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Castro gets LGBT museum

Cohen pledges LGBT support

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an Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, second from left, joins Supervisor Scott Wiener and longtime GLBT Historical Society supporter and mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty in cutting the ribbon to open the new GLBT Historical Society Museum in the Castro Thursday, January 13. Bay Area Reporter society columnist Donna Sachet, left, historical society board CoChair Amy Sueyoshi, second from right, and Supervisor David Campos also took part in the festivities. The opening night party attracted hundreds of people as they checked out the various exhibits. The Bob Ross Foundation, which owns the B.A.R., is sponsoring free admission to the museum the first Wednesday of the month throughout 2011. For more on last week’s opening night party, see Sachet’s On the Town column on page 26.

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aving grown up in San Francisco, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen has long supported the LGBT community, from standing by her out friends in high school to helping marry San Francisco same-sex couples Supervisor at City Hall during Malia Cohen the “Winter of Love” in 2004. Now that she is an elected official, Cohen has no plans to turn her back on her LGBT constituents and close acquaintances. In fact, as the only black member of the Board of Supervisors, she wants to serve as a bridge builder between the LGBT and African American communities. During a recent editorial board meeting with the Bay Area Reporter, the 32-year-old political newcomer said creating those bonds now will be critical should gay groups decide to pursue overturning California’s same-sex marriage ban at the ballot box in 2012. “We live to fight another day and now you got me. I am an ally on the ground, connected through the churches and the political women’s community,” said Cohen, who represents the city’s southeast neighborhoods, from Potrero Hill to Hunter’s Point. “Also, we can do a better job at tapping into the African American community in the East Bay. It is more robust and more expendable income there.” One key strategy Cohen recommends is marketing pro-gay messages in media geared toward African Americans, whether it be black newspapers or television and radio stations. She faulted the unsuccessful campaign in 2008 against Proposition 8, the statewide initiative that banned same-sex marriages, for ignoring those media outlets. “When we start to tap into the African American experience within the LGBT community, life starts to grow and it becomes less about white men solely anchored in the Castro and becomes more of a collective movement that incorporates everyone,” said Cohen, a graduate of Lowell High School who grew up in the city’s Portola District. “I went to school in the south at Fisk University. I was struck by my counterparts who came from the Deep South. They had just stereotypical opinions of the gay community. I had friends questioning and dealing with issues around their sexuality, good friends I still am friends with today.” Working for former Mayor Gavin Newsom as his confidential assistant seven years ago, Cohen jumped at the chance to assist with the thousands of same-sex couples seeking to get married after Newsom’s surprise decision to allow the gay nuptials to take place. “It was just logical, the right thing to do,”

t sounds simple enough and could bring a sizeable windfall to many LGBT households in California. The Internal Revenue Service is requiring registered domestic partners and married same-sex couples to split their income equally on their federal tax forms. Recently the IRS clarified that the new policy will start with the 2010 tax filings. Yet the change in policy toward what is known as community property has been anything but easy to implement. And tax professionals are warning LGBT couples they need to begin thinking about their taxes now to avoid headaches later. Already, tax preparers have been reporting multiple problems due to the change in policy, from having tax documents returned by the IRS to some couples having to pay substantially more

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LGBT center seeks commercial tenants by Matthew S. Bajko an Francisco’s LGBT Community Center is now taking proposals from commercial tenants interested in opening for-profit businesses on its ground floor and rooftop spaces. The LGBT facility this month issued requests for proposals from interested business owners and will be showing the various rooms for rent at the building today (Thursday, January 20). The tour for prospective tenants comes nearly a year after the Bay Area Reporter broke the news that the long-struggling center had met with local restaurateur Gus Murad, who owns the rooftop eatery Medjool in the Mission, about the possibility of turning a little-used meeting room and outdoor balcony on its fourth floor into a restaurant. Since then, the city rezoned the building as a special use district in order to facilitate the zoning changes required to allow the center to seek new operators for the various areas available for rent. Last week, the center posted the RFPs on its website and announced the building tour. “The center is very excited that we are opening up our first floor and fourth floor to create new partnerships with local businesses through an open RFP (request for proposals) process! We have engaged neighbors and key stakeholders throughout the rezoning of the building and will continue to have opportunities for community members to follow the selection process,” wrote Rebecca Rolfe, the center’s executive director, in an e-mail to supporters this week. According to the documents, center officials have expanded the rooms it is willing to turn over to private entrepreneurs. In addition to the ground floor space built in the modern structure where a cafe once operated, the center is also accepting proposals from those interested in using the entire ground floor space or just portions of the rooms housed in an old Victorian that was saved from demolition and incorporated into the center. The first leasable space on the ground floor is approximately 1,800 square feet and to the left of the main entrance off Market Street. It includes the former cafe space, a box office, phone bank room, and several other offices. The second leasable space is roughly 1,350 square feet and is to the right of the main entry. It comprises the building’s Historical Room,

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youth space, childwatch, and senior center areas. The RFP states that center officials are willing to entertain ideas for both spaces from a single tenant or could lease each space to separate entities “depending on the proposals received, the potential mix of commercial uses and desired synergies.” They could also opt to lease only one of the areas, according to the document, and any lease would be for five years, with two five-year options to extend the lease. The upstairs space for lease is approximately 5,600 square feet plus a contiguous exclusive use exterior deck of approximately 1,200 square feet. Any lease would be for seven years, with two fiveyear options to extend the lease. The cost of any alterations to the spaces will be borne by the tenants and must first be approved by center officials. The center is willing to discuss allowing use of the building outside its current operating times.

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It is currently open Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 10 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and is closed Sundays. Center officials specify in the RFPs they are looking for operators who have experience running businesses similar to the ones they are proposing and have been in operation for at least two years within the past five years. According to the documents, any final lease will be negotiated by and between the center and the chosen tenant, with final approval the discretion of the center’s board of directors and its lenders. All bids are due to the center by 5 p.m. Monday, February 7. Applicants are required to submit a $5,000 security check with their proposal submissions.▼ For more information, visit the center’s website at www.sfcenter.org.

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Honoring King’s legacy an Francisco Imperial Court Emperor XXXVI John Weber, second from left, announced the recipients of the inaugural Sylvester Awards at his Power of One community event celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held Saturday, January 15 at Trigger bar. Awardees included drag performer BeBe Sweetbriar, left; Kyriell Noon, executive director of the Stop AIDS Project, second from right; and mayoral candidate former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, left. Also on hand was state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), center, who presented certificates of recognition to the awardees.

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PAWS has a new home rom their new permanent headquarters in San Francisco’s Mission District, Pets Are Wonderful Support is now prepared to serve more clients – and their furry friends – than ever before. Founded in 1987 to serve HIV patients and their pets, PAWS has expanded to fill a unique niche in the lives of the disabled and elderly. The program was born at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation when it was noticed that many clients gave their own food rations to their companion animals. As any animal guardian will attest,

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their death,” Soles recalled. “I called PAWS my guardian angels.” For years, PAWS was forced to move frequently as rents increased and landlords balked at the presence of animals. But now, PAWS owns its newlyrenovated headquarters at 3170 23rd Street. A capital campaign raised the $1.7 million necessary to buy the former warehouse and the $300,000 necessary to renovate. The Petco Foundation donated $250,000, and $125,000 worth of furniture was donated by Sidemark and Teknion. Other large donors include Wells Fargo and Pet Food Express. “Our mortgage is half of what our rent was,” said Lipp. PAWS will officially hold a grand opening this Saturday, January 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., with behind-thescenes tours, prize drawings, and plenty of treats for pets. Staffers plan to open their doors for more community-based and educational events in the coming months, and hope to invite guest speakers and obedience trainers. Currently, PAWS boasts 475 volunteers, but more are always needed. “I’ve had people tell me that they felt suicidal, and then they got a dog or cat,” said Lipp. “And suddenly, they needed to take care of themselves so they could take care of their pet.”▼

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paper and it looks like at least a twoto four-month wait to get any taxes back.” According to California’s tax codes, community property is any income each person in a domestic partnership or legally recognized marriage earns during the course of the year. Along with wages, it can include income from a business or real estate holdings co-owned by the couple. Last May the IRS issued a memorandum stating it would recognize the community property earned by domestic partners in California the same way as it does for heterosexual married

pets provide invaluable emotional support. And for low-income, medically vulnerable individuals, that support can translate into crucial health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing depression. “We get phone calls all the time from people whose doctors say, ‘you really need to get a pet,’” said PAWS President and CEO John Lipp. That’s where his organization steps in, with services that range from helping clients find the right pet to providing food and vaccines to dispatching volunteer dog-walkers to helping to pay for emergency vet care. Phoenix Blackheart depends on PAWS for help with vet bills. Because of a weakened heart valve, doctors recommended four years ago that he get a dog to help him exercise. These days, he takes his terrier Dusty on long daily walks around Alamo Square. “Thank God for PAWS, because they provide the dynamite pet care from Pets Unlimited,” Blackheart said. “Dusty has given me the will to really take care of myself and live life.” That sentiment was echoed by Kenny Soles. PAWS volunteers helped him get service tags for Sheba, his black lab mix, and also provided support when his previous pets, two cats named Conrad and Minerva, passed away. “They were there to check in with me and see how I was dealing with

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in taxes. There is also more paperwork and calculations involved in preparing the returns, so LGBT couples are also being hit with higher tax preparation costs. “I have done 70 returns representing 15 or 16 couples. It has not been easy, there have been a lot of delays,” said Campbell City Councilman Rich Waterman, a CPA who owns his own firm. “One of the big issues right now is it doesn’t look like we will be able to e-file returns. You have to put in by

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SF Pride boards expand; key staffer leaves by Seth Hemmelgarn he San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is welcoming new people to its boards even as a key staffer has departed after only a few months with the organization. The additions follow an assessment from the city controller’s office, released last month, that put Pride’s debt at $225,000 and made several recommendations, including that the board of directors should expand, be responsible for meeting yearly fundraising goals, and receive training to gain better financial oversight skills. The Pride organization puts on one of the world’s largest LGBT events, which is to take place in just over five months. Alex Randolph, who’s worked for former mayor and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as out former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, has joined Pride’s board of directors. Randolph said he’s a “person of color” with “a very diverse background” and “an extensive network of contacts.” He said that network could be used for fundraising and recruiting potential new board members. Pride’s board of directors can include up to 15 people. Along with Randolph, Stanford University staffer Reggie Johnson was also appointed to the board in January, according to board Chair Nikki Calma. That gives the board seven members. Johnson said that his job at Stanford as a benefits services analyst includes managing a budget. Several people have also joined past Pride board President Joey Cain on the newly formed community advisory board. According to Calma, they are: Anna Damiani, a longtime aide to out state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco); John Lipp, president and CEO of Pets Are Wonderful Support; Andrea Shorter, marriage and coalitions director for Equality California; and attorney Julius Turman, a former cochair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Lipp said he hasn’t seen the final job description for the community advisers, but he said, “My assumption is we’ll all be expected to look for opportunities to help increase revenue for Pride.” As far as how Pride will pay for this year, Lipp said, “I think they’re going to have to put together a realistic budget for this year’s event and be very aggressive in fundraising and reaching out to their supporters.” Pride still owes his agency about $2,600, but he said he’s “99 percent sure” that PAWS will return as a beverage partner this year. Damiani also confirmed she’s joined the advisory board. Phone messages for Shorter and Turman were not returned. Despite the additions, Pride could still face challenges in pulling its financial situation together.

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couples who file separate federal tax returns. Up until early October the IRS said the new policy would be optional for the 2010 tax filings. But then the federal agency reportedly switched course, and according to LGBT advocates, it will now be required for the 2010 tax returns due by April 18. (The usual April 15 deadline is being extended this year because of a holiday in Washington, D.C.) “The info we had from the IRS was that 2010 was going to be optional whether you had to split community income. We then received informal

People danced on top of a trash container at last year’s LGBT Pride festival in Civic Center Plaza.

As previously reported, Jamie Fountain, the group’s treasurer, has essentially admitted that he and other longtime board members are incapable of overseeing the group’s finances. In addition, Eddie Valtierra, who had just been hired last August as Pride’s sponsorship director, has left the organization. Along with other paid staff, Valtierra had been on furlough since December. Other staffers are expected to return in February. Valtierra declined an interview request for this story. In response to e-mailed questions, Calma wouldn’t comment specifically on why Valtierra had left but indicated his resignation was effective January 3. She said a consultant is being hired for the sponsorship director position. Calma said, “This is the ripe time to start negotiations with sponsors,” and that the board of directors has been meeting with major sponsors since December. She wouldn’t say which sponsors, if any, have made commitments. Pride’s also looking for an interim executive director who will focus on sponsorship, fundraising, and leadership of the organization until September, she said. Fountain said in a December 28 email that Pride’s deficit was at about $212,000, and that the group had approximately $17,000 in the bank. He didn’t respond to an e-mailed request for updated figures this week. (Calma ignored a question about the deficit, and said Fountain was out of town.)

Trevor Project plans to take part In some other good news, the Trevor Project, a national organization that runs a hotline for LGBT and questioning youth, has been confirmed as a 2011 organizational grand marshal and as part of the lead parade Scontingent. Trevor Project Executive Director and CEO Charles Robbins said the group was “honored that people care about young people and their safety.” For more information on this year’s Pride festivities, June 25-26, visit www.sfpride.org. ▼ communication from the IRS it was going to take the position that 2010 was mandatory,” said Peter Renn, a staff attorney with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. “They say they are not going to issue another memorandum to clarify the issue.” IRS spokesman Jesse Weller told the Bay Area Reporter that he could not comment. “I would not be able to comment beyond the written guidance,” he said. The IRS did update some of its publications, such as the 1040EZ instructions and Publication 17, and have provided clarification on some of the issues, Renn told the B.A.R. this month.

