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Manning nixed by Pride board by James Patterson

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NBA player makes history by Roger Brigham

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hen David Kopay learned this week that basketball player Jason Collins had become the first active male athlete in a major U.S. professional sports league to come out of the closet, he said he could not restrain his tears. “I’m so pleased to be around to see this,” Kopay told the Bay Area Reporter. “Think of what Harvey [Milk] would have thought of it.” If one person has an appreciation of what awaits Collins, 37, in the wake of the NBA player’s public disclosure in the cover story of the current issue of Sports Illustrated, it is Kopay, a former pro football player who once played for the 49ers. In 1975, when he became the first retired player in any major U.S. pro league to come out of the closet, many expected his announcement to be followed by an avalanche of players coming out in short order. Instead we have had decades of waiting to exhale. “Today I just found myself weeping,” Kopay, 70, said. “It’s so fucking wonderful.” So wonderful, and so all over the news, which was awash with tales of President Barack Obama phoning Collins, many NBA players – and first lady Michelle Obama – tweeting support, rehashes of every past player coming out reporters could remember, and speculation about how much interest the former Stanford star will draw when he tries to sign on as a free agent with a new team after playing last season with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conSee page 8 >>

he board that oversees the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade is facing a backlash from community members after it rescinded a community grand marshal honor for Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, the gay man who leaked 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks. Two days after releasing the list of grand marshals that included Manning, Lisa Williams, president of the board of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, issued a terse statement that said his selection had been a “mistake” and that he would not be a grand marshal. Manning, 25, who is currently in a military prison awaiting a court-martial, has a wide group of supporters in the LGBT community and beyond. He confessed in open court earlier this year to providing the material to WikiLeaks and is facing at least 20 years in prison. On Monday, April 29, a hastily arranged protest was held outside of the Pride Committee’s Market Street offices, where famed Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg said he would march in June’s Pride Parade in support of Manning.

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With an image of Army Private First Class Bradley Manning behind him, famed Pentagon papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg spoke in support Manning being named a grand marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade at a protest outside the Pride Committee’s offices. Manning’s selection was nixed by Pride board President Lisa Williams two days after being announced.

An estimated 200 protesters were at the rally, expressing their frustration at Williams

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Agency caters to homebound seniors

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ive days a week Polk Gulch resident Candi Guerrero has food delivered to her by a driver with Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. It’s been a weekly ritual for the last nine years. “They make this great beef stew. It reminds me of when I lived in New Orleans and would eat at this French restaurant that served beef bourguignon,” said Guerrero, a transgender woman who celebrated her 70th birthday last month. After reading about Meals on Wheels in an obituary in the Bay Area Reporter, Guerrero asked her doctor at the Tom Waddell Health Center, a city-funded clinic for transgender people, about the program. Guerrero, who uses a cane, was experiencing mobility issues due to arthritis and contracting hepatitis C. Juggling the cost of her medications and grocery bills proved to be challenging. With her doctor’s recommendation, Guerrero was accepted as a Meals client. “It is a life preserver as far as I am concerned,” she said. Since 1970 the nonprofit agency has delivered nutritious meals to San Francisco seniors who want to age in their home but have trouble cooking their own meals or leaving the house to grocery shop. Today it serves 2,100 clients on a weekly basis. Last fiscal year the agency delivered 1,060,199 meals. The majority fed people age 60 and over, while 80 clients are disabled young adults, ranging in age from 18 to 59 with most in their 50s.

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Meals on Wheels client Candi Guerrero, left, talks with driver Jim Fleming.

“We are not serving seniors who are healthy enough to go to a food bank or congregate at a meal site. We are focused on someone who can’t leave the house to buy groceries or cook their own food consistently,” explained Ashley C. McCumber, 51, Meals’ executive director since 2007. Its client base continues to grow at a rapid pace as the city’s population grays. The agency had projected 5 percent growth for fiscal year 2012-2013; instead it has seen 14 percent. “We have grown 47 percent in less than six years,” said McCumber. The agency tries to see that any senior that qualifies for its services waits no longer than 30 days to

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start receiving meals, with emergency cases approved within three days. “Our average wait time is around 22 days or less,” said McCumber. Its current budget is set at $7.3 million, up from nearly $6.5 million in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. According to its most recent tax filing, McCumber earned $174,652 in salary and benefits in the 20112012 fiscal year, while its program costs totaled more than $5.8 million. “Food is half our budget,” said McCumber, as the agency provides clients with two meals for each day. Private donations account for 60 percent of the See page 8 >>


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akland Police Chief Howard Jordan, center, was one of several speakers at an April 29 candlelight vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Brandy Martell, 37, an African American transgender woman who was shot in her car at 13th and Franklin streets. The vigil was organized by Tri-City Health Center and TransVision, a program of the center and where Martell had

worked as a peer advocate. At right is Tiffany Woods, TransVision coordinator. Oakland police continue to investigate the unsolved case. Anyone with information can send the Oakland Police Department tips anonymously by texting TIP OAKLANDPD to 888777, or by calling (510) 535-4867. Tips can also be given anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (510) 777-8572. The case number is 12-020709.

Pacific Center turns 40 by Elliot Owen

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he Pacific Center for Human Growth, the oldest LGBT community center in the Bay Area and third oldest in the country, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next week in what will be the first anniversary celebration on record for the Berkeley-based nonprofit. “That makes the event special in and of itself,” Pacific Center board President Jim Hodgkins, 51, said. “We’re happy to say that the Pacific Center weathered the storm of financial uncertainty that many LGBT counseling and community centers faced during the economic downturn in 2008. We emerged strong.” Started in 1973 in response to a gay bashing in an Oakland bar, the center was founded as an alternative space for LGBT people to meet and support each other. When filing for 501(c)3 nonprofit organization status, the organization was initially called East Bay Gay Inc., but revised the name after nonprofit status was denied on account of the word “gay” being included. Occupying 2712 Telegraph Avenue since 1978, the Pacific Center has evolved into a direct service powerhouse. “The center is one of the largest Bay Area providers of LGBT mental health services in addition to counseling and peer group sessions that serve a wide variety of people with different backgrounds and life experiences,” Hodgkins, who is gay, said. “The scope of the peer groups addresses nearly every facet of the LGBT community and includes groups for youth, seniors, people transitioning genders, and even married men.” Each year, about 400 people attend the 14 peer group programs, up to 100 are involved in youth programming, 450 access licensed clinical mental health services, and 50 utilize the HIV/AIDS support program. All services are sliding scale. Operating with an annual budget of $550,000, the Pacific Center gets one-third of its income from its clinic, another third from government grants, and the remainder from individual donations and community foundations. The May 9 gala, themed “Fabulous at 40,” will be held at the Bellevue Club in Oakland, a historic building that overlooks Lake Merritt. Up to 170 guests are expected to attend and will be serenaded by the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus amidst cocktails and dinner. Gay rights activist and HIV/AIDS educator Cleve Jones will also attend

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The Pacific Center team includes, front row, from left, Leslie Ewing, executive director; Mark Wilson, youth program manager. Second row, from left, Eddie Gesso, operations manager; Rina Herring, front desk volunteer and librarian; Leo Brown, outreach and volunteer coordinator; Aaron Testard, director of clinical services and programs; and Louise Monsour, director of clinical training and intern program.

as a special guest. Beyond being a good party, Pacific Center Executive Director Leslie Ewing, 64, wants to make sure the event serves as an opportunity to connect different stakeholders to each other. “It’s my hope that there will be one-on-one interactions,” Ewing, an out lesbian, said, “to bridge the disconnect between the people that use the services, and the people that support the services. The challenge is always to get these two worlds together.” Among the stakeholders and one of the three volunteers being honored at the event is 25-year-old Rina Herring. Herring, a transwoman who identifies as a lesbian, has been dedicating her time to the center since 2010. For the past year she has worked to streamline the center’s library system by cataloging reading material, setting up a check-out protocol, and creating an online archive of library contents. “There’s not a lot of places like the Pacific Center out there,” Herring said, “and I feel humbled to be honored at such a huge milestone for my volunteer work.” Herring, whose educational background is in psychology, ultimately wants to work in mental health and emphasizes the necessity of affordable direct services for the

LGBT community, and her enjoyment at participating in the dispersal of them. “It’s so wonderful,” she said. “The moments that touch me the most are when people come in looking for resources. One woman came in with her child, who is trans, and needed stuff for them both. Knowing that I’m able to help in that way really sticks with me.” Peer group facilitator LaTricia Kani King and 30-year volunteer Bob Compton will also be honored at the event which, according to Ewing, will serve as a symbolic gesture of gratitude to the community. “We have good news for people who have supported us through thick and thin,” she said. “The Pacific Center is healthy, vital, and thriving because we are answering a need in our community. Grassroots organizations change lives and that’s something that’s going on here everyday.” t Tickets for Fabulous at 40 are $150 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.pacificcenter.org. The event starts with a no-host cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7:30. The Bellevue Club is located at 525 Bellevue Avenue in Oakland.


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Signage sought for gay man’s meadow in SF by Matthew S. Bajko

been. For that reason alone I think we need to do more to remember him.” Huberman said he doesn’t recall ever talking to Kraus about having the meadow named after him, although, “the meadow was very important to him.” After being contacted by Mehring recently, Huberman said he is pleased to see an effort is being made to properly label that segment

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isitors to Corona Heights Park, a hilltop open space straddling San Francisco’s gay Castro district and its famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, on Saturday mornings back in the late 1970s and early 1980s were likely to encounter a man seated on a bench with legal notepad in hand. It was a weekly ritual for the late Bill Kraus, a gay man and congressional aide who played a key role in transforming the city’s growing LGBT population into a political force. A Midwest transplant himself, Kraus helped elect Harvey Milk as the city’s first out supervisor in 1977. He went on to work for gay Supervisor Harry Britt and later Democratic Congress members Phillip and Sala Burton. Much of his strategizing on behalf of his bosses’ political agendas took place on that park bench, recalled Ron Huberman, who was housemates with Kraus. He and the late Dick Pabich, another up-and-coming gay politico, would join their close friend each week at the park. “We had a routine: almost every weekend we would meet for coffee, in those days at Cafe Flore, then go up to Corona Heights Park where Bill and Dick would brainstorm on political ideas,” recalled Huberman, who recently retired as an investigator with the district attorney’s office. “Phil made Bill his congressional administrative aide, and in the meadow, he wrote most of Phil’s speeches.” Kraus was instrumental in the local efforts to defeat the anti-gay Briggs initiative in 1978. Shortly after Milk’s assassination in November of that year, Kraus was elected president of the progressive Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, renamed in honor of the slain gay rights leader. He urged the Democratic Party to support gay rights as a delegate and platform committee member at the national conventions in 1980 and 1984. As AIDS began to ravage the city’s gay male population in the early 1980s, Kraus was a vocal proponent for closing the city’s bathhouses and urging safer sex practices. Following his own diagnosis in 1984, Kraus moved to Paris to take part in an experimental AIDS drug study. His “exile” from the U.S. garnered national media attention about the glacial pace of the drug approval process in America. When the medication he was taking was approved for trials in the states, Kraus returned to San Francisco. The late gay San Francisco Chronicle reporter Randy Shilts would later chronicle Kraus’s role in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in his book And the Band Played On.

Anyone interested in assisting with the naming effort should contact Mehring via email at johnmehring@hotmail.com.

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John Mehring sits on a bench dedicated to the late Bill Kraus overlooking Bill Kraus Meadow in Corona Heights Park. A plaque that has been painted over can be seen on the back of the bench.

(Gay British actor Sir Ian McKellan played Kraus in the 1993 HBO movie based on the book.) Shortly before Christmas in 2005 Kraus contracted meningitis, according to a news obituary in the Bay Area Reporter. After six days in the hospital, Kraus died on January 11, 1986 at the age of 38. Immediately following his death, Kraus’s friends sought to rename the mini-park at Noe and Beaver streets, home to a community garden across from Cafe Flore, in his honor. But city policy forbade changing the name from one based geographically. According to the minutes of the recreation and parks commission’s June 19, 1986 meeting, a committee comprised of representatives for city leaders, parks officials, and neighborhood groups instead proposed naming a meadow and path in Corona Heights Park after Kraus. The commissioners unanimously adopted the idea, and sometime afterwards, a bench with a plaque honoring Kraus was installed in the park. Today, the plaque has been painted over and there is nothing indicating that the Bill Kraus Meadow and Pathway exists. The honor may have been lost to time had it not been for schoolteacher John Mehring’s memory being jogged. An acquaintance with Kraus through his own involvement in the Milk club, Mehring turned 60 in February and decided to re-read Shilts’s book. “In it he said that Bill would often go to Corona park to reflect on his life,” said Mehring, who was also diagnosed with AIDS in 1984 and active in the Milk club’s safer-sex initiatives back then. An Internet search led Mehring to the city’s library stacks to check out Michael T. Roper’s 2001 book Memories of My Gay Brothers. In it Roper writes about how the city had memorialized Kraus by naming a meadow after him.

Mehring then visited the park but could find nothing indicating where the meadow was located. Nor is it labeled on any online maps. “I asked people, can you tell me where Bill Kraus Meadow is. I talked to people who use the park and none knew about it,” said Mehring. He contacted the parks department, and a staffer was able to locate the old meeting minutes. The meadow in question is a triangular shaped patch of lawn at the park entrance on Museum Way and Roosevelt Way. The pathway begins at that intersection and leads toward a fenced-in off-leash dog play area. “There never has been any official signage placed there, as far as I know,” said Mehring, who is now pushing for the Kraus meadow and pathway to be clearly labeled. “This has been going on for years and we really need to bring it to fruition,” said Mehring. “It helps us reconnect with Bill in a positive way.” The newly formed Friends of Corona Heights Park has agreed to help with the project. It already had sought grant funding from the SF Parks Alliance to install a bulletin board or kiosk in that section of the park. The friends group is seeking $2,000 and would need to raise another $3,000 in order to cover the full purchase price and installation costs. The alliance will announce this year’s grant recipients in late May. “Certain members agreed to move forward together on it,” said Gill Sperlein, an attorney and representative of the friends group. Mehring hopes to see any identifying marker include a brief bio about Kraus and his achievements. “I want people to know Bill other than just a name,” he said. “In Randy’s book is just one portrayal of him. He was so passionate about safe sex. If it wasn’t for him I don’t know what our initial response to the AIDS epidemic would have

Hospital stay likely for hate crime defendant by Seth Hemmelgarn

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man accused of elbowing an 11-year-old boy and calling him a “faggot” is likely headed to a state hospital after being found incompetent to stand trial. According to court testimony, in January, Nicholas Frabasilio, 46, hit the boy’s cheek with his elbow when he encountered the child and his family in Chinatown and said, “I fucked up that faggot boy.” A backpack allegedly belonging to Frabasilio with a patch that said “Heterosexual” was at the scene. In February, a San Francisco Superior Court judge held Frabasilio to answer on battery and child endangerment charges in the case, which

of the park for his long lost friend. “All this history we are going to lose as time goes on,” said Huberman. “I thought it was a huge deal naming something for a gay man back then.”t

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was prosecuted as a hate crime. Deputy Public Defender Alex Lilien eventually declared doubt as to Frabasilio’s competency to stand trial, and at a hearing in March, he said Frabasilio “appears psychotic.” “It’s difficult for me to prepare a defense for him on these charges,” Lilien said. A judge suspended criminal proceedings in the case, which Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang prosecuted. After a doctor’s report was submitted, in April a judge found Frabasilio, who’s in custody in San Francisco County jail, incompetent to stand trial. He will likely be placed in Napa State Hospital. FraSee page 6 >>

