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he indignities she faced growing up due to her sexual orientation often went overlooked by Kristin Perry. Rather than focus on the inequality and injustice that came with her being a lesbian, Perry allowed such discrimination to fade into the See page 9 >>

Crime incidents point to continued safety concerns

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Sister Novice Qetesh the Divine, surrounded by other Sisters and supporters, finish Darshan, a ritual transformation of negative energy to positive, at Market and Sanchez during a vigil on August 13.

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recent string of incidents in San Francisco, including anti-gay hate crimes, may give the impression that such crimes are on the rise. Other incidents, including armed robberies, have also raised concerns. But data from the San Francisco Police Department show LGBT-related hate crimes are actually down, and levels of other incidents appear fairly stable. Citywide, there were three anti-gay or lesbian hate crimes through March of this year, with no anti-transgender incidents reported. Through the same time last year,

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there were eight anti-LGBT hate crimes, police data show. There were 26 such incidents in 2010 altogether. Even though anti-LGBT hate crime statistics aren’t keeping pace with last year, such incidents and other crimes have gained attention. Residents, gay or otherwise, are urged to be careful when they’re out in the city. Police have reported that at 9 p.m. on August 6, near Market and Sanchez streets, three white male teens, ages 13 to 15, beat a 52-year-old Santa Barbara man with

a baseball bat while yelling, “Fuck you, faggot.” The name of the man, who declined an interview request made through Park Police Station Captain Denis O’Leary, hasn’t been released. Police haven’t provided information on any arrests. Another incident occurred about a week before. At about 2 a.m., Sunday, July 31, outside Blue Restaurant, 2337 Market Street, a woman called one of the Sisters of See page 8 >>

Oakland Pride welcomes families

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he streets around Oakland’s Lake Merritt will be flooded with women for the 10th and final Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride Dyke March as supporters take part in the event Saturday, August 27. The core organizers, many of whom founded Sistahs, haven’t had time to reflect on their decision to Jane Philomen Cleland close the chapter on the annual East Bay Peggy Moore Dyke March since they announced it in March. They have been busy making this year’s event the best they’ve ever produced. See page 8 >>

had anticipated. They have made adjustments for this year’s budget, rganizers are preparing and she said the organization doesn’t Oakland’s second have any paid staff. annual LGBTQ But Todd is not anticipating a Pride festival, hoping to draw surplus this year, she said. families and collect money for “As of right now we are on target,” establishing a community center she said. “Barely, but we are on target.” in the city. She said she hopes “with This year’s Oakland Pride will community support, by showing be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, up to the event, that will help us get September 4. The Labor Day through this year and perhaps give Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, second from right, and City Councilmember Rebecca weekend festival takes place at us momentum and help us into next Kaplan, right, show off T-shirts for this year’s Oakland Pride at a fundraiser the two 19th and Franklin streets in the year.” held earlier this month. They are joined by Pride organizers and volunteers. city’s Uptown neighborhood. Many attendees will be showing (BART riders should exit at the their support by paying more to get Jane Philomen Cleland 19th Street station). into this year’s festival. The general home” and “We are family,” she said. The event will feature four stages with admission fee for 2011 is twice the $5 charge for Aside from providing a welcoming space for over 75 performers, including headliners last year’s event. families at the festival, Pride is “committed to Jennifer Holliday, from the cast of the original Another source of funds is sponsorships. facilitating leadership and coalition building for Dreamgirls, and disco legend Thelma Houston Pride has been working to raise about $100,000 the funding and development of the first LGBTQ (“Don’t Leave Me This Way”). Admission is $10, in that area. community center in Oakland for everyone,” a or $5 for seniors and youth 12 and under. “I want to say we’re close to that goal,” Todd statement from the organization said. The 2011 theme is “We Are Family,” and said. Large sponsors include the biopharmaceuBut Todd said in a recent interview that “It’s board Chair Amber Todd suggested that should tical company Gilead, although donors contribgoing to take a little bit more work” before there’s be reflected in this year’s crowd. Todd said that uting $1 to $2,000 are responsible for up to 50 money in the bank for the community center. last year’s event drew an “enormous” number percent of the sponsorship funds, she said. Erin Todd estimated the deficit from the 2010 event of families, including elderly mothers with their Rau, a Gilead spokeswoman, didn’t respond to was about $5,000. The operations budget for this children, and couples with their kids. an emailed question about how much the comyear’s festival is $135,000, a slight increase from “We truly see the representation of families pany is contributing. last year. and that warm, welcoming feeling you get Todd, who said, “It’s going to take us a couple Pride officials had underestimated some when you go home for the holidays,” Todd said. years to gain sustainability,” said Oakland City costs last year, she said. For example, security Organizers want people to know that “We are expenses were $2,000 to $3,000 more than they See page 9 >>

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ommunity HIV prevention leaders are trying to figure out what role, if any, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) might play in helping to rein in the number of new HIV infections that occur each year. Those questions and passions were on display at a lively and free-flowing forum last week at the National HIV Prevention conference in Atlanta. PrEP uses antiretroviral drugs to protect from initial HIV infection. IPrEx, the first study proving the concept, was published last November. It showed that high risk gay and bisexual men who took the combination therapy Truvada as directed were 91 percent less likely to become infected with HIV compared with those who received a placebo. A subsequent study in heterosexuals also showed protection. Further studies are needed to move beyond this proof of concept and figure out how PrEP might work in the real world – what at risk groups might benefit the most from this expensive form of prevention and how programs might be structured to achieve the best results. Dr. Grant Colfax, HIV prevention director at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said the situation requires a paradigm shift in thinking similar to that which took place a decade ago prior to the large-scale rollout of treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. “Building new systems of delivery in isolation just to provide PrEP is not a sustainable option,” Colfax said. “Moving forward the question is, where are the sites where this is most likely to be delivered? Is it STD clinics, HMOs, primary care settings? How do we integrate it into a medical structure that is sustainable over time?” Representatives from other San Francisco-based agencies were also in attendance at the forum. “One of the fears I have is that PrEP will be looked at as this thing that is being put upon given populations rather than something that the populations themselves are asking for,” said David Evans with Project Inform. “That is particularly sensitive in some communities,” he said alluding to the legacy of suspicion that remains within the African American community from the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, in which federal public health officials

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studied the natural progression of untreated syphilis in poor, rural black men who thought they were receiving free health care from the government. “We know what [PrEP] looked like in the IPrEx study but we don’t know what it is going to look like in the real world,” added Evans, who encouraged people to start having these discussions with the community and not “squander opportunities” to help shape the definition of what PrEP is.

Barriers The National Institutes of Health’s Carl Dieffenbach fears “that PrEP, even in San Francisco, will not reach the people who will truly benefit from it” because people at highest risk for infection often do not get tested. Testing is key to the use of PrEP because the drugs used probably are not sufficiently potent to completely suppress the viral load of someone already infected, and resistance will develop. Thus, testing negative is a prerequisite for using PrEP; those who test positive will be directed into care. But testing also is a barrier to using PrEP. Dieffenbach asked, “Is it going to be so medicalized that it will end up being like a prescription where people just can’t or won’t fill it? We need to find a way of normalizing this, as radical as that sounds.” A participant from Washington, D.C. said physicians’ views might be another barrier. “My doctor has told patients that he would not consider prescribing PrEP to anyone other than a person who was in a

serodiscordant relationship. I guess because of fears of not using it properly.” “My big fear is that we are going to see rates of HIV go up because people are going to think this is the magic pill,” said a man from New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis. That could be the result of poor adherence to the drug and/or an increase in risky behavior. Perhaps the most commonly expressed theme was that inequitable access to PrEP might further worsen existing health disparities. Blacks are 13 percent of the U.S. population but about half of those infected with HIV. Others supported the concern of a women from Miami who argued, how can one justify spending money on PrEP when more than 9,000 people are on ADAP waiting lists for drugs to treat their existing infection.

Groundswell “My greatest hope is that [PrEP] ignites the HIV community on fire. It is one of the most radical, new HIV prevention technologies and approaches that has come along in 30 years,” said Carey Johnson with the Fenway Institute in Boston. “My fear is that this is not happening, and I really wish I knew why.” Others said people are waiting to see how it will work. “We’ve had a handful of people ask about PrEP; those who did were likely to have a seropositive partner or were in the IPrEx study,” said Steve Gibson with Magnet, the San Francisco health center aimed at gay men. “People are waiting to see what’s next. How it can be integrated into their lives.” People also talked about the need to generate interest and cost concerns. “I think it is odd we are lamenting that no one comes to our clinics asking for PrEP. Well, we haven’t told them about it, so why are we surprised?” said New York City physician Wafaa El-Sadr. “It is incumbent upon us to generate the interest. We do it for other interventions.” “I know of five to 10 people on PrEP locally, all of whom are discordant couples, all of them have insurance,” said Joanne Stekler with the University of Washington. She sees cost as the major inhibitor on interest. “If you took away the costs issue, and maybe the adherence issue to a little degree, everyone would want to be on PrEP.”▼

U.S. drops deportation case by Seth Hemmelgarn

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he federal government has dropped deportation proceedings against a binational, same-sex married couple who live in California. Alex Benshimol, 47, who’s from Venezuela, and Doug Gentry, 53, a U.S. citizen, have been fighting to stay together. Benshimol came to the U.S. in the late 1990s and overstayed his visa when it expired in 2009. The men have been together for six years and were legally married in Connecticut in July 2010. On July 13 at a hearing in San Francisco, Lavi Soloway, the couple’s attorney, requested that the government agree to “administrative closure” of the case. Federal immigration Judge Marilyn Teeter ruled that day that Benshimol be permitted to remain in the country despite the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits U.S. recognition of same-sex marriages. Teeter gave the government 60 days to decide whether to drop deportation proceedings against Benshimol.

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Alex Benshimol, left, and Doug Gentry at a protest last month

On June 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton issued a memorandum to agency officials specifying the guidelines for prosecutorial discretion in cases that aren’t enforcement priorities. In late July, ICE notified Teeter it had agreed to close the case. The judge received the government’s motion August 11 and ruled on the motion, immediately ordering the proceedings administratively closed,

according to Stop the Deportations – The DOMA Project, which Soloway founded. Soloway received a notice of the decision Saturday, August 20, the group said in a statement. “Consistent with U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s current priorities focusing on convicted criminal aliens and those who pose a threat to public safety, coupled with the desire to use limited docket space wisely, the agency moved to administratively close this case and the immigration court granted the motion,” Virginia Kice, ICE western regional communications director, said in a statement to the Bay Area Reporter. Teeter had planned to revisit the case in September 2013 if the government didn’t drop proceedings. “As happy as Alex is, he’s still uncertain. We will still have to fight for full equality because DOMA prevents me from petitioning for his green card. But the constant fear of exile or separation is over, and for that we’re very grateful,” stated Gentry.▼


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he Obama administration has begun to take steps toward making the country’s immigration policies a little fairer, and, in the case of same-sex married binational couples, a little more just. Last week, deportation proceedings were dropped by the government against Alex Benshimol, who had married his husband, Doug Gentry in 2010. Immigration attorney Lavi Soloway, who started Stop the Deportations – the DOMA Project, had convinced for a second time an immigration judge to administratively close a case involving a same-sex binational couple. This was the first case to occur pursuant to the June 17 prosecutorial discretion guidelines issued by John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This June 17 memo is important for samesex couples and also for children whose parents brought them to the United States when they were young and so know no other home. In fact, according to a letter from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, DHS will concentrate its resources on the high priority cases of those who commit crimes or pose a threat to public safety. In the absence of substantial immigration reform, which we support, the administration’s response is a step in the right direction. The federal Defense of Marriage Act does not allow U.S.-born same-sex partners to sponsor their foreign-born spouses, unlike heterosexual couples. Soloway co-founded Immigration Equality in 1993, then last year he and his law partner, Noemi Masliah, started Stop the Deportations. Soloway is cautiously optimistic that after Napolitano’s announcement last week that all 300,000 pending deportation cases will be reviewed for possible closure, including those of same-sex couples. But there is still no word on the process or timeline for these reviews. Napolitano stated in her letter that President Barack Obama has said on numerous

occasions “that it makes no sense to expend our enforcement resources on low-priority cases ... . From a law enforcement and public safety perspective, DHS enforcement resources must continue to be focused on our highest priorities.” Same-sex binational couples and children who were brought to this country by their parents when they were minors should not be a priority for deportation if they have no criminal convictions and are otherwise law-abiding. Some, like a same-sex couple in San Francisco, are caregivers for their ill spouses. Others, like Benshimol and Gentry, hope to start a small business. Young children, of course, grow up and many want to attend college or

get a job after high school. They should not have to uproot their lives as a consequence of a decision over which they had no control. It is unfortunate that the partisan acrimony that currently pervades Congress will likely result in little substantive legislation being passed anytime soon, including immigration reform. Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans continue to bicker while critical legislation aimed at creating jobs or stabilizing families languish. We’ll take the Obama administration’s first step toward basing deportations on public safety and keeping families intact. But it is no substitute for the longer journey to meaningful reform.▼

Homophobia and AIDS in the black community by Terry Angel Mason

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t is common knowledge that at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, gay men in many countries were frequently singled out and targeted for physical abuse. Why? Because they were seen to be responsible for the spread of HIV. This view was fueled by sensational reporting in the press that became progressively homophobic. As a result, U.S. groups monitoring homophobic violence reported an increase in incidents when public awareness about AIDS in America heightened in the late 1980s. Today, this targeted abuse seems very unlikely to end in the near future (especially in America), especially since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced in a stunning report that young people in the United States are at persistent risk of HIV infection. This risk is particularly high for minority and ethnic youth, ages 13 to 29. Currently, homophobia is not only a national concern. The intolerance it breeds also continues to be a major international barrier to ending the global AIDS epidemic and hate crimes against same-gender-loving people. In many countries, such as Uganda and Ghana, stigma and discrimination prevent men who have sex with men from accessing vital HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. Without a doubt, if we are ever going to prevail over the AIDS virus, tackling and combating homophobia must become an essential priority in order to encourage individuals (who fear for their safety) to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, which are on also on the rise. Every so often, however, there’s a glimmer of hope. This year, the United Nations passed a resolution – hailed as historic – that endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian, and transgender people for the first time ever. The resolution expressed grave concern about acts of violence and discrimination committed against individuals in all regions of the world because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. While it is tempting to point a finger at other countries, such as Uganda and Ghana, and

condemn them for their extreme homophobic acts and heinous crimes against same-genderloving people, we must also realize that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. For many years, America has allowed bigots and religious extremists to enshrine countless unethical laws that illegally deny same-genderloving people equal rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (in almost every state) in our own constitution. Many religious leaders and right wing politicians use the Bible to justify their outlandish actions. What’s more, many also feel absolutely no remorse for their homophobic statements that fuel attacks on innocent people of all sexual orientations. Just as racist bigots in the civil rights era used scripture to justify their heinous attacks and social oppression of black people and women, these leaders use similar tactics. Can’t people see the same pattern being repeated here? Nowhere is this attitude more prevalent than in our current political climate. As the Republican presidential candidates debate, many extol divisive and inflammatory rhetoric. In doing so, they pander to the most extreme elements in the electorate as they campaign on a desperate quest to solicit and garner conservative votes. Is it any wonder then that the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ researchers recently published a report that noted a 23 percent increase in murders of LGBT and HIV-affected people in the United States, the second highest yearly total ever recorded? In order to understand the cause of these disturbing attacks that disproportionately affect LGBT minorities, one need only recall an interview with J.L. King, author of the controversial book On The Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep with Men, and the former queen of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey. The interview was an alarming, bold confession of what life was like for him, a black man on the down low. King immediately garnered national fame and became a selfproclaimed HIV prevention activist and educator. The show was promoted by a

sensational trailer that warned viewers, “It’s a shocker. It’s called on the ‘Down Low’: Men with wives and girlfriends secretly having sex with other men.” Immediately after that interview, a series of articles published in Essence, Vibe, and the Washington Post attempted to expose a secret sexual cultural phenomenon called the down low. Although those articles caused somewhat of a stir, I agree with Johari Osaze Jabir, an artist and African American studies lecturer, that none were as troubling as one that appeared on Sunday, August 3, 2003 in the New York Times Magazine entitled “Double Lives On The Down Low.” Written by journalist Benoit Lewis, the work sent a shockwave through the African American community as the article aired some very dirty laundry. Jabir properly noted that while the previous articles in black publications were written and read by black people, Benoit’s piece, displayed on the cover of the Sunday magazine for the entire world to see, had far more impact. Among the story’s many shocking insights, the article revealed that after 25 years of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic not only had HIV infection rates steadily climbed for African American women, but black religious institutions, in particular, created and supported homophobia within black communities. The result of this homophobia, according to the article, was the birth of a subculture of dishonesty and denial with respect to black masculinity, desire, and sexuality. In addition, this subculture sabotaged any attempts at HIV prevention and/or treatment, the article said. In my new book, Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent, I pointed out the tremendous negative influence that hip-hop has had on the nation (in regards to the LGBT community) as a whole. Many are reluctant to admit this, but the denial is particularly vehement in the African American community. Even today, although much of the homophobic language has been toned down in contemporary rap lyrics, there are cleverly disguised subliminal homophobic messages that still make it absolutely clear that being gay is totally unacceptable and definitely not manly. We, as a nation must evolve. We must See page 8 >>


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LGBT Democratic clubs weigh in on SF races by Matthew S. Bajko

police commissioner David Onek captured Milk’s first-place endorsement as expected. Alameda prosecutor Sharmin Bock won a second-place nod from the Milk club. At Alice, the PAC decided to recommend that District Attorney George Gascón receive the club’s sole endorsement. As for the sheriff ’s race, the Milk Club chose to solely endorse District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. Meanwhile, the Alice Club is set to throw its support behind former police union head Chris Cunnie.

