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People filled the Board of Supervisors committee hearing room Monday as the board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee met to consider Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to establish park closing times.

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Volunteer Troy Brunet, left, helps Kendra Dunson select the right pair of reading glasses during the first LGBTQ Connect event. Looking on is Megan Rohrer, another volunteer with the project.

Connect event draws crowd by Seth Hemmelgarn

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ow-income and homeless people seeking help with housing, employment, food, and other services swarmed San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center this week for the first-ever LGBTQ Connect event. Jackie Ybarra, 50, was one of the hundreds of people looking for assistance that would usually require visiting several different agencies to find. Ybarra, a gay homeless man, came for housing and employment assistance, as well as reading glasses, a flu vaccination, a haircut, and other services. He found the Monday, October 7 event “extremely helpful.” “This would’ve taken me six months to get See page 12 >>

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Park closure plan moves forward

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s is the norm during San Francisco’s Indian summer, bare-chested men took advantage of the warm temperatures to show off their six-pack abs at the Castro Street Fair Sunday, Octo-

ber 6. The fair saw large crowds and brisk beverage sales on its 40th anniversary as visitors and locals alike took in entertainment, vendor booths, and other neighborhood delights.

Fight continues over trans student law

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of its kind in the country and goes into effect January 1. nti-trans activists are In a recent call with reportcontinuing to fight ers, members of the coalition against a new Califorbacking the new law apnia law designed to support peared cautiously optimistic transgender students, and the that the “fringe hate group,” woman behind a proposed as one member called Engballot measure told the Bay land’s organization, would Area Reporter that she is not a fail in its efforts. Backers of homophobe. AB 1266 have been reluctant In late August, Secretary of to fight for the bill too pubState Debra Bowen announced licly, fearing that they would that Karen England, executive just draw more attention to director of the Capitol Re- Karen England, whose Capi- the anti-trans groups’ efforts. source Institute and its affili- tal Resource Institute has But that may be changing. been dogged by questions ated Capitol Resource Family “Recent developments put over its IRS status and who Impact, has a month – until us on higher alert,” said John is fighting a trans-inclusive November 10 – to submit at education law, said she is not O’Connor, executive director least 504,760 valid signatures of Equality California. a homophobe. to put their attempt to repeal In late August, just after Assembly Bill 1266 on the state the bill’s opponents got clearballot next year. ance from the secretary of state, Proposition 8 AB 1266, which Governor Jerry Brown mastermind Frank Schubert “announced he signed into law August 12, aims to make sure is providing strategy for the campaign,” said that transgender youth can fully participate in O’Connor. all school activities, sports teams, programs, During the September 27 conference call, and facilities that match their gender identity. O’Connor said he and others “got a little bit Gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San See page 13 >> Francisco) authored the law, which is the first

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espite pleas from advocates that closing San Francisco parks overnight would further criminalize homeless people, Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal moved forward this week and will be heard by the full Board of Supervisors later this month. At a packed hearing of the board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee Monday, October 7, the panel heard from proponents and critics of the plan, which would close city parks between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. The committee voted 2-1 to move the proposal to the board. Wiener said that closing city parks was necessary due to constant incidents of vandalism, theft, and dumping, which he said overwhelmingly take place in the middle of the night. He pointed out that 30 major cities already close their parks during the midnight hours, and that even the most progressive of cities, such as Berkeley, had adopted this policy. Violating the closures could carry a penalty of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $500 for a third offense. LGBT homeless advocates feel that the law will leave homeless people who sleep in the parks with nowhere else to go. “LGBT people are 15 percent of the city population, but 29 percent of the homeless population,” said Brian Basinger, director of the AIDS Housing Alliance. “I’m opposed to this legislation because of its disproportionate impact on LGBT people. LGBTs are safer in parks: they are often victims of hate crimes in shelters.” Basinger was referring to the recent biennial San Francisco Homeless Point-In-Time Count and Survey that included statistics on LGBT people. The report found that out of a total of 7,350 homeless people, more than one in four (29 percent) identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or “other” for a total of 2,132. Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, See page 13 >>


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uthor Jewelle Gomez, left, prepares to present former Ambassador James C. Hormel with an award at the Horizons Foundation’s annual gala Saturday, October 5 at the Fairmont. Hormel was recognized for his many years of philanthropic service to the LGBT community. Horizons, a philanthropic nonprofit, makes grants to community organizations and works to ensure that LGBT people continue to contribute to LGBT charities.

