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Officials Lee readies for full term to discuss A fate of TL Health by Matthew S. Bajko

by Seth Hemmelgarn


an Francisco Public Health Director Barbara Garcia said she’ll meet with the board of Tenderloin Health today (Thursday, January 5) to discuss the nonprofit’s fate. The agency, which provides housing, medical, and other services to some of the city’s poorest residents, including people with HIV and Jane Philomen Cleland AIDS, has struggled for years and appears David Fernandez to be near collapse. But officials refuse to say much about what exactly is happening. In an exchange of text messages with the Bay Area Reporter on Tuesday, January 3, Garcia responded to an interview request by mentioning the meeting and saying, “You will get [the] press release first.” Asked what the statement would say, and whether it would be accurate to report that Tenderloin Health is closing, Garcia responded that she’s meeting with the board “to find this out.” In late December, Pamela Fitzgerald, Tenderloin Health’s development director, said in a Facebook post that the board voted December 20 to shut down the organization. Fitzgerald has declined to comment, and officials have refused to confirm her statement. Executive Director David Fernandez said in a recent email to the B.A.R. that the agency experienced “severe funding cuts” this fall and “We have not been doing very well.” Tenderloin Health relies on large chunks of public support, including hundreds of thousands of dollars from the health department, but Fernandez has refused to provide more information on the state of his agency. It’s unclear what would happen to the agency’s thousands of clients if it were to close. Asked about a transition plan during a brief interview Tuesday, Fernandez, said, “We haven’t figured all that out yet.” Responding to a question about which contracts have been cut, he said, “I’m not talking to you anymore until I have more concrete information to share with you. Thanks.” He then hung up the phone. In an interview last week, Fernandez said, “There’s a lot of options we’re considering,” but he wouldn’t say what the alternatives are. The agency’s budget is about $7.1 million.▼

fter being sworn in to a full fouryear term Sunday, January 8, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee plans to focus on job creation and making the city even more of a draw internationally for businesses and tourists in his inaugural speech. The two goals are key parts of Lee’s strategy to deal with another looming budget deficit, last estimated to be $263 million for the 20122013 fiscal year, and ensure the city’s unemployment rate continues to drop. It fell by 1.7 percent in 2011 to stand at 7.8 percent as of Mayor Ed Lee will hold a low-key inauguration this Sunday. November. During an interview with the Bay Area Reporter last forward looking on what we want to do in the month just before the Christmas holiday, Lee city,” said Lee, who defeated more than a dozen predicted there would be few surprises in his opponents in the November election. speech. He is considering ideas on how to build “I think, clearly, I will have a message to more affordable housing, particularly for share with people a little bit about what this middle-income people, and said seeking year has been like. Then I will spend more time a bond measure this year is on the table.

Reforming the city’s payroll tax is another top agenda item, as is launching a program to help property owners seismically upgrade their buildings. “We are thinking through those things as we speak,” said Lee, adding he wants to create a $5 million small business loan program aimed at the city’s neighborhood business corridors. Due to his having been appointed last January to the position, following Gavin Newsom’s resignation to become the state’s lieutenant governor, Rick Gerharter Lee won’t have the usual honeymoon period most new mayors are granted when they assume office. Having broken his word that he wouldn’t seek City Hall’s Room 200 permanently, Lee enters 2012 facing a potentially more acrimonious relationship with the Board of Supervisors. A majority either tried to oust him from office in the See page 8 >>

Independents seen as key in NH by Michael K. Lavers


he Breezeway, a gay bar on the corner of Pearl and Elm streets in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire, was largely quiet on the Monday night after Christmas. A series of Janet Jackson and En Vogue songs played as a handful of patrons sipped their beers or drinks and talked amongst themselves. Peterborough resident Bill St. John discussed the upcoming January 10 Republican presidential primary as he sat at the nearly empty bar. “We get to have a voice – we get to have a strong voice,” said St. John, who is originally from Long Island, New York. “People can come out no matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter what you do, you can come out and voice your opinion and make a difference and that’s huge for the people anywhere.” With less than a week until New Hampshire voters cast their votes in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, candidates and their staffers and volunteers are busy courting those all-important independent voters. A staffer at former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s downtown Manchester headquarters told the Bay Area Reporter on December 26 that the campaign remains confident going into the primary. Volunteers with former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman were seen carrying supplies into his campaign’s Elm Street office earlier on the same day; while Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum signs were

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Sidewalk politics played out on Elm Street in downtown Manchester last month. New Hampshire Republican voters go to the polls next week.

posted on neighboring buildings’ lawns. A large poster for Texas Congressman Ron Paul greeted motorists at the intersection of Queen City Avenue and South Willow Street, but post-holiday shoppers at the bustling Mall of New Hampshire seemed somewhat oblivious to the upcoming vote. A volunteer at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Elm Street office on December 26 also exuded confidence, but recent polls indicate that he continues to trail both Romney


and Paul by a double-digit margin.

Marriage equality As candidates continue to present their closing arguments to New Hampshire voters, a possible legislative vote on a bill that would repeal the state’s marriage equality law could potentially coincide with the January 10 primary. A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll conducted between September 26 and See page 2 >>

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EQCA to discuss plans at Jan. event by Seth Hemmelgarn


he statewide lobbying group Equality California is set to discuss its 2012 San Francisco Equality Awards and other plans at an awards kick-off party Friday, January 20. Besides the awards, EQCA officials are also expected to discuss their 2012 legislative agenda. The awards ceremony itself is slated for March, a month later than usual, but EQCA spokeswoman Rebekah Orr couldn’t provide an exact date. She said award recipients hadn’t been determined. Last year was a tumultuous one for EQCA. Governor Jerry Brown signed into

law 10 of the 12 bills it sponsored. However, in October, former Executive Director Roland Palencia quit after only three months on the job. EQCAs also bled hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years. Orr said the group has made progress since Palencia’s departure. It still doesn’t have an interim director, but Alice Kessler, EQCA’s former government relations director, is again working with the organization. Other recent additions include consultant Joan Garry, who was once executive director of the national Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Garry, who’ll be at the January party, and others have referred interview requests to Orr, who’s refused to make any such

arrangements. Orr indicated the leadership transition is the main reason the fundraiser is being pushed back a month. Last year’s gala raised about $300,000. The organization is looking at cutting expenses. The budget for the 2011 awards ceremony was about $119,000, Orr said. She said they expect to cut the budget for this year’s event by $40,000. The January 20 kick-off party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will be at the home of board member Suzy Jones. Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested by January 15. The address will be shared with people who RSVP. For more information, visit▼

Bears revamp SF winter weekend by Matthew S. Bajko

of course the people, SF Bear Weekend – a grassroots, web 2.0, social media driven event was born,” states the page, which can be found at www. The men behind the weekend are turning the disadvantages that caused IBR’s demise into strengths. Namely, anyone and any bar or charity group can decide to have their own event during the bear weekend and promote it on the event website, which automatically directs people to the Facebook page. Participants, in turn, can organize their own schedule that weekend. The hope is that the event will not only go viral, helping to attract visitors those dates, but also become a permanent part of the city’s LGBT calendar, similar to how Pride is always the last weekend of June in San Francisco.

“Hopefully, upon the success of the first SF Bear Weekend, it shall be declared by the Bears of Planet Earth, that now and forevermore the third weekend of February shall be an international bear weekend in the Great City of San Francisco, regardless of if there’s a person, group, page, twitter, or anything else to promote it,” states the Facebook page. “Everyone will just know to come to SF for Bear Weekend, like Marti Gras in New Orleans or Carnival in Rio.” The event’s Facebook page went live in early October, and already more than 330 people have indicated they plan to participate. Several of the city’s gay bars and Eros, the male sex club in the Castro, are hosting events, ranging from beer busts and happy hours to dance parties and a farewell barbecue. “I guess I am happy anytime things like this pop up. There’s really no such thing as too many opportunities to get together as a community,” San Francisco resident Daniel Hlad, who plans to participate, told the Bay Area Reporter. Others like the unofficial aspect to the weekend. “Not knocking IBRs of the past but I’m glad that the pageants, most of the organized events; etc. are through! I’ve always had the best time on these weekends when I didn’t have to follow any ‘schedule,’” wrote Wayne Kaye on the Facebook page. “For me, free time is the only way to go during these weekends!” Anyone who wants to have an event listed as part of the weekend’s itinerary can email▼

Internet, Romney recently talked with a gay Army veteran as he sat next to his husband in a Manchester restaurant and said that he supports efforts to repeal the state’s marriage equality law. Perry applauded the bill’s sponsor, state Representative David Bates (R-Windham,) and other lawmakers who back the repeal measure in a speech he gave at the conservative Cornerstone Action’s annual banquet in late October. Huntsman, whose campaign is riding on a win in New Hampshire, described the federal Defense of Marriage Act as serving a “useful purpose” at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., last month. “Despite more Republican primary voters opposing the repeal of marriage equality than supporting it, marriage equality has not been an issue in the primary, namely because all of the candidates except Fred Karger support its repeal,” gay New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley told the B.A.R. He expects a major GOP presidential candidate will support marriage equality by the 2016 primary. Karger is the openly gay Republican presidential candidate who has been campaigning in New Hampshire,

although he does not register on most voters’ radars. “It was a significant missed opportunity for one of the major candidates to break out of the pack by focusing on LGBT issues,” said Buckley of the current crop of candidates. St. John said he would probably vote for Huntsman if he were a Republican, but he applauded Romney as a “wonderful businessman” who left Bain Capital to run the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. St. John was far less certain of whether Romney would make a good president. Both Huntsman and Romney are Mormons, although that issue hasn’t figured prominently in the race. “He left his company to save the Olympics and he did a wonderful job,” said St. John. “He can do a great job as the president, but I believe he is ... for a lack of [a] better [word] a little too prejudice for my taste. Politicians can say anything and say they’re going to do anything, but when you let us know who you are for so many years – you’ve been in the same religion since you’ve been a child, you’re not going to change your spots too easily.”▼


he bears will be returning to San Francisco this winter after all, but for more of a DIY event than an officially organized weekend. For years the city played host each February to the International Bear Rendezvous, a three-day-long gathering for hirsute gay and bisexual men and their admirers. But after 17 years, organizers retired the party weekend following the 2011 event. Increasing costs, funding shortfalls, a lack of new volunteers, and the ease for bears (and cubs, otters, pandas, and other subsets within the larger bear community) to meet online and at regional bars or events were cited as key reasons for ending the get-together, whose genesis was the first Bear Expo held in 1992. But Ursus, at least the gay variety, don’t want to hibernate all winter long. So they are launching a new event called SF Bear Weekend. The gathering will take place over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, which falls on February 17-20. “The bears will be back but it is not IBR. It is being Internet-driven and is not officially sponsored,” Jeff Stiarwalt, a local resident who is helping to re-launch the event, told Castro merchants last month. According to the event’s Facebook page, gone are IBR’s dog tags and any official registration. There also will not be a host hotel, designated charities, or a theme associated with the weekend. “Sadly, 2011 was the last IBR. In its absence, and with the understanding that the essence of any bear event is


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October 2 found that 62 percent of New Hampshire voters oppose efforts to repeal the law, while 81 percent of respondents said marriage equality in the Granite State has not impacted their life since the law took effect in January 2010. Forty-four percent of New Hampshire voters said they are actually more likely to vote against a candidate who backs the bill. “My sense is that it would not serve a candidate’s interests in New Hampshire to highlight that issue,” said Dante Scala, an associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. “It’s just not something that most New Hampshire Republicans consider a key issue.” A coalition of groups that oppose the repeal measure unveiled a new ad earlier this month that features three Republicans and a Democrat who urge state lawmakers to vote against it. The same aforementioned Gingrich volunteer stressed that Republican candidates should stay out of the state’s marriage equality debate. Some have decided upon a different strategy. In a video seen widely on the

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A more grassroots SF Bear Weekend will take place in San Francisco in February.

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Ringing in 2012

Steven Underhill

With his cellphone in hand, Jai Rodriquez (of Rent and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) helps ring in the new year at the End Up in San Francisco’s South of Market district. A full house enjoyed dancing at the local hot-spot.

New year often means weight loss, diet changes by David Duran


t’s the start of a new year and the number one resolution on most folks’ minds is to lose weight and hit the gym. Dave McKew was fortunate enough to win a contest last year awarding him more than $25,000 in prizes, including a year of personal training and nutrition advice. With the free services ending in February, McKew is determined to continue on his own. McKew, who is openly gay, first heard about the contest through a friend who referred him to the website. He soon became obsessed with winning the contest and shortly after submitted a very personal video as per the entry rules. “I spent two decades thinking I’ll never be able to do it,” he said. Like most, he created a monster scenario of what it would take to lose the pounds and just never tackled it until the Commit to Fit contest was presented to him. For McKew, this was his ticket to making the change he needed. Just 10 months after starting his regimen, which consists of meeting with trainer and owner Billy Polson of Diakadi Fitness, Performance, Life three times a week and his nutritionist on a regular basis, McKew lost an amazing 93 pounds. He declined to specify what his weight was when he started. “It really is the greatest feeling in the world,” McKew told the Bay Area Reporter. Diakadi is now accepting entries for its next contest.

Soon on his own McKew is now preparing to be on his own. He feels that he has been taught the essentials of what he needs to do in order to continue. He plans to keep up his workout schedule and eat right. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford a year of coaching and motivation, but McKew recommends that anyone looking to lose weight meet at least once with a personal trainer and nutritionist. “Once you get the basic tools to help you get empowered, all it takes is self-drive,” he said. It’s not all about just working out. McKew said that the most important thing he learned was the fact that “80 percent of weight loss comes from what one eats and not the exercise.” He has transformed his eating habits and that, in combination with exercising regularly, is why he has been able to drop the pounds and keep them coming off.

David Duran

Billy Polson of Diakadi Fitness, Performance, Life, right, trains Dave McKew, the 2011 Commit to Fit contest winner.

“People need to understand that it’s not a fast process. Not everyone can go to a ranch for a few months and drop a tremendous amount of weight,” said McKew, referring to the hit television show, The Biggest Loser. The next challenge for McKew will be to keep up his routine on his own. He is motivated and feels that losing weight publicly, due to the contest and blog he writes weekly, has really made a difference for him. He suggests that people be public about their progress and sharing news. “The support I receive from friends, family, and the community serve as my motivation, and in being so public about my achievements helps motivate others,” he said. The Commit to Fit contest and scholarship program began in 2009 when Kevin Johnson, the first winner and a man in desperate need, approached Manuel Villacorta of MV Nutrition and, asking for help. Johnson was on disability due to his weight and was desperate to make a change in his life but was unable to afford the services of a registered dietitian. Villacorta saw that Johnson was extremely serious and reached out to Polson, the out owner of Diakadi and asked if he would also provide a year’s worth of services. In exchange, Johnson agreed to share his story and his success in hopes that it would inspire other clients to make a positive change in their lives. Johnson lost 140 pounds in that first year. Villacorta and Polson decided after such an inspiring success story, that this needed to be an annual contest. “We wanted to offer a way to help people jump-start some incredible change in their lives,” said Polson. He feels that the program not only changes the lives of the winners, but

also inspires their other clients and their friends to make bigger, stronger commitments to their own health and workouts. Polson was asked about the jump in gym memberships that occurs this time of year. “The toughest thing is that folks too often are making drastic promises or setting outrageous goals that they cannot keep, instead of making simple, positive lifestyle changes that they can stick with on-going,” he said. Polson teaches clients where lifestyle, fitness, and nutritional changes can be made that will allow them to be healthier, leaner, and happier, but also live their normal, balanced life at the same time. “You don’t have to give up on your favorite things in order to be healthy. You need to learn how to listen to your body, control your portions, and incorporate activity into your daily life,” he said. For this year’s Commit to Fit contest, the winner will receive $25,000 worth of coaching for lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise. For nutrition, they will be working directly with Sarah Koszyk, M.A., R.D. from Eating Free for the entire year. Koszyk will help the person set up an eating plan that works for their lifestyle. The winner will track their food intake daily on the website. For lifestyle and exercise, the contest winner will work directly with Mike Clausen, fitness performance, and lifestyle coach at Diakadi Fitness. They will workout three days a week and receive homework on changes to make in their lifestyle, sleep, stress, and schedule. To enter by January 31 visit www. Click on “Commit to Fit.”▼

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Bring it on, Santorum W

e’d love to see former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum go all the way to capturing the Republican presidential nomination. Just think, Santorum, a single-issue candidate fixated on his anti-gay message, would turn off so many voters that President Barack Obama would easily win re-election. But we can dream, can’t we? Santorum kept his barebones campaign alive with a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses, losing to Mitt Romney by a mere eight votes. (In fact, for a time, Santorum was on top in the three-way contest with Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.) The caucuses – in which a small Midwestern, mostly white state has an outsized role in presidential politics – made clear that Santorum is the favorite among social conservatives. But that won’t be enough for him to win the nomination and, so far, Santorum has been unable to broaden his appeal. When you run on a single issue – in his case promoting the traditional family and restricting marriage to one man and one woman – it gets you only so far. The predominantly gay Log Cabin Republicans reacted to Santorum’s victory Tuesday night, warning that in order to defeat Obama, the party requires a candidate “who can unite and expand the Republican Party.” R. Clarke Cooper, the group’s executive director, also pointed to Santorum’s divisive campaign in Iowa and said more of the same would only hurt

him in New Hampshire, which holds its primary next week. “If using gay and lesbian Americans as a wedge can’t score enough political points to win more than 25 percent in Iowa, it certainly won’t help the Republican nominee in November,” Cooper added. In the days leading up to the caucuses, Santorum revealed his deep homophobia and vindictiveness by telling NBC’s Chuck Todd that if there were to be a federal ban on same-sex marriage, not only could new marriages not be performed, but all existing samesex marriages would be nullified. As University of Michigan Law School professor Steve Sanders observed, writing on the American Constitutional Society’s blog, Santorum is no one’s constitutional scholar. “Still, it is stunning when someone who is being taken seriously as a presidential candidate ... literally shrugs at the idea that the federal government might unilaterally void more than 130,000 perfectly legal marriages,” Sanders wrote. Santorum’s position would completely unravel families, which is ironic given that he’s campaigning as the ultimate pro-family candidate. Oh, that’s right, he’s only pro-family for his kind of family. As a presidential candidate, he has exhibited a wholly self-centered view of the world. He would like America to go back to an era that has long since passed. For example, he views diversity

negatively and believes everyone should think and behave one way – as he defines it. “We need to celebrate common values and have a president that lays out those common values,” he said last weekend. There’s nothing wrong with common values, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of diversity, which is one of the country’s great strengths. Even though he nearly won the caucuses, the other social conservative candidates were at the bottom of the list. Texas Governor Rick Perry finished fifth. Last place finisher Michelle Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, dropped out of the race Wednesday morning. Santorum’s momentum will be short-lived because it’s not sustainable. Like Mick Huckabee four years ago, but without the folksy charm and easy laugh, Santorum is vying for those social conservative votes. The problem for him – as it was for Huckabee – is that there just aren’t enough of them.▼

Black LGBTQs find their voices by Irene Monroe


aving voice in the black community is still an arduous struggle for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer members. As we cross over into 2012, one of our biggest accomplishments in 2011 has been the various ways in which LGBTQs of African descent have employed different public venues to be heard. And these venues have been used as instruments of change in our future struggle.

