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an Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson shouts for joy as the team was thrown a ticker-tape parade Wednesday, November 3 in honor of their 2010 World Series victory against the Texas Rangers. Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the city for the parade and the presentation to the team of the keys to the city by Mayor and Lieutenant Governor-elect Gavin Newsom. The Bay Area Reporter will use a friendly wager with the Dallas Voice publisher to help LGBT youth. For more, see Jock Talk on page 10.

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Wiener leads in D8 supe race by Matthew S. Bajko eputy City Attorney Scott Wiener holds a sizeable lead in the hotly contested race for San Francisco’s District 8 supervisor seat. Wiener emerged as the first place finisher Tuesday night among a quartet of out candidates seeking to represent the city’s gay Castro District, Noe Valley, Glen Park and Diamond Heights

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Effort to legalize pot goes up in smoke by Seth Hemmelgarn he effort to legalize recreational use of marijuana in California failed Tuesday, with a majority of voters saying no to Proposition 19. Prop 19 would have allowed people 21 and over to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana for personal use. The state and local governments also would have been able to authorize, regulate, and tax commercial marijuana related activities. Unofficial returns showed the vote was 53.9 percent against to 46.1 percent in favor. Roger Salazar, a spokesman for No on 19, said voters have recently “really had an opportunity to take measure” of the proposal and read the details. That led them to realize Prop 19 “wouldn’t control [marijuana], it wouldn’t regulate it, and it wouldn’t tax it” in the ways that the measure’s backers had claimed, he said. Supporters of the measure acknowledged there was confusion around it. “There was a lot of confusion about it out there. I don’t think enough people properly understood it. ... Our opponents seem to have done a good job of confusing and scaring people,” said Tom Angell, a spokesman for the Prop 19 campaign. He said proponents would “absolutely” try again, and they’re looking at 2012. The measure had been up and down in various polls over the course of the campaign. But it suffered support after Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that the federal government would crack down on marijuana if Prop 19 passed. Additionally, Prop 19 never gained unified support from the medical cannabis community, including growers. Among those who had been opposed to Prop 19 were some medical marijuana advocates concerned about the impact the proposal would have had on people who use pot for health-related reasons. In 1996, voters passed Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act. The act allows qualified patients to grow and use medicinal cannabis as recommended by their doctors. Some medical marijuana advocates didn’t like Prop 19 because it would have restricted the area where

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marijuana can be grown to one 5 foot by 5 foot space per residence, among other reasons. The federal government does not recognize Prop 215 or similar laws in 13 other states and Washington, D.C. In spite of Tuesday’s loss at the polls, there may be legislative action around legalizing marijuana. Out gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) is the author of Assembly Bill 2554, which would legalize marijuana. Quintin Mecke, a spokesman for Ammiano, said in September that even if Prop 19 failed, Ammiano would “continue to move forward” with AB 2554. Richard Lee, a main Prop 19 backer, has said that among the differences between his measure and AB 2554 is that Ammiano’s bill sets up a statewide system of sales and distribution by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, while Prop 19 started out by giving cities and counties the ability to tax and regulate sales and commercial cultivation how – and if – they want to. That optout provision could have resulted in “dry” parts of the state when it comes to obtaining marijuana if the measure had passed.

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emocrat Jerry Brown, seeking to return to a job he held 35 years ago, easily beat Republican Meg Whitman on Tuesday, November 2, to become California’s next governor, despite Whitman spending more than $140 million of her own money in the race. “Thank you everyone ... labor ... for this marvelous effort,” Brown told an excited crowd at the historic Fox Theatre in Oakland Tuesday night. Brown, who was introduced by his wife, Anne Gust, was mayor of the city when the Fox was refurbished. Referencing the renovations and students from the Oakland Military Institute and School for the Performing Arts who were with him on stage, he said that’s what California needs, “creativity and honor.” “I built these schools because I want to build for the future,” Brown said. This will be Brown’s third term as governor. He also served two terms from 1975-1983. Tuesday’s unofficial vote tally was 53.6 percent for Brown and 41.3 percent for Whitman. The former eBay CEO spent lavishly on television ads and consultants, but failed to connect with voters. News in September that she fired a domestic worker after discovering the woman was undocumented cut into her support from Latino voters. Brown will take office in January and must immediately set about working on the state’s many problems, including the budget. “It’s a tough time, but we will all work together,” Brown said. “I’ll be honest with you and a key point is we want to be fair.” Meanwhile, the race for state attorney general was too close to call as the Bay Area Reporter went to press. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris (D), is leading in her race against Republican Steve Cooley, the district attorney of Los Angeles, to replace Brown as state attorney general. That vote was 45.9 percent to 45.7 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Wins by Brown and Harris would mean that backers of Proposition 8, Cali-

izens Redistricting Commission to draw state legislative districts, removing that authority from the Legislature. On Tuesday, Proposition 20, a proposal to extend the commission’s authority to California’s congressional districts, passed by a vote of 61.2 percent to 38.8 percent. Proposition 27 on Tuesday’s ballot would have eliminated the state redistricting commission that voters approved two years ago. But that effort failed by a vote of 59.4 percent to 40.6 percent. Another defeated proposal was Proposition 23, which would have suspended implementation of AB 32, California’s landmark air pollution control law, until unemployment dropped to 5.5 percent or less for a year. The vote was 61.1 percent no to 38.9 percent yes. Proposition 25, which changes the legislative vote requirement to pass a state budget and budget-related legislation from two-thirds to a simple majority won a majority itself, passing with 54.8 percent. The measure retains a two-thirds vote requirement for taxes. Proposition 26, which broadens the definition of taxes to include many payments currently considered to be fees or charges, also passed, by a vote of 52.9 percent to 47.1 percent. ▼

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eather witches were among the many costumed people on the crowded sidewalks of the Castro as another Halloween passed without a street party. Even with a large police presence and constant pressure by officers for revelers to keep moving, the spirit was about fun and having a good time without creating the problems of previous years.

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Worthington retains seat on Berkeley council by Matthew S. Bajko penly gay Berkeley City Councilman Kriss Worthington fended off two strong out challengers Tuesday to hold on to his District 7 seat. The stalwart of progressive politics in the East Bay, Worthington won a fifth term on the council. His former aide, City Councilman Jesse Arreguin, also survived a heated contest for his District 4 seat. Another prominent progressive and strong LGBT ally, Arreguin found himself challenged by several opponents who differed with his stance on how to redevelop Berkeley’s downtown. Next door in Oakland, lesbian atlarge City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan failed to win election as her city’s mayor. Kaplan came in third place in a race that saw the LGBT community split its support among the top three finishers. According to unofficial returns Wednesday, former state Senator Don Perata holds a sizeable lead in the race. He came in first with 26,284 votes or 35 percent of the total. In second place is City Councilwoman Jean Quan, who received 18,069 votes or 24 percent. Kaplan garnered 15,615 votes or 20 percent; while political commentator Joe Tuman placed fourth with 8,876 votes or nearly 12 percent. Oakland instituted rankedchoice voting this year in its mayor’s race, so it will be several days before the official winner is announced. But Perata is expected to hold on to his lead and succeed Mayor Ron Dellums, who opted not to seek re-election this year.

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At her election night party Tuesday Kaplan was not ready to concede the race. “There are still three more days to get results,” Kaplan said, referring to the ranked choice system being implemented. In the race for the District 4 seat on Oakland’s City Council, Melanie Shelby came up short in her election bid. Shelby, who voted for Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage in California, recanted her vote during the campaign and said she now supports marriage equality. According to unofficial returns Wednesday, Shelby placed third in the race with 1,518 votes or 11.46 percent of the total. Libby Schaaf, who received 5,605 votes or 42 percent, appears headed to victory. Berkeley also instituted rankedchoice voting this year, so it will be several days before Worthington is officially declared the winner of his race. Worthington fell just short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win his race outright on election night. According to unofficial returns Wednesday, he had 1,301 votes or 49.79 percent of the total. Gay computer programmer and community activist George Beier,

who nearly defeated Worthington four years ago, again fell short, coming in second with 930 votes or 35.59 percent. Under the instant voter runoff system, he would need to have been the second choice of all 381 people who voted for Cecilia “Ces” Rosales, a lesbian graphic artist, in order to defeat Worthington. Arreguin, elected two years ago following the death of Councilwoman Dona Spring, appears to have clinched re-election to a full term, according to the unofficial returns. He received 1,717 votes or 53 percent of the total, enough to avoid triggering the instant runoff vote. His closest challenger, architect and beekeeper Jim Novosel, came in second with 1,036 votes or 32 percent. UC Berkeley adjunct professor Bernt Rainer Wahl took third place with 336 votes; while openly gay cartographer Eric Panzer finished in fourth with 124 votes. Panzer had suspended his campaign in late September. The elections of Arreguin and Worthington will be a defeat for Mayor Tom Bates and his moderate majority on the council, including openly gay Councilman Darryl Moore, who had sought to oust the two progressive councilmen.▼


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A travesty in Iowa ne of the lows of Tuesday’s elections was the defeat of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who had ruled in favor of marriage equality in that state last year. Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Associate Justices Michael Streit and David Baker all lost their retention elections at least in part because the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage set up shop in the state to defeat them. NOM’s campaign in Iowa is meant to set a dangerous precedent of punishing judges who apply the law. According to the Courage Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign, NOM spent $600,000 for a 45-county bus tour and TV ads in Iowa – a significant ad buy for the state’s size. NOM ran a mean-spirited, fear-driven campaign, and although the justices were ousted, same-sex marriage remains legal in the state. One doesn’t need a crystal ball to see how this same scenario can play out in judicial retention elections around the country. While the retention process is the voters’ opportunity to decide whether a judge should continue to serve, NOM’s dishonest tactics were reprehensible. Even before its involvement in Iowa, NOM received a strong warning from Iowa’s ethics agency for evading campaign laws, HRC and Courage noted. So for all the effort and money it boils down to one anti-gay group kicking the justices off the bench, even though the net effect is that samesex marriage remains legal there. Quite simply, NOM aims to intimidate judges in other jurisdictions and NOM bullied voters in Iowa through fear and prejudice. The justices issued a joint statement following the poll results: “It was our great privilege to serve the people of Iowa for many years. Throughout our judicial service we endeavored to serve the people of Iowa by always adhering to the rule of law, making decisions fairly and impartially according to the law, and faithfully upholding the constitution.” More importantly, they asked the state’s citizens to support Iowa’s system for judicial appointments: “Finally, we hope Iowans will continue to support Iowa’s merit selection system for appointing judges. This system helps ensure that

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campaign, but fortunately the former Hewlettjudges base their decisions on the law and the Packard CEO was defeated by Senator Barbara Constitution and nothing else. Ultimately, howBoxer Tuesday. ever, the preservation of our state’s fair and imCloser to home, equal rights scored a signifipartial courts will require more than the integricant victory with the apparent defeat of Prop 8 ty and fortitude of individual judges, it attorney Andy Pugno (R), who lost his bid will require the steadfast support of the for a state Assembly seat in the Sacrapeople.” mento area. Democrat Dr. Richard Pan Sadly, it appears that the “steadfast appeared headed to victory with nearly support of the people” was missing 50 percent of the votes, according to unduring Tuesday’s election. official returns. Pugno was a major player NOM seeks to circumvent campaign in the 2008 Prop 8 campaign and helped disclosure laws so the public can’t find out who craft false claims that children would their contributors are. Both Courage learn about same-sex marriage in and HRC have tried to bring attenand that religious institution to NOM’s activities, including E DITORIAL schools tions could be punished if they recomplaints filed with the IRS. NOM fused to perform same-sex marremains under investigation by the riages. His defeat is welcome news. Maine Ethics Commission for failing to register Pan, who was endorsed by Equality Califorwith the state as a ballot question committee and nia’s political action committee, is a solid ally refusing to disclose its campaign donors to overwho will stand with the LGBT community. His turn Maine’s marriage equality law in 2009. In victory represents a Democratic pickup, as the 2008 NOM was involved in the Proposition 8 district had been represented by a Republican.▼ fight in California. NOM hitched itself to Carly Fiorina’s Senate

Speak up, speak out for our rights by John Berry ight now, the LGBT equality movement is filled with conflicting emotions, intense passions, and nervous energy – just like the rest of the country. We are not alone in our angst. When Dr. Frank Kameny was fired from his position as an astronomer with the U.S. Army Map Service in 1957 because of his sexual orientation, it was the policy of our government to deny any openly gay American federal employment. “The homosexual is a security risk ... [we] will not permit their employment,” wrote one official. Of course, today we know how wrong our government was. It seems silly to suggest otherwise. I was honored to offer Kameny a formal apology on behalf of the United States government last year. Kameny stated that even he did not think he would see the day when an openly gay man would head the same agency which participated in firing him more than 50 years ago. “It’s as if we’ve gone from sea level to 18,000 feet,” he told me in conversation. “The summit is in sight. We’ve just got another thousand feet to go.” And we have taken many steps toward creating that more perfect union. But in the midst of so much progress, the recent suicides by LGBT youth are especially painful. As sadly, Kameny noted, the summit is now within our reach. What an amazing time we live in and how fortunate younger Americans are to be witnesses and participants in the final steps to secure our full civil rights. But too many don’t fully appreciate that amazing reality. People like Kameny, pillars of the modern movement for equality, have brought us this far. But as G UEST any climber will tell you, the last thousand feet are the most treacherous. After years of struggle, exhaustion can set in. So close to our goal, the air is thin, our bodies tired, the winds of opposition whip increasingly around us. But we know from history that this same steep peak – as frustrating and painful as it is to reach – has been conquered before. We tend to look back on history with rose-tinted glasses. But freedom and equality in America have never come easy. We forget that many American

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colonists saw the pursuit of liberty by our Founding Fathers as treason and would have cheered their hanging. Recall when half the country – half the country – used any and all means to defend the institution of slavery. Susan B. Anthony was widely mocked in her time. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was martyred. Even the schoolchildren of the Little Rock Nine were spat upon and shouted down as they approached their goal. Every day, we are making progress toward securing the rights and freedoms that belong to all of us. In under two years, President Barack Obama and his record O PINION number of LGBT appointees have accomplished so much for LGBT Americans. His and Congress’ historic achievement of securing health care reform finally cements the most important protections for those in our community who need them most – especially those living with HIV and AIDS. Hospital visitation rights for all Americans, expanded benefits for the same-sex domestic partners of federal workers, enactment of the hate crimes law, increased coverage for those living with HIV/AIDS, federal support for LGBT

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community-based organizations, anti-bullying programs enacted in schools, support for our aging LGBT population, and so much more. These are real, concrete achievements that are saving and improving the lives of countless LGBT Americans right now. I realize that this subtle – but dramatic – change is hard to appreciate when full equality is in sight. It’s understandable. I’m not taking my eyes off the goal or asking you to. Indeed, the president is the first to say that change hasn’t come fast enough. But he has called on all of us to charge full speed ahead. The tree of liberty grows only by adding rings. From the Revolution to the Civil War, to women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, and onward, our entire nation has been enriched by every added ring. Now is our time to complete our ring. All administration officials, me included, are accountable to that goal; to the principles upon which our Republic was founded – liberty and justice for all. We will not rest until discriminatory laws like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act are ended once and for all. And because no one should be denied a job because of discrimination, a fully inclusive Employment NonDiscrimination Act must be enacted as well. So hold us to account. Let us know when we’re right, be the wind in our sails when our momentum flags, and pull us back to the path when we go astray. But whatever you do, don’t turn away. Don’t give up. Don’t relent. Educate yourself, educate others, and fight for your beliefs. Speak up and speak out. Our path forward is steep, but clear. Just like those who have gone before us, our mettle is being tested in this moment. History is watching and we will be judged by what we do right now. But what an incredible time to be alive! As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.” I couldn’t agree more. Bully!▼ John Berry was appointed last year by President Obama to serve as the director of the Office of Personnel Management, and today is considered the highest ranking openly LGBT appointee serving in this administration. However, his views shared here are considered personal rather than official.


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Statehouse LGBT caucus grows to seven members Fiscal issues will remain their biggest challenge, predicted Gordon, who said he expects the new Legislas expected California’s LGBT ture’s first priority will be dealing with Legislative Caucus will grow to termed out Governor Arnold seven members following Schwarzenegger’s cuts to AIDS fundTuesday’s election. Once sworn into ing, mental health services, and childoffice Monday, December 6, the septet care for working families. will comprise the largest bloc of open“It is budget, budget, budget,” said ly gay state legislators in the country. Gordon. “I think the projections that Three Democratic freshmen out were made on income, particularly Assembly members – Toni Atkins in from the federal government, were San Diego’s District 76; Rich Gorway too optimistic. That is going to don in San Mateo County’s have to be dealt with in terms of midDistrict 21; and Ricardo year corrections.” Lara in Los Angeles LGBT issues will also be front County’s District 50 – and center during the next legwill join Assembly Speakislative session. Equality Calier John A. Perez (D-Los fornia is in talks with Leno Angeles) and Assemblyman and Ammiano about re-inTom Ammiano (D-San Frantroducing their pro-gay cisco), who chairs bills that the LGBT caucus. Schwarzenegger P OLITICAL N OTEBOOK Lara and Gorvetoed this year: don’s wins mark Leno’s civil marthe first time that riage and religious protection act and out candidates have been elected to the Ammiano’s LGBT prisoner safety act. statehouse from districts without “We will be working with the LGBT neighborhoods. LGBT caucus to look at key legislation, “We started this campaign 20 especially around LGBT youth, transmonths ago, so I am glad to have gender protections, and to ensure that reached this hurdle,” said Gordon, a LGBT health and human services orformer San Mateo County supervisor ganizations receive needed funding,” and the first out candidate to win state said Equality California Executive Dioffice from the Peninsula. rector Geoff Kors. In addition to the five members of the Legislature’s lower house will be Prop 8 author defeated out state Senators Mark Leno (D-San The sweetest victory of the night Francisco) and Christine Kehoe (Dfor EQCA and LGBT Californians San Diego), neither of whom were on came in the defeat of GOP Assembly Tuesday’s ballot. candidate Andrew Pugno, who auOf the five Assembly members thored and helped pass Proposition 8, running in Tuesday’s election, Atkins the constitutional amendment banwas the only one competing against a ning same-sex marriage in California. gay opponent. Republican perennial Pugno lost to his Democratic opcandidate Ralph Denney nabbed ponent, Dr. Richard Pan, in the Sacra35,419 votes or 37.63 percent of the mento area’s 5th Assembly District. total, far short of Atkins’s 54,106 votes According to unofficial returns or 57.49 percent. Wednesday, Pan received 56,386 votes Several out Assembly candidates or 49.1 percent, while Pugno took seclost their bids Tuesday. Gay Republiond place with 53,006 votes or 46.1 can Eric Hickok, with 28 percent of percent. the vote, came in a distant second in It is a pickup seat for Democrats his race against Assemblyman Paul and is a consolation prize for the Fong (D-Cupertino) in the South LGBT community following the pasBay’s 22nd Assembly District. sage of Prop 8 two years ago. EQCA In the race for the 29th Assembly had made the defeat of Pugno a top District in the Fresno area, out Demopriority, funneling donations toward cratic state Assembly candidate Pan’s campaign and sending three Michael Esswein lost to his Republistaffers and volunteers to the district can opponent, Dr. Linda Halderman. to help with get-out-the-vote efforts. The 21-year-old political newcomer “It is an incredibly sweet victory did garner 33 percent of the vote in the and made sweeter by the fact his opconservative district. ponent [Pan] in this district stood up The LGBT caucus members will and said he supported full and total find a changed landscape in Sacraequality for LGBT people,” said Kors. mento, with Democrats not only in charge of both legislative chambers Gays win South Bay races but also the governor’s office for the In Campbell, two gay men have first time in seven years. And due to won seats onto the City Council, makthe passage of Proposition 25, they will ing it the Silicon Valley city with the no longer need Republicans to pass a most out elected leaders on its council. budget (see story, page 1). Mayor Evan Low won re-election and “I think we have a great opportuniwas the top vote getter, according to ty with both the state Assembly and unofficial returns Wednesday. state Senate in Democratic control and Low captured 25 percent of the the governor’s mansion in the hands of votes cast for a total of 4,542 votes. His Jerry Brown. We have an opportunity term as mayor will be up come Januto craft the progressive agenda Califorary, when the council will select a new nia wants,” said Gordon. member to hold the ceremonial post.