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Megan Rohrer allots donated groceries to food boxes to be distributed to those in need as part of Welcome Ministry’s HIV+ Grocery Project.

Francisco residents to receive food. Additionally, “People can pick any first name and last initial they’d like,” said Rohrer. There shouldn’t be any lines. “People will RSVP and they’ll have a half-hour window where they can pick up their box,” said Rohrer, who added that people may also volunteer to sort food “and take a box home with them.” Gabriel, who’s 63 and didn’t want his last name published, went to the church Saturday and picked up meat, bananas, apples, bread, and other items. “My Social Security check does not cover everything. It only covers my rent,” said Gabriel. “At times, I don’t have enough to get by with what I’m getting.” He said he’d “ab-

solutely” return for more food. Until a couple months ago, Gabriel was homeless, but he now lives in a Mission district apartment. He declined to say whether he has HIV, but said he is a bone marrow cancer survivor. Organizers have done outreach through Project Homeless Connect and other venues. Two people have signed up so far. Rohrer said the plan is to start with 12 to 25 participants each week and get other church congregations involved. Donors include supermarkets that provide food that’s set to expire within a week. People interested in participating can contact the church at (415) 6212635 or email Rohrer at megan@ welcomeministry.org.t

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an Francisco voters head to the polls Tuesday, November 5 to cast votes for four city offices. Only one of them is contested, and in that race, District 4 supervisor, the challenger has not mounted a serious campaign. For city attorney, we enthusiastically recommend Dennis Herrera for another term. This time around, Herrera (and Treasurer Jose Cisneros) are running for truncated two-year terms because voters passed a ballot measure last year that will see all citywide elected officials appear on the same ballot in 2015. Herrera has earned the respect of the LGBT community by his relentless pursuit of marriage equality through the courts. Whether defending former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s 2004 directive that city officials issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or joining respected attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies in their successful challenge to Proposition 8, Herrera and his staff have been on the cutting edge working to secure marriage equality. While that has, at long last, been accomplished in California, Herrera told us in a recent editorial board meeting that his philosophy has remained the same: to use the power of the law to make a difference in people’s lives. That is evident in two recent issues Herrera has tackled: City College and patient dumping. With regard to City College of San Francisco, Herrera’s office recently filed a lawsuit against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, alleging that the private agency unlawfully allowed its advocacy and political bias to prejudice its evaluation of college accreditation standards. This summer, the ACCJC said it would strip City College of its accreditation next July, a drastic step that would likely lead to the school’s closure. Herrera’s suit has merit. There have been reported instances of conflict of interest and other issues by the ACCJC that must be addressed. In the meantime, City College has appealed the commission’s decision. The bottom line is that City College serves thousands of students, including a sizable LGBT population, and provides much-needed education options. Patient dumping has emerged as a relatively new tactic whereby other states or jurisdictions send their mentally ill residents to San Francisco on a one-way bus ticket, with no resources. Earlier this year, Herrera filed a lawsuit against the state of Nevada, alleging it has engaged in the practice and seeking reimbursement for treatment of psychiatric patients. An investigation by Herrera’s office identified 500 discharged patients transported to California since 2008. The city is fortunate to have a public servant

such as Herrera, whose office advises departments on legal matters. But it’s San Francisco residents who also benefit from his leadership. The city attorney’s office has long had a reputation for cutting-edge public interest work. Herrera is the latest official to continue that tradition.

