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No ENDA on agenda by Lisa Keen he Employment NonDiscrimination Act is not on the agenda for Senate floor action for the next few weeks, prior to the August 9 recess. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid Harry Reid (Nevada) said the Senate will take up work on as many as nine matters during the next month, but none of those are ENDA. The nine include the Defense authorization bill, which incorporates language aimed at repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; and the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. They also include Wall Street reform, energy (including oil


National AIDS strategy unveiled by Liz Highleyman

Rudy K. Lawidjaja

eal Bad XXII marketing chair Suzan Revah displays the poster, photographed by Michael Smith, for the dance party on September 26, to a full backyard during the sponsor kickoff party Sunday, July 11 in the Castro. The DJ for the popular party that closes out the Folsom Street Fair will be Atlanta-based Sean Mac, who was selected from nearly 20 applicants. This year the Real Bad beneficiaries are the National AIDS Memorial Grove, Maitri, Visual Aid, San Francisco Suicide Prevention, and Project Open Hand. Real Bad is produced by Grass Roots Gay Rights West. Last year’s sold out party raised $150,000, reaching a milestone of over $1 million donated to charity over the event’s history. For more information, visit

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resident Barack Obama released the first comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy for the United States on Tuesday, bringing to fruition a lengthy process that involved input from medical and social science experts, AIDS care and service providers, and people with HIV from across the country. “This is the first real national HIV/ AIDS strategy that the U.S. has ever had,” said Judith Auerbach President Barack Obama

Pentagon Castro project advances as survey on LGBT center seeks zoning change gay troops N blasted s soon as news hit last week that Pentagon officials distributed a 103-question survey to about 400,000 service members about their views on repealing the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” policy, critics weighed in, calling many of the questions biased. Servicemembers Legal Defense

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by Chuck Colbert

early two decades after an arsonist burned down a church in the heart of the Castro neighborhood a developer is near final approval to build a mixed-use housing and retail development on what has long been known as the “hole in the ground” site. As city agencies sign off on the project slated to replace the pit at 2299 Market Street, bounded by 16th and Noe streets, the LGBT Community Center is hopeful it will soon secure a zoning change that could usher in a roof-top bar and restaurant to the building located at 1800 Market Street. At its meeting July 22 the Planning Commission is set to vote on allowing center officials to turn an underutilized meeting space and outdoor patio into either an eatery or more office space. Center leaders have sought the zoning change as a way to snag a commercial tenant that would provide some financial security to the facility. The two projects are part of an expected re-

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A developer’s project for mixed housing and retail at the “hole in the ground” site on Market at 16th and Noe streets is near final approval from city agencies.


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Queer theater faces closure by Seth Hemmelgarn San Francisco performance space that’s hosted the popular Golden Girls drag shows, among other productions, could close by the end of the month after the fire department found problems there. “Tentatively, we are going to produce our last show at the end of July, but it’s not a guarantee,” said Dwayne Calizo, executive director of Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. He added, “The community’s really been supportive of keeping the movement alive.” According to San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Lieutenant Mindy Talmadge, Mama Calizo’s, located at 1519 Mission Street, received a violation because the floor on which it’s located needs to have two egress doors – essentially, emergency exits. Talmadge said it appears there are two theaters separated by a door, along with another occupant on the top floor. She said Calizo was operating both theaters at the same time, which put him over the 49-person maximum occupancy for which the space has a permit. Talmadge indicated that the problem is that since the floor is separated into different businesses, not everybody on the top floor would have access to the fire escape. The Center for Sex and Culture also has space in the building on the same floor, said Ernesto Sopprani, acting director of Mama Calizo’s. The inspection, the date of which Talmadge didn’t know, came after someone complained about the site, she said. According to theater staff, the inspection occurred this spring. She said Calizo was informed he would probably have to hire an architect to help make the space eligible for an assembly permit, which would allow for a capacity of more than 49 people. Calizo agreed to stop operating both theaters at the same time, and he wasn’t violated for that issue, said Talmadge. Calizo, who is 48 and identifies as queer, said the landlord, whom he declined to name, didn’t tell the theatre that it didn’t have a permit for 99 seats, which he assumed it had.


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Julie Phelps, Ernesto Sopprani, and Wolfgang Wachalovsky, who hope to revive a queer performance space, sit in a theater at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory that is being prepared for the final presentation in the facility.

Calizo has been on sabbatical since November, he said. Talmadge said in 1986, the space was occupied by the SF Band Foundation, which did receive a violation for the capacity issue. Its subsequent plans to obtain an assembly permit were approved, but the work was never completed and the application for the permit expired in 1991, according to Talmadge. Calizo took over the space about three years ago. It had housed the Jon Sims Center for the Performing Arts, an incubator for queer artists that closed due to financial problems. In a phone interview last week that took place before the Bay Area Reporter spoke with Talmadge, Calizo said he was negotiating with the landlord about renovating the space to bring it up to code. He said his plans are dependant on how much the landlord wants to cooperate. The building’s landlord could not be reached for comment. Calizo said that he’s not going to dissolve Mama Calizo’s. He said he’s tentatively looking at moving to the larger Theatre Artaud. A call to Z Space, which is housed in that theater, was not returned.

Other developments During Calizo’s sabbatical, there have been some other developments.

Sopprani is part of a project known as Theoffcenter. According to Sopprani, the project was born out of the people who have run Mama Calizo’s while Calizo has been “on leave.” Theoffcenter and Mama Calizo’s are separate entities, according to both Sopprani and Calizo. Sopprani wrote that “we are autonomous” and have been running all programming. He also said in his e-mail that the focus of the new project “will continue to be on working with new and up and coming queer performers/theater makers.” Sopprani wrote the current plan is to stage one more residency at 1519 Mission, Alicia Ohs’s When I Die I Will Be Dead. After that, wrote Sopprani, Theoffcenter plans to move from 1519 Mission “and stay mobile for a few month[s] still producing queer work at other venues.” Plans also include “two or three large scale fundraisers with the intention of gathering enough support to move into our new home by next January,” he wrote. It appears it hasn’t been easy in the time leading up to Calizo’s leave. Heklina, one of the stars of the Golden Girls, said, “I will just say that [Calizo] does not have any kind of managerial skills. He doesn’t know how to manage a space.” Among other problems, said Heklina, Calizo would double book space for rehearsals. The Golden Girls shows will move up Mission Street to CounterPulse, said Heklina. Jessica Robinson Love, that venue’s executive and artistic director, confirmed that. Asked about Calizo’s management abilities, Sopprani wrote, “Dwayne had his own system for running things, letting go of this was [a] difficult transition for all involved. Some frictions are to be expected, everyone stuck it out and we understood what was best for the initiative to continue.” Calizo hasn’t responded to phone messages since the interview last week. Jorge De Hoyos, who described himself as “a queer contemporary artist,” said he was drawn to Mama Calizo’s because it provided “the freedom for me to do what I want without feeling the need to please others.” His most recent project at Mama Calizo’s, in January, included his installation Leakage Study, where he leaked his body fluids for two hours. De Hoyos expressed confidence queer performers would continue to find places for their art, saying for example, performances have been taking place in people’s homes. “The community’s very strong right now,” he said. Carol Queen, co-founder and director of the Center for Sex and Culture, said she and others didn’t know yet if the center would be able to stay in the Mission Street building.▼

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Drop in hate crime numbers due to program cuts by Seth Hemmelgarn national anti-violence coalition released a report this week that shows declines in the reported number of hate crime victims and survivors, incidents and offenders in 2009. However, those reported drops since 2008 are likely due to many programs facing budget cuts and staff layoffs, rather than an actual decrease in violence, according to the report. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released “Hate Violence Against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communities in the United States in 2009” on Tuesday, July 13. The San Francisco-based Community United Against Violence is one of the member organizations that contributed to the report. The coalition works to address violence committed against the LGBTQ and HIVpositive communities. CUAV’s data appears to reflect what’s going on across the country. According to data CUAV listed in the report, there were 208 reported incidents in 2009, down from 274 the previous year. There were 129 survivors/victims last year, down from 274 in 2008; and 155 offenders in 2009, a steep drop from 791 in 2008, the data show. But CUAV has faced a funding shortfall in the last year, with the organization previously stating its bud-

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CUAV’s Maria Carolina Morales

get for 2009-2010 at around $650,000, down from about $950,000 in 2008. The agency, which adjusted to budget cutbacks and a new strategic plan by reconfiguring its staff and services, reduced a number of staff positions. In a conference call Tuesday announcing the report’s release, CUAV’s Maria Carolina Morales noted there continues to be “severe and persistent violence” against LGBTQ communities. She added people of color, transgender women, and others continue to be disproportionately targeted for violence.” Nationally, according to the report, 22 anti-LGBTQ murders were reported last year, representing a 30 percent decline from the peak year of 2008. That’s still the second-highest annual total of such incidents reported

in the country over a 10-year period, the report said. People of color accounted for 79 percent of the murder victims. Fifty percent of those murdered were transgender women, according to the report. Fifteen National Coalition of AntiViolence Programs member organizations collected data for the report. Another topic discussed Tuesday is the notion of increased LGBTQ visibility leading to more violence against the communities. According to the report, the highest monthly incident rate of antiLGBTQ violence was in October 2009, when President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. The legislation marked the first time that sexual orientation and gender identity were recognized as protected categories under federal law. The report makes several recommendations. One is to increase local, state, and federal funding for anti-violence work and maintain and enhance private donor support for community-led initiatives. Another recommendation is to enhance governmental and institutional support for researching and reporting anti-LGBTQ hate violence and include LGBTQ people in ongoing research. ▼ For full report, go to

Legal experts weigh benefits, risks of Prop 8 challenge by Matt Baume he tone was cautiously optimistic at a panel discussion held last week by the San Francisco Bar Association to discuss the federal court challenge to Proposition 8. Shannon Minter, legal director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, moderated the discussion with San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, Santa Clara University Professor Margaret Russell, and the Recorder federal court reporter Dan Levine. The panel discussed the recentlyconcluded arguments in the Prop 8 case, known as Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a constitutional challenge to California’s same-sex marriage ban. Chief District Court Judge Vaughn Walker is expected to issue his decision in the case any day now. With the Perry case, “I could not think of one thing that I would have wanted to go differently,” Minter said at the July 8 forum. The star legal team of Theodore Olson and David Boies argued the case on behalf of two same-sex couples who are not able to marry because of the passage of Prop 8. Panelists said that they admired the powerful testimony by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, the father of a lesbian daughter, and by Ryan Kendall, a survivor of so-called reparative therapy. In contrast, Russell said, many of the witnesses offered by the Prop 8 proponents either withdrew prior to testifying or lacked qualifications. “I wish there was a panel like this for the other side,” Russell joked, “because I would go to find out what they were thinking.” Although LGBT legal observers are now optimistic about the Perry case, many were initially critical of the decision by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to file the lawsuit. If

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Shannon Minter, Dan Levine, Margaret Russell, and Therese Stewart discussed recent federal court decisions and the Prop 8 trial at a forum last week.

the case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, which is likely, a ruling in favor of Prop 8 would do decisive and longlasting damage. The Perry case comes at a sensitive time, with numerous recent decisions in other relevant cases. In Doe v. Reed, the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 ruling last month denied anonymity to backers of marriage bans. “I didn’t know it was possible for me to agree with [Antonin] Scalia on anything,” joked Stewart, referring to the conservative justice, who sided with the majority in Doe. “Scalia argued that when you put a law on the ballot, you’re making law. ... You don’t then get to go and hide.” Although doctrinally different from Perry, another case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez featured a 54 split that, Russell said, “would be the 5-4 split that we would hope for.” In that case, the right of UC Hastings to enforce a non-discrimination policy was affirmed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and John Paul Stevens, who is likely to be replaced by Elena Kagan. But it was Gill v. Office of Person-

nel Management and a related case that inspired the greatest optimism for the panel. In those cases, a Nixonappointed judge in Boston ruled last week that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. If appealed by the Department of Justice, the cases could eventually be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. And there are still more significant precedents. According to Levine, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski is “very interested” in hearing Perry upon its appeal. Last year, Kozinski wrote a strongly-worded administrative decision affirming health benefits for spouses of same-sex federal workers. Levine suggested that Walker is already anticipating future appeals, noting that Walker asked why the state is in the marriage business at all. “It’s a libertarian argument,” Levine pointed out, one that is likely to interest Kennedy. Although the outcome of Perry – and its inevitable appeals – are far from clear, the panelists were all uniformly upbeat. “If you sit still all the time because there may be backlash,” said Stewart, “you’ll never move forward.”▼



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We lose if Whitman wins tilted far to the right in response to Poizner’s f Jerry Brown doesn’t stop the bleeding, it’s attack ads; now, however, she’s trying to appear not going to be a pretty picture for LGBTs more moderate. in November. Sure, Brown, the DemocratOne thing to remember: Whitman is no ic candidate for governor, has been down the moderate. campaign trail before – many times in fact. He served two terms as governor in the 1970sA rough year 1980s. He was elected mayor of Oakland for eight years. He’s now CaliforNationally, this is shaping up to be a nia’s attorney general. In other rough year for incumbents in general words, he’s run – and won – camand Democrats in particular. The reapaigns. But this year is different. son is partly historical: the president’s This year, he faces a formidable chalparty typically loses seats in the lenge from his Republican opponent, midterm elections. But voter angst over former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. What the soft economy, high unemployment, Whitman lacks in political experience government bailouts, the Gulf oil (heck, she didn’t even vote much spill, and the ongoing wars in Iraq before becoming a candidate) she and Afghanistan, combined with E DITORIAL an energized Republican base, are more than makes up for with cold, hard cash. challenges that are overwhelming So far, Whitman has shown absolutely no this administration. Regarding LGBT issues, a inclination to stop spending her millions. lot of us aren’t happy with the administration’s That’s what is different for Brown this time. and Congress’ glacial pace on repealing “Don’t Before, he could take the tortoise approach to Ask, Don’t Tell” and bringing up the Employcampaigning, wait until Labor Day – the trament Non-Discrimination Act for a vote. ditional start of the election season – and then White House spokesman Robert Gibbs acwork toward victory. Not this year. Whitman knowledged the obvious on last Sunday’s Meet has continuously aired her television commerthe Press when he said, “... there is no doubt cials since winning the GOP primary last there are enough seats at play that could cause month, and by saturating the airwaves, she is Republicans to gain control” of the House. He starting to define Brown. The problem is that may have been trying to lower expectations for he is doing little to define himself. November. But there’s some evidence to what Indicating that Brown may be losing his he said; a Washington Post/ABC News poll out edge is last week’s Field Poll showing Whitman this week shows just 43 percent approval for is gaining among Latinos, a group that hasn’t embraced a Republican candidate for governor since former Governor Pete Wilson scapegoated immigrants with Proposition 187 in 1994. (That initiative, approved by voters, was found unconstitutional by a federal court.) Wilson is now serving as Whitman’s campaign chairman. Whitman even made the savvy decision to buy television time on Spanish-language stations during the recent World Cup matches. Throughout the primary season, Brown watched from the sidelines as Whitman demolished state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. With no major opponent of his own, Brown has spent very little money and didn’t run much of a primary campaign because he didn’t need to. But that’s all changed now. Last week’s Field Poll placing Whitman and Brown in a statistical dead heat (44 percent for Brown, 43 percent for Whitman) should wake him up; but Brown is campaigning like it’s the 1970s. We all know that Whitman is not an ally of the LGBT community. But more than that, Whitman wants to lay off state workers and gut the state’s strong environmental laws, among other draconian measures. Immigrants should be aware that during the primary she


President Barack Obama. What happens if Democrats lose the House? For one thing, Nancy Pelosi will no longer be speaker, and the LGBT community will have lost one of its most powerful advocates on Capitol Hill. Progress on LGBT bills such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be halted. Activists are clamoring for a House vote on ENDA now, but Pelosi won’t do that until she’s sure she has the votes. At this rate, it’s looking unlikely that ENDA will be voted on this year, meaning it’s all the more important for Democrats to keep control of the House when the next Congress convenes in January. Things aren’t much better on the Senate side, where Democrats already lost their 60th vote earlier this year when Republican Scott Brown was elected from Massachusetts. In California, Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer is facing a tough opponent, Carly Fiorina, the wealthy former CEO of HewlettPackard. Polls on this race are also close, with Survey USA this week finding Fiorina leading Boxer 47 percent to 45 percent. Boxer – and Brown – are going to need Golden State LGBTs to turn out for the November election. Boxer missed a prime opportunity to shore up this constituency when she declined to attend the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s Pride breakfast last month. One thing’s for sure – it’s going to be a bumpy ride from now until November. ▼

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by Kyriell Noon, Kate Sorensen, Jason Riggs ur country has an official national AIDS strategy for the first time since the HIV epidemic emerged. Our hope is that this strategy will guide the nation’s response to the HIV epidemic and that the days of politics determining the government’s response to HIV will be over. It is the “first official national strategy” because nearly 30 years ago when our nation was in homophobic denial, together our communities launched an unprecedented response to a public health emergency. In the face of indifference and hostility at the federal level, it was networks of individuals in many communities along with concerned physicians G UEST and local public health officials who created – ad hoc – our country’s national AIDS strategy. Together we built an infrastructure of care, advocated for treatments and research, shared information, and developed tools for prevention. The strength, courage, caring, pain, and hope for the future of those activists and advocates were the cornerstones of that ad hoc national AIDS strategy. The first official national AIDS strategy released by the White House Tuesday, July 13 is a result of that continuing legacy and the efforts of several advocates who had the foresight to approach President Barack Obama during the campaign. In May 2009, the Stop AIDS Project contributed to these ongoing efforts by taking the lead in helping to create a town hall forum attended my more than 200 people and co-spon-


sored by Project Inform, API Wellness Center, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and several other groups. The Office of National AIDS Policy replicated this town hall model across the country to help maximize community-level input. Many of the recommendations by community members and advocates from these town halls are reflected in the strategy, including recognition of housing needs, expansion of access to services for marginalized communities, and focused research on transgender populations and communities of color. The strategy contains a commitment to innovation, establishment of pilot programs based on community models, and acknowledgment of the need for more holistic approaches to health. The strategy includes recognition of stigma and discrimination as barriers to prevention services, treatment, and O PINION care. Breaking from abstinenceonly education, this strategy encourages baseline education for all Americans pointing out that the percentage of Americans with misperceptions about HIV/AIDS has not improved since 1987. We are encouraged by the strategy’s expansion of care and treatment access with a renewed focus on programs such as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, providing lifesaving medications to people with HIV. We are also encouraged by the endorsement of a combination approach to HIV prevention, which has been a hallmark of HIV prevention strategies and innovations in San Francisco. The plan states, “One of the hardest lessons of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is that there is no ‘magic bullet’ ... our prevention efforts have been hampered by not deploying overlapping, combination approaches to HIV preven-


tion.” A combination approach to prevention takes into consideration individual needs; medical innovations, such as pursuing vaccines; and environmental factors, from stigma and discrimination to providing free condoms in bars. This national AIDS strategy is comprehensive and encouraging in its commitment to communities affected by HIV. We applaud the White House for concentrating efforts on those hardest hit by the epidemic and the acknowledgement that stigma and discrimination are a major factor in health disparities. However, advocates across the country are expressing concern that the plan is not fully funded and therefore the expansion of services, care and treatment will not be realized. Perhaps most striking is the president’s call for a national engagement in the strategy. It is not just a call to those communities most impacted directly by HIV. Rather, it is a call to the country to engage. A call to governments at every level, to businesses, and to each American to do their part in creating a world where HIV is rare and those of us with HIV have the care and support we need. It’s a call many of us have been waiting 30 years to hear. Inasmuch as we have the right to dedicate this national AIDS strategy to anyone, we dedicate it to those we’ve lost to AIDS, to those early heroes who stood up nearly alone, to those who built on their legacy, to those who are a part of this even though they are not directly affected, to the advocates and activists who had the foresight to push and push for the creation of this strategy, and for those who hear this new call.▼ The authors are the executive director, program director, and deputy director, respectively, at the Stop AIDS Project.

