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Serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1971

Govs announce gay, lesbian appointees

CA’s new AG takes oath

by Matthew S. Bajko

2011 ushers in LGBT leadership changes by Matthew S. Bajko

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he new year is ushering in a sea change among the Bay Area’s LGBT leadership ranks. A unique set of circumstances has combined to bring about an unusually large number of new faces to highranking government positions and heads of Supervisor community organiza- David Campos tions. The departures of a number of top executives at LGBT nonprofits as well as the election results from last November are bringing to the

alifornia’s newest attorney general, Kamala Harris, right, takes the oath of office Monday, January 3 from state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye as her sister Maya Harris holds the Bible during a packed ceremony at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento. Harris, San Francisco’s former district attorney, is the first woman, first African American, and first South Asian American to hold the office of state attorney general. During her remarks, Harris, a Democrat, vowed to ensure that state law is on the side of the people. Harris, an outspoken supporter of marriage equality, alluded to that in her speech as well when she said, “And in the spirit of Earl Warren, we are going to fight for the civil rights of every Californian – to worship as you will ... to live and work where you choose ... and to marry the person you love.” Other elected officials also took office this week. See more photos on page 2.

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his week Governor Jerry Brown confirmed reports he would name John Laird, one of the first openly gay men to serve in the state Legislature, as his secretary of the Natural Resources John Laird Agency. It was the first in what is expected to be several high profile LGBT appointments by Brown, who took his third oath of office as the state’s top official Monday, January 3.

Fundraising skills sought for top jobs Palm Springs police chief S retires he firestorm that erupted in Palm Springs over the 2009 gay sex sting in the city’s gay Warm Sands neighborhood boiled over Wednesday with the news that Police Chief David Dominguez will retire. In a statement, the chief wrote in part: “After careful consideration of the recent debates Chief David surrounding the Dominguez Warm Sands law enforcement operation, I believe this decision is in the best interest of my family, my health, the department and the city.” The city said it would begin looking for a new police chief immediately. Openly gay Mayor Steve Pougnet, who until now has remained largely silent on the issue, issued a statement Wednesday. “I support the decision by the police chief to retire and agree that it is in the best interest of the city and the department – to begin the healing process for the community. Yet, there remains much work to be done.” The latest flare-up over the sex sting came last week after an inflammatory

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ship areas that was attractive about Giuliano was that he understood in the “hard economic times” people are facing, “there’s an increasing demand for our services, and really, an increasing imperative” to work with public health officials, other local AIDS service organizations, and additional policy groups and advocates to determine how to maintain services. That includes trying to increase contributions. Thornton didn’t want to discuss specifics, but noted 2011 marks the 10th year of the AIDS/LifeCycle, the 535-mile bicycle trek This June also marks the 30th anniversary of the first reported AIDS cases. “There will be opportunities that Neil and the foundation will look at to celebrate some of the great progress that’s been made in HIV care and prevention, but also to really, I think, bring to attention how much work still needs to be done,” said Thornton.

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tion that’s going through transition at the top. In December, Geoff Kors, EQCA’s executive director, announced that he’s stepping down effective March 31. Like other groups, EQCA’s had to face some tough financial developments. Contributions to EQCA recently declined – in part because an anonymous donor who contributed $500,000 in 2009 was absent in 2010 – and EQCA closed several field offices after Election Day in November. Kors, who’s been with EQCA for almost nine years, has said he’s “ready to do some different things.” Cary Davidson, an EQCA board member who’s term as the board’s president ended December 31, said last month he wouldn’t want to quantify how much of the next executive director’s job fundraising would be, but he said, “Anyone who is likely to be selected as an executive director will have to have fundraising ability. It is one of the roles of an executive director, and while we have a development director and we

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everal San Francisco-based nonprofits are seeking new leaders as the economic climate is leading to cuts in funding from government and private sources. That would seem to make fundraising skills a bigger draw for candidates than usual, but attracting donations is still just one of the assets groups want in new executive directors. The leaders of Equality California, Academy of Friends, Lyon-Martin Health Services, and the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee have all announced their departures within the past three months. During this time, Neil Giuliano was hired as the new CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Giuliano, who started the job in December, has never led an HIV/AIDS-agency before. However, as the former president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and as the former mayor of Tempe, Arizona, he brings a high profile, and his status should be a draw for donors. SFAF, which has a budget of about $21.5 million, hasn’t been immune to the economic downturn. Funds from individual contributions, corporations and foundations, and donated goods and services totaled about $3.8 million for 2008, but approximately $3.2 million for 2010. In addition, special events such as the AIDS/LifeCycle brought in just over $12 million in 2008, but that decreased to about $9 million in 2010. SFAF operates the LifeCycle with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Asked whether such drops concerned him, Giuliano said, “I wouldn’t say so. I would say the whole entire not-for-profit world has been challenged in the time of the recession.” SFAF has “done much better than many organizations of its kind around the country,” he said. Giuliano also said he didn’t think there was “any one particular piece” of his background and experience that attracted the foundation, but said, “Honestly, that’s a question that only the people who hired me could most appropriately answer.” Dr. Lorna Thornton, SFAF’s board chair, said Giuliano’s fundraising abilities are “an important skill set, but certainly he was not hired solely or even primarily for his fundraising skills.” Thornton said that one of the major leader-

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Governor Jerry Brown, left, was sworn in by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento Monday, January 3, as his wife, Anne Gust Brown, holds the Bible. During his 16-minute speech, Brown, a Democrat, recalled his family’s public service, including his prior two terms as governor 28 years ago, and said that the coming year “will demand courage and sacrifice” as the state works to overcome a $28 billion budget deficit.

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In Oakland, Mayor Jean Quan, accompanied by her husband Floyd Huen, left, led a parade of friends and supporters through Oakland’s Chinatown Monday en route to the Fox Theatre, where she was sworn in as the city’s first woman and first Asian American mayor. Quan called on all Oaklanders – whether they supported her or not – to work for the betterment of the city, saying, “We are all family because we all love this city.”

On Tuesday, January 4, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski, left, took the oath of office at an induction ceremony at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Above, she is joined by Jon R. Rolefson, presiding judge, and state Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro). Kolakowski, who was sworn in by state appeals court Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline, is the first openly transgender trial court judge in the country. During her remarks she promised to “always do my best to serve the people of this great county with honor and persistent dedication to the law and to justice.” She is the wife of Bay Area Reporter news editor Cynthia Laird.

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Also on Tuesday, Betty Yee, second from left, was sworn in to her second term on the California Board of Equalization. Yee, a strong ally of the LGBT community, was administered the oath of office by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh, left. They are joined on stage at the Hiram W. Johnson State Building in San Francisco by Franchise Tax Board Executive Officer Selvi Stanislaus, and Zahra Billoo, executive director of Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Yee told a crowd of supporters that she is honored to once again represent the First District on the BOE, the state’s publicly elected tax board.


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Fight over Ma rave bill turns cooperative by Matt Baume n the span of just a few days, a group of entertainers, event promoters, and city officials have sprung into action to address safety problems at electronic music dance parties, prompted in large part by a surprise attempt by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) to ban a broad range of music events altogether. Ma’s proposed legislation, known as Assembly Bill 74 or the Anti-Raves Act of 2011, would have criminalized events on public property at which prerecorded music is played for longer than three and a half hours. The bill was necessary, Ma said, to address a spate of drug-related deaths and injuries at massive dance parties held at public venues such as the Cow Palace. Critics overwhelmed Ma’s online social network sites with protest, and her office was deluged with calls. Within days, Ma announced that she would withdraw the bill and instead pursue a collaboration with stakeholders. “The bill definitely needs more work,” admitted Nick Hardeman, Ma’s Capitol director. “The broad language in it right now impacts a broader spectrum of the nightlife community than we had intended.” The overwhelming response was coordinated in part by Save the Rave, a brand new organization that quickly amassed thousands of Facebook fans and directed them to protest. According to organizer Liam Shy, Save the Rave has been in the planning stages for some time as an advocacy organization for fans and producers of electronic music events. Ma’s unexpected announcement hastened the group’s formation, he said. Shy is a local DJ whose perfor-

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that could potentially be more dangerous. “We’d much rather have young people in permitted events. ... If we don’t have them, they go underground, where there’s no protection,” Shy said. Promoters are already willing to assist with outreach, he said, whether in the form of fliers handed out with tickets, booths at events, viral videos, or partnerships with the Department of Public Health. Several youth commissioners expressed interest in holding joint hearings with the Entertainment Commission on the topic. “One of the things we’re battling against is this mentality that ‘rave’ is a four-letter word,” said Shy, himself a former youth commissioner. “These are the primary events for young adults, particularly the ones who can’t go into nightclubs, for having fun and celebrating and feeling connected with their peers. ... We’re trying to embrace the word ‘rave’ and turn it into something positive.”▼

mances have included Pride, Pink Saturday, Castro Halloween, and LovEvolution. He met with Ma this week to discuss next steps, which he said could include a task force and public hearings. “It’s very necessary for all the different sides to have input on this process,” Shy said. John Wood, an event manager who has helped produce Castro Halloween and Pride, agreed. “No one heard about this whatsoever prior to the introduction of this legislation,” he said. “We could have dialogued with her.” Wood pointed out that the gay community effectively addressed a mid-1990s spike in GHB (GammaHydroxybutyric acid) use through outreach and education, rather than by banning events. At a January 3 meeting of the San Francisco Youth Commission, Shy called for increased education. He acknowledged that drug abuse at raves is a problem, but argued that banning events would shift the abuse to settings

SF ordinance calls for faster DNA testing by Seth Hemmelgarn he San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed an ordinance calling for DNA from sexual assault cases to be tested within two weeks of collection. San Francisco Police Commissioner Jim Hammer said he raised the issue with Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, inspired by the case of Rudy “Ruby” Ordenana, a transgender woman who was found dead in 2007. He helped Alioto-Pier write the legislation, of which Supervisor Carmen Chu eventually became a co-sponsor. DNA that had been recovered in the Ordenana case hadn’t been processed until nearly two years later. The evidence was matched with Donzell Francis, 42, whom law enforcement officials suspect went on to assault three transgender women after allegedly killing Ordenana. The openly gay Hammer, a former prosecutor in the district attorney’s office, said “there’s no doubt in my mind” Francis, who pleaded not guilty in April 2010 to the forcible sodomy and murder of Ordenana, wouldn’t have been able to attack anyone else if the DNA had been tested sooner. He said Ordenana’s case is just one example, and in recent years there “have been a number of cases where DNA evidence in sexual assault cases has not been tested in a timely matter.” Bill Barnes, an aide to Alioto-Pier, said her intent was to “prevent future assaults, and get justice for victims.” The ordinance requires that by

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March 1, Police Chief George Gascón establish a goal of collecting a DNA rape kit from a health care provider within three days of notification and testing DNA evidence obtained from a health care provider within two weeks of receiving it, among other provisions. The ordinance, which the 11member board passed unanimously, was first read December 7 and finally passed December 14. Hammer said people who have been sexually assaulted can help speed up the process, too. “If someone has been a victim of sexual assault in the LGBT community, they really should come forward as quickly as possible.” He said that with the state’s database and

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A path forward for Pride ow that the community has had a few months to absorb the news of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee’s mismanagement of its finances, it’s time to work toward this year’s event – just six months away – and to restore confidence in the organization. This requires effective communication from the board and a willingness to help on the part of the Bay Area’s LGBT community. The Pride Parade and festival is one of the largest events of its kind, and we want to keep it the fun, inclusive, and dynamic event that it has become. Below is some unsolicited advice that we hope Pride board members, contractors, and staff consider as the new year begins, as the committee contends with picking up the pieces. (For our previous statement on Pride’s problems, see www.ebar.com/openforum/opforum.php?sec=e ditorial&id=286).

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Leader needed SF Pride’s staff has been furloughed for the past month, mostly due to the $225,000 debt the organization incurred, according to a report from the city controller’s office issued in mid-December. SF Pride has been without an executive director since Amy Andre’s resignation in midNovember. A staffer who could have stepped in to provide transitional leadership is no longer with Pride. The crisis could worsen if the leadership vacuum is not filled. While it’s doubtful that Pride has the funds right now to attract top talent for the ED post, the board must find the resources to hire someone who can help stabilize the organization, either as an executive director or general manager. Ideally, that candidate should be familiar with SF Pride and nonprofit management. Running the parade itself is largely in the hands of capable contractors and volunteers, so that experience isn’t as necessary. What is needed in this top position is someone who is organized and an effective fundraiser. SF Pride needs a person who can meet with top sponsors, both to alleviate any concerns they may have and to see if they can possibly increase their level of giving in the short term. After 40 years, SF Pride is truly an institution, and hundreds of thousands of people are going to line the streets of San Francisco the morning of June 26 regardless of the state of the Pride Committee. Those factors should be attractive to sponsors, many of whom court the LGBT community and have traditionally received a return on their Pride investment. Pride’s new leader also needs to meet with the 2010 beverage partners and develop a payment plan so that these groups will receive the money owed them. As of last week, no additional payments have been made on the $46,000 due to the partners. Nonprofits who staff the beverage booths at the Pride festival are an integral part of the event, and they receive a portion of the pro-

ceeds based on volunteer hours worked. The community partner program is an example of the benefits Pride provides to the greater community, but organizations are going to be hardpressed to participate if an agreement isn’t worked out in advance. These nonprofits, which can receive several thousand dollars from the beverage program, are at risk of sitting this year out if the situation is not rectified. Conversely, the Pride board will have an overwhelming task figuring out an alternative plan to staff beverage booths if not enough nonprofits take part. It’s in everyone’s interest to come up with a repayment plan and re-establish the old formula for this year’s beverage partners.

able to do the work, and that, too, would help current board members.

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The previous board president liked to say that the Pride board was not a “fundraising” board, it was an “activist” board. That philosophy worked fine while the money was coming in, but it has become clear in the last six months or so that the Pride board needs to convert to a fundraising board. Virtually all nonprofit boards seek to raise funds; in fact, that is usually a prime factor in assessing board members. Yes, it is important that Pride maintain its roots and political activism, and we’re not suggesting that it become a board like that of a Fortune 500 compaBoard development ny. The Pride board has already had some success securing a $45,000 Currently SF Pride has six people on donation from the Dorian Fund, its board, far fewer than the 15 allowed E DITORIAL along with a loan of $55,000. in its bylaws. The current board should The board should consider continue an aggressive outreach plan to holding a community fundraiser as recruit new board members. One persoon as possible. This will involve the communison has already joined the board since the conty in Pride’s financial situation as well as generate troller’s report was written. For residents interestbroad support from area residents and merchants. ed in community service, this could be a great opOne caution, however: Pride should not put up portunity to be a part of the rebuilding process of the costs upfront for any fundraiser – the venue, an organization with a rich history. Perhaps food, and beverages should be donated so that all someone who is retired or working part time money raised at the event can go directly to Pride. should consider joining the Pride board. The Pride board needs to buckle up and focus Specifically, the controller’s report stated that because it must move forward quickly. The com“by functioning with far fewer than the maximunity advisory committee it established in Nomum allowable number of board members, SF vember should begin publicizing its meetings so Pride is not maximizing opportunities for its more people can attend. board to provide governance responsibilities or In short, it’s going to take the community the wide range of skills (legal, public relations, fiworking together to help SF Pride. The board nance, programmatic) needed by the organizashould welcome such participation; the more tion.” people that get involved, the easier the job will be We agree with this assessment. A full board for everyone.▼ means that there are more talented people avail-

Transgender people have been left behind by Boyce Hinman or a long time now, I’ve had the impression that lobbyists for the LGBTI community (which includes me, of course) have not been giving a fair share of our time to lobbying for legislation that benefits the transgender community. Recently I put that assumption to the test. I created a report listing all the LGBTI friendly bills enacted in California since 1998. The results confirmed my suspicion. Of the 62 LGBTI friendly bills enacted since 1998, more than 95 percent of them benefit lesbians, G UEST gays, and bisexuals, but barely more than 53 percent of them benefit transgender people. You can see the report by directing your browser to: www.calcomui.org/comm121510.html and then scrolling down and clicking on the link at the bottom. If you inspect the report you will see that the bills benefitting lesbians, gays, and bisexuals go into exquisite detail addressing almost all aspects of life faced by people in those three groups. However, the state laws enacted to benefit transgender people cover only the most basic issues. Here are some examples of the laws addressing the needs of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals. These laws prohibit sexual orientationbased employment, housing, and insurance discrimination. They require employers to give the same benefits to the registered domestic partners of employees as they give to the spouses of their employees. They require insurance companies to give domestic partners

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the same family premium discounts that they give to married couples. There are laws to protect the inheritance rights of domestic partners and to protect them against property tax increases when one of them dies. Other laws prohibit businesses from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Still others allow a domestic partner to qualify for unemployment insurance when he or she quits a job to be with his or her partner. A new law even allows people who are soon to register as domestic partners to qualify for unemployment insurance when they quit a job and moves to be with a soon to be partner. O PINION domestic By contrast the state laws enacted to benefit transgender people cover only the most basic issues. And it is worth noting that only three of those laws have the sole purpose of helping transgender people. It is long past time that we address that inequity. Much more legislation is needed to meet the many and complex needs of transgender people in California. We need to build a very assertive plan of action to address those needs. I urge members of the transgender community to be outspoken in expressing their needs and in helping to shape legislation that addresses those needs. I submit that this should probably be a multi-year plan. What transgender beneficial laws might we work on? Ultimately the transgender community must tell us. But here are some possibilities. • Require health insurance companies, and health care services plans, to pay for sex reassignment surgery. • Make the cost of sex reassignment surgery

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a tax deductible expense on state income tax returns. • Require that doctors receive education in transgender health issues as a condition of being licensed in California. • Require doctors to post notices in their offices telling transgender patients where they can submit complaints of abuse or discrimination by medical providers. • Make it easier for transgender people born here, but living elsewhere, to get a new birth certificate designating their new gender. • Create a state-issued “Birth Record,” showing a person’s date of birth and new sex, for issue to transgender people born elsewhere, upon receipt of a valid birth certificate from the person’s place of birth. Require this document be honored, in place of a birth certificate, in all public, and private transactions in California that require a birth certificate. However, at present, most of the legislative clout of the LGBTI community resides in organizations (again, including California Communities United Institute) that are focused more on the needs of lesbians and gays. I call on all such organizations to lend their considerable lobbying expertise to building a body of law that fulfills all the needs of transgender people in California.▼ Readers can comment on my blog: www.calcomui.org/blog2. Boyce Hinman is the founder and leader of California Communities United Institute, an organization that helps people write their state legislators on HIV/AIDS, LGBTI, economic justice, people of color, and women’s issues.


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Political ‘psychics’ weigh in on 2011 scenarios by Matthew S. Bajko o ring in the start of a brand new year, the Political Notebook is offering up something old. Once again we have asked a bevy of LGBT Bay Area residents, and a few southern Californians, for their conjecture about what may go down politically in 2011. Last year the heated midterm elections garnered the most attention from those weighing in on likely political outcomes, whether it was in statewide races or more local electoral battles. The possibility of seeing LGBT legislation pass out of Congress also weighed heavy on the minds of those who took part in the annual column. Some, it turned out, were using cloudy crystal balls. Among the dead wrong prognostications were Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) running to be governor of California and that Theresa Sparks would prove to be a strong contender for District 6 supervisor in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and south of Market neighborhoods. Predictions that hit their mark included surprise victories in the San Francisco supervisor races and President Barack Obama signing legislation ending the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service members. Others correctly guessed that Jerry Brown would win a historic third term as California governor. The 11 people included in last year’s column proved to be pretty prescient, as only one was completely wrong in their predictions. Another P OLITICAL was one hundred percent accurate, while the remaining nine had mixed results with their guesses. Top concerns for the upcoming 12 months include who will be San Francisco’s next mayor and district attorney, what will happen due to redistricting of legislative boundaries, and policy outcomes at the state and federal levels. For fun, a few people are predicting 2011 could bring some headlinemaking gay scandals. Without further adieu, here are some potential likelihoods to ponder as we usher in a new year.