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s expected the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club has endorsed progressive District 11 Supervisor John Avalos to be San Francisco’s next mayor, while the more moderate Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club is set to give its first place nod for mayor to City Attorney Dennis Herrera and a second-place ranking to gay former Supervisor Bevan Dufty. The Milk Club’s members voted Tuesday, August 23 to approve the recommendation from its political action committee that it award a sole endorsement to Avalos in the mayor’s race. As the Bay Area Reporter reported in July, Herrera’s supporters within the club teamed up with Avalos’s backers in order to block state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) from receiving the Milk Club’s endorsement. The deal, however, did not result in Herrera receiving a secondchoice nod from Milk. Under the city’s ranked-choice voting system, voters can pick a first, second and third choice among the 16 people running to be mayor. The Milk Club decided not to dilute its endorsement by picking multiple mayoral candidates. Avalos will be the sole person seeking Room 200 at City Hall featured on Milk’s slate card it sends out to LGBT voters. In a statement released late Tuesday night, Avalos said he was proud of the endorsement. “Harvey Milk’s legacy as an advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people, workers, tenants, and his history of building coalitions amongst different communities across the city has served as an inspiration for me since I started working as a community organizer,” he stated. At the Alice Club’s PAC meeting Monday, August 22, Herrera’s camp was able to block Dufty, the only out candidate among the top 11 mayoral contenders, from being recommended as the LGBT group’s number one choice in the race. Dufty ended up with a recommendation that he receive Alice’s second place nod, while interim Mayor Ed Lee received a third place ranking from the PAC. “As the first LGBT Democratic Club in the nation, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club’s support is a significant endorsement and I’m deeply honored to be the first choice of their PAC,” stated Herrera, who gained national attention for his office’s work on the legal fight for same-sex marriage. “I believe that the general membership knows my record of accomplishments and my work standing up for our values, and that they will agree with this recommendation.” According to several sources the balloting was close and came down to only two votes between Dufty and Herrera. With several PAC members absent, the outcome may have gone differently said the two people with knowledge of the vote, speaking on background as the PAC meeting is not open to the public. The decision won’t be finalized, though, until Alice’s membership votes on the endorsements at the club’s September 12 meeting. Alice Co-Chair Reese Aaron Isbell said he and his fellow co-chair, Bentrish Satarzadeh, would be calling on Alice members to approve the PAC decision, which came after

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several days of interviews with the candidates. “We expect the membership will support the PAC recommendations; they almost always do,” said Isbell. “They recognize we go through ... this three-day marathon weekend and also weeks and months of preparations of discussions and interviews.” Alice decided not to do a dual endorsement this year, and instead, for the first time opted to rank three candidates for mayor. The PAC vote came a little more than a week after Dufty criticized the questions asked at an Alice co-hosted mayoral debate, although several sources said his comments did not impact the outcome of the endorsements. Isbell noted the club has long had relationships with both Herrera and Dufty over the years and hopes Alice members see the PAC vote as a “consensus platform.” “In the past we would make one endorsement and that would be it. In this case, we get to give some love to three people,” he said. Dufty told the B.A.R. that the PAC vote “personally, it hurt.” While it is rare for the club not to support the PAC decision, Dufty said he plans to still fight for the first place endorsement. “Ultimately, for 40 years the mission of Toklas has been to advocate for our community, elect people who support our community and to get a seat at the table. In San Francisco there is no more important seat at the table than occupying Room 200,” said Dufty. “I have been a member of Alice supporting their political approach and candidates for 18 years. By any objective assessment I am a very viable candidate, having raised over $1 million and polling in the top three consistently.” Alice has a mixed track record in supporting out candidates for mayor. In 1999 the club sided with then-Mayor Willie Brown over gay former Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who had launched a write-in campaign that year. In 2003 it originally backed Susan Leal, a lesbian former supervisor, for mayor but then endorsed Gavin Newsom over Matt Gonzalez in the runoff election between the two former supervisors. “We are always open to endorsing a gay man, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender candidate in every and all races. We have done so again with Bevan as our second-ranked endorsement,” said Isbell.

Clubs also split in DA and sheriff races In the race to be San Francisco’s next district attorney, former

Dufty’s family comes under attack In a sign that Dufty is being taken as a serious threat in the mayor’s race, a turnaround from the start of the year when some pundits called his campaign dead on arrival, his family came under attack in the San Francisco Chronicle this week. The daily paper’s political columnists ran an item in their Monday column about how Dufty and his lesbian co-parent, Rebecca Goldfader, entered into a domestic partnership in 2005 in order to have half of the $16,000 cost for in vitro fertilization be covered under his city-provided health insurance. The item noted that they dissolved the partnership in 2007 after Goldfader moved out of the Lower Haight multi-unit house they had bought. The columnists not only incorrectly referred to the parents’ daughter, Sidney Maely GoldfaderDufty, as a boy, they also wrote that “Dufty certainly played it loose with the city’s domestic partners benefits.” Yet the city does not restrict its domestic partnerships to couples of the same sex; opposite-sex couples that wish to remain unmarried but want some legal recognition of their relationship can also register. The only restrictions are that the two people in the partnership must be at least 18 years of age and “have chosen to share one another’s lives in an intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring, who live together, and who have agreed to be jointly responsible for basic living expenses.” The inaccurate attack met with a sharp rebuttal from Goldfader, who posted a response to her Facebook page saying she was “proud” of her family and defended Dufty. “My GAY co-parent and dear friend who has more integrity and vision in his actions and words than any other STRAIGHT-but-I canstill-work-the-gay-vote, candidate. PUHLEASE! And my child, who has been in the Chronicle more times than I care to count, and it’s well known she is a girl,” wrote Goldfader. She also lashed out against the implication that creating a nontraditional family structure is somehow nefarious. “If you live or work in SF, you know that families are created in many different ways, gay or straight. To infer that any dirty pool was played on the part of myself, or mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty, is digging in the dirt. Remember the last reporter who had harsh comments about my family? He’s still digging,” wrote Goldfader. In an interview with the B.A.R., Dufty voiced a more measured response to the item, which he said was “fair” game to report. “I have to expect as a candidate for mayor people will offer opinions and make inquiries. It is part of the territory that comes when I decided to run for mayor,” he said.▼

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Arts abound in New York City by Heather Cassell

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all is the best time to visit New York. The city is fresh with renewal after the sticky layers of summer are peeled away to reveal its vibrancy. Fall is also when New Yorkers get serious about art. Always on the cutting edge, mingling emerging and experimental while attracting the best of the best of art and fashion, the city is a stage to show off artists’ latest creations. “The day after Labor Day, New Yorkers get serious about art and culture,” said Joseph V. Mellilo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the oldest continually operating artistic institution in the U.S., which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. “You live in New York City or greater New York City because you are very tuned in to art and culture ... you can have anything you want in the world of art and culture here,” said Mellilo. Julie Lohnes, gallery director of A.I.R. Gallery, which exhibits feminist

works in Brooklyn, agreed about the “variety” of art the city offers locals and visitors. “There is a gallery with a vision for each and every person: from outsider art to very traditional academic painters, hot new artists,” she said. Chelsea is home to the only queer art gallery, the Leslie/Lohman Gallery and Gay Art Foundation. Mellilo, a 64-year-old openly gay man, knows about art and performance after more than 25 years premiering international stars on BAM’s stages and bringing the world of art on display in the cultural institution’s galleries and screens seen nowhere else in the U.S. This year, BAM is kicking off the season in style, with Atys, a rare American production of the French Baroque opera, September 18. The season will then flow into the 29th annual Next Wave Festival, America’s largest celebration of nontraditional contemporary arts, running September 13 through December 15. Broadway also beckons with its Tony Award-winning shows, daredevil stage productions, and

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Artist Noreen Dean Dresser works in her Central Harlem Studio.

feel-good musicals. The hottest ticket in town, The Book of Mormon, takes months to get a ticket, but there are many other great shows to be seen with 40 theaters. Musical fans, my girlfriend and I enjoyed Baby It’s You, which was nominated for a Tony, and Pricilla: Queen of the Desert, which won this year’s Tony

for best costume design of a musical. To get an artistic fix during the day, except on Sundays and Mondays, take in any one of the city’s more than 500 art galleries, many located in Chelsea and Soho, or get lost in the many museums, including MOMA, Whitney, Guggenheim, and more. Or take a walk along the High Line, an above-ground park that has art instillations and gardens stretching along 10th and 11th avenues from the Meatpacking District (Gansevoort Street) up the Westside to 34th Street. To bypass crowds and take in more of New York’s artistic delights, pick up a CityPass at the high tech visitors center run by NYC and Company. At the center you can build your own itinerary on the interactive screens and pick up a credit-card sized fold-out map of the city with its transportation lines along with other handy information. And of course, same-sex couples can now wed in New York state, which is drawing even more gay and lesbian couples to the Big Apple.

Fringe For art enthusiasts looking to go beyond New York’s established institutions to seek out emerging and unknown artists in the city’s boroughs and neighborhoods, Open House New York, October 1516 is the key. Now in its ninth year, it’s an annual event where studios of every stripe from architecture to performance to sculpture to visual arts throw open their doors to the public, according to local artists. My girlfriend and I have been to New York many times separately, but this was our first time taking in the metropolis together. Another difference was that I was determined

to venture out of the comfort of historic bohemia Greenwich Village, chic Chelsea and Soho, the dazzle of Broadway and Times Square, and hipster East Village. Artists already transformed Brooklyn and now Harlem was experiencing a new renaissance and that’s where we were going. Harlem is home to the famed Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum, but it is also attracting many new artists, artists’ residencies, and galleries. ArtHarlem produces HOAST, Harlem’s open studio, which is one of the many open artist events that coincide with Open House New York. “It’s becoming more and more well known,” said Gina Fuentes Walker, executive director of artHarlem and resident artists at Chashama (pronounced shush’shama) Studios, about Harlem’s draw of creative energy and individuals due to neighboring universities like Columbia and Julliard. “It’s not just the visual artist ... there are also so many musicians that live in the neighborhood.” James “Jamie” Rauchman, a gay artist best known for his abstract realism work in Cuba, and lesbian artist Noreen Dean Dresser, whose work focuses on the environment, both agreed. The artists, both 59, have had studios in Harlem for many years. Rauchman said Harlem is still a “bit of virgin territory” for artists, especially those who are African American and Hispanic. Dresser is excited about the new artistic season, “We live in an exciting time. The Arab Spring has ignited a generation of change,” she wrote in an email interview.

Dining New York style Dining in New York is always an experience. A friend, recommended gay-owned ViceVersa, an upscale yet casual Italian restaurant, where my celebrity gazing girlfriend spotted Adam Lambert of American Idol fame. New York is one of the few places in the world where average people and celebrities dine and live next door to each other. The following night, on another one of our friend’s recommendations, we enjoyed casual American cuisine at 44th and Xth, owned by another gay couple. ▼ A longer version of this story, along with a listing of where to go and what to see in New York, is online at ebar.com.


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Perpetual Indulgence “faggot” and shoved him. At the request of the Sister, who police have said was in full nun drag during the incident, they have not released his name. In addition to the hate crimes, there have also been several armed robberies around the Castro area in the past month. At 3 a.m. on Monday, August 1, James Parr, 34, was walking up Noe Street near the 18th Street 7-Eleven when three men surrounded him. One told Parr, “Give me everything you got!” and showed him a semiautomatic handgun, according to the police report. Parr complied, ultimately handing over his cell phone, credit cards, and other property. (Unlike many crime victims who appear in police reports, Parr had not been talking or texting on his phone while he was walking. It had been in his pocket, he said.) The first suspect was described as 20 to 25, 5 feet 6 inches, 165 pounds,

with black hair. Descriptions of the other two suspects included approximately the same weight and height, but their ages weren’t listed. All three were described as Hispanic and were last seen wearing black hooded sweatshirts and pants, and dark shoes. Police think the robbery may be connected to other recent cases, with suspects and a firearm matching the same description. There have been no arrests. Parr, a gay Castro resident, said in an interview that the incident has “made me a little bit less comfortable to walk around the neighborhood, especially by myself, but otherwise, the real impact has just been having to replace everything.” Data from the Mission police station, which oversees the Castro and surrounding neighborhoods, show robberies are up slightly, rising 5 percent from 316 cases through mid-August 2010 to 331 during the same period this year. Overall, however, violent crimes are down a bit, dropping 5 percent from 665 incidents in 2010 to 634 in

2011 through mid-August, according to the Mission police data. Lieutenant Mark Cota, the officer in charge of the Mission Station investigative team, attributed the drop, in part, to a lack of personnel movement at Mission Station. Officers have been staying longer and becoming more familiar with their beats, he said. Cota said he didn’t have the sense that hate crimes are a growing problem in the area. He said “if there is a slight up-tick in hate crimes,” he’d attribute it more to officers being more specific in their reporting and more knowledgeable of the areas they patrol than an actual rise in incidents. Greg Carey, chair of Castro Community on Patrol, said the recent anti-LGBT incidents “seem to be out of the ordinary, and we want to continue to work with the public on how to protect themselves in situations like that.” His tips include staying out of dark areas and carrying a whistle. Carey said the armed robberies in the neighborhood “could be just

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move forward and we must embrace the more noble aspects of our humanity. Needless to say, it won’t be easy. Nor is living easy, particularly for HIV individuals who are being assaulted, as you read this, or all the transgender women who are being murdered, or the

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The 10-member committee made the decision to let go of the event due to personal commitments, they said. “People should expect a festival that is exciting and like a family reunion. They are going to see everything that we put forth for 10

the random nature of crime moving through the city.”

‘This is going to be how I die’ Some say crimes in the city are underreported. Jason Villalobos, 32, was walking near Folsom and 17th streets at about 2:30 one morning in June, listening to music on his iPhone, which he was carrying in his hand. He heard someone say, “Give me your fucking phone,” and saw a gun pressed to his chest. “This is going to be how I die,” he recalled thinking. As Villalobos looked around, “I realized I was in a perfect position to be robbed,” he said. There were no streetlights, and no one else was approaching from either direction. The man took Villalobos’s phone and started to leave before pointing his gun at Villalobos again and finally running away. Villalobos, who lives in the Castro and whose likeness appears on AIDS awareness posters around the city, didn’t report the incident to police.

thousands in the LGBT community, white and black, male and female, who desperately and simply want to live as God created all his children to live – happily and freely because we were all made in His image.▼ Terry Angel Mason is an author and columnist. He can be reached through his website, www.terryangelmason.com.

years,” said Mar Stevens, march and drum coordinator. Marchers will gather at the pillars of Lake Merritt in Oakland (El Embarcadero and Grand Avenue) at 11 a.m. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will present a proclamation and kick off the march at noon. The march concludes at nearby Snow Park (19th and Harrison streets), where there will be an afternoon festival until 6 p.m. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir top off the stellar line up of performers that include Animal Prufrock and the Frootie Flavors, Average Dyke Band, and DJ Luna on the main stage. Emcees Vixen Noir, also known as Veronica Combs, and Alotta Boutte, also known as Chave Alexander, will be on hand to entertain the crowds and introduce community and political leaders. Retired Navy Commander and gay rights activist Zoe Dunning, City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Eleanor Palacios of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and activist Ericka Huggins are expected to attend. An after-party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Oasis. For a decade, Sistahs has brought the East Bay’s diverse queer women’s community together in celebration during the last weekend of August. Up to 2,000 queer women have attended the event at its peak, said Peggy Moore, march co-founder.

“Unfortunately, I thought, ‘What could the police do?’” since he had such limited information about the man, he said. He said that for several reasons, he regrets not telling police. The information could have been dispersed to the community to warn others, and it could have been used to help police know where crimes are occurring. Since then, Villalobos said he has been talking to other people about what happened to him. Lieutenant Teresa Gracie is head of the San Francisco Police Department’s special investigations division, which includes the hate crimes unit. Gracie, an out lesbian, encourages people to report incidents. She said something that could be viewed as minor “could end up being a very large piece of a puzzle, and a person can be caught.” Also, knowing where crimes are occurring is important for police to know when determining where to put resources, she said. “If people don’t tell us, what are we going to do?” she said. ▼

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“People have been devastated to see it go,” said Lisbet Tellefsen, 50, merchandise and media coordinator, but the organizers are ready to move on to focus on new projects and their personal lives. The timing is especially good now there are events such as Oakland Black Pride, Oakland Pride, and others that weren’t around when Sistahs started as the East Bay’s version of the Dyke March in conjunction with the former East Bay Pride activities, said Moore. The Pride event dissipated in 2003. “This is the perfect time to lay this down, breath, sit back and appreciate what we’ve been able to accomplish in these past 10 years,” said Tellefsen. The founding members are proud of what they created in Oakland and how they have inspired other women’s Pride events, in particular women of color Pride celebrations across the nation, said Moore. Right now Moore is looking forward to a “very joyous time” and simply hopes the event will have a “good closing,” she said. “I think it’s going to hit me, but it’s going to be a slow hit,” said Moore, about the end of Sistahs. A leader with Organizing for America, she is gearing up for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. ▼ For more information, visit www.sistahssteppin.org.

Obituaries >> Joseph C. Blasczak March 12, 1944 – August 12, 2011

Joseph C. Blasczak, son of Sarah and Joseph Blasczak of Wierton, West Virginia, died suddenly at his home on August 12. He was born March 12, 1944 and is survived by his sister Bernadine Herron, who resides in New Hampshire. Joe leaves behind his loving partner Don Steward, best friend Matthew, and many other close and dear friends and colleagues here in the Bay Area as well as throughout the United States. He will be missed

dearly by everyone who was touched by his wonderful love and friendship. Joe made major contributions to causes to help the communities wherever he lived. He had been involved as a volunteer with Project Open Hand, counseled clients at the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, and was on the board of directors for the San Francisco Opera Academy.

Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. on September 10, at ParcTelegraph Event Room, 240 Lombard Street, San Francisco 94111. In lieu of flowers, we ask that a contribution be made to Project Open Hand in his honor. www.openhand.org/ donate/.