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House madness ouse Republicans continue to prove that the GOP is the “party of no.” Even as most Americans, and certainly many LGBT Americans, want Congress to focus on strengthening the economy and job creation, House Republicans this week began debate on a bill to repeal health care reform, the Affordable Care Act. Yes, they know the bill won’t go anywhere, because the Senate is still controlled by Democrats and President Barack Obama has said he will veto such a measure. So why take up debate? There are a couple of reasons. First, many of the Republicans ran angry campaigns and called for health care to be repealed. They won, so now they need to deliver for the folks back home, even if they know repeal won’t happen. Second, in an effort to weaken Obama as he gears up for re-election next year, Republican congressional leaders can focus on the Affordable Care Act, which is not well understood by many Americans. We wonder if Americans have enough information to understand what would happen if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. While it is true that most of the major changes won’t go into effect until 2014, some provisions of the law were enacted last year. Now, insurers can no longer limit lifetime coverage to a fixed dollar amount or take away coverage because of a mistake on an application. Significantly, young adults up to the age of 26 have the option of staying on their parents’ coverage if they lack access to job-based insurance of their own. And insurers cannot deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. As health care costs continue to increase in California and the nation, do people really want to dismantle a program that hasn’t even been fully implemented yet? If you don’t think that the cost of access to health care is out of control, consider that Blue Shield of California has announced that it will raise rates in California by as much as 59 percent as of March 1, and the state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, is powerless to stop it. His office is reviewing the proposal and he asked the company to hold off; Blue Shield declined. Once the full range of changes in health care reform are enacted in 2014, all Americans living

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last fall, several trans leaders in the city expect the with pre-existing conditions will be able to get policy to be changed. the health coverage they need, as insurers will not Likewise, there are no LGBT-specific provibe able to deny them coverage. According to an sions in the national health care reform law. But analysis from the Department of Health some of us have pre-existing conditions and Human Services, repealing the law and the ending of lifetime caps on those would “once again leave millions of with chronic health needs will help those Americans worrying about whether living with HIV/AIDS. coverage will be there when they Most alarming is that House Republineed it.” cans won’t stop with their symbolic vote. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius After that is done, they are expected to try also noted that right now many uninsured to take apart the law piece by piece. people with pre-existing conditions have enOn Tuesday, the president issued rolled in the temporary high-risk a statement indicating that he is willpool that provides private insurance. E DITORIAL ing to work with Democrats and ReWe have seen – albeit on a much publicans to improve the Affordable smaller scale – the benefits of providCare Act. “But we can’t go backwards,” he said. ing health insurance to the uninsured through That’s right. Health care passed with virtualthe Healthy San Francisco program. As of Dely no GOP support. Obama shouldn’t comprocember 31, the program enrolled 55,189 San mise his signature legislative victory by carving Franciscans, divided almost evenly by gender. out chunks of it to satisfy Republicans. The presThe program excludes sexual reassignment serident must stand firm.▼ vices for transgender people, but, as we reported

A witness to history by Zoe Dunning [Editor’s note: Today, (Thursday, January 20) marks the two-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s presidency. The Bay Area Reporter asked retired U.S. Navy Commander Zoe Dunning to share her thoughts about participating in one of the most significant highlights of his administration; the historic signing of the repeal of the unfair and unjust “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.] n December 22, I exited my cab in front of the Interior Department building in Washington, D.C. It was 6:40 a.m., pitch black, and cold. Groggy and chilled, I paid the driver and looked up to see a long line forming around the block. Everyone was waiting to get into the building’s auditorium and witness the historic presidential signing ceremony for the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010. G UEST Our community has had victories before, but they often seem piecemeal or temporary. We win marriage equality in one state only to have it voted down in another. We win a judicial ruling, but it is appealed to another court, tossed around like a hot potato. In contrast, this day had the feeling of irreversible accomplishment. We did it! As I walked past the growing crowd to get in line, I could feel the electricity in the air. I recognized and greeted people who had a major role in this battle the past 20 years – Democratic activist David Mixner, Lieutenant Colonel Victor Fehrenbach, Major Margaret Witt, Pat Kutteles (the mother of slain Private First Class Barry Winchell) and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network co-founder Dixon Osburn, to name a few. For me, this was the culmination of a personal journey I began 18 years ago when William Jefferson Clinton was sworn in as our 42nd president. Three days before his inauguration I relied on his campaign pledge to lift the ban on gay military service and came out as a lesbian Naval officer at a political rally in front of Moffett Field. I came out because of my frustration that LGBT service members directly impacted by the ban were forced to remain silent. In that moment in 1993, I felt a strong responsibility to bring a voice to the thousands with-

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out a voice, and bring our experience into the national debate. The rest, as they say, is history. The military began discharge proceedings against me, and President Clinton gave us the failed DADT law. I was a fortunate exception – I won retention, only to have my legal defense strategy deemed off limits by the Pentagon for use in any future cases. Unable to challenge the constitutionality of DADT, I went on to build a 13-year record of openly gay and proud service all the while demonstrating close working relationships with my fellow colleagues and shipmates. Because of my personal story and my continued activism on DADT, I was honored to be invited to stand next to President Obama as he signed the bill. The most precious gift I received from that opportunity on stage was the perspective to look out at a room of brave heroes like Grethe Cammermeyer, Justin O PINION Elzie, Dan Choi, Miriam BenShalom and countless others who helped make this day happen. I witnessed jubilant smiles, tears of pain, tears of joy, and moments of healing. It was a magical place and time. What lies ahead? Although a significant victory, we cannot hoist any premature “Mission Accomplished” banners yet. LGBT service members are still not free to be open, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel. Soon, likely in the next three to four months, all the administrative hurdles will be cleared and patriotic LGB men and women can serve openly. We must not forget our transgender brothers and sisters – there are military medical regulations and statutes that still need to be addressed to secure full equality. As history has shown with racial and gender integration of the military, signing a document does not ensure equality. We must remain vigilant to ensure the Pentagon’s implementation of DADT repeal is fair and thorough. We have repealed a law mandating institutional discrimination, but bias against LGBT service members will continue to exist in pockets of the military. Groups like OutServe, a network of over 2,000 active duty LGBT service members, will be crucial as our eyes and ears in the field reporting how implementation is really going.

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Four days prior to the historic presidential signing ceremony, I was at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center with fellow veterans and activists to witness the Senate DADT repeal vote via television. Following the vote, a young man came up to me, shook my hand, and introduced himself. He is an active duty Airman who has served for 11 years, including three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He looked me in my eyes with tears of gratitude and relief and said simply, “Thank you!” He gave me a bear hug and kept whispering in my ear, “Thank you, thank you, thank you ...” These are the moments that remind me why we do the work we do. Through all the rhetoric and the many setbacks, we must never lose sight of who is depending on us to succeed. This was a historic victory not only for our community but for our country – let us savor it for a few more sweet moments before we brush ourselves off and continue the fight doing the work we must do until full equality is achieved.▼ Retired U.S. Navy Commander Zoe Dunning led the fight to repeal DADT. Until her retirement four years ago, she was the only openly gay service member serving her country. Dunning is co-chair of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and works as a change management consultant. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Pam Grey.


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Lesbian SF judge retires after groundbreaking career judges in California. “We don’t even have any out folks that I am aware of on the Court of Appeals yet, so I think that is an important first step,” said Hitchens, adding that she believes Governor Jerry Brown will make such an appointment during the course of his four-year term. “I am hopeful it will happen.”

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During this year’s San Francisco Interfaith Council event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 17, former city Supervisor the Reverend Amos Brown told the crowd that were the Retired Superior Court Judge civil rights leader alive today, he Donna Hitchens would be fighting homophobia and supportive of marriage equality. said. “I think that just collectively, the “And Dr. Brown challenged the relesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual ligious leadership of SF sitting on the community has been very active in dais, including Archbishop Niedereducating the public. I would like to auer, to address homophobia and think I was able to do some of that said that he respects the right of any as my tenure as a judge.” religious institution not to perform Hitchens said she supports the same-sex marriages – but that these current push to require the goverbeliefs should NOT extend to civil nor’s judicial appointments secretary marriage, ‘we do not live in a theocto ask judicial nominees about racy, we live in a democracy,’” out fortheir sexual orientation and mer Supervisor Bevan Dufty posted report how many on his Facebook account. LGBT judges are seDufty was referring to George lected. Currently, only Hugh Niederauer, the archbishop the appointment of miof San Francisco. In 2008 the nority judges is tallied Catholic leader enlisted the and reported by the goverhelp of the Mormon Church nor’s office. in Utah, where he formally “I would like served, in passto see that. I think ing Proposition P OLITICAL N OTEBOOK 8, the state initiait would be very important to tive banning track lesbian and same-sex marriage in California. gay judges. When you look at the diIn a phone interview with the versity of so many communities in B.A.R., Brown said he personally California, it is just as important to knew King and his family. He said he know about gay and lesbian judges felt that the local religious leaders in terms of recognizing the diversity needed to be pushed on the issue of of life experience that people bring LGBT rights. to the bench,” said Hitchens. “And I “For too long particularly the exthink it is important that the comtreme right of the Republican Party munity be able to look at counties and the faith community have made where perhaps gay and lesbian this a wedge issue in this country,” judges are not being appointed and said Brown, whose own views tobe able to advocate in those commuward LGBT rights have evolved over nities where there is much less diverthe years. sity and representation.” He said religious leaders should Asked if she is interested in being practice what they preach. selected for the soon-to-be vacancy on “You don’t want people being the state’s Supreme Court, Hitchens mean to you because you are differwas quick to say, “No thank you” ent because you are Catholic or Jew“I am too old. He needs to apish. Well, don’t go around being point somebody who has a longer mean to gays and lesbians because tenure,” she said. they are gay and lesbian,” said She doubted an out person would Brown. be tapped for the seat considering page 6 there are no out state appellate court

ext week friends and family will gather to toast the retirement of San Francisco Superior Court Judge Donna Hitchens, who became the first out person in the United States to be elected a judge when she won her seat on the local bench in 1990. Technically, Hitchens isn’t completely gone from the courtroom. Even though she officially retired last November 7, she continues to work part-time and hear juvenile cases when the local court needs someone to fill in. In a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter, Hitchens said she decided to retire because, having surpassed the 20-year mark working for the state, she had maxed out on her pension benefits, yet she was still being docked 8 percent of her salary. “I am in a situation where I can retire and go in and substitute judge when they need an extra person. It ends up I am working five or eights days a month, so it is perfect,” said Hitchens, 63, who is married to Superior Court Judge Nancy Davis. Hitchens, who served one year as the court’s presiding judge, graduated from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1977. She then helped launch the Lesbian Rights Project, which would later become the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She has been heralded for her work in making the legal system more accessible for LGBT individuals, women, youth, and low-income people. Over the years she has won numerous awards for her judicial work and advocacy. There is no one case that particularly stands out for Hitchens over her career. She said she enjoyed each and every day presiding over her courtroom. “I was never bored. It always challenged me, both intellectually and my humanity to try to abide by the law and also do what was right for the people in front of me,” she said. “It’s been a wonderful journey.” Her decision to seek a judicial post, at a time when out people could not be appointed to the bench in California, has broken barriers and opened the door for more than a dozen other LGBT people to become judges, most recently the country’s first out transgender elected trial judge in Alameda County. “I am just incredibly proud of the amount of change that has happened over the last 20 years,” she

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an Francisco Superior Court Judge Linda Colfax, left, held her induction ceremony Friday, January 14 before a full house in the Milton Marks Auditorium at the State Building. San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Collins administered the oath of office. Colfax, an out lesbian, won election to the open seat in last June’s primary.

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ix of the participants of “Just Because There’s No Reason,” an informal, spontaneous group dedicated to drag and promoting fun, pose in front of the Edge, their home base in the Castro, on Sunday, January 16, which was the bar’s last day of operation, at least in its present location. Bar owner Don McMartin and building owner John Tran were unable to renegotiate the bar’s lease. McMartin, who noted the Edge had been in operation for 20 years, hopes to reopen in another location.

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Obituaries >> Carl Michael “Carlotta” Alfrey January 30, 1950 – December 24, 2010

The 29th Royal House of Harmony and Happiness, Her Royal Sovereign Majesty, The Golden Mermaid, Grand Duchess XXIX of San Francisco, passed on Christmas Eve. He was preceded in death by her beloved Greg Osmon, Grand Duke XXVII. Carl Michael Alfrey moved to San Francisco in 1980. Born in Illinois in 1950, he had outlived his entire family. Carlotta struggled with a number of ailments, including lung cancer, which contributed to his death. He worked for many years in the retail business and attended Rock Valley Junior College and the School of Fine Arts in Chicago. Carl loved the Ducal Court and performing in the local bars with friends. His Royal House included Mother Herbie, Jonathan, Rosa, Avon Billy, Gerard, Alexis Love and Grand Duke Brad XXVIII. The day before Carl passed it was like talking to a long lost friend who had returned. Carl was upbeat, looking forward to the future. We said, “Welcome back.” He laughed, “See you on Christmas!” We take comfort in knowing his soul left us happy, strong and at peace and as always “graceful.” He and Greg are together again. All that is good. Join a celebration of his life, February 6 at

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Alice Club elects new co-chair As it prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary later this year, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club has elected a new co-chair to lead it and is criticizing the local party’s actions during last year’s election. At its meeting this month, the club installed longtime member Reese Aaron Isbell into the leadership post. He succeeds former Co-Chair Charles Sheehan and will work alongside Co-Chair Bentrish Satarzadeh. For the last seven years Isbell has worked for openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), first on his campaign and then as a district representative in his local office. Prior to that he led a statewide nonprofit focused on tuberculosis. He became involved with Alice when he first moved to San Francisco in 1999 and joined its board in 2004.

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Gene Benedict December 31, 1959 – December 22, 2010

Gene Benedict passed away from Hodgkin’s Disease on December 22, 2010 at UCSF. He was surrounded by his favorite sister Melody, brother Davie, best friend Christopher and his partner John and other friends. Born in Gary, Indiana, Gene’s family moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he graduated from high school. He moved to Florida in 1984, then San Francisco with his partner in 1998. In San Francisco, Gene enjoyed a great passion for motorcycling which he shared with great enthusiasm. He became “the best sweeper” for the Moto motorcycle club. Gene is greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors.

Jill E. Ramsay August 17, 1952 – December 31, 2010

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Jill Ramsay, who died after a brief illness. The best friend and lover of Gayle Atwell for more than 29 years. Jill will be missed

For the last two years he was its membership co-chair. His main focus this year will be on a possible special statewide election this spring, the fall races for mayor and district attorney, and helping plan the club’s commemorations of its four decades impacting local politics. “We are putting together a special committee to plan for our 40th activities. It may be a series of activities over the next two years highlighting Alice’s role the last 40 years and where we are going next,” said Isbell. “Often, the perception in the media is that Alice is the moderate club where [the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club] is the progressive club. The reality is we are more broad-based. We have progressives and moderates on our board and in the club.” Yet the club is taking on the progressive-led local Democratic Party for what it considers to be unfounded attacks against moderate supervisor candidates in last fall’s elections. It has asked the Democratic County

but should be remembered for her boundless generosity of spirit, her caring and kind soul, and a personality that could knock your socks off. Jill reached out to so many people, especially those disabled and overlooked by society. She was a breath of fresh air for isolated seniors at Laguna Honda Hospital, New Leaf Outreach programs for LGBT seniors, and countless students and co-workers at CCSF Disabled Student Programs and Services for more than ten years. In memory of Jill, these thoughts are shared: “Hold fast to our memories, to all the cherished moments of the past, to the blessings and laughter, the joys and celebrations, the sorrow and the tears. They add up to a treasure of fond yesterdays that you shared and spent together, and they keep the one you loved close to you in spirit and thought. The special moments and memories in your life will never change. They will always be in your heart, today and forever.” A celebration of life will be held February 18, 2011 from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at Harding Golf Course, Lakeview Terrance Room.

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Central Committee to review the role it played at its meeting January 26.

LGBT outdoors group to be honored And congrats to the local chapter of Gay and Lesbian Sierrans, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The outdoors group for LGBT individuals is expected to be honored today (Thursday, January 20) by the city’s Recreation and Park Commission for its long-term involvement with habitat restoration work at Corona Heights. The meeting is set to take place at 2 p.m. in Room 416 at City Hall.▼

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by Lisa Keen he U.S. Department of Justice filed its brief January 13 with a federal appeals court that will hear the government’s appeal of two district court decisions that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The cases are Nancy Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, brought by Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, brought by the state. DOJ, led by Assistant Attorney General Tony West, argued that U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro in Boston erred last year in finding one section of DOMA unconstitutional. The department also argued that “back-and-forth changes” such as those experienced by California concerning the recognition of same-sex marriages “have the potential to cause inequities in the operation of federal programs, and could result in administrative difficulties across a variety of federal programs.” “Should [a federal] agency begin awarding benefits in response to court decisions that might later be overturned?” asks the brief. “How should the agency treat a couple who is married, then moves to a state where that marriage is not recognized? These questions highlight the administrative difficulties that federal agencies might face if federal law were automatically tied to state law in an area subject to substantial and sometimes rapid change.” Mary Bonauto, civil rights director at GLAD, said the “touchstone is whether the marriage is valid under state law.” “Even if a state reversed itself on marriage licensing for same-sex couples by passing an amendment, as happened in California,” said Bonau-

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to, “that change does not affect the validity of the existing marriages.” In response to the concern about same-sex couples moving from one state to another, Bonauto said, “The general rule is that if a couple is considered married in the state of their residence at the time they apply for a federal marital benefit, then they are married for purposes of that benefit even if they later move to a state that disrespects their marriage.” Last July, Tauro ruled, in Gill, that DOMA violates the equal protection and due process rights in the U.S. Constitution, and, in Massachusetts, that DOMA violates the 10th Amendment right to exercise control of certain state issues. Evan Wolfson, head of the national Freedom to Marry group, said he “regrets” DOJ “continues to defend a law that President Obama has repeatedly said is discriminatory.” “Also disappointing is that the Justice Department is urging the court to give this discriminatory law a presumption of constitutionality,” said Wolfson. “... The Justice Department should be asking the courts to examine DOMA with skeptical eyes, not rubberstamp discrimination.” DOJ’s brief argues that the appeals court should use only the most minimal standard – rational basis – in scrutinizing the reasons the government gives to justify DOMA’s ban on recognition of married same-sex couples when it comes to having access to federal benefits made available to married straight couples. It then claims that the rational justifications behind DOMA are: to preserve a national status quo at the federal level regarding marriage; to ensure “uniform application” of federal law regarding marriage benefits, and; to show respect for each state’s sovereignty in developing its own policy concerning marriage. The latter justification will proba-

SF LGBT rights panel seeks members compiled by Cynthia Laird he San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s LGBT advisory committee is seeking new members. One of four standing committees, the LGBT advisory committee is one of the most active; it identifies and addresses issues and concerns of the LGBT, HIV, and intersex communities in the city. The committee is looking for members who are community activists knowledgeable and skilled in such areas as racism, HIV/AIDS, anti-violence, civil rights, class, disability, diversity, gender, women’s, senior, and youth issues. Applicants must be San N EWS Francisco residents and must make a firm commitment to attend meetings on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m., and to spend additional time on special projects as needed. Commission Chair Cecilia Chung heads the committee. Interested persons must send a letter (by mail, fax, e-mail, or personal delivery) detailing why they would like to serve on the committee, their community involvement and areas of expertise, and any other qualities they could bring to the post. Applications can also be submitted via the commission’s website at www.sf-hrc.org. The deadline for correspondence to be received is Friday, January 28 at 5 p.m. Letters should be addressed to: Nadia Babella, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94102-

‘Men Connecting’ workshop It’s a new year and that means that UCSF AIDS Health Project is ready with new workshops for gay and bisexual men. The first one is Friday, January 21 and is entitled, “2011: It’s a New Year! What Do We Want?” It takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the AHP Services Center, 1930 Market Street in San Francisco. In the workshop, participants will explore what they want from dating, relationships, sex, and friendships. This is part one of AHP’s “Men ConnectB RIEFS ing” workshops, parts two and three will be held February 25 and March 18. The sessions are open to gay and bi men regardless of HIV status. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling (415) 476-6448, ext. 1. For more information about AHP, visit www.ucsf-ahp.org.