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Public safety issues

Reach out with compassion?

As a public servant elected to the BART Board of DiI read with great interest the Guest Opinion by Molly rectors and as a candidate for San Francisco supervisor I McKay and Pamela Brown [“Reach out after Prop 8 verdict,” have been called to respond to recent events that have July 1], especially the concept that we should “reach out in brought the issue of public safety into focus. These infellowship and compassion” to the pro-Prop 8 crowd. clude the tasing of an unarmed civilian on BART and the Um, yes, that might work, but I wonder what would shooting of three people at the gay Pride party in the Cashave been the outcome had the Stonewall patrons tro followed by another shooting at a vigil for reached out in fellowship and compassion? the victim of that shooting. These incidents Oh, please. Right here in San Francisco is have made me realize that there are some the lair of the evil genius who organized and basic issues we must address when considraised tens of millions of dollars for the menering public safety: dacious advertising campaign that tipped the 1. Police must be part of the community – scales toward Prop 8. They call him His ExGrowing up in Portola, I remember the pocellency, George Niederauer, archbishop of lice that patrolled our neighborhoods. We San Francisco. M AILSTROM trusted them, because we knew them. In We need to go on the attack against our order for people to trust police, and for povicious, hate-filled enemies rather than lice to know the goings-on in a community, reaching out in fellowship to them while they they must walk the community. This is why, as part of the raise millions more to persecute us. reformation of the BART police, I have supported bringLouis Bryan ing police officers onto our trains and out of their cars. San Francisco As supervisor I would continue to support community policing. History being forgotten 2. Weapons are a problem – Weapons should only be I am mad as hell that our history is being forgotten by used as a last case resort and only by trained police offiour LGBT community here in San Francisco. cers. Neither police nor civilians should use other Our history started in the Tenderloin area – not on Polk weapons that can be used too indiscriminately, such as Street, not in Mission, and not in the Castro – in the early Tasers. Guns should stay out of the hands of anyone who 1960s, and maybe earlier. The Compton’s Cafeteria riot is not licensed to have one with a purpose for having it, was in 1966 and in the Tenderloin. We have to honor and such as a police officer. respect and recognize our history. 3. We must address the needs of the community – PeoStonewall happened in 1969, and Harvey Milk didn’t ple evade fares, join gangs, and become involved with come into the picture until 1977. Please be proud that we other crimes when they see no other way. All our comhave our own history, and let’s not fall upon someone munities, but most especially our minority communities, else’s history. Harvey Milk is famous because of Mark must be given a chance to improve their condition Leno, Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano, gay men that are through jobs and resources for our children. in politics and have power. They keep Harvey Milk’s At a recent youth summit I held to address the issue dream alive. Where are the people with power to keep of violence I was reminded why I became committed to Gene Compton’s Cafeteria 1966 riot alive? public service. A high school student told me he was Felicia Elizondo afraid he’d become one of the bad kids if he didn’t find a San Francisco job this summer. Through my campaign’s “Get A Sweet Summer Job” program we were able find him work. Thanks for Pink Saturday help Sometimes it’s not as hard as we think to begin to solve a The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District problem. thanks Chevron smog check station for allowing the CasHaving lived my life in District 10 I have seen more vitro/Upper Market CBD to store the 17th Street Plaza tables olence than anyone should. Each time my heart goes out and chairs during Pink Saturday. Their cooperation ento the victims and their families. It is time we turn our abled the plaza to be open and free of tripping hazards sorrow into a force for change. during the event. Lynette Sweet San Francisco

Andrea Aiello, Executive Director Castro/Upper Market CBD

His third Gay Games, but first time for tennis W


hen Rob Beuther first tried sports as a youngster growing up on the Monterey Peninsula, he hit a wall. And he hit the same wall over and over and over again. For three years, he hammered tennis balls against the side of his garage with the used racquet his father had given him after finding it at a yard sale. He stubbornly hammered away at that garage wall for three years before he ever stepped on a court to volley a shot across the net. “My father was a fanatic sports fan,” Beuther recalled in a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter as he prepared for his third consecutive Gay Games – but the first one in which he will play tennis. “There was always sports on the television and it was usually baseball. He gave me the racquet and showed me what to do before I ever set foot on the tennis court.” Bam ... bam ... bam. For hours. “My parents would be watching TV and they would just hear me banging away,” Beuther said. “My mother said, ‘I always knew where you were and that you were safe and not in trouble.’” A few tennis lessons preceded his joining the high school team. He found success competing on the court, but discomfort in the locker room. “I started to know in high school that something was different,” he said. “I was a four-year athlete in high school and I felt very unsafe in the locker room. It was a very threatening environment because it was such a heterosexual dynamic, but I was also surrounded by friends. So it was a challenging dynamic.

strong as ever. “One of the things that helped dispel some of the myths about gay men for them was my participation in sports and physical activities. They have seen me play very competitive level tennis many times, and they have watched as I have grown into a fit, strong man. Both of these things had seemed incongruous with the stereotypes of gay men, but once it became personal for them and they saw me as a gay man, their perceptions of what gay is changed, and continue to do so to this day.” He moved to San Francisco in September. “I’d always dreamed of living here,” he said. “I grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and we would come up here for shopping Tennis player Rob Beuther will and field trips. After I moved here, I compete at the Gay Games later this remember waiting at Powell Street at month. Christmas and thinking, ‘I am so lucky being able to live here.’” In the 2002 and 2006 Gay Games, “In college I met other gay athBeuther played volleyball, a sport he letes. That helped me to feel more began playing while living in Chicacomfortable. It let me realize that go. This go round, he will compete you could be a gay man and be an in tennis, having prepped athlete.” by competing in the Gay Beuther said he came and Lesbian Tennis Fedout slowly in college to eration’s U.S. Gay Open friends, who helped him at Stanford in May. broaden his social life. “Tennis is my first love,” he “Even though we are said. “I’m a much, much better very close, my immediate tennis player than I am a volfamily members were leyball player. among the last people to “They both have whom I came out,” he things I really love. What said. “They have always J OCK TALK I love about tennis is the been very loving and athleticism. I think it’s supportive of me, and one of the most deonce they knew about my sexuality, manding sports. You have to have a things were no different. They had variety of skills to play it. I like the questions, of course, and didn’t unfact that it’s also a really independent derstand some aspects of my situasport. You are responsible for your tion, but they have never loved me success and your failure. any less because of it. Our relationpage 6 ships were, and continue to be, as Michael Beale

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D8 candidates open campaign headquarters by Matthew S. Bajko his month the four leading candidates in the race to succeed termed out District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty are kicking their bids into high gear with the opening of their campaign headquarters. And as they say in real estate, location is everything. Three out of the four have staked claim to spaces in the Castro, considered the heart of the district since the District 8 seat is seen as the LGBT community’s seat. Yet geographically the gayborhood is in the northernmost section of the district, which also includes Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, and Glen Park. So far the sole District 8 supervisor candidate opting to open a campaign headquarters outside the Castro is Rebecca Prozan. She recently secured the storefront at 1195 Church Street, home to a former bead store, at the busy intersection of Church and 24th Street, where a bus line and the J-Church Muni line both stop. Prozan, an out lesbian, is looking to bolster her name recognition outside the Castro, where she lives and is already well known within LGBT circles. “We wanted visibility somewhere else in the district,” said Prozan, an assistant district attorney, who plans to begin working in the space by July 17. Having examined the races won by past candidates in 2000 and 2002, Prozan said neither of the eventual winners, Mark Leno and Bevan Dufty, carried the Castro. And with four competitive openly gay candidates in the race this year, it is expected that voters outside the Castro will play an even more pronounced role in determining this year’s winner. Nonetheless, Prozan said she has no plans to P OLITICAL ignore the neighborhood as she campaigns for the seat this fall. “I am working just as hard in the Castro as I am in Noe Valley, Glen Park, and Duboce Triangle. I leave no stone unturned,” said Prozan. Back when Dufty ran his first race for the District 8 seat, his landing a space on Market Street (where gay bar Trigger is now) for his campaign HQ was seen as a coup that helped to boost his name ID with voters. Gay businessman Bill Hemenger is hoping for the same effect by locating his campaign nerve center at 2324 Market Street, formally home to a candle shop. It is just a few doors down from where Dufty’s 2002 space was and has had oversized “Hemenger for Supervisor” signs in the window now for months. He expects to finalize his lease for the storefront and open the office by July 25. “There is no denying that people, especially in Noe Valley and Diamond Heights, drive through the Castro every day. The highest traffic will be on Market Street,” said

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“On the flip side, what I love about volleyball is that I do appreciate team sports very much. There’s lot of camaraderie on the court. The dynamic is very different. The downside to that is you have to deal with different personalities and relationships.” Beuther said whether he is competing as an individual or as part of a team, sports have been a sustaining force in his life.

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District 8 supervisorial candidate Rafael Mandelman just moved in to his campaign headquarters office on Market Street.

Hemenger in explaining why he wanted a site along the thoroughfare. “It is not meant to shun Glen Park and Diamond Heights, but really that is the biggest reason for being in the Castro right now.” Yet Hemenger, who lives in Diamond Heights, said he is also scouring for a second space in Noe Valley. Like Prozan, Hemenger said he is convinced the race this year will be won or lost outside the Castro. “Noe Valley is really important to us. It is a great neighborhood where we need more of a presence,” said Hemenger. “For us, I think, it is a key neighborhood. If you look at the numbers, it will not be won in the Castro.” Gay attorney Rafael Mandelman nabbed the storefront at 2231 Market Street after clothing company Solis closed up shop this spring. He said he wanted the site for two reasons: easy access to public transportation and visibility. “It is just maxiN OTEBOOK mizing visibility and easy access for volunteers,” said Mandelman, who moved in this past weekend and is planning an official opening for July 24 at 10 a.m. Yet he, too, was quick to add that, “We are going to be spending a lot of time in other parts of the district.” Nor is he worried that basing his campaign in the Castro will be a disadvantage in reaching voters in other neighborhoods. He pointed to Leno’s and Dufty’s strong showings outside the Castro despite their having their campaign headquarters there as proof an office location has little negative impact. “I think those examples show you can have a headquarters in the Castro and be strong in other areas of the district,” said Mandelman, who lives near Dolores Park. The only candidate yet to disclose where his HQ will be located is gay deputy city attorney Scott Wiener. This week Wiener would only confirm he is in talks for a storefront somewhere in the Castro. “We are very close to finalizing

“I’m in by far the best shape of my life,” Beuther, 46, said. “For a lot of people, they get to my age or younger and they think they have to slow down. “Sports is one of the two pillars of my life. I’m a very active person. I go to the gym every day. I play sports two or three times a week. It’s my security blanket. I know the things I am good at. I know what I like to do. “It’s almost a little bit like a fantasy. You get to do something you like to do for the pure joy of doing it. It also releases an incredible amount of stress for me.”

something,” said Wiener, who hopes to have the space open by the end of the month. He, too, discounted the notion that having a Castro-centric campaign office would somehow hamper his ability to draw support from voters in other neighborhoods. “I don’t think so. I have been campaigning hard in Noe Valley and Glen Park and every neighborhood in the district,” said Wiener, who lives in the Castro. “Really it is about the message, not about where you locate your headquarters. I am running a district-wide campaign and that’s what matters.” As for Dufty, who has endorsed Prozan in the race, he said he is surprised to see the other candidates not opt to open their headquarters outside the Castro. “I definitely think the Castro knows the candidates far better than other parts of the district, so there is value in establishing a stronger identity in Noe Valley or Glen Park. I kind of expected to see candidates go there,” said Dufty, whom Prozan consulted with prior to finalizing her lease in Noe Valley. “There are such strong campaigns being run from four LGBT candidates; I kind of expected to see someone operate elsewhere.” At the same time, he said he understands why the Castro is such a strong draw. “There is tremendous energy there and everyone loves to come to the neighborhood,” he said. ▼ Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check Monday mornings around 10 a.m. for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column looks at which dueling Muni reform measures the D8 candidates support. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 861-5019 or e-mail

Beuther said when he walks onto a court or into the gym, “It feels like when Norm would walk into the bar on Cheers and everyone would recognize you. Your reputation precedes you. Everybody knows your name.” And sometimes, sports help the people who gave you your name to know you better, and help you cope with their loss from your lives. “My father died at the age of 71 last September,” he said. “Playing sports was something that he taught me. It gave me a lot of peace and a


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Dating withheld before the first kiss, around when one might mention any history of sexually transmitted diseases or one n last Sunday’s The Ethicist colalready being married. umn in the New York Times magHis feeling, much like Name azine, author Randy Cohen takes Withheld’s is that this man was being on the issue of transgender dating duplicitous about his past. Perhaps in and disclosure. In the column, done the broadest sense he was, but this is as a typical “Dear Abby” style writewhere I think Cohen fails to grasp in question and answer piece, “Name the feelings of this transgender man. Withheld” from New York writes Perhaps, like so many people, he about a man she has been dating. feared rejection, and felt that this “I am a straight woman,” she self-described straight woman would writes, “and I was set up on a date not only dump him, but also opt to with a man.” They apparently got on out him to the whole community. well, but she was concerned about Perhaps there were some reasons he how cagey he was about his past. felt he could not just then share this After some Internet queries, she disinformation with her – I, too, am not covered that her date was female to in his head, but I could see where he male, and this discovery was the end might not have felt ready to disclose of their relationship. to her, and may not have felt he could Name Withheld, however, was trust her with this information. That not simply asking for relationship she decided it best to get her advice advice. Rather, she was asking if she from the Times on whether she should urge the rabbi in her Orthoshould have her rabbi out a member dox Jewish community to out the of their congregation tells me he may transgender man in question. Her well have been right. reasoning being that this fellow, who Yet Cohen may be correct on converted to Judaism some time after some things. There are hundreds of his transition, was dating others stories of transgender people who within their shared community. are murdered, and a fair number of In his response, Cohen started them include a disclosure narrative. with a quip, “Changed religion and Many of those narratives are no sex? I feel emotionally exhausted if I more than a fabricated story to proget a new sport coat.” Perhaps he tect the guilty, but it is likely that peoshould have stopped there, confessple have been taken by suring that maybe he doesn’t know prise on the way to a bedthe whole story here, is someroom. This doesn’t excuse what ignorant of the lives of their behavior in the transgender people, and perslightest, but it does speak haps he did not have the best to the need to either be answers. It would have made forthcoming or avoid situfor a shorter response, at the ations that will put least. you in harm’s way. To his credit, And if Name T RANSMISSIONS though, he did make Withheld’s relait clear that the rabbi tionship was headshould not be outing ing to the boudoir, then yes, it may anyone, though he did leave the road well have been wisest to disclose – or paved for Name Withheld to share terminate the relationship before she this tidbit with her friends. Not that could. Relationships are built on one might have already expected trust, and both sides of this story such, given she was willing to share a seem to have failed to be trustworthy. fair number of details with the One final thing: note that Name Times. Withheld was so adamant about In many ways, I think Cohen may being a straight woman set up on a have given this a much broader prodate with a man. When she finds out nouncement than the community that the person she’s taken an interest rabbi would have. If I were part of an in was born female, she is ready to Orthodox Jewish community in New warn her entire community about York, this letter may raise a lot of this. Cohen, too, speaks of “protractflags about this or that fellow who ed concealment” and the like. This is was part of the local singles scene. I the other risk transgender people go dare say that if Cohen agrees with the through: even if we do disclose, we’re need to respect privacy, then perhaps still often looked at as “faking” our this was not the letter to publish. Of preferred gender, or having it recourse, I am aware that I am just as duced to the difficulty of changing guilty with talking about this, sure, sport coats. but any felines have long since Meanwhile, those of us who are slipped out of their bags. transgender want spouses who can As ham-fisted as this was all hansee us and love us for who we are, dled, it does open up several quesand look beyond our pasts, or at least tions around privacy and disclosure be willing to accept us without asin the life of a transgender person. At suming that we’re trying to deceive what point should we disclose to a simply by existing as ourselves. When love interest any of the details of our we date, we don’t want to have to tell transgender lives? you more than you will tell us. Cohen’s view is that this transman Indeed, it seems we still have a “behaved badly” by not outing himvery long way to go.▼ self. Assuming that Name Withheld’s statement, “We got along well initialGwen Smith’s name has not been ly” is enough to paint this as a fairly withheld. You can find her online at involved relationship, Cohen argues such information should have come

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ATRIPLA Important Safety Information and Indication INDICATION ATRIPLA® (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate [DF] 300 mg) is a prescription medication used alone as a complete regimen or with other medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV-1 to others. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get infections that develop because the immune system is weak or other conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Do not stop taking ATRIPLA unless directed by your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly.

