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an Francisco police are investigating the death of a woman who was shot in the head after leaving a gay South of Market nightclub early Sunday morning. Melquiesha “Mel” Warren, who would have turned 24 this Saturday, had been celebrating her partner’s birthday at Club OMG, 43 6th Street, before the incident, people who knew her said. A friend of Warren’s who was also shot remains hospitalized. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited Warren’s wife TiffanyRenee Warren and police, Warren, a friend, and two others were sitting in the friend’s car when another car backed into theirs. Warren’s wife told the Chronicle that the front fender of Warren’s friend’s car came off, and Melquiesha Warren got out “to inspect the damage.” “Words were exchanged, and someone pushed her,” the paper said. Soon, the shooting started. Asked about what had preceded the shooting, Officer Gordon Shyy, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, told the Bay Area Reporter, “There was some sort of altercation between the suspect and the victim,” and the altercation “appeared initially as verbal.” He said details about what led to the shooting that have been published in media accounts didn’t come from the police report. The B.A.R. wasn’t able to reach TiffanyRenee Warren for comment. According to Shyy, police responded at 2:09 a.m. November 17 to a parking lot at Sixth and Jessie streets, which is near the club. Warren had been shot in the head, and her friend had been shot in the torso. Both were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where Warren was pronounced dead. Shyy said Wednesday, November 20 that the other woman remained in life-threatening condition. A single shooter was involved, said Shyy, and police have identified a suspect, but he couldn’t share a description because “it would comproSee page 10 >>

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Participants who attended a November 14 march in support of burned student Luke Sasha Fleischman placed rainbow-colored ribbons along the bus route that Fleischman was riding when their skirt was set on fire.

he gender-nonconforming high school student who was burned on a bus in Oakland is continuing to recover from their injuries as the attorney for the boy charged in the attack claims it was a “prank.” Luke Sasha Fleischman, 18, of Oakland, had fallen asleep on an AC Transit bus November 4 when Richard Allen Thomas, 16, also of Oakland, allegedly set Fleischman’s skirt on fire. Sasha Fleischman prefers “they,” “them,” and “their,” when people refer to them in the third person, according to Karl Fleischman, Fleischman’s father. In a phone interview Tuesday, November 19, Karl Fleischman said Sasha Fleischman was still in the hospital but “recovering gradually, and I think it’s according to the timetable that the doctors are expecting. I don’t want to go into a lot of details, but things are looking good, I would say.” Attorney William Du Bois appeared with Thomas Friday, November 15 in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland before Superior Court Judge Eric L. Labowitz. Du Bois wants Thomas processed as a juvenile and filed a motion Friday challenging prosecutors’ decision to charge him as an adult. Thomas had been expected to enter a plea Friday to charges of aggravated mayhem and

assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Both counts carry a hate crime enhancement. If convicted, he could face life in prison. Outside court, Du Bois said, “As far as I can tell,” the incident “was the result of a juvenile prank that went horribly wrong.” He questioned an Oakland police officer previously indicating that Thomas had admitted he was homophobic. “Members of his family are gay,” said Du Bois. “He doesn’t have a homophobic bone in his body.” Du Bois said one of Thomas’s family members who has come to Thomas’s court hearings is gay. That person, along with Thomas’s mother and other family members, have declined to speak with reporters, although one said Friday, “Please pray.” Du Bois said Thomas has written “sincere, heartfelt apologies” and expressed sympathy and empathy with Fleischman. Thomas “feels absolutely horrible about this,” said Du Bois, who added that Thomas’s family is “upset that he’d even consider this type of a prank.” He said he hasn’t seen the video of the incident, but Thomas used a lighter, thinking “it was just going to be a flame and he’d pat it out.” Du Bois said he didn’t know whether Thomas had tried to put out the fire. Asked about Du Bois’s comment that the See page 9 >>

Ideas vary for LGBT history document by Matthew S. Bajko

serve the city’s LGBT past. “I’ve always been concerned about hat constitutes LGBT that. A lot has been lost; a lot of historic history in San Francisco? places have disappeared,” said Lipsky, a The question was former GLBT Historical Society board poised to roughly 50 people who member who is now helping with the attended a recent workshop launchRainbow Honor Walk LGBT history ing a new project aimed at develproject set for the Castro. “Younger oping a comprehensive survey of people are unaware of the travails the LGBT historical sites in the city. people before them went through.” The answers, unsurprisingly, As the Bay Area Reporter noted in varied based on the participants’ a story last month, the San Francisco personal connections and rememHistoric Preservation Fund Commitbrances. Suggestions ran the gamut tee awarded local historians, Shayne from the streets of the Tenderloin Watson and Donna Graves, a $76,000 and the location of an early LGBT grant to create what is known as a hiscommunity center to places of wortoric context statement for the city’s ship welcoming to LGBT people of LGBT community. The document is Courtesy Impact Stories faith and athletic fields where LGBT considered the first step toward preArtist Jim Campbell’s painting of the 330 Grove Street LGBT sports teams played. serving places and structures of import community center, circa 1978. Campbell had several art shows Crystal Jang, 67, a fourth genera- at the building in what was known as the “Top Floor Gallery.” to LGBT history and is often referred tion San Francisco resident, attendto by government agencies when deed the November 14 public meeting termining requests for historic preserto ensure that the places of imporLGBTQ middle school coordinator who vation designations. tance to LGBT people of color are included in worked with gay-straight alliances, Jang is now “Overall, very little has been done to preserve the survey. retired. Taking part in the workshop “also jogs and communicate this community’s history,” “Sometimes, our perspective as the API my memory,” she joked. said Watson, 36, an out lesbian who lives in San LGBT community is often not heard,” said “I want to make sure this part of my history Francisco. “Things are moving very slowly but Jang, using the acronym for Asian Pacific Isis heard,” said Jang. they are moving.” lander. “I came to give feedback to make sure Bill Lipsky, 67, a gay man who moved to San The GLBT Historical Society is serving as it is all included.” Francisco in 1981 and wrote the 2006 book the project’s fiscal sponsor, while a commuA former public schoolteacher and the Gay and Lesbian San Francisco, attended the nity advisory panel is providing guidance. The San Francisco Unified School District’s first workshop as he has worked for years to preSee page 9 >>

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Beneficiaries from this year’s Folsom Street Fair and related events celebrated Tuesday, November 19 as checks totaling $358,779 were distributed at a party at the Armory in San Francisco. Folsom Street Events Executive Director Demetri Moshoyannis said in a news release that the charitable giving this year means that the organization shattered the $5 million mark for its 30-year giving history. “This year’s amount is equivalent to nearly $1,000 a day for a full year,” Moshoyannis said. “Not quite, but close.” The vast share of the checks went to 17 major and supporting beneficiaries but combined, Folsom Street Events is supporting nearly 75 charities in San Francisco and around the U.S.

Castro Zen center gets new abbot

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utside the air was warm and still and shadows of tree branches rested gently on the concrete. All was quiet outside the Hartford Street Zen Center, other than some fluttering shouts from Moby Dick bar down the street. Inside, the small Zen center last month, which has been a space for Buddhism in the Castro since its creation in 1980 as the Gay Buddhist Club, was full of silent celebration. A firm backed man stood on a wooden coffee table, as if standing on a mountain. In one hand was a staff that stretched above his bald head. It was the new abbot of the Zen center, Myo Denis Lahey. He made a statement for world peace. “If just for the children’s sake, shall we not have world peace?” he asked. He made a statement to the ancestors of his teaching lineage, “Great ancestors, sorry for making such a fuss.” Hopefully the ancestors will be able to forgive him, because for the Hartford Street Zen Center, appointing a new abbot at the October 13 mountain seat ceremony was a big deal. The center hasn’t had an abbot for nearly 20 years, and as Lahey, who is openly gay, recalled in a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter, the very fact that there was

a ceremony at all is a sign that this beacon of Castro Buddhism is coming back to life. The Hartford Street Zen Center holds a special place in the Castro’s gay history. It was founded by Issan Dorsey in the early 1980s as the Gay Buddhist Club. While serving as director of the San Francisco Zen Center on Page Street, Dorsey decided to open the center on Hartford Street because so many gay men were feeling undeserved by the City Center practice of San Francisco Zen Center, according to the

Hartford Street Zen Center website. Dorsey, formerly known as Tommy, died in 1990 of AIDS-related complications. Prior to his involvement with the San Francisco Zen Center, he had been a drag queen and was addicted to hard drugs. He also suffered from injuries he sustained in a car accident, according to the Hartford Zen center’s website. But he cleaned himself up and became interested in Buddhism after witnessing Allen Ginsburg break up See page 10 >>

Meadow signage nears completion by Matthew S. Bajko

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ew signage recognizing a public meadow in San Francisco named after a local gay political pioneer is set to be dedicated in early 2014. Following the death of campaign adviser and political aide Bill Kraus in 1986 at the age of 38, city officials designated a section of Corona Heights Park after him. Kraus had battled AIDS and contracted meningitis a few weeks prior to his death. Saturday mornings Kraus would often head to the hilltop open space above the gay Castro district to strategize for his bosses, who included the late gay Supervisor Harvey Milk, his successor, Supervisor Harry Britt, and late Congress members Phillip and Sala Burton. While a memorial bench with a plaque bearing Kraus’s name was installed in the protected green space, there is nothing to alert park users of the fact that the nearby meadow and pathway are named for the Midwest transplant. As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a May article, an acquaintance who knew Kraus through the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, of which Kraus served as president following Milk’s assassination in 1978, sought

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Abbot Myo Denis Lahey leads a procession outside the Hartford Street Zen Center after the mountain seat ceremony that made him the leader of the Castro Buddhist center.

earlier this year to make Kraus’s connection to the park visible to the public. John Mehring organized a group of volunteers, unofficially dubbed the Friends and Supporters of Bill Kraus, to raise money and petition parks officials, as well as boosters of Corona Heights Park, to sign off on their proposal. It had been expected that the signage for Kraus would be included in a new kiosk planned for the entrance to the park by the intersection of Museum and Roosevelt ways. This summer the San Francisco Parks Alliance awarded a $2,000 Park Action Grant to the group Friends of Corona Heights Park, which had agreed to include biographical information about Kraus on the kiosk. But Mehring recently contacted the B.A.R. to announce that the Kraus friends group had decided to go a different route. The signage will now be placed on the backside of the existing trail sign at the park entrance. “As we envision it, Bill’s sign will face east toward the bench that bears his plaque, and the existing park trail sign will face west to greet park visitors who use the main entrance at Roosevelt and Museum,” wrote Mehring, adding that the switch was made because “we want to act now; Bill’s

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The back of an existing sign at Corona Heights Park will soon tell visitors about the late activist Bill Kraus.

memorial is long overdue.” According to Mehring, the Kraus group expects to raise enough money privately to pay for the new signage. The cost is roughly $1,500, including materials, supplies and labor, See page 10 >>


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Mary Cheney finds her voice

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t’s been a long time coming but out lesbian Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has finally found her voice and is speaking up about her family, much to the chagrin of her older sister, Liz, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming and is attempting to use her opposition to same-sex marriage to convince voters she is an authentic, hardcore conservative. Over the weekend, the Cheney family feud spilled out into public view as Mary and her wife, Heather Poe, apparently couldn’t take another round of watching Liz on Fox News Sunday spewing her anti-gay rants, knowing full well that in private at least Liz had been far more gracious to her younger sibling. On the program, Liz Cheney once again said that she opposed same-sex marriage, describing it as “just an area where we disagree,” referring to her sister. This time, Mary Cheney responded on her Facebook page and put her candidate sister in a very awkward spot. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Mary wrote. But the squabble didn’t end there. Poe also weighed in, providing some detail into why she and Mary Cheney were so upset. “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us,” Poe wrote. “To have her say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least. “I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other,” Poe added. “Yes Liz, in 15 states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law.” Poe’s statement exposed what has been a thorn in Liz Cheney’s side in her upstart primary Senate campaign against well-respected – and equally anti-gay – Senator Mike Enzi, who happens to be

a friend of the Cheneys. Liz Cheney moved her family from northern Virginia to Wyoming to run for the office and is fending off accusations of carpetbagging in the race. Dick Cheney weighed in Monday, releasing a statement that said he and his wife, Lynne, were “pained” that the family spat had gone public. And he sided with Liz, stating that while she has always supported “traditional” marriage, she has treated her sister and her sister’s family with “love and respect.” We don’t see it that way. Respect means not throwing your LGBT family member under the bus, which is exactly what Liz and Dick Cheney are doing. Liz Cheney had to expect that she would be asked about marriage equality in her Senate campaign; it’s been widely known for years that Mary is a lesbian, and her marriage to Poe and the birth of her children had been noted in media outlets. Yet the best defense she could come up with is “just an area where we disagree”? Well, at least she isn’t saying she disapproves of the “gay lifestyle.” But really, Liz, cut the hypocrisy. We give Mary Cheney kudos for finally speaking up. The recent Facebook exchange is the most she’s ever said publicly on gay rights, and for that, she deserves credit. She spent the dark years of the BushCheney administration quietly in the background, silently acquiescing as Karl Rove and company

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Our legacy of hope by Cleve Jones

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walked into City Hall shortly after San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated on November 27, 1978. When I saw Milk’s body on the floor, my mind froze as I struggled to comprehend what my eyes were seeing. The first thought that went through my mind was, “It’s over.” We were stuck in City Hall for several hours as the police bundled up the bodies. Throughout the long day, all I could think was, “It’s over, it’s over.” Then the sun went down and the people began to gather. Hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands filled the intersection of Castro and Market streets. Gay and straight, young and old, black and brown and white, all ages, from every neighborhood and community in San Francisco – we marched to City Hall, carrying pictures of Milk and Moscone, flowers and candles. We filled Civic Center Plaza. It was cold but the light of the candles warmed the night. Around me people wept and whispered words of comfort. Then, from the steps of City Hall we heard the sound of voices raised in song; the music of Mendelssohn, sung by a new chorus, whose first rehearsal had been just a month earlier. It was the first public performance of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. As I stood there in the crowd I realized it wasn’t over, it was just beginning. We didn’t know it then, but even as we marched down Market Street that night, many of us carried within us an invader. The enemy would not be known for another few years, but by November 1985, marchers in the annual candlelight memorial for Milk and Moscone had already lost over 1,000 of their friends and neighbors. By 1987 almost everyone I knew was dead, dying, or caring for someone who was dying. Once again, I feared that it was over, that our movement would stall and our community would fail in the face of such unrelenting misery and death. Of course it wasn’t just about San Francisco or just about gay people. HIV was already spreading far and wide, affecting diverse populations

throughout the world. Here in the U.S. we fought hard in 1987, with activists from ACT-UP shutting down Wall Street in March and volunteers from the Names Project unfolding the first display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in October. As the year ended, we in San Francisco – and millions more across the planet – understood that this would be the fight of our lives. The international community was slow to mobilize a response to the AIDS Dan Nicoletta crisis. But in 1987 the World Health Organization hired Dr. Jonathan Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone, Mann to run the newly created and Supervisor Carol Ruth Silver appeared at the Global Program on AIDS. Empress Coronation on January 28, 1978. Desperate for strategies to build global solidarity and connect, not divide, us from each other. encourage action, Mann hired They would, I’m sure, be pleased by the progtwo public information specialress that has been achieved on some of the issues ists. One of them was a broadcast they cared about. But they would be alarmed by journalist from San Francisco’s the growing chasm between rich and poor, they CBS TV affiliate, KPIX Channel would be angered by the evictions of the elderly, 5, named James W. Bunn. Bunn disabled and people with AIDS. They would and his colleague Thomas Netter be fighting to keep City College open and they conceived of World AIDS Day, Mann endorsed would be outraged by the violence and despair the plan and the first World AIDS Day was obexperienced by so many in our city’s neighborserved 25 years ago, on December 1, 1988. hoods. They would cheer the advances in gay In Milk’s district, thousands of us died every rights but would cry at the news from Russia and year for over a decade. Ultimately, over 20,000 reports of suicide and HIV infection rates among San Franciscans would lose their lives to HIV/ LGBT youth. They would urge us to stand toAIDS. We marched, rallied, got arrested, cared gether for public education, sane environmenfor the sick, confronted the pharmaceutical tal policies, health care and affordable housing. industry, buried our dead, raised millions of They would try to give us hope. dollars for research and care, sewed quilts, creThirty-five years later we’re marching again ated education campaigns, wept, broke down, for Milk and Moscone, and the progressive poraised each other up and kept fighting. We surlitical movement they represented. vived and we moved forward. A quarter century later, we’re still wearing It’s impossible to know what Milk and red ribbons and lighting candles on World Moscone would think of San Francisco today. AIDS Day. But it is not at all difficult to imagine the battles And the men of the chorus are still singing – they would be fighting. These were men who bigger, louder, and better than ever. loved this city. They loved our neighborhoods, This is part of who we are. This is our legacy our hills, and the bay. They loved immigrants of hope.t and the food, music and traditions that came with them. They loved senior citizens and kids. Longtime activist and San Francisco resiThey wanted safe streets, good schools, playdent Cleve Jones was a student intern to the grounds, and parks. They wanted equal rights for late Supervisor Harvey Milk and conceived women, gay people, and minorities. They fought of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. for renters, honored labor and built coalitions to


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Cops thanked for quick response

During the early morning hours of November12, directly in front of my home on 17th Street, I witnessed a terrible crime. The bars had just closed and several young alleged predators in a van were tracking a gay man walking alone on the dark street. The expression of fear on his face told me something was wrong as he passed in front of my house and my street cam picked him up. Suddenly, out of the van pop two thugs who proceeded to violently attack the guy, punching him in the face several times and kicking him as he hit the ground with his teeth flying out of his mouth. While they were beating him they took his cellphone and wallet. I screamed, “I’m calling the cops.” They abandoned their assault, jumping back into their van for a fast escape. The whole thing happened in somewhere between 15 and 30 seconds. Miracle of miracles, the cops responded in less than 45 seconds in full pursuit mode and nailed all three alleged criminals in their getaway van just half a block away. I write to thank everyone from my neighbor who dialed 911 and the dispatchers who handled the call to the San Francisco Police Department officers who responded with lightning speed. Kudos to Sergeant Mike Wibunsin, who collected the extremely clear footage from my home security cameras, in following up on the arrest. He told me that his robbery team has been after these guys for several months during which they have seriously harmed many people. One can only wonder how many additional victims never reported their assaults. I am still traumatized by the horror of what I saw happen but it is wonderful that our community was able to come together with such speed and coordination to pull these violent cruel young men off the street.

Flag should be lowered for Milk march

When the LGBT community and our straight friends gather on November 27 at Castro and Market streets in the plaza named for Harvey Milk to commemorate the 35th anniversary of his and George Moscone’s tragic murders, it is my hope that the rainbow flag in Harvey Milk Plaza will be at half-staff. The Castro merchants group needs to put aside differences for one night and lower our flag of pride and liberation for next week’s vigil. Let’s honor Milk and Moscone with a traditional flag-lowering, as we recommit ourselves to fighting for their cherished ideals. Bill Wilson San Francisco

Study author willing to help

I am the principal author and principal researcher of the HIV and aging study (Meissner and deVries, San Francisco State, SF EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council, June 2013) referred to in the article “Programs emerge for HIV+ older adults” [October 31]. I am ready to help with the new programs mentioned in the article and bring much expertise to the table. If you have not seen the study or report and wish to do so, please email me at Lmeissne@mail.sfsu.edu or join the Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hivaging (not listed in the Yahoo Groups directory to protect group member privacy). If you wish to recruit me to help out in the new programs, please also use this contact information. Loren Meissner San Francisco

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Former council candidate plans LGBT bar in Oakland

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the paper is now outside the El Cerrito Del Norte, North Berkeley, and Downtown Berkeley BART stations and the Alameda Ferry at Harbor Bay Island and 2990 Main Street. In Oakland, the paper is now in racks around Jack London Square and along Broadway, including 4th and Broadway, 12th and Broadway, and near Frank Ogawa Plaza. For a full list of the new distribution sites, see the extended version of this news brief online at ebar.com.

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ormer Oakland City Council candidate Sean Sullivan is preparing to open a new LGBT-centric bar in the city’s Uptown district. Called the Port bar, Sullivan said the tagline is “A hetero-friendly place to unload.” He hopes to have the bar open next spring. Port will be located at 2021 Broadway, next to the Paramount Theatre. Sullivan said the location is ideal as it’s centrally located between Uptown and the existing gay bar scene. “We did focus groups and many Oaklanders are looking for a gay place to go with craft cocktails, local beers, and wine,” Sullivan told the Bay Area Reporter this week. Sullivan, 37, and his partner, Richard Fuentes, 31, are the lead investors. He declined to say specifically how much money the pair has invested, but called it “a significant amount.” Sullivan said the Port would be “elegant and reflective of the Oakland we live in now.” There will not be a cover charge, he added. To help raise funds to secure the lease, Sullivan has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo that will be active through December 14. He hopes to raise $25,000. Sullivan ran for the District 3 council seat last fall but came up short. A bartender in college, Sullivan said he “got reacquainted” with mixing drinks this spring at the Home of Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square. One of about a half-dozen investors in the project is Glenn Kaplan, a straight man who owns the city’s most popular bar, Make Wasting, on Telegraph Avenue across from the Fox Theatre. Sullivan said he is looking for a few individual investors. Kaplan said that he got to know Sullivan when he became more politically active in Oakland and that he has shared advice with him. “I think it’s awesome,” he said of the Port bar concept. “I think the community is underserved.”