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Mary Bonauto, civil rights director of Gays and Lesbians Advocates and Defenders.

bly make for an interesting discussion before a three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals later this year. The 1st Circuit is located in Boston, which famously became the first state to honor its state constitutional mandate of equal protection with regards to the issuance of marriage licenses. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office argued, in its district court brief, that DOMA is not showing respect for the sovereignty of Massachusetts. “Instead, Congress chose to force Massachusetts (and other states) to violate the equal protection rights of its citizens or risk federal funding,” argued Massachusetts’ brief. “That is not neutrality; rather, it significantly burdens the ability of states to adopt any definition of marriage that does not match the federal one. ...” But while arguing that Congress

needs to show respect for each state’s sovereignty, DOJ also argues Congress “could” reasonably conclude that a “uniform federal definition for the purposes of federal law would most consistently address variations between states that permit same-sex marriage and those that do not.” “Without DOMA,” said DOJ, “federal benefits would vary for same-sex couples from state to state.” Of course, that’s true for heterosexual couples, too. Only those straight couples who are married are eligible to receive federal marriage benefits. But DOJ added that “while it may be preferable as a policy matter for Congress to have provided the same benefits to all married couples, the uniform path that Congress chose was permissible.” DOMA was introduced by thenRepresentative Bob Barr (R-Georgia) and signed into law in 1996 by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Wolfson noted that both have since “repudiated” the law. GLAD and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office both filed lawsuits challenging DOMA’s Section 3, which limits the definition of marriage for federal purposes to one man and one woman. There are three other cases challenging DOMA now in the federal courts. GLAD and the ACLU also filed two other lawsuits challenging DOMA – Pederson v. OPM in a Connecticut federal district court and Windsor v. U.S. in a New York federal district court. Both of these cases, if appealed, will come before the 2nd District U.S. Court of Appeals. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund argued its case, Karen Golinksi v. OPM, in federal district court in San Francisco last month. In that case, Lambda’s marriage project director Jennifer Pizer is arguing that 9th Circuit court employee Golinski should be able to obtain health cov-

erage for her same-sex spouse the same as other federal court employees can obtain for their spouses. OPM, headed by openly gay appointee John Berry, instructed the 9th Circuit’s employee insurance carrier not to enroll Golinski’s same-sex spouse for coverage. The case is awaiting a decision from U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White, an appointee of President George W. Bush.▼


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AOF still behind on payments by Seth Hemmelgarn s movie fans anxiously wait for Tuesday, January 25, when the Academy Award nominations will be announced, groups that have partnered with San Francisco’s Academy of Friends are waiting, too. For their money. The 11 community partners from the 2010 gala seem to be patient, but it appears that more than $100,000 that AOF had pledged to them remains to be paid. AOF’s supposed to meet with

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beneficiaries today (Thursday, January 20) to provide an update, according to one of the partners. AOF, well known for its pricey Academy Awards gala, has contributed more than $8.5 million to Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations over the years. This year’s gala will be Sunday, February 27, the night Oscar winners are announced. Funds for the beneficiaries have typically come from individual gifts, corporate grants, gala ticket sales, and other sources. Through sales of raffle tickets, gala tickets, or other underwriting, beneficiaries have been required to raise 25 percent of their pledged grant. They also have provided volunteers who set up for the gala, distribute posters, and perform other tasks. Ten of the 11 beneficiaries from 2010 have agreed to be beneficiaries again in 2011, according to AOF. For 2011, partners won’t be obligated to perform previous duties. Also, AOF isn’t accepting new beneficiaries for the year as it works to pay off the 2010 organizations. Board member Jon Finck told the Bay Area Reporter in November that about $180,000 remained to be paid to AOF’s current beneficiaries. In a January 4 e-mail to the B.A.R., board Chair Alan Keith said the group remains “committed and on target” to pay all beneficiaries by May 31. The last payment was made December 29, he said, but he wouldn’t say how much remained to be paid. He wasn’t available to be interviewed for this story. Beneficiary organizations contacted for this story said they had seen payments recently. Dan Van Gorder, executive director of Project Inform, said they received a check for $2,750 on December 31. That leaves $13,000 remaining to be paid on the $20,000 pledged to them.

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serve them. The CAEAR Coalition is a leading advocacy group for the Ryan White CARE Act , which generates more than $20 million annually for Bay Area AIDS care and services. CAEAR’s annual partnership awards reception will honor Project Inform, Ernest Hopkins of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and others. Lee Hawn, the husband of the late Randy Allgaier, will accept CAEAR’s posthumous award to Allgaier for his extraordinary contributions to national policy work and federal funding advocacy. “We are all deeply moved by CAEAR’s decision to honor Randy with this national recognition,” said

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A statue at the 2000 Academy of Friends Oscar Gala.

Keith said in his e-mail earlier this month, “... [N]othing is ‘owed’ as grants to beneficiaries are tied to the relative success of fundraising efforts.” Asked about Keith’s comment, Van Gorder said, “There is a contract, and contracts of course always allow parties to terminate if they have to. Clearly if the dollars were simply not there, the contract would probably be unenforceable, so on a technical level he may be right.” However, he said, “Everything that they have communicated to us both individually and in meetings seems to suggest that on some moral level, if you wish, they intend to uphold their agreement with us.” According to AOF, the only group that’s decided not to return is the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Executive Director Rebecca Rolfe said they’re not returning because “We felt like we had a lot on our calendar this year.” Rolfe said the center received a payment December 29 for $875. The center is still waiting for about $6,700 of the $10,000 pledged to them. Even though they’re not partnering for 2011, Rolfe said AOF has committed to paying the rest. AOF will have a reception Tuesday to “toast” this year’s Oscar nominees. Admission is $20 for the public. The event takes place at Osha Thai, 4 Embarcadero Center from 6 to 8 p.m.▼

Mike Smith, executive director of AIDS Emergency Fund and a national board member of the CAEAR Coalition, who is chairing the local host committee for the meeting and awards reception. In Allgaier’s memory, CAEAR will be announcing the creation of the Randy Allgaier Positive Voices Fund, which will provide travel stipends for people living with HIV/AIDS to participate in CAEAR Coalition lobbying visits on Capitol Hill, a cause that was particularly important to him. The awards reception will be held Monday, 6:30 p.m. in the South Light Court of San Francisco City Hall. Ticket are $100 at www.caear.org or at the door. Allgaier’s memorial is Sunday, January 23 at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1300 Polk Street (at Bush).▼


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said Cohen. “It was one of the most moving times of my life. City Hall was rocking with love. It was an absolutely beautiful time to be living in San Francisco and be part of that history.” Although she had worked on Newsom’s mayoral campaign, Cohen said his decision to order city officials to grant marriage licenses to same-sex marriages caught her off guard. “Yeah, it came as a surprise, a pleasant one, yeah,” said Cohen. “The most surprising thing was how it just caught on and people were coming from all over the U.S. I remember getting dressed in the morning and watching Channel 2 news and seeing people camping out all night. Walking past the people in line, they would cheer. It was just a love fest, a great day.” Her comfortableness with various sexual orientations is largely due to her upbringing in San Francisco, said Cohen, who pointed to the LGBT community’s street fairs such as Pride and Folsom Street as helping to educate her about the issue. “When you grow up with Pride right in your backyard and the Folsom Street Fair in your backyard, it is part of your everyday life ethos,” said Cohen. “It is just normal.” The last several years Cohen has walked in the Pride Parade with other politicians’ contingents, whether it be Newsom or openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Now she is already planning for her own contingent in this year’s Pride parade. “We have been talking about that absolutely,” said Cohen, adding that she has friends “who drive up from Los Angeles for their annual pilgrimage to Pride.” With the Pride Committee struggling to pay off debts it incurred from the 2010 event and looking to city leaders for help, Cohen said she has yet to make any determination on what the best approach might be in terms of city assistance. But she pledged her help in seeing the outdoor event continue to be successful. “I do think the Pride Parade is very much a part of San Francisco. We as a city family should do what we can to support Pride,” said Cohen. “From my perspective as a user, as someone who has walked in the parade for years ... I see it as I know I spend a lot of money. That meat on a stick is a winner as far as I am concerned.”

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In office less than two weeks, Cohen said it is too soon for her to make any policy decisions about the city fees that Pride and other street fairs and festivals pay. “I don’t know how much it costs to run the parade or Folsom Street Fair or any of the events,” she said. “I haven’t seen any policy proposals and haven’t dedicated any mind space to coming up with a policy. We are all in economic crisis. Everyone who lives in the city is probably feeling the pinch.” Her main concerns for now are grappling with the city’s estimated $400 million budget deficit and escalating pension costs. She wants to see more help be given to small businesses in the city and has made job creation a number one concern. “I am concerned about jobs,” said Cohen, who believes that the city’s hosting the America’s Cup in 2013 will have a major impact in that regard. “It will bring jobs and put San Francisco again on the international stage. I am very exited about that.” She is also eager to see the continued redevelopment of the Third Street Corridor that runs through her district, as well as the build out of the old Naval Shipyard along the city’s eastern waterfront. “The southeast is in the process of a major breakthrough. We have major projects getting ready to get under way,” said Cohen. They will also hasten the demographic changes already taking place in her district, which was once dominated by African Americans and is now one-third Chinese American in population. LGBT families have also been moving into the area for its relatively modest priced housing. “I think that is a misperception, that it is the African American seat,” Cohen said of her District 10 seat on the board. “African Americans, just like LGBT people, live all over San Francisco in every single district from two all the way to 11. It is a little bit offensive and a misnomer when they say it. But I understand, historically, it was the largest bastion where African Americans was.” “I will be a fierce advocate for the residents of District 10, not just solely for the African American community and not just for the women’s community,” added Cohen. “That also includes the LGBT community and the API Asian community. We are one of the most ethically diverse parts of the city.”▼

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Specifically, Renn noted that the 1040EZ instructions now state, “A registered domestic partner in Nevada, Washington, or California (or a person in California who is married to a person of the same sex) generally must report half the combined community income earned by the individual and his or her domestic partner (or same-sex spouse).” And Publication 17 now similarly states, “A registered domestic partner in California, Nevada, or Washington must report half the combined community income earned by the individual and his or her domestic partner.” Renn said the changes in the federal documents are important for several reasons. “First, the IRS has now confirmed in writing that it considers incomesplitting to be mandatory for income earned in 2010 rather than optional. Second, the IRS has clarified that income-splitting applies not only to registered domestic partners in California, but also to registered domestic partners in Washington and Nevada. And, third, the IRS has now indicated that income-splitting applies equally to married same-sex couples and registered domestic partners in California,” wrote Renn in an e-mail. “I should note, however, that the IRS hasn’t yet completed updating all of its publications, so the issues are continuing to evolve. But what we have

seen so far suggests that the IRS is being consistent in how it treats same-sex couples regardless of whether they are spouses or registered domestic partners, and regardless of where they reside, so long as the state at issue has community property and recognizes same-sex relationships.” Next week there will be several workshops for people looking for help in understanding the new tax rules for domestic partners. On Monday, January 24 local accounting firm Marcum Stonefield is hosting a discussion about the new rules from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. at the City Club at 155 Sansome Street in downtown San Francisco. The talk is free but space is limited. To RSVP visit www.marcumllp .com/emails/events/IRS_DPPL/ irs-dppl-rsvp.html. The following night, on Tuesday, January 25, Lambda Legal is hosting a workshop about the tax changes. It will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Covington and Burling, One Front Street, 32nd Floor, in downtown San Francisco. Panelists will include attorney Frederick Hertz, who wrote the book Making It Legal: A Guide To SameSex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions; Deb Kinney with the DLK Law Group; and CPA Chris Kollaja with A.L. Nella and Co., LLP.▼ To RSVP, e-mail Anna Wipfler at awipfler@lambdalegal.org or call 212-809-8585 ext.286.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as FAMOOLY PRODUCTIONS,845 Treat Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Jose Leon. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/18/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/18/11.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as PRESTIGE TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS, 600 Persia Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Raul Lumbi. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/22/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/22/10.

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LEGAL NOTICES City and County of San Francisco For Papers January 20, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO NEWSPAPER OUTREACH ADVERTISING SURVEY The Board of Supervisors is evaluating the effectiveness of Outreach advertising. Please provide your comments at 415-554-7710 or email board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org. Please provide the publication name and date. FREE SERVICES OFFERED BY THE S. F. DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES Are you a single parent in San Francisco and in need of financial support for your children? Free services include: establishment of an order for the other parent to pay monetary child support, health insurance, medical expenses and child care costs, modification of an existing child support order, and collection of unpaid child support. We offer online case-opening and individualized appointment times. We’re located at 617 Mission Street. For a confidential consultation call (415) 356-2754 or e-mail us at sfdcss@sfgov.org. Visit us online at www.sfgov.org/dcss. THE S.F DEPT. OF BUILDING INSPECTION AND THE PLANNING DEPT. RFP DBI1-2011 - The Department of Building Inspection and the Planning Department are soliciting proposals for a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) solution for a City-wide Permit and Project Tracking System. The mandatory pre-proposal conference is Jan. 26, 2011 at 1660 Mission, Room 2001, 1:00 pm PST. Proposals are due March 2, 2011 by 2:00 pm PST at 1660 Mission, 6th floor. Additional instructions and RFP are at www.sfdbi.org or call (415) 558-6239. URBAN FOREST COUNCIL Meeting Schedule for January and February 2011 Friday, January 28, 2011 at City Hall, room 400 at 8:30am Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at City Hall, room 416 at 6:00pm COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT Upcoming Meeting Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at City Hall, room 416 at 5:00pm REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) OPERATOR-FUNDRAISER FOR THE INT’L AFRICAN MARKETPLACE (IAM) EVENT The Redevelopment Agency of the City and County of San Francisco ("Agency") is seeking qualified respondents to submit proposals for Operator-Fundraiser for the International African Marketplace Event at the Hunters Point Shipyard. Responses will be accepted until January 24, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. To obtain a copy of the RFP, please go to the Agency’s website: www.sfgov.org/sfra. If you have questions, please contact Gaynell Armstrong-McCurn at (415) 749-2593 or by email at gaynell.armstrong-mccurn@sfgov.org. 2010 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Come see your San Francisco government in action. Tuesdays, 2:00pm, City Hall Chamber, Room 250 January 25 • February 1, 8, 15 • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • April 5, 12, 19, 26 On January 8, 2011, the Honorable Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee, Assistant Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco administered the oath of office to four new Supervisors, and one re-elected Supervisor. The full Board of Supervisors consists of the following: District 1 – Eric L. Mar, District 2 – Mark Farrell, District 3 – David Chiu District 4 – Carmen Chu, District 5 – Ross Mirkarimi, District 6 – Jane Kim District 7 – Sean Elsbernd, District 8 – Scott Wiener, District 9 – David Campos, District 10 – Malia Cohen, District 11 – John Avalos The City and County of San Francisco encourage public outreach. Articles are translated into several languages to provide better public access. The newspaper makes every effort to translate the articles of general interest correctly. No liability is assumed by the City and County of San Francisco or the newspapers for errors and omissions.