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eaving aside the question of whether Army Private First Class Bradley Manning should be a grand marshal of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade, Pride board President Lisa Williams’s clumsy retraction of the honor late last Friday leaves more questions than answers. Manning, of course, is the gay soldier who leaked 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks and is facing a court-martial for his actions. Some consider him a traitor. Others consider him an anti-war hero and whistle-blower. What is not in dispute is that he confessed in open court in February to providing the documents and diplomatic files to WikiLeaks. He is facing 20 years in prison but could face much more because the military has charged him with aiding the enemy and multiple counts for violating federal statutes, including the Espionage Act. In short, he is accused of very serious crimes and likely will not see the outside of a prison cell for years. Last week the Pride board announced that Manning would be a grand marshal, only to retract it two days later. The episode shows that the Pride board has some serious process failures that, according to Williams’s statement, allowed a staff member to select a grand marshal, when in the past it’s been the board that confirmed the final decisions. When we received the list of community grand marshals last Wednesday at around 10 a.m. from the Pride office, Manning’s name was on it. A subsequent call to Pride that morning revealed that he was the choice of the electoral college, which is composed of former community grand marshals. We don’t know how many of these former marshals were contacted or how many voted. We know of at least 12 who did not receive the email with the nominees, and thus, did not vote. Judging from a quick survey of previous grand marshals going back to 2006, Pride seems to have a haphazard way of operating: some former grand marshals were notified, while others were not. That’s a problem. If a group is to select a grand marshal, all eligible voters should be contacted and given an opportunity to participate. That did not happen. Williams’s statement said that Manning received fewer than 15 votes. She does not specify how many votes he received, nor does she indicate vote totals for

the other candidates for grand marshal. According to a ballot of electoral college grand marshal nominations that we obtained, there were four candidates, including Bay Times co-publisher Betty Sullivan, who was also named a grand marshal. So does the electoral college get to select more than one grand marshal? That appears to be the case this year. We tried to contact Williams to get her response, but she did not return our emailed questions. Her cellphone voicemail was full, not surprising given the public reaction of the past few days. Manning has many supporters – gay and straight – in the liberal Bay Area. He also has a lot of detractors, especially among current and former LGBT military personnel. Some of them took to Facebook last Friday vehemently criticizing Manning’s selection. It was a couple hours later that Williams issued her statement. A coincidence? We don’t know. We do know what the Pride board should do: reinstate Manning as a grand marshal. Once such an honor is bestowed, it should not be taken away. Wil-

liams and the Pride board might take some heat, but the situation can also be a teachable moment. Perhaps LGBT military leaders can present their contention that Manning violated military law and potentially placed the lives of military personnel and others in harm’s way. It should be noted, too, that Manning, given his current circumstance, wouldn’t actually attend the parade in person. This episode must also be an opportunity for the Pride board to strengthen its nominating and voting processes. The whole electoral college voting system needs to be examined and fixed so that all former grand marshals are properly notified and can participate next year. San Francisco Pride officials have talked for years about making Pride a more political event. By rescinding Manning’s grand marshal status, the Pride board backed down from taking a political stand and showed it will buckle at the first hint of controversy. And that doesn’t make sense, because as former Pride board President Joey Cain and others note in a letter to the editor this week, Pride has had controversial grand marshals, contingents, and speakers in the past. It’s all part of what makes San Francisco Pride unique.t

It’s time to focus on ENDA by Gabriel Haaland and Donna Cartwright

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ast week, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, was re-introduced with bipartisan support by Representative Jared Polis (DColorado) in the House and Senator Jeff Merkely (D-Oregon) in the Senate. The legislation, despite the religious exemption, deserves the full weight of our community’s support. Employers in over 20 states still have the legal right to fire a worker based on sexual orientation or gender identity, despite the fact that public polling shows that over a majority of Americans believe that the LGBT community deserves workplace protections. Transgender workers have made considerable progress in the courts and administrative agencies in recent years, including last year’s historic ruling by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Macy v. Holder, that the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protect transgender people. Nevertheless, transgender Americans, like their gay, lesbian, and bisexual counterparts, still remain very vulnerable to workplace discrimination. The EEOC decision was an administrative ruling and could be overturned or reversed by the federal courts or by a less-friendly White House. Many in the transgender community still remember that a mere six years ago when the United States House of Representatives took up ENDA, the bill’s chief sponsor, Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, said that many legislators were balking at including the gender identity provision, and that, with the agreement of House leaders, he was therefore going to drop it. Unfortunately, the largest gay player on Capitol Hill, the Human Rights Campaign, went back on previous assurances to the transgender community that it would stand by us, and tacitly agreed to the removal of the gender identity protections.

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For months, activists protested HRC fundraising dinners across the country, and in July, 2008, an LGBT labor group, San Francisco Pride at Work, organized one of the largest boycotts/protests ever assembled outside an HRC function. Dozens of local organizations and elected officials endorsed the boycott, including the San Francisco Labor Council and the San Francisco Democratic Party; no elected officials in San Francisco attended the dinner. Even the mayor of Los Angeles, the scheduled speaker, wouldn’t cross the Labor Council-endorsed picket line. Hundreds of activists picketed in front of the dinner, and after the dinner started, they filled the streets dancing, in what was called the “Left-Out Party.” The move by the House leadership and HRC risked leaving a large part of the LGBT community vulnerable to gender discrimination in employment, and implied that, while discrimination based on sexual orientation was unacceptable, bias and intolerance based on gender identity or expression were negotiable. While HRC is under new leadership, this history remains fresh in our minds as this new effort begins.

Moreover, we remain concerned that efforts to pass ENDA have lost steam since the 2007 controversy. HRC has made only a lackluster effort on ENDA in the last five years. The emphasis in Congress has shifted away from issues of primary concern to working-class LGBT people. Instead, repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and other marriage-oriented measures have been the main priority of the well-heeled in our community. While marriage is important to our community, the nearly exclusive focus on it at the expense of workplace protection – an issue that is perhaps more relevant to those who are more on the economic fringes – seems to indicate a certain elitism. The LGBT movement has built strong relationships with many progressive allies, including large parts of the labor movement. Let’s use those ties to respond to the economic crisis of the last half decade, and protect the right of working-class queers to earn a livelihood. It’s time to put the focus back where it belongs – on ENDA.t Gabriel Haaland is co-vice president of Pride at Work. Donna Cartwright, former co-president of the group, now serves on its national executive board.


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Manning does not represent LGBTs

According to the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee’s website, “San Francisco Pride’s grand marshals are the public emissaries of Pride ... that have made significant contributions to the [LGBT] community ... [selected] in order to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of LGBT people.” Based on the committee’s own description of why a grand marshal is selected, it is astonishing that the committee’s electoral college (made up of past grand marshals) selected Army Private First Class Bradley Manning as a grand marshal for this year’s celebration. Putting aside Manning’s reported mental health issues, one must question the wisdom of selecting a grand marshal that is an admitted criminal, who willfully communicated United States secrets to unauthorized agents and stands accused of aiding the enemy of our nation. Manning gave away classified information containing diplomatic cables and details of military operations, thereby damaging the credibility of the United States and endangering the lives of our military personnel. The only redeeming thing about Manning’s admitted crimes is that he gave the information away rather than selling it to the highest bidder. Does Manning represent the best of our community? Does he represent something young LGBTs should aspire to be? Has he contributed to the community or furthered the cause of LGBT people? The answer to all these questions, for any sane and educated person, should be a resounding no. The electoral college and the Pride Committee should be ashamed of themselves for positing that a confessed criminal represents the very best of our community. Perhaps next year they will posthumously grant the honor to Jeffrey Dahmer or Ernst Rohm in recognition of their contributions to the LGBT community. Frank M. La Fleur San Francisco

Past Pride presidents weigh in

As past presidents of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee board we strongly disagree with Pride board President Lisa Williams and the board of directors who overturned a vote to select Bradley Manning as a grand marshal in this year’s parade. We believe their decision dishonors the history and spirit of LGBT inclusion and diversity that this event must represent. We recognize that Manning’s selection is controversial but Pride has had many controversial grand marshals, speakers, and contingents throughout the years. Rarely has the community stood in complete solidarity behind choices that were made. But the community dialogue, support, and protests occurred and the parade marched on. Pride’s obligation is to create a platform for all voices to be heard not to shut down a debate even if it’s in the context of grand marshal. The San Francisco LGBT community has one of the most diverse, inclusive, and empowering parades in the world. Throughout the years hard working, committed volunteers had the courage to actively embrace and promote the diversity of our community and created space for everyone to be represented and to express their authenticity. If the Pride leadership arbitrarily decides that they will no longer honor or respect the electoral college because they elected a controversial figure, even if they represent a minority of the minority, how is that any different from the conservative majority who rendered us second-class citizens all these years? The board of SF Pride must reinstate Manning as a grand marshal. Calvin Gipson, 1999-2000 Denver, Colorado Cecilia Chung, 2001 Joey Cain, 2003-2006 Nikki Calma 2011-2012 San Francisco

Supporters should campaign for a pardon

Although the selection and subsequent retraction of Private First Class Bradley Manning as a SF Pride grand marshal highlights a maddening tendency of self-anointment among LGBT community spokespeople and activists, it also highlights a misplaced cause among Manning’s supporters. Instead of falsely characterizing Manning’s criminal actions as whistleblowing, his supporters should campaign for a pardon or clemency. Manning’s leaks endangered American servicemen throughout the world, but they were also the criminal actions of a young and very confused man who might thrive if given a second chance. Putting him in jail for life is costly and provides no real benefit to society beyond revenge; regrettably, Manning has not shown any real sign of contrition. If Manning was sufficiently courageous to admit his guilt and ask for forgiveness, a nomination as an LGBT community leader could even

be deserved. Showing clemency would also be a bold and courageous act of leadership by our president at a time when pardons are political suicide. Thomas Busse San Francisco

Manning’s actions were brave

As a Gay Liberation Front activist of the 1970s, I remember the original Pride marches were fueled by militant spirits of Stonewall and Compton Cafeteria rebellions. “Come out of the closets and into the streets,” became a clarion call. Our revolutionary spirit spawned lesbians and gays who later took part in ACT UP, gay health collectives and groups like Radical Faeries, and Lesbians and Gays Against Intervention, which supported international liberation struggles. We called for an end to all forms of oppression. And, how is it justified that members of the Pride Committee can override and negate the voices of past Pride grand marshals? Are they aware that there has been an international call for awarding Bradley Manning the Nobel Peace Prize? This committee does not speak for or represent many of us. Manning speaks for all who want an end to wars. Manning, our LGBTQ whistleblower hero, was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the WikiLeaks website. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange praised Manning as a hero who revealed to the world the 2007 Baghdad air strike by an American helicopter that wounded children, killed their father and 11 other men, including a news reporter and his driver. For his courageous act, Manning remains in prison. His first nine months of pretrial incarceration in a 6 by 8 foot cell under solitary conditions was described as “degrading and inhuman” by the United Nations. Manning has been tortured, humiliated, and kept in isolated solitary confinement for years and faces trial on 22 charges, including aiding the enemy. Manning struggles in an environment hostile to homosexuality – including times he was forced to strip naked and once made to stand at attention while nude. Because of Manning’s bravery, the world witnessed the true horrors of war. Manning remains strong and, like many young people, talks of his future, to be free to go to college. Patricia Jackson San Francisco

Manning contingent will march

I was thrilled to see Bradley Manning’s picture on the Bay Area Reporter’s front page after his selection as a grand marshal for the annual LGBT parade [“Pride names grand marshals,” April 25]. Then it all comes crashing down Saturday morning when I learned it was just a “mistake.” How inept and disgusting. The modern LGBT movement grew out of an uprising against state power and repression. The early gay liberation movement modeled itself after the anti-war and black and women’s liberation movements, of standing up to the powers that be and demanding rights and freedom for all people. Manning has revealed the immense scope and reach of our government’s aggressive and imperialistic foreign policy and the suppression of our civil liberties. President Barack Obama and other politicians are now jumping on the tide of marriage equality, while at the same time killing U.S. citizens with drones, prosecuting whistleblowers, and shutting down marijuana dispensaries. Manning has revealed this criminality, and is a gay hero who should be honored and leading our parade, not dropped and discarded shamefully as a “mistake.” I encourage all readers to protest this outrage and to march with the Free Bradley Manning contingent this year to honor his courage and sacrifice, and to demand his freedom. Charlie Hinton San Francisco

Clarifying earlier letter

A closer reading of my letter regarding the CBD and land use issues printed last week [Mailstrom, April 25] indicated my having left out an important word. The sentence in question regarding Wendy Mogg should have been: “Why it was only last June that the CBD board on which she now sits voted to replace the promised three small storefronts in Angus McCarthy’s 2299 Market Street project with a large footprint Bank of the West.” I regret the omission. Without the word “now” one might assume Mogg, as a board member, voted on this approval. Apparently, her newfound interest in the Castro and Upper Market business districts and addition to the CBD board came about only after she felt threatened by Starbucks’ plan to open near her place of business; rather than before. Patrick Batt San Francisco

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Brown Boi Project marks 3rd birthday compiled by Cynthia Laird

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he Brown Boi Project, a community of masculine-of-center women, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and allies, will celebrate its third birthday with an event in Oakland. The Brown Boi Affair, as it’s called, will take place Friday, May 3 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 401 14th Street. The event will include DJs from New York, Atlanta, and the Bay Area and will feature drag and dance performances. There will also be a live performance by Micah Domingo of New York City. The project works to transform the privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving racial and gender justice. Advance tickets are highly recommended, with admission for the first 100 people set at $15. VIP tickets ($50) include entrance (no wait-

ing in line), gift bag, private seating, treats from Simply Bliss catering, an opportunity to mingle with the DJs and performers, and more. Ticket information is available at www.brownboiproject.org. The event is for those 21 and over with ID.

LGBTQ Family Night in Berkeley

Our Family Coalition’s 15th annual LGBTQ Family Night will be held Saturday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Berkeley YMCA, 2001 Allston Way. It is a signature event for OFC, which promotes the rights and well-being of Bay Area LGBTQ families with children and prospective parents through education, advocacy, social networking, and grassroots organizing. One night a year, the Berkeley YMCA and OFC come together to celebrate these families by hosting a huge party. The festivities include

dinner, kindergym, sports, arts and crafts, a Wii room, raffle, and more. Swimming will also be offered, but children must be accompanied by a parent in the water. Swim diapers are required for those children who are not potty trained. The evening starts with activities and a swim session, followed by a pizza party and entertainment. The cost is $5 for adults; children are free. RSVPs are encouraged as it helps organizers prepare for food. To sign up, visit http://www.ourfamily. org (click on “Events”) or contact Cheryl@ourfamily.org or (510) 332-0496.

raised by lesbian moms and has become an activist for equal rights. Scouts for Equality’s mission is to end the membership ban barring gays from the scouting program. Last month Boy Scouts of America announced a compromise in that gay boys would be allowed to join the organization but gay men would continue to be prohibited from being troop leaders. The BSA is expected to vote on this change later this month. Tickets for next week’s event are $100 and people can RSVP to jrcitron@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.scoutsforequality. com.