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Gay certified public accountant Rich Waterman, a past president of the LGBT-focused SAGA North Ski and Snowboard Club, came in second place in the nine-person race for three seats on the council. The parks and recreation commissioner garnered 2,791 votes or 15.46 percent. “I am going to take a vacation,” said Waterman Wednesday morning, adding that his professional experience likely helped him win his council seat. “It helps to be a CPA in a time with a lot of fiscal issues.” He said his and Low’s sexual orientation never once came up during the race or was used as an attack by their opponents. “It is just a sign of a mature town of people that are looking at the issues and looking past whether we are gay or not gay,” said Waterman. “It is sort of like we have come a long way baby.” Next door in San Jose the LGBT community was successful in defeating anti-gay council candidate Larry Pegram. The founder of the Values Advocacy Council, Pegram was a leader of the Yes on 8 campaign in the South Bay and was criticized as being too extreme in his social views by LGBT leaders. He lost the race for the District 9 seat to LGBT ally Donald Rocha, a local school board member. According to unofficial returns, Rocha captured the seat with 62 percent of the vote for a total of 10,332 votes. Pegram received 6,238 votes or 38 percent. South San Francisco Planning Commissioner Robert Bernardo is now the only out countywide elected official in San Mateo County after winning a seat on the county’s Harbor District Commission. The Port of Oakland staffer came in first place in the four-person race for two seats on the oversight panel. According to unofficial returns Wednesday, Bernardo received 60,225 votes or 33.3 percent of the total. Incumbent commissioner James J. Tucker was re-elected with 54,218 votes or 29.9 percent. “In the race for harbor district commissioner, I received more votes than the Republican incumbent of 12 years. This win is also historic because it makes me the first ever openly gay and first ever Filipino elected to county harbor commissioner,” Bernardo told the B.A.R.▼ Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check www.ebar.com Monday mornings around 10 a.m. for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column looks at the new conservative gay Republican group GOProud. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ twitter.com/politicalnotes. Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 861-5019 or e-mail m.bajko@ebar.com.

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Glee, peek-a-boo, and what really matters by Gwendolyn Ann Smith ecently, a furor developed over an application available in Apple’s app store. Dubbed Peek-a-Boo Tranny, this camera app allowed you to add in one of a stable of “fierce tranny bitches” that the app developers included for your use. It was a cheesy, kitschy program. It was also offensive to many who voiced their displeasure on Twitter and other social media sites. Eventually, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others picked it up, and Apple removed the application. The app itself appears to have been created out of the drag community, where some of the language and representations presented to promote the app are stereotypically commonplace. While I am speculating here, I can only assume that the app manufacturers are, at the very least, familiar and comfortable in drag circles, and saw this as a fun, if silly, way to make a few extra bucks. There is a battleground, however, centered on the word “tranny.” While it is viewed as a positive term in drag circles – as well as among some other transgender people – others in the wonder what sort of give-and-take transgender community find it ofwas happening between Glee’s profensive and a form of hate speech. ducers and Fox executives. A male Some feel that these same transgenFrank would have likely been a bit der people are themselves being ofmore than the network felt like doing, fensive, taking a term born out of the given that doing a Rocky Horrordrag community and co-opting it, based episode is a challenge already. while displaying a form of “dragphoThere were also several lyric bia” via their outrage. To be honest, I changes, some of which made more think both sides have their points, sense than others. I’m not going to and I don’t see this issue getting reworry much about the rather solved in either a quick or a pleasodd replacement of “seat ant manner. wetting” with “bad fretI find myself wrestling over ting,” but I do wonder the issue. Knowing that it was about the replacement of likely made by members of “transsexual” in the song the drag community, to me, “Sweet Transvestite” with does shed a different light “sensational.” Was on it versus, say, the the word “transsexfuror over the deemed too ofT RANSMISSIONS ual” “Tranny Watch” fensive? Did the fact website of a bit more that the word has than a year ago. In that instance, it S-E-X in the middle increase the was geared for presumably straight pulse of the network censors? We males, to allow for the mocking of simply do not know. transgender people, and to “protect” Perhaps ironically, I also find mythem from accidentally befriending a self wondering how people might transperson. Clearly, that’s something have reacted to the inclusion of a far beyond an app that allows you to male Frank-N-Furter in the episode, photo-bomb your own photos with let alone the inclusion of “transsexudrag queens. al” in his big number. Given that Within the same time frame as many in the transgender community Peek-a-Boo Tranny’s release and subdo view the character as more than a sequently dumping from the app little problematic in the 35 years since store, the popular Fox program Glee he was created, I wonder if there did a Rocky Horror-themed episode. would be any way the episode could Dubbed the Rocky Horror Glee Show, have pleased everyone. the episode centered around a proFox did not pull the episode, duction of the Rocky Horror Picture which aired October 26, nor have Show on the high school campus. Glee’s producers made any comment There were some issues, however. about this. The episode is what it is, For one, the part of Dr. Frank-Nand any frustrations over who played Furter, the “sweet transvestite” who what or which words were altered are created the title character is played by not going very far. a female. This is explained away in the Now, after all I’ve said about the Glee episode, with two male actors Rocky Horror Glee Show and Peek-anot ending up with the part for variBoo Tranny, let me address someous reasons – but one also has to thing else.

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neighborhoods. But Wiener fell short of the 50 percent threshold to avoid triggering the city’s instant runoff voting system, leaving second place finisher local attorney Rafael Mandelman still in the race to capture the seat. None of the candidates running in the contested even-numbered supervisor districts on Tuesday’s ballot garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. In the closely watched District 6 race, progressives Jane Kim, the school board president, and Debra Walker, an out lesbian on the city’s Building In-

spections Commission, were the top two finishers, respectively. In Pacific Height’s District 2 race, Janet Reilly eked out a first place showing against her opponent Mark Farrell but remained short of the 50 percent needed to win during the first round. And in the Bayview Hunter’s Point District 10 race, candidates Tony Kelly and Lynette Sweet were in the first and second spots with Malia Cohen and Steve Moss within reach of capturing the seat. The only clear winner of a supervisor race Tuesday night was incumbent District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, who was unopposed in her reelection bid. The outcome of the other four

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In the same week as these issues, a transgender woman in San Francisco received a letter from the California Department of Motor Vehicles employee who recently processed her name and gender change for her driver’s license. In the letter, the DMV employee calls Amber Yust an abomination, says she has made “a very evil decision” by going through a gender change, and urges her to go to a Catholic website for “salvation.” Amidst all this, there are several brave transgender women in election bids this week: Theresa Sparks and Victoria Kolakowski in San Francisco and Alameda County, California, respectively; Brittany Novotny in Oklahoma; Stu Rasmussen in Oregon; and Kim Coco Iwamoto in Hawaii. We’ve seen transgender people murdered and assaulted last week, including Sonia Burgess getting pushed under a Tube train in London and a 25-year-old transwoman being assaulted by five suspects in West Hollywood, California. I’m not saying that Peek-a-Boo Tranny and the Rocky Horror Glee Show did not have their issues, and maybe we should be critical of these products. I’m not saying they’re not important on their own – but let’s take a moment and look at the bigger issues. Let’s look at real, big, obvious examples of anti-transgender discrimination and prejudice. Let’s also look at the places where we may well succeed in very big, substantive ways. At the Rally to Restore Sanity last Saturday, host Jon Stewart quipped, “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” We should take something from that, too.▼ Gwen Smith will gleefully play peek-a-boo. You can find her online at www.gwensmith.com.

races will determine if progressives retain their majority on the 11-member board or if the city’s more moderate political camp can wrest more control at City Hall. Wiener, a moderate and former chair of the local Democratic Party, had the backing of Mayor Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (DSan Francisco) and openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). According to unofficial returns Wednesday, he had 8,849 votes or 41.66 percent of the total. He had been considered the frontrunner in the race as the seat has gone to moderate gay men the last three elections. Current

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Alameda County voters elect country’s first transgender judge by Matthew S. Bajko ransgender judicial candidate Victoria Kolakowski made history Tuesday night, becoming the country’s first out transgender judge. According to unofficial returns Wednesday morning, Kolakowski had garnered 115,570 votes or 50 percent of the total, giving her a 3,329-vote lead over her opponent, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney John Creighton, for the Alameda County Superior Court’s Office #9. With an unknown number of ballots remaining to be counted, Creighton has yet to concede the race and a final count isn’t expected until Friday at the earliest. But Kolakowski was cautiously optimistic that her lead would hold and she would be sworn into office in early January. “I’ve got the lead and it looks really good, but it is not 100 percent. It is not in the bag yet,” Kolakowski told the Bay Area Reporter early Wednesday morning. “When the final votes are counted, I think I will have won.” Yet the congratulatory calls were already coming in and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which helped Kolakowski raise money for her campaign, featured her on a call with its major donors Wednesday. Her campaign had attracted national attention, with the mainstream media playing up the history-making potential of her cam-

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paign. But Kolakowski said voters paid little attention to her transgender status and were more focused on her resume. “If you look at the election coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle and Oakland Tribune it makes it sound like I ran as the transgender candidate in the race. That is not why people voted for me and not why people didn’t vote for me,” said Kolakowski, the wife of B.A.R. news editor Cynthia Laird. “People made their decisions based on who they thought had the best experience and was the best fit for the job.” It was the second time Kolakowski had sought a seat on the local bench. An administrative law judge for the state Public Utilities Com-

mission, Kolakowski pointed to the support she received from progressive groups such as the Sierra Club and Equality California, the statewide LGBT advocacy group, in helping her overcome the financial advantage Creighton had in the race. EQCA, in particular, made the race a top priority this year, urging its members to not only donate but also volunteer for Kolakowski. “Really, it’s been the strong support of all these different organizations that have endorsed me, in particular Equality California and the Victory Fund. Equality California was doing phone banking and robocalls. They really stepped up to the bat,” said Kolakowski. Another judicial candidate with

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No LGBT on SF school board he board of the San Francisco Unified School District still doesn’t have an out LGBT member as of Wednesday morning. Three out LGBT candidates had run for the board, but all fell short in Tuesday’s election. However, supporters of the community appear to have won election. Incumbent school board members Kim-Shree Maufas and Hydra Mendoza won 14.4 percent and 21.32 percent of the vote, respectively, Tuesday, according to preliminary results. Margaret Brodkin appears to have won the spot that had been left vacant by school board President Jane Kim, who ran for District 6 supervisor Tuesday. Brodkin had received 14.32 percent of the vote, unofficial returns show. As of Wednesday morning, Kim was leading in the District 6 race, but final results hadn’t been determined. (See story, page 1.)

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Mark Sanchez was the board’s last openly gay member; his term expired in 2008. Rather than seek re-election, he launched an unsuccessful bid for supervisor that year. Maufas, who was raised by a lesbian mother, said Wednesday morning, “The LGBT community is my family.” She indicated that her connections with the community have influenced her work, and said she “can’t wait” to get back to “creating policy for those who don’t have opportunities in our schools. ... There is so much more work to be done.” Maufas attributed her victory in part to many supporters, including the “unwavering, undeterred” backing she received from out gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), as well as her “San Francisco guru,” openly gay Supervisor David Campos. Mendoza didn’t provide comment Wednesday morning, but she’s previously talked about LGBT issues. She

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strong backing from EQCA, openly gay attorney Michael Nava, failed to capture a seat Tuesday night on the San Francisco County Superior Court. While he had blocked sitting Judge Richard Ulmer from retaining his seat on the court in the June primary, Nava was unable to hold on to his frontrunner status Tuesday night. According to unofficial returns Wednesday, Ulmer won the race with 60,129 votes or 52 percent of the total vote compared to Nava’s 54,927 votes or 47.74 percent. Following Ulmer’s second place finish in June, his colleagues on the local bench launched a relentless campaign to see that Ulmer retain his seat. They tried to strip Nava of his endorsement from the local Democratic Party, while the court’s LGBT members came out forcefully for Ulmer, arguing he was a competent and capable judge who deserved the post. Ulmer also targeted LGBT voters during the runoff campaign, playing

up his involvement in a lawsuit against the California Youth Authority on behalf of both straight and gay youth. He also received an assist from his lesbian sister and her partner, who joined him on the campaign trail. Nava’s boss, California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, faired better Tuesday. Moreno, along with fellow Justice Ming Chin and newly appointed Chief Justice Tani CantilSakauye, easily retained their seats on the state’s highest court. According to unofficial returns Wednesday morning, all three justices had garnered more than 65 percent of the vote. Although Chin joined in the court’s minority ruling in 2008 against allowing same-sex couples to marry and was part of the majority decision in 2009 upholding Proposition 8, the voter-approved constitutional amendment banning samesex marriage in California, a campaign to oust him off the court failed to materialize this year.▼


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25 honorees at historical society gala n celebration of the 25th anniversary of the GLBT Historical Society, 25 honored guests were recognized for their work in the LGBT community at the society’s silver anniversary gala October 28. They were (front row, from left): Jose Sarria, Phyllis Lyon, Maggi Rubenstein, Tom Ammiano, Howard Wallace, Laura Rifkin; middle row: Hoover Lee, David R. Kessler, Cecilia Chung, Sally Gearhart, Ruth Mahaney, Roberta Achtenberg, Jim Hormel and Michael Nguyen; back row: Rick Stokes, Alice Hoglan, Jewelle Gomez, Sean Dorsey, Billy Curtis, Cleve Jones, Audrey Joseph, and Gerard Koskovich. Also honored but not pictured are Willie Brown, Harry Britt, and Ruth Brinker. The historical society also announced that its new exhibition space on 18th Street near Castro Street would open in early December.

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Three groups share remaining equality march funds by Seth Hemmelgarn he group that oversaw the National Equality March in October 2009 has dissolved, and its leftover money is being distributed to three other organizations. About $70,000 that remained from Equality Across America is being split up evenly among GetEqual, a group whose efforts have included pushing for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the federal ban on gays serving open-

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ly in the military; Face Value, which works to eliminate social stigma against LGBTs; and the Colin Higgins Courage Awards for young LGBTQ leaders. The national march drew an estimated 100,000 people to Washington, D.C., last fall. The only stated goal was equal protection for LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. Cleve Jones, the longtime gay activist largely responsible for the march, had insisted the best way to achieve full equality would be to establish action teams in all 435 congressional districts across the country. But it hasn’t been clear exactly how many of those groups were formed. “My involvement with the march ended the day of the march,” Jones said last week. David Mailloux, an Equality Across America board member, said in an email that the process to dissolve the group started last month. He said he couldn’t comment on follow-up questions including why the group was being dissolved. The Tides Center was Equality Across America’s fiscal sponsor and has been involved with distributing the funds. One of the groups receiving about $23,000 in leftover funds is GetEqual. Robin McGehee and Kip Williams, the group’s founders, had been march cochairs but resigned less than a month after the 2009 event. McGehee said in an e-mail that the money would be designated “to help support a new state-based training component that will allow GetEqual to visit communities, gathering input from community organizers, then spending the final time together in non-violent civil disobedience/direct action training sessions and community action planning.” She said they don’t have a complete training program created, but they’re working details out for next year. “After engaging state-based communities/organizers – the remaining funds will be earmarked for grassroots activist needing support in their community – we are devising a grant program that will allow activists to apply for funds from bullhorns to banners to bail money,” wrote McGehee. As for potential work in the Bay Area, she said in a phone interview that state strategy hasn’t been decided. “The first thing we have to decide is if we can fundraise and continue organizing,” said McGehee. “Then we would devise the plan based on where we feel like we’ve seen people take the most action,” such as people reaching out to GetEqual saying they want to organize, she said.