Treasurer-Tax Collector

Jose Cisneros is the only out citywide elected official. But that’s not why we’re endorsing him for another term. Rather, as the city’s treasurer and tax collector, Cisneros has done an excellent job as the chief investment officer, despite the economic dips in recent years. He manages a portfolio of about $6 billion but how that’s invested is largely regulated by state law to avoid financial problems like Orange County’s bankruptcy several years ago. Cisneros told us in our editorial board meeting that the $6 billion average daily balance is the highest it’s ever been. It’s the other part of his job that will affect businesses starting next year as Cisneros and his staff roll out the tax changes that are the result of voters approving the city’s change from collecting payroll taxes to gross receipt taxes. A gradual phase-in will see businesses shift to gross receipts in the coming years, culminating in 2018. It is a more complicated system than payroll taxes, with eight different categories with unique tax rates. Additionally, Cisneros is hoping to see an increase in the number of businesses paying taxes. Currently, he said, the city has about 90,000 businesses registered but only 7,000-8,000 of them pay the payroll

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tax because of where the threshold is set, at about $260,000 of annual payroll. It is likely that will change under the new system and it could be that 20,000 businesses will be required to submit gross receipt taxes, Jane Philomen Cleland he said. City Attorney For consumers, Cisneros has also Dennis Herrera been proactive in helping them keep more of their money. Several years ago he launched Bank on San Francisco, whereby people who were unbanked (didn’t have checking accounts) were able to open them without fees. He told us about a new initiative he has to reach out to employers to get them to use direct deposit for their employees’ pay. The estimated 20 percent of workers who are not on direct deposit are unbanked and they often end up spending money on high fees at check cashing establishments. Debit cards for payroll can also be problematic, he said, because of the “horrible” fees associated with them. Prepaid payroll cards could be an alternative, he said, as long as people can withdraw the money without a fee. The city, in partnership with Citibank, has also started a college savings program where every student entering kindergarten is given an account with $50 in it. The city raised private funds to offer cash incentives for the program, See page 12 >>

San Francisco ballot measures Proposition A: Retiree Health Care Trust Fund. YES

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urrently, city employee retirement health care costs are paid out of the general fund as they come due. This is no more than a “promise to pay,” a promise which many municipalities around the country have defaulted on in recent hard times. Prop A 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. All retirement plans should be structured this way to prevent default. Prop A will also allow the city to eliminate a $4.4 billion liability already incurred for retiree benefits over about 30 years.

Propositions B and C: 8 Washington. YES on B and YES on C

We analyzed in depth these companion propositions in last week’s Bay Area Reporter and refer our readers to the link to that editorial (http://tinyurl.com/mrbuyhc). Essentially, the Port of San Francisco and the city would like to develop the one remaining parcel along the Embarcadero that has not been renovated following the dismantling of the Embarcadero Freeway after the 1989 earthquake. It currently serves no public use and is surrounded by a 12-14 foot high fence. This plan will open up

more than 50 percent of the space for public parks, walkways, bike paths, cafes with outdoor seating, as well as open up access directly to the Embarcadero on Jackson Street and improve access along Pacific Avenue. It will be a beautiful public space to be enjoyed by everyone who walks or bikes along the waterfront. To fund these public improvements and amenities, two condominium buildings will be constructed creating 134 new market rate housing units. The building that sits at the back of the lot, on Drumm Street, will exceed current height limits of 84 feet up to 136 feet, stepping down to 92 feet. The Golden Gate Commons condo building that already sits directly across Drumm Street is higher, at 200 feet. This will create a step down effect and the building to be built closest to the Embarcadero will be under existing height limits at 70 feet, stepping down to 54 feet, further creating a tiered down effect that will blend a dynamic city to the west with the flow of the Embarcadero and the waterfront to the east. In exchange for these development rights, expected revenues to the city are considerable, according to the City Controller, with $11 million to fund affordable housing and approximately $4.8 million to fund transit improvements. The Port would receive approxi-

mately $3 million from the sale of its lot. Over the long term, the controller estimates that tax revenues, added property value and infrastructure improvements accruing to the city and the Port would be more than $350 million. Any development along the Embarcadero or near the waterfront deserves close scrutiny. The Bay Area Reporter editorial board has spent many hours analyzing both sides. We feel satisfied that this project is good for the waterfront and good for San Francisco. We recommend a yes vote on both Propositions B and C.