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Theater artistic director Stanley Williams dies by Cynthia Laird tanley E. Williams, the founding artistic director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco, died July 2. He was 60. Mr. Williams died just 65 days after the death of his life and business partner, Quentin Delaney Easter, who was the executive director of the theater. Mr. Easter was 57 when he passed away April 28 due to cancer. Albert Dixon, board president of the theater, said the family was not releasing the cause of death for Mr. Williams and said he died in the hospital. Together, the men founded the premier African American theater company in the Bay Area and the state. Mr. Williams was born in 1950 in Greeneville, North Carolina. When he was 4, he moved with his family to New Haven, Connecticut, where he spent his childhood. As the oldest and the only boy in a family of six, Mr. Williams helped raise his younger sisters, especially in the wake of his father’s death when he was 10. Mr. Williams first developed his passion for the theater in high school.


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Following high school, he attended Connecticut University, majoring in business. But as soon as he finished college, Mr. Williams and a friend bought a red sports car from his mother for $500 and drove it straight to Oakland, California to begin their new lives. He explained to his mother that he couldn’t do everything that he wanted to in Connecticut – only

California was big enough for his hopes and dreams. However, his first job on the West Coast was not in theater at all, but rather delivering legal documents. When Mr. Williams met Mr. Easter in 1980, all the pieces finally came together into a whole. Mr. Easter recognized that Mr. Williams’s creative potential needed an outlet and to-

State Arts Federation, and was responsible for coordinating all NEA-funded music, dance, theater and opera national companies touring the 11 Western United States. Russell joined Chanticleer in 2002 as Director of Development and Administration, where he brought his formidable experience and his own inimitable drive and personality. He built the company’s fund program and inaugurated its annual gala, making many friends among Chanticleer’s fans and donors. He was very proud of Chanticleer’s countless accomplishments and loved working with the organization.

Russ was widely thought of and loved as “one of a kind” for his work ethic, endlessly positive spirit, his kindness and his many contributions both with time and money to countless performing arts organizations. He will be greatly missed. He was predeceased by his life partner, Donald Gimbert. He is survived by his father and four siblings of Ohio and his special friend Lisa Breakey. A celebration of life will be held at the Columbarium in San Francisco, July 30 at 3:00 pm. Donations may be made in his name to Chanticleer at 44 Page St. #604, San Francisco, CA 94102,

ber’s midterm elections] that could cause Republicans to gain control” of one or both chambers. A number of recent polls show Republicans gaining support over Democrats among voters. A July 7-11 poll of 1,288 registered voters by Washington Post/ABC found that 47 percent would vote for the Republican in their congressional district, while 46 percent would vote for the Democrat. Sixty-two percent said they were inclined to “look around” for other candidates than their current representative in Congress. Other polls showed similar findings. There are 255 Democrats and 178 Republicans in the House; 56 Democrats, 41 Republicans, and 2 independents in the Senate. In May, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said ENDA and a measure to repeal DADT would get floor votes this year. During a phone call at the time, she reassured a group of LGBT leaders that, while a measure to repeal DADT may move first, ENDA would also move under her watch.

The DADT repeal measure did get a floor vote by the House in May and passed; it also passed a Senate committee – both as part of an annual Defense spending bill. The full Senate is expected to consider the measure before the August 9 recess. But the dwindling number of legislative days and the growing number of urgent legislative and political priorities appears to have squeezed ENDA out. Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said Tuesday, “Passing ENDA this year is a top priority for the speaker, but we believe that passing ENDA before DADT repeal has been finalized, jeopardizes both initiatives.” “Until then,” said Hammill, “we should encourage the Senate to develop a course for ENDA to ensure that when the House passes the legislation, the Senate can move quickly to send the legislation to the president’s desk.“ Representative Barney Frank (DMassachusetts), chief sponsor of the bill, could not be reached by deadline this week.▼

full funding and implementation and hold our government accountable for progress.” Over the past year and a half, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy hosted 14 public community discussions with more than 4,000 participants and collected more than 1,000 comments through its website. The NHAS vision statement reads, “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless of

age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance will have unfettered access to high-quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.” “The vision statement says a lot about the current administration’s philosophy, by framing the plan in terms of human rights, non-discrimination, and equity,” said Auerbach. “This is quite different from past administrations, and is a welcome statement to all of us who have

gether they founded Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in 1981. Mr. Williams created the artistic vision for San Francisco’s first African American arts institution to be located in the highprofile theater district of San Francisco and Mr. Easter made sure that there was a business plan in place. As the artistic director, Mr. Williams presided over a theater that produced more than 120 plays, including West Coast and world premieres, experimental works, classics in the African American canon, lively musicals, and hard-hitting social and political dramas. His presentations ranged from the works of Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, and Toni Morrison to Pulitzer Prizewinning writers Charles Fuller, Alice Walker and August Wilson to largescale musicals celebrating Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Lester Young, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake and others; to award winning dramas by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and the theater’s namesake Lorraine Hansberry; to pioneering experimental theatre artists Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange and Maria Irene Fornes, and new works by Robert Alexander, Roger Guenveur Smith, David Rousseve Prince Gomolvilas, and others. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mr. Williams, has also hosted internationally acclaimed artists Danny Glover, Ntozake Shange, Ruby Dee, the late August Wilson, and Ossie Davis; and joined in collaborations with the American Conservatory Theatre, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,

the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cultural Odyssey, Afro Solo, and others to bring the works of African American writers and artists to a wider audience. Mr. Williams and Mr. Easter were the recipients of numerous awards throughout their careers and were recognized for their contribution to the cultural life and soul of their adopted home of San Francisco. “The board and staff of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre are honored to carry on with the groundwork so lovingly and carefully laid by Mr. Williams and Mr. Easter,” Dixon said in a statement. “We feel strongly that Mr. Williams’s legacy will be fully served by the continued artistic growth and expansion of the theatre and the full expression of Mr. Williams’s unique vision.” Mr. Williams is survived by his mother, Celestine Lyons, of Rocky Mountain, North Carolina; his sisters, Evangeline Whitehurst of Raleigh, North Carolina, Antoinette Carter of Marietta, Georgia, Isoke Ambidwile of Atlanta, Georgia, Sharon Reese of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Genevieve Banks of Austell, Georgia; his many nieces and nephews; and his adopted theater family and friends. The family is planning a private memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Mr. Williams’s and Mr. Easter’s honor to the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 777 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.▼

Russell Walton 1948 – 2010

Russell Walton, 62, of San Francisco passed away on June 13, 2010 of liver cancer. He worked at the San Francisco Opera for 23 years, first as the Tour Manager and Administrator for the Opera’s National Touring Company, and then as Director of Human Resources. Prior to that he was Director of Performing Arts for the Western


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spills), and the extension of unemployment benefits. The Hill, a newspaper reporting on Congress, said Senate Democratic leaders met Tuesday and, in consultation with President Barack Obama, decided to focus on these latter three bills during the next two weeks. It also suggested the three bills were chosen, at least in part, for their ability to bolster support for Democrats during the midterm elections in November. Congress returns from its summer recess on September 13, and the Hill said, “Senators acknowledge ... little legislating will be possible” between September 13 and elections. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged the administration’s deep concern about the midterm elections. He told NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, “there is no doubt there are enough [congressional] seats in play [in Novem-

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of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a founding member of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy, which won a commitment for an AIDS plan during Obama’s presidential campaign. “This represents the work of thousands of individuals whose leadership and input over the last three years helped it take shape. Now it is up to all of us to ensure its

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lot of joy. It made the past few months a lot easier for me.” Beuther was visiting New York City during Pride week in 1994 when Gay Games IV were held there. He hadn’t registered to play – “I thought, ‘I couldn’t do that; it’s like a big serious thing’” – but watching some of the events made him realize he wanted to be part of it. He was not able to go to Amsterdam in 1998, but captained his volleyball

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been waging this fight for three decades.” “We are excited to see evidencebased interventions a priority in the federal plan,” added SFAF interim CEO Barbara Kimport. “In San Francisco, we learned a long time ago through experience with needle exchange programs that when you put science before ideology, you can make great progress against HIV.” Obama unveiled the strategy and its accompanying federal implementation plan at a morning press conference at the White House, followed later in the day by a reception for members of the HIV/AIDS community. “[W]e have learned what we can do to stop the spread of the disease. We’ve learned what we can do to extend the lives of people living with it,” Obama said. “So the question is not whether we know what to do, but whether we will do it.” While most HIV/AIDS advocates applauded the strategy’s goals, many criticized the fact that the plan comes without any major new funding, instead shifting resources from existing programs.

Meeting the need More than 1 million people are currently living with HIV – including an estimated 20 percent who do not know they are infected – and ap-

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Network, a legal and advocacy organization working to repeal DADT, went so far as to advise gay troops not to participate in the survey. DADT prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces. Congress has taken votes to repeal DADT, after a review period, although the full Senate still must vote on the amendment approved in May by the House. Additionally, the Pentagon has undertaken an extensive study of the matter. About 200,000 active duty troops and 200,000 reserve troops have begun receiving the confidential survey questionnaire via e-mail distribution. The Defense Department also plans to include 150,000 family members in the survey efforts. Responses are due by August 15. The survey is part of the Pentagon Working Group’s study of DADT repeal. The survey has also come under fire from Servicemembers United, another group for gay veterans. Alexander Nicholson, the organization’s executive director and a former Army interrogator who was discharged under DADT, insists the survey “strokes the fires of homophobia by its very design, and will only make the Pentagon’s responsibility to subdue homophobia as part of this inevitable policy change even harder.” Servicemembers United, however, stopped short of urging gay troops not to complete the survey. Pentagon brass bristle at any charges of survey bias. “We think it would be irresponsible to conduct a survey that did not


team to the bronze in Sydney four years later, an achievement he calls “the highlight of my 33-plus years in competitive sports.” But he said it was at the opening ceremonies in Chicago in 2006, surrounded by thousands of fellow athletes on Soldier Field holding glow sticks as one stadium-sized rainbow, that the moment really got to him. “I felt like, ‘Oh my god, I’m part of something,’” he said. “I was surrounded by some of the closest people in my life. I remember looking around and thinking, ‘Wow.’ For some reason it felt so much bigger

than in Sydney. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced at any other gay sporting event.” He is already thinking about competing in another four years in Cleveland. He’s just not so sure what sport he’ll play. “My friends are encouraging me to play softball,” he said. “I’m thinking about getting involved in that. It would expand my social circle. “People should go, especially since the next one is in the United States. Go! Yes, you do belong. Yes, you should be part of it.” Information about the Gay and

Lesbian Tennis Federation is available at Information on Gay Games 2010, July 31-August 7 in Cologne, Germany, is available at

proximately 56,000 are newly infected each year. The NHAS aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 25 percent, lower the rate of HIV transmission by 30 percent, increase the number of infected people who know their status by nearly 10 percent, raise the number of people accessing care within three months of diagnosis by 30 percent, and increase the proportion of gay and bisexual men, blacks, and Latinos with undetectable viral load by 20 percent. A key theme of the strategy is allocating resources where the need is greatest. Gay and bisexual men make up a small percentage of the U.S. population – estimated between 2 percent and 10 percent – but account for more than half of all new HIV infections. Blacks make up about 13 percent of the population but nearly half of people living with HIV. “After 29 years of neglect, gay and bisexual men are finally being given the attention they deserve,” said Jim Pickett of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. “We have so, so much work to do to realize the promise of this document, but being officially acknowledged and valued is a momentous step.” The plan calls for targeted care for the most heavily affected groups, but also for HIV/AIDS education for all Americans. Lack of awareness and stigma are major barriers to more widespread HIV testing and treatment. “The amount of people with mis-

conceptions about AIDS is essentially the same as it was in 1987,” said Kate Sorensen of the Stop AIDS Project. “Baseline education to reduce stigma and the rate of high-risk behavior would be an accomplishment in itself.” The new strategy embraces a comprehensive approach to linking prevention, testing, and care – but not necessarily immediate antiretroviral therapy – that is increasingly being adopted by service providers. But it comes amid a growing debate about the public health and civil rights implications of promoting earlier treatment as a means of prevention. “Ensuring that people with HIV disease are diagnosed early and linked to lifesaving medical care is central to the president’s strategy,” said Dr. Michael Saag, chair of the HIV Medicine Association. “A renewed focus on patient care is urgently needed to meet the increased demand for HIV care, which will grow under this effort.” Resources to support such expanded efforts are in short supply, however. The administration has dedicated $30 million from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the recently passed health care reform legislation) for NHAS implementation, but new money is not on the agenda. “This strategy is a day late and a dollar short,” said Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foun-

dation. “Fifteen months in the making, and the White House learned what people in the field have known for years. There is no funding, no ‘how to,’ no real leadership.” Others also were critical. “The Obama administration is spending only 4 percent of the National Institutes of Health AIDS research budget to find a cure, they’re leaving 2,000 people without AIDS drugs because of a $100 million ADAP shortfall, and they’re cutting AIDS treatment in Africa,” said AIDS Policy Project Executive Director Kate Krauss. “That isn’t a plan, it’s a disaster.” In the days leading up to NHAS unveiling, the administration announced that an additional $25 million would be allocated to cashstrapped AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. But advocates argue that the need is closer to $125 million. Nearly 2,300 people are now on ADAP wait lists, according to the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directions’ latest July 9 ADAP Watch. “It is imperative that this nation has a comprehensive approach to HIV care and prevention,” said Randy Allgaier, a member of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy. “The current ADAP crisis is a prime example of what is wrong with our current response to HIV/AIDS; it is fragmented and seems to move from crisis to crisis rather than to think strategically.” Obama stressed that while the government must do its part, “our

ability to combat HIV/AIDS doesn’t rest on government alone. It requires companies to contribute funding and expertise to the fight. It requires us to use every source of information – from TV to film to the Internet – to promote AIDS awareness. It requires community leaders to embrace all – and not just some – who are affected by the disease.” As a first step, the White House issued a memorandum asking federal agencies – including the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration – to develop plans to implement the strategy and reallocate funding within the next five months. “This creates a roadmap for other administrations so that politics doesn’t dictate strategy,” said Sorensen. “It demands all sectors of society contribute. Certainly we could make that happen if we choose to. If the business sector, the public sector contribute, we can make that strategy happen.”▼

address these questions,” said Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell, referring to the survey’s request for the troops’ views on sharing bathroom facilities, including showers, with service members thought to be gay. After he said “facilities adjustments” may be required, several gay bloggers posted the possibility of segregated showering and living arrangements. Morrell immediately pushed back, saying that consideration is “absolutely off the table,” according to a July 12 www.wonkroom .org post by Igor Volsky, who blogs for the Center for American Progress. For its part, SLDN continues to caution service members about participation. “At this time, SLDN cannot recommend that lesbian, gay, or bisexual service members participate in any survey being administered by the Department of Defense, the Pentagon Working Group, or any thirdparty contractors,” Executive director Aubrey Sarvis said in a July 8 statement. “While the surveys are apparently designed to protect the individual’s privacy,” Sarvis added, “there is no guarantee of privacy and DOD has not agreed to provide immunity to service members whose privacy may be inadvertently violated or who inadvertently outs himself or herself.” By the end of the week, Friday, July 9, Sarvis said SLDN continues to have discussions with defense officials. But he did not change the group’s warning to gay troops. Not all gay rights organizations are in agreement with SLDN, although the Human Rights Cam-

paign, like Servicemembers United, voiced concerns about biased, derogatory, and problematic questions, including the use of the clinical “homosexual” in the survey. Still, both HRC and Servicemembers United want LGB troops to participate so that DOD officials have some measure of how gay troops view DADT and the potential repeal of the ban. “We think it’s critical that the voices of lesbian and gay service members be included in the survey of the troops as they are already part of the fighting force,” said Michael Cole, director of HRC’s media relations, in a phone interview. “If the opinions of service members are to be heard, their opinions need to be heard as well. We believe the privacy safeguards in place are sufficient to assure anonymity. We are not concerned about people being outed by the survey.” Sarvis took the HRC concerns about the survey’s need even further. “We have made clear from the beginning that no survey of the troops should be done,” he said. “Surveying the troops is unprecedented; it did not happen in 1948 when President Truman ended segregation and it did not happen in 1976 when the service academies opened to women. Even when the military placed women on ships at sea, the Pentagon did not turn to a survey on how to bring about that cultural change.” The survey’s results are to be included in the final report of the Pentagon’s working group that is studying the potential effects of how to implement a repeal of DADT. The report is due to President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert

Gates, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen December 1. The research firm Westat, in conjunction with the working group, designed the survey. No outside stakeholders were provided an opportunity to weigh in on the survey’s design. By one estimate, Servicemembers United put a $4.4 million price tag on the survey’s cost. But the Defense Department claims a better estimate is $850,000. In an e-mail, Nicholson was asked about Servicemembers United’s position on the survey. “The working group explained many of the security measures put in place to ensure confidentiality and anonymity in the survey process” during a meeting last week, including Westat requirements, in administrating the survey, “to strip out all personally identifying information before the aggregate data are turned over to DOD, to destroy all personally identifying data, and not [to ask] about sexual orientation in the survey.” Additionally, Nicholson said, “The working group assured us that they consider any info about a specific service member’s sexual orientation obtained through this process to be non-credible for the purpose of inquiry or discharge proceedings. According to the regulatory changes to the administration of the DADT that were made in March, non-credible evidence cannot be used as a basis for discharge.” News of the troop survey even garnered national media coverage on NBC Nightly News where Sarvis raised a key question: “What will be done with these results?” he said, voicing concern about the 10 survey

items dealing with privacy issues, the very ones some consider to border on homophobia. “No body should be surprised if we see bias and prejudice surfacing here,” he said. One question, for instance, asks about sharing an “open bay shower” in “bathroom facilities” with “someone you believe to be gay or lesbian” and offering a variety of multiple choice responses, including: “take no action,” “use the shower at a different time,” “discuss how we expect each other to behave and conduct ourselves,” “talk to a chaplain, mentor, or leader about how to handle the situation,” “talk to a leader to see if I had other options,” “something else,” or “don’t know.” In selecting something else, respondents are able to specify their answer. Defense Secretary Gates defended the survey. “I think it is very important for us to understand from our men and women in uniform the challenges they see,” he said at the same time he urged gay and lesbian troops to take part in the survey. Gates voiced assurances that their confidentiality would be protected against any prosecution under the current DADT policy. By Monday, July 12, the Palm Center, a public policy think tank based at UC Santa Barbara weighed in, issuing a policy response brief, which states the results of the Pentagon troops survey “should be considered” in the DOD’s “decisionmaking process, but should not be determinative in and of themselves.”▼

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Giants LGBT Night The eighth annual LGBT Night at AT&T Park will be held Monday, August 30. The San Francisco Giants will host the Colorado Rockies for a 7:15 p.m. National League Western Conference match-up. No announcements have been made yet about the traditional involvement of choruses or the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay

Freedom Band, but a pre-game party will start at 5:15 p.m. in Scoreboard Plaza. Seating is in two areas: low box seats in left field ($28.75, including all fees) and view reserve infield ($23.00 inclusive). Tickets include a special edition T-shirt and are available at or by calling (415) 972-2298.

