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SFPD leaves FBI terror task force

Time to amend CA HIV penal codes, say lawmakers

by Seth Hemmelgarn


mid concerns about President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration and restrict Muslims from entering the country, the San Francisco Police Department Rick Gerharter has suspended its Police Chief participation in the Bill Scott FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Community and legal groups in the city have been concerned that local police working with the JTTF may be violating the sanctuary city policy and other local laws meant to protect immigrants and others from unlawful investigations. The police department announced the decision by newly sworn-in Chief Bill Scott February 1, just before a report on the department’s work with the FBI in 2016 was to be presented to the Police Commission. In a news release, the SFPD said the JTTF Memoranda of Understanding, which was signed in 2007, was coming up for review by the Board of Supervisors, as required by city rules, which also call for any new MOU for the task force to come before a public Police Commission meeting for approval. “The department plans on updating General Order, 8.10, Guideline for First Amendment Activities, in the near future and will seek clarification from the Police Commission as to the application of General Order 8.10 to JTTF investigations,” the police news release said. General Order 8.10 sets forth requirements for when an SFPD officer conducts a criminal investigation that involves the First Amendment activities of a person, group, or organization. “The department is committed to community policing and will work collaboratively with the stakeholders when work on the General Order begins,” the police said, adding, “once the new General Order is adopted, the department may consider renegotiating the JTTF MOU with the FBI, only after seeking guidance from the Police Commission. “The SFPD is committed to public safety and will continue to work diligently to keep San Francisco safe for everyone,” the release said. A statement from the FBI said that the agency’s San Francisco office “is aware of the pending expiration of the memorandum between the San Francisco Police Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the See page 8 >>

Vol. 47 • No. 6 • February 9-15, 2017

by Matthew S. Bajko


ue to advances in how HIV is treated and its transmission is prevented, state lawmakers and AIDS advocates say it is time to amend California’s anachronistic criminal codes that target people living with the virus. Adopted during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the laws are a hindrance to efforts by local and state health officials to end HIV transmission by 2020, contend policy makers and public health professionals. “The treatment of HIV has entered the 21st century and it is time California’s laws reflect that as well,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur.

San Diego Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D) speaks Monday, February 6 at Strut during the announcement of legislation to amend HIV criminalization laws. Behind him is state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who will co-author of Senate Bill 239

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SF bans travel, contracts in 4 states by Matthew S. Bajko


tarting Saturday, February 11, San Francisco will no longer allow city employees to travel to four states, or allow city agencies to contract with businesses headquartered in those states, due to their enacting anti-LGBT laws since June 26, 2015. The quartet of states – Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kansas – mirrors the ones that California officials are banned from traveling to using taxpayer money. The state implemented its ban, which also covers the University of California and California State systems, on January 1. While a number of other states and local jurisdictions have banned using tax dollars to cover the cost of their employees’ travel to states with laws that allow for discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, San Francisco is believed to be the first to ban doing business with companies in those states. “I am thrilled that we are finally taking this step and putting states on the list. It is a big step forward,” said gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who prior to his resigning as a supervisor in early December was the main sponsor of the city’s travel and contract ban ordinance. According to the city administrator’s office, during Fiscal Year 2014-2015 the city made purchases from 232 companies from states on the banned list. The breakdown by state was 48

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San Francisco will ban taxpayer-funded travel to four states, including Kansas.

in Kansas, 124 in Mississippi, 26 in North Carolina, and 34 in Tennessee. “Contracts already signed or put out to bid will not be affected, as that would mean we have to do a new bidding process,” said Jack Gallagher, a policy aide for City Administrator Naomi Kelly. While the city administrator’s office is tasked with keeping and updating the list of banned states, two departments will oversee its implementation. They will also approve or deny waivers of it, as exemptions were built into the ordinance. The Office of the Controller, which oversees the travel and reimbursement of travel for the city and county, will handle waivers for the travel ban. In regards to purchasing, the Office of Contract Administration will have purview and post on its website a waiver of the policy that

departments can use. There are exemptions for contracts that involve bulk purchasing or grant funding. One exemption covers contracts necessary to respond to an emergency that endangers public health or safety when there is no entity that complies with the contracting ban capable of immediately responding. Another covers a situation where none of the qualified responsive bidders or prospective vendors for contracts the city deems essential is in compliance with the contracting ban. A waiver can also be granted if adhering to the contract ban would result in “an adverse impact on services or a substantial adverse financial impact on the city.” North Carolina made the banned list due to is House Bill 2, which was adopted last year and restricts cities in the state from enacting local non-discrimination laws and requires transgender people to use public restrooms based on the gender they were assigned at birth. Mississippi falls under the ban for allowing its residents and businesses to discriminate based on their religious beliefs, while Tennessee made the list because last year it granted therapists and other mental health professionals the right to deny seeing LGBT patients and others for religious reasons. Kansas was included for adopting a law in 2016 that allows campus-based religious groups to discriminate against LGBT students.▼


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an Francisco Superior Court Judge Ronald E. Albers announced his retirement from the bench February 3 after a 41-year career as a judge, commissioner, public defender, sole practitioner, and civil rights advocate. Albers began his judicial career as a commissioner in 2002, where he presided over Drug Court and Proposition 36 Court, as well as various felony and misdemeanor cases. He was appointed a judge by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, and was the first openly gay judge appointed by a Republican governor. Albers served in many capacities at the Hall of Justice, the Civic Center Courthouse, and the Polk Street Annex. “Judge Albers’ positivity and compassion for those who appeared before him is an inspiration to his colleagues on the San Francisco bench,” presiding Judge Teri L. Jackson said in a news release sent by the court. “He was deeply committed

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Judge Ronald E. Albers

to stopping the revolving door for those who suffered from mental illness and substance abuse involved in the criminal justice system.” Jackson also said that Albers “was instrumental” in shaping the collaborative courts “into the successful

and nationally recognized programs they are today.” “Judge Albers was a devoted and hard-working judge and will be missed greatly,” Jackson added. Collaborative courts combine judicial supervision with rehabilitation services that are rigorously monitored and focused on recovery to reduce recidivism and improve offender outcomes, according to the California courts website. During his tenure Albers has been the only judge who has presided over most of San Francisco’s adult collaborative courts, including Back on Track, Behavioral Health Court, Drug Court, and the Community Justice Center. It was Albers, along with city officials, who spearheaded the CJC in 2007. It opened two years later. “Judge Albers was one of the architects of the CJC, and because of his invaluable and dedicated efforts during its planning and See page 13 >>

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uthor and activist Gloria Steinem will kick off the Women’s Building’s speaker series Monday, March 6. Steinem, a leader of the women’s rights movement and co-founder of Ms. magazine, will be interviewed by Lateefah Simon, a 2003 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant and elected member of the board that oversees BART. The event, titled “Gloria Steinem: A Life of Activism,” takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Brava for Women in the Arts, 2781 24th Street in San Francisco. Organizers said that the speaker series will feature inspiring women and activate leaders from all backgrounds while raising funds to support the Women’s Building’s increased commitment to advocacy. Tickets are $75 to $500 and can be purchased at There is currently a wait list for the $75 tickets; the next price level available is $150.

Black History Month film series

The Tenderloin Museum and other organizations are holding a Black History Month film series that is free and open to the public. First up is a showing of “13th,” presented by Faithful Fools and TL Votes. The movie will screen Thursday (February 9) at 5:30 p.m. at Faithful Fools, 234 Hyde Street. “The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution” is presented by Glide Memorial Church and will be shown Thursday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Glide, 330 Ellis Street.

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Finally, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” presented by the Tenderloin Museum, will be screened Wednesday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the museum, 398 Eddy Street. There will be a facilitated discussion following each film.

Castro Cares holds sock drive

Castro Cares, an initiative of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District and other Castrobased neighborhood groups, is holding a sock drive this month with a goal of collecting 2,000 pairs of new, warm socks for people who are homeless. Andrea Aiello, executive director of the CBD, said that new socks are desperately needed in both men’s and women’s sizes; tube socks are best. During February, new socks can be dropped off at 13 locations in the Castro and Upper Market area: Coldwell Banker, Harvey Milk Civil


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RCC to hold annual crab feed benefit

The Rainbow Community Center in Contra Costa County will hold its annual crab feed fundraiser Saturday, February 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. The event includes all-you-caneat crab, pasta, salad, and dessert, raffle prizes, and entertainment. Special guest for the evening will be San Francisco singer and performer Honey Mahogany, a former contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Mahogany will be joined by longtime Rainbow emcee Robin Cammerer. Two ticket packages are offered. The VIP champagne hour takes place prior to general admission seating and includes a meet and greet with Mahogany and live harp music by Laura Simpson. Early bird tickets for that are $85. Early bird general admission tickets are $60. Tickets go up to $100 for VIP and $75 for general admission after February 14. Proceeds support RCC’s programs for LGBTQ youth, seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the center’s mental health services. To purchase tickets, visit crab-feed-2017-tickets-31275551015.

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Strut marks one-year anniversary

Strut, the men’s health center in the Castro, will make its one-year anniversary with a party Monday, March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 470 Castro Street. The evening will include wine, appetizers, entertainment, and a presentation at 7. Strut is the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s center for health and wellness in the Castro. It co-locates Magnet sexual health services, Stonewall substance health programs, and many of the former Stop AIDS Project’s community engagement programs. For more information about the center, visit

Special Sampson performance in Oakland

Gay comic Sampson McCormick, who performs under the mononym Sampson, will be headlining a special one-night show Thursday, March 2 at the Port bar, 2023 Broadway in Oakland. Sampson is an award-winning stand-up comic, writer, and social justice advocate who uses humor as a platform to mix the silly with the serious. A black man, Sampson takes on issues such as religion, homophobia, race and sexuality, and has been an advocate for LGBT homeless youth. He has written two books, “Taboo Village” and “Ebonic Faggotry,” and four years ago released his third stand-up comedy album, “That B*@&! Better Be Funny.” He has also been very vocal about the lack of opportunities for minorities in comedy and entertainment, and recently released a new documentary, “A Tough Act to Follow,” which highlights some of the challenges that minorities face in show business. Doors open at 6:30 for his show, “Comic Relief from the Grief,” which starts at 7. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and available at http://www.

Chely Wright to headline chorus benefit

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will hold its 11th annual Crescendo gala Sunday, March 12 at 5 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton Street. The gala will include a

performance by out country music star Chely Wright. Also on hand will be Country Music Television VJ Cody Alan, who came out as a gay man last month, and gay longtime activist Wilson Cruz. Jinkx Monsoon, a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will also perform. This year’s event will raise funds for the chorus’ planned Lavender Pen Tour, when it will visit seven cities and numerous small towns in six states: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The chorus announced its tour shortly after last year’s presidential election, when it became evident that there’s a rapidly changing political climate in the country. While on tour this fall, the chorus will host performances and open a dialogue with community leaders in an effort to support local LGBT communities. Tickets for the gala start at $200. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://www.sfgmc. org and click the “Crescendo” button.

Butch Voices seeks presenters for confab

Butch Voices, a group for masculine of center women and transidentified people, will hold its national conference this summer in Oakland and is looking for workshop presenters, performers, artists, and volunteers. The conference, themed “Reconnect, Recharge, Resist” is scheduled for August 17-20 at Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, near the 19th Street BART station. “Our theme is directly related to the times that we find ourselves in as individuals and as a social justice-minded community of masculine of center individuals and allies,” organizers said in an email announcement. They noted that in these times it’s “even more necessary for us to come together across differences to strategize and impact change.” That includes sharing information about things like protest and direct action organizing and knowing how to best advocate for others within political and larger institutional systems. This year’s conference is expected to include workshops, films, performances, networking, keynote speakers, and more. Early registration is $125 and is available at, as is information about contacting organizers.▼

Castro urgent care clinics add HIV prevention service by Matthew S. Bajko


he two urgent care centers in the Castro are now offering treatment to patients who believe they may have been exposed to HIV in order to prevent them from acquiring the virus. Direct Urgent Care will also begin prescribing the HIV prevention pill known as PrEP to its patients as of March 1, while Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is discussing if it will follow suit, the Bay Area Reporter has learned. As of last Wednesday, February 1, Direct Urgent Care began offering PEP, an HIV post-exposure prophylaxis treatment meant to be taken within 72 hours of possible exposure to the virus. The locally owned chain of urgent care clinics operates out of a ground-floor retail space in the Linea building on upper Market Street. Patients in need of PEP can make

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an appointment by phone or online to be seen that day. Although the clinic will not officially start prescribing a month’s worth of PrEP, the once-a-day pill that prevents HIV, to patients at its

San Francisco location until next month, if someone needs PrEP immediately the clinic will work to accommodate them. See page 14 >>




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his weekend San Francisco officially bars taxpayer-funded travel to four states that have adopted anti-LGBT laws. The states – Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kansas – certainly deserve to be on the list; they are also the same states affected by a similar state law that went into effect January 1. The ban prohibits non-essential travel by city workers to the four states and it also bans departments and agencies from entering into new contracts with businesses headquartered in those states. As existing contracts come up for review and renewal, the city needs to stand with business and cultural leaders against anti-LGBT legislation in those states. There are numerous other states that already have anti-LGBT laws or allow discrimination. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Arizona, for example, does not have state law that supports equality in housing, employment, or schools. The same is true of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, among others. There are also many states that do not support gender marker changes on identification documents, a major issue affecting transgender and non-binary people, especially since Donald Trump became president. Another 19 states have Medicaid exclusions and laws restricting LGBT topics in schools. In addition, battles are brewing in legislatures around the country, including Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, and West Virginia, to enact discriminatory laws where none exist. According to HRC’s State Equality Index, which was released in December, many states are “ramping up efforts to sanction discrimination against LGBTQ people by proposing state-level laws that would undermine existing protections, erode marital

rights of legally-married same-sex couples, target transgender people – particularly youth – and limit the ability of cities and towns to pass their own inclusive laws.” That’s exactly what happened last year in North Carolina with House Bill 2. The law not only requires trans people to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender assignment at birth, it also prohibits cities like Charlotte from enacting their own anti-discrimination laws. Of course, the fallout over HB 2 has been fierce, with sports leagues and other entities canceling games, concerts, and conventions. Just this week the NCAA threatened to remove all college sporting events for the next six years if HB 2 isn’t repealed. That will cost the state millions of dollars – above the nearly $400 million the Tar Heel State has already lost because of the law. San Francisco leaders should be proactive in adding anti-LGBT states to the city’s travel ban list. The city’s current budget is $9.6 billion – it can spend its money with companies in states that promote equality, rather than those that work to curtail it. Another possible benefit is

keeping more of those dollars in the local, regional, or state economy. With last year’s election, Republicans now dominate state governments – 33 states have Republican governors and 32 have GOP-controlled legislatures. This does not bode well for equality measures this year. In fact, it will probably be several years before change is seen at the state level. That makes it imperative that cities take a stand. San Francisco has done this in a deliberative way, and other jurisdictions should follow suit. Regionally, Oakland and San Jose should adopt similar travel bans and contracting bans. Leaders where travel bans already exist, like in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, as well as the cities of Santa Cruz and Watsonville, should now add contracting bans. “State governments have a clear choice between sowing the seeds of division and discrimination or building an economy that works for everyone by fostering fairness and inclusion,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in the state report. “Unfortunately, too many lawmakers have decided to target LGBTQ people for state-sanctioned discrimination and to interfere with local protections for workers, customers, and residents.” HRC can advance this fight with its 2018 Municipal Equality Index (It’s leaving the index the same for 2017.). It should award points to cities and counties that restrict travel as well as contracting in states with anti-LGBT laws. In this time of Trump and Republican threats to legalize discrimination against us at the national and state levels, San Francisco can send a powerful message with its checkbook. More and more companies are opting to include pro-LGBT policies in the workplace because it’s good for recruitment and their success. Cities that understand this must join the effort to condemn discriminatory laws when they are passed by state legislatures.t

BART bond to reinvest in core system by Rebecca Saltzman

Before Measure RR passed, BART ordered 775 new train cars, s the Bay Area has become and the first 10 of these cars are more dependent on pubbeing tested right now on BART lic transit and as the economy tracks. Once testing is complete, has grown, BART ridership these new cars will go into service has skyrocketed. At the same later this year, and the production time, BART’s infrastructure of the rest of the new cars will has continued to age. That’s begin. The new cars will provide why BART’s $3.5 billion bond capacity relief by increasing train measure, Measure RR, was so car length during peak hours. The important to pass last year. cars will have additional doors for Thanks to the 71 percent of quicker loading, be quieter due to voters who supported Measure BART board President improved wheels and micro-plug RR, BART now has the funding Rebecca Saltzman doors, have improved air conditionto reinvest in our system and to stands inside one ing, and next-stop information will relieve crowding during peak of the new cars, be readily available via automated which feature digital hours. announcements and digital screens. I first ran for the BART screens for destination BART largely runs on the Board of Directors five years information. original track and power systems ago because, as a transit rider, that were installed in the 1960s. I saw that BART needed to (The system opened to riders in replace and repair the core system to keep 1972.) In 2017 BART will replace 10 miles BART reliable, and that is exactly what the of track, replace eroding power cables in key BART board has been working on for the areas throughout Oakland, replace two power past several years. In 2013 the BART board substations, and begin plans to replace cables pledged all new revenue from fare increases in San Francisco. to cover core capital needs, and over the To increase capacity and reduce delays, past four years we have more than Measure RR will fund the replacedoubled the percentage of our ment of BART’s train control capital budget spent on system system. The current system limits reinvestment, including new the system to 24 trains through train cars, track repairs, and the Transbay Tube per hour, and modernized stations. a new system will increase this Because of the passage of to up to 30 trains per hour. Measure RR, BART will be This will increase train capacity able to greatly increase the rate during peak hours up to 25 perof investment in the core syscent. BART will issue a request tem over the next several years. for proposals this summer with BART will begin issuing bonds this summer, the goal of awarding the design-build conbut the bond schedule isn’t stopping BART tract next year. from repairing and replacing infrastructure Escalator reliability has been a big concern now. With a mixture of funds from BART’s for BART riders and for the BART board beoperating budget, outside funding, and Meacause escalators are important to providing acsure RR, BART has big plans for investments cess to BART stations. BART will award a conin 2017. tract this year to begin the work of replacing


escalators in downtown San Francisco. To protect this investment, BART recently awarded a contract to construct canopies over two San Francisco street escalators. The pilot canopy at 19th Street station in Oakland has been very successful in protecting the escalator and improving reliability, so BART plans to cover all street escalators with canopies. BART stations are in need of upgrades to increase capacity, improve passenger flow and access, and modernize the appearance and function of stations and amenities. Construction of major redesigns of three stations will begin this year, at 19th Street, El Cerrito Del Norte, and Powell Street. BART will complete designs of six more station modernization projects in 2017. The BART board is committed to expanding opportunities for small businesses, so BART will do extensive outreach throughout the nine-county Bay Area to ensure small businesses know about upcoming Measure RR contracting opportunities. BART will break some larger contracts into smaller pieces so that small businesses are able to bid on these contracts. BART also has existing agreements to ensure local workers are hired for these projects. Bond expenditures will be overseen by the BART board and by an oversight committee made up of transportation safety experts, auditors, and good government watchdogs. Outreach has begun to seek oversight committee board members, board members will be selected in April, and the committee will begin to meet this summer. Reinvestment in core infrastructure will continue to be a priority for BART in the coming years, and thanks to the support of Bay Area voters, the BART board has a strong plan and much of the funding needed to keep BART reliable and to increase capacity.t Rebecca Saltzman is president of the BART Board of Directors and one of two out people on the oversight body.


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History project a ‘perversion’ of process

You report LGBT activists and the Q Foundation threatened to file an appeal to stop a permitted Tenderloin urban infill development on environmental grounds unless San Francisco creates an LGBT Cultural Heritage District and a transgender community facility [“SF leaders back LGBT history projects,” February 2].

This perversion of our environmental laws amounts to extortion and exacerbates a housing shortage hurting whatever community these activists claim to represent. Using threats this way is unbecoming and provokes backlash. They’re welcome to solicit me to fund a plaque, but they’re not welcome to speak for me. Thomas J. Busse San Francisco

Affordability tops agenda of SF gay school trustee by Matthew S. Bajko


ith teachers increasingly unable to afford to live in San Francisco, affordability issues are at the top of school board member Mark Sanchez’s agenda this year. “We have to have a laser-like focus on that,” said Sanchez in a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter. “I want the people working day-to-day with kids to stay in those jobs and provide them the necessary salary to do that and live here. Everything else to me is a sideshow.” The school board also has embraced the issue, updating one of its ad hoc committees to focus on affordability in addition to personnel matters and labor relations. “We added the word ‘affordability’ to the committee name to be really explicit that we need to look at how we can make this city more affordable to our teachers and others,” said Sanchez. Elected in November to a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education, Sanchez, who is gay, is the lone board member from the city’s LGBT community. It is a return for him to the oversight body on which he served for eight years, including a stint as president, until stepping down in early 2009. Due to his being back on the board, Sanchez, 53, resigned last month as the principal of Cleveland Elementary School in the city’s Excelsior district, where he had been for nearly six years. He expects to look for a new job come March in a nearby school district, similar to what he did the last time he served on the school board. “I am going to take a month or two to work it out,” said Sanchez, adding he is interested in either being hired as “a teacher, principal, or central office person in another district.” As for the San Francisco Unified School District, Sanchez said he wants to see teachers and staff be paid a living wage. “We can’t keep people at schools, particularly in the southwest section of town. We are at a crisis right now,” he said. “We need to prioritize the workforce so they can continue working for us.” Sanchez is a vocal promoter of having the district build teacher housing on surplus land it owns in the city. Gay former state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) successfully carried legislation last year that exempts school districts in the state from fair housing laws so they can offer housing solely to their employees. One site Sanchez is eying for such housing is the current campus of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts on land atop Glen Canyon near Diamond Heights. The district is pursuing plans to relocate the arts high school to the city’s Civic Center, opening up the possibility of turning the centrally located property into teacher housing. “I am pushing people to understand it is not just about SOTA

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moving downtown,” said Sanchez, referring to those who question spending millions of dollars to relocate the exclusive school. “It is much more attractive to attach housing to where SOTA is when they leave. I think people get much more excited about it.” School board President Shamann Walton told the B.A.R. in an interview last month that he “definitely supports providing teacher housing on school property.” He said the district is “working with the teachers union and the city to find ways to develop on our land. We don’t have an actual site yet.” At a January 30 committee hearing gay interim Superintendent Leigh Myong said the district this summer would likely start looking for a nonprofit developer to team with in order to build upwards of 150 units of affordable housing. But as the San Francisco Examiner reported, no site for the development has been selected, and the district is still determining what eligibility rules it could impose on the units. The high cost of housing in the city, for years, has been a problem for the school district, impeding its ability to retain and recruit teachers. Sanchez pointed to reports that San Francisco teachers spend 65 percent of their salaries on housing, the highest of any school district in the Bay Area. “We are quite an outlier and need to be very aggressive in doing everything we can,” said Sanchez. “We probably will go back to voters to ask for a special tax or some measure because we just don’t have the resources to pay teachers and others the pay they need to live here.” It will be an issue Sanchez is sure to address with the candidates seeking to become the school district’s new superintendent. The board will soon begin interviewing applicants and expects to announce its choice by the end of the school year this summer. “We want someone really inclusive who is culturally competent and understands schools, and urban schools particularly,” said Sanchez. As for the narrative that families

in the city are moving to the suburbs once their children become school age in search of better education options, most recently splashed across the front page of the New York Times, Sanchez pushed back against such reasoning. He argued that it is not the city’s public schools but the lack of affordable housing causing middle-class families, in particular, to move. “We feel very strongly our schools are great,” he said. “If you go to any elementary school in the city not only are they well run, there are great teachers and principals and families who want to be there.” While he hopes to have a constructive relationship with the school district, newly appointed gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy has already voiced frustration with school leaders’ handling of a teacher hiring issue at a Glen Park school. “I just know there are parents not happy with the district. For many parents, it is hard to get heard,” said Sheehy, whose daughter attends public school. He agrees with Sanchez that affordable housing “is a huge need” confronting the district. “We need workforce housing for our teachers,” said Sheehy.

