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Evictions draw notice from pols by Seth Hemmelgarn

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SF voters reject condo plan by Matthew S. Bajko


ith fears on the rise among many longtime San Francisco renters that they will be forced to leave the city if they are evicted from their homes as they can’t afford today’s sky-high rents, voters Tuesday resoundingly rejected a luxury high-rise condominium project planned for the city’s waterfront. See page 10 >>

victions in San Francisco have been drawing increased attention in recent months, with special focus on stories involving a longtime Castro resident living with AIDS and LGBT residents of a MidMarket building who’ve all been faced with the possibility of having to find new homes in a competitive rental market. Elected officials both locally and at the state level are taking on the issue. Tuesday, November 5, gay Supervisor David Campos announced he would ask City Attorney Dennis Herrera to draft legislation doubling the amount of relocation assistance landlords must pay tenants when they evict them under the Ellis Act. Another supervisor said she had made progress in protecting several tenants in her district. Campos called for a hearing Thursday, November 14 to address the report he commissioned on tenant displacement in the city. The report, released Tuesday by the budget and legislative analyst, shows what Campos’s office called “a dramatic upswing in the number of evictions,” including an increase of 170 percent in Ellis Act evictions reported to the city’s rent board between 2010 and 2013. “There is a housing crisis in San Fran-

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One sign-carrying man makes his feelings known about the Ellis Act during a recent rally against evictions in the Mission district.

cisco,” stated Campos, who’s running against Board President David Chui for the 17th Assembly District seat set to be vacated by gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), who’s being termed out. The report connects the increase in Ellis Act evictions to an increase in the market value of San Francisco’s residential proper-

ties. Average home prices have gone from $735,828 in 2009 to $897,338 this year, a 21.9 percent increase, while the median rental rate in June 2013 for all types of apartments has risen to $3,414, according to the report. “If you are evicted today in San Francisco, given the outrageous rental costs and purSee page 13 >>

Safe sex poster show unveiled Seattle elects gay mayor A by Matthew S. Bajko

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ashington state Senator Ed Murray won election Tuesday night to become Seattle’s first openly gay mayor. Seattle is the 22nd most populous city in the nation. Murray, a Democrat, was running against incumbent Democratic Mayor Mike McGinn. The King County Elections unofficial returns showed Murray with 56 percent of the vote to McGinn’s Ed Murray 43 percent. Media in Seattle characterized Murray, 58, as a politician willing to implement incremental plans to get approval for such measures as last year’s marriage equality law. “The prolonged marriage battle is Murray’s model for how he would go about being mayor,” stated an article in Sunday’s Seattle See page 10 >>

new HIV social marketing campaign on a bus stop near the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood had caught the eye of Buzz Bense. His immediate thought was how he could get his hands on one. “It’s really unusual for public health messages to be on paper these days. Instead, it’s a banner ad on a website and there is nothing permanent about that,” said Bense, 64, the former co-owner of safe sex club Eros in the city’s Castro district. A graphic designer back in the 1980s when AIDS was rampaging through the city’s gay male population, killing indiscriminately and leaving health officials baffled on how to control the epidemic, Bense helped produce some of the first public campaigns urging gay men to practice safe sex. In 1986 he created the slogan and art direction for the ad campaign of National Condom Week on behalf of the National Condom Week Resource Center in Oakland. The posters featured rainbow-colored rubbers dancing in a chorus line underneath the quote “Everybody’s Doin’ It!” That year he also began collecting various HIV-related public service advertisements, eventually amassing a collection of 150 safe sex posters from various countries, including Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. On

last year’s World AIDS Day, held annually December 1, he donated them to the sex center for safekeeping and use by researchers. “I was careful in keeping them well stored in boxes so they wouldn’t get damaged,” said Bense, adding that when he and staff with Jane Philomen Cleland the sex center Buzz Bense, left, and Dorian Katz are co-curators of Bense’s collecsorted through tion of safe sex posters, which includes some of his favorites from an them, “It was Australian safe sex campaign. like seeing old friends.” epidemic that continues to effect all of us today,” More than 70 of them are part of a new show, reads the introductory wall text to the exhibition. titled “Safe Sex Bang: The Buzz Bense ColIt is the first time Bense’s posters have been lection of Safe Sex Posters,” that opens Friday, shown to the public since 2004, when a selecNovember 8 at the sex center and runs through tion was installed at the Department of Public January 31. Health’s offices at 25 Van Ness during an AIDS “The living history of this archive presents the conference being held in San Francisco. visual means through which the LGBT commu“It is really important for younger people nity has attempted to educate itself about safe sex to see these posters and celebrate the activism practices during the height of an ongoing health See page 6 >>


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New pastor joins MCC-SF by Seth Hemmelgarn


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church in the Castro neighborhood that’s been the spiritual home to many LGBTs for more than 40 years has a new senior pastor. The Reverend Robert Shively, a longtime Bay Area resident, recently took on the job. “I’m delighted to be here,” said Shively, who’s 48 and an out gay man. “This is the church of my career, and I’m thrilled. I intend to stake my claim here and do my life’s work in this place.” MCC-SF, located at 150 Eureka Street, has gone through several pastors in recent years, and like many churches, the congregation has faced financial and other concerns. For anyone who questions MCCSF’s survival, though, Shively, who interned at the church from 1996 to 1998, said, “I think they’ve forgotten the history of this place.” He noted the church has survived other travails, such as when it worked to help people infected with HIV as the disease started decimating the neighborhood in the 1980s. “There’s something in the water that makes this place thrive,” said Shively, who officially started work Monday, October 28. He replaces interim pastor Victor Floyd. At one point in recent years, as the church struggled to pay its bills, the “Miracle on Eureka Street” campaign raised thousands of dollars. As part of the project, people purchased engraved yellow bricks that were placed in the sidewalk in front of MCC-SF.

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The Reverend Robert Shively is the new senior pastor at MCC-SF.

The church had to repave the sidewalk because overgrown tree roots had burst through the concrete, and the city ordered it make the repairs. Asked about having another fundraising effort, Shively said, “I have heard stories of delight” about the “Miracle” campaign, but “Whether we’re actually going to do that or not, I don’t know.” “I don’t know if we need to do fundraising right away,” he added. “There are many things I want to do, of course, and looking at our financial strength is one of them.” Based on what Shively knows so far, though, the church is “healthy, rightsized, and stable.” He didn’t know what the church’s budget is and didn’t respond to a follow-up request to get the figure. “In hearing the stories of the recent

history and stories of the longstanding history of the church, my biggest challenge is going to be to keep up with all the things I want to do,” said Shively. He said his first task “is to meet as many people as I can as quickly as I can ... and find out together where they want to go first.” Maureen Bogues, chair of the church’s 2013 pastoral search committee, said Shively “brings a great wealth of experience with churches in transition, as they were changing leadership, and our church has had a few transitions in the past two or three years. He has an incredible strength with bringing people together.” “We will have him as long as he will have us,” added Bogues. During the past decade, Shively has worked as an interim pastor at churches in San Jose and other cities. Most recently, he served at College Heights Church in San Mateo. A search committee chose Shively after a six-week process. Metropolitan Community Church has congregations around the world. While working at MCC-SF, Shively will begin a credentialing process with the larger denomination. His hiring marks the end of a three-year interim period for the local church, according to a news release. Shively lives in Oakland with his domestic partner, Bruce McCoy. “We have both lived in San Francisco earlier in our lives and would some day like to move back, but financially that’s not possible right now,” said Shively, whose salary hadn’t been negotiated as of last week.t

SJ Hike and Bike event to raise funds for AIDS by Heather Cassell



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undreds of people will hit the streets of San Jose this Saturday for the second annual Hike and Bike Silicon Valley event that will raise money for the South Bay’s largest AIDS service organization, the Health Trust. Gay Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager will kick off the event Saturday, November 9. “I’m hoping this really becomes a premier HIV/AIDS event,” said Yeager, who will be riding his bicycle. Organizers hope for 400 bikers and walkers, double the number of last year’s inaugural event. The Hike and Bike starts at the Locatelli Activity Center on the Santa Clara University campus. The hikers will walk four miles along Race Street and The Alameda while the bikers will cycle 33 miles rain or shine. The miles mark each year of the battle against AIDS. Last year the event brought in just under $14,000, but Health Trust officials did not have a figure on the net amount. Funds raised help provide services to the county’s low-income residents who are living with HIV/AIDS, said Paul Hepfer, vice president of programs and director of healthy communities at the Health Trust. Currently, there are 3,342 people living with HIV/AIDS in Santa Clara County, according to The Santa Clara County Public Health Department. The event, which was launched last year by the Health Trust, takes the place of the AIDS Walk San Jose/ Silicon Valley. The AIDS Walk was shuttered in 2009 after 20 years due to it becoming too cost prohibitive, Hepfer said. Santa Clara University’s Public Health Department is cohosting Hike and Bike. In the most successful year of the walk, the Health Trust received

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Health Trust CEO Fred Ferrer, left, and Health Trust staffer Jon Breen, right, led the parade of hikers at the inaugural 2012 Hike and Bike.

$60,000, said spokeswoman Patty Fisher. Health Trust’s AIDS services program is the largest provider of nonmedical services to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Santa Clara County. Currently, the organization serves more than 900 clients and provides food, case management, emergency financial assistance, benefits assistance, and other services. It also provides other health-related programs to the general population. While the agency doesn’t keep track of how many LGBT people it serves, Hepfer estimates that 70 percent to 80 percent of the clients are LGBT identified. “If there is something that we can do to re-engage the LGBT community to where it was five to 10 years ago we are open to it,” said Hepfer, a straight ally. “The apathy is hurting our community.” Hepfer wants to not only memorialize people who have died of AIDS, but also to recognize those who are living with HIV, he said. “We are celebrating the people who are living with HIV,” said Hepfer.

One of the ways the trust is doing that is by exhibiting photos of people who are living with HIV/AIDS in the county. Students from Santa Clara University’s photography department are exhibiting 16 photographs of people in the county who are living with HIV/AIDS alongside their biographies at the trust’s Food Basket on the day of the walk. The traveling exhibit has been displayed at the Santa Clara County building. It will also be exhibited at the university on World AIDS Day (December 1) at the Locatelli Activity Center. Check-in for Hike and Bike begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Locatelli Activity Center at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. The bike ride begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30. Postevent activities begin at noon. Organizers said that people are welcome to sign up the day of the event. Registration is $33 for the hike and $80 for the bike ride. To register, visit www.svhikeandbike. org/register.html.t

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t LGBTs reap benefits from new Whole Foods store by Matthew S. Bajko


rom employment to donations for several local nonprofits in the Castro, the new Whole Foods Market that opened this week on upper Market Street is already producing tangible benefits for the city’s LGBT community. The national grocery chain had a soft opening at its latest location Monday afternoon and held an official bread-breaking ceremony with city officials and neighborhood leaders Wednesday morning to christen the 28,000 square foot store at the corner of Dolores and Market streets. The company’s seventh store in San Francisco, it announced in 2008 that it had signed a lease in the ground floor of the new housing development known as 38 Dolores. Featuring a shoe shine stand, oyster shuck station, a hot foodsto-go bar with Paleo diet selections and Nepalese cuisine from Bini’s Kitchen, shoppers will also find several brands from local LGBT food purveyors. The store carries chicken fingers and other offerings from the lesbian-owned Hip Chick Farms based in Sebastopol. The gay-owned We Love Jam company, launched in 2002 by San Francisco resident Eric Haeberli and his business partner, Phineas Hoang, is also being carried by the Market Street store. They started selling their jams in Whole Foods five years ago, with several of their products carried at the company’s Noe Valley location. “We are approved for the northern California stores. Each store has its own buying discretion,” said Haeberli, whose jam was included in gift bags handed out during sneak peek tours of the new location over the weekend. According to company officials, more than 75 of the 210 team members employed at the Market Street

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Whole Foods were hired through a job fair held in late September at the LGBT Community Center nearby at 1800 Market Street. “I feel like Whole Foods, at heart, is very much trying to help its community and its environment,” said Kurt Gouldman, 33, who is transgender and attended the job fair at the LGBT center in search of new work. “I was impressed with the job fair. It opened up possibilities and opened up a sense of hope in me.” Prior to being hired as a full-time grocery worker by Whole Foods, Gouldman had quit working as a barista at a national coffee chain due to being miserable in his job. He is now applying for a construction apprenticeship program he also learned about through the LGBT center’s workforce development program. “I didn’t even want to go to the job fair but I made myself go. I really felt hope for the first time after going to that,” said Gouldman, who moved to the city three years ago and then started transitioning his gender. Whole Foods helped sponsor the LGBT center’s Economic Empowerment Week this year, providing both cash support and food donations for the event. It has designated the nonprofit facility to be one of five beneficiaries of the Market Street store’s Week of Giving promotion next week. Four times a year each Whole Foods Market donates 5 percent of a day’s net sales to a local nonprofit. To celebrate its grand opening, the new Market Street store will donate 1 percent of net sales each weekday from November 11-15 to a different community-based agency. One percent of net sales Wednesday, November 13 will be donated to the LGBT center. In a separate giving program, the store’s sushi department will also give $2 from every rainbow roll sold to the LGBT center throughout the month of November.

Pride board member resigns by James Patterson


holdover board member of the organization that oversees the San Francisco Pride parade resigned Tuesday, leaving only three people on the board who were involved with the Chelsea Manning grand marshal fiasco. Gary Virginia, president of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee board, announced that former board secretary Lou Fischer submitted her resignation. The board thanked her for her work and presented her with a bottle of champagne, flowers, and a cake. Fisher’s departure leaves only Lisa Williams, Justin Taylor, and David Currie from the original 2013 board members who rescinded a grand marshal honor to Manning, an Army private who is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for violating the Espionage Act by releasing 750,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks. Williams is currently on leave from the board as she is serving as Pride’s interim executive director. At the November 5 board meeting, Virginia said that an executive director search committee consisting of Jesse Sanford, Joey Cain, Marsha Levine, Currie, and himself had received 10 applications for the position. The board expects to name a new executive director by the end of the year. Audience member Pat Keenan raised objections about the composition of the executive director

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San Francisco Pride board member Lou Fisher resigned this week.

search committee as all the members are white. “Do we need to do racism like 1969?” she asked. “Whites can’t reflect what people of color see in an executive director.” Virginia explained the search committee was formed based on board governance and staffed by rules not race. “[You’re] still not getting it,” Keenan said angrily. Currie offered that the search committee was not the selection committee. This did not satisfy Keenan. The board ratified the fiscal year 2014 budget with a proposed net income of zero. “There is still work to improve the budget,” Currie said, “but we See page 11 >>

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Widan Vjaelani, left, and Augustine Frederico of Kikka Sushi show off their food at the new Whole Foods Market. The sushi department will donate $2 of every rainbow roll sold to the LGBT Community Center throughout the month of November.

“We are very excited and very honored. They have been one of the center’s partners over the last couple of years, well before the opening of this Castro store,” said Rebecca Rolfe, the center’s executive director. “They have been very supportive of us and the LGBT community.” The company’s relationship with the LGBT center started about five years ago and grew out of its store on California Street at Franklin. In addition to food donations, three Whole Foods stores in the city donated a percentage of their sales to the center as part of a 2012 Pride week promotion that netted $17,000, said Rolfe. “That is a huge sponsorship for us,” she said. “Their financial support of us is great and we truly appreciate it.” Another beneficiary of the Austin, Texas-based grocery chain’s largess has been the city’s GLBT Historical Society. Whole Foods donated the appetizers served at the archival group’s annual gala last month, an estimated

$5,000 in-kind contribution for the nonprofit that operates the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street in the heart of the Castro district. “Over the summer we had a meeting with Whole Foods, showed them the museum, and asked them to support us,” said Paul Boneberg, the society’s executive director. The historical society will also financially benefit through the new store’s Nickels for Nonprofits initiative, where customers who bring their own bags can choose to donate their five-cent refund per bag to a selected charity. The GLBT Historical Society and the Boys and Girls Club of SF will each receive 50 percent of the nickels raised through January 19. “Our sense is that will also generate meaningful income for us,” said Boneberg. “We think it is most appropriate that large businesses in the Castro upper Market area support the local institutions. We are grateful to Whole Foods for doing that and we need that level of support.”

National retailers and chain stores that come before Castro groups seeking their support to open outlets in the gayborhood are routinely asked about their past support of LGBT causes and what plans they have to contribute to the local LGBT community. “It is really important for businesses that want to do business in San Francisco to be investing resources in our community and our institutions,” said gay attorney Rafael Mandelman, who co-chairs the LGBT center’s board of directors. “It is good that companies like Whole Foods recognize that, and we are very grateful for their support.” The Market Street store, so far this year, has also been a lead sponsor of the Castro Street Fair and worked with a Dolores Park stewardship group to clean trash from the popular open space. It is contributing toward the Castro’s annual Christmas tree and has teamed with LGBT senior services provider Openhouse to sponsor a breakfast it is hosting in December. Other giving has been directed to Mission High School’s urban garden program; local food business incubator La Cocina; and 826 Valencia, a writing program for middle and high school students cofounded by author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegar. Whole Foods employees say the company has long encouraged its store leaders and employees to be engaged in their communities. The Market Street store team expects to build long-lasting partnerships with a number of local nonprofits now that it has opened its doors. “We try to look at what an organization is trying to accomplish in the community that aligns with Whole Food’s core values, such as quality food and quality living,” said Ali O’Sullivan, who oversees the Market Street store’s community outreach.t

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The Scouts’ unfinished business


he selection of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to lead the Boy Scouts of America is an inspired choice that could – finally – see one of the country’s most recognizable youth organizations embrace full equality for kids as well as adults. The Scouts’ national executive board selected Gates last week. If, as expected, he is approved by the organization’s oversight council, Gates would succeed Wayne Perry as BSA national president in May. The Boy Scouts are facing challenges to update its identity, and one of the most important will take place in January when a new policy, approved earlier this year, allows gay boys into scouting after years of bitter debate, lawsuits, and divisiveness. The Boy Scouts ban on gays serving as troop leaders, however, remains in place. This is where we believe Gates’s experience leading the Pentagon can help the Scouts. It was Gates, along with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, who was instrumental in overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military’s policy that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces. Gates publicly urged the lame-duck session of Congress to vote on repeal before Republicans took over the House following the November 2010 midterm elections. He also helped oversee the transition period before the law was formally repealed in September 2011. It’s true that one of the main reasons Gates wanted Congress to act was that he feared a patchwork of court decisions on the constitutionality of DADT could cause widespread confusion in the military. But it’s also true that he believed military operations would not be adversely affected by allowing gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals to serve openly. Gates needs to bring that same determination to the Boy Scouts. The Scouts policy allowing gay boys to be members goes into effect January 1. By the time Gates assumes his post as president, it will have been in effect for several months and he can manage any fine-tuning that is needed. But Gates

out of reach for most people. It’s important to keep pursuing curt’s no secret that we are experent strategies like investing in afriencing a housing affordabilfordable housing, protecting rent ity crisis in San Francisco and control by pushing for reform particularly in the Castro. With of the Ellis Act and stopping the one-bedroom apartments going conversion of rent-controlled for $3,000 on average and even units to student dorms, and helpcramped roommate situations ing homeowners at risk of foreescalating in price, we are at sericlosure. Yet, as important as these ous risk of pricing non-wealthy strategies are, they aren’t enough. Rick Gerharter people out of our neighborhood We need to look at our reality and and even our city. Too many long- Supervisor Scott Wiener adjust our housing policy to meet time, older residents are being that reality. pushed out by eviction or other Last week, I inmeans, and new residents – an influx of new, troduced legislation to allow for younger residents being one of the hallmarks of the addition of new in-law units our neighborhood – struggle mightily to find in existing buildings in the Casanything they can afford. If we continue to lose tro. (Supervisor David Chiu is older, often LGBT, residents – the folks who built working on citywide legislathe modern Castro – and continue to turn away tion to legalize existing in-law young people looking to make their lives here, units.) A transit-rich neighborwhat kind of neighborhood will we be? hood with a large population of We’ve dug ourselves into this terrible situaolder and younger single people tion over a period of decades by embracing an with massive housing needs, the unrealistic housing policy. As our population Castro is a perfect neighborhood to try this has grown – not surprising, given how amazing approach. a place San Francisco is – we haven’t come close In-law units, created out of existing unused to keeping up with housing production to meet space in buildings – i.e., not expanding the the needs of that increased population. We make bulk or height of the building – are perhaps the it so expensive to build housing that it’s hard to most affordable kind of non-subsidized housconstruct anything other than high-end housing. They are inherently not luxurious, they are ing. Restrictive zoning has perpetuated the myth usually quite accessible for seniors and others that everyone can afford to live in a single-family with mobility challenges, and they are well-inhome or spacious flat. New ideas to take into actegrated into our existing neighborhood fabric. count the reality of housing costs – for example, According to the U.S. Department of Housing the legislation I authored last year to allow for and Urban Development, in-law units “help insmaller studios – generate reflexive opposition crease a community’s housing supply ... [and] from various political factions. are an affordable housing option for many lowWe need to think differently when it comes and moderate-income residents,” while AARP to housing, acknowledging the reality of moddescribes them as “offer[ing] a cost-effective ern San Francisco. If we keep going down our means of increasing the supply of affordable current path, housing will become even more rental housing in a community.”


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should also turn his attention to the adults who serve as troop leaders. And he can use the skills he brought to the DADT debate to persuade BSA that allowing gay men and lesbians to serve as troop leaders will benefit the organization. We wrote earlier this year that while the Scouts policy change is a step in the right direction, it inherently sends a mixed message to gay youth, who will grow up to be openly gay men, and will be ordered to either leave scouting or go back into the closet if they want to continue participating in scouting. Neither of those options is acceptable.