Team SF uniform pick-up Team San Francisco jacket and Tshirt orders will be available for pick up 7 p.m. Friday, July 16, at the Chase Bank conference room, 2112 15th Street at Sanchez and Market. ▼

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A copy of the survey can be found at /survey.

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JULY 1,8,15,22, 2010 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #038366-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as Helios Architectural Glass, 1550 McKinnon Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124. This business was conducted by a general partnership, signed Constance Levathes. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/11/10.

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JULY 1,8,15,22, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032815000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as:, 2235 19th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Diana Tishkovskaya. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/28/10 The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/01/10.

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41-ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE JULY 15,22,29, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE # CNC - 10 - 546962 In the matter of the application of Jaiya Ben-Yuhmin for change of name. The application of Jaiya Ben-Yuhmin for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that Jaiya Ben-Yuhmin filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to Jaiya Alamia. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 2nd day of September, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted

JULY 8,15,22,29, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032882300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Apres Collective, 601 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Jeanne Feldkamp. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/01/10.

JULY 8,15,22,29, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032870300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Rhythm Section, 2367 39th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Mick Terrizzi. 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 06/28/10.

JULY 8,15,22,29, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032874400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Manaomakani, 1310 Minnesota Street, Unit 310, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Jamie M. Aldaya. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/05/10 The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/29/10.

JULY 8,15,22,29, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032830100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Viorum Capital LLC, 50 California Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Gerald Noemdoe. 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 06/08/10.

JULY 8,15,22,29, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032882100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Bureau, 498 Waller Street,#9, San Francisco, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Lawrence Li. 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 07/01/10.

JULY 8,15,22,29, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032874500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Mix & Match, 168 Hyde Street,#208, San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Olga Salakhutdinova. 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 06/29/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: X Officers Group, 101 California Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Ronald Ward. 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 06/11/10.

The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as 1.The Guillen Company,2.Fuente de Juventud, 20 Alton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. This business was conducted by an individual, signed Bayardo Guillen. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/30/07.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as:Guest House, 3535 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Dong Young Lee. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/13/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/13/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as:Ming Yuet Stylist, 1920 B Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Annie Mac. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/17/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/17/10.

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The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as 1.The Guillen Company,2.Fuente de Juventud, 20 Alton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. This business was conducted by an individual, signed Bayardo Guillen. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/08/07.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as:Bay Motor Works, 800 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Clifford Kwong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/07/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/07/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Winks Handmade Creations, 380 Eddy Street, #202, San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Amanda Wang. 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 07/06/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as:Natural - Max, 1341 Stockton Street,#J, San Francisco, CA 94133. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Kenny Cheung. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/02/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as:, 584 Castro Street, #850, San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Eric Chamberlain. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/07/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as:1.Off The Grid Services LLC,2.Off The Grid: Fort Mason Center, 3.Off The Grid: San Francisco, 4.San Francisco Cart Project, 625 Villanova Drive, Davis, CA 95616. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Matthew Cohen. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/22/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/25/10.

JULY 15,22,29, AUG. 5, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032869800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as:Maria’s Cleaning Services, 2087 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Maria C. Rojas de Mis. 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 06/28/10.

JULY 15,22,29, AUG. 5, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032896000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as:American Cafe, 995 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Prativa Sahu. 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 07/09/10.

JULY 15,22,29, AUG. 5, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032895500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as:Psychotherapy in Motion, 3769 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Kathi Grace Barg. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 07/09/10.

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JULY 15,22,29, AUG. 5, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032844700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as:So Fresh Services, 1338 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Sanu Dhillon. 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 06/16/10.

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naissance to the Upper Market corridor running through the city’s gayborhood. While the economic collapse has delayed numerous redevelopment plans along the city’s main thoroughfare, several housing and retail projects proposed for Market Street are slowly coming to fruition. Last week developer Angus McCarthy struck a last minute deal with neighborhood activists who had opposed his plans for the vacant lot kitty corner to Cafe Flore. After McCarthy agreed to reduce the number of parking spaces at the site, the groups that had raised objections pulled their request that the Planning Commission reject the project. According to planner Michael

Smith, the compromise leads the way for various city agencies to now sign off on the project. McCarthy intends to build a fivestory building with 18 for-sale dwelling units over groundfloor commercial space for two or more stores. He has reportedly agreed to cut the number of parking spaces by four to 14; increase the height of the retail spaces; and redesign the building’s rear facade. The planning department is expected to lend its approval to the new design by August; McCarthy will still need to seek commissioners’ approval for the parking. As for when construction would begin, McCarthy told the Bay Area Reporter he hopes to have lined up bank financing for the project by September and begin work on the site this fall. “We would like to start in September and October of this year,” he said.

As for potential tenants, McCarthy said he has yet to receive any official offers from retailers or restaurateurs. At one time Apple was said to be interested in the space, but McCarthy said the company is no longer looking to expand its number of local retail stores. “We are open,” McCarthy said when asked what type of tenant he would prefer. District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, whose office helped mediate the compromise last week, said he is “very happy” with having the project come online. At one point Dufty had hoped to see a new home for the GLBT Historical Society be included in the plans and continues to hold out hope the site will attract tenants of value to the Castro. “I am going to work with Angus to try and attract a real unique retailer that will provide something good to

the neighborhood,” Dufty told the B.A.R.

Senior housing City officials are also looking at the potential of acquiring a parcel in the mid-Market area to construct affordable housing that could be marketed to LGBT seniors, youth, and people living with AIDS or HIV. The idea is to combine the money developers of new projects in the Castro are required to pay if they do not include affordable units onsite and use the cash to purchase a lot where the city could build its own affordable housing. “We are trying to come up with a creative approach,” said Dufty. Doug Shoemaker, director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing, said he has spoken to developers of four projects planned along Market Street about the idea. While he said the city’s pref-


erence is to see the affordable units included in the projects, Shoemaker said the next best option is to make sure the below-market housing remains nearby. Developers are required to build the units within a mile of their sites, so there is the potential for the housing necessitated by the Castro projects to end up in the Mission or South of Market. “Our job is to make that happen a lot closer,” said Shoemaker. “For me that would be along the Market Street corridor and the core of the Castro within a block or two of Market Street. There are some options along that area.” Proposals have ranged from repurposing one or both of the parking lots in the heart of the Castro to a triangular lot that once housed a gas station across from where Chase opened a branch off Market Street at Sanchez. Both Dufty and Shoemaker said nothing has been decided at this point.

Center seeks zoning change Under legislation proposed by Dufty the city would create an 1800 Market Street Community Center Special Use District in order for the LGBT center to pursue bringing a restaurant into the building. The changes would allow for a full-service eatery and other entertainment in a space up to 6,999 gross square feet in use size on the third story and above. The legislation would also allow for the center’s outdoor patio space to be operated by a permitted full-service restaurant, bar, or other entertainment use until midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 2 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and evenings before a holiday. The center’s executive director, Rebecca Rolfe, said this month that since the B.A.R. disclosed in February that talks had begun about the possibility of opening a restaurant in the building there has been little opposition voiced about the plan. To date the center has not officially teamed up with any restaurant owners, though it has talked with Gus Murad, the politically connected owner of the popular Mission rooftop bar and restaurant Medjool. Should the zoning change be approved the center then would request proposals from interested parties, said Rolfe. “Once we get the approval then we will put out an RFP to solicit a tenant or partner,” she said, referring to a request for proposals. “We would hope to have that out as soon as we get approval and the selection made by the fall.” Nor is it a done deal that the center’s top floor and patio would be turned into an eatery. Other proposals have called for using the area for a gym or offices. “There are still a number of options on the table,” said Rolfe.“We are open to a range of different options.” As the center continues to see its public funding sources in danger of being cut to balance the city’s budget, Rolfe said having a commercial tenant and the rental payments that would bring could add some stability to the center’s financial picture going forward. “One of the important things about it is it creates a much more stable funding stream for the center that is not reliant on city money or foundation money,” said Rolfe. “We know public dollars and charitable dollars will continue to be stretched for years to come. This is creating a secure financial base for the center.” The planning commission meeting July 22 begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room 400 at City Hall.▼

Web content Online content this week includes the News Briefs and Wockner’s World columns, and articles about an HIV prevention study, AIDS vaccine news, the Presbyterians’ conference, and Gay Games.

Midsummer night’s reading

The little sparrow

The master class

Novelist Stephen McCauley’s ‘Insignificant Others’ & photos of ‘Suburban Pleasures.’

Chanteuse reminisces in ‘Piaf: Love Conquers All.’

Merola Opera Program’s Master Coach Chuck Hudson in action.

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Scene from Batwoman: Elegy.

Queer graphic novels to watch out for! ~ by Web Behrens ~ hether anchoring autobiographies, fighting crime in capes, or cracking mysteries in an oldschool noir thriller, LGBT protagonists appear in three distinct graphic novels this summer. Commemorating the 15th anniversary of its initial publication, last month

but all featuring major gay and lesbian characters. Even if your summer reading list is already full, you won’t be sorry if you make room for these. Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III; DC Comics, $24.99

Finally, an entry from the superhero genre that so many people conflate with comic books. In 2009, Bruce Wayne disappeared from Detective Comics, his home for 70 years, to

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, r o m u H r e d n o t w h g i s n i & ‘Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations

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(of a Crazy World)’ at CJM • by Sura Wood lthough many won’t recognize Maira Kalman’s name, they’re likely familiar with her witty covers for The New Yorker magazine; her online, illustrated odysseys for The New York Times such as “Principles of Uncertainty” or “And the Pursuit of Happiness,” an apolitical exploration of American democracy soon to appear in book form; and her alter ego, Max the Poet Dog, the incurably romantic canine with an affinity for Paris who’s the lovable hero of her captivating children’s books. Artist, illustrator, author and inveterate New Yorker, Kalman may well be contemporary Manhattan’s answer


Self-Portrait (with Pete), gouache on paper, 2004-5, by Maira Kalman.




to Alexis de Toqueville. Chronicling the telling details of everyday life and the vagaries of the culture in what amounts to a journal of her life, she could also be compared to a latter-day Jane Austen as she roams her Greenwich Village neighborhood or wherever she happens to be, observing, drawing, taking snapshots and noting her views on what she sees and thinks about. Kalman is so quintessentially New York in her sensibility, it’s difficult to imagine her originating reports from the front out of, say, sun-soaked, walking-phobic LA – she’d be as beached as Woody Allen in Annie Hall – but it sure would be inter-


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Vertigo Comics released a handsome new hardcover edition of Stuck Rubber Baby, a coming-of-age tale set during the Civil Rights Era. Two weeks ago, DC Comics released Batwoman: Elegy, collecting last year’s gorgeous Detective Comics run that launched the Dyke Knight’s solo career. And next month brings

the publication of Fogtown, a blackand-white detective yarn set in San Francisco, featuring a closeted P.I. battling the bottle and powerful forces of corruption. While such tales aren’t groundbreaking today, the cluster of publications provides an opportunity to reflect on other graphic novels that boast major queer characters, and incorporate themes dealing with sexuality. Here’s a look at some of the very best work in the comics medium, spanning a range of genres,

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Addicted to memoirs tences that begin with lines like, “Here’s what I did before that twenty-oddust as there are bartenders who course at the French Launstruggle with the problems of alcodry,” you’ll enjoy this canholism, and drug dealers who did and revealing look into grapple with substance addiction, Out one contemporary gay life. There has long suspected that there are Moving on to other life restaurant critics who have their own stories, everyone we know issues around the overconsumption of who saw the festival run of food. Now the new paperback edition Howl, the film about the of Born Round – A Story of Family, publication of Allen GinsFood and a Ferocious Appetite by berg’s epic poem, has Frank Bruni (Penguin Books) conwanted to talk about the firms our suspicions, fatly. poet, the poem or that era Until recently, Bruni was the of American letters. We restaurant critic for The New York can recommend a new Times, appointed to this powerful nonfiction effort from position in the world of cuisine in Ginsberg’s bibliographer 2004. Before that, he was the Times’ and archivist Bill Morgan Rome bureau chief, and he’s still a for a more comcorrespondent. Born Round plete considerarecounts his struggles with tion of the time overeating and bulimia and ethos. – “bingeing and purgThe Typeing” – starting as a writer Is Holy: chubby gay boy and The Complete, continuing well into Uncensored History of adulthood. Perhaps the Beat Generation there are a few too many (Free Press) was descriptions of induced named for a line in vomiting here for OT’s Ginsberg’s Footnote O UT T HERE delicate sensibilities, but to Howl, and neatly all the gruesome details surveys the lives of do add up, and bring home the the most prominent Beat writpathology of Bruni’s food addictions. ers. Morgan argues that the Beats “I’d turn on the stereo in my were not a literary movement room and set the volume to a level (their literary styles were all over slightly louder than usual, to conceal the map), but were instead a soany gagging or choking, but not so cial group, and that Ginsberg was loud that Mom would show up to at its core. complain. I’d heave to the strains of Here are a few of the book’s Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like the juiciest revelations: Jack Kerouac, Wolf ’ – the cheeky choice was delibGinsberg, and others “on the erate – or Tom Petty’s ‘Don’t Do Me road” never had driver’s licenses, Like That.’” There are also plenty of and couldn’t drive. Kerouac lived passages about purging through with his mother for his entire life. other means, such as extra-large William Burroughs believed that doses of Ex-Lax. Please don’t try this Timothy Leary was a charlatan, at home. and he had no use for psychedelAs Bruni enters the gay “dating ic drugs. Narcotics were, of course, world,” the savvy reader can draw his another story. “During the whole of own connections between Bruni’s in1955, Burroughs remained in Tangisecurities around gay ideals of body er alternating between shooting junk image and his taking solace in glutand trying to kick his habit.” “Back in tony. Soon he moves on to the addicNew York, Burroughs connected tive use of Mexican speed, Metamuwith his pusher Bill Garver, and in cil, Branola and Shedd’s Spread, “a no time he was back on junk again.” pathetic butter imposter marketed as Et cetera, ad nauseam. less fattening.” It’s true, you always Of course, what’s most interesting wind up on the harder stuff. about writers like Ginsberg, BurMany struggles later, Bruni had roughs and Kerouac wasn’t their managed to shed 65 lbs. from his drug use, but the works they proheaviest weight. So when the job duced while on these drugs. On the offer of restaurant critic came, it was Road was written in an amphetamine both temptation and challenge. If frenzy. Name another speed-addled you have a high tolerance of senrant that’s had quite so much staying power.

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Tennessee waltz Four films made from Tennessee Williams plays are on the bill at the Castro Theatre this week (find our coverage on p. 21). Here’s some background dish. In 1941, the Theatre Guild, which had commissioned The Fugitive Kind (originally called Battle of Angels), was considering it for Joan Crawford’s Broadway debut – a thought that didn’t thrill Williams at all. In any case, Crawford turned it down, calling the part “low and common.” It would be played by onscreen by Miriam Hopkins. Williams was also initially not thrilled by the prospect of Vivien Leigh playing Blanche in Streetcar. He had avoided the London production, in which she was directed by then-husband Laurence Olivier. But when he watched her during the rehearsals for the movie, he changed his mind, writing to a friend, “Madame Olivier is so good, she scared me out of my sissy britches.” The opening-night audience for the 1964 Tallulah Bankhead/Tab Hunter production of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore was very gay – in fact, our old-school scribe was there. It prompted one NYC critic to comment, “It was the queerest audience since the days of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.” Reportedly, he was right.