American communities in that state. With over 200 LGBTQ people of color and allies in attendance at the Harlem Stage, renown gay African American Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart moderated the forum on same-sex marriage with a panel that included entrepreneur and activist Russell Simmons; Cathy Marino-Thomas, board president of Marriage Equality New York; Human Rights Campaign board of directors member David Wilson; myself; and a host of rights advocates, political activists, and religious leaders.

The court Bishop Eddie Long, one of the black church’s prominent pastors of “prosperity gospel” and bling theology in the Southeast, is flashing neither his gold nor silver these days. The embattled pastor had hoped that settling a sex scandal lawsuit for an undisclosed amount against allegations that he used influence, trips, gifts, and jobs to coerce young males into sexual relations would close the lid on the matter. But the mess wouldn’t subside and trouble kept coming: he’s now stepped down temporarily from his bully pulpit. Long has not created the homophobic climate in the black church, but he has certainly contributed to it. With a membership of over 25,000, Long’s church is the largest African American megachurch in the Southeast. And as the largest it can begin, with his sex scandal, to effect change by embracing a liberating, healthy, and holistic understanding of human sexuality. And in so doing, Long would be creating a model of pastoral care not only for heterosexuals or homosexuals, but most importantly, for himself.

The stage While most Harlem churches won’t touch LGBTQ issues, various gay-friendly arts venues will. On April 26, 2011 the Harlem Stage premiered the new documentary short film, Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness, allowing the largest public dialogue on same-sex marriage by LGBTQ people of color in the country. New York native and award-winning African American gay filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris directed the film, sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. Harris tackles the continued hot-button issue in both the African American and LGBTQ communities – civil rights: black versus gay. Harris dismantles the false dichotomy of this ongoing debate by connecting the black civil rights movement of the 1960s with the same-sex marriage equality movement of today. And he does it by focusing on African American state Representative Byron Rushing (D-Massachusetts), a veteran of the civil rights movement who, in the past decade, took the campaign for same-sex marriage into African

Black colleges Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) as a whole have been slow to take on the public challenge of LGBTQ issues for a couple reasons: Some schools were founded with religious affiliation, and black colleges are no different from African American communities in general. But during Coming Out Month the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s HBCU program hit campuses again. In an effort to educate and organize students, faculty, and administrators in advocating for LGBTQ equality and social justice specific to each institution’s needs, HRC conducts annually the black LGBTQ Student Leadership Summit to help college-age students to deal with strong family foundations that emphasize heterosexuality and strong conservative religious ties within the black church. “It takes a lot of courage to stand up on an HBCU campus and be proud of who you are,” said HRC associate director of diversity Donna Payne. “That is why we support training this generation to be effective leaders that will change the course of what it means to be African American and LGBT.”

Memoir CNN’s Don Lemon penned a memoir titled Transparent last year and came out in the process. In writing his book, Lemon said “the decision to come out happened organically.” In this era of acceptance of LGBTQ people in news broadcasting like ABC’s Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and her colleague Thomas Roberts, to name a few, one would wonder about the source of the media brouhaha with Lemon’s disclosure, especially since it was not secret at work. ‘It’s quite different for an African American male,” Lemon told Joy Behar on her HLN show. “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.” And Lemon is right. With homophobia

running as rampant in historically black colleges and universities as it is in black communities, there are no safe places for GBTQ brothers of African descent to safely acknowledge their sexuality or to openly engage the subject of black GBTQ sexualities.

Public Recant Tim Hardaway, a retired NBA player and former All-Star, in 2011 stepped forward with a change of words. “It’s not right to not let the gays and lesbians have equal rights here,” Hardaway, an alum of the University of Texas, El Paso, told the crowd at a press conference organized by the No Recall group, a group opposing a recall of El Paso Mayor John Cook and two city representatives for their support to re-establish domestic partner benefits for same-sex and unmarried partners of city employees. Hardaway, however, is the last person one would expect to speak out on behalf of an LGBTQ social justice issue. In a 2007 interview on a Miami sports radio station, Hardaway was asked how he would interact with a gay teammate. The topic came up because fellow former NBAer John Amaechi had just come out. “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known...,” Hardaway said during his infamous rant. A change of words helps bring a change of heart.

Film Positive black LGBTQs on the silver screen are an anomaly. This paucity of black LGBTQ images not only maintains the lie that we don’t exist, but it has also allowed the African American community to retreat into a closet producing black homophobic flicks. But the tide is turning. A new film is soon to come out by writerdirector Dee Rees titled Pariah, a semiautobiographical drama that generated a lot of buzz at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It’s both a coming-of-age and coming-out film about a 17-year-old black lesbian in Brooklyn falling in love and embracing one’s identity. While I will continue to argue that the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it. And giving voice about it other than in the venue of the church will effect change.▼ The Reverend Irene Monroe is a blogger and public theologian who gives workshops and talks across the country on LGBTQ issues.

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Year has plenty in store, say LGBT politicos by Matthew S. Bajko


his year could bring changes across the political map like none other. Not only is President Barack Obama set for a battle royale to keep the White House with his soon-to-be-picked GOP opponent, both houses in Congress could slip back into Republican control. Locally, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will once again be back up for grabs between progressives and moderates as voters in odd-numbered districts elect their representatives. What those districts will look like is also set to change as a panel works on redrawing boundaries for all 11 board seats in response to the latest census figures. Across the bay Oakland Mayor Jean Quan could face a recall against her. Statewide the largest number of out candidates running for legislative seats could swell the LGBT Legislative Caucus in Sacramento to record numbers. To get a better sense of how these political fights might turn out, the Political Notebook asked LGBT politicos for some help. It is a New Year’s tradition that always includes some dead-on predictions, a few wild rumors, and at least a couple missed marks. Here, then, are some possible outcomes to ponder in 2012. The Board of Supervisors will tack further center with the appointment of a new District 5 supervisor. Look for the newly minted Supervisor John Avalos machine to get behind labor leader and transgender activist Gabriel Haaland. One of the best organizers in town and, with the backing of labor and possibly the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, he would have a national fundraising base to draw on. The question is: does the Avalos machine have the discipline to do it? Statewide, the big possible upset (although highly unlikely) would be the qualification of the initiative to repeal Proposition 8, the ban against same-sex marriage. It remains to be seen is if the folks behind it can get their act together to collect the million-plus signatures necessary. It is a total long shot but not impossible given all of the local LGBT organizations in the state. If they were to hire the right campaign manager they could pull it off, which is a big “if.” If it does qualify there will be pandemonium for about a month as to who will run the campaign and what kind of campaign will be run – especially given Equality California is currently leaderless. Ultimately, the big donors will decide and two organizations will be created. One will focus on TV/earned media and one will focus on a ground campaign. It won’t be pretty but it will be successful. Nationally, it will be Mitt Romney vs. Obama vs. the Unknown. Americans Elect 2012 could very well nominate a Michael Bloomberg/Jeb Bush ticket and then everything is up for grabs. Or they nominate a Donald Trump/Sarah Palin ticket and we all amuse ourselves as Romney dukes it out with them for the Tea Party vote. Mike Marshall Restore Hetch Hetchy Executive Director

Newly elected Mayor Ed Lee will continue to mold his administration. We may see Jennifer Entine-Matz, the super smart and capable head of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, presented with an attractive opportunity, thereby opening up her job for a new appointee such as, perhaps, Bevan Dufty. Dufty was the sixth vote that installed Lee interim mayor and he played nice in the mayor’s race. That, plus his hard work, deep city knowledge, and ability to get things done, puts him at the top of the list for a prime appointment. City Attorney Dennis Herrera, on the other hand, emerges somewhat bruised from the mayor’s race. As much as harsh campaigning against Lee, his criticism of the Central Subway left many of the powers that be displeased. We may see Herrera move on to a job at the state level, thereby giving Lee a key appointment for the city attorney position. Supervisor (and attorney) Sean Elsbernd’s my pick. Mayor Lee will find former sheriff candidate Chris Cunnie to be a good fit for Elsbernd’s moderate District 7. Cunnie would easily be re-elected in November. Despite threats and talk of challengers, Supervisors Eric Mar, David Chiu, David Campos, and Avalos will sail easily to re-election in November. Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure will pass, and most else will fail. We will see the strongest thirdparty presidential candidate we’ve ever seen, Obama will win re-election, and Democrats will pick up seats in the House and Senate. Colleen Crowley Political consultant

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Over the last three years Obama has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBT community, Californians, and all Americans and come November 2012, I’m confident that he will be reelected so he can finish the job he was sent to Washington to do. Chris Clark will almost certainly seek one of the two open Mountain View City Council seats this year. Since a surprisingly strong showing in the 2008 election, he has stayed very active in the city, and many say he’s quietly laying the groundwork for another run in 2012. As a city planning commissioner, board member for several organizations and a director at Loopt, he’ll have strong support from the tech, green, and progressive communities. He will be well positioned to be the youngest and first openly gay council member in Mountain View. Evan Low Campbell Vice Mayor

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Ringing in 2012: The Bay Area Reporter’s political prognosticators let loose on a bevy of predictions.

My political prediction for 2012 is that it will continue to be a big year for the advancement of LGBT rights. And those gains will happen from the top down, with what I expect will be Obama’s re-election. The broad themes of his upcoming campaign (“rich versus poor”) are already being outlined, and they’ll resonate with voters tired of income inequality and Republicans who seem to care more about social issues than fixing the economy.

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Obama will also benefit from the Republicans’ self-inflicted wounds. Romney continues to be unacceptable to vast groups of GOP voters, and Newt Gingrich doesn’t only have baggage, he has luggage. There’s an old saying in politics: “You can’t beat somebody with nobody.” In this case, Obama is the somebody who, I expect, will win. Obama will solidify his support among LGBT voters by announcing his all-out endorsement of same-sex marriage before the election. There is little for him to lose at this point, and much to gain among highturnout gay and lesbian voters. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t be surprised if the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court’s ruling that threw out Proposition 8. That would pave the way for California to join six other states and the District of Columbia (and two Indian Tribes in Oregon and Washington) that issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Another important ruling may come in 2012 on DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. Like many, I expect the 1st Circuit to find DOMA unconstitutional. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) will be easily reelected in 2012 – and, yes, she is running: “That’s my intention,” she told me in a recent phone call. She also said she will use the senate race to talk all along the campaign trail about her bill to repeal DOMA. Once she gets enough Senate cosponsors, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada) will bring DOMA repeal to the full Senate for a vote, setting up a showdown in the Republican-controlled House that will backfire on the Republicans. It will come as the GOP tries to appeal to mainstream voters so they can win the presidential election. But the DOMA confrontation will See page 9 >>

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Castro pot club sends funds to LGBT charities by Seth Hemmelgarn


medical pot club in San Francisco’s Castro area has distributed funds to charities just months after opening. The Apothecarium, 2095 Market Street, recently distributed $1,000 apiece to Maitri and Larkin Street Youth Services, and $500 to Pets Are Wonderful Support. Co-owner Ryan Hudson said they hadn’t expected to make any donations in their first few months, “but in the spirit of the holidays,” they wanted to distribute funds and fulfill their commitment. He said the charities are all “wonderful” organizations that offer something “near and dear to our hearts.” Laws governing medical cannabis dispensaries restrict the businesses from turning a profit, so before the shop opened, Hudson pledged to funnel any profits back into the community.

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Patient David Goldman, left, examines medicinal cannabis at the Apothecarium with Michael Koehn and club manager Jason Abrao.

Hudson said they’re still paying down construction and other startup costs for the dispensary, which opened June 21. Those expenses came to “something in the low six figures,” and about two-thirds of the costs remain to be paid, he said. He expects to have the expenses paid off this year. The shop, which sells everything from flowers to baked goods, will become a mutual benefit corporation this month, Hudson said. That means it will be a nonprofit that pays taxes. Also beginning this month, Hudson’s taking a salary, but he wouldn’t disclose the amount. “I’m thrilled they actually already have some funds available,” said Alan Beach-Nelson, who’s HIVpositive and chairs the dispensary’s philanthropic advisory committee. He said checks were distributed December 15-16. Beach-Nelson, who’s the president of the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and isn’t involved in managing the pot club, said he’s “very optimistic” about the effort’s growth. He said the committee hasn’t yet decided whether other agencies would be selected the next time or when subsequent distributions would be made. The Apothecarium’s checks may seem small compared to the beneficiaries’ budgets, but the agencies receiving funds all expressed appreciation. Larkin Street Youth Services, which works with homeless youth, is one of the agencies that received money from the pot club. Kathie Lowry, Larkin Street’s chief development officer, said the $1,000 it received is “a meaningful gift” that would be used for general operating support. Its budget is $14 million.

The hospice Maitri, which serves men and women living with HIV and AIDS, also received $1,000. “We’re thrilled to receive the support, and will put it directly toward caring for our 15 residents,” said Executive Director Michael Smithwick. Maitri has a budget of about $2.5 million. Smithwick said the gift is “certainly welcome” as his agency works on diversifying funding beyond government contracts toward more private resources. Pets Are Wonderful Support, which helps the companion animals of lowincome people with disabling HIV/ AIDS and other illnesses, received $500 from the Apothecarium. Executive Director Kevin Kosik said, “All gifts are incredibly important.” “We’re 100-percent funded by philanthropic support,” Kosik added. “We don’t have any earned revenue, and we don’t take any government funds. We have to raise every dollar from scratch every year from individuals, foundations, and corporations.” This year’s budget is $1.6 million. So far, at least one Apothecarium patient is pleased with the dispensary, too. David Goldman, who also sits on the club’s philanthropic committee, uses marijuana for glaucoma and chronic pain. He said the shop is “one of our top dispensaries in the city.” “I just think they give very excellent personal service, and the quality of their medicine is really good,” said Goldman, who is gay. Besides Goldman, Beach-Nelson, and Hudson, the committee also includes Apothecarium co-owner Michael Thompson and Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association President Dennis Richards.▼

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Romney, Santorum in virtual tie in Iowa by Lisa Keen


he Republican presidential field’s most anti-gay candidate scored big Tuesday night when he landed in a virtual tie for first place in the Iowa caucuses with the candidate who has been seen by the media as the party’s most viable challenger to President Barack Obama. Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who took numerous opportunities in his campaign to espouse his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, secured just eight votes fewer than former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, out of about 60,000 cast for the two men. Each won 25 percent of the 122,000 votes cast for seven candidates, in what may be the closest Republican caucus race in history. The final result was not announced by the state Republican Party until after 1 a.m. Iowa time. Texas Congressman Ron Paul came in third, with 21 percent of the caucus votes. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, followed in fourth place, garnering 13 percent. Texas Governor Rick Perry took 10 percent of the vote in fifth place, followed by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota in sixth place with 5 percent of the vote. Bachmann ended her campaign Wednesday morning. Although an Iowa victory is important symbolically, especially in the eyes of the media, it does not secure any of the state’s eventual 25 delegates to the Republican convention. Also, polls nationally and in other key states suggest Santorum still has an uphill battle for the nomination. The latest national poll, by Gallup, showed Santorum in fifth place with only 6 percent of support from 1,000 Republican voters surveyed. Romney led the field with 24 percent. The poll was conducted from December 26 to January 2. Santorum’s success in Iowa will probably bring increased attention and support for his passionately proclaimed anti-gay views. Those views and his toughly stated

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opposition to abortion appeared to fuel his strong showing in the caucuses. The most important issue for Santorum supporters in Iowa was abortion, according to CNN. (CNN apparently did not ask about samesex marriage on its entrance poll.) For Romney supporters, it was the economy. One CNN commentator, Gloria Borger, suggested Santorum’s ascension might draw Romney into more discussions about social issues, such as same-sex marriage. Gay leaders were critical of Santorum. “[N]o other candidate has made opposing basic rights for LGBT Americans such a guiding principle of his or her public life,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. Santorum, onstage with a large crowd of supporters Tuesday, thanked his wife Karen, God, and Iowa. He said “rights come to us from God,” he talked about the need for “a plan that includes everyone,” and he talked about the “dignity of every human life.” He said that “when the family breaks down, the economy struggles.” But, despite repeatedly emphasizing his opposition to same-sex marriage throughout his campaign, Santorum did not mention his definition of marriage as being between “one man

and one woman.” Romney, onstage with his wife, Ann, and four of their sons, congratulated Santorum for his success and noted, at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, that he did not yet know what the final result would be. (Two percent of the vote was yet to be counted, and Romney was leading by only 41 votes. Before he finished his speech, Santorum was leading by five votes.) Romney said nothing about same-sex marriage either, and said, “freedom is a gift from God.” MSNBC commentator Al Sharpton said Santorum’s success in the race is good for Democrats. “As long as a Santorum is in the race, Romney’s going to have to keep playing to the right,” said Sharpton, “and the longer he has to debate and stay to the right, he loses the middle.” Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying that Romney was “one of the best” of the Republican candidates in Iowa on issues affecting LGBT Americans. “By contrast,” said Cooper, “Senator Santorum rose by appealing to a uniquely socially conservative electorate. The divisive social issue politics which helped Santorum’s campaign in Iowa will only hurt him in New Hampshire and beyond as voters learn more about his record. Winning the White House will require the politics of addition, not division.” There are two debates this weekend. The first is in New Hampshire, Saturday at 9 p.m. on ABC. The latter is on NBC’s Meet the Press program on Sunday at 9 a.m.▼ A longer version of this story is online at