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background. “At a young age I learned to sublimate feelings of difference and inferiority and, instead, attempt to be positive and productive. It got me to this point where I wasn’t as upset, angry, and dissatisfied as I should have been,” said Perry. “My coping mechanism was to not focus on the bad things.” Today, the 46-year-old Berkeley resident is no longer so willing to be treated as a second-class citizen. Her inability to accept the status quo has been one of the outcomes from the decision she and her partner, Sandra Stier, made back in 2009 to become one of two plaintiff couples to challenge Proposition 8, California’s ban against same-sex marriage, in federal court. “I feel like my tolerance level is so much lower now to the discrimination I am facing,” said Perry. “I was very good at letting it all roll off my back, and maybe, a little too good.” Three years into the ongoing legal battle, Perry told the Bay Area Reporter in a recent interview that she no longer so easily accepts being treated unfairly. “The whole process has helped me to become less tolerant with the discrimination I have experienced my entire life,” said Perry, a former child abuse investigator who is executive director of First 5 California, a state agency focused on child services. The same is true for Stier, 48, the information technology director for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency. She, too, struggles with her family’s sub par legal standing under the law. “I never used to feel this aggravated. Now, I feel mad all the time,” said Stier, who with Perry, is raising twin 16-year-old boys and two sons in their 20s. Yet their indignation only goes so far. The women remain euphoric over the ruling issued last August by now retired U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and are optimistic his decision will not be overturned on appeal. It is currently before a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court by late 2012 or early 2013. “We are very optimistic people,” said Stier. “Going into the case we were confident.” Nor has their relationship suffered, they said, despite the media glare on their lives and the public attention the case has brought to their family. “Sandy and I really like each other,” said Perry, noting they have been together for a decade now. “We are having a lot of fun in our relationship.” Since Walker issued his ruling, the women have made themselves more available to the press for interviews. They said they purposefully refrained from talking with the media during the nearly three-weeklong trial in January 2010 and the eight-month-long wait for a ruling. “We wanted the focus to be on the legal aspects of the case, not on the personal,” explained Stier.

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Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s office “has been at the forefront” of the effort to establish a community center. Kaplan hosted an event with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on August 4 that raised approximately $10,000. Kaplan said more events would be coming throughout the year, but “for the next two weeks, our big focus is getting this event successful and thriving, and we’re looking forward to a really good time.”

Perry added that their story is no different from the myriad samesex couples denied marriage rights under Prop 8. “We fell in love. We built a family. We went to work. We paid our taxes. And we were told we can’t be married. That is our story,” she said. They remain protective of revealing their sons’ names after being harassed by Gregory Lee Giusti, the person who pleaded guilty to also threatening House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and is serving time in federal prison. “Nothing bad resulted from the trial itself with the kids,” said Perry. As for themselves, the women said they felt “a weight had lifted” once Walker released his ruling and felt freer to talk publicly about the case. “We wanted the legal process to be the focus, not Sandy and I,” said Perry, who along with Stier, now talks with reporters and sits down for interviews after the latest court proceeding. “I am sorry we did not feel comfortable enough to do that earlier.” Their main focus, however, continues to be on each other and their family. “The lawsuit is a big deal but definitely not the biggest deal in our lives. Our real lives are about our relationship and the kids,” said Stier. “We both have real careers. We have a lot to focus on. The case is very interesting but is not front and center. It was for those three weeks, for sure, but that is it.” They remain unsure of what their plans will be when they can legally marry in California. “We will get married. But we have four kids and four colleges, we aren’t going to have a big splashy wedding,” said Stier. They already had their own private wedding ceremony with family and friends on August 1, 2004. It was the second time they had exchanged vows. They first said “I do” to each other in February of that year at San Francisco City Hall during what was known as the “Winter of Love,” when city officials flouted state law and married same-sex couples. The California state Supreme Court later annulled the weddings. Having gone through that experience, the women opted not to remarry in the summer of 2008 prior to the passage of Prop 8. They did not want to plan another marriage ceremony only to see it too be later ruled invalid. “We thought about it. We just didn’t want to do it again until it was really permanent,” said Stier. As it turned out, the state high court ruled the marriages that took place in 2008 would remain legally recognized even though the justices also upheld the validity of voters to pass Prop 8 and ban any more samesex marriage licenses from being granted. “We were more focused on the fact it wasn’t the right time in our family to have another wedding,” said Perry. “We felt we should not have to get married on some now or never basis again. That is not the way other people have to get married.” Through her job, Perry knew several of the people involved with the new group American A survey has drawn hundreds of responses on what people would like to see in the center, Kaplan said. She said the next step is to design plans for the center and the budget. Kaplan estimated it would probably take a couple more years to establish the center. While this year marks the second Pride festival recently, Oakland had Pride for several years beginning in the late 1990s, but those stopped in 2003.▼ For more information, visit www.oaklandpride.com.

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Foundation for Equal Rights that was preparing to file the federal lawsuit against Prop 8. Having already established relationships with AFER’s founders, Perry said she and Stier felt comfortable agreeing to be one of the plaintiff couples. They were not expecting to have to take the witness stand, however, during a trial or be deposed and questioned about intimate details about their lives. They and their attorneys assumed the court case would be handled via legal briefs, similar to the state lawsuit. “When the case started we anticipated it being an administrative procedure,” said Stier.

A trial It came as a surprise, then, when Walker disclosed in 2009 that he wanted to hear expert testimony and see both sides present witnesses. Nonetheless, Stier and Perry said they didn’t think to withdraw from the case. “We made a commitment. We were committed to it and seeing it through the end,” said Stier. Perry added, “It never occurred to us to try not to be plaintiffs.” They each spent upwards of 30 hours preparing for their depositions with their attorneys. Theodore Olson and David Boies head the legal team. “Your whole life is on the stand,” said Perry. “I am not up there talking about a book I wrote; it is my life, it is all game.” They also made the decision to be present the duration of the trial, using up their vacation days in order to spend the nearly three weeks in court. “We called it our staycation,” said Stier. “Some people wear flip-flops, I wore heels for my staycation.” In addition to being riveted by the testimony given by all the witnesses, the women also joked that another memory sticks out from the trial. “The benches,” said Stier.

“They were so uncomfortable,” added Perry. At night they would return home to Berkeley and have dinner at various local restaurants. A few times other patrons would recognize them from the trial coverage and send them a round of champagne or treat them to pints of beer. “It was just really sweet, quiet sort of nods,” recalled Perry. This coming Monday, August 29 they will be back again in a San Francisco courtroom. This time the hearing will focus on whether the federal district court should release the trial tapes to the public. The anti-gay proponents behind Prop 8 have been successful, up to now, in keeping the trial from being aired publicly. They went to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to overturn Walker’s initial decision to allow the media to show each day’s proceedings. Walker did record the entire trial, and he screened a portion of the tapes during a lecture he gave earlier this year. Now the media is asking for the tapes to be unsealed. The couple hopes the public, especially high school civics classes, will one day be able to see the recorded proceedings, and in

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particular, the witnesses who spoke about the types of discrimination LGBT people experience. “It is an absolute shame people couldn’t see the expert testimony,” said Perry. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his script about the late gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, has penned a new Broadway play based on the trial transcripts. It will debut next month and the women plan to be in the audience. “We are really excited. The play is a good creative solution to the problem it wasn’t televised,” said Perry, adding that she “couldn’t begin to imagine” who would be cast to play herself. “Who looks like me in Hollywood? Nobody.” Stier joked that she has sent Black notes that the actress playing her role should be “younger, thinner, and prettier than me.” As for the final act in their legal drama, the women are not only confident that Prop 8 will be overturned but also believe the case will have an impact outside of just California. “Our hearts desire is this gives some great social progress in every state in the country,” said Stier.▼


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nOTICE OF APPLICATIoN for change in ownership of AlCOHOLIC BEVERAGE License To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : GEARY STREET RESTAURANT GOUP 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 468-74 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 941021223.Type of license applied for:

41- On-sale Beer and wineEating place aug 25,2011 nOTICE OF APPLICATIoN to sell AlCOHOLIC BEVERAGEs To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : DESTINATION BARS 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 691 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105-4212. Type of license applied for:

48- on-sale general public premises aug 4,11,25 2011 state of california in and for the county of san francisco file# cnc-11-547943 In the matter of the application of NA LI TRAN for change of name. The application of NA LI TRAN for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that NA LI TRAN filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to LINA TRAN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 514 on the 6th of October, 2011 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

statement file A-033726800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as PARAGON PHILANTHROPY, 701 Broderick St., San Francisco, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Andrzej Kozlowski.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/01/11.

AUG.4,11,18,25,2011 nOTICE OF APPLICATIoN to sell AlCOHOLIC BEVERAGEs To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : IBRAHIM ELIAS ALHAJ. 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 2060 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115-2709. Type of license applied for:

41- On-sale Beer and wineEating place AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,2011 nOTICE OF APPLICATIoN to sell AlCOHOLIC BEVERAGEs To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : PHU HOANG NGUY. 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 411 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94102-1927. Type of license applied for:

41- On-sale Beer and wineEating place AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,2011 state of california in and for the county of san francisco file# cnc-11-547960

The following person(s) is/are doing business as PLANETSKILL PRODUCTIONS,2938 Moraga St., San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Luke Esquivel. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/01/11.

In the matter of the application of ALEX MENGBING WU for change of name. The application of ALEX MENGBING WU for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that ALEX MENGBING WU filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to BING WU. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 514 on the 11th of October, 2011 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

AUG.4,11,18,25,2011 statement file A-033693600

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033726500

AUG.4,11,18,25,2011 statement file A-033664900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as REMAINCOM,290 Division St., Suite 306,San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Stewart McKenzie.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/00. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/15/11.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as NIGHT SKY ACUPUNCTURE, 344 Carl St.,#5, San Francisco, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Erin P. Reilly. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/08/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/01/11.

AUG.4,11,18,25,2011 statement file A-033697000

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033737700

The following person(s) is/are doing business as JANG SOO B.B.Q.,6314 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Hyojoo Lee.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 07/18/11.

AUG.4,11,18,25,2011 statement file A-033719800

Legal Notices>> statement file A-033753500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as DYNAMAIR SOLUTIONS, 58 West Portal Ave.,#245,SF, CA 94127.This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed James Sana bria.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/11/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/11/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033748900

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as LIZBOEDER,800 35TH Ave.,San Francisco, CA 94121.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Elizabeth A. Boeder.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/04/11.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033739200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as ESSENCE CO.. 15 Delta St., San Francisco, CA 94134. This business is conducted by a husband and wife, signed Biu Wing.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/28/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/28/11.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as POT GARDENS, 4040 Balboa St.,#4,San Francisco, CA 94121.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Eshai Delacruz.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/04/11.

AUG.4,11,18,25,2011 statement file A-033710100

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033744500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as LAIZA.,4 Mayfield Ave., Daly City, CA 94015. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Daniel Singnan.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/22/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/22/11.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as H2Y,2715 Cabrillo St., #103,San Francisco, CA 94121.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Hiroshi Ito.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/08/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/08/11.

AUG.4,11,18,25,2011 statement file A-033715100

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033744700

statement file A-033737600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as MARC OLIVIER DE BLANC MOBAFOTO,1270 La Playa St., #202,San Francisco, CA 94122.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Marc Abonnat.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/04/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/04/11.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033744100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as DR. SIMMS & CATS,380 10th St., Loft 18,San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a husband and wife, signed Adrian Simms. 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 08/08/11.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033727200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as I SO LOVE SF,310 Geary Blvd.,San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Kyeong Park.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 08/01/11.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name: #A-0313229-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as CONNIE HAIR SALON, 2436 Bayshore Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94134.This business was conducted by an individual, signed Connie Young. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/23/08.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033727600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as YAN YANG BEAUTY SALON,864 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94133.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Yan Miao Chen.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/01/11.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-033747100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as STEINS,731 Clement St.,San Francisco, CA 94118.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Michele Steiner, 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 08/09/11.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPT.1, 2011 statement file A-03374500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as GRC ROOFING INC.,1390 Wallace Ave.,San Francisco, CA 94124.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Suilin Lee.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/08/11.

AUG.11,18,25,SEPt,1, 2011 nOTICE OF APPLICATIoN to sell AlCOHOLIC BEVERAGEs To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : SUGITA FOODS 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 101 4th St.,SPC 1, San Francisco, CA 94103-3003. Type of license applied for:

41- On-sale Beer and wineEating place aug25,sept 1,8,2011 statement file A-033717000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as EBANISTA SAN FRANCISCO,101 Henry Adams St.,#425,SF, CA 94103.This business is conducted by a limited partnership, signed Fari Pakzad.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/15/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/27/11.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as NOPA CATERING,1518 FULTON ST.,SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Tony Vo.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/10/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/10/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033751800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE DANCING PIG SF,544 Castro St.,SF, CA 94114.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Larry Metzger.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/02/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/11/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033738100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as FLOORDESIGN,25 Rhode Island St.,SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed J.Patrick Aaron.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/04/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/04/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033756200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.CALIFORNIA PROPERTY MARKET, 2.GOLDEN GATE PROPERTIES, 339 Richland Ave.,SF, CA 94110.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Ferdinand Piano.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/12/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/12/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033753700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BUENA VISTA STUDIO, 60 Rausch St.,Apt. 312,SF, CA 94103.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Steven Gary Sullivan.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/10/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/11/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033750200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as U&I AUTO SAFETY CENTER, 758 Bryant St.,SF, CA 94107.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Sang Yuo.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/01/88. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/10/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033760600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as K&K AUTO SERVICE, 1729 15TH St.,SF, CA 94103.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Ma Chung Kwong.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/16/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/16 /11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-0337078100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as QUIZNOS #3860,901 Polk St.,SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Seung J. Hyun.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/19/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/21/11.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name: #A-0329891-01

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as LOCKDESK,88 Kearny St.,3rd floor,SF,CA 94108. This business was conducted by a limited liability company, signed Brett McGovern. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/24/10.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 state of california in and for the county of san francisco file# cnc-11-548004

The following person(s) is/are doing business as IZAKAYA SOZAI, 1500 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Suemee Osuka.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/22/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/26/11.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as SMALL FOODS, 522 2nd St.,San Francisco, CA 94107.This business is conducted by a limited partnership, signed Bruce Slesinger.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 08/08/11.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as STYLEXCLUSIVE,4287 26th St., SF, CA 94131. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Jaya Gali.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 08/15/11.

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In the matter of the application of KELLY LYNNE FOSTER for change of name. The application of KELLY LYNNE FOSTER for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that KELLY LYNNE FOSTER filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to JAMES THOMAS FOSTER. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 514 on the 27th of October, 2011 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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Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name: #A-0327065-03 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as 1.PEOPLES CHOICE LENDING,2.FIXED RATE FUNDING,3.MICHAEL DELIA FINANCIAL,4.SHERIDAN FINANCIAL,88 Kearny St.,3rd floor,SF,CA 94108. This business was conducted by a limited liability company, signed Brett McGovern. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/13/10.

AUG.18,25,SEPT.1,8,2011 statement file A-033766200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE UNLUCKY RABBIT, 575 Cole St.,Apt. 208,SF, CA 94117.This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Ryan Garwin & Jacqueline Supman.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 08/17/11.

Aug.25,SEPT.1,8,15,2011 statement file A-033765000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BEYOND MEDICINE,2037 Irving St.,# 212,SF, CA 94122.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Frederick Lee.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/17/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/17/11.

Aug.25,SEPT.1,8,15,2011 statement file A-033767300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as IRVING TRADING CO.,1409 Irving St., SF, CA 94122.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Sonny K. TAM.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/18/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/18/11.

Aug.25,SEPT.1,8,15,2011 statement file A-033770400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as LA BOULANGE De CALIFORNIA,465 California St., SF, CA 94104.This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Jean-Pierre Lachance.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/19/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/19/11.

Aug.25,SEPT.1,8,15,2011 statement file A-033770500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as LA BOULANGE De SUTTER,222 Sutter St., SF, CA 94108.This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Jean-Pierre Lachance. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/19/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/19/11.

Aug.25,SEPT.1,8,15,2011 statement file A-033775200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE LARGO GROUP,55 Madrone Ave., SF, CA 94127.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Ryan Largo.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/20/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/22/11.

Aug.25,SEPT.1,8,15,2011 statement file A-033755200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as CAMPUS,2241 Chestnut St., SF, CA 94123.This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Richard Howard.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 08/12/11.

Aug.25,SEPT.1,8,15,2011 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 6M6047 EXTENSION OF TIME FOR RECEIPT OF PROPOSALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District has extended the time for receipt of Proposals until the hour of 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the District Secretary’s Office, 23rd Floor, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California 94612 or to the mailing address: P.O. Box 12688, Oakland, California, 94604-2688 for, TO PROVIDE GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND PLANNING SERVICES FOR BART PROJECTS, Request For Proposal No. 6M6047. Dated at Oakland, California, this 17th day of August, 2011. _/s/ Patricia K. Williams Kenneth A. Duron, District Secretary San Francisco Bay Area Transit District 8/25/11• CNS-2159603# BAY AREA REPORTER

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Martha Colburn, Untitled (2011), water-based oils and collage on board, courtesy the artist, from The Air We Breathe, coming to SFMOMA.