High-design slam Out There’s datebook is still chock-full in midsummer. Last Friday was the opening-night party for TechnoCraft – Hackers, Modders, Fabbers, Tweakers and Design in the Age of Individuality, curated by designer Yves Béhar (through Oct. 3) at YBCA in SF. The party got started with the creation of a pair of “Droog’s Do Hit Chairs” designed by Marjin van der Poll, stainless steel cubes intended to be banged up by their users into a chair of their own devising. During their making, the slam of sledgehammers echoed against YBCA’s walls and hard surfaces in a most punishing din. Fortunately, we had been issued a set of ear-plugs, which made conversation impossible but prevented us from going out of our skull. The show is an interesting compendium of ways technology can intersect with the doit-yourself aesthetic. First-nighter pal Wilder got some cool ideas for redecorating his apartment. Last Sunday we went to see local singer Susie Butler sing the Sarah Vaughan songbook, directed by Norman Gee, in the intimate Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center in SF. This turned out to be the screening of a documentary about The Divine One, interspersed with Butler interpreting some of Vaughan’s signature tunes. Finally, the human-interest story “A Congressman’s Abs Garner Yeas” from last Thursday’s New York Times told all the news that’s fit to print about the 29-year-old Republican Congressman Aaron Schock from Illinois – specifically, about the photo of him posed in a skimpy red swimsuit that garnered lots of attention on the gossip site The picture “shows him reclining with legs splayed in swim trunks by a pool, showing off glistening washboard abs.” Out There might not like a thing about Rep. Schock’s conservative politics, but we’re glad to see that his principles are solid. If that’s what a rock-ribbed Republican looks like, we’ll take one on a bun, hold the mayo.▼

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Suddenly, this summer Independent productions on Bay Area stages Tapes for Seniors has a book and lyrics by Mario Cossa, music by Tyler Flanders, and musical direction by ost theaters lay out their seaScrumbly Koldewyn. Cossa, a veteran sons far in advance, so you theater artist recently arrived in the know what’s coming in the Bay Area, is also the show’s director fall, winter, and spring. But summerand choreographer, and was motivattime, when many of those theaters ed to create the piece to provide older take a break, is the season of unpreperformers roles in musical theater. dictability as independent productions The AARP-eligible cast plays a diof novel material pop up like toadverse group of retirees who decide to stools after a rain. produce sex-ed video for seniors dePiaf: Love Conquers All at the Eurespite the protests of their ka Theatre and Left of Oz at adult children. The the Ashby Stage are two uppremise provides an opand-running examples, and portunity to explore the three more are ready to changing nature of persprout. Like Nymph O’ sonal relationships, findMania, which, despite its ing passion in the face of title, is not about distaff limortality, and exposing bidinousness, at least, not prejudices facing the gay, exclusively. The key word lesbian, and straight charhere is “nymph,” as in acters as they reassert wood nymph, as in, “But, their rights to sexual visoft! what nymphs are B ACKSTAGE tality. They also get to these?” as heard in A jitterbug, rap, tango, Midsummer Night’s and do a little soft shoe. Ticket info is Dream and twisted modern by local at playwright Morgan Ludlow. Spirits and styles are considerably Nymph O’ Mania is having its different in our third summer pop-up: world premiere run July 15-Aug. 15 at The Green Bird. This is a new translaStage Werx Theatre near Union tion and adaptation of Carlo Gozzi’s Square. Relocated from the mystical 18th-century commedia dell-arte play forest of Shakespeare’s imagination to about kidnapped royal twins, their evil the redwoods of Northern California, grandmother, and a green bird that Ludlow’s contemporary fantasy inprovides solace to the abused. Bathvolves a wedding party, a punchbowl water Productions runs Aug. 5-21 at spiked with acid, and the frolicking the Steve Silver Theatre at Lowell High guests finding love in straight, gay, and School, which happens to be director bisexual permutations. David Stein is Anne Marie Bookwalter’s alma mater. directing the new play for Wily West Bookwalter is a co-founder of Productions. More info is available at Bathwater Productions, which cites as its mission the use of circus skills and Sexuality is also mutable, though movement to reveal truths of dramatthe circumstances less psychedelic, in a ic literature. All cast members are taknew musical beginning a three-week ing classes at SF’s Circus Center to prerun Aug. 5 at the Victoria Theatre. Sex

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pare for their roles. Another Bathwater co-founder, Brian Bookwalter, is designing the production in a Brechtian spirit. The new translation has been prepared by David Bridel, a member of the USC theater faculty. Call 407-8576 or 702-5051 for ticket info. The 49-seat Boxcar Theatre is filling its tiny space with as much baggage as possible. The theater will open three of Tennessee Williams’ most iconic plays in a series of weekly openings beginning July 26, then present them in a rotating repertory schedule. Most of the ensemble of actors will perform in at least two of the plays, and while each production has its own director, the venue will be reconfigured for each play: Cat on a Hot Tin

Roof will be presented in the round, A Streetcar Named Desire in three-quarter thrust, and The Glass Menagerie in a traverse setting. “We chose Williams’ three biggest plays because of all the baggage that comes along with them,” said Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero, who will be playing Stanley in Streetcar and the Gentleman Caller in Menagerie. “We want to challenge our audience, as well as ourselves, to see how we can break out of that iconic mold.” The challenge set out to the directors – Jeffery Hoffman for Cat, Rebecca Longworth for Streetcar, and Jessica Holt for Menagerie – is to bring innovative concepts to the table reshap-

ing these familiar plays while remaining true to Williams’ intent, Olivero said. “We are going to have to get down on our hands and knees to figure out what’s new, yet still remains honest to the play.” Ten of Williams’ lesser-produced works will be presented in a reading series on Aug. 16 and 23. Admission is free to the readings. Tickets to the three full productions are available individually or as part of a discounted series pass. Tickets may be purchased at or (415) 776-1747. ▼

dian performer doesn’t immediately suggest the diminutive Piaf, especially in the first act, but the accelerated aging that Piaf experienced is convincingly communicated in Emmerson’s body language and delivery of the dialogue. As for Emmerson’s singing, her

stylings certainly suggest the Piaf sound without coming across as an impersonation. Some of the built-in pathos of Piaf ’s own delivery goes missing, but in an interesting choice by the playwright and Emmerson (who is also the director), the 13 songs from the Piaf repertoire are seldom sung as stand-alone numbers. Rather, they are woven into the dialogue, and don’t demand a fullout Piaf impersonation. Alan Choy is

Emmerson’s able accompanist. Piaf: Love Conquers All doesn’t spare us the brutal facts of the singer’s life, but with a few exceptions, the emotional digging does not go very deep. This is Piaf with both warts and makeup.▼

Three by Tenn

Her life en rose ow many lifetimes can an entertainer squeeze into 47 years? Judy Garland certainly lived a life wildly larger than that relatively brief span could suggest, but Edith Piaf even magnified upon that in her own 47 years. While Garland could be self-deprecating about her travails, she expended a similar effort trying to convince the public of her overall “normalcy.” Not so Edith Piaf, who played out her personal dramas both in public and on the stage, and actually cultivated an image as a battered, wanton, frail survivor. “Over the Rainbow,” with its promise of a better life, has a far different vibe than “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” which is essentially a deathbed anthem of gimleteyed contentment. While La Vie en Rose, the screen biography of Piaf starring Marion Cotillard, was a stylish enterprise, it was also a big downer. Playwright Roger Peace and performer Naomi


Emmerson take a different approach in letting Piaf tell her own story in her own terms. All the key points are here, from a squalid childhood to morphine addiction, but they seem more confessional than exploitative – a humanizing factor that the movie neglected. While the setting for Piaf: Loves Conquers All, now at the Eureka Theatre, remains the same through the two acts – the audience is a guest in Piaf ’s apartment as she reminisces – Emmerson plays out her memories in age-appropriate fashion. So it’s a wide-eyed naif telling us about a childhood among prostitutes in the first act, and a hunched, ailing veteran who relates the final days, when stagehands would place bets on the timing of her demise. The one-woman production premiered in Montreal in 1992 with a different actress as Piaf, but Emmerson first got her hands on it the following year, and has since toured extensively with the vehicle. The Cana-

Naomi Emmerson takes us on a journey through Edith Piaf ’s life in her solo show at the Eureka Theatre.

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by Richard Dodds

Linda Wang plays a forest nymph in the Shakespeare-inspired Nymph O’ Mania having its world premiere at Stage Werx.

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Nancy Helman Shneiderman is one of the stars of Sex Tapes for Seniors, a new musical opening at the Victoria Theatre.

Richard Dodds can be reached at

Piaf: Love Conquers All will run at the Eureka Theatre through Aug. 7. Tickets are $25-$36. Call (800) 3006 or go to


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What makes the Merola Opera Program great? by Jason Victor Serinus t’s no secret that San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera summer training program has prepared more world-class singers than a diva can shake her fist at. In SFO’s justcompleted three-opera summer season, for example, lead singers Mark Delavan, Deborah Voigt, Patricia Racette, and John Relyea are all Merola graduates (aka Merolini). It’s rare, however, that the public can go behind the scenes to experience an actual Merola training session. Such an opportunity arose at the end of June, when Merola donors, prospective patrons, and select press attended a Master Coaching Session at Herbst Theatre at which Chuck Hudson helped focus the stage presence and dramatic instincts of five gifted young artists. Hudson’s background includes specialized training in gymnastics and the distinction of being one of three Americans to have received a diploma from the Marcel Marceau International School of Mimedrama in Paris. The only American appointed to teach at Marceau’s School, he performed with the great artist on his 1991 European Tour. Hudson went on to direct a host of major opera and theater productions, and co-create Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program. Since 2004, he has spent two weeks every summer coaching Merolini in acting and movement. The five participants in Hudson’s Master Class included soprano Nadine Sierra, who recently won the Metropolitan Opera National Coun-


Master Class teacher Chuck Hudson.

cil Auditions, and tenor Eleazar Rodriguez, who is a Bay Area favorite. Each singer was invited to perform an aria of their choice, accompanied by a Merola apprentice coach. After each singer went through an aria, Hudson went to work. Approaching each person differently, according to their energy and needs, he asked each to assume their character, then tell him who they were, where they were, and what their aria or scene was about. In a short amount of time, Hudson so successfully focused each singer’s energy that every single one sang bet-

ter and more convincingly the second time around. In the case of aptly named mezzo-soprano Renee Rapier, her razor-sharp focus during Erika’s aria from Barber’s Vanessa, “Must the Winter Come so Soon,” was so intense that both she and the audience were spellbound. For several other singers, high notes blossomed, and formerly generalized performances became charged with electricity. “It was great to see them instantly translate the work we did together to the stage,” Hudson remarked after the class. “It’s like working with speaking actors. The Merolini become truthful

and emotionally connected, and every thing they’re working on emotionally makes sense. They become characters in a dramatic situation that happens to be expressed through music. We need to bring meaning to these singers’ amazingly well-trained technique. Once they have a dramatic image to focus on, all that technical training clicks in by itself. They’re not focusing on their technique anymore.” Hudson notes that this year’s group of 20 singers, four apprentice coaches and one apprentice stage director has a particular personality. For

example, he finds the cast for this year’s production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, which runs Aug. 5-8 in Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater, mature, respectful of one another, and very comfortable discussing things among themselves. This is essential, because Hudson’s success in deepening their performances depends upon singers dropping their emotional armor and working together. “Merola is one of the few intensive opera training programs that allows performances to happen,” he says. “This year, there is a scenes program to stretch the singers, as well as a full opera production. Each singer will eventually create their own style. There is no one way of doing it right.” The Merola Opera Program kicks off on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. with the Schwabacher Summer Concert in Herbst Theater. The program is repeated outdoors in Yerba Buena Gardens on Sun., July 25 at 2 p.m. After the full production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, sung in Italian with English supertitles, the 53rd Merola Opera program concludes on Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. with the Grand Finale and Reception in the War Memorial Opera House. Opera-lovers who attend all three musical events will have a good chance of guessing which singers will end up being accepted into SFO’s two-year Adler Fellows program, and which have a good chance of making it to the Met, La Scala, and all the rest.▼ For tickets to Merola performances, call the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330.

Added music Alloy Orchestra backs silent films at the Castro Theatre by Michael McDonagh hat’s the difference between seeing a film without sound, and seeing it with sound? And what does sound – in this case, music – do to film images? These questions came to mind when I watched the DVD of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 Soviet silent The Man with the Movie Camera, which Alloy Orchestra’s director Ken Winokur sent me, and which the trio (also including Terry Donahue and Roger Miller) will be performing live at the Castro Theatre on July 18, as part of the 15th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Silents were never intended to be received in silence, and Alloy is part of a surge of contemporary composers adding music to new or classic silent


Alloy Orchestra will accompany silent films at the Castro.

films. Alloy’s live music with film screenings – their other Castro date is Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis on July 16, with Hitchcock’s 1929 Blackmail at the Rafael Film Center on July 19 – are continuing a now-venerable tradition of adding sound to silence. How do they feel about adding this extra layer? “What we do is really kind of manipulative,” notes Winokur from Cambridge, MA, in our first phone chat. “I mean, Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc would be almost unwatchable without music, and I think Richard Einhorn’s score for it is probably the best silent film score ever written.” How did they go about scoring Vertov’s classic, which announced in its opening titles that it intended to present “an experiment in the cinematic communication of visible events based on the total separation from the language of theater and literature,” just as audiences were beginning to “read” a film through these time-tested lenses? “There are no real rules for this kind of thing,” Donahue says when we talk on the phone, though he admits that Vertov’s extensive notes, which amount to a real script, like “cheerful music welcomes the entrance of the figure ‘1’ to the arena,” were “very helpful. And we were encouraged by our advisors

Paolo Cherchi Usai and Yuri Tsivian, who were there with us in the studio, to let loose, go louder, more extreme.” But how did Vertov’s playing with time – real time, simultaneous time, cut-up time, and superimposed time – influence their approach? Winokur responds via e-mail that “Usai and Tsivian were constantly pushing us to recreate the time effects that are seen in the film. Music is a linear, timebased medium. Where you can easily move time around in a film, it doesn’t work as well with music.” There doesn’t seem to be anything abstract about experiencing Alloy live. Donahue’s keen on the performative nature of their work, as well as their unusual instrumentation – junk, accordion, clarinet, musical saw, percussion, keyboards, and vocals – and stresses “the whole interaction between film and music. The score is ever-changing and ever-organic.” Alloy’s performances of The Man with the Movie Camera and Metropolis, in a restored and lengthened print, will surely sound as “basically instinctive” as the way they collaborate on the spot, or as Donahue puts it, “We race from the idea, and everybody jumps in from there.”▼ Screening info at

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Thinking for the screen penly gay playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-83) told biographer Lyle Leverich (Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams) that if screenwriters had the control over their material that dramatists did, he would have written for the movies, because he “thought cinematically.” Consequently, 17 films have been made from his works. Four of them play the Castro Theatre July 21-22. In 1961, Williams had his last Broadway success, The Night of the Iguana. Three years later, John Huston filmed it on location in Puerto Vallarta. Richard Burton, at his considerable best, plays the heavy drinking Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon, locked out of his church and now leading a downscale tour group of women from a Baptist Teachers College through remote parts of Mexico. Traveling with them is teenage, nubile, sexually aggressive Charlotte (Sue Lyon). She’s chaperoned by Miss Fellowes (Grayson Hall), who despises Shannon and intends to get him fired when they arrive at their hotel. Desperate, Shannon hijacks the ramshackle bus, driving it to a resort owned by an old friend, the recently widowed Maxine Faulk (Ava Gardner), who keeps two gorgeous beach boys around for her sexual needs. Shannon takes the bus’ distributor cap, forcing the party to remain at Maxine’s. They’re joined by Hannah Jelkes (Deborah Kerr) and her 97year-old grandfather (Cyril Delevanti), “the world’s oldest practicing poet.” During a long day and night, Williams poetically and comically weaves his familiar themes of carnality vs. spirituality, the real world vs. the fantastic one, kindness, cruelty, and the difficulties of human communication. Gardner, who a decade earlier had been called “the world’s most beautiful animal,” was losing her looks but is still luscious, like an overripe

peach. It’s one of her most spirited performances. Kerr is incandescent, memorably describing a sordid sexual encounter. When Shannon asks if it disgusted her, she replies, “Nothing human disgusts me, unless it is unkind or violent.” Later she tells him, “Acceptance of life is surely the first requisite for living it.” Hall, playing a latent lesbian, earned an Oscar nomination. The publicity surrounding the shooting (Elizabeth Taylor, not yet married to Burton, was on location) transformed the sleepy village into a famous resort. (7/21) Boom! (1968), based on The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, had failed twice on Broadway, the second time starring Tallulah Bankhead and Tab Hunter. In her remote Sardinian villa, the frequently married, fabulously wealthy, frail 73-year-old Cissy Goforth (Elizabeth Taylor) is dictating her memoirs. Chris Flanders (Richard Burton), called the Angel of Death because he appears when rich, elderly ladies are dying, arrives uninvited. The miscasting was monumental. At 36, Taylor was decades too young. She’s slightly embonpoint, but radiantly beautiful. Burton was 20 years too old, and looks tired. Noel Coward is amusing as Cissy’s friend, The Witch of Capri, originally played by women. Taylor’s brother Howard appears briefly as a journalist. Joseph Losey directed. Williams wrote the talky, obscure screenplay. The film earned dreadful reviews and flopped commercially. But John Waters calls Cissy “the ultimate drag queen role,” and loves the picture because it’s “beyond bad, the other side of camp.” (7/21) Hailed as a masterpiece at its 1947 Broadway opening, A Streetcar Named Desire won Williams his first Pulitzer Prize. It may be the finest drama ever written by an American. Despite censorship, the 1951 film, with Vivien Leigh, and from the original stage production, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, is magnificent. Desperate Blanche du Bois (Leigh) seeks

Scene from Fell.

Director John Landis holds forth in a scene from American Grindhouse.


More gore by David Lamble few suggestions from the second week of the Another Hole in the Head film festival: American Grindhouse This film manages to provide a lucid underpinning for the whole festival. Elijah Drenner’s madcap tutorial through seven or so decades of some of the worst movies ever made – not in the Ed Wood sense, but badness that involves real questions of aesthetics, morality, intelligence and taste – raises more issues than it addresses, but in a pretty entertaining way, with guest “lecturers” like the truly witty John Landis, a dude who has a foot in both the mainstream Hollywood and outlaw grindhouse camps.


The film attempts a distinction between grindhouse theatres, meaning big-city cinemas open 24/7 that often served as flophouses as well as informal sex arcades, and the exploitation films that these theatres would sometimes but not always program. Gremlins director Joe Dante recalls being horribly conflicted when a grindhouse he patronized was raided by the cops. “There was a murder there, and so there’s this big pandemonium – and I’m still sitting there, I want to see the movie! The police came in, and they never turned on the house lights.” (Years ago, a good friend and I witnessed the police summoned to put out a fight during the last day of the legendary Strand Theatre’s colorful existence. We stayed for the improba-

refuge at her sister Stella’s (Hunter) shabby, cramped French Quarter apartment, where she meets her virile, sexy brother-in-law Stanley (Brando). He’s suspicious of her motives and genteel airs. She’s repulsed by his animal passions. Their clash is inevitable, suspenseful, frightening. Malden plays Stanley’s friend Mitch, who courts Blanche. The movie omits Blanche’s confession about driving her young husband to suicide after finding him in bed with an older man, but Leigh suggests it. She played Blanche in the London production and is unforgettable onscreen: touching, terrifying, heart-breaking. The explosive Brando revolutionized film-acting. Elia Kazan directed, as he had on Broadway. Leigh’s performance, Williams wrote, restored the balance to the play missing with the original Blanche (Jessica Tandy). Oscars for Leigh, Hunter, Malden, and art/set decoration. Brando inexplicably lost to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen. Just as egregiously, the Best Picture winner was An American in Paris. (7/22) Battle of Angels (1941) was to have been Williams’ Broadway debut, but a disastrous Boston premiere ended that hope. Revised as Orpheus Descending (1957), it again failed. Retitled The Fugitive Kind (1959), it was filmed by Sidney Lumet. Sexy Val Xavier (Marlon Brando) arrives in a small Southern town. Lady Torrance (Anna Magnani) hires him to work in her general store. Her husband (Victor Jory), whom she hates, is dying. Carol Cutree (Joanne Woodward) is rich, trampy, and hot for Val, but he prefers Lady, getting her pregnant. Despite the heavy symbolism, the intense performances by the leads, and in a supporting role, Maureen Stapleton, keep the viewer’s attention, as does the claustrophobic atmosphere. Williams didn’t give up. A revised Battle of Angels opened to acclaim in New York in 1974, and a 1988 London revival, as Orpheus Descending, starring Vanessa Redgrave, was a huge success. (7/22) ▼

ble double-bill Point Break and What’s Love Got To Do with It? The Strand was famous for terrific bargain triple-bills, coupled with hardcore rest-room action that was both exhilarating at times truly scary.) American Grindhouse devotes the bulk of its jam-packed 80 minutes to a colorful guide to films that were produced specifically to cater to tastes outside the Hollywood production code. The film is especially rich in its description of the divergent paths taken by fringe filmmakers to depict depraved behavior vs. the elaborate artistic universe created from the mid-1940s to mid-50s by Hollywood film noir, where crime was always punished, and taboo sex was suggested rather than openly shown. The 1948 Supreme Court decision divesting the studios of control over thousands of theatres led to the implosion of the production code, and

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by Tavo Amador


Four Tennessee Williams films at the Castro Theatre

Scene from The Night of the Iguana: exploring carnality vs. spirituality.


