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ore than two weeks after its annual Oscar gala, Academy of Friends isn’t saying when it will make another payment on the tens of thousands of dollars it owes to its community partners from the Alan Keith 2010 event. However, a board member said the organization is examining its future, including the possibility of selecting partners without inviting groups to apply. AOF, which holds its pricey Academy Awards gala each year, had pledged last

hen Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in 2009, he conceded there was little chance for passage in the 111th Congress. Absent from the 102 co-sponsors that year was Representative Senator Dianne Barney Frank (D- Feinstein Massachusetts), the most veteran and influential of the three openly gay members of Congress. He said the bill had “zero” chance of passage. Also missing was thenHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) as co-sponsors, and there was no companion bill in the Senate.

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es specific to anti-LGBT bullying, the need to address it came up numerous times in breakout sessions he White House held a highand in remarks. visibility conference on bulKevin Jennings, the openly gay lying prevention March 10, assistant deputy secretary for the ofwith the president and first lady fice of safe and drug-free schools at calling on parents, teachers, stuthe Department of Education, and dents, and communities to address the founder of GLSEN, said in a call the problem together. Members of with reporters that bullying has Congress last week introduced sevreached a “tipping point” where it “is eral LGBT-inclusive bills designed no longer tolerable.” What pushed it to address bullying and harassment to that point, he said, was the media of students. attention surrounding a string of In his opening remarks, Presifive suicides last fall related to antident Barack Obama said the one LGBT bullying. overarching goal of the conference The event also served to launch First lady Michelle Obama talks with Emily, left, and Sarah Buder, authors was “to dispel the myth that bullying the website www.StopBullying.gov, of Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope, during last is just a harmless rite of passage or which consolidates federal anti-bulweek’s Conference on Bullying Prevention at the White House. an inevitable part of growing up.” lying resources for students, parents, “Bullying can have destructive educators, and others. On the consequences for our young people,” the Trevor Project. homepage is a prominent rainbow-colored box tiObama said. “No school can be a great school until it is first tled “LGBT Bullying,” which links to LGBT-speThe president also noted that bullying is “more a safe school,” said Education Secretary Arne Dun- cific information and resources. likely to affect kids that are seen as different, can. The conference also highlighted several private, whether it’s because of the color of their skin, the And Secretary of Health and Human Services national campaigns to address bullying, including clothes they wear, the disability they may have, or Kathleen Sebelius asserted, “Bullying is not an ed- ones from the National Education Association, the sexual orientation.” ucation problem or a health problem – it is a com- American Federation of Teachers, and the NaAttending the event were senior administration munity problem.” tional PTA. officials and approximately 150 students, parents, Breakout sessions led by other administration MTV said it would launch a new coalition – of teachers, advocates, and others, including repre- officials discussed school policies and programs, which the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against sentatives from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Ed- campus and community programs, and cyberbul- Defamation will be part – to fight bullying and inucation Network, the Human Rights Campaign, lying. Although there were no sessions or speech- tolerance online. page 13 the National Center for Transgender Equality, and

he San Francisco Human Rights Commission unanimously adopted a groundbreaking report examining the consequences of rendering bisexuals “invisible” at its meeting last week. The report, Lindasusan Ulrich which bi community members applauded, is believed to be the first of its kind. “I’m so excited and relieved. It’s been such a long time coming. I had a good sense that it would pass, but to not have it even be a question? At the end I’m just so grateful to be a part of it,” said Lindasusan Ulrich, author of the report, entitled, “Bisexual In-

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by Seth Hemmelgarn San Francisco clinic that serves women and transgender people has reduced the amount of money it needs to stay open for the next several months. The clinic, Lyon-Martin Health Services, has been struggling to stay open. In late January, its board of directors made the surprise announcement that the clinic was more than $500,000 in debt and would close within days. Many in the community quickly rallied to raise funds to

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help save Lyon-Martin. Eric Fimbres, Lyon-Martin’s interim executive director, said this week that the clinic is projecting it needs $200,000 by the end of March to continue operations, based on a new analysis. In February, Lyon-Martin announced that the clinic needed to raise $500,000 by March 31, in addition to the more than $300,000 that had already come in through community fundraising efforts, in order to stay open. Those figures were based on an external assessment by HFS Consultants. Fimbres said that the $200,000 figure doesn’t guarantee “we can stay open forever,” but it would ensure survival for “maybe another six to eight months.” He presented a new business plan to Lyon-Martin’s board of directors Saturday, March 12. He said his numbers were “very unofficial” and the board has asked for more work on the plan before it approves it. In an interview Tuesday, March 15, Fimbres said the most recent analysis, which the Fresno-based firm TCA Partners assisted LyonMartin with, “validated” the $500,000 figure, and that total would still be needed by the end of December. He said the numbers were based on a two-year cash flow analysis. TCA didn’t respond to an interview request. Fimbres said the new business plan would go into effect as soon as the board approves it. He estimated the process of finalizing the plan would take less than a month. “We need to act fast,” said Fimbres. “We really need to get this going as quickly as possible.” Fimbres said if the $200,000 doesn’t come in, “We’re going to assess where we are at the end of the month,” and depending on how much there is in “actual cash” and “credible pledges,” they’ll determine if the closure plan needs to be implemented. “I can’t tell you yet what that threshold is,” he said. “We’re sticking as close to the $200,000 threshold as possible.” The clinic, which serves almost 2,500 patients, is looking at options to bring in more revenue. Fimbres said one option might be expanding the clinic’s hours in order to generate more visits. Fimbres said that since the external assessment, some reductions were made to what the clinic had budgeted for this year. The $69,120 that had been included for his position was among

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the cuts. He previously estimated that he wasn’t being paid more than $12 an hour, and that he’d be working 60 hours a week. He had indicated he might not bill for all of that. Tuesday, Fimbres said the clinic needs to raise $200,000 now because by the end of December, that’s how much it would need to cover the accumulated cash deficit, including debt repayments. The clinic’s total debt is more than $1 million. Fimbres said the goal is to pay that back over the next five years. The debt includes money owed to the IRS because of payroll taxes that hadn’t been paid and payments that remain on a $600,000 loan. Fimbres said the cost of operations through December would be about $1.3 million. With the debt payments, the budget would be about $1.5 million. He said the clinic has about $100,000 in the bank. At a March 2 Board of Supervisors subcommittee hearing, Fimbres said that the clinic was looking for another $250,000 from the public, on top of what had already come in; $100,000 to $150,000 from private foundations; and as much as $150,000 from the city. He said this week that those figures remained “pretty much at the same ballpark.” Judging by the pace of recent community fundraising, it may fall to the city to save the clinic. According to Lyon-Martin’s website, only about $13,000 had come in in the past week, bringing the total in pledges and donations since late January to approximately $339,000. Fimbres also said this week that Public Health Director Barbara Garcia had been “doing her best to pitch for us” with the city’s supervisors. Garcia wasn’t available for a phone interview Tuesday.▼


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he Internet is on the brink of a new land rush with the expected approval of a new alternative to dot-com, dot-edu, and dot-org. Ladies and gentlemen, meet dot-gay. In a few years, consumers may have the opportunity to visit domains like lambdalegal.gay or peacheschrist.gay. It’s thanks to an ambitious venture by a business called, fittingly, Dotgay, LLC. The technical name for the suffix at the end of a site is “generic top-level domain,” or gTLD. Currently, observers predict a huge wave of new gTLDs in the next few years, due to the adoption of new rules by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, which serves as a sort of post office for Internet traffic. In a few years, we could see an explosion in new gTLDs, from dot-wine to dot-miami or dot-kids. The dot-gay initiative is spearheaded by Scott Seitz, founder of LGBT marketing agency SPI Marketing. Should ICANN approve the applica-

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tion, Dotgay, LLC would exclusively manage that gTLD. “We got into this process a year ago,” Seitz told the Bay Area Reporter. “We wanted to make sure that dot-gay would be held by the gay community.” Seitz, who is gay, has focused on securing endorsements from stakeholders throughout the LGBT community. He is working closely with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to ensure that existing organizations and businesses have early access to their preferred domain names. Groups like the Human Rights Campaign and businesses like 440 Castro could register their sites before the public registration begins. In cases where several separate parties might have a claim on a name – for example, the Eagle – Dotgay will hold an auction. In addition, Dotgay will operate “index pages” for more generic terms, such as “pride.gay” and “communitycenter.gay.” Those pages would then link to subdomains, such as “sf.pride.gay.” Although Dotgay would reserve

Dotgay CEO Scott Seitz spoke Monday at the LGBT Community Center about his plans for a dot-gay domain.

the right to ban sites, Seitz plans to adopt a permissive stance. He cited exgay organizations or the Mormon Church as potential points of controversy, and said that he would allow anti-gay domains but might require that they display a warning or disclaimer. Sixty-seven percent of Dotgay’s profits will be donated to a foundation to benefit the LGBT community, Seitz said. There are still numerous hurdles to

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Gay social networking site cedes ground to SF competitor by Matt Baume fter a tumultuous first year, the gay social networking site once known as Fabulis is now a nongay design retail site called www.Fab.com. When Fabulis launched in 2010, its founders’ goal was to provide an

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online tool for gay men to share reallife social plans. Since then, the company changed its name to Fab.com and experimented with auctions, contests, micro-transactions, question-and-answer games, and daily Groupon-style sales, all targeted to gays. In addition, the site aggregated data from Facebook, highlighting upcoming events to which large numbers of gay men had submitted an RSVP. But the company announced a “pivot” last week, ditching events and profiles in favor of “daily design for everyone” and selling “well designed products from leading manufacturers.” Those products could include pencils, messenger bags, headphones, furniture, and art, according to the company’s rebooted blog. “The math no longer added up,” explained Fab.com CEO Jason Goldberg, calling retail “a new and better business idea.” He added that political advances in the last year had diminished the need for LGBT-focused websites. But as Fab.com explores this new direction, former competitors like San Francisco-based www.GayCities.com are going strong. “Our product is really about finding the best experiences in your town and anywhere you travel,” GayCities CEO Scott Gatz told the Bay Area Reporter. “The goal is to help people come together, and discover all the best places and experiences every day.” That echoed statements made by Goldberg just a few weeks earlier. “The focus of Fab is all around

places,” he told the B.A.R. in January, and predicted that “everything we do this year is around, ‘how do we derive value for users around discovering great places to go and things to do, from a gay man’s perspective?’” One of the sites’ major distinctions was that GayCities takes pains to feature only what its staffers consider the best events. Fab.com had a more exhaustive database, featuring data on over 110,000 places. As Fab.com exits the social networking space – with a farewell message that included an endorsement of GayCities – Gatz looked to the future, predicting that mobile platforms will demand more of his attention. “I see the mobile phone as being transformative in the way that the Internet was transformative 10, 15 years ago,” said Gatz, who was general manager of Yahoo’s search business before starting GayCities. While desktop users might use GayCities.com to make plans for the weekend, he said, users of the GayCities mobile app are more likely to look for what’s happening nearby at that moment. “Word of mouth has always been important to our community,” he added, “Whether it’s the political climate or a great new place. Tech is now providing a way to make that possible. It’s a way to find people, to ask questions, and answer them in a different way and leave a guide behind.” And soon, according to Fab.com’s new vision, also a way to buy pencils.▼

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LGBT Democratic groups slow to endorse for mayor n the free-for-all that is this year’s race to be San Francisco mayor – the number of people who had pulled papers to run as of Tuesday, March 15 was at 31 – endorsements are already rolling in for several of the major candidates. Both City Attorney Dennis Herrera and state Senator Leland Lee (D-San Francisco) have been ballyhooing their support from various labor unions since the start of the year. Just this week the California Nurses Association announced it was backing Lee in the race. His campaign spun the news as Yee’s “biggest endorsement yet.” Both the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council had already come out for Yee. Meanwhile, Herrera in recent weeks has plugged his winning support from six maritime unions and openly gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, P OLITICAL who formerly worked for him as a deputy city attorney. Former District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, the only openly gay candidate among the top-tier of mayoral hopefuls, has been quietly posting videos from his endorsers onto his campaign website. The most well known is BART board member Lynette Sweet. Missing, so far, from the endorsement game are the city’s two main LGBT Democratic clubs, the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk. Unlike in the past several election cycles, neither of the clubs appears willing to make an early endorsement for the next occupant of City Hall’s Room 200 (nor in the district attorney race). It is a striking reversal from the accelerated timeline both clubs instituted in selecting their endorsed candidates in the 2010 District 8 supervisor race and the 2008 Democratic primary fight for a state Senate seat. In both instances, former leaders of the clubs were involved in the heated electoral contests. The Milk Club voted in late October 2009 to do early endorsements in two San Francisco supervisor races more than a year before last November’s election. The Alice Club followed suit in December 2009 with an early endorsement in the District 8 supervisor race. A similar scenario played out in the spring of 2007, more than a year prior to the June 2008 primary, when the Alice Club threw its support behind then-state Assemblyman Mark Leno in his heated battle against Carole Migden for her state Senate seat. The Milk Club weighed in that fall on the contest between the two out lawmakers. After a cantankerous, protracted fight the club endorsed Migden, a

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past president, in the race. Of course, Leno went on to defeat Migden in the intra-party primary and clinched the seat in the general election. The fights for both clubs’ support in this year’s mayor’s race are likely to be just as contentious. Yet leaders in both Alice and Milk don’t appear anxious to jumpstart the endorsement process. “At this time there are no plans for an endorsement other than our regularly scheduled one in September,” Alice Co-Chair Reese Aaron Isbell told the Bay Area Reporter. “I can say we are moving forward with hearing from all the candidates and having them speak with us.” Milk Co-Chair Stephany Joy Ashley also told the B.A.R. that the idea of a rushed endorsement vote this year has not been brought up at Milk. The club is more focused on addressing several hot-button political issues, she said, such as recent forums on the state of the city’s progressive movement and the police department’s use of Tasers, than on the fall elections. “We have not started talking about whether to do an N OTEBOOK early endorsement; that has not come up yet,” she said. “We will handle endorsements as they come our way. Obviously, it is going to be a really interesting year.” Isbell said the Alice Club is planning to hold a public forum with candidates running for mayor and district attorney sometime in late July or August. He said they are working with the San Francisco Young Democrats group as a cosponsor of the forums. The Milk Club may join in as a co-sponsor or host its own forum with the candidates, said Ashley. The clubs having, so far, refrained from endorsing someone for mayor is hardly that surprising considering the lineup of people in the race. While several of the candidates have wells of support in one or both clubs, none are so closely connected to either Milk or Alice that it warrants an early endorsement. Had Leno decided to run for mayor, as he had been considering at one point, it is conceivable he already would have lined up Alice’s support. Isbell, though, dismissed such conjecture as hypothetical. “I don’t know what we would have done if he was in the race,” said Isbell, who works for the state lawmaker. “Our club is not based upon any one politician, and that includes Mark Leno. Alice endorsements are made through connections and communication with our leadership. Every endorsement is taken very seriously by our club.” As it stands, Dufty and Herrera are the two to watch in terms of securing a nod from the more moderate Alice Club. The club has a history of not basing its mayoral pick on sexual orientation alone, having stuck by Mayor Willie Brown in his

re-election campaign in 1999 against gay then-Supervisor Tom Ammiano, whose write-in candidacy forced Brown into a runoff. “I wouldn’t venture to say Bevan has an edge being the only gay candidate. Obviously, we have been huge backers of Bevan Dufty in his career and that will definitely be part of the consideration,” said Isbell, noting the club has ties to many of this year’s mayoral contenders. “We, obviously, have a great interest and history with each of them and want to work with them through the conversations the full community goes through throughout the year.” Had Ammiano, now a state assemblyman, gotten into this year’s mayoral race, he would have been a clear favorite within the Milk Club. But with Ammiano’s decision to stay in Sacramento, Yee is seen as a strong contender to snag the more progressive Milk Club’s endorsement. His strongest challengers for

