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LGBT shelter gets grant by Seth Hemmelgarn


ackers of a proposed LGBT-friendly homeless shelter in San Francisco announced this week that they’re getting some help in making the long-delayed space a reality. A Tuesday, December 4 news release from gay Supervisor David Campos said that the Haas Jr. Fund is offering a $30,000 challenge grant for the space, which is planned for 1050 South Van Ness Avenue. Bevan Dufty, the gay director of the city’s Housing OpBill Wilson portunity, Partnerships and Engage- Supervisor ment program, David Campos helped secure the grant, which is to be matched in community donations, according to Campos’s office. In an email, Matt Foreman, Haas’s director of gay and immigrant rights programs, said the challenge grant is from the organization’s critical assistance program. He didn’t directly answer a question about whether the shelter’s supporters would get the grant if they don’t raise $30,000. “We are confident that with the leadership of Dolores Street and Bevan Dufty, the challenge will be met in the very near future,” Foreman said. Dolores Street Community Services, the nonprofit that already runs a shelter at the site, will operate the planned mixed-gender, 24-bed shelter. Work to establish the gay-friendly space began not long after a Board of Supervisors committee hearing that Campos led in March 2010 in which LGBTs testified about harassment in the city’s shelters. “There have been several hurdles in getting this project off the ground,” Campos noted in his statement. Issues involved in expanding the shelter have included redoing bathrooms and setting up partitions. The designated space is in a second floor section that’s been used as a classroom. Last December, Dolores Street Executive Director Wendy Phillips and others learned that her group’s existing shelter didn’t have the permit to operate as such. “We were ready to go with the rehab work on the expansion for the new queer-friendly space, and when the architect went to pull the permits, they realized our existing space See page 12 >>

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HIV rates rise in U.S. youth by Chuck Colbert


he number of new HIV infections in the United States remains relatively stable, standing at about 50,000 people annually. But HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is on the rise among younger Americans under the age of 25. In fact, too many youth in the United States continue to become infected with HIV, federal officials said. And few are tested. Those are two key take away points from a new report out by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was released to coincide with World AIDS Day. Specifically, young people between the ages of 13 and 24 in the U.S. account for more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) while 60 percent of these youth living with HIV are unaware they are infected, according to the CDC’s Vital Signs report, released November 27. The most-affected youth are gay and bisexual men and African Americans. The analysis looked at the latest data on HIV infections, testing, and risk behaviors among young people. The report offers insights into what kinds of behavior are driving the high rates of infection.

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Singer Martha Wash, a friend and colleague of the late Sylvester, stood with AIDS Emergency Fund Executive Director Mike Smith as a boulder commemorating the disco singer was unveiled at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park as part of World AIDS Day activities.

For example, young men who have sex with men – or MSM – were more likely to report having had sex with four or more partners or injecting illegal drugs. In addition, among students who were currently sexually active, young MSM were also more likely to have used alcohol or drugs before their last sexual experience and were less

likely to have used a condom. And young MSM were also less likely to report having been taught about HIV or AIDS in school.

A silent epidemic

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Gay SF couple dreams of citizenship by Matthew S. Bajko


ne gay San Francisco couple this holiday season is dreaming of a path to employment and eventual U.S. citizen-

ship. Edgar Cruz, 28, and Gustavo Cerritos, 22, both came to the U.S. illegally as children, brought by parents seeking a better life for their families. Cruz was born in Mexico and came to America at the age of 2. Cerritos is a native of Honduras and arrived in the U.S. when he was 9 years old. “All our family is here. This is home,” said Cerritos. They are among the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. who are hopeful of seeing Congress and President Barack Obama in 2013 adopt new rules for them to gain lawful status and citizenship. In the meantime, Cruz and Cerritos are in the process of applying with federal authorities for what is known as deferred action for childhood arrivals. The program is aimed at providing 1.7 million immigrant youth, known as Dreamers, a way to attend college or be legally employed despite not having U.S. citizenship. “I want to go back to school for teaching,” said Cerritos, who works under the table as a housekeeper. “It’s been hard. You have to limit yourself to so many things. I can’t apply to go to a big college or for loans because they ask

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Edgar Cruz, left, and Gustavo Cerritos showed the documentation they need for their applications to the deferred action for childhood arrivals program.


for your Social Security number. It puts you down.” Without the proper documentation Cruz has limited employment opportunities. He had been working for a national retailer at its Peninsula location and was up for a manager position. But he had to leave the company when his employer asked for several documents he did not possess. “We can’t do anything,” said Cruz, who has found some work as a freelance florist in the Mission. “I was accepted to UC Berkeley, but I couldn’t get the funds to go.” “There aren’t a lot of scholarships for undocumented students,” added Cerritos. Even their movements are restricted, for they lack proper identification to pass through airport security. His confinement has been particularly rough for Cruz, who prior to meeting Cerritos was married to a woman for six years with whom he fathered two children. Following a custody battle his ex relocated to Florida, and Cruz now talks to his kids via Facetime. He is trying to save enough money in order to fly them to the West Coast in June, as they are supposed to live with him until the summer of 2015. “I can’t hop on a plane,” said Cruz, adding that he does not want to move to Florida. “I grew up here. I may have been born in Mexico but I am a San Franciscan.” If Cruz and Cerritos are granted deferred See page 12 >>

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Mixed decisions in gay therapy ban suits by Lisa Keen


wo federal judges in California issued differing decisions this week on the state’s new gay conversion therapy law, setting up the likelihood that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will take up the matter. The law, which bans state licensed mental health professionals from engaging in reparative or conversion therapy with minors, was

signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year and goes into effect January 1. In the latest development, U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento issued an order Tuesday, December 4 denying a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the new law from taking effect. The order came one day after another federal judge in the same court issued an injunction against the same law in a dif-

ferent lawsuit, brought by two therapists and an adult who went through reparative therapy and is working toward a career with such therapy. Monday’s decision, however, applies only to the three plaintiffs in the case. Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said Tuesday night that the plaintiffs who were denied the injunction filed an immediate appeal to the 9th Circuit. He said he feels confident the state’s attorney general will appeal the limited injunction in the second lawsuit and that the 9th Circuit will likely consolidate the appeals and address them on an expedited basis. Minter, who represented Equality California in its effort to intervene in the cases to defend the new law, said he expects the new law will likely take effect January 1, even though the state will not be able to enforce it against the three plaintiffs. The law, SB 1172, signed by Brown in September, prohibits state licensed mental health professionals from administering any “sexual orientation change effort” or “reparative” therapy to a person under 18 years of age. U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb issued the preliminary injunction Monday in Welch v. Brown, a lawsuit on behalf of the three plaintiffs. Shubb, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, said he believes the therapists’ First Amendment rights could be violated by the law. But Judge Mueller, an Obama appointee, said Liberty Counsel, the group pressing the case to stop the new law from taking effect, was

Reparative therapy advocate Joseph Nicolosi is a party in one of the lawsuits challenging SB 1172.

“not likely to prevail on the merits” of their First Amendment challenge to the law, and thus did not qualify for a preliminary injunction in the other case. Liberty Counsel is a legal group that promotes the exercise of religious freedoms in political and legal arenas. The identified plaintiffs in its case, Pickup v. Brown, were four licensed mental health professionals, including the notorious reparative therapy promoter Joseph Nicolosi, as well as lesser known David Pickup, Christopher Rosik, and Robert Vazzo. Plaintiffs also included the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, a Christian counselors group, and two “Jack and Jane Doe” plaintiff couples on behalf of two “John Doe” minors.


Mueller, citing the state’s role in regulating the medical profession, said the plaintiffs have not demonstrated that therapy is “expressive speech” within the meaning of the First Amendment. “Nothing in [the new law] prevents a therapist from mentioning the existence of [reparative therapies], recommending a book on [such therapies], or recommending [such] treatment by another unlicensed person such as a religious figure,” said Mueller. She said the law does not bar parents from seeking such therapy through persons other than statelicensed mental health professionals and “does not impede parents’ religious or moral convictions” because it proscribes reparative therapies “only as performed by state-licensed mental health professionals.” A number of LGBT organizations were involved in passing the new law and filed briefs in the lawsuit, including EQCA, NCLR, and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Mueller granted EQCA’s request to participate as an intervening party in the lawsuit, to defend the law, along with state Attorney General Kamala Harris. Brown signed SB 1172 after it was passed by the legislature, becoming the first-of-its-kind law in the country. In separate actions, as reported last week, Representative Jacki e Speier (D-San Mateo) filed a similar resolution in Congress. And the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey last week, seeking to hold a reparative therapy group liable for consumer fraud.t

Plea entered in Wiener photo case by Seth Hemmelgarn


ay San Francisco blogger Michael Petrelis pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge stemming from an October incident in which he photographed gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener in a City Hall restroom. Petrelis, 53, has been critical of Wiener on many issues, including his legislation to prohibit most public nudity. The Board of Supervisors passed the ban on its second reading Tuesday, December 4 (see related story - page 3). At a December 5 hearing before Superior Court Judge Donna Alyson Little, attorney Derek St. Pierre entered a plea of not guilty on Petrelis’s behalf to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. The count is based on Petrelis allegedly using a camera to invade someone’s privacy in a bathroom. The maximum sentence, which Petrelis is unlikely to get, is six months in county jail. St. Pierre argued against Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Lee’s request for a protective (stay away)order. He noted the victim is a supervisor. “So what? ... I don’t care who he is,” Little responded. Petrelis’s attorney said there had been “no pattern of harassment” and “no threat of violence,” but Lee said a criminal protective order in the case is “perfectly appropriate.” Little granted her request. After the hearing, Petrelis, who wore a “Silence=Death” button on his shirt, declined to comment. St. Pierre noted Petrelis is an active

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Blogger Michael Petrelis

blogger and indicated the protective order violates Petrelis’s First Amendment rights. One man outside the courtroom held up a sign that said, “Save Petrelis,” while another held up a sign that said, “I like Mike.” The next court date is January 7 for a pre-trial hearing. According to a statement from Wiener and an item Petrelis posted on his Petrelis Files blog, Wiener was at a urinal when Petrelis walked into the restroom. On his blog, Petrelis indicated he wanted to get a photo of Wiener urinating, but his camera didn’t focus quickly enough, so he took a picture of the gay supervisor at the bathroom sink. He used the photo on his website. Petrelis posted bail after he voluntarily surrendered to the sheriff ’s department last week and is out of custody. Wiener has declined to comment but shared the statement he made to the sheriff recounting the incident.t


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DA, students say ‘Bye Bye’ to bullying


t. Ignatius High School student Shant Kilijian, backed by the other members of his video team, Nate Reutiman, Matt Ignao, and Will Kim, thank District Attorney George Gascón, right, for their first place win in the Effects of Bullying category of the Bye Bye Bullying Contest Tuesday, December 4. Their video can be seen at In the What is Bullying category, Lurleen Frazier from the Academy of Art

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and Sciences won first place ( And in the Effective Ways to Respond to Bullying category, An Xie from Lincoln High School won first place ( The first place winners received iPads courtesy of Zendesk and a signed baseball from San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito. The DA’s office, which sponsored the contest, said 58 entries were received.

Cover up – supes OK nudity ban by David-Elijah Nahmod


he San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave final approval to the city’s nudity ban, setting the stage for Mayor Ed Lee to sign the ordinance, which is expected to go into effect in February but is already the subject of a federal lawsuit. The board voted 6-5 Tuesday, December 4 for the second time on the ban, proposed by gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener. The ban prohibits nudity in most public places, but specifies that events such as the Folsom and Castro Street fairs and the Pride Parade are exempt. The vote was the same as the initial one last month with Supervisors Wiener, Mark Farrell, David Chiu, Carmen Chu, Malia Cohen, and Sean Elsbernd voting in favor and Supervisors David Campos, Christina Olague, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, and John Avalos voting against it. Once the ban becomes law, violators will be fined $100 for a first offense, and $200 for a second offense. Third time offenders would face a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. Those convicted under the law will not be required to register as sex offenders. A group of about a half dozen

nudists responded to the bill’s passage Tuesday by stripping down inside City Hall amid shouts of “shame on you!” Sheriff ’s deputies quickly covered the protesters with blankets and escorted them out of the board chambers.

Escalating controversy

The controversy over the nudists’ near daily gatherings in Jane Warner Plaza escalated to a fever pitch ahead of the board’s action Tuesday. Gay nudist Mitch Hightower, a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit against the city challenging the ban, issued a poster that compared comments made about public nudity by former Supervisor Dan White in 1978 to similar comments recently made by Wiener. White, of course, went on to murder gay Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in November 1978. Hightower’s poster features side by side photos of White and Wiener, with the following quotes: “I see naked men walking around which doesn’t bother me as far as my personal standards of nudity, but it’s just not proper,” – Supervisor Dan White, 1978. “I don’t have a problem with nudity in general, but it’s not proper to

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Posters at the Castro holiday tree lighting last week compared Supervisor Scott Wiener to murderous ex-Supervisor Dan White.

Clarification The November 22 article “Federal judge to review nudity ban,” reported that a lawyer representing four nudists had tried to obtain a temporary restraining order to prevent San Francisco supervisors from voting on the ban, but the judge rejected the request and instead informed the lawyers in the case that he would consider a motion for an injunction against the law. The story should have also reported that after being informed by the judge of his decision, the nudists’ attorney withdrew the restraining order request and filed a motion seeking to prevent the law from taking effect February 1. The online version of the story has been updated.

expose your genitals on the street corner for hours and hours.” – Supervisor Scott Wiener, 2012. Attorney Christina A. DiEdoardo, who represents Hightower and three others in their lawsuit challenging the ban, downplayed the poster. “I can’t see why people are upset with the comparison, which appears apt on several levels,” DiEdoardo said in a statement to the Bay Area Reporter. “Both former Supervisor White and current Supervisor Wiener have openly declared war on nudists, so comparing the two See page 12 >>

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All eyes on Uganda


early three years after it was introduced, the Ugandan Parliament is expected to act soon on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, a draconian piece of legislation that would impose the death penalty on anyone convicted of repeat same-sex sexual acts. While there has been a lot of conflicting information coming out of the country over the past several days, it is likely members of Parliament will vote on the bill before the legislative session that ends December 14. This horrible piece of anti-gay legislation should be defeated, whether or not it ultimately includes the death penalty. If that punishment is removed, as some media reports suggest will be the case, the remaining parts of the bill are bad public policy that still do not warrant passage. The bill, as we mentioned when it was first being considered, would sanction new levels of violence against gays in a country where homosexuality is already against the law. The U.S. government has so far not made much of a public outcry, even as developments suggest a vote is imminent, and that is unfortunate. While we understand that it may be counterproductive for the U.S. to make public demands on another country, we think more could have been done diplomatically over the last three years to render the bill dead. LGBT activists in Uganda often cannot readily speak out, lest they risk being beaten or killed. As we noted in an editorial three years ago, the U.S. government provides federal aid to Uganda, including funds through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Ironically, thanks to U.S. aid, Uganda has one of Africa’s most successful HIV/AIDS treatment programs. Continuation of that aid to the country needs to be on the table as the Ugandan Parliament weighs the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Those lawmakers must know that they cannot legislate hate without consequences. Of course, the losers in all of this are the people of Uganda – gay and straight – who have to sit by as their representatives debate how much vitriol they can muster against a group of people, in this case LGBTs. Equally abhorrent in this dire situation is the outsized role that U.S. evangelicals have had in

this process. Several, including Scott Lively, Rick Warren, and Richard Cohen, went to Uganda to advocate an anti-gay agenda among local evangelical leaders prior to MP David Bahati’s introduction of the bill in 2009. As the Washington Blade noted in a story this week, the evangelicals exploited homophobic attitudes while they were there; this undoubtedly contributed to the increased climate of anti-gay animus that exists in the country. While Uganda’s anti-gay “Kill the Gays” bill may be the most publicized, actions in other countries in recent months have also demonstrated that homophobia is alive and well. Moscow has banned gay Pride for 100 years – a ridiculous moratorium. Pop star Madonna used an August appearance there to stand up for gay rights, thereby “promoting homosexuality” in the eyes of a citizens group, which filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against her. Last month, the St. Petersburg District Court dismissed the case. And this is in a country that decriminalized homosexuality in 1993.


Speaking of homophobia

The Associated Press last week announced that its stylebook was no longer using the word “homophobia” in political or social contexts. The news organization’s stylebook is among the most influential in the country and we think AP’s decision is a mistake. AP deputy standards editor Dave Minthorn told Politico that the term is “just off the mark” and “seems inaccurate.” “We want to be precise and accurate and neutral in our phrasing,” he said. The new guidelines state that “-phobia” should only be referred to as “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness.” Well, we hate to break it to the AP, but there are a lot of anti-gay people in this country who have exactly that: an irrational fear of LGBTs. That does not mean they have a mental illness (though some might), just as a person who’s afraid of spiders (arachnophobia) does not necessarily suffer from mental illness. We think the AP’s decision was short-sighted, and in fact, the change gives credibility to those who least deserve it: the bigots who hate us. While we don’t use the term all the time (anti-gay or anti-LGBT is probably more common), we’ll continue to call out the people who are fearful of us when appropriate. t

The Castro’s bright and challenging future

by Scott Wiener


ew neighborhoods in our city – indeed, in our country – approach the Castro’s cultural significance. Particularly for the LGBT community – but for many others as well – this wonderful neighborhood represents so many of our community’s aspirations of equality, acceptance, and forging a life for oneself. The Castro has seen its fortunes rise and fall over the years, from the highs of the 1970s to the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s to the strengthening of our community with the advent of protease inhibitors in the 1990s. Today, the Castro’s future is bright, yet challenging. The neighborhood’s fundamental strengths remain, and our challenge is to retain those strengths even as inevitable change comes to the neighborhood. Here are a few thoughts on the state of the Castro and its future:

Continued economic vibrancy

The Castro’s economy, like the rest of the nation, has had some rough years, but things are looking up. Many in the neighborhood are frustrated with commercial vacancies – and particularly a few long-term notable vacancies – but the numbers tell a positive economic story. A few Sundays ago, I did perhaps the ultimate nerdy district supervisor thing and walked the neighborhood – from Diamond to Church and Duboce to 19th – compiling a list of new businesses that have opened in the last two years and of vacancies. The result: 35 businesses have come into the neighborhood in the past two years, 33 of which were new businesses (as opposed to existing businesses changing location) and only one of which was formula retail. In addition, only 15 vacancies persist out of hundreds of ground-floor commercial spaces. Of those 15 vacancies, several likely will be filled in the coming months.

In other words, businesses want to come here, and the new businesses that are coming here are overwhelmingly local. We need to fill the remaining vacancies and ensure that the neighborhood retains its local-business flavor. If the past predicts anything, the future is positive on this front.

Housing options

Housing is way too expensive in the Castro. Rents are through the roof, which means that young people struggle to come here and longtime residents struggle to stay here. Nearly 2,000 units of new housing are slated for the Upper Market area in the next several years. This housing will have retail on the ground floor, and the housing and retail will create significant new foot traffic and urban vibrancy, particularly between Sanchez and Octavia. This change will bring new jobs and life into that stretch of Market Street. We are working hard to ensure that the new housing is diverse and not just highend condos. Several of the projects are rentals, and we will see quite a few new affordable units. For example, the 55 Laguna project will add 160 affordable units, 110 of which will be for lowerincome LGBT seniors. We need to add different sizes of units, including larger family units and smaller units for the many single people who live here. I’d also like to see housing for transitionage youth built in Upper Market, and I hope that Larkin Street and other youth organizations will consider the neighborhood for that type of housing. The addition of new housing and retail also means an even greater need to expand Muni’s capacity and improve its reliability. Muni is struggling to meet current neighborhood demand. With a growing population, we must prioritize Muni’s maintenance, reliability, and capacity.

Improving our public realm

While the Castro has wonderful parks at its

edges, the neighborhood has remarkably little usable public space. Harvey Milk Plaza is poorly designed and doesn’t honor its namesake with a wonderful and safe public gathering space. Jane Warner Plaza is terrific but small. While the Castro is one of the most pedestrian-focused neighborhoods in the city, Castro Street’s sidewalks are embarrassingly narrow. Here, too, the future is positive. I’ve secured funding to widen the Castro Street sidewalks from Market to 19th from the current 12 feet to 18 or 19 feet. Many of us are committed to a fundamental redesign of Harvey Milk Plaza. There’s also a strong commitment to upgrading Jane Warner Plaza. We can and will improve the Castro’s public spaces.

Embracing cultural significance

Change brings uncertainty, including for our neighborhood’s LGBT cultural identity. We need to continue the neighborhood’s strong connection to the LGBT community. The LGBT History Museum was an excellent recent addition, and I’ve been proud to support the museum in the budget process and otherwise. I’m excited about the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s planned HIV health center (at the current Superstar Video space), which will be a larger version of Magnet combined with the Stop AIDS Project and the Stonewall Project. Castro County Club has come back from the brink and is a unique sober space for our community. The LGBT Community Center is a critical resource for many. LYRIC continues to serve LGBT young people, and I hope that at some point it will remain open later to provide a safe evening space for youth. LGBT nightlife in the Castro is flourishing and provides an important connection to the neighborhood for many LGBT people. Do we have challenges as a neighborhood? Yes. Are we working to meet them? Absolutely, and our neighborhood’s future is a bright one.t

Scott Wiener represents District 8, which includes the Castro, on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.