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The mayor’s race, I don’t think someone running for mayor should get a leg up and serve as interim mayor. I believe the caretaker option would be best. That being said, David Chiu may just end up being the acting mayor because the Board of Supervisors may not be able to agree on who that interim caretaker mayor would be. I believe the mayor’s race will only get more interesting as we continue into 2011. I believe N OTEBOOK Supervisor [Bevan] Dufty will be joined by at least two other viable candidates from the LGBT community. The district attorney’s race should be interesting, too. Paul Henderson [Kamala Harris’s openly gay chief of administration] has been working very hard on his prospective race for DA and is certainly a frontrunner. He is definitely one to keep your eye on. Even though health care reform has received challenges in court, it is my belief that the challenges will be dismissed and 43-plus million

I predict that Jean Quan will be a pleasant surprise as mayor of Oakland. She has reached out to all of the right people and has shown that she understands the historic significance of her election. I think that she will join with Rebecca Kaplan in creating a practical progressive alliance. The Port of Oakland during Quan’s tenure will play a major role in expanding trade with China and LGBT people will play a major role. I also predict that there will be a vacancy on the Oakland City Council this year, triggering yet another special election. I also predict that redistricting will set off battles for an East Bay state Senate seat and a San Leandroarea congressional seat. In San Francisco, I predict that a name from the past will re-emerge in a major role. A San Franciscan will also be tapped for a role in the Obama administration. Willie Brown will go to Chris Daly’s bar for a drink and the former supervisor will become a regular in the former mayor’s column. Lastly, I think that the dire nature of the state budget will force a mayors’

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The real “shame” behind the failure of the DREAM Act The December 30 issue of the B.A.R. says on page 12, was the willingness of the LGBT community to ignore state[“2010 events predict less in 2011,”] that the U.S. Supreme ments made by DREAM Act supporters such as the RevCourt ruling in Doe v. Reed in June is a decision that bodes erend Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian well for the LGBT community. Doe v. Reed said that, generLeadership Conference accusing President Obama and Senally, when someone signs a petition to put something on the ator Charles Schumer of “pandering to special ballot, it is okay for the state to release that person’s name interest groups” because of Obama and and address, where it may end up on a web page. Schumer’s supposed support for immigration Doe v. Reed is a defeat for privacy in Washrights for the domestic partners and same-sex ington state, the state where the case began. In spouses of U.S. citizens [“Death of a California, all petition signatures are private, by law, and that is good policy. A policy that says, DREAM,” Editorial, December 23]. In the same “If you sign a petition, your name and address press release, Rodriguez, who claims to head may end up on a web page” will only discourage an organization of 16 million evangelicals, from signing petitions. had described the inclusion of same-sex couM AILSTROM people Furthermore, the B.A.R. story didn’t deples in any immigration reform measure as “political posturing” because it “will benefit scribe the outcome of that case accurately. The only 36,000 people.” decision says if the proponents of the ballot measure can When asked whether he supported the Uniting Amerishow some likelihood that the people who sign will be hacan Families Act on KQED’s Forum earlier in December, rassed, they can protect their privacy. Rodriguez described UAFA as a “polarizing” issue and that Richard Winger he opposed recognition of immigration rights to same-sex San Francisco couples as a doctrinal matter. Why should we as a community support the DREAM [Lisa Keen replies: I stand by my story as written. While Act, when opportunists such as the Reverend Rodriguez have Mr. Winger’s opinion about whether to make signatures pubhijacked the movement to pass the DREAM Act to serve as lic or not is good or bad for the community, all our gay legal a platform for their own anti-gay prejudices? Why aren’t the groups, plus the Human Rights Campaign and the National mainstream LGBT organizations calling upon the other orGay and Lesbian Task Force, submitted a brief arguing that ganizations inside the coalition supporting the DREAM Act the public disclosure law “provides a much-needed procedural to denounce and reject the reverend’s statements? By failing check on anti-minority initiatives.”] to call out bigoted individuals such as Rodriguez while calling for support of the DREAM Act, isn’t the Bay Area Reporter only enabling those individuals to fight to continue Send letters to the Bay Area Reporter, 395 Ninth the discrimination against LGBT Americans and their partStreet, San Francisco, CA 94103, or e-mail to ners that the UAFA would end? c.laird@ebar.com. Letters must be signed and Colin V. Gallagher include an address and daytime phone number for San Francisco verification. Unsigned letters will not be published.

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summit involving the three large Bay Area cities, as well as smaller cities, for the first serious discussion about regional government. LGBT leaders will play a major role on transportation issues. 2011 will also see the trend continue of qualified LGBT candidates lining up for major races in 2012. Michael Colbruno Oakland political consultant and planning commissioner San Francisco can expect a more collegiate, efficient, and productive Board of Supervisors in 2011. Additionally, as we just saw in Oakland, rank choice voting is going to change the playing field in the 2011 San Francisco mayor’s race. The candidates have their work cut out for them as a result. The Republican Party will be split in two, especially with the ever-growing popularity of Sarah Palin and her reality TV personality. She will likely announce her presidential run at the end of 2011 and cause havoc. Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry, which may boost the global economy for a minute, especially where the media stock is concerned. Either the issue in Iran or North Korea will finally come to a head, which will test Obama’s foreign policy capabilities. The Republicans will make sure to keep any and all of his mistakes (even minor ones) on the forefront of the media. This will make things difficult for his re-election campaign. Congress will spend 2011 drawing battle lines for the 2012 presidential race and not get much work done in 2011. As a result, we can expect less progressive change in 2011. The economy will improve slightly in 2011 in that unemployment will dip below 10 percent, which will give Obama an edge showing that his policies may finally be working. Bentrish Satarzadeh Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club co-chair

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There is no question that San Francisco will begin 2011 with a bang. More like two “Big Bangs:” picking replacements for Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris. By January 8 Newsom will appoint Paul Henderson as district attorney. While Newsom is close to David Onek and has a relationship with Jim Hammer [former and current police commissioners, respectively], Newsom will decide that Paul is the most electable of the three, and the best person to continue Kamala Harris’s legacy. With Newsom off to Sacramento, David Chiu has the inside track to interim mayor. If Chiu cannot muster the magic number of votes by the seventh or eighth round, PUC chief Ed Harrington or Sheriff Michael Hennessey will start being mentioned by members of Chiu’s progressive bloc as alternative, potential caretaker mayors – and the debate will swiftly shift. (And keep in mind while Chiu cannot vote for himself for mayor, nor can any other member of the board, other contenders who are not board members only need six votes to take the reins.) Then the roller coaster mayor’s race really begins. Overshadowing the race is the whopping budget deficit San Francisco faces again this year. The mayor and board face tough decisions about layoffs, pension reform, and city services. That will consume San Francisco until June. All the while, Bevan Dufty, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting, and Leland Yee will run competitive or well-funded races – or both. Why exactly is former Supervisor Tony Hall running? No matter what the word is on the street, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, soon-to-be former Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, and out state Senator Mark Leno are contemplating a run. My tip to the candidates – be careful with the ranked choice strategy. Statewide, Governor Jerry Brown has the unenviable task of taking back

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the governor’s office. With the budget deficit, Brown faces major battles against budget cuts. Attorney General Harris will reform our prison system, keeping those beds for our most serious and violent offenders. As for marriage, if we lose the court battle over Proposition 8, Leno will get the marriage bill signed into law. Nationally, President Obama will continue to come out swinging, especially after everyone thought his term was over. More LGBT appointments will be made and major strides toward ending DOMA and passing an all-inclusive ENDA will be made. Five words: Two down (Hate Crimes, DADT), two to go (DOMA and ENDA). Rebecca Prozan Deputy District Attorney 2011 will set the stage for how many LGBT people serve in public office, and it’s too soon to tell whether we’ll return our representation back to 1990s levels. With citywide elections, there were as many as three LGBT supervisors at once. In the last decade, we’ve had just two at once. With district elections here to stay, the redrawing of the lines will make all the difference. The interim mayor (whoever that is), the new Board of Supervisors, and the Elections Commission will each appoint three panelists to the Redistricting Task Force, and the games will begin. The old Harvey Milk district could be recreated, linking the Haight and Castro by uniting Duboce Triangle in one district. The Lower Polk Street Corridor, also split between two districts, could be reconnected. How the panel deals with thousands of new residents in South Beach, Mission Bay, and the Central Waterfront will shape the balance of power on the board. Only one thing’s for sure, since most of the population growth is on the city’s East Side, the districts should move east, and that should increase the relative electoral strength of LGBT voters. At the state level, the ability to retain LGBT representation in Sacramento could be threatened. If the city winds up with just one Senate or Assembly seat, that could pit qualified and capable LGBT candidates against qualified and capable Asian American candidates. I will predict that 2011 provides the best chance to expand LGBT representation citywide. Right now, Treasurer Jose Cisneros and College Trustee Lawrence Wong are the only out citywide officials. With what are essentially open seats for mayor and district attorney, and a possible wideopen race for sheriff, we have the best chance of capturing some of these other seats. Bevan Dufty and Paul Henderson have already declared; Mark Leno and Jim Hammer have been rumored. Here’s hoping our community unifies through ranked choice voting to make sure LGBT candidates win. Bill Barnes City Hall aide I think Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is going to get outed. I am going to make the bold prediction President Obama is going to swing

While we have finally seen some real bipartisan accomplishments during the lame-duck session of Congress, with the GOP takeover in the House and the Democrats holding onto the Senate, I suspect it is going to become increasingly difficult to compromise at the federal level. The GOP is going to rightly bring up the deficit issue very early in the new Congress, and disagreements over spending will consume a lot of what happens this coming year. While I think it unlikely that we will see another government shutdown, without agreement by the Democrats and president to reduce spending, not much else will make it through the House this term. The economy is going to remain an important issue, however as it does slowly improve for some, and others become resigned to the fact that they are going to be out of work in the short-to-medium term, focus is going to move away from jobs and towards the long-term deficit. Politicians are terrified that if they try to cut spending they will lose favor, however voters deserve more credit than that. Although some special interest groups – especially public employee unions – will be openly hostile to any austerity measures, most people in the U.S., like most people have in Europe, will understand that significant steps must be taken for the country’s long-term fiscal health. Because of strong support financially and in terms of campaign and get out the vote infrastructure from unions for their party, it may be difficult to get Democrats on board with some of these measures, so it’s likely that we will see the House passing bills to cut spending which become deadlocked in the Senate. Unless moderates in both parties can find a way to compromise on fiscal issues, it seems likely Congress will accomplish less in the next two years than it has in the last two weeks. Dan Brown Log Cabin San Francisco chapter president 2011 will be the year that San Diego candidates get ready and “prep” for the 2012 mayor elections. All eyes will be on District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis (no. 1 in recent polls) and City Councilman Carl DeMaio, both gay, Republican, and clear frontrunners for mayor. Out state Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who just got elected, will be getting ready for a state Senate run as lesbian state Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) is termed out in 2012. Atkins will be challenged by former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldana. The national conversations will get louder in 2011 from those already talking about yet another LGBT march on Washington. A west cost regional office for the Harvey B. Milk Foundation could be opening up in San Diego in early 2011 ... could Stuart Milk be moving to San Diego next? San Diego had nine elected major LGBT public office holders ... Many LGBT leaders have been privately talking about and predicting that there will soon be a public scandal concerning one of these elected officials. I predict that this “scandal” will happen in 2011. Nicole Murray Ramirez San Diego Human Relations Commissioner and gay newspaper columnist I predict 2011 will be fascinating legally and politically. For LGBT equality I’m an optimist. I think the courts will decide in our favor on marriage equality. Politically, the future of our state doesn’t seem as certain. Now that the Democrats are completely in control of our state, they will have the power to solve many of the problems we face. However, if Governor Brown and our Legislature cannot tame our crazy

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Agency announces national LGBT youth suicide prevention task force and grants by Dana Rudolph he federally supported National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention on December 30 officially announced a task force dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBT youth. Pamela Hyde, the openly gay head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, revealed plans in November to form such a task force. And, on the same day as the alliance officially announced the task force, SAMHSA separately announced the availability of up to $5.5 million for campus suicide prevention programs that meet the needs of youth the alliance has identified as being at particular risk, including LGBT youth. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are from 1.5 to seven times more likely to report having attempted suicide than their non-LGBT peers, according to the alliance. Transgender youth, although less well studied, are believed to have higher rates of suicidal behavior as well. The task force will be led by Charles Robbins, head of the Trevor Project, which operates an LGBT youth suicide prevention program nationwide, and Kevin Jennings, the Department of Education’s assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Jennings, who is openly gay, founded the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. The alliance, launched by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in September, is a public-private partnership supported by SAMHSA, part of HHS. It is designed to advance and update the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Robbins said in an interview that he believes the task force will be able to inform government agencies as well as private nonprofits about “appropriate, evidence-based suicide prevention programming that works for this community.” He noted that many different government agencies – including the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Defense – are involved in suicide prevention, and the task force will be able to “provide some linkages” among the efforts. He also hopes the task force will be able to share with and learn from the other alliance task forces addressing high-risk populations, including American Indians/Alaska Natives and military service members and veterans. Robbins said he and Jennings are still in the process of naming members to the task force and would be convening this month to identify specific goals for the group. A string of suicides by teens bullied for being gay or perceived to be gay

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budget and lower a hideous unemployment rate, I don’t see how voters can keep them in power. While I sincerely wish them the best, I’m working on a back up plan. Anyone want to learn Mandarin with me? Eric Hickok Silicon Valley Log Cabin member The midterm elections created real change this year that will dramatically affect national and state politics for at least the next two. In New Hampshire, one of five states that currently have gay marriage, both houses of the state Legislature flipped last month. Democrats controlled them both when they passed

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captured nationwide media attention last fall and prompted calls for action from LGBT organizations, celebrities, and the Department of Education, among others. Robbins said, however, that these incidents “are a fraction of what occurs on a regular basis.” In fact, the federal government has known about suicide as a health risk for gay and lesbian youth for over 20 years. The “Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Youth Suicide,” published by HHS in 1989, noted the higher risk of suicides and suicide attempts among that population. Some questioned the report’s methodology, but subsequent studies have upheld the general conclusion that gay and lesbian youth are a group at high risk for suicide. But pressure from the right wing led the administration of George H.W. Bush to suppress the information in that report, according to a 1994 piece by Chris Bull in the Advocate. In December 1994, under President Bill Clinton, the federal government held its first conference on the primary care needs of lesbian and gay youth. One of the outcomes was a 1997 book by the event coordinators, Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University, and Dr. Donna Futterman, director of the Adolescent AIDS Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The book included a section on higher suicide risk among gay and lesbian youth. And the 2001 “National Strategy for Suicide Prevention,” published under Surgeon General David Satcher just as President George W. Bush took over from Clinton, also noted studies with the same conclusions. It recommended that “prevention programs for sexual minority populations” should consider “issues of stigma, labeling, privacy, and appropriateness of referrals” so they are “safe and effective.” In 2008, the Suicide Resource Prevention Center, created by HHS to help states and communities “imple-

gay marriage two years ago; now Republicans have “super majorities” in both houses. This is more than enough to override the governor’s promised veto to save gay marriage. There are five bills being readied to overturn gay marriage in New Hampshire. This will be the battle royale next year. The National Organization for Marriage and their Mormon puppeteers are burning the midnight oil in Salt Lake City, ready to pounce on that small state with their millions of dollars to run their next vicious campaign of hate and discrimination. Fred Karger Potential Republican presidential candidate Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion, will return Monday, January 10.

ment and evaluate suicide prevention programs,” released a 63-page white paper, “Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth.” The paper said lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth often lack “important protective factors such as family support and safe schools.” “It would be difficult to overstate the impact of stigma and discrimination against LGBT individuals in the United States,” said the white paper. “Stigma and discrimination are directly tied to risk factors for suicide.” Robbins said that work among government entities on suicide prevention among LGBT youth “has been happening over a significant period of time.” He has been a member of the consumer subcommittee of SAMHSA’s National Suicide Pre-

vention Lifeline for three years, and said that SAMHSA has been “deeply committed” to addressing LGBT youth suicide prevention. In government, however, “it takes a long time for things to happen,” he said. The task force was conceived be-

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Julian Tomchin used animals and hearts in his ‘California Calico’ heart design.

Heart sculptures recharge SF General’s lifeline by Matt Baume arge decorated hearts return to the streets of San Francisco next month, not just as adornments but as a life-saving source of funding for San Francisco General Hospital. Launched in 2004, the annual Hearts in San Francisco project commissions artists, chiefly from the Bay Area, to decorate an array of heart sculptures in both large and tabletop sizes. The tabletop hearts are auctioned to benefit the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. The large hearts are given to donors, including AT&T, Virgin America, and the San Francisco Giants, who then donate them back to the foundation for purchase by private collectors, often for tens of thousands of dollars.

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In 2010, the project raised $1.5 million. “We’re on track to come pretty close to that,” said Stephanie Bray, the foundation’s executive director. The auction will take place at the February 10 “Heroes and Hearts” luncheon, tickets for which are $300 and available at SFGHF.net/hh. The foundation will also hold an evening event that same day, “Hearts After Dark,” complete with a DJ and “chic” dress code to appeal to a young and hip demographic. Over the last six years, the program has given out several million dollars to the hospital’s departments of psychiatry, pediatrics, and women’s health, as well as to Positive Health, which supports HIV services and research. The hospital’s orthopedic trauma institute was created with the help of a grant made possible by Hearts in San Francisco. “The General is the hub of the safety-net health care system in San Francisco,” Bray said. In selecting artists, she said, the foundation is “looking for exposition on the whole heart theme. ... They’re really looking for something that inspires people to want to have a heart, literally.” That directive has attracted a wide range of talent, including openly gay artists like Julian Tomchin. “I call it ‘California Calico,’” said Tomchin of his design, which features a playful herd of animals and a

calico pattern. Inspired by his young godson, Tomchin hopes that the design will encourage children to search for various animals. “In essence, it’s a game,” he said. The geometry of the heart proved awkward, Tomchin said. Among the challenges were moving the object and laying it on its side (which he solved by laying down foam), as well as painting a plaid pattern on a curved surface (solved with the help of special tape). Another openly gay artist, Daniel Tousignant, faced similar challenges. “This is the only time I ever paint on the 3D surface,” he said, as well as his only opportunity to use acrylic paint. Tousignant’s design features a variation on the tree of life, in keeping with a tree theme in his previous designs. This year, he wanted to evoke the San Franciscan themes of rebirth and reinvention. “It’s a lot of surface and very unusual,” he said. “Since it’s round, you kind of run around it. It’s physically exhausting.” Tousignant noted that Muni’s 33 line provides a direct physical connection from the Castro’s LGBT community to the hospital. “This is such a good idea,” he said of Hearts in San Francisco. “Anything you can do to be helpful to that particular hospital, which really services the homeless, the poor, the indigent, and turns down nobody – I’m just so impressed by the fact that they exist.”▼

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ell the car. Let your home go. Tell friends and family, “Adios.” Sink your life savings into a floating box that runs on a series of gears and wires and pipes and small black boxes with little understanding of how they work and even less of how to fix them. Then push off the dock to go round the world – and pray you make it safely home again. That’s what Larry Jacobson and Ken Smith did a decade ago, setting off from their Emeryville home in 2001 aboard J OCK their 50-foot yacht, Julia, to sail around the world. (See August 9, 2007 column ebar.com/columns/column.php?sec =sports&id=135.) Proudly flying a rainbow flag from their mast through lands of paradise and lands of war, they cavorted with sea snakes, fled Komodo dragons, bribed officials, made friends on land and at sea, struggled to jerry-rig and bully the boat’s mechanical systems – and

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chanics with ease. We hire somebody. But at two in the morning in the middle of the Pacific? “Once the trip had actually started,” Jacobson said, “the hardest things to overcome were the mechanical breakdowns. I was fixing things with beer can shims and pieces of wire in the middle of the night. “My father was an aircraft mechanic and inventor. He could fix anything. I got a bicycle once and he put it together without even reading the instructions. He just put it together. I couldn’t do that. I didn’t take the shop class he wanted me to. I was student body president instead.” The zen of auto pilot maintenance was not the only repair challenge facing Smith and Jacobson. Circumnavigating the globe was Jacobson’s dream, but shortly after the cruise began, Smith returned home. It was a planned departure, but they were unsure where the relationship of eight years was headed. What was unplanned was Smith’s return a few weeks later. They were now voyagers together, this time for keeps. “It gave us a bond not unlike soldiers in the field get,” Jacobson said of tackling the sail as a couple. “There was the common goal we were working together to achieve. We each had our own strengths and weaknesses. “There was a time in Spain when

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we were having mechanical problems – again – and Ken was flipping out. I wanted to cry also. But I couldn’t because there was never enough time for us both to lose it at the same time.” The problem with fulfilling a dream is that once you’ve caught it, it melts and you are left with the intimidating reality of, “What’s next?” Late in his book, Jacobson writes, “Once your dream is fulfilled, it will all be over, and then what? What are we without our dreams? What guides us? What keeps us going? I find myself asking, ‘What’s next for me; what will keep me going?’” What is next for Jacobson, who formerly helped companies build through marketing and sales incentive programs, is a public speaking career, for which he hopes the book is a springboard.