And by the time next May rolls around, our society is going to be very different than it is even today in terms of gay rights. Last month New Jersey legalized same-sex marriage. This week, Illinois became the 15th state to do so. Marriage equality is on the move in Hawaii – where the same-sex marriage fight began nearly 20 years ago. That, after all, is what led to the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, which was largely ended in June when the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a key portion. We suspect that the Boy Scouts’ national leaders understand the changing times and the growing societal acceptance of gays and lesbians. And we think that in selecting Gates, they picked the right man to lead scouting into the future. t

Castro in-law units: One way to address our housing crisis by Scott Wiener

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The legislation is straightforward. It allows buildings, whether single-family homes or multiunit buildings, to go slightly above current zoning restrictions to add in-law units. Buildings of 10 or fewer units can add one in-law unit above zoning limits, and buildings of more than 10 units can add two. The units will have to be within existing habitable space – i.e., a garage, a large storage space, a large basement area – within the existing envelope of the building. Height or bulk increases will not be allowed by this legislation. The units will have to come from unused space, without chopping up existing units. The units can be as small as 220 square feet (the minimum currently allowed for apartments) and as large as 750 square feet. Each unit will have to be complete, with kitchen and bathroom. The Department of Building Inspection will be required to apply the building code flexibly, to the extent allowed by state law, to accommodate the new units. This flexible approach will require that the units comply with basic health and safety requirements while recognizing that many in-law units cannot meet all aspects of current code. Our housing crisis is a complex one, and no one policy proposal will solve it. To dig out of this hole, we need various approaches, applied consistently not just for a short time but over a period of years. In-law units are by no means a global solution, but they are one piece of the puzzle, one that will allow people to stay in the neighborhood when they otherwise would have no realistic option to do so. It’s time to take a serious stab at addressing our community’s housing needs by implementing realistic solutions.t Scott Wiener represents District 8, including the Castro, on the Board of Supervisors. More information at http://



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Gay council candidates on Peninsula come up short by Matthew S. Bajko


trio of gay men who were seeking city council seats in Peninsula cities came up short in their bids Tuesday night. All three landed in last place in their respective races, yet they are already planning to again seek council seats in 2015. Redwood City native and community advocate James (Lee) Han was one of six people running for three seats up for grabs on the seven-person city council. He received 1,693 votes, according to the unofficial returns posted online as of Wednesday morning by San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church. Han, who turns 34 Friday, was the first out person to run for elective office in his hometown, where his Korean-born parents moved to in 1976. He has been a vocal critic of proposed redevelopment plans for Cargill’s Saltworks project and public marina Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. San Carlos City Council candidate Michael Corral, a gay Republican Party member and wine sales specialist, was one of six people vying for three seats. He garnered 517 votes, far below the three winning candidates, each of whom received more than 2,100 votes, based on the unofficial returns. In Brisbane, where he has lived for four years, openly gay artist and jewelry designer Gavin Escolar was one of four candidates running for three seats on the five-member city council. A registered independent, Escolar placed last in his first bid for public office. Based on the unofficial returns, he netted 238 votes, roughly 300 votes less than the third-place finisher. Nonetheless, Escolar told the Bay Area Reporter Wednesday that he was feeling “good” about his campaign and was pleased with how well he did after jumping into the race late. “Got my name out there and it was very well received but I didn’t have enough votes to win,” he said. “It was a surprise on how many voters I got in such a period of time.” Asked if he plans to remain civically engaged, Escolar said he is already eying a second council bid in 2015. “Absolutely! I would like to exhibit what I can do as a regular citizen and run again in two years,” he said. Corral had already changed his Facebook campaign page shortly after the polls closed Tuesday to announce his intention to again run for council in two years. “So I’m looking at 2015 ... I can’t thank those who supported me enough! Chalk 2013 up to a learning experience ... 2015 campaign starts tomorrow,” wrote Corral, a former planning commissioner in San Carlos. Han, as well, plans to remain politically active despite his council defeat. He spoke at an event in Foster City Wednesday night to voice his opposition to a new county jail set to be built in Redwood City. And he was already receiving encouragement this week to consider running for council again. “James, you ran a great campaign. I’m proud to support you and I hope you run in 2015. Redwood City needs you!” wrote Sabrina Brennan, a lesbian on the San Mateo County Harbor

Courtesy James (Lee) Han

Courtesy Anthony Summers

Redwood City Council candidate James (Lee) Han

Vallejo City Council candidate Anthony Summers

Commission, in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. Han told the B.A.R. that he is “definitely considering” a second council bid. “I am glad there are two years between now and then,” said Han, a former county employee who now handles property management for his father. “As far as how I am feeling, of course everyone wants to win. But this was my first time out and I knew running that I didn’t have a lot of experience in city government. I knew it would be a tough thing to accomplish.” A registered independent currently, Han said he is not opposed to becoming a Democrat in order to seek the endorsement of Democratic clubs, such as the newly formed Peninsula Stonewall Democrats, a political club for LGBT people and their straight allies. “I have thought about it,” he said.

morning, Crumrine said that the campaign against Summers “obviously had an impact” although Summers’s final vote total is still alarming. “It looked like he was really headed toward winning,” said Crumrine. “With the amount of negative press that came out about him, for him to still be the fourth highest candidate in a three-seat race is particularly scary.” As last week’s Political Notebook reported, LGBT activists began mobilizing against Summers’s council candidacy in recent weeks following his endorsement by the Solano County Democratic Central Committee and state Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (DConcord), who represents Vallejo. They unsuccessfully sought to see the Democrats rescind their endorsement of Summers, arguing he did not uphold the party’s values. In an effort to deal with the attacks against him, particularly the claims that he is anti-gay, Summers released a multi-pronged response that included media interviews, addressing the criticisms on his campaign website, and responding to his critics via email. He noted that he had a gay niece that he fully supported, highlighted the endorsement of the gay president of a local Democratic club, and told the B.A.R. that he had voted against the same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition 8 on the 2008 ballot. His candidacy not only galvanized LGBT Vallejo residents and their straight allies this election cycle, it could have a lasting political impact in Solano and Napa counties. The ad hoc group that came together to oppose Summers is looking to form a permanent LGBT political group covering both northern Bay Area regions. “It will be dual-county or maybe we are bi-county,” said Crumrine. At a meeting next week those interested in forming the group will meet to discuss if it should be an LGBT Democratic group or a political club with no party affiliation. If it aligns with Democrats then the LGBT club could seek official chartership status from the Democratic Party in both counties and have a say on the endorsement of candidates by the central committees in Solano and Napa. “The idea is it will be big-D Democratic but also little-d democratic,” said Crumrine. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the McCree-Goudeau Gallery, 930 Marin Street, in downtown Vallejo. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page at h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / tgroups/449973378441128/.t

Controversial Vallejo pastor loses council bid

Opposed by vocal critics upset with his opposition to abortion and contradictory stances on same-sex marriage, Vallejo pastor Anthony Summers failed to secure a seat on his city’s council. He landed in fourth place among the eight candidates seeking three four-year city council terms Tuesday. “We feel like we really dodged a bullet,” said gay Vallejo resident David Crumrine, one of the leaders of the effort to defeat Summers. A married father of three daughters, Summers, 54, garnered 4,460 votes, nearly 1,000 votes behind third-place finisher Pippen Dew, who received 5,372 votes, according to unofficial returns Wednesday morning by Solano County elections officials. But his fourth-place finish means that Summers could still land on the council. If there is a vacancy caused by one of the three winning candidates in Tuesday’s election, then the city’s charter mandates that the candidate with the next highest vote count be appointed to fill out the term. Landing in second place was Katy Miessner, who had the support of those against Summers, with 5,590 votes. The first-place finisher, with 6,321 votes, was City Councilman Jesus “Jess” Malgapo, who was part of a slate of candidates that included Summers. Malgapo had landed in fourth place when he first ran for council in 2011 and joined the body in January of this year due to the election last November of Councilwoman Erin Hannigan to the Solano County Board of Supervisors. In an interview Wednesday

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Jazz concert to benefit BCA

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making stuffing (3 to 9 p.m.) on November 27; set-up, decorate (9 a.m. to noon), help with the dinner (noon to 4 p.m.) and clean up on November 28. Those interested in helping out should contact Gagne at and indicate which day and shift they are available. Gagne needs your full name and a phone number.

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ome of the Bay Area’s leading “Ladies of Jazz” will be performing at Yoshi’s San Francisco Sunday, November 17 at a benefit for the Black Coalition on AIDS. The afternoon event from 2 to 4 p.m. will feature Jennifer Bryce, Denise Perrier, Daria Nile, Terrie Odabi, and a surprise fifth vocalist. Music will be provided by Dee Spencer and Company. Retired KQED news anchor Belva Davis and Noah Griffin will host. Tickets are available at the discounted price of $35 until November 12, after which they will increase to $50. For tickets, visit Yoshi’s San Francisco is located at 1330 Fillmore Street. For more information, call Adrian Tyler at (415) 615-9945, ext. 107.

Project Open Hand announces holiday pie sales

This Thanksgiving, people can purchase their holiday pies from Project Open Hand and help those who are less fortunate. In a first-ever project for the agency, Open Hand will be baking its “Pies with Love” in its kitchen to help raise funds for the nutritious meals that it will provide this holiday season to neighbors in need. Rich pumpkin, sweet and warm apple, and tasty sweet potato will be available for pick-up or delivery Thanksgiving week (delivery is in San Francisco only, pies can also be picked up in Oakland). Officials said that each pie ordered will provide a full Thanksgiving dinner to 12 of its sick and elderly neighbors. Pies cost $25 each. To place an order, visit products/pies-with-love.

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they represent. People and organizations dedicated so much time to try to bring about positive change through making the posters,” said center gallerist Dorian Katz, 45, who is bisexual and lives in Oakland. Having lived in the Bay Area since 1986, Katz recalls several of the ad campaigns represented in the show, such as the dancing condoms poster Bense helped create. She also recalls seeing the character known as Bleach Man, a superhero figure with a bleach bottle for a head who is depicted in one of the larger bus shelter ads in the show, walking through the Castro handing out condoms and mini bottles of bleach for disinfecting injection drug users’ needles. The posters run the gamut from the sexually explicit, particularly those from overseas, to those that sparked controversy when first revealed, such as the Stop AIDS Project’s 2002 “HIV Is No Picnic” campaign that included one ad of a man seated on a toilet with the word “DIARRHEA” emblazoned over him. “There are posters that caused community reaction and community conversation,” said Bense. “Sometimes people were not happy, but it got them talking. I think that is the highest mark of a public health campaign.” A series of three posters from 1992 created by Scott Sidorsky for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation at first glance seems so tame as to be meaningless. One is just of a condom with the phrase “Right to Life,” a second shows a couple embracing under

LGBT center holds Bold Awards reception

Jazz singer Denise Perrier

ning its annual holiday dinner for those in need on November 28, is now seeking volunteers from community members in order to make the event a success. Michael Gagne, president of the Tenderloin Tessie board, sent out an email explaining the situation, which is similar to last year. The volunteer organization lost the kitchen it used to cook the turkeys three years ago. Gagne is hoping that someone knows of a hotel or commercial kitchen that could help out this year, as about 50 16-pound turkeys need to be cooked a day or two before Thanksgiving. Another option, Gagne said, would be for Tessie volunteers to go into a place that has a commercial kitchen and cook the turkeys. The third option, which Gagne hopes to avoid, is having individual people cook a turkey or two and drop them off Thanksgiving morning. For the actual dinner, to be held at First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary) from 1 to 4 p.m., Gagne said that volunteers are needed for several shifts, including loading and unloading supplies (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and

“Family Values,” and the third shows a group of guys under the heading “The Moral Majority.” Yet the trio is a clever rebranding of phrases used by anti-gay forces, such as homophobic Senator Jesse Helms and the evangelist Jerry Falwell, at a time when AIDS agencies were under attack for using federal funds to promote homosexuality. “They were flipping the moral majority and right to life messages around so they were positive messages for gay men,” explained Bense, who is now retired and helped curate the show. Since the sex center is an 18 and over space, it is not restricted in the types of images it can show. Included among the posters are an 11-part series created by the Core Program based in West Hollywood with the tagline “There’s More to Safer Sex Than Condoms ...” that depicts a wide range of sexual images. There is also an infamous ad created in 1988 by SFAF that ran in the Bay Area Reporter that showed the hairy chest and legs of a man with a condom on his penis. The only text read, “Dress for the occasion.” “If we don’t show graphic sexual images here they might not get seen,” said Katz. “We can show as much cock and as much cunt as we want.” The show follows on the footsteps of recent safe sex poster exhibits mounted in New York City and at the University of Rochester in upstate New York. A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign tied to the San Francisco exhibit netted nearly $8,500 to produce a companion catalogue, written by New York City-based art historian and curator Alex Fialho,

The San Francisco LGBT Community Center will hold its second annual Bold Awards reception Thursday, November 14 at 6 p.m. at the center, 1800 Market Street. This year’s honoree is Bertie Brouhard, who is a key member of the community center’s information and referral program, providing linkages to life-line services to visitors and clients needing mental health, legal, housing, employment, wellness, and other support services. She also helps countless Cyber Center users search for jobs, do online research, and connect with the community. In addition to her volunteer service at the center Brouhard is also the founder and facilitator of Openhouse’s transgender support group, and is an active volunteer at her church. Additionally, she is proud to be the first out transgender person to volunteer at the San Francisco Symphony’s retail store. Brouhard will be receiving the State Farm Good Neighbor Award. The center will also recognize Loren Brown with the Community Spirit Award. The center’s inaugural Youth Council will receive special recognition, as will members of the center’s Leadership Circle. Finally, the center’s partners who helped develop its Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative will receive the Vanguard Award. Tickets for Bold are $30 and can be purchased at http://bold13. See page 10 >>

that will be released in late January. “As a writer and curator from a generation born in the 1980s, I have a particular stake in encouraging a younger audience to view the exhibition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2008 and 2010 HIV infections rose 22 percent for young gay men (ages 13-24),” Fialho, who is 24 and gay, wrote in an emailed reply. “The CDC reported that at the current rates, more than half of college-aged gay men will become HIV-positive by the age of 50. CSC may be exhibiting archival posters, but these objects also continue to provide essential safe/r sex and prevention messaging that is highly relevant to our present moment.”t The opening reception for the show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 8. The CSC Gallery is open free to the public Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and by appointment. It is located at 1349 Mission Street near 10th.

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8 • Bay Area Reporter • November 7-13, 2013

Gates poised to lead Boy Scouts by Chuck Colbert


ational gay-rights leaders are responding positively to reports that former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will lead the Boy Scouts of America. The Scouts’ national executive board selected Gates Wednesday, October 30; and if approved by a BSA oversight council, he will serve a twoyear term. Gates’s selection by the Scouts’ national executive board was recommended by national volunteer and professional leaders, including the BSA national nominating committee. The move means that upon approval of voting members of the national council, Gates would begin his term as BSA national president in May 2014 and lead the National Executive Board, which guides the Dallas, Texasbased BSA in serving approximately 2.6 million youth members, according to a BSA news release. Gates, 70, was a key player in ending the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” stricture, a highly discriminatory policy and federal law that banned openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual military service. Indeed Gates has had an impressive career, having served eight U.S. presidents of both political parties. In addition to his position as defense secretary, he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Gates also served as president of Texas A&M University. He is currently chancellor of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. A Kansas native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree from Indiana University, and a doctorate from Georgetown University. Earlier this year, the Scouts announced a policy whereby gay boys could be members, but gay adults could not be troop leaders. “We are glad to hear that the Boy

Scouts of America intends to elect former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as president of the BSA’s executive board,” Zach Wahls, a straight Eagle Scout and the son of a lesbian couple, said in email correspondence. “Mr. Gates has led a distinguished career of service to our nation – including the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – and we hope he will continue that legacy by leading the Boy Scouts into a future that protects all its youth and parents, regardless of their sexual orientation,” said Wahls, who is executive director of Scouts for Equality. A spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign also voiced praise for the new BSA president-elect. “Secretary Gates was instrumental in the repeal of the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and it is our hope he’ll be just as instrumental in transforming the Boy Scouts of America into a more inclusive institution,” Paul Guequierre said in an email. Similarly upbeat was reaction from GLAAD, formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “Former Defense Secretary Gates has previously confronted discrimination head on, ushering in a new era of equality in our nation’s armed forces,” GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said in a statement. “Millions of people and national corporations have called on the Boy Scouts to put an end to discrimination once and for all. We urge Dr. Gates to continue his work to ensure all people are treated equally, no matter who they are and no matter what uniform they wear,” said Cruz. For his part, Gates said, “There is no finer program for preparing American boys for citizenship and leadership than the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout, I know firsthand how impactful this program can be and I believe its mission is more important today than ever before.”

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is set to lead the Boy Scouts of America.

He added in a statement, “I am honored to take on this role and look forward to working on behalf of the millions of youth and adult members who make scouting what it is today – an organization providing life-changing opportunities to today’s youth.” In May, the Scouts approved a resolution removing any ban on members based on sexual orientation alone, with more than 60 percent of the BSA’s National Council –1,400 delegates – voting to end a 100-year ban on openly gay scouts.

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However, the policy change, which takes effect on January 1, does not include adult Scout leaders. It was back in April 2012 when GLAAD urged the Boy Scouts to end its ban on gay Scouts and gay leaders after Jennifer Tyrrell, a mom and den leader from Bridgeport, Ohio, was removed from her 7-year-old’s Cub Scout pack for being gay. Tyrrell’s petition garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures in

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support of ending the ban. Similarly, in August 2012, the Lincoln Heritage Council and Boy Scouts of America forced Greg Bourke, who acknowledged being gay, to resign an assistant scoutmaster position in Louisville, Kentucky after five years of service. More than 4,500 signatories on a petition have called specifically for his re-instatement. In all, more than 1.9 million people have joined petition campaigns seeking a complete end to BSA discrimination based on sexual orientation. To date such advocacy efforts have succeeded in getting two Boy Scout board members – AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Ernst and Young CEO James Turley – to speak out against BSA’s anti-gay bias. Additionally, petitions, along with efforts by GLAAD and Scouts for Equality, have pressured donors like the Intel Foundation and the UPS Foundation to pull funding until the Boy Scouts ends the ban on Scout leaders. Last fall, a Bay Area mother, Karen Andresen of Moraga, petitioned her local Boy Scout council to honor her son Ryan with an Eagle Award that was denied to him when Ryan came out as gay. An official Eagle Board of Review unanimously approved Ryan’s application for Eagle, but a Boy Scout executive ultimately rejected his application. Andresen’s online petition has garnered more than 450,000 signatures. The petition asks leadership from Troop 212 and the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council “to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory anti-gay policy and to give Ryan Andresen the Eagle Award he’s earned.”

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News of Gates’s selection to head the Boy Scouts comes shortly after former BSA members and officials launched a Christian-based alternative organization called Trail Life USA. More than 1,200 people gathered in Nashville, Tennessee for two days in early September to jump-start the new group. Co-founder John Stemberger told NBC News in July that Trail Life would allow gay boys to join,


but they would not be permitted to “flaunt” their sexual orientation. “We’re going to focus on sexual purity, not sexual orientation,” he said. Stemberger of Orlando, Florida, is also a founder of, an online coalition opposed to the BSA’s vote in late May to change its membership policy to permit gay Scouts. United Way chapters in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New York have cut funds to the BSA – all in reaction to the ban on gay Scout leaders, according to the Associated Press. AP also reported that nearly 90 percent of the 1,200 local United Way chapters nationwide provide BSA funding, totaling $81.9 million. Meanwhile, as the struggle for scouting equality continues, Freedom to Marry’s executive director, Evan Wolfson, offered an assessment of the battle’s overall significance for the larger LGBT movement. “It’s always been important because the Boy Scouts is an important opportunity for young people,” he said. The ban, Wolfson added, was a “terrible message of discriminatory stigma that was not good for our nation’s youth.” The Boy Scouts is “an iconic institution that signifies something,” he went on to explain over the telephone. “So our beginning to undo this discrimination signifies something about the larger movement both within society and with scouting, as younger parents and Scouts themselves that didn’t want this policy to remain. “There is also something to be said about how our success in undoing military discrimination is now being used to undo scouting discrimination, which at an earlier stage was modeled on military discrimination,” added Wolfson. “There is something satisfactory about the way in which our victory is building on itself.” Like other gay rights leaders, Wolfson praised Gates’s selection as president-elect. “His credentials as a conservative and somebody with a military background, combined with the actual hands-on experience of undoing discrimination, hopefully signals [the BSA’s] commitment to finish the job it started, getting the Boy Scouts back on track by removing entirely the discrimination, not just part or it.”t

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n a surprise announcement, a Democratic Congressman from Maine who is running to be that state’s governor next year came out as gay this week. Representative Michael Michaud (pronounced Mee-show), 58, said he was making the acknowledgement publically because of “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls” by opponents seeking to gain some advantage in next year’s gubernatorial race by outing him as gay. “Yes, I am. But why should it matter?” Michaud wrote in an oped submitted to the Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, and Associated Press Sunday evening. “Growing up in a large FrancoAmerican Catholic family, it’s never been in my nature to talk about myself. I write this now merely to let my opponents and the outside interests who fund them know that I am not ashamed of who I am. And if seeing someone from my background, in my position, openly acknowledge the fact that he’s gay makes it a little bit easier for future generations to live their lives openly and without fear, all the better.” In an interview with the Portland Press Herald Monday, Michaud indicated he made his decision very re-

Representative Michael Michaud

cently to come out and informed his family of his decision only Sunday. “It was a very difficult decision,” said Michaud. “It was a personal decision and one I wish I didn’t have to make, but the fact that there was, you know, suspicions out there, pushpoll, I thought it was important to let the people of the state of Maine know upfront. That’s why I made the decision to say, ‘Yes, I am gay.’” The Herald reported, “Michaud has long sidestepped questions about his sexuality, leading some of See page 13 >>


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Oakland health center comes out – as LGBTQ welcoming by Elliot Owen


olo Cooperative Health, a 10-year-old Oakland-based integrative health center, has come out. In honor of last month’s National Coming Out Day, Lolo announced its renewed commitment to serving the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community by redesigning its clinical programs to make LGBTQ families the main focus. Taking a different approach to primary care medicine, Lolo offers acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, massage, naturopathy, yoga, and mental health services at affordable monthly rates. The center is practitioner-owned and run, and because it’s patient-centered, Lolo is responding to the special needs of the clients it serves. “One thing we’ve done,” said Lolo co-founder Lorenzo Puertas, “is listen to our patients by involving them in conversations and events, really engaging and listening. This year, we’ve had an extraordinary number of LGBTQ families and individuals seeking care. It’s time for us to really embrace that serving the East Bay’s LGBTQ community is a large part of what we’re doing. Those are the people showing up at our door and we really need to bring that to the forefront.” By being explicitly inclusive, Lolo intends to ensure that members of the LGBTQ community know their mental, physical, and emotional

health will be respected when accessing services. As part of its plan, Lolo is providing staff with additional LGBTQ-sensitivity training, and undertaking focused outreach to the community. Maya Scott-Chung, a longtime LGBTQ activist, has also joined Lolo’s staff as an in-house program developer and staff trainer. Three years ago, Scott-Chung, a self-identified lesbian, was doing education and marketing research for the San Francisco fertility clinic she works for and came across Lolo’s fertilityfocused acupuncture. After inquiring about all of Lolo’s services, she enrolled as a patient because it was possible, under Lolo’s cooperative health model, to access multiple forms of care for affordable monthly fees. What has also been compelling, Chung-Scott said, is the atmosphere Lolo provides for her family. For 17 years, Chung-Scott has been partnered with a transgender, butchidentified individual with whom she has a daughter. They are currently accessing fertility services from Lolo to help them conceive again, and have found the process far less problematic compared to four years ago when they sought care from other facilities. “In 2009,” Scott-Chung, 47, said, “accessing fertility care looked like driving around to multiple providers; it was very expensive. We also encountered discrimination. Stress is one of the major factors in infertility challenges. Encountering dis-

Courtesy Maya Scott-Chung; taken by Vaschelle Andre

Left to right: Lolo patient and the facility’s new in-house LGBTQ program developer and staff trainer, Maya Scott-Chung; her partner, MeiBeck “Chino” Scott-Chung; the couple’s donor, Daniel Bao; and their daughter, Luna Scott-Chung.

crimination and lack of recognition as a family combined with the high cost of health care were detrimental for us to healthily conceive.” Scott-Chung calls Lolo a “sanctuary.” The clinic accepts her family structure as they have designed it and, although she isn’t pregnant yet, she is grateful for her reduced stress level this time around. “We’ve felt seen, respected, and protected in Lolo’s environment,” Scott-Chung said. “How they are treating families is quite radical in a time that many insurance companies are refusing access to care. Lolo


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Lyon-Martin to ‘Dazzle’

Lyon-Martin Health Services will hold its Dazzle benefit Thursday, November 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Salle Gallery, 1632-C Market Street in San Francisco.


