focusing on this worldwide,” said Huggett. “The bigger organizations are doing good work but they need help understanding the issues our people face.” So far one of ORAM’s biggest challenges has been finding funding in a severe global recession, said Huggett. The board has set a goal of raising $2 million but could easily use $10 million due to the unmet needs of LGBT asylum seekers and refugees. “It is sad to say but the issue will get a lot worse before it gets better. We will be dealing with this long after we get marriage in the western world,” said Huggett. “Our biggest challenge is getting the word out there and building the organization.” During its first year ORAM operated with a budget of just $196,000, mostly from an anonymous donor. As executive director, Grungras said he was paid $15,000. This year ORAM has a budget of $650,000. As of June it had a caseload of 35 active clients, five of whom are now living in the United States. Two are in Texas, two in Arizona, and one is living in Florida. It has three lawyers, including Grungras, working full-time on cases, and a handful of other staffers helping to process and coordinate its caseload. This summer ORAM opened an office in downtown San Francisco and received $150,000 from the Arcus Foundation to survey numerous non-governmental organizations about their attitudes toward LGBT refugees and what services they offer such clients. The agency has also launched an “Adopt-a-Refugee” program where it matches donors with one of its clients. Participants must donate $500 in order to be matched with a refugee, and ORAM will provide updates on the person’s immigration case. The money donated is transferred directly to the adoptee, who can also opt to be in contact with their “adopter” and communicate directly via e-mail or social networking sites such as Facebook. “We are forming relationships,” explained Grungras. “These are adults, not children. They are real people with real aspirations. We want to foster the relationship and make it grow.” Since many LGBT immigrants lack the support of family, the program is a way to help them create new support networks. “LGBTs are often running away from their family, so to know there is an individual out there who cares enough to open their wallets and give a person money, that is really empowering to them,” said Grungras.

San Francisco architect Jack Busby and his partner, Aurelio Font, have adopted two of ORAM’s clients: one gay man from Kazakhstan and another from Iran. He has written to the Iranian, who is living in a provincial Turkish town, through Facebook. “I feel privileged to be able to help people,” said Busby, who contacted Grungras after hearing him be interviewed on the local LGBT radio program Out In the Bay that airs weekly on KALW 91.7 FM. “I found it compelling. Were it not by an accident of God, I might be there.” The couple decided to become adopters after learning about what little support LGBT refugees receive, whether it be in their country of transit awaiting a decision about their immigration status or when they are granted asylum or refugee status and relocate. “They have little or no family support here or abroad,” noted Busby.

Assisting LGBT Iranians in Turkey Seeing a growing need to provide legal help and other assistance to LGBT Iranians who had fled to Turkey and then found themselves caught up in the complicated and cumbersome international refugee system, ORAM has focused much of its early attention to working with clients in the Islamic democracy. It teamed up with the Helsinki Citizens Assembly-Turkey Refugee Advocacy and Support Program to provide services in Ankara, Turkey. “Who ORAM works with is the 95 percent of LGBTs who haven’t been able to get anywhere. They have crossed the border to get out with their lives and that is where they are. But they are not looking to stay in those places,” said Grungras. “When they come to our hands, they are just beginning a very long road to find safe haven. Sometimes they won’t have it for a few years.” In June 2009 ORAM and the Helsinki group published a joint report about the plight of LGBT asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey to shine light on the needs of this growing population. It was based on interviews with 49 LGBT people living in Turkey seeking asylum or were refugees. Their circumstances in Turkey are often little better than the lives they left behind in Iran, said Grungras. Forbidden to live in major cities, they are shunted to small towns in the Turkish countryside where they have no support systems, are denied work, and continue to fear they will be attacked due to their sexual orientation. “In most of the towns the people are very conservative, very religious. Officials are hostile toward gay people,” said Grungras. Having escaped death threats in Iran and harassment in Turkey for being gay, many of the refugees find it difficult to then have to tell immigration officials about their sexual orientation. ORAM will help guide them through the process and advise them to be as truthful as possible. “One of the main reasons we started ORAM is refugees are often too afraid to admit they are LGBT,” said Grungras. “Very often they would be so intimidated, they would lie and make up other claims and they would be denied. Our core function is to provide a safe environment and caring, open hands so the refugees know it is okay to be gay and they can tell us the real reason for applying for refugee status.”▼ To learn more about ORAM and its work, visit

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Spahr faces another church trial over marriages by Seth Hemmelgarn he Presbyterian Church just won’t stop putting minister Jane Spahr on trial. Spahr, an out lesbian Presbyterian minister, is being tried in Napa this week for marrying same-sex couples in California in 2008 when such marriages were legal under state law. She faced a similar trial two years ago. Spahr has been charged with violating church law. Spahr, 67, said in a phone interview Tuesday morning, August 24, that over the next few days, 11 couples that she married would be testifying. The trial, held by the Presbytery of the Redwoods, started Tuesday. “My hope is we’ll hear their story and hear their love, and it will be an amazing time for the church to witness this kind of love and the great hospitality of God,” said Spahr. Apparently referring to the people on the court, she added, “Whether they agree with me or not, we’re friends. ... I’m hoping the verdict will be a good one, since they know me and since they will hear these amazing couples.” Spahr, who served more than 30 years as a Presbyterian minister in Marin County, is retired and lives in San Francisco. The marriages in question were performed during the brief period in 2008 when same-sex couples could legally marry in California, June 16 through November 3. That was before the state’s voters passed Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban. The California Supreme Court upheld the ballot measure, but allowed the estimated 18,000 marriages that had occurred during that brief period to stand. Spahr has a long history of supporting marriage equality.

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The Reverend Jane Spahr is on trial again for marrying same-sex couples.

In April 2008, the Presbyterian Church USA overturned a censure of Spahr for performing same-sex marriages, but said, “A same-sex ceremony is not and cannot be a marriage.” By this, the church’s General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission was saying Spahr had not violated church regulations against performing same-sex marriages, because these unions are not really marriages. During her time as a minister Spahr had performed hundreds of marriages, both same-sex and heterosexual. This decision by the General Assembly commission of the national Presbyterian Church, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, reversed an appellate decision by the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the Pacific that censured Spahr for performing same-sex marriages. And it upheld, to some degree, the original decision of the Presbytery of the Redwoods in March 2006 that found Spahr had the right to perform

Teen arrested in Muni beating by Seth Hemmelgarn an Francisco police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the recent beating of a gay man on a city Muni light-rail train. Zachary Davenport, 26, received a black eye and a minor head injury in the incident, which started around 12:25 a.m. Saturday, August 14, on the J line near Market and Church streets. Davenport said he was called “faggot” numerous times during the incident, and he said that several youths were involved. According to police, the boy was arrested on Friday, August 20 by the hate crime unit. Lieutenant Lyn Tomioka, a police spokeswoman, said on Tuesday, August 24 that the boy had been taken


to the city’s Juvenile Justice Center. His name is not being released because of his age. The defendant pleaded not guilty Wednesday, August 25 to felony charges of aggravated assault and receiving stolen property (Davenport said his cell phone was stolen during the incident.) Both charges carry hate crime allegations. As of Wednesday, the defendant remained in custody at the Juvenile Justice Center. On Friday, August 27, there will be an anti-violence procession and “crime scene cleansing” that will include the site of the Muni incident. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are among the groups expected to participate. The event will begin at Harvey Milk Plaza at Castro and Market streets at 9 p.m. Any witnesses to the Muni incident are asked to call the police at

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same-sex marriages within the church. In the 2006 trial, which lasted for two days in Santa Rosa’s Church of the Roses, the local Presbytery cleared Spahr of charges that she had violated church rules by marrying two lesbian couples. Following the Santa Rosa decision, the Presbytery appealed to the regional body, which censured Spahr. Then Spahr and her attorneys appealed to the national body, which meets once a year in Louisville, resulting in the mixed decision in favor of Spahr but against same-sex marriage. Spahr said she’s “continuing to preach and teach” and is still willing to perform marriages for anyone. “A retired pastor is never retired,” she said. A press release from Spahr’s supporters this week said the constitution of the Presbyterian Church USA “has no express prohibition against same-gender marriage.” However, the Reverend Jerry Van Marter, director of the Presbyterian News Service, said that was inaccurate. “The constitution of the Presbyterian church defines marriage as between a man and a woman, so a same-gender marriage is, by definition, unconstitutional,” said Van Marter. He also said that he’s heard the trial could take three days. The press release from Spahr’s supporters said she could face suspension from ministerial duties. Van Marter said if Spahr is found guilty, “There are varying levels of discipline” possible, “but it’s up to the court to determine the level of censure.”▼



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Nonprofits in trouble ment funds, may have been hit harder than esults from a survey of local nonprofits most. It provided a unique service, and one that and the economy hadn’t even been made is still much needed in our community. The public when we received the news last agency served 1,300 clients annually and proweek that New Leaf: Services for Our Commuvided over 23,000 treatment sessions each year. nity would cease operations in the fall. After 35 Significantly, not only did New Leaf provide seryears, the agency, which was born as the result vices to clients, it also served as a training agency of a merger and helps LGBTs with menfor hundreds of clinicians throughout the tal health and substance abuse issues Bay Area who wanted to gain experience and also has a program for seniors, working with LGBTs. just didn’t have the financial reOur community has lost people to sources. mental health issues and substance abuse. New Leaf’s impending closure is a It is hard to acknowledge one has a probwake-up call to the hundreds of other lem and harder still to actively seek out nonprofits in San Francisco and surrounding treatment. Those who have and surcities. As the fallout remains from the recesvived can attest to the importance sion and the economy is still sluggish, of an agency like New Leaf. That asit is likely going to be years before we E DITORIAL pect of the agency’s services isn’t see a turnaround. provided by any other local organiAnd we’re confident that New zation. Leaf isn’t the only LGBT nonprofit having fiNew Leaf also ran a popular senior program nancial trouble. In fact, the Horizons Foundathat had many loyal participants. There are other tion confirms it. An online survey it conducted nonprofits that have some senior services, so this spring shows a whopping 96 percent of Bay hopefully LGBT seniors, who are often isolated, Area LGBT nonprofits reported some level of can find welcoming alternatives. impact from the recession. (Horizons received Thom Lynch, New Leaf’s interim exectutive 52 unique responses to its survey, from 76 that director, told us that the New Leaf board of diwere invited to participate.) Of those responrectors’ decision to close was unanimous. He dents, 70 percent reported either “a lot” or characterized the decision as “serious and diffi“some” impact from the recession. cult.” “Some members were crying,” he said. Whether or not an agency participated in the survey, we have seen other evidence that nonprofits are strained: the Academy of Friends is providing grants to its beneficiaries on an installment plan, in part because of the economy and a decline in corporate contributions. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee gave out $48,000 less to its community partners this year than in 2009. We previously reported that Pride officials acknowledged “loose” gates at this year’s events, which could have possibly resulted in a decrease of donations at the entrances to the festival. We also reported earlier this month that Pride is facing a tough fundraising climate and has called off its benefit gala for December because the organization did not have a deep enough donor base. Other agencies have not been successful in securing grants or the funders themselves have cut back. Community United Against Violence experienced its decline last year, and drastically restructured – it no longer has an executive director. Its budget went from $950,000 in 2008 to only $650,000 last year. Unfortunately, this means that the agency can’t respond as quickly as it would like when violent incidents occur. The common denominator in all of these examples is that money is tight. But New Leaf, with its reliance on govern-


It’s obvious to us that the economy is recovering at a much slower pace than many expected, indicating that nonprofits will likely continue to experience a drop in revenue well into next year. The sluggish recovery also affects jobs, and with New Leaf’s closure, a number of people will be laid off. But we believe that the time has come for agencies to give serious consideration to joining forces with others that provide similar services. We understand that each group has carved out its niche over the years and that sometimes egos get in the way of smart decisions. New Leaf ’s startling announcement that it will close is a good reason for nonprofit executives to re-examine their agencies in terms of sustainability and efficiency. We’ve never understood the reason to have duplicate services, which of course, come with duplicates of everything else: rent for office space, administrative services, etc. In fact, New Leaf’s lease was cited by Lynch as one of the factors leading to the agency’s closure. It was expensive, he said, and had more than three years remaining on it. If agencies aren’t willing to consider consolidating with one another, there may be more closures in the future. By being proactive and looking to long-term survival, nonprofit agencies can be out front, rather than having to close because that’s the only option remaining.▼

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hile all of us oppose the discriminatory policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” as people who take seriously the biblical injunction against killing (Ex 20:13; Deut 5:17) we are concerned about the lack of conversation in our community regarding the morality of military service. We recall that during the Vietnam era, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. held that no one should join the armed forces while our nation was involved in an immoral and illegal war. In our view, the United States is presently mired in two unjust wars. Thus, no person of conscience should elect to serve in the U.S. military at this time. Earlier this month we commemorated a horrific event – the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 65 years ago. Our country, the United States, is the only country in the world to have launched a nuclear attack on another country, resulting in a “butchery of untold magnitude” (Pope Paul VI). Despite President Barack Obama’s achievements, in our own day we continue to finance nuclear weapons research, and continue to maintain a ready stockpile of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. The “defensive” capabilities of the U.S. military are all out of proportion to those of other nations. The awesome size, technological advancement, and firepower alone should make us question whether a decision to serve in the U.S. military could ever be justified. Militaries exist for a legitimate purpose of self-defense. But the U.S. military is rarely used for that purpose. It is rather used to project power, secure U.S. interests, eliminate perceived threats to “the American way of life,” and kill “terrorists.” Dominating the globe, the U.S. military secures an unfair advantage for the U.S. in economics, politics, security, and culture. We


are thus feared and resented the world over. Some believe that the U.S. is, of God, an “exceptional” nation. In our view, that is a selfserving myth. No nation is above the law, and no nation is exempt from just war criteria, and other obligations that derive from considerations of the universal common good (Pacem in Terris, 132). Well in advance of the war in Iraq, the U.S. bishops warned that in the absence of “clear and adequate evidence of an imminent attack of a grave nature,” a war would be unjust, and likely impose “terrible new burdens ... on an already long-suffering civilian population.” To date, thousands of civilians have been killed in Afghanistan, and more than a hundred thousand in Iraq. Countless others languish due to collapse of infrastructure, disease, starvation, and displacement. This should not be. Every life matters, and matters the same. The life of an Afghani child is just as valuable as that of an American soldier. Serving in these wars would be G UEST immoral, as would serving in the military of the country that has undertaken these wars. Several years ago Soulforce dealt with these issues in connection with its Right to Serve campaign, which was discontinued. We respect our soldiers, and understand that they often elect military service for altruistic reasons, and/or to gain access to steady employment, health care, and educational benefits. They know not what they do. We have collectively failed them, allowing our government to saturate our culture with positive images of military service, while the awful realities and moral issues of war are swept under the rug. Who hasn’t been appalled by the seductive military recruitment pre-show music videos that have played so long in our theaters? Patriotic feel-

ings, which are natural and good, are being manipulated to lure our brightest and best into the service of evil. Make no mistake about it – the taking of innocent life is evil. The true vocation of every person is peace. That peace comes from God, and passes understanding. It is a grace that changes us from the inside out. It “draws us into God, quieting our anxieties, challenging our old values and deepening wells of new energy. It arouses in us a compassionate love for all humanity.” (U.S. bishops, 1993) This love engenders “peaceable virtues, a practical vision of a peaceful world and an ethics to guide peacemakers in times of conflict.” These ideals are common to all of the world’s religious traditions. LGBT equality is an important social justice issue. But, at the same time we need to ask ourselves whether we believe that our equality in any way justifies the actions of the U.S. military. Are we equal to the shedding of innocent blood? The suicide rate O PINION among active-duty military and returning veterans is at an alltime high. Is that the kind of equality we want for our LGBT community? Or, can we, as a community, keep our eyes on the prize of peace and justice for all? So the next time someone asks you to jump on the bandwagon to repeal DADT, ask yourself these questions. Don’t just automatically stamp it as a good cause because of anticipated gains for the LGBT community.▼


Kara Speltz ( and Eugene McMullan ( are the co-editors of Communion, the monthly newsletter of Catholics for Marriage Equality in California. Speltz is also on the staff of Soulforce.