“For me there is a next,” he said. “It’s like a perpetual seeking of achievement for myself. That’s what makes me feel good. I’m not just content to have done something and sit on my laurels. I thought if first I write the book, it would be a first step to speaking. That’s my favorite medium.” And though they are indeed home again, they see the formerly familiar with different eyes. A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it does gather a lot of nicks and cracks, acquiring a more rugged character. “It makes me feel less of an American and more of a citizen of the world,” Jacobson said of his adventure. “It makes me feel less nationalistic. I still love this country, but it makes me aware there is a whole rest of the world out there that the United States is not the center of.”▼

New arts group offers classes compiled by Cynthia Laird ooking for something new to learn this year? The recently formed San Francisco Center for Performing Arts has announced new classes in music, theater, and dance that begin later this month. John Lehrack, the founder and president of the center, said the nonprofit is dedicated to providing high quality, affordable training in the performing arts to local residents. N EWS The center offers private music instruction in a variety of instruments, including voice, piano, guitar, drums, flute, trumpet, electric bass, saxophone, and clarinet. Group music classes range from the ukulele to music technology, early childhood education to songwriting, and more. Dancers can choose from jazz, modern, improv, composition, Latin, flash mob, and parent and child classes.

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Courses in theater include playwriting, stage management, scene study, vocal power, basic acting, audition preparation, and many others. Lehrack said that fees for the courses vary depending on the classes. Group dance classes are generally $140 for 10 weeks, or $15 per class. Theater and music courses run about $10 to $15 per hour but are 10-week classes and cost anywhere from $150-$300 depending on the length of class (90 minutes, two hours, three hours, etc.). Private music instruction is $80 per B RIEFS hour. There are discounts for seniors (30 percent) and students (starting at 10 percent for those under 18, those taking multiple classes, and extra family members). A sliding scale is available for lowincome persons; those who think they qualify should contact the center for more information and an application. Classes begin January 18. For more information, visit www.sfperforming-

artscenter.org or call (415) 431-2787.

College Board in 1994 and went on to be a city supervisor. “I think it is a sign of both health and growth for the organizations and the individuals when they have gotten to a point for a need to make some changes.” From city halls in San Francisco and Oakland to the statehouse in Sacramento, a fresh crop of LGBT leaders will be making their mark in 2011. The state’s largest LGBT group, Equality California, will name a new executive director with the departure of Geoff Kors in March. Since he joined EQCA in 2002, Kors has been a constant presence in the press talking about various LGBT issues. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation already welcomed its new CEO, Neil Giuliano, a former mayor of Tempe, Arizona who comes with an already high national media profile due to his political work and leadership of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Following a tumultuous period of leadership last year, the city’s Pride

board is now being led by Nikki Calma, a transgender woman who works in HIV prevention. With the organization postponing its search for a new executive director due to its fiscal crisis, Calma, as board chair, finds herself in charge of one of the largest LGBT events on the West Coast. Other community groups are also welcoming new leaders this year. Academy of Friends, which puts on an annual Oscar-watching AIDS fundraiser, is looking for a new executive director as it also deals with its own budget problems stemming from last year’s event. At the Metropolitan Community Church in the Castro, the LGBT congregation announced this week it had brought on the Reverend Dr. William H. Knight as its second provisional pastor in as many months. Knight is expected to be the church’s spiritual leader over the next six months as it searches for a permanent pastor.

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forefront a new set of leaders. “I think it shows that we have matured as a community,” said openly gay Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, whose 1999 book Trailblazers: Profiles of America’s Gay and Lesbian Elected Officials profiled a dozen of the country’s first out political leaders. Not since the early 1990s has there been such a wholesale turnover in the public face of the local LGBT community. In what became known as the “Lavender Sweep,” San Francisco voters elected four out people to political offices in 1990. Four years later, a second “Lavender Sweep” occurred with the election of five out candidates to city offices. “Our organizations have matured so much that this becomes a newsworthy story when we have changes,” said Leslie Katz, an out lesbian who was elected to the city’s Community

Community health meeting in Oakland Several East Bay organizations are sponsoring a community dialogue meeting Monday, January 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the offices of the Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County, 1608 Webster Street in Oakland. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a dialogue around making sure that health needs of LGBT people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are included in the state’s health care plan and provide input into the California Strategic Plan to promote wellness for LGBTQ residents. Groups sponsoring the meeting include the Pacific Center, Rainbow Community Center, AIDS Project of the East Bay, Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits, GSA Network, the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Mental Health America of Northern California, and Equality California.▼

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▼ Charles Gregory Hay February 11, 1963 – November 26, 2010

Charles Gregory Hay, known as Greg, a former resident of San Francisco, passed away in Palm Springs after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his life partner, David Buckles. He and David owned Steamy Solutions, a powerwashing company, in San Francisco, before moving to Palm Springs in 2001. While living in San Francisco, Greg performed at the Campus Theater, and was an active member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. After moving to Palm Springs, Greg was employed at the CCBC Resort Hotel where he last held the position of Front Desk Manager. Greg additionally performed as the infamous “Gladys,” where he entertained and tantalized the resort’s guests. Greg’s positive outlook and kind heart would easily attract friends. He was often thought of as very giving,

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OBITUARIES with a great sense of humor. Greg will be dearly missed by his family in Houston, Texas, and by his numerous friends around the world.

Dennis J. Healy February 2, 1951 - December 24, 2010

Dennis Healy, one of the gentlest and sweetest men you could ever hope to meet, lost his battle to ALS and left this earthly plane on Christmas Eve. It was a peaceful passing, in his home with his partner of 30 years, Rick, holding his hand. The last words he heard were “I love you.” He took his last breath seconds later. He is survived by his partner Rick Bradford, two sisters – Sandie Bohnenstiehl and Eileen Pulker of Franklin, Michigan, one brother – John Healy of Apache Junction, Arizona, his son Aragorn Healy of San Francisco, and his grandson Calvin.

He also leaves behind many relatives and extended family from the San Francisco Pool Association, of which he was a member for 26 years, holding numerous 8-ball tournaments wins. His ready smile and gentle nature will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Ted Granger December 24, 1942 – November 20, 2010

Ted Granger, 67, died of liver cancer at approximately 11:30 p.m. on November 20, 2010. Ted died peacefully in his sleep at home in Cathedral City, California. To say that a hole has been left in the hearts of Dan Livingston and Bill Brown would be a gross understatement. Ted shared their lives over many years. Through the years, Ted and Dan owned five successful bars located in San Francisco, the Russian River and Palm Springs.

While Ted may be remembered by some for his gruff exterior, anyone that was close to him knew his compassion for life, his deep love of his family as well as Dan and Bill, his fierce loyalty and his truly gentle and caring nature. You will be missed by many, Ted, most of all by Dan and Bill. Rest in peace. Our prayers are with you.

William Thomas Soucy August 23, 1950 - October 28, 2010

William Thomas Soucy, also known as Mr. Bill, passed away at home due to complications of diabetes. He was the eldest son of the late William A. and Jean M. Soucy of Stafford Springs, CT. He graduated from Stafford High where he was a member of the cross country team. William proudly served with the U.S. Navy receiving an honorable discharge after which he hitchhiked all over the United

States making friends everywhere; He loved living in San Francisco for over 30 years and enjoyed trivia, numbers, history, A.A. and reading. He was well-known for his great smile, endearing charm, wonderful wit and outrageous costumes. Bill is survived by five siblings: Ann Soucy, John Soucy and wife Kim, Ellen Soucy, Patrick Soucy and wife Pam, all of Stafford Springs, CT and Paul Soucy of Conyers, GA; Also, nine nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives. Besides his parents, William was predeceased by a younger brother, Robert Soucy. Bill’s funeral and burial with military honors were held in Connecticut. Memorial contributions in William T. Soucy’s name may be made to the Stafford High School Cross Country Team, c/o Stafford High School Athletic Booster Club, 145 Orcuttville Rd., Stafford Springs, CT 06076. A casual memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, January 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Castro Country Club, 4058 18th St. near Castro, in San Francisco. For further info: (860) 614-8080

Irish civil-partnership law comes into force by Rex Wockner reland’s new same-sex civil-partnership law took effect January 1. Couples can unite before a registrar after giving three months’ notice of their intention to tie the knot. Civil partners receive marriage rights and obligations in matters such as taxes, pensions, property, tenancy, inheritance, alimony, immigration, and social benefits. To end a partnership, a couple will go before a court and prove they have not lived together for two of the last three years. The law also recognizes foreign same-sex unions and provides some rights for unregistered couples who have lived together for at least five Justice Minister Dermot Ahern years. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern called the law “one of the most imto recognize foreign same-sex marportant pieces of civil rights legislariages infringe a constitutional tion to be enacted since indepenpromise that all people “are born free dence.” and equal in dignity and rights” and a “Persons in committed gay relaconstitutional guarantee of “equal tionships who wish to share duties protection of the law in the exercise and responsibilities now have the of rights,” among other viochoice to register their partnerlations. ship and become part of a Should the constilegal regime that fully protutional court rule tects them in the course of against same-sex that partnership and, if marriage, activists necessary, on its terminaplan to appeal tion,” he said. “The new law to the Supreme recognizes and supports Court and, if necesdiversity.” sary, the Inter-AmerAn informational bookW OCKNER’ S ican Commission on let on the registration W ORLD Human Rights. process is available at www.groireland.ie. UK to expunge gay sex ‘crimes’

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Chilean court to rule on same-sex marriage Following a referral from the Santiago Court of Appeals, Chile’s Constitutional Court will take up a samesex marriage case this week. The court will consider a protection demand from MOVILH, the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement, and three same-sex couples who want the nation’s opposite-sex definition of marriage struck down on constitutional grounds. The plaintiffs also seek to negate a law that blocks recognition of samesex marriages entered into abroad. MOVILH President Rolando Jiménez called the case a historic before-and-after moment for Chile’s LGBT movement. All three plaintiff couples seek to marry in Chile. In addition, one couple seeks recognition of their legal Canadian marriage, and another seeks recognition of their legal Argentine marriage. The couples attempted to marry in Chile but were turned away by civil registry officials. The lawsuit claims that Chile’s ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal

The United Kingdom is preparing legislation to expunge the “crimes” of adult men who were prosecuted for having consensual sex with adult men in earlier eras. The slate will be wiped clean for men whose partners were at least 16 years old. At present, such “crimes” must be disclosed when applying for certain jobs or volunteer positions. England and Wales decriminalized gay sex in 1967 for people over age 21, lowered the age to 18 in 1994 and lowered it to 16, the age that applies to heterosexual sex, in 2000. Scotland and Northern Ireland decriminalized gay sex in the early 1980s. The subsequent age reductions applied to all four UK political entities.

Brits quit God The latest British social attitudes survey from the National Centre for Social Research has found that 51 percent of respondents have no religion and 42 percent say they are Christian. Just 25 years ago, 63 percent were Christian and only 34 percent had

no religion. The gay humanist group Pink Triangle Trust “warmly welcomed” the findings. “The country has become much less religious and more secular in its outlook,” said Pink Triangle secretary George Broadhead. “Nevertheless, the powers that be, including politicians and the media – especially the BBC – choose to ignore the findings and continue to give special privileges to the churches and other religious institutions as if they had overwhelming support.” The Guardian newspaper editorialized: “This Christmas, for perhaps the first time ever, Britain is a majority non-religious nation. Most of us have probably seen this moment coming, but it is a substantial event nonetheless.”

Elton John, partner become parents Sir Elton John and David Furnish became parents December 25. Their son, Zachary Jackson Levon FurnishJohn, was born to a surrogate in Cal-

ifornia. The couple previously tried unsuccessfully to adopt a Ukrainian child.▼ Bill Kelley contributed to this report.

Russian top judge disses Euro court ruling on gays The chairman of Russia’s Constitutional Court, Valery Zorkin, said December 23 that the recent European Court of Human Rights decision that struck down Moscow City Hall’s annual bans of gay pride disrespected Russian sensitivities, especially those of predominantly Islamic republics within the Russian Federation. Zorkin accused the Euro court judges of sitting in a “glass building and throwing stones.” In a group of cases brought by Moscow Pride founder Nikolai Alekseev, the court determined that Moscow’s pride bans violated guarantees of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the areas of freedom of assembly and association, right to an effective remedy and prohibition of discrimination. Russia was ordered to pay Alekseev 12,000 euros ($15,928) in damages and 17,510 euros in costs and expenses. The ruling has not yet come into force, but will be finalized before next summer’s sixth attempted Moscow Pride Parade. It is unknown if the city will accede to the decision.

Malta fights trans marriage Malta’s attorney general is appealing a ruling that transgender woman Joanne Cassar must be allowed to marry her boyfriend. The constitutional arm of the First Hall of the Civil Court had ruled that European Law and European Court of Human Rights decisions establish the right of post-operative transgender people to enter into an opposite-sex marriage as a member of their new sex. Cassar is no longer engaged but will continue to pursue the case.

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have a development staff, the executive director is always a fundraiser in addition to his or her other responsibilities.” There has been some speculation that Jim Carroll, EQCA’s managing director, will be chosen to replace Kors. Davidson said in an interview this week that he started laughing when he saw the rumor. “The reality is that we have retained a search firm, and we are conducting a nationwide search,” said Davidson. “I have no idea who is going to apply or who we’ll select, but we’re following the process the board adopted several years ago in the event Geoff would someday resign.” Asked in an e-mail this week about Carroll and the search, EQCA spokeswoman Vaishalee Raja responded that a contract had been negotiated and signed with the firm Morris and Berger. She said EQCA plans to provide more information later this week. Mare Keville, the office manager at Morris and Berger and an executive assistant to the partners, said EQCA has “verbally” hired the firm. However, Keville, who’s not a spokeswoman for Morris and Berger,

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At City Hall the departure of longtime District 8 supervisor and former mayoral aide Bevan Dufty means that his successor, openly gay Supervisor-elect Scott Wiener, will become the de facto leader of the city’s gayborhood in the Castro. It also means that District 9 Supervisor David Campos becomes the most senior gay member on the Board of Supervisors. Several other newly elected out people have been in the media’s spotlight in recent weeks and likely will continue to be throughout 2011. Freshman state Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), a former San Mateo County supervisor, will be front and center dealing with the state’s budget problems, while Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowksi will continue to draw attention for being the country’s first transgender elected trial judge. Oakland’s new mayor, Jean Quan, is expected to name several LGBT people to prominent posts in her administration. At the same

said, “We don’t have a signed contract back, so I would not put anything in print. Nothing’s official yet.” She said the firm would be talking to EQCA’s search committee later this week.

marily a fundraising organization, fundraising skills are a primary requirement for our executive director,” said Keith. The group remains “committed and on target” to pay all beneficiaries by May 31, he said. The last payment was made December 29, he said, but he wouldn’t say how much remains to be paid. However, said Keith, “... [N]othing is ‘owed’ as grants to beneficiaries are tied to the relative success of fundraising efforts.” “Individual underwriting donations are consistent with prior years.

Corporate sponsorship support continues to be challenging as it is for many in this economic environment,” Keith said. Lyon-Martin Health Services, a San Francisco-based clinic that provides health care to women and transgender people, is another group that recently lost its executive director. Teri McGinnis left the post in November. The agency has been facing decreases in funding, but around the time she quit, McGinnis said her decision was “truly personal.” She hadn’t yet lined up another job.

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could be shown the door while new ones are appointed. “Those conversations certainly haven’t occurred yet and would happen only when a new interim mayor is appointed next week. I know Steve and I will both want to support a smooth and stable transition for the interim mayor and for the city any way we can,” Winnicker told the Bay Area Reporter this week. Some city officials have already departed, such as longtime openly gay Health Director Dr. Mitch Katz, who took over Los Angeles County’s sprawling public health agency this week. Stepping in to replace Katz is out lesbian Barbara Garcia, who had been his deputy director of public health the last 11 years. With the ongoing intrigue over who will become mayor – the current Board of Supervisors will meet one last time this Friday, January 7 at 3 p.m. about the selection, though any vote would be symbolic since the post isn’t vacant – there is still the remote possibility of seeing a gay man become mayor. Several have been floated as potential picks, such as Campos, Kawa and Ed Harrington, general manager of the city’s Public Utilities Commission.

As it will ultimately rest with the new board to decide, there is no guarantee they will agree to Lee being interim mayor. With Newsom out of the picture as of Monday, they could go with their own pick that isn’t beholden to maintaining Newsom’s current administration. Depending on how the fight for Room 200 at City Hall plays out, Campos could find himself elected this weekend as the new president of the Board of Supervisors. Or following what happened four years ago, a freshman supervisor such as incoming District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim may be able to line up the six votes needed to replace the current board president, Supervisor David Chiu. With the departure of Kamala Harris as the city’s district attorney this past Monday to become the state’s attorney general, Newsom is expected to name her replacement sometime this week. One possible pick is Paul Henderson, a gay black man who was Harris’s chief of administration. He has made no secret he would like the job and plans to seek it at the ballot box. In both cases the ultimate decision on who will be the city’s mayor and district attorney lies in the

Dealing with trouble Besides raising money, knowing how to lead an organization that appears to be in crisis could also be a good skill for prospective executive director candidates. In October, Mike Horak announced his resignation from Academy of Friends, which is known for its pricey Academy Awards galas and has contributed more than $8.5 million to Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations over the years. But last year AOF could not meet its obligations to the beneficiary organizations and tens of thousands of dollars remain unpaid to those agencies. At the time his departure was announced, Horak said it was unrelated to the group’s financial troubles. Board member Jon Finck told the Bay Area Reporter in November that about $180,000 remained to be paid to AOF’s current beneficiaries. In response to e-mailed questions from the B.A.R., Alan Keith, AOF’s board chair, wrote this week that the search for a new executive director has begun. “Since Academy of Friends is pri-

time, lesbian at-large Oakland City Council woman Rebecca Kaplan’s profile is expected to increase following her strong showing in the mayoral race last fall. Governor Jerry Brown is also expected to announce several LGBT appointments within his administration. Already, gay former Santa Cruz Assemblyman John Laird has been named to run the state Natural Resources Agency. “I don’t recall as large a turnover as this,” said Steven Tierney, a gay man who serves on the San Francisco Health Commission. “It seems very hopeful. It is also a reminder with the new folks coming in that it is our job to train the next generation of LGBT leaders.” Yeager said having so many LGBT people in powerful posts lends itself to a perpetual farm team of leaders within the community. “As we elect more gay people they’re more apt to hire more openly gay staffers who can often fill the role of their boss when their boss moves on,” said Yeager, noting that his gay chief of staff, John Mills, may run for office one day. “There are more people in the pipeline because there are more opportunities.”