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Sullivan plans for the project to go before the Oakland Planning Commission in January. He’s hopeful it will be approved, as the site is within a zoned nightlife district. The Indiegogo campaign can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ lbaeety.

B.A.R. expands East Bay distribution

The Bay Area Reporter has expanded its distribution in several East Bay cities, making the paper more accessible to the LGBT community outside of San Francisco. “LGBT people increasingly are living in more diverse areas and neighborhoods and we recognize that expanding our distribution to East Bay cities is necessary to address this reality,” publisher Mike Yamashita said. “Not only will this introduce the B.A.R. to new readers, but it meets the demands of the LGBT communities’ changing demographics in the Bay Area.” While the paper has been delivered to some locations in Oakland and other cities, the recent distribution additions now make it available in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, Berkeley, and Alameda. The B.A.R. distribution sites are either news racks or Ped mount racks near various cafes, theaters, and other businesses. Additionally,

Bay Area Radical Women will hold a Thanksgiving feast tribute to Native Americans Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. at New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk Street in San Francisco. Organizers said that the indigenous people on the continent before Columbus discovered America were productive members of society, cultivating over 300 food crops as well as organizing their communities. A home-cooked roast turkey dinner will be available, along with a vegetarian entree, and new world foods. The requested donation is $10-$15. For work exchange or more information, call (415) 864-1278, email baradicalwomen@earthlink.net, or visit http://www.radicalwomen.org/ sanfrancisco.shtml.

Oakland center extends hours for STD services

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Oakland Wellness Center has extended its hours for HIV testing and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment. According to AHF officials, the Oakland center, located at 238 E. 18th Street (inside the Out of the Closet thrift store), is now open Mondays and Fridays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Previously, it had only been open two days a week. The wellness center offers free testing for HIV and STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It also offers free treatment for STDs. According to figures from the California Department of Public Health, Alameda County saw 6,509 cases of See page 6 >>


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he debate raging today over San Francisco’s high housing costs and lack of affordable homes for the poor and middle class echoes similar arguments of decades past. In an address before port workers he gave September 30, 1973 several years prior to his historic election as the city’s first gay supervisor, Harvey Milk questioned the direction city leaders were then taking San Francisco. He said that the powers that be, could if they so desired, take “the route that has little room for political payoffs, deals ... that is the route that leaves little in the way of power politics ... that is the route of making a city an exciting place for all to live: not just an exciting place for a few to live!” Milk’s call for a city not just for the rich in that speech, one of many included in the book An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings (University of California Press, 2013), will be revived during this year’s annual march and vigil remembering the deaths 35 years ago this month of both Milk and then-Mayor George Moscone. On the morning of November 27,

1978 disgruntled former supervisor Dan White gunned down the two political leaders inside City Hall. That night a crowd of thousands marched in silence holding candles from the Castro to Civic Center to honor the men. Each year since the LGBT community has organized a candlelight vigil and memorial march to commemorate Milk and Moscone. This year’s event will take place in the evening of Wednesday, November 27. And its focus will be recalling the progressive ideals that Milk and Moscone espoused. “One of the many things that Harvey was about was affordability and making San Francisco a place where anyone could really come and call it home. Obviously, the last two years that has increasingly not been the case with skyrocketing rents and evictions going off the charts,” said David Waggoner, a former Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club president who is helping to organize this year’s memorial. “This year we want to make the 35th anniversary vigil and march much more about the legacy Harvey and George were really about. Making the city a place everyone could call

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Harrison Weiland carried a photo of slain San Francisco leaders Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone during last year’s Milk Moscone march.

home, making San Francisco affordable for everyone. We are making that what the event is about.” Unlike in years past, when local politicians were among the speakers at the memorial event, this year’s line-up is going to focus on community leaders, said Waggoner. “We really want to make this event about the politics of Harvey and George,” he said. “The consensus of the organizers is not to have politicians co-op the event as has happened in most previous years.

We want to avoid that this year and make it about a legacy of hope.” Waggoner, who is mulling whether to run against District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener next year when the gay lawmaker seeks re-election to his seat, stressed that he “did not have anything to do with” an online petition from San Francisco Group for Accountable Government, or SF GAG for short, demanding that Wiener not speak at the vigil. While the speaker list is still being finalized, Waggoner told the Bay Area

Reporter those expected to speak include Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay Milk that focused on Milk’s rise to power after moving to the Castro in the early 1970s; former Milk aide and confidante Cleve Jones; and David Weissman, a co-director of the documentary We Were Here about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the city. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is expected to perform, as the event also marks the 35th anniversary of the gay chorale group’s first public performance. According to the exhibit The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song, currently at the GLBT History Museum in the Castro, the 100-plus member chorus had gathered the evening of the assassinations to practice for its upcoming inaugural concert when word came about the vigil. The group quickly learned a new piece and headed to City Hall to perform. The chorus’ first meeting had been nearly a month prior, October 30, 1978, at Everett Middle School. Jon Sims, who had founded the SF Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps, had put out a call for gay male singers to join a new chorus he was launching. As noted in the wall text for the exhibit, curated by longtime chorus members and LGBT museum volunteers Tom Burtch and Fred Baumer, the gay men who had assembled that night could not have “suspected that in only four weeks they would begin making history, and lots of it, and they would bring a new sense of pride and freedom to millions of people around the nation and the world.” This year’s candlelight vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza at the corner of Castro and Market streets. The march will then proceed toward City Hall’s Polk Street steps. For more information about the event and to RSVP, visit http://tinyurl.com/nft8zzl. Mayor Ed Lee will host the city’s civic observance November 27 at 4:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.t

On the web Online content this week includes the Bay Area Reporter’s online columns, Political Notes and Wedding Bells Ring; the Jock Talk and Out in the World columns; and articles about SF Pride and military recruiters, and an alleged attack on a Bay Area transgender high school student. www.ebar.com.

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ould you buy an American car? The Bay Area is big on imports, but this week in Out Wheels, we’ll take a closer look at crossovers from Ford and Dodge.

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2014 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD, 178-inch length, 24 mpg, $35,030. This Escape made friends wherever it went. “They had to do this,” remarked an admiring parking garage security guard. “Ford had to get better.” The 2014 Escape is an attractive car, and it is better. The previous generation was a plain rolling box that was big on roominess – it makes a great taxi – but it was undermined by discount-rack detailing, with thin interior plastics and a design that was left to sit on the market until it qualified for Social Security. That way of doing business is a lot of why American manufacturers faced their Waterloo in 2008, and it’s clear that Ford and the others have learned their lessons. In many ways, our current Escape shows that the cheapness has been defeated, and that style and apparent quality have won that particular war. But public opinion doesn’t change overnight, as affirmed by the twentysomething mother who walked her toddlers past me while I was photographing this Escape. I asked if she would buy it, and first she wanted to know what it was. When I told her it was a Ford, she crinkled her nose and said, “I just wouldn’t buy an American car.” Hers was a typical Bay Area response. Too bad she wouldn’t consider it, because the Escape has a thoroughly thought out feel that 15 years ago was the domain of the best Asian and European cars. The styling is striking, with tightly lined curves and long, drawn-out lines. Inside, most of what you touch is rich. The seats are ample and cozy, the driving position is commanding and its sub-180inch length means you can compete with old Civics for parking spaces. Lots to like so far. Hit the streets, and you’ll like it even more. The tested Escape Titanium’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine ($1,195 extra) gave it zip, with very little turbo lag and a whole lotta punch pretty much whenever you needed it. Handling is satisfying: the Escape is light and direct as it steers and stops. It asks very little and gives a lot in return. The opposite is true of the communications extravaganza otherwise known as MyFord Touch, which requires a lengthy sit-down with the owner’s manual, along with generous pre-flight time to adjust the settings and to learn how to head off the voice command’s Kafkaesque responses. Similarly, the foot-activated tailgate worked for me but clammed up when I had others try it for the first time. That’s not what you’d want when you’re showing it off to your neighbor. Electronic persnicketiness is a lot of why Ford was one bare step above the

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The 2014 Ford Escape Titanium is much improved over the earlier model.

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The new Dodge Durango is poised to be a best-seller.

Mini in bringing up the rear in Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey. Of course low consumer ratings are more red meat for the anti-American car crowd, but even with its flaws, the Escape should be on every small-crossover shopper’s list. It isn’t perfect, but it has many winning ways.

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2014 Dodge Durango Limited, 200-inch length, 16 mpg, $47,555. The older Durangos were prebankruptcy designs that had their merits but were shot through with Rubbermaid-like interiors and bumper gaps wide enough to make you think that each Durango was bumped by the one behind it on the assembly line. The big draw was the Durango’s might, with brawny V8 engines and nice thick truck frames. Straight guys loved it; it was the Trans Am of SUVs, with a semitruck’s grille standing in for the old Pontiac’s screaming-chicken hood sticker. The Durango’s machismo was backed up by real muscle, and so it built a real following among certain SUV buyers. This new Durango is pretty much flying off the lots. Sales were already on an upswing, and then Will Farrell’s character Ron Burgundy began pitching it, and sales shot up another 59 percent in the first month of the promo. The fact that the blustery Mr. Burgundy hits such a chord with Durango buyers shows that there is a lot of testosterone in the room – or at least a desire for it – when these shoppers visit their dealer. And muscle is something the tested Durango had plenty of. What a kick it was to charge up San Fran-

cisco’s hills with so much more than enough power; the Hemi V8 engine spooled out its 360 horsepower through a responsive eight-speed transmission. While hybrid and CVT powertrains dither over how best to climb the Bay Area’s grades, the Durango just got it done. It’s an addictive power trip, and it’s an expensive one as it sends the instantmileage ratings well below 10 mpg, but you can see why buyers would be coming back for more. The Durango’s standard 290-horsepower V6 would be ample enough for those wanting less guzzle. The rest of the truck benefits from Chrysler’s previous mindmeld with Mercedes, which yielded a suspension that gives nuanced handling. Steering is delightful, with the directness and heft you’d expect from a sports car. The body seems cinched down, so there’s no slop or roll when you bend into a corner, and yet the ride is supple and quiet. There are times when the Durango can feel like a premium touring sedan, which is something the prebankruptcy brute could never do. Add in high-quality trim throughout, and you have another American car that competes with just about anything from around the globe, regardless of price. It’s a damn shame our domestic brands had to give up so much prestige and market share and jobs to learn how to make better cars, but for buyers in the Escape and Durango market segments, the end product may justify the means.t Philip Ruth is an automotive journalist and consultant at http://www.gaycarguy.com. For a look at a few crossovers from South Korea and Japan, check out the extended version of this column at www.ebar.com.

Obituaries >> Ben Shum 1968 – 2013

Benny Ping-Chung Shum died at his East Palo Alto home in late October. The cause of death is still pending, but Ben had endured a long struggle with depression and alcohol addiction. Ben was born in Hong Kong and raised in a Catholic family, but he schooled at the prestigious, Anglicanrun Diocesan Boys School. He came

to the U.S. for college, earning a B.A. from New College of Florida and an M.S. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Miami. He moved to the Bay Area and performed laboratory research at Stanford and at biotech companies Epitomics, PDL BioPharma, and MedImmune. Ben taught biology at local University of Phoenix campuses and was author or co-author of 20 published scientific papers. He was also a Frameline volunteer and a member of South Bay Queer Asians. He earned $50,000 on TV’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2009. Ben was the partner of San Fran-

cisco journalist Randy Alfred, and is also survived by parents Stephen and Kitty Shum of Hong Kong; sister Cecilia Shum Hung, brother-in-law Rex Hung and niece Jadyn Hung of Bellevue, Washington; and other relatives in Washington state, Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia. Close friends Eleanor Taylor of Mountain View and Winston Cheng of Seattle and many others mourn him as well. Visitation will be 10 a.m. and a funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23, at Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City.


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significant and it must end.” The Transgender Day of Remembrance in Oakland was held Wednesday night incident resulted from a at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. It prank, and what he’d like was expected to include into see happen with Thomterim Oakland Police Chief as, Karl Fleischman said, Sean Whent; Oakland “We haven’t really had time Mayor Jean Quan; event to process all that, and so I organizer Tiffany Woods, think I’d rather not comprogram manager for the ment on that.” Fremont-based TransViHe said he’d heard about sion program; and others. Thomas writing letters of “Transgender and genapology, but the family der non-conforming inhasn’t received any. He said dividuals routinely exthey had received inforperience acts of violence mation that said Thomas against them simply for was forbidden “from makexpressing their gender ing any contact with the identity and expression,” victim, or maybe with the a TDOR-related news refamily, so I’m a little conlease from the Oakland fused about.” Jane Philomen Cleland Police Department said. “I don’t know if the let“Many attacks never get ters have been written, and Karl Fleischman and Debbie Crandall spoke to reported. The recent horare just waiting until they people who showed up to support their child Luke rific act of violence” against can be sent legally,” said Sasha Fleischman at a march November 14. Fleischman “is an everyday Fleischman. reminder of the deadly and Thomas, who was wearcolleagues to express their solidarity pervasive nature of antiing a blue shirt that inwith Sasha Fleischman. The resolutransgender bias.” cluded the word “juvenile,” in court, tion also declares Wednesday, NoPeople wishing to make donacalmly faced several family memvember 20 “Transgender Rememtions to assist Fleischman may go to bers who were present last Friday as brance Day” in Oakland. https://fundly.com/helping-sashaat least one of them waved at him. “An injury to one of us is an infleischman-have-a-speedy-recovery. Du Bois once represented Jose jury to all of us,” Kaplan said in a Funds raised beyond what’s Merel, one of the men convicted statement. “... I’ll continue to pray needed will possibly go to an orgain the 2002 murder of transgender that Sasha recovers fully and quicknization that deals with issues such teen Gwen Araujo. ly, and I’ll continue working to creas gender identity or anti-bullying, ate a community that supports the said Karl Fleischman. City officials share support right of all to be free from violence.”
 “We haven’t really figured out Oakland City councilwomen ReMcElhaney stated, “I’m proud what that would be yet,” he said. “We becca Kaplan, an out lesbian and to stand in solidarity with my colwant to have Sasha’s input.” the council’s president pro tem, leagues to honor Sasha Fleischman. Thomas didn’t enter a plea Friand Councilwoman Lynette GibThe violence inflicted upon transday. His next court date is Novemson McElhaney have introduced a gender members of our society is ber 26.t resolution asking their City Council

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city’s planning department will review the work before it is presented to the Historic Preservation Commission for adoption. Watson and Graves, a straight ally who lives in Berkeley, plan to complete the historic context statement in early 2015. They are particularly focused on the early roots of the city’s LGBT community in the 19th century through the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. “We are looking at the places important for the stories being told,” explained Graves. “No one in this room needs to be reminded that LGBT history is overlooked and ignored.” To kick off the workshop, five people with ties to the local LGBT community were invited to briefly speak about what areas of town they felt correspond to LGBT history. Among them was transgender community leader and LGBT activist Tamara Ching, herself a San Francisco native, who recalled that during the 1960s and 1970s trans women often worked the streets of the Tenderloin to make a living. “We were queens or ‘the girls.’ We were targeted by the police and harassed; we were the lowest of the low,” said Ching. But along Mason Street and O’Farrell, Jones and Larkin, where many drag clubs and gay bars could be found, transgender people felt welcome, recalled Ching. “The streets we worked need to be recognized,” she said. Blackberri, a gay black musician who uses one name and who has performed at various venues around town, noted that “Mission Street in the 1970s was very cruisey” from 24th to 16th streets. Oral historian Glenne McElhinney recounted the history of 330 Grove Street, the site of an LGBT community center during the 1970s where the first gay “circuit party” was held in 1978. The late gay Supervisor Harvey Milk kicked off his third bid for supervisor there on June 24, 1977 with a speech that was the first to include his now famous line “You’ve got to give them hope.” “It’s one of those few buildings that

contribute in a very unique way to the hopes and aspirations of a particular group of people,” said Milk, according to a version of the speech included in the book An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings (University of California Press, 2013). “It’s not as architecturally beautiful as the B of A or even the TransAmerica. But unlike those buildings, it has a ‘heart and soul.’” Milk chose the location because one of his main campaign promises that year was fighting the city’s plan to demolish the building in order to build a parking structure. (The site is now the Performing Arts parking garage.) “For months this building has

served as a focal point for the gay community. It’s where we meet. It’s our own little section of the city’s turf,” said Milk. Without the building young gay people would still find places to congregate and access services, Milk acknowledged, “but they won’t find much hope.” Although “it is too late for 330 Grove,” McElhinney said, “there is still much work to do” to preserve its history and protect other buildings with ties to the LGBT community from the same fate. For more information about the LGBT history project, visit http://www.sf-planning.org/index. aspx?page=3673.t

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a street fight by reciting a Zen chant. In 1987, Maitri Hospice opened at the Hartford Street Zen Center to serve people dying of AIDS. It was the first Buddhist hospice of its kind in the United States. In 1989, Dorsey became the Hartford Zen Center’s first abbot. Since Dorsey’s death, the center has had two other abbots, Kijun Steve Allen, who left after a difficult one year tenure, and Philip Whalen, the Beatera poet, who served from 1991 to 1996, before stepping down due to poor health, according to the center’s website. “That was a tough time,” Lahey, 62, remembered of those days when the hospice was located on site. “One was in the midst of this medical environment all the time, while at the same time it was trying to be a temple, so it was a strange sort of balancing act.” By 1997 Maitri Hospice had outgrown the Hartford Street location and moved to a facility on Church Street. It has had its own nonprofit status for many years, Executive Director Michael Smithwick said in an email. “There weren’t a lot of people practicing here at the time. Very often Philip and I were by ourselves in the zendo,” Lahey said, referring to Whalen. “When the hospice moved the temple could start to reassemble itself but it took a long time.” Lahey grew up in the Bay Area, in a Catholic family. In fact, his older brother is a priest in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “He and I are both in the religion business,” Lahey said, adding that he

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according to the parks department. “We are using the original graphic designer and sign maker so that everything fits into the site,” wrote Mehring. Elton Pon, a spokesman for the Recreation and Parks Department,

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Woman killed

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mise the investigation.” He couldn’t say how close police were to making an arrest or describe the shooter’s car, but he said police have collected surveillance video. Warren’s friend Kourtney Caine told the B.A.R. she saw her at OMG just before she was shot. Caine said after they told each other goodbye, Caine went to her car, which was parked near the club. She said she’d had “a little bit” to drink and waited about five minutes to start her car. There was already “a lot of commotion,” including police who were patrolling the area and clubgoers, said Caine. When she finally started her engine, she said, she heard gunshots and “took off.” She didn’t see the shooting and had “no idea” Warren had been shot until she got a call at 4 a.m., she said. “I wish she would have stayed longer and talked to me five more minutes,” said Caine. Warren, who was originally from Oakland, graduated in 2012 from California State University, Sacramento with a criminal justice degree and was still living in Sacramento. Like others, Caine recalled Warren’s drive and her kindness. Warren was an “extremely ambitious” and “loyal” person who would “always let me know to keep my head up, keep working hard, and don’t stop,” said Caine. She “always wanted a better life for herself, and she wanted the same for her friends,” said Caine. Asked if Warren identified as a lesbian, Caine said, “I would say ‘female stud.’”

found Buddhism as a teenager. “In high school actually, and at the time what was important for me, though I didn’t realize it, was I wanted to get away from the religion I was brought up with,” he said. After researching various spiritual paths, Lahey finally settled on Buddhism when he discovered “that you could actually cultivate seated meditation.” Like Dorsey, Lahey met the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and joined a sitting group with him in Los Altos. “I started sitting with him and that was the beginning, and since then I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t much difference between Christianity and Buddhism, at the heart.” He lives at the Zen center now, supported by the community he practices with, which he said is the only reason he can afford to live in the city at all. “You just have to look around to see that the city is tilting in the direction of the money. Any city would do that. It’s still discouraging, and whether some of the supervisors or the mayor are sensitive to that change or not is hard to tell,” Lahey said. Since becoming abbot just over a month ago, Dorsey said he’s had a number of people come to him and express surprise that a gay man could occupy this spiritual seat. “Of course the founder, Issan Dorsey, was a gay man. It was very important for people to see that he could occupy that seat and we are kind of continuing that tradition,” Lahey said. As abbot, Lahey said he hasn’t noticed any difference in his role at the Zen center, that it has been “just the same.”t

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Warren’s aunt Sil Warren, 40, of San Leandro, said her niece was “very driven” and “very spontaneous,” and “she was just beautiful. She was the sweetest person.” Melquiesha Warren, who had played basketball in high school, loved children and was recently involved in teaching basketball to youth, said Warren. “She always had a smile,” she said. “No matter what, she was always smiling.” Warren hadn’t been legally married, according to her aunt. In a Facebook message, OMG coowner Rakesh Modi said, “What happened was extremely tragic and we definitely need to make sure our city streets are safe so that a life is not taken just over some silly fender bender argument.” Modi also said, “OMG isn’t part of the police investigation and so SFPD hasn’t even contacted us at all.” A vigil is set for Saturday in Oakland. More details weren’t available Wednesday morning. Sil Warren indicated that before the shooting, the family had planned to have a fish fry to mark her niece’s birthday. There’s “no justification for what happened,” said Sil Warren. “It was senseless. There’s no reason for it to have happened, and whether they’re punished by the law, God has the last say so, and they’ll definitely pay, if not on Earth, they’ll pay when they leave this Earth.” “I’m going to miss my baby,” she added. Anyone with information in the case can contact the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575- 4444. People may also text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line. The incident number is 130 973 739.t

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You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnerships, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE: The restraining orders following are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. SAN FRANCISCO SUPERIOR COURT, 400 MCALLISTER ST., CA 94102; the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, is: IRINA AEROV, 789 CABRILLO ST. SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. AUG 08, 2013 Clerk of the Superior Court by AJ GAMBOL, Deputy. NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served as an individual. WARNING: California law provides that, for the purposes of division of property upon dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership or upon legal separation, property acquired by the parties during marriage or domestic partnership in joint form is presumed to be community property. If either party to this action should die before the jointly held community property is divided, the language in the deed that characterizes how title is held (i.e., joint tenancy, tenants in common, or community property) will be controlling, and not the community property presumption. You should consult your attorney if you want the community property presumption to be written into the recorded title to the property. STANDARD FAMILY LAW RESTRAINING ORDERS: Starting immediately, you and your spouse or domestic partner are restrained from: 1. Removing the minor child or children of the parties, if any, from the state without the prior written consent of the other party or an order of the court; 2. Cashing borrowing against, canceling, transferring, disposing of, or changing the beneficiaries of any insurance or other coverage, including life, health, automobile, and disability, held for the benefit of the parties and their minor child or children; 3. Transferring, encumbering, hypothecating, concealing, or in any way disposing of any property, real or personal, whether community, quasicommunity, or separate, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life; and 4. Creating a nonprobate transfer or modifying a nonprobate transfer in the manner that affects the disposition of property subject to the transfer, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court. Before revocation of a nonprobate transfer can take effect or a right of survivorship to property can be eliminated, notice of the change must be filed and served on the other party. You must notify each other of any proposed extraordinary expenditures at least five business days prior to incurring these extraordinary expenditures and account to the court for all extraordinary expenditures made after these restraining orders are effective. However, you may use community property, quasicommunity property, or your own separate property to pay an attorney to help you or to pay court costs.