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Cancel 2012 AOF Oscar party on the economy. Amazingly, community memine months ago, our editorial outlined bers fall for it and many do not seem concerned the severe problems at Academy of that once well-respected agencies are now teeFriends, the San Francisco nonprofit that tering on the brink of collapse. raises money for Bay Area HIV/AIDS organizaWe say: enough is enough. tions primarily through its Oscar gala. Last year, AOF should replace its board of directors – AOF was unable to make the full payments former Executive Director Mike Horak left it had pledged to its beneficiaries, instead in a hurry last year for the comforts of dolling out small amounts to the 11 Napa Valley – and cancel plans for its agencies that had been selected. 2012 Oscar gala until it has paid the Those 2010 beneficiaries were invited 2010 beneficiaries in full. AOF should back to this year’s event, and all but continue the several smaller fundraisers one apparently accepted. it hosts throughout the year and use the Last month AOF held its 2011 Oscar money raised to make payments. It gala and now, more than two weeks after the should also seek additional fundevent, AOF board members claim to ing from its corporate sponsors. have no idea of how much money was raised and would not answer E DITORIAL We are not sure how much sponsors know of AOF’s financial situquestions on when payments – now ation, but they should be informed almost a year overdue – would be if they have not been already. made to the organizations. It is inconceivable AOF should also stop saying it’s raising that 18 days after an organization’s crucial anmoney for HIV/AIDS organizations because nual major fundraiser, it still has no idea of how clearly the charities aren’t receiving the paymuch money was raised. Are the checks and ments. The lack of funds, of course, directly afcredit card receipts sitting in a box somewhere? fects people living with HIV/AIDS – the very We doubt it. More likely is that AOF board ones who should be helped because of AOF’s members know exactly how much money was fundraising. They’re the ones who are really raised and they’re trying to come up with a being hurt by AOF’s fiscal shenanigans. If benpayment plan because they didn’t raise enough efitting organizations aren’t receiving the – again – to cover the previous year’s obligations. (At least we hope that’s the case.) But why not just come out and say that? The secrecy and unwillingness to answer questions except via email are stalling tactics that serve no one – except AOF board members. That’s not right. And we’re tired of the same excuse – the economy – coming from nonprofit leaders who are supposed to be pillars of the community and should set an example for charitable giving. Yes, the economy was in a tailspin two years ago, and the Bay Area felt the effects like everywhere else in the country. Wellrun nonprofits, however, like any for-profit company, should be able to weather these economic downturns through strategic planning and financial management. Board officials presumably are provided with regular updates on the budget and should be able to see how much cash is coming in, how much is going out, and how much is on hand. Yet in our community, we have several organizations whose board members were apparently asleep at the wheel and now they find themselves having to furlough staff (SF Pride), failing to make good on financial obligations (SF Pride and AOF), or facing potential closure (Lyon-Martin Health Services), and they all put most of the blame

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money, then they can’t afford to hire that extra staff person or increase hours of service to PWAs. Executives at those agencies that are 2010 beneficiaries should demand that AOF make the payments and, if not complete, devise a plan and stick to it. Right now, nonprofit leaders are largely keeping quiet, and that does nothing but play into AOF’s mismanagement and complacency. If you were expecting $10,000 and got a check for $1,400, wouldn’t you be upset or, at the very least, demand a payment plan to receive the rest of your money? Of course you would. These executives probably don’t want to rock the boat, lest their agencies not be invited to future events. But the question is: if you’re invited back and still don’t see any money, what’s the point of participating? In the end, it’s about accountability and transparency. Both are sorely missing from AOF’s board as well as the leaders of benefitting agencies. AOF won’t make good on its 2010 commitment if people don’t speak up. Clearly, AOF’s board did not heed our recommendations of nine months ago, so community members must demand that prompt payments be made to these AIDS service organizations. ▼

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fter I was elected to the Board of Supervisors last November, perhaps the most common advice I received was, “Don’t get involved in the dog issue.” The conventional wisdom is that it’s too divisive and without a good solution. As my mother can confirm, I was a willful child, and I take advice like that as a challenge. So, when the Golden Gate National Recreation Area proposed dramatic restrictions on off-leash dog access in Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Fort Miley, Baker Beach, Lands End, and Ocean Beach, I decided it was time to get involved. Currently, off-leash dogs are permitted in a mere 1 percent of GGNRA’s landmass, and the proposal would eliminate a significant majority of that space. I oppose GGNRA’s proposal, and whether you love dogs or can’t stand them, you should oppose this plan, given the negative impacts it will have on our neighborhood parks. We live in a small city geographically, with over 800,000 people and several hundred thousand dogs squeezed into 49 square miles. Both people and dogs need space, and we have precious little of it. This leads to tension in our city parks and other public spaces. As a result, we need to ensure that we are maintaining or even expanding publicly available space, not restricting it. GGNRA – which was established in the early 1970s expressly for recreational use and with a large contribution of land by the city – provides a significant portion of the off-leash space that allows people to exercise their dogs and allows professional dog walkers to ply their trade. GGNRA’s properties are among the most popular in the city, and it is one of the most visited national parks in the country. Although GGNRA is run by the National Park Service, it is not your standard national park. It’s an urban

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recreation area designed for daily, active uses. If GGNRA adopts its proposal – one that not only significantly restricts off-leash access, but seems designed to eliminate it entirely in the future through an escalating series of penalties for lack of compliance – where are those off-leash dogs going to go? They’re not going to disappear. They’re going to go to our neighborhood parks. We saw this last Friday. As a result of the tsunami alert, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston were closed, and guess what? – Stern Grove and other city parks saw a huge increase in dog usage. Welcome to the future of our city parks if GGNRA is successful in pushing through this policy. There will be many more off-leash dogs in our neighborhood parks. This increase will cause tension with other dogs and their owners, with people without dogs, and with people with kids. It G UEST will cause more wear and tear on our parks at a time when the Recreation and Parks Department is experiencing large budget cuts. It will lead to more enforcement demands as Rec and Park struggles to maintain its already-meager enforcement budget. So, whatever your views are on the “dog issue,” you should take a hard look at GGNRA’s proposal and decide whether it will benefit us as a city. I think it won’t. GGNRA may be federal land, but it provides critical recreational space for San Francisco. GGNRA needs to consider not just its own property but how this change will impact San Francisco. GGNRA advances several arguments for its proposal, none of which merits such a dramatic shift. It contends that dog access degrades the park, yet the off-leash policy has been in place since 1979 and GGNRA is as beautiful as ever. All recreational uses cause some wear and tear,

but that is not a reason to restrict access so dramatically. GGNRA points to the need to protect native plants and the snowy plover, an endangered bird. However, there is no known incident of a dog injuring or killing a plover. In addition, GGNRA is certainly large enough to accommodate both dogs and native plants. Protecting native plants is not an excuse for dramatically reducing recreational opportunities in the park. GGNRA also argues that it is the only national park in the U.S. that allows off-leash access, but GGNRA is not a typical national park. It’s an urban recreational area for use by all on a regular basis. Now, to be clear, I’m not advocating a dog free-for-all in San Francisco. There need to be rules so that our public spaces can be used by everyone. As a result, I’m exploring legislation to regulate commercial walkers who use our parks. O PINION dog We are considering various options, including requiring a permit, limiting the number of dogs that can be walked at one time in parks, requiring dog walkers to undergo training, and so forth. I’m working closely on this issue with Rec and Park, San Francisco Animal Care and Control, the SPCA, and dog walker groups. Let’s make sure we continue to have adequate off-leash dog space while also encouraging responsible dog ownership and dog walking. The two go hand-in-hand.▼

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Scott Wiener represents District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He has called for a hearing on the GGNRA proposal and on regulation of commercial dog walkers. The hearing will occur on Monday, April 11 at 1 p.m. in City Hall. For more information, contact Adam Taylor at (415) 554-6968 or adam.taylor@sfgov.org.


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Warped reasoning on circumcision petition

sues that often get left on the back burner in the LGBT agenda. If we are aiming for true equality, the LGBT agenda Wow! I’m amazed by Andrew Rosen’s twisted views of should reflect in both priority and resources the many issues people’s rights [Mailstrom, March 3]. In his letter, he stated impacting community members. that people signing the petition against the circumcision of Angel Fabian newborns were denying the rights of parents. He totally igOakland, California nored the right of the person whose body it is that someone else chooses to mutilate. Obama and gay rights I was circumcised as a baby and it was wrong. It’s my In the Lavender Tube column of March 3, [“Politics, lies, body. My penis. And someone went and sliced part of it off and videotape”] Victoria A. Brownworth mentioned a when I obviously could do nothing about it. scene in Egypt where a local man mentioned, What about my rights, Mr. Rosen? And what “Whatever would come had to be good, even good would it do “having it out” with my parthere was no leader in the horizon.” For which ents, as you suggest? That wouldn’t bring back Ms. Brownworth commented, “Be careful on my foreskin any more than signing the petiwhat you wish for.” I wonder what this lady tion would. I signed the petition not for myself, would have preferred, a new horizon for the Mr. Rosen, but for others. Egyptian people after 30 years of dictatorship The purpose of the petition is to give peoor a continuation of it with the blessing of this ple their rights, not take them away. Who are M AILSTROM country and the European Union. Was this atyou to deny a man his right to mature, then tempt of reform different than the one we tried decide what or what not to do with his own to do in Iraq? Was Ms. Brownworth more positive about the body? You’re reasoning, I feel, is just as warped as the people’s Iraq changes because of our military presence there? whose “justification” for Proposition 8 was that same-sex And Obama and gay marriage: There has not been any marriage was denying straight people their rights. You’re dispresident that has been more pro-gay, more pro-civil rights torting the actual issue. than Barack Obama. Still the gay community, especially the Also, I find the generalization of your argument that parconservative side of it, does not think this president has done ents know what is best for their children very disturbing. Parenough. I wonder if some people in our community have ents know best when it comes to unnecessarily mutilating the same problem that the conservative bigots have, when their baby? What about parents who beat their children? looking at Obama and not seeing him as our president. Is it That, Mr. Rosen, is something my father did to me. Would because of his ears, the way he dresses, his Hawaiian birth you say it was his right to beat me because he was my father certificate? Or is it just the way he looks? and knew what was best for his child? The lies of Obama as Ms. Brownworth points out, referI feel that Mr. Rosen’s letter was a very untruthful view of ring to his “about-face in the DOMA [Defense of Marriage the morality of those who support the petition. Act] stance, reminds me of the time that the racist Joe WilLawrence Austin son had the audacity to shout “That’s a lie” while President San Francisco Obama addressed the Congress. The DOMA reversal and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” decision are political moves that Trader Joe’s foes can celebrate a president has to dance around very carefully. If this would be France or Germany where citizens are more tolerant toNow that Trader Joe’s has abandoned its plan to open in ward sex, gay marriage (a contract in France similar to hetthe Castro, those who fought against the market can celeeros), where the political right is not so involved with the rebrate that you kept out a much-needed business and ensured ligious movement, where the Israeli lobby is not as powerful that we get to keep our makeshift Goodwill pop-up store as here, maybe it would be easier for President Obama to and blighted storefront space. I always thought a commercial stand firmly on these difficult decisions. district was about encouraging commerce, not keeping it out Maybe we should be more concerned about the attack at the whims of people who choose to live there. on the unions, on Planned Parenthood, and on PBS/NPR funding than on marriage. J. Charles San Francisco Jorge Rodriguez-Sanabria San Francisco

They won the World Series In response to Pete Dragon’s letter [Mailstrom, March 3]: To deny employment based on past support of Proposition 8 is McCarthy-era blacklisting, illegal, and un-American. Look on the bright side, the same-sex marriage case is now in federal court with a good to excellent prospect for success and the Giants have won the World Series. Let’s go Giants.

Gender and wrestling

I read the letter “Questioning Frameline on Israeli support” in the February 24 issue. My response is, kudos to the Israeli Consulate for supporting this gay cultural institution in San Francisco. It never ceases to amaze me how the Palestinian apologists ignore the religious persecution of gays in the Gaza Strip by Hamas and presumably portray themselves as supporters of queer rights. Don’t fall for these distortions.

I was surprised to learn from Roger Brigham’s column [“Wrestling with sexism,” Jock Talk, February 24] that only five states hold gender-separate high school wrestling tournaments. I had heard about the boy’s decision to forfeit the match prior to reading the article and thought that he had been put in a difficult position. At age four or five my sister, who is a year and a half older, and I were forced by our parents to have a boxing match in hopes of putting an end to our many fights. Officially I won the fight. I bloodied her nose and was declared the victor, but I have contended for decades that I actually lost before the first bell. My options were a) beat up my sister and be a heel or b) lose and be the wimp of the week, month, year. I can’t think of a single Olympic sport in which males and females compete. I’m curious if Mr. Brigham thinks that the Olympics are sexist and I wonder why he did not feel a need to use derogatory words for blacks or Asians but did choose to use one for homosexuals.

Gary Anderegg Oakland, California

Daniel Yerkich San Francisco

I would like to believe that the experience of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has awakened greater consciousness in service men and women, especially around the multitude of issues impacting the LGBTQ community. This consciousness hopefully will translate into action and collaboration. As a queer man of color and advocate for LGBT communities of color, addressing issues such as the increasing rate of homelessness among queer youth, the lack of a comprehensive immigration reform, and disproportionate poverty among lesbian and bisexual women of color are among the many is-

[Roger Brigham responds: Joel Northup placed himself in that difficult position when he chose to compete. Sexism is inherent when opportunity is denied by gender. I believe schools should sanction girls wrestling as a separate sport, just as they do soccer or basketball. The goal in wrestling is not to inflict injury and I disapprove of the parental choice of nose-punching as a teaching tool; my parents taught me to protect, not harm. Men and women compete together at the Olympics in equestrian events. Yes, the Olympics are sexist and I have written so on numerous occasions. Lastly, in postulating a hypothetical homophobic situation, I feel it appropriate to use a homophobic term.]

Steve Evers San Francisco

Kudos to Israeli Consulate

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Help sought for Japan earthquake victims ainbow World Fund has set up the LGBT Japan Earthquake Fund at the request of some of its donors, who wanted to help survivors of the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the country last week. N EWS Japanese officials have said that many services are overwhelmed, and thousands of people have died. It is the strongest

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earthquake ever recorded in Japan, which frequently experiences temblors. Ongoing problems at a nuclear power plant in northern Japan that was severely damaged by the tsunami have exacerbated the situation. Jeff Cotter, executive director of RWF, said in an e-mail message that the San Francisco-based volunteer organizaB RIEFS tion has many direct ties with Japan through its World Tree of Hope project. “We are in contact with the Con-

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sul General of Japan in San Francisco to see how to best coordinate our efforts,” Cotter said in an e-mail. Cotter also pointed out that while Japan is a relatively “rich” country, the magnitude of the disaster is immense. There are several ways the LGBT community can help, Cotter said. People can donate online at www.rainbowfund.org/donate (specify Japan). In addition, groups can host drag shows, beer benefits, or other fun charity event and donate the funds to RWF. People can also ask their churches or other favorite charities to contribute to the fund.