Proposition D: Prescription Drug Purchasing. NO

On its face, Proposition D seems like a nobrainer. Who wouldn’t be for cheaper prescription drugs? But the more we examined this measure the more we questioned its necessity. While Prop D would declare it official city policy to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers for the best price for city institutions like San Francisco General Hospital, Laguna Honda Hospital, and the jails, the city already does just that. Current law authorizes the health department to use outside companies to negotiate in order to ensure that the city gets the lowest prices possible. What Prop D is really about is the power of one AIDS organization, the Los Angeles-based See page 12 >>


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Be happy at Folsom

I disagree with Jorge Rodriguez-Sandoval’s letter about the Folsom Street Fair [Mailstrom, October 3]. First of all, this is the most wonderful event ever in the world for people who can express themselves in any way they like, including BDSM. Second, this is a largely gay venue so, what’s wrong with them being “totally naked”? This year Folsom Street Fair celebrated 30 years. Of course, over the year the suggested donation became $10. Everything is going up, so why not Folsom? And I support it because it helps charities. I don’t care what’s going on in Germany – I’m living here and I see every year a lot of hard-working volunteers who make Folsom Street Fair better and better. Regarding salaries and benefits for the executives of Folsom Street Events, dear Jorge, do you think twice where your money goes when you buy anything in the supermarket? The Folsom Street Fair is for adults only. The place for the fair was chosen by organizers in San Francisco for the convenience of everybody to attend it, have fun, and be happy. And if you see someone on the street or onboard Muni to go to Folsom, be kind to them, not to see their “butts” but their hearts. All you need, dear, is love. Georgy Prodorov San Francisco

The sounds of Petrelis

I thought it was surprising that Michael Petrelis would write a letter complaining about noise ruining his good time at a celebration [Mailstrom, October 3]. I was even

more surprised you would print such a letter. This is the same man who showed up at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in the Castro last year with a battery-powered megaphone, dressed like he was about to climb Mt. Everest in a parka and knit cap, screaming about not being allowed to be naked in public. He didn’t seem at all concerned about how the noise he made was affecting people around him at that time. This is the same man who stalked a county supervisor, even following him into a restroom in an attempt to photograph him urinating in an attempt to intimidate and embarrass the man because of their differing viewpoints. He didn’t seem to be concerned about how his behavior affected anyone else at that time either. In fact, it seems Petrelis excuses himself of everything while expecting other people to be concerned with how their actions affect him. Is that irony? Or is that just hypocrisy? Michael Petrelis is a thug and a bully. I’m actually angry at the Bay Area Reporter for helping him communicate any of his viewpoints, even if it is something as benign as turning down the volume on music at a public festival. Petrelis writes about his wish to “build community via conversation without shouting and hear what folks in the booths have to say” except that his actions do not show a person who cares about building community without shouting nor listening to anyone else. Steven Kyle Weller San Francisco

