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New year, big cheers! by Roberto Friedman

don’t drink.” Our escort Pepi wasn’t happy about our having more vino (he doesn’t drink, either), but oh well, our grand total of four drink tickets made the whole theatrical evening go by right thumpingly. At the afterparty, Loh offered up her show as a necessary antidote to the poisonous political developments of the last year. It was created, she proclaimed, “For women! And for men who love women!” We were tempted to, but did not shout, “And what about for men who love men?”

Just before Christmas, the “undie-rock” comedy-pop duo et’s catch up with our cultural The Skivvies make their San Franperambulations, shall we? The cisco debut with their holiday show holiday season goes by in Holiday Roadkill at ACT’s Strand a blur, but Out There Theater. Joined by guest Randy took the time to atHarrison (Queer as Folk), Skivvies tend local theatre and Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley performance. offered covers, mash-ups (“We Got Early last month the Beat/The Little Drummer Boy”) found us at Berkeley and originals (“It’s Fucking HanukRep for the opening kah”). Their music’s stripped-down of Sandra Tsing Loh’s on cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, and The Madwoman in melodica, and the Skivvies were the Volvo (reviewed in stripped down, too, at least to their our 12/22 issue). In undies. Great pants-down fun! the courtyard before curtain time, In something of a family tradition fellow culture vulture Tessi Tura at this point, OT & Pepi attended offered us drink tickets, saying, “We Brava’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta, a benefit for Brava! for Women in the Arts with headliners Tom Ammiano, Marga Gomez, Carla Clayy, hosted by Priya Prasad with special guests Butch Escobar and Chey Bell. Gomez had written to us, “I haven’t told many people, but it’s not a secret that I will be taking a leave from coproducing these NYE galas after this year. Had it planned even before Cheeto won. “It is just hard topping myself year after year. But if I don’t top myself, who will? Seems fitting to share my last big NYE with Tom Ammiano, the ‘Mother of Gay Comedy.’ He got me hooked on this life.” David Wilson Ammiano, 75, said from Comedians Marga Gomez, Carla Clayy and Tom Ammiano headlined Brava’s the stage that he is sick of New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta at the Brava Theater Center. people asking him about his “bucket list.” “I don’t have a


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The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) played ACT’s Strand Theater.

bucket list. I have a fuck-it list!” Amen! Finally, a big “Bravo!” to the San Francisco Symphony for announcing the cancellation of two performances in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 5-6, 2017, in response to that state’s House Bill 2 [HB2], a law that overturned protections for LGBT people earlier this year. “The Symphony made the decision to cancel its appearances in North Carolina,” executive director Brent Assink said in a press statement. “In the months after HB2 became law, we have closely watched the fluctuating political landscape in hopes that the law would be overturned. Because that has not happened, and due to

Castro Theatre sees in the new year by David Lamble

visits our wet planet in hopes of finding water for his very dry one. The Bowie film template: an otherworldly creature inspires perilous mix of lust, envy, S/M control issues, sci-fi warnings of doom for our species. Good adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel. Descending on earth like a comet, Bowie’s alien quickly discovers a group of curious humans and makes them an offer they won’t refuse: financial rewards from nine basic patents that outstrip human technology. The movie benefits enormously from the charisma of two character actors, Rip Torn as an avuncular quasi-mad scientist, and veteran screenwriter Buck Henry. In a witty subplot, Henry’s character is married to another man who’s extremely nearsighted. Henry reportedly wondered out loud why his character was gay.


he Castro Theatre kicks off 2017 with its patented blend of film classics, both venerable and in-the-making. Alien (1979) In director Ridley Scott’s scary space trip, a monstrous creature turns on the crew of an American spacecraft. With John Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton and Veronica Cartwright. Lifeforce (1985) Tobe Hooper directs space-vampire horror tale that wanders crazily from genre to genre. With Peter Firth and Patrick Stewart. (both 1/6) The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Mid-70s gem directed by Nicolas Roeg features 29-year-old androgynous Bowie as an alien who