NOV 07, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035462800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INN ON FOLSOM, 1188 FOLSOM ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed S&S HOSPITALITY INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/30/13.

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Legal Notices>> ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC13-549891

In the matter of the application of: SO TU UNG, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner SO TU UNG, is requesting that the name SO TU UNG, be changed to SHERRY UNG. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 26th of December 2013 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035459700

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EMERGE A SALON. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ANTHONY GENES. 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 10/28/13.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035459200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: METRO APPLIANCE REPAIR, 647 LOMITA AVE., MILLBRAE, CA 94030. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ANATOLI DIDENCO. 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 10/28/13.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035426400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PRO AUTO & TOWING, 1425 WALLACE AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ANDRES TOBAR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/10/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/10/13.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035457000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UNO DOS TACO, 2227 POLK ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed 2227 POLK STREET LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/25/13.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035441400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: JONATHAN RACHMAN DESIGN LLC, 1661 TENNESSEE ST. 2I, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed JONATHAN RACHMAN DESIGN LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/14/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/21/13.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035448300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 7107 TOURS, 201 WEBSTER ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed 7107 TOURS, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/23/13.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-035302800

NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Dated 10/30/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: VINCEWOOD & CO., INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 2850 21ST ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110-2727. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Dated 10/16/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: J AVERY ENTERPRISES INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT, DOMESTIC TERMINAL 3, BOARDING AREA E2.320, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94128. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035467900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AETHER DESIGN CO, 330 24TH AVE. #1, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed X. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/01/13.

NOV 07, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035448200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ISTANBULS COLLECTION, 2133 UNION ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed ANATOLIAN ART INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/23/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/23/13.

NOV 07, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035463000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE BALM COSMETICS, 788 VALENCIA ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SHIPMAN ASSOCIATES, INC. DBA THE BALM (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/30/13.

NOV 07, 14, 21, 28, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Dated 10/24/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: GUAVA & JAVA SFO INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at SFO T3 BOARDING AREA E 2.315, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94128. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE NOV 14, 21, 28, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC13-549907

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: 1188 FOLSOM, 1188 FOLSOM ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business was conducted by a corporation and signed by S&S HOSPITALITY INC. (CA). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/14/13.

In the matter of the application of: DEIRDRE J.G. PORTER, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner DEIRDRE J.G. PORTER, is requesting that the name DEIRDRE J.G. PORTER, be changed to DEIRDRE PORTER. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Rm. 514 on the 16th of January 2014 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

OCT 31, NOV 07, 14, 21, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035467100

NOV 14, 21, 28, DEC 05, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035479100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AUTO ROW, 1045 REVERE AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JERRY CALDWELL. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/31/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/31/13.

NOV 07, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035460900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: REDTIE TRANSPORTATION, 1290 BAYSHORE HWY #170, BURLINGAME, CA 94010. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JESIEL PEREIRA DOS SANTOS. 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 10/29/13.

NOV 07, 14, 21, 28, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035460800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RONALD YEE CONSULTING, 100 FOREST KNOLL DR., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RONALD YEE. 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 10/29/13.

NOV 07, 14, 21, 28, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035458300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LANDMARK THEATRES EMBARCADERO CENTER CINEMA, 1 EMBARCADERO CENTER STE. PL1, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed CINEMA BEVERAGES HOLDING COMPANY, LLC (TX). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/28/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/28/13.

NOV 14, 21, 28, DEC 05, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035475000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SERVE PD, 987 RHODE ISLAND ST. #3, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed SERVE PD 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 11/05/13.

NOV 14, 21, 28, DEC 05, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Dated 11/14/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: TAG 888 BRANNAN, INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 888 BRANNAN ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. Type of license applied for

47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE NOV 21, 28, DEC 05, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Dated 10/15/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: VICTORIVIC LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 3348 STEINER ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 94123-2707. Type of license applied for

41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE NOV 21, 28, DEC 05, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035459600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ASPIRE SALON, 447 SUTTER ST. #428, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed AMANDA SIMPSON. 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 10/28/13.

NOV 21, 28, DEC 05, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035491300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE QUEERIST, 1085 SOUTH VAN NESS #307, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LISSA DOTY. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/21/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/15/13.

NOV 21, 28, DEC 05, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035485300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: J & K CO., 2407 43RD AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed IVAN NGOK CHUN KWOK. 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 11/12/13.

NOV 21, 28, DEC 05, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035470300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CASTELLANOS TRUCKING, 1788 19TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SANDRA J. CASTELLANOS. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/01/13.

NOV 21, 28, DEC 05, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035482600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UPWARD BOUND MUSIC; UPWARD BOUND APPAREL; UPWARD BOUND ENTERPRISES; 680 COLBY ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CHRISTOPHER E. HORN. 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 11/07/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 4 TO THE FLOOR!, 290 TURK ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed KELLY KATHLEEN HALL. 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 11/08/13.

NOV 14, 21, 28, DEC 05, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035478700

NOV 21, 28, DEC 05, 12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035454200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PHU QUY LIMOUSINE, 1356 THOMAS AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed TRAN DUNG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/05/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/07/13.

NOV 14, 21, 28, DEC 05, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035494800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MERCI LIMOUSINE, 749 LIBERTY ST., EL CERRITO, CA 94530. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SAID LAOUARI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/13/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/18/13.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TEXIS JEWELERY, 2933 24TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed BERTA H. CAMPOS. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/24/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/24/13.

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Wit leads the way in SFO’s ‘Barber’ by Jason Victor Serinus

Lucas Meachem (Figaro), Javier Camarena (Count Almaviva), Alessandro Corbelli (Doctor Bartolo), Andrea Silvestrelli (Don Basilio), Catherine Cook (Berta) and Isabel Leonard (Rosina) in San Francisco Opera’s The Barber of Seville. Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

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o amount of familiarity can dim Rossini’s wonderful succession of fabulous tunes and droll ensembles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). If director Emilio Sagi’s delightful new production, which San Francisco Opera premiered at the War Memorial Opera House last week, doesn’t convince even the most jaded amongst us that Rossini and his librettist, Sterbini, knew how to play comedy to the hilt, nothing will. Central to the production’s success are the almost uniformly excellent cast and the superb playing of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra under the ever-alert baton of Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi. Especially notable, on the orchestral end, are the additional silkiness that the raised pit brings to the strings; Bryndon Hassman and Finzi’s droll, improvisatory fortepiano and harpsichord commentary during recitatives; and the sheer verve of the playing. Performed on Llorenç Corbella’s brightwhite set, onto which he, Sagi, and costume designer Pepa Ojanguren progressively inject color as the plot unfolds, the production relies as much on the gifts of the musicians as See page 23 >>

John Waters revels in filth by David-Elijah Nahmod

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n Saturday, November 23, the normally elegant Yoshi’s on Fillmore Street will become mired in sleaze, filth, and boundary-busting humor, as the iconic filmmaker John Waters takes to the stage to offer his astute observations on the filthy world in which we live. Waters will appear for two shows, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. “I’m excited!” Waters told the B.A.R. “I never played a jazz club before, but I listen to my local real jazz station all the time in my car.” Never one to mince words, Waters said that many of the jazz musicians he knows are heroin addicts. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Waters, as San Francisco is one of several cities in which he maintains residences. “I have a beautiful apartment in the city,” he said. “I look at it and wonder who lives there. You people bought me that apartment!” He’s looking forward to being in the city again. “I can’t wait!” he said. “I’m gonna get a Muni pass. I always feel so thankful to be in

San Francisco.” He cited the city’s mild weather as one of the things he loves about being here. We wondered what we could expect from the man who convinced Divine to eat poodle shit in the film Pink Flamingos. What would he talk about? “I wouldn’t bring the kids,” he said. “Unless they just got out of reform school. I’m kinda blue.” And what does his family think of his adults-only brand of humor? Waters’ father watched his film A Dirty Shame (2004) and admitted that it was funny. “But I hope I never see it again,” said Dad, who was 90 years old at the time. It was his parents who covered the cost of shooting Pink Flamingos, Waters’ now40-year-old underground cult classic. The film became legendary for that stillshocking dung-eating scene. His parents never saw the film, but he says that he paid See page 23 >>

Filth elder, filmmaker and author John Waters.

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Amaluna mon amour by Roberto Friedman

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maluna, the new Cirque du Soleil show now dazzling audiences under the Grand Chapiteau next to AT&T Park, takes place on a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon,” a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of a lunar goddess. Amaluna director Diane Paulus has said she intended to put women front-and-center in this circus show. The production’s motto is, “Escape to an island where beauty and women power are unleashed!” There is indeed a lot of feminine energy on display in Amaluna, in its story-line as well as in its feats of derring-do. A pack of female monkeys, for example, chases away invading male monkeys from a set of uneven gymnastic bars, the better to demonstrate their superior skills. But as always in Cirque shows, the slim narrative takes a back-seat to sheer spectacle. And in the acrobatics and artistry, the make-up and costumes, the stage design and lighting, even in the original music that always seems to be set in Esperanto, this latest theatrical confection does not disappoint. We’d say the masculine components in the show should not be overlooked. During the “Teeterboard” segment, for example, a gang of shirtless young men imprisoned on the island uses some seesaw equipment to attempt an escape, in the process serving up some incredible gymnastic feats, such as landing in a handstand on another acrobat’s hands. The plot falls away, mercifully, as the breathtaking athleticism takes center stage. As an aside, our

comely companion Pepi noticed that none of the acrobats have any tattoos marking the ample flesh on display. Yet the show’s Romeo, who so impressed on the Chinese pole, has a distinctive shoulder-blade tattoo. Does star billing bring this perk? We’d like to know. (Now playing at AT&T Park; opens Jan. 22, 2014, in San Jose. Go to: www.cirquedusoleil. com/amaluna.)

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The Mostly British Film Festival is presenting a free screening of Philomena on Sat., Nov. 23, 11 a.m. at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco. Move over, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, because Dame Judi Dench is definitely going to make the Best Actress Oscar nominations a horserace. She gives a controlled but life-affirming performance as the title character, an older woman recalling her past in 1950s Ireland, when she was forced by the Catholic Church to give up her infant son. Director Stephen Frears (The Queen, The Grifters) is at his best telling this true story of a determined woman who hooks

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“Teeterboard” sequence from Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna.

A Christian soul by Richard Dodds

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ust as there is a methodology of self-termination called “suicide by

up with a cynical journalist to find her long-lost son. Dench and Steve Coogan have a natural chemistry, she often acting as the “straight man” to his offbeat humor. Their search takes them to Washington, DC, and a surprise ending to their journey. America offers a revelation for Philomena, whose world expands because of her travels. For tickets, send an e-mail to voguersvp@gmail.com. Write Live and your name in the subject line, and indicate how many tickets you would like (up to two) in the body of the e-mail. Last week’s review of author James McCourt’s new memoir Lasting City (Liveright) inspired us to crack open a review copy that came our way. McCourt is an acquired taste, and his reminiscences flow in a non-linear, stream-of-consciousness way. But if a reader lets go of conventional narrative expectations, some real gems are unearthed. We’ve selected a few passages to annotate and pass on to our dear readers. On the lost world of seedy Times Square: “‘The Gaiety Male Burlesk certainly did not go out of business for want of steady customers.’ “‘Giuliani.’” On metaphysics: “‘Einstein says

cop,” it’s possible to see the religious concept of The Rapture as “suicide by God.” Born-again believers already know they are headed for

heaven upon their demise, but some want to hurry up the process. “Now, now, now,” shouts Will, the main character in A Bright New Boise,

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“Storm” sequence from Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. Costume credit: Mérédith Caron.

time bends.’ “‘It certainly bends you over, I can tell you that much.’” On looking backwards: “Nostalgia is dreadful, its victims enslaved by it in its baleful presence and their dread obligation to it.” “‘The Shadow knows everything.’ “‘So does the Web.’” McCourt’s candor extends to the book’s copyright page, where we learn, “In one way or another everything represented in Lasting City happened. Certain names have been changed to protect the author from the innocent.”

tive I have as an evictee/exile, and how the film relates to the housing crisis facing so many men of the AIDS generations in SF,” Weissman told Out There in an e-mail. “I’ll certainly speak about this at the screening. There’s a bunch of new activism around what people are terming ‘AIDS Survivor Syndrome’ and around evictions. “The film is so fundamentally about the importance of community. And now, with the epidemic of evictions and insane cost of housing, the very existence of our Castro community is threatened.”t

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David Weissman and Bill Weber’s 2011 award-winning documentary We Were Here is returning to the Castro Theatre for a special one-night return engagement on Sun., Dec. 1, the 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. The stories of five individuals’ experiences at the advent of the AIDS crisis make for a profoundly moving and cathartic experience, and from personal experience, Out There knows that seeing it at the Castro only intensifies the emotional impact of the film. Weissman will be in SF for the screening (his first Castro event as an eviction exile, now living in Portland, OR) and will appear at the theatre with the cast and crew. “One new angle is the perspec-

We Were Here director David Weissman.

more as an imperative than a prayer that God should end his personal unhappiness through universal cataclysm. The self-deceit behind this selfishness instead only brings earth-bound cataclysm for this lost soul. Aurora Theatre is introducing Bay Area audiences to ascending playwright Samuel D. Hunter with its sterling production of A Bright New Boise. First seen in New York in 2010, Boise presents a writer with a keen ear for dialogue that has meaning beneath everyday banality, and a good deal of comedy, and a talent for exploring his characters and their demons from multiple per-

spectives. The setting is the mirthless employee break room (designed in realistic detail by Richard Olmstead) at a big-box crafts store. Will has sought unlikely refuge there from a crisis in faith and a chance at redemption by connecting with a son he never knew. A scandal at his small-town evangelical church has led him on his mission to Boise, where he sets out to land a minimum-wage job at the same store where his teenage son works. Will’s hope of quick reconciliation is dashed by Alex’s anger and suspicion of this collaborator in his adoption saga. See page 22 >>

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Patrick Russell (right) tries to calm his fellow employee and stepbrother, played by Daniel Petzoid, after a newcomer’s revelation has shaken his world in A Bright New Boise.


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Virtuoso portraiture from Sweden by Sura Wood

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hen he died in 1920 at the age of 60, Swedish painter Anders Zorn was one of the wealthiest men in Sweden. Having spent the better part of his career seducing and conquering the social elite on two continents with his charm and charisma, he accumulated his fortune by painting flattering portraits of the rich, famous and powerful who paid astronomical fees for the privilege. In 1901, he reportedly raked in $15,000 per week. But even after making seven trips to the U.S., during which time he captured three presidents for posterity – rough-and-ready Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Grover Cleveland – as well as imperious socialites and industrial magnates with fashionable wives who liked to flaunt their status, he never became as well-known in America as he did in Europe. Though his success is said to have rivaled that of his closest competitor, the older John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter, a new exhibition at the Legion of Honor, is only the second major retrospective of his work in this country in the last century. Its advent should help raise the profile of an artist who’s largely a mystery to American audiences. “Self Portrait with Model” (1896), the imposing painting which opens the show, is a fitting introduction to Zorn’s world and his subdued palette of ochre, black, red and white, generous impasto and virtuoso brushwork that were his signature. He’s seated in the foreground, a formidable presence dressed in a white smock, holding the tools of his trade in one hand, surrounded – nearly enveloped – by deep cavernous browns that summon references to Velázquez and Rembrandt, the artists he most admired. Judging from this catalog of 100

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“Castles in the Air” (1885), watercolor by Anders Zorn, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

paintings, prints and etchings, Zorn, if not the greatest artist of the 19th century, was an unparalleled schmoozer and boulevardier who moved with ease among artists, high society and the intelligentsia of Europe. But that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t serious about his art and methodical in his approach. He spent hours drawing his subjects in their homes before

painting them in their natural habitats rather than in his studio. In his best-known work, Isabella Stewart Gardner, one of his most enthusiastic patrons, holds court in a creamy full-length gown, her arms barring the doorway of a dark-paneled, highceilinged room that led to the balcony of her Venetian palazzo. She’s illuminated by a pool of light, red flowers

sight into what lay behind the mask. In 1888, Zorn moved to Paris, where he spent the next decade. There he was influenced by Impressionism, especially Manet, who favored scenes of urban ennui similar to Zorn’s “Omnibus” (1891-92), a distinctly French portrait that focuses on a weary working-class millinery girl in transit on that great equalizer, Parisian public transport. Degas’ sensuality and sensitivity to movement and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston/The Bridgeman Art Library “Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice” (1894), oil on feminine grace are apparent in the canvas by Anders Zorn, Isabella Stewart Gardner lovely 1892 waMuseum, Boston. tercolor “Reveil, Boulevard Clichy,” where a young woman leans scattered at her feet, like a goddess forward, extenddescending or an opera diva taking a ing her torso and alabaster arm over curtain call. billowing white fabric like a dancer “Elizabeth Sherman Cameron” stretching at the ballet bar; and a seand “Mrs. Richard Howe,” two beauries of nude bathers painted en plein tiful pictures painted in 1900, appear air during the mid-1890s owe a debt vain and smug, a pair of expensively to Renoir. dressed, cool customers living in Although Zorn demonstrates adgilded cages. Cameron evidently demirable technique in his oil painttested the final product and wasn’t ings, he flirts with greatness in his shy about voicing her displeasure. watercolors, which are the true revGenerally, though, the portraits preselation of the exhibition. Some were ent the sitters as they wish to be seen, painted during sojourns to Greece, conveying their sense of entitlement Italy, Turkey, Portugal and Spain. by virtue of money and position, See page 21 >> while offering attitude but scant in-

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tephen Sondheim kicked up a theatrical dust-storm after he read what director Diane Paulus and writer Suzi-Lori Parks intended for a new production of Porgy and Bess, but Audra McDonald, the production’s Bess, posted a tweet that Sondheim would be hard-pressed to contradict. “Here’s what I think,” McDonald wrote, “to quote the greatest musical composer of our time: ‘Art isn’t easy.’” To be sure, Porgy and Bess hasn’t ever been easy, not from its original 1935 production through subsequent Broadway contractions and opera-house expansions. Whatever you may think of this newest incarnation, launching its tour at the Golden Gate Theatre following a Broadway run, it will not be the final word. Not even George Gershwin probably knew what a definitive production of Porgy and Bess was supposed to look like. This new edition, supposedly adapted to make it more accessible to contemporary audiences, feels pretty much like, well, Porgy and Bess. True, much of the recitative has been replaced with dialogue, reshaped some by Parks, but the process of removing recitative began as early as the 1942 Broadway revival, which opera companies years later would restore. But if the recitative was considered a barrier between audiences and the material, the considerable size of both opera and Broadway revivals hindered the ability of the Gershwin estate to more widely market its precious asset. (For the record, this production is officially billed as The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which acknowledges Ira Gershwin’s contributions, but not those of DuBose and Dorothy Heyward; don’t get Sondheim

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Kingsley Leggs, as Sporting Life, takes stock of Alicia Hall Moran’s Bess in a new production of Porgy and Bess at the Golden Gate Theatre.

started on that.) The reduced cast size is most noticeable, predictably, in the powerful moans and exaltations of Gershwin’s choral compositions. But the story, the characters, the music, the lyrics, and the fundamental daring of the show can still pull you into a world that is both distant and familiar. A key component in achieving this falls to the actors playing the central characters, and this production delivers. Nathaniel Stampley creates a beautifully sung Porgy of heartbreaking humanity and determination. As Bess, a woman of divided desires, Alicia Hall Moran is as fiery as the red dress that sets her apart from her neighbors, while also conveying dangerous vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities are, simply put, sex and drugs. Providing the former is the rawly sensual, definitely frightening Crown that Alvin Crawford creates. The latter comes in the form of “happy dust” peddled

by the greasily urbane Sporting Life, presented in somewhat tempered tones by Kingsley Leggs. Danielle Lee Greaves, as Mariah, powerfully portrays the moral anchor of Catfish Row. Paulus’ staging is efficient without removing room for a heartbeat, and the production occasionally breaks out into an Afro-Fosse kind of choreography by Ronald K. Brown. Unfortunately, Riccardo Hernandez’s scenic design is as interesting as a wall of plywood panels – which is basically all it is. But fortunately, and with a cast of this ability, Porgy and Bess retains the power to create its own world rooted in a distinctly American vernacular filtered through musical genius.t The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will run through Dec. 8 at the Golden Gate Theater. Tickets are $40-$210. Call (888) 7461799 or go to shnsf.com.