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She said in the Bay Area, one need could be doing a summit involving residents in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley to try to figure out how to build action teams. Such a summit would include direct action training. McGehee said what people want to organize around might not just be federal legislation, but societal issues in their community, such as meeting the needs of LGBT youth. Julie R. Davis, a principal collaborator at Face Value, didn’t respond to interview requests. Requests to the Colin Higgins group also didn’t get a response. In an e-mail to the Bay Area Reporter, Christine Coleman, a Tides Center spokeswoman, explained the process for splitting the funds. “Tides engaged all interested parties to determine the final resolution through a lengthy process with those who continued to show interest, including members of the [EAA National Organizing Team] board and some previous board members,” she wrote. “Tides encouraged collaboration among those remaining interested parties and after joint review of all proposals, a decision was made” to split the funds evenly among the three groups. In his e-mail exchange with the B.A.R., Mailloux said that remaining EAA board members “did not make the final decisions about disbursement of the balance.” He said the final decision to split the money evenly among the three groups was made by Rosanne Stead and other Tides Center employees. Asked about Mailloux’s comment, Coleman wrote, “Again, the decision was a mutual agreement that was made by a combination of [EAA] board members who continued to show interest and a team at Tides.”▼


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Big losses in House and Senate it of Lincoln Award for his support on the hate crimes bill and co-sponsorship of a bill to repeal DADT. Republican Sean Bielat, who earned the endorsement of a relatively new gay conservative group GOProud, lost in his bid to unseat Frank.

by Lisa Keen epublicans won control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s elections. As of Wednesday, it appears the GOP will hold at least 239 seats, to Democrats’ 196. But Democrats retained a slim majority in the Senate, holding 51 seats, compared to the Republicans’ 47. As the Bay Area Reporter went to press, Senate races in Washington state and Colorado were considered too close to call. The LGBT community will be able to celebrate the addition of a fourth openly gay member to the House and the re-election of the three openly gay incumbents. But the loss of a Democratic majority in that chamber spells the end for hope that any of the dozen or so pro-gay measures pending in Congress have any chance of advancing in the next two years. The new Republican majority also increases the likelihood that measures hostile to LGBT civil rights issues can be publicized through hearings in committees that will, starting in January, be chaired by Republicans. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) made many promises to move LGBT legislation under her watch, presumptive speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a zero record on gay-related matters in the past three sessions of Congress, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Two other political zeros will be at his side: Eric Cantor of Virginia as the likely majority whip, and Jeb Hensarling of Texas as Republican conference chair.

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New gay congressman The three openly gay Democratic representatives, Barney Frank (Massachusetts), Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin), and Jared Polis (Colorado) will return to their seats in the next Congress. They will be joined by David Cicilline, the openly gay mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, who will be representing that state’s 1st Congressional District. Two other openly gay candidates for Congress on Tuesday did not succeed – Steve Pougnet in Palm Springs, California, and Ed Potosnak in New Jersey. There were numerous other losses for the LGBT community in Tuesday’s results. Representative Patrick Murphy (D-Pennsylvania), who led the charge to gain passage of a measure to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” lost his seat to Republican challenger Michael Fitzpatrick. And five other strong LGBT supporters lost Tuesday night, including Representatives Phil Hare (Illinois’

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discussed her support of having mechanisms at schools to make sure LGBT youth have information and support available to them. Mendoza’s also said she wants to make sure “there are safe places for [LGBT youth] to go.” Brodkin has been the executive director of Coleman Advocates for Youth and the director of the city’s Department of Youth, Children and Their Families. She declined to comment on the race Wednesday morning, since the results weren’t final, but she’s told the B.A.R. previously that she’s been “on the ground floor” for kids in San Francisco since 1978. That included supporting the formation of Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, which works with LGBT youth. “This is not a new issue to me,” Brodkin said at the time. “I have been side by side working on LGBT young people issues from the very, very beginning in San Francisco and making

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17th Congressional District), John Hall (New York’s 19th), Michael Arcuri (New York’s 24th), John Salazar (Colorado’s 3rd), and Carol SheaPorter (New Hampshire’s 1st). Hare earned a 100 percent score from HRC; Hall earned a 90, Arcuri an 85; and Salazar and Shea-Porter each an 80. Among other candidates with LGBT support who lost Tuesday night included Arizona Democratic Representative Harry Mitchell, who voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2007 and opposed an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the federal Constitution. Mitchell was defeated by Republican David Schweikert, who has said, “Traditional marriage is the basis for a functional society.” Texas Democratic Representative Chet Edwards earned an HRC contribution even though he was not a strong supporter of equal rights for gays. But he was trounced by an even more conservative Republican opponent, Bill Flores. Flores said he believes “there is one definition of marriage and that is between one man and one woman,” and has said he will “stand firm against any effort to change this or force Texas to recognize ‘gay marriages’ in other states.” At least nine of 14 Republican House candidates endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans won re-election Tuesday night, including Ileana RosLehtinen (Florida’s 18th), Judy Biggert (Illinois’ 13th), Todd Platts (Pennsylvania’s 19th), Charles Dent (Pennsylvania’s 15th), Dave Reichert (Washington’s 8th), Leonard Lance (New Jersey’s 7th), Nan Hayworth (New York’s 19th), and Richard Hanna (New York’s 24th). One painful loss for Log Cabin was Republican incumbent Joseph Cao of New Orleans. The group just this year presented Cao with its Spir-

it a core part of my agenda.” Bill Barnes, an out gay African American who’s currently a legislative aide to city Supervisor Michela AliotoPier, was one of three out LGBTs running for the board. (There had been 11 candidates on the ballot.) He said his apparent school board loss was “disappointing.” However, he said he was proud of “bringing up issues that relate to LGBT students” during the race. One idea he’s had would be to create a school for LGBT kids, similar to New York City’s Harvey Milk High School. He said Wednesday that it’s “unacceptable” that there’s no out LGBT person on the school board, and noted “even in our own school district,” issues such as bullying exist. He said he was going to look at running again in the future. Barnes received 5.44 percent of the vote, according to preliminary returns. Out transgender candidate Jamie Rafaela Wolfe finished with 4.83 percent and bisexual sex worker Starchild received 3.33 percent of the vote, preliminary returns showed.▼

In the Senate, the LGBT losses include longtime civil rights supporter Russ Feingold, Democrat from Wisconsin, who was defeated by Republican newcomer Ron Johnson. Feingold was one of only 14 senators who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Johnson, like Feingold, supports repeal of DADT but only if the military approves it. He opposes marriage equality for same-sex couples. Pro-gay Democrat Alexi Giannoulias lost in his bid for the Senate seat from Illinois to Republican Mark Kirk. While in the House, Kirk earned relatively strong scores from HRC, but in May he voted against repeal of DADT. Following numerous reports by bloggers that Kirk is a closeted gay man, a local television reporter asked him why the bloggers “keep saying that.” Kirk, who has said publicly he is not gay, said he thinks it’s because he’s divorced. In Florida, both Democrat Kendrick Meek and independent Charlie Crist failed to win the Senate seat. That, instead, will be held by Republican Marco Rubio, who opposes repeal of DADT. On the brighter side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid beat out Tea Party Republican Sharron Angle. Reid was supportive of LGBT civil rights; Angle is not. And pro-gay Democrat Chris Coons, endorsed by HRC, easily defeated Republican gadfly Christine O’Donnell for the Senate seat in

Delaware. Coons has said he will “continue fighting for LGBT issues,” including marriage equality, repeal of DADT, repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and for passage of ENDA. In Colorado, incumbent Michael Bennet (D) was declared the winner Wednesday by the Associated Press in his tight race against Ken Buck (R), who has implied that homosexuality is akin to alcoholism. It is still unclear who has won the Senate race in Washington state. Incumbent pro-gay Democrat Patty Murray was clinging to a thin lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi, who opposes marriage equality and domestic partnerships.▼

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Documentary brings Glenn Burke home y memories of Glenn Burke are seen through the shards of shattered glass – jagged edges refracting kaleidoscopic images of dazzle and despair, of waste and wonder, of fable and fate. Now as we recover from the triumphantly historic pitching domination of the San Francisco Giants in this year’s World Series and settle into a winter of reflection while waiting for the first thaw of spring training, a long anticipated documentary promises Bay Area sports fans a chance to glimpse into the life and times of one of the greatest local athletes to have ever played among us. Burke was a legend in his own time as a stellar basketball and baseball player at Berkeley High, a minor league phenom in the Dodgers organization before making the Los Angeles club in time to play in the 1977 World Series, an iconic figure in recreational LGBT basketball and softball leagues in the 1980s after retiring, and finally one of the many haunted faces of AIDS as he lay dying in his sister’s Oakland home in the 1990s. He is credited with having first popularized the “high five” while playing with the Dodgers. His sexuality was a barely kept secret, spoken of in hushed and reluctant tones for most of his career, then openly scorned by his manager in his final stint with the Oakland A’s. He came out in 1982 with a flare of celebrity, then disintegrated in a J OCK downward spiral of cocaine and mounting medical problems before dying in May 1995. Out. The Glenn Burke Story, a one-hour documentary, will air commercial free Wednesday, November 10 on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 8 p.m., with a simultaneous screening at the Castro Theatre. Tickets for the Castro screening are $5 and can be purchased at www.csnbayarea.com/pages/out. The screening benefits Marty’s Place, a communal living facility for HIVinfected homeless people. “I grew up in Hayward back in the early 1970s, and there was a very strong group of people who would play basketball in a park near my house,” the film’s executive producer Ted Griggs told the Bay Area Reporter. “I would be shooting around with them and whenever someone would do something really spectacular, they would all go, ‘That’s just like Glenn Burke.’ I would see his name in the paper when he played for Berkeley and so I followed his career, like you do with someone who’s one of your own. I always wanted to do this story.” The film offers numerous interviews with Burke’s friends and teammates from throughout his sports career from Berkeley to the gay softball and basketball leagues and the pro baseball stops in between. There is little insight into the precocious childhood and even less into the details of his decline in crime, addiction, and illness. Instead, it concentrates on the arc of a man’s career that inspired awe throughout its trajectory, and the price extracted by intolerance and ignorance. “This is a story of a person who was uncompromising,” Griggs said. “He was who he was. He was not really trying to hide who he was. He said accept me for who I am, and he paid the consequences for that.” Burke was what is called a five-tool player in baseball: a player who excelled at running, throwing, fielding, hitting, and hitting with power. He is widely considered the best athlete ever to have played for Berkeley High, and

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basketball actually was a better athletic showcase of his prowess, but baseball was the more financially lucrative prospect for Burke in the 1970s. He tore up pitching at every stop throughout the Dodgers minor league system and was touted as the next Willie Mays. In the film, a manic-depressive personality is anecdotally captured through tales of knockout punches and locker room antics of a man who would one moment be the irrepressible life of the party and a silent gloomy guss the next. And the tension between Burke’s exploration of his sexuality and uptight Dodgers manTALK the agement always teetered on the brink of confrontation. The Dodgers offered to pay Burke to get married, to which he quipped, “I guess you mean to a woman.” He dated manager Tommy Lasorda’s son, whom Lasorda repeatedly denied was gay. And so Burke was traded from the homophobic Dodgers to his hometown team, the Oakland A’s. “I was shocked that he was traded,” former Dodgers beat writer Lyle Spencer said. “I walked into the clubhouse, and guys were visibly distraught over the trade. That told me that my sense of how important he was to them internally was accurate. I even remember a few players crying when they found out about it at their lockers, which is stunning.” “I think the Dodgers knew,” Dodger teammate Dusty Baker said. “I think that’s why they traded Glenn.” From the Dodgers and into the crossfire of the A’s. Playing in Oakland gave him greater opportunity to explore his wild side on the streets of the Castro. It also put him under the withering control of manager Billy Martin. In his first spring training with the A’s, teammate Claudell Washington said, Martin “was introducing all the players and then he got to Glenn and said, ‘Oh, by the way, this is Glenn Burke and he’s a faggot.’” After part of two seasons with the A’s, Burke retired after 1979, then came out in 1982. After pro baseball, he poured his competitive fire into gay softball and basketball. “He was awesome,” said longtime LGBT softball guru Mark Brown. “He was absolutely the best. I never saw him play for the Dodgers or the A’s, but in the gay softball leagues, there was nothing like Glenn. He was flawless on defense, and he was a great hitter.” That was when I first started to be aware of Burke. I had seen him play baseball during the 1977 World Series, and then was mesmerized by him in Gay Games I and II. Not so much in softball – hey, in those days I was pret-

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ty much drooling over the hot players from Boston and didn’t notice much else – but in basketball he was truly a wonder to behold. He had such a creative genius that you had to watch him whatever he did even when he didn’t have the ball. A 1987 car crash ended all of that, crushing Burke’s legs and spirit. He never fully recovered. “When he had that accident by that car, over there by 16th and Market, in that triangle, his life wasn’t the same because he couldn’t participate in those sports,” Brown said. “His life just went downhill. He was heavily into drugs all the time but he got into that more after the accident because of the pain. He loved his cocaine. After the accident, he went downhill completely.” And that is the way I remember Burke those last years: furtive, nearly vacant eyes staring from across the Pendulum or from a balcony in the Muni station. The skeletal apparition clutching the bedsheets at his sister’s house off Oakland’s Market Street as we talked for one last time about baseball and life and all the things that happen along the way. But then, even then that smile. Like Alice’s Cheshire cat. So for me, the documentary is a chance to revisit a friend I never knew as well as I would have liked. For others, it will be a chance to meet one who was at the mercy of strangers. It is a sympathetic portrait with expressions of unintentional ignorance (his friends sometimes speak of the “lifestyle” he “chose”) and warm admiration. Out. The Glenn Burke Story will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16. Visit www.csnbayarea .com for additional broadcast times.

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Giants win the World Series! The San Francisco Giants capped an exciting season with a World Series win over the Texas Rangers Monday night in Arlington. The Giants won the Series four games to one. It is San Francisco’s first-ever World Series victory. The ticker-tape parade was held Wednesday, bringing out thousands of fans to cheer on the “lovable misfits” that made it through a thrilling post-season. And the win also concludes the friendly wager made between B.A.R. publisher Thomas E. Horn and Robert Moore, publisher of the Dallas Voice, the leading LGBT paper in Texas. “Congrats on the win,” Moore said in an e-mail message. “It was a truly convincing series.” As promised, here’s a photo of Moore decked out in a Giants shirt, with a check for $1,000 that will go to the Gay Straight Alliance Network, a San Francisco-based organization that empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.▼


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DADT to remain in effect through court appeals by Lisa Keen he 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday granted the government’s request to permanently delay enforcement of a lower court order to stop enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The November 1 announcement was a blow to activists who have been working against the federal law banning gays from serving openly in the military, because it means the military can continue to investigate and discharge openly gay servicemembers under the law at least until the legal challenge has been resolved. While that is likely to be many more months, it is unclear how much impact the permanent stay will have on the number of discharges. On October 21, the Pentagon issued revised guidelines that require any discharge under DADT to be approved by a secretary of the military branch involved. That, in and of itself, was expected to slow or reduce discharges under the law. The permanent stay puts more pressure on both President Barack Obama and Congress to take action. Activists have been calling on the president to issue a “stop-loss” order – something he has authority to do during wartime – to end discharges, pending repeal of the law. The Senate is expected to take up debate on repeal during consideration of an annual defense spending measure, when Congress reconvenes in midNovember. But it is only a minor setback for the Log Cabin Republicans’ lawsuit challenging the law. A U.S. District

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Court judge ruled in September that the law is unconstitutional, but the Department of Justice is appealing that decision to a 9th Circuit panel. The panel is expected to hear arguments on that appeal in February. “Log Cabin Republicans is disappointed that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will continue to burden our armed forces, undermine national security, and limit the freedom of our men and women in uniform,” said R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, in a statement Monday night. “Despite this temporary setback, Log Cabin remains confident that we will ultimately prevail on behalf of servicemembers’ constitutional rights.“ And although Cooper did not mention it, it’s very likely that Log Cabin attorneys will appeal the per-

manent stay order to the U.S. Supreme Court. That, however, is considered a long-shot effort. The eight-page order cited the imperative of judicial deference “when Congress legislates under its authority to raise and support armies.” It also noted that federal district court Judge Virginia Phillips’s decision is “arguably at odds with the decisions of at least four” circuit court decisions around the country. “We conclude that the public interest in ensuring orderly change of this magnitude in the military – if that is what is to happen – strongly militates in favor of a stay,” stated two of the three judges. “Furthermore, if the administration is successful in persuading Congress to eliminate [DADT], this case and controversy will become moot.” One judge dissented in part – William Fletcher, a Clinton appointee. He would have granted the stay of Phillips’s decision in regards to discharges, but enforce the policy elsewhere – such as in recruiting practices and personnel manuals. “Today’s ruling means additional months or even years of needless suffering by lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, who must continue to live in fear of discovery until the appeals process is complete – or until Congress or the president steps up to the plate,” said Peter Renn, an attorney with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which has filed an amicus brief in the case. “But it’s important to remember what today’s ruling was not: a consideration of the merits of the case. That remains for another day.”▼

Plaza to be dedicated to Jane Warner Sunday upervisor Bevan Dufty and other city officials will formally rename the pedestrian plaza at 17th and Castro streets in memory of San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner during a special ceremony Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. Warner, who patrolled the streets of the Castro for 18 years as part of the private neighborhood safety service, died May 8 after a battle with ovarian cancer. Sunday would have been her 54th birthday. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month passed a resolution Patrol Special Police Officer authorizing the naming of the plaza in Jane Warner in 2002 Warner’s name. Dufty sponsored the resolution. “This is a fitting and everlasting Members of Castro Community memorial to the best Patrol Special on Patrol, a volunteer group that police officer ever to work in the Casworks with police to alert them of potro area,” said Alan Byard, president of tential problems in the Castro on the Patrol Special Police Officer Assoweekends, also worked with Warner. ciation. “Officer Jane was truly the In addition to her patrol duties, guardian angel in blue for Warner was a contributing the entire Castro comcolumnist for the Bay Area munity,” said Ken Craig, Reporter and penned the a founder of CCOP. crime column. Warner is survived Warner was well-respected by her wife, Dawn in the Castro community and in Warner, who is exthe city. She consulted with pected to speak at Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi N EWS B RIEFS Sunday’s dedicaon the need for more foot tion. Additionally, patrols. The resolution to reWarner is survived by her mother, name the plaza had unanimous board Carol, and sisters Lynn Fitch and support. Kathryn Ness. “I have yet to meet someone more dedicated ... to having meaningful DADT to be protested community policing in San Francisat Veterans parade co,” Supervisor David Campos, a forThe military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, mer police commissioner, said after Don’t Tell” policy will be protested by last month’s vote.