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he Steins Collect, easily the best show of the year so far and one of the finest SFMOMA has mounted in the last decade, closes up shop and moves to Paris as of Sept. 6. So, procrastinators out there, there’s no time to lose if you want to catch it. (Extended viewing hours have been added for its waning days.) Then there are musical chairs to report – most notably, the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s dynamic director, Connie Wolf, is leaving at the end of the year to take the top job at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, a changing of the guard that may well shake up both institutions. Make sure that SF Open Studios is on your radar. The oldest and largest event of its kind is back Oct. 1-30, plus an additional fifth weekend. More than 900 artists participate in this roving neighborhood open house, which hits the Castro Oct. 1 & 2. This year, the fall season doesn’t really kick off in earnest until October, in part because the big shows like the Picasso at the de Young and Bali at the Asian don’t close until mid-September or later. With a few exceptions, there don’t seem to be any barnburners on the horizon, but here are a few exhibitions to be on the lookout for. SFMOMA Artists are tuning forks, registering, filtering and interpreting societal undercurrents, which is exactly what they do in The Air We Breathe (Nov. 5, 2011-Feb. 20, 2012), a show in

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here must be no sweeter two words to a theater company than “world premiere.” In fact, the phrase is so desirable that theaters across the nation can claim the title for the same production as the new phrase “rolling world premiere” has come into fashion. World premieres do indeed dominate the highlights as we begin our overture to the fall theater season, and to the best of our reckoning, these are the first productions of these shows whether or not these world premieres roll on to someplace else.

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which they respond to one of the most divisive civil rights issues of our time, the legalization of same-sex marriage. The exhibition, whose title is drawn from a poem by Langston Hughes (“Equality is in the air we breathe”), brings together 30 commissioned works by contemporary visual artists and eight poets. Francesca Woodman (Nov. 5, 2011-Feb. 20, 2012) reconsiders the brief but remarkable career of a photographer who has exerted a profound influence on other artists, especially women, some 30 years after she committed suicide at the tender age of 22. And, starting Nov. 5, be sure to gaze skyward at the atrium, where you’ll find Jim Campbell’s new opus, “Exploded View,” a suspended installation that dazzles with multitudes of flickering LED lights and shadowy threedimensional figures that take shape and come into view. Contemporary Jewish Museum Houdini: Art and Magic (Oct. 2, 2011Jan. 16, 2012) For a Jewish immigrant at the turn of the 20th century, being an escape artist would’ve proved particularly useful – and loaded with metaphor. The son of a rabbi, the Hungarian-born Houdini is the subject of a show that examines his life and legacy with over 160 indispensable objects for the magically inclined, including handcuffs, shackles, See page 25 >>

London’s Kneehigh Theatre (Brief Encounter) returns with the adult fairy tale The Wild Bride, about a girl fleeing the devil, as part of the Berkeley Rep season.

Leaders of the pack The first world premiere out of the fall season’s starting gate has actually been gestating for six years. In Waiting for Giovanni, now through Sept. 18 at New Conservatory Theatre Center, local activist-writer Jewelle Gomez imagines what is going on in James Baldwin’s mind shortly before the 1954 publication of the openly gay novel Giovanni’s Room. Written in collaboration with Harry See page 19 >> Courtesy Kneehigh Theatre

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ive me those shoes back right now!” These immortal words were not uttered recently by some dressing-room drag queen, but way back in 1956 by little Rhoda Penmark in the creepy cult classic film The Bad Seed. Film maestro John Waters once called little Rhoda “a top role model from my deep, dark past.” Now this braided blonde-haired, pint-sized epitome of celluloid evil who kills merely for a penmanship medal will soon be tapping her way onto the Castro Theatre stage. Yep, our very own bad seedy Marc Huestis will be honoring Oscar nominee Patty McCormack, little Rhoda herself, with a “basket of kisses” at a truly twisted tribute coming up Sat., Oct. 15. The gala evening of bad taste features an intimate interview with McCormack, as well as performances by local faves Arturo Galster as the little monster’s (overacting) mother, Matthew Martin as the boozehound Mrs. Daigle, and special guest stars Marilynn Fowler and Ste Fishell as the mini-murderess Rhoda. Also on the bill: a twisted stage

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The men of a cappella ensemble Chanticleer are looking and sounding good. They launch their new season on Sept. 16.

processional, “The Baddest, Seediest Brats of Hollywood”; the first-ever “Miss Bad Seed” contest judged by none other than Kathy Garver (Cissy from Family Affair); special surprise celebrity guests; and a rare screening of the magnificently dated camp fave The Bad Seed. Seems a perfect way to start the Halloween

season! If you call (415) 863-0611 and ask for Hortense, you’ll get a big fat discount from The Huestis himself. For a price, he’s yours.

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Patty McCormack as Rhoda Penmark in the creepy cult classic The Bad Seed. The movie is coming to the Castro Theatre on Oct. 15.

‘Saints’ alive The high-interest arts event in town last weekend was Ensemble Parallele’s Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation, a fullscale production (at YBCA, a coproduction with SFMOMA) of the abridged version of the landmark 1934 Virgil Thomson/ Gertrude Stein opera, preceded by the curtainraiser A Heavenly Act, with music by Luciano Chessa, setting some unused passages from the Stein libretto. The strength of the production was in the Thomson score, not surprising since the music is full of pleasing melody, its heartland Americana meshing well with Stein’s cubist, anti-narrative text. Musicians and singers were exemplary. Artistic director Nicole Paiement led the orchestra with exactingness and punch. Standouts in the cast were Eugene Brancoveanu as Saint Ignatius, Heidi Moss as Saint Teresa, and Wendy Hillhouse and John Bischoff as Commere and Compere. Cast and crew gave their all, but the staging by director Brian Staufenbiel was misconceived, whole set-pieces (e.g., St. Ignatius in the electric chair) elaborately enacted to impose some literal meaning on a libretto that will have none of it. Trying to embellish

a great lyric like “Pigeons on the grass, alas,” with some sort of stage business seems pointless at best. Still, kudos to Ensemble Parallele and their presenters, for tackling vintage avantgarde opera, and offering it up with panache. Last week in our advance piece “Reviving ‘Saints,’” the B.A.R. misidentified African American performance artist Kalup Linzy as African; in fact, he lives in Brooklyn. We regret the error, and the online version has been corrected.

Arts world This issue and next, some Arts & Culture writers preview fall Bay Area arts offerings coming up this fall. This week, we consider highlights to look for in theatre, film and the art museums. Next week, check our critics’ picks in classical music, television and art galleries. We’ve got a few more tips right here, briefly noted. Bay Area Cabaret opens its season on Sept. 16 with Tony-winning singer/actress Lea Salonga, star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon, presented in the historic Venetian Room of the Fairmont Hotel. The BAC lineup will then offer Broadway star Peter Gallagher in October, and jazz vocalist Stacey Kent in December. For more info, go to www. bayareacabaret.org. Some highlights from San Francisco Performances’ 32nd season are mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in a recital of American song (10/13); gay jazz pianist Fred Hersch performing his new work My Coma Dreams, based on nightmares he had during a two-month coma in 2008 (10/30); and Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov making his SF debut performing Shostakovich (11/12). For more on the SF Performances lineup at the Herbst Theatre and other venues, see www. sfperformaces.org. Over in Berkeley, Cal Performances will present a full slate of performers such as iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock (9/21); Kronos Quartet in works by composer Steve Reich, including Different Trains, selections from The Cave, and the Bay Area premiere of WTC 9/11 (10/9); and the U.S. premiere of Desdemona, a theatrical collaboration among Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison, singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré and director Peter Sellars, based on Othello (10/26-29). More info is at www.calperformances.org. Among the many and varied offerings at the Rrazz Room in the Japanese modern Hotel Nikko are songstress Judy Collins in a rare SF

club appearance (9/20-Oct. 1); UpClose & Personal with Wilson Cruz & Scott Nevins (10/26); and “Karen Walker” herself from Will & Grace, talented singer Megan Mullally in her SF premiere (10/28-30). Full calendar of nightclub entertainment is at www.therrazzroom.com. Chanticleer, the renowned 12-member a cappella male ensemble, launches its 2011-12 Bay Area season at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Love Story (9/16). Highlights of the program are a world premiere by Stephen Paulus from The Lotus Lovers, with text based on original Chinese poems by Tzu Yeh, and a new Vince Peterson arrangement of “Somebody to Love” by Queen’s immortal Freddy Mercury. Go to www.chanticleer.org. Oakland East Bay Symphony will kick off their season on Nov. 4 with New World a-Comin’ at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. The program includes “New World a-Comin’” by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and “Estancia, Op. 8” (Ballet Suite, 1941) by Alberto Ginastera. More to know is at www.oebs.org. Peninsula Symphony opens their new season with romantic works by Tchaikovsky, American Impressionist composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes and the Double Concerto by Brahms, at the Fox Theatre in downtown Redwood City (10/21). Info at www. peninsulasymphony.org. That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Watch these pages for more of what’s upcoming in the arts, get out there and support our (mostly nonprofit) arts presenters.

100th b’day party As one of the kick-offs to the San Francisco Symphony’s Centennial Season, the 100-year-old band is hosting a free outdoor Birthday Bash and concert featuring music director Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Lang Lang, right there in front of City Hall on Thurs., Sept. 8. The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. with Ghirardelli Chocolate (so San Francisco!) handing out free chocolate squares to attendees, and free ice cream sundaes to the first 100 guests. La Boulange will also provide free birthday treats for attendees while supplies last. Off the Grid food trucks will be on hand for attendees to purchase picnic lunches. At the Noon concert, Tilson Thomas will conduct the SFS in a program that includes Lang Lang performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. In true party fashion, there are more musical and birthday surprises in store. We’re there.▼


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Lights, camera, action by David Lamble

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he awards season kicks into high gear this fall with a strong slate of queer work in upcoming films. Here are some three-month highlights, in addition to work that will debut at three film festivals: Mill Valley (Oct. 6-16), the San Francisco Doc Fest (Nov. 3-17) and the 8th San Francisco South Asian Film Festival (Nov. 3 at the Viz, the Brava and the Castro Theatre). Weekend British writer/director Andrew Haigh (Greek Pete) reinvents the romantic chamber piece with this off-beat pairing of a semicloseted lifeguard with an abrasive college student who lowers his guard and plunges into a relationship right before leaving the country. This gay “lad” whirlwind courtship ignites on all burners, especially in its brazenly intimate, opposites-attract bedroom chatter. (Oct. 7, Landmark Theatres) Circumstance Maryam Keshaarz plants her 16-year-old girl-loving heroines firmly in the belly of the beast: 7th-century-worshipping, 21st-century pop/tech-obsessed Tehran. How do young Iranian lesbians find others of their persuasion in a society besotted with theology, bribes and arranged marriages? The wealthy Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) finds a willing playmate in orphan Shireen (Sarah Kazemy). At first the girls harmlessly bond around swimming, singing and queer underground dance clubs. Trouble comes knocking in the form of Atafeh’s drug-addled brother Mehran (handsome Reza Sixo Safai, deliciously smarmy). Mehran’s insidious video espionage on his family reminds us of early Atom Egoyan. The increasing fear and paranoia are temporarily offset by witty scenes of young queers dubbing a pirated version of Milk. (Sept. 9, Embarcadero) The Skin I Live In Antonio Banderas returns to Spain and mentor Pedro Almodovar in this outlandish melodrama dripping with science-fiction tropes. Banderas’ Dr. Ledgard drowns his grief over the fiery car-crash death of his wife by creating a new, burn-resistant type of human skin. Needless to say, the good doctor has gone over to the dark side. (Oct. 21, Embarcadero) We Were Here The epidemic that claimed and ruined a huge number of lives has found its cinematic poet. David Weissman (with Bill Weber) discovers an evocative way to frame a community’s heroic fight against a disease, and the parallel calamity of religiously fueled bigotry, in the stories of a footloose community organizer, an outdoor florist, a wildly creative visual artist, a heroic nurse and an emotionally bereft volunteer. The best film effort to date that can unite the generations until there’s a cure. (Sept. 30, Castro) Tomboy In the opening of French director Celine Sciamma’s lovely fable on how gender trumps everything, we enter the potentially magical garden of adolescence. A 10-year-old child is sitting in daddy’s lap getting a playful first driving lesson. It’s one of those rare moments where we are not immediately clued into our hero/heroine’s gender. Observing Laure (the impeccably androgynous Zoe Heran) interact with her loving parents and sassy but thoroughly feminine kid sister is getting a privileged, all-access pass to a childhood paradise immediately before the loss of innocence, sans that phrase’s religious baggage. (Nov. 25, Landmark) Carnage Roman Polanski directs Yasmira Reza’s adaptation of her Broadway hit, about two sets of parents who agree to discuss playground violence between their 11-year-old sons. The evening

Scene from director Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.

Scene from The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975.

dissolves into irrational outbursts tinged with misogyny, homophobia and racism. The A-list cast features Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Opens the New York Film Festival, then pops into national release. Higher Ground The emotional dynamics of two Midwest families with a fundamentalist religious persuasion get an unusually empathetic examination in Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut. This Sundance-crafted drama is fueled by an emotive ensemble, featuring Farmiga as a devout woman who resists the patriarchal constraints of her faith. It’s an offbeat peek into how a rock n roll generation copes with Jesus, based on Carolyn S. Brigg’s memoir This Dark World. (Sept. 2, Embarcadero) Restless Gus Van Sant is back with one of his moral fables, this time exploring the coming together of Annabel (The Kids Are All Right’s Mia Waskikowska) and Enoch (Henry Hopper), two young people doing a dance with death. Annabel’s a terminal cancer patient, and Enoch’s lost his parents in an accident. Combining magical elements – Enoch is assisted by the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot – this one projects an irreverent spirit and may appeal to fans of Anthony Minghella’s Truly, Madly, Deeply. (Sept. 23, Embarcadero) Moneyball I remember the night I hoisted a glass celebrating the crushing defeat of the Oakland A’s in the 1990 World Series. Drinking in a dive across from the SF Hall of Justice, I rejoiced in the sweet revenge of seeing a team that had humiliated my Giants in the 1989 Earthquake Series go down in flames. This promising comedy/drama examines how the A’s got their mojo back following the loss of the Haas family’s fortune and the destruction wrought to their stadium by the Darth Vader of Bay Area sports, Al Davis. Championed by and starring Brad Pitt as the boyish A’s GM Billy Bean, the Oakland-shot baseball saga explores whether a wacky new way to parse the economic value of pricey young players might bring glory days back to the Oakland Coliseum. “There’s a championship team we could afford because everybody else undervalues them, like an island of misfit toys.” “You don’t put a team together with a computer.” “Billy Bean is trying to reinvent

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Scene from Higher Ground.

a system that’s been working for years.” “What is happening in Oakland, it defies everything we know about baseball.” (Sept. 23, wide release) The Black Power Mix Tape 19671975 One’s impression of the movers and shakers of the black power movement – Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver and Angela Davis – gets a major makeover in these remarkable Swedish TV tapes, left to molder for years in a Stockholm basement. Trust Swedish journalists See page 18 >>

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Melody Moore opens her heart San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of ‘Heart of a Soldier’ opens on Sept. 10 by Jason Victor Serinus

Vietnam War hero Rick Rescorla in 1965.

Heart of a Soldier composer Christopher Theofanidis.

safely evacuated almost all of Morgan Stanley’s employees and many others out of WTC 2. After singing patriotic, military, and Cornish songs over a bullhorn to keep people calm as he guided them down the stairs, he returned to the building to rescue others. He was last seen on the 10th floor, shortly before the tower collapsed. While Moore acknowledges that you can’t have an opera based on such an American tragedy and premiere it the night before the event’s 10th anniversary without people thinking of it as a 9/11 commemorative opera, the love stories are at the opera’s heart. They are certainly at the center of her

own heart, which opened to Susan Rescorla the first time they met. “I have to say that I fell in love with Susan quite a bit at the start,” said Moore. “When she showed up at our first workshop, all of 5’1” in heels, and burst into my life with this uncontainable joy and vivaciousness, it really changed the project for me. I already knew the opera was really important, and that it would be groundbreaking. But meeting Susan is what took it to the next level for me. Looking at the person I was going to play really set me on this journey.” Moore described some of her scenes as almost unbearable. “They describe a deep love that I’m

fortunate enough to understand myself,” she said. “But the loss of that kind of love, the devastation – I can’t even go there. And Susan has, and here she is.” Perhaps the reason that Moore’s voice is so well suited to communicating heartbreak is that she has been through tragedy as well. Her father was a longtime abusive alcoholic who committed suicide when she was 24. Nonetheless, after taking four years off from her early vocal studies to deal with the loss, she has bounced back to build a major career and find true love. Moore currently shares her life with her wife, Stacey Cobalt, who works as a lighting technician at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. If their schedules permit, the two will visit New York City early next year when Moore sings the lead in the U.S. premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna with New York City Opera. “Even having gone through my father’s death, I still can’t imagine what it would be like to lose Stacey, or what it was like for Susan to lose Rick, because it’s a different kind of love,” said Moore. “The love that Susan had for Rick in the three short years they were together didn’t allow them enough time to be together. It’s absolutely tragic.” As she prepares for the opera’s premiere, Moore feels Rick’s presence as well as Susan’s. “He’s an extraordinary man,” she said. “Being raised Pentecostal, See page 24 >>

a Boy and its ambitious double-disc sophomore release. But clearly he was up to the task, which is evident on the “angry boy” track “Hate Everyone,” the brassy “Less Cute,” the acoustic “Ahhh Men,” and especially “Do Better,” with its irresistible beat, word play and Will & Grace reference. My Chemical Romance and Titus Andronicus both hail from the

Garden State, but that’s where any ssimilarities end. Closer in spirit to M Minneapolis’ The Replacements, T Titus Andronicus proudly makes rreference to another NJ native son, B Bruce Springsteen, in “A More P Perfect Union,” the roughhousing o opening track of The Monitor (XL). An historical concept aalbum of sorts, The Monitor is an a admirable effort in which the past a the present meet in the most and u unlikely of settings. At the bottom of the heap i Love Drunk (Columbia) by is Boys Like Girls (oh, really?). A pre-fab corporate concoction, it’s a disappointing sign of the current Boston music scene, which has previously given us Human Sexual Response, Mission of Burma, The Pixies, and Blake Babies. Just listen to the glossy “She’s Got a Boyfriend Now” and the Taylor Swift (!) duet on “Two Is Better than One” as proof.▼