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ousing rights activists in northern California are urging the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to count LGBT people who seek out its programs. The issue has emerged as one of the main critiques with HUD’s proposed rules on how to ensure equal access to its housing programs regardless of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. HUD staffers have suggested that the agency prohibit inquiries into if an applicant is LGBT. The pending rule, which was released in January, is intended to prevent that information from being used as a reason to deny someone housing. “In some parts of the country it could be used as a weapon to keep people out,” warned John Trasvina, HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity, during a meeting with community members that took place in San Francisco March 9. But without the statistical information, argue activists, it will be impossible to know if LGBT people are able to access HUD programs. De-

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tractors have derided it as another problematic “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. “We have to have some kind of measurement tool to track these kinds of things and make sure people are getting services we are entitled to. Making us invisible is not going to do it,” said AIDS Housing Alliance founder Brian Basinger. Seth Kilbourn, executive director of Openhouse, which is aimed at providing housing for LGBT seniors, agreed that it is imperative for HUD to know if it is serving LGBT people. While he doesn’t have the empirical evidence to prove it, Kilbourn said he knows anecdotally that LGBT seniors are currently being underserved. “I know our seniors are under-represented in San Francisco. Can I prove that? No, because we don’t ask the question,” said Kilbourn. “I know it is a very challenging thing, but LGBT seniors are under-represented in affordable housing in this city.” Nor is it merely agencies with urban-based clients asking HUD to track its applicants by sexual orientation and gender identity. Agencies serving rural areas also want HUD to track that information. “We need that data to be collected,” said Mona Tawatao, regional counsel

HUD assistant secretary John Trasvina speaks at a hearing in San Francisco on a proposed rule to ensure equal access in federal housing programs.

for Legal Services of Northern California, which works with many clients in the Sacramento area. “With the dearth of social service agencies in our area, we need that data to support policies and to support funding, so when agencies apply for funding to provide these services there is some traction there.” HUD’s regulation, as currently written, would “preclude owners and

operators of HUD-assisted housing or housing whose financing is insured by HUD from inquiring about the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant for, or occupant of, the dwelling, whether renter- or owneroccupied.” The rule goes on to stress that there is nothing preventing someone from “self-identifying his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.” And it stresses that asking an applicant about their gender would still be allowed when the housing being provided “involves the sharing of sleeping areas or bathrooms.” “The reason why it is in there is it comes under pretty standard fair employment law. It is similar to not asking about marital status or religion. In part, nobody can say you used that as a reason you didn’t offer someone a job,” Trasvina said. “Also, lots of people don’t want to be asked that.” By including the prohibition in its intended rules, HUD has inadvertently stepped into a growing debate on when, and if, the federal government should track LGBT people. The issue gained national attention two years ago during the decennial census process, when LGBT rights groups criticized the U.S. Census Bureau for, at first, not counting same-sex mar-

ried couples. Responding to the criticism, census officials later changed course. There is now debate on whether the 2020 census and other federal surveys should count LGBT people in general. The issue has also filtered down to the local and state levels. In California out state Senator Christine Kehoe (DSan Diego) is pushing for passage of AB 416, the Survey Data Inclusion Act, which would mandate state agencies that conduct statewide surveys include questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, domestic partnership status and the gender of a spouse. When HUD personnel came up with the proposed restriction on asking such questions, it did so unaware of the controversy it would cause, said Trasvina, who is straight, during an interview with the Bay Area Reporter last week. “We did not intend to get into that debate on this rule but apparently we have,” he said. “There are those in the community who say they want that question to be asked. They make a case for it to be asked; they want to be counted.” Trasvina said during both the sitdown interview and public meeting that HUD is open to hearing why it should change that regulation and asked community members to send in written comments on the rule before the March 25 deadline. Some have suggested the agency could collect the information in such a way that it is anonymous. “On the issue of the data, we are looking for a solution,” said Trasvina, who expects the agency will issue its final rules by the end of the year.▼

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year to pay $220,000 to 11 organizations. Most of them remained on board for this year, hoping to see the rest of their money. AOF has contributed more than $8.5 million to Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations over the years, but last year was unable to make full payments to its beneficiaries. In response to e-mailed questions, AOF board member Jon Finck said this week that one-third of the amounts pledged to groups have been paid. The most recent payments were in December, he said. He ignored a question about when the next payments would be made, and beneficiaries interviewed for this story said that AOF hasn’t told them, either. Board Chair Alan Keith has said AOF is committed to paying the rest of the money by May 31, which is the end of AOF’s fiscal year. Asked in a phone interview last week if he could guarantee that would still happen, Finck said, “That’s not something I would care to comment on,” and he deferred to Keith, who didn’t respond to interview requests for this story. Dana Van Gorder, executive director of Project Inform, said Academy of Friends owes $12,000 on its pledge of $20,000 to his group. He said that he’s not sure what to make of the silence. “I imagine they’re doing their accounting right now,” on the Oscar gala, said Van Gorder, “but by the same token I think beneficiaries would appreciate some communication, at least as to what the timelines look like.” Finck said AOF didn’t yet know how much profit the gala made, but he said expenses had been less than AOF had budgeted. He said about 1,500 people attended the February 27 event, which he said was “very successful.” That’s a lower attendance figure than past galas.

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Is ‘out’ the new ‘in’ in sports? by Roger Brigham ver the years, the stories blur together as their authors fill in the blanks of seemingly templated scripts. “(Name here) revealed this week he is gay, becoming the first active athlete in (pro sport here) to publicly disclose his homosexuality.” Last week, Swedish pro soccer player Anton Hysén became the latest professional athlete on a team to inform news media he is gay, coming out in an interview with the Swedish soccer magazine Offside. His disclosure came less than a week after Steven Davies, a British rising star in international cricket, became the first active athlete in that sport to come out. Hoorays and salutations from colleagues and management alike have greeted both athletes. Promises of support have been made. Joy reigns. But is this headline news? At what point do events cease to be salutary milestones and become tiny type footnotes, expected steps on an evolving path? I have been arguing for a better part of a decade that LGBT sports news should be about a helluva lot more than just reporting who is out and who is not (which seems to be the sole extent of coverage such as it is by the mainstream media), or bare-chested photos of young Caucasian men (the fallback for far too many alternative media outlets). I see an LGBT sports world J OCK that is rapidly transforming as barriers fall while remnants of hostility persist, but I don’t see much of the process being recorded by the news media. How, for example, are we supposed to gauge what kind of support or backlash a high profile athlete coming out in the NFL or NBA would receive if all we go by are suppositions? We are told that homophobic slurs are commonplace in training camps for those sports, but reporting on such slurs rarely makes it into the daily coverage of the mainstream press unless it happens in a press conference, with microphones on and cameras running. Just months after Gareth Thomas

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came out in rugby in 2009, the Castleford Tigers were fined 40,000 pounds ($65,000) for failing to control fans’ homophobic chants and behavior when Thomas played against them. But there is no way for the average reader to gauge if the fan behavior that day was any worse or any better than it had ever been before. An interesting backstory to Hysén’s announcement is that his father, Glenn, is the coach of his team and gave the opening address at the 2007 Stockholm Pride Festival, much to the outrage of local LGBT community leaders because of a slugfest he had gotten TALK into with another man in an airport restroom allegedly over an unwanted sexual advance. But the elder Hysén had really wanted to speak at the festival. “That was the funniest thing when my dad made that speech,” Hysén said. “When he was talking about ‘a 16year-old who didn’t want to come out because he feared what his teammates would think,’ that was me. And people thought it so bloody strange that he was allowed to speak at the Pride Festival, that he was a homophobe and so on. Shit, they were so wrong.” The announcements by Davies and Hysén sandwiched a hilarious and insightful blog by Toronto writer Joe

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Clark (www.blog.fawny.org) on the myopia and complicity of news media on keeping athletes in the closet. Arguing that major media reports on gays in sports are really focused almost entirely on white male American celebrities in professional sports, Clark writes, “The discussion is all about American pro sports. Not even Europeans, Australians, New Zealanders, or anyone in the British Isles particularly cares about gay footballers and ruggers. ... All those countries have at their disposal are the sports pages in tabloids and a few marginal TV networks. Sports media are an American phenomenon. All they really care about are football, baseball, and basketball. Any kind of Olympic or amateur sport just isn’t on the radar. “Hence when we talk about coverage of gays in sports, we are talking about gays in sports covered by oligopoly sports media. A gay cricketer is of no value whatsoever in this narrative.” So, we leave the narrative and extract what we may from the footnotes. Soccer player Justin Fashanu, who came out in 1990, encountered persistent homophobia and racism after coming out, and died by suicide in 1998. What is so different for these announcements and other similar comings-out in jockdom from those of Fashanu 20 years ago – or for that matter, from David Kopay’s historic coming out in the NFL 35 years ago? Probably the biggest change is the rise of the Internet, which gives young athletes alternatives to television and newspapers for access to opinions and comments: interactive resources in which they can explore their thoughts and find out they are not so very alone after all. Twenty years after Fashanu’s emergence from the closet, European soccer has programs to battle its homophobic culture. Davies is 25 and in the peak of his career; Hysén is 20 and a minor leaguer just starting out. We are told the younger generation is more accepting and the youth of both athletes would seem to illustrate that. Let us hope 20 years from now, we will see these announcements not just as footnotes, but the close of a chapter.▼

Euro Parliament warns Turkey, Montenegro on gay equality by Rex Wockner dopting resolutions on Turkey’s and Montenegro’s progress toward joining the European Union, the European Parliament on March 9 told both nations they will have to do better on LGBT equality if they want to be part of the EU. Turkey must “ensure that equality, regardless of sex ... or sexual orientation, is guaranteed by the law and effectively enforced,” the parliament said. Ongoing problems include Ulrike Lunacek, co-president of the forced closures of LGBT organizaEuropean Parliament’s LGBT tions, the army’s classification of hoIntergroup. mosexuality as a psychosexual illness, murders of transgender people, and the withdrawal of sexual orienrights, defend LGBT people’s human tation from a draft anti-discriminarights instead of displaying intolertion law, the parliament said. ance and insensitivity to these issues. While Montenegro does ban This is the only way forward for anti-LGBT discrimination in emMontenegro’s accession process.” ployment and public services, the Euro ParliaEuro Court rules ment said that discrimagainst Russia in ination persists, “inHIV case cluding on the part of The European Court state authorities.” of Human Rights ruled The co-president March 10 that Russia viof the parliament’s olated the European ConLGBT Intergroup, Ulvention on Human Rights rike Lunacek, said: W OCKNER’ S when it denied a residence “We demand that FerW ORLD permit to a man from hat Dinosa, minister Uzbekistan because he is for human minority

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HIV-positive. The man is married to a Russian woman and they have a child together. The ruling created European legal precedent in two ways: It recognized HIV-positive people as a distinct group whose fundamental rights are protected from discrimination, and it elevated HIV-positive people to the status of a “vulnerable group with a history of prejudice and stigmatization.” Restrictions on the rights of vulnerable groups face the highest level of court scrutiny and are presumed to be illegal from the get-go. “The mere presence of a HIVpositive individual in a country is not in itself a threat to public health,” the court said. Russia was found to have violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which concerns right to family life, and Article 14, which bans discrimination. Last October, the Euro Court ruled against Russia in the matter of Moscow’s ongoing bans of gay Pride events. The court found that the nation violated guarantees of the European Convention in the areas of freedom of assembly and association, right to an effective remedy and prohibition of discrimination.▼ Bill Kelley contributed to this report.


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Manning comments lead to official’s ouster by Lisa Keen he White House reportedly pressured the State Department’s top spokesman to resign last weekend over comments he made suggesting that the gay soldier arrested in the WikiLeaks scandal is being mistreated. P.J. Crowley was the assistant secretary of state, in charge of media relations, until Sunday, March 13. That’s when he resigned and speculation began that he had been forced out. Crowley told a university seminar in Boston last Thursday that the Defense Department’s treatment of alleged WikiLeaks informer Bradley Manning was “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” Manning, who identifies as gay, is being forced to sleep naked in a military jail, his

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lawyers have said. In his remarks, Crowley didn’t say much more than that and, in fact, added that he felt it was appropriate that Manning is still being detained. But his remarks were, nonetheless, seen as a harsh criticism of the Defense Department. When Crowley resigned Sunday, he acknowledged it was because of the “impact of my remarks.” Manning, a 23-year-old Army private assigned to military intelligence analysis, has been in solitary confinement in a military jail in Virginia since July when he was charged with having turned over more than 250,000 internal State Department cables to WikiLeaks, an Internet site which has made them public. WikiLeaks claims that fewer than 16,000 of those documents were classified secret, but numerous officials in the

Obituaries >> Steven Rozell March 4, 1955 – February 19, 2011

Steven “Steve-O” Rozell was surrounded by friends and family when he passed away February 19, 2011, on a full moon, at Maitre. He was born March 4, 1955, in

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Milk’s support are likely to be District 3 Supervisor David Chiu, president of the board, who recently had a closed door meeting with progressive LGBT leaders in City Hall, and Herrera, who has long had ties to Migden and other Milk Club members. “I haven’t heard any clear emergence of a candidate from membership yet,” said Ashley. “I don’t see a clear choice at the moment.” In a sign of just how divided the club could be in picking a mayoral candidate, some members have been pushing gay District 9 Supervisor

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the adoption of the new gTLDs, and dot-gay probably won’t appear for at least another year. Public registration is likely to start in 2013. Seitz estimated that it will cost his company about $2 million to pursue ICANN’s approval. That’s due in part to the anticipated expense for defending challenges to his company’s application. For example, countries like the Vatican, Uganda, or Iran could appeal to ICANN to reject the gTLD. Re-

Southern California. He was a gypsy at heart and held deep passions for living, loving, spontaneity and helping others. He will be remembered for his great listening skills and his compassion. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held one month and one full moon after his passing, on March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. A drag show will follow at 7:30 p.m. that night at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 100 Diamond Street.

David Campos to enter the race. And tellingly, the issue of who to back for mayor was not discussed during the club’s forum on local politics last month. “I was surprised it didn’t emerge as a theme during that panel,” said Ashley. “But lots of people in the progressive community are in a ‘wait and see how the candidates position themselves on issues’ mode.”▼

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Obama administration have said they could have significant consequences. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

characterized the leaks as tantamount to “an attack on America’s foreign policy interests.” But they were also clearly an embarrassment, with the cables characterizing some heads of state as “thin-skinned” and with directives that State officials gather very personal information about various diplomats. Manning, who identified himself as gay in a Facebook posting, has been charged with “aiding the enemy,” a charge suggesting the government is inclined to treat his activities as spying. He has also been charged with theft of public records and with causing intelligence data to be published on the Internet, among other charges. During a press conference Friday, President Barack Obama was asked about the Defense Department’s treatment of Manning.

“I’ve actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate, and are meeting our basic standards,” said Obama. “And they assure me they are.” Manning’s attorneys say he has been made to strip down to his underwear or naked every night. Obama did not confirm any particulars but hinted that some actions were being taken for Manning’s own safety. “I can’t go into details about some of their concerns. But some of this has to do with Private Manning’s safety as well,” said Obama. Manning’s attorneys say he is also being denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial. Some reports suggest a pre-trial hearing isn’t likely until May at the earliest.▼

B.A.R. announces changes in obituary policy eginning Monday, March 21, the Bay Area Reporter will have a new deadline for submitting obituaries and some new guidelines. The reason for these changes is that obituaries will now be handled by the news staff; previously they were done through another department at the paper. Obituaries that adhere to the following guidelines will be published at no charge. The most significant change is that we require confirmation of death. This can be done by providing the name and contact information for the funeral home, crematory, or organ do-

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you want the hard photo returned, write the person’s name on the back. If you include a SASE for the photo’s return, write the person’s name on the inside of the envelope flap. All obituaries must include a contact name and daytime phone number. Obituaries must be submitted within a year of the death. Special display paid obituaries are due Friday at 3 p.m. For information on paid obituaries, call (415) 8615019.▼ – Cynthia Laird, news editor For archived obituaries, go to www.glbthistory.org/obituaries.

Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check www.ebar.com Monday mornings around 10 a.m. for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column looks at the fallout from Trader Joe’s axing plans for a Castro store.

sponding to each challenge costs thousands of dollars, Seitz said. Currently, Dotgay is offering sponsorship opportunities to companies on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. In exchange for a large donation, Dotgay will reserve one or more names for sponsors. But once .gay launches publicly, sites will be available for prices comparable to dot-com and dot-org. Seitz hopes that having access to a dedicated gTLD will make consumers feel more comfortable. “Hopefully, this will create some trust and security,” he said.▼

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Vigil for a friend

early 100 mourners turned out Friday, March 11 for a remembrance and vigil at 18th and Castro streets for Ricardo “Ricky” Maldonado, a well-liked friend to many in the area, who died March 10. Mr. Maldonado, who worked at several gay bars and was featured on the August 2010 cover of BARtab, was 28. The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office is investigating the case.

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“I hope the LGBT community through RWF can make a notable donation. I think it underscores the vulnerability we all face when a natural disaster occurs,” said Karen Kai, vice president of RWF’s board.

Out 4 Immigration book party Out 4 Immigration will hold a book party fundraiser tonight (Thursday, March 17) at a home in San Francisco. Author Judy Rickard, whose book, Torn Apart, tells the stories of more than 20 same-sex binational couples, will be the special guest. Immigration attorney Kelly McCown and members of Out 4 Immigration will also be on hand for the wine and cheese reception. The event starts at 6 p.m. with Rickard reading from her book around 7. Kathy Drasky, who is helping with the event, said people who are interested in attending can contact her at Kathy@out4immigration.org or (415) 606-2085 for the location.

Smart Women North Bay event Betty Sullivan’s Smart Women’s Network will hold a North Bay event tonight (Thursday, March 17), featuring Jody Cole, who recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and raised funds for Equality California’s anti-bullying initiatives. Cole will be speaking about her experience, as well as her business, Wild Rainbow African Safaris. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pelican Art Gallery, 143 Petaluma Boulevard, in North Petaluma. It is co-hosted by Linda Postenrieder and Donna Hinshaw.

