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SF urged to backfill HIV cuts by Matthew S. Bajko

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an Francisco officials are once again being urged to backfill millions of dollars in federal funding cuts to HIV and AIDS services. Due to planned reductions in the city’s share of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act funding, the city will see a $2.1 million cut to its AIDS programs and the loss of $1.88 milRick Gerharter lion in HIV prevention dollars from the Supervisor Centers for Disease Scott Wiener Control and Prevention in the fiscal budget for 2013/2014, which begins July 1. It is hoped that the city can absorb the $4 million loss with local resources. “I believe it is doable,” said gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who worked with his board colleagues, AIDS advocates, and Mayor Ed Lee’s administration last year to restore nearly $7.5 million in federal HIV/ AIDS funding cuts. “We are going to be working closely with the mayor’s office to really try to make that happen. But nothing is guaranteed.” In late January Wiener called for a special hearing before the board’s budget committee, which will take place the last week of March, to discuss this year’s pending HIV cuts. The mayor has until May 1 to present his proposed budget to the board, with the final version due June 3. The board has until July 31 to adopt the budget. Last year, during the two-year budget process, the city backfilled 50 percent of the federal HIV/AIDS funding cuts, or roughly $3.5 million, for the upcoming fiscal year. A $500,000 reduction in the current fiscal year in Ryan White Part D funding for Larkin Street Youth Services’ HIV program was also backfilled with half of that amount added to the 2013/2014 budget. The city is being asked to restore the remaining $250,000 in funding this year. The full amount of the budget hit this year to the city’s programs for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as its HIV prevention programs, remains unclear due to the enactment of the federal sequestration cuts that took effect Friday, March 1. “We all have to work very hard to build the political support for backfilling that amount,” said Wiener, who sits on the extended five-person budget committee as one See page 12 >>

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Porn company faces new barebacking complaints by Seth Hemmelgarn

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Complaints have been filed against Treasure Island Media alleging its porn performers don’t wear condoms in barebacking films such as Liam Cole’s Overload.

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San Francisco-based porn company known for its barebacking videos is facing formal complaints that it’s endangering the health of its actors.

In complaints filed in February, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is asking a California safety agency to investigate Treasure Island Media Inc., headquartered at 351 Ninth Street.

As a visit to http://www.treasureislandmedia.com demonstrates, the company makes no secret that many of its videos show men having sex without condoms. See page 6 >>

First cases seen under nudity ban

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eople who choose to be naked in public are finding out that when San Francisco officials passed a new law banning most open nudity in the city, they meant it. Police have cited a handful of people who refused to put clothes on in recent weeks. An April 23 trial date has been set for some who refused to pay the citations and pleaded not guilty. Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed the ban, which the Board of Supervisors passed by a 6-5 vote and Mayor Ed Lee signed into law in December. The law became effective in February after a federal district judge denied a request from four urban nudists seeking an injunction against it. Among other provisions, Section 154 of the police code states that a person “may not expose his or her genitals, perineum, or anal region” on public places including sidewalks and parklets. Children under 5 are exempted, and the restrictions don’t apply to a woman’s breasts nor ban such things as chaps or other ass-bearing clothing. The legislation allows for exemptions of the policy at “permitted parades, fairs, and festivals” such as the gay Pride festival or the Folsom Street Fair. A first offense would come with a $100 fine, while repeat offenders could face a $500 fine or a year in county jail. Any convictions due to the ordinance would not constitute a sex offense for purposes of the state sex offender registry. Four activists are seeing firsthand how the antinudity law is being implemented. Police cited Rus-

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Attorney Christina DiEdoardo, center, talked to her clients, urban nudists George Davis, left, and Russell “Trey” Allen III, following a hearing in their case.

sell “Trey” Allen III, 30; George Davis, 66; Dan DeVero, 25; and Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, 43; for refusing to put on their clothes outside City Hall February 1, the day the law went into effect. Allen said police put them in a van, took them to a nearby police station, and held them in the vehicle for about 45 minutes to an hour. Officers gave them blankets to wear, cited them, and released them, he said. (Taub said she put on clothes

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that she’d brought with her but accepted a blanket.) Allen and Davis appeared in San Francisco Superior Court Friday, March 1 (clothed this time) with attorney Christina A. DiEdoardo and entered pleas of not guilty. DiEdoardo also pleaded not guilty on behalf of Taub, who didn’t appear in court. It’s not clear what the status is for DeVero, See page 9 >>


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t a Castro church, the organizers of March4Equality stood in a circle holding hands below red mesh hearts made from contorted

Hula Hoops and, in a meditative trance, vocally imagined themselves rallying for same-sex marriage amid a lively evening at Castro and Market streets. The organizers mostly have no

prior LGBT activism experience and are working with no funds. But at their first public meeting last weekend, the impassioned group of some 20 activists strategized for the Monday, March 25 rally that they are organizing in advance of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in two same-sex marriage cases. The court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the federal challenge to Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, on Tuesday, March 26. The next day, the court will hear arguments in a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. v. Windsor. Last month, activists Cleve Jones and David Mixner called on local LGBT folks to organize rallies or marches in their communities timed to coincide with the arguments at the Supreme Court. The local group planning the March 25 event formed just weeks ago and dovetails with President Barack Obama’s recent reiteration of support for same-sex marriage and the friend-of-the-court brief signed by dozens of prominent Republicans in support of marriage equality that was submitted to the high court. “It’s our chance to stand with Obama and to stand for equality,” said 54-year-old organizer Gregg Cassin as the group held hands. By the meeting’s end, all positions were filled by people who attended the meeting after hearing about it on Facebook, being invited by roommates or as members of Metropolitan Community ChurchSan Francisco at 150 Eureka Street, where the meeting was held. Heather Akers-Healy, 35, a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s LGBT advisory committee, said she heard about the meeting online and will work on event promotion, like distributing leaflets in Dolores Park during the weekend preceding the rally. The organizers displayed fliers designed by Madeleine Maguire, 21, a student studying graphic design at the California College of the Arts. One flier reads, “Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall, San Francisco” in bold characters featuring protest images

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Organizers Aaron Baldwin, left, Madeleine Maguire, Emanuel Yekutiel, and Gregg Cassin met with activists at MCC-SF to plan a March 25 rally ahead of the same-sex marriage cases being heard at the U.S. Supreme Court.

from the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, widely credited as the birth of the modern gay rights movement. Most of those at the meeting have never worked in LGBT activism, if any activism at all. Cassin and co-organizer Aaron Baldwin know each other through years of both being HIV-positive, and Cassin met Emanuel Yekutiel, 23, while Yekutiel was visiting Cassin’s apartment building for afternoon tea. “I love this state and I don’t have the same rights as other Californians, and it’s an inequity,” Yekutiel said. A real estate consultant, Yekutiel’s only prior experience in organizing political actions was during Obama’s 2012 campaign. The group is interested in securing support from state or national organizations such as Equality California and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. An early evening rally in favor of marriage equality at the corner of Castro and Market streets will doubtless meet a positive reception – but the group sought to expand that interest. Baldwin said this week that they want to march to City Hall if there is enough turnout. If there are too few people in attendance, the group will stay in Harvey Milk Plaza, he said. The Reverend Victor Floyd, who

began pastoring at MCC-SF six months ago, said that his predominately LGBT congregation strongly supports marriage equality and he’d start Holy Week with the references to the protest this year. “Everyone comes for Holy Week and complains that we do the same songs. I think we’ll start Holy Week with this,” Floyd said. Last month saw a deluge of bipartisan support for overturning both Prop 8 and DOMA, which exempts same-sex couples from federal benefits granted to heterosexual married couples. As previously reported, the president submitted a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8, deeming it unconstitutional. And last month also saw a legal brief signed by prominent Republicans like former top advisers to former President George W. Bush, governors, and members of Congress, arguing that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. “Let’s visualize people jumping on their bikes, getting on the train and getting in their cars on March 25, and us making a change,” Cassin said to the attendees as they closed their meeting and meditated. The March4Equality will begin at the corner of Castro and Market streets on March 25 at 6:30 p.m.t

DeFrank board chair resigns by Heather Cassell

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n a surprise announcement on Facebook, Chris Flood resigned as president of the board of directors of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center in San Jose. Within a couple of hours of the February 28 announcement, Greg Belaus, 46, the board’s vice president, assumed the role of president, according to the center’s website. “I don’t need to be doing it anymore,” Flood, a 50-year-old gay man, told the Bay Area Reporter during a phone conversation right after he posted his resignation on Facebook. “There are other people who can be doing it for me.” “Change is inevitable. We all always have to be dealing with change. This is a change in the right direction for me. I needed a break,” Flood, who has volunteered with the center for 11 years, wrote in his resignation post. Three of those years were spent as board president, according to Belaus and Flood. Flood said that he hopes to continue volunteering at the center to conduct HIV testing and work with the youth program. He encouraged others to volunteer their time and resources to the center at the end of his resignation announcement. When asked about Flood’s unexpected resignation, Belaus said, “I

Chris Flood has resigned as board president of Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center after years in the post.

am unable to comment on board matters.” He stated it was a personnel matter that was handled by the board in a closed session. “He’s gone above and beyond expectations in time and commitment,” said Belaus. A letter to the community posted on the DeFrank Center’s website praised Flood for his commitment to the community. “His hard work and dedication has helped the center thrive through

difficult economic times, particularly during the recent economic downturn. We wish Chris much success and happiness and he continues to work with our community,” the letter stated. Belaus and Flood both estimated the center’s annual operating budget between $70,000 and $100,000. Yet, the center’s annual budget in 2011 was $241,071, according to its 990 filing with the IRS. The center’s reported net assets are valued at $1,532,258, according to the same tax filing. When asked about the center’s budget, Belaus said, “We have not posted an annual budget publicly because of the kind of the nature of the finances.” See page 9 >>

Correction The February 29 article “Queen Mother explores ideas for Imperial Court,” listed the incorrect age for Queen Mother Nicole Murray Ramirez, who disputed the Wikipedia listing that has April 1, 1921 as his birthdate. Ramirez declined to provide his exact age, but said that he is not in his 90s and not in his 80s. The online version has been corrected.


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Queer LifeSpace finds new home in the Castro by Heather Cassell

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ueer LifeSpace, which provides mental health services to the LGBT community, will stay in the Castro. Nancy Heilner, QLS executive director, signed a seven-year lease with an option for renewal for another seven years for an office at 2275 Market Street March 1. The nonprofit hopes to move into its new home May 1. “I am very relieved and really excited,” said Heilner, 57, an out lesbian. “It really feels good to know that we are going to be able to be here for a long time. I’m just really grateful that we were able to stay in the Castro.” At the beginning of February the nonprofit queer mental health organization also launched a $60,000 capital campaign to cover the moving and remodeling costs, which includes a crowdfunding component via Indiegogo. As of March 4, the nonprofit’s leadership has raised $4,780 toward its $15,000 Indiegogo goal with 35 days to go. In addition to the capital campaign, QLS’s leadership is looking into other funding options. Since November, the nonprofit received support from the Castro and Folsom street fairs and a $38,000 grant from the San Francisco Foundation, said Heilner. If all goes well with construction of the new space and the move, there won’t be an interruption in services to the nonprofit’s 200 lowincome clients, said Heilner. QLS and its for-profit arm the SF Therapy Collective were informed in September 2012 that a lease at its current location 474 Castro Street wouldn’t be renewed when it ended April 30. Instead, the space was leased to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation

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Queer LifeSpace founders Joe Voors, left, Stacey Rodgers, Christopher Holleran, and Nancy Heilner look forward to relocating the agency’s offices.

for its men’s health and wellness center. As previously reported, SFAF is planning a $7.9 million fundraising campaign for renovations and other costs. The foundation plans to locate three of its programs – Stonewall Project, Magnet, and the Stop AIDS Project – in the Castro location. QLS’ soon-to-be new home will not only keep the mental health organization centered in the Castro, but it expands the nonprofit’s services by giving it extra space, said Heilner. It will also keep the collective and the nonprofit together, as SF Therapy Collective will be right next door to QLS, as it has been since its founding in July 2011. QLS officials said they would focus on starting a youth therapy group once the move is completed. Previous plans for the group were put on hold when they learned they would have to find new space, Heilner said. The SF Therapy Collective and QLS were started by four mental health and substance abuse thera-

pists who used to work at New Leaf: Services for Our Community. They include Heilner, Christopher Holleran, Stacey Rodgers, and Joe Voors. The nonprofit counseling organization earned less than $25,000 in 2011, according to its 990 IRS filing. Heilner and Rodgers, QLS’s director of communications, projected that in October QLS’s budget would be $60,000, but now the collective and the nonprofit will have to add an annual $10,800 rent increase for the additional three offices it gained. The additional offices are welcomed by the nonprofit’s leadership. Last week they opened a waiting list to provide services to an additional eight people, said Heilner. “This move is enabling us to expand our services,” said Heilner. “We are going to be really happy to expand services as our client base continues to grow.” To donate, contact Ana Zamora, QLS’s fundraising coordinator, or visit http://www.queerlifespace.org/ donations or http://www.indiegogo. com/projects/325957.t

CROI opens with cure news by Bob Roehr

A flurry of excitement over a claimed “functional cure” for HIV opened the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta. But questions remain about some of the details of what happened with the infant girl, and even if it proves to be true, it is likely to have little immediate or widespread effect in daily care. The case study involved a girl born prematurely at the University of Mississippi to a mother who was infected with HIV but did not know it. Because the mother had a high viral load at the time of delivery, and likelihood of transmission of the virus increases as viral load increases, the physician decided to test the infant for HIV and started her within 30 hours of birth on combination therapy. The viral load test came back showing 20,000 copies of HIV. That strongly suggests she became infected in the womb and not at delivery, which is another point of high risk for mother to child transmission. While the RNA test for the virus showed that it was replication competent, there was no reason at the time to run a test used only in research and not in clinical practice to show if the virus was capable of infecting cells. A significant portion of HIV RNA has defects that leave it incapable of infecting cells. The infant remained on antiretroviral drugs for 18 months and then mother and daughter stopped

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going to clinic. They reappeared four months later and the girl had not been on therapy for much of that time. The doctors took a blood sample to measure her viral load but it was below the 20 copy level that they used. That is when researchers from Johns Hopkins University stepped in. They used ultrasensitive tests to look for the virus but could not find it the first or subsequent times that they looked. “We were unable to detect replication competent virus,” said lead author of the study, Deborah Persaud. “We believe that perhaps the initiation of very early antiretroviral therapy prevented the formation of viral reservoirs in CD4 T-cells.” The child is 2 1/2 years old now

and apparently free from infection. But questions remain. Was the initial viral load test accurate or was there some mix-up in processing or record keeping? And was the virus capable of infecting cells? There is no stored blood sample so there is no way to answer those questions definitively. “The question is whether the HIV DNA [detected by the study] is junk DNA or replication competent DNA,” said Scott Hammer, a researcher a Columbia University and vice chair of the conference. “Or is this an example of an elite controller and the baby would have cleared the virus without drugs.” Elite controllers are less than 1 percent of those who become infected. Their immune system has one or more unusual variations that are capable of controlling HIV infection for long periods of time, up to several decades, at very low levels and without clinical symptoms of disease. There was much initial skepticism around the first person functionally cured of AIDS, Timothy Ray Brown, first known only as the “Berlin patient.” He underwent chemotherapy for lymphoma and a bone marrow transplant to rebuild his immune system. The doctor secured a transplant match that contained a rare variation – the delta32 mutation for the CCR5 cell receptor – known to naturally confer resistance to HIV infection. It took See page 9 >>


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A new age of austerity?