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There goes the Castro, again

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The sturm and drang of the last couple of months over the naked people in the Castro has reminded me, again, that San Franciscans, and in particular, the gay community, are passionate about this city. That is one of the many reasons I live here. Yes, it can frustratingly slow up the political process but, at the same time, it’s funny as can be. For what’s it’s worth here is my 2 cents. When they planted the palm trees on Upper Market the complaint was, “We’re going to look just like L.A., there goes the Castro.” When the F Line extended from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Castro the complaint was, “This is going to bring straight tourists here, we won’t be a gay neighborhood, there goes the Castro.” (Ironic that one of the arguments most heard in defense of the naked guys is that they bring tourists to the Castro.) When the Halloween celebration was canceled in the Castro the complaints were loud and once again we heard “there goes the Castro.” And now we are almost in 2013 and the ban against a small group of folks being naked in the Castro has people once again shouting from the rooftops “gay life in the ‘hood is over, there goes the Castro.” Listen up, folks. As long as gay people continue to live, work, and matriculate in the Castro, we will be a gay/gay friendly (yes, even straight people live here, yikes!) neighborhood. As long as we have the Sisters, drag queens (a special tip of the hat to Donna Sachet), leather folks, twinks, trannies, bull dykes, activists, and gym bunnies, we will continue to be a gay mecca. As long as men continue to have sex with other men and women continue to have sex with other women, (and will anyone ever have sex with me?) we will remain a gay neighborhood. Long live the LGBT community and the Castro. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Peace. Finally, regarding the letter last week from Nikolas P. Lemos: to make a connection between those who are against public nudity and the murdering, face of evil Dan White (who forever changed/destroyed the families of Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, as well as

the LGBT community at large and the great city of San Francisco), to make that comparison is, at the very least, appalling and, at worst, the most insensitive, disgusting analogy I have ever come across. Joe Mac San Francisco

Memos on nudist issue

Having seen the brazenly stupid opinions on the nudity ban swirling around the letters page for months, I must respond to last week’s sorry batch. Memo to Nikolas P. Lemos: Dan White’s comment, “I see naked people walking around ... and it’s not proper” refers to nudity at the Pride Parade. Scott Wiener’s ordinance specifically permits nudity there. To help alleviate the confusion in your mind (as a scientist), Wiener is a gay supervisor responding to the vociferous complaints of his gay and straight constituents and not a “Dan White-sounding-like political figure.” Memo to James W. Mason: Since you’ve seen plenty of porn film men from your spot at Twin Peaks Tavern, why not screen porn films at Jane Warner Plaza to oncoming traffic (only of attractive men, of course)? This doesn’t address the case of a parent and child exiting the Castro Theatre from a Mary Poppins matinee being confronted with live public exhibitionism, but screw them. Memo to Tortuga Bi Liberty: Why delay the final vote to new and inexperienced supervisors unfamiliar with the issue? The current board has followed this, and a majority realize last year’s half-measure was inadequate. If a lame-duck board lacks “credibility” why not postpone all public business until January? Personally, I think the continued whining over the nudity ban is much ado over nothing. There are more important issues to focus on. If people don’t like it, they should move someplace else. Steve Evers San Francisco

Dyke March seeks volunteers compiled by Cynthia Laird


he San Francisco Dyke March, which marked its 20th anniversary this year, is seeking new people to help organize next year’s event as several key leaders are stepping down. According to a news release sent from Claire Henry on behalf of the organizers, the Dyke March is at a crossroads following its return to the idea of a “dyke space continuum” this year that rallied “dykes of all origins, ages, and opinions to gather in Dolores Park and put the march back in the Dyke March.” “Returning to our political roots, we gathered the largest group of dykes in the world and marched through San Francisco 50,000 strong,” the release noted. The organizers went on to state that without an infusion of new leadership, the 2013 march “will not happen.” The Dyke March is looking for people who can make a firm commitment to join weekly meetings starting in January. Areas where leaders are needed include: volunteer recruitment, technological support, vendor liaison, business sponsorship, accessibility, fundraising events, and operations/ logistics. “We hope to see a fresh set of ideas and personalities,” organizers stated in the release. “New volunteers will be able to fully participate and shape the path of the Dyke March as it enters its 21st year.” Those interested in learning more should contact for first meeting details.

Go back to Christmas 1901 at Hyde Street Pier

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will come alive with Christmas past on Saturday, December 8 when its costumed living history players present an Old Time Maritime Christmas. The fes-

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A child waved a rainbow flag and greeted participants at this year’s Dyke March.

tivities take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hyde Street Pier. The living history players will turn back the clock to 1901, where attendees will meet and talk with captains, wives, and crews aboard the historic vessels docked at the pier. Lamplit guided tours leave every 20 minutes from the entrance of the pier until 7:40 p.m. With the lights of San Francisco twinkling in the background, the historic ships and characters offer a memorable holiday experience. The program is free but reservations are required. For information and reservations call (415) 4475000.

Police, community groups hold dating safety forum

Representatives from San Francisco’s police department, district attorney’s office, and several community groups will hold a dating safety forum starting at 7 p.m., Monday, December 10 at Magnet, 4122 18th Street in the Castro. The event is meant to provide information on avoiding “roofied” drinks, being safe when hooking up with strangers, the importance of reporting crimes, and other topics. Police data have shown thefts and

other crimes have occurred after people brought strangers home. A recent example that gained attention was the June killing of Steven “Eriq” Escalon, 28, who was found bound and gagged in his Diamond Heights area home. James Edward Rickleffs, 46, has pleaded not guilty to murder and robbery charges in the case. The two allegedly met at the bar 440 Castro and took a cab back to Escalon’s home early on the morning he died. Monday’s forum will also serve as the launch for the SFPD LGBT Safe Space project, which will include signs on every police station door and LGBT officers available when requested.

Maitri holiday open house

Community members can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and visit Maitri Compassionate Care during its open house Saturday, December 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 401 Duboce Avenue in San Francisco. Maitri hospice has long provided compassionate residential care to men and women with debilitating late-stage HIV/AIDS in need of 24hour care. The open house will feature refreshments donated by Hot Cookie with coffee, tea, or cider while peoSee page 13 >>

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6 • Bay Area Reporter • December 6-12, 2012


Gay CA Republicans look to expand by Matthew S. Bajko


heir party may have taken a drubbing in the Golden State last month, but gay Republicans in California see an opening in the GOP’s dismal November election results. Log Cabin California members are hopeful their pleas for the party to move away from divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion, will now find a more receptive audience. They are also looking to expand their presence in the state and gain official recognition from the California Republican Party as a chartered club. “I am hopeful we can make a lot of inroads and changes to the dialogue in terms of the marriage equality issue,” said Jason Clark, a gay attorney who is the general counsel of the San Francisco Re-

Courtesy Fred Schein

San Francisco Log Cabin President Fred Schein

publican Party and an elected member of its central committee. Clark ran against gay state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) in this year’s election. Although he lost the race, Clark is now a delegate to the California Republican Party due to his candidacy for a state legislative office and can appoint two other delegates. Several other gay Republicans ran for Assembly seats in southern California this year, and they also will serve as delegates and appoint other delegates. As such, they can influence votes at the party’s conventions on such things as platform stances and who will be statewide chair. Current Chairman Tom Del Beccaro is stepping down next year. “The chances are really good of electing a moderate chairman,” said Clark, who serves as vice president of the San Francisco chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Brad Torgan, who stepped down as president of Log Cabin’s Los Angeles chapter and ran in the spring primary for an Assembly seat representing West Hollywood, agrees with Clark that the state GOP needs to rethink its political stances. “It is time to both recalibrate the message as well as, in some respects, change the message,” said Torgan. He is less sure of just how ready party leaders are to embrace changes, though he does believe “there is at least a goodly portion of the party that does understand” change is needed and that Republicans need to speak to a more diverse pool of voters. At the moment Torgan said the GOP, “basically, it speaks to old white guys. Until the party starts listening more and working more with those groups that it did poorly with, I think the problems will continue.” The diminution of the Republican delegation in the Legislature, where Democrats now hold supermajorities in both chambers, should propel GOP leaders to examine how to attract minorities and LGBT people, said Torgan. The situation “bodes well not just for us but for some of the Latino Republican groups and Latino business groups,” he said. Looking toward the next round of state races in 2014, the GOP needs to recruit a more diverse group of candidates, said Charles Moran, a gay GOP political consultant who is chairman of California Log Cabin Republicans. “We have to recruit qualified women, people of color, and gays and lesbians who will step up to represent the party. It is not going to be

easy,” said Moran, pointing out that Republicans “got shellacked” in last month’s election in districts where “we shouldn’t.”

Making inroads

Gay candidates have made inroads with party leaders in California, securing backing for their campaigns. But gay GOPers have had less success in recent years with blocking the party’s platform from containing anti-gay stances. One way for Log Cabin to increase its influence is to become chartered by the state GOP. Doing so would provide the gay Republicans with designated seats on the state party central committee. “It is time for us to be full members of the California Republican Party. Some of our members are the most active members of their local parties,” said Mill Valley resident Fred Schein, who was elected last month as president of the San Francisco-based chapter and is an elected member of the Republican county central committee in Marin. In order to be considered for chartership, Log Cabin California has to prove its statewide membership numbers at 200 and has to have established chapters in 10 of the state’s counties. Each chapter has to have at least 10 members, and three of the chapters have to be chartered by their respective Republican county central committees. Log Cabin has established chapters in six California counties, with the San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Los Angeles chapters having local chartered status. The other chapters are located See page 13 >>

Queer Rebels will rock Sunday by Elliot Owen


ueer Rebels Productions, a four-year-old production company that showcases queer artists of color, will be celebrating its most successful year yet Sunday, December 9 at El Rio. Expected to pack the house, the event is doubling as an end-of-the-year company benefit and CD release party for Queer Rebels co-founder and co-director KB Boyce (a.k.a. TuffNStuff, Drag King of the Blues). Boyce, who identifies as Two-Spirit, is notorious for his gripping vocals and jarring guitar skills. Attendees will get to enjoy performances by some of the same artists responsible for selling out the venues of prior Queer Rebels events. Jezebel Delilah X, a dynamic local performance artist and writer, will be emceeing the event between performances by Bay Area burlesque legend The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, punk rock dancer Brontez Purnell, poet Elena Rose, musician Star Amerasu, and slam poetry champion Joshua Merchant in addition to TuffNStuff. This year has been especially important for Queer Rebels. Cofounders Boyce, in his late 40s, and femme-identified Celeste Chan, in her early 30s, launched the company’s first show in 2010. This year they have had six shows including Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, which was featured at the National Queer Arts Festival and most recently, Exploding Lineage, a compilation of 14 experimental films showcased at the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, known as MIX NYC. Over 800 people have seen a Queer Rebels show this year as the company has generated around 20 media articles and, since traveling

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Queer Rebels Productions co-founders Celeste Chan and KB Boyce are hosting a benefit Sunday at El Rio.

to New York, gained national recognition. Boyce and Chan intend to maintain the company’s growth to continue to document and amplify the work of queer artists of color in addition to connecting queer artists of color with each other across generations. “We’ve got this amazing roster of artists and are only expanding,” Chan said. “Some folks have told us that participating in Queer Rebels has been life changing for them, that in their whole performing history they’ve never found such a safe space that’s affirmed so many aspects of their identity.” Not only has it been affirming for the artists participating in Queer Rebels, but for Boyce and Chan, too. Boyce realized early on as a “punk rocker in New York” in addition to being a queer person of color that people like him had little chance of being artistically recognized. “I thought if I had a production company my friends and I would get seen, heard, and respected,”

Boyce said. “And now I finally have one. I’m living my dream with an amazing community.” Event attendees will also be able to see a few short films that were showcased at MIX NYC including a film by Chan herself titled Queer Origins, a mash-up of experimental animation and queer femme performance. “I’m excited to show it,” Chan said. “When you see your communities’ stories through art it can be a lifeline. There’s so much negativity in the world, so much that’s holding us all down. We really want to create something better for our artists, our audiences and everyone. This is who we are and we’re unapologetic.”t El Rio is located at 3158 Mission Street in San Francisco. The event takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is sliding scale $7-$10. No one turned away for lack of funds. The venue is wheelchair accessible and attendees are encouraged to arrive fragrance-free.



December 6-12, 2012 • Bay Area Reporter • 7

Sacto elects first out city council member by Matthew S. Bajko


he news he had been patiently waiting for since Election Day finally came mid-afternoon Friday, November 30. The Sacramento County registrar of voters declared Steve Hansen the winner in a close contest for a Sacramento City Council seat. When he is sworn into office Tuesday, December 11 Hansen will become the first openly LGBT person to serve on the Sacramento council. At age 33, he will also be the youngest person currently serving on the council. After the polls closed November 6 Hansen had a mere 28-vote lead based on the early tally. By last week his margin of victory over his opponent, Planning Commissioner Joseph Yee, had grown to 173 votes. Fittingly, Hansen learned about his breaking through the political lavender ceiling while attending the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund’s Leadership Conference, held this year in Long Beach. “What it means is that Sacramento is continuing to be a progressive, thoughtful city that values its rich diversity. There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come,” said Hansen, a senior regional manager at Genentech. “I don’t think anybody elected me because I was gay. They did so because they liked my ideas.” Yet, for some time now, the LGBT community in the state’s capital has wanted to see one of its own elected to the council. And Hansen drew wide support from LGBT leaders and residents in Sacramento. “What it took was the right person to be the first one,” said former Orange County Assemblyman Dennis Mangers, 72, who came out as gay after leaving the Legislature in 1981 and has remained in Sacramento. Mangers first met Hansen 10 years ago when he hired him for a job with the California Cable and Telecommunications Association. He will co-emcee Hansen’s post swearingin party next week with gay West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “It will be emotional for those of us in the LGBT community here. This is a realization of a dream and we have no lack of confidence he is the right person,” said Mangers. One key to Hansen’s success was his running in a newly created council district centered in downtown Sacramento. For years most of Sacramento’s LGBT residents, centered in downtown neighborhoods, had been carved up into different council districts, weakening their ability to vote as a bloc. When the city redrew council boundaries in 2011, Hansen turned the decennial process to his advantage. He landed a seat on the redistricting committee and helped push through a new map that created a downtown district with many LGBT voters. According to the Sacramento Bee, Hansen’s win marks the first time in 30 years that a downtown resident has been elected to the city council. In an interview with the Bay Area Reporter this week, Hansen acknowledged that the redrawn district helped win him the seat. “People who felt they hadn’t been enfranchised before now had an opportunity to have a voice that could be heard in City Hall,” said Hansen. For now Hansen is keeping quiet

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Sacramento City Councilmanelect Steve Hansen

on what his first priorities will be on the council. He said he wouldn’t disclose any policy proposals until after he his swearing-in ceremony. One idea he will be pushing to implement is the creation of an innovation fund that can be used to incubate new businesses. He is donating his council salary of $61,000 as seed money for the initiative. “The biggest issue facing Sacramento is jobs and the economy,” said Hansen, who will continue working at Genentech as the council position is considered to be parttime. “We have to figure out how to make the city more competitive and regrow jobs we have lost.” Another challenge for the councilman-elect will be proving that he can work collegially with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who did not endorse his candidacy, and his board colleagues. Hansen has been critical about what he sees as a dysfunctional relationship among the city’s leaders and pledged during the campaign to change the tone at City Hall. “I want to work with all my council colleagues. I do,” he said. “I want to build the city up. The only way to do that is to not make it personal and stick to the issues. We have had way too much of the personality politics stuff and getting sidetracked when we have serious problems.” The mayor and his board colleagues have sent him congratulatory messages since Friday, but Hansen has yet to speak with them in person as he is in Washington, D.C. for work this week. He told the B.A.R. that he does differ with Johnson on granting the mayor more power and does not support adopting a strong mayor initiative. “The mayor may have his ideas, but I have not changed my position and I don’t find that to be the conversation our city should be having,” said Hansen.

Out lawmakers given leadership posts

A number of out lawmakers moved into leadership roles this week, both in Sacramento and at the city level. Tuesday night the Campbell City Council elected Vice Mayor Evan Low to serve as mayor and councilman Rich Waterman as the new vice mayor. The council rotates the mayoral seat amongst itself each year, and Low previously served in the role in 2010. Monday the San Diego City Council elected Councilman Todd Gloria as the first openly gay man to be council president. The presi-

dent, whose term lasts 12 months, sets the council’s agendas and presides over its meetings. Also that day returning gay Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (DLos Angeles) announced his new leadership team for the 2013-2014 legislative session. Lesbian San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, elected last month to a second term, is now the majority floor leader. Freshman lesbian Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (DStockton) is chair of the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, a powerful post for the Central Valley lawmaker, while gay Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) now chairs the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee. Gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) will continue to chair the high-profile Public Safety Committee.

Lesbian named acting SF assessor

With the departure this week of Phil Ting, who was sworn in Monday as a freshman state Assemblyman, talk has turned to who will be named San Francisco’s new assessor-recorder. Mayor Ed Lee has the power to fill the vacancy, and speculation has centered on District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu being given the post. Media reports last week indicated that Lee would hold off on appointing Chu until early January as that would guarantee Chu’s board replacement could serve for nearly a decade. If Chu were to leave the board prior to January 9, then her replacement would be capped at serving six years due to the rules governing board vacancies. Special elections for both assessor-recorder and the D4 supervisor seat, should Chu indeed leave the board, would be held on the November 2013 ballot. While the mayor mulls what to do, Ting named his deputy assessorrecorder Zoon Nguyen as acting assessor-recorder. Nguyen, 48, an out lesbian and longtime LGBT rights advocate in San Francisco, is raising two children in the Castro with her partner, Cathy Halligan. It is believed to be the first time an out LGBT person has held the assessor-recorder position. Nguyen, who served on the board of the LGBT Community Center a decade ago, joined Ting’s staff in 2006 as one of his three deputies, serving as the second-in-command. Ting first spoke to her about being acting assessor-recorder after the November 6 election. Asked by the B.A.R. this week if she had spoken to Lee about being appointed to the position full-time, Nguyen responded, “I am so enjoying this honor right now. It is not up to me, it is up to the mayor. It really is the will of the mayor.” Nguyen did say that “at this point,” she has “no plans to run” for election to the position. As for Ting, he was named this week to a top leadership post in the state Assembly. He will serve as the Democratic Caucus Chair in the Legislature’s lower chamber. He is hosting an inauguration reception Friday, December 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in his district office in the Hiram W. Johnson State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, room 3173.t Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http:// Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column reported on a $1 million gift to the AIDS Emergency Fund.

