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SF health dept. promotes PrEP for AfricanAmericans by Liz Highleyman

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he San Francisco Department of Public Health has launched a new campaign to increase PrEP use among African-Americans, in an effort to help end disparities in new HIV infections, especially among black gay and bi men. The campaign includes Muni and BART ads, billboards, social media, a phone and text hotline, and will later add direct mail. It also features a new website, www.askaboutPrEP. org, which offers information, support, and stories from people using PrEP. The initiative aims to help African-Americans learn about PrEP and engage in discussions with their health care providers about HIV prevention, as part of a larger conversation about sexual and overall health. “Some people have trouble finding a provider willing to talk openly and honestly about sex, HIV, and PrEP,” said Dr. Hyman Scott, a physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Ward 86. “Stigma is still an important barrier to seeking sexual health services for many men. We want people to be able to talk with their providers about all aspects of their health, including their sexual health, and how PrEP can be part of the conversation.”

Local and national disparities

Nationwide, African-Americans accounted for 44 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2016, though they make up about 12 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New HIV infections among gay and bisexual men overall finally started to decline between 2010 and 2014, but rates were stable, rather than falling, among African-American gay men, and rose by 30 percent among black gay men in the 25to-34 age group. San Francisco’s latest HIV epidemiology report shows that HIV incidence declined for all racial and ethnic groups – down to an alltime low of 223 new diagnoses in 2016. But African-Americans account for 15 percent of new HIV cases while making up only about 6 percent of the population. “African-American men have the highest HIV diagnosis rate among all groups in San Francisco,” Health Director Barbara Garcia, a lesbian, said in a DPH press statement. “While the rate is declining, we need to do a better job of reaching the African-American community with tailored prevention messages and information. PrEP is a medication that prevents HIV and saves lives.” Clinical trials have shown that when taken consistently, Gilead Sciences’ Truvada (tenofovir DF plus emtricitabine) reduces the risk See page 15 >>

Mayor signs SRO bathrooms law

San Francisco interim Mayor Mark Farrell signs Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s legislation Wednesday mandating gender-neutral bathrooms in single-room occupancy hotels. Kelly Sullivan

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an Francisco officials have adopted a first-of-its-kind policy requiring singleroom occupancy hotels to designate their single-stall bathrooms and shower facilities as gender neutral. The change to the city’s building codes is meant to aid transgender residents of such

housing as well as seniors and disabled people with caretakers of the opposite sex. It is also seen as a benefit for parents with children of the opposite sex who live in SROs. Interim Mayor Mark Farrell signed the new rule into law Wednesday afternoon on the mayor’s balcony at City Hall surrounded by members of the Board of Supervisors and transgender advocates. The signing

ceremony, landing on February 14, served as a Valentine to the LGBT community from San Francisco’s elected leaders. According to Jordan Davis, a transgender woman who serves on the San Francisco SRO Task Force and advocated for the code change, no other jurisdiction in California or another state has implemented a similar

4 public defenders run for San Francisco judge seats

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our San Francisco deputy public defenders, including a Latina lesbian, have filed papers to unseat incumbent Superior Court judges in the June 5 election. While the attorneys who spoke to the Bay Area Reporter said they want changes on the bench, they didn’t provide specifics on what they’d do differently. One of their main complaints was that the incumbents were appointed by Republican governors, but they didn’t point to specific judges’ decisions they disagreed with. Deputy Public Defender Nicole Judith Solis, 49, said she’s running to defeat Seat 11 Judge Jeffrey S. Ross because if she’s elected, she’ll be “the first lesbian Latina on the bench in San Francisco.” Referring to the fact that Republican former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Ross, a Democrat, Solis also said that judges should reflect the values of the community, and “a Schwarzenegger appointee doesn’t reflect the values of our community. It’s that simple.” As for Ross being a Democrat, Solis said, “I don’t know what he is. I know he was appointed by Schwarzenegger.” Asked to name one specific change that she would bring, Solis, who’s also a Democrat, said, “There are many changes. When we go to debate, I am happy to debate those with my opponents.”

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Deputy Public Defenders Kwixuan Hart Maloof, left, Nicole Judith Solis, Phoenix Streets, and Maria Elena Evangelista are each challenging a sitting San Francisco Superior Court judge in June.

She didn’t share any specific decisions of Ross’ that she’s disagreed with, saying, “I don’t want to discuss my opponent.” However, she said, people have expressed concern to her “that the criminal justice system is broken, and I think it’s time for something new. ... I bring a brand new perspective that nobody has ever seen before.” Among other achievements, Solis said that

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she sat on former mayor Gavin Newsom’s criminal justice steering committee when the Community Justice Center was being formulated. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Solis to the state bar’s Criminal Law Advisory Commission, and she’s also served as president of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association. Additionally, Solis sat on the city’s pretrial See page 14 >>


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South Bay transgender college student was recently attacked in what police are investigating as a hate crime. De Anza College sophomore DeeJea Smith, 28, said in a Facebook post that he was attacked by a man who called him a “faggot” and punched him in the mouth. Smith tagged the post “#trumpsamerica.” In an interview, Smith, who lives in San Jose, told the Bay Area Reporter that in another incident just days before the January 24 attack, someone had called him a “faggot” and hit him from behind. “Police assume it was the same person,” said Smith. Both attacks happened in a garage on the school’s Cupertino campus, he said. Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Chief Ron Levine confirmed his agency is investigating the latest incident as a hate crime. Police have distributed a flyer with a description of the suspect to other law enforcement agencies and have increased foot and vehicle patrols, said Levine. As of Monday afternoon, no arrests had been made. 12:17 PM In a statement about the incident, De Anza President Brian Murphy said, “While a deep commitment to equity and inclusion define De Anza

curity deposit because there was a lot of damage. That’s not true.”

A: Maria, thank you for raising this important issue of security deposits. It is one I have touched on before, but your question provides the opportunity to do so again. California Civil Code Section 1950.5 governs the grounds under which security deposits may be collected, held, retained and returned. “Security” means By Chris Dolan any payment, fee, deposit or charge that is imposed at the beThis week’s question comes from Maria in ginning of the tenancy for these Fairfield, who asks: reasons: to reimburse the landlord for costs associated with Q: “My mother rented an apartment on a processing of a new tenant; that month-to-month basis. She gave the landlord first month, last month and two month’s is imposed as an advance payment of rent; to compensate the landlord for non-paysecurity, as required by the landlord. She ment of rent; to repair damages to the and the apartment manager had a dispute premises, exclusive of ordinary wear and concerning my brother and his wife, who tear; and/or for cleaning of the premises came to stay for several days. They were upon termination of the tenancy necessary noisy and upset other tenants. My mom felt to return the unit to the same level of cleanharassed by the manager’s complaints and liness it was in at the beginning of the tenmore. My mom told the manager that she ancy. was going to move out. She gave 30 days’ lineout service to30 100’, with accessSection point. Warranty included. 1950.5 states a landlord may not notice. SheMain moved beforeupthe days May not be combined with otheroroffers. demand receive security in an amount or and tried to schedule a walkthrough to get Service limited to San Francisco County resident, 8am to 7pm. value more than an amount equal to two her deposit back. The manager said my A locally owned andtheoperatedmonths’ franchise. Lic# 974194 rent in the case of unfurnished resimother could come back and clean dential property, and an amount equal to apartment and get her remaining items. The manager then changed her position and told three months’ rent in the case of furnished www.MrRooter-SFO.com residential property. This is in addition to my mom she could not come back in to any rent for the first month paid on or before clean or get her things. She also said that initial occupancy. Therefore, the collection she would not give my mother back her se-

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College, we are not immune from demonstrations of hatred made more permissible by the presidency of Donald Trump.” Murphy said that in addition to what happened to Smith, white supremacist groups have used posters to try to recruit people at the college, and “offensive graffiti occasionally occurs.” School officials are working on a series of events to counter white supremacy and other forms of hatred “unleashed by Trump and his base,” said Murphy.

Administrators also said in a statement, “We are saddened and angered that such an incident could occur on our campus, which is deeply committed to inclusion.” In response to Smith’s incident, the school was set Wednesday to have a screening of “The Laramie Project,” a film about the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. A conversation about how De Anza’s communities could respond to homophobia was to take place after the screening.t

tenant has vacated the premises. The purpose of the initial inspection shall be to allow the tenant an opportunity to remedy identified deficiencies, in order to avoid deductions from the security. The landlord shall give at be evicted later. least several 48 hoursmonths prior written no-After that heticereturned wasofarrested of the dateand and time the inspection ifEven eitherthat a mutual time for trespassing. didn’t stop is agreed according upon, or if a mutually him, though, to DuBain, agreed time cannot schedand Saunders came backbeand “tried to uled but the tenant still wishes force his into” the home. an way inspection. Then, After late one night in June the pre-departure in- 2017 when the ex-partner was shall visiting spection, the landlord give Los thehe tenant itemized stateAngeles, saw an surveillance video on mentshowing specifyingSaunders repairs or cleanhis phone “prowlings that are proposed to be the ing around” and “ultimately breaking basis of any deductions from the security theintends residence,” saidThe DuBain. the into landlord to make. tenant When arrived, shall have the police opportunity duringSaunders the periodinifollowing initial inspection until it termitially the convinced them that was his nation of the tenancy to remedy identified and property, but they later returned deficiencies. arrested him. No later than 21 calendar days after the played surveillance footage tenantDuBain has vacated the premises the landjurors that Saunders lordto shall furnish theshowed tenant, by personal walkdelivery by first-class postage prepaid, ingoraround withmail, a flashlight and peera copy an itemized ingofinside the statement residence.indicating The video the also basisshows for, andhim the amount kickingof,a any wallsecuor door rity received and the disposition of the seat one point and carrying around a curity, and shall return any remaining shovel. portion of the security to the tenant. Along Saunders also allegedly threatened with the itemized statement, the landlord shalltoalso copies of documents killinclude the former friend that he and showing charges incurred and deducted his ex-partner had purchased thebyresi-

the landlord to repair or clean the premises. If the landlord or landlord’s employee did not do the work, the landlord shall provide the tenant a copy of the bill, invoice or receipt supplied by the person or entity performing the work. The itemized statement shall provide the tenant with the name, adthreatened to killofme dressand and telephone number the with persona knife (if he had one).” or entity, if the bill, invoice or receipt does not include that information. Police had already been called to If, the within the statutory 21-calendar-day house “numerous times over the period, thesix landlord fails due to provide the last months” to Saunders’ hatenant with the requisite written accounting according to thetoman’s of therassment, portion of the security deposit be filing.the Helandlord also said that his the water heater retained, must return entire deposit to been the tenant. had damaged and security camThe bad-faith claim or retention a eras he’d installed in the bygarage had landlord or the landlord’s successors in inbeen “destroyed.” terest of the security or any portion thereof Theof restraining was eventuin violation this section, ororder the bad-faith allyofgranted. demand replacement security, may subDeputyto statutory Public damages Defender ject the landlord of up Carto twice the Aguirre amount of told the security, addi-week men jurorsinlast tion tothat actual damages.had “lost everything,” Saunders In short, the landlord should return the including his relationship and his excess security deposit charged and, since home, he couldn’t he/she deniedand an inspection, allget the some remain-of his belongings. ing security deposit. I suggest that you provide this“That’s article to what the landlord this with casea is about,” request forAguirre. a full refund. If that does not said work, I suggest that youthat find yourself a good had She added the video trial lawyer with expertise in matters of shown going to the proplandlord tenantSaunders law.

dence with, said DuBain. In September 2016, civil court records show, Saunders’ former friend filed for a restraining order, saying that Saunders “came after me in the garage. I escaped to my car and locked the door. He then dented the door

“It may not be the best way” to go about it, said Aguirre, but it was “an emotional response, not an attempt to terrorize anybody. ... This matter doesn’t belong here.” Closing arguments in the case were expected Thursday (February 15).t

SF stalking trial underway by Seth Hemmelgarn

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rial got underway recently for a gay man accused of stalking his ex-partner and a former friend. John Lyle Saunders, 50, allegedly harassed his former partner and their neighbor for months and vandalized the Corona Heights property the three men had bought together. Saunders faces a dozen charges, inof four months rent in advance of moving in cluding four counts of stalking, as well was unlawful. asCalifornia violating protective Civil Code alsoorders, requiresdomesthat the security deposit for the ticlandlord battery,hold andthevandalism. benefit of the tenant. Within a reasonable During opening statements time after notification of either7, party’s inWednesday, February Assistant tention to terminate the tenancy, or before District Attorney Don DuBain said the end of the lease term, the landlord shall three men purchased the multi-unit notify the tenant in writing of his or her opbuilding onan Levant Street and about tion to request initial inspection of a hisdozen or heryears right toago. be present at the inspection. Their Pursuant13-year to law, atrelationship a reasonable time, “detebut no earlier than two weeks before the riorated” though, and the partner termination or the end of lease date, the movedorout in September 2016.shall, landlord, an agent of the landlord, when problems began” upon“That’s the request of the tenant, make an initial inspection thethe premises priorcase, to anysaid that resultedofin criminal final inspection the landlord makes after the DuBain. DuBain showed jurors photos of holes that had been made in the walls, artwork that had been destroyed, and tiles that had been damaged. After Saunders’ ex-partner bought his share of the property from him, Saunders refused to leave and had to

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it does not give people the right to discriminate. This case is just the latest example of conservative law groups latching on to someone’s anti-same-sex marriage beliefs in the hope of getting a favorable ruling to set a legal foundation allowing bias. In this case, they did, but we suspect that their “victory” will be shortlived. Whether in Bakersfield or San Francisco, state law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The state was right to investigate and seek the injunction. The appeals court should grant it.

A sucker punch for trans students

It’s no secret that the Trump administration despises trans people. Whether young or old, students or military members, the president and his administration have successfully rescinded rights and tried to block trans people from enlisting in the armed forces. This week, BuzzFeed News reported that the Education Department will flatly refuse to investigate or take any action on complaints from trans students who are denied access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. “It’s the first time officials have asserted this position as a formal interpretation of law,” BuzzFeed reported. “No public announcement has been made.” While

this development is not surprising, it is a sucker punch to trans students and their families. More trans and gender-nonconforming students are coming forward each school year with issues related to restroom access, and now the federal government is putting them in potentially lifethreatening situations by declining to investigate. PFLAG, which has worked with LGBTQ people and their families and allies for years, called the announcement “abhorrent.” Its executive director, Jaime Grant, said that Title IX remains the law in the U.S. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. In recent years, courts in two jurisdictions have ruled that discrimination based on sex extends to gender identity with respect to restroom access, and a Wisconsin school district settled a case for $800,000. But this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decided otherwise. BuzzFeed’s story noted that a department spokeswoman said that other types of discrimination against trans students may be investigated, but not bathroom complaints. Lucas Acosta, LGBTQ media director for the Democratic National Committee, assailed the decision, noting that it’s the latest move by an anti-LGBT Education Department. “In the last year, the Trump administration has rolled back critical protections for the LGBTQ community, and today’s decision by Betsy DeVos is no different,” he said in a statement. “By refusing to take action on complaints filed by transgender students denied the right to use bathrooms that match their gender identities, DeVos is willingly undermining Title IX and turning her back on individuals facing institutional discrimination.” DeVos should cease her self-serving pity party. Last week she tweeted her dismay and said her feelings were “hurt” by people saying she’s not defending the rights of all students. But guess what? This week her department did just that by backtracking on policy. Spare us, Ms. DeVos. We know that you do not believe in defending the rights of all students, least of all LGBTQ youth. t

Regional collaboration is key to ending homelessness by John Bauters

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espite significant efforts to combat homelessness, the needs of the homeless population are outpacing the local response. Many residents who have previously expressed sympathy and compassion for our homeless population have found their patience tested more recently, giving way to feelings of frustration and anger. Encampments sprouting up in local neighborhoods, piles of refuse, the presence of human waste and people exhibiting the signs of living with an untreated mental illness are conditions that have made many ask: what is being done to solve this problem? To their credit, local leaders are trying very hard to be responsive. Clearing trash, creating shelter opportunities, outreach teams, and affordable housing bonds are all examples of the efforts local leaders have undertaken in the past couple of years in a sincere effort to make a dent in the growing homelessness problem. One common problem plagues all of these efforts: an absence of coordinated, meaningful regional leadership. Responding to immediate needs with quick interventions, while understandable, has come at the expense of planning and executing a coordinated regional strategy. While a Coordinated Entry System is being implemented in Alameda County, local governments region-wide are on different pages about the most appropriate next steps. We need greater regional leadership and coordination of the systems that deliver homeless services. Local governments have a vested interest in giving up some local control in pursuit of this goal: we expend a large amount of resources managing homelessness instead of solving it. The ongoing costs our local law enforcement, public works, and public health systems alone incur keep us from making greater strides in other priorities, including

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crime reduction, infrastructure enhancement, and community health outcomes. Coordinating our local response to the homelessness crisis allows us to better leverage existing resources, yielding savings to local governments. It also helps us deliver better social outcomes that include keeping people housed, engaged in ongoing care or treatment, and improving community wellness. For example, suppose two neighboring cities both face the problem of growing encampments. Rather than each city creating a shelter with outreach services, the cities pool resources into a single, shared outreach program. The savings yielded from their collaboration can be invested into housing navigation services and permanent housing solutions. Regional leadership affords us the opportunity to examine important questions that will better inform not only our long-term solutions, but improve the quality of the urgent,

immediate interventions local leaders are making to be responsive to constituents. How much of our regional resources need to be spent on shelter services versus permanent housing? How can co-locating critical services like mental health care, substance use treatment options, and public assistance programs at shelter sites accelerate an individual’s movement into long-term stable housing? What kinds of housing infrastructure are we lacking the most? Are we prioritizing difficult-to-serve individuals who are the greatest consumers of emergency and other core city services? How well do we leverage our existing social services systems to meet the needs of this population? Answering these questions still leaves challenges. Where to locate a shelter, siting housing for the homeless, sustaining services through periods of economic uncertainty, and sharing costs across systems that have traditionally operated in silos are all real challenges we must tackle regionally if we are going to successfully address homelessness with solutions that last. Bay Area residents have been asking for their elected leaders to address this problem. They have shown repeatedly that they are willing to make investments in those solutions, passing housing bonds and approving local outreach programs, among other things. Before the public’s compassion turns to anger, Bay Area leaders must partner regionally to make good on our opportunity to deliver outcomes that last. We can end homelessness, but we must do it together. t John Bauters is the mayor of Emeryville, California. Bauters lived through housing insecurity as an LGBTQ youth, spent more than a decade as an outreach worker and attorney for people experiencing homelessness in Chicago, and has served as a legislative advocate in Sacramento on behalf of homeless Californians.


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the first transgender person to run for Congress in California, Snover is not expected to survive the June primary. She raised just $428 last year and reported having $590 in her bank account. In the fall she told the San Jose Mercury News that she knew she was “a long-shot candidate, but we need to be getting out there and having our voices be heard.”