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Alice Club’s lack of principles Oakland mayoral candidate Rebecca Kaplan, like San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, expresses an urgency to reform public employee pensions in order to save city services. While no one doubts that Jeff Adachi has been doing a great job as the city’s public defender, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s political action committee is giving his re-election bid the cold shoulder with “no position,” presumably because of his efforts to reform public employee pensions to help save city services from further cuts via Proposition B on the November ballot. How come Alice members endorsed Rebecca Kaplan for Oakland mayor if they have their shorts in a knot about the pension reform ideas espoused by Adachi when Kaplan holds the same views? Laughable and telling of the lack of principles.

best represents the legacy of Harvey Milk. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. Mark Barnes San Francisco

Economic disparity to blame

Arthur Evans recently blamed violent crime on Tommi Avicolli Mecca and his allies [Mailstrom, August 19]. This personal attack on a longtime community activist exceeds the boundaries of civil discourse and has no place in a community newspaper. Moreover, the Examiner article to which Evans refers (“Crime spike has Castro district wary,” August 21)) says nothing about people who are homeless. To the contrary, the article quotes LGBT community liaison, Sergeant Chuck Limbert: “There has been an alarming spike in the number of calls police have been receiving from Jamie Whitaker partygoers who say they have been drugged, robbed, or raped by people they met out at neighborhood clubs, bars, San Francisco or on the Internet.” Daly’s endorsement Evans unconvincingly tries to connect an increase in violent crime to people who are homeless. This baseless charge The headline “Daly endorses gay man as successor in D6” is not supported by Police Department crime reports, as in[Political Notebook, August 19] – really? Which gay man is dicated by Limbert’s comments in the Examiner. There is no that? I think there are several in the race. Once again the Bay empirical data to substantiate Evans’s claims. Moreover, asArea Reporter‘s allegiance to the Democratic County Censociating social justice activists with robberies and stabbings tral Committee shines through. The real story here is that is pretty low, even for Evans. the two-time incumbent endorses James Keys, As the Coalition on Homelessness has conbut you could not bring yourself to print the cluded: “So much for the addressing of real crimes. simple headline “Daly endorses Keys.” It is clear that a great many sit/lie proponents – The content of the column is even more perhaps the majority of the most vocal propoinsidious. A few column inches about the acnents – are bothered not by real crimes, but by tual endorsement, then you transition to a the very presence of homeless people in public fawning report of Debra Walker and the view in San Francisco. ... In a democracy, we canDCCC accompanied by the snarky comM AILSTROM not purge our society of those we find distasteful ments from the other candidates. Your inas totalitarian and ethnic nationalist regimes have clusion of the David Campos quote, “We seen fit to do. Any of us should be ashamed to need more women on the board and it is reconsider the idea in public.” ally important to have queer representation” seems comThe 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, in Edward Jones et al. v. pletely off topic. It is even more amazing given the editorial City of Los Angeles, noted, “Whether sitting, lying, and sleepnature of your report that after this quote you failed to point ing are defined as acts or conditions, they are universal and out that there is not an African American male on the board, unavoidable consequences of being human.” As efforts to much less a gay African American male. criminalize sitting down continue, there is a waitlist for every So, come on, B.A.R. Let’s separate your reporting from city-funded service in San Francisco. The city’s shelter system your desire to return District 6 back to the DCCC, which has only one shelter bed for every six officially recognized clearly the residents have not wanted to do for the last two homeless people. election cycles. The problem is increasing economic disparity and demonizing the poorest of the poor while shredding the social safeKevin Trevas ty net. Many young queer people from across the country San Francisco who’ve been kicked out of their homes come to the Castro seeking love and acceptance. These people need hope, not More on DCCC endorsements citations. First, I want to thank Matthew Bajko for his continuing Harvey Milk opposed a similar sit/lie law over 30 years ago excellent coverage of the political scene and supervisor races because such laws are used to target and intimidate people this year. However, I was eagerly waiting to “see next week’s who some view as socially undesirable (e.g., queers). Sit/lie Political Notebook column in the August 19 Bay Area Rerepresents the opposite of San Francisco values. It’s unfair, porter for more on who supported whom in the District 6 unkind, and unconstitutional. As Milk said over 30 yeas ago, and 8 contests” as stated in the August 12 blog entry, which “You gotta give ‘em hope.” Sit/lie is the opposite of hope. had only a passing reference to Rafael Mandelman’s No. 1 Please vote no on Prop L. endorsement in D8 by the Democratic County Central Committee. Clearly a major endorsement. Especially after David Waggoner and Denise D’Anne the B.A.R. had an entire column covering Scott Wiener’s enCo-Presidents, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club dorsement by the “ENDA-can-wait” crowd. Different names, Reverend Dr. Lea D. Brown but same Democratic Party establishment crowd that iniSenior Pastor, MCC San Francisco tially tried to block Harvey Milk from office – endorsing his Joey Cain opponents. With endorsements from San Francisco ToTommi Avicolli Mecca morrow, SF Tenants Union, SF Labor Council, Tom AmmiTab Buckner ano and Harry Britt, California Nurses Association, and the Alan Collins Harvey Milk Democratic Club, Rafael Mandelman clearly Hyde E. Beck

Knoller loses appeal by Ed Walsh arjorie Knoller is not giving up. The woman convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the 2001 deadly dog mauling of her Pacific Heights neighbor, Diane Whipple, plans to appeal a state appeals court decision last week upholding her murder conviction. “She’s going to take it as far as she has to to set it right,” Knoller’s husband, Robert Noel, told the Bay Area Reporter this week. Noel said he spoke to Knoller briefly after the decision was handed down and that she is “doing well.” Knoller is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence at the women’s state prison in Chowchilla, in central California. A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the B.A.R. that it would likely be another 10 years, or possibly longer, before Knoller is paroled. Deputy California Attorney General Amy Haddix, who successfully argued the case on behalf of the prosecution, told the B.A.R. that the appeals court did a “good job of disposing of the issues” in the case and noted that the decision brought the case “a step closer to closure.” She noted that Knoller has the option of appealing the case to the California Supreme

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Marjorie Knoller at her 2002 trial.

Court and through the federal appellate system. Knoller’s appellate lawyer, Dennis Riordan, did not respond to the B.A.R.’s phone and e-mail requests for comment by press time. The 3-0 decision by the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco was issued Friday, August 20 in a 102-page ruling. Oral arguments on the case had been heard a month earlier. In the original 2002 trial, both Noel and Knoller were convicted of involuntary manslaughter. But Knoller, who was with the couple’s two Presa Canario dogs during the hallway attack on Whipple, was also convicted of second-degree murder. The jury agreed with prosecutors Jim Hammer and Kimberly Guilfoyle that the couple knew their dogs were dangerous

but did little to mitigate the danger. The trial judge, San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren, later threw out the second-degree charge. But in 2007, the California Supreme Court ruled that Warren used an incorrect standard of implied malice when he set aside the seconddegree murder conviction. In 2008, using the Supreme Court’s directive, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard ordered the second-degree murder conviction reinstated and ordered Knoller, who had been on parole, back to prison. In affirming Woolard’s decision, the appeals court also dismissed a claim from Knoller’s attorney that the courts should have first tried to have Warren, who had since retired from the bench, come back to rehear the case. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris hailed the decision. “This vicious and violent attack reverberates in San Francisco to this day,” Harris said in a statement. “The Court of Appeals decision to uphold the second-degree murder conviction is justice for the family and friends of Diane Whipple.” In July 2001, seven months after the attack, the case chartered gay rights legal history when Whipple’s widowed partner, Sharon Smith, was allowed to proceed with her wrongful death lawsuit despite the state law at the time that only gave that right to married


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State lawmakers endorse Oakland judicial candidate by Matthew S. Bajko state senator and two Assembly members from the East Bay have thrown their support to a transgender woman running for an open seat on the Alameda County Superior Court this fall. The endorsements come as backers of Victoria Kolakowski, an administrative law judge with the state Public Utilities Commission, are hosting a campaign fundraiser in San Francisco this Sunday, August 29 to celebrate her 49th birthday. Should she win election in November, Kolakowski would be the first openly transgender trial court judge in the country and the only out LGBT superior court judge in Alameda County. Kolakowski came in first against two male opponents in the June primary with nearly 46 percent of the vote. She is in a runoff race against Alameda County Deputy District Attorney John Creighton, who trailed her by 14 percentage points. The supporters of a third candidate who failed to advance beyond the primary, criminal defense attorney and former Alameda County prosecutor Louis Goodman, could help decide who wins come November 2. Goodman captured 22 percent of the vote in June and has endorsed P OLITICAL Creighton in the runoff race. But Kolakowski could see a boost from the larger voter turnout expected this fall due to the Oakland mayor’s race as well as contested statewide races for governor, attorney general and the Senate seat held by Democrat Barbara Boxer. The races are expected to draw more progressive and female voters to the polls in November, which could help Kolakowski capture the judicial seat. Helping to elect Kolakowski, the wife of Bay Area Reporter news editor Cynthia Laird, are several progressive leaders in the state Legislature. State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), who serves on the state’s Judicial Council and chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently endorsed her in the race. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), whose daughter is lesbian, and Assemblyman Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland) are also backing Kolakowski. “The county would be fortunate to have a person with such vast legal experience and dedication to justice on the bench,” stated Swanson. Two former state senators – Liz Figueroa, who held Corbett’s seat until being termed out in 2006, and who is now running for supervisor, and out lesbian Carole Migden, who lost her bid for re-election to her San Francisco-based seat in 2008 – have also recently endorsed Kolakowski in the race. They join a long list of Bay Area electeds supporting her, including state Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee; Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Sheila Jordan; Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley; openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco); and openly gay state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). “I am proud to be endorsed by state legislators who represent almost all of Alameda County,” stated Kolakowski. “I came in first in June in 11 of 14 cities in the county, and these endorsements reflect the broad support that I have received, including at-


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torneys, business, labor, environmentalists and civil rights advocates. We will need this support to reach almost twice as many voters in November as voted in the June primary.” Numerous judges and administrative law judges have also endorsed her candidacy, among them Anthony Kline, the presiding justice on the state’s 1st District Court of Appeals, Division 2; lesbian San Francisco Superior Court Judge Donna Hitchens; and openly gay San Francisco Superior Court Judge Kevin McCarthy. Equality California PAC, the N OTEBOOK political arm of the statewide LGBT group, and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund are co-hosting this weekend’s fundraiser for Kolakowski. The event costs $100 and will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the home of EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors and his partner James Williamson, co-chair of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center’s board. [Full disclosure: both Bay Area Reporter publisher Thomas E. Horn and the paper’s legal counsel, Paul Melbostad, are on the event’s host committee.] For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Trans woman seeks SF school board seat A transgender woman who teaches elementary school students is among the 11 candidates seeking three seats on San Francisco’s Board of Education this fall. For the last several years Jamie Rafaela Wolfe, who was raised by a lesbian mother, has taught at the private Brandeis Hillel Day School near the city’s Lake Merced, though she has reduced her hours through November to have time to campaign. Wolfe, 33, pledges to be an advocate for LGBT families as well as families of color and those who are not English-language speakers should she be elected. In particular, with more LGBT people raising kids in the city, Wolfe says it is time for an out person to once again serve on the school board. Mark Sanchez was the board’s last openly gay member; his term expired in 2008. Rather than seek reelection, he launched an unsuccessful bid for supervisor that year. “Can you believe here in San Francisco there is no LGBTQ representation on the San Francisco school board? The LGBTQ voice needs an outlet and I will be a tireless advocate for our children and parents,” stated Wolfe in a release announcing her candidacy. “Often, children in our public school system who do not conform to the gender binary or are other

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San Francisco adapts for health reform S

co. “Safety net systems generally were designed for people who had no choice” about where to go for health care because they lacked health insurance, Katz said. “Now comes health reform and suddenly about half of the people being taken care of by the safety net have a choice.” Research has shown that across the nation, a third of people eligible for Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California, have never applied for it. “Which means that safety nets are currently losing money because they are not eligiblizing patients for benefits that they are entitled to,” Katz said. “This is going to get all the more intense under health reform, because now a larger number of people are going to be eligible for Medicaid, but that doesn’t mean they are going to be on it.” Katz’s concern is that if all of those people, or even a substantial fraction, opt for private sector health providers, the safety net programs will become hollowed out, unable to support the fixed costs of infrastructure such as facilities and expensive equipment like CT scanners. They could slip into an economic death spiral, unable to cut those costs fast enough. He fears an exodus will mean that safety net programs “will be left only with those people who are not eligible for health reform, by and large the undocumented.” It is a group with little political clout in the struggle for adequate health care resources. “The question to me is, how to make sure that safety net systems thrive under health reform,” said Katz.

Healthy San Francisco About a third of San Franciscans now receive health care through Kaiser Permanente, a third through other private insurance programs,

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an Francisco’s director of health Dr. Mitch Katz is concerned about how national health reform legislation passed earlier this year is going to affect safety net

health care programs for low income people. He wrote broadly about those challenges and opportunities in JAMA – Journal of the American Medical Association (August 11) and he talked with the Bay Area Reporter about how they specifically apply to San Francis-

Health Director Dr. Mitch Katz is planning how the new health care reform will affect patient care in San Francisco.

and a third through safety net programs. The city’s program, Healthy San Francisco, covers 53,000 of the 60,000-70,000 uninsured people. About 55 percent have their medical homes at facilities operated by the Department of Public Health and 45 percent chose a community clinic. The city is well prepared to not simply survive but to prosper under reform, said Katz. “It is a system that prides itself on social justice,” he said, one that draws upon the medical talent and innovation of UCSF, and that has the benefit of a compact geography. The programs have a good reputation and “in the past when people have gotten insurances under other programs, they have tended to stay with us.” One reason is that safety net providers offer services like language capabilities and links to other programs for low income persons – general assistance, childcare, transporta-

tion – that private and small group practitioners cannot. The Healthy San Francisco program requires that every person using the safety net programs choose a medical home. “Now, for the first time, we have an unduplicated count of how many uninsured people are in care” at city clinics and other health centers, Katz said. That allows for better planning and allocation of resources. The Department of Public Health also has created a web-based application process that Katz said has helped it “to identify many clients and their family members who are eligible for other public benefits.” That improves the recipient’s quality of life and “also ensures the economic viability of our system.” Attitudes also are changing. Katz acknowledged at one point the view was that the poor “are lucky to get

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by Bob Roehr

26 August 2010 . . BAY AREA REPORTER


Girls join Southern Decadence’s debauchery Jeanie Tracy. Disk jockeys heading to the city promise to keep the dance floors grooving with hot bodies. The party culminates next Sunday with a masquerade parade through the French Quarter.

by Heather Cassell

outhern Decadence, New Orleans’ biggest gay party, is hotter than ever this year with record numbers of gay men heading south for the festivities over Labor Day weekend. For the first time Lady Decadence ever, lesbians will join the What isn’t as widely party with their own sigknown is that queer nature events. women have leisurely disA party that traditioncovered the party over the ally has attracted mostly years. gay men since its humble That’s likely going to beginnings as a going change this year. Los Anaway event nearly 40 years geles’ Girlbar and Palm ago, Southern Decadence Spring’s Dinah Shore now attracts up to an estiWeekend’s dynamic duo mated 100,000 attendees Robin Gans and Sandy yearly and is one of New Sandy Sachs, the new owner of Bourbon Pub and Parade in Sachs have created a host Orleans’ top five tourist New Orleans, is ready for next weekend’s Southern Decadence. of ladies events for Southevents, noted Robert ern Decadence, including a “Bobby” Revere, one of signature all-girl dance recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the organizers and promoters, citing party, Sin. has barely affected the Big Easy. information from the New Orleans The Girlbar experience follows Tommy Elias, general manager of Metropolitan Convention and Visilast year’s first ever all-girl Southern Oz, one of the largest gay dance clubs tors Bureau. Decadence event, Dykeadence, orgain the French Quarter, agreed. Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and nized by New Orleans’ queer “It’s almost back to the way it was Gustav (2008) and the damage from women’s artist community, that before Katrina ... people are coming breeched levees resulted in the ultihosts events in conjunction with back in droves,” Elias said. mate party town becoming a distant Southern Decadence. More than 300 Southern Decadence, with this memory for some travelers to the women flocked to the queer girl drag year’s theme “Leather and Feathers,” South’s largest gay bash. Southern show last year, said Sara Pic, one of takes place September 1-6 and events Decadence should not be confused the 12 founding Dykeadence collecare quickly selling out, said Revere. with New Orleans’ annual Pride or tive members. A week of smash up entertainGay Mardi Gras celebrations. In the She estimated that half of the ment is planned for partygoers, inyears since Katrina, hotels continue women who attended the show last cluding recording superstar Deborah to fill up in an upward swing after a year were from out of town, based on Cox, four-time Billboard #1 artist few rough years for the weekend that her informal survey of the women Erika Jayne, American Idol contestant embraces its gayness for an entire page 12 Kimberley Locke, and disco diva week, Revere said. He added that the




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Ad men First, Flo TV wants you to buy a handheld portable television. Pretty much sounds like a product that will here is little that works better at be outdated by the time you read this gauging society’s views on any column, superseded by the latest given topic than looking at the smartphone. Can’t blame Flo TV for ways companies opt to advertise their trying. products. Indeed, ad agencies spend Its commercial features CBS a lot of time and money crafting adsportscaster Jim Nantz, and is called vertisements that will reach their in“Injury Report.” In it, Nantz tells us tended audiences and really deliver the story of a young man being the message in a way that will appeal dragged along on a shopping trip with to the largest number of people. his female significant other. Nantz The most popular ads tend to be likens it to a spine removal, mocking ones designed to make you laugh. The this hapless fellow when he suggests a entertainment value is said to rub off lavender-scented candle to his love, on you, giving you a good feeling and tells him to “change out of about the product or service being that skirt.” The upshot is offered. You might be more interthat he could be watching ested in car insurance after literfootball on his portable ally seeing a piggy go “wee wee television instead of wee” all the way home, or want shopping for lingerie and after-shave when you see the house wares with his partlatest antics of the man your ner, and that man could smell like. would restore his I’m not here to write about afterT RANSMISSIONS masculinity. Not to be outshave or car insurdone, Miller Lite ance: there are three gives us a series of commercials to adother ads I want to discuss instead. vertise beer. The premise in each is the While each is meant to do little but same. A man goes to the bar, where an entertain – and help sell product – attractive female bartender berates his each also says a lot about the state of lack of care over his light beer choice. gender in our society today.