Scouts for Equality host SF fundraiser

Equipment stolen from queer women’s group

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will be one of the guests at a Scouts for Equality fundraiser Thursday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street. Newsom will be joined by Zach Wahls, the young man who was

Leaders of the Queer Women of Color Media Project are asking for the public’s help after nearly $35,000 in equipment and teaching materials was reported stolen from a former staff member’s vehicle. The March 17 incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in San Francisco’s Mission district. QWOCMAP

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Executive Director Madeleine Lim declined to name the staffer, who resigned two weeks after the incident. A report was filed with the San Francisco Police Department. Items that were reported stolen include a new video camera, tripod, microphone, laptop, and various accessories, as well as a jump drive that contained the organization’s curriculum and original teaching materials. “I was devastated and deeply overwhelmed,” Lim said, adding that she is continuing to teach the workshops while rebuilding the curriculum from memory. “In my mind I don’t think that there is any way even to get back what we lost.” QWOCMAP is kicking off a $50,000 crowdfunding drive to cover the stolen equipment, as well as budget cuts. To donate, visit http:// www.indiegogo.com/projects/weve-got-your-back--3. For more information about the organization, visit http://www.qwocmap.org.t Heather Cassell contributed to this report.

SF gay men’s chorus announces new ED by Seth Hemmelgarn

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fter nearly a year, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has announced its new executive director, a man who is already looking at how to strengthen the chorus’ legacy. George Thompson, 57, recently joined the nonprofit, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary year. “I am awed by the talent of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and their commitment to their craft and

to the mission of the organization,” Thompson, who’s taking over the position vacated by Teddy Witherington last July, said in a news release. In an interview, Thompson, who is gay, noted that the chorus will turn 40 in 2018. He said a strategic planning process is starting with the board, and he has a couple of ideas in mind. “We need to move forward to look for a permanent home and look to increase the endowment so we can secure the future of the organization,”

said Thompson, who added that he didn’t know how much is currently in the endowment. The nonprofit’s space at 398 11th Street in the South of Market neighborhood includes administrative offices, but the group rents rehearsal space. While a new spot could include room for rehearsals, Thompson said, “It’s unrealistic to think we would have a performance space all our own that would hold 300 chorus

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George Thompson is the new executive director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

members. We really need the big halls of San Francisco to accommodate us for that.” The nonprofit has performed at well-known venues including the Castro Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall. The chorus’s budget is approximately $1.2 million to $1.3 million. There are three full-time staff, including Thompson, whose first day with the chorus was April 15 and whose salary is $95,000. There are also several part-time staff. Before joining the chorus, Thompson served as the director of the Office of the Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he initiated cross-college collaborations and artist residency programs.

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basilio could be committed for up to three years, although that period could be extended if he’s not restored to competency, according to Lilien. In the months leading up to the January incident, Frabasilio appears to have made numerous anti-gay remarks, including in postings to a facebook page for the Straight Liberation Movement. People who know Frabasilio described him in interviews as a civil rights and anti-war activist whose personality appeared to change after Berkeley police allegedly beat him several year ago. Dean Tuckerman, 61, an out gay

This isn’t Thompson’s first time working in San Francisco. He previously served as the conservatory general manager at the American Conservatory Theater. Thompson, who’s also been a professional dancer, pointed to the work of Timothy Seelig, the chorus’s artistic director, as “probably the main reason that really excited me” about joining the chorus. “Artistically, Tim’s doing a phenomenal job bringing some very powerful, powerful new music to the choral world,” he said. Seelig had praise for Thompson, too. “It is exciting to welcome a seasoned arts professional to help guide the extraordinary growth we are experiencing on the administrative side of our organization,” Seelig stated. Thompson’s renting an apartment in Oakland but he and his partner “would love to move back to San Francisco,” he said. He asked that his partner’s name not be published. The chorus is preparing for its 35th anniversary celebration concert, “Harvey Milk 2013,” set for June 2728. The chorus’s anniversary coincides with that of the slain gay supervisor’s assassination. The chorus gave its first public performance November 27, 1978 on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, the same night Milk and Mayor George Moscone were shot dead inside the building. For more information about the chorus, visit http://www. sfgmc.org.t

man who first met Frabasilio more than 15 years ago, said that before that encounter with police, “Nick had not done anything homophobic.” “He had a good sense of humor,” Tuckerman, who lives in Bellingham, Washington, said. “He was always willing to do things to help people out.” Jesse Palmer, 44, who’s known Frabasilio for about 25 years, said, “Nick was certainly, back in the 1980s, very comfortable with the gay community and was doing events with gay organizers.” “It’s just really incredibly painful” to see how Frabasilio’s changed, Palmer added. “... This is not the Nick that I knew.” The next court date in Frabasilio’s current case is May 15.t


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of planning for all the various programming we need to fit into this space to meet community needs, it was clear we would need a third floor,â&#x20AC;? said Loduca. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking at more group counseling rooms for mental health and substance abuse services.â&#x20AC;? The price tag has also been elevated to an estimated cost of $8 million to $10 million. Initially, the foundation had pegged the cost at roughly $7.9 million. This week the foundation announced it had hired Randy Hyde as director of the campaign for health and wellness. Hyde, an out gay man who started May 1, will oversee the fundraising drive to pay for construction of the health center as well as the ongoing costs to operate it. SFAF declined to disclose Hydeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary. He had been director of development at 826 Valencia, a local nonprofit aimed at fostering writing skills in students age 6 to 18. He has experience spearheading major fundraising drives for several local institutions. As campaign director at SFMOMA, Hyde oversaw the capital campaign to raise $555 million for the modern arts museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new building. He also oversaw the campaign that raised

ect, which focuses on HIV prevention, will also be housed at the new site. The health center is expected to have a new name, and foundation officials are currently interviewing â&#x20AC;&#x153;a handfulâ&#x20AC;? of applicants to be the executive director of the new facility, said James Loduca, SFAFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president for philanthropy and public affairs. Foundation officials began meeting with neighborhood groups this week to update them on the health center proposal. The plan calls for creating a lobby area with a fireplace fronting the street but the exact design and floor plan is still being worked out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is still very conceptual,â&#x20AC;? said Loduca. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are taking concepts to the community to share with them and get feedback.â&#x20AC;? Loduca expressed confidence that the project and the necessary zoning change would attract support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are three very popular programs that already exist in the Castro in separate locations and are so popular, that in fact, there are of-

lans to construct a nearly 15,000 square foot gay menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health center in the heart of the Castro is triggering the need for a zoning change in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LGBT district. Last October the San Francisco AIDS Foundation announced it had leased the building at 474 Castro Street in order to combine three of its programs into one location and expand its services ranging from HIV testing to substance use counseling. It turns out that current planning rules govCourtesy SFAF erning the Castro busiRandy Hyde will lead the funness district restrict any draising campaign for SFAFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single nonresidential new Castro health center. use from exceeding 4,000 square feet. Unless the prohibition ten lines out the door every mornis changed, the health ing for people waiting to get services center would be dead on arrival at from Magnet or Stonewall,â&#x20AC;? said the planning commission. Loduca. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The message we have reTo help facilitate the planning received from the community is clear view, gay District 8 Supervisor Scott that we not only want these services, Wiener has introduced a zoning we want more of them.â&#x20AC;? text amendment that would allow a Due to the planned addition, the nonprofit to apply for a conditional renovated building is now slated to use permit to occupy a single propbe 14,870 square feet and 43 feet tall. erty exceeding 4,000 square feet in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we initiated the process the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District. The planning commission is set to vote on it at its Thursday, June 13 meeting when the oversight body will also hold a hearing on the project itself. In addition to requesting a conditional use permit, foundation officials are seeking permission to add a 3,600 square foot, one-story (8 foot high) addition to the building, formerly home to Superstar Video on the ground floor and a number of health offices upstairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is zoned for retail. What they are proposing is not retail, it is a medical services health care clinic,â&#x20AC;? said Wiener. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Technically, that is not allowed under the Castro Street NCD zoning. The legislation I am proposing would allow for this use.â&#x20AC;? The current rules were instituted so that office-type uses would not crowd out retailers along Castro Street, explained Wiener. Yet a health center such as the one proposed by the AIDS foundation is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;appropriate useâ&#x20AC;? of a Castro storefront, he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You want to have active street frontage and uses so that is why we want to have retail. There are some uses, such as the one that the AIDS foundation is proposing, that are in every way as active as retail,â&#x20AC;? said Wiener. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In some ways this is going to be more active. ... It will bring more foot traffic to Castro Street and help surrounding businesses.â&#x20AC;? It is the second time Wiener has sought zoning revisions in the Castro that would benefit specific locations. At its May 7 meeting the â&#x20AC;˘ Dual Diagnosis Board of Supervisors is set to finalize planning code changes sought by Fitness SF, which wants to add â&#x20AC;˘ Relapse Prevention housing and more gym space, and Cafe Flore, which is seeking to legalize an off-site kitchen. â&#x20AC;˘ Family Program As previously reported by the William J. Hanna, Psy.D., William J. Hanna, Psy.D., Clinical Director Bay Area Reporter, the AIDS founWilliam J. Hanna, Psy.D., Clinical Director Clinical Director â&#x20AC;˘ Doctorate Level dation has long wanted toI secure a William J. 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a $125 million endowment for the San Francisco Symphony. That track record makes Hyde the â&#x20AC;&#x153;superb choiceâ&#x20AC;? to lead the fundraising campaign for the health center, stated SFAF CEO Neil Giuliano.t Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http:// www.ebar.com Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online companion. This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column reported on doubts over the fate of a condo conversion measure in SF. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/politicalnotes. Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 8615019 or e-mail mailto:m.bajko@ ebar.com.

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t Gay Episcopalian’s new book offers connections 8 • Bay Area Reporter • May 2-8, 2013

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outh African Robert V. Taylor had several reasons to leave his homeland: He opposed apartheid. He refused compulsory military service because it “propped up the apartheid regime.” And he was gay and searching for freedom and acceptance. When Taylor, then 22, explained his situation to Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1980, the South African religious leader and future Nobel Peace laureate advised him to seek refuge in the United States rather than go to prison. He took Tutu’s advice and fled to New York. Taylor, now 55, tells his compelling story in A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive (New Page Books). The book’s foreword is by Tutu. In a telephone interview from his home in Seattle, Taylor recounted his exciting and courageous religious journey from the oppression of apartheid to a more inclusive and tolerant spirituality in the United States. Taylor graduated Union Theological Seminary in New York and became an Episcopal priest. As fate would have it, he brought his White Plains, New York church and community leaders together to respond to the AIDS crisis. He recalled visiting a hospitalized

AIDS patient whose own church had abandoned her. “Nurses advised me to wear gloves, a gown, and a face mask,” he said. “I wore them once, but not after that.” In 1999, Taylor became the first openly gay dean at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. At the time, he was the highest-ranking gay Episcopalian in the United States, he recalled with pride. His work with HIV/AIDS and his exile from South Africa give him a deep understanding of how to celebrate life more fully, he said. Taylor’s 202-page book is an “invitation to experience life and live it fully alive grounded in love and compassion.” There is good in the world and people can contribute to it by living with compassion and faith, he said. Taylor said he believed in “the power of story.” The book’s first pathway is connecting stories. There is wisdom and truth in our connections with others, he said. He recalled when Tutu once asked: “Who are you?” rather than “What do you do?” It was a “life shifting” and “profound” question, Taylor said, and others should consider it. He writes warmly of his many experiences with Tutu, including an inspiring sermon Tutu delivered for martyred anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. Reflecting on the sermon, Taylor writes: “I’ve come to believe that Tutu’s words at Biko’s

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Former Episcopal dean and author Robert V. Taylor spoke at Grace Cathedral about his new book.

funeral were about imagination as much as they were about love. My own moments of failure are often a crisis of lack of imagination.” “The seven pathways,” Taylor said, “help one become fully alive and imagination is important.” Marriage equality is a powerful issue, Taylor said, because LGBT people have been willing to tell their

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versation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.” The last time an American men’s pro athlete got this much attention for saying he was gay was, well, never. “There’s been a lot of speculation about when, who, how,” said Rick Welts, the openly gay chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. “That speculation has been put to rest now, and from now on we’ll always remember Jason Collins as the first player to do this. I’m happy for him. He’s going to be able to be the complete Jason Collins for the rest of his life.” Collins’s revelation was years in the making. He said he began several years ago when he told his aunt, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teri L. Jackson.

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budget, with the remaining 40 percent coming from the city’s Department of Aging and Adult Services. In addition to food, the agency has a $50,000 client needs and safety fund it uses to pay for such things as mini-fridges and microwaves for seniors living in single-roomoccupancy buildings to new bedding or shower grab bars and bathmats to prevent falls. “It is a wonderful thing. We are about nourishing the whole person and that is more than just eating,” said Charles Zukow, who has served on the agency’s board since 2007 and whose firm provides Meals public relations services at a discounted rate. A roster of 3,500 volunteers also pitches in to help clients with everything from running errands or spring-cleaning projects to simply spending time with them. “If we can help that senior’s life be more comfortable in their own home, where we want people to be, they are going to live longer,” said Zukow. “Keeping patients out of the hospital is really

could travel to the countries to support people on trial for being gay and to support LGBT youth forced from schools. Former South African President Nelson Mandela is only briefly mentioned in Taylor’s book. It became safe for Taylor to return to South Africa only when Mandela was released from prison, he writes. Surprisingly, Taylor said he is a commentator on Fox News. A recent segment on marriage equality with an anti-LGBT Family Research Council co-commentator is on YouTube. During a forum at Grace Cathedral Sunday, April 28, Taylor discussed his book and took audience questions. He said as he studied and learned about other faiths, including Buddhism, he became deeper in his own faith. He suggested others might also find this true. Taylor, now a full time writer, speaker, and commentator, and his husband, a businessman, split their time between Seattle and a family grape farm in rural eastern Washington state.t

stories of marriage inequality. These stories, he said, have connected others to LGBT people. He also credited socially progressive businesses and LGBT organizations for effectively advancing marriage equality nationwide with their connecting stories about employees and members. In “Pathway Two: Breaking Through Enclosures,” Taylor writes, “I was a white boy raised in the dark days of apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid, the enforced separation of races in that country, was presented as the ‘will of God’ by a government who used scripture to justify its violent and dehumanizing policies.” Apartheid and discrimination are enclosures, he said. When the Bay Area Reporter asked Taylor if the Anglican Church in Uganda and Nigeria “used scripture to justify violent and dehumanizing policies” against LGBT people in those countries, Taylor replied, “Without question.” He advised the faithful to “pray and act” for social justice in those countries. Actions, Taylor suggested, could include financially supporting LGBT groups in Uganda and Nigeria and U.S. groups who work there. He also suggested LGBT tourists

Listen to a podcast of Taylor’s forum presentation at http://www. GraceCathedral.org/forum.