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n many of the media reports about sequestration – the government’s mandatory budget cuts that total $85 billion – not enough attention has been given to its consequences for charities. As local nonprofit organizations, particularly those serving people living with HIV/ AIDS, prepare for less federal funding, leaders should keep in mind that if these budget cuts result in furloughs or layoffs of federal workers in the coming months, any charitable giving they participated in likely will be lost or sharply curtailed. The San Francisco Bay Area is not like Washington, D.C, which has hundreds of thousands of government employees. But as a major metropolitan region, the Bay Area does have a sizable federal workforce, including researchers, attorneys, and bureaucrats. Just about every federal agency has an office in the region. Any furloughs or layoffs will hit the local economy on many levels. Those in the service industry might see fewer customers because they will be forced to limit their spending. Restaurants could experience a decrease in patrons. Contractors that provide services to the federal government will also be affected. The local economy was just beginning to show signs of improvement, which now could be jeopardized as federal agencies must cut their budgets. But with some AIDS nonprofits ramping up expansion efforts or preparing for a reduction in federal Ryan White funds, it will be necessary to continue searching for private dollars, which could prove more elusive if there is no solution from Congress over the budget. In terms of AIDS services, one of the hardest hit would be the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which nationally faces a cut of 7,400 people living with HIV. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 424,000 fewer HIV tests will be provided nationwide, and 49,300 fewer in California, which would negatively affect prevention efforts and the goal of in-

creased testing. Slots in substance abuse treatment will be cut, because the state will lose $12.4 million from a federal grant. In short, the country is about to enter a new age of austerity, which Americans are not used to. Congressional Republicans shoulder much of the blame, in our opinion, because tea party members in the House refused to compromise. But it doesn’t seem like that situation will change anytime soon. Now is a good time for nonprofits to review their finances, and any reductions should start with mid- and uppermanagement positions rather than services or line staff, who work directly with clients. Development directors need to get creative at soliciting private funds and recruiting new donors. In the worst case scenario, organizations that provide similar services should consider merging in order to save on common expenditures like overhead costs. We were a proponent of mergers a few years

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ago when the recession was at its height and we know agencies don’t like to think about it. In this new economy of the sequester, however, executive directors need to put their clients – not their salaries or deputies – first. The political gamesmanship in Washington is indeed poor policy, as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation noted in a news release it sent out this week. And it is the poor who will suffer the consequences of service reductions and reduced funds for programs like housing subsidies and food stamps. But to minimize the impact of these federal cuts, it looks like another round of belt-tightening is in order. The sequester was passed a year and a half ago and, at the time, it was believed to be so drastic that neither political party would let it occur. But last Friday, as President Barack Obama signed the order implementing the cuts, as he was required to do, it became clear that our federal government is in disarray. Austerity is the new normal, like it has been in Europe recently, and nonprofits, like everyone else, will need to adapt. Those changes, however, should not leave clients out in the cold.t

Why the CBD supports widening Castro St. by Andrea Aiello and Gustavo Serina

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t its special board of directors meeting February 7, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefits District unanimously passed a motion in support of the San Francisco Department of Public Works’ proposed widening of the sidewalks on Castro Street between Market and 19th streets. Widening these two blocks will increase the neighborhood’s economic vitality, a key CBD objective. The new sidewalks will make it feasible for restaurants along Castro Street to apply for outdoor seating permits. Increased outdoor seating will draw more people to the area, which in turn will benefit the many businesses on Castro Street and along Market Street. Additionally, the significant amount of new housing now being built or scheduled to be constructed over the next two years along Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to Castro Street will bring more residents to the neighborhood. Wider, more attractive sidewalks will encourage them to shop, dine, and enjoy the area’s many urban amenities, which will help the district thrive. Wider sidewalks will make the CBD’s Castro Ambassadors stations more visible to visitors, thereby increasing the number of people who use this popular service to learn about our neighborhood’s many attractions. They will make it easier for the CBD’s cleaning, power-washing, and graffiti removal crews to do their jobs. They will facilitate the CBD’s San Francisco Special Patrol and the regular SFPD’s beat cops’ ability to keep the area safe. They will protect the landmark Castro Theatre’s marquee from being damaged by delivery trucks. They will also make it easier for people not queuing up to attend the many popular performances and special events at the theater to walk to their destination.

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The existing, top, and proposed widening of two blocks of Castro Street show how there would be room for outdoor seating, among other changes.

Attractive wider sidewalks along the twoblock stretch of Castro Street are also consistent with the CBD’s mission to make the neighborhood a beautiful, clean, welcoming, and exciting one. These less congested sidewalks are likely to include plaques honoring the first 20 names of historically important lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals chosen for the Rainbow Honor Walk, a project for which the CBD has acted as a fiscal sponsor. The San Francisco Arts Commission recently approved the design for the plaques. The CBD has long worked to improve pedestrian safety in the neighborhood. The proposed bulb outs that are part of widening the sidewalks support that goal. So does the proposed pedestrian scramble at the busy intersection of Castro and 18th streets.

Replacing the current eclectic collection of trees along Castro Street between Market and 19th Street with a uniform variety may also be part of the design of the new, wider sidewalks. Uniform trees will make those blocks more visually appealing. This is consistent with the CBD’s goal of making the neighborhood greener and more attractive. During the February 7 meeting, the all-volunteer board members acknowledged that the 10-month project, scheduled to begin in early 2014, will be disruptive to many merchants, residents, and visitors. This disruption will, however, be temporary and the results will be a huge benefit to the district’s most famous two blocks. Board members were also encouraged by DPW’s creative solutions to minimize the number of parking spaces that may be lost as part of the sidewalk widening. The CBD appreciates the leadership shown by District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, former District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, DPW Director Mohammed Nuru, Planning Director John Rahaim, Municipal Transportation Agency Director Ed Reiskin, and their respective hard-working staffs, in making the longdiscussed widening of Castro Street a reality. These city leaders are also committed to making the construction process as painless as possible. During the next few weeks, The CBD and other neighborhood organizations will be cosponsoring another community meeting to discuss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Castro Street. It will be held at the Market Noe Center (formerly Tower Records) at 2278 Market Street. Please check http:// www.castrocbd.org for the date. The CBD encourages everyone interested in our neighborhood’s future to attend and make their perspectives known. We want to hear from you.t Andrea Aiello is the Castro/Upper Market CBD’s executive director. Gustavo Serina is the organization’s board president.


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Events highlight transgender health issues by Matthew S. Bajko

Early bird registration prior to April 26 costs $300 for professionals and $150 for non-UCSF students. It is free to attend for UCSF students. For more information, visit http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/ trans?page=ev-summit2.

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number of events in the Bay Area in the coming weeks will shine a spotlight on various health issues the transgender community is grappling with, both locally and nationwide. Myriad San Francisco organizations are collaborating on an effort to secure trans-inclusive health benefits in union contracts. It is part of a national campaign being launched in 10 cities across the country to convince unions, labor councils, and state federations to sign a trans health benefits bargaining pledge form. Pride at Work is spearheading the “Trans Month of Action” in collaboration with the SEIU Lavender Caucus, the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington, D.C., and the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco. The effort came out of conversations held during the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference, held in Atlanta in January, between various labor officials and transgender leaders from across the country. Those talks led to the conclusion that “we should focus on moving trans health benefits within the labor community,” explained Donna Cartwright and Gabriel Haaland, cochairs of the Pride at Work Transgender Caucus, in an email announcing the new initiative. Last fall the Department of Health and Human Services issued a policy position saying that, under the federal Affordable Care Act, employers, health insurers, and others cannot deny health coverage based on gender identity. It stopped short, though, of saying that health insurers must cover transition-related surgery. Also in September, California state regulators informed private insurers that they could not deny medical procedures deemed medically necessary for transgender people, such as breast reductions or hormone therapy, if they cover such procedures for non-transgender policy holders. Oregon officials have taken a similar stance. Haaland told the Bay Area Reporter that few union contracts cover transgender health benefits and many employers have resisted doing so either because health insurance policies did not include them or doing so was cost prohibitive. With Kaiser Permanente now covering such things as hormones, therapy, and several other procedures other than sex reassignment surgery, for transgender employees, Haaland said, “the door is opening. It’s just a matter of time for it to be fully open.” A kickoff for the local effort will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the basement auditorium of the State Building at 455 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. Those scheduled to speak include San Francisco Health Commissioner Cecilia Chung, a senior strategist at the Transgender Law Center; Luis Gutierrez-Mock, co-executive chair of the annual Trans March in June; and SEIU associate political director Lauree Hayden. Later in the month the Howard Grayson LGBT Elder Life Conference, sponsored by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, will spotlight the issues and needs of

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UCSF’s JoAnne Keatley is one of the organizer’s of the upcoming transgender health summit.

elder transgender San Franciscans under the theme “Transitions.” Now in its second year, the forum will take place Saturday, March 30 at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street in San Francisco. “This year we have decided to make sure that the ‘T’ in LGBT is not silent,” stated Sue Englander, chair of the event. “Trans elders have played such a vital role in our history.” Englander noted that San Francisco’s “Stonewall,” when transgender individuals stood up to police in the Tenderloin during a 1966 protest at the now-defunct Compton’s Cafeteria, “was a trans revolt against harassment and discrimination. We want to honor that.” The newly created LGBT Seniors Aging Policy Task Force has also pledged to recruit a large number of transgender elders in the city to complete a survey it is set to launch next month. Very little data exists on what issues transgender seniors are grappling with as they age in San Francisco. “Transgender older adults face significant risks,” said Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Washington and director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health who is overseeing development of the local survey.

Trans health summit expands

Based on the success of the inaugural event in 2011, the biennial National Transgender Health Summit is expanding this year and moving across the bay. The first gathering attracted 400 health professionals, medical students, and advocates to the UCSF campus. To accommodate an even larger attendance this spring, between 600 and 1,000 people, the summit will be held May 17 and 18 at the Oakland Marriott City Center’s convention facility. “We just knew we would have more people this year,” said JoAnne Keatley, MSW, director of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health is a co-presenter of this year’s summit. “The summit is to increase provider knowledge, skills awareness, and cultural competency to address the health care needs of transgender populations, including all facets of health,” explained Keatley. “We are partnering with other organizations so we will also have a health policy track.”

The various health-related events are the latest indication that the larger LGBT movement is giving greater priority to addressing transgender issues. “Is the ‘T’ really in the movement? I certainly like to think so,” replied Allyson Robinson, a transgender woman who heads the LGBT military group known as Outserve-SLDN, when asked about the issue during last month’s LGBT Media Journalists Convening in Philadelphia. “It’s all personal, the movement is personal. Is it part of your movement, part of what you are doing? ... You have a role to play in how this question gets answered.” Mara Keisling, the founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, also took part in the panel session about transgender issues during the fourth annual LGBT media forum, sponsored by the San Francisco-based Levi Strauss Foundation. “Until recently, I would have told you that NCTE was working in two parallel movements. One is a transgender movement and the other is an LGBT movement in which the ‘T’ is a part,” said Keisling. “Now there are a lot more movements than that. More and more the LGBT movement is breaking apart into a marriage equality movement, a queer cultural movement, and local organizing movements going on in cities around the country.” The splintering leads to various questions about the role she is meant to perform, added Keisling. “I don’t know within the LGBT movement if I am allowed to be an LGBT leader or just a transgender leader. That is really fucking frustrating,” she said. Yet she acknowledged that the “state of transgender people is getting better.”t

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Standing may prove to be a major issue in marriage cases by Lisa Keen

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t is hard to overstate the potential impact of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning marriage for same-sex couples. The primary questions posed by the two cases – Hollingsworth v. Perry involving Proposition 8 and U.S. v. Windsor involving the Defense of Marriage Act – could lead to rulings that dramatically advance the equality of LGBT people under the law. But the Supreme Court may end up issuing no ruling in either case. How is that possible? It’s possible because the Supreme Court can choose to consider whatever questions it wants to on a case, regardless of what question a party to the litigation has posed in bringing the case to the court. When the Yes on 8 coalition, led by Dennis Hollingsworth and other conservative activists in California, appealed a lower court ruling striking down Prop 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, it asked the Supreme Court to decide, “Whether the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment prohibits the state of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.” When attorneys Theodore Olson

and David Boies filed their brief, on behalf of the two plaintiff samesex couples, in response to that appeal, they suggested the court decide “Whether it violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment for a state to use the ballot-initiative process to extinguish the state constitutional right of gay men and lesbians to marry a person of the same sex.” When U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli filed the government’s petition in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case in Windsor, challenging DOMA, he asked the court to decide “Whether Section 3 of DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws as applied to persons of the same sex who are legally married under the laws of their state.” The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group’s brief in response to that also posed the equal protection question but added two questions regarding legal standing – one concerning plaintiff Edith Windsor’s marriage certificate (obtained in Canada and not recognized in New York when her spouse Thea Spyer died in 2009), and another concerning the legal standing of the executive branch (via the solicitor general) to appeal a decision that

Edith Windsor is the plaintiff in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court later this month.

“it requested” from the 2nd Circuit. But when the U.S. Supreme Court announced last December that it would review the two cases, it added questions to both concerning legal standing. In the Prop 8 case, it asked whether Yes on 8 has standing under Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution. In the DOMA case, it asked whether the executive branch’s agreement with the 2nd Circuit precluded the Supreme Court from ruling in the DOMA case and whether BLAG has standing. And in the DOMA case, the Supreme Court invited Harvard law professor Vicki Jackson to submit a brief and oral argument in support of the notion that the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction and BLAG does not have standing in the DOMA case.

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Standing is another way of saying “right to sue.” To have the right to sue, a party must have suffered or be threatened with a discernible injury, the lawsuit must be directed at the cause of that injury, and the controversy must be one that a court decision could remedy. Section 2 of Article III gives the courts jurisdiction to review “all cases ... arising under” the U.S. Constitution and to “controversies to which the United States shall be a party.” The question about legal standing for the Yes on 8 coalition was first raised by the plaintiff couples’ legal team in the lower courts, and in their

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AHF’s complaints refer to films such as Cheap Thrills, Vol. 1, Liam Cole’s Overload, and Cumsloppy Buttholes. AHF, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, says that TIM’s operations are “unsafe” and that the company “has allowed” and “may have encouraged” its workers “to engage in activities that are highly likely to spread blood borne pathogens in the workplace.” AHF, which also provides services in San Francisco, was a backer of last year’s ballot initiative in Los Angeles that requires porn performers to wear condoms during filming. The measure passed last November with 56 percent of the vote. Earlier this year Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to require condom use in all adult films made in California. AHF is backing the bill, AB 332. In two complaints, AHF says that the state Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health

brief to the Supreme Court, Olson and Boies argued that Yes on 8 does not have standing and that its appeal should be dismissed. As their brief argues, Yes on 8 groups have “never once suggested that permitting samesex couples to marry could harm them – or anyone else – personally.” “And [Yes on 8 proponents], who are not public officials, do not have a close relationship with the state” that would otherwise justify standing. Of course, the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals panel, which struck down Prop 8, accepted a California Supreme Court ruling that Yes on 8 did have legal standing to appeal, even though California state officials chose not to. The 9th Circuit panel unanimously concluded it was “bound” by the unanimous state Supreme Court determination that California law authorized Yes on 8 to have standing “to assert the people’s and hence the state’s interest in the validity of the measure and to appeal a judgment invalidating the measure.” The 9th Circuit panel, which seemed troubled that denying Yes on 8 standing would amount to giving state officials veto power over voterapproved initiatives, said Yes on 8 “need not show that they would suffer any personal injury from the invalidation of Proposition 8” because “the state would suffer an injury ...” In the DOMA case, BLAG argues – much as Yes on 8 does – that, because the executive branch did not defend DOMA in court, it should not have the right to petition the Supreme Court for review of the lower court decision that found the law unconstitutional. BLAG lead attorney Paul Clement and his team assert that the House of Representatives has a “concrete interest in ensuring that its passage of DOMA is not completely nullified” and that it would suffer a “distinct injury” that a Supreme Court decision could redress. (BLAG argues the Supreme Court should dismiss the solicitor general’s petition and, instead, grant BLAG’s petition to appeal the Second Circuit decision.) Jackson’s brief argues that BLAG has neither suffered nor been threatened with “injury,” that one chamber of Congress cannot assert that Congress has suffered injury, and that BLAG “is not the House” but rather an advisory group to the House.

“It is the executive branch, not Congress, that is obligated to ‘take care’ that laws are enforced,” said Jackson’s brief. “Moreover, any injury that might arise from nondefense of a law would be to the whole Congress, which one House cannot alone assert.” Jackson’s brief also argues that the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction to consider the 2nd Circuit decision given that the executive branch agrees with that decision, so, there is no “case or controversy” and no “injury.” The U.S., said Jackson, agrees that DOMA is unconstitutional and that Windsor deserves a refund of the more than $300,000 she had to pay in estates taxes following her spouse’s death. (The surviving spouse of a heterosexual marriage is not required to pay taxes on joint property. But because Section 3 of DOMA forbids federal agencies from recognizing marriages between same-sex spouses, the Internal Revenue Service did not grant Windsor the exemption.) “The United States thus offers no concrete injury to its legal interests from that judgment sufficient to invoke the jurisdiction of this court,” said Jackson.

