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Milk airport idea faces turbulence by Matthew S. Bajko


enaming SFO as Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport would be historic, but the idea has a rocky flight path to becoming reality. First, six supervisors would need to vote to place the proposal on the November ballot. The legislation, so far, has five co-sponsors. Then a majority of San Francisco voters would need to back the idea. Neither is a foregone conclusion. Rick Gerharter Naming anything in San Francisco to Supervisor honor a civic leader, David Campos whether they are LGBT or straight, isn’t easy. And something as high profile as the city’s airport is sure to have competing interests vying to bestow such recognition on See page 13 >>

SFPD backtracks on condoms by Seth Hemmelgarn


an Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is keeping a ban on documenting condoms as evidence of prostitution temporary for now, based on an agreement between the offices of the district attorney and public defender. The news comes a week after a Bay Area Rick Gerharter Reporter article cited law enforcement of- Police Chief Greg Suhr ficials saying that the ban would be permanent. But instead, the SFPD bulletin extended a temporary period for another 90 days. Suhr’s position comes despite District Attorney George Gascón saying his office didn’t ask the police department to take such a stance, and Public Defender Jeff Adachi saying he hadn’t known about the latest extension until after the Bay Area Reporter contacted his office. “I’m hopeful that this ends up being a perSee page 5 >>

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Researchers focus on LGBT seniors by Matthew S. Bajko


n terms of academic research, LGBT seniors largely remain in the closet. Only a few studies have attempted to shed light on the needs of aging LGBT adults. Experts in the field of gerontology point to several factors behind the lack of scientific data on this age group. LGBT people were not considered part of the senior population, they said, so questions about sexual orientation or gender identity weren’t asked. The onslaught of AIDS in the 1980s not only devastated a generation of gay and bisexual men, it also diverted the LGBT community’s attention and scarce research funding toward combating the deadly disease. “The money for it simply dried up in the 1990s and didn’t come back until the end of that decade,” said Marcy Adelman, Ph.D., who has focused on LGBT aging since the 1970s. “The community wasn’t in a position to focus on aging when struggling so hard to keep everybody alive. I don’t think Washington was particularly friendly to LGBT aging research.” Now, due to treatment advances, people with HIV are living well past their 50s. They are aging alongside other LGBT baby boomers, many of whom have been out of the closet for decades and are demanding services as they enter retirement age. The result is an increased attention on

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studying LGBT seniors and addressing their concerns. Entities from the National Institutes of Health to AARP have funneled resources toward LGBT adults. “We are finally starting to talk about these issues from a research position,” said Brian de Vries, a gay man who is a professor of gerontology at San Francisco State University. “AIDS happened and researchers were just siphoned away and turned their attention to the experiences of people living with, and at that time dying from, HIV. I think it has only been in

the last 10 years or so that we have found our way back to an appreciation of aging within the LGBT community.” He recalled attending a lecture in the mid 1980s about gay men and aging where an audience member asked if “those terms are mutually incompatible ‘gay’ and ‘aging.’ It really struck me that somebody would make a comment like that. “So many of us were dying during that time, so the idea of aging seemed luxurious,” he added. “Given what the circumstances were, people thought it was almost not possible. I think that is part of the issue for why we were late to the game.” Early last decade de Vries, 56, helped establish and co-chaired Rainbow Research, an LGBT interest group within the Gerontological Society of America. He also took part in 2006 and 2010 in a Met Life study focused on LGBT seniors. Called “Still Out, Still Aging,” “it was one of the only national representative studies of LGBT boomers,” said de Vries. It first looked at the needs of 1,000 LGBT baby boomers. A follow-up study then compared 1,200 LGBT boomers against 1,200 from the general population. “It was one of the very few studies that allowed us to compare LGBT people with heterosexuals,” de Vries said. One of the lead authors of the Met Life study, and a co-founder of the Rainbow Research group, was Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D., a professor at the University of See page 5 >>

Older gay APIs bond over dinner by Matthew S. Bajko


he entryway of the Twin Peaks apartment is cluttered with various pairs of shoes. In the kitchen is a potluck collection of Asian-inspired dishes. Chairs are set up in the living room. Nametags are distributed. Conversations fill the home. On this Sunday night in early January roughly 20 gay Asian and Pacific Islander men have gathered to bond over dinner, be entertained, and discuss how to care for parents, loved ones, or themselves as they age. The meeting is the first gathering in 2013 of the GAPA 35-Plus group. Sponsored by the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, the program has been providing a safe space for older gay, bisexual, or transgender API men to connect and engage in frank discussions since 2000. “I knew there was a need for it,” recalled Vincent Baduel, 62, a former GAPA co-chair who revived the men’s only group. “I know there is still a need for it because first-timers are coming in and coming back. I think that is an indication they like it.”

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Benjamin Aquino and his partner, Dion Wong, talked at a recent GAPA 35-Plus group gathering.

Having attended GAPA Rap sessions, where any API man regardless of age can participate, Baduel realized that the issues older


API men face do not always overlap with the concerns of their younger counterparts. Topics the older group focuses on include financial planning, career changes, health and fitness tips, and affordable places for recreation in the Bay Area. “Our interest is different than those of younger guys. Those under 35 talk about partying, going to bars, and going down to the Castro,” said Dion Wong, 69, who was the group’s coordinator for 10 years until 2011. “Most of us have too many other obligations to do that. We have business careers, own property, are taking care of older relatives.” Wong, a former public school teacher who consults on education issues, and his partner of 18 years, Benjamin Aquino, are still regular attendees of the group. Aquino, 60, a registered nurse, enjoys the open dialogue the gatherings foster. “It is very healthy to me,” he said. For those API men who grew up overseas and are culturally inclined to remain closeted to their families, the monthly meet-ups can be a lifeline and a nice entry point into the See page 13 >>

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Flanagan sworn in as judge



alifornia Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, left, administers the oath of office to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Tara Flanagan Thursday, January 10 in the Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills College in Oakland. During her remarks, Flanagan told her friends, family members, and supporters that “I am mindful that the court is for the public and I will work hard everyday to serve the people of this county.” Flanagan, who won her judicial election last June, is the third out lesbian jurist on the Alameda bench, joining Judges Victoria Kolakowski and Kimberly Colwell.

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January 10. Bradley Roberts, 41, said he saw an Francisco police have released the victim, his roommate, at about a sketch of a man wanted in a car6:30 p.m. near 14th and Noe streets, jacking that occurred recently in the about a block away from their home. city’s Castro neighborhood. The man, who police say is 33, told Rene Sedivy, 41, said the incident him that he’d just been attacked and started at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, robbed of his backpack. Items in his November 30 as he and a friend, 21, bag included a phone and laptop. were getting out of his car on HartRoberts said blood was running ford Street. down the man’s clothes. He set him Two men with guns walked up to down on the sidewalk, called 911, them, and Sedivy said one of them and applied pressure to the wound. “smacked me in the head” with his He said his roommate was in revolver. Sedivy grabbed him by the a dark area, and nobody else was throat and hand, but the other man, around when he first saw him. who had a gun to his friend’s head, “It was just luck that I happened said, “I’ll shoot your boy,” so he let go. to be walking by at that time to help Courtesy Castro Community on Patrol The man then told Sedivy, “Get back him out,” Roberts said. Police released a sketch of one FRIDAY HRS January 11, Roberts said in the car or I’m going to put a bulletNOVEMBER 11, 2012 @ APPROXIMATELY 20:00 Friday, of the menOF wanted in a recent 00 BLOCK HARTFORD STREET in your fucking head.” the man, who hasn’t permitted the carjacking. CASE # 120969312 They got into the car, with the asBay Area Reporter to use his name, Two victims had just parked when they were approached by two BMA’s dressed in black sailants in the backseat holding their was in the hospital with non-life hoodies and armed with handguns who forced them back into their vehicle and pistol Sedivy said both assailants were guns to Sedivy’s and his friend’s heads. threatening injuries. whipped both victims, The victims were forced to drive north on Hartford, East on 17th He hasn’t prowearingexited hoodies, about The man behind himbeforeblack, vided an update. andSedivy South told on Noe the suspects the and vehicle and5fled. One victim suffered feet 9 inches tall. to drive, and struck him repeatedly Roberts said the victim described a fractured skull. He said he was treated at San with his gun during the rest of the the attackers as two white men, but S.F.P.D. SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING PERSON Francisco GeneralIN Hospital and his THIShadn’t ordeal, said Sedivy, who described beenOFable to provide many INTEREST, HAVEincluded ANY INFORMATION RELATEDmore TO THE CASE. injuries a fractured skull the incident as “terrifying.” He OR saidIF YOU details. and a broken nose. he drove slowly and tried to get the In another incident, at 12:05 a.m., PRODUCED CASTRO COMMUNITY ON PATROL (CCOP) WITH in THE the SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT Anyone withIN COOPERATION information men to at least let his friendBYgo. Tuesday, January 15 at Castro and AN EFFORT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SAFETY COALITION case can callWWW.CASTROPATROL.ORG San Francisco police Finally, he pulled over on Noe INFO@CASTROPATROL.ORG 415-ASK-CCOP 18th streets, a man hit a 49-year-old Sergeant Alicia Castillo at (415) Street, not far from where the incident man in the head with an unknown 558-5400 or call the Mission Station started. The man threatened to shoot object, took his cellphone and monanonymous tip line at (415) 552him and pistol-whipped him again, ey, and fled on foot, according to a 4558. Castro Community on Patrol but the suspects got out of the car, a police summary. The man suffered a produced a flier in the case in coop2013 Ford Edge. They grabbed his non-life threatening head laceration. eration with the SFPD. friend out of the vehicle, too, but his The main SFPD violent crime friend got back in, and Sedivy drove anonymous tip line is (415) 575Other incidents off. The suspects took the men’s cell4444. The report number in the In another recent incident, a phones. His friend called the police January 10 incident is 130 027 552. Castro area resident was robbed early Saturday morning December 1 The number for the January 15 roband stabbed in the chest Thursday, when they got to Sedivy’s home. bery is 130 039 626.t


Gay bars struggling, panel says by Ilan Moskowitz


n the heels of the recent announcement about the sale of Marlena’s, a longtime gay bar in Hayes Valley, the shrinking number of LGBT watering holes and a possible renaissance was discussed at a forum hosted by the Community Leadership Alliance. “A little over 20 years ago there were 55 gay bars,” said panel moderator and Bay Area Reporter society columnist Donna Sachet at the start of the Monday, January 14 meeting at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. “I remember getting the guide and thinking ‘Oh my god, how am I going to make it to all of them?’” CLA panelist and performance artist Animal Joe Smith stated that, “In the current issue [of Gay Pocket],” whose publisher Kim Larson was in attendance, “the rough count is 34 [gay] bars.” “We’ve still got all these gathering places, drinking places, meeting places,” Smith said, “that we have to

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Entertainment Commissioner Audrey Joseph, left, speaks during a forum on the state of gay bars in San Francisco. At right is moderator and Bay Area Reporter society columnist Donna Sachet.

go forward and make the best use of.” Both Smith and Audrey Joseph, a member of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, agreed that “to make the best use” of these

remaining bars, the gay community needs to evolve in a way which welcomes the “Twitter effect” of large tech businesses and their employees changing the city’s demographics. See page 13 >>


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Anti-gay pastor exits Obama inaugural by Lisa Keen


t was almost déjà vu all over again. To deliver the benediction at his second inauguration Monday, January 21, President Barack Obama chose a pastor who had called homosexuality “probably the greatest addiction” and said marriage between same-sex partners is “absolutely undermining the whole order of our society.” But this time around – unlike in 2009, when Obama chose California evangelist Rick Warren to deliver the benediction – Louie Giglio, the pastor with such hostile views of LGBT people, withdrew from the high-profile national event. Meanwhile, Obama also chose an openly gay poet to participate in the public inauguration event, the Lesbian and Gay Band Association has been included in the line-up of parade contingents, and the Human Rights Campaign will host an LGBT Inaugural Ball with tickets running $375 each. On Wednesday, it was announced that Luis Leon, pastor at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, will deliver the benediction. A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Leon’s “beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.” The news means that LGBT events during the inaugural will not be overshadowed by concerns over whether the president will be supportive of the LGBT community. During his first term he signed into law the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military and came out in support of marriage equality The inaugural committee announced Giglio’s participation on Wednesday, January 9, but Giglio, from Atlanta, issued a statement

Louie Giglio withdrew from participating in President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Thursday, January 10, withdrawing his acceptance. Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the inaugural committee, said Giglio himself decided to withdraw from the ceremony. In his statement, Giglio said he respectfully withdrew because he was concerned that his prayer would be “dwarfed” by negative reaction to comments he made “15-20 years ago.” Giglio did not specify which comments or what his topic had been, but he was clearly reacting to early online reports, beginning with, that he had delivered a sermon in the 1990s that was “vehemently anti-gay.” Using the White House’s “We the People” petition tool, Jeffrey C. of New York created a petition January 9 asking the president to “Replace anti-gay Pastor Louie Giglio for the benediction at the inauguration with a proLGBT member of the clergy.” The petition compared Giglio to Warren, who was asked to deliver the

benediction in 2009 just months after Warren had helped pass the California ban on marriage for same-sex couples. “There are many members of the clergy active in the cause of civil rights and who have long been on the front lines of the fight for LGBT equality,” stated the petition. “As we told you four years ago, selecting a Christian fundamentalist who has a record of anti-gay sermons is offensive and unnecessary. Therefore, we call on you to replace Giglio and to select a member of the clergy with a history of supporting LGBT equality to give the benediction at your second inaugural.” As of this week, the petition had 2,270 signatures. National LGBT groups had not even formulated a response when Giglio issued his withdrawal, but they clearly supported it. “It was the right decision,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Participants in the Inaugural festivities should unite rather than divide.” Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said NGLTF had let the White House know of its “grave concerns” about the choice of Giglio, given his “history of anti-gay statements” and “spiritual abuse of LGBT people.” “Having him deliver the benediction was a divisive choice, and we applaud his removal from the program,” said Nipper. Given the widespread discontent expressed by the LGBT community in 2009 over Warren’s selection, it was no doubt a surprise to many that Obama would select another LGBT-hostile voice for his second inauguration. It appears, however, the president may have been unaware of Giglio’s LGBT sermon from the 1990s. Some news reports indicated Giglio had been chosen because of his work to stop

Pride GM noms now open compiled by Cynthia Laird


ominations for community and organizational grand marshals for this year’s San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade are now open, as well as submissions for the pink brick nominee. Officials at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced the process last week, and said that nominations can be made by anyone in the community via mail, fax, or email. The deadline is January 31. A community grand marshal is a local hero (individual) who is not a celebrity. Organizational grand marshals are nonprofit agencies. Following the deadline, the Pride Committee board will narrow the list down to 10 names, which will be placed on a ballot for the community to vote on during March. Previous community grand marshals have included a variety of individuals, such as Sister Roma (2012), the Reverend Roland Stringfellow (2011), and Helen Zia (2009). Past nonprofits receiving the organizational honor include the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (2012), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2009) and the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (2008). Pride officials also announced that they are seeking nominations for this year’s pink brick recipient. The pink brick is a dubious honor given to someone who has run afoul of the community.