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“They’ve been very cooperative and professional,” she said. Anne Hinton, director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, agreed, adding that the New Leaf executive team’s approach to closing the agency was “very thoughtful” and “very dedicated” and “really focused on the people they serve.” Current employees contacted for this story did not respond to requests for comment. Officials with SEIU Local 1021, the union representing some of New Leaf ’s employees, and with which the agency has had a contentious relationship at times, referred questions to Lynch.

Meeting clients’ needs City officials are already working with New Leaf to swiftly manage the situation to maintain quality LGBT-

specific mental health and social services. The city and other LGBT nonprofits are quickly offering their assistance. Openly gay Supervisors Bevan Dufty and David Campos will meet with Garcia, Hinton, and Lynch next week. The Board of Supervisors is in summer recess and both men were away this week. “These issues are fundamental issues for the health of our community,” said Dufty in a phone interview from Provincetown, Massachusetts. Dufty said he wants to ensure the “high caliber” of services New Leaf provided isn’t lost. “There is a sense of disappointment and concern,” added Campos in a phone interview from Los Angeles. But he said the closure of New Leaf is a “new chapter” and that moving forward he stressed clients won’t be abandoned and that city officials are “on top” of the situation. A DPH transition team will be on site at New Leaf throughout Sep-

In each case, the man also ends up being shown in a skirt, with a purse, with panties peeking out of his jeans, or with a lower back tattoo. The notion here is just as clear: if you don’t care about the beer you drink – in this case, Miller Lite – then you are not a real man. There’s one more I’d like to talk about. It’s not for a big name beer like Miller or even a product like Flo TV: it’s for the RDCA Academy of Martial Arts in Key Biscayne, Florida. It’s not a television spot, but a print ad. In one ad, you see a young boy wearing a pair of shiny, red high heels, presumably borrowing the footwear from his parents’ bedroom. Another has a young boy sitting on an adult’s

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tember. The department’s staff will be working with the agency’s counselors and clients to assess individuals’ mental health and substance abuse needs in order to redirect them or make referrals to one of the

bed, applying bright red lipstick and admiring himself in an antique hand mirror. The only other things present in the ads are the RDCA logo and the tag line, “Karate Lessons.” The logo and tag line are small, and you’d miss them if you weren’t looking for them. Yet the red lipstick and heels contrasts with the rest of the ad, drawing attention to itself and making it clear that these don’t belong. One can infer that the message is that karate lessons will help keep your little boy from exploring his femininity. The lessons will “make him a man,” as it were. Each of these ads seems geared at the male consumer. Each is telling you that your masculinity – or your child’s masculinity – is threatened if you don’t use their beer, television, or karate lessons. Perhaps threatened isn’t going far enough. Miller is telling you that you are a freak if you don’t, that you deserve to be mocked, stared at, and treated as a lesser being simply because you are not man enough. Flo TV decides you are spineless, a freak who disgusts the narrator so much that he can’t even look him. It is clear that these people are somehow subhuman simply for not being “man enough.” The karate ads take it even further: your child may turn out to be a freak – or is a freak – and needs to learn to defend himself. Maybe karate – like Miller beer and Flo TV – will help

him be a real man. As I pointed out at the beginning, this is not happening in a vacuum. These companies are not advertising to offend a majority of their customer base. Rather, they want to advertise to those who may well feel they’re not man enough – or who simply don’t want their buddies to think they might be, shall we say, a little lavender. Indeed, these products are being marketed to the Pedro Joneses of the world. He’s the young man who allegedly beat a 17-month-old child in his care until the boy died from cardiac arrest, all because the kid was somehow not acting enough like a boy. These products are being sold to those who would mock transgender and others they view as effeminate, those who would point and laugh, who would be disgusted, and who may indeed mean worse harm. This is what these ads are saying about our society: there is a majority of bullies out there who find these ads humorous, who want to yuk it up at our expense – when they’re not worrying about themselves or their offspring not being man enough to avoid being a target. It’s sick, it’s wrong, and it needs to change.▼

agencies currently identified by DPH, “to help the clients have choices,” said Garcia. “You can’t say it’s not a loss in the community. It is a loss in the community,” said Garcia. “We are really going to have to work hard to continue to respond to the needs of this community.” “We will be working with clients over the next month,” added Lynch. “We will be reaching out to our clients in as many ways possible and working with them directly to find continuum care for them.” New Leaf ’s HIV mental health program and a portion of other mental health services is scheduled to move to UCSF’s AIDS Health Project; women’s and transgender behavioral and mental health will move to Lyon-Martin Health Services. Garcia said she also hoped Lyon-Martin would offer medical homes to LBT women. The substance abuse programs and services will move to the San

Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Speed Project; and the youth programs will move to DPH’s Children’s Health and Youth Programming, said Garcia. Individuals in an emergency situation should contact the city’s access program. (See resource list.) The GLBT Psychotherapist Association of the San Francisco Bay Area’s board is considering ways to help some of New Leaf ’s soon-to-be former clients, said Matt Porter, MFT, Gaylesta co-president. The therapist organization has 250 members that clients can access online through its referral program. The fate of New Leaf ’s Outreach to Elders program is yet to be determined, said Dufty and Hinton. “I’ve been very concerned, because so many of the seniors will literally fall through the cracks,” said Jan S. Couvillon, former outreach to elder activities manager at New Leaf. Couvillon started her new position as a peer advocate for seniors at Central City Hospitality House on Monday. She pointed out that many of the LGBT seniors don’t trust mainstream institutions after “spending a lifetime being beaten down by society.” It’s going to be very difficult for those who left isolation to join a social community, she said. Polly Taylor, 81, a disabled senior lesbian who was a New Leaf client, said she wasn’t surprised by the closure. “My impression has been the place was being very badly run and they weren’t keeping up with services and so forth,” said Taylor. “I think it’s a shame that it takes away about our only support for seniors.” Officials at Openhouse, which provides some senior services, said they were ready to discuss the situation. “LGBT seniors need to have the services maintained. We are ready to sit down and talk with New Leaf and allies to ensure the programs continue,” said Seth Kilbourn, executive director of Openhouse, in a phone interview from Rhode Island visiting his family.

Gwen Smith does not endorse any of the above products or services. You can find her online at

Legacy Many community members, elected officials, and mental health professionals expressed profound sadness at the loss of New Leaf. “It’s a huge loss because of ... the breadth of services that they were able to provide with such great cultural capacity. It is a huge loss to this city,” said Teri McGinnis, executive director at Lyon-Martin.

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Tavern Guild co-founder Robert Golovich dies by Cynthia Laird uneral services were held Saturday, August 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco for Tavern Guild co-founder Robert “Bob” Golovich, who died at St. Francis Hospital on August 16. He was 79. Mr. Golovich’s family said he died following a short illness. A private interment was held in Jackson, California. Mr. Golovich, who was born March 5, 1931 and was a native of California’s Gold Country, moved to the Vallejo area with his parents and siblings after spending his teen years at their family home in Sutter Creek, California. Mr. Golovich then moved to San Francisco in the 1960s as a young man and was very successful in business, owning and operating several vending machine companies in northern California. Mr. Golovich, who was openly gay, also had partnerships in several local gay businesses, including the


David Ryan April 20, 1938- August 8, 2010

David Roger Ryan was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Belmont, NY where he attended Alfred State College. Serving in the US Air Force, he was stationed in Florida and Alaska, where he assisted with special services helping with the Bob Hope Christmas show, meeting Bob Hope, Steve McQueen, Jayne Mansfield, Francis Langford and others. In his early years, Dave worked at various retail positions in New Jersey and New York where he met and maintained lifelong friendships. After

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other. Virtually all of the sourcing for these reports goes back to a column in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 7 where columnists Phil Matier and Andy Ross said it’s an “open secret” that Walker is gay. If he is gay, does that increase the validity of his extensive findings – i.e., he knows what he’s talking about – or could it mean he was biased in the case from the get-go? Does it matter if he’s gay? Should it matter? Would a straight judge be better positioned to restrict marriage to straight people? We likely haven’t heard the last of the Walker/gay meme.

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“Our community needs to have agencies that are there for us, made up for us, and by us, especially with the long history dealing with substance abuse issues ... access to mental health services has to be a top priority,” added openly gay Health Commissioner Steven Tierney. New Leaf made LGBT individuals’ mental health and substance abuse issues a top priority for 35 years. In the process it changed the landscape of mental health, substance abuse, and senior services. Founded as Operation Concern in 1974, as a men’s mental health services agency, when homosexuality was still considered a mental illness, it established precedence for being a cutting edge organization. In 1976, 18th Street Services was formed to provide substance abuse services. In 1995 the two agencies merged into New Leaf. Perhaps the agency’s most endur-

Royal Palace bar on Jones Street that he bought in 1975, and was managed for him by Jose Sarria, the famed LGBT activist better known as Empress I of San Francisco who now is retired and lives in Palm Springs. In San Francisco’s nascent gay scene, Mr. Golovich was among the first to get involved in LGBT causes, helping to found the once-powerful Tavern Guild, an association of gay and lesbian restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the Bay Area. Friends said that if there was one single thing that Mr. Golovich will most be remembered for it was his incredible generosity. A man of financial means, Mr. Golovich was always there with the checkbook when anything was needed, particularly those causes dear to the LGBT community. A longtime Democrat, Mr. Golovich took a keen interest in politics, quietly donating to political figures like Bill Clinton and the campaigns of Senator Dianne Feinstein, the late state Senator Milton Marks, former state Senator Carole Migden,

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former San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt, and many, many others. Wayne Friday, the former political editor at the Bay Area Reporter and a friend of Mr. Golovich’s since 1970, recalled introducing Mr.

leaving the service he moved to Hollywood, California, where he realized his enjoyment of working with people as a waiter and bartender. He later moved to San Francisco where he also worked various jobs, including Enrico Banducci’s on Broadway. In 1982 he moved to Santa Cruz to work in a retirement hotel, until it was destroyed in the 1989 earthquake. Moving back to the Bay Area in 1990, Dave opened a small collectibles shop in Benicia, but later took a position at the former Americana Suites hotel in San Francisco as an assistant manager. When the hotel converted to residential housing for people with AIDS, under the Shanti Project and then Catholic Charities, he maintained positions as senior residential counselor. In 1996 he moved to live and work at the Granada re-

tirement community on Sutter Street. Named as employee of the month numerous times, he was much loved and appreciated and will be missed by the residents and staff. Dave was a familiar and popular face on Polk Street also working at several bars. He truly enjoyed his several trips to Thailand with friends. His true passion was thrift shops and garage sales. Besides his generosity of sharing his story telling, he truly enjoyed gifting his treasures and finds. Each man’s life touches so many other lives and David touched so many. In honor and remembrance, please make a thrift shop donation, whether it’s a tie, a book, a Christmas ornament or a box of treasures. For further information please contact

U.S. Supreme Court The masterminds of the Prop 8 federal case, famed lawyers Theodore Olson and David Boies, always have indicated they wanted to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Others have suggested that should the U.S. Supreme Court rule in a particular way in the case, samesex marriage would become legal in all 50 states. But what if no one is found to have standing to appeal the Prop 8 case to the 9th Circuit? The case would end there, Walker’s ruling would take effect, Prop 8 would be stricken from the state constitution, and one more U.S. state would have same-sex marriage: California. Is that an acceptable ending to

this super-high-profile case with superstar attorneys who had grander designs? Most California gay leaders say, “Yes, we’ll take it.” Some, however, would certainly see it as a limp ending to a provocative case that was opposed, then grudgingly embraced, by the national gay legal establishment – a case that raised gay hopes high that we could end this whole same-sex-marriage thing in one fell swoop. On the other hand, the case stopping before it starts at the 9th Circuit would be a “safe” resolution of the matter. With each appeal, there’s always the chance we could lose it all, California included. The first court filing in the appeal is due September 17.▼

ing legacy is the clinical intern training program. Thousands of therapists received New Leaf ’s culturally sensitive training before moving onto other practices of their own.

Garcia and Lynch said they hope that some of New Leaf ’s employees will be hired by the agencies taking over the organization’s landmark programs.▼

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Golovich to the late Harvey Milk at a political fundraiser hosted by the late B.A.R. publisher Bob Ross during Milk’s second campaign for supervisor in 1975; Mr. Golovich and Milk immediately became friends and he was then a lifelong donor to Milk’s campaigns. “He was, without a doubt, the most generous man I have ever met in our community; he never said ‘no’ to anyone or any cause connected to the gay community,” Friday said. Robbie Robinson, a longtime owner of the Viking Shop and who was Mr. Golovich’s personal barber for many years, also spoke of his generosity, saying, “few will ever know of how many good things and great causes that Mr. Golovich gave of himself and his money.” For a time in the 1970s Mr. Golovich owned and published the now-defunct San Francisco Sentinel. Mr. Golovich also produced several full-scale productions of wellknown Broadway musicals during the 1970s under Robert Michael Productions. These included Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly and Mame featuring all-male casts and starring such well-known drag personalities as “Michelle” in the Carol Channing role and “Faye” in the Angela Lansbury role. The shows were performed at what was then known as the Japan Centre Theatres, now the Kabuki Sundance Cinema, and ran for sev-

eral nights. Hello Dolly and Mame were so professionally produced with such elaborate costumes and sets that both shows drew reviews from San Francisco’s two dailies as well as the Los Angeles Times, whose critic praised the productions. Robert Michael Productions was the originator and producer of the highly successful Closet Ball that ran in San Francisco for a dozen years and featured men appearing in incredible drag. Judging was done by well-known personalities, which often included the late B.A.R. leather columnist Marcus Hernandez (a.k.a. Mister Marcus), retired B.A.R. columnist Dick Walters (a.k.a. Sweet Lips), and others. The proceeds, like those of his other productions, went to LGBT causes. Mr. Golovich was very proud of his Serbian heritage, often celebrating the holidays of that country as well as being a very proud American. He often hosted his well-known Thanksgiving dinners for dozens of friends (and their friends) at highend San Francisco restaurants and hotels. Friday noted that Mr. Golovich, a highly opinionated and sometimes controversial man, was truly one of those larger-than-life figures that few people get to know and befriend. He leaves behind several nephews and nieces, and many, many longtime friends, particularly his companions Robert Stern and Brian


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funding, major donors, and foundations. Noon said that last year the agency experienced a drop of between 25 percent and 28 percent in gifts from major events, foundations, corporations, and major donors. In the end, the total was around $120,000 or $130,000. Stop AIDS’ budget is $1.79 million this year, down from $1.9 million last year. Among other changes, Stop AIDS has cut items such as travel and staff appreciation events that aren’t essential to providing programs and services. In April, the agency laid off an administrative program associate and a network coordinator, which saved it about $90,000 for the fiscal year, annualized, Noon said. Stop AIDS now employs 20 people.

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she met. Pic expects this year’s shows to be bigger and better. Also, for the first time Dykeadence will have a contingent for queer women, transgender individuals, and their allies in Southern Decadence’s parade. “Women want to be out during Decadence,” said Pic, a queer woman who grew up in New Orleans and returned to help with the rebuilding of her hometown after Katrina. Her friends, who are coming from out of town to Southern Decadence, are more excited about this year because of Dykeadence, she added. “It’s a big fun party” that is a “huge wild debaucherous revelry” celebrating “all aspects of sexuality and gender expression,” said Pic, pondering the open sexuality on display in the French Quarter, one of the definite draws to the festivities.