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8 • Bay Area Reporter • December 6-12, 2012

Transcode program trains job seekers for success by Cameron Scott


s software engineers, Adrienne Walker and Naomi Seyfer are used to taking information and turning it into action. The two saw that the tech industry – which is relatively open to job applicants who lack college degrees or don’t fit in socially – was expanding. As transgender people themselves, they knew San Francisco has a sizable population of trans people, who often lack access to education and jobs. So they built a product to help connect trans people with technology jobs. They developed Transcode, a two semester-long computer-programming course that they’re teaching for free, laptops included, at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. The class’s market value is estimated at several thousand dollars per student. “We wanted to create a safe space where we could share our skills and get people more employable,” said Walker, a 33-year-old Google engineer with an easy demeanor and spikey pink hair. Both Walker and Seyfer have graduate degrees in computer science and have worked as college teaching assistants. The two met online several years ago – which isn’t uncommon for programmers – and happened to move to the Bay Area at the same time, about two and a half years ago. “I was tired of the kind of Internet activism that’s all about calling things out and being negative, and I felt like, you know what, I need to build something,” said Seyfer, a 29-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who works at StreamBase systems. Walker knew of a program through which a major tech company donated used laptops to nonprofit organizations. The instructors wanted to ensure that Transcode was accessible for those who couldn’t afford their own laptops, so they looked for a nonprofit sponsor for the class. They found the LGBT center,

Courtesy Adrienne Walker

Transcode co-developer Adrienne Walker

which already hosts a trans employment program that provides help with resume writing and interviewing. With the match made, the instructors and the center put the word out, starting in June at the Trans March and continuing on websites, Twitter feeds, and listservs. “We had a huge turnout and a lot of excitement about the course,” said Clair Farley, the out trans manager of employment services at the center. More than 50 trans and genderqueer people applied. Ultimately, 15 were accepted for the class in the Python programming language that began in early September. Python, which is used for managing the databases that drive the Web, is easier to pick up than many programming languages, Walker said. But it’s still not easy. The class meets twice a week and includes 10 hours of homework a week. Some of the students are struggling; others are “breezing through,” Walker said. “It’s like the standard distribution for a class, which makes us think we’re on the right track,” Walker said. Jamie Gaard, a newly transitioned 24-year-old IT support provider who repairs hardware for a


local nonprofit, is a serious student. Still, she said the material is dense. “It’s ridiculously hard. It’s ballbreakingly hard,” she said goodnaturedly. Although the students have only been asked to commit for one semester, Walker and Seyfer expect to continue Transcode in 2013. By the end of the second part of the course, they say, the students will be able to move into a tech internship or get a promotion. Internships are the bridge to most careers in programming. Gaard hopes she will be able to move on to an internship. “I’d like to have an environment where I have to acquire new skills to progress, which is really the only way to do things and end up getting good at them,” she said. Despite their own career success, the instructors can’t guarantee that the course will result in jobs for the students. But they say the students will at the very least establish a foundation on which to build more programming know-how in the future. “Most of learning and teaching programming is really analytical thinking. It’s like learning a foreign language. Once you understand the grammar, that’s a huge thing,” Walker explained. The center hopes its pioneering trans employment program will make the difference for the students. In addition to providing them help with resumes and cover letters, the center is tapping its employer contacts in an effort to match each student up with a trans mentor already working in the tech industry. “There are trans people working at these organizations,” Farley said of local tech companies. But in the end, the course’s difficulty may be its greatest asset. Technology is sophisticated stuff, and companies struggle to find employees who can keep up. Fortunately, as Seyfer put it, “Software tends to be an industry where what you do is more valued than what you look like.”t

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World Tree of Hope sends message


eff Cotter, founder and president of the Rainbow World Fund, joined origami artist Linda Tomoko Mihara at the lighting of the World Tree of Hope at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday, December 4. The tree contains thousands of origami cranes, each in-

scribed with messages of hope or peace. This is the seventh year that RWF has had the tree in the rotunda, and more cranes are expected to be added as they are received. People can send wishes to



December 6-12, 2012 • Bay Area Reporter • 11

A gain, then losses in sports equality fight by Roger Brigham


hile gays and lesbians across the country wait to see if the issue of their right to marriage equality will be taken up by the wizened heads of the U.S. Supreme Court, the battle for equality in mainstream sports rages on in the background, with several key skirmishes won and lost in the past week. To wit: A step forward was achieved this week when the America East Conference, a 20-sports Division I college conference on the East Coast, announced it would partner in educational efforts with the You Can Play Project, an anti-bullying campaign formed by hockey players and supporters. “This project and partnership provides a great opportunity for America East to make our programs a more safe and respectful place for all student-athletes,” said Bob Corran, a spokesman for the University of Vermont. “By focusing on athletes’ skills, commitment, work ethic, and competitive spirit, we can help eliminate homophobic behavior and attitudes, and challenge the lockerroom culture.” But several steps were taken backward as some officials sank into various states of denial. At Virginia Commonwealth, gay eight-year coach James Finley was fired after his women’s volleyball team had its most successful season ever. He said he believed his firing and a demotion of veteran athletic department staffer Pat Staffer, an out lesbian, by new athletic director Ed McLaughlin were an effort to rid the department of gays and lesbians. The school has declined comment, but Kristin Boyd, a graduating five-year veteran of the program, said McLaughlin sent confusing and disturbing messages when he spoke to the team about the firing. “All of the teammates were very


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over the report. “The AIDS epidemic is silent,” said Dr. Kenneth H. Mayer, medical research director of the Fenway Institute in Boston, in a phone interview. “It may have been horrible for older people, but youth don’t know people who are very sick. They think of AIDS as a disease of old people, and it’s a manageable disease. At least that is the

surprised and some were upset,” Boyd told “We did really well this year, he had no reason to get fired. The AD said he ‘wanted the best for us.’ He’s new here and for him to come in and say that made us uncomfortable. He didn’t even know us. He never came to any of our games – he never did anything, but he went to other people’s games and never went to ours. ... How could he know what’s best for us if he doesn’t know us as a group of girls? He said, ‘We want someone to better represent the school,’ and the coach had never done anything to misrepresent the school – he’s always very appropriate and nice to people, even when people are rude to him. I’ve never seen him in my five years misrepresent the school in any way.” • A.J. Barker, a football player with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, says he won’t be with the team when it plays against Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 28 in Houston, saying he left the squad because of years of mental abuse, including a homophobic slur tossed his way by a team trainer and overheard (unchallenged) by the head coach, Jerry Kill. Barker posted online an open letter to Kill on why he quit. It rambles along in chilling and passionate detail for 4,000 words and paints an unflattering picture of manipulation, abuse, intimidation, exploitation, and betrayal. In other words, every horror story you ever imagined about the worst in scholastic sports. Kill denied to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that any staff member has used any gay slur. Norwood Teague, Minnesota athletic director, said he would talk to Kill about the situation and the allegation, but there would be no discipline. • Rookie linebacker Tank Carder of the Cleveland Browns followed up his dismissive use of the word “faggot” on Twitter with a non-

TV programs look at gay issues in sports

apology apology and the punitive actions the National Football League and the Browns took were ... none. No suspension, no fine, no nothing. “Divisive comments of that nature can only be hurtful to many fans and has no place in the NFL,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Bay Area Reporter. “The Browns made clear to the player that it was unacceptable and he issued a public apology.” If you’re keeping score, that’s one step forward, three steps back in just a week. There are some commonalities that bind those three setbacks together. First, it is clear that for all of their protestations that institutionally the programs do not accept intolerance and want to be inclusive and supportive, strong and useful policies and procedures are either insufficient or nonexistent. VCU: You cannot say you are proactive if on the one hand you say you will investigate and on the other hand you said there will be no sanction. That would imply that even if your athletic director is found to have been purging gays and lesbians, he will not be punished because you have no policy that tells him he cannot discriminate based on sexual identity – or

that if he does discriminate, he will be sanctioned. Minnesota: You’ve been handed what is in effect a 4,000-word allegation of rampant abuse of power and you are saying in advance that it will not result in any punishment. Such willful institutional blindness sheltered the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse fiefdom at Penn State. Do you really want to travel that road? NFL and Cleveland Browns: No offense, but the only thing you’ve made clear is that NFL players need not worry about airing their homophobic prejudices. In this, the NFL lags behind other sports leagues. Similar incidents in the NBA have netted $50,000 fines; in MISL and Major League Baseball, they have earned three-game suspensions. To All: Your expressions of acceptance and support are meaningless if you do not have clear sanctions spelled out in advance and enforced unfalteringly. If you do not believe discrimination can exist when there is nothing on paper that explicitly says it is there, you might want to do a Google search for “baseball” and “gentlemen’s agreement.” You break such barriers not with soft political words of conciliation, but with decisive acts of resolve and finality.

Two local TV programs in upcoming days will focus on LGBT issues in sports. The first is a special one-hour news feature, The Last Frontier, to premier 3 p.m., Saturday, December 8, on NBC. The series of interviews focuses on major men’s professional team sports in the U.S. and includes Rick Welts, the openly gay president of the Golden State Warriors; David Kopay, the first openly gay former NFL player; Cyd Zeigler, president and co-founder; and straight allies Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings punter; Patrick Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers and co-founder of You Can Play Project; and former NFL player Amani Toomer. And, to show that homophobic resistance in sports is not a paranoid fiction, the words of such foes as University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown, who came under fire for speaking out against a non-discrimination ordinance while calling homosexuality a sin, are included. The interviewees offer different viewpoints on what is holding athletes back and their best guesses as to when a male pro athlete will come out, with Ray Ratto, one of the show’s hosts, concluding, “There is no timetable for courage. The sooner the better.” The Last Frontier will rebroadcast on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Monday, December 10 at 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m.; and Monday, December 17, at 8:30 p.m. Show producers said there would be no Internet availability for the show, put a preview is available at The other show will be a segment on Chronicle Live, Monday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m., on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, airing just before the rebroadcast of The Last Frontier. I’ve been asked to appear on the show to talk about some of the obstacles LGBT athletes are facing and what the efforts are to overcome them. That segment will be accessible later on the station’s website.t

youthful perspective.” Mayer is also the director of HIV prevention at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. For African Americans, he said, discrimination, stigma, and homophobia are contributing factors to increased rates of HIV infection. “These youth are very disenfranchised from society,” Mayer explained. “If you are a young black man, you may have been ostracized by your family of birth, experienced racism – so there is a lot go-

ing on in your life.” Other independent factors, he said, that account for HIV infection among young black MSM are poverty, unemployment, being a bottom (receptive in anal intercourse), and having other sexually transmitted diseases. “The economic factors that make more people susceptible to HIV speak to the fact that there is a whole set of structural issues that place young, urban, disenfranchised youth at risk for HIV,” he said.

Indeed, the increased infection rates are worrisome for AIDS activists and service providers. Rebecca Haag, president and CEO of Boston-based AIDS Action Committee, offered an assessment concerning the report’s findings. “The CDC report is quite disturbing, but it doesn’t really tell us anything that we did not already know. Young people, particularly young black and African American gay and bisexual men, are incredibly vulnerable to HIV infection

and more than half of those who are infected with HIV are unaware of it. This is the perfect storm for spreading HIV,” she said. Haag was referring to the results of an earlier study, released this summer during the International AIDS Conference, which showed gay, bisexual, and black men between the ages of 18 to 30 are infected at a rate nearly three times more than whites. The study enrolled more than See page 12 >>

Francisco in 1978. He was a consummate hospitality professional working for HMS Host International from 1979 until 2005, Jamba Juice from 2005 to 2006, and Sodexo from 2006 until last month. Ed had a real zest for life and loved cooking, holiday baking, and sharing his joy of life with others. He was an active participant in the San Francisco leather community. Donations in Ed’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice and condolences can be sent to “I will miss your company” – Ricky Lee Jones

voice. He was a longtime member of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus (since 1991), Singers of the Street, and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Joe brought his gifts to the SFGMC and its ensemble The Lollipop Guild for many years, and more recently to SOS, a choir of San Franciscans affected by homelessness. Although not himself homeless, he offered his talents to get the group up and running. As well as singing, he played guitar and was an accomplished arranger. His choral arrangements have been performed locally, nationally, and as far away as Melbourne, Australia. Joe worked for several companies including IBM, Buck Associates, and Visa before discovering his true love of nursing. In 2002, he went back to school at City College of San Francisco and got his LVN license in 2003. He leaves behind his friends Michael Levy, David Dehner, Jeanne Halloran (his SF Symphony buddy), Herb Westphalen of NYC, Steve Wolf of Seattle, John Sheehan of Las Vegas, Kathleen

McGuire (former director of SFGMC and founder of SOS), Tom Mayer and Luiz Netto of SF, first cousin Mary Stonaker of Boston, brothers Brian (Rosanne) and David (Donna-May), nephews John, Bob, and Jim. Services were held in Reading, PA. Friends plan to hold a memorial in SF, contact for more info.

Friday Drug Paper News that provided safe street drug information to residents and addicts; assisting former Congressman Ron Dellums; and advocating for prisoners’ rights with the American Friends Service Committee. Joann is best known for her compassionate and independent spirit that drew friends and chosen family to her throughout her life. The selfprofessed Purple Queen and Ms. Lady of the Rainbow was an ardent activist throughout her life, advocating for the most marginalized and being a part of many of those communities. A celebration of Joann’s life is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA. Donations can be made to the American Friends Service Committee (Pacific Mountain Region, SF), the Berkeley Free Clinic, Our Family Coalition, or a charity of your choosing.

Virginia Commonwealth women’s volleyball coach James Finley said he was fired because he is gay.

Obituaries >> Edward Howard Colson Jr. November 29, 1953 – November 26, 2012

Edward Howard Colson Jr., a longtime resident of Alameda, California, died November 26, 2012. Edward was born in St. Petersburg, Florida to Edward Howard Colson Sr. and Ezell Elizabeth Colson and passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and friends at the age of 58. He was the lifelong partner of Rome E. Rossi; loving brother of Joyce Colson Ambuehl, Ralph A. Ambuehl, John B. Colson, and Doris A. Colson; uncle to numerous nieces and nephews; and father to his beloved umbrella Cockatoo, Deva. He was supported through his prolonged illness with esophageal cancer by his good friends Brad Corbin and David Brunner. Ed graduated from Northeast Senior High in 1971 and migrated to San

Joe Leary August 3, 1949 – November 15, 2012

Joe left us all too soon, leaving us with memories of his smile, his generosity, kindness, and wonderful singing

Joann Lee June 19, 1940 – October 26, 2012

Berkeley resident Joann Lee died at the age of 72 on October 26, 2012. Joann was born on June 19, 1940 in New York City. She graduated first in her class from Mt. Vernon Hospital School of Nursing in New York and went on to have a rich and diverse professional life which included working for the Berkeley Free Clinic, publishing the

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1,500 black, gay, and bisexual MSM, between 2009 and 2011, from six cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. Mayer was a leader of the study. Haag continued, “The CDC report calls for more communityand school-based interventions to help stop the spread of HIV among young people. We already know that this is what needs to happen. We’ve been doing this work for years and we continue to do it. But it is unconscionable that we do not have comprehensive sexuality education in every school. “Our young people should know everything they need to know about how they can keep themselves safer from HIV infection. In order to end the AIDS epidemic, we need to employ every public health tool available to us to reduce new infections, and that includes educating those vulnerable to infection on ways to keep themselves safer,” Haag added. Overall, an estimated 12,200 new HIV infections in the U.S. occurred in 2010 among young people aged 13-24, with young



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had a permit for social services, but not for sleeping accommodations,” Phillips said in a July interview. She said at the time that they needed a conditional use permit from the Planning Department, as well as permits from the Department of Building Inspection to do the rehabilitation work. In an interview Tuesday, Phillips said they don’t have the permits from those two agencies. “We can’t start that process until we have the funds secured,” she said. “We’re doing some preliminary work to be able to hit the ground running, but until we have the funds, we can’t finish the contractors bidding process.”


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seems to me to be perfectly legitimate in a way that comparing Supervisor Wiener to, say, Attila the Hun, wouldn’t be.” Other opponents of the nudity ban, including out supervisors who voted against it, were critical of the White comparison. “I find these kinds of comments extreme and this kind of character assassination unfortunate and un-



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action then, in essence, the couple would not have to worry about being deported for two years as long as they do not violate any laws. It would provide them some peace of mind that they would not be separated and could seek legal employment. “There is a lot of fear. You don’t know what will happen or maybe you will get deported,” said Cruz. “We just want to live the American dream and own a house.” “And get a driver’s license,” added Cerritos. After the Obama administration announced the deferred action program for those people who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and came to the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday, Cruz and Cerritos turned to the Mission Asset Fund for assistance in paying the $465 application fee. The local nonprofit set up a loan

gay and bisexual men and AfricanAmericans hit harder by HIV than their peers. In 2010, for example, 72 percent of estimated new HIV infections in young people occurred in young men who have sex with men. By race and ethnicity, 57 percent of estimated new infections in this age group were in African Americans. Two data sources were used for HIV testing and risk behavior analysis, including surveys from public school students in grades 9-12 in 11 states (Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington) and nine large urban school districts (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, San Diego, and Seattle). “That so many young people become infected with HIV each year is a preventable tragedy,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden told reporters during a conference call last week to discuss the findings. “All young people can protect their health, avoid contracting and transmitting the virus, and learn their HIV status,” he said. “This is our future generation and the bot-

CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics that call for routine HIV testing of youth in medical settings, the Vital Signs analysis showed that 35 percent of 1824 year olds have been tested for HIV, while only 13 percent of high school students – and 22 percent of sexually experienced students – have ever been tested. “The key here for clinicians is to make it routine,” said Frieden. “It is routine screening just as we screen adults for high cholesterol, we screen people for HIV infection.”

Test then treat Bob Roehr

Dr. Kenneth H. Mayer of the Fenway Institute

tom line is that every month 1,000 youth are becoming infected with HIV.” He added, “HIV, despite the great treatments that we have, remains an incurable infection. And the cost of care of a single patient is approximately $400,000 over their lifetime. That means we are incurring about $400 million in health care costs, and every year $5 billion from preventable infections in youth.” Despite recommendations from

Of course, testing is only the first step to treatment, which can lead to improved patients’ health if they are found to be HIV-positive, as well as prevent them from spreading infection. The phenomenon is known as “treatment cascade,” which Frieden addressed during the conference call. By “improving what we call the treatment cascade, increasing the number and proportion of people whose infection is controlled whose viral load is suppressed, we will reduce the risk for everyone in society,” he said. “That’s a critical goal for us to work with communities, health


care providers, and most importantly with people infected with HIV so they can get the care and services they need to live long and productive lives, be healthy, stay out of the hospital, and not to infect other people.” Furthermore, studies have shown that people who know they are HIVpositive are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex and sharing needles. “We can and must achieve a generation that is free from HIV and AIDS,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the CDC. “It will take a concerted effort at all levels across our nation to empower all young people, especially young gay and bisexual youth, with the tools and resources they need to protect themselves from HIV infection,” he said. An openly gay man, Fenton, who participated in the conference call, is stepping down from his position at the end of the year to return to his native England. He has served as head of the CDC’s HIV/AIDS division for seven years. Currently, an estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV.t

According to Phillips, the Human Services Agency will fund the ongoing costs of operating the shelter, but backers still need to raise about $100,000 to cover rehabilitation costs. She estimated HSA has added $150,000 a year for the operation of the LGBT shelter space “once it’s up and running” to Dolores Street’s existing shelter budget. A call to the city agency wasn’t returned Tuesday. “It’s hard to say” when the space will open, Phillips said, but it will probably be next fall. “The first step is securing the money, and then we have to get the permits and do the construction,” she said, adding, “We think once we start it will take about six to nine months.” Donations can be made online at

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necessary,” said Olague. “While I don’t agree with Supervisor Wiener on this particular issue, I believe the policy arguments opposing this are valid and, in this instance, not necessary to resort to this.” Campos also voiced concern. “Such comments are offensive and completely reprehensible,” he said. “I disagree with Supervisor Wiener but I respect him and his position. It’s simply wrong to try and demonize him. Such comments also do a disservice to both sides of

the issue.” Also taken to task as the debate heated up were statements by supporters of the ban, some of whom posted online comments referring to the nudists as “pasty old trolls,” or questioning why “attractive people” don’t practice public nudism. “The legislation has nothing to do with the physical appearance of the naked guys,” said Wiener. “I couldn’t care less how they look, and in any event, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

He also said that while he respects opposition to legislation he proposes, he encourages people to “stick to their actual arguments against the law rather than personalize this to me.” Some gays also decried the extremism. “We’re living in a world where we’ve been so numbed by hateful rhetoric that people feel they must resort to the extreme just to get attention,” said Leon Acord, a gay man who spends a lot of time in the Castro. Acord told the Bay Area

Reporter that he favors the ban but does not approve of language that denigrates the nudists’ physical appearances. “To me, that just makes the person seem out of touch with reality. If you’re right, you’re position alone should be enough.” Hightower did not respond to the B.A.R.’s email request for statements. On his Facebook page, he called the ban’s passage “a sad day for San Francisco” and vowed to continue fighting the nudity ban through his lawsuit.t

program called Lending Circles for Dreamers. The program gives the immigrant youth a free loan of $310 and also provides them with a 33

cial programs for people who can’t open bank accounts or get credit,” explained Tara Robinson, Mission Asset Fund’s communications and

2, had to obtain letters from police departments in both San Mateo and San Francisco, since he lived in both places, showing that he does not have a criminal record. His folder of materials documenting his nearly three decades of being in the U.S. includes awards he received while in school, such as the plaque he received in 1998 for being named Youth of the Year by the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club Mission Branch, and his diploma from Abraham Lincoln High School. He recently received word by mail from the Department of Homeland Security that it had received his application and payment check. Now Cruz is waiting to be scheduled for a biometrics appointment, which is the next step in the process. Cerritos’s application has been delayed since he could not locate his birth certificate. He contacted relatives in Honduras to ask them to obtain a copy of it, and it is now “in transit.”

“It’s being mailed from Honduras, so he’ll soon be able to apply,” Cruz wrote in an email this week. As of early November close to 60 youth had enrolled in Mission Asset Fund’s lending circles program. About five had already been approved for deferred action, and another 43 had submitted their applications. Once their applications are granted, Cerritos and Cruz hope to find stable employment. “I’ll probably be working,” said Cerritos when asked what he hoped his life would be like by this time next year. “I’d like to be managing my own store and going to night school,” said Cruz. “My kids will be here so I will probably be driving.” Mission Asset Fund is trying to raise $20,000 for its lending circles program and has collected more than $1,000 toward its goal. To donate, visit dreamers.t

The news about the shelter comes as a gay state lawmaker proposes recognizing homeless people’s rights, and the first anniversary of the death of a homeless man in the Castro neighborhood approaches. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (DSan Francisco) introduced Assembly Bill 5, the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act, Monday, December 3, the first day of the new legislative session. “Current local laws on urban camping, sleeping, loitering, and even sitting and lying down, in reality, are often attacks on the homeless, who have few safe options on where to go,” said a statement from Ammiano. “We need to stop criminalizing the behavior of people who have nowhere

“There is a lot of fear. You don’t know what will happen or maybe you will get deported.” – Edgar Cruz percent charitable match that reduces the cost of applying for deferred action by $155. Those Dreamers accepted into the program are required to pay between $31 and $62 each month to the lending circle until they pay off the $310 interest-free loan. Not only does it help them pay the fee but it also allows them to build up credit scores. “We provide affordable finan-

development director. “For folks applying for deferred action $465 is a big barrier if they can’t legally work or have a family with kids.” The process of applying for deferred action is onerous, with applicants having to send in binders of paperwork and documentation to prove they meet the program’s criteria for acceptance. Cruz, who sent in his application November

else to turn,” Ammiano stated. “People who are in need of mental health services or who have lost their jobs and their homes are being told, ‘Move along or go to jail.’ The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights begins to give us a framework for appropriate approaches to protecting our communities and those who are vulnerable.” According to Ammiano’s office, the act would protect the right “to use public spaces, keep personal property and engage in life-sustaining activities,” as well as guarantee people “the right to legal counsel to defend themselves from prosecution.”