“may, and should require Treasure Island Media to take measures for the protection of employees, including the use of condoms ... Exposures are continuous and ongoing.” “Our hope is that Treasure Island starts acting like a good public citizen and starts providing a minimum standard of protection for people they use in their films,” Mark McGrath, AHF’s public health consultant, said in an interview Tuesday, March 5. AHF has verbally amended its complaints to include TIM not having a current exposure control plan and not taking steps to develop one. Peter Riley, a regional manager for Cal-OSHA, said he couldn’t confirm there’s an investigation, but noted TIM is currently appealing previous citations. Paul Morris, the porn company’s founder and owner, didn’t respond directly to interview requests. TIM spokesman Mitch Mason indicated the company wouldn’t answer the Bay Area Reporter’s questions unless the paper shared a copy of the story prior to pub-

lication, which the B.A.R. doesn’t do. “Every time we have given a response to the [B.A.R.] you have turned it around on us and used it against us,” Mason said. Riley said the maximum penalty for a serious violation is $25,000. During a typical investigation, when a formal complaint is filed, “a site visit is warranted,” and “we show up unannounced at the site and open an investigation,” Riley said. An inspector typically explains the scope of the inspection and asks to see materials including health and safety records, an exposure control plan, and an injury and illness prevention program. An investigation also usually includes interviews with management and employees, and watching work being performed. TIM’s previous citations included not having an exposure control plan and failing “to use condoms or engineering controls to address the hazard of blood borne pathogen exposure in the production of adult film,” Riley said.t

So why did the U.S. appeal?

One might wonder: If the U.S. agreed with the 2nd Circuit decision – that DOMA is unconstitutional – then why did the solicitor general file a petition with the Supreme Court seeking review of the decision? The short answer is because the executive branch was obliged to continue to enforce DOMA, including the tax bite it inflicted on Windsor. But it’s also true that the Justice Department wanted the Supreme Court to weigh in on DOMA to avoid the havoc that would result from having one circuit court strike the law down while others had not yet done so. “It would create havoc if there is not a definitive ruling on its constitutionality nationally,” said noted legal scholar Nan Hunter. Jackson said the U.S. was “only nominally a defendant” in the lower courts and that its interest in “obtaining a precedent from a higher court” is “insufficient.” As for the likelihood that the justices will agree that the Supreme See page 9 >>

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week after canceling an interview to speak with the Bay Area Reporter about its sudden decision to open another store despite telling the community last fall that it had no such plans, two Under One Roof board members shared more information about what’s going on with the HIV/AIDS-related nonprofit. The board members’ decision to speak with the B.A.R. followed last week’s article about UOR’s plans to open a store in the Crocker Galleria in downtown San Francisco. The board members had wanted to submit a letter to the editor, but news editor Cynthia Laird declined to publish it, citing UOR officials’ decision to renege on the interview. In late January, the San Francisco organization, which was created in 1991 and has provided dwindling payouts to beneficiaries in recent years, shut down its Castro Street shop, where rent had been more than $200,000 a year. At the same time, Under One Roof announced plans to move into the Crocker Galleria, a Financial district mall. Rent details weren’t immediately made available. But in an interview Monday, March 4, UOR board member Jennifer Kutz said her group has agreed to pay 15 percent of gross sales in a month-to-month lease on the new space, which will officially open April 1. Board Chair Tony Hart said the April budget for sales in the new space will “probably be in the area of around $15,000,” which would

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Under One Roof board members Tony Hart and Jennifer Kutz at last week’s ribbon-cutting at the new store.

mean almost $2,300 in rent. UOR held a ribbon cutting at the Crocker shop Friday, March 1, and Kutz said UOR distributed $1,000 apiece to 22 beneficiaries. The amount covered the nonprofit’s last two quarters. Officials had hoped to raise from $50,000 to $70,000 in the last two months of 2012. Hart said this week, “Through the development efforts, we raised about $3,000, but the attention was not focused on corporate giving like we’d hoped to be able to do.” Asked why board members didn’t share news of the move to the new space with the community earlier, Hart said, “We really don’t need to.” See page 8 >>

Number of CA LGT judges increases compiled by Cynthia Laird

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he number of lesbian, gay, and transgender judges in California grew slightly in 2012 with the addition of two gay men to the state bench. No judge identifies as bisexual. The numbers are based on the latest diversity report on the state judiciary, which began asking judges about their sexual orientation in 2011. The total does not include several out judges elected last year who were sworn into office in January. The first report released in early 2012 found that 37 trial court judges as of December 31, 2011 identified as members of the LGBT community. There were 19 lesbians, 17 gay men, and one transgender woman. The 2013 report, released last week, found 19 lesbians, 19 gay men, and one transgender judge among the state’s 1,656 jurists. All but one serve on the trial courts. In December San Francisco resident Jim Humes became the first openly gay person to serve on the California Court of Appeals. Among the 100 appellate justices, 34 did not provide a response about being LGBT. And similar to last year, one of the seven justices on the state Supreme Court did not answer the question. It has long been speculated that one of the female members of the court is lesbian. The number of judges not answering if they are LGBT increased

this year to 647. Last year, 638 jurists declined to state their sexual orientation or gender identity. The breakdown of where the LGT judges live was similar to last year’s report, with the only addition being a gay judge from Mendocino. The others hail from trial courts in Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Los Angeles, Marin, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.

B.A.R. is certified LGBT business enterprise

The Bay Area Reporter recently received its certification as an LGBT business enterprise and local officials with the Golden Gate Business Association urged other LGBT-owned businesses to apply for the process. Such a certification, which is done by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, allows LGBT-owned businesses to take advantage of diversity procurement practices offered by other companies, usually large corporations. Dawn Ackerman, who is vice president of GGBA’s board, said that the program is very similar to being certified as a women-owned business, minority-owned business, or veteran-owned business. The LGBT businesses need to be at least 51 percent LGBT-owned. “Companies are looked at by corporate America for diversity procurement practices and say the company See page 12 >>

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Trans volleyball player breaks barriers by Roger Brigham

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ife can be a challenging puzzle at times, but Peachy Tabilos says she’s long known two things for certain: in her heart she was born to be a woman, and she was born to pay volleyball. These days that means playing volleyball on the City College of San Francisco men’s club team. “I identify as a woman,” Tabilos told the Bay Area Reporter recently. “I’ve always dressed like a girl. My family has been supportive, especially with my mom: she was very supportive. She loves me for who I am. And my friends – they push me to do whatever I want.” And what Tabilos, 21, wants is to play volleyball. Although she identifies as a woman, she has not gone through sex reassignment procedures and therefore is not currently eligible

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“We couldn’t say anything until it was done,” Hart added. “We were holding off talking about the closing of the Castro store as long as we could so we could maintain sale volumes at post-Christmas levels.” He also said the group decided to move into a new space “because it

to play on the women’s team. “I really would like to have the chance to play for a women’s team someday, but for now I am happy to play with the men,” Tabilos said. Happy because she’s found a home on a squad of supportive teammates. “She came in being very timid,” said Terry Dyer, an assistant coach with the club team. “But I think with the support of her teammates and coaches she feels more comfortable now. She keeps everyone together. Things can get tense on the volleyball court and she can sense that and help keep everyone calm.” “I did feel nervous the first time because the men are all wonderful players,” Tabilos said. “All of them are great guys. They love me.” Of course, not all campuses they visit are so accepting. Nothing that has made Tabilos

dropped in our lap.” “When a good deal comes along like this, in a really great location in the city with exposure to a whole new population and audience ... it makes perfect sense,” Hart said. Kutz noted “timely and temporary social enterprises” is part of the Greater Depths plan the group released in the fall. She also said Hudson News, best

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the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation national championships. The team’s final two home games, at the Wellness center on the CCSF Campus, are 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11; and noon on Wednesday, March 13.

or her teammates to file official protests, but minor immature annoyances nonetheless. “There’s been some snickering at some universities,” Dyer said. “Folks

kind of laughing. We, as a team, pick up on that fairly quickly. We try to nip that behavior in the bud. We remind her the best way to get back at them for their behavior is to beat their team. We try not to stir the pot; we just work to keep a safe environment.” “I’m so happy at City College,” Tabilos said. Dyer said that Tabilos works hard. “Through bravery and conviction, she comes to practice daily and plays in matches against other men, at times enduring whispers, snickering, and outright ridicule,” said Dyer. “Although the team does include some gay men, she is taking this to a whole other level, thus representing our communities incredibly well.” The club team is self-funded, which means the players rely on donations and their own pockets to fund travel, hotels, and tournament fees. The team plays in the Northern California Volleyball League (http://www.nccvl.info) and will play at the end of the year in

known for its airport gift shops, is giving Under One Roof $50,000 a year to use the nonprofit’s brand name. Hart said that would help Hudson “secure more space in airports across the country.” According to Kutz, former Under One Roof Executive Director Beth Feingold put the plan in motion, and the deal is good as long as the nonprofit stays in business as a retailer. Hudson News didn’t immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the deal. As reported in last week’s article, UOR’s new retail plan has met with mixed reaction from beneficiaries, as some leaders of HIV/AIDS organizations questioned the viability of another storefront while others offered support. One person who didn’t attend last Friday’s event was Leslie Ewing, executive director of the Pacific Center

in Berkeley. The LGBTQ nonprofit isn’t a UOR beneficiary, but Ewing, who once served as director of merchandising for UOR, declined an invitation to the check distribution. “In the last week I have had several calls from executive directors who work for UOR shareholder agencies,” Ewing wrote in a March 1 email to Kutz that she shared with the B.A.R. “They have all said they were informed the store was closing and a final payout would be forthcoming. Now, all of that appears to be up in the air with the re-opening announcement. From what I gather, none of them were informed of the re-opening and none of them knows what is going on at Under One Roof. Nobody, other than the board of directors, seems to know what is going on at Under One Roof.” Asked about Ewing’s email, Hart

said, “We basically set her straight to let her know we aren’t closing as an organization.” Kutz said the notion that UOR was closing down and doing a final payout had “mystified” her. She said she’d asked Ewing why she thought the nonprofit would close down and do a final payout. “We’ve never ever said that once,” Kutz said. Ewing declined to share which agencies’ directors had contacted her. Asked why she’d canceled the interview with the B.A.R. last week, Kutz said, among other reasons, “Every experience I’ve had with you has been a witch-hunt.” Under One Roof will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 at AHF Pharmacy, 4071 18th Street. Discussion will include the Greater Depths plan and the Crocker deal.t

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Peachy Tabilos gets ready for a play during a recent volleyball game at City College.

Cops vs. gays for softball opener

A San Francisco tradition will be renewed this year with a progressive twist. The San Francisco Gay Softball League will kick off its season opener with not one, but two, games against the San Francisco Police Department on Sunday, March 10 on Lang Field, located at the corner of Turk and Gough streets. After a brief ceremony at noon, play will open with a women’s game followed by a men’s game. It is believed this is the first game between the San Francisco policewomen and members of the local lesbian community, but organizers are hoping this will start a new tradition. For more information on the SFGSL, visit http://www.sfgsl.org.t

Eagle secures sound permit by Ilan Moskowitz

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fter a successful re-opening last weekend that saw crowds snake around the bar, the SF Eagle bar received its sound permit from the San Francisco Entertainment Commission Tuesday, March 5. The unanimous decision means that the Eagle can now have live bands and DJs. But this does not necessarily mean a full return to form for the 12th Street watering hole in the city’s South of Market district. As out Commissioner Audrey Joseph noted, the SF Eagle’s sound permit only covers a “fixed-place venue,” which means “a building with walls and not [a] patio.” To obtain the permit, the San Francisco Police Department required bar owners Mike Leon and Alex Montiel to meet 16 conditions. Of these, Joseph noted that number eight, “security shall be using identification readers for all patrons,” had been “snuck in there” and was not a common stipulation to see on a permit application. Officer Simon Chan, permits officer for the SFPD’s Southern Station, replied that this was because police had “seen a large increase in violent crimes against patrons ... and in many cases these incidents [went] unsolved because [the SFPD were] unable to identify the assailants.” With these ID readers, which, on the low end, can retail for “under $200,” Chan said, SFPD can theoretically line up the Eagle’s security video with its lists of patrons and identify potential suspects.

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SF Eagle bar owners Alex Montiel and Mike Leon attended Tuesday’s Entertainment Commission meeting.

“I encourage you to issue the permit,” Wiener said, “and I’ll see you at the Eagle.” Neighbors of the club, fellow club owners, and local musicians also spoke at the meeting and expressed how much they loved the club as a fixture not only in the gay and leather communities, but the music community and the San Francisco nightlife scene. Just before motioning for the permit to be approved, Commissioner Stephen Lee commented that he was “amazed at how much detail [Leon and Montiel] put into the building” and that “they should be applauded.”t

Obituaries >> Robert Michael Stacey April 30, 1974 – February 11, 2013

Concerns arose among the commissioners regarding the SFPD having a nightly list of the Eagle’s patrons, but Chan assured the panel that obtaining the names of the venue’s patrons would only be necessary on nights where violent crimes are committed. Additionally, this new ID reader stipulation, Chan noted, is not singling out the gay community, but rather the beginning of a new policy that will henceforth become standard for the SFPD’s conditions for club permits. Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who spoke as a patron of the club and not as a city official, said that the Eagle’s return was “nothing short of a miracle.”

Robert Michael Stacey, 38, passed away quietly on February 11, 2013 due to complications from AIDS. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and came to California when he was just 3 months old. He came to San Francisco at 16, where he basically stayed until now. He is survived by his mother, Liz; aunts and uncles; his ex, Amy; and his son, RJ, who was the driving force in his life. His extended family and countless friends included Tim, Larry, Martha and Beth, Tom, Troy, George, and Eric.


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Instead, the center’s finances have been disclosed at the monthly board meetings. The last meeting minutes posted to the center’s website was in June 2012. A core of about 47 volunteers, along with one full-time and one part-time staff, mostly runs the center. This doesn’t include the volunteers that run the center’s programs, said Belaus, which brings the total number of volunteers up to about 70 people.

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several years of monitoring for people to become convinced that Brown had been cured. Even if this child does prove to be cured, the immediate impact on care for people will be small because most pregnant women receive care for their HIV to prevent transmission of the virus to their child. Fewer than 50 infants a year in the U.S. acquire HIV infection around the time of birth, said Kevin Robert Frost, who heads up amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research). The shortfall is not

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Court itself has no jurisdiction, well, that has political implications. Veteran Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse, in a New York Times blog post, put it this way: She said it would amount “to a huge grant of power to the executive branch at the expense of Congress, enabling the president to cut off further judicial review any time a law that he never liked in the first place is declared unconstitutional by a lower court.”

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who also didn’t appear at the hearing. “I know that the city can allocate taxpayer resources more effectively than arresting peaceful people,” Allen said in an interview before court. After the appearance, Davis said that during the February 1 incident, he’d announced his intention to run in 2014 to replace Wiener as District 8 supervisor. “If you think about civil liberties,” his arrest after making his announcement “sounds a little bit outrageous,” he said. DiEdoardo declined to comment. Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, said that when someone puts their clothes on, they are cited and released at the scene if they have proper identification. Allen and the others were taken to the station because people in the crowd outside City Hall were being “hostile toward officers” and police wanted to remove them from the situation, Esparza said. Allen said he asked police why he and the others were put in the van, but they didn’t explain. He said the officers, whose names he couldn’t immediately recall, “basically wrote the rules on the spot on what to do in the case of the

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The center faces an immediate challenge to replace its roof. A capital campaign hasn’t been planned.