Dr. Dawn Harbatkin, Lyon-Martin’s medical director, was appointed to serve as interim director. Harbatkin said at the time that McGinnis’s resignation wasn’t related to Lyon-Martin’s finances, but she said one key characteristic the agency would look for in a new director “is someone who can not only take on the challenges of health care reform and the systems needed to do that, but also someone who has strong fundraising skills and can really invigorate the community and get more involvement from the community in Lyon-Martin.” In response to e-mailed questions this week, Harbatkin said the search for a new executive director hasn’t yet started. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is in disarray. Amy Andre, the group’s most recent executive director, left in November after what the group called a “miscommunication” that resulted in several of its partners being underpaid by thousands of dollars. Andre hasn’t told the B.A.R. specifically why she quit. As of last week, the group’s total debt was about $212,000, and they were holding off on looking for a new director. Nikki Calma, Pride’s board chair, didn’t respond to an e-mail from the B.A.R. this week.▼

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Dr. Dawn Harbatkin, interim executive director of Lyon-Martin Health Services, said a search for a permanent leader has not yet begun.

Once Mayor Gavin Newsom takes his oath of office Monday, January 10 to become the state’s next lieutenant governor, there could be a shuffling of a number of top LGBT mayoral aides at San Francisco’s City Hall. Whether or not longtime Newsom Chief of Staff Steve Kawa and his most recent spokesman, Tony Winnicker, remain in their jobs will be dependent on who becomes the city’s interim mayor. With Newsom still in office, who will be named his replacement will be up to the new Board of Supervisors to decide after it is sworn into office this Saturday, January 8 at noon. This week City Administrator Edwin Lee emerged as a likely candidate for the job. Should Lee become the interim mayor, it is conceivable that he would keep Winnicker, Kawa and other top Newsom officials in place as he is viewed as being a caretaker of the office until voters elect a new mayor this fall. Or the next mayor, whether it is Lee or some other candidate, could opt to name their own city department heads, raising the potential that current LGBT administrators

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comment by Dominguez was made public. It was revealed that Dominguez actively participated in the sting and called those subjected to the sting “filthy motherfuckers.” Dominguez acknowledged making the remark and issued an apology last week. “It’s disgusting. It’s absolutely disgusting,” said Thomas Van Etten, a community activist and former member of the Palm Springs Police Advisory Committee who resigned in protest over the city’s handling of the controversy. Van Etten made his comments before news of the chief’s retirement was announced. He had called for Dominguez to be fired and had blasted the Palm Springs City Council. There are five members on the Palm Springs City Council, including the mayor. Pougnet and two other council members are openly gay. None returned the Bay Area Reporter’s emails or phone calls. “Every time you lift up the rug, you find another body,” said Robert Stone, a founding member of the Warm Sands Neighborhood Organization.

Stone was referring to the unfolding series of damaging information being revealed in connection with the sting operation. Just after Dominguez used the MF slur, an officer was recorded on tape calling a potential sting suspect a “cock-sucker.” Stone, who made his comments before Dominguez’s retirement was announced, echoed Van Etten’s sentiments and has called for the chief to be fired. His organization sent a letter to city officials last week denouncing the chief ’s remarks but the group stopped short of recommending that he be fired. Stone is an author and a B.A.R. contributor who writes under the pen name Robert Julian. Dominguez admitted using the slur after a complaint was filed by attorney Gregory Petersen. The lawyer told the B.A.R. this week that he has represented individual Palm Springs police officers for 30 years. He hoped the complaint would help expose what he considered to be the chief ’s hypocrisy. Previously, Dominguez strongly condemned one of his officers for calling a potential suspect a “cock-sucker.” “How can you throw stones if you are doing the same thing?” Petersen said. Petersen would not say whether he

was representing the officer accused of making the “cock-sucker” remark. The sting resulted in the arrests of 19 suspects. If convicted, the men would be required to register as sex offenders for life in a database that would be accessible only to law enforcement.

Dark parking lot The sting was conducted in a dark parking lot of a gay resort. The police department used young, muscular officers to try to get men to expose their genitals. According to Roger Tansey, a public defense attorney for six of the arrested men, it took one officer as long as 20 minutes to finally get a man to expose himself. Another man insisted on going with the officer to his hotel. But the undercover officer insisted on “seeing the goods” before he would go anywhere with the man. The man finally complied and was arrested. A Palm Springs police sergeant and a lieutenant testified in depositions that there was a tacit agreement ahead of time with the Riverside County District Attorney to charge the men with penal code section 314, which comes with a lifetime sex crime registration. The 314 charge is commonly used for flashers. City officials deny

that there was any agreement with the DA’s office. But a former prosecutor with the DA’s office came forward to say that there was indeed such an agreement. Dominguez did not return the B.A.R.’s call for comment by press time. In a December 28 statement he wrote in part: “During the Warm Sands arrests an inappropriate comment made by me did not display the utmost professional conduct expected from the chief of police and I sincerely apologize to the community at large. Today, a year and a half after the Warm Sands arrests were made, I pledge a renewed vigor to the safety and sensitivity of our community.” City Manager David Ready did not return the B.A.R.’s call by press time, but in a six-page statement also issued on December 28, Ready chronicled the controversy, again denied that there had been any prior agreement with the DA over the charges, and apologized for the “extremely offensive comments that have been attributed to some members of our team.” One of Palm Springs’ three out city council members, Ginny Foat, was one of the few elected officials to say anything about the recent controversy over Dominguez’s comments.

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She told the Desert Sun newspaper that although the chief should not have made those remarks, she doesn’t think they were homophobic. “I think he was disgusted with the behavior and he could have put that comment in the context of any kind of crime,” Foat told the paper. According to the complaint filed by Petersen in September, Dominguez told the officers they deserve extra pay for working on the sting and called the would-be defendants “a bunch of filthy motherfuckers.” Van Etten said he was outraged by Foat’s defense of Dominguez. “She’s a turncoat. She’s an absolute turncoat,” the activist said.

More allegations? The firestorm over the sting is showing no signs of dying out. This week, the B.A.R. has learned of another potentially explosive allegation in the case. Tansey, the defense attorney, told the B.A.R. that he received an anonymous letter last month that was sent in a Palm Springs Police Department envelope. It alleged that a police department employee was granted a promotion in exchange for giving testimony that would be more favorable to Dominguez. Tansey turned the letter over to the FBI.▼


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hands of voters, who will decide in November who will serve four-year terms in both positions starting in 2012. There is the possibility of seeing an out person elected to both posts come this fall. “I think that we are seeing some

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DNA technology, even if the attacker is unknown, if evidence is tested soon enough, there’s a “real possibility of getting serial rapists off the streets before they rape again. It’s that simple.” Hammer said if rape victims can be told with certainty that DNA evidence in their case will be tested in a timely manner and results will be available quickly, the chances of them cooperating in the prosecution “go way up,” and with that, the chances of a successful prosecution increase. The ordinance also requires the city to appropriate sufficient funds each fiscal year to ensure timely testing of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases. The legislation might not cost any more than what’s being done al-

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Laird, 60, represented Santa Cruz in the Assembly for six years before being termed out of office. He lost a bid last summer for a coastal state Senate seat. Should he be confirmed by the state Senate to the position, Laird will oversee policies that cover everything from logging and water to state parks and farming issues. A longtime environmental activist, Laird is expected to be a vocal opponent of offshore oil drilling, which he fought against when he served as a city councilman and mayor of his hometown. In Sacramento, Laird helped push through the state’s cutting edge climate change law known as AB 32, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions and has been fiercely opposed by oil companies. He was also a main voice for protecting Sierra forests, water conservation and renewable energy while in the statehouse. Laird is the fifth out person to be appointed to a state position in recent weeks. Prior to his leaving office, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he had selected four openly gay or lesbian people for state boards and commissions. On New Year’s Eve he appointed his chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, 50, a Democrat and out lesbian, to a seat on the five-person California Health Benefit Exchange. Schwarzenegger also tapped Kimberly Belshe, 51, his secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, to a seat on the exchange. The oversight entity, required under the newly enacted federal health care reform, is tasked with writing the procedures and criteria for enrolling California consumers and small businesses into health insurance plans beginning in 2014. It will also select the health insurance providers allowed to participate in the program.

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exciting changes,” said Ardel Thomas, Ph.D., an out lesbian who chairs LGBT Studies at City College of San Francisco. “It is great we are seeing things shift and we are getting close to having an openly out gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender mayor of San Francisco. That would be huge, to have somebody from the community make it to that point in such a major city.”▼

ready, said Hammer, because it won’t necessarily mean more testing, “it’s just going to be on a faster timeline.” In response to an e-mailed request for comment, Lieutenant Lyn Tomioka, a San Francisco police spokeswoman, wrote, “Over the next few months we will be developing realistic goals which will provide the best case management platform for our DNA lab. We were already in the process of looking for more qualified criminalists, so we may need to look at hiring additional people.” In December 2009, a jury found Francis guilty of charges including forcible oral copulation and robbery of a transgender woman. He was sentenced in January 2010 to 17 years and eight months in state prison for that case, which also stemmed from 2007. Francis is currently in custody in San Francisco County jail. The next hearing in the Ordenana case is set for January 28, to set a date for the preliminary hearing.▼ The members do not need to be confirmed by the state Senate and will serve on a volunteer basis. On his last day in office, Sunday, January 2, Schwarzenegger announced he had tapped two former out lawmakers for well-paid positions on state boards. Roy Ashburn, 56, a Republican state senator from Bakersfield termed out of office last year, is up for a seat on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. The position pays $128,109 and requires Senate confirmation. The conservative lawmaker acknowledged he was gay following his arrest last March for drunken driving after a night out at a Sacramento gay bar. Carole Migden, a former Democratic senator from San Francisco, is up for a seat on the Agriculture Labor Relations Board. The position pays $128,109 and also requires Senate approval. Migden, 62, left office in December 2008 following her reelection defeat in her party primary that June. Schwarzenegger then appointed the lesbian lawmaker to another well-paid post on the Integrated Waste Management Board. Laird and out lesbian Sheila Kuehl, a former state senator from Santa Monica, also landed that year on the waste board, whose members earned $132,000 a year. But Schwarzenegger eliminated the board at the end of 2009 in a symbolic budget-cutting move. Last month, right before Christmas, Schwarzenegger also announced he had reappointed James Vaughn, a gay Republican, to the California State Bar Board of Governors Examining Committee. Vaughn, 46, has served in the unpaid, volunteer capacity since 2007 and has been the vice chair of the Moral Character Determination Subcommittee. Vaughn had served as the California director of the Log Cabin Republicans and worked closely with Schwarzenegger’s administration while in the position from 2005 through 2008.▼

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DEC. 23,30,2010,JAN.06,13, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033215800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as TARSIER TRAVEL & TOURS, 1048 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an husband and wife, signed Crisostomo Ibarra. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/20/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as STUDIO RONSKY, 324 Collingwood Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Ronald S. Hermenau. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/01/10.

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DEC. 16,23,30,2010,JAN.06, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033196100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as GREEN CONSTRUCTION AND LANDSCAPING, 176 Capistrano Avenue ,San Francisco, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Lawrence Situ. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/08/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 12/08/10.

DEC. 16,23,30,2010,JAN.06, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033198700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as PETER JONES COMPUTER CONSULTING, 558 29th Avenue,San Francisco, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Peter Jones. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/09/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 12/09/10.

DEC. 16,23,30,2010,JAN.06, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033187000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as PASSPORT FOLDER,1680 Post Street, Ste. C,San Francisco, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Lao Xin. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 12/06/10.

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47 ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE DEC 30,2010 JAN 06,13,2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SWEET LIME 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: 2100 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115-3120. Type of license applied for:

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as ML TRADING COMPANY, 717 Cayuga Avenue ,San Francisco, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Mike Hoy Lau. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/09/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/09/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as LBE TRANSPORTATION, LLC, 660 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an limited liability company, signed Jagtar Chandi. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/14/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/14/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as MOTTERSHEAD CONSULTING, 101 Lombard Street, #409W, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Terri Mottershead. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/30/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/20/10.

DEC. 23,30,2010,JAN.06,13, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033213500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as RAZORS, 4249 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Everett C. Stone III. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/31/06. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/20/10.

DEC. 23,30,2010,JAN.06,13, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033215200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as WILLIAMS ELECTRONICS, 760 Church Street,#3, San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Charles M. Williams. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/20/10.

DEC. 23,30,2010,JAN.06,13, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033218800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as CLIMB REAL ESTATE GROUP, 251 Rhode Island Street,#105, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Tiffany Combs. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/22/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/22/10.

DEC. 23,30,2010,JAN.06,13, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033221700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.WHIMSY MEDIA, 2.GIRLS THAT ROAM, 3.SIGNATURE NOTARY PUBLIC, 322 12th Avenue,#3,Street, San Francisco, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Heather Cassell. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/23/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/10.

DEC 30, 2010, JAN 06,13,20, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033219000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as STAGE LOUNGE CATERING, 408 29th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Tom Basso. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/22/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/22/10.

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

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

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

DEC 30, 2010, JAN 06,13,20,2011 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY LAW DEPARTMENT SUMMONS FAMILY LAW NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: EDGAR KHACHATRYAN PETITIONERS NAME: YEVGENIA OSIPOVA AND CASE NO. FDI-10-773553 You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a response (Form FL-120 OR FL123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affection your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) or by contacting your local county bar association. The name and address of the Court are:

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT 400 MCALLISTER STREET, SF, CA 94102 THE NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE OF THE PETITIONER’S ATTORNEY: IRINA AEROV, 789 CABRILLO STREET, SF, CA 94118 415-387-9028 JAN.06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033226000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE CAFE, 2369 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Suchitra Hutachuda. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/28/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/28/10.

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

STATEMENT FILE A-033221800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as SWEETOOTH STUDIOS, 2565 3rd St. Studio #303, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Alisha Wilson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033191300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as MOSES LIMOUSINE SERVICES, 888 O’Farrell St. #W809, San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Musa Jaradie. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/07/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/07/10.

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

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

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

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

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

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033220400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BETFAIR US, 201 Mission St., 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Martin Cruddace. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/03/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/23/10.

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

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033239200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as OZIMO, 3150 18th St. #429, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Richard Freitas. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on N/A. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/10.

JAN 06,13,20,27, 2011 STATEMENT FILE A-033232900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as THE MAS METHOD, 425 1st St. #2802, San Francisco, CA 94105. This business is conducted by an indivisual, signed Jessica Mas. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/30/10 The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 12/30/10.

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

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Dancing away the decade

New Year’s gays

Portuguese light

Dance writer Paul Parish looks back; also, Isadora Duncan Dance Award nominees.

‘On the Town’ goes out to some festive year-end affairs.

Director Manoel de Oliveira’s ‘Strange Case of Angelica’ opens.

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Kris hilt depicting a demonic figure, perhaps 1700-1800, ivory.

The best is yet to come Looking ahead to 2011 in Bay Area museums ~ by Sura Wood ~ 011 promises to be an exceptional year at the museums in terms of the variety, quality and quantity of scheduled exhibitions, making 2010, with its now-distant rumblings of economic hard times, look sparse in comparison. It gets off to an especially strong start at the end of this month, a streak that continues through the year with shows on fashion, Picasso, photography, exotic cultures, Houdini, and two different exhibits (count ’em) on Gertrude Stein and her orbit. Could this be the year of “all Gertrude, all the time,” you ask? Not quite. Hold on to your erudition and proffer those newly acquired museum passes: here’s a preview of what’s on tap this coming year. Asian Art Museum: Julia Roberts and Eat, Pray, Love have done their part to boost Bali tourism, but the Asian’s exclusive show, Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance, is the first large-scale, in-depth examination of this balmy tropical paradise’s ritual artworks and traditions to be presented in the US. Even better, air travel is not required (Feb. 25-Sept. 11). In the fall, Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts showcases the opulent culture and perks of princely India, proving that it’s good to be king (Oct. 21, 2011-April 8, 2012). Contemporary Jewish Museum: Since opening their new space two years ago, CJM has hit its stride with exhibitions that just get better and better. Three here are worth singling out: Charlotte Salomon:

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Murderers, Nazis, priestly dilemmas Seldom-seen Hitchcock films play the Castro Theatre • by Tavo Amador rolific director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) is associated with suspense, but he was also a master of sly humor, sometimes combining both in a single film. From Jan. 8-13, the Castro Theatre will show several of his rarely revived movies that are well worth viewing. In The Lady Vanishes (1938), Margaret Lockwood is traveling by train when she realizes that an elderly passenger (the splendid Dame May Whitty) has disappeared. She suspects foul play. With the bisexual Michael Redgrave (father of Vanessa, Lynn, and Colin). In The 39 Steps (1935), Robert Donat aids an English counterspy, but when the agent is killed, he’s charged with murder. He flees from the authorities while trying to stop a foreign intelligence ring from stealing classified information. With lovely Madeleine Carroll, one of Hitchcock’s earliest cool blondes, and Peggy Ashcroft. Set in London. (1/8)

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John Dall and Farley Granger in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope.

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Candy hearts to come use this footage.” “Why not?” replied the director. “Because Miss [Tallulah] Bankhead isn’t wearing any panties, and we can see everything.” Without missing a beat, Hitchcock replied, “That’s not my concern. Call the studio hairdresser.”

by Roberto Friedman ookie, I’m hoooooorrrrrrnnnny!” That’s what queer folk will be howling on this coming Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at le Castro The-ay-tah as producer Marc Huestis presents movie star Lesley Ann Warren live and in-person in his Victor/Victoria Valentine. The glam Oscar nominee who virtually stole V/V as the dumb blonde Norma Cassady will reveal her Victor/Victoria secrets and dish about her fab career to diva-licious Coco Peru. The night will also feature a knock-out, drag-down performance by Matthew Martin, and a screening of the gender-bending classic film Victor/Victoria, introduced by le jazz hat Jan Wahl. Why VV for VD Day? we asked Contessa Huestis. “Other than offering the perfect alliteration [V/VV], the film deals with romantic love of all stripes – gay, straight, bi, trans and questioning – as well as featuring a rarity in cinema: a truly loving relationship between a gay man and a woman.” That’s what she said! Might we add the evening will also be a tender tribute to the late great director Blake Edwards, who so recently passed away. So whether you’re a man or woman, or a man pretending to be a woman, or a woman pretending to be a woman, or a jazz hottie of any kind, cum on down to the Castro for Cupid’s special day of target practice. Call (415) 863-0611 and get an extra-special $10 discount on priority seating. Tell them Pookie sent you, and give Marc our heartiest regards.

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Earnest) to the extreme of gothic horror. You feel like you are accompanying Dorian on his rounds of opium dens. It’s a guilty pleasure not to be missed. Dorian Gray will play on Tues., Feb. 8, 9:30 p.m. at the Vogue Theater in SF, as part of the Mostly British Film Festival (new and classic films from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India), coming up Feb. 3-10. Find more info at www.mostlybritish.org.

Glass works Hey, Out There O UT knows we’re barely into 2011, but we’ve got an exciting cultural event lined up for 2012 already. The production company Pomegranate Arts has announced that it will revive the seminal Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach for a world tour in 2012. The 1976 work will begin performances in Montpellier, France, in March 2012, then travel to London, Toronto, Brooklyn and Berkeley, CA – for a Cal Performances run – before closing in Amsterdam in January 2013. Glass and his collaborator,

the director Robert Wilson, will be involved in the restaging. Starting in January 2012, the company will rehearse and give previews at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Einstein on the Beach was the first collaboration between Glass and Wilson. For the new production, they are working with a number of their longtime collaborators, including Lucinda Childs, who will choreograph, as she did in 1984 and a previous revival in 1992. In a statement released by the producers, Glass enthusiastic about T HERE was the revival. “For Bob and me, the 2012-13 revival of Einstein on the Beach will be a most significant event, since in all likelihood, this will be the last time that we will be together and able to work on the piece.” The major collaborators are presently all in their 70s.