Donuts and beer – for a good cause Project Open Hand, which provides meals and groceries for the crit-

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visibility: Impacts and Recommendations.” Ulrich is also a member of the HRC’s LGBT Advisory Committee. The information Ulrich gathered for the report pained her, which in turn slowed down work on the report, which took four years to produce, she told the commission at its March 10 meeting. Recent studies have found that bisexuals are the largest population in the LGB community. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2010, 3.1 percent of individuals self-identify as bisexual, compared to 2.5 percent as gay or lesbian. Yet, Ulrich pointed out bisexuals had poor health outcomes, lived in poverty, faced discrimination from both mainstream society and gay and lesbian, and weren’t being served by queer organizations that have “B” in the name. Bisexuals “weren’t considered at all” in funding for services or bisexual organizations or even mentioned in annual agency reports, she said. Ulrich reported, “One out of two bisexual women and one out of three bisexual men gave serious thought to take their own lives.” There is no data available about completed suicides, Ulrich told the commission. In spite of four decades of activism,

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again in 2011, according to AOF. For this year, partners have not been obligated to perform duties. Also, AOF didn’t accept new beneficiaries for the year as it works to pay off the 2010 organizations. Finck said that Academy of Friends, like many other groups, continues to struggle financially. A strategic planning committee consisting of six board members has been in place for several months and is reviewing how AOF will work in the future, including the selection of agencies it will be able to support, Finck said in response to e-mailed questions. He said there would “most likely” be an advisory com-

mittee to help guide AOF in selecting future beneficiaries. In a phone interview, Finck said, “We’re looking at a lot of alternatives now,” such as “How many beneficiaries can we really support, and at what level?” He said, “We might have to scale back and support fewer than 10” groups. Former Executive Director Mike Horak announced his resignation from AOF in October. Finck said the group hasn’t selected a new director. “We’re still in the process of deciding and strategizing what the leadership of Academy of Friends will look like going forward,” he said. He said that the group would an-

nounce its strategy before May 31. Asked if there was any doubt about AOF’s survival, Finck said, “Oh, gosh, no. Absolutely not.” He added, “To be old school about it, perish the thought. We’re certainly not looking to take ourselves out of the equation about helping folks with HIV and AIDS.” Another development at AOF is that Keith, the board chair, is relocating to another company and moving to Los Angeles but will remain board chair, said Finck. Like Project Inform, AOF’s other partner groups appear to be patient so far. Bill Hirsh, executive director of

AIDS Legal Referral Panel, seemed understanding about the time it was taking for AOF to assess financial data from its recent event. AOF had pledged $25,000 to Hirsh’s group. So far, ALRP has received $8,250. Hirsh said ALRP, which has a budget of just over $1 million, has received “an incredible amount of support from Academy of Friends” over the years. “I can’t tell you how important that’s been for our small agency,” he said. “I don’t know if they’re going to meet their goal for this year,” said Hirsch. “I hope that they do.” ▼

ically ill, including people with HIV/AIDS, and Dynamo Donut, a boutique donut shop in the heart of the Mission District, have announced a new collaborative effort. On Friday, March 18, from 4 to 6 p.m., Dynamo Donut (2760 24th Street) will launch its newest donut flavor, combining Open Hand’s homemade peanut butter with a banana honey glaze. To celebrate the flavor’s unveiling, the bakery will give away free donuts paired with Stiegl Goldbrau, a lager beer, while supplies last. Guests will also be invited to name the donut; the person with the winning name will receive a gift certificate for one-dozen donuts and an Open Hand apron. Hannah Schmunk, with Open Hand, said the donut shop is buying the agency’s peanut butter, with a portion of the donut purchases going back to Open Hand.

Dan Savage coming to SF State

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Dumanis took immediate fire from local Democratic gay leaders as she announced her candidacy March 10, with the predominantly gay San Diego Democratic Club accusing her of being more loyal to the GOP than to her fellow LGBTs. The club said that in last year’s statewide elections, Dumanis supported Republican candidates for governor and attorney general who vowed to reverse the state’s policy of refusing to defend Proposition 8 in court. Those candidates lost, and Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris have continued the non-defense policy. “Although I consider Bonnie a friend and believe she has been an effective judge and district attorney, there are significant policy issues where progressives disagree with her,” said SDDC President Doug Case. “Her loyalty appears to rest more with the Republican Party than the LGBT community, as witnessed by some of her endorsements.” (Six days later, the SDDC corrected its statement, saying that Dumanis had remained neutral in the attorney general race.) Prop 8, passed by voters in November 2008, amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. It was later struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge in San Francisco. That decision is now on appeal at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Israeli LGBTs to speak in SF Four Israeli LGBT young people from the Israel Gay Youth Organization will hold a panel discussion and share their stories on Sunday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street in San Francisco. The young people from IGY, as it is known, include Sam Rosenfeld, 18, a transgender man who works as a cook; Anna Shilansky, 18, lesbian who is a senior in a private high school; Itzik Sussan, 19, a soldier in the Israeli Air Force; and Shirel Touitou, 20, who was born into an ultra-Orthodox family and became secular and came out at 18 and who remains close to her family. A Wider Bridge, a national organization that works to create more opportunities for LGBTQ Jews in the U.S. and around the world, is sponsoring the event, along with several other organizations, including Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and the Jewish Community Federation. the report highlights that bisexuals haven’t gained much traction. “There is nothing in all the data I’ve collected that disputes what is in the bi report,” said Heidi Bruins Green, a bisexual researcher and author of forthcoming study about bisexuals in the workplace. “Experiences talked about in the report were matched by bisexuals across the world,” Bruins Green said at the meeting. “Bisexuals in our survey expressed frustration about how invisible they are [and] frustration with lack of welcoming community over and over again.” Veteran bi activists praised the report. “It’s a long time coming. I felt sad that 40 years ago I was saying the same thing,” said bisexual activist Maggi Rubenstein. “It’s hard to get people activated to do something about invisibility.” Patricia Kevena Fili, a bisexual transgender woman and activist, described the commission’s vote as “historic.” “You can almost see the pain released,” she said. The report has the attention of the HRC as well as agencies in other countries. Nadia Babella, discrimination investigator and mediator of the HRC, pointed out in her introduction of the report that the commission was already receiving inquiries about the re-

Syndicated advice columnist and gay dad Dan Savage will be speaking at San Francisco State University on Friday, March 25 at noon at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1650 Holloway Avenue. Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, just wrote a new book that will be released next week, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living ($21.95, Dutton). The book includes expanded essays and new material from Savage and Miller’s wildly popular “It Gets Better” videos, which started after the couple learned of a teenager who died by suicide last September after being bullied by classmates who believed he was gay. Shortly after that incident, several more suicides were widely reported in the media last fall and the It Gets Better videos went viral. More than 3,000 have been posted with over 15 million viewers, including segments by celebrities and others. Savage’s upcoming appearance is co-sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts, AS Program Services, Pride at SF State, and the university’s Safe Place and Cease programs.

Karaoke contest and benefit

Pastors to address Commonwealth Club The Reverend Eric Lee, an outspoken supporter of marriage equality and president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, will speak at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Thursday, March 24. He will be joined by the Reverend Deborah Johnson, founding minister and president of Inner Light Ministries. Lee’s strong opposition to Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, created tension in his life with fellow black clergy members. He was also summoned to the SCLC’s national headquarters in Atlanta in 2009 to explain his position. Johnson is known for bringing clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues and for her work in building solidarity in the intersections of social justice. The program, organized by Laurie Wagner, takes place at the Commonwealth Club’s offices, 595 Market Street. A networking reception starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6. The cost is $8 for club members, $20 for non-members, and $7 for students (with valid ID).

Miss Debutante Kylie Minono of the San Francisco Grand Ducal Council presents “Karaoke for Your Life,” a fundraiser for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, on Sunday, March 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mint, 1942 Market Street. Contestants will compete to win a karaoke system, valued at $130, and the bragging rights for the title of Mr./Miss Karaoke 2011. The competition starts at 3 p.m. The suggested entrance donation is $15. Patrons are encouraged to persuade their friends to perform a number by donating $5 a song. In addition, attendees will be

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port from Bolivia and Spain, as well as universities. “I felt very empowered by [the report and commission vote]. As someone who is attracted to all sexes, I felt a sense of hope that my sexual orientation would be seen and celebrated,” said Babella. One of the major components of the report discussed health disparities among bisexuals. Out Commissioner Mark Kelleher praised the report and offered support to implement the recommendations. “I’ve been involved in the gay community in health for a long, long time,” Kelleher said. “I’m shocked. I have never been made familiar at all with any of this data or the impact in anything I’ve ever read or experienced or learned and I’ve been at this for 20 years.” Kelleher added, “We have to make sure that this is disseminated really broadly” and “help to form and shape full policy developments around it.” Theresa Sparks, an out trans woman and HRC executive director, agreed. “The first thing we are going to do is starting immediately we are going to do a very wide distribution. We are going to send it to other human rights organizations and agencies,” including LGBT and straight, “We will send it as broadly as we can.” After wide distribution, Sparks said she plans to work with the LGBT Advisory Committee and SF HRC staff to

plan implementation of the recommendations. No other commissioners had questions or commented on the report after listening to testimony from bisexual community members and researchers, who spoke on topics such as workplace issues, marriage equality, family issues, and misidentification in LGBT and mainstream media coverage. The reports on bisexual invisibility and unrecognized family relationships, which was also presented at last week’s meeting, couldn’t come at a better time, Sparks said. “We have an opportunity through the federal department to use and expand our current definition[s],” she said. Sparks reported back from a recent meeting of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where new recommendations to add sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as, redefine family structures to protect queer people and alternative families in low-income housing and home ownership are under way. Sparks said that HRC receives up to 305 housing discrimination complaints a year. Information highlighted in the bisexual report will aid government officials in the U.S. as well as abroad with including the largest population of the queer community in government departments’ and community organizations’ policies, said Sparks.

The June 2012 election for mayor of San Diego, America’s eighth largest city, could have three openly gay and lesbian candidates. Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio already have filed papers, and Democratic state Senator Christine Kehoe is widely expected to file shortly. Kehoe, as the only Democrat in the group, probably would garner the most support from the city’s LGBT activists.

$15k raised for historical society Mark Rhoades, producer of the popular Cupid’s Back Valentine event last month, reported that the party raised $15,000 for the GLBT Historical Society. The money was raised through ticket sales and sponsorships. Over the past five years of holding the event, Rhoades estimates that he’s raised close to $50,000.▼ Rex Wockner contributed to this report.

The way forward The bisexual report touched a number of issues from health to race to seniors, but Ulrich emphasized that the report was in no way exhaustive. “This is a beginning. It does something that no other report has done before, but it doesn’t do everything that needs to be done,” said Ulrich after the commission’s vote. “There’s a lot of room for more study,” she added. “There’s a lot of room for more activism. I hope that this is a tool that other people can use in their communities to advocate for their needs.” She looks forward to implementing institutional changes: training staff on bisexual issues, improving health care information, aiding agencies to truly serve bisexuals, and promoting openly bisexual individuals to address bisexual needs, according to the recommendations of the report. The vote came on a night where the commission was presented with another significant report, “Beyond Marriage: Unrecognized Family Relationships” produced by another member of the LGBT Advisory Committee. That report is the topic of the Bay Area Reporter’s online Wedding Bell Blues column at tinyurl.com/4r38q53.▼ To read the complete report, visit tinyurl.com/4gmqmyh.


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And Facebook said it would soon enhance the anti-bullying resources in its online safety center. It will also create a “social reporting” system so that, when people report content that violates Facebook policies, harassing content can be removed quickly, and parents or teachers can be notified. Already, the administration has taken several steps to address bullying: The Education, Justice, HHS, Agriculture, Defense, and Interior departments formed a federal task force on bullying in 2009, and convened the first-ever National Summit on Bullying in August 2010. The Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools awarded $38.8 million in grants to 11 states last October as part of a new Safe and Supportive Schools program. The program requires states to survey students, family, and staff about school safety issues, including bullying, and direct grant money where there is the greatest need. The Department of Education issued guidance to all school officials last October, reminding them that federal law requires schools to take action against bullying – including genderbased and sexual harassment of LGBT students. The Department of Education issued a memo to all chief state school officers in December 2010, providing examples of effective state anti-bullying laws as a reference for developing or revising their own.

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Clearly, something’s changed. When Nadler reintroduced his bill to the 112th Congress Wednesday morning, March 16, Frank, Pelosi, and Hoyer were among its 108 co-sponsors. And the Nadler bill this year is joined by a first-ever companion bill in the Senate, introduced Wednesday by Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein (California) Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Patrick Leahy (Vermont), Christopher Coons (Delaware), and Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut). What has not changed is the content of the legislation. The new Respect for Marriage Act is “precisely the same” as the last one, noted Nadler spokesman Ilan Kayatsky. The measures seek to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA, enacted in 1996, prohibits the federal government from recognizing the legally secured marriages of same-sex couples and provides for states to ignore those marriages as well. And there is still little likelihood of passage – at least in the Republicancontrolled House. The bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee that is now chaired by Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who late last year tried briefly to defend DOMA in federal court himself, saying the administration wasn’t doing enough. But the legislation arrives to a political climate concerning same-sex marriage that is clearly changing. The latest independent poll, completed March 1 and involving 1,504 adults nationally, shows – once again – a new high in support for allowing gays to marry. While 46 percent told the Pew Research Center they oppose allowing gays to marry, 45 percent said they favor doing so – a 2-point jump in the space of six months. (Nine percent said they were unsure. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 points.) A poll released this week by the Human Rights Campaign found that 51 percent oppose DOMA, 34 percent favor it, and 15 percent had no opinion. When asked whether legally married same-sex couples should be able to obtain specific federal benefits provided to straight couples, 60 percent supported gay spouses being able to obtain Social Security benefits and 58 percent supported health coverage for federal employees’ same-sex spouses. The HRC poll gave its respondents

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HHS launched a Stop Bullying Now campaign for students 5-18 years old, with tool kits to help youth mentor younger children about bullying prevention. Members of Congress also announced several pieces of anti-bullying legislation last week. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act March 8, which would require schools and districts receiving federal funds to implement anti-bullying programs and to report data on incidents of bullying and harassment, including bullying done through electronic communication. The programs must specifically include bullying and harassment based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity of students and those with whom they associate, among other attributes. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) and Representative Rush Holt (D-New Jersey) on March 10 reintroduced the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, which establishes similar anti-bullying requirements for colleges and universities receiving federal student aid. The bill is named after a gay Rutgers University student who died by suicide in September 2010 after his roommate Dharun Ravi and a fellow hallmate, Molly Wei, videotaped him making out with another man and broadcast the videos online. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and out Representative Jared Polis (D-Colorado) introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) March 10.▼ – 800 registered voters nationwide – two statements and asked which came closer to their point of view about the House decision to defend DOMA in federal court. One choice was: the move diverts taxpayer money to a divisive issue at a time Congress should be focusing on creating jobs and cutting the deficit. The other choice was that Congress was forced to defend the law after President Obama’s administration “failed to do so.” Fifty-four percent chose the former, and 32 percent chose the latter. (The remainder said neither, both, or did not respond.) In introducing the bill Wednesday, Nadler said Congress should not wait for the courts to declare DOMA unconstitutional. “The responsibility for DOMA lies with Congress,” said Nadler, “and the time for dumping this shameful law is long overdue. Rather than prolonging litigation, Congress should repeal DOMA now and bring an end to the harm it causes gay and lesbian families each and every day.” After the Obama administration announced last month that it would no longer defend DOMA in several pending lawsuits, Feinstein announced that she would introduce a repeal bill, noting that she had opposed the passage of DOMA in 1996. “It was the wrong law then,” she said, “it is the wrong law now; and it should be repealed.” In a related development, bills were introduced to both chambers last Thursday, March 10, seeking to enable coverage for domestic partners under COBRA. COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) is the federal law that requires group insurance plans to enable employees and their families to continue paying for their health coverage for a period of time following the loss or change in employment status. In the Senate, the Equal Access to COBRA Act (S. 563) was re-introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (DCalifornia) and has no co-sponsors; in the House, HR 1028 was introduced for the first time, by Representative Anthony Weiner (D-New York), with 45 co-sponsors. “Current federal laws related to COBRA coverage do not apply to domestic partners or same-sex spouses – even at companies that offer health coverage to domestic partners of employees,” according to a press statement from Boxer’s office. ▼

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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : JAVA BEACHSIDE INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 4300 Judah St., San Francisco, CA 94122-1029. Type of license applied for:

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To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ANDALE MANAGEMENT GROUP INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at:San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 Boarding Area D, San Francisco, CA 94128. Type of license applied for:

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STATEMENT FILE A-033353600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as U- SAVE MARKET,399 Crescent Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Dipak B. Gandhi. 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 02/16/11.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033354100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as DEVISE,10 Tapia Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Reza Hashemzadeh. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/14/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/16/11.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033323500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as DREAM WORLD MEDIA,470 Third St.,#210, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Carolyn Quan. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/22/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/04/11.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033350800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as GIVE SQUARED,42 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Elliot Peterson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/15/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/15/11.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033335900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as DOANEW,548 Market St.,#13562, San Francisco, CA 94104. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Mark Leppa. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/02/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/09/11.