SF voters

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The lopsided victory by opponents of the development, known as 8 Washington, is seen as a referendum on Mayor Ed Lee’s administration’s housing policies and embrace of not only market-rate housing developers but also hightech companies such as Twitter and Google whose young workforce has brought apartment vacancy rates in San Francisco to historic lows. Lee became the face of the campaign in support of 8 Washington. He starred in the project’s televised campaign ads along with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the city’s previous mayor. They had argued it would provide new park space in the area and produce $11 million for



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Post Intelligencer. “He’s not big on symbolism. He’s not into ‘lecturing and finger-pointing.’ He never wants to go it alone.” There was other good news for gay candidates on Election Night. Houston’s lesbian Mayor Annise Parker’s bid for a third term was at the top of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund 10 important “races to watch” Tuesday, and Parker won handily. According to the unofficial returns from Harris County Elections, Parker took 57 percent of the vote against a field of eight challengers. Her closest challenger, another Democrat, Ben Hall, received only 28 percent. Because of term lim-

has created a membership model where my whole family has access, an inclusive model that’s explicitly welcoming to LGBTQ folks.” Julia Ayoob, a lesbian, also had good things to say about the clinic. In 2012, she broke her foot in part because the steroid she is prescribed for her asthma causes bone loss. Even after physical therapy, Ayoob was left with excruciating pain in her foot, and an incorrect gait that caused hip pain. At Lolo, Ayoob’s foot wasn’t the only thing they addressed, they assessed her entire body. “For the last year,” said Ayoob, 31,


“I’ve been doing yoga, massage, and acupuncture. My hip pain went away, my foot is getting much better, and in terms of my asthma, it’s been one of the best years I’ve had in a long time. Lolo gives me hope because I started feeling depressed thinking about my age and having a long life ahead of me with disability and pain.” What makes things easier for Ayoob is that Lolo also acknowledges her fiancee. She said that even though they live in the Bay Area, their relationship has felt dismissed in other health care environments. “While I wouldn’t say I’ve experienced explicit discrimination, I would say some providers are uneducated,” Ayoob said. “So, my girlfriend turn’s into my ‘friend.’ It’s nuanced but still apparent. At Lolo, your family can look however. There is no question as to how you’re related or if you have a marriage certificate.” About 2,000 people use the clinic, 500 of whom are members. There is room for 500 more clients, Puertas said, underlining that Lolo would like to reach “a sweet spot” between maintaining affordability and providing quality care. “But our number one need to address is to make this a very welcoming place to get care,” Puertas continued. “We’re really in a place of listening to how we can better serve the community.”t For more information, visit www.

The event will give attendees an opportunity to hear about the clinic’s programs and progress as it continues to recover from financial difficulties a few years ago. The party is also a time to celebrate and features DJ Olga T spinning tunes. Guests can enjoy food trucks from Off the Grid, drinks,

and dessert. Organizers encouraged people to arrive at the gallery in their most dazzling outfit for a chance to win the award of the evening. Community tickets are $40, individual tickets are $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

the city’s affordable housing fund. The election result is also a signal that housing will be a key issue in the various local races on the 2014 ballot, such as the Assembly seat matchup between board President David Chiu and gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos. Chiu has been a leading opponent of 8 Washington, which Campos also opposed. Housing concerns are already a major focus in the re-election bid by gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, a backer of 8 Washington. Wiener has already come under withering attack from affordable housing activists, despite his latest proposal to allow for in-law units to be built in the Castro. [See Guest Opinion, page 4.] “It’s officially an ass-whooping.

In an off-year election, which would typically turn out more conservative results, San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted to reject luxury housing and in doing so demanded a commitment to the affordable housing that our city so desperately needs,” wrote Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club President Tom Temprano on his Facebook page late Tuesday night. “We see cranes in the skies but people sleeping in the streets and today we said enough is enough.” Already, the vote against 8 Washington is being used by environmental leaders, neighborhood activists, and the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance to urge City Hall to re-assess the Warriors arena proposal for two bayside piers on the

its, this will be Parker’s last term as head of the fourth largest city in the United States. Another openly gay candidate, Michael Gongora, a city commissioner in heavily gay Miami Beach, Florida, appears to have come up a little short in his bid for the mayoral seat in that city. Gongora was one of four candidates running for the mayor’s seat and at deadline unofficial election results showed Gongora in second, with 37 percent of the 9,217 votes that had been tallied. Phillip Levine had 50.70 percent – just enough to avoid a runoff. (If no one candidates gets at least 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff on November 19.) Only 10 percent of registered voters turned out for the race. Celia Israel was one of four can-

didates running in a special election to fill a vacant state representative seat from Austin, Texas. According to Texas Elections Division unofficial returns, Israel, treasurer of Stonewall Democrats of Austin, came in second with 32 percent of the vote, behind Mike VanDeWalle, who garnered 40 percent. Because no candidate received 50 percent of the vote, Israel and VanDeWalle will meet in a runoff next month. Incumbent New Jersey state Assemblyman Tim Eustace, a Democrat, ran for re-election to a second term as representative of District 38, in the northeast corner of the state. Eustace is a co-author of the New Jersey marriage equality bill that passed the Assembly last year.

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Former AEF board president Rick Salinas dies by Cynthia Laird


ick Salinas, an openly gay man who led the AIDS Emergency Fund board of directors for several years in the early days of the epidemic, died September 29 at Shasta View Hospice in Weed, California. He was 82. The cause of death was a short battle with cancer, his niece and caregiver, Michelle Salinas-Dick, told the Bay Area Reporter. Mr. Salinas, a former longtime San Francisco resident, had relocated to New York City in the mid2000s to assist a childhood friend during illness that took his life in 2011. He then moved back to California to live in Mount Shasta to be close to his niece and her family. Mike Smith, executive director of AEF, said that Mr. Salinas served on the organization’s board from 19881995. He was president from 19901993. AEF provides emergency financial assistance to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Smith called Mr. Salinas one of the “unsung heroes of the early days of the AIDS epidemic.” “Rick Salinas led AEF during some if its most difficult and turbulent years, when the AIDS pandemic in San Francisco was at its peak, and before federal government fund-

Courtesy Ron Lazar

Rick Salinas, in a photo from 2012.

ing was available,” Smith said in an email to the Bay Area Reporter. “As AEF’s caseload doubled and then tripled, his calming demeanor and steady leadership stabilized the young all-volunteer agency.” Mr. Salinas was also the father of former B.A.R. news editor Mike Salinas, who died suddenly in 2003 at the age of 46. Mr. Salinas was hit hard by his son’s death – the two had reunited when Mike Salinas moved to southern California in the early 1990s after

his longtime partner was murdered in New York City. Mike Salinas was involved with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and met a San Francisco sister in Los Angeles who told him about a man he should meet named Rick Salinas who lived in the city. Shortly thereafter, Mike Salinas was hired as news editor of the B.A.R. in 1992. He resigned in July 1999 and moved back to New York City. “I’m so grateful that my brother found his father when he did,” said Starr LaTronica, who is Mr. Salinas’s daughter. “It was a huge change for both of them and it was at a critical time for Mike.” Mr. Salinas was born Samuel Simon Salinas on January 29, 1931 to Raymond Julian and Mildred Lida (Gilbert) Salinas in Manhattan. He was called Rick from the age of 14 after he announced to his family that after seeing the movie Casablanca he had changed his name to that of the main character. He grew up a bookish child in the rough and tumble Bronx, where he was sought after in the neighborhood as a leader due to the fact that “he was the thinker,” as his lifelong friend Lois Towers reflected recently. Mr. Salinas joined the U.S. Army where he served as a medic from June 1950 to January 1955. After leaving the service he lived in Taos,

Wedding announcements compiled by Cynthia Laird Drew and Jim Ward

Drew Ward, 63, married his partner of 25 years, Jim Ward, 72, in a ceremony officiated by longtime friend Sam Webster, Saturday, October 19 at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. This ceremony reflected the couple’s pagan/heathen spirituality and was attended by a large and very diverse gathering of friends and family members. A Scottish piper accompanied the couple into the hotel’s grand Ghirardelli Room, and also provided lively accompaniment to Scottish dancing by close friend Barbara Cormack. Their close friend Patrice Haan sang “Take Me As I Am” during the ceremony and performed a number of pieces on her harp during the reception. Also providing delightful harp music was dear friend Jacqueline Lynaugh. The couple also married in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall on the morning of October 8. That date coincided with the 75th wedding anniversary of Jim Ward’s parents.



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New Jersey election officials had not posted results last night but showed early returns (11 percent reporting) with Eustace tied for third place, with 22 percent of the vote. The first and second-place candidates won only 29 percent and 27 percent respectively. Incumbent Minneapolis City Council member Robert Lilligren was running for re-election to represent Ward 6. While the city’s


Jim Ward is internationally recognized as a primary creator of the body piercing profession. He established Gauntlet, the first professional studio exclusively for body piercing, in 1975. Jim is also a co-founder of the Association of Professional Piercers and the author of the definitive book on the birth and growth of the profession, Running the Gauntlet – An Intimate History of the Modern Body Piercing Movement. Drew Ward has been Jim’s partner in business as well as life since 1988. He moved to San Francisco in 1972,

and was on the steps of City Hall at the beginning of the White Night riot related to the assassination of Harvey Milk. He was a founding member of Community United Against Violence and oversaw the young organization’s safety patrol in the Castro district. He also served as a peer counselor for people with AIDS and training assistant for the Shanti Project in the early 1980s. The Ward leather family household also includes Drew’s boy Eric See, and Jim’s service dog, a small rescue mutt named Sparky.

elections division had not yet posted results Tuesday night, Lilligren, 53, appeared to be the second-highest vote getter, with 32 percent of the vote. Lilligren has served on the council since 2001. A residential property developer, he earned the endorsement of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Three openly gay people ran for seats on city councils: a newcomer, Darden Rice won a seat in St. Petersburg, Florida with 55 percent of the vote; and seeking re-election, LaWana Mayfield in Char-

lotte, North Carolina, won re-election with 77 percent of the vote; and Chris Seelbach in Cincinnati was the sixth top vote-getter out of 21 candidates for nine seats. And early indications are that Catherine LaFond, another Victory Fund-endorsed candidate, has won the right to a runoff for a seat on the Water System Commission of Charleston, South Carolina. The Victory Fund says that if she’s elected, she will be the first person to run and win as an openly LGBT candidate.t

New Mexico until he moved to San Francisco in the mid-1960s. Mr. Salinas was chef and owner of the Butcher Shop Restaurant on Polk Street for many years. After closing the restaurant he reinvented himself again and became an art dealer, promoter, and gallery owner of Images ... A Gallery, on Hayes Street. That gallery closed in the mid-2000s. His niece said that Mr. Salinas was afflicted with a stutter as a small boy and was given speech therapy, which resulted in him becoming a student of oration. A man of prose, he spoke with trained eloquence and when he spoke or wrote, people listened. He was well-studied in dance, film, and photography, she said. “He was a proud man who possessed fierce strength publicly and vulnerability privately,” SalinasDick said. Salinas-Dick said that once Mr. Salinas was hospitalized, he hoped to live long enough to see Christmas. When she became aware that was likely not going to happen, she

and her family decorated a small Christmas tree and took it to the hospital and sang holiday carols with him. “He was 82 and you think you’re prepared, but you’re not,” SalinasDick said of her uncle’s passing. She added that her uncle “touched each of us profoundly and is missed completely.” At Mr. Salinas’s request there will be no formal memorial service. Salinas-Dick said that her uncle simply asked for friends and family to gather throughout the holiday season with the spirit of Christmas to share reflections of him that will create smiles and laughter, the sharing of good food, and kindness to one another. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to AEF, the Siskiyou Humane Society, Mount Shasta Mercy Hospice, the American Cancer Society, or any organization aiding in the education, literacy, and kindness and care of children.t

Obituaries >> Walker Cunningham July 10, 1947 – May 14, 2013

A memorial service for Walker Cunningham will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 9 at St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th Street, San Francisco. Walker packed many lives into his 65 years, most of them devoted to music. He studied at Oberlin, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and UC Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. in musicology. As an organist and harpsichordist, Walker played widely in solo, chamber music, and symphonic concerts in this country and in Europe. Walker shared top honors at the Hofhaimer Competition in Innsbruck, Austria, and received the University of California’s prestigious Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement. Walker wrote The Keyboard Music of John Bull and recorded a critically acclaimed CD on the organ at St. John the Evangelist. He served as the muchbeloved music director of St Mark’s

Episcopal Church in Berkeley. Thanks to great doctors and Walker’s brilliant mind, he survived 29 years of HIV. When AIDS forced him to retire from performing, Walker mastered yet another career as technical editor and writer at Cisco Systems. He spoke French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. His death leaves the world a less interesting place, especially for his sister, Joy Cunningham, of Austin, Texas.

Edly William March 1, 1929 – October 6, 2013

Ed was born March 1, 1929 in Jamaica. At the age of 17 his mother brought him to the U.S., where he was trained as a private chef. It was discovered that he had a good singing voice, and he was given a scholarship to travel in Europe training and singing professionally. He moved to San Francisco in 1971, and this became his beloved home. Ed loved life with a passion that is rarely seen. He will be missed.

Starts Sunday, October 6, 2013

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need a budget.” The proposed 2014 budget has corporate sponsorship income of $750,000, which is nearly $150,000 less than the FY2013 income. Currie said there were “issues” with the 2014 number but

he did not elaborate. “It is doable and a safe number,” he told the board. Williams said that the organization has “approximately $100,000 in the bank.” The board also announced that Pride’s request for proposals for 2014 event content has been sent out; the closing date is November 22

at 5 p.m. Cain announced that a community meeting on military recruitment at San Francisco Pride would be held Tuesday, November 19 at Metropolitan Community ChurchSan Francisco, 150 Eureka Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. He said the Transgender Law center would be represented as well as veterans groups.t

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NFL punk by Roger Brigham


week ago, Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was on the team’s inactive list for a Thursday, October 31 game against the Cincinnati Bengals after reportedly leaving the team to deal with a “personal illness.” In the week that has passed, the “personal” has become very much public and sickening evidence of a pervasive pattern of harassment, allegedly by teammate Richie Incognito. Martin has sought counseling and the Dolphins have suspended Incognito as the team and the National Football League began to respond with damage control. But as we go through the next few weeks of evidence discovery and whatever official attempts are devised to avoid repeats, it would be most helpful if we consider the initial responses of the past week for what insights they provide about how pervasive a problem it is and why it exists. Denial: It probably should not be surprising that a team whose league is the title of a documentary called League of Denial responded initially by denying any knowledge of a problem. The Dolphins said rumors of a bullying incident were just that, rumors, and that Martin had not reported any player misconduct to them. “As an organization, we take any accusations of player misconduct seriously,” the Dolphins said in a press release. “The notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally.” What was not reported at the time

was who players are told in advance they should report such problems to and how the team would handle them. What was not reported was what consequences would follow for a player who alleges misconduct by a teammate, whether it is the official actions taken by management or the unofficial response of other players and coaches. Speculation: It’s a blog- and Twitterdriven age we live in, with unsubstantiated impulse circulated as text messages and essays almost as quickly as they are conceived. Was Martin an emotionally fragile creature, who had cracked under the pressure of playing a brutally physical game? Did Incognito and fellow offensive linemen pick on Martin because they perceived he was “soft”? Was Martin gay? With no basis for any of the speculation, pundits played their own form of fantasy football. Defiance: Incognito tweeted an angry message: “I want my name CLEARED.” He used the same abbreviated format to challenge the ESPN news reports, writing, “@ ESPN shame on you for attaching my name to false speculation, I won’t hold my breath waiting for an apology;” “@AdamSchefter Stop slandering my name. You hide behind ‘sources’ who are not man enough to put their name behind the BS you report;” and “@AdamSchefter Enough is enough If you or any of the agents you sound for have a problem with me, you know where to find me #BRINGIT.” Evidence: Martin, who had told ESPN he had not filed a formal complaint because he feared the harm Incognito would try to inflict, turned over to the Dolphins pur-

ported voice messages and text messages from Incognito with racial and sexual epithets and threats of violence against Martin and his family. One of the voice messages was by Incognito in April to “greet” the second-year player. “Hey, wassup, you half n** piece of s**. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s•* in your f**ing mouth. [I’m going to] slap your f**ing mouth. [I’m going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F** you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.” At this point, Incognito, such an aggressive presence on the Twitter up till then, has pretty much disappeared. I suspect his only career option right now is as an actor on one of those Southwest Airlines commercials. Wanna get away? Condemnation: With the release of the messages, the Dolphins suspended Incognito and it is believed he will never play another game for Miami. The NFL said it would investigate the allegations of abusive behavior. Football commentators were swift and vehement in their denunciations of Incognito’s actions. Enablement: Anyone with any familiarity of domestic abuse cases could have predicted what came next. Some pundits attacked Martin’s acceptance of abuse for so long, saying he should have “manned up” and confronted Incognito physically rather than running off and crying about it. Many defended harassment of younger players by older players as “just” a part of hazing built into the system. Armchair quarterbacks posted their comments on social media sites about the hazing they put up with and argues it helped build team spirit. Linguistics: As discussions broadened into what other harassment of Martin and players has been ongoing not just with the Dolphins but

The Miami Dolphins have suspended guard Richie Incognito.

throughout the NFL, including things such as sticking newbies with restaurant tabs of tens of thousands of dollars, reporters scrambled to find the right words to categorize Incognito’s alleged acts. Hazing? Bullying? Hate crime? My thoughts? There is virtually no difference between bullying and hazing; both are conducted by insecure punks trying to build themselves up by cutting someone else down. Both are enabled by the active participation, apathetic indifference, or intentional ignorance of others. The Dolphins are the new poster team for the head-in-the-sand culture of the NFL. Were there any warning signs that Incognito was a troublesome character? Hell, his career has been nothing but warning signs. He was suspended by two different college teams. He hit players after whistles had blown. The St. Louis Rams couldn’t wait to get rid of him. Knowing all of that, the Dolphins allowed him to be named to their players’ council. That’s not


monitoring bad behavior; that’s endorsing it. You know Martin’s lawyers are thinking exactly how to phrase that in the litigation that is sure to come. I asked my wrestling friend Akil Patterson, who played football at Maryland and now works with USA Wrestling to help make the sport more inclusive, how pervasive he thought bullying was in football. Patterson is a gentle giant of a man, but he says it was not always so. “I will admit that I was one of the biggest bullies around on the football field, but that came from having to put on a very tough external face,” Patterson said. “I am sad that the abuse of an athlete is still happing to today and on such a high level. The NFL is taking steps to address these issues. This issue is very close to my heart and to many at Athlete Ally. We all on some level know that bullying does take place.” The last fistfight I got into was in high school when a loudmouth kept using the n-word because he thought it was funny and I didn’t think it was and kept telling him to stop and then we went at it and it wasn’t funny and he wasn’t laughing any more. Not long after that I started wrestling and my anger never went away but I learned alternative, less physically damaging ways to educate people to change their attitudes on things like race and sexism. A shame I didn’t meet Incognito before I became so civilized. He’s decades younger than me and hundreds of pounds heavier, so my fists of fury might not have been proved very effective, but oh, how cathartic it would have been to take a few swings at him. Then again, the bigger man is the one who learns to have the courage to live guided by compassion rather than violence, who learns how not to bully but to befriend.t

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chase prices of homes, you will most likely be forced to leave the city,” said Campos, who indicated he’d be introducing more legislation soon. “The diversity and vibrancy of our city is disappearing by the day. We must act to ensure that more than just the ultra rich can live here.” The Ellis Act is a 1986 state law that allows landlords to evict tenants in order to get out of the rental business. The landlord must remove all units from the rental market. Such tenants are paid relocation expenses to move. The amount they receive can vary depending on how many individuals occupy a unit, the tenants’ ages, or disability/HIV status. The amounts can range from $5,000-$15,000 per tenant, with an additional $3,403 paid to tenants who are senior/disabled, according to information from the Tenants Union website. For most tenants, the money doesn’t go far in San Francisco’s sizzling rental market. Under the law, Jeremy Mykaels, 63 and a long-term AIDS survivor, had faced eviction from the Noe Street home he’s lived in for 17 years. But in October, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay threw out the eviction, citing the fact that Mykaels’s landlord stated his rent incorrectly in the eviction notice. His landlords reserve the right to re-start the eviction process. Mykaels said around the time of the judge’s decision that he was relieved, but “the stress and worry never goes away and still weighs on my health. Until this situation is resolved one way or another, I doubt it ever will.” As with Mykaels, the fate of tenants at 1049 Market Street, not far from City Hall, has also garnered several stories in the media recently. For years it’s been home to several LGBTs and others who reside in live-work lofts. Department of Building Inspection data show that in 2007 a complaint was filed because the owner was “renting out office spaces as residential in a commercial building.” An inspector at the time noted, “Investigation revealed all spaces are live-work units (approximately 60plus). Permit research showed only six conversions were permitted.” In September, residents received an email from the building’s management that said, “Over the past several months, the current ownership group” of the building “has spent extraordinary time and money with the hopes” to remedy the situation. A tenant shared the email with the Bay Area Reporter. The message said that “due to a long-standing Notice of Violation