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Helen Zia was a Pride Parade grand marshal in 2009.

To submit a nomination, email; mail to: SF Pride, 1841 Market Street, 4th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103; or fax to (415) 864-5889. The 43rd annual San Francisco Pride Parade and celebration takes place June 29-30. This year’s theme is “Embrace, Encourage, Empower.” For more information, visit

Local cafe celebrates smoke-free patio

It’s long been a mainstay in the LGBT community: having a smoke while enjoying a coffee out on the patio at Cafe Flore in the Castro. But that has changed as the patio is now smoke-free and, to mark the occasion,

the Freedom From Tobacco group will be hosting an event Wednesday, January 23. Local drag celebrity BeBe Sweetbriar will be in attendance at the event, which runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the cafe, 2298 Market Street. She will be performing the song “No Tobacco” (to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”). A Facebook announcement states that the first 10 people to sign Freedom From Tobacco’s clipboard will be treated to dinner by the group. Signing the clipboard, officials said, means joining Freedom From Tobacco in urging LGBT bar owners to sign its resolution to reduce the impact of secondhand smoke on their customers and staff. Freedom From Tobacco, a project of the LGBT Community Center, noted that the LGBT community smokes twice as much as the general population. Additionally, the U.S. Surgeon General’s office has declared that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, and 53,000 people die from it each year. For more information about quitting smoking, visit

Library hosts LGBT documentary project

Award-winning historian and filmmaker Glenne McElhinney will introduce her new documentary and media project, Tales of California, 1970-1982 during a special program at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, Thursday, January 24 at 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium. The webisode series, which was awarded research and development funding from the California DocuSee page 7 >>

human trafficking. The sermon that came back to haunt him was a rambling one, claiming the Bible says homosexuals should be put to death, ridiculing studies suggesting homosexuality is rooted in genetics, and repeating the oft-cited biblical characterization of “men lying with men” as an “abomination.” Giglio said homosexual behaviors were “impure things,” “depraved,” “unnatural,” “indecent,” and “pollutes our world.” While everyone is entitled to basic human rights, said Giglio in the sermon, homosexuals are “not entitled to be recognized as a married couple and family under God that can adopt children ... as if this is a normal thing in society.” Same-sex marriage, he said, is “absolutely undermining the whole order of our society.” Giglio and his wife head the Passion City Church in Atlanta, which focuses its ministry on college-aged young people.

Gay poet selected

Meanwhile, the inaugural committee announced last week that it has chosen an openly gay poet to present a poem written for the highest profile event, the presidential inauguration stage. Richard Blanco, a Cuban immigrant, educated as a civil engineer, and living in rural Maine, represents a number of constituency groups. In a statement released by the inaugural committee, Obama said he was honored to have Blanco present the

inaugural poem. “His contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers,” Obama said in the statement. “Richard’s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation’s great diversity.”t

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t Agency on track with housing, starts focus groups 4 • Bay Area Reporter • January 17-23, 2013

by Elliot Owen


t a time when the size of the LGBT senior population is increasing with the rate of life expectancy, the question of how to

best care for elders becomes an ever more crucial one to answer. Openhouse, the agency that works with LGBT seniors, has several projects in the works, including the longstalled housing complex at 55 La-

guna Street. Affordable and safe housing is one of the critical needs expressed by LGBT seniors. According to real estate website Trulia Inc., rent in San Francisco increased 15 percent from June 2011 to June 2012. In a report released last year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition named San Francisco as the most expensive place to rent in the country. It costs just under $2,000 per month on average to rent a two-bedroom apartment – an impossible rate for many seniors living on fixed incomes. And even if it’s currently feasible, rent hikes loom ahead. “Housing has been identified as one of the most urgent needs for LGBT older adults,” Openhouse Executive Director Seth Kilbourn said. “Seniors can call us, set up an appointment with our housing specialist who takes into account their income, needs, and current living situation to identify their options. Many seniors feel forced to leave the community they’ve built because housing is so expensive so we offer assistance in helping them stay.”

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People gathered at the LGBT Community Center last Saturday to take part in Openhouse’s Game Day activities.

For the 55 Laguna Street project, Openhouse is partnering with Wood Partners and Mercy Housing California to build, own and operate 110 units that will be explicitly LGBT-senior welcoming. It is part of a larger infill development that will see an additional 330 new multi-family rental units built at what was the UC

Berkeley Extension campus. The San Francisco Planning Commission last August approved the project and construction for the first phase is slated to start mid2014. Openhouse estimates that each of the two phases will take about one year and hopes to have people moved into phase one by mid-2015 and phase two by mid2016. Financing for the project, Kilbourn said, is expected to come in the form of government and private corporation funds covering around $53 million. While eligibility for 55 Laguna won’t include identifying as LGBT (but rather being 55 years or older and meeting income criteria), Openhouse is promising that the LGBT community will be well-represented there. “Our vision has always been that 55 Laguna will be a hub for LGBT seniors,” Kilbourn said. “We’ll be moving our offices there and building an activities center for the activities we already have.” Additionally, Openhouse offers a broad range of activities, services, and programs that foster healthy and sustainable livelihoods for LGBT seniors. Over 25,000 LGBT people over 55 live in San Francisco and more than 600 per year access the resources that Openhouse provides. This year, the organization has an operating budget of $850,000 to maintain those services and largely depends on the help of volunteers. Daphne Romeo and Linda Maccione, who have been together for 13 years, have been attending Openhouse activities for the past year. Both East Coast natives, they’ve found San Francisco’s LGBT community generally welcoming with Openhouse contributing largely to their positive experience. They attend Games Day every Saturday at the LGBT Community Center on Market Street, the Women’s Support Group at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav every Tuesday, and other activities. “Openhouse is important because it’s an outlet for people to feel comfortable,” Romeo, 46, said. “It’s good to be with people you identify with – a good haven. It’s more community than I’ve ever had anywhere.” Other popular activities include the Men’s Group, a grief support group, various health and wellness workshops and events, and the twice-monthly “rainbow” lunch. “With Openhouse we’re protected,” added Maccione, 62. “If you’re alone or isolated, it’s a place to get together and feel a sense of community and camaraderie.”

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Recognizing that many LGBT seniors live at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, spirituality, and ability is paramount to Openhouse’s mission. The premise is not See page 13 >>

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Her latest project is to study the specific needs of LGBT seniors in San Francisco. As the B.A.R. noted in October, the recently formed

LGBT Aging Policy Task Force hired her to oversee the creation of an online survey and analyze the data. A variety of government and private sources have provided $60,000 to fund the work, and an advisory committee of local leaders is assisting with it. “I am really excited to be working with the city of San Francisco and excited to move the research forward and identify what some of the needs are for some of the most under-represented groups in our community,” she said. Her first task was to study the responses from 295 San Francisco residents who took part in the federally funded Caring and Aging with Pride research project. She was in San Francisco last week to present her findings, and a report based on her work can be downloaded from the task force’s website at Most of the respondents, 85 percent, were white, and 70 percent were

office discussed an extension after the trial period expired and then, during a January 9 meeting with SFPD staff, he told police of the decision to extend the trial period. He said Suhr normally attends the monthly meetings, but he didn’t attend the Wednesday meeting. Gascón said that nobody asked the SFPD to extend the trial period. “What the police department does

on its own is really completely independent from us,” he said. Gascón said there’s “a balancing act for us” that involves public health and public safety. He said his office has to weigh the health of people “engaged in prostitution activity, whether it’s sex workers or clients,” against problems such as violence. See page 13 >>

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Washington and director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health. Fredriksen-Goldsen, 55, an out lesbian, also received funding in 2009 from the NIH and the National Institute on Aging to conduct a national survey on the needs of LGBT seniors. More than 2,500 LGBT adults ranging in age from 50 to 95 took part. The findings were published in 2010, and that same year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the creation of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. As for why there had been relatively little LGBT aging research done in the past, Fredriksen-Goldsen said, “A lot of it has been just very rampant invisibility colliding with the stereotype that LGBT people aren’t seniors.”

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SFPD backtracks

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manent accord,” Suhr said in a January 15 interview. “If it has even one less person get any form of STD, it’s a good policy.” However, if the other offices determine the ban shouldn’t be permanent, Suhr doesn’t want to have to switch his department’s policy again, and he said the prohibition would remain temporary for now. “I’ve put the bulletin out, and I don’t want to confuse the officers,” he said. Suhr, who said his department has a duty to provide the most complete reports it can, also said someone from his department would make an inquiry toward the end of the 90-day period, which started January 14, to see what the other agencies are doing. He said that the policy of not seizing condoms would remain in place regardless of what happens after the three-month extension is over. Sex worker advocates, public health officials, and others have expressed concerns that using condoms as evidence of prostitution discourages people from carrying them, thereby putting them at greater risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Last summer, Suhr issued a department-wide bulletin reminding officers not to confiscate condoms as evidence of prostitution. He had planned to release another bulletin last week also instructing staff not to photograph or otherwise document possession of condoms in prostitution cases. But when police issued the document late Friday, January 11, it was only for a 90-day period. Suhr said Tuesday that the change came after an officer called the DA’s office just before the bulletin was released and was told that a threemonth trial period that had expired December 31 was being extended for another three months. It appears, however, that the DA’s staff didn’t specifically mention the public defender’s office, and the officer may have misunderstood. The offices of the district attorney and public defender had stipulated that from October 1 through December 31, 2012 in misdemeanor cases involving prostitution charges, no argument would be made “regarding the presence or absence of condoms,” according to a letter Gascón wrote to another city official in October. In that message, he said the impact of the policy change would then be reviewed and “[b]ased on the outcomes we will determine the appropriate next steps.” In an interview January 14, Gascón said his office extended the 90-day trial period in order to collect more information. “We have very little” data, he said. “I think we have almost none.” Gascón said he and others in his

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Researcher Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D.

male. The majority lived alone, didn’t have children, and were renters. The results are an “initial snapshot,” and more information is needed on LGBT seniors of color and transgender people, said Fredriksen-Goldsen. The task force plans to put particular focus on reaching LGBT adults in those communities when it launches the online survey, which

will be in English, Spanish, and Chinese, in late February. It has asked for final analysis by July. “I haven’t had an opportunity before to work as closely and go into the kind of depth as we are going to go in San Francisco,” said Fredriksen-Goldsen. “We really want to understand what is happening within very specific communities among LGBT adults.”t

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ayor Ed Lee is expected to make an appointment soon to replace AssessorRecorder Phil Ting, who resigned last month after he was elected to the state Assembly. For weeks, rumors have circulated that Lee would name District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu to the post, a move that would allow Lee to name her successor on the Board of Supervisors. We have a better idea: Lee should appoint acting AssessorRecorder Zoon Nguyen, an out lesbian who has been filling in capably for more than a month. She joined Ting’s staff in 2006 as one of his three deputies, serving as his second-in-command. She has a thorough understanding of the office and its duties. And more to the point, there is a dearth of out LGBT Asians in city government. There are LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander appointees on the city’s numerous boards and commissions, but there is only one elected official – Lawrence Wong, who serves on the City College of San Francisco board. Naming Nguyen to fill the assessor’s post permanently, would double the number, but more importantly, she is already running the office and will not be handicapped by a learning curve. Two years ago, we looked at the impact of Lee when he became the city’s first Asian American mayor. At that time he was appointed to the post, too, but it was heralded as a sea change in city government, along with several straight Asian Americans in political office. Even back then, however, we took note of the absence of LGBT Asian Americans in the halls of power. The only other LGBT Asian elected to office in the city was Angie Fa, who in 1992 became the first out lesbian to serve on the school board. Benjamin Leong of the Gay Asian Political Alliance in San Francisco said in 2011 that having an out Asian on the Board of Supervisors would “go a long way of fighting the cultural norms.” He also pointed to another reason the

bench of out LGBT Asian elected officials has been so bare: “A lot of gay Asians are afraid of coming out.” Two years later, as we note in one of the stories on LGBT aging this week, fear of coming out is still a topic of conversation among GAPA members and others. Which brings us back to Nguyen and why her appointment would be historic. It would send a signal to other LGBT Asians that they, too, can come out and hold important posts in city government. While Nguyen would have to win election later this year to finish Ting’s term, we bet that she is up to the task. Nguyen is a community leader, having served on the board of the LGBT Community Center several years ago. She could draw on a network of LGBT and Asian American groups that would likely work on her campaign.