FEB 24,MAR 3,10,17,2011

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-033239200 The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as OZIMO,3150 18th St.,STE. 429,San Francisco, CA 94110. This business was conducted by a general partnership, signed Richard Freitas. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/03/11.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033353900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as OZIMO,3150 18th St.,STE. 429 Box 313, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Richard Freitas. 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 02/16/11.

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City and County of San Francisco For Papers March 17, 2011 RFP for the Information Booth Program at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Airport Proposal ID # 9075 The Airport Commission seeks experienced and qualified firms interested in managing and staffing the Information Booth Program at the SFO. Information booth agents are responsible for providing Airport patrons with impartial, courteous, accurate information on ground transportation services to and from the Airport; selling transit passes for Bay Area transit operators, and providing other as-needed services. Download RFP at www.flysfo.com. A copy can also be requested by sending an email to daniel.pino@flysfo.com or by fax at (650) 821-6508. Deadline for Submission: 3:00 p.m., March 22, 2011 News from the S.F. Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board Did you know you may be due interest on your security deposit? Chapter 49 of the San Francisco Administrative Code requires landlords to pay interest annually on deposits held on residential property. Landlords are required to pay interest on all monies held over one year, regardless of what the deposit is called. Interest payments apply to all residential rental units in San Francisco, including those exempt from the Rent Ordinance. If your rent is subsidized by a government agency, the interest payment requirement does not apply. Usually, the security deposit interest is due the same month the landlord first received the deposit. From March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012, the interest rate on security deposits is 0.4%. More details at www.sfrb.org. From March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012, the annual allowable increase amount for rent-stabilized homes, apartments and hotel rooms is 0.5%. For example, if a tenant has a base rent of $1,250.00, the annual increase would be calculated as follows: $1,250.00 x .005 = $6.25. The tenant’s new base rent would be $1,256.25. ($1,250.00 + 6.25 = $1,256.25). More information at www.sfrb.org. Information on over 80 topics of interest to landlords and tenants is also available in English, Spanish, and Chinese by calling (415) 252-4600. For individual counseling call (415) 252-4602 or visiting the Rent Board’s office in San Francisco at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Room 320, during regular business hours. Pier 70 Six Historic Buildings on 20th Street REQUEST FOR INTEREST In Rehabilitation Opportunity under Long-Term Lease Register and receive the RFI on the Port of San Francisco website: www.sfport.com/pier70 Pre-submittal Conference 3/24/11, 10:00 am at the Port Pier One, The Embarcadero, SF Lynda.Swanson@sfport.com Submittal Deadline: June 1, 2011 SFO has commenced the RFP for six retail leases: • Terminal 3 News and Specialty Store • Terminal 3 and International Terminal News and Specialty Store • Terminal 3 and International Terminal News and Bookstore/Café • Terminal 3 Bath & Body Store • Boarding Area F Newsstand • Boarding Area F Athletic Apparel and Accessories Store The informational conference has been rescheduled for March 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Airport Museum. Information is available on our website at http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/about/b2b/conces/ or by calling John Reeb, at (650) 821-4500. The City and County of San Francisco encourage public outreach. Articles are translated into several languages to provide better public access. The newspaper makes every effort to translate the articles of general interest correctly. No liability is assumed by the City and County of San Francisco or the newspapers for errors and omissions.

STATEMENT FILE A-033359900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as CLOUDCRANK.COM,4409 20th St., San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual,signed Eric Wilcox. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/18/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/18/11.

FEB 24,MAR 3,10,17,2011

STATEMENT FILE A-033305100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as SOCMED MOJO, 2025 Pine St., #9, San Francisco, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual,signed Melissa O’Neil. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/01/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/28/11.

FEB 24,MAR 3,10,17,2011

STATEMENT FILE A-033359700

The following person(s) is/are doing business as 860 KANSAS STREET HOA, 860 Kansas St.,San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership,signed Kimberly Baggett. 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 02/18/11.

FEB 24,MAR 3,10,17,2011

STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-11-547474

In the matter of the application of BERNADETTE CHRISTINA FAYE MEYERS-GUZMAN for change of name. The application of BERNADETTE CHRISTINA FAYE MEYERS-GUZMAN for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that BERNADETTE CHRISTINA FAYE MEYERS-GUZMAN filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to BERNADETTE FAYE GATSBY. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 19th of April, 2011 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-0310278-00

The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as ALLSTAR CAFE,1500 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102. This business was conducted by an individual, signed Diana Wei. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/21/08.

MAR 3,10,17,24,2011

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-0316631-00

The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as ALLSTAR CAFE,98 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103. This business was conducted by an individual,signed William Wei. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/02/09.

MAR 3,10,17,24,2011

STATEMENT FILE A-033321500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as FRITTS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC,557 Waller St.,San Francisco, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual,signed Garretson VanBuren Fritts. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 2/03/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/03/11.

MAR 3,10,17,24,2011

STATEMENT FILE A-033340500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as EPIDEMIC IQ, One Sutter St., Suite 600,San Francisco, CA 94104. This business is conducted by a corporation ,signed Jeremy Alberga. 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 02/11/11.

MAR 3,10,17,24,2011

BAY AREAREPORTER STATEMENT FILE A-033366700

The following person(s) is/are doing business as BAY BRIDGE INN, 966 Harrison St.,San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company ,signed Divyesh Patel. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 1/02/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/23/11.

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Stimulating memories

Pinter’s heart of darkness

TV star’s psychotic breakdown makes for riveting viewing on ‘The Lavender Tube.’

Lou Taylor Pucci on making ‘The Music Never Stopped.’

A sinister family makes plans in ‘The Homecoming’ at ACT.

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rebellious, hooky-playing kid begs to be excused from class on account of the death of his mother, an assertion which was also a fib. In I Killed My Mother, Dolan’s 16-year-old alter ego Hubert fills a video diary with bare-chested, conflicted poetic rants about the most important woman in his life: his petit-bourgeois, nagging, tanning-addicted mother. In his new film Heartbeats, opening Friday at Landmark Theatres, Dolan’s character, Francis – a bitter gay romantic who chain-smokes, has a penchant for marshmallows and expensive haircuts, and who keeps a tally of his failed affairs on his bathroom wall, just to the right of the mirror – is seriously besotted

with a blond Adonis, Nicolas (Niels Schneider), who has also stolen the heart of his best female pal and co-conspirator Marie (Monia Chokri). Heartbeats is a captivating, hyper-romantic farce, ignited by an obviously doomed ménage a trois. It’s pretty clear from the get-go that Nicolas is merely toying with the affections of Francis and Marie. Simultaneously, Dolan is taking the temperature of today’s (at least chic Montreal’s) 20something swinging queer/straight/bi/what-have-you crowd, in a series of confessional camera rants that bookend the trio’s failure to achieve either airspeed or orgasm.

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Pee Wee meets the Great White Way • by David Elijah Nahmod

ee Wee’s Playhouse has always been labeled a “children’s show,” one that parents can also enjoy. It was always the children’s show we wished we could have watched as kids. Pee Wee is a little boy played by an adult (brilliant, irreplaceable Paul Reubens) who kinda sorta looks like a kid, but isn’t. The show was part of CBS’ Saturday morning line-up from 1986-90. It was, in its day, a sensation. The Playhouse borrowed heavily from the basic formats of classic kids’ programs like Bozo the Clown, Captain Kangaroo and Mister Rogers, and exaggerated them to the ultimate degree. Pee Wee’s Playhouse was wild and surreal, a live-action show that seemed more like a cartoon. Characters like Chairry, an impressively expressive talking chair, and Pterri, a talking Pterodactyl that made no attempt to hide the fact that it was dangling from

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cheap-looking wires, pulled viewers into Pee Wee’s almost dreamlike world. Reubens tried to be a role model to his younger fans. His cast of characters, both human and non-human, were of diverse racial origins, like Cowboy Curtis, a jolly, larger-than-life, African American cowboy, and buddy to Pee Wee. Cowboy Curtis was a popular regular on the series, but race was never an issue. “I wanted to illustrate that it’s OK to be different,” Reubens said at the time. Pee Wee Herman on Broadway premieres on HBO on March 19. The TV series was G-rated, while Reubens’ stage version definitely has a more adult sensibility. In this updated version of the 1981 stage show that inspired the TV series, there are references to the Internet and other technologies that didn’t exist three decades past. Lynne Marie Stewart returns as Miss Yvonne, “the most beautiful woman in Puppet Land.”

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ime for a snap hip-cinema quiz. Who’s the youngest, sassiest queer filmmaker you’ve probably never heard of who, while leaving his shirt off in a great many scenes in his first two movies, asserts that his favorite film of all time is Goddard’s unscripted masterpiece Pierrot le Fou? Hint: his first name begins with the letter X, and his Cannes-debuting first feature, which he says is partially autobiographical, translates into English as I Killed My Mother. Montreal-born Xavier Dolan, who broke into Quebec film as a teen actor, also counts among his greatest screen heroes the 14year-old star of 1959’s The 400 Blows Jean-Pierre Leaud, whose


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ur very favorite alternativeuniverse Judy, the talented Connie Champagne will take the stage as Judy Garland once again this weekend, in a special tribute show in memory of her friend and mentor, the late artist and teacher Dan Kryston, who passed away last month. When she first began channeling Garland, Champagne honed her craft at the intimate cabaret Piaf ’s on Market Street, a O UT charming boite owned by Kryston and his sister Karen. Each Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, and Christmas, Champagne and company would celebrate Garland for a loving audience who cheered, brought along family members they hadn’t spoken to for years, and according to the chanteuse, weren’t above shouting out requests in the middle of the show.

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You Made Me Love You, a Tribute to Dan Kryston with Connie Champagne as Judy Garland will take place on Sat., March 19, 8 p.m. at the Main Stage Theater of the San Francisco School of the Arts, 555 Portola Dr. in SF. For the tribute to Kryston, musical theatre maven F. Allen Sawyer, Champagne, and 42nd St. Moon musical diT HERE rector Dave Dobrusky have assembled a new repertoire that Garland might sing today. The old favorites include of course “Over the Rainbow” and “The Man That Got Away.” Then there’ll be some Broadway showstoppers from Wicked and Mame, and some improbable rock tunes from Amy Winehouse and Lady

Gaga that seem sure to take on a whole new meaning once they‘ve been Judy-fied. A memorial fund has been established to honor the memory of Kryston, and donations can be made to Friends of School of the Arts, 236 West Portal Ave., Box 844, SF, CA 94127. Champagne will next be appearing as Judy this summer at SF’s very glam Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko. It’s the Rrazz’s third anniversary party tonight (March 17), there are acres of cabaret stars slated to perform, and Out There is in the house. A full Rreport is coming for next column.

Reading is fundamental We stare into a computer screen all day at work, so when we read for pleasure in our off-hours, we prefer to get comfortable with a non-virtual book. You can have your Kindle and your Nook, we don’t judge and we understand their appeal, but we’ll take the ink-on-paper, oft book-jacketed, page-palpable weight and heft, the very thingness of a wood-pulp product. In the next few weeks, Out There will describe a few books we have happily up-loaded merely by reading them. Fair Play is the first translation into English of a slim novel by Finnish author-illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001), who, as part of Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority, wrote in that language (translated by Thomas Teal; New York Review Books) in spare, minimalist prose. Jansson is best-known as an author

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of books for children, and of the comic-strip Finn family Moomintroll, but she wrote books for adults too, and Rent Spel was the third-to-last of them. A series of 17 short vignettes, the book follows the life and love of two women, Mari and Jonna, in their respective work as writer-illustrator and artist-filmmaker, and in their loving companionship. Though not strictly speaking an autobiography, the story closely tracks Jansson’s own relationship with her lifelong partner, artist Tuulikki Pietila. Mari and Jonna have studios at opposite ends and live together in the attic of a building near the harbor in Helsinki. There, and on an island off the Finnish coast where they summer, they devote themselves to the two great poles of work and love. The wonder here is the simplicity of the writing and of what it describes. Jansson posits a full artistic life far from, say, infatuation with technology or any other fetish materialism. But that’s not to say the women are complete ascetic monks – they do

like their Old Smuggler rum and video collection of art-cinema. “Jonna and Mari sat in their separate chairs in the darkened room and waited for Fassbinder.” Stars in My Eyes is the first paperback edition of a collection of celebrity portraits by artist Don Bachardy, partner of the late Christopher Isherwood (U. of Wisconsin Press). The portraits are found in both the perceptive illustrations themselves and the character notes Bachardy made about the subjects. We get moments such as this: actress Charlotte “Rampling gave me the eye-to-eye contact that I requested, but I wasn’t sure whether she really looked at me or past me. Her eyes were at their most glistening, every chip of ice refracting the flat, gray light off the sea.” Lots of delish show-biz dish here, and then there’s this, from a 1983 sitting by then-former Gov. Jerry Brown: “‘I only drink coffee for the caffeine,’ he said after making sure

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wife Ruth, whom none of them had met or even known about. This is the “normal” part of family drama as served by Pinter, but matters quickly veer into unfathomable turbulence. Max decides that Ruth is a whore, and proposes to his pimp-son that he put her to work while the men variously paw at her. The acquiescence of both Teddy and Ruth to this plan goes to the impenetrable heart of the play’s darkness. Draw your own conclusions, for Pinter offers no guide rails, and Perloff ’s production adds none of its own. One of the pleasures of the production is Jack Willis’ performance as the malign patriarch. Willis has made a monopoly of Big Daddy roles at ACT, but he goes into scary new territory with his penetrating take on the hateful but needy Max. The other performances, including the siblings played by Andrew Polk as the swinish Lenny, Adam O’Byrne as the clueless Joey, and Anthony Fusco as the neutered husband, are fine, and Rene Augesen creates a character of quiet intensity as the

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arold Pinter seems unusually small on the ACT stage. But this is at least partly by design – the design of Daniel Ostling’s living-room set for The Homecoming that suggests a vast space interrupted by small atolls of furniture. A staggeringly long staircase also suggests a distant second floor, an illusion that all but rules out anything along the lines of largerthan-life performances. Because director Carey Perloff is an experienced interpreter of Pinter, this notion of small players in an overpowering world is quite likely an artistic choice. But there are consequences in such a concept even if it develops from Pinter’s text. The Homecoming, first staged in 1965, gathers much of

its power from the sinister gloom that envelops the characters. It’s a mysterious gloom, a Pinter trademark, and creates theatrical energy when pressure surpasses containment. There are periodic flashes of this phenomenon in ACT’s production, but the floating bodies on stage don’t often strike up the kind of friction that can also ensnare an audience. Before the title event occurs, The Homecoming shows an all-male household in north London run by the mercurially cruel widower Max, who berates his brother for the unmanly crime of being a responsible worker, and variously enlists and turns on his two younger sons, a would-be boxer and a pimp. Like cats looking for a new plaything to torture, they eagerly pounce on the return of oldest son Teddy and his

Jack Willis plays a sinister patriarch meeting his daughter-in-law (Rene Augesen) for the first time in a scene from Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming at ACT.

object of this domestic unit’s curious affections. Harold Pinter can confound and disturb audiences, and he likely thought that was a good thing. The problem with ACT’s production is

that it doesn’t give us enough of that good thing.▼ The Homecoming will through March 27 at ACT. Tickets are $10-$85. Call 749-2288 or go to www.act-sf.org.

Schlock rock by Richard Dodds avid Lee Roth doing highkicks in spandex is about the extent of my fond memories of the music of the 1980s – at least, the music that offered adolescent boys the musical version of the mock-testosterone rebelliousness of professional wrestling. But as I watched the touring production of Rock of Ages at the Curran Theatre, I started feeling sorry for these songs that once seemed so alien to ears pushed to the limits by Joan Armatrading. As fitted into an unabashedly silly story about low-end rock politics, the songs are often prevented by abbreviation, interruption, dissipation, or full-out mockery from becoming the theatrical events these bombastic anthems, and audiences, deserve. If measuring the decibels of opening-night audience reactions is in any way a reliable indicator, the above concerns were not broadly shared. Then again, the appearance of a sixpack of Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers brought a roar of happy recognition. Chris D’Arienzo’s script and director Kristin Hanggi’s production have no pretensions beyond dumb fun, even to the point of having a narratorcharacter tell us as much in periodic asides to the audience. But this selfdistancing from its own story can take us too far away from the emo-

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The heavy-metal rock scene of the Sunset Strip is threatened in Rock of Ages, a musical that spoofs the music of the 1980s.

tional involvement that is needed in even the most dunderheaded spoofs. The setting is a funky music club on Sunset Strip in the late 1980s that is the target of a corrupt redevelopment project led by a sinisterly Teutonic businessman and his tiptoethrough-the-tulips son. Taking up the cause of sex, drugs, and rock-nroll are the club owner, a broompushing wannabe rock star, a hot chick just off the bus from Kansas, and a hedonistic heavy-metal icon. Let’s put on a show, they decide in a studded-leather variation on an MGM theme, and – spoiler alert – everyone’s dreams come true. The touring cast is an agreeably gung-ho bunch led by a comically demure Constantine Maroulis from the Broadway company (as well as the fourth season of American Idol).