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Another issue confronting the school board this month is strengthening its sanctuary schools policy in response to President Donald Trump’s targeting undocumented immigrants in the country. The district already has a policy in place restricting its schools from asking for students’ immigration status when they enroll. If staff does become aware of a student’s immigration status, they are directed not to share that information with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The board is expected to soon adopt additional protections for its families with undocumented members, whether it is students or parents. Under the proposal, federal immigration agents would need to notify the district central office in advance of their entering onto a school campus or remain in a school’s main office while district officials review their request to enter the campus. The district would also not require a parent’s proof of residency within the school district for an unaccompanied youth, but rather accept such youth’s declaration of residency. Nor would a student’s birthplace be included any longer in the district’s school directory. “We have a history in the school district of countering these types of efforts” to target immigrants, said Sanchez, who is supportive of the district’s proposed policy. Leigh declined the B.A.R.’s interview request through the district’s spokeswoman. In a statement released after Trump threatened the federal funding of sanctuary cities last month, Leigh vowed that, “We are a community that believes – fundamentally – that each child and each See page 15 >>

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Support seen for LGBT rights march in DC


by Sari Staver


recently announced National Pride March, set for Sunday, June 11 in Washington, D.C., has gathered a “groundswell of support” around the country, according to Sue Doster, co-president of InterPride, the international organization of over 70 Pride groups. In a telephone conference call February 4, Doster told some 60 representatives from local Pride organizations that the event, announced in late January via a Facebook page, was launched by a gay Brooklyn activist, David Bruinooge (https://www.facebook. com/search/top/?q=national%20 pride%20march). The event, still in the planning stages, is not officially affiliated with Pride, said Doster on the call. Bruinooge, in response to a query from the Bay Area Reporter, said he could not comment on any specifics “until we have a platform formed that is representative of our diverse community and one that is formed with all the voices at the table.” He recently told the Washington Blade that he got the idea after the successful January 21 Women’s March in Washington that was held the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. “And in the back of my mind as an openly gay man I thought the gay community should be doing something like this to follow up on the momentum,” he told the Blade. Since he announced the event in late January, over 28,000 people have “liked” the Facebook page. On the conference call, which was moderated by Doster, a number of people from Pride organizations expressed concerns that the Washington, D.C. event might detract from local Pride celebrations and were frustrated that the march was announced without consultation with any Pride officials. Some 80 percent of Pride groups hold their local celebrations in June, according to Doster. But others on the call thought the national march would be an effective complement to local Pride celebrations and could attract younger members of the LGBT community who find Pride celebrations too commercial and mainstream. The June 11 march coincides with



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subsequent suspension of SFPD’s involvement in the JTTF. The expiration of this MOU was built into this document a decade ago to facilitate adjustments based on the evolution of threats to San Francisco and the Bay Area.” In its statement, the agency continued, “The FBI considers the suspension of SFPD involvement in the JTTF as temporary and looks forward to developing a new MOU with the SFPD to more accurately reflect current policies and procedures within each agency.” At the time of the suspension, there were just two police officers assigned to the JTTF, which routinely conducts investigations of people without probable cause. For more than a year the Asian Law Caucus, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area Office have been raising concerns that the 2012 Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance is not being fully implemented. The city policy sets out a number of restrictions that the police working with the

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LGBTs and allies packed the nation’s capital for the National Equality March in 2009.

the date for Capital Pride, the local event in Washington, D.C. Peter Morgan, a spokesman for Capital Pride, said that the D.C. group was not an “official sponsor” of the National Pride March but would “likely be involved” in the planning, along with other LGBT organizations. “We are figuring it all out right now,” said Morgan. Capital Pride has its parade scheduled for Saturday, June 10 and a festival and concert for Sunday, June 11. Officials from the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee are “still collecting facts regarding the plans that are being formulated in D.C. and around the world as they relate to a global LGBTQ march on June 11,” said George Ridgely, executive director of San Francisco Pride, in an email responding to an inquiry from the B.A.R. Ridgely said SF Pride officials have also been in communication with Dyke March and Trans March – as the three largest events on Pride weekend in San Francisco, which

will be held June 24-25. “We want to make sure we are coordinating our efforts,” Ridgely said. By way of background, Doster said there have been five marches for LGBT rights in Washington, D.C. since 1979, when the first one drew between 75,000-125,000 people. The marches in October 1987 and April 1993 each drew an estimated half million people, while the April 2000 Millennium March on Washington attracted between 200,000 and 1 million people, she said. The National Equality March was held in 2009 and drew tens of thousands of people. The recent Women’s March and its affiliated marches in cities around the world “that inspired all of this” in many ways “set a new bar for cooperative protests,” Doster said. The Women’s March in Washington “conservatively” drew 440,000 to 500,000 people, more than double the number that were expected, she said. Doster said a New York Times article estimated that the Women’s

March in Washington drew three times the number of participants, compared to Trump’s inauguration the day before. In total, between 3.3 and 4.6 million people participated in the march in more than 500 cities in the U.S., the vast majority from towns with population under 50,000 people, Doster said. There were a total of 673 sanctioned marches worldwide, bringing the total number of participants to over 5 million from 70 countries on all continents. The entire event was put together in less than six weeks, she said. The Women’s March was organized “without an existing structure in place,” Doster noted. But because “people have been doing Pride celebrations for over 40 years,” a largescale event such as the one recently proposed “needs to work with Pride” organizations, she said. Doster said she has been in touch with Bruinooge and has been a part of other telephone conference calls with Pride groups who were “deeply concerned” that a national march would “negatively impact”

sponsors of local Pride celebrations. Pride representatives said they worried that “potential attendees would go to D.C. instead” of attending their local celebrations, she said. According to Doster, no sponsors have been announced for the National Pride March. “It will be more of a grassroots” event, she said, probably run by a steering committee, much like the Women’s March was, she predicted. “No one group would have a controlling interest,” she said. The board of directors of InterPride intends to do “whatever we can to minimize the negative impact” on their member Pride organizations, Doster said. The National Pride March “will happen with or without us,” she said. “If we work with the leadership” of the national march, “we can make this event better.” InterPride “will work with other national and international organizations to shape the message,” she said.t

FBI are supposed to follow. In a letter sent to police department brass in early January, the three groups stressed that due to the new administration in Washington, D.C. it was even more imperative for the issues they have raised to be addressed. “While we are continuing collaborative efforts aimed at fixing the serious problems that have now been identified and conceded by all involved, the election of Donald Trump and his imminent inauguration renders these issues extremely urgent. Through this letter, we hope to not only thoroughly update you on the status of these issues, but also provide you with a preview of the necessary steps that must occur in the next few weeks,” read the January 5 letter, signed by the law caucus’ Christina Sinha, the ACLU’s Alan Schlosser, and CAIR’s Brittney Rezaei. In a phone interview before police announced the suspension, Sinha told the Bay Area Reporter that she and others were merely asking that the police officers assigned to work with the FBI be given the proper training to understand what they can and cannot do under both California and San Francisco laws.

“If their officers don’t know what the rules are, how can we expect them to follow it?” she asked. “We want SFPD to train their officers properly.” After Scott’s decision was announced, Sinha said, “Everyone in my organization is thrilled the SFPD has decided to do the right thing and step out of JTTF.” However, she said groups such as hers would remain “vigilant.” She noted that the suspension “does not mean they cannot ever reenter that agreement.” L. Julius M. Turman, a gay man and lawyer who’s president of the Police Commission, noted at last week’s meeting there have been “serious concerns.” “It is the right decision at this point that we need to cease JTTF participation,” he said. Turman also emphasized the importance of the public being able to weigh in on the issue before there’s any reinstatement. In response to the B.A.R.’s emailed questions, Sergeant Michael Andraychak, a police spokesman, said what would need to change in order for police to again participate in the JTTF “is a discussion for the Police Commission to hold with input from the community and stakeholders.”

LGBTs’ message

Among the signatories were gay former city supervisor David Campos and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano; National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell; Pride Law Fund CoChairs Kate Walsham and Steve Tang; and former police commissioner Gwenn Craig. A letter prepared by Joyce M. Hicks, executive director of the Office of Citizen Complaints (now known as the Department of Police Accountability), for last week’s hearing states that the department determined that, due to “inadequate training,” an officer last year violated Department General Order 8.10. The letter included four recommendations from the Department of Police Accountability, including that SFPD “immediately update” its training on how officers are to conduct investigations involving a person’s First Amendment rights and issue a department-wide bulletin about the requirements under Department General Order 8.10. It also recommended “a police commissioner be designated to assist the DPA, SFPD and the stakeholders address issues raised by SFPD investigations involving First Amendment activities.”t

Before the suspension was announced, LGBT leaders in San Francisco also wrote to local law enforcement officials, as well as the mayor and supervisors, to lend their support to the calls for better training of the police officers assigned to the JTTF. They also called upon the Police Commission to fully implement the ordinance passed five years ago. “The Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance forbids any SFPD officers working with the FBI on the Joint Terrorism Task Force from participating in any work that targets people – without reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior – based solely or partially on their religion or national origin. Our sanctuary city law prohibits SFPD officers from participating in efforts to identify undocumented people in our city,” the leaders wrote in their letter. They added that “if this ordinance is not effectively enforced, and if SFPD officers are not fully trained to understand and follow its requirements, those local officers will become entangled in the implementation of Trump’s policies, which our city’s leadership and residents have unequivocally rejected.”



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Protest cancels Cal talk; EO demo planned by Liz Highleyman

gathered on Sproul Plaza to protest Yiannopoulos, along with a smaller Editor’s note: This is a regular colnumber waiting to be admitted to umn that will look at protest against the event, which was sponsored by the Trump administration and rethe Berkeley College Republicans. lated issues. LGBT protesters came out in large numbers and the columns of Sproul February 1 talk by Breitbart Hall were lit in rainbow colors. News editor Milo YiannopouShortly before 6 p.m. a group of los at UC Berkeley was canceled about 150 protesters, many wearing after an unruly protest made it imblack clothes with bandanas over possible for the event to go forward. their faces, marched to campus Yiannopoulos – a gay provocateur and surrounded the Martin Luther popular with the “alt-right,” a moveKing Jr. Student Union, throwing ment built on white nationalism – rocks and firecrackers and using was on the last stop of his Dangerous police barricades to break the Faggot tour. The day before he had building’s glass walls. Some proannounced the launch of a campaign testers set fire to a generator and against sanctuary campuses, and opspotlight, which became the night’s ponents feared he planned to pubdominant media image. licly expose undocumented students. Soon thereafter UC police anYiannopoulos publicly harassed a nounced that the talk was canceled transgender student at the Univerand Yiannopoulos had been evacusity of Wisconsin in December, and ated from the campus. Although one of his supporters allegedly shot a police used tear gas and issued sevman outside his University of Washeral orders to disperse, the boisterington talk last month. ous but mostly peaceful crowd conAn estimated 2,000 UC stutinued to dance and chant for more dents and community members than an hour. A smaller group then took to the streets, vandalizing banks and a Starbucks coffee shop. UC police reported one arrest and a handful of minor injuries. The university said repairs would cost approximately $100,000. Yiannopoulos stated in a February 4 Facebook post that he plans to make another atLiz Highleyman tempt to give his UC Berkeley’s Sproul Hall was lit in the rainbow speech at UC Berkeflag colors during a February 1 protest of gay ley “within the next right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. few months.”


Protests against immigration ban and anti-gay order

More than a thousand activists turned out in front of San Francisco City Hall on February 4 to protest Donald Trump’s recent executive

order halting immigration from seven predominately Muslim countries, which had spurred spontaneous protests at airports across the U.S. the previous weekend. A federal judge in Seattle blocked

the order last Friday, but the Justice Department appealed the ruling. As the Bay Area Reporter went to press, a three-judge panel from the See page 15 >>

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Doctors’ eval ordered for murder defendant by Seth Hemmelgarn


judge has appointed doctors to evaluate a non-binary person who has been charged with murder in the January stabbing death of one Berkeley woman and attempted murder in the stabbing of another. Monday, February 6, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson also suspended criminal proceedings against Pablo Gomez Jr., 22. Such a move is typical when a judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation. Gomez, of North Hollywood, California, is accused of killing Emilie Juliette Inman, 27, of Berkeley and trying to kill another woman January 6. Gomez also faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree residential robbery. Rolefson, who addressed Gomez as “Sir” Monday, said, “I don’t know a lot about this case,” but based on what he did know, there was “a reasonable basis” to delay proceedings and “appoint two doctors to see Mr. Gomez.” Rolefson told Gomez, “I would appreciate it if you would cooperate

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Pablo Gomez Jr.

with them and talk to those doctors.” The next court date is March 20. The case had been on for arraignment Monday, but Deputy Public Defender George Arroyo declined to enter a plea on Gomez’s behalf, and the judge instead suspended proceedings. According to a Berkeley Police

Department community alert, officers responded to an 11:42 a.m. call January 6 to the 2600 block of Ridge Road to make contact with a woman who’d apparently been stabbed and was “seriously wounded.” The woman survived. While they were investigating that incident, officers were led to a location in the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue, where they found “a violent crime had occurred.” A probable cause statement filed by police says that “a significant amount of blood was found in certain parts” of the Ashby Avenue property. Gomez “was identified as the suspect and positively identified” by the first victim. During a search of the property and “pursuant to a search warrant, the deceased body of a female was located,” the police document says. That woman was eventually identified as Inman. In charging documents filed by prosecutors, the same woman is listed as the victim of the attempted murder and assault, while another person is listed as the victim of the robbery. The community alert said Gomez

was “believed to be armed and a danger to the community.” Police in Burbank, California arrested Gomez January 7. Someone who’s “not super close” to Gomez told the Bay Area Reporter in a Facebook exchange that Gomez identifies as non-binary and uses third-person pronouns. Gomez, who’s being held without bail in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, has declined an interview request from the B.A.R. They appeared in court Monday with short black hair wearing red jail scrubs. Gomez, who according to jail records is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, grinned and gave a slight nod toward people in the gallery as they waited for the case to be called. Outside court Monday, Arroyo, Gomez’s attorney, declined to comment. Several people who were there to support Gomez and at least one of the victims also said they didn’t want to talk about the case. According to Gomez’s Facebook page, they had been studying Chicanx and Latinx issues at UC Berkeley and

was a senior climate action fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education. Rebecca Anderson, the alliance’s education director, said in an emailed statement that Gomez had been involved with her group’s leadership and climate education programs from 2012 to 2015. “We are profoundly saddened to hear about the terrible circumstances surrounding the arrest of Pablo Gomez,” Anderson said. “To learn that Pablo is a suspect in this crime comes as a total shock to us. ... Although no longer connected to ACE, Pablo added many positive and meaningful contributions to our work.” A statement on the website for Sienna Ranch, where Inman worked, said she was “a brilliant, passionate, creative teacher and a sparkling, joyful, sincere person,” whose death “has shaken our community to the core.” Inman had been supporting a new scholarship program that was being developed at the time she was killed. The ranch has decided to name the scholarship after Inman. Donations to the fund may be made at t

SF LGBT Community Center ED wins sabbatical grant by Matthew S. Bajko


ebecca Rolfe, the executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, has been selected for an annual sabbatical grant, the second leader of a Bay Area LGBT nonprofit to be picked through the program. Having first been hired as the community space’s deputy director in May 2003, a year after the

building opened, Rolfe became the executive director in August 2007. Her sabbatical later this year will follow the public unveiling on April 9 of the center’s nearly $7 million remodel of its interior spaces. Since 2014 O2 Initiatives has been selecting leaders of local nonprofits to receive its O2 Sabbatical Award. It comes with $40,000 for the awardee’s organization toward the cost of a three-month sabbatical. An

additional $3,000 stipend is given to the agency to be used as a bonus for the interim leader, who has to be chosen from among its staff. The awardees’ agencies can also request coaching services as well as seek up to $7,500 in seed funding to pay for ongoing professional development for their staffs. Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center CEO Lance Toma, one of the awardees last year, is currently

on his sabbatical. He left November 7 and is scheduled to return to the agency March 1. When Rolfe takes her leave of absence in late summer or early fall, the center will name director of development Roberto Ordeñana as its acting executive director. Like Toma, Rolfe is planning to return to her job after the three-month break. During her leave Rolfe plans to spend time with her wife, Susan Mooney, and the couple’s two dogs in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state, where they married in 2015 on Guemes Island. She also plans to “fulfill a lifelong dream” by travelling along the Mediterranean. In addition to taking time to “recharge,” Rolfe intends to use her downtime to strategize about how the center can better address the community’s needs, especially should LGBT equality come under attack throughout the remainder of the Trump administration. “I am enormously proud of all that the center and our community have accomplished,” stated Rolfe. “This time to reflect is important and I will return ready to engage in the work that lies ahead for our vibrant LGBTQ community and our march toward equality for all.” Since 2014 a number of leaders at LGBT nonprofits have taken sabbaticals after leading their agencies

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for prolonged terms. Some have returned to their jobs, while others opted to resign. Masen Davis left the Transgender Law Center, as did Carolyn Laub from the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, now known as the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network. Positive Resource Center Executive Director Brett Andrews and Our Family Coalition Executive Director Judy Appel both returned after their sabbaticals, though Appel later resigned last fall to become executive director of the California SchoolBased Health Alliance. The boards of the four leaders’ agencies all granted them the time off.t

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lans are being proposed to build several stories of housing on top of the building that includes the Elbo Room, a bar in San Francisco’s Mission district that was once the site of the lesbian bar Amelia’s and other LGBT venues. Toby Morris, a principal at the firm Kerman Morris Architects, said building owner Dennis Ring plans to turn the second floor into housing and add three new floors to the building, which is at 647 Valencia Street. There would be seven units of housing altogether. “There will not be a bar there anymore,” Morris said, but “there will be a commercial space” on the

ground floor. The tenant for that space hasn’t been determined. Morris said that depending on what happens during the planning process with the city, “it’s conceivable that maybe this fall we would have a building permit.” He estimated that construction would take “a year to 16 months.” Ring was the business partner of lesbian Rikki Streicher when she had Amelia’s and then started the Elbo Room with her in the early 1990s. Streicher died in 1994 at the age of 68. Ring’s owned the building for about 12 years. “Everything is being saved to recognize the value it has with the See page 14 >>


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nder a plan announced by City College of San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee, and the Board of Supervisors, California residents living in the city will be able to take courses for credit for free at the community college. Lee and District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim said that the city will pay $5.4 million per year for the free tuition, which will eliminate the $46 percredit fee paid by students. Lee referred to the deal as a “lifechanging milestone” at a February 6 City Hall news conference. “When our city works together, we can accomplish great things,” the mayor said. Lee also thanked Kim for her work in making the free tuition a reality. The money for the plan will be provided by transfer tax revenues on properties that sell for more than $5 million, as approved by city voters who supported Proposition W last November. City College had seen a sharp

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Supervisor Jane Kim, who spearheaded the effort, thanks the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees, San Francisco supervisors, and faculty members for their support in establishing free City College tuition for all California residents who live in San Francisco.

decline in attendance in recent years amid an accreditation scandal. After months on “restoration” status, in January the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reaffirmed accreditation for the

school for seven years. School officials hope that the college can fill its empty seats once the free tuition goes into effect. In addition to the free tuition for city residents, the new program will

also offer a $500 annual stipend to all full-time students who have a Board of Governors fee waiver for books, transportation, supplies, and health fees ($250 per fall and spring semester). Part-time students with that waiver will receive a $200 stipend ($100 per semester). “It’s important to create a program that’s free and universal to everyone,” Kim said. “This is needed to help people to compete into the middle class. A high school diploma is no longer enough. We are asking those who make the most to contribute.” Kim was referring to the transfer tax. She also said that discussions were underway as to how the school could properly confirm the San Francisco residency of students in order to prevent non-residents from taking advantage of the free tuition. Acting Chancellor Susan Lamb, a lesbian, also praised Monday’s announcement. “We want to thank the mayor and Board of Supervisors for their support,” Lamb said in a news release.