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‘Dine Out’ for Meals on Wheels On Tuesday, November 9, as many as 150 restaurants throughout the Bay Area will participate in the first “Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels,” benefitting the nonprofit agencies that provides hot, nutritious meals to 8,500 seniors in seven Bay Area counties. In San Francisco, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from participating restaurants. “We are grateful for the support and contributions from the San Fran-

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fornia’s same-sex marriage ban, would have to continue defending the measure without the potentially vital support of the state’s government. At her campaign party Tuesday night, as her race against Cooley remained tight, Harris said, “The precious and few resources of this state” shouldn’t be used to weigh in on the federal Prop 8 case playing out in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. Geoff Kors, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Equality California, said Wednesday morning, “I think California had a great night for the LGBT community.” He said, “With Jerry Brown winning and Kamala Harris leading, there’s a very real chance that the state will remain on our side in the Prop 8 case, which bodes very will for victory in court.” Charles Moran, a Cooley spokesman, said during the day Tuesday that Prop 8 wouldn’t be “at the top of the list” of Cooley’s agenda if he were to win. But he has said on the campaign trail that he would defend it in court. (Moran said that Cooley didn’t support Pop 8 two years ago.) In his current job as attorney general, Brown has refused to defend Prop 8 in court. He also asked the state

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District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty is termed out of office and running to be mayor. At his election night party at Harvey’s in the Castro, Wiener credited his strong showing to having knocked on nearly every single door in the district over the last year and his record of community work during the last 13 years. “I established a track record so people knew what I could do for the district,” said Wiener. Mandelman was championed by progressives, such as gay state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and the local Democratic Party. He took second place with 7,727 votes or 36.37 percent. He said Wednesday he would not concede the race until after the remaining ballots are counted and the city runs through the ranked-choice voting. “I want to see how it plays out the next few days,” said Mandelman. “Scott ran a great campaign. I won’t be surprised if he wins but I want to let it play out the next few days.” The two camps issued blistering attacks on one another over the last two weeks. Wiener found himself accused of backing plans to cut AIDS services at the Davies medical campus, which hospital executives vehemently denied, and being aligned with Republicans. “He isn’t going to protect HIV funding. He is going to increase it,” said Leno, mocking the attack ads, during the celebration at the Castro eatery. “Often what happens is the truth wins out and that is what happened here. Scott, I know you are going to make a stellar supervisor, no doubt about that.” Attack pieces targeting Mandelman focused on his floating a city income tax, something not allowed

Workshop on pre-nups Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom will present a free workshop about pre-nuptial agreements on Tuesday, November 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, room 300. Presenters

Supreme Court to strike down Prop 8, which was passed by California voters in November 2008, and he has supported repealing the measure. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in August that Prop 8 was unconstitutional. Backers of Prop 8 quickly appealed the ruling. But one issue that’s come up is whether the measure’s supporters have standing to appeal the case. Like Brown, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to defend Prop 8 in court. If he wins, Cooley could at least delay the federal appeal by trying to intervene in the case. The attorney general also plays a role in determining ballot summaries and language, which could have an impact on any future effort to repeal the marriage ban at the ballot box. David Waggoner, co-president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, which endorsed Brown and Harris, said in an e-mail that both are “strong allies on LGBT issues in a way that few other straight politicians are. Both support full equality for gays and lesbians, including marriage. The importance of their elections to the LGBT community in California cannot be overstated, especially considering the alternatives. Whitman could have set us back decades, and Cooley almost certainly will if he should prevail.” Charles Sheehan, co-chair of the

under current state law, and extending parking meter hours. The mailers noted that Mandelman doesn’t currently work in San Francisco and wouldn’t be hit with the tax. “I don’t think it is a great victory for any ideological standpoint. I think there are progressives in the district and conservatives in the district and a whole lot of people who just want to see government work,” said Mandelman. Out lesbian Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Prozan, who competed for Wiener for moderates and tried to paint Mandelman as too progressive for the district, came in third place with 3,560 votes or 16.76 percent. She had won the backing of Dufty in the race and had second choice endorsements from the Democratic Party and the Bay Area Reporter. But she found herself swamped by an avalanche of campaign spending on behalf of Wiener and Mandelman. More than $1 million was spent on the race by the candidates and outside interest groups. Mandelman and his allies spent $498,400 on the race, while Wiener and his backers burned through $476,701 as of October 30, according to the city’s Ethics Commission. “I underestimated how much money was going to be spent on this race,” Prozan said Tuesday night at her party in Noe Valley. “Do I think that is what Harvey Milk envisioned when he backed district elections? Absolutely not. He wanted a campaign where money wasn’t a factor.” In the waning days of the campaign Prozan tried to turn her opponents’ campaign windfalls to her advantage, sending voters a mailer imploring them to “tell big money to take a time out.” According to the latest campaign finance reports, filed October 16, Prozan had spent $152,539 on her campaign; while business executive Bill Hemenger reported he had spent $56,880 on the race.

New salsa dance classes Weekly salsa and cha-cha drop-in classes taught by Emily Coles have begun at World Gym, 290 De Haro Street in San Francisco. The classes are geared for beginners to learn basic steps and overcome the fear of

Kamala Harris joined with supporters on election night.

A jubilant Gavin Newsom greets supporters Tuesday night.

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, also praised Brown and Harris, both of whom the club had endorsed. He said both “have proven themselves to be tremendous allies to the LGBT community.”

marriage equality. Her victory also assured that the Senate would remain in Democratic control. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who jump-started the national debate over same-sex marriage when he ordered city officials to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 2004, was victorious in his race for lieutenant governor against incumbent Abel Maldonado, a moderate former state senator opposed to marriage equality. The vote was 50 percent to 39.5 percent, according to preliminary returns.

More top races Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D) won a fourth term by defeating Republican Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, with a victory of 52.0 percent to 42.6 percent, unofficial results showed. Unlike Fiorina, Boxer supports

Jane Kim, the leading candidate in District 6, talks with a supporter at her election night party.

Hemenger came in last with 1,107 votes or 5.21 percent. He had urged his supporters to pick Prozan as their second choice. Even if all of his voters had done so, it would not be enough to keep her in the race, so it will come down to who her supporters picked as their second choice to determine the final outcome. But if past election results hold true, it is rare for the first place finisher in the first round not to be declared the eventual winner.

District 6 race The entrance of Kim into the contest to represent the Tenderloin and South of Market district upended the campaign game plan of Walker, who had expected to be the main progressive in the race. Then termed out District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly bucked expectations and endorsed his former aide James Keys, an HIV-positive gay man, rather than Walker in the race. The various developments led some to fear that it would allow Theresa Sparks, the transgender executive di-

rector of the city’s Human Rights Commission, a chance of winning the seat for moderates. According to unofficial returns, Kim received 3,845 votes or 31.34 percent of the total vote, while Walker garnered 3,410 votes or 27.79 percent. “This is a district with low voter turnout and we worked hard to get more people involved in the political process,” said Kim during her election night party. “It wasn’t about a power struggle ... It’s about us all being committed to this city and making it better, and that’s why we’re all here.” Kim vowed that she is “committed to working together, even with people I vehemently disagree with.” Had Kim stayed out of the race and her votes had gone to Walker, then Walker could have won the seat outright with 59 percent and been the first lesbian elected to the board since district elections returned in 2000. “You learn a lot about the true challenges of the neighborhood from the people, not just from city hall. ... It’s given me a lot of information for moving forward,” Walker said Tuesday night at her party. It is unlikely that Sparks will be able to capture the seat through the instant runoff voting system. She told the B.A.R. Tuesday night that “My only comment is no comment” when asked about the election results. With a 435-vote difference between them, Walker does have a chance at overtaking Kim in the race. It will come down to who the supporters of the other 12 candidates picked as their second choices. Openly gay Entertainment Commissioner Jim Meko had urged his supporters to pick Walker as their third choice after Keys. Meko had 242 votes while Keys had 556 in the first round. “It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when ranked choice kicks in,” said Meko. “I wish I could have devoted myself full-time to the campaign, but I have a day job.”

social dancing. Coles is the 2009 U.S. Latin dance champion, and also took home a medal at this year’s Gay Games. “There is not a lot of support for same-sex couples in the larger dance world,” said Coles. It is not necessary to be a member of the gym to come to the classes, which are every Tuesday from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. beginning in November. The cost is $15 per class. Coles said that no experience or partner is necessary. For additional information about Coles visit www.emilycolesdance.com.▼

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cisco Bay Area restaurant community,” said Ashley McCumber, executive director of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. Diners will also have the opportunity to make donations at each restaurant that will go directly to the local Meals on Wheels program in their county. The other Meals on Wheels programs participating include those in

you specify otherwise, the terms of the contract are pre-written by the state. This contract is the only contract most people enter into without reading or knowing the terms,” Spiegel noted. To RSVP for the workshop, e-mail heartsandsmarts@gmail.com

will include attorney-mediators Dylan Miles, Heba Nimr, and Charlie Spiegel. Entitled “Pre-Nup is Not a Dirty Word,” the workshop aims to address questions many people have about pre-nups, including whether to create one in the first place. Spiegel noted, however, that same-sex couples should use this time before the court rules in the federal Proposition 8 case to “think about what you want your marriage or registered partnership to look like.” He pointed out that marriage is a contract with your partner. “Unless

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Many politicians initially shunned Newsom because of his strong support of marriage equality, and some political observers had questioned his ability to run for statewide office outside San Francisco. Tuesday night, Newsom said he was “confident we can get California back on track.” Among other things, the state’s been saddled with a high unemployment rate and budget deficits. He said, “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with California that can’t be fixed by what’s right about California,” noting the state’s vast natural resources and brain power. For secretary of state, incumbent Democrat Debra Bowen easily beat back a challenge by Republican Damon Dunn, 53.1 percent to 38.6 percent, unofficial results showed. In the controller’s race, Democratic incumbent John Chiang was victorious over Republican Tony Strickland, 54.9 percent to 36.5 percent, preliminary results showed. Incumbent Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a Democrat, beat Republican Mimi Walters, 56.4 percent to 36.5 percent, unofficial returns showed. Betty Yee (D), a strong ally of the LGBT community, won in her re-election to the state Board of Equalization, defeating Republican Kevin Scott 62.3 percent to 32 percent, according to unofficial returns.▼

Glendon Hyde, whose drag persona is Anna Conda, had 384 votes. He told the B.A.R. that the experience of losing his first political campaign had not soured him on seeking public office. “I’m strategizing to continue working with the momentum that I got. ... I would run for supervisor again,” said Hyde. “I think Anna Conda did well. And I’m proud. I haven’t been depressed or hopeless this entire year.”

Districts 2 and 10 Reilly, a member of the Golden Gate Transportation District board, received backing in her race from most of the city’s elected leaders, including Leno, Newsom, and Governor-elect Jerry Brown. She took first place with 6,011 votes or 41.75 percent, according to the unofficial returns. Farrell, a venture capitalist, had won the endorsements of the board’s most conservative members: Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Michela Alioto-Pier. He came in second with 5,618 votes or 39.02 percent. The other four candidates in the race collectively garnered 2,767 votes, so it will be up to their supporters’ second picks to see if Reilly can claim victory in the race. Across town in District 10 the first place finisher was theater producer Tony Kelly with 1,279 votes or 13 percent. Close behind him is BART board member Lynette Sweet, who had 1,160 votes or 12 percent. Former Newsom staffer Cohen took third place with 1,150 votes or 12 percent, while community newspaper publisher Moss came in fourth with 1,089 votes or 11.38 percent. With 17 other candidates in the race, it is expected it will take elections officials several rounds of ranked-choice voting before they can determine the winner.▼ Matt Baume contributed to this report.


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LEGAL NOTICES City and County of San Francisco For Papers November 4, 2010 San Francisco Newspaper Outreach Advertising Survey The Board of Supervisors is evaluating the effectiveness of Outreach advertising. Please provide your comments at 415-554-7710 or email board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org. Please provide the publication name and date. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Relocation Services Consultant for the Hunters Point Shipyard The Redevelopment Agency of the City and County of San Francisco is seeking qualified respondents to submit qualifications for Relocation Services Consultant at the Hunters Point Shipyard.Responses will be accepted until November 22, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. To obtain a copy of the RFQ, please go to the Agency’s website: www.sfgov.org/sfra. If you have questions, please contact Wells Lawson at (415) 554-7613 or by email at wells.lawson@sfgov.org. Two Employment Opportunities at the Port of San Francisco The Port is an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for overseeing waterfront commercial, maritime and public access facilities that are held in public trust for the people of California. 1053 Information Systems Business Analyst - Senior position to work with the Lead Business Analyst, Technical Lead, and Customer Liaison to participate as the Port’s representatives on Project eMerge. For a full description of the requirements and application, please visit www.jobaps.com/sf/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=1053&R3=056862 5383 Student Design Trainee III (Information Systems Intern) - The Port of San Francisco is recruiting a college student for an internship position with its Information Services Division. The intern will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional staff. Exact starting dates and number of hours may depend on college schedules. The Student Information Systems Trainee will provide primary support to Port Information Systems Business Applications staff. For a full description of the requirements and application, visit www.jobaps.com/sf/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=5382&R3=056771 If you have questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Suzette Love at 415-274-0569, or email at suzette.love@sfport.com 2010 Commission on the Environment Meeting Schedule All Meetings are Open to the Public The Commission on the Environment will meet at City Hall, #1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416 at 5:00 P.M. on November 23. The Commission on the Environment Policy Committee has two more meetings scheduled in 2010; on November 8, and December 13, at City Hall, Room 421 at 5:00 P.M. 2010 Board of Supervisors Regularly Scheduled Board Meetings OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Come see your San Francisco government in action. Tuesdays 2:00 P.M., City Hall Chamber, Room 250 November 9, 16, 23, December 7, 14 311 CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER Having trouble finding a service? Need assistance in another language? Dial 3-1-1 (within San Francisco only) or (415) 701-2311. One Call Does it All – City Services Simplified, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The City and County of San Francisco encourage public outreach. Articles are translated into several languages to provide better public access. The newspaper makes every effort to translate the articles of general interest correctly. No liability is assumed by the City and County of San Francisco or the newspapers for errors and omissions.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033102800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as EAGLE SECURITY SERVICE/CERNY’S LOCKSMITH, 26203 Production Avenue, Suite 5, Hayward,CA 94545.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Zackery Mueck. 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 10/06/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as WAROE,2843 Geary Blvd., San Francisco,CA 94118.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Daniel Asfaha. 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 10/13/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as POLENTA PUBLISHING, 110 Pacific Avenue,#268, San Francisco,CA 94111.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Maria Vezzetti Matson. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/25/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/25/10.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033092600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as TAG/CMWEST, A JOINT ASSOCIATION, 930 Montgomery Street, Suite #302, San Francisco,CA 94133.This business is conducted by an unincorporated association other that a partnership, signed Lionel Recio. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/26/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/08/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as GROUNDSWELL RAINSCAPES, 245 Noe Street, San Francisco,CA 94114.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Kathyrn L. Sawyer. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/18/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/18/10.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-0315835-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as KOHSHI, 1737 Post Street,#335,San Francisco, CA 94115. This business was conducted by a limited liability company, signed Jay Cowan. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/21/08.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-0303732-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as 1.JAPAN INCENSE, 2. SCENTS OF JAPAN, 2456 Chestnut Street,San Francisco, CA 94123. This business was conducted by a limited liability company, signed Jay Cowan. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/06/07.

STATEMENT FILE A-033068100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as PRECOG SPORTS 189 Parnassus Avenue, #2, San Francisco,CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Brandon Markey. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/01/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 09/17/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as GOLDEN HANDS SALON,83 Duboce Avenue, San Francisco,CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Henadz Harbaruk. 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 10/06/10.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033061900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as HANDS OF DUANE, 4077A 24th Street, San Francisco,CA 941143715. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Curtis Duane Gammill. 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 10/04/10.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033061800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as HANDS OF DUANE, 2120 Market Street,Suite 201, San Francisco,CA 94114-1375.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Curtis Duane Gammill. 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 10/04/10.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-10-547207 In the matter of the application of NFN ZERENWENGXU for change of name. The application of NFN ZERENWENGXU for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that NFN ZERENWENGXU filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to TSERING WANGCHUK DENMA. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 7th of December, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033067200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as FALCON ENTERTAINMENT, 1177 Harrison Street,San Francisco,CA 94103.This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed James Hansen. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/24/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/06/10.

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OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033049300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as SAN FRANCSICO CAREER COLLEGE, 1167 Mission Street, Suite 420,San Francisco,CA 94103.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Margaret K. Lee. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/28/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 09/28/10.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033072100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as AKI FISH & DELI, 310 Bayshore Blvd.,San Francisco,CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Chieko Nagata. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/08/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/08/10.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033072600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as HYBRYD WELLNESS COLLABORATIVE, 221 11th Street,San Francisco,CA 94103.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Patrick J. Tierney. 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 10/08/10.

OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033046100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as LET’S GET IT OM, 714 Page Street,San Francisco,CA 94117.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Maria Gallegos. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/27/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 09/27/10.

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #A-0315834-00

STATEMENT FILE A-033078600

The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as 1.SCENTS OF JAPAN,2.JAPAN INCENSE , 2370 Market Street,#321, San Francisco, CA 94114.This business was conducted by a limited liability company, signed Jay Cowan. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/21/08.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : ANNIE SHIHCHU SUN. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at: 2819 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. Type of license applied for:

41 ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE OCT. 28, NOV. 4,11, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-10-547240 In the matter of the application of SEE HIN LIM for change of name. The application of SEE HIN LIM for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that SEE HIN LIM filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to HARVEY LIM. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 21st of December, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

OCT. 21,28,NOV. 4,11, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-10-547236 In the matter of the application of MINDI SU MATSON for change of name and gender. The application of MINDI SU MATSON for change of name and gender having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that MINDI SU MATSON filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to MIN ROBERT KELLY-MATSON and his/her gender be changed from female to male. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 30th of November, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

OCT. 21,28,NOV. 4,11, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-10-547238

The following person(s) is/are doing business as CHAN LIMOUSINE,2142 42nd Avenue, San Francisco,CA 94116.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Chan Kwok Man. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/12/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/12/10.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033077100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as ORBITECH VENTURES, 31 Romain Street, San Francisco,CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Richard Utting. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/14/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/13/10.

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In the matter of the application of NADEZHDA VIKTOROVNA MASHARIPOVA for change of name. The application of NADEZHDA VIKTOROVNA MASHARIPOVA for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that NADEZHDA VIKTOROVNA MASHARIPOVA filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to NADIA MASHAR. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 16th of December, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

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STATEMENT FILE A-033081000

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OCT. 14,21,28,NOV. 4, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033032300

OCT. 21,28,NOV. 4,11, 2010

The following person(s) is/are doing business as HEAVEN QI & EARTH, 2906 Lyon Street, San Francisco,CA 94123.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Elizabeth McDowell. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/04/06.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/13/10.

OCT. 21,28,NOV. 4,11, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033094700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as TAK HUNG COMPANY,279 28th Avenue, San Francisco,CA 94121.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Lai-Lai Lau. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/20/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/20/10.

OCT. 21,28,NOV. 4,11, 2010 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are : COOKHOUSE LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 71 Stevenson Street,Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at:253 Columbus Ave., San Francisco,C A 9 4 1 3 3 - 4 5 0 8 . Type of license applied for:

41 ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE NOV. 4,11,18, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033083500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as K.K.W WHOLESALE, 15 Boutwell Street, San Francisco,CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Hameed Aziz. 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 10/14/10.