Instead the center is going to reach into its budget to pay for the new roof, said Belaus. Belaus said the board didn’t want to “expend” the center’s supporters to conduct a capital campaign to cover the $45,000 price tag for the new roof. But the letter to the community posted on the center’s website casually solicited donations, explaining the cost and the need. The center’s building, which is leased from the Redevelopment Authority of San Jose, is up for sale this year, but the center has a 50-year lease, which won’t be affected by the transaction, according to the letter. Belaus and Flood dismissed any questions about the center being in trouble when questioned by the B.A.R. “Any notion that the center is in

trouble could not be further from the truth,” Flood said. “We have six very capable board members and hundreds of people who volunteer, or want to volunteer, on a daily basis. We have money in the bank and a steady income of ongoing donations from people in our community.” “We are very excited for the prospects going forward with our programs,” said Belaus, denying Bloesch and Harper’s concerns. “The current center has been very stable. “The center has been through difficult times and very successful times,” Belaus added, citing its 32year history serving San Jose’s LGBT community. “Our goal as a board is to continue our mission of providing the right balance of services and opportunities for our community to grow and work together.”t

The news was less encouraging when it comes to using pills or microbicide gels to prevent the acquisition of HIV by women. The VOICE study enrolled 5,029 primarily young single women in Africa. The complex

trial had five groups and participants received either a vaginal microbicide gel containing tenofovir that was to be applied a short time prior to having sex, a daily pill of tenofovir, or Truvada, which contains tenofovir and another antiretroviral drug, or a placebo version of the gel or pill. The gel groups in the study were stopped early when it became apparent that it would not offer any protection. The other groups continued to the end of the study, but neither of the pills proved to be protective. Tenofovir pills had proven effective in some earlier PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) studies.

“None of the products were efficacious in preventing HIV acquisition in women,” said Jeanne Marrazzo, a researcher from the University of Washington who participated in the study. When researchers looked at stored samples to measure drug concentrations in the blood, only about 30 percent were using the products frequently enough to be detected in their blood. “The bottom line is that the women were not using the product,” Marrazzo said. Stigma around HIV medications appears to be a major reason why the young women were not taking the

drug, she said. Others have suggested that perhaps the women were giving or selling the drug to people who were already infected. “A long-acting product would be great because it reduces the barrier to having to do something every day, if women want that product,” according to Marrazzo. The monthly birth control injection Depo-Provera is popular with some women because it provides discretion that a pill might not offer, added Sharon Hillier, a leading HIV prevention researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. It would be good to develop a similar long-lasting option for HIV prevention, she said.t

ing, the Supreme Court will not decide the underlying constitutional question. In many cases, that means the lower court decision stands, but it applies only to the lower court’s jurisdiction. For instance, if a 2nd Circuit decision is left intact, it benefits only people living in the Second Circuit states of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. With these two cases, there are a multitude of things the court might do if it finds no standing and a staggering number of ways experts have thought of for how both cases might play out. For instance, one law professor and former adviser to the Department of Justice under Presidents Clinton and Bush, Marty Lederman, thinks lack of standing in the Prop 8 case could mean as little as the granting of marriage licenses to the two plaintiff couples only. That’s what Yes

on 8 proponents argue, too. But others, including UCLA law professor Erwin Chermerinsky say no standing in the Prop 8 case means California officials would have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples anywhere in the state. And many experts believe there could be additional litigation over that matter. A finding of lack of standing and/ or lack of Supreme Court jurisdiction on the DOMA case is even more complicated. First, as Hunter points out, allowing the 2nd Circuit decision to stand would leave a judicial system in which same-sex couples in three states could receive federal benefits of marriage while same-sex couples in the other states could not. One of the primary responsibilities of the Supreme Court is to address such inconsistencies among the circuits. So, if the Supreme Court finds

that BLAG lacks standing and/or the Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction in the Windsor case, it might choose to deliberate over the law through consideration of another of the DOMA petitions pending before the court but those cases pose much the same procedural questions. What that might lead to then, said Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, is years of more lawsuits. “It would mean that DOMA would be unenforceable in some instances but not others for at least some period of time, and that there would need to be new suit after suit after suit until a married same-sex couple actually lost and appealed before the higher courts could rule on the issue,” said Davidson. But another alternative scenario, said both Davidson and Chermerinsky, is that the Obama administra-

tion could – if the Supreme Court decides not to rule in Windsor – is issue an executive order saying it will stop enforcing DOMA Section 3. “But I suspect that some of the justices would not like creating a situation where a president can arrange to stop enforcing a law if the president’s administration ceases to defend it and a district court finds the law unconstitutional,” said Davidson. Meanwhile, on Monday, March 4, the Supreme Court issued an order granting a request from all parties to the DOMA case and added 50 minutes to the usual 60-minute argument time for the March 27 case, specifically to address the questions of standing.t

nudity violations.” In response to emailed questions about training and other points last week, Officer Carlos Manfredi, another SFPD spokesman, indicated staff have had to review Section 154 and are supposed to have “a working knowledge” of it. “There will be a department bulletin in the future that will explain in more depth as to how to handle people in violation of [Section] 154 and a department-wide email” was sent to district captains, Manfredi said. Manfredi wasn’t available for followup this week and Esparza wasn’t able to provide information on the bulletin or on the email to captains. In his email, Manfredi added, “a citation is still considered a lawful arrest.” Allen, Davis, and Miller are San Francisco residents. Taub lives in Berkeley. In an email exchange, DeVero said he’s connected to the Norwegian project http://www.fuckforforest.com and is based in Berlin and Tokyo.

was cited and released when he put clothes on, Esparza said. Davis and Taub refused to sign citations, and police transported them to SFPD’s Mission Station, Esparza said. Once they got there, they signed the citations and were released, he said. The incident occurred at Harvey Milk Plaza, Davis and Taub said. They said they were released after putting their clothes on and signing the citations. They plan to plead not guilty to the latest offense. Taub said she’d worn a sign that said, “War is obscene, not my body” during the February 1 incident and she’d been “exercising political speech.” She said that February 27, she and others had been “exercising our right to free expression,” and the nudity ban is “illegitimate and illegal.” Miller didn’t respond to an interview request. Manfredi said five men and one woman have so far been cited for violating Section 154. The upcoming trial will be before a judge. There won’t be a jury. If found guilty for the first infraction, the base fine for each defendant could be up to $100, but “with mandatory assessments added in, the total fine with assessments could be as high as $490,” according to Superior Court spokeswoman Ann Donlan.t

Flood’s departure. “I think that’s a great step in the right direction. I said I won’t go into that building unless Chris was gone. Everybody knows how I feel in this town right now,” said Rhonda Harper, co-host of WUN Love radio, an online radio show. Steve Bloesch, a 55-year-old gay man who formerly volunteered with the center’s bingo program, agreed. “I’m relieved. I think it is a positive,” he said. “The center has declined so much in the last few years, especially under his authority,” said Bloesch, who made it clear that he liked Flood as a person, but “he has to be the worst fit for a director.” “He’s a loose cannon. It’s very hard to get anything accomplished at the center when there are people

who are intimidated by him or avoid him or are adverse to him. Nothing gets done and it hasn’t been growing. It hasn’t been stable, it’s just declined,” Bloesch said. Harper, 44, is a black lesbian activist who was born and raised in San Jose. She was critical of several of the LGBT community’s leading organizations during one of her shows, including the DeFrank Center. She was hopeful about the change at the center, because as she sees it today the center “doesn’t look healthy.” She said that she doesn’t expect changes for another six months.

in the science but in the delivery of care, researchers said. The same can be said of mother-tochild transmission of HIV in the rest of the world. The tools are there to virtually eliminate such transmission; often what is lacking is the health care infrastructure and the political will to implement those programs.

Prevention

Another incident

A second incident occurred around noon Wednesday, February 27, at 17th and Castro streets. Esparza said people were dancing nude and given “multiple verbal orders to clothe themselves,” but they refused to do so. Elwood Miller, 56, of San Francisco,

DeFrank’s future

This is the first in a series to prepare readers for what to expect March 26 and 27 when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the marriage equality cases.

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olleen Small, a.k.a. Queen Cougar, right, laughed as International Mr. Leather (1992) and veteran San Francisco Police inspector Len Broberg, shared an amusing story about her

during the Leather Alliance Weekend Roast and Tribute of Small’s 20 years of service to the leather community. The event was held at the ARC Friday, March 1. Small is a Ms. San Francisco Leather

titleholder (1993) and was Ms. Headquarters Leather in 1993 at the former leather-uniform bar in the Castro. For more on the evening, and other leather news, see the Leather column on page 20.


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FEB 14, 21, 28, MAR 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034897200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INTEGRITY IN MOTION, 3689 18TH ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Sonja Yount Seckinger. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/10/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/12/13.

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FEB 14, 21, 28, MAR 7, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-034895400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UBER TAXI CAB, 999 PENNSYLVANIA, SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Waleed Alshuraidah. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/12/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/12/13.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HUA DU CHICKEN SHOP, 112 WAVERLY PLACE, SF, CA 94108. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Qui Thuy Mao. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/11/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SUPERB GARDEN GROCERY, 2433 NORIEGA ST., SF, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Yan Kam Fu Wong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/13/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WIFI GRAPHICS, 737 POST ST. #1222, SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Steven Haskins. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/14/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/19/13.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LIDES, 550-15 ST., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Armando Torres. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/01/13.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WIFI LEGAL GRAPHICS & CONSULTING, 737 POST ST. #1222, SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Steven Haskins. 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 02/11/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PEOPLE POWER MEDIA, 366 10TH AVE., SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed People Power Media (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/01/13.

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The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: YOGEN FRUZ, 3 EMBARCADERO CENTER, SF, CA 94111. This business was conducted by a corporation and signed by Two Towers Inc. (CA). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/13/08.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DRIFTWOOD, 1225 FOLSOM ST., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Magstead Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/29/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/29/13.

Dated 02/11/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ROXY’S CAFE INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 2847 MISSION ST., SF, CA 94110-3907. Type of license applied for

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TYCHO; ISO50; 635 DOLORES ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Scott Hansen. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/11/13.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034860200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NATHANIEL PACHTNER, 226 TWIN PEAKS BLVD., SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Nathaniel Pachtner. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/28/13.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034903600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BACANO BAKERY, 3033 MACARTHUR, OAKLAND, CA 94602. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Bacano Life Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/14/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/14/13.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034905700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GALAXY STAR ENTERTAINMENT, 703 MARKET ST. #350, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Thebroth Inc. (DE). 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 02/15/13.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034888300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NESTING DAYS, 929 RHODE ISLAND ST., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed New Planet LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/08/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/08/13.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034898500

Dated 02/22/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: GRAND HOTPOT LOUNGE INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 3565 GEARY BLVD., SF, CA 94118-3212. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SAlE BEEr & WINE - EATINg plACE FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 NOTICE OF ApplICATION TO SEll AlCOhOlIC BEvErAgES Dated 02/22/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SAN FRANCISCO CHAMPAGNE SOCIETY, LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1097 HOWARD ST. #101, SF, CA 94103-2881. Type of license applied for

42 - ON-SAlE BEEr & WINE – pUBlIC prEMISES FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 OrdEr TO ShOW CAUSE FOr ChANgE OF NAME IN SUpErIOr COUrT OF CAlIFOrNIA, COUNTy OF SAN FrANCISCO FIlE CNC13-549298 In the matter of the application of: JANE CASSELL SUMNER, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner JANE CASSELL SUMNER, is requesting that the name JANE CASSELL SUMNER be changed to AVERY GARLAND CASSELL. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 23rd of April 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 STATEMENT OF ABANdONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FIlE A-032566300 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: SUPERB GARDEN GROCERY, 2433 NORIEGA ST., SF, CA 94122. This business was conducted by a general partnership and signed by Sau Yin Wong & Yan Kam Fu Wong. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/17/10.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034918800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HUTONG, 2030 UNION ST., SF, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited partnership, and is signed Pejiu Wu Inc. (CA). 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 02/13/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PER’S BIKE TOURS SAN FRANCISCO, 1200 17TH AVE. #301, SF, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Per Schwarzenberger. 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 02/21/13.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034867700

FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034912700

FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034918100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KABUTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT, 5121 GEARY BLVD., SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a married couple, and is signed Eunpil Cho & Sunhee Cho. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/20/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/21/13.

FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034884300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NUTRITION FOR THE PEOPLE, 290 DE HARO ST., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Ellen Goodenow Garcia. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/03/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/06/13.

FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034888200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PEOPLEFIRST REHABILITATION, 2043 19TH AVE., SF, CA 94116. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Kindred Rehab Services Inc. (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/08/13.

FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 NOTICE OF ApplICATION TO SEll AlCOhOlIC BEvErAgES Dated 02/12/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: EL TOMATE, INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 2904 24TH ST., SF, CA 94110-4127. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SAlE BEEr & WINE - EATINg plACE FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 NOTICE OF ApplICATION TO SEll AlCOhOlIC BEvErAgES Dated 02/22/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: OUTERLANDS, INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 4001-4005 JUDAH ST., SF, CA 94122-1122. Type of license applied for

47 - ON-SAlE gENErAl EATINg plACE MAr 7, 2013 NOTICE OF ApplICATION FOr ChANgE IN OWNErShIp OF AlCOhOlIC BEvErAgE lICENSE Dated 02/07/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: 242 COLUMBUS AVE LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 242 COLUMBUS AVE., SF, CA 94133-4509. Type of license applied for

48 - ON-SAlE gENErAl pUBlIC prEMISES MAr 7, 2013 NOTICE OF ApplICATION TO SEll AlCOhOlIC BEvErAgES Dated 02/27/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: TAKEOFF U.S.A. INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 22 PEACE PLAZA #440, SF, CA 94115-3611. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SAlE BEEr & WINE - EATINg plACE MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034930300

NOTICE OF ApplICATION FOr ChANgE IN OWNErShIp OF AlCOhOlIC BEvErAgE lICENSE Dated 12/14/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SOUL GROOVE LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 422 LARKIN ST., SF, CA 94102-3607. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SAlE BEEr & WINE - EATINg plACE MAr 7, 2013 NOTICE OF ApplICATION TO SEll AlCOhOlIC BEvErAgES Dated 02/26/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: VITTORIO D’URZO. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 150 W PORTAL AVE., SF, CA 94127-1306. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SAlE BEEr & WINE - EATINg plACE MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 OrdEr TO ShOW CAUSE FOr ChANgE OF NAME & gENdEr IN SUpErIOr COUrT OF CAlIFOrNIA, COUNTy OF SAN FrANCISCO FIlE CNC13-549275 In the matter of the application of: ROBERT BERNARD REISING III, for change of name & gender having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ROBERT BERNARD REISING III is requesting that the name ROBERT BERNARD REISING III be changed to OCTAVIA OZLEM REISING, and requesting a decree that the petitioner’s gender be changed from male to female. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 9th of April 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 21, 28, MAr 7, 14, 2013 OrdEr TO ShOW CAUSE FOr ChANgE OF NAME IN SUpErIOr COUrT OF CAlIFOrNIA, COUNTy OF SAN FrANCISCO FIlE CNC13-549238 In the matter of the application of: GLENN ROBERT MCELHOSE, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner GLENN ROBERT MCELHOSE, is requesting that the name GLENN ROBERT MCELHOSE, be changed to GLENN ROBERT MCKENNA. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 28th of March 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 14, 21, 28, MAr 7, 2013 OrdEr TO ShOW CAUSE FOr ChANgE OF NAME IN SUpErIOr COUrT OF CAlIFOrNIA, COUNTy OF SAN FrANCISCO FIlE CNC13-549311 In the matter of the application of: ARIF SALEEM HUSSAIN, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ARIF SALEEM HUSSAIN, is requesting that the name ARIF SALEEM HUSSAIN, be changed to ARIF HUSSAIN SALEEM. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 30th of April 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 OrdEr TO ShOW CAUSE FOr ChANgE OF NAME IN SUpErIOr COUrT OF CAlIFOrNIA, COUNTy OF SAN FrANCISCO FIlE CNC13-549313 In the matter of the application of: VICTORIA LEIGH ROBINSON, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner VICTORIA LEIGH ROBINSON, is requesting that the name VICTORIA LEIGH ROBINSON, be changed to VICTORIA ROBINSON SALEEM. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 30th of April 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 OrdEr TO ShOW CAUSE FOr ChANgE OF NAME IN SUpErIOr COUrT OF CAlIFOrNIA, COUNTy OF SAN FrANCISCO FIlE CNC13-549299 In the matter of the application of: NANCY BUTERA & TYRON JAMES HOOPER, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioners NANCY BUTERA & TYRON JAMES HOOPER, is requesting that the name COLE HOOPER BUTERA, be changed to COLE SEBASTIAN BUTERA. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 23rd of April 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

FEB 28, MAr 7, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034935800

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034892300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: URSINE DESIGN, 945 HYDE ST. #3, SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Jacob Ole Bjeldanes. 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 02/11/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034931800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UMANZOR CLEANING SERVICES, 46 LAURA ST., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Arles Umanzor. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/27/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/27/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034934900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NET STOP BUSINESS CENTER, 4460 MISSION ST., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Thomas Lacey. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/28/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/28/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034896200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROADSIDE ROSY’S, 1018 COLUMBUS AVE., SF, CA 94133. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Rosa Nunez Thomas. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/12/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/12/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034941500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF HUSTLERS SOFTBALL TEAM, 4323 20TH ST. #7, SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Reuben Arthur Brown. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/04/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/04/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034942000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HOUNDS GET AROUND, 744 OAK ST. #8, SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Thomas E. Kilduff. 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 03/04/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034934600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LTI BOOKING, 251 KEARNY ST. 4TH FL., SF, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Liftopia, Inc. (CA). 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 02/28/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034936400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VALOR SECURITY SERVICES, 590 BUSH ST., SF, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Mydatt Services Inc. (OH). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/01/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/28/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034935400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VALOR SECURITY SERVICES, 750 SUTTER ST., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Mydatt Services Inc. (OH). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/01/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/28/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034937300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OCEAN BEACH YOGA SF, 3925 A JUDAH ST., SF, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a married couple, and is signed Christina Beer & David Beer. 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 03/01/13.