“We hope that the prospect of free community college will inspire San Francisco residents to take advantage of this educational opportunity and enroll at City College this fall.” Tom Temprano, a gay man who’s a City College trustee, feels that the school has an important role to play in the fight against President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda, as well as the anti-LGBT views of his Cabinet choices. “We have the antidote to that by providing free public education to everyone,” Temprano said. “This city is protecting its residents from the attacks coming from Washington, D.C.” Temprano also mentioned the now-defunct Trump University. Two days before his inauguration, Trump paid $25 million to settle litigation arising from the school. “Donald Trump is the embodiment of the problem in public education by founding a fraudulent university,” he said. “By doubling down, City College is the antidote.” t

SF Pride Facebook post sparks spat by Sari Staver


he executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee has apologized for a Facebook post expressing the organization’s optimism and gratitude to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner following publication of a February 3 New Rick Gerharter York Times article that the couple SF Pride Ex.Dir. were allegedly involved in thwartGeorge Ridgely ing the rollback of LGBT rights

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prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees. Following publication of the Times article, SF Pride posted on its Facebook page: “Very cautiously optimistic, with a nod of gratefulness.” The message sparked a heated debate on Facebook with over 150 comments and reactions from people who took umbrage at the organization’s rationale. After the post received a barrage

of critical responses, George Ridgely, executive director of SF Pride, posted an apology explaining that the original comment “does not reflect the organization’s views,” and that “the sentiment included in the post was not properly vetted before publication.” “We apologize for the shortsightedness of the remarks, do not find reason to be cautiously optimistic or grateful, and recognize the importance of vigilance on behalf

of everyone in our communities,” wrote Ridgely. Immediately after the Pride comments about Ivanka Trump and Kushner were published on Facebook, a barrage of criticism was posted, led by local LGBT historian Gerard Koskovich, who wrote, “Very cautiously optimistic? More like utterly clueless. So a couple of Trumpence Regime clan members See page 15 >>

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aunching their own brand of olive oil has been a labor of love the last 12 years for Sonoma County couple Rob Akins and Mark Berry. After moving to Forestville from San Diego, where they first met 22 years ago, they planted 450 olive trees on their two-acre property they call Gopher Hill Farm. The trees, which replaced a failing apple orchard on the site, are a Spanish varietal mix of Arbequina and Arbosana. “We had always dreamed of having an olive grove and doing something we could grow and nurture and be gentlemen farmers,” said Akins, 60, who is the sales and marketing director at No. Eight Lighting in Cotati. “We knew eventually we wanted to create an olive oil company.” As Berry, 57, who coowns with his husband the small marketing package design firm Akins Berry Creative, explained in an email to the Bay Area Reporter, “In selecting the type of olive trees we wanted, we consulted with an olive oil professional in Napa Valley and did olive oil tastings to determine what flavor profile we wanted our oil to have.” The varietal they chose, added Berry, produces olive oils with “a buttery, fresh fruit flavor profile with a peppery finish.” For the past 10 years they had

been gifting small batches of olive oil to their friends, family, and neighbors who would join them annually for a harvest party. Four years ago, with the trees more mature, they started selling their olive oil to the owner of local bakery Nightingale Breads. “Our soil is extremely good and faces south. We are also on a hillside and olives love hillsides,” said Akins. “It is an optimum location for olives. And this climate we have, olives love.” Their olive grove, which can be seen from the windows of their house, is a daily part of their routine, said Akins. “The olive trees are a part of our life,” he said. “It is something that brings us a lot of joy just walking through the olive grove.” Their farm, on which they also grow vegetables and orange trees, is organic. Helping to maintain their olive trees are tiny frogs, no bigger than the size of a thumb, said Akins. “They help eradicate pests from the grove and also sing to us at night, which we love,” he said. “It is a very harmonious micro-farm we have.” After a bumper crop of olives last year, the couple teamed up with a local olive press to bottle four varieties of oils made from the fruit of their trees as well as from other nearby olive orchards. Within 24 hours of the olives being picked

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Olive Queen owners Mark Berry, left, and Rob Akins walk through their olive grove in Forestville.

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A bottle of Olive Queen extra virgin olive oil complements the offerings from Nightingale Breads.

by a hired crew, the fruit had been pressed into oil. The next day the oil was moved to a wine cellar where it will remain until it is ready to be bottled and shipped to customers. “We just kept putting it off and then, finally, we had a nice crop of olives for olive oil. We said we have to bite the bullet, create the logo, and launch the website,” said Akins. Their dream became a reality in December just prior to Christmas with the official launch of their Olive Queen brand of extra virgin olive oil. It is available for purchase online and at several shops in the North Bay, including at Mr. Trombly’s Tea in Duncans Mill and at the gay-owned Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, where they will be taking part in a special ticketed event the night of February 16. (For details, see Big Bottom Market’s Facebook page.) The couple currently offers for sale a French blend, a Spanish blend, and an Italian blend of extra virgin olive oil, as well as an Estate Spanish Blend of extra virgin olive oil. The bottles come in three sizes – 250 ML, 500 ML, and 700 ML – and range in price from $20 to $35. “We have been getting a phenomenal response,” said Akins, who hopes to find a retail location in San Francisco willing to sell their olive oils “in the next few months.” They landed on the name for the business while driving down Highway 5 toward San Diego. After

passing a motor home dubbed the Slumber Queen, Berry suggested the Olive Queen name, as olive trees since Roman times have been known as “the Queen of all Trees.” “We like to say olives are the queen of fruit. It is an ancient, ancient fruit,” said Akins. In honor of Valentine’s Day, they are offering a 14 percent discount on all purchases made online through February 14. To learn more about Olive Queen, or to buy its oil olives online, visit Guests are also welcome to stay at the couple’s farm as they rent out a carriage house next to their home to travelers. They started doing so seven years ago and now offer free olive oil tastings for their guests, who are also welcomed in their room with a bottle of cuvee from Iron Horse Vineyards, as Berry redesigned the winery’s packaging in 2004. “We tell them to leave the kids and leave the dogs at home and bring your love – or someone you just met – and get away for a weekend,” said Akins. “We are right in the middle of all the wineries, shops, and eateries here in Sonoma. Plus, we like to spoil our guests. It is a fun experience.” The average nightly rate to rent the carriage house, which sleeps two, is $300. It can be found on both VRBO – – and HomeAway – vacation-rental/p3002398.

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Graton Rancheria Tribal Chairman Greg Sarris, a gay man who has overseen the development of the tribe’s 254-acre Graton casino resort in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County, will be one of the guest speakers featured at the Golden Gate Business Association’s Power Lunch III event being held Tuesday, February 28 in San Francisco. According to GGBA, it will mark the first time an LGBT chamber in the United States has acknowledged the accomplishments of an LGBT American Indian entrepreneur. Also speaking at the lunch will be Horizons Foundation President Roger Doughty. For more details about the event, and to buy tickets, visit power-lunch-3. GGBA is also hosting two gettogethers this month themed to Valentine’s Day. The first Make Contact event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 14 at Covo, the co-working space at 981 Mission Street in San Francisco. It is also hosting an East Bay Make Contact event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 16 at Cooperative Federal Credit Union, located at 2001 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley. For more information about either event, visit Got a tip on LGBT business news? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 829-8836 or e-mail



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Stanford coach gets 1,000th win by Roger Brigham


historic achievement was made last weekend – the kind of impressive milestone that deserves applause and appreciation, and an acknowledgment that we have been blessed to witness the career of one of the greatest of all time. I speak not of Tom, but of Tara. Sure, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did engineer an unprecedented comeback over the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl 34-28, which gave him his fifth NFL championship and had even many of his most reluctant supporters suggesting he is the greatest quarterback of all time – better even than the sainted former Niners quarterback Joe Montana, who went undefeated in four Super Bowl appearances. For me, however, the more enjoyable and noteworthy event was the 1,000th career victory secured last Friday by Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, a 58-42 win over visiting USC. Brady’s career has been lived in the limelight of a mediadriven commercial enterprise, a big-bucks league built on advertising revenues, media exposure and gambling enthusiasts. It exists in a sport in which no excess is too great, no superlative beyond reach. Success in that league depends on the interpersonal relations of dozens and dozens of athletes and coaches and general managers and millionaire owners. Success in women’s college basketball depends on a handful of


Gay judge

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implementation, the program continues to flourish and expand to better serve the needs of the community,” Lisa Lightman, director of collaborative courts, said in the release. Focused on improving outcomes for defendants and communities from the bench, it was Albers’ goal to change the way the court helps underserved populations in the criminal justice system, including those who are mentally ill or drug addicted. “You can’t punish someone out of an addiction or a mental illness,” Albers stated in the release. “As a judge, it was my job to make decisions that improve people’s lives while protecting public safety.” He added that he focused on leveraging better outcomes for people “through engagement with the court, and engagement with their treatment plan.” “It is my heartfelt belief that collaborative treatment courts are the best weapon in protecting public safety and saving lives,” Albers added.

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Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer won her 1,000th game last Friday against UCS.

“Words cannot accurately describe how many lives she has actually touched,” USC coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said of VanDerveer. “One thousand wins is unimaginable.” Former Stanford star Jennifer Azzi, who came out as lesbian last year while head coach of the University of San Francisco women’s basketball team, only to step down a few months later, was on hand to give VanDerveer a bouquet of roses after the game at Maples Pavilion. “Our team won’t believe this but I am really speechless,” VanDerveer said. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful journey for me. This is a very big highlight of many highlights.”

January 27, 1952 – January 30, 2017 Randall Kent Colvin was born in Shreveport, Louisiana January 27, 1952 and died in San Francisco January 30, 2017. After his undergraduate education (including a semester in Rome), Randy received his law degree in 1976 and practiced in New Orleans and Shreveport, where he was lead counsel to a regional trucking company. In his heyday as a lawyer he was proud to work for Roselyn Carter.

integrating academic excellence and commitment within a caring community.” It deserves more than an F for its efforts. Indeed, in light of the NCAA’s decision to pull tournament events from North Carolina because it believed that state’s anti-LGBT law made for an unsafe environment for athletes, it would seem Baylor should not be allowed to host any events until it can show it has indeed cleaned house.t

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women getting together with singular dedication to a common goal. For those who participate, it can be much more worthwhile in character development and personal achievement than a few minutes of body slamming sandwiched around a Lady Gaga performance. In her three-plus decades at Stanford, VanDerveer, 63, has raised the women’s program from undistinguished to a highly respected national powerhouse, winning two national championships along the way, to go with her gold medal coaching performance in the 1996 Summer Olympics. The only other Division I college basketball coaches with a least 1,000 career wins are Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski and the late Pat Summitt, former Tennessee women’s coach.

Baylor University was already rocked by scandal, facing lawsuits alleging cases of rape and sexual assault were being perpetrated by male Baylor athletes and covered up by the athletic department. In the wake of those lawsuits, football coach Art Briles and several top administrators were fired. Baylor ain’t seen nothing yet. On Friday, January 27, a federal lawsuit was filed by a Baylor graduate alleging at least 52 rapes by at least 31 football players over the course of four years. A week later the university released a series of text messages related to the allegations that indicated that Briles and other staff members were indifferent to the accusations when they were first made. The text messages indicated that in response to a woman’s allegation that she had been gang-raped by some of his football players, Briles blamed the victim, writing, “Those are some bad dudes. Why was she around those guys?”

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi praised Albers’ service. “Judge Albers was a mentor to me when I was coming up in the public defender’s office, and he was a role model for us in terms of providing excellent representation to his clients,” Adachi said in an email to the Bay Area Reporter. “As a judge, he helped pioneer the Community Justice Center and was a huge supporter of the collaborative courts. He also was a staunch defender of the constitutional rights of all of those who appeared before him, and was compassionate and patient with everyone. His absence on the bench will be deeply felt.” Rebecca Prozan, a lesbian who used to be a prosecutor in the DA’s office, said she did not appear in front of Albers. “What I can say is that judge Albers epitomized what judges are supposed to be: tough, compassionate and fair minded,” Prozan said in an email. “Whether you agreed with him or you didn’t, you always knew you would get someone who would hear both sides and make a decision. He will be missed at the hall.” Douglas B. Marlowe, Ph.D., senior scientific consultant for the

National Association for Drug Court Professionals, said Albers displayed “commitment and passion” for collaborative courts. “As academicians and researchers, it is tough to relay our messages to the field, and he heard and applied those messages with clarity and zeal,” Marlowe said in a statement. Albers served on various statewide committees and organizations, which included: chair for the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation; member of the state bar’s board of governors; member of the California Judicial Council; and member of the California Collaborative Court Advisory Committee. He was a founding board member and former co-chair of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, a Bay Area-based LGBT bar association. From 1978 to 2002, Albers served as a trial attorney, then head attorney, for the San Francisco Public Defender’s office. From 1978 to 1979, Albers was a trial attorney with Legal Services for Children. In 1974, he was a sole practitioner. Albers earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College.t







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In recent months, Baylor has shaken up its staff and attempted to clean house and refurbish its image. But on Saturday, February 4, strength coach Brandon Washington, 33, one of the new hires, was busted in a prostitution sting. The university fired him later the same day. The stated mission of the Christian university is to “educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by

An AIDS diagnosis prompted his 1987 move to San Francisco for health and treatment options. But Randy loved everything about the city. He loved the warm weather and lived in the heart of the Castro. His first job was as a bartender at the old Lions Pub off Divisadero Street. He loved to hold court and talk about everything from politics to San Francisco’s burgeoning music scene. His musical tastes included everything from adolescent choir practice, Jackson Browne, and heavy metal in his later years. Randy enjoyed all the annual events that San Francisco had to offer and looked forward every year to attending the Haight Street Fair, the Folsom Street Fair, and the Frameline Film Festival. Randy had HIV

for over 30 years and was a true survivor. He was in countless clinical trials for various drugs and treatments. He was always optimistic and never complained. Although he managed to avoid the internet his entire adult life, he kept up with current events via newspapers, magazines, and the news and always had an opinion about the current state of the world. Randy is survived by his mother, Evelyn of Shreveport, and his many friends who will miss his wit, candor, and his knowledge about pop music. A celebration of Randy’s life, via scattering some of his ashes, will take place next month. To be informed of the time and date please send an email to Chuck Louden:

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HIV penal codes

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The statewide LGBT advocacy group has banded together with a number of other organizations and lawmakers to co-sponsor Senate Bill 239, introduced Monday, February 6 at a news conference at Strut, the gay and bisexual men’s health center in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district. The legislation would amend a state penal code that makes it a crime to intentionally infect someone with HIV even if no transmission of the virus took place, as the Bay Area Reporter first reported on its blog Friday, February 3. “Having laws on the book that treat people living with HIV as criminals is unacceptable,” said gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the lead author of the legislation. “In some cases, even if there is no physical contact whatsoever, you can be guilty of a felony and go to prison.” The legislation would make it a misdemeanor, rather than a felony, for a person to intentionally transmit HIV or another communicable disease to their sex partner. In order for the person to be charged, they would need to know they were infected with the infectious disease and intended to infect someone with it. They would also have to engage in conduct that posed a “substantial risk of transmission” and actually transmitted the disease to the other person in order to be charged by a prosecutor. Under current law, HIV-positive persons may be prosecuted for engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with the specific intent to transmit HIV even if no actual transmission of the virus occurs. If convicted under the current statute,


Urgent care

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Both men and women can request either PEP or PrEP at Direct Urgent Care’s clinic. The cost for the visit is $175, while the prescription price for the medicine varies based on a person’s health insurance plan. “If members of the community have this need, they now get to walk in to our clinic and we have a protocol to get you started,” Dr. Caeser Djavaherian, a co-owner of the clinic, announced Thursday, February 2 during the monthly meeting of Castro Merchants, the neighborhood business association. Because a person needs to first be tested to ensure they are HIV-negative prior to starting on PrEP, and some counseling about the medicine is involved, an in-person visit to the clinic is required. In an interview, Djavaherian told the B.A.R. that after the clinic helps get people started on PrEP it will refer them to other resources in the city for ongoing access to the medication. Since Direct Urgent Care opened at 1998 Market Street in late July, it has fielded multiple requests from mostly male patients for both PEP


Elbo Room

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LGBT community as well as the women’s movement that happened on Valencia Street in the 1970s,” Ring said. “... We’re going to be recognizing this building after its completion as a social resource for the LGBT community.” Options being considered are creating a plaque to honor Streicher and renaming the building for Streicher or aviator Amelia Earhart, or both women, Ring said. Mary Sager, 73, who was Streicher’s partner, said, “I think Dennis has a good idea.” Sager expressed concern about the affordability of the residential units, but she said, “Dennis has these plans, and he’s very set, and he’s very organized. ...


138,879 people were living with HIV and AIDS in 2014. The HIV laws also significantly impacted women, who accounted for 43 percent of the cases the study identified even though women make up less than 13 percent of the HIV-positive population in the state.

There are currently four criminal statutes in the state that deal with the transmission of HIV. A penal code section that says an HIV-positive person who engages in a nonconsensual sex crime, such as rape, could see three years added to their sentence will not be changed by the proposed legislation. But SB 239 will address the health and safety code that says it is illegal for an HIV-positive person to donate blood, organs, tissue, semen, or breast milk to an HIV-negative person. If convicted under the statute, they could face up to six years in prison. (Emergency legislation adopted last year made it legal for an HIV-positive person to donate their organs to

another HIV-positive person.) The Senate bill would change the statute so it would only be a crime if an HIV-positive person makes such a donation to intentionally infect someone and that person does become HIV-positive. It would make the transmission of HIV through such donations similar to the criminal statutes applicable to all infectious diseases, noted Wiener. As Scott A. Schoettes, the HIV Project director at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, told the B.A.R. in a phone interview Friday, February 3, the statutes need to be updated “because people are being prosecuted and incarcerated for no good reason under the existing HIV-specific criminal laws in California.” According to a December 2015 study conducted by the Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank at UCLA School of Law, 800 Californians between 1988 and June 2014 came into contact with the state’s criminal justice system due to their being HIV-positive. The study noted that nearly all of the cases, 95 percent, involved people either engaged in or suspected of sex work. The number of incidences have drastically dropped over time, found the study, with just 17 people having a HIV-related criminal contact in 2013, the most recent full year of data obtained for the study. It was the lowest number since 1991, noted the report. Black and Latino people were disproportionately represented at 67 percent of the cases, although they account for about just half, at 51 percent, of people living with HIV or AIDS in the state, found the report. In California, an estimated

AIDS advocates have long contended the laws are outdated and, rather than protect public safety, provide incentives to people to not know their HIV status. Yet for years lawmakers in Sacramento have refused to carry legislation to amend the statutes. “We have been working to get this issue on the radar of legislators in California for the last couple of years,” Khanna told the B.A.R. during a phone interview last week. Even prior to winning their elections last fall, both Wiener and Gloria had signaled to advocates that they would carry the legislation to amend the HIV criminalization statutes. “HIV is a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue,” said Wiener, who is HIV-negative and made headlines in 2014 for announcing he was taking the HIV prevention pill known as PrEP. While the legislation is expected to easily pass out of the state Senate, it is unclear what reaction the bill will receive in the Assembly from lawmakers or if it will be opposed by outside groups. Mark Zahner, the chief executive officer of the California District Attorneys Association, did not respond to a request for comment about the bill. Gloria, whose job is to count votes for legislation as one of two assistant majority whips in the

Assembly, vowed to ensure SB 239 is sent to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown this year. “This is not a Bay Area thing, it is a statewide thing. We will make sure Sacramento cares about this issue,” said Gloria. “We will get this through the Assembly. Collectively, we will get this done.” Working with him will be Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), another co-sponsor of the legislation. (Lesbian Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, is also a co-sponsor, as is Senator Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles.) “As a former prosecutor, I know firsthand the need to get outdated and unscientific laws based on homophobia and fear off the books,” said Chiu. “These laws criminalize and stigmatize people with HIV, and they must be updated.” Gay San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who is the first person living with HIV to serve on the board, hailed the introduction of the state legislation as being long overdue, especially in light of the advances that have been made in controlling a person’s HIV viral load and preventing people from becoming HIV positive in the first place. Sheehy pointed out that, under the current statutes, a person whose HIV infection is virally suppressed who has condomless sex with an HIV-negative person taking PrEP could face prosecution even though the risk of transmission of the virus is practically zero. The existing laws are “absolutely terrible for public health,” said Sheehy, who served as former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s adviser on HIV policy. “I look forward to this law passing and being signed by the governor.”t

and PrEP, said Djavaherian. Patients were also coming to Direct Urgent Care’s clinic after being told by the nearby Dignity HealthGoHealth Urgent Care clinic, which opened in August a few blocks away at 2288 Market Street, that it was not providing such services. After the B.A.R. inquired with GoHealth if it planned to offer the HIV prevention medicines, Dr. Erick Miranda told the B.A.R. that as of Wednesday, February 8 all eight of its Bay Area clinics, including the Castro location, would begin offering PEP to patients. “It is certainly something, for the health of the community, we definitely would offer,” said Miranda, noting that its Castro clinic in particular had been fielding requests for both PEP and PrEP from men in the neighborhood. Because PEP is an emergency HIV prevention tool, Miranda said it “definitely is within the realm or scope of our practice. We are very excited to offer it.” Since PrEP is taken on an ongoing basis, it falls into the category of primary care, noted Miranda, which GoHealth’s urgent care clinics are not meant to provide.

Nevertheless, due to the increasing popularity of urgent care centers as easier alternatives to seeing a primary care physician, as well as cheaper than going to an emergency room, Miranda said GoHealth is discussing if it makes sense for it to add PrEP to the services it offers. “For patients who want to go on PrEP, which I highly endorse for patients at risk of HIV infection, it does require some primary care, such as ongoing testing,” said Miranda. “As urgent care becomes more popular in the city, the lines between urgent care and primary care start to blur a little bit. It is an ongoing discussion amongst our group.” As for Direct Urgent Care, its Castro clinic had been directing its male patients looking for PEP or PrEP to seek the medications from Strut, the gay and bisexual men’s health center on Castro Street operated by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Because it is open at hours and on days that Strut is not, Direct Urgent Care decided it made sense for it to prescribe PEP and PrEP directly to its clientele. It also sees its doing so as a way to support the city’s Getting to Zero initiative, which aims to

reduce new HIV cases by 90 percent come 2020. “Our clinicians and staff are committed to the prevention of new HIV infections in San Francisco and the entire Bay Area,” stated Aurora Helm, a certified physician assistant and Direct Urgent Care’s lead PEP/ PrEP clinician. “By working closely with our community partners to expand access to care, plus provide a safe, convenient, and confidential place to receive PEP and PrEP, we are removing stigma or barriers patients typically face in accessing these services.” Strut officials did not respond to the B.A.R.’s request for comment by press time. Alberto Lammers, director of communications at San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center, which is a short walk from Direct Urgent Care, applauded the launch of the HIV prevention services at the clinic. The center often fields questions from people asking where they can access PEP and PrEP in the city, Lammers told the B.A.R. “I think access to health care is very important to our community, especially to PEP and PrEP,” said Lammers. “It is great to see them

put this program into effect.” Direct Urgent Care is offering PEP at all four of its clinics in the Bay Area. In addition to the San Francisco location, there are clinics in Berkeley, Oakland, and Mountain View. While PrEP is only being offered at its San Francisco location for now, it plans to add PrEP at the other three sites later this year. “The other clinics will be learning from the San Francisco clinic’s experience,” said Djavaherian. For more information, visit Appointments for those seeking PEP at GoHealth can be made online or by phone for the same day. Patients can also walk into a clinic during its business hours and request to be seen. Visits cost $250 at GoHealth for those without health insurance, while the price varies by plan for those who have coverage, as does the co-pay cost for the PEP prescription. Miranda said he was unsure how much the PEP prescription would cost those without health insurance. For more information, visit bayarea. t

I’ll support whatever he does.” Watson added, “but the new The original plan had been to addition on top is a pretty demolish the building. good compromise given that Shayne Watson, an architecthe owner wanted to raze the tural historian based in San Franwhole thing.” cisco who is a lesbian and coBut Gerard Koskovich, a San wrote the citywide LGBT historic Francisco-based queer histocontext statement, expressed suprian, called the plans for the port for Ring. building “highly troubling.” “In my mind, this is a preservaKoskovich said Amelia’s was tion success story, at least partially,” “more than simply a bar. It was Via Yelp Watson said in an email. “This was really a cultural center and anone of the first cases we saw after Plans for the site of the Elbo Room bar chor.” The building also once the city adopted the LGBTQ his- include several stories of housing. housed the gay bars Gaslight toric context statement where the and the Gay 90s in the 1970s, Planning Department seemed to he said. light of the much bigger picture of push back against a proposal to de“This is one of the most sigSan Francisco’s LGBTQ history. In the molish a significant LGBTQ site. One nificant queer historic sites in San case of Amelia’s, the city seems to reof our primary goals in writing the Francisco,” and the proposal is “esally appreciate that there is something historic context statement was to not sentially the same as a demolition,” significant here. allow these buildings to be evaluated Koskovich said. “... It leaves nothing “Of course, I’d like to see the in a vacuum, but instead analyzed in of the historic fabric of the building entire building preserved as is,”

except the facade.” He referred to the plans as “a style of fake preservation often referred to as ‘facadism.’” Ring disputed that notion. He said that plans include saving the building’s wooden outdoor cocktail signs and the iron entrance gate. He also said which addition will be set back from the street, “shows that it’s not just a facade. It’s more than that.” Elbo Room co-owner Matt Shapiro said in email, “We are currently looking for a new location in the Mission to continue operating when our lease ends on January 1, 2018.” Ring invites people who would like to provide input on the project to contact him at (415) 298-5133 or

they could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison. “Our current state law is outdated ... It should be repealed,” argued gay Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), a co-author of the bill who flew in to attend the news conference Monday morning. “It does nothing to bring us closer to a cure or encourage people to come forward to get tested and get treated.” Another criminal statute on the books that would be amended under SB 239 targets sex workers who are HIV-positive. If the person is convicted of solicitation, even if they did not engage in intercourse, they can be sentenced to prison for 16 months or longer. That would no longer be the case under the proposed legislation. “This is a great day for California. This legislation will advance human rights and protect our communities,” said Naina Khanna, who is living with HIV and is executive director of the Oakland-based Positive Women’s Network-USA.