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Tebow or not Tebow, that is the question by Roger Brigham


he blessing and curse of sports is that they provide us, for brief moments at a time, refuge from our daily cares. A chance to flex muscles, either our own or those of our vicarious icons, as we endure temporary defeats and victories, discover our strengths and our weaknesses, then set it all aside to return to our real world lives, refreshed. That holds true for almost every sport in which you may indulge yourself or root for others, from golf to baseball to lacrosse to skiing. Every sport, that is, except football. What is it about this sport, whether the round ball kicking form that electrifies most of the globe or the pointy ball passing form that engulfs the United States, that launches millions into hallucinogenic heights of surreal passions and fantasies? Mind you, I love football. My first sports experience was playing tackle football, no pads or helmets, as a third grader in the backyard with the neighborhood kids, including the college student next door. At the time I did not weigh much more than the ball itself. When I lined up to block, my mouth was right at the level of the opposing knees that would be smashing into my molars when the


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election or backed one of his opponents. Lee already has been meeting with supervisors to mend fences and find common ground – and projects – they can work on together. “I think we are going about the business of the city,” said Lee, 59. While neither of the city’s two openly gay supervisors backed Lee in the race, both said they believe the board and mayor will be able to put the campaign behind them and get back to work this month. “I don’t see why not. We are all professionals,” said District 9 Supervisor David Campos, who

ball was snapped. It was a bruising and exhilarating entry into the world of sports, and I grew up thinking that every boy in America spent the evening gargling warm saltwater to rinse out the blood and ease the wounds. But as I flash forward from those childhood memories to listen to and look at the sports monolith that is modern day football, I must reach one conclusion: Football is the ultimate Size Queen of the sports world. Bigger is better and biggest is not big enough. People push a few ounces of leather through a few yards of mud to proclaim themselves conquerors of the world. In stadium across stadium, fans pack the stands to chant to proclaim to the same music that each of their teams is the superior stud. Most games last about three hours; if they last four hours, you’re supposed to call a doctor. By the time the BCS Championship game between Louisiana State and Alabama is played on Monday, January 9, 70 football teams will have played in 35 bowl games in little more than three weeks, with 69 of the teams excitedly earning the right for their fans to scream at the top of their lungs, “We’re not No. 1!” And then go on talk radio with their plans for how to

create the ideal college playoff system that the football world absolutely, most definitely needs to determine once and for all who is the best team. The idea that there is in fact one team superior to all others is the most consistent and powerful myth surrounding football, but it is by no means the only one. There is, for example, our collective delusion that helmets protect football players. Quick question: Who funds the studies on the safety of football helmets? The answer, as I found out some years back when I researched a series I wrote on death and disability in the sport, is the helmet industry itself. Not exactly the most impartial research to hang your life on. I have had a sick fascination this season listening to commentators as they try to wrap their noggins around how to talk about new NFL rules designed to minimize concussions among the players. Well, actually the rules are designed to a) reduce public outcry about the incidence of concussions; and b) stave off future lawsuits. So as slow-mo replays show heads smashing into heads, the commentators talk about whether they think the contact was incidental or intentional and whether penalties are too harsh or justified. They don’t talk about the long-term brain damage that is inherent in the sport at the highest levels and whether it is even possible to eliminate the dangers. I don’t have the answers to that, but

endorsed District 11 Supervisor John Avalos for mayor. “We are all grown-ups. At the end of the day whatever differences we may have, we will put those aside and focus on what is best for the city. The campaign is over and now it is time to focus on governing the city.” Campos said the first step is to make sure the mayor has a “good working relationship” with the board. “There are many of us on the board who want to do that,” he said. “I have every expectation he will.” District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener agreed. He recently told the B.A.R. that he sees “a lot of opportunities” for the board and mayor to come together policy-wise. “I am very supportive of the

mayor’s efforts to roll out the welcome mat to businesses, whether in the Mid-Market area or elsewhere, and being very proactive in letting them know businesses are welcome here and we will work with them,” said Wiener, who backed his old boss, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, in the race.

The budget How to deal with the city’s deficit will be an early test of the comity at City Hall. And sparing critical health care services, particularly for people living with HIV and AIDS, will be a key issue as the mayor works to present the board a balanced budget, said B.A.R. publisher Thomas E. Horn, whom the mayor asked to

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow

it would be refreshing just once to hear them admit the sport is trying to figure out an acceptable level of collateral damage. Instead they talk about Tim Tebow. As in, do you hate Tebow or do you love him? Do you believe in Tebow or do you think he is just riding a bubble? Those are questions that this year trump abortion, the death penalty, and federal bailouts for hot button issues. Since late November, Cyd Zeigler has had a front page story on www. with the headline, “Why I hate Tim Tebow.” In December, twin football players were suspended by their New York high school for organizing a group “kneel-down” in the hallway as homage to Tebow’s ubiquitous posture along football serve on his inaugural committee. “Maintaining a healthy equilibrium going forward with greatly reduced resources is certainly his greatest challenge,” said Horn, a member of the paper’s editorial board, which picked Lee as its third place endorsement under the city’s ranked-choice voting system. As he did at the start of 2011, Lee said he plans to once again hold town hall meetings in each of the city’s 11 supervisorial districts to gather public input on how to balance the budget. “I will probably hold even more,” said Lee, adding he will be seeking guidance from board members, city departments and nonprofits that provide various services to residents. “I will be inviting people to give us their ideas on how to create revenues without feeing people to death or taxing people.” During the campaign Lee said he saw no need to hire an AIDS czar but would appoint someone within his administration to be a point person on HIV issues. He is still deciding who that person will be as he prepares to make several changes to city leadership. “We are going through an internal re-organization, if you will, and will

sidelines. Sports Illustrated plastered Tebow on its cover with a headline that said, simply, “Tebow!” and quoted Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo saying of yet another come-from-behind Denver Broncos victory. “I believe there is some divine intervention associated with what is taking place.” And, apparently, saying it with a straight face. As Tebow rode a solid Broncos defense to a mini late-season winning streak, the football world was polarized between those who believe in separation of church and sport and those who believe football is a holy crusade – as well as those who believe in pocket passer quarterbacks and those who favor a little more smash mouth. Tebow thanked God via the press after each of those victories. Then, when he threw just one touchdown and seven interceptions during a season-ending three-game losing streak, apparently God did drop everything else when the Broncos (8-8) were anointed with a playoff spot over the equally inept Oakland Raiders. Okay, so apparently football isn’t the most reliable when it comes to science or religion. How about geography? Well, according to the NFL, Indianapolis is north of Cincinnati, St. Louis is west of Dallas. Guess football should stick to the subject area it is best at: economics. Go 49ers!▼ bring in new people,” said Lee. He has already hired his gay campaign spokesman, Tony Winnicker, to be a mayoral policy adviser, and has asked his current out chief of staff, Steve Kawa, to stay on board. He will be recruiting a new city administrator, as Amy Brown, an out lesbian who had replaced Lee in the position, will become Campbell’s new city manager Monday, January 9. And this summer openly gay city Public Utilities Commission general manager Ed Harrington is expected to depart when his contract expires, though Lee is deferring to what the longtime administrator wants to do. “He has the privilege to determine that,” Lee said.

New supervisor Lee’s first big personnel decision will be to name a new District 5 supervisor to fill the seat being vacated by incoming Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who will also be sworn into office this Sunday. As of press time Wednesday, January 4 Lee had yet to announce the new board member. “It is a complex issue,” said Lee, whose inaugural ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall.▼

Obituaries >> Laurent Uhalde April 26, 1962 – December 31, 2011

Our valiant Laurent quietly left us after a long struggle, surrounded by his loving family, on the last day of the year. Always full of adventure, boundless energy, and optimism, Laurent came to San Francisco from the Basque Country in the French southwest 27 years ago and fell in love with the city. His great passion in life was food – he made the most challenging dishes seem simple

and he could even tell you exactly what he ate at a great meal 20 years ago. He became a cook, waiter, and eventually a tour guide in the American Southwest. He is survived by his sister Margotte; mother, Anne; brother, Peyo; niece, Ophelie; and many friends both here in the Bay Area and in the Basque Country. A huge, heartfelt thanks to Jeffrey Manese and the staff at Kapla Medical Group and the staff at Maitri whose compassion and love made Laurent’s last days more comfortable than we could have hoped for. A celebration of his life took place at Most Holy Redeemer Church on Wednesday, January 4.

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remind voters (especially moderate independents) of why the GOP is being called the “Gay Obsessed Party.” Public opinion moves even more to the advantage of gays and lesbians in 2012, as the war for gay rights continues to be won battle by battle. Hank Plante Political columnist former TV reporter

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to toss the euro overboard. The somewhat sane countries, which want to stop climate change, create a cultural boycott of the totally insane U.S. and Canada, who want to build the Keystone Pipeline. This cultural boycott includes artistic and academic exchanges, but no impact on trade. It shames the North Americans into breaking their addiction to oil and working seriously to combat climate change. Terry Joan Baum Playwright Green Party member

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Obama returns to the White House by a landslide, his evolution on same-sex marriage completed. Congress will be restored to Democratic majorities in both houses and will tackle LGBT equality issues. Congressman Mike Honda (D-San Jose) wins his newly redistricted seat. With the help of Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois), Honda puts forward his Reuniting Families Act again, continuing his fight for me and Karin and thousands of other LGBT bi-national couples. Congress passes it and Obama will sign it into law so gay men and lesbian women in America can sponsor their spouses for immigration. Feinstein remains in office to champion LGBT issues, especially DOMA repeal. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) also remain in Congress. Both Elizabeth Warren (in Massachusetts) and Tammy Baldwin (in Wisconsin) are elected to the Senate. The LGBT Congressional Caucus gets stronger. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issues clear and safe directives that LGBT bi-national couples are not to be deported. Assemblyman Jim Beall Jr. (D-San Jose) is elected to the state Senate. Prop 8 is overturned and California resumes same-sex marriage. Other states follow. Judy Rickard Author of Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law (Findhorn Press, 2011) San Francisco progressives take advantage of ranked choice voting by running slates of three candidates for several supervisor districts. They achieve a veto-proof majority in 2012. The Occupy movement grows and realizes that electoral power is real power. They will debate whether to work with Democrats or Greens or start anew. Sarah Palin graciously accepts the Republican nomination. Obama’s rational demeanor highlights Palin’s bizarre ideas and weak grasp of issues. She proclaims all criticism of herself sexist – and some of it is – distressing progressive women. Obama is reelected, and we breathe a sigh of relief and resignation. The Euro Zone falls apart because bigger is not always better. And “Too big to fail” only exists when someone bigger can bail you out. No one is big enough to bail out the EU. Holland, having occasional bouts of common sense, is the first

Obama wins a second term. The president stepped into the biggest economic sinkhole since the Great Depression, but the American economy is recovering slowly. The president has been great on our issues and deserves the support of the LGBT community. State Senator Loni Hancock’s (D-Oakland) tireless work on many important social issues, including her recent attempt to abolish the death penalty, has really reinforced her position as a progressive stalwart. She will win re-election. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has become a real player in Sacramento, chairing the Rules Committee and aggressively fundraising for her party. A tenacious supporter of progressive causes, most notably environmental issues, she wins a third term. Brown’s statewide tax initiative will win approval in 2012. If the Occupy movement has taught us anything, it’s that the majority of the American people think that increasing taxes on the rich is essential for our long-term financial well-being. Tom Bates is re-elected Berkeley mayor. My council colleagues up for re-election, Max Anderson, Laurie Capitelli, and Susan Wengraf, keep their seats and Berkeley will elect its first out lesbian to the Berkeley school board. Darryl Moore Berkeley City Councilman

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I predict a resurgent Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. Long the progressive-leaning stepsister to the more moderate Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the membership over the last year has taken off with an impressive infusion of younger voters, party promoters, transgender activists, and HIV/AIDS advocates, among others. Thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic and there is still no cure, but where has the anger gone? Where is our ACT UP? I predict that activists independent of the nonprofits will rally an increasingly

frustrated generation of young people to demand a cure, lower drug costs, and mount protests in the spirit of GetEqual. The moderates have done nothing, and they’ll continue to accomplish nothing in 2012. I think District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener needs to tread carefully on how far to the right he’s trending on topics like historical preservation, regulating Jane Warner and Harvey Milk plazas, and his support of repealing ranked choice voting. He’s creating the perfect storm for some serious protests of his voting record in the year to come. Across the bay in Oakland, I just can’t see how Mayor Quan can continue to effectively lead after her bungling of the Occupy movement, increased violence on the streets, and the collapse of the local economy. Whether by recall or resignation, I predict the end of Quan’s political career in 2012. Americans will re-elect Obama, but at such a slim margin that many on the left will demand a more progressive, tougher leadership style than he’s used in the past as a reward for their loyalty. The Republicans will continue to obstruct him at every turn no matter what he does, so I predict a leaner, meaner Obama on the campaign trail. Jason Villalobos Milk Club board member I predict that spending by U.S. political candidates in 2012 will soar to an obscene record. Forecasts of more than $8 billion may be understated, since there are new ways for funders to conceal their political donations. This is in addition to the money already spent to bring us the Republican primary clown circus. In 2012, American viewers can look forward to a barrage of more than $3 billion in TV advertising for candidates. I further predict that not one congressional voice – not one – will be raised to propose a rational way to reduce and control campaign spending. Current campaign finance regulations come replete with evasive options, and, thanks to the notorious Citizens United decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations and other entities can play the game with unlimited funds. New so-called super-PACs are being created to funnel money and shield donors. Eight billion dollars is substantially greater than the annual gross domestic product of Haiti. Imagine what it could buy if intelligently applied. James Hormel Former ambassador, Author Fit to Serve (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011) 2012 will be the year of the 99 percent. With our budget situation continuing to worsen, a heightened public awareness of the growing stratification of income will lead voters in San Francisco to pass much-needed progressive tax measures in the November (and June?) elections. Students at public colleges like San Francisco State University and City College will become better organized and will successfully stop state legislators and Governor Brown from further raising tuition and gutting our institutions of higher learning. Incumbent supervisors will withstand challenges in Districts 3, 9 and 11 and hold onto their seats. Avalos and Campos will use the November elections to strengthen their positions as San Francisco’s populist leaders and lay the campaign groundwork for future races. In the presidential election, San Francisco will throw its support behind Obama, but will call him to task on the oftentimes frustrating

relationship he’s had with our values. I, for one, would love to ask why he’s spending our resources shutting down legal medical cannabis operations when those resources would be far better spent tackling issues that are actually having a detrimental affect on our community? Warren and Baldwin will win their races for the U.S. Senate, injecting much needed progressive voices into the national political landscape. Galvanized by the loss of bars like the Eagle and Kimos, the queer community will organize and fight attempts to further erode LGBT spaces. Those outside the entertainment industry will join in the fight and recognize that our bars and clubs serve as community centers and crucial fundraising sources. And now for the juicy stuff ... At least one now-single supervisor will walk down the aisle. Either voters or the courts will overturn ranked choice voting and the sit-lie ordinance. A Bay Area professional athlete will come out of the closet ... and ask me on a date. Tom Temprano Hard French co-founder Milk Club board member The state’s redistricting has everyone pulling their hairs out – and if you’re not then consider that your holiday gift. This year we

On the web Online content this week includes the Out in the World column; and articles on Bradley Manning’s military hearing and top stories to look for in 2012.

will be tested on one thing alone: Loyalty. The race that I’m probably too invested in is the most watched of races in southern California, the race for Assembly District 50. I’m supporting the incumbent in the race Betsy Butler and I’m going to predict she will be re-elected. I believe that most incumbents running for re-election being unfairly challenged will be re-elected. I predict that Raul Bocanegra will win in Assembly District 39 and in Assembly District 51, where I live; I’m putting my bets on Jimmy Gomez for Assembly. Although, I was personally hoping that my friend Secretary of State Debra Bowen would run; I’m confident that Feinstein will easily win re-election (I got my walking shoes on, Senator!). My personal loss will be losing my friend, Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) as my Congress member but she’ll be re-elected easily in her new district. I also predict that Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood) will win re-election – she’s facing a tough campaign but she’s a strong woman. Obama will be re-elected – the GOP doesn’t have anything on him! And in 2013 LA City Controller Wendy Greuel will be the first woman ever to be elected mayor. Ari Ruiz LA City Commissioner Political VP of LA Stonewall Young Democrats

Clarification After the publication of the December 29 article, “Sober space seeks fiscal sponsor,” Castro Country Club volunteer manager Terry Beswick clarified that the reason he regretted taking part in a protest about the fate of the building was because it coincided with a 12-step meeting that was taking place there. The online version has been updated.

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Legal Notices>> statement file A-033985600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as INFINITY LIMOUSINE,845 Florida St., SF,CA 94110.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Corwin Chan.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/06/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/06/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033991700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as ALBERS AND ABLERS, 197 Downey St.,SF,CA 94117.This business is conducted by an individual, signed John B. Albers.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/08/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033987600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THAI HOUSE 530, 530 Valencia St., SF,CA 94110. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Krittiya Meeriyagerd.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/07/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/07/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033979700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as HOT COOKIE,407 Castro St., SF,CA 94114.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Daniel Glazer.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/01/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033986900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as PAPER KITE FILMS,1226 46TH AVE.,#1, SF,CA 94122.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Anne Marie Fruit.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/06/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/06/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033994000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as ALBERT ELECTRIC,2735 39TH AVE., SF,CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Richard Albert Campbell.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/09/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033996100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as SMILE,1002 Scott St., SF,CA 94115.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Lawrence Lauterborn.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/12/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/12/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033996600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as FOG CITY NEIGHBORHOOD CAB DISPATCH SERVICE, 979 Bryant St.,SF,CA 94103.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Sonny Tam.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/12/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/12/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033996500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as FOG CITY NEIGHBORHOOD CAB DISPATCH SERVICE, 1407 Irving St.,SF,CA 94122.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Sonny Tam.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/12/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/12/11.

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033993500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BRAND X ANTIQUES,570 Castro St., SF,CA 94114.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Timothy J. Flint.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/09/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/09/11

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statement file A-034000700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as TK LIMO TRANSPORTATION,420 Oriente St., Daly City,CA 94014.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Tham Cheang Gip.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/13/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/13/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-034000800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as DOTTIE’S TRUE BLUE CAFÉ,28 6th St., SF,CA 94103.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Kurt D. Abney.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/17/93. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/13/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 statement file A-033961300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as TOMBOY PAINTING, 254 Montana St., SF,CA 94112.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Lydia S. Gonzales.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/24/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/21/11

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name: #A-0303656-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as BRAND X ANTIQUES,570 Castro St., SF,CA 94114.This business was conducted by an individual, signed Timothy J. Flint. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/01/07.