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Embarcadero near the base of the Bay Bridge. The opponents of the basketball team’s plans held a press conference Wednesday that highlighted the visual comparisons between 8 Washington and the Warriors’ development plans. Their argument is that the arena is even more massive than the proposed residential towers at 8 Washington and should be re-evaluated in light of this week’s vote. The two ballot measures regarding the 134 luxury condos pro-



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his ideological opponents to affix a political motive to his announcement.” Among the motives offered were that Michaud was attempting to attract progressive voters away from independent candidate Eliot

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was in the Assembly “to require that someone own a building for at least five years before being eligible to use the Ellis Act.” “I’m open to additional measures to address abuse of the Ellis Act in San Francisco, as long as those measures will actually help tenants,” said Wiener. “Passing local measures that are illegal under state law and that will surely be struck down by the courts – like purporting to place a local moratorium on the Ellis Act or requiring all rents to be reduced – while making us feel good, will not help any tenants facing eviction. We need to focus not on illegal feel-good measures but rather on tangible steps we can take locally to reduce the incentive to use the Ellis Act, as well as continuing to encourage state-level reform. Fundamentally, the state Legislature needs to act.” In an interview, Leno said, “My concern is if we don’t do something, with the current market, it only gets worse, it doesn’t get better, and then the question is how many buildings need to be emptied out before you take action?” He said, “What we’re seeing today, and what we saw 10 years ago ,was the Ellis Act being abused by people who aren’t landlords, who don’t pretend to be landlords, and don’t intend to be landlords. They are speculators, and that is an abuse of the statutory right, which was created for landlords. The idea was to put into law a requirement that someone owns the building for a while to substantiate that they are indeed landlords.” Such a requirement “wouldn’t end the problem entirely,” added Leno, but he’s still working on legislation to address evictions. He said he’s “meeting with stakeholders and advocacy groups, and we are discussing some ideas that could become legislation when we get back to Sacramento in January.” Like Kim, Leno wouldn’t share many details about what he’s working on. However, he said in San Francisco, “Clearly, we need more affordable options for both rental and for purchase, but every Ellised unit is a loss of our most affordable housing stock, and it will never be replaced. If someone loses a rent-controlled unit, they’re likely going to have to leave the city.”t

While many have called the evic-

tion situation a “crisis,” LGBTs who’ve faced evictions anywhere in the city firsthand can be hard to find. In the Castro district, the number of Ellis Act evictions has increased, but there is still only a handful. According to rent board data for the 94114 Zip code, there was one such eviction in 2011, and eight in 2012. As of late September, there have been six so far this year. There were 51 citywide in the same period. The data, which are pulled from owners’ filings of notice of intent to withdraw rental units under the act, don’t show the number of units covered by each notice. Queer housing rights advocate Tommi Avicolli Mecca, who works for San Francisco’s Housing Rights Committee, has been sounding the alarm on the use of the Ellis Act and other eviction methods and their impact on LGBTs for years. Either written or verbally, a landlord may tell tenants that if they don’t accept a buyout, the landlord will use the Ellis Act, effectively forcing tenants out. Such cases aren’t recorded in city data, but Avicolli Mecca said he’s seen them “over and over.” He also said he talks to many people who are living with AIDS and don’t want to discuss their situations publicly. Avicolli Mecca urges people who get eviction notices to “stay and fight.” “It’s not completely hopeless, as we’ve seen lately,” said Avicolli Mecca, referring to Mykaels and tenants at 1049 Market Street. He also suggested the city declare a “state of housing emergency.” “Just like when there’s a disease like AIDS or some epidemic going on, the city can invoke certain powers to do things, so I would like to see the city invoke whatever powers it can invoke” to halt Ellis and similar evictions, where tenants are pushed out of their homes through no fault of their own, “for say maybe five years.” He also suggested freezing or rolling back rents, or putting a moratorium on market-rate housing. Avicolli Mecca noted former Mayor Gavin Newsom “defied state law” in 2004 when he ordered city officials to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “We could do the same thing with housing,” he said. “We could lead the way. We could be the San Francisco we’ve always been and challenge the law.” In response to emailed questions, gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose District 8 includes the Castro, said, “I’ve been a long-time supporter of reforming the Ellis Act.” As an example, he pointed to gay state Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) failed proposal when he

posed to be built on what is now a parking lot and a private tennis club that were before voters Tuesday both went down for defeat with nearly two-third majorities. According to the unofficial returns Wednesday morning, the project sponsors’ backed Proposition B which would have created a special use district for the 3.2-acre site to allow it to be built, was rejected on a 62 percent to nearly 38 percent vote. The second measure, Proposition C, which would have approved the extra height allowance city officials granted to the project, lost on a 66 percent to 33 percent

vote. Also on the ballot this week were three citywide officials who all easily won their races as they were unopposed and an appointed supervisor who sailed to victory against an opponent who failed to mount any sort of campaign. City Attorney Dennis Herrera; city Treasurer Jose Cisneros, the only LGBT person elected to a citywide position at City Hall; and Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, appointed by the mayor to fill the vacancy created by the election of Phil Ting to the state Assembly last fall, all netted 98 percent of the votes cast, according to the unof-

ficial returns. Due to a change in local election law, Herrera and Cisneros ran for truncated two-year terms. In 2015 the positions will be back on the ballot, when they will revert to again being four-year terms. Chu will be back on the ballot in 2014 as her race this year was to finish out the last year of a four-year term. Appointed District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, picked by Lee to succeed Chu, her former boss, received 82 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Ivan Seredni, an audit accounting consultant at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, garnered

roughly 17 percent of the vote. She will also be back before voters next fall to seek a full four-year term. Voters passed the two other local ballot measures by overwhelming majorities. Proposition A, the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund, won with nearly 69 percent of the vote. It creates a type of lockbox that sets aside adequate funding to insure that promises are kept and prohibits the city from raiding the fund for uses other than retiree health costs Proposition D: Prescription Drug Purchasing, netted 80 percent of the vote. t

Cutler, a popular politician with a more liberal record. Michaud, a former mill worker who represents Maine’s largest geographic and more conservative district, had a 100 percent score with the Human Rights Campaign in the first two terms, then 85, 97, and 95 in subsequent terms. The Bangor paper

noted that in 2004, he told Project Vote Smart that marriage should be limited to one man and one woman. But the Project Vote Smart website and HRC records indicate a mostly pro-gay record for Michaud. He voted against a federal constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, declined support for the Employ-

ment Non-Discrimination Act when it didn’t include gender identity, and voted for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” But he did not cosponsor a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Michaud is running against independent Cutler and the ultra-conservative Republican incumbent, Paul

LePage, for the governor’s office. Michaud joins one other openly gay candidate for governor next year: Heather Mizeur, a delegate in the Maryland House, running in that state. His inclusion means there are now seven openly LGBT members of the U.S. House of Representatives.t

we have been forced by Code Enforcement to get a building permit to change the current unit configuration entirely.” The email also said, “Per these city orders, the building must be entirely vacated.” But in an email to the B.A.R., William Strawn, a spokesman for the Department of Building Inspection, said those statements “are not correct.” Neither the building nor planning department’s “require evictions; that is a building owner’s decision,” said Strawn. Officials have had “several discussions with the owners over the past 18 months and advised them that the city could offer a pathway” to legalize the residential units that have been lived in for more the past five years and update sprinkler, heating, and similar systems “and thus provide a safe building,” he said. “To date, the owners have not yet responded to this offer,” said Strawn, but “we continue to be hopeful that such an initiative by the owners will be forthcoming.” According to one tenant, current owner John Gall has owned the building for about two years, well after the 2007 complaint was filed. Gall didn’t respond to an interview request. Management said in its email that it would start evictions from the fifth floor and work down, potentially giving tenants on lower floors several months to find new homes. The email also said, “Moveout monies” per the city’s ordinance “will also be provided.” Since the September email, many tenants have received eviction notices. Tenants have been meeting with Supervisor Jane Kim, whose District 6 includes the building, and others to try to remedy the situation. In an emailed statement Tuesday, Kim said, “I am encouraged by my recent conversation with John Gall. He is committed to exploring a no eviction pathway with his investors to preserve the affordable units at 1049 Market Street.” But in an interview in late October, Victor Arreola indicated that he’s done fighting and was packing up after 14 years in his unit, where his rent was set to be $817 as of November 1. Rent control rules have kept the price low. “I decided that rather than battle” being evicted, “my health was more important,” said Arreola, a gay 58-year-old who works at Macy’s as a make-up artist but has recently been out on medical leave after a gym-related injury. He said he planned to leave at the end of November. He said the 60-day eviction notice he received cited demolition as the reason, and he’s been offered about $5,200 in relocation funds. After living on his own for so long,

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Victor Arreola, who lives in a Mid-Market building where tenants face eviction, may move to Seattle.

he’d have to move into a place with roommates, he said. “If I lived alone, just to get a studio here in the city probably would be around $1,700 to $1,900,” he said. There’s also first and last month’s rent, a deposit, and moving expenses to consider. He’s also thinking about moving to Seattle to stay at a friend’s house, which would mean he’d have to find a new job. Like others in the city, Arreola blames Twitter, which has its headquarters just a few blocks from his apartment, for driving up rents in the area as the social media company and others like it grab office space and draw in well-paid workers seeking homes. In late October, Kim introduced interim planning controls “to prevent property owners from obtaining building permits when there is known residential occupancy in a commercial building,” a news release from Kim’s office said. The controls are meant to prevent evictions similar to those facing tenants of 1049 Market and a neighboring building, according to the release. The city will conduct a survey on the loss of residential units in the South of Market neighborhood, which is “experiencing a development boom.” “We must balance the success of the city’s revitalization efforts with a commitment to protecting the existing residents in our impacted neighborhoods,” stated Kim. In an interview last week, Kim said she and others are considering two other pieces of legislation. One of them involves the San Francisco Tenants Union, said Kim, who declined to share details. “We don’t want to give too much of a heads up” to people who may oppose it, she said.

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Campos’s hearing on the evictions report is set for a special committee meeting of the board’s Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee at 2 p.m. on November 14 in Room 250 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. The full report is available at http://www.sfbos. org/Modules/ShowDocument. aspx?documentid=47040.

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Maestro Morgan strikes up the band by Jason Victor Serinus


ts home in Oakland’s Paramount Theatre may be an easy BART ride from San Francisco, but the Oakland East Bay Symphony nonetheless remains a mystery for many San Francisco music-lovers. That’s a shame, because under its gay longtime Music Director Michael Morgan, who has led OEBS for all but one of its 25 years, the orchestra has provided unique programming and community outreach that make it a model of its kind. “We try, in our small concert series, to really reflect what’s going on in Oakland and the East Bay,” Morgan told the Bay Area Reporter. “Hence we end up with concerts that are more diverse and more interesting than other orchestras whose repertoire is interchangeable, one with the other. We play to our community. It’s a really interesting one, so you get really interesting concerts.” See page 20 >>

Oakland East Bay Symphony Music Director Michael Morgan with the orchestra. Son Lu

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his may be the year Korean art steps out of the shadows of its aesthetically formidable cousins, Japan and China – at least as far as museum exhibitions are concerned. The opening of In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty, a new show now up at the Asian Art Museum, preceded by one week the unveiling of Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s showcase for the artistic achievements of a small ancient principality (400-800 A.D.) that flourished on the Korean peninsula. The product of the combined contributions of 13 Korean institutions, Grand Style focuses on the comparatively more recent past, the 14th through early 20th

Royal throne (detail) (1800-1900). Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Lacquer and gold on wood, metal.

centuries, a period when Confucianism was a state belief, and ceremonial festivities following strict protocols were celebrated with fanfare and elaborate accoutrements. To that end the show includes official ritual seals such as a gilded brass turtle with scales on its shell and a mirror underneath revealing the royal imprimatur; a silk bridal robe woven with images of cranes and peonies, symbols of prosperity and longevity; jeweled hair ornaments, some of them two-feet long and decorated with a dragon’s head or designed in the shape of a phoenix; and multi-volume books containing writings and paintings documenting royal banquets and orchestrated processions that involved a cast of thousands. The Asian’s show is by no means definitive; in fact, its limited purview preSee page 27 >>

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<< Out There

18 • Bay Area Reporter • November 7-13, 2013

Nights to put between days by Roberto Friedman


here is always one particular week in the fall when the false hopes of Indian summer end and we know we’ve turned the corner into darker days. In the Bay Area, almost without exception, that week comes around Halloween. The sun might still shine during the day in that golden, slanting autumn light, but the nighttime is coming up hard at heels, bringing the chill. Once it’s still dark when we get up for work, the deed is done. The summery side of fall has been killed off for another

year. Winter reels us in. O soft, warm bed! O hard, cold world! What willpower do we call upon when we forsake the former for the latter on those coming dark days? We know not. But out into the world we must go, to meet our fortune, or stave off misfortune. This past week brought both workaday pressures and evening pleasures. We attended the opening nights

of two one-actor shows, Underneath the Lintel at ACT and The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Berkeley Rep, both reviewed in this issue. Then we attended two stellar concerts during Hitchcock Week at the San Francisco Symphony. On Halloween night, organist Todd Wilson accompanied a screening of Hitchcock’s silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) on Davies Symphony Hall’s massive Rufatti Organ. “The Avenger,” a Jack-the-Ripper-type killer, stalks the streets and back alleys of Londontown, offing women with golden curls. The only ones happy about it are the newsboys (the killer is active on Tuesdays, when newspapers fly off the racks). “Murder – Wet off the presses!” cries a title card. “Murder – Hot on the aerial!” The situation is tense in the rooming house where The Lodger (the darkly handsome Ivor Novello) shows up to let a room. Even though the organ and the audience find him very suspicious, the landlord and his wife are not phased. Their daughter, with golden locks, is in fact rather turned on by the comely stranger. When he asks that all the paintings of girls with golden curls be removed from his rooms, his boarders conclude that he is simply “not too keen on girls.” They figure “he’s a little queer, but still a perfect gentleman.” Hmmm. Grisly killings follow, but in the end the wrong man is fingered as the Avenger, and a bloodthirsty mob rises up against him. Here, in its early form, is Hitchcock’s familiar theme of an innocent man besieged by vengeful forces (see North by Northwest). The camera angles and dramatic lighting are reminiscent of German Expressionism, but the suspense and the perversity are all Big Alfred. Wilson, head of the organ department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, was magnificent on the mighty Rufatti. Midway during the Prelude in which he powered his way through J.S. Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, a young and costumed audience member ejaculated, “Wow!” Wilson nodded his vigorous assent without taking his appendages off the stops. The next night, we were back at Davies (our second home) to hear Joshua Gersen conduct the SFS in


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The Lodger (Ivor Novello) plays an intimate game of chess with Daisy (one-named actress June) in Alfred Hitchcock’s silent film The Lodger.

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Barihunk Zachary Gordin in a triptych photo spread.

the Bernard Herrmann score to Hitch’s classic Vertigo, the worldpremiere presentation of the full score performed live to a screening of the film. It’s also reviewed in this issue. Like all diehard San Franciscans, Out There counts Vertigo among our most cherished viewing experiences. Over and above the tale of Scottie’s (James Stewart) pervy obsession with Madeleine (Kim Novak), which gets really twisted in the third act, there’s the endless fun of recognizing San Francisco landmarks throughout the film – look, there’s Coit Tower! There’s Nob Hill! Mission Dolores! Buena Vista Park! Ad infinitum. You’re not a true SFer if you haven’t seen this film at least twice. The sold-out house at Davies Hall squealed with delight when Scottie’s friend Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), recently returned to the city from the East, bitched, “San Francisco isn’t the same city as it was before. It’s changed so much.” In 1958. Same as it ever was. We also greatly enjoyed the ACT production of playwright Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, which takes place on the stage of an unspecified auditorium stuffed with theatrical detritus. Here’s a note on the scenic design from production dramaturg Beatrice Basso: “Many of the objects filling Nina Ball’s design on stage came with their own histories. They were artifacts and props from A.C.T.’s repertoire. The ghosts of productions past began to waft through the play in beautiful ways as we started to tech: drops from The Rivals and Guardsman, books and lights from Arcadia, a halberd from Enrico IV, costumes from past Christmas Carols, Bill Irwin’s chest in Scapin, and from Tosca Project, 4,000 Miles, and Clybourne Park, many door frames – or ‘lintels.’” So it was like watching a play and an ACT greatest hits package at the same time. Any week that includes dancing down Mission streets with our salsified friends (during the Day of the Dead procession) and coming upon an altar to the late great Ruth Asawa is a good one.

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The Lodger organist Todd Wilson.


Barihunks, the website dedicated to promoting opera singers – baritones or basses – who are known for having both great voices and a beefcake appearance, has released its third annual calendar, and announced the first grantee from proceeds raised to date. (The term “barihunk” combines “baritone” and “hunk,” and is believed to have been coined by director Francesca Zambello to describe a performance by baritone Nathan Gunn in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.) Singers featured in the calendar include cover model Douglas Carpenter, Timothy McDevitt, Vasil Garvanliev, Gianluca Margheri, Christopher Temporelli, Craig Verm, David Adam Moore, Jonathan Estabrooks, Michael Mayes, Keith Miller, Christiaan SmithKotlarek, Anthony Reed, Xavier Edgardo, Aaron Sorensen, Wes Mason, and Zachary Gordin. They represent singers from Canada, the United States, Italy and Macedonia. Grantee Zachary Gordin (the February model) will use the funds to offer master classes at Center Stage Opera for young artists in the LA area. Way to go, Mr. February! More info and beefcake pics at

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by Richard Dodds


he Pianist of Willesden Lane is something of a lullaby, a gently told tale with luscious musical annotation, that has the Holocaust as an unlikely instigator. Through most of the 90-minute play at Berkeley Rep, the actual horrors that spread out from Berlin are kept at a hazy remove as life in England strives for stoic normalcy. In this milieu, one young girl stripped of family and home is able to thrive thanks to the Kindertransport and her own determination to one day perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor in concert. Lisa Jura was the pianist of Willesden Lane, and her daughter Mona Golabek is on stage, and at the piano, to tell her story. After a brief, unassuming address to the audience as herself, Golabek makes the subtle transformation into her mother at age 14. Now it is Lisa telling the story, in modest theatrical tones, of her happy life in Vienna. She feels honored to walk each day on streets once traveled by musical royalty, and she is on her way to an aborted piano lesson when she realizes that the magic of Vienna is no longer accessible to Jews. By the luck of a card game, Lisa’s father won a single Kindertransport ticket that allowed Lisa and nearly 10,000 other children safe passage out of Nazi-controlled Europe. Greeted by relatives at Liverpool Station only to tell her that they have no room to house her, Lisa ends up in a hostel where her talents are encouraged. The Blitz does bring upheaval, but the drama comes more from gentle, precise observations than from wartime adrenaline. Sent to work in a tailor’s shop, Lisa remembers “each stitch like it was another line of music.” But she is happiest when continuing her piano studies, illustrated by Golabek’s own celebrated talents at the Steinway that dominates the stage.