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ith California routinely devastated by natural forces, from wildfires and earthquakes to floods and droughts, Jess Phoenix aims to be a powerful voice on environmental issues on Capitol Hill should she win her bid to represent the state’s 25th Congressional District seat. The queer geologist and expert on volcanoes is one of dozens of scientists running for political office this year, fed up with Republican denials of climate change and other anti-science stances. Her target is Representative Steve Knight (R-Lancaster), the son of the late state Senator Pete Knight, who in 2000 led a successful campaign against same-sex marriage in the Golden State. According to Equality California, the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, the younger Knight is also an opponent of LGBT rights. It gave him a score of 25 percent (out of 100) on its 2017 federal scorecard for members of Congress. He earned a 16 percent on the most recent scorecard from the Human Rights Campaign, the national LGBT advocacy group. “I was moved to step out of my work boots and into the race for Congress because people like Donald Trump and my representative Steve Knight are threatening that future by destroying some of the most basic things we all agree are important,” states Phoenix on her campaign site. “Education, scientific research, disaster preparedness, critical parts of our communities like roads and bridges, national parks, and wildlife are all under assault.” Phoenix is one of several Democrats running to oust Knight, 51, from office, including bisexual homeless advocate Katie Hill, who earned EQCA’s endorsement in December. Knight is one of the southern California Republican Congress members being targeted for defeat this November as Democrats seek to regain control of the House. “This seat is one of the top three that has a chance to flip in the next election,” Phoenix, 36, told the Bay Area Reporter in a recent phone interview. “In the 2016 election, this district was one of the closest in terms of Hillary Clinton won the district by 7 percent and Knight hung on by 6 percent.” This is the first time Phoenix has sought political office. Her parents were both in the FBI, and the family lived in 10 different states and three countries before she enrolled in high school in Florida. She earned a B.A. in history from Smith College and then a master’s in geology from California State University, Los Angeles. Phoenix lives in Acton with her husband, Carlos Phoenix, 37, who telecommutes for his job with a Silicon Valley computer software firm. They have a trio of rescued dogs, two cats, three birds, and two racehorses they rescued from Golden Gate Fields. For 15 years they have saved racehorses from being slaughtered and retrained them to be adopted. While she is now in a monogamous marriage, Phoenix said she is attracted to anyone of any gender and has had relationships in the past with people of the same gender. Since launching her campaign last April, she has been out about her sexual orientation in various media interviews. “I don’t want anyone to think you can just sort of half-ass being an out member of the community. You have to go and speak out proudly for who you are,” said Phoenix. To date, however, there is no mention of her being queer on her campaign site. It is something Phoenix told the B.A.R. she does intend to

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include but wasn’t sure how to do that when she first created the site. “I want people to be focused on my platform,” she said. The website covers her ideas to address health care, education, the economy and the environment. While LGBT issues are not listed, she told the B.A.R. the two big issues she would push for if elected is the inclusion of questions about LGBTQ people on the U.S. Census and the passage of federal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “I don’t want to be a career politician. I want to go to D.C., solve problems using evidence and facts, then go back and be a scientist,” said Phoenix. “I want to be in office long enough to get the job done and leave a legacy.” But first she must survive the June 5 primary race, where the top two vote-getters regardless of party affiliation will advance to the November election. Despite the national media attention she has attracted for her campaign, Phoenix faces an uphill climb to winning the seat, as she lags in financial support and backing from Democratic groups. Phoenix raised $282,434 last year and had $110,187 in her account as of January 1. Hill raised $696,987 last year and reported having $382,848 in cash on hand at the start of the year. She is also the beneficiary of several super PACs working to elect her and defeat Knight. Hill lives on a farm in Agua Dulce with her husband and several rescue animals. Under the header “representative government” on the issues section of her campaign website, she identifies as being bisexual but does not list any specific LGBT issues she would work on in Congress. In announcing its endorsement of her, EQCA Executive Director Rick Zbur explained it was “because we believe she will be the strongest candidate to defeat Congressman Steve Knight, who has a failing pro-equality record.” Another well-funded Democrat in the race is attorney Bryan Caforio, who lost to Knight in 2016 and is poised to win the state Democratic Party’s endorsement at its convention later this month. He raised $660,062 in 2017 and reported having $377,203 in his bank account. As for Knight, he raised $809,762 last year and had $794,747 in his account as of January 1. Should Phoenix or Hill win the seat, they would be the first out woman in California’s congressional delegation and only its second member from the LGBT community. The first was gay Congressman Mark Takano (DRiverside), who is expected to easily win re-election this year. He reported raising $511,122 in 2017 toward his re-election bid and started 2018 with $200,449 in his bank account. Another out congressional candidate is Mountain View resident Terra Snover, who is running as an independent against Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). Believed to be

As expected, gay attorney Rafael Mandelman is the first candidate seeking the District 8 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to be endorsed by both of the city’s LGBT Democratic clubs since supervisors reverted back to being elected by district 18 years ago. The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club voted Monday, February 12, to approve the recommendation from its political action committee that it sole-endorse Mandelman in the special election on the June 5 primary ballot. The more progressive Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club voted in January to early-endorse Mandelman in the race to represent the Castro, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, and Glen Park at City Hall. Mandelman, a member of the City College of San Francisco board, is running against gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who was appointed as the board’s first known HIVpositive member last year by the late Mayor Ed Lee. The two are running to serve out the remainder of gay former supervisor Scott Wiener’s term, which expires in early January 2019. Wiener resigned after being elected to the state Senate in November 2016. No matter the outcome of the June race, Mandelman and Sheehy are also expected to compete for a full four-year term on the board in the November election. As the B.A.R. noted last month, the Alice and Milk clubs have never before endorsed the same candidate in the District 8 races since 2000. When Mandelman first ran for the seat in 2010, he had the Milk club’s endorsement but not Alice’s. In a February 13 email to supporters with the subject line, “This Never Happens,” Mandelman highlighted the significance of his endorsements from Alice and Milk this year. “Last night, we made San Francisco political history,” he wrote. “I’m honored beyond words to have the support of both of these organizations.”

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fter more than a decade of people fighting for it, the “Wonder Woman” movie was released in mid-2017. Critics, by and large, loved it, and the film quickly became the fifth highest grossing superhero film domestically. For many women, it was a sign that they finally had a place, albeit still in the shadow of other male superheroes. On Friday, the movie version of “Black Panther” will be released, finally presenting a big budget superhero film that centers on the African superhero. The film has already shattered records for superhero films, weeks before its release. Why is this? It’s simple: representation matters. While it has long been a part of existence for straight, non-transgender Caucasian males, we are finally seeing a shift in popular mass media to allow for more female lead characters, more people of color, and an overall move toward greater diversity. This expansion has not been without backlash, nor are we anywhere near reaching parity between racial, sexual, or other forms of representation on screen. That said, we can pretty safely say that there are kids being raised today who, in this last year, have finally seen heroic characters on screen that represent themselves, rather than seeing yet another white man in tights and a cape fighting injustice. Being a transgender person means that representation is few and far between when it comes to movies and TV. While we do have real-life role models – from Christine Jorgensen to Danica Roem – there remains a dearth of big name transgender characters in popular culture.

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What characters do we get to see that represent us in movies or television? We’ve been represented by trans actresses Laverne Cox on “Orange is the New Black” and “Doubt,” as well as Jamie Clayton on “Sense8,” Candis Cayne on the “Magicians,” and a few others, but most stories told of transgender people feature non-transgender men playing trans characters, usually with tragic back stories and equally awful ends. Trans people have usually had to subsist on scraps. Maybe we’ve felt a kinship with Frank-NFurter from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” or the eponymous lead in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” but those are hardly representative of transgender people, and have some deeply problematic parts within the characters. Yet, for many of us, this was all we saw of ourselves on the silver screen. Or, at least, all we saw beyond the psychopath- i c , crossed-dressing killers like Buffalo Bill in “Silence of the Lambs.” I look back on what was considered a “good” piece of representation – say, the transsexual character of Bernadette Bassenger from “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” and see now just how little it took to be what seemed like a great portrayal. As we’re seeing more and more transgender people in entertainment, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as better written transgender characters, we’re seeing improved representation overall – yet there remains precious little on the large or small screen that is truly presenting stories of which transgender people can really feel a part. In a tweet by Shadi Petosky, a trans woman most recently known for the groundbreaking and transfriendly animated cartoon series “Danger and Eggs,” she mentioned “Black Panther,” adding that the need for representation is why she would want to see “a Marvel movie full of visible transsexuals.” I’d like to second this.

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residents living in same-sex relationships in the U.S., according to the release. JD Donavon, president of Sonoma County Pride, said the move was in the interest of the event and the community. “It was in better interest in Sonoma County as a whole,” said Donavon, 52, a lesbian who lives in Guerneville and produces the annual Women’s Weekend there in May. Guerneville has been a gay getaway for decades, but hosting Sonoma County’s annual Pride parade and festival proved to be a

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As I hinted at before, we are often not the lead character. Trans characters often play supporting roles, and that trans-ness is an aspect the lead can play off of. We’re Roberta Muldoon to Robin Williams’ lead role in “The World According to Garp,” or Rayon to Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.” When we are the lead character, the story is a well-trodden one focusing on our transitions. That is, who we are, how we do it, and all the little things that make up the typical transgender narrative. We’re not usually afforded the right to be anything but the typical transgender story, or have our trans-ness be simply a part of our lives on-screen. Maybe we don’t hail from Wakanda or Themyscira, but surely there has to be a place for us. There have been transgender characters in comics in the past, and there’s nothing truly stopping that from being the case in the future. Or, if not in a big-budget superhero epic, perhaps a sci-fi story, or a fantasy tale, or, well, anything that we can be in and presented as ourselves. Some story in which we can be seen as heroic, valid, and worthwhile. Likewise, much of our history is lost and barely known. We could see stories of Hirschfield’s clinic in the 1920s and the trans community that sprung up around it, or a story of Stonewall and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries born by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. We could have stories about people with trans backgrounds over the centuries, from the Chevalier d’Eon to the Egyptian pharaoh, Hatshepsut. What’s more, let’s consider tales that not only focus on trans characters, but center on nonwhite transgender people, or focus on trans men and nonbinary presentations. Let’s focus on the wide variety of possible trans identities. Like I said, representation matters. In a community where many of us attempt suicide, where we are not understood, where we are bullied, shunned, and hurt, the notion of seeing characters that we can relate to, that look like us, and that share our same needs and desires is vital to our very existence. Maybe we won’t see that transgender-centered Marvel epic any time soon, but there is no better time than now to start working toward it, and seeing a day when it is possible. t Gwen Smith doesn’t own a cape. You’ll find her on the web at http://www.gwensmith.com.

challenge for the riverside resort town. In recent years, Pridegoers expressed their frustration with the location and lack of accommodations, parking, and public transportation in feedback to committee members. The committee members agreed, adding that the river town also wasn’t conducive to host a festival due to the lack of space. It was also difficult to attract new board members and for them to attend meetings in Guerneville because of its location. “Last year, we were surprised to see that attendance really dropped to under 1,000 people,” said Carnivele. See page 10 >>


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he number of suspected antiLGBTQ homicides in the U.S. hit a record of 52 in 2017, according to a recent report. While the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ counts killings where the motive isn’t known in its tally, the report highlights concerns that many have had since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, whose support for anti-gay activists and white supremacists is believed to have helped spark an increase in hate crimes. Hate crimes was also the subject at a Board of Supervisors committee hearing in January. According to NCAVP, the 52 killings last year was up from 28 in 2016, an increase of 86 percent. “This report is a wake-up call for all of us,” Beverly Tillery, the New York-based nonprofit’s executive director, said in a January 22 news release announcing the report, “A Crisis of Hate.” “Our communities live in an increasingly hostile and dangerous climate, after a year of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies coming from the White House” and other sources, stated Tillery. “... We must bring more attention and action to deal with this epidemic of violence and work across all of our diverse communities to protect the most vulnerable and stand up to the hostile forces that have created this unacceptable climate of hate.” Among the deaths highlighted in the report are two California killings that police haven’t indicated were hate crimes. Most recently, Anthony “Bubbles” Torres, 44, was fatally shot on

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Larkin Street early one morning in September near the gay Gangway bar, which closed last month, and the New Century Theater strip club. Torres, a gay artist known for donning huge blond wigs and skimpy women’s clothing, had reportedly gotten into an altercation with someone from the strip club. The San Francisco Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for city resident Hieu Trung Nguyen, 30. Police have said Nguyen “should be considered armed and dangerous.” No arrests have been reported. In May, Fresno resident Imer Eliu Alvarado, 34, was fatally shot in the middle of the night about a mile away from two of the city’s gay bars. Police originally reported that Alvarado was a transgender individual, but friends said he was gay. Fresno police homicide Lieutenant David Madrigal told the Bay Area Reporter in a recent email that the case “is still open

According to data that the SFPD presented in December to the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee, 18 anti-LGBTQ hate crimes were reported in the city in 2016. In 2017, the number dropped to 13. Of the 40 overall hate crime incidents reported last year, 20 arrests were made. At the public safety committee’s anti-LGBTQ hate crimes hearing in January, gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who represents the Castro district and other neighborhoods, indicated that he’d wanted to have the meeting after the state attorney general reported in July that hate crimes had risen from 2015 to 2016. According to the attorney general’s office, there were 837 bias-motivated incidents in 2015 and 931 in 2016, an 11.2 percent increase. Hate crime incidents related to the victim’s sexual orientation went from 188 to 207, an increase of 10.1 percent. “San Francisco was among the Bay Area cities with the highest reported numbers,” said Sheehy, who attributed much of the problem to Trump, according to a transcript of the hearing. Citing data from a 2015 assessment by the city’s Human Rights Commission, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen said that “over a third of LGBTQI people do not trust the police,” and she asked SFPD hate crimes liaison Sergeant

Monica Macdonald how police are “addressing these really dismal statistics?” Macdonald pointed to police academy training, attendance at community meetings, and a training video meant to help officers around the state learn “to better investigate these crimes” and ensure that victims are “getting the services and support they need.” She also referred to the “It Gets Better” video the department made several years ago. Macdonald, who attended the hearing with Lieutenant David O’Connor, the officer in charge for the SFPD’s Special Investigations Division, said that there’s been an increase in calls from officers in the field asking whether incidents meet the criteria of being a hate crime. Ronen suggested a follow-up meeting on community mistrust and said that the committee “might” want to bring in Chief William Scott. Sheehy said he was “incredibly disappointed” that nobody from SFPD’s command staff attended the hearing, calling their absence “disrespectful” to the community. Ronen and Fewer agreed with Sheehy, who also spoke of underreporting hate crimes. He mentioned “people who prey on trans sex workers, knowing that they’re very unlikely to report violence for a whole host of reasons.” (At the time of the hearing, Ronen chaired the committee and Sheehy was the vice chair. Their roles are now reversed.) Cristine Soto DeBerry, District Attorney George Gascón’s chief of staff, told the committee that police have been

presenting more cases to the DA’s office and prosecutors have been charging more cases over the last four years. DeBerr y added that last year, prosecutors charged four cases as hate crimes that police hadn’t brought to them as hate crimes because “with a little more time in our office, where we were able to consider the facts, we felt that a hate crime is appropriate.” Of the 27 hate crime cases the DA’s office charged in 2017, six had LGBT victims, she said. In an interview with the B.A.R. Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesman, said it’s “unfortunate” that many people don’t trust police. “We want to serve every community,” said Rueca. “We strive in making sure we put the best foot forward in every incident, in every investigation, and in everything we do. In doing that, we hope to gain the trust of the public, whichever community they may be part of.” He indicated he didn’t know why command staff wasn’t sent to the meeting, but “the department sent two of its experts on hate crimes to present information and to bring back any feedback.” O’Connor and Macdonald are “the people on the ground,” said Rueca. “They’re the people who handle this ever y day, so we feel there couldn’t have been better representatives in discussing the issues around hate crimes.” No follow-up hearing has been set.t

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Red Envelope disburses grants for LGBTQ API projects by Alex Madison

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quote from black lesbian activist Angela Davis was used to open Red Envelope Giving Circle’s grant ceremony Sunday, February 11, at the GLBT History Museum in the Castro. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept,” Trinity Ordona, a founding member of Red Envelope Giving Circle and master of ceremonies for the night, said, quoting Davis. For six years, Red Envelope Giving Circle has created positive social change in the greater Bay Area through philanthropic support for queer Asian and Pacific Islander people and their communities. Nine grantees were awarded a total of $15,000 to help fund their projects. Ordona said that the event was a continuation of the resistance to President Donald Trump’s administration and that the “fight will continue every day of his presidency.” Although Davis’ strong words opened the reception, a joyous night ensued, living up to the ceremony’s theme “Celebrating Ourselves.” The museum, which currently has an exhibit on Davis, was packed, and the grantees were possibly the most elated. Spanning across generations and the LGBTQ spectrum, each grantee presented a video showcasing their project and the specific purpose it fills. “These people are incredibly passionate about the work they do,” said Crystal Jang, a Red Envelope founding member. “They are small, community-based organizations who don’t have fiscal sponsors. We are giving them seed money to be able to become established resources for our community.” Sammie Ablazawills, a 23-yearold, nonbinary person, accepted a grant on behalf of API Equality of Northern California. The funds will be used to fund a Trans Rights and Empowerment Day, dedicated to providing professional development resources, community support, and education for local transgender and nonconforming API people. Ablazawills commented on the importance of receiving funding from local API people instead of outside sources. “The Red Envelope is funding for us, by us,” they said. “Often people outside the community don’t understand our needs or problems. Being funded by people of our own community means we can give back in a more authentic way that meets the needs of our people.” Another grantee was a group of young API LGBTQ members called Hunnies & Hot Sauce. The small collective focuses on creating a safe, fun space for API queer, trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary people in the Bay Area. Eli Chi represented Hunnies & Hot Sauce and explained what it provides for the community. “There are not enough spaces for us,” said Chi, 30, a Chinese trans man. “A lot of the spaces we had have been gentrified. We want to be able to provide an intentional space where our people can unapologetically be themselves.” Another member of the group, Dree Lee, a queer, Korean-American woman, said the night represented, “a small drop that will create a giant ripple.” A recurring theme throughout the evening was the importance of preserving stories of LGBTQ ancestors. Alice Hom, Ph.D., was given a grant to continue her Historically Queer Digital Project, which includes a podcast and digital recordkeeping of stories of activism of LGBTQ people of color across

various social justice movements. Hom inspired the establishment of Red Envelope as a member of the larger philanthropic network, Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, which includes 50 giving circles nationwide. “There are not a lot of funding opportunities for projects like mine,” said Hom in her acceptance speech. “Red Envelope is a beacon of light in our community, especially during these challenging times.” After Hom exited the podium and half the grants were awarded, Amber Field, a local musician and sound healer, performed an Australian aborigine song on the didgeridoo and drums, meant to call upon ancestors to help progress current generations. She then had the crowd on its feet singing along to a song about freedom. Red Envelope member Alma Beck made a request for funds to help next year’s grantees. Beck spoke about Chinese New Year, beginning February 16, and the importance of charitable giving. Within five minutes, $7,500 was raised, along with a $5,000 matching grant from Horizons Foundation. Cathy Lo, a community member and creative director at Facebook, donated $1,000. She spoke about

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Eli Chi, left, of Hunnies & Hot Sauce, accepted a Red Envelope grant for his project and was joined by his colleagues Dree Lee and Srenilyn Lavarias during a reception February 11 at the GLBT History Museum.

why she supports Red Envelope. “This is a very meaningful night,” she said. “[Red Envelope] is so generous and is setting an example for the next generation.” Lo said she was inspired by the work of the founding members of Red Envelope years ago and said their work is the reason she was at the event. Seven founders who raised their

own seed money started Red Envelope Giving Circle. Today, the organization is one of only three giving circles out of 50 in Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy that supports API LGBTQ community members. Since its inception, the group has raised about $80,000 for 45 projects in the greater Bay Area. The night concluded with the

final grants being awarded to groups, including: QTViet Cafe, an Oaklandbased social enterprise that provides holistic healing through Vietnamese food, tradition, and storytelling; Asian Prisoner Support Committee, which is using the grant to produce “Rooted,” a documentary series following the lives of three formerly incarcerated, queer and trans API women; Chinese Progression Association and the Gender Sexuality & Diversities Program’s Gender Justice Youth Exchange, a four-day, threenight retreat that will bring together youth from GSD and Khmer Girls in Action; Trikone and Asian & Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community’s Mind Body workshop titled, “Lighten the Burden, Radiate Love;” Queer & Asian at San Jose State University’s three-day retreat offering professional development and in-depth LGBTQ learning for people 16 years and older; and Pacifica Center’s Reclaiming the Sacred Workshop series celebrating healing through lei making. Horizons and Gill foundations, and Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, support Red Envelope Giving Circle. For more information, visit http://www.redenvelope-giving-circle.org. t

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Boyd takes on gays, race in new e-book by Brian Bromberger

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ith his recent vulgar ranting about “shithole countries” visà-vis immigration, President Donald Trump has once again been accused of being a racist, which makes Randy Boyd’s new e-book, “The Essential Randy Boyd, Volume 1” the perfect opportunity to discuss race relations in the LGBTQ community. Best known for his fantastical, 700-page opus, “Walt Loves the Bearcat,” which netted him one of his five Lambda Literary Award nominations, as well as his blog posts on http://www.RandyBoydsBlocks.com during a 30-year writing career, the black, gay, HIV-positive author decided that he wanted to give readers the opportunity to sample some of his most important works (essays, fiction) in a short, accessible volume – “almost like a greatest hits album,” he said – that best defined him and his experiences. An opportunity to walk in his shoes, “to go on a unique walk with me,” he said. “Before my sexual orientation and HIV status, people are constantly reacting to, and reminding me of, my skin color, so yeah, dealing with racism through writing has been essential, pun intended,” he added. Two poignant memoir reminisces include his unrequited affection for the white quarterback on his freshmen high school football team and how he helped rescue an elderly white man whose car had broken down in the middle of ground zero of the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, at potentially great risk to himself. Boyd, 56, answered questions with the Bay Area Reporter through an email interview. With the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination coming up in April and Trump’s recent incendiary remark, Boyd commented on where the country is on race relations.

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“The battle for the soul of America continues,” he wrote in the email. “We still have a long way to go before we realize the ultimate idea that all people are created equal, and therefore deserve an equal shot at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Are we a country for rich, white supremacists or a melting pot for all? It seems to me that has been the question ever since the white, landowning forefathers of this country established a Constitution that preferred their interests over all others. “Every step forward seems to ignite a backlash,” he continued. “Trumpism is the selfish and/or ignorant (mostly) white man’s reaction to globalization and a successful President Obama. It’s vital we keep Dr. King’s dream alive.” Throughout his writings, Boyd deals with aspects about being black, gay, and HIV-positive. He was asked about which of the three identities has been the most difficult for him to deal with. “The hardest part is knowing that I’m a triple threat to people’s assumptions and perceptions, that people are going to put me in three different, very confining boxes, none of which completely defines me,” he wrote. “However, being located. It’s too much to drive all the way from Sonoma or Petaluma to the river,” he said, summarizing what attendees told the committee members.

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HIV-positive is definitely the most difficult. More and more people are exposed to, and accepting of, black and gay people, but people living with HIV/AIDS are the most feared, the least understood, and the least cared about of the bunch. Even as it’s become less socially acceptable for gay men to state their racial prejudices on online dating sites, there still appears to be no stigma in saying one is ‘clean,’ which implies people with HIV are ‘dirty.’” Boyd wants people to think about their choices, particularly surrounding HIV/AIDS stigma. “It should not be socially acceptable to use words like ‘clean’ when describing someone who is HIVnegative,” he wrote. “It would also help if gay people today understood more about what gay people with HIV/AIDS had to endure during the AIDS panic. In some ways, longtime survivors are like Holocaust survivors or veterans of a war. Have some sensitivity to our plight, for goodness sake.” In one devastating blog post, Boyd recalled what it was like being called the N-word by a group of white Sigma Chi fraternity brothers the week before starting the University of Southern California in 1980. At the time he didn’t report it. He would do things differently today. “I would have written an article describing that gut-wrenching experience and submitted it to the school paper, the L.A. Times (since we were in L.A.), the school president, and the dean of students,” he wrote in the email. “I would also let someone like the NAACP know about it. I would definitely not be silent about the fact that a black boy and his black friends were called ‘nigger’ by an all-mighty white fraternity a week before the start of my freshman year at USC. I would let them all know how hurt I was and how it became a major reason I eventually transferred to, and graduated from, UCLA.”