“I’m glad that I was there for him,” Jackson said in a media availability Monday. “One day we were talking and he told me. We’ve been talking about it ever since.” Jackson talked about the support and love the family felt for Collins and the trailblazing tradition set by she and her sister, whom she said were the first two African American girls in their elementary school. “It’s not because we want to be trailblazers,” Jackson said. “It’s because it’s right and it had to be done. I’m very proud of him. He’s a role model and a leader. He always has been. It’s not his orientation that defines him as a man. I hope he will be able to take this message and take his career to another level.” Nearly four decades and countless milestones separate Collins’s announcement this week and Kopay’s in 1975. Consider this: when Kopay came out, Milk hadn’t been elected a San Francisco supervisor yet, Collins hadn’t even been

born, and baseball didn’t have free agency. There was no Internet, we didn’t have inline skates and eighttracks were all the rage. Billie Jean King was married to a man and Martina Navratilova had not yet won any Grand Slam events. The warm and fuzzies we see today were not there for Kopay when he came out. “There was an intellectual backlash,” Kopay recalled. “I was disdained by the gay community in some ways. Harvey put his arm around me and said, ‘I don’t think you’re ready to become a professional fairy.’ There was nothing like this then.” Kopay had hoped to become a coach, but no offers were ever tendered. Which is why Kopay was so heartened by the messages of support Collins received this week. “I’m really impressed with him,” Kopay said. “The kid is so impressive. I can’t believe how articulate he is, how well thought out everything he says is, compared with how I was. I think he can handle this. I think he’s going to play next year, and even if he doesn’t, this is still important.”t

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Their anger was exacerbated by what they called “heavy-handed,” “arrogant,” “insulting,” and “unprofessional” communication from Williams about her decision to withdraw the honor. Rally organizers, gay peace and social justice activists Lisa Geduldig, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, and Michael Petrelis had two objectives. One, they wanted Manning re-instated as grand marshal. Two, they wanted Williams removed from the Pride board. “He’s an anti-war hero, a whistleblower who is gay,” Geduldig said of Manning. “He was lip-synching to Lady Gaga while downloading classified documents. It doesn’t get more gay than that.” In his comments, Ellsberg, who helped bring the Vietnam War to an end by releasing government documents known as the Pentagon papers to the New York Times, said he had hoped to be a substitute for Manning. “I was scratched,” he said. “I will, however, be marching in support of Bradley Manning,” he announced to loud audience approval. Ellsberg reminded the crowd that “both President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew” had called him a “traitor” in the 1970s. He said it was a “mistake” not honoring Manning for what he said were honorable actions. Manning’s selection seems to have divided gay military veterans. Some, including Zoe Dunning and Keith Meinhold, both former parade grand marshals, took to Facebook late last week, denouncing the Pride board for selecting Manning. Dunning said she was “furious” at the selection, and she and Meinhold both pointed out that Manning had taken an oath when he signed up for the military. “Right or wrong there are consequences for that,” Meinhold posted. Others, such as John Caldera, 49, an honorably discharged U.S. Navy corpsman and openly gay member of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission, support Manning. Caldera announced that Bob Basker Post 315 of the American Legion has voted to call for the resignation of Williams. In her April 26 statement, Williams attributed Manning’s selection to an unnamed Pride staff member. “A staff person at SF Pride, acting under his own initiative, prematurely contacted Bradley Manning based on

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internal conversations with the SF Pride organization,” Williams said. “That was an error and that person has been disciplined. He does not now, nor did he at the time, speak for SF Pride.” Williams did not return messages from the Bay Area Reporter seeking comment. Pride CEO Earl Plante, who’s on bereavement leave, did not responded to messages seeking comment. Some of those at Monday’s rally blamed corporate sponsors for the Pride board’s decision. “SF Pride sponsors include Bank of America and Wells Fargo, who have foreclosed on hundreds of veteran families,” Caldera said. He said sponsor Clear Channel broadcasts Rush Limbaugh’s anti-LGBT radio program. SF Pride is “corporatized,” he charged. In remarks after his speech, Caldera said Williams was “unqualified” for her job. He said she put corporate needs above those of the LGBT community. Joey Cain, a former SF Pride board president and past grand marshal, told the crowd “Bradley Manning was a little gay boy like me” who made a “bad decision to join the military.” He said the military discriminated against Manning because he was gay. “Manning is a hero” and helped the “larger humanity with his actions,” said Cain, who told the B.A.R. that he nominated Manning for the grand marshal honor. Queer feminist Rainey Reitman, founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network, told the crowd her group had raised over $1 million to defend Manning. “Now his family does not have to mortgage their home to defend him,”

she said. The support group will pay “100 percent of his legal fees,” she added. Stephen Funk, a gay man who was court-martialed for his opposition to the Iraq war, began his remarks by saying “Bradley Manning is so cute.” He called Manning a “freedom fighter.” Funk said Williams’s statement contained “false statements” and was an “insult to the military.” He credited Manning with the world democracy movement, including the Arab Spring that democratized Egypt in 2011. In her statement, Williams said that Manning is facing the military justice system. “We all await the decision of that system,” she said. “However, until that time, even the hint of support for actions which placed in harm’s way the lives of our men and women in uniform – and countless others, military and civilian alike – will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco Pride.” She added that it would be “an insult to everyone, gay and straight, who has ever served in the military of this country.” Former Pride grand marshal Gary Virginia, 53, called on Williams and Plante to explain the process by which grand marshals are selected. Manning was selected by what Pride refers to as its electoral college, comprised of former grand marshals. Virginia, who said he voted for Manning in that process, said Williams and Plante had “changed the rules by which marshals are selected” after Manning was elected. In her statement, Williams said that Manning received fewer than 15 votes. She did not say how many votes were cast. A quick survey by the B.A.R. of former community grand marshals going back to 2006 found that at least 12 did not receive the email from the Pride Committee containing the four electoral college nominees and did not vote. “Mismanagement has disgraced and diminished our community,” Virginia said. He reminded the crowd that he and B.A.R. society columnist Donna Sachet were co-founders of the Pride Brunch, which raises about $30,000 yearly for the Positive Resource Center. He assured supporters this year’s event would “honor” Manning. Virginia and many other LGBT leaders said they had tried to call Williams and Plante, but they were not returning calls. Sue Englander of the Harvey Milk

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ess than two months before the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and festival brings about a million people into the city’s streets, David Currie, the board treasurer for the nonprofit that runs the June 29-30 events, says that financially, the group’s “very healthy.” That optimism comes as the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee works to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship money. Currie said the group has collected almost $149,000 in cash sponsorships. A conservative estimate of what’s been committed is $720,000, surpassing Pride’s goal of $700,000. As of May 1, budgeted expenses are about $1.7 million, excluding in-kind contributions. Pride’s debt, excluding normal operational liabilities such as payroll taxes, is about $41,000. Most of that is debt from last year. Additionally, the group owes almost $35,000 to the local Dorian Fund. “We need to make a little more and spend a little less” to pay down debt, Currie said. “It’s going to be a stretch, but we’re doing everything we can to stretch our budgets to be able to make it happen.”

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The assistance that Pride needs includes community support, he said. “Becoming debt free is a function of a lot of people doing their jobs correctly and also a function of the support our community is wiling to show us at the gate,” Currie said. Pride, which shares proceeds with numerous nonprofits, is free, but there’s a requested donation of $5 at entrance gates. Because of attendee donations and beverage

sales, the group’s been able to award over $2.1 million to community nonprofits since 1997. Last year, gate donations were down “significantly” from the previous year, Currie said. “We were unable to determine the cause.” “It could very well be people didn’t give as much,” he said. However, he said, “We’ve taken steps to try to restore [the numbers] this year. One of those steps is to put more scrutiny on the movement of money within the event.” Currie said organizers are increasing security and training people in donations, beverage sales, and other areas of Pride to ensure that “the money that’s rightfully ours makes it into the bank.” Pride is budgeting a profit of about $92,000. Currie doesn’t think the brouhaha over Army Private First Class Bradley Manning’s status as a grand marshal “will help or hurt us” financially. (Pride board President Lisa Williams rescinded the Manning’s honor last week.) He said he doesn’t interact with sponsors regularly, but “I have not heard any concerns one way or the other” from them.t

LGBT Democratic Club said the LGBT movement was not monolithic and differences of opinion were expected. “For anti-war, anti-military industrial complex and non-violence groups, Bradley Manning is a hero to workers and LGBT people in the military,” she said. Englander added that Milk club members will be “marching for Bradley Manning in June” and they were “proud Daniel Ellsberg will be marching also.” Still, not all LGBTs were pleased that Manning had been selected in the first place.

Fred Schein, 72 and president of San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans, said his group does not support Manning being grand marshal. In an email after the event, he said he was not impressed with the speakers. He said the Manning supporters struck him as the “usual suspects” and “leftover Occupy types.” “Log Cabin has learned from this entire experience and is better prepared to respond to such an issue in the future,” Schein said. “We will keep an eye on this matter, but believe it is now going to be focused internally in the Pride organization, which I suspect won’t be pleasant.”t


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Legal Notices>> notice of petition to adminster estate of earl gene copeland in sUperior coUrt of california, coUnty of san francisco: file pes-13-296650 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of EARL GENE COPELAND. A Petition for Probate has been filed by MARK SIPPEL in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. The Petition for Probate requests that MARK SIPPEL be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 06, 2013, 9am, Rm. 204, Superior Court of California, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the latter of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined by section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: Mr. Dimitri Panagopoulos Esq., 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. 8th Fl., San Diego, CA 92108; Ph. (619) 209-6030.

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apr 18, 25, may 2, 9, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035047100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE BAY AREA RELATIONSHIP CENTER, 538 HAYES ST., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Anna Schuessler. 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 04/17/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035046800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CADRE GELATO, 1650 QUESADA AVE., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Robert Davis. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/17/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/17/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035046100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: E LIMO SF, 280 CHARTER OAK AVE., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Luan Viet Nguyen. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/16/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/17/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035048600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PANTHERS MARKET, 2955 CLEMENT ST., SF, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Basima Dabit. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/17/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/17/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035058500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SAN FRANCISCO JUICERY, 408 29TH ST., SF, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Tom Wayne Basso. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/22/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/22/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035050500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MULTITEK GROUP, 306 RANDOLPH ST., SF, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed George Ehigiator. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/18/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/18/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035040800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BATTER UP, 428 11TH ST., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Batter Up Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/15/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/15/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035059700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CWESTE; SFIBC; SFIACC; 5 3RD ST. #1010, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Nowruz At City Hall (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/22/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035060000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CDM SMITH & A-T-S, 5 3RD ST. #1010, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a joint venture, and is signed CDM Smith Inc. (CA) & Elahe Enssanil. 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 04/22/13.

In the matter of the application of: ZAKARY KATHRYN BAIRD SZYMANSKI, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ZAKARY KATHRYN BAIRD SZYMANSKI, is requesting that the name ZAKARY KATHRYN BAIRD SZYMANSKI be changed to ZAKARY BAIRD SZYMANSKI. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 25th of June 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CAFE ST. JORGE, 3438 MISSION ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed St. Jorge LLC (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 04/22/13.

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order to shoW caUse for change of name in sUperior coUrt of california, coUnty of san francisco file cnc13-549448 In the matter of the application of: LESLIE ZIANI, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner LESLIE ZIANI, is requesting that the name LESLIE ZIANI be changed to LESLIE ENNIS. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 27th of June 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035033400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HANDY SANDY, 2514 3RD ST., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Sandy Katrina Lazzari & Tyler Christopher Marcic. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/11/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a035056300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BAY SUPER NANNIES, 291 MUNICH ST., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Rebecca J. Meyer. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/17/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/19/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035052400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PUG WINE, 2455 3RD ST., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Pug Wine LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/06/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/18/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035059600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SHOESOFSPAIN, 3387 MARKET ST., SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Susana Conde-Guadano. 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 04/22/13.

apr 25, may 2, 9, 16, 2013 notice of application for change in oWnership of alcoholic beverage license Dated 04/18/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: MODERN THAI 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 1247 POLK ST., SF, CA 94109-5543. Type of license applied for

41 - on-sale beer & Wine - eating place may 02, 2013 notice of application for change in oWnership of alcoholic beverage license Dated 04/19/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: LV GRILL 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 3415 CALIFORNIA ST., SF, CA 94118-1836. Type of license applied for

41 - on-sale beer & Wine - eating place may 02, 2012 notice of application for change in oWnership of alcoholic beverage license Dated 04/24/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ZHILING XIN. 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 3319 MISSION ST., SF, CA 94110-5008. Type of license applied for

41 - on-sale beer & Wine - eating place may 02, 2012 notice of application for change in oWnership of alcoholic beverage license Dated 04/11/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: HARMONIC FLAVOR FOOD. 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 1033 TARAVAL ST., SF, CA 94116-2424. Type of license applied for

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Dated 04/03/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: VICTOR HERRERAJUAREZ, EDGAR IVAN RODRIGUEZ. 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 2531 SAN BRUNO AVE., SF, CA 94134-1504. Type of license applied for

41 - on-sale beer & Wine - eating place may 02, 2012 notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages Dated 04/19/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ELKS LODGE SAN FRANCISCO 3. 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 450 POST ST., 3RD FL., SF, CA 941021526. Type of license applied for

47 - on-sale general eating place may 02, 09, 16, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035065500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PALM BEACH ARCADE, 1043 KEARNY ST., SF, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Inter-Regional Service Corporation (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/01/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/25/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035075000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SCHATZI LLC, 791 VALENCIA ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Schatzi LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/22/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/30/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035044300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MAKE UP OR BREAK UP, 212 FAIR OAKS ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Heather R. Baker. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/16/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035064300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TWINKY PUPPY PALS, PUPPY PALS; 33 HIGUERA ST., SF, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Eric Michael Moren. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/24/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/24/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035045300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LAGUNA CAFE, 1821 HAIGHT ST., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Khaled Hegazy. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/15/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/16/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035063100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRUENWALD PRESS, 1663 MISSION ST. (BACK MEZZANINE), SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed John Gruenwald. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/06/05. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/24/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035020300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LA PROMENADE CAFÉ, PROMENADE CAFÉ; 3643 BALBOA ST., SF, CA 94121. This business is conducted by a married couple, and is signed Eanly L. Thong & Vichetr Thong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/05/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/05/13.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CLOUDY CATE QUILTS, 690 HEARST AVE., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Catherine C. Sherman. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/31/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/25/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035064100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NIC CRUSH, 201 MISSION ST., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Maria P. Aleman. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/24/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/24/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035067200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TEXTIZEN, 155 9TH ST., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Vox Metropolis Inc. (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/02/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/25/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035063700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ASIT NAVIGATION & INTERNATIONAL CO. LTD., 600 OAK ST., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Hazem Akleek. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/23/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/24/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 fictitioUs bUsiness name statement file a-035073300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TOTALLY NON TOXIC, 3156 MISSION ST. #3, SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Randen D. Kane. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/29/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/29/13.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 statement of abandonment of Use of fictitioUs bUsiness name file a-032385800

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: ITALIAN HEART CYCLING, 1370 CHESTNUT ST., SF, CA 94123. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by Luca Ortolani. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/16/09.

may 02, 09, 16, 23, 2013 statement of abandonment of Use of fictitioUs bUsiness name file a-033616700 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: KINDRED NURSING AND REHABILITATION-VICTORIAN, 2121 PINE ST., SF, CA 94115. This business was conducted by a limited liability company and signed by Kindred Nursing Centers West LLC (DE). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/08/11.