Homeless man remembered

Pedro Villamore Jr., 44, a homeless man who’d been living with AIDS, died D ecember 8, 2011 in a doorway near 536 Castro Street. Friends and family had tried to help

him, but he had apparently struggled with drug use. “I think about him all the time,” said David Kilgore, who was once Villamore’s partner and remained friends with him after they broke up. “... I’ll see people who look like him or dress like him in the Castro. He loved San Francisco, so he just really thrived here. He loved being here, and being out. Whenever we walked down in the Castro, you could walk there with him, and he always stopped and had to hug any number of people going through.” Kilgore said Villamore “knew a lot of people” in the neighborhood. The medical examiner’s report of Villamore’s death was still pending as of Thursday, November 29, but police have said there were no signs of foul play.t


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Russia strikes back at gays after U.N. issues recommendations by Heather Cassell


n a defiant move Russian authorities placed a federal so-called homosexual propaganda bill on the Russian State Duma’s calendar to be considered for a first reading on December 19. The move comes just days after two United Nations committees issued recommendations to Russia and were critical of the country’s failure to protect gays and other vulnerable communities. The calendar item was approved by the Duma, Russia’s Parliament, according to a Russian LGBT Network news release November 29. The Novosibirsk region’s legislative assembly submitted the proposed federal legislation, entitled, “On Amendments to the Code of Russian Federation of Administrative Offences” to the Duma in March. The law includes the proposed ban on “propaganda of homosexualism.” LGBT Network representatives pointed out that the Duma’s legal department provided a “negative opinion” about the bill, stating that it needs “further discussion and refinement.” The proposal also didn’t define homosexuality. If passed, the law would impose fines for any public display of homosexuality among minors. Effectively the law would gag LGBT activists from speaking publicly about LGBT issues and hosting events. Ryazan was the first region to pass similar legislation in 2006. Arkhan-


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Stonewall holiday party

With several of its endorsed candidates winning election this year, along with the re-election of President Barack Obama and marriage equality victories in several states, there will be a lot to celebrate at the Stonewall East Bay Democratic Club’s annual holiday party, set for Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Faz Restaurant, 1111 Broadway in downtown Oakland. The predominately LGBT Democratic club will also celebrate the election of Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) to the U.S. Senate and the Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the California Legislature. The reception will feature refreshments, a no-host bar, and a DJ. There is no cost to attend thanks to



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in San Diego, Riverside, Orange County, and Sacramento. It is looking at setting up new chapters in San Bernardino, Marin, Ventura, and Alameda counties, as well as in the Central Valley. “For our organization over the next couple of years, we have to be focused on capacity building,” said Scott Schmidt, a former president of Log Cabin’s L.A. chapter. “We need

gelsk and Kostroma followed suit, instituting similar anti-gay laws in 2011. St. Petersburg did so this year. Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993. Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the LGBT Network, urged the deputies of the Duma to have some “common sense” and not to “discredit” themselves by adopting this “absolutely senseless” law. “One year of application of such laws in the regions have shown that, in practice, they are used to persecute dissidents, not to protect the children,” Kochetkov said in a statement. Locally, LGBTs and allies held a protest outside of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco November 30 that was organized by the Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party. Activists are concerned about the clampdown on free expression and imprisonment and torture of anyone speaking out against the state. They also fear the rise of neoNazi groups and a regime that is unofficially endorsing hate-groups by its lack of action when members of these groups attack LGBT and other left-wing gatherings and go unpunished. “We are reaching out along with others who are speaking out against abuses of human rights, homophobia and dissident crackdown that is happening,” said Toni Mendicino, 44, who is also a member of Radical Women. Bob Price, a 53-year-old gay activist with the Freedom Socialist Party, called Russia’s record on gay rights “abysmal.”

sponsors the Milo Group and Recology, club officials noted. Monetary donations for the Lavender Seniors lunch program will be collected. All are welcome and Stonewall members are encouraged to bring a friend. RSVP by email to or the East Bay Stonewall Facebook page.

AHF opens men’s wellness center in Oakland

The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation marked World AIDS Day by opening its 11th men’s wellness center in the country in Oakland. The site is designed to make screening for sexually transmitted diseases accessible and affordable, as well as promote sexual health as part of routine health care for all sexually active people. The center, a specialized clinic in the Oakland Out of the Closet thrift store, 238 E. 18th Street near Lake Merritt, offers STD screenings as well as HIV testing. It will be open Mondays and Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. “We are pleased to be opening this latest AHF men’s wellness center in the Oakland area, offering free and low-cost services to the community,” Dale Gluth,

to be making sure our chapters here in California are strong and standing on their own.” Heading up that effort will be Dan Brown, who stepped down last month as president of the San Francisco chapter but remains as vice chair of the statewide Log Cabin board. He expects to focus first on setting up a new chapter in Fresno to serve the southern counties of the Central Valley. “Obviously, there are a lot of Republicans there. The Fresno and

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Bob Price, a gay activist with the Freedom Socialist Party, demonstrated for queer rights outside of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco last week.

“Gays are just getting pilloried whenever they want to have a march or celebrate gay Pride. They are just being vilified. This has to stop,” Price said. The protesters were also supporting members of the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, who were charged with “hooliganism” for their protest song against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow Cathedral in August. Two members of the band are serving a two-year sentence. The third member of the trio was released after an appeal. The U.N. action occurred November 23 when the Committee Against Torture and the Human Rights Committee both condemned Russia’s lack of protection for and attacks on the country’s LGBT community and other vulnerable communities. The Committee Against Torture

issued a series of recommendations while the Human Rights Committee made a landmark ruling against “homosexual propaganda.” Georgy Matyushkin, head of the Russian delegation, denied that Russian authorities discriminate against LGBT individuals when he was questioned about specific events by members of the committee on November 12, according to Polina Savchenko of LGBT Organization Coming Out. The committee didn’t buy it and issued a series of recommendations to be implemented and reported on in four years. They include gathering data on hate crimes and subsequent cases and court decisions and public education campaigns and police cultural sensitivity training about LGBT individuals. Russian LGBT rights advocates, along with allied groups, also submitted a joint report detailing human rights violations against LGBT individuals and other people. The report was backed up by a year of negative publicity in global media highlighting a series of crackdowns at anti-LGBT events and anti-gay violence in Russia. Russian LGBT activists are asking people to join in protests online and in the streets and to contact Russian authorities to speak out against the proposed Federal Anti-Homosexuality Bill. To speak out against the bill, send a photo or video “I’m against article 6.31.1” in English or Russian to and circulate on social media.

Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill is poised for debate

Uganda’s so-called Kill the Gays bill

remained stuck on the “notice of business to follow” ledger in Parliament and unchanged from its 2009 version as members of Parliament resumed business on December 4. The world was left on edge over the proposal, formally the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2012, late last week when Speaker Rebecca Kadaga issued a recess calling for an investigation into the behavior of some members over the Public Finance Bill of 2012, said LGBT Ugandan activists. “Our take is that our Parliament is going to debate it any day,” said Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda during a November 28 press call with All Out, a global LGBT human rights organization. Mugisha and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, founder and executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), who was also on the call, believed that the committee has played a bit of wordplay with the death penalty clause. They believe the clause has been struck and replaced with a reference to Article 129 of Uganda’s penal code, which only calls for the death penalty for the defilement of girls under the age of 18. The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee report hasn’t been released to date, according to activists. Parliament goes on holiday December 14, but the bill could be picked up in January if Parliament goes on recess without debating it, said Mugisha.t Got international LGBT news tips? Call or send them to Heather Cassell at 00+1-415-2213541, Skype: heather.cassell, or:

Two men robbed in Castro

In other World AIDS Day news, Kaiser Permanente has announced that it has awarded $750,000 to 10 northern California organizations offering HIV/AIDS education, prevention, testing, and connections to care. Most of the agencies receiving grants are located in the Bay Area. Each agency will receive a

one-year grant of $75,000. “One in five people infected with HIV is unaware of his or her status,” said Michael Allerton, operations and policy practice leader, infectious diseases, at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. “Kaiser Permanente is proud to support this commitment to our communities by promoting organizations that are reaching out in innovative ways to populations most at risk for HIV to educate them about HIV and AIDS and encourage them to get tested.” In San Francisco, grants were awarded to the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center and the Black Coalition on AIDS. In Oakland, agencies include the California Prevention and Education Project, Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Disease, the HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County, and Lifelong Medical Care. Tri-City Health Center in Fremont received a grant, as did Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, which serves Antioch, Richmond, San Francisco, and Vallejo. The Center for AIDS Research, Education, and Services in Sacramento received a grant, as did San Joaquin County Public Health Services in Manteca.

Modesto area has a decent size LGBT population as well,” said Brown. Depending on how the expansion effort goes, Log Cabin’s first chance to seek being chartered will be at the state party’s March convention. Its success could provide insight for the party’s future, said Brown. “In some ways our success will be indicative of how successful the party is going to be. If we can’t reach out to these areas, it is going to be difficult for the party to do it,” said Brown, who helped to revive the San Fran-

cisco Log Cabin chapter several years ago. As Brown’s successor, Schein hopes to continue to bolster the chapter’s ranks. It currently has 31 members, some who live as far as Santa Cruz or in Contra Costa County. “It has been growing slowly but steadily the last two years. I would like to see that continue,” said Schein, 72, who is also vice president of SAGA North, the LGBT ski and snowboarding club. Seeing Log Cabin members elected

to public office in the Bay Area remains another top priority. To date it has been an elusive goal, as Democrats have strong electoral advantages in most local cities. “To my knowledge Jason is the first openly gay Republican to run for any office in this city. We feel that is a real turning point in the political history in this city,” said Schein. “We have to look at what offices or positions come open. We would always be on alert for an opening that we might be able to field a candidate for.”t

AHF associate regional director, said in a news release. “Our hope is that by offering these services in a friendly, non-threatening venue that is also accessible and affordable, more people in the East Bay will consider health screenings a regular part of their health maintenance – like going to the gym and getting a yearly check-up at the dentist. There is effective treatment for most STDs, so it truly is better to know your status – for your health and for the health of your partner or partners.” The most recent Alameda County STD statistics show 7,132 chlamydia cases and 1,952 gonorrhea cases were reported and diagnosed. Notably, there is often a significant correlation of HIV infection reported alongside other STDs, AHF officials stated. For more information about AHF, visit

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Two men armed with guns robbed two other men early Saturday morning, December 1 in the Castro neighborhood. According to a San Francisco Police Department summary, the 1:30 a.m. incident occurred at Castro and 18th streets just after two men, ages 20 and 41, had gotten out of their car. The suspects approached, demanded the victims’ property, pistol-whipped one of the men, and forced the victims back into their vehicle. They drove for two blocks before the suspects got out and fled on foot, according to the summary. Police indicated the men made off with the victims’ wallets and cellphones. At least one of the victims was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police didn’t provide detailed description of the suspects. There had been no arrests as of Monday morning, December 3. Anyone with information in the case may call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to 847411 and type SFPD, then the message. The case number is 120 969 312.t Seth Hemmelgarn contributed to this report.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DAVID’S DELI & BISTRO, 468 Geary St., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Geary Street Restaurant Group Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/01/12.

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Legal Notices>> FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034710000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE CITY KITCHEN; THE CITY KITCHENETTE. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed The City Kitchen LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/08/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034705000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ARROZ DOCE, 301 Main St. #22B, SF, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Arroz Doce 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 11/07/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034711900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SIMPLY PARKING LLC, 80 Hemlock St., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Simply Parking 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 11/09/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034714100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TAGCK - MISSION, 2400 Harrison St., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Project Cheese 2 LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/09/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/13/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 SUMMONS SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, 222 E. WEBER AVE., STOCKTON, CA 95202 CASE NUMBER: 39-2012-00286630-CU-PA-STK Notice to Defendant: ARMANDO CATANYAG; DOES 1 to 10 You are being sued by plaintiff: BRANDON SERPA The name, address, and telephone number of the plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: MARK V. CONNOLLY, CONNOLLY LAW BUILDING, 121 E. 11th ST., TRACY, CA 95376 NOTICE: You have been sued. The court may decide against you without being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be court forms that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo., your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www., the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ( selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000.or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. Date: Sep 07, 2012; Rosa Junqueiro, Clerk; Theresa Carleton, Deputy; NOTICE TO PERSON BEING SERVED: You are served as an individual defendant. STATEMENT OF DAMAGES (Personal Injury or Wrongful Death) To: ARMANDO CATANYAG Plaintiff: BRANDON SERPA seeks damages in the above-entitled action, as follows: 1. General Damages a. Pain, suffering, and inconvenience $100,000.00 b. Emotional distress $50,000.00 2. Special Damages a. Medical expenses to date $25,000.00 Date: Oct 18, 2012; signed Mark V. Connolly

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 11/05/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: GOURMET & MORE STORE INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 141 Gough St., SF, CA 94102-5919. Type of license applied for

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034718400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WINDSOR OWENS CONSULTING, 3271 20th St. #A, SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Windsor Owens. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/10/07. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/14/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034719800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HEWN, 101 Henry Adams St. #480, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Jak Home LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/15/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034716900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRAYLINE, Pier 41, SF, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Evergreen Trails, Inc. (WA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/13/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/14/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034716700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HORIZON COACH LINES & SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING, 300 Toland St., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Evergreen Trails, Inc. (WA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/13/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/14/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034716800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRAYLINE, Pier 39, SF, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Evergreen Trails, Inc. (WA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/13/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/14/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034726200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SIT STAY SF, 48 Woodward, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Althea Karwowski. 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 11/19/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 11/20/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: 1401 POLK STREET, INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1401 Polk St., SF, CA 94109-4615. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE EATING PLACE NOV 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 11/16/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 2001 Market St., SF, CA 94114-1316. Type of license applied for





The following person(s) is/are doing business as: F & O ENERGY, 3300 Cesar Chavez St., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Feven Woldyohans & Osman Galato. 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 11/19/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RICKYBOBBY, 400 Haight St., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Short Attention Span Kitchen 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 11/16/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BAYCREST CLEANERS, 201 Harrison St. #C2, SF, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed What Happened LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/20/12.



The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOLDEN MONTH MOTHERCARE, 605 Chenery St., SF, CA 94131. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed JoAnn W. Bennett & Marnie McCurdy. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/26/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ASYA POGODINA PSYCHOTHERAPY, 2645 Ocean Ave. #206, SF, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Asya Pogodina. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/03/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/03/12.



NOV 29, DEC 6, 13, 20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034695800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TEA ROOTS, 48 Shotwell St., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Tea Party Magazine 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 11/02/12.

NOV 29, DEC 6, 13, 20, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034731700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SUBART, 654 Mission St., SF, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SPUR (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 11/21/12.

NOV 29, DEC 6, 13, 20, 2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 11/30/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: CATHEADS BBQ AND COUNTRY COOKIN LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1665 Folsom St., SF, CA 94103-3722. Type of license applied for

41 – ON SALE BEER & WINE – EATING PLACE DEC 6, 13, 20, 2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 11/14/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: NEWTREE AMERICA INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 16 Jessie St., SF, CA 941052782. Type of license applied for

41 – ON SALE BEER & WINE – EATING PLACE DEC 6, 13, 20, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC12549115 In the matter of the application of: ELSA F. LANTIER for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ELSA FRANCOISE LANTIER is requesting that the name ELSA FRANCOISE LANTIER be changed to ELSA LANTIER LUNDY. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 22nd of January 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034741300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ABELEY, 3 Bayside Village Pl. #317, SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Yixuan Ma. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/18/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/28/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034745500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WRJ TRAVEL BUSINESS COMPANY, 983 Major Ave., Hayward, CA 94542. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Ruijian Wang. 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 11/30/12.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF SHUTTLE, 126 Cambridge St., SF, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Yat Guang Zhang. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/26/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/26/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AVENUEWEST SAN FRANCISCO, 2525 Van Ness Ave. #207, SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed AvenueWest Denver Inc. (CO). 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 11/14/12.



The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FINEVINTAGECLOTHING.COM, 2140 25th St., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Cynthia J. Anderson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/26/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/26/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: IMPACT CARBON, 47 Kearny St. #600, SF, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Center For Entrepreneurship In International Health And Development (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/27/07. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/30/12.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FIRST EAGLE DELIVERY, 1725 Silver Ave., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Silvia Arteaga, Thalita Elias, Adelcio Pontes, Esperanza Reyes, Iraci Silva, and Leonardo Torres. 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 11/28/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034740700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: JAG PROPERTIES PARTNERSHIP, 4536-40 Mission St., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Anton Jaber & Janette Jaber. 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 11/28/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034739800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 2M CREATIVE, LLC, 360 Langton St. #201, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed 2M Creative LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/28/2012. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/28/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034742600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PMK CONSTRUCTION LLC, 2722 Folsom St., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed PMK Construction 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 11/29/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034752100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE LIQUID GARDEN; INTRINSIC EVENTS AND DESIGN. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Thomas Murphy. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/03/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034707300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NOBLETON MARKETING GROUP, 2136 Larkin St., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Saralynn Elizabeth Reece. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/08/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034748400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NATE FONG PHOTOGRAPHY, 280 19th Ave., SF, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Nathan Fong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/03/12.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034740100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE GENIUS OF MARIAN, 90 Mirabel Ave., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed WeOwnTV (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/28/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/28/12.

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The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: GREENWAY 420, 965 Mission St. #212, SF, CA 94103. This business was conducted by a limited liability company and signed by Greenway Professional Support Services LLC (CA). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/09/11.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-030906900 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: 2M CREATIVE, 360 Langton St. #201, SF, CA 94103. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by Mehdi Sadeghi Anvarian. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/07/08.

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 SUMMONS SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ALAMEDA NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: EDWARD BALUYUT AKA EDWARD N. BAYULUT AKA E. BAYULUT, AN INDIVIDUAL AND DOES 1 THROUGH 50, INCLUSIVE YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: UNITED GUARANTY RESIDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA, A NORTH CAROLINA CORPORATION CASE NO. HG12620354 Notice: You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ( your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www., the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ( selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is : HAYWARD HALL OF JUSTICE, 24405 AMADOR ST., HAYWARD, CA 94544, UNLIMITED CIVIL The name, address, and telephone number of the plantiff’s attorney, or plantiff without an attorney, is:

BRUCE A. HATKOFF, SBN 66146, BRUCE A. HATKOFF, A LAW CORPORATION, 18757 BURBANK BLVD. SUITE 100, TARZANA, CA 91356. Date: Mar 08, 2012; Received: Clerk of the Court PAT S. SWEETEN, by Pilipino Jungohan, Deputy.

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Vol. 42 • No. 49 • December 6-12, 2012

Belgian gay coming-of-age tale

Director Bavo Defurne on making ‘North Sea Texas’ by David Lamble


erhaps no one knows more about the pure exhilaration of a first kiss with a gorgeous, dark-haired lad with the softest lips than a lonely, lovesick gay boy growing up along a desolate stretch of beach. My favorite snapshot of Harvey Milk dates back to a summer day in 1956. The lanky, former Navy Seal is cuddling with a dreamy kid named Joe on the beach at Jacob Riis Park in Far Rockaway, Queens. This scene didn’t make it into either Milk movie, although it’s the only moment from the hero’s life that would have really helped this lonely, then-12-year-old gay boy. All these years later, someone has finally made my gay-boy beach movie, shooting it, curiously enough, along Belgium’s North Sea coast. North Sea Texas opens on the face of an 8-year-old blonde urchin who’s been taken for his birthday to what Belgians refer to as a “fun fair.” The boy, Pim, is watching a group of grown-ups a few feet away when suddenly he runs over to a tall, dark stranger, and leaps into his arms. The man is neither his daddy nor his brother, nor his future lover. Zoltan, a tattooed gypsy, is the kind of slightly older, godlike creature who can inspire a happy swoon in an eight-year-old just discovering the magnetic pull of his own sex. In the next frame Pim has invaded his mom’s bedroom and uncovered the treasures of her adolescence: a fake gold crown and the red sash of a beauty-contest queen. The boy throws open the window and, bowing to an unseen admiring throng outside, declares that he is their queen. He’s caught in his reverie by his now-plump, middle-aged mom, who smiles with embarrassment. “Pim, come downstairs, boy. Mama is not angry.” The Belgium “New Wave” continues to lap onto our screens. Writer/director Bavo Defurne reworks the classic comingof-age tale to reveal the cruel fate of a young boy, tucked away in an isolated seacoast community in the early 1970s, who finds his true love at 15, only to have it rudely ripped away by the fickle fate of his chum’s belief that he’s outgrown their backyard wrestling. Pim (Ben Van den Heuvel, as the younger boy, morphs into the gorgeous teen Jelle Florizoone), a sheltered and parentally See page 23 >>


Director Bavo Defurne (right) on the set of North Sea Texas.