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entities are doing everything they can to make the Pride event a success, Carnivele said. “The city was just thrilled that we would be coming back,” said Carnivele. The committee has raised $27,000 of its $60,000-plus goal for this year’s budget, with support from the city of Santa Rosa and Visit Santa Rosa, along with sponsors, said Pride organizers and Brad Calkins, executive director of Visit Santa Rosa. The Pride board also added five new people since the committee decided to move the event to Santa Rosa, resulting in 10 members to help produce the event. The organizers hope to attract upward of 4,000 Pridegoers from around the Bay Area and beyond, particularly with the easy public transit, such as the new Smart Train, and many hotel options, they said. “We are very excited,” Calkins said. “We hope that it has a chance to grow.” He added that Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County overall, continues to suffer from a lack of visitors due to a misperception that everything was destroyed by the wildfires.

Santa Rosa provided an attractive opportunity to restore Sonoma County Pride’s past glory and the event’s potential future growth, organizers said. It’s central with easy access, hotels, and plenty of space in the newly renovated Old Courthouse Square. The multimillion-dollar project was completed last year to help revitalize Santa Rosa’s downtown, reported the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. This won’t be the first time Pride will be held in Santa Rosa. Sonoma County Pride called the city home for about 20 years and attracted some 4,000 Pridegoers, said Carnivele. The Pride festival started in Windsor, moved to Santa Rosa, and then moved to Guerneville when the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence took over production nine years ago, said Carnivele, who is serving for the third time on the Pride board. “It was at a very nice location. It was a lovely setting. It was right on the river and people could jump right into the river. It was wonderful, but parking is always an issue,” said Carnivele, who noted that committee members always had it in the back of their minds that the event would return to Santa Rosa at some point. Santa Rosa, where the Coffey Park and Fountaingrove neighborhoods were decimated by the wildfires last October, welcomed the Pride festival and parade back with open arms, officials said. The city’s chamber of commerce, visitors’ bureau, and other

When basketball legend Magic Johnson announced in 1991 that he was HIV-positive, it had a big impact on Boyd’s life. “Ten months before his announcement, I came out to friends and coworkers with my own HIV announcement,” he wrote. “Many of them disappeared from my life until calling to ask me how I felt about Magic Johnson (but not how I was feeling). And it really hurt, seeing my mother wondering why another mother’s son was getting so much attention and compassion while her son wasn’t. In my essay, I was also questioning his need to adamantly assert his heterosexuality, which was met with applause by a talk show audience and praise by a longtime Lakers announcer. It was as if all was OK, because even though he had HIV, he wasn’t gay.” The common perception is that gay men are less racist, having known prejudice themselves, yet Boyd argues against this notion, which he sees as idealistic and wishful thinking. “Knowing what it’s like being discriminated against based on sexual orientation doesn’t erase a person’s racial biases,” he pointed out. “Heck, even racial minorities can be racists. Gay folk have received the same cultural cues we all have about a black person being worth less in our society.” Boyd thinks that racism in the LGBTQ community needs to be confronted individually. “Challenge people to think about their choices,” he wrote in the email. “People have preferences, we all have preferences. But when one’s preference is to eliminate an entire race of people from consideration as a sexual or romantic partner, a little introspection is due. Why have you written off all black men or Asian

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Events like Sonoma County Pride will help show people that, “We still exist. Come up and enjoy the weekend,” said Calkins. The festival will kick-off June 1 with a show at the lesbian-owned Laugh Cellar with gay comedians Alec Mapa headlining and Justin Lucas opening; a pub crawl; and the unveiling of the North Bay’s

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men as unlovable? On the flip side, why have you written off all black men as only loveable if they are a big black Mandingo top?” With all these heavy topics, Boyd also has a charming chapter on how his dogs (Clancy as a child; Boomer as an adult) have helped him deal with the stresses and disappointments in his life. He thinks gay men grow attached to their dogs because of unconditional love and companionship. “A dog could care less about your sexual orientation,” Boyd wrote in the email. “He or she just wants your love and affection, and a lot of treats! Unconditional love is probably something a gay person can appreciate on a vastly different level than a non-gay person. Perhaps that makes dogs lovable to us.” Based on his own experiences, Boyd said the community needs to continue resisting Trump. “I take comfort that this is like a bad storm and we must weather it,” he wrote. “Trumpism is not the end of the world. It’s something we have to resist and fight against, but it’s also something we can survive. In the mid-1980s I attended the Hay Rides, weekly support meetings ran by the (late) self-help guru Louise Hay in West Hollywood. The gym would be filled with hundreds of men and women dealing with AIDS. One sentiment she shared has always resonated with me: ‘Whatever you’re going through, every bad day, every bad crisis, every seemingly insurmountable problem, you’ve always found a way to get through it and keep going.’ That’s what we have to remember about this fervent, racist, selfish, and conservative backlash trying to consume our country at the present time. We will survive this and keep going.” t Randy Boyd’s new book can be purchased atamazon.com.

LGBTQI Historical Timeline. On June 2, the parade will start at 11 a.m., making its way down Fourth Street and lead right into the festival at Old Courthouse Square, which opens at noon. The festivities will go on until 8 p.m. The celebration will continue June 3 with a variety of events, including brunch and Outwatch, wine country’s LGBTQI film festival, among other activities. Festival headliners and a theme haven’t been announced yet, said organizers. Organizers said that they hope to hold an event in Guerneville and that they are reaching out to a variety of communities there, including families, seniors, transgender people, youth, and other groups to participate in the parade and have booths at the festival. “Sonoma County Pride has to be open to everyone in Sonoma County,” said Drue Mordecai, marketing director at Fountaingrove Lodge, which will have a float in the parade. “I believe that having it back in Santa Rosa will have a positive impact in the town. It will be more visible and easy to participate. “I’m very glad that it is in Santa Rosa,” he added.t For more information or to donate, sponsor, or volunteer for Sonoma County Pride, contact Bonnie Bryen, volunteer coordinator, or JD Donavon at jd@ sonomacountypride.org or visit http://www.sonomacountypride. org or http://www.facebook.com/ sonomacountypride.


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Dem clubs team up for AD 15 candidate forum compiled by Cynthia Laird

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he East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club, based in Alameda County, and the Lambda Democratic Club in Contra Costa County, will hold a candidate forum for the contested 15th Assembly District race Wednesday, February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia Street in Berkeley. This will be an opportunity for voters to meet many of the candidates running to replace Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (DRichmond), who is running for state schools chief. There is a crowded field for the AD 15 race, which includes lesbian Berkeley school board member Judy Appel, lesbian Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles, and bisexual East Bay Municipal Utility District board member Andy Katz. Other candidates in the race include former Obama administration official Buffy Wicks, Oakland City Councilman Dan Kalb, El Cerrito City Councilwoman Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, and Berkeley City Councilman Ben Bartlett. In addition to the candidate forum, the clubs will recognize gay

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El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto, who is the first member of the LGBT community and first Filipino/a to be mayor of the East Bay city, as well as the first HIV-positive elected official in the Bay Area. The East Bay Stonewall Club will consider an early endorsement for lesbian Alameda County Superior Court Judge Tara Flanagan. Last

week, retired public defense lawyer Karen Katz completed paperwork to challenge Flanagan, who was the only judge out of 25 up for re-election in June to draw an opponent. For more information and to register, visit https://eastbaystonewalldemocrats.org/ event-2706827.

will be on hand. Those scheduled to perform include Collette Le Grande, Shane Zaldivar, Donna Personna, Pleasure Bynight, and Miss J. There is no cost to attend, and people can buy their tickets to the play at the event. Tickets to the play can also be purchased online at http://bit. ly/2EyJ6oG.

Drag events highlight Compton’s play

El/La Para TransLatinas gets interim ED

In anticipation of “The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot,” the Tenderloin Museum’s first-ever theater production, the museum will hold two drag events. On Friday, February 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., people are invited to the museum, at 398 Eddy Street, for a night of fun and prizes with drag bingo. Cruzin’ D’Loo will serve as mistress of ceremonies, presiding over the bingo balls and calling out the lucky numbers. Prizes range from the luxurious (a two-night stay at the Phoenix Hotel) to the whimsical (kitty play time at KitTea). Others include tickets to the Color Factory or film passes to the

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Roxie Theater. Admission is free and bingo cards are $5 each. Proceeds from the benefit will be used to fund free tickets to the play when it opens February 22. Drag queens behind the play will give a rare show at United Nations Plaza during the weekly farmers market Wednesday, February 21, from noon to 1 p.m. Museum officials said that both cast members and co-creators of the production

A San Francisco nonprofit that provides HIV testing, leadership development, and other services for transgender Latinas announced that it’s hired an interim executive director. El/La Para TransLatinas said last week that Maritza Penagos, who has more than 20 years of experience in public health and other areas, will lead the organization until a permanent director is found. “Maritza has been a social worker, community planner, and a health clinic administrator with a focus on HIV, trauma-informed care, and mental health/substance abuse,” El/La’s February 5 announcement said. “As a public See page 14 >>

CA panel backs historic listing for Women’s Building by Matthew S. Bajko

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state panel is supporting the San Francisco Women’s Building’s request to become a national historic site. Such a designation would make it one of a handful of properties across the country given such federal recognition due to its place in LGBT history and only the third on the West Coast. California’s State Historical Resources Commission voted unanimously at its meeting February 2 to support the listing of the Women’s Building on the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination is now under review by the State Historic Preservation Officer for certification. By the end of the month it will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C. for final determination. They have

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45 days to review the nomination and make a decision. As the Bay Area Reporter has previously reported, the Women’s

Building was founded in 1971 by a group of women that included a number of lesbian leaders, such as Roma Guy, whose life and advocacy for the building was depicted last year in the ABC miniseries “When We Rise” about a number of LGBT San Francisco leaders. In 1979 the Women’s Building moved into its current location, at 3543 18th Street near Valencia Street, where it has hosted numerous meetings of LGBT groups and conferences over the years and continues to do so. The building is already deemed a city landmark, though it was listed for its historical significance predating the modern LGBT rights movement. The Women’s Building had initially sought to become a National Historic Landmark, a designation with higher stature than that of a national historic site. But after

the election of President Donald Trump, and on the advice of federal park advocates, the decision was made to seek placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Donna Graves, a public historian based in Berkeley, has spent the last two years working on the Women’s Building application. Her work has been funded by a grant from the National Park Service’s LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, which earmarked money for the nomination of LGBT historic sites from across the country. “I’m excited to see the Women’s Building get this recognition at the national level,” Graves told the B.A.R. following the state panel’s vote. “This increases the number of sites designated for their association with LGBTQ and post-war American feminism – important areas of U.S. history that are almost invisible in historic designations.”

FDA approves new HIV combo pill by Liz Highleyman

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he U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved Biktarvy, a one-pill, once-daily combination that contains a new HIV integrase inhibitor and a kidney- and bone-friendly version of tenofovir. Biktarvy, developed by Foster City-based Gilead Sciences, was approved for adults starting HIV treatment for the first time and for those currently on treatment with an undetectable viral load who wish to switch to a more convenient or better-tolerated regimen. Studies showed the new regimen was highly effective with few side effects. “Another new HIV med with a vowel-packed name – is this a big deal? It is. In one small pill we have three of the best antiretrovirals ever made,” study investigator Dr. David Wohl from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told the Bay Area Reporter. “Almost anyone starting HIV therapy and many on older regimens can take Biktarvy. We have come a long way.” The new single-tablet regimen contains bictegravir, a well-tolerated integrase inhibitor that does not need to be taken with a “booster,”

unlike Gilead’s older three-drug tablet conintegrase drug elvitegrataining an integrase vir (part of the Stribild inhibitor, according to and Genvoya combinaGilead. tion pills). Boosters, also Besides Stribild (elknown as pharmacoenv iteg rav ir/cobicistat/ hancers, increase the emtricitabine/TDF) and potential for interactions Genvoya (elvitegravir/ with other medications. cobicistat/emtricitabine/ This is the first approval TAF), the other inteLiz Highleyman for bictegravir, which is Dr. Paul Sax grase inhibitor combos not sold as a stand-alone on the market are ViiV product. Healthcare’s Triumeq The combo pill also includes (dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine) emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenand the recently approved twoamide (TAF), the updated formuladrug regimen Juluca (dolutegration of tenofovir, which studies have vir/rilpivirine). Triumeq requires shown is less likely to cause kidney prior testing for a genetic variation problems and bone loss. The older that increases the risk of abacavir formulation, tenofovir disoproxil hypersensitivity. fumarate or TDF, is part of the popFDA approval of Biktarvy was ular Truvada combination pill used based on data from four Phase 3 for both HIV treatment and PrEP. clinical trials, two of which included People considering Biktarvy people starting treatment for the should have their kidney function first time and two of which looked tested before starting the combo and at people changing treatment. These monitored regularly while taking it. studies showed that the combo was They should also be tested for hepagenerally safe and well tolerated, titis B, because the TAF component with the most common side effects is active against hepatitis B as well as being headache and diarrhea. HIV, and stopping treatment could At last year’s International AIDS lead to liver disease flare-ups. Conference in Paris, Dr. Paul Sax Biktarvy has no food requirefrom Brigham and Women’s Hosments and it is the smallest pital in Boston presented findings

from a study comparing bictegravir versus dolutegravir, both taken with emtricitabine and TAF. Another trial directly compared the Biktarvy and Triumeq combination pills. The studies showed about 90 percent of participants taking either regimen achieved viral suppression at 48 weeks. In October, Gilead announced data from a third study showing that people who switched from a boosted HIV protease inhibitor to Biktarvy were as likely to maintain an undetectable viral load as those who stayed on their existing regimen – again around 90 percent. Results from the fourth study are expected to be presented at an upcoming HIV conference. Biktarvy is currently being further tested in a women-only trial and in a study of children and adolescents, according to Gilead. “In clinical trials through 48 weeks, no patients taking the regimen of bictegravir plus [emtricitabine]/TAF developed treatmentemergent resistance, results that were observed both in people new to therapy and those who were virologically suppressed and chose to switch regimens,” Sax said. “In addition, the clinical data show that

Last June saw the first West Coast LGBT historic site be listed, the Federal Building (50 UN Plaza) in San Francisco. It was the site of the AIDS/ARC Vigil, a decade-long protest against the lack of a federal response to the deadly disease that was started in 1985 by several gay men who chained themselves to the building’s doors. Last September saw the addition of the Great Wall of Los Angeles, a half-mile long mural that depicts numerous California historical events and figures, including the struggle for LGBT rights. The Park Service’s webpage for its LGBT initiative currently lists 21 LGBT historic places, some landmarks and others historic sites, at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/lgbtqplaces. htm. t

the regimen’s antiviral efficacy, tolerability profile, and limited drug interactions offer an effective new treatment option for a range of people living with HIV.” Gilead set the wholesale price for Biktarvy at $36,000 a year, which is in the same range as competing options. The company said it would include the new regimen in its patient assistance and copay programs and it is working with the ADAP Crisis Task Force to provide discounts for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. Soon after the FDA approved Biktarvy, ViiV announced that it was filing a lawsuit against Gilead, charging that bictegravir infringes on the patent for dolutegravir. Gilead denies the allegation regarding the U.S. patent. “Gilead is pleased to offer Biktarvy as an important new treatment option for a range of people living with HIV across the United States,” Gilead spokesman Ryan McKeel told the B.A.R. “We remain steadfast in our opinion that Biktarvy does not infringe ViiV’s U.S. patent. ViiV’s challenge does not impact our ability to make Biktarvy available to patients in the U.S.” t


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All that glitters is gold – and bronze by Roger Brigham

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n advance of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, John Moody, the executive editor of Fox News, wrote an editorial predicting poor medal results for Team USA because of an overabundance of gays and people of color on the squad. “Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger,’” Moody wrote in his lame-ass column. “It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’” Moody also wrote, “A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics. That was followed by a, frankly, embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians, and openly gay athletes are on this year’s U.S. team. No sport that we are aware of awards points – or medals – for skin color or sexual orientation.” Wow. First off, seriously? Has he never heard of the “(white) gentlemen’s agreement” that for decades blocked African-Americans from playing in the major pro leagues in baseball, football, and basketball? Is he not aware that amateur rules coming with economic equality historically made it damned hard for AfricanAmericans to make the Olympic squads? He’s right on about the American Olympic ideal being to show the strength and fairness of our unparalleled diversity – but sadly mistaken if he believes the selections are driven by anything more than meritocracy, greater opportunities, and the drive to utilize all of the talent possible to have the best team results. Sports have long been recognized by the United Nations as an important engine of social change, providing tools to empower expression, equality, and dignity. And when some of those athletes whose presence on the squad Moody challenged started to rack up medals, Fox News removed the article from its website – but issued no apology. “The executive vice president of Fox News targeted some of our nation’s top athletes with vicious antiLGBTQ and biased rhetoric at what should be the proudest moment of their lives,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “These athletes are at the

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policy for their SRO hotels. “This is a Valentine for the transgender community, as well as seniors, the disabled, and women,” Davis told the Bay Area Reporter. “This is also extremely historic, no gender neutral restroom bill has ever covered residential spaces or bathing facilities.” The ceremony marked the first time Farrell had added his signature to legislation benefiting the LGBT community since becoming the city’s interim mayor January 23. He will be mayor until the winner of the special election June 5 is sworn in to serve out the term of the late mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack December 12. “This is all about equity here in San Francisco and equal access,” Farrell told the B.A.R. just prior to the signing ceremony. Farrell had announced via Twitter last month that he was co-sponsoring the legislation ahead of a supervisor committee hearing on the

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Gay Olympic athletes Gus Kenworthy, left, and Adam Rippon share a hug in PyeongChang.

Olympics because they already won by qualifying to represent the United States on the world’s stage; and they did so despite facing discrimination from places like Fox News throughout their careers. It’s not enough that the column has been removed. Moody should have the decency to apologize to the athletes and fans for this disgraceful post, and Fox News should open their site for diverse athletes to share their own personal stories and perspectives.” President Donald Trump selected Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. Olympic delegation, enabling the veep to send whatever political message he wanted by refusing to stand when flags from countries other than the U.S. were paraded out – after notably walking out of an NFL game last season to protest players who protested racial injustice by refusing to stand during the American anthem. And that dreadful diversity infecting the team quickly rose to the occasion. Skier Chloe Kim, one of those AsianAmericans contaminating the roster, completely dominated the women’s half-pipe competition to earn gold. Figure skater Adam Rippon, one of those sexual deviants smudging the U.S. roster, put on a dazzling program in team competition to help lift the team to the bronze medal. Slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy expects to ski even better since coming out of the closet after the Winter Games in Sochi, and was made the lead representative of the LGBT community at the Games. Not sure what Moody thinks of the degenerates dragging down team efforts in other countries. Dutch speed code change. The law takes effect Friday, March 16, which is 30 days after the date that Farrell signed it. The signing ceremony came less than 24 hours after the supervisors unanimously voted a second time at their meeting Tuesday, February 13, to support the code change. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents the Mission where a number of SROs are located, was the lead sponsor of the legislation. “I am really excited we had unanimous passage and support on this legislation from the mayor,” Ronen told the B.A.R. “It is a no-brainer. As San Franciscans have seen, all-gender restrooms make all of our lives easier, safer, and better,” said Ronen. Supervisors Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin, Sandra Lee Fewer, Ahsha Safai, Malia Cohen, and Jeff Sheehy, the board’s lone gay member, all cosponsored the legislation. “This ordinance will provide equitable and dignified access rights for members of our transgender community,” stated Sheehy. “SROs serve as the homes for many nonconforming individuals - the

skater Ireen Wust became the first openly LGBT athlete to win a medal at this Olympics when she took silver in the 3,000-meter race, then became the most highly decorated Winter Olympian with a gold in the women’s 1,500-meter race, giving her a career total of five gold, four silver, and one bronze. And pairs figure skater Eric Radford was helping Canada capture the gold in team figure skating, becoming the first openly gay male gold medalist in Winter Olympics history. While Moody was bellyaching about the “political correctness” of the American squad selection, Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler was counterpunching by accusing NBC of having “straight-washed” its coverage of the opening ceremonies. Previous editorials by Outsports have taken NBC to task for failing to acknowledge LGBT athletes and their relationships at glaring times – such as when diver Matthew Mitcham kissed his boyfriend after winning gold in Beijing 2008 and NBC did not air it, or when British diver Tom Daley was winning the silver medal in 2016 in Brazil with his fiance, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, cheering from the stands. Routinely, NBC shows images of successful athletes sharing their joy, especially if their partners are celebrities in their own right. “Did NBC grab Kenworthy or Rippon for a quick hello?” Zeigler wrote. “Nope. Did they profile either man? Nope. Did they even mention their names? Nope. Did they decide to mention the name of the only publicly out American woman at the Games, Brittany Bowe? Of course not. They had to mention Lindsey Vonn for the 247th time.” A gay friend of mine agreed with some of the commentators who labeled Zeigler’s column an “overreaction” – especially when Zeigler termed NBC’s neglect “criminal.” My friend asked me what I thought. I thought that the gauntlet was more or less thrown when Pence was selected: that was a deliberate political message, much as President Barack Obama’s pro-diversity choices were four years ago. The divisive animus that followed was predictable, and someone at NBC decided that it would not engage in political side issues. Except that’s like not covering a fire that breaks out after a reviewer is sent to the opera house to write about “Madame Butterfly.” And it is inconsistent with its standard operating procedure. NBC routinely stacks its coverage with medal contenders, American athletes – and amenities at these hotels should reflect needs of the people who reside there. We are proud to sponsor an ordinance that will have a meaningful improvement on the day-to-day lives of our residents.” As the B.A.R. has previously noted, the SRO policy follows city and state laws that require businesses and government-run buildings to mark all single-stall toilets as for use by anyone. San Francisco’s policy went into effect in the summer of 2016, while the state provision became law last March; neither included SROs. It is already city policy for SRO hotels to provide a water closet, a lavatory, and a bathtub or shower situated either within individual rooms or off the exit corridor on the same floor. For single-stall facilities situated outside of a hotel guest room, the housing code will be updated to specify they “shall be made available for the use of all residents, See page 15 >>

most especially, American medal contenders. Rippon and Kenworthy were the rock stars of the American men’s squad coming in. Anyone following their respective sports knew that. As Febreze ads might say, NBC has gone nose-blind to things that smell. It is losing touch with the human-interest elements of athletes’ lives that have always been the lifeblood of their coverage. Then again, Proctor and Gamble, the manufacturer of Febreze, already signed Kenworthy to a

lucrative sponsorship deal, and not just because he’s a dead ringer for “Game of Thrones’” John Black. NBC should cover the athletes and their performances. It should not worry about whose feathers gets ruffled; it should give the athletes who dedicate their careers to representing their country the respect they deserve and the credit they earn. To do otherwise just stinks. To do otherwise is just downright unAmerican. t

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health and public education administrator she has supervised and enhanced the infrastructure of both small non-profits and large bureaucracies.” Penagos, who didn’t respond to interview requests, is taking over about a month after the departure of Susana Caceres, who had led El/ La for four years. Penagos’ bio at http://www. coachingforjustice.org says, “Maritza has always been drawn to the rebels, artists, healers, leaders and strategic thinkers (and do-ers) on issues of race, culture, health, resilience, and justice.” Sthefany Galante Bautista, El/ La’s outreach coordinator, and advisory board co-chairs Isa Noyola and Marcia Ochoa didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment about Penagos.