Pakistani-skinhead bonds by Richard Dodds

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ilm is a medium that feeds you realism. Theater asks that you feed yourself, that the suggestions of time and place are enough for a stimulated imagination to fill in the details. But there are times when a visual prompt is necessary, as when a laundrette is transformed from a sad dump into a glittering palace. Send in the Maytags. That transformation is probably the best remembered scene from the 1985 movie My Beautiful Laundrette, and while no one expects rows of washers and dryers to be hauled out in the stage adaptation, New Conservatory Theatre Center’s production makes no attempt to offer anything beyond the characters’ descriptions of what we are supposed to be seeing. Some resourceful use of light strands, creative cardboard, or a disco ball that must be in the prop closet could help close this disconnect. That this key moment is so mildly rendered is disappointing, but what surrounds it is generally engaging. The fact that the source movie is fondly recalled but hazily remembered by many helps sustain attention in Andy Graham and Roger Parsley’s adaptation of the Hanif Kureishi film script. There are laughs, romance, skullduggery, social conflicts, and family drama all packed into the play, and director Andrew Nance and his strong cast help breathe fresh life into the material. The 1980s London period has been maintained, and there are repeated references to Margaret Thatcher. They are invariably glowing, and their source may be surprising. A successful Pakistani businessman extols her upfrom-your-bootstraps message, looks

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Javi Harnly (left), as a young Pakistani in London, tends to his Anglo lover (Robert Rushin) after an assault in My Beautiful Laundrette at NCTC.

down on most of the Anglo community, and sets up his nephew in business rather than see him on the despised dole. That business, of course, is a laundrette, and aimless Omar now has a vision. But it is a vision that he is determined to share with boyhood friend Johnny, now a street punk with occasional fascist inclinations, with whom he had apparently shared something more than a handshake before they were reined in by their specific ethnic worlds. That Omar is hanging out with a lower-class white kid seems more disturbing to his family than the homosexual bond that is vaguely suspected. While there are several running subplots involving marital affairs,

drug running, and arranged marriages, what is essential in this story is that Omar and Johnny come across as likable despite their occasionally dubious actions. We have a pair of winners at NCTC, with Javi Harnly’s Omar and Robert Rushin’s Johnny pulling us into their story and rooting for their success. Their physical encounters immediately move offstage whenever the heat begins to rise, discretion not afforded to Omar’s uncle and his mistress, who go at it front and center. Uncle Nasser is probably the most entertaining character in the play, with his commandeering personality and startling pronouncements, and Keith Stephenson turns this bombastic character into a force of nature. In many ways, Cat Luedtke is his equal as his brash and determined mistress who is tired of playing second fiddle. As Nasser’s daughter, Radhika Rao displays comic savvy as a young woman usually being shunted around by the men in her life. Daniel Redmond oozes danger as small-time hoodlum Salim, and Ravi Bhatnagar gives gentle life to Omar’s broken-down father with one big speech left in him. High marks to dialect coach Patricia Reynoso, working with both English and Pakistani accents that never rang untrue to this ear. Christian Mejila’s lighting perhaps could help more in creating the atmospheres that Dean Shibuya’s modular set does not. So what is My Beautiful Laundrette without a beautiful laundrette? Maybe something like a clothes washer that does its job up until the spin cycle.t My Beautiful Laundrette will run at New Conservatory Theatre Center through Dec. 22. Tickets are $25-$45. Go to 861-8972 or nctcsf.org.


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Sweet-and-sour love story by David Lamble

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he Broken Circle Breakdown Art and politics are a toxic mix. Add a pure strain of folk music, and the screen’s likely to burst into flames. Director Felix van Groeningen’s powerful musical cocktail The Broken Circle Breakdown, the Belgium entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar (opening Friday at Landmark’s Opera Plaza and Shattuck Cinemas), gives us a honey-sweet love story that goes horribly sour over seven stormy years. Employing a simple but moving flashback system, Groeningen plants us in the middle of a cultural anomaly: a Flemish-speaking, American Southern-twang singing, Bill Monroe-influenced bluegrass band. The band’s boss man is farmer/stud Didier (the thunderously engaging Johan Heldenbergh), and his sweetheart/lead singer is Elise (the flirtatious but steely determined Veerle Baetens). When the band is belting out such heavenly classic lyrics as “Will the circle be unbroken, by and by, Lord, by and by,” you’re likely to be swept back into whatever vein of American heartland good-old-country religion you can trace your roots to. Elise, who will later rename her-

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Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh in director Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown.

self “Alabama” for reasons that will make sense at that moment, meets Johan at her tattoo parlor. In a crucial beat halfway through the movie, she explains her habit of printing the name of her latest boyfriend into her skin. But, he asks, “Don’t you regret any of your tattoos?” “But it’s not a problem. If you no longer like one, you put another one on top. The name of my first love, Billy, used to be here. And Joey was a nice boy. And here Tommy, you can still see him a bit – Tommy, the surf-

er. And Mathieu, that’s fairly recent.” As often happens in car-crash love stories, the lug, Johan, hears the words, but doesn’t really take in the message, that this woman fights to hold onto things, memories, lovers, kids, in her own bitterly tenacious way. Johan then unloads his passion for living. “I’ve been crazy about America all my life. It’s the best place on earth. No matter where you’re from, when you get there you can start over again. It’s a country of dreamers.”

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new biography of Bob Fosse was unexpected. And the massive Fosse, by entertainment writer Sam Wasson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $32), is unexpectedly fabulous. Here’s a biography in which the tone of the writing matches the life of the subject. Not for Wasson your academic, inevitably dull day-by-day trod, but a life written with rhythm and speed. Man, I’ve never before read any bio – much less, one 600 pages long – that was such a page-turner. Flash, that’s what Fosse’s got. Here’s a typical Wasson punch-up: “All those nights in all those shitholes had burned red sequins into Fosse’s eyes.” Wasson calls Jack Cole “the slithering id of American exotica”; writes of play-writing trends, “Albee, the Ernst Lubitsch of bad feelings, did to happy families what Oh! Calcutta! did to pants”; wraps up the movie Cabaret as “the bejeweling of horror”; slips into 42nd Street lingo when he calls Broadway the place “where dreams were torn like tickets���; and finally, in my favorite bit of Wassonia, shows us Fosse dancing, “shooting up his hands, throwing his limbs wide then snapping them shut, like a starfish going sardine.” Yet Wasson’s isn’t the sort of razzledazzle that’s a cover-up. He’s got insight; it’s almost painfully acute the way he’s inside the emotions and psychology of artists and performers. It’s possible there’s never been a show-biz bio as aware as this. Martin Gottfried could quote critic reviews in his 1990 bio All His Jazz, but Wasson doesn’t need them. He can put the effect and meaning of dancing into words. Wasson’s chapter headings are a countdown of Fosse’s sparring with the specter of death. Even more closely charted are the selfdoubt and cynicism that were implanted when the barely pubescent kid hoofed it in hell. “Bob Fosse was the best thing ever to come

“Elvis, a tattoo of Elvis. I have to earn a living.” “Elvis is a pansy! The greatest musician in the whole world is Bill Monroe.” In a passionate film about life and death that doesn’t traffic in cheap art-house ironies, The Broken Circle Breakdown is about not only love at first blush, but also about a man who converts his lady into his own secret musical coven, then tragically loses his grip when fathomless catastrophe strikes – the childhood cancer of their first-born daughter – and the gods of medicine, of Darwin, of stem cell research let him down. As a special kicker for us San Francisco Bush-haters, George W. Bush himself becomes a character in a second-act religious passion play that has no winners. Based on actor Heldenbergh’s widely performed stage play, The Broken Circle Breakdown makes the subtlest allusions to cinema god Hitchcock, with a kind of modern parable about blackbirds killing themselves on the glass windows of the family’s veranda. An almost unbearable moment has a dying child refusing to let go of the body of a freshly killed bird. Flannery O’Connor makes it in all the more subtly as a bandleader destroys his career in an anti-religious religious rant. Continuing some themes raised by the preacher boy vs. the oilman in There Will Be Blood, this promises to be one of the most fulfilling wafers at the altar of Oscar. Cinema by the Bay This annual recap of the Bay Area’s best local offerings, fiction and nonfiction, kicks off for three days at the Roxie, Nov. 22-24. American Vagabond Unscreened but promising: Finnish director Susanna Helke brings an outsider’s perspective to one of SF’s ongoing tragedies. My thesis that for homeless queer youth SF is somewhere between a psychotic Disneyland and a well-maintained refugee camp is put to the test in this 86-minute photo essay on the efforts of two Chico boys

to escape a suffocating heartland life. Lovers James and Tyler find their dreams dashed from the get-go. This could very possibly be an ideal thematic mate to Scott Boswell’s riveting 2010 fiction feature The Stranger in Us. (Roxie, 11/23, 4:30 p.m.) Dear Sidewalk “What do I do next?” “Anything you want! How many people can say that?” Two 20something dudes who are sort of brothers chew over one of life’s big existential questions if you happen to be hitting 25 sans job, relationship and proper abode. Not that our hero, Gardner (the very natural Joseph Mazzello), can be called homeless, far from it. If anything, this boy is far too tied down, to an idea that life is scary if you wander from the path – in Gardner’s case, delivering 1,200 pieces of mail. The opposite end of the comedy universe from Seinfeld’s uber-obnoxious Newman, Gardner, as created by writer Jake Limbert for director Jake Oleman, is very funny in that low-key way that’s a sure bet to produce a cancellation notice in TV-land, but that is totally charming for a one-off 85 minutes of plotless serendipity by actors who doggedly resemble real people. Mazzello, who’s probably not like this guy at all in his real life, manages to mime a young worrywart sensibility so acutely that you really fear for his mental health when a new friend casually tosses his precious watch in the lake. A personal aside: the best hetero relation I’ve ever witnessed unfolded for 23 years between a young Harvard grad, 23 when they met, and a 46-year-old Fort Worth-born therapist. This best-case scenario, of course, doesn’t work for a single-sitting low budget like Sidewalk, which is why true-life moments remain elusive even with the best intentions. Warning for its decidedly incorrect generalized lesbian putdown, and for its sadly nebbish title for a remarkably plucky, laugh-out-loud funny little film. (Roxie, 11/24, 9:15 p.m.)t

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Sun 24 The Wizard of Oz in 3D

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ilm screenings are rarely listed here, as you may have noticed. The Castro, Roxie and other theatres and festivals are exceptions, because we like them. Occasionally, an LGBT-themed flick will garner my attention, or ones that have a sensibility that’s …well, not exactly gay, but gay enough, like a campy stage parody of a homoerotic flick (Top Guys), and the two 3D funfests this week: The Wizard of Oz and the global simulcast rebroadcast of the Doctor Who special The Day of the Doctor, with not one but two Dr. Who favorites, Matt Smith and David Tennant.

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Arlington @ Magic Theatre Victor Lodato and Polly Pen’s dramatic musical about a soldier’s wife and her sacrifices and doubts. $20-$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30, 7pm. Fort Mason Center, Building D, 3rd floor. 441-8822. www.magictheatre.org

Bacon, Babes & Bingo @ Café DuNord The game night and wild show’s last event for a while. Enjoy music from Jessica Rose and Jinx Jones, hostess Dottie Lux, burlesque gals, prizes galore. Proceeds benefit local charities. $10-$25. Happy hour 5pm-7pm, Bingo time 7pm-11pm. 2170 Market St. www.baconbabesandbingo.com www.cafedunord.com

Cirque du Soleil @ AT&T Park The visually stunning Montreal circus brings their new show Amaluna, loosely based on Shakepeare’s The Tempest, to their big tent. $50-$140. Tue-Sat 8pm. FriSun 4:30pm. Also Sun. 1pm. Thru Dec. 31. Third St. at Terry A. Francois Blvd. www.cirquedusoleil.com

Evita @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts New Broadway touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen’s Tony Award-winning dramatic musical about Evita Peron. $31-$92. Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 1pm, Sun 1pm & 6:30pm. Thru Nov 24. www.broadwaysanjose.com

Ideation @ Tides Theatre SF Playhouse performs Aaron Loeb’s darkly comic suspense thriller about corporate consultants who aren’t quite sure about an ethically ambiguous project. $10-$20. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. (no shows Nov 28, Dec 4/5). Thru Dec. 7. 533 Sutter St. 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

Jan Daley @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko The former Miss California, and stage and screen actress performs “Where There’s Hope – A Tribute to the Love Songs of Bob Hope’s Legacy.” $25-$35. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063. www.ticketweb.com

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LevyDance @ Fort Mason Center The innovative local dance company performs Romp, an interactive site-specific dinner-dance experience. $30-$50. 8pm. Thru Nov. 23. General’s Residence, Franklin St. at MacArthur Ave., www.levydance.org

The Rocky Horror Show @ Boxcar Theatre

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum

Can You Dig It? @ The Marsh Berkeley

Live performance of the original Richard O’Brien musical (about sexed-up aliens transsexuals) that became a cult film. $20-$55. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 21. 505 Natoma St. at 6th. www.sfrockyhorror.com

See the new exhibit, Vicki Marlane: I’m Your Lady, which displays video, images and ephemera documenting the pioneering local drag, cabaret and carnival perfomer, known for decades of performances. Thru Feb 28, 2014. Also, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song, includes archival materials from the historic chorus, leadcurated by Tom Burtch. Other permanent exhibits as well. Reg. hours Mon-Sat 11am7pm (closed Tue.) Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.glbthistory.org

Don Reed’s autobiographical solo show explores the 1960s: Beatles, Black Panthers, MLK, JFK and the KKK. $20-$50. Sat 8:30pm and Sun 7pm thru Dec. 15. 2120 Allston Way. 282-3055. themarsh.org

Shocktoberfest 14 @ Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers’ new show takes on a creepy-fun Halloween theme, with a Grand Guignol-style tale of Jack the Ripper, the famous London serial killer, plus the oneact Salome and more fun. $25-$35. ThuSat 8pm. Thru Nov 23. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films Unusual vintage short films, Thursdays and Fridays. Nov. 21, You Are a Rainbow: The Quest for Higher Consciousness. Nov 22, Incredibly Strange Robots. Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Thomas Dolby @ Swedish American Hall The pop genius perform with his new band Invisible Lighthouse. $25-$60. 8pm. 2170 Market St www.cafedunord.com.

Top Guys @ Stage Werx Theatre

Cleverly-paired double features and special events. Nov. 21, Rebel Without a Cause (7pm) and Rumble Fish (9:05). Nov 22, Benjamin Britten special event. Nov. 23, Peaches Christ’s 9 to 5 (see Sat. listing). Nov. 24, The Wizard of Oz 3D version! 1pm, 3:30, 5:45, 8pm. Nov. 27, Band of Outsiders (7:30) and Buffalo 66 (9:20). Reg. admission $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

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

The Oy of Sex @ The Marsh Alicia Dattner’s solo show explores her life with ex-boyfriends, family, love addiction, and how they all sometimes clash. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 8:30pm. $20-$100. Thru Jan. 18. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. themarsh.org

The Pianist of Willesden Lane @ Berkeley Rep Acclaimed pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek performs the solo stage adaptation of her book (co-written with Lee Cohen) about her mother when she was a young Jewish musician trying to survive the Nazi Germany regime. $29-$89. 8pm (other Wed 7pm) Thu-Sat 8pm. Also Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Dec. 8. Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St. (510) 647-2949. berkeleyrep.org

Porgy and Bess @ Golden Gate Theatre National touring production of the Broadway revival of George Gershwin’s classic musical, which won a 2012 Tony Award; performed with a 23-piece orchestra. $40-$210. Tues-Sat. 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Wed 2pm. Thru Dec. 8. 1 Taylor St. at 6th. (888) 746-1799. porgyandbessthemusical.com www.shnsf.com

Whoa Nellies @ El Rio Enjoy a concert of beloved retro-pop cover songs by the local band that features musical theatre actress Leigh Crowe and Pepperspray guitarist Peter Fogel. No cover. 10pm. 3168 Mission St. www.elriosf.com

Okeanos, an aquatic dance show, is performed by the creative Bay Area dance-theatre team. $15-$30. 4:30 and 7pm. Saturdays thru 2013. Pier 39 at Embarcadero. 623-5300. capacitor.org www.aquariumofthebay.org

In Grand Style @ Asian Art Museum In Grand Style, Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty, a new exhibit of works from 1392-1910. Thru Jan. 12. Also, Proximities 2, a contemporary exhibit of works by Bay Area artists focusing on the concept of family, and cultural and geographical distances. Thru Dec. 8. Also, Art of Adornment, Southeast Asian Jewelry ; Thru Nov 24. Free (members)-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 5813500. www.asianart.org

Jason Brock @ Martuni’s Our favorite local (and national celebrity) crooner sings Carole King’s Tapestry album in its entirety, with pianist alan Choy and guest vocalist Michelle Elaine LaNiro. $25. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Dissident Futures @ YBCA Fascinating exhibit and series of events about visions of post-disaster Bay Area imagery; a future imagined in maps, videos, artwork and even a disturbing animal laboratory installation. Thru Nov. 30. Also, Migrating Identities, an eight-artist exhibition visualizing cultural diversity in the U.S. Thru Nov. 30. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. www.ybca.org

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

Foxes @ New Parish London singer Louisa Rose Allen performs new music from her EP Youth. $15. 9pm. 579 18th St., Oakland. (510) 444-7474. www.thenewparish.com

Josh Klipp and The Klipptones @ Palace Hotel The local jazz crooner and his band perform weekly shows at the hotel’s lounge, which draws a growing swingdance audience. 7pm-11pm. 2 New Montgomery. www.joshklipp.com

My Beautiful Laundrette @ New Conservatory Theatre Center U.S. premiere of Hanif Kureishi’s tale (adapted by Andy Gram and Roger Parsley) about two gay men in 1980s England and their unlikely romance spurred by coowning a laundromat. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 22. 25 Van Ness Ave at Oak. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Narratives of Desire @ Mark I. Chester Studio The SoMa photographer’s annual open studio, with kink and leather-themed artistic prints on display and for sale. Get your solo or group photo taken. Open by appointment thru 2013. 1229 Folsom St. 621-6294. www.markichester.com

So You Think You Can Dance? @ Warfield Touring production of the popular dance competition TV show. $52-$60. 8pm. Also Nov. 23. 982 Market St. 345-0900. www.fox.com/dance

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Actor David Strathairn performs Glen Berger’s intriguing solo drama about a librarian haunted by ghosts unleashed from a mysterious antique book. $20-$95. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Nov. 6, Out with A.C.T. LGBT night includes afterparty. Thru Nov. 17. Geary Theatre, 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Capacitor @ Aquarium of the Bay

Fri 22 Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

Annual festival of a dozen new works with contemporary takes on classic Greek mythology. $10. Various times. Thru Nov. 23. 156 Eddy St. www.sfolympians.com

Underneath the Lintel @ American Conservatory Theatre

SF Indie presents a wacky stage parody of the the ‘80s Tom Cruise film Top Gun. $20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 14. 466 Valencia St. at 15th. 820-3907. www.sfindie.com

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Sat 23 9 to 5 @ Castro Theatre Peaches Christ presents another drag parody pre-show and a fun movie, this time, the Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ‘80s classic about working women who get even; with a drag performance by Peaches Christ, Heklina, Pandora Boxx and others. $15-$45 (VIP tickets include early priority seating and drinks/reception in the mezzanine). 8pm. 429 Castro St. peacheschrist.com

Adam Pascal @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko Broadway star ( Rent, Aida ) performs a one-night concert of his favorite songs. $25-$40. 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063. www.ticketweb.com

Artumnal Gathering @ Bently Reserve Black Rock Arts Foundation (the Burning Man people) hold their seventh annual festive gala. $275 Dinner 6pm, Main event, $45 and up; 9:45-2am. 400 Sansome St. www.blackrockarts.org