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hen out soprano Melody Moore takes to the stage of the War Memorial Opera House on September 10 for San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis and Donna Di Novelli’s Heart of a Soldier, she will sing music about almost unbearable love and loss. Moore plays Susan Rescorla, who late in life found the love of her life in decorated Vietnam War hero Rick Rescorla (played by renowned baritone Thomas Hampson). Less than three years later, Rick disappeared on 9/11 after he had saved the lives of well over 3,700 people during the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 2. “To me, it’s a double love story,” Moore explained during a prerehearsal interview in San Francisco Opera’s pressroom. “One story is between Rick and his wife Susan. But there is also an immense love between two best friends, Rick Rescorla and Dan Hall (sung by tenor William Burden). Their love is bigger than a lot of people will experience in their lifetimes. And it’s a great story. The way they were there for each other in their lives, supported each other, and kept in touch is pivotal, pinnacle – all words apply that are indicative of a true, deep connection.” Despite the tendency to call Heart of a Soldier the “9/11 opera,” most of the libretto deals with Rick’s pre-9/11 history. Born in England, Rescorla

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Soprano Melody Moore will star in San Francisco Opera’s Heart of a Soldier.

idolized the U.S. Infantrymen who were headquartered in his hometown of Hayle, Cornwall. After serving in the British Army in Cypress and Rhodesia, he moved to Brooklyn until he could enlist in the U.S. Army. After receiving four medals in Vietnam, he headed to New York City, and became director of security for Morgan Stanley (headquartered in the World Trade Center). After his divorce from his first wife, Rick met Susan Greer while he was being treated for cancer. He credits her suggestion of herbal treatment with saving his life. They married on February 20, 1999. Less than three years later, Rick

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Young punks aging by Gregg Shapiro

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ave the guys in Green Day set the bar impossibly high for the musicians they influenced, and the bands they inspired? With a pair of acclaimed back-to-back releases, – one of which, American Idiot, inspired a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Broadway musical – and a mixed bag of recent releases by aging young punks, the answer might be yes. The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance’s 2006 follow-up to its 2004 major-label breakthrough Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, featured a guest vocal appearance by none other than Liza Minnelli, on the song “Mama.” Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (Reprise), My Chemical Romance’s new disc, contains the electro-fied “Planetary (Go!),” “The Kids from Yesterday” and the sunny “Summertime,” a trio

of certifiable dance cuts. Are these New Jersey emo-punks reaching out to a queer audience? For their existing fans, MCR delivers the sophisticated, bratty rock that has become their trademark, on “Bulletproof Heart,” and “Vampire Money,” and they do it all within the context of a concept album. The heavily-inked Madden twins of Good Charlotte have returned with Cardiology (Capitol). Like MCR, Good Charlotte isn’t afraid to come face-to-face with a dance beat (see their previous disc), and they do so on “Last Night.” But the heart of Cardiology is the sound that GC has been working since the beginning, as you can hear on “Counting the Days” and the unexpected title-track ballad. Being on landmark punk label Epitaph, Chicago’s Alkaline Trio has a certain standard to uphold. Yet they still make music that manages to be both accessible and potent on This

Addiction (Epitaph). The best examples of this can be found on “The American Scream,” “Piss and Vinegar,” and “Dine, Dine, My Darling.” While Alkaline Trio expertly tows the Epitaph line, Motion City Soundtrack left the legendary indie label behind for the majors on My Dinosaur Life (Columbia). It turns out that wasn’t a bad thing. The cartoon illustration on the cover illustrates that you are entering lighter pop-punk territory here, exemplified on tracks such as “Her Words Destroyed My Planet” and the Ben Folds-like “A Life Less Ordinary (Need a Little Help).” Max Bemis of Say Anything had his work cut out for him with the band’s eponymous third disc on RCA. He had to work in the shadow cast by Say Anything’s acclaimed rock opera/ concept album debut Say Anything Is

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Puppet up! by Richard Dodds

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orry, kids, your father and I are off to see a puppet show. Be nice to the babysitter, and no more than two hours playing Splatterhouse on the Nintendo. The kind and gentle world of puppets doesn’t usually come with an adults-only prohibition, even more surprising when the puppets come from the company that gave us the Muppets and the Sesame Street characters. But Stuffed and Unstrung is randy in a mostly innocuous way – no penetration, if you don’t include where the puppeteers put their hands – and the saltiest language comes from the convivial emcee, who

somewhat gratuitously drops the F-bomb at regular intervals. Stuffed and Unstrung, now at the Curran under the aegis of SHN and SF Sketchfest, is a change of pace for the Jim Henson Company, which sold off the Muppets to Disney in 2004, and has mostly been involved with cable kids shows with new characters. To his credit, Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson and now chairman of the company, is blazing his own trail with Stuffed and Unstrung, which arose sporadically at various comedy festivals and is now at the start of its first tour under the Henson Alternative banner. And it also gets him out of the office; he’s one of the six puppeteers kept in frantic motion

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Brian Henson manipulates one of the puppets in Stuffed and Unstrung, which reveals the usually unseen world of puppeteers at work in the Jim Henson tradition.

by the novel concepts that define the show. First off, it’s largely an improv show, with host Patrick Bristow soliciting suggestions from the audience for a series of sketches that the puppeteers will perform after choosing their puppets from dozens of creatures displayed on a rack. They are a deft bunch, having to come up with improvised dialogue that works more often than not while also manipulating the puppets’ heads, arms, and sometimes feet while watching their puppets’ movements on stage-level monitors. But the real novelty comes in removing the barriers that have always kept the puppeteers out of sight in all previous Henson puppet appearances. At about seven feet above the stage floor, the familiar movements of Muppet-like puppets are happening, and projection screens enlarge their movements

while framing the scenes so the puppeteers below can’t be seen. But drop your eyes and there is an intense and fascinating second show that is happening, as the puppeteers are hard at work inventing both movement and speech. There are two sequences in which Bristow picks folks from the audience for some onstage fun, and they worked surprisingly well on opening night. But with improv, there’s the rub. The show that you see won’t be like the show I saw. It may be better or it may be worse, at least in terms of creative hilarity. But because it’s improv, there is reward just in the effort – and even if the upper show falters, the ground crew always has its own fascinating rhythms.▼ Stuffed and Unstrung will run at the Curran Theatre through Aug. 27. Tickets ($30-$65), call (888) SHN-1799.


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Miss Show Business by Tavo Amador

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lassic Hollywood is filled with unlikely movie stars like Judy Garland (1923-69), who defied preconceived images to become one of the most popular and acclaimed performers in film history. Her remarkable singing of contemporary songs garnered attention, compelling MGM Studios to overlook her tiny (4’11”) stature, plump figure, and plain face. Yet even her voice represented a challenge. Executives doubted audiences would believe this little girl could have such a big instrument – they worried viewers would think she was dubbed. This and many other new, fascinating facts fill John Fricke’s dazzling Judy Garland: A Legendary Film Career (Running Press, $30). Fricke, who won Emmys for his PBS American Masters and A&E Biography of Garland (nee Frances Gumm), documents her preWizard of Oz (1939) movies, and restates how she landed the role of Dorothy in that miraculous film. Prior to Oz, she had made shorts before appearing with teenage Deanna Durbin in Every Sunday Afternoon (1936). Garland sang swing; Durbin, classical. They were terrific. MGM wanted Durbin, but inadvertently let her go to Universal, where she became a huge star. They reluctantly signed Garland, unsure how to use her. She filmed eight low-budget pictures in two years, and when MGM couldn’t borrow Shirley Temple, landed Dorothy in Oz. After its success, she made 22 movies in 11 years, sang in theatres promoting her films, guested on countless radio programs, and entertained troops during WWII. This grueling schedule required the use of stimulants and depressants, whose long-term health consequences weren’t known. Determined to keep her thin, her ambitious mother, Ethel Gumm, may have unwittingly started her daughter’s drug dependency. Meet Me in St. Louis (1945) and The Harvey Girls (1946) were the best of her post-Oz MGM pictures, but the others are still engaging and she, a fine dancer and actress, is superb. Fricke quotes Elaine Stritch,

who says Garland was always “real.” Fricke recounts that her father, a movie theatre manager, was often discovered in compromising situations with young men, forcing the family to frequently relocate. Garland adored him, and blamed her mother for their divorce. Curiously, her second husband, Vincente Minnelli, was gay/bisexual, as were two other husbands. (She found Minnelli in bed with a man.) Daughter Liza Minnelli would marry the gay Peter Allen, with Garland’s blessing. Drug use and overwork resulted in several hospitalizations. White shooting Annie Get Your Gun (1950), MGM fired her because of unreliability. She’d make only four more films, including the spectacular A Star Is Born (1954), and supplied the voice Mewsette in the animated Gay Puree (1962). Her popularity, however, remained unequaled. Signed for four weeks at Broadway’s Palace Theatre (1950), her acclaimed performance was extended to a record 19 weeks. Subsequent concert and nightclub appearances were box-office bonanzas and critical successes. Fricke quotes contemporaries hailing her legendary Carnegie Hall concert (1961) as the “greatest night in show business history.” The live recording became a best-selling album. Television clamored for her. A 1962 special with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin set ratings records. Third husband Sid Luft gambled

away her earnings. Subsequent m managers also embezzled her. N Needing money, in 1963, despite exhaustion, she signed with CBS ffor a weekly variety show. Hostile n new network head Jim Aubrey ttold her she had to change her aact. Despite doubts, she agreed. T The initial black-and-white shows w were gimmicky and bad. Aubrey aaired them opposite Bonanza, filmed in color and the most w watched show of the era. Ratings d disappointed. Garland rebelled, ttook control, and critics cheered. G Guests included Ethel Merman, L Lena Horne, Bobby Darin, Peggy L Lee, Vic Damone, Mickey Rooney, th the young Barbra Streisand (“Judy w was very nice to me. I wasn’t ‘B ‘Barbra Steisand’ then”) and te teenaged Liza Minnelli. Although h her contract gave her an option for 339 shows, she quit after 26. Money woes forced her to work. Cancellations and late entrances grew. She signed to play Helen Lawson in the film version of trashy best-selling novel Valley of the Dolls (1967), with Patty Duke portraying a character modeled on her. Duke says director Mark Robson was cruel to Garland, compounding her insecurities. Unable to perform, she was fired. She died in London. Fricke says the cause of death was malnutrition, and that her liver showed no signs of cirrhosis, despite her reputation for drinking. Daughter Lorna Luft observes that while tragic things happened to Garland, she wasn’t a tragic person. Fricke writes that she was regarded as the funniest woman in Hollywood. She joked about her popularity with gay men. “When I die, flags will fly at half-mast on Fire Island.” Over 26,000 people paid their respects at her Manhattan wake, original fans and those who grew up watching annual television showings of Oz. It’s her flawless Dorothy in that extraordinary movie that ensured Garland’s perennial stardom. She finished eighth in the AFI list of the greatest female legends of the 20th century. The photographs in Judy: A Legendary Career in Films are sensational. Publicity shots, stills from movies, radio, television appearances, concerts, and nightclub engagements are balanced with candid ones with friends, husbands, and children. Fricke’s text adds much new material to a well-documented life. He captures her resilient spirit. Readers will want to view her movies to again appreciate her artistry.▼

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oming this week to the Roxie Theater, two Wisconsin straight boys, seeking elegant digs in the lower Haight in the mid-80s, discover a dirty little secret world. In the new Aussieproduced doc Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, “Eddie Lee Sausage” and “Mitchell D.” describe their pilgrimage to the lower depths of 237 Steiner St. “We’re making our way from the sort of nice neighborhood where we were staying and I’m going, ‘Oh, wow, we might live in one of these cool old buildings.’ And then we pulled up, and there’s this totally ramshackle shithole of a place.” “Yeah, when we first saw the place, it was this gaudy pink color: what does this remind us of? I don’t remember who coined it, but we came up with the Pepto-Bismol Palace, after the classic antacid, antidiarrhea medicine.” “The absentee landlord, Nancy Lee, stepped out of the apartment, turned and said, ‘One more thing, next-door neighbors, sometime little bit loud.’” No sooner do Eddie and Mitch, with their 80s hair and faux

innocence, settle into the Palace than Eddie starts hearing strange noises emanating through the paper-thin walls: his first audio encounters with Peter J. Haskett and Raymond Huffman, the odd-couple neighbors who kept screaming in Eddie’s sleep, “Shut up, little man,” and that allpurpose standby “cocksucker,” as every possible form of speech. Efforts to have a dialogue on decibels and dirty words find Eddie confronting Huffman. “There was this Cro-Magnonlooking kind of guy, who had the neck mussels of a newborn. ‘Goddamn it, you guys have been screaming for days. I’m trying to get some sleep, you need to shut the fuck up!’ Ray replied, ‘Listen, you skinny cocksucker, shut your fucking mouth and go back to bed. I was a killer before you were born, and I’ll be a killer after you’re dead.’” Eddie then describes noticing a human skull nestled in the window next to the door, and suddenly realizing “that I’m in way over my head.” Once the nervous little rabbit returns to the safety of his hutch, he decides to wake his still-sound-asleep roommate to the reality of their situation. The boys start taping their neighbors,

which they profited not. It’s impossible to ascertain who these men really were, how their obviously twisted relationship had evolved, or who they were harming aside from themselves. Shut Up Little Man!, which is more than modestly entertaining, raises all kinds of red flags for us genuine “cocksuckers.” These range from the depths of the closet to the usefulness of the term “self-hating homosexual,” to the need to confront so-called hip commentators about their condescending attitudes, often derived from half-digested bits of American religiosity.

Growing up the ward of a Victorian-raised British dad whose favorite expletive was, “Jesus fucking Christ on a goddamn fucking cross,” I’ve come to realize just how bizarre it is to be culturally abducted. It wasn’t until I reached the church of the Castro Theatre and the cinema liberation theology of Bruce Beresford and Martin Scorsese that I was able to emerge from the shame of coming from a background that was a lot more representative of real life than the hipster crowd would admit. Years ago, I and thousands of aspiring hipsters fell asleep to the radio ministry of Jean Shepherd, now mostly remembered as the screenwriter/narrator of Bob Clark’s cult hit A Christmas Story. Shepherd’s nightly radio short stories usually began with the line “I’m this kid, see,” and went on to describe a Holman, Indiana childhood starring a dad, “the old man,” who swore like a sailor at every possible opportunity, but whose pratfalls were not meant to be the object of self-satisfied, smug derision, but rather a humanely comic object lesson in our shared absurdity. As Shepherd wisely noted, “3,000 years from now, we’ll all be forgotten.”▼

mbira, guitar, and singing on one track). Recorded in April 2010 at the Goethe Institute Buenos Aires, and also available in high-resolution format on DVD-R, the up-close recording was made using only two custom-made microphones. The musicians are clearly having loads of fun: they whistle, wind, chime, beat, and accordionize on an improvised track named “Generala,” and smile to themselves on Dyzenchauz’s “Pinche Tirano.” Vazquez’s tonguein-cheek “Calma” is anything but. Search in vain for the female soloist

on the opening track “Chiquita” – the extremely mellow, sweet, samba-like voice seems to be that of its composer, Edgardo Cardozo. You’ll enjoy what sounds like a finger piano/harmonica duo on “Mundos que ce Tocan,” and Moguilevsky’s perfect-pitched, vibratoless whistling on several tracks. “Generala” is a bit of divine madness, with a hint of Nina Rota’s fanciful soundtracks for Fellini refracted through a South American lens. I keep playing this delightful CD over and over, discovering new things each time.▼

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Scene from Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure.

complete with an improvised boom mike plugged into their stereo. The resulting dozens of hours of audiocassettes were first shared as party favors. Eventually, the tapes went viral, and in the early-90s world of underground tape-swappers, Shut Up Little Man! became a sensation, and the raw clay for an avalanche of hipper-than-thou comic books and radio monologues. The doc is essentially a summation of a pre-Internet kind of phenomenon whereby Haskett and Huffman become the setup and punch lines for an ongoing hipster cultural joke that they’re unaware of, and from

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Argentine exoticism by Jason Victor Serinus Puente Celeste, Nama (MA Recordings)

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arely is a recording of South American music so full of life, yet so mellow that you can play it in either foreground or background

and feel equally refreshed, as Nama. Inquisitive recording engineer Todd Garfinkle, whose label MA Recordings specializes in superb recordings of exotic originals whose music crosses the boundaries between jazz, classical, world and more, recently journeyed to Argentina to record music collective

Puente Celeste. Formed in 1997 by Argentine percussionist Santiago Vazquez, whose ever-inventive Sera una Noche remains fresh, the group currently includes wind player Marcelo Moguilevsky, guitarist/ singer/songwriter Edgardo Cardozo, bassist Luciano Dyzenchauz, and Vazquez (playing percussion, table,

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to capture the human, thoughtful side of a collection of American rebels consistently demonized on the American boob tube. My souvenir “FBI Wanted” poster of a giant Afrosporting Davis has never seemed so precious. With music by the Roots and Michael Jackson, this mindexpanding doc is an appropriate companion piece to Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy’s penetrating new volume, Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency. (Sept. 23, Landmark) The Man Who Fell to Earth Virtually every aspect of David Bowie’s gender-bending Ziggy Stardust persona acquires heightened

significance as he plays an alien from a water-depleted planet desperate to save his dying species. This Nicolas Roeg-directed cult classic features a stellar supporting cast: Rip Torn, Candy Clark and Buck Henry. As Bowie’s alien picks up bad human habits, the piece mirrors Todd Haynes’ glam-rock tribute Velvet Goldmine. (Sept. 9, Landmark) Take Shelter Fans of Jeff Nichols’ harrowing breakthrough feature Shotgun Stories will be happy to hear that Sony Classics has picked up his latest project that reunites him with his actor/muse Michael Shannon. Shannon is a family man who’s digging a backyard shelter, fearing either an apocalyptic event or his own mental breakdown. (Oct. 7, Embarcadero)▼


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after her father has accidentally sold her to the devil.