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To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: HAZAL INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 1007 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94110-2930. Type of license applied for:

To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: IGOR LITVAK, ALEXANDRE TCHERNIKOV. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 427 S Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94103-3629. Type of license applied for:

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.WHIMSY MEDIA, 2.GIRLS THAT ROAM, 3.SIGNATURE NOTARY PUBLIC, 322 12th Avenue,#3,Street, San Francisco, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Heather Cassell. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/23/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/10.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033219000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as STAGE LOUNGE CATERING, 408 29th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Tom Basso. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/22/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/22/10.

DEC 30, 2010, JAN 06,13,20, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033192200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as NOBLE, 600 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Naresh Ahadhal. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/07/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/07/10.

DEC 30, 2010, JAN 06,13,20 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033214000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as ANNEX FUND MANAGEMENT, 14 Jersey Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Moe Alsumidaie. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/22/10.

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To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: VOLARE INVESTORS LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 561 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133-2801. Type of license applied for:

BAYAREAREPORTER SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY LAW DEPARTMENT SUMMONS FAMILY LAW NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: EDGAR KHACHATRYAN PETITIONERS NAME: YEVGENIA OSIPOVA AND CASE NO. FDI-10-773553 You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a response (Form FL-120 OR FL123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affection your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) or by contacting your local county bar association. The name and address of the Court are:

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT 400 MCALLISTER STREET, SF, CA 94102 THE NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE OF THE PETITIONER’S ATTORNEY: IRINA AEROV, 789 CABRILLO STREET, SF, CA 94118 415-387-9028 JAN.06,13,20,27, 2011

STATEMENT FILE A-033226000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE CAFE, 2369 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Suchitra Hutachuda. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/28/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/28/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033226400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as TRIPLE R EXPRESS, 1000 Franklin #401, San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Robert Rice. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/28/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/28/10.

STATEMENT FILE A-033220400

STATEMENT FILE A-033235300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as BETFAIR US, 201 Mission St., 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Martin Cruddace. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/03/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.BIKE AND ROLL SAN FRANCISCO, 2.ADVENTURE BICYCLE COMPANY, 899 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Darryll White. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/05. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/31/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033240500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as LINE UP, 398 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Leticia Luna. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/04/10.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033221800

STATEMENT FILE A-033239200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as SWEETOOTH STUDIOS, 2565 3rd St. Studio #303, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Alisha Wilson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as OZIMO, 3150 18th St. #429, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Richard Freitas. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/10.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033191300

STATEMENT FILE A-033232900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as MOSES LIMOUSINE SERVICES, 888 O’Farrell St. #W809, San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Musa Jaradie. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/07/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/07/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033236900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as PSR ENTERPRISES, 1522 Vandyke Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Michael Henry Jr. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/03/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/11.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033237000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE WINE SHERPA, 571 Pointe Pacific Dr. #3, Daly City, CA 94014. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Edmund Guelld. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/11.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033237500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as NORTH BEACH BAKING COMPANY, 1501 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed David Seto. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/11.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033238000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as MJR CONSTRUCTION, 255 Valdez Ave., San Francisco, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Matthew Ruffer. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/11.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033238000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as CHINATOUR.COM INTERNATIONAL, 918 Clement St. #101, San Francisco, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Bo Wang. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/21/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033222500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1. GIANT BOMB; 2. ANIME VICE; 3. COMIC VINE; 4. SCREENED; 5. TESTED; 921 Front St. #100, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Shelby Bonnie. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/2010. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011

The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE MAS METHOD, 425 1st St. #2802, San Francisco, CA 94105. This business is conducted by an indivisual, signed Jessica Mas. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/30/10 The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/30/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033243100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as SUN BEADS, 1650 11th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Li Li Zhang. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/04/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/04/11.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033241100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as COMAR LAW, 901 Mission St. #105, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Dave Inder Comar. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/03/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/04/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033233600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as LITTLE CITY DAYCARE, 443 Peninsula Ave., San Francisco, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Caitlin A. Sharp. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/30/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-032509400 The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as E2 TUTORING SERVICE, 2600 Judah St., San Francisco, CA 94122. This business was conducted by a limited liability company, signed Samuel Kwong Ho. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/28/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-11547411 In the matter of the application of PATRICK JOSEPH SHANAHAN for change of name. The application of PATRICK JOSEPH SHANAHAN for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that PATRICK JOSEPH SHANAHAN filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to FAUSTINO MENDONÇA. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 8th of March, 2011 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

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JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033243200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 5 STAR CARPET CLEANING, 7707 Geary Blvd.,Apt. 2, San Francisco, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Inadze Irakli. 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 01/04/11.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033242100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as SUN VALLEY PRODUCE COMPANY, 2000 McKinnon Ave.,Bldg. #417, San Francisco, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Kenny Eng. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/04/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/04/11.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033240800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as UNCOVER, 98 Martha Ave., San Francisco, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Samantha Bergeron. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/15/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/04/11.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033230700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BAY CITY SMOG, 4850 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Paul Li. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/21/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/29/10.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033243800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as ELECTRIFY, 3080 Alemany Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Catherine Wright. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/24/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/05/11.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033253400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE GARDEN OF IAN, 219 Brannan Street, Unit 14H, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Charles P. Ellington, lll. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/07/11.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011

STATEMENT FILE A-033262100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as GOLDEN GATE FLOORING, 1630 39th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Tony Phui. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/11/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/11/11.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033211700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as KOMATER ELECTRIC,214 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-3207. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Mark Komater. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/03/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/17/10.

JAN 13,20,27,FEB 3,2011 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-033103100 The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as BASIN, 310 Berry St., San Francisco, CA 94158. This business was conducted by a limited liability company, signed Man Mohan Sahi. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/25/10.

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Alice Ripley has a confrontation with her son (Curt Hansen) and husband (Asa Somers) in a tense moment in the SF-bound musical Next to Normal.

Singing the bipolar blues Craig Schwartz

Alice Ripley on playing Diana in ‘Next to Normal’ • by Richard Dodds

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Pulitzer Prize, and gained Ripley her first Tony Award for her performance. Ripley left the Broadway production while it was still running so she could lead the touring company opening Jan. 25 at the Curran Theatre. Why leave the comfort of home for months of hotel rooms and suitcases? “It’s a really nice gift to have this role right now,” she said, “and I couldn’t imagine letting someone else have the opportunity of bringing Diana to everybody else in the country.” Diana Goodman is a wife and mother whose onset of bipolar dis-

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he shower that Alice Ripley takes after each performance of Next to Normal is more than a typical hygienic exercise. It is part of her ritual of shedding the skin of the troubled character she portrays. “In the beginning, it could be hard to separate myself from Diana,” Ripley said of her Next to Normal character, “and over the months and now years that I’ve played her, I’ve had to keep reminding myself that I’m an actor and there is a way to do this. I’ve kind of figured out how to be just Alice.” At least until the curtain rises again, when Ripley remounts the emotional rollercoaster of a musical that has impressed critics, won the

Dangerous denizens Noir City 9 plays the Castro Theatre ~ by Tavo Amador ~ his year’s Noir City film festival at the Castro Theatre, running Jan. 21-30, includes many rarely seen, dark takes on human nature. Viewers will be looking over their shoulders on their way home from the screenings. Robert Taylor, MGM’s prettiest leading man of the 1930s, must climb a High Wall (1947) after combat-induced brain damage has him institutionalized for admitting he murdered his wife. Sexy, slightly cheap psychiatrist Audrey Totter wonders if he really is a killer, and, if not, who is. Directed by Curtis Bernardt. Lots of dark, rainy cinematography. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) is considered the first noir film. Appropriately, it stars the great, creepy Peter Lorre. An innocent man (noir veteran Elisha Cook, Jr.) is convicted of murder, based on reporter John McGuire’s mistaken testimony. In an amazing scene, the journalist dreams he’s the actual killer. His girlfriend (Margaret Tallichet) is determined to learn the truth. Directed in a wildly expressionistic style by Boris Ingster. (1/21)

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Worldwide homoerotic appeal by Roberto Friedman t’s always gratifying when an artist with a clearly homoerotic body of work finds international recognition and honors beyond the gay ghetto. That has definitely happened with Israeli contemporary artist Adi Nes, whose artfully contrived photos are homo-provocative and have nearuniversal appeal. Nes’ oversized photographs recreate classical scenes from famous paintings such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” restaged with Israeli soldiers or with Biblical personas re-imagined as Israeli homeless people. While his work exudes homoeroticism, it also raises issues of social justice. He has been exhibited at the Legion of Honor and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and was recently awarded the Jerusalem Prize for Arts & Letters. The accompanying photographs give some idea of the work. Nes has done commercial work for fashion and other media, and “Soldiers” is based on a cover photo that he did on com-

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mission for Life magazine. Nes will appear in conversation with Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation Arts & Culture associate director Donny Inbar on Feb. 1, 7 p.m., at the JCCSF, 3200 California St., SF. Tickets ($10-$20): (415) 292-1233 or www.jccsf.org/arts.

World views This has been our week of thinking globally. We made sure to catch director Duane Baughman’s Bhutto,

the documentary on the life of iconic Muslim leader Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. It was a fascinating look at her singular life as the daughter, then matriarch of a long political dynasty in Pakistan that truly has eerie parallels with the tragic saga of the Kennedys in the U.S. Bhutto assumed her family’s political mantle when her father, Pakistan’s first democratically elected president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was overthrown and executed by his handpicked Army Chief. She had two non-consecutive terms as Prime Minister, with both triumphs – eradicating polio in Pakistan – and strife, namely struggles with the Army and other elites. Bhutto was assassinated upon her return from exile in Dubai. Her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, is the current Pakistani President. He takes his place in the documentary’s quite impressive array of willing talking heads, including former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, now livO UT ing in exile in London; former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Benazir schoolmate Arianna Huffington; and Bhutto’s three children. Although we remember the Bhutto assassination and already had a basic understanding of the broad outlines of South Asian history, a lot of the film’s treacherous true story was new to us. It got us thinking how insular most of us really are about world events and other cultures. Maybe if we weren’t so self-involved and self-regarding, we’d more easily understand how other people around the world see us. For our part, we’re constantly amazed at the worldly cultural events

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“The Last Supper,” by Adi Nes.

“Soldiers,” detail, from Life magazine, by Adi Nes.

we’re privy to in the great Bay Area, and the international entertainers who come to our little burg to delight and excite us. Why, in just one glamorous evening last week under the antique spiegeltents of Teatro ZinZanni, Out There marveled to the talents of, among others, Swedish heartthrob Tobias Larsson, Swiss-American aerialists Sam Payne and Sandra Feusi, SF Opera Merola Opera grad Kristin Clayton, and, newly released from the wilds of New Mexico, original T HERE hilarious ZinZanni star Kevin Kent. All that, and dessert was parfait with French sour cherry gelee created by hot, hot pastry chef Yigit Pura, premiere season champion of Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts. Pura’s hometown is Ankara, Turkey, but for now he’s made SF his personal oyster. Talk about on top of the world.

Updating Stonewall Here’s a creative challenge from the good folks at PBS. The PBS series American Experience and WGBH Lab, a creative incubator for public media, have announced the Open Call video contest Stonewall Uprising and Gay Rights in 2011. They’re welcoming work from citizen reporters, journalists, video-bloggers, documentary storytellers, animators and new media-makers. The challenge is to show where Stonewall’s legacy in the gay rights movement is happening today. Five cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded, and the chosen best video, selected by WGBH Lab and a panel of judges, will premiere on American Experience following the April 25 TV broadcast of Stonewall Uprising, the acclaimed documentary on the history of the 1969 riots that sparked the fight for gay civil rights. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 14. Complete details are here: www.thewgbhlab.org/opencall/stonewall. The panel of judges includes performer Cyndi Lauper, whose “Give a Damn” campaign aims to raise awareness within the straight community of discrimination against LGBTs; and journalist Dan Savage,

whose “It Gets Better” campaign works to boost the morale of gay teenagers who have experienced bullying, which has created a national outpouring of support. Other judges include American Experience executive producer Mark Samels, Stonewall Uprising associate producer Eric Marcus, and Rosenblum Media founder Michael Rosenblum. On sort of the same subject, the American Library Association last week announced its Youth Media Award Winners, including the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, which is Almost Perfect, written by Brian Katcher, and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. The award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. Four honor books were also selected. They are will grayson, will grayson, written by John Green and David Levithan, apparently without a Shift key, and published by Dutton Books; Love Drugged, written by James Klise and published by Flux; Freaks and Revelations, written by Davida Willis Hurwin and published by Little, Brown and Company; and The Boy in the Dress, written by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake and published by Penguin Young Readers Group. Congratulations to them all.

Crossword koan Correction of the week, from The New York Times, Jan. 14: “The crossword puzzle on Tuesday provided an erroneous clue for 51-Across, seeking the answer ‘Grasshopper.’ The clue should have read, ‘Term of endearment used by Master Po for young Kwai Chang Caine in TV’s Kung Fu’ – not, ‘Term of endearment for the Karate Kid.’” Out There turned to the bartender with whom we sometimes kibitz as we work the NYT crossword in pen. “You see, I knew it!” Bartender & OT are still reeling from the fiendishly difficult puzzle in which we had to fill in the nation given the colors of its flag. We surrender!▼

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of involvement, and the writing demands not only technical dexterity and beefy strength, but at least a certain degree of Slavic-soul emotional advocacy. Gluzman has these gifts in spades, and his breathtaking performance made a convincing case for the inclusion of the folk-tinged and touching score to the regular canon of big-league concertos. Tortelier provided little more than an unobtrusive backdrop, but the orchestra played sympathetically, and at times, especially in the very pretty slow central movement, there was an appealing and obvious rapport between soloist and ensemble.

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harging forward into the new year and the second part of the subscription concerts season with gusto and post-holiday resolve, the San Francisco Symphony has already presented two interesting programs. Both were made memorable by exciting guest appearances and challenging repertoire. The most recent star turn was by violinist Vadim Gluzman playing Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, giving the 1940 score its first SFS performances. The all-Russian bill was conducted by returning and always-welcome guest maestro Yan Pascal Tortelier, who appeared a little off his usually superior game. Tempos were ill-timed throughout the night, and Tortelier’s interpreta-

tions seemed perfunctory, betraying a surprising lack of personal control. The opening Prelude to Khovanschina by Mussorgsky set the tone. Never less than well-played and satisfying to the ear, it was still unremarkable and lacked the dewy atmosphere that Rimsky-Korsakov added with his own masterful orchestration. The big news of the night was, most importantly and suitably, Gluzman’s rip-roaring tear through Khachaturian’s showy Concerto. There is so much to like about this composer’s relatively unchallenging music (well, at least for the listener), and there is so much that borders perilously close to cheesiness. In the right hands, Khachaturian offers big tunes and thrilling joy rides with an endearing lack of pretension. The performer needs a whole other level

Command performance The previous week featured another instrumental star and a pleasantly offbeat choice of showcase. Pianist Helene Grimaud is well-known to local audiences, and she has graced the stage at Davies many times with her elegant and sensitive performances. International acclaim is understandable for an artist with such obvious allure. She has the looks and the biography that would make any press agent weep with gratitude. Still, beyond her change from cool blonde tresses to shorter chestnut hair, and her involvement with animal rights (instrumental in helping found the Wolf Conservation

Conductor Yuan Pascal Tortelier.