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diversion committee, and she’s worked as an attorney in juvenile hall. For the past several years, Solis has represented James Rickleffs, 51, who’s charged with murder in the death of Steven “Eriq” Escalon, a 28-year-old gay San Francisco hairstylist whose body was found bound and gagged in 2012. Rickleffs, who’s been in custody since shortly after Escalon’s death, was ordered to stand trial almost four years ago, but that trial has not yet gotten underway. Prosecutors and Escalon’s family have expressed dismay with Solis for delays in the case. Solis declined to discuss the case, saying her race for judge “has nothing to do” with Rickleffs. One of Solis’ supporters is Bevan Dufty, a gay former San Francisco supervisor and current BART director. “I’ve known Niki for over a decade, and she’s been an incredible public defender,” said Dufty. “I see her being compassionate and tough, and I think that she brings a lot of great qualities to the bench. I don’t think there’s a judge that really has the perspective and background that she does.” Ross, 66, whom Schwarzenegger appointed more than eight years ago, spoke of his own qualities. “I have been fair, I have been thoughtful,” and willing to make decisions required by law “regardless of any political issues,” he said, adding, “I love my job and the people I serve.” Ross said, “We were told we were being challenged because we were appointed by Republican governors.” However, he said that he’s been registered as a Democrat since 1969, when he was 18. The reason he applied for a judicial appointment under Schwarzenegger was that “it was pretty well known” that former Democratic Governor Gray Davis, who preceded Schwarzenegger, “didn’t appoint criminal defense lawyers,” so he waited. “I’m so proud to be on a bench as diverse as ours,” since it includes judges from the gay, lesbian, black, Hispanic, and Asian communities, said Ross, who practiced law for 34 years, representing criminal defendants in state and federal court, before he became a judge. He also handled family law and other cases, argued cases in the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and served as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco. As a judge, Ross has overseen the Veterans Justice Court, which sees veterans who’ve been charged with crimes and helps them with

Open house at quilt museum

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is holding A Day at the Circus, a free community open house, Sunday, February 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 520 S. First Street in downtown San Jose. People will be able to see Susan Else’s new exhibit, “Without a Net.” Else, a Santa Cruz-based fabric sculptor, pushes boundaries of the studio art quilt movement by integrating sound, light, and motors with colorful stitched figures. Additionally, museumgoers can enjoy activities for all ages, including mask-making, clown hats, do-it-yourself hand puppets, and balloon figures. Events throughout the day will feature musical presentations, an artists in residence open studio and the ring of fire selfie station. The Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe of San Jose will perform at noon and 1 p.m. For more information, visit https:// www.sjquiltmuseum.org/ (click on “Events”).

housing, treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, drug addiction, and other problems. In his current post, he’s handled cases involving murder, rape, domestic violence, and other crimes. Ross said that jurors have written to him saying they’d volunteer for jury service again after seeing how he conducted trials. “I very much enjoy doing that work, doing it that way and knowing that I’m serving justice,” said Ross. “... My job is to make sure that all are respected, and treated courteously and with dignity.” Lesbian criminal defense attorney Nanci Clarence said she knows Ross the best, but with all four judges, there is “not any question about their independence or fairness or their ability to do a good job.” Clarence said working to defeat a judge because the governor of a certain political party appointed them “is really dangerous ground to walk on.” “Gay people need to know that this sword can be wielded against us,” she said. “...We need to be aware that when you challenge judges for their perceived political affiliation, you’re endangering their independence.”

Seat 9

Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan Hart Maloof is one of two attorneys who are running to oust Seat 9 Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee. In 2015, while he was representing a man accused of attacking a transgender woman, Maloof repeatedly referred to the woman as male and used male pronouns for her. Asked at the time about how people in the transgender community would likely be horrified at his comments regarding the victim’s gender, Maloof said, “They can be horrified if they want.” “Unless he’s had an operation,” Maloof added, the victim was still a man. Reached by phone this week, Maloof asked the B.A.R. to email questions to him. The next day, after the B.A.R.’s deadline had passed, he said that he didn’t have time to respond to questions by email. Lee, 68, who served as the court’s first Asian-American female presiding judge, told the B.A.R. that she wants voters to “look at my track record. Look at what I’ve done over the last 20 years.” “I have been an ethical, hard working judge who’s exercised good judgment with integrity and honesty,” she said. “I believe the things I’ve done speak more volumes about who I am and my values than what has been put out by my opponents.” Former Republican Governor Pete Wilson appointed Lee, who’s a Democrat.

Workshop on reaching LGBTQ youth, seniors

LGBTQ Connection in the North Bay will hold a best practices workshop on reaching and serving LGBTQ youth and seniors in Santa Rosa Thursday, February 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Restorative Resources, 2934 McBride Lane. Organizers said at the free training attendees will learn about LGBTQ identity, terms, and issues; hear personal experiences from a panel of local LGBTQ people; take away practical best practices for what other organizations do to better reach LGBTQ people; and have opportunities for discussions. The workshop is for anyone who has connections to youth or seniors, such as professionals, supporters, and mentors. To RSVP, visit https://www. eventbrite.com/o/lgbtq-connection-1064224789. For questions, contact eliseo@lgtbtqconnection.org.

Judge Jeffrey S. Ross

Lee said that when she was presiding judge, she founded the Veterans Justice Court that Ross eventually oversaw, and “I created the Truancy Action Partnership in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District and child welfare agencies to go into elementary schools in the southeast part of the city to address issues of homelessness among elementary school children.” She said the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women recognized her after she implemented mandatory domestic violence training for all of the judges. Attorney Elizabeth Zareh, 56, who filed in January, is also hoping to unseat Lee. Zareh said that along with being an attorney, she’s also a licensed real estate broker. She said that while most of the other candidates have backgrounds in criminal law, she’s the only one with background in real estate, business, and other legal areas. She’s handled complex business litigation, employment, and real estate matters, and she’s argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Currently serving as a judge pro tem, Zareh fills in for other judges as needed, and she also sits on the city’s Assessment Appeals board, which hears disputes between the city and taxpayers. Zareh, a Democrat, said, “I don’t know of any of [Lee’s] rulings I would say I disagree with,” but she said, “I’ll be working with all the communities of San Francisco, and I’m not going to be limited to one community or another.”

Seat 4

In another race, Deputy Public Defender Phoenix Streets, 49, is working to defeat Seat 4 Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng. “I’m running because there needs to be a change in how the judges approach their jobs and how they treat individuals,” said Streets. It’s time “to focus on the individual needs of each person that comes in, because that is the only time you’re going to actually solve any of the situations and problems that we have in this city, and the city has so many different programs that the court has access to, and that the court can utilize to

LGBTQ youth dance in Sonoma

The aforementioned LGBTQ Connection will hold “The Love is Love Youth Dance” Saturday, February 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Women’s Club, 574 First Street, East, in Sonoma. The event, which is free, is cosponsored by the Sonoma Valley High School gay-straight alliance. The event is being held to celebrate LGBTQ Connection’s youth programming in Sonoma Valley and is especially for LGBTQ youth and young adults and allies ages 11-20. To RSVP, email eliseo@lgbtqconnection.org.

Mock to headline LGBTQ health forum

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February 24, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mission Bay campus (William J. Rutter Center), 1675 Owens Street in San Francisco. This program, presented by the UCSF LGBT Resource Center, is the oldest and largest student-run LGBTQIA health forum in the country. It educates attendees about health care disparities faced by queer individuals and their communities, and aims to prepare current and future health care providers on how to better serve the needs of these individuals. All interested health professionals, graduate students, and community members, whether LGBTQIA or not, are welcome to attend. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2BQELHU. t Seth Hemmelgarn contributed reporting.

Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee

Attorney Elizabeth Zareh

Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow

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assist people with whatever needs they have.” Asked about specific cases or decisions that he disagreed with, Streets said, “This being a judges race, I can’t really comment on their specific decisions.” He said that running together against the four judges was “really a group decision.” “We’re stronger as a group than we are as individuals,” said Streets. “We’re strong individuals, but it’s easier to run as a group, because then we don’t have all the judges focused on one person. They have to deal with the four of us rather than one.” Cheng couldn’t be reached for comment.

the courts,” he said, and “I’m one of the most respected trial judges in the state.” In an apparent reference to his book “Litigation in Practice,” Karnow said he authored the “bible of civil litigation,” and for years he’s taught judges around California. In 2015, the state Supreme Court appointed him to the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions. Deputy Public Defender Maria Elena Evangelista, who’s running against Karnow, couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Seat 7

Incumbent Seat 7 Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow, 64, who said he’s “a lifelong liberal Democrat,” has been a judge since 2005, when Schwarzenegger appointed him. He said it’s “peculiar” that people are trying to paint him and other incumbents as “conservative or Republican. ... No one, I think, would call me a conservative.” “I am completely mystified as to why they picked me” to run against, he added. “I am mystified.” Karnow noted, “I issued the injunction that saved City College in San Francisco” when the community college faced being shut down by accreditors, and he’s also taken on other progressive issues. “I wrote the paper on bail reform that is now front and center and of great concern to the people of California” as officials examine the practice of keeping people in custody when they can’t afford to bail out, said Karnow, who currently oversees complex litigation. “The most complicated cases in the state are entrusted to me by

Presiding judges’ support

In a statement released the day Solis and her colleagues filed their papers with the Department of Elections, Presiding Judge Teri L. Jackson and Assistant Presiding Judge Garrett L. Wong offered their support to the incumbents. “Under our Judicial Canon 5(a) we have an obligation as judges to uphold the integrity, impartiality, and independence of our judiciary,” Jackson and Wong said in a statement, adding that they “stand firmly behind” the four judges who are being challenged and called them “tremendous assets” to the state and the city. “Further, as stated in the Canons, we are in a unique position to know the qualifications necessary to serve as a competent jurist. These four judges are extremely well respected by their peers throughout the state. They are exceptional members of the state judiciary and as judges on the San Francisco bench have presided over every case with fairness, impartiality and consideration of every person that comes before them,” stated Jackson and Wong. t


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Legal Notices>> ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC-18-553619

In the matter of the application of: RICHARD ANTHONY MAJORS, 766 SUTTER ST #22, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner RICHARD ANTHONY MAJORS, is requesting that the name RICHARD ANTHONY MAJORS, be changed to RICE ARCHIMEDES MAJORS. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 15th of March 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037957300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES, 5135 ANZA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CHRISTOPHER ALAN SPROUL. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/16. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/19/18.

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An image from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s campaign to increase PrEP use among African-Americans.

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of HIV infection for men who have sex with men by around 90 percent, with rates approaching zero for people who take it at least four times a week. Several study cohorts and large clinical practices have seen no new infections among regular PrEP users. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for HIV prevention in July 2012 (it was previously approved for HIV treatment). Adoption was initially slow, but by late 2013 PrEP use started to rise steeply as gay and bi men began promoting it within their communities. Exact numbers and demographics of people using PrEP are difficult to come by because this information is not centrally collected. Based on an ongoing pharmacy survey, Gilead researchers estimated that around 120,000 people in the United States were taking PrEP by the first quarter of 2017. Experts and advocates generally think this estimate is too low and agree that a majority of PrEP users are white gay and bi men. A recent report from the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers found that PrEP use increased dramatically among people enrolled in Medi-Cal after California implemented Medicaid expansion in 2014. San Francisco saw the largest rise – more than 30-fold – but numbers also rose in smaller cities and rural areas. While all groups have seen increases, PrEP use remains substantially lower among black, Latino, and Asian Medi-Cal enrollees, as well as among women and people under 25. The new PrEP Supports campaign highlights real people, features many aspects of life that are worth protecting, and is broader than previous efforts that focused only on sex, according to DPH. The change is based on research by an Oakland-based branddevelopment firm that conducted listening exercises in the AfricanAmerican community. Tony Bradford, associate director of community engagement at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, told the Bay Area Reporter that the campaign is “something new and different for PrEP awareness because of the way it centers black communities and real people.” “Without relying on sexy, party images that can put off some folks,

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regardless of gender or gender identity, and shall be identified as all-gender facilities by signage” compliant with state regulations for such signs. Davis first proposed the genderneutral bathroom policy last year

these ads are approachable and invite anyone to learn more about PrEP and find out how it could change the way they live and do the things they love,” he said. Bradford added that SFAF, with support from DPH, is working to create a network of people who can spread the word about PrEP in communities where people aren’t sure about the medication or who aren’t seeing the ads. “Our PrEP ambassadors initiative is part of the citywide effort to help young people of color figure out if PrEP is right for them,” he said. “PrEP ambassadors will join our staff at events, street fairs, and festivals and have the one-on-one conversations that give people a chance to ask about PrEP. Hopefully, we can overcome some of the barriers that stigma has built up around HIV and PrEP.” PrEP is covered by Medi-Cal and most commercial insurance and the city has set up a PrEP emergency fund for youth. Gilead offers patient assistance and copay programs to help people afford Truvada for PrEP. San Francisco City Clinic, all clinics in the San Francisco Health Network, many other providers including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Magnet sexual health services at Strut and Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, offer PrEP. San Francisco’s Getting to Zero initiative considers expanded access to PrEP, along with rapid initiation of antiretroviral treatment and retaining HIV-positive people in care, to be a key part of its three-prong strategy to make San Francisco the first city to eliminate new HIV infections, deaths due to HIV/AIDS, and stigma against people living with HIV. The latest campaign for AfricanAmericans is part of a larger DPH effort to expand PrEP access and services for multiple groups that are underserved and heavily impacted by HIV, including Latinos, youth, and trans women. “While there is still significant work to do to close the disparities gap, the Getting to Zero initiatives to expand PrEP education and outreach to more communities appear to be making a difference,” said Dr. Susan Buchbinder, director of Bridge HIV and a member of the Getting to Zero steering committee. t The campaign is on social media as @PrEPSupports on Instagram and Twitter. Text “askprep” to 21333 for help in English or Spanish.

and pushed it through the SRO task force in June. She thanked city leaders for adopting it in less than a year’s time. “I am glad that the board has quickly turned this around, so I can focus on issues not necessarily relating to the LGBT community, as part of my work on the SRO Task Force,” said Davis.t

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037937000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DE LEON JANITOR SERVICES, 566 MOSCOW ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed FERNANDO DE LEON BAMACA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037951500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SAN FRANCISCO BAY COMPUTER SERVICES, 4736 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed EDUARDO SANCHEZ. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037943400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PAUL & DAVES MIXED DRINKS, 150 AVOCET WAY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed DAVID SPRINGER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/11/18 The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/11/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037948800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CALIFORNIA PAINTING, 786 MADRID ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JOAO NUNES DA SILVA JUNIOR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/16/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037947800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SYNCHRONIZED, 210 POST ST #1121, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed BRANDON PATRICK SHING. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/16/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037926700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CASTRO’S CLEANING SERVICE, 1916 FOLSOM ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed AGUSTIN BEGINNER CASTRO ALVARADO. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/18/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037952500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INNOVATION LAB, 301 MISSION ST #24H, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed FAISAL QURESHI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037922500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CHINA DELIGHTS, 295 ORIZABA AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JINGJING ZENG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/25/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/29/17.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037942000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BLOOM THERAPY, 2224-A BUSH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LANDON ZAKI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/10/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/11/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037947600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UNCOVER, 98 MARTHA AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SAMANTHA T. FOSTER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/16/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/16/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037930700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VASYL HANDYMAN CO., 165 MORTON DR, DALY CITY, CA 94015. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed VASYL GOLUB. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/05/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/05/18.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037959300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AUMNI TOURS, 97 JEFFERSON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MITRA KHAYAMI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/16/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/19/18.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ADVENT ANGELS, 34 RAE AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MORENA V. ABELLO. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/19/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/19/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037931400

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037962000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF DENTAL HEALTH, 2460 MISSION ST #215, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed YANG DDS INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/04/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/05/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037943800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: JT NAILS, 1848 FILLMORE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed TRANG THI TRUONG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/22/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/22/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037963500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TENBUY COMMERCIAL, 870 MARKET ST #315, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed TENBUY CORPORATION (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/12/18.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: JAVIER FIGUEROA HANDYMAN AND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, 202 VERANO DR., DALY CITY, CA 94015. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JAVIER HERIBERTO FIGUEROA MARTINEZ. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/23/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037958800

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037975000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LOVE PATISSERIE & MORE, 5900 3RD ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed S.F. CYCLE, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/19/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/19/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037929800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TRIBE; TRIBE SF; TRIBE FITNESS, 222 COLUMBUS AVE #220, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed TRIFITSF LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/02/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/04/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037959800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HANDLEBAR SPIRITS, 849 AVENUE D, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94130. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed TREEHOUSE CRAFT DISTILLERY, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/19/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08,15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037960400

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HAIKUSEEDS; MEANINGFUL INSIGHTS, 1770 POST ST #234, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed MEANINGFUL INSIGHTS LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/22/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/22/18.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-037148300

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: SAN FRANCISCO BAY COMPUTER SERVICES, 4736 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business was conducted by a general partnership and signed by MICHAEL POHLABLE & EDUARDO SANCHEZ. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/22/16.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-037128500

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: EMPAWTHY, 3215 20TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by ALISHA JEAN ARDIANA. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/06/16.

JAN 25, FEB 01, 08, 15, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC-18553626

In the matter of the application of: JOSE FERNANDO LEMA, 3008 ULLOA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner JOSE FERNANDO LEMA, is requesting that the name JOSE FERNANDO LEMA, be changed to DANIEL LOPEZ. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 15th of March 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC-18-553622

In the matter of the application of: DEEPTI ROHATGI & MAX KELLY, C/O LAW OFFICES OF YASMINE S. MEHMET, 435 PACIFIC AVE #200, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioners DEEPTI ROHATGI & MAX KELLY, are requesting that the name SIMCHA HECATE AURORA ROHATGI KELLY, be changed to SIMCHA HECATE AURORA ROHATGI-KELLY. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 15th of March 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037935600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TOUCH TOUCH FLOWER SHOP, 1550 CALIFORNIA ST #1R, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ISAO KASE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037975300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TRANSCENDENT COUNSEL, 870 MARKET ST #400, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ALEXANDER THEBERGE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/29/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TINO’S CLEANING, 70 OCEAN AVE #10, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed FLORENTINO MORALES. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/29/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037971000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: D1 MUSIC, 3012 16 TH ST #201, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LOU GORDON. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/26/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/26/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037976600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: APPLIED CABINET, 1709 TENNESSEE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed APPLIED CABINET TECHNOLOGIES, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037960800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, 726-730 POLK ST, 4TH FLR, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER WELLNESS CENTER, INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/22/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/22/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037966900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SIMPLY SF, 1001 BRANNAN ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BRANNAN STEET FITNESS, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/24/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037961800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MAYER THERAPY, 1774 UNION ST #3, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed MAYER THERAPY, A MARRAIGE AND FAMILY THERAPY CORP (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/15/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/22/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037939800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TENROKU RAMEN #2, 4435 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a corporation and is signed W & C JAPANESE RESTAURANT INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/10/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/10/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037939000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THIRD WAY MEDIA, 660 MISSION ST, 2ND FLR, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BARNES MOSHER WHITEHURST LAUTER & PARTNERS INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/10/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037953600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SUGAR SAN FRANCISCO, 1116 SUTTER ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed SUGAR METHOD LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037969000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MARRAKECH MOROCCAN RESTAURANT, 419 O’FARRELL ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed MMR-SF LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/24/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/25/18.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-035088300

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: JUDAH CLEAN CENTER, 3944 JUDAH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by SANDY WALSER. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/07/13.

FEB 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018


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16 • BAY AREA REPORTER • February 15-21, 2018

Legal Notices>> SUMMONS (FAMILY LAW) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: HONGJUN XUN, You have been sued. Read the information below and on the next page.