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that our freeze-dried coffee wasn’t decaffeinated. I spoke my sincere agreement but hid my surprise at his open support for a stimulant known to be a health hazard. It seemed out of character for him to need a fix.”

Inside OT’s out-box Sent Reply: “Hey darling L.! Thanks for your patience with my response, I have been a veddy, veddy busy bear! Yes on SFS concertizing soon. But I just can’t get it up for the sungthrough Midsum. Night’s Dream, and I’m not a Mass kinda guy! You, of

But there are disappointingly few opportunities in which the performers can fully strut their vocal skills for an audience primed for a rock-andstroll down memory lane. Rock of Ages holds out a hand to those who seldom find appeal in Broadway musicals, but savvy showmanship must be an overriding priority whether your names are Lerner and Loewe or Whitesnake and Poison. There is clearly enough of said ingredient, at least when coupled with the nostalgia factor, to sustain a long Broadway run and the current tour. But I can’t stop believin’ that that the potential here hasn’t really hit me with its best shot.▼ Rock of Ages will run through April 9 at the Curran Theatre. Call (888) SHN-1799 or go to www.shnsf.com.

course, will go to both concerts and prove me wrong, I’m so sure. “Howevs, Blomstedt conducts Yundi (nee Li) in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1, and Sibelius Symph. 2: now, that’s a concert! W Mar 30 @ 8, Thu Mar 31 @ 2, Fri Apr 1 @ 6.30 (April Fool’s! No, really), Sat Apr 2 @ 8. Wanna try for the 6.5 evening? Maybe? “There’s also Yuri Temirkanov w/St. Pete’s Phil in Scheherazade: my all-time fave Russian shmaltzfest! But that’s a one-off, Great Perfs on Mon Mar 28, so they may well be full-up. “Can’t get to calling to enquire for tix until after presstime this week, but I wanted to get back to you and get your thoughts! Cheerio, R.”▼


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Scandinavian sampling by Philip Campbell he San Francisco Symphony has been serving up something of a musical smorgasbord at Davies Hall recently, and the results have added up to some surprisingly hearty and satisfying meals. There were some delectable highlights, and some of the pieces made stronger impressions, but all of the guest artists performed with the kind of dedication usually reserved for much bigger works. Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter made her recital debut at Davies Hall in 1996 in the Great Performers Series, but she only made her debut with the Orchestra two weeks ago. It was mostly worth the long wait, and she did manage a happy introduction to listeners who might not have previously encountered her intelligent operatic portrayals or large collection of varied repertoire on disc. She is also going on the road with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau this year, further proving her versatility. My only complaint is that she simply left us wanting more, and I mean, really, more. Her scheduled set of Songs of Scandinavia was enjoyable, a little lightweight in tone, but there were some revelations on offer. It just didn’t last very long. Hearing numbers chosen from Edvard Grieg was to be expected, and they were conveyed with clarity and commitment. It was more fun to find a sentimental and almost operetta-like side to the far sterner Jean Sibelius. There was some Carl Nielsen, a song by Wilhelm Stenhammer, and a jaunty encore by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (oh, those saucy milkmaids!), and off Ms. von Otter went to her next gig. I plan to track down her recording with Brad Mehldau, one of my favorite contemporary instrumentalists, because it sounds intriguing and I want to get to know this popular side of her talent. I just wish she could have lingered a bit longer at DSH. She had such a great back-up band at her

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disposal. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas was no slouch as music director, either. Of course, MTT got his chance to shine with the program’s opening Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass (1930) by Paul Hindemith. After saying that Leonard Bernstein once told him this was a piece he wished he had written, our fearless leader proceeded to make his own case for the tight, bravura score. It seemed a bit unsmiling and actually missed some of the swing injected by former SFS Music Director Herbert Blomstedt on the out-of-print disc released years ago as part of an allHindemith program. The brass section did cover themselves in glory for MTT, and the strings sounded taut

and weighty. It may have been a curious opening for von Otter’s Scandinavian romp, but it was in keeping with the eclectic atmosphere.

All-Mendelssohn Last week, venerable conductor Kurt Masur returned to Davies for an all-Mendelssohn evening that proved an outright triumph for the composer’s wonderful invention, and a laugh-out-loud treat for listeners, a rich, delightful presentation of the full incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The San Francisco Girls Chorus under director Susan McMane, soprano Susannah Biller and mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani were also on hand to

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The Bay Brass sound off by Jason Victor Serinus oes a brass ensemble composed of players from the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and other regional orchestras bring to mind images of a small corps of tuba, trombone, and trumpet-wielding musicians, standing atop the Golden Gate Bridge, attempting to blow away the fog? That may be a cheap shot, but if there’s any way to change weather patterns with blasts of focused air, the 13 members of the 16-year-old Bay Brass stand of good chance of transforming the Bay Area as we know it. They’ve certainly given my ear canals the rotorrooter treatment. Sound the Bells!, their new recording on the Harmonia Mundi label, presents the Bay Brass in high-resolution, hybrid SACD format. Unapologetic in its brash and percussive assault, yet surprisingly mellow when the occasion warrants, it supplies enough highpower wind-playing and full-throttle drumming to ensure that your neighbors will know exactly what you’re listening to. Sound the Bells! is also quite wonderful. A collection of American premieres, several of which were commissioned by the ensemble, it showcases the Bay Brass’ supreme musicality. Once you find a volume level sympathetic to system and sanity, it’s hard not to love this recording.

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later, with MTT conducting the usually conductor-less ensemble. MTT’s compositions haven’t always elicited universal acclaim, but Street Song is very special. Its touching second movement, with echoes of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, is as beautiful as its jazzy conclusion is catchy. John Williams of Star Wars fame contributes the title selection, two minutes of unalloyed fun, plus two more proper, royal-sounding fanfares. Nothing outstays its welcome. Choral composer Morten Lauridsen, whose O Magnum Mysterium has been sung by just about every choral group west

of the Statue of Liberty, juxtaposes a brass arrangement of that sacred choral classic with a jazz-tinged Fanfare for Brass Sextet, dedicated to the Bay Brass. I can’t pretend that the brass O Magnum Mysterium evokes the same “great mystery” and “profound inner joy” of the birth of Christ and the veneration of the Virgin Mary as the choral rendition, but the huge intake of air at the start of the piece certainly injects a note of humanity into the proceedings. Far more successful is another work prepared for the Bay Brass, Kevin Puts’ lovely Elegy. Puts, who served as Young American Composer-in-Residence with the California Symphony for several years before achieving international fame, has managed to retain the elegiac impact of a work originally conceived for string quartet. Rounding out the program are two works written for the Bay Brass, Bruce Boughton’s fine Fanfares, Marches, Hymns & Finale and Scott Hiltzik’s sonically spectacular if musically slight Spirals. Broughton will conduct his work at a special Bay Brass CD release concert, scheduled for March 27, as part of a diverse program that includes the early music of Heinrich Schutz and the modern jazz of Pat Metheny. The acoustic should be ideal for the ensemble. Just don’t sit in the first row.▼ The Bay Brass’ CD and Concert Celebration is Sun., March 27, 7 p.m., at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Tickets are available at the door or via www.brownpapertickets.com.


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More March madness March 5 it was revealed by The New York Times that Manning’s treatment would include forced nudity, eware the Ides of March and bewhich is specifically banned by the yond, apparently. Before the Geneva Conventions as inhumane. earthquake and subsequent Manning will be required to be totally tsunamis in Japan, the big TV event nude throughout the night, and also was Charlie Sheen’s psychotic break. in the morning outside his cell for Sheen’s breakdown begs the question check-in. This is supposedly to ensure of the Tweetable information age: that Manning does not harm himself. Why is it so hard to look away from an But according to the Pentagon, Manaccident? Every night we’d find ourning is not on suicide watch, which selves waiting for the next installment means the nudity is just more torture. in the Sheen devolution saga even as Tapper asked Obama about Manwe told ourselves watching was a ning. Obama told Tapper: “With retwisted voyeuristic display of somespect to Private Manning, I have actuthing pretty base. As Craig Ferguson ally asked the Pentagon whether or not noted about a week into the Sheen the procedures that have been taken in epic meltdown, it was starting to terms of his confinement feel like looking through the are appropriate and peephole at Bedlam. Jerry are meeting our basic O’Connell noted on another standards. They astalk show, “It’s just not funny sure me that they are. anymore.” I can’t go into details Yet we were stunned that about some of their so much news coverage concerns, but some of barely noted Sheen’s long this has to do history of violence against with Private women, which included L AVENDER T UBE Manning’s safethe “accidental” shooting ty as well.” of his former fiancé Kelly Manning’s safety? Seriously? And Preston, and assaults against two of his since when do we ask the foxes how three wives and a series of “escorts.” well they are guarding the henhouse Violence against women still seems when the world’s premiere human to be acceptable in Hollywood and berights organization says their mouths yond, as Mel Gibson’s recent plea barare full of feathers? gain in the beating of his former girlfriend attests. Singer John Legend on Oprah channel The Insider noted that someone with The battle between fundamentalist such a long history of violence against Christians and queers is long-standwomen was clearly very sick and ing. On Oprah’s new network OWN, should not be given air time. Legend’s veteran reporter Lisa Ling addressed girlfriend was more succinct: “Get that conflict as part of an ongoing sesome help, you psycho!” ries called Our America. Check out her The horrifying events in Japan series at OWN.com. Ling could not be snapped us back from TV reality to a more sympathetic journalist on soreal reality. Shame on us for getting so cial issues, and her previous Our caught up in one man’s screwed-up America piece, on transgendered prebehavior when the real world is such a pubescent kids, was amazing, as is the (literal) disaster. piece on queers and Christianity. The Japan quake also drove PresiIs it just us, or are the TV shows dent Obama out from whatever secure with queer characters still terrified of location he’s been hanging out in. His anything sexual unless it’s sexy kissing press conference was a disappointlesbians, like Callie and Arizona on ment, but then Obama didn’t drink Grey’s Anatomy? Here’s one botherTiger Blood at the podium, although some trend we’ve noted in the past he did talk about winning and did couple of weeks. Three gay male coublow a lot of smoke. The question that ples on three different shows (all of caught our attention was from ABC’s which happen to be on ABC because thorn-in-the-side of the White House, ABC actually has queer characters) Senior Correspondent Jake Tapper. have recently adopted children. On the Tapper brought up the most egregious March 6 episode of Brothers & Sisters, news-you’re-not-seeing issue: the torKevin and Scotty’s adoption of Olivia ture of Bradley Manning. was finalized. Good news, right? EspeWe’ve been wondering when Mancially since the two are married, havning, the soldier accused of leaking ing done so in the brief pre-Prop 8 thousands of classified documents to window in California, where the show WikiLeaks, some of which are said to is set. Maybe. have provided the impetus for the reOver at Desperate Housewives, Lee cent spate of revolutions in the Midand Bob adopted Jenny, whom they dle East and North Africa, would ever were showing off on the March 6 hit the news. He finally did in the press episode. Modern Family started out conference. with Mitchell and Cam adopting a Here’s a little back-story on why baby girl, Lily. Tangentially, our solo this story has been ignored. Manning lesbian TV couple Callie and Arizona, is gay. His anger with DADT is said to also on ABC, are now having a baby. have been a factor in his leaking of the We don’t mean to impugn parentdocuments. Manning was arrested hood. (Except maybe the awful dramMay 26, 2010, and has been kept in edy of the same name over on the fifth solitary confinement under brutal cirnetwork, NBC.) But why are all the cumstances ever since – denied access boys having babies? (Bob and Lee and to even a pillow and blanket in the cell Kevin and Scotty both tried surrogain which he is forced to spend 23 cy first.) And why are all the kids girls? hours a day. Back in January, Amnesty Call us cynical, but we think the rehaInternational was so concerned that bilitation of gay men in shows by gay his treatment was “unnecessarily harsh men (both DH and B&S have gay creand punitive” and in “breach of the ators, Marc Cherry and Greg BerlanU.S.A.’s obligations under internati, respectively) is also an effective tional standards and treaties” that it neutering tool. These couples have entreated Secretary of Defense Robert been turned into cuddlers, as opposed Gates to address Manning’s circumto sexual beings (and both shows are stances immediately. rife with on-screen hetero sex). GivHere is what AI objected to in ing them all girl children takes any Manning’s treatment: “23-hour/day threat of the specter of gay men havsolitary confinement; barred even ing sexual feelings for boys out of the from exercising in his cell; one hour equation. total outside his cell per day where he’s We understand risk aversion. But allowed to walk around in circles in a we would prefer to see some queer sex room alone while shackled, and is reon the tube to formally situate gay turned to his cell the minute he stops men and lesbians in the same sexualiwalking; forced to respond to guards’ ty zone as straight couples on the tube. inquiries literally every 5 minutes, all Sexuality is part of adult life. So let’s day, everyday; and awakened at night see it, please. Gay men can be dads, each time he is curled up in the corner sure. But they are always going to be of his bed or otherwise outside the sexual creatures as well. Let’s not cut guards’ full view.”

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off their balls just to make the straight viewer see them as wholesome. B&S also has the older gay couple of Ron Rifkin and Richard Chamberlain. Show us more of them, please. They are both HIV+ and too old to have kids.

NBC has a terrible sitcom called Outsourced, which you likely haven’t seen. We wish we could tell you to watch it, but in good conscience we cannot because the show is just filled with racist and ethnic “humor” that we frankly find offensive. Alas for us, one of the only out transgender actresses, Aneesh Sheth, will be appearing as a transgender character throughout April on the show, part of NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup. So we recommend you DVR the show and see if she improves it. We doubt it, but we hate to ignore a queer player on the tube just because the show itself sucks. And who knows, she could improve it. ABC’s newest drama debuts next week, Body of Proof with Dana Delaney (Desperate Housewives, China Beach). We liked Delaney in a recent star turn on Castle, but we find her “brash” neurosurgeon-turned-pathologist hard to take. The show could get better, but don’t count on it. If you aren’t watching the tube, you don’t know what you might miss. So you really must stay tuned.▼

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Calvin Kai Ku at Cabaret Lunatique; see “Seismic Shift.”