Center in South Salem, New York), Grimaud has a talent and matching philosophy that command respect. Her decision to play the well-known but surprisingly infrequently performed Piano Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann confirmed my respect for her attitude. Of course, Grimaud doesn’t really need to perform the great big concertos in public to attract a crowd. Her decision to mold her career with less showy repertoire is confident

and displays intelligence. While some may have faulted Grimaud’s frankly muscular approach to the elegant Schumann, I found her approach refreshing. She appeared focused and intense throughout, but she also allowed for the changes of mood, and did not avoid the sweeter emotions. I can’t recall noticing a soloist’s pedaling this much before, but Grimaud’s technique was fascinating. The rest of the program featured guest conductor Ukrainian Kirill Karabits making his SFS debut. He showed promise, but his appearance was definitely eclipsed by La Grimaud’s star turn. Karabit opened the concert with Elegie for String Orchestra by Valentin Silvestrov. There is a family connection: the piece was written for Ivan Karabits, the conductor’s father. It was disappointing that more of the program was not given to the marvelous music of Silvestrov. It seemed like the perfect opportunity, and the Elegie, while representative and quite beautiful, is just too short to make much of an impression. It didn’t even manage to set the mood very much, for the Schumann quickly overshadowed it. Karabit’s career is one to watch, however, and I hope he will be back onstage at Davies before too long, with a program that really highlights him.▼

Real men sing countertenor by Tim Pfaff hether or not Handel was gay – unknown, probably unknowable, but much harder to argue no than yes – the evidence of his 40-plus operas is that he had insights into the feminine granted to few composers of any age, and that he created his most compelling male characters for singers with treble ranges. Great male roles composed for tenors and basses don’t figure much in his work before the later oratorios. Theatrical conventions of his day and the ready availability of castrati (to anyone new to the unique pleasures of early music: yes) to star in his productions move the issue of the degree to which he relished the genderfuck (also unknowable) to the sidelines, but it’s clear that it did not inhibit him. In the last quarter-century, over which time his operas have gone from rarities to repertoire staples, we sophisticated moderns have completely accustomed ourselves to the countertenor sound – not in itself Handelian – to the point that even audience members with only a passing knowledge of the field no longer assume that any particular countertenor is gay (no more certain

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Countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic.

a bet than whether Handel was). Yet despite the profusion of exemplary countertenors working the scene these days – the competition is so stiff you wonder when the next real castrato will come along – the subcategory of the Handel aria CD, a booming industry for decades, has hardly favored them. So Max Emanuel Cencic’s Handel Mezzo-Soprano Opera Arias (Virgin Classics) and Bejun Mehta’s Ombra Cara (Harmonia Mundi) provide important check-in points. Whatever team they’re batting on, these are real men with important things to say about the male characters they’re portraying. The Croatian-born, Vienna-based Cencic’s own background may explain his CD’s misleading title (David Vickers’ fine notes explain that most of these arias were for the castrato Carestini, not for women singers). A boy soprano who went on singing in that range even after his voice broke, Cencic has made it a point, since a long break in his career to retrain as a male mezzo, to sing higher roles and, in William Christie’s recording of Stafano Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio, to sing the explicitly female role of Saint Alex’s wife. Still, nothing on his new Handel disc is sensational from the genderbending standpoint, and in fact it seems a bellwether of the state of the countertenor art. Cencic’s is a rich, highly flexible instrument with the principles of historical vocal performance deeply ingrained in it. Although Cencic clearly relishes extroverted, bravura singing – the CD begins with a volley of impressive passagework from one of Handel’s last operas, Imeneo – he’s equally convincing in the more inward passages that constitute the compos-

er’s work at its most memorable. The CD goes back and forth from the spectacular to the sensitive so skillfully that you can listen to an hour of countertenor excerpts without tiring, which is saying a lot. Diego Fasoli’s I Barocchisti players, a big band by today’s standards, favor a plush sound, not always to the advantage of the music, though they’re in complete synch with Cencic. You just wonder why, with all the opera arias available to him, Cencic chose two from the serenata Parnasso in festa, both with chorus (from Swiss Radio-TV), which show no one, including Handel, to best advantage. The overlapping item in the two CDs – and the single best-known item on either – is “Ombra cara” from Radamisto, and it says all there is to say by way of comparing the two. Cencic’s cultivated, emotionally engaged rendition of the aria leaves you wanting nothing more. Mehta’s singing draws you into places you didn’t know were there to go in this deeply felt music, transporting you there on a sustained filament of sound so refined and achingly beautiful you wonder what’s happening to you. The American-born Mehta (a distant cousin of – and vastly better and more interesting musician than – Zubin Mehta), also a one-time boy soprano, became a cellist when his voice changed, making his way back into treble singing relatively late, but decisively. In fact his voice sounds considerably higher than the one Cencic deploys today, but everything from range to degree of vocal agility comes second to his sterling, wrenchingly communicative singing. He, too, comes blazing out of the gate with “Sento la gioia” from Amadigi di Gaula, the obligatory display piece, but from the instant the CD shifts into the tortured harmonies of Handel’s Venetian opera Agrippina, we’re in a different world, as far from musical Kansas as historical performance gets. The incandescent playing of the Freiburger Barockorchester under Rene Jacobs fuels the voyage, and Rosemary Joshua is an expert partner in two transcendental duets, Handel specialties. For the most spellbinding Handel singing since Lorraine Hunt Lieberson’s “As with rosy steps the dawn” from Theodora, go directly to Mehta’s “Con rauco mormorio” from Rodelinda.▼


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Dateline: Tucson, Arizona, Jan. 8, 2010.

halls are being convened by various networks, starting with ABC on Jan. 16 on This Week. There is so much we yet don’t know, so many reporters still on the scene trying to get the answers we want to the questions we aren’t even sure how to ask. On ABC’s Jan. 14 World News, the mother of a classmate of Christina Green’s explained how she had told her son that Christina would no longer be in class because she had died. But her son kept saying to her, “But maybe she will be. Maybe she will.” These stories are beyond heartbreaking, but because TV brings them to us, we are more family than strangers, more connected than disconnected, more empathetic than angry, more willing to lay down roses in remembrance than to take up guns in outrage. We are united, at least for now. Or until the next terrible tragedy is broadcast on our evening news and reminds us that we do better together than we do apart. Tucson has shown us that miracles do happen, but as that drama played out, another was playing out in Rome. On Jan. 14, Pope Benedict XVI moved toward beatification of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. According to the Vatican, the first Polish Pope was responsible for the miracle of a French nun being cured

of her Parkinson’s disease. It was intriguing and sort of alternative universe-ish to see the Church hierarchy speak about issues of sainthood on national TV, while the faithful cried and praised God. It really is all about faith. Yet as incredible TV footage showed floods sending hundreds of thousands fleeing for their lives in Australia, Brazil and Sri Lanka, and birds mysteriously fell from the sky in several U.S. states and throughout Europe, who wouldn’t be looking for miracles? Not to be flippant, but it looks like it might take a miracle to reunite Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy. The new season has not started out well for the estranged couple. Arizona came back from Africa to win Callie back, even resorting to buying out the subletters and moving back into their old apartment, much to Callie’s seeming outrage. As Callie performed surgery on a gay man nearly killed on his wedding day by a runaway horse, Arizona asked Mark, Callie’s best friend, what she could do to win Callie back. He told her, “You bail. When things get rough, you bail. You need to tell her you won’t bail.”

And so, as the episode drew to a close, Arizona pushed her way into an elevator with Callie just as the doors were closing. She parroted what Mark had told her, as well as telling Callie how much she loved her and how long she would wait until they were back together. At which point Callie, already worn down by the gay couple, told Arizona she just found out she was pregnant with Mark’s baby. Ta dum. Callie had been crying at the beginning of the episode, but we presumed it was over Arizona. Instead it was because the stick was blue. Which means despite desperately wanting a baby last season, she may not be ready in actuality to have one. These two belong together. But whether or not they can handle a baby remains to be seen. What also remains to be seen is whether the very talented Sara Ramirez (Callie) is staying with the show. Ramirez, who has both a Tony and a SAG award to her credit, is one of the key characters on the show and the only Latino. Without her, it’s difficult to imagine how Arizona (Jessica Capshaw, just returned from maternity leave and looking like she never had a baby) finds a niche, since there never seems to be a place for single lesbians on the tube. We’re rooting for a reuniting of the best lesbian couple on TV. Speaking of lesbians on the tube, what happened to Lily Taylor on The Good Wife? Kalinda’s (the swoonworthy Archie Punjabi) ex was last seen wreaking havoc for her with sociopath Blake. As a consolation prize, GW has reintroduced Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) gay brother, Owen (the wonderful Dallas Roberts), who moved in with her this week after breaking up with his boyfriend (he cheated). The scenes between Alicia’s mother-in-law and Owen about being gay and whether or not one is born gay were very insightful about both characters and the issue.

the survivors and tributes to the dead, and reminded us of how much each life matters by taking us inside. e’ve written it often in this TV explored Jared Lee Loughnspace: TV unites us at the er’s descent into madness and gave darkest of times. The visus insight into his growing paranoia ceral nature of television and its imand anti-government rage. It told us mediacy make us feel as if we are in that he bought his bullets at Walwhatever place tragedy has struck. Mart, and had been suspended from Now that place is Tucson. college pending psychiatric evaluaThe scenes on TV from the Arition. And that even though everyone zona massacre on Jan. 8 and its afwho knew Loughner knew he was termath have been gut-wrenching. going crazy, no one knew what to do How could they be anything else? about it. There is something about chilTV brought us to tears even dren laying flowers at a as it brought us clarity. make-shift, imprompTV pundits on both tu memorial, about sides have had a lot to people of disparate sosay on the tube about cial, political and ideoTucson, from MSNBC logical identities weepto Fox to PBS. Some ing together in shared have made sense, others grief, about hunhave not. Some dreds of candles lit have raised their against a stark night L AVENDER T UBE voices, others have sky that makes the remained almost pain of incomparapreternaturally ble loss and inexplicable atrocity calm. Everyone has made it clear somehow bearable. that theirs is the true voice of moral We could all share in that, those rectitude as everyone with a TV talk moments of grace in the face of show has been speaking rhetorically mindless violence, no matter how far about rhetoric. we were from Tucson, because TV Something else we know from brought it to us. TV also gave us the TV is that we cannot say with any facts: No matter what the tenor of honesty or historical accuracy that political rhetoric in the nation, what the current rhetoric is “the worst happened in Tucson was a bipartisan ever.” Have we forgotten the 1990s, tragedy. Of the six dead, three were when the Republicans accused the Republicans, including a judge apClintons of actual murder? Or the pointed by George H.W. Bush, two 1960s, when the nation was split Democrats, including a young aide over integration and Vietnam? Or to Gabrielle Giffords, and then there the 1950s, when fears of Commuwas the nine-year-old girl who had nism led to the HUAC madness? Or been born on 9/11 and had just been the 1940s, when xenophobia elected to her student council. She reigned? Or the 1920s, when the had yet to determine her own politiPalmer Raids tossed immigrants in cal affiliations – she just knew she felt prison just for being different? Or a responsibility, even at nine, to serve. the 1860s? Or the 1780s? Seriously. She believed her birthdate, one of the This is nowhere near our most most tragic in our collective history, rhetorically outrageous. The Histohad marked her for service. ry Channel and the Discovery ChanTV clarified that what set Gabby nel can answer that for us even if we Giffords apart in a state known for choose to ignore our own fraught its sharp and often vicious ideologihistory of dissent and polarization. cal divide was that she was a centrist, TV does well with tragedy, and a conservative Democrat who still for the most part it has done well was not a Republican. A representawith the Tucson tragedy. The story is tive who believed in uniting her confar from over, of course. Giffords stituents, regardless of their political and others are still in the hospital, affiliation. Which is why she was funerals are still being held. Town having an outdoor meet-and-greet, breaking down the barriers between elitist government and the people it’s supposed to serve. She was why Judge Roll stopped by to see her on his way home from Mass. And why a neighbor of young Christina Green took her to meet Giffords. TV showed us the photos of Mark Kelly, Giffords’ astronaut husband, eyes closed, pain etched into his face, holding the hand of his unconscious wife in her hospital room. And it reminded us, through stories by people like reporter Bob Woodruff, who survived a traumatic brain injury after he was struck by an IED while covering the Iraq War, that people can recover from something as traumatic as a bullet passing through a brain. TV let us get that close. TV told us that the Arizona state legislature, vilified nationwide less than a year ago for Draconian laws targeting immigrants, spent less than an hour passing emergency legislation to keep the vile Phelps family from protesting at the funerals of those murdered on Jan. 8, with their hate-filled message that these murders are God’s punishment for homosexuality. TV brought us the speech by President Obama that reminded people on both sides of the aisle what he still can be capable of. TV showed us other presidents who coped with national tragedy and led Americans through dark days: George Bush after 9/11, Bill Clinton after Oklahoma City, Ronald Reagan after the Challenger, Lyndon Johnson after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. TV brought us personal stories of

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Mike Daisey, I briefly see some Ralph Cramden before Zero Mostel takes over. But Zero’s gone in a flash, and it’s Nathan Lane or Sam Kinison or a liberal Glenn Beck, or even a puffer fish on steroids. Daisey is one of the country’s premiere theatrical monologists, but

Berkeley Rep’s production of his solo show The Last Cargo Cult (playing in repertory with Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs) is my first chance to see this strange and fascinating creature at work. While he never stirs from a chair behind a wooden table, Daisey takes us on

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Monologist Mike Daisey takes audiences on a fascinating journey through the meaning of money in The Last Cargo Cult at Berkeley Rep.

spired exaggerations to describe his journey. With expert timing and wondrously evocative facial reactions (his wife Jean-Michele Gregory is the director), he gets us to share his inner incredulity and outward efforts at graciousness as he becomes an honorary member of this tribal community on the isolated island of Tanna. It’s hard to do justice to his storytelling skills in print, but a brief example involves his first dinner with the villagers. Daisey is a man of ample proportions, he readily concedes, and the intake of food is seldom a problem. Not, that is, until he is confronted with fermented yam paste that his effort to ingest becomes an instant mini-classic of physical comedy. The islanders’ contradictory embrace of its vision of an abundant America and its rejection of our forms of commerce becomes the centerpiece of Daisey’s own relationship with money – both as a struggling artist who wishes to struggle less, and a progressive thinker who sees our recent financial calamities as only the tremors before the big quake. He doesn’t have an answer to the conundrum of our papered-over prosperity. I don’t want to spoil the surprise of the ending, but he certainly puts his money where his mouth is.▼

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the tube, “Now that’s a TV show! Guy comes out, dances a little –” His son Henry replies, “That’s Ellen DeGeneres.” After Ed insults his daughter-inlaw Bonnie, who is about to renew her vows with his son Vince, she opines, “Isn’t there some mannish woman you could be making fun of?” Next scene: Vince, whose tux has been taken in to his wife’s measurements, not his, notes, “This is great. I get married in two hours, and you got me a tux that fits the bride. Which would be fine if I were marrying Ellen DeGeneres.” Oh, and the show added a gay character, Tim, played with high swishiness by Tim Bagley (Monk, Will & Grace), who never complains about all the anti-gay comments from everyone. Sorry, CBS. It will take a lot more than Owen and Kalinda to make up for the disgusting $#*! My Dad Says, which is like a primer for homophobic and sexist bullies, and also just not funny. The show continues to garner controversy due to its title, which is actually an apt descriptive of the sitcom. But it won the People’s Choice Award on Jan. 5 for Favorite New Comedy, which should worry anyone concerned about depictions of queers on TV. Plus, Ellen DeGeneres should complain. Really. From the sublime to the ridiculous, that’s your week on the tube. Which makes it ever more clear that you really must stay tuned.▼

journeys that are stunningly alive, whether they are as simple as a fender-bender in the Hamptons, or as exotic as a surreal ceremony on a distant Pacific island. And it all ties together in a weird way in a finale that makes every single theatergoer an accomplice in the overarching message. That message is money. Good, bad, lovely, dreadful, comforting, evil money. As Daisey points out, it is our collective agreement that certain pieces of paper have comparative worth determined by nothing more than some number printed upon it. As long as we continue to concur in this shared scheme, money can do wondrous things. The back wall of the theater behind Daisey’s table and chair is piled high with boxes emblazoned with brand names and symbols that are instantly recognizable to all but latter-day Luddites. Consumerism isn’t really Daisey’s target – “Our shit is awesome,” he readily concurs – but his winding verbal expedition takes us into a scary house of cards that has no obvious exit. The Last Cargo Cult takes its name from the remains of religious cults that developed on small Pacific islands that the U.S. military used during World War II and soon left after the war. But the exposure to heretofore-unseen customs and technologies led to a kind of deification of America that is celebrated annually in elaborate rituals that Daisey traveled far to witness. Daisey can go from mad man to deadpan as he uses comically in-

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Grandma is concerned because she saw granddaughter Grace holding hands with another girl in her room. And out-of-control sexuality is somewhat of an inherited trait among the Florricks. Intriguing plot twist to come in one of TV’s best dramas. The gay brother and pansexual Kalinda may have been meant to help CBS with their dearth of queerness. Both are solid characters, not add-ons.