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition @ de Young Museum New exhibit of 300 portraits, still lifes, and landscape paintings by the gay British painter. Free-$25. Thru Jan. 20. Also, The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, an exhibit of 150 pieces of exquisite Italian jewelry made between 1950 and 1990, including gems from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection. Thru Feb 17. $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

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor @ Metreon 16, Century 9 Cinemas Nationwide simulcast of the BBC special episode of the popular series about the mysterious time lord and his tardis. Also at other Bay Area cinemas. $13-$15. 7:30pm, 10pm. 135 4th St. www.FathomEvents.com

John Waters @ Yoshi’s The gay director of such classic films as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Hairspray performs his hilarious one-man show about his life, career and other naughty “pop trash” topics. $30-$40 8pm & 10pm. VIP ($75) sold out. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Live in the Castro @ Jane Warner Plaza New twice-weekly (Sat & Sun) live outdoor music concerts presented by the Castro/ Upper Market Community Business District. 2pm and 3pm. Free. Castro St. at Market. 500-1181. www.castrocbd.org

Other Cinema @ ATA Gallery Weekly wacky short film and video screenings. $6. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia St. www.othercinema.com

SF Hiking Club @ UCSC Arboretum Join GLBT hikers for a 7-mile leisurely hike through the UCSC Arboretum and Natural Bridges State Beach Monarch preserve in Santa Cruz. From the arboretum ($5 entry), continue to Natural Bridges to see the migrating monarch butterflies and enjoy the beach. Bring your inner flora and fauna geek, and binoculars, plus water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, layers. Carpool meets 8:30 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (530) 330-5524. www.sfhiking.com

U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes @ Galería de la Raza Neil Rivas’ multimedia exhibit, a mix of dark parody and journalistic critique of government agencies, immigration policies, and race-based politics. Free. Reg hours Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm. Thru Jan. 18. 2857 24th St. at Bryant. 826-8009. www.galeriadelaraza.org




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Impressionists on the Water @ Legion of Honor Touring exhibit of French Impressionist aquatic works. Also, Darren Waterston: A Compendium of Creatures (thru Dec), and permanent exhibits (ongoing). $10-$25. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600. www.legionofhonor.famsf.org

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

Typhoon Victims Benefit Concert @ Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland The San Francisco Boys Chorus, members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus and SF Symphony Chorus perform an emergency concert of excerpts from Verdi’s Requiem. Donations go to relief efforts for victims of the Philipine typhoon. 7pm. 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. www.sfbc.org/benefitconcert

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

The Wizard of Oz 3D @ Castro Theatre Enjoy the timeless classic musical film, based on the L. Frank Baum books, remastered in 3D. $8.50-$12. 1pm, 3:30, 5:45, 8pm. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

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Natalie Cole @ Davies Symphony Hall

Julianna Barwick @ The Chapel

San Francisco Symphony performs a concert with the Grammy-winning vocalist, with songs from her new Spanish-language CD, Natalie Cole en Espanol. $ 8pm. 8646000. www.sfsymphony.org

Ethereal musician-singer performs music from her new CD, Nepenthe. $12. 8pm. 777 Valencia St. www.juliannabarwick. com www.thechapelsf.com

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West Coast premiere of Emma Rice’s innovative acrobatic and music-filled adaptation of the classic mythical love story. $20-$72. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art Fascinating intimate exhibit of rarely seen hand-made hats and other works (prints, paintings, sculptures and drawings) by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children’s books. 781 Beach St. 292-0387 www.dennisraefineart.com www.drseussart.com/hatsoff

Butterflies & Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers Popular exhibit transforms the floral gallery into a fluttering garden with 20 species of butterflies and moths. Reg. hours, 10am-4pm. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am4:30pm. Extended thru March 16, 2014. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 8312090. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Charles Gatewood: Fifty Years @ Robert Tat Gallery Exhibit of photos from five decades of prints by the fine art photographer and photojournalist. Thru Nov. 30. 49 Geary St. #410. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com

Mon 25 Natalie Cole

Mon 25 10 Percent @ Comcast Cable David Perry’s LGBT-themed talk show features a variety of local and visiting guests. Rebroadcast various times thru the week. www.comcasthometown.com www.davidperry.com

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. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316. www.SFBotanicalGarden.org

Hymns to Hermes: The Poetics of James Broughton @ SF Public Library Local activist and archivist Joey Cain’s exhibit of the gay poet and filmmaker includes rare personal items from his estate. Exhibit thru Jan. 16. James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, Main Library, third floor, 100 Larkin St. sfpl.org

Jason Lazarus: Live Archive @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Exhibit of unusual work by the Chicago artist who explores collective public archives, personal memory, and the role of photography and collecting in contemporary art and identity. Also, two exhibits about Jewish life: To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History (thru July 1) and Work in Progress: Considering Utopia (thru Jan 20). 2pm-5pm. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

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Will Durst @ The Marsh Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG, the comic wit’s one-man show about aging Baby Boomers. Tuesdays thru Dec. 17. $15-$50. 8pm. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. www.TheMarsh.org

Wed 27 Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay @ Oakland Museum Exhibit of 1935-36 photos showcasing the original construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Thru Jan 12, 2014. Also, Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay, about our landscape and its people. Thru Feb 23, 2014, in the renovated Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (Fri til 9pm). Thru June 30. 1000 Oak St. (510) 318-8400. www.museumca.org

Q Salsa @ Symbolic Dance & Fitness LGBT same-sex partner dance lessons; five weekly sessions $17 each or $65-$75 for the series (free for 12 to 18). Thru Nov. 27. 8:30-9:30pm. 672 South Van Ness Ave. www.QueerBallroom.com

Snoopy! @ Eureka Theatre 42nd Street Moon theatre company’s production of family-friendly sequel to the Peanuts-themed musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. $25-$75. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 15. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndStMoon.org

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Xavier Castellanos @ Social Kitchen & Brewery

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Exhibit of colorful landscapes by the local artist, at the stylish yet casual restaurant/ bar. Thru Dec. 10. 1326 9th Ave. www.xavierart.com www.socialkitchenandbrewery.com

Thu 28 Napa Valley Wine Train @ Various Wineries Enjoy a deluxe Thanksgiving dinner prepared by chef Kelly McDonald aboard a luxury train car. $124-$154. 5pm-8pm. www.winetrain.com/holiday

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Beethoven to taste by Philip Campbell

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he San Francisco Symphony recently took the show on the road with a brief tour of the U.S. that kicked off at Carnegie Hall with only a smidgen of Beethoven to open the bill, the Leonore Overture No. 3. The relatively weighty Opus 72a was recorded with the Symphony No. 7 on the orchestra’s house label and heard again live at Davies Symphony Hall just before the band left in mid-November. Meanwhile, back at home (and I don’t mean at Davies), loyal fans of Michael Tilson Thomas, already intrigued by his progressing Beethoven Project and the resulting recordings for SFS Media, have been given a chance to savor, in his absence, what may be the most interesting release in the series to date. Ludwig van Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87; Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 36: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Sally Matthews, soprano; Tamara

Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Barry Banks, tenor; Andrew FosterWilliams, bass-baritone; SFS Chorus, Ragnar Bohlin, chorus director (SFS Media SACD) When we first heard the performances of the teenaged Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II at DSH back in May 2013, there was no denying the importance of the precocious work or its inclusion in MTT’s ambitious concert cum symposium, Beethoven Project. If the text seemed a bit (well, quite) lugubrious and overstated at first hearing, there was still a thought-provoking atmosphere of discovery at finding the composer’s music at such an early stage in his development. It was more than a mere exercise in historical discourse, for the 40-minute piece is filled with many expressive melodies, solemn choruses and amazingly accomplished orchestrations. It offered a truly eye-opening look at the beginnings of a genius. There were some slowmoving stretches during the largescale presentation, and that couldn’t

be faulted to the performers alone. If there are moments of tedium in the cantata, they are due to the borderline bathos of the words and the sometimes less than memorably inspired music. The choral writing and arias for vocal soloists would later evolve into works as profoundly moving as the Missa solemnis and the opera Fidelio. So the Cantata is still worth a listen, wouldn’t you say? The Super Audio Compact Disc is in the best tradition of the orchestra’s SFS Media brand, with a dynamic range that places you in the best seat in the house. The louder the volume, the more bloom there is to the sound. Of course, if the neighbors don’t share your enthusiasm, there are always headphones to allow a real concert-hall experience. The soloists actually sound better than from memory of the original

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concert. Mezzo Tamara Mumford benefits most by the recording, and her vibrato is nowhere near as troubling as remembered. The other vocalists serve well, and Sally Matthews, while not ideal, is still effective in the beautiful soprano arias. The SFS Chorus sounds full and committed, especially impressive in the opening and closing movements.

The disc also includes an account of another underrepresented early Beethoven score, the Second Symphony. MTT takes his characteristically careful way with interpretation, but I can’t help longing for his fondly remembered lighter touch with the symphonies. Many years ago, he actually recorded a chamber version of the Second with the English Chamber Orchestra. Still, Beethoven warrants a big, burnished sound and muscular string playing. This latest recording is a fine documentation of a highly accomplished performance and a worthy part of the growing discography. If it sounds as polished as a studio recording, you will be startled back to reality when the audience erupts with applause at the conclusion.t

such as Florence + The Machine and Feist, vintage Liz Phair and Eagles, with strong echoes of 80s dance pop (dig those programmed drum/synth beats), Haim is proof positive that sisterhood is powerful. Lead vocalist Danielle’s style is as timeless as the songs she sings. You might find yourself listening to “Honey & I” and “Running If You Call My Name” 10 years from now. No dance mixtape will be complete without “If I Could Change Your Mind.” If you find yourself wondering what a New Zealand Lana Del Rey (minus the attitude) would sound like, look no further than the debut full-length Pure Heroine (Lava/ Republic) by Lorde (aka Ella YelichO’Connor). The definition of a teen sensation, Lorde is a modern pop goddess poised somewhere between blasé and blazing. Whether you’re still a teen or those years are a distant memory, Lorde makes you wish that she’d ask you to hang out with her so you can see the inspirations for her titillating tunes “Buzzcut Season” and “A World Alone.” Call her “queen bee” and enjoy her sting. Of all the 21st-century female

singer/songwriters to become an inspiration to other artists, the distinctive Feist might not seem like the most likely. But you can hear her influence in the work of Lucy Rose on her debut disc Like I Used To (Columbia). Brit folkie Rose’s songs come in somewhere between imitation and innovation. When she steps out of that scenario, as she does when she gets feisty on “Don’t You Worry” and the upbeat “Be Alright,” she shows greater promise. In the tradition of elder surf statesman Jack Johnson, sun-kissed youthful Aussie Cody Simpson charts a similar path on Surfer’s Paradise (Atlantic). Simpson has a pleasant voice that fits the sand-and-surf nature of the tunes. It’s just that monotony sets in, akin to waves lapping the shore. You might find yourself wishing for a shark sighting about halfway through the disc. Self-proclaimed “dirty damsel” Natalia Kills comes across as a potty-mouthed, sexually compulsive Lady Gaga on her second album, Trouble (Interscope/Cherry Tree). “Saturday Night” could have been an outtake from a Gaga session. The one thing Kills has going for her is raunch, which she serves up on “Boys Don’t Cry” (not The Cure song), “Stop Me” (she puts her high heels on to be “closer to God” while getting fucked), “Controversy” (not the Prince song) and “Rabbit Hole.” “Daddy’s Girl” makes interesting use of a Hall & Oates “Rich Girl” sample, but Kills still ends up sounding like someone else – in this case, Katy Perry. It’s been awhile since The Paley Brothers were under 30. But when they were, they were briefly the toast of the music world, releasing an acclaimed debut album in the late 1970s (on Sire Records, no less!) that didn’t live up to its commercial potential. Still, they did get to hang out with the likes of Patti Smith and the Ramones, and they developed a devoted cult following. That following and newcomers alike will find much to admire on The Complete Recordings (Real Gone Music), which combines the 10 songs from the brothers’ eponymous debut with 16 more tracks to finally give the duo their due.t

Dozen under 30 by Gregg Shapiro

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he exhilaration and exuberance of Icona Pop’s debut full-length This Is (Big Beat/Atlantic) begin to wear thin after only the first few tracks. That’s disappointing because the young Swedish duo’s breakthrough hit “I Love It” (featuring Charli XCX) was the kind of lightweight summer anthem that could extend its lifespan into other seasons. But when you get to “On a Roll,” which comes off as the inferior distant cousin of “I Love It,” you realize that Icona Pop’s iconic pop status might be short-lived. There’s a monotony here that even Ke$ha avoids, on songs “All Night,” “We Got the World” and “Ready for the Weekend.” There are a few exceptions, including “In the Stars” and “Just Another Night.” We get it: Icona Pop is

a pair of fun-loving party girls. Now where’s the Adderall? Finalists on the US version of TV talent show X-Factor (yawn) trio Emblem3 (who don’t look too bad shirtless!) have nothing new to say and no new way to say it on their unfortunately titled debut album Nothing To Lose (SYCO/Columbia). Ever wonder what it would sound like if white boys from the Pacific Northwest rapped? Have an air-sick bag nearby and listen to “Chloe (You’re the One I Want),” about the sister of a hot girl who has her own special attributes. Emblem3 is reason enough for the TV talentshow trend to come to an end, not to mention a good argument for declaring a moratorium on songwriting by committee. Mariah Carey better watch her ass, because Ariana Grande has her sights

set on it. In fact, on her debut album Yours Truly (Republic) Grande does Carey one better by transferring the elder diva’s vocal technique and acrobatics to the 21st century, something Carey has failed to do on her recent recordings. This is best illustrated on “The Way,” on which Grande makes her way through Carey’s bag of tricks, including hip-hop (the song features rapper Mac Miller). But there’s more to Grande than her spot-on conjuring of a predecessor. Grande brings the drama in her own way on the duet “Almost Is Never Enough” (with The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes), the pop confection “Piano” and a sweet remake of Mika’s “The Popular Song,” featuring the out singer/songwriter himself. Combining the piano theatrics of Elton John with the vocal dramatics of Jeff Buckley, young British singer/ songwriter Tom Odell hits the heights with his debut album Long Way Down (RCA/ ITNO). Odell originals “Grow Old with Me” (not to be confused with the John Lennon song of the same name) and the rousing “Hold Me” indicate his knack for creating pop songs. Odell also shows an appreciation for another piano-playing singer/songwriter, Randy Newman, with a reverent cover of Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today.” Attention spans being what they are, it was brave of Janelle Monae to take three years to release her second album The Electric Lady (Bad Boy/ Wondaland). Dismal cover aside, what an electrifying second album it is. As with its predecessor, which featured guest appearances by Of Montreal and Big Boi among others, The Electric Lady’s guest roster includes Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange, Miguel and Esparanza Spalding. The Electric Lady feels grounded in the recent past and the approaching future. Cool tracks include the title cut, “Q.U.E.E.N.,” “Dance Apocalyptic,” the wondrous Stevie Wonder-influenced “Ghetto Woman” and “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” In a year of fascinating debuts, sister trio Haim (Danielle, Alana and Este) is close to the top of the list. Effortlessly channeling influences


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Taking chances with love Down Under by David Lamble

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onster Pies is a fabulously dark teen-boy coming-of-age story from the exceptionally talented Australian queer filmmaker Lea Galea, out on DVD. It bears an oddball metaphorical title like the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men that will make little sense until you’ve spun through most of its emotional hairpin turns and grasped its heartbreaking epiphany that coming out, like growing old, is not for sissies. Set in the wide-open spaces of a sterile Aussie suburb very much like Milpitas, this is the story of two stunningly attractive lads who are lassoed together in English class by a well-meaning if clueless teacher who wants them to do something original with a scene from Romeo and Juliet. Mike is the dark-haired, hyperintelligent child of divorce. Both his live-in mom and his gone-from-thenest dad regard him more as a nephew than as the messy byproduct of a long-forgotten moment of passion. Mike’s school has a dress code that requires the faint-blue-colored shirt assigned Jake Gyllenhaal in the suburban monster fable Donnie Darko. While the bipolar Donnie finds a hallucinatory companion in a humansized demonic bunny rabbit, Mike’s savior appears in the form of a tightlipped transfer student with a swimmer’s body, the ever-so-daintily tattooed Will, whom events will reveal to be as troubled as Donnie’s bunny.

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Since no other classmate will play Juliet to their Romeo, the lads hatch the idea to spin Will Shakespeare’s doomed lovers as American monster-movie heroes, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Using Will’s Super 8 movie camera, and with Will donning a Halloween Wolf Man mask, they decide to stage a crucial smooching scene in Mike’s backyard. “This is the bit where they are supposed to kiss.” “Well, one on the cheek? That be okay?” “Okay.” Will’s Wolf Man kisses Mike on the cheek. “Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.” “Then take the sin that my lips have took.” Another kiss. “Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! “Give me my sin again.” As Mike’s Juliet latches on to Will’s Romeo, he starts to take chances he would never have risked before: failing to shield their bond from the school’s queer-bashing bullies; beginning to neglect the overweight lass who’s become his default girlfriend. This girl, in turn, refuses to adjust their relationship, to consciously be a hag to his fag. The biggest stumbling block to our lads making it out alive proves to be the very dark secrets embedded in Will’s fractured family unit. His bullying, blue-collar dad keeps

wayfarers who have paused to take in the view. But Zorn’s mastery and phenomenally realistic presentation of the alchemy of light, color and water are astonishing, especially because watercolor is a notoriously difficult medium to control. His renderings of people and the rip-

pushing him to drop out and get a job, in-between hectoring Will to make him dinner from a near-empty fridge, in-between visits to a sanitarium where Will’s mom vegetates with a brain disorder of suspicious origins. Back in 2009, fans of SF IndieFest were treated to Lee Galea’s first feature Less Adolescents, which I wrote “provides a heartfelt but non-sentimental close-up of a Melbourne boy’s despair over the unexpected death of his mom and astounding discovery that he has a second family with ties that bind and chafe. The pathos is balanced by subversive humor, such as when Emmanuel’s nosey aunt accuses him of filthy habits after she

catches him watching a gay male video porn stash that actually belongs to her own estranged son.” By the third act of Monster Pies, the newly jilted Mike, with Will refusing to be his prom date, has discovered how dangerous it is to be the lone kid refusing to buckle to his school’s only real agenda. That’s to see that every boy is paired off with a willing girl for the sake of appearances, as the only publicly endorsed building block for a healthy life. In a moving scene, when the boys are still basking in the limerence of this wildly unexpected courtship, Mike tells Will the origin myth behind his pre-Will paralyzing fear of life. “I used to think that there were monsters.” “Here?” “Yeah, me and my brother used to make these monster pies full of, like, mud and dirt and rocks. And then we’d cook them in the sun and then we’d leave them out overnight so the monsters would eat them instead of eating us.” As fans of the brilliant adult fables Donnie Darko and No Country for Old Men will attest, monsters do exist, even if their identity at any moment remains a highly subjective call. In the world of Lea Galea’s feature films, monsters are clueless or specifically malevolent adults, like Will’s homicidally inclined dad. The director provides at least a limited hall-

pass for bad-acting peers, such as the handsome bully kid who belatedly apologizes to Mike for years of insensitive hallway karma. So what’s wrong with this picture? Fans of Frameline’s popular shorts programs may feel they’ve been suckered into seeing one of them as a surprise feature. There are so many beats in the first half where Mike’s life whiplashes back and forth between broken-home and hellish school to a Clerks-worthy parody of a video-store job, each of which could be spun off as its own 15 minutes of droll martyrdom. Then there’s the hopelessly retro technology, topped off by a mean girl harassing a gay boy in a VHS arcade. Somehow Galea pulls it all together with a heavy dose of Down Under humor, such as a chorus line of teachers acting out private fantasies. Behind it all is the thesis that it’s immoral to sentence kids to attend a modern prison masquerading as a school, in which their core identities are the basis for endless punishment. This is not unlike the recent Putinsanctioned Russian gay pogrom, or reports of school-tolerated anti-Semitism near the Sullivan County, NY site of Woodstock. The hunky leads Tristan Barr (Mike) and Lucas Linehan (Will) ace their midnight pool scene. They’re the best reward for downing every morsel of this bitching pie. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; the brilliant short film Karmatama. (TLA)t

pling reflections and transparency of bodies of water are so true-tolife it’s uncanny. It’s speculated that Zorn frequently used photography in his practice. Many of the watercolors have never been seen in the U.S., and they shouldn’t be missed. In the show’s final work, “Self-

Portrait in Red”(1915), created five years before his death, the artist poses in a rustic barn. Decked out in a smart, robin-red, three-piece suit tailored to accommodate his expanding girth, he’s the very image of the fat cats who made him rich. The portrait merges his humble

peasant beginnings – the poor artschool dropout who started out in woodcarving – with the prosperous self-made man in the lap of luxury. Zorn lived hard and well, traveling constantly, indulging in smoking, gluttony and dancing, but it’s the latter that probably did him in.t

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Getting it exactly wrong by Victoria A. Brownworth