What’s up at the galleries this month?

“Cloud Nine” (2012), oil on panel by Isabel Samaras.

by Sura Wood


ith the exception of Christmas week, Art never sleeps in the city. Whether you’d like to take a break from the madness of holiday shopping or simply escape the onslaught of relatives who have descended on your house this month, here are a few places to take a breather and imbibe some culture. Varnish Fine Art: Isabel Samaras: Making a Better Yesterday Today Like any self-respecting, card-carrying Pop surrealist, Bay Area painter Samaras combines the familiar and the strange in uncanny ways, though many of the dozen or so large-scale oil paintings in her solo exhibition here are just plain strange. For starters, take the creature with the naked torso of the overexposed Kate Moss and the haunches of a faun standing on the

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edge of a forest; “The Abduction of the Simian Women,” an odd group portrait straight out of a Planet of the Apes reboot; or the ungainly red blob of a monster with black-and-white-striped leggings and a dumb-ass expression in “The Assumption of Pigmon.” Samaras, a child of pop culture, extracts characters from old TV shows and movies, and inserts them into reconfigured narratives (imagine the crew of Gilligan’s Island in a parallel universe), while taking us on a mind-bending magical mystery tour of art history from Renaissance art, the Dutch masters and Middle Eastern miniatures to Victorian ethnography. Women in her paintings have the airbrushed, uber voluptuousness of Vargas girls like the nude Barbara Eden look-alike in her I Dream of See page 22 >>

<< Out There

18 • Bay Area Reporter • December 6-12, 2012

San Francisco is celebration central


by Roberto Friedman


o it seems we’re already smackdab in the thick of the holiday season. Out There has been celebrating with a swank press lunch, attendance at a seasonal cabaret, and some exciting news about a holiday-related entertainment. This last bit up first. “Thank you for sharing New Year’s with me in the past!” exclaimed comedian Marga Gomez digitally. “This year I’m headlining in a new location, Brava Theater. Last year I tried not working on New Year’s Eve and injured my knee, requiring a little surgery. It seems the safest place for me on this occasion is the stage. “Pippi Lovestocking will be just one of my co-stars. I’m also excited because the folks at Brava are keeping the bar open and hiring a celebrity DJ all night so we can countdown New Year’s and dance, just like they do in the movies!” What in tarnation is Marga talking about? It’s Brava’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta with Marga Gomez and Funny Lady Friends, a benefit

Photo: Rick Gerharter

Photo: David Wilson

Seen through an interior aperture in the swank, Chinoiserie-inflected space of the new restaurant Hakkasan San Francisco.

Brava’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta with Marga Gomez and Funny Lady Friends will feature comics Aundre the Wonderwoman (left) and headliner Gomez at the Brava Theater Center.

for Brava Theater Center in SF. Gomez headlines, with featured comics Aundre the Wonderwoman, Pippi Lovestocking, Lydia Popovich and Eloisa Bravo, coming up on Mon., Dec. 31, at 9 p.m., followed by a

Countdown Party with cocktails, snacks, DJ, free champagne at Midnight, and dancing until 1 a.m., at Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., SF. Tickets (starting at $30): www. or (415) 641-7657. Now that we have all the relevant information, let’s continue with the digital schmooze. Out There: Oh Marga, we so missed you last New Year’s Eve! Marga Gomez: Yes, the story about my last New Year’s Eve is true. I was trying a Dancing with the Stars dance move at a party and tore my meniscus, and I was on crutches on and off for two months after surgery. I promised myself if my knee got better, I would never ever take off another New Year’s Eve. OK, Ms. Gomez, and we’re going to hold you to it!

Laddies who lunch

Our glamorous press lunch transpired at Hakkasan San Francisco, which opened this past week on the second floor of the iconic One Kearny building in downtown San Francisco, offering modern Cantonese cuisine including dim sum, wine and sake flights, late-night dining, and the Ling Ling lounge. Hakkasan is a global enterprise, with restaurants in such hot spots as London, Mumbai and Dubai. San Francisco

is their first West Coast outpost, although they’re also opening soon in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The main dining area offers a view of bustling Market and Geary Sts. through soaring arched windows punctuated by latticed “cages.” The room centers on a 25-seat V-shaped bar in cool blue light; two private dining rooms; the main dining area, enclosed in those latticed “cages” filled with Chinese screens; and the 50-seat Ling Ling, a signature feature reflecting the old-school decadence of Chinoiserie. The prominent materials in the space are stone, glass, steel, dark stained oak, Calcutta marble, colored mirrors, silks and embroidered leather. Out There was seated at the round banquet table in a private dining room with the Hakkasan team, including COO Didier Souillat and general manager Amgad Wahba. The lunch started with a Hakka steamed dim sum platter from Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon, crispy duck salad and Jasmine tea-smoked beef short rib. Then the table’s lazy Susan filled up with stir-fry monkfish in spicy black bean sauce, braised cuttlefish, black truffle roasted duck, braised pork belly in aged vinegar sauce, stir-fry lobster in sweet and spicy sauce with cashew nut, lotus root, asparagus and lily bulb with black pepper, and egg and scallion fried rice. Libations included refreshing champagne and a nicely decanted Napa cabernet. Dessert was an exotic fruit platter, a yummy PB&J sundae, coconut pudding and macarons. The interesting thing about being served on a lazy Susan is that you’re always engaged in a sort of lowgrade tug-of-war with the diners seated directly opposite you. As the

Susan spins right and left, dishes go sailing by, and the food bloggers at positions of 3 and 9 o’clock attempt to freeze the luncheon’s forward momentum for long enough time to snap away at their food pics. Our staff photographer Rick Gerharter, seated to our left, was civilized enough to take his pictures before lunch was served. Table manners are ever so important.

That’s entertainment!

The holiday-time cabaret show we attended was none other than B.A.R. society columnist Donna Sachet’s annual Songs of the Season showcase, benefiting the AIDS Emergency Fund, held at the downtown boite Rrazz Room ensconced in the Hotel Nikko. It was one show-bizzy set after another, with stand-out performances from singer-songwriter Matt Alber – doing a sort of Rufus Wainwright turn at the piano, except with enunciation – and the eternal showstopper Sharon McNight, who bracketed a highly amusing Christmas in Modesto number with a pithy observation about the late unlamented Ronald Reagan: “Now they want a Reagan stamp? He killed my friends!” Donna herself was in rare form and effected many costume changes, and in fact her perennial put-on-ashow extravaganza, now in its 20th year, has already received beaucoup advances and bounteous promo publicity from many publications, glossy and otherwise. So it would be redundant to read it all again here. OT was in fine company, surrounded by B.A.R. personnel like Queen Cougar, Michael Yamashita, Jim Provenzano, Matthew S. Bajko, Thomas E. Horn and others. During some numbers our plucky plus one Pepi was transported back to his storied boyhood in Las Vegas. We gave him the corner seat so he could stretch out his legs, plagued as he has long been with a torn meniscus (see Gomez, Marga, above).

Claude alley

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Hakkasan San Francisco’s signature crispy duck salad with pomelo, pine nut and shallot.

There was an understandable error in writer Tavo Amador’s holiday book round-up “Stocking Stuffers Between Covers” in our last issue. Writing about author Claude Izner, Amador wrote, “Izner knows the period and the city, which he recreates beautifully.” But, reader Paul Schmidtberger informs us, Claude Izner is actually a woman! “In fact, she’s two women, sisters who write under the pseudonym Claude Izner. Here in France, Claude can be either a woman’s name or a man’s name. Former president Jacques Chirac’s daughter is named Claude. “I’ve met the sisters Liliane and Laurence, and they are truly wonderful. I’m delighted to see their work featured in the B.A.R.!”t



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Chemistry experiment by Richard Dodds

cent undermines his Anglo pedigree. Zachary Isen plays the flamboyantly gay director much as you would expect. Finally, there’s Marty, in an invitingly go-with-the-flow performance by Robert Kittler, who shows Rory how to accept affection. Slugs and Kicks, opening a new Rhino season, has a kind of dichot-


henever college kid Rory feels a little bit blue, he takes solace in the wisdom passed down by sages past. Like Jerry Herman. “Where’s that boy with the bugle?” he wonders after one of his numerous missteps in the minefield of sexual self-discovery. Or Merrill and Styne. “I’m the greatest star,” he sings to bolster himself after a lousy acting exercise. But don’t get any wrong ideas. “I am not gay,” Rory directly tells the audience despite his showtune self-medication. “This is a gay play,” he says a few moments later, “and everybody expects me to come out at the end.” No spoiler alert is necessary to report that the answer to that question is an unequivocal yes and no. This is the world of Slugs and Kicks, a new comedy by Theatre Rhino Executive Director John Fisher, who has staged its premiere at Thick House. It’s a world of a considerably lighter tone and socioimport than many of his previous plays with such titles as Ishi: The Last of the Yahi and Barebacking: A Sex Panic Comedy. The new play, inspired by Fisher’s confusing college years at Berkeley in the 1980s, is an amiable and lightweight flutter down a memory lane often paved with absurdist steppingstones. For the characters involved, however, every budding romance, sexual stirring, and amorous rejection carries far more dramatic weight than anything presented in the drama department where, even in this refuge for outliers, Rory can’t quite fit in. He doesn’t seem to be a very good actor, unable to break from an emotional shell that holds all offers of physical contact at bay. Meanwhile, romances do spin around him, as partners change and reconfigure. Rory, in fact, is an object of desire, by the alcoholic

omy as one of Fisher’s most personally revealing plays and one of his least dramatically significant. It’s Fun 101.t Slugs and Kicks will run at Thick House through Dec. 9. Tickets are $15-$30. Call (800) 838-3006 or go to

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Ben Calabrese, left, plays a sexually confused college student who learns some life lessons from an eternally stoned buddy (Robert Kittler) in John Fisher’s Slugs and Kicks, which opens a new Theatre Rhino season.

raging queen who cast him in a play so as to screw him, and by the college girl with whom he platonically shares an apartment. When Rory rejects her vagina, she weepily offers up her anus, figuring a different point of entry will make the difference. Fisher’s ability to throw us off comic kilter with flashes of sexual shock helps keep the play from becoming a series of scenes of campus hijinks. When an actress is not creating credible heat for her onstage lover, the swishbuckling director offers her this note: “Treat him like he’s the first guy you’ve ever blown and swallowed.” But some jokes seem uncharacteristically lame. A reference to Bo Derek elicits a response from one of the straight characters

that he likes girls named after oil drills. And an audition scene from Fall of the House of Usher leads to wordplay confusion involving “utter” and “udder.” But the multi-scene play on the unit set scampers along agreeably, and while some dark memories are evoked from a couple of the characters, they are not dwelled upon. Ben Calabrese certainly inhabits the adorable persona the others project upon him, and Alexandra Izdebski creates a striking, powerful presence as his sexually frustrated roommate. Asali Echols has the right slightly dense amiability for a girl with a big heart, and Nicholas Trengove displays bicepuality, as in swoony pumped-up guns, but an effortful English ac-

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Missionary position


by Richard Dodds


f you’ve watched South Park with any regularity, you pretty much know that the Church of Scientology won’t be buying any ad time on the show. It’s not that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are picking on Scientology, at least not exclusively, but there was a fuss when Scientologist Isaac Hayes quit the cast because of the cartoon’s L. Ron irreverence. You could have easily expected a few tremors from the Latter Day Saints when Parker and Stone announced a musical unambiguously titled The Book of Mormon, but a very strange thing has happened. Flip through the musical’s Playbill, and there are a series of fullpage ads featuring happy faces with quotes like, “You’ve seen the play, now read the book.” We’re not talking Broadway libretto here, but rather the sacred text published in 1930 by Joseph Smith. Then just aim your smart phone at the QR Code at the bottom of the ads and be whisked off to a virtual Salt Lake City. Mormon leaders would have had to have their heads stuck deep in the Utah sands if they weren’t a little bit nervous when the project was announced; more likely, they were lining up lawyers before deciding instead to buy ad space. In trying to figure out how this mutual enabling of seemingly opposing forces could take place, you begin to see why the musical The Book of Mormon has found favor with such broad-based audiences. A musical that was really about Mormonism, be it pro, con, or neutral, would not have tickets selling on StubHub for nearly $1,000 a piece to the sold-out run at the Curran. The Book of Mormon uses the iconography of beaming young missionaries in short-sleeved white shirts and hair by Vitalis, already culturally dissonant in at least 49 of the 50 states, and then sends them to Uganda, where they can only seem more ridiculous, irrelevant, and dangerously clumsy. But then it lets them become heroes by, on the fly, rewriting their own scripture and disarming villains with blind enthusiasm. This is a feel-good musical despite invoking, among other topics, AIDS, rape, pedophilia, and genital mutilation. In South Park, Parker and Stone have poked their fingers in the eyes of all manner of popular culture – their wonderful Mormon episode of affection-coated ridicule presaged the current show – and the musical theater has often been among

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Phyre Hawkins, left, dons a Lion King costume to help prepare two Mormon missionaries (Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner) before they embark to Uganda in The Book of Mormon at the Curran Theatre.

their satirical touch points. They have brought aboard Tony-winning Robert Lopez to assist them with the book, music, and lyrics, and Lopez won his award for the Avenue Q score that made savvy thrusts into the musical canon. With The Book of Mormon, the thrusts go deeper, but, as is always the case with good musical parody, the songs are entertaining in their own right. “Hasa Diga Eebowai” unabashedly evokes the don’tworry-be-happy uplift of “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King, and the Mormon missionaries happily sing along with their tribal hosts until they learn what the words actually mean. Oops. And then the musical’s creators verify that their Broadway influences run deep, mirroring “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” from The King and I as the Ugandans proudly present to visiting Mormon dignitaries their skewed version (thanks to the malleable missionaries) of Mormon history in “Joseph Smith American Moses.” Oops again. To co-direct the musical with Parker, Casey Nicholaw was a wise choice, because his prior Broadway credits also involve such musicaltheater mashups as Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone. Nicholaw is also the choreographer, and his dance steps usually come with a wink and a nudge, whether it’s allAmerican song-and-dance or er-

satz tribal celebrations. My favorite musical moment comes when Kendoll-pretty Elder Price so stuns a group of armed rebels with his naive enthusiasm that they end up joining him in the uplifting anthem “I Believe,” as he sneaks in the lyric, “And I believe that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people.” Gavin Creel finds much humor in the whitewashed Elder Price, whose dream missionary destination was Orlando. Price is horrified not only that his destination is Uganda, but that his partner is an anti-Ken, the nerdy Elder Cunningham played with fine comic instincts by Jared Gertner. Samantha Marie Ware is both gorgeous and charismatic as Nabulungi, a young tribal woman who has caught Elder Cunningham’s eye even though he chronically mispronounces her name (Noxzema, Neutrogena, Nordstrom). Elder Cunningham also helps her keep her clitoris, which is not a laughing matter. But the irreverent procedures taken to get there are fun, so add one saved clitoris to the feel-good ingredients that make up The Book of Mormon.t The Book of Mormon will run at the Curran Theatre through Dec. 30. The engagement is officially sold out, but a pre-show ticket lottery will be held prior to each performance. Details at www.

Comedy for a very Jewish Christmas

by David-Elijah Nahmod


ung Pao Kosher Comedy is an antidote to what to do for Christmas if you’re Jewish,” said Lisa Geduldig, creator of the nowannual comedy extravaganza. This year’s Kosher Comedy show takes place Dec. 22-25 at the New Asia Restaurant, 722 Pacific St. in San Francisco. “There’s an age-old connection between Jews and Chinese food because the food is plentiful and you eat in a family setting,” Geduldig observed. This year marks the 20th anniversary performance of Kung Pao. Geduldig, a lesbian, explained how the seeds for the show were planted. “In 1993, I was booked to perform in Massachusetts at the Peking Garden Club. I thought it was a comedy club, but it was a restaurant. I thought it was ironic that I was telling Jewish jokes in a Chinese restaurant.” The first performance of Kung

Photo: Kent Taylor

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy producer Lisa Geduldig.

Pao, on Dec. 24 of that same year, not only sold out, but saw 200 people turned away. “The show kept growing and growing,” Gedul-

dig recalled. “In 1997, we got Henny Youngman. He died of pneumonia within two months – I was later accused of killing him.” Geduldig fell into comedy by accident. “I came to San Francisco for three weeks 30 years ago, and never left. I was ‘best woman’ at a wedding, so I made a tongue-in-cheek speech about how I met the couple. I was asked where I performed – I had always been the wise-ass in school, making other kids laugh at the teacher’s expense. A few weeks later, I saw a sign for a stand-up comedy class. I took the class, then started performing at El Rio, Josie’s Cabaret and Juice Joint, and then I started producing.” What can audiences expect at Kung Pao? “Since I’m gay, and since it’s San Francisco, I try to have other gay comedians. There is a gay element to it, and an educational element to it, because not everyone is See next page >>



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Monique faux real by Paul Parish


ook at her: she has ardor!” She really does. This is perhaps the finest performance I’ve seen all year, by any artist in any medium. We’re talking about the performance artist Monique Jenkinson, also known as the drag artist Fauxnique, Miss Trannyshack 2003, and one of the most thoughtful, intelligent modern dancers in town, who’s on show right now in her astonishing solo Instrument, which opened last weekend at the hole-inthe-wall theater Counterpulse and runs through this weekend. I recommend it with all my heart. Jenkinson is quoting one of the teachers who taught her ballet as a child, in one of the many tiny episodes that make up her current one-woman show. It may not be for everybody – it touched all my touchstones and reduced me to tears; but my touchstones are embedded in my very odd life, and I can’t say how it will work for others. I have asked around, though, and every dancer I’ve talked to has been impressed by the power of her performance. She doesn’t do anything unnecessary – in Counterpulse’s white box of a space, the only color is her pale Caucasian skin, the many layers of black tights (which she’s constantly stripping away, down to bare breasts at one point), and her red hair. Though everything she does is concrete and specific, and some of it is very awkward, it’s the resonance of it all that hurried away my soul. Instrument is a show with an idea – I’d paraphrase it as, “Dance is one of those things you do in order to find out why you do it.” The show has a format like a cabaret act’s. One little number succeeds another, each one showing a different facet of a dancer’s life, with maximum contrast of mood and tempo in the sequence, but a profound through-


Kosher Comedy

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‘hip.’ I ask people to keep it relatively clean so you can bring Grandma and the kids, but I do get raunchy when I perform at El Rio.” This year’s Kung Pao line-up includes Judy Gold, herself an out lesbian. She offered her own observations as to why a Chinese restaurant was the perfect venue to see Jewish comics on Christmas. “We are always outsiders,” Gold observed. “We, as Jews, are familyoriented, with the big meals. Plus, the Chinese don’t cook with dairy, they don’t mix milk and meat [one of the Kosher dietary laws]. So the pork is kosher – the Chinese Jew up their food! Jews love Chinese food.” Gold’s set will definitely appeal to family audiences, she said. “I talk

line that holds it all together. Some numbers are monologues, most are dances, each one having its own costume and obeying its own aesthetic rules with rigor, but with absolute control of the tone in the pacing, so that an hour and more go by without ever releasing you from her kind and tender care. This is entertainment in its most literal sense – she holds your attention all evening and never offers anything that is not worthy. Jenkinson has been artist-inresidence at the de Young Museum for the past year. She has used her time there to study the de Young’s ongoing exhibit of the relics of Rudolf Nureyev – his costumes, the videos of performances, papers. Rudolf Nureyev, a Life in Dance runs well into next year. Instrument is a meditation on how she herself, a Gen X American, identifies with a cold-war defector (Nureyev “leapt to freedom” in 1961, before the Cuban missile crisis) who, by the time she actually saw him perform – in 1990, when she was 19 – was decades beyond his sell-by date, a nightmare to look at. “Why are you doing this?” she had to ask. “Why are you doing this to us?” Pregnant pause. “He was dying. I didn’t understand then. I understand now.” Many of the numbers are postmodern in affect—the bare-breasted bit is a phantasmagoric distortion of the Shades scene from the classic ballet La Bayadere. Its tone is completely ambiguous, and there is no hint of prurience.

Old school

But the bulk of the episodes are schooling exercises, many of them recognizable by any dancer, and many of them going back through many generations of teachers. There’s pirouette practice, en dehors and en dedans. There are the exercises for the face, which mimic the terrifying expressions about my family and my Jewish mother. No one in my family minds, except my older son. But when your mom is a comedian, this is what happens”. Gold tells us that her kids didn’t want to be seen with her at Pick-ABagel in New York. “But I was wearing sweat pants, so they had reason to be embarrassed.” Kung Pao has grown considerably from the one-night event it was when Geduldig began it all those years ago. “We must be doing something right,” she said. “Twenty years running, and we get 2-3,000 people every year. We get big-name comedians, and it’s expanded beyond a Jewish audience. It’s like a big Bar Mitzvah.”t Tickets (Cocktails plus show, $44; dinner plus show, $64): (925) 8551986 or

Photo: Lesley Bohm

Comedian Judy Gold: “Jews love Chinese food.”