Hitchcock tales An Alfred Hitchcock series coming to the Castro Theatre this coming week prompted our movie-buff pal Cinema Cindy to recall a great Hitch-related anecdote.

On the first day of rehearsals for Stage Fright (1950), Marlene Dietrich, then 49, started telling the lighting people how she needed to be photographed. Hitchcock stopped her and said, “You don’t understand, Miss Dietrich. I am the director, and I will tell the lighting crew how to set the scene.” She looked at him coolly and replied, “No, Mr. Hitchcock, it is you who does not understand. You have hired me to play a glamorous chanteuse. I will take care of the glamour. The rest I will leave to you.” Then she turned to the lighting man and said, “My key light must be here.” Hitchcock later commented, “Marlene Dietrich is a professional. A professional actress, a professional singer, a professional costume designer, a professional lighting director, a professional everything.” One good anecdote deserves another, Cindy! Actor Joseph Cotton swore that he witnessed this one. He was on the set early in the shooting of Lifeboat. After Hitchcock said, “Cut!” the cameraman rushed up to him and whispered, “Sir, we cannot

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Immortal gay author Oscar Wilde’s classic 1890 novel about a singular Faustian deal Dorian Gray has been brought to the screen in all its gore and glory. Yummy actor Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in the Narnia sequel) stars as a naive and vain youth who arrives in Victorian London and promptly sells his soul to the devil in return for eternal youthfulness. Only his portrait will age, showing his moral decay in every crevice. Actor Colin Firth, who is having quite a career moment, appears as the debauched lord who eagerly leads Dorian down the primrose path. The film drips in period detail and atmosphere. Director Oliver Parker takes his latest Wilde adaptation (following An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being

Lesley Ann Warren in Victor/Victoria , coming soon to the Castro Theatre.

When did The New York Times’ Style section become a gay paper? Last week’s Style included a gushy profile of adorable actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, whose film Rabbit Hole has recently opened. But the puff piece centered on Mitchell’s monthly dance party at the oldtimey gay bar Julius’ in NYC’s West Village. “He ordered a vodka and soda. ‘It’s the gay drink,’ he said flatly. He sipped it with a straw, ‘so I don’t mess up my lipstick.’ “Mr. Mitchell said he wanted to acquaint a younger generation to gay lore. ‘Queerness isn’t just Lady Gaga and overpriced drinks and fauxhawks,’ he said. ‘It’s James Baldwin and Bea Arthur and Gertrude Stein and Gore Vidal.’” The name of his monthly club? Mattachine, “after the pioneering gay rights group the Mattachine Society, which was founded in 1950 by Harry Hay.” Thanks for the gay history lesson, New York Times! But wait, there’s more! Because in the same issue, Times writer Guy Trebay goes backstage with the genderbending dancers of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. “‘Nothing is straight’ about the Trocks, said Paul Ghiselin, the company’s ballet master, and a prima ballerina whose stage name is Ida Nevasayneva. ‘Everything is bent.’ “‘It’s a good test of a potential boyfriend when you drop the Facebook bomb,’ said Brock Hayhoe, a Toronto native who plays both Andrei Verikose and Vanya Verikose, male and female roles.” After all this gay stuff, all of the heterosexual matrimony announced in the Sunday Times’ weddings listings seems downright anti-climactic. Out There closed out the year by attending Marga Gomez’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular at the Victoria Theatre, which was hilarious as usual. Gomez says it’s her last NYE Spectacular, which is a shame, because she claims it’s her favorite holiday. “Because I love false hope!”▼

Colin Firth and Ben Barnes in Oliver Parker’s Dorian Gray.

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Gray rites

Gay old ‘Times’

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Manoel de Oliveira’s strange case t is a dark and rainy night as Portuguese writer/director Manoel de Oliveira’s The Strange Case of Angelica opens outside a small photography shop in a tiny provincial town. A driver calls up to the wife of the proprietor, declaring that his employer needs a photographer as soon as possible. The woman explains that her husband won’t return for another day. “I’ll wait, then,” the driver replies. A passerby notes that a young Jewish photographer lives nearby, and offers to take the driver to him. For the first quarter-hour of the latest film from one of the world’s oldest practicing directors, very little happens, and every single act unfolding before de Oliveira’s camera, including the rain, occurs as it might in real life. The self-taught de Oliveira, who turned 102 last month, doesn’t believe in quick, MTV-style cuts, fast patter or special effects, at least not until his young protagonist aims his camera at a freshly deceased young bride whose corpse is tastefully laid out on a couch before a roomful of mourners. The formality and aesthetic purity of the scene comes across in the dialogue the young man has with the

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siblings of the deceased. “Are you the photographer?” “Yes.” “Follow me. It’s Angelica – such a sad loss. We’ve just finished dressing her. Our mother wants one more souvenir, even if it is very sad.” “My condolences.” “It is fate. So young, and only just married. Her husband is inconsolable.” “What is your name?” “Isaac.” “Isaac?” “Yes, Isaac, sister.” “My name is Maria Dolores. I’m Angelica’s sister, and I’m a devout Christian.” “Yes, I can see that you’re a nun. Personally, I have nothing against that.” “Good, that is a comfort to me.” The simple world that de Oliveira opens up for us feels nestled in a peculiar time-warp. While the technology and landscape are of our time, the characters seem oddly stuck a half-acentury or so back, preoccupied by religious or spiritual impulses that seem dated, almost musty. As hinted at in the dialogue, there’s a slight tension between the Jewish Isaac (Ricardo Trepa) and the other, mostly Christian-identified characters.

The single startling moment in the first act happens when Isaac points his camera at Angelica and the young woman appears, through his lens at least, to be still alive, as if she had just awoken from a nap. Isaac doesn’t share this disconcerting perception with anyone else, although from that time until the end of the film, his every waking moment and dreams are taken over by a kind of pure love for a dead creature he cannot possess. There are mo-

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Scene from Ride with the Devil, now out on a Criterion Collection DVD.

Missouri, who undergoes a change of heart after bonding with a newly freed slave, Daniel Holt (Jeffrey Wright). The acting gem in this epic is the hairraising rivalry between Maguire and a feral young killer. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers imbues his Pitt Mackeson with the cultural/racial mojo we associate with flying the Confederate flag. The young Irish actor – with his skinny torso, angular features, shoulder-length hair, dandy attire and cold eyes – becomes a kind of androgynous Clint Eastwood, with a scary bi-polar charm that foreshadows the transformation of soldiers into outlaws (Jesse James), as well as a preview of his tennis-pro killer in Woody Allen’s Match Point. The “Tobey/Johnny” showdown displays a screen chemistry that could have produced an alternative Jack and Ennis if Lee had got the Brokeback gig a few years earlier. Writer Schamus adroitly employs language to undercut our intoxication for re-fighting the Civil War from a Southern perspective. “Johnny” is simultaneously sexy and menacing as he spits out Tobey’s derogatory screen nickname, “Dutchie,” with murderous intent. In a heart-stopping scene, Pitt and Jake nearly shoot it out in a Lawrence, Kansas restaurant, as in the background, their “bushwacker” buddies conduct a vicious massacre of the ablebodied male townfolks. This well-documented piece of history qualifies as one of the worst atrocities in the entire war. The scene is given a gut-wrenching verisimilitude by the intensity of the actors and the beautifully archaic, at times profane, and oddly formal

fighting for the Confederacy and declares his emancipation. It’s a finale that has him and Jake salute each other in a tribute to the journey they’ve been on: the white boy addresses a former slave by his full Christian name, “Daniel Holt,” to be followed by Holt’s lovingly uttered “Jake Roedel,” just before heading out to the frontier to become a symbolic first black cowboy. The film is graced by Tobey

Maguire’s first adult role (and sex scene). He projects an inner decency while shedding puppy-dog innocence: a screen test for Peter Parker. Special features include two commentary tracks: the first with Lee and Schamus; the second with the crew; a video chat with Jeffrey Wright; and a booklet with background on the historical events that inspired Woodrell’s novel. ▼

Ricardo Trepa in The Strange Case of Angelica.

Pre-Brokeback cowboys his week we find buried treasure on DVD. Ride with the Devil is a critically important, exhilarating film from director Ang Lee, who, with his friend, writing partner and producer James Schamus, has given us three top-drawer queerthemed films: The Wedding Banquet, Brokeback Mountain and Taking Woodstock. In deciding to adapt Daniel Woodrell’s Civil War novel Woe to Live On By, Lee and Schamus were embarking on an unusually daunting challenge, even by their illustrious standards: translating a little-known sidebar of America’s greatest domestic crisis into popular entertainment, and attempting to shoot an epic on an independent-film budget, with a largely unknown cast of 20something actors, many of whom were just making their first stab at stardom. In a DVD commentary track recorded for this Criterion Collection edition, Schamus admits that Ride with the Devil is a kind of accidental dress rehearsal for their future saga of cowboys in love. “So clearly this is Brokeback Mountain territory that we’re in now – a bunch of guys living in the woods, hanging out, loving each other. Ang has always been drawn to stories of friendship, and particularly to the nature of male friendship in his work, and no more so than in Ride with the Devil.” Ang Lee is even more direct in noting this Civil War story’s roiling queer subtext. “It’s a coming-of-age story, young boys, their competitive jealousies all play out. When I did this film, I had done The Wedding Banquet. I’m not that innocent about putting homosexual scenes on the screen. When you do this scene, you can’t help but see that some of the flamboyant characters might be gay themselves. The book never illustrated that, and this is not a project about that issue, but you can see the gay subtext all over the place. Somehow I feel I’m doing another gay film in this one. Actually, it plays pretty innocently as friendship, as affection, as living together, but all the psychology is going on.” Ang Lee’s 1999 “pre-Western,” a bloody lost chapter of our Civil War, features a stellar ensemble. Tobey Maguire shines as an idealistic German American teen (Jake “Dutchie” Roedel) fighting with Southern guerrillas in Bloody Kansas/Marauding

ments when we observe the young man’s soul leave his body and join the dead woman’s. Otherwise, he spends his waking hours photographing a gang of workers hacking away at a nearby hill with pickaxes, following a traditional method for preparing a wine orchard. Isaac lives in a kind of bed and breakfast, whose fussy owner and her stiffnecked guests regard the young man as having lost his mind. Without spoiling the last act, in which a form

of reconciliation unfolds, The Strange Case of Angelica is recommended mostly for fans of a formal, purist cinema that rejects most of the technological innovations since the advent of talking pictures. Manoel de Oliveira is one of the rare artists whose output has actually increased since he turned 80. Like Woody Allen, he creates one feature a year, films that play Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and New York, but rarely San Francisco. He has worked with some of Europe’s great film stars – Mastroianni, Deneuve, and even John Malkovich. But for the last decade, the stolid young actor who appears as Isaac, his grandson Ricardo Trepa, has been his chosen instrument. Is this one for you? In the production notes, de Oliveira notes that one of his own favorite films features a Dutch director filming Rembrandt’s self-portraits in close-up, “which confirmed that the eyes always stay the same, inalterable. The face changes until it becomes old. In the last of the paintings he said, ‘Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.’ The awards and applause, it’s all vanity.” Sound like fun? The Strange Case of Angelica plays the Roxie Theater for a week beginning Friday.▼

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words they hurl at each other. Pitt – Rhys-Meyers dressed and cavorting, at Lee’s suggestion, like a modern rock star (like his character in Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine) – demands that Jake allow two civilians (an old man and a small boy) to go outside to face execution. Jake demurs. “We’ll attend to them once we’ve had our vittles.” “Why, you little Dutch son-of-abitch, you do what I tell ya, or I’ll kill ya!” “And when do you figure to do this mean thing to me, Mackeson? Is this very moment convenient for you? It is for me.” (Jake draws on Pitt.) “The hell with it, there’s plenty more of them jayhawkers to kill, anyhow. I’ll see you back in Missouri, you tiny little sack of shit!” After spitting out those words, Mackeson leaves the building the way Jagger might, with a swish of his hips, his right hand twirling in a rude gesture. Mackeson’s homicidal/suicidal manner is doubly scary. It allows him to waltz through the killing fields with a kind of satanic immunity. Flipping back to Lee’s commentary track, you’ll get a vicarious charge from hearing the director chuckling as he repeats Pitt’s oath in jest, indicating his creative satisfaction with how this first of two non-shooting shootouts was pulled off by his actor desperadoes. Lee and Schamus are scrupulous in using the Southerners’ 19th-century English to signal an odd code of chivalry that lies beneath the raw violence of the main plot. Later this language will prove a crucial underpinning for a magnificent scene where Holt stops


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The year just past in Bay Area dance ooking back on 2010 is a queasy-making process. I’m kinda doing it with hands over my eyes, looking through my fingers. The state of things in general is precarious. The stock market has recovered, but companies have returned to profitability by getting rid of all the workers. Everybody who still has a job is working harder, and more anxious rather than less. Economic news is the news, and “the marketplace” threatens to become the only arbiter of value. On the other hand, disaster hasn’t actually struck, and many are successfully whistling past the graveyard. It’s alarming when a raft of Republican loonies win elections, and Sarah Palin’s daughter nearly wins the title on Dancing with the Stars, and alarming indeed when a major university abolishes its Philosophy, Classics, French, Italian, and Russian departments, but still the situation is desperate but not serious. And some good things happened in the midst of all that. Great news it was when the ODC Theater re-opened after retrofitting; the realm of contemporary dance now has a roof over its head, thanks to Brenda Way, director of ODC/SF, who has had the vision to get out and fund-raise and make the case that San Francisco is a dance town, and that the whole range of dancing – tap, jazz, flamenco, contact improv, aerobics, all kinds of ethnic dance, as well as brainy modern dance – need warm, clean, dry spaces to practice in, and dignified, comfortable stages to perform on. The house re-opened to month-long celebrations, involving most of the dance community here, which is the largest and most diverse in the whole country outside New York. Bravo to them, and hooray for us all. And there was a thrilling new classical ballet, the first in my experience to feel totally contemporary since the death of Balanchine, at our

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internationally famous San Francisco Ballet. It’s by a Russian émigré, Yuri Possokhov, who’s danced here now for decades and made this piece in memory of his teacher at the Bolshoi, who “threw boots at us and made us go to museums,” and dedicated himself to making artists out of his students, whom he took charge of as children. The dancers are doing all the hardest steps in the book as if they were kids on skateboards, flying through the air like swallows, weaving around each other as they leap and spin, with the fearlessness of youth. Classical Symphony was thrilling when first seen, and held up well to repeat visits, so maybe it really is going to be a classic. Young love made a heroic appearance, again at the ballet, with a performance in Romeo and Juliet by Sarah van Patten that the whole world could have made a pilgrimage to see. Van Patten has a wide range and excels in the kind of dance in which tough steps are set to weird music, but also in comedy, and especially in lyric dance. Juliet is a natural for her, and in the potentially great moments in the story she gives a grandeur that could not have been exceeded by Fonteyn or Ulanova. It is to be hoped that she’ll dance Giselle in the upcoming season. Kind of a downer was Black Swan – not that it’s not a great portrait of delusional pathology, but because it really only used dancing as decor. As a Sacramento Ballet dancer was quoted as saying, “That movie is to ballet as Psycho is to the motel business.” Burlesque, on the other hand, is a modest “star is born” movie that

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he Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee (the “Izzies”) announced the 2009-10 performance season award nominees. The winners will be honored in an awards ceremony to be held on Mon., March 14, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., SF. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a greeting reception in the lobby at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. A full list of this year’s nominees follows.

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: Wan-Chao Chang, Eurasia, Wan-Chao Dance, Ethnic Dance Festival, Weekend 4 Hsiang-Hsiu Lin, Mix & Match 2010, Lin HH Dance Theatre Sara Shelton Mann, Tribes/Dominion, Sara Shelton Mann Dancers Yuri Possokhov, Classical Symphony, San Francisco Ballet Amy Seiwert, White Noise, Im’ij-re

Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Individual: Jenna McClintock, Coppelia, Diablo Ballet Pascal Molat, for his entire year of performances, including the San Francisco Ballet and The Tosca Project, American Conservatory Theater Luisa Lopez Saavedra, La Marinera Norteña, El Tunante Nol Simonse, for his entire year of performances, including The Tosca Project, American Conservatory Theater Sofiane Sylve, in the middle, somewhat elevated, San Francisco Ballet Yuan Yuan Tan, The Little Mermaid, San Francisco Ballet

Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Ensemble: Stephanie Bastos, Daniel Brevi, Guy De Chalus, Zkiya Harris, Eyla Moore, Veleda Roehl, Amara Tabor Smith, Adia Tamar Whitaker, and Sonia Whittle, Ampey!, a work-in-progress, 2009 CounterPULSE Performing Diaspora Festival

uses all the conventions of the backstage movie in ways that never rang false to me. “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” is only one of the many dance numbers given exquisite treatment; Christina Aguilera (channeling Etta James, a very good idea) deserves the many reaction shots that are necessary to tell a success-story like this; the Adolf Menjou role from Stage Door gets revivified in all its snake-in-the-grass glory by a hunky LA real-estate mogul; and darling Cher triumphs over him as Katharine Hepburn did in the original Stage Door. Cher has become like Fred Astaire, the model for contemporary manners – from here on out, when I don’t know what to say, I’m just going to ask myself, “What would Cher do in this situation?” The worst news is that the superb world-dance choreographer WanChao Chan has been denied a green card, and is likely to be deported. She is foremost among the Ethnic Dance community in refashioning traditional materials, and has the admi-

ration of all her peers; her craft is superb, and her intentions are no less than to introduce feminism and liberal values in to the Chinese traditional dance forms, which value harmony and submission to authority; it’s revolutionary, but the polish is so great, the tensions are so beautifully contained, it’s like a performance by a great classic actress, you have to know how they must feel. Evidently, to be at the top of her game in San Francisco is still considered by the INS to be merely of local importance. Back to good news: It looks like the Oakland Ballet may come back to life. The Nutcracker, choreographed by their new director Graham Lustig, rehearsed in the dance studios of Mills College, and backed by Clorox, Chevron and the Oakland civic community, played to a packed house at the Paramount Theater and went over to huge success. The crowd included every race and creed, there were many children there, and the spectacle revealed tremendous stagecraft, wit, and charm. It certainly bodes well for their Spring season, with more experimental choreography that may very well be interesting. On the larger stage, two books come in as very welcome. Jennifer Homans has written the first comprehensive, definitive history of ballet, Apollo’s Angels, which places ballet in historical context. She makes it lively reading to find out how Louis XIV forced his nobility to dance attendance upon him and made the fear of the faux pas a literal thing – if you couldn’t dance, you did not have a chance in that society. She brings it forward from there, showing how from the beginning the form was popular – thousands of ordinary people crowded in, trying to see the spectacles – which allowed ballet to

Jaime Garcia Castilla, Daniel Deivison-Oliviera, Victor Luiz, Gennadi Nedvigin, James Sofranko, and Hansuke Yamamoto, Classical Symphony, San Francisco Ballet Heather Cooper and Brian Fisher, Another Time, Mark Foehringer Dance Project Chad Dawson and Nol Simonse, Two Rooms, Stephen Pelton Dance Company Andrea Faraci and Iveta Pauryte, a season of International Standard Ballroom Dancing Private Freeman and Yukie Fujimoto, Lettre à Dos from Je Me Souviens, Sonya Delwaide at ODC

Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Company: American Conservatory Theater and various guest artists, The Tosca Project, American Conservatory Theater Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble, Traditional Dance Cycle from the Village of Magyarszovát, Ethnic Dance Festival, Weekend 3 Janice Garrett & Charles Moulton, The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum Hui Tama Nui, Pepe Hau, Ethnic Dance Festival, Weekend 3 Natyalaya, Parvathi, the Divine, Ethnic Dance Festival, Weekend 2 Scott Wells & Dancers, Ball-ist-ic, CounterPULSE