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here was a lot of news-you’renot-seeing this past week on the tube. On Nov. 14, all the TV news attention was on President Obama trying to explain yet again how the Affordable Care Act roll-out could have gone so wildly awry. We were among the millions whose health insurance was canceled, so we’re not as keen on the ACA as we once were. But as Obama was in the limelight, since he is, you know, president, Speaker of the House John Boehner (whom our beloved refers to affectionately as Satan) held his own press conference. The ostensible reason for Boehner’s press conference seemed to be trashing the ACA. But Boehner had something else he wanted to say, something big that bodes ill for LGBT people. Boehner declared he thinks ENDA is a non-starter in the House and totally “unnecessary.” The Speaker was succinct in his statement, which aired much later (when no one saw it) and only on CNN (where no one saw it). “I am opposed to discrimination of any kind, in the workplace and anyplace else. I think this legislation, that I have dealt with as chairman of the Education Workforce Committee long before I was back in the leadership, is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits. People are already protected in the workplace. I am opposed to continuing this.” Boehner, who has never spoken publicly about ENDA prior to the Nov. 14 statement, went on to say in the folksy tone he uses to impart obstructionist views, “Listen, I understand people have different opinions on this issue, and I respect those opinions. But as someone who has worked in the employment law area for all of my years in the statehouse and all of my years here, I see no basis or no need for this.” Okay, then. So much for the 29 states that have no protections for LGBT people in the workplace. ENDA passed the Senate with some Republican support, but it has yet to pass the House. Boehner’s statement was tantamount to saying it will not pass the House, if he has any influence. And on this, he most certainly does. Late on Nov. 15, MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin’s late-night talk show for two weeks in response to yet another anti-gay outburst from Baldwin on the streets of Manhattan. Baldwin insists he’s not homophobic, yet “faggot” is his go-to slur when he gets angry. On CBS’ OMG! Insider, Kevin Frazier ripped into Baldwin. If Baldwin were using the n-word every time he got pissed at paparazzi, he’d never have been given a show on MSNBC, and Capitol One would have dropped him as their spokeperson. Time to flood both businesses with e-mails and tweets telling them to fire his homophobic ass. The f-word is not good politics. CBS’ 60 Minutes has long been a muckraking standard-bearer for newsmagazine TV. Lara Logan, chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News as well as a correspondent for 60 Minutes, has been a war cor-

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While trying to work under the radar at his new job, Will still manages to tell all his co-workers of his special brand of Christianity that elicits various nervous responses. He winces whenever the store manager takes the Lord’s name in vain, which

respondent since 2002. In February 2011, Logan experienced a harrowing gang sexual assault while reporting on the Arab Spring in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. So it was more than a little shocking when Logan’s muchtouted, year-long investigation into what happened in Benghazi – an issue that has been a focus of CBS News, particularly by Sharyl Attkisson – turned out to be controversial. After all, Logan had reported on the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania in 1998, so she knows about terrorist attacks on embassies first-hand. On Oct. 27, 60 Mins. aired a report featuring Dylan Davies. The security contractor asserted he had been at the compound the night Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were murdered by alleged terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012. Davies told Logan he witnessed Stevens’ death. He also said he had scaled a 12 ft. wall and hit one of the terrorists with the butt of a gun. It was a riveting tale. The reason the report was so cataclysmic is that congressional Republicans insist there is a conspiracy by the Administration and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to hide the facts of the attack. Sen. Lindsay Graham is even holding up the confirmations of any of Obama’s choices for the federal bench until “answers” are given on Benghazi. So the Davies interview, concomitant with Logan’s reporting, was sensational. It also was a lie. Last week The New York Times published a report that Davies had told the FBI an entirely different story. More than once. Uh-oh. Now CBS has pulled the 60 Mins. segment from its website and has choked apologies out of Logan and CBS News chairman Jeff Fagar. Logan was forced to apologize on both 60 Mins. and CBS This Morning. On Nov. 14, CBS announced that it was conducting a “journalistic review.” Whatever that is. Here’s the problem with how this story has played out, or not. Logan was working on this story for a year. 60 Mins. often does timely, but it never does hasty. The show also doesn’t operate in a vacuum. So how did this happen? Logan is not an independent contractor, she’s part of the show’s investigative team, and has editors and producers, including Fagar, to report to. So why hasn’t she been fired? We like Logan. We always have. We think she’s an ace reporter. What is missing from the CBS apology tour is: How did this happen? CBS has a superb investigative team, among whom is John Miller, former Assistant of Public Affairs for the FBI. So you’ve got a guy who isn’t just sourced at the FBI, he used to be the FBI. Why didn’t anyone at CBS look at the FBI report prior the airing of the Davies interview? That would have clinched it: the story he told Logan was a total fabrication. Why didn’t anyone on the 60 Mins. team think his story sounded a little too Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be believed? We’re concerned we already know the answer: CBS was so blinded by the desire to prove a conspiracy by the Obama Administration that they never checked out their main

source. This story should be headlining on other networks, not just being played on CBS as a minor hiccup. The Benghazi conspiracy theories are Republican-driven, and everyone knows it. For CBS to buy into that theory puts their other reportage on the Administration into question. CBS needs to fire Logan and give a real explanation as to how this could happen. Thus far, crickets.

is often, and he self-righteously rejects the overtures of a timid co-worker to attend her warm and welcoming Lutheran church. Alex’s nihilistic stepbrother also works at the store, and he aggressively protects the sullen Alex from the anguish Will is provoking. Despite the grimness of the synopsis, Boise packs in a lot of laughs, especially in the first act, as this

workplace’s specific rituals are comically introduced. Gwen Loeb helps stimulate many of these laughs with her spot-on portrayal of the Hobby Lobby’s boisterous manager of conflicting corporate loyalties. There’s poor Anna, a shy clerk with a history of failed employment who is precisely brought to life by Megan Trout. Alex, the suddenly wanted son, is played

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Shocking ‘Scandal’

This wouldn’t happen on Scandal. The show that brings Twitter to its knees every Thursday night dropped a series of bombshells on the Nov. 14 episode so huge that we are still stunned. We were shown a shocking secret that First Lady Mellie has been keeping for 15 years: that her father-in-law, Fitz’s dad, raped her. We found out that Olivia’s mother isn’t really dead. (And that Treme star Khandi Alexander is playing her.) We watched James tell Cyrus he got fired, which left Cyrus totally unnerved and deeply concerned for his husband and their child. This show just gets better each week. When Kerry Washington appeared as guest host of SNL, there were some amusing hat tips to Scandal, but Washington wasn’t just reprising Olivia Pope. She was making a statement about there being no black women on the show, a scandal in itself. Washington was a magnificent host, super funny and with superb comic timing. A skit with her and Kenan Thompson about what it would take for blacks to disapprove of Obama was priceless. Speaking of strong women and super gay male showrunners, FX’s American Horror Story: Coven has reached some kind of apex of scary horror TV. The third season of Ryan Murphy’s ultra-chic and super pushing-the-envelope series is definitely the best yet. The cast is stellar. Jessica Lange is the show’s mainstay, but there are many new castmates, including Angela Bassett, who are spectacular. Other show-stoppers include Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts and Lily Rabe. These women are breathtakingly good. Coming soon: Stevie Nicks. Can it get better? The Nov. 13 episode, The Axeman Cometh, was powerful. And how many shows give you witches, zombies and minotaurs? This show is wildly different from Murphy’s other tried-and-true hit, Glee. We’re not sure what took Murphy in such a dark direction, but we love it. Murphy infuses this show with a different gay sensibility than we get on Glee, but a gay sensibility nonetheless. The arc Murphy is taking us on is stunningly queer and unnervingly creepy. Speaking of shows you should be watching, Brad Garrett was one of the things that made Everybody Loves Raymond enjoyable. On CBS’ new hit sitcom The Crazy Ones, Garrett’s gay character, Gordon Lewis, is central to the show’s quirky cast. Like Andre Braugher’s gay police captain on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine Nine, Garrett’s character is a married gay man with a partner of 20 years. He told TV Guide this week, “I love how he’s a guy that happens to be gay. There’s really nothing stereotypical. It was written very naturally.” It is. Gordon is just one more reason to watch this

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hilarious show with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, both of whom are at their best as well. Speaking of gay male characters on CBS, we were glad to see Owen (Dallas Roberts), Alicia’s gay brother, back on The Good Wife as well as Clarke Hayden (played by out gay actor Nathan Lane). The Good Wife is so nuanced and the writing so strong, we admit we are always surprised we are on network and not cable. What’s more, this show consistently brings LGBT into the mix, with solid LGBT characters in the cast and storylines that highlight queer issues. Sunday nights one is spoiled for choice with several superb shows from which to choose, like the queerish Revenge, the amazing Homeland, the breathtaking Downton Abbey (new season coming soon in 2014), but this may be the best season ever of The Good Wife. As well as the gayest. Speaking of gay, Sean Hayes got a reprieve this week when NBC, which seems to have absolutely no idea what it’s doing, ordered five new episodes of the ratings failure Sean Saves the World. We wanted to like this show. Really we did. We always loved Hayes on Will & Grace, but we were much younger then, there wasn’t any other gay TV, and W&G was funny. Very funny. Especially Hayes. We were disappointed in Hayes when he did a disastrous guest arc in NBC’s ill-fated Smash, which was like Glee for adults, but which the network did everything in its power to destroy. (Christian Borle, who was magnificent as the gay lead on Smash Tom Levitt, has joined The Good Wife cast as Carter Schmidt, a snarky attorney who very well may be gay. We’d love to see him with Owen.) What was wrong with Hayes on Smash is what’s wrong with Hayes on SStW. He’s playing a variation on Jack. Stale variation. What the gift of more episodes gives Hayes is the opportunity to switch it up. Less campy physical comedy and more sophistication of the sort we have come to appreciate on Modern Family. We know Hayes can do it, because we’ve seen his performance on Broadway

in Promises, Promises. He’s up to the job. He just has to do it. The extra five episodes isn’t a tacit yes to SStW from NBC, that would have been the full season. But it does mean Hayes has some wiggle room, and the network, which has its stiffest competition on Thursdays in comedy from CBS and in drama from ABC, might just give Hayes another go-round for next season. NBC has invested a lot into Hayes. Let’s hope he can make the show more than a one-liner. Speaking of one-liners, we don’t often watch CBS’ Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, but we caught it the other night and wept we laughed so hard. The episode was all female comics: African-American co-host of CBS’ The Talk Sheryl Underwood, Lisa Alvarado, Tammy Pescatelli and the incomparable Margaret Cho. You must go to CBS.com and watch this. Allen, who is so unfunny we can never figure out how he got his own comedy show, opened the episode explaining this was a new avenue the show was taking, spotlighting female comics. (SNL take note, all but one of these women was of color.) It was a fabulous success. Underwood is always funny on The Talk, but on Comics Unleashed, she was, well, unleashed. She made some hilarious jokes about herself looking like a man if she doesn’t have makeup on, talked openly (as did the other comedians) about sleeping with women, and was all-around pants-pissingly funny. Alvarado and Pescatelli, whom we hadn’t seen before, were also very funny. But as she always is, Cho was the star. Between her descriptions of why she likes her women butch to why she loves gay men to her re-telling of being served Asian chicken salad on an airplane, she had us howling. So for little gems like this super funny (and surprisingly gay) show to the far more complicated blurring of the lines between reporting the news and creating the news that is happening at CBS, you know what has to happen, don’t you? You’ve got to stay tuned.t

with prickly pain by Daniel Petzoid, and Patrick Russell, as stepbrother Leroy, revels in the character’s selfappointed role of social provocateur. These characters are largely revealed through their interactions with the religiously confused Will, and Robert Parsons expertly peels away at the role’s deceptive innocuousness to create a dangerously

damaged character. All this has been pulled together with grace and agility by director Tom Ross, and provides a fine introduction to a playwright’s compelling new voice.t A Bright New Boise will run at Aurora Theatre through Dec. 8. Tickets are $32-$50. Call (510) 843-4822.


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on a magician’s grab-bag of props, shtick, and tricks. Sagi doesn’t take advantage of Rossini’s intentionally metronomic ending of Act I, which begs for special treatment, but elsewhere, he’s all for having as much fun as possible. No one pulls a rabbit out of a hat, but some of the effects and certainly the ending may convince you that in the Barber’s district of Rossiniville, July 4 is celebrated 365 days per year. The production’s first cast, which returns Nov. 22 & 26 and closes the run Dec. 1, is filled with top-flight singers. Chief among them is one of San Francisco’s favorite Merola/ Adler vets done good, baritone Lucas Meachem (Figaro). Not only is he able to direct his large, exceptionally handsome voice through Rossini’s challenging coloratura runs, but he also proves the master of the changes of color and shading that are the hallmark of bel canto singing. Meachem’s is a Figaro to love. Although his voice is one size smaller, debuting Mexican tenor Javier Camarena (Count Almaviva) is every bit Meachem’s equal when it comes to bel canto shading and vocal beauty. He may not have a particularly brilliant sound nor a trill worth speaking of, but when he pares his voice down to a soft caress, it’s hard not to join Rosina in melting. The astounding coloratura of Camarena’s final aria and cabaletta, “Cessa di più resistere, Ah il più lieto” (“Give up your resistance, Ah, of all loving hearts”), which is often cut due to its difficulty, left us cheering. Less subtle, as befits their characters, but equally superb were veteran Italian bass-baritone Alessandro Corbelli (Doctor Bartolo) and bass Andrea Silvestrelli (Don Basilio). Corbelli sings with the strength and steadiness of someone far younger, and manages to deploy every gesture and facial grimace in his ar-

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senal without seeming stock. The cavernous-voiced Silvestrelli, whose sound is as distinctive as that of two of SFO’s most distinguished early Basilios, Marcel Journet and Ezio Pinza, may not seem tailor-made for comedy, but his curly mop and quizzical expression are a delight. Which leaves, among principals, the San Francisco Opera debut of Isabel Leonard (Rosina). Although exceptionally gifted, both vocally and physically – she’s a real beauty, with a smile that could melt many a hard heart, and her voice has sub-

the opera with such a handsome sound, and so lively a performance, as to virtually guarantee future triumphs. Equally excellent was SFO’s most beloved character mezzo, Catherine Cook (Berta). Her technique may have required Finzi to slow the pace a bit, but her voice and energy were as lovable as ever. In smaller roles, Adler Fellows A.J. Glueckert (Ambrogio) and Hadleigh Adams (an officer) dispatched their small roles with aplomb, with Glueckert showing a fine gift for character.

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them back for every cent they put into it. Divine, he says, didn’t care for dressing in drag, because she was so fat: the drag outfits were uncomfortable. Waters’ voice took on a more serious tone when he spoke of Divine. She was his muse, the star of most of his early films, and a lifelong friend. “I’m very happy about Jeffrey Schwarz’ documentary I Am Divine,” he said. “It showed him for who he really was. He didn’t sit around eating poodle shit. We created Divine together. I’m glad the film got good reviews.” The auteur spoke very highly of his late friend’s acting abilities. Those wild, outrageous films with Divine remain Waters’ greatest claim to fame. He continued making films after Divine’s premature death from a heart attack shortly after the release of Hairspray (1987), their final collaboration. The camera finally stopped rolling about a decade ago. “I might make a new movie,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me either way. I do spoken-word performances, and my last book was a bestseller.” He returned to the subject of his appearance at Yoshi’s. “I’ll be telling stories,” he said. “I’ll be talking about topics like crime, fashion, Divine, Justin Bieber, and how to be a happy neurotic. It’s not just about my movies anymore. It’s how I can be a filth elder.” If you’d like to join Waters on his journey through the muck, be sure to head over to Yoshi’s on November 23 for John Waters: This Filthy World.t

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stance, flexibility, and a fine if not particularly ravishing top – Leonard sings with one-size-fits-all coloration. Rosina is far more than Bartolo’s sweet innocent captive – she’s also a major flirt, sly, and viperous when need be – but Leonard’s voice hardly hints at such complexity. Hers is a fine performance, but not, at this stage, a great one. Greatness, on the other hand, may become young baritone Ao Li’s (Fiorello) middle name. The 2013 Operalia Competition winner and the third-year Adler Fellow opened

Although I couldn’t catch the second cast (Nov. 23 & 29) by press time, I wouldn’t discount the potential chemistry between the husband-wife team of tenor Alek Shrader (Count Almaviva) and Argentinean mezzo-soprano Daniella Mack (Rosina). Equally exciting are the SFO debut of Maurizio Muraro (Doctor Bartolo) and U.S. debut of Audun Iversen (Figaro). Given the delights of production and music, I’m looking forward to seeing them on Nov. 23, and sharing my observations at ebar.com.t


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t was November 1978. “Got any plans for Turkey Day?” Allan said. “None,” I said. “David and I are putting on a turkey dinner with fixings for the bar crew,” Allan said. “You better be there.” “Thanks,” I said. Single men frequently flew home to family for Thanksgiving. That year Allan Lowery’s bar crew was family. See page 3 >>

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Perched on the northwestern tip of the city, the Cliff House has had many incarnations, from a humble abode to a Victorian phantasmagoria, and back to the more modern, low-slung building that exists today. This is classic San Franciscana, and a must if you’ve got visitors from out of town. Even Anna Madrigal of our most beloved tome, Tales of the City, waxed rhapsodic about the views:

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Luckily, plenty of restaurants around town are jumping on the Turkey Day bandwagon and serving forth feasts so you don’t have to dirty a single pan. Whether you’ve got family visiting from out of town, or are just on your own for the day, here are a few of our picks:

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If the idea of a hotel restaurant gives you pause, relax. Some of the city’s finest and most interesting restaurants just happen to be in hotels; these are no HoJos. Luce, in the gleaming InterContinental in an otherwise unremarkable stretch of Howard Street, has boasted a Michelin star for five years running, having retained their star for 2014 as of the announcements last month. As is de rigueur around these parts, Chef Daniel Corey’s approach relies heavily on what’s fresh in the market, so look for lots of squash, persimmons and mushrooms in their three-course tasting menu, all with modern, artistic presentations. Things kick off with apple “puffs” as a snack, with the first course offering a choice between fall squash and fuyu persimmon with whipped ricotta, olio nuovo and sunflower, or diver scallops with sunchoke, maitake mushrooms and citrus meringue. Local turkey breast and leg boudin with medjool date and watercress is the nod to the holiday in the mains, with alternatives of Pacific tai snapper with baby octopus, green olive and smoked potato, or rib eye of prime beef slow-cooked with herbs and garlic with wild mushrooms. Wrap it up with a butternut squash tartlet with fall spice and caramel, or a caramelized chocolate panna cotta with brown butter ice, chocolate cremeaux and spiced almonds. You can opt for preselected wine pairings, or sommelier John Wight will expertly navigate you through the expansive wine list. If you’re looking for a digestivo to finish the evening, don’t miss out on Bar 888’s exceptional selection of grappas and grappa-based liqueurs, by far the most expansive of any in the city. Luce, 888 Howard Street (415) 616-6566 www.lucewinerestaurant.com 11am-3pm and 5pm-9pm $72 per person, $105 with wine pairings, exclusive of tax and tip

“There’s the best example I know anywhere.” Beyond the dark trees, Seal Rock gleamed eerily against the ocean, white as an iceberg under the moon. “Magic,” she said, squeezing his arm. Edgar nodded. “That’s what I mean,” she winked. “In the right light even seal shit looks good.” Since the 2003 renovation, the Cliff House has been home to two restaurants, Sutro’s and the slightly more casual Bistro. Both are offering Thanksgiving menus. The Bistro is serving up a “Pilgrim’s Feast” designed to satisfy the traditionalist, with roasted turkey, giblet gravy, sausage-cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce and autumn vegetables. For dessert, pumpkin pie, pecan pie or a warm ginger spice cake continue the theme. Sutro’s marries their typical Calcontinental menu with some tips of the hat to holiday fare, kicking up the typical turkey with a chestnut-stuffed leg and confit breast, truffle gravy, sourdough stuffing and bourbon orange cranberry sauce. But if you want to eschew the old school ways, the menu offers other fare, like dungeness crab and artichoke ravioli with meyer lemon beurre blanc, or red wine braised short rib with lacinato kale. Or, for a more casual affair, the Cliff House is reprising their Sunday champagne buffet brunch on Thursday. Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos (415) 386-3330 www.cliffhouse.com Sutro’s, 11am-9:30pm Entrees $32-39. Reservations Terrace Room Champagne Buffet Seatings at 11am, 1 pm, 3pm, 5pm Reservations required The Bistro, 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-9:30pm Entrees $32-36. Walk-ins only

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Speaking of bistros, the Castro’s own bistro Bisou will be open on Turkey Day, offering everything on their standard menu, as well as a special Thanksgiving menu that can be ordered as a five-course tasting menu, or a la carte. Cozy up in one of their tables in the groovy wraparound resembling a Virgin America fuselage and settle in for

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Filet mignon with ravioli at Bisou

a Franco-American holiday meal that’s more Le Petit Trianon than Plymouth Rock. The menu brims with luxe, with a tarragon pumpkin soup with truffled duck leg confit and shaved truffle; turkey breast rolled in pork crepinette with polenta fondue, pumpkin confit in apricot glaze, pumpkin spaetzle, caramelized pecans and a smoked volaille sauce; Sonoma duck breast with butternut squash gnocchi, pumpkin velouté, chestnut and onion-veal reduction; a duo of shellfish, with dry scallop with pumpkin béarnaise and zucchini roll stuffed with dungeness crab and topped with caviar; and a “Southern charm” dessert, a rum raisin bread pudding with roasted pear butter, candied pecans, praline chantilly and cinnamon sugar crunch. Bisou, 2367 Market Street (415) 556-6200 www.bisoubistro.com 3pm-9pm Five-course prix fixe $60 per person (exclusive of tax and tips) Entrees $25-32