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40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story @ The Marsh Pidge Meade takes audiences on a heartpounding, hair-raising, society-skewering, weight-loss rollercoaster ride, spinning between ten different characters in her new solo show. $15-$35. Fri 8pm. Sat 8:30pm. Thru Mar. 26. 1074 Valencia St. (800) 8383006. www.themarsh.org

7 Sins … One More Time! @ Exit Theatre Joris Jan Bos

Nederlands Dans Theater.

by Jim Provenzano rt that’s relevant; art that’s developed, mature, not sprayed on like Cheez Whiz; art that matters, and that which endures, sets off our weekly Richter scale, locally and globally. In a case of prescient timing, Everything Is Always Moving, Julia Goodman’s exhibit at the Performance Art Institute, displays the artist’s sculptural paper work that weaves mourning and movement into contemplative art. While not directly inspired by earthquakes and tsunamis, it certainly seems relevant. The opening reception is March 18. 6pm-9pm. Thru April 30. 575 Sutter St. 501-0575. www.theperformanceartinstitute.org Want some inspiration for the dissidents in Wisconsin? Want some inyour-face anti-royal Socialist cinema? Battleship Potemkin screens at the Castro Theatre, with a new 35mm restored print of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film – considered one of the greatest by many critics – an epic about the mutiny by a battleship’s crew against the Russian Tzarist regime. March 18, 7:30, 9:30. March 19, 2pm, 4pm, 5:45, 7:30 & 9:30pm. $7.50-$10. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com Due to the earthquakes in Asia, Atlantis may have just been unearthed near the coast of Spain. Where are we from, really? Nederlands Dans Theatre, the celebrated dance company currently touring the world, performs two magnificent works; Silent Screen, an homage to silent films set to music by Philip Glass, and Whereabouts UnLa Monistat known, a powerful exploration of the roots of human ancestry, set to music by Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Charles Ives and others. $34-$72 ($10-$20 student/faculty). March 18 & 19. 8pm. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave. UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org Okay, enough heavy-handed segues. How about pure fun? At Cabaret Lunatique, Teatro Zinzanni hosts a new series of nine late-night cabarets each focusing on a distinct San Francisco neighborhood. March 19, “Celebrate Chinatown” with performances by comedian Kevin Camia; Indie Rock band Johnny HiFi; aerialist Alexa Hukari and baritone Ao Li, burlesque performer Shanghai Pearl; acrobat and magician Calvin Kai Ku; and acclaimed Gu Zheng musician Bei Bei Zheng. $25-$35. March 19. 11:30pm. Pier 29, The Embarcadero at Battery St. 4382668. www.love.zinzanni.org Do good for others while enjoying a drink at a new gay bar with Memoirs of a Gayshe at Rebel. Local drag diva La Monistat hosts Matthew Martin a benefit for Japanese earthquake relief efforts. channels Peggy Lee Donations/no cover. March 19. 6pm-9pm. 1760 Market St. 431-4202. And early next week, because there can never be too many well-phrased pronouncements of “Fasten your seat belts; it’s gonna be a bumpy night,” Matthew Martin, the local drag legend and star of the film Baby Jane? returns to The Rrazz Room with All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead!, a musical tribute to Hollywood chanteuses of yesteryear (Judy, Bette, Peggy, even Kate Hepburn!). $30. 8pm. March 22 & 23. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com▼

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Comedian James Judd returns with his acclaimed solo show about his misadventures in various odd jobs, and a 5th grade book report about Patty Hearst. $24-$40. Fri-Sun 8pm. Thru April 10. 156 Eddy St. 206-1651. www.theexit.org

All About Great Dating @ AIDS Health Project Workshop for gay and bisexual men about how to improve your dating skills Free. 6:309:30pm. Register: 476-6448, ext. 1. 1930 Market St. www.ucsf-ahp.org

Amanda McBroom @ The Rrazz Room Cabaret singer and storyteller performs songs by Jacques Brel, Cole Porter, Astor Piazzola and others. $35. 7:30pm. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

Cece Peniston @ The Rrazz Room Soulful pop and swing singer performs with her band in a rousing night of original music. $35-$45. 9:15pm. Also Mar. 19. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

The Homecoming @ ACT Harold Pinter’s classic family drama is performed; directed by American Conservatory Theatre’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff; special programs thru the run. $10-$85. TueSat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Mar. 27. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

The Iliad @ Berkeley City Club Giulio Cesare Perrone’s acrobatic small-cast stage adaptation of Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan War. $12-$24. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, thru April 3. 2315 Durant Ave. (510) 698-4030. www.InfernoTheatre.org

Lady Grey @ Exit Theatre Cutting Ball Theatre’s production of three short plays by Will Eno; a woman’s monologue about a painful childhood memory, a backstage theatre mini-drama, and a senior actor confronts his audience. $15-$50. 277 Taylor St. (800) 838-3006. www.cuttingball.com

Litter @ Zeum Theater American Conservatory Theatre students perform the world premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s dark comedy about the frenzy surrounding a family with multiple births, and what happens when their “cute factor” fades. $15. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Mar. 19. 221 4th St. at Howard. www.act-sf.org

Loveland @ The Marsh Ann Randolph returns with her solo show about a sexually frustrated woman who flies home and faces the greatest love of her life. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. $20-$50. Thru Mar. 26. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006. www.themarsh.org

ODC @ Novellus Theater Innovative dance company celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala opening night and parties; new and repertory works by Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada; special concerts, events with food, drinks, “meet the artists” receptions, and more. $10-$45. Most shows 8pm (Mar 27, 2pm). Thru March 27. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 978-2787. www.odcdance.org

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

RawDance @ ODC Theater Eclectic local modern dance company premieres Hiding in the Spaces Between, a

dance-theatre-multimedia work exploring retro-future themes, virtual spaces and connections, with a special LED landscape electronic backdrop. $15-$18. 8pm. Also Mar. 19 & 20. 3153 17th St. at Shotwell. 8639834. www.odctheater.orgw www.rawdance.org

Regrets Only @ New Conservatory Theatre

dogs. 1pm-5pm. 3158 Mission St. www.elriosf.com

Gay playwright Paul Rudnick’s latest comedy, set in a Manhattan penthouse with various uptown characters about to celebrate a wedding. $15-$36. Thru April 3. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Bouquets to Art @ de Young Museum

Rock of Ages @ Curran Theatre American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis stars in the 80s-set arena rock straight love story set to the music of Journey, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and more. $30$99. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. special midnight show April 8. Thru April 9. 445 Geary St. (888) 746-1799. www.shnsf.com

Ruined @ Berkeley Rep Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the harrowing lives of women in Africa. $14.50-$73. Tue-Sat 8pm, (Wed 7pm). Thu, Sat, Sun 2pm. Sun eve 7pm. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St. at Shattuck. (510) 6472949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Annual floral festival of artisitc creations made out of flowers, and inspired by great works of art. Events include luncheons, lectures, teas, and floral demos. Exhibits: free$10; special events: 30-$50 and up. Thru Mar. 19. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. Reg hours Tue-Thu, SatSun 9:30am-5:15pm. Fri til 8:45pm. 7503600. www.deyoungmuseum.org

Cootie Shots @ New Conservatory Theatre Family matinee of the educational sketch play focusing on respecting differences in gender, religion, races and cultures. 2pm. Also March 26. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Eadweard Muybridge @ SF Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Lesbian/ Gay Freedom Band @ Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Fascinating showcase and the first-ever retrospective exhibit examining all aspects of artist Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering photography. $9-$18. Daily 11am-5:45pm (closed Wed.). 151 Third St. 357-4000. www.sfmoma.org

Jadine Louie conducts the band in “That’s All Folk!” a Celtic, Greek and Native American folk concert with a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Free. 8pm. 678 Portola Drive. 255-1355. www.sflgfb.org

Fiddler on the Roof @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

SF Int. Asian American Film Festival @ Various Theatres Diverse array of narrative, documentary and short films from around the world; screenings at the Castro Theatre, Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Viz Cinema, Clay Theatre, Pacific Film Archive and Camera 12 in San Jose. $10$12. Thru Mar. 20. www.caamedia.org

Singing at the Edge of the World @ The Marsh Cabaret, Berkeley Randy Rutherford’s inspirational autobiographical solo show, with music, about his life as an Alaskan folksinger overcoming congenital hearing loss (captions for hearing impaired at first three Saturday shows). $15$50. Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. Thru April 16. 2120 Allston Way, near Shattuck. (800) 838-3006. www.themarsh.org

Xanadu @ Retrodome, San Jose Touring production of the mirthful muse-filled musical comedy based on the strangely lovable film, complete with roller-skating disco numbers set to the original music, but a script that takes a satirical edge. $24-$44. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru April 3. 1694 Saratoga Ave. (408) 404-7711. www.TheRetroDome.com

SAT 19 >> Angie Bowie @ A Different Light

Ex-wife of David Bowie, and in town as a guest of the Mar. 18 Trannyshack Bowie tribute night at DNA Lounge, reads from and discusses her autobiography, Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie. 1pm. 489 Castro St. 431-0891. www.adlbooks.blogspot.com

Bake Sale @ Castro Country Club Enjoy new Belgian street waffles while raising funds for the Castro sober space. 11am3pm. 4058 18th St. at Hartford. www.castrocountryclub.org

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

Beast of the Bay @ El Rio Party for the winners of Bay Woof magazine’s voted best dogs and related canine topics and places. Proceeds benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (www.muttville.org). $10 and up. $5 food. 21+ with well-behaved

Touring production of the classic musical about Jewish Russians facing the loss of their traditions, and their homes. John Preece stars in this Broadway production that includes original choreography and staging by Jerome Robbins. $20-$79. Thru Mar. 20. 255 Almaden Blvd. San Jose. (408) 7924111. www.sjtix.com

The Glass Menagerie @ Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette Local theatre company performs Tennessee William’s classic family drama. $23-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Mar. 19. 3535 School St., Lafayette. (925) 283-1557. www.TownHallTheatre.com

Laugh It Up @ The Cinch Comics Candy Churilla, Natasha Muse, Loren Kraut and host Morgan bring on the giggles at a benefit for Lyon-Martin Health Services. $15. 7pm. 1723 Polk St.

Moment @ 111 Minna Gallery Collaborative group exhibit of diverse photography, including large-scale photo print tile works by GetBizi. Thru March. 111 Minna St. 974-1719. www.111minnagallery.com

Narnia @ Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley Berkeley Playhouse ‘s production of the kidfriendly musical stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, featuring youth actors and adults. $15-$33. Thu-Sun various times thru April 3. 2640 College Ave. (510) 845-8542. www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

The Oldest Profession @ Brava Theatre Evren Odcikin directs Paula Vogel’s satiric comedy about senior women prostitutes in the Reagan 80s who decide to work themselves to death. $10-$25. 8pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru April 9. 2781 24th St. at York. 647-2822. www.brava.org

Romeo and Juliet @ Val’s Subterranean, Berkeley Impact Theatre’s production of the Shakepeare romantic tragedy reset between contemporary Russian mafia gangs. Pizza, beer and other food & drinks available. $10-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru April 2. 1834 Euclid Ave. www.impacttheatre.com

SF Hiking Club @ Olompali State Park Join LGBT hikers on 10-mile hike near Novato, with shade, scenic trails and Miwok tribe exhibits. Carpool: Safeway sign, Market St. at Dolores, 8:45am. (650) 615-0151. www.sfhiking.com

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29 Caliente is the new show at the theatre-tentdinner extravaganza, with twin acrobats Ming and Rui, Vertical Tango rope dance, plus magic, comedy, a five-course dinner, and


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Beardo @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley The always entertaining Shotgun Players present playwright Jason Craig and composer Dave Malloy’s commissioned new play, an updated variation on the story of Rasputin, the Russian mystic, with plenty of sex, dirt, music and hemophilia, and starring Ashkon Davaran, (YouTube sensation and Giants fan who sang a cover of “Don’t Stop Believin’”). $17-$26. Previews thru Mar. 25. Opening Mar. 26. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm (Wed 7pm starting April 6). Thru April 24. www.shotgunplayers.org

Meredith Baxter @ Books Inc. a lot of fun. $117-$145. Saturday 11:30am “Breve” show $63-$78. Wed-Sat 6pm (Sun 5pm). Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 4382668. www.teatrozinzanni.com

Textural Rhythms @ Museum of the African Diaspora Constructing the Jazz Tradition, Contemporary African American Quilts, a new exhibit of quilts by the Women of Color Quilters Network that visualize jazz artists. $5-$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 685 Mission St. at 3rd. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

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Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance @ Asian Art Museum Expansive exhibit of more than 100 historic art works in exhibits that showcase the practicality of the performing and visual arts in this beautiful culture. Special performances and interactive workshops throughout exhibit run. $7-$17. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thu til 9pm. Thru Sept. 11. 200 Larkin St. www.asianart.org

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

Jazz Benefit @ Café duNord Shelly, Victoria Theodore, Benn Bacot, Suzanne Smith, Sheelagh Murphy and Tom Shaw Trio with Tomoko Funaki perform in a benefit for Lyon-Martin Health services. $25$30. 9pm. 2170 Market St. www.cafedunord.com

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

Size Matters @ John Pence Gallery Group exhibit of amazing photorealist paintings; landscapes, still lifes and sensual nudes, ranging from enormous to tiny in size. MonFri 10am- 6pm. Sat 10am-5pm. 750 Post St. 441-1138. www.johnpence.com

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

William Salit @ Magnet Exhibit of photographic sketches of the Castro by the local artist. 8pm. Thru March. 4122 18th St. at Castro. www.magnetsf.org

Louise Pitre @ The Rrazz Room

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

Sunday Swing-out @ Rock-it Room Same-sex and “straight-friendly” swing and jive dance night, Lessons 7pm, 8pm. Dancing with a live band 8:30pm. $5, $15, $40. 406 Clement St. at 5th Ave. www.QueerJitterburgs.com

mon 21>> In Paths Untrodden @ SF Public Library

Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems and the Radical Faeries, curated by Joey Cain; an exhibit of the gay poet’s influence on contemporary queer culture. Thru May 19. James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St. third floor. www.sfpl.org

Quit Smoking Class @ LGBT Center Free eight-week group sessions to help smokers kick the nicotine habit. Wednesdays. 7pm. 1800 Market St. www.lastdrag.org

thu 24>> Breathed … Unsaid @ SOMArts Gallery

Group exhibit of diverse and unusual art works, from traditional to high-tech and interactive installations, including gay artist (and Sister of Perpetual Indulgence) Joel Tan (who reads poetry at the exhibit Mar. 24, 7pm). Related film screenings Mar. 13, 12pm-8pm. Free. Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru March 31. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414. www.somarts.org

Jon Secada @ The Rrazz Room RawDance, Friday

The Grammy-winning singer performs intimate variations of his Latin music hits with a backup trio. $45-$55. 8pm. Also Mar. 25 & 26. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

Hot Draw @ Mark I Chester Studio Gay men’s sketch group with a nude male model doing erotic poses. Adults only! 1229 Folsom St. Reservations: 621-6294. www.markichester.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Bestselling author and journalist reads from and discusses his book about celebrities, Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness. 7pm. 1760 4th St. Also Mar. 24, 7:30pm at Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. www.neilstrauss.com www.booksinc.net www.booksmith.com

Acclaimed music group performs The Rape of Lucretia, by gay composer Benjamin Britten. $44$90. 8pm. Also March 25. Bancroft Way at Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Iran Beyond Censorship @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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

Neil Strauss @ Books Inc, Berkeley

Castleton Festival Opera @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Tony-nominated actress (Mamma Mia!) brings her musical tribute to Edith Piaf to the intimate stylish nightclub. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

Films of Jafar Panahi, who was recently jailed for 6 years for making “anti-regime” films, including The Accordion (made just before he was imprisoned), two feature films and shorts. 2pm. Also Mar. 25 & 26, 7:30pm and Mar 27, 2pm. Free-$6, $8. 701 Mission St. 978-2787. www.ybca.org

TV actress who recently came out as a lesbian reads from and discusses her book, Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame and Floundering. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. www.booksinc.net

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Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters @ Oracle Arena, Oakland The most popular pop singer alive and the fabulous fun band perform in what promises to be the gayest arena concert of the year. $49.50, $85, $175. 8pm. 7000 Coliseum Way. Also Mar 23 at Arco Arena, Sacramento. (510) 569-2121. www.scissorsisters.com/tour www.ladygaga.com Join the pre-concert party bus from The Lookout; 5:30pm-7pm departure. $5 round-trip tickets. 3600 16th St. at Market. 431-0306. www.lookoutsf.com

Sheila Rowbotham @ Bound Together Book Store Professor of Gender and Labour History at the University of Manchester, and author of Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, discusses and reads from her new book, Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century. 8pm. 1369 Haight St. near Masonic. www.boundtogetherbooks.com

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

Poets Rock the Randall @ Randall Museum Variety show with musicians and poets Stephen Kopel, Brent Calderwood, Jennifer Barone, Daniel Heffez, Jeanne Lupton, Gael Alcock & Jonathan Siegel. Free. 7pm-9pm. 199 Museum Way at Roosevelt. www.brentcalderwood.com

Susie Bright @ Smuggler’s Cove Celebrated sexuality author reads from and discusses her memoir Big Sex Little Death. 6pm-10pm. 650 Gough St. at McAllister. www.smugglerscovesf.com

Women of Calypso @ African American Arts & Culture Complex Underground Jazz Cabaret presents Trinidad artists Singing Sandra, Kizzie Ruiz and Shereen Caesar, with a five-piece band; directed by Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor. Carnival and masquerade costumes encouraged. $10-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Mar. 27. 762 Fulton St. www.culterualodyssey.org

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

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Mardi Gras comes to SF by Donna Sachet he social pace of the LGBT community continues to build with the recent successes of the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest and Krewe de Kinque’s annual Bal Masque, benefiting the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, occurring on the same Saturday night, March 5. Few cities could muster a single crowd, much less two, on the same night, both raising money for charitable causes and treating their guests to delightful entertainment. Krewe de Kinque, created by local activist and promoter Gary Virginia, is now in its eighth year of bringing New Orleans-style fun to the Bay Area during Mardi Gras season. After a successful party that night at Trigger with Bruce Vilanch serving as Grand Marshal and new King and Queen of Mardi Gras Garza & Frank Vera being announced, Krewe de Kinque followed up on Tuesday with a bus crawl all over the city, soaking up cocktails, spreading good cheer, and trailing party beads everywhere they went. If “laissez les bon temps rouler” makes sense to you, then check out this small but fun-loving and fundraising organization. This past Saturday night, we joined the new Reigning Emperor and Empress of San Francisco, Frankie & Saybeline, on their first trip out of town, to the Imperial Royal Lion Monarchy Coronation in San Jose. Emperor Robert Red and Empress Brenda Little Red kept it fun and light-hearted, but the new venue of the Holiday Inn Silicon Valley set the tone for this 40th anniversary celebration. Long-time favorites from the International Court System, Emperor Larry Mastropiero and Empress Jack-E, both of Reno, emceed the proceedings with aplomb. Entertainment ran the gamut from captivating live singing by EmO N T HE press Paige Langit of Alaska to more traditional but equally entertaining lip-synching by Empress Shondra of Modesto and electric-green cat-suited Vi Puzon of Long Beach. One of

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the highlights was a musical number performed by Empress Jackie Best and dedicated to the anniversary monarchs who have passed away. We wish newly elected Empress Lupe all the best during her year. On the bus to San Jose to and fro were San Francisco Emperors Brian Benamati, Jacques Michaels, Berlin, Fernando, Jason Ladd, and T OWN Stephen Dorsey, Empresses Alexis Miranda, Chika, Cher A Little, and Renita Valdez, Reigning Grand Duke Jason Husted and Grand Duchess Cookie Dough, and a coterie of cu-

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Coming up in leather & kink >> Thu., Mar. 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Check your favorite bars and clubs for St. Paddy’s specials and events. Be Irish for the night.