Lee may have his reasons for taking some time before naming Ting’s replacement, particularly if he’s considering Chu. But in trying to find a successor for her on the board, the mayor is likely looking for someone who is loyal and who can win election in their own right this November. His strategy did not succeed last year, when Lee appointed Christina Olague to the board (replacing Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi). While we were happy with Olague’s appointment, and her controversial vote to retain Mirkarimi as sheriff, the mayor was decidedly less pleased. But appointed officials at some point have to look at their own best interests and sometimes those conflict with the person who appointed them. Sometimes, too, as with Olague’s case, voters decided that someone else should represent District 5. San Francisco’s city family of elected leaders is remarkably diverse, and by appointing Nguyen, the mayor would add to that diversity in an important way.t

We need to hear from older LGBTs by Seth Kilbourn


or decades, LGBT people have flocked to San Francisco to find personal freedom and acceptance. Many of us are now (or soon will be) experiencing the joys and challenges of living in this wonderful city as older adults and seniors. As a community, we need to understand that experience, plan for the future and provide the individual and collective support that we all need to live rich and rewarding lives in our older years. From national and community research we know that LGBT older adults face unique challenges. Largely without children and family advocates, LGBT older adults tend to rely on community support – their families of choice, friends and others – and trusted community organizations like Openhouse. Last year, for example, Openhouse helped a longtime San Francisco resident find suitable housing he could afford as his living situation deteriorated to such an extent that he couldn’t even receive home meal deliveries. Openhouse staff helped him through the hurdles of applying for new housing. His Openhouse friendly visitor organized volunteers to help him move into his new home. It truly took a village to help Joe. “I feel a re-kindled desire to give more of myself to the community and to share my positive experience with others,” says Joe today. To help us better understand the experience of LGBT older adults in San Francisco, Openhouse is conducting a series of critical community discussions to capture the amazing and powerful perspectives of our community in all its diversity. These community discussions are essential to ensure that Openhouse and our partners fulfill the expectations of our community and the vision of how LGBT older adults want to live their lives. If you are an LGBT person 55 years of age or older or care for someone who is, we want to hear from you. This assessment is especially timely. Openhouse has more than doubled the number of people we serve in the past three years. Over 600 LGBT older adults turned to us last year for the wide range of

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activities we offer and the housing assistance and social services we provide. In 2014, Openhouse will begin construction of the city’s first – and the nation’s largest – affordable housing community welcoming to LGBT seniors at 55 Laguna Street. We want to ensure that current Openhouse programs and the hub of community services and activities we provide at 55 Laguna are relevant to you and your experience as an LGBT older adult, especially as it intersects with your race, gender, ethnicity, HIV status, income level, sexual orientation, gender identity and living situation. Please let your voice be heard. These one and a half hour community discussions, led by an independent facilitator, are taking place from January 21 through February 8. We will provide refreshments and, as an added bonus, each participant will receive a $20 gift certificate to Trader Joe’s or Safeway. To participate, just give the Openhouse office a call at (415) 296-8995. In these discussions we’ll talk about the challenges and opportunities you have or anticipate as you get older in San Francisco. What are you looking forward to about that experience? What is more difficult? We’ll talk about the kinds of com-

munity programs you see yourself participating in – or perhaps leading. What do they look like? Who else participates? We’ll talk about the kinds of activities, like cultural outings and educational programs, that are relevant to you and why. We’ll talk about what an ideal community space looks like and what kind of housing is ideal for you. Are you living in your own home? Are you living in a senior community? Most important, we’ll talk about the ways Openhouse and our housing and service partners can help you realize the vision you have for yourself as an LGBT older adult in San Francisco. Community input is not only important to Openhouse. LGBT older adults are involved with many other organizations in San Francisco like the Castro Senior Center, the Institute on Aging, the LGBT Community Center, the Access Institute for Psychological Services, the 30th Street Senior Center, and many senior housing communities. The LGBT Aging Policy Task Force is holding hearings and conducting a critical research project to advise the Board of Supervisors on LGBT senior issues. We will share what we learn in these community discussions with all our partners and the Task Force so that together we can support LGBT older adults effectively and meaningfully. An estimated 25,000 LGBT people who are 60 or older live in San Francisco today. As that number grows dramatically in the coming years, our collective responsibility is to create and expand a community infrastructure that supports LGBT older adults to live healthy, vibrant and long lives in the city they helped to build. But to develop that capacity effectively, we need to hear directly from LGBT older adults so that the programs, partnerships and physical space we put in place are effective in supporting the life that you envision for yourself. Please spread the word about these critical community discussions. Invite your friends. This is a great opportunity to help us all plan for a very exciting future.t Seth Kilbourn is the executive director of Openhouse. For more information about Openhouse, visit http://www.openhouse-sf. org.


Letters >>

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Reader will stick with Wiener

As I read your column about finding an opponent for Scott Wiener in 2014 I kept returning to a comment by Rafael Mandelman, “I do not agree with everything Scott has done, but he is an extremely competent and effective lawmaker” [“Wanted: A Wiener opponent,” Political Notebook, January 10]. If an elected public servant is seen as competent and effective, if he/she is seen as moderate – swinging neither too far left nor right – are these not good traits? In my dealings with Wiener I find him thoughtful and reasonable with the best interest of the district always foremost in his considerations. When a representative is “Articulating a clear vision for how to tackle the district’s issues ...” is that not what we require of our elected officials? Will Wiener do everything that I want done? Probably not. But then again that’s the nature of politics. I give voice to my concerns. As neighbors we give our collective voices. As our representatives supervisors then must consider these concerns in a larger scope and against opposing concerns. When those concerns are weighed by competent and effective people we tend to get the best and most balanced results. I think it’s a good and positive thing to have different points of views and challenges to elected offices. For me, a resident of the Castro for over 20 years, I find Wiener a refreshing mix of intelligence and genuine concern for the district. Someone who has a good ear on the neighborhood and who strives to find balance and compromises. Someone who strives to do the best and right thing for the people who sent him to City Hall. Good luck finding someone to be all things to all people. For now, my vote stays with the current District 8 supervisor. Rob Cox San Francisco

Political column disappoints

As co-chairs of Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, we appreciate the in-depth reporting by the Bay Area Reporter on local issues, politics, and the LGBT community, and always look forward to Mathew S. Bajko’s Political Notebook column. However, last week’s column “Wanted: A Wiener opponent” fell below the standards of fairness or newsworthiness. The author appears to want an opponent to Scott Wiener to step forward (so much so that he sought out a “potential contender” who neither has expressed an interest in running for D8 supervisor nor lives in the district), but that does not make the headline accurate or “news.” A more accurate title would have been “No opponent to D8 supervisor,” or “D8 supervisor gains national reputation,” as the only news contained in the piece is that Wiener’s “potential contenders” are not running, and that he has been featured in national publications. Alice B. Toklas is proud of Wiener; he is an effective leader and is responding to concerns raised by his constituents. The column quotes Wiener’s opponents, but ignores the large segments of the community that support him and his legislative agenda. Too many of those opposed to full equality for the LGBT community spend their time trying to tear down LGBT leaders. Let’s not join them. We hope the B.A.R. would counteract them and report on the successes of our LGBT lead-


News Briefs

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mentary Project of Cal Humanities, is currently under development. McElhinney, the director, will highlight the overall arc of the webisode series and several of the short documentaries within the series. The latter part of the presentation will showcase how the plan for the series is to be California curriculum compliant and therefore available for use in public school classrooms under the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act. City Librarian Luis Herrera is expected to make opening remarks at the event; Herrera is also the board chair of Cal Humanities. Hilary Burdge, research project manager for GSA Network, will make a short presentation on the organization’s new research report on the importance of LGBT-inclusive curriculum in schools. Additionally, Alexis Whitman, educational programming manager at Frameline, will talk about the LGBT film festival’s films that are free to California schools through its Youth in Motion program. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

EQCA calls for ‘Good Neighbor’ nominees

Ahead of its San Francisco Equal-

ers, while still giving voice to the full community, which includes both opponents and supporters of our leaders. Martha Knutzen and Ron Flynn, Co-Chairs Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

[Editor’s note: The reporter heard about various people who might be interested in running for the D8 seat and talked to them, which is what he’s supposed to do.]

Thanks to a volunteer

I just want to publicly thank volunteer Tom Burtch for his help on a matter relating to an obituary that I had published in the Bay Area Reporter issue of May 5, 1993. I had looked at the B.A.R. obits and noticed that the online version of this was not available. After contacting Mr. Burtch via email, he let me know that he would be back on January 8. When he got back Mr. Burtch included a copy of the obit that I was looking for (Joseph John Miano). His quick response to my inquiry is much appreciated. Hats off to Mr. Burtch from the GLBT Historical Society. Gilberto Mendoza Jr. Marana, Arizona

Soda machine is made elsewhere, too

Regrettably Peter Hernandez’s reporting transforms into advocacy on behalf of the protesters in his story when he repeatedly echoes their accusations [“Soda machine protest frazzles tempers in the Castro,” January 3]. In so doing, he fails to critically assess their claims or question their motivations, leaving readers without important information. In this case, an Internet search reveals that Sodastream has manufacturing facilities in Germany, Israel, Australia, South Africa, and China. Of the plants located in Israel, only one is in a disputed area, which is widely expected to revert to Israel in any peace deal with the Palestinians. Moreover, Sodastream employs 160 Palestinians who receive more than four times the minimum wage, as well as health, pension, and other benefits exceeding the requirements of Israeli labor law as well as those of the Palestinian Authority. The hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians lies in developing common interests, economic and otherwise. But the boycott protesters are not concerned with the above facts or creating the conditions for a genuine peace in the Middle East. Their purpose is to delegitimize and economically isolate Israel. Seth Brysk, Central Pacific Regional Director Anti-Defamation League San Francisco

Concerned about local crime

I am very concerned about crime in the Castro, the neighborhood that has been my home for the past 13 years. Recently, we’ve had several car break-ins near my apartment building. Violent crime seems to be a regular occurrence. I feel we need more regular patrols by the police. As far as I know, the arson fires in the Castro from nearly two years ago have never been solved. Like many residents of Hartford Street, I remember that particularly terrifying early morning very well.

ity Awards event, Equality California is accepting nominations for its Good Neighbor Award. The statewide lobbying organization is partnering with State Farm Insurance to honor a San Francisco-area grassroots activist who has made a difference in the lives of LGBT Californians. “Our movement is built on the backs of community members who quietly do the vast majority of dayto-day work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Californians,” Executive Director John O’Connor said in a statement. “We can’t win without the passion and dedication of grassroots activists nourishing our neighborhoods and sustaining our momentum, and this is our chance to celebrate their work.” Nominations are due February 9; more information is available at As an added incentive to encourage nominations, EQCA will award a pair of tickets to the San Francisco Equality Awards to the individual whose nominee is selected for the award. (If multiple people are selected, the nominators will be entered into a drawing for the tickets.) The San Francisco awards gala takes place February 23 at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street. Tickets are $350. For more information, see the above website.

Steven Kyle Weller San Francisco

Free (almost) trees for Californians

Residents of California can ring in the new year with five crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. “These are small flowering trees that will provide any landscape in California with a splash of color for much of the year,” John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in a news release. “Members will experience pink and red flowers in the spring, green flowers in the summer, and a mix of red, orange, and yellow during autumn.” The trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between February 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To receive the trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Crapemyrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31. California residents can also join online at Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.t

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Right and wrong by Roger Brigham


re we ever more morally conflicted as sports fans than when we cheer at an NFL game? Granted, moral conflicts aren’t on our minds when we belt down foamy brews and get crazy as our quarterback makes their defensive backs looks like inept toadstools. We’re just happy our coach is our coach and our players are our players and all makes sense of the world as long as we just don’t stop cheering. And yet ... We didn’t need Junior Seau’s sui-

cide last May to tell us that hidden head injuries are being racked up in football on a daily basis that create a living legacy of debilitating, sometimes fatal, brain problems in the players. We don’t need to be math wizards to realize that the handful of players who make it to the NFL to bash their heads against each other represent just a microfraction of the thousands of players in youth leagues bashing their heads in a frenzied hope for a few days of NFL glory followed by physically and mentally crippled years to follow. We don’t need occasional well-

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates a touchdown. The 49ers take on the Atlanta Falcons in Georgia Sunday in the NFC championship game.

publicized drug suspensions to know that uncounted numbers of players are risking their health by taking banned and medically dangerous substances to become bigger and more powerful. We don’t need degrees in physics and biology to realize that the ever-increasing size of the bodies and the increasing energy exploding in the collisions places players’ brains at greater risk than ever before. And yet we cheer. Enabling TV announcers spend more time discussing the visible tattoos San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kisses on his right bicep in the end zone than the invisible tattoos the linemen’s brains acquire while blocking defenders on the way there. The announcers look serious for 30 seconds in the pregame show as they mention the loss of a life, then smile and josh as they figure which of them has done the best job of guessing game results. Yes, the NFL thrives economically

by giving us a spectacularly brutal show, but it is a results-driven league. Case in point: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s mid-season substitution of Kaepernick for former Niners starter Alex Smith. One of the first things athletes are taught as young sprouts is loyalty. They’re taught that they won’t lose their jobs because of injury. They’re taught that as long as they do the job well, they’ll be given the chance to continue. And they’re told to be honest in reporting injuries for their own well being and the good of the team. Yet when Smith, who had emerged after years of front office ineptitude and turmoil as one of the premier quarterbacks in the league, suffered a concussion, Harbaugh took away his job and never gave it back. Now Harbaugh, already one of the top coaches in the league, is being praised for the results, regardless of the method. I guess what doesn’t kill you will put you on the bench. If the Niners win the NFC championship game Sunday and roll on to the Super Bowl, I’ll be cheering, but in my mind I’ll hear “Tainted Love” playing. Out ESPN columnist LZ Granderson wrote a brilliant column on the state of brain injuries in football. On the degree to which the league and players accept the inherent carnage, Granderson writes, “We’re glad they do because it allows the rest of us to ignore the growing questions of morality surrounding the game we love so much. After all, if the players don’t care


about possibly cutting their lives short, why should the rest of us? Seau’s death, while shocking, won’t move the needle because the needle can’t be moved by the thousands who are a part of the NFL family. It will be moved only by the millions who didn’t make it onto the professional field.” In saying the concussions should be addressed as a public health concern affecting the thousands of youth players who never reach the pros, Granderson argues we should not allow policy to be determined based solely on research funded by the industry itself. Football already has a sorry history in that regard. For years, the only studies of football helmet safety were engineering studies paid for by the manufacturer. That made it especially difficult to prove liability in the numerous lawsuits stemming from the dozen or so catastrophic injuries that occur each year. So, let’s cheer, but let us also act. Let’s not wait for more 30-second sound bites of sorrow followed by mindless score predictions. As Granderson wrote, “Let’s give kids and their parents the facts to make informed decisions about the longterm impact of playing and, if necessary, use those findings to change the rules of football to make it safer.”

SF Fog rugby

San Francisco Rugby Football kicked off its 2013 season on Saturday, January 12, with a pair of home losses to Golden Gate D3. The season continues this week with an away game at Aptos on Saturday, January 19, before the Fog return home for a match January 26 at 11 a.m. against South Valley. Fog home games are played on the Fog pitch at Ninth and D streets on Treasure Island. The Fog was formed in 2000 with a mission of inclusivity. Last year the Fog placed second to the Sydney Convicts in the Bingham Cup, gay rugby’s biennial world championship, and currently is in training for next year’s Bingham Cup VII in Sydney. Practices are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For information on the Fog schedule and how to join, visit http://www.

On the web Online content this week includes the online columns Political Notes and Wedding Bell Blues; the Out in the World column; and an article on a gay candidate for Sacramento DA.

Obituaries >> Max Parker Wilson

Sally Van Doren

June 6, 1926 – November 11, 2012

July 19, 1959 – December 19, 2012

Max was born in Lincoln Township, Michigan and died at home in San Francisco on Veterans Day 2012. He served honorably in the Army Air Corps (Air Force). He was a resident of the HaightAshbury for over 55 years and in the same home since 1965. Max and his partner, Rod Odgers, were together for 48 years. They registered as domestic partners in 1991 and married October 6, 2008. They considered Thanksgiving 1964 as the first day of their lives together. A generous, talented, and gracious chef, Max hosted many parties. He was delighted when we shared our home with friends and family, vacationing or just seeking temporary lodging. His sightseeing tours of our city were often filled with details that even more endeared our guests to San Francisco. He requested that a party be held when he passed on. That request will be met at an open house at our home on January 20, starting at 2 p.m. For more information, call (415) 552-0165. He will be missed by our friends, neighbors and family. Arividerci il mio socio.