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name: #A-0336352-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as HOUSE 530, 530 Valencia St., SF,CA 94110.This business was conducted by a corporation, signed Krittiya Meeriyagerd. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/17/11.

Dec 15,22,29,2011, Jan 5,2012 notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages Dated 12/15/11 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : SM. CHENG 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 1865 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115-3607. Type of license applied

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notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages Dated 12/22/11 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : CLUB OMG!,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 43 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103-1611. Type of license applied

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as ROGUE,272 Sutter St., SF,CA 94108.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Stanley L. Pas.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/22/11

jan 5,12,19,26,2012 state of california in and for the county of san francisco file# cnc-11-548237 In the matter of the application of JOMO KENYATTA for change of name. The application of JOMO KENYATTA for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that JOMO KENYATTA filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to JESUS CHRIST. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 514 on the 16th of February, 2012 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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SURROGATE’S cOURT:STATE OF NEW YORK,COUNTY OF DELAWARE. IN THE MATTER OF A PROCEEDING FOR PROBATE OF THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF EUNICE E. RICHARDS, DECEASED. CITATION FILE NO 2011-233 The People of the State of New York by the Grace of God Free and Independent. TO: The heir at law and distributees of Eunice E. Richards, decedent,to wit:TIMOTHY RICHARDS, said person being the known heir at law,next of kin and successor in interest of Eunice E. Richards,deceased,if living on August 13,2011,the date of decedent’s death,or if he died after that date,then to his executors,administrators,heirs,distr ibutes and all persons interested in his estate,their names and addresses,if any,being unknown to the petitioner and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the petitioner.

YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Delaware at the office of the Surrogate in the Courthouse, Delhi, New York on the 23rd day of January,2012 at 9:30am,why the Petition for Probate admitting to probate a Will dated July 22,2004,and praying that Letters Testamentary issue to Victoria Merritt,who resides at 5494 State Highway 23 Norwich,New York 13815,should not be granted,relating to the real and personal property of Eunice E. Richards,deceased,who at the time of her death domiciled at 5494 State Highway 23,Norwich,New York 13815 in the County of Delaware, New York. Dated:12/12/11 Hon.Carl F.Becker, Surrogate Signed Lisa Loucks, Chief Clerk Attorney for Petitioner; Beth Westfall,COUGHLIN & Gerhart,LLP PO Box 2039,Binghamton, NY 13902 607-723-9511

dec 29,2011,jan 5,12,19, 2012 state of california in and for the county of san francisco file# cnc-11-548303 In the matter of the application of RAUL TINAJERO for change of name. The application of RAUL TINAJERO for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that RAUL TINAJERO filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ ALCALA. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 514 on the 23rd of February, 2012 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

dec 22,29,2011, jan 5,12,2012 statement file A-034011100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as P&D INTERNATIONAL CONSULTING,2619 18TH Ave., Apt. #2,SF,CA 94116.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Zheng Xiaohong.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/19/11

dec 22,29,2011,jan 5,12,2012 statement file A-034002000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as SHOP SMART DISCOUNT STORE., 105 Sickles Ave.,#4,SF,CA 94112.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Josie Reyes.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/14/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/14/11

dec 22,29,2011, jan 5,12,2012 statement file A-034004900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as WHITEHURST MOSHER CAMPAIGN STRATEGY & MEDIA, 660 Mission St.,Suite 200,SF,CA 94105. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed John Whitehurst.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/15/11

dec 22,29,2011, jan 5,12,2012 statement file A-033994800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as LOMBARD VALERO, 2601 Lombard St.,SF,CA 94123.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Ben Shimer.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/01/94. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/09/11

dec 22,29,2011, jan 5,12,2012 statement file A-034007800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as READINGS BY NINA,803 Divisadero St.,SF,CA 94117.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Stephanie Wain.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/16/11

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Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name: #A-0299871-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known WHITEHURST CAMPAIGNS INC., 660 Mission St.,Suite 200,SF,CA 94105. This business was conducted by a corporation, signed Brad Witherspoon. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/17/07.

dec 22,29,2011, jan 5,12,2012 statement file A-034005700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE,2833 Washington St.,SF,CA 94115.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Kristen Hansen.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/15/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/15/11

dec 22,29,2011, jan 5,12,2012 notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages Dated 11/21/11 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : GARFIELD BEACH CVS LLC,LONGS DRUG STORES CALIFORNIA,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 351 California St., San Francisco, CA 94104-2412. Type of license applied

20- Off-sale beer and wine dec 29,2011,jan 5,12, 2012 statement file A-034007400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as NIKKI BLACK,3901 19th St.,SF,CA 94114.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Nancy Kinnunen.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/16/11

dec 29,2011,jan 5,12,19, 2012 statement file A-034016600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as CONSULERIS,101 California St.,Suite 2710,SF,CA 94111.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Brian C.Browning.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/06/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/21/11

dec 29,2011,jan 5,12,19, 2012 statement file A-033993600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as RHOTECH SOLAR,130 Produce Ave.,Suite C,South SF,CA 94080.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Richard O. Rhodes.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/09/11

dec 29,2011,jan 5,12,19, 2012 statement file A-034019700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as DOWN TO EARTH LIVING SOIL SOUTIONS, 1390 Page St.,#1,SF,CA 94117.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Mary Gerber.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/22/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/22/11

statement file A-034029300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BANGKOK BEST,301 Kearny St.,SF,CA 94108.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Mark Wannaviroj.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/12

jan 5,12,19,26,2012 statement file A-034029200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as CIRCUIT WEST,576 Sacramento St.,6th Floor, SF,CA 94111.This business is conducted by a coporation, signed David Carrasco.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/12

jan 5,12,19,26,2012 statement file A-034024000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as GREEN PETAL DESIGNS,101 Cortland Ave.,SF,CA 94110.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Janelle Jacky.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/28/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/28/11

jan 5,12,19,26,2012 statement file A-034022900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as VAN MAREN CONCEPTS,406 B Washington Blvd.,SF,CA 94129.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Nicholas Christianson.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/27/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/27/11

jan 5,12,19,26,2012 statement file A-034021600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as FLYING PIG BISTRO,433 South Van Ness Ave.,SF,CA 94103.This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Benjamin Sapone. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/11

jan 5,12,19,26,2012 statement file A-034030000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as S&T SERVICING CO.,457 Jessie St.,3/F, SF,CA 94103.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Roger Shum.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/12

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dec 29,2011,jan 5,12,19, 2012 statement file A-033973300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as MARCUS CONTEMPORARY GLASS,901 Mission St.,Suite 105,SF,CA 94103.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Michael Marcus.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/29/11

dec 29,2011,jan 5,12,19, 2012 statement file A-034017200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as VOCALLECTIVE,153 Wood St., SF,CA 94118.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Indre Viskontas.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/21/11

dec 29,2011,jan 5,12,19, 2012 statement file A-034020800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as AHA YOGA,1892 Union St., SF,CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Brigitta Herst.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/13/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/11

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Moscone memories Jonathan Moscone directs ‘Ghost Light’ for Berkeley Rep by Richard Dodds

Tyler James Myers plays the 14-year-old son of slain San Francisco Mayor George Moscone in Ghost Light, written by Tony Taccone and directed by Jonathan Moscone at Berkeley Rep. Jenny Graham


onathan Moscone, son of the late San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, has learned that a reporter’s emphases don’t always match the intentions behind his words. In 1998, at a memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of the assassinations of his father and Supervisor Harvey Milk, he was one of the speakers who shared stories about the slain politicians. The headline in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the event read: “Moscone son comes out at memorial.” A mortified Moscone called the reporter, who

basically said, tough, you became the story when you announced you were gay. A decade later, shortly before the movie Milk was released, the Bay Area Reporter interviewed Moscone, by then the artistic director of California Shakespeare Theatre. The headline: “Moscone’s gay son won’t see ‘Milk.’” Again, mortification. “I wasn’t trying to make any kind of political statement, but that’s kind of how it came out,” Moscone said recently. “I just thought it would be a rough thing to watch, and later I did end up seeing it

because my boyfriend at the time said I should. I thought it was a beautifully made movie.” As the B.A.R. story also noted, Moscone sensed that the movie would so strongly focus on Milk that his father’s progressive policies of inclusion, including an open door to gays and lesbians, would be but a footnote to the story of Milk’s hectic rise and groundbreaking career. He still feels that way after seeing the movie. “If it was not as good a movie as it was, you would see the narrow-focus agenda,” he said. “But it was a story that needed to be told.”

Even before Milk premiered, it had become a catalytic force in Moscone’s decision to finally open up about a subject that even his close friends knew was unwise to invoke. The result is Ghost Light, a play written by Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone based on extensive, intimate interview sessions between Moscone and Taccone. Moscone kept a strong hand in the development of the script, especially since he directed its world See page 25 >>

Looking forward to 2012 art offerings by Sura Wood


ast year’s museum offerings may be difficult to match, and though 2012 is shaping up to be no slouch, things don’t really shift into high gear until the spring. There are multiple photography shows, several exhibitions that focus on the 1960s – will we ever escape them? – and a year that looks relatively free of blockbusters from institutions under renovation, leaving the door open for local curators to strut their stuff and shine. Multidisciplinary organizations like Intersection for the Arts, the Mission Cultural Center and SoMArts are mounting niche shows,

and the development of an arts district in the socalled Mid-Market area (Civic Center to Powell St.) appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality. A number of groups have signed up to relocate, including SF Camerawork, which opens in their new space there Jan. 13. Without further adieu, here are highlights of what to look forward to in the New Year. The de Young Museum has a packed schedule that launches with Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler (Jan. 14-April 22), a See page 18 >>

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14 • BAY AREA REPORTER • January 5-11, 2012

Who’s sorry now? Not Ali. by Roberto Friedman


ith the holidaze coming to an end, we’ve had our fill of celebrations, libations, and altercations. But are we sorry? No. Why not? “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” And the “it” girl of the 1970s who actually uttered those immortal words will soon be

landing onto the historic stage of the Castro Theatre for a smashing Valentine’s Day extravaganza. Yes, Academy Award nominee Ali MacGraw will appear in a tribute in her honor along with a screening of the classic 70s weepie Love Story. Those who can remember that far back know that this film and its two fleshy nubile young stars Ali and yummy Ryan O’Neal were all the rage – it was a huge hit that virtually invented the phrase “chick flick.” Our own celluloid chick-magnet producer Marc Huestis told Out There that Ali is a real VD Day “get.” “She lives a quiet private life in Santa Fe, and she rarely does public appearances, save for appearing on Oprah or doing a Vanity Fair interview in 2010,” said Huestis. “I begged and cajoled, got on bended knee –” not a first for our intrepid impresario, but we’ll take his word for it. Also on the bill – cue the music – “Where do I begin?” Katya Smirnoff Skyy will sing the

theme song from Love Story and host a Ryan O’Neal/Ali MacGraw lookalike contest (girls, get out those knit hats) with the final winner crowned by Ms. Ali herself, and of course a live interview with style superstar MacGraw. Call (415) 863-0611, ask for the Preppie and get a $5 discount!

Umbrellas for Waters Occasionally in our little burg we forget how special indeed the Castro Theatre is to our cultural landscape. John Waters calls it “the Radio City Music Hall for gay people,” so we were thrilled to spy our favorite cinephile JW first in line at a recent matinee of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Cue the music again: “If it takes forever, I will wait for you.” We’re told Waters had never seen the classic film, so what better way to see it than on the big screen at the Castro? And we can report that he actually bought his ticket! Be like this film immortal, and support your local movie theater! And how was your New Year’s Eve? OT went to see jazz musician, Broadway diva, actor, writer and stand-up comic Lea DeLaria starring in her act The Last Butch Standing, aka The 2011 Rhino New Year’s Eve Spectacular, under the musical direction of pianist Janette Mason at the Victoria Theatre. What made the show a spectacular? you ask. Lesbian icon DeLaria swinging out and working blue was pretty spectacular, and it was a perfect send-off to the unspectacular year 2011. Hard to believe, but it’s already time to look ahead to the new year’s offerings, many and varied, in the arts. Following are a few upcoming arts events that caught our eye as we turned over the calendar page.

Tress code Over 70 photographs included in Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 range from public gatherings to impromptu street portraits, views of the peculiar contents of shop windows and commercial signs. Coming to the de Young Museum from March 3 to June 3, this is the first museum exhibition of a virtually unknown body of artist photographer Tress’ early work. Curator James Ganz hopes to “offer

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal in a Love Story publicity photo.

an evocative time capsule of the City by the Bay, and make a contribution to the region’s rich photographic legacy.” Press materials fill out the picture: “In photographing events such as the Auto Row demonstrations, Tress was interested in recording passive bystanders as well as active participants. His candid images of spectators lining the streets of San Francisco, whether isolated or in groups, capture the distinctive fashions, expressions, and body language of the era. The frequent incursions of commercial logos and signage add to the contemporary flavor of the photographs, effectively fixing time and place.” The Studio, St. Louis, MO

Jacko’s coming When OT was invited to Cirque du Soleil international headquarters last July, rehearsals for the upcoming Michael Jackson project were so topsecret and highly classified that not only were journalists not allowed in those training studios, even publicists and company veterans involved with the project had to relinquish their cells and smart phones before entering the room, lest details leak out. Disclosure was under penalty of death (or expulsion)! Now we’ll see what was under wraps, as the Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque gear up to present Michael Jackson – The Immortal World Tour in San Jose on Jan. 13-15 at HP Pavilion, and in Oakland on Jan. 18-19 at Oracle Arena. The production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque spectacle, in the same way that the Cirque Love show in Vegas took inspiration from the Beatles songbook, used it as a jumping-off point, and created its own world from there. The new show is written and directed by Jamie King, and will feature more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats. But: will it be “Bad?”

Rainbow connection Gallery Hijinks (2309 Bryant St., SF) is preparing to present Chromatics and Canopies, a twoperson exhibition by artists Treasure Frey and Kyle Jorgensen, through Jan. 28. The gallery’s low-down: “Frey’s most recent body of work interprets the concept of rainbows contained, a personal ode to rainbows attempting to capture their fleeting beauty and hold it a moment longer. Jorgensen’s collection of new paintings draws inspiration from the constructed world, natural symbols, and the enigmatic nature of the cosmos. Both Frey and Jorgensen paint in similar styles with vibrant colors and flat graphic objects, and employ the notions of energy and geometry in their creations.” The opening reception on Sat., Jan. 7, goes from 6-10 p.m. Info: www.

Comedy and jazz artist Lea DeLaria played the Victoria Theatre on New Year’s Eve.

Saints alive Somewhat farther afield but not all that far, we have advance word that the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento will host a lecture on Baroque imagery of Saint Sebastian, its cultural meanings for LGBTQ viewers, and wider links between the saint and the LGBTQ community on Thurs., Jan. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Admission to the lecture is $6 for museum members, $12 for nonmembers. The Crocker, located in downtown Sacramento, will welcome scholar William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Florence and the Baroque: Paintings from the Haukohl Family Collection, paintings and sculptures from the largest privately-held collection of the period in the U.S. Eiland’s lecture, on the imagery and cultural meanings of St. Sebastian for LGBTQ viewers, will focus on two paintings in the exhibition, differing images of Sebastian by Felice Ficherelli and Onorio Marinari, before moving on to the wider cultural links between the saint and the LGBTQ audience. The recipient of the James Short Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, Eiland is a trustee of the International Council of Museums and has held various posts with the American Association of Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Eiland engagement is being supported by Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, under whose auspices the exhibition has been lent to the Crocker. Sir Mark said in a statement, “It is our goal to address the topic of diversity via the Haukohl family’s philanthropy. We are delighted to support LGBTQ issues as interpreted in Baroque Italy and brought forward See page 16 >>

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Lust for power by Tim Pfaff


s Handel the new Verdi? If, in addition to the endless arias and duets collections, recordings of the most likely gay Baroque master’s operas and oratorios (the latter increasingly staged these days) seem to appear in this column with unusual frequency, it’s nothing compared to the rate at which review copies pile up at my door. By now it’s as if Georg Frideric, like the Lord of his once-upon-a-time single-hit Messiah, “shall reign forever and ever.” It’s even more surprising that he’s such big live-opera box office, if only because his shows have such long running times. One new recording, Rene Jacobs’ of Handel’s second opera Agrippina (Harmonia Mundi), commands notice for a host of reasons, only beginning with the fact that it’s done with Jacobs’ trademark verve and the ace musicianship of his cast (an ensemble most of whom he has worked with for years now) and his exemplary band, the Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin. (It’s drawn from, but not recorded live at, Jacobs’ 2009 Agrippina in Berlin.) The opera itself is unlike any other by Handel, significantly expanding our view of the composer. Not an opera seria with gods and heroes, myths and legends, it’s, if not quite a black comedy, a dark one, and it moves with uncommon

speed, stealth, and craftiness. The story of the titular antiheroine’s machinations to make her son Nero the emperor of Rome, it’s literally the prequel to Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. But in important ways it’s also an updating of its great predecessor, relying as much on the potency of the narrative recitatives as on the expansive (and at times drama-arresting) arias to make its biggest impact. Yet it’s as much a young man’s composition. The 24-year-old Handel, near the end of his seminal two years in Italy, wrote it for the Venice carnival season exactly 301 years ago, and the level of sheer invention is dizzying. As Jacobs points out in detail in his notes, a great deal of the music was recycled from cantatas and pastoral works Handel had written earlier in Italy, particularly in Rome, where opera was banned by papal decree. Much of that music appears to have been spade work for Agrippina, assuming Handel would have had the prestigious commission well before writing much of that precursor material. Although he makes no claims for the historical accuracy of matters of sexuality, Jacobs (a stand-out among early-music maestros for not being gay) also includes in his notes the tantalizing possibility, raised by Ellen Harris, one of the chief scholars promoting the notion that