MAr 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FIlE A-034939500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BLUE KITE GROUP, 1586 46TH AVE., SF, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Yvonne Liang. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/15/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/30/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CHICO’S GRILL, 3771 MISSION ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Hilario Chico. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/19/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/19/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HARMONY SPA, 2450 TARAVAL ST., SF, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Yaling Zeng. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/27/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/27/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BLOCK BY BLOCK, 2801 LEAVENWORTH ST. 2ND FL, B-16, SF, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Mydatt Services Inc. (OH). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/28/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NEAT ASIAN THINGS, 1825 POST ST., SF, CA 94115. This business is conducted by a trust, and is signed Steven T. Taylor, Shuji Shimada & Rieko Shimada. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/13/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/04/13.

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wants to do a certain percentage of procurement from LGBT businesses, the question is, how do we find them,” Ackerman said. Ackerman is the owner of OutSmart Office Solutions, which was LGBTBE-certified in 2007. Her previous business was also certified in 2004. Ackerman said that LGBT companies are behind their other minorityowned counterparts when it comes to certification. For example, she said that nationwide, there are almost 500 LGBT businesses certified, compared with about 15,000 women-owned companies certified under that program. In San Francisco, only about 10 LGBT businesses are certified, she said. “We’re growing,” Ackerman said of the national effort. “We got about

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of two additional members during the budget negotiations. It is estimated the total impact to the city’s budget will be $25 million due to the across-the-board 5 percent sequester cut in federal programs. “Locally, this means that fewer low-income families will receive assistance to purchase necessary food, fewer youth aging out of foster care will receive support and education, and more homeless people will be unable to access shelter,” stated Mayor Ed Lee in a press release. “I urge Congress to work with the president to stop these blunt cuts to our critical services in our nation’s cities.” City officials have yet to specify how that number breaks down for individual programs. In her March 5 report to the city’s Health Commission, Health Director Bar-

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ownership structure and submitting it to the national chamber. Once that’s approved, a site visit is scheduled; in San Francisco those visits are done by GGBA, Ackerman explained. “I would encourage businesses to go to the NGLCC website and read about certification and ask questions and make sure it’s right for them,” said Ackerman. There is a $400 fee to get certified, but that is waived for GGBA members. The lowest level GGBA membership costs $195 annually. For more information, visit www. nglcc.org or contact NGLCC staff member Brent Stewart, who handles certifications on the West Coast, at bstewart@nglcc.org. Ackerman can be contacted at dawn@outsmartoffice.com.

domestic partners. An LGBT volunteer income tax assistance clinic will be offered Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, 1800 Market Street. The minimum household income is $51,000. To make an appointment, which is strongly encouraged, email econdev@sfcenter.org. Another clinic will be held April 6. A free tax talk is scheduled for Wednesday March 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. that will feature presentations from H&R Block and CPA Sarah Vestal. To register, visit http:// taxtalktwo-eorg.eventbrite.com/.

LGBT senior group meets in Hayward

100 new businesses certified in the last year.” The process involves filling out paperwork that explains a company’s

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The San Francisco LGBT Community Center is offering tax help for same-sex couples and registered

The Lighthouse LGBT Community Center in Hayward, in conjunction with the Pacific Center in Berkeley, has started a new peer support group for LGBT seniors that will meet twice monthly. Called Out Standing Seniors, the

bara Garcia wrote that city-funded health services would see a $6.2 million reduction in federal funds this fiscal year but did not specify what the exact cuts would look like. “At this point, we are still uncertain of the impact sequestration may have on our HIV/AIDS programs,” Garcia told the Bay Area Reporter. “The Department of Public Health will work closely with the mayor’s office and our community-based partners to minimize the effects of these cuts to our most vulnerable residents.” AIDS advocates expect that 5 percent of the $20 million San Francisco will receive under Ryan White, which also covers programs in Marin and San Mateo counties, will be cut under sequestration, meaning an additional $1 million would need to be backfilled. “Certainly, from the perspective of the HIV/AIDS Providers Network, we are committed to keeping

the system of care whole. To do that is going to mean support from the mayor’s office and supervisors, especially if sequestration makes the situation worse,” said Mike Smith, who chairs HAPN and is executive director of the AIDS Emergency Fund. “And it is about to get worse.” Because of the sequestration cuts, Wiener’s office doesn’t expect to know until sometime in May or June the total amount needed to backfill HIV funding this year. “Depending on what the sequester cut is, it may raise the amount and makes it more difficult. But we don’t have that information yet,” said Wiener. “This is one more example of the insanity in Washington affecting real people in very real ways.” In a statement sent to reporters this week, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation said that the sequester cuts will “threaten life-saving HIV/ AIDS care and prevention services” and result in “a troubling step

backward in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.” Some of the pending reductions AIDS advocates are bracing for nationally include 7,400 people being cut from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and 424,000 fewer HIV tests being provided. California is expected to see 49,300 fewer HIV tests and a $12.4 million cut to its substance-use treatment grant, resulting in 9,400 fewer treatment slots, said SFAF. Sequestration will also mean a hit to HOPWA, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, program. The only good news, said SFAF Director of Legislative Affairs Ernest Hopkins, is that the funding has yet to be provided so people receiving treatment will not be “pulled out of care” immediately. “It gives us at least some time to plan for the cuts and try to advocate at the local level for additional money to make the programs

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group is a safe and confidential space for LGBTQ seniors ages 50 and over to share thoughts, feelings, resources, information, and support one another. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lighthouse, 1217 A Street in downtown Hayward. The next meeting is March 12. Peer groups are facilitated by trained peers and are drop-in. They are not therapy groups. There is no fee required to participate but donations are welcome. Organizers said that due to sponsorship by the Pacific Center, the peer group is following its established policies. The Pacific Center is a nonsmoking, drug and alcohol free, scent aware, sex positive and sex-free space. For more information, visit www. lgbtlighthousehayward.org.t Matthew S. Bajko contributed to this report.

whole so we don’t lose anyone to care. But it is a bad time,” said Hopkins. The sequester cuts may be a onetime reduction, however, if the White House and Congressional leaders can devise a budget solution going forward, said Hopkins. If not, then the lost HIV/AIDS funding will be a problem for the next decade. “We hope the sequestration process will be able to be managed and we will be able to get rid of sequestration in later years. This is a 10-year project; the first year is the most severe bite of the apple,” said Hopkins. “Still, the cuts will continue to come if we don’t do away with sequestration every year for 10 years.” The board’s budget and finance committee hearing about the HIV cuts will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in the legislative chambers, Room 250 at City Hall.t


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an Francisco Ballet’s third and fourth programs opened last week with triple bills that run through this weekend. Both shows feature choreographers who were formed at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. On the first show, Yuri Possokhov (who became one of the last stars to rise at the Bolshoi during the Soviet era, and has made his home here since the 1990s) has made a new version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with mixed success. Program 4, which I have not seen yet, features

Velina Brown (left) and Dawn L. Troupe play two women in the 1890s who discover an unexpected love in Shirlene Holmes’ A Lady and a Woman at Theatre Rhino.

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laywright Shirlene Holmes easily offers the self-assessment that she has a “god complex.” It helped lead her away from an interest in being a performer, because as a writer she could “create the world and then wrestle with what I have created.” And that’s how her play A Lady and a Woman came into being. Set in a small southern town at the end of the

From Foreign Lands, a divertissement by Alexei Ratmansky (formerly director the Bolshoi, now artist-in-residence at American Ballet Theater), which seems guaranteed to charm. The first bill shows the dancers’ mastery of tone. Guide to Strange Places is a slamming dystopia, almost like hip-hop in its attack, and the dancers killed it. Mark Morris’ pastorale Beaux is like Eakins’ swimming hole: it shows a variety of guys, some hunky, some epicene, and See page 16 >>

San Francisco Ballet dancers Jennifer Stahl and Luke Ingham in Yuri Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring.

19th century, and focusing on the relationship that develops between two African-American women, an innkeeper and an itinerant meat butcher, the play did not entail historical research. “When I sat down, I said, ‘I’m lonely. I’ll make me a world.’ I do that with my writing. If it’s not there, I put it there.” Theatre Rhino Executive Director John Fisher See page 15 >>

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Return of the tattooed love boys by David Lamble

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hat’s in a name? Whenever arts institutions re-brand themselves – a potentially awkward step – it’s best to invite a big star in to provide a bit of pizzazz. This month, the SF International Asian American Film Festival becomes CAAMFEST (March 14-24 at the Castro, Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, New People Cinema, Great Star Theatre, and Pacific Film Archive), emphasizing its sponsoring organization, the Center for Asian American Media, and its commitment to a wider cultural agenda, embracing not only film but music and food. Fortunately, CAAMFEST’s big star is the one-time boy wonder Singaporean director

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Royston Tan. Every great artist needs a conventional wisdom-defying hit, and in 2003, the then-27 former teacher provided it with a first feature, 15. The B.A.R. brazenly labeled our cover feature on Tan and his movie “Singapore Tattooed Love Boys.” “I only wanted to make a film about their lives. However, in the process of filming, I’ve reconciled with a part of myself that was forgotten,” said Tan. With a possible life of crime aborted at 17, Tan found himself running a kind of reform school for Singapore’s dead-end kids. The five 15-year-olds in his class – their skinny-boy bodies cut, pierced and tattooed to advertise their street gang – See page 14 >>


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Scotch on the rocks by Roberto Friedman

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ur premier “plus one” Pepi was unable to join us for opening night of San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4 and the LGBT NiteOut afterparty last Friday night. This was unfortunate because one of the dances on offer was George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, set to the Mendelssohn work. Despite his misleading nickname, Pepi is a prime specimen of Scottish manhood: smart, strong, stoic, and erm, exceedingly thrifty! Also on the program were the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and the welcome return of Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. All told, the three pieces made for two golden hours at the Opera House, followed by festive gay frolics at the Dress Circle bar. Good times! 2. We attended out lesbian jazz pianist Patricia Barber’s concert

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at the sparkling new SFJazz Center curious to see if she has a big lesbian following. We quickly realized this preconception was limiting: Barber has LGBT fans simply because she’s one of the best jazz singer-songwriters performing today. And she has a social conscience: in a song from her new CD Smash, she sang, “Scream, because the bankers won!” 3. RIP San Francisco Symphony principal oboist William Bennett. B.A.R. music writer Philip Campbell writes, “One of the best rewards from following the San Francisco Symphony is in watching the maturity of individual careers. Losing a musician like William Bennett at the peak of his profession is especially sad. The legacy of his talent and artistic contribution will always be remembered.” 4. RIP pianist Van Cliburn, who died peacefully in his home in Fort Worth, Texas, last week. The cause of death was bone cancer. Van Cli-

San Francisco Ballet dancers in George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony.

burn was 78, and is survived by his “friend of long standing,” Thomas L. Smith. According to his agent Mary Lou Falcone, Cliburn and Smith were together for 20 years. “Friend of long standing” is the term that Cliburn used, never referring to Thomas as his partner, lover, or anything else. 5. Congratulations to San Francisco poet D.A. Powell, who has won the National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award for his excellent collection Useless Landscapes: A Guide for Boys.

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started sharing their karaoke gang anthems. As the boys began to trust their young teacher, their ready-to-rumble braggadocio gave way to poignant tales of broken families, abusive dads and suicidal

6. Berkeley Art Museum’s Matrix program is currently featuring the Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 installation Morakot (Emerald), a single-channel video shot in an abandoned Bangkok hotel. “In the 1980s, the Morakot Hotel served as a haven for Cambodian refugees fleeing the Vietnamese invasion. After the Thai economy collapsed in the late 1990s, the building was vacated and has stood empty ever since. Weerasethakul’s camera slowly moves through the Mora-

kot’s ghostly corridors and rooms, capturing the natural light as it streams through the windows and illuminates the drifting dust, progressively adding more digitized particles to create a mesmerizing constellation.” In addition to the gallery installation, BAM/PFA will host screenings of the artist’s newest feature, Mekong Hotel (2012), and his Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, at the PFA Theater.t

thoughts. “I got to know one of them really well, and he opened his world to me and started sharing a lot of his stories. The problems he shared were similar to ones I encountered years ago. I was 100% like them, except that I didn’t have a tattoo. We haven’t made much progress at all since I was a kid.” Without realizing it, Tan had met the cast of his first feature film. 15 was a clarion call addressed to disaffected youth everywhere. Naked to the waist in most of the scenes, talking trash in Mandarin, flashing their weapons of choice (short steel knives and a longbow), the boys boasted of their exploits with girls while their body language and furtive glances hinted at pent-up homo lust. Tan chose not to shoot his gangbanger ballet from a script, but instead relied on his on-the-fly observations of his rude boys’ daily lives. The boys, quick to grasp the game, were eager to raise the stakes, proposing shocking stunts. “Hey, we’ll watch porn together and we’ll jerk off one another. Do you think we can film that?” “No, that’s more than enough for me to film. Don’t give me an additional heart attack!” Tan bears the emotional scars of the jolt when his father went bankrupt, a victim of the volatile Singaporean real estate market. Since then, Tan has been like his friskyboy subjects, a creature of his own invention. His film is structured to reflect the highs and lows of the kids’ lives. “A great example would be taking drugs. The first 25 minutes is almost like you get a high and everything is fun, the second

part is you anchor yourself and the effects of the high are over, and the final segment is the withdrawal syndrome that brings you back to reality, the painful truth you need to deal with.” The badges of distinction sported by these gang boys are elaborate tattoos and body piercings. I told Tan that observing young Eric get his lips pierced on camera was akin to watching a horror film. “When we first saw him he was piercing himself. I asked him why he liked to pierce. ‘Is it because it’s fashionable?’ He gave a very good answer. ‘No. When you’re feeling pain, you just need an additional pain from the outside to forget the pain you have.’” Eric would later serve a three-year prison term for stabbing another boy. 15 features an unexpectedly tender moment where one barechested boy reaches over to another in bed and asks, “Can I give you a hug?” Tan explains that the boys aren’t gay or straight, just lonely youth looking for affection. He notes that the original version of 15 shown in Singapore was marred by 27 deletions, brutal jumpcuts that made no aesthetic sense. For instance, the police ordered that all the gang-related karaoke songs be excised, leaving Tan severely depressed. “I had to leave the country for a while.” 15’s PFA screening (3/20, 7 p.m.) will be followed by a conversation between Tan and critic Valerie Soe. Tan’s 2012 feature Old Romances screens at PFA (3/17, 6 p.m.) and Kabuki Cinemas (3/19, 6 p.m.) Tan’s 2007 feature 881 plays PFA (3/17, 7:45 p.m.) www. caamedia.org.t