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design: Matthew Antaky, lighting design; Christine Darch, costume design; and Frieder Weiss, video design, White Noise, Im’ij-re Patty-Ann Farrell, lighting design, and Aaron Sencil, costume and prop design, Pepe Hau, Hui Tama Nui David Finn and Yuri Zhukov, visual design, Classical Symphony, San Francisco Ballet Mary Louise Geiger, lighting design; Laura Jellinek, scenic design; and Mark Zappone, costume design, Ghosts, San Francisco Ballet Krissy Keefer, costume design, The Great Liberation, Dance Brigade Larry Reed, visual design, and ZeJie Zheng, calligraphy design, Good-for-Nothing-Lover, ShadowLight Productions

Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text: Abhinaya Dance Company and San Jose Taiko, music, Synergy, Abhinaya Dance Company and San Jose Taiko The Cultural Heritage Choir and Fua Dia Congo drummers,

survive the violent revolutions that overthrew the aristocracies in France, later in Russia. She is probably at her best showing how Russian-émigré Balanchine took the natural attributes of American dance and turned ballet into a spectacle that reflected our lives. It’s selling well, for a book that’s about to become the standard text in college dance-history courses in the English-speaking world. Last, let me welcome An Athlete in Tights, Bruce Weber’s quasi-pornographic study of the danseur noble Roberto Bolle, who is the purest example of the matinee idol among currently active ballet dancers. As most queers know, Weber invented the Abercrombie look – porn stars on elephants wearing the clothes all teenagers want to be seen in. And this book, which some might think a retreat from the edge, sneaked in at the end of last year with little notice, perhaps because no-one knew how to review it. I would love to know what John Karr will think of it – Steven Underhill had not seen it, nor heard of it, when I asked him about it last month. Athlete inhabits the borderland between erotic art, soft porn, and the “physical-culture” study of a model like the immortal Tony Sansone. I think it might belong to the kind of documentary that finds its apogee in the movie Rivers and Tides, the sincere homage of an artist in one medium to a greater artist working in another. Athlete in Tights is not the perfect marriage of the documentarist and the artist, but it is a fascinating and very welcome wad of gorgeous photographs. Spoiler: no cock shots. Weber’s insistence on doing Bolle in gritty black-and-white may stand the test of time, and posed against Renaissance Italian marble sculptures – the Trevi Fountain and the like – that have endured centuries of wind and storms and sport the

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music, Nzobi, Fua Dia Congo Hope Mohr and Brenda Hillman, text, Far from Perfect, Hope Mohr Dance Stellamara, musical adaptation of Strumica/Azade, Eurasia, Wan Chao Dance Kip Winger, music, Ghosts, San Francisco Ballet

Outstanding Achievement in Restaging/Revival /Reconstruction: Roslyn Anderson, Petite Mort, Smuin Ballet Sonya Delwaide, Lettre à Jos from Je Me Souviens, Sonya Delwaide at ODC Isabelle Fokine, Petrouchka, San Francisco Ballet Mythili Kumar and Rasika Kumar, Varsha – The Rainy Season, Abhinaya Dance Company Donald Mahler, Continuo, Ballet San Jose

Special Awards: Brenda Way and ODC: For her vision, commitment, and perseverance to build a major dance center with a broad range of programs and resources for dance professionals, children, and the community. YAK FILMS/Yoram Savion, Director: For documenting the turf dancing by Oakland youth, particularly those videos that feature the RIP dances recorded at the locations in the Bay Area where other youth have died, and for making them available on YouTube.

Sustained Achievement: Denise Jourdaine, Stephan Kraeul, and Rex Lewis, co-owners of Imperial Ballroom: For their years of instruction and operation of the Imperial Ballroom in Redwood City, their training of professional ballroom competitors, and their continued management of internationally recognized ballroom competitions. Mythili Kumar, Founder and Director of Abhinaya Dance Company: For three decades of teaching, directing, and creation in South Indian classical dance forms of Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi, and for providing Bay Area dance audiences with an understanding of the richness in these complex and historical dance forms. Josefa Villanueva, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Santa Clara Ballet: For establishing and directing a dance repertory company with her late husband Benjamin Reyes for over 37 years. For offering instruction and training in classical ballet, for creating choreography for the company, and for providing performance opportunities for children and Bay Area professional dancers. ▼


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stains of car fumes and acid rain, may strike the exact balance between hard muscle under the surface and the perfect proportions Bolle has trained those muscles to develop, through daily ballet exercises and the adrenaline-pumping exactitudes of performance which bring certain forms into ideal prominence. It’s not new to think of dancers as athletes, it’s always taken some doing not to think of the connection, and when the hierarchy of art over sport was up-ended, postmodern contactimprov dancers took to it gleefully, using gymnastics, wrestling and martial-arts moves, and by the 1970s the Joffrey Ballet were doing frankly athletic, bare-legged, bare-chested, all-male hunk-fests that were borderline pornographic. Bolle is not like that – he is not pushing anything except perfection. His movements are so beautifully schooled he never makes a mistake,

the pirouettes are perfectly placed, the thigh completely rotated, the foot on which he turns is beautifully arched, the smile perfectly cordial, the pecs beautifully chiseled, the nipples just so – he looks particularly good in a lion skin with maybe a small red cape, as Actaeon or Amynta or the nameless cavalier in Excelsior. Bolle evokes in me the feelings Shakespeare expressed in his cryptic sonnet: “They that have power to hurt, and will do none.” The very mildness and reserve and careful array of Bolle’s perfections leads me and many to a kind of unrequited love, one that’s somehow social – everyone feels this way, nobody is entitled to complain; such people, as the Bard says, “who moving others, are themselves as stone, Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow, They are the lords and owners of their faces.” See for yourself. It is a kind of beauty that remains unplumbable, the art conceals itself. Some things really do abide.▼

Dick Clark did the countdown to 2011 in Times Square.

on The Simpsons? Or Sheldon dressed as the Doppler Effect at a costume party on Big Bang?) 8. Pay attention to political TV. We’re not suggesting Fox or MSNBC 24/7 – therein lies madness, quite obviously if you look at the punditry. But 2011 is the precursor to the election year, and what gets said (or what doesn’t) in the next 12 months will impact November 2012 in a huge way. Knowing who’s saying what is important. Second-hand reportage doesn’t work. This is why Wikipedia is not accepted as a source by any academic institution, and why the blogospheric recap on the news is not the same as drawing your own conclusions from your own viewing. 9. Note who’s using TV to make the world better, and give them your support (and note their advertising sponsors). Three of the best shows we saw in 2010 did just that. We didn’t have the space to note them in our best and worst column, so let us laud them now. CBS’ daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful, which has the secondhighest ratings in the US and is the most-watched soap worldwide, went way out on a limb and did a storyline (which they are continuing in 2011) on homelessness in America. Stephanie Forrester (played by rumored-to-be lesbian actress and director Susan Flannery, a multiple Emmy-winner) inveigled the show’s creators, Bradley and Lee Philip Bell, to take the show, set in the Los Angeles fashion industry, to LA’s skid row. Stephanie was dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the impending end of her life. She ended up in skid row while embarked on a bucket-list journey, and discovered just how many homeless people there were in her own city. Up to that point, the millionaire matriarch had restricted her philanthropy to writing checks and holding balls and benefits. Flannery, who has

directed all the on-site skid-row episodes, took Stephanie out of her Beverly Hills comfort zone and down into the mean streets. In a series of episodes shown between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Flannery/Stephanie interviewed actual skid-row denizens. Scenes were set in shelters as well as on the streets. No actors, real people. It was deeply moving and compelling TV, and had the added benefit for the show of boosting ratings even higher. The stories of the individual men and women – largely Latino, but also black and white – were as gutwrenching as one would expect. But they forced both the show’s characters and the audience to address the unseen homelessness in America. ABC has long been involved in TV that shows us things we don’t want to see. In a compelling hour the week before Christmas, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer debuted the first in an ongoing series to be scheduled for the next 12 months on “Save a Life, Be the Change.” We have repeatedly noted in this column that TV can change us and make us better – it was connecting people long before Facebook. Seeing how others are living makes us think about not just the lives of those we are viewing, but our own lives in comparison. SaveOne at ABCnews.com has the specifics on ABC’s project. But the first hour-long show was an eye-opener.

Five Asian students from Stanford designed and are now marketing a portable incubator to India (the first country, others will follow), because in rural areas there is no access to these life-saving machines. Two million children die each year in India because of premature birth. Babies must work to keep themselves warm, which exhausts them and drains energy from their tiny organs. The portable incubator will likely save a million lives in the next three years. This was just one of the many compelling changes shown on the show. Check it out at ABCnews.com, and see how you can involve yourself in changing the world through TV. For example, just $10 will provide clean drinking water to a household in Bangladesh for a month. More than 20% of children under five die from water-borne diarrheal diseases in that country. For the price of a latte and a cookie, you can save a life. Oprah has been the queen of lifesaving TV for 25 years. Her farewell season is no exception. Several of her shows this season have delved into how to save lives, from addressing HIV/AIDS to getting tested for colon cancer and diabetes, to saving yourself from abusive relationships. She has also been addressing addiction and

George Bush said that too, and look where it got us. TV is the pulse of the Zeitgeist. If you don’t watch TV, you n New Year’s Eve, the East haven’t got a clue. And we aren’t talkCoast was still digging out ing about Wheel of Fortune. Good, bad from the Boxing Day Snowand mediocre, TV teaches us. pocalypse, but that didn’t keep a 5. Vow to watch real news on the million-plus people from waiting for tube. We love Jon Stewart, but as he rehours for the ball to drop in Times minds his own audience, uh, daily, he’s Square in New York. ABC owns the a comedian, not a reporter. (That he’s rights to the ball drop and the a better reporter than most reporters biggest TV ratings bonanza of the and a better pundit than nearly all year. Dick Clark did the countdown to pundits is beside the point.) We rec2011, and a new decade was officially ommend you watch BBC World News born. (on PBS and BBC America), So now that we’ve ushwith a smattering of ered out the old year CNN, regular viewing of and welcomed the new ABC’s Nightline, and anywith the thought that thing that Lisa Ling re2011 just has to be better ports on for National Gethan 2010, everyone is ographic and Discovery considering their resoChannel, because she is lutions in earnest. one of the most inHere are some trepid reporters in resolutions we sugL AVENDER T UBE TV journalism today gest for your list: and has risked her 1. Vow to read at life repeatedly to bring us news we least one book for every TV series you aren’t seeing. These news venues will watch regularly. It will help recreate the take you out of the insularity of most kind of balance that the digitalization American news and broaden your of America has eviscerated. Books reworld view. quire you to bring something to the 6. Watch some serious, difficult, mental table that even the most sophishave-to-pay-attention-to-it TV. Alas, ticated and engaging TV just cannot. Lost is over (the Best Series of 2010 and 2. Promise to stand and walk in any other year in which The Wire wasplace for a half-hour of every TVn’t on the tube), and some of the new watching period (unless you are home stellar series like The Whole Truth and in bed with the flu or its sickness The Event or last season’s FlashForward equivalent), preferably while holding got axed before they found their niche five-pound weights in each hand and audience, but Mad Men, Big Love, True swinging your arms as you “walk.” Blood, The Closer, Dexter, The Good A half-hour of walking in place is Wife, Fringe, V, BBC’s spectacular 1,800 steps, more if you do it more Being Human, the new breakout hits briskly – almost 20% of the 10,000 Walking Dead and Justified, all things steps required to actually lose weight Masterpiece on PBS, and some of the just from walking in the course of a shows debuting this season, notably day. Combining the pleasure of TV AMC’s The Killing, Fox’s The Chicago with the painful necessity of exercise is Code and MTV’s reprise of the British a win-win. And nothing is easier than queer/teen hit Skins are solid, serious, walking. You don’t need a fancy mamake-you-think shows in which charchine, just step, step, step. How better acters push and pull at moral and ethto heal your heart and enjoy a guilty ical boundaries in ways that can keep pleasure? Drinking a glass of ice water you pondering days later. first will make it even better. As we 7. Settle on some fun TV and laugh learned from Dr. Oz, the best doctor yourself silly. A bazillion studies have ever to grace the tube, drinking two taught us that laughter is the best medglasses of ice water several times a day icine for everything that ails us: stress, burns calories, because the body has to depression, a hard day at work, pain. heat the water. How easy is that? There are some very funny comedies 3. Resolve to watch only TV that is out there, and committing to one or worthy. You can choose one or two or two will not rot your brain but might even three guilty pleasures, but you just boost your endorphins. We reccan’t fill the board with Real Houseommend Modern Family, Big Bang wives, American Idol and The X Factor. Theory, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men And you must avoid all things Karand The Simpsons. These sitcoms are dashian. This doesn’t mean you are reconsistently funny and smart, MF has stricted to PBS, AMC and Bravo, but its own queer family, and The Simpsons it does mean you should consider how has some queer characters as well. many hours you could be doing someSure, in each of these shows there’s thing better for your body, soul and essome low-brow humor, but it’s balpecially mind than just watching unanced by the high-brow, reach-for-it mitigated crap. joke that makes you feel satisfied you 4. Resolve to tell anyone who sniffs “got it.” (Will we ever forget Maggie atthat they “don’t have time for TV” that tending the Ayn Rand School for Tots

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MUSIC

The 1960s are officially for sale by Gregg Shapiro he British invasion is far from over. Arriving a little more than a year after the comprehensive mono and stereo Beatles box sets are the remastered and repackaged reissues of the 1973 (vinyl)/1993 (CD) double-disc compilation sets 19621966 and 1967-1970 (Apple Corps/EMI), a.k.a. Red and Blue, respectively. Red features four mono and 22 stereo recordings of early Beatles hit singles, including “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Yesterday,” “Help!,” “Drive My Car,” “In My Life” and “Eleanor Rigby.” Representing the post-Sgt. Pepper era, Blue contains classics “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “A Day in the Life,” “I Am the Walrus,” “Hello, Goodbye,” “Hey Jude,” “Revolution,” “Get Back,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Come Together,” “Something,” “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road.” These collections are essential whether you are a Beatles completist or a casual listener. Judy Collins tapped into the Beatles for her newly reissued 1966 album In My Life (Collectors’ Choice Music). Her cover of the title tune is simply beautiful, and went on to become one of her signature tunes. She also covered Leonard Cohen (“Suzanne,” “Dress Rehearsal Rag”), Randy Newman (“I Think It’s Gonna

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Rain Today”), Bob Dylan (“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”) and Donovan (“Sunny Goode Street”), and expanded her palette, exhibiting a theatrical side with her rendition of the Brecht/Weill number “Pirate Jenny.” Guitar god Jimi Hendrix didn’t suffer the sophomore slump on his second album, late 1967’s Axis: Bold As Love (Experience Hendrix/Legacy). Instead, he deftly balanced blazing rockers such as “Spanish Castle Magic,” “You Got Me Floatin’,” “Little Miss Lover” and the title tune with mellower numbers that perfectly illustrated his broad musical range. Listen to the funky groove of “Up from the Skies,” the seductive pop of “Wait Until Tomorrow” and stunning, electrified ballads “Little Wing” and “Castles Made of Sand” as examples of Hendrix’s vast talents as a songwriter. The expanded reissue of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Axis: Bold As Love also includes a bonus DVD with a “making of ” mini-doc. Of course, you can’t talk about guitars and the 1960s without mentioning Wes Montgomery and Dick Dale. Like Hendrix, jazz guitar virtuoso Montgomery died young (age 43 in 1968), but not before recording some essential and classic albums. Originally released on Riverside, the CD reissue of Boss Guitar (OJC Remasters/Concord) includes Montgomery’s interpretations of “Days of

Wine and Roses,” “Canadian Sunset” and “Besame Mucho,” as well as swinging originals “The Trick Bag” and “Fried Pies.” The three-CD bonus tracks are takes on some of these tunes. Sadly, we’ll never know what else the gifted Montgomery was capable of doing. Still kicking at 73, surf guitar king Dick Dale’s legendary fretwork is celebrated on the aptly named Guitar Legend: The Very Best of Dick Dale (Shout Factory). In addition to

“Miserlou,” which Pulp Fiction fans will recognize instantly, the 16-track anthology includes Dale’s unique rendition of “Hava Nagila,” “Riders in the Sky,” “Let’s Go Trippin’,” “Pipeline” (his 1987 comeback recording, with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan), “Surf Beat” and, naturally, “King of the Surf Guitar.” For something completely different, but equally indicative of the 1960s, there is the expanded reissue of jazz pianist Bill Evans’ Waltz for

Debbie (OJC Remasters/Concord). Recorded live at the Village Vanguard nearly 50 years ago by Evans’ trio (including Paul Motian and the late Scott LaFaro), the recording still sounds innovative and timeless. The material, ranging from Evans’ original title cut and Miles Davis’ “Milestones” to musical-theater selections “Some Other Time” and “My Romance,” are all exquisitely and coolly rendered. As is “Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy),” one of five bonus tracks.▼

Sounds like the 1970s

like anything we’d seen before (although Blondie and Talking Heads hinted at their possibility). The expanded reissue of Devo’s debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (WB) arrived shortly before the reformed band released a disc of new material, played Lollapalooza and toured. Early Devo classics, including their insanely inspired revision of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and originals such as “Uncontrollable Urge,” “Mongoloid,” “Jocko Homo” and “Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy),” still sound inventive and distinctive. The 11 live bonus tracks were recorded in London in the Spring of 2009 at a special concert performance of the album. The 1970s weren’t especially kind to artists from earlier eras. Peggy Lee,

however, did her part to keep as current as she possibly could. She even had a hit single in 1969 with the song “Is That All There Is?” Her 1974 Atlantic Records release Let’s Love (reissued by Collectors’ Choice Music) not only features the title track, written and produced by Paul McCartney, but also an early Melissa Manchester composition (“He Is the One”) and songs by James Taylor (“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”) and the Stylistics (“You Make Me Feel Brand New”). To commemorate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday in October 2010, his entire solo catalog has been reissued by Capitol in remastered and repackaged editions with expanded liner notes. Beginning with the musical catharsis of 1970’s Plastic Ono Band (“Mother,”

“Love, God” and “Working Class Hero”), these recordings not only illustrate the differences between Lennon and his former bandmates, but also function as the ultimate declarations of independence. Each disc, including 1971’s Imagine (the timeless title tune, “Jealous Guy,” “Gimme Some Truth”), 1973’s Mind Games and 1975’s Walls and Bridges (with the Elton John collaboration “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”), serves as a reminder of Lennon’s indisputable contributions, and the great loss we suffered. White-bread pop star Donny Osmond’s career has lasted more than 40 years. The single disc Definitive Collection (Polydor/Ume) touches on the various phases, beginning with “One Bad Apple” and “Sweet & Innocent,” songs he recorded as part of

the singing group The Osmonds with his older brothers. It wasn’t long before Donny, like Michael Jackson, left his brothers behind for a solo career. Donny’s solo hits, including “Go Away Little Girl,” “Hey Girl,” “Puppy Love,” “Too Young” and “The Twelfth of Never,” are all featured here. Still not through, Donny teamed up with sister Marie for a string of wholesome hits such as “I’m Leaving It All Up to You,” “Morning Side of the Mountain” and the goofy “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll” (yeah, right). Osmond had one last bit of solo chart success in the 1980s with “Soldier of Love,” before embarking on the ultimate career revival as Joseph in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as heard in the song “Any Dream Will Do.” Judy Collins is approaching her 50th year as a recording artist. A pair of Collins’ 1970s Elektra albums, Whales & Nightingales and True Stories and Other Dreams (both on Collectors’ Choice Music), have been reissued on CD. Released in 1970 at the height of the Vietnam war, Whales begins on a political folk bent with Joan Baez’s “Song for David,” Jacques Brel’s “Sons of” and Dominic Behan’s “The Patriot Game.” The Bob Dylan cover “Time Passes Slowly” is one of the least political songs on the disc, as is the Collins original “Nightingale I.” 1973’s True Stories opens with the sweet Valerie Carter number “Cook with Honey,” and is followed by several of Collins’ own compositions, including “Song for Martin.” Her reading of Stephen Stills’ “So Begins the Task” is also a pleasure.▼

vator extraordinaire Carson Kressley, and the lesbian leader of all things financial, Suze Orman. No one has ever done what Oprah is doing, so all eyes in the industry are watching. But it’s hard to imagine that the woman who made Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina a bestseller by having her book club read it could possibly fail. And Oprah’s devotion to people living their best lives means we will all continue to glean tidbits from her experience. 10. Demand better and more in-

clusive TV from its purveyors. For example, to date there is only one queer character on CBS prime time, The Good Wife’s bisexual Kalinda. CBS has the CSI, NCIS and Criminal Minds franchises, a total of seven prime-time series, and not one has a queer character, despite the fact that they are all set in major urban metropolises. The same problem exists over at the NBC Law & Order franchises. (Go ahead and make Olivia queer already, please. It’s been 10 years, and

she’s never met the right man once.) Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family should not be the only network franchise series with regular lead queer characters. Shows that have been on the tube for more than a few years risk nothing by adding queer characters to their casts. Rather, they broaden perspective within the context of their programs and add a subtext to overall plotting that is almost always a compelling addition. (Note the queer storyline last season on Big