OCT. 28,NOV. 4,11,18, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033052500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as COP N BLOW INTERNATIONAL, 2595 43rd Avenue, #7,San Francisco,CA 94116.This business is conducted by an individual, signed David Green. 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 09/29/10.

OCT. 28,NOV. 4,11,18, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033094800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as YOUR BEST SKIN, 595 Buckingham Way, #301,San Francisco,CA 94132.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Susan A. Upton. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/10/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/20/10.

OCT. 28,NOV. 4,11,18, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033101900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as HARKINS BUILDERS, 124 20th Avenue, San Francisco,CA 94121.This business is conducted by an individual, signed John P Harkins. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/01/05.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/25/10.

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OCT. 28,NOV. 4,11,18, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033104600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.B.E.E., 2.BETTER EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE, 1271 Capitol Avenue,#2, San Francisco,CA 94112.This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Alan Wong. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/26/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/26/10.

OCT. 28,NOV. 4,11,18, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-10-547268 In the matter of the application of DENICE MARIE TUCKER for change of name. The application of DENICE MARIE TUCKER for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that DENICE MARIE TUCKER filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to DEN KIRKWOOD TUCKER. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 30th of December, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

NOV. 4,11,18,24, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE# CNC-10-547225 In the matter of the application of BRENDAN MICHAEL MOLLEY for change of name. The application of BRENDAN MICHAEL MOLLEY for change of name having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that BRENDAN MICHAEL MOLLEY filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to BRENDAN MICHAEL MCGARRY. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 9th of December, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

NOV. 4,11,18,24, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033062500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as HAVE THANGS ENT., 40 Murray Street, San Francisco,CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Austin Smith. 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 10/04/10.

NOV. 4,11,18,24, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033105300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BOISLAND ENTERPRISES, 84 Entrada Court, San Francisco,CA 94127.This business is conducted by an individual, signed Den Tucker. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/26/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/26/10.

NOV. 4,11,18,24, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033109900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as READ GLOBAL, 1016 Torrey Avenue, First Floor, San Francisco,CA 94129.This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Nathan Joblin. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/28/10.

NOV. 4,11,18,24, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-033111200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as HAYES VALLEY INN, 417 Gough Street, San Francisco,CA 94102. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Stephan Forget. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/03/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 10/29/10.

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Motorcycle rallies & leather lore

Really big opera star

The gang’s all here

A short history of leather’s beginnings; and events that are coming up in leather & kink.

Legendary tenor Placido Domingo stars in ‘Cyrano.’

‘West Side Story’ revival brings the Jets & Sharks together again.

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Press preview for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art show Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century.

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Ways of looking for the uninitiated. Other than their opening date wo wonderful new photog(Oct. 30), which they shared, there’s nothing especially to raphy shows opened at SF~ by Sura Wood ~ link them. One could say they will divide visitors’ attention, MOMA last week: Henri Cartibut each constitutes a seven-course meal in itself. What follows er-Bresson: The Modern Century, a retrois a brief overview of each show accompanied by some observations. spective of the 60-year, prolific career of the greatHenri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century Cartier-Bresson est photographer of the 20th century, and the first major exhibition as a prominent figure in modern art and in photojournalism, a field since his death in 2004; and Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and he helped pioneer, is the two-pronged thrust of this sprawling show. the Camera since 1870, a novel, exciting journey into the forbidAn intrepid photographer, he traveled to remote parts of the world, den, an exploration of the voyeuristic properties of the camera and bringing insight or, in some cases, the first glimpse of far-away, warits nasty aptitude for invading our privacy. What privacy, you ask? torn countries or exotic places, such as Russia or China, few had Both exhibitions cover a lot of ground and, alone or together, will seen in the pre-television age. (It’s no accident that his images are be a field day for people who love the medium, and a joyous primer

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named for the far-flung locales where they were shot.) An intellectual trained as a painter, Cartier-Bresson had an unerring instinct for the exact right moment to capture an image and an astonishing eye; in this particular regard, he has no peer. His flawless compositions were made at the instant of shooting. He shunned the darkroom and let others do his printing for him. Of the 300 prints, which the curators have laid out here in a spacious, easy-to-

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straight tattoo styles. Born and raised in the heart of the beast, 1940s-50s Orange County, Ed Hardy flirted from childhood with forbidden artistic desires. Constructing fake tattoos on his grade-school classmates led the thoroughly white-bread and hetero Hardy to the life of a teenager surfer, and then, by age 18 (when he could obtain a state license), to an apprenticeship with queer pioneer Samuel Stewart (a.k.a. Phil Sparrow) and eventually to the establishment of his own private salon. Omori explores how tattooing became, if not entirely respectable, an artistic calling with serious converts, from West Coast Bohemians to free-spirited Hawaiians to Japanese master

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he Bay Area’s eclectic film-festival culture runs gloriously amok this week with two meticulously programmed “niche” festivals competing for your attention. First up: The San Francisco Film Society’s Cinema by the Bay, Nov. 5-8 at the Roxie, Southern Exposure Gallery and The Lab, features cutting-edge work from Bay Area resident filmmakers. Info: www.sffs.org. Ed Hardy Tattoo the World Now I get why I never wanted to be tattooed. It hurts, and you’re forever branded as hanging with the wrong crowd. Emiko Omori’s visually eye-opening baptism into the sociology and visual poetics of this ancient art dispels some hoary myths, and traces the line between queer and

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The Whirled Series by Roberto Friedman ut There watched the worldchampion SF Giants in the exciting World Series with the sporty guys over at the Pilsner Inn, and they are a great crowd of Giants fans. We were cheering along, counting balls and strikes with the crew. When the chant of “Ooo – reebay!” went up, as it often did, we liked to pretend we were invoking some sort of a sex god. If OT found ourselves debating the finer points of the game with handsome strangers during commercial breaks, consider how unlikely this is. First: We don’t know what the hell we’re talking about. We do not hang out at sports bars. Ball games were far from our favorite schoolboy pastime. We almost always struck out, and were always sent packing off to right field, where whole innings would go by far from any fly ball. Once, we fainted dead away in the outfield from the blazing sun, and dreamy Native American teacher Mr. Proudfoot had to run out to the field to revive us. That was so hot. Where were we going with this? Oh, but it was hard not to get swept up by the Giants fun in SF this postseason. The lineup boasted as many true characters as the cast of a Robert Altman film. We’ve been reading the sports pages, which we usually toss, and that’s where we found word in the Times of this, the fondest dream of Giants closer pitcher Brian Wilson: “I’d like to be a crossword clue one day. I want to be in The New York Times’ Sunday edition. Right now, the clue ‘Giants great’ is always Mel Ott. I want my clue to be down, not across. The down ones are usually harder. And when I’m the clue, I’ll fill it in – just that one and frame it. How sweet would that be?” Is this a man after our own tiny O UT heart, or what? And with that beard, he’d fit right in at the Lone Star.

SF Giants fan outside AT&T Park during the Series last week.

Worldly women Now for a rollicking tale of show biz. Sydney, Australia boy Shane Jenek auditioned for the 2003 edition of Australian Idol as himself, but alas, he was not selected. So he decided to bend the rules a little bit, and his gender along with them. He returned the following day to try out as Courtney Act, made it through the semi-finals,

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and placed 13th. Since then, Courtney has garnered celebrity status Down Under, and has gone on to grace international LGBT stages (London, Ibiza, Hong Kong) and gay cruises. She sings songs such as “You Don’t Own Me,” “W.O.M.A.N.” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” She performed for Lady Gaga’s private birthday party. Courtney Act appears at the Rrazz Room tonight for one night only (Thu., Nov. 4), at 10:30 p.m. Info is at www.therrazzroom.com. Sticking with the T HERE wonderful world of show biz: That irrepressible opera couple Tom Taffel and Bill Repp are getting set to host their famous opera cruise down the Danube River in the heart of Mitteleuropa, this coming July 7-17, and guess who they’ve got onboard? None other than KRON-TV entertainment reporter Jan Wahl, who will be presenting her lecture “From Strauss to Mucha to Hedy Lamarr: Icons of the Danube,” as well as her cocktail movie-trivia party, “Scandals and Mystery in Hollywood History,” to lucky cruisers. The trip takes in the great capitals of Prague, Vienna and Budapest, with Nuremberg, Regensburg and elsewhere along the watery way! Hope there’s room in steerage for some hatboxes, because Wahl is known for her tasteful chapeaus. Find out more at www.TomsGroupCruises.com. One more worthy woman of the world while we’re enumerating: Kay Thompson was Judy Garland’s best friend and mentor, the godmother/Svengali of Liza Minnelli, the author of Eloise and the basis for the “Think Pink” fashion-magazine editor in Funny Face. Now author Sam Irvin has published a new biography, Kay

Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise (Simon & Schuster), and he promises that his book fully investigates rumors that Thompson had lesbian affairs with Garland, Marlene Dietrich and others. Irvin says he’s “pulling no punches.” He will be signing books over at Books Inc. on Market St. in the Castro on Wed., Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Hyde out Out There spent our Halloween night at Davies Symphony Hall for a screening of the 1920 silent-film classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with live music accompaniment provided by Dennis James on Davies’ truly great Ruffatti organ. It was a night at the movies in the concert hall, supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The evening started with a delightful Buster Keaton short, The Haunted House (1921). Organist James came out in a Bela Lugosi-like Dracula cape, while his accompanists, Mark Goldstein and Todd Manley on various percussion, were sheeted up as ghosts. The main event was the 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with the great John Barrymore playing both parts of that split personality. He was scary good. But how about those Giants! Latenight TV host Craig Ferguson explained the semiotics of the World Series fully for us: “San Francisco and Dallas are very different. One’s full of gorgeous gay men, and the other is San Francisco. They do have something in common. They both love their Cowboys. You could tell the game was in San Francisco, because during the 7th-inning stretch, they did Pilates. The stadium is AT&T Park, a perfect name, because you can’t get cell phone reception. The waters around San Francisco are filled with man-eaters, and also sharks.” Watch out, world, because our bite is far worse than our bark!▼

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THEATRE matic experience, and while walking on the beach, he hears someone singing. It’s Judy Garland, and he spends the night with her, and then is haunted by her. She’s the woman that got away.”

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niversary with a major exhibition and a conversation with the playwright. Exhibit curator Brad Rosenstein will talk with Kushner from the stage of the Herbst Theater on Nov. 6 at Noon. The night before, Kushner will also ‘Angels’ in review be on hand for the exhibit’s opening recepSan Francisco marks B ACKSTAGE tion and optional dinthe spot of the first proner in the Green Room. duction of Tony KushnThe museum itself is er’s Angels in America, upstairs from the Herbst and the and the SF Museum of Performance Green Room in the Veterans Building, and Design is heralding its 20th an-

David Cale plays seven characters in his solo show Palomino at the Aurora Theatre.

Horse-and-carriage escort service David Cale brings his one-man ‘Palomino’ to the Aurora Theatre by Richard Dodds istening to an audience and actually being able to see them are two very different things for an actor. At least, David Cale imagines they are as he frets a bit about the intimacy of the Aurora Theatre, where there is no barrier between the end of the performing area and the beginning of the seating on three sides of it. “In order for this to work, I’ve got to be focused in a way I’ve never been focused before,” he said. Dashing Irishman Kieren McGrath is the central character in Palomino, but he is just one of the seven characters – men and women, gay and straight – that Cale plays in his acclaimed one-man show. “If you’re kind of a shy person, as I am, playing these very intimate scenes with someone sitting five feet away from you is daunting. But if it works, it could really be wonderful.” The production opens this week and continues through Dec. 5. (Tickets at auroratheatre.org). Kieren is an aspiring writer, and sees a possible story in his temporary job as a horse-and-carriage driver in Central Park. But the subject matter takes an unexpected turn when one of his passengers suggests that her friends could use the services of a paid escort. And so he begins a relationship with Vallie, an older and well-to-do woman, and their mutual feelings develop beyond the original business arrangement. At times, the characters directly address the audience in monologues, and at other times they interact with each other, with Cale delivering both sides of the dialogue. Playing women is nothing new for Cale. “I’m speaking in a generalization here, but I understand women emotionally more than I do men,” said Cale, who has been partnered with a man for 20 years. Bay Area audiences have had several chances to see Cale at work, but not since 1999 when he performed Lillian at the Magic Theatre. The title character in that solo show is a middle-aged, middle-class, and married Englishwoman who leaves her husband for the passion she finds with a younger lover. Tom Ross, now artistic director of the Aurora Theatre, produced the SF run of Lillian. Cale first set out to be a singer, but morphed his way into acting, and most notably solo shows. His breakthrough came in 1988 with The Red Throats at New York’s WOW Theatre Cafe. It was a rare exception in the group’s women-only policy. “I was booked by Holly Hughes,” Cale said, “and she felt that my portrayal of the women was sympathetic and interesting.” The Red Throats is a self-censored version of his own escape to New York.

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“I still wonder if I should write the whole story,” Cale said, who stopped performing The Red Throats because of its painful genesis. When he was 16, living with his parents about 30 miles from London, his father brutally murdered his mother while he was in the house. “I didn’t see it, but I was the sole witness in the trial,” Cale said. His father was convicted, but quickly released from prison on a diminished-capacity defense. “When he got out of prison he threatened to kill me, and I left immediately.” He fled first to his grandmother, then to London, before abruptly moving to New York when he was 20. “I arrived in the freezing cold with one bag, $400, and no place to stay,” Cale said. “This guy cruised me, and I went back to his hotel because I didn’t know how I was going to survive the night.” Cale’s father recently died, leaving behind a legal mess and rekindled memories. “I didn’t want it to define my life, even though it has,” he said. “In my head I was always the son of a murderer, but the writer in me finds it all very interesting.” One of the happier legacies left by his father is a love of Judy Garland, who he first embraced as a way to please him. “There’s a piece that I think I’m going to put into my next show. It’s a monologue about an older man spending time in Malibu after a trau-

401 Van Ness Ave. (More info: mpdsf.org.) The exhibit, running through March 26, traces Angels from its early development in Kushner’s notebooks to its premiere in San Francisco, London, and Broadway. The display includes original costumes, props, manuscripts, video clips, photos, designs, and other memorabilia, as well as new audio and video interviews conducted with many of the play’s creators and participating artists.▼ Richard Dodds can be reached at BARstage@comcast.net.


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West Side Story gets some fresh touches in the touring revival now at the Orpheum Theatre.

Bernstein’s barrio by Richard Dodds here’s probably little chance of winning in the revival game. Take a beloved, iconic musical and put it up with reverent fidelity, and you run the risk of dusty, museum-piece criticisms. Take too many liberties, and you’ll hear about undercutting what made the piece so memorable in the first place. So I feel for Arthur Laurents, the 92-year-old director of the Broadway and touring revivals of West Side Story. I can’t embrace most of the changes he has instituted, but appreciate his courage for trying. After all, Laurents was on hand for the creation of the musical, and it is his own libretto that he has changed the most. There are problems with the script alterations: critical plotpoints can lose accessible impact in the sporadic use of Spanish; a comic bit about the gym-dance chaperone prattling on about “abstinence” gets a laugh, anachronistically; and an ending pulls back from emotional catharsis. But of larger concern is Laurents’ determination to, admirably enough, create an integrated whole of dialogue, song, and dance.

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Signature production numbers have less of a start-stop quality in the effort to turn the material into more of a “piece” and less of a “show.” But audience pleasure is sacrificed in the cause of this attempted artistry, and the Stephen Sondheim-Leonard Bernstein score and choreography of Jerome Robbins (recreated here by Joey McKneely) can lose some of their pow factor. Even so, in the opening number introducing rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks, you can still get a feeling of the electricity that audiences must have first felt 53 years ago. There are other moments when Robbins’ groundbreaking movements shine through, but there are other moments when the adrenalin feels arrested just as the rush begins. To be sure, this is a respectable mounting of a great musical. Kyle Harris has a slightly dorky appeal as the former Jet pressed back into gang service, though on opening night his voice occasionally lost its way. But as Maria, Ali Ewoldt’s vocals soar beautifully, and her performance as the forbidden object of Tony’s ardor is precise and appealing. Michelle Aravena is a somewhat generic Anita, who still gets a chance to please in the

audience-favorite “America” number. German Santiago makes for an imposing Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, though Joseph J. Simeone isn’t quite that as his Jets counterpart. Alexandra Frohlinger is spunky fun as elfin tomboy Anybodys, but this comic character is not the one to deliver the tragedy-inspired anthem “Somewhere,” a song that has been assigned to various characters in past productions. The gang violence depicted in West Side Story is quaint by contemporary standards. Riff orders up “Cokes all around” at a war council between the gangs, and zip guns are the scariest of weapons. But audiences understand that 1957 is not 2010, and attempts to add contemporary grit and vaguely hip fashions actually pull us out of the world these touches are intended to make more relevant. It may be a damned-if-youdo, damned-if-you-don’t dilemma for a director, but in the end, this West Side evokes only part of the story.▼ West Side Story will run at the Orpheum Theatre through Nov. 28. Tickets are $30-$99. Call (888) 7461799 or go to www.shnsf.com.

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La-la lesbians by Gregg Shapiro n 2010, three musicians came out of the closet. They included Ricky Martin and Chely Wright, but the third, Jennifer Knapp, a popular singer in the contemporary Christian music world, preceded both Martin and Wright when she came out as a lesbian. It’s hard to say what impact that had on her religious and possibly homophobic following, but on the bright side, she has gained a whole new fanbase in the LGBT community. On the album Letting Go (Graylin), released around the time Knapp made her public announcement, she proves herself to be a writer of catchy and moving songs, and a force in contemporary country. Just when you thought the amazing, modern folksinger/songwriter Ellis couldn’t possibly do anything else to thrill or delight listeners, she releases an album like Right on Time (Rubberneck). The title tune, written for her newborn daughter, contains the perfect message for someone new to the world. Ellis turns out to be wise beyond her years, displaying the most delightful (and caffeinated) sense of humor on “Coffee Song.” “You Are Royalty to Me” is a song for Ellis’ “Granny.” Can Anne McCue rock, or what?