Handel was gay, that a candidate for Handel’s anonymous libretto – which Jacobs rightly calls the best Handel ever set – may have been an older cardinal with an extramusical interest in the young composer (whom musical Italy welcomed as “il caro Sassone,” “the dear Saxon”). More, Jacobs’ exhaustive consideration of the musical numbers of Agrippina and their sources in earlier works devotes an entire section to Narciso and Pallante, the opera’s “comic duo.” Having been played off against each other for the sexual favors of a woman, they swear off in preference for the bonds of male friendship. (In the first aria of Narciso, the “female partner,” “the fluttering violin figures evoke butterflies.”) Make of any of that what you want, the opera’s plot – during which Monteverdi’s sex-kitten Poppea-tobe is still in training at the school for scandal – is all about treachery, the lust for power, and just plain lust. Handel’s music courses through it like a viper. What sets Jacobs’ Agrippina apart from previous performances and recordings is his return to Handel’s autograph score, the one he intended to have performed before the demands of singers for showcase pieces radically changed the shape of the work Venice heard. His case is compelling, but it would be just so much musicological point-making

if he hadn’t found more subservient, present-day musical accomplices to demonstrate what a rapier of a score the autograph is. He has. Alexandrina Pendatchanska’s firebreathing, vocally acrobatic Agrippina has some unlovely moments – not inapt for her vile character – but etches her portrait in acid. Sunhae Im’s more-girlish-than-usual Poppea nevertheless has a little bit of Lulu up her sleeve. But in a cast without duds, honors go to countertenor Bejun Mehta, one of today’s most daring Handelians and, as Ottone, deliverer of most of the inward, psychologically

complex music we associate with the characters in Handel’s later operas. The interpretation has all the usual Jacobs fingerprints – extravagant instrumentation, hyperactive continuo, florid embellishments, and breathless tempos (he’s careful to point out that Handel left no tempo indications in the autograph) – but the verve and precision he gets from his musicians compensates as usual. The stabbing, repeated-note motif so characteristic of the young Handel is deployed to wondrous effect in this down-and-dirty, watch-your-back opera.▼

NBC’s midseason primetime lineup. The six-disc, 22-episode Glee: The Complete Second Season (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, $59.98) finds William McKinley High School Glee Club more driven and determined than ever after the loss at Regionals. That is, if their raging hormones or coach Sue Sylvester (out actress Jane Lynch) don’t derail them. The gay romance storyline between Kurt (out actor Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) also continues. DVD special features include a Glee music jukebox, the making of The Rocky Horror Glee Show, Getting Waxed with Jane Lynch and exclusive

b bonus songs. Brothers and Sisters: The C Complete Fifth and Final Season ((ABC Studios, $45.99), the h heartfelt dramatic series created b by out filmmaker and writer Greg B Berlanti, comes to a close with the W Walker family, portrayed by Sally F Field, Rachel Griffiths and Calista F Flockhart, supporting one another t through joy and heartache, facing r relatable life issues, including r relationship trouble between gay c couple Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and S Scotty (Luke Macfarlane). Bonus f features include deleted scenes, o outtakes, bloopers and more on the five-DVD set. The first-ever complete and collectible 11-DVD box set for JEM and The Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series! (Shout Factory, $89.99), about the animated 1980s pop diva, with her trademark pink hair, outrageous make-up and star earring, contains all 65 original episodes. Combining glamour, glitter, fashion and fame, musical numbers and clashes with rivals The Misfits and The Stingers, the popular series ran from 1985-88 and is said to have influenced a whole generation of viewers. Bonus features include a retrospective featurette with brand new interviews, video jukebox and much more.▼

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TV on DVD: new sets by Gregg Shapiro


rom the delightfully twisted Saturday-morning minds of Sid and Marty Krofft, the three-DVD set Sigmund and The Sea Monsters: Season One (Vivendi, $29.93) originally aired on NBC from 197375. The show followed the wacky adventures of Sigmund Ooze, a

friendly sea monster who ran away from his family after refusing to scare people, befriended by brothers Johnny (post-Family Affair Johnny Whitaker) and Scott (Scott Kolden), who keep Sigmund hidden in their backyard clubhouse. Special features include commentary by Whitaker and Kolden, with an exclusive look at a 2010 H.R. Pufnstuf American

Cinematheque event in Los Angeles. Talk Soup and stand-up stud Joel McHale leads the cast of Greendale Community College’s students and faculty on Community: The Complete Second Season (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $45.99), which also includes Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover (now making a name for himself as rapper Childish Gambino) and others. Season Two guest stars found on this four-DVD set include Betty White, Drew Carey, Hilary Duff, MalcolmJamal Warner and Josh Holloway. Uncensored special features include outtakes and deleted scenes, cast and crew commentary on every episode, Season Two cast evaluations and more. It’s a piece of TV history as Community is being removed from


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to today.” Sir Mark is a co-founder of the Medici Archive Project, which is a charitable foundation in Florence, Italy, cataloging and researching over 300 years of original documents surrounding the Medici family in Europe. He is also President of the Vero Group of Houston, Texas.

Classic queer Author Greg Youmans will launch his Word is Out: A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp Press)

at a free event on Jan. 10 at the San Francisco Public Library. The book is about the history, politics, and aesthetics of the groundbreaking 1977 gay and lesbian documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives. The film was the first feature-length documentary about lesbian and gay male experience that was made by lesbians and gay men. It brings a series of intimate, individual interviews together into a national portrait of gay people during the gay-rights struggles against Anita Bryant, John Briggs See page 17 >>

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Mean girl on steroids by David Lamble


hen first we spy her, Mavis Gary is a burned out, severely depressed resident of swinging Minneapolis. Mavis, a brave change of pace for actress Charlize Theron, wakes up in bed with the wrong guy, gets her juices flowing with a swig of Diet Coke straight from the plastic bottle, feeds her miniature poodle some weird pudding glop, and then heads for the laptop to churn out a fantasy-fueled young adult novel. Sadly, the name on the book – the last in a once-popular, now-cancelled series – won’t be Mavis Gary, but that of an older celebrity author. You see that Mavis, a former Mercury, Minnesota high school homecoming queen, isn’t merely a hack vomiting up twisted nonsense from her better teen days, but a hack’s hack, a ghostwriter who takes memories of her mean-girl former self and translates them into the stuff of modern-day teen romance. The latest comedy noodle from the team that brought us Juno, screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, Young Adult derives a huge piece of its considerable comic charge from our knowledge that Mavis is as clueless as her young readers about the real moral to be squeezed out from her hastily hatched scheme to return to Mercury in order to all but abduct her old jock boyfriend, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Alas, Buddy is inconveniently married – complete with infant baby girl – to Beth (Elizabeth Reaser), a happy homemaker/part-time drummer for the all-female punk band Nipple Confusion. Desperate to avoid reuniting with her parents and her old “teen museum” bedroom, Mavis plunks herself down in a shabby motel and

starts scheming an X-rated reunion with Buddy. As luck would have it, Mavis finds herself drinking next to a squat, dough-faced, middle-aged man who has the audacity to speak to her. “Aren’t you Mavis Gary? I’m Matt Freehauf. Your locker used to be right next to mine.” “Oh, aren’t you the hate crime guy?” “Well, actually, Mavis, a bunch of jocks who thought I was gay jumped me, dragged me into the woods and beat me with a jack handle. I was the ‘hate crime guy’ until they found out I wasn’t gay, and then I was just the fat guy.” It’s a sign of the perverse comic genius of the Cody/Reitman team that Mavis’ revenge-inspired desire to crap all over the misbegotten denizens of Mercury produces a bad-seed offspring in this wildly improbable but oddly endearing alliance with Matt. For once Mavis has to face blowback from a guy who was invisible to her during her reign as Mercury High’s “girl you love to hate” popularity queen. With nothing to lose, Matt revels in his role as the conscience Mavis is most definitely not looking for. When she opines that Mercury is a town full of pathetic zombies, Matt has a retort. “Mavis, I’m a fat geek. I know what a zombie is.” When Mavis shares her plot to steal Buddy away from Beth, bitter beer-face Matt shoots it full of holes. Mavis: “Can you imagine being trapped in a crappy town with a wife and baby? It’s like he’s a hostage!” Matt: “Mavis, I would keep this to yourself and consult a therapist. Buddy Slade has got a life.” “No, he’s got a baby in the suburbs, and babies are boring.” “You sound like one of your

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Time tunnel by David Lamble


irector J.T. Tepnapa borrows the central conceit from Back to the Future, the cosmetics from squeaky clean white-boy gay porn, the overly earnest acting from Dawson’s Creek, and a Frank Capra-corn message to deliver Judas Kiss, a queer time-travel comedy. Whenever inspiration fails, Tepnapa has his comely cast interrupt their speeches with long, lovely kisses. The hero, Zack Wells, is a failed prodigy filmmaker 15 years out of school who survives through the graces of a successful boyfriend. Given a chance to go back in time and correct his misspent youth, Wells proceeds to both sleep with his younger self and keep the lad from stumbling down the same stupid path. Definitely a DVD guilty pleasure, I found myself smiling through some wildly implausible plot points.


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and others. Word Is Out was very much a Bay Area production: its six makers (the Mariposa Film Group) were based here, as were its community funders and most of its onscreen interview subjects. At the book launch (Tues., Jan. 10, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch), Youmans will present rarely seen Word is Out

Bonus features include director commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, music video, trailer, widescreen, closed caption, surround sound. (Wolfe Video, $19.95)▼

materials from the 1970s (from the Peter Adair papers, housed at the library), including clips from the video pre-interviews that the filmmakers conducted with more than 100 LGBT people before choosing the final cast. A roundtable discussion will follow with Janet Cole, who was involved in the film’s promotion, as well as four of the filmmakers: Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Lucy Massie-Phenix, and Veronica Selver. Word is still out!▼

characters.” While there are no gay characters in Mercury, Mavis overflows with the patented cynical, jaded humor that, unfairly or not, one often associates with old bar queens. Dishing Matt with Buddy, Mavis is in caustic high dudgeon, while Buddy at least feigns sympathy. “Look at Matt: his face, it’s so doughy. It’s creepy the way he’s always lurking around.” “Poor Matt, he’s suffered so much for being gay.” “He’s not gay.” “Didn’t you used to call him a ‘theatre fag?’” “That’s just an expression.” To fully appreciate this Cody/ Rietman small-town shit sandwich, one has first to wallow in Mavis’ bile and the satiric thrust that she’s somehow living out her skewered vision in the final chapters of her last book, which is a fantasy spin on the Buddy plot. Then anticipate her inevitable comeuppance, richly observed at the baby shower from hell. But also relish the fact that she’s one mean girl who’s not going to change her ways. When she finally blows this burg, her Hello Kitty T-shirt may be ruined, her pride fractured, but by god she’s still a winner, at least by the loopy standards of remainder-bin young adult fiction. Patton Oswald’s Matt, with his metal crutch and risible hobbies (he distills whiskey in his garage but winces when Mavis calls it “moonshine”), is a battered badger of a guy whose needling reality checks are wounding to Mavis without boosting himself. While Matt is a clever creation from a screenwriter whose strong suit is fresh insights into life’s damaged puppies, it’s a bit far-fetched to imagine Mavis actually

Charlize Theron plays returning homecoming queen Mavis Gary in director Jason Reitman’s Young Adult.

bedding down behind his distillery. Our relish for Young Adult’s hardedged debunking of the vanities of success reaches its peak when a nebbishy cute book clerk (Brian McElhaney) practically makes a citizen’s arrest as Mavis autographs a stack of her leftover ghosted novels. While it doesn’t add up for Mavis to fall in with the nebbishy guy, it might have produced a more diabolical comic comedown than the predictable crash landing in Matt’s bed. Charlize Theron has the enviable

dilemma of being the Oscaranointed pretty woman who still hasn’t defined her niche in the Hollywood food chain. While one admires many of her back pages (The Cider House Rules, In the Valley of Elah), one seldom remembers her presence. It’s no accident that Oscar came a-calling when she slipped on Monster’s disfiguring ugly suit. Her unblinking turn as an aging but farfrom-adult mean girl may hint at a future as a Kathleen Turner-like beauty who can ace hard-edged or absurdist comedy.▼

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Blonde ambition by Ernie Alderete


el Ami never fails to deliver its specialty: superfine, lean, wholesome as fresh-churned butter, almost too beautiful to be real, young Nordic and East European twinks posed on magnificent sets and picture-postcard locales. And if you lust after blue-eyed blondes, you will certainly get your fix in Pin Ups Blondes, a collection of 14 prime natural blonds, all with varying shades of blue or green eyes. The far-flung locations span three continents, and include Bratislava, Slovakia, Prague, the Czech Republic, Budapest, Hungary, tropical Puerto Seguro, Brazil and Cape Town, South Africa. Pin Ups Blondes starts off with a home run with cover model Dolph Lambert, the epitome of the term white bread. Although he’s mucho handsome, it’s his stunning physique that will light your fire. Lean, solid,


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retrospective of the 50-year career of the noted Berkeley sculptor who died last year. It includes some 55 figurative ceramics and bronzes that reflect his preoccupation with nature, mortality, the history of art and religion, Renaissance humanism, existentialism and ancient Egyptian monuments; The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (March 24-Aug. 19) is the fashion blast of the season. Ever since Madonna aimed those pointy coneshaped breasts at an unsuspecting public, Gaultier, the openly gay enfant terrible of fashion, has been synonymous with provocative and subversive rock and roll hauteur. In his androgynous gender-bending styles, he takes on transgender and gender issues and the underside

tall, erect, broad-shouldered, flat-asa-pancake stomach. I assume these guys are speaking Czech, but I really can’t tell Czech from German or Polish. It’s all the same to me, foreign! There are English subtitles, but you don’t really need to read them to follow the straightforward story line. The second performer, Ethan, is slightly less lean, slightly less blond, and slightly less well-manicured, but no slob by any means. Second-best will stand the test. The third player, Timothy, nearly made me shoot my wad at first sight, a dazzling vision of perfection. The most boyish and the slimmest performer, with the cutest face, and a beer-can thick, barrelshaped, well-veined prick. His boner is so thick that it has practically no “neck.” The head of his dick flows seamlessly right onto the wide shaft. I would love to see this guy cast in Chi Chi La Rue’s Blackballed series, where he’s the only white boy

of the sexual revolution, while generally knocking your socks off. Only Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the wild kick-ass shocker of a show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum last spring, could top this, and unfortunately, we won’t get to see it; previously thought to be a lost body of work, Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 (March 3-June 3) immerses us in the spring and summer of 1964, three years before the Summer of Love, when this skilled documentary photographer shot pictures of people spilling onto the streets of the city, participating in chaotic rallies and demonstrations as locals witnessed the circus and carried on with daily life. Tress developed some of his more than 900 black-and-white negatives in a darkroom in the Castro. Saddled with an unfortunate title that conjures a garden party sponsored by the DAR, Bouquets to Art (March

surrounded and pounded by 10 black thugs, one throbbing ebony boner up his sweet white ass, another black-ascoal Johnson gagging his cocksucking throat. With the fourth player, Troy, the action shifts 6,000 miles southwest to the Atlantic Coast of South America. A curly-haired blonde on the beach, Troy might not possess the cutest face in Pin Ups Blondes, but he delivers a hard, lean body that is hard to fault. His long, bouncy, corkscrew bangs make him unique among the mostly short- and straight-haired cast. The model in Budapest, Jody, is magnificent! A gorgeous body only slightly marred by the way someone crudely shaved his ass, crotch and armpits, leaving unsightly razor bumps on

his shining glory, a gorgeous h ssmile, brilliant teeth, perfectly cchiseled nose, finely shaped eeyebrows, sparkling eyes, wellfformed ears, the works. The moppet in Prague with llong blonde-highlighted hair d down to his cheeks (facial ccheeks, that is), Tommy Jones is the only au naturel player in Pin Ups Blondes. He didn’t ttrim his bush, shave his ass or aarmpits, and has a good spread o of body hair shooting up the ccenter of his broad, muscular to torso, reaching almost to his ccollarbone. I haven’t even mentioned a h half-dozen other top-drawer bl blondes. I’ll leave them for you to discover.▼ his choice bubble-butt. His hairy legs reveal how hirsute his ass must have been before he took a blade to it. His exquisitely sculpted face is

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Sculptor Stephen De Staebler in his Berkeley studio, 2009.

12-17) is, in fact, an extraordinary event featuring 150 imaginative, aesthetically beautiful floral designs

Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York” (1931) by Walker Evans, gelatin silver print.

that respond to works in the collection; Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection (June 16Sept. 16) is drawn from the dynamic collection of S.F. native Trevor Traina. Most of these 100 pictures were shot by iconic photographers of the 20th century: Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, among others. Legion of Honor: The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian AvantGarde, 1860-1900 (Feb.18-June 17) investigates the evolution of the British Aesthetic Movement, from its beginnings among a coterie of forward-thinking artists and poets through the achievements of architects and painters to its impact on fashion and the home. Asian Art Museum: Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (May 18–Sept. 2) utilizes themes of cosmology and spirituality to connect histories, cultures and religions found throughout Asia by juxtaposing traditional art with contemporary works. Cantor Arts Center: Walker Evans (Feb. 1-April 1) The Great Depression was defined by the austere, unsentimental images captured by this profoundly influential American photographer. The retrospective covers his 50-year career, including his memorable

documentation of the Depression era and his work with James Agee on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; his experimental photographs from 1928-30; the subway series, later published in Many Are Called; photo-essays for Fortune magazine and rare Polaroid SX-70 prints from his final years; Sculpture from the Fisher Collection (Feb. 29, 2012–Oct. 13, 2013): While SFMOMA is in the throes of its expansion, undertaken, in part, to accommodate the holdings of late Gap founder Don Fisher, the Cantor and others are hosting portions of the immense collection. The longterm installation here exhibits pieces whose innovation established the reputations of artists such as Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg and the late John Chamberlain. Berkeley Art Museum: Tables of Content: Ray Johnson and Robert Warner Bob Box Archive (Jan. 27-May 20) In 1988, collage artist Warner began an unusual mail correspondence with Johnson, who sent him hundreds of collages, a piece of driftwood and 13 cardboard boxes tied with twine. They and their contents – tennis balls, T-shirts, beach trash – plus letters, drawings and found objects are displayed in a show that sounds every bit as eccentric See page 25 >>

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What’s bred in the baseball mitt by David Lamble The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Little Brown & Company, $25.99)


eet Henry Skrimshander. Henry’s a genius-level shortstop for his small Wisconsin college team, The Westish Harpooners; his bisexual, biracial roommate Owen Dunne is shagging the school’s 60-something president; his big-hairy-man mentor, catcher Mike Schwartz, on gimpy knees at 22, is living his dreams vicariously through Henry’s rising stock in the pro baseball draft; and President Guert Affenlight is fighting and losing three battles: against the ravages of heart disease, against a career-ending affair with a male student, and for the affections of a brilliant but preternaturally headstrong daughter, Pella, who after a disastrous San Francisco marriage has returned to Westish seemingly bent on ruining her life in her own special way. The Art of Fielding’s Wisconsinraised and Harvard-educated author Chad Harbach is, like his plucky boy hero Henry, unafraid to show off what has earned him mainstream raves for an insanely ambitious, exceeding queer-friendly and queer-knowing first novel. Its 512 pages and 82 chapters cover a windy Lake Michigan waterfront, from the secrets of horny college boy-infested dugouts to the perils of a jock bromance, to the overthe-top lunacy and pathos of an intergenerational queer romance that defies sex-phobic boundaries, to a titanic father/daughter battle of wills, to new myths for the baseballobsessed, as well as possibly the greatest compendium of Herman