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person is the equal of every other. First and foremost, our priority is ensuring all students have access to a quality education in a safe and supportive environment. We put students’ needs first, and we will protect them now.” While the district has yet to declare itself a sanctuary district, Walton said that the policy under consideration advances the district’s commitment not to tolerate hate or discrimination of any type in its schools. “We want to make sure all teachers, counselors, and principals are trained in working with undocumented students and their families. I don’t think we have had training district-wide,” said Walton. “It may be costly but something we have to do to protect against some of


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leak to the press that they hope Daddy won’t ruin their chances of ever again attending a fun party, and you mistake it for something we should be grateful for? “I couldn’t be more disappointed in SF Pride right now,” wrote Koskovich. “Stop groveling for crumbs and start standing up to the Trumpence Regime everywhere in every way. Declaring the 2017 Pride Parade an official march against the regime would be a good starting point.” After Pride retracted its initial comments, Koskovich thanked Ridgely for his clarification. Koskovich’s initial comment was echoed by over 100 others who questioned the wisdom of thanking Trump’s daughter and son-in-law for their alleged help in protecting gay rights. Typical of the responses was one by Waiyde Palmer, who wrote: “It’s mind boggling to me that our Pride Committee – made up of a majority of POC and Women – could issue such a politically naive statement. Are you so easily fooled or swayed? No executive order targeting American born Queers (yet) so they’re not so bad? Lets be open minded despite the shit storm the Trump regime is creating for everyone else? Coz there’s zero Queer refugees, immigrants, non-citizen Latino/a’s or Muslims right?”



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San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the legal case against the ban. More than a dozen states, including California, and nearly 100 tech companies filed briefs opposing Trump’s order. A decision is expected within the week, according to a court press statement. The family-friendly “No Ban, No Wall” rally drew a diverse crowd to Civic Center Plaza including many LGBT activists and groups representing immigrant communities. Across the country on the same day, several thousand people gathered under chilly skies in front of the Stonewall Inn in New York City to protest the administration’s moves against immigrants and refugees. New York organizers also planned to protest a rumored executive order allowing discrimination against LGBT people under the guise of “religious freedom.” As the B.A.R. previously reported, on January 31 Trump said he would not rescind Obama’s order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees. But several sources reported that Trump was expected to release a new executive order allowing discrimination on religious grounds. Trump has not yet issued such

the things being proposed by the administration.” He added that many students in the district are living in fear that their families will be broken up due to the president’s policy proposals. “It is really a sad time for a lot of our families,” said Walton.t Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column reported on state Senator Scott Wiener’s bill to amend HIV criminal statutes. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 8298836 or e-mail:

In his apology, Ridgely wrote, “While the President has not signed off on an official anti-LGBT order, his previous actions affect the most marginalized in our communities. The President’s orders and position on immigration are unjust and inhumane. The lived experiences of LGBTQ Muslims and undocumented LGBTQ people include harsh realities and the President’s blunt discriminatory orders will only make it worse for some of us and at times, may even result in deaths. Many of us face persecution for identifying as LGBTQ from countries like Iran, and so revoking or cancelling green cards and Visas from individuals who have been approved on the condition of asylum will face possible violent acts if deported from the United States. Undocumented LGBTQ individuals also experience harsh conditions when faced with detainment and deportation. The President’s orders incite racism and homophobia, making it more difficult for those of us adversely affected by his orders. “Our theme for 2017, chosen before the November election, is ‘A Celebration of Diversity,’ and stands in stark contrast to the division and exclusion propagated by the President,” Ridgely wrote. “San Francisco Pride is the largest LGBTQ event in the country, with over 1 million attendees annually. We recognize and embrace the strength and beauty that is derived from our diversity, and will not stand down or step back when it comes to defending our freedoms.” t an order, but local groups, including the Bay Area Queer Anti-Fascist Network, are organizing in advance for an LGBT Solidarity Rally to be held at Oakland City Hall. If an order is not released in the next couple of weeks, organizers will coordinate a proactive event. See the BAQAFN Facebook page for more details, including the date, as they become available. “We will not stand idly by for the president to violate the constitutional rights of undocumented immigrants, Muslims, or our LGBTQ community,” said organizer Vicky Castro, executive director of La Raza Centro Legal. “The people have shown their solidarity loud and clear. If you come for one of us, you are coming for all of us!” On February 7 the U.S. Army announced that it would grant a permit allowing the Dakota Access oil pipeline to go forward against the wishes of Native Americans and environmental activists. Thousands of people joined protests last year at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, before the Obama administration ordered an environmental review that delayed the project. As the B.A.R. went to press, protesters were once again converging on Standing Rock and an all-day protest was planned at the San Francisco Federal Building at Mission and 7th streets.t

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In the matter of the application of: ISABELA DIAS DE MELLO SÁ GLAISTER, 1226 CHURCH ST #3, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ISABELA DIAS DE MELLO SÁ GLAISTER, is requesting that the name ISABELA DIAS DE MELLO SÁ GLAISTER, be changed to ISABELA SÁ GLAISTER. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 9th of March 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


In the matter of the application of: CHRISTOPHER DIAS DE MELLO SÁ GLAISTER, 1226 CHURCH ST #3, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner CHRISTOPHER DIAS DE MELLO SÁ GLAISTER, is requesting that the name CHRISTOPHER DIAS DE MELLO SÁ GLAISTER, be changed to CHRISTOPHER SÁ GLAISTER. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 9th of March 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


In the matter of the application of: MNATSAKAN KOUYOUMDJIAN, 1266 33RD AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner MNATSAKAN KOUYOUMDJIAN, is requesting that the name MNATSAKAN KOUYOUMDJIAN, be changed to MICHAEL MNATSAKAN KOUYOUMDJIAN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 16th of March 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TATO, 4608 3RD STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed KRISTIN HOUK. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/17/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BINGO TRAVEL, 2407 41ST AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JOPHIE YIN NO LEUNG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/13/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/13/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NOMAD MUSIC; NOMAD DRUM STUDIOS; NOMADS DRUM SHOP, 6743 CALIFORNIA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed DAMON HOPE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/13/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HESHIES, 550 LAKE ST #201, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed TYLER HESCHONG. 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 01/11/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FANTASYLAND BY THE PARK, 1623 IRVING ST #1, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed KRISTINE PETROSYAN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/10/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LITTLE KIDS PARADISE, 266 21ST AVE #101, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed TATIANA SERGUNINA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/10/17.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MOLAR DENTAL STUDIO, 390 LAUREL ST #305, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JOSEPHINE CHEN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/03/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/17.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CASTRO SLIDERS, 449 CASTRO ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed CASTRO PIZZA LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/19/14. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/17.



The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GLAMA-RAMA! SALON, 304 VALENCIA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed KATHRYN A. MCKEE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/29/16 The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/29/16.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FLORE, 2298 MARKET ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FOCUS 415 CAPITOL INVESTMENT GROUP, INC (CA). 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 01/12/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CORTERIX, 1 SANSOME ST #3500, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BMM SOFT, INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/15/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/13/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LONE STAR SALOON, 1354 HARRISON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BEAR TRAP LSSF INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/11/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/11/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AGESONG UNIVERSITY, 350 UNIVERSITY ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed AGESONG LIVING, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/15/14. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/27/16.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GLENA’S, 632 20TH STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed A STREET LLC (CA). 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 01/12/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TREEFORT CRAFT DISTILLERY, 849 AVENUE D, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94130. This business is conducted by a limited, liability company and is signed TREEHOUSE CRAFT DISTILLERY, LLC (CA). 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 01/11/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HILTON SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE; HERB N KITCHEN; URBAN TAVERN; CITYSCAPE RESTAURANT, 333 O’FARRELL ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed SAN FRANCISCO LESSEE, LLC (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/03/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/04/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PINK ONION, 64 14TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed PINK ONION LLC (CA). 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 01/17/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ANINA, 482 A HAYES ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed BURGERS 355 LLC (CA). 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 01/11/17.

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The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: LITTLE KIDS PARADISE, 266 21ST AVE #101, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by KRISTINE PETROSYAN. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/21/11.


The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: FANTASYLAND BY THE PARK, 1623 IRVING ST #1, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by TATEVIK POGHOSYAN. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/05/12.


In the matter of the application of: LINDSAY RENEE BERGMANN, 1233 ARGUELLO BLVD #9, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner LINDSAY RENEE BERGMANN, is requesting that the name LINDSAY RENEE BERGMANN, be changed to LINZI RENEE BERRY. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 23rd of March 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


In the matter of the application of: ABDOLHANNAN PARVIZIAN, 2434 UNION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ABDOLHANNAN PARVIZIAN, is requesting that the name ABDOLHANNAN PARVIZIAN, be changed to HANNAN PARVIZIAN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 14th of March 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


In the matter of the application of: SEUNG HYUK YI/JI HOO YI, 1390 MARKET ST #1428, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner SEUNG HYUK YI, are requesting that the name LIAM (KUN-HEE0) YI be changed to LIAM (CHEON) YI. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 21st of March 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EMIKO OYOGA, 940 NATOMA ST #2, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed EMIKO M. OYE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/11/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/24/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HAI FENG TRADITION CHINESE MED; HAI FENG CHINESE HERBAL, 1818 NORIEGA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RU HAI LIANG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KA DIAMONDS, 100 SUMMIT WAY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed BARSEKH KARAGEUZIAN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/18/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/18/17.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CHARLES H. STINSON STUDIO; STARCHAND PRESS, 1890 BRYANT ST #300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CHARLES H. STINSON. 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 01/19/17.

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The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: SIMPLE MOVE SF, 1888 GENEVA AVE #504B, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business was conducted by a corporation and signed by SIMPLE MOVE INC (CA). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/03/16.


In the matter of the application of: CARLOS MAX BRAN, 1100 GOUGH ST #18D, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner CARLOS MAX BRAN, is requesting that the name CARLOS MAX BRAN; AKA CHARLES MAX BRAN; AKA MAX CHARLES BRAN, be changed to CHARLES MAX BRAN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 30th of March 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EVOLUTION, 3186 16TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FOTOON AND SAHEEN INC, (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/15/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/17.





The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LUSCIOUS GARAGE, 475 9TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed LUSCIOUS GARAGE, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/24/07. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/19/17.


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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HERBS AND SPICE, 2211 NEWCOMB AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RAMONA ADDISON. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/31/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/31/17.

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Vol. 47 • No. 6 • February 9-15, 2017 David Allen

Courtesy the subject

Sandra Bernhard on top

Aesthetic romp

by Sari Staver

Sandra Bernhard: “I try to take care of myself.”


t age 61, she takes the subway to work every day and usually flies coach, but pop culture icon Sandra Bernhard talks like a celebrity, even if her lifestyle doesn’t scream “diva.” See page 26 >>

by Philip Campbell


here’s a point midway in Act I of the San Francisco Lamplighters’ latest production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience when the Officers of the Dragoon Guards, observing the See page 18 >>

Sonia Gariaeff as The Lady Jane in the Lamplighters’ Patience, or, Bunthorne’s Bride (double-cast with Anne Hubble).

Crash course in Auguste Rodin by Sura Wood

Rick Gerharter


s you saunter through the Stanford University campus, you’d be forgiven if you mistook the solemn congregation of tormented souls on Memorial Court to be a gathering of flesh-and-blood men rather than “The Burghers of Calais,” the self-sacrificing, barefoot heroes on their way to slaughter sculpted by Auguste Rodin. Their extraordinary lifelike quality, emotional expressiveness and dynamic physicality are hallmarks of Rodin, one of the greatest sculptors in the history of Modern Art and a transformative figure in the same league as Michelangelo, his foremost inspiration. See page 26 >>


Martin Chapman, Curator in Charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, points out the delicate patina in Auguste Rodin’s “Mignon” in the newly re-installed Rodin galleries at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

<< Out There

18 • BAY AREA REPORTER • February 9-15, 2017

Treasurable artifacts by Roberto Friedman


ne of the world’s largest exhibitions of antiquarian books, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Oakland Marriott City Center, Feb. 10-12, for its 50th anniversary. This year’s rare books and treasures include the world’s first photographs of the American West, a rare author’s copy of author Wallace Stegner’s first book, and “an elaborately illustrated, 25-stanza rhyming paean to sobriety.” We’ll drink to that! Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring treasures from nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day fair gives visitors the opportunity to learn about and purchase rare books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine



bindings, children’s and illustrated books. Some highlights, from press materials: “Two Photos from The Cherokee Creek Boundary Survey Expedition of 1850: These are the earliest known photographs of the American West and are considered the most important daguerreotypes in a private collection. One image shows a covered wagon, mountain men and bowie knives that are part of a government expedition; and the second shows Dr. Woodhouse, a physician and naturalist accompanying the expedition. (Offered by the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop, Inc., $750,000.) “The Tippler’s Vow: Possibly the earliest ‘Just Say No’ campaign, written by Lee Fairchild and published in 1901, The Tippler’s Vow is a 25-stanza rhyming poem warning against the dangers of indulging in wine and alcohol. The set includes beautifully bound books with original covers and 26 illustrations

Courtesy Bolerium Books

Harvey Milk’s first (failed) campaign poster, on offer at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair.

from Jean Paleologue. (Offered by Kline Books, $27,500.) “Harvey Milk’s First (failed) Campaign Poster: In 1973, a few months after moving to San Francisco, Harvey Milk ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. ‘At last YOU have a candidate for Supervisor. Harvey Milk. Milk has something for everyone.’ Milk lost this campaign, but eventually won in 1977. (Offered by Bolerium Books, $3,500.)

“Wallace Stegner’s First Book: Stegner, the dean of Western writers, published his first book based on his thesis as a student at Iowa State University. Clarence Edward Dutton, An Appraisal, written in 1935, reflects Stegner’s admiration for the noted geologist who studied the American West. (Offered by James M. Dourgarian, $15,000.) “Britain’s Punk Scene: A colorful collection of rare photo books

and magazines depicting the burgeoning punk scene in Britain. Features photos of early performances and articles about the Sex Pistols, Generation X, the Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Clash, the Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, the Damned and many others. (Offered by Janette Ray Booksellers.) “Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West, 1933: A high point for 20th century literature and inspiration for the 1958 film noir, this first edition is one of only 800 copies. (Offered by Royal Books, $125,000.) “Book from Abraham Lincoln’s Law Library – A very scarce item that is personally signed by Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon. (Offered by the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop, Inc., $25,000.)” The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway in downtown Oakland, Feb. 10-12. Tickets are available online or at the door.▼ Information:

quaint, Patience is, to some, indicative of all that can be annoying about the famous Victorian theatrical partnership. Characters are absurdly shallow, lovers are wooed at first sight, and there is another ageing mezzo-soprano battle-axe, an air-headed soprano with an obstinate streak, and a chorus of bumbling males and swooning females, all hitting their stereotypically comic marks. That’s the story, and they’re sticking to it, though to legions of fans, it endures as a happy, winning formula. If Patience is rather less timely to to-

Colonel Calverley is porday’s audiences than others in trayed by William Neely the canon, it still enjoys some of (alternate Charles Martin) Arthur Sullivan’s loveliest music with less pomposity and more and W.S. Gilbert’s cleverest shenanigans of their formerly besympathy than expected, and it words. Maybe that’s why veteran trothed ladies – new devotees of an makes his every appearance a Lamplighters stage director Baraesthetic cult – robustly sing, “Now, delight. When he tears through bara Heroux has waited until is not this ridiculous, and is not this the patter songs he is not only now to finally include Patience, preposterous?” intelligible, but warmly enjoyOr, Bunthorne’s Bride as the And they are absolutely right, but able. With the help of superfinal operetta to crown her cain the topsy-turvy world of G&S, titles we don’t miss a word, and reer staging the complete works. that’s more or less the point, and Stephen Sondheim himself She might have been daunted their swooning, Pre-Raphaelite exDavid Allen would laugh out loud. by the challenge of bringing the girlfriends will need some masculine The “rugged bosom” of The conflict between two poets from Chris Uselac as Bunthrone in the concessions to art and poetry before the claustrophobic hot-house Lamplighters’ Patience, or, Bunthorne’s Bride Lady Jane is wonderfully disthey may be won again. Undeniably played by Lamplighters stalwart of Victorian London into the (double-cast with F. Lawrence Ewing). Sonia Gariaeff (alternate Anne withering glare of 21st-century Hubble). Her pitiable unresociety. She decides to play it made his mark with essays, wittiquited love for Bunthorne could be straight. Narcissism is still very much cisms and arch comedies of mancringe-worthy, but she makes a meal alive, and cynical bids for popularity ners. Gilbert lampoons him less of her many humorous appearances, will always be ripe for satire. Heroux harshly than more vicious critics of and we are glad she makes a better allows the audience to make their own the day. In Patience, Bunthorne is catch with the Lieut. Duke of Dunparallels. Selfie-addicts take note! fairly sympathetic, just a guy who stable (a solid Taylor Rawley) by the Reginald Bunthorne (A Fleshly really craves attention. The aesthetic Finale. Poet) is obviously fashioned after movement itself is treated as a moreAs always, production values are Oscar Wilde, and his competitor ArWINNER or-less harmless pop phenomenon. Best Wedding high, and costumer Miriam Lewis chibald Grosvenor (An Idyllic Poet) Photographer The leading roles for the Lampexecutes the brilliant and beautiful is also inspired by different aspects lighters production, which opened designs of Melissa Wortman with of well-known aesthetes, including last week at the Yerba Buena Cengorgeous detail. From the first tabSwinburne, artists Whistler and 415 ter for the Arts, are double-cast. leau, the audience knows they are Rossetti, and Wilde himself. Oscar 370 After years of trusting the beloved in for a visual treat with the scenic Wilde was one of the first artists Company with the Savoy legacy, 7152 design of Peter Crompton and efto manipulate the media, creating WEDDINGS, HEADSHOTS, PORTRAITS I’m reporting on the opening-night fective lighting by Ellen Brooks a fashionable brand well before he · cast, assuming their alternates to be making a sumptuous impression. equally talented. The Chorus of Rapturous MaidIn the title role, soprano Ellen ens and Officers of the Dragoon Leslie (alternate Jennifer Mitchell) is Guards sound as good as they look, as pretty and stubborn a Dairy Maid and Heroux allows them individual as anyone could wish, amusingly personal details. repulsed by the advances of effete From the pit Music Director/ Bunthorne, and awed by the godlike Conductor David Möschler leads grace of Grosvenor. the wonderful Lamplighters orchesChris Uzelac (alternate F. Lawtra in a fizzing performance. Many rence Ewing) is very funny as the conductors pace Sullivan too carepoet who cannot help performing a fully. Möschler trusts his musicians fraud to get a little action and fame. and puts the light touch back in light Uzelac slinks and sulks, strikes attiopera. tudes, and sings with a fine sense of When preparing to direct a stage comic timing. BY MICHAEL MCKEEVER revival of The Pirates of Penzance, His rival Grosvenor is portrayed DIRECTED BY ALLEN SAWYER film director and noted G&S fan by Jacob Botha (alternate Samuel Mike Leigh said, “It ain’t ChekFaustine). Looking suitably superb hov, but it’s good fun.” The same in one of wig-and-hair designer could be said of Patience. We need Kerry Rider-Kuhn’s excellent mops “Beautifully crafted and every smile we can get.▼ (her work is on fabulous display powerfully realized” throughout the cast), Botha makes Continues at Lesher Center for an impressive Lamplighters debut. MIAMI HERALD the Arts, Walnut Creek, Feb. 10When he changes from vain poseur 12, and Mountain View Center to regular guy, we can appreciate his for the Performing Arts, Feb. “Impressive and important” ardent performance even more. 18-19. Info: From page 17

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<< Out&About

20 • BAY AREA REPORTER • February 9-15, 2017


Fun Home @ Curran Theatre

Out &About

The historic theatre’s first show after two years of extensive renovation; West Coast premiere of a new staging of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s Pulitzer-finalist and five-Tony-winning musical based on Alison Bechtel’s graphic memoir about family, death, coming out and coming of age. $29$149. Thru Feb. 19. 445 Geary St. 358-1220.

Hand to God @ Berkeley Repertory

Fri 10

Dance Lovers @ Joe Goode Annex

Body politic by Jim Provenzano


ur bodies, ourselves, our power, our grace. See stage marvels move, and join the movement now. For nightlife, see On the Tab listings.