Chorus gala to honor Clementi compiled by Cynthia Laird

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Rutgers University student who died by suicide three years ago will be honored through a foundation established in his name when the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus holds its annual brunch gala this weekend. Tyler Clementi was an accomplished musician when he leapt to his death in 2010 after classmates posted video online of him kissing another man. On Sunday, October 13, his gay brother, James Clementi, will keynote the chorus’ Crescendo gala as a spokesman for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Crescendo takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Four Seasons, 757 Market Street. The gala will include a preview of selections from the chorus’ upcoming season, which will be packed with enlightening world premieres and dazzling stars, in some of the city’s most beloved venues. Crescendo will include a silent and live auction and an awards program. In addition to the Clementi foundation, KQED and the Bob Ross Foundation will be recognized for their contributions to the LGBT community. (The Bob Ross Foundation, named for the founding publisher of the Bay Area Reporter, is separate from the paper, which is now owned by BAR Media Inc.) The event will also include musical performances by opera diva Marina Harris, violin virtuoso Kevin Rogers, and New York composer and singer Lance Horne. Tickets to Crescendo start at $150 and are available by visiting http:// www.sfgmc.org/crescendo.

NLGJA Fall Honors tonight

The northern California chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association will honor a longtime reporter, an LGBT professional network, and a graduate student at its annual Fall Honors reception Thursday, October 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market Street in San Francisco. This year’s awardees include longtime San Francisco Chronicle legal reporter Bob Egelko, and dot429 founder Richard Klein. Egelko, who went to law school in Sacramento and passed the bar, has been a journalist since 1970 and joined the Chronicle in 2000. He

The Tyler Clementi Foundation, named for the late Rutgers student, will be honored by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

has closely followed the rise and fall of Proposition 8, from its origins in the 2004 San Francisco marriages to the 2008 referendum to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that effectively struck it down. Egelko lives in Oakland with his wife, Ann Forfreedom. Klein is a successful entrepreneur and a major voice in the world of design and publishing. He led the launch of dot429 and is currently its CEO and publisher. The LGBT professional network will soon launch a print magazine, FourTwoNine. UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Titania Kumeh will receive the $2,500 Bob Ross Student Scholarship. Kumeh shows strong potential as a journalist who has sought to accurately report on underrepresented communities, including HIV-positive men in the African American community and sex workers, chapter officials said. She has had stories published in the Ghanaian Times, Los Angeles Times, and Mother Jones. The scholarship is sponsored by the Bob Ross Foundation, which is named for the founding publisher of the Bay Area Reporter. (The foundation and newspaper are separate legal entities and the newspaper is now owned by BAR Media Inc.) Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members, and can be purchased online at https://www. eventbrite.com/event/8169961575.

Collect that loose change for AEF

AIDS Emergency Fund’s Every Penny Counts campaign will hold

its final Empty Your Drawers event for the year Sunday, October 13 in the Castro. People are encouraged to come out and join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as they volunteer for the day to help raise funds for low-income San Franciscans who are disabled by HIV/AIDS, cannot work, and need a little help with their rent, utilities, or medical bills. Along with the Sisters will be gogo boys from the 2013 Bare Chest Calendar, dancing to Sylvester and other hot tunes. People can empty their drawers and pockets, dig under the sofa cushions, and reach under the car seat for that elusive money. Then bring the change to the drop-off point at the top of the Castro Muni station’s main entrance, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Lance Brittain, Every Penny Counts coordinator, at (415) 558-6999, ext. 232 or lance.brittain@aef-sf.org.

Dating workshop for gay, bi men

The UCSF Alliance Health Project will have its final workshop of the year Friday, October 11. The session, titled, “Dating: Getting What We Want and Keeping It Simple,” is free and meets at the AHP Services Center, 1930 Market Street from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The workshop is for gay and bi men regardless of HIV status. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, To sign up, contact jonathan.roberts@ucsf.edu or (415) 476-6448.