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hen hell freezes over or when pigs fly are apparently on the order of Joan Sutherland playing Lulu. That’s the kind of personalized semantics developed between two rabid opera fans in The Lisbon Traviata, and while it might be helpful for the sake of this throwaway joke to know the conflicting attributes between the strapping Australian soprano and the seductive title character in Berg’s opera, the humor is not so much in the specifics of the analogy as in the fact that it is part of the franca lingua in this rarefied world practically encased by record albums. Playwright Terrence McNally is famous as an opera fan, but he is quick to poke, prod, and ridicule the small lives that can feel big for the residents of cramped apartments who grab in absentia onto a diva’s glory or manufacture a sense of superiority by denigrating a missed high C at La Scala or a miscast role at the Met. This is the world of Mendy, who you feel seldom leaves his vinyl sanctum, and his younger friend Stephen, whose opera obsessions are at least balanced by a lover back at his own apartment. In director Dennis Lickteig’s production at New Conservatory Theatre Center, the laughs come fast and loud during the first act as Mendy and Stephen argue, commiserate, dish, and debate around their

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Matt Weimer, left, and Michael Sally play friends lost in the world of opera in The Lisbon Traviata at New Conservatory Theatre Center.

opera-centric world. The biggest crisis in their lives seem to be that Stephen has left at home a rare recording of Maria Callas singing La Traviata in Lisbon. Mendy is about out of his mind with excitement, but an increasingly withdrawn Stephen refuses to walk the eight blocks to retrieve the album and won’t call home to see if his partner Mike might ferry it over. It seems Mike

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with inner scars and outer scars on the characters, and that means you made it back from your last battle, which makes you more beautiful.” Holmes described herself as “a fivetime cancer survivor,” battling the illness from 1994 to 2000, a period that led to introspection and a renewed commitment to playwriting and the theater. “You don’t go just to see a play, you witness it,” she said. “It’s like witnessing a baptism. Some of the water is going to sprinkle on you.”t

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came across Holmes’ 1990 play while perusing an anthology of lesbian plays. “I just started reading everything I could find by African American females,” he said. “I was interested in telling that kind of story. I read it and was just amazed and thought it was one of the most consistent works of theater about a lesbian relationship that I had ever read.” Holmes said that that anthology, Amazon All-Stars: Thirteen Lesbian Plays, has resulted in unexpected calls from theater companies from around the world. That was the case with Theatre Rhino’s Fisher, whose production of A Lady and a Woman begins performances on March 7 at the Eureka Theatre. “March 7 is my 55th birthday,” Holmes said.“What a gift. It’s like someone has recognized one of my children.” She’ll be in town for the opening, and will be on hand for an audience talkback after the March 8 performance. Holmes will be traveling from Atlanta, where she has been on the faculty of Georgia State University since 1989. A Lady and a Woman had its first production at Atlanta’s now-defunct OutProud Theatre. “I have written all types of drama and all kinds of characters,” she said, “but I would say what I love is articulating the black experience through drama.” In A Lady and a Woman, the title characters are the statuesque Miss Flora, the innkeeper with a deep scar on her face provided by a husband who abandoned her, and Biddie, a fireplug of a woman who goes town to town offering her skills as a butcher. A physical and emotional relationship begins to stir, though for Miss Flora, this is a new and scary experience. After their first sexual encounter, Miss Flora says, “Sometimes I think God is up there playing tricks, but I ain’t foolish enough to tell him so.” To which Biddie replies, “It took me a long time to like God because of his reputation. That’s ’cause I was only going on hearsay, back then.” Holmes, who holds a Ph.D. in communication from Southern Illinois University, is also an ordained minister and a deacon at First Afrikan Church near Atlanta. “Even as I preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, I’m on what I feel is the right side of gay and lesbian issues, and that’s more important than my

(Philippe Gosselin) might not be alone this evening. This foreshadows what’s to come in the second act, but mostly the first act is about the not-always-kind humor McNally aims at his characters. You can’t help but laugh at Mendy and Stephen’s rat-a-tat-tat sparring over what most would see as arcana, and while on opening night Michael Sally as Mendy and Matt Weimer as

Playwright Shirlene Holmes uses her “god complex” to create new worlds on stage.

own personal sexuality,” Holmes said. “I don’t label my sexuality. If anything, I’m a nun.” A nun? “That’s none, like in n-o-n-e.” In A Lady and a Woman, Holmes was interested in exploring “the intersection of spirituality and sexuality,” she said. “What I attempted was to create a world where these women got to make the rules. I wanted to show a same-sex union that is multifaceted,

Stephen stumbled a few times over the flood of foreign-infused names and titles, they had a strong foundation in place. The world turns during intermission, as the audience returns to see

Mendy’s apartment of detailed clutter replaced by the more restrained tastes of Stephen and Mike’s spacious abode. Not only have KuoHao Lo’s impressive sets changed, but so too has the atmosphere. Despite an “arrangement,” Stephen is clearly wounded by encountering, briefly in the buff, the trim, young Paul (Adam Roy), who he fears, rightly, is more than just another trick. This is fairly straightforward domestic drama, but McNally can still paint with words of sardonically evocative imagery. Foreseeing a life alone, Stephen imagines a world of “TV dinners, forgetting to flush, and little kids starting to call you Miss Havisham.” The world that Stephen and Mike have shared is not built around opera, but what spins behind a closed cranium is another matter. Earlier in the play, Stephen blithely said, “I hate chamber music. Nobody dies in chamber music.” It is not chamber music that provides an internal soundtrack for the final scene.t The Lisbon Traviata will run at New Conservatory Theatre Center through March 24. Tickets are $25$45. Call 861-8972 or go to nctcsf.org.


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Retirement in a minor key by David Lamble

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t’s almost a sign of poor breeding on the part of any critic who doesn’t get all soft and gooey at the idea behind the pleasant if unremarkable British import Quartet. The time is the present, and the setting is a posh country retirement home for opera singers and musicians. The old rock-pile itself, the Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire, is as engaging as the slight whiff of drama that flows through its luxurious interiors. The first act is taken up with the grouchy tirades of Michael Gambon’s old-lion conductor trying to stir enthusiasm for the house’s annual birthday tribute to Giuseppe Verdi. Gambon’s Cedric Livingston keeps barking about how they’ll be out on the street if the fundraiser flops. His friends don’t believe a word of it, and neither do we. What passes for real drama is a three-way friendship: Reg, Wilf and Cissy, as essayed by stage vets Tom

Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins. Reg is the epitome of the model senior who 1) pretends not to have any regrets, and 2) goes out of his way to stay hip, with a weekly opera lesson for rap-loving adolescents. Wilf is today’s politically correct version of a dirty old man, who feigns being a menace to the home’s female staff. If Wilf were anything like the real deal, a character out of Joe Orton, this would be a much darker story. Cissy is the overly friendly, increasingly forgetful friend whose memory lapses are just approaching real sadness. First-time director Dustin Hoffman stirs the pot as much as Ronald Harwood’s script will allow with the showy entrance of Jean Horton, a patented Maggie Smith turn, a delicious mix of imperious self-regard and fake embarrassment at her own insufferable airs. Jean, it turns out, was married to Reg for a moment or two a half-century back, a fact that eats away at Reg, but that everyone else, especially Jean, has long since forgotten.

Back in his own salad days as an actor, Hoffman would have given any director hell for collecting a paycheck for such a tiny contribution to the art-form. If your own attention wanders while watching Quartet, note the rather fetching young groundskeeper Simon (redheaded newcomer Luke Newberry). As for the old friends’ rendition of the quartet “Bella figlia dell’amore,” the filmmakers found the right recording for the closing credits. Greedy Lying Bastards Remember the good old days of activist docs, when Michael Moore seemed about to save the planet with each new Bush-bashing film? Former animal-rights activist Craig Rosebraugh attempts to fill the void with a 90-minute docu-rant that’s a cogent index of today’s political blue meanies: right-wing global-warming deniers. Rosebraugh begins with heart-wrenching footage of families burned out of their homes by fires that devastated Colorado mountain paradise. Particularly poignant

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is the moment when a young boy helps his mom, still in shock, identify the only surviving artifact from the ashes: a tiny piece of the family’s Xmas nativity display. Rosebraugh’s main thesis deals with the efforts by oil industryfunded “truth squads” to spread disinformation about climate change. It’s not too hard to get us booing and hissing at the activities of the Koch brothers and petroleum giant Exxon Mobile. Rosebraugh overplays his hand when he dons Moore’s old clown suit to confront Exxon’s chairman at a stockholders meeting. The suit talks the talk, issuing glittering platitudes that, hollow as they are, leave him looking cool before the shareholders. Rosebraugh lets a little air out of his own tires with scenes from the recent climate change meeting in Denmark, indicating that even if the US cleaned up its act, the nations of the world are still light-years away from any tough agreement on fossil fuel consumption that might cost them at the ballot box. Barbara This potent chamber piece from German director Christian Petzold is Exhibit A in the case for serious filmgoers not giving up on movies in theatres. In 1980 in the old East German Democratic Republic (GDR), the title character is a dedicated young doctor who has been exiled to the boonies for the crime of wanting to flee the GDR. Barbara (a subtle turn from Nina Hoss, the first great performance

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the contrast can be breathtaking. The movement is often sculptural, like lines of figures on a Grecian urn. Lonnie Weeks was out of this world, spinning at high speeds like Mercury. Possokhov was hitting his stride in Moscow when he first saw the reconstruction of Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring, danced by the Paris Opera Ballet; the Soviets had despised modernism, especially Stravinsky. What would it be like to see The Rite of Spring for the first time? Stravinsky’s terrifying music, which exploded like the first bombs of World War I a hundred years ago in Paris, has over the last century become immensely popular as pure music. Our SFB orchestra plays it extremely well; you could close your eyes and be satisfied. The score is a challenge to the interpretive powers of conductors and orchestras (and certainly of bassoon players, who must negotiate its high sad opening melody at the very top of their ranges), who when it was new nearly revolted. Liner notes to the millions of recordings that have been sold always state that it was a ballet, that on opening night the audience ri-

of the year) is greeted by a hostile shrew of a landlady, a suspiciously charming male colleague at the local pediatric hospital, and a veritable coven of secret police agents (Stasi). Rejecting rides from the handsome young doctor Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld has bedroom eyes and courtship moves), Barbara insists on riding a 10-speed around the town’s deserted back roads. This strategy to fly under the Stasi radar fails to shake a persistent police agent. In scenes that will recall the 2006 Best Foreign Film The Lives of Others, Barbara is humiliated, stripsearched in her own bathroom. But this movie is not merely about rehashing the despicable rules of the road in one of the world’s most notorious police states. It seeks to show us how brave souls can survive in the worst of times. Gradually, Barbara gives in to Andre’s overtures, at least at work where the two are faced with treating young patients whose maladies are a byproduct of police-state repression. A young girl, Stella, returns repeatedly to the small hospital to escape the living hell of a state-sponsored work farm; a young man recovers from a suicide bid. The fate of these two vulnerable young people prompts Barbara to wonder if there are sometimes more important goals than one’s own personal freedom. Knowing as we do that the GDR’s days are numbered, Barbara’s solution becomes a moving moral cliffhanger.t

oted continuously throughout the performance, pelted the musicians with everything they could throw at them, and made so much noise that the dancers could not hear the music and had to be conducted from the wings by the choreographer (Vaslav Nijinsky), who stood on a chair and shouted out the counts so they would not get lost. But still, millions have heard it, few have seen it. After 1913, the ballet immediately disappeared, thrown out in a sexual uproar between the impresario Serge de Diaghilev and his lover/dancer Nijinsky. When Nijinsky rejected him and married a chorus girl, Diaghilev fired him, dropped the ballet for good, and became “guilty” of bringing on the madness which destroyed Nijinsky’s career (this was alluded to throughout SFB’s preceding program, the Nijinsky of John Neumeier.) The Rite has been controversial ever since, even musically: its first conductor, Pierre Monteux (who later came to SF and conducted our symphony from 1936-52), said 50 years later that he detested the music. Many choreographers have taken it on (especially the modern dancers Martha Graham, Mary Wigman, and Pina Bausch). BalSee page 17 >>


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music falls flat, the final chord, was redeemed by Possokhov’s catapult, and actually astonished me. Program 4 includes a revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, which he created on this company for SFB’s New Works festival a few years back. They now own it, and dance it flawlessly. Everyone in it looks glorious; the gorgeous contrapposti open, twist, stretch, reverse in miraculous harmonies of proportion. The music is trance-inducing – harmonically banal but rhythmically intoxicating. The entire audience gets a contact high from the ballet. In it, Sarah Van Patten has become the most interesting dancer

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San Francisco Ballet dancers Jennifer Stahl, Garen Scribner and James Sofranko in Yuri Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring: the subtext of the dance has always been the onset of the sex drive itself.

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anchine refused to, and said the best version was Bejart’s – a provocative remark, since most Balanchineans despised Bejart. For decades, the best-known choreography to the music was the scene in Disney’s Fantasia in which dinosaurs battle in the La Brea tar pits, an episode Stravinsky later claimed to despise, but which Hindemith said Igor seemed to love. Stravinsky’s idea came to him as images of ancient Russia, in which priests sacrifice a virgin sacrifice to the sun, to ensure the return of warmth to the frozen land. The subtext has often been assumed to be the onset of estrus, of the sex drive itself. The violent outbursts in the music certainly evoke orgasmic convulsions, but also the colossal fracture of ice when it breaks on frozen lakes – and also

of homosexual tensions in alpha males, such as we see in S/M scenes of dominance. The challenge to a choreographer is not just to create imagery on a heroic scale that doesn’t pale compared to what movie-makers can do with special effects; it’s also to get new juice out of a fruit as much squeezed as the sexual drive. And to do it without descending into bathos. Possokhov does not have a hundred years of D.H. Lawrence and the school of love child and loam (and the occasional satires of it, like Cold Comfort Farm) to warn him of the pitfalls where American audiences will suddenly start to giggle. I lost it within five minutes, when the sleeping girls on the bare hillside started to writhe and grind their hips, and the Chosen Maiden started humping the stage like Channing Tatum did on top of Jamie Foxx’s piano on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

But then the dancers got it back: they move with conviction, and the rhythmic complexity of their peg-legged gaits, their sudden twists and turns became fascinating. When the warriors came bare-chested over the horizon, they looked sexy as hell, and their prowlings intrigued me – though it did keep reminding me of a pantyraid, especially when the girls raised their skirts over their heads. The tone did not break until the beast-with-two-backs entered (Garen Scribner and James Sofranko, in a costume that skirted them both) and began inciting the tribe to kill; suddenly, the imagery was inadequate to the task, though once again, the ballet managed to regain my attention and respect. The Chosen Maiden, Jennifer Stahl, got deep into her role and commanded sympathy; in the end, the catastrophe was tremendous. The one place where Stravinsky’s

in the company – she’s a person on stage, and in the midst of her most difficult assignments she makes you feel some human emotion, something intimate and unnamable but that you’re very familiar with from your life right now. Last go-round we watched her in this ballet as if our lives depended on it. She actually drew spontaneous applause in the middle of the adagio, having slumped into a heap on the floor. I do not know of another artist who can communicate so directly and so honestly with the audience in any medium right now. It’s as if she’s speaking for us all. There’s also the new Ratmansky, and Balanchine’s wonderful Scotch Symphony. Go.t


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Fallaci @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/ journalist Lawrence Wright’s intriguing two-person play dramatizes an interview with real-life journalist Oriana Fallaci, whose career included ferocious questions put to world leaders, but reacts differently when the pointed questions are aimed at her. Previews. Opening night Mar. 13. $14.50-$89. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru April 21. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Greedy Lying Bastards @ Various Cinemas “Throwing shade” in Paris is Burning. Sat 9.

Shades of gay by Jim Provenzano

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eing gay is fabulous. It’s also tragic, uplifting, harrowing and scary, depending on where you live, and which Muni bus you ride. Historically, we’ve been oppressed and considered villians (see the film Rope), glamorous queens (Paris is Burning) and a host of truthful and stereotypical depictions. This week, personal stories, funny jokes and compelling visual art keep our re-representations unique, diverse and impossible to fit into mere acronyms.