Thu 9

Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls @ Oasis D’Arcy Drollinger’s hit drag live-band rock musical comedy about Super Vixen, a girl band’s ups and downs, returns. $25-$35. Thu 8pm Fri & Sat 7pm. Thru Feb. 18. 298 11th St.

Amazon Apocalypse @ Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers present a semiproduced version of Scrumbly Koldewyn and Cab Covay’s campy musical; shortened in performances by the end-of-month sale/closure of the theater. $25-$40. 8pm. Also Feb. 10 & 11. 575 10th St. at Division.

Black History Month Films @ Tenderloin Museum Screenings of historic African American documentaries Feb 9 (Faithful Fool, 234 Hyde St.) Feb 16 (GLIDE, 330 Ellis) and Feb 22 (Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy). All 5:30pm.

The Christians @ SF Playhouse Lucas Hnath’s Off-Broadway hit unflinching look at faith in America, staged with a live choir, gets a West Coast premiere. $20-$125. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri 7 Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru March 11. 450 Post St., 2nd floor.

Finding Neverland @ Orpheum Theatre Musical adaptation of the story loosely based on J.M. Barry’s Peter Pan, about how Peter became Peter Pan. $55-$225. Thru Feb. 12. 1192 Market St.

Resist! Antifascist Bake Sale & Fashion Show @ El Rio The Degenderettes host a fundraiser for their trans feminist art collective, the Refugee Assistance Project and Trans Lifeline; with live music by Hose Rips, Forbidden Colors, Unwoman, and Shark Week. $5-$20. 8pm-12am. 3158 Mission St.

SF Indie Fest @ Roxie, Brava and Alamo Drafthouse Theaters Unusual, wild, strange and beguiling independent films galore, with moviethemed parties, too. $15-$20. Thru Feb. 16.

Silence: The Musical @ Victoria Theatre Cloud 9 Theatricals and Ray of Light Theatre present the Bay Area premiere of Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan and Hunter Bell’s acclaimed unauthorized musical parody of the film/book Silence of the Lambs. $35-$45. Thu-Sat 8pm (Some Saturdays 7pm and/or 10pm). Thru March 18. 2961 16th St. 863-7576.

A Thousand Splendid Suns @ Geary Theater American Conservatory Theatre presents the world premiere of Ursula Rani Sarma’s theatrical adaptation (with live music) of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel set in war-torn modern Kabul. $25-$100. Tue-Sat 8pm (or 7pm). Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 26. 415 Geary St. 749-2228.

Fri 10

Blast Theater Festival @ Ashby Theatre, Berkeley Festival of dance and theatre arts. $10-$20. Thru Feb. 26. 1901 Ashby Ave.

Fool for Love @ Magic Theatre

Dance Lovers @ Joe Goode Annex

New production of Sam Shepard’s capitivating drama about two straight lovers digging into their past in a rundown hotel room. $75-$90. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Feb. 26. 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg D.

James Graham Dance Theatre’s sixth annual Valentine’s Day weekend concerts explore relationships in duets with five different couples; straight, gay, queens and more. $17$37. 8pm. Also Feb 11, 8pm & Feb 12, 7pm. 4012 Annex St.

I Am Responsible @ Exit Theatre Service: The Third Legacy of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jackie B’s two-act play about the sober organization’s history. $20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Feb. 11. 156 Eddy St.

Jason Mecier @ Dolores Park Café The popular gay collage artist known for celebrity portraits unveils his latest collection Real Housewives of Macaroni, at the café. Reception 6pm8pm. 501 Dolores St.

Daniel’s Husband @ New Conservatory Theatre Center West Coast premiere of Michael McKeever’s drama about a gay couple’s disagreeement over marriage. $25-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 26. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

David King @ IS Fine Art and Design The local multimedia artist’s captivating new and recent collages and drawings. 3848 24th St. at Church.

Robert Askins’ dark comedy about a hand puppet that speaks to a young man in a far-right religious church. $29-$89. Thru March 19. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Hedda Gabler @ Exit on Taylor Cutting Ball theatre company’s production of Paul Walsh’s translation of Henrik Ibsen’s historic pre-feminist drama. $15-$45. Thru Feb. 26. 277 Taylor St.

I Am Not Your Negro @ Bay Area Cinemas Samual L. Jackson narrates Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated and multi-award-winning documentary based on the writings of gay Black author James Baldwin. Landmark, Alamo Drafthouse and other theaters.

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar @ YBCA Opening party for a new retrospective exhibit of the Bay Area artist known for videos, installations and feminist themes; music by DJ Irwin Swirnoff. 100% of ticket sales benefit the ACLU. $10-and up. 7pm-10pm. Exhibit thru May 21. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

The Madwoman in the Volvo @ Berkeley Rep NPR personality and best-selling memoirist Sandra Tsing Loh takes the driver’s seat goes into overdrive in her hilarious, enlightening, totally candid road trip through middle-age, menopause, and motherhood. $60$75. Thru Feb 15. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Nancy Karp + Dancers @ ODC Theater Memory/Place, a new work about human migration, is accompanied by pianist Sarah Cahill and cellist Gianna Abondolo performing Lou Harrison’s “Grand Duo,” plus other commissioned music by Kui Dong. $35-$45. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. 3153 17th St.

Native Son @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley Nambi E. Kelley’s stage adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic novel stars Jerod Haynes, who originated the role in the Chicago world premiere. $22$60. Thru Feb. 12. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

The Real Americans @ The Marsh Berkeley Dan Hoyle’s solo show depicting the rifts between real people left and right, blue state and red, with a post-election update. $25-$100. Thru Feb. 25. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Shaolin Warriors @ Marin Auditorium, San Rafael Enjoy dazzling kung fu martial arts displays, dancing and live music. $25$45. 8pm. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.

Sat 11

Brook Pessin-Whedbee @ Green Apple Books Reading and signing with the author of the new book, Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity, the first-ever non-fiction picture book to introduce gender diversity. 11am. 506 Clement St.

Butterflies and Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers Beautiful floral displays, plants for sale, docent tours, and live butterflies exhibit; thru June 30. Tue-Sun 10am4pm. $2-$8. Free for SF residents. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, 831-2090.

Carey Leibowitz: Museum Show @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Exhibits about Jewish culture and by Jewish artists, including Carey Leibowitz: Museum Show (witty queer pop art, thru June 25), Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs (thru Sept. 3), and others; Free (members)-$12. 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

East 14th @ The Marsh Don Reed returns with his solo show about his Oakland childhood, part of his coming-of-age trilogy. $20-$100. Sat 8:30pm. Sun 5:30pm. Thru Feb. 18. 1062 Valencia St.

SF Hiking Club @ Muir Beach Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for a 10-mile hike at Muir Beach. Bring water, lunch, hat, layers, sunscreen, sturdy shoes. Carpool meets 9:00 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 926-9220.

Trump Must Go – Now! @ Ocean Beach Join 2000-plus participants in making large beach-size protest statements viewable from the sky. 10:30am-12:30pm. 1000 Great Highway. events/161276984367308/

Various Exhibits @ MOAD Where is Here, Helina Metaferia: Home-Free, A Matter of Fact: Toyin Ojih Odutola and Urban Africa, all thru April 2. $5-$15. Wed-Sat 11am6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St.

Sun 12

50 Shades of Green @ SF Botanical Garden

Tue 14

Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics @ Conservatory of Flowers Enjoy wine-tasting, cocktails, chocolates and a tour of floral blossoms with lush and pungent romantic inspiration at the annual Valentine’s Day event. $30-$50. 6pm-10pm. JFK Drive at Kezar Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Kim Lembo @ Bazaar Café The singer-songwriter’s Tuesday residency thru February includes special music guests. 7pm-9:30pm. 5927 California St.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ UC Theatre, Berkeley Barely Legal shadow cast performs a Valentine’s Day burlesque show (magic, lingerie contest, prizes) before a screening of the campy queer musical film classic. $17-$27. 8pm. 2036 University Ave., Berkeley.

Wed 15

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia @ Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive New large-scale multimedia exhibit about 1960s-1970s counterculture. Thru May 21. Free-$12. 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books Ed Wolf, community HIV/AIDS activist and writer, is the featured reader at the eclectic open mic night, with cohosts Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts. 8pm. 489 Castro St.

Thu 16

Afterlife @ Asian Art Museum Enjoy drinks and DJed music at the preview party for Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty. $15-$25. 7pm-11pm (exhibit thru May 18). 200 Larkin St., Civic Center.

Bearing Witness @ GLBT History Museum

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day stroll through the gardens with drinks, small bites, day/evening Magnolia enjoyment and outdoor garden tours. $50. 3pm-5pm. Also Feb. 14, 5:30-7:30pm. 1199 9th Ave, at Lincoln Way.

Remembering International Bear Rendezvous, a panel talk with the event organizers, timed with the new exhibit, Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture, featuring art work by bear cartoonist Fran Frisch. $5. 7pm. 4127 18th St.

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Billy Elliot @ Berkeley Playhouse

Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

Sweethearts’ Ball @ Space 500 Sundance Saloon’s annual romantic dance and udnerwear party, for cowboys and cowgirls into twostepping and line-dancing. Lessons for newbies, clothes checks, drinks, and more than CW music, too. $8. 5pm10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Vanessa Bousay @ Martuni’s Valentine’s Day concert, with Steven Satyricon and pianist Tom Shaw. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Black Choreographers Festival @ Dance Mission Theater SF/ Malonga Casquelourd Center, Oakland

Mon 13

New and repertory works by African American dance-makers Robert Moses, Byb Chanel Bibene, Gregory Dawson, Ibrahima Diouf, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and others. $10-$30. Thru Feb. 26. 1428 Alice St., Oakland; 3316 24th St. SF.

The author of the best-selling Gilda Stories discusses her work, including her new play about lesbian singersongwriter Alberta Hunter, along with Black History Month topics, with Prof. Ajuan Mance. 7pm. 489 castro st.

Jewelle Gomez @ Dog Eared Books

Local production of the (10 Tonywinning) musical, with music by Elton John, based on the film about a poor British boy who aspires to become a ballet dancer. $22-$40. Note earlier curtain times (7pm or 1pm). Thru Mar. 25. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

Clas/sick Hipo Hop @ YBCA Forum Three-night concert series of energetic post-modern dances by Amy O’Neal, with break-dancing, live music covers and dance tributes set to Lauren Hill’s music. Thu-Sat 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Dance party Feb 16, 7pm. $230-$50. Thru Feb 18. Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio Diane Amos, Will Durst, Yayne Abeba, Steve Lee, and Lisa Geduldig tell comic tales at the monthly event. $7$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St.

Sandra Bernhard @ Regency Ballroom Our beloved comic actress and singer returns for Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast, a full-fledged fab concert. $52-$68. 8pm. 1290 Sutter St.


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Cannibalism, skinning: that’s entertainment! by Richard Dodds


t’s popcorn rather than fava beans that will have to accompany the concession-stand Chianti at the Victoria Theatre, where Silence! The Musical recently opened. A nice Chianti would probably be overkill at this broadly targeted spoof that throws together moments of slambam sophistication with go-forbroke foolishness and jaw-dropping vulgarity. Not all of it works, but this “unauthorized” sendup of Silence of the Lambs can be pretty damn funny. The 1991 movie about a serial cannibal and a serial skinner may seem among the unlikeliest of sources for a musical, but of course, that’s the point. Key moments of the movie are exaggerated for laughs, but the musical also uses the plot as a clothesline on which to hang all sorts of comic bits that mock musical-theater tropes, pull in physical comedy bits, and shamelessly throw in jokes as old as burlesque. So you may have a chorus doing a jazzhands routine during the examination of a corpse or a cast member clapping together chalk erasers to create a fog through which a dead character can emerge. The musical began as a series of

parody songs by Jon the movie, which mocks and Al Kaplan that Phantom of the Operafound a following on type dirges and even YouTube, and a script features a dream ballet they had prepared that leaves little to the was then augmented imagination. by Broadway veteran Many of the other Hunter Bell. A short performers play multirun at the NY Fringe ple roles, which can beFest in 2005 eventucome a source of comally led to a successful edy as quick changes are off-Broadway engageonly slightly disguised. ment, and original Brendon North makes producer Victoria his main character as Lang and Seattlethe head of a psychibased Cloud 9 Theatric prison a comic Kevin Berne atricals decided San delight with a series of Francisco was fertile Anne Norland, as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, is joined misguided attempts at ground for their show. by a chorus of lambs in Silence! The Musical, a spoof of suave maneuvers in his Wisely, they teamed Silence of the Lambs at the Victoria Theatre. wheeled office chair. with Ray of Light Matt Hammons conTheatre, veterans at nects with Clarice’s Bill. Norland captures many of the presenting offbeat musicals at the supercilious supervisor, and Brian tics and traits of Jodie Foster, who Victoria Theatre, and its creative Watson twinkles in a sexual confuwon an Oscar as Clarice, pumping team has brought their signature sion as Buffalo Bill that finds some up and puncturing the character’s polish and imagination. explanation in his cheery song grave demeanor and turning FosThe production’s centerpiece “I’d Fuck Me.” Meanwhile, a senater’s lightly sibilant lisp into slush. is Anne Norland’s performance tor’s daughter awaits his scalpel, As Hannibal Lecter, Scott Hayes as Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee played as a whining brat by Hayley could be Anthony Hopkins’ missgiven the assignment of interviewLovgren, who also plays her digniing twin. He looks and acts like the ing Hannibal Lecter, a devilishly fied mother, who hits some stunscreen original, and merrily takes shrewd prisoner in a psychiatric faning notes in her public musical the character over the top in his cility who may hold the key to findplea to the kidnapper. Angel Adsignature aria “If I Could Smell Her ing a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo edokun brings more merriment to Cunt,” spun from an actual line in

the proceedings that have fun with their feeble attempts to differentiate between her multiple small roles and who finally gets a big number because – well, just because. Jason Hoover, artistic director of Ray of Light, has staged the production with considerable comic inspiration on Kuo-Hao Lo’s always-inmotion set, while choreographer Alex Rodriguez’s choreography merrily tweaks various Broadway styles. A chorus of floppy-eared lambs sounds funnier than it is, but Rodriquez gives them a Rockettesstyle kickline that is hard to resist. Musical director Ben Prince creates an impressive sound with a small ensemble. Silence of the Lambs was queasy entertainment, not a movie that called out for repeated viewings. I haven’t seen it since its release in 1991, but memories are vivid enough to get the musical’s inside jokes. Mostly, though, it wears its jokes on the outside like, say, a loose-fitting hide.▼ Silence! The Musical will run at the Victoria Theatre through March 18. Tickets are $35-$55. Tickets at

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Between heaven & hell by Richard Dodds


hatever we imagine heaven to be like, its parameters can only stretch as far as the boundaries of human imagination. “I want the heaven that my mind cannot fathom,” says the pastor of a megachurch to his congregation. And that could mean that Adolph Hitler might very well be in the good place along with those who lived the holiest of lives. “Wouldn’t that be heaven, a place where everything that was awful about Earth is gone, where the wrong that one has done is washed away?” Not necessarily, according to his flock. In Lucas Hnath’s thoughtprovoking The Christians, now in a handsome production at San Francisco Playhouse, Pastor Paul relates to his congregation a revelation during an overseas missionary meeting, where a young boy ran into a burning building to rescue a girl, giving up his own life for hers. Too bad he wasn’t a Christian, someone says, because now he’s in hell. The pastor tries to prove that the Bible never actually mentions a hell,

ing number of his congregation follow the associate pastor to a breakaway church. For them, the concept of an actual hell better serves their faith. Hnath’s play is part theater and part theological debate, some of it played out during church services and some behind the scenes. There is a suggestion at the start of Jessica Palipoli the play that some Anthony Fusco, as the pastor of a sort of scandalous mega-church, tries to convince a young drama might soon be congregant (Millie Brooks) about his radical played out from the reinterpretation of church theology in The pulpit, as Pastor Paul Christians at SF Playhouse. ominously opens a sermon by declaring, “There is a crack in and when the associate pastor cites the foundation of this church.” But a passage where it seems to, Pastor the playwright basically wants a sePaul is at the ready, saying that in rious discussion of religious tenets, the original language the reference and all sides are given a chance to was to an actual pit near Jerusalem express themselves reasonably. It’s where garbage was burned. Hellinteresting enough to get you to pay ish, yes; hell, no. Try as he might attention, but theatrically speaking, to pry the stick from the Biblical it’s only mildly dramatic. carrot-and-stick paradigm, a grow-

Director Bill English’s staging does what the playwright asks for, which includes indulging Hnath’s idiosyncratic fondness for microphones and the cables that trail them, having characters use corded hand mikes both when speaking to the vast congregation, but also in personal moments up to and including a conversation between the pastor and his wife in bed. Hnath has explained in interviews the reason for this device – the public implications of even private conversations – but still it’s an odd distraction. English’s set sleekly replicates the stage of a big-budget modern cathedral, with abstract designs in the stained-glass windows and large video screens streaming images of harmonic natural beauty. The production even comes with a 16-member choir (courtesy of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of SF) that breaks into periodic songs from their perches on risers behind the pulpit and the regal chairs for church dignitaries. Slick and smarmy types often occupy those chairs, at least those who have managed to score television

deals, but there’s none of that in Anthony Fusco’s portrayal of a pastor whose charisma stems from an earnest geniality that can mostly hide a low-key arrogance that brings on a schism. As the associate pastor who is shown the door, Lance Gardner suggests priggishness that doesn’t devolve into self-righteousness. Even when sitting silently, Warren David Keith exudes steely authority as a church elder whose support for Pastor Paul is crucial. Millie Brooks shines in a featured scene as a young congregant who engages the pastor in a heartfelt debate, and Stephanie Prentice has a quiet dignity as the pastor’s wife who harbors her own doubts about his recalibration of church doctrine. The wife is the one who catches the pastor up in a conundrum that he is strained to answer. “Absolute tolerance,” she asks, “requires intolerance of the intolerant?”▼ The Christians will run through March 11 at San Francisco Playhouse. Tickets are $20-$125. Call (415) 677-9596 or go to

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he envelope please. It’s been dubbed the Gay Super Bowl; it’s been protested for being too white, too glitzy, culturally irrelevant in the digital age, but guess what? We still care who takes the bald guy home for their mantle. Below is an educated guess on who will get Oscars for the major categories.

yearning to be more inclusive. Hacksaw Ridge Should this Mel Gibson-helmed battlefield drama starring Andrew Garfield as a pacifist medic win the Oscar, it will be an amazing personal rehabilitation story for Gibson, who has languished in Tinseltown’s doghouse since his notorious anti-Semitic remarks a decade back. Hell or High Water This populist melodrama finds brothers Chris Pine and Ben Foster robbing Texas banks to save their family’s homestead from foreclosure. Great opportunity for an Anti-Trump acceptance speech. Hidden Figures Producers of this underdog tale about the contributions of three black women to John Glenn’s trip into space are probably happy just to be invited to 15TH ST dance. | theCatering La La Land This feel-good reboot of the traditional Hollywood musical could receive a tsunami of old16TH ST fashioned Oscar-sweeps love. Who says Ryan Gosling can’t sing? Lion A little-boy-lost story, with Dev Patel putting a17THnifty third-act ST button on the tale drawn from real life. Manchester by the Sea Another improbable candidate, grimmer than it may first appear. Janitor Casey Affleck is called upon to look after his late brother’s adolescent son. Moonlight African American director Barry Jenkins aces his second feature with a layered account of three stages in the life of a gay black kid. This would be the ultimate Oscar-night Cinderella story. Actor in a Leading Role Casey Affleck (Manchester) Ben’s younger brother is finally getting the love. Affleck is moving as a smalltown New England janitor who’s a human hand-grenade capable of pulling his own pin. Kenneth Lonergan withholds crucial information about the source of Lee’s dark mood until late in the film, when everything becomes painfully clear. Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw) It’s not often an actor who’s up for a big prize admits he did better work in a non-nominated film. Garfield prefers his 17th-century Catholic monk in Japan (Martin Scorsese’s neglected Silence) to his WWII medic for Mel Gibson. Garfield would get my vote. Ryan Gosling (La La) Like Leo DiCaprio before him, Gosling has earned Oscar’s blessing so many times that I’d have no trouble with ET


Best Picture Arrival If this dark-horse sci-fi drama from Quebec-born director Denis Villeneuve wins Best Picture, all bets are off and you’re not winning your office Oscar pool. Fences Powerful African American family drama, adapted by Denzel Washington from the Pulitzer Prizewinning play by the August Wilson, is a contender in a year when Oscar is


by David Lamble

Both photos: Steven Underhill

Above: Ryan Gosling: Best Actor and Below: Emma Stone: Best Actress in a La La Land sweep?

his film’s frontrunner power sweeping him along. Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) Good actor, wrong year. Denzel Washington (Fences) In the Oscar game, artists are sometimes rewarded in a different slot from the one they deserve. This would be an odd choice but not an unworthy one. Actress in a Leading Role Isabelle Huppert (Elle) The French actress works hard in this absurdist tale of a TV producer battling demons. Ruth Negga (Loving) In the poignant story of a black woman persecuted for marrying a white man in the Jim Crow American South, Negga is a strong candidate. Natalie Portman (Jackie) The Israeli-born Portman (Black Swan) impresses as a Dead Kennedy’s stoic widow. Emma Stone (La La) If this is a La La sweep, expect Gosling’s intrepid singing partner to be along for the ride. Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) Normally a shoo-in for Oscar love, Streep’s funny take on a lady who couldn’t sing but did

anyway, at the largest venues for her time, will probably lose out to candidates with more compelling contemporary stories. Actor in a Supporting Role Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) An underdog candidate for a little film with a big heart. Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) “The Dude” returns as the Sheriff in a high-energy Texas bank robbery drama. Lucas Hedges (Manchester) This lad has game, battling family tragedy and the control of his future. Dev Patel (Lion) The Slumdog Millionaire star is all grownup and very good in a drama that spans decades and continents. Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) Veteran character actor has the kind of energy that can sometimes steal the spotlight. Actress in a Supporting Role Viola Davis (Fences) A smart TV ad campaign has elevated the prospects of this powerful trouper. Naomie Harris (Moonlight) British actress plays drug-addicted mom to the nines. Nicole Kidman (Lion) A solid but not pivotal role for the reliable Aussie vet. Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) A nomination that stands in for a trio of women, unsung African American NASA Space Center pioneers, in a year when we lost John Glenn. Michelle Williams (Manchester) One-time Dawson’s Creek TV star has come a long way, might just win with a role that only plays in a couple of scenes. Documentary (Feature) Efforts to reform this category have paid big dividends with the top three candidates: Fire at Sea is a piece of agit-prop theater that all but shoves your head into the diesel-tainted waters off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, and a personal drama that feels like it must have spun from someone’s imagination. I Am Not Your Negro The words of African American gay writer James Baldwin, read by Samuel L. Jackson. O.J.: Made in America Normally a hybrid doc (produced for ABC/ ESPN) would not have a prayer of crashing the big-screen category, but these are unusual times, and this was a powerful statement on race and celebrity.▼