Sally Van Doren, PharmD, loved by many and admired by even more, died unexpectedly on December 19, in Cuzco, Peru. Sally had recently learned of a serious medical condition and wished to see Machu Picchu before she became too ill to travel. She spent her last day on earth there and sent back pictures from the site – smiling, with Machu Picchu in the background. Anyone familiar with Sally’s boundless energy and passion for life cannot be fully surprised by the moxie of her striking out on her own in a hastily scheduled trip to Peru. Few who knew Sally will soon forget her amazing wit, her easy smile, her ceaseless sense of curiosity about the world, and, most importantly, her generosity to those around her. Though her death comes as a shock to us, her quiet establishment of a foundation dedicated to support for at-risk teens should come as no surprise at all. That is just who she was and how she got about in the world. In accordance with her wishes, Sally will be cremated in San Francisco. A celebration of her life is currently being planned for January 26. For details, please send email correspondence to

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Community News>>

Political Notebook

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any number of local politicians or community activists. Past ideas to posthumously rename SFO on behalf of Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo), heralded for his work on international human rights, or former Mayor Joseph Alioto, who occupied Room 200 at City Hall from 1968 to 1976, never got off the ground. “There are definitely many people who would deserve this recognition as well. The fact I want to name it after Harvey doesn’t take anything away from them,” said gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos, who on Tuesday introduced a charter amendment to rename San Francisco International after the slain LGBT rights leader. The first gay man to win elective office in San Francisco, when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in November 1977, Milk became a nationally recognized leader for LGBT rights. Less than a year later, however, former Supervisor Dan White


Older gay APIs

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local LGBT community, said the couple. It serves as an alternative to the Prime Timers, a multi-ethnic group for older gay men. “It is important to know people like them,” said Wong. “Especially for gay men raised in Asia who may feel uncomfortable with a group like the Prime Timers, where it is mainly non-Asian. Just getting them here is difficult.” The host for the evening was Andrew, 38, a software consultant born in China who moved to San Francisco three years ago. Because he is not out to family, he asked that only his first name be used. “I feel comfortable here and can make friends,” he said about partici-


SFPD backtracks

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Part of what they’re evaluating includes the potential impact on levels of crimes such as robberies and human trafficking. “We’re trying to assess the two to make sure we do the right thing for the community,” Gascón said. In June, Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said prosecutors “would never charge a case


Gay bars

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Smith noted that while previously people had flocked to San Francisco for its flourishing gay community, more people are now coming to the city for jobs. “The bars as we knew them in the 1970s and 1980s have closed,” Joseph said. “There are some longstanding ones that are still here, but the proliferation of bars is just not there anymore because they don’t address the issues or needs of people today.” As an example of the progressive



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only apparent in the resources it already provides, but will also be woven into a new strategic plan the organization is looking to formulate based on information currently being collected through a series of focus groups to be held between

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assassinated Milk and then-Mayor George Moscone inside City Hall the morning of November 27, 1978. Campos said his proposal is a chance to educate the more than 40 million people who fly out of SFO each year about Milk’s legacy and send a powerful message about civil rights. “Harvey was all about giving people a message of hope,” said Campos. “What a great opportunity to send this message of hope to people all over the world.” San Francisco also has a unique opportunity to be the first city in the world to name its airport after an LGBT leader, noted Campos. Yet public reaction to his idea has been mixed. While many LGBT leaders and community members, unsurprisingly, have expressed support, others have floated the names of a variety of people as alternative choices. The suggestions include the late lesbian astronaut Sally Ride, the late gay black civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, lesbian pioneers Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, murdered transgender teenager Gwen Araujo, or the late

disco star Sylvester. Backers of any number of the city’s political leaders, such as former Mayor Willie Brown, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, would likely love to rename SFO on their behalf and could work to squash the Milk naming proposal. It also remains to be seen if the Milk idea will fly with the city’s Asian community, whose voting bloc is significant and increasingly a force citywide. SFO bills itself as “the gateway to the Pacific,” and the names of several Chinese leaders have already been put forward as naming choices. Those in favor of renaming SFO on behalf of Milk acknowledge the proposal will likely encounter strong head winds against it. “I am supportive of the idea, but people need to understand this isn’t necessarily a slam dunk,” said Cleve Jones, who was an aide and close confidante of Milk. “Powerful forces, I suspect, will attempt to derail this.” Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who is co-sponsoring Campos’s proposal along with Supervisors John Avalos (D11), Eric Mar (D1), and Jane Kim (D6), told the Bay Area Reporter he has already heard from people with other ideas

for the airport’s name. “The airport is probably the biggest possible naming opportunity in the city, so I am sure there are a lot of different opinions about whether it should be named for someone and whom it should be named for,” said Wiener, adding that one person sent along a list of 40 possible people deserving of the honor. “Certainly, there are many worthy leaders who are no longer with us who would qualify. I am sure we will have a robust debate about this and that is a good thing.” Stuart Milk, Milk’s gay nephew and a co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, has endorsed the proposal and offered to help privately raise the money that would be needed for the name change. “For San Francisco to be the first to name an airport after someone LGBT, I think, sends a huge message,” Milk told the B.A.R. “I will do whatever I can do that would be useful to let people see why, and talk to people about why, this would be an important step.” Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association, told the B.A.R. “it would be a great gesture to name SFO airport after someone who did something so monumental with regard to

GLBT rights in this country. What better place to name the airport after him than where it all began?” Jewelle Gomez, a lesbian who is president of the city’s library commission, suggested naming SFO after both Milk and Moscone. “From what I understand, it was a moment in our civic history when a gay politician and a straight politician were trying to accomplish something together in governance,” she said. “This is a chance for people coming in to San Francisco to have to think about who were Milk and Moscone and have to learn a story that no other city can tell.” Allen Jones, a gay city resident, argued a better choice would be to name SFO after Oliver W. Sipple, a gay man credited with saving President Gerald R. Ford from an assassination attempt outside the St. Francis Hotel at Union Square in 1975. In an email to the B.A.R. Jones faulted Milk for outing Sipple to a reporter at the time and said it is time for the city to name something in honor of Sipple. “Harvey Milk has received more than enough respect for what he has done for civil rights. However, if Campos is serious about honoring a homosexual, Sipple is the man,” wrote Jones.t

pating in the 35-Plus group. “The most important thing is to make a lot of friends. And every forum has new topics that are very interesting.” The age cut off of 35 years old was hit upon arbitrarily, said Baduel, who is now the coordinator for the group. But it has proven over the ensuing years to be a good demarcation point between the two GAPA discussion groups, he said. Since the 35-Plus group began, it has not missed a monthly meeting. “Every year, every month, in and out we have a meeting,” said Baduel, who lives in San Ramon and works for Kaiser Permanente. “The group has got to be a regular thing so people feel like they have a home.” It has had such a successful run, said current GAPA co-chair Benjamin Leong, because it fulfills a need

in the community. “Sometimes you feel more comfortable speaking with your peers,” said Leong, who at 30, was invited for dinner and to make remarks but then departed. “I’ve only gone to the GAPA Rap sessions because I am not 35 and over. They really enforce that to protect people’s confidentiality to discuss things.” Both discussion groups are nonalcoholic gatherings in people’s homes, which lends to creating a safe space where attendees are comfortable sharing intimate details of their lives, noted Leong. The groups offer an alternative setting to meet other API men outside of a bar, with the focus less concerned about hooking up and more on making friendships. “The format builds stronger bonds in a nurturing and family at-

mosphere,” said Leong. That is why Larry Pascua, a music director at a Hillsdale church, started attending the meetings last month after turning 35. “Being Asian at 35 it is more career-oriented and not just about going clubbing like in my early 20s,” said Pascua, who was born in the Philippines and moved to the Bay Area at 11. “For me this is easier to talk to people here. People have the same values system and cultural beliefs.” The GAPA 35-Plus group adheres to a few rules, the foremost being that it is intended to be a private event open only to gay, bi or trans API men 35 years or older. Invites stress that the age requirement is absolute, stating “Sorry, no exceptions, no matter how cute you are.”

Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share at dinner and is required to remove their shoes at the door. Conversations are meant to be confidential and jovial; it is not a debating society, explain organizers. “Because it is a safe space, confrontational and aggressive tactics are not acceptable. You can state your opinion but do not dwell on criticizing the opinion of others,” states the invite. The ground rules and location in private homes provide for frank discussions, said Baduel. “In a host environment people are very relaxed,” he said. “They say personal things I am not sure they would say in a bar.” The meetings are free and open to non-GAPA members. For information, email Baduel at vincent@gapa. org.t

simply because someone is in possession of condoms” and said use of condoms as evidence was rare. “A vast majority of prostitution cases brought to our attention are either not charged, dealt with at the neighborhood courts, in the community justice court, or lead to a successful completion of the SAGE program and are dismissed entirely,” he added, referring to the group Standing Against Global Exploitation Project, which he said aims to

“educate and help prostitutes who are in a detrimental situation.” In an interview Monday morning, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said he planned to meet with Gascón later in the day, “and I hope to convince him to make [the ban] permanent policy.” The two meet regularly. “We want to have a policy that encourages people to practice safe sex, not penalize them for it,” Adachi said. “The case we made from the beginning is that condom evidence

is not necessary to prostitution investigations or prosecutions.” He added, “Obviously, I’m in favor” of the 90-day trial period, “but I’d like to see it be made permanent.” At his meeting with Gascón, Adachi agreed to the extension, Tamara Aparton, a spokeswoman for the public defender’s office, said. The extension became effective Monday. In a Facebook exchange with the B.A.R. on Saturday, January 12, Naomi Akers, executive director of

St. James Infirmary, which provides services to sex workers, said the ban on using condoms as evidence of prostitution should be permanent. “This issue is a no-brainer,” Akers said. “It’s obvious that the criminalization of condoms in any way ... is going to discourage people from carrying them. We simply cannot afford to make it harder for people to protect themselves from HIV, [sexually-transmitted infections] and unwanted pregnancies.”t

outreach that Joseph feels is crucial in keeping areas like South of Market – where she noted, “You can drive for blocks [now] at 12:30 at night and there’s nobody walking” – vibrant and populated, Asia SF at 9th and Howard streets has reached out to Twitter directly and asked what sorts of events they could offer to attract the company’s employees. The Twitter headquarters is right up the street at 9th and Market streets. “Industry evolves and morphs,” Joseph said, “gay or not.” Being a well known former nightclub manager herself, Joseph stated that a key – and possibly overlooked

– factor in keeping gay bars in San Francisco open is the financial aspect. She cited the former Eagle Tavern as being the most crowded during its popular Sunday beer busts. It was those days that brought the most patrons to the establishment and yet, due to the charity nature of the event and the deeply discounted drinks, it was on Sundays that the Eagle received the least possible drink revenue. The Eagle Tavern closed in April 2011 and was purchased by Mike Leon and Alex Montiel last August. The new owners had planned to

have the bar open by the new year, but recently posted online that a new roof is needed, delaying their plans. During a pre-meeting interview, Smith indicated community members like the cheap drink events. But Sachet pointed out the effect that is having on gay bars in the Castro. “Right now in the Castro they are going through a terrible thing where once you’ve discounted the drinks [Friday] then you do it Thursday, somebody does it Wednesday and you can’t charge a full price for a drink anymore.”

Joseph said that while people may enjoy drink discounts, it’s not sustainable as an economic model for the long term. “If the community thinks that free drinks makes them feel good,” Joseph said, “it will not give the bar a lasting effect ... if you want a resurgence of gay bars in this city, if you want a resurgence of anything, you’ve got to find a formula that works and supports everybody. Not just emotionally and not just communally, but financially. If you can’t financially support [gay bars], they’re going to cease to exist.”t

January 21 and February 8. “We really want to get a crosssection of the LGBT community to know what we’re doing well, what we could be doing better, and what other programs might be relevant to people based on the intersections of their identities,” Kilbourn said. “We want to meet the needs of the broadest range of people.”

Kilbourn said the agency is seeking people to participate in the focus groups. The 90-minute confidential discussions will be led by a facilitator with refreshments provided. Each attendee will get a $20 gift card from either Trader Joe’s or Safeway for their participation. Bay Area LGBT adults age 55 and

over are encouraged to participate, as are people who care for LGBT older adults and those who have or have not participated in an Openhouse program. “We hope to have a report produced by this spring that will help us formulate four or five big strategic goals that we need to expand our services,” Kilbourn said. “This

is a really important point in history for our organization.”t To participate in an Openhouse focus group, contact Matthew Cimino at (415) 296-8995 or For more information about Openhouse, visit

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WAVEWORKS COACHING, 9 COLERIDGE ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Anne Elizabeth Moellering. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/17/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/17/12.

Dated 12/20/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SAN FRANCISCO CULINARY VENTURES LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 124-140 COLUMBUS AVE., SF, CA 94133. Type of license applied for

DEC 27, 2012; JAN 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034786000


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOLDEN KING VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT, 757 CLAY ST., SF, CA 94108. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Philip Vuong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/21/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/21/12.

DEC 27, 2012; JAN 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034776300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BRITTANY BARR CONSULTING, 3501 DIVISADERO ST. #20, SF, CA 94123. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Brittany Barr. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/17/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/18/12.

DEC 27, 2012; JAN 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034784500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: A TRAN’S BAY BIKE SHOP, 1 AVENUE OF THE PALMS #21, SF, CA 94130. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Tammy Sheila Powers. 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 12/20/12.

DEC 27, 2012; JAN 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034774800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 2BY4 PRODUCTIONS, 3560 24TH ST #3, SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Paul Cello. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/15/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/17/12.

DEC 27, 2012; JAN 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034760600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MASON PACIFIC, 1356-1358 MASON ST., SF, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed MTomato LLC (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/17/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/07/12.

DEC 27, 2012; JAN 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034739100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SAM’S CABLE CAR LOUNGE, 222 POWELL ST., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Sirhed Gallery Market LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/28/12.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PANORAMA PROPERTIES, SFBA, 47 PANORAMA DR., SF, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Ricky R. Shankar. 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 01/03/13.

JAN 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034796300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BRYANT AUTO BODY, 974 FOLSOM ST., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Ian Shin. 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 12/31/12.

JAN 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034801200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HELIX ATELIER, 3110 CASTRO ST., SF, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Mark A. Hanks. 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 01/03/13.