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The “Play loud!” declaration on her Broken Promise Land (Flying Machine) is meant to be taken seriously. McCue’s bluesy side bares itself unapologetically on the title track, while “The Lonely One” is the most straightforward pop-rock number on the disc. A pair of EPs illustrates the vast range of music being made by queer women. The always fascinating Ripley Caine continues to broaden her horizons on Not Like Other Girls (ripleycaine.com). That’s Andrea Bunch playing piano on “The Moon Collides with the Ocean,” and Clémentine Malta-Bey on spoken vocals. Jamie Anderson’s ear-to-ear grin on the cover of Better than Chocolate (Tsunami) is a pretty good indication of what you’re going to find inside. “Public Radio” is a humorous endorsement of the same, and Anderson even injects a smirk into the break-up blues of “Her Problem Now.” Tret Fure, one of the grand dames of the women’s music circuit, returns with the luminous The Horizon

(Tomboy Girl). Love is at the heart of the album, but Fure reveals a wicked sense of humor on “”Dog Gone Blues” (to which most dog-lovers can relate). Fure also makes great use of backing vocals on “Millie” and “Grace of God,” creating what sounds like a gospel choir. There’s much more to choose from when it comes to music by queer women, including Junior by guitar virtuoso Kaki King, Closer to the Surface (Stonecutter) by Jen Porter, a ways away (K) by Tara Jane O’Neil , Steff Mahan’s third album Never a Long Way Home (steffmahan.com), Half Empty by Amanda Lucas, and Finally Red (Graciemae) by Maren Christensen.▼


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Star turn with proboscis bon and Brian Mulligan as Ragueneau were not eclipsed. They fulfilled their duties admirably. Conductor Patrick Fournillier, also making his debut with the company, proved another important asset. His understanding of Alfano’s influence by Puccini, albeit lacking the big tunes and Debussy (Impressionism as a continuous stream of sound), lent a necessary cohesion

by Philip Campbell here are only a few more chances to see legendary tenor Placido Domingo in the San Francisco Opera premiere of Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. The entire run sold out quickly, and unless there are some ticket returns, it might mean taking a chance on standing room. It would be worth the extra effort just to see a great star in a career-capping performance, and the lavish production is more than equal to his amazing skills as both actor and singer. Not that composer Franco Alfano’s and librettist Henri Cain’s setting in French of Edmond Rostand’s tale of the swashbuckler with a poetic gift as big as his fabled nose is anything more than pleasingly serviceable. This show, imported from the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, still manages to make quite a silk purse out of some fairly mediocre inspiration. Dismissing the score outright is unfair, despite the lack of any truly memorable melodies or innovation. The rhythm and flow of the orchestral accompaniment often erupt into moments of exciting drama, and the big set-pieces, such as the love duets, balcony sequence and Cyrano’s final moments, all prove genuinely effective. It would take a harder heart than mine to remain unmoved by such passionate and tender expressions, and the current cast is well-suited to bringing the familiar story to vibrant life. Director Petrika Ionesco also designed the breathtaking sets and original lighting, and his handling of the large crowd scenes, enhanced by fencing choreographer Francois Rostain’s and fight director Jonathan Rider’s furious combats, has created a stirring theatrical saga. Of course, the temperature really rises whenever Domingo is onstage, and there are very few moments when he is not the center of attention. Early in the opening matinee, SFO General Director David Gockley stepped out to say the star was feeling a certain indisposition with his voice, but that he would continue as far as possible. With so many big scenes to come, it could have been a severe detriment. Domingo managed to overcome any obvious difficulties, and even with a slight lowering of his trademark clarion tone, his superb artistry soldiered through to a triumphant conclusion. Few surviving superstar tenors of the glory years have managed their voices and careers with such intelli-

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Placido Domingo in Cyrano de Bergerac: bringing the story to life.

gence. Domingo need not have hedged his bets. By the final curtain, he had achieved yet another brilliant success. Chorus Director Ian Robertson marshaled his singers to their best showing in years. They may work in the proverbial shadow of the stars, but they collectively and individually participated with such believable acting and thrilling sonority as to earn equally high praise. The rest of the finely drilled cast also contributed immeasurably to the impact of the spectacle. Native of the Basque region of Spain, soprano Ainhoa Arteta was remarkable as Roxane. Looking like one of those cool Alfred Hitchcock blondes, but in sumptuous period dress, she gave a performance that grew, like her character, from shallow coquette to deeply loving and brave wife, to mature and lonely widow. There is a sheen and elegant edge to Arteta’s voice that matches her physical beauty. Her Roxane was thoroughly convincing, and she received (deservedly) a tumultuous roar of audience approval, second only to the ovation for Domingo. As her likeable but tongue-tied lover and husband, tenor Thiago Arancam made a fine company

debut. Singing clearly with a youthful tone, his dark good looks helped to add dash to Christian’s essentially good-hearted if slightly dim nature. As the characters in one of the most famous love triangles of all time, they could almost make Cyrano something of a chamber work. There are some other important supporting roles to underscore the drama, and baritones Stephen Powell as De Guiche, Lester Lynch as Car-

and urgency to the score. All four acts, divided into two parts, went by at a surprising clip. The final scene, with Cyrano’s noble death and Roxane’s recognition of his and her love, was especially touching. It may not be the world’s greatest opera, but it is certainly a grand one and a perfect vehicle for Placido Domingo, one of the greatest stars to ever pass our way. ▼


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Inside Job director Charles Ferguson offers an indictment of Wall Street evildoers.

There’s life after bankers See: ‘The Inside Job’ & ‘Hereafter,’ now in theaters by David Lamble wo of the best films now in theaters or coming soon feature the curiously reassuring presence of Matt Damon. One film should summon up every nuance of the late Hunter Thompson’s patented phrase “fear and loathing,” while the other is a comforting examination of the ties that bind over seven billion souls on the planet. San Francisco native Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job is a riveting autopsy of the worldwide financial crisis and indictment of the Wall Street evildoers who summoned it by repealing, evading or ignoring virtually every regulatory safeguard born out of the Great Depression. Oakland boy Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter provides the best argument for a rational, decidedly non-spiritual person like me to suspend my disbelief in some greater purpose beyond this veil of tears. Ferguson, whose 2005 doc on W’s Iraq invasion fiasco, No End in Sight, was the equivalent of a cinematic warcrimes indictment, uses the occasion of the financial meltdown to delineate the ties that caused the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations to operate in virtual lockstep when it came to encouraging big-money risk-takers. Inside Job’s “Chicken Man” (“He’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!”) is former Harvard president Larry Summers, who glided effortlessly from top Bill Clinton economic advisor to Cambridge big-wig to his current

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roost as Obama’s director of the National Economic Council. Ferguson’s panel of explainers gives us a vivid picture of how a profanity-spewing Summers could, over the phone, intimidate and virtually undress an idealistic female regulator who had the chutzpah to demand full disclosure and new rules for the WMDs of the financial tsunami, those pesky default credit swaps. Summers himself is absent from the screen, one of a gaggle of culprits who “declined to be interviewed.” If Ferguson’s thorough “Chinese water-torture” undressing of the conspiracy of experts who gave rotten, self-serving advice to a trio of presidents causes you to understand the messy meltdown as the foxes guarding the chicken coop, with us, dear readers, as the hapless chickens, then he’s done his job, as befitting a guy with a math degree from UC Berkeley, a political science Ph.D. from M.I.T. and a history as a successful Silicon Valley idea man. Ironically, with his roster of highoctane academic credentials, Ferguson is roughest on the Ivy League economists, who got rich perks and their little Lady Gaga moments in the sun by seductively lying to the powerful. A priceless moment has deregulation guru Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia University Business School, all but physically eject Ferguson from his office on camera. The now-disgraced former New York governor Elliot Spitzer gives a melancholy benediction of the heady days when he seemed like the common guy’s Chicken Man riding to the rescue, to punish the Wall Street boys right before the tsunami hit. “The regulators had the power to do every case I made as Attorney General, they just didn’t want to.” See this brilliant piece of cinema journalism the first time to vent your disgust at the system, then watch a sec-

ond time for the information we’re all going to need after this tsunami of a midterm election. Now playing.

Psychic powers If your reaction to Inside Job is an emotional projectile vomit, perhaps the best immediate relief may come from Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, opening next Friday. As he did so brilliantly with Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, Eastwood – with the help of an understated screenplay by Peter Morgan (The Queen) – takes a subject that reeks of melodrama, suds and unearned tears, and rids it of every screen cliché, allowing us to walk in the shoes of an ordinary guy who’s afflicted with “psychic powers.” That the guy in question, George (played by the unassuming narrator of Inside Job, the ubiquitous Matt Damon) does everything in his ability to reject his gift, and when forced to perform becomes almost physically ill, only adds to our wonderment. Beginning with a French TVjournalist’s near-death experience in the 2004 Pacific tsunami, the filmmakers slowly connect the dots between the woman’s “mad” belief that something touched her during the few moments of her clinical death on that Thai beach and the fate of two adorable British boy twins (the awesomely seductive real-life twins Frankie and George McLaren) who become separated by a fatal traffic accident. The only way Eastwood’s miracle play works is for the filmmaker to take his time spinning out his improbable coincidences, the plot-points that will save a life and forge a most unlikely relationship. This lovely suspension of disbelief climaxes in a small, dark London hotel room where a middleaged man lays his hands on a small boy for a ceremony that is anything but abusive.▼

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Let us now praise ‘Moulin Rouge’ by John F. Karr id someone declare a blackout? I can’t believe the near total lack of coverage attendant to last week’s Blu-ray release of Moulin Rouge. To me, it’s an event of Great Rejoicing. The still-controversial movie has been given a superduper Blu-ray workover, with director Baz Luhrmann personally and painstakingly presiding. My feeling for the movie is simple – it’s the best movie musical. Exciting, romantic, and so boldly creative that it’s been influential to every musical made since. No, it didn’t win the Best Film Oscar, as Chicago did the following year. Without negating the quality of Chicago, that’s like the Pulitzer Prize that wasn’t given to Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? because the play was just too startlingly new, too novel and raw for the timid Pulitzer presenters. Albee got his catch-up Pulitzer the following year, for the more traditional and easier-to-swallow A Delicate Balance. So Moulin Rouge (subsequently referred to as MR) unto Chicago, which holds to traditional moviemusical strophes. MR didn’t so much give the movie musical a rebirth as it redefined and reinvented it, with a new vocabulary that’s uniquely its own. From fore to aft, it’s a breathtaking ride of peerless creative vision – not re-creative, like Chicago. In that movie’s defense, I’ll point out that while lotsa folks still think Chicago was made in the wake of MR’s success, there’s hardly a year between their release dates (2001 and 2002). Chicago was deep into production or nearly past it when MR premiered. But back to MR. It remains a joy to watch – this Blu-ray transfer is so beautiful it may even convert nay-sayers. Like Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman. What did he call his original review of MR? “It’s my biggest mistake.” He gave the movie a B- (which was more generous than many other critics had been) because

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the movie’s “over-stylized” opening half-hour “froze me out.” Of seeing it again a year or so later, now forewarned of its dazzle and speed, he writes, “I swooned. I thought it was a rapturous modern-musical masterpiece, a pop-art tragedy.” Had he been hip to its modernity the first time, “It would have been my movie of the year (and a straight A), elbowing aside Memento.” Hardly a memento, MR on Bluray seems an improvement on its theatrical release. The egregiously bad edit going into “The Show Must Go On” has been corrected. The vocals are closer to the fore of the many-layered sound. The colors are more brilliant than you remember,

ultra-saturated yet free of bleed. As for increased clarity, check out every apoplectic pore of Zigler’s face, or count the petticoats within the flare of the can-can dancer’s skirts. You want Special Features? Though Fox has annoyingly (and typically) made navigation a hurtle, said Features are bountiful and pretty splendid. Luhrmann has unlocked his vaults to deliver lots of great, new stuff. All the previous extras have been retained – with one exception that may make you want to hold on to earlier discs. The unedited views of the dances from four camera setups have been lost, and it’s something you don’t want to miss. Ditto the Blu-ray Moulin Rouge.▼

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craftsmen. Exploring the wild days when hordes of sailors on shore leave would get tattooed in marathon sessions, Ed Hardy illustrates how far this art has evolved, while never entirely shedding its “trashy” reputation, owing, Hardy believes, to the thoughtpolice of American Christianity. (Roxie, 11/6) The 8th annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival explores new work from the Indian subcontinent and the global South Asian Diaspora, running Nov. 3-7 at

the VIZ Cinema, Brava Theatre, and the Castro Theatre. Info: www.thirdi.org/festival. Four Lions The attempt by an Anglo/Pakistani “band of brothers” to direct a jihad against a costumed marathon race in a provincial UK city is the basis for this clever if at times farfetched social satire. Four British-born lads from Pakistani backgrounds are engaged in a furious and often wacky debate with a white Islamic convert about the best way to launch their own domestic jihad against their mostly unsuspecting countrymen. Barry, the volatile nihilist, is gloriously nutty in his rants about “punching yourself in the face.”

For an American audience, one obstacle to this film is digesting workingclass British slang to translate the verbal gags; another is distinguishing the players without a scorecard. Each of the four Anglo/Pakistani characters represents a particular place on the assimilation/outcast continuum, with the middle-class, comparatively welleducated Omar (Riz Ahmed) being the most likely focus of identification. The other fellows, especially Nigel Lindsay’s pugnacious Barry, are like Monty Python out-takes. The proliferation of funny animal gags – especially the nifty exploding sheep – may cause some to doubt the sincerity of

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Trannyfest at CounterPulse, Fri.

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Angels in America at 20 @ Museum of Performance & Design Opening gala of an exhibit documenting the award-winning Tony Kushner drama, with co-chairs and original cast members Marcia Gay Harden, Joe Mantello and Stephen Spinella in attendance (also, see Tony Kushner event Nov. 6). $350. 6:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. 255-4800. www.mpdsf.org

Buika @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Flamenco Spanish singer performs traditional coplas (torch songs), Gypsy rumba and Afro-Cuban music. $26-$40. 8pm. Bancroft Way at Telegraph ave. (510) 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

Chamber Music Celebration Concert @ SF Conservatory of Music

by Jim Provenzano sked by a fellow writer if I had “sacrificed my integrity” to be a working stiff who occasionally spends a night now and then taking pictures of cute drunk guys in bars and nightclubs, instead of being some recluse who holes up at home scribbling out the next grand novel, I replied, “Nope.” Sorry, I’m too busy getting gritty while enjoying other peoples’ company, and their creativity. Forrest Williams’ somber paintings of men together, often shirtless, sometimes nude, imply more than they emphatically state. The New York painter will be at the opening reception for his fourth local solo exhibition of contemplative male figure studies Nov. 6 at 5pm at Marx & Zavattero Gallery. The exhibit runs through Dec. 18. Tue-Fri 10:30-5:30. Sat 11am-5pm. 77 Geary St. 2nd floor. 627-9111. www.marxzav.com What are the sacrifices one must make for art? The Play About the Naked Guy at La Val’s Subterranean, Berkeley, goes all the way. Evren Odcikin directs David Bell’s hilarious OffBroadway hit about theatre impresarios who are The Play About forced to sacrifice their “integrity” to produce a the Naked Guy, Fri. Naked Boys show and strike a deal with a porn star (played by nightlife stud Steven Satyricon) to save their theatre. Yes, there will be male nudity, and jokes, and more male nudity. $10-$20. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 11. 1834 Euclid Ave. www.impacttheatre.com No, you haven’t had enough baseball. See the dramatic life story of a man who held onto his ideals, yet lost his way along that journey. Out: The Glenn Burke Story, a new documentary, premieres at the Castro Theatre, November 10. The fascinating new documentary about the gay baseball player’s brief rise to fame, and his unfortunate decline, includes a post-screening town hall discussion and airing of Chronicle Live. Proceeds benefit Marty’s Out: The Glenn Place. $5. 7:30pm. 429 Castro St. The film also Burke Story, Nov. 10 airs on Comcast Sportsnet, 8pm, with replays on Nov. 16. www.CSNBayArea.com/pages/out Give me choreography that’s engaging, developed, entrancing or at least fun. At Shared Space 4 at Dance Mission Theatre, innovative local choreographers Todd Eckert and Nol Simonse premiere new dance works, and perform repertory favorites. $20. Nov. 5 & 6 at 8pm. Nov. 7 at 7pm. 3316 24th St. 273-4633. www.sharedspacesf.org Classic modern butoh performed to perfection carries the weight of integrity like few other art forms. When I saw Sankai Juku 20 years ago, I was stunned. One of the world’s most popular butoh ensembles performs the West Coast premiere of Hibiki: Resonance From far Away at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. $31-$54. 8pm Nov 11-14. 2pm on Nov 14. Novellus Theater, 978-2787. Also, a public talk with director Ushio Amagatsu, Nov. 13, 1pm ($7-$10). Remembering Kazuo Ohno, films about the butoh founder, screen thru Nov. 21 ($6-$8). www.ybca.org 3922545. www.sfperformances.org ▼ Shared Space 4, Fri.