Sat., Mar. 19: Dee’s Meander, an easy walking group for kinksters at Bestor Art Park (Bestor @ S. 6th St., San Jose). 3-4 p.m. Go to: www.fetlife.com/events/43041.

Thu., Mar. 17: 2012 Bare Chest Calendar Semi-Final #8 at the Powerhouse (1347 Folsom). 9:30 p.m. Go to: www.barechest.org or www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Sun., Mar. 20: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: www.castrobear.com.

Thu., Mar. 17: Art of 8 Limbs presented by Disciple at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 8-10 p.m. $20, dress code: Comfy. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Thu., Mar. 17: Locker Room at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). 9 p.m.-close. Wear your jockstraps, sports gear, anything that goes in the locker room, for drink specials. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Fri., Mar. 18: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom). 10 p.m.-close. Enjoy the live shower boys and drink specials. Go to: www.trucksf.com. Fri., Mar. 18: Casino, the Original Celebration of Female Submission & Male Dominance at the SF Citadel. 7:15 p.m.-1 a.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Fri., Mar. 18: Final ballot for the Golden Dildeaux Awards will be made available at the Golden Gate Guards website: www.ggguards.com. Voting runs through April 21, and costs $1 each time you vote, with net proceeds going to the AIDS Emergency Fund. Fri., Mar. 18: Rope at Chaps Bar. Hosted by Jorge Vieto. 9 p.m.-close. Featuring DJ Sam. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Sat., Mar. 19: Back Bar Action at the Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.). Back patio and bar open to all gear/fetish/leather. 10 p.m. to close. Go to: www.sfeagle.com. Sat., Mar. 19: Nasty at The Powerhouse. 10 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com. Sat., Mar. 19: 3rd Annual Tour de Cure Charity Auction & Raffle at the SF Citadel. For the SFC Riders, a cycling team in the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. Auction from 3-4:30 p.m., raffle at 4 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.

Sun., Mar. 20: Beverage Bust for the Exiles at the Eagle Tavern. 3-6 p.m. $10 for the beverage bust. Go to: www.sfeagle.com. Sun., Mar. 20: PoHo Sundays at the Powerhouse. DJ Keith, dollar drafts all day. Go to: www.powerhousesf.com. Sun., Mar. 20: Twisted Summer Camp Taster, Kick-off & Social at the SF Citadel. 4-9 p.m. $15 for singles, $25 for couples. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Mon., Mar. 21: Trivia Night with host Casey Ley at Truck. 8-10 p.m. Amazing prizes and ridiculous questions. Go to: www.trucksf.com. Tue., Mar. 22: Dominant Discussion Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30-8 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Tue., Mar. 22: Busted at Truck. 9 p.m.-close. $5 beer bust from 9-11 p.m. Great music, and the notorious Truck boys. Go to: www.trucksf.com. Wed., Mar. 23: Leathermen’s Discussion Group upstairs at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison). 7:30-9:30 p.m., free. Demonicsex: a conversation with Chuck Conner, creator/writer of the Demonicsex comics. Conner promises to tell all, taking you behind the scenes of the sex-charged graphic novel and upcoming film. Go to: www.sfldg.org. Wed., Mar. 23: Leather Buddies at Blow Buddies. Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Play til late. Go to: www.blowbuddies.com. Wed., Mar. 23: SoMa Men’s Club. Every Wed., the SoMa Clubs (Powerhouse, Truck, Lone Star, Hole in the Wall, the Eagle) have specials for those who wear the Men’s Club dogtags.


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Dropping the needle on a life by David Lamble powerful new movie fueled by an Oliver Sacks case study provides an emotionally seductive twist to the good-dad/bad-dad dichotomy. Dr. Sacks’ observation was of a young man in the 1960s, a significant portion of whose brain was destroyed by a tumor, short-circuiting his ability to form new memories. Jim Kohlberg’s film The Music Never Stopped begins with one positive spin from the case: the idea that music we love can prompt startlingly accurate flashbacks of memory from the undamaged portion of our brains. Midway into the movie, Henry (J.K. Simmons) is a dad so desperate to reach his memory-addled, approaching-middle-age son Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci) that he’s even willing to listen to his kid’s favorite music: Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and especially the Grateful Dead. It was these drugtoting Pied Pipers who first seduced the rebellious boy away from Henry’s life plan of college, marriage and Bing Crosby ballads. As the 65-year-old dad drops the needle down on one of his 37-year-old son’s icons, it’s the winter of 1986. But to Gabriel, it’s still 1965, when Dylan recorded a memorable protest anthem. “And the Good Samaritan is getting ready to go to the carnival tonight, on Desolation Row.” “Desolation Row: what is that?” “Dylan was writing about a lynching that unfolded like a circus. The New York Times was spotlighting a photo of a Vietnamese officer executing a prisoner – it’s psychotic!

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Whether you consider it homage, cinema-sampling, or outright theft, Dolan at least steals from the best: from Goddard, the hip lingo and pseudo-serious insights of Masculine-Feminine’s boy vs. girl sexual dialectics; from Truffaut, a farcically self-indulgent sense of doom that a mismatched ménage can prompt; and from Woody Allen, the hilarious if banal insight that many adults sel-

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With her big bosoms and even bigger hair, her beauty is somewhat questionable. Stewart, who’s played the role on and off since Pee Wee’s first appearance, knows the character well. In one hysterically funny scene, she shows Pee Wee how she makes herself look so “beautiful.” While she smears makeup across her face, she reveals her “secret wish.” As she and Pee Wee close their eyes and clasp hands, Yvonne proclaims, “I wish that Cowboy Curtis would like me so, and think I’m beautiful from head to toe.” She briefly shakes her booty, hoping that he “really” likes her, implying a sexual connotation that would never

It’s been five-and-a-half years since I chatted with a sleep-deprived Lou Pucci, coming off his acclaim for nailing the oral-fixated Justin Cobb

brain. He just wants to copulate!” Director Kohlberg admits that apart from his cast and script (by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks), the greatest miracle allowing his film to finally reach the screen, after 13 years in turn-around limbo, was the decision of some music giants to let their songs appear for a relative pittance. “I never thought it would get made because the music was so intertwined with it. My music supervisor Sue Jacobs sent the script to Dylan and the Dead, and they quickly agreed to work with us on a low-budget basis. I didn’t want to make it without Dylan and the Dead because that wasn’t the film I saw in the script.” Pucci feels that the Beatles’ All You Need is Love captures the spirit of what allows Gabriel to snap back to life as soon as

the needle hits that groove. Pucci has had his share of onscreen fight scenes, like in the Sundance-acclaimed The Go-Getter, where his orphan boy was viciously attacked by a severely lapsed Buddhist. Pucci jokes the punch was restaged because the first take looked fake. Then last July, life eclipsed art as Pucci was quite savagely attacked while revisiting his native New Jersey. “I’m back in the small town where the Jersey Shore show is filmed – in that show, they kind of glorify people beating the shit out of each other – then life anonymously hits me in the face. It was a big thing at the time, but I can’t see it now. I had to get face surgery, they put a titanium strip under my eye. It’s just life, sometimes you get hurt.”▼

dom achieve any erotic bliss exceeding self-love. In one of Heartbeats’ most revealing, silly and least pretentious moments of truth, Francis sits in a total daze on the bed he’s shared with Nicolas and Marie. Nicolas and Marie have split to secure a car for a weekend trip into the country, and to restock their cigarette supply – smoking is a big fucking deal in this romantic triangle, just the way it was in those New Wave classics. In any event, Francis is sitting half-naked in the tangle of dirty sheets and dis-

carded items of clothing (reeking of Nicolas) waiting for Nick’s ex-dancer mom to show up with this spoiled boy’s cash allowance. Despite the inevitability of mom, Francis buries his head in the hunk’s pullover and starts beating off. Mom interrupts the reverie with the promised cash and a few lewd compliments. No sooner does she leave than Francis gets right back down to business. In a world with few remaining taboos, masturbation is the new love-that-dare-not. Here, halfway through a story that we know is going

to end badly for Francis and Marie, the sight of our hero shamelessly, desperately pleasuring himself, literally over the scent of a man he cannot have any other way, is this filmmaker’s goofy tribute to Allen’s heartfelt if absurd ending to Manhattan. Dolan is a young dog still refining his tricks: the slow-motion scene transitions, characters exiting the screen with their tails between their legs; a psychologically astute and eclectic soundtrack whose main motif is Dalidas’ half-poignant, halfsarcastic wail of “Bang Bang”; and

the notion that a new generation of Quebecois youth is giving a Bronx cheer to the American anti-smoking gospels. Late in the film, Marie confesses to a one-night-stand that she never feels more spiritually alive than when’s she’s lighting up. With his knowing embrace of his hometown of Montreal as a North American Paris, and with his second romantic feature promising a great career in the offing, Xavier Dolan has bequeathed a long-overdue queer accent on that most treasured of screen genres, the French romantic comedy.▼

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have got past the TV censors. Even more naughty is a visit from Sergio the electrician (Jesse Garcia). Sergio checks the wiring in the Playhouse, then breaks out into a suggestive dance that would have been unimaginable on the Mickey Mouse Club. When Sergio joins Pee Wee for a special Pee Wee dance to the tune of “Tequila,” the audience cheers. But for the most part, Pee Wee Herman on Broadway is an affectionate nod to the children’s programming that Baby Boomers recall with fondness. In “You’re My Favorite Chair,” a brief musical interlude, Pee Wee and Chairry express their genuine affection for each other. It’s a lovely moment that reflects on the meaning of friendship, making its sweet statement while never leaving the Pee Wee universe.▼

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J.K. Simmons and Lou Taylor Pucci as father and son in The Music Never Stopped.

in Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker. The New Jersey native, then still in his teens, confided having to overcome the kind of homophobic taunts tossed at a slightly effeminate straight-boy actor in order to take his fledging career from Broadway (The Sound of Music) to indie hits. This morning, his still-boyish countenance framed with a light red beard and moderately long hair, Pucci concedes that one of the hardest things about being Gabriel at 17 and 37 was undergoing the daily three-hour aging process, including an extra layer of latex skin, complete with scarring and crows-feet around the eyes. “I had on a glued-on face for more than half of the movie.” Pucci and director Jim Kolhberg explain that Lou’s impressive grasp of the memory-impaired Gabriel was based on a carefully structured analysis of the real condition broken down into four distinct phases. “First catatonic, the second a feeling of utter victory when he emerges from each blank spell, then sensorial, and finally as fully awake and aware as Gabriel could ever be, given his impairment.” Pucci relied on a smart acting coach, “because you need to have your character options completely out on the table, or else when it’s happening you’ll forget things.” One liberty the filmmakers take is giving Gabriel the ability to fall in love, in that sense to create new sensory desires. “There’s some kind of a feeling that you can literally get, just a bodily attraction to another person, a deeper, grimier, more reptilian

It’s psychedelic!” Dad picks the needle off the Highway 61 Revisited album, the wail ceases, and Gabriel slumps back into a wakeful stupor as if someone had flipped a switch to his brain. Dad grimaces as if revisiting the terrible night in 1968 when a row about college, the draft and flag-burning drove Gabriel out of the house for good. The filmmakers behind The Music Never Stopped have taken considerable liberties with the literal truth in the service of a more resonant, emotionally powerful truth. Keying off one of the best 60s soundtracks assembled for a low-budget film, Pucci and Simmons give us a vivid tussle between a once-furious, still stubborn father and a son whose failed memory hasn’t robbed him of his righteous anger for the part of his life he can still recall. Pucci has devoted the last half-dozen years to playing irksome if loveable adolescent rebels with or without causes. Here he has the showier and technically more demanding role. Pucci’s Gabriel has to accelerate from a virtual stupor to a speed-rapping aspiring rock musician, back to the sleepwalking state, in the blink of an eye. Simmons’ less showier task is to give us the last days of an old-fashioned man able to trade in Sinatra for memorizing every lyric in the Grateful Dead songbook.

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CalaFoods was located. We cut the ribbon with Supervisor Scott Wiener and many executives of the new store last week, and we can confidently recommend its clean aisles, bountiful shelves, and friendly employees. Upcoming social events include Soiree 9: La Dolce Vita, an Italiancinema-themed gala benefiting the SF LGBT Community Center at the Design Gallery, 101 Henry Adams St., on Sat., March 26, starting at 7 p.m. Besides the usual plethora of food and drink, entertainment will include Boylesque, Fauxnique, Gay

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Asian Pacific Alliance Men’s Chorus, Glamamore, Honey Mahogany, Miss Rahni, Monistat, and Veronica Klaus. Think Fellini films, then get dolled up and head to this fabulous party! Finally, who knows what the ultimate effect of the hotly rumored Britney Spears appearance in the Castro will generate, but there are bound to be crowds, media attention, and gossip galore. We’re keeping our ear to the ground and will keep our readers as informed as possible. If nothing else, let this put to bed that recent survey that found San Francisco way down the list of the Gayest Cities in America. We have been, still are, and always will be the Gay Mecca, and proud of it!▼


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Dancing all the way by Gregg Shapiro orry, gay brothers and sisters, we no longer have a lock on interesting dance music. It appears that our straight neighbors want to get in on the act. They want to make it and they want to dance to it, so you better make room for them on the dance-floor at your favorite nightspot. Although he began his recordplaying career in gay clubs, French DJ David Guetta doesn’t identify as a member of the tribe. That said, he’s given LGBT folks plenty of reasons for dancing over the years. And his latest disc, One More Love (Astralwerks/Gum Prod), a trimmed-down version of his 2009 One Love fulllength, with a new song (“Who’s that Chick?” sung by the over-extended Rihanna) and a new version of another (“Missing You” by Novel), is no exception. One More Love retains a few tracks including “Getting Over You,” featuring vocals by out singer Chris Willis, and the winning “When Love Takes Over,” with vocals by Kelly Rowland. It’s up to you whether or not you want to pop for this extravagance. There are beats and blips aplenty on Jo Jo Burger Tempest (Melodic) by Working for a Nuclear Free City. Disc one moves back and forth between cool, dance-oriented tracks (“Autoblue,” “Pachinko”) and more space-rock-oriented numbers (“Do a Stunt,” “Little Lenin”), while the epic title-track takes up the entire second disc, and you can dance if you want to. Moby must know that his longtime fans love him, but they seem to love him more when he makes them want to dance. That could be one of the reasons for the double-disc Wait for Me Remixes! (Little Idiot/Mute). Ten songs from his 2009 Wait for Me disc are remixed on the first disc by the likes of Carl Cox and Tiesto, while the second disc is an exclusive DJ mix by Moby himself. It’s rare that an exclamation mark is as perfectly placed as it is in the name of the band The Go! Team. Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries), the raucous new disc by the exuberant Brits, rolls out of the speakers like a cheerleading squad on crystal. The perfectly-named sonic storm “Tornado” blows listeners about, “Secretary Song” is a dynamic dip in the typing pool. Other reasons to cheer and dance can be found in the rolling retro of “Buy Nothing Day,” “Back Like 8 Track”

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