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20 • Bay Area Reporter • November 7-13, 2013

Killer programming by Victoria A. Brownworth


ne of the great things about a new season on the tube is: spoiled for choice. Friday and Saturday nights have long been the dead zones on the TV landscape. Everything is either just okay (we can watch Shark Tank and Undercover Boss, but do we really want to, unless we’re a captive audience somewhere? And honestly, we’ve never been fans of football or golf, much as we’ve tried) or really unwatchable (Last Man Standing: how was Tim Allen ever funny?). But now we have some truly fabulous TV on these two nights. But before we get any annoyed tweets, we do want to note that Undercover Boss makes a point of having queer-friendly businesses profiled. On the Nov. 1 episode, the business was Alfred Angelo, a bridal apparel company operating in every state, as well as 34 other countries. The highlight of this episode was Leann, the Dublin, OH story manager who is a lesbian. She was kicked out of her house because her family was not okay with her being gay, and she ended up homeless. Yet despite this adversity, she pulled herself up from the streets, was happily partnered and ready to get married. Another worker, Krysta, was the bridal stylist in Springfield, VA. She was born deaf. What a role model! After the big reveal, Krysta is given a $10,000 donation to whatever charity she chooses for the physically challenged, and is asked to spearhead a program for the company to hire more disabled workers. She’s also given $15,000 for her and her fiancee to begin their life together. Leann is the last employee to be gifted. She is offered whatever gowns she and her fiancee want for their wedding, including bridesmaids gowns. In addition, she gets $25,000 for a down payment on a house for her and her fiancee, and another $10,000 to furnish it. Leann goes off to call her partner, and is crying as she tells her of the gifts and that “people like us” can be respected. A very emotional episode of Undercover Boss: if you need a feel-good pick-me-up, watch it online at If you need a different kind of pick-me-up, and something more queer frolicsome, there’s the new show Houston Beauty on OWN, which debuted Nov. 2. The reality series is fun, and includes trans stylist Mia. It’s perfect to watch while getting ready to go out on Saturday night. On Pivot, Jersey Strong features a lesbian couple. Brooke is a trial attorney who owns her own law firm (sweet) with her fiancee, Maggie. Now that New Jersey has marriage equality, they will be able to formally tie the knot! The couple has two college-aged children. This new series is a little The Fosters-lite, but still enjoyable. We never expected Friday night to be must-see TV, but that happened Oct. 25 with the return of NBC’s su-


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One look at the six concerts of OEBS’ 25th Anniversary Season ( reveals all that is unique about the organization. The opening concert, on Nov. 8, combines tributes to Verdi and Wagner, including the entire Immolation Scene from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, sung by Othalie Graham, with an all-American classic, gay composer Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and a potential


and Angel), but it is very pernatural thriller Grimm, good once you drop into now in its third season. We that suspension of disbetold you last season how lief mode. good, queerish, unpredictSpeaking of Buffy, Sarah able, well-acted and freshly Michelle Gellar’s latest veimagined this show was hicle, the archly funny CBS becoming. It’s taken a very sitcom The Crazy Ones, has dark turn this season, but also been picked up. This that’s made it even betshow has brought Robin ter. There’s an intoxicating Williams back to TV, has sexual undercurrent on got a great ensemble cast, this show that combines and Gellar is wonderful. We with the supernatural elewould have liked the CW to ments to make it very combring back the spectacular pelling. Grimm has some Ringer, in which she starred of the darkness of Hannias identical twins, but barbal, but with none of the ring that, we’ll take her flesh-eating homoerotic here. CBS has also ordered cannibalism (although we a full set of Mom, one of the did very much enjoy that). more queer-friendly new It also will remind some, sitcoms. at least this season, of True We never expected to Blood. watch Fox’s Sleepy Hollow While the show has a MCT past the first episode, but very strong ensemble cast, David Giuntoli is very en- Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Dracula in NBC’s new this show is so good, has such great special effects, gaging in the lead as the series, based on the Bram Stoker novel. has such an unusual premGrimm, Nick Burkhardt, ise, and is only the second both a police detective show on all of TV starring and the scion of travels: he hopes to take revenge on an African American woman, that a hunter class who take those who cursed him with immorwe were hooked. The gothic/fanout wesen. Think Buffy, tality centuries earlier. Everything tasy/horror/thriller has already been the Vampire Slayer, seems to be going according to plan, picked up not just for the full seawith strange, killer creauntil he becomes infatuated with a son, but for a second season. tures. Nick’s sometime woman who appears to be a reincarOne of our favorite new offerings nemesis, sometime colnation of his dead wife.” has been the wildly funny CBS comlaborator boss, CapThe opening episodes were rife edy The Millers. This show has had tain Renard (played with sensuality, red velvet and other us in tears we were laughing so hard. with creepy sensualtrappings of the Victorian era’s hidStarring Will Arnett from NBC’s ity by Sasha Roiz), has den perversities. On the Nov. 1 Up All Night, where he was also become an important episode, the sex is intense and somepants-pissingly funny, and Justified’s figure in the show, adding a layer what violent. There is a scene that Margot Martindale, as well as Beau of tension. Grimm is set and shot takes place in a gay club, which is unBridges and Glee alum Jayma Mays, in Portland, OR, which adds that settling to say the least (was Dorian this dark comedy about what hapgloomy, rainy, impending-someGray there? Oscar Wilde?). Dracula pens when the parents split up has thing touch. Think The Killing. is a joint UK/US venture, with the an edge to it that pulls in any viewer. Grimm is the lead-in to NBC’s new show airing on SKY in the UK. We’d Speaking of sitcoms we’re enjoyseries Dracula, which also debuted like to see it succeed, but NBC has ing, ABC’s Trophy Wife is hilarious. on Oct. 25. We’re not sure whether a rocky history with intellectualized Malin Akerman is Kate, third wife this show will stay the course, but dramas. Watch while you can. of Brad (The West Wing’s Bradley we were intrigued by the premiere. Whitford). She’s the pivot in the One of the show’s strengths is the The ax falls show, young enough to be having ever-sexy Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Even though it is barely a month trouble with both the other wives Meyers. Rhys Meyers was magnifiinto the new season, some shows and their kids, since she doesn’t regcent in Showtime’s The Tudors as the have already been axed, while othister as an actual adult to them. We young Henry VIII, giving audiences ers are so popular they have already see she’s anything but fluff, but also a reason to believe all these women been picked up for a full season. In see the struggles the other wives and would become enthralled with the keeping with their inability to give their kids might have with her. Othserial dispatcher of wives. He also new dramas a chance, NBC has aler notables in the cast include Osdid a great job in the TV film Elvis. ready cancelled Ironside, with Blair car- and Tony-winner Marcia Gay We loved him in Woody Allen’s atUnderwood. This show had conflict Harden as first wife Diane, a doctor, mospheric Match Point, and as Dafrom before its debut, but even we and Michaela Watkins as second vid Bowie in Velvet Goldmine. Why couldn’t have anticipated it being wife Jackie, who’s a little nuts. The wouldn’t we love him as the original cancelled so early in the season. The Halloween episode that aired Oct. vampire, Dracula? He’s got that RobWednesday night slot after Law & 29 typified just how funny this show ert Pattinson pale thing happening, Order: Special Victims Unit will be can be. Our favorite moment in he looks exactly the same as he did filled with a variety of re-runs of this queer-friendly show was when more than a decade ago, he may even other shows. Really? It’s so bad that Kate and Jackie are taking Jackie’s be a vampire. Plus, he’s utterly charre-runs are better? adopted Asian son, Bert (Albert ismatic. All of that works. But what NBC has also cancelled Welcome Tsai), trick or treating, and he gets about the rest? to the Family, one of the worst new lost. The two find him sitting with Dracula has a lot going for it. The sitcoms this season. WTTF’s ratan older woman who says to them, showrunner/head writer is Daniel ings were better than Sean Saves the after they both declare themselves to Knauf, who created the brilliant if World’s, so that might be getting the be Bert’s mother, “Congratulations short-lived HBO series Carnivale. ax soon as well. Because even gay on the Supreme Court decision. I NBC describes the series premise: shows can be terrible. But the Mibelieve all love is sacred.” “It’s the late 19th century, and the chael J. Fox comedy will play out the Speaking of shows we heart, the mysterious Dracula has arrived in season. Halloween episode of Grey’s AnatoLondon, posing as an American Among shows being renewed is my made us anxious. We have been entrepreneur who wants to bring Joss Whedon’s latest, ABC’s The hoping for a reconciliation between modern science to Victorian sociAvengers-inspired series (Whedon Arizona and Callie, the (until a few ety. He’s especially interested in the did the films) Marvel’s Agents of weeks ago) longest-running lesbian new technology of electricity, which S.H.I.E.L.D. The show hit an allcouple on the tube. But now that promises to brighten the night, usetime audience high for a debut, with Arizona is sleeping with Leah (Tessa ful for someone who avoids the sun. 11.9 million viewers. It’s not our Ferrer), is that possible? We don’t But he has another reason for his fave Whedon (those would be Buffy

see much chemistry between “Easy Peasy” Leah and Arizona, although we know that could develop. There was a touching scene between the two when Leah was waiting for HIV test results on an out-of-control patient who had bitten her, zombiestyle, and Arizona explained about her first needle stick and how she’d been treating a patient with fullblown, end-stage AIDS. Since everyone acts like HIV/AIDS is over, it was good to see the reality of the disease revived. But we’d still like to see Arizona and Callie reunited. Who we aren’t happy to still see on their show is Cee Lo Green on The Voice. It’s such a great show. So the scandal of Cee Lo Green being accused of date-raping a woman and his subsequent victim-blaming is an ugly blot on an otherwise terrific show which has showcased some amazing talent and allowed gay and lesbian singers to be out (unlike American Idol). Surely they can find another African-American musician to fill that judging slot? NBC has so many problems with programming, we can understand that they might not want to unravel anything on their flagship show. But this is a show that’s huge with the 18-49 demographic everyone lusts for. So we have to question what NBC is thinking, keeping Green. If a man drugs a woman without her knowledge, which he acknowledged, how is that consent, and why would you have that person represent your show? Just saying. As for the singers, Shelbie Z has such an amazing voice. She’s putting it out there for women of size. And is James Irwin the prettiest guy to be on a contest in a while? He has some of that Bruno Mars look, but a little tougher. Gorgeous. His version of The Script’s “Breaking” this week was superb. Although if we never hear the word “pitchy” again, we wouldn’t be unhappy. Olivia Henken is also tremendous. We’ll be surprised if this season doesn’t go to a budding country star. Back to Green, though: NBC isn’t the only network with issues about how they address certain crimes. We had to send off an angry e-mail after ABC News referred to Chris Brown’s alleged assault of a gay man and his allegedly saying he’s not “down with that gay shit” as “bad boy antics.” No, it’s not “bad boy” anything. It’s a hate crime. In 2013, it’s past time for any network and any news program to be diminishing crimes like gay bashing and date rape. Reportage sets a tone. We don’t like the tone ABC set. Dancing with the Stars fave Julianne Hough decided to wear blackface based on a character in Orange Is the New Black for Halloween. Black pundit Jelani Cobb was asked by CNN to come on and say it was not a big deal. All Cobb could say was he was embarrassed for CNN. Not the first time. It’s sad to note that there is still so much discrimination out there. The only show with a black male lead is cancelled (Ironside) while a white actress is wearing blackface and gays are disappearing altogether from the tube. To keep track of these changes, or lack of same, you really must stay tuned.t

future classic, still-young Mason Bates’ Mothership. Bates’ presence is especially significant because OEBS was the first professional orchestra to program works by this now world-famous, San Francisco-based composer and DJ. December 15 brings OEBS’ annual holiday celebration, Let Us Break Bread Together. If ever a concert proclaimed “Community” with a capital C, this evening, which brings together the OEBS Symphony and Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir,

James Irvine Foundation, the project began with commissions to four composers known for their work in such non-classical genres as jazz, hip-hop, world music, electronic music, Afro-Cuban, Flamenco, rock, soul, and R&B – Scott Amendola, Benedikt Brydern, Rebeca Mauleón, and Narada Michael Walden – that premiered between 2010 and 2012. None of these composers ever before had the opportunity to write for symphony orchestra.

Crystal Children’s Choir, klezmer band Kugelplex, and Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, does it with joy. OEBS’ commitment to honor the multi-faceted diversity of the most racially diverse city in the United States also shines in its annual Notes from concert. With this year’s dedicated to the music of India, the March 28 concert balances Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 with music by Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar. It also includes the world premiere of where shadow chases

light, a New Visions/New Vistas Commissioning Project by female composer Juhi Bansal. “This is a big deal for us,” Morgan says of a Notes from series that, in past seasons, has included two concerts of Persian music, and one each for music from Armenia, the Philippines, China, and the Middle East. Each of these has brought a new Bay Area constituency to the OEBS, with some folks coming back for more. As has the New Visions/New Vistas Commissioning Project itself. Launched with a grant from the

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Fear & trembling in contemporary ballet by Paul Parish


he five members of Zhukov Dance Theater gave a supremely elegant evening of dances midweek last week at the SFJazz Center, a new 750-seat theater on Franklin Street with fabulous acoustics and comfortable seating looking down onto an arena stage that puts the show, so to speak, right in your hands. Live music must sound fabulous there – there’d be nothing to distract from the sound, and you’d hear absolutely everything that happened. But the very elements that make the sound so live (board-and-batten walls like grey foam core corduroy, black boxing-ring stage, bleacher seating) bleakened Zhukov’s dance spectacle, which was anxious to begin with, and made it seem like an episode of Ender’s Game, like exercises in preparation for futurist gladiatorial combat. The happy ending, which the program promised, seemed to me like yet another contest in which all our humanist values have already been hazarded and lost. Zhukov is Russian; he’s lived amongst us as one of the great exponents of St. Petersburg classicism since the early 90s, when he joined San Francisco Ballet. Before he left Russia, he had impressed Balanchine’s muse, Suzanne Farrell, who’d come to Russia to set Scotch Symphony as one of the most eager dancers to learn the Balanchine style (she cast him in the lead). Zhukov was one of the first to follow Nureyev and Baryshnikov in coming to the West in hopes of finding freedom to express himself. He came here. And though he was schooled in the rigorous correctness of the Vaganova method, he was longing to find a way of living as a dancer in the present world, rather than the “Age of Delirium,” as the Russian scholar David Satter has de-

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Zhukov Dance Theatre dancer Christopher Bordenave in choreographer Yuri Zhukov’s “Enlight.”

scribed the Soviet system of hypocrisy. For the Russian ballet was, inside the Kremlin, understood to be an instrument of propaganda, a way of selling a kind of ideal that the commissars understood to be a great lie. I’ve been watching his dances since 1991, when he was already creating cryptic modernist ballets. I see in his work the fear of the KGB, the fear of giving yourself away – and also the fear of living in fear and never finding your heart’s desire. It echoes the fears I had as a queer growing up in Mississippi – actually the experience of declaring myself to someone I adored, who was shocked and denounced me. Perhaps I simply project my feelings onto his work because they do not refuse the projection. The same classic reserve that made him a glorious prince makes his dances resis-

tant to interpretation. His five dancers had mostly solos, most of which began with the sound of distant thunder and then switched to baroque cello music, each of which oozed a sensuous longing laced with moments frozen with fear. A prominent motif was a limb that would catch, freeze, and then begin to tremble violently. Most beautiful was a moment when the dancer was caught facing away from us in a deep lunge, and the long leg began to quiver and go crazy. “Contemporary ballet” belongs to the countries that were overrun by the Nazis and the Soviets. Blood has soaked into their ground, and they have reason to fear a recurrence. Depending on who you are, Americans have never lost a war (until Vietnam). But Native Americans would not agree with that, nor

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Zhukov Dance Theatre dancer Doug Baum in choreographer Yuri Zhukov’s “Enlight.”

would African Americans. American air is now tainted with anxiety, and if it’s played right, it’s popular. About a year ago, Beyonce was accused of stealing moves from a choreographer she claimed “nobody ever heard of,” Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The evidence, posted all over YouTube, was staggeringly clear – the coolest moves in “Countdown,” affectless, cool, deadpan – came from Belgium, from a film of the contemporary dance company Rosas, headed by that lady nobody’s ever heard of. My point is, contemporary ballet is sexy, elegant, gorgeous, dripping with cool, but also as empty-seeming as an A&F ad. It’s high art, but all its elements are happening – and it does not need to be changed much

to make it commercial. Also on the show was a longer piece, equally desolating, by the Israeli choreographer Idan Sharabi. The five heroic dancers were Christopher Bordenave, Jeremy BannonNeches, Doug Baum, Nick Korkos, and Rachel Petrice Fallon. Interestingly, three of them have studied extensively with Alonzo King, whose Lines Contemporary Ballet just celebrated their 30th anniversary here with a show I was very sorry not to be able to see, but which all my dance friends said was extraordinary. The two ballets during Zhukov’s evening were obsessively watchable, and the dancers were gorgeous at every moment. But, as I say, I’ve had nightmares every night since.t



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Unusual vintage short films, Thursdays and Fridays. Nov. 7: Reel Housewives of Yesteryear. Nov. 8: (Re) Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 (x3), Mark Street and Uzi Sabah’s live performance interpretation of the train/ terrorist film. Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117.

The innovative local performerdancer (aka Fauxnique) performs Instrument; her solo work that explores the nature of the body in performance. $20$30. 8pm. Also Nov. 9, at 7pm. 1310 Mission St.

Tim Miller @ Sofia University, Palo Alto The pioneering gay solo performer brings his Sex/Body/Self show, about gay pride, social justice and artistic expression, to the Bay Area. Free-$20. 7:30pm. 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto.

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Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi

My Beautiful Laundrette


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by Jim Provenzano


t’s officially autumn when I have to turn on the heater in my drafty Victorian. I’m sure many locals will understand. But what’s more warming is going out to see the multitude of cultural events going on this week; new exhibits, handsome crooners singing romantic ballads, and mind-bending exhibits will stir up some cranial heat as well.

Thu 7 Dogugaeshi @ Zellerbach Hall Puppet theater innovator Basil Twist, with Yumiko Tanaka, performs an intimate and beguiling one-hour drama with traditional Japanese stage techniques, and an original score. $76. 8:30pm. Nov. 7, 6pm & 8:30pm. Nov. 9 & 10, 2pm & 7pm.

Felice Picano, Ron Williams @ GLBT History Museum Witness to History, a panel with the prolific gay author and first-time memoirist, who read from their new books (Picano’s 20th Century Un-Limited, and Williams’ San Francisco’s Native “Sissy” Son ) and discuss historic gay cultural eras. $5/free for members. 7pm-9pm. 4127 18th St. 6211107.

I Am Divine @ Castro Theatre Jeffrey Schwarz’ new biographical documentary, about John Waters’ fabulous gay actor Harris Glenn Milstead, reveals his rise to fame; with rare footage and interviews from Waters, Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter, Holly Woodlawn, members of The Cockettes, and Divine’s mother, Frances (7:30pm), followed by John Waters’ classic Female Trouble (9:10). Reg. admission $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St.

Olympians Festival @ Exit Theatre Annual festival of a dozen new works with contemporary takes on classic Greek mythology. $10. Various times. Thru Nov. 23. 156 Eddy St.

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

The Rocky Horror Show @ Boxcar Theatre Live performance of the original Richard O’Brien musical about sexed up aliens transsexuals that became a cult film. $20-$55. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Dec. 21. 505 Natoma St. at 6th.

San Francisco Symphony, Jeremy Denk @ Davis Hall The Symphony and pianist Denk perform works by Beethoven, Steven Mackey, Mozart and Copland in a concert series before their national tour. $15-$156. 8pm. Also Nov. 8, 6:30pm; Nov. 9, 8pm. Nov. 10, 2pm.

I Married an Angel @ Eureka Theatre

Shawn Ryan @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko

42nd. Street Moon’s production of Rodgers & Hart’s lighthearted musical about a man whose wife turns out to be a celestial being. $21-$75. Previews. Opens Nov. 2, 6pm. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Nov. 17. 255-8207.

The fab gay singer performs his own versions of classic romantic and cabaret songs. $25-$35. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

Dia de los Muertos @ SOMArts Cultural Center Large group exhibit of Day of the Dead altars and artworks honoring the deceased, with interactive installations and Día de los Muertos-inspired artist market. Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 11am-5pm. Sun 11am-3pm. Thru Nov. 9. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414.

Fri 8

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

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

Dissident Futures @ YBCA Fascinating exhibit and series of events about visions of post-disaster Bay Area imagery; a future imagined in maps, videos, artwork and even a disturbing animal laboratory installation. Also, Kota Ezawa’s Boardwalk, an installation tribute to the Seaside Heights boardwalk (which was just destroyed by fire after barely enduring Hurricane Sandy). Thru Nov. 30. Also, Migrating Identities, an eight-artist exhibition visualizing cultural diversity in the U.S. Thru Nov. 30. 701 Mission St. 9792787.

Dirty Little Showtunes @ New Conservatory Theatre The return engagement of Tom Orr’s zany, racy Broadway parody song show, now in its 16th production! $25-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 10. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. 861-8972.

Sun 10

My Beautiful Laundrette @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Previews begin for the U.S. premiere of Hanif Kureishi’s tale (adapted by Andy Gram and Roger Parsley) about two gay men in 1980s England and their unlikely romance spurred by coowning a laundromat. $25-$5. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Dec. 22. 25 Van Ness Ave at Oak. 861-8972.

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

New and Classic Films @ Castro Theatre Cleverly-paired double features and special events. Nov. 7, Jeffrey Schwarz’ new biographical documentary I Am Divine (7:30pm), followed by John Waters’ classic Female Trouble (9:10) See Thu. 7 listings. Nov. 8: Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger (6:45) and Dead Man (9:30). Nov. 9: 3rd annual South Asian Film Festival. Nov. 10, a Bogie & Bacall in To Have and Have Not (1,5,7pm) and Dark Passage (3pm, 8:55). Nov. 11: From Here to Eternity (2:30, 7pm) and The Last Detail (4:50, 9:15). Nov. 13: Godard’s 1967 Weekend and Cronenberg’s 1996 Crash (9pm). Nov. 14: The Big Lebowski (7pm) and The Long Goodbye (9:15). Reg. admission $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St.

Sat 9 Celebration of Craftswomen @ Fort Mason Center Peruse from thousands of craft items (ceramics, fabric, jewelry, woodwork) made by hundreds of women artists at the annual fair. Free-$15. 10am-5pm. Thru Nov. 11. Festival Pavilion, 1 Marina Blvd. at Buchanan. 802-5699.

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition @ de Young Museum New exhibit of 300 portraits, still lifes, and landscape paintings by the gay British painter. Free-$25. Thru Jan. 20. Also, The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, an exhibit of 150 pieces of exquisite Italian jewelry made between 1950 and 1990, including gems from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection. Thru Feb 17. $10-$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. (til 8:45pm Fridays) Thru Dec. 30. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600.

Next Fall @ San Jose Repertory Theatre

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo @ SF Playhouse

Give a Woman a Lift, Jo Kreiter and Sean Riley’s latest acrobatic dance work, includes suspended wall and aerial choreography. $20-$25. Wed-Sat 7:30pm & 9pm. Thru Nov. 16. 401 Alabama St.

Local production of Geoffrey Nauffts’s Tony-nominated play about a gay couple facing a five-year crisis following a family tragedy that forces them to confront their conflicting religious beliefs. $25-$75. Tue & Wed 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm & 7pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru Nov. 10. 101 Paseo De San Antonio Walk, San Jose. (408) 3677255.

La Cage aux Folles @ Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma

Foodies, the Musical @ Shelton Theater

Rosalind Kind @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko

Morris Bobrow’s musical comedy revue of songs and sketches about food. $32-$34. Fri & Sat 8pm. Open run. 533 Sutter St. (800) 838-3006.

Talented vocalist and Broadway actress (who happens to be Barbra Striesand’s sister) performs music from her fifth CD, Come What May. $30-$60. 8pm. Also Nov 9 at 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

Flyaway Productions @ Joe Goode Annex

Gruesome Playground Injuries @ Tides Theatre Local production of Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph’s drama about two selfdestructive adults who once met in a school nurse’s office. $20-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Nov. 9. 533 Sutter St. 2nd. floor. 399-1322.

Josh Klipp and The Klipptones @ Palace Hotel


The local jazz crooner and his band perform weekly shows at the hotel’s lounge, which draws a growing swingdance audience. 7pm-11pm. 2 New Montgomery.

Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars @ Phoenix Arts Theatre George Crowe’s comedy about a playwriting contest, London Idol 1610. $20-$25. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Thru Nov. 17. 414 Mason St. (510) 276-3871.

Sidewinders @ Exit on Taylor Cutting Ball Theater presents the world premiere of Basil Kreimendahl’s play about a couple who find themselves in a genderblurring other world. $10-$50. Thu 7:30, Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sat 2pm & Sun 5pm. Thru Nov. 17. 277 Taylor St. 525-1205.