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Peabody Trio, Cypress String Quartet, Del Sol Quartet, Delphi Piano Trio, Navitas Ensemble, Nexus String Quartet, Nonsemble Six, Zofo Duet, and others perform. 8pm. Free/tickets required. 50 Oak St. 503-6265. www.sfcm.edu

Chita Rivera @ The Venetian Room Award-winning actress, singer and dancer brings her new cabaret show, My Broadway, to the ultra-classy renovated hotel dining hall. featuring songs from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Kiss of the Spider Woman and more. $55-$60. 8pm. Fairmont Hotel, 900 Mason St. 3924400. www.bayareacabaret.org

Cultural Encounters @ de Young Museum Weekly parties that mix live and DJed music, hands-on art projects for all ages, and drinks and a fun scene. Free-$12. 5pm-8:45pm. Golden Gate Park. www.famsf.org

Habibi @ Intersection for the Arts

6pm, Sun 3pm. Thru Nov. 21. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

Or @ Magic Theatre West Coast premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ crossdressing political comedy inspired by 17th-century writer Aphra Behn, who may have also been a government spy. $30$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2:30pm. Thru Dec. 5. Bldg D, Fort Mason Center, 3rd floor. www.magictheatre.org

Palomino @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley David Cale’s multi-character solo show about a Central Park carriage driver. $10$55. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm, Tue & Sun 7pm. Thru Dec. 5. 2081 Addison St. (510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

A Perfect Ganesh @ New Conservatory Theatre Terrence McNally’s drama about two women who go on a trip to India in search of enlightenment. $22-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Dec. 19. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Sheryl Lee Ralph @ The Rrazz Room

Celebration and book party for Hands on the Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, the civil rights movement. 1pm5pm. Room, LM 100. www.usfca.edu

Cutting Ball Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic, about an exiled king, his family, and a big storm. $15$50. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Nov. 28. 277 Taylor St. (800) 838-3006. www.cuttingball.com

Tranny Fest @CounterPulse Transgender film festival, featuring live performances by local talents ThiswayThatway, Psychobabble, Butch Tap, StormMiguel Florez, Natasha Muse, Landa Lakes, Amir Rabiyah, and Shawna Virago. $12-$15. 8pm. Live acts Nov. 4; films Nov. 5 & 6. Thru Nov. 6. 1310 Mission st. at 9th. www.counterpulse.org www.freshmeatproductions.org

Unveiled @ Femina Potens

We Players’ innovative site-specific staging of the classic Shakespeare play on the former prison-turned state park. $40-$80. Sat & Sun 11:30am & 5pm. Thru Nov. 21. www.weplayers.org

Women and Power in the Middle East, a group exhibit of photos and art about Arab women’s struggles. Reception includes panel talk and refreshment. 7pm-10pm. Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm thru Nov. 28. 2199 Market St. at Sanchez. www.feminapotens.org

Drag performer recreates Little Edie Beale’s infamous 1978 cabaret act “Live at Reno Sweeney.” $25. 10:30pm. Also Nov. 6. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Kiss of Blood @ Hypnodrome Theatre Thrillpeddlers presents three “Shocktoberfest” one-act plays with macabre comic themes; Aragny/Neilson’s 1929 Kiss of Blood, and Lips of the Damned and The Empress of Colma, new plays by Rob Keefe. Also, The Forsaken Laboratory, a one-act performed by Brazilian theatre ensemble Vigor Mortis (Oct. 21-31). $25$35. Thu & Fri Thru Nov. 19. 575 10th St. at Bryant. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Marcus: or The Secret of Sweet @ American Conservatory Theatre Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed trilogy of African-American gay-themed plays concludes at ACT. Out at ACT special LGBT night with post-show reception on Nov. 10. $10-$89. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 21. 415 Geary St. 749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Murder for Two @ Eureka Theatre 42nd Street Moon’s production of A Killer Musical by Kellen blair and Joe Kinosian. $24-$44. Wed 7pm, Thu-Fri 8pm, Sat

Ambitious acclaimed three-part trilogy of works by 12 playwrights, each focusing on a dramatic period in the history of Afghanistan. Limited two-week run. Many dates, each of the three plays are stged through one day. Check online schedule. $34-$73 each. Discounts on all three. Thru Nov. 7. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St. at Shattuck. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

The Tempest @ Exit on Taylor

Hamlet @ Alcatraz Island

Jeffrey Johnson @ The Rrazz Room

The Great Game: Afghanistan @ Berkeley Repertory

Hands on the Freedom Plow Contributors @ USF Lone Mountain

Tom Hill @ Magnet

Inaugural dance concerts at the renovated dance space continue, with two unusual local ensembles. $15-$18. 8pm. Thru Nov. 7 (at 3pm). 3153 17th St. 863-6606. www.odctheater.org

Daughter of Dean Martin performs many of his hits. $35-$45. 7pm. Also Nov. 7, 5pm; Nov. 8, 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Original Dreamgirl on Broadway returns with her fab cabaret act. $40-$45. 8pm. Nov 9, 9pm. Nov 7, 7:30pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 4683399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Sharif Abu-Hamdeh’s drama about three generations of Palestinian immigrants. $15-$25. Thu-Sun 8pm. Extended thru Nov. 21. 446 Valencia St. at 16th. 6262787. www.theintersection.org

InkBoat, AXIS Dance @ ODC Theater

Deana Martin @ The Rrazz Room

Opening reception for an exhibit of pop art-styled works by the gay painter. 8pm. Exhibit thru Nov. 4122 18th St. www.magnetsf.org

West Side Story @ Orpheum Theatre Touring production of the classic Robbins/Bernstein/Sondheim musical update of Romeo and Juliet set in 1950s New York. $30-$180. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Sun 7:30pm. Thru Nov. 28. 1192 Market St. at 8th. (888) SHN1799. www.shnsf.com/shows/westsidestory

sat 6 >> Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$80. Wed, Thu 8pm. Fri, Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. 4214222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Burning Libraries @ Z Space Stories from the New Ellis Island, Helen Stoltzfus and Albert Greenberg’s theatre, puppetry, aerial and dance show takes a fantastical approach to real-life immigrant stories. ). $15-$30. Fri-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm, 7pm. Thru Nov. 14. Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St. (Also Dec. 3-5 at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St., Oakland. (800) 838-3006. www.alicepresents.org

Cinderella Enchanted @ Julia Morgan Center Grammy nominee Frenchie Davis stars in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, with aerial dancers, kids and animalls and diverse cast. $15-$25. Thru Dec. 6. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 845-8542. www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Japanesque @ Legion of Honor Exhibit of Japanese prints from 17001900, and its relationship to Impressionism. Thru Jan. 9. $6-$10. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 100 34th Av. at Clement, Lincoln Park. www.legionofhonor.org

International Taiko Festival @ Novellus Theater Premiere showcase for the world’s best Japanese drumming ensembles. $39-$45. 2pm & 8pm. Also Nov. 7 at 3pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 3rd St. at Howard. 978-2787. www.sftaiko.com www.ybca.org

Marilyn Pittman @ The Marsh Popular local lesbian stand-up comedian and NPR host performs her personal and darkly comic solo show, It’s All the Rage, about a tragic family murder-suicide. $20$50. Saturdays 8:30pm, Sundays 7pm. Thru Dec. 5. 1062 Valencia St. (800) 838-3006. www.themarsh.org

Mary Stuart @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley Shotgun Players presents an adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s play about the royal intrigue between Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, with strikingly modern perspectives on terrorism and politics. $15-$28. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Nov. 14. 1901 Ashby Ave. (510) 8416500. www.shotgunplayers.org

Miss Richfield 1981 @ St. Aiden’s Church Midwestern drag queen returns to SF for a benefit for the local church that provides food pantry services and summer camp trips for at-risk youth. $30-$35. 8pm. 101 Gold Mine Drive. 285-9540. www.saintaidan.org

Pastor Tom Show @ KUSF Dr. Tom Polcari’s LGBT music and talk show. 4pm. Weekly on 90.3 FM.

Pearls Over Shanghai @ The Hypnodrome Thrillpeddlers’ revival of the comic mock operetta by Link Martin and Richard Koldewyn, performed by the gender-bending Cockettes decades ago, and loosely based on the 1926 play The Shanghai Gesture; with an all-star cast. $30-$69. 18 and over only! Extended, Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm, thru Dec 19. 575 10th St. at Division. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com

Plus 30 @ War Memorial Green Room Interactive party with dancing, entertainment, DJ Frantik, flagging, Imperial Court royalty, celebrating and sharing experiences of those who have survived the AIDS epidemic. Hosted by the American Legion Post 448, SF Defenders, Rich Trove and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Donations. Hors d’eouvres and cash bar. 2pm5pm. 401 Van Ness Ave., 2nd floor. www.richtrove.com


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Meditation Classes @ Kadampa Buddhist Temple

Marcus: or The Secret of Sweet, Fri.

Tessa Logan teaches drop-in meditation classes. $10. 7-8:45pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187. www.meditation innortherncalifornia.org

Yoga Classes @ The Sun Room Heated, healing weekly yoga classes in a new location. Suggested donation $10-20. 12pm-1pm. Tue & Thu. 2390 Mission St, 3rd floor. 794-4619. www.billmohleryoga.com

wed 10 >> Kevin Berne

African Dance & Drum Festival @ African American Art & Culture

Reluctant @ Brava Theater West Coast premiere of Joel Israel’s noir radio thriller play, with multilayered soundscapes and intrigue. $15-$35. 8pm. Wed-Mon, with Fri & Sat 10pm. Thru Nov. 13. 2781 24th St. at York. 6472822. www.brava.org

SF Hiking Club @ Mt. Tam Join LGBT hikers ona scenic 12-mile hike up to Mount Tamalpais; experienced only. Carpool 9am at Safeway sign, Market St. at Dolores. 279-5570. www.sfhiking.com

Teatro Zinzanni @ Pier 29 Hail Caesar! is the current show at the theatre-tent-dinner extravaganza with comic Frank Ferrante, twin acrobats Ming and Rui, Vertical Tango rope dance, plus magic, comedy, a five-course dinner, and a lot of fun. $117-$145. Saturday 11:30am “Breve” show $63—$78. Wed-Sat 6pm (Sun 5pm). Pier 29 at Embarcadero Ave. 438-2668. www.teatrozinzanni.com

Tony Kushner @ Herbst Theatre Gay playwright discusses the evolution, legacy and revival of his award-winning plays with Brad Rosenstein, curator of the Angels in America at 20 exhibit (2nd floor, same bldg.). $7-$65. 12pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. www.cityboxoffice.com

The Winter’s Tale @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s production of Shakespeare’s tragicomic romance. $12-$15. Fri & Sat 8pm, some Sun 2pm, thru Nov. 20. 1301 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman. (510) 649-5999. www.aeofberkeley.org

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Outlook Video @ Channel 29 LGBT news show, this month, covering suicide vigil and rallies, Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, Dance-Along Nutcracker, and Marriage Equaity bridge walk. Livestreaming online, too. www.outlookvideo.org

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

mon 8 >> Kosher Comedy @ El Rio Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Pippi Lovestocking, Sammy Obeid, David Kleinberg and Lisa Geduldig perform diverse comic stand-up acts. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission st. at Precita. (800) 838-3006. www.koshercomedy.com www.elriosf.com

Macklin Kowal @ The Garage Queer performance series presents new work by the local performer. $10-$20. 8pm. Also Nov. 9. Nov. 10 & 11, Kelly Kamp ($10-$20, 8pm). 975 Howard St. www.975howard.com

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

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Dot429 Brunch @ Adagio Hotel LGBT networking group hosts another brunch with a view. $35-$40. 12pm-3pm. Penthouse, 550 Geary St. www.dot429.com

Ducal Investiture @ The Arc Moulin Rouge-themed night of the local court party, with Cookie Dough and others. 5pm-9pm. 1500 Howard St. www.sfducal.org

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

Lamplighters Gala @ Herbst Theatre You Can’t Bite City Hall; SF musical parody theatre company’s 45th annual campagne gala show takes on a Twilight/True Blood theme. $50-$95. 4pm. 392-4400. www.lamplighters.org

Nicholas J. DiBlasio @ Ruby’s Clay Studio Opening reception for the artists’ exhibit of pottery and paintings. 3pm-6pm. Thru Nov. 16. 552A Noe St. 437-1642. www.rubysclaystudio.org

Ask the Docs @ Good Vibrations Dr. Carol Queen discusses sex furniture, like the added Ramp and Wedge. Free. 6:30pm. 1620 Polk St. at Sacramento. Nov. 10, Dr. Charlie Glickman discusses anal sex at the other SF shop; Free, 6:30pm. 603 Valencia St. at 17th. www.events.goodvibes.com

Dianne Fraser @ The Rrazz Room Los Angeles singer performs cabaret songs with pianist Brad Ellis (Glee). $20. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Frank D’Ambrosio @ ArtHaus

Five-day festival of dancing, drumming workshops and and performances. Free (kids)-$15. Opening reception tonight at Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St. Nov. 12-14 also at Ella Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister St. Thru Nov. 14. 762 Fulton St. at Webster. www.globalwomenintact.org

Badly Happy @ Performance Art Institute Pain, Pleasure, and Panic in Recent Romanian Art, a group exhibit representing a generation which struggles to make sense out of the rapidly changing post-communist world. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru Jan. 8, 2011. 575 Sutter St. 501-0575. www.theperformanceartinstitute.org

The Bobs @ Café Du Nord Grammy-nominated local band (back after 10 years) that’s been described as a cross between Manhattan Transfer and Jimi Hendrix perform their unusual music. $24. 21+. 9pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016. www.bobs.com www.cafedunord.com

Galeria 4.0 @ Galeria de la Raza 40th anniversary exhibit, with Latino/Chicano works spanning four decades. Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm (Tue 1pm-7pm) thru Jan. 29, 2011. 2857 24th St. www.galeriadelaraza.org

Josh Klipp @ Enrico’s Local singer performs with his band, The Klipptones, as they record for their first live CD. 7pm-10pm. 504 Broadway. www.facebook.com/joshua.klipp

Matthew Martin @ The Rrazz Room Local drag celeb performs his Bette Davis, Peggy Lee, Kate Hepburn and other musical impressions. $30. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 4683399. www.TheRrazzRoom.com

thu 11 >> Brandon Flowers @ Fox Theatre, Oakland Lead singer for The Killers performs songs from his new solo album. Fran Healy opens. $30. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave. www.apeconcerts.com

Celebrating Fabled Asp @ SF Public Library Fabulous Activist Bay Area Lesbians with Disabilities: a 40 Year Retrospective, an exhibit of photographs, ephemera, and related events. Exhibit thru Nov. 23, 6th floor Skylight Gallery. 100 Larkin St. www.fabledasp.com www.sfpl.org

Keiko Matsui @ The Rrazz Room

Broadway singer (Phantom of the Opera) showcases his expressionist paintings. TueFri 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. Thru Dec. 23. 411 Brannan St. www.arthaus-sf.com

Contemporary jazz musician performs her instrumental works with her band. $35$48. 8pm. Thru Nov. 14 , various times. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.www.TheRrazzRoom.com

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Mike Weiss @ Books Inc.

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

PICK OF THE WEEK

San Francisco Chronicle reporter and author of Double Play: Why Dan White Assassinated George Moscone and Harvey Milk and How He Got Away with Murder discusses his book’s new expanded edition and companion DVD. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. at Noe. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

Rufus Wainwright, SF Symphony @ Davies Hall Gay singer-composer performs Five Shakespeare Sonnets with the orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane conducts. Also music by Ravel and Weill. $15-$140. 8pm. Also Nov. 12, 13. 201 Van Ness Ave. 8646000. www.sfsymphony.org

Booty Call @ Q Bar Juanita More! and her More Boys celebrate three years of Bootyness, with Juanita and Joshua J. DJing, with guests W. Jeremy and Christy Love from House of Stank (NYC). Dress up for Isaac’s glam portrait booth in the back. $3-$5. Wednesday, Nov. 10. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.bootycallwednesdays.com

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

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Who’s on first? by Scott Brogan t seems as though California and New York have been in a friendly competition throughout gay history for “first” status here in the US. Considering how far apart we are from each other, it’s incredible that in the pre-Internet/cable/satellite days, so many firsts were so quickly adopted, and are a part of our culture today. I like to think that here in California we did everything “first,” but that’s because I love it here and have immense pride in our state, especially San Francisco. I’m sure if I lived in New York City, I would feel the same way about that great city. We all have pride in where we live, and if you don’t, you should have. Pride in one’s community keeps it alive and forging ahead while keeping the memory of times past alive. The following are some fun firsts that you may or may not know, proving that although we’re way out west, we Californians sure know how to get things going. In Hollister, CA, July 4-6, 1947, over 4,000 people descended on the town as part of a motorcycle rally sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association. Hollister was so overwhelmed and overrun, the event was sensationalized, in reports that the town had been taken over by rowdy bikers. This inspired the 1953 Marlon Brando film The Wild One, which in turned inspired generations of leather men by helping to popularize the hypermasculine image of the biker in a black leather jacket, the forefront of fighting for gay jeans and cap. Who didn’t want to rights in the pre-Stonewall era, ran ride with Brando on that bike? Or for the San Francisco Board of Sujust ride Brando? Or be ridden by pervisors in 1961, and almost won. Brando? I digress. The future proAmong his other accomplishtotype of the leather bar, and esments, he founded the Imperial pecially the leather image, deCourt System in 1965. With chaprived partially from these moters all over, the court is the torcycle clubs of the 1940s longest continuously runand 50s. ning gay charitable organiEveryone knows, or zation. The court and the should know, that in 1977 leather community have Harvey Milk was the first had a long history of workopenly gay man to be ing together, most notably elected to office in the US, joining forces to raise here in San Francisco, of money for HIV/AIDS orL EATHER ganizations. course. What many people don’t know is that the Legend has it that fistfirst openly gay man to ing was “invented” at a party in a San run for public office was San FranFrancisco basement in 1962. Knowcisco’s own Jose Sarria. Sarria, long at

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ing what we know today, one would venture to say that fisting had been around long before then, albeit underground and not nearly as popular or mainstream as it is today. Except possibly in Ancient Rome. But that’s my fantasy, that everything sexual was first “performed” by those randy Romans. Too many gladiator movies in my youth, I guess. The prototype of the leather bar began in San Francisco at the famous Tool Box on 4th and Harrison, which spawned the legendary “Miracle Mile” of leather bars and bathhouses on Folsom Street. The roots of Miracle Mile go back to the waterfront bars of the 1930s, including the Sailor Boy Tavern that opened in

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Coming up in leather & kink >> Thu., Nov. 4: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom), 10 p.m. Wet undie contest and drink specials. Go to www.powerhouse-sf.com.

party takeover for People of Color and their friends, lovers and allies. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission: $25 at the door. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.

Thu., Nov. 4: Edges Wet Munch at Renegades Bar (501 W. Taylor St., San Jose), 7 p.m. Happy hour for the sexpositive and alternative communities from 4-7 p.m. Go to: www.edges.biz or www.renegadesbar.com.

Sat., Nov. 6: Open Play Party at the SF Citadel. 8 p.m.1 a.m. $25 per person. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.