Photo: Michelle Blioux

Monique Jenkinson in her astonishing solo piece Instrument.

of Hiroshige’s samurai (and would doubtless come in handy for a drag queen’s more tragic moments). There’s the endless series of tendus

“in the eight directions,” to which she counts in Russian, “Ras, dva, tri, chteri,” as her first Eastern European teachers (back in a suburb

of Denver) did, and of course as Nureyev himself did when he was trying to catch up after a very late start in the boondocks of Central Asia. There’s the exquisite series of 60-odd feminine poses (“head is like scent of violets over left shoulder”), counted off 1-42 (once she reaches 42, which is her own age, she continues like Jack Benny to number each succeeding one “42.”) Many of these exercises go back hundreds of years. It’s a sign of her modesty and devotion to her art that she shows us these exercises with the most valuable corrections her teachers gave her (“Let me see you move from your breast-bones! Thank you! I feel I know you so much better now!”) And in the face of much scorn of ballet from performance theorists, it’s wonderful to see Jenkinson show such gratitude to the teachers who showed her how to begin to develop her own talent. It’s fitting that Instrument closes with a révérence – the classic last exercise of a ballet class, in which you practice the art of thanking your audience, without whom there would have been no point to all this.t

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Midwestern meditations by Jim Piechota

Advice for Lovers by Julian Talamantez Brolaski; City Lights Books, $13.95 When We Become Weavers, edited by Kate Lynn Hibbard; Among the Leaves, edited by Raymond Luczak; both Squares & Rebels Books, $14.95


oetry, for some, is the one thing that provides sustenance to the soul. To others, the simple act of

reading words in precious formation soothes an aching heart or a troubled mind. Here are three newer books of poetry, all excellent examples of how the form makes reading and language such universal pleasures. Julian Talamantez Brolaski, a prolific Brooklyn-based editor, poet, and country musician, offers his Advice for Lovers in a diminutive book with power, scope, and dedication to sexuality and “Love, that god among goddesses.” It’s divided into categories called Advices

and Nudisms, and inspired by Ancient Roman poet Ovid’s instructional elegy Ars Amatoria. There’s much to gush over, and a few audacious poems that may threaten a swarthy sexpot with red-faced embarrassment. With the brevity of a few short lines, Brolaski counsels on subjects like transforming an imaginary fascination into an actual lover (“He looks like a linebacker but he runs like a deer”), feigning courtesy (“The mouth’s agog but the coach is not ready”), addressing your lover through lush Latin phrasing, or having sex with the risk of bruising: “your guns blazing to fuck me on the Grykysshe sea/ One leg toward Russia, the other Galilee.” The Nudisms section plays on classical naughty bits of sexuality, and draws heavily on Greek mythology. The push and pull of ambiguous sexuality felt by one in the public eye is best represented in Brolaski’s “Ricky Martin on Homosexuality,” who advises, “When it comes to love, you cannot pull a whip on your own self.” The rough sex in “Fuck Me Harder” complements the phrasing in “Nautitorium,” where “merely waking should release some part of me usually closed for the construction.” This is the latest in locally-based publisher City Lights’ Spotlight Poetry Series, prime fodder for the introspective who enjoy books that add spice to the prose of adult idolatry. The Midwestern voices in the two new books of Minneapolis,

MN’s Squares and Rebels Press’ latest queer poetry series are diverse, and make for entertaining reading. Collections of works by queer female and male poets, both books offer unique perspectives on their experiences of what it means to be LGBTQ and living in the Midwest. Many of the lesbian poets in



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Jeannie mode, sitting on a purple bed with the head of a fetching nubile companion resting on her thigh. Steel yourself. It’s a heady brew. Through Dec. 22. Rena Bransten Gallery: Hung Liu: Happy and Gay Drawing on her heritage for paintings that evoke the mutability of cultural memory, Oakland-based, Chineseborn Hung Liu’s life and art have been profoundly shaped by Chinese history. She spent 36 years in her native country, growing up under the thumb of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, which dispatched her to the countryside and four years of hard labor in the fields as part of her “reeducation.” Diluting her paint with linseed oil and dripping it onto the canvas, the past seems to dissolve away, lending her imagery the blurry distortion of distant

When We Become Weavers contribute several works. Standouts include Duluth, MN native Sheila Packa’s five poems that reflect on the power of the female voice as “my lovely hunter”; and Julie Gard’s brilliant “Ticks,” damning the blood-suckers while alluding to how we rush to categorize others: “They have never harmed you, but you prosecute based on intent.” Jennifer-River Eller’s “Trans*Love” deliberates on the hesitation in seeking affection and sex between two transgendered lovers. In Natalie Byers’ “Rumors,” at a birthday party in a gay bar, a woman accidentally outs herself as bisexual, and ends up dancing alone “with the speaker.” The gay male counterpart of the series, Among the Leaves is just as impressive. Editor Raymond Luczak has done impressive spadework in compiling these voices and detailing a part of the country that is a true homeland to these men. Scott Wiggerman’s high school verse about a much-loved boy named Randy is a sweet song of forbidden passion. Whittier Strong’s poignant “The Cabin” reflects on a brutal Minnesota winter and the toll it takes on a dilapidated dwelling and a girl equally at the mercy of the elements of life. Elsewhere, there’s Jim Stewart’s sexy snowplow men, shirtless summers, and lusty picnics, and themes of Midwestern seasons. If you don’t know the Midwest, become acquainted through these fine poetry collections written by men and women who’ve lived and love it there.t

memory. For her latest show, she once again returns to her childhood with a cluster of oil paintings that comment, ironically, on the illustrated primers of her youth. These small graphic novels were propaganda tools promoting heroism and the joys of manual labor, glorifying soldiers, families, workers and all of the “happy and gay” villagers merrily toiling on behalf of the good of the nation. The show is, in part, a tribute to the countless artists forced to sublimate their individual vision to the demands of the regime, and harness their creative energies in the service of the state. Keep your eye out for a retrospective of Hung’s work at OMCA this spring. Through Jan. 12. www. Robert Tat Gallery: Pictorialism: The Photograph Becomes Art The Pictorial movement, which peaked in the early 20th century, declined after 1920 and faded out See page 27 >>

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“St. Gustav and Arch Angel” (1924), detail, vintage silver print by Anne W. Brigman, in Pictorialism: The Photograph Becomes Art.


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Drama queens rule by Tim Pfaff


he title for her new CD Drama Queens (Virgin Classics) was Joyce DiDonato’s idea, yet it’s entirely possible that the CD’s brilliance owes to the fact that she’s not one. A famously collegial, ensemble-oriented musician, she works at the farthest extreme from the temperamental diva whose name sells tickets but whose hauteur burns holes in colleagues’ patience. The principal way DiDonato’s temperament manifests, I’m assured, is through her funny bone – whence, methinks, the CD’s title. It’s hard to think of the last American singer so universally loved and rightly admired on the international opera circuit. She’s currently touring this material – by composers from the 17th and 18th centuries as wellknown as Monteverdi and Handel and as little-known as Giovanni Porta and Geminiano Giacomelli, historically from Cesti to Haydn – as part of an ongoing project she considers the most important thing she’s done in her career. Contrast it with the increasingly mad “projects” of her elder, once-as-genuine colleague Cecilia Bartoli, and you see from another angle how authentic an artist DiDonato is. Crowds are going wild, and all the right people are talking “concert of the year” and “CD of the year.” Who, really, can even say with authority that this is DiDonato’s best recording, when all the ones before it, and now this one too, are as good as it gets. It’s yet another socko collaboration with out early-music maestro Alan Curtis and his ensemble, Il Complesso Barocco, and musical sparks fly as they always have with this pair. The one item they’ve recorded together previously – and the only item on the new disc spotlighting a character who is not an actual queen, princess, or empress (the sorceress Alcina, Handel’s drama queen without peer) – is telling. A hair faster here than in their 2009 recording of the complete opera, the performance recorded here is neither better nor in any measurable way “deeper”; it’s just freer. Predictably, imperious rage and bitter indignation are prominent among the emotions expressed by the real royals in the 13 arias/ scenes on the disc, but these queens are not worms first, monarchs second. They’re real women caught in predicaments of life at its most extreme, and with DiDonato’s searching exploration of their feelings, they are all finally, if not initially, sympathetic. Drama Queens is meant to knock your socks off, and it wastes no time getting down to business. The opening number, from Giuseppe Orlan-


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Joyce DiDonato: a famously collegial, ensemble-oriented artist.

dini’s Berenice, finds that queen in a typical Baroque state of mind, “tossed like a ship on stormy seas,” and DiDonato rides the roulades of dizzying coloratura spectacularly – not a hint of aspiration in any of the endless runs – but having the “extra” to breathe character into “voi, si.” When Berenice returns in the disc’s penultimate track, wrestling with suicide (without seeming the least depressed), the spitfire runs are back, this time with an almost venomous defiance. The energy frequently reaches such dizzying heights on this disc, but the arias are programmed for variety, too. Not surprisingly, the numbers that stick to the ribs and bring you back for more are the ones within which there is a broad range of emotion, often turning on a dime. And it’s not surprising that the best of those are by the best composers represented here, Monteverdi and Handel. After hearing an aria from Octavia in the dumps from a 1705 opera of that name by Reinhard Kaiser – accompanied by five bassoons – Curtis steers us to the Ottavia of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, an opera he has lived with the whole of his professional life. The constantly shifting feeling, extraordinary music, and complete union of word and note he draws out of DiDonato in “Disprezzata regina” make it the disc’s single greatest achievement. The somber, low-string continuo

sound out of which her voice steals in the first measures gave me a chill the likes of which I hadn’t felt since a one-off Gergiev Otello Act IV at the Met, when the low strings were so full of dread I shuddered. All that follows is alive to the moment and all but unbearable in its force and immediacy. The stanza about the “unhappy female sex” having given birth to a “man-child” – “we suckle the cruel torturer who will flay us and bleed us to death” – makes your blood run cold. Please, next, a DiDonato Penelope in a Curtis-led Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Having just immersed himself in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for his first-ever recording of it, Curtis once again leads DiDonato sagely into soprano territory for the disc’s other peak, Cleopatra’s “Piangero la sorte mia.” She’s sort of the dramatic obverse of Ottavia, who has her Cleopatra-ish Poppea to rail about, and DiDonato sidesteps every false, minxish cliché about this legendary queen to give us a woman in all her archetypal complexity, yet unmistakably individual.t

North Sea Texas

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neglected lad, spends much of his spare time caught up in cross-dressing reveries involving his often absent mom’s wardrobe and jewelry. Defurne places his story in a sumptuously photographed setting that resembles some seaside Oz. Particularly striking is the Texas roadhouse bar from which the film derives its geographically paradoxical title. Faithful followers of Frameline’s world-class queer-boy shorts programs will recognize the singular style of Dutch-speaking Belgian filmmaker Defurne, whose largely dialogue-free dreamscapes – Saint, Sailor, Campfire – have fueled a desire to see what he could do with a full-length feature canvas. A crisis which completely up-ended See page 29 >>

Jelle Florizoone and Mathias Vergels in a scene from director Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas.

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The Family Stone @ The Rrazz Room Founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, with new members, performs their popular R&B hits. $40-$45. 8pm. Also Dec 7, 8pm; Dec 8, 7pm & 9:30pm; Dec 9, 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Nuttin' sweeter by Jim Provenzano


he Nutcracker is not my favorite ballet. Perhaps having performed in two mediocre Midwestern productions as a dancerly youth may have altered my take on it (I’m more a Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring type, if you didn’t already know). Yet, like fruitcake and powdered sugar cookies, The Nutcracker is a sweet holiday constant. Fortunately we have a feast of Nutcrackers (more than half a dozen, actually), beginning with the one that decades ago started the holiday trend. San Francisco Ballet’s production (see photo above) is the mother of all modern Nutcrackers, and Mark Morris’ post-modern classic The Hard Nut doesn’t open until December 14 (at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Theatre). Several other productions range from witty to wistful, sincere to silly. Dig in, enjoy the sweet steps, and submit to holiday cheer. Oh, and if you’re truly nutty for Nutcrackers, vote for your favorite edition on Gold Star’s website:

Author/editor of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life signs copies of his new design book. 10% of proceeds benefit the LGBT Center. 6pm-8pm. 2133 Fillmore St.

Monique Jenkinson @ CounterPulse Dancer-performer, aka Fauxnique, performs Instrument, a solo created by three local choreographers – Chris Black, Miguel Gutierrez and Amy Seiwert. (Adult themes) $20-$30. Thu-Sun 8pm. Thru Dec 9. 1310 Mission St. at 9th. 626-2060.

Mundo Maya @ Galeria de la Raza Exhibit celebrating Mayan culture, with works by Latino/Mayan youth. Reception Dec 6, 6pm-8pm. Thru dec 29. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 8268009.

Olympians Festival @ Exit Theater

Fri 7: San Francisco Ballet @ War Mem. Opera House

Enjoy a baker’s dozen of commissioned plays both serious and funny, about various gods, goddesses, and prominent characters from ancient Greek literature. $10. Most shows 8pm. Thru Dec 20. 156 Eddy St.

The acclaimed dance company performs Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. $20-$165. 7pm. Tue-Sun 2pm & 7pm. Additional times. LGBT Nite Out Dec 14, 7pm. Thru Dec 28. 301 Van Ness Ave. 865-2000.

Pictorialism @ Robert Tat Gallery

Sat 8: Dance-Along Nutcracker @ YBCA

Sat 8: City Ballet School @ Palace of Fine Arts Theater

Jonathan Adler @ Ja San Francisco

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performs their annual fun-filled kid-friendly participatory concert of Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet music, with a contemporary edge; this year, a Hollywood theme. $16-$50. Matinee 2:30pm. Gala with cocktails, reception and Gail Wilson and City Swing performing; Dec 8 at 7pm. Also Dec 9 at 1pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. at 3rd. 978-2787.

Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, as choreographed by Galina Alexandrova (formerly of Bolshoi and SF Ballet) and Yuri Zhukov (formerly of Kirov and SF Ballet) performed by student dancers. $25-$35. 2pm & 7pm. Also dec 9 at 2pm. 3301 Lyon St. 392-4400.

Pictorialism: The Photograph Becomes Art, a new exhibit of historic prints that visualize the posed, artistic aspect of early art photographers (Alfred Stieglitz, Imogen Cunningham and many others). Thru Feb 23. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. (first Thursdays til 7:30pm). 49 Geary St. Suite 410. 7811122.

Fri 7 Adrianna Bozzi @ Magnet Opening reception for an exhibit of bold male nudes by the Argentinian painter; she’ll also be creating a new work with a live nude model. 8pm-10pm. Thru Dec. 4122 18th St.

Fernando Reyes @ Nieto Fine Art Opening reception for an exhibit of the artist’s colorful figure studies and drawings. 6pm-8pm. Thru Jan 7. 565 Sutter St. 393-4511.

Hella Gay All-Stars @ Stagewerx Theatre Comedy night with straight and gay comedians Charlie Ballard, Kate Willett, Loren Kraut, Shanti Charan, Casey Ley and Sandra Risser. $5. 7:30pm. 18+. 446 Valencia St.

Holiday Sale @ Creativity Explored Exhibit and sale of new beautifully charming artwork made by local developmentally challeneged adults. Extended hours thru Dec 23: Mon/Tue 10am-3pm. Wed-Fri til 7pm. Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108.

Sat 8: Marin Ballet @ Veterans’ Auditorium Classical ballet school and company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Julia Adam. $22-$40. 1pm & 7pm. Dec 9, 1pm & 5pm. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Thu 6 Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, a benefit for Northern California Family Dog Rescue featuring Marga Gomez, Liz Grant, David Nguyen, and Emily Van Dyke. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.

Sat 8: Nutcracker Sweets @ Southside Theater Mark Foehringer’s fourth annual production of his mirthful contemporary ballet take on the Tchaikovsky ballet, with a live abbreviated score (50 minutes). $25. Also Dec 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23. Sun 11am & 2pm; Sat also 4pm. Fort Mason Center, Landmark Bldg. D, 3rd floor. Marina Blvd at Buchanan.

Representing Queer People @ GLBT History Museum Views from Bay Area Photographers, Artists, Writers, a panel discussion with David Sweet and Richard May ( Ginger Snaps ), Justin Hall ( No Straight Lines: 40 Years of Queer Comics ), photographer Mark I. Chester and poet/moderator Baruch Porras-Hernandez, 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107.

In the Family @ Opera Plaza Cinema Patrick Wang’s engaging film about the fate of the son of two gay men, and a family custody battle. Dec 7, 7pm post-screening Q&A with the director, moderated by H.P. Mendoza ( Colma, the Musical ). Other screenings at various times. 601 Van Ness Ave. 267-4893.

Kitka @ Various Locales Fantastic multi-harmonic women’s vocal ensemble performs Eastern European folk and holiday-themed “Wintersongs.” $15$35. Dec 7, 8pm at St. Paul’s Church, 114 Monecito Ave., Oakland. Dec 8, 8pm at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF. Dec 9, 5pm, Community Sing at Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland.

Pal Joey @ Eureka Theatre 42nd Street Moon’s production of the classic Rodgers & Hart musical (with book by John O’Hara) about a charming “heel” with big plans to make it in the Chicago nightclub scene. $25-$75. Wed 7pm. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm.

Thru Dec. 16. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre New local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s popular transgender rock operetta, with multiple actor-singers perfoming the lead (Arturo Galster, John Lewis, James Mayagoitia, Ste Fishell, Nikkie Arias, Nicole Julien, Anastasia Bonaccorso, and CC Sheldon). $25-$35. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Thru Jan 26. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227.

Slugs and Kicks @ Thick House Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of John Fisher’s backstage comedy about a young gay actor and his theatrical friends (closeted and otherwise). $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 9. 1695 18th St. at Arkansas. (800) 838-3006.

The Submission @ New Conservatory Theatre Jeff Talbot’s sharp play explores racism, affirmative-action and bias in the theatre world, when a white gay writer submits a play about life in the projects, and hires an African American actress to pretend to be the playwright. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 16. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Market, lower level. 861-8972.

Various Films @ Castro Theatre Dec 7: Midnites for Maniacs presents Bring It On (7:30), Hairspray (9:30) and Kickboxer (11:30). Dec 8 & 9: Samsara (astounding world images in a feast of a documentary). Dec 11: Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of San Francisco. (7pm). Dec 12: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie in 3D. Dec 13: Wake in Fright (‘70s cult exploitation flick in the Aussie Outback). $8.50-$11.50. 429 Castro St.

We Three Queens @ Café Flore Kylie Minono, Raquela and Tweaka Turner present a drag show fundraiser for Mama’s Family Toy Drive, with Gypsy Love, Kippy Marks, Bebe Sweetbriar, Phoenix Normand, Garza and many more. Donations. 9:30pm. 2298 Market St.

The White Snake @ Berkeley Rep Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s ( Argonautika, Arabian Nights) visually stunning mystical drama based on a Chinese legend of romance and magical powers. $22-$99. Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 8pm. Wed 7pm. Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Extended thru Dec 30. Special events thru run. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Woyzeck @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley Shotgun Players’ production of Robert Wilson’s re-conceived musical revision of Georg Buchner’s stage play, with music and lyrcis by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan; a tragic tale about a soldier who returns home to find his girl is having an affair. $25-$35. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Jan 27. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-6500.

Sat 8 Holiday Party @ Veterans Building San Francisco Veterans For Peace Chapter 69 and Bob Basker Post 315 cohost a luauthemed holiday party with live entertainment, a roasted pig and other potluck buffet specialties. 3pm-cocktails, 4pm buffet, 5pm awards ceremony. 401 Van Ness Ave., Room 223.

Brendan James @ Hotel Utah Charleston-based singer-songwriter, whose latest single, “Nothin’ But Love” focuses on marriage equality, performs live as part of his West Coast tour. Brian Jarvis and Lara Johnson open. $12-$15. 9pm. 500 4th St.

Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws: Gay San Francisco @ SF Public Library Thomas Alleman’s exhibit of fascinating new large-print photos from San Francisco’s mid-1980s gay community, from the onslaught of AIDS to nightlife and arts celebrations. Exhibit thru Feb 10, 2013. Jewitt Gallery, lower level, 100 Larkin St. at Grove.


Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo @ SF MOMA Two exhibits of the American artists’ works. Thru Feb 3. Also, Paul Klee’s Circus, Alessandro Pessoli, and other works and ongoing Modern art exhibits. Free-$18. 151 3rd St. at Mission. Thu-Tue 11am5:45pm (8:45 Thursdays). 357-4000.

Peter and the Wolf @ Davies Hall Actor John Lithgow narrates The Bandshell Next to the Zoo, and the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra performs the classic Prokofiev symphonic adaptation of the folk tale. $15-$57 (half price for kids 17 and under). 1pm & 4pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000.