Melville jokes between hard covers. Harbach writes both satirically and earnestly. He dazzles not with style or any postmodern academic mambo, but wins over readers who wouldn’t be caught dead reading a baseball novel by overlapping love stories told with sincerity, without artifice or condescension. Here’s a lovely slice from the moment when hypernaïve Henry, his pits still reeking from the grit and sweat of a Midwestern high school diamond, first greets his queer roommate, Owen Dunne, who refuses to cloak his inner stylequeen. Henry stumbles upon Owen literally down on his knees scrubbing their shared bathroom. “’This grout is filthy.’ The young man sat up, rubbed his head. ‘You’d think they would clean the grout.’ His skin was the color of weak coffee. He put on a pair of wire-rimmed glasses and surveyed Henry from head to toe. ‘Who are you?’ “’I’m Henry,’ Henry said. “’Really?’ The young man’s lunular eyebrows lifted. ‘Are you sure?’ “Henry looked down at the palm of his right hand, as if that might be the place to find some irrefutable sign of Henryness. ‘Pretty sure.’ “The young man rose to his feet and, after peeling off one of his bright-yellow gloves, pumped

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Happy anniversaries by Gregg Shapiro


isney delights: Beloved animated flying circus elephant Dumbo (Disney, $39.99) turns 70 and is celebrated with a double-disc, newly enhanced digital restoration anniversary edition that includes the cartoon classic on Blu-ray and DVD. One of Disney’s earliest and most inspirational commemorations of being different, the movie also contains the glorious lullaby “Baby Mine.” Both the Blu-ray and the DVD contain an abundance of bonus material. Following close behind, Bambi, which turns 70 in 2012, and Bambi II, which turns five, have also been given the reissue treatment. Bambi: Diamond Edition (Disney, $39.99) and Bambi II: Special Edition (Disney, $39.99) both include newly enhanced digitally restored Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as an array of bonus features. The 30th anniversary edition of The Fox and the Hound (Disney, $39.99), featuring the voices of Sandy Duncan, Kurt Russell and the late Pearl Bailey among others, comes in a triple-disc combo pack. The Blu-ray disc includes The Fox and the Hound and its 2006

sequel The Fox and the Hound II, plus bonus material. The two DVDs contain each of the films individually. War stories: Dances with Wolves (MGM, $29.99), the winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture of 1990, commemorates its 20th anniversary with a doubledisc, extended-cut, Blu-ray debut in 7.1 audio and new hi-def transfer. Directed by and starring Kevin Costner as Civil War hero Lt. Dunbar, who befriends the Sioux Indians while stationed at a desolate American frontier outpost, Dances with Wolves is loaded with special See page 24 >>

Henry’s hand warmly. ‘I was expecting someone larger because of the baseball factor. My name’s Owen Dunne. I’ll be your gay mulatto roommate.’” With his Melville-like name Schrimshander, Henry is very much the outsider during his “freshperson” year at Westish. Harbach astutely captures what a sophisticated gaggle of college kids looks like to a boy who’s never imagined a life of the mind. “They traveled in large packs, constantly texting the other packs, and when two packs converged

th there was always a tr tremendous amount of h hugging and kissing on th cheek. No one invited the H Henry to parties or offered to hit him grounders, so he stayed home and p played Tetris on Owen’s c computer.” Harbach describes O Owen seducing Henry in letting him buy the into s still-scrawny athlete a c college-worthy wardrobe, c complete with skintight je jeans. Owen’s other tricky e entanglement, his very c carnal if socially discreet t tryst with President A Affenlight, causes the old M Melville scholar some s serious angst. “If this is what Owen w wants, then Owen would n never want me. Maybe h he’d been thinking of O Owen as a creature of the m mind, a pure spirit to be m mixed with his own, but that wasn’t quite right, was it? Because Owen had a body too, and a need for bodies – and when it came to that, how did Affenlight feel about Owen’s body? Did he want Owen in a sexual way? – that website, that photograph – that was sexual. That was what he was getting himself into. Not that Owen wanted him. But if Owen did want him – if Owen wanted his aging, pasty, great-for-sixty, okayfor-forty, unthinkable-for-twenty body, (seemingly) more unlikely by the second – would he want Owen’s body in return? He thought he did, had fantasized about it, sort of, but compared to the sharp lines of that photograph his fantasies were all

caresses and quiet confidences and abstraction.” Harbach’s title, The Art of Fielding, is his greatest conceit, baseball and literary. It’s Henry’s one precious book, a tattered copy of a philosophical screed from retired all-star shortstop Aparicio Rodriguez. In Art, Henry’s personal bible, Aparicio reduces the commandments for playing a kid’s game to a few Zen-like tenets: “The true fielder lets the path of the ball become his own path, thereby comprehending the ball and dissipating the self, which is the source of all suffering and poor defense.” These words guide our comprehension of near-tragedy when Henry’s throw from short hits Owen in the temple and precipitates Henry’s first crippling career crisis – he suddenly is unable to complete the pivotal throw to first. It’s a catalyst joining Owen and Guert, Mike and Pella, and by book’s end providing a Melville-worthy exit for the young century’s first bisexual hero. This valentine to the nerd, the queer student jock (Owen hits balls up the middle, between dugout stints reading Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle) and the romantic scholar comes to us as we prepare for the 30th anniversary of the Gay Games, as people of all genders find their niche in all manner of games, and as real-life Henrys, Tim Lincecum and Craig Counsell, make the ball’s path their own. Devouring this book night after night, I rediscovered the rare pleasure of a literary crush, a skinny boy whose outlandish name I could not utter without choking up, a name whose incantation recalls treasured books, games and heroes.▼

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Lunch Break @ SF MOMA SFMOMA will transform into a neighborhood lunch break room to celebrate the final weeks of Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break, an exhibition that contemplates workers’ activities during their lunch breaks through film, photography, and writing. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in The Schwab Room on the ground level, just off the museum’s Haas Atrium, Rice Paper Scissors, a Vietnamese pop-up, joins SFMOMA mainstays Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and Caffè Museo in selling special menus inspired by the exhibition. Free-$18. 151 Third St. 357-4000.

Michael Parenti @ La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley Progressive author and lecturer discusses the current U.S. political scene. $10-$12. 7:30pm. 3105 Shattuck Ave. (510) 8492568.

Period of Adjustment @ SF Playhouse

Ghost in the machine by Jim Provenzano


ot to offer cause for alarm, but the first crop of arts events for the portentious 2012 are taking a decidedly spooky turn. Start with the ghosts of San Francisco. The world premiere of Ghost Light at Berkeley Repertory; Jonathan Moscone and Tony Taccone’s haunting fictional drama, is based on the assassination of the playwright’s father, San Francisco mayor George Moscone. $15-$73. Previews start Jan. 11. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Feb 19. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St. (510) 6472949. Piece by Piece at Hang Art shows works by David King (whose new works hint at eerie primordial creatures; see photo), AnJenny Graham thony May and Aleksandra Zee. Opening Ghost Light reception is Thursday January 5, 6pm-8pm. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan 15. 567 Sutter St. 4344264. Innovation; now that’s a future to believe in, even if you’re a kind of creepy scientist whose spark-flying work is often commemorated in mad scientist lab movie scenes. Future Motive Power, Mugwumpin’s new theatre immersive production, staged in the vault of the fascinating Old Mint, explores the life of eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla. $15-$30. Opens January 6. Fri-Sun 8pm. Thru Jan 29. 88 5th St. at Mission. David King’s art

The Two-Character Play @ Eureka Theatre Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of Tennessee Williams’ lesser-known drama about a brother and sister’s family saga and their life as an acting duo.$10-$25. Previews thru Jan 7 (opening night). Tue-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Jan. 15. 215 Jackson St. at Front. (800) 838-300.

Xanadu @ New Conservatory Theatre The hit Broadway musical –based on the campy 80s Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly film about a mythical muse and roller skating rink– gets a local production. Special “Xanadu Fun-Pack” includes a cocktail/ soft drink, keepsake cup and souvenir disco ball necklace. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 15. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972.

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Flemish artist’s unusual works (velvet-covered bicycles) and installed sculptures which transform spaces with visual deceptions. 6pm9pm. Fri & Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Jan 27. 3043 Clay St. 529-1221.

Frank Jackson & Friends @ The Rrazz Room

Bring It On @ Orpheum Theatre

Veteran jazz band performs a tribute to Nat King Cole. $30-$35. 8pm. Also Jan 6, 7, 8 (7pm). 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189.

Touring musical stage adaptation of the comedy film about competing cheerleading squads. $25-$85. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat Sun 2pm. Sun 7:30pm. Thru Jan. 7. 1192 Market St. at 8th. (888) SHN-1799.

Film: “Ending U.S. Sponsored Torture Forever” followed by a brief discussion led by members of Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture. $5-$10. 7pm. 1924 Cedar at Bonita. Berkeley. (510) 841-4824.

Mark Sargent performs as the irrepressible Broadway belter in a solo show of comedy, gossip, classic showtunes and even a little Aerosmith. $7. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

A Funny Night for Comedy @ Actors Theatre Natasha Muse hosts a comedy sketch night in a chat show format with Ryan Cronin, guests Mike Spiegelman, Brian Fields, Tim Young, Femikaze and Stefan Davis. $10. 7pm. 855 Bush St.

Imaginarium @ Castro Tarts Exhibit of Don McCunn’s fantasy, science fiction-inspired photo portraiture at the bakery. Thru Feb 29. 564 Castro St. at 18th.

Queer Comedy Night @ El Rio Karen Ripley does stand-up comedy with a wry edge. $7-$20. 8pm. 21+. 3158 Mission St. (800) 838-3006. www.koshercomedy. com

Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square

University of Texas Reed Trio @ SF Conservatory of Music

Skate around shoppers at the ice rink in the middle of downtown’s busy Union Square. A portion of ticket sales benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. $5-$10. 10am11:30pm. Thru Jan 14. Powell St. at Geary. 781-2688.

Works for oboe, clarinet and bassoon: Georges Auric Trio ; Jenni Brandon The Sequoia Trio ; Beethoven Variations on the theme “La ci darem la mano;” Villa-Lobos Trio pour Hautbois, Clarinette et Basson. Free. 8pm. 50 Oak St.

New Fire

Myth thing

The Kipling Hotel @ The Marsh Berkeley

Exhibit of unique multimedia works depicting gay icons like Allen Ginsberg, Harvey Milk and Oscar Wilde. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Exhibit thru Jan 11. 5 Claude Lane near Bush St. 956-1310.

See the fascinating exhibit from the GLBT Historical Society, with a wide array of rare historic items on display. New mini-exhibit focuses on the legacy of activist and performer Jose Sarria. Free for members-$5. Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St.

Ethel Merman @ Martuni’s

New exhibit of Richard Misrach’s rarely viewed large-format photographs of the devastating fires 20 years ago. Thru Feb 12, 2010. Also, A Walk in the Wild, Continuing John Muir’s Journey, Bay Area figurative art, Dorothea Lange archive, Early landscape paintings, Gold Rush Era works, California ceramics. Gallery of California Natural Sciences. $6-$12. 1000 Oak St. Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

Pop music singer and star of Sordid Lives performs an intimate cabaret act. $20-$25. 10pm. 2-drink min. Hotel nikko, 222 Mason St.

The Proud @ Dance Mission Theater

End U.S.-Sponsored Torture @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Supervisor John Avalos and CA Clean Money Campaign President Trent Lange discuss AB 1148, which would mandate election campaign advertisement sponsor disclosure. 2pm-4pm. Latino/ Hispanic Room, lower level, 100 Larkin St.

1991: Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath @ Oakland Museum of California

Jason Dottley @ The Rrazz Room

Anneke Eussen @ Highlight Gallery

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum

Disclose Act Discussion @ SF Public Library

Mon 9>>

Popular ska-pop band performs. The Inciters open. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365.

Brett Kaufamn @ 5 Claude Lane Gallery

Cut the Crap, a parody self-motivation solo show. $12-$15. 8pm. Also Jan. 13. 2263 Mission St.

Choral group performs its 25th annual Dia de Los Reyes concert, honoring the Feast of the Epiphany. $15-$25. (kids 18-under free) 3pm. Dolores St. at 16th.

Ambassador, activist, philanthropist and author of the memoir Fit to Serve: Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador discusses his life and writing. Free. 2pm. Koret Auditorium, lower level, main branch, 100 Larkin St. at Grove.

The English Beat @ Bimbo’s

Fri 6>>

Clam Lynch @ the Dark Room

Coro Hispano @ Mission Dolores Basilica

James C. Hormel @ SF Public Library

Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222.

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Everyone’s favorite lesbian Latina comic returns with her new hit solo show Not Getting Any Younger. $15-$35. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm & 8:30pm. Thru Feb 25. Studio Theater, 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 2823055.

Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present, an exhibit about the lives of historic Western American Jewish people, from Levi’s jeans and Ginsberg’s Howl to Gump’s and LGBT synagogues. Also, Houdini: Art and Magic. $5-$12. ThuTue 11am-5pm. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 6557800. Thru Oct. 16, 2012.

Interview show with gay writer Adam Sandel as host. 8pm.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Don Reed’s solo show about his adventures in Hollywood and as a waiter in a retirement hotel. $20-$50. Sat 8:30, Sun 7pm. Thru Feb 12. TheaterStage, 2120 Allston Way. 282-3055.

Marga Gomez @ The Marsh

California Dreaming @ Contemp. Jewish Museum

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio

Dance Brigade and playwright Timothy Near, along with Iraq Vets Aaginst the WQar perform Aaon Loeb’s new play about the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the abuse of women in the military. Free. 8pm. Also Jan 8, 6pm. Jan 9, 4:45pm. 3316 24th St. 826-4441.

Vintage Paper Fair @ Hall of Flowers Large sale of many dealers’ collections of postcards, prints, collectable paper items. 10am-6pm. Also Jan 8 11am-5pm. County Fair Building, 9th Ave at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park.

The Wild Bride @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre Touring production of Kneehigh Theatre Company’s acclaimed Broadway show with music and dance that blends fairy tale dreams and humorous yet heartbreaking realities. $27-$82. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed 7pm (Dec 7, at 8pm). Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Extended thru Jan 22. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2972.


o you believe that myths, like the ones carved by Mayans thousands of years ago, have an effect on our lives? Really? Then you might want to see New Fire at Brava Theatre, Cherrie Moraga’s play divines the sacred geography of indigenous American ancestors with a past-modern story of rupture and return. $10-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. 2781 24th St. 647-2822. Thru Jan 29. What about art that tries to visualize spirituality? Colors of Understanding: A Tribute to Courage and Strength, Marconi Calindas’ exhibit of inspirational paintings, offers a vibrant exmpale. Friday, January 6 is the opening reception; 8pm-10pm. Thru Jan. at Magnet, 4122 18th St. at Castro. Marconi Calinda’s art What happens when your theocracy turns sour? God’s Plot, Shotgun Players’ commissioned play, with music written and directed by Mark Jackson, updates the 1665 satire on the King of England, enjoyed by early American Puritans, whose pious outward behavior comes under scrutiny as another form of theatre. $18-$27. Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Jan. 15. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave. Berkeley. (510) 841-6500. God’s Plot - J.P.

Pak Han

Future Motive Power.

Pak Han

Local staging of Tennessee Williams’ “serious comedy” about a man who brings his bride to meet his best friend. $20-$50. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thru Jan 14. 533 Sutter St. near Powell. 677-9596.

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Wed 11>> Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge “I Have a (Sequin) Dream,” an MLK Jr, holiday-themed drag show with Collette Ashton, Ruby Slippers, Sophilya Leggz, Bobby Ashton, Sheena Rose, Davida Ashton and Joie de Vivre. 9:30pm. 133 yurk St. 4412922.

Jordana @ The Rrazz Room Rising star of gospel and jazz genres shares her amazing vocal talents. $20-$25. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189.


Man, myth, machine S

lave to the machine gods of the oiligarchy, the One Percent? You might find yourself empathizing with the operatic protagonist in Machine, the new opera from The Crucible. The new music, fire and theatre specatacle from the fire arts nonprofit, written, conceived and directed by Mark Streshinsky, is based on Derek J. Goodman’s story about industrial workers serving an evil master. $45$65. Jan 11-14, 18-21. 8:30pm. Closing Night Gala Jan 21 includes drinks, food, cast champagne toast; $150. 6:30. Show 8:30pm. 1260 7th St. (510) 444-0919. Mythbusters Frustrated? Want to blow myths apart? Stand back. Sunday, January 8, Mythbusters invades the Golden Gate Theatre. Behind the Myths, a live stage show with Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, cohosts of the Emmynominated TV show (whose local exploits recently resulted in a cannon being fired through a series of suburban homes). There’s no telling what gets blown up real good at this show. $45-$160. 7pm. (888) SHN-1799. Nothing conquers myths and stereotypes more easily than just talking. Decades ago, a simple yet groundbreaking documentary film did that for LGBT people. Tuesday, Janury 10, at a special Word Is Out panel at the SF Public Library, film writer Greg Youman (Word is Out: A Queer Film Classic) explores the political and cinematic history of the landmark Bay Area film. Made by a team of six gay and lesbian filmmakers led by Word is Out Peter Adair, Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives presents a group portrait of 26 lesbians and gay men who recount humorous and harrowing tales of being gay in the U.S. The film premiered at the Castro Theater in 1977. This program features clips of outtakes never seen by the public, and a panel of four of the film’s makers: Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Lucy Massie-Phenix, and Veronica Selver. Moderated by Greg Youmans. Free. 6pm. Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove) - J.P.

Russ Lorenson @ The Rrazz Room As Long as I’m Singing, the local crooner’s musical tribute to Bobby Darin. $30. 8pm. Also Jan 10. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

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

We Heart Tom @ Martuni’s A going-away tribute to Tom Nolan and a fundraiser for Project Open Hand, with Carly Ozard, Trauma Flintstone, Donna Sachet, Darlene Popovic, Cara Burgoyne, Alyssa Stone, Mark Johnson and Dennis Sanchez. $10. 6pm-9pm. Open mic piano bar with Joe Wicht follows. 4 Valencia St. 241-0205.