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care.” But that has begun to change and it will accelerate under health reform. The new watchword is “customer service;” responsive to both the needs and desires of patients. DPH has consolidated its problem-solving to a single telephone number staffed by multilingual personnel. It is implementing an electronic medical records system that

have increased. Our Family Coalition, which also completed the Horizons survey, has also seen its funding decrease. Since 2008, the budget for the organization, which works with LGBT families, has gone from $850,000 to $650,000. Yensing Sihapanya, Our Family’s associate director, said the recession has “definitely had an impact on us. All of our funding sources have been going down,” including government sources, private foundations, and individual contributions. She said one area Our Family has had to cut is training of medical and other service providers on how to be welcoming to LGBT families. That loss was due to city budget reductions and a private foundation not providing a grant to the group. However, she said, the city has recently added back some funding to provide support for adoptive LGBT families. “The supervisors have been really

amazing and really supportive of our work,” said Sihapanya. Doughty, who said the survey offers “more of a glimpse than an indepth” look at the local nonprofit landscape, also said this is the first time Horizons has done such a survey. He said it’s “too simplistic” to say that the reasons for trouble are all economic, and it’s important for organizational leaders to look at themselves and make sure they’re doing things as “effectively and efficiently” as possible. However, he also talked about how no matter how good management is, there’s still only so much money to go around to support nonprofits.▼

Revere said lesbians have long attended Decadence. “There’s always been a good lesbian attendance,” said Revere, who has observed the evolution of Southern Decadence for about 20 years, although exact numbers aren’t available. “[Girlbar] will simply make it much more visible to the lesbian market.” Like Revere, the Sapphic nightclub promoters hope Southern Decadence catches on with queer women. “It’s a great city, it’s like a little bit of Europe in America,” said Gans. Revere is at least partly responsible for helping to bring the ladies to the party. An accountant and former owner of the Bourbon Pub and Parade, one of New Orleans’ largest gay bars in the heart of the gay section of the French Quarter, he officially handed down ownership of the bar and club to his longtime friend Sachs on August 15. The bar, which locals affection-

ately call the “Fruit Loop,” and the upstairs nightclub, Parade, is one of the few New Orleans gay bars that welcomes women and is well-known for its popular “Girls Night Out” parties every Tuesday. This coming Halloween the Parade will celebrate its 35th anniversary; and the pub just celebrated its 36th anniversary last month. “I’m excited to be handing it off to Sandy,” said Revere, who praised her creative ingenuity and skills as a nightclub promoter. He didn’t think of selling the historic venue, which wasn’t up for sale, to anyone else. Sachs was a tennis scholarship coed at Tulane University in 1980 when she first stepped into the Bourbon Pub and Parade as a 19-year-old lesbian. It was the start of her nightlife career as the first woman to work at Menfees, the sister bar to the Bourbon Pub and Parade. “I feel so passionate about this project ... I’m going back to my roots ... I’ve come full circle,” said Sachs

about owning the first gay club that she ever walked into and returning and giving back to the city of heryouth. “It’s very trippy. It’s wild.” Sachs, who recently became cochair of New Orleans Pride, hopes the Girlbar brand will attract LGBT tourists to the Big Easy.

artists, and more. Travelers not planning on going to Southern Decadence, but who still want to head south to the bayou should check out the city’s list of festivals (see online listing). One upcoming event in 2011: the Tennessee Williams Festival’s 25th anniversary March 23-27. In spite of New Orleans’ cheerful demeanor, scars from Hurricane Katrina remain just beneath the surface. The French Quarter wasn’t as affected by the flooding after the levees broke as other parts of the city. The LGBT community, both businesses and residents, stayed relatively intact, according to locals. Some, whose families spanned generations, saw many of their relatives dispersed throughout the region not to return, but new faces appeared on the gay scene and in the community in general to help rebuild the city and some are making New Orleans their home.▼

will become fully functional next year. “When people gain Medicaid their utilization will grow. Right now, we don’t have as much capacity as we will need. Increasing capacity in cost effective ways is going to require different models of care, not necessarily all of the care delivered between a doctor and a patient,” Katz said.

going to make them eligible for Medicaid, regardless of their health status,” said Katz, who is openly gay. Current Medicaid regulations require persons to be both low income and certified as “disabled” in order to receive benefits. In other words, people with HIV infection must progress to an AIDS diagnosis before the program will pay for the drugs that will keep them from becoming sick. This is contrary to treatment guidelines that recommend starting treatment much earlier.

Katz believes that HIV programs offer “some of the best models” for delivering quality care in a cost effective manner. One is better linking patients with pharmacists. “Often pharmacists are better than doctors on drug-drug side effects, when to take medications,” he said. He is particularly keen on support groups at San Francisco General Hospital for people dually infected with HIV and hepatitis B or C. “I have a number of my patients attend those groups and frankly, they

learn more in those groups than they would ever learn from talking one on one with their doctor about treatment options,” said Katz. “It is really a question of informed patients making the right decisions for themselves. I think that is a great model.” While Katz worries that some safety net health systems, particularly those in more rural areas, may not be able to respond well to the challenges and opportunities of health reform, he believes that San Francisco can prosper.▼


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power than when Longo held it. The Democratic County Central Committee in San Francisco, on which Leubitz sits, stripped the Region 4 director of voting rights on the party panel when it changed its bylaws in July. His immediate attention will be on electing Democrats this fall, such as Boxer, who is facing a tough re-election battle against former HewlettPackard CEO Carly Fiorina, and Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is once again running to be California’s governor but is in a heated race against former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. “Our region is a vital base for Democrats from across the state, and it is critical to ensure that Democrats turn out on November 2,” stated Leubitz. “With issues ranging from marriage equality to the crisis of our state budget, California Democrats have many reasons to get involved for the fall campaign.”▼

HIV-positive “Overall, I think health reform is good for people who are HIV-positive because, if they are low income, it is

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In addition, San Francisco’s unemployment rate was 9.7 percent as of July. Statewide, the seasonally adjusted rate was 12.8 percent, according to state Employment Development Department figures that were released last week. One hit that affected many LGBT nonprofits in recent years was that many of their donors steered financial support to the 2008 No on Prop 8 campaign and the effort to elect President Barack Obama. Both campaigns raised tens of millions of dollars; the No on 8 campaign in particular raised much of that money from the LGBT community. The No on Prop 8 campaign failed, despite raising more than $40 million, and California’s constitution was amended to ban same-sex marriage. Noon said since then, “Major donors stepped into the breach in 2009 and really stepped up their gifts.” He said donations overall are still down, but individual donations


Noon said he doesn’t anticipate more changes, “unless something dramatic happens, which is always possible. But at the moment, I think we are well positioned for where we are. We made a series of smart decisions a couple years back, and those have helped us to weather this particular storm.” He said one thing that would help would be a multiple-year city budget cycle. In lean years, less resources are available, even as there’s a greater need for services. In better economic times, the city should “sock away money for when times are bad,” said Noon. Times have indeed been tough lately, both for government and individuals. San Francisco city leaders recently had to close a projected budget gap of $483 million. Some programs that had been facing huge cuts were spared the losses that were feared, but if history is any indication, organizations will likely face steep cuts again next year.

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wised viewed as ‘gay’ face harassment from students, but also from an institutional standpoint. I make it a priority to engage the LGBTQ family and root out any and all discrimination that interferes with a child’s education.” School board members Kim-Shree Maufas and Hydra Mendoza are both seeking re-election this November while there is an open seat due to school board President Jane Kim’s running to be the next District 6 supervisor. With three seats up for grabs, there is the remote chance to see a lavender sweep in the race. As the Political Notebook noted last week, two out candidates who were expected to seek supervisor seats switched course this month and are also seeking a seat on the school board. Bill Barnes, a gay man who is HIV-positive, and Starchild, a bisexual sex worker, also qualified for the school board race. Should the local Democratic Party opt not to endorse in the race, something being floated by certain members of the Democratic County Central Committee, it could leave the two incumbents vulnerable and boost the other nine candidates’ chances.

Party town LGBT travelers heading to New Orleans will always find a party. The southern town is truly the city that never sleeps and a wonderland for grownups looking to have a good time. “New Orleans is a fun town. There is no last call. You can carry your cocktails in the street. It’s a really great adult playground,” Sachs said. Southern Decadence, which is the largest of the three gay events, is only the beginning of New Orleans’ festivals, Revere said. Nearly every week or weekend of the year the Big Easy is celebrating food, music, famous local

Brian Leubitz, the founder of the political website, won election last weekend to a vacant state Democratic Party post. The openly gay Leubitz ran unopposed for the Region 4 director seat. The position has been vacant since the unexpected death of longtime Democratic Party activist August Longo in April. Leubitz was automatically installed into the post and will serve out the remainder of the term, which expires in April 2011. “While I know I will not be able to replace a legendary Democratic activist like August, I am certainly honored to be allowed to follow in his footsteps,” Leubitz told the B.A.R. in an e-mail. Leubitz currently co-chairs the state party’s organizational development committee and is a finance cochair for the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. His website covers California politics and is a must-read for political insiders. The Region 4 director represents San Francisco’s two Assembly Districts, seats 12 and 13, as well as Assembly District 19 in San Mateo County. Delegates from the three districts met in Burlingame Saturday, August 21 to vote Leubitz into the post. The position comes with less

For Horizons’ analysis of the survey, visit www.horizonsfoundation .org/pdf/ImpactofEconomicDownturn.pdf. For a summary of survey responses, see

Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check Monday mornings around 10 a.m. for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column focuses on Nevadan LGBTs’ call for help in defeating an antigay U.S. senate candidate.

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LEGAL NOTICES City and County of San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO MTA - EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is currently recruiting qualified candidates for the following positions: Controller/Accounting Manager and Grants Accounting Manager. Controller/Accounting Manager Description: this position is responsible for all accounting and internal control functions for the Agency including managing year end closing, financial reporting, grants accounting and billing, accounts payable, accounting and internal control procedures, revenue receipt and reconciliation, financial system integrity, journal entries and other accounting and budgetary transactions. Individual supervises approximately 35 staff. Desirable Qualifications: A baccalaureate degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or other related field and a secondary degree like an MBA highly desirable; 10 years experience in managing in the following areas: finance, grant administration, capital project accounting, cost allocation plans, audits and financial systems. Certified public accountant (CPAs) certificate highly desirable. Please visit our website at: for job announcement and application information. 9179 Manager V - Grants Accounting Manager Description: The Grants Accounting Manager is responsible for managing the SFMTA’s cost allocation program and grant revenues and expense activities. The incumbent is also responsible for the single audit and all audits of grants by federal, state, and regional agencies and for implementing grant related accounting and reporting requirements as well as managing staff. Desirable Qualifications: A baccalaureate degree in Finance, Business Administration, or other related field; 10 years experience in managing in any of the following areas: finance, grant administration, capital project accounting, cost allocation plans, audits and financial systems. Please visit our website at: for job announcement and application information. Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply An Equal Opportunity Employer Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program Offers You Free Food And Services! The (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well and stay healthy. WIC offers benefits to pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children under the age of 5 years who meet federal income guidelines. WIC benefits include nutrition and breastfeeding education and support, supplemental foods and referrals to health care and community services. WIC participants receive group and individual education on different nutrition topics. WIC breastfeeding mothers receive breastfeeding education and support. Call the WIC Breastfeeding Warm Line for questions on breastfeeding (415) 575-5688. WIC participants receive checks for nutritious foods such as fruits/vegetables, whole grains, milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, etc. WIC staff helps you find community resources to meet your individual needs. WIC staff speaks English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Cambodian. For more information, call (415) 575-5788. Contact Magdalene Louie, Coordinator, at 415-575-5750 or The City and County of San Francisco encourage public outreach. Articles are translated into several languages to provide better public access. The newspaper makes every effort to translate the articles of general interest correctly. No liability is assumed by the City and County of San Francisco or the newspapers for errors and omissions.



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The following person(s) is/are doing business as Asian Karaoke Center,870 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Wei Ming Zeng. 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 07/06/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Future Perfect Living,462 Green Glen Way, Mill Valley, CA 94941. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Victoria Stone. 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 08/03/10.

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To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: Beautifull INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 816 Irving Street,San Francisco, CA 94122. Type of license applied for:


The following person(s) is/are doing business as Wired Real Estate Group, 50 California Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Jason Everett Thompson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/01/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/02/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as Rolling Fog Productions, 1430 23rd Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Andrea J. Sarnataro. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/06/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/06/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Elbe,250 Fell Street, #35, San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Laurie Blesson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/27/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/27/10.

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NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE: CASE NO. PES-10 - 293192. SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Estate of Cecelur H. Craig, Decedent Notice is hereby given that on or about September 10, 2010 at 12 noon, or thereafter until an offer to purchase is accepted within any time period allowed by law, the undersigned as Administrator for the Estate of the above-named decedent, will sell at private sale to the highest and best net bidder on the terms and conditions hereinafter mentioned all right, title, and interest of the decedent and estate, in and to all that certain real property, located in the City and County of San Francisco, State of California, at 337 Lakeview Street, San Francisco, CA 94112, Assessor Parcel No. 7059 028 and more specifically described as follows: Lot No. 21, in Block "C", as said lot and block are laid down and delineated upon that certain map entitled, "Map showing Subdivisions of the Columbia Heights Tract, San Francisco, surveyed by George W. Dougherty, Surveyor, September 18, 1891, for J. Cains", filed November 17, 1912, and recorded in Book "E" and "F" of Maps, at page 46, in the office of the Recorder of the City and County of San Francisco. This property is common referred to as follows: 337 Lakeview Street, San Francisco, CA 94112, APN: 7059 028. This sale is subject to current taxes, covenants, conditions, restrictions, rights, rights of way, and easements of record, with any encumbrances of record to be satisfied from the purchase price. The property is being offered "AS IS," without condition, representation, warranty or covenant of any kind, express or implied. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to the condition or construction of the improvements and/or building now situated on said property, as to whether the improvements and building conform to existing building, use, zoning and/or any other laws of the City and County of San Francisco, State of California or United States relating to the building and/or land, as to the age, character, conditions, quality or workmanship in the construction of said improvements, as to the suitability of the use now existing or contemplated by any prospective purchaser of said property, or as to the freedom from dry rot, termite infestation, asbestos, and/or other hazardous materials regarding the land, building, and/or improvements. Any prospective purchaser must rely only on his or her own investigations and inspections of said property and the improvements located therein. No personal property is included in the sale, except as designated by the Estate. The property is being offered at the gross sale price of $ 399,000.00. This sale is not subject to Court confirmation, unless otherwise required by law. Bids or offers must be in writing, and will be received at the office of Powers & Associates, 1645 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122, Tel (800) 3003504, (415) 665-3500 at any time after first publication of this notice and before the date of said sale. The bids or offers shall be opened and considered on a first come, first serve basis at the office of Powers & Associates until a sale is made. For inspection of the property, call Powers & Associates at (800) 3003504 or (415) 665-3500, which has entered into an Exclusive Listing Agreement with the Estate. No lock box has been installed on the property. The property will be sold on the following terms: All cash in the lawful money of the United States and upon such terms and conditions agreeable to the Administrator. Ten percent (10%) of the bid amount shall be deposited with the bid by cashiers' or certified check made payable to Justin W. MacNeil, Attorney at Law for the Estate of Cecelur H. Craig, the balance in all cash to be paid to the Administrator, Cami Craig. Any taxes, assessments, rents, homeowner's association fees, and/or operating and maintenance expenes shall be prorated as of the date of the close of escrow for the proposed sale. Examination of title, any title insurance policy, and escrow fees shall be borne at the expense of the purchaser. Commission, if any, in the sum of five percent (5%) of the gross sale price shall be paid only out of the proceeds of the sale. The undersigned reserves the right to reject any and all bids and offers. DATED: August 16, 2010 CAMI CRAIG: Administrator of the Estate of CECELUR H. CRAIG


STATEMENT FILE A-032942200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as V. W Nail Care, 1745 Union Street,San Francisco, CA 94123. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Van My La. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/30/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 07/30/10.

STATEMENT FILE A-032962100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BeiJing Restaurant 2, 3925 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Quansheng Jin. 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 08/11/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as Cronin Painting, 2350 Ulloa Street,San Francisco, CA 94116. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Vincent Cronin. 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 08/02/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Kingston Recruitment, 339 Crescent Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, signed David Kingston. 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 08/17/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as Spectra Design Painting, 1750 Montgomery Street, Suite 139, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by an individual, signed John Aalberg. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/19/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 07/19/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Thanh Long, 4101 Judah Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Monique An. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/17/71.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/17/10.

AUG. 12,19,26,SEPT. 2, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032962300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BullDog Tattoo, 2275 Market Street, #6, San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Gauge Strongarm. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 08/11/10.

AUG. 12,19,26,SEPT. 2, 2010 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: TEN7M LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 501 6th Street,San Francisco, CA 94103-4707. Type of license applied for:


AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032973800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Crustacean, 1475 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Monique An. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/17/91.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032974100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Jenny Moore Interior Design,2395 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Martha Jeanette Mudter. 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 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032976200

To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SURIYA SRITHONG. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 1532 Howard Street,San Francisco, CA 94103-2525. Type of license applied for:

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Rocker Guitars,1350 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed John Rocker. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/26/96.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/17/10.



STATEMENT FILE A-032974500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Canine Trade Group, 137 Buchanan Street,San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Johan Van Oldenbarneveld. 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 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032975000

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 The following person(s) is/are doing business as PCI, 855 La Playa Street,#159, San Francisco, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Ludek Polcak. 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 08/12/10.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as Mission Cafe and Deli, 5457 Mission Street,San Francisco, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Po Ka Yim. 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 08/17/10.

The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as China Gate Gifts, INC.,531 Grant Avenue San Francisco, CA 94108. This business was conducted by a corporation, signed Jacqueline Ong. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/07/08.

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STATEMENT FILE A-032955900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Best in Tension, 999 Sutter Street, First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Peter James Donovan. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/07/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 08/09/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032962600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Academie De Cuisine Catering, 825 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 416, San Francisco, CA 94109-7891. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed David Owen. 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 08/11/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032964500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.TSHIRTS260, 2,ITAGAPPAREL, 425 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Robert Jaron. 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 08/11/10.

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The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as Mission Cafe, 5457 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94112. This business was conducted by an individual, signed Joanne Chung Kei. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/01/06.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032978700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Chrystee’s Janitorial Service, 471 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Christie Mohamed. 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 08/19/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032981100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Barnyard Butcher, 866 Jamestown Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, signed James Barnes. 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 08/20/10.