Homophobic $#*! But CBS has a big problem with the dreadful, homophobic sitcom $#*! My Dad Says. The distastefully unfunny title is actually surpassed each week by the endless stream of homophobic jokes and references to lesbians that have grown tiresome over the course of the show’s debut season. The show’s shtick is supposed to be that Ed, the patriarch, is a misanthrope. But unlike with, say, All in the Family 40 years ago, Ed’s Archie Bunker-esque character is a ridiculous dinosaur, and there is no Meathead to counter his rants. Here are some not-so-bon mots from just this week’s episode: “The newspaper’s like a woman. If you have to share, be sure you go first,” Ed (William Shatner) tells his sons over breakfast. Later, Ed notes while watching

The Last Cargo Cult will run in repertory with The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs through Feb. 27. Tickets are $34-$73. Call (510) 6472949 or go to www.berkeleyrep.org.


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Paul Giamatti as Barney and Dustin Hoffman as his father Izzy in Barney’s Version.

Busting out anti-heroic by David Lamble anadian films have got no want-to-see.” For years, the Montreal-born but defiantly Anglophone, proudly Jewish novelist Mordecai Richler could claim that about the only English-Canadian films that Americans got to see were adapted (by himself) from his own bestselling novels. In The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, a still baby-faced Richard Dreyfuss (fresh off starring in the George Lucas teen hit American Graffiti) steals our hearts while creating a nuanced portrait of a scrappy young hustler who doesn’t hesitate to screw his closest friends in order to put Montreal’s St. Urbain Street Jewish ghetto firmly behind him. Duddy is sweaty, ruthlessly ambitious, and devoid of any social graces, and though his methods are crass and highly illegal, by picture’s end when he asks the girlfriend he’s callously betrayed, “What do think of your Duddy Kravitz, now?” it’s hard not to shed a tear. It’s a very amusing account of a life woven from a series of small crimes, and boldly honest about what it takes to make it in North America. Richler’s follow-up (with the same boyhood friend directing, Ted Kotcheff) Joshua Then and Now also pulls no punches in detailing the ups and mostly downs of Joshua Shapiro, who lets nothing in his past – a stint in a boys’ reformatory, dad an exbootlegger, mom a stripper who hilariously performs at Joshua’s Bar Mitzvah, plus a self-concocted gay sex scandal involving himself and an equally unscrupulous older writer – prevent him from marrying into rich goy circles. The film, with hints of a Bernard Madoff-style financial scandal, delights in skewering liberal and conservative sacred cows. Barney’s Version, the latest film carved posthumously from the Richler canon, comes roaring out of the gate fueled by a pugnacious, misanthropic, bad-boy turn by Paul Gia-

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matti. But then it runs smack into a horrible second-act anti-climax from which it never recovers. As with most of Richler’s ghetto lads behaving crassly as they scheme for fame, money and the ability to marry outside of the faith, Barney glides over, around and through the carnage he instigates: the suicide of his first wife, pregnant by another guy, in Rome; the acquisition of a testy second bride whom he immediately wants to dump once he lays eyes on wife #3 (at the wedding banquet for #2). At first the hard-drinking, cigarchomping, hockey-loving Barney, who gets his cash from his Totally Un-necessary TV Productions company’s ribald, soft-core soap opera, seems an unlikely candidate for respectability. That’s until he spies his shiksa Miriam (Rosamund Pike) on his wedding night. The time we spend with Barney early on is greatly enhanced by the guys in his life: a charming ex-homicide-cop dad (a slyly funny Dustin Hoffman) and a drug-addicted but seductive blocked writer buddy, Boogie, whose never-finished great Canadian novel Barney has been encouraging for decades. Acquiring his ethics from dad and his dreams from Boogie (Scott Speedman, breathing fresh life into the hoary cliché of the hetero guy “bro-mance”), Barney is a profanely witty, thoroughly engaging rascal anti-hero until he lands Miriam. Then, suddenly, the movie turns into an unconvincing apologia for his misspent youth. Richler’s novel had his usual assortment of weird digressions and subplots. In the book, the rival for Miriam’s affections is a young American war resister, Blair; in the film, Blair pops up as a rather pompous vegan radio producer. In the book, Richler creates a kind of doubly-unreliable narrator device by having Barney not only lie about his past, but also develop Alzheimer’s. In the film, Barney’s memory lapses awaken us from the stupor the movie’s sudsy ending encourages. But they feel, in some ways, tacked on.

We’re never entirely sure why Barney is so gaga over a woman who is so condescending to the very qualities you’d have to love in order to want his kids. By the third act, Miriam and Blair are living out a New Yorker cartoon parody of American tofu. The only way to have saved the film would be to have kept either dad or Boogie alive. Without them, he’s nothing. Beginning with a wiseass, ribald cautionary tale of just how far a guy can drift from his tribal roots without becoming something worse than a phony, the makers of Barney’s Version have sought their Canadian “wantto-see” breakout hit by turning a crass but thoroughly authentic guy from St. Urbain Street into the mushy victim of a Bridges of Madison County American weepy. For shame!▼

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Trannyshack Star Search, Friday

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Dirty Little Showtunes @ New Conservatory Theatre Tom Orr’s wicked and wacky musical revue of campy parody songs includes six special guest performers. $24-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Extended thru Jan. 29. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Gush @ Brava Theater Joe Goode curated this three-week dancetheatre-fest of works performed by his company, Ledoh and Axis Dance Company. $25$30. 8pm. Thu-Sat thru Jan. 29. www.brava.org

A Hand in Desire @ Viracocha Jay Brannan

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ay, trans, and straight-but-cute (and talented) singers showcase their vocal chops this week at various cool venues. Listen up. Friday, January 21 Jay Brannan sings at Bottom of the Hill. The gay folk-pop singer brings his guitar, his witty and touching songs, and a herd of devoted fans. $12. Jhameel at 9:30, Dave Smallen at 10:30 and Brannan at 11:30pm. All ages. 1233 17th St. www.jaybrannan.com www.bottomofthehill.com Also Friday, the oh-so cute Germick brothers and their band bring on the fun funk when Planet Booty returns to Café DuNord. Shake your booty with the Oakland-based whimsical white funk groove band. Super Adventure Club opens. $12. 21+. 9:30pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.cafedunord.com Saturday, January 22, David Berkeley plays the Planet Booty Swedish American Hall (upstairs from Café DuNord) as a stop on his extensive tour to showcase music from his new CD. $18-$22. All ages. 8pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.cafedunord.com Sunday, January 23, it’s back to Café DuNord for TV and film actor Brian David Berkeley Greenberg. The hunky actor shares his folk-rock music skills with songs from his CD Walk Away. $14. 8pm. All ages. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.cafedunord.com Midweek’s class act Tuesday, January 25 is Veronica Klaus at The Rrazz Room. The local cabaret singer performs a new show, “Lady Luck” with The Tammy Hall Trio. $25. 8pm. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 3803095. www.therrazzroom.com Class plus dance? You got it, Wednesday, January 26, with Chet & Ella at The Garage. Joshua Klipp, Sarah Bush Brian Greenberg Dance Project, Freeplay Dance Crew, Dylan Martin and Funk4Soul perform music and dance works celebrating Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. $10-$20. 975 Howard St. www.975howard.com Hang the DJ, your girlfriend’s in a coma. Thursday, January 27, cover bands bring out the rock ennui when This Charming Band and Dead Souls play The Rickshaw Stop. The Smiths and Joy Division cover bands get your retro on. $5-$7. 21+. 10pm-2am. 155 Fell St. www.rickshawstop.com Our week of noteworthy wonders Veronica Klaus saves the best for last. Thursday, January 27, Pansy Division rocks out at the San Francisco Eagle Tavern.The historic gay pop-rock band, reunited in a rare show, perform their hits. The Minks (all-women Kinks cover band) and Bad Backs also perform. $8. 9:30pm. 21+. 398 12th St. at Harrison. www.pansydivision.com www.sfeagle.com▼

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EmSpace Dance’s movement-theatre interpretation of the poker scenes and romantic tension in Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire; with intimate audience seating near the performance. $10-$20. 8pm. Fri & Sat thru Jan. 29. 998 Valencia St. at 21st. www.emspacedance.org

Heartbreak House @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s fancifully comic play set just before World War I, about love, game-playing and illusions. $12-$15. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thru Feb. 19. 1301 Shattuck Ave. (510) 649-5999. www.aeofberkeley.org

Men Connecting @ AIDS Health Project Monthly workshop for gay and bi men, exploring goals in life, dating, sex, and friendship. Free. 6:30pm-9:30pm. 1930 Market St. RSVP. 476-6448. www.ucsf-ahp.org

Noir City 9 @ Castro Theatre Dark, mysterious, sultry and criminal forgotten films of the noir era, with different double features each night. $10. Thru Jan. 30. 429 Castro St. www.noircity.com www.castrotheatre.com

The Real Americans @ The Marsh Dan Hoyle’s (Tings Dey Happen) multiplecharacter solo show based on his road trip to Middle America to explore the profound disconnect in a politically polarized country. $15-$50. Thu-Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru Feb. 12. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 8383006. www.themarsh.org

Reason to Party @ St. Regis Hotel Ballroom Fundraiser for Equality California with cocktails (open vodka bar), entertainment (singer Sam Sparro and DJ Kim Anh), and some of the swankiest folks in our community. $40$50 and up to $450. 9pm-2am. 125 3rd St. www.winterpartysf.eventbrite.com

SF Sketchfest @ Various Venues Month-long comedy shows with dozens of famous andupcoming comics, at clubs and theatres. $15-$30. www.sfsketchfest.com

Shot in San Francisco @ Oddball Film Amazing documentaries on the 1906 earthquake, 1939 Expo and World’s Fair, 1967 Summer of Love and more. $10. 8:30pm. (Also, Strange short clips Jan 22, 8pm). 275 Capp St. www.oddballfilm.com

Some Thing @ The Stud Dragtastic show hosted by Glamamore, with a bevy of wild acts. $10. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.studsf.com

Tango Buenos Aires @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley World-famous tango dance and music ensemble performs various solos, duets and group dances showcasing the varied history of the the tango. $22-$52. 8pm. (Special guest lecture at 5pm). Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Trannyshack Star Search @ DNA Lounge It’s Tranny-tastic! Heklina and Peaches Christ join forces to crown the next big drag superstar of San Francisco, with twelve contestants battling it out for the $500 cash prize and the claim to genuine SF tranny royalty status. The 11pm

competition will be judged by drag luminaries Ambrosia Salad, Anna Conda, Deena Davenport, Elijah Minnelli, LeMay, Suppositori Spelling, Miss Rahni, and Pollo Del Mar. The evening will also feature DJ Omar and visuals by Vis-à-Vis. $15. 9:30pm-3am, 375 11th St. Competition at 11pm. www.dnalounge.com www.trannyshack.com

Women on the Way Festival @ Shotwell Studios, The Garage

Various Exhibits @ YBCA

11th anniversary festival of women choreographers, with 23 works premieres, favorites and more. $15-$20. All shows 8pm. Thru Jan. 30. 3252-A 19th St. and 975 Howard St. 920-2223. www.ftloose.org

Nina Bier: Agents of Change (thru Jan. 23) and Lauren DiCioccio: Remember the Times (thru Mar. 27), ongoing Middle East videos and more. $5-$7. Thu-Sat 12pm-8pm. Sun 12pm-6pm. Free first Thursdays. 701 Mission St. at 3rd. www.ybca.org

Paula West @ The Rrazz Room

Sat 22>> African American GIs and Germany @ African American Arts Complex Exhibit about the role of African American soldiers in World War II by researchers Maria Hohn and Martin Klimke. Thru April 22. 762 Fulton St. at Webster. www.sfartscommission.org

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $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.). 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Curious George Saves the Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Fascinating exhibit of 80 drawings by Margret and H.A. Rey, cocreators of the impish monkey books, and how their daring escape from the Nazis in Europe was aided by their drawings. Also, Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker and Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations (both thru March). Thu-Tue 11am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7800. Thru March 13. www.thecjm.org

Popular local singer performs with The George Mesterhazy quartet on various nights for eight weeks thru Mar. 13. $35-$45. Mostly at 8pm. Check online schedule. 2drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

Sun 23>> The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art Fascinating exhibit of rarely seen prints, paintings, sculptures and a few of the more known drawings by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children’s books. Ongoing, with updates and new items. 351A Geary St. 391-1948. www.dennisraefineart.com

Animation Exhibits @ Walt Disney Museum See biographical exhibits about Walt Disney, early sketches and ephemera from historic Disney movies. Frequent lectures and film screenings. $12-$20. 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio. www.waltdisney.org

Cabaret Showcase Showdown @ Martuni’s New series in the popular cabaret singing competition, with Best Showtunes as the category. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Faculty Recitals @ SF Conservatory of Music

Design & Wine 1976 to Now @ SF MOMA

Classical music recitals; today, guitar masterworks. $15-$20. 8pm. Jan 23, music by Haydn, Stillwell, Brahms and Ravel. $15$20. 2pm. Jan. 24, selected brass masterpieces. Free. 8pm. Jan. 28, Handel arias. Free. 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness. www.sfcm.edu

Exhibit of the rich culture of wine, with historical artifacts, art, installations designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro. Special contests with prizes, including hotel stays in Napa, SF and Sonoma. 151 3rd St. www.sfmoma.org

Grease @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts National tour of the new Broadway production of the 50s-style hit musical. $20-$79. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also 2pm Sat., and 1pm & 6pm Sun. Thru Jan. 23. (408) 792-4111. www.sjtix.com

Joshua Redman @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Acclaimed jazz saxaphonist performs with his band. $22-$50. 8pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Mike Daisey @ Berkeley Rep Master storyteller tells tall tales The Last Cargo Cult (natives who worship shipments from overseas) and The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (computer guru’s precarious trip to China). Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. $15-$73. Thru Feb. 27. 2025 Addison St. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio Interview show with gay writer Adam Sandel as host. 8pm. www.EnergyTalkRadio.com

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum New exhibit from the GLBT Historical Society, with a wide array of rare historic items on display. Free for members-$5. Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers’ revival of the comic mock operetta by Link Martin and Scrumbly Koldewyn, performed by the gender-bending Cockettes decades ago, and loosely based on the 1926 play The Shanghai Gesture; with an all-star local cast. $30-$35. 18 and over only! Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Extended again thru April 9. 575 10th St. at Division. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

SF Hiking Club @ Mount Tam, Stinson Beach Noir City 9, Friday

Join GLBT hikers for a 9-mile, classic hike with beautiful views from the Mt. Tam ranger station to Stinson Beach along the Matt Davis Trail and back on the Dipsea and Steep Ravine trails. Bring water, lunch, hat, layers, sturdy boots, enthusiasm. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, 9am. 378-5612. www.sfhiking.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 Country-western dancing for the LGBT community and friends two night a week, every Sunday and Thursday. $5-$8. 21+. Sundays 5pm-10:30pm, lessons 5:30–7:15pm. Thursdays 6:30–10:30pm, lessons


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Yoga Classes @ The Sun Room

A Hand in Desire, Friday

Heated, healing weekly yoga classes in a new location. Suggested donation $10-20. 12pm-1pm. Tue & Thu. 2390 Mission St, 3rd floor. 794-4619. www.billmohleryoga.com

Wed 26 >> A-List Martini Nights @ Various Bars Antoine Delaitre’s roving weekly cocktail events for gay men and their pals, held at different stylish venues. Sign up for email updates. www.sfalist.com

Angels in America at 20 @ Museum of Performance & Design 7pm-8pm. 550 Barneveld Ave., near Bayshore and Industrial. www.sundancesaloon.org

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

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29 License to Kiss II is the show at the theatretent-dinner extravaganza with Kevin Kent, twin acrobats Ming and Rui, Vertical Tango rope dance, plus magic, comedy, a fivecourse dinner, and a lot of fun. $117-$145. Saturday 11:30am “Breve” show $63— $78. Wed-Sat 6pm (Sun 5pm). Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 438-2668. www.teatrozinzanni.com

Various Exhibits @ Oakland Museum of California Bay Area figurative art, Dorothea Lange archive, Early landscape paintings, Gold Rush Era works, California ceramics. Gallery of California Natural Sciences focuses on California’s unique status as a region of extreme biological and geological diversity. $6-$12. 1000 Oak St. Oakland. (510) 238-2200. www.museumca.org

Mon 24 >> Jay Bakker @ Borders, Union Square Gay son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker reads from and discusses Fall to Grace, about his conflicted past, and newfound faith. 7pm. 400 Post St. 399-1633.