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT RFP NO. 6M4257 EXTENSION OF TIME FOR RECEIPT OF PROPOSALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District has extended the time for receipt of Proposals until the hour of 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the District’s Offices, 23rd Floor Receptionist, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California 94612 (by Hand Delivery), or to the District Secretary’s Office, P.O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688 (by U.S. Mail), for Workers Compensation Third Party Administration Services, RFP No. 6M4257, as more fully described in the RFP Documents. Dated at Oakland, California, this 23rd day of April, 2013. /s/ Jacqueline R. Edwards Kenneth A. Duron, District Secretary San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District 5/2/13 • CNS-2477014# BAY AREA REPORTER

NOTICE In accordance with requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as set forth in 49 CFR Part 26 (Part 26), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (“SFMTA”) hereby notifies the public that it intends to establish an overall goal of nineteen percent (19%)participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014-2016, to be attained by race-neutral measures.To facilitate participation by DBEs without regard to race, ethnicity and gender, SFMTA will implement small business enterprise (SBE) participation goals on federally-assisted projects. Information pertaining to this proposed DBE goal is available for inspection 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, at the SFMTA Contract Compliance Office(CCO) at One South Van Ness Avenue,6thFloor,San Francisco, CA 94103, for thirty (30) days following this publication. Comments will be accepted for forty-five (45)days from date of publication. Comments may be sent to the SFMTA CCOat the above address. CCO can be contacted at 415-701-4443. Date of Publication 5/2/13 • BAY AREA REPORTER • CNS-2474769


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Senator Feinstein by Richard Dodds

From P.J. Raval’s Before You Know It.

International: take two

Michael Feinstein is opening Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco.

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he 56th San Francisco International Film Festival heads into its final week with a distinct array of narrative and documentary fare, both entertaining and disturbing. Before You Know It In P.J. Raval’s witty documentary journey, we discover another America. It’s a landscape dotted by small enclaves of hardy souls, pioneers in a way, guys who are facing their journey’s end with a lot more trepidation and uncertainty than they deserve. At a Harlem center for LGBT seniors, outreach coordinator Ty explains why so many of his surviving friends are looking at gay marriage as a life raft. Ty points to a small group

photo of his friends back in the 80s. “Allan died, Bill died, Sherman died, Harriet died, Ann died. If we hadn’t been bombarded by HIV/ AIDS, many of us would probably have had longer relationships. Most of my friends that I envisioned growing old together, they died!” Ty confesses that his partner of 30 years is dragging his feet about tying the knot. Dennis lives in a shabby Florida trailer park with the relics of an active life. The one-time virile racquetball champ shyly guides us to a closet full of women’s clothes, confessing that the few social See page 22 >>

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f you’re going to hang a shingle outside a nightclub entrance, there is unlikely any better name to put on it than “Feinstein’s.” As in Michael Feinstein, the singer, pianist, musicologist, and champion of the Great American Songbook. For 14 years, his name has brightened the always-threatened yet somehow always-surviving cabaret nation with Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in New York. But with the hotel undergoing major renovations, Feinstein’s had to shut up shop on Jan. 1. Actually, he was ready to vacate. “It took us two hours every night to put in the stage and

the piano, and two hours every night to break it down, because that’s where the hotel had its ‘power breakfasts’ in the morning. It drove me crazy that it wasn’t a 24-hour dedicated room, and it cost $150,000 a year just to set up and take down.” Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the Rrazz Room at the Nikko Hotel closed its doors the night before, following an ugly dispute with the hotel management. Beginning May 8, Feinstein’s at the Nikko will be the new name above the door of the 140-seat room. It was a See page 14 >>

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was personally attacked. They pissed me off. Now I have to get in your face.” – Wanda Sykes, speaking at a rally after the passage of Proposition 8. Sykes has never been one to mince words. The openly lesbian (since 2008) comic has carved out a reputation as a brilliant social satirist who can reduce her audiences to hysterical laughter while making them think about social issues. In addition to her wildly popular stand-up act, Sykes is well-known for her television roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The New Adventures of Old Christine. She also won an Emmy Award for her writing work on The Chris Rock Show. Sykes, who lives with her wife and children, will appear at the Marin Center in San Rafael on Sat., May 11, at 8 p.m. “Expect to see a woman who’s happy to get out of the house with adults, getting the respect she deserves,” she said in a telephone interview with the B.A.R. But Sykes made it obvious that she takes her work quite seriously. “I’m going to talk about marriage, politics and the new Pope,” she said. Sykes addressed the sea change in a society where the majority of people now embrace an African American president and an openly gay, black comedian. “This is how the country should be, how it was intended to be. This is the world now. That’s why the zombies on the right are so big right now.” Her social consciousness continues when she’s off-stage. A few years ago she recorded a public service announce-

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ment for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. In the video, she chastises a young student for using the term “that’s so gay.” “It’s hard for these kids,” she said, in reference to LGBT youth who come out while still in school. “I’ve been around friends who’ve used that term. They didn’t know what they were saying. How would I feel if I were a kid hearing those words? We have to help these kids and change their perceptions – we have to make it easier for these kids.” As a happily married woman, the Supreme Court Prop 8/DOMA trials are also of great interest to Sykes. “It’s weird. The hearings are happening on Spring Break, so we have the kids home all day. The case will decide whether or not we’re a ‘legit’ family. I’m hoping that the court will rule that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, and that we’ll have marriage equality. I can’t see them upholding Prop 8.” The politically astute Sykes has been asked if she would ever consider a run for office. “Hell, no!” she said. “I’d piss a lot of people off! I wouldn’t play the game.” For now, Sykes is concentrating on her current tour and her family. She professes to have a great affection for the Bay Area, and cites Zuni Cafe on Market Street as a favorite place to unwind when she’s in town. “They make a mean Bloody Mary,” she said.t Wanda Sykes Live, Sat., May 11 at 8 p.m., Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Tickets ($69.50/$49.50): (415) 473-6800


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Under Maisie’s eyes by Roberto Friedman

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he packed house at the Castro Theatre last Thursday greeted the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival opening night with applause and enthusiasm. Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s What Maisie Knew takes the Henry James novella and updates it to 21st-century NYC. Adorable munchkin Onata Aprile, who shines as the title character, was in the house for the after-film Q&A, along with the beaming directors. Actors Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan were not present, but they were fully committed on film as Maisie’s atrocious parents. Bad Mommy! Bad Daddy! But Alexander Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham as Maisie’s hot “pretend parents”: You may pass Go. Maisie is probably James’ most accessible book for the attention span-deprived, being short and sweet. As it’s told from the point of view of a little girl, the Master is not quite as long-winded as usual. The film does the work proud. Out There caught up with friends and fellow pressies at the openingnight afterparty at Temple nightclub. Festival season has arrived.

Bullies, drunks & rent boys

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grata these days, so props to a daring new title. Bel Canto Bully by Philip Eisenbeiss (Haus) describes the life and times of the opera impresario who dominated the bel canto period, Domenico Barbaja. Barbaja promoted his era’s greatest opera singers and produced operas of great composers Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini

and Gaetano Donizetti, propelling them to success in the opera houses of Naples, Milan and Vienna. Bel canto is so named because its operas wed beautiful singing to flawless technique. Ironic, then, that Barbaja’s methods of commissioning the masterpieces by Rossini et al. were marked by ruthless manipulation and intimidation. His manners were coarse, his language was vulgar, his life trajectory spanned the proverbial rags to riches, but his legacy includes helping bring into being some of the most beloved operas of all time. Accompanying the book’s release is a CD with the same title (Naxos) that includes an assortment of bel canto treasures, including arias from Rossini’s La donna del lago, Bellini’s Il pirate, and Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Worth all the bullying? 2. With Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson, Blake Bailey (Knopf) delivers a biography of The Lost Weekend’s author. That great novel of alcoholism was the basis for the same-name hit film that swept the 1945 Academy Awards. Jackson was an alcoholic and drug addict whose problems might have stemmed from the repression of his natural homosexuality. The book shows how his crush on a fraternity brother in college led to cruel taunting and humiliation, and further suppression of his true gay self. 3. Author Jonathan Kemp’s debut novel London Triptych (Arsenal Pulp) gets a North American edition this month after publishing success in the UK. The story travels back and forth in time among three different eras in gay life: in 1894, rent boy Jack Rose is a boy-brothel favorite of Oscar Wilde’s; in 1954, gay senior Colin Read draws and lusts after physique model Gore; and in 1998, sex worker David cuts a decadent swath through late-20thcentury London. At first all the uprooting from one period to another is distancing, but the triptych does finally hang together in the end.

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Actress Onata Aprile, star of directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s What Maisie Knew, at the Castro Theatre last Thursday night.

caulay offers this note: “The New York Times tries to be fastidious in issuing corrections for all its errors. In 2008, the corrections editor at the Culture section took great glee in having to issue the following correction; and he and I have made it, especially the phrase ‘furtive manon-man action,’ into a running gag ever since. He just found the original again, and so I in turn share it with you now. Best, Alastair.” “Correction: A film review on Sept. 5 about Save Me confused

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serendipitous coincidence of exits and entrances. “But one really does not have anything to do with the other,” Feinstein, 56, said during a recent phone call from New York. “We’re in discussion with a new location for

some characters and actors. It is Mark, not Chad, who is sent to the Genesis House retreat for converting gay men to heterosexuality. (Mark is played by Chad Allen; there is no character named Chad.) The hunky fellow resident is Scott (played by Robert Gant), not Ted (Stephen Lang). And it is Mark and Scott, not ‘Chad and Ted,’ who partake of cigarettes and ‘furtive man-onman action.’” After all that, we need a cigarette.t

Feinstein’s in New York that I think is going to be perfect.” As for simply moving into the former Rrazz Room, it has not been as simple as turning the key and switching on the lights. “It’s a costly thing to do because everything in the room is new, new lighting and sound systems, See page 22 >>

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All signs point to Beethoven by Philip Campbell

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n recent weeks, concerts with the San Francisco Symphony have seemed, whether by coincidence or design, subtly intended to point audiences back to an appreciation of one of music’s most famous and influential composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Starting this week and continuing through May 11, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas is leading the SFS through the Beethoven Project. Part symposium, part festival and all characteristically entertaining, the series holds uncommon promise and a welcome opportunity to hear Beethoven with a new attitude. Concerts at Davies Symphony Hall for the past three weeks included not only performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Eroica, but also some hefty chunks of Richard Wagner, who candidly admitted his own debt to Beethoven and the impact of his inspiration to other composers. Former SFS Music Director and current Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt was back at DSH for one of his welcome annual visits with a guest soloist essaying the difficult but essentially good-natured Violin Concerto in D Major. Replacing the previously scheduled Julia Fisher, young (not yet 30) Augustin Hadelich was making his SFS debut. This was not the first time he has stepped up to the plate when another violinist has dropped out, but that shouldn’t make him sound like a second-string player (no

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Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt was back at DSH.

pun intended). He has all the skills to make an impressive performance on his own, and he has a particularly sweet and powerful tone. Comparisons to other violinists are mostly favorable. Hadelich had me thinking of the young Pinchas Zukerman with his luscious pitch and incisive attack. If there was anything lacking in his interpretation, it would be due to a somewhat impersonal approach. More personality will come with age (I still miss Isaac Stern). When Hadelich encored with a lovely Andante from Bach’s Second Sonata, we could hear his sensitive and thoughtful side. There was never a doubt that Blomstedt would give us some fine

Beethoven. It was a specialty of his decade on the podium at Davies, and his most recent Eroica brought back some fine memories. It was also fresh and exciting and brilliantly played. The musicians still respond to the maestro with attention, respect and affection. We will always credit Blomstedt’s tenure with securing a bigger, richer sound from the orchestra, and for putting them back on the international radar. The stern-appearing but remarkably soulful conductor excels with Beethoven and Bruckner, but he is also known for his championing of Scandinavian composers, especially Carl Nielsen. Nielsen’s early works reflect the influence of Beethoven,

German baritone Matthias Goerne: big gestures.

saying himself, “that he who brandishes the hardest fist will be remembered longest.” Such implacable drive eluded him as he evolved, and by the time he got to his own fifth symphony he had made his divergence from the groundbreaking Beethoven fairly clear. The Nielsen Symphony No. 5, Opus 50 (1922) has all the makings of a wrenching personal statement, and the narrative of the long first movement is an almost perfect arc of thrilling melody and impetus. The second half is arresting, too, but it suffers from am-

Pierre Boulez unbound by Tim Pfaff

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round the time he announced that he would no longer conduct live opera, Pierre Boulez led a concert opening the 2011 Salzburg Festival that made it clear what the world will miss as a result. Leading the Vienna Philharmonic in Berg’s Lulu-Suite and Mahler’s rarely heard Das Klagende Lied (DG), the 88-year-old gay composer-conductor, one of the undisputed musical giants of his day, deftly balanced the outsized Mahler work with the almost chamber musiclike intensity of the suite Berg himself d r e w from his opera L u l u , n a i l ing the distinct idiom of each. I t ’ s baffling how reputations can cling to musicians and composers, particularly those whose minds are on full display. Almost the only people who don’t like Boulez’s own music are people who haven’t heard it, or don’t know how to sit still and listen intently. Like Schoenberg’s music before it, it still has an intermission-talk reputation for being a lot of work and not worth the trouble. Sometimes it seems that these preconceived notions are fading, but you only have to look at the faces of the marketers to see what elasticity there still is in them. So the book (for many of us long closed) on Boulez’s conducting is that it’s analytical (mostly true) and therefore cold (rather the opposite much of the time). Boulez has

done most of the actual sorting for his public in that he simply doesn’t conduct the music his critics might worry he’d mischaracterize. He didn’t sign off staged opera with a Fledermaus cum gala. His years as an opera conductor included high-profile assignments from conducting the centennial Ring at the Wagner shrine in Bayreuth to leading the 1979 premiere of the complete Lulu in the Cerha completion (too long a story for here), the unveiling of what is arguably (for some of us inarguably) the last century’s g re a t e s t opera. H i s w o r k with the Paris Opera Orchestra in that 1979 Lulu was revelatory, and an example of what he could get from an orchestra given adequate rehearsal time. This new recording of the Lulu-Suite, music utterly Viennese in idiom, finds Boulez with an orchestra with which he is deeply familiar, musicians with this music in their bloodstreams. The musical results, predictably, are immaculate at the level of execution and scorching at the level of expression. This recording comes as an essential bookend to Boulez’s history with this great opera. The Lulu-Suite is in its own, Lulu-ish way, almost more challenging for people intimate with the opera than it is for others who are not. The musical ideas do not always appear in the same temporal sequence they have in the opera, which can be disorienting. But without – for the

most part – vocal music to indulge, Berg is free to reconceive this highly theatrical music on new, even more

concentrated terms. He was also able, in this way, to See page 21 >>

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Seeds of corporate engineering by David Lamble