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STATEMENT FILE A-03298450 The following person(s) is/are doing business as My ERPA, 2236 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Karl E. Breice. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed ďŹ ctitious business name or names on 08/23/10.The statement was ďŹ led with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/23/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298680 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Grand Finishes, 336 Claremont Blvd. #5, San Francisco, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Matthew Nikitas. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed ďŹ ctitious business name or names on 01/01/92.The statement was ďŹ led with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/24/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03295920 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Downtown Parking, 1125 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Victor Van Tien. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed ďŹ ctitious business name or names on 08/10/10.The statement was ďŹ led with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/10/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03297760 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Bay Equity Assets Management, 229 N. Lake Merced Hill, San Francisco, CA 94132. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Sam Raiter. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed ďŹ ctitious business name or names on 08/18/10.The statement was ďŹ led with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/18/10.


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The following person(s) is/are doing business as Saidyan Martial Arts System, 150 Greenwich Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Sydney Saidyan. 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 08/23/10.

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In the matter of the application of Sarah Elizabeth Berrin for change of name. The application of Sarah Elizabeth Berrin for change of name having been ďŹ led in Court, and it appearing from said application that Sarah Elizabeth Berrin ďŹ led an application proposing that his/her name be changed to Sebastian Everett Berrin. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 28th day of October, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted

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Queer on the fringe

As cartoon/movie hero Scott Pilgrim, Cera has a gay roommate in actor Kieran Culkin.

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Vol. 40 . No. 34 . 26 August 2010

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museums this fall? by

Sura Wood

an it be that autumn is already upon us? One perusal of the upcoming exhibition schedule for area museums, and you know that summer is over and it’s time to get serious. This season serves up a generous helping of Impressionism, Asian art or a combination of the two, exciting shows to delight and provoke photography aficionados, and more. The following are highlights of what’s in store for the museum-inclined in the next few months. GLBT History Museum The Historical Society’s repository of GLBT experience opens this October in a converted storefront near the corner of 18th and Castro Streets. The debut show, organized in 25 sections, tells multiple stories of GLBT life in the Bay Area, from the end of the 19th century to the present, through a variety of multimedia exhibits, historical artifacts, photographs, documents, audio recordings, films and videos. The Beat Museum On the Road Around the World. Kerouac lived fast, died young and has been immortalized in the literary imagination and popular culture, largely due to the phenomenal success of On the Road, his 1957 Bible for the young and restless, on the move and in flight from responsibility. If you doubted the pervasiveness of the myth or its seductive power, check out

Final illustration by H.A. Rey for “This is George. He lived in Africa” (1939-40), watercolor, charcoal, and color pencil on paper.

Grove Street datebook

Soprano Jessye Norman will perform at the San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala.

SF Symphony, SF Opera opening nights & beyond by Philip Campbell an it already be time to plan for the upcoming Symphony and Opera seasons? Summer has flown, and pondering the 2010 fall and winter lineups at Davies Hall and the War Memorial will take some careful thought, especially during a down economy. Better grab the calendar and get serious. With the crunch coming so soon, opening nights on both sides of Grove Street are probably already spoken for. The San Francisco Symphony Gala is Tues., Sept. 7, right after Labor Day, and the San Francisco Opera opens the following Friday. The SFS Gala features the return of soprano Jessye Norman, and though I haven’t seen her in years, memories of that magnificent voice remain strong. It is quite a coup, luring the diva back from Olympus, and her selection of Duke Ellington songs (oh, bliss!) should be enough to make any first-nighter feel special. Soon after the party, the SFS and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will be heading for their European tour, starting September 11. They won’t return until Sept. 22, with a program filled with Copland’s exciting Organ Symphony and his lovely Quiet City. It will all be tied up with a big beau-



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Jaycox Photography


“Circled Rhododendron Blossoms” by Julie Jaycox.

A garden of pensées by Roberto Friedman

ensées is the French word for thoughts, and this week’s column is a mixed bouquet of thoughts and observations of interest to the pensive pansies in our readership. The accompanying rhododendrons are courtesy of photographer Julie Jaycox, part of her show Nature’s Geometry: Surprises of Beastly behavior Botanical Design coming to the Last week’s opening night of the Helen Crocker Russell Library of touring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Horticulture at the San Francisco Arat the Golden Gate Theatre brought boretum in Golden Gate Park. with it the vexing conundrum: How do Botanical geometries will be on disyou make a family-friendly entertainplay Sept. 1-Dec. 30, with an ment out of a French fairy tale evening artist’s reception that’s really all about animal coming on Sept. 9. attraction and the fierce, irCulture is blooming rational pull of sexual deall around town. Out sire? For this study in arThere was part of last chetypes, OT’s taste runs week’s press preview for more toward the Jean the new ODC Theater on Cocteau film version, with its 17th St. in the Mission expressionist beauty and terDistrict. ODC founder ror. But the Disneyfied and artistic director clearly has its fans. Brenda Way, ODC TheO UT T HERE B&BThere were many ater director Rob Bailis children in the audience and building architect for the opening, and they seemed Mark Cavagnero gave a spirited tour transfixed. The Beast in all of his primof the $9 million renovation and exitive fury seemed almost too frightenpansion, and the excitement and ening for the wee ones (he scared the delthusiasm of these principal players was icate flower that is OT; each time he infectious. The reborn theater will roared, we jumped in our seat), and make ODC’s two-facility complex, the first act alone ran almost an hourwith ODC Commons close by, the and-a-half, which seemed a tad taxing


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only performing arts center in the country to house a dance company, a dance school, and a major presenting venue. ODC will celebrate the theater’s grand opening on Thurs., Sept. 30, with the world premiere of Way’s sitespecific work Architecture of Light debuting on Oct. 1-2. More will be revealed later about this latest flowering in the Bay Area dance community.

on childish attention spans. Halfway through the first act, a little girl in the back orchestra seats upstaged the theatrical proceedings by proclaiming loudly, “Mommy, I’m hot!” Everyone in the audience heard her, and many laughed along in sympathy. It was certainly wittier than anything being said onstage.

Play Patti-cakes The previous installment of Out There gave advance word of the memoir coming this book season from stage immortal Patti LuPone. The item was generative: it brought forth more Patti news from someone wa-ay on the inside. Right now, the rather demanding

LuPone is said to be a really happy camper – recently, she even said thanks to her agent! Not only does LuPone have the memoir coming out, but she’s set to appear in the new Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in a supporting role – a role she took because she thinks the show is going to be the next big thing and she wanted to be part of it. The musical is based on the classic Pedro Almodovar film, beginning previews at Broadway’s Belasco Theater on Oct. 2, also starring Brian Stokes Mitchell. LuPone is simultaneously cast in Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming new HBO series The Miraculous Year, playing a Gina Lollobrigida-type diva. The show’s star is Norbert Leo Butz, with Susan Sarandon, Hope Davis, and Frank Langella also in the mix. The pilot episode just wrapped, and LuPone is said to just lo-ove it. The show’s theme is Broadway, and few performers know the territory better than our peppermint Patti.

Color blonde In honor of the Blonde Bombshells series coming to the Castro Theatre this week, we unfurl this anecdote: When Sophia Loren arrived in Hollywood in the mid-1950s, she was introduced to Jayne Mansfield at a party. Later, the very voluptuous Loren, referring to Mansfield’s bust, quipped, “She makes me look like a boy!” More bombshells: Color Me Marilyn – Classic Hollywood Moments, a coloring book from artist/author Emanuel Emanuele, came out this month from Running Press. Introductions and captions for each of Emanuele’s 64 drawings tell the life story of Marilyn Monroe. Emanuele, who specializes in drawing icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood, is an ardent Marilyn fan and serious collector of Hollywood memorabilia. Each page is printed on only one side, and perforated for easy framing. Remember to color inside the lines! Spotted on a bumper-sticker by the ever-vigilant Strange de Jim: “May the fetus you save turn out to be gay.” Budding fabulosity.▼

Joan Marcus


Justin Glaser as the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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SF Fringe Fest: a gay riot by Richard Dodds n San Francisco, any sense that “autumn is in the air” has more to do with rites of the calendar than evocative meteorological changes. Even if you can find a few leaves that are changing color, a surer seasonal sign is the arrival of the annual San Francisco Fringe Festival, running Sept. 8-19. For 18 years, the festival has ushered in the fall with a theatrical horn of plenty that seems to expand every year. While the festival is always centered around the Exit Theatre venues on Eddy and Taylor streets, there is ongoing experimentation with alternative locales. One of the current examples is the small plaza created at 17th Street in the Castro where the F-Line launches its inbound journey. It is being turned into a stage for Boys Together Clinging: The Gay Poetry of Walt Whitman. Ryan Hayes will perform Whitman excerpts that celebrate “adhesive love,” the poet’s term for same-sex attraction, for five performances over the course of the festival. Boys Together Clinging is one of the 43 shows making up the festival. As always, there is a formidable LGBT presence, and a selection of Ryan Hayes’ Boys Together Clinging brings Walt Whitman’s homoerotic those offerings is provided below. poetry to the Castro as part of the 2010 SF Fringe Fest. The full schedule is available at, which includes info on various ticketing options. As always, 100% of the ticket price goes that looks at a family’s poisonous his pen into historical inkwells and to the performing companies. bloodline over four generations. splashing revisionist tales across the Hailing from Canada, Baggage is Allen’s A Boy Named Noise, about a page. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of part of the festival’s international murdered gay teen, was a 2006 Dorian Gray, launching Rhino’s new contingent. The subtitle to Shaun Fringe Fest award winner. season this week at the Eureka TheMcCarthy’s solo show pretty much In Queer in the U.S.A., New Yorkatre, is the latest classic finding new sums ups the story: A Non-Musical er Manuel Simons portrays a gay expression under the Fisher aegis. Romp Through One Catholic Gay teen with a Bruce Springsteen fixaAlthough Fisher said most of the Man’s Dating History. A hit tion and a soprano page 22 at the 2009 Toronto Fringe voice. His hopes of folFestival, it is guaranteed to lowing in his hero’s footbe “100% true.” steps seem impossible Dating habits among until he arrives in New local specimens is a prime York, where a collection topic of Eat Our Shorts: A of colorful characters Peek Behind San Francisco challenge him to live his Neighborhoods. The collecdream. Simons plays tion of adults-only eight characters in this sketches comes from the solo show. pens of GuyWriters, a Starr Ahrens, B ACKSTAGE community network for Nancy Kissam, and gay writers in the Bay Diana Yanez, memArea. bers of Los Angeles’ Gay Mafia He/She and Me, hailing from Atsketch-comedy troupe, present Vitch lanta, follows the emotional journey Slapped. Avant-garde theater, Gerthat Pat must make when her soulman lesbians, and the US military mate Sam becomes Sheila. Sharon are among the topics in this blend of Mathis’ solo show is based on Virsocial and political satire. ginia Erhardt’s book Head Over Gay SF playwright Joe Besecker Heels: Wives Who Stay With Crossmakes his sixth Fringe Fest appearDressers and Transsexuals. ance with his play Zinnia Rosenblatt. Nigerian native Rotimi AgbabiaThe dark comedy starts with a douka, a new resident of SF, uses his own ble suicide at the vacation cabin as it story as a gay, black immigrant in explores existential questions about Homeless. The solo play follows its the human soul. Besecker is probaprotagonist, trapped in an airport, as bly best known for Tennessee in the past loves, present obligations, and Summer, his 1984 play exploring future fantasies collide through Tennessee Williams’ psyche late in story, dance, and song. his career. Queer artist Julia Steele Allen, a Rhino goes Wilde former SFer and now a Brooklynite, returns to the city and the Fringe John Fisher, the prolific playFest with Little Tainted Blood, part wright and Theatre Rhino’s execumemoir, part gothic horror story tive director, is often found poking

New Yorker Julia Steele Allen returns to the festival with Little Tainted Blood.

Benjamin Heller

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Military madness by Richard Dodds here are many moments when Don’t Ask reveals itself to be a gripping play. But those moments are often interspersed with so much hemming and hawing that you may want to slap one of the characters, which eventually happens in the play, although the wrong face gets slapped. There must be a dozen (or more) exchanges that follow variations of this scenario: “Yes, I am.” “No, you’re not.” “Yes, I am.” “No, you’re not.” The main perpetrator of these verbal roundabouts is an Army sergeant in Iraq whose idea of postcoital conversation is an interrogation of the private with whom he has been having a guilt-wracked sexual affair. Playwright Bill Quigley too often uses this potentially interesting and conflicted character as a mere device to elicit dramatic information from the private. “What?” “Why?” “What happened next?” “Finish the story.” This is not character-building dialogue, and a thoughtful Ryan Hough’s curiously understated and hesitant performance doesn’t much help. On the other hand, the playwright has thrown most of the dramatic meat to the private, who expansively (if not psychopathically) professes his love for his superior, and also – albeit very gradually – recounts in lusty detail the sexual abuse of an Iraqi prisoner who is now dead. Adrian Anchondo plays the private at the right levels of increasingly creepy intensity, and makes this character come alive for us even as the playwright practically

Lois Tema


Ryan Hough (left) plays a sergeant who shares deep secrets with an Army private (Adrian Anchondo) in Don’t Ask at New Conservatory Theatre.

pushes him into another play. While the title Don’t Ask strongly suggests a play about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the private repeatedly invokes the title words to warn off the sergeant from probing too deeply into the prisoner-abuse episode. It’s akin to the “You can’t handle the truth” line so memorably delivered by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. But DADT does come intriguingly into play, as the sergeant realizes that his gut instinct to report the abuse will ruin his career, and likely his married-with-children life back in the US, because his same-sex affair will be revealed. It is an epitome of a comprising situation, but unfortunately, the playwright, in the

end, offers a very compromised solution that should satisfy no one. Still, the production looks good on Maya Linke’s set of crates, latticework, and an evocative background suggesting corrosion and decay. Director Ben Randle moves the characters about with intelligence, though the pacing can slip as the characters – most notably, the sergeant – are given to introspection before getting to the dialogue. Pauses have their place in drama, but here they ring with indecision.▼ Don’t Ask will run at New Conservatory Theatre Center through Sept. 19. Tickets are $22$36. Call 861-8972 or go to

Sexual healing by Robert Julian I Was Born This Way by Carl Bean with David Ritz; Simon & Schuster, $24

he marketing genius behind the cover photo of Archbishop Carl Bean’s autobiography must take the term “mad men” literally. The 66-year-old Bean appears spotlit in purple ecumenical robes and pointed headdress, with the outline of Africa embroidered atop a lavender satin robe. An inverted triangle appliqué has been added to the center of the Dark Continent. Bean poses for this shot sporting a goofy smile; one hand holds open a giltedged Bible while the other supports the kind of wooden staff Charlton Heston employed to part the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments – all suggesting a particularly camp episode of Project Runway. I Was Born This Way is subtitled A Gay Preacher’s Journey through Gospel Music, Disco Stardom, and a Ministry in Christ. It’s too bad the hand of Divine Providence didn’t guide Simon & Schuster differently. The book’s title and loony cover photo almost render content superfluous. But Bean and co-author David Ritz tell a compelling story of the archbishop’s harrowing childhood and unusual adult journey. The memoir is essentially


anecdotal in nature, but it frames the gay African American journey of a specific generation in terms any reader can understand. Bean was born outside of wedlock in 1944 Baltimore to an impoverished 15-year-old mother and a father who was 18. Raised by extended family members, Bean was a chubby, effeminate, intelligent boy who

found himself repeatedly sexually abused by a series of older black men for his entire childhood – men who were on the down-low. Bean celebrates the nurturing influence of the women who raised him, but a series of encounters with homophobia from within and outside the Baltimore black community led to his

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Patricia Clarkson gives good face-time by David Lamble t’s a rare moment at the top of the world, or as close as I’ll ever get, a luxury suite at the Fairmont Hotel. New Orleans-born actress Patricia Clarkson is regaling me with the story of when the indie film world first started taking her seriously. The part was small but showy, a heroin-addicted older lesbian who had reached the heights of the postwar German film world, but was now reduced to killing herself softly with snorts of white powder as the lover to a once-promising photographer. Clark laughs heartily as she remembers bringing High Art’s Greta to life. “Greta is a Fassbinder actress, a woman who has seen it all, felt it all. At the core she’s a heartbroken and heartbreaking character. She’s fiercely funny and deeply irreverent, which just made me thrilled!” Sitting a few feet away from Clarkson, who lounges on a dark blue love seat, I’m holding a small DV videocamera. Clarkson and I keep passing a lapel mike back and forth. Suddenly she giggles and starts singing, “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.” It’s a ridiculous, flirtatious moment that could only happen with a performer who’s a great kidder. As luck would have it, the movement of the mike causes her black blouse to come unbuttoned. “And with my shirt being wide open, we are really –!” “I’m gay,” I protest. “I know, but you know, things can always change.” Don’t worry, dear reader, things did not change. But that awkward moment reminded me of the awesome double punch of melodrama mixed with dark comedy that Clarkson brings to her high-wire cinema act, the technique that allowed her to steal huge gulps of High Art from its putative lead, former brat-pack starlet Ally Sheedy. Following that movie’s lesbian relationship, Clarkson has never looked back, acing 34 feature films, including her latest, a dramatic departure for her, the role of a love-starved American in Egypt, Cairo Time. You may never again see Cairo the way it plays itself in Canadian writer/director Ruba Nadda’s thwarted romance. Basing the film on her memories of a trip to Egypt when she was 16, Nadda blends a portrait of the ancient metropolis with the efforts of an educated but terminally bored American woman, Juliette (Clarkson), to wile away the days until her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), can join her. The film’s emotional core pivots, at first subtly, on an unconsummated romance that develops between Juliette and

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hasty departure for Manhattan at the age of 17. A gifted singer, Bean quickly made a home for himself in Harlem, working first as a stock boy at Macy’s. He soon began performing with gospel groups, and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he recorded the openly gay disco hit “I Was Born This Way” under contract to Motown Records. Bean’s promising recording career ended when he refused Motown’s request to sing romantic ballads about heterosexual relationships. After his exit from Motown, the AIDS crisis began to consume the Los Angeles gay community. Bean found himself homeless for a time, but he finally realized his true calling through the found-

Colm Hogan, IFC Films


Patricia Clarkson in Cairo Time: a love-starved American woman in Egypt.

an old mutual friend of the couple’s, Tareq (Alexander Siddig). Filling in as her unofficial tour guide, Siddig starts to unravel the complexities of the Middle Eastern battle of the sexes for Juliette. As much as a movie, Cairo Time is a journey where it’s best to check your cultural baggage as well as your appetite for erotically explicit cinema. Like a middle-period Eric Rohmer moral comedy, the movie excels at showing how real grownups approach the abyss of a relationshipdestroying tryst. David Lamble: In Cairo Time, your character is forced to deal with Egyptian men who swarm all over her in the street, hitting on her very brazenly.