-David Fear, ROLLING STONE El Deseo presents

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a film by



Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) English-language debut feature from Japanese master Nagisa Oshima plays as a hipster remake of David Lean’s POW-camp classic The Bridge on the River Kwai. Essentially a battle of cultures and wills between a stiff-necked Japanese camp commander and a steadfast British major (Bowie). Supporting player Tom Conti steals some dramatic thunder as a bilingual prisoner. Bowie shows how good he could be if he were cast for his acting abilities rather than celebrity freak status. (both 1/8) The Handmaiden (2016) Japanese remake not for every taste. (1/10) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Classic from author Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick was first popular with the late-60s drug generation, and continues to fascinate as an artifact from the first era of space exploration. (1/11-12) The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016) Ron Howard’s entertaining look at when four lads from Liverpool created pop-music shock therapy for millions of rock fans across the country. New chats with surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Gimme Danger (2016) Iconic shirtless hard rocker Iggy Pop is the hero of this unique biopic. (both 1/13) Loving (2016) Moving account of unlikely heroes in America’s racial wars. The Lovings’ attempt to live as an interracial couple brings them considerable grief in racially polarized midcentury America. Plays with Wattstax. (both 1/16) Noir City 15 (1/20-29): Criss Cross (1949) An early triumph for a muscular young Burt Lancaster. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) John Huston directed this carefully crafted crime drama with Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore and Marilyn Monroe. (both 1/20) Kansas City Confidential (1952) Director Phil Karlson’s drama about an ex-con (John Payne) who emerges from prison determined to prove his innocence in a bank robbery


pressing internal travel deadlines, the San Francisco Symphony has made the decision to cancel its concerts. “We feel we must join our city, our state, the NBA, NCAA, and the many artists, organizations, and businesses who have chosen to not visit or contribute economically to North Carolina until legislation denying protection for the LGBT community has been overturned. The San Francisco Symphony, its Board of Governors, and music director Michael Tilson Thomas wholeheartedly support this decision, as they support all those striving for equality and inclusiveness in their community and beyond.” Right on, SFS!t

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David Bowie in director Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth.

by finding the real culprit. Violent Saturday (1955) Richard Fleischer directed this study of a small town affected by a brutal bank holdup. Four Ways Out (1951) Pietro Germi directed this tale about a robbery at a soccer arena, with Gina Lollobrigida, Paul Muller and Enzo Maggio. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) Mario Monicelli’s satire, a store robbery attempted by rank amateurs, with Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni and Toto. (all four, 1/21) Rififi (1955) Jules Dassin’s classic crime caper features a magnificent silent sequence involving a jewel heist. Classe Tous Risques (1960) Claude Sautet directed terrific robbery heist featuring a youthful JeanPaul Belmondo. (both 1/22) The Killing (1956) Stanley Kubrick secured his early reputation as

a promising indie-film voice with this stylish account of a racetrack robbery. With Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, and The Maltese Falcon’s famous “gunsel now become a man,” Elisha Cook. Plays with Japanese noir Cruel Gun Story (1964). (both 1/23) The Ladykillers (1955) Alec Guinness steals Alexander MacKendrickhelmed noir/black comedy gem. Band of crooks is tripped up by a little old lady. With Katie Johnson, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Frankie Howerd and Jack Warner. The League of Gentlemen (1960) Director Basil Dearden orchestrates bank-robbery plot whose twist is a blackmail scheme to bring about the cooperation of former British Army officers. With Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough, Robert Coote and Bryan Forbes, who also scripted. (both 1/24) See page 21 >>

January 5, 2017 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

The undisputed newspaper of record for the San Francisco Bay Area LGBT community and the oldest continuously-published gay newspaper in the...

January 5, 2017 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

The undisputed newspaper of record for the San Francisco Bay Area LGBT community and the oldest continuously-published gay newspaper in the...