Sam Rosenthal @ Wicked Grounds, Good Vibrations Author of the new erotic novel Rye (and musician in the indie band Black Tape For a Blue Girl) discusses his book’s polyamorous themes. 5pm, 289 8th St. Also Dec 9, 7pm at Good Vibrations, 603 Valencia St at 17th. 522-5460.

San Francisco Boys Chorus @ St. Dominic’s Cathedral Winter concert features Renaissance and Christmas-themed choral music, and Ariel Ramirez’ uplifting contemporary Navidad Nuestra. $20. 2:30pm. Also Dec 15, 8pm at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St at Grand, Oakland. 861-7464.

SF Hiking Club @ Angel Island Join GLBT hikers for an 8-mile hike around Angel Island and to the summit of Mt. Livermore, including brief breaks and informative historical talks. The hike will include both woodland and chaparral with numerous view opportunities. Meet at Blue & Gold Ferry ticket booth at Pier 39 at 9am. 596-1304.

Will & Anthony Nunziata @ The Rrazz Room Singing brother duo performs “Christmas in Italy.” $40. 3pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Xavier MTW @ Glamarama Foucault at the Food Co., a whimsical visual story exhibit by a new local gay artist, at the fab hair salon. Thru Jan. 5, 2013. 304 Valencia St.

Sun 9 Connie Champagne @ The Rrazz Room The local chanteuse returns as Judy Garland in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” $32.50. 4pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

David Barnett @ Castro Country Club Exhibit of landscape and pet paintings by the local gay artist. Sales benefit the artist and the CCC; pet portrait commissions also available. Exhibit through Jan 18. 4058 18th St.

Home for the Alcoholidaze @ Martuni’s It’s a comic belt-athon, with powerhouse singers Leanna Borghesi, Tyler Kent and Cara Burgoyne; Joe Wicht accompanies, at the intimate martini bar. $5. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Peter Gallagher @ The Venetian Room Broadway, TV and film star performs his acclaimed cabaret show, Songs and Stories From an Actor’s Life. $40-$47. 7pm. The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. 927-INFO.

Toy Drive @ Club 1220, Walnut Creek Enjoy food, drinks, a raffle auction, sexy Santa Michael Brandon, elf gogo dancers, Holotta Tymes and holiday fun! Bring an unwrapped new toy for a kid! $5 and up. 4pm-11pm. 1220 Pine St., Walnut Creek.

Mon 10 Comedy Returns @ El Rio Dan St. Paul, Yayne Abeba, Kurt Weitzmann, Justin Lucas, and Lisa Geduldig perform stand-up at the monthly fun night. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. 522-3737.


Out&About >>

Chanticleer @ Various Churches The Grammy-winning men’s a cappella vocal ensemble performs Christmasthemed Gregorian chants and historic music. $30-$65. Also Dec 10, 8pm at First Congregational Church, SF. Dec 14, 8:15pm at Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland. More dates thru Dec. (800) 407-1400.

Colors of Christmas @ Davies Hall Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Bil-

lyDavid, Jr., James Ingram and Stephanie Mills perform pop, R&B hits and Christmas favorites with the San Francisco Symphony. $15-$88. 8pm. Also Dec 11 & 12 at 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000.

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104 David Perry’s talk show about LGBT people and issues. This week, Perry interviews Terry Baum, performer and playwright, and Hollywood celebrity and movie blogger Jason LeRoy. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm.

The Marvelous Wonderettes. See Sat 8.

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Tue 11 The Drag Show @ Various Channels Stu Smith’s weekly LGBT variety show features local talents, and not just drag artistes. Channels 29 & 76 on Comcast; 99 on AT&T and 30 on Astound.

Franc D’Ambrosio, Jeri Sager @ The Rrazz Room Broadway musical theatre stars share a concert of classic songs. $35-$40. Dec 1114, 8pm. Dec 15, 9pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Play Fair @ GLBT History Museum Play Fair! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Make Sex Safer, an exhibit of safe sex promotional efforts. Also, For Love and Community: Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Take Action 1960-1990s, an exhibit organized by queer and transgender Asian Pacific Islanders. Mon-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107.

Wed 12 Caminos Flamencos @ ODC Theater


Sugar & spice

ome more holiday-themed or simply cheerful events should tempt your cultural sweet tooth:

Thu 6: Drag Queens on Ice @ Safeway Ice Rink Donna Sachet MCs the annual all-ages drag-inclusive skating event in Union Square. 8pm-9:30pm. $4-$16 admission and skate rental. Powell St. at Geary.

Thu 6: Sugar-Coated Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

Sat 8: The Marvelous Wonderettes @ New Conservatory Theatre Opening night of NCTC’s production of the upbeat hit Off-Broadway musical about three women in the late 1950s who reminisce while singing ‘50s and early ‘60s pop tunes. $22-$50 (fun-pack). WedSat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan 13. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972.

Enjoy candies, chocolates and other holiday treats as Quartet San Francisco performs, Mom SF DJs, live reindeer visit, and the ugliest holiday sweater contestants strut the runway, plus food, cocktails and exhibits. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Fri 7: A Christmas Carol @ American Conservatory Theatre A.C.T.’s popular annual production of the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story about Scrooge’s ghostly Christmas Eve visitations. $20-$95 (VIP tix include premiere seating and complimentary intermission drinks). Tue-Sat 7pm. Sun 5:30pm. Various 2pm & 1pm matinees. Thru Dec 24. 415 Geary St. 7492228.

Oakland Ballet Fundraiser @ Scott’s Seafood, Oakland Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at a reception for the East Bay company’s production of The Nutcracker, with MC KGO-TV’s Cheryl Jennings, $250 and up. 6pm-8pm. Jack London Square, Oakland.

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library Reading series features transgender poet Samuel Ace, photographer Lydia Daniller, author Harris Kornstein and poet Jan Richman (winner of the 1994 Walt Whitman Award). Hosted by Michelle Tea. 6pm. James Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

Thu 13 Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, a benefit for Rocket Dog Rescue featuring Ben Feldman, Jesse Fernandez, and Jill Bourque. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.

Fri 7: It’s a Wonderful Life @ Marin Theatre Company Radio play stage adaptation of the Frank Capra film about Christmas and guardian angels, with five actors portraying dozens of characters. $36-$57. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed 7:30pm. Sun 7pm. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Yaelisa and her acclaimed flamenco dancers perform Diex Por Arriba, a festive holiday show. $20-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec 16. 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

Mon 10: Help Is On the Way for the Holidays XI @ Marines Memorial Theatre Enjoy holiday-themed musical performances by the casts of the Broadway touring productions of The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Mary Wilson, Jason Brock, Tim Hockenberry, Bruce Vilanch, Spencer Day, Connie Champagne, Paula West, the Barbary Coast Cloggers and others. Proceeds benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. $40, $60, $100. 7:30pm. 609 Sutter St.

Conspiracy of Beards @ Contemp. Jewish Museum Hanukkah-themed show with the bearded a cappella group, dreidel games, a photobooth, exhibit talks and tours and more. Free (members)-$5, $12. 6pm-8pm. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7800.

Handel’s Messiah @ Davies Hall The San Francisco Symhony and Symphony Chorus perform the classic baroque musical religious epic, with soloists Joelle Harvey, Jennifer Johnson-Cano, Andrew Stenson and Michael Sumuel. $15-$146. 7:30pm. Also Dec 14 & 15, 7:30pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000.

Shop ‘Til You Drop Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences Bazaar Bizarre fills the space with indie artists and designers, fascinating lecture on why the Mayan Calendar is not the “end of the world,” plus food, cocktails and DJed dancing. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Sat 8: Sweet Honey in the Rock @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland Celebrated women’s vocal ensemble performs a seasonal concert of songs from diverse faiths around the world. $25-$100. 8pm. Broadway at 19th St., Oakland. 392-4400.

The Wild Party @ A.C.T. Costume Shop Wed 12: Charles Phoenix @ Empress of China Ballroom Retro-pop culture humorist and author (Americana, the Beautiful ) roasts the kitschy side of the holidays in his comedy found-retro slideshow, with eye-popping food creations (Flaming Astro-Weenie, anyone?). $25. 8pm. 838 Grant Ave.

American Conservatory Theatre students perform Andrew Lippa’s musical drama about roaring ‘20s-era show folk who host an out-of-control party. $15. 7:30pm. Also dec 14, & 15 (and Dec 15 at 2pm). 1117 Market St. 749-2228.

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26 • Bay Area Reporter • December 6-12, 2012

Seasonal spirits


by D onna Sachet


he 20th annual Songs of the Season cabaret benefit for AIDS Emergency Fund was a rousing success at the Rrazz Room last week. This event started as a modest bar fundraiser, and has now grown to a four-night variety show featuring local and nationally known singers and other musicians. This year’s cast, which varied slightly each night, included Sharon McNight, Abigail Zsiga, Vicki Shepard, Cynthia Manley, Matt Alber, Val Diamond, Leanne Borghesi, Napata Mero, Dan O’Leary, Keith Lawrence, Xavier Toscano, and Brian Kent. Each night held special surprises, including a spontaneous song from recent X Factor finalist Jason Brock on Sunday, a catered pre-show reception on Monday, a trumpet solo from Rich Armstrong on Tuesday, and a cello quartet on Wednesday. Because of record attendance (nearly 600 people over four nights), incredible new and returning sponsors, generously donated talent, and hours of volunteer efforts, we were able to announce that over $70,000 was raised for AEF! Despite our meager suggestions to the contrary, it appears that Songs of the Season will continue, returning next year for the 21st time, again under the expert production of Richard Sablatura. Make your plans now to attend shortly after Thanksgiving. Demonstrating again that there is indeed no rest for the weary, we were back on the circuit Friday night for Light in the Grove, a beautiful gathering in a sprawling clear tent in the middle of the AIDS Memorial Grove. As we descended down the wet path to the grove, various musical vignettes caught our attention, evoking memories of those who have left us. The Circle of Friends, where names are inscribed in stone, has never looked lovelier, bathed in candlelight and surrounded by silence. Once in the tent, old friendships were renewed, new acquaintances were kindled, and recognition was given for milestones achieved and financial goals reached. The crowd reflected a broad spectrum of the community, including Lu Conrad, Stu Smith & Dave Earl, David Funk & Tim Sinclair, Rick Holland, Susan Magley, Ralph Hyman, and Neil Giuliano. The following night, AIDS Emergency Fund celebrated 30 years of compassionate assistance for individuals with HIV/AIDS in the same tent erected in Golden Gate Park. With a circus tent theme, this was a more festive party, including a seated dinner, great entertainment by the legendary Martha Wash, witty banter between co-emcees Sharon McNight and this columnist, the announcement of an astounding bequest by the late Thomas Dross, and awards presented to Levi Strauss & Co.’s AIDS Action Group, Mayor Ed Lee, and the late iconic Sylvester. Our table was a clear example of the diversity of the attendees, including Empresses Anita Martini and Cockatielia, Drew Cutler, Jeff Doney, Gary Virginia, Deana Dawn, Russell Kassman, and Richard Sablatura. The party continued on Sunday when Martha Wash attended Sunday’s a Drag at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room as the guest of Mark Calvano, while Lady Tia and Mahlae served up a lively version of It’s Raining Men! The show ended, as it does every Sunday in December, with The Miracle on Powell Street, a holiday special effect that has to be

Photo: Steven Underhill

Donna Sachet hosted her annual variety show Songs of the Season last week at the Rrazz Room.

Photo: Steven Underhill

The legendary Martha Wash accepts a lifetime achievement award at the AIDS Emergency Fund gala in Golden Gate Park last weekend.

seen to be believed! Holiday delights abound this month! Join us tonight, Thurs., Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in Union Square for Drag Queens on Ice! We’ll be hosting this raucous night of frozen revelry, and awarding prizes for ice-skating prowess and fashion statements. Saturday afternoon, we wouldn’t miss the annual celebration at our gay home in the Haight, Trax bar, where the decorations are over-the-top and the patrons often are, too. There will be music, food, cocktails, and merriment! That night, we celebrate the 90th birthday of LGBT pioneer and activist Jose Sarria at Hotel Whitcomb. Although this event appears to be sold out at this time, we are sure we’ll see many of you there to honor this amazing individual who continues to participate in the movement, and to challenge us to greater achievements. Mon., Dec. 10, is Richmond/ Ermet AIDS Foundation’s Help is on the Way for the Holidays XI at

Marines’ Memorial Theater, featuring members of the touring casts of Book of Mormon and The Lion King, Connie Champagne, Spencer Day, Tim Hockenberry, Bruce Vilanch, Paula West, Mary Wilson, and the Barbary Coast Cloggers. You’ll be blown away by the talent, and you’ll be supporting Shanti and Broadway Cares. On Thurs., Dec. 13, Project Open Hand hosts a gourmet luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel, including a silent auction and live musical entertainment. Support the vital services of Project Open Hand, and check out the extraordinary holiday decorations in this elegant, historic hotel. And the following night, Fri., Dec. 14, enjoy SF Ballet’s first LGBT Nite Out Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House. Before the ballet, the SF Gay Men’s Chorus will serenade you in the lobby, and afterwards, we are hosting an exclusive reception in the Dress Circle bar with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and wine. Don your finest apparel, and mix and mingle with fellow ballet aficionados! Get your tickets for this event now!t



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Ty him up, Ty him down by John F. Karr


one-word title says it all for recent Titanmen movies Powerstroke and Rigid. About the latter, the Titanmen blog proclaims, “Aymeric’s back!” And sure enough, after a number of films went by without the Titanmen Exclusive Aymeric Deville, we find him on the box cover of Rigid, a movie that blasts off with Deville and Ty Roderick in a pairing that caused some rigidity at my house. I’ll get around to Mr. Deville, but since Ty currently has my devotion all tied up, and is in both of these movies, he’s my jumping-off point. Although he had previously filmed scenes for a number of websites, I first got hung up on a) his cock, and b) his intriguing demeanor, through the four films he recently made within the Raging Stallion stable. I‘ve got the hots for him. I like his half surly, half approachable look. And I can’t get over the way his taut torso dissolves into the deeply concave expanse of his groin, which slides so smoothly onto the gentle upward curve of his cock, which makes his penis a smooth ski jump to heaven. Ty’s basic stance had me just assuming he was G4P. It would blow my fantasy of making out with him if he was str8, so I was relieved to find he isn’t. Sorta. He’s traipsed over so much sexual territory in such a short time that it’s like the quip laid on Elton John early in his career – he’s been around the block so many times he thinks it’s a carousel. Versatile doesn’t begin to describe the ground this guy’s covered in a career that began in 2010 with his being fucked by a tranny. Okay, now it’s time to talk nomenclature. I don’t feel right using the porn-biz term for Ty’s partner, instead of the socially accepted word, transgendered. But the porn industry is a traditionally insulting place, and uses not only tranny, but also she-male, which seems even worse. It’s an apt moniker, however, a professional term referring most usually to a performer with the stretched facial skin that she’s given too many injections, the tits so rigid that they stand up when she lays down, and the male genitalia that also stands up when she lays ’em down. For limited use in referring to such performers, I’ve adapted the questionable professional terminology. Hope I don’t get in trouble with the nomenclature police! Anyway, Ty’s she-male partner was Mia Isabella, to whom he was



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entirely by WWII, strove to elevate photography from its lowly status as a mere mechanical process whose sole function was documenting reality to a fine art form. And the rest is history. The Pictorialists’ most prominent proponent, Alfred Stieglitz, the leader of the Photo-Secessionists, whose members included Edward Steichen, devoted himself to the recognition of photography as an expressive artistic medium on par with sculpture and painting. Inspired by the French Impressionists and seeking a painterly style, they prized mood, emotion, interpretation, painstaking composition and the subjective vision of the artist behind the camera. Pictorialists painted on their negatives, manipulating images with various darkroom processes, soft focus, filters and Vaseline, which they smeared

Photo: Raging Stallion

Ty Roderick stares ya down with his tough look.

engaged for a year. He quickly followed that debut with a whole lot of traditional gay porn at a bunch of VOD websites. Somehow, I’m reassured by knowing that he started out, in my estimation, pretty securely gay. Ty calls himself bisexual in his Rentboy description, adding, “I’m an insanely sexual human being.” That’s for sure. How easily he matriculated into het porn (you could say he was Str8-4-P), where his versatile hunger was proved to me by his asking of a female partner, “Why don’t you sit on my face so I can cum for you?” There were more proofs – he made a kinky suspension/ bondage movie (with a male dom), and though he’s usually a top, he’s had his hole busted frequently by both male and female partners. Female hole-busters? Ah, yes. Strap-on porn is a hugely popular boutique brand. Gay guys haven’t cornered the market on bottoming,

and getting pegged, as it’s called, is mighty popular among in-theknow str8 guys. Still, gay guys are adepts in the anal arts, so it’s not surprising how many gay porn stars have submitted to a dame wielding a strap-on, like Jason Crew, John Magnum, Paul Carrigan, Ricki Sinz, Wolf Hudson, and so on. Check it out – maybe your fave fellow is among them. But getting back to my current Ty-mania. I like his tough look – his hooded eyes, cropped hair, the snarl on his lips, the numerous tats that read urban, not gay, ghetto. Most of all, though, I’m intrigued by the AC/DC of his dispassionate passion. He seems impassive; the look on his face is sheer not-a-look, a neat trick so well-mastered by Channing Tatum. Ty goes at making out with a dead-set determination that his warm chocolate eyes and (infrequent) smile with its naughty and enticing Elvis Presley curl reveal as actual passion. And since I’ve run out of space, I’ll tell you about those two movies next time.t

on camera lenses. With these techniques many works achieved the old-world, handmade quality of etchings. Stieglitz, Imogen Cunningham, Annie Brigman, a bohemian known for her staged pagan tableaux and female nudes in primal landscapes; San Francisco photographer William E. Dassonville; Hungarian celebrity portraitist and Olympic fencer Nickolas Muray; and Alvin Langdon Coburn, whom George Bernard Shaw dubbed “the greatest photographer in the world” in 1907, are among those featured. Dec. 6-Feb. 23. SFMOMA: New Work: Alessandro Pessoli Welcome to the human perversity of Pessoli world. A native of Cervia, Italy, who now makes his home in L.A., the artist meditates on childhood and mythology, filtering personal experience in a selection of graphite drawings, works on paper and experimental ceramics. He draws,

spray-paints and sculpts utilizing the Northern Italian Renaissance technique of majolica, as he references a mash-up of art, theater, film, Picasso’s character studies, the lacerating caricatures of Daumier, the eccentrics of Fellini’s cinematic circus, cartoons and science fiction. A procession of musicians and their instruments, burning candles, masks of ominous deities, ghostly crucifixions and solitary, otherworldly figures haunt Pessoli’s hallucinatory scenarios. His first West Coast solo exhibition reveals a restless imagination and a cast of recurring characters that comprise what the show’s curator calls Pessoli’s “personal commedia dell’arte.” The New Work series, whose edgy vibe is enfolded in the bosom of an established museum, continues to be one of the best bets in the city for discovering exciting contemporary work. Through Feb. 10. t

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DIY Queer TV by Victoria A. Brownworth


is the season to be hetero. Everywhere across TV land, couples, families, even single people and animals are celebrating the holidays in specials and Hallmark movies and even commercials. And they are all straight. It’s the most Rockwellian time of the year. Which means it’s also the time when the queer family members are hidden away until after the holidays like the crazy aunt in the attic. Who says TV doesn’t reflect reality? So after watching straight this after straight that, despite getting a soupcon of queer musical favorites tossed in (someone please get our girl Mariah a good song, please!), along with the Rockettes (and if Linus were ever to grow up, you know he’d be queer – what he does with that blanket and Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree just screams Nate Berkus interior decorator gay), we really needed to see some out-there queerness on the tube. Thank goodness for The Good Wife, Shonda Rhimes, and even Glee and The New Normal. The Good Wife is already a crazygood show. Top on everyone’s list of “bests.” Manages to be in the ratings’ Top 20 even though it’s serious and smart. Even The New Yorker and The New York Times think it’s stellar. But the show does just keep getting better. And it’s always topical. Last episode looked like it was going to be about insider-y corporate-y legal-y government against Wall Street stuff. But it ended up being about DOMA. It was amazing. “A Defense of Marriage” was all about parallels. Alicia and Peter’s marriage. The straight marriage of one

of the corporate defendants. The gay marriage of the other corporate defendant. Much is made of the legal concept of spousal privilege. While Alicia’s team argues that spousal privilege should obtain for their gay client as well as the straight one, the feds argue that since DOMA states that none of the federal benefits of marriage accrue to married samesex couples, then spousal privilege doesn’t apply. Even though it gets the straight client off the hook. Enter Famous Liberal Lawyer, called in on behalf of the gay defendant by his husband. But FLL is not playing secondchair to Alicia and Will. He’s playing first and only chair, and he has his own personal agenda: His gay brother’s dying wish was that DOMA be overturned. Alicia and Will’s case is going to be FLL’s test case. The dramatic tension is intense. We want DOMA overturned along with the client, Alicia (whose gay brother Owen has resurfaced and makes several impassioned statements of his own), and Will, and even, it seems, the judge. But for the case to be a true test case that goes before the Supreme Court, the client will have to lose. And go to jail. Can you say conundrum? Because marriage is never simple, straight or gay, the issue of infidelity is raised. The gay defendant has an open marriage. But our lovely lesbian investigator Kalinda, trapped in one hell of a marriage herself, ferrets out info on the straight defendant that counters the gay defendant’s “open” marriage. Meanwhile, Alicia’s mother, on her third marriage, is back (played by the inimitable Stockard Channing) and luring Alicia’s brother into perjury on her behalf. If you missed it, or if you aren’t

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Grey’s Anatomy show producer Shonda Rhimes.

watching this show because the best shows on the tube are maddeningly in the same Sunday time slot, catch it at It’s episode 77. If you weren’t angry about marriage inequality before this episode, you’ll want to take to the streets afterward.