Flying solo

WM. Hunter plays novelist James Baldwin, and Liam Hughes is the title character in his controversial novel Giovanni’s Room, the impending publication of which sends Baldwin into a mental battle in NCTC’s world premiere of Waiting for Giovanni.

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Waters Jr., the play examines Baldwin’s worries not only over writing about gay characters, but making them all white, in conflict with his emerging status as a literary civil-rights icon. Knee-replacement surgery delayed Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup from concluding Berkeley Rep’s last season to opening the new one, running Sept. 2-Oct. 30. Now the award-winning actress is ready to tell all about her early life, romances, Hollywood career, personal struggles, and later contentment in work and life (as a Berkeley resident) as she nears her 80th birthday. There will be stories, songs, and dancing in the piece Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone created for her. Erstwhile gay SF playwright Adam Bock, now Big Appling it, returns with a contemporary adaptation of Phaedra running at Shotgun Players’ Ashby Stage Sept. 21-Oct. 23. It’s still the story of a woman with an uncontrollable sexual urge for her stepson, but now the setting is suburban America. Greek tragedy gets another Americanization in a world premiere at TheatreWorks in Mountain View, although the setting is considerably different from Bock’s Phaedra. Dan Dietz’s Clementine in the Lower Nine, running Oct. 5-30, is a blues riff on Agamemnon set in a postKatrina New Orleans, where a family deals with haunting legacies and a daunting present. Former Atlanta playwright Steve Yockey, who wrote the gay apocalyptic sitcom Octopus produced at the Magic Theatre in 2008, is now a playwright-in-residence at Marin Theatre Company. And that means it gets first dibs on his new play Bellwether, running Oct. 6-30. It’s described as a “suspenseful fairy tale for adults” about a quiet community that begins to unravel when a young girl goes missing. Arrivederci Roma sounds like a Tony Curtis movie from the 1960s, but that is not the vibe at all in Morgan Ludlow’s new play running Oct. 6-19 at StageWerx. The Wily West production is described as a transgender mafia comedy – or in publicity terms, “The Godfather meets Trannyshack.” It may seem ironic that Sticky Time, running Oct. 27-Nov. 18, is a multi-media sensory journey about an epic battle to prevent a mysterious force from ending the universe by un-sticking time. Ironic, because playwright and codirector Marilee Talkington has a degenerative condition that has rendered her largely blind. Crowded Fire is producing the premiere of Sticky Time at Brava Theatre with Talkington’s own Vanguardian

Productions, which has the motto “Theatre Beyond Vision.”

Yesteryears anew Once in a Lifetime was the first Kaufman and Hart collaboration, and was a big Broadway hit in 1930. But unlike other Kaufman and Hart plays, it seldom gets revived. For one thing, the original production featured 37 actors. In ACT’s season opener, running Sept. 22-Oct. 16, 15 actors will play 70 roles, and director Mark Rucker’s production about the early days of Hollywood talkies will incorporate period film clips and backdrops that meld theater and film. Aurora Theatre is reaching back to 1966 to open its 20th season with Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, running Sept. 2-Oct. 9. A cast of popular Bay Area veteran actors makes up the cast in the story of a seemingly settled married couple whose home is invaded by their best friends fleeing an undefined terror. Rising from a series of calamities, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has landed acclaimed ACT actor Steven Anthony Jones as its artistic director and found a new home in the former Post Street Theatre. The opening production, running Oct. 11-Nov. 26, is a double bill made up of Douglas Turner Ward’s 1965 classic Day of Absence, which imagines the paralysis that strikes a Southern community when the entire black population disappears, and Brazilian playwright Marcos Barbosa’s Almost Nothing, about the spiraling complications that ensue for a couple trying to cover up a killing.

Encore, encore Theatre Rhino is opening its season with a speedy revival of SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience, running Nov. 10-27 at CounterPulse. Artistic director John Fisher’s play was staged as part of Rhino’s previous season, and his meta-theatrical take on one of SF’s gay pioneers has been revised for the new staging. To open its season, the Magic Theatre is reaching back to 1993, when it produced the premiere of Claire Chafee’s Why We Have a Body, running Aug. 31-Oct. 2. It’s the comedic story of a lesbian private eye who stalks men cheating on their wives, her little sister who alternately robs convenience stores and directs traffic, and their archeologist mother whose specialty is the human brain. England’s Kneehigh Theatre scored a big hit for ACT in 2009 with its live/film adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter. This time, Berkeley Rep is sponsoring Kneehigh’s Bay Area return with The Wild Bride, running Dec. 12-Jan. 1. Based on the classic fairy tale The Handless Maiden, this is a grownup adaptation about a girl who flees

The incontestably zany Sara Moore brings a new and improved version of Show Ho, running Sept. 8-Oct. 9, to New Conservatory Theatre Center. Previously seen at Theatre Rhino in 2002, this is Moore’s examination of an outcast and her journey of selfdiscovery as a circus clown, with impressions of the many eccentrics she meets along the way. Marga Gomez unveils her ninth solo production to help the Marsh open its season. Not Getting Any Younger, running Sept. 8-Oct. 23, with its self-explanatory title, is a comedy about “lies, vanity, and the good old days.”

Broadway & beyond SHN, which used to be known as Best of Broadway, is indeed reaching beyond the Great White Way for a jam-packed fall season of four touring productions. SF and New York are the only U.S. cities that will get to see Kevin Spacey in the Old Vic modernized production of See page 24 >>

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<< Out&About

August 25-31, 2011

Waiting for Giovanni @ New Conservatory Theatre Center World premiere of Jewelle Gomez’ and Harry Waters, Jr.’s much-anticipated play inspired by the life of gay author James Baldwin. $22-$40. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 18. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Sat 27 >> Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance @ Asian Art Museum Expansive exhibit of more than 100 historic art works in exhibits that showcase the practicality of the performing and visual arts in this beautiful culture. Special Shadow Puppet Theatre shows 12pm-4pm thru Aug. 28 (also Aug 25 6pm $10-$27). $7-$17. TueSun 10am-5pm. Thu til 9pm. Thru Sept. 11. 200 Larkin St. www.asianart.org

Bay Area Now 6 @ YBCA Group exhibit of local visual artists in varied media. Exhibit thru Sept. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 978-2700. www.ybca.org

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-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Christopher Bordenave of Zhukov Dance Theatre

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id you know your brain processes daily tasks while you sleep? Zhukov Dance Theatre blends metaphoric dreamlike imagery with some vibrantly physical choreography. With five veteran company members returning to perform a new dance Product 04 –about dreamlike thoughts and tasks– plus repertory works, and director Yuri Zhukov’s visual art and photographs in exhibited in the lobby, it seems Zhukov makes art even while sleeping. $18$35. Z Space, 450 Florida St. 8pm. Sept 1, 2 & 3. (800) 838-3006. www.zhukovdance.org From colorful art to rousing music, J Pop Summit at New People World, the annual two-day festival of Japanese pop culture, will definitely work, with live and DJed music by Lawrence ‘Foxxee’ Petty and others, plus movies, exhibits, lectures by designers and fashion leaders like Hechiken Hamazaki (photo). August 27 & 28. 11am-6pm. $20-$100. www.J-pop.com www.newpeopleworld.com Work that pole! Showgirls, one of the Hechi-ken Hamazaki best-worst films of all time, returns to the Castro Theatre. Peaches Christ brings back Night of 1,000 Showgirls, the hilarious screening of the campy stripper flick, with a Nomi vs. Crystal costume contest and live stage drag acts. The army of lap-dancers should keep you amused, or scared. $20-$45. Saturday, August 27, 8pm. 429 CasShowgirls tro St. www.castrotheatre.com

Fri 26 >> Abigail the Rock Opera @ Light Rail Studios The Salem witch trial rock opera, workshopped last year, returns. $15-$20. Doors 8pm/show 9pm. Thu-Sat thru Aug. 27. 672 Toland Place. At Kirkwood. 285-0259. www.abigailtherockopera.com www.lightrailstudios.com

American Buffalo @ Actors Theatre of SF David Mamet’s intense drama about three petty crooks. $26-$38. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept. 3. 855 Bush St. at Taylor. 345-1287. www.ActorsTheatreSF.org

Animated Shorts @ Oddball Film Collection of wacky kids’ educational cartoon films. $10. 8:30pm. Aug 27, Ecstatic Bodies, short films featuring gymnasts, divers, parades and mass movement of all kinds. $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilm.com

Anniversary Party @ The Lookout The pivotal Castro bar with the fab view celebrates four years. No cover all day or night. Free buffet 6pm-8pm. DJs Stefanie Phillips and Christopher B, Guy Ruben and Robbie Martin. 3:30pm-2am. 3600 16th St. www.lookoutsf.com

Avy K, Erika Tsimbrosky, Vadim Puyandaev @ CounterPulse Multimedia dance-projection and live music work themed around the myth of ancient nomadic horsemen. $15-$20. 8pm. Also Aug 27. 1310 Mission st. 626-2060. www.counterpulse.org

The Tempest, The Complete History of America @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre The Shakespeare classic about an exiled king, and the comic three-man romp about US history, play in repertory. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 4pm. Thru Sept 25. $20-$75 (season tix). 1475 Acacia Ave., Dominican Universaty, San Rafael. www.marinshakespeare.org

Henson Alternative @ Curran Theatre Stuffed and Unstrung, Brian Henson’s funny irreverent show with 80 puppets and 6 comedians. $30-$65. Thu 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm & 10:30pm. Thru Aug. 27. 445 Geary St. (888) SHN-1799. www.stuffedandunstrung.com www.shnsf.com

Shut Up little Man! @ Roxie Cinema Matthew Bates’ film uses the audio recordings of deranged, hilarious and frightening arguments between his neighbors, a pair of gay and antigay roommates in the Haight district in the 80s. $7-$10. Thru Sept 1. 3117 16th St. www.roxie.com

garb, cyclists and banner carriers encouraged. Festival 1pm-6pm.Snow Park. 19th St & Harrison. After-party at Oasis, 135 12th St. $10-$20. 9pm-2am. 21+. (510) 381-0844. www.sistahssteppin.org

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29 Joan Baez returns to Teatro in Maestro’s Enchantment, the new show at the theatretent-dinner extravaganza, with Ukranian illusionist Yevgeniy Voronin, clown Peter Pitofsky, aerialist Bianca Sapetto, a fivecourse dinner, and a lot of fun. $117-$145. Saturday 11:30am “Breve” show $63-$78. Wed-Sat 6pm (Sun 5pm). Thru Oct. 9. Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 438-2668. www. teatrozinzanni.com

Tigers Be Still @ SF Playhouse Quirky comedy about an art therapist whose family and work life is complicated; oh, and a tiger’s escaped from a local zoo. $40-$50. 8pm. Tue & Wed 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. Thru Sept. 10. 533 Sutter St. near Powell. 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

Twelfth Night @ Theatre in the Woods, Woodside Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy about cross-dressing loves, heartache and romance, is re-set in colonial New England at the beautiful outdoor ampitheatre. $15$25. Sat & Sun 1pm thru Sept. 4. 2170 Bear Gulch Road (West), Woodside. www.theatreinthewoods.com

Aniuruddhan Vasudevan

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks @ Legion of Honor Famous artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Hendrick Avercamp are featured in this exhibit of works from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo. Also, Picasso’s Ceramics (thru Oct. 9), Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel (thru July 24) and a fascinating permanent collection. $7-$11. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Thru Oct. 2. 100 34th Ave. at Clement, Lincoln Park. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Exit, Pursued By a Bear @ Boxcar Playhouse Lauren Gunderson’s hilarious revenge comedy about domestic abuse. $15-$35. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Aug 27, then Sept 7-17. 505 Natoma St. 255-7846. www.crowdedfire.org

Gilligan’s Island @ The Garage Moore Theatre and Safehouse’s campy stage parody of the classic TV show. $10$20. Sat & Sun at 8pm. Thru Aug. 28. 975 Howard St. www.MooreTheatreSF.com www.975howard.com

Images From the Inside @ Alcatraz Island Cell House We Players’ collaborative exhibit of photographs by and about prisoners and their works in the prison arts program. Opening reception, and talk. Donations/$20-$30. 1pm-4pm. Board from Pier 33. Thru Nov. 30. www.weplayers.org

Monsters in the Bookshelf @ Thacher Gallery, USF Exhibit of sketchbooks, canvases, storyboards, book galleys and other artwork by popular children’s book illustrators from Studio 5 (www.studiofiveart.org). Thru Dec. 16. Gleeson Library-Geschke Center, USF campus, 2130 Fulton St. 422-5178. www.usfca.edu

Of Dice and Men @ La Val’s Subterranean, Berkeley Impact Theatre’s comic play about gamers. Pizza and beer/beverages available. $10-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct. 1. 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. (510) 224-5744. www.impacttheatre.com

Passage: Capturing Movement @ 60SIX Gallery Group exhibit of unsual photos taken in diverse situations and media by Stephen Mallon, David Magnusson, Steve Bird, Anne Terpstra, David King and Michael Jang. Thru Sept 16. Saturdays 9:30am-1pm. 66 Elgin Park. www.gallery60six.com

The Road to Hades @ John Hinkel Park, Berkeley Shotgun Players presents Jeff Raz’s circus stunt-filled pratfall parody of war between the ancient gods. $10. Sat & Sun 3pm. Thru Sept. 11. Southhampton Ave. at The Arlington. (510) 841-6500. www.shotgunplayers.org

Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride @ Lake Merritt, Oakland 10th annual East Bay Dyke March and Festival, 11am gathering, El Embarcadero & Grand Ave. march 12pm. Drummers, festive

Peter Asher @ The Rrazz Room Legendary producer/singer presents a multimedia stroytelling show about his career working with The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and other music greats. $40. 3pm. Also Aug 28 & 29, 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Exhibit of personal artwork, collected work and archival materials showing how the lesbian poet’s life, mostly in Paris, changed over the decades before and after WWII. Free-$10. Thru Sept. 6. 11am-5pm daily (closed Wed), Thu 1pm-8pm. 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

SF Hiking Club @ Mount Tamalpais Enjoy a 10-mile hike on the scenic coastal route of the big mountain, and the forested trail down to Stinson Beach. Carpools meet 9:15am at the Safeway sign, Market St. at Dolores. (925) 833-1069. www.sfhiking.com

Songs for My Father @ Martuni’s Pia Trinidad-Sprague sings and hosts a benefit for the American Cancer Society, with Sean Ray, Steve Valdez, Beth Elliot, Jorge Hernandez and other talents. Donations. 4pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

The Steins Collect @SF MOMA Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian AvanteGarde, a fascinating exhibit of pivotal artworks originally collected by lesbian poet Gertrude Stein and her family. 4th floor galleries. Free (members)-$25. Thru Sept. 6. 11am-5:45pm daily; extended Sat hours 10am-8:45pm. Closed Wed.; open til 8:45pm Thu. 151 Third St. 357-4000. www.sfmoma.org

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Sat 27 3rd I Queer Eye @ ATA Gallery The South Asian LGBT mini-festival of films and shows includes Flying With One Wing. $8. 7pm. 992 Valencia St. www.atasite.org Also, Aniuruddhan Vasudevan performs his solo dance-theatre show about Brihannala, the eunuch from the epic Mahabharata. Minal Hajratwala reads her poetic work The Seeker and the Unicorn ; and a sneak preview excerpt of a new work by Siren Theater Project. $8$15. 5pm. The Women’s Building, 3543 18th St. Cash only. www.thirdi.org

Sun 28 >> The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art 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. www.dennisraefineart.com

The Bible Illuminated @ San Jose Museum of Art R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis, an exhibit featuring more than 200 of the comic artist’s drawings in a retelling of the biblical tales. Thru Sept. 25. $5-$8. Tuesday–Sunday, 11am-5pm.110 South Market St., San Jose. www.sjmusart.org

The Black Power Mix Tape @ House of Music, Oakland Screening of Göran Hugo Olsson and Danny Glover’s documentary about the Black Power movement from 1967-1975; interspersed with conversations between activists Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins, and Emory Douglas. Free. No-host bar; snacks, popcorn. 3pm. 420 14th St. 3rd floor.

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

Opus Q @ Julia Morgan Center, Berkeley Open rehearsal and new member event; listen to selections, and meet the members of the gay-inclusive choral group. 7pm9:45pm. Studio C, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. www.opus-q.org

Sundance Saloon, the popular countrywestern dance night for the LGBT community, now in its 13th year, attracts friendly urban cowboys and cowgirls twostepping and line dancing the night away. $5. 21+. Sundays 5pm-10:30pm, lessons 5:30–7:15pm. Thursdays 6:30–10:30pm, lessons 7pm-8pm. 550 Barneveld Ave., near Bayshore and Industrial. www.sundancesaloon.org

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

Sway Machinery @ Beatbox Funky world music sax-heavy band performs live at the new nightclub. $10-$12. 8pm. 314 11th St. www.swaymachinery. com www.beatboxsf.com

Various Exhibits @ Oakland Museum of California A Walk in the Wild, Continuing John Muir’s Journey, 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) 318-8400. www.museumca.org

Mon 29 >> Cityscapes @ John Pence Gallery Group exhibit of paintings of urban San Francisco. 6pm-8pm. Thru Sept 2. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat til 5pm. 750 Post St. 441-1138. www.johnpence.com

Marga’s Funny Mondays @ The Marsh, Berkeley Marga Gomez brings her comic talents and special guests to a weekly cabaret show. $10. 8pm. 2120 Allston Way. (800) 838-3006. www.margagomez.com www.themarsh.org

Mark Kleim Photos @ The Cove Lavender Lounge host’s video slideshow of sexy amusing candids from Up Your Alley street fairs 2003-2009. Daily 434 Castro St.