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The real hurt locker Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington’s ‘Restrepo’ opens in SF by David Lamble


Scene from the new war documentary Restrepo: ‘You all know it’s going to be crazy. You can’t tame the beast.’

Ironically, the film arrives as The New York Times reports the military’s decision to abandon Restrepo due to its indefensibility and irrelevance to the struggle for hearts and minds. An almost-accidental byproduct of their real-world news jobs, Restrepo grabs you right of the box when the humvee Junger is riding in gets attacked. He jumps out to film, and forgets to connect his microphone. The chaotic scene that results is greatly enhanced by the lack of sound, almost as if we, the audience, had lost our hearing. All through the film, the verisimilitude of the combat scenes is

underscored by the young soldiers behaving in all the different ways young men can to respond to the absolute terror of knowing that strangers are trying to kill you. One practically unbearable moment shows a soldier crying hysterically when a buddy is killed beside him. On the political side, the filmmakers demonstrate the tough love the platoon’s commander displays towards the local village elders. The captain confesses his chagrin at an armed strike that killed innocent civilians, then explains that a farmer whose cow was shot by soldiers can

be repaid only in supplies equal to the weight of the beast. The filmmakers shot over 150 hours at and around the fort – both sustained serious if non-life-threatening injuries – and also had the unique ability to “debrief” the platoon’s survivors when they returned to their base camp in Italy. These conversations, unfiltered by officials, shrinks or family influences, allow the guys to describe experiences far more candidly than is the case in most TV-based war docs. Upon arriving in the Korangal, one GI recalls, “When I first looked around, I thought, ‘This is a shit-hole,

Fishes out of water by Gregg Shapiro y Dickens never intended to make a film about religion and homosexuality. But after coming out during her senior year of college at socially conservative Vanderbilt located in the “strap of the Bible Belt,” being rejected by sorority sisters, and finding no community to speak of, that’s precisely what she did. As compelling as Daniel Karslake’s For the Bible Tells Me So, Dickens’ doc Fish Out of Water (First Run Features/Yellow Wing) follows her as she talks to preachers in Nashville about the gross misinterpretation of the Bible on the subject of homosexuality, and learns a few things about theology, Biblical language and the ministry of Jesus. Following the renewal of hope that was the 2008 presidential election and the disappointment of the passage of anti-gay marriage amendments, Dickens expanded her documentation and interviewed more than 170 members of the LGBT community and almost a dozen people of the cloth, and covered territory that included New York, Kansas, Georgia, Iowa, Colorado and Missouri. Along with the interviews, she incorporated film footage of same-sex weddings and LGBT rights marches and protests, all of which are enhanced by Daniel Saunders’ animation and Kyle Harter’s illustrations. One of the pleasures of watching the doc is the feeling of learning things along with filmmaker, which can best be summed up with the notion



that “no fish was created to live out of water.” DVD special features include bonus interviews, director’s comments, and resource and study guides.

Free spirit When I interviewed actress Sharon Gless in 2000, she was in Chicago to appear in the play Cahoots, written by lesbian playwright Claudia Allen. Gless already had an established following in the LGBT

community due to her role as tough cookie cop Christine Cagney on Cagney & Lacey. That following would grow considerably when she was cast in Queer As Folk as Debbie, colorful mother of gay Michael and sister of gay Vic. So when word began to circulate that Gless would be starring in Hannah Free (Wolfe), which contrary to popular belief is not the story of when Miley Cyrus comes of age, but the first film adaptation of an Allen play, it made com-

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he news you can use from Restrepo, the new doc embedded with the troops in Afghanistan, is pessimistic in regards to ending war in our time, but cautiously optimistic when it comes to gay boys eventually getting to bond with other boys in the foxholes. In my father’s war, The Great War, “the war to end all wars,” the unidentifiable remains of a British soldier were consecrated in Westminster Abbey in the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. In Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s haunting doc, the image of a fun-loving, Pembroke, Florida resident, PFC Juan S. Restrepo, becomes our digital-media version of the unknown warrior. Facing a camcorder with his Second Platoon buddies on a crowded army transport plane headed for Afghanistan, PFC Restrepo flashes a shit-eating grin and utters the only two complete sentences one can make out above the roar of the engines. “You all know it’s going to be crazy. You can’t tame the beast.” On July 22, 2007, Army medic Juan S. Restrepo bled out from two bullet wounds to the neck in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley. In his memory, his buddies named their earthen fort, surrounded by Taliban sharpshooters, Fort Restrepo. On assignment from ABC News and Vanity Fair magazine, Junger and Hetherington spent 15 months channeling the boredom, chaotic terror and macho camaraderie experienced by soldiers of the Second Platoon, trapped in a valley once considered vital to US victory in Afghanistan.

I’m going to die here!’” A balding, baby-faced recruit from politically correct Northwest Ecotopia, who practices guitar riffs to stay sane, remembers a mom who did everything in her power to see he didn’t grow up to be a soldier. “Growing up in Oregon, I was not allowed to have sugar until I was 13, and raised by a hippie mom, I wasn’t allowed to play with a toy gun, even a squirt gun.” Restrepo’s many delightfully unexpected and uncensored moments include a spontaneous disco-dance night at the fort, and the thrill of watching half-naked soldiers wrestling, sunbathing and snoozing. Tim Hetherington’s other work as a photojournalist/artist includes a provocative multi-media photo exhibit called Sleeping Soldiers, in which a gallery audience is escorted through a three-screen, sound-enhanced journey to observe both the organic chaos of war and examples of how soldiers behave with each other when they don’t think the world is watching. Hetherington told me and a reporter from Photo District News about part of the philosophy behind Sleeping Soldiers. “A TV colleague of mine, whose grandfather had been in the army, said to him, ‘Only in war does society allow men to show love for each other.’” Halfway through Restrepo, a young GI in a great burst of enthusiasm – in a moment that is not given a specific or explicit erotic or social context – just cries out in joy, “He’s a beautiful man, I’d fuck him back in the States.” Restrepo brings you as close as you’d ever want to be to the great bloody mysteries of our species.▼

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f you saw Mark Henderson’s first collection of photographs Household Idols, you’ll speed to his new book, Suburban Pleasures (Bruno Gmunder, hardbound, $78.99). You won’t need me to extol its virtues and excitements to get you to buy it. But I’m gonna anyway. This year’s photographs reflect a major change in Henderson’s lifestyle. After living in a busy urban neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles for almost 20 years, he recently moved to the town in which he had been born and raised in Texas. Judging from the marbled, palatial expanse of his new home, this is no “town” at all, but a fairly wealthy enclave. So the book is much the same, yet with one major change. The settings of rich and riotous, draped and swagged Raphaelite splendor are gone. The new settings are Spartan, uncluttered, with a cooler color palette: beige, lotsa beige; ecru and sand. Yet in their stripped-down and more modern way, they have an equally opulent effect. The ostensible simplicity of the photos makes all the more emphatic the heavy load of sexuality the models bear, as well as the photog-


rapher’s carefully placed moments of color. An introductory note says the combination is “lasciviously chic.” Oh, yes. If the cover is tamer than much of the book’s content, it sure is provocative, in a manner subtle enough that you won’t know what hit you. An attractive young man reclines on a divan. Just about dead center in the photo’s lower third, below the model’s etched abs, is the full pouch of his thong. Perfect placement, yes? Ah, but underneath. The eye runs like a train on a track down the thin strap that anchors pouch to posterior, down til it disappears between tanned butt cheeks. That’s the actual crux of the photo, that moment of disappearance; the thin line of fabric just covers the lad’s asshole, which is, you guessed it, dead center. Your gaze looks up a few inches to the promise within the pouch, only to slide back down to the hidden hole. It’s cunning composition, with photography so effortless, so fluid. And like just about every photo in the book, its pretty boy is eroticized in a big way, even when he’s not boned up, or even if the bone is coyly hidden, its outline beckoning behind the thin fabric of Speedo or gauze.

Beef stew by Ernie Alderete f you crave beefy, hairy bears, then Adam Champ was born to fulfill your wildest fantasies. I think we all had dreams about growing up to be a big, buff he-man in our adolescence. I know I did. I even remember where those desires stem from. I was in the sixth grade. Since I wasn’t sexually active yet, at least


not with another person, my juvenile mind imagined all kinds of wicked scenarios involving more mature, unobtainable men. One day, I literally caught my science teacher with his pants down! Actually, they were pleated dress trousers, and he had them off entirely. I walked into his unlocked classroom during lunch, and there he was in his boxer briefs. My astounded peepers nearly bulged out of my young head as my thirsty eyes drank in every delicious inch of his long, hairy, muscular legs. My short, boyish, twig-like legs were then virtually hairless, and I never grew hair as profuse as his dark, curly body hair. That’s the kind of thrill you get watching Mr. Champ in Minute

Man Solo 29: Built (Colt). Not only because he’s as hairy as my science teacher, but also because we get to glimpse a private side of his life. Maybe a part of his existence we weren’t supposed to see. As if we accidentally barged into his unlocked bedroom. In my opinion, Champ’s best feature is his face. He’s gorgeous. He doesn’t seem to have a bad angle or side. His brilliant white teeth sparkle, his pale root-beer brown eyes dazzle. He doesn’t quite sport a full-fledged beard, it’s more like a heavy five o‘clock shadow. Although the stubble doesn’t hurt his appearance, I feel hairy men always look better clean-shaven. It provides more of a contrast, skin vs. fur. About the only place he shaves is on the shaft of his cock and at the base of his dick. It’s a nice, solid, thick prick pointing straight out, not the biggest schlong in cinema history, perhaps. But fully functional, as he amply demonstrates. I would describe his build as “wide-belted.” It wouldn’t be precise to say he’s overweight, but he certainly isn’t petite or slim by any stretch of the imagination. Built is composed of three solo extravaganzas, each one progressively more erotic than the last. It kicks off with Colt veteran Tom Chase, progresses into Colt novice Darrin Hawk, and concludes with Adam Champ. There is no plot development or dialogue. This series is pretty much just a straightforward jackoff vehicle designed to introduce you to the Colt stable of performers, and recycle audition tapes such as the second scene. To my eyes, hirsute Chase is well past his prime in his segment, no longer up to Colt standards, Hawk is a handsome rising star with a very

Cover photo for Suburban Pleasures.

Courtesy Bruno Gmunder

by John F. Karr

Courtesy Bruno Gmunder

Domestic bliss

Chris Rockway in Suburban Pleasures.

There’s a sprinkling of black and Asian models among the many smooth Caucasians. And yes, there are some well-known porn stars here, most notably numerous shots of Reese Rideout and Chris Rockway. My fave photo in the collection is of Mr. Rockway, lying beside the pool. You hardly see his face, but you see, like a holy monument, the giant erection that tents the slight veil of his wet gauze pants. Mr. Rideout, one of the best

models ever, shows off his bounteous rump and playful personality. Yet the mood of most of the models overall is contemplative and relaxed, even vulnerable. They don’t have to sell It. They are It, and Henderson is all over It. His pictures linger, lovingly draping our gaze on vast quantities of It. The artist’s digital manipulation is subtler this time, but announces itself in body highlighting and in small eruptions of enhanced color.

The book delivers well over 100 huge 11x14” plates, printed on pages heavier than card stock, with their gloss buffed to a high sheen. If there’s a fault here, it’s the lack of a codex identifying the models. Their anonymity is unfair to them, who give so much, and to us, who want to know to whom our love is given. Whether your hunger is for cock, asses, glamour or lush photography with unique technique, Suburban Pleasures will salve it.▼

nice, almost hairless body, but he’s not endowed with stellar charisma. He lies on his back on a canvas poolside lounge chair for his entire vignette. Neither man is competition for cover model Champ, who steals the show. We enjoy Champ in a variety of stimulating situations, including chopping wood, which lets us wit-

ness him work up an honest sweat. When the thirsty stud drinks from a canteen, he spills water all over his massively hairy chest, and even pulls his Levi’s out and pours a drink down for his dick! Hawk could do much better with a stronger scenario, any scenario really, and with a partner to play off. But in Built, the first two performers

are just warm-up acts for the main contender. Fortunately, with DVD scene selection, you can skip directly to the glorious conclusion.▼ Minute Man Solo 29: Built, starring Adam Champ, Tom Chase, Darrin Hawk. 63 mins. Colt Studios. Retails for about $35, but rent it, this isn’t Colt at its best.


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Lady Robotika creators Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison at Whatever Comic Store, Sat.

OUT&ABOUT John Kelly as Joni Mitchell

Fri 16


Alicia Ohs @ Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory New York dance-theatre artist performs When I Die I will Be Dead, and New York, I Love You, I Hate You, Now Dance!, works with frantic comic insight about the world of performing arts. $20. Thu-Sat thru July 24. 1519 Mission St. at 11th.

Body Image Workshop @ AIDS Health Project I Want to Change How I See Myself, a workshop for gay and bi men. Free optional HIV testing, too. 6:30-9:30pm. 1930 Market St. Register: 476-6448.

Sweet birds by Jim Provenzano

usic is the shorthand of emotion. And it’s in the air this week, as gay, lesbian and simply cool musicians strum their guitars and croon a tune or ten. For French flair, Naomi Emmerson stars as French chanteuse Edith Piaf in Piaf: Love Conquers All, the Off-Broadway musical hit, now at the Eureka Theatre. $25-$36. Thu-Sat 8pm. Also Sat. 3pm 215 Jackson St. Thru Aug. 7. (800) 838-3006. Traveling gals can enjoy a weekend in the country at Fabulosa Fest at the Walker Creek Ranch, West Marin. The women’s weekend includes music, film, crafts and healing arts at a beautiful 1700-acre ranch, with swimming, canoeing DJed dancing and more. $22 (day pass) to $300 (full package). July 16-18. www.fabulosa It should be no surprise that the son of Carly Simon and James Taylor Ben Taylor is talented and cute. Ben Taylor and Nashville Grammy-nominated Katie Herzig perform folk-rock-pop original music at Bimbo’s. $18. 18+. Saturday, July 17. 9pm. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365. www.bimbos He’s a metal rock star, one of few who are out, and able to convincingly wear fully studded leather on stage. Rob Halford, gay frontman for Halford, Fight and Judas Priest, performs his metal rock repertory live with his band at the Regency Ballroom, Saturday, July 18. $37-$40. 9pm. All ages. 1300 Van Ness Ave. at Sutter. www.theregencyballroom .com Piaf: Love Conquers All A little bit softer now: In the must-see category, John Kelly returns to The Rrazz Room. If you’ve never seen his show, Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell, his simultaneously hilarious and touching tribute to the legendary singer, then go. Really. $27.50. Twodrink minimum. 8pm. July 19, 20 and 21. 222 Mason St. at Ellis. 3941189. Gorgeous and sweet-sounding Rachael Sage plays at Café DuNord Wednesday, July 21. The New Yorkbased singer-songwriter and OUTMusic Award winner with a witty edge stops by along her UK and Midwest tour (with several Pride events included) to play new music. Also performing: Jay Nash and Joe FirstRob Halford man. $12. 9:30pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. Also July 21, and further down Market Street, the Tom Shaw Trio plays at Martuni’s. Enjoy jazz, swing, Latin and blues music form the accomplished local band, with special guest Laurie De Seguirant. $5. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. 241-0205. Music in a museum? If it’s YBCA, it’s a sure bet for a good time. TechnoCraft: Hackers, Modders, Fabbers, Tweakers, and Design in the Age of Individuality, which includes works in many media by dozens of technicians, artists and designers who remake and revision technology, art and culture, has a lot of related live events, including special evening shows. July 18, Watcha Clan perform with Charming Hostess. $20-$25. Other music groups play on various Thursday, Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. $12-$15. Exhibit Thu-Sat 12pm-8pm. Rachael Sun 12pm-6pm. 700 Mission St. 978Sage ARTS. ▼


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof @ Actors Theatre Tennessee Williams’ acclaimed Southern family drama gets a local production. $26$38. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept. 4. 855 Bush St. at Mason. 345-1287.

Cherry Zonkowski @ The Marsh Hilarious solo show, Reading My Dad’s Porn and French-Kissing the Dog, about growing up in Texas, San Francisco sex parties, marzipan pigs and more. Adults only! $15-$50. (800) 838-3006. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru July 17. 1062 Valencia St. at22nd.

Spring Fever @ Four Star Cinema

Lou Ye’s love triangle film set in presentday Nanjing China, about a man hired by a woman to sly on her husband’s gay affair. 2200 Clement St. 666-3488.

Travesties @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, San Rafael Marin Shakespeare’s outdoor theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning spoof of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. $20-$35. Fri-Sun 4pm & 8pm. Sun 5pm. 1475 Grand Ave. Dominican University cmapus. 499-4488.

Sat 17 >> African Continuum @ Museum of the African Diaspora

New exhibit of prints by Bay Area historian Bryan Wiley documenting altars and ritual practices of U.S. African descendants of other countries. $5-$10. Wed-Sat 11am6pm. Thru Aug. 28. 685 Mission St. at 3rd.

Another Hole in the Head @ Roxie, Viz Theaters

Exhibit of haunting landscape paintings. Exhibit thru July. 4122 18th St.