Transgender Film Festival @ Roxie Theatre 12th annual festival of diverse films from ten countries, each dealing with unique aspects of people living, loving and defying stereotypes as transgender people. $12-$15. Nov. 8: 8pm. Nov. 9: 7:30 & 9:30. Nov. 10: 2:30 & 4pm. 3117 16th St. at Valencia.

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

Transgender Film Festival


Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist drama about the ghost of a tiger who changes the lives of U.S. Marines and an Iraqi translator. $30-$70. Tue-Thu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Nov. 16. 450 Post St. 677-9596.

Sonoma production of Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman’s musical adaptation of the French film about a gay couple’s comedic attempt to cover their relationship when their son’s fiancé’s conservative parents visit their home above the gay nightclub they own. $9-$35. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Extended thru Nov. 10. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma. (707) 763-8920.

Can You Dig It? @ The Marsh Berkeley Don Reed’s autobiographical solo show explores the 1960s: Beatles, Black Panthers, MLK, JFK and the KKK. $20-$50. Sat 8:30pm and Sun 7pm thru Dec. 15. 2120 Allston Way. 282-3055.

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

First @ Stage Werx Evelyn Jean Pine’s fictional retelling of the young innovative and competitive life of computer guru Bill Gates. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Nov. 3. 446 Valencia St.

Gala 31 @ Mill Valley Community Center Spectrum LGBT center’s gala fundraiser, with Ten Len Paterson Trio playing swing music, comic Dana Goldberg, DJ Costa, fine diner food, retro photo booth, juke box and arcade lounge and much more. $120-$150. 6pm VIP reception. 7pm-11pm. 30 No. San Pedro Rd, #160, San Rafael. 472-1945.



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In Grand Style @ Asian Art Museum

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Flyaway Productions

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

Fri 8

SF Open Studios @ Multiple Locations Annual large-scale exhibits and sales of hundreds of artists’ works in various media, at locations citywide. Weekends thru Nov. 10.

Sun 10 Jim Brickman, David Burnham @ Venetian Room Two handsome musicians perform in a duo concert; Brickman, the pianist singer, and Broadway star Burnham perform their own and classic songs in two different shows: “Love” (5pm, with Brickman and Burnham) and “Greatest Hits” (8pm, Brickman). $48 each. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. at California. 927-INFO.

Our Vast Queer Past @ GLBT History Museum See the new exhibit, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song, which includes archival materials from the historic chorus, lead-curated by Tom Burtch, with a touchscreen display by multimedia producer John Raines. Also, Be Bad… Do Good: Activism With a Beat, a multimedia exhibit highlighting the history of the Real Bad benefit dance parties, which have raised nearly $1.7 million for local nonprofits. Exhibit thru Oct. 27. Other permanent exhibits as well. Reg. hours Mon-Sat 11am7pm (closed Tue.) Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107.

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

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

SF Hiking Club @ Mt. Tam Matt Davis and Coastal trails are trekked by the LGBT hiking group. Enjoy spectacular ocean views in the fall, beautiful forests on Mt. Tam’s western slopes. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes, layers, hat, sunscreen. Carpool meets 9:15am at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. (510) 985-0804.

Mon 11 10 Percent @ Comcast Cable David Perry’s LGBT-themed talk show features a variety of local and visiting guests. Rebroadcast various times thru the week.

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California Native Plant Bloom @ SF Botanical Gardens

Q Salsa @ Symbolic Dance & Fitness

Seasonal flowering of hundreds of species of native wildflowers in a century-old grove of towering Coast Redwoods. Free$15. Daily. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316.

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

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Top Guys @ Stage Werx Theatre

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents the monthly stand-up night, with Micia Mosely, Nick Leonard, Sampson McCormick, Emily Epstein White, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. at Precita. (800) 838-3006.

Tue 12 The Art of Dr. Seuss @ Dennis Rae Fine Art Fascinating intimate exhibit of rarely seen hand-made hats and other works (prints, paintings, sculptures and drawings) by Theodor Geisel, the author/illustrator of the immensely popular children’s books. 781 Beach St. 292-0387

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

Wed 13 Butterflies & Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers Popular exhibit transforms the floral gallery into a fluttering garden with 20 species of butterflies and moths. Speical holiday botanical terrarium ornamentmaking workshop Nov 13, 2pm-4pm ($45). Holiday centerpiece-making workshop with supplies include, Nov. 20 ($50). Reg. hours, 10am-4pm. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am4:30pm. Extended thru March 16, 2014. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090.

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

Immigration Issues for LGBT Couples @ Commonwealth Club Lawyer Kelly McCown discusses postDOMA rulings and law issues for binational couples. $7-$20. 12pm. Club office, 595 Market St. at 2nd.

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

Xavier Castellanos @ Social Kitchen & Brewery

Thu 14 Jason Lazarus: Live Archive @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Exhibit of unusual work by the Chicago artist who explores collective public archives, personal memory, and the role of photography and collecting in contemporary art and identity. Nov. 14: Literary Death Match, “Unscrolled” takes on the Torah, with Jewish authors reading selections from Reboot’s Unscrolled, a modern interpretation of the Torah by some of today’s best known writers. Also, two exhibits about Jewish life: To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History (thru July 1) and Work in Progress: Considering Utopia (thru Jan 20). 2pm-5pm. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800.

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

Megan Mullally & Stephanie Hunt @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko







Emmy Award-winning actress ( Will CMY & Grace ) and fellow actress Hunt ( Californication ) perform unique versions K of cabaret classics, with the band Nancy and Beth. $45-$66. 8pm. Also Nov. 15, 8pm. Nov. 16, 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

Remembering LGBT Historic Sites @ Women’s Building The GLBT Historical Society hosts a workshop that invites LGBTQ community members to share stories and add to a historical record of queer spaces, both public and private. Free. Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th St.

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

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24 • Bay Area Reporter • November 7-13, 2013

Suspense at the symphony hall by Philip Campbell


uess the director from these clues. Who made a career famous for suspense, heroes with tricky problems and anti-heroes with dark obsessions, cool blonde women, macabre wit, vivid cinematography and lush musical soundtracks? You probably got it in less than three. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the last of the great Golden Age auteurs, and his brand remains popular with critics and the enthusiastic popcorn-chewing and nail-biting public to this very day. In a clever combination of brilliant marketing, inventive programming, and great seasonal timing, the San Francisco Symphony recently celebrated Hitchcock and the composers who scored some of his greatest thrillers with a Halloween-week series, part of Films with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall. It was a great start for an ambitious project that will continue with

four more distinctive programs featuring highly varied movies and A Night at the Oscars through the end of May. Most and best of all, it was a marvelous celebration of good film music. Full screenings of the terrifying Psycho, the silent The Lodger (on Oct. 31, thank you) with Todd Wilson playing organ, and what is arguably his magnum opus, Vertigo, culminated on Saturday in A Symphonic Night at the Movies with Hitchcock!, featuring clips from five iconic films, and hosted by Eva Marie Saint (one of those cool blondes Hitch was so fond of). Personally obsessed (in a quite innocent and critically admiring way, of course) with Vertigo and the San Francisco of the late 1950s, so evocatively captured by the director, likewise in love with the grandeur, mystery and cosmopolitan glamour of Northern California, I simply couldn’t miss the full screening. Needless to say, I am not alone in my appreciation of Vertigo and composer

Bernard Herrmann’s remarkably enduring musical contribution. Even at the most complicated of moments, he clarifies the emotions and drives of the characters, subtly and often devastatingly moving the plot forward. His music has a symphonic sweep and passionate grandeur perfectly in tune with Hitchcock’s tale of murder and romantic fascination. It has never sounded better than in the recent live performance by the SFS with Joshua Gersen conducting. While vistas of the Big Basin Park redwoods, Fort Point and the Bridge, old Union Square (including an interior at Podesta Baldocchi’s), and Mission Dolores unfolded onscreen above, the orchestra gave luxurious voice to Herrmann’s unforgettable score. The composer only worked with Hitchcock seven times, and their professional relationship ended badly, but there is perhaps no other collaboration more representative of the director’s vision or Herrmann’s own artistic goals in cin-


Scottie rescues Madeleine from her dip in San Francisco Bay, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

ema. The legendary scene in the tacky hotel when Kim Novak’s character makes a final change to emerge from the loo transformed into Jimmy Stewart’s feminine ideal (and his decidedly creepy fixation) begins nervously, then intensifies with a big and downright Wagnerian love theme. It continues to swell until climaxing in a breathtaking 360-degree shot of the star-crossed lovers as they kiss. That’s movie magic, as they say, and the conductor and orchestra seamlessly meshed with the action for a completely satisfying experience. Back in the 50s, everyone would have lit a cigarette. Hitchcock had another wonderfully fruitful partnership with composer Dmitri Tiomkin (Strangers on a Train and Dial M for Murder, most notably), but Herrmann created the haunting, screaming strings of Psycho and the agitated themes for North by Northwest; not really a contest. Tiomkin was given his just due with clips and SFS accompaniment during the Saturday Hitchcock!, hosted by a remarkably still recognizable, but seriously unprepared Eva Marie Saint. The careening “The Carousel” scene from Strangers on a Train proved a stunning example of the importance of music to Hitchcock’s movies. The juxtaposition of the simple merry-go-round tune with the frantic chaos of the larger orchestra makes the indelible images onscreen all the more frightening. Dial M for Murder also showed how their cinematic partnership understood the dramatic impact of combining coldhearted violence with almost humorous suspense. The evening opened with a quick set of pleasant clips, underscored by sophisticated and relatively lighthearted music composed by Lyn Murray for To Catch a Thief. Ms.

Saint was charming throughout the first half (indeed, the entire night), and it was good to see her alive and kicking, but her total lack of rehearsal started to show early on. She thought the Strangers on a Train sequence was coming next on the bill, despite the fact that she had just finished her set-up for the scenes from Vertigo. Oh, dear. When conductor Gersen took bows with her and started to escort her from the stage, she balked, simply not understanding it was only intermission. When they returned, it was clear the young and attractive conductor had exchanged a few helpful words about the scripting of the show. Saint coyly took to remarking (repeatedly) that Gersen was too cute to be so serious, but her ad-libs worked better in the character of the sexy role she portrayed in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Closing the program with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint scaling Mt. Rushmore proved the perfect way to celebrate our appreciation of the director’s unforgettable imagery and the inseparable contributions of his musical collaborators. Saint’s anecdotes about Hitchcock and the filming process were naturally interesting and sweetly reminiscent. She was there to help create a masterpiece of popular cinema after all, and the enthusiastic audience was finally left wanting more. The playing of the orchestra under Gersen’s sympathetic control got Films with the San Francisco Symphony off and running with a beautiful homage to Hitchcock’s composers. Now we look forward to Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and the sort of no-brainer inclusion of Disney’s Fantasia on the film series. If we could only get a guarantee that Hitchcock Week would come again.t

James Stewart as Detective John Scottie Ferguson, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.


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Laid low by love by David Lamble


15-year-old languishing in a provincial French high school, several notches from hip, is laid low by love at first sight, the sight of an older art student with blue hair, sashaying across campus on the arm of an older babe. We’ve long known that sexual freedom is life’s most intoxicating cocktail, for its own sake, and for the gateway it offers to everything that really matters. Is Blue Is the Warmest Color art-house cinema’s way of telling us that a kind of 60s-style revival is underway? Already some bold critics are hailing Blue as the year’s best film – nay, the first masterpiece of the new century! A big New York arthouse chain has proclaimed that it will wink at Blue’s NC-17 rating, normally the film police’s way of keeping precocious high school seniors from getting too early a bite at the apple. And in a telling sign that the Victorian iceberg is finally melting, some critics say that Blue isn’t merely a lesbian film, but rather a universal statement suitable for all. Wow! So what’s the deal on this buzz-worthy masterpiece that got the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize? At first glance, Adele is a directionless schoolgirl with a notion she

wants to be a teacher, a vague crush on handsome boy Thomas, a goodnatured gay buddy Valentin, but a life that lacks that spark or kick in the head from the universe that says, “This is your fate, honey, your karma, so be off with you!” Sex with Thomas (the flirty Jeremie Laheurte) doesn’t ignite, and Adele learns the harsh but necessary lesson that people can drop you even faster than they picked you up. Joining Valentin (Sandor Funtek) for a whirl through their small town’s gay pubs, Adele spots a blue-haired young woman, Emma, an artist she had previously chatted up on campus. Emma is trouble, at least for Adele, with her posse of mean-girl classmates. As soon as the word hits her school that Adele may be “going” with Emma, the homo bullying begins in earnest, and I don’t mean cyber-bullying, but the real face-toface kind that can lead to hair-pulling, slaps, eye-gouging punches. But before her life descends into that hell, Adele abandons the dolts and gets down with Emma. Written and directed by Tunisianborn Abdellatif Kechiche, co-written by Ghalya Lacroix, adapted from Julie Maroh’s graphic novel Le Bleu Est une Couleur Chaude, Blue stretches the boundaries of the classic coming-

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Emma (Lea Seydoux) and Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) get personal in Blue Is the Warmest Color.

of-age tale into a three-hour intimate epic. Steven Spielberg’s Cannes Festival Jury gave Blue the Palme d’Or top prize with the grace note that the award be shared for the first time ever by the terrific young actors Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. In particular, Exarchopoulos, 18 at the time of shooting, gives one of the best stabs at aging convincingly on camera since Leo DiCaprio cornered the market on this precious skill. Both women deliver naturalistic performances that

transcend their much-ballyhooed extended sex scenes. But just as Scorsese’s Raging Bull rose or fell by the 12 brilliantly choreographed minutes of simulated boxing, Blue will forever be praised or damned by filmgoers’ gut-level reactions to 10 minutes of simulated sexual gymnastics that leave standard film sex in the dustbin of celluloid history. Sex on screen is always a tricky proposition. Back in the 70s, Pauline Kael lost her mind over Bernardo

Bass hits by Tim Pfaff


hen the show’s not The Ring, or better perhaps, Falstaff or Mefistofele, the bass is usually not the singer out for the final solo curtain call. Then, too, there’s the tiresome dispute as to whether a particular singer is a true bass, really a baritone, or a genuine bassbaritone. It’s probably a tough life down there. But recently two Brits, bona fide basses with great baritonal credentials to boot, have issued CDs that have put the ace back in bass. That ear pun points to the first, Christopher Purves’ quaintly entitled Handel’s Finest Arias for Base Voice (Hyperion), which goes for the historific in its packaging. Yet Purves is that most cutting-edge of presentday singers, a musician with brains and sensibilities so acute that, when singing Handel, he would opt for a period-informed style. Yet as Purves has demonstrated, he’s a stylistic chameleon who can hold center stage in as contemporary a work as George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, and is a Falstaff to put up against Terfel’s in his brilliant performance in Richard Jones’ Glyndebourne production (Opus Arte). He has few peers among acting singers today. The payoff is enormous in his new collection of 20 arias from the

Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, in which Marlon Brando’s drowning man surrendered to/dominated Maria Schneider, aided by a stick of butter in a huge, empty Parisian apartment. Tango, likely Brando’s best screen work, may seem dated today, but what’s wrong with dated anyway? Sometimes all great art has to do is devour the sacred cows of its own day. And on this score, Blue delivers big-time. First, that 10-minute romp annihilates the normal film stopwatch on how long lovers can hold a clinch. Good riddance! Second, Blue transcends the mottled conventions of porn. The fact that its source material is a graphic novel is a big plus at a time when graphic novels, YouTube channels and video games are among art’s most vital creative tributaries. Finally, Blue’s sweaty rondo plants the couple firmly in a relationship from which each will derive different lessons. Eventually, class will trump climax. And in an emotionally wrenching final shot, the filmmakers show Adele leaving us and a chapter in her life, in an extended screen moment that is as effective as Truffaut’s transcendent freeze-frame on his alter ego, Antoine Doinel, in The 400 Blows’ last glorious gulp of freedom. No higher praise exists.t



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most likely gay Handel’s operas, oratorios, and early Italian cantatas, partnered by Jonathan Cohen’s lively period instrument ensemble, Arcangelo. Purves’ point is to show that Handel’s arias for low male voice are not only not all alike, but also not boring or lugubrious. Acting with acuity in every note he sings, he finds a man (or underworld fiend) of flesh and blood, or lacking those, feelings. The basses for whom Handel wrote his music may not have been the stars their soprano and castrato counterparts were, but they were individuals Handel knew well (one may also have been his cook) and to whose individual voice and character traits Handel composed his music. That makes it the more remarkable that Purves sounds like no one other than the character singing the music across this broad canvas of bass portraits. The two poles of Purves’ expressive range can be found in arias from Handel’s early Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and its later, English offspring, Acis and Galatea. As Polyphemus in the first he sings the Handel bass show-off aria, in which the singer repeatedly leaps huge intervals over a more than two-and-ahalf-octave range. Astonishing as it is to hear Purves drop precipitously to those notes that feel like they fall off the bottom of the page, attention is never distracted from the overwhelming sadness of this Alberichlike grotesque, who cannot begin to fathom why Galatea flees from him. The later version sees the same situation in the light of grotesque humor, as Handel pokes musical fun at the character’s attempt to be charming with his weak verses. Beware: if his paean to the nymph, “O ruddier than the cherry, O sweeter than the berry,” gets as stuck in your mind as it does on his lips, it could stay there for weeks, like a pesky ad jingle. Rare as coloratura basses are (James Morris started as one, before he slipped the grip of Ricky Bonynge), Purves, who is a true one, never plays the card for its own sake. It’s mostly deployed in the music for the bad guys, like the Lucifer of the Italian oratorio La Resurrezione, with its sinister chromaticisms, and in the oratorio Theodora, the Roman tyrant Valens’ threat of torture for those who

do not swear faith to the god Jove alone. His vile promise of “Racks, gibbets, sword and fire” could have special appeal to a subset of my readers, and it’s got ornaments galore. Some of the most touching music comes from the oratorios, “Tears, such as tenders father shed” from Deborah hitting an almost Verdian

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Celebrated British artist David Hockney returns to California with an exhibition assembled exclusively for the de Young. Expansive in scope and monumental in scale, this is the first comprehensive survey of his 21st-century work. Renowned for his use of traditional materials as well as evolving technologies, Hockney has created new art in an array of media, from watercolor on paper to iPad drawings, and oil on canvas to digital movies.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the artist. Director’s Circle: Penny and James George Coulter, David Davies and Jack Weeden, The Michael Taylor Trust, and Diane B. Wilsey. Curator’s Circle: The Bequest of Dr. Charles L. Dibble, Ray and Dagmar Dolby, and Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue.

David Hockney, Matelot Kevin Druez 2 (detail), 2009. Inkjet-printed computer drawing on paper. © 2013 David Hockney

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26 • Bay Area Reporter • November 7-13, 2013

Good old boy tackles HIV meds


by David Lamble


he third of the year’s queer Oscar-bait features erupts in a first-act explosion of bad-ass behavior in which a crazy man sheds more brain cells and T-cells than the Good Lord ever intended. Dallas Buyers Club’s anti-hero Ron Woodroof, in a career turn and guaranteed Oscar nomination by a skeletal Matthew McConaughey, finds himself near death in a charity hospital ward. For hyper-macho Ron, things are even worse than they seem, for behind a curtain is Rayon (Jared Leto, pushing his body and craft to the limit). Technically a pre-op MTF transsexual, Rayon will be an unsettling angel of mercy for former rodeo-rider Ron. “Relax! I don’t bite. I guess you’re kind of handsome in a Texas, hick, white-trash, dumb kind of way.” Watching a film called Dallas Buyers Club is a mind-blower for me, who suffered the zombie-bite fever of first love there. In this 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, Dallas will be red-meat bait for blue-state snobs. But my anxiety is somewhat relieved when I notice the name of Club’s director, Montrealborn Jean-Marc Vallee, the creator of perhaps the last decade’s finest family coming-out drama. With 2005’s C.R.A.Z.Y., Vallee plumbed the homo-hating depths of another supersensitive “nation/state,” his home province of Quebec, frequently ready to bolt Canada. In Dallas, Vallee’s challenge is to render the real-life hero Woodroof as the bigger-than-life good-oldboy his surviving friends remember without allowing him to drift towards irredeemable monster time. The early scenes illustrate the balancing act involved, as Woodroof gets the bad news from a charityhospital doc, here played against type by the normally wisecracking

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Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in director Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club.

out actor Denis O’Hare. “Mr. Woodroof, you’ve tested positive for HIV. Have you ever used intravenous drugs? Have you ever engaged in homosexual conduct?” “Did you say homo?” As we meet him in 1985 Dallas (played by New Orleans for tax purposes), Woodroof is an ornery S.O.B. Riding the rodeo circuit, attempting to mount bulls even meaner than himself, Ron is all but living out of his car between bouts of Lone Star beer and playing poker with buddies barely less shiftless. He’s definitely not the kind of galoot you’d use the “H-word” with, whether you meant hemorrhoids, hepatitis, or homosexuality. Told by O’Hare’s blunt-speaking doc that he has probably 30 days to live, Woodroof throws a macho hissy-fit. Regaining his senses, this cowboy starts improvising, the way you might riding a bucking bronco. McConaughey’s Ron straddles the line between Paul Newman’s legendary Hud, out to screw the world, and a heartbreaking loner/loser like Heath Ledger’s Ennis, contemplating

his dead lover’s shirt. The filmmakers keep Ron from seeming too mean to live with a surrounding cast of sane helper-bees, such as Jennifer Garner’s AIDS doc, his not-quite-love-interest who endures trash-talking guff, the theft of her prescription pad, and the potential loss of her hospital-staff job, all to protect a child/man from the consequences of his police-baiting behavior. One-time character actor Griffin Dunne stages a career revival as the folksy, Mexican-clinic alternative-meds expert upon whom much of the film’s claims to scientific accuracy rest. In 1985, almost nobody, either in libertarian Dallas or progressive San Francisco, had a clue about a remedy, let alone a cure. The HIV jungle drums were warning that the FDAapproved AZT might be worse than nothing, but what to do? The Dallas Buyers Club arose from Woodroof ’s need to prove he wasn’t practicing medicine without a license: for $400 a month, members could mix or match the drugs of the month like

Jared Leto appearing at the Mill Valley Film Festival earlier this year.

jazz, or maybe Russian roulette. The real Ron Woodroof lived with his death sentence into 1992, a few tantalizing years before the miracle-drug combination cocktails would fill the gaps he so desperately tried to fill with his imported drugs and supplements. The medical stuff rings true. But the heart of the film rests with the incendiary chemistry between Leto and McConaughey. The Louisiana-raised Leto first had a music career in mind. But the androgynous, boyish artist found himself offered just enough choice catnip roles, from Claire Danes’ rebel boyfriend in My So Called Life to Darren Aronofsky’s addict in saintly denial in Requiem for a Dream, that he waited until 2009 to take his band 30 Seconds to Mars on tour. I find the actor – his light brown hair worn shoulder-length, with a matching, slightly overgrown beard – with the Rayon-inspired weight loss restored, but nursing a cold which has him shunning handshakes. He allows me to use his tissue box as a digital-camera tripod. Speaking softly in a Bayou-inflected patois, Leto recalls what first drew him to Rayon. “She had a really great heart, what an amazing creature!” David Lamble: What was your weight loss like? Jared Leto: It changes the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you think, the way people treat you. I did it once before, for Requiem, so I had some experience, but it’s still really challenging. What help did you get creating Rayon? I met trans kids, people who had been living their lives as women for decades. I don’t think I could have brought this character to life without them.