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Radical dance: just the facts by Paul Parish


here were no signs of rioting in Berkeley last Friday night at Cal Performances’ Available Light, the prestige modern-dance event of the season. Berkeley co-commissioned the revival of this famous 1985 piece years ago. They could not have anticipated how it would look in the light of the post-election ascendancy of the petit-bourgeoisie. They intended it as a birthday present to its composer John Adams, Berkeley’s most famous artist-resident, who turns 70 next week. A huge crowd turned out – mostly paper, I’m afraid, but Zellerbach’s lobby mezzanine was full. When they all filed into the auditorium, they found curtain up, revealing Frank Gehry’s amazing set. We eyed it warily. It seemed to carry an electric charge, with ominous possibilities. The scene mirrored the house: a mezzanine floated above the main floor, supported on open-work pillars; five cages made of pipes, mostly upright, with a stabilizing pair crossed on the diagonals. These dark lines prophesied dance to follow, which proceeded at every moment either in gridlike lines or on the diagonals. Dancers in silhouette appeared in the spaces between them, then took their places like pegs on a pinochle board. Eleven of them, in squads, dressed in red, white, and black. The picture reminded me of

the pterodactyls falling into formation at the end of Jurassic Park. The dancers walked to place with an ordinary gait, but from then on, no step they took was ordinary, and the paths they took were rigorously confined to the geometry of an invisible grid. As if they were electrons moving in a microprocessor, they moved in set paths till some invisible switch reversed their direction, stopped them completely, or spun them onto another diagonal altogether. The upper deck was sometimes empty. Lucinda Childs, who designed the dances, was perhaps the most famous of the three in 1983 when the LA Museum of Contemporary Art first bespoke the piece. The museum, still a-borning, did not even have a building of its own yet, and the dance was first performed for lack of a better place in a disused factory, which had a ring of skylights around the top that were used to light the piece, with floodlights from outside. Childs had famously kept up the radical criteria of the postmodern dancers, no “meaning” but what lay in the movement itself. Though she used the balletic idiom of Merce Cunningham, which is not pedestrian and has a Cartesian beauty in its own right, still, it’s as austere as the Pythagorean theorem. For the first 15 minutes, no leg rose higher than 30 degrees, and the dancers never

took one step sideways. As idiom is unique, Childs the musical mood shifted, has not been able to attract she added scuttling sidedancers of the first caliber ways steps, and some high technically. There were extensions, but it wasn’t til weak ankles, unstretched the second movement that knees, hunched shoulders she introduced a step that pockmarking the unison, a hopped. She refused to problem in a piece of such court the audience (as her austerity, where the steps mentors Merce Cunningrecur over and over, and ham and Yvonne Rainer costumes reveal every flaw. had done) with anything It was originally danced Craig T. Matthew as tawdry as a climax. No in jumpsuits, which bil“sell-out” tricks – no feel- Lucinda Childs’, John Adams and Frank Gehry’s lowed out on the turns, good references to daily life Available Light was revived in Zellerbach Hall. danced with a life of their or to romantic love, no recown. The dancers need to ognizable gestures. There’s move like a flock of birds. sounds that Adams had created in not one pas de deux, not Though some danced bethis avowedly minimalist music. even a smile of recognition from ter than others, the lack of precision Adams has said he composed the one dancer to another. It’s all pure made for raggedness. This was not score “on a Casio keyboard, bought movement in space and time, no a fatal flaw, since the choreography at Macy’s” while on retreat at the one step that’s more important than itself is beautiful, and the idiom, Djerassi Foundation ranch in 1983. another, though someone might which uses archaic positions (arms It’s a 50-minute postmodern Pastoleave the ground floor and move up in Cecchetti-first position, the ral Symphony in two movements, to the alto plano. fingertips brushing the sides of describing a winter landscape Matias Tarnopolsky, Director of the thighs, feet in Charlie Chaplin enshrouded in mists, curtained in Cal Performances, got rounds of stance), is so difficult to master, one rains, buffeted with winds, but often applause, speaking before the piece has to be grateful there are dancers shimmering and almost unmovbegan, when he said they’d hewed willing to commit to it. ing. He called it “Light over Water.” to the theme of Berkeley Radicals It was wonderful to see this. The second movement begins with by keeping it pure. Then the show The culture may be changing very slow trills, drawn out to heavenly started, and we saw what he meant. fast now. None of us can afford to length, punctuated with a two-note They danced impersonally, using a ignore the economic difficulties of motto that put me in mind of the tiny vocabulary of maybe 25 steps, life, a luxury the postmodern danc“nightingale and cuckoo” coda in recombined like genes in chromoers could indulge. “We didn’t need Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. somes. Their phrases took shape money,” Remy Charlip once told The choreography has a prisin straight lines with tiny rhythmic me. “We didn’t have to pay rent, and matic, crystalline clarity slightly changes, mirroring the “points food you could scrounge.” Their belied by the dancers. Because her of light” curtain of shimmering aesthetic depended on that.▼

Get up & dance

by Gregg Shapiro


emember 20 years ago, when electronic dance music was beginning to catch on, and Moby, at the forefront of the movement, released the rock album Animal Rights? Neither does anyone else, because it was pretty forgettable. Moby, who returned to electronic music with a vengeance and published a memoir, is back with These Systems Are Failing (Little Idiot/Mute), credited to Moby & The Void Pacific Choir. Don’t expect electro Moby here, although there are plenty of opportunities for dancing. Edgy enough for slamdancing, these 11 songs owe more to Nine Inch Nails than to Giorgio Moroder, beginning with “Hey! Hey!,” an invitation to pogo. The same dark energy powers “Break. Doubt” and the aptly named “And It Hurts.” Track 10, “Almost Loved,” comes closest to the Moby of old. Sometimes electronic dance music comes from unlikely sources, such as Omaha, Nebraska. Newwave revivalists The Faint proved that when it released Blank Wave Arcade on hometown hipster label Saddle Creek. “Worked Up So Sexual” and “Call Call,” two songs from that album, are among the 19 compiled on Capsule: 19992016 (Saddle Creek). The band’s breakthrough disc Danse Macabre is represented by “Glass Danse,” “Agenda Suicide,” “The Conductor” and “Posed to Death.” Capsule also boasts three new songs: “Young & Realistic,” “Skylab 1979” and “ESP.” Strange Diary (Polyvinyl) by Psychic Twin (aka Erin Fein) is

a thrilling electronic pop album. Showing her respect for the 80s roots of electro-pop on “Unlock Yr Heart” (which recalls St. Vincent), “Running in the Dark,” and the Eurythmics-esque “Hopeless,” Psychic Twin has something new to say and a fresh way to express it. Brava, diva! GTA hails from Miami and mixes a cocktail of sounds on its debut album Good Times Ahead (WB). There’s a splash of sampledelic soul on “True Romance” featuring Jarina De Marco, a dash of clubby hip-hop on “Little Bit of This” featuring Vince Staples, and a sip of pulse-manipulating dance on “Heartbeat” (featuring Karina). Drink it up. It probably doesn’t hurt that electro-duo Tritonal (Chad Cisneros and David Reed) are easy on the eyes. They’re easy on the ears, too, as you can hear on Tritonal’s second album Painting with Dreams (Enhanced). That’s gay American Idol survivor Adam Lambert providing vocals on the slow-dance of “Broken.” If you want an excuse to cut loose, hold out for “Waiting 4 U.” Electro duo Aluna George took its time following up Body Language, its well-received 2013 debut disc. I Remember (Island/Interscope) doesn’t stray too far from that formula. Slow-beats dominate at the start, but “Mean What I Mean,” and “I’m in Control” get your feet headed in the direction of the dance-floor. Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber) makes his debut with his eponymous 12-track album on City Slang. He deserves credit for making the

kind of dance-music album enjoyable as background music. The retro disco of “Colours” and “Night Moves” is noteworthy. German producer Boys Noize

(aka Alexander Ridha) takes his Daft Punk obsession to the next level while tossing in some Fatboy Slim on Mayday (Rough Trade). Boston-based international trio

Miss Geo should have no trouble connecting with dancers via “Give Me That Noise” and “Techno Entry” on its album Connection (▼

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A very Castro Theatre February by David Lamble


ebruary is our shortest month, but the nonstop water from the sky may make you feel a bit trapped. Our neighborhood movie palace (since 1922) the Castro Theatre has the answer with a couple of dozen twin-spin film programs, many with subtle thematic hooks. One More Time with Feeling (2016) Filmmaker Andrew Dominik looks at underground musician Nick Cave and the mojo behind his latest album with the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree. Wings of Desire (1987) Nick Cave is in this cult classic from Wim Wenders, who creates a Berlin just before the Wall fell where we can believe in angels. With Bruno Ganz and Peter Falk as himself. In German, French and English. (both 2/9) Sing-along West Side Story (1961) Yes, the great Bernstein-RobbinsSondheim riff on Romeo & Juliet is now a Castro audience sing-along. Directed by Robert Wise, with Natalie Wood, Richard Reymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno. Winner of 10 Oscars. (2/10-12) It Happened One Night (1934) This five-Oscar, Frank Capradirected screwball road comedy still packs a wallop with laughs and insights into media-driven obsessions. Clark Gable skipped the Tshirt, while Claudette Colbert was one of the sound era’s best poorlittle-rich-girls. Best-known for “the Wall of Jericho” motel-room blanket and many variations on opposites-attract vibes. Sullivan’s Travels (1941) Preston Sturges’ spicy spoof of the film business stars Joel McCrea, fed up with the B.S. associated with his job

as director of Hollywood fluff, and Veronica Lake as wannabe ingénue. Thought-provoking screwball classic. (both 2/14)

Brokeback Mountain (2005) Heath Ledger gives an Oscar-worthy take on a man who already seems in mourning for a loss he will be late to grasp. Ennis Del Mar is a man of very few words, his face hidden by his hat, until a beat-up GMC pickup sputters into view. The driver, Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), kicks his junker and turns to the camera. Every pretty actor who ever rode across Tombstone Country flashes by our eyes as we observe Jack observing Ennis through his truck’s side mirror. Director Ang Lee’s deft pacing allows accretions of affection to mount between Jack and Ennis, turning them into soulmates.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Anglo-Pakistani writer Hanif Kureishi and director Stephen Frears joined forces for the most taboo-defying social comedy of the Thatcher era. Co-starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke, this laughfest about a laundromat jumpstarted careers and created homo buzz. (both 2/15) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) This innovative musical introduced the world to a fresh-faced Catherine Deneuve. Jacques Demy invented the stylish frisson that retains its fizz a half-century later.

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Demy’s follow-up adds the talents of Gene Kelly to the formula. (both 2/16) Romeo & Juliet (1996) Baz Luhrmann’s pop take on the Bard’s tragic star-crossed couple (pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) is vital, refreshing and true to the text. Moulin Rouge! (2001) Baz is back, with Aussie-born Nicole Kidman and British star Ewan Mc-

Gregor as cursed-by-fate lovers in Paris, circa 1900. (both 2/17) Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Blake Edwards’ treatment of this Truman Capote novella was a career-defining high for star Audrey Hepburn as East Side Manhattan party-girl sprite Holly Golightly. Strains of Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” enhance the pleasures of George Axelrod’s witty script, the epitome of early-60s romantic screen banter. With George Peppard, Patricia Neal, and Mickey Rooney in a racially insensitive cameo, the film’s singular misstep. Charade (1963) The start of Cary Grant’s big-screen swan song features a bubbly Audrey Hepburn, the music of Mancini and a first-class supporting cast: Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy. (both 2/18) Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) Debbie Reynolds left this definition of what the pursuit of love and happiness meant in the Eisenhower years. The object of her affection is Leslie Nielsen. Tammy’s take on the title tune was #1 on the radio, and the film’s widescreen format is an enchanting time machine. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Debbie is joined by Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the happiest bout of singing and dancing ever seen on the big screen. Co-directed by Stanley Donen, musical stylings by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. (both 2/19) Jackie (2016) seduces you into imagining what it must have been like for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy when three bullets shattered her regal world forever. An elaborate series of flashbacks reconstructs the moment when “the 60s” truly began. (2/21) The Hustler (1961) Paul Newman is astonishing at the start of his great decade (the 60s) as a talented but callow pool-hall player who meets his match from

an ensemble featuring George C. Scott and Jackie Gleason, in his best big-screen role as pool champ Minnesota Fats. Robert Rossen’s direction is enhanced by Oscarwinning cinematographer Eugene Schufftan. California Split (1974) Robert Altman’s gambling-addicted buddies (George Segal, Elliot Gould) charm their way into our hearts in a screen trip, with music edited out of home-video versions. (both 2/22) Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Pretty-boy Eric Stoltz waffles between possible girlfriends: the popular girl (Lea Thompson) and the tomboy Mary Stuart Masterson. John Hughes-written, Howard Deutsch-directed effort validates Hughes’ claim to be 80s-teen Preston Sturges. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) The flip side of 80s happy teens in this Wes Craven horror masterpiece. (both 2/25) Citizen Kane (1941) This towering work from then-25-year-old prodigy Orson Welles is a dramatic symphony of populist themes. Welles (with screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, cinematographer Gregg Toland and composer Bernard Herrmann) exposes a newspaper-baron plutocrat (based on William Randolph Hearst) pretending to be the people’s tribune. Exposes the sins of corporate media when tied to an oversized ego. Welles’ career took a hit from Hearst critics from then on. The Power and the Glory (1933) Spencer Tracy makes his mark as a railroad tycoon whose rise and fall is brilliantly scripted by Preston Sturges, directed by William K. Howard and lensed by James Wong Howe. (both 2/26) Hidden Figures (2016) This Oscar contender (Best Picture, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay) does justice to the longobscured fact that three African American women played a crucial role in John Glenn’s ride into space. (2/28)▼

even out to his father and flees. Widowed, Harry uses the services of Desiree’s Introduction Agency, a dating service. He meets Joyce (Deborah Kennedy), an attractive, conservative, middle-aged divorcee. They like each other and entertain getting married until she spots the gay magazines. In her bigotry she rejects Jeff and, feeling betrayed, Harry. A potentially tragic series of events shifts the picture into quasischmaltz, with Harry and Jeff ’s roles reversed. The film implicitly warns about being careful what you wish for. Having a cheerleading, supportive

father might be a mixed blessing. Harry comes across as nosy and meddlesome. Sum is focused more on Harry than Jeff. When he’s overly chummy with Jeff’s friends and strangers at clubs, one wonders if Harry might have his own unresolved sexual issues. His overbearing nature might be stopping Jeff from having his own life and fun sex. The film hints there might be some underlying anger in this codependent relationship, but doesn’t explore this except in a few barbed remarks, though Thompson is quite good in a lusty performance. In light of later movies and naughty off-screen behavior, it seems hard to conceive Crowe playing gay, yet his rendition holds up well. Betraying its theatrical origins, Sum retains the use of asides, a stage trick reimagined here as direct-to-camera comments in which the actor breaks character and talks to the audience about the situation or another character. A little of this interjection is okay, but it is overly done here, and during the last third of the picture, it becomes distracting. Finally, while many gay men may long for closer intimacy with their fathers, few would want to live with such an intrusive buttinski as Harry. While one welcomes the film’s message that we need to love people as they are, ultimately this Sum is not greater than the totality of its parts.▼

Aussie gay son

by Brian Bromberger


ne of the advantages of DVDs is that you can reevaluate films you saw years ago and analyze if they hold up to your previous opinions of them. The Sum of Us, the 1994 movie from Australia about a father-son relationship, just released by Olive Films on Blu-ray after being out of print, invites such a revision. This feature was seen as a breakthrough, in

that most parental relationships with LGBT children had been depicted as problematic, occasionally developing into tolerance and rarely acceptance. Sum of Us, based on a Sydney stage play authored by David Stephens (also the screenwriter) that reached off-Broadway in 1990, presented a macho working-class father who was unconditionally accepting of his gay son with whom he lived, fixing him up with other guys, even trying to

understand what it meant to be gay by visiting clubs. For many viewers in 1994, Sum depicted an ideal relationship many gay men wished they could have had with their fathers. The film is also noteworthy as the last Australian film the 28-year-old Russell Crowe made before embarking for Hollywood and stardom. Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson) may not be as supportive as he first appears because, after a long introductory speech about how our children are only the sum of us, he refers to his son Jeff (Crowe) as “cheerful. I could never stand that other word.” He wishes Jeff could know “the joy of planting his seed and seeing it grow.” Flashbacks show that Harry’s mother had a 40-year loving relationship with a woman after his father died. Jeff is a gay plumber, and while interested in meeting other guys, has had disappointing relationships and needs to be prodded by Harry to visit bars, where he connects with Greg (John Polson), a shy, handsome gardener who works for the parks department. He brings him home. Harry gives him condoms, treats him like a buddy, makes raunchy double entendres, offers gay porno magazines for “inspiration,” then, while they are having sex, interrupts them, asking, “How do you take your tea in the morning?” It’s too intimidating for Greg, who isn’t


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The two Roman Springs of Mrs. Stone by Tavo Amador


ennessee Williams (1911-83) told his authorized biographer Lyle Leverich that the 1961 film of The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone was his favorite movie based on one of his works. It’s interesting to wonder how he would have felt about the 2003 remake. Both are available in DVD. Williams’ 1950 novella is about Karen Stone, a once-beautiful but now middle-aged theatre star who has recently failed as Rosalind in a pre-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. That failure has eroded her confidence. Using her wealthy, devoted husband Tom’s ill health as an excuse, she closes the play before it gets to New York. The couple, whose marriage is comfortable but passionless, leave for Rome. On the flight, he suffers a fatal heart attack. Tom’s death and Karen’s refusal to return to the stage unmoor her, yet she likes “drifting” through the days and nights. She has closed the door to her previous life and the people in it, and feels liberated. Rome’s café society gladly welcomes Karen, who seems amused by their genteel shabbiness. She’s aware that her wealth and fame attract them. She’s befriended by Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales, Rome’s foremost procuress, infamous for arranging affairs between wealthy older women and men and handsome, penniless, ostensibly well-bred youths. These young men pay Magda a “commission” based on their “earnings.” She presents the young, charismatic aristocrat Paolo di Leo to Karen, who initially seems indifferent to his charm. Karen also becomes the obsession of a young street urchin, who stalks her and exposes himself to her.

Gavin Lambert faithfully adapted Williams’ story for the 1961 film, directed by Jose Quintero and starring Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Lotte Lenya as the Contessa and Coral Browne as Karen’s old schoolmate Meg, a prominent journalist. Leigh, perfectly cast, is unforgettable. As Karen allows herself to be seduced by Paolo, Leigh projects a haunting fatalism. He expertly introduces her to the pleasures of sex, awakening her long-dormant desire. She’s convinced he loves her for herself, not her money. She’s heartbreaking when she realizes the truth. Her final scene, in which she succumbs to the risks and joys of

anonymous sex, is riveting. Beatty’s smoldering beauty is perfect for Paolo, and he’s often very good, despite struggling with an Italian accent. Lenya’s a revelation, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. She simultaneously conveys the Contessa’s obsequiousness to and contempt for women like Mrs. Stone. Browne is superb as the one person willing to be honest with Karen. With Jill St. John as a Hollywood starlet and Joe Sonessa as the stalker. Balmain of Paris designed Leigh’s elegant wardrobe. The superb original score is by Richard Addinsell.