JAN 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034792200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DOGGIE ROMP, 9 MARITIME PLAZA #30, SF, CA 94111. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Kaleen Wong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/27/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/27/12.

JAN 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034771100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MALIGEN MOBILE BARTENDING, 2 RIO VERDE ST., SF, CA 94134. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Eugene Santos & Liza Sanchez. 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 12/13/12.

JAN 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034797300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: J TU CAFE, 582 SUTTER ST., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Serena and Jayden, 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 01/02/13.


The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: GOLDEN KING VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT, 757 & 759 CLAY ST., SF, CA 94108. This business was conducted by a general partnership and signed by Philip Vuong & Huong T. Vuong. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/21/11.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ENCORE.ORG, 1201 RALSTON AVE #202, SF, CA 94129. This business is conducted by a corporation non-profit 501(c)3, and is signed Civic Ventures (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/18/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/31/12.

DEC 27, 2012; JAN 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034787600


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: METALMAN, 2275 MCKINNON AVE., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Kwok Yam Jung. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/24/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/24/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GAUNTLET GALLERY, 1040 LARKIN ST., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Art for the People, 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 12/21/12.



The following person(s) is/are doing business as: L J C, 101 UTAH ST. # 210-A, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Reinfrido Z. De Guzman. 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 12/28/12.

JAN 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LA URBANA, 661 DIVISADERO ST., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Latin Hospitality Group, 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 01/08/13.

JAN 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-034632000 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: LA CHAVELA, 661-663 DIVISADERO ST., SF, CA 94117. This business was conducted by a limited liability corporation, and signed by Latin Hospitality Group, LLC (CA). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/05/12.

JAN 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 01/07/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SPICY KING. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 65 WAVERLY PL., SF, CA 94108-2118. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE JAN 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 01/04/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: JETSADA JIRASAB, WANIDA JIRASUB. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 900 STANYAN ST., SF, CA 94117-3807. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE JAN 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 01/10/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: KRISTIN ANNE HOUK. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1605 JERROLD AVE., SF, CA 94124-2134. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE JAN 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 11/21/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: CHANCHAI RUTTANAPORNNUKUL. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 807 ELLIS ST., SF, CA 94109-7807. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE JAN 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 01/14/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: JE & JUNE, INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 4007 24TH ST., SF, CA 94114-3715. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE JAN 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 12/26/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ROOSTER TAIL LLC THE. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1851 UNION ST., SF, CA 94123-4307. Type of license applied for

47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE JAN 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 01/09/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: EL FARO, LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1654 HAIGHT ST., SF, CA 94117-2816. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE JAN 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034829000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NG GREEN CLEANING, 1240 14TH AVE. #302, SF, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Nicholas Ryan Goss. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/17/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/15/13

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013



The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TVD CONSTRUCTION HELPER, 1028 HOWARD ST. #507, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Duc Tran. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HILLSIDE SUPPER CLUB, 300 PRECITA AVE., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Antonio Ferrari, Jonathan Sutton, Marcelo Gomez & Maria Gomez. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/08/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034812200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SEIZE THE DAY TAX LIENS & DEEDS, 48 HAIGHT ST. #5, SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Laura M. Haber. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034811000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SOCIALCENTS FINANCIAL PLANNING, 969 HAYES ST. #3, SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Catherine Gibbon Covington. 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 01/09/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034814300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: V. KUREK & CO., 1852 DIVISADERO ST., SF, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Katarzyna Mlyniuk. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034813900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MARIA MEJIA HISTOLOGY SERVICES, 11 DOLORES ST. #15, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Maria Mejia. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034819800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SALON 301, 301 BALBOA, SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Ahsha Murphy. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/11/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034820100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOLDEN CATERING, 30166 INDUSTRIAL PKWY SW #333, HAYWARD, CA 94544. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Jimmy Le. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/11/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034807100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SCOUT’S HONOR CLOTHING COMPANY, 1408 8TH AVE. #6, SF, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Clare Marie Myers. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/07/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/07/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034792300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EXPLORE SAN FRANCISCO, 39 ROSEMONT PLACE, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Michael Moran. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/27/12.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034824100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HUMMINGBEAR DESIGN, 457 ALVARADO ST., SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Tanya Kimball Napier. 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 01/14/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034814200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CELLO STREET QUARTET, 480 FELL ST. #1, SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Andres Vera. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/09/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/09/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034827300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: STELLADORO PIZZERIA, 808 DIVISADERO ST., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a corporation, an d is signed California Pizza Corporation (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/15/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034801600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MISSION ORTHODONTIC, 2460 MISSION ST. #215, SF, 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 NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034798900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SAISON RESTAURANT, 178 TOWNSEND ST., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Saison Dining Group LLC (CA). 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 01/02/13.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-034246500 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: CAFFE COZZOLINO, 300 PRECITA AVE., SF, CA 94110. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by Marcelo Gomez. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/03/12.

JAN 17, 24, 31, FEB 07, 2013 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-032230900 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: STELLADORO PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT, 808 DIVISADERO ST., SF, CA 94117. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by Ann Ngo. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/02/09.

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Vol. 43 • No. 03 • January 17-23, 2013

Hard-knock lives by David Lamble

Live at the Rrazz co-owners Rory Paull (left) and Robert Kotonly (right) flank performer Petula Clark.

Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard in director Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone. Roger Arpajou, Why Not Productions, Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics


n a Jacques Audiard film, when a character receives an offer he can’t refuse, he should probably refuse anyway. In Rust and Bone, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a Flemish-born sod driven by a feckless economy to relocate in Antibes in the South of France. He’s out of work, homeless, and raising a five-year-old boy (badly, it should be said) when he’s approached by a rogue named Martial (Bouli Lanners) to make some fast Euros beating up street toughs even dumber than himself. “Want to make some money fighting?” “Are you shitting me? What’s your role?” “I know a guy who organizes street fights, for money, bets.”

“How’d you meet?” “I was installing security cameras in a garage where he was stealing Mercedes. He bought all the tapes.” Against all odds, the invitation to Palookaville pays off for both men as Ali rights his ship by moving in with his hard-bitten sister and her shotgun-owning husband. Even the kid Sam (Armand Verdure) responds positively to the sister’s care, although he still must protect his head when Dad gets a wild hair up his ass. In the world of Jacques Audiard, violence is seldom gratuitous, and we feel the pain for several reels after Ali, in a sudden emotional spasm, See page 20 >>

Life is a café cabaret

Rrazzle dazzle

Courtesy Rrazz

by David-Elijah Nahmod


or the past five years, the Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko has been San Francisco’s premiere venue for established and emerging cabaret artists. In December 2012, eyebrows were raised when it was announced that the venerable club would be closing. Only a week later, Rrazz set up shop in a brand-new location, inside the historic Cadillac Building at 1000 Van Ness Ave. Unlike similar clubs in other cities, Rrazz is often programmed towards an LGBT demographic. “You never know what to expect,” said Rrazz co-owner Robert Kotonly in a phone interview with the B.A.R. “We like to keep people guessing. We gave new respect to talent like Lypsinka and the Kinsey Sicks. In other clubs you would never see acts like Lypsinka

or Varla Jean Merman. I don’t know why, they’re phenomenal talents.” Kotonly shared the origins of the club’s name: the two Rs in Rrazz stand for Kotonly and Rory Paull, the co-owners. Both are excited about their new home. “It’s a journey for us,” said Kotonly. “We’re up for the challenge. We love what we’re doing, so there’s no reason to stop the train.” The new Rrazz has 50 more seats than the original. They’ve hired chef Bronson Macomber, and promise that the food will be fabulous. They also intend to continue offering a stage to LGBT performers along with more mainstream names. Performers as diverse as cabaret superstar Andrea Marcovicci, See page 18 >>

Pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

by Tim Pfaff


here are many ways to measure an artist’s range or versatility. As I was preparing to write this review of pianist Alexandre Tharaud’s latest CD, Le Boeuf sur Le Toit (Virgin Classics), I caught his stunning appearance as himself in Michael Haneke’s Cannes Palme d’Or-winning film Amour. Besides lending some exquisite Schubert and a bit of a Beethoven Bagatelle to the film, Tharaud was completely believable as a concert pianist whose career was peaking on a visit to an elderly, now failing teacher. The character’s happiness, and Tharaud’s enormous personal appeal, are the single bright spot in this otherwise unrelievedly sober if transfixing film. On Le Boeuf sur Le Toit, Tharaud is back

to his day job as an off-screen pianist, bestknown for his many Chopin recordings, although his range in the classical repertoire is also great. He’s enlisted a group of musician friends who together make this one of the most thoroughly enjoyable recordings of fringe classical music since the heyday of Joan Morris and William Bolcom. Le Boeuf sur Le Toit takes its title from the name of the roaringest café cabaret in Paris during the Roaring 20s, which in turn took its name from a 1920 ballet (English title The Ox on the Roof) by Darius Milhaud. Tout le demimonde of that cultural highwater, now nearly a century older but aging like the best French wines, passed through See page 18 >>


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Bangladeshi memories by Roberto Friedman


cenes from Early Life, a novel by British author Philip Hensher (Faber and Faber) just published in the U.S., is told from the point of view of the author’s real-life Bangladeshi husband Zaved Mahmood (called Saadi in the book). The novel tells the stories of Mahmood’s extended Bengali family, who live in the capital city Dhaka (now Dacca) during Bangladesh’s war of independence with Pakistan in 1971. Hensher narrates in Saadi’s boyhood voice, in an act of ventriloquism that put Out There in mind of lesbian icon Gertrude Stein’s voice-throwing The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Most of the book’s action centers on Saadi’s grandfather’s house in the upper-class Dhanmondi district of Dacca, a sort of family compound with its full complement of aunties and hangers-on. Bengali poetry,

music and crafts are an important part of the mix. But the brutalities of the Pakistani occupation, and the bloody confusions of the war, intrude into domestic concerns. Hensher also introduces a male couple, Altaf and Amit, itinerant musicians whose cozy life together is disrupted when Amit, a Hindu, must flee to Calcutta during a Pakistani crackdown. But before then, Hensher does a good job of showing how same-sex unions were tolerated, indeed embraced, in traditional cultures. “Amit’s face showed that, from the beginning, he had considered Altaf a part of his plans for living. Altaf ’s heart swelled at the kindness of his friend, and at the degree of understanding between them that went without words.”

Spoken words

Announced our favorite recent press release, “Lesbians take over the Grammys’ Spoken Word cat-

egory!” We did not know that! Did you know that? Scope it: “The Best Spoken Word Album category is ruled by three extremely talented and respected gay women: Janis Ian, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Other nominees include another two reasonably well-known authors: Bill Clinton (Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy) and Michelle Obama (American Grown). Talk about tough competition. “Ian is nominated for her unique audio version of her autobiography Society’s Child, which is punctuated by her vocals of choruses and relevant lines of her songs that describe each chapter of her life. The title comes from her Grammynominated song of the same name earned when she was only 15, which gave her a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. This is her ninth nomination in various categories, from jazz to folk, best vocal, best record, with two Grammy wins. “Maddow takes on a more serious topic, The Unmooring of American Military Power, while DeGeneres brings her comedy to us in the audio version of her book Seriously – I’m Kidding.” The 55th Grammys will air on CBS-TV on Feb. 10. Go lesbians!

Go fish

Out There was in the house last week for a sumptuous press feed at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf to preview the hotel’s new Seafood Watch menu, where we learned that it’s one of very few SF venues to earn thumbs up from the watchdog


group, which rewards sustainable seafood on menus. The Dungeness crab cakes and Monterey Striped Bass we devoured fit the bill, and we learned from Monterey Bay Aquarium staff which fish we can safely order in a “blind situation” (i.e., tilapia) and which fish to shun (i.e., farmed salmon). You can learn what we did at Correction: In our year-end dance piece (1/3), the choreogra-


pher Jorge Rodolfo de Hoyos was misidentified as Jorge Rafael de Hoyos. The B.A.R. regrets the error, and the online edition has been corrected.t

On the web This week, find Victoria A. Brownworth’s Lavender Tube column, “TV is torture,” online at

Live at the Rrazz

From page 17

folk legend Judy Collins, and movie stars Rita Moreno and Sally Kellerman have all graced the Rrazz stage. “We always have a Pride show,” Kotonly says proudly. “I actually go overboard with Pride and do it all month. We like to honor local talent, like Matthew Martin, Weslia Whitfield, and Katya Smirnoff Skyy.” One of the things they love about running their club is entering into real friendships with the talent, some of whom are their personal musical idols. Kotonly recalls that Rrazz was the final

Courtesy Rrazz

Live at the Rrazz co-owners Rory Paull (left) and Robert Kotonly (right) with performer CeCe Peniston.

performance venue for the famed R&B duo Ashford and Simpson, who had become a staple on the Nikko Hotel stage. Soon after their last show, Nick Ashford passed on. A few months later, Valerie Simpson called about setting up a solo booking. “This was the last place Nick and I worked together,” Simpson told them. “I’d like it to be my first venue as a solo act. I know Nick would


Alexandre Tharaud

From page 17

the doors of the bar, and all manner of music – most of it flavored by that American thing called jazz, though no one on either side of the Atlantic knew quite how to define it – was performed there. In another salute to variety, Tharaud’s exquisitely well-programmed CD captures it all. As if to help his regular audience in the door, Tharaud opens with

have wanted that.” But don’t call it the Rrazz Room anymore. With the new location comes a new name: Live at the Rrazz. “It signifies the difference between Nikko and where we are now,” said Kotonly. “It’s a beautiful room. We want to put our stamp on it. It’s a work-in-progress.” For info on shows and tickets, go to

the solo-piano “Chopinata,” a “fantasy foxtrot on themes by Chopin” by Clement Doucet, the Belgian pianist-composer who was one of the masters of ceremony at what was also known as the Nothing-Doing Bar. Tharaud’s deft, light-as-air feel for the idiom lets you know from the start that this is not that most hazardous of classical-musician projects, the crossover recording. The pianist says that this music has been in his veins since childhood, See page 26 >>