Thu 7 Big River @ College of Marin Roger Miller and William Hauptman’s Broadway hit musical, based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, gets a local student production. $10-$25. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Mar. 17. James Dunn Theatre, 835 College Ave., Kenfield Campus, 485-9385. www.marin.edu

Comedy Bodega @ Esta Noche The weekly LGBT and indie comic stand-up night. 8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission. www.comedybodega.com

Faye Driscoll @ CounterPulse Driscoll and Jesse Zaritt perform You’re Me, an intense, extensive duet dance about dual identities and personas. $20$30. 8pm. Thru March 10. 1310 Mission St. 626-2060. www.counterpulse.org

Jose Feliciano @ Yoshi’s, Oakland Veteran pop-guitarist-singer makes a rare Bay Area appearance. $49-$54. 8pm. Also Mar. 8. 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

A Lady and a Woman @ Eureka Theatre Theatre Rhinoceros presents Shirlene Holmes’ two-character drama about a late-19th-century African American lesbian couple. $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Mar. 24. 215 Jackson St. (800) 8383006. www.therhino.org

Make Some Noise @ Starlight Room DJ Hubert Keller spins tunes at the monthly fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. $10. 8:30pm-1am. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St. 395-8595. www.harrydenton.com

My Recollect Time @ South Berkeley Community Church Inferno Theatre's productions of Jamie Greenblatt's inspiring play of historical figure Mary Fields, a former slave, and the transformations she undergoes as she struggles to live a free and authentic life after Emancipation. $12-$25. Thu, Sat Sun 8pm.Thru Mar. 9, at 5pm. 1802 Fairview St., Berkeley. (510) 788-6415. www.infernotheatre.org

New and Classic Films @ Castro Theatre Cleverly-selected double feature and acclaimed new features. Mar 7: Cabaret (2:25, 7pm) and Pennies From Heaven (4:45, 9:20). Mar 8: The Outside Man (7pm) and Terminator (9:10). Mar 9: Paris is Burning with Latrice Royale and MC Peaches Christ (see Mar 9). Mar 10: Days of Heaven and Heaven’s Gate. Mar 13: Cloud Atlas. Mar 14: Linsanity (7pm), part of CAAMfest (California Asian American Festival). $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. 6216120. www.castrotheatre.com

Ottmar Liebert @ Live at the Rrazz Grammy-nominated guitarist performs. $42.50-$45. 8pm. Also Mar 8, 9pm. Mar 9, 7pm & 9:30pm. Mar 10, 7pm. 1000 Van Ness Ave. (800) 380-3095. www.liveattherrazz.com

Shih Chieh Huang @ YBCA Taiwanese artist's colorful installations create sculptural ecosystems from found objects. March 7, a performance, Fish That Change Sex. 6pm. Free with admission. $8-$12. Exhibit thru June 30. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 9792787. www.ybca.org

Sister Spit @ California College of the Arts The acclaimed writer/performer collective hosts a reading, with host Michelle Tea, Ali Liebegott, TextaQueen, Tamara LlosaSandor, Daniel LeVesque and DavEnd. 7pm. Timken Hall, 1111 8th St. www.radarproductions.org

Unusual Short Films @ Oddball Films Wake Up and Smell the Morning, screening of vintage breakfast & coffee-themed shorts and commercials. 8pm. Mar. 8, short films of Charles and Ray Eames, the husband and wife architect and design duo. 8pm. Each $10. 275 Capp St. 5588117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Fri 8 Afrika Bambaataa @ Yoshi's Enjoy an open dance floor as the DJ supreme funks it up. $24-$28. 10:30pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Alfred Hitchcock Films @ Pacific Film Archive Screening of the major works of the master of cinematic suspense. Mar 8: Rope (7pm) and I Confess (8:40pm). Mar 10: Lifeboat and the short film Bon Voyage (5pm). Thru April 24. $5.50-$13.50. UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-1124. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

Dead Metaphor @ A.C.T.

My Recollect Time. Thu 7.

American Conservatory Theatre’s world premiere of George F. Walker’s dark comedy about the politics of postwar life for a modern-day war veteran. Special pre- and post-show programs thru the run, including LGBT Out with A.C.T. March 13. $20-$85.Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Mar. 24. 415 Geary St. 7492228.. www.act-sf.org

Craig Rosebraugh’s documentary about the greed and profit-focused deterrents to addressing global warming and climate change. At AMC Metreon 16, Grand Lake (Oakland) and other Bay Area movie theatres. www.greedylyingbastards.com

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre New local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s popular transgender rock operetta, with multiple actor-singers perfoming the lead, including X Factor contestant Jason Brock (who also performs a few post-show songs), Arturo Galster and Trixxie Carr. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Extended thru April 13. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227. www.boxcartheatre.org

The Lisbon Traviata @ New Conservatory Theatre The gay theatre company performs Terrence McNally’s (newly revised) darkly comic play about obsessed gay opera fans and their entangled relationships. $22$44. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Mar. 24. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

The Mountaintop @ Luci Stern Theatre, Palo Alto TheatreWorks’ production of Katori Hall’s drama about the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, including an unusual encounter with a hotel maid who’s not who she seems. $23-$73. Tue & Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru April 7. 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. (650) 463-1960. www.theatreworks.org

Pageant, The Musical! @ Victoria Theatre Bill Russell & Frank Kelly and Albert Evans’ hilarious drag parody of beauty pageants, where the winner is different each night, gets a local production, starring Cookie Dough and other drag talents. $25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Mar. 9. 2961 16th St. at Mission. www.robbie-wayne-productions.com

The Real Americans @ The Marsh Berkeley

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope. Fri 8.

Sat 9 As You Like It @ La Val’s Subterranean, Berkeley Impact Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s crossdressing romantic comedy. $10-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Mar. 30. 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. www.impacttheatre.com

Batman on Robin @ Mission Comics & Art Group exhibit of erotic Batman and Robin artwork that outs them as a gay couple, with works by several local artists. Reg hours 12pm-8pm (6pm Sun). 3520 20th St. 695-1545. www.missioncomicsandart.com

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. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Black Power, Flower Power @ Harvey Milk Photo Center Dual exhibit of photos by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marian Baruch, documenting the 1960s dual social revolutions ( Black Panthers, 1968; Haight-Ashbury, 1967) that began in San Francisco. Emory Douglas (Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Artist for the Black Panther Party) will give a guest lecture, March 9, 1pm-4pm. Exhibit thru Mar. 23. 50 Scott St. 554-9522. www.harveymilkphotocenter.org

China’s Terracotta Warriors @ Asian art Museum

Dan Hoyle returns with his acclaimed solo show with multiple characters based on his travels to the most liberal and conservative regions of America. $25-$50. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru April 6. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 826-5760. www.themarsh.org

The First Emperor’s Legacy, an exhibit of ten of the famous life-size sculptures of guards of China’s first emperor, and 100plus other treasures from 2,200 years ago. Free-$22. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru May 27. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.terracotta-warriors.asianart.org

The Ruling Class @ UC Berkeley

Concept 13 @ Sanchez Studio

Student production of Peter Barnes’ 1968 scathingly funny dark comedy about a Brit who inherits his father’s lordship, money and Parlaiment slot, but instead wants to help the poor and donate his inheritance. $10$15. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Mar 17. Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-8827. www.tdps.berkeley.edu

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House Program 4 includes From Foreign Lands, a world premiere by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour and George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony. $34-$240. 8pm. Thru Mar. 9. Program 3: Guide to Strange Places, Beaux, and Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring. Thru Mar 10. 301 Van Ness Ave. 865-2000. www.sfballet.org

Showcase of innovative new dance works by Mark Foehringer, Shiniki Iova-Koga, Michelle Fletcvher and Here Now Dance Collective. Pat-what-you-can (coffee, popcorn and snacks!). 8pm. Also Mar. 10, 3pm & 8pm. 66 Sanchez St. 686-0728. www.rawdance.org

Cootie Shots @ New Conservatory Theatre Family matinee of the youth theatre diversity education and bullying-prevention play by Norma Bowles. For kids grades 2 thru 5. $5. 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

The Secret Garden @ Zellerbach Hall San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances present Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison's new opera, based on the beloved children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Special events at the theatre and other locations. $15-$80. 7:30pm. Thru Mar. 10. Bancroft Way at Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

The Waiting Period @ The Marsh Brian Copeland returns with his popular solo show about chronic depression and his nearsuicidal thoughts while awaiting a gun permit. $30-$50. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru Mar. 30 (100th performance!). 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

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Jim Messina @ Yoshi’s Oakland Former member of Loggins & Messina and Buffalo Springfield performs classic hits. $27-$30. 8pm & 10pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

Kehinde Wiley @ Contemp. Jewish Museum New exhibit, The World Stage: Israel, a series of vibrant portraits of Middle Eastern and African men, created by the gay artist. Also, The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League. Other exhibits ( California Dreaming and Black Sabbath ) ongoing. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden New seasonal exhibit of colorful floral displays, with special events, for evening adult events, lectures, classes, and kids events. Thru March. Also, beautiful floral drawing exhibit of watercolor works by Ernest Clayton. Thru April. $2-$15. 9am7pm. 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park. 661-1316. www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

The Motherf**ker With the Hat @ SF Playhouse Gabe Marin and Carl Lumbly costar in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery. $30-$100. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru Mar 16. 450 Post St., 2nd floor. 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

Nathan Gunn @ First Congregational Church Popular baritone performs a concert of classical and contemporary works by Schubert, Schumann, Barber, Ives and Bolcom; piano accompaniment by his wife Julie Gunn. $56. 8pm. 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. (5100 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Navigating Queer Pacific Waves @ Galeria de la Raza Group exhibit of new works in various media by Jean Melesaine, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Jorge Manuel Gonzales, Joy Enomoto, and collaborating artists who focus on their Pacific Islander roots and explore colonialism and LGBT oppression. Exhibit thru March 14. Tue-Sat 12pm-6pm. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 826-8009. www.galeriadelaraza.org

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Conversation 6 @ SF Arts Commission Gallery

Enjoy musical entertainment with singers Amanda King, Eliza Leoni, Xavier Toscano, Donald Arquilla and comedy duo McPuzo & Trotsky, Joe Wicht and Tom Shaw accompanying, plus and a raffle grand prize of one free drink a week at the intimate martini bar ($500 value). $10 and up. 6pm. 4 Valencia St. www.openhand.org

SF-based Jason Hanasik and Amsterdam artist Berndnaut Smilde’s dual installation about home, dislocation and impermanence. Thru April 27. Main gallery, 401 Van Ness, Veterans Bldg. Hours Wed-Sat 12pm5pm. www.sfartscommission.org

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room

Paris Is Burning @ Castro Theatre Peaches Christ and Latrice Royale cohost a tribute screening of the groundbreaking documentary about 1980s gay vogue culture in New York; pre-show ball and competition with local celebutante judges; music by Honey Soundsystem and live set with Double Duchess. $27-$47. 8pm. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

Various Exhibits @ Cal. Academy of Sciences New exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth. Special events each week, with adult nightlife parties most Thursday nights. $20-$30. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

We Live Here @ SF Public Library San Francisco 1960s-1970s, a new exhibit of historic local photos by photojournalist Phiz Mezey. Thru June 2. Jewitt Gallery, lower level, 100 Larkin St. www.sfpl.org

Sun 10 Fine Art Auction @ Weinstein Gallery

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

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Legendary @ GLBT History Museum

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

African American GLBT Past Meets Present, an exhibit focusing on African American words, images and sounds that connect inspirational commentary by local queer community leaders with historic artifacts. Thru April 2013. Another new exhibit, Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates From Collections Around the World, features historical items from nearly a dozen countries and archives, each showcasing an archive of prominent LGBT people. $5. Reg hours Mon & Wed-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistorymuseum.org

Monday Musicals @ The Edge The renovated bar now shows fun musicals each week, with Broadway touring performers stopping by to sing, too. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

The Moth Storytelling Slam @ Rickshaw Stop Wildly popular storytelling competition, with MC Dan Kennedy. $8-$16. 7pm. 155 Fell St. at Van Ness. www.rickshawstop.com

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm-1:30am. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Popular local vocalist performs jazz and cabaret classics. $30. 7pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

Richard Kane @ Castro Country Club Exhibit of multimedia child-like portraits and mixed media sculptures. Thru March 31. 4058 18th St. www.castrocountryclub.org

Broadway and Off-Broadway muscial theatre veteran performs show tunes and other songs. $35. 8pm. 1000 Van Ness Ave. (800) 380-3095. www.liveattherrazz.com

Carrie Manolakos @ Yoshi's Broadway touring star ( Mamma Mia, Wicked ) and guest-vocalist for Phish performs an intimate concert of ballads and pop classics. $18-$22. 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.carriemanolakos.com www.yoshis.com

Group exhibit of drawings made at the gay men’s sketch group that celebrates 25 years of drawing sessions at Mark I. Chester’s studio. Community sketch event Mar. 12, 6:30-9:30pm. Thru March. 581-1600. www.markichester.com www.magnetsf.org

Paula West @ Yoshi’s Oakland

Terri White @ Live at the Rrazz

Tue 12

Gay Days @ Congregation Sha’ar Zahav

Virtuoso jazz guitarist performs with his band and featured guests. $16-$22. 6pm & 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

The group discusses Colm Toibin’s novel Story of the Night. 7pm. 2275 Market St. www.booksinc.net

David Perry’s talk show about LGBT people and issues. This week, Perry chats with singer Jason Brock, local singer and X-Factor contestant; and Sherri Franklin, Founder and Executive Director of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm. www.comcasthometown.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Oz Noy @ Yoshi’s

LGBT Book Club @ Books Inc.

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104

Sale of sculptures and prints of works by Chagall, Picasso, Gaugy and many others. Proceeds benefit various charities. Preview days March 7 & 8, 10am-6pm. Auction preview and wine-tasting Mar. 10, 12pm-2pm. Full auction begins at 2pm. 383 Geary St. 362-8151. www.weinstein.com

Screening of the new film about Israeli LGBT organizations and community members, with a talk by members of Hoshen and Israel Gay Youth. 6pm. 290 Dolores St. www.awiderbridge.org

Guy Writers @ GLBT History Museum Gay authors Andrew Demcak (If There is a Heaven Above ), Vincent Meis ( Tio Jorge, Eddie’s Desert Rose ) and Rob Rosen ( Queerwolf, Southern Fried ) read from and discuss their books. Free-$5. 7pm. 4127 18th St. www.guywritersonline.org www.glbthistory.org

Enjoy diverse comic stylings from Karen Ripley, Carla Clayy, Brendan Lynch, Gary Anderson and guest host Bob McIntyre. 2nd Mondays. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. www.elriosf.com

Natasha Muse at How I Came Out. Tue 12.

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

Gay Men’s Sketch @ Magnet

How I Came Out @ Rebel Charlie Ballard hosts the new and popular event where local comics and other performers (Dolores Trevino, Casey Ley, Ronn Vigh, Xander Deveaux, Natasha Muse and Justin Simpson) tell amusing tales out coming out as gay. $10. 21+. 8pm. 1760 Market St. www.charlieballard.com

Wed 13 Barbara Paul Robinson @ Conservatory of Flowers Author of Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener reads from and discusses her book and classic gardens. $10. 6pm-8pm. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Yuri Kagan at Laughs at The Lookout. Thu 14.

Thu 14 Altan @ Yoshi's Oakland Celtic band celebrates 25 years and a new CD of traditional Irish music. $20-$30. 8pm & 10pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

CAAMfest @ Various Venues The Center for Asian American Media’s annual film festival, which includes several films with LGBT characters, themes and directors ( Bejing Flickers, Someone I Used to Know, The Cheer Ambassadors, Sunset Stories and others). Opening night includes a screening of Linsanity at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St.) and a party at the Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin St.). $12$175. Various venues and times. www.caamfest.com/2013

Laughs @ The Lookout Comics Ronn Vigh, Natasha Muse, Charlie Ballard, Bebe Sweetbriar, Pippi Lovestocking, Yuri Kagan and Justin Lucas do gay stand-up; Valerie Branch MCs. $10. 10pm. 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Little Shop of Horrors @ Regents Theatre, Oakland Producers Associates stage a local version of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s hit Off-Broadway musical based on the ‘50s Roger Corman film, about a talking alien carnivorous plant, and the nerd who grows it. $30-$50. Thu-Sat 7pm. Sun 2pm. Thru March 24. Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Name University, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland. (510) 339-0241. www.woodminster.com

The Tubes @ Yoshi’s Theatrical 70s-80s rock band (“White Punks on Dope”) returns, featuring Fee Waybill; yes, they’re still performing! $30-$34. 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Comedy Returns, with Gary Anderson. Mon 11.