Love. No one expects queers in a polygamous culture.) For years, there were no people of color on the tube, but then racial and ethnic minorities demanded inclusion, and got it. It’s past time the queer community got full representation somewhere other than The Jerry Springer Show. So don’t shrug and be complacent about the dearth of queer characters on the tube. Demand more. 11. Happy New Year, and stay tuned.▼

by Gregg Shapiro rriving at the beginning of the decade, Miles Davis’ 1970 masterwork Bitches Brew (Columbia/Legacy) was poised to make an impact, and it did. Studio wizardry aside, it’s the musicianship of Davis and the assembled players including Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Jack DeJohnette that makes this such a groundbreaking recording. The 40th anniversary deluxe Legacy edition consists of two CDs (the original double LP, plus bonus material) and a DVD containing a Nov. 1969 concert filmed in Copenhagen. Setting the standard as it did, and paving the way for jazz fusion, Bitches Brew is bitchin’. David Bowie sings about “the return of the thin white duke” on the near-epic, funky, clickety-clackety, transporting title track to Station to Station (Capitol/EMI), newly reissued in an expanded (almost 35th anniversary) edition. The disco influence of the title cut is replayed in “Golden Years” as well as on the soulful “Stay,” unofficially qualifying Bowie as the ultimate detached disco diva. But don‘t dismiss the drama, there’s plenty to be found on “Word on a Wing,” “Wild Is the Wind” and “TVC15.” The reissue includes a double-disc concert set recorded at the Nassau Coliseum in March, 1976. Looking back, there’s probably nothing that could have predicted the arrival of Akron, Ohio’s Devo in 1978. One of the first new wave bands on any shore, Devo were un-

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hunger. Oprah debuted her new network, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), at Noon on New Year’s Day. The network is devoted to all the things Oprah has built over the years, and will feature many of her “finds,” from Rachel Ray, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz to renowned sex-therapist Dr. Laura Berman, queer fashionista and inno-


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Boxing study by photographer Eadweard Muybridge, coming to SFMOMA.

Gouache from “Life or Theatre” by Charlotte Salomon (1940-42, Villefranche, France), collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, part of Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theater?, coming to CJM.

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Life? or Theater?, about a young Berlin artist who produced over 800 paintings in a creative frenzy before she was arrested and murdered at Auschwitz at age 26 (March 31-July 31); Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories illuminates Stein’s personal life, her writings and her pivotal role in the art world (May 12-Sept. 6); and an exhibition on an audacious showman who achieved mythic status. Houdini: Art and Magic features tools of the escape artist’s trade, including his straitjacket, handcuffs and milk can, things no magic man should be without (Sept. 20- Jan. 16, 2012). MOAD: Uniting two of the most popular artistic forms in African American culture, Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition brings together 64 quilts and jazz (Jan. 27April 24). de Young Museum: Last year’s Impressionism double-header is a hard act to follow, but the de Young has several tantalizing shows up its sleeve, such as Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, with over 100 objects by America’s oldest civilization, heretofore best-known for creating those enigmatic colossal heads carved from giant boulders discovered in the mid-19th century (Feb.19-May 8); Balenciaga and Spain looks at the impact of Spanish history, culture and tradition on haute couture designer Cristobal Balenciaga, of luxury handbag fame. Nearly 120 nifty high-fashion ensembles will be displayed (March 26-July 4). Once again, one institution’s temporary closure is San Francisco’s gain. Arriving this summer: Picasso from Musee National Picasso, Paris, a thrilling exhibition of over 100 masterpieces by an undisputed giant of modern art, from every phase of his career (June 11-Sept. 25). And let’s not forget the event of the spring, the stunning Bouquets to Art, where floral designers respond to works in the muse-

um’s collection (March 15-19). Legion of Honor is mounting what appears to be another knockout costuming exhibition, Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. Like some ancient wizard out of a fairy tale conjuring in her magic workshop, the Belgian artist manipulates and paints paper, transforming otherwise mundane materials into elaborate trompe l’oeil gowns inspired by early European painting, Renaissance finery worthy of the Medicis, fashion deities Dior and Chanel, and splendid royal attire worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette (Feb. 5-June 5). SFMOMA continues its parade of stellar photography exhibitions with Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change, the first retrospective to chart the career of one of the medium’s formative and most inventive early practitioners. It assembles 300 objects, including his animal locomotion studies and experiments in moving pictures (Feb. 26-June 7). Easily one of the most fascinating American expatriates living in Paris (or anywhere else) during the early 20th century, the eminently quotable Gertrude Stein was an avid art collector and a prescient one, presiding over an elite salon and purchasing works initially shunned by critics and the Academy that are now considered masterpieces. The role she and her family played both as patrons of the arts and in shaping aesthetic taste is the focus of The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Among the 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, archival materials and illustrated books are 60 works by Matisse, 40 by Picasso, along with pieces by Picabia, Cezanne and Bonnard (May 21-Sept. 6); a lesser-known oeuvre of the titanic artist bestknown for forging monumental sculptures is explored in Richard Serra: Drawing in Retrospect (Oct.15Jan. 17, 2012). San Jose Museum of Art: Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe,

who aspired to be a successful artist from when he was in his early 20s, courted controversy, achieving fame, no small amount of notoriety and the undying enmity of the Catholic Church for his homo-erotically charged imagery, before his death at age 42, in 1989, from AIDS. Tame he was not. In Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits, he captures the vanished New York cultural scene of the late 1970s and 80s through pictures of artists, actors, dealers, writers and musicians like soulmate Patti Smith (Jan. 29-June 5); Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India, a survey dating from 1947, when India gained independence from British Colonial rule, opens at the end of February (Feb. 25-Sept. 4). Cantor Center for the Arts: Two concurrent photography shows, In a New York Minute: Photographs by Helen Levitt and Paths through the Global City: Photographs by Leo Rubinfien, run Feb. 2-May 1. Berkeley Art Museum: Although Eve Hesse’s brilliant career was cut short by a fatal brain tumor at the age of 34, she left behind a small but intense body of work haunted by terminal illness, frustration with the New York art world, and her childhood escape from Nazi Germany. Her fragile, waif-like polyester and resin structures are suffused with power and mystery. Eve Hesse; Studiowork presents small-scale, experimental sculptures, including papier mache creations never exhibited before (Jan. 26-April 10). Down the road, Create highlights three local centers for adult artists with disabilities (May 11-Sept 25); and Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage, emphasizing the relationship between collage and painting, provides an overview of work by the German artist, and a recreation of Merzbau, his monumental, walk-in architectural construction made of found materials; the original was destroyed in a WWII bombing raid (Aug. 3Nov. 27).▼

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OUT&ABOUT Sat 8 >>

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Alfred Hitchcock Films @ Castro Theatre

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

Mini-fest of a dozen rarely screened mysteries, thrillers and comedies from the master. Jan 8, The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps Jan 9, Rope and I Confess. Jan 10, Torn Curtain and Stage Fright. Jan 11, The Trouble With Harry and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Jan 12, Lifeboat and The Wrong Man. Jan 13, Frenzy and Family Plot. $10. Check website or call for times. 429 Castro St. 621-6120. www.castrotheatre.com

Coraline @ SF Playhouse

Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions, Saturday

Cough Music

by Jim Provenzano

ince it’s a new year, with resolutions and all that, it seems timely to share a column – yes, an actual self-absorbed, opinionated rant – about going to the theatre. Having been a well-behaved theatre-goer since about age five, it seems timely to share my thoughts, and defend our right to a well-mannered theatrical experience. Going out to see live shows should be fun. The theatrical arts are meant to stimulate us. And undoubtedly, the vast majority of you dear readers know how to behave in a theatre, and how not to behave. Unfortunately, we increasingly encounter those who, in the words of my dearly departed Aunt Minnie, “ain’t got no couth.” Cinemas are mostly a lost cause, excepting movies that are artsy, in small venues like the Roxie, Embarcadero or Kabuki, and well after opening days. I would say The Metreon displeases me due to the number of shouting, yakking, texting patrons having been shot by guards and police. Upon second thought, perhaps the guards ought to become more aggressive. Why? Several recent theatrical events at popular venues have been tarnished by a bevy of idiotic behaviors, which you are thoroughly encouraged to protest and prevent. The minor offenders are: Cough Music – the increasing wave of “ahem”s emitted during a particularly quiet or un-thrilling phase in a show. It seems to spread from one patron to another until the venue acoustically resembles a tuberculosis ward. This most often happens at dance concerts where the music resembles, or is, a John Cage score (in which case the coughing becomes a part of the score). Here’s the thing, people. Unless you’re about to get up onstage and speak, or be even more rude and expectorate on the theatre floor, you don’t need to cough. Deal with your phlegm silently, and in advance, and without those preposterous candy wrappers. Toe-Tappers – Hey, bub, guess what? The drummer onstage has rhythm. You don’t. Grooving along is fine, but contain yourself. And get your hand off my knee. Bridge of Sighs – common at modern dance concerts in moments of quiet; verbally empathetic artsy types feel the need to audibly coo and purr appreciation from the audience. Thanks, dear, But the choreographer already chose the accompaniment, and it’s not Pet Sounds. Cellaholics – Unless you’re a cardiologist on call, just leave it at home or in the car. Seriously; nothing happening in the world outside the theatre is more important. If you can’t suspend that disbelief, don’t enter the theatre in the first place. But the worst offenders of all, of course, are the Talkers. This isn’t about the occasional whisper to a friend. The problem is the increasing epidemic of completely self-absorbed blabbing aloud morons. The Talkers bring their living rooms with them wherever they go. If it’s a film, a dance concert, or any show where actual people aren’t talking –even, oftimes, live dramas– the uncouth and the narcissistic consider their opinions and ongoing narrative to be superior to any other taking place in the room. They’re not. And this is not a proposal to constrict behavior, such as hearty laughter, applause or even some good-natured cheering for an outstanding performance. No, this is about the arrogantly rude patrons who simply won’t shut up. Should you encounter such oafs, ask them to be quiet. Do it quickly. Do it firmly. Don’t do it twice. Resist the urge to lightly smack the blabbermouth in front of you. That’s when professional help should be recruited. We must not cower to their arrogance. We Lost in Japan, Thursday must, as arts lovers, band together with a collective “shush” and let all patrons enjoy the performance. Shut up for Shakespeare. Shut up for Paul Taylor. Just shut up. As we enter a new year, a new decade, and hopefully, a new way of life, you are encouraged to patronize the performing arts, and encourage polite theatre-going behavior wherever you go. ▼

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Musical stage version of the story and animated film about a girl whose family changes in an alternate reality; extended thru Jan. 15. $30-$40. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Some 7pm weeknights. 533 Sutter St. 677-9597. www.sfplayhouse.org

Dirty Little Showtunes @ New Conservatory Theatre Tom Orr’s wicked and wacky musical revue of campy parody songs includes six special guest performers. $24-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 16. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Forever Tango @ Marines’ Memorial Theatre Luis Bravo’s dance show stars local instructor (and Dancing With the Stars pro) Cheryl Burke, with 12 dancers, a live band, and hot tango dancing. $55-$100. Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Also Wed, Sat, Sun at 2pm. Thru Jan. 9. 609 Sutter St. 2nd floor. 771-6900. www.marinesmemorialtheatre.com

Ghetto Disco @ The Endup DJs Hawthorne, Wayne G., James Torries and Cuervo spin tunes for the new decade. Free before 0pm. $10-$20. Open til 6am. 6th St. at Harrison. www.theendup.com

Hayes Valley Show @ Marlena’s Galilea’s weekly drag show starts off your weekend with Kitty Glamore, Saybaline, Melenie, Sofonda boyz, Emma Peel, Ella Gant, and Ana Mae Cox. No cover. 9:30pm. 488 Hayes St. at Octavia. www.marlenasbarsf.com

The Lion in Winter @ Actors Theatre Local production of James Goldman’s intriguing play about 1183-era English royalty. $26-$38. Wed-Sat 8pm. Extended thru Jan 15. 855 Bush St. at Taylor. 345-1287. www.actorstheatresf.org

Lost in Yonkers @ Jewish Community Center Neil Simon’s comic coming-of-age play is performed by the Jewish Theatre of San Francisco. $20-$39. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru Jan. 16. Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St. 292-1233. www.jccsf.org/arts

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

The Phenomenauts @ Rickshaw Stop Space-surf android rockers perform. Also, Tornado Rider and Manzanita. $12. 8pm. All ages. 155 Fell St. www.rickshawstop.com

Siddhartha, The Bright Path @ The Marsh Revival of the uplifting popular 2007 Youth Theatre adaptation of the story of the Indian prince and his journey to become the Buddha, with Indian Bollywood dances, music and scenery. $10-$50. Mon-Sun 3pm. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Thru Jan. 9. 1074 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006. www.themarsh.org

Some Thing @ The Stud Dragtastic show hosted by Glamamore, and a New Year’s party, and DJs Juanita More, Sidekick and Stanley Frank. $10. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.studsf.com

The Three Degress @ The Rrazz Room Classic soul and R&B band (“TSOP” aka the Soul Train theme song, “When Will I See You Again?”) perform their hits. $40. Thru Jan. 8, 8pm. Also Jan 9, 7pm. 8pm. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

Curious George Saves the Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Fascinating exhibit of 80 drawings by Margret and H.A. Rey, cocreators of the impish monkey books, and how their daring escape from the Nazis in Europe was aided by their drawings. Also, Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker and Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations (both thru March). Thu-Tue 11am-5pm. Thu 1pm8pm. 736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7800. Thru March 13. www.thecjm.org

Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Four days of acts in audition by more than 130 (nearly every) ethnic dance company in Northern California. $10 per day (kids under 12 free; in-out privs). 10am-6pm. Also Jan 9 10am-7pm; Jan 15 10am7:30pm; Jan 16 10am-7pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley campus. 474-3914. www.worldartswest.org

Japanesque @ Legion of Honor Exhibit of Japanese prints from 1700-1900, and its relationship to Impressionism. Thru Jan. 9. $6-$10. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 100 34th Av. at Clement, Lincoln Park. www.legionofhonor.org

Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead @ Berkeley Rep Strangely amusing musical comedy based on the author’s orchestral narrative work; starring Geoff Hoyle and 100 puppets; developed by Phantom Limb Company; music by Nathaniel Stookey; directed by Tony Taccone. $14.50-$73. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru Jan. 16. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Perverts Put Out @ Center for Sex & Culture Greta Christina, Gina DeVries, horehound stillpoint, Kirk Read, Lady Monster, Philip Huang, Sherilyn Connelly, Hew Wolff, and host Simon Sheppard read smut for the smart. $10-$15. 7:30pm. 1519 Mission St. www.simonsheppard.com www.sexandculture.org

SF Hiking Club @ Crystal Springs Join GLBT hikers for an 8-mile walk along paved Crystal Springs Trail to the reservoir. Bring water, lunch, hat, layers, good walking shoes. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, 9am. (650) 615-0151. www.sfhiking.com

Harmon Leon at Kung Pao Kosher comedy, Monday

Vintage Paper Fair @ Hall of Flowers Shop from dozens of sellers’ collectiosn of old postcards, pinups, prints, photos and more. 10am-6pm. Also Jan. 9, 10am-4pm. County Fair Bldg., 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park. www.vintagepaperfair.com

Sun 9 >> Art/Object @ Museum of the African Diaspora Exhibit of masks, costumes, sculptures and objects from ancient Africa, which shows how they’re used in rituals and contemporary settings. Thru Jan. 16, 2011. 685 Mission St. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

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

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

Design & Wine 1976 to Now @ SF MOMA Exhibit of the rich culture of wine, with historical artifacts, art, installations designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro. Special contests with prizes, including hotel stays in Napa, SF and Sonoma. 151 3rd St. www.sfmoma.org

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

Ice Skating @ Union Square Rink Celebrate the post-holidays (or exhaust visiting relatives) at the retail center of town, with a round of ice skating. $4.50-$9. 10am-10pm. Powell St. at Geary. Thru Jan. 17. www.unionsquareicerink.com

Judy Butterfield @ The Rrazz Room Young cabaret singer performs classics by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. $35 (special 18and-under $17.50) 3pm. Also Jan. 10, 8pm. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

Kvetch @ Eros Queer open mic with Kirk Read, Logan Knight and Rose Tully. $3-$5. 8pm. 2051 Market St. www.erossf.com

Photo Show @ Good Vibrations A Penis Show, Friday

Exhibit of works by photographers Rink Foto and Kija Lucas and painter Sholeh Asgary. Thru Jan. 20. 1620 Polk St. at Sacramento. 345-0400. www.goodvibes.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 Country-western dancing for the LGBT community and friends two night a week, every Sunday and Thursday. $5-$8. 21+. Sundays 5pm-10:30pm, lessons 5:30–7:15pm. Thursdays 6:30–10:30pm, lessons 7pm8pm. 550 Barneveld Ave., near Bayshore and Industrial. www.sundancesaloon.org

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

Swing-out Sundays @ Rock-it Room Slim Jenkins and other bands play weekly for your same- and opposite-sex swing dancing pleasure. $5 includes a lesson. 8pm11pm. 406 Clement St. www.SwingChampionships.com


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Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29

Mike Daisey @ Berkeley Rep

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

Master storyteller tells tall tales The Last Cargo Cult (natives who worship shipments from overseas) and The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (computer guru’s precarious trip to China). Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. $15-$73. Thru Feb. 27. 2025 Addison St. (510) 6472949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond @ de Young Museum

Roger Arvid Anderson, Wednesday

Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, the second of two exhibitions from the Paris museum’s permanent collection, thru Jan. 18. Also, Developed and Undeveloped: Photographic Landscapes, thru March 6. $10-$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am5:15pm. Thru Jan. 18, 2011. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, www.famsf.org

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

Mon 10 >> Jeremy Novy @ LGBT Center Exhibit of gay street art stencils by the local artist. Thru Jan. 18. 1800 Market St. www.sfcenter.org

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy @ El Rio Ray Ferrer, Maureen Langan, Harmon Leon (columnist, author of The Infiltrator: My Undercover Exploits in Right Wing America) Candy Churilla and Lisa Geduldig perform multicultural comedy that doesn’t insult (most) people, but is still hilarious. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission st. at Precita. (800) 838-3006. www.elriosf.com

Reinforcing Stereotypes @ Yoshi’s Comics Frankie Quinoes, Emily Heller, Yayne Abeba and Ronn Vigh tell jokes about their own ethnicity, race and sexual orentation. Not for the sensitive! $15. 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. at Eddy.

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

Tue 11 >> Blue Room Comedy @ Club 93 Weekly adults-only jokes at the divey small bar; David Hawkins hosts. 10pm. 93 9th St. at Mission.