Nanette Harris @ SF Public Library Blue People by a Green Painter, an exhibit of works by by the artist who paints people of color in different tones, and uses recycled paint. Part of the Afro Solo Arts Fest. Thru Oct. 20. 100 Larkin St. www.afrosolo.org www.sfpl.org


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SF Giants LGBT Night Out @ AT&T Park Join hundreds of LGBT baseball fans at the annual gay night out. $35-$45. 7:15pm game. 24 Willie Mays Plaza. http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/ group_special_events.jsp#lgbt

Blue Room Comedy @ The Stud Comic David Hawkins has moved his popular bawdy laughfest to a roomy nightclub; No cover. 8pm. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum

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

See the new mini-exhibit about the Alice B. Toklas San Francisco LGBT Democratic political organization as it celebrates its 40th anniversary; part of Our Vast Queer Past, the popular exhibit from the GLBT Historical Society, with a wide array of rare historic items on display. Free for members-$5. Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm5pm. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Tue 30 >> Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gayfriendly comedy night. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Love and Anarchy @ Ictus Gallery Group exhibit of works by Cece Carpio, Kira Curtis, Fernando Marti, and Jermaine Rogers. Tue-Sat 12pm-5pm thru Sept. 1. 1769 15th St. at Albion. www.ictusgallery.com

Meditation Classes @ Kadampa Buddhist Temple Tessa Logan teaches drop-in meditation classes. $10. 7-8:45pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187. www.meditationinnortherncalifornia.org

Red Hot Chili Peppers Live @ Century 9 Cinema High-definition live nationwide satellitebroadcast screening of the band performing their new album I’m With You, plus selected hits. $15. 8pm. Also Sept. 1. 835 Market St. www.FathomEvents.com

A Thin Line @ Visual Aid Works by Daniel Goldstein, David King, David Wojnarowicz and Philip Zimmerman. Thru Aug 31. 57 Post St. 777-8242. www.visualaid.org

Soulful Stitching @ MOAD Patchwork Quilts by African (Siddis) in India, a new exhibit of 32 colorful handcrafted works. Thru Sept. 18. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. at 3rd. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

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Wed 31 Cary Grant Films @ Castro Theatre See Hollywood’s handsomest comic and dramatic (and alleged bisexual) actor in classic comedies and thrillers in color and glorious black and white double features; Philadelphia Story (2:50, 7pm) & Holiday (5pm, 9pm). Sept 1, Arsenic and Old Lace (3pm, 7pm) & The Awful Truth (5:10, 9:15). Sept 2, North by Northwest (2:20, 7pm) & Charade (4:45, 9:25). Sept 3, Bringing Up Baby (3pm, 7pm) & Monkey Business (4:55, 8:55). Sept. 5, His Girl Friday (7pm) & Only Angels Have Wings (8:45). Sept 6, Notorious (3pm, 7pm) & Suspicion (4:55, 8:55). $7.50-$10. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

Yoga Classes @ The Sun Room Heated, healing weekly yoga classes in a new location. Suggested donation $10-20. 12pm-1pm. Tue & Thu. 2390 Mission St, 3rd floor. 794-4619. www.billmohleryoga.com

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Sutro San Francisco @ Rayko Photo Dan Ross presents 30 large-format color views shot in contrast to the 1910 black and white enlarged originals of the famous Sutro Baths. Also, Fraction Magazine’s group exhibit of prints by a variety of photographers. ThruSept 15/18. Tue-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri-Sun 10am-8pm. 428 Third St. 496-3773. www.raykophoto.com

Thunder From Down Under @ The Rrazz Room Australian male strip dance troupe returns for their sexy shows. No full nudity, but still fun, and yes, men are welcome. $35-$55. Wed & Thu 8pm; Fri & Sat 7pm & 9:30pm. 2-drink min. Thru Sept. 17. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Thu 1 >> Alanis Morissette @ Davies Symphony Hall The Canadian singer headlines a benefit for UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital; Jay Leno guests and will.i.am DJs an afterparty. $250-$1000. 6:30pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. at Grove. 476-6400. www.theconcertforucsfbch.com

Leon Mostovoy @ LGBT Center Death of my Daughter, a diptych photo series of female-to-male transgendered people with symbolic poses and imagery. Thru Sept 29. 1800 Market St. www.leonmostovoy. wordpress.com www.sfcenter.org

The Monster Show @ The Edge Cookie Dough’s weekly raucous drag show with hot gogo guys; B-52’s night! DJ MC2. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Not a Genuine Black Man @ The Marsh, Berkeley Brian Copeland’s longrunning autobiographical solo show about racism in San Leandro. $20-$50. 7:30pm. Thru Sept 24. (800) 838-3006. www.themarsh.org

Picasso @ de Young Museum Masterpieces from the Museé National Picasso, Paris, a new exhibit of classic early modern works by the Spanish master painter. Free (members)-$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Wed 9:30am-8:45pm (the Aug). Thru Oct. 9. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Same-Sex Dancing @ Queer Ballroom

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he trends of slam poetry and food trucks come together when Andrea Gibson performs at Mills College. The lesbian poetry slam performer and author of Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns performs at an outdoor show on Holgren Meadow, with a kids-play area, and several food trucks on hand (meat & vegan, starting at 4:30pm). Bring blankets; no lawn chairs, please. Friday August 26. 6:30-9:30pm. 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. https://www.facebook.com/event. php?eid=165169726870768 If meat’s your thing, dig in at Bratfest at Dan & Julie’s, Visual Aid’s annual delicious benefit with all-youcan-eat weiners Bratfest and wurst, beer, salad (plus vegetarian options), sauerkraut and more! $20-$50 (add $5 at the door). Saturday, August 27. 4pm-9pm. 3737 Cesar Chavez. www.visualaid.org Got a craving for some wild drag? See Yara Sofia at The Café. The RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant performs at Pollo Del Mar’s the GlamaZone. Sunday, August 28. $4. 9:30 Yara Sofia show. 2369 Market St. 21+. www.cafesf.com

Ongoing partner dance lessons and open dancing in a variety of styles- Argentine Tango, Cha Cha, Rhumba and more; different each night. $5-$25 open dancing to $55 for private lessons. 151 Potrero Ave. at 15th. www.QueerBallroom.com

Zahra Noorbakhsh @ Stage Werx Theatre All Athiests are Muslim, the solo performer’s comic show about a cross-cultural love affair that also skewers stereotypes about Islam; directed by W. Kamau Bell. $20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct 1. 533 Sutter St. at Powell. 517-3581. www.zahracomedy.com

To submit event listings, email jim@ebar.com. Deadline is each Thursday, a week before publication.

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August 25-31, 2011

Members of the SF girls of Leather.

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The girls have it by Scott Brogan

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n the past year or so, you may have noticed a new and exciting club, the San Francisco girls of Leather (SFgoL). The SFgoL has become a vital, much needed addition to our community. Their two main objectives, as stated in their mission statement, are to provide service to the community, and a social, safe space for “any individual who identifies as a Leathergirl.” Membership is open to all regardless of race, creed, orientation or gender. But identification as a Leathergirl is required. There is no age limit, only the stipulation that all members be a minimum 18 years old. The club originally had a false start in the mid-2000s before being resurrected in June 2010 by the current president, Leland Carina. Carina had seen the club’s logo on a T-shirt at International Ms. Leather, and wanted to be a part of it. When she found out the club was defunct, she took on the

monumental task of resurrecting it. And did she ever! SFgoL now boasts 30 active members, 70 associate members, plus the respect and admiration of the community. A glance at their list of supporters reads like a leather/kink Who’s Who, including, but not limited to: Stefanos & Chey, DJ Mora, Daddy Vick, Ms. Cat, Miss Bee, Jim Remer, Mr. S Leather, Kink.com, and the Legion of Sin. Representing the Leather Alliance, DJ Mora provided invaluable mentorship helping the SFgoL become a proper club, resulting in their induction into the Alliance. Carina also represents the SFgoL as their new board member. They’re now working on their policies and procedures to become a 501c (non-profit) organization. I’m sure they’ll succeed. I recently sat down with Carina and two other SFgoL members, Ava and Melissa, to chat about the club. Their enthusiasm is refreshing and boundless. Their

organization and focus: impressive. These girls know where they’re going and what they want. Yet they’re not forgetting that while providing service to the community, they also provide a fun social outlet for Leathergirls. For example: the regular slumber parties that sound like a blast and a perfect way to socialize. The next slumber party is scheduled for Sept. 9 at the Center for Sex and Culture. They have the right focus for the club, such as their goal to commit to one or two service-oriented obligations and one or two social events each month. Any member can take the lead for an idea, there’s no one person calling all the shots. Their involvement isn’t limited to the Bay Area’s LGBTQ kink community, but the community at large. Currently they’re working with WOMAN, Inc (Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc.), who since 1978 have provided help and resources for battered women (www.womaninc. org). A new focus of the SFgoL is their Big Sister/Little Sister program. The program pairs mentors and mentees See page 23 >>

Coming up in leather and kink Thu., Aug. 25: Locker Room Thursdays at Kok Bar SF (1225 Folsom). 9 p.m.-close. Free clothes check. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.

Events. Go to: www.folsomstreetevents.org.

Thu., Aug. 25: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom). 10 p.m. Wet undie contest and drink specials. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Sun., Aug. 28: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: www.castrobear.com.

Thu., Aug. 25: First Impressions – Meeting New Play Partners at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 8-10 p.m. $10-$20. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.

Sun., Aug. 28: PoHo Sundays at The Powerhouse. DJ Keith, Dollar Drafts all day. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Fri., Aug. 26: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom). 10 p.m.-close. Live shower boys and drink specials. Go to: www.trucksf.com.

Mon., Aug. 29: Trivia Night with host Casey Ley at Truck. 8-10 p.m. Featuring prizes and ridiculous questions! Go to: www.trucksf.com.

Fri., Aug. 26: Pec Night at The Powerhouse. 10 p.m.-close. Drink specials for the shirtless! Go to: www.powershouse-sf.com.

Mon., Aug. 29: Dirty Dicks at The Powerhouse. Starts at 4 p.m. $3 well drinks. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Fri., Aug. 26: Mystique – A Female Dominant Party. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.

Tue., Aug. 30: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30-8 p.m. Open to all kink-identified people in recovery who want a safe space as being kinkidentified and in recovery. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.

Fri., Aug. 26: Strip – Stop AIDS Project Event at Kok Bar SF. Cheap Ass Contest at 1 a.m. $100 to winner! Enter contest at 11 p.m. $5 cover, benefits the Stop AIDS Project. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com. Sat., Aug. 27: Balls to the Walls Leather Softball Exhibition & Social at Christopher Fields (5210 Diamond Heights Blvd.). Join the SF girls of Leather and the SF boys of Leather (and admirers) for a fun game and pre-game BBQ/Social. Game starts promptly at 1 p.m., social beforehand. Details on Facebook. Sat., Aug. 27: All Beef Saturday Nights at The Lone Star (1354 Harrison). 100% SoMa Beef & Co. 9 p.m.2 a.m. Go to: www.facebook.com/lonestarsf

Sun., Aug. 28: Night Cruise Sundays at Kok Bar SF. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.

Tue., Aug. 30: Busted at Truck. 9 p.m.-close. $5 beer bust from 9-11 p.m. Great music, and the notorious Truck boys. Go to: www.trucksf.com. Tue., Aug. 30: Ink & Metal followed by Nasty at The Powerhouse. 9 p.m. Go to: www.powerhousesf.com. Wed., Aug 24: Bear Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison). This is a male-only club. Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Play till late. Go to: www.blowbuddies. com.

Sat., Aug. 27: 15 Association Men’s Dungeon Party at the SF Citadel. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Go to: www.15sf.org.

Wed., Aug. 31: Bear Bust Wednesdays at Kok Bar SF. $6 all you can drink Bud Light or Rolling Rock drafts. Go to: www.kokbarsf.co.

Sun., Aug. 28: Folsom Street Events Beer Bust at The Edge (18th & Collingwood). 4-7 p.m. Come drink some beer ($9 beer bust), have a Jell-O shot, buy raffle tickets to support the charities for Folsom Street

Wed., Aug. 31: Nipple Play at The Powerhouse. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Specials for shirtless guys. Go to: www. powerhouse-sf.com.


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Mormon propositioned by John F. Karr

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aked Sword’s put Golden Gate 2 in a bountiful package, with five hours of content. One disc has the movie proper – five nicely crafted and generously long scenes with 10 full-fledged stars (not a newbie or secondary player among them), and a second disc has Behind the Scenes segments for all five scenes, as well as a solo jerk for all 10 stars. That’s copious, my friends. Don’t be disappointed if ostensibly innocent-looking lad Ashley Ryder doesn’t get to his usual dildo in his scene with Colby Keller, because he whips out a big one for his solo. Pretty Marcus Mojo uses a smaller, silver vibrator for his solo, while Jesse Santana appears sans dildo. But you don’t need a gimmick when you make love to yourself in a mirror, squirt all over it, and lick it clean. But let’s stick with the movie, okay? Like GG1, this second installment is handsomely made and has good music – I like Michael Soldier’s wickedly bouncy theme song so much I wish I could download it from iTunes. Also like GG1, the movie purports to tell only-in-SF sorta stories. But they aren’t specific to the city, although a narrator’s witty VO introductions strain to make them so. A real estate agent closes a sale. Two guys who met on the Internet cum face to face. A rich guy woos a working classer. A punk rocker reunites with his college dormmate. And a Mormon on a mission stops proselytizing when a prick is popped in his mouth. Two of the movie’s scenes are keepers. But I wasn’t much moved by the other three. They’re good, in that professional way we expect these days. If you like the performer, you’ll get off on his performance here. To me, though, they’re like the storylines: not specific. Jesse Santana is the sharply dressed real estate agent (but wouldn’t his suspenders have suave button fasteners instead of clunky clips?). Sage Daniels buys the anonymous-

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Riley Price’s face confronts Tony Buff’s crotch in Golden Gate 2.

looking condo; the deal is clinched when Jesse’s asshole clenches his cock. And fair practice is indulged when Jesse’s cock is clenched in turn by Daniels’ derrière. Marcus Mojo proposes to Jake Lyons; they seal it with a kiss and an attractive if rather faceless fuck – in another faceless condo. College roomie Tommy Defendi is hot, but punk rocker Chris Porter is uncharacteristically not too responsive when they reunite. And I was really put off by Porter not being out to his bandmates. Hello, pornographers – it’s 2011! Adam Lambert, Rufus Wainwright, Jake Shears, Hercules and Love Affair, Bloc Party, Antony Hegarty, Rostam Batmanglij. Hey, scriptwriters – Defendi should be the shy one, not the punker. That these three scenes are on the rote side is made evident by the movie’s other two scenes. Though the storyline for Colby Keller and Ashley Ryder is slim – long-distance correspondents finally meeting – their charming on-screen ease brings reality to it. Keller’s always struck me as a centered individual, and that helps him establish a personal connection with Ashley Ryder that’s palpable. And Ryder’s that personal in return. The pair rarely break eyecontact – even while Ryder is gobbling cock – and they kiss throughout

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based on “areas of experience and interests, which can include D/s dynamics, technical skills in BDSM play, service, and information about the SFgoL.” This mentorship program is not limited to women. If anyone wants to help mentor, contact the club! To see the SFgoL in action, attend this Saturday’s “Balls to the Walls Leather Softball Exhibition and Social.” The girls will square off against the (hopefully) soon-tobe-resurrected SF boys of Leather (SFboL). The boys donated $500 to help the SFgoL get started, so help them return that gesture. The game begins promptly at 1 p.m. at Christopher Field, with a BBQ

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Leo and Kate after winning the Mr. & Ms. Alameda County Leather 2011 titles this past weekend in Hayward.

much of their fuck, which ends with a doozy of an oral cum-shot. Just about the best ever. Watching happy Ryder gormandize on the goo will make you wanna leap up and shout the plaint first voiced by Gladys Knight and her Pips. “It should’a been me!” The last scene’s seduction of an innocent Mormon is a classic, on a par with its memorable predecessor scene in BuckleRoos. This version is GG2’s most specific – its lived-in home is full of stuff that makes it look inhabited, and full of SM/BD toys that snare boyish Riley Price. Both Price and his seducer, the sly, patiently prevailing Tony Buff, flesh out real people. Price’s expression is priceless – scared but compelled – when he confronts Buff’s cock. Yet something that should have been specific to the scene is missing – the filmmakers don’t have Price wearing that underwear the Mormons call “the garment.” GG2 was directed by Tony Dimarco. He’s more prolific now than he was when making awardwinning movies with Michael Lucas. And perhaps not as particular. But wait! I didn’t mean to go all heavy on GG2. It’s a fine movie. It’ll get you off. I just feel that so much of our porn is too rote. Technical aspects have been high-quality for years; it’s time the scripts were on a par. Skip the shorthand, sexographers – be specific!▼ www.NakedSword.com

social beforehand. Beth Downey & Deborah Isadora Wade will umpire, with Queen Cougar singing the National Anthem. SFgoL puts it best: “A girl-heart is an individual self-identity. Our solidarity and commonality is found in our understanding that the definition of Leathergirl involves who you are, and not just how you play.” Learn more at www.sfgol.org. Alameda County Leather: Speaking of the SFgoL, one of their members, Kate, just won the title of Ms. Alameda County Leather (ACL) 2011, and “Leo” won the Mr. ACL 2011 title this past weekend in Hayward. Congratulations to you both, and to the outgoing Mr. & Ms. 2010 Trinity and “pony,” for a year well-served. Yes, the SFgoL was involved in this event, too!▼