Three weeks of new and cult classic horror, science fiction and fantasy movies, including the 1984 colorized rock-scored version of Metropolis, the hilarious slasher parody Tucker & Dave vs. Evil), plus fun opening and closing parties. $10 each – $150 full pass. Thru July 29. Roxie: 3117 16th St. Viz Cinema: New People World, 1746 Post St. 820-3907.

Comedy Ballet @ The Garage

The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art

Dark Porch Theatre ensemble’s hybrid dance theatre work. $15-$25. Thru July 18. 975 Howard St. 518-1517.

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.

Chuck Drees @ Magnet

Cowardly Things @ New Conservatory Theatre Cindy Goldfield and Scrumbly Koldewyn’s duo cabaret show inspired and including songs by Noel Coward. $20-$28. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru July 31. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972.

Joe Goode Performance Group @ Old Mint Bldg. The acclaimed site-specific dance-theatre work Traveling Light returns by popular demand. With four stories in separate interconnected rooms inside the historic building, it’s worthy of multiple viewings. $34-$44. Wed-Sun 8pm. Fri & Sat 10pm. Thru Aug. 1. 88 Fifth St. at Mission.

The Kids are All Right @ Century 9 Cinema Two teenaged children conceived by artificial insemination get the notion to seek out their birth father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) have built for them. Once the donor (Mark Ruffalo) is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and re-re-defined. 835 Market St.

Left of Oz @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Art Show @ Cat Club Exhibition of works by Keith Gaspari, with drag acts by Bebe Sweetbriar, MuthaChucka, Lady Tatas, Suppositori Spelling and more. DJs David Mahr and Sir Charles Leibermacher. Champagne toast at 5pm. $5 donation benefits Visual Aid. 5pm-10pm. 1190 Folsom St.

get dinner and movie tickets. $5. 10:30pm. 4058 18th St.

Enrique Chagoya @ Galeria de la Raza YTREBIL, an exhibit of politically satirical prints and drawings. Exhibit thru Aug. 28. Tue 1pm-7pm. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm. 8268009. 2857 24th St.

The Fantastiks @ SF Playhouse Local production of the classic Off-Broadway musical about young love and interfering parents. $30-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru Sept. 4. 533 Sutter St. at Powell. 677-9596.

Fauxgirls @ Kimo’s Classic drag show with Victoria Secret, Alexandria, Chanel, Davida Ashton, Pinky Bubbles, Tiger Lily, Maria Garza, Shelly Wilde and special Guest Stars and Bobby Ashton. No cover. 10pm. 1351 Polk St. at Pine. 885-4535.

Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison @ Whatever Comic Store Co-creators of the popular comic book Lady Robotika discuss and sign copies of their comic book, with an autographed poster raffle. 5pm-7pm. 548 Castro St.

The Kinsey Sicks @ The Rrazz Room Dragapella quartet finally returns home for their first extended-run show in years. Enjoy the camp hilarity and a cappella parody tunes. Some shows share proceeds with Out in the Bay radio show. Go see them! You’ll laugh your wig off. $35. 2-drink min. 8pm. Thru July 18. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.

Kunst-Stoff Arts Fest @ 929 Market Music, dance, theatre, media and installations in a spacious loft $15. 8:30pm. Fri & Sat thru July 18. 929 Market St. at 5th. 777-0172.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Local Wonder @ Tenderloin Community Gallery

Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25$80. Wed, Thu 8pm. Fri, Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. 421-4222.

Art by Tenderloin artists challenging stereotypes about local residents. Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm. Thru Aug. 31. 134A Golden Gate Ave. at Jones.

Calder to Warhol @ SF MOMA

One-night outdoor garden party in conjunction with the exhibit Totally Unrealistic: the Art of Abstraction. Food and drink, light, sound and video installations, $5$10. 9pm-1am. 934 Brannan St. 8631414.

The first public exhibit of some of the works collected by the Fishers (The GAP empire owners), with some pivotal works by Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Chuck Close and others. Other exhibits include visually striking contemporary works. Free-$18. Thru Sept. 19. Fri-Tue 10am5:45pm. Thu til 8:45pm. 151 Third St. at Mission. 357-4000.

Night Light @ SOMArts Gallery

Pastor Tom Show @ KUSF Dr. Tom Polcari’s LGBT music and talk show. 4pm. Weekly on 90.3 FM.

Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome

Lighthearted musical comedy parody of The Wizard of Oz includes lesbian and gay characters helping Dorothy find San Francisco, and true love; written and composed by Stephanie Reif. $25-$50. Fri-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru July 18. 1901 Ashby Ave. (800) 838-3006.

Cockfight @ Underground SF

The Real Americans @ The Marsh

The Dating Game @ Castro Country Club

Thrillpeddlers’ madcap revival of the comic operetta by Link Martin and Richard Koldewyn, performed by the gender-bending Cockettes decades ago, and loosely based on the 1926 play The Shanghai Gesture; with an all-star cast. $30-$69. 18 and over only! Extended, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm, thru Dec 19. 575 10th St. at Division. (800) 838-3006.

Dan Hoyle (Tings Dey Happen) premieres a new multiple-character solo show based on his road trip to Middle America to explore the profound disconnect in a politically polarized country. $15-$50. Thu-Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru Sept. 25. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006.

Jovan R hosts this monthly contest at the clean and sober space, modeled on the classic TV game show. Two lucky couples will

Point Break Live @ Metreon Action Theater

Culture Whores’ big slutty dance party in a little club, with Pansy the Drunken Panda, DJs Matt Hite and Earworm. $7. 9pm-2am. 424 Haight St.

Ridiculous live staged version of the surfer-bank robber movie, where a chosen audience member plays Keanu Reeves’ role with cue cards. Warning; wear cheap clothes. Rain tarps provided, but you will get wet and/or fake-bloody. $25. 9pm. Fri & Sat. Thru July 31. (866) 811-4111.

Speech & Debate @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Stephen Karam’s hit Off-Broadway comedy about three geeky teens, including a gay kid, who fight for truth amid a small town scandal. $24-$45. Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru July 18. 2081 Addison St. (5100 843-4822.

Sizzle @ Femina Potens

Tennessee Williams Films at the Castro Theatre, Wed.

Belle De Jour (Diary of a Call Girl blog) reads at literary series at the women’s sex-positive gallery. $10. 2199 Market St. at Sanchez. 864-1588.

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Art Show, Keith Gaspari at the Cat Club, Sat.

The Drag Show @ Channel 29/76 New weekly talk show with local drag performers; Zachary Davenport and Stu Smith cohost. Free (with cable). 7:30pm.

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gayfriendly comedy night. Tonight, Thai Rivera. One-drink minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV.

Rehistoricizing Abstract Expressionism in the Bay Area: 1950 to 1970 @ Luggage Store Gallery Fascinating exhibit shows how women and people of culture were part of the abstract expressionist movement, but shut out by the era’s bias toward white men. Exhibit thru July 31. 1007 Market St. at 6th.

Yoga Classes @ LGBT Center Fun, friendly weekly classes for beginners or experienced with Bill Mohler. $10-$20. 6:30pm. Also Wednesdays. Room 302, 1800 Market St. at Octavia.

Stripmall Architecture @ Milk Bar

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Enjoy the groovy haunting vocals and Cocteau Twins-esque music of the local band, plus Silver Swans and Foreign Cinema. $8. 9pm. 21+. 1840 Haight St.

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

Swing Dancing @ Castro

Sundance Saloon Beach Party @ Space 550

Queer Jitterbugs entertain and encourage participation. 12pm2pm. trolley stop at the Castro & Market Street mini-plaza.

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29 Hearts on Fire is the current show at the theatre-tent-dinner extravaganza with new guest chanteuse Liliane Montevecchi, comic Frank Ferrante, 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.

Wet & Wild @ Club Eight New monthly party held every third Saturday, with gogo boys dripping wet, electro pop bumping, and progressive mixes banging. Hostess Lady TaTas performs with Raya Light and Charisma Glitterati. $5. 9pm-3am. 1151 Folsom St. at 8th.

Wicked @ Orpheum Theatre Mega-hit musical based on the book about the two famous Oz witches as young college roommates. $30-$99. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Sun 7:30pm. Thru Sept. 1192 Market St. at 8th. $30. 512- 7770.

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Antiques & Collectibles Faire @ Candlestick Park Big monthly show and sale of old items, with 400 booths. Free parking. No pets. $5-$15. 6am-3pm. Hunter’s Point Expressway off Rt. 101. (510) 217-8696.

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio

Teeth @ Center for Sex & Culture

Yoga in the Park @ Dolores Park Free class outside. 11am-12:30pm. 19th St at Dolores.

Mon 19

Rotissary’s T-Dance @ Castro Country Club Soulful house, funk, R&B and hip-hop spun by MC2 at the sober space. Enjoy tasty chili dogs, and a special performance by Rotissary. $10. 1pm-5pm. 4058 18th St.


Al “A. Jay” Shapiro @ James Snidle Fine Art Exhibit of original drawings by the late gay erotic cartoonist and creator of Harry Chess and other muscular comic characters. Open run. Also, the Rodney Thompson Estate collection. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Sat 9am-2pm. 1190 Bryant St. 552-0500.

Queer Ballroom @ Live Art Gallery Weekly beginners same-sex dance classes in salsa and other styles. Also swing classes on Wednesdays, Standard ballroom Thursdays, $10 each, $35 for series. 151 Potrero Ave. 305-8242.

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

Tue 20 >>

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

The Backyard, an exhibit of darkly witty photos of cluttered Queens, New York back yards. Also a garden installation by Deanna Glory. Thru Sept. 30. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 977-0223.

Elana Dykewomon, Z. Egloff @ Duboce Park Café Lambda Literary Award finalists read from their latest works. Free. Food, beverages for sale. 6:30pm. 2 Sanchez St. at Duboce.

Jallen Rix, ex-ex-gay and sex educator-author, is the featured guest at the eclectic reading series hosted by Larry-bob Roberts and Kirk Read. 7:30pm sign-up. 8pm show. 4122 18th St. at Castro.

Tennessee Williams Films @ Castro Theatre Intense classics, all based on the gay playwright’s work and/or screenplays. Tonight, Night of the Iguana (2:30, 7pm) and Boom (4:50, 9:30) both starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. July 22, Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Names Desire (2:10, 7pm) and The Fugitive Kind (4:35, 9:25). $7.50-$10. 429 Castro St.

Thu 22 >> Beer & Bites @ Showdogs

Delicious fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition at the gourmet organic hot dog shop. Enjoy beer and sausages; valet bike parking. $20. 6pm-8pm. 1020 Market St. at 6th.

Impressionism at Twilight @ de Young Museum Thursday evening parties featuring reduced admission fees for extended viewing hours for Birth of Impressionism through 8:45 pm, a special French menu in the de Young Cafe, and magnificent sunset views of the city and the Pacific from the de Young Tower’s ninth-floor observation deck. $10$16. Also, During the Musee d’Orsay exhibitions, the Friday Nights at the de Young series celebrates Impressionism and PostImpressionism with lectures, music, and artist demonstrations. Thursdays thru Sept. 2. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600.

Passionate Struggle @ GLBT Historical Society Exhibit about Bay Area LGBT historical events and people. Also, Man-I-Fest, an exhibit of letters and documents by FTM transgender pioneer Lou Harrison and friends. Free/donations. Wed-Sat 1pm-5pm. 657 Mission St. #300. 777-5455.

10-kilometer walk around the park raises funds for several local AIDS/HIV service agencies. 9am3pm. Sharon Meadow.

SF Hiking Club @ Point Reyes Join GLBT hikers for a 13-mile hike on a very scenic loop from Bear Valley to Wildcat Beach. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, layers, sturdy boots. Carpool meets 9:15 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 378-5612.

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Shanghai @ Asian Art Museum New exhibit about Asian artists from Shanghai, 130 works exploring and visualizing the city’s vibrant and turbulent history. $7$17. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

Chris Schiavo @ ArtHaus

Smack Dab @ Magnet

Birdie Summer and Dr. Carol Queen cohost the sex-positive open mic reading night. $5-$20. 7:30pm. 1519 Mission St. at 11th.

David Perry’s new talk show about LGBT local issues. New times: Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30pm.

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

San Francisco AIDS Walk @ Golden Gate Park

Third annual beach party-themed CountryWestern dance night. Mix and match your boots and briefs, Stetsons and string bikinis, or Bolo ties and board shorts. $5. Free clothes check. Beginner lessons at 5:30pm, dancing til 10:30. 550 Barneveld Ave. 820-1403.

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Time to dust off that sling by Scott Brogan et out your slings and hoods, Dore Alley is coming up! Or rather, Up Your Alley, as it’s now called. Coming on the last Sunday of July (July 25), Up Your Alley is San Francisco’s answer to the size and perceived commercialization of the Folsom Street Fair. Folsom Street Fair began in 1984, and Dore Alley followed in 1985. At that time it was called the Ringold Alley Fair because it was originally located on the famous Ringold Alley, a popular cruise alley for men looking for anonymous sex after hitting the leather bars of what used to be termed Miracle Mile, the multi-block stretch of Folsom Street that was home to many leather bars and bathhouses. The original organizers created Ringold Alley Fair to help celebrate the South of Market leather community, and to make a less touristy and more local fair than the larger Folsom Street Fair. It moved up to the intersection of Dore Alley and Folsom in 1987. Miracle Mile is making a comeback with the Hole in the Wall, the Powerhouse, and Chaps all in a row, and right around the corner we have Once more with feeling, a scene from SF Pride 2010. the Eagle and the Lone Star, and down a bit we have Truck. Around the key word here being “loads,” if you intended, and for many, it’s seen as the other corner, you can know what I mean. It’s also the best just as commercialized as Folsom gear up at Mr. S Leather. kinky time you’ll have outside of Street Fair. Both are now run by the There’s something for going to a private dungeon party. organization Folsom Street everyone here. You’ll see lots of hot men and women Events. Regardless of size opinUp Your Alley is out and about, with little to nothing ions (and who out there doesn’t the first of several on – or completely covered in, say, like it big?), both events raise events that begin with rubber or neoprene. And don’t worry, tons of money for deserving Pride in June and end it’s not just leather. Wear your jeans, charities. Whether you think it’s with the Castro Street business suit, whatever you want. commercialized or not, you Fair in October. Dore You’ll see all kinds of kink and fetish shouldn’t let that deter you has become much L EATHER from going. It’s loads of fun, larger than originally page 27

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Coming up in leather & kink >> Thur., Jul. 15: Pyro-passion: Fireplay with Stefanos and Chey at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 8-10 p.m. $15$20 sliding scale entry fee. Go to: Thur., Jul. 15: Locker Room Thursdays at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). Featuring DJ Hotwire pumping music at 9 p.m. Comp clothes check provided by the SoMa Guardians. 9 p.m.–close. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco .com. Fri., Jul. 16: Exiles Monthly Program: Novice Night! The Women’s Building at 3543 18th St. 8-10 p.m. $4 entry fee for members, $10 guests. Go to: www.theexiles .org. Fri., Jul. 16: Exiles Post-Program Coffee Social. After the program, come hang out with Exiles attendees at the Wicked Grounds, 289 8th St.. 10:15 p.m. to close. Go to: Fri, Jul. 16: Backpack! New monthly Hot Buns contest/entertainment at the Powerhouse (Dore & Folsom), seeking the “best buns in San Francisco.” Winner takes $100, and their backside becomes the model for the next month’s poster. All door sales ($5 suggested donation) and money raised go to the AIDS Emergency Fund and Under One Roof. Raffles, special entertainers, and surprise guest judges. Go to: Sat., Jul. 17: Boot Lickin’ at the Powerhouse (1347 Folsom). 10 p.m. Go to: Sat., Jul. 17: Open Play Party at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25 per person. Go to: Sat., Jul. 17: Back Bar Action at the Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.). Back-patio bar open to all gear/fetish/leather. 10 p.m. to close. Go to: Sat., Jul. 17: Bearracuda at Deco Lounge (510 Larkin). Party for bears, cubs, and other wildlife. Free massages, great tunes, tasty snacks and friendly guys. $7 cover/$5 before 10 p.m. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Go to: www.bearracuda .com. Sat., Jul. 17: SF Citadel & Society of Janus take over Great America! Meet at Citadel (1277 Mission) at 10 a.m. Car Pool leaves at 10:30 a.m., meet at the main gate at 11:30 a.m. Go to: and for details. Sat., Jul. 17: Who Gives a Fuck? Post-Great America play party at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). This is an open play party. You need not have gone to the amusement park to attend. But if you have substantial sunburn, you’ll get $5 off regular admission. Go to: Sat., Jul 17-Sun, Jul. 18: American Brotherhood Weekend. This event-filled weekend in Chicago has

something for everyone. The highlights are the Mr. Midwest Rubber 2010 contest at Touche (6412 N. Clark, Chicago), and the awarding of the titles American Leatherman, American Leather Woman, and American Leatherboy. Not to be missed. Chicago is a great city, and this is a great event. Go to: Sun., Jul. 18: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: Mon., Jul 19: Dominant Discussion Group at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission St.). Doors open at 7 p.m. Please RSVP in the week preceding the meeting to either of these addresses: DJ Mora, or A $5-$15 donation to the host, the SF Citadel, is requested. Go to: Tue., Jul. 20: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 6:30-8 p.m. Go to: Tue., Jul. 20: North Bay Meander: An easy walking group for kinksters. Coffey Park (1908 Dogwood Dr., Santa Rosa). 6:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Go to: Tue., Jul. 20: Improve Your Flogging Skills! Hands-on Workshop with Midori at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission St). 8-10 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. $20 admission. Go to: Wed., Jul. 21: Leather Families, presented by Master Taino and slave matt. Master Taino shares the dynamic of His multiple-slave household and the issues unique to them, based on His own personal journey. Issues discussed will include the origins of a Leather Family, relationship among the slave siblings, different gender and sexual orientation, structure, protocols and rituals. slave matt will participate in this presentation. Active participation of attendees is encouraged. 8-10 p.m. Go to: Wed., Jul. 21: Busted! at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). This week’s edition: Pits (if you love men’s aromatic pits, this is the place for you). Starts at 9 p.m. Go to: Wed., Jul 21: 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 have the Men’s Club dogtags. See your favorite SoMa bar for details. It’s early, but get your tickets for the 10th (yes, 10th!) annual Breast Cancer Emergency Fun Gala, Fri., Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the City Forest Lodge in San Francisco. Tickets are a very affordable $22, get them at: More info to follow.