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

Martha Reeves @ The Rrazz Room Motown great performs R&B, jazz and blues classics. $40-$45. 8pm thru Jan. 15. Also Jan 16, 7pm. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 3803095. www.therrazzroom.com

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

Michael Ajerman @ Toomey Tourell Fine Art Exhibit of works by the painter of lush dreamlike scenes. 5:30-7:30pm. thru Jan. 31. 49 Geary St. , 4th floor. www.toomeytourell.com

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

Wed 12 >> A-List Martini Nights @ Various Bars Antoine Delaitre’s roving weekly cocktail events for gay men and their pals, held at different stylish venues. Sign up for email updates. www.sfalist.com

Angels in America at 20 @ Museum of Performance & Design Exhibit documenting the award-winning Tony Kushner drama, with an array of original costumes, props, manuscripts, video clips, photos, designs and audio interviews. Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Mar. 26. 401 Van Ness Ave. 255-4800. www.mpdsf.org

AWARD Show @ ODC Theater Dance showcase and competition, with the audience voting on awards of up to $10,000. Jan. 12, 8pm: works by Manuelito Biag, Liss Fain, Katie Faulkner and Catherine Galasso. Jan. 13, 8pm, works by Scott Wells, Stacey Printz, Pearl Marill and Kara Davis. Jan. 14, 8pm, works by Alex Ketley, Jacinta Vlach, Dominic Duong and Jodie Lomask. Jan 15, 8pm, all finalists from previous nights performs. $20. 3153 17th St. 863-9834. www.ocdtheater.org

Badly Happy @ Performance Art Institute Pain, Pleasure, and Panic in Recent Romanian Art, a group exhibit representing a generation which struggles to make sense out of the rapidly changing post-communist world. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Jan. 8, 2011. 575 Sutter St. 501-0575. www.theperformanceartinstitute.org

Clue @ Boxcar Playhouse Boxcar Theatre’s stage adaptation of the dark comedy murder mystery film based on the classic board game. $10-$25. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat 7p, & 10pm. thru Feb. 5. 505 Natoma St. at 6th.

Galeria 4.0 @ Galeria de la Raza 40th anniversary exhibit, with Latino/Chicano works spanning four decades. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm (Tue 1pm-7pm) thru Jan. 29, 2011. 2857 24th St. www.galeriadelaraza.org

New Year’s Sex Resolutions @ Good Vibrations Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen discusses adding sexy spice to your love life. Singles, couples, LGBT or straight welcome. 6:30pm. 603 Valencia St. at 17th. 5225460. www.events.goodvibes.com

Numina Press Night @ Rickshaw Stop Gay and straight authors read from their works as part of a new literary press collective, including Kemble Scott (The Sower, SoMa), Joe Quirk (It’s Not You, It’s Biology: The Science of Love, Sex and Relationships) Tamim Ansary (West of Kabul, East of New York), James warner, Ransom Stephens and Jed Diamond. All ages. Tickets at the door. 155 Fell St. www.rickshawstop.com

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

Roger Arvid Anderson, Bill Bowers @ Steven Wolk Fine Arts See rare Cockettes-era photos, collages and costumes by the two veteran gay artists. Thru Jan. 29. 2747 19th St. A. 263-3677. www.stevenwolffinearts.com

Thu 13 >> It’s all a Blur @ SOMArts Cultural Center Exhibit of works by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat. Exhibit Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Jan. 28. 934 Brannan St. at 8th. www.somarts.org

Jess Curtis/Gravity @ YBCA Local dance company performs site-specific dances in advance of their full concerts in February. 4pm-8pm thru Jan. 15. Several visual art exhibits, too: Nina Bier: Agents of Change (thru Jan. 23) and Lauren DiCioccio: Remember the Times (thru Mar. 27), ongoing Middle East videos and more.$5$7. Thu-Sat 12pm-8pm. Sun 12pm-6pm. Free first Thursdays. 701 Mission St. at 3rd. www.ybca.org

Larry-bob Roberts @ Books Inc. Author of the acclaimed The International Homosexual Conspiracy, musician and zinester emeritus reads and chats. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

Lost in Japan @ YBCA Mini-fest of the existential comedies of Yuya Ishii. First, Sawako Decides (7:30pm and Jan. 15, 1pm). To Walk Beside You, Jan. 14, 7:30pm, Jan 15, 4pm. $6-$8 (includes gallery admission). 701 Mission St. www.ybca.org

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

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum Grand opening of the new exhibit from the GLBT Historical Society, with a wide array of rare historic items on display. Free. 7pm9pm. Reg, hours: Free for members-$5. Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Martha Reeves, Tuesday

Yoga Journal Conference @ Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Large-scale four-day conference with panels, workshops, shopping, celebrity authors, live music, and of course, yoga products and classes. $29-$99. Thru Jan. 17. www.yjevents.com/sf/

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

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Coming up in leather & kink >> Thu., Jan. 6: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom), 10 p.m. Wet undie contest and drink specials. Go to www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Sun., Jan. 9: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: www.castrobear.com.

Thu., Jan. 6: Edges Wet Munch at Renegades Bar (501 W. Taylor St., San Jose). 7 p.m. Happy hour for the sex-positive and alternative communities, 4-7 p.m. Go to: www.edges.biz or www.renegadesbar.com.

Sun., Jan 9: SF Men’s Spanking Party at The Power Exchange (220 Jones St). This is a male-only event. You must be 18+ with valid ID. 1-6 p.m. Go to: http://www.voy.com/201188/.

Thu, Jan. 6: EduKink – Beginners’ Dungeon Class with Angela and Iain at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). Doors open at 7 p.m., program from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free admission, suggested donation of $10-$20. Go to: edukink.tribe.net or www.sfcitadel.org.

Sun., Jan. 9: PoHo Sundays at The Powerhouse. DJ Keith, Dollar Drafts all day. Go to: www.powerhousesf.com.

Fri., Jan. 7: Jockstraps at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). Go-Go Studs at 10:30 p.m. Free clothes check. DJ Sam, bootblack on duty. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Fri., Jan. 7: Urge – San Francisco’s only play party for guys under 40, at the SF Citadel. Party starts at 8 p.m. goes until 1 a.m. Admission: $25. Membership required! One-year membership is available at the door for only $10. For work exchange (a volunteer shifts earns you free entry, but still requires membership), contact urge@sfcitadel.org or go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Sat., Jan. 8: Back Bar Action at The Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.) Back patio and bar opened to all gear/fetish/leather. 10 p.m. to close. Go to: www.sfeagle.com. Sat., Jan. 8: Open Play Party at the SF Citadel. 8 p.m.1 a.m. $25 per person. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Sat., Jan. 8: Bearracuda Underwear Night at Club 8 (1151 Folsom) featuring DJ Craig Gabler. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $8 cover, $6 before 10 p.m., 2 for 1 drinks before 10 p.m. Go to: www.bearracuda.com. Sat., Jan. 8: Hell Hole Fisting Party. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Door closes at Midnight. $25 admission. Free clothes check. For an invitation, visit: www.HellHoleSF.com. Sat., Jan. 8: Boot Lickin’ at The Powerhouse, 10 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com. Sat., Jan. 8: Military at Chaps Bar. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines – Dog-tags & Camos! DJ Jim, plus go-go studs at 10:30 p.m. Lots of drink specials. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com.

Mon., Jan. 10: Cheap Ass Happy Hour at Chaps Bar. Mon.-Thu., 6-9 p.m.; plus Fri. and Sat., 4-9 p.m. Lots of drink specials. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Tue., Jan. 11: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30-8 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Tue., Jan. 11: Ink & Metal followed by Nasty at The Powerhouse. 9 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com. Tue., Jan. 11: Skins N Punks at Chaps Bar. Drink specials. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Tue., Jan. 11: The Crooked Path: Carving Out Your Niche in the BDSM communities at the SF Citadel. This is a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Steve Ward. $20 admission. 8-10 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Wed., Jan. 12: Golden Shower Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison). It’s all about the yellow hankie! Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Play til late. Go to: www.blowbuddies.com. Wed., Jan. 12: Nipple Play at the Powerhouse (Dore & Folsom), 10 p.m. Go to www.powerhouse-sf.com. Wed., Jan. 12: Busted! at Chaps Bar. This week’s edition: Fisting hosted by Hell Hole. Greasy fun starts at 9 p.m. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com or www.HellHoleSF.com. Wed., Jan. 12: SoMa’s Men’s Club. Every Wed., the SoMa Clubs (Chaps, Powerhouse, Truck, Lone Star, Hole in the Wall, The Eagle) have specials for those who wear the Men’s Club dogtags. Submit listings to: leather@ebar.com.


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On the Town an eclectic assortment of guests. This house predates the 1906 earthquake, and boasts spacious rooms, enormous windows, and beautiful original detailing throughout. We caught up with Jerome Goldstein & Tommy Taylor, Dan Joraanstad & Bob Hermann, Keith Perry, Michael Loftis, and Eric Nickel. From there we headed to the annual Soul Food New Year’s Day celebration at the spacious home of Supervisor Bevan Dufty. The food was incredible, the drinks were generous, and the diversity of the guests was proof of the wide swath of support he has developed during his years of public service. The broiling local political scene was on everyone’s lips, including guests State Assemblyperson Fiona Ma, City Treasurer Jose Cisneros, Rebecca Goldfader, Leslie Katz, Tom Horn, Alex Randolph, Bevin Shamel, Dan Glazer, Bill

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Donna Sachet enjoys the scenery at the End Up on New Year’s Eve.

Hemenger & Franke Lambetecchio, and Audrey Joseph. Our final daytime stop was at the home of Don Ho Tse, spilling over with friends from the Imperial Court, the Ducal

Court, the leather community, and other service organizations. This host and his friend Brian Hrycho can certainly cook, as demonstrated by an abundance of hot and cold food, quickly snapped up by appreciative eaters, including Carlos Medal, Patrick Noonan, Mark Paladini, and Hector Crawford & Ralph Hibbs. As we gazed out at the sweeping view of San Francisco, we were filled with hope for an incredible 2011! So we’re off to a year full of activities, bound to include something for every reader of this column. Although January is not typically the busiest month of events, this is the time to revisit your personal schedule and commitments. Are you a slave to your schedule, trudging from event to event without real interest, or are you picking events that really appeal to you, consciously choosing your level of involvement, and best using your talents, energy, and creativity? Our LGBT community needs you. Step forward. Get involved!▼

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Journey into winter’s heart by Tim Pfaff hat with winter travel having been the top of the news for weeks, it’s fitting that a fine new recording of Schubert’s Winterreise (Linn) (from the UK, no less) should appear. After the proverbial “heavy weather” Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis made of Schubert’s greatest song cycle earlier this year (Harmonia Mundi), to raves from the obedient British press, bass-baritone Peter Harvey and fortepianist Gary Cooper, fellow Brits to be sure, have arrived to clear the air. Like Padmore and Lewis, they have returned to original sources with the express wish of making music something like Schubert himself would have heard. Besides enlisting a Paul Winston copy of an 1832 Brodmann fortepiano – from the very decade in which Winterreise was composed – they’ve turned to a more historically sensitive performing style. Harvey, whose own translations of the 24 Wilhelm Mueller poems are used in the booklet, also provides a deeply insightful essay about the work and the pair’s artistic intentions in performing it as they do. And to top it all off, Linn, which deservedly just won Gramophone’s Label of the Year Award, presents the results in jawdroppingly good, bell-clear sound. If it did nothing more than show

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up the Padmore-Lewis – with its attention-seeking, harmony-grinding “Der Leiermann” at the end – for the hoax it is, it would be welcome. But it does something far more subtle and involving by moving through the music with integrity, devoid of such sensationalism. The music has rarely been laid out this plainly, its famous bareness the easier to appreciate. Theirs is a cycle that – from what seems dangerously like tinkling in the keyboard and preciousness in the delivery of the strophes of “Gute Nacht” – sneaks up on you. If only the music-making had the derring-do of all the thought that went into it. In songs like “Der stuermische Morgen,” Cooper makes the kinds of noises that prove that the fortepiano is no wimp, and Harvey distills some fine emotions from the text. But instead of rising to a great musical partnership, Cooper is definitely riding shotgun – and Harvey, having rightly become a near-hero in the early-music set for his astounding singing throughout the John Eliot Gardiner Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, does little more than prove that he has the chops to sing a killer Winterreise, maybe next time. Pretty much you wait in vain for the hair on the back of your neck to stand up, as it really should in a Winterreise that

sounds like the one a reportedly shuddering Schubert played and sang for his friends when the ink had barely dried on the score. Padmore, sans Lewis, followed up their CD with performances of a staged, Schubert-Samuel Beckett Winterreise that left even his admirers scratching their heads. Fellow Brits Simon Keenlyside and Ian Bostridge – who have both taken part in staged performances of Winterreise otherwise unadulterated – have made persuasive cases for the cycle as an extension of the British theater tradition. And they have not been alone in the relatively recent enterprise of turning the cycle into a psychodrama: Mr. Everyman-Nobody Goes to Hell. But there’s a rea-

son the first names that spring to mind when you think of great Winterreise interpretations are those of native German speakers. That all sent me running back for another listen to the forgotten Winterreise of 2010, Harmonia Mundi’s “other” Winterreise, with German tenor Werner Guera and Austrian foretpianist Christoph Berner. Its only flaw is that someone, perhaps in the design department, sneaked the dreaded (and incorrect) article Die into the work’s title, though it doesn’t appear after the booklet’s

title page. And, in another demerit for the art department, the cover boasts a Caspar David Friedrich painting that, while topical enough for Winterreise, is notably lacking in dread or Sehnsucht. It hardly matters, since Guera and Berner supply the expression, abundantly yet with consummate taste. Theirs is a dynamic partnership start to finish, and there’s never a sense of point-making of any kind about their utterly absorbing performance. There’s a refreshing confidence, ease, and naturalness about their work (they’ve previously paired up for Schwanengesang), but not a casual, tossed-off note from either of them. Berner’s fortepiano, a Roenisch from 1872, is a vastly more colorful instrument than Cooper’s, but of course it’s the playing that matters, and Berner’s is as brimming with character as is Guera’s liquid tenor. You hear the menacing flapping of wings as the fateful crows make their first appearance, taking wing, in the opening of “Rueckblick” (“Backward Glance”), and Guera’s horror at the apparition is palpable in his almost contortionist rendering of the text. What this pair does as well as any since Britten-Pears is capture the shifts from naturalism to the supernatural that occur not only over the long arc of the cycle but within individual songs. They redefine aching beauty.▼

“Clamour” subtly lives up to its name. Shady Retreat (Paper Garden) is the third full-length disc by Peasant, a.k.a. Damien DeRose. You can hear a strong Elliott Smith influence on the disc, although it’s not so overpowering that Peasant sacrifices his own musical identity. Formerly of noise-poppers Test Icicles, Devonte Hynes morphed into Lightspeed Champion, releasing a disc under that moniker in 2007. Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You (Domino)

is Lightspeed Champion’s vastly better sophomore effort. Touching on a variety of musical styles over more than a dozen tracks, the disc, separated into four “sides” (complete with two musical “intermissions”), allows LC to dabble in his more theatrical side. There are retro elements at play on “I Don’t Want To Wake Up Alone” and the flirty “Mamie Van Doren,” while LC bares his pure pop soul on the shimmering “Middle of the Dark.” Aqualung’s 2005 domestic debut Strange & Beautiful introduced us to Matt Hale. Aqualung’s latest, Magnetic North (Verve Forecast), doesn’t veer too far off the map. Sparklehorse, the musical project of the late Mark Linkous, released a handful of acclaimed discs beginning in the mid-90s. Dedicated to both Linkous and the late Vic Chesnutt (who performs on the disc), the final, posthumously released Sparklehorse album Dark Night of the Soul (Capitol) is a collaboration with Danger Mouse (and other musicians) and David Lynch. As the title suggests, this is not a lighthearted listen, but it deserves to be heard. “Revenge” (The Flaming Lips), “Little Girl” (Julian Casablancas), “Daddy’s Gone” (Linkous), “Star Eyes (I Can’t Catch It)” (Lynch) and “The Man Who Played God” (Suzanne Vega) are particularly beguiling.▼

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A band by any other name hanks to Owl City (a.k.a. Adam Young), one-person musical units operating under a pseudonym are on the rise. In fact, you can hear the influence of Young on I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming (Sire/Decaydance) by The Ready Set (nee Jordan Witzigreuter). Not surprisingly, The Ready Set’s songs suffer from the same lack of variety and innovation as Owl City’s, providing further proof that the home computer and recording studio could turn out to be the downfall of popular culture and creativity. There’s something so insular about these types of “basement tapes” creations (see Lights’ disc The Listening) that it almost becomes a kind of exclusive club for electro nerds. One of the things that sets Becoming a Jackal (Domino) by Villagers (a.k.a. Conor J. O’Brien) apart from the disc by The Ready Set is that O’Brien had already logged time in a band (the short-lived The Immediate), so there was a foundation there from which he could pursue other musical avenues. What you get is a more varied and mature set of songs that rely less on technological trickery. That is clear throughout Becoming a Jackal. The league of assumed-name musicians is not an exclusively male association. Sea of Bees, for example, is ac-

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Rope (1948), Hitchcock’s first color film, was based on a play inspired by the notorious murder of Bobby Franks by gay University of Chicago students/lovers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. They hide their victim’s body in their apartment, then invite family and friends for a party, smug about having committed the “perfect crime.” Their sexuality is only suggested, but, in a unique casting coup, they are portrayed by the gay John Dall and the bisexual, gorgeous Farley Granger (who has been in a relationship with his male partner for decades). With James Stewart, giving

tually a queer woman named Julie Baenziger. Like St. Vincent and My Brightest Diamond, both aliases of female musicians, Sea of Bees has a distinctive sound that could potentially earn her a following through her album Songs for the Ravens (Crossbill). Check out the deceptively bare “Skinnybone,” the understated heat of “Fyre,” the sweetened rock of “Marmalade,” the dream pop of “Willis” and the sinister “Won’t Be Long.” Definitely one of the more gratifying debuts of 2010, the well-round-

a painfully straight performance, Cedric Hardwicke and lesbian Constance Collier. Shot in “real time” with long takes – a technique Hitchcock never repeated. In I Confess (53), gay Montgomery Clift is a priest who refuses to answer police questions about a murder because he learned of it during a confession. The cops think he’s the killer. With Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, and Brian Aherne. (1/9) Torn Curtain (1966) is a cold war

ed Ring (True Panther Sounds) by Glasser, the musical alias of Cameron Mesirow, never ceases to amaze. From the stomping rhythms and primal shouts of “Apply” to the hipshaking handclaps of “Home,” Glasser gives you every reason to go with the flow. The atmospheric “Plane Temp” sounds like the ideal soundtrack for stargazing, while the more grounded “Tremel” laps at the shore of our senses. Listening to the exotic “Treasure of We” feels like discovering a new country, and album closer

thriller set in a divided Berlin. Paul Newman portrays an American scientist who publicly defects to East Germany, leaving Julie Andrews to figure out what’s going on. Cleverly plotted, with plenty of surprises. In Stage Fright (50), Marlene Dietrich is elegant entertainer Charlotte Inwood, whose husband is murdered. Lover Johnny Cooper (Richard Greene) shields her from suspicion. Eve Gill (Jane Wyman), a RADA

drama student, thinks Johnny’s being framed. Michael Wilding is the investigating cop. Dame Sybil Thorndike and Alistair Sim are Eve’s eccentric parents. The bisexual Dietrich sings “La Vie en Rose” and Cole Porter’s “The Laziest Gal in Town.” Both became staples of her legendary cabaret act. When Eve, acting as her substitute dresser, wonders if a killer is hiding in the theatre, Charlotte cracks, “Don’t be silly, darling. The only murderer here is the orchestra leader.” Dietrich’s Charlotte is wonderfully vain, manipulative, and funny. The film doesn’t play fair, but it’s hugely entertaining. (1/10) Shirley MacLaine became a star in her screen debut, The Trouble with Harry (1955). No one knows

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