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here’s a moment in Ramin Bahrani’s engrossing melodrama At Any Price, about the moral meltdown of an American farm family, when you actually envy the paterfamilias Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) for a nanosecond or two. Henry – who at this point has lost his eldest son to the lure of the Andes, his youngest, Dean (Zac Efron), to the adrenaline highs of motor-racing, and his wife (Kim Dickens) to a silent rage about his whoring around – is in this “perfect moment” sitting inside the air-conditioned cab of an expensive, powerful piece of farm machinery, a “Star Wars generation” seed planter. The “beast” allows Henry to perform the work of a dozen Dust Bowlera farmworkers, planting thousands of genetically engineered seeds across his 3,700-acre family spread, passed down to him by a hardscrabble, angry farm dad, Cliff (Red West). Cocooned inside the beast, Henry can fiddle with its computerized controls, dial up his GPS tracking device, and just stare out at the unnaturally green fields. At this moment, getting away from humans appeals to Henry because they seem to be ganging up on him. His son Dean is desperate to get as far from Iowa as his racing prowess allows; his main rival in the Liberty Company’s genetic seed biz, Jim Johnson (Clancy Brown), is out stealing his seed territories, county by county, while preparing his own surly scion, Brad (Ben Marten), to inherit the whole shebang, sort of burying Henry while he’s technically still alive. All the while, Cliff mutters about Henry not being up to keeping the wolves away as the red-faced dad bites down on a huge sandwich with extra bacon. If this sounds like a story where

somebody’s about to get killed, you’re right, and believe me, Alfred Hitchcock would be unnaturally green with envy about how they dispose of the body. Anybody familiar with Bahrami’s harrowing 2006 immigrant story Man Push Cart will recognize how adept he can be at spinning out the survival strategies of a drowning man. At Any Price raises the stakes, amps up the plot, and goes for broke with a race to somebody’s finish that will leave some grumbling that he’s sold his soul in exchange for Hollywood-patented act breaks and scene beats – not unlike the way Henry barters his soul to a demonically voracious seed company. But the North Carolinaborn Bahrami has his eyes set on the prize of an agricultural crash landing that will equal or exceed the 1963 opus Hud. In the Martin Ritt-directed four-star classic Hud, Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. took Larry McMurtry’s poetic, interior monologue of a novel, the North Texas Panhandle seen through the eyes of dreamy rancher boy Lonnie (Brandon de Wilde), and gave it a handsome bastard antihero – the role of a decade for Paul Newman – whom many at the time recognized as a thinly disguised Lyndon Baines Johnson. Hud is out to lay every farm babe in the county and lay waste to any man who stands in the way of his scheme to trade cattle land for oil-gushing acres. By the film’s end, Newman is the only family member left to inherit a perilous future, not before getting a tongue-lashing from the bitterly alienated Lonnie. In the 2013 update, the Iowa landscape is awash with Huds. Dennis Quaid, who’s been known for a gallery of shifty charmers (The Big Easy) with an occasional good guy tossed in (The Rookie),

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Zac Efron as Dean in At Any Price, director Ramin Bahrani’s engrossing new melodrama.

here ramps up every ounce of oily charm to create a character who’s so used to lying and dissembling that he’s forgotten any other way of operating. Early on, he drags the disgusted Dean to a farm funeral where he pitches a land deal before the owner is cold in his grave. This bit of self-serving balderdash will come back to bite him hard, but not before dragging every member of his family, sans the mountain-climbing son, over a moral cliff. As with Hud Bannon’s hardcharging Caddy convertible, Dean’s obsession with muscle cars dominates the middle passages of the film, before an abrupt plot shift finds him besting a rival in a far more hellacious manner. Where Hud’s memorable moment of carnage found ranchers shooting helpless, infected cows in a sequence invested with overtones of the Holocaust, At Any

Price has young rivals wrestling to the death in an ingenious setting Hitchcock would have loved. One of the secrets to crafting an enjoyable farm fiasco drama is to keep the mind-numbing business details as simple and digestible as possible. Here, Henry acquires an unlikely assistant in Dean’s soonto-be-ex girlfriend, Cadence Farrow (Maika Monroe). Recruiting the young blonde teen with her own bitter family back-story to help him smooth-talk neighboring farmers to buy his seeds, Henry lets down his guard and reveals to Cadence just how far over the cliff he’s gone by illegally reusing Liberty genetically engineered seeds, subjecting himself to corporate-engineered ruin. “Henry, it’s kind of like pirating DVDs.” “Yes, but Cadence, there’s a whole lot more money here. These guys didn’t just copyright

money, they copyrighted life.” At Any Price’s dark machinations are enlivened by two careertopping turns: Quaid has tossed aside all personal vanity to give us a smarmy, petty conman – part Hud, part Willy Loman – whose escalating moral bankruptcy is as compelling as it is tough to witness. Young Zac Efron’s frantic efforts to permanently erase his career origins with Disney’s puerile High School Musical franchise here pay off in a low-key but credible portrait of a small-town, beefcake-handsome boy who survives by surrendering every last drop of self-respect. By film’s end, father and son are locked in a heartbreaking embrace as, in the background like a silent techno chorus, the ubiquitous giant wind turbines keep spinning out over what used to be called “God’s Country.”t

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Standards of living by Jim Piechota Cha-Ching! by Ali Liebegott; City Lights Books, $15.95

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li Liebegott’s 2007 award-winning debut The IHOP Papers, a hilarious and poignant comingof-age novel about a recovering alcoholic waitress traversing life and love, was a defining moment for the author. It was followed up by the resonant book-length poem The Beautifully Worthless, and both achievements soon put this San Francisco author on the literary map. Liebegott continues this winning streak with her third novel Cha-Ching!, tracing the life and times of compelling lead character Theo, a restless lesbian with a military hairstyle (which makes her gender-ambiguous enough to nickname herself “sirma’amsir”), eager to get out from under, explore the country, and learn more about herself in the process. The novel opens in 1994 when Theo, before her 30th birthday, sits on a hardwood floor in an empty San Francisco apartment. She’s on the brink of a life-altering relocation to New York City, a place “where at the very least a person could purchase a slice of pizza any hour of the day.” Her Bay Area life has been clogged with the kind of things that are fun at first but tend to hang around and overstay their

welcome (i.e., booze, cigarettes, gambling), so it’s time to drive across the country in a packed car with just her scarred, formerly-abused pitbull rescue dog Cary Grant for company. Knowing a job is a top priority, Theo temporarily settles in Yonkers for several months, and then it’s onto the big city, and the draw of winning the motherlode in nearby Atlantic City. But through it all, Theo’s penchants for drinking and gambling are never more than a city block behind her. The reality of being broke in a big city, living in a roach-infested apartment, of relying on addictive vices to stay happy, and the realization that dreaming big may be the Big Joke everyone else says it is, are themes interwoven into Liebegott’s finely textured and often gritty narrative. By the time Theo finds herself fully ensconced in the drama and the allure of East Coast life, Liebegott has shown an ability to draw a reader in. Theo is a marvel of confusion, discovery, hope and deflated glee; a likeable, quick-witted girl who seems haunted by her vices, yet

who always angles for something bigger, better, and brighter, even to the point when there’s nothing left but desperate strippers and filthy carpeting. There is a lot to relate to in Liebegott’s cleverly addictive novel. Readers will wonder what happens next to Theo and Cary Grant. Will the love she finds be everlasting, or will her addictions get the best of her? Theo is an engaging character, and she will linger in the imagination long after Cha-Ching!’s final page has been turned.t


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Star quality by Tavo Amador

by Mickey Rooney’s embarrassing performance as Holly’s Japanese neighbor. Givnenchy designed her much-copied wardrobe. Admittedly, it’s impossible to imagine Hepburn as Lula Mae Barnes, a barefoot, poverty-stricken rural girl, but she’s so captivating as the remade Holly that it hardly matters. (Capote, understandably, was unhappy with the movie. He had wanted Monroe for Holly.) George Axelrod wrote the screenplay. Shot on location in an impossibly romantic Manhattan. Henry Mancini wrote the music. His “Moon River” became a major hit. Paramount executives wanted to cut Hepburn’s memorable scene performing it, but in a rare display of her star power, she objected so fiercely that they reconsidered. The movie was a smash,

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few movie stars transcend their era. Marilyn Monroe (192662), for example, is as famous now as she was in the 1950s. Her appeal remains vivid because of her untimely  death and because baby boomers remember her. Monroe’s contemporary Audrey Hepburn (1929-93) has also vaulted time and place, albeit for different reasons. She didn’t die young, but she personified an undated, romantic haute couture elegance. The recently released Audrey Hepburn DVD Collection shows why she was special. She was born Audrey Ruston in Belgium. Her Dutch Baroness mother and her English banker father divorced when she was very young. She and her maternal family suffered the horrors of Nazi occupation in Holland. She was frequently at the brink of starvation, and worked for the underground resistance. Mother and daughter moved to post-WWII London. Hepburn danced in chorus lines, attracted attention in two successful revues, and made a handful of pictures, usually in small roles. While filming in France, she was spotted by Collette, who declared she was perfect for a Broadway dramatization of Gigi (1952), which earned her the Theatre World Award and ran for 219 performances. After touring in the play, she flew to Rome to replace a pregnant Jean Simmons as the Ruritanian princess in William Wyler’s Roman Holiday (1953), the first film in this set. Hepburn was perfectly cast as a bored royal on a state visit who, for a brief time, escapes her guardians, falls in love with an American journalist (Gregory Peck), and anonymously discovers the joys of the Eternal City. Shot on location, the bittersweet film was a hit. She became a star, won the Best Actress Oscar, and established herself as a fashion icon. (At the time she won the Academy Award, she was appearing on Broadway in Ondine, for which she collected a Tony.) Peck’s contract stipulated that he had sole above-the-title billing, but in a move both generous and shrewd, he insisted her name join his. He knew she had stolen the movie. Billy Wilder made her Sabrina (1954), the second movie in the set. It’s based on Samuel Taylor’s Broadway hit Sabrina Fair. Hepburn’s the innately aristocratic daughter of a chauffeur (John Williams) who works for the wealthy Larrabee family on Long Island. She has an unrequited crush on David Larrabee, the younger son (a hunky William Holden). She goes to Paris to study cooking, returns looking tres chic, and voila!, he’s smitten. Alas, he’s engaged to a wealthy heiress (Martha Hyer), so

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and Blomstedt seemed to agree, giving a wonderfully tight reading that had us gasping at the orchestra’s dexterity in responding to his control. Nielsen’s Fifth may lack the revolutionary resonance of Beethoven’s, but it is a major work in the symphonic repertory, and Blomstedt makes a strong case, obscurities included. Interestingly enough, Blomstedt opened his Eroica concert with a beautifully sustained and intense Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde by Wagner. It was unexpected from the ramrod-straight image we have of the Swedish maestro, but it also illustrated his understanding of the inevitable progress of the Western musical tradition. Last week brought German baritone Matthias Goerne to DSH with guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach for some more big gestures from

his older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) steps in to end the romance with Sabrina. To his surprise, he falls in love with her himself. Which brother will win the youthful beauty? Only Hepburn, now dressed by Givenchy (although Edith Head took credit for the gowns), could convince audiences that she was undecided between a dour, uncomfortable Bogart and the smoldering Holden. Her magic worked again, the film was a success, and she earned an Oscar nomination, losing to Grace Kelly’s The Country Girl. The final DVD contains Hepburn’s most famous performance, as Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Anyone expecting a faithful rendering of Truman Capote’s celebrated novella will be disappointed. Hepburn’s Holly barely suggests that the money gentlemen give her “for the powder room” is payment for services rendered. The book’s gay narrator, writer Paul Varjak, is transformed into a hot, straight, kept young man (George Peppard). Nonetheless, the film works very well on its own terms. Watching Hepburn dress before she leaves to visit her friend Sally Tomato in jail is enchanting. When she beams at Paul and asks, “How do I look?” viewers will want to shout, “Fabulous!” Holly has fled a dreary life in the

Wagner. Goerne is at the top of his game, and his gorgeous voice, a wonderful blend of clarion power, subtle nuance and deep emotion, makes him an ideal choice for major Wagnerian roles. His opening Die Frist ist urn (The Time Is Up) from The Flying Dutchman exhibited his remarkable control and projection, and his intense concentration. His tone is also beautiful and has just enough edge to remain expressive. Next was a longer selection that also tested the orchestra: Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Die Walkure. Again Goerne immediately inhabited the part with compelling body language and piercing gaze. The range he displays is impressive. If he can fill the notoriously tricky acoustics of DSH with such ease, there is little doubt he would be a fabulous Wotan on any opera stage. Eschenbach also secured rich and detailed playing from the orchestral musicians.t

Alabama backwoods. She’s now a soignee urbanite. She idealizes her brother Fred, whom she hasn’t seen in years, and insists on calling Paul “Fred.” She’s determined to marry a rich man. Paul has other ideas, which she strenuously resists. Patricia Neal is superb as the woman keeping Paul, stealing every scene she’s in. With Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Jose Luis de Villalonga, and John McGiver, all excellent. The only discordant note is struck

and she received her fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination, losing to Sophia Loren in Two Women. Emma Thompson was recently quoted as dismissing Hepburn’s acting abilities. If her comments were accurate, they reflect her ignorance of what the camera captures in a performer. Whether or not Hepburn was technically a fine actress is immaterial. Excellent actresses have always been plentiful. Stars, however, are rare. From 1953 until her 1967 retirement, Hepburn illuminated the screen, delighting audiences and critics. When she returned, noticeably older, in Richard Lester’s Robin and Marian (1976), much of the magic was gone. It was never recaptured. No matter. Her work from the first period grows brighter each year.t


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The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Fri 3

Black Watch. Thu 9

May bees by Jim Provenzano Scott Suchman

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ays in the military! Military gays in, then out, of the Pride parade! Butterflies and blooms, and cultural booms! Kids books with lesbian moms! Palestine!

Thu 2 Amor for Vida @ Children's Creativity Museum Cinco de Mayo-themed fundraising party for the nonprofit that supports needy kids in Oaxaca, with food, music, tequilas for adults, kids pace for kids, a silent auction and more. $25. 6pm-8:30pm. 221 4th St. http://tar104.wix.com/vida-event-site

Israel! Wikileaks! More butterflies! May arrives bursting with conundrums, controversies and bountiful beauty. Decide where you stand, but please don’t step on the flowers.