Marga’s Funny Mondays @ The Marsh, Berkeley Marga Gomez, “the lesbian Lenny Bruce” (Robin Williams), brings her comic talents, and special guests, to a weekly cabaret show. $10. 8pm. 2120 Allston Way. (800) 8383006. www.margagomez.com www.themarsh.org

Megan Hilty @ The Rrazz Room Stage, TV and film actress (Glinda in Wicked on Broadway) sings cabaret music by and about blondes, mostly. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

A Penis Show @ Magnet Jack Davis’s exhibit of crocheted penis sculptures. 8pm-10pm. Thru Jan. 4122 18th St. at Castro. www.magnetsf.org

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104 David Perry’s new talk show about LGBT local issues. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.davidperry.com

Tues 25 >> Blue Room Comedy @ Club 93 Weekly adults-only jokes at the divey small bar; David Hawkins hosts. 10pm. 93 9th St. at Mission.

Exhibit documenting the award-winning Tony Kushner drama, with an array of original costumes, props, manuscripts, video clips, photos, designs and audio interviews. Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Mar. 26. 401 Van Ness Ave. 255-4800. www.mpdsf.org

Clybourne Park @ American Conservatory Theatre Bruce Norris’ sardonic comedy takes on gentrification and racial tensions in a Chicago suburb. $10-$80. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru Feb. 13. 415 Geary St. 7492228. www.act-sf.org

Colm Toibin @ Books Inc

Galeria 4.0 @ Galeria de la Raza

Dublin-based gay author of The Master, Brooklyn, and The Blackwater Lightship reads from and discusses his new book, The Empty Family. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

40th anniversary exhibit, with Latino/Chicano works spanning four decades. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm (Tue 1pm-7pm) thru Jan. 29, 2011. 2857 24th St. www.galeriadelaraza.org

Book Club @ Magnet

It’s all a Blur @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Monthly meeting of book fans discusses Patti Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir of her time with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids. Sponsored by A Different Light Bookstore. 7:30pm. 4122 18th St. www.adlbooks.blogspot.com

Exhibit of works by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat. Tue-Fri 12pm7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan. 28. 934 Brannan St. at 8th. www.somarts.org www.pocha.eventbrite.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Reprise @ Robert Tat Gallery

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gayfriendly comedy night. One drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

Favorite photographs on display at the fine art gallery of historic prints. Thru Feb. 26. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary St. #211. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ Café duNord

Roger Arvid Anderson, Bill Bowers @ Steven Wolk Fine Arts

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl perform original music. Laura Gibson opens. $17. 8pm. All ages. 2170 Market St. 8615016. www.cafedunord.com

Meditation Classes @ Kadampa Buddhist Temple Tessa Logan teaches drop-in meditation classes. $10. 7-8:45pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187. www.meditationinnortherncalifornia.org

Martin Freeman @ Visual Aid Exhibit of works by the local creator of funky collage sculptures. Thru Feb. Tue-Fri, 2pm6pm. 57 Post St. #905. www.visualaid.org

Michael Ajerman @ Toomey Tourell Fine Art Exhibit of lush dreamlike paintings. 5:307:30pm. Thru Jan. 31. 49 Geary St. 4th floor. www.toomey-tourell.com

Particular Voices @ Jewish Community Center Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Writers, selected portraits from Robert Giard’s twodecade-long projects photographing over 600 gay and lesbian writers. Thru Feb. 27. 3200 California St. 292-1200. www.jccsf.org

Betsy Salkind at Queer Comical Night, Thursday

See rare Cockettes-era photos, collages and costumes by the two veteran gay artists. Thru Jan. 29. 2747 19th St. A. 263-3677. www.stevenwolffinearts.com

Thu 27 >> British TV Ad Awards @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Hilarious, strange and superior commercials from the UK. $6-$8. Free with gallery admission. 2, 4, 6 & 8pm thru Jan. 30. 701 Mission St. www.ybca.org

Group Exhibit @ Michael Rosenthal Gallery Greer McGettrick’s Faulkner by Hand (The Sound and the Fury hand-written on wall-sized panels) and works by Narangkar Glover, Meghan Gordon and James Benjamin Franklin. Thu-Sat 11am-6pm. 365 Valencia St. 55201010. www.rosenthalgallery.com

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences Weekly parties with different themes at the new museum of life sciences. Enjoy the exhibits while drinking and schmoozing; Life: A Cosmic Story, narrated by Jodie Foster in the Planetarium. $12. (Reg, admission $20$30). 21+. 6pm-10pm. Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org/nightlife

Queer Comical Night @ Readers Café/Bookstore An evening of readings, art, performance, and stand-up by funny gay and queer-friendly creators Betsy Salkind, Larry-Bob Roberts, Clam Lynch and host Nick Leonard. Free. 6:30pm. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, south End. www.Qcomedy.com

Rachel Kramer Bussel @ Good Vibrations, Berkeley Award-winning erotica author/editor reads women’s sexy stories with contributors to her anthologies. 6:30pm. 2504 San Pablo Ave. at Dwight Way. www.events.goodvibes.com

To submit event listings, email jim@ebar.com. Deadline is each Thursday, a week before publication. For more bar and nightlife events, go to www.bartabsf.com

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Gay history is made by Donna Sachet he long-awaited museum space of the 25-year-old GLBT Historical Society opened with a bang last Thursday with a private party at 7 p.m. When we arrived, a line snaked down the block in front of the 4127 18th Street location, but as they waited, visitors were treated to vintage films continuously playing on a widescreen television visible through the floor-to-ceiling front window. Within minutes, elected officials emerged for the official ribbon-cutting, and we found ourselves delightfully sandwiched between Bevan Dufty, Society President Paul Boneberg, Supervisor David Campos, and recently elected Supervisor Scott Wiener and Mayor Ed Lee. Once inside the 1,600 square feet of gallery space, we guarantee that you’ll find something historical to amaze you, including gay bar paraphernalia, costumes, photographs, publications, and documents. This wasn’t the perfect night to peruse the collection since the crowd was so large, but it was the perfect time to catch up with attending luminaries such as Armistead Maupin & Christopher Turner, Phyllis Lyon, Cleve Jones, Tom Horn, Steve Adams, Bob Michitarian, George Raya, and Dennis Herrera. Make it a point to get by soon to this incredible asset to the city, only the second museum of its kind in the world, made possible by membership support and the generous assistance of Levi Strauss, Harvey’s, the Bob Ross Foundation, and many others. Speaking of newly elected city officials, we joined the crowds for the swearing-in of the newest members of the Board of Supervisors at City Hall earlier in O N T HE the month, and we were again awed by the majesty of this stately building and by the significance of the occasion. The Board Chambers

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were packed to capacity with overflow quickly filling the North Light Court. Oaths were taken, gracious thank you speeches were given, and Board President David Chiu was reelected with only two roll-call votes. We took icon Harvey Milk’s advice as we left and slowly descended the Grand Staircase, soaking up the history with great hope for fresh perspectives and new progress. Saturday night, Emperor John T OWN Weber hosted The Power of One, a fundraiser and inspirational event marking Martin Luther King Day at Trigger. Raffle prizes, musical enter-

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tainment, leadership recognition, and speakers set the tone for this benefit for HandsOn Bay Area and Stop AIDS Project. Among the crowd were Porter William, James Holloway, Emma Peel, Saybeline & Frankie, Carlos Medal, Bebe Sweetbriar, and Kelly Hart. From there, we made a quick stop at the Look Out’s party for visiting Chi Chi LaRue, and not surprisingly, the eye candy was everywhere! Our final stop was at the final night of The Edge, a much-beloved corner bar at 18th and Collingwood. As news of its imminent closing quickly spread during the week, it became apparent that this would be a very special night. The tiny place was

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Coming up in leather & kink >> Thu., Jan. 20: 2012 Bare Chest Calendar Semi-Final #1 at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom). 9:30 p.m. Go to: www.barechest.org or www.powerhouse-sf.com.

comes up. Go to: www.bearsATplay.com.

Thu., Jan. 20: Edges Wet Munch at Renegades Bar (501 W. Taylor St., San Jose). 7 p.m. Happy hour for the sexpositive and alternative communities: 4-7 p.m. Go to: www.edges.biz or www.renegadesbar.com.

Sun., Jan. 23: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: www.castrobear.com.

Thu., Jan. 20: Locker Room at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). Featuring DJ Hotwire. Pumping music at 9 p.m. Comp clothes check provided by the SoMa Guardians. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Thu, Jan. 20: Sensual Caning Presented by Domina at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 8-10 p.m. Admission: $20. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Fri., Jan. 21: Backpack! Hot Buns contest/entertainment at The Powerhouse, seeking the best buns in SF. Winner takes $100, and their backside becomes the poster model. All door sales ($5) and money raised go to the AIDS Emergency Fund and Under One Roof. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com. Fri., Jan. 21: Rope hosted by Jorge Vieto at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). Go-go studs at 10:30 p.m. Featuring DJ Sam La Belle, bootblack on duty. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Fri., Jan. 21: Master’s Den: Revelry with Maestro Stefanos at SF Citadel. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Go to www.sfcitadel.org. Sat., Jan. 22: Back Bar Action at The Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.). Back patio and bar opened to all gear/fetish/leather. 10 p.m. to close. Go to: www.sfeagle.com. Sat., Jan. 22: Mr. Hayes Valley Leather 2011 Contest at Marlena’s (488 Hayes). 6-10:30 p.m. This is one of the best titles around. Go to: www.facebook.com/event .php?eid=170769812933348. Sat., Jan. 22: 15 Association Play Party at the SF Citadel. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Doors close at 11 p.m. Go to: www.the15association.org or www.sfcitadel.org. Sat., Jan. 22: Bears at Play, Bearracuda Play Party at City Entertainment (962 Folsom). Doors open at 10 p.m., last admission is 3 a.m. Play all night until the sun

Sat., Jan. 22: Boot Lickin’ at The Powerhouse, 10 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Sun., Jan. 23: PoHo Sundays at The Powerhouse. DJ Keith, Dollar Drafts all day. Go to: www.powerhousesf.com. Mon., Jan. 24: Cheap Ass Happy Hour at Chaps Bar. Mon.-Thu., 6-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 4-9 p.m. Lots of drink specials. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Mon., Jan. 24: Flogger-Works with Daddy Darin and Jerry at the SF Citadel. 8-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $10 admission. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Tue., Jan. 25: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30-8 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Tue., Jan. 25: Strap-on 101 as taught by Rain DeGrey at the SF Citadel. 8-10 p.m. $20 admission. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Tue., Jan. 25: Ink & Metal followed by Nasty at The Powerhouse. 9 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com. Tue., Jan. 25: Skins N Punks at Chaps Bar. Drink specials. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Wed., Jan. 26: Leathermen’s Discussion Group upstairs at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison). 7:30-9:30 p.m. Go to: www.sfldg.org. Wed., Jan. 26: Leather Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison). Wear your slutty undies! Doors open 8 p.m.12 a.m. Play til late. Go to: www.blowbuddies.com. Wed., Jan. 26: Nipple Play at the Powerhouse (Dore & Folsom), 10 p.m. Go to www.powerhouse-sf.com. Wed., Jan. 26: Busted! at Chaps Bar. This week’s edition: Nips. Show off your nips for drink specials. The fun starts at 9 p.m. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Wed., Jan. 26: SoMa Men’s Club. Every Wed., the SoMa Clubs (Chaps, Powerhouse, Truck, Lone Star, Hole in the Wall, Eagle) have specials for those who wear the Men’s Club dogtags.


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Merging men, continued by John F. Karr realized not very long after I first started writing sexo reviews, so many years ago, that to maintain my enthusiasm I’d be smart to limit my knowledge of the industry, not get involved. It wasn’t difficult to see the biz was rife with ill-spirited competition, betrayals, back-stabbing, and chicanery of the blackest sort. I didn’t want or need any of that; I just wanted the stimulating fun of writing about the movies. So I stuck close to the boiler-plate of press releases when I was called upon to write about the Falcon and Raging Stallion merger with AEBN. Yet afterward, I couldn’t help coming across other versions of the event. Various blogs and websites were maelstroms of vitriol-fueled gossip as the anonymous commentators, many of them purporting to be industry insiders, spewed forth their “facts.” They wrote a lot of mean things about Raging Stallion founder Chris Ward, about his personal life, his allegedly shady way of doing business, and even his skills (or lack thereof) as a director. I read that Raging Stallion hadn’t merged, but was subsumed by AEBN, which acted like a bank foreclosing on a mortgage. Bloggers claimed with barely disguised glee that Ward had borrowed so much money from giant AEBN to finance his large-scale “vanity productions” that he couldn’t pay it back, and lost his business to the loaner. I’m somewhat doubtful; I’ve always thought Ward was a pretty astute businessman. After all, his background was in the financial sector. Yet business acumen can take a backseat to ego, as some commentators pointed out with rude relish. The amount of dish and dirt I found engaged my early journalism training. I felt obligated to find fact among the fiction, and present a more balanced and truthful account of the Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine poses for Cosmopolitan UK. merger, which was, after all, a major business event. Even more major when seen in light of what Titan Media and If I’m enthusiastic about the cast“Extreme Hardcore Fetish” line Buff Channel 1 Releasing call the “intering opportunities, I’m a little skeptiheaded. I’ll tell you what’s in it. Nails company arrangement” they’ve just cal about some of the announced inserted in the urethra, saline-injected announced. The sexo industry was projects. Does it really freshen Falcon balls the size of cantaloupes, flame apfounded as a field of personal fieffor Ward to revive The Other Side of plied to penis, and fisting combined doms, but is possibly becoming a field with all the above. After seeing the Aspen series? That sounds sooo last of conglomerates. If this is a trend, it’s photos on the box, I decidcentury. Isn’t there something newer, perhaps not a good one. ed not to review the more contemporary? More creative? And then I decided to let movie. I’ve got the new Well, I’m willing to wait and see, you dig around those blogs Blu-ray Sound of Music wishing godspeed and good raunch yourself. It’ll all make a to Mr. Ward. I’ve been wanting to see. good movie someday (I I’ll leave you with a little tidbit that Ward has also anwonder if it’ll be James shows my own out-of-date state. I’ve nounced (yet another Franco or Danny DeVijust become acquainted with the press release) what he into who plays Chris Ward). singer/songwriter frontman of poptends to do as the head of I’m a little curious but rock band Maroon 5. It’s 32-year-old Falcon/Raging Stallion, just not too interested Adam Levine. I’d sure like Ward to get which is now the world’s in the business end of K ARRNAL him in a movie. Check out the photo, largest producer of manthe deal. I think Ward K NOWLEDGE on-man action. The no- made for a testicular cancer campaign will revivify Falcon, Levine fronted for Cosmopolitan UK. tion of company Excluwhich has needed it sives is gonna get expansive as Ward Levine’s so hot he hangs out with Jake for some time, and find new creatividoes some mix-and-match with the Gyllenhaal. Do they work out togethty at Raging Stallion. He’s brought on performers from each company. For er? “He’s an old friend,” Levine conTony Buff, late of Titan, to head a new instance, you can look forward to RS fided. “We don’t have work-out clubs, RS fetish line. That sounds scary – RS stud D.O. slamming Falcon honey unfortunately. But if it helps your fanalready puts out some heavy-hitting Roman Heart. Erik Rhodes may turn tasies then yes, all the time, there’s lots fetish stuff. I’ve just received Invasive up in the arms (or up the ass) of of heavy lifting and sweating and Procedures, the most recent (and now, Adam Champ or Chris Porter. chopping wood.”▼ last or nearly so) Titan movie in the