PETITIONER’S NAME IS: JEREMY T. PAZ CASE NO. FDI-18-789129

You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnerships, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services website (www. lawhelpca.org) or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE: Restraining orders are on page 2: These restraining orders following are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. The name and address of the court are: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, UNIFIED FAMILY COURT, 400 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102; The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, is: Jeremy T. Paz, 1859 Fulton St, Apt1, San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-846-8770 Clerk of the Superior Court by Annie Toy, Deputy. STANDARD FAMILY LAW RESTRAINING ORDERS: Starting immediately, you and your spouse or domestic partner are restrained from: 1. Removing the minor child or children of the parties, if any, from the state without the prior written consent of the other party or an order of the court; 2. Cashing borrowing against, canceling, transferring, disposing of, or changing the beneficiaries of any insurance or other coverage, including life, health, automobile, and disability, held for the benefit of the parties and their minor child or children; 3. Transferring, encumbering, hypothecating, concealing, or in any way disposing of any property, real or personal, whether community, quasi-community, or separate, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life; and 4. Creating a nonprobate transfer or modifying a nonprobate transfer in the manner that affects the disposition of property subject to the transfer, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court. Before revocation of a nonprobate transfer can take effect or a right of survivorship to property can be eliminated, notice of the change must be filed and served on the other party. You must notify each other of any proposed extraordinary expenditures at least five business days prior to incurring these extraordinary expenditures and account to the court for all extraordinary expenditures made after these restraining orders are effective. However, you may use community property, quasi-community property, or your own separate property to pay an attorney to help you or to pay court costs. NOTICE – ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE: Do you or someone in your household need affordable health insurance? If so, you should apply for Covered California. Covered California can help reduce the cost you pay towards high quality affordable health care. For more information, visit www.coveredca.com. Or call Covered California at 1-800-300-1506. WARNING: California law provides that, for the purposes of division of property upon dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership or upon legal separation, property acquired by the parties during marriage or domestic partnership in joint form is presumed to be community property. If either party to this action should die before the jointly held community property is divided, the language in the deed that characterizes how title is held (i.e., joint tenancy, tenants in common, or community property) will be controlling, and not the community property presumption. You should consult your attorney if you want the community property presumption to be written into the recorded title to the property.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC-18-553635

In the matter of the application of: NICOLLE BUNNY ROSENBERG, 2125 BRYANT ST #110, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner NICOLLE BUNNY ROSENBERG, is requesting that the name NICOLLE BUNNY ROSENBERG, be changed to BUNNY ELIZABETH ROSENBERG. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 22nd of Mar 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037976400

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BARRETT VOICES, 535 LEAVENWORTH ST. #44, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed BARRETT EDMONDS. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037991000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BELKIS CLEANING SERVICES, 844 NORTH MELITA CT., TRACY, CA 95391. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed BELKIS MARCIA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/05/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/05/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037976200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PLAYMAKERS MOBILE MASSAGE, 114 KIRKWOOD AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ROWENA I. LANG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/29/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037977200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RED BOOT PR, 1501 28TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LAURA GOLDFARB. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/02/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/30/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037971800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ALL BAY AREA DUSTLESS BLASTING, 318 21ST AVE #4, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ALEXEI GURBANOV. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/25/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/26/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037949800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PAR MADERO CLEANING SERVICES, 1743 REVERE AVE #A, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed AMILCAR A. HERNANDEZ. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/06/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/16/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037974900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROSE KITCHEN, 607 LARKIN ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed SU NGUYEN & HUNG HAU. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/29/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037985200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CREATIVE SUSHI CATERING; IKE’S KITCHEN, 800 VAN NESS AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed IJSY WORLD KITCHEN, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/30/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/01/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037975100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: POTTED, 3600 21ST ST #204, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SPIN STUDIO, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/23/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037988900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HILL TOP GENERAL STORE, 1398 LEAVENWORTH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a married couple, and is signed TIMOTHY TALBOT & YOUNG MI KIM. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/17/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/02/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037979600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ALYSSON SANTOS, 584 CASTRO ST #490, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed ALYSSON SANTOS BRANDS LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/27/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/30/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037964200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MARIJUANA TOURS; FREE MARIJUANA TOURS, 6 CYRUS PL, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed GREEN GUIDE TOURS LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/23/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037982200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WOOLY PIG, 2295 3RD ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed CAP SPIKE BUZZ, 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 02/01/18.

FEB 08, 15, 22, MAR 01, 2018 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC-18-553661

In the matter of the application of: ALAN DARREN CHOI, 200 BRANNAN ST # 207, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ALAN DARREN CHOI, is requesting that the name ALAN DARREN CHOI, be changed to ALAN DARREN NAKAGIRI. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 22nd of March 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037994900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: H J TRADING CO, 1630 45TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed PYONG HWA KANG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/07/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/07/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018

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FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037990800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 9K TRAVEL, 9 KIMBALL PLACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JAMES F. TOSCHI. 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 02/05/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038002300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DZINE CABINETRY INSTALLATION, 128 UTAH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed DZINE, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/26/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/13/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038003100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: STUDIO HEIMAT, 690 MARKET ST #2003, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SFHEIMAT, 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 02/13/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037993600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DIVINE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR, 88 HOWARD ST #2309, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed MILANO SOMA INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/06/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/06/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037978500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF SIREN, 551 HAYES ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SF SIREN CO (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/16/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/3018.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037978400

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF SIREN, 244 WEST PORTAL AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SF SIREN CO (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/03/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/30/18.

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Mostly British gets it all right by Sura Wood

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ince its inception a decade ago, the Mostly British Film Festival has carved out an unusual niche, distinguishing itself among a crowded field of local festivals as a reliable source for classic and first-run English-language movies from abroad – foreign films without the subtitles, if you will – while maintaining a loyal audience for a mix of lesser-known titles and big-ticket fare headed for theatrical release. On its 10th anniversary, MBFF’s founder, former San Francisco Chronicle movie editor Ruthe Stein, has once again brought a discerning eye to the programming. See page 24 >>

Touring musicals set to hit the road

Michael Caine in his careerdefining performance as a callous Cockney cad in “Alfie” (1966), part of the Mostly British Film Festival.

“Falsettos,” which begins as a coming-out story before the arrival of AIDS changes its course, is headed here in a touring edition based on the recent Broadway revival.

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hat had been the most important casting mystery among the seven shows recently announced by SHN for its latest season of touring musicals was has just been solved. It will be Betty Buckley starring as Dolly Gallagher Levi when “Hello, Dolly!” arrives in San Francisco next year. See page 18 >>

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t’s been many a moon since the once-familiar name Marc Huestis has graced these gossipy pages. So we were thrilled when the Castro Theatre impresario himself contacted us last week with some very exciting news. “I’ve been happily retired, stargazing in the Sierras and finishing my memoir. Suddenly from out of the blue I got a call from a Hollywood legend’s manager asking if I would like to host her at the Castro,” confided Huestis. Who could that living legend possibly be? None other than the immortal movie star Kim Novak! “When Kim calls, you need to drop everything. Ms. Novak is notoriously hard to get, and I had been trying for years.” Wowsa, that is Courtesy Marc Huestis quite a “get!” And if Cher can come out of retirement, so can Kim Novak visits the Golden Gate in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Marc. OT can now report that on Sunday, May 20, Huestis will present “A Tribute to Kim There will be a 60th Anniversary tribute performances, clip reels, Novak, Live and In-Person!” at the screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s an unveiling of Novak’s latest art, Castro Theatre. TCM’s “Czar of seminal masterpiece “Vertigo,” and other flourishes that will make Noir” Eddie Muller will be queshot largely on the 1950s streets this classy affair a singular Marc rying the screen goddess onstage. of San Francisco. There will be Huestis event. The evening benefits

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The other six shows, including “Come From Away,” “Falsettos” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” do not exist because box-office names are in their casts. But “Hello, Dolly!” would not have been revived without Bette Midler, and it’s not the kind of show you’d send out on tour without a big name above the title. The season starts with the touring version of the recent Broadway revival of “Miss Saigon” playing Oct. 4-Nov. 18. The musical, a Vietnamera reimagination of “Madama Butterfly,” was Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alain Boublil’s follow-up to “Les Miserables.” With tweaks to a book and a new director, it was back on Broadway in 2017 for a modest run compared to the decade span of the original. The helicopter, however, remains.  It will be the only one of the seven series shows to play the Orpheum Theatre, with the rest head-

ed for the Golden Gate. Perhaps it’s to keep the Orpheum open should the off-series return of “Hamilton” in February become a multi-month affair. Subscribers to the seven-show season will get first crack at “Hamilton” tickets. “A Bronx Tale - The Musical” failed to get a single Tony nomination last year, but Chazz Palminteri’s loose retelling of his young self in awe of the wise-guy life has proven a scrappy Broadway survivor. Palminteri first created it as a oneman show for himself, which was optioned by Robert DeNiro, who directed and co-starred with Palminteri in a film adaptation. On Broadway, DeNiro was joined by Broadway veteran Jerry Zaks to direct the musical, with songs by composer Alan Menken (“Little Shop of Horrors”) and lyrics by Glen Slater (“School of Rock”). It runs Nov. 27-Dec. 23. If “A Bronx Tale” was the scrappy survivor, “Come From Away” was the surprise sleeper hit. Arriving last season with a cast few of

SF Suicide Prevention, an issue near and dear to the hearts of both Novak and Huestis. Yessiree Bob, this event should be one for the books. As you know, early birds get the tastiest worms, and tickets are already on sale at ticketfly.com. This should sell out quickly, so act now! Operators (well, at least Marc) are standing by!

Ginsberg in vinyl

A new deluxe vinyl box-set celebrating Allen Ginsberg’s iconic chapbook “Howl and Other Poems” releases on Feb. 23 from Craft Recordings. Here are the tantalizing deets from the producing parties: “This new collection offers Ginsberg’s recording of the poems pressed on translucent red vinyl, reproducing the original 1959 LP release, as well as a replica of the synonymous book of poetry, published in 1956 by City Lights for their Pocket Poets series. Also included in the box set is a photo of Ginsberg from the 1950s, a reproduction of the original City Lights reading invite from 1956, and a booklet with new liner notes by Beat scholar Ann

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Charters, as well as notes by poet Anne Waldman. “To celebrate, City Lights Booksellers will host a reception on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The event, which will be open to the public, will feature readings and statements by Ann Charters, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, poet and author Neeli Cherkovski, City Lights Poetry Editor Garrett Caples and box set producer Bill Belmont.” Ginsberg’s masterpiece is “a poetic rage against society’s conformism and capitalism that rocked the literary world upon its publication, and has gone on to be one of the most widely performed poems of the 20th Century.” “Howl” was also “at the center of a highprofile 1957 obscenity trial resulting in the arrest of City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti and bookstore manager Shigeyoshi Murao. The trial stands today as a prominent case for First Amendment rights, having set a legal precedent for the publication of controversial works.” Howl on, and save the First Amendment!t

whose names anyone would recognize, written by the novice Broadway husband-andwife team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, whose main credits had been “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding” in Canada, and dealing with the story of airplane passengers stuck on the ground, it has turned into a runaway hit. Specifically, it’s the story of the thousands of passengers of the planes rerouted to Gander in Newfoundland immediately after 9/11, and how the townsfolk embraced their diverse visitors. The musical, also embraced by audiences, will run Jan. 8-Feb. 3. Betty Buckley, a frequent visitor to San Francisco as a concert and cabaret performer, will return to the city when “Hello, Dolly!” plays here Feb. 19-March 17, 2019. Buckley made her Broadway debut in 1969 in “1776” just as the original run of “Hello, Dolly!’ was coming an end, and she would go on to win a Tony Award singing “Memory” in “Cats.” Subsequent credits include roles in the ignoble “Carrie” and a celebrated turn as Glenn Close’s replacement in “Sunset Boulevard.” The march of time could have obliterated “Falsettos,” playing here March 19-April Above: Joan Marcus Below: Matthew Murphy 14, 2019, but when a revival of the 1991 musical opened Above: “A Bronx Tale - The Musical” is based on Chazz Palminteri’s own on Broadway two years ago, story of a kid enamored of the mobster life he sees around him. critics reported it still had Below: The Broadway hit “Come From Away,” a rare feel-good 9/11 story, the gut-punch of the original. is part of SHN’s just-announced 2018-19 season. Created from two off-Broadway musicals, “March of the Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” daughter of the Russia’s last royal Falsettos,” written pre-AIDS, starring Gene Wilder, then the 2005 family survived execution by the and the post-AIDS “Falsettoland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Bolsheviks. The creators are the the William Finn-James Lapine with Johnny Depp. The next spinsame team that put “Ragtime” on musical follows an insecure gay off was the elaborately produced stage: songwriters Stephen Flaherty man who has recently come out to musical “Charlie and the Chocolate and Lynn Ahrens and librettist Terhis wife and with whom he must Factory,” which had a successful run rence McNally, and their official help plan his confused son’s bar in London, and in revised form, a sources are the 1997 animated mumitzvah just as his relationship somewhat less successful Broadway sical (also with songs by Flaherty with the virile young man develengagement last year. The songs and Ahrens) and the 1956 Holops. AIDS isn’t even a concept in are by Marc Shaiman and Scott lywood costume drama starring the first act, but becomes a centerWittman of “Hairspray” fame, Ingrid Bergman. “Anya,” another piece of the second. with Anthony Newley and Leslie Broadway musical mining similar Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and Bricusse’s “Candy Man” and “Pure territory, didn’t survive the critical Chocolate Factory” has indeed beImagination” carried over from the firing squad in 1965. come a factory as adaptations have 1971 movie. Current SHN subscribers can been continually spun off since its The season concludes with the now renew, with new sales starting publication in 1964, with the latSept. 3-29 run of “Anastasia,” the March 13. Single tickets will go on est running here April 16-May 12, current Broadway musical that sale later. Go to shnsf.com for more 2019. The children’s novel was the stokes the myth that the youngest information.t source of the 1971 movie “Willy


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n the second half of February, the Castro Theatre’s countdown to Oscar rolls out a handful of Best Picture contenders the way they should be seen. Phantom Thread Paul Thomas Anderson presents what Daniel Day-Lewis promises will be his bigscreen swansong as a 1950s London dressmaker. Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) operates at the heart of London’s women’s fashion industry. Running The House of Woodcock with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville), this life-long bachelor’s life appears to be on cruise control until he meets a strong-willed customer, Alma (Vicky Krieps). The second outing between Anderson and DayLewis (has anyone forgotten 2007’s explosive “There Will Be Blood?”), this artistic feast comes in widescreen 70mm. (2/15-16) Apocalypse Now Redux (1979/2001) Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola wrestled for years making a film version of the Vietnam War whose literary paradigm was Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” “Your mission is to motor up-river to Col. Kurtz’s head-

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quarters and terminate his command with extreme prejudice.” “Saigon, shit, I’m still only in Saigon!” Martin Sheen’s young officer begins his nightmare journey with these lines. Scattered around his hotel room are signs of the young man’s breakdown, his lurch towards madness. The story will nearly consume its characters, as in real life it nearly consumed its creator, Coppola. Note the scene where the boat crew hears an Armed Forces Radio broadcast of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” Most memorable quote from Robert Duval’s commanding officer Col. Kilgore: “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!” With Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, Frederick Forrest, Bill Graham, Larry Fishburne, and a head-shaven Marlon Brando as the rogue Green Beret officer who is leaving the service on very bad terms. Last Flag Flying Richard Linklater offers a kind of poignant sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 Navy buddy saga “The Last Detail.” Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd reunites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Rev. Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne provoke laughter and tears as they assume one of war’s most wrenching burdens. (both 2/18) Blade Runner 2049 30 years after the action of the first film, 1982s “Blade Runner,” Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths a secret that could plunge what’s left of humankind into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find former blade runner (slang for android killer) Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), missing for 30 years. Co-starring Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks and Jared Leto in Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Marjorie Prime In the nearfuture, with artificial intelligence, 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) has a handsome new companion who resembles her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. (both 2/19) Darkest Hour Gary Oldman is breathtaking as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, powering this Joe Wright drama to six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Dunkirk In 1940, during the early days of WWII, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped on a Normandy beach, surrounded by German forces. RAF Spitfires battle Nazi planes in the skies above the Channel as a small armada of private vessels mounts a desperate effort to save even a fraction of Allied soldiers. Christopher Nolan recreates one of WWII’s great turning points with a veteran cast headed by Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance. (both 2/20-21) Tom of Finland Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski presents the story of a legend: Touko Laaksonen (1920-91), a one-time-obscure artist whose work ultimately would become iconic among gay men into leather. This narrative bio-pic, a hit at Frameline 41, concentrates on pivotal moments and relationships that would inspire Tom’s hypermasculine drawings, art that would excite gay men worldwide. Arrested on a train by East German authorities, Tom is faced with both defending his unique artistic vision and maintaining his freedom at the hands of vicious homophobes. BPM (Beats Per Minute) Robin Campillo’s powerful docudrama on the Paris chapter of ACT-UP features a star-crossed couple. Nathan (Arnaud Valois) is seduced by Sean (Argentina’s charismatic Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a young militant whose behavior intensifies as his grip on life is challenged by falling T-cell counts and screaming matches with others, just as life-saving drug treatments appear. (both 2/25-26) Call Me by Your Name Romantic Italian director Luca Guadagnino provides LGBTQ filmgoers with a boy-meets-man romance exploring the nuances of same-sex affection over a glorious Northern Italian summer in 1983. The setup: 17-year-old, curly-haired imp Elio (Timothée Chalamet) falls for Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 6’5” American graduate student spending the summer as a live-in archeological assistant to Elio’s dad (Michael Stuhlbarg). American screenwriter James Ivory (“Room with a View”) joins forces with André Aciman to produce an R-rated version of the latter’s novel. The bond between Elio and Oliver includes a playful moment when Elio leaps on Oliver’s back as if the latter were a wild horse in need of taming. Catch this one on the Castro screen in anticipation of the Oscars and a potential sequel. (2/27)t


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Aristocratic yet earthy concert fare by Philip Campbell

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ike a favorite relative who visits only once a year, Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony and SFS Music Director for a decade (198595), returned to the podium at Davies Symphony Hall recently to start a welcome two-week stay. The esteemed maestro turned 90 last July, but his legendary focus and energy are undiminished. When he took a tumble in rehearsal for the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 at DSH last February, he still conducted soloist Yefim Bronfman (who had to assist him onto the stage) in a fine performance, sitting in a chair on the podium. At the time, Blomstedt remarked to a Symphony spokesperson he is “invincible.” His dizzying concert schedule continued unimpeded, and he was cheerfully proved right. Don’t think he was being immodest. He was only characteristically droll and realistic. I remember the privilege, many years back, of sitting in on a recording session with Blomstedt and a youthfully willful Olli Mustonen. The veteran conductor was both cordial and indulgent with the talented new pianist, but he kept a sensible eye on the clock and decisively knew when the take was right. He managed to harness and guide

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Mustonen’s passionate energy with a kind but firm understanding. That unerring judgement and confidence also helped create the marvelous decade of collaboration Blomstedt shared with the SFS. The

resulting awards and highly praised recordings helped the Orchestra regain an international reputation, but also forged a warm bond between professionals devoted to great music.

Last week, another pianist joined Blomstedt for another Beethoven concerto, but the old lion entered without a helping arm, and assumed the podium with customary vigor intact. He only looked a little smaller because Garrick Ohlsson provides a big physical contrast. Ohlsson is one of only a few who appear in scale beside an imposing Steinway grand. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Opus 73, “Emperor” proved a good choice for the admired artist, noted for boldly strong interpretations. Beethoven is a recognized Blomstedt specialty, and he supported the soloist with a sturdy framework. Dividing the richly textured strings, as often done in the past, was also helpful. Ohlsson gave his own power to the outer movements, but showed a poetic side in a clear and delicately etched central Adagio. Ohlsson’s encore, the entire slow movement of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata, set the seal on an engaging and satisfying first half of the concert bill. It was satisfying enough to possibly explain the noticeable attrition of audience members after intermission. If only they had stayed for (Karl) Wilhelm (Eugen) Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 in G minor, another side of Blomstedt’s “Speak softly and carry a big stick” artistic philosophy would have been revealed.