Tue 10>> The Air We Breathe @ SF MOMA Group exhibit of works by 30 contemporary artists and eight poets who explore the issues of legalizing same-sex marriage. Accompanying book will be on sale: The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality. Also, Richard Serra Drawing, a retrospective of drawings by the artist known for his massive steel slabs; Thru Jan. 16. Less and More: the Design Ethos of Dieter Rams; Thru Feb 20; and Sharon Lockhart’s Lunch Break, photos and installation of images of industrial workers. Other exhibits ongoing. Free-$18. 151 Third St. 357-4000.

Beat by the Bay @ Ever Gold Gallery Exhibit of historic Bay Area Beat Era visual

artists and archival material from selected galleries of the era. Wed-Sat 1pm-6pm. 441 O’Farrell St. 796-3676.

Collected @ Museum of the African Diaspora Subtitled Stories of Acquisition and Reclamation, this new exhibit displays more than 100 objects that help narrate the struggles and contributions of African Americans in California; frequent special events. Thru March 4. 685 Mission St. at 3rd. 358-7200.

The Matter Within @ YBCA Fascinating new exhibit of contemporary Indian art; installations, sculptures and other media. Don’t miss Sunil Gupta’s alluring gay photo series Love, Undetectable and Sun City. Free-$12. Exhibit thru Jan 29. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 978-2787.

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library Michelle’s Tea’s first new literary panel of the year welcomes Joshua Mohr, Bill Basque, Alice Bag and Ishmael Reed with daughter Tennessee Reed. Free. 6pm. Lower Level, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

Thu 12>> 429-Inspired @ Harlot Dot 429, the LGBT professionals group, welcomes architect Matthias Hollwich, who speaks about his work, followed by a cocktail reception. $25-$35. 6pm-9pm. 46 Minna St.

99% Coalition Dinner @ First Unitarian Church Program will include music and poetry performed by Occupy members and speakers on behalf of the 99%. A documentary on the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be shown. $20. 6pm. 1187 Franklin St. 608-1585.

Angela Bofill @ The Rrazz Room Singer tells her life story in music, with guests Melba Moore, Maysa, Dave Valentin, the Original Angela Bofill Band and Marion Meadows. $45-$55. 8pm. Also Jan 13 (8pm), 14 (7pm) & 9:30pm) and 15 (7pm). 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1189.

Get Lucky @ SOMArts Gallery The Culture of Chance, a group exhibit of multimedia art paying homage to artist John Cage’s 100th birthday. Thru Jan 26. Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 934 Brannan St.

Nicholas Ray Rediscovered @ YBCA Double feature of rare films made by and about Ray ( Rebel Without a Cause and later experimental films), including the collaborative We Can’t Go Home Again and Don’t Expect Too Much, a documentary about Ray by his widow Susan Ray. $6-$8. 7:30pm. Also Jan 15, 2pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 701 Mission St.

Porchlight Storytelling @ Contemp. Jewish Museum

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

The roving literary tale-telling night plays a little Abracadabra, with a Houdini tribute, hosts Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte, with magicians, mentalists, spiritualist debunkers (Stallion, The Amazing Randi, Eric Mead and Joe Pon), magic and mystery. $15. 7pm. 736 Mission St. at 4th.

Maharaja @ Asian Art Museum

Souls of Splendor @ Delancey Screening Room

The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts, an expansive exhibit showcasing textiles, jewels and items from the heyday of the early Indian empires. Also, Sanjay Patel’s Deities, Demons and Dudes with ‘Staches: Indian Avatars ; Tateuchi Thematic Gallery, 2nd floor. Other special events thru exhibit run. $7-$17. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thu til 9pm. Thru April 8, 2012. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500

Premiere screening of a short (25-minute) comedy-dramatic film about gay comic book artists, their fans, inspiration and their problems. $5-$20. 8pm. 600 Embarcadero St.

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Queer Comic Artists @ Cartoon Art Museum Exhibit of work by Burton Clarke (Gay Comix), Jaime Cortez ( Sexile), Ed Luce ( Wuvable Oaf ), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille),MariNaomi ( Kiss and Tell), Trina Robbins ( Wimmen’s Comix), Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), Christine Smith (The Princess), Mary Wings (Come Out Comix), and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time). Free-$7. Thru March 4. Reg hours Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. 655 Mission St.

Winter Salon @ Robert Tat Gallery Exhibit of vintage and contemporary photographic prints. Thru Jan. 28. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary St. #410. 781-1122. www.robertta

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Gay, gay, gay holidays! by Donna Sachet


ope your holidays were grand! In San Francisco, we certainly know how to put a gay twist on the season, don’t we? From the Lesbian/ Gay Freedom Band’s Dance Along Nutcracker, Lisa Geduldig’s Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, and the 19th annual Songs of the Season to Drag Queens on Ice at the skating rink in Union Square, Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes at the Victoria Theatre, and Santa Claus smoking weed atop Café Flore, from Rainbow World Fund’s Tree of Hope in the Rotunda of City Hall and Jerry Goldstein & Tommy Taylor’s nationally recognized towering pine on 21st Street to MUMC’s ribbon-wrapped palms and glowing holiday tree in the Castro, the LGBT community insists on re-imagining holiday traditions to include us all. We hope you’ll take a bit of that inclusive celebration with you throughout the new year! The Gay Men’s Chorus’ Joyous, Jolly, Jingles! Christmas Eve concerts at the Castro Theatre were sold out, packed with locals and visitors seeking a little old-fashioned holiday cheer. Under the musical direction of Tim Seelig, the music was rich, the choral-ography was delightful, and the comedy was spot-on! Guest performers included Melody Moore, Velocity Bells, Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF, and this humble columnist. Glimpsed in the audiences were Kile Ozier, Rick LeBlanc, Gary Virginia, Betty Sullivan, Lenny Broberg, Richard Sablatura, Norm Claybaugh, Paul Moffett, and many more. Before it closes in mid-January, be sure to catch Xanadu at New Conservatory Theatre! Knowing what a fan we are of the iconic movie starring Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly, we were treated to a lovely evening of theatre by Ben & Terry Penn, and the fresh-faced, golden-throated cast, including local favorite Joe Wick, delivered a campy performance spiced with occasional funny modern references. The Sixties costuming, splashy lighting, and imaginative sets completed the picture. Don’t miss it! Dance parties abounded for New See page 23 >>

Steven Underhill

Vixen took a break from his toy-delivery duties to take part in the Gay Men’s Chorus’ Joyous, Jolly, Jingles! Christmas Eve concerts at the Castro Theatre.

Steven Underhill

Members of the cast of Xanadu, appearing at the New Conservatory Theatre through mid-January.

Coming up in leather and kink Thu., Jan. 5: Daddy Thursdays at Kok Bar (1225 Folsom). Shot & drink specials. 10 p.m.-close. Go to:

Sun., Jan. 8: Truck Bust Sundays at Truck. $1 beer bust. Warm bar, hot men, cold beer. 4-8 p.m. Go to:

Thu., Jan. 5: Nasty at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom). $5 cover to benefit Project Inform. 10 p.m.-close. Go to:

Sun., Jan. 8: Boys with Balls Happy Hour Special at 440 Castro. No cover, no fundraising. T-shirt giveaway. 4-7 p.m. Look up Boys with Balls on Facebook for more details.

Fri., Jan. 6: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom). 10 p.m.-close. Live shower boys, drink specials. Go to: Fri., Jan. 6: Fuzz at Kok Bar. Come hang with the hairy dudes! No cover. $2 off the first drink if you’re shirtless. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: Fri., Jan. 6: Open Play Party at the SF Citadel (New location: 363 8th St.). 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Go to: www. to verify that this is at the new location. Sat., Jan. 7: All Beef Saturday Nights at The Lone Star (1354 Harrison). 100% SoMa Beef! 9 p.m.-close. Go to: Sat., Jan. 7: Newbie Munch at the SF Citadel (New location: 363 8th St.), a special introduction to the SF Citadel for the new and curious. 6-8 p.m. Go to: Sat., Jan. 7: Luscious, a Celebration of Curves presents Pin-Up & Burlesque Shimmy and Sizzle at the SF Citadel (New location: 363 8th St.). 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Go to: Sat., Jan. 7: Steamworks at The Edge (18th & Collingwood). Fun with the bathhouse boys. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: Sun., Jan. 8: SF Men’s Spanking Party at The Power Exchange (220 Jones). For guys into spanking & spanking fantasies. 1-6 p.m. Go to:

Mon., Jan. 9: Nasty at The Powerhouse. Get nasty for drink specials. 10 p.m.-close. Go to: Tue., Jan. 10: All the Scene’s a Stage at the SF Citadel (New location: 363 8th St.). Learn how to avoid and not create drama in the public BDSM scene. 8-10 p.m. Go to: Tue., Jan. 10: Busted at Truck. $5 beer bust. 9-11 p.m. Go to: Tue., Jan. 10: Pit Stop Happy Hour at Kok Bar. $1 shots every hour on the hour. 6-9 p.m. Go to: Tue., Jan. 10: Ink & Metal at The Powerhouse. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: Wed., Jan. 11: Golden Shower Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison), a male-only club. Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Play till late. Go to: Wed., Jan. 11: Bear Bust Wednesdays at Kok Bar SF. $6 all you can drink Bud Light or Rolling Rock drafts. Go to: Wed., Jan. 11: Nipple Play at the Powerhouse. Go shirtless! 10 p.m.-close. Go to:

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Bound by the beauty by John F. Karr


usually stick to movies and books, so please excuse my wandering into a bit of product plugging. Consider this a public service announcement. The local emporiums of butch have for some time been purveying the tres jolie SuppleNipp nip-suckers. But only in clear and black. Want them in fireengine red, naughty pink, passion purple, or – only for the brave – glittered or glow in the dark? Check out Light up the sky and your boyfriend’s eye with nips that are enflamed. You don’t think I keep up with fads in sexplay. But I’ve kept an eye on the rubber-suited, ball-gagged, hooded, and gas-masked games guys are playing. And though my gaze is somewhat askance, I’ve been known to dabble. The photo with today’s column? That’s me in the suit. Too bad you can’t see my SuppleNipps. “Put this on,” my guy said. What a dom he is. It may look like I’m at his mercy. But Mr. Man just can’t keep his hand off my joint. Since your inquiring minds want to know, I’ll tell you from whence I think cometh this fad for outlandish confinement. I think it’s the art of Bastille. It’s hard to find examples of his work on-line, but if you persevere, and perhaps ante up a little cash, you can find a large cache at You’ll see immediately why I think his art has exerted such an extreme influence on contemporary gay sexuality. We’re told by an appreciation at the Leslie/Lohman website that Bastille “is said to have loathed the concept of gay culture.” He was fond of lewd, filthylooking, über-butch dudes with shaved heads and pubes. He encased them in rubber, connected them in the most insidiously inventive fashion with tubing of all kinds, and plopped gas masks on their heads. His art is way sexy and not a little scary. He was born Frank Webber in 1929, and I can’t tell you why, but in the 1980s he took the name Bastille and started to produce the incredible gouache paintings which appeared in SM magazines. Where did his fantasies come from? His love of rubber dates from his childhood memory of used condoms found in lover’s lanes. Although not intrigued by black rubber, he sure was ahead of the game on latex. He was quite the handyman, too – he haunted hardware stores and loved to invent sex toys from the materials


On the Town From page 22

Year’s Eve, so you may have seen us at either Gus presents Colossus at 16th and DeHaro, Stoli’s Tranadu at the End Up with Patrik Gallineaux, Cassandra Cass, Jai Rodriguez, and Liz Primo, Trannyshack with Heklina and Joshua J at DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street, or Rub at BeatBox, 314 11th Street, with a host of porn stars. Wherever you celebrated, we trust you brought 2012 in with a smile on your face, surrounded by people you love, and with a safe ride home or to the destination of your choice! If 2012 does indeed end up to be our final year as predicted by numerous futurists, why not get out that bucket list and start fulfilling some long-held wishes? Start right

Can you hear Karr from inside the suit, hoping that the fetish master will tweak his nipples?

he discovered. He died in 1990 of AIDS-related leukemia. And now, here are Karr’s Honors for 2011. My Performer of the Year, for the second year, is Adam Killian. There are some pretty good newbies I like to watch. But none with the raunchy joy, plus the energy, focus, skill, and hot looks of Mr. Killian. He’s tempestuous. The Worst Flameout Farewell from a Favored Performer came from Phillip Aubrey. The Best Honorary Degree was the Doctorate bestowed on Joe Gage by the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. And the Best Archive where you can check all my reviews is www.KarrnalKnowledge. com. You know I’m loath to anoint a single movie The Best of the Year. So I’m gonna list a few of my personal faves – choices restricted to movies I wrote about during 2011. I can’t honor Raging Stallion’s Cowboys because I got Raging Stallion’s Cowboys too late for consideration as a Best of the Year.

here in San Francisco by attending theatre, dance, music, and comedy, so readily available at venues large and small! Start right here with our many charitable organizations by volunteering time, talent, and money to help those around you! Start right here with your immediate circle of friends by finding ways to put genuine smiles on the faces of those you love! Then take a trip or two, finding new experiences in new places or reliving good times in familiar destinations, while sharing with the world those special characteristics that make us San Franciscans! Happy New Year!▼

But with four full discs, it’s certainly The Most of the Year. And I’m sure Titan would like me to consider Incubus, the first feature Francois Sagat has directed. But it arrived erev New Year’s Eve, so it’ll have to wait. Sharing the Honors. For solos, you can’t beat Ron Lloyd’s Legend Men 1, from Body Image Productions. For men-on-men movies, Colt’s Muscles in Leather rates high. When I grow up, I’m gonna be Nate Karlton. And Raging Stallion’s Other Side of Aspen 6 was a major effort with plenty hot stuff, although I’m still watching select scenes from Brutal, which imbued a couple brutal connections with human emotion. Finally, earning my highest esteem are two movies from a favored company, Lucas Entertainment. Fuck Me Harder is one of the less formulaic slam-bams around. And the one movie that I’ve watched and wondered at repeatedly is the Michael Lucas/Mr. Pam collaboration Eye Contact. The performers’ direct address of the viewer could have been an embarrassing gimmick, but instead brought a seductive intimacy to some spectacularly raunchy encounters.▼

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Patty and Sharon McGroin can’t stop giving in the Castro during the holiday season.

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Happy new TV year! by Victoria A. Brownworth


h, the enticements of the New Year – so fresh, so new. The new season of our old favorites hasn’t started quite yet (The Good Wife returns Jan. 7, Revenge is back Jan. 10, and Glee returns Jan. 17) while the new shows are debuting next week and the week after. That makes this the perfect time to reflect on the old year and contemplate what we want for the new. As with all relationships, it’s much easier to know what we don’t want anymore than to know for sure what we do want in its place. This is especially true since there’s also that pesky “be careful what you wish for” clause. For example, when we wanted to see more transgender people on the tube, we didn’t get more actual actors like Aneesh Sheth or Candis Cayne on drama series, we got Chaz Bono on the Oprah network and on Dancing with the Stars. Uh, no. Here’s what we know for sure we don’t want to see anymore: No more double-duty, two-for-one minority characters. By this we mean the now almost ubiquitous make-the-queercharacter-a-character-of-color device. While we love many of these characters, notably Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) on Grey’s Anatomy, Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) on The Good Wife, Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) on Glee, Mr. Wolfe (Rex Lee) on Suburgatory, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) on Bones before she decided she was really heterosexual after all (that’s another category we’d like to see abolished: the seasonal lesbian), Arleen Gonzales (Rachel Ticotin) on Law & Order: LA and Alejo Salazar (Anthony Ruivivar) on The Whole Truth before the latter two shows were canceled, we’d like to see some mixing and matching. We want to see characters of color as well as queer characters on the tube. Really, we can do it. We can actually let the TV landscape look like the real landscape. That would mean a third of the TV characters would be of color, and 10% would be queer. It would mean more blacks (and they can’t all be police officers and judges) and fewer Asians (sorry), way more gay men and far fewer bisexuals posing as lesbians. Why can’t the TV landscape look more like real life, with more balance and way less tokenism? Speaking of tokenism, why is it so impossible for there to be gay male couples on the tube? Not sexy enough like the hot lesbian couples? One thing we are sure we want to see in the new year is gay male couples. Gay male couples who are sexual. Gay male couples in realistic relationships. We’d even settle for gay men who know other gay men, even if they are not in a couple. But the endless only-one-of-you-inthe-entire-town thing? So over that. Equally over the unsexy and neutered