Patricia Clarkson: I personally encountered that on the streets. I had to be very careful, but I think men ogling women on the street is universal. If you think about it, in New York City if you walk down a certain street at a certain time, as a woman with your blonde hair swinging and your legs, you’re going to have men descend. But there is a sense that I got that the men in Cairo love women, of any age! And I like that. It’s hard to imagine anybody but you doing this film.

I think it’s antithetical to a “chick flick.” It’s a mood piece, there is a tone, a languid pace. I think if you really enter this film, go on this journey, if you really take the train, it takes you very far. Ruba wrote a very spare, distilled, adult, I think very courageous film. She trusted that a contemporary audience could take this journey without instant gratification and without body parts exposed, but I think these two characters end up being far more exposed than many of the physical characters I’ve played. You know, I’m very naked in this film, and yet I’m not.▼

ing of Unity Fellowship, a spiritual ministry serving the needs of minority AIDS patients. I Was Born This Way is distinguished not just by the author’s lifelong dedication to Christian values, but by his essentially cheerful and open disposition. No blame or recrimination litters the pages of Bean’s memoir. Instead he chooses the high road, affirming his chosen path as a “calling” to minister in Christ. The little boy from Baltimore who used to powder his face and model his mother’s hats in front of her dressing-table mirror ended up in the perfect right place – as confirmed by the cover image. Along the way, he accomplished more than a few good deeds for individuals abandoned and disowned by society. Now memorialized in print, Bean’s journey deserves the attention provided by his publisher.▼


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Karr on Dar by John F. Karr ow lucky can you get? Well, for starters, Darlene Popovic opens this weekend at the New Conservatory Theatre in a new revue of songs by Kander and Ebb – you know, the Chicago, Cabaret and Funny Lady guys – called, How Lucky Can You Get? But before I can enthuse about it, I really should recuse myself from writing about it at all. Or at least apologize for not recusing myself. Because Dar and I have a past. For a good 10 years, beginning in the early 1980s after I first saw Dar perform, I hired her, directed her and chose her repertoire in a number of cabaret shows. I did that in collaboration with the snappy F. Allen Sawyer, who has directed the current show. Yet another reason for recusing. Isn’t there a real conflict of interest here? I don’t think so. There’s a statute of limitations on this sort of thing, and I’ve been out of that game for 15 years. I’ve had nothing to do with Dar’s new show except to look forward to it. Do I need to introduce Darlene Popovic? She’s been a local favorite for nearly 20 years. For Pacific Light Opera, she was Miss Hannigan and Miss Adelaide. For TheatreWorks, she was Jack’s mother in Into the Woods, and Truvy in Steel Magnolias. But she’s probably best known for a string of star turns with 42nd Street Moon: she played Sophie Tucker’s role in Leave it to Me, Lovey Mars in Golden Apple, Minnie Marx in Minnie’s Boys (“The hardest role I’ve ever had,” she says, “but the character is so meaty.”) She twice took on the role of Juno in Out of This World. “That’s my favorite role,” she exclaims. “I love the character, and oh, those songs!” Management at the New Conservatory bowed to audience request for a Kander and Ebb show. Natch, they turned to Sawyer, who’d so successfully directed Zanna Don’t and Dames at Sea, as well as cabarets with Connie Champagne and Maureen McVerry. Sawyer turned to Popovic. Dar says I was the first person to give her a ballad. Comedy, mostly the brash sort, had been her mainstay, but couldn’t obscure for me her tender heart and caressing voice. And that’s what makes Dar plus Kander and Ebb such a good combo. Kander and Ebb have been synonymous with the archetypical show tune. “Willkommen” was their welcome, “Cabaret” their signature; Kander wrote unforgettable hooks


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words in his adaptation of the novel are Wilde’s own, he said this definitely is not a Word for Word exercise, referring to the local company that stages fiction with no changes in text. “I think there is a lot of license built into the novel, so I am going to take a lot of license with it,” Fisher said. “It’s going to be very theatrical, very loose, very free.” Dance, movement, cinematic techniques, and a “surprise element” are among the devices being employed. Aaron Martinsen has the title role in the new stage version of the 1890 novel (which preceded Wilde’s playwriting career), playing a libertine who sells his soul to stay young for-

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Performer Darlene Popovic.

like the one that launches “New York, New York,” and the monkeystrut introduction that brings on “When You’re Good to Mama.” But such easy identifiability has obscured the loveliness of the team’s quieter side. After all, their first hit was “My Coloring Book.” Darlene’s a big fan. “I have a comedic bent, but I’ll bend over backwards for a serious role. And these songs are like mini-plays. They have guts. It’s not just standing and singing, in each one I get to play a character, and express how she feels. I know Liza and Chita have stamped themselves all over some of these songs. But I don’t want to sound like them – I’m me. For instance, I don’t do Liza’s desperation in ‘Maybe This Time.’ I’m a more traditional torch singer – you know, sitting on the piano, very quiet. “The show’s not a biography,” Dar says. “I’m not gonna tell you all about Kander and Ebb. They say it all in their songs.” So she’s gonna sing 22 of them, in two acts. “The warhorses are here, like ‘Ring Them Bells.’ And I dug around some. I’ll sing ‘Chief Cook and Bottle Washer’ from The Rink, and some great ballads you don’t hear often from Cabaret and The Act. And really special stuff, like ‘The Elephant Song,’ which is a show tune about death, and ‘Everybody’s Girl’ from Steel Pier, in which I get to be a pretty loose lady. How’s that for fiction?” she quips.▼ How Lucky Can You Get? Darlene Popovic sings Kander and Ebb plays the New Conservatory Theatre, Aug. 26 through Sept. 11. Tickets: (415) 861-8972 or

ever while his portrait evolves to reflect his growing age and debauchery. Jef Valentine plays the artist, infatuated with Dorian’s beauty, who paints the cursed portrait. Fisher himself is playing Lord Henry Wotton, whose view of indulgent hedonism is adopted by Dorian. “There’s not much homosexuality in Oscar Wilde’s plays,” Fisher said, “but this is very much a gay book. I think it’s very autobiographical. It’s his fantasy of wanting the life of a libertine and staying young forever. It’s the life he didn’t get.” The Picture of Dorian Gray will run at the Eureka through Sept. 19. More info is available at ▼ Richard Dodds can be reached at

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Explosive women ‘Blonde Bombshells’ explode at the Castro Theatre by Tavo Amador arilyn Monroe (1926-63) is the most famous Hollywood blonde, and she stars in several of the Blonde Bombshells movies playing the Castro Theatre Aug. 27-Sept. 4. She’s incandescent in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), which, in a brand new print, opens the series. Lorelei (Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) are showgirls sailing from New York to Paris. Lorelei wants to marry rich. Dorothy wants love. Lorelei proves the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Her explanation of why a girl wanting a wealthy man is no different from a gentleman preferring a pretty woman is a masterpiece of comic logic. Russell, top-billed, is a good foil. They’re terrific singing “Two Little Girls from Little Rock.” Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friends” remains unequaled. (8/27-29, with a different co-feature each day.) Censorship hampered the film of George Axelrod’s Broadway hit The Seven Year Itch (55), and even Billy Wilder’s direction couldn’t save it. Still, Monroe shines as the neighbor whom married Tom Ewell fantasizes about. (8/27) Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall plan How To Marry a Millionaire (53) from their rented Manhattan penthouse. Monroe showed a knack for physical comedy – she’s too vain to wear glasses and keeps bumping into people and walls. Grable has the biggest role and is very funny. Bacall proved herself as a comic actress and steals every scene. With William Powell, David


Wayne, and Rory Calhoun. Jean Negulesco directed. (8/28) In Frank Tashlin’s The Girl Can’t Help It (56), Jayne Mansfield, the most successful of Monroe’s imitators, plays a moll whose gangster boyfriend (Edmond O’Brien) wants to make a star. Ewell is the press agent assigned the task. Julie London sings “Cry Me a River.” Little Richard, Fats Domino and The Platters also perform. (8/29) Gay playwright William Inge’s Bus Stop (55) gave Monroe the dramatic part she long sought. As Cherie, a no-talent singer, she’s touching. Don Murray is the cowboy who assumes she’ll marry him. With Hope Lange, Betty Field, and Eileen Heckert. Joshua Logan directed. Gloria Grahame was the kinkiest blonde of the 1950s. In Fritz Lang’s magnificent The Big Heat (53), she’s a moll who helps cop Glenn Ford. Vengeful hood Lee Marvin scalds her beauty with hot coffee. She gets even. With Jocelyn Brando (Marlon’s sister) and, in a bit, Carolyn Jones. (8/30) Jean Harlow (1911-37) was the first “blonde bombshell.” In The Public Enemy (31), she’s rising gangster James Cagney’s girl. Both show why they became major stars. With the always-welcome Joan Blondell. Fast direction by William Wellman. In the rarely seen The Burglar (57), petty crooks Mansfield and Dan Duryea rip off a fake spiritualist who’s inherited a small fortune. Douglas Sirk’s glossy Written on the Wind (56) highlights unacknowledged homoeroticism between Robert Stack, son of a Texas oilman, and hired help Rock Hudson. Bacall is the woman they osten-

sibly love. Dorothy Malone earned an Oscar for her steamy, unsuccessful pursuit of Hudson. As Madame X (66), Lana Turner was an aging, carefully photographed bombshell. This remake of the hoary melodrama about a woman who gave up her son for adoption only to have him, now a brilliant attorney, defend her in court, is a great guilty pleasure. With Keir Dullea, John Forsythe, and Constance Bennett, once a bombshell herself. (9/1) Mansfield repeated her Broadway triumph asking Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (57), a broad satire of Madison Avenue. Tony Randall will lose his job unless sex symbol Mansfield endorses a lipstick his agency is promoting. She’s willing, for a price. Frank Tashlin directed. With Blondell. In Three for the Show (55), widowed musical comedy star Grable marries Gower Champion only to learn first husband Jack Lemmon is still alive. What’s a girl to do? With Marge Champion. Based on a play by gay author W. Somerset Maugham. Songs by gay composer Cole Porter and the Gershwins. H.C. Potter directed. (9/2) In Some Like It Hot (59), musicians Tony Curtis and Lemmon witness the St. Valentine’s Day murders in Prohibition-era Chicago and, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, join an all-girl band whose singer, Sugar Kane, is Monroe. Wilder’s rapid-fire, hilarious comedy is innocent yet knowing about the fluidity of sexual attraction. With George Raft, Pat O’Brien, and Joe E. Brown, who delivers one of the most famous closing lines in film history. Curtis’ deft impression of Cary Grant, and Monroe’s attempted seduction of

Marilyn Monroe in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

him, hinted at Grant’s rumored homosexuality. In stills, Carole Lombard suggests a Dietrich-like sultriness, but she was warm and funny on screen. In My Man Godfrey (36), she’s a rich nitwit who wins a scavenger hunt in Depression-era Manhattan. The prize, living in a Hooverville (a homeless shanty), is William Powell, who becomes her eccentric family’s butler. Stunning, statuesque Gail Patrick is Lombard’s brunette sister, Eugene Palette is her exasperated father, and Alice Brady her ditzy mother. A landmark screwball comedy directed by Gregory LaCava. (9/3) Harlow dazzles as a social-climber in gay director George Cukor’s Dinner at Eight (33). Wallace Beery is her coarse husband. The great Marie Dressler, as aging actress Carlotta Vance, brilliantly delivers the film’s hilarious last line. With John Barrymore as a fading matinee idol, Lionel Barrymore, and as the flustered hostess, the splendid Billie Burke. Myrna

Loy is a Libeled Lady (36), a funny look at journalism. Spencer Tracy runs the newspaper being sued, and Harlow is his impatient fiancée. Powell comes to their rescue. Jack Conway directed. (9/4) As their marriage was ending, Arthur Miller wrote The Misfits (61) for Monroe. She’s a sexy Reno divorcée in love with aging cowboy Clark Gable. He’s reluctant to surrender his independence. Both are haunting in their last movie, as is Montgomery Clift. With Thelma Ritter and Eli Wallach. John Huston directed. Harlow is the Platinum Blonde (31), Frank Capra’s romance about an independent reporter (Loretta Young) in love with colleague Robert Williams. After investigating a society scandal, he marries heiress Harlow. Will it last? The film would be more logical if the naturally aristocratic Young and Harlow had switched parts, but it’s still good. (9/5)▼


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Brent Calderwood, Fri.

OUT&ABOUT Adrian Pasdar as a reluctant vampire in Near Dark

FRI 27 >> Brent Calderwood @ SoCha Café

Gay singer-songwriter performs acoustic rock/alt. country music at the hip Mission venue, which serves coffee, beer, and wine. Free. 8:30pm-11pm. 3235 Mission St. at Valencia.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof @ Actors Theatre Tennessee Williams’ acclaimed Southern family drama gets a local production. $26$38. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept. 4. 855 Bush St. at Mason. 345-1287.

After dark

Circus Center Showcase @ SF Circus Center by

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he sun’s finally decided to visit and give us a little bit of what remains of summer. Take the day off early and enjoy it, along with hot dogs, beer and lots of sunblock, Monday, August 30 at the San Francisco Giants Night Out at ATT Park, the 8th annual LGBT night at the baseball stadium, as the Giants play the Colorado Rockies. Get a special edition T-shirt and welcome returning Gay Games athletes at a pre-game party. Proceeds benefit Team San Francisco and the Federation of Gay Games. $20-$25. 5pm. If, however, like some fellow True Blood fans, all this strange sunny weather’s got you shriveling away into the shadows, enjoy a cool respite in a classy cinema. Blonde Bombshells at the Castro Theatre, a ten-day festival of classic Hollywood films, starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Gloria Grahame, Lana Turner and Dorothy Malone, should provide some cloistered camp. Aug. 27, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (3pm, 7pm) and The Seven Year Itch (4:50, 8:50). Aug. 28, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Photographer: Unknown at Robert Tat Gallery, Sat. (3:20, 7:10) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1:30, 5:10, 9pm). Aug. 29, Gentlemen... at 3pm, 6:45, and The Girl Can’t Help It (1pm, 4:50, 8:30). Aug. 30, Bus Stop (3:20, 7pm) and The Big Heat (1:30, 5:10, 8:55). Aug. 31, The Public Enemy (3:25, 7pm) and The Burglar (1:35, 5pm, 8:45). Sept 1, Written on the Wind (2:55, 7pm) and Madame X (4:55, 9pm). Sept. 2, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (3:45, 7:30) and Three for the Show (2pm, 5:35, 9:20). Sept. 3 Some Like It Hot (2:45, 7pm) and My Man Godfrey (1pm, 5pm, 9:20). Sept. 4, Dinner at Eight (2:55, 7pm). Sept. 5, The Misfits and Platinum Blonde. $10. 429 Castro St. For some literal vampire movies, creep down to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts when Dark in August brings some oft-forgotten but cult-adored fang flicks: Thursday, Aug. 26, Near Dark starring Adrian Pasdar (directed by The Hurt Locker’s Oscar-winner Katherine Bigelow), 7:30pm. Aug 27, 7:30pm, Vampire Hookers. Aug. 28, 7:30 and Aug. 29, 4:30, the silent classic Vampyr, one of the first sound horror movies. $10. 701 Mission St. Trannyshack’s Bjork Tribute If you’re downtown before dusk, stop by Photographer: Unknown at Robert Tat Gallery, an exhibit of “accidental art” prints by unknown 20th-century photographers. We particularly enjoy the immortalized male couple (pictured). Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary St. #211. 7811122. Without a doubt, one of the most popular events this week is –thankfully for my vampiric pals– nocturnal. Friday August 27, Trannyshack’s Bjork Tribute at DNA Lounge returns, with Heklina, Cousin Wonderlette, Trixxie Carr, Miss Rahni, Elijah Minnelli, Jupiter, Fruitbomb, Faux Pas, Raya Light, Ambrosia Salad, Exhibit Q, and more. Enter the Bjork Look-alike contest to win fabulous Bjork CDs and more. This will sell out. Get tix in advance and get there early! $12. 10pm-3am. 375 11th St.▼


Blonde Bombshells at the Castro Theatre

other countries. $5-$10. Wed-Sat 11am6pm. Thru Aug. 28. 685 Mission St. at 3rd.