Hankie alert

Over on ABC, Shonda Rhimes was proving yet again how seamlessly any TV show could incorporate regular queer characters and regular strong queer storylines if they just had the will to do so. The ease with which she does it (while maintaining high ratings) puts the lie to the argument that “people will boycott and sponsors will withdraw.” Not if Rhimes’ shows are any indicator. In a five-hankie episode of Grey’s Anatomy last week, an older gay male couple comes to the hospital for one man’s liver transplant as well as heart surgery. In the short space of the episode, much is revealed about the two men. The man awaiting a transplant has been a patient of Miranda’s so long “he was married to a woman when we started out,” and it took 20 years for him to finally come out and meet his soulmate. As that queer storyline plays out,

Arizona comes back to work for the first time since her amputation. Which makes Callie hopeful again for their marriage. Jessica Capshaw, who plays Arizona, did a PSA for amputees at the end of this episode as well. Did you know that one in 200 people in America has had an amputation? Neither did we. The major cause is no longer accidents like Arizona’s, however, it’s diabetes. One more reason to watch one’s weight. On Rhimes’ other show Scandal, the gay male couple Cyrus and James is also in a major storyline. This week, James, an investigative reporter, is about to blow up the presidency. Which matters a lot because his husband is the White House Chief of Staff. Scandal is excellent political intrigue with just enough romance to underscore the title. Cyrus and James are believable and intriguing. James seeks out his Watergate-style story even as he knows that he might destroy both his husband’s career and their marriage. But he’s driven. At the end of the last episode, he lies to Cyrus about what he’s doing. Yet it was because he cajoled Cy into taking him to a private birthday dinner for the President that he heard the tidbit he connected to a story about voter fraud. Sweet. Scandal is exciting, well-acted and -written. Rhimes’ commitment to integrating queer characters and storylines into her shows makes it clear that any show’s producers can do queer. They just have to want to. On Emily Owens, M.D., queerness is A Little More Obvious, but queer writer/producer Joanna Johnson has been running a solid lesbian storyline for the CW demographic. In this week’s episode, Tyra, the young doctor who has been hiding in all kinds of closet, finally tells her father (the Chief of Staff at the hospital) she’s a lesbian. She does it with authority, turning the tables on her father. Alas, EO, M.D. was just cancelled. But the CW has committed to airing all 13 episodes, so viewers will get to see where Tyra goes with her now-out gayness. We’re annoyed by some other cancellations made this week. This week ABC cancelled two drama series from this season’s line-up, 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. When we did our fall preview we asserted that Last Resort was probably the best new show this season and the best political show on TV. We also said that it was in the wrong time slot despite being on the coveted Thursday prime time line-up. This was traditionally a failing slot for ABC, and last season they had cancelled another stellar political thriller in the same slot, Missing with Ashley Judd. We hoped we’d be wrong, since LR is so good and Andre Braugher should get an Emmy nod. ABC should have considered an alternative time slot, possibly later on Friday nights when there is little drama series competition. We thought Revenge was a pretty good lead-in for 666 Park Avenue, but apparently not. The ratings for Revenge are stable, but they didn’t follow to 666. ABC has committed to run out the series, but that’s scant comfort to those of us hooked on the doings at the Drake, watching the machinations of Terry O’Quinn at his most evil and Vanessa Williams at her most smolderingly sexy. ABC asserts that one of the problems with 666 is that so much of the set was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. The time has also come to bid farewell to the CW’s Gossip Girl, which ends its six-season run in a couple of weeks. The entire series will be available in January for those who just can’t get enough of the prettiest boys (and girls) on the


tube. Losing GG also means losing more queer characters from the CW lineup. Speaking of twinks (yes, we said it), we weren’t sure why there was such a furor over Bravo’s Andy Cohen calling the One Direction boys “twinks” when they appeared on the Today show together. Personally we found it more accurate and less creepy than the 83-year-old Barbara Walters asking the boys if they liked older women while leering coquettishly on her upcoming 10 Most Fascinating People special (Dec. 12). And isn’t it time for Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles to come out, anyway? We’ve pretty much given up on our girl Lindsay Lohan, who was back in the tabloid TV headlines again this week, this time for allegedly slapping the crap out of a female psychic, Tiffany Mitchell. Mitchell, who seems to have modeled her own look on the town tramp, has hired Gloria Allred to shake down LiLo. Remember when Allred was the kind of attorney who did serious feminist law? Meanwhile, Dr. Phil was on Access Hollywood telling Billy Bush which celebrities were a train wreck and why. Halle Berry was top on the list. Imagine how screwed up you have to be to have won an Oscar, be the face of a cosmetics line, and still beat out LiLo in the crazy department. Dr. Phil stopped short of saying LiLo’s parents should be publicly flogged, but only just. It’s hard to imagine that our favorite Hollywood lesbian bad girl isn’t headed for the Big House for a longer stint than 60 days this time. Maybe that will finally slap her back to reality. We had hoped that her Lifetime movie last week Liz & Dick, playing the Hollywood icon, would help her. But she was reportedly devastated by the harsh critiques of her star turn. Maybe if she stopped drowning all her troubles in booze laced with who-knows-what? Lady Gaga stood up for LiLo, saying she did a “beautiful job” in L&D. People magazine said it was a “fascinating performance, if not a great one.” But when LiLo is always teetering on the edge of a martini glass, it’s not going to take much for her to fall in. It’s so sad that this talented young woman has been imploding right in front of us, for how long now? L&D was supposed to revive her career, because TV is a softer stage to fall on than the movies. Or not. Right before the slapping incident, LiLo told one tabloid TV show that she wants her own reality venue. Or a sitcom based on her own life. Yikes. She reportedly was given advice on building a comeback via TV by Charlie Sheen, who said a sitcom would be a great idea for her. Yes, take that in: where is the show that was going to revive Sheen’s career? Oh yes, the toilet. And how screwed up are you that you have Charlie Sheen as your life coach? We’d like to get through a week without some new awful LiLo in the Tabloids story, but we don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future. Remember when it was just TMZ that was posting weird stuff about her? Or Perez Hilton? Now she’s on every network, nearly every day. Where is Dr. Drew’s celebrity rehab when you need him? If she wants to be on the tube again after L&D, we think that’s the best spot for her. Finally, on a lighter note, on Dec. 13, Glee does Christmas as only gay song-and-dance can. Set the DVR now. Artie will be doing “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Kurt and Rachel will be having Christmas in NYC, and so much more. So for this queering of the het holidays and all the other queer tidbits we can scrape off the TV landscape, what else? You really must stay tuned.t


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Suspense’s lavish master by David Lamble


hatever you might say about fledgling screenwriter Joseph Stefano on the day in 1959 when he first took a meeting with suspense master Alfred Hitchcock, he certainly didn’t lack balls. Having just fired another wet-behind-the-ears writer, a kid hired to adapt Psycho, a pulpy novel about a deranged Midwestern mama’s boy serial-killer, the 60-year-old superstar director Hitchcock was testing the waters, seeing if this “kid” could help concoct a blueprint for a low-budget game-changer in the horror genre, a film that would signal to Hitch’s fans and the industry that the old boy had learned several new tricks. According to Stephen Rebello’s engrossing page-turner Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, Stefano blurted out his objections. “I told him that I really didn’t like this man, Norman Bates. I really couldn’t get involved with a man in his 40s who’s a drunk and peeps through holes. Also, there was this perfectly horrendous murder of a stranger I didn’t care about either. I wish I knew this girl, I wish Norman

was somebody else.” To which Hitchcock replied, “How would you feel if Norman were played by Anthony Perkins?” Rebello’s book caught queer auteur Gus Van Sant’s interest before his 1994 Psycho shot-for-shot remake. As Rebello recounts, Joe Stefano and moviegoers would soon fall head-over-heels for a 27-year-old, aspiring matinee idol’s on-screen transformation into one of Hollywood’s most beloved antiheroes – as Stefano put it, “a tender, vulnerable young man you could feel incredible sorry for.” In the new, superficially entertaining film Hitchcock, when Anthony Perkins does pop up, played by a visibly too old James D’Arcy, he’s barely more than a silly queer boy, long before “out” was an issue. I know why the filmmakers have Perkins confiding to Hitch about his “mother complex,” but the scene doesn’t match the intelligent soul found in Charles Winecoff ’s Split Image: The Life of Anthony Perkins. Hitchcock, from director Sacha Gervasi and screenwriter John J. McLaughlin, is full of punchline zingers. It’s a lovely vehicle for An-

thony Hopkins as Hitch, and Helen Mirren as wife and behind-thescenes collaborator Alma Reville. Scarlett Johansson is a knockout as Psycho star Janet Leigh. Johansson is spot-on in scenes that display the flirtatious personal chemistry between Leigh and Hitch. They belie biographer Donald Spotto’s “dark side of genius” line about him abusing his blonde starlets. Hitchcock is mercifully not aimed at cutting the great man down to size. Johansson, who’s displayed her virtuosity three times for Woody Allen (Match Point), knows exactly how to sizzle in a slip-and-bra outfit for Psycho’s opening sex scene. She adds to our enjoyment of seeing Hitch slyly trick the censor into, in effect, sanctioning its salacious charge. See Hitchcock for the screwball comedy byplay between Hopkins and Mirren that may earn the latter another Oscar nod. It’s oddly reminiscent of Hitch’s 1941 screwball Mr. and Mrs. Smith. “Hasn’t Peggy any good books for you to adapt?” “Yes, sleeping pills with dust jackets.” “Fox wants you for The Diary of

“You may call me Hitch, hold the cock.” Anthony Hopkins as director Alfred Hitchcock in director Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock.

Anne Frank, for the third time.” “The audience would be waiting for Anne to discover the corpse I planted in the attic. There’s this book, Psycho, I’ve been reading. It’s fiendishly entertaining, with a bit of everything, including transvestites.” “Doris Day should do it as a musical. Is this really going to be your next picture?” “But I want Norman Bates to be more William Holden than Elmer Fudd.” Hitchcock skirts the inside-baseball detail found in Rebello’s book

on how Hitch defanged Psycho’s source material. But the film does provide a sparks-flying showdown between Hitch and the head of Paramount, who insists the studio won’t put up a dime for such unsavory material – whereupon Hitch whips out his checkbook. “Is it still about a queer killing people in his mother’s dress? The censors won’t permit you to show a knife penetrating a woman’s flesh.” “My murders are always most tastefully done. Who should I make out the check to?”t


In the beginning, there was Liza by Tavo Amador


f lives are determined by genes, then Liza Minnelli (b. 1946) was pre-destined for show business. What other option did the child of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli have? Consequently, she made her film debut in the final scenes of her mother’s 1949 musical In the Good Old Summertime. In 1963, she won the Theatre World Award for her performance in an off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward. Two years later, she became the youngest Tony Award winner as John Kandler and Fred Ebb’s Flora the Red Menace, an association with them that would last for decades. Her first adult movie role was opposite Albert Finney in Charlie Bubbles (1967). Two years later, she garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination for The Sterile Cuckoo, which has just been released on DVD. Set in an upstate New York town, the film opens with Pookie Adams (Minnelli) and her father waiting for a bus to take her to college. The two don’t speak until he tells her he hopes she enjoys school. She meets Jerry (Wendell Burton), a photographer and biology major, who’s going to a different local college. She, a literature major, behaves outrageous-


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nonprofit film funding in Belgium delayed this debut. It’s been a dozen years since we saw his rough summer-love short Campfire. My conversation with Bavo Defurne covered everything from Belgian parents fearful of letting their sons try out to be Pim, to the Billy Elliot syndrome, to his own giddy pleasure at having North Sea Texas debut in a dozen film markets. David Lamble: What was the title, in English, of the youth novel North Sea Texas is based on? Bavo Defurne: Translated from Dutch, This is Everlasting. It means the feeling Pim has when he’s riding on the motorcycle with Gino. He has him in his arms, and thinks it’s a very

ly, eager to get his attention, even lying to two nuns to get a seat next to him on the bus. He’s a bit wary – she rattles on about many things. He had taken a Polaroid shot of her, and when she gets off the bus before his stop, she gives it to him to remember her by. His college roommate puts the photograph in the center of their room’s dartboard. Unannounced, she shows up at Jerry’s dorm. She’s persistent. Slowly, Jerry succumbs to her personality. They’re both lonely outsiders. She explains that her mother’s death devastated her father, so he dates women who are like her. She tells him everything she feels and has experienced. He reveals little about himself, but seems fascinated by her. Their romance begins. They visit a local casino and a cemetery. He refuses to photograph her in front of a tombstone. They wander through lush fields, spend a night at a lakeside beach, try to make love in her red VW, before he rents a cottage for that purpose. Both are nervous virgins. She jokingly asks if he wants to “peel the tomato,” as she removes her clothes. He’s enchanted by her “beautiful” body and strips, joining her under the covers. The whole scene is delicately and comically played.

Afterwards, he finds her in church. She says everything is “perfect,” which makes her nervous. He tells her he loves her. They embrace and rush back to the cottage. Later, she’s back in church, practicing a bridal walk. They’re happy, enjoying the bliss of first love. Life, however, intrudes. It’s an oft-told story, but under Alan J. Pakula’s direction (his first film), it unfolds in a natural, often surprising way. Alvin Sargent adapted John Nichols’ novel, and his dialogue shows a fine ear for the youthful jargon of the era. Minnelli excels at showing Pookie’s neediness, her desperate desire for approval hidden behind her determined-to-be outrageous antics. In the celebrated telephone scene, she avoids bathos and is genuinely heartbreaking. She seems comfortable with her atypical looks – she wasn’t a classic Hollywood beauty. (The contrast with Barbra Streisand at that stage of her career is striking. Streisand’s defensive insistence on her attractiveness was inescapable.) Minnelli lost the Best Actress Oscar to Maggie Smith for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Burton’s Jerry is a nerdy loner who joins in fraternity house rowdiness without ever enjoying it.

His diminutive build and wholesome, unconventional looks are a perfect foil for Minnelli – a posthippie version of Mickey Rooney to her Garland. Milton Krasner’s beautiful cinematography enhances the lush, romantic feel of the picture. The soundtrack includes The Sandpipers singing the Oscar-nominated “Come Saturday Morning.” Minnelli followed The Sterile Cuckoo by playing another frail outsider in Otto Preminger’s Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon before unforgettably starring as Sally Bowles in Bob Fosse’s spectacular version of Kandler and Ebb’s Cabaret (1972), winning the Best Actress Academy Award. A great screen career seemed inevitable. It didn’t happen, however. Poor choices (Lucky Lady, 1975), her father’s badly butchered A Matter of Time (1976) and Martin Scorcese’s misguided New York, New York (1977) were failures from which she never recovered, although she found success on television, Broadway, and in concerts. The restraint she showed early on would give way to maud-

beautiful moment, and hopes that it is everlasting.

love he has is true love, he’s in love with a boy and it’s totally OK. Sometimes I see journalists writing: it’s acoming-of-age film, so it must be a coming out film. Pim doesn’t come out to anyone.

scene is really key to telling the story. You see that they’re telling things with their bodies, they’re discovering their bodies. The challenge for me was to tell that story about young people discovering sexuality, tell everything, not censor yourself, but in the same time be totally respectful for the actor, because Jelle was 14 when he played the role. I thank Stephen Daldry for making Billy Elliot, because maybe if that film hadn’t been there, my actor Jelle wouldn’t have gone to ballet school. His dad didn’t want him to do ballet but his mom supported it, so they had that thing when he was 6 or 8. So when he was 14, he and his mom were totally proud that he was selected for a movie about a boy falling in love with another boy. They were proud instead of ashamed or anxious.

It’s almost his 15th birthday, and he thinks he’s found love everlasting. That’s a wonderful idea. When I read the book [by Andre Sollie], I discovered that you can actually tell a story about gay boys and it would be about something beautiful, not about something depressing. Gino feels he’s outgrown Pim, that Pim was like a way-station so he could go with girls. I’m not sure if he really feels like that, but for him it’s a way to say, “I’ve had these experiences with a boy, but now that I have my motorcycle, now that I’m allowed to ride it and go to other cities, I can be a real man and go with girls.” Pim’s a dreamer, but he never doubts himself. He believes that the

Why does Pim take those sponge baths? Later, when Zoltan shows up, we discover there is a shower. He never uses that shower, I think he’s repelled by it. It’s like his little intimate moment where he’s totally alone and his mother’s not there. He’s alone with his dog in the house, and he washes. It’s a ritual of like, “Finally! I’m with my own thoughts and emotions.” You had a hard time finding boys to play Pim, because of the sex scenes? We worked on that very hard, to really make the sex scenes believable. It’s a film about love, so the love

lin mannerisms. She works steadily, seemingly unable to decline any offer. Burton’s opportunities may have been harmed by playing the male rape victim in the once-daring Fortune and Men’s Eyes (1971). He acted on television until the late 1980s. Pakula (1928-98) would have several triumphs ahead, guiding Jane Fonda to an Oscar for Klute (1971), helming All the President’s Men (1976), and directing Meryl Streep to her first Best Actress Academy Award for Sophie’s Choice (1982). He would also have success as a producer and writer.t

You have this wonderful stylized photography and production values in the film, it looks like something out of a dream by Pierre et Gilles, it’s like an homage to them. It’s like an homage to an homage to an homage, because Pierre et Gilles, like me, are like a sponge: they absorb influences from paintings, movies, popular culture, advertising and old paintings. I want to make a movie about what you see when you close your eyes, not what you see when you look through the window. I’m more interested in what is in people’s minds and dreams. You grew up in a small coastal town? Well, I am from a little coastal town, but I had kind of a happy youth. I’m not Pim!t

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What’s in a name? by Gregg Shapiro


n her third album The Haunted Man (Capitol), Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) gets down to business right away, singing about “ghostless” air (in the spooky opener “Lilies”) and “a good man” (the jaggedly rhythmic “All Your Gold”). A sexually provocative tone, overtly illustrated by the cover and in songs such as “Oh Yeah” and “Lilies” (both of which including references to her thighs), warms the disc to a pleasing temperature. The haunting continues on “Winter Fields,” with the “scaredy rabbits” that “make good paper ghosts,” and the chill-inducing male choir on the title track, while the genuinely lovely ballad “Laura” and the synthy exercise “Rest Your Head” are examples of Bat for Lashes’ versatility. Total Loss (Acephále), the sophomore fulllength release by How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell), is anything but. Blueeyed soul for the hipster crowd, How To Dress Well goes for the same bare-bones lushness as Active Child, and hits its mark. Ranging from hypnotic and soothing (“Talking To You,” “How Many?” “Ocean Floor for Everything”) to stirring and arousing (“Running Back,” “& It Was U,” “Struggle”), this disc come close to being the total package. After releasing a pair of accessible discs in 2007 and 2009, A Fine Frenzy (aka Alison Sudol) goes for a more eclectic and experimental sound on third album Pines (Virgin). It shares the same languorous, lullaby mood as Feist’s recent Metals. The “drowsy afternoon” Sudol sings about on “Winds of Wander” wraps itself around the listener like the softest blanket ever. A Fine Frenzy picks up the pace on “It’s Alive,” the electro “Now Is the Start” and the marvelous “Sailing Song,” but for the most part these 13 songs are best suited to listening to in the comfort and safety of one’s own home. Not recommended for long road trips. Don’t be misled by the title Bound for Glory (Schnitzel), the new disc by Peasant (aka Damien Derose). There’s more heartbreak than glory to be found here. “Girls” doesn’t sugarcoat it, and neither does “We’re Not the Same,” where Peasant declares that he doesn’t “want to be your friend anymore,” although he “may come around again.” There’s more where that came from on “Doesn’t Mean” and “Take It Light” (which sounds a little like “You Won’t See Me”). Peasant conjures Elliott Smith on “Gone Far Lost,” and saves his most unabashed pop performance for the final cut, “Don’t Let Me Down.” Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) could teach Owl City (aka Adam Young) a thing or two about making

music of interest as a one-man electro act with his self-titled Downtown Records debut. Strutting in like Calvin Harris’ long-lost brother on “Don’t Fuck With My Money,” Penguin Prison immediately sets the tone for the disc. This is a guiltfree party record with an emphasis on having a good time, from the “funny thing that happened once” on “A Funny Thing” to the Princely funk of “Multi-Millionaire,” rattling its cage with irresistible beats. Fair warning, “Fair Warning” is a new wave retro delight, and “In the Way” knows the way to make you move. Speaking of Calvin Harris (aka Adam Richard Wiles), he was already well on his way to making a name for himself via tracks such

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