Always a champion of Scandinavian composers like Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, the conductor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and later moved by his Swedish parents to their country of origin, has waited a long time to bring Stenhammar to the SFS. It wasn’t an earthshaking debut, but still a pleasure to hear an unfairly obscure composer, and a vindication of Blomstedt’s loyal admiration. Aristocratic and earthy might seem contradictory terms in describing the broad and lyrical landscape of the Second Symphony, but Stenhammer’s language is late Romantic and vividly descriptive at the same time. Echoes of Nielsen and Sibelius bring it most obviously into the 20th century, but Stenhammer also enlivens the score with moments of folksy abandon. Blomstedt has said the Symphony No. 2 is not unlike a wandering walk filled with thrilling vistas. He certainly conveyed the feeling with the entire committed SFS in obvious sympathy. The maestro has also said his visits to San Francisco are like coming home. The annual reunion continues this week with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.t sfsymphony.org

Rite back in your arms again by Tim Pfaff

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ack when the word bombshell still held meaning beyond “today’s news,” Robert Craft used it in his book “Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories,” which appeared during the 2013 centenary of Stravinsky’s revolutionary “The Rite of Spring.” The composer’s amanuensis included a chapter called “Amorous Augmentations,” to which he gave an epigraph, an excerpt from a 1922 letter by the composer to Serge Diaghilev, director of the Ballets Russes, which gave the premieres of what remain Stravinsky’s three most famous works, the ballets “The Firebird,” “Petrushka” and “The Rite.” The exasperated Stravinsky wrote, “If I cannot help you with my music, what can I help you with? Despite my admiration for my male member, I am not willing to offer you consolation with it.” “An exploration of this subject is long overdue,” Craft began the chapter pendant on that epigraph. In a revelation so bright-burning most music experts looked away, Craft revealed that during the time Stravinsky was working with Diaghilev, and “The Rite” in particular, he was having sex with men (while married to a deathly ill woman) and romantically involved with some of them. Stravinsky himself said he was “in love with” Andrey RimskyKorsakov, the eldest son of his great teacher, though Andrey distanced himself from the notion quickly. But Craft had more dish, the most startling perhaps that Stravinsky and Ravel, small men who stand tall among the greatest orchestrators of all time, made all manner of music together. “Ravel and Stravinsky were, of all artists, the most successful in concealing their sexuality,” Craft stated baldly, devoting additional pages to Stravinsky’s yet more pas-

sionate affair with Ravel’s close friend Charles Maurice Delage, who also had an influence on Stravinsky’s music at the time. It takes nothing away from the brilliance of “The Rite” to acknowledge that some of its sonic signatures began as suggestions by the two influential Frenchmen. Dispiritingly, such as the centenary revealed anything else about “The Rite” itself, it was the degree to which a work once considered so difficult as to belong only on the desks of world’s greatest orchestras had somehow insinuated itself into lesser, even amateur bands, seldom to its benefit. Reassuringly, though, those not oversaturated with the piece in 2013 observed that it had lost none of its punch. “The Rite” is back in three new recordings, all of which include extras Stravinsky adherents will find tantalizing. First is the world-premiere recording of Stravinsky’s recently discovered, 1908 “Chant funebre,” Op. 5, presented along with Opp. 2, 3 & 4, and “The Rite” by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly (Decca). Stravinsky lamented the loss of the “Funeral Song” score, and its rediscovery in St. Petersburg in 2015 was recognized for the find it is. It’s a deep tribute to his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Andrey’s father), whom he honors with a work of intense feeling that also contains elements that leaven its baseline solemnity. Much of the

music is eerie and splashed with colors and sonorities that burst forth fully in “The Rite.” Orchestras are already scrambling to program the piece, though there is no need for a recording beyond this one, which fully takes its measure. Assembled from front-desk musicians from the world’s greatest orchestras to play two annual festivals, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra has played under its worthy new director, Riccardo Chailly, successor to the revered Claudio Abbado, only a comparatively short time. One audible consequence is that it dispatches “The Rite” as if it’s child’s play, when something more warranting an X rating is called for. I had no hope of hearing a “Rite” as elemental and hair-tearingly deracinating as the one MTT and the SF Symphony gave the night they learned that he would be its new music director. My legal cassette of a subsequent radio broadcast was nowhere near worn out when it was confiscated by the Lao police, but I digress. Something approaching that visceral a “Rite” resurfaces in the new live recording by the London Symphony Orchestra, in a DVD/ Blu-ray combo set on its house label, the concert not incidentally on the day it was settled that Simon

Rattle would be its new music director. It’s a writhing serpent of a performance that invades your sinews as you listen, transfixing but dangerous. The preliminaries are Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6, Three Fragments from Berg’s “Wozzeck” and Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre.” In the Berg, Barbara Hannigan sings Marie’s solo music and, arrestingly, her orphan’s plaintive, uncomprehend-

ing “hip-hop,” in singing of devastating involvement. Dressed as a schoolgirl nymphet for the Ligeti, a piece she owns, she vamps, pouts, and sings music of impossible difficulty with incisive wit. As importantly, Hyperion has issued Stravinsky’s Two-Piano Music, including “The Rite,” on a single CD that makes all previous recordings obsolete. Marc-Andre Hamelin and Leif Ove Andsnes play the two-piano “Rite” arranged from the piano-four-hands version Stravinsky made for rehearsals (and played with Debussy). They drive the orchestral monster that emerged from Stravinsky’s piano version out of mind with playing that makes the work an eerie, forbidding, ultimately pulverizing ritual. Their addition of the Concerto for two solo pianos and arrangements of “Madrid,” “Tango” and “Circus Polka” make this an essential Stravinsky recording.t


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Your 2018 winter reading list by Gregg Shapiro

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ords and pictures: Readers should consider themselves lucky that gay writer and photographer Bill Hayes has two books for them to enjoy. The first is the paperback edition of his breathtaking 2017 memoir Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me (Bloomsbury), which interweaves essays with journal entries, photos and poetry to tell the story of the writer’s romantic relationship with the late writer and scientist Oliver Sacks. The second Hayes book, How New York Breaks Your Heart (Bloomsbury), focuses on his street photography through fourcolor and black & white images of his “chance encounters” with a fascinating assortment of New Yorkers, including Sacks. “Assembled from the completed but unpublished works in the Silverstein Archive,” Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook (Harper) by the late writer and cartoonist Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends) features more of the author’s whimsical wordplay, along with accompanying drawings. Combing humor, history and hotness, Hottest Heads of State – Volume One: The American Presidents (Holt), by J.D. and Kate Dobson, described as a “Tiger Beat for U.S. presidents,” gives us a fanzine view of our leaders, from Washington to Trump, minus the staples and photocopy smell. The “illustrated exploration” Portals: Gates, Stiles, Windows, Bridges & Other Crossings (Wooden Books/ Bloomsbury) combines original drawings by artist Miles Thistle-

thwaite and antique pictures with author Philippa Lewis’ examination of “liminal boundaries” and how we cross them. Words and music: Countless LGBTQ folks have found comfort and inspiration in the music of legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, the subject of the biography Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG) by David Yaffe. Both an insider’s look at the 90s grunge scene in Seattle and a personal portrait of addiction, Hit So Hard (Da Capo Press, 2017) by Hole drummer Patty Schemel, with Erin Hosier, shares its title with P. David Ebersole’s 2011 documentary about the lesbian musician. In light of the recent electoral victory in Alabama, singer-songwriter, environmentalist and social justice advocate Dar Williams’ book about her life as “bridge builder,” What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities – One Coffee Shop, Dog Run & Open-Mike at a Time

(Basic Books) is more essential reading than ever. If you are among those gay men and lesbians who have forgiven the late disco goddess Donna Summer for her rumored homophobic transgressions, then you are sure to find something to your liking in the informative and thoroughly entertaining Record Redux: Donna Summer (Joy of Sound), in which author Quentin Harrison takes us through the seasons of Summer’s career, album by album and single by single. True words: Gay journalist JohnManuel Andriote, author of the groundbreaking Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America and others, has returned with his latest nonfiction, Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health and a Strong Community (Rowman & Littlefield). Out in March, gay writer Rigoberto Gonzalez’s What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth (University of Wisconsin), is subtitled A

Memoir of Brotherhood. It tells the emotional and complex story of the author’s Mexican immigrant family, who settled in the Coachella Valley, struggling with “poverty, illiteracy and vulnerability,” and the different paths taken by Rigoberto and his brother Alex. Also out in March, the memoir The Rest of It: Hustlers, Cocaine, Depression, and Then Some 19761988 (Duke) details the historian and prominent player in gay and lesbian studies Martin Duberman’s 12-year period of “despair, drug addiction and debauchery” following the death of his mother. At 702 pages, the American edition of Keeping On Keeping On (FSG), the third installment in the collected prose writings of gay British playwright and memoirist Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), is an epic read if there ever was one. Now in paperback, Brooklynbased writer and educator Melissa Febos’ highly praised collection of linked essays Abandon Me: Mem-

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oirs (Bloomsbury) follows the out author as she attempts to reconnect with her birth father, and also deals with an obsessive long-distance love affair with a woman. “The Invention of Ronald Pinn,” the second of three essays in The Secret Life: Three Stories of the Digital Age (FSG) by Andrew O’Hagan, author of the gay-themed novel Be Near Me, features a gay central figure. Cinematic words: Glenn Frankel’s High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic (Bloomsbury) tells the revealing story behind the 1952 classic Western film starring Gary Cooper, with a screenplay by Carl Foreman and direction by Fred Zinneman, set against the backdrop of the insidious House Committee on Un-American Activities and the career-crushing Hollywood blacklist. Had she lived, actress Virginia O’Brien (who died in 2001) would be turning 100 in 2019. Virginia O’Brien – MGM’s Deadpan Diva: The Authorized Biography (BearManor Media) by Robert Strom celebrates the life and career of “one of the more unique talents under contract” at MGM. Joel and Ethan Coen are not known for gay visibility in their movies, with Hail, Caesar! and Miller’s Crossing being two exceptions. Somewhere there are probably queer fans of the Coens’ 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski who will also enjoy I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski (Bloomsbury) by Bill Green, Ben Peskoe, Will Russell, and Scott Shuffitt. Reissued in time for the 20th anniversary of the movie, the book features a foreword by Jeff Bridges and a new afterword by Daphne Merkin.t

Time travel through Hollywood by Tavo Amador

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ritic John DiLeo’s “Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970” (Hansen Publishing Group, $29.95) is a distinctive addition to the crowded field of film history. With three exceptions, themes are his focus, not stars or directors, although they’re discussed in the context of pictures cited. This approach puts movies within an historical and political context. The first chapter is one of the exceptions. “Our Jazzy Joan, Silent Sensation Turns Sound Superstar (1930-1932)” assesses Joan Crawford (1906-71), the last important silent screen star. Volumes have been written about Crawford, but most discuss her 45-year career retrospectively, starting at its end, when she was angry and hard. DiLeo presents her as audiences first saw her: beautiful, oozing sex appeal, symbolizing vibrant youth. He illustrates her smooth transition to talkies and how she altered her flapper image in the face of the Depression. “On Speaking Terms: The Talking Breed of Movie Star (19301933)” covers silent stars whose

hold on the public ended with the advent of sound. Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Clara Bow, John Gilbert, and Gloria Swanson would soon be gone. Some silent stars, like Greta Garbo, Crawford, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, and Lionel Barrymore, survived and thrived. Edward G. Robinson, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn, Marie Dressler, Bette Davis, and Mae West were among the newcomers. Talkies also needed different stories. Some, like “A Bill of Divorcement” (1932), showed their theatrical origins. But “Ladies of Leisure,” “Little Caesar” (1930) and “The Public Enemy” (1931) were cinematic, with stars who handled dialogue naturally and portrayed characters unlike those of the silent era. Talkies introduced singing to movies. In “The Birth and Near Death of the Hollywood Musical,” DiLeo covers the initial popular-

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ity of the genre and how it was almost destroyed by so many poor pictures. “The Lost Generation Found: Making Peace with World War I” shows the impact “The War To End All Wars” had on America. “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930) and “A Farewell to Arms” (1933) remain powerful reminders of how profoundly the war affected combatants. “The Whole Town’s Talking: Neglected Comedy Gems of the Early Sound Era” is a bit misleading. Frank Capra’s “Platinum Blonde” (1931), Ernest Lubitsch’s “Trouble In Paradise” (1932) and Victor Fleming’s “Bombshell” (1933) enjoy high critical reputations and are frequently revived. But the very funny “The Whole Town’s Talking” (1935), starring Robinson as a gangster and his lookalike, a meek ordinary guy, deserves new audiences. In “Code Breakers: Loose Living Ladies of the pre-Code Era (19311933)” DiLeo brings fresh insights to the familiar story of the frankness of Hollywood movies before the enforcement of the Production Code. Mae West may have been the Code’s most famous victim, but she wasn’t the first to upset prudes. Before her arrival, Stanwyck, Davis, and others portrayed women enjoying pre-marital sex and questioning the benefits of marriage. DiLeo discusses Hollywood’s response to the Great Depression; how actresses once defined by their pre-Code images thrived after its

enforcement; and the popularity of biographical pictures. His “Wuthering Lows: 1939, Hollywood’s Worst Year” is funny because he cites clinkers released in the year of “Gone With the Wind,” The Wizard of Oz,” “The Women,” “Wuthering Heights” and “Stagecoach.” “Ruff Times: The 1940s Costume Picture” is entertaining and mentions less-familiar examples of the genre, which are discussed in the context of why audiences wanted to see historical epics. “Yankee Doodle Daffy: World War II: The Comic Book Edition (1942-1945)” contrasts touching films about major battles with escapist inanities. “Making House Calls: Hollywood and the Home Front (1943-1945)” highlights shrewd, popular morale boosters like “Mrs. Miniver” (1942) and “Since You Went Away” (1944), but also discusses the patronizing “Tender Comrade” (1943), which HUAC would later claim was proof of Communist infiltration into Hollywood pictures. “Lights Out: The Nocturnal Emergence of Film Noir (19451949)” offers fresh insights on this well-documented subject. The funniest chapter is “Screwy Hooey: The Random Harvest Effect (19451950),” which covers movies about mental breakdowns, amnesia, emotional abuse, and romantic fantasy. DiLeo skewers the title film, in which poor Ronald Coleman marries noble Greer Garson twice without realizing it! It’s an unintended howler once taken seriously. “Pink Elephant in the Room: The Astonishing Stardom of Clifton Webb (1946-1954)” chronicles the unexpected popularity of an actor celebrated for portraying acerbic middle-aged snobs who seemed as

gay as Viennese waltzes, even when married with children. Webb (18891966) was gay, and it’s amazing that in a homophobic era, he would be a three-time Oscar nominee and a major box-office star. DiLeo assesses another round of movies about WWII, then discusses “Starlet Rising in the West: The Unsteady Climb of Marilyn Monroe (1950-1953).” By looking at Monroe (1926-62) from her earliest days, DiLeo shows that her stardom wasn’t pre-ordained. Other chapters cover the Cold War; post-WWII domesticity; musicals written for the screen, and those adapted from the stage; a decade of Westerns; and 50s remakes of 30s classics. DiLeo explains how established male stars like Humphrey Bogart, Frederic March, Spencer Tracy, Gable, and Cagney survived the emergence of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, and soon after, Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins. “Sex, Sin, and Sable: The Trashtacular (1959-1966)” is a hilarious look at the popularity of bloated melodramas like “Where Love Has Gone” (1964), a camp classic inspired by Lana Turner’s daughter killing her mother’s gangster boyfriend, with Susan Hayward playing mom. Other splendid chapters cover the emergence of the super-macho hero, coy sex comedies, and the demise of black-and-white films. He concludes with “Bonnie and Clyde and Ted and Alice (19681970),” about an era as revolutionary as the introduction of sound. DiLeo’s knowledge is encyclopedic, his opinions informed, his humor pointed. This makes for compulsive reading and lively discussions with other film buffs.t


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Provincial romance by Brian Bromberger

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f someone were to ask you what or who is the center of your world, how would you answer? This question is at the heart of the new German-language “Center of My World” DVD just released from TLA. The movie is based on the bestselling 1998 young adult novel by Andreas Steinhoefel, and directed by Austrian-born Jakob Erwa. It was a popular entry at last year’s Frameline. The film purports to be a gay coming-of-age Bildungsroman about a first-time love affair, but it is embedded in a troubled family melodrama bordering on the Gothic that eventually overwhelms the romance. There are too many stories operating here unsatisfactorily resolved, but there is still much to commend if expectations from this cult book are not too high. Phil (Louis Hofmann) has returned home from a summer camp in France to his fairy-tale-like mansion located in a woodsy provin-

cial German town damaged by a severe storm. His American-born, carefree-spirit, single mother Glass (Sabine Timoteo) and his twin sister Dianne (Ada Philine Stappenbeck) are not speaking to each other, and

neither will tell Phil why. Dianne, who as a youngster was very close with Phil, is now remote, sullen, and disappears at night to an unknown destination. Phil spends most of his free time with his best girl friend, pink-haired Kat, who is anti-establishment and has them painting ice cream sprinkles on their faces or playing dress-up. The openly gay Phil falls for a returning student, the model-like Nicholas (Jannik Shuemann), athletic and mysterious. Phil watches Nicholas on the track field and they become friendly. Phil realizes they’d met years back as kids in a grocery store. Their crush culminates in a locker-room shower scene leaving little to the erotic imagination. Yet despite encountering acceptance from his family and no homophobia from the community, Phil still wants to keep their relationship secret, especially from Kat, who initially doesn’t like Nicholas. They’re helped by an older lesbian couple, who let them use their guest cottage

for their afternoon rendezvous. All this upheaval is complicated by Glass beginning a new relationship with a carpenter, which brings back haunting memories of her many past lovers. Once they become part of the family, they’re driven away by her, including Phil and Dianne’s father, whose identity Glass refuses to reveal. Phil wants to know who his father is, but Dianne has been more emotionally damaged by the lack of a father figure. This will have devastating consequences for the family, with an unbelievable twist. Nicholas, who is not out to his parents, also has his secrets that will lead to a stinging betrayal. All of this will lead Phil to discern what is the center of his world, as he is forced to mature. When “Center” focuses on Phil and Nicholas, the film works very well, even in this very familiar territory of a budding teen romance. The two leads are both stunning, as evidenced by several full-frontal nude scenes, helped along by no comingout angst. Even though Germany legalized same-sex marriage last year, the total acceptance of the couple in such a small rural town seems a

bit fanciful. The main problem is that both Kat and Dianne, though supporting figures, are poorly developed, yet both provide major story arcs. Dianne’s revelations are especially far-fetched. Yet there is fanciful lyricism that is almost irresistible here, which makes this ideal for mature LGBTQ teenagers. Phil’s voiceover, fast editing, jump cuts, slow-motion flashbacks to childhood memories, still photos montage, and an indie rock soundtrack keep the story moving buoyantly, assisted by two standout performances. Timoteo’s anguished vulnerability yet flighty encouragement make sympathetic her determined attempts to keep the family together. But Hofmann, best known here as the German POW in last year’s Danish WWII Oscarnominated drama “Land of Mine,” exudes naivety as he tries to make sense of the shifting world around him. With chiseled looks, he is on his way to movie stardom. When not dark, the movie exudes whimsy; it’s an ephebophile’s fantasy come true. Despite its narrative shortcomings, “Center of My World” is too endearing to resist.t

match to boost morale. The boys bond, learning to care for each other in a pleasingly homoerotic kind of way. Rasmussen is determined to keep his word, and willing to defy

orders. Zanderlivet admits the somewhat upbeat ending didn’t actually occur, since half of the 2,000 POWS either died or were severely injured. “Land of Mine” could have been better in relating Rasmussen’s war experiences and why he is so bitter, though the superb Moller conveys past pain and sacrifice. But with only two exceptions, the German boys are not fleshed out individually. Louis Hoffman (seen last year in the excellent “Center of My World,” as a gay teenager) stands out as the natural leader of the group who befriends Rasmussen. Zanderlivet sees his film as a cautionary tale, of not “becoming the monster when you fight the monster.” In a bonus interview he admits to wanting to make a connection with Denmark closing its borders to Syrian refugees. The gripping “Land of Mine” reminds us of the consequences of a lack of compassion in these policies.t

Field of vengeance by Brian Bromberger

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ith ominous signs of a possible nuclear confrontation with North Korea, we remember how war has a way of bringing out the very worst in human beings, but also the very best. How we deal with cruelty is at the root of “Land of Mine,” one of last year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film from Denmark (it lost to Iran’s “The Salesman”), recently released on DVD (Sony). It looks back at a little-known post-WWII incident when a choice was made between justice and vengeance. The film is based on a true story set in Denmark a few days after WWII has ended and the German occupying forces are leaving. To show the animosity still remaining, hardened Danish Sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Rolland Moller) is incensed when he sees one of these soldiers taking home a Danish flag as a souvenir. He nearly pummels the guy with his fists, screaming, “That’s not your flag.” This same

sergeant will lead a group of 14 young German POWs forced to defuse 45,000 of the almost 2 million land mines that the Germans planted on the Danish west coast because Hitler thought the area most likely for an Allied invasion. These terrified POWs are 16- and 17-year-olds, the last “men” to be conscripted into Hitler’s decaying army. Their training by Moller is paltry, and within the first 15 minutes one trainee will blow himself up in a practice drill (for those who don’t like loud noises, beware). Rasmussen screams out, “If you’re old enough to go to war, you’re old enough to clean up your own mess.” Prodded by the British, the Danish rationale was that the Germans planted these mines, so they should remove them. But in the excellent bonus English-language Q & A session, writer-director Martin Zanderlivet says that by international treaties in effect at the time and later enshrined in the Geneva Convention, such use of POWs was a war crime. It was clearly done as post-war revenge for five years of

occupation, summed up by Rasmussen, “I don’t care if you die.” He keeps the boys near-starving, lies about one’s wounded condition, locks them up at night in a farm shack. This painstaking work is not only dangerous but grueling. The teens crawl on their hands and knees, poking through the sandy beach with metal rods to locate mines, then unscrewing caps and removing fuses with shaky fingers. There’s nail-biting tension, because an explosion can occur at any time. But “Land of Mine” (the better, original Danish title was “Under the Sand”) is really about the awakening compassion of Sergeant Rasmussen, who resorts to stealing bread and vegetables from the local field hospital (led by the sadistic Captain Erbe) after the POWs are inadvertently poisoned eating some purloined animal feed laced with rat droppings from a local farm. He organizes a soccer


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24 • Bay Area Reporter • February 15-21, 2018

Beach reading

by Jim Piechota

Channeling Morgan by Lewis DeSimone; Beautiful Dreamer Press, $13.95 paper/$5.99 e-Book

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an Francisco author Lewis DeSimone’s third novel “Channeling Morgan” takes readers into the mindset of a gay writer who discovers his “truth” in several different ways. Career ghostwriter Derick Sweetwater ventures to the resort hamlet of Provincetown for a week to work on his debut novel, with the aid of a writers’ workshop and the serenity of sun and surf. Right from the

start, we know who Derick is by his quick-witted banter and youthful bounciness. DeSimone’s narrative takes in the minute details of Derick getting dressed for a night out, his comparisons between Provincetown and his home in Manhattan, and the eccentric quirks of those around him. Derick’s plans to work on his novel, “a wildly romantic story about Edwardian England, but with lots of man-sex,” become derailed after he meets brawny, closeted movie star Clive Morgan, who’s staying at the same guesthouse, doing some busy boy-hunting on the DL. Clive hires Derick to ghostwrite his autobiography, the “tell-all” tome of his career. In the second half, Derick returns to Manhattan, his life upended by contradictions. Clive’s hidden existence as a gay man

makes Derick question his own motivations. “Dating a full-time drag queen,” Derick comes to understand that beneath all the makeup and glitter lies a gorgeous soul. DeSimone knows his stuff when it comes to the self-conscious, hypercritical nature of contemporary gay social life. His observations are crisply drawn and delivered. Set-pieces such as Derick’s visit to the Atlantic House gay bar are described with precision, right down to the rustic wood walls and antique furnishings. At the Boatslip bar, “fame didn’t matter, all that mattered was whether you were hot.” At a Crown & Anchor drag show, Jared, aka “Bernadette” (perhaps a thinly-veiled Varla Jean Merman?), gives Derick food for thought about gender assumptions. “The standoffishness that

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dominates a gay bar is based not on obliviousness, but pure calculation,” DeSimone writes. “The beautiful boys, Derick thought, knew precisely who was cruising them. They made a science of avoiding eye contact while peripherally registering every pair of eyes that glanced their way.” DeSimone’s satirical take on gay life, city life, and the world of the struggling writer is a departure from his two previous books, lyrically written stories about the serpentine nature of gay romance, identity, and connectedness. Here he breaks the mold to produce a fun, frolicsome beach book with compelling characters, addictive storylines, fabulous writing, and even the supernatural advice of E.M. Forster. This is terrific work from a local writer who continues to impress.t

Party of three by David Lamble

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hat’s in a title? Usually an independent, poverty-budget comedy/drama like first-time Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud’s “In Between” (“Bar Bahar” in Hebrew, meaning, “Neither Here nor There”) will struggle to find big-screen traction apart from grass roots – in this case, Jewish film festivals. This brave and artistic entry deserves a better fate. “In Between” opens with a comic prologue. A young woman is having her legs waxed by a grandmotherly type. The older woman offers what she seems to regard as basic survival lessons in a sexist culture – a Palestinian enclave in Tel Aviv – to a young woman just entering the dating pool. “Don’t raise your voice. Men don’t like women who raise their voices. Remember to always say a kind word and cook him good food. Don’t forget to put on perfume, and to keep your body

smooth, so that when he desires you, he’ll know where to find you. In bed, do what he tells you. Don’t let on that you know what you’re doing.” With her first feature, Hamoud stages an edgy social comedy that takes on greater weight when one of her risk-taking heroines is assaulted and raped by a brutish social worker, a man who feigns piety but is a wolf in wolf ’s clothing with a short fuse. The film opens with two young Palestinian women sharing a Tel Aviv flat. Chain-smoking Lalia (Mouna Hawa) is clearly tired of the available dating scene. The next morning she and flatmate Salma (Sana Jammelieh) have an unexpected guest, the traditionally attired Nur (Shaden Kanboura), who wants to stay with them until she can find her own arrangements. Lalia is a non-religious feminist lawyer, Salma’s an underground DJ from a Christian family, and Nur’s an advanced computer science stu-

dent who stands out because she’s opted for full Islamic female garb. Nur’s boyfriend, Wissam (Henry Andrawas), reacting to her refusal to move out from her current digs, which he considers immorally secular, throws her down on the bed and rapes her, an act the director films from the rear, upping the ante on this atrocity for both victim and audience. Later, Salma’s mom witnesses her making out with a female friend, sending her pious dad into a meltdown. The film’s male characters are mostly unsympathetic, with the exception of one playful gay party-boy. Opening Friday at the Roxie, “In Between” is a realistic depiction of the conditions that prompted the current backlash against sexual misconduct. The film’s intensity has reportedly inspired one Arab mayor to declare a fatwa against the filmmakers. Warnings: for a great deal of smoking, both tobacco and pot; for a brutal rape scene and a great deal

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Scene from director Maysaloun Hamoud’s “In Between.”

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seated alone at the head of a mile-long dinner table in her husband’s luxurious palazzo, a veritable prisoner sentenced If the current political to solitary confinement in a situation and the goblin rungilded cage. In terms of its sly ning the country aren’t scary critique of the alienation that enough for you, there’s “The can come in the wake of unfetLodgers,” a gothic ghost tale tered freedom and aimlessfrom Irish director Brian ness, “Darling” is a companion O’Malley. The atmospheric piece to “Alfie” (1966), which 1920s period piece was shot has endured largely due to in the Irish countryside at a Michael Caine’s irrepressible, gloomy 700-year-old mancareer-defining performance sion that stands in for the as a roguish, self-styled Cadilapidated estate that’s home sanova – a callous Cockney – make that a prison – for its cad who objectifies a string of sole heirs, orphaned twins women whom he beds with held hostage in the house what passes for charm and by an ancestral family curse. discards without conscience. They rattle around the premOne of the first British films ises encountering ghostly to address sex, abortion and presences, the lodgers of the homosexuality, Tony Richtitle, who haunt the drafty ardson’s “A Taste of Honey” rooms and call the shots after Courtesy MBFF (1961) features a script coMidnight, giving new meanwritten by an 18-year-old ing to “You can check in, but “The Lodgers” is a gothic ghost tale from Irish director Brian O’Malley. playwright, Shelagh Delaney, you can’t check out.” and a touching Rita TushingAfter this bout of terror, ham as a pregnant teenager private pity party – alcohol being that exposed the fault lines of an one can seek refuge and comic whose connection with a young, one of the major food groups and archaic British class system and the relief in the mischievous literary compassionate gay man offers her drinking his true vocation – he’s apshabby hardscrabble lives of the humor of Cambridge Footlights love and acceptance she has found proached and offered a substantial working class. In “Darling,” direcalum and gay activist Stephen Fry, nowhere else. sum to investigate miracle cures at a tor John Schlesinger’s stylish essay whose 1994 novel “The HippoBased on an unconventional 2011 country manor. Equipped with the in emptiness and a misspent life in potamus” has been adapted for the hit London musical, “London Road” wit, erudition and whip-smart acerswinging 1960s London, a young screen. Roger Allam, a fine English takes as its unlikely subject a serial bic observations one has come to and lovely Julie Christie stars in her character actor who specializes in killing spree and its impact on the expect from Fry, our dissolute hero Oscar-winning role as an attractive dyspeptic men of a certain age, plays working-class inhabitants of a small tracks down friends and adversaries though unremarkable woman who a cranky, second-rate poet who’s English town. The film draws on on a booze-infused quest for truth. enters into a series of bleak, deadsacked from his day job as a newsinterviews playwright-screenwriter A trio of gritty classics is on a end liaisons with predatory media paper theater critic after he indulges Alecky Blythe conducted with locals, triple bill dedicated to the British types and jet-setters (Dirk Bogarde, in a bellicose if well-deserved rant and the real-life 2006 case in which New Wave. The term refers to the Laurence Harvey), culminating during a ludicrous London perfora predator nicknamed “The Suffolk mostly black & white kitchen-sink in a loveless marriage to an Italian mance of “Titus Andronicus.” Later, Strangler” murdered five prostitutes dramas released during the 1960s prince. In a famous scene, she’s swilling his misfortunes away at a

in six weeks. The raft of suspects includes a slovenly cab driver played by Tom Hardy bringing his usual queasy brew of sordidness and menace, and there’s a turn by the dependably sterling Olivia Colman, who portrays a woman mounting a valiant struggle to salvage her neighborhood’s reputation. The festival closer, “Journey’s End” is also based on a theatrical production: R.C. Sherriff ’s 1928 drama, which premiered in London 10 years after the horrific trench warfare of the so-called Great War had ended. The dialogue-driven scenario focuses on a British infantry division trapped in a foxhole on the edge of a no-man’s-land in Northern France. Their ranks include an introspective, intellectually inclined senior officer (Paul Bettany), a naïve young soldier eager for action (Asa Butterfield), and a respected captain (Sam Claflin) crippled by his increasing reliance on the bottle. They employ a variety of strategies to maintain their sanity in the face of insane, unbearably claustrophobic, terrifying circumstances underground, while anticipating the dreadful barbed-wire grave that awaits them above. Looming over it all is our retrospective knowledge of the mass slaughter to come and the waste of promising lives. The closing-night dessert party might be just the thing to lift the spirits; or better yet, the whiskey and gin tastings, available in-between select screenings.t

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Over the coals Drag icon Heklina gets roasted

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ate in 2016, the press buzzed with word of tunnels beneath the 900 block of Market Street that provided escape routes from bars. These bars were the Old Crow (962 Market), The Silver Rail (974 Market/67 Turk), The Pirates Cave (972 Market) and the College Inn (920 Market). See page 28 >>

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With Jackie Beat as MC, Ana Matronic, Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ, Julie Brown, Sister Roma and other guests will take to the stage to dish their colleague of many years. The event promises to be crass, outrageous and not for the ‘easily triggered.’ “It’s a good thing she has a thick skin, because it’s going to get crispy when these queens roast this hog!” wrote Peaches Christ in promo materials. One would think that bringing dozens of drag talents to San

Francisco would inspire queens to retract their claws in homage to Heklina. But the fun nature of bitchy camp is a standard of drag performers. Ahead of the Castro Theatre show, Heklina tossed some lighthearted dish toward her upcoming roasters, including MC Jackie Beat, whom she called, “simply evil.” Having recently returned from a vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Heklina (in real life the Icelandborn Stefan Grygelko) revealed how much behind-the-scenes work is involved in producing all the shows at Oasis, the successful nightclub co-owned with three

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others, including drag star and musical theatre writer-composer D’Arcy Drollinger, and Geoff Benjamin and Jason Beebout. “It’s a lot work, being focused and booking shows, taking care of visiting performers,” said Grygelko. “It’s a lot more work now, running Oasis; it’s more than just my Saturday night show (Mother).” Considering Heklina has cohosted many shows with the guest-roasters, what sort of insults can we expect from performers who should, dare we say, be more grateful? “They’re probably gonna say I’m old,” he chuckled, “that I’m fat, that I have AIDS and I’m ugly. People are so sensitive these days, but I really think these queens will go for the juguLeo Herrera lar. We’re considering posting a slide that says, ‘If you’re Heklina’s fired up. easily offended or triggered by anything, this is not the event for you.’” Roast & Toast Heklina joked that any offended Historic TV roasts, like those patrons should send complaints to hosted in the 1970s by Dean Marthe Letters column of the Bay Area tin, may be a lost form of entertainReporter. ment, but Heklina hopes for some Of course, any longtime fan of classy insults. Mother, its antecedent, Trannyshack “People are even more ready for (at The Stud and DNA Lounge) and it. The more recent Comedy Central more than two decades of scandalroasts were nasty: I mean, evil.” ous drag shows, should not be surHeklina mentioned a friend who prised by politically incorrect jokes. attended a taping of the Pamela With a star-studded history of preAnderson roast where actress Bea senting acts known for projectile Arthur left because the comics were fluids, robots dissecting each other being so mean. “It had gone so far set to Bjork songs, a few naughty off from the original Friar’s Roast, words tossed Heklina’s way should which was in good humor.” be expected. So, how does Heklina navigate Offered a chance to get the jump the waters of onstage insults versus on the insult volley, Heklina offered attacks? some gossip. “Jackie Beat started a “When you’re insulting someGoFundMe campaign to get a hip body, you have to be self-deprecatreplacement. She also started a funing, too; make fun of yourself,” Hekdraiser to get her stomach stapled, lina explained. “I’ll say I’m old and but she’s already cheating on her fat, then segue into the next queen’s diet.” intro and call her old and fat. If “Julie Brown is hard to roast, beyou’re just some gorgeous queen cause she’s super sweet. I would say up there, ripping on others, it’s not that she’s an old has-been, but you could say that for anyone onstage that night.” As for Peaches Christ, a frequent collaborator and cohost at drag show productions and events, Heklina said, “We’re so much alike, just men in dresses who put on shows. I’ll probably make some horse references.” Other Heklina volleys include dishing Sister Roma, “for not updating her look in twenty years; I mean, she’s just a nun.” Ana Matronic? “I could make fun of her getting famous for not doing anything. You’ve never heard her voice on any Scissor Sisters album. What does she do?” Alaska Thunderfuck? “More horse jokes.”

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funny. You have to have a sense of humor about yourself. You have to have that to go onstage.” We discussed some performers’ limitations (not the upcoming roast talents) off the record (see how nice Heklina is?) while comparing drag comedy performance styles. Politics remains a touchy topic for any performer. “People are very sensitive now, and they can’t recognize satire anymore. It’s almost like you have to tell them, ‘This is a joke!’ because they look for reasons to be offended now.” Mentioning an offhand Trump joke that was misunderstood at Oasis, Heklina recalls having to explain it. “People are going through terrible things; families are being deported, so it’s understandable that people don’t appreciate a joke.” But as the target of the upcoming roast, Heklina seems to encourage jokes aimed his way. “I love to be offended, and I love humor that shocks, like Joan Rivers. I could not believe how vicious she could be sometimes. But she was funny!” Heklina explained why taboo jokes can entertain and enlighten audiences. “If you take that taboo topic, you poke at it and expose it, that takes the power out of it. But you have to be very careful.” On the topic of old age jokes, Heklina admitted to still enjoying performing in shows, but he’s begun to appreciate different aspects. “As I get older, I’m starting to enjoy the behind the scenes elements of shows, hanging out with friends and getting stuff together. I don’t miss the actual act of getting into drag. My legs hurt from getting strangled by pantyhose.”t The Roast of Heklina, Saturday February 17, 8pm. $30-$50. ($100 VIP reception 6:30pm), with MC Jackie Beat. $30-$100. Also on sale one-night only; commemorative “Burn the Witch” Tshirts designed by Blackmast. 429 Castro St. www.peacheschrist.com www.castrotheatre.com

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Lucie Arnaz

Celebrating family roots through music at Feinstein’s

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ucie Arnaz, who returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko on February 23 and 24, was destined for show business. Her parents, TV legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, starred in the classic sitcom I Love Lucy, making history as the first mixed race couple on network television: Ball was Caucasian, while Arnaz was Latin. “They loved each other very much,” Lucie Arnaz recalls in an interview with Bay Area Reporter. “But they worked in separate fields, she in films in Hollywood and he touring the country with his orchestra. They saw very little of each other for the first ten years of their marriage. They wanted to have a family, so they pushed very hard to get to work together in order to stay together and allow that to happen. And I for one, am very grateful to them for this.” Arnaz was born in 1951, the year I Love Lucy debuted. She grew up in Hollywood, surrounded by the bright lights and glamour of show business. “I think when you watch people do something that they love and they make people happy when they do it, you might tend to give that business a try,” she said. “Whatever field it is. And any parent that supports their children’s passions–– acting, drums, dance, cooking, science, sports––makes it possible for them to believe in themselves enough to attempt to make that passion a career.” Arnaz got an early start, appearing on The Lucy Show, her mother’s second series. This was followed by a six-year run as her mom’s co-star on Here’s Lucy. Many more roles followed. Arnaz starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show, and had a major role in the 1980 film

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The Jazz Singer opposite Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier. She has performed extensively in musical theater, playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Daisy Mae in Lil Abner, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and in Seesaw opposite theater legend Tommy Tune. She starred on Broadway in They’re Playing Our Song and has been a popular concert performer for thirty years. There have also been numerous TV movies. “To me they are all very much the same, as they all involved working with a live audience,” Arnaz said. “Except for a few films and some one-camera TV work I have always gravitated to the live experience. It’s the most challenging and the most rewarding for me. It also creates more of a community and family around you.” When Arnaz takes to the stage at Feinstein’s she’ll be paying tribute to her late father, who was a renowned Latin bandleader. She’s calling her show Latin Roots. “It was inspired by the fact that I believe that I would not have ended up in the musical end of the business were it not for my father’s influences and listening to his music while growing up,” she said. “After

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Mary Wilson @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Lips and Lashes Brunch @ Lookout

The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance events celebrates 18 years. Free-$5. 5pm-10:30pm. Also Sundays. 550 Barneveld Ave. sundancesaloon.org

The founding member of The Supremes sings solo version of classic hits and standards. $48.75-85 ($20 food/drink min.). 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. feinsteinsatthenikko.com

Star Trek Live @ Oasis

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Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge

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

Disco guru DJ Bus Station John spins grooves at the intimate retro music night. $5. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

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Latin Explosion @ Club 21

Thu 15 At the Hop @ Oasis Enjoy '50s and '60s music at the new night, with drag acts, retro gear and poodle skirts encouraged. $5. 9pm2am. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Comedy Returns @ El Rio Enjoy wit and wisdom with Kurt Weitzmann, Francesca Fiorentini, Nathan Habib, Victor Escobedo, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 7pm. 3158 Mission St. elriosf.com

Ho is Life @ The Stud Sex worker and pals' safe space to party. Feb 15 is a roast of Nicki Jizz and Fiera 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Lucie Arnaz: Latin Roots at Feinstein’s At the Nikko, February 23 & 24 at 8pm. $60-$100. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com

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several years of doing concerts, I started to slip in bits of that sound as a tip of the hat to him.” In 2010 Arnaz produced an entire evening of music of The Desi Arnaz Orchestra—musical arrangements which are now housed at the Library of Congress––for the 40th anniversary of the Lyric and Lyricists events in New York. “We called it Babalu,” she recalls. “I simultaneously produced a new CD released at the same time which I called Latin Roots, which was a combination of some of those wonderful tunes of Dad’s and many other great American songs, but arranged with more of a Latin beat. The Latin Roots show I will do in San Francisco at Feinstein’s is a kind of mash-up of those two.” She said that she’d prefer not to say which songs she’ll be performing at Feinstein’s. “Audiences can expect to hear great stories in the songs I sing and a variety of material,” she says. “I never like to give out song lists because I don’t always do a song the way you might expect and I like to surprise. It’s just the way I do it. I like it when I give people something they are not expecting.” Arnaz feels that all music is based on the basic Latin beat. “African, really,” she says. “Jungle. If you have that music in you from birth, as all Cubans do, and even some of us 50% Cubanas, you often drift towards a career as a singer, dancer or musician. You find great joy in music and finding great joy in music has made what I get to do for a living a constant blessing.”t

Junk @ Powerhouse MrPam and Dulce de Leche cohost the weekly underwear strip night and contest, with sexy prizes. Feb 15: Bare Chest Calendar prelims (8pm-10pm). $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhousebar.com

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

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars @ Oasis Viewing party for the new season special of the popular drag competition show, cohosted by Sister Roma and Honey Mahogany, with porn prizes, lipsynch contest and more. Feb. 15 with Ben deLaCreme. $10-$25. 7pm. 298 11th St. sfoasis.com

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Back by popular demand, another hilarious stage adaptation of a classic Star Trek episode, "Turnabout Intruder," with Leigh Crow, Laurie Bushman, Allison Johnson, Ammo Eisu, and guests stars D'Arcy Drollinger and Sue Casa. $27-$40. Fri-Sun 7pm. Thru March 17. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

La Bomba Latina @ Club OMG

Gaymer Night @ SF Eagle

Drag show with DJ Jaffeth. $5. 9pm2am. 43 6th St. www.clubomgsf.com

Creature @ The Stud One-year "paper" anniversary of the party night, with Ah Mer Ah Su, Chelsea Starr, Skin, Gossip Girl. $5-$10. 10pm-4am. 399 9th St. studsf.com

Drag Queen Bingo @ Tenderloin Museum Cruzin D'Loo hosts a game night and fundraiser for the Compton's Cafeteria Riot play, with drinks, and prizes galore. 6pm-8pm. 398 Eddy St. www.tenderloinmuseum.org/events/

Friday Night Live @ El Rio Enjoy the weekly queer and LGBTfriendly live acoustic concerts. $5pm. 3158 Mission St. www.elriosf.com

Latin Explosion @ Club 21 The popular Latin club includes drag shows, with gogo guys, drink specials and table reservations available. Feb 16 is the 17th annual Brazilian Carnaval night. $10-$20. 10pm-3am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland. www.club21oakland.com

Video games on multiple screens for a nerdgasmic night. 8pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison. www.sf-eagle.com

Wuhfff @ Powerhouse Pedal Pups' fundraiser for their AIDS LifeCycle ride, with gogo dogs and shot pups. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhousebar.com

Sat 17 Beatpig @ Powerhouse Juanita MORE! and crew's monthly mix of drag, butch, sexy glam, with DJ Stanley Frank. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhousebar.com

D.A.D. @ Driftwood Trevor Sigler and Collin Bass DJ Dads And Disco at the groovy stray bar. $5. 9pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. driftwoodbarsf.com

GameboiSF @ Rickshaw Stop The monthly dance night for Gaysians and their pals. $8-$15. 9:30pm-2am. 155 Fell St. rickshawstop.com

Mixed Forms @ The Stud Mixed night of music and people; electro, groovy, str8, stray, gay, etc. 9pm-4am. 399 9th St. studsf.com

Mother @ Oasis Heklina's popular drag show, with special guests and great music themes DJ MC2 plays grooves. $15. 10pm3am (11:30pm show). 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

The Playground @ Club BNB, Oakland Revamped night at the popular hip hop and Latin dance club. Feb. 10 is a Whitney Houston tribute and Valentine's party. $5-$15. 9pm to 3am. 2120 Broadway. (510) 759-7340. www.club-bnb.com

Quinn DeVeaux, Yours Truly, Michele
@ Lost Church Three Americana bands perform at the intimate venue. $10-$15. 8pm.65 Capp St. thelostchurch.com

Sondheim Tonight! @ Hotel Rex Craig Jessup performs his cabaret show packed with Stephen Sondheim hits, with pianist Ken Muir. $30-$50. Cocktails and small plates available. 8pm. 562 Sutter St. societycabaret.com

Wine Competition Tasting @ Fort Mason SF Chronicle's expansive taste-fest of wines galore, nearly 7000 entries from 35 states. $70-$95. 1:30pm-5pm. Festival Pavilion, 1 Marina Blvd. www.winejudging.com

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There was more underground about these bars than tunnels, however. They were a hotbed of trade that predated the bars, which eventually led to the fame the Old Crow achieved as a hustler bar that spawned several films of David Hurles, aka Old Reliable, in the 1970s.