Afro Solo Arts Festival @ Various Venues Ongoing array of African-American arts and community events thru Oct. 15. 771-AFRO.

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum See biographical exhibits about Walt Disney, early sketches and ephemera from historic Disney movies. Frequent lectures and film screenings. $12-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio.

Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, San Rafael

Students and alumni of the famed circus school perform various tumbling, acrobatic, clowning and contortionist acts. $10-$20. 7pm. Aug 28 at 2pm & 7pm. Aug. 29 at 2pm. 755 Frederick St. near Kezar Stadium.

Marin Shakespeare’s outdoor theatre production Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy (set in Egypt) and comedy (re-set with a pirate theme). $20-$35. Fri-Sun 4pm & 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Sept. 26. 1475 Grand Ave. Dominican University campus. 499-4488.

Don’t Ask @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art

Ben Randle’s sexually-charged psychological drama about a reckless private and his superior officer in Iraq. $22-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972.

Mama’s Family Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Gala @ City Forest Lodge Enjoy entertainment, a complimentary cocktail, tasty edibles, a fab silent auction (which inlcudes a time-share in Mexico) at this annual fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund of San Francisco; informal attire. $22 and up. 7pm-11pm. 254 Laguna Honda Blvd.

Nothing in Common @ MCCSF Zach Matthews’ ensemble performance piece about commonalities and differences in the LGBT community. $10-$15. 7pm. Also Aug. 28. 150 Eureka St.

Oleta Adams @ The Rrazz Room Acclaimed soul and R&B singer performs at the intimate nightclub. $49.50. 8pm. Also Aug 27. Aug. 28 at 7pm, 9:30pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.

Sassafras Lowrey @ Magnet Author of the gutter punk-styled Children of the Revolution and editor of the anthology Kicked Out, about homeless queer youth, reads and talks about her work. Free. 8:30pm. 4122 18th St. at Castro.

SPF5 @ The Garage New choreography by Whitney Stevenson, Angela Mazziotta, Human creature and others. $10-$20. 8pm. 975 Howard St. 5181517.

The Real Americans @ The Marsh

Fascinating exhibit of rarely seen prints, paintings, sculptures and a few of the more known drawings by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children’s books. Ongoing, with updates and new items. 351A Geary St. 391-1948.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25$80. Wed, Thu 8pm. Fri, Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. 421-4222.

Big Top @ Club Eight Three-year anniversary of the wild club night, with DJs and performers Jeffrey Paradise and Ava Berlin, The Miss Honey Children, Terry T, Manicure Versace, and local favorite Hoku Mama Swamp. 3 Bars, 2 Floors, 2 for 1 drinks 9pm-10pm. No cover before 10:30 in drag or club kid attire. $5$15. 9pm-3am. 1151 Folsom St.

Calder to Warhol @ SF MOMA The first public exhibit of some of the works collected by the Fishers (The GAP empire owners), with some pivotal works by Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Chuck Close and others. Other exhibits include visually striking contemporary works. Free-$18. Thru Sept. 19. Fri-Tue 10am5:45pm. Thu til 8:45pm. 151 Third St. at Mission. 357-4000.

The Chemical Brothers @ Fox Theatre, Oakland Techno music maestros perform live. $42. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave. (510) 302-2277.

Darlene Popovic @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Dan Hoyle (Tings Dey Happen) premieres a new multiple-character solo show based on his road trip to Middle America to explore the profound disconnect in a politically polarized country. $15-$50. Thu-Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Extended thru Nov. 6. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006.

Local favorite performs How Lucky Can You Get?, songs by Broadway composers Kander & Ebb; Joe Wicht accompanies. $20. WedSat 8pm. Sun 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972.

Tastes Like Chicken, Strange Science @ Oddball Film

Disney’s Aladdin @ Julia Morgan Center, Berkeley

Short strange vintage films about KFC, chicken, turkey, eggs and more. $10. 8:30pm. Aug 28, bizarre science cult short films. $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117.

This Is All I Need @ Noh Space Mugwumpin’s collaborative theatre work about possessions, collectors, hoarders and the strange anxieties people have about stuff. $15-$30. 8pm. Thu-Sat thru Sept. 4. 2840 Mariposa St.

SAT 28>> African Continuum @ Museum of the African Diaspora New exhibit of prints by Bay Area historian Bryan Wiley documenting altars and ritual practices of U.S. African descendants of

Berkeley Playhouse’s production of the kidfriendly stage adaptation of the Disney animated film based on the tale about a boy, a princess, a genie and a flying carpet. $15$33. 6:30pm and Fri-Sun at various times thru Sept. 5. 2640 College Ave. (510) 6655565.

Echo, Echoes, Echoed @ Southern Exposure Exhibit of work by local artists exploring personal identity through the guise of past, present and future. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm, thru Aug. 28.

Enrique Chagoya @ Galeria de la Raza YTREBIL, an exhibit of detailed political satirical prints and drawings. Exhibit thru Aug. 28. Tue 1pm-7pm. Wed-Sat 12pm6pm. 826-8009. 2857 24th St.

The Fantastiks @ SF Playhouse Local production of the classic Off-Broadway musical about young love and interfering

parents. $30-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru Sept. 4. 533 Sutter St. at Powell. 677-9596.

Gem of the Ocean @ Next Stage August Wilson’s first of a ten-part series of plays about the African-American experience. $30. 1/2–price Thursdays. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. 1620 Gough St. 333-6389.

Go Bang! @ Deco Lounge Atomic dance floor disco action with guest DJs Cole Medina, Brent Crampton, Tres Lingerie, Steve Fabus and Sergio. $5. Free before 10pm. 9pm-3am. 510 Larkin St.

Hot and Healthy @ Café Flore Garza’s cocktail party and Health Dept. info night, with acts by MamaDora , Farrokh, Miss Devora, Alondra, Tia Dulce Garcia, Celia Gomez, Jazmin Macias. Proceeds benefit CCSF Trans Latinas program. Donations. 9pm-11pm. 2298 Market St. at Noe.

In the Wound @ John Hinkel Park, Berkeley Shotgun Players, the creative ensemble behind last year’s hit park play The Farm (a hiphop Animal Farm) brings a new version of The Iliad. $10. 3pm. Sat & Sun thru Oct. 3. Southampton Avenue entrance.

Kicked Out Contributors @ Modern Times Bookstore Editor Sassafras Lowrey and contributors Tommi Avicolli Mecca and Booh Eduardo read from the new anthology about LGBT homeless youth. Free. 7pm. 888 Valencia St. at 20th.

Madame Butterfly @ Smith Center, Fremont Puccini’s tragic opera is performed by the San Francisco Opera Company Choir and Orchestra, sung in the original Italian with English subtitles. $10. 2pm. 43600 Mission Blvd. (510) 659-6031.

Made in LA @ New Valencia Hall Screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary about Latina garment workers fighting for wages and safe working conditions; with a discussion led by activist Norma Gallegos. $3-$8 with optional summer buffet/vegetarian option. 6pm buffet, 7pm screening. 625 Larkin st. #202. 864-1278.

Mango @ El Rio The fun “dance, eat, drink and enjoy” party for women. Mango happens the 4th Saturday of every month from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 3158 Mission Street.

New Exhibits @ Oakland Museum of California Oakland Museum re-opens after major renovations. Exhibits include Pixar: 25 Years of Animation, with more than 500 drawings, paintings and sculptures from their hit films (Thru Jan 8, 2011). Also, Bay Area figurative art, Dorothea Lange archive, Early landscape paintings, Gold Rush Era works, California ceramics. Gallery of California Natural Sciences focuses on California’s unique status as a region of extreme biological and geological diversity. $6-$12. 1000 Oak St. Oakland. (510) 238-2200.

Pastor Tom Show @ KUSF Dr. Tom Polcari’s LGBT music and talk show. 4pm. Weekly on 90.3 FM.

Valerie Orth at Slim’s, Sat.

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Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome

Garage All-Stars, Wed.

Thrillpeddlers’ revival of the comic mock operetta by Link Martin and Richard Koldewyn, performed by the gender-bending Cockettes decades ago, and loosely based on the 1926 play The Shanghai Gesture; with an all-star cast. $30-$69. 18 and over only! Extended, Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm, thru Dec 19. 575 10th St. at Division. (800) 838-3006.

Round Mountain @ Noe Valley Ministry Multi-instrument-playing brothers perform their unique style of folk-contemporary music. Stellamara opens. $15-$17. 8pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29

Yoga Classes @ LGBT Center Fun, friendly weekly classes for beginners or experienced with Bill Mohler. $10-$20. 6:30pm. Also Wednesdays. Room 302, 1800 Market St. at Octavia.

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

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 Country-Western dancing with lessons. $5. Free clothes check. Beginner lessons at 5:30pm, dancing til 10:30. 550 Barneveld Ave. 820-1403.

MON 30 >>

Hearts on Fire is the current show at the theatre-tent-dinner extravaganza with new guest chanteuse Liliane Montevecchi, comic Frank Ferrante, twin acrobats Ming and Rui, Vertical Tango rope dance, plus magic, comedy, a five-course dinner, and a lot of fun. $117-$145. Saturday 11:30am “Breve” show $63—$78. Wed-Sat 6pm (Sun 5pm). Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 438-2668.

Al “A. Jay” Shapiro @ James Snidle Fine Art

Valerie Orth @ Slim’s

Fragments of Color, Rizzo’s exhibit of paintings of drag queens, homoerotic poses and more. Exhibit thru August. 4122 18th St. at Castro.

Emerging folk-rock- singer, popular with the ladies, performs music from her new CD Faraway City. Kindness & Lies opens. $15-$40. 8pm. 333 11th St. 255-0333.

Wicked @ Orpheum Theatre Mega-hit musical based on the book about the two famous Oz witches as young college roommates. $30-$99. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Sun 7:30pm. Thru Sept. 1192 Market St. at 8th. $30. 512- 7770.

Exhibit of original drawings by the late gay erotic cartoonist and creator of Harry Chess and other muscular comic characters. Open run. Also, the Rodney Thompson Estate collection. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Sat 9am-2pm. 1190 Bryant St. 552-0500.

Don Rizzo @ Magnet

Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos @ Yoshi’s Special night of Jewish and Latin music, with Wil-Dog of Ozomatli, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Orchestra, Larry Harlow, Jeremiah Lockwood, Ceci Bastida, Ethan Miller, and the reunion of the legendary Burton Sisters. $10-$18. 8pm & 10pm. 1330 Fillmore St.

Sidney June @ Castro Country Club Seeds of Love, the artist’s exhibit of iconic symbol art. Thru Sept. 15. 4058 18th St.

SUN 29 >>

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

Fabled Asp Anniversary @ Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club Day of entertainment and commemoration for disabled women athletes and musicians. $20-$25. 3pm-6pm. Concert at 4pm. 1650 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. (510) 339-1832.

David Perry’s new talk show about LGBT local issues. New times: Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30pm.

TUE 31>> Blue Room Comedy @ Club 93

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio Interview show with gay writer Adam Sandel as host. 8pm.

Lily Alunan @ The Rrazz Room Versatile local singer performs jazz, Brazilian, Latin and Broadway standards. $20. 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.

Seismic Challenge Fundraiser @ Toad Hall

Weekly adults-only jokes at the divey small bar. 10pm. 93 9th St. at Mission.

The Drag Show @ Channel 29/76 New weekly talk show with local drag performers; Zachary Davenport and Stu Smith cohost. Free (with cable). 7:30pm.

Circus Center Showcase, Fri.

Trio of cyclists raise funds for their 200-mile ride and the SF AIDS Foundation, with DJ Stephen Massey, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, raffle prizes. Donations. 3pm-7:30pm. 4146 18th St.

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gay-friendly comedy night. Maureen Langan guests. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV.

Tessa Logan teaches drop-in meditation classes. $10. 7-8:45pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187. www.meditation innortherncalifornia .org

Group exhibit of designs, textile art, photography and more by Najva Sol, Molly Crabapple, Mev Luna, Jesse Trepper, Corey Gunter Brown & Cassidy Wright. Exhibit Thu-Sun, 12pm6pm. Thru Aug. 28. 2199 Market St. 864-1558.

Artists lead an informed curated tour of Valencia Street shops and galleries, many of which will showcase window art installations. Free. 12pm. Meet at 446 Valencia St.

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Meditation Classes @ Kadampa Buddhist Temple

Queer Couture @ Femina Potens

Regeneration: Artwalk @ Intersection for the Arts


WED 1>> Garage All-Stars @ The Garage Queer-themed new performances by Macklin Kowal, Matisse Michalski and guest artist from Canada, James Howell; also, a new film by Kevin Seaman and music by StormMiguel Florez. $10-$20. 8pm. Also Sept 2. 975 Howard St.

What Cannot Be Taken Away @ SOMArts Gallery Family and Prisons Project present an ehxibit about families of people in prison. Exhibit thru Sept. 11, with other public programs. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414.

THU 2 >> BARtab Issue #5 Party @ Chaps II Win tickets to the Sept. 12 Scissor Sisters concert, and $50 Good Vibrations gift cards. Enjoy hot jock-strapped gogo guys and drink specials. 9pm-12am. 1225 Folsom St. www.chapsbar

The Bowls Project @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Interactive sound sculpture/immersive performance installation by by Bay Area composer Jewlia Eisenberg, with her ensemble, Charming Hostess; an ecstatic investigation of sex, magic and secret desires. Thursday night live performances. Free-$12. Tue-Sat 12pm-8pm. Sun 12pm-6pm. Extended thru Oct. 3. 701 Mission St., Forum and Sculpture Court. 978-2787.

Faculty Artist Recital @ SF Conservatory of Music Violin, hardsichord, piano and cello works by Chausson, Foss, Takemitsu and LeClair are performed by Faculty musicians. $15-$20. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave.

Marlena Shaw @ The Rrazz Room Charismatic jazz vocalist performs pop and jazz classics. $35. 7:30pm. 2-drink min. Thru Sept. 4. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.

Sarah Billingsley, Amy Treadwell @ Books Inc. Authors of the Whoopie Pies cookbook share baking and cake decorating tips. Free. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 8646777.

To submit event listings, email Deadline is each week’s previous Thursday.

SF Hikers @ Muir Beach

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the fabulous weekly brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at

Seth Golub

Join GLBT hikers for a 12-mile Marin Headlands hike to Rodeo Lagoon and Muir Beach for optional swimming. Bring layers, hat, sunscreen, sturdy boots, water, lunch. Carpool meets 8:45 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 242-4376.