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note. In Gobrias’ “To pow’r immortal my first thanks are due,” from Belshazzar, grief increasing stanza by stanza is movingly limned by Purves. Somnus’ “Leave me, loathesome light,” from Semele, the god’s gentler, more genuine version of Fafner’s “Just let me sleep,” closes the disc on a vocally absorbing note. For all the singer’s insight, it’s hard to think that Purves could have made as fine an album with musicians less acute as Arcangelo. Michelangelo in Song (Chandos) is a late-career offering from John Tomlinson, a bass still too little appreciated on our side of the Atlantic. His program of songs is set to the poems of the Renaissance’s prototypical gay artist, and leading them off with Britten’s Seven Sonnets sustains the emphasis. Some of

Was the supermarket scene, where Ron chokes his old friend, the hardest to pull off? The supermarket scene was actually very difficult. It was always a concern of mine how to walk that fine line and not play some stereotypical cliché: the drag queen who’s dancing on the table with a feather boa, running out of the room with a snappy one-liner. But also, the scene with the father was very intense and challenging emotionally [a scene where the dying Rayon begs money for Ron’s club from his cold-hearted banker dad]. I remember sitting in front of the mirror, putting makeup on, thinking about dying. Describe the arc between you and Matthew’s character. She knows that Ron’s got a big heart underneath the bravado. She’s also desperate for love from any and all. She was neglected by her father and always looking for a male figure in her life. Rayon and Ron both need each other. Did you shoot chronologically, or in disjointed pieces like most movies? It wasn’t as bad as some, but it was disjointed. There were some days where I had to change looks three or four times, and I would be in the makeup chair three or four hours out of the day. How did you land that juicy part in Requiem for a Dream? I begged and pleaded with Darren Aronofsky. He was great at stringing you along. He would call me in the middle of the night, ask me a couple of questions, and I’d tell him, “Nobody’s going to play this part like I will, no-one else in the world. I’m your guy, bet on me!” Eventually he did, but it took some convincing.t

the pain and passion of Britten’s settings of Michelangelo’s homoerotic poems is dulled by the age and vibrato unmistakable in Tomlinson’s voice, and the transposition from the original keys for tenor takes its own toll. But there’s not a word delivered without pointed expression. Hugo Wolf ’s Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo were written for bass, and Tomlinson brings authority to the interpretations that summons memories of Hans Hotter. There are more compromises with Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, which in its most finished version is for voice and orchestra. It runs competition with one of the finest recordings the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau made. But there’s thoughtfulness everywhere in Tomlinson’s new disc, including David Owen Norris’ accompaniments, and it may yet prove one to live with.t



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Library finds by Richard Dodds


e had all heard his stories before, but he never remembered that, and we enjoyed the quirks, detours, and eccentric enthusiasm of each of his reiterations unrelated to the lessons at hand. Students of Mr. Asher’s eighth-grade science class in a dull New Jersey suburb may have actually learned some science, but the teacher himself was more interesting than the wonders of photosynthesis or the differences between AC and DC. The character that David Strathairn plays in Underneath the Lintel brought forth memories of Mr. Asher, and while the stories Strathairn tells are more sweepingly incredible than anything Mr. Asher had to say, it is the manner of the man that actually tells the story. Glen Berger’s solo drama returns noted screen actor Strathairn to the ACT stage, and his performance is one that reaches into a larval soul of dubious prospects and produces a clumsy, desperate, and delusional moth – not a butterfly, certainly – but a creature that can at last flap its wings even if its aim is toward the candle. With house lights still up, Strathairn wanders onto a stage filled with old sets, props, and tattered curtains of a theater long past its glory days (designed with detail by Nina

Ball). After expressing disappointment to an unseen stage manager about the size of his fictional audience, he turns us into that audience for a presentation of evidence to justify his increasingly extreme behavior. Mannered and fussy at first, the character known only as the Librarian prattles on about his musty, menial job at a regional Dutch library. With sidetracks into the minutiae of book-return policies, the Librarian at last presents his first piece of evidence tagged in courtroom style. It is the stamped due-date card at the back of a travel guide that had been checked out 113 years before. His first reaction is bureaucratic anger that the book came through the chute reserved only for on-time returns. But with an increasing passion that turns into obsession, the Librarian sets out to identify the book’s borrower, who signed his name only as “A.” With the awkward, jerking motions of someone unused to any sort of spotlight, the Librarian pulls out a succession of tagged exhibits gathered from travels around the world. The program states the action takes place in the present, although a reference to the musical Les Miserables is one of the few actual contemporary markers. “Hold onto your hats,” the Librarian says before presenting a new piece of evidence,

employing language of a time when most everyone still had a hat. Even as he creates a trodden character, Strathairn is able to sustain this nowhere-man demeanor as emotions increasingly break through a prideful propriety. Strathairn brings a gravitas to the role that makes his evidentiary connections plausible, at least up to a point. But can he really pull us into his theory that his prey is the mythical Wandering Jew? A myth, you say? “I was in possession of that myth’s pants,” the Librarian rebuts, producing not only the shredded trousers but also the laundry ticket that led him to them. Director Carey Perloff sends Strathairn on a journey up, down, and around the stage to fetch his documentation, though it is supposedly all contained in a suitcase in front of him. “It is a box of scraps that proves one life and justifies another,” says a man who hadn’t realized he led a life without justification until that long-overdue book arrived. The value of his journey to that self-justification is arguable – at least to anyone but the Librarian.t Underneath the Lintel will run at ACT through Nov. 17. Tickets are $25-$140. Call 749-2228 or go to


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Korean Art

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cludes a broad understanding of Korea’s art treasures or the signature features that make them distinctive from the country’s artistically influential brethren, China and Japan. But it does acquit itself beautifully in achieving its primary, albeit narrow aim: the presentation of the festive proclivities and possessions of the royals during one of the world’s longest reigning dynasties. Those seeking a larger frame of reference might consider going upstairs and checking out the museum’s permanent collection of Korean art, the most comprehensive of its kind outside of Asia with over 800 objects, from 500 BCE to the present. (Access to museum-quality artworks created before the mid-20th century has been impeded by the ongoing military and political conflicts that have beset the region.) The minimalist installation makes excellent yet unobtrusive use of 21st-century technology. Text panels, for example, are displayed in shimmering digital light-boxes, and an image of a white porcelain placenta jar – don’t ask – rotates in space courtesy of 3-D animation. In one gallery, a scroll from the 18th century, a prosperous era known as

the Korean Renaissance, chronicles a celebration packed with royals and their entourages, in 1795, when King Jeongyo visited his father’s tomb. Years earlier, his grandfather, King Yeongjo, executed Jeongjo’s father for instigating a political rebellion by confining him in a rice chest, where he starved to death. The detailed 64-foot scroll, handillustrated with ink, colors, gold and woodblock prints, represents a section of the original 150-foot document, and extends the entire length of the gallery.  Too much to take in all at once? With the aid of a nearby touch screen, you can zoom in and enlarge any part of the festivities, from guests attired in dizzyingly ornate coiffures and headdresses relaxing under tents to minions carrying banners and leading festooned horses along the parade route on the palace grounds. The birds-eye view is pretty cool, from any angle. When not partying for days on end, the king sat facing south on a red lacquer throne painted with golden dragons signifying imperial power. He got around in style in a red palanquin, like the well-preserved specimen on view, which was carried by 16 servants. Comprised of 46 parts, it’s decorated with a chartreuse banner with a red border and colorful silks and streamers.

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“My orchestra is a fairly hip place as far as orchestras go,” Morgan has said. “Our staff, board, and audience are all in favor of experimentation. The audience has let us go out on a limb and see what happens.” Among the happenings is OEBS’ bi-annual Young Artist competition. Open to people around the Bay, the most recent winner is San Francisco Conservatory of Music cello student Matthew Linaman. He performs Bloch’s Hebrew Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, Schelomo, on a Feb. 21 concert that also includes another New Visions/New Vistas Commissioning Project world premiere, Mary Fineman’s Songs. In addition, the New Visions/ New Vistas Commissioning Project has brought an unintended benefit to OEBS’s concert season. After audience members got accustomed to the amplification they heard at Narada Michael Walden’s concert Should the royal cargo feel a trifle warm, he would be cooled by fans, hand-painted with pheasant tail or peacock motifs, and mounted on eight-foot poles operated by members of his retinue. Royal dominion was also manifested in the elements of the universe, which, it was believed, followed him wherever he went. Celestial bodies in harmony with an ever-changing natural world – by extension, part of the kingdom he ruled – are seen in several works, including the piece de resistance, “Sun, Moon, and Five Peaks” (1800-1900). The stunning sixpanel folding screen, with its bold color palette and dramatic forms, depicts a scene at once primeval and shockingly modern, calling to mind fauvism and Matisse. Trees, whose bark and limbs are blood-red, dot craggy yellow hillsides; blue-andwhite-striped waterfalls burst forth between mounds of rising earth, while foamy gray seas roil and rush by below; a white moon on the left, resting overhead in indigo skies, is mirrored by a red orb, indicating the sun, on the right. The border that frames the work is painted an intoxicating shade of blue, a color favored by Korean artists. It’s sublime.t Through Jan. 12.

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David Strathairn plays a librarian who sets out on a worldwide search prompted by an overdue book in Underneath the Lintel at ACT.

with Carlos Santana, OEBS followed Cal Performances’ lead and began to use “sound reinforcement” at concerts. For a theatre as acoustically challenged as the Oakland Paramount, this has greatly enriched the concert experience. “I’m very happy with it, because we actually make an impact on the audience,” says Morgan. “Once I heard that the sound reinforcement system at Zellerbach had been used for the Vienna Philharmonic, I felt if it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for us.” The “us” thankfully extends far beyond the concert hall. OEBS’ Muse Program (Music for Excellence), which provides comprehensive music education in grades K-12, has helped keep music programs alive in most of Oakland’s public schools. “We’ve even started two afterschool orchestras,” says Morgan. “Thanks to our lobbying, music education is far better in Oakland that it was 25 years ago. There’s even an

annual school orchestra festival that features orchestras from nine or 10 different schools.” If OEBS, like all US orchestras, faces financial challenges, it does so via concerts that are always nearcapacity if not sold out. Future plans include more song-commissioning projects for jazz and Broadway artists who rarely if ever perform with orchestra. Hopes are also high for more American Masterworks performances, in the spirit of the Bernstein Mass concert from years back that was so successful that an additional performance had to be added to begin to accommodate trans-Bay demand. You have to walk less than a block from 19th St. BART to find yourself at the door of the historic Paramount. If you’ve never been, the lobby alone puts on a show so spectacular that many a queen has surrendered his/her heels in deference to the real thing. And beyond the lobby lies a symphony orchestra whose diverse programming proclaims innovation. Happy 25th, OEBS.t

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Nancy and/or Beth Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt at Feinstein’s by Jim Provenzano

on’t bother asking Megan Mullally who’s Nancy and who’s Beth. The Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, when paired up with vocal and comedy talent Stephanie Hunt, is not playing a character with either of the names of their duo act, obscurely dubbed Nancy and Beth. But perhaps you can decide on your own when you catch their show at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, November 14, 15 and 16. “We do a whole range of songs from all different genres and eras,” said Mullally in a phone interview. Asked if the cabaret concert is comedic, as expected from the actress who played the hilarious Karen Walker on the NBC comedy Will & Grace, Mullally said the show is light, but with a few non-comedic songs as well. “We started out about a year and a half ago, doing more kind of folky or quiet stuff,” said Mullally, who met Hunt on a recent film shoot for the indie flick Somebody Up There Likes Me. Hunt also starred in the TV series Friday Night Lights and Californication. “Now we really don’t do much of the folk stuff,” she said. “Our whole act has changed and evolved. It’s much more theatrical now. We mostly do more upbeat, entertaining songs, with a bit of choreography. I’m not talking about a lot dancing. It helps the story of the song, just gets the audience’s energy up. That’s becoming one of my favorite parts of the show.” The show’s numbers offer a bit of a workout for the multitalented actress, who turned 56 this week. “We thought of doing a video called Getting in Shape with Nancy and Beth,” she joked. With the variety of short films, parodies, and cross-promotional online videos the duo share online, a witty fitness program would work. As Nancy and Beth, Mullally and Hunt have performed at a variety of venues in the past year and a half. Full concerts are satisfying, Mullaly said, but can be exhausting. “At one early show, one of our first, we did five songs in a See page 2 >>

More than Laughs Sampson McCormick: our new Stand-up Guy by Jim Provenzano


he many diverse talents presented by Kung Pao Kosher Comedy include gay, lesbian and straight comedians who offer more than a few quick laughs. The newest of these talents, Sampson McCormick, will be part of the line-up at the next Comedy Returns at El Rio on November 11. McCormick is getting acquainted with San Francisco as a new hub, in between gigs across the country, where he performs his one-hour show. But he said he likes the shorter gigs like Comedy Returns. “I will probably do fifteen minutes or so,” he said. “I like that format, when I’m working on new material. It’s really fresh, a new set. So you don’t have the pressure.” Asked how he managed to move to the Bay Area amid a changing tide of higher rents and more evictions, he said, “I got lucky. But I think the things going on with gentrification are a real problem. If you’re going to do something that involves a community, it has to be where everyone’s benefiting. You’re taking things from people, and not because you’ve negotiated, or want to improve a community. It’s because you have a strong-arm.” Originally from North Carolina, McCormick lived in Washington, D.C. for about fourteen years and recently relocated to San Francisco about a month ago. His comedy style is often a form of storytelling, and even a bit of social instruction and etiquette, as in his several videos on his YouTube channel (

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row. I thought I’d have to be taken to the hospital!” Perfoming is a family tradition for the multi-talent. Born in Los Angeles, Mullally’s father, Carter Mullally, Jr., was a film character actor. When her family moved to Oklahoma City, the six-year-old soon began ballet training, and eventually became a solist for the Okalhoma City Ballet. “I got to be the lead in a few ballets that required acting ability, story ballets,” she explained. “But then I realized in the midst of 36 fouettes that what I really liked was not the 36 fouettes. What I prefered were the parts where I had a mad scene and died.” So, as her dance career shifted to acting, Mullally kept her intense training in mind. “Ballet gave me a sense of discipline and a work ethic. It’s funny, it’s been so long since I’ve been in a ballet company, but some of it sticks with me.” Part of that includes creating the amusing numbers for her duo show with Hunt. “I’m getting to make choreography, which I really love,” she said.

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“Stephanie doesn’t have any formal dance training. But she picks up the moves quickly. It’s interesting, my coming from a dance background. I don’t have anything to compare it to, except musical comedy.” With that training, Mullaly said, “It’s easier to break things down, even if you’re working on a writing piece.” Asked if her formal dance training helps her get through a show, Mullally agreed, but clarified the difference between a duo concert and a musical. “For Broadway shows, my numbers weren’t all in a row. For the Nancy and Beth show, we’re running around the whole time.”

and four nominations. The Screen Actors Guild also awarded the actress three years in a row). Currently, Mullally does voiceovers on the animated show Bob’s Burgers. Recent TV shows in which she’s guest-starred include Happy Endings, the darkly comic Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim) and the Starz series Party Down. Mullally has also graced the Broadway stage in recent productions of Grease, Young Frankenstein,

and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. And yet, for all this musical talent in bands and on Broadway, Mullally admits that most fans who only know her as Karen Walker don’t know she can sing and dance. One of her recent musical efforts with Supreme Music Program, the lightly parodic folk band that recorded three CDs, is often mistaken as a serious group by some oblivi-

ous fans. “It was supposed to be a joke, but some people think it’s real. Believe me, I don’t wear long-knit vests. We didn’t set out to be a comedic band, but we’re getting booked at both music and comedy festivals, so it works out.”t Nancy and Beth, aka Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, perform unique versions of cabaret classics. $45-$66. 8pm. Nov. 14, 8pm. Nov. 15, 8pm. Nov. 16, 7pm. Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

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With a little spare time between their own film and TV projects, the duo gets together and works on new material. “The show’s gotten a lot more wild,” Mullally said. “But we have some sincere songs. A couple of songs are purely comedic, and often, my husband Nick will perform with us. But he’s not available this weekend.” Mullally’s tone becomes bouyant when discussing her husband, actor Nick Offerman, who plays the stalwart Ron Swanson on the NBC comedy series Parks & Recreation. “It’s awesome,” said Mullally of their 13-year marriage. “I don’t think of him any differently than when we first met. Whenever he calls or I see him, I think, ‘There’s that guy I wanna crack up.’ It doesn’t seem like any time has gone by in that regard. I always want to hear what he has to say, and talk to him. We like to try to make each other laugh.” And they make us laugh as well. The two have performed together in six episodes of Parks & Recreation, with Mullally ironically playing Ron’s conniving ex-wife, Tammy. Listing Mullally’s other credits would take up a few more pages, going back to Tom Cruise’s breakout 1983 film Risky Business (yep, Megan was a call girl), and dozens of hit TV shows, including Frasier, Wings, Mad About You, Caroline in the City, Just Shoot Me!, 30 Rock and Seinfeld. An interesting bit of trivia: in 1990, Mullally was close to getting the role of Elaine Benis on the Jerry Seinfeld comedy (the part went to Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, of course). Eight years later, Mullally landed the iconic role of Karen Walker, the boozy pal of Will and Grace, and quickly became hugely popular, particularly for gay viewers. Two Emmy awards for the role followed,

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cisco, McCormick has found support within the LGBT performing community, including local favorite Marga Gomez, whom McCormick calls his “comedy mother.” He hopes to book some shared nights with her in the future. After his gig at El Rio next Monday, McCormick is off to Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and back to his old home in Washington, D.C. Hopefully, he’ll find the time to share his full act with his new local fans.

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a good babysitter,” said McCormick. “We like to eat organic, healthy food. Obesity runs in my family. We wanted to get the kids into it, but [the woman who said antigay things] would be over visiting, and she had made some macaroni and cheese out of the box, which is the devil, for one thing. But then she took a 16-ounce barbeque sauce bottle and let the kids pour out the entire bottle. They were eating it that way.” “One day I sat down and videotaped some things my niece was saying,” McCormick explains about the video. “This is what you’re teaching the kids. It ended up like being a conversation I thought people should see. Kids give you what you give them. If you’re giving a child love, they will give it to you. If you’re teaching a child ignorance, and not to embrace diversity, that’s what that child is gonna do. “I grew up in a very homophobic environment, so it’s my responsibility to teach, and help. Kids are gullible and believe things that you tell them. I had to come up with an inoculation, which became cutting Toshanique out of our lives.” Along with his comedy, McCormick is also a published author. In Taboo Village: a Respectable Gay Being, “I dissect my own experience, how I feel our community has been affected, through religion and society and machismo,” he said. The book has been used as part of several college course reading lists. McCormick developed four distinct characters, including “a homophobic minister,” he said. “Then it leads to a man who is on the down low, then an old queen who refuses to go church, a far-left Gaga-lover. The next one is a mother who is not upset because her child is gay, but that he couldn’t confide in her about his sexuality. It gave different viewpoints for the characters. I find that being able to do that helps me probe the thinking of other people. Sometimes in my stand-up, I do characters, like my Aunt Jackie. She shows up drunk, late, and knows everybody’s business.” Blending real-life inspirations with characters is part of his work. “When you really get into a character, it brings more insight,” said McCormick. “We don’t pay as much attention to each other, because everybody’s trying to survive. There’s always something to keep your attention away from what’s really going on. When you really find a character and investigate their thinking, it can get scary. I started thinking about the pastor, and all these things popped into my head. And it was ‘wow.’ Even though you don’t agree, it’s important to listen.” McCormick explores several social issues in his one-man show, That Bitch Better Be Funny. Asked if he’s noted segregation in the gay community among his fans, he did acknowledge some instances with attendance at his shows. “In D.C., North Massachusetts Avenue changed a lot. They came in, moved everybody out, and renamed it NoMa. One of my friends said, ‘I guess that makes sense,’” explaining the shortened name as also implies, “‘No Mo’ Black people.’” In other cities, he sees differences. “But a lot of white gays showed up at my shows. It’s a real blessing to make that connection with people.” Not there still isn’t a lot of ripe material for a comic like McCormick to poke fun at the stupidity of some racism, like the recent spate of black-faced white celebrities at Hollywood parties. “I think [TV host] Andy Cohen said it best when he announced, ‘Dear White people on Halloween; If it’s brown, put it down.’”