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his past weekend was the annual Leather Alliance Weekend event, highlighted by the Mr. SF Leather 2013 contest. The ballroom at the Hotel Whitcomb was standing room only as five exceptional contestants vied for Mr. SF Leather 2013: Scott “Red Dog” Farrell (Legion of Sin Motorcycle Club), Tony Hunter (Daddy’s Barbershop), Patrick Holstine-Vargas (Mr. Edge 2013), Marcus Alston (SF Eagle), and Andy Cross (Mr. Powerhouse 2013). This was a tough one.  One judge commented afterwards: “If these men competed in any other year, they each would have gone on to IML [International Mr. Leather].” That’s really saying something. I was rooting for all of them, because after meeting them all, I found them to be poised, outgoing, and sexy. It ain’t easy to parade one’s ass up there (literally) in front of the entire community, no matter how narcissistic any of us think we are.  Highlights for me included Hunter’s speech. He spoke honestly about how tough it is for “newbies” to find acceptance in the community, not just in San Francisco, but all over. Farrell proved himself to be clear and concise, with a voice that projected quite well. Cross’ speech, while short, explained his journey finding his true self as a leather man. All of the men looked great with clothes that fit both their bodies and personalities. There was a lot of yellow up on that stage! I was impressed with Farrell proudly wearing his collar. I believe he’s the first outwardly collared boy to compete for Mr. SF Leather since I did back in 2002. The contest started just after 8 p.m., ending at 10:38. My feedback to the producers is to cut back on the chatter. At one point, it seemed as though everyone in the room was going to get up and talk. Spread it out rather than having a parade of speakers. The audience was antsy. The show began with Broadway and recording star Raquela singing the hell out of the National Anthem and giving us a sexy number featuring the contestants. After a quick contestant intro, the actual contest didn’t get underway until 20 minutes later, with the contestant’s speeches. Starting with something lighter would give the audience a chance to see the contestants’ personalities before going into such a serious category. The acknowledgment of the current titleholders in attendance is always nice, but I question bringing them on stage. It would be better to have them stand in the audience for a round of applause. They’re wearing (or should be) their title vests/ sashes, so it’s not hard to find out who they are. Just what were the three bare chest calendar men doing up there? The calendar is not a Leather Title. In fact, there isn’t anything “leather” or “kink” about the calendar aside from maybe the fact that you wear leather vests. I think that we just saw our three new Community Sash Queens! Producer Ray Tilton, the Leather Alliance and everyone involved have much to be proud of. The contestants all rose to the occasion in each category: Speech, Leather Image, and Jock/Brief Wear (Pop Question). Freshmen emcees Lance Holman and Darren Bondy were amiable, following in the footsteps of Lenny Broberg and Donna Sachet. Broberg awarded the second annual Lenny Broberg Award to the deserving Holman. After Mr. SF Leather 2012 Jessie Vanciel’s 13-minute stepdown speech, the tough assignment of judges Vanciel, Joe Gallagher

Scott Brogan

Andy Cross, Mr. SF Leather 2013, rose to the occasion.

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The five exceptional contestants at the Mr. S Leather-sponsored Meet & Greet, March 1: Scott Farrell, Andy Cross, Marcus Alston, Tony Hunter & Patrick Holstine-Vargas.

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The one and only Queen Cougar!

(IML 1996), Troy Anicete (Mr. SF Leather 2003), Marlon Morales (Mr. LA Leather 2012), Nerine (Ms. SF Leather 2012), Werner Tillinger (Mr. SF Leather 1999), and Woody Woodruff (IML 2012) was over. Holstine-Vargas was awarded the Brotherhood Award (voted on by the contestants), Second Runner-Up went to Farrell, First Runner-Up to Hunger, with Cross named Mr. SF Leather 2013. Vanciel was an outgoing and well-respected Mr. SF Leather. Thank you, Jesse, and good luck, Andy! All hail the Queen. The B.A.R.’s

own Queen Cougar was roasted last Friday at the ARC, following a successful Contestant Meet & Greet at Mr. S Leather. Everyone in town was there to pay tribute and give her a gentle ribbing. It’s tough to really roast someone who’s such a great person. Even I was tongue-tied. We love you, Queen! Eagle is open. The Eagle is now open!  It opened at 6 p.m. this past Saturday evening. The first beer bust last Sunday had a line that stretched all the way back to Folsom St. They’ve done an amazing job of re-vamping it yet keeping its charm and history intact. I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Thank you, Alex, Mick & Co., for stepping up and making this happen.”t


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Wet woodies by John F. Karr

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oody Fox was so smashingly erotic in Grindhouse that I burned to see him again. I missed his scene in Hard Friction’s Impact, but his third mainstream movie, Falcon’s excellent Dripping Wet 4, was right at hand. Its leisure-time loving provides a less urgent framing than Grindhouse, but a more relaxed, clean-shaven and youngerlooking Mr. Fox comes through, with a performance that isn’t at all a let-down. Not as intense, perhaps, but not lacking intent. I’m predisposed to like this kind of sunny, poolside playlist, and DW4 further plays to my prejudice by purveying more really big boners bulging inside wet swimwear than I can remember. I’ve been a lifelong basketeer – my very first merit badge was for Mound Gazing. So I’m constantly irked by dull directors who dole out only the briefest glimpses of burgeoning baskets, and I thank DW4 director Bruno Bond for lingering on his boys’ thrusting pubic peaks as they tumesce like purple mountains’ majesty from sea to shining sea. Of course, the cunningly designed Andrew Christian swimwear the guys cavort in maximizes things, giving the goods a heady head start – a handicap, as it were, yet one they hardly need. Your briefs would tent as toweringly as Ray Diaz’ do under the provocation of Woody Fox’s kisses, and the sort of suck-out-your-soul smooches that Dean Monroe lavishes on Christopher Daniels would have your pecker pullulating and pulsing as provocatively within its cotton prison, too. Paddy O’Brian’s current fame is such that you think he’d be saved for the finale. But his scene with Johnny Ryder launches the movie. If you’re as much in lust as I am with Paddy’s pecker, you’ll enjoy the brightly lit and bountiful time Ryder spends fluffing its splendor. Johnny’s got one fuck of a fabulous body, with satin-smooth, caramel-colored skin, and a sculpted cock that’s a wonder. Clipped pubes and tight balls accentuate its family-size appeal, but it doesn’t get its spotlit moment. And he’s strictly trade for Paddy, who delivers his patented punchy fuck while Johnny stoically hangs on for the pummeling. As for

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Ray Diaz and Woody Fox ignite Dripping Wet 4.

G4P Paddy, I continue to sense that though he performs well with men, it’s at them, not with them. And Johnny’s a little bit bland of personality. So despite the fact that they’re both gorgeous and hard-working, the scene doesn’t really go anywhere. At some arbitrary moment, there’s a cut from mid-fuck to duo JO. Are these the reasons this scene came first, as if the producers knew it couldn’t cap the connection of gay content-providers? Woody Fox sets an example as he woos and wows Ray Diaz. If the previous scene excelled in the cocksucking of its first half, it’s this one’s second half that scores with a thriller fuck. Diaz gives some suck-love to Woody’s long, uncut cock for eight minutes, then bangs his ass down onto it and gives himself an exciting ride that ignites the guys’ relationship, and sets his cock flopping heavily all around. Then Dean Monroe and Christopher Daniels provide the movie’s keeper scene, marked by sensational smooching and much manipulation

of Daniels’ pulsing pecker. In an act of unparalleled skill, Dean unknots the drawstring of Christopher’s trunks using only his teeth. Dean’s mouth, circled in shiny jet black by his mustache and beard, dramatically frames Christopher’s glistening gold shaft. The blond hottie grinds sensually when seated on Dean’s cock, and the deep penetration makes his upright tool billow and lunge. In the last scene, sultry Bobby Hart and princely Cal Skye reach across adjoining air mattresses to assess and encourage the prominent protrusions that beg release from confinement. Succeeding, they engage a lush, long and slurpy 69, an activity too infrequently depicted in movies. To feed and be fed: what a worthwhile endeavor. A plunge-and-withdraw fuck followed by a thriller series of semen splats is a suitable climax for an enjoyable movie. Sprightly music is a plus – but why isn’t its composer credited? – and the usual Falcon jump past anything that could happen between suck and fuck is, as ever, a detriment to the cumulative effectiveness of their scenes. www.FalconStudios. com.t

Dean Monroe unknots his desire for Chris Daniels in a screengrab from Falcon’s Dripping Wet 4.


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Queer women’s mixtape by Gregg Shapiro

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oan Armatrading may sing about the “Single Life” on the opening track of her “jazz flavoured” new album Starlight (429), but according to various sources on the Internet, including lesbian website afterellen.com and out musician Janis Ian’s website, Armatrading married longtime girlfriend Maggie Butler in 2011. Brava, diva! That said, songs such as the smokey “Close to Me,” the intimate “Tell Me,” the subtly funky “Back on Track,” the stripped down “The Way I Think of You” and the suggestive “Busy with You” naturally take on a different (let’s call it “confirmed”) meaning. In terms of Armatrading’s 21st-century output, Starlight may not be as immediately pleasing as 2010’s This Charmed Life, but is a glowing improvement over the miscalculation of 2007’s Into the Blues. A living legend in the realm of in-

die rock from her time in influential bands such as Dangerous Birds, Live Skull, and Come, Thalia Zedek has made a career of turning raw and ragged emotions into songs. The nine tracks on Via (Thrill Jockey), credited to Thalia Zedek Band, are no exception. The pairing of Zedek’s wounded wail and David Michael Curry’s viola on the songs “Walk Away” and “Winning Hand,” both of which open with questions of the “did you ever” nature, make this the perfect disc in which to drown your sorrows following a breakup. In fact, Zedek asks more heartbreaking questions on “Lucky One,” “In This World,” “Straight and Strong” and “Get Away” (“How do you get away with all the things you say?”), indicating she might not be the best to go to for relationship advice. But if you are looking for someone who can relate to whatever difficult time you are going through, Zedek is the one.

Over the course of her recording career, in the studio and in concert, out jazz diva Patricia Barber has regularly combined her singular interpretations of popular tunes with her own original compositions. There are a few exceptions, including the all-originals Verse and the Mythologies song cycle. Smash (Concord Jazz), her latest, also fits into that mold. Cool tunes such as “Code Cool” and “The Wind Song” offer a counterpoint to smoldering numbers such as the title track (just wait for the electric guitar solo!), the warmth of the guitar/piano/vocal combo of “Redshift” and the tasty funk of “Devil’s Food.” Barber flashes her political side on “Scream,” and isn’t bashful about including an instrumental number such as “Bashful.” “The Politician,” the edgy opening track of the deluxe edition of Erin McKeown’s Manifestra (TVP), indicates how far the queer singer/

songwriter has come since her rootsy 2000 breakthrough disc Distillation. The gorgeous “Proof ” is closer in spirit to her more recent pop-oriented tunes, while the lush intro on “Histories” is further indication that McKeown continues to take risks that pay off well. The exquisite “Delight/Divide” is a delight, and the Ryan Montbleau duet “Instant Classic” lives up to its title. The bonus Civics disc consists of McKeown performing acoustic interpretations of all 10 songs on Manifestra. Singer/songwriter Amy Cook has some very cool friends. Some of them, including Patty Griffin, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Robert Plant, Ben Kweller and David Garza, join

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her on her Summer Skin (Thirty Tigers/Root House) disc. Beginning with irresistible opener “Waiting 4 the World 2 End” and continuing with the damp delight of “It’s Gonna Rain,” the fittingly titled “Getting to You,” the banjo beauty on display in “Changing” and the sweet message of “When I Wake Up,” Cook cooks, and is deserving of a wider audience.t

Master at the keys

by Tim Pfaff

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onathan Biss is master of two keyboards. In addition to the piano’s, which he will play at Herbst Theatre on March 17, he’s a wiz at the computer’s. In A Pianist Under the Influence, his recently released, second Kindle Single, the 32-year-old Biss writes, compellingly, about the way Robert Schumann’s music has taken possession of him since he was nine. “Most of what I know about myself I have learned from playing Schumann,” he declares on page 1. Since more than half of Biss’ program for San Francisco Performances is Schumann, ingeniously programmed

at that, Under the Influence is a mega-program note. It’s tempting to quote from it heavily not just because it’s so well-written but more because it’s so deeply personal, from a musician not known for wearing his heart on his sleeve. While he dismantles the popular misunderstandings of Schumann’s unstable psyche and its significance in the quality of his music, Biss digs deep into that psyche, one he finds most fully revealed in the notes. “He is the first composer to conceive of his music as an extension of his soul, as the medium through which his conflict with the world is expressed and, on a good day, worked through,” Biss writes, venturing a bold opinion. “No one, before or since, has written music so personal, emotionally specific, and unflinchingly honest.” In addition to Schumann’s Davidsbuendlertaenze (and Berg’s Sonata, a work he was born to play), Biss will perform the composer’s Fantasiestuecke (fantasy pieces) “interspersed with selections from Janacek’s On an Overgrown Path.” It’s a program of a questing, synthetic, meaningseeking mind. Biss hits town hard on the release of the second volume of his Beethoven sonata cycle (Onyx), which is more than just another installment. At a time when younger colleagues are using all 32 as their calling cards, Biss is, sagely, taking his time, giving his Beethoven that lived-in quality without which a pianist – not Beethoven – can sound callow. The fine, often probing first volume could be faulted only by the harsh remark Biss himself makes in Under the Influence: “Nothing is worse than a pianist who makes the piano sound merely like a piano.” Thoughtful and deeply felt as it is, there’s still a sense of Biss being in – again his own words, the title of his first Kindle Single – Beethoven’s Shadow. (The recorded sound, too, is recessive.) It feels like a newly fledged pianist who appears in Sonata No. 4, Op. 7, which in his superb notes Biss cautions against calling “early.” There’s fire in his nimble fingers, and the Onyx engineers catch the excitement. Together they also capture that most elusive of things in piano-playing, “atmosphere,” which Biss sees as the great achievement of the striking first movement of “the ill-nicknamed Moonlight” Sonata. Once heard, never forgotten, he notes. Lucky anyone whose first encounter with it is in Biss’ highly sensitive if sober reading. His playing is at its freest and most

unfettered exactly where it ought to be, in the still little-known Fantasy in G minor, Op. 77, through which at first Biss seems to be careening – until he proves that he knows its destination better than most. The two-movement Opus 78 sonata that follows it, and concludes the disc, sounds some notes of the musical future, but leaves its strongest impression in a riotous Allegro vivace that Biss renders in spitfire, kaleidoscopic roulades of nonetheless carefully calibrated sound and concentrated fury. “It is worth stopping to note how many times Beethoven reinvented the wheel,” Biss writes of the infinite variety in the sonatas, perfectly represented in this second volume. In a note to his new recording of the piano quintets of Schumann and Dvorak (his No. 2, Op. 81) with the Elias Quartet (Onyx), Biss takes a poke at the “seriousness” with which classical music is regarded – and his own – in offering these exuberant works as unbridled fun. It’s fine, but it’s its bad luck to have been released simultaneously with the superb, hellbent-for-leather new recording of the Schumann by the Jerusalem Quartet with pianist Alexander Melnikov (Harmonia Mundi). There’s no new-age gibberish in Biss’ writing about the movement of spirits – their communication – in music. What if, in an encore, he paid tribute to William Bennett, who recently died of a brain aneurism while performing, and the previous musician to have died that way in performance – and at the Herbst? On November 13, 1993, Tatiana Nikolaeva, for whom Shostakovich had written his 24 Preludes and Fugues, seemed about to faint during the B-flat minor Prelude, No. 16, and she played her last during its wandering fugue, when she collapsed. Before the recital she had said that Shostakovich was with her that night. Wishing Biss long life, who better to play that prelude, and finish that fugue, precisely where Nikolaeva left off?t


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