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wear. So if you don’t have any leather – don’t worry, you’ll still fit it. That’s the beauty of this street fair: Everyone is welcome, no judgments. You’ll no doubt have a great time. My only complaint is that now that it’s become part of an organization, they have to monitor any “friskiness” that goes on, to ensure no one breaks any laws (those are real policemen walking around, not just people with a cop fetish). Where’s the fun in that? No worries, it’s just more of a challenge, but trust me, it can still be done. You just have to be a bit more creative, and where there’s a will, there’s a way. For more info about Up Your Alley and the many associated events, go to: The Friday before Dore (July 23), the SF Eagle (398 12th St.) hosts a long-standing tradition, the SF Leather Daddy contest. This is the longest-running leather title in San Francisco after Mr. SF Leather. This well-respected title is self-contained

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within San Francisco, and is focused on service to the SF community. The contest starts at 9 p.m. The title is for life, and all of our SF Leather Daddies and boys have stepped up and done us proud. Be there for a great time on the Eagle patio. And congratulations to outgoing SF Leather Daddy Gage – thanks for doing a great job! Also throughout the weekend is the International Leather Sir/boy and Community Bootblack competition. This event came back to San Francis-

co a couple of years ago and has made Up Your Alley weekend its home. Whether you’re a fan of contests or not, it’s worth attending for the fun, the fantasies, and the networking. The producers always do a fantastic job. Weekend passes are currently $99. Go to: This coming weekend (July 1618), Chicago hosts ABW (American Brotherhood Weekend), centered around the contest for the 2010 American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy. Also included is the Mr. Midwest Rubber 2010 contest. Go to: I’ll feature details and the winners in my next column. Correction: My apologies to both the SF Eagle and the Hole in the Wall. In my last column, I left them off my list of participants in the Folsom Friday event on June 25. The official website ( does not have them listed as members or sponsors, so please update your website, guys! They are definitely a big part of the revitalized, hot, nasty and fun Miracle Mile on Folsom St.▼



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Bummed in Boston f you want to know how good a Stephen McCauley novel is, just refer to a little 1998 film starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd called The Object of my Affection, based on his first novel. Known for pitch-perfect dialogue, almost too-believable characters, and hilarious plots drawn straight out of everyday (every-gay) life, McCauley’s novels brilliantly showcase the tragicomic nuances of modern life. As one of gay literature’s most socially adept writers, the writer scores again with his latest novel Insignificant Others, a take on relationships and alliances among a group of men navigating love and life in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. Right from the first page, narrator Richard Rossi begins lamenting the


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plete sense, as she already had an established history with the writer. In Hannah Free (Wolfe Video/Ripe Fruit), formerly footloose Hannah (Gless) is in her twilight years in the 1990s, nursinghomebound and none too happy about it. When she’s not harassing the J. Darrow House nursing staff and chasing them from her room, she’s reminiscing about chasing a red ball through a cornfield with child gal-pal Rachel (Elita Ernsteen). To make matters worse, the elderly Rachel (Maureen Gallagher), with whom Hannah had a lifelong romance, is on life support in the same nursing

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an era where the studios increasingly competed for the exploitation dollar, with fare like the Tennessee Williamsinspired, Catholic Church-condemned Baby Doll. American Grindhouse is wildly entertaining in its exploration of the 1960s/70s era of “toughie” blood-engorged films, as well as the “Blaxploitation” and “Nazisploitation” genres. The best and least typical of the Blaxploitation fare was Sweet Sweet-

with two children. Though Richard and Conrad have one of those wild-card, open relationship agreements, they both find difficulty admitting that it really does sting to realize (and feel the emotional heft) that both have other love interests on the side. Richard has woes of his own, including a frustrating human resources job at a Cambridge software company located in the former Necco candy warehouse, where unlawful termination lawsuits and unsatisfied co-workers are commonplace. This is coupled with the pains of troubleshooting an embittered sister and a married friend who has fallen ill with heart disease. Reliable jaunts to the gym with his best friend Jerry help little, though

Walmi, his personal trainer, has a mess of his own to contend with (“a drug-addicted boyfriend who worked on the fringes of the sex

trade”). As McCauley adds layer upon layer to his characteristically thoughtful narrative, there’s little to assuage Richard’s stress levels, and eventually he must deal with the crux of his relationship anxieties. Sure, some of the compromises made by Richard overstretch credulity, but this breezy, witty book brims with so many observant, head-nodding moments, it’s easy to overlook the fact that no one says “enough is enough” nearly as often as they should. The novel’s Boston backdrop is fantastically accurate and romantically rendered (the author lives there), even in the throes of freezing, snow-squalled wintertime. More essential than the usual summer beach read and definitely more fun, McCauley’s latest is a multi-dimensional romantic comedy pitting the conception of true love against the tenets of truth in monogamous relationships and the pressures of social expectations.▼

home as Hannah. But Rachel’s homophobic daughter Marge (a painfully miscast Taylor Miller), who sports oversized Christian hair and a New Testament fashion sense, disapproved of their relationship, and has forbidden Hannah from ever seeing Rachel. So to get her mind off her fears of Rachel dying alone, Hannah is forced to carry on imaginary conversations with the mid-period Rachel (a stiff Ann Hagemann). They tease and provoke each other. They recall intimate details about their lengthy love affair, which included Rachel’s marriage to Mr. Johnson and motherhood, and the itinerant Hannah’s experiences as a WAC, as well as her time spent in Alaska, New Mexico and Brazil. Their love endured in spite of the fact that

after having sex in the barn with Hannah, Rachel returned to her Bible. Enter Greta (Jacqui Johnson), a college-age woman who leads Hannah to believe that she wants to interview her for a class assignment. Greta’s interest in Hannah goes above and beyond what one might expect. She even offers to help Hannah into her wheelchair late at night and wheel her down to Rachel’s room so that she can see her. She gains access to Hannah’s suitcase full of journals and her unpublished novel. You see, out lesbian Greta is actually the greatgranddaughter of Rachel, as well as the granddaughter of Marge. She’s there to make sure that Hannah and Rachel get the closure they deserve. Gless, who has been known to

nibble on scenery, is quite good here. She shows great restraint in portraying the title character, bringing the right level of hard-edged grouchiness to the role, which she carefully balances with luminous warmth in her scenes with the middle-aged Rachel (Gallagher). Equally good is Johnson, who provides a youthful energy in her scenes. The fatal and damning flaw here is Allen’s awkward, stilted, mawkish and simply boring screenplay. The endless exposition brings the film to a screeching halt on countless occasions. It’s almost as if she was afraid that if she diverted from the original play’s spirit too much she would offend or alienate the show’s diehard lesbian following. It’s a case of too much telling and not enough show-

ing. What she ends up with is a sort of Undercooked Green Tomatoes in which characters, especially the midperiod Rachel, speak in unintentionally funny ways that result in unwarranted laughs. On the Claire of the Moon scale, consider yourself mooned. Hannah Free DVD bonus features include interviews with lead actress Sharon Gless (in which she talks about the lesbian following for Cagney & Lacey, among other things), playwright Claudia Allen, director Wendy Jo Carlton, as well as sundry cast and crew members. Additionally, you will find bloopers, a look behind the scenes, a segment from WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program on the movie, theatrical trailer and more.▼

back’s Badassss Song, Melvin Van Peebles sublimely entertaining reverseracism drama, where he stars as a stud who’s defiantly on the wrong side of the law. Song, opening initially on only two screens, would gross four million bucks, and paved the way for the Shaft series. John Landis proudly notes that he shared equipment with Van Peebles during the filming of his 1973 horror film spoof Schlock. Sadly, American Grindhouse makes the typical omission of gay male-produced cinema, some of which, like Wakefield Poole’s Boys in the Sand and several by San Francisco-based Artie Bresson, were legit contenders in

pushing the envelope on social/sexual taboos during arguably the most exciting period for American freelance filmmakers. Film historian Kim Morgan puts in a good word for soft-core, womenin-prison movies overflowing with lesbian subtext, like the 70s’ The Big Dollhouse. “Women like to watch other women naked and doing things, I’m sorry it’s something that women like. Women don’t have a problem with it, women get turned on by it, too!” The camera stays on Morgan’s bemused face for an extra beat as she doubles down on this point to an obviously skeptical male audience behind the camera. Perhaps the most bizarre film explored is Elsa, She-Wolf of the S.S., one of the rare examples of the Nazisploitation genre, which sports one of

the all-time best schlock-fest titles. I was so impressed by seeing Elsa advertised at a San Antonio, Texas multiplex that I never wanted to spoil the fun by experiencing the let-down of watching the movie. (Roxie, 7/18; Viz, 7/25, 27) Strigoi This weird Romanian-produced comedy is perhaps the most off-beat entry in the vastly overcrowded vampire field. Vlad, a young would-be doctor who dropped out of medicine because of his squeamishness, returns home after exile in sunny Italy. In his absence, both kin and townspeople have gotten a little nutty over their suspicions regarding the undead status of a local aristocrat and his wife. Faye Jackson’s spoof – in English, which gives those Transylvanian accents an extra-campy bite – explores why vampires can develop

ravenous appetites and not just for human blood, as well as making satirical points at the expense of Gypsies, Communists, Capitalists and dogkilling priests. (Viz, 7/27) Dr. “S” Battles the Sex-Crazed Reefer Zombies I won’t spoil your anticipation of the Festival’s handsdown best title with too much information. (Viz, 7/23, 26) Fell Christopher Rusin’s ambitious and handsomely-lensed psychological horror piece attempts to create a female Norman Bates and follow the origins of her peculiar madness in a wildly abusive daddy and a sickly codependent, now invalid mom. A promising first act eventually meanders into artistic self-indulgence as the filmmaker fails to develop his thesis and falls in love with his own pretty pictures. (Roxie, 7/18; Viz, 7/27)▼

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esting to get her take on the West Coast. Now, in a sense, she’s here. The work she has produced over the last 30 years in a hand-made, self-styled, largely uncalculated career has been assembled for her first museum retrospective, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF through October 26. An antidote to the summertime blues, this thoroughly enjoyable exhibition features over 100 original works on paper, preliminary sketches, paintings, whimsical illustrations for publications such as Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, as well as photographs, textiles and the fruits of collaborations with fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, choreographer Mark Morris, and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Visitors wanting a glimpse of 13 Words, her recent project with Lemony Snicket, can gaze upon “Panache,” a gouache depicting a festive birthday party in a bright yel-

Soldier, gouache on paper, 2009, by Maira Kalman.

low room whose VIP guests include a masterful dog in a red overcoat and a young man wearing glasses and bunny ears. Kalman has just completed a guide to the best hotels to get breakfast in bed, and has lobbied The New Yorker for a cover celebrating “National I Won’t Get Out of Bed Day.” One need not look far for a theme here.

The child of Israeli immigrants who relocated to New York City when she was four, and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, Kalman would seem to have commonality with the subject of another CJM show, Maurice Sendak, also an illustrator, children’s book author, immigrant/outsider and dog-lover. But Kalman isn’t magnetized by the aggression and terror that preoccupy Sendak. Her colorful illustrations and paintings, often inscribed with commentary in her own hand, are entrancing, a combination of humor, naiveté, swift intelligence, wonder and insight. With an exuberance tempered by both optimism and skepticism, and only hints of loss and troubled waters, they are more dream than nightmare visions. Rooms and destinations, real or imagined, play a central role, as does the fertile terrain of dreams. Take, for instance, the majestic “Celeste Hotel” in Algiers, “Dream in Venice,” or the exotic, insistently orange “Rajastani Room.” Wherever her journeys take her is fodder for her art practice,

Insignificant Others by Stephen McCauley; Simon & Schuster; $25

erosion of his eight-year relationship to his partner Conrad, a traveling interior design consultant with whom he cohabitates in their Beacon Hill condo. He creatively equates the evolution of monogamy in their relationship to a “particularly flavorful baked chicken dish we used to make,” since, as the years rolled by, one day he realized they hadn’t made that dish in over a year, and surmises that “both of us just got tired of the wonderful flavor.” It might seem like a pitiful, someone-left-the-cake-out-in-the-rain way to begin a novel, but in his own unique way, McCauley is simply constructing the framework for a story that finds joy, comedy and much retrospection in the most unlikely of places: the notion of fidelity. While Conrad is slowly being lured away by his dalliances, so is Richard by his three-year affair with Benjamin, a closeted architect who happens to be married (to a woman named Giselle)

Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

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would begin saving lives), and his legacy of AIDS education. A heartfelt tribute that disguises a subtle call to action, Pedro and Me should be required reading in all junior-high English classes. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel;

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make way for Batwoman, a relative newcomer and, thus far, a mere supporting character. DC Comics’ gamble was based in confidence in the title’s new creative team: writer Greg Rucka, known for his deft ability with strong female leads, and artist JH Williams III, who is quite simply the best in the business. Previously known for his mind-blowing mixedmedia work on the obscure but transcendent Promethea, Williams takes his acid-infused layouts to new heights in the seven-part Elegy. Rucka and Williams’ top-notch collaboration (smoothly abetted by colorist Dave Stewart) initially follows Batwoman in her battle against the occult-driven Religion of Crime, then flashes back to formative events in the life of young Kate Kane, explaining her evolution into a costumed hero. (Those key character moments include her admitting her sexuality to an Army superior.) Williams deftly switches art styles to suit different sections of the story, and slyly includes early visual hints about the villain that the text doesn’t reveal until midway through. If this complete but bittersweet story arc leaves you wanting more, Batwoman will soon be getting her own monthly title — marking the first time a lesbian superhero headlines her own series.

Houghton Mifflin, $19.95

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse; Vertigo Comics, $24.99 Originally published in 1995, Stuck Rubber Baby was four years in the making and well ahead of its time. Although not strictly biographical, this densely illustrated tale by cartoonist Howard Cruse (creator of Wendel, a 1980s comic strip published in the Advocate) draws on his and his friend’s experiences growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. Consider it historical fiction, then. Protagonist Toland Polk experiences a slow coming-out process, a personal struggle that Cruse casts against a much more public one: the fight of black Americans to win their civil rights during the Jim Crow era of the Deep South. Though it won an Eisner Award

(comicdom’s Pulitzer), Stuck Rubber Baby failed to win much mainstream notice. After all, 15 years ago, neither gay issues nor graphic novels received the attention (either political or popcultural) that they do today. Still very much worth reading, its impact was felt on a generation of cartoonists, such as Alison Bechdel, who wrote the introduction to this new volume, and who produced her own masterpiece 11 years later (see below). Pedro and Me by Judd Winick; Henry Holt, $16.99

Another classic, this decade-old tale (reissued last year in a new edition) is an unabashed memoir by a strikingly young creator. Not many 30-year-olds craft compelling stories about their own lives — that’s typi-

cally the forte of a much older artist — but Judd Winick already had quite a story to tell in 2000, thanks to his late friend Pedro Zamora. In 1994, the beloved Pedro became a pop-culture sensation and AIDS activist simultaneously, thanks to his bravery and openness on the MTV reality show The Real World. As Pedro’s roommate, Winick learned a lot about HIV — and an entire generation of young Americans learned with him. With simple but charming illustrations, Winick first contrasts his early life (a cartoonist geek born on Long Island) with Pedro’s (born in Cuba, growing up gay in Miami). He then launches into their six-month tenure on TV, Pedro’s untimely death at 22 (just before new AIDS meds

Subtitled A Family Tragicomic, this deeply engrossing 2006 memoir is richly layered. Irony surfaces everywhere, in the details of Alison Bechdel’s autobiography (around the time she comes out, she also discovers that her father’s been living a second life in the closet) and even in the very title: “Fun home” is a nickname for the Bechdel funeral home. Bruce Bechdel was both proprietor of the parlor as well as a high-school English teacher; his intellectual take on life prompts his cartoonist daughter to include a wide range of literary references in this book, including discursions into the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. Her duotone art — nicely rendered black lines colored in a palette of gray-blues — shows considerable range, which might surprise anyone familiar only with her work on the syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. A multiple Eisner winner, Fun Home added to the growing profile of comic books in 2006 when Time magazine named this NYT bestseller the best book of the year, topping a list dominated by prose.▼

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which is informed by nearly everything, from Saul Steinberg and Matisse, whose influence can be seen in Kalman’s deceptive simplicity, to music, architecture, literature, film and nature. And let’s not forget the Supreme Court. After meeting Ruth Bader Ginsburg and immortalizing her with an illustration, Kalman reflects in a caption: “I think, move over Jane Austen as my imaginary best friend forever. Make room for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who would have gone to my high school for music, if her parents had let her. Whose favorite artist is Matisse. (I rest my case.)” In 2000, The New York Times Magazine sent Kalman to cover the Paris runway shows, an inspired idea resulting in “Couture Voyeur,” an illustrated essay that’s surely a departure from the average fashion coverage. “Woman with Face Net” is a portrait of a severe-looking redhead in cropped hair and black turtleneck, one of those scarily brutal fashion doyenne-types, while “Viktor & Rolf” has a split-screen effect: a willowy model in a pink dress with flowing asymmetrical hem and white fur stole is seen in the upper-left panel, a handbag rests on an inviting red chair in another. Witty text and equally charming illustrations make “Ooh-la-la (Max in Love)” enchanting. In this inaugural entry in a series of stories about the poetically inclined Max Stravinsky, who arrives in Paris and stays at an establishment run by the pungent Madame Camembert, Max, duly smitten, is prone to rhapsodizing: “You played the legato/ my heart went staccato/ my musical muse/ no longer confused/ I have found my raison d’etre/ It is you/ My crepes suzette.” “Man Leaping While Man Talks on Phone,” in which a male dancer is sublimely aloft as an elegant Parisian gentleman chats on a sofa in a well-appointed, old-world apartment, perfectly complements the book’s effervescent prose. Excerpts here from And in the Pursuit of Happiness, Kalman’s earnest yet tongue-in-cheek search for the real America, show a group of Washington, DC Baptist Church ladies in elaborate Sunday best hats and, later, presents a query-and-response straight from the author’s heart: “Why swear on the Bible, not the Constitution?” it reads. “A good question. But now we’re taking a short break and opting for naiveté.”▼

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