Anniversary DVDs From page 19

features. A young (pre-breakdown) Charlie Sheen stars alongside Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe in the 25th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD edition of Oliver Stone’s Platoon (MGM, $24.99). In one of the last of the Vietnam dramas, Sheen’s breakout performance as naïve American soldier Private Chris Taylor is the stuff of legends. Also loaded with special features, Platoon includes audio commentary from director

gay male couples, Yes, we know there are those in real life, but there are also plenty of hot gay men out there as well. Represent, people, represent. Much as we love Modern Family and think Cam (Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) are funny and sweet as hell, some gay eye-candy wouldn’t go amiss. Even Glee has “married off” its gay male couple, and they are the most sexless teenagers in all of Christendom. It’s like they took a purity pledge and there’s saltpeter in the McKinley High cafeteria food. The gay “couple” on Revenge is sexual, but they aren’t really a couple: Nolan is being played by Tyler, and it’s just creepy and not sexy. And don’t get us started on the queers on the CW. The young gay Republican set: Satanic spawn, in our humble opinion. We are sure that we can have believable gay male characters on the tube who are not victims of the trap/ neuter/release program TV seems to have set up for gay men. Speaking of things heterosexist, another thing we don’t want anymore is shows pairing gorgeous, smart, younger women with older, stupid, fat, balding guys. This isn’t reflective of real life either, especially not in the working-class households in which it mostly occurs on TV. Maybe among the 1 %ers or Real Housewives, where older, fat, stupid, balding guys (yes, we’re talking to you, Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh) can afford to buy themselves a trophy wife (or two or three), but that’s not what we are seeing on the tube. We’re seeing the same tired formula sitcom shtick of the unattractive stupid guy with the sexy smart wife. Boring and sexist. In the new year we’d like to see some older, fat women with sexy younger men. Let’s pair Conchata Farrell with Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men. Oh right: not believable. Kind of what we were saying, huh? And once women reach a certain age on TV they either have to have their faces re-done a la the entire cast of Desperate Housewives, Marg Helgenberger on CSI, or Hunter Tylo on Bold and the Beautiful. These were all really good-looking if not downright beautiful women whose faces are now fixed masks that look creepy, especially when they try to move their mouths with all the cadaver plumping. We saw Lauren Holly on an episode of Flashpoint the other night, and her face was so grotesque from the overdone mouth and hyper-Botoxed forehead that we were fixated on her face rather than able to focus on the storyline. (Speaking of Flashpoint, we just want to make a brief comment about a recent episode on bullying of a gay high school couple that was superb. We highly recommend viewing it at Hulu.) When women let themselves go – that is, age normally, with weight gain and falling faces and breasts,

they end up as caricatures on the tube. Thus we have Academy Awardwinning actresses like Kathy Bates (the unwatchable Harry’s Law) being pigeon-holed as sexless wisecrackers, creating a whole new genre of female stereotype that belongs in the 1950s with Rosalind Russell. Let’s stop that. Women can let their faces and bodies age normally without surgery – you know, just like all those fat, balding male characters on the tube – and still be portrayed as having a life. Really, it can happen. We aren’t all going to look like former Miss America Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, DH) at 50+. Or even Oprah after the make-up people have gotten to her for a few hours. So for the new year we’d like to see more realistic female characters and some effort at presenting realistic aging of women and even men on the tube. It really bugs us that the gorgeous Lesley-Anne Down is playing the mother of Jack Wagner on B&B when she’s five years older than he is. His face looks like the Grand Canyon, and hers is smooth as a baby’s behind. We would love to see certain reality shows retired for good. Have we mentioned how supremely tired we are of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette? Yeah, tired. Very. These shows make men look like shallow monsters and women look like shallow, vicious idiots who will trample over anyone to get a ring on their finger. These shows perpetuate the worst gender myths about men and women, which just adds to sexist portrayals on the tube. This season of The Bachelor has an older woman (60something) presenting herself to the bachelor du jour. It’s portrayed as the ultimate horror, grandma coming on to Adonis. And yet, the aging Lothario is a staple of small and big screen. Why is the reverse so intolerable? Sexism. (The answers to pretty much all the quiz questions, kids, are sexism, heterosexism and homophobia. TV’s a pretty simple test. Alas.) Some other shows we want to see set onto the TV ice floe are Jerry Springer and Maury Povich, which are both way past their prime. We can remember when both shows were serious talk shows with real issues. Remember Jerry taking on white supremacists, and Maury doing the first show on lipstick lesbians? Imagine. JS and MP fall into our “be careful what you wish for” category because they have the highest percentage of LGBT people on the tube outside of Logo or Here! Not to be elitist, but is this really the face of the LGBT community? Or do we just really want to say that there are as many queens, bull daggers and trannies in the trailer park as there are bimbos, guidos and straight guys who like to be diapered like a baby (yes, we’re talking to you, Sen. Vitter) in order to feel truly mainstreamed? Over the holidays we watched a plethora of episodes (these shows are on as many as three times a day with syndication). We saw a ton of studly lesbians, a

Stone, deleted and extended scenes, documentaries and more. Winner of four 1986 Academy Awards, this is a classic that resonates with modern times. Based on the acclaimed Broadway musical about a Shakespearean turf war, the limited edition four-disc set (two Blu-rays, one DVD and a CD of cover songs from the soundtrack) 50th anniversary edition of West Side Story (MGM, $69.99) gives the film, winner of 10 Academy Awards, a chance to be discovered by a whole new generation. Called the greatest love story ever told and the most cherished musical of all time, the

film West Side Story, directed by Robert Wise and starring Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood, holds up well. Special features include choreographers illuminating the film’s famous dance sequences, song-specific commentary and a look back at the iconic film and its impact on the world. Colorful assortment: With an additional 50 minutes of previously unseen lost footage, the 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (MGM, $24.99) is one of the season’s musthaves. Lynch’s classic portrayal of the suburban underbelly not


Rex Lee as Mr. Wolfe, Jane Levy as Tessa on Suburgatory.

While we ache for better, more inclusive and less stereotyping programming in 2012, some of the new shows debuting in the next couple of weeks make it clear that’s probably not going to happen. Two

should be pulled before they even air for racism and homophobia. The CBS sitcom !Rob! stars SNL alum Rob Schneider and Cheech Marin. The premise? Schneider’s character, Rob, marries a gorgeous Latina woman a foot taller than he is and introduces her to his family. Already hilarious, right? And so fresh! Because Schneider isn’t fat or bald? With lines like, “This looks like a Julio Iglesias concert!” (because Spain and Mexico are the same country) and, “I just love the green stuff (guacamole)!” and Schneider making jokes about illegal immigrants while Marin makes jokes about Schneider’s character in Spanish, it’s just one big barrel of racist fun. Here’s a question: When was the last time Schneider was funny? Can’t remember? Neither can we, but we think it was around the same time Victoria Jackson was funny on SNL, and she’s turned into a raving racist, homophobic lunatic who was back in the news just last week for some crazy Islamophobic statements. So we have to ask: Why give this guy his own show? When CBS is already under fire for racism with 2 Broke Girls, do we need to have another show with similar problems? And is it possible to have Latino characters on a TV show who are not the butt of illegal immigrant and drug dealer jokes? Don’t expect that from ABC’s new sitcom Work It. We noted how offensive this show is in a previous column. It combines homophobia and racism in the same unfunny sitcom whose tag line is “Work is a drag.” Two guys dress in drag to get jobs, one white, one Latino. The sexist, homophobic and racist jokes are repetitive, unfunny and ongoing. Plus, the idea that anyone would believe these are anything but guys in dresses is just ludicrous. There’s not a dark enough bar or enough alcohol in the world for that. Couldn’t either of these networks have given a queer comedian a sitcom? There are so many excellent choices who are actually funny and who represent real people in our community. So we know what we do want, we know what we don’t want and we are pretty sure we can’t get either. Yet the clean slate of the new year is always such a tempting tabula rasa. And we’d love new and better choices. To see if the networks’ New Year’s resolutions match ours, however, we will just have to stay tuned. ▼

only revived the careers of Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell and Hope Lange, but also made stars of Kyle McLachlan, Laura Dern and Isabella Rosselini. Blu-ray special features include the Mysteries of Love doc, the original Siskel & Ebert review and more. The late Gwen Welles (Desert Hearts, Nashville) headlines the cast of women in the 20th anniversary edition DVD reissue of Henry Jaglom’s Eating (Breaking Glass, $26.95). Described as “a very serious comedy about women & food,” Eating’s DVD special features include commentary by Jaglom,

the cast’s appearance on The Phil Donahue Show and more. Originally released theatrically 40 years ago, The Secret of Dorian Gray/Il Dio Chiamato Dorian (Raro Video, $19.98), Italian filmmaker Massimo Dallamano’s modern retelling of the Oscar Wilde classic novel, makes it onto a domestically released DVD. Starring the stunning and often half-undressed Helmut Berger as the ageless Dorian, it’s a campy, sexy, queer period piece. DVD special features include an interview with assistant director Maurizio Tanfani and more.▼

parade of MTF transgender people and some of the gayest men alive. We saw men having sex with their sister’s boyfriends, women having sex with their brother’s girlfriends, MTFs who were revealing that they were born male to unsuspecting boyfriends, drag kings revealing to unsuspecting girlfriends that they weren’t really men, and many men cheating on their girlfriends with other men (those down-low MSMs we keep hearing about), almost always flamers, who inevitably snap, “Your man is gay, honey, he is gay!” then prance around telling the woman she is ugly, badly dressed and has a terrible weave. Maury has had what have been referred to as “he-she contests” (are you taking this info down, GLAAD?) where mostly Asian and Latino transgender people dress up along with biological females and the audience tries to guess who is the “real” woman and who is not. And yes, it is just as can’t-lookaway-from-the-accident terrible as it sounds. Much as we might miss this voyeuristic circus, we’d like to see these shows gone by the end of 2012. We think they are bad for everyone, not just our community. These shows hurt our community by presenting LGBT people as sleazy liars and selfish cheats who are misrepresenting themselves to “real” men and women as something they are not. While these people are real and are dealing with homophobia in their own way, the complexity of that reality is not being addressed on shows like this. Rather, this just inflames ignorant audiences with the idea that “homosexuals” are not to be trusted. The femme lesbians are all strippers with kids, the gay men are all in the closet, almost all the transgender people are African American with confused gender identity. All of them lie to their partners and everyone else around them. While rarely an episode airs without a queer guest and some shows are all queer, these programs manipulate both guests and audiences and are the worst kind of TV junk food.

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Merry menage a trois by Tavo Amador


ay polymath Noel Coward’s (1899-1973) Design for Living (1932) was inspired by what he knew of the relationship between Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne. “The Lunts” were the most famous married actors of the American and English stages. Many sources indicate Lunt preferred men and that theirs was a marriage blanc, like that of their admired contemporaries, Katharine Cornell and Tyrone Guthrie. In 1933, Coward and the Lunts starred in the play on Broadway, but the London production was delayed by censors until 1939. Paramount, classic Hollywood’s most sophisticated studio, filmed it in 1933. Ernest Lubitsch, he of the acclaimed “touch,” directed from a script by Ben Hecht. Criterion has just released it in DVD. The film opens with Gilda Farrell (Miriam Hopkins) entering a compartment on a train heading for Paris. Seated across from her, sound asleep, are Tom Chambers (Frederic March) and George Curtis (Gary Cooper). She stares at them, whips out a pad, and begins sketching. They wake, and the three begin speaking in French before discovering they’re Americans. Tom is an unproduced playwright; George, an unsuccessful painter; Gilda, a busy commercial artist. It’s clear that the chemistry among the


in London. Tom is summoned to help with rehearsals, leaving George and Gilda in Paris. All three miss each other, yet George and Gilda kiss, despite their no sex “gentlemen’s agreement.” “But I am no gentleman,” she admits. Soon, the men quarrel over her. George laments, “Hard to believe I loved you both.” Unable to decide, Gilda goes to New York, marries Max, but to his frustration, their wedding night is sexless. George and Tom show up at Max’s mansion while he’s giving a big party. Chaos ensues. Gilda. Tom, and George flee to Paris and reiterate their “no sex” pledge, which seems even less believable than the first time. March, noted for dramatic performances (he would win two Best Actor Oscars), is lively. The usually laconic Cooper, also a twotime Best Actor Oscar winner, is excellent. The talented Hopkins, unjustly forgotten, was a big star of the era and is funny. Horton and Pangborn are their usual sissy, campy

selves. Hecht rewrote almost all the dialogue, yet retained Coward’s spirit and his anti-conventional bourgeois morality theme. Lubitsch paces the film well. The sets and costumes are superb. In the play, the female character was much more subservient, almost a cover for the unspoken male love affair. In the movie, she’s an equal,

Moscone memories From page 13

premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in June and is repeating that assignment at Berkeley Rep, where the play opens on Jan. 11. The creation of the play, which is not to be taken as literal biography or history, has had life-changing ramifications for Moscone. “A lot of the pieces of my life that I have kept separate are now being brought into the same room, which is who I am as the son of George Moscone, who I am as a gay man, and who I am as a theater-maker. I think I now have more tools to deal with both being an artist and a man in the world. I don’t know if I made a breakthrough as an artist, but I’ve made a breakthrough as a human, and that’s the most important thing.” Moscone was 14 when his father was shot to death in his City Hall office by former Supervisor Dan White, who then ran down the hall to mete out the same fate to Supervisor Harvey Milk. In Ghost Light, despite its considerable artistic liberties, real names and events are used. The scenes shuttle through time and realities, focusing on both a 14-yearold boy named Jon who is unsteadily coping with the loss of his father, and Jon as a theater director haunted by the past as he becomes fixated on how to direct the scene in Hamlet in which


three is exciting if unarticulated. Gilda is met in Paris by her fiance, prissy, wealthy businessman Max Plunkett (prissy Edward Everett Horton). He watches with dismay as she kisses George and sniffs, “Immorality may be fun, but not fun enough to replace virtue and three square meals a day.” Tom and George move into a shabby garret and soon discover that each has been seeing Gilda on alternate days. They argue over her and the impact she has on their relationship. “A little bit of feminine fluff breaking up our friendship!” complains Tom. “She’s not worth it,” replies George. “We’ve been friends for 11 years.” But when she calls, both rush to the phone. She visits the next day, says they are “so becoming,” and declares her unhappiness at being drawn equally to both. She deplores the double standard: men are expected to sample many women before deciding on one, while she must make a blind guess. She doesn’t “want to break them up.” They agree to “forget sex,” a pledge they’re unlikely to keep. Gilda pushes George to paint better pictures. She takes Tom’s script to Mr. Douglas, a producer friend of Max’s (Francis Pangborn), who’s breakfasting with her fiancé in his hotel suite. At her urging, Mr. Douglas agrees to read it and eventually produces the play

2012 art offerings From page 18

as its subjects; State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 (Feb. 29June 17) is a comprehensive primer on Conceptual Art as expressed in both Southern and Northern California, which may as well be two separate countries, right? It features surveillance installations, performance documentations, soundtracks, videos, films, artists’ books and archival photographs. SFMOMA: Alluding to the urban landscape, gender, race and class, Mark Bradford concentrates on the artist’s monumental collages on canvas, made from expertly

Jonathan Moscone, left, is directing Ghost Light, a play written by Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone based on their intimate conversations about Moscone’s own experiences as the son of George Moscone.

the title character sees the ghost of his murdered father. Moscone has never directed Hamlet, which is just one example of how the script varies from actual life. The adult character Jon is also verbally abused and physically threatened by the specter of a homophobic prison guard that Taccone extrapolated from Moscone’s stories of the loutish grandfather he never met who did work as a guard at San Quentin. There is also humor in the play, often of the behind-the-scenes theatrical variety, and references that

resonated for the Oregon audience have been localized for the Berkeley production. But, Moscone said, no primer is needed on the life and career of George Moscone to make sense of the play. “I think the whole play is based on the idea of people coming in cold [to the historical details], because the context of the play is that people have forgotten George Moscone,” said his son. “And if you did know about him, you can respond more deeply to the story. So I think it works both ways.” Moscone has been steadfast in

manipulated, salvaged materials, and early works influenced by his family’s beauty parlor in South Central (Feb. 18-June 17); for her portraits and videos, Rineke Dijkstra photographs people in transition, new moms, army recruits and especially adolescents (Feb. 18-May 28); The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area considers the design legacy and inventions of a genuine non-conformist and idealist who thought out of the box but never achieved the success he desired (March 24-July 2012). Using herself as subject and blank canvas, Cindy Sherman is a mistress of transformation with a legion of

imitators. Her career trajectory is traced through 170 photographs drawn from her varied bodies of work, multiple guises and personas, beginning with her student days in the mid-1970s to the present (July 14-Oct. 7). Jay DeFeo encompasses the full scope of the Bay Area artist’s 40-year career with paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper and a re-examination of her best-known painting, “The Rose” (Nov. 3-Feb. 3). YBCA: In What Suits Us, JohnMark Ikeda deconstructs the uniform of the upwardly mobile, stripping an iconic symbol of power down to its essential elements and pinning it to the wall

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Christopher Liam Moore, as a gay theater director struggling with his legacy as the son of a slain politician, is haunted by the abusive ghost of his grandfather (Bill Geisslinger) in Ghost Light at Berkeley Rep.

his desire to be apolitical as a theater artist with a high-profile political pedigree. But for a time after coming out as a gay man at the MosconeMilk tribute, he did rally round the rainbow flag. “I took advantage of it for awhile in terms of how it seemed important that I came out. I got letters. I went on talk radio. I spoke at a PFLAG convention. And after a while I stopped because it just wasn’t

like a biological specimen (Jan. 26July 8). OMCA: A pair of companion shows, All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area and The 1968 Project explore posters as an art form and vehicle for debate during a renaissance of the form that started in the mid-1960s. (March 31-Aug. 19); Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes (April 14-Aug. 12) is an imaginative installation showcasing hundreds of drawings by Oakland’s own Daniel Clowes, a cartoonist known for giving the graphic novel literary cred and adapting his comic book Ghost World for a film directed by Terry

b the homoeroticism, but a although less explicit, i still suggested. A is p photograph from the B Broadway production s shows Lunt, Coward, and F Fontanne sitting on a sofa, t their bodies intertwined, w with Coward in the m middle. It’s repeated in the m movie, with the Apollol Cooper the filling in like th sandwich. The two the m also touch often and men in intimately. For example, G George grabs Tom’s thigh a gives it a good squeeze. and As always with Criterion, th production values are the first-rate. An extra includes an informative interview w film historian Joseph with M McBride, who discusses C Coward, Hecht, Lubistch, an and the generally hostile re reception the movie un unfairly received. Critics la lamented the characters be becoming American and the abandonment of Coward’s original script. Now it’s clear, they were wrong. The film is enjoyable and stylish. Its initial release before the enforcement of the Hollywood Production Code was fortuitous. Censors, frightened of this joyful celebration of a menage a trois, blocked its re-release the next year.▼

what my whole journey on this earth was about.” But political issues do appear in the play. Much of this reflects Taccone’s filtering Moscone’s stories through his own life experiences and beliefs. “A lot of the political conversations we had were really, really sexy to Tony, because they are very much a part of his view of the world,” Moscone said. “I would tell him about how I have refused to talk about politics, but if I ever did, I would rant. And he flew with that, and so the character does have this huge rant. But that’s as much about what Tony is thinking about the world as it is me.” Ultimately, and inevitably, Ghost Light is a father-son story, even if the father figure appears only as a mute vision. “There’s this great line in the play where Jon says to the director [of the Milk movie], ‘The memory of my father has been languishing for over 30 years,’ and the film director says, ‘Your father is doing just fine. It’s you who’ve been languishing.’ So the play is about an artist feeling personally wounded by his place as a gay man in a world where his father worked for gay rights but the man who is known better has become a gay martyr. It’s the story of how a man un-wounds himself.”▼ Ghost Light will run Jan. 6-Feb. 19 at Berkeley Rep. Tickets are $14.50-$73. Call (510) 647-2949 or go to

Zwigoff. Contemporary Jewish Museum: Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought examines the tree in Jewish tradition and its role in contemporary art (Feb. 16May 28). The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats: Inspired by Asian art, haiku and his experience of anti-Semitism and poverty in his youth, Keats, the awardwinning Brooklyn author and illustrator of beloved children’s books, created the first full-color picture book with an AfricanAmerican protagonist, a work produced at the height of the civil rights movement (Nov. 15-Feb. 24, 2013).▼

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