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stuffed with loyal patrons as the final Full Moon Contest proceeded with general abandon, periodically interrupted by raucous musical entertainers. Kudos go to the staff and management who made every effort to keep this bar alive over the past few years, and who certainly poured their hearts and souls into this final night. Our memory of The Edge will be forever tied to the charismatic original manager, the late Eric Weinmann, who turned it into a welcoming center for all factions of the LGBT community, a brash and naughty Castro

gay bar, a powerhouse of fundraising for worthy charities, and a place that developed leaders who continue to contribute all over the city. Sunday’s Fresh at Ruby Skye was another remarkable deluge of handsome men, pounding music, and happy revelry. Both floors overflowed with dancers beneath incredible light displays. On stage, frisky go-go dancers inspired and titillated, as special guests relaxed in the air-conditioned VIP lounge. Sunday also marked the latest venture by Audrey Joseph and the people behind the legendary Pleasuredome, namely Maniax at Public Works. Although the crowd was initially small, by Midnight the faithful had assembled to

dance, flag, and socialize. This wonderful new location boasts a spacious dance floor, welcoming bar, creative lighting, excellent audio, and easy access. Let’s hope another Maniax returns soon, offering a fresh alternative to the night-time party in San Francisco. With all the talk about empty storefronts and closed businesses, it is exciting to see Cocomo’s, the new drag store on Castro Street. Their grand opening is this Saturday from 7-10 p.m., but you can shop there already for colorful sportswear, Kryolan make-up, wigs, shoes, and jewelry. Isn’t it time we had such a convenient location for our drag needs?▼

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Moody blues by Jim Piechota The Empty Family by Colm Toibin; Scribner, $24

rolific, award-winning Irish writer Colm Toibin returns with The Empty Family, a brilliant new collection of short stories, many populated with gay characters, and all gems in their own right. Instead of the 1950s melting pot of suburban New York in his 2009 novel Brooklyn, the general terrain of these tales is European, flitting from London to Dublin, to Barcelona and beyond. In stories permeated with emotion, longing, and often a dreading sense of morbidity, Toibin’s characters struggle to find a sense of belonging,

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a true source of love, or a poignant need to return home and salvage long-lost memories. Standouts include a gay son who returns home to Ireland from New York to say a heart-wrenching goodbye to his ailing mother in “One Minus One”; a married “heterosexual” couple and their gay friend in “The Pearl Fishers,” who all dance around the fact that the woman’s husband has had previous dalliances with gay sex, then and now; an Irish set designer who confronts her repressed sexuality in “Two Women”; and the longest story in the collection, “The Street,” a captivating, novelistic yarn about two Pakistani men who discover love in Barcelona amidst a violent act and an arrangement to live together, but on secretive terms.

and lots of screaming in French finds the aggressor attempting to please his partner by “trying to keep going and going until he seemed to be both hurt and happy at the same time,” but the scene ends with the hollow sentiment of a one-night-stand: “The passion we had was a small game, and it ended soon after it began.” There is a lot of smoldering fury, disappointment, desire, and pure humanity to enjoy within these nine strongly imagined and deeply moving stories, probably Toibin’s best and most masterful collection to date. ▼

Be forewarned: the writing here is sexually frank. Toibin ramps up the eroticism of his prose to a great degree, in comparison to previous works. Toibin’s descriptions of gay sex are sheer sensory pleasures to be languidly savored, re-read, and envisioned for their sheer imaginative strength. A character in “The Pearl Fishers” laps up his partner’s cum (who “took whatever came his way”), inhaling the “sweet, thick, pungent, lemony sperm into my mouth with my fingers as if it were jam, desperately trying to make sure that none was wasted.” In “Barcelona, 1975,” an anal sex scene incorporating Vaseline

Colm Toibin will appear at Books, Inc., 2275 Market St., on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. to read from and sign copies of The Empty Family.

Next to Normal order, also known as manic-depression, wreaks havoc in the family. But a Broadway musical can’t subject audiences to unrelenting trauma for two acts, at least not one that expects to find a commercial following, and there are opportunities for exhalation before the rollercoaster ride picks up more speed. “It’s a family of four, and there are moments when you think you are watching a sitcom,” Ripley said. “In the beginning, especially, there’s this dog-and-pony show going on, like everybody has going on in their households, where you sometimes have to wear masks to get through the day.” Diana gives a peek behind that mask in the very first song that the character sings directly to the audience. “They’re the perfect loving family, so adoring, and I love them every day of the week. So my son’s a little shit, my husband’s boring, and my daughter, though a genius, is a freak.” But try as the family does to maintain semblances of “normal” life, Diana’s condition makes that impossible, with care and concern mixed with anger and resentment from her family, and her own frustrations through trial-and-error psychopharmacology and growing bitterness at being viewed as a problem always to be danced around. “Diana might look like she’s a mess from somebody else’s perspective, but they’re only judging her based on what they think she ought

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Alice Ripley plays a bipolar patient dealing with her doctor (Jeremy Kushnier) and her husband (Asa Somers) in a scene from Next to Normal, opening Jan. 25 at the Curran Theatre.

to be doing,” Ripley said. “She thinks she’s in her natural state, and I think there is nothing wrong with her, considering what she’s been through.” The nearly sung-through story created by Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) and Tom Kitt (composer) reveals the causes of Diana’s anguish in gradual steps, leading to a decisive, if not exactly happy conclusion. Ripley prefers to let audiences make those

discoveries themselves in the theater. “But I don’t think I’m giving too much away by saying that Diana is liberated by her own choice, and makes a decision that is difficult but for the betterment of everybody.” A native of San Leandro, Ripley made her Broadway debut in 1993 in The Who’s Tommy, and has also been seen in Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, and Side Show. It was with the 1997 Side Show, for which

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Strangers in the Night (1944) finds World War II vet William Terry hoping to meet his pen-pal sweetheart. Her mother, however, says she’s away. With Virginia Grey. Directed by Anthony Mann. Ingrid Bergman won her first Best Actress Oscar for being tormented by husband Charles Boyer in Gaslight (1944). This Victorian thriller is expertly directed by gay George Cukor, and marked Angela Lansbury’s film debut as a tarty housemaid. The suave Boyer is truly scary, determined to drive Bergman out of her mind. Bergman, normally likeable, relishes her revenge, revealing a sadistic streak. With Joseph Cotton and Dame Mae Whitty. (1/22) Robert Young – nothing like he would be on television’s Father Knows Best or Marcus Welby, M.D. – is unnerving as an adulterer/sex addict in They Won’t Believe Me (1947). Susan Hayward and Jane Greer are terrific as two of his victims. Very upsetting. Directed by Irving Pichel. In Don’t Bother To Knock (1952), Marilyn Monroe, on the brink of stardom, plays an unbalanced babysitter in Manhattan who invites airline

Ingrid Bergman is tormented by her husband in Gaslight.

pilot Richard Widmark to spend the night. With a young Anne Bancroft and Elisha Cook, Jr. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. This disturbing movie shows a side of Monroe rarely cap-

tured on screen. (1/22) Cukor directed classic Hollywood matinee idol Ronald Coleman to a Best Actor Oscar for living A Double Life (1947). Coleman is a famous

Next to Normal began life in 2008 with a limited run at an off-Broadway theater. “When you only have six weeks, you don’t get a chance to fill in the details,” Ripley said. “I didn’t get the chance to meet the challenge the way I wanted to and knew I could, because it was too much to chew all at once.” Even after more than 800 performances as Diana, Ripley said she continues to feel her performance taking on new shadings. “And that’s the fun part for me, because, strangely enough, the more different she becomes from me, the more I feel with my relationship with her is deepening.” Ripley is continually astounded by audience reaction to the show, both as a group experience and by personal contacts. “People tell me they had no idea how this show was going to change their lives, and how they felt connected with these strangers in the theater. It’s become something of a happening, which I never could have expected.” The tour is currently scheduled to run to the end of July, and Ripley will have to consider how to continue a career after such an intense experience. “But I know I will be able to go forward after Diana as a different person than I was before. It’s helping me clarify my own personal life, and I know it’s impacting the audience. Maybe it will be harder for me to say ‘yes’ to the next role, and that’s not a bad thing.”▼

she and Emily Skinner were Tonynominated together for their performances as co-joined twins, that serious attention began to be paid – and most fortuitously by Next to Normal composer Tom Kitt. “When he saw me in Side Show, he decided that one of his goals would be to write something for me,” Ripley said. “I’m in heaven when I hear that because this has been a dream come true.”

Next to Normal will run Jan. 25-Feb. 20 at the Curran Theatre. Tickets are $30-$99. Call (888) SHN-1799 or go to www.shnsf.com.

actor playing Othello. He finds himself living the part. With Signe Hasso, Edmund O’Brien, and Shelley Winters, as a friendly, available waitress in her breakthrough role. From a dazzling script by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. Real-life gay actor Albert Dekker plays identical twins, one of whom is a psychopath, in Among the Living (41). With a prebreakdown Frances Farmer and a young Susan Hayward. Directed by Stuart Heisler. Very atmospheric. Not on DVD. (1/23) The Lady Gambles (1949) stars the great Barbara Stanwyck as a woman whose addiction to craps and other games of chance destroys her marriage, and may end her life. With Robert Preston, years before The Music Man. Wonderful Las Vegas locations show how that city once looked. Directed by Michael Gordon. Stanwyck earned her fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination for Sorry, Wrong Number (48). She’s a manipulative, bedridden heiress alone in her mansion who, thanks to a mix-up on her telephone line, realizes husband Burt Lancaster is planning to kill her. With Ed Begley. Anatole Litvak directed. Gripping. (1/24) Olivia de Havilland plays identical twins facing The Dark Mirror (1946). One is good, the other evil.

Which one was at the scene of a murder? That’s what psychiatrist Lew Ayres has to determine. He falls in love with one, upsetting the other. De Havilland gives two superb performances, characteristically making the nice sister as interesting as the sinister one. Splendid direction by Robert Siodmark. In Crack-up (46), museum curator Pat O’Brien lives through a huge train wreck, but awakens with amnesia. Did it ever happen? Is Herbert Marshall trying to drive him crazy? With the always welcome Claire Trevor and Ray Collins, more than a decade before television’s Perry Mason. Directed by Irving Reis. (1/25) Joan Bennett is The Woman on the Beach (1947). She’s married to painter Charles Bickford – whom she blinded – then meets Robert Ryan. RKO badly cut Jean Renoir’s melodrama about madness and passion. Consequently, it’s flawed but fascinating. Not on DVD. In Beware My Lovely (52), whisky-voiced noir queen Ida Lupino is a widow who needs a man around the house. She hires drifter Robert Ryan, then soon discovers why he has no references. Will the widow outwit the menacing handyman? Suspenseful direction by Harry Horner. Not on DVD. (1/26, all at the Castro Theatre.)▼


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Cinema love child by David Lamble his week (Jan. 21-27), the Roxie Theater turns into a cinema time capsule as it hosts an extraordinary retrospective of the guys most responsible for the 1960s French New Wave, Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Running in conjunction with Emmanuel Laurent’s provocative new doc Two in the Wave (see below) will be a series of seldom-seen films starring their movie love child, Jean-Pierre Leaud. Each night, Two in the Wave will play in rotation with one of the five films in Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel Cycle, in which the young Parisian-born actor Leaud took on the mantle of Truffaut’s screen alter ego, or one of the three more politically charged films Leaud appeared in for Godard. The 400 Blows This astonishing debut feature still constitutes one of the best representations of a rebellious male adolescent ever captured on screen. We are seduced from the opening credits, as Jean Constantin’s haunting theme underscores widescreen b/w images of 1959 Paris. We then dive straight into a course presided over by the tyrannical guardian of French grammar “Little Quiz,” as the boys dub him for his hated daily exams. Right out of the box, our hero Antoine Doinel (Leaud) is in trouble: his impertinence gets him sent to stand in the corner, where his graffiti costs him his recess break. The boys are in a continuous state of insurrection, and Antoine and his blonde best bud Rene (Patrick Auffay) are the leaders of the ongoing coup against “Little Quiz” and his agenda, which is to squash, shame and restructure their burgeoning talents, egos and libidos, and turn them into low-functioning but obedient adults like their hapless parents. In the shabby flat Antoine shares with his clueless step-dad and flirty mom, his every attempt to claim his space is defeated: most hilariously when his attempt to construct a shrine to his literary hero, Balzac, nearly incinerates the apartment. In the course of 100 minutes, Antoine will steal, lie and play hooky, each time getting caught, and each time inching a little closer to the freedom he seizes by film’s end, in cinema’s most harrowing freeze-frame. (1/21, 6, 8:45 p.m.) Stolen Kisses Third in the cycle, this 1968 entry finds Antoine (now 24 and dishonorably cashiered from the army) in search of love and employment. Many feel this film is one of the greatest depictions of the feckless but passionate nature of youthful love. (1/24, 6:30, 9 p.m., plays with short Antoine & Colette) Bed and Board This 1970 episode

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finds a married but not quite stable Antoine experimenting with weird jobs: dying flowers red for a local florist, and presiding over a fleet of remote-controlled model ships for a shrill American boss. Antoine’s marriage almost goes up in smoke after he flirts with a mysterious Japanese woman, leading to a richly comic series of dinner dates. (1/25, 6:45, 8:45 p.m.) Love on the Run This 1979 series finale finds Antoine still pursuing his dreams of the perfect romance, while divorcing his wife and achieving some small acclaim as a novelist. Included are amusing vignettes from earlier chapters in the cycle. (1/26, 6:45, 8:45 p.m.) Made in the U.S.A. Leaud is a relatively minor character in this quirky postmodern mystery that Godard claimed was loosely adapted from a Donald Westlake noir. The farewell appearance by Godard wife/muse Anna Karina is filmed in gloriously saturated color, in keeping with the director’s hyperbolic take on American pop culture. (1/22, 3:15, 5:15, 6:45, 8:45 p.m.) Masculine Feminine An expression of how Leaud shared Godard’s radical politics (while identifying more with Truffaut aesthetically), this strange political melodrama finds Leaud playing a young pollster whose increasing radicalization sends his personal life into a confusing maelstrom befitting the 1960s. (1/23, 2:45, 4:45, 9:15 p.m.) La Chinoise Perhaps the best expression of Godard’s own “chaos theory” finds Leaud moving into a summer sublet that becomes a Maoist cell. This represents the apex of Godard’s singular work before he broke off communication with life on planet earth. (1/23, 7:15 p.m.) Two in the Wave Francois Truffaut and his close friend/ferocious rival Jean-Luc Godard were both in love with American movies, especially the gangster and film noir “B” variety, and were also determined to dethrone the then-reigning French film establishment in their upstart journal Cahiers de Cinema. Two in the Wave demonstrates how quickly Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Godard’s Breathless had audiences agog, Cannes in an uproar, and producers lining up to bankroll their new projects. The doc also reveals how soon two old buddies became mortal enemies during the wave of strikes and protests that engulfed France in Spring 1968. Among the most poignant moments is JeanPierre Leaud’s audition interview for Truffaut, in which he demonstrates the anarchic zest for life and comic chops that would make him far more than a one-trick pony. (1/21-27)▼

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