Martin Sherman’s (Bent) screenplay for the Showtime remake takes liberties with the novella. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, this version is more emphatic, less suggestive. It stars Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, and Anne Bancroft. Instead of Meg, Sherman created a playwright named Christopher – clearly modeled on Williams – to be Karen’s reality check. Mirren’s great talent cannot overcome miscasting. Karen’s success as an actress was based on her allure and charm, rather than exceptional ability. Mirren, though attractive, doesn’t suggest a once-charismatic, now faded beauty. Rather than failing

as Rosalind, Sherman makes her a disastrous Juliet. Mirren’s Karen seems too grounded to have played a 13-year-old at age 58. The script has the Contessa introducing her to several handsome gigolos, whom Karen sees only once because they fail to excite her. Martinez is no better-looking, no more seductive, than the others, so it’s hard to see why he would arouse her when the others failed to do so. Once the affair begins, Mirren surrenders to physical passion in ways few women would have in 1950. Having sex in a convertible with the top down on a sunny afternoon on a country road seems unlikely. She is, however, excellent in her final scenes, which are very powerful. Martinez looks very desirable and has some good moments, at times making Paolo sympathetic. Like Beatty, however, he frequently struggles with his accent. Bancroft effectively conveys the Contessa’s desperate financial circumstances and furious contempt for Mrs. Stone. It’s a bravura performance. Roger Allam is amusing but superficial as Christopher. Brian Dennehy is moving as Karen’s loving husband. Rodrigo Santoro is the homeless youth who stalks Karen. He exposes himself to her – one aspect of the novel that Sherman retained – in an unlikely way. Dona Granata designed Mirren’s often-unflattering costumes. John Altman’s score is excellent. Williams would have been delighted that his story was being refilmed, but it’s doubtful he would have admired the second version, which disappoints on its own terms and in comparison with the exquisite original.▼



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Anybody by Ari Banias; W.W. Norton & Co., $25.95 In the Volcano’s Mouth by Miriam Bird Greenberg; Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, $15.95


wo outstanding poetry collections have recently been published by Bay Area authors. Both have enjoyed fellowships from prestigious creative enclaves such as the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. These are first collections for both Ari Banias and Miriam Bird Greenberg, and each represents outstanding work. In Anybody, a debut both assured and affecting, Berkeley writer Banias’ multi-tonal verse explores identity, gender, race, relationships, and an inventory of his residence, where “what I literally/have the most of in my apartment/more than plants/more than forks and spoons and knives combined/or chairs or jars or pens or socks/is plastic bags.” He ruminates on the nature of gender in an atmospheric piece embracing a personal transformation, “as once I was a slutty teenage girl they now call Sir.” Atmosphere permeates other poems, like the surgery room in a work about “the possibility of my



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“I’m at the top of my game,” Bernhard told the B.A.R. in a recent telephone interview about her new show, Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast, playing the Regency Ballroom on Thurs., Feb. 16. The show, which Bernhard’s official biography describes as a “unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-nroll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque,” also features her band, The Sandyland Squad. The one-woman shows she’s been presenting for almost three decades have been “thematically similar, weaving together” the global news with personal stories that reflect pop culture. “We’re just one week into this new government debacle,” she said, and “we’re all feeling like we’re under siege.” Given that reality, the main goal of the show “is to be uplifting and compelling,” she said. “I’m really good at doing that.” When Bernhard isn’t traveling with her show, she’s boarding the M



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Reduced-scale versions of five of the six “Burghers” are on view at the Legion of Honor in a special exhibition marking the centenary of Rodin’s death. 50 of the French sculptor’s works from the museum’s permanent collection are displayed in a suite of galleries; the enlarged version of his most iconic piece, “The Thinker” (1904), as always, is stationed like a contemplative sentinel in the front courtyard. Thousands of casts were made of Rodin’s sculptures, but what distinguishes FAMSF’s holdings is their closeness to the source; they were purchased directly from the artist’s studio, and many are original plaster models or works cast during the artist’s lifetime and under his supervision. The show, which benefits from its setting amid the grandeur of the Legion’s soaring vaulted ceilings, rotunda and skylights, is an informative crash course in Rodin’s career, from his earliest works, already ahead of their time, through the apex of his fame. Following the Paris Exposi-

body” prepped for a double mastectomy. Fire Island is the lush and lewd home to those who “prowl daily/in only a towel,” and the Midwest and its flatness and endless fields “the actual size of loneliness/ emptied of people.” Some pieces are unconventional and thought-provoking. “Gay Bars” is comprised solely of the names of queer watering holes in the continental U.S., “some of which are no longer in operation.” A verse about a melting snowman behind a schoolyard fence equates the collapsed snow creation to the “stupid human cultural mess” of family. That kind of “mess” is skewered in a searing piece on the remarriage of his father to a woman “young enough to be my older sister.” The title of prizewinning poet Miriam Bird Greenberg’s nuanced inaugural collection In the Volcano’s Mouth references a line in her opening piece, a tightly-woven remembrance of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the Cyprus Freeway collapse, where “Men in the Acorn Projects/remembered pulling strangers trapped in their cars to safety./Brother, one told me he’d said/we can be afraid of each other again tomorrow.” Drawn from the author’s daring hitchhiking, bicycling, and freight train-hopping excursions across

North America, and from the fringe population she encountered through her travels, this poetry is rooted in the locales and experiences of a seasoned and highly observant traveler. “Ophidia,” written for and about three friends with whom Greenberg cycled over the continental divide, is grounded in a sweltering place where “the day meted/out its veil of heat,

shimmering/over the blacktop, singing/in the rails of train tracks/that ran gleaming beside us in the sun.” A poem featuring tumbleweeds and the parch of the Central Valley is based on an excursion from “Roseville, California, to Pixley on the Union Pacific Line.” Several pieces feature men: dusty men, abusive men, men just barely surviving on the margins. But her collec-

tion is very much about the female experience on the road. In “Soda Lake,” three women emerge from hot springs into a “land garlanded with travelers, seekers,/solitary vandwelling veterans of foreign wars/ waiting for their next life.” Atmospheric and mystical, Greenberg’s debut is wanderlust poetry dedicated to the armchair vagabond in all of us.▼

line in NYC every morning in her second year hosting her SiriusXM show Sandyland on Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy channel 102. Last week, Bernhard even tweeted a photo of herself, bundled up, waiting on the subway platform. She also recently appeared on the Hulu series Difficult People, guest-starred on several episodes of the CBS sitcom Two Broke Girls and on episodes of Fox TV’s Brooklyn 99. Bernhard, who made her mark by riffing on the Hollywood culture, continues in that vein. The new show, which has played to sold-out audiences in NYC and LA, is getting great reviews. Among those gushing at her performance was Variety, which wrote, “What makes Bernhard’s comedy so rare is that within every keenly observed pop culture rant, there’s an element of piercing truth. Bernhard remains as brash and brazen as she was in the 1970s.” Bernhard agrees, pointing out that at 61, “I have the same energy I did at 25.” That drive “is typical of people who work in entertainment and the arts, who live on one of

the coasts. We don’t stop. We work until we die. Staying engaged is the secret” to keeping youthful energy and mental sharpness, she said. While she is happy to discuss details of her professional life, Bernhard remains somewhat secretive about her personal life. She lives in New York with her partner of more than 17 years (“Marriage is not something that works for us,” she explains), and her daughter now attends college on the East Coast. She said, “I don’t like to use details about my family to promote my career.” She is quick to explain that she doesn’t consider her performance comedy. “I have never been interested in stand-up comedy,” she said, either performing or attending. “Nobody else’s work has been more reflective of the hipness factor. I don’t beat people over the head with the obvious. My work appeals to smart people” who understand irony. With a longtime following from the gay community, Bernhard said that’s “easy to explain. The gay community is sophisticated. They appreciate hip, smart material.”

Bernhard has performed in San Francisco many times, and it’s been one of her favorite tour spots. “San Francisco has changed a lot,” she said. “The homeless situation is untenable, and the city just does not have the same vibe it had in the 70s and 80s. But of course it’s still a beautiful city, and like all the big cities, it’s harder and harder for young artists to live there. The world is just not as fun and groovy anymore.” On this trip, Bernhard and her band have rented a three-bedroom house through AirBnB, where they will stay for a couple of nights. “It’s going to be fun,” she said. Bernhard will be taking her show to Atlanta and Florida in March. When she’s at home, Bernhard reads The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and The Daily Kos. Although she avoids watching TV news, she says the programing on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon is “excellent.” She recently participated in the Women’s March in NYC, marching with people from the publishing industry. She loves to cook and

entertain, and has a circle of friends “from every imaginable walk of life,” including a number of artists who live in the same building. Other projects on the drawing board include several pending proposals for scripted television shows, one based on her experiences when she first moved to LA working as a manicurist, the other a collaboration with drag performer Justin Vivian Bond. Bernhard travels frequently to LA for business meetings, typically staying with friends. The travel, including cramped legroom in coach, “isn’t exciting anymore,” she said. “But I manage to bring along some nice food, bring a good book, and try to take care of myself. “I plan to keep working in television and film and of course my live performances,” she said. “Eventually, I’m hoping to someday do a Broadway play. I’m open to anything. If it sounds right, I’m going to grab it.”▼

tion Universelle of 1900, where he had a pavilion to himself, he became the most sought-after sculptor in the world. Although Rodin’s career would be characterized by prolific output, astonishing achievement and commercial success – during peak periods, he employed over 50 people at his studio – the art establishment did not greet his arrival with jubilation. Refused entry to the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, initially snubbed by the French Salon, and largely self-taught, he made his debut as a sculptor, in 1877, at the ripe old age of 37. A scandal the same year, which erupted over “The Age of Bronze” (1877), seen here, would change his fortunes. Because his sculpture of a muscular young man, a paean to Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave,” was so lifelike, critics mistakenly assumed that rather than modeling the figure, Rodin must have taken a cast directly from a living body. He was vindicated, but the notoriety brought him to public attention, proving, yet again, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Early on, Rodin retreated from the academic ideal and embraced reality, as he did in the energized, larger-than-life “Saint John the Baptist Preaching” (1879). Though it was well-received by the Salon and acquired for France’s National Collection, Rodin broke the rules by portraying a figure walking and talking at a time when traditional sculpture did neither. The bronze has a distinctive greenish-brown, archaeological patina, its finish deliberately distressed by the application of acid. Rodin spent 20 years toiling on “The Gates of Hell,” a 20-foot-high plaster portal derived from Dante’s Inferno. (The doors weren’t cast in bronze until 1926-28.) Although it was never completed and the edifice for which it was intended never built, “Gates” served as a laboratory for experimentation. Some of the 220 tortured souls he created tumble down the framework toward their ghastly fate; others, like “Eve” (1881), walking tentatively, thighs tight together, her eyes downcast and head bowed on her chest in shame, became stand-alone works. The mottled plaster model here,

which resembles alabaster, is perfect from every vantage point. Being in the presence of Rodin’s sinewy bodies, with their sensuality and coiled energy, like the swooning lovers of “The Kiss,” who, locked in rapturous embrace, seem poised to leap off their rocky pedestal, can be exhilarating. One instinctively senses the reservoir of humanity and intense vitality of the man who made them. It has been said his work enters the soul. If Rodin’s multiple infidelities are an indication, he was a better artist than he was a man. He indulged in numerous affairs, the most infamous one with his assistant, Camille Claudel, whom he regarded as a genius. She finished a single, imposing, forcefully rendered bronze portrait of him, while her image appears repeatedly in Rodin’s work. His white plaster “Head of Mademoiselle Camille Claudel,” with the serene facial planes of an Egyptian queen and a bandeau knotted at the back of the neck, has a formidable presence. A blob appears over one eye, the kind of imperfection Rodin had a habit of retraining. The two artists inspired each other, but the

liaison ended badly. Claudel was later committed to an insane asylum, where she spent the remaining 30 years of her life. The 1988 film Camille Claudel, one of three movies chronicling their tempestuous relationship, some say inaccurately, proffered Rodin as an exploitive narcissist who denigrated Claudel’s accomplishments and drove her mad. “I gave you my strength,” she says. “You gave me your emptiness.” The final gallery, featuring late works in luxurious marble that Rodin did not carve, is particularly interesting. Executed shortly before his death in 1917, Rodin’s unfinished bust of literary lion Victor Hugo, though partially submerged in marble, seems to burst forth from the heavens like the head of Zeus. Hugo soon tired of the sittings, leaving Rodin to finish it from memory. One can only imagine what it must have been like to be in a room with those titanic egos. For the rest us, though, a day with Monsieur Rodin is infinitely better than a day without.▼

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Resist! Antifascist Bake Sale & Fashion Show @ El Rio The Degenderettes host a fundraiser for their trans feminist art collective, the Refugee Assistance Project and Trans Lifeline; with live music by Hose Rips, Forbidden Colors, Unwoman, and Shark Week. $5-$20. 8pm-12am. 3158 Mission St. www.

Rock Fag @ Hole in the Wall

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Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls @ Oasis D’Arcy Drollinger’s hit drag rock musical comedy about Super Vixen, a girl band’s ups and downs, returns with a live band. $25-$35. Thu 8pm Fri & Sat 7pm. Thru Feb. 18. 298 11th St.

After Dark @ Exploratorium Adult cocktail party at the interactive science museum. $10-$15. 6pm10pm. Pier 15 at Embarcadero.

Angie Stone @ Yoshi’s Oakland The dynamic R&B and pop singer returns for three nights of concerts. $49. 8pm & 10pm. Also Feb 10 & 11. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Brenton Wood @ Slim’s The veteran R&B vocalist is joined by Titan Ups & DJs Big Dwayne and Antoehr Jerk. $25-$50. 9pm. Also Feb. 10. 333 11th St.

Gayface @ El Rio Queer weekly night out at the popular Mission bar. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St.

Karaoke Night @ The Stud Sing along and sing out, Louise, with hostess Sister Flora Goodthyme. 8pm2am. 399 9th St.

Mary Go Round @ Lookout Mercedez Munro and Holotta Tymes’ weekly drag show. $5. 10:30pm show. DJ Philip Grasso. 3600 16th St.

The Monster Show @ The Edge The weekly drag show with DJ MC2, themed nights and hilarious fun. $5. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

Enjoy hard rock and punk music from DJ Don Baird at the wonderfully divey SoMa bar. Also Fridays. 7pm-2am. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695.

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle Music night with local and touring bands. $8. 9:30pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Sweets, sweet tunes, and sweet guys of all sizes at the popular monthly event.

New weekly women & queers comedy night hosted by Debbie Devereaux (aka Charlie Ballard). No cover. Open mic. 6pm-8pm. 43 6th St.

House music and cocktails, with DJs Shareef Raheim-Jihad and Ellis Lindsey. 9pm-2am. 2120 Broadway. (510) 759-7340.

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

Sat 11

DamNation @ The Stud New event at the historic bar, with DJs Jasmine Infiniti, Cali Rose, Heeesheee and Siobhan Aluvalot. 10pm-4am. 399 9th St.

Dominic Pacifico @ Nob Hill Theatre The porn actor and DJ does strip shows (8pm) and sex shows with Casey Everett (10pm) at the famed strip club. $25. Also Sat 11. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.

DTF Fridays @ Port Bar, Oakland Various DJs play house music, and a few hotties gogo dance at the new gay bar’s weekly event. 9pm-2am. 2023 Broadway. (510) 823-2099.

The Latin dance night includes drag acts hosted by Lulu and Jacqueline, and gogo studs. $10-$20. 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland. www.

Lick It @ Powerhouse DJ Blackstone spins grooves at the cruisy night. $5. 10pm-1am. 1347 Folsom St.

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar @ YBCA Opening party for a new retrospective exhibit of the Bay Area artist known for videos, installations and feiminist themes; music by DJ Irwin Swirnoff. 100% of ticket sales benefit the ACLU. $10-and up. 7pm-10pm. Exhibit thru May 21. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

Free coat/clothes check when you strip down to your skivvies at the cruisy SoMa bar. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Fri 10

Ain’t Mama’s Drag @ Balancoire Weekly drag queen and drag king show hosted by Cruzin d’Loo. 8pm10pm. No cover. 2565 Mission St.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi The musical comedy revue celebrates its 40th year with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$160. Beer/wine served; cash only; 21+, except where noted. Wed-Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm & 9pm. Sun 2pm & 5pm. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). 421-4222.

Boy Bar @ The Cafe Gus Presents’ weekly dance night, with DJ Kid Sysko, cute gogos and $2 beer (before 10pm). 2369 Market St.

Boy Division @ Cat Club The Queer Wave dance party with DJs Xander, Tomas diablo, Donimo and others serves up the classic Brit Pop and retro grooves. $5-$8. 9:30pm3am. 1190 Folsom St.

La Bota Loca @ Club 21, Oakland Latin, hip hop and Electro music night. 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland.

Bootie SF @ DNA Lounge DJs Mysterious D and guests spin at the mash-up DJ dance party, with four rooms of different sounds and eight DJs. $10-$15 and up. 9:30pm3am. 375 11th St.

Bounce @ Lookout Dance music with a view at the Castro bar. 9pm-2am. 3600 16th St.

Club Rimshot @ Club BNB, Oakland The weekly hip hop and R&B night. $5-$15. 9pm to 4am. 2120 Broadway. (510) 7597340.

English Beat @ Independent The veteran pop-ska-New Wave band performs; Extra Classic opens. $30. 9pm. 628 Divisadero St.

Underwear Night @ Powerhouse

Glow @ Qbar

Fri 10 Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar @ YBCA

Eugene Robinson @ The Chapel Straight sex columnist talks and welcomes guests speakers. $12. 8pm. 777 Valencia St.

Gaymer Night @ SF Eagle Group video game-playing night on the big-screen TVs and prjection screens; free coat check, no cover. 8pm-1am. 398 12th St. www.sf-eagle. com

Gogo Fridays @ Toad Hall Hot dancers grind it at the Castro bar with a dance floor and patio. 4146 18th St.

Happy Friday @ Midnight Sun The popular video bar ends each work week with gogo guys (starting at 9pm) and drink specials. 4067 18th St. 861-4186.

Hard Fridays @ Qbar DH Haute Toddy’s weekly electro-pop night with hotty gogos. $3. 9pm-2am (happy hour 4pm-9pm). 456 Castro St.

Manimal @ Beaux Gogo-tastic dance night starts off your weekend. $5. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Midnight Show @ Divas Weekly drag shows at the last transgender-friendly bar in the Polk; with hosts Victoria Secret, Alexis Miranda and several performers. Also Saturdays. $10. 11pm. 1081 Polk St.

Red Hots Burlesque @ The Stud The saucy women’s burlesque show hosted by Dottie Lux will titillate and tantalize. $10-$20. 8pm-9:30pm. 399 9th St. Also Sunday brunch shows at PianoFight Theatre.144 Taylor St.

Uhaul @ Oasis Women’s wild dance night, with a full mooon rooftop party that may or may not involve werewolves; DJs Silly Syl, Ms. Jackson, and Ripley. $15. 10pm2am. 298 11th St.

Blacklight underwear party; oh my. 9pm. 456 Castro St.

Krewe de Kinque Bal Masque XIV @ The Café The Mardi Gras costume group holds its annual party, titled 14 Karat Gold, with grand marshal Juanita More!; wear costumes; DJ Prince WolfProceeds benefit Homobiles. $20$25. 4pm VIPs, 5pm-9pm Bal masque. 2369 Market St.

Let It Bleed @ The Chapel Rock bands Wax Idols, Kera and the Lesbians, The Tambo Rays perform at a benefit and empowerment night and tampon drive for poor/homeless women. $18. 9pm. 777 Valencia St.

Lip Service @ The Stud New monthly glam rock party with DJs Lacy Lust, Miss Lonelyheart, Raton Rose and Baby Bloo. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Lips and Lashes Brunch @ Lookout Weekly show with soul, funk and Motown grooves hosted by Carnie Asada, with DJs Becky Knox and Pumpkin Spice. The yummy brunch menu starts at 12pm, with the show at 1:30pm. 3600 16th St.

Mother @ Oasis Heklina and Peaches Christ cohost the 19th annual Star Search Pageant, which premieres some new drag performers for the coveted title; MC2 spins dance grooves before and after the show. $10$15. 10pm-3am (11:30pm show). 298 11th St.

Nitty Gritty @ Beaux Weekly dance night with nearly naked gogo guys & gals; DJs Chad Bays, Ms. Jackson, Becky Know and Jorge T. $4. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Pretty in Ink @ Powerhouse Show off your tattoos at the inkthemed night. $5. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Picante @ The Cafe

Dana hosts the weekly singing night; unleash your inner American Idol. 8pm. 43 6th St.

Vibe Fridays @ Club BnB, Oakland

Disco guru DJ Bus Station John spins grooves at the intimate retro music night. No cell phones on the dance floor, please! $5. 10pm2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.

Stimulating festive and fun parties at the earth sciences museum returns, with 21+ music, drinks, demos and exhibits. $12-$15. Feb. 9: Noise Pop with DJs Animal Collective, science and sound demos. Feb. 16: Beer Week, with DJ Omas (Popscene) and brews galore. Weekly 6pm-9pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Queer Karaoke @ Club OMG

Hella Gay Comedy @ Club OMG

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Nightlife @ CA Academy of Sciences

Lulu and DJ Marco’s Latin night with sexy gogo guys. 9pm-2am. 2369 Market St.

Cubcake @ Lone Star Saloon

Sun 12 Vanessa Bousay @ Martuni’s

Saturgay @ Qbar Stanley Frank spins house dance remixes at the intimate Castro dance bar. $3. 9pm-2am (weekly beer bust 2pm-9pm). 456 Castro St.

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Love @ The Stud

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Mama Dora, Thee Pristine Condition, and Ultra present new Tuesday-style drag and cabaret shenanigans to warm your heart. Feb. 14 theme: Tainted Love $5. 9pm-1am, show at 10pm. 399 Harrison.

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Shake It Up @ Port Bar, Oakland DJ Lady Char spins dance grooves; gogo studs, and drink specials, too. 9pm-2am. 2023 Broadway. (510) 8232099.

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

Soul Party @ Elbo Room

Strip down as the strippers also take it all off. $20. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.

DJs Lucky, Paul, and Phengren Osward spin 60s soul 45s. $5-$10 ($5 off in semi-formal attire). 10pm-2am. 647 Valencia St. 552-7788.

Retro Night @ 440 Castro

Sugar @ The Cafe Dance, drink, cruise at the Castro club. 9pm-2am. 2369 Market St. www.

Writers With Drinks @ Make Out Room Tom Tomorrow, Sarah Schulman, Sean Carroll, Jennifer Ouellette, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Alia Volz read at the event hosted by Charlie Jane Anders. $5-$20. 7:30pm. 3225 22nd St.

Sun 12

50 Shades of Green @ SF Botanical Garden Enjoy a Valentine’s Day stroll through the florid gardens with beer, wine, cocktails, small bites, day/evening Magnolia enjoyment and outdoor garden tours. $50. 3pm-5pm. Also Feb. 14, 5:30-7:30pm. 1199 9th Ave, at Lincoln Way. www.

Beer Bust @ Lone Star Saloon Enjoy daytime partying with bears and cubs, plus fundraisers for the SF Fog Rugby team. 4pm-8pm. 1354 Harrison St.

Beer Bust @ SF Eagle The classic leather bar’s most popular Sunday daytime event in town draws the menfolk. Beer bust donations benefit local nonprofits. $10. 3pm6pm. Now also on Saturdays. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Big Top @ Beaux The fun Castro nightclub, with hot local DJs and sexy gogo guys and gals. $5. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Resist! Antifascist Bake Sale & Fashion Show @ El Rio

Tap That Ass @ SF Eagle

Femme Brunch @ Balancoire

Sweethearts’ Ball @ Space 500

The Revivalists @ Mystic Theatre, Petaluma

Weekly live music shows with various acts, along with brunch buffet, bottomless Mimosas, champagne and more, at the stylish nightclub and restaurant, with live entertainment and DJ Shawn P. $15-$20. 11am3pm. After that, Femme T-Dance drag shows at 7pm, 10pm and 11pm. 2565 Mission St. at 21st. 920-0577.

Sundance Saloon’s annual romantic dance and udnerwear party, for cowboys and cowgirls into twostepping and line-dancing. Lessons for newbies, clothes checks, drinks, and more than CW music, too. $8. 5pm10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.

The rousing New Orleans R&B rock band, with hunky lead singer David Shaw, performs; Con Brio opens. $24. 8:30pm. 23 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma.

GlamaZone @ The Cafe Pollo del Mar’s weekly drag show takes on different themes with a comic edge. 8:30-11:30pm. 2369 Market St.

Jock @ The Lookout Enjoy the weekly jock-ular fun, with DJed dance music at sports team fundraisers. 12pm-1am. NY DJ Sharon White from 3pm-6pm. 3600 16th St.

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Carnie Asada’s fun drag night with Carnie’s Angels – Mahlae Balenciaga and Au Jus, plus DJ Ion. 2023 Broadway.

Domingo De Escandal @ Club OMG

Sunday Brunch @ Thee Parkside

Weekly Latin night with drag shows hosted by Vicky Jimenez and DJ Luis. 7pm-2am. 43 6th St.

Jim Hopkins plays classic pop oldies, with vintage music videos. 9pm-2am. 44 Castro St.

Thu 9

Donna Sachet often hosts the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show, now celebrating its tenth anniversary. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

Blessed @ Port Bar, Oakland

Bottomless Mimosas until 3pm at the fun rock-punk club. 1600 17th St. 2521330.

Vanessa Bousay @ Martuni’s Join the Chanteuse of the Barbary Coast in a Valentine’s Day concert, with Steven satyricon and pianist Tom Shaw. $ 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Strip down to your skivvies at the popular men’s night. 9pm-2am. 440 Castro St. 621-8732.

Trivia Night @ Hi Tops Play the trivia game at the popular new sports bar. 9pm. 2247 Market St. 551-2500.