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Looking back at leather by Scott Brogan aghdad by the Bay,” that’s what many used to call San Francisco. The nickname became popular around the mid-1960s, maybe before. The heyday of the San Francisco leather scene in the 1970s and beyond didn’t spring up right after Stonewall. It was the happy culmination of decades of struggles, advances, setbacks, and a bit of creativity. In-between columns on current events, I will focus on various aspects of our rich and fascinating history. June, 1964: Life magazine featured a cover story titled “Homosexuality in America.” Arguably the most-read magazine of the day, Life put much of the spotlight on the San Francisco leather scene, in a big way. The article opened with a two-page photo-spread of patrons beneath the mural on the wall of the city’s leading leather bar, The Tool Box. Located on the corner of 4th St. & Harrison, The Tool Box opened in 1961 and immediately became the archetypical leather bar, noted for its From a 1964 Life magazine spread featuring SF’s Tool Box leather bar. mural of masculine men created by Chuck Arnette. The article fueled the sexual, why have anything to do with shortly after the bar’s opening, Tony migration of leather men to the city, women of either sex? We don’t go for mistakenly propositioned a viceand The Tool Box became their the giddy kid.’ Metal is much in evisquad cop. Oops! Nothing like a uniMecca, in spite of Life’s rather omidence in the room: chains on the form fetish to get a leather bar shut nous-sounding text. Written by Paul wall, bunches of keys hanging from down in 1960 America. Welch, it began: “These brawny the customers’ leather belts. ‘That’s When The Tool Box opened the young men in their leather caps, part of the sadistic business,’ Ruquy following year, they took Tony’s deshirts, jackets and pants are practicexplains. ‘We used to wear chains on signs for The Why Not and develing homosexuals, men who turn to our shoulders. Now the keys are in.’” oped them into the now-classic other men for affection and sexuThe article also notes the strict dress leather bar. It was the first al satisfaction. They are part of code: “A cluster of tennis shoes – faleather bar in the South of Marwhat they call the ‘gay world,’ vorite footwear for many homosexket (SoMa) district (not which is actually a sad and uals with feminine traits – dangles counting the Sailor Boy often sordid world.” from the ceiling, Behind it a derisive Tavern down on the EmSounds like Welch didn’t sign reads: ‘Down with sneakers!’” barcadero, which opened get lucky while doing field They weren’t kidding. Women, in 1938 and catered to a research in the bar. femmes (“twinks” today), anyone “rough crowd”). SoMa It’s thought that the first non-masculine were not welcome. quickly evolved into the “leather bar” to open in the Period. This strictness was partly epicenter of the counUS was either Shaw’s in to the scene growing out of the try’s leather scene and New York City around L EATHER lifestyle. It’s not surpris- due rebellious motorcycle clubs that 1951, or The Gold Coast in began in the 1940s, and a desire to ing. San Francisco has Chicago in June, 1958. But keep it intact from outside influalways had the reputation of being the iconic leather bar, the one that ences. The S&M scene was a closed, accepting of those who are “differfuture leather bars would emulate, tight-knit, almost secret communient,” going back to the Gold Rush was San Francisco’s Tool Box. Previty. One had to go through a type of days. ously, the city only had “leatherinitiation to be truly accepted. You The leather (S&M) scene of the friendly” bars like The Spur Club on didn’t just drop into a leather shop 1950s and 60s was much different Turk St., and The Hideaway on and pick up leather as accessories for from today. Another passage from Eddy. Then, in 1960, San Francisco’s an upcoming street fair or circuit the Life article provides a glimpse. first real leather bar, The Why Not, party. You earned your leathers back “‘This is the anti-feminine [sic] side opened on 517 Ellis St. – and quickthen. Seasoned men mentored the of homosexuality,’ says Bill Ruquy, ly closed. The owners hired Tony new through codes and rights of part owner of [The Tool Box] bar. Taverossi to create an atmosphere passage. Like a fraternity, but defi‘We throw out anybody who is too that would attract the leather crowd. swishy. If one is going to be homoHe did his job too well, because page 27

Bill Eppridge



Coming up in leather & kink >> Thur., Aug. 26: Cheap Ass Contest at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). Hosted by and benefiting Stop AIDS. $100 prize to winner. Contestants register at 10 p.m., winner chosen by audience applause at Midnight. Free clothes check. Thumpin’ new beats by Hotwire. Go to:

Sat., Aug. 28: Boots! Hosted by Stomper’s Boots, at Chaps Bar. 9 p.m. Bootblack on duty. Come hang with some boot pigs.

Thur., Aug 26: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse (Dore & Folsom), 10 p.m. Wet undie contest and drink specials. Go to

Sat., Aug. 28: Boot Lickin’ at The Powerhouse. 10 p.m. Go to:

Fri., Aug. 27: 10th annual Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Dinner, 7 p.m. at the City Forest Lodge in SF. Tickets ($22): Fri., Aug. 27: Skank, the sleazy new SoMa men’s party at Chaps Bar. Starts at 9 p.m. Skank Go-go Studs at 10:30 p.m. Go to: Fri., Aug. 27: Pec Night at The Powerhouse, 10 p.m. Show off your pecs for drink specials. Go to Fri., Aug. 27: Open Play Party at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25. Go to: Sat., Aug. 28: 15 Association Men’s Dungeon Party at the SF Citadel. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Go to: Sat., Aug. 28: Handball Academy [Fisting] Novice Workshop @ Mr. S Leather Play Space (385A 8th St). Noon-5 p.m. $25 tuition. Go to: tm. Sat., Aug. 28: Hell Hole Fisting Party. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Door closes at Midnight. $25 admission. Free clothes check. For an invitation, visit

Sat., Aug. 28: Back Bar Action at The Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.). Back-patio bar opened to all gear/fetish/leather. 10 p.m. to close. Go to:

Sun., Aug. 29: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: Sun., Aug. 29: PoHo Sundays at The Powerhouse. DJ Keith, Dollar Drafts all day. Go to Tue., Aug. 31: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30-8 p.m. Go to: Wed., Sept. 1: SoMa Men’s Club. Every Wed., the SoMa Clubs (Chaps, Powerhouse, Truck, Lone Star, Hole in the Wall, the Eagle) have specials for those who have the Men’s Club dogtags. See your favorite SoMa bar for details. Wed., Sept. 1: Wolf! For Furry Men on the Prowl at The Watergarden (1010 Alameda, San Jose). 4 p.m.-Midnight. Features adult videos of hairy guys, plus a new red zone and club music. Go to: Wed., Sept. 1: Busted! at Chaps Bar. This week’s edition: Fisting hosted by HellHole. Go to: Wed., Sept. 1: Naked Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison St.). 8 p.m.-Midnight. $12, Buddies membership required, $8 for 6 months. Go to:

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Studly creamboats by John F. Karr t’s ironic and possibly tragic that Colt Studios has attained an unusually strong and consistent quality of content, with an overall excellence of filmmaking technique, at about the same time the company owners are in court filing for bankruptcy. Such an action isn’t necessarily dire; a bankruptcy proceeding can help a company restructure its finances and aid its stability. Does make me wonder, however, how such a thing came to pass. Meanwhile, Colt film directors John Rutherford and Kristopher WeGage Weston, Nate Karlton in the Colt feature Ripped. ston have directed a string of classy, assured, and distinctly carnal movies. The demi-god performers to the trembling, are well-matched, and the directors sweaty brink of orfilm them without condescending to gasm? In the expert the audience. Boy, am I grateful for hands of Gage Westthe absence of hype and hard sell in on, the answer is so Colt movies. Seems the directors many times I have faith that the masculinity of thought I’d lose my their men is a certainty that doesn’t mind. It’s a must-see need propping up. Bonus. I can’t imagThe guys respond well, and give ine why the two seearthy performances informed with quences weren’t left a low-key, sly kind of attitude that siintegral. Did Colt dles toward playful. They make perlack the bravery or sonal contact with us, comfortably simple good sense to locking eyes, and even giving a few deliver a 50-minute smiles. Smiles that tell me of their scene? It woulda cocksure confidence. This is what kept me in thrall. porno should be like – I feel like the You won’t be disguys are letting me in on something. tracted for a moYou can see all this in the enment by the meditacounters of director John Ruthertive theme of Lotus, ford’s boldly butch yet somehow ina movie as handtimate Ripped. Mitch Branson and somely filmed as it is Ricky Parks may lack flash, but hot to watch. Turns they’re succulent. If you like your out a yoga warm-up men thick-cocked and -bodied, wellis great for getting muscled, nicely furred, and solidly your body into sexy rumped, these are your guys. John positions. Brian Magnum is riding a hot wave, and Hansen is rarin’ to go after a twome to detail the sexy sparks so abunhis performances here and in Lotus year absence from films, and in a dantly thrown off by these guys. The are the tops. His scene in Ripped pair of scenes is rousingly topped by kids do fine in their scenes, greatly with Danny Drake is super-steamy, manful John Magnum and beaucomplemented by the house style. with muscle worship, cock worteous Benjamin Bradley. Dayton They include a pair of hot blonds, ship, and a prolonged fuck – O’Connor ain’t shoddy and teaser Jake Lyons, who’s abunall of it unrushed, like the topping sweet and shiny dantly cute, with Snow White’s colrest of the movie, so you blond newcomer Jessie oring. I’m glad he’s graduating from can sail off to creamSwift, and Lucky early amateur bareback movies to land. Daniels is his usual the Cadillac world of Colt. You know I’m crazy happy self while I can also recommend the infor Ty LeBeouf. In his creaming young newdoor/outdoor scenes of Inside Out, flip-fuck with Darin comer Ricky Martinez. the solos of Big Load, and the manly Hawk, he’s scrappy If you like younger action of Gruff Stuff. All these and manfully scruffy, lads – freshmen just past movies have warm, hi-res videograK ARRNAL his face and body twinkdom in this inphy and smooth editing, mostly by thankfully unshaved, K NOWLEDGE stance – Rumper Room Max Phillips, and nicely supportive his pencil-eraser nipis your movie. Except music mostly by Jordan McNeal that ples perking outward. that the movie’s centerstays in a warm mid-range and proThe last scene crowns the movie piece is the incendiary coupling of vides an easy and solid rhythmic with the memorable pairing of Gage John Magnum and Benjamin motor without getting too aggresWeston and Nate Karlton. While this Bradley, which is hot enough to sively revved up. Here’s hoping we hairy-chested daddy-stud has been make those who don’t care for the get many more features like these good before, he smolders in this 30smooth youngsters of the other from directors Rutherford and Weminute scene. An additional 24 minthree scenes scurrying to see it. I ston.▼ utes has been served up as a Bonus, adore both these guys, and found the best part of the coupling. getting them together a major How many times can Nate edge off. It’s a pity there’s not room for

Colt Studios


Leather + nitely more fun! Reflecting the changing community, the first in-bar leather shop opened in 1967, Nick O’Demus’ “A Taste of Leather” upstairs at FeBe’s. Both FeBe’s and The Stud opened in 1966 on the west end of Folsom St., and were the beginning of what became “Miracle Mile,” a strip of Folsom that eventually included more leather establishments in one threeblock area than anywhere else. FeBe’s also gave the scene an enduring icon when Mike Caffe created the “leather David” statue as their logo. The statue was so popular it appeared on dozens of souvenirs, and a mold was made for copies that ended up in leather bars around the world, including Chaps, the new leather bar that sits on the former site of The Ramrod at 1225 Folsom, and the SF Eagle on 12th & Harrison.

Michael Keller

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The Tool Box as it stood in 1971, waiting for final demolition. A Whole Foods grocery store now sits on the spot.

By 1971, The Tool Box was gone, but the wall with the mural stood for almost two years, greeting motorists from the freeway entrance with that special brand of masculinity. Now a Whole Foods and apartments sit on the spot. A veteran of the scene wist-

fully told me as we passed by one day: “There was nothing like it. Like thousands of others, I dropped many a load there. It’s probably still there, underneath the floor.” He told me more, but I’m sure I can’t print it here.▼

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Museums ▼

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the 100 different copies of the book published in 25 languages on view at this show, along with artifacts, snapshots, flyers, news articles, antique typewriters (Kerouac wrote singlespaced) and black-and-white pictures of eternally youthful pals Cassady, Corso, Ginsberg and bad boy Burroughs. An annotated manuscript of Howl with notes scribbled in the margins by Kerouac, who also reads excerpts from On the Road to the chords of a jazz pianist in an old video, are also here. (Through Dec. 31.) Berkeley Art Museum Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Drawn from the Willard Clark collection, Japan’s artistic traditions, ancient and modern, are expressed in works that embrace Buddhist art, literati painting, daily life, nature, bamboo sculpture and contemporary ceramics. (Through Dec. 12.) Fine Arts Museums Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post–Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay is the second of two Impressionist shows at the de Young featuring works on loan from the famous Parisian treasure trove of 19thcentury French art. Merci, Paris. While the first show, which closes Sept. 6, concentrated on context and the blossoming of the Impressionists, who rebelled (some more than others) against the orthodoxy of the Paris Salon, this show focuses on 100 late Impressionist paintings by Monet, Renoir, Bonnard, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Vuillard and the rest of the gang. Short of booking a flight to Paris, this is your best chance to see these masterworks. (Sept. 25-Jan. 18, 2011.) Meanwhile at the Legion of Honor, Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism charts the evolution of the Japanese print over two centuries (1700-1900) and studies its profound impact on Western

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tiful bow, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. September ends with French repertoire at Davies, and a free matinee on Fri., Sept. 24 at Justin Herman Plaza. MTT gives a helping of some intriguing music of Latin America and the Beethoven Seventh in October, before taking a brief hiatus. Superstar Joshua Bell makes an always-welcome visit later in the month, playing the Bruch Violin Concerto. Halloween is observed with a movie presentation of the 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Organ and percussion accompaniment should add to the

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Blow Job (film still) (1964), 16mm film, black-and-white, silent, by Andy Warhol, from Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870.

art and aesthetic taste, through 250 prints by French and American artists of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist period. (Oct. 16-Jan. 9, 2011.) Asian Art Museum Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens. Named after a prevalent motif, this special exhibition, which represents the apex of Japanese painting, includes 41 rarely seen, largescale folding screens done in traditional paper and silk, stoneware and varnish, dating back to the late 16th century, as well as pieces by contemporary artists. (Oct. 15–Jan. 16, 2011.) SFMOMA The watchword is photography, as in a pair of can’t-miss exhibitions that open here Oct. 30: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, a major career retrospective of the innovative, original artist credited with developing street photography and photo-reportage, and whose influence on modern photography cannot be overstated. (Through Jan. 30, 2011.) Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, a survey of the camera’s role in the infun. Concerts on Nov. 11-13 move towards Thanksgiving with a real “get to the box office now” event. Pop phenomenon and serious music aficionado Rufus Wainwright is going to fulfill his SFS Commission with the world premiere of his own composition Five Shakespeare Sonnets. I do not know what to expect, but Wainwright has talent and chutzpah, and it can only be fabulous or godawful. MTT returns with a concert of Schubert and Richard Strauss, and the following week features a bill of Brahms and Alban Berg. The Brahms should provide a proper autumnal glow. December will be traditional, but the big news is a concert reading of the wonderful oratorio El Nino. Composer John Adams will conduct, and well-loved soprano Dawn Upshaw is appearing with other soloists, the SFS Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Opera action All the while, life at the venerable War Memorial will be actionpacked, too. The SFO’s 88th season opener is none other than the greatest warhorse of them all, Verdi’s Aida, but if the big-deal opening night is already sold out, or simply out of the budget, there will be four other chances to hear it in September. One of them is a free live simulcast Fri., Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. at AT&T Park. Designs by British fashionista Zandra Rhodes (her SFO Pearl Fishers was eye-popping) and a Company debut by director Jo Davies, bringing her already successful production with her, should prove a savvy choice in getting everyone’s operatic blood flowing. The cast includes Micaela Carosi in her Company debut as Aida, and mezzo-soprano and former Adler

vasion of our space and fast-vanishing privacy. It presents works by artists such as Walker Evans, Bresson, Nan Goldin, Paul Strand and Brassai, alongside contributions by amateurs, journalists and government agencies. Yes, technological advances come at a cost, but with a show that’s divided into five areas of Forbidden Looking, how can one go wrong? (Through Apr. 17, 2011.) Just spotted a compromising snapshot of yourself on Facebook and feeling the urge to drown your shame? Lift a glass to How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now, which probes the marketing, architecture and industry of a cultural obsession dear to the palette. (Nov. 20-Apr. 17, 2011.) Contemporary Jewish Museum Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker explores the legacy of the prominent Amsterdam art-dealer whose collection of some 1,400 masterpieces was appropriated by Herman Goring and became part of the Nazi plunder. In 2006, after working with a team of art historians and legal experts, Goudstikker‘s family reclaimed 200 paintings from the Dutch government. The show features nearly 45 of the finest examples of that recovered art, along with original documents and photographs. (Oct. 29-March 29, 2011.) Illustrator H.A. Rey and his wife, author and artist Margret Rey, Jews living in Paris during the late 1930s, fled the city with drawings for children’s stories and a manuscript starring an impish monkey, hours before the Nazis marched on the city in 1940. Saving the day after a narrow escape became the premise of many a Curious George adventure, a subject central to seven of their 30 books. Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey presents nearly 80 original drawings of the resourceful monkey, and other characters, dummy books, vintage photographs, and documentation related to the Reys’ harrowing escape from Nazi Europe. (Nov. 14-March 13, 2011.) ▼

Fellow Dolora Zajick as Amneris. Tenor Marcello Giordani makes his role debut as Radames. Nicola Luisotti, music director since the fall of 2009, conducts. Aida will also play in repertory in October and through November and December, with cast changes. Massenet’s Werther opens with Ramon Vargas in the title role on Wed., Sept. 15. I have a weakness for French opera and a guilty pleasure in all things Massenet, but there is no need to make excuses for Werther. The melodious tale of the tortured poet has easily stood the test of time. Hard on the heels of Goethe’s troubled youth comes Mozart’s more resilient Figaro. Le Nozze di Figaro opens Tues., Sept. 21, with handsome baritone Luca Pisaroni (a fine Masetto in the SFO 2007 Don Giovanni) as the rebellious servant. A production new to SFO of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly opens Tues., Oct. 12. Directed by the legendary Harold Prince, this also looks like a must-see. Tenor of tenors Placido Domingo is coming to SFO as Cyrano de Bergerac on Oct. 24 in the opera by Franco Alfano. Tickets are only available as part of a 2010-11 season subscription and are limited because they are going fast. Does this mean standing room after all these years? As much as I would hate to miss Domingo, I would still have to opt for Karita Mattila as the time-bending Emilia Marty in Janacek’s compelling The Makropulos Case (six performances, starting Nov. 10). The extraordinary soprano seems ideally suited for the role of the mysterious woman, and this gorgeous opera is too rarely staged to pass up. There is plenty happening in 2011 at both the SFO and SFS, not to mention the full Ring Cycle next summer, but the musical menu looks more than full for now.▼

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