Shih Chieh Huang @ YBCA

Built to Last @ Public Works

Taiwanese artist’s colorful installations create sculptural ecosystems from found objects. $8-$12. Exhibit thru June 30. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

Reason to Party’s benefit for Dolores Street Community Services’ first LGBT shelter includes aerial dance performances, open bars, DJs Justin Milla and Sebastian Concha, photo-booth, silent auction; VIP lounge includes music and singing performances. Cocktail and/or construction attire suggested. $50-$100. 8pm-2am. 161 Erie St. www.dscs.eventbrite.com

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films Odd and vintage short films and excerpts. May 2: Jew Ought to be in Pictures: Rarities From the Chosen People. May 3: Solo Cinema, films about loners. Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Classic Films @ Castro Theatre May 2, Mick Jagger in Performance (7pm) and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth (9pm.) May 3, The Last Picture Show (7pm) and Dazed and Confused (9:25). May 5, 7, & 9, the SF International Film Festival. May 8, Badlands (7pm) and Electra Glide in Blue (8:50). $8.50-$12 (Filmfest tix more). 429 Castro St. 6216120. www.castrotheatre.com

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma @ The Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers performs Scrumbly Koldewyn and Pam Tent’s new, full-length restored version of The Cockettes’ 1971 wacky drag musical comedy on the 42nd anniversary of the original production. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru June 1. 575 10th St. at Bryant. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

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

An Evening With “Mama” Cass Elliot @ The Garage Annalisa Bastiani portrays the Mammas and Pappas singer, who performs her popular hits in a dramatised rehearsal only weeks before her death. $25. 8pm. Also May 4. 715 Bryant St. at 5th. www.facebook.com/CrazyCatsTheatricals

Foodies, the Musical @ Shelton Theater Morris Bobrow’s musical comedy revue of songs and sketches about food. $32-$34. Fri & Sat 8pm. Open run. 533 Sutter St. (800) 838-3006. www.foodiesthemusical.com

UnderCurrents @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre

Alt-rock band performs. $32-$40. 8pm & 10pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

UnderCurrents & The Quest for Space, a group exhibit of works by Asian American women about stereotypical depictions of Asian Americans. Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru May 25. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414. www.somarts.org

Lambda Literary Award Finalists @ SF Public Library

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New local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s popular transgender rock operetta, with multiple actor-singers performing the lead, including Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Jason Brock, Arturo Galster and Trixxie Carr. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Extended with open-ended run. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227. www.boxcartheatre.org

Cowboy Junkies @ Yoshi’s

Bay Area finalists in several categories for the 25th annual LGBT book awards read from their work, including Judy Grahn, Ryka Aoki, Kevin Killian, Janet Hardy, Malinda Lo, Kathryn L. Pringle, Cyd Nova, Elliott DeLine, Mattilda B. Sycamore, Brenna Munro, and Sinclair Sexsmith. 5:30pm reception, readings at 6pm. Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, lower level, 100 Larkin St. www.lambdalit.org www.sfpl.org Jason Graae stars in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Neil Simon’s witty rags-to-riches musical comedy, based on the novel by Patrick Dennis (Auntie Mame), with a score by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. $25-$75. Wed 7pm. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru May 19. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

Music Recitals @ SF Conservatory of Music Student and faculty recitals of classical, renaissance and contemporary music. May 2: string and piano at 4pm & 8pm. May 3: opera students, 7:30pm. May 4: orchestra and soprano Julie Adams, 8pm. May 5, opera students, 2pm. May 7: brass ensemble, 8pm. May 9: string and piano chamber recital, 4pm. Free unless noted. 50 Oak St. at Van Ness Ave. www.sfcm.edu

The River @ A.C.T. Costume Shop Richard Montoya’s drama, directed and co-created by Sean San Jose, explores the cross-border cultural tensions of California immigrants. $25-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 4. 1117 Mission St. at 7th. 626-2787. www.theriver2013.eventbrite.com

Warren David Keith’s solo show, Acid Test: the Many Incarnations of Ram Dass, about the ‘60s guru, returns. Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru May 18. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

The Arsonists @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Aurora Theatre Company’s production of Alistair Beaton’s new translation of Max Frisch’s classic comic parable about bourgeois complacency, and an absurdist allegory of the Communist Little Me. Thu 2. takeover of Czechoslovakia. $35-$60. Tue & Sun 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. Thru May 12. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

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Little Me @ Eureka Theatre

Acid Test @ the Marsh

Bay Area Dance Week @ Multiple Venues The 15th annual celebration of dance includes hundreds of performances, workshops and events all over the Bay Area. Thru May 5. www.BayAreaDance.org

If Gender is a Kind of Doing @ MCCLA Gallery Group exhibit of visual art exploring the constructions of female gender. $5-$10. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Thru May 25. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. 6435001. www.missionculturalcenter.org

May Day @ CounterPulse The SoMa dance space’s annual three-day festival, with performances galore (Duniya Dance & Drum Company, Keith Hennessy, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Charming Hostess, Scott Wells and Dancers, Mica Sigourney, Monique Jenkinson, Jess Curtis/Gravity, Robert Moses/Kin, Sean Dorsey and more); drinks, valet bike parking May 3, and a fabulous silent auction. $35 and up. FriSun 8pm. Thru May 5. 1310 Mission St. at 9th. 626-2060. www.CounterPulse.org

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre @ Berkeley Rep

China’s Terracotta Warriors @ Asian art Museum

Obie Award-winning director Mark WingDavey revamps Shakespeare’s actionpacked seafaring drama full of knights, pirates, villains and kings. $29-$77. TueThu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Also Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru May 26. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St. at Shattuck. (510) 647-2949. www.BerkeleyRep.org

The First Emperor’s Legacy, an exhibit of ten of the famous life-size sculptures of guards of China’s first emperor, and 100-plus other treasures from 2,200 years ago. Free-$22 ($10 Thu eves, 5pm-9pm). Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru May 27. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.terracotta-warriors.asianart.org

Requiem for a Heavyweight @ Village Theatre, Danville

From Heather’s Mommies to Tango’s Daddies @ SF Public Library

Role Players’ production of Rod Serling’s Emmy Award-winning drama about a boxer. $20-$28. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 18. 233 Front St., Danville. (925) 820-1278. www.danvilletheatre.com

Reluctant Fundamentalist @ Embarcadero Cinema New film by Mira Nair ( Monsoon Wedding ), based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel, about a handsome Pakistani man whose American success story is ruined after 9/11. One Embarcadero Center. 352-0835. www.landmarktheatres.com

Rock ‘n’ Roll @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley Actors Ensemble of Berkeley performs Tom Stoppard’s popular play about a Czech student who becomes fascinated by London’s rock music scene in the 1960s, and how music works toward social revolution; and their 20-years-later reunion. $12-$15. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 4. 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 649-5999. www.aebofberkeley.org

Roller Disco @ Women’s Building SF Indiefest’s roller disco party, with skates and tunes provided by Black Rock Roller Disco. $10. 21+. Now monthly; first Fridays. 8pm. 3543 18th St. at Valencia. www.sfindie.com

Sat 4 American Idiot @ Berkeley Rep Advance screening of the documentary film about Berkeley Rep’s original production of the musical with Green Day’s music, which went on to become a Broadway and touring hit. $10-$20 (includes premium seating, and poster or book). 8pm. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St. at shattuck. (5100 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. 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.). 4214222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Booker T. Jones @ Yoshi’s Legendary soul/R&B musician performs $28-$35. 8pm & 10pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Subtitled The Evolution of Family Affirming Children’s Literature, exhibit curator Randall Tarpey-Schwed shares his unique collection of children’s books that portray gay or lesbian parents. Thru Aug. 1. Hormel Center, 3rd floor, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400. www.sfpl.org

Kehinde Wiley @ Contemp. Jewish Museum The World Stage: Israel, a series of vibrant portraits of Middle Eastern and African men, created by the gay artist. Thru May 27. Also, The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, and Black Sabbath (ongoing). Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

The Kinsey Collection @ MOAD Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect offers an inspirational journey through five centuries of African American history. Thru May 19. Free-$10. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 685 Mission St. at 3rd. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

Marin Open Studios @ Various Locations 20th annual large-scale open studios event. 11am-6pm in Sausalito, Mill Valley, and other Marin County towns. Also May 5, 11 & 12. www.marinopenstudios.com

New Exhibits @ Museum of Craft and Design Dogpatch warehouse is now a museum store, gallery and program space. Inaugural exhibitions are Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968-2001 and Arline Fisch, Creatures from the Deep. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. 2569 Third St. 773-0303. www.sfmcd.org

Rachelle Ferrell @ Yoshi’s Oakland R&B and pop singer performs. $28-$32. 8pm & 10pm. 510 Embarcadero, Oakland. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

Reasons to be Pretty @ SF Playhouse Local production of Neil Labute’s dark comedy about superficial “beautiful” straight people. $30-$100. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri/Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. Thru May 11. Kensington Park Hotel, 2nd floor, 450 Post St. 677-9596l. www.sfplayhouse.org

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Leathermen @ Rainbow Skate, Redwood City Roll out for a special edition of gay skate night, with local and visiting leather and kink men sharing fun on wheels, arcade games, nachos and slurpies galore (no alcohol). $9. 8pm-10:30pm. 1303 Main St. Redwood City. www.facebook.com/ events/117172881812780/

Migrating Archives @ GLBT History Museum

Nepantler@s at Anarcho-Spective. Sun 5

Science Exhibits @ The Exploratorium Visit the fascinating science museum in its new Embarcadero location. Free-$25. Pier 15 at Embarcadero. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Thu night 6pm-10pm, 18+). 528-4893. www.exploratorium.edu

Spring Plant Sale @ SF County Fair Bldg. Choose from 20,000 plants in 2,500 varieties at the 46th annual huge sale. Free admission; prices range from $7-$20. 10am2pm. Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave at Lincoln Way. 661-1316. www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

Tea Bust @ Celebrate Life Spiritualist community’s fundraiser and social event, an English and “Castro” tea. $8. 4pm-8pm. 4530 18th St. at Ord. 568-7571. www.OurCelebration.org

Through the Lens @ McLaren Park Photo walk and exhibit tour with reps from the Harvey Milk Photo Center and Save McLaren Park. Free. 10am-12pm. Meet at Mansell St & Visitacion Ave. www.events.savemclarenpark.org

Sun 5 Anarcho-Spective @ La Peña Culteral Center, Berkeley Political art show with works by Tristan Anderson, a longtime Oakland activist who was paralyzed by Israeli military police brutality. Performances by 40 Thieves and queer Chicano punk band Nepantler@s. 5:30 dinner with Food Not Bombs, 7pm slide show and music. 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. www.lapena.org

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hun Liu @ Oakland Museum Exhibit of haunting paintings by the U.S.based Chinese artist. Thru June 30. Also, Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams a photo exhibit of 22 large-scale evocative portrait/tableaux of California families. Thru June 30. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). Thru June 30. 1000 Oak St. (510) 318-8400. www.museumca.org

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room 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

Mon 6 California Native Plant Bloom @ SF Botanical Gardens Seasonal flowering of hundreds of species of native wildflowers in a century-old grove of towering Coast Redwoods. Free$15. Daily thru May 15. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316. www.SFBotanicalGarden.org

Billy Elliot @ San Jose Performing Arts Center

The News @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, a new touring exhibit of Dutch Masters paintings, drawing and etching; Thru June 2. Also, Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson, thru June 16. Also, Objects of Belief from the Vatican, thru Sept 8. $10-$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. (til 8:45pm Fridays) Thru Dec. 30. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Queer performances series this month features JD Carmona, Ryan Rebekah Erev, Yvonne “Fly” Onakeme Etaghene, Chane Gilbert, Indi McCasey, Cristina Mitra, Natalia Vigil, Lyra Wallace, and  Anthony Julius Williams. $5 7:30pm. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414. www.somarts.org

Mural Dances @ 24th Street Brava! For Women in the Arts and Epiphany Productions presents an afternoon of free outdoor dances, performed by half a dozen local Latin folk dance ensembles, along the Mission District mural alley. Start tours at Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. Tours at 11:30, 12:15, 1pm and 1:45. 641-7657. www.brava.org

Thu 9 Black Watch @ Armory Community Center American Conservatory Theatre presents the National Theatre of Scotland’s globally acclaimed military drama-dance performance work, appropriately staged in the enormous Mission District Armory’s Drill Court. (Special bike valet nights May 9 & 23; Out with A.C.T. LGBT night May 15 post-show reception). $44-$82. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru June 9. 333 14th St. at Mission. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

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Girl With a Pearl Earring @ de Young Museum

Chart-topping smooth jazz saxophonist performs with his band. $18-$24. 7pm & 9pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Two-time Tony Award-winning singer Sutton Foster ( Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes) opens the newly renovated cabaret nightclub. $75-$95 (includes $30 food/beverage credit). 8pm. Thu/Fri 8pm Sat/Sun 7p,m, & Sat 10:30pm. Thru May 12. Hotel Nikko lobby, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063. www.feinsteinssf.com

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

The singing competition continues, this month with the Best Female DCrooner edition, featuring guest judge Linda Kosit, with guest performer Sabrina Chap. Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and Mrs. Trauma Flintstone cohost. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. 241-0205.

Kim Waters @ Yoshi’s

Sutton Foster @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s

The touring production of the Tony Awardwinning musical with songs by Elton John, about a young boy who wants to dance amid the oppressive Thatcher regime, returns to the Bay Area. $25-$75. Tue-Thu 7:30pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm. Sun 1pm & 6:30pm. Thru May 12. 251 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. www.broadwaysanjose.com

Cabaret Showcase Showdown @ Martuni’s

LGBT Delegates From Collections Around the World features historical items from nearly a dozen countries and archives, each showcasing an archive of prominent LGBT persons. $5. Reg hours Mon & WedSat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistorymuseum.org

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library Author Michelle Tea hosts the eclectic reading and performance series, this time with Xandra Ibarra, Rudy Lemcke, Naima Lowe, Janey Smith. Free. 6pm. 100 Larkin St. 557-4400. www.sfpl.org

Wed 8 Butterflies & Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers Popular annual exhibit transforms the floral gallery into a fluttering garden with 20 species of butterflies and moths. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Thru Oct. 20. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090. www.conservatoryofflowers.org Chrysta Bell. Thu 9

Butterflies & Blooms. Wed 8

Chrysta Bell @ Bimbo’s The dreamy singer performs, with equally dreamy multimedia visuals created by filmmaker David Lynch. Emily Jane White opens. $18-$20. 21+ 8pm. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365. www.bimbos365club.com

Fabulous at 40 @ Bellevue Club, Oakland The Pacific Center’s anniversary gala includes a speech by Cleve Jones, and performances by the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus; honors to local LGBT volunteers. $150. 6:30pm no-host cocktails. 7:30pm dinner and program. 525 Bellevue Ave. at Lake Merritt. www.pacificcenter.org

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore @ GLBT History Museum Author of The End of San Francisco and editor of Why Are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots? reads from and discusses his books. $5. 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.glbthistory.org

Paula Cole @ Yoshi’s Grammy Award-winning vocalist performs. $28-$32. 8pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Without Reality There Is No Utopia @ YBCA Group exhibit/installation of politicallythemed art focusing on the clash of Capitalism/Communism, propaganda/disinformation, financial lies and truths, and other global issues. Free/$10. Thru June 2. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

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LucasEntertainment director Marc MacNamara positions star Adam Killian during a shoot.

Behind closed doors

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eaders often expect me to provide an inside look at the porn industry. But while I’ve tried to offer informed articles by visiting a few sets to observe filming, and by having conversations with directors whenever I can, I’ve mostly cultivated a separation from the industry. I can’t lie down with it, as most “reviewers” have done. But when asked why I haven’t written about any LucasEntertainment product recently, I’m prompted to offer my first-hand experience of industry foible. Call it, How a Fiefdom Functions. You know my feeling that most porn producers, who are generally their films’ directors, confuse a review with a press release. So I wasn’t entirely surprised when, in early November last year, Michael Lucas and his publicist, screenwriter and director Marc MacNamara read my review of Awake and promptly dumped me from their mailing list for complimentary screeners. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve always tip-toed around LucasEnt product. I’ve given the movies constant praise and “Best of the Year” votes, but also always sensed Mr. Lucas wouldn’t brook more than a tidbit of criticism. It had been a relief not to have much. But when a couple films that needed deeper discussion came along, I took off my toe shoes. I raised an eyebrow over Lucas’ bedside manner when interviewing his performers – he sometimes

doesn’t know their names – and sure enough, his response was not to watch the interviews for self-consideration, but to excommunicate the speaker of heresy. In the Oct. 14, 2012 issue of the B.A.R., I wrote that the story of The Last Day was an implausible slog, but cautiously recommended its brutal, fierce sex. Then I raved about every element of Power of Love (“a movie you can bask in”). The next week, I questioned the anger and emotional distress of Awake, but recommended its sex. I wrote that screenwriter and director MacNamara was a relative novice in each capacity, saying, “I think his desire to explore pertinent issues exceeded his present ability to deal with narrative.” Then I dissected the psychological ramifications of the sex scenes he’d created, finding betrayal and self-hate in the characters’ ostensible love and desire. Finally, I gave MacNamara credit for being courageous in exploring his themes, even if his thoughts weren’t clarified by his representations (access the review of Awake by searching the eBAR.com archive for the issue of Oct. 24, 2012, or by using the link http://www. ebar.com/artscolumns/artcolumn. php?sec=karrnal&id=331). I felt mine was likely the most careful consideration written of the film. Michael Lucas disagreed, and company publicist MacNamara emailed me, saying, “Your reviews are amateur and rude. We have no de-

sire to continue to send you content of our company.” I responded. “Seems you liked me when I had nothing but flattery. I’ve been careful with my LucasEnt reviews, because all along I felt Michael was not really up to accepting actual reviews, which, after all, are not press releases. This would be the second time I’ve been dropped from the Lucas lists; the first time I ate humble pie. This time, I’ve criticized your own work, only to find I’m ‘amateur and rude.’ Seems the other way around, to me.” A haughty sniff came back at me: “You write porn reviews for a local paper. You need to eat more than one humble pie. Good luck in all.” Ouch. I crawled back into my humble little hole, fully aware that it is, after all, only a local hole. Not to restore my ruined psyche, but to shrug my shoulders at the publicist’s lack of knowledge about the writers who publicize him. The B.A.R. is hardly a local paper. It has widespread circulation, as well as a Web edition, which is global. Not long after, e-mail blasts arrived from Michael, asking me to read his latest editorial commentary in some magazine, and to help publicize his forthcoming documentary. That reminded me of my favorite lyric from Chicago: “Don’t forget that this hand washes that one, too.” So that’s the saga. What it all means is that, catch as catch can, I’ll be reviewing Lucas product less frequently. But with greater candor. I’d like to start right now, but I’ve run out of room. Join me next week for the latest in Lucas’ lasciviousness.t

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Little engine that could

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International Ms. Bootblack 2012 Tarna: thanks for the memories!