Thu., Nov 4: Red Hanky Night at Chaps Bar (1225 Folsom). 9 p.m.-closing. Sponsored by Hell Hole. Go to: www.HellHoleSF.com or www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Fri., Nov. 5: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom). Featuring live shower boys. The fun starts at 10 p.m. No cover, lots of drink specials. Go to: www.trucksf.com. Fri., Nov. 5: Jock Straps at Chaps Bar. Show off your jock and get one of many bar specials. Free clothes check if you strip to your jock with the SOMA Guardians. Bootblack on duty. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Fri., Nov. 5: Mystique Female Dominant Party at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). Admission: Dominant Women $25; Accompanied Submissives $25; Single Female Submissives $25; Single Male Submissives $50 (without RSVP). Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Fri., Nov. 5: Bearracuda SF, Matt’s B-Day Splash at the DNA Lounge (375 11th St). Stage show at 10:30 p.m. hosted by Peaches Christ & Christeene. Smash-Up Derby featuring Holy McGrail, Suppositori Spelling & more. Go to: www.bearracuda.com. Sat., Nov. 6: Back Bar Action at The Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.). Back patio and bar opened to all gear/fetish/leather. 10 p.m. to close. Go to: www.sfeagle.com. Sat., Nov. 6: Boot Lickin’ at The Powerhouse, 10 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com. Sat., Nov. 6: Revolution at the SF Citadel. An open play

Sun., Nov. 7: Beer Bust Sundays at Chaps Bar. All you can drink Bud Light draft or sodas from 5-9 p.m. for $8. Bar opens at 4 p.m. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Sun., Nov. 7: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: www.castrobear.com. Sun., Nov. 7: PoHo Sundays at The Powerhouse. DJ Keith, Dollar Drafts all day. Go to: www.powerhousesf.com. Tue., Nov. 9: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel, 6:30-8 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org. Tue., Nov. 9: Ink & Metal followed by Nasty at The Powerhouse, 9 p.m. Celebrate your tats and piercings, then have some nasty fun! Go to: www.powerhousesf.com. Wed., Nov. 10: Golden Shower Buddies at Blow Buddies. Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Play til late. Go to: www.blowbuddies.com. Wed., Nov. 10: Busted! at Chaps Bar, 9 p.m. This week’s edition: Spanking, hosted by Daddy Tony. Starts at 9:30 p.m. Go to: www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com. Wed., Nov. 10: Nipple Play at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom), 10 p.m. Drink specials if you’re shirtless. Go to www.powerhouse-sf.com. Wed., Nov. 10: SoMa Men’s Club. Every Wed., the SoMa Clubs (Chaps, Powerhouse, Truck, Lone Star, Hole in the Wall, The Eagle) have specials for those who have the Men’s Club dogtags. See your favorite SoMa bar for details.


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Sizzling studs by John F. Karr t’s been too long since I looked over Titan features. The mainstream Swelter and fetish-oriented Stockroom demonstrate quite well the company’s two-sided style. Swelter was directed by Brian Mills in his usual accomplished manner. It’s at all times proficient and polished, but I wouldn’t mind a bit more engagement. Still, the cast, the movie’s videography, technical considerations, and especially, the music, are highlevel. Plus, it’s available in Blu-ray, with remarkable detail and immediacy. Sex is pretty dazzling with this kind of image quality. I love Blu-ray porn. (Swelter is also available in traditional format.) The movie is a poolside show of sunny days and sultry nights. The newer players in Swelter are hot dudes, particularly tall and taut Tibor Wolfe, and shorter but thick Tom Wolfe (they’re related only in name). I liked attractive Tom, who’s a more compact version of Paul Wagner, but with a lower performing profile. Tibor’s pretty hot-looking, hairy-chested, inked, and very enticingly cocked. He opens the movie, engagingly paired with Spencer Reed, who seems thicker and more solid each time out, and whose good humor doesn’t undercut his butch. There’s a lot of slow, savory cocksucking; Reed’s technique is especially impressive. Deep-penetrating rimming and a round of orgasms precede deep-penetrating fucking and a round of orgasms – the two-part format that’s satisfyingly standard in all Titan scenes. Tibor’s cum shots are gasp-inducing – blast after blast hurtle forth, landing somewhere in the next county. The movie’s hottest in its finale, which finds overly hung, burnished slab David Anthony in a sizzler threeway with stout Gio Forte and thin Bryan Slater. Yow, whatta cock! Hard as steel, long and straight, with a welldefined head. Bryan’s a swell fucker, too, and then a startlingly blessed-out middleman in a chain fuck. His ecstasy is a thrill. Mills shared directing of Stockroom with Paul Wilde, known for directing Titan’s Rough line of intimidating S/M features. The pooling of talent paid off in Stockroom – its kink combines smooth presentation and real oomph – more mainstream in feel and slight plot than Titan’s Rough line of extreme SMBD play. I first watched the retail edition of Stockroom, which lacks the 24 extra minutes of pissing and fisting in the Director’s Edit, but I found myself cumming every five minutes anyway. The “slight plot” is something about a netherworld lord of sex crime (I really didn’t pay too much attention here). This Mafioso type is David Anthony, looking studly in a three-piece business suit, and pretty devastating with his hard-on poking out its fly. He has guys kidnapped, and in an ominous warehouse he trains them to be

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1938 near the Embarcadero YMCA and catered to Navy boys looking for some male-on-male action. Allegedly, of course – nothing was open in those days. Prior to the Sailor Boy Tavern, The Black Cat bar re-opened in San Francisco in 1933. It had originally opened in 1906 and ran as a vaudeville showcase until 1921. The bar became the centerpiece of the early gay rights movement in San Francisco in the postwar period, spearheaded by Jose Sarria leading audiences in singing “God Save Us Nellie Queens.” As I pointed out in my last column, flagging hankies (the hanky code) had its origins with the min-

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submissives before farming them out to “clients” for further debasement. The movie features clinging latex bodysuits slit open in just the right places, cockrings and ball-stretchers of the utmost novelty in design and excellence of function, nipple-chewing, mouth bits (which I hate), suspended and caged submissives, lots of pissing, a concentrated fisting, and a whole lot more. Some Swelter players swagger into Stockroom: Spencer Reed, David Anthony, and Tibor Wolfe. Since I’d first seen Tibor in mainstream work, he surprised me here. I savored more of his torrential orgasms, but oh wow, his big, sloppy hole gapes as it’s mightily worked over by Reed and Anthony. I subsequently found out he’s a real pig for extreme fetish play when I backtracked to his performances in three Rough features. In Stockroom, he’s first seen suspended upside-down, his heavy cock banging down toward his head as he sucks both his captors’ cocks. They throw him into a sling for some heavy ass-work, including that intense fisting. Afterwards, he’s left in solitude, shackled to a strange and lovely armature that holds a dildo firmly in place up his captive ass. Stockroom provides a swell debut vehicle for both Jim Ferro and Aymer-

ers and prospectors during the California Gold Rush days. The first lesbian rights organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, was founded in San Francisco in 1956 by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. A year later, they went public by publishing The Ladder magazine out of their offices on 3rd and Mission. Down in Los Angeles, Larry Townsend published the Leatherman’s Handbook in 1972, the first major book reflecting the new leather culture. The book has been updated and is standard reading for anyone wanting to become a titleholder. Also in Los Angeles, in 1950 Harry Hay founded the first major gay rights organization, The Mattachine Society. The first known gay rights organization in the US was the Society for Human Rights founded

ic DeVille. The former’s a gigantic über-daddy. I have a burning need to see this ruggedly handsome, hairychested, ultra-hung and heavily PA’ed wonder some more. He’s a real-deal Master as he works over JR Matthews, who is delivered to him in a cage, and who later looks great in leather and shackles. DeVille is a sleek-bodied, hard-muscled, bearded and bald baddy with a really intense look. The first sight of his cock will make you gasp – it’s a huge, uncut club of a dick. He’s a mean top in one scene, and his later bottoming makes him shoot like a gun going off: Splat.▼ www.TitanMen.com

in Chicago in 1924, but it never really got off the ground, lasting less than a year. In another nod to our friends in Chicago, in 1958 future International Mr. Leather founder Chuck Renslow became the manager of The Gold Coast, and promptly created what is commonly known as the first leather bar in the US. That’s just a sampling of some of the “firsts” we Californians are proud of. There are many more, like the various “male physique” magazines, other gay and lesbian rights organizations, early gay “ghettos” and more. Obviously, I have a hardon for history, so no doubt you’ll read more as I hope to focus on events, styles, and happenings that have shaped our community, in-between everything that’s going on today. That should keep me out of trouble, maybe.▼

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by Paul Parish rts dignitaries from New York have been spotted in town for the re-opening of the ODC Theater at 17th and Shotwell in the Mission District. It’s a big deal. That space, known back in the 80s as the New Performance Gallery (when both Margaret Jenkins and ODC shared space in the building), served as a huge classroom by day, and was converted with bleachers into a place to watch performances by night. It got more and more comfortable but was always stuffy, and you just had to put up with that, since what you were seeing was so interesting. Now the brick walls are still there, buttressed by handsome, brick-colored earthquake-proofing, but the building feels spacious and grand, and the two performances that opened the house kicked off the season with power and a new emotionalism that seemed somehow appropriate. The bill was shared by KunstStoff and Levydance, two companies that ODC Theater has fostered with residencies, and both these works were developed in ODC’s Performance Diaspora program. Both shows used music based in the

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choreographers’ ethnic origins, to better effect in the case of KunstStoff. Yannis Adoniou, the openly gay Greek former star of Lines Ballet, has been making Pina Bausch-like theater pieces about urban alienation for a good 10 years now, and this new work was a breakthrough for him into a landscape less Magrittelike, less ashen and alienated, less intellectual and bitter, more homesick, aching and poignant. It was anchored in the rhythms of the popular music of Greek tavernas, represented onstage by a nightclub singer; it’s very like the blues, music that talks to the hips, and the most wonderful, ecstatic phrases of lifted, floating, back-arching modern dance kept rising almost out of nowhere in the social dreamscape Adoniou created. Julia Stiefel was outstanding in a bare-breasted solo that it’s hard to believe I really saw, since the cantilevered back-bends she floated through looked like something from a martial-arts movie where computer graphics have done half the work. The lighting was beautiful for both works. Kunst-Stoff ’s included a screen placed over a sheet of Mylar which reflected shifting, watery images onto it from the front, and also

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Powerful works at new ODC Theater

Marina Fukushima and Daniel Howerton of Kunst-Stoff.

served to receive shadow-dances when lit from the back; these silhouettes were done in homage to a form of Greek theater from Adoniou’s youth, and very effectively evoked the feeling of not loving a place the less for having suffered there. Ben Levy’s use of his mixed Persian and Jewish origins was harder to read. Again, the set was evocative of lampshades, borderline oppressive family comforts; and handsome oldworld, beaten-leather trunks gave

SFMOMA view manner, nearly three-quarters are from the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, and some have never been seen by the public. Photo essays for Vogue, Life and Harper’s Bazaar, featured in display cases, provide context for his magazine spreads. For Cartier-Bresson, the street offered free admission to the greatest show on earth, and it was right outside his door. A hanging buddy of the Surrealists in Paris, his early street photography from the 1930s is a kind of Surrealist theatre. His work from this period and his photographs of WWII and its aftermath are among his most compelling, and the galleries displaying them contain so many iconic, exquisite images it’s difficult to single out one or two. “Behind the Gare St. Lazare, Paris” (1932), perhaps his most famous photograph, and “Dessau, Germany, April 1945,” a frightening photo in which a woman gloats triumphantly as she fingers the Gestapo collaborator who denounced her, in front of a crowd that includes a person in striped concentration-camp garb, leave one wondering: just how did he get that picture? In the latter image, the cycle of murder, betrayal, persecution and revenge is contained in one deceptively simple photograph. On the lyrical side, the scene of a family picnicking on a riverbank in “Juvisy, France” (1938) could have inspired an Impressionist painting or a film by Jean Renoir, and in “Allee du Prado, Marseille” (1932), an elegant man in

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the picture’s Humane Society disclaimer. The film’s funniest moments are also its cruelest. A police sniper executes a suspected “terrorist” running the marathon in an animal costume, whereupon a hilarious police-radio debate ensues as to just where in the costumed animal kingdom to place this poor fellow. Chris Morris and his writing team (Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain) draw on a rich tradition of linguistically sharp social satire (I’m All Right, Jack) and dark Cold War-era comedies (Dr. Strangelove, The Manchurian Candidate) to defuse some our worst fears. They examine the possibility that the biggest threat to our security may not

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“San Fermines, Pamplona, Spain” (1952) by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

black coat and derby stands in front of a rainy path lined with bare trees. Unlike Avedon, who was reputed to have tricked his subjects into letting their guard down, Cartier-Bresson spent time with the subjects of his portraits, often photographing them

in their homes in their natural habitats. Ezra Pound with a wild mane of white hair is shot in half-shadow suggesting his duplicitous nature; Colette regards the viewer with a cool eye while her companion, Pauline, looks on; a straight-backed George Balan-

be religious extremism, but rather the ongoing angst of being a man on today’s 24/7 global stage. (Brava Theatre, 11/5; opens 11/12 at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in SF, and the Shattuck in Berkeley.)

absurdly homo-erotic undercurrent among these guys. They’re not queer, but there’s a thin line between their larking about and gay S/M.

On the record Having cultivated a rabid BritishTV following collaborating with the likes of Steve Coogan and In the Loop’s Armando Iannucci, the hirsute and articulate Chris Morris sat down in a downtown office-tower to explain how he managed to avoid the twin perils of political correctness and Muslim-bashing in Four Lions, his first theatrical feature. David Lamble: A gag that should appeal to some of our readers is one where the bullying white “jihadist,” Barry, gets one of the gang to piss in his own mouth. This wacky allusion to “water sports” illustrates the almost

Chris Morris: Jackass has a very similar kind of dynamic. A guy I spoke to, who works in counterterrorism, fought in the Falklands War in the early 80s. And when he came back, he described how all his friends, whenever they saw him with the guys that he had fought with, thought that he had gone gay, because of the strength of the bond that you forge with a band of brothers. It’s in the nature of the male bond, it’s an infinitely nuanced sliding scale. So, okay, the joke in the film: Barry makes Waj piss in his own mouth, but is Barry gay? No. Could it be a power play? We’re not saying yes or no. It could have just been a deeply humiliating prank. After all, that’s probably a technique that’s being

the effect of well-traveled furniture with a story to tell. His four young women dancers seemed lost in suburban-girl anxieties, and the deepest sense I got was of college students trying on roles, and not finding them very promising. The show at ODC this coming weekend is going to be a very big deal, another collaboration that looks like it began as a grant-proposal but it truly could be haunting. AXIS dis/abled dance company, di-

rected by openly lesbian Judy Smith, has been making gothic dances for 20 years that are superbly wellmade. They’re teaming up with the virtuoso cellist Joan Jeanrenaud to dance with Inkboat, whose work is based in the Japanese expressionist “dance of darkness” called Butoh; it grew up in the horror after Hiroshima, and emphasizes slow, agonized transitions, extremities of tension, grotesque emotions. The dancers of AXIS have inspired major choreographers like Bill T. Jones and Stephen Petronio to work with them, and their disabilities have never compromised the integrity of the work, but have rather made the extraordinary things they can do seem like part of the natural flow of things. They have never been afraid to ask us to look at them, to see how they do things with the limbs they have, how like us and how different they are, and how human we all are, and as a result they have become internationally famous. The press release says the collaboration was inspired by the paintings of Odd Nerdrum, the Scandinavian painter renowned for his emulation of Old Master techniques and textures, and his devotion to the depiction of flesh. ▼

chine demonstrates in ballet class; appraising the photographer, Coco Chanel, whose stare could burn down a house, is dressed in her signature suit, and brandishes a cigarette like a prop; an elderly Matisse shares his studio with his doves, some caged and others roaming free; and then there’s a young louche, Truman Capote, looking lean and beautiful in a T-shirt, and shot amid giant ferns like some tropical bird lost in paradise. Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera since 1870 This outstanding, enjoyable survey of 200 photographs includes works by wellknown photographers such as Brassai, Weegee, Lee Miller and Walker Evans, as well as those by amateurs, and images from journalists and government agencies. Organized into five sections of forbidden looking, violation is the name of the game, especially in three of them: “Voyeurism and Desire” (yes, that’s a Degas on the wall), “Witnessing Violence,” and “Celebrity and the Public Gaze.” It’s difficult to resist these exercises in transgression or fail to be magnetized by sex and violence or titillated by intrusions on the famous or not-so-famous in their private moments, like the naked amputee laying exposed and dazed on a gurney in Bill Burke’s “Hopital Calmette, Phnom Penh” (1990), or fairer game like Anita Ekberg pursued by the original paparazzi, Tazio Secchiaroli. The curators would like to distinguish voyeurism from pornography, as Robert Mapplethorpe attempted to do during the 1970s in his explorations of underground sexuality, but

that may be a distinction without a difference for some. And this may mark the first time you’ll see a posted warning about violent and sexual content before you enter a gallery. Take Man Ray’s former assistant, French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, who specialized in staged events that involved bondage, deviance and murder. In his ad for Charles Jourdan, a woman naked except for her shoes, her genitals covered by a discreetly placed towel, lies on a bed in a dark room as a little boy stands in the doorway and peers in. Publicly known as a painter who kept company with Andre Breton, Pierre Molinier had a side line creating sexual fantasies for the camera, seen in his “Self-Portrait” (1966), where he indulges his fetishes by wearing a corset, black fishnet mask gloves and a dildo strapped to his ankle. While “Desire” may be subversive and thrilling, imagery of violence both captivates and horrifies. “Rennes, France, Death of a Traitor” (1944), shot by the US Army, showing a hooded man kneeling and tied to a post; “A Sharpshooter’s Last Sleep, Gettysburg Pennsylvania” (1863), Alexander Gardner’s essay in death on the battlefield; and Susan Meiselas’ “Cuesta del Plomo” (1981), a Nicaraguan assassination site strewn with dismembered bodies, are scenes that attract as profoundly as they repel.▼

used against these guys somewhere in the world right now.

people actually die, which may cause some American viewers to wonder if it’s okay to laugh.

There’s another implied joke about these guys: they’re trying to relate to their Pakistani/Muslim background, but in reality they’ve been brought up to be almost absurdly British. It seems they’re trapped in a horrible state of cultural confusion.

But it could be great. I met a lot of Pakistani guys and gals who have traveled widely and said, “I’m going to live in Britain, Britain is my country, it’s the best place to be,” because they had seen the reality [in Pakistan]. Imagine, your family was displaced 60 years ago [after the partition of India between Muslim and Hindu], and you grew up with a dual sense of who you are. The way you stage these Monty Python-like acts of martyrdom, with exploding sheep and bomb-rigged crows, is on the one hand funny, but

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera since 1870, through April 17, 2011; Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, through Jan. 30, 2011. For more info: www.sfmoma.org.

There are rules, which don’t bear any reference to fairness as such: in a film, you can kill somebody as long as they’re the right person to kill; you can’t kill other people without taking the consequences for it. And some deaths in the film are funnier than others. In terms of the dynamics of them, well, there was a guy two weeks ago in Indonesia who was delivering a bomb to a target down the road. He was riding a bicycle, whilst wearing a bombbelt. He swerved to avoid a hole in the road, he hit a lamppost, he blew up. Now, as long as you weren’t his mother and were the right distance away from that, it would be pretty funny. Remember, there’s a lot of violence in Buster Keaton. The climatic scene in The General is basically a massacre.▼


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November 4, 2010 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

The leading LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Newspaper in San Francisco market.

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