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Celeb chef Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern’s dark and rustic interior evokes the feel of Colonial

New England, so what better place to spend the day? The restaurant will be serving its standard menu (their fried chicken is among the best in the city), as well as a prix-fixe familystyle Thanksgiving menu that plays off the classics with a refined twist. Start with a sweet potato soup shooter with toasted marshmallow, pepitas and marjoram to set the mood. A salad of dainty Little Gem lettuces goes autumnal with pickled butternut squash, pears, beets, pine nuts, ricotta salata and a vinaigrette infused with baking spices. They double down on nouveau traditionalism with turkey breast and leg crepinette with Eagle Rare bourbon gravy, plus all the kicked-up trimmings: Whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, crispy stuffing, fried brussel sprouts leaves, bacon-wrapped green beans and cranberry sauce. A pumpkin genoise with cream cheese mousse, cocoa nibs and chai ice cream rounds it out. Wayfare Tavern, 558 Sacramento (415) 772-9060 www.wayfaretavern.com 11:30am-10pm Prix fixe $48 per person, exclusive of tax and tip. t For more of Sean timberlake’s food features, visit punkdomestics.com

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Business at Lowery’s Leatherneck at 11th and Folsom had declined after a year or so of being the best bitching bar South of Market. Allan and I had put our heads together and came up with ideas to redo the place, to make it new again. Folks always wanted to check out a new bar. It worked. Crowds again jammed the place. Lines of men waiting to get in snaked down 11th Street. To thank the crew of bartenders, bottleboys, and doormen who had hung with him through hard times, Allan threw a Thanksgiving feast at his apartment. His lover David Studach played chef. David’s feast included two gigantic turkeys each stuffed with mounds of a different dressing. Like Alice’s brownies, one dressing packed a wallop. One didn’t. The crew sat down at the makeshift table. The turkeys were carved. The dressings were passed. So were the sweet potato pie and green-bean casserole. That platter had the Acapulco Gold dressing. This platter of turkey came from the herbed bird. Didn’t it? The small platter of dark meat came from the other bird. Or was it the other way around? Our hunger could not be sated. More dressing. More turkey. Munchies for pumpkin pie. Later we lay on the floor watching football. Dallas Cowboys or Washington Redskins. It didn’t matter. Who scored didn’t matter. Great butt shots, tight ends, and team grab-assing mattered. The hours lingered while the afternoon sped by. Time to open the bar. “Jim,” Allan said. “Can you open the bar? I’m zonked.” With a couple of toots and a promise Allan and crew would be by shortly, I steered

my truck toward 11th and Folsom. I unlocked the bar and flipped on the reel-to-reel tape player. Willie Nelson told me what was on his mind. The place stayed empty. Half an hour later, my first customer slipped in and ordered a longneck. My bartender’s ear heard his tale of woe while my mind wondered if the bar was back on a downward slide. Barbara Mandrell reminded us she was “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.” Another customer came in. The three of us huddled at the bar listening to the soap-operatic tales of country music. The double doors burst open. Allan and David came in. Each carried a large platter wrapped in aluminum foil. The rest of the crew followed, together with a few customers. “We decided to bring the rest of the turkey and dressing with us,” Allan said. He set his platter on the bar. David did likewise then pulled off the foil. There was a mound of dressing on one platter and a mound of turkey on the other. “Which dressing and what turkey?” I said. “It’s mixed,” David said. “You want some you take your chances.” “Happy Thanksgiving!” Allan said to the growing number of customers. “Free turkey and dressing.” The turkey and dressing didn’t last long, but the men all lingered, bought beer, cruised the back room, and left satisfied. By the following Thanksgiving the Leatherneck had closed permanently.t © 2013 writerJimStewart@hotmail. com For further true gay adventures check out the award-winning Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco by Jim Stewart.

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mperor Steven Rascher’s celebration of life on November 2 was a fitting tribute to a man who will long be remembered as a loyal friend, consummate gentleman, and generous community supporter. Emperor Jason Ladd and Empress Galilea emceed as various friends shared memories and performers entertained, including Emperor T.J. Istvan and Empresses Alexis Miranda and Chika. Friends traveled from Portland, Palm Springs, and Sacramento to pay their respects. It is never easy to avoid sadness, even though Steven had left specific wishes that there be no dark clothes, no sad stories, and no tears, but most did their best to recollect happy memories. Once again, the Imperial Court fulfilled their duty beautifully, saluting one of their own with pride and dignity. We ventured out of our usual neighborhood recently on the trusty arm of Reigning Emperor Drew Cutler to the Embacadero for the first of Liam Mayclem’s BeatsSF gatherings at Sens restaurant. We ran into Sunday’s a Drag producer Michael Pagan, renowned photographer Rick Camargo, and music journalist and broadcaster Ben Fong-Torres and his gorgeous wife Dianne. Liam is planning a series of neighborhood gatherings like this, showcasing a favorite restaurant or club and mixing up his extensive social circle. Last week’s Sachet-nium at Beatbox was an unqualified success! Nearly 200 guests walked the red carpet as they entered the club, which was festooned with silver and red balloons and transformed into a movie theatre. Among the crowd were Rusty Best, Race Cooper, Lenny Broberg, Race Bannon, Atom Edwards, Skye Paterson, Tommy Dillon, Eddy Skees, Will Whitaker, James Holloway, Richard Sablatura, Xavier Caylor and Jeff Doney, Joanna Parks, Gib Bolton, John Brosnan and Chad McLaughlin, Steven Satyricon, Leo DaSilva, Ray Tilton, Stu Smith and Dave Earl, Sister Roma, Patrik Gallineaux, Kevin Lisle, and Drew Cutler. This was one of those rare free events. All we asked was that people consider a donation to the AIDS Emergency Fund and many did, resulting in hundreds of dollars for their ongoing work. First, Suzan Revah introduced her high-energy video tribute to David Guetta’s I am Titanium, thanking a varied list of creative contributors in a heartfelt speech that had the audience’s riveted attention. The video features Suzan and lots of her sexy friends, roaming the City and finally coming together in a precision dance routine that brought the room to its feet. Between the video and her introduction, there was no doubt that Suzan loves San Francisco and is surrounded by friends. Then, we told the story that led to Nick Jimenez’s student project Sachet: a short film, encompassing six months of filming, the cooperation of countless friends, incredible sound and original music by Lisa Devon, and hours and hours of intelligent editing. Nick has created an inspiring film which celebrates creativity, demonstrates resilience, and captures the magic of San Francisco. By delving deeper behind the public persona, he revealed a universal story of triumph over adversity. After 20 minutes of laughter and a few tears, the audience again rose to their feet. We join Suzan

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in thanking everyone who made this one of the most special nights of a lifetime. Be certain to see the current exhibit saluting the late Vicky Marlane at the GLBT Historical Society Museum in the Castro. You’ll marvel at the long and successful career of this iconic San Francisco transsexual entertainer. On view are costumes, photographs, press clippings, and other historical items documenting her struggles and her accomplishments. Looks like a jam-packed Saturday coming up! We’ll start at 4PM at the beer bust at 440 Castro with the Bare Chest Calendar 2014 models, then at 6PM head to OMG on

Sixth Street for Piper Angelique’s Ride ‘Em Cowboy fundraiser for her Miss Cowgirl candidacy, and finally around 10PM celebrate Brian Kent’s birthday at Evolution at everyone’s favorite club Beatbox with DJs Marco Da Silva and Christopher B. And on Sun., Nov. 24, recently elected Grand Duke Kippy Marks and Grand Duchess Pat N Leather invest their new court at The Armory, 1800 Mission St. starting at 4PM. These two are hardworking, creative, and charismatic. Watch for great things to come! Next Tuesday at 6:30PM, join us at the Wells Fargo Castro branch for the unveiling of a beautiful wall mural reflecting the community they serve and some of its historic figures. We’ll be there to cut the ribbon, naturally.t

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s his drag persona Sheena Rose, Jacob Paiva has accomplished something no one else has done in San Francisco since the dance music icon Sylvester in 1986, that is place Number One on a prestigious dance music chart. Sheena’s hit “Make Me Over” is currently being played by DJs in mixes all over the world, and with her stage presence, (a smoky mix of Anna Nicole Smith and Divine with touches of Bette Midler thrown in for wit), she has no intentions of dropping the disco ball. Rose recently she held a release party at the intimate Club OMG in SOMA for her latest cut called “Queen of Clubs.” Just moments before she ran off to do a major radio interview, she gave me a bit of time over smoothies where she gave up the skinny about how she works the rhythm for San Francisco. Cornelius: Well, you have certainly come a long way since I photographed you with RuPaul for the Bay Area Reporter back in 2008. I am so happy for you. This is a fabulous release for you! Let me run a few questions past you. Sheena: Why, thank you, hon. What are the titles of your latest singles? My new dance single is titled “Queen of Clubs” which features Miami-based Puerto Rican house vocalist, VButterfly La Mariposa, and is out now on iTunes, Amazon, and Beatport. “Queen of Clubs” is already charting, and was the breakout new song on Starfleet Record Pool, which is the largest digital record pool in the country. Most of the DJs that report to Billboard go through and also chart with Starfleet. My other recent single “Make Me Over” was #1 on Kings of Spins Record Pool. They are the other top record pool for DJs, is also available online. I also have a cover of RuPaul’s very gay Christmas song, “Just Can’t Wait (‘Til Christmas)”, coming out November 22, with Gypsy Love and LFB. Baby, break down the producers and remix producers? I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with some pretty big names. Leo Frappier (LFB), who got his start working with disco legends Sylvester and Jeanie Tracy, and now, remixes for top pop acts like Icona Pop, Katy Perry, and Nelly Furtado, produced “Make Me Over,” and basically started the whole thing. He is amazing! After we were finished with our track, I sent it out to a bunch of DJs and remix producers whose work I love and respect. Most of these guys responded back with a resounding yes. Hey, if you don’t put yourself out there and ask, you will never know. I got Subgroover from the UK who has worked extensively with dance music legend Kristine W, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season One winner BeBe Zahara Benet’s producers Doctorz MD, Grammy-nominated remixers Klubjumpers, Naked Highway, RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Nina Flowers and her producer DJ MDW, and my dear friend MJC (aka Michael Circhiai aka Tweaka Turner), who has remixed for Mary Wilson and Gypsy Love and also co-wrote “Make Me Over” with my husband Juan and I. Like I said, “Make Me Over” started the whole damn thing and opened a lot of doors for me and I really have Leo Frappier and Michael Circhiai to thank for that. The cherry on top was when Nina Flowers said yes. To have her love and support and stamp of approval meant the world to me. MDW produced my new single “Queen of Clubs” for his record label Flava Music. He brought on the

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amazing VButterfly, and remixes by top DJs and producers poured in from around the world. Even the fellas over at Masterbeat loved the “Make Me Over” remix package. What was the hardest part of this for you? I think for me the hardest part was actually overcoming my own insecurities, and just going for it. I have really grown as a person and as an artist these last couple years. I know that I am not the greatest singer in the world. I am no Mariah Carey. But I have something special in me to give, and have grown to really love and appreciate my voice and style. It works for me, and I have Leo to thank for that. He really helped me to find my voice on “Make Me Over.” I’m glad he encouraged me to sing part of the chorus in my falsetto, which is something I had never done before. And you know what? It worked. It ended up becoming my “cherry on top” as he said. We used it again for the Christmas record. It has become my signature so to speak. The easiest? Once I overcame the silly insecurities, everything else was easy and just fell into place. I knew I had a great song in “Make Me Over,” and a fabulous support team/promotional team behind me. It was like, ‘What do I have to lose?’ To me, a song is not a hit until I either work out to it or fuck to it! I work out to “Make Me Over” the Doctorz MD Dub! Werk! And you know, you got to have studs and bitches working the stripper pole to it! (laughs) I was at The Café one night, and gogo studs were on the bar dancing to it and loving it. I couldn’t believe it! At my regular weekly shows at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, the second time I ever performed the song, it wasn’t even out yet, mind you, the audience was singing the choruses with me! It was hard not to break down crying, it was like something out of a dream. It really is amazing. You know, I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people from around the world, and this seems to be working for me. My tracks are played in clubs around the world by the hottest DJs out there. You are up and coming and I’m so proud of you. I would never have guessed that you had all this inside of you. Well, thank you, hon. That means a lot to me. I believe that you should always try to do your best to surprise your friends, confuse your enemies, and just be fabulous full time! If you were to wave your fairy wand, what else would you have

career wise, what else does Sheena want to do/achieve? Of course I want be #1 on the Billboard dance chart. I would love the opportunity to travel the country with my dance music, going to a bunch of the different places where these DJs have remixed and worked my music, and I see that happening for me very soon. The ultimate dream would be to have my own revue in Las Vegas, and be a guest on RuPaul’s Drag Race performing my songs. I’ve always loved her and her show is fabulous. Wouldn’t that be something! (laughs) I would love to do some movies; it would be great to do a real cheesy horror film, Elvira-style. What is popular now are queens doing stage play parodies of popular television shows and movies, and I have an idea for a play/spoof of a popular sitcom, that I have been thinking of putting together for a while now. So I don’t know, just maybe you might see it on stage soon. What’s your biggest personal achievement? Finding love and getting married. I have a great man in my life that loves me and supports me in everything that I do. He is a brilliant costume designer and artist and makes all my costumes. He came up with the concept and co-wrote “Make Me Over.” We have been together for five years and just got married on Halloween. He is everything to me. What are you coming out with that’s gonna make me sweat? Well, “Queen of Clubs” just dropped on Halloween, so I am busy promoting that now. My next single is a holiday special, out later this month. My next dance record though, is very top secret! I don’t want any bitches stealing my idea! It will be a hot remake of a very popular dance song that was sizzling in the clubs in the 1990s when I was very young. It will be a LFB production with a serious remix package and a very special guest vocalist. That’s next Gay Pride action. Where can fans come see you do your thing? You can catch me weekly performing at my home base bar, Aunt Charlie’s Lounge (133 Turk St at Taylor), for the Dream Queens Revue every second and fourth Wednesday, and the Hot Boxxx Girls Show every Friday and Saturday night. I also perform regularly around town at other clubs. My Facebook page has my schedule. Let me finish this off by saying, what’s happening to you could only happen in San Francisco. This couldn’t have happened to a more humble person.t

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Sat 23

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle The weekly live rock shows have returned. 9pm-ish. 398 12th St. at Harrison. www.sf-eagle.com

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Enjoy the intimate groovy disco night with DJ Bus Station John. $7. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

VIP @ Club 21, Oakland Hip Hop, Top 40, and sexy Latin music; gogo dancers, appetizers, and special guest DJs. No cover before 11pm and just $5 after all night. Dancing 9pm-3am. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

DJ Marco DaSilva at Evolution

Fri 22 Bad Girl Cocktail Hour @ The Lexington Club Every Friday night, bad girls can get $1 dollar margaritas between 9pm and 10pm. 3464 19th St. between Mission and Valencia. 863-2052. www.lexingtonclub.com

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Release @ Club OMG Weekly party at the intimate midMarket club; rotating hosts and DJs, Top 40 dance remixes, giveaways, gogo hunks. Free before 11pm. $3. 9pm-2am. 43 Sixth St. www.clubomgsf.com www.facebook.com/ReleaseSF

Some Thing Mica Sigourney and pals’ weekly offbeat drag performance night. 10pm2am. 399 9th St. www.studsf.com

Steam @ The Powerhouse The monthly wet and sexy night, with towel-dancing gogo guys, DJ Brian Urmanita, massages and more, raises funds for Mama G’s Thanksgiving Street Dinner. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Whoa Nellies @ El Rio Enjoy a concert of beloved retro-pop cover songs by the local band that features musical theatre actress Leigh Crowe and Pepperspray guitarist Peter Fogel. No cover. 10pm. 3168 Mission St. www.elriosf.com

Fri 22 DJ Brian at Steam

Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon Beer only $8 until you bust. 4pm-8pm. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. hitws.com

Cazwell @ Club 21, Oakland

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repare for the annual holiday of excessive eating by dancing off calories in advance at the numerous pre-holiday groove-fests around town.

Thu 21 Circle Jerk @ Nob Hill Theatre Have a group wank with Rafael Alencar, the Brazilian porn star with a big…talent (who also performs live and naked Nov. 22 & 23). $20. 8pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Comedy Thursdays @ Esta Noche The revamped weekly LGBT- and queerfriendly comedy night at the Mission club is hosted by various comics (1st Thu, Natasha Muse; 2nd Thu, Emily Van Dyke; 3rd Thu Eloisa Bravo and Kimberly Rose; 4th Thu Johan Miranda). No cover; one-drink min. 8pm. 307916th St. comedybodega.com

Fauxgirls @ Infusion Lounge The monthly drag show features upscale acts at the swanky downtown club, 7pm9:30pm. 124 Ellis St. 421-8700. www.fauxgirls.com

Friends Live @ Rebel Heklina, D’Arcy Drollinger, Leigh Crow and pals perform drag parodies of the hit TV show about a bunch of annoying white New Yorkers who hang around a coffee shop too much. $20-$25. 7pm & 9pm. Weekly thru Nov. 21. 1760 Market St. www.trannyshack.com

Fuego @ The Watergarden, San Jose Weekly event, with Latin music, half-off locker fees and Latin men, at the South Bay private men’s bath house. $8-$39. Reg hours 24/7. 18+. 1010 The Alameda. (408) 275-1215. www.thewatergarden.com

Gym Class @ Hi Tops Enjoy cheap/free whiskey shots from jockstrapped hotties and sexy sports videos at the popular new sports bar. 10pm-2am. 2247 Market St. 551-2500. www.HiTopsSF.com

Hip hop’s sexy stud performs his hits like “Ice Cream Truck,” “Get My Money Back” and “No Selfie Control” at the East Bay club, with a meet & greet, plus sexy gogos, a drag show, and DJed dance music. 9pm4am (show at 12am). 2111 Franklin St. www.club21oakland.com Also Nov. 23 at Badlands, 2003 K St., Sacramento. www.sacbadlands.com www.cazwell.com

Fedorable @ El Rio Jukebox @ Beatbox Veteran DJ Page Hodel (The Box, Q and many other events) presents a new weekly dance event, with soul, funk, hip-hop and house mixes. $10. 21+. 9pm-2am. 314 11th St. at Folsom. www.BeatboxSF.com

Magic Parlor @ Chancellor Hotel Whimsical Belle Epoque-style sketch and magic show that also includes historical San Francisco stories; hosted by Walt Anthony; optional pre-show light dinner and desserts. $40. Thu-Sat 8pm. 433 Powell St. www.SFMagicParlor.com

The Monster Show @ The Edge Cookie Dough’s weekly drag show with gogo guys and hilarous fun. $5. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. edgesf.com

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences Themed event nights at the fascinating nature museum, with DJed dancing, cocktails, fish, frogs, food and fun. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. calacademy.org

Pan Dulce @ The Café Amazingly hot Papi gogo guys, cheap drinks and fun DJed dance music. Free before 10pm. $5 til 2am. 2369 Market St. www.clubpapi.com www.cafesf.com

Shocktoberfest 14 @ Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers’ new show takes on a creepy-fun Halloween theme, with Grand Guignol-styled tales of Jack the Ripper, the famous London serial killer, plus the one-act Salome and more fun. $25-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Nov 23. (800) 8383006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Thomas Dolby @ Swedish American Hall The pop genius perform with his new band Invisible Lighthouse. $25-$60. 8pm. 2170 Market St. www.cafedunord.com

Free weekly queer dance party, with gogos, prizes, old groovy tunes, cheap cocktails. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St. 2823325. www.elriosf.com

Foxes @ New Parish London singer Louisa Rose Allen performs new music from her EP Youth. $15. 9pm. 579 18th St., Oakland. (510) 444-7474. www.thenewparish.com

Friday Nights @ De Young Museum Season 9 of the popular weekly early evening museum parties continues, with live music and performance, exhibitthemed workshops and food and drinks. 5pm-8:30pm. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Go-Beaux @ Beaux Gogo-tastic weekly night at the new Castro club. Bring your dollahs, ‘cause they’ll make you holla. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St. www.beauxsf.com

Happy Friday @ Midnight Sun Open during renovations, the popular video bar ends each week with gogo guys (starting at 9pm) and drink specials. 4067 18th St. 861-4186. www.midnightsunsf.com

Hard @ Qbar DJ Haute Toddy spins electro beats; cute gogo guys shake it. $3. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com

HYSL @ The Lookout Shots, drinks and DJed fun with the adorable David and Trevor. $2. 10pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Josh Klipp and The Klipptones @ Palace Hotel The local jazz crooner and his band perform weekly shows at the hotel’s lounge, which draws a growing swingdance audience. 7pm-11pm. 2 New Montgomery. www.joshklipp.com

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland Eight bars, more dance floors, and a smoking lounge; the largest gay Latin dance night in the Bay Area. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm. Dancing 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Picante @ Esta Noche Weekly show with drag queens and the Picante Boys; hosted by Lulu Ramirez; DJ Marco. 9pm-2am. 3079 16th St. 841-5748. www.jceventssf.com