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While trying to keep fresh material in his act, McCormick admitted to looking through some of his older material and posted videos. “I look at some of those, and it’s painful, but I used to write material and upload it as a draft, and found old material. I was reading some old jokes and started sweating!” McCormick even found old material that he made before coming out. That’s changed, but not without a bit of ambivalence. “I feel bad to have to say ‘openly gay,’” he explained. “My whole thing is, everybody knew growing up. People knew I was gay. I knew I was gay since I was five years old, but there is a level of denial that the community has. But they also acknowledge that denial, by disowning and putting you in a place where you feel uncomfortable. “We knew being gay was considered bad,” he said of the common experience of growing up closeted. “‘Punk’ was a bad word. You also knew, a little part of you knew. Your whole thing was you had to avoid being that. But in some sort of way, you are able to tell them. They say, ‘We knew it!’ or ‘No, you are not!’” Of his own religious background, McCormick had varying experiences. “I have some family members who are very supportive. But at first it was bad. Our family is BaptoMetho-Pentacostal. All wrapped up in one, we have it all. We would go to one church and then another church, and come home and pray again. It was never-ending. I am the only boy in my family who did not become a pastor per se, although I

guess I do preach through my comedy.” “I have some relatives who speak in tongues. You can’t talk about certain things, mention certain songs or people. They see ghosts walking next to you. And I reply, ‘You’re not faithful; you’re borderline schizophrenic.’” As the first openly gay member of his family, McCormick did bear a burden. “One of my younger cousins later came out, and took it further,” he recalled. “He invited us out to a nightclub. I was ready to be supportive, and before I knew it, he came out onstage as a drag queen. He invited his mother, too.” Surprisingly, his cousin’s mother was very supportive that night at Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre, which happens to have cultural significance going back decades, with drag shows since the 1950s. McCormick himself has performed there as well. Coming out has changed, for the country, and even his own family. When he came out to his mother, McCormick said, “She was fryin’ my chicken in anointin’ oil!” He also sees a cultural difference as well. “My white friends came out and their parents got them college scholarships. With Black people, they takin’ your ass to church.” And yet, McCormick keeps rolling with new perspectives on these blended personal and political issues. “I talk about Trayvon Martin, Paula Dean, taxi racism. Even now, as I really start to look at the next material I focus on.” With his new home in San Fran-

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his year’s Human Rights Campaign Gala at the Westin St. Francis drew a record crowd, presented powerful speakers, and resulted in tremendous financial support. As the guest of Frank Woo, we swept into the ballroom on the arm of Richard Sablatura just in time for a cocktail, first course of dinner, and the start of the program, opening with a surprise appearance by out gay NBA player Jason Collins. HRC President Chad Griffin proved his reputation for passionate oratory, both heralding recent accomplishments and challenging the room to further action. As if that weren’t enough, a moving presentation by a mother and son team left everyone scurrying to become Federal Club members. Awards were presented to Intel Corporation, dynamic women’s activist Dorothy Polash, and accomplished actress Laura Prepon. But we know our readers want to know who was there; the question became who was not? We greeted John Lake, Linda Scaparotti, Rafael Mandelman, Matt Hendry, Lenny Broberg, Loren Wilson, Jaime Montiel, Deb Stallings, Juday Harwell, Peter Steinauer, John Marez, Mark Rhoades, Bob Mitchitarian, Dan Bernal and Dan Burns, and Kevin Shanahan and Michael Montoya. Splashes of color were a breath of fresh air in this sea of black. The evening came to a beautiful close with a performance by Mary Lambert, who was refreshingly honest, startlingly unpretentious, and unflinchingly frank. We are all a bit safer because of the vigilance of Castro Community on Patrol. We were at Magnet recently, at the invitation of Greg Carey, when they celebrated seven years of service, presenting Pillar of the Community Awards to Sis-

ter Eve Volution and Sister Pat n Leather, Castro Country Club, SF Police Lieutenant Chuck Limbert, and this humble writer, Community Guardian Awards to Captain Bob Moser, the Bay Area Reporter’s Seth Hemmelgarn, and San Francisco Safety Awareness For Everyone (SAFE), and 2013 Patroller of the Year to Phillip Huff. Next time you see one of those orange-jacketed volunteers, give them a big thank you. The same night, we checked out the newest addition to the Castro bar scene – Beaux on Market Street. We’re delighted to see a space which has been empty too long spring back to life and under the direction of Joshua J, it’s bound to offer a bevy of special, creative events. Design elements include beautifully finished wood floors, extraordinary lighting, plush furniture, and sleek bars. We found the staff friendly and the ambiance positive. Give it a try on your next foray into the Castro! And speaking of new places to check out, the long vacant store front on Castro, just down from the Castro Theatre, is suddenly a brand new café, offering Blue Bottle Coffee, Tea Forte, pastries, and ice cream. Not to be confused with the nearby restaurant on 18th Street, Eureka is a tiny sliver of sunlight, friendly service, and hand-crafted refreshments. See for yourself! The GLBT Historical Society’s UnMasked event celebrated our history at the Regency Center on Thursday, October 24. The theme brought out several complete costumes and many festive masks as silent auction items were snatched up, food and drink were consumed, and lively entertainment kept the audience entranced. Executive Director Paul Boneberg emceed, giving

pioneers of queer media and their representatives special recognition, including David Lamble and Michael Yamashita of the Bay Area Reporter, Phyllis Lyon of The Ladder: A Lesbian Review, Gwendolyn Ann Smith of Transmissions, and Betty Sullivan and Jennifer Viegas of SF Bay Times. The Willie Walker Award went to Tom Burtch and Amy Sueyoshi, both popular volunteers and supporters of the GLBT Historical Society for many years. Among the applauding crowd were Emperor Brian Benamati and Tony Onorati, Les Natali, Kevin Lisle, recently wed Jerry Goldstein and Tommy Taylor, Miguel-e Gutierrez-Ranzi, Joey Cain, Jorge Hernandez, Miss Rahni, Bill Wilson, Steve Gibson, Landa Lakes, and even Emperor Joshua Norton I (the one who gives historical tours, that is). And finally, we attended the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’ (DIFFA) Dining by Design last Wednesday at the spacious City View at the Metreon. Industry experts design complete dining settings, ranging from whimsical to sumptuous, Asian-inspired to country chic, and even an outdoor setting with two luxurious tents placed on City View’s expansive balcony. After ample opportunity for photography and creative inspiration, everyone sat down for a sumptuous Taste catered meal. Among those we greeted were Johanna Osburn, Dawn Robertson, David Roth, Barbara Waldman, Susana Munoz, Kim Teevan, Tim Wu and Eric Murphy, and Donald Dewsnup. At the height of the evening, Harrison Yeoh took the microphone, professed his love, and on bended knee

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Donna with festive patrons at the GLBT Historical Society’s Unmasked gala.

Sean Callaway, Donna, and Russell Zink at the Human Rights Campaign gala.

proposed to Randy Shields, chair of the event. Truly an only-in-SanFrancisco moment! You may have heard some talk about a short film called Sachet produced by Nick Jimenez, as his senior project at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco. He filmed us for over six months, capturing the fun and glamour of drag, as well as revealing some challenges and intolerance along the way. Now is your chance to see it for yourself, next Thursday, November 14, during a party named Sachet-nium from 7-9PM at the Nitey Awardwinning BeatBox. Also debuting that night is an original music video by volunteer extraordinaire and mistress of the night Suzan Revah,

showcasing one of her high-energy, sex-infused dance productions. When you combine our guest lists, you have a party worth attending. Oh, and bring a little money for a voluntary donation to the AIDS Emergency Fund, a cause we both support passionately. While we are shamelessly selfpromoting, allow us to point out Donna Sachet’s 21st annual Songs of the Season, Monday and Tuesday, December 2 and 3, at the Starlight Room of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, again benefiting AIDS Emergency Fund. We’ll be promoting and covering many upcoming holiday events, but this one is personal and your support will be appreciated tremendously.t

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Fri 8 Bad Girl Cocktail Hour @ The Lexington Club Every Friday night, bad girls can get $1 dollar margaritas between 9pm and 10pm. 3464 19th St. between Mission and Valencia. 863-2052.

Fedorable @ El Rio Free weekly queer dance party, with gogos, prizes, old groovy tunes, cheap cocktails. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St. 2823325.

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

Happy Friday @ Midnight Sun

Rosalind Kind @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko


Fri 8

Talented vocalist and Broadway actress (who happens to be Barbra Striesand’s sister) performs music from her fith CD, Come What May. $30-$60. 8pm. Also Nov 9 at 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

Some Thing Mica Sigourney and pals’ weekly offbeat drag performance night. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Urbanstreet Films Fundraiser @ Lookout Fundraiser for 5 Blocks, a documentary about the architectural and cultural changes of the mid-Market district of San Francisco. DJ Dirty Kurty, raffles prizes drink specials and complimentary cocktails with $20 donation. 6pm-9pm. 3600 16th St. at Market.

Roslyn Kind at Feinstein

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

Open during renovations, the popular video bar ends each week with gogo guys (starting at 9pm) and drink specials. 4067 18th St. 861-4186.

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

HYSL @ The Lookout

Fri 8

J.R. Mathews at the Nob Hill Theatre


alented singers like Rosalind Kind and Megan Mullally will warm a chilling heart with each note. Hotty pornsters and gogo guys will warm up a few other body parts. Celebrate the harvest of hearty entertainments.

Thu 7 Comedy Thursdays @ Esta Noche The revamped weekly LGBT- and queerfriendly comedy night at the Mission club is hosted by various comics (1st Thu, Natasha Muse; 2nd Thu, Emily Van Dyke; 3rd Thu Eloisa Bravo and Kimberly Rose; 4th Thu Johan Miranda). No cover; onedrink min. 8pm. 307916th St.

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

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

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

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

Lipstick Revue @ Longboard Margarita Bar, Pacifica

Cookie Dough’s weekly drag show with gogo guys and hilarous fun. $5. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

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

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

Pan Dulce @ The Café

J.R. Matthews & Kieron Ryan @ Nob Hill Theatre

Amazingly hot Papi gogo guys, cheap drinks and fun DJed dance music. Free before 10pm. $5 til 2am. 2369 Market St.

Enjoy live sex shows with the two hot porn performers. $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Nov. 9. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.

Shocktoberfest 14 @ Hypnodrome

Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

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

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

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle

Weekly show with drag queens and the Picante Boys; hosted by Lulu Ramirez; DJ Marco. 9pm-2am. 3079 16th St. 8415748.

The weekly live rock shows have returned. Nov. 7: Lesbian, Grayceon and Wild Hunt. 9pm-ish. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

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

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

Fri 8

Monthly drag show with Ana Mae Cox, Ruby Holliday, and others, at the gayfriendly surf bar that features karaoke and band nights. First Thursdays. No cover. 10pm-2am. 21+. 180 Eureka Square, Pacifica. (650) 738-5905.

The Monster Show @ The Edge

Shots, drinks and DJed fun with the adorable David and Trevor. $2. 10pm2am. 3600 16th St. at Market.

Sheena Rose at Release

Picante @ Esta Noche

Psychic Friend, Stripmall Architecture @ Café Du Nord Art-alt-rock-pop bands perform; also, Wandering Town. $10-$12. 9:30pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016.

Release @ Club OMG Weekly party at the intimate mid-Market club; rotating hosts and DJs, Top 40 dance remixes, giveaways, gogo hunks. This week, drag performer Sheena Rose celebrates the release of her single “Queen of Clubs.” Free before 11pm. $3. 9pm-2am. 43 Sixth St. www.clubomgsf. com

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

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

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

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

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

Gala 31 @ Mill Valley Community Center Spectrum LGBT center’s gala fundraiser, with Ten Len Paterson Trio playing swing music, comic Dana Goldberg, DJ Costa, fine diner food, retro photo booth, juke box and arcade lounge and much more. $120-$150. 6pm VIP reception. 7pm-11pm. 30 No. San Pedro Rd, #160, San Rafael. 472-1945.


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Brunch @ Hi Tops

Sat 9

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

Salsa Sundays @ El Rio

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Café Du Nord

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

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ Café Du Nord Folk rock band performs; also Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters and his band Dead Peasants. $14-$16. 9:30pm. 2170 Market St. 861-5016.

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

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

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

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Cock and Bull Mondays @ Hole in the Wall Saloon Specials on drinks made with “Cock and Bull” ginger ale (Jack and Cock, Russian Mule, and more). 8pm-closing. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695.

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

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

Sun 10

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

Soma Country @ Beatbox Sundance Saloon’s monthly SoMa two-stepping dance night now takes place every Tuesday. $8. 8pm12am. Lessons 8pm. 314 11th St. at Folsom. www.

Torch @ Martuni’s Veronica Klaus hosts the weekly night of cabaret, jazz and blues music, with Tammy L. Hall and special guests. $15. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. veronica.klaus

Wed 13 Booty Call @ Q Bar Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly night packs the intimate stylish bar with grooves and a groovy younger crowd. $3. 9pm2am. 456 Castro St.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents the monthly stand-up night, with Micia Mosely, David Hawkins, Sampson McCormick, Emily Epstein White, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. at Precita. (800) 838-3006.

Bottoms Up Bingo @ Hi Tops

Karaoke @ The Lookout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dream Queens Revue @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Queer Salsa @ Beatbox

Beer bust at the Eagle Rich Stadtmiller

Trivia Night @ Harvey’s Bebe Sweetbriar hosts a weekly night of trivia quizzes and fun and prizes. 8pm1pm. 500 Castro St.

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

Thu 14 Goapele @ Yoshi's Oakland Soulful singer performs her eclectic repertory of songs. $30-$34. 8pm & 10pm. Also Nov. 15, 8pm & 10pm. Nov. 16, 7:30 & 9:30pm, and Nov. 17, 7pm & 9pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland. (510) 238-9200.

Graham Nash @ Yoshi’s Legendary singer-songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) performs a concert of classic and new music with pianist James Raymond and guitarist Shane Fontayne. $89. 8pm. (Also at Yoshi’s Oakland on Nov. 13). 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600.

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

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

Magic Parlor @ Chancellor Hotel

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

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

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

Rookies Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Compete for $200 prize in this amatuer strip contest, or watch the newbies get naked. $20 includes refreshments. 8pm11pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.

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

Megan Mullally & Stephanie Hunt @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko Emmy Award-winning actress ( Will & Grace) and fellow actress Hunt ( Californication) perform unique versions of cabaret classics, with the band Nancy and Beth. $45-$66. 8pm. Also Nov. 15, 8pm. Nov. 16, 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

The Monster Show @ The Edge

Tue 12

Cookie Dough’s weekly drag show with gogo guys. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

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

Mon 11

Shawn Ryan @ Feinstein’s The fab gay singer performs cabaret and romantic classic songs. $25-$35. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 663-1063.

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

Micia Mosely at Comedy Returns

Muni Diaries Live @ Elbo Room Storytellers share tawdry tales of public transportation; followed by Tormenta Tropical with DJ Oror spinning electrocumbia. $12. 9pm. 647 Valencia St. 5527788.

Sun 10

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

Block Party @ Midnight Sun Weekly screenings of music videos, concert footage, interviews and more, of popular pop stars. 9pm-2am. 4067 18th St. 861-4186. www.

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

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

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gayfriendly comedy night. Nov. 5, guest Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV.

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Leather & Kink Events


by Scott Brogan


ind your own personal puppy, spank buddy, and help crown a new title at the multiple leather and kink events in bars and sex-play spaces.

SAT. 9 Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather Contest @ SF Eagle See a great group of men come and compete to represent the new shop and the city in this role while supporting a new competition. 4-7pm. 398 12th St.

Pound Puppy @ SF Eagle Right after the Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather Contest, stick around for a new “ruff!” night at the SF Eagle, where you can find the perfect spot to bury your bone every second Saturday. DJ’s Chip Mint and Taco Tuesday will have you howling at the moon while you sniff out your bitch. $7. 10pm-1am. 398 12th St.

Rich Stadtmiller

Kinking it up at The Citadel.

GearUp Play Party @ Mr. S Dungeon For men only; play out a fantasy scene, learn something new, or just have a fun hot time in the back room. Social area, refreshments and clothes check provided. $20, $10 students and military. Doors open 9-11pm, play until 2am. 385-A 8th St.


Nasty @ The Powerhouse Get down and nasty with the boys and men at Powerhouse. The hottest Saturday night in SoMa. No cover. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

SUN. 10 Truck Bust Sundays @ Truck Bar Warm bar, hot men, cold beer. Let’s get cozy. $1 Beer Bust. 4-8pm. 1900 Folsom.

SF Men’s Spanking Party @ The Power Exchange This is a male only event (gay, bi or straight); must be 18 years of age or older. This is not a leather fetish group. More for guys into spanking and spanking fantasies like traditional old-fashioned spanking over Daddy’s knee or fraternity-style pledge initiation paddling. $20 (half off for students and military). 1-6pm. 220 Jones St.

MON. 11 SF Ring, No-Escape Tape Mummification @ Club Eros Bondage specialty event featuring Tapemaster Bob and Mr. Munter. 7:30 9:30 pm. 2051 Market St.

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

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

WED. 13 Golden Shower Buddies @ Blow Buddies Get wet at the water sports night. 8pmMidnight. 933 Harrison St. Membership fees apply.

Rich Stadtmiller

Beefcake at the beer bust, at the SF Eagle.

SAT. 16 BLUF Invasion! @ SF Eagle For all gear men, sponsored by BLUF men of San Francisco. Just follow the scent of leather to the back patio. 9pm. 398 12th St.

Beat Pig @ The Powerhouse Juanita More! spins saucy grooves and dudes cruise at the eclectic music, drag and kink night. 10pm-close. 1347 Folsom St.

SUN. 17

Beer Bust @ Truck Bar Warm bar, hot men, cold beer. Let’s get cozy. $1 Beer Bust. 4-8pm.

MON. 18 Trivia Night @ Truck Casey Ley hosts the fun night with prizes and ridiculous questions. No cover. 8-10pm. 1900 Folsom St.

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

Nipple Play @ The Powerhouse Show off your nipples, play with others; shirtless drink specials. 10pm-Close.

THU. 14 Underwear Night @ The Powerhouse Enjoy the wet undies contest, clothes check, hot gogos and cruisy crowd. 10pm. 1347 Folsom St.

Underwear Buddies @ Blow Buddies Wear your briefs, boxers, whatever. 8pmMidnight. 933 Harrison St. Membership fees apply.

Nipple Play @ The Powerhouse Show off your nipples, play with others. Shirtless drink specials. 10pm-close. 1347 Folsom St.

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

FRI. 22 Monthly Steam Party @ The Powerhouse Get wet and steamy with a power shower, towel dancers, $1/minute massage, clothes check, towels available. $8 donation to LGBT Center. 1347 Folsom St.

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

SAT. 23 WED. 20 Bare Bear @ The Watergarden Enjoy adult videos of hairy guys, a new red zone and club music. Lockers are 1/2 price for the duration of the event. 6pm-10pm. 1010 The Alameda, San Jose.

15 Association Dungeon Party @ The SF Citadel This is a men’s-only event for serious leather/ kink participants. 8pm-1am. 181 Eddy St.

Boot Lickin’ @ The Powerhouse Lick those boots, or just admire the men wearing them. 10pm-close. 1347 Folsom St. t


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Pounded with Gusto by John F. Karr


don’t know what brought director Joe Gage back into the Titan fold after a long absence, but the result is fine—much better than several undercooked efforts Gage has recently made for Dragon Media. His new Titan title is One Thing Leads to Another, and it leads off with a steamy scene that simmers like a Gage classic. Longtime Titan Exclusives David Anthony and Hunter Marx play their scene well. The ostensibly hoary set up revisits a Gage mainstay—the perhaps utopian reverie of str8 buddies falling ever deeper into situational homosex. This time out, the dawdling over diddling gains more resonant depth. Marx complains he misses his wife, who is out of town. But I’m wondering if he’s only pretending to be so guileless when he asks buddy David Anthony to snap some pics of his dick that he can send the absent doll. And we know nothing about Anthony. Is he gay?  While he doesn’t pounce, he sure makes use of the opportunity to steer Hunter’s better parts his way, slowly and suavely guiding his friend from soft dick pic into hard sex action. After he’s snapped the soft cock framed in the camera lens, it seems only logical that he suggest, “Now get it hard.”  Hunter pauses, asking, “Shouldn’t we ease into that?”  “Why?” replies Anthony, “I’m already there.”  And out comes his impressively farreaching phallus. Hunter goes with the flow, and stiffens right up.  Then, with a whispered, “Let’s grease this puppy up and go for it,” Anthony’s got the handsome hunk of hard meat fixed in his caressing fist. And you know what follows in a Joe Gage movie—slow strokin’ with the guys hypnotized by hard-on. Finally, after a murmured, “Let me try something,” Anthony’s got the pulsating prick wreathed between his welcoming lips. When Jessie Colter saunters in from next door, Anthony queries Hunter, “You know what’s fun about this guy?” The answer lies, of course, in the good neighbor’s easy compliance with Anthony’s desire, demonstrated by the way Anthony’s cock glides so easily right up the copacetic Colter’s cul-de-sac. Under Anthony’s assured guidance, Hunter’s willing to try it, too, and as Anthony taps that meaty ass, he keeps Colter busy nearby by thoughtfully offering him a dildo. 


The most appealing ginger man Adam Hurst in Pounded.

In the film’s second scene, burly, hirsute Brad Kalvo’s ponderous penis distracts attention from his awful hair cut as he plays a corrections office subduing bad boy Tate Ryder. The sultry green-eyed star looks scrumptious, and gives his considerable all to the massive man who’s mounting him. In the last scene, after an unintentionally comic lead-in (which the players manage to perform poker-faced), Conner Habib takes a reverential approach to sucking Colby White’s lovely cock. White’s copious pre-

cum slides out in an endless silvery strand, and Habib is especially adept at letting it sweeten his shiny tongue. White, who has worked only for Titan, is worth viewing. His face may be blue collar plain, but he’s a sturdy, smooth, and handsomely-cocked young man who shoots such a breathtaking geyser after riding atop Habib’s cock that the film’s editor cues the shot up for an immediate encore. Another recent Titan movie (with

more to be written up next week), is the kind of no-fail porn we expect from director by Paul Wilde. Pounded has intriguing new performers, and established names in strong pairings. I quickly became a fan of George Ce, a Titan Exclusive who hasn’t made movies anywhere else. He’s a hard-bodied, bearded dude who looks mean and plays rough. I was taken aback when I first saw his cock—and I’m pretty used to seeing cock. It’s not just that it’s big. It’s fat. And I mean faaaat. In Pounded, Ce has an especially good outing with Trenton Ducati, a personal fave I was beginning to think might be overexposed until I saw this sizzler scene. Ce’s a top who gives it brutal, and Ducati, all charged up, takes it brutal—especially in an RC that splays out his legs wide and gorgeous, his cock of steel wildly flailing while Ce’s ruthlessly invades.   In another Pounded scene, it’s the smaller Landon Conrad who boffs big boy Jesse Jackman. This Titan Exclusive is the tall, high spirited and hairy daddy with the long dick of decided downward curve—which lets it glide easily down the gullets of all who kneel before it. Finally, the movie has a pair of smiling guys who aren’t afraid to show happiness in sex, but spend most the time being fierce in sex. Collin Stone, with brilliantined black hair, and Adam Hurst, a ginger lad (don’tcha love the creamy pink cock meat of ginger boys?). These guys go madly slurpy over each other’s cocks, and fuck con gusto.t


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