Theatre >>

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High spirits on the high seas by Richard Dodds


ometimes it’s the right show at the right time, and in the case of Anything Goes at the Golden Gate Theatre, the right production. While it is an uncertain barometer to interpret a single audience’s reaction to a show, especially an opening-night audience, the bright, bawdy, tuneful, artfully foolish, and high-adrenaline antics of this 1934 musical seemed a mood enhancer made to order for this moment in time. When New York’s Roundabout Theatre, a high-end nonprofit institution, announced an Anything Goes revival for a 2011 Broadway production, there may have been a why-bother reaction from some (well, from me, at least). But what’s on view in the touring production at the Golden Gate quickly stripped away that doubting attitude. With the rock-the-house first-act production number of the title song and the second-act opener of a canyou-top-this “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” you too will probably be ready to preach the gospel according to Reno Sweeney. One answer to the “why bother?” posited above was likely to provide a vehicle for Sutton Foster, Broadway’s current “it” girl, who received raves for her triple-threat performance as evangelist-turned-naughty chanteuse Reno Sweeney. Having seen Foster in The Drowsy Chaperone and Thoroughly Modern Millie, I easily accept the acclaim she garnered in Anything Goes. I have also seen Rachel York, the tour’s Reno Sweeney, in several Broadway musicals, but this is the first time I have seen her have the chance to blow the roof off. And she does, she does. Reno Sweeney is the role created by and for Ethel Merman in a musical that was pretty much a makeshift affair. The original libretto by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton was radically revamped by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse shortly before the musical’s opening because a recent ship disaster had rendered the original shipwreck plot distasteful – or because, according to other sources, the show was a mess. What remained a constant, however, were Cole Porter’s songs that remain treasures today. They don’t always make perfect sense in their placement in the plot, not unusual for the era, and there was more re-

arranging for a 1987 Lincoln Center revival (new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman) on which this production is based. Who wrote which jokes – both corny and clever – only a dedicated theater historian can say, but they work well in the endearingly knuckleheaded plot. It’s still your basic shipboard boymeets-girl, nobleman-meets-showgirl, tycoon-meets-dowager, and gangster-meets-floozy plot. This tour has been keenly cast, especially in the character roles, and now in their fourth month on the road, the performers remain in crisp form. Fred Applegate is a lovable rogue as Public Enemy #13, Dennis Kelly is a delightfully befuddled millionaire, Sandra Shipley does dowager with amusing fillips, and Joyce Chittick finds fresh ways to play an archetypical gangster’s moll. Erich Bergen plays the young romantic lead Billy Crocker with a bit of tongue-incheek hamminess that enhances the role of the upstart stowaway, while Alex Finke is sweet but a bit bland as the debutante of his dreams. Also stars of the production are the dancing ensemble, with York’s Reno Sweeney as its nuclear core, which powers away through a dictionary of dance moves created by director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall. Marshall also has keenly guided her stars in ways that make Porter’s most familiar songs sound fresh, as in the way York and Bergen seem to be inventing the lyrics of “You’re the Top” on the spot. The show does list a bit in the second act, after the splash of “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” with some novelty tunes and second-tier Porter filling out the production before a knockyour-socks-off finale sets everything aright. A final note about the charged opening-night response, which even seemed to take some of the cast by surprise: As the cheers roared forth at the conclusion of “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” York held up her arms in triumph, a theater veteran visibly soaking in the response beyond any expected staged pause for applause. It was the look on the faces of the entire cast behind her that was evidence that this moving moment was genuine.t Anything Goes will run at the Golden Gate Theatre through Feb. 3. Tickets are $40-$200. Call (888) 746-1799 or go to

Joan Marcus

Fred Applegate, as a second-rate gangster, and Rachel York, as an evangelist-turned-chanteuse, sing about “Friendship” in the touring revival of Anything Goes now at the Golden Gate Theatre.

Joan Marcus

Rachel York (center) and the company of Anything Goes at the Golden Gate Theatre stop the show in the second act with Cole Porter’s “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

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Scene from directors Joann Safar and Antoine Delesvaux’s The Rabbi’s Cat.

Feline persuasion

by David Lamble


s we meet graphic novelist Joann Safar’s cynical, judgmental, unscrupulous and unreliable narrator in The Rabbi’s Cat, the creature is dunking a paw into a barrel of fish before a jovial longshoreman gives him the boot. Soon our kitty cat has his jaws around a wharf rat, only to have it snatched away by a small army of toms. “Jews aren’t keen on dogs. Dogs bite or chase you. Jews have been barked at for so long, they prefer cats. Well, at least that’s what my master says. My master is Rabbi Sfar. I don’t have a name. Throughout [the Casbah, the old quarter of] Algiers, I’m known as the rabbi’s cat.” Already middle-aged at the onset of this imaginatively constructed, peripatetic tale (7 = 49 in human years), the cat doubles down on his feline wiles to convince his pious if unassuming master to allow him a bar mitzvah. The cat wants to wiggle in closer to the rabbi’s voluptuous, restless daughter Zlabya, who herself is becoming man-hungry. A surreal beat revealing the high aims of Safar and co-director Antoine Delesvaux has the cat “corrupting” Zlabya by reading aloud from 19thcentury French novelist Stendhal’s


Rust and Bone

From page 17

slams Sam up against the wall. Loosely inspired by stories of Canadian writer Craig Davidson, whose protagonists save themselves through fighting, Rust and Bone snaps into focus with a chance collision at a local nightclub between Ali and a haughty Orca trainer, Stephanie (Marion Cotillard). Their first night is distinctly bumpy as Ali must beat up her current live-in louse to restore the peace. The next time they meet, Stephanie has suffered a devastating workplace accident – she loses both legs when an Orca goes offscript. At first it’s difficult to see a functioning adult in these damaged humans. Ali does hoist Stephanie up on his broad back and out into the Mediterranean, where she becomes a less hapless creature. But they hardly warm to each other until one day Ali brazenly opines, with a goofy-looking smile, that he’s “O.P.,” or “operational” for recreational sex.

The Red and the Black. The cat has acquired a voice (the tartly witty Francois Morel) after swallowing the family parrot – a crime he denies, reinforcing the rabbi’s determination to prevent the duplicitous beast from tutoring Zlabya. Safar uses the cat as a wedge to convince the rabbi to flee his alltoo-orderly existence. Badgered by his cat into taking an exam administered by mysterious Parisian rabbinical authorities, the rabbi is soon hanging out with as wild an assortment of characters as those found in Rick’s Café in Casablanca. From a serpent-toothed, ill-tempered older rabbi – the cat’s insistence on godlike meddling in human affairs drives him bananas – to a bohemian father/son duo to a dour band of religiously paranoid Bedouins, Safar displays the human roadblocks to Jewish coexistence across several centuries of North African civilization. The oddest and most appealing of the rabbi’s new companions is a beautiful Russian boy painter at first mistaken for dead, whose talents with a brush give the filmmakers artistic license to expand their own graphic paint-box. As long as the cat stays in the picture in Safar’s North African Baedeker – complete with verbal fistfights,

wild digressions into Jewish spiritual mysticism, and Jewish/Arab dustups – the piece is coherent and wickedly funny, a child’s guide to North African spirituality as envisioned by, say, Bill Maher. But when our puss temporarily loses his ability to talk to humans, chaos quickly ensues, and you can’t wait for the closing credits. Just before outgrowing my childhood obsession for talking animal fables, I read Paul Gallico’s enchanting, religiously slanted fantasy, Thomasina: the Cat who Thought She Was God, later a Disney live-action feature, The Three Lives of Thomasina. It’s odd this many years later to encounter a partially re-imagined, vastly more sophisticated, thoroughly unsentimental version of a story my childhood self once found so enchanting. In The Rabbi’s Cat, Safar shows us the reason for the popularity of talking-creature tales across Anglo/ American culture: the animals are in many ways intellectual, emotional and spiritual training wheels for our own future leaps into grappling with those big issues. For those of us unwilling to grant religious license to any human figure, the puss who mischievously appropriates this authority can still wield wicked powers. (Opens Friday.)t

While doing the “horizontal mambo” doesn’t collapse the invisible barriers separating these difficult creatures, what does seem to work is Stephanie’s coming along to witness the horrendous maulings Ali calls fights. With the winner counting his bloodstained Euro notes and the loser affecting the stunned stare of a slaughterhousebound steer, Audiard makes it clear that these near-homicidal tussles are closer to the Roman definition of blood combat than anything on the cable TV schedule. Oddly, it’s here that Stephanie finally finds her purpose. When Martial is banished for rigging local factories with illegal spy-cameras, Stephanie becomes Ali’s promoter. When Ali’s sister loses her cashier’s job in the fallout from “camera-gate,” Ali is banished: from the sunny south, from Stephanie’s company, and from the job he’s finally getting a handle on, being a passable Pop to a quiet, fearful boy (as Sam, young Armand Verdure displays a contorted body language, as if his torso instinctively leans away from the path of Ali’s brutish strength).

Pro fighters often claim it’s the punch you don’t see coming that’s the most devastating, and the filmmakers have found their almost heart-stopping version, which I won’t spoil. Suffice it to say Ali is simultaneously wounded as a gladiator while healed as a dad/lover, a price he never suspected he’d be allowed to pay. Rust and Bone’s appealing cast should inoculate it from fears it’s too bloody or grim a journey for sensitive souls. Marion Cotillard just keeps getting better as she heads towards the Meryl Streep wing of Oscar Valhalla. While in no way merely reprising his widely acclaimed portrayal of a tragically maimed ordinary guy of less-thanordinary intelligence (Bullhead), the Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts displays a Paul Newman-like knack for generating unexpected charisma from hard-to-define personality traits. Watch the arc of Ali’s relationship with young Sam to see how a genius-level performer can conjure up intangible grace notes, ineffable qualities to make us pant to see him again. (Now playing.)t


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Theatre >>

Tweenage adventures by Richard Dodds


hat in the world is this world we are in? That is, the world of Troublemaker, a new play at Berkeley Rep that carries the subtitle The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatwright. Well, we know that the hero’s age is 12 and two-fifths, and that the year is nineteen mighty-four, or perhaps it’s nineteen scurvy-two if you listen to the homeless pirate zombie guy (with a rat perched on his shoulder) that Bradley and his compatriots encounter on their escape from Rhode Island. Their destination is French Canada because, as Bradley says, it’s the wild-wild west of the north-northeast. “Everything is under control,” Bradley counsels, as an ominous musical sting tells us otherwise. Troublemaker is the creation of rising playwright Dan LeFranc, who was commissioned by Berkeley Rep to write the play. It’s an audacious work, creating an off-kilter parallel universe and special language for the adolescent characters as they rebel against adult authority that takes on Nazi proportions. You could call it an absurdist comedy, though what may seem absurd begins to make sense until it doesn’t. If that is clear. The play, with its three acts and two intermissions, is something of an epic, and could be considered overwritten. Some trimming wouldn’t hurt, but I’m reluctant to state it is too long because of the singular journey it takes us on. The third act, in which all is revealed (or most of it), and of which none will be revealed here, is all the more stunning for the density of what has come before it. Suffice it to say that the absurdist comedy may not be

Kevin Berne

Chad Goodridge, Jeanna Phillips, and Gabriel King play a band of adolescent misfits planning an escape to a mythical French Canada in the world premiere of Dan LeFranc’s Troublemaker at Berkeley Rep.

as absurd or comedic as it appears, as we find out what makes Bradley such a troubled troublemaker. Troubled, yes, but since most of the play is seen through his mediasaturated eyes, his troubles provide for theatrical delights. James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Austin Powers, Pirates of the Caribbean, and other cultural touchstones are evoked as Bradley, his nerdy sidekick Mikey, and the tomboy Loretta plot and scheme and test their friendships in a world of exaggerated perspective and elaborately underdeveloped vocabulary. “I’ll shave off your breadstick and shove it up your Olive Garden,” Loretta threatens at one point. “You’re dad is never going to boyfriend-girlfriend with my mom,” Bradley admonishes his

archrival Jake. And while swear words are limited to juvenile selfcensoring terms like “scat,” “ahole,” and, most incendiary of all, “crotch,” there are more complex concepts that have been imprinted if not fully comprehended. “That’s the most critical part of my origin story,” Bradley complains when a detail is altered. Director Lila Neugebauer has staged the production with an imagination commensurate with the playwright’s, making elaborate use of Kris Stone’s morphing set, Alexander V. Nichols’ expressive lighting, and Jake Rodriguez’s Hollywood-accented sound design. Young adults play the adolescents, but they quickly pull us into their world. Gabriel King is a barely bottled bolt of lightning as Bradley, Chad Goodridge is sweetly geeky as sidekick Mikey, and Jeanna Phillips is like a modern-day version of the West Side Story character Anybody’s, but on a diet of Red Bull. The other performers play multiple roles, all excellently, but their principal characters are Jennifer Regan as Bradley’s anguished mother, Robbie Tann as Bradley’s nefarious schoolmate Jake, Matt Bradley and Ben Mehl as Jake’s wingmen, Danny Scheie as a scary reform-school poster boy, and Thomas Jay Ryan in a role whose identity needs to be protected here. Troublemaker is an original and imaginative study of pre-teen angst and its associated coping mechanisms, with multiple layers playing out. And as we play along, it’s playing with our minds.t Troublemaker will run through Feb. 3 at Berkeley Rep. Tickets are $29-$77. Call (510) 647-2949 or go to

Books >>

Tough cookie by Jim Piechota Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto with Michelle Tea; Spiegel & Grau, $22


oal to Diamonds, the frank rags-to-riches memoir by Beth Ditto, lesbian lead singer of the popular band Gossip, is unique in that it tells the story of her life before the band became a hit. Many rock band chronicles have a tendency to detail the lives of its members during or just after the group has dissolved, every partner awash in regret and often simmering with animosity and potential lawsuits. Ditto displays no such regrets, as Gossip continues to chart singles thanks to a contemporary, post-punk, guitardriven sound and the singer’s distinctive tone. Ably assisted by San Francisco’s own literary luminary Michelle Tea, Mary Beth Ditto writes of an upbringing in rural Arkansas (a place “a good 10 years behind the times”) in the town of Judsonia, a locale that had seen better days, with residents teetering on the edge of poverty. Gun ownership was a given, kids wore squirrel tails (and dined on the little rodents), and Ditto found herself in high school raised by a “warmhearted Sagittarius” single mother, yet ensconced in a family that moved in and out of her Aunt Jannie’s house out of desperation and convenience. Her appearance was a highmaintenance art-piece consisting of a Kool-Aid dye job, Converse

sneakers, rotund body, and a plucky feminist-prochoice-antiracism attitude “desperate for s u b c u l t u r e .” But Ditto has a soaring voice that set her apart from the pack. She smoothly details her love of music and singing, and an emerging attraction to girls, the first of whom was Kathy, a feminist who “just hung around with all her hair in her face, projecting cool, radical wisdom.” A crush ensued but faded, since many of her close friends were older, and graduated before she did. This left Ditto on her own to finish in a haze of worsening depression cured only by graduation and leaving Arkansas behind to move to Olympia, Washington, a place “crawling with music” where the rock scene welcomed her with open arms. As Gossip became popular (Kathy became a member) and filled in the gaps of Ditto’s sketchy employment history, her realizations of being a “closeted femme” and a subsequent move to Portland

couldn’t prevent bouts of body dysmorphia, self-mutilation, and vision deterioration. It’s been a long road to fame for Gossip girl Ditto, and her memoir is best summed up in the book’s final chapters, about how the media writes of her band not in terms of music but in terms of its lead singer’s appearance, “overweight and wearing tight clothes.” Ditto, who describes herself as “wacky,” denounces her detractors with a cool mixture of bluster and pride, noting that “to be myself in this world is every bit as important and radical as any song I’ve ever sung.”t

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Seasons of Love, Delphi Trio @ Old First Church Mezzo-soprano Cathleen Candia and bariton Zachary Gordin perform classical love songs by Mozart, Bizet Rossini and other opera composers. 8pm. Jan 20 at 4pm, The Delphi Trio performs string works by Henry Cowell, Max Stoffregen, W.A. Mozart and Frederic Chopin. Each concert $14-$17. 1751 Sacramento St.