Rafael Alencar @ Nob Hill Theatre

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He’s back! The Brazilian porn star with a big…talent performs live and naked. $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Nov. 23. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Sat 23 9 to 5 @ Castro Theatre Peaches Christ presents another drag parody pre-show and a fun movie, this time, the Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ‘80s classic about working women who get even; with a drag performance by Peaches Christ, Heklina, Pandora Boxx and others. $15-$45 (VIP tickets include early priority seating and drinks/reception in the mezzanine). 8pm. 429 Castro St. www.peacheschrist.com

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

Bootie SF @ DNA Lounge Weekly mash-up dance night, with resident DJs Adrian & Mysterious D. No matter the theme, a mixed fun good time’s assured. $8-$15. 9pm-3am. 21+. 375 11th st. at Harrison. www.BootieSF.com www.DNAlounge.com

La Bota Loca @ Club 21, Oakland Live bands, DJed tunes, gogo hotties, drag shows, drink specials, all at Oakland’s premiere Latin nightclub and weekly cowboy night. $10-$15. Dancing 9pm4am. 2111 Franklin St. (510) 268-9425. www.club21oakland.com

Club Gossip @ Cat Club Mixed gay-friendly goth-electro-retro-ish club night; monthly (2nd Sat.). $8. 21+. 9pm-3am. 1190 Folsom St. www.sfcatclub.com

Club Rimshot @ Bench and Bar, Oakland Weekly hip hop and R&B night. $8-$15. 9pm to 4am. 510 17th St. www.bench-and-bar.com


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Sugar @ The Café

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s

Fun club night with sexy gogo guys, drag acts and drink specials; 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sat monthly. Free guest list before 11pm. 841-5748. 9:30pm-2am. 2369 Market St. www.cafesf.com

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone). 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.dragatmartunis.com

Underworld @ Sound Factory Gus Presents’ annual pre-Thanksgiving underwear party, with DJ Shawn Perry, free clothes check, and late-night dancing. $20-$30. 10pm-4am. 525 Harrison St. www.guspresents.com

Fri 22

Whoa Nellies

Code @ The Edge

Porno @ The Stud

Celebrate bartender Eric Lopez’ 30th birthday party at a special leather, rubber, and kink-gear-themed night, with clothes check and kinked-up gogos. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. www.Qbarsf.com/EDGE

Turk Mason and Bebe Sweetbriar’s monthly night includes performances and porn giveaways, plus DJs Trixxx and James Torres. $5. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.studsf.com

Sports Night @ The Eagle The legendary leather bar gets jock-ular, with beer buckets, games (including beer pong and corn-hole!), prizes, sports on the TVs, and more fun. 398 12th St. at Harrison. www.sf-eagle.com

Women’s burlesque show performs each Wed & Fri. Karaoke follows. $5-$10. 7pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. elriosf.com

Brunch @ Hi Tops

Rookies Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

Enjoy crunchy sandwiches and mimosas, among other menu items, at the popular sports bar. 2247 Market St. 551-2500. www.HiTopsSF.com

Compete for $200 prize in this amatuer strip contest, or watch the newbies get naked. $20 includes refreshments. 8pm-11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Full of Grace @ Beaux

Salsa Sundays @ El Rio Salsa dancing for LGBT folks and friends, with live merengue and cumbia bands; tapas and donations that support local causes. 2nd & 4th Sundays. 3pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325. elriosf.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The popular country western LGBT dance night celebrates a decade and a half of fun foot-stomping two-stepping and linedancing. $5. 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. Also Thursdays. 550 Barneveld Ave., and Tuesdays at Beatbox, $6. 6:30-11pm. 314 11th St. www.sundancesaloon.org

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room Donna Sachet hosts 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

Super Hero @ Ruby Skye DJs Ralph Rosario and Grind spin at this special edition of Hero, the gay T-dance. 100% of proceeds go to the SF AIDS Foundation. $20-$25. 6pm-12am. 420 Mason St. www.industrysf.com

Mon 25 Cock and Bull Mondays @ Hole in the Wall Saloon

Evolution @ Beatbox

Magic Show @ Hotel Rex

Marco Da Silva and Christopher B are the featured DJs at this dance night. $15-$30. 10pm-4am. 314 11th St. beatboxsf.com

Old-fashioned magic show with Sebastian Boswell III, Adam Sachs and guest performers, weekly in the parlor of the elegant downtown hotel. Two-drink min. Light fare menu. Saturdays thru 2013. $25-$30. 8pm. 562 Sutter St. 895-0090. MagicattheRex.com

Jason Brock @ Martuni’s Our favorite local (and national celebrity) crooner sings Carole king’s Tapestry album in its entirety, with pianist Alan Choy and guest vocalist Michelle Elaine LaNiro. $25. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Jay Stolar @ Hotel Utah R&B-rock singer performs music from his CD More Than We Think. Margaret the King and Hidden in the Sun open. $10. 9pm. 500 4th St. 546-6300. jaystolar.com www.hotelutah.com

John Waters @ Yoshi’s The gay director of such classic films as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Hairspray performs his hilarious one-man show about his life and career and other naughty “pop trash” topics. $30-$40 8pm & 10pm. VIP ($75) sold out. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

Ride ‘Em, Cowboy @ OMG Fundraiser for the the Monarch Charities and Imperial Court of SF includes raffled dates with cowboy guys, and drag performances. Donations. 5pm-10pm. 43 6th St. www.clubomgsf.com

Sadistic Saturdays @ The Eagle Michael Brandon’s monthly kink night includes SM and bondage demos and more kinky fun. 10pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison. www.sf-eagle.com

ShangriLa @ The EndUp Hot “Butterball” dance night for gaysians and their pals, with DJs Jim Z, Byron Bonsall, and Jeff Morena. Live songs by Linnea and Bastille. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Free before 11pm$20. 10pm-4am. 401 6th St. endupsf.com

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John Waters

Tue 26 13 Licks @ Q Bar Weekly women’s night at the stylish intimate bar. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com

Block Party @ Midnight Sun Weekly screenings of music videos, concert footage, interviews and more, of popular pop stars. 9pm-2am. 4067 18th St. 8614186. www.midnightsunsf.com

Bombshell Betty & Her Burlesqueteers @ Elbo Room The weekly burlesque show of women dancers shaking their bonbons includes live music. $10. 9pm. 647 Valencia St. 5527788. www.elbo.com

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

Julianna Barwick @ The Chapel Ethereal musician-singer performs music from her new CD, Nepenthe. $12. 8pm. 777 Valencia St. juliannabarwick.com www.thechapelsf.com

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Strip down like the strippers, and enjoy a beverage at the erotic male theatre. $20. 8pm and 10pm. Also Sept 28. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Soma Country @ Beatbox

Specials on drinks made with Cock and Bull ginger ale (Jack and Cock, Russian Mule, and more). 8pm-closing. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.hitws.com

Sundance Saloon’s monthly SoMa two-stepping dance night now takes place every Tuesday. $8. 8pm-12am. Lessons 8pm. 314 11th St. at Folsom. sundancesaloon.org www.beatboxsf.com

Karaoke @ The Lookout

Torch @ Martuni’s

Paul K hosts the amateur singing night. 8pm-2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. www.lookoutsf.com

Mahogany Mondays @ Midnight Sun Honey Mahogany hosts the weekly drag and musical talent show, which starts around 10pm. 4067 18th St. 861-4186. www.midnightsunsf.com

Monday Musicals @ The Edge The popular Castro bar shows fun musicals each week. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

No No Bingo @ Virgil’s Sea Room Tom Temprano and VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! Present a hilarious night of gambling; one drag queen, 75 balls, two pies and a chicken. 2nd and 4th Mondays. 8pm-12am. 3152 Mission St. www.virgilssf.com

Retro-classic drag show (2nd and 4th Wednesday) at the classic Tenderloin bar, featuring Collette Ashton, Ruby Slippers, Sophilya Leggz, Bobby Ashton, Sheena Rose, Davida Ashton and Joie de Vivre. No cover. 10pm. 133 Turk St. 441-2922. www.dreamqueensrevue.com

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

The classic leather bar is back, with the most popular Sunday daytime event in town. 3pm-6pm (Also now open daily 11am-2am). 398 12th St. at Harrison. www.sf-eagle.com

SF’s Grand Ducal Council inducts its latest electees into their court at a festive SM-occult-themed celebration, with perfomers, food and a cash bar. $10-$15. 4pm-7pm. 1800 Mission St. www.investiture.brownpapertickets.com

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Weekly Latin partner dance night. 8pm1am. 314 11th St. beatboxsf.com

Beer Bust @ SF Eagle

Investiture @ Kink.com

Play board games and win offbeat prizes at the popular new sports bar. 9pm. 2247 Market St. 551-2500. www.HiTopsSF.com

Queer Salsa @ Beatbox

Sun 24

New weekly night with hostess Grace Towers, different local and visiting DJs, and pop-up drag performances. This week, DJ Robin Simmons. No cover. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St. beauxsf.com

Bottoms Up Bingo @ Hi Tops

Veronica Klaus hosts the weekly night of cabaret, jazz and blues music, with Tammy L. Hall and special guests. $15. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. www.facebook.com/veronica.klaus

Trivia Night @ Hi Tops Play the trivia game at the popular new sports bar. 9pm. 2247 Market St. 551-2500. www.HiTopsSF.com

Wed 27

So You Think You Can Gogo? @ Toad Hall New weekly dancing competition for gogo wannabes. 9pm. cash prizes, $2 well drinks (2 for 1 happy hour til 9pm). Show at 9pm. 4146 18th St. toadhallbar.com

Trivia Night @ Harvey’s Bebe Sweetbriar hosts a weekly night of trivia quizzes and fun and prizes; no cover. 8pm-1pm. 500 Castro St. 431-4278. www.harveyssf.com

Way Back @ Midnight Sun Weekly screenings of vintage music videos, and retro drink prices. 9pm-2am. 4067 18th St. 861-4186. www.midnightsunsf.com

Thu 28 Gym Class @ Hi Tops Enjoy cheap/free whiskey shots from jockstrapped hotties and sexy sports videos at the popular new sports bar. 10pm-2am. 2247 Market St. 551-2500. www.HiTopsSF.com

Pan Dulce @ The Café Open Thanksgiving night; enjoy amazingly hot Papi gogo guys, cheap drinks and fun DJed dance music. Free before 10pm. $5 til 2am. 2369 Market St. www.clubpapi.com www.cafesf.com

The Monster Show @ The Edge Cookie Dough’s weekly drag show with gogo guys. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. www.edgesf.com

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge Retro disco tunes and a fun diverse crowd, each Thursday; DJ Bus Station John plays records. $4. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

VIP @ Club 21, Oakland Hip-hop, Top 40, and sexy Latin music; gogo dancers, appetizers, and special guests. No cover before 11pm and just $5 afterward. Dancing 9pm-3am. Happy hour 4pm-8:30pm 2111 Franklin St. (510) 2689425. www.club21oakland.com

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Fri 22

Booty Call @ Q Bar Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly night packs the intimate stylish bar with grooves and a groovy younger crowd. $3. 9pm2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.QbarSF.com

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by Scott Brogan

THU 21 Kink Night at The Rocky Horror Show @ Boxcar Theatre SF’s only fully staged, live production. No screens, no movie, no lip synching. just skin, singing and sweat. The narrator is a dominatrix whose men look good being controlled. 8pm. Tickets at: www.KINKNight.sfrockyhorror.com

Underwear Night @ The Powerhouse Wet undies contest, drink specials. 1347 Folsom St. 10pm. powerhouse-sf.com

FRI 22 Monthly Steam Party @ The Powerhouse PowerShower, towel dancers, $1/minute massage, clothes check, towels available. $8 donation to LGBT Center. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Bears of San Francisco’s beer bust during Bear Pride weekend at the Eagle.

Truck Wash @ Truck Live shower boys, drink specials. No cover. 10pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. trucksf.com

SAT 23 15 Assoc. Mens Dungeon Party @ The SF Citadel This is a men’s only event. 8pm-1am. 181 Eddy St. www.15sf.org

Boot Lickin’ @ The Powerhouse Lick those boots, or just admire the men wearing them. 10pm-Close. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Sadistic Saturdays @ The SF Eagle Presented by Michael Brandon. This is the place to be for hot demos, cold drinks, and horny men. Boot Black is on duty as are hot go-go boys who like to get frisky. 10pm1am. 398 12th St. www.sf-eagle.com

SUN 24 Truck Bust Sundays @ Truck Bar Warm bar, hot men, cold beer. Let’s get cozy. $1 Beer Bust. 4-8pm. 1900 Folsom. www.trucksf.com

PoHo Sundays @ The Powerhouse Dollar drafts all day! Starts at 4pm. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

MON 25 Dirty Dicks @ The Powerhouse Don’t worry, not everyone’s dick is dirty. Find out for yourself. $3 well drinks. 4pm. 1347 Folsom St. powerhouse-sf.com

Trivia Night @ Truck Casey Ley hosts; fun prizes, ridiculous questions. No cover. 8-10pm. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

SF Ring @ Club Eros Learn about Rope Harnesses and Torso Ties with Ropemaster John. 7:30-9:30pm. 2051 Market St. www.sfring.org

WED 27 Leather Buddies @ Blow Buddies Time to wear leather when you play. You won’t be disappointed as each piece of your leather comes off in the heat of the moment, after moment, after moment. 8pm-Midnight. 933 Harrison St. Membership fees apply. www.blowbuddies.com

Rich Stadtmiller

Leathermen’s Discussion Group @ Mr. S Playspace

SUN 01

This month’s topic is Are Leather Clubs Dead? Scheduled panelists are Stephen Charles, Jordy Jones, Ryan Mattson, Marc Owens and Roger Sullivan. Many of our oldest, most venerated clubs are gone (the Warlocks, the CMC, Gay Male S/M Activists, the artsy Rainbow MC, the once-great Knights of Malta), while others are a shadow of what they once were (the Eulenspiegel Society, National Leather Association, the Rocky Mountaineers, the Wasatch Leathermen). But others are going as strong or stronger than ever: the Satyrs, the 15, the Chicago Hellfire Club. What makes the difference? 7:30-9:30pm. Mr. S Playspace 385A 8th St. sfldg.org

Truck Bust Sundays @ Truck Bar

Nipple Play @ The Powerhouse Show off your nipples, play with others. Shirtless drink specials. 10pm-Close. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

THU 28 Underwear Night @ The Powerhouse Wet undies contest, drink specials. 10pm. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

SAT 30 Love Fur @ The SF Eagle Dive into the furry chests, stomachs and other regions while DJ Gordon John spins. Sister Roma is on hand to judge the fun and frivolous “Hairy Eagle” competition. With “fantastic prizes for the winter.” Sponsored by BigMuscleBear.com, Mr. S Leather and CharlesThomasRogers.com. $8 entry. 10pm – 1am. 398 12th St. www.sf-eagle.com

Warm bar, hot men, cold beer. Let’s get cozy. $1 Beer Bust. 4-8pm. 1900 Folsom. www.trucksf.com

PoHo Sundays @ The Powerhouse Dollar drafts all day! Starts at 4pm. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

MON 02 Dirty Dicks @ The Powerhouse Don’t worry, not everyone’s dick is dirty. Find out for yourself. $3 well drinks. 4pm. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Trivia Night @ Truck Casey Ley hosts. Amazing prizes, ridiculous questions. No cover. 8-10pm. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

WED 04 WOLF! For Furry Men On The Prowl @ The Watergarden The Watergarden presents WOLF! For Furry Men On The Prowl, featuring adult videos of hairy guys; a new red zone and club music. Lockers are 1/2 price for the duration of the event. 4pm-Midnight. 1010 The Alameda, San Jose. www.thewatergarden.com

Naked Buddies @ Blow Buddies Get naked. I usually do when I go. You’ll have a great time sampling the variety of men. 8pm-Midnight. 933 Harrison St. Membership fees apply. www.blowbuddies.com

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There's the Rub by John F. Karr

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uys Like Us is the blandly generic brand name for the new line within Raging Stallion/Falcon, with movies directed by Andrew Rosen. The line’s promise is that there’ll be no build up to the sex. It’s right there at the start. And sometimes, there’s no build up during the sex. Oh my. Take the Guys Like Us feature, Rub Me Right, which rubbed me only neutrally. It’s got some pert new faces, with pert young cocks, and it’s got some pros. So, it’s okay throughout. But most of it doesn’t really go anywhere. The first scene’s got an unbeatable come-on, what with newbie Steve Stiffer doing a self-suck thing as Dominic Pacifico licks out his upended ass. Stiffer’s an engaging kid, his crewcut blond hair pricking straight up, and his prickly little goatee sticking straight down. With his legs over his head, straight down is also where his dick points, just brushing his lips. It hovers there most of the time, while Stiffer hoovers at it. Pacifico rims or fucks from above, but strangely, without exerting any discernible downward pressure to help Stiffer’s staff make

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Newbie Steve Stiffer sucks his own cock in the Guys Like Us feature, Rub Me Right.

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Blond Steve Stiffer plays with Domenic Pacifico in the Guys Like Us feature, Rub Me Right.

too more than a casual acquaintance with his mouth. There are moments, precious moments, when the head of Stiffer’s cock disappears in there. I used to be able to do that. Ah, for youth and yoga. The closest I get my head to my dick these days is when I’m licking those nude photos my last boyfriend took of me. Stiffer cums later, while bouncing on Domenico’s dick, and Domenico jacks off. Jimmy Duran’s looking sleekly

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Casey More keeps asking for more in the Guys Like Us feature, Rub Me Right.

A smiling leatherman gets a shine at the Eagle’s Mister Daddy’s Barbershop contest.

handsome as ever while fucking Brandon Jones, who’s looking vague as ever. They share a long RC, and there’s almost an OCS, but I think dodging the blast and licking a dick clean after it shoots is close, but no cigar. I sure was geared up to watch super foxy Richie Sabatini screw newcomer Casey More. Richie’s got such a sexy attitude, that surly bad boy thing, and lean More’s kind of a mirror for Sabatini’s toasty temperament. You can feel something’s cooking here. They’re really absorbed, their tempo slow and intense. There’s nice kissing. I appreciated the slow unveiling of More’s cock, and, when it was fully revealed, its plumpness. Mmm, tasty cocksucking. And then I winced at the abrupt arrival of fucking. That’s a standard RS/F thing. I winced a little at the abrupt arrival of fucking, but even more at what happened next. Just at the galvanizing moment when Sabatini’s tool is about to touch its target, a cutaway whips our gaze elsewhere and lurches back only after insertion, when the cock is fully inside and pumping. I accepted that rudeness, because Richie looks so good working it, and Casey moans, “God, it’s a fucking big dick.” But instead of fancy cock work, things turned into clockwork, and my attention strayed. I took a look around. Except for a planter of some succulents next to the sink, the entire room is barren. Ikea’s got mock-up rooms that have more “There” than this. How can people have somewhere sex in a nowhere place? It’s an

THU 05 Underwear Night @ The Powerhouse Wet undies contest, drink specials. 10pm. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

SAT 07 LDG Anniversary and Holiday Party @ Mr. S Playspace Celebrate with kinksters at the party titled Looking Forward, Looking Back. 2-4pm. 385A 8th St. www.facebook.com/ events/285793081563013/

SUN 08 SF Men’s Spanking Party @ The Power Exchange Rich Stadtmiller

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This is a male only event (Gay, Bi or Straight). Must be 18 years of age or older. This is not a leather fetish group. More for guys into spanking and spanking fantasies like traditional old fashioned spanning over Daddy’s knee or fraternity style pledge initiation paddling. $20 (half off for students and military). 1-6pm. 220 Jones St. www.voy.com/201188/ t

expensive looking condo, but empty. Ditto for the guy’s sex talk. Sounds hot. But it’s empty. Whattaya mean, “How’s it taste?” It tastes like a cock. And would a guy still be exclaiming over the size of his lover’s dick, when he knows from previous experience just how big it’s always been? And isn’t, “Oh, I like fuckin’ that hairy hole” just smokin’? It’s just that the hole isn’t hairy in the least. Are these guys reading cue cards? It’s true that excellent videography gets our eyes an inch from the point of entry. But it’s not happening for More. He isn’t hard, and though he exclaims, “Give it to me!” more than once, Sabatini changes neither tempo nor thrust. As for More’s repeated entreaties to be spanked, all he gets is a mild tap. After Sabatini leaves a few drops of cum on More’s butt, More’s still hoping for heat, and commands, “Spank me with your cock! Be a fuckin’ man!” Whew. This dude’s ready for a

rump-riding rodeo. Here’s hoping next time out he gets hooked up with a mean fuckin’ man who can follow instructions. The last scene pairs furry ginger babe Connor Maguire with Jackson Taylor—a tasty morsel whose sweet little ass is soon seen (as usual, minus insertion) bouncing on Maguire’s husky cock. The kid’s tiny cupcake buttocks fit snuggly into Maguire’s open palms like a baseball in the catcher’s mitt, and he’s so weightless Maguire bangs him up and down with little effort but much effect. Taylor’s greatly demonstrative, and Maguire fucks with the fervor one expects to see in porn, and which has been largely absent from this movie. I’m relieved to say the subsequent two Guys Like Us movies prove this one to be an anomaly. I’ll tell you all about them next week.t www.RagingStallion.com


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