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International Ms. Leather 2013 Sarha Shaubach makes no bones about being a fur trader.

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erseverance and hard work reap great rewards. That’s what I was always taught. I’m not sure if it’s taught to kids these days, but that’s another discussion. Sarha Shaubach proved that perseverance does indeed pay off when she won International Ms. Leather (IMsL) 2013 on Sat., April 20, here in San Francisco. Shaubach vied for the title last year, but did not win. Shaubach hails from Alaska and makes no bones about being a fur trader. She’s cute, almost pixyish, if I can imply that about someone as kinky as she. I remember her from last year, and in all honesty was quite surprised when she didn’t place. But like the “Little Engine That Could,” Shaubach came back and rocked it. Shaubach’s win is no small feat. The seven other contestants were real contenders: Ces Williams (Ms. Texas Leather), Christy Ford (Alameda County Leather Corp), Minion (Ms. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish), Ms. Cherries Jubalie (Great Lakes Ms. Leather Pride), Nyx (Washington State Ms. Leather), Toni Solenne (Mid Atlantic Leather Woman) and Youkali Youkali (Ms. Leather Toronto). These women were on their A-Game right from the start. The opening number was fun and sexy. How could they go wrong with a kinky speakeasy/gangster theme, replete with speakeasy patrons being interrupted by the gangsters? Or were they cops? I think gangsters, due to their pinstriped suits and fedoras. The speakeasy patrons were able to get the gangsters over to the dark side

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slip past his strongest censor – his wife Helene – the third-act music she abhorred, including Lulu the prostitute’s death at the hands of Jack the Ripper, and other music that encoded music describing his passion for another woman. The vocal music that does make it into the Suite – the so-called “Lied der Lulu” and the lesbian Countess Geschwitz’s opera-closing apostrophe to Lulu, her “angel” – is sung by Anna Prohaska, and now one understands all the Internet buzz about her taking the title role in an imagined new production led by Claudio Abbado (who has also per-

of kink. The number was just the right length. I was unaware that the contestants’ speeches were scheduled for Friday night, so I missed them. I was bummed, as last year the speeches were so well-done I looked forward to more. Saturday featured the pop question and the fantasies, which were quite entertaining. Minion’s was my favorite. S h e corralled a cute girl in horse fetishwear, using her kink persuasion and a large sugar lick, taming her enough to pull her in a large pony cart. Ces Williams’ fantasy was a takeoff of the popular book Fifty Shades of Gray, and Youkali Youkali’s fantasy theme was centered on a Marquis de Sade fetish. One thing I find amusing, and this is no reflection on the IMsL/ IMsBB organization, is the fact that the current San Francisco laws (perhaps it’s all of California) required that although women can bare their breasts, they cannot show nipple. How crazy is that? If the boob is out, it only makes sense the nipple would be as well. So, due to the “no nipple” law, I counted no fewer than seven women who bared their boobs on stage. No problem. But they had duct tape “hiding” their nipples. Now, duct tape can be sexy, but when they have to wear it due to some antiquated law, that’s different. Each time I thought: “Taking that off will either hurt or turn them on, or both!” It’s a stupid law. Why can’t we celebrate the entire boob and not just the apparently non-threatening skin part? But again, considering the idiotic nudity law that just went through, I’m not surprised. Crazy.

The judges didn’t have an easy job. They were:  Miranda (Ms. Southbay-San Jose Leather 1996), Sara Vibes (IMsL 2011), Sara Lashes, Sinclair Sexmith, Tillie King, and Woody Woodruff (International Mr. Leather 2013). The wonderful Synn Evans gave a fine step-down speech featuring a presentation highlighting her year. In the end, Minion won the Heart & Soul award (voted on by the contestants only), with First Runnerup going to Toni Solenne, and Shaubach winning International Ms. Leather 2013. Congratulations! I have to give a shout-out to contest emcee Karen Ultra. She made me think of a female Lenny Broberg, their style and speech cadence being very similar.  No, Lenny wasn’t in drag, I saw him in the audience. But then again, I didn’t see the two of them together. Seriously, she was perfect! As if the IMsL contest and the weekend’s events weren’t enough, we were also treated to the 15th International Ms. Bootblack (IMsBB) 2013 contest. The two contestants, who shined and polished their hearts out, were bella (Great Lakes Bootblack) and Foxfire (Colorado Bootblack). Their big night was Friday, so I did not get to see them in action. The winner, and winner of the IMsBB Heart & Soul award, was bella. Congratulations! And a big thank you to our “pervert at large,” IMsBB 2012 Tarna, for a great year! During the weekend, the cameras were rolling on a new documentary titled High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms. Bootblack. The film is executive produced by IMsL/IMsBB’s owner and co-producer, the very affable Glenda Rider. Stay tuned for info about its premiere and release. It should be something to see!t

formed the Suite with her). There’s a clarity and strength to her singing rarely encountered even in sopranos with all the notes, and there’s no mistaking that hers would be a potent, strongly characterized Lulu. MTT is among the few other conductors in my experience to give Mahler’s early Das Klagende Lied the attention it merits. Boulez conducts the last (also shortest and most concentrated) of the versions the composer made, and he makes a strong case for this being the version with the greatest impact. Boulez has called it “a theater of the mind,” and the theatricality of the grim ballad of the Cain-Abel-like fratricide with the murdering brother playing music on a piece of the dead brother’s

bone emerges in full force. The off-stage orchestra Mahler despaired of anyone’s actually ever using makes a chilling appearance here, but most of the drama is supplied by the committed music-making by the orchestra, the singers of the Vienna Opera Chorus, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann, Anna Larsson, and Johan Botha. Larsson in particular, who has proved herself a Mahler singer second to none, shines here. Predictably for the young Mahler, it’s a big score, but Boulez’s ability to shape and drive it, and make the most of solo-instrument contributions to the tale, keep the mordant drama in focus. It’s the recording of choice.t


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as well as decor,” he said. “With my name on the room, I’m responsible for what goes on there, because it directly reflects on me.” That the New York operation is in a state of suspension did provide Feinstein and his colleagues time to fine-tune the details. “For a number of years, I’ve had the ambition to open Feinstein’s in other cities, and this one is perfect for me because I’m always looking for excuses to spend more time in San Francisco. My nightclub career actually started there in 1985, when I was the first person to play the Plush Room.” These days, Feinstein is far more likely to be found in concert halls then in cabarets. While he performed at a couple of by-invitation shows last week at the Nikko, his next SF appearance will be on July 12 at Davies Hall, in an all-Gersh-

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forays he makes at 78 are all in demure drag. Admitting that his home for the past 12 years is a dump filled with old folks “and meth dealers,” Dennis searches senior rest-home listings from Mexico to Portland, OR. In sunny Galveston, TX, where according to 73-year-old extrovert crossdresser Robert, it’s “everybody do their own thing, just don’t cause any waves,” a close-knit family of drag devotees gathers at Robert’s bar for weekly stage shows. “I go by ‘Robert the mouth, the ugliest girl in the South.’ My father was a deacon of the Southern Baptist Church.” Coming out, he recalls crying, “You can take your religion and shove it up your ass!” Known mostly as a cinematogra-

win concert backed by a 17-piece big band. Not until after the July concert will he begin contemplating an engagement in the room that bears his name. Feinstein’s at the Nikko will have its official launch when Tony-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster begins a six-performance run on May 8. The spring schedule also includes movie, television, and showroom veteran Mitzi Gaynor in Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins (May 15-18). Sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway join forces in Boom, which includes reminiscences of growing up together interwoven with songs by Paul Simon, Carole King, Carly Simon, and the Beatles. Cabaret veteran Andrea Marcovicci will then present Moonlight Cocktail on June 7-8. Las Vegas favorite Clint Holmes will offer This Thing Called Love on June 12-16. The legendary Barbara Cook will be imploring audiences

pher (the anthology quartet Fourplay), Raval discovers the big picture in this trio’s stories. In a fast-changing social landscape for queers, LGBT seniors still face a tough time finding resources and companionship to last a lifetime. (Kabuki, 5/3, 5, 9) The Strange Little Cat “Is Clara crazy?” “Is the cat?” A rambunctious little girl who screams whenever a kitchen appliance is switched on, and a tawny tabby who’s a shameless scene-stealer, become focuses in Ramon Zurcher’s surreal dive into the routines of a middle-class Berlin family. This debut feature hums along at a meditative 70 minutes. We learn that Mutter (Jenny Schily, with an uncanny resemblance to Tilda Swinton) has spent a bizarre night at the movies: a strange man unconsciously put his foot down over hers. Apparently there was no hidden erotic motive,

Upcoming at Feinstein’s: legendary vocalist Barbara Cook.

Let’s Fall in Love Again on June 1923. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell offers It’s Magic:

and the incident ended blissfully with a loud horn on the soundtrack. The noise awakened Grandma, asleep in the next seat. The perpetually dozing, the flirtatious boy/girl cousins, and a dainty tattoo on the shoulder of schoolboy Jonas, all contribute to this engrossing portrait of a modern German extended family. (Kabuki, 5/5, 8) Computer Chess Mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski outdoes himself with an oddly paced comedy about the goings-on at a 1980 computer chess tournament. If Fox-TV’s classic Undeclared or CBS’ hit The Big Bang Theory are too nerdy for your taste, then avoid the brainy, awkwardly dressed fellows in this techie howler shot in grainy B&W. The chess players are the show. From an aggressive religious stalker who sleeps in the hotel lobby to a nervous bright boy hounded by a swing-

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nent of the Great American Songbook, a somewhat amorphous term for those songs that have entered the fabric of society. It was a passion that started in childhood as he became obsessed with collecting 78 RPM records, with a special interest in all things Gershwin. Skipping college after graduating from high school in Columbus, OH, he began playing in piano bars before moving to Los Angeles at age 20. In an incredible stroke of stars aligning, he was hired by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin’s lyricist brother, to organize Ira’s vast files of recordings, sheet music, scripts, unpublished works, and even napkin-doodling. A one-month assignment turned into a six-year job. “Music is not communal the way it once was when everyone had the cast albums of The Music Man or My Fair Lady,” Feinstein said. “These songs will never be mainstream again, but they will go on. It will always exist because it is a unique expression, and my job is to bring it to as many people as I can.”t

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Donald Sutherland in a scene from Philip Kaufman’s 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, set in San Francisco.

ing couple, to a programmer upset that his software may have been tampered with (an adept cameo from Richard Linklater regular Wiley Wiggins), this eccentric giggle-fest is an instant cult classic. (Kabuki, 5/2, 4) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Bay Area guru Philip Kaufman re-imagines the 1950s pod-people classic in a San Francisco that was on the eve of the AIDS epidemic. The film’s poster shot, the sight of Donald Sutherland frozen in fear, contrasts neatly with the persona perfected by the 70s’ hippest screen performer, from M*A*S*H’s wisecracking military surgeon to Conrad Jarrett’s grounded dad in Ordinary People. Where the Don Siegel-directed original keyed off 1950s Middle America’s obsession with Communists under every bed, this eye-popping remake toys with a space-alien motif whose gooey special effects anticipate David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake of The Fly. Invasion features a sexier, was he ever that young? Jeff Goldblum. (Castro, 5/5) Crystal Fairy In this Michael Cera career reboot, one of two films he recently shot in Chile, the talented Canadian comic actor slips into the persona of Jamie, a self-absorbed North American kid whose Chilean road trip is complicated by drugs and a female free spirit. The direction is in the capable hands of Sebastian Silva (The Maids). (Kabuki, 5/7, 8) God Loves Uganda I confess to having waited as long as possible before diving into Roger Ross Williams’ engrossing but thoroughly depressing doc on the role of U.S. “fundies” in encouraging anti-gay hate crimes in the heart of Africa. Those who treasure memories of IHOP pancakes are in for a rude update. At least in Kansas City, it now stands for the International House of Prayer. The youth converts to the sect’s mega-church are seen preparing themselves for a missionary trek to a Central African country poached on by Western explorers since the fevered days of the British East Africa Company. Williams implies that white youth find Uganda a safe, non-Muslim bastion where their preaching won’t be violently rebuffed.

The film reveals a nation still reeling from AIDS and the cruel legacy of the murderous despot Idi Amin. Heroic Uganda religious leaders explain how an American moral crusade can fan long-simmering domestic hatreds, prompting calamities like the murder of gay rights activist David Kato. (Kabuki, 5/6, 7, 9) Youth Late in this sensitively constructed memoir piece from Justine Malle, daughter of the late French director Louis Malle, a young woman recovers from a coughing jag prompted by sharing a joint with her mom, to confess her frustration with a pretty boy from school. “I didn’t expect a proposal, but to leave right after – it was my first time.” Critics have complained that this first effort leans too heavily on stylistic riffs from the French New Wave, such as a playful moment when Juliette (Esther Garrell) is re-infatuated with the elusive rude boy (Emile Bertherat) during a feverish dance whirl to Bob Dylan’s “I Want You.” But at a brisk 72 minutes, Youth is a diverting first draft from a daughter just beginning to grapple with her famous dad’s legacy. How does one compete with a father capable of such works of genius as Murmur of the Heart? (Kabuki, 5/3, 4) Before Midnight In the opening moments of this eagerly awaited third segment of Richard Linklater’s popular Jesse & Celine trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset), confused, guilty dad Jesse (Ethan Hawke) lavishes affection and treats on his teen son Hank (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), headed back to his birth mom. Leaving the terminal, Jesse finds his French family waiting in the car: Celine (Julie Delpy) and their sleeping twin girls. During the long drive back to their Greek summer retreat, the memory of the “neglected”” son will poke through, competing with Celine’s growing fury that she’s expected to surrender her dreams in favor of a new life in Hank’s home, Chicago, USA. This daring third film, with long, talky takes packed with juicy asides, wrestles with just how far an extended family can stretch before unraveling from too many diverse tugs on frail hearts. (Closing Night, Castro, 5/9)t


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May 2, 2013 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter