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Vol. 42 • No. 47 • November 22-28, 2012

Federal judge to review nudity ban Labor leader I Howard Wallace dies H by Matthew S. Bajko

by Cynthia Laird

oward Wallace, the first openly gay Teamster truck driver and a force behind the long-standing Coors boycott, died November 14 at Buena Vista Manor Jane Philomen Cleland in San Francisco. He was 76. Howard Wallace Mr. Wallace had been struggling with Alzheimer’s for several years, according to a statement from Pride See page 10 >>

Lesbians look to oust sheriff by Seth Hemmelgarn


wo politically connected lesbians are exploring whether to launch a recall of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, whom the Board of Supervisors recently reinstated to his post despite his guilty plea in a domesJane Philomen Cleland tic violence case. Andrea Shorter, Andrea Shorter chair of SF Women for Accountability and a Responsible Supervisor, and political consultant Joyce Newstat are leading the effort. Shorter is a former City College trustee and was the marriage coordinator for Equality California. Newstat served as an aide to former Mayor Gavin Newsom and now runs her own consulting business. “[I]t is clearer than ever that San Franciscans want Ross Mirkarimi removed from the office of sheriff,” Shorter said in an email. “The question is not whether, but when, and how. We recognize the growing momentum See page 12 >>

n expectation that San Francisco will adopt a ban against public nudity, a federal judge is set to review the new law early next year. U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen, with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, has scheduled a hearing for January 17 to determine if the new law violates the rights of urban nudists. In response to constituents fed up with naked men who congregate at a plaza in the Castro, gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced an ordinance to ban people from being nude on city sidewalks, parklets, streets, on Muni vehicles, and inside transit stations. The law would exempt permitted street festivals and parades; nudity is already banned in city parks, on port property, and in restaurants. Nudists and their supporters have fought back, holding several nude-ins to protest the law. They argue it not only tramples on people’s First Amendment freedoms but also would negatively impact the city’s reputation with tourists and other visitors. The Board of Supervisors was expected to adopt the new ordinance at its meeting Tuesday, November 20 (after the Bay Area Reporter’s print deadline this week). If a majority of the 11-member board votes a second time in

Activists with the Body Freedom Movement staged a celebration of body freedom outside of City Hall Saturday, November 17 to protest the effort by Supervisor Scott Wiener to ban nudity in San Francisco.

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December to support the nudity ban, then Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign it into law. The prohibition against anyone over age 5 from exposing his or her genitals, perineum, or anal region in public would take effect February 1 unless the court blocks it. Due to the pending litigation, the date for when the ordinance would become law was pushed back to give the court time to hear the case. As the B.A.R. noted last week in an online blog post, San Francisco-based lawyer Christina A. DiEdoardo filed the class action

lawsuit on behalf of four nudists claiming the proposed law violates their freedom of expression and the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. “The proposed legislation impermissibly restricts the free speech and association rights of plaintiffs and all similarly situated persons as it attempts to criminalize nudity even when engaged in for the purpose of political advocacy,” states the lawsuit. “Furthermore, See page 10 >>

Issues facing LGBT seniors tackled at conference by Heather Cassell


he many issues facing LGBT seniors – including housing, access to health care, and diversity – were discussed at a recent daylong conference presented by the Institute on Aging. About 160 queer health care and social workers gathered with LGBT seniors and allies at the November 7 conference, held at the Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral. There are an estimated 25,000 older adults who identify as LGBT in San Francisco and that number is expected to double by 2030, said Marcy Adelman, Ph.D., the founder of Openhouse, an LGBT senior organization in San Francisco. Little is known about LGBT seniors and research, particularly among people living with HIV, LGBT seniors of color, and transgender seniors. Training individuals who work with the elderly is just starting to scratch the surface since the LGBT Senior Care Training bill authored by then-state Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) has only been enacted for four years, said experts. “Older adults are not generic. Surprisingly, See page 12 >>

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John L. Andrews shows his HIV medication and medications needed for his various opportunistic infections at the LGBT and Aging conference.


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Guerrero calls on OPD to solve Martell murder by Elliot Owen


he mother of murdered transgender teen Gwen Araujo used her remarks at a Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Oakland last week to call on police to solve the killing of a trans woman earlier this year. During her keynote address, where at times she choked back tears, Sylvia Guerrero looked at Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Officer Johanna Watson, sitting in the front row next to Mayor Jean Quan, and urged investigators not to give up in the murder of Brandy Martell, 37, who was shot in her car on a downtown Oakland street in April. “I’m asking the Oakland Police Department to get this case solved,” Guerrero said. “Brandy needs to have some peace.” Guerrero also urged anyone with information about the April 29 killing to come forward. “Silence will not bring her justice,” she said. The packed house at the Oakland Peace Center for the November 16 observance greeted Guerrero warmly, as she talked about her family and her daughter Gwen, 10 years after her brutal murder at a house party in Newark. “She had an amazing life,” Guerrero said. “She has made a difference in this world, and I am so proud to be her mom ... For all the trans people in the audience your lives are precious.” An estimated 120 people attended the event, organized by TransVision, a 10-year-old HIV prevention and treatment program for transgender people that’s overseen by Tri-City Health Center, a nonprofit community clinic located in Fremont. This year’s ceremony, the seventh in Oakland, was especially painful for the East Bay community as special tribute was paid to Martell. Martell’s murder was the first of a trans-identified person in Oakland

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Sylvia Guerrero talked about her daughter, Gwen Araujo, at Oakland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony.

since 2003, and also hit TransVision particularly hard. Martell had worked for the project as a peer advocate since 2007 and had also been tasked with helping organize several Day of Remembrance events. Tiffany Woods, TransVision program manager, hired and trained Martell. “Literally, the last time Brandy worked with us was the Day of Remembrance last year and this year we’re reading her name,” Woods told the Bay Area Reporter. “When it’s somebody you work with, somebody in your own community, it’s hard to deal with because it’s not just a name anymore.” Quan described the evening as “very, very important” for the community and appropriately representative of the diverse population that calls Oakland home. It was the first time a sitting mayor had attended the Day of Remembrance. Watson also spoke, and gave an update on Martell’s murder case, stating that it’s “still an active and open investigation” and that the police department is “still seeking any information.” Watson emphasized preser-

vation of anonymity of anyone who called with information and did not want to be identified. Since 1994, five trans women have been murdered in Oakland. Three of those cases have not been solved; Martell’s being one of them. Central to the event was reading the names of trans-identified people who had been murdered this year across the globe. According to Transgender Europe, a transgender equality organization, 265 reported cases of transgender murders occurred worldwide this year as of November 14. The United States accounts for 11 of those killings. In lieu of reading 265 names, a few from each geographical region in the world were chosen and read to the audience. The Oakland ceremony also recognizes trans people lost to HIV/AIDS and this year Shakiah Allen, who was a friend of Martell’s, was also honored; she died of AIDS-related complications on February 14. Closing remarks were made by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski, the nation’s first openly transgender trial judge. She referenced Araujo’s murder and the legislative progress protecting transgender people that’s been made since then. “Ten years ago Gwen was murdered,” Kolakowski said. “The trial happened in this very county where the people that killed her argued it was her fault. A law has been passed to prevent that from happening again. We’ve made progress. We’ve come a long way. And in that very courthouse starting in January, almost every misdemeanor case in South County will come before a transgender judge and I can guarantee you no one is going to be disparaged for who they are.” The evening ended with a balloon ceremony in which attendees wrote the names of deceased trans-identified people on them and released them outside.▼

Trial ordered in park killing by Seth Hemmelgarn


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San Francisco judge has held the man accused of strangling another man to death in Buena Vista Park last year to stand trial on murder and other charges. However, Superior Court Judge Bruce Chan said Monday, November 19 that there wasn’t enough evidence to sustain an additional accusation that David Munoz Diaz, 23, had robbed the victim, Freddy Canul-Arguello, 23. Canul-Arguello’s burned, mostly naked body was found with a partially melted recycling bin early in the morning of June 10, 2011. Robbery has been the only motive Assistant District Attorney Heather Trevisan has suggested in the killing, which Deputy Public Defender Alex Lilien has called “a terrible accident.” Near the conclusion of the preliminary hearing Monday, Trevisan told Chan that it hadn’t been disputed that Diaz took Canul-Arguello’s cell phone and wallet, and she said there hadn’t been an opportunity for anyone else to have taken those and other items. Trevisan said that Diaz took CanulArguello to the park, killed him, robbed him, stuffed his body in the recycling bin, and set him on fire. “The murder was done to facilitate this taking,” she said. She also said that Diaz had been “repeatedly shown to be lying” and “minimizing” his actions. Responding to questions from

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Defendant David Munoz Diaz

Lilien Monday, police homicide Inspector Daniel Dedet said, “To be quite honest, I don’t know the motive” for the killing. At the beginning of the two-day hearing late last month, Dedet said that to his knowledge, Canul-Arguello’s messenger bag, boots, wallet, and phone haven’t been recovered. Dedet also testified at the time that Diaz had claimed he choked Canul-Arguello after the victim asked him to during a sexual encounter. Then, after Canul-Arguello collapsed, he lit the blue bin on fire in order to signal for help, and rolled it down hill, where it fell on top of him. The medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death to be asphyxia due to strangulation.

There’s no evidence to support the defense claim that Diaz and Canul-Arguello had had consensual sex just before Canul-Arguello died, Trevisan said. Much of Dedet’s testimony was also about how Diaz made calls to 911 from Canul-Arguello’s phone. Monday, Dedet indicated that the last call from the victim’s phone was intended to make it sound like someone was targeting Canul-Arguello because he was gay. Diaz, who’s in custody, didn’t testify during the hearing, but he sat beside Lilien and listened to testimony through a Spanish interpreter. Also Monday, Larry Metzger, who owns the Castro area Mix bar, testified that he and Diaz had been dating just before the killing and had been living together at the time. He said Diaz had gone to the nearby Cafe nightclub the night before Canul-Arguello’s body was found, and he couldn’t recall exactly when he’d first seen Diaz after that. He told Trevisan, “I didn’t notice anything different” about Diaz’s demeanor once he did see him, and Diaz hadn’t told him that he’d killed Canul-Arguello. “I never discussed this with him,” Metzger said. Besides the murder charge, Chan also held Diaz to answer on felony counts of arson, mutilating/maiming/disfiguring a body, and a misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. Diaz is next set to appear in court December 4 for arraignment.▼

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Volume 42, Number 47 November 22-28, 2012 PUBLISHER Thomas E. Horn Bob Ross (Founder, 1971 – 2003) NEWS EDITOR Cynthia Laird ARTS EDITOR Roberto Friedman ASSISTANT EDITORS Matthew S. Bajko Seth Hemmelgarn Jim Provenzano CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dan Aiello • Tavo Amador • Erin Blackwell Roger Brigham • Scott Brogan Victoria A. Brownworth • Philip Campbell Heather Cassell • Chuck Colbert Richard Dodds • David Duran Raymond Flournoy • David Guarino Liz Highleyman • Brandon Judell John F. Karr • Matthew Kennedy David Lamble • Michael McDonagh David-Elijah Nahmod • Elliot Owen Paul Parish • Lois Pearlman • Tim Pfaff Jim Piechota • Bob Roehr • Donna Sachet Adam Sandel • Jason Serinus • Gregg Shapiro Gwendolyn Smith • Ed Walsh • Sura Wood

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Follow the money E

nd of year solicitations for donations are in full swing. Nonprofits are sending out email and snail mail asking for your “generous contribution” before December 31 so you can deduct it on your taxes. But in order to ensure that your donation is going to a worthy cause that you can feel good about helping, you should exercise due diligence by checking into the organization. From time to time we get criticized by nonprofit leaders who don’t want to provide current financial information when asked. While IRS form 990s are public documents and give a good indication of the fiscal health of an agency, their internal audits are not as readily available. But one of the reasons we ask, and why we report on agencies’ 990 tax returns and their independent audits, is so that you, the reader, can have some handy information when considering a donation. It’s a positive sign when an agency’s executive director does provide the requested information; perhaps the most important message conveyed is “we have nothing to hide.” And although there are hiccups at almost any nonprofit, keys to success are good leadership, transparency, and the ability to explain problems and outline corrective action. When those leaders won’t provide financial information, it immediately raises red flags: do they have something to hide from the public or potential donors? In fact, just last month we passed on doing a story about Pets Are Wonderful Support’s milestone anniversary because the executive director refused to let us see their audit. But it’s not just us, the mean old gay rag. Last week, in the midst of the David Petraeus scandal, it emerged that one of the women at the heart of that mess once ran a cancer charity that – guess what? – apparently never did

what it was supposed to do. Jill Kelley and her husband formed the Doctor Kelley Cancer Foundation in 2005. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the foundation’s 2007 tax return stated that the group’s primary purpose was to “conduct research studies into efforts to discover ways to improve the quality of life of terminally ill adult cancer patients.” Kelley’s twin sister, Natalie Khawam was also a director of the nonprofit. But of the $157,284 raised that year, the Times reported, meals and entertainment accounted for more than $43,000 in expenses, legal fees more than $25,000, and automotive expenses more than $8,800. The paper also reported that while the foundation was

dissolved that same year, three years later in February 2010 Kelley was soliciting contributions for the group to provide a dinner for the homeless. It doesn’t appear that any research was ever done to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. So, our advice during this holiday season is to do your homework. Check out the agency’s website, see if there is financial information or an annual report. Go to Guidestar to see their latest 990 returns. While the documents give a good picture of expenditures, salaries, and other information, they are usually about a year out of date. And if your questions aren’t answered to your satisfaction, consider donating elsewhere. It’s all about following the money, and these days, with the economy still in recovery mode, it’s all the more important to make informed giving decisions.▼

The symbolism of flags by Veronika Fimbres


have long had an admiration for flags, ever since the second grade when I used to turn to the corner of the room where the United States flag hung solemnly and we recited the Pledge of Allegiance. In the Cub Scouts when I was a little older, there was a lot of flag raising and lowering, and while it was all great and impressive, the impact of just what it represented hadn’t truly hit home. It was at Emily Post Junior High School that I began to understand why people were so heated and passionate about this cloth that hung on a pole. The Vietnam War was being fought and the only young man that I knew loved me, Richard McCoy, had been drafted. He was very handsome and a lifeguard. He was invigorated and excited to go to battle. He returned home in a box covered with the American flag. As I sobbed and watched them fold the flag in that special triangular way that they do, to hand it to his mother, I began to realize what this flag meant to so many people. What it was starting to mean to me. Then the riots came in Detroit in 1967. Many people were killed and it was over civil rights. I thought the flag was supposed to be for everyone, and yet people of color did not have the same rights as those white people who fought and served under the same flag? How could this be? Why was my race being denied the right to vote? Why were they being discriminated against, when there was nothing anyone could do regarding the color of their skin? I just didn’t get it. Eventually, I began to truly understand. My mother had explained it best when she said that people were not going to like me for the color of my skin. I just didn’t see how someone could dislike me for something none of us could do anything about. It was then that I became an anti-war protester. We had sleep-ins, and protests, and even saw people burning the flag. This was all new to me. Flags meant pride and honor, and not all of these men were willing to go to war for this piece of cloth, some choosing to leave the country for other places than to serve in a war

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Veronika Fimbres prepares to raise the transgender flag in the Castro Monday, November 19.

against others by the United States of America. Then our family friend’s grandson, Dwight H. Johnson, won the Medal of Honor. Only to return home to be shot on the streets of Detroit. It was then that I realized that if I did not take control of my fate, surely I would be drafted and die somewhere on foreign soil, with my head blown off. So I took control in the only way I knew how, I joined the United States Navy, and had my rate guaranteed because of my high scores, and stayed stateside for my entire tour of duty. I guess flags for me have always been synonymous with fighting for something, be it rights, life, or freedom. Somehow, I thought the fight was over, and that I was free to be, but how naive I was. The fight had only begun, as at the age of 25 I transitioned from male to female. So, now instead of one thing to fight over (race) I have had multiple factors over the last 29 years. I am African American/Native American (Chickasaw), trans, female, a person living with AIDS, senior citizen, U.S. veteran, and licensed voca-

tional nurse. I helped pioneer change by being a longtime fighter for the underdog, as you can see, that was usually me. However, I have a voice and have used my voice and everything I have to help others, even at detriment to myself. That is who I am. When I asked to fly the trans flag at Harvey Milk Plaza on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, it was always about the community. It took the Merchants of Upper Castro and Market one whole month to say, “No.” So, I put up an online petition and rallied 1,295 people from all over the world to tell MUMC to fly the flag. The fact that it was an issue in San Francisco, the bastion of everything LGBT, was really unconscionable. They needed a group, and I gave them our Trans March group. I did everything they asked of me, and yet they couldn’t say or explain anything to my face at a meeting? What sense did that make? All that drama, just to get to where we should have been allowed to go in the first place; the ability to fly our flag just like everyone else. No special treatment, just equal rights. While we have made many inroads, and been the pioneer in trans studies and research, I find that we are still underserved and marginalized. This is especially true if you are a trans person of color. The flag was to fly Tuesday, November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is as important as is the correct chronicling of our trans history. All too often we are still the “last on the list” or “expendable.” Agencies gain money by claiming to serve us, and yet we are still underserved. The trans flag flying will be a beauty to behold, but it will be bittersweet. Brandy Martell of Oakland – and the many trans people who are murdered, just for being who they are – will not get to witness this historic moment. May all of their killers be apprehended. I now understand flags, and the power they hold. I would gladly lay my life down for these pieces of cloth and material, and the significance that these things represent.▼ Veronika Fimbres is a hospice nurse by profession. She was the first out trans person appointed to a city panel, when she served on the Veterans Affairs Commission under the Board of Supervisors and Mayors Willie Brown Jr., Gavin Newsom, and Ed Lee.

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The downside of Castro development For the last few months most of the headlines about Castro politics have been hijacked by the titillating debate about a handful of nudists in Jane Warner Plaza. In years to come however, many of us may end up looking back on this period and wondering why we weren’t paying attention to the seismic shifts happening in Castro real estate development, with the aid of the Board of Supervisors. As the recession fades, many Castro real estate development plans approved over the past few years are moving forward full-steam. By far, the biggest neighborhood-changing plans come under the umbrella of the new Transit District upzoning of the Market Street corridor. The most visible result of this rezoning is the doubling or tripling of height restrictions on new developments on many corner properties on Market between Van Ness and Castro streets. This was done under the guise of “high density” housing, which in theory has merits. But the devil’s in the details, and the details don’t bode well for affordable housing, locally owned businesses, or car-sharing. Most of these new retail/residential buildings will contain almost entirely market-rate units. Many developers are opting to either buy their way out of the city’s affordable unit mandates, or to locate the required affordable units off-site. We’ve all seen the Apple, Google, and Genentech busses shuttling hundreds of new tech workers between the Castro and Silicon Valley every morning and night. Expect these new buildings to leverage their locations on those routes to charge premium rents and purchase prices. Second, now that construction is under way, we’re starting to hear from some of these developers that in order to secure financing, they’ve had to commit all or most of the new retail spaces to major national chains. Thus we have the ridiculously unnecessary Bank of the West going into the ground floor of the new building at Market and Noe. There are rumblings of the chain Chipotle Mexican Grill taking over the old Home restaurant space at Church and Market, and yet another Starbucks at Market and Sanchez. Finally, one of the Board of Supervisors’ biggest oversights was the lack of consideration for car-sharing services and public parking in the Castro. Many of the new corner buildings are replacing gas stations and parking lots that leased large numbers of spaces to various car-sharing services, thereby offering local residents access to cars without forcing them to own one and further crowd public parking. The city, in its Transit District rezoning plan, made no accommodation to preserve car-sharing parking spaces in the new parking garages. Furthermore, the city has capped the number of parking spaces that developers can include in the new garages to well below the total number of units in the building, often with no public spaces for customers of the new ground-floor retail. Left entirely out of the Transit District plan, and facing huge losses in available space, car sharing companies are now devising a proposal with the Board of Supervisors to lease public curbside parking from the city, thereby removing more spaces from public parking. This would shift the burden of private car-sharing parking onto the city, and effectively privatize public parking spaces for profit. If we don’t wake up and pay closer attention, we’re only a few years away from The Castro Theater Lofts, conveniently located on the Apple bus line, with yet another Starbucks in the lobby. David Warczak San Francisco

Where’s the outrage over flag policy? I cannot believe more people are not outraged over the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro’s recent decision to no longer fly any flag that represents our diverse community other than the rainbow flag from now on [“Leather flag to fly no more above the Castro,” blog post, November 1]. The city acknowledges the importance of Leather Week by flying leather pride flags. Flying the leather flag at Harvey Milk Plaza is a sign of the kickoff to Leather Week and acknowledges the significant contributions of the leather community. The leather community raises much-needed funds throughout the year for various charities, from AIDS to breast cancer and everything in between. The leather

community tirelessly raised money just to have the large flag made, so it could be flown. MUMC is ignoring the fact that as a community, over the years we have adopted different flags to represent the diverse sub cultures within the greater LGBT community. Should we as a country only fly the American flag and not allow the flying of individual state or city flags? Would the business owners and members of MUMC consider how much revenue would be lost if the leather community refused to shop in the Castro or drink at the bars during Leather Week? Yes, the rainbow flag was created to represent the diversity within the gay community, but things change and communities evolve and a flagpole in the center of our mecca should represent us, not one flag. Maybe we should also take all the letters we now use to include our diversity, LGBT, and just return to gay community. Think about it. Ray Tilton San Francisco

Bad expereince at Oakland gym The Gold’s Gym in Oakland was, in the two years my husband, Alfred Crofts, and I belonged, far from perfect – cold, corporate, cliquish, a nominal manager, etc. We hoped for better after the gym officially became Fitness SF, with the slogan “We changed, you can, too!” We also hoped for a better LGBT environment, after the split from the Texas-based mega franchise, with the right wing owner and big Karl Rove PAC donor. But after an unfortunate episode of homophobia on Halloween morning got swept under the rug by management, even though we filed a police report, change isn’t here yet. Crofts had begun doing pull-ups in an area claimed by an unofficial trainer. She and her client got mad, calling Alfred “rude.” The tension unleashed a nearby member, who called both of us “freaks” repeatedly. Gayla Schiff, the only Fitness SF personnel present, arrived on the scene and heard the man shout “freaks” at us again. Later, Schiff told us she knew the identity of the name-caller. She had to know since members must swipe gym-issued cards for entry. Afterwards, Fitness SF executive Don Dickerson took charge, and requested reports from those involved. His finding was dismissive: “In regards to someone calling you a freak. Gayla does not know who that person was. If you see that person again please point them out to Norris and we will meet with them. “ ... The gym you belong to and that I work for is an amazing company that does a tremendous amount of good for the LGBT community. How many companies in this world stand up for equality at a tremendous financial cost? ...When I got your email last night my husband and I were at a fundraiser for a community group that helps people living with terminal diseases. Fitness SF had sponsored the event ... because it’s so important to support our community, our members and our staff. I challenge you to find any company that does a better job supporting the gay community than ours. “This issue is closed unless you point out the member that called you a name to Norris. ...” Our previous email to him stated in part, “To us, the ‘freaks’ taunts are homophobic hate speech, and illegal. The presence of that individual at the gym, and the apparent willingness by management to tolerate that behavior, is very disturbing. We had assumed (wrongly, perhaps) that the split with the Texas-based Gold’s Corp. was a way of distancing your establishment from their attitudes and practices.” So why would a gym give a pass to such outrageous behavior? Best guess: The cold calculation that we would not renew our membership and the homophobe would remain. The decision to split with the Texas-franchise was another cold calculation – the gym business is a competitive one, Gold’s was a toxic connection, and they have plans to expand their upper Market facility into a mixed-use project, which stalled after all the bad publicity. Robert Brokl Oakland, California

Charities gear up for turkey dinners compiled by Cynthia Laird


hurches and other nonprofits are cooking the turkeys and preparing to serve thousands of dinners this week to those in need on Thanksgiving. Tenderloin Tessie will serve its annual holiday dinner Thursday, November 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary). Michael Gagne, the volunteer board president, expects to serve several hundred turkey dinners with all the trimmings. There are volunteer opportunities

available. Those interested in helping out should email Gagne at with their name and phone number. People can also volunteer at Project Open Hand during the holiday season. The agency, which provides meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS, seniors, and the critically ill, relies on more than 100 volunteers every day. Holiday volunteer opportunities include slicing and dicing vegetables for client meals, crafting holiday cards for clients; serving meals to seniors; and knitting or crocheting scarves

for clients (by December 4). People can also sign up to help out with the agency’s Hand to Hand luncheon gala (December 13) or purchase a ticket to attend. Tickets start at $275. Artrese Morrison, the agency’s director of volunteer services, said that those helping out must be 15 years of age or older. To sign up, call (415) 447-2404 or email volunteer@ More information is available at volunteer. Glide Memorial United Methodist Church has a full Thanksgiving schedule at the church, 330 Ellis Street, beginning with a rollicking See page 13 >>

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LGBTQ Youth Space participants Erika Cisneros, left, Andre Pommier, and AJ Shenefelt, join Cassie Blume, program coordinator, in front of the “signature wall.”

LGBTQ Youth Space opens in SJ by Heather Cassell


he young people were all smiles, showing off their new home to San Jose elected officials, donors, and community members who toured the new LGBTQ Youth Space at its grand opening November 14. “It’s beautiful. Honestly, when I think back from four to three years ago we were happy with what we had, but now that we have this I can see how blessed we are,” said Andre Pommier about the support the program has received from Family and Children Services, the nonprofit parent of the center. Pommier, 23, is a self-identified queer man of color who is a member of the space’s youth advisory board. He has been coming to the center since he was 20 years old and utilized many of its services, he said. The award-winning LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose opened in the spring of 2009 in a small room at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, providing a safe place for youth ages 13-25 to hang out and receive a variety of services. It quickly outgrew the room at the center and moved into a larger room, Pommier said. The larger room still wasn’t enough to handle the 60 youth who participate in the program regularly. Thousands of young people from around Santa Clara County have visited the youth space since it opened, said program coordinator Cassie Blume. Blume, 29, is a queer woman who has been with the program since its inception before stepping into running it a little over a year ago. She has a background in LGBT community organizing and policy work. Her seven-member team provides a variety of services from individual counseling to community outreach weekdays from 3 to 9 p.m. Four outreach workers and 14 trained youth speakers reach out to an estimated 6,000 youth and allies throughout the county, working with schools and local gay-straight alliance groups, and other programs, said Blume. The outreach workers and youth speakers provide cultural sensitivity training for counselors, teachers, and students. Within two months of moving to its new space in San Jose’s art district in July the number of youth coming to the space has doubled, said Blume. “We love it here,” said Blume, who signed a three-year lease. “Our hope is to provide a stable, long term, great home full of resources and support for LGBTQ youth.” Blume has increased offerings, adding art and spoken word programs. For the past several months queer youth artists have shown off their creations on the walls of the space and during the monthly art walk that happens on first Fridays, said Blume. The program’s budget is estimated at $600,000, and is funded by grants from the Mental Health Department

of Santa Clara County, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s Teen Health Van, Second Harvest Food Bank, and individual donors, according to Blume. “We cover all ages and all different kinds of problems, but this program is very special,” Diana Neiman, president and CEO of the FCS, told guests. “It’s successful because the kids make it their success. To me that’s a very rewarding thing. Welldone guys. I’m really proud of you.” “It’s fabulous,” said Alice Nuzzo, an ally board member of FCS. “It’s just wonderful to see them grow and be and express themselves and be comfortable.”

Fun to leadership The space is more than a place to hang out, grab a snack in the kitchen, oruse the Internet. The youth also get donated clothes, health care services once a month, peer support, and individual counseling. Participants also build leadership skills serving on the youth advisory board and creating their own programs, such as the trans and the self-care support groups started by AJ Shenefelt, a 19-year-old self-identified gender fluid kid, and another participant at the center. The young people who spoke to the Bay Area Reporter said that they found friends and a home. The space provided the support they needed to mature and participate in the community. “I never thought of myself as a successful person before I started coming here,” said Shenefelt. “I’ve always felt special since I started coming here and like I’m important.” Erika Cisneros, 24, a gay woman and member of the youth advisory board, immediately jumped into her leadership role two months ago after attending a three-day leadership camp. Seeking other LGBT youth like herself, the space was the only place where she found other queer friends. “That’s one of the things that I appreciate about this place is just the access to other people who are on my same level,” she said. Queer youth still have a place at the DeFrank Center as the youth space still works closely with the center, Blume said. “We will always be collaborating with the Billy DeFrank Center, absolutely. They are the LGBT center for Silicon Valley, so we will always have a relationship with that organization,” said Blume. Chris Flood, president of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, didn’t respond to the B.A.R.’s request for comment by press time. On November 30 the youth space will host a post Thanksgiving potluck and open mic from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact (408) 343-7940 or youthspace@ or visit▼

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▼ Milk spills into policy debates by Matthew S. Bajko


hat would Harvey do? It is a question that is asked repeatedly in San Francisco in a wide variety of policy debates that have consumed both the gay Castro district and City Hall. The Harvey at the heart of the query is of course the late gay Supervisor Harvey Milk. Not only the city’s first out elected official, Milk gained national attention during the mid-1970s as one of the country’s few gay politicians and a leader of the seminal gay rights movement. His life cut short by an assassin’s bullet less than a year after taking office, Milk’s stature has continued to posthumously grow. His fame reached international heights following the release of an Oscar-winning biopic about his life in 2008 and President Barack Obama’s decision to award him a Medal of Freedom the following year. Honors have been bestowed on Milk in cities and countries that span the globe. His family and friends launched the Harvey Milk Foundation several years ago partly in response to requests for his gay nephew, Stuart Milk, to speak about his famous relative at LGBT events, conferences and Pride parades around the world. Nowhere does Milk continue to have as lasting an impression in the public’s consciousness, however, than in the New York native’s adopted hometown of San Francisco. “There are people who become iconic in our culture and he is one of them,” said Glendon Hyde, president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. “He had a great story and he was an average Joe. He did so much for so many people and he did it selflessly.” As the LGBT community’s focus has gravitated toward fighting for rights few even conceived of having during Milk’s day, those against such an assimilationist tide look to Milk for inspiration, said Hyde. “The argument for queer rights is all about abandoning our culture and becoming normal. People have lost a sense of queerness and how to ask that question of what does it mean to be queer. And the touchstone of that is Harvey Milk,” said Hyde, who also goes by his drag name Anna Conda. Milk’s name was invoked in 2010 against the city’s sit/lie ordinance, as Milk successfully fought a similar law in his day, and again in recent weeks over the removal of benches at the Castro plaza named after him. “Harvey Milk himself strongly advocated for the right to convene in public spaces, but the removal of the plaza’s public benches prevents the use of the plaza by the very people (low income people, homeless folks, people perceived to be homeless, LGBT youth, etc.) he vigorously supported,” wrote Gus Feldman, president of the District 8 Democrats group, in support of a “seat-in” at the plaza that took place Sunday. It has crept up during fights over control of the flagpole at Harvey Milk Plaza and which neighborhood groups have the ears of City Hall leaders. Some have called for the formation of a new Harvey Milk Neighbors Group to voice more progressive stances in the Castro. Milk has even been brought up in the fight over the proposed nudity ban. “I just feel Harvey Milk and his philosophy has been abandoned. Harvey would definitely not be sup-

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Bruce Beaudette, left, holding a misspelled sign, Jake Villierme, and Craig Rouskey sat on a freshly installed bench at Harvey Milk Plaza during a protest Sunday, November 18 by activists from Community not Commodity over the removal by the Castro Community Benefit District of the benches in the plaza. Alas, the makeshift bench, which was bolted to the brick sidewalk, was later removed.

porting the nudity ban, I can tell you that much,” said Kevin Bard, a member of the Milk club’s board. “I was only 6 months old when he was killed, so I obviously didn’t know him. But he seemed to have a very open heart to people who aren’t well off. That seems to be what he stood for; I just do not seem him getting angry at nude people or the benches.” So revered is Milk that his political counterpart who was also killed the morning of November 27, 1978, Mayor George Moscone, tends to be overlooked. Few ever ask what would George do, despite the fact that Moscone shared the same progressive ideals as Milk. Ask the city’s elected leaders and politicos to name any deceased San Francisco politician who carries as much weight today as does Milk, and the answer is there isn’t anyone similar. “I think it’s because of Harvey’s unique situation in the lesbian and gay community,” said Anne Kronenberg, who worked as an aide to Milk and co-founded the foundation named after him. “Harvey is in some ways the Martin Luther King Jr. of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.” Because of that status, added Kronenberg, “people put him in a certain category, if you will, and do trot his name out a lot.” The reverence has its positives and negatives, added Kronenberg. She pointed to the debate that flared up in the spring over a proposal to name a U.S. naval ship after Milk, who served in the Navy as a diving instructor. Milk’s family and former aides backed the idea, while others denounced it because Milk spoke out against the Vietnam War. “I think it is a good thing, but sometimes it is frustrating. None of us really know what Harvey would do. He has been gone so long and things change,” said Kronenberg, the city’s director of emergency management. “Really, it is an honor his legacy is living on in such a strong way and people revere him and what he did and was able to do in a short time.” Nonetheless, Kronenberg said she “would not presuppose or guess what Harvey would do in a given situation.” The foundation is sponsoring the 34th annual remembrance for both Milk and Moscone at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 on the steps of City Hall with a march to the Castro expected to begin at 5:30. Those invited to speak include Stuart Milk, Kronenberg and various city officials. Members of Moscone’s family are also expected

to attend. “Mayor Moscone was a terrific man. He was principled and he stood for gay rights,” said Kronenberg. “He has his own legacy and it is very important the two in remembrance are connected because they were.” The Milk club is overseeing the installation of an altar in honor of Milk at the plaza above the Castro Muni station. A ceremony with speakers and a special presentation this year is scheduled to start sometime after 6:30 p.m. followed by a processional to Milk’s old camera shop at 575 Castro Street.

Farrell proposes stipend for DP health care tax District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell is proposing that San Francisco cover the taxes that city workers incur when they add their same-sex partner to their health care plans. Due to the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, domestic partners face an unfair tax burden because the federal government taxes the health benefits their employer provides to their partner. For years the city’s Health Services System has warned city employees with domestic partners about the federal tax consequences; the state of California does not tax the benefits. The issue is sure to impact more domestic partners in 2014 when, under the new federal legislation, all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Many samesex couples will likely sign up their partner under their employer-provided coverage in order to meet the requirement. According to the city’s Department of Human Resources, there were 353 same-sex spouses and/ or same-sex domestic partners enrolled in the city’s health-care system as of July 28, 2011. It is estimated the cost of covering their tax bill stemming from their health coverage would be roughly $1 million. Under legislation Farrell introduced Tuesday, the city would provide the employees with a stipend to offset the federal health care tax. The proposal is modeled after similar legislation adopted by the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. “As you know, same-sex partners if they choose to add their spouse or domestic partner to their health care, they are taxed on that amount. It is an issue costing same-sex couples thousands and thousands a year. To me, that is patently unjust,” Farrell told the B.A.R. “As a straight male this was not something I was aware of until I came into office.” Employees at Google brought the issue to his attention a year ago, said Farrell. Like other major businesses, See page 13 >>

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City College rallies against dept. consolidations by Peter Hernandez


epartment chairs and others at City College of San Francisco are upset that the board is considering a proposal to consolidate various departments in the latest costsaving move at the troubled school. Former interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher proposed consolidating the college’s 50 department chairs into seven to meet one of 14 recommendations for the college’s accreditation. The move would save $2 million, according to Fisher’s plan. Fisher left her post last month. New interim Chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman is likely to rework the October 25 proposal after negotiations between the college and the Department Chairpersons’ Council. The college of 86,000 students could close if it does not meet recommendations by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which issued a critical report in June. The school has been working to make the necessary changes. Fisher’s proposal also consolidates the school’s nine diversity departments into one. Currently the departments include African American, Asian, Asian American, interdisciplinary, labor and community, Latino and Latin American, LGBT, Philippine, and women’s studies. “The biggest losers – if the department chairs are truly diminished as proposed – will be the students,” wrote Francine Podenski, chair of broadcast electronic media arts, in an email. At a rally at the college’s Ocean campus on November 15, students,

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Ardel Thomas, chair of the LGBT Studies Department at City College, speaks at a rally on campus protesting the proposed cuts to the diversity programs at the college.

faculty, and labor organizers denounced the proposal and contended that course quality, internships, scholarships, and faculty-student relationships would be vulnerable to an undetermined dean that doesn’t share the chairs’ expertise. Department chairs are reassigned from one course on their full-time workload to administrative duties like course scheduling, facultystudent mediation, and curriculum development and receive an annual stipend that ranges from $3,000 to $19,000, according to records. The consolidation move is the beginning of a slow, negotiationladen path to financial solvency as City College attempts to close a $14 million gap in the coming fiscal year while preparing a report by March. “Much of the confusion that was

in the [accreditation] report was on the unique way we’ve evolved in terms of doing business,” said Fisher of the college’s financial planning in shared governance, a student- and faculty-inclusive fiscal strategy that often moves at a glacial pace. However, the board of trustees and Fisher said that department programs would be unaffected by the “painful” proposal; between seven and 80 positions could be negotiated for. Fisher said new deans would better manage the departments, while department chairs could be demoted to “coordinators” and forfeit their annual stipend. They would also resume a normal teaching load. Department chairs were skeptical. See page 13 >>

CD celebrates 20 years of Songs of the Season by David-Elijah Nahmod


or the first time in its 20-year history, people who attend Donna Sachet’s Songs of the Season holiday cabaret can take the music home with them, as a limited edition CD will be available at next week’s performances. Proceeds from both the show, which runs from November 25-28 at the Rrazz Room, and the CD will benefit the AIDS Emergency Fund. The CD was first available Tuesday. Sachet, the Bay Area Reporter’s society columnist and the Castro’s goodwill ambassador, said that this year’s show is very near and dear to her heart, as it’s the 20th anniversary performance. “AIDS Emergency Fund started in 1982 at the height of the AIDS crisis as a grassroots organization providing monetary assistance for emergency needs like rent, utility bills and medication for those with HIV/AIDS,” Sachet said. She added that 30 years later AEF continues to respond to the needs of low-income AIDS survivors. Her reasons for supporting the organization are simple yet moving. “When I moved to San Francisco in 1990, I was struck by the severity of the AIDS crisis here, but I was also amazed by the strength and resilience of the gay community. I wanted to be part of the fight against AIDS’ impact and met lots of fun supporters of AIDS Emergency Fund doing great work, providing vital assistance, and maintaining a very low overhead.” Sachet was asked what she had to say to young people who might think

Donna Sachet’s Songs of the Season CD will be available at next week’s shows.

that AIDS happened more than 30 years ago and is no longer an issue. “Until there is a cure and a vaccine to prevent AIDS, this pandemic will be with us,” she said. “There are longtime survivors who suddenly find themselves in financial difficulty and need AEF. There are younger people just starting out whose career goals are interrupted by an AIDS diagnosis. So many of us are just a few paychecks away from a financial emergency.” In terms of her show, Sachet explained what she looks for in guest stars, an impressive roster that includes cabaret superstar Sharon McNight and Val Diamond. “Songs of the Season has evolved into a show that requires genuinely talented singers and other musicians,” Sachet said. “I look for people who have demonstrated a connection to our community, a willingness to volSee page 9 >>

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AHF proposes ballot measure over drug costs by Seth Hemmelgarn


nonprofit that provides HIV/ AIDS-related services is proposing a ballot measure to encourage San Francisco officials to call for cheaper drug prices. AIDS Healthcare Foundation officials say the proposal was spurred by Gilead Sciences pricing Stribild, its new four-in-one AIDS treatment, at $28,500 per patient, more than the annual income of many people living with the disease. At a news conference on the steps of City Hall Thursday, November 15, Dr. Lisha Wilson, medical director of San Francisco healthcare centers for AHF, said Gilead’s apparent move was “a blatant, clear example of the unsustainability of this drug pricing that’s going on.” Jesse Brooks, who’s living with AIDS, called on officials to “stop the

high pricing right now and set a precedent.” AHF needs to gather 9,703 valid signatures to get its measure on the ballot. Collection started last week, and signatures are due in mid-May. Backers expect their proposal to appear on the November ballot next year. In a news release, AHF President Michael Weinstein said, “A state as vast and powerful as California, and a city like San Francisco, can and should use its clout to stand up to drug companies like Gilead. That is why we are taking this issue directly to the people of San Francisco through our ballot measure.” According to the measure’s title and summary, San Francisco purchases prescription drugs for city-run medical programs and spends over $23 million a year on prescription drugs. That includes about $3.5 million annually for antiretroviral medications

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation supporters marched from City Hall to the Federal Building to draw attention to a ballot measure asking the city to negotiate lower costs for HIV/AIDS medications.

for inpatients with HIV and related conditions. The proposed measure would make it “city policy that San Francisco directly negotiate with drug manufac-

turers and seek to pay less for essential medications that the City purchases,” among other provisions, according to the summary. The summary also says, “If the

SF, Oakland Pride officials go silent by Seth Hemmelgarn

them. In December 2010, the city controller’s office revealed that the nonprofit was $225,000 in debt. As of September, most of that had been paid down.


oard members of two Bay Area LGBT Pride celebrations have gone silent with the Bay Area Reporter, declining to answer questions about personnel changes and finances. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee has been seeking a new head for months, despite the fact that Executive Director Brendan Behan has helped bring the nonprofit out of grave financial and leadership troubles and expressed a desire to stay in the job. The group’s board of directors has apparently made an offer to someone to be the new chief executive officer, sources said, replacing Behan, who didn’t respond to interview requests for this story. “The board is still in the process of hiring a CEO. I will inform you of any updates,” Pride board President Lisa Williams said in an email last week. Soon after, when reached by phone, Williams said she couldn’t talk at that time because she was working. She didn’t respond to emailed questions, including a request to confirm the CEO position being offered to someone. In September, Behan said that “the main sticking point” between him and the board was whether he should be an at-will employee, meaning the board could terminate him at any time. Williams indicated in October that was something the board wanted from its top staff member. “We did not have the time to do


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unteer their talents, and a loyal following that could add to our audience. I also want to strike a nice balance between voice types, stage presence, audience connection, and musical selections. And just when they think they have it figured out, I like to throw in a surprise.” Though always well received, it was a long, hard effort that brought the show to its current status as such a popular and eagerly anticipated event. “I wanted to have an annual event that I could pour my heart into and build up to the level of some other events I attended. After moving from bar to bar, then trying one larger SOMA venue, where we nearly lost our shirts on expenses, we found the Plush Room, perfect for a cabaret show and willing to give us a try. That helped establish Songs of the Season as a high quality musical event that raised significant money for AEF. From there, we headed to the Rrazz Room, the premiere cabaret space in

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SF Pride board President Lisa Williams

that when SF Pride was experiencing the challenges of a couple of years ago, and we felt that it was incumbent upon us as a board to open SF Pride’s recruitment and hiring process to a broader pool of potential candidates,” Williams said at the time. Former Executive Director Lindsey Jones, who’s been working as Pride’s sponsorship director, said last week that she’s resigned, citing the board’s decision to replace Behan. Her last day will be December 31. Behan became Pride’s interim executive director in April 2011 and eventually gained the permanent position. The top post had been vacant since former Executive Director Amy Andre left in November 2010, just over a year after she started the job. Soon after the 2010 celebration, several community partners complained that Pride had shortchanged

San Francisco, where we’ve been for five years, growing to a four-night event this year. My producer Richard Sablatura has no equal – it’s hard for me to control my carefully buried emotions when I look out from the stage and see the smiles, hear the laughter, and feel the love of each loyal crowd.” The CD was produced by Matt Consola and Swishcraft and was recorded largely by Leo Frappier. In addition to Sachet, guests on the album include McNight, Abigail, Matt Alber, and Vicki Shepard. Sachet said she has just one wish for this holiday season. “I wish for a record-breaking Songs of the Season with four soldout nights, incredibly moving performances, and more money raised for AIDS Emergency Fund than ever, including astounding sales of our limited edition 20-year commemorative CD. I also wish to remember all my lyrics this year.”▼ For tickets, visit

Oakland In Oakland, the people behind that city’s LGBT Pride festival have been trying to help raise money to establish a community center, but they’ve been

proposed measure were adopted, the Board of Supervisors would be required to study the policy and determine what action, if any, would be appropriate to implement the policy.” Dale Gluth, AHF’s associate regional director for the Bay Area, said that he hadn’t contacted any San Francisco supervisors specifically on this issue. In a phone interview, gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos said that he supports the measure. “I can definitely see the need for something to be done, and to the extent that local governments play a key role in the purchase of these medicines and medications, it makes sense they would try to negotiate as low a price as possible, which is what I think the measure calls for,” Campos said. Spokespeople for Gilead didn’t respond to requests for comment Tuesday morning, November 20.▼

struggling just to break even. Asked last week about finances from this year’s event, which was in September, Treasurer Frank Ciglar quickly became argumentative. “I just don’t feel compelled to divulge anything to you, with the way See page 13 >>

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Groups work to change sports culture by Roger Brigham


n the surface, the fight for LGBT equality and acceptance in sports is a spontaneous outbreak of new initiatives that have sprung up seemingly overnight, each scrambling to stamp its own brand name on the movement. Take a deeper look and you find that that “overnight” revolution has been years in the making, and what is happening now is a search to find the most effective way to create the greatest amount of change in the shortest amount of time possible. It is now standard for professional leagues to fine or suspend players anytime they are caught making homophobic slurs (just this month, Major League Soccer suspended Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch for three games in the playoffs for slurring a Real Salt Lake opponent) and it is all too easy to remember just how homophobic almost the entire sports world was just a few years ago. Jennifer Pizer of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund remembers riding in a car in the summer of 1985, sitting in the back next to a female gym teacher as two friends from softball rode in front. As they drove into the New Jersey neighborhood where her friend taught, her friend suddenly ducked down out of sight. “She was worried about being seen in the car with our mutual friends, who were very active in lesbian poli-


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at Work, the LBGT constituency group of the ALF-CIO. “Yesterday, we lost a champion who paved the way for the work and the victories we see today,” Shane Larson, co-president of national Pride at Work, said in a November 15 statement. “Times are changing today because of the work of those who came before us.” Mr. Wallace served as founding co-president of Pride at Work, which he launched with fellow copresident Nancy Wohlforth in the mid-1990s. In 1997 the group was officially recognized as a formal constituency of organized labor and


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the proposed ordinance violates equal protection as it exempts certain types of speech – i.e. that taking place at city-sanctioned events – from enforcement.” The named plaintiffs include Mitch Hightower, a gay man who organizes a yearly nude-in at Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro; Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, a Berkeley resident who hosts her own nudity television show; George Davis, who ran for San Francisco mayor as a nude candidate; and Russell Mills, who oversees a pro-nudity website. DiEdoardo had tried to obtain a temporary restraining order to prevent the supervisors from voting on the ban, but the judge rejected her request. Instead, Chen agreed to consider a motion for an injunction against the proposed ordinance that would prevent the ban from going into effect if passed by city leaders. “I have not seen anything, and the supervisors have pointed to no statutes, that said they have the ability to regulate dress codes,” DiEdoardo told the B.A.R. in a phone interview this week. “Outside of Catholic schools, violating a dress code is not a penal offense. That is what they are

was athletic director and did a workshop for our basketball team, who played quite miraculously that evening afterwards,” said Helen Carroll, director of the Sports Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “I think it was 1994. I certainly saw the power in her work at that time. I also think she was the sole support for many young LGBT athletes during that time, speaking at colleges and doing her social justice work.” After the tide began to turn in the past two years on same-sex marriage and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on military service was repealed, it was perhaps inevitable that the fight for gay rights would then swing to sports as its next battlefield. “Longevity, consistency, and hard daily work is what eventually makes change happen,” Carroll said. “I can see that through the think tanks we

have conducted on negative recruiting, transgender student athletes participating in sport, trusted collaborations with many national LGBT groups and traditional sports organizations like the NCAA, and with the litigation we have done over the years.” There is now a fusion of efforts with initiatives by larger, older LGBT human rights groups, such as NCLR and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; and a plethora of new mom-and-pop operations founded by a single sports personality, such as straight allies Hudson Taylor and Ben Cohen, or focused on one group of sports stakeholders, such as Go Athlete or Athlete Buddy System. “It’s a very natural progression,” said Kirk Walker, an assistant softball coach at UCLA and one of the organizers of the LGBT Sports Summit at Nike headquarters earlier this year. “There are people who have great passion, interest, and concerns in certain areas that relate to them. If you have a passion and care about something, you’re going to try to do something to make a difference. That’s the first step – not sitting and waiting for someone else to do something.” Funding for the operations of so many efforts is all over the map. Some of the new start-ups, such as Go Athletes and Equality Coaching Alliance, are purely volunteer and have survived on members paying for small out-of-pocket expenses such as website maintenance. NCLR spokesman Erik Olvera said the agency’s Sports Project accounted for roughly $300,000 of the orga-

nization’s $4.4 million annual budget in 2012, or slightly less than 7 percent. Robert McGarry, director of education for GLSEN, said it was difficult to break out how many staff hours went into sports initiatives, but that the organization spent about $40,000 annually for sports project expenses. Walker said he sees fundamental advantages that sports initiatives have over earlier LGBT rights efforts and essentially different long-term funding needs. He said a focus “on the commonality of sports” can help the movement unite its current collective fragmentation to focus more on creating change rather than building empires. “If we can get away from the egos, at the end of the day, there’s a better funding model,” Walker said. “That’s why it was a shame the sports summit wasn’t another day or two longer. There’s a common funding model we were so close to talking about.” Seeing the best funding sources being large corporations such as Nike or Adidas and dedicated foundations such as Cohen’s StandUp Foundation, Walker said efforts need to be made to channel centralized funds to the numerous initiatives energizing the LGBT sports community. “We’re trying to change the sports culture in four years,” Walker said. “We’re trying to create a revenue stream to get quality work done. We’re in the business of putting ourselves out of business.”▼

affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Wohlforth continues to serve on the Pride at Work national executive board. Organizing since the 1960s, Mr. Wallace was known throughout the movement for his pioneering work bringing together the LGBT community and the labor movement. It was a coalition that joined forces in the 1970s and included the late Harvey Milk when he was an activist in the Castro and attempting to run for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Allan Baird, the retired president of Teamsters Local 921, told the Bay Area Reporter that he first met Mr. Wallace in the early 1970s when he was handing out leaflets at 18th and Castro streets. Baird, a longtime ally,

has lived in the Castro his entire life. “I was a Teamster, representing newspaper drivers. In 1975, I was assigned to the beer drivers union to settle a strike,” Baird said in a phone interview. According to a Teamster magazine profile of Baird, the strike was settled with nearly all the beer distributors that serviced San Francisco. The hold out was Coors Brewing Company, which refused to negotiate with the union. It was shortly before the settlement that Mr. Wallace became the first out gay Teamster beer truck driver, Baird recalled. With Coors refusing to negotiate, Baird started the boycott and enlisted the help of Mr. Wallace to keep the beer out of gay bars.

“I needed to get Coors beer out of gay establishments,” Baird said, adding that Milk also joined the boycott and through that alliance, the Teamsters started opening up driving jobs to gays. “In those days in the union, drivers were not out,” Baird said. “Howard led the way and Harvey led the way.” The Teamsters union ultimately ended the Coors boycott in 1976, but in the LGBT community, the boycott is still considered an ongoing concern, and virtually all of the gay bars in San Francisco do not serve the beer. The Coors company also came under fire for its anti-gay policies; in the mid-1990s it extended employee benefits to same-

sex partners. Coors family members continue to support various conservative causes. Mr. Wallace was on the staff of SEIU Local 250 for 14 years as an organizer and community representative. He retired in 2001. Mr. Wallace was also known for his work opposing the Briggs initiative in 1978. The ballot measure would have barred gays and lesbians from working in California public schools. It was successfully defeated in November 1978, a few weeks before ex-Supervisor Dan White assassinated Milk and then-Mayor George Moscone. Mr. Wallace was born August 29, See page 12 >>

trying to do here.” Under the proposed law, a first offense would come with a $100 fine, while repeat offenders could face a $500 fine or a year in county jail. Any convictions due to the ordinance would not constitute a sex offense for purposes of the state sex offender registry.

we think the legal challenge would be without merit,” Dorsey told the B.A.R. “The U.S. Supreme Court has previously upheld that nudity is not speech. It is content neutral. And on that basis, the high court has twice upheld local ordinances banning public nudity.” In those two cases, City of Erie v. Pap’s A.M. and Barnes v. Glen Theatre Inc., the court upheld laws requiring nude dancers to wear pasties and G-strings. It ruled that being nude is not an “expressive condition” and that local authorities can regulate against public nudity. A district judge for the United States District Court in the Southern District of California upheld San Diego’s ban against public nudity in a 2010 decision. The case, Bush v. City of San Diego, involved the organizer of a nude bike ride protesting petroleum who was denied permits by city officials due to the nudity ban. “Does nudity, by itself, communicate an intelligible message such that there [is] a First Amendment right to be naked? The Supreme Court has already weighed in on this question, and has answered ‘no’: Being in a ‘state of nudity’ is not an inherently expressive condition,” wrote Judge Larry Alan Burns in his opinion.

He added that, “it is highly unlikely” Sarah E. Bush would prevail in her claim that the San Diego antinudity ordinance violates the Constitution. San Diego’s ordinance is far broader than the one proposed by Wiener, as it also bans nudity at public beaches and on private property “open to public view.” Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a constitutional law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, said the fact that other cities’ bans, such as in San Jose and Berkeley, remain in effect does not signal they would survive judicial review. “It’s tough. Just the fact that such bans exist in other places doesn’t necessarily tell you if they are constitutional or legal,” he said. It is also unclear how the Supreme Court would rule if it were to hear the case against San Francisco’s law, added Gulasekaram. Though he predicted opponents of the law face steep hurdles. “There may not be a lot of First Amendment ground for the people opposing this law to legislate this lawsuit,” he said. They can make a First Amendment claim but the city only needs to counter that the ban is being enacted for reasons other than sup-

pressing a person’s expression, Gulasekaram said. “They can make the claim, ‘I am doing this to express a message about society’s prudishness or moral standards.’ Now, the city probably has a good counterargument even if that is true and your nudity is being used to express a message, the city has a strong defense in we are not trying to suppress the message itself but are concerned about ancillary things such as public health or something,” he said. “It will make for an interesting lawsuit.” DiEdoardo said there is still a chance for the two sides to come to an agreement in order to avoid having to go to court, though that possibility appears unlikely. “At some point – here is a wacky thought – somebody in City Hall could read the lawsuit, see here are the issues they brought up, and make changes to the ordinance to meet these concerns and we come up with a compromise,” she said. “Mitch and his colleagues have always been willing to work with the city. Unfortunately, no one has been willing to work with them. Perhaps this can get resolved and it doesn’t have to happen in the courtroom. But unless they propose another path, that is where we are headed.”▼

tics,” Pizer said. “It was an instinctive reaction from decades of fear. She was worried about the stereotype it would suggest and the parents’ reactions. That was so painful for me to see.” Lesbians and gay men have long fought battles against two very different harmful heterosexist stereotypes espoused by homophobes who believe any woman who excels at sports is “mannish” and must be a lesbian, and that men who are gay or effeminate are inherently weak and inferior. While LGBT rights battles were being waged in a post-Stonewall world, homophobia in the macho world of sports was left virtually untouched. “For men, accomplishment in sport has been a core concept of masculinity and competence and being an American,” Pizer said. “Notions of masculinity and competence and to a certain extent national identity have included athletic prowess. Part of the lack of respect for gay and bisexual men has included the presumption that gay men can’t be talented and brilliant athletes. It’s been a different dynamic in sports for women. The dynamics in both instances have to do with gender norms. but they work in opposite directions.” The first sustained organizational efforts to tackle sports homophobia began in the 1990s, led by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Pat Griffin, still active and fighting the good fight, was one of the earliest activists. “She came to Mills College, where I

Previous cases In both the lawsuit and during the interview, DiEdoardo claimed that her clients “are entitled” under the First Amendment to be nude in public as they are engaging in “expressive speech.” The city cannot ban such speech, she said, merely because others are offended by seeing people nude. “Remember, the First Amendment is there to protect speech that by its nature is unpopular,” said DiEdoardo. “Those people who argue we don’t want to see those people in the Castro should listen to themselves. It is the exact same words used against transgender people who nobody wanted to see outside of the Tenderloin 40 years ago.” Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, called the nudists’ lawsuit baseless. “Assuming a ban on public nudity is enacted in San Francisco,

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LGBT seniors From page 1

older adults are just like you and I. We are a diverse group, we come with different experiences religious, cultural, language and different sexual orientations and gender identity and when we grow old these unique characteristics don’t just evaporate,” said J. Thomas Briody, MHSc, president and CEO of the IOA, opening the conference. “Unfortunately, the needs and preferences of the older LGBT community have not received the same level of attention and research as many other segments of the older adult population.” The conference addressed issues such as HIV after 50, drugs and alcohol, suicide, transgender aging issues, hospice and palliative care, access to housing, legal issues, and health care and aging. Attendees also had an option to attend a professional leadership workshop. The conference followed by two weeks the first meeting of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force that was created by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. At their inaugural meeting last month, task force members voted to approve spending $60,000 in city and donated funds on a study looking into the city’s LGBT elder population.

Some information available There is some available information on aging LGBTs. Brian de Vries, Ph.D., an associate professor of gerontology at San Fran-


Sheriff From page 1

and share the enthusiasm for recalling Sheriff Mirkarimi, but we also recognize the tremendous and sustained commitment of resources, energy and time such an effort requires.” She continued, “In the coming weeks we will actively work with domestic violence prevention leaders and communities across the city to assess all the options for holding Sheriff Mirkarimi and the three remaining members of the Board of Supervisors who supported his reinstatement accountable.” Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos, Jane Kim, and Christina Olague voted to reinstate Mirkarimi. Olague, who was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to serve Mirkarimi’s last year on the board after he was elected sheriff, lost her bid for a full term in this month’s elections. Mirkarimi was dismissive of the recall effort. “As these two try to capitalize on a recall, we’re reminded that they were both close advisers, confidants, and contributors to my opponent who came in third in the sheriff ’s race a year ago,” he said in an email, apparently referring to defeated candidate Chris Cunnie. “I understand


Wallace From page 10

1936 to Edna Horton Wallace and H. Milo Wallace in Philadelphia. His parents relocated first to Worcester, Massachusetts and then to Denver where Mr. Wallace spent most of his upbringing. While in Denver, Mr. Wallace joined the local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union. He also joined the Denver branch of the Socialist Workers Party. In 1962, Mr. Wallace was involved in organizing the Denver Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and in 1965 he was the SWP candidate for the Denver school board. He remained a member of the SWP until the mid-1970s, when he left over the party’s reluctance to take on LGBT issues.

cisco State University, broke down findings from the second MetLife study on LGBT seniors published in 2010 and comparisons with other studies examining LGBT seniors. Met Life did an earlier study that was published in 2006. However, de Vries told attendees that researchers are still peeling back the layers of the findings, which haven’t completely explored questions about LGBT seniors of color or transgender seniors. For example, 25 percent of the 200 out transgender baby boomers that participated in a recent study identified as heterosexual, therefore “transgender issues themselves comprise gender identity and sexual orientation in ways that we often fail to accommodate,” de Vries pointed out. One thing was clear, marriage and having children benefits seniors overall, including financial security and mental and physical health, de Vries said. Institutions fighting against LGBT rights also affected queer health as seniors aged. Yet, the MetLife studies found that discrimination against LGBT individuals as they matured also strengthened them in a way that helped them as they aged, de Vries said.

the health of LGBT people,” said De Vries. He was hopeful that the day’s conversations didn’t stay within the event center but rose “up through the ceiling ... and into the institution above.” The audience applauded loudly.

The conference venue sparked some criticism, but IOA officials said the event was held there because of the affordable rate and available parking. Karyn Skultety, Ph.D., vice presi-

dent of home care and support services of IOA, told the Bay Area Reporter that it was an economical choice, not a political one, that the institute chose the St. Mary’s Event Center. She added that the center, while beneath the cathedral, is non-denominational and separate from it and met accessibility and space needs to host the conference. It wasn’t missed on attendees that the conference was hosted at St. Mary’s. Catholic school children being directed back to their classrooms and LGBT seniors mixed in the hallways. Salvatore Cordileone, the new archbishop of San Francisco, opposes marriage equality and worked to support Proposition 8 four years ago. After the four marriage equality victories in the recent election, Cordileone issued a statement calling for renewed efforts to “strengthen and protect marriage and family life.” “... November 6 was a disappointing day for marriage, as the effort to preserve the unique meaning of marriage in the law lost by only a narrow margin in four states, even though vastly outspent by those who promote the redefinition of marriage,” Cordileone said in the November 7 statement. De Vries wasn’t shy about admonishing St. Mary’s. “I would be remiss if I didn’t say that includes the institution in whose convention center we are now sitting. There is active support against the rights of LGBT relationships including this institution that compromise

that losing is painful but continuing to use an issue that has been settled in court and the Board of Supervisors for a recall will cost the city and taxpayers another $3 million on top of the $2 million already spent. I believe that money would be better spent on domestic violence education and services.” As the San Francisco Examiner recently noted, Mirkarimi previously favored a recall election over Lee’s attempt to remove him from office. In an interview with the Bay Area Reporter earlier this year, Mirkarimi said there are “proper democratic remedies” in place for people who don’t want him to be sheriff, such as recalling him or not re-electing him. Data from the city’s Ethics Commission show Newstat contributed to Cunnie’s campaign, but the B.A.R. wasn’t immediately able to find financial support from Shorter for Cunnie’s bid. Department of Elections Director John Arntz said a recall could cost “around” $3 million “but maybe less.” According to the city attorney’s office, the official misconduct proceedings that resulted from Mirkarimi’s criminal action and subsequent guilty plea totaled about $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses. It’s not clear what “growing mo-

mentum” Shorter is referring to in her statement, or where she and Newstat would get the money to pay for their efforts. Shorter has declined to answer questions from the B.A.R., and in an email, Newstat said, “Andrea’s statement says it all.” In terms of support for a recall, in her statement Shorter is likely referring to her committee’s role in the defeat of Olague. Mirkarimi served for seven years on the board before being elected to the sheriff ’s post. The official misconduct stems from a December 31, 2011 incident in which he bruised the arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez. She has disputed the charges. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment and must complete counseling and three years of probation. In March, Lee suspended Mirkarimi without pay on grounds of official misconduct after he pleaded guilty. Lee transmitted the charges to the city’s Ethics Commission and asked that Mirkarimi be removed from his job. After several hearings, the commission in August voted 4-1 in favor of recommending to the Board of Supervisors that the official misconduct charges should be sustained. In early October, the board voted 7-4 in favor of removing Mirkarimi but

the mayor needed nine votes to oust the sheriff.

Mr. Wallace moved to San Francisco in 1967 with his lover, Roger Hovland. He continued to work in the anti-war movement as a leading organizer of popular opposition to the Vietnam War and as a staff organizer for the National Peace Action Coalition. His actions were successful when he and others brought organized labor into the effort and the Northern California Labor Councils were the first to officially oppose the war. Mr. Wallace founded Bay Area Gay Liberation in 1975, which, he once said, “was to advance lesbian and gay liberation by reaching out to potential allies within the labor movement, the feminist movement and movements of people of color and national minorities.” Bay Area political figures praised Mr. Wallace’s contributions. “Howard Wallace was a fearless champion for working families, civil

rights, and the most vulnerable in our society,” state Senator Leland Yee (DSan Francisco) said in a statement. “I was proud to stand with Howard as we fought for universal health care and against the war in Iraq. Our state and nation could use more freedom fighters like Howard, who will never stop believing in social justice. He will be sorely missed by our community.” Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (DSan Francisco), a longtime friend, said that Mr. Wallace’s contributions would likely be mentioned at next week’s 34th annual march to commemorate the murders of Milk and Moscone. “He was a wonder,” Ammiano told the B.A.R. “When I met him he was really scrappy. More than that were his tremendous contributions not only to LGBTs but to working people in general.” Gabriel Haaland, a transgender

man who has long worked for the Service Employees International Union, said the community is “diminished.” “Howard was a fearless warrior for justice in the LGBT and labor communities,” said Haaland, Pride at Work co-vice president. “He was an inspiration and mentor to me and many others. May he rest in power.” Mr. Wallace is preceded in death by his parents and his older brother John of Denver. He is survived by sister Barbara Eastburg of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nieces Linda Eastburg and Gwen Lowery of Albuquerque; nieces Wendy Gossett and Laurie Ames of Denver; and nephew Randy Eastburg of Highland Village, Texas. Friends said that the social movements that Mr. Wallace led and those who continue the struggle also survive him. He remained true to his beliefs throughout his life and for that he has left a bereaved and thankful com-

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Many challenges Being LGBT presents challenges throughout life for many seniors, but it also creates individuals who are resourceful and in ways prepares them for aging, De Vries said. He joked, “It’s almost as if, ‘You’ve called me names all of my life, now you are calling me old? Oooh.’” The audience burst out into laughter and applause. But some of the difficulties LGBT individuals face as they mature aren’t a laughing matter. Michelle Alcedo, director of programs at Openhouse, told the story of a senior trans woman of color named Julia, who was only referenced by her first name, who was afraid to ask for help. Julia had been denied or rejected so many times when she did ask for help, “I can’t ask for help,” she told Alcedo. She didn’t even believe that Alcedo would “stick around” or “show her as much care” as Alcedo did with her weekly phone calls to the older trans woman, Alcedo told the audience. Julia isn’t the only one, she pointed out. John L. Andrews discussed issues of growing old with HIV. He pointed out that one out of three HIV-positive individuals is homeless. He pulled out and opened a suitcase filled with medications he takes and asked the

Clubs not yet weighing in The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club has previously supported Mirkarimi’s ouster, but Co-Chair Martha Knutzen said in an interview last week that the club didn’t have an official position on the recall. “We haven’t passed any resolutions or discussed it yet,” Knutzen said, noting that it doesn’t appear an actual recall process has started. At its annual Alice Awards reception November 14, the club honored the city’s Commission on the Status of Women, of which Shorter is a member; the Domestic Violence Consortium; La Casa de las Madres; and District Attorney George Gascón. Representatives of the organizations and Gascón have spoken out against Mirkarimi. Glendon Hyde, president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, which has backed Mirkarimi, said although he personally supports the sheriff, “I’m sick of talking about Ross Mirkarimi. ... I do believe there were probably some issues at home, but I don’t think he should lose his job for it.” The Mirkarimi story has received much attention from city leaders and the media. Hyde said he’d rather

audience to imagine being homeless and having to manage the 40 different medications on a strict schedule. He also told the audience the biggest cause of death among people living with HIV over 50 is complex drug interaction. Judy Izzo, a 62-year-old lesbian who is a mental health clinical supervisor for a Bay Area city that she didn’t want to disclose, found the conference, in particular the “HIV After 50” and “Challenges and Legal Barriers to LGBT Elders Accessing Housing” presentations very informative. “It’s been very good,” said Izzo. “I learned a lot of stuff that is going on currently, which is very helpful.” Marshall Feldman, a 58-year-old gay man who works at the UCSF Alliance Health Project, agreed with Izzo, adding that he liked the “broad range of topics on LGBT aging.” He particularly liked De Vries’s presentation as his focus is on LGBT baby boomers, he said. The conference was underwritten by the IOA and other funders, and cost about $10,000, not including staff time, according to Janet Howell, IOA director of communications and marketing. The conference was produced in partnership with Openhouse, the Horizons Foundation, Coming Home Fund, and UCSF’s Northern California Geriatric Education Center. It was the first of two IOA conferences focused on LGBT aging issues. The second one is scheduled for April 10. For more information, visit http://▼

see people focus on issues like obtaining a shelter for homeless youth in the Castro neighborhood. “A lot of the things the city desperately needs are not getting looked at because of this,” Hyde said. Individual members may choose to act on the recall, but Hyde said, “I don’t know how much the club is looking for heavy involvement one way or the other. I think we’ve made our position clear, and I think we can stand behind that.” Hyde, who’s also known by his drag persona Anna Conda, doesn’t think it’s significant that two lesbians are leading the potential recall. “I think one of the reasons lesbians are leading it is lesbians are leaders in feminist rights,” he said. “... This is something they believe in, so they’re leading the charge like they would anything else.” David Waggoner, Mirkarimi’s attorney, said in an email, “Sexual orientation is irrelevant to the fact that a recall would be extremely divisive, expensive, and ultimately a distraction to the real problems facing everyday San Franciscans.” News of Shorter and Newstat’s potential efforts was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. As the Chronicle noted, more than 50,000 petition signatures would be needed to get a recall on the ballot.▼

munity of friends. There will be a memorial on January 6 at ILWU Local 34 (next to AT&T Park) from 2 to 4 p.m. Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers and other major figures will remember Mr. Wallace and his contributions to LGBT, labor, elder, and health care rights. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations at Mr. Wallace’s request: NAACP; ACLU, Northern CA chapter; Pride at Work; KPFA; Senior Action Network; and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. Please note “in memory of Howard Wallace.”▼

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City College

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a white person running the African American studies department,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Shields, chair of labor and community studies. Shields, who has 30 years of experience in labor unions, shares an expertise in his department that many contend cannot be replicated by a


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you write stories,â&#x20AC;? he told the B.A.R. â&#x20AC;&#x153;... You make everything seem so awful.â&#x20AC;? He wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say specifically what he was referring to, and said he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer even basic questions about money â&#x20AC;&#x153;because I know the way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to skew it.â&#x20AC;? Ciglar hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t responded to ques-


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celebration service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Longtime pastor the Reverend Cecil Williams and the Glide ministry team will lead worship. Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and thousands of people are expected to partake. Volunteer sign-ups are handled online at though some shifts may already be filled. Donations are always welcome. Glideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday event, Doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Good, will be held Thursday, December 6 at the Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert is an annual fundraiser for Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen and Glide programs and will feature performances by Eoin Harrington, Lara Johnston, Tony Toni Tone, and Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers. Tickets start at $35 and are available online.

Beach Blanket Babylon announces audition for male lead Producer Jo Schuman Silver is seeking a male performer or performer understudy with high energy, excellent vocal, movement, and performance talent and skills for Beach Blanket Babylon, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest running musical revue. Silver keeps up with current events â&#x20AC;&#x201C; General David Petraeus is already included in the show â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and other male pop culture icons include Elvis Presley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, and Justin Bieber. Applications must be submit-

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replacement dean. Ardel Thomas, chair of LGBT studies, said that her connections with the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spectrum of LGBT nonprofit organizations would be jeopardized with the institution of a dean who would potentially juggle more than a dozen departments. Her department, with the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first LGBT studies major, is heralded as a model for other

colleges in the nation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we lose all these diverse department chairs,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas, â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be like any other community college.â&#x20AC;? Thomas, for example, invites lecturers like Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights to talk about gender identity and intersections of race in her Introduction to LGBT Studies class. Her course,

tions that the B.A.R. subsequently emailed to him.


San Jose

Political Notebook From page 7

San Jose LGBT Pride Festival Director Gary Walker said in an interview last week that total income from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, held in August, was roughly $185,000, and costs were at about $205,000. Some income and bills were still outstanding, he said. Total paid attendance was 4,510, down from 4,984 last year, he said.â&#x2013;ź

the tech company has â&#x20AC;&#x153;grossed upâ&#x20AC;? the pay of their LGBT workers in order to cover their federal health care tax bill. Over the last 12 months Farrell has consulted with both Google executives and Cambridge officials on how to implement the policy in San Francisco. Due to the upcoming holidays, the Board of Supervisors is

ted by December 1 and auditions will be by invitation only Wednesday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in San Francisco. Those applying must have a strong singing voice and should be at least 5 feet 6 inches tall. Interested performers must be in excellent physical condition and appear Caucasian, a BFOQ or bona fide occupational qualification. They must be at least 18 years of age and appear 35 or younger. Comic timing, acting skills, and the ability to imitate pop culture icons are a plus, as is the ability to spoof ethnic and cultural stereotypes. To apply, performers must submit one copy of a photo and resume to auditions@beachblanketbabylon. com or by mail to SSPI, 470 Columbus Avenue #204, San Francisco, CA 94133 or by fax to (415) 421-0518. Beach Blanket Babylon offers competitive salary, health insurance, as well as paid vacation and sick leave. Questions should be sent to the contact information above.

takes place at approximately 6:40 p.m. Friday, November 23 in Union Square. The program kicks off at 6 and will feature a headline performance by Chris Mann, finalist from season two of The Voice. Following the ceremony, attendees can visit Holiday Lane on the seventh floor of Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Union Square to check out decorated Christmas trees, ornaments, and other embellishments for the home. On Monday, November 26, the celebration continues in the Castro with its annual holiday tree lighting, sponsored by the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro. The event takes place beginning at 6 p.m. in front of Bank of America at the corner of 18th and Castro streets. Bay Area Reporter society columnist Donna Sachet will host the ceremony, which will feature entertainment from the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band, the San Francisco Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus, and the choirs from Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco. Also on hand will be District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Santa and his elves. Afterwards, people can shop in the neighborhood. Finally, over in Oakland, reindeer and snow flurries will arrive in Jack London Square on Friday, November 30 when the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s merchants celebrate the wonder of the holidays under a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lights Upâ&#x20AC;? theme. The fun takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes the lighting of the holiday tree. (Photos with Santa will be available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.) Entertainment includes performances by Radio Disney star Amber

Tree lightings usher in holidays Merchant groups and businesses are gearing up for the holidays with tree lighting ceremonies to celebrate the season. First up is Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23rd annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony as the store presents its beautiful, reusable 83-foot tree as its gift to San Francisco. With more than 33,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and over 1,000 shining ornaments, this holiday tradition is not to be missed. The lighting

AIDS in America, has a work-study curriculum, through which one of her students provided research on machismo in Latino culture circumventing HIV testing for La Clinica in Berkeley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about the stipend,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas. Students are also concerned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say cut back, we say fight back,â&#x20AC;? Shanell Williams, president

of the Associated Students Council, said to some 100 people during last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rally, the largest at City College this year. The negotiations are just the first of many future complications that have stemmed from City Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accreditation crisis, announced in August after the ACCJC identified 14 major shortcomings that jeopardized its accreditation. â&#x2013;ź

not expected to take up his proposal until early next year. Despite its high price tag, the policy is warranted, argued Farrell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every single time you spend a dollar in the city it is about what you feel is right, correct, and just. I think this is incredibly unjust,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regardless where we are in our budget cycle and season, this is something the city of San Francisco should stand up for.â&#x20AC;?â&#x2013;ź

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Lily, pop sensation Emme, and rising star Jeremy Thurber. There will be two live reindeer that visitors can pet and feed. Snow flurries spouting 15 to 20 feet in the air atop life-sized snowmen will be located throughout the square. There will also be costumed characters such as Curious George, Garfield, and the Care Bears, and much more. For additional information, visit

Benefit for Huckleberry Youth at BBB If you want to enjoy Beach Blanket Babylon or if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the show in awhile, a December 1 performance at 6:30 p.m. benefits Huckleberry Youth Programs. Tickets for this special holiday performance are $150 for standard seating and $100 for rear balcony. VIP tickets at $500 include cocktails and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres during a pre-show reception at Rose Postola, premium seating, and valet parking. The event is for those 21 and over only. All proceeds benefit Huckleberry Youth Programs, which has 45 years of experience working with youth and families. For tickets or more information, visit

Access to fertility care event There will be a free celebration and educational event about AB 2356, which ensures that women in same-sex relationships can access fertility services on the same terms as women in opposite-sex relationships. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (DBerkeley), was signed by Governor

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Jerry Brown in the fall and goes into effect January 1. Women who wish to become pregnant with a known donor are urged to attend the event, taking place Thursday, November 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rockwood Leadership Institute, 426 17th Street, fourth floor, in Oakland. The event is open to all who are interested in LGBT fertility access and who want to celebrate progress toward equal rights. Joining Skinner will be Alice Kessler, lobbyist for Equality California, which sponsored the bill; Cathy Sakimora, an attorney from the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Leland Traiman, a registered nurse and director of Rainbow Flag Health Services, a known donor sperm bank. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.â&#x2013;ź

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41 – ON SALE BEER & WINE – EATING PLACE NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034718400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WINDSOR OWENS CONSULTING, 3271 20th St. #A, SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Windsor Owens. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/10/07. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/14/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034719800


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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HEWN, 101 Henry Adams St. #480, SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Jak Home LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/15/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034716900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRAYLINE, Pier 41, SF, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Evergreen Trails, Inc. (WA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/13/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/14/12.

NOV 22, 29, DEC 6, 13, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034716700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HORIZON COACH LINES & SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING, 300 Toland St., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Evergreen Trails, Inc. (WA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/13/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/14/12.

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Legal Notices>> ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF california, county of san francisco file CNC12-549017 In the matter of the application of: PAULINA MARIE OLAYA SMITH for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner PAULINA MARIE OLAYA SMITH is requesting that the name PAULINA MARIE OLAYA SMITH be changed to MASON JAIRO SMITH. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 13th of December 2012 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF california, county of san francisco file CNC12-549067 In the matter of the application of: AMY LYNN HARPER for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner AMY LYNN HARPER, is requesting that the name AMY LYNN HARPER, be changed to TOBI AMY- LYNN HARPER. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 8th of January 2013 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034682300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WC GALLERIES; WC SOLUTIONS, 2166 44th Ave., SF, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Andrew Nunez Agliata. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/10/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/29/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034634800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ILIMO, 2383 26th Ave., SF, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Ismail Ezzikhe. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/09/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/09/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034665400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AP AUTO SERVICE, 3501 Geary Blvd., SF, CA 94118-3212. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Aung Shwe Maung. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/29/08. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/19/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034666200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: POST STREET DEVELOPMENT, 1355 Post St., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Anne Molloy. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/12/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/22/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034673600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BIGPAULYFILMS, 8 Sala Tr., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Paul Harper. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/24/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/24/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034668100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: COMPASS FOR FAMILIES, 3611 California St. #202, SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Lorenza Arnal. 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 10/22/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034644800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INSTA, 931 Steiner St., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Brian S. Haight. 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 10/12/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034666000

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034708100

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034705000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BULLION ONE, 130 Clement St., SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed JD Bullion Exchange 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 11/05/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CHIEF GOLF OFFICES ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL, 50 Entrada Ct., SF, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Bruce W. Olson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/08/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/08/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ARROZ DOCE, 301 Main St. #22B, SF, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Arroz Doce 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 11/07/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034693100

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034708300

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034686000

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034699100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EL CALAMAR, 428 11th St., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Juan C. Gonzales. 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 10/30/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034679700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EM CAFE, 2407 Ocean Ave., SF, CA 94127. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Young Wang, Zhen Xing Deng, Chong Tseng & Shao Lun Zhang. 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 10/26/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034643100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ENTERTAINMENT DESIGNER, 2690 Filbert St., SF, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed The Evan Bailyn Foundation 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 10/11/12.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name FILE A-033757700 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: POST STREET DEVELOPMENT, 1355 Post St., SF, CA 94109. This business was conducted by a husband & wife and signed by Patrick Molloy & Anne Molloy. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/15/11.

NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF california, county of san francisco file CNC12-548822 In the matter of the application of: TANYA B. BERNSTEIN for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner TANYA B. BERNSTEIN is requesting that the name TANYA B. BERNSTEIN be changed to TANYA KAMINSKY BERNSTEIN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 17th of January 2012 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034681000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF CITY IMPACT HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER, 140 Turk St., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Clint Ladine. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/26/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/26/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034675300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FOOD RUNNERS, 430 31st Ave. #430, SF, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Yuriy Aydinyan. 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 10/24/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034676800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROY TRANSLATION SERVICES, 88 Yukon St., SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Corey J. Roy. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/14/11. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/25/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034652100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TWINKYCLEAN; MODEL MAIDS, 33 Higuera Ave., SF, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Eric Michael Moren. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/15/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/15/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034687600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CAKE COQUETTE, 1501 Cortland Ave., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Gabrielle Feuersinger. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/17/07. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/22/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VAGABOND INN CIVIC CENTER, 385 9th St., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Ninth Street Lodging LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/26/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/31/12.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HUSEYIN OZYOL LIMO, 229 Font Blvd., SF, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Huseyin Ozyol. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/02/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/02/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE CHANGE DRIVER, 50 Entrada Ct., SF, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Bruce W. Olson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/08/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/08/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034699900

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034708200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FOCUSED LIVING COACHING, 2043 Fulton St., SF, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Maureen Gammon. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/05/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/05/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WAY BEYOND GOLF TOURS, 50 Entrada Ct., SF, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Bruce W. Olson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/08/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/08/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034701300

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034676500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TEST KITCHEN BAKERY, 1073 14th St., SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Andrea C. De Francisco. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/05/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/05/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: STERLING PRODUCTION TOURS, 144 Montana St., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Edward Jerome Sterling. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/25/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/25/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034700700

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034679600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 1449SFCA, 1449 Valencia St., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Erin Naoko Altman. 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 11/05/12.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 Statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name FILE A-031202400 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: UNI’S DELI, 1200 Vermont St., SF, CA 94110. This business was conducted by a limited liability company and signed by Uni’s Deli LLC (CA). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/29/08.

NOV 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012 notice of application TO SELL alcoholic beverageS Dated 11/01/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: BON APPETIT MANAGEMENT CO. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at Pier 15, SF, CA 94111. Type of license applied for

47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE NOV 15, 22, 29, 2012 notice of application TO SELL alcoholic beverageS Dated 11/02/12 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: B PATISSERIE, LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SF, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 2821 California St., SF, CA 94115-2515. Type of license applied for

41 – ON SALE BEER & WINE – EATING PLACE NOV 15, 22, 29, 2012 NOTICE The annual report of the BRANDY S.C. FOUNDATION INC., 760 Victoria St., San Francisco, CA, 94127 is available at the Foundation’s office for inspection during regular business hours. Copies of the Annual Report have been furnished to the Attorney General of the State of California. BRANDY S.C. HO, Trustee. Fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. L#35011

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034705600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DARIOUSH 0405, 350 Masonic Ave., SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Ali Mostoufi. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/26/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/26/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034663000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SALTWASHED, 2926 Franklin St, SF, CA 94123. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed Kaleigh Shafer. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/19/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/19/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034711100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: J & J TIRE, 955 Folsom St., SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed Chun Kwok Wong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/09/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/09/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034707900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TOUCHSTONE CITY CENTER HOTEL, 480 Geary St., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Geary Street Restaurant Group Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/08/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034689500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DAVID’S DELI & BISTRO, 468 Geary St., SF, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed Geary Street Restaurant Group Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/01/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034710000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: J & W TRADING, 164 14th St., SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed James Feng. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/07/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/07/12.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE CITY KITCHEN; THE CITY KITCHENETTE. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed The City Kitchen LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/08/12.

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NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034711900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SIMPLY PARKING LLC, 80 Hemlock St., SF, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Simply Parking 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 11/09/12.

NOV 15, 22, 29, DEC 6, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME statement file A-034714100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TAGCK - MISSION, 2400 Harrison St., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed Project Cheese 2 LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/09/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/13/12.

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Vol. 42 • No. 47 • November 22-28, 2012

Triple Toscas in two nights

Honest Abe by David Lamble

by Jason Victor Serinus

Patricia Racette as Tosca in the San Francisco Opera production.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln on the battlefield. Cory Weaver


t was exciting enough that San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley gave us two strong casts for Tosca, with “dueling divas” Angela Gheorghiu and Patricia Racette pitted against each other in a role where going for broke is the norm. But when Gheorghiu could only make it through Nov. 15’s opening night’s first act before being ambulanced to the hospital with intestinal flu and nausea, and her understudy Melody Moore was rushed into costume, far more drama unfolded on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House than anyone had expected. What made matters even more exciting, for those with lavender hearts, is that both Moore and

Racette – Melody and Pat to their adoring fans – are out lesbians in committed relationships. Add to the mix out and married Canadian sister Adrianne Pieczonka, the Tosca for SFO’s 2009 run of Puccini and Illica’s potboiler, and the male nude frescoes that dominate Scarpia’s apartments in the familiar production’s Farnese Palace, and you being to wonder if SFO’s Rainbow Series has expanded to include entire operas. I was going to use “delicious” to refer to SFO’s lesbian triumvirate, but that word must be reserved for Racette’s Tosca of Nov. 16. From the moment she appeared onstage, lips tight with See page 26 >>

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asily the pinnacle of director Steven Spielberg’s considerable canon for adults, Lincoln commences on a Civil War battlefield with hand-to-hand combat as vivid and hard-tostomach as any in the opening frames of Saving Private Ryan. Particularly memorable is the shot of a black Union soldier pressing his boot down on the head of a Confederate rifleman, crushing and drowning the young rebel. Just before the montage becomes too intense, Spielberg switches the scene to the mournful sight of our 16th president, in an incendiary career turn from multi-Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, wandering through the now-

silent battlefield. Lincoln is approached by two black soldiers who, while respectful, pepper their emancipator with questions about when they will get their full due as citizens of the Republic. Then follows one of this engaging history film’s most breathtaking moments, as the young black volunteers are joined by two white soldier boys, and the four regale Mr. Lincoln with passages from his Gettysburg Address, sort of 1860s-style tweeting. If Lincoln ended right there, it would still qualify as this award season’s most essential viewing. In a truly epic first act, the equal of anything in See page 18 >>

Empathy for the outsider

“On his way to meet Peter, Archie saw someone new on the block,” by Ezra Jack Keats, final illustration for Hi, Cat! (1970). Paint and collage on board.

by Sura Wood


n the hands of Ezra Jack Keats, color is a magic potion. The richly poetic imagery and gorgeous, deeply vibrant hues that leap off the pages created by this award-winning, trailblazing children’s book author and illustrator conjure visions of Chagall and that artist’s transcendent, whimsical fantasy. But in the multiracial world inhabited by Keats’ young characters, the harsh realities of a lonely childhood and the rough streets of the

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inner city are never far away. Still, joy could be just around the next corner. During his lifetime, Keats, who died in 1983, produced over 20 publications children rightfully adore, and contributed to many more, but among his best known works, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair and The Snowy Day, the latter proved to be his most pivotal. Published in 1962 at the apex of the civil rights movement, it was the first See page 26 >>

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Soprano saves the day by Roberto Friedman


hat a wild ride at the opera it was last Thursday for the opening night of San Francisco Opera’s Tosca. After a first act with renowned diva Angela Gheorghiu in the title role, SFO General Director David Gockley announced from the stage that La Gheorghiu had become stricken with intestinal flu (TMI!) and was being rushed to the hospital. Her cover Melody

Moore would step in for her, in her very first time essaying the role, to complete the performance. Of such drama are operatic legends made. Out There’s week was full of such operatic occasions. The culinary highlight was definitely a media luncheon held at the elegant restaurant Spruce, at which vintners Paula Brooks and Bob Cook and winemaker Andy Erickson presented their complex and soulful Mad Hatter Napa Valley Red 2009 and Dancing Hares Vine-

yard 2009, wines crafted in the style of right-bank Bordeaux. They discussed their approach and philosophy in winemaking and blending varietals. The fruit of their grapes washed down a menu of Cinderella pumpkin soup, bavette steak with turnips, radishes, foraged mushrooms and oxalis, artisan cheeses, and chocolate devil’s food cake with carmelia mousse and cocoa nibs. Urp.

T party Sundance Channel revealed its scripted development slate for 201314 earlier this month, five new dramas including projects from Robert Redford, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Wren Arthur, Ira Glass, Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein. Among the series in development is T, described as “a deeply personal look at Terrence, a transgender male who has recently undergone gender reassignment surgery and is beginning to live life as a man. The series cuts between Terrence’s emotional struggle in the present and his past as Thora, a lesbian activist at Mt. Holyoke College circa 2005 struggling to find her true self.” The writers are Epstein (In Treatment) and Futterman (In Treatment, Capote), the producers, Glass & Alissa Shipp (This American Life), high-wattage names all. Bully pulpit: Stars of Broadway hit musicals including Kinky Boots, Wicked, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Ghost The Musical will gather for Broadway Against Bullying, a onenight-only holiday cabaret benefiting No Bully and their efforts to bring solutions to bullying and harassment in schools, on Mon., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at Club Fugazi. Performers will include Nick Adams, Annaleigh Ashford, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Billy Porter,


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the David Lean canon, Spielberg and his screenwriting collaborator, gay playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America), frame the awful dilemma Lincoln faced in what would prove to be the last four months of his life, January-April 15, 1865. The president had to bring the horrendous fighting to a victorious conclusion, thus preserving the Union, and ensure the end of slavery, so shamefully protected in the original Constitution. Based on Team of Rivals: The Po-

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Soprano Melody Moore takes her bow to grateful ovations at opening night of San Francisco Opera’s Tosca.

Tory Ross and Constantine Rousouli. Tickets ($50, $100: reserved seats, post-performance reception with cast): call (415) 421-4222 or go to

Fall into the app We were most interested to read the press release about a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, an evolved ebook format for a novel we’d enjoyed, History of a Pleasure Seeker, Vol. 1 by Richard Mason. With the app, readers can “step between hearing and reading at will, by tapping any paragraph to hear Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens read to them; hear the characters sing and play the music of Chopin, Bizet, Bach, Mozart and Puccini as they seduce each other; tap page illustrations to open windows into scenes of Amsterdam and New York in the early 20th century; learn about

litical Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lincoln soars as we watch the president outmaneuver and outwit the ambitious, fractious men he has chosen for his war cabinet. Half the members of the cabinet had fought old Abe for the Republican nomination, and many still felt themselves his superior. DayLewis excels as a shrewd old country lawyer who can indulge the vanities of powerful if petty colleagues while always having the last word. Day-Lewis’ wiry frame didn’t require much dressing up for Lincoln. A story circulating on set claims Spielberg took a phone-camera picture of Day-Lewis in which the actor’s silhouette so closely resembled Lincoln’s that the image might have fooled even Civil War photographer Mathew Brady. Day-Lewis clinches his tour de force with a high-pitched Lincoln voice, in another vocal league from his voice-of-God for the bellicose oilman in There Will Be Blood. His Lincoln can both be a cracker-barrel philosopher with shaggy-dog stories culled from his days as a small-town lawyer, and then, turning on a dime, become a ferocious Old Testament prophet as he argues for passage of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. The fight over the amendment in a bitterly divided House of Representatives dominates a good portion of the film. Spielberg and Kushner demonstrate how deftly Lincoln held himself above the fray and the downand-dirty job of extracting votes for the amendment from lame-duck Democrats who expected compensation for their trouble. One of the film’s funniest scenes has Secretary of State William Seward (David Strathairn) urging three rascally political operatives (James Spader, John Hawkes and Tim Blake Nelson) to be cautious with their knavery. “The President is never to be mentioned, nor I. You’re paid for your discretion.” “He can have that for nothing. What we need money for is bribes, to

the story’s historical context from essays on the banking panic of 1907, the history of Holland and Amsterdam, and the pleasures of the Belle Epoque; make notes in the eLume which can be shared on Facebook or Twitter; ask the author questions about the creation of the book and app, and watch as he answers them; and share opinions with friends via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook.” Well goodness, with all that, who has time to actually read the book? Finally, here’s the anecdote to go along with the DVD review of Johnny Guitar in this week’s issue. Joan Crawford rued making the movie and shooting at Republic Studios. She said about her poodle, “He loved it when I worked at the glamorous studios, like MGM and Warners. He nibbled on the carpet at Republic, and got sick.”▼

speed things up.” “Nothing that is strictly illegal.” “It’s not illegal to bribe a congressman. They starve otherwise.” “We’re offering patronage jobs to the Dems that vote yes, and nothing more.” “Congressmen come cheap. Two thousand bucks is all you need.” This bit that could have been cribbed from Mark Twain paves the way for a soaring moment when “the august body” finally does the right thing, even if for somewhat dubious motives. Among Lincoln’s many stirring portraits, Tommy Lee Jones has a cranky turn playing the radical abolitionist legislator Thaddeus Stevens, whose vision for racial equality would inspire fistfights even in today’s more enlightened times. Jones, with his ferocious stares and volcanic monologues, equals his previous high mark as the racist baseball polecat Ty Cobb. It’s a great sight to view him sleeping with his bi-racial housekeeper. Sally Field revives her career as the emotionally fragile Mary Todd Lincoln, a first lady battling her husband’s attempts to allow their oldest son Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to join the fighting. Wikipedia lists more than 26 films dealing with the Great Emancipator, from the sublime work of Hollywood’s golden age Young Abe Lincoln to the bizarre Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The Spielberg/Kushner version is happily the only indispensable Lincoln. The late queer scholar C.A. Tripp stirred the Lincoln waters a decade back with his well-sourced brief that a young Lincoln shared a bed for four years with his closest friend, Joshua Speed. Kushner says that to him, the evidence of Lincoln’s sexuality is contradictory and inconclusive. Someday we’ll get that Lincoln on a sizable screen. Until then, this emotionally thrilling and morally challenging slice of history will do very well indeed.▼

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Good snake, bad snake by Richard Dodds


ing Midas was a character in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, but it would seem it is Zimmerman who has the golden touch. In The White Snake, her seventh creation to be staged at Berkeley Rep, she again transports an audience to magical, golden places derived from theatrical imagination. Other Zimmerman works seen at Berkeley Rep have included Argonautika and The Arabian Nights, and again she is mining ancient myths in ways that speak to their timelessness while capturing contemporary sensibilities. In Chinese lore, the story of an enchanted snake that takes human form and marries a mortal has gone through numerous iterations that have evolved from bad-snake to good-snake scenarios. A narrator acknowledges the many forks in the story’s evolutionary road, and Zimmerman has opted for a serpent that starts off properly ensconced in regal residency on a mountaintop. This white snake has been absorbing knowledge for more than 1,000 years, and is at first leery of a younger snake’s suggestion that they take a quick joyride into the realm of befouled mortals. “We should know the world we are denouncing,” says

the green snake to her elder to justify this transgression of cosmic order. By this early point, we have already seen the snakes as ground-level puppets, as a chorus-line of actors using parasols to suggest a stagewide serpent, and in human form with the white snake in the attire of a highborn lady and the green snake as her playfully roguish assistant. As the snakes transmute, so does the dialogue with its unexpected, amusing shifts from arch formality to modern-day jargon. Zimmerman also gently mocks the tale’s lapses in logic, which aren’t limited to the notion of snakes turning into humans (even if a tail does occasionally flop out from the bottom of their dresses). When the white snake identifies an impoverished apothecary’s assistant as husband material and proposes marriage, the young man deadpans to the audience, “This is all so sudden.” And when a tyrannical monk summons the snakes to his temple to castigate them for playing at human games, he snarls, “Don’t trip over your little girly gowns on your way out.” Specifically, the monk cannot abide mixed marriages, and there are any number of allusions to contemporary topics that arise mostly

in a silky fashion befitting a production that makes ample use of silk for visual effects. As is Zimmerman’s way, both eyes and ears share in the production’s rewards, with further credit due to scenic designer Daniel Ostling and costume designer Mara Blumenfeld. The White Snake is a co-production with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and most of the players were in the Ashland cast earlier this year. They are quite wonderful, further bringing alive a surreal world. The group notably includes Amy Kim Waschke and Tanya Thai McBride as, respectively, the white and green snakes, Christopher Livingston as the mortal who unwittingly marries into a strange dynasty, Jack Willis as the ogre-ish monk, and an ensemble that morphs into multiple characters and creations. A threepiece ensemble adds musical enhancement. There are stories that can best be told on film, and there are stories that can only be told in a theater. The White Snake fits beautifully into the latter category.▼

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Amy Kim Waschke plays the title character in Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, an enchanted serpent who takes human form to marry an unwitting mortal (Christopher Livingston) in the Berkeley Rep production.

point is passed, the ultimately cathartic crisis begins to unfold. The characters don’t run particularly deep, but they are effectively played by the five-member cast. As the mother, Kim Martin-Cotton has perhaps the most interesting character and makes the most of it. Mark Pinter gets to show less range as the father, who is outlined in rather obvious

strokes. Daniel Petzoid convincingly plays morose Joey, who his father tells us “seems to be angry to be in the world.” As Joey’s only confidante, Jeremy Kahn is an appealing presence as a camp counselor. Riley Krull plays the family’s “good” child, who mainly interacts with other characters via telephone. Annie Smart’s set design, mostly

Parents’ day by Richard Dodds


top me if you’ve heard this one before: A middle-aged couple whose marriage has soured finds renewed connections when a crisis befalls one of their children. You may be holding up the stop sign at this point, but I’m carrying on because there are moments in Another Way Home when interesting little twists can freshen a scenario that has been so well trod in plays, movies, and TV series. Magic Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s play in director Meredith McDonough’ sleekly stripped-down and well-acted production. Ziegler’s plays have been widely produced in regional theaters, festivals, and developmental productions, and in Another Way Home she

displays a skill for brittle and biting dialogue that can often be disguised as part of passive-aggressive exchanges. She also frames the play with running commentary and narration by the husband and wife who are not always in agreement on how the story should be told. This recurring device further helps theatrically enliven a modest core story. That story takes place on a parents’ day at the summer camp where 17-year-old Joey is a counselor in training. Philip and Lillian, with cranked-up good cheer, are there to visit their son, who they tell the audience has been diagnosed with numerous psychological ailments beginning with ADD and currently settled on ODD – “oppositional defiant disorder.” Joey sullenly accepts his parents’ visit up to a point, and when that

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The sullen Joey, Daniel Petzoid (foreground) shares a moment with a summer-camp friend (Jeremy Kahn) in a scene from Magic Theatre’s world-premiere production of Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home.

a collection of handsomely designed levels, lets the 80-minute play smoothly unfold. Another Way Home is not a play that can sustain many interruptions.▼ Another Way Home will run at Magic Theatre through Dec. 2. Tickets are $22-$62. Call 441-8822 or go to

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Romantic heroine comes undone by David Lamble


here have been many film versions of Leo Tolstoy’s towering tragic romantic novel Anna Karenina, but ultimately there is the 1935 Greta Garbo version, commissioned during the height of the studio system and all it represented, and, now finally a startling, gutsy new approach from British director Joe Wright (Atonement) and the great contemporary playwright Tom Stoppard. Wright completely re-imagines Anna for the screen. His main conceit is that we’re seeing the characters onstage, as if they actually lived, dined, loved, and slept in and around a proscenium arch. There’s something special about Wright’s method for capturing these 19thcentury lives. In a story about a woman who will meet her end falling under a train, Wright gives us a series of trains, first toy models, then

an up-close view of the pistons of a gigantic locomotive, moving ever closer. Your enthusiasm for this take on the greatest of the Russians will depend on whether its metaphors draw you in or wall off the central character from your gaze. Stoppard’s screenplay is faithful to the master, while at the same time supplying the necessary erotic moments that in Tolstoy’s time were strictly verboten. Among the great moments in the Wright/Stoppard Anna come almost unchanged from the 800-page novel: the scene at the snow-covered train station where the lovers, the dashing young Vronsky (insanely gorgeous Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Anna (Keira Knightley) meet. “Can I be or service to you?” “Why are you leaving Moscow?” “What else can I do? I have to be where you are.” “That’s enough. Go back to Kitty.” “No.”

“This is wrong.” “It makes no difference.” Later Anna’s husband, the dutiful but dull bureaucrat Karenin (a lowkey character turn from Judge Law), will confront her about her reaction when Vronsky’s horse falls during a race. “I have to tell you, you behaved improperly today.” “How is that?” “By making plain your feeling when one of the riders fell. Your conduct was improper, it must not occur again. You are my wife. Am I wrong to think that? Perhaps I was mistaken?” “No, you were not mistaken. I love him. I am his mistress.” Director Wright concedes that the basis for his bold take on Anna Karenina originated curiously in his youth. “My parents ran a puppet theatre when I was a kid. It was this kind of world in which anything was possible. I think this film is most like puppet theatre, it refers to this idea that you can play with scale, and with audiences projecting their own imaginations.” David Lamble: Everybody is sort of watching a performance of themselves. Joe Wright: Russian society at the time lived their lives as if performing. They tried to be French – they all spoke French, dressed in Paris fashions, had etiquette books on how to behave like French people. There was a kind of performance going on for each other, which is why the theatre seemed kind of appropriate. Because this is a mostly British cast, it’s as if the manners of the British aristocracy are substituted for the Russian aristocracy. Keira’s an actress playing some-

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina.

one who’s playing a role that doesn’t necessarily suit her. In the beginning of the film when you see Keira getting dressed, it’s almost as if she’s an actress putting on her costume, ready to perform in the role of Anna Karenina. Jude Law really disappears into the role of her husband. We’re used to him being this glamour boy. Jude is a great character actor trapped in a leading man’s body. For me his tenderness, his quirks, play

beautifully to character performances. Aaron Taylor Johnson, who plays Vronsky, has made an impression as a very beautiful man, but also as an actor. Aaron’s an incredibly physical actor. Keira is very cerebral and likes nothing more than to sit around a table and talk about the part, while Aaron is much better when he’s moving and using his body. So Aaron brought a kind of animalistic physicality to the role that’s really exciting.▼


Joan on the range by Tavo Amador


ven during the darkest days of the Hollywood blacklist (1947-56) when many careers were ruined, some courageous writers authored screenplays using pseudonyms. They wrote allegorical movies about what the unwarranted fear of Communism was doing to America. Westerns were perfect for stories about individuals battling public hysteria. Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar (1954), one of the era’s most fascinating films, has just been released in a new DVD. It’s an amazing example of hidden subtexts escaping the Production Code’s strict censorship. While riding across the desert, Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden) witnesses a mine explosion and a stagecoach robbery. Neither distracts him en route to a dusty, one-street town, dominated by Vienna’s, a posh, fully staffed casino without patrons. He’s looking for Vienna (Joan Crawford). “Never seen a woman more like a man. Acts like one. Thinks like one. Sometimes makes me feel like I’m not one,” says one employee. Vienna, stylish in well-cut slacks and blouse, straps on a gun to face angry neighbors, headed by an armed Emma Small (Mercedes McCaimbridge), dressed in nun-like black. She’s rabid because her brother was killed during the stagecoach robbery. She blames the Dancin’ Kid (Scott Bradty), but Vienna defends him.

Emma loathes Vienna, “a railroad tramp,” but cannot take her eyes off her. She also hates the Dancin’ Kid, because, says Vienna, “He makes her feel like a woman, and that frightens her.” It doesn’t help that the Dancin’ Kid is in love with Vienna. Emma demands that Vienna close her casino, vowing, “I’m going to kill you.” Unfazed, Vienna responds, “I know. If I don’t kill you first.” Vienna’s property will benefit from a proposed railroad, which Emma opposes. That’s why Vienna has sent for Johnny, an old flame, who’s really Johnny Logan, a infamous gunslinger.

D During a long night, their l love slowly rekindles. Vienn acknowledges a romance na w with the Dancin’ Kid, but c coldly decries the double s standard – if a woman h had other men, she’s has n good. Not a man. She’s no o outraged at the price she’s p paid to be prosperous. She s started with nothing and s succeeded on her terms, usi brains, drive, hard work, ing a sex appeal. and The next day, fearing troub Vienna and Johnny go ble, t the bank to withdraw her to m money. While she’s there, the D Dancin’ Kid and his gang rob it it. Vienna gets her money, but th the gang steals all the silver in th the vault. Vienna and Johnny re return to the casino. She gives ea each of her employees six m months’ pay and tells them to re return at the end of that time. T They will each get a share in th the casino once it reopens. The Dancin’ Kid and his ga gang escape to their hideout, al all except Turkey (pretty Ben Cooper), who’s wounded. He turns to Vienna for help. Emma and her posse arrive at Vienna’s, looking for the robbers. In one of the most hallucinatory scenes ever filmed, Vienna, dressed in white organza with black accessories, calmly plays a classical piece at the piano. She remains tranquil while See page 21 >>

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Taylor & Burton: tabloid superstars by David-Elijah Nahmod

ferent mindset. Child actors are unconscious about shooting films because it’s what they’ve always done. This works for the movie, because it plays into what Liz was.” Bowler has a very different kind of background. “I started acting at 19. I dug ditches to pay for acting classes.” It’s a career path that’s worked out


n an ironic if ingenious bit of casting, current tabloid queen Lindsay Lohan plays her predecessor, legendary Elizabeth Taylor, in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, premiering Nov. 25. Throughout the 1960s and well into the 1970s, Taylor and Richard Burton kept gossip columnists employed, fascinating the world with their stormy, on-again off-again relationship. The pair loved each other passionately, yet they could barely get along. The classically trained Burton was once considered heir apparent to the great actor Laurence Olivier. But Burton willingly threw it all away for Liz, taking huge paychecks for mediocre films so he could buy her million-dollar diamonds. The biopic recalls the intense, infuriating love affair between that era’s two most famous people. Grant Bowler, who plays Burton, spoke with the B.A.R. New Zealand-born and bred, Bowers has an impressive resume on both sides of the Pacific, including a two-year run on Ugly Betty as Conner Owen. This was followed by a short run as biker-werewolf Cooter on the bisexual vampire opera True Blood. “True Blood is my all-time favorite shooting experience,” he recalled. “The show has an incredible talent pool, and HBO is committed to it 100%. There’s no limit on True Blood.” The actor has also done reality television, having served as host on Amazing Race Australia. “I found it a lovely break from shooting drama,” he said. “There’s such a structure around drama – this was much less structured. I enjoy that.” Richard Burton, it turns out, is one of Bowler’s acting idols. “He’s definitely an acting hero. He was an incredibly powerful and charismatic lead. He always commanded such respect. He was an absolute peer of the stage and a big movie star. There’s always a slightly reverent tone to that degree of ability. He had seven Oscar nominations, and was one of the best Hamlets. He redefined the role. John Gielgud was in awe of Burton’s Hamlet.”


‘Johnny Guitar’ From page 20

Emma demands to know where the gang is. Vienna says she doesn’t know. In response to more accusations, she forcefully reminds them that she’s following their orders – to close her casino. It’s not open for business. Just as it appears she has again stymied Emma, Turkey inadvertently reveals himself. Emma bullies Turkey, threatening to hang him unless he tells “the truth” about the robbery. She browbeats the terrified youth into betraying Vienna. A gunfight ensues. Emma torches the casino. Johnny and Vienna escape. Although she dodges flames, runs through bushes, and rolls in the dust, Vienna’s appearance and her virginal gown remain pristine. Johnny saves Vienna from hanging, and they flee to the Dancin’ Kid’s hideout. Eventually, however, Emma and her vigilantes find them. A major gun battle takes place before the mesmerizing, operatic finale: a shoot-out between Vienna and Emma. Thanks to Ray’s direction and ferocious performances by Crawford and McCaimbridge, Johnny Guitar is riveting. Its themes – feminism, mob rule, betrayal – still resonate. Although she would later lament making it, Crawford is compelling. She was unequaled at expressing the anger of women who overcame extraordinary hurdles to succeed. In a few scenes, when she has to be girlish or teary, she’s uneven. But her authority

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Grant Bowler and Lindsay Lohan in Liz & Dick.

Bowler is also a huge fan of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), the one classic film that Burton and Taylor made together. “It’s an incredible character performance. It examines the inside of a marriage that was like their own.” Bowler wasn’t quite as kind to Mrs. Burton. In the 1960s, at the height of her fame, Taylor was an attention-seeking movie star. This was a far cry from the elegant, sedate hero of the AIDS crisis that she became two decades later. “I think Burton was very conscious of the fact that their relationship impeded him. She held him back, a lot went by the wayside in that relationship. He took mediocre movies in order to buy her jewelry, but that’s where his heart was. Without her, he would have had less fame but more acclaim. We’re all just people, and we is unquestioned. What other star of her era, at 48, could convincingly have two much younger leading men competing for her? McCaimbridge is extraordinary. She conveys Emma’s repressed sexual longing for Vienna even if she doesn’t understand what she’s feeling. Hayden, Brady, Cooper, and the large supporting cast, including Ward Bond, Ernest Borgnine, and John Carradine, are excellent. The screenplay was officially credited to Philip Yordan, but was actually authored by blacklisted Ben Maddow, with an uncredited assist from Ray, and filmed at Republic Studios, using their garish Trucolor process. Crawford had wanted Barbara Stanwyck or Bette Davis for Emma, but Republic balked at their fee. It’s unknown if either would have accepted the role. She then proposed Claire Trevor, who wasn’t available. Feeling threatened by her decade-younger, Oscar-winning rival, Crawford insisted that McCaimbridge only wear one black outfit and didn’t stand too close to her in any of their scenes. Panned by contemporary critics and a commercial failure, it has since been praised by Francois Truffaut, who called it “Beauty and the Beast, a Western dream,” Pedro Almodovar, and Martin Scorcese, who introduces it on the DVD. In 2008, it was placed on the National Film Registry. The original poster, featuring Crawford, in butch Western attire, solo-billed above the title, is an advertising landmark.▼

follow our hearts.” It’s been said that the obviously talented Lindsay Lohan has been throwing her career away on parties, bad relationships, and other bad choices, as Liz did during the height of her 1960s fame. Bowler had his own insight on Lohan, who reportedly is quite good in her role as Taylor. “I was thrown by the way she approaches shooting. Then I understood it, it mirrors Liz. They were both child stars, which is a dif-

well for him. “I’ve gone from playing Jesus Christ to Richard Burton, so I’m pretty happy with the spread. I never know which roles I’m going to be good for.”▼ Liz & Dick airs on Lifetime, Sun., Nov. 25, at 9 p.m. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for Dec. 1 & 30.

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22 • BAY AREA REPORTER • November 22-28, 2012

Jumpin’ by Jim Provenzano


ork your body! Dance! Jump! Anything to burn off what will be/were most probably a few hundred extra calories not yet burned off over the holidays. If you’re one of those folks who manage to not overindulge, lead us in a little loafer-lightening lark. And don’t be so smug about it!

The English Beat @ Bimbo’s Popular ska-rock band performs. $22-$25. 21+. 9pm. 1025 Columbus Ave. 474-0365.

Slugs and Kicks @ Thick House

Garret/ Moulton RJ Muna

Garrett + Moulton @ ODC Theater Angles of Enchantment, the latest visucally fascinating dance-theatre collaboration of choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton, features Margaret Hatcher’s amazing costumes, and live music composed by Peter Whitehead. $30-$36. Nov 24, 8pm. Nov 25, 2pm & 7:30pm. Nov 29-Dec 1 8pm. Dec 1 & 2, 2pm. Dec 2, 7:30pm. 3153 17th St. 8639834.

Another Way Home @ Magic Theatre Family drama about Jewish parents whose values are questioned when they visit their son’s summer camp. $22-$62. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2:30pm. Thru Dec 2. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd fl. Marina Blvd, at Buchanan. 441-8822.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson @ SF Playhouse Local singer/actor Ashkon Davaran (the Giants’ “Don’t Stop Believin’” anthem,

Ladies perform a saucy burlesque revue. $30-$45. 10:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

The Lion King @ Orpheum Theatre

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink @ Union Square

Fri 23>>

Fishnet Follies @ The Rrazz Room

Swing out with roots-a-billy bands at the bar/restaurant, with The Muddy Roses (women vocal trio and string band), Miss Loneley Hearts, and The Better Halves. $7-$12. 9:30pm. 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-2082.

Annual open dinner party at the LGBT sober space; Bring a dish to share. 1pm. 4058 18th St.

Michael Ethans performs (11am-3pm) and Richardo Scales (3pm-8pm) at two delicious meal servings at the elegant hotel. $59 (kids 4-12)- $105 (adults). 616-6941. 1 Nob Hill

Kent Taylor

Honky-Tonk Bands @ Starry Plough, Berkeley

Potluck Party @ Castro Country Club

Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner Buffet @ Mark Hopkins Hotel

Slugs and Kicks

Improv theatre company, in a new theatre, performs sketches through different time periods; a different era and show each night. $10-$20. ThuSat 8pm. Thru Dec 22. 533 Sutter St. 322-8738.

The former punk rockin’ Black Flag and Rollins Band front man (and unofficial f*g stag) shares his thought-provoking monologue show, The Long March. $25$30. 7:30pm. Also Nov 23, 7:30pm and Nov 25, 7pm. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600.

The popular downtown ice skating rink is open. $5-$10. Open daily 10am-11:30pm thru Jan 21 (except New Year’s Eve; closed at 9:30pm). Powell St.

The White Snake @ Berkeley Rep

History: The Musical @ Un-Scripted Theater

(Thanksgiving Day) Henry Rollins @ Yoshi’s

The Book of Mormon Beardo ) stars in Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s presidential musical, an acclaimed rock rendition of the life of one our first and most controversial elected leaders. $30-$70. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm. Thru Nov 24. 450 Post St. (2nd floor of Kensington Park Hotel). 677-9596.

Classical Recitals @ SF Music Conservatory Students and faculty perform various classical music concerts; piano, string quartets, opera repertory and more, almost nightly 8pm. Sundays 2pm & 5pm. Thru Nov 30. Free-$20. Usually 8pm. 50 Oak St. at Gough.

Desert Jewels @ MOAD North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection, an exhibit of nearly 100 pieces of jewelry from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, plus documentary photographs. Thru Jan 21. $5-$10. Members free. WedSat 11am-6pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. 358-7200.

Disney’s long-running musical (and the highest grossing Broadway show in history) based on the animated film makes a return to the Bay Area. $32.50-$150. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm. (closed or different times for some holidays). Thru Jan. 13, 2013. (888) 746-1799.

Miki Howard @ The Rrazz Room R&B pop songstress performs new and classic songs. $40. 8pm. Also Nov 24 at 7pm & 9:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Out of Character @ Asian Art Museum Decoding Chinese Calligraphy, an exhibit of modern and ancient scripted art, with numerous special events, workshops and discussions. Free-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Thru Jan 13. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

The Rainmaker @ Shelton Theater

Victor Ginzburg’s strange, visually stunning satire of 1990s Russian political corruption and conspiracies finds a small-time ad man stumbling upon a world of drug-induced genius marketing. 3010 Geary Blvd. 668-6384.

N. Richard Nash’s drama about a traveling con man who romances a small town woman, gets a local production. $38. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thru Dec 22. 533 Sutter St. at Powell. (800) 838-3006.

The Songbird of Paris @ The Marsh, Berkeley Joni Takanikos stars as French singer Edith Piaf in an intimate production of Martha Furey’s musical near-solo drama. Thu & Fri

tions and artworks, each with queer themes, including a DJ booth with his own large record collection. Guest lectures Nov 29 (art historian Richard Meyer, 6:30pm). Also, Nathalie Djurberg’s amazing colorful creature sculptures. $12-$15. Thru Jan. 27. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 979-2787.

Royal Treasures from the Louvre @ Legion of Honor Exhibit of decorative arts, most never seen in the U.S., from the reigns of Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, from the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Thru March 17. Lincoln Park, 34th Ave and Clement St.

Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance @ de Young Museum Direct from the Centre National du Costume de Scène in Moulins, France, this exhibit displays costumes, photos, videos and ephemera documenting the amazing dancing and choreography of the world-famous gay dancer. Thru Feb 17. Also, Chuck Close and Crown Point Press, an exhibit of the painter’s printmaking works; also, permanent exhibits of Modern art. $6-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600.

Wilder Times @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Four one-act plays by Pulitzer Prize winner, former Berkeley resident and closeted gay playwright and author Thornton Wilder. $32$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru Dec. 9. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley (510) 843-4822.

Sat 24>> Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 4214222.

Couture Funding a Cure @ Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara County Gala benefit for the American Cancer Society, with Project Runway’s Anthony Ryan Auld; food, wines, champagne, décor and fashion shows. $125 and up. 6pm-9pm. 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (Forest Avenue Entrance).

Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo @ SF MOMA Two exhibits of the American artists’ works. Thru Feb 3. Also, Paul Klee’s Circus, Alessandro Pessoli, and other works and ongoing Modern art exhibits. Free-$18. 151 3rd St. at Mission. Thu-Tue 11am-5:45pm (8:45 Thursdays). 357-4000.

Nayland Blake @ YBCA FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX!, the former Bay Area artist’s new exhibit of conceptual and assembled found-object, personal installa-

Wed 28 Pal Joey @ Eureka Theatre 42nd Street Moon’s production of the classic Rodgers & Hart musical (with book by John O’Hara) tells of a charming “heel” with big plans to make it in the Chicago nightclub scene. $25-$75. Wed 7pm. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 16. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207.

SF Hiking Club @ Mt. Baldy, Phoenix Lake Join GLBT hikers for a 12-mile hike to work off that Thanksgiving dinner. Climb hills for blissful, beautiful sceneries from Mount Baldy to Eldridge Grade and through the forest down to Phoenix Lake. Bring lunch, plenty of water, sturdy boots, hat, layers. Carpool meets 8:45 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 577-9367.

The Sound of Music @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical about the Von Trapp family, and their Austrian struggle with a new nanny, and Nazis, gets a local production. $17-$35. Thu-Sat 7pm. Also Sat 2pm. Sun 12pm, 5pm. Thru Dec 2. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 845-8542.

Swing Jam @ Magnet Queer Jitterbugs host a fun dance night. 7pm lessons; dancing til 9:30pm. $10. 4122 18th St. at Castro.

Play Fair! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Make Sex Safer, an exhibit of safe sex promotional efforts. Also, For Love and Community: Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Take Action 1960-1990s, an exhibit organized by queer and transgender Asian Pacific Islanders. Mon-Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107.

“Stained Glass Pornography,” an exhibit of the local artist’s fascinating religious erotica glassworks. Thru Nov. 4122 18th St.

Generation P @ Bridge Theatre

Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s (Argonautika, Arabian Nights) visually stunning mystical drama based on a Chinese legend of romance and magical powers. $22-$99. Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 8pm. Wed 7pm. Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Dec 23. Special events thru run. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949.

Play Fair @ GLBT History Museum

Prince Herman @ Magnet

Fri 23

The local ballet company performs Michael Smuin’s Christmas Ballet, 2012 edition. Nov 23, 7:30pm, Bankhead Theatre, 2400 1st St, Livermore. Nov 28, 8pm at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Dec 7, 8pm at the Sunset Center, Carmel. Dec 14, 8pm at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

Jeff Talbot’s sharp play explores racism, affirmative-action and bias in the theatre world, when a white gay writer submits a play about life in the projects, and hires an African American actress to pretend to be the playwright. $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 16. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Market, lower level. 861-8972.

The Book of Mormon @ Curran Theatre

Thu 22>>

Smuin Ballet @ Various Venues

The Submission @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of John Fisher’s backstage comedy about a young gay actor and his theatrical friends, closeted and otherwise, may strike a familiar tone to those of us who were/ are “theatrical.” $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 9. 1695 18th St. at Arkansas. (800) 838-3006.

The South Park duo’s hilarious musical comedy about that certain religion based out of Utah (or Kolob?) is sold out. No, it’s really sold out. You can’t get tickets. I can’t get tickets. I just included a listing for the fun thematic photos. But you could try for the $29 lottery tickets. The going price for other tickets is up to $200. Thru Dec. 30. 445 Geary St. (888) 746-1799.

8pm. Sat 8:30pm. Thru Dec 1. 2120 Allston Way near Shattuck. 282-3055.

Toil and Trouble @ La Val’s Subterranean, Berkeley Impact Theatre’s comic update on Shakespeare’s …Scottish play ( MacBeth ). $10$20. Thu-Sat 8pm (no show Thanksgiving). Thru Dec. 8. 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley.

Fri 23 Mummenschanz @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley The Swizz mime troupe celebrates 40 years with its worldwide tour show of their greatest puppet characters and creatures. $22-$58. 2pm. Also Nov 24, 2pm & Nov 25, 3pm (One-hour school-time show Nov 26, 11am; $8 for students, kids with adult chaperone). Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988.

William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism @ de Young Museum New exhibit of varied and little seen Modern Art works collected by the New York art patron with a diverse taste, including paintings by Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Also, This World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon, thru Jan. 27. $10-$20. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. (til 8:45pm Fridays) Thru Dec. 30. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600.

Women 我們 @ Chinese Cultural Center Exhibit of video works, installation art, photography, sculpture, and more by a diverse array of LGBTQ artists including Mu

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Tue 27>> Artists-in-Residence @ RayKo Photo Trio exhibit; Kirk Crippens’ Ten Thousand Scrolls, Maggie Preston’s Contact, and David Wolf’s The After Life of Things. Reg hours Tue-Thu 10am-10pm Fri-Sun 10am8pm. Thru Dec 14. 428 3rd St. 495-3773.

Billy Connolly @ Marines’ Memorial Theatre

Fri 23 Sing-Along The Sound of Music @ Castro Theatre Austrian children and puppets that sing, nuns gone astray and a drag contest fling; these are a few of my favorite things! Laurie Bushman and pals host the popular familyfriendly event, with costume parades, subtitled lyrics, and a pre-show concert of Rodgers & Hammerstein classics played on the Wurlitzer organ by David Hegarty. $10-$15. 1pm & 7pm thru Dec 2 (no show Dec. 1). 429 Castro St.

Xi, Yang Meiyan, He Chengyao, and other emerging artists based in China as well as five U.S.-based artists, among them Man Yee Lam and Stella Zhang. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. Thru Dec. 15. 750 Kearny St., 3rd floor (inside the Hilton Hotel). 986-1822.

Xavier MTW @ Glamarama Foucault at the Food Co., a whimsical visual story exhibit by a new local gay artist, at the fab hair salon. Thru Jan. 5, 2013. 304 Valencia St.

Sun 25>> Dia de los Muertos @ Oakland Museum of Art Special exhibition of Day of the Dead altars by artists, schoolkids, and museum docents; guest-curated by Eduardo Pineda. 12pm-4:30pm Also, The 1968 Exhibit, a touring exhibit of the historic year, with ephemera, protest posters, interactive media; extended thru Nov. Also, Bay Area figurative art; Dorothea Lange archive, early landscape paintings, Gold Rush Era works, California ceramics. Gallery of California Natural Sciences. $6-$12. 1000 Oak St. Oakland. (510) 318-8400.

$45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

Mon 26>> Feminista Comedy @ Rebel A night of women comics with Collen Watson, Kelly Lynch, Loren Kraut, Veronica Porras, Sandra Risser, Jenn Dronsky, Kimberly Wendt, Carrie Avritt. Eloisa Bravo. $10. 21+. 8pm. 1760 Market St. 431-4202.

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

Songs of the Season @ The Rrazz Room Socialite, columnist and popular hostess Donna Sachet MCs her 20th annual cabaret night, with an entertainign line-up of local performers. Proceeds benefitting the AIDS Emergency Fund. $50-$75. 7pm. Nov 26, 6:30pm, Nov 27 & 28, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 Popular country western LGBT dance night $5-$8. 6:30pm-10:30pm with lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Also Sundays 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:30-7:15 pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Sunday’s a Drag @ Starlight Room Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the weekly fabulous brunch and drag show.

Stu Smith’s weekly LGBT variety show features local talents, and not just drag artistes. Channels 29 & 76 on Comcast; 99 on AT&T and 30 on Astound.

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

Wed 28>> Candlelight Flow Yoga @ LGBT Center David Clark leads various yoga poses and practices, plus meditation and breathing exercises. Bring your own mat and water bottle, etc. $10. 7pm-8:30pm. 1800 Market St.

John Nieto @ Nieto Fine Art

Pink Martini @ Davies Hall The San Francisco Symphony performs with the pop-jazz-Latin big band group, with vocalist China Forbes. $20-$118. 7:30pm. Also Nov. 29 at 7:30pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000.

Thu 29>>

Veteran crooner performs jazz, ballads and standards with the Tom Shaw Trio. $7. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. 241-0205.

Enjoy a prix fixe menu, drinks and live music with different acts at the weekly LGBT mixer. 6pm-9pm. 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297.

The Drag Show @ Various Channels

Gallery owner showcases his own art; new colorful pop paintings depicting wild animals and Native Americans. Thru Nov 30. 565 Sutter St. 393-4511.

Donald Arquilla @ Martuni’s

LGBT Mixer @ Max’s Lounge, Corte Madera

Hilarious UK comic actor brings his solo show across the pond. $55-$65. 8pm. Nightly thru Dec. 1. 609 Sutter St. (800) 745-3000.

Sat 24 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Davies Hall The gospel-soul nine-piece Brooklyn ensemble performs with the stellar vocalist. $15-$82. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000.

Steven J. Levin, Jacob A. Pfeiffer @ John Pence Gallery Dual exhibit of the two painters who explore realism, portraits and still lives with vibrant colors and imagery. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Sat til 5pm. 750 Post St. 4411138.

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104 David Perry’s talk show about LGBT people and issues. This week, Perry interviews David Landis, President of Landis Communications, and Vance George, choral conductor for the San Francisco Symphony. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm. Sat & Sun 10:30pm.

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

Dining Out for Life @ Sonoma County Eat at one of several participating Sonoma restaurants, and a portion of your bill will be donated to local AIDS/HIV nonprofits.

Marlena Shaw @ The Rrazz Room Soul legend performs classic music with her band. $35-$0. 8pm. Also Nov 30, 8pm, Dec 1, 7pm & 9:15pm, Dec 2 7pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095.

Monique Jenkinson @ CounterPulse Dancer-performer, aka Fauxnique, performs Instrument, a solo created by three local choreographers – Chris Black, Miguel Gutierrez and Amy Seiwert. (Adult themes) $20-$30. Thu-Sun 8pm. Thru Dec 9. 1310 Mission St. at 9th. 626-2060.

The Radical Camera: @ Contemp. Jewish Museum Group exhibition of fascinating photos from 1936-1951 taken by members of the progressive collective that documented the eras of postwar struggles. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Gustavo Dedamel conducts “A Celebration of Music from Latin America,” a concert of works in two programs. 8pm. Also Nov 30. 8pm. $30-$175. Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-9988.

Sat 24 Celebration of Craftswomen @ Herbst Pavilion 34th annual large-scale exhibit and sale of arts and crafts made by women; sculpture, ceramics, fabric art and clothing, and lots more. Film screening and performances at the adjoining Cowell Theatre, plus cocktail party fundraisers and receptions. $7-$9. 10am-5pm Sat & Sun, thru Dec 2. Fort Mason Center, Marina at Buchanan. (650) 615-6838.

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24 • BAY AREA REPORTER • November 22-28, 2012

Chorus of glad tidings by Donna Sachet


atch restaurant hosted Dinner with the Divas, two dinner seatings with musical entertainment and lively conversation last Wednesday in support of the FAN Club, which makes sure no member of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus misses out due to financial challenges. Individual members are responsible for their own travel, wardrobe, dues, and other costs, so the FAN Club makes scholarships and other assistance available. Lynden Bair played piano throughout the evening, Adam Friedberg played cello, and this busy columnist sang a song or two. The attendees included chorus members, their partners, and other supporters, and special recognition was given to Catch, an active partner in the Castro community and first home to the Names Project and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. As we dined with Artistic Director Tim Seelig, he intrigued us with details of the Chorus’ upcoming Dec. 6 concert at Davies Symphony Hall, where there will be more Santa Claus characters than you can imagine, and partial proceeds will benefit Make a Wish Foundation. When we first received the call inviting us to emcee a fundraiser for Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys at the University Club, we thought they had the wrong number, but last Friday’s cabaret was a resounding success. The third floor of the historic University Club atop Nob Hill was transformed into an intimate cabaret club, offering sweeping views of the city’s sparkling lights. Choir Master Ben Bachman accompanied men of the choir performing solos and conducted a couple of group a cappella numbers to great acclaim. Special guest Amanda King added her wonderfully rich voice to the mix. The silent auction was lively, but the live auction was extraordinary, raising thousands of dollars in a few minutes. Thanks to Patty Cohen and Erin-Kate Whitcomb, somehow a marvelously diverse group of music-lovers came together for a common cause, and left with a satisfied glow. When we first emerged on the scene of San Francisco over 20 years ago, one of the most visible and active fundraisers and event producers was a strikingly handsome man named Nova Lei. News of his death in his native Hawaii brought his friends and family together last Saturday for a fitting tribute organized by Ray Tilton. Among photos and tropical decor, we shared stories and enjoyed performances, including a haunting dance by his frequent collaborator Rainbow. Among those gathered were Jacques Michaels, Gary Virginia, Mark Rogers, Arthur Mainster, Renita Valdez, Collette LeGrande, Davida, Queen Cougar, Barry Rogers, and Arnel Valle. Nova left his mark and shall never be forgotten. It has been said that “the holidays don’t begin until you see Donna Sachet’s Songs of the Season,” so head to the Rrazz Room for the 20th year of this popular cabaret benefiting AIDS Emergency Fund, Sun., Nov. 25, through Wed., Nov. 28. The cast of guest stars varies each night, including Sharon McNight, Val Dia-

Steven Underhill

Show business legends Tommy Tune, Carol Channing and Faith Price attend Tune’s Bay Area Cabaret appearance at the Venetian Room in the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco.

Steven Underhill

Alex Vega and Tom Kalina have a ball at the recent Spectrum gala in Mill Valley.

mond, Abigail, Matt Alber, Vicki Shepard, Cynthia Manley and Brian Kent. And this year, for the very first time, pick up a limited edition commemorative CD, also benefiting AEF, featuring holiday music and guest stars from 20 years of fundraising. Also on Monday night, the Merchants of Upper Market & Castro (MUMC) light the neighborhood holiday tree in front of Bank of America. Residents will gather, children will laugh, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus will sing, the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band will play, and the holiday season will officially arrive, starting at 6 p.m. Don’t miss it! The following weekend holds two significant milestone events that deserve your attention and attendance. On Fri., Nov. 30, the National AIDS

Memorial Grove hosts Light in the Grove, honoring long-time supporters William Glenn & Prescott Hafner. You’ll stroll through this extraordinary glen within Golden Gate Park, magically lit for the evening, dine under the stars in a clear tent, and share memories with hundreds of attendees. On Sat., Dec. 1, AIDS Emergency Fund welcomes legendary dance diva Martha Wash back to San Francisco to accept a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Sylvester, with whom she performed in the heyday of disco. This World AIDS Day event also takes place in a tent in the AIDS Memorial Grove, and marks 30 years of service by AEF, born at the height of the crisis and still actively providing vital help for essential needs. And with Ms. Wash in town, you know there will be some disco dancing well into the night!▼

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Pistol hot by John F. Karr


’d expected Smoldering Hot, with its star turn from Paddy O’Brian, to be the keeper of two new Jocks films. But More than Ready proved more invigorating, and isn’t without its star turns as well. Paddy’s the chief inducement of Smoldering Hot, although I wouldn’t sniff at his cast mates Bobby Clark, Jimmy Fanz, or Jed Athens. But Paddy, with his rather thrilling cock and its whammo application to fucking, has been a sigh for mine eyes. And a lot of other guys’, as well. Although Jocks names him Exclusive to their brand, that’s a loose-fitting title. With this film, he’s been in all three of the company’s branches (Raging Stallion and Falcon are the others) while nearly simultaneously blitzing fans with scenes at a number of other companies and a slew of website purveyors. So despite a brief exclusivity, Jocks has some competition. Paddy’s generally a smoldering performer, but this time out, he’s a little generic. That may be due partially to our getting used to him. But it’s due more, I think, to his scene partner. In his second film appearance anywhere, Randy Dixon is fine, I guess: a tightly built young man, a little punky, a little ethnic. But not, I think, a star. And that’s what Paddy demands. It’s what he got in each of his four other RS/Falcon features, while at Butch Dixon, he’s got Dominic Pacifico, and Hot Spunk threatens a Paddy overdose with Fuckin’ My Arse, which puts him in all five of its scenes, with co-stars including sensational Tate Ryder and Marco Sessions. If it’s Paddy’s cock you want to see, Bruno Bond’s cinematography shows it off from all angles, as Paddy leans back and lets himself be worshipped by Mr Dixon. Think of Yosemite’s Half Dome being a full dome, and you’ll envision the head of Paddy’s mighty cock. Randy, nonplussed, climbs aboard the oh-so-solid and perfectly spherical shaft of wonder, and slides all the way down without pause. Paddy delivers his patented piston action, and soon has Randy wailing. A well-performed fuck, to be sure, although it seems the performers are all work, no play. The movie also has two brownhaired babes in Bobby Clark and Rylan Shaw, and two black-haired beauts in Jimmy Fanz and Donny Wright. Rylan’s got a real throatchoker cock, which doesn’t faze Bobby. The Jocks brand generally features younger men, but truly long-time vet Bobby still looks 20 or so. Jimmy Fanz is a personable, even adorable performer, who takes an energetic ride on Wright’s uncut tool. Finally, there’s a flip-fuck scene with Jed Athens, a college preppy sorta guy, who’s been more and more seductive in a succession of Falcon titles. He’s partnered with Lucas Vitello, an attractive youth who needs a few more miles to develop any sort of impactful identity. But that’s Smoldering Hot – as directed by Bruno Bond, it’s slightly low-key. If you like any of the cast, you’ll find the film pleasing. That it’s not a dazzler shouldn’t be held against it. Yet its difference from the other new Jocks show, More Than Ready, is quickly noticed as it successfully fulfills the youthful, high-spirited Jocks mandate. Director Andrew Rosen gives the film push; it’s got impetus. Bobby Clark heads the opening threeway, joining Alex Graham and Logan Vaughn through an amusing plot device. Alex – blue-eyed, lightly-bearded – looks like a pugi-

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Logan Vaughn, Bobby Clark and Alex Graham in Jocks’ More Than Ready.

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Logan Vaughn made a fan of Karr in Jocks’ More Than Ready.

list, and Logan looks like he needs to get pounded. Logan’s a stand-out, with his ginger hair and beard, and barely-there wisps of blond pubes. Even more so, the lean, masculine bottom has zest; he’s got some twinkle going on. I’m eager to see more performances. In this scene, he takes hot fucks from both guys. A chain fuck finds Alex in the middle, and an eruption of cum from Bobby makes us glad he’s still around. Also still around is Tony Bishop, with a career as long as Bobby’s, during which he’s made some harsh fetish films – when last I saw him, in the RS Sounding #1, he and Derek Hansen had opposite ends of a sound stuck up their cocks. Made me squirm. Strange, perhaps, but the presence in a Jocks movie of this sometimes surly fucker with the tattooed cock isn’t a masquerade. He seems younger than ever,

and blonder than ever, too. Plus there’s a new tattoo, very typically in character with his earlier, more underground career. It’s the biohazard symbol, prominently surrounding a nipple. Let’s not get into the story that tells. He wears a condom when he throws a fierce fuck into Dylan Hauser, who moans, “Fuck, that’s a thick cock.” For sure. And, wow, does Tony give much anguished growl when his cum flies a full yard away from his exploding cock. In other scenes, newcomer Danny Palick tangles satisfyingly with thickcocked Connor Patrick, and an old favorite of mine, Jake Steel, carries the finale with big, uncut, and smoothbodied Tyler Alexander. Finally, the uncredited music in both movies is faceless, nattering along acceptably in the background, and, at one amusing point, mirroring the countryside’s bird calls. Still, it’s been familiarized in a handful of RS features.▼

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Triple Toscas From page 17

jealousy, eyes darting about, and voice flying high and strong, it was clear that we were in for quite a show. The top of Racette’s range may have grown more tremulous since her Butterfly of over six years ago, but she knows how to sing through its wide but still fast vibrato, and her voice and being remain beautiful and supremely communicative. Determined not to miss a trick in the book, Racette was a diva delight. Add to the mix tenor Brian Jagde, a young and somewhat beefy Cavaradossi with an invitingly natural ease onstage and a big, burnished, ardent voice that mixes baritonal heft with a ringing top, and baritone Mark Delavan, a larger-than-life Baron Scarpia who melds throaty force with evident glee in flipping from dastardly charmer to despicable devil, and you have a theatrically charged trio that transformed Puccini’s 112-year old melodrama into living theater. The loving interplay between Racette and Jagde was a relief after the

lack of chemistry between opening night’s Cavaradossi, Massimo Giordano, and both of his Toscas. Giordano’s face and figure lacked electricity, and the voice, at least on opening night, wasn’t strong enough to project his character’s ardor across the footlights. Too many high notes were pushed up from the octave below, and his short-lived cry of victory in Act II proclaimed his vocal limitations. Roberto Frontali, the cast’s Scarpia, possessed the only strong voice of the three principals, but his Scarpia was less subtle than underplayed. To contrast the look on Delavan’s face as he was about to pounce on Tosca with Frontali’s apparent lack of animal zeal spoke volumes about their theatrical expertise, at least in matters horizontal. There was a break of close to an hour before Moore was ready to step onstage for her first stab at Tosca. Lord knows what the flurry was like backstage, but she seemed exceedingly pulled in before the footlights, as if she wasn’t quite ready to inhabit the “diva unhinged” role on short notice. Far more heartfelt than hearty, she

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“After breakfast he put on his snowsuit and ran outside,” by Ezra Jack Keats, final illustration for The Snowy Day (1962). Collage and paint on board.


Ezra Jack Keats From page 17

full-color picture book featuring an African-American protagonist (an adorable boy named Peter), and urban landscapes with dilapidated buildings, trash cans and littered alleyways. Given the book’s significance and its arrival at a time when children’s literature was dominated by white writers and editors, it seems fitting that the first major U.S. exhibition honoring the artist has appropriated the name of his breakthrough volume. The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, now at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, presents over 80 original works, including dummy books, preliminary pencil sketches with typed text pasted onto drawings, and final paintings and collages, many of which were inspired by the poverty and anti-Semitism Keats endured in his youth. Those scarring experiences are a steady backbeat; they gave him genuine empathy for the plight of the outsider, a theme that suffuses his narratives. It’s interesting to contemplate what a shock it must have been for readers in the early 1960s to see a little boy of color in a yellow rainslicker braving a storm (Letter to Amy); Peter walking home from the grocery store alongside a blazing red wall minus some crucial bricks with his trusty pup Willie trotting behind him gripping a newspaper firmly between its teeth; or the warm domestic scenes of black families (Peter’s Chair) and mischievous multi-culti kids embarking on spirited adventures. Peter sprang from candid photographs of an African American boy Keats saw in a May 1940 issue of Life magazine 20 years before he conceived the book. He saved the clippings, and they’re on view, as is “Unknown (Portrait of a Boy),” a very early ink-and-graphite

study for Peter, and the only one that has survived. Keats, who was largely self-taught, once wryly observed that many of his readers mistakenly thought he was black, but his origins were quite different. The son of Jewish Eastern European immigrants and a product of the Depression, Keats (ne Katz) grew up poor in a crumbling Brooklyn neighborhood. Despite spending his boyhood in a tenement, he loved city life. His 1971 book Apt. 3, which closely parallels his own autobiography, links color and music; the sounds of a blind man playing a harmonica waft into a courtyard where people sing and throw pennies. (Like Alfred Hitchcock, he made cameo appearances in his stories.) In Dreams (1974), color pours out of the windows of oppressive apartments on a stifling summer evening as dreamers are transported by flights of imagination and the incandescent night; both books emphasize mood and feelings over plot. John Henry: An American Legend, an expressive series with powerful, stirring imagery and exquisite coloration, depicts the African-American railroad worker of folklore who was said to be “stronger and faster than a steam hammer.” In the final image, a paint-and-collage piece, Brown’s muscular frame wields that hammer for the last time, punching a hole in a gray tunnel wall, allowing a beckoning orange light to stream in. Weary, he steps through to the other side and lays his burden down, looking like an enigmatic figure out of a Nathan Oliveira painting. Those expecting a museum show that’s just for kids, or considering staying away for the same reason, will be blown away by the beauty of the art. Keats’ bold compositions, often seen in his preferred horizontal, double-page format, are simultaneously close-up and panoramic; collage elements suggest the dimensionality of

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Melody Moore as Tosca in the San Francisco Opera production.

seemed as though she didn’t have an ounce of diva bitch in her being. The audience, nonetheless, was on her side. Just about everyone who has seen Moore perform at multiple LGBT events, or at SFO as the deeply moving lead in Heart of a Soldier and gleeful First Lady in The Magic Flute, has grown to love her. Attendees made their support known with a huge ovation after her beautifully sung “Vissi d’arte.” By the final act, she came

into her own, with a performance notable for both its vocal beauty, absolute surety on high C, and presence. If Gheorghiu does not recover in time for Sunday’s matinee, I expect Moore’s first full Tosca on any stage will make a considerable mark. In secondary roles, Christian Van Horn’s towering Angelotti was so powerful that I wished the plot had allowed him more time onstage before his death. Veteran Dale Travis’

Sacristan made clear what character acting is all about, and Joel Sorensen’s sniveling Spoletta was suitably despicable. The offstage voice of Shepherd boy Etienne Valdez on opening night was a major asset, and the chorus was, as expected, excellent. The orchestra played gloriously, but on opening night, Music Director Nicola Luisotti refused to hold back in Act II, putting orchestral swells before respect for a last-minute replacement’s reticence. As for Gheorghiu, whose recent ROH Tosca with Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel – coincidentally Racette’s Tosca duo at the Met – has just become available on DVD, it’s unfair to judge the smaller-voiced, more subdued performance of a diva in major distress who seemed less than totally present. I don’t know if Director Jose Maria Condemi can inspire Giordano to get more with the program – Jagde, Racette, and Delavan need no such prompting, and relished adding a host of stage business unseen on opening night – but I fully expect fighter Gheorghiu to return to the stage prepared for a collegial duel to a blazing finish.▼

a real, tangible world; and his characters are invested with their creator’s heart and soul, longing and emotional depth. Then there’s Keats brash, aggressive use of color. When he was young, art was his escape hatch, a refuge from strife on the home-front: an emotionally distant mother and a father who didn’t approve of his artistic inclinations. He’s the solitary, introverted kid in the four wonderful Louie books seen hunched over, hands in his pockets, walking along alone, dwarfed by a big wall exploding with graffiti, and hoping to avoid the taunting of local bullies.

Late in life, Keats returned to Brooklyn and the Louie illustrations that conclude the show. In Regards to the Man in the Moon, the last book in the series, which came out two years before he died, Louie and Susie soar above the lower Manhattan skyline and the Twin Towers twinkling in the night sky, piloting a makeshift spacecraft to the stars and back. Who says you can never go home again?▼

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