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

Anything Goes

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Then, again

100 Years of Rural California @ Cal Historical Society

by Jim Provenzano


nce again, historic moments and eras from our collective past are re-presented as art, oral history and sociologically pivotal moments.

Thu 17: Hair @ Bindlestiff Studio

Fri 18: Anything Goes @ Golden Gate Theatre

Sat 19: Acid Test @ The Berkeley Marsh

The beloved tribal love-rock musical gets a small local production. (Warning: this show includes simulated drug use, smoking, nudity, profanity, questioning of religion, drag, blatant sexual positioning, refusal of authority, energy, love, beads, flowers, and enjoy!) $30-$40. 8pm. Thru Jan 20. 185 Sixth St. 255-0440.

The three Tony Award-winning revival of the classic nautical 1930s musical comedy, with songs by Cole Porter, stars Rachel York and a lively cast. $60-$200. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 3. 1 Taylor St. at Market. (888) 746-1799.

Warren David Keith performs Lynne Kaufman’s solo show Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass, a biographical look at a spiritual contemporary of Timothy Leary. $15-$50. Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Feb 17. 2120 Allston Way at Shattuck. 282-3055.

The groovy rock band performs its hits and classics. $55-$65. 8pm. Jan 18 & 19, 7pm & 9:30pm. Jan 20, 7pm. 1000 Van Ness Ave. (800) 380-3095.

Patricia Loughrey’s play recounts the life of the groundbreaking gay activist and politician, based on dozens of interviews of friends and those inspired by Harvey Milk; with music by Thomas Hodges. $18-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 24. 25 Van Ness Ave at Market, lower level.

Fri 18: Hippy Icon @ Berkeley Marsh Wavy Gravy performs his informal unpredictable solo show Hippy Icon, Flower Geezer and Temple of Accumulated Error, his stories of Woodstock, meeting Bob Dylan, Albert Einstein, and other people and events. $15-$50. Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 10. 2120 Allston Way at Shattuck. 282-3055.

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

4000 Miles @ American Conservatory Theatre

The new weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, Comedy Bodega’s one-year Anniversary Show: Mark Davis, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Marga Gomez, Kate Willet, Miss Per Sia and other talents. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.

Classic and Unusual Films @ Castro Theatre Interesting double features and special screenings: Jan 17: Taxi Driver (7pm) and Drive (9:10pm). Jan 18: Thunderbirds Are Go (7pm) andits hilarious parody Team America: World Police (8:50), and the classic spaghetti Western Django (11pm). Jan 20: a restored print of Roman Polanski’s Tess (5pm) and his classic Rosemary’s Baby (2:30, 8:15). Jan 21: Wattstax, the 1972 documentary of the Los Anglees music festival (3pm, 7pm) and Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (4:55, 8:55). Jan 22: Gerard Butler in the amazing surf film Chasing Mavericks (7pm) and the skateboarding documentary Bones Brigade (9:15). Jan 23: The 1966 Czech absurdist film Daisies (3:15, 7pm) and Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou (4:45, 8:35). $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St.

Born This Way @ Books Inc Paul Vitagliano, editor of the fabulous book based on blog posts about our young gay preteen awareness, along with some fab photos, reads from and discusses his book. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St.

Soprano Marnie Breckenridge with pianist Kristin Pankonin performs works by Strauss and Bay Area composers Jake Heggie, Henry Mollicone, David Conte and David Garner. $15-$20. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Bell, Book and Candle @ SF Playhouse

Thu 17 A.C.T. presents Amy Herzog’s Obie Awardwinning comic drama about growing up and growing old; when a 19-year-old visits his grandmother after a cross-country cycling trip, political and personal sparks fly. Special Bike to Theater Night Jan 17, with valet bike parking (bring your own lock!). $30-$125. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 10. 415 Geary St. 749-2228.

Alumni Recital Series @ SF Conservatory of Music

Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 4214222.

Thu 17: Jefferson Starship @ Live at the Rrazz

Fri 18: Dear Harvey @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Exhibit of large-scale color prints by writerphotographer Lisa Hamilton, and archival selections dating back to the 1880s. Thru Mar. 24. 2013. 678 Mission St. 357-1848.

Gallery Crawl Nightlife @ Cal. Academy of Sciences Enjoy pop-up gallery showcases from Ever Gold and others; an All-Draw event, science art exhibits, plus food, cocktails and DJed dancing. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Lady Gaga @ HP Pavilion, San Jose The pop music icon performs her Born This Way Ball concert. Madeon and Lady Starlight open. $50-$240. 7:30pm. 525 W Santa Clara, San Jose.

Peterson Toscano @ LGBT Center Transfigurations, Transgressing Gender in the Bible, the performer’s multi-character solo play about gender-variant biblical characters. Donations. 7:30pm. 1800 Market St.

The Witch House @ The Garage Anthony Julius Williams directs a production of Morgan Bassichs’ queer take on the Salem with trials, where some young boys set out to make some money, but wind up involved in a supernatural adventure. $15. 8pm. Also Jan 25, 26 (also 11:30pm) and 27 at 8pm. 715 Bryand St. at 5th. 6636746.

Sat 19: Black Power, Flower Power @ Harvey Milk Photo Center Opening reception for a new exhibit of photos by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marian Baruch, documenting the 1960s dual social revolutions that began in San Francisco. 1pm-4pm. Thru Mar. 23. 50 Scott St. 554-9522.

Fri 18 Alfred Hitchcock Films @ Pacific Film Archive Screening of the major works of the master of cinematic suspense. Tonight, Young and Innocent (7pm) and The Lady Vanishes (8:40). Other films thru April 24. $5.50$13.50. UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-1124.

Foodies, the Musical @ Shelton Theater Morris Bobrow’s musical comedy revue of songs and sketches about food. $32-$34. Fri & Sat 8pm. Open run. 533 Sutter St. (800) 838-3006.

Desert Jewels @ MOAD North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection, an exhibit of nearly 100 pieces of jewelry from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, plus documentary photographs. Thru Jan 21. $5-$10. Members free. WedSat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. 358-7200.

Romantic comedy about a mortal man and a witch (the play and film inspired Bewitched ). $30-$60. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Jan 19. 450 Post St. above Farallon Restaurant. 677-9596.

The Listener @ The Marsh Charlie Varon performs his new show of five original comic stories in a workshop production. $15-$50. Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Thru Jan 27. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055.

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

In the Name of Love @ Paramount Theatre

Jennifer Holliday headlines the 11th annual musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, with Tuck and Patti, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Oaktown Jazz Workshops musicians. $15-$45 (kids 12 and under $8). 7pm. Pre-show community organization exhibit in the lobby at 6pm. 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000.

Mascara @ Castro Country Club U-phoria hosts the monthly drag show at the LGBT sober community space. $3-$6. 10:30pm. 4058 18th St.

Good Food Awards @ Ferry Building Enjoy a day of food and drink sampling at the “Oscars of food.” $5-$15. 9am-2pm. Evening gala event $95. Embarcadero at Market.

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

Chasing Mavericks. See Classic and Unusual Films, Thu 17

Jennifer Holliday performs at In the Name of Love. See Sat 19.

Navigating Queer Pacific Waves @ Galeria de la Raza Group exhibit of new works in various media by Jean Melesaine, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Jorge Manuel Gonzales, Joy Enomoto, and collaborating artists who focus on their Pacific Islander roots and explore colonialism and LGBT oppression. Exhibit thru March 2. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 826-8009.

Pam Ann @ Castro Theatre Comic stewardess performs her act, Cockpit! $30-$55. 7:30pm. 429 Castro St.

Royal Treasures from the Louvre @ Legion of Honor Exhibit of decorative arts, most never seen in the U.S., from the reigns of Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, from the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am5:15pm. Thru March 17. Lincoln Park, 34th Ave and Clement St.

SoMa Country @ Beatbox Sundance Saloon’s South of Market event (3rd Saturdays), with two-stepping, linedancing lessons for beginners, and friendly regulars. Cowboy gear not required, but boots or smooth-heeled shoes recommended. $8. 6pm-10pm. 314 11th St.

Troublemaker @ Berkeley Rep Dan LeFranc’s commissioned Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright , about a teenager who sees himself as a protective superhero. $29-$77. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 3. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2917.

Sun 20 The Big Dive @ Harry Denton's Starlight Room Special cheap drink night that honors local dive bars, with $2 Pabst beer, $5 whiskey shots, all at the elegant nightclub. $10. 8:30pm-1:30am. Sir Francisc Drake Hotel, 21st floor, 450 Powell St. 395-8595.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden New seasonal exhibit of colorful floral displays, with special events, for evening adult events, lectures, and kids events. Thru March. Also, beautiful floral drawing exhibit of watercolor works by Ernest Clayton. Thru April. $2-$15. 9am-7pm. 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park. 661-1316.

Dancing Queen @ Beatbox T-dance fundraiser and 30th anniversary party for the AIDS Emergency Fund, with DJ Russ Rich. Funky ‘80s attire encouraged! 100% of proceeds go to AEF. $20. 3pm-8pm. 314 11th St.


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Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

Mon 21 One Night Only @ Bay Theatre DJ Russ Rich at Dancing Queen. See Sun 20.

SF Hiking Club @ Marin Headlands Join GLBT hikers for a 9-mile hike in the Marin Headlands. Climb the steep and looong Fox Trail out of Tennessee Valley to the Coyote Ridge trail and down the Green Gulch trail to Green Gulch farm and Zen Buddhist retreat center. Carpool meets 9am at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 378-5612.

Enjoy more of the talented cast of Anything Goes, with guests La Toya London ( The Color Purple ), Lindsay Pearce ( Glee ), Tim Hockenberry and Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys), who perform their own musical favorites at the USO-themed variety show and benefit for the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. $20-$60. 7:30pm. Pier 39. 273-1620.

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm-1:30am. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Lindsay Pearce in One Night Only. See Mon 21.

Tue 22 The Drag Show @ Various Channels Stu Smith’s weekly LGBT variety show features local talents, and not just drag artistes. Channels 29 & 76 on Comcast; 99 on AT&T and 30 on Astound.

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gayfriendly comedy night. This week, Ali Mafi. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV.

Wed 23 Coming to America @ The Punch Line I.N.S. comedy presents a night of stand-up with performers of different ethnicities, including Guy Branum, gay comics Ali Mafi and Yuri Kagan, and Yayne Abeba, Noel Elgrably and Awet Teame. $15. 8pm. 444 Battery St. 397-7573.

Dot (Tom Schmidt) @ Magnet Exhibit of photos from the photographer’s book, Escort, portraiture of local male sex workers. Proceeds from book sales benefit the St. James Infirmary. Thru Jan. 4122 18th St.

Quit Smoking Class @ LGBT Center California Impressions


California gold

eloved (if not easily amazed) TV host Huell Howser may have passed on to the gold mine in the sky, but explorations of the Golden State continue locally. –J.P.

Thu 17: California Impressions @ ArtHaus Gallery

Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams

Opening reception for a group exhibit of California landscape pantings and photosgraphs by Carolyn Meyer, 
Matthew Frederick, Brian Blood, Gioi Tran, Deborah Brown, Eric Engstrom, 
Franc D’Ambrosio, Michal Venera and Daniel Berman. 6pm-8pm. Exhibit thru Mar. 30. 411 Brannan St. at 3rd. 977-0223.

Sat 19: Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams @ Oakland Museum Photo exhibit of 22 large-scale evocative portrait/tableaux of California families. Meet the artist and booksigning Jan 19, 2:30-3:30pm. Thru June 30. Other exhibits ongoing. 1000 Oak Street.

Play Fair @ GLBT History Museum Play Fair! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Make Sex Safer, an exhibit of safe sex promotional efforts; thru Feb 6. Also, For Love and Community: Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Take Action 1960-1990s, an exhibit organized by queer and transgender Asian Pacific Islanders; thru Jan 24. MonSat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107.

Thu 24 Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha

Thu 17: San Francisco Days @ Rayko Photo Center Opening reception for a group exhibit of historic and contemporary Bay Area prints by several photographers. 6pm-8pm. Exhibit thru Feb 24. Tue-Thu 10am-10pm. Fri & Sun 10am-8pm. 428 3rd St. 495-3773.

LGBT community weekly support group and class on quitting cigarettes; 7 sessions, Wed. nights, with one Sat. afternoon. 7pm-9pm. 1800 Market St. 339-STOP.

Thu 24: Tales of California @ SF Public Library Historian and filmmaker Glenne McElhinney introduces her new documentary and media project which includes webisodes and oral histories of LGBT California life from 1970 to 1982, and how the work will be added to school lessons. Guest speakers include SF librarian Luis Herrerra, GSA Network’s Hilary Burdge, and Alexis Whitman of Frameline. Free. 6pm. Latino-Hispanic Community Room, Main Library Lower Level. 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

Tales of California

The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. This week, Kollin Holz and the hilarious kids from Sylvan Productions hijack Comedy Bodega. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.

Micro Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences Hands-on mini-exhibits of animals and insects, plus micro-brewery samples, and bite-sized desserts, cocktails and DJed dancing. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 3798000.

Night of the Shorts IV: Riffizens on Patrol @ Castro Theatre Member of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 crew are joined by other witty actor/ voiceover talents (including Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall and Kristen Schall of 30 Rock and Bob’s Burgers ) in a hilarious night of poking fun at a collection of awful vintage short films. Presented by SF Sketchfest. $30. 8pm. 429 Castro St. www.

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by Donna Sachet


ast Friday was one of those nights with a lot of territory to cover! We started at Ron Huberman’s retirement party at LookOut, attended by hundreds of friends and co-workers who saluted his 32-year distinguished career with the SF Police Department. Obviously, Ron has made many friends, and they turned out enthusiastically to celebrate with him. Even State Senator Mark Leno and SF District Attorney George Gascon and his wife Fabiola made time to join the festivities. Now who is going to supply us with a new “get out of jail free” card? Next, we headed to Marlena’s for a fundraiser supporting the film documentary Born This Way, currently in production, about the life of local adult entertainer and activist Michael Brandon. Emperor Paul Maka Poole and Empress China Silk hosted, a bevy of performers entertained and donated their tips, and the guest of honor made sure the evening reflected his saucy personality. Once again, this neighborhood bar demonstrated its dedication to fundraising, diversity of clientele, and event flexibility. In the face of the recent news of Marlena’s sale, we hope the new owners will recognize and honor this business’ stellar image in the community. Rest assured, someone as loved and involved as Empress Marlena will not disappear from view! And it would be a crime to end Galilea’s popular weekly Hayes Valley Follies drag shows! We ended the night at #HOMO, a new monthly dance party at BeatBox created by Locoya Hill, and it was a remarkable hit! In addition to the already fabulous lights and sound, zebra-print fabric gave this flexible space a unified theme, DJ Christopher B kept the dancers on their feet and smiling, and at Midnight, Heklina performed a crowd-pleasing “Proud Mary” with a throng of back-up dancers. Looks like there’s a new place to dance the night away every second Friday of the month! Hundreds of friends of the late Tod Epperson gathered in his remembrance last Saturday afternoon at BeatBox, festooned with flowers and opened to sunlight from the skylights above. The program, which we co-emceed with Sister Roma, included a beautiful video montage, musical tributes, and tear-jerking remarks from friends, co-workers, and members of his

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Lion King star Jelani Remi works Cassandra Cass at a benefit for The Den homeless youth alliance at 1015 Folsom.

immediate family, all balanced with moments of levity and reminders of his love of laughter. Although we have all suffered the loss of loved ones, when a vibrant 26-year-old friend gives up on life without warning, the repercussions are immense. Demonstrations of love and support, especially for his partner Sid Payne, from what is often referred to as the San Framily, have been the silver lining of this very dark cloud. Also on Saturday afternoon, at Twin Peaks the Imperial Court announced the official applicants for the next Emperor and Empress of San Francisco. Applying for Emperor is Drew Cutler, and for Empress are Danielle Logan and Patty McGroin. Each of these individuals brings a wealth of diverse experience to the table, and we’ll be watching as their campaigns take shape. The next key public event is the Gala Presentation of Candidates

at Encore bar on Sun., Jan. 27, from 4-7 p.m. And mark your calendars now for the 48th annual Imperial Coronation, Sat., Feb. 23, at Galleria Design Center. Also upcoming is AIDS Emergency Fund’s Dancing Queen Tdance at Beatbox on Sun., Jan. 20, 3-8 p.m., Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation’s benefit featuring the touring cast of Anything Goes at Pier 39 on Mon., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., Leather Discussion Group’s first 2013 event led by locals Larry Shockey and Race Bannon at the LGBT Community Center on Wed., Jan. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Academy of Friends’ Oscar Nominee party at Bubble Lounge on Thurs., Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. No need to make arrangements for a trip to Hollywood in February for the Academy Awards ceremony! Once again, Academy of Friends will host the party in San Francisco with red carpet, multiple viewing screens, extensive silent auction, food, drink, and entertainment, benefiting local charitable organizations!t

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Performer Syndee Winters makes for a fine flapper at the benefit for The Den.


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That 70s show by John F. Karr

vis, playing lovers. Their erotic foreplay shows King’s fingers fluttering along Davis’ ass crack and taunting his hole. Then he plows it to smithereens. Their scene ends with the pair cuddling in each other’s arms, sweaty and cum-covered. These two successive scenes – Daniels/Davis and King/Cooper – are memorable scorchers. The next scene, with Dirk Caber and Josh West, has two parts. They have a languorous, romantically tinged morning wake-up fuck, then bound into an outdoor shower for a fiercer brawl of a second fuck. Here’s disc two. Happy boyfriends Kyle King and Dale Cooper connect via the web with David Anthony, for a fine screwathon. Back in the meat rack, Anthony ravages


irector Jake Deckard’s dynamite Men in the Sand pays homage to Wakefield Poole’s classic Boys in the Sand, using it as both template and launching pad. Using a few of Poole’s Fire Island locations, it mirrors some of its forerunner’s scenarios, and knowingly lets its prevailing spirit inform brandnew events. As it ranges generously over more than three hours, with six scenes delivered on two discs, its fresh and immediate life will surely stiffen you up. While Deckard makes his own creative choices along the way, he knows when to reign them in. He only momentarily manipulates both the film grain and color to reflect a 1970s movie. And while reflecting Poole’s eclectic taste in music, Deckard’s soundtrack most of the time wisely gives us silence, and the ambient sounds of nature and sex. Period feel is provided by tinkly disco that disappears pretty quick, and a funky blues band with a haze of guitar distortion that I found very masculine. There’s even classical music, with a string quartet cradling one scene, and of course, Debussy’s “Afternoon of a Faun” making its expected appearance in a recreation of Poole’s famous “Bayside” sequence. One thing I like a lot is that the director has let some happiness into his sexo. Most of his guys go at it rough and serious. But a handful of them are happy to be having such butch and hot sex. Happy and horny – I just lap that up. Deckard also scores high on the movie’s videography. An unnamed cameraman has delivered impressive close-ups that savor the interlocking of mustaches, the passion of deep kisses, and the sensational entry of cock into mouth or ass. And what a cast he’s assembled to show their vigorous pleasure in sex, and to voice their unrestrained coital clamor. Kyle King has three scenes and Christopher Daniels has two key scenes that recreate Poole’s originals. Robust Josh West and steely cocked Bryan Slater are fine ass-taggers. Colby Keller cops a star turn when he steps into Casey Donovan’s spot, and if he’s not the golden boy Donovan was, he’s got the right stuff on his own. David Anthony is forcefully

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Christopher Daniels sports a new look in Jake Deckard’s Men in the Sand.

macho in two scenes, and Dirk Caber, a personal fave, is alternately butch and boyish. Two guys who are new to me make strong impressions. The single-named Davis is a funky, flop-haired dude who made some bareback scenes for the ChaosMen website before this mainstream sexo debut. He’s a rough manhandler when battering Chris Daniels’ butthole. Finally, there’s the engrossing Dale Cooper. I think I’m going to marry him. Soon to be seen in Raging Stallion’s The Woods, his exuberance, toned body and long, finely-shaped cock steal thunder from co-stars in two scenes.

The movie opens in a wooded grove with top man Josh West making Kyle King howl like an animal while taking it like a champ. A real surprise follows, with Christopher Daniels almost unrecognizable behind a thick, period-true mustache, and with his blond body hair unshorn, as Davis tops him. Not at all anymore the pretty boy of his first films, Daniels is a gorgeous force to be reckoned with. It’s quite a sight to watch him flex considerable muscle while Davis sucks him off. And the close-ups! The pair’s kissing and cocksucking are magnified, and their eyes are caught in the agony of bliss. In the first disc’s last scene, versatile King returns to top Da-

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Passionate stars Christopher Daniels and Colby Keller in the memorable “Bayside” sequence of Jake Deckard’s Men in the Sand.

Davis. And then, the famous “Bayside” scene, an opener for Poole, and a finale for Deckard. Colby Keller emerges from the sea for a lingering, intense suck-off with Christopher Daniels. Snapping on his cockring, he tops Daniels and makes the blond bottom scream. But why does Deckard omit Poole’s surprise post-fuck exchange of their identity? What should be the film’s capper has disappeared. But I know Men in the Sand won’t disappear from your shelves; it’s a keeper. I think I’ll be screening select scenes for select gentlemen callers. They’ll quickly be rendered helpless unto my Karrnal desires. t

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or her first album since 2010’s heartbreaking The Foundling, Mary Gauthier (pronounced go-shay) gives us the self-released concert set Live at Blue Rock ( All but one of Gauthier’s six studio discs are represented here, with three songs drawn from her breakthrough disc Drag Queens in Limousines. Still deserving of the queer Lucinda Williams tag (that’s a compliment), Gauthier is triumphant on “I Drink” and “Sugar Cane” (co-written with fellow queer singer/songwriter Catie Curtis). But perhaps the most revelatory aspect of the disc is that it includes not one, but three covers by kindred spirit Fred Eaglesmith – opener “Your Sister Cried,” “Cigarette Machine” and “The Rocket.” If he’s wise, Eaglesmith will return the favor. After morphing from the porno punk of Super 8 Cum Shot into the muscle-bound smut rock of Jinx Titanic, Jinx and his new band the Ladykillers get all dressed up and explore their bi side on Mister Casanova ( As if to make sure that he doesn’t alienate long-term followers who might not know what to make of some of the musical changes, Jinx eases listeners in slowly, like any thoughtful lover would, opening the disc with “Rocket to Uranus.” While the lyr-


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and that’s how it sounds. As a solo musician he is of a caliber with his countryman Jean-Yves Thibaudet, whose recordings of Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, and Gershwin are among the finest things he has done. There are more classical spoofs in “Hungaria” (Liszt) and “Isoldina” (Wagner), but the CD goes into another gear altogether immediately after the Liszt parody when singer Madeleine Peyroux joins Tharaud for a sultry run-through of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It.” No discredit to his solo playing, which cavorts behind one gauzy-thin veil of inhibition, but he comes even more alive as a jammer – fitting, since the French expression for musical jamming is faire le boeuf, itself a reference to the bar. Things turn unmistakably French when singer Juliette joins Tharaud for “J’ai pas su y faire,” one of the signature tunes of Yvonne George, the great chanteuse of the era. Jean Delescluse’s biting rendering of “Caramel mou,” the “shimmy movement” by Jean Cocteau and Milhaud, takes us to the edge of the emotional abyss that gave the decade between the end of

ics are pure JT, you might notice a retro/rockabilly bent to the arrangements. Sometimes it’s Latin-spiced (as on “Red Light!” and the instrumental “Mi Corazon”), other times it’s strip-club doo-wop (“Congratulations! Goodbye!”). It’s gritty/brassy on the “Dirty Little So and So” duet with grand dame Catherine Smitko, or straightforward rockabilly on “Once You Go Fat, You Never Go Back” (which contains the brilliant line, “She shook her head and said, I don’t fail,/I weigh myself on the Richter scale!”). Now a one-man operation, queer electro act Dangerous Muse (not to be confused with Danger Mouse) continues to embrace the EDM esthetic on the five-song EP Red ( DM plays with some newfangled toys on “Homewrecker,” doing techno tricks with the vocals. “I Can’t Help It” sounds a bit like Ministry in their pre-heavy industrial period. The album’s centerpiece, “Fame Kills,” goes on a bit too long at almost seven minutes, but it gets points for recalling vintage 12” disco. Singer/actor Telly Leung is part of the new generation of Broadway performers who are stretching the bounds of cabaret, color-

WWI and the American stock market crash its unique frisson. Natalie Dessay contributes a pungent account of the wordless voice-as-instrument “Blues chante,” and Benabar responds with a “Gonna Get a Girl” (“Because I’ve never had a girl, that’s why I’m going to get a girl”) with an almost vehement sexual ambiguity. All the musicians, who include the requisite banjo player (David Chevaler) and a-la-Cocteau percussionist (Florent Jodelet), join for a lusty operetta excerpt, “Henri, pourquoi n’amies pas les femmes?” (“Henry, Why Don’t You Love Women?”) For pianophiles, the main action may be in the series of four duets Tharaud plays with Frank Braley. Jean Wiener, the “musical soul” of Le Boeuf, joined with Clement Doucet later in the decade for piano duos that, besides increasing the repertoire for duo-piano enormously, eventually made Wiener and Doucet a traveling musical act of a public success comparable to Liszt’s. Tharaud and Braley recapture the magic. In one of the CD’s farthest-out moments, Tharaud plays “St. Louis Blues” in Wiener’s harpsichord arrangement on a period-appropriate Pleyel harpsichord. And there’s an excerpt from Milhaud’s ballet

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ing outside the lines of the Great American Songbook. On his debut recording I’ll Cover You (Yellow Sound), Leung isn’t afraid to mix the 70s (Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks

Me Off My Feet” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”) with show tunes (“Children Will Listen,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and the title track). An unfortunate reading of Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” can be overlooked for more inventive selections such as Indigo Girls’ “Galileo” and Katy Perry’s “Firework” (really!). Leung must also be a Holly Cole fan since he covers a pair of tunes, “Cry If You Want To” and “I Can See Clearly Now,” found on the Canadian diva’s debut. Prince’s influence on the band Avan Lava is immediately obvious on “Tear It Down,” the opening cut on their six-song EP Flex Fantasy ( It also comes through loud and queer on “It’s Never Over,” but it’s never overdone. “Slow Motion” lives up to its name, and “Feels Good” delivers good feelings. Rumor has it that to get the full impact, Avan Lava must be seen live, so check out their website for dates. Long before there was the smooth seduction of Prince, there was Johnny Mathis. Just as there is only one Prince, there is only one Mathis. Following his successful early years

on Columbia Records, Mathis briefly parted ways with the label and recorded for Mercury. Four of those albums, including the unreleased Broadway, have made their way to CD on Real Gone Music. Broadway is paired up with Love Is Everything from 1965. The themes of tenderness and fantasy are explored on 1964’s Tender Is the Night and The Wonderful World of Make Believe. Another EP enthusiast, Chris Riffle is back with the dreamy sixsong disc Another Dream ( As fellow out artist AG did on her The Beatles EP, Riffle puts a queer spin on a familiar Lennon/McCartney tune, transforming “And I Love Her” to “And I Love Him” with ease. Also deserving of your undivided attention are the gorgeous title cut, “While You Run” and “Far from the Sea.” You can keep the beautiful gay music coming with Gallantry’s Favorite Son by Scott Matthew, and Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador) by Perfume Genius. If you’d rather be dancing, there’s Gay Pimp and comedian Jonny McGovern’s The Gayest of All Time, and Make Me Believe in Hope by Bright Light Bright Light. Don’t forget about Making My Way by Andy Northrup, No Bread by the Northside Southpaws, Love Is the Power by Richard Anthony, and Soul Riot by Michael Mirlas.t

that gives its name to everything in a solo-piano version, and for the pedigree-addicted, another from Ravel’s still-too-little-known opera

L’Enfant et les Sortileges. Martin Penet adds a long, luscious liner note on the bar, the musical epoch, and the individual

items on the CD. With championship the likes of which Tharaud and friends give on this bewitching CD, others may well follow.t

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