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August 25-31, 2011

Wilde at heart by Tim Pfaff n addition to being perhaps the best, arguably the most important, and easily the most influential novel about male same-sexuality from the late 19th century, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray also has the distinction of being one of the few pieces of literature that grew longer by way of being censored. The version of Dorian Gray most people know is – depending on whether you count the autograph and Wilde’s typescript for its first publication – the second, third or forth reworking of Wilde’s “gay classic,” a category he would not quite have understood but surely reveled in. It’s also seven chapters longer than his original version, which now appears for the first time from Harvard University Press by way of a brilliant scholarly presentation of the typescript Wilde submitted to the Philadelphia office of Lippincott’s magazine, on a commission, and published, with changes Wilde would not have known about, in its July 1890 issue, more or less simultaneously in England and the U.S. The uproar it caused – being branded everything from immoral to “poisonous” by the press in England, where Wilde was then living – prompted a very large rewrite by Wilde for the hardcover book edition of 1891, including a great deal of material bolstering a deceptive impression that the eponymous character’s hedonistic sins (the catalog of which take up half of the book) were of a heterosexual nature. Gay male readers of all the versions saw through that in the first paragraphs of the book, many of them seeing themselves represented in fiction for the first time. The typescript (in the UCLA library, but published for the first time here) is, besides truer to Wilde’s original intentions, a vastly better novel than the one Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine published, say

nothing of the much expanded version England’s Ward, Lock and Company brought out the next year, the one most of us know. To call Wilde’s earlier version leaner would miss the flavor and point of this aestheticism-drenched work, but it’s a swifter, bolder, more uncompromising, less moralistic and in every respect more affecting work than its edited, rewritten, or otherwise censored versions. Who would have thought a scholarly edition would be the one to have? But everything about Nicholas Frankel’s revelatory new edition of the typescript of The Picture of Dorian Gray is game-changing. Reading it is like viewing a painting by Michelangelo – one of the great artists Wilde named while explaining what he meant by the phrase “the love that dare not speak its name” (to cheers of applause from some in the gallery) in the 1895 court trial – returned to its original glory by deeply knowledgeable, painstaking art restorers. If it did nothing more, Frankel’s exhaustively researched book would be a dream presentation of any edition of Dorian Gray, lavishly illustrated with relevant art of the period, including priceless photographs that bring the details of Wilde’s book, amazingly now 120 years old, to vivid life. The typescript text is larded with footnotes I’m tempted to describe as being as absorbing as Wilde’s writing, except that no one’s writing is more captivating than Wilde’s, as Frankel would be the first to agree. As but one example, an early footnote explains that the very name Dorian Gray is probably code, in the Dorian part, for Greek or homosexual love, and in the Gray part, a reference to the poet John Gray, Wilde’s protégé at the time he wrote the novel – a beautiful 1896 lithograph of whom appears opposite the footnote. This is a

surpassingly beautiful, large-format, coffee-table book for readers whose coffee will grow cold as they marvel at it. It’s hard to overestimate the value of the galaxies of context Frankel provides. In addition to being a great read for people of all persuasions, Dorian Gray has, for more than a century, been a touchstone for men coming to terms with alternate sexualities. The novel’s celebration of hedonism and the life of the senses (and Wilde’s unsparing but determinedly non-moralistic look at its consequences, which decidedly applied to him personally) has been, for them, profoundly liberating. Such as the current generation of sexual-identity questioners and seekers reads books at all, its members might well find the deliberately hyperaesthetic prose off-putting or even inscrutable. Entry by entry, Frankel’s painstaking explication of the culture Wilde’s writing was both a product of, and immeasurably advanced, makes this dense, brilliant book comprehensible – and immediate, like an Alex Sanchez novel with cultural references footnoted for readers in the 22nd century. This new edition may yet save more lives – a tidy bit of work for a scholarly tome. As Frankel points out, of the 500-plus words deleted from the typescript by the editor J.M. Stoddart and his associates, the vast majority were about sex and, in particular, man-love. Readers of any edition of Dorian Gray will note that most of the male-male interactions are among men of the privileged classes, also probably offputting to young readers of our day. But, in his Textural Introduction, detailing the deletions and other editorial changes, Frankel notes that at the core of British officialdom’s outrage at these goings-on among the wealthy was the more scandalous notion that (as Frankel notes in a parenthesis!) “male homosexuality

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Fall opera From page 16

I do struggle with concepts of spirituality, God, and the possibility of life beyond. But I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I feel Rick in the room. It feels like we’re talking to each other. It’s crazy. I don’t know

Heart of a Soldier opens on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m., and closes after seven performances on Sept. 30. For tickets, see www.sfopera.com or call (415) 864-3330.

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Shakespeare’s Richard III, running Oct. 19-29 at the Curran Theatre. The hit Broadway revival of Hair starts the regular subscription series at the Golden Gate Theatre with its Oct. 25-Nov. 20 run.

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The new annotated, uncensored edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

was seen as an aristocratic vice that corrupted lower-class youths.” We’re right on the doorstep of Isherwood and company here. As the now-published typescript reveals, Frankel points out, “Stoddart alters the salacious question [put to Dorian Gray himself], ‘Why is it that every young man you take up seems to come to grief, to go to the bad at once?’ to the more ambiguous question, ‘Why is your friendship so fateful to young men?’” And referring to a sentence any man who has ever indulged in cruising will understand, Frankel notes, “Stoddart or one of his associates cuts a sentence that gives an entirely different caste to Dorian’s night walking: ‘A man with curious eyes had suddenly peered into his face, and then dogged him with stealthy footsteps, passing and repassing him many times.’” “That Dorian Gray was used

as evidence in Wilde’s trials underscores again how incendiary the novel really was, and how much Wilde risked in bringing it before the public,” Frankel writes in this sage General Introduction. His exhaustive unpacking of all the “code” words, expressions, and symbols Wilde embedded in the novel – things his target audience would have understood but that we, more than a century later, might not – demonstrates not how cowardly Wilde was about his subject but, rather, the extremes of recrimination he courageously wrote in the face of, as his own savage end makes clear. Once through this seminal text with all its notes, illustrations, and explanations, the drive is to go back and re-read the typescript (easily recognized by its larger typeface) all over again, just because it’s such a terrific book.▼

Fela!, running Nov. 11-Dec. 12 at the Curran, is the story of the late Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who was also famous for his reverberating swagger. The musical was seen on Broadway in 2008, where it was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. Then comes Bring It On, running

Dec. 14-Jan. 7 at the Orpheum, a touring musical (not scheduled for Broadway) that is loosely based on the 2000 movie about competition in the cheerleading world. The book is by Jeff Whitty (Tales of the City), and music is by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).▼

Telling tales of lesbian trans history by Heather Cassell Mirrors: Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual, by Geri Nettick and Beth Elliott; ENC Press, $23.95

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ifteen years after its original publication, Mirrors: Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual, a classic in lesbian feminist and transgender/ transsexual literary history by Geri Nettick and Beth Elliott, who are the same person, is reborn. Reflecting once again on lived history, Nettick/Elliott reintroduces the book with an added chapter, “Fear and Loathing in Westwood,” recounting her transphobic experience organizing a lesbian conference, and a new introduction and afterword. The rest of the book remains in its original format from when it was first published in 1996. For the first time, Nettick/ Elliott retells her story about her work – and subsequent ousting – organizing the West Coast Lesbian Conference, detailing the attacks on her by other lesbian feminists. Controversy has continued through the present day, with the re-release of Mirrors. Not even an hour passed

after the news release of Mirrors’ republication began circulating on San Francisco Bay Area lesbian listserves than a vociferous debate erupted. Nettick/Elliott’s story recounting her evolution out of pastoral Marin County and restrictive 1950s expectations of gender roles, into the heady counterculture of the 1960s and 70s in Northern California, provides unique insight into the experience of one transsexual lesbian. She delivers an introspective and intellectual recounting of her life, describing her internal strife set against the backdrop of the cultural awakening of the feminist and LGBT movement, originally called the “homophile” movement. “I was young, frightened and figuring out my way in the world,” said Nettick/Elliott about her youth, in a phone interview with the B.A.R In spite of her fear, Nettick/ Elliott pushed against the tide, and

because of her self-awareness and internal strength, she is able to lend her voice to many transsexual lesbians. In her book she not only tells her own story, she interweaves historical elements of transgender/ transsexuals, knitting together a

tapestry of her personal history into the world at large. In search of an explanation of her own existence as a lesbian feminist transsexual, she tells an intriguing story o of courage, one for future ggenerations to hold onto to ffeel less like “gender freaks.” “I am not alone in having h had my identity as a woman q questioned by someone w who assumes the decision to u undergo sex reassignment iis frivolously made and that tthe process consists merely o of an operation. In truth, the p process of transition means vvalidating self-concepts th that arose within at an early aage against all opposition, aasserting that identity and liliving it in daily life from a time when the body is ju just beginning to change. It means giving up jobs, job and education histories and all the social identity and credentials one has accumulated in order to start over from scratch – or less than scratch,” Nettick/Elliott writes in Mirrors. “All of this is to leave oneself open to oppression, both as a woman and

as a transsexual, and in the case of some of us, a lesbian as well.” She revived Mirrors in order to provide a picture of the early 1970s lesbian feminist movement, and to be a countervoice to “stereotypical puritanical feminist cracking down on everyone else,” when the movement was enmeshed in the riveting social consciousness and cultural party of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” The early days of the feminist and LGBT movement weren’t weighed down with political rhetoric and power-grabs, according to the author. But lesbian feminists were barring transsexual lesbian feminists from lesbian feminist collectives and organizations. For that reason, Mirrors, like diaries, journals, and memoirs detailing average activists’ and individuals’ lives, should be in feminists’, lesbian feminists’, and LGBT movement activists’ archives and on shelves as a reminder of individual and community struggles towards freedom and selfexpression.▼ Full disclosure: Beth Elliott is a former contributor to the Bay Area Reporter.


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Hollywood’s chased romantic hero Cary Grant film series plays the Castro Theatre by Tavo Amador

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as any classic Hollywood star as different in real life from his reel image as Cary Grant (1904–86)? For 30 years, he epitomized the romantic American leading man, despite an English accent that betrayed the former Archibald P. Leach’s cockney roots. He personified cool, yet privately was anxious and insecure. Unlike Clark Gable, who boldly pursued women on screen, tall, dark, handsome Grant ran away from them. Gary Cooper was often shy in films, but he also played cowboys and adventure heroes. Although Grant married five times, he had a long relationship with Randolph Scott, whom he met on the set of the aptly titled Hot Saturday (1932). For the next 12 years, as bachelors and between marriages, they lived openly together, photographed doing domestic chores. Scott, a gorgeous action star, once described himself as Grant’s “wife.” In My Favorite Wife (1940), there’s more chemistry between them than with their leading ladies. Grant also briefly lived with openly gay silent screen star-turned-decorator William Haines. Yet he claimed to be straight – probably a case of sexual identity conflicting with behavior. Either by accident or design, however, hints of his sexual ambiguity are evident in many movies. His leading ladies sensed this and wanted to prove that all he needed was the right woman. In She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel (1933), Mae West, with her drag queen persona, seduced him, making him a star. Women loved watching the heroine get her

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man. Men fantasized that females would pursue them like they did him. Consequently, Grant’s relaxed image earned him second place in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 25 male legends. Several of his best films play the Castro Theatre, Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. In The Philadelphia Story (1940), Grant is society girl Katharine Hepburn’s ex-husband. She’s engaged again – an obvious mistake – so he, nobly, interferes. Openly gay George Cukor directed from Philip Barry’s comedy, which marked Hepburn’s comeback after being declared box-office poison. James Stewart, playing a reporter, won the Best Actor Oscar. Cukor took Grant and Hepburn on Barry’s Holiday (1938). She’s an heiress fascinated by his challenges to capitalist values. (Wed., 8/31, matinee/evening) Grant is frantic in Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). His maiden aunts poison elderly men, burying them in their basement, while his mad uncle thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt. Fiancee Priscilla Lane accepts that romance isn’t his top priority. Leo McCarthy’s The Awful Truth (1937) has Grant and Irene Dunne planning divorce, only to wonder if they should. A landmark screwball comedy. (Thurs., 9/1, matinee/evening) In Alfred Hitchcock’s coldwar thriller North by Northwest (1959), Grant is chased by enemy agent James Mason and cool, blonde Eva Marie Saint. To whom will he surrender? The sequence along Mount Rushmore created a sensation. With a young Martin Landau and Leo G. Carroll. Reportedly at Grant’s insistence, Audrey Hepburn had to pursue

Movie star Cary Grant: cool in public, yet privately anxious.

him across Paris in Stanley Donen’s exciting Charade (1963). She was never sexier, but he’s a hesitant, complex conquest. With Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, and James Coburn. (Fri., 9/2, matinee/ evening) Although initially a flop, Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (1938) is the quintessential screwball comedy. Ditzy heiress Katharine Hepburn, unusually sexy and aggressive, races after Grant’s paleontologist, while he searches for a missing dinosaur

bone and avoids the eponymous leopard. In one revealing sequence, Grant answers the door wearing Hepburn’s frilly negligee. “Because I just went gay all of a sudden!” he explains to a startled Charles Ruggles and May Robson. Hawks’ Monkey Business (1952) finds scientist Grant testing a rejuvenation formula on a chimpanzee. He and wife Ginger Rogers accidentally imbibe some and regress to teenage behavior. His interest in secretary Marilyn Monroe seems academic. With

Charles Coburn. (Sat., 9/3, matinee/ evening) In Hawks’ I Was a Male War Bride (1949), French captain Grant marries an American WAC, the terrific Ann Sheridan. To return to America with her, he pretends to be a woman. He was rarely as butch as when in drag. Bringing Up Baby is the co-feature. (Sun., 9/4, matinee/ evening) Rosalind Russell is His Girl Friday (1940) – reporter Hildy Johnson, a part originally played by a man. She’s also editor Grant’s exwife, but he treats her like one of the boys. A cynical, comic masterpiece of machine-gun dialogue. Hawks directed, brilliantly. Only Angels Have Wings (1940) is set in South America. Grant is a pilot flying risky missions. Plain, husky-voiced Jean Arthur and smoldering Rita Hayworth both want to take him higher. Whom will he pick? Directed by Hawks. (Mon., 9/5, matinee/ evening) Hitchcock’s superb Notorious (1946) highlights Grant’s passive/ aggressive misogynism. He manipulates ravishing Ingrid Bergman, the daughter of an ex-Nazi living in Rio de Janeiro. A feverish Bergman nearly rapes him. With Claude Rains. Hitchcock exploits Grant’s sadism in Suspicion (1941). Exquisite bride Joan Fontaine wonders if he’s trying to kill her. The revised ending makes her seem paranoid, but until then, Grant is charming and scary. Fontaine won the Best Actress Oscar, the only performer in a Hitchcock movie to get an Academy Award. With Cederic Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, and Dame May Whitty. (Tues., 9/6, matinee/evening)▼

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straitjackets, steamer trunks and the famous Water Torture Cell. Through the use of films and photographs, California Dreaming (Nov. 17, 2011Oct. 16, 2012) explores the history and stories of Jewish life in the Bay Area, from the Gold Rush onward. Legion of Honor Pissarro’s People (Oct. 22, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012) focuses on the French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and his lifelong interest in the human figure, with over 40 paintings and 60 works on paper from his early years in the Caribbean and Venezuela until his death in 1903. It also includes his late political drawings – did you know he was an anarchist? – and utopian landscapes. Artistic San Francisco (Oct. 22, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012), an installation of prints, drawings and photographs, captures the environs of the beloved and indisputably scenic Bay Area. Wayne Thiebaud, Eadweard Muybridge and David Park are among those represented. de Young Museum Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Oct. 8-Feb. 26, 2012) Don’t let the name scare you off. A Kentucky optician by day, in his last decade, Meatyard often returned to the tropes of dolls and masks, photographing children in abandoned houses and landscapes. Not exactly your parents’ notion of family photography, perhaps, but fascinating nonetheless. Contrasting age and youth, childhood and mortality, intimacy and the unknown, the 60 pictures here examine dolls and masks across different bodies of work, offering a window on an enigmatic artist’s psyche. Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (Oct. 29, 2011Feb. 12, 2012) showcases sumptuous 16th-century paintings once owned

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Cambridge, MA

Studio photograph of Houdini in white trunks and chains (c. 1905), from Houdini: Art and Magic, coming to the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

by assorted Archdukes and Emperors of the Hapsburg empire. Royalty has its privileges, and among them is the possession of works by Titian, Tintoretto, Giorgione, Veronese and others, who reveled in and expressed the sensuality of nature and the human body through lush color and atmospherics. Asian Art Museum Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts (Oct. 21, 2011-April 8, 2012), the Asian’s big fall show, which rolls out 200

spectacular artworks related to the opulent reigns of India’s princes, from the 1700s to the mid-20th-century, is from all indications worth waiting for. The recession is upon us, so bring on the bling, as nothing quite compares to Indian royalty in full regalia, an elite not known for restraint when it comes to displays of wealth. The exhibition features costumes, ornate weaponry, paintings, a golden throne, photographs by Man Ray, and a Cartier necklace, the designer’s most

National Portrait Gallery, London

Pratap Singh of Orccha, photograph by R. Hotz (c. 1903). modern photographic print from an original glass negative, from Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts, coming to the Asian Art Museum.

extravagant commission on record. OMCA 1991: Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach (Oct. 15-Feb. 12, 2012) revisits the conflagration on its 20th anniversary via 40 images: 14 large-scale prints and 26 smaller ones. A similar show is on view during roughly the same period at the Berkeley Art Museum (Oct. 12Feb. 5). Cantor Arts Center Two fall shows of note: Rodin and America: Influence

and Adaptation, 1876-1936 (Oct. 5, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012), which explores the sculptor’s impact on a generation of American artists, and includes 25 of his masterful works in bronze, plaster, marble and watercolor; and The Legend of Rex Slinkard (Nov. 9, 2011-Feb 26, 2012), an exhibition of paintings, charcoals and penand-watercolors by the early 20thcentury California artist whose life was cut short by the 1918 influenza epidemic.▼


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