Trivia Night @ Port Bar, Oakland Cranny hosts a big gay trivia night at the new East Bay bar; drinks specials and prizes. 7:30pm. 2023 Broadway.

Drag Mondays @ The Cafe Mahlae Balenciaga and DJ Kidd Sysko’s weekly drag and dance night. 9pm-1am. 2369 Market St.

Epic Karaoke @ White Horse, Oakland Mondays and Tuesdays popular weekly sing-along night. No cover. 8:30pm-1am. 6551 Telegraph Ave, (510) 652-3820.

Gaymer Meetup @ Brewcade The weekly LGBT video game enthusiast night includes big-screen games and signature beers, with a new remodeled layout, including an outdoor patio. No cover. 7pm-11pm. 2200 Market St.

Karaoke Night @ SF Eagle Sing along, with guest host Nick Radford. 8pm-12am. 398 12th St.

Mahogany Mondays @ Midnight Sun Honey Mahogany’s weekly drag and musical talent show starts around 10pm. 4067 18th St. 861-4186.

Enjoy frosty Moscow Mule cocktails in a brassy mug, specials before 8pm. 2023 Broadway, Oakland.

Musical Mondays @ The Edge Sing along at the popular musical theatre night; also Wednesdays. 7pm2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

No No Bingo @ Virgil’s Sea Room Mica Sigourney and Tom Temprano cohost the wacky weekly game night at the cool Mission bar. 8pm. 3152 Mission St.

Opulence @ Beaux

Brenton Wood @ Slim’s

Underwear Night @ 440

Bartender Steve Dalton’s beer night happy hour. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Mon 13

Mule Mondays @ Port Bar, Oakland

Thu 9


Weekly dance night, with Jocques, DJs Tori, Twistmix and Andre. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht. 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Sun 12

Sweethearts’ Ball @ Space 500

Tue 14

Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics @ Conservatory of Flowers Enjoy wine-tasting, cocktails, chocolates and a tour of floral blossoms with lush and pungent romantic inspiration at the annual Valentine’s Day event. $30$50. 6pm-10pm. JFK Drive at Kezar Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Bandit @ Lone Star Saloon New weekly queer event with resident DJ Justime; electro, soul, funk, house. No cover. 9pm-1am. 1354 Harrison St.

Block Party @ Midnight Sun Weekly screenings of music videos, concert footage, interviews and more, of popular pop stars. 9pm-2am. 4067 18th St. 861-4186.

Cock Shot @ Beaux Shot specials and adult Bingo games, with DJs Chad Bays and Riley Patrick, at the new weekly night. No cover. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Hella Saucy @ Q Bar Queer dance party at the stylish intimate bar. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St.

High Fantasy @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Weekly drag and variety show, with live acts and lip-synching divas, plus DJed grooves. $5. Shows at 10:30pm & 12am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor.

Hysteria @ Martuni’s Irene Tu and Jessica Sele cohost the comedy open mic night for women and queers. No cover. 6pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St.

Una Noche @ Club BnB, Oakland Vicky Jimenez’ drag show and contest; Latin music all night. 9pm2am. 2120 Broadway. (510) 759-7340.

Underwear Night @ Club OMG Weekly underwear night includes free clothes check, and drink specials. $4. 10pm-2am. Preceded by Open Mic Comedy, 7pm, no cover. 43 6th St.

Wed 15 Bedlam @ Beaux

Weekly event with DJ Haute Toddy, hosts Mercedez Munro and Abominatrix. Wet T-shirt/jock contest at 11pm. $5-$10. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Bondage-a-Gogo @ The Cat Club The weekly gay/straight/whatever fetish-themed kinky dance night. $7-$10. 9:30pm-2:30am. 1190 Folsom St.

Bottoms Up Bingo @ Hi Tops Play board games, win offbeat prizes at the popular sports bar. 9pm. 2247 Market St. 551-2500.

B.P.M. @ Club BnB, Oakland Olga T and Shugga Shay’s weekly queer women and men’s R&B hip hop and soul night, at the club’s new location. No cover. 8pm-2am. 2120 Broadway, Oakland.

Comedy Showcase @ SF Eagle Kollin Holtz hosts the open mic comedy night. 5:30pm-8pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

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On the Tab>> Nap’s Karaoke @ Virgil’s Sea Room Sing out loud at the weekly least judgmental karaoke in town, hosted by the former owner of the bar. No cover. 9pm. 3152 Mission St. 8292233.

Nice Jewish Boys @ The Residence Social hour with gay Jewish men and their pals, presented by Keshet, the LGBT organization. 7pm. 718 14th St.

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences Stimulating festive and fun parties at the earth sciences museum returns, with 21+ music, drinks, demos and exhibits. $12-$15. Weekly 6pm-9pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Thu 16

Sandra Bernhard @ Regency Ballroom

Cash Monet at The Monster Show @ The Edge

Girl Scout @ Port Bar, Oakland The weekly women’s happy hour and dance night with DJ Becky Knox. 6pm-10pm. 2023 Broadway.

Latin Drag Night @ Club OMG Weekly Latin night with drag shows hosted by Vicky Jimenez. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St.

Lezzie Fog @ The Stud New women’s Happy Hour. 5pm-9pm. $1 drinks. Free pool. 399 Harrison.

LGBT Pub Crawl @ Castro Weekly guided tour of bars. $10-$18. Meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, 7:45pm. Also morning historic tours on Mon, Wed, & Sat.

Miss Kitty’s Trivia Night @ Wild Side West The weekly fun night at the Bernal Heights bar includes prizes, hosted by Kitty Tapata. No cover. 7pm10pm. 424 Cortland St. 647-3099.

Movie Night @ SF Eagle Enjoy drinks and a flick, with trivia games and prizes. 8pm-2am. 398 12th St.

Nip @ Powerhouse Nipple play night for the chesty types. Free coatcheck and drink discount for the shirtless. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Wrangler Wednesdays @ Rainbow Cattle Company, Guerneville Wear your jeans and meet new folks at the Russian River gay bar. 16220 Main St., Guerneville.

Sun 12

50 Shades of Green @ SF Botanical Garden

Thu 16

Afterlife @ Asian Art Museum Enjoy drinks and DJed music at the preview party for Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty. $15-$25. 7pm-11pm (exhibit thru May 18). 200 Larkin St., Civic Center.

Gayface @ El Rio Queer weekly night out at the popular Mission bar. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St.

Hot Couture @ the Crucible, Oakland The Beautiful Ones is the Prince-(and other music)-themed grand fashion show fundraiser with fire arts flair at the arts nonprofit’s industrial chic warehouse; drinks, food, auctions items, and VIP section. $55-$115. 1260 7th St., Oakland. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Feb. 19.

Kick It @ DNA Lounge Kandi Love, Northcore Collective and Plus Alliance’s weekly EDM, flow arts dance night, with DJs; glow drag encouraged. $5-$10. 9pm-2am. 375 11th St.

The Monster Show @ The Edge The weekly drag show with DJ MC2, themed nights and hilarious fun. $5. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

My So-Called Night @ Beaux Carnie Asada hosts a new weekly ‘90s-themed video, dancin’, drinkin’ night, with VJs Jorge Terez. Get down with your funky bunch, and enjoy 90cent drinks. ‘90s-themed attire and costume contest. No cover. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Our beloved comic actress and singer returns for Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast, a full-fledged fab concert. $52-$68. 8pm. 1290 Sutter St.

Skate Night @ Church on 8 Wheels Groove on wheels at the former Sacred Heart Church-turned disco roller skate party space, hosted by John D. Miles, the “Godfather of Skate.” Also Wed, Thu, 7pm-10pm. Sat afternoon sessions 1pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St. at Fell.

Throwback Thursdays @ Qbar Enjoy retro 80s soul, dance and pop classics with DJ Jorge Terez. No cover. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St.

Thump @ White Horse, Oakland Weekly electro music night with DJ Matthew Baker and guests. 9pm-2am. 6551 Telegraph Ave, (510) 652-3820.

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle Music night with local and touring bands. Dec. 1: Floating Goat’s record release party. $8. 9:30pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Disco guru DJ Bus Station John spins grooves at the intimate retro music night. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor.

Underwear Night @ Powerhouse Free coat/clothes check when you strip down to your skivvies at the cruisy SoMa bar. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. Want your nightlife event listed? Email, at least two weeks before your event. Event photos welcome.

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sauce, mirin, scallions, hot sauces, bonito flakes, and furikake all pair well with both fish and tomato juice cocktails and improvisation, in both the fish marinade and the cocktail base are encouraged. Auntie’s Kitchen. 6 Kai Ala Drive. Lahaina. 808-667-3259. aunties-kitchen


Bill Scott (left) master distiller, and Shay Smith, founder of Hawaii Sea Spirits organic spirits farm.

fishing net floats (Empties are actually sold as collectors’ items on eBay). Hawaii Sea Spirits. 4051 Omaopio Rd., Kula . 808-877-0009. Tours available 9:30 a.m to 5pm daily.


The Poke Bloody Mary at Auntie’s Kitchen.


Aloha, cocktails

From page 27

Days that would have been dedicated to beaches, hikes, and other outdoor activities turned into a Lost Weekend imbibing the island’s local libations. While we found the inevitable surplus of gimmicky tipples served in coconut shells and hollowed out pineapples, we also encountered some intriguing products that, exported to the Bay Area, can add a touch of the tropics to midwinter parties without a tacky tiki in sight.


efore we rolled out of bed our first morning at the Westin Resort & Spa on Maui’s northeasterly Ka’anapali coast, we watched the fleeting blue of early morning sky darken, then crack open in a torrent. Fortunately, the hotel’s activity desk was quick to recommend an outing built around liquids other than rainwater: a visit to the Hawaii Sea Spirits organic farm and distillery for a tour and tasting. This family-owned and operated enterprise has been producing its signature Ocean Vodka since 2006, but its solar-powered production and bottling facility was completed just four years ago. Situated on 8,000 fertile acres in Maui’s upcountry, just a 45-minute drive from the island’s northwestern resort hub, it’s open to the public for visits seven days a week. CEO Shay Smith is the son of a longtime Maui real estate developer,

and his continuing commitment to the Hawaiian economy is evident in the evolution of his vodka over time. For the first several years of its production, Ocean was made with an alcohol base distilled from corn and rye shipped to Maui from Idaho. What made it a “Hawaiian” vodka, other than Smith’s savvy marketing, was the water used in the blending process: Desalinated ocean water pumped from a current 3,000 feet below the surface of the Hawaiian Pacific. Originating from glacial melt in Iceland and Greenland (Screwdriver in Reykjavik, anyone?) this deep sea water’s mineral content –including calcium and potassium– lends Ocean a powdery softness on the palate that makes it enjoyable not only in cocktails, but even sipped straight. With the brand’s early success, the Smith family increased their commitment to keeping things local, discarding midwestern grain juice to begin distilling their alcohol from organic sugarcane, long a staple crop in Maui. Until their full crop reaches maturity, the firm will import much of its cane juice from organic farms in South America, but plans to ultimately use only homegrown product in Ocean Vodka, as well as their second offering, Deep Island Rum, still in very limited distributed. Ocean is available at spirits shops throughout the Bay Area, instantly recognizable on the shelf thanks to a unique near-spherical blue-tinted bottle, fashioned after antique glass

hile Ocean is smooth enough to drink straight up, vodka is far more frequently served in cocktails. And at Auntie’s Kitchen, an open-to-the-public beachside eatery on the grounds of the Westin, Cy Gabourie , the resort’s director of bars and restaurants, has come up with a Hawaiian-accented spin on a classic that San Francisco gastronomes will find totally on trend: the Poke Bloody Mary. His spicy, savory Grey Goosebased Mary is served with a shot glass of diced, lightly marinated ahi tuna that can be nibbled as an accompaniment or set aswim in the veggie garnished larger glass. (Protein, as well as alcohol, is an important part of your balanced breakfast.). While the combination of fish and swizzle may strike you as peculiar at first, remember those Bloody brunches you’ve enjoyed with smoked salmon and bagels. And recall the Canadian version of a Bloody Mary, the Ceasar, which incorporates briny clam broth in the mix. Inspired by the Bay Area’s recent poke bowl and pickling crazes, home bartenders should be able to take the Poke Mary to new heights. Japanese pickled vegetables, soy


Coconut Hiwa Porter and citrustinged Big Swell IPA. Maui Brewing Company. Brewery and Tasting Room: 605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei. Brewpub: Kahana Gateway Center, 4405 Honoapiilani Hwy. #217, Lahaina. 808-669-3474.


las, for oenophiles, Hawaiian wines don’t have much to offer relative to our homegrown California bounty, but that hasn’t stopped folks from trying. If nothing else, the heavily promoted Maui Winery offers a good excuse for an incredibly scenic drive across the island’s upcountry, with striking views of the southwestern shores. The winery is set on a plot of land that once served as a holiday retreat for King Kalakua and Queen Kapi’olani, the last reigning monarchs of the Hawaiian islands. The original buildings on the site, including a one-time jail, lovely flower gardens, and the tour guides’ knowledge of Hawaiian history make for a leisurely afternoon. If you’re hellbent on a drinkable souvenir, skip the local grape offerings and try the Maui Blanc, a pineapple wine that’s not altogether cloying, but still would be better incorporated in a sorbet or splashed over a fruit salad than consumed as a beverage. Maui Winery. 14815 Pilani Highway. Kula. 808-878-6058. www.mauiwine.comt

ore a beer drinker than a cocktail connoisseur? For over a decade, the Maui Brewing Company has been the lead player in Hawaii’s craft beer scene, successfully building mainland distribution channels while continuing to develop a phenomenal array of limited edition brews incorporating locally grown products and traditional Hawaiian flavors. The company was founded in 2005 by Garrett Marerro, a graduate of U.C. Davis who found early inspiration at Bay Area breweries including San Francisco’s Thirsty Bear and Berkeley’s Triple Rock. Marerro turned to brewing as a business after burning out in his initial career as a financial consultant. But his business skills have been a boon as he’s grown the company from a single small production brewpub making 400 barrels a year to multiple locations and a large central production facility, employing over 100 locals and a capacity of over 100,000 barrels anually. It’s at this facility, in Kihei, that visitors are able to see the brewing process up close on six small group tours every day, each limited to 16 people to allow for informed discussion and questions about the craft and business of beer making, rather than the purely promotional spiel heard on many a brewery tour. At the production facility’s tasting room –as well as the company’s brewpub in touristy Lahaina town– guests can try not only the flagship and seasonal beers that are canned and distributed nationally, but onsite only “experiments” that may ultimately be refined and produced on a broader scale. Over the years, Maui Brewing has incorporated the likes of local papaya, guava, mango, lemongrass, honey, strawberries , breadfruit, cocoa and chili peppers in their beers, which are never always thoughtfully balanced and never created for novelty’s sake. In addition to rotating limited editions, flagship Maui Brewing beers readily available in cans at Maui Winery’s pineapple wine. Bay Area retailers include

Fans of Maui Brewing Company enjoy locally made beer in the tasting room.


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Show people Broadway singers and Court stars raise funds

Steven Underhill

Finding Neverland cast member Cameron Bond sings at the One Night Only REAF concert at Brava Theater.

by Donna Sachet


aybe an Imperial Crown Princess Ball sounds to you like a stuffy affair, but last Sunday’s extravaganza of entertainment, food, and drink was anything but stuffy! The current Imperial Crown Princess Ehra Amaya pulled together a dazzling show for the stage of DNA Lounge, most notably several performances of her own in sumptuous costumes and tightly rehearsed routines. Other stand-outs were candidates for Empress Miz Eva Sensitiva and Mercedez Monro, title-holders from Las Vegas, Sacramento, and our own San Francisco Ducal Court, Tita Aida and the Rice Rockettes, Mr. Gay SF Jethro Patalinghug (singing live), and Kippy Marks, once again blowing the audience away with his exquisite violin talents. Alternating emcees for the night were Khmera Rouge, Sadie Ladie, and Cruzin’ d’Loo, as tips to the performers and silent auction raised money for the AIDS Emergency Fund. At the conclusion, Ehra introduced her mother who had been in the audience all night, beaming with pride. The amount of time, effort, and teamwork that went into this event was evident and all are to be congratulated on a wonderful success. Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation scored another big win with Broadway Backwards, an evening of musical role reversals at the Brava Theater with the touring cast of Finding Neverland; in other words, male singers sang songs typically sung by female performers and vice versa. Joining them for this event were Bruce Vilanch, who kept the audience laughing as only he can, Jai Rodriguez, who helped emcee the night and sang his own role-reversed song, and Kim Nalley, who sang a hilarious Fats Waller jazz favorite, accompanied by Tammy Hall. In addition to various solos and group numbers sung by various members of Finding Neverland, the precocious child cast performers captivated the audience with their amazing vocal talents and charismatic stage presence. The never-failing talents of auctioneer Lenny Broberg raised nearly $3000 with two chockfull entertainment packages. Among the crowd attending were Paul Maluchnik, Doug Waggener, Larry Horowitz, Sister Dana van Iquity, Linda Lee, Beth Schnitzer, David Alexander Diaz, Lawrence Helman, David Grabstald, Neil Figurelli, Paul Margolis, Larry Lare Nelson, and Don Berger. After the concert, Jai Rodriguez enlisted our help in guiding the

cast of Finding Neverland back to The Edge in the Castro for Musical Monday with Arthur Allione. Broadway voices rang out well into the night! Yes, you never know who you’ll run into at The Edge… but you’ll be glad you did. REAF has much more coming up with the Napa Valley Wine Train Pride Ride, Saturday, March 18, (where we’ll be on board as an Ambassador),

Paula West in concert at Marines’ Memorial Theater, Saturday, March 25, and the infamous Broadway Bares 2 San Francisco, Sunday, June 18, DNA Lounge. Top quality entertainment while raising money for deserving charitable causes. And Locoya Hill’s IJWFD party at Luxx, 60 Sixth Street, Saturday night lived up to all expectations with a neon jungle theme, DJs Jamie J. Sanchez and Billy Lace, and an hour of flagging demonstrations at the start. Sister Roma and BeBe Sweetbriar held court from the VIP Lounge as handsome boys, chiseled men, and agile dancers paraded by, many with the requisite neon accents. We repeat: This is the party if you want to dance! We’re sure to see you this Saturday at Krewe de Kinque’s Bal Masque XIV, 14 Karat Gold, at The Café, benefiting Homobiles. If you love New Orleans and Mardi Gras, you’ll love this party! VIP reception is from 4-5PM, followed by four hours of Southern-style celebration. King Sergio Fedasz and Queen China Silk promise over-the-top entertainment, plentiful Cajun cuisine, extensive silent auction, wild costumes, and time-honored ceremonies including the crowning of the new King and Queen of Krewe de Kinque! If that’s not enough, Celebrity Grand Marshal Juanita More! will gloriously preside over it all. Get you tickets now or at the door this Saturday night. Next week, on Thursday, February 16, Mercedez Monro hosts

Khmera Rouge

(L-R) Sadie Ladie, Ehra Amaya, Khmera Rouge and Emma Peel at the Imperial Court Pageant at DNA Lounge.

Imperial Court Events B y the time our next column is published, we’ll be in full Imperial whirl as Imperial Coronation approaches. A few key dates appear below:

Saturday, Feb. 18:

Thursday, Feb. 23, 6PM:

Anniversary Monarchs’ Reception, Twin Peaks.

Friday, Feb. 24, 6PM: Out of Town Show and Bus Tour, The Arc, 1500 Howard Street.

Vote your choice for the new Emperor and Empress of San Francisco on Polk Street, SoMa, and Castro.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 6PM:

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7PM:

Sunday, Feb. 26:

In Town Show and Awards, Beaux

Imperial Beaux Arts Ball: A Black & White Costumed Affair, Design Center, 101 Henry Adams Street. Annual Pilgrimage to Colma, bus service provided.

Mary Go Round at Lookout with the theme Legends! Imagine Juanita More!, Sister Roma, Tita Aida, Wendy Ho, and this humble columnist all on the same bill. Sounds

like a legendary night to us. DJ Philip Grasso will set the mood as we raise money for the Richmond/ Ermet Aid Foundation starting at 10:30PM.t

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Dominic Pacifico, DJ and porn actor

by Cornelius Washington


ne of the most enduring stars of the porn industry, Dominic Pacifico will perform this weekend at The Nob Hill Theatre with his partner, Casey Everett. Mr. Pacifico is well-known in the Bay Area, not only for his erotic work, but, also for his ability to put the needle on the record as a DJ of some renown. Despite being extremely busy, Mr. Pacifico was able to answer a few questions before his shows. Cornelius Washington: This is your debut performance at The Nob Hill Theatre. How do you think you’ll feel when you see your name on its legendary marquee and when you see yourself having sex on its massive screens?

Dominic Pacifico: I worked at The Nob Hill Theatre many years ago. Where did you grow up, and what effect did that environment have on your awareness and embracing of your sexuality? I grew up in New Mexico. What was the very first porn film you ever saw, and what effect did it have upon you? It was a Bel Ami twink video. It was hot. When and why did you decide to become a porn model? I started working in porn in 1998. I wanted money for college. Here I am 18 years later, and it’s a part-time career.

the platforms in which its watched. Sex is sex. You can only do it so many ways. What is your ultimate goal in the porn industry? To be a successful indie producer. When did you first meet Casey Everett, and how long have you been together? We met two years ago, and we have only been dating a few months. We were just really good friends at first. What do you most love about filming scenes together? It’s real.

Of what scenes that you’ve filmed are you most proud, and why? I’m the most proud of the scenes I film for my own company. I feel I get more out of it. What led you to create your own site/studio, I like the production side of the industry, and I feel if you have talent in audio and video it can cross over. I want my residual brand name to last longer than the shelf live of a video. What are your favorite/most gratifying aspects of operating your own site? It’s extremely hard, but I like being my own boss. How do you think gay porn will evolve during the incoming administration? Porn will never really evolve, just

Dominic Pacifico, DJ and porn actor

How do you feel when you watch each others’ work with other models? It’s hot. Of what aspect of your relationship are you most proud? We are sober and respectful. We don’t drink or do drugs. We are very healthy and I’m proud of that. What DJs do you most admire? DJ Tommy Love.t Dominic Pacifico performs strips shows (8pm) and sex shows with Casey Everett (10pm) at the Nob Hill Theatre. $25. Fri & Sat Feb. 10 & 11. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 3976758.


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he Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation’s One Night Only, the January 30 benefit performance for local nonprofits, featured cast members from the touring productions of Finding Neverland, plus stars Bruce Vilanch, Jai Rodrguez, and Kim Nalley. The night’s theme, Broadway Backwards, included role-reversal songs with a fun twist. And the after-party included drinks, desserts, and schmooze time with the talented performers. More photo albums are on BARtab’s Facebook page, See more of Steven Underhill’s photos at


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