The OED traces the use of the word in the U.S. as far back as 1919. Historian and author Rictor Norton says the word comes from English prostitution slang:

Lou Rand Hogan, aka Toto le Grand, author of The Gay Cookbook, and The Gay Detective, later renamed Rough Trade.

Trade is a word with a history. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “A man, esp. one who does not identify as homosexual and who is not penetrated sexually, who is sought, and sometimes paid, as a casual sexual partner by another man; sexual intercourse with such a man; such men collectively.”

“’Trade’ is the standard word for prostitution in the 18th century, and there are several instances when it was applied to sex between men, e.g. John Dunton in The He-Strumpets: A Satyr on the Sodomite-Club, 1707, says that female prostitutes are so affected by the clap ‘That now Mens Tails have all the trade.’”

Trade was certainly familiar in San Francisco before the Old Crow. In 1974 the B.A.R. published a series of articles entitled “The Golden Age of Queens” by an author named Toto le Grand. He was identified by the GLBT Historical Society’s newsletter as Lou Rand Hogan, author of The Gay Cookbook (1965) and The Gay Detective (1961, later renamed Rough Trade.) Hogan moved to San Francisco in the late 1920s and his series in the B.A.R. described life during prohibition. “Market Street was the focal point of all the action; remember, up until 1932 there were no bars… you met on the street… and Gawd! Was Market St. gay! Local belles all had to make the scene each evening. The promenade was marvelous to behold. Recall a mad ‘girl’ called Anne Pennington who would stop anything male on the pave and purr, “Would you like a fancy boy tonight?” Of course nine out of ten ignored her, but that tenth!” Hogan also recalled how the Unique Theatre (757 Market), which existed till the mid-’30s was used for ‘dates’. “It was a 24-hour movie and ‘flop’ house. . . at times, however, one could pick up an occasional middleof-the-night trick. In fact, the house was kept so dark (to hide its grime) that one could do the trick right in his seat.” Into this world the bars of MidMarket were born. On April 15, 1933 (one week after 3.2 percent beer became legal) the College Inn opened and on May 13 the Pirates’ Cave opened (the Old Crow did not open till 1935, before that it was the Rainbow Tavern). From the moment the bars were opened they were in trouble, although most of the trouble was related to sailors and women. On July 14, 1933 the San Francisco Beverage Commission ruled that no female feet were allowed on the brass rail (which meant that women could only get table service for drinks and not be served at the bar). The following week the Commission ruled that women were permanently barred from the College Inn, the Pirates’ Cave and the Rainbow Tavern. It’s unclear how long the ban remained in effect. On February 26, 1934 six sailors were arrested at the Pirates’ Cave for disturbing the peace and later that year the bar had its liquor license suspended. Again in 1935 the Pirates’ Cave and College Inn were closed for “vice conditions.” By October, 1938 Police Chief Quinn was urging the liquor license for the College Inn be recalled because it was “frequented by people of troublesome and immoral character.” In May, 1941 the College Inn gave up its fight and was replaced by a clothing store. These bars were not gay in the sense of modern bars. They would probably be considered “mixed” today. In an article entitled “Down Memory Lane,” B.A.R. publisher Bob Ross recalled the bars (note

that both the College Inn and Pirates’ Cave were occasionally called “den”): “There was the Pirate’s Den on Market Street, and next door to that place was the College Inn which housed an all-girl orchestra with lots of sailors in attendance; and where the sailors went, the gays went also.” The Silver Dollar (64 Eddy) opened in 1937 and the Silver Rail in 1941 and by then the scene regarding servicemen and trade was pretty well developed. On July 3, 1942 both bars and the Pirates’ Cave were put on the “off limits” list for Army personnel and military police were stationed outside the bars to warn away members of the armed forces. It was the last straw for the Pirates’

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Cave, which went out of business that year. It is particularly odd that in the same year that the Silver Rail was being put off-limits that the USO decided to open up the block at 989 Market. It remained open till 1947, when it was reported that it had served 4.5 million servicemen. There is no word on how many were served at the Silver Rail and Old Crow. Notorious as they were, the first overt mention of homosexuality wasn’t connected to the bars in the press till 1953. Prior to that they were called thing like “notorious places of contact for venereal diseases.” In a short article on Dec. 17, 1953 the Examiner mourned the passing of the Silver Rail by saying, “The Silver Rail, one of the gamier Market Street dives, is now out of business. The Silver Dollar outlasted it by seven years, closing in 1960.” The Old Crow was the last bar to close in the 900 block of Market in 1980. In ‘74, Hogan said, “The Old Cow (it’ll never be Crow to thousands) is still going strong, though we wouldn’t trust ourselves inside.” Voicing a different opinion was Bob Ross who, in an oral history with the GLBT Historical Society, said, “the Old Crow was just a great pickup place for hustlers. And that went on many years.” Did the bars leave a legacy aside from tunnels? Perhaps. There was an oft-quoted phrase which Hugh Selby used in Last Exit to Brooklyn and John Rechy used in City of Night: “Today’s trade is tomorrow’s competition.”t

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Widowers’ Houses @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Aurora Theatre Company’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s 1892 comic satire romance and villains. $33-$65. Tue, Wed Sun 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 25. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. http://www.auroratheatre.org

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Wed 21 Kippy Marks at Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books

Sat 17 Anansi, an African Folktale @ NCTC Youth Theatre production of Stephanie Temple’s new twist on the magical folk story about the trickster spider god. $10-$15. Sat & Sun 2pm & 4pm. thru Feb. 18. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. www.nctcsf.org

Black Choreographers Festival @ Dance Mission Three weekends of new dance works by more than 20 choreographers from SF, LA and elsewhere. $10-$25. Sat & Sun 7:30pm. Thru Mar. 4. 3316 24th St. www.bcfhereandnow.com

Cat/Dog Film Festivals @ Roxie Cinema Enjoy short films about cats from NYC and around the world. $8-$15. 3pm & 5pm. Dog filmfest Feb 18, 2pm & 4:15. 3117 16th St. roxie.com

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Born Yesterday @ SF Playhouse

Angela Davis: OUTspoken @ GLBT History Museum New exhibit of art and ephemera about the historic lesbian activist and scholar. Feb 15: We’ha: The Life & Times of a Traditional Zuni Two-Spirit, an illustrated talk with historian Will Roscoe ( The Zuni-Man Woman ). Feb 22: A Queer Love Story: Jane Rule & Rick Bébout with Marilyn Schuster. Both $5. 7pm. Also, Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre Feb 14-16: Phantom Thread (7pm) and I Know Where I’m Going (5pm, 9:20). Feb 17: The Roast of Heklina drag comedy show (8pm). Feb 18 & 19: Disney’s Moana sing-along (1pm, 12:30). Feb 18: Apocalypse Now Redux (4:30) and Last Flag Flying (8pm). Feb 19: Blade Runner 2049 (3:30, 8:30) and Marjorie Prime (6:30). Feb 20 & 21: Darkest Hour (2:30, 7pm) and Dunkirk in 70MM (4:50, 9:20). Feb 22-25: Sing-along The Little Mermaid. $11-$16. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

A Fatal Step @ The Marsh Jill Vice’s solo show about a hardboiled detective, told by a femme fatale. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Thru Mar. 3. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Lucia Berlin: Stories @ Z Below Word for Word’s staging of short stories by the acclaimed late author. $20-$75. Wed-Thu 7pm. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Thru Mar. 11. 470 Florida St. www.zspace.org

Non-Player Character @ Creativity Theater SF Playhouse’s world premiere of Walt McGough’s drama about video game competitors and online revenge. $ 7pm. Thu 7pm, Fri-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Trhu Mar. 3. 221 4th St., YBCA. www.sfplayhouse.org

Opera Paralléle @ SF Jazz Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus are performed. $30-$170. 7:30pm. Thru Feb 18. 201 Franklin St. www.sfjazz.org

Garson Kanin’s 1946 comedy gets a stylish revival at the downtown company’s stage. $35-$60. Thru Mar. 10. 450 Post St. www.sfplayhouse.org

Megabytes the Musical @ Shelton Theater Morris Bobrow’s comedy song revue about the frustrations of technology. $25-$30. Fri & Sat 8pm thru Mar. 3. 533 Sutter St. megabytesthemusical.com

Reel to Reel @ Magic Theatre

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Curator tour Feb 17, 11am-12:30pm: $25. Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way. sfbotanicalgarden.org/

Still at Risk @ NCTC

See Rococo finery in an 80-work tour of paintings, furniture and lavish objects. Thru May 28. Also, Séraphin Soudbinine, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Framing the Body, Mummies and Medicine and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. legionofhonor.famsf.org

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

Traces of the Past & Future @ Asian Art Museum Fu Shen’s Painting and calligraphy, thru Sept. Many other exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. www.asianart.org

Mon 19 David Spiher @ Strut The gay artist’s exhibit of compelling portraits and figure paintings. Thru Feb. 470 Castro St. strutsf.org

One Night Only @ Marines’ Memorial Theatre

Valerie Troutt Jazz Soul Project @ Yoshi’s Oakland

Stephen Sondheim’s wickedly amazing musical about a serial-killing barber gets a local production. $32$72. Wed-Thu 7:30pm. Fri-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru March 18. 490 South First St., San Jose. thestage.org

Fri 16

Bernadette Bohan @ Paxton Gate

Skeleton Crew @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

Smuin 2018 Choreography Showcase @ Cowell Theater

Tim Pinckley’s new play explores the hazards of rewriting an AIDS activist’s past as he tries to move forward. Pre- and post-show panels and events. $35-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 25. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. www.nctcsf.org

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe @ Legion of Honor

Comics Chris Garcia, Francesca Fiorentini, Karinda Dobbins, Johan Miranda, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Zahra Noorbahksh skewer Hair Furor with political wit. $25-$30. 8pm. 2781 24th St. www.brava.org

Not My F***ing President’s Day @ Brava Theatre

Bay Area premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s play about workers at a Detroit plant who have to make tough decisions to survive. $25-$44. Thru Feb 18. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. marintheatre.org

Still at Risk @ NCTC

Wed 21

Cast members from the new touring company of The Book of Mormon perform “Songs Off the Resumé,” a concert of music, comedy and dancing, at a benefit for the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation with a VIP after-party. $50, $75 and up. 7:30pm. 609 Sutter St. reaf.org

World premiere of writer-director John Kolvenbach’s play about an elderly couple’s recorded and forgotten memories. $35-$80. Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Feb 25. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg D, 3rd floor. www.Magic Theatre.org

New works by members of the acclaimed local modern ballet company. $33-$48. 7:30pm. Feb 17, 2pm. 2 Marina Blvd. smuinballet.org

Sun 18

Sweeney Todd @ San Jose Stage Company

The Third Muslim @ SOMArts Cultural Center Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, a group exhibition with performances, curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed. Reg hours Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm; Sat 12pm5pm. Thru Feb 22. 934 Brannan St. www.somarts.org

Music and spoken word concert celebrating Black History Month, with Paulynn Brown and Ryan Nicole. $19. 8pm. 5120 Embarcadero West, Oakland. yoshis.com

Tue 20 Deborah Roberts @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery Exhibit of the artist’s collage portraits of African American girls. Thru March 17. 464 Sutter St. jenkinsjohnsongallery.com

The Rose That Grew From Concrete @ LGBT Center Exhibit of multimedia art by members of the Center’s Youth Program. 1800 Market St. sfcenter.org

Unearthed @ California Academy of Sciences Lois Tema

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Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; new exhibit, From Stone Age to Space Age, showcases minerals through time. Special events each week, with adult nightlife parties many Thursday nights. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www. calacademy.org

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland. www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org

All That Glitters is Gold, a new exhibit of the Bay Area sculptor’s amazing whimsical toy-assemblages. Thru mid-Feb. 766 Valencia St. paxtongate.com/index/

Dennis Conkin @ Tenderloin Museum Color is Pure Feeling, the local artist and former B.A.R. journalist’s exhibit of vibrant abstract paintings. Thru Mar. 31. Also, historic exhibits in the main museum. 398 Eddy St. http:// www.tenderloinmuseum.org/

Queerest Library Ever @ SF Public Libraries Hormel at 20: Celebrating Our Past/ Creating Our Future, a dual exhibit of archival materials celebrating two decades of the LGBTQ collections. 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St. www.sfpl.org

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts cohost the eclectic open mic night, with special guest, violinist Kippy Marks. 8pm. 489 Castro St. dogearedbooks.com

Sat 17 Cat/Dog Film Festivals @ Roxie Cinema

Thu 22 The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot @ New Village Café The Tenderloin Museum presents the world premiere of Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar and Donna Persona’s stage story of the historic pre-Stonewall San Francisco uprising of Tenderloin drag queens, with a dozen performers. $60 (includes a ‘breakfast for dinner” meal). 1960s attire and drag encouraged. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru March 17. 1426 Polk St. http://bit.ly/2mvz8ZY

Howl and Other Poems @ City Lights Booksellers Release party for the deluxe vinyl recordings of Allen Ginberg’s historic epic poem, recorded in 1959, with a book of poems; readings by Ann Charters, Kim Shuck, Neeli Cherkovski, Garrett Caples and box set producer Bill Belmont. 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave. citylights.com/

Reform School Girls @ Roxie Cinema Veruca Bathsalts and Jerry Lee cohost a screening of the campy B-film. $8$15. 3117 16th St. roxie.com

Until, Until, Until . . . @ YBCA Frank Lawson stars in Edgar Arceneaux’s live-action play based on Broadway performer Ben Vereen’s controversial Reagan inaugural Blackface performance in 1981. $20$25. 8pm. Also 23 & 24. Gallery One, 701 Mission St. ybca.org


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Evolution of kink by Race Bannon

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o to any leather bar or kink gathering or engage in a prehookup conversation and you’re likely to hear people espousing some quite specific erotic identities. I’m a sub pup. I’m a dominant sadist. I’m a top. I’m a bottom. I’m a slave. I’m a Master. I’m a boy. The list is long and varied. Many will declare a wider spectrum of identities or versatility, but it’s remarkable how often the specificity is narrow and precise. Of course, it’s everyone’s right to identify and function any way they wish. My only concern is that I fear kinksters have been increasingly encouraged, if not outright or subtly coerced, into believing that to be a modern leather or kink person they need to have a specific erotic identity, a focused way in which they navigate our scene. As one example of overt coercion, I recall a young gay man telling me a story I’ve heard countless times from others that they were directed by an “elder” or “expert” that they must enter the scene as a submissive and bottom. That’s simply not true. To foster such notions does a

disservice to those who might not resonate with such identities. Increasingly in non-kinky realms, we hear about sexual fluidity. Attractions, preferences and identities seem to be able to morph over time, at least for many people. Since leather and kink are inherently sexuality-based communities, I think the same often applies. Some will contend, and perhaps rightly so, that sexual orientations are less flexible. Many of us are attracted to whom we’re attracted to and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. But when it comes to sexual preferences, what we like to do sexually and the erotic identities we attach to those preferences, I think there’s more wiggle room. There is some research on such fluidities, but I’m basing this column on 40+ years deeply active in the leather and kink worlds. My involvements socially and organizationally span all sexual orientations, and the background data I’m referencing is anecdotal, but I think it’s a sound foundation of reference. The main point I want to hammer home here is that while some aspects of our sexuality are more fixed and sticky than others, many

are not. Just as importantly, change is the norm. Anyone who observes the natural world with any awareness realizes that nothing stands still, nothing maintains its current state indefinitely. All things change. Why would our sexualities and erotic identities be any different? As the late screenwriter Sidney Buchman said, “If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn’t it?” That’s how I feel about our sexualities. If we do nothing but continue to repeatedly replay the recordings of our sexuality, dullness sets in. Even worse, adherence to a personal sexual narrative that no longer works optimally for us cements us to a potentially unsatisfactory sex life. That rigidity might elicit a less than enjoyable erotic identity with which we navigate through the erotic worlds we inhabit. Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying Who’s the dom? Who’s the sub? here as advocating that Hanky pocket codes can always change. you abandon what truly works for you. If your come concerns. We might worry if sexuality and erotic identities are we’ll be perceived negatively by our really working for you, rock on. It’s kink peers if we explore outside of your life and you get to do it your our past roles, kinks, social circles, way. and so on. While there are some However, based on how ofwho resist change, in themselves ten people’s sexualities and erotic and others, or rail against when identities do evolve and transform, other people or the sexual landsometimes quite drastically, I must scape changes, they’ve proven to be believe change is more the norm fewer in number (although often than exception. I again point to namost vocal) than those who will ture and its inherent forever changfully accept you when such changes ing reality. make you happier. Along with such change can

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Real friends celebrate your sexual and erotic identity changes because they care about your happiness. You’re also doing a tremendous service to your circle of friends when you live and proclaim your sexuality and identities proudly and openly. By doing so, you give them permission to do the same, a wonderful gift. I liken this process to lots of coming out moments. Acknowledging our leather or kinky selves has often been referred to as a second coming out. But that coming out process never quite ends. You might first come out as LGBT. Then you come out as kinky. Then you come out as a switch. Then you come out as an erotic pain pig. Then you come out as a pup. I could go on. You get the idea. We might have big and monumental coming out milestones in our lives, but we’ll continue to have smaller ones ongoing. I leave you with this, one of my favorite quotations by Oscar Wilde. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”t For Leather Events, please visit www.ebar.com/bartab Race Bannon is a local author, blogger and activist. You can reach him through his website, www.bannon.com.

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Follies & Dollies @ White Horse Bar, Oakland

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Weekly drag show at the historic gay bar. 9:30-11:30pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave, (510) 652-3820. whitehorsebar.com

Sun 18 Big Gay Beer Bust @ The Cinch

Pan Dulce @ Beaux The hot weekly Latin dance night with drag divas and more, hosted by Amaya Blac and Delilah Befierce; Feb. 14 Selena tribute singer Karol Posadas, and Valentines gogo studs. $6. 9pm-2am (free before 10:30pm). 2344 Market St. www.clubpapi.com

Benefits and plenty of beer at the historic neighborhood bar. 3pm-7pm. 1723 Polk St. www.cinchsf.com

Dirty Musical Sundays @ The Edge Sing along at the popular musical theatre night, with a bawdy edge; also Mondays and Wednesdays (but not dirty). 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Fur for All @ Powerhouse Mutha Chucka, BearZbub and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host a fundraiser for SF Night Ministry, with a furry-guy theme. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. powerhousebar.com

Music and spoken word concert celebrating Black History Month, with Paulynn Brown and Ryan Nicole. $19. 8pm. 5120 Embarcadero West, Oakland. yoshis.com

Strip down to your skivvies at the popular men's night. 9pm-2am. 440 Castro St. 621-8732. the440.com

Bananarama @ The Warfield The '80s pop trio returns. $39.50$55. 8pm. 982 Market St. www.thewarfieldtheatre.com/

Tue 20 Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu. 6pm-8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

Grace Towers' weekly drag show at the fun local bar. 9pm-12am. 4049 18th St. mobydicksf.com

Academy of Friends VIP Party @ Cambria Gallery Cocktail pre-celebration with the (March 4) Oscar party organizers, benefactors and even a few gold statue hunks. $20 and up. 6:30pm-8:30pm. 1045 Bryant St. http://bit.ly/2H4aRnw

Circle Jerk @ Nob Hill Theatre Porn studs Jack Andy and Scott De Marco lead the interactive sex party before their Feb. 23/24 strips & sex shows. $20. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. thenobhilltheatre.com

Sit-down show of performances, drag and other styles. 7pm-9:30pm. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Jakmel Ekpsresyon Benefit @ The Stud Fundraiser for a Haiti artist space, with Homobile, Crissy Bell, Messy Lover, and MC Honey Mahogany. $7$20. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Mad Hatter Party @ SF County Fair Bldg. Fundraiser and costume party for the opening of the annual Pacific Orchid Exhibition. $50. Reg admission $10$35. Exhibits thru Feb 25. 9th Ave. at Lincoln Blvd. pacorchidexpo.org

Music California Video Awards @ Neck of the Woods Awards show with performances by Xavier Toscano, Jon Mullane, Travis Marsh and others. 406 Clement St. MusicVideoAwards.com

Noisepop @ Great American Music Hall Pop-punk bands Jeff Rosenstick & The Hotelier, Lemuria and Roar play; part of the NoisePop music festival. $20. 8pm. 859 O'Farrell st. slimspresents.com

Takeover Tokyo

Drag night with Mercedez Munro. No cover. 10pm. 4067 18th St. 861-4186. www.midnightsunsf.com

Underwear Night @ 440

Wed 21 Dick at Nite @ Moby Dick

Munro's at Midnight @ Midnight Sun

Cast members from the new touring company of The Book of Mormon perform "Songs Off the Resumé," a concert of music, comedy and dancing, at a benefit for the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation with a VIP after-party. $50, $75 and up. 7:30pm. 609 Sutter St. www.reaf.org

Thu 22

Cast members from the new touring company of The Book of Mormon at One Night Only @ Marines’ Memorial Theatre

Valerie Troutt Jazz Soul Project @ Yoshi's Oakland

Mon 19 One Night Only @ Marines' Memorial Theatre

Mon 19

Hush Hush @ The Stud

Strip down with the strippers at the clothing-optional night. $20. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Vice Tuesdays @ Q Bar Queer femme and friends dance party with hip hop, Top 40 and throwbacks at the stylish intimate bar, with DJs Val G and Iris Triska. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com

Shining Stars

Tue 20

Vice Tuesdays @ Q Bar

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