Preschool preview night for parents

The San Francisco division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services family resource center, Parents Place, is gearing up for its annual preschool preview night Wednesday, October 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. The largest preschool expo in the city, the preview night brings under one roof representatives from more than 100 preschools and children’s service providers, who will be available to talk one-on-one with parents about their preschool options for their children. Parents are strongly encouraged to preregister at www.parentsplaceonline.org/san-francisco. The preregistration cost is $10 per adult or $15 See page 13 >>


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Castro businesses ‘Looking’ for a bit of TV fame by Matthew S. Bajko

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ne of the hottest trends this season in the Castro can’t be found on any store shelves. Instead, it is having the distinction of being chosen as a location for a new gay television show. Due to the decision of the producers of the HBO series Looking to film on location in San Francisco and the Bay Area, they have been scouting various places for the weekday shoots. Several businesses in the city’s gay district have already played host to the show’s stars and crew, from the upper Market Street gay sex club Eros and dance club the Cafe to eateries Cafe Mystique and Orphan Andy’s. Another site in the Castro was Urban Flowers on 18th Street. “This last week made a bigger buzz than the first day of filming. The neighborhood seems to be excited about being featured in an HBO show,” Terry Asten Bennett, president of the Castro’s merchant association, told the Bay Area Reporter. Eros CEO Ken Rowe said he and his co-owners routinely allow porn studios to film at the safe sex club but often turn down requests from documentaries and news producers out of concerns on how the footage will be used. “As soon as we heard who was involved in this project, both in front of and behind the camera, we gave the go-ahead to shoot at Eros,” Rowe said. “The fact they are shooting in so many real locations is a positive for us and other small businesses. We look forward to it airing and hope the show can continue.”

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Jonathan Groff, right, the star of the new HBO series Looking, was on location during a shoot at the Folsom Street Fair last month.

Other locations around town have included Duboce Park, South of Market gay nightclub the Stud, and during the Folsom Street Fair. The pilot shot back in April included scenes set at queer-owned club El Rio in the Mission. Castro-based medical cannabis dispensary the Apothecarium has invited the television show to film inside its storefront at Market and Church streets. Alas, their offer has yet to be taken up. When asked about the possibility of seeing a storyline involving medicinal marijuana be written into an episode of the show, co-owner Ryan Hudson said he has his “fingers crossed,” perhaps in season two if it is picked up for renewal. Bennett said the production team hasn’t approached her yet about filming at her family’s store Cliff ’s Variety, “but we would consider it.” The eight-episode, half-hour series centers on the lives of three thirty-something gay men. Jonathan Groff of Glee plays the lead character, Patrick, a gay video game developer who struggles in his social life. Frankie Alvarez, last seen on Smash, plays his best friend, while Murray Bartlett, of Guiding Light, rounds out the trio of leads. Michael Lannan created the series, which will be executive produced by Andrew Haigh and Sarah Condon. The show is expected to wrap filming of its first season in early November; HBO has yet to say when it will air. San Francisco officials estimate it will generate $2 million in economic impact for the city. And if it becomes a hit with viewers and critics, it could positively impact tourism to town by fans of the show. “Productions like this help showcase our world class city to the world,” noted Mayor Ed Lee in a statement his office issued last month after a lease for stage and production office space in the Mission was signed between the city and HBO. It is the second time in as many years that an HBO project has been filmed in San Francisco. In early 2011 HBO filmed Philip Kaufman’s Hemingway and Gellhorn docudrama at various locations around town, employing more than 100 locals with a $6 million economic impact to the city. HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo stated in the press release that the premium cable network was “thrilled” to now be back in the city with another project. “Looking is as much about San Francisco as it is about the characters inhabiting the show,” stated Lombardo.

Castro merchants eye name change

The Castro’s business group is eying a name change as part of a new branding effort it plans to launch in 2014. At their November meeting members of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro will be asked to adopt the new moniker Castro Merchants. The name is the same as the domain name of its website, which the group recently revamped and can be found at http://www.castromerchants.com. Bennett, MUMC’s president, announced the planned name change during the business group’s meeting Thursday, October 3. She noted that studies MUMC has done in the past found that most people don’t know what upper market stands for. “Most people think it is on top of Twin Peaks,” she said. Technically, upper Market refers to the stretch of roadway past Octavia Boulevard. That is the northern boundary of the Castro Community Benefit District, and from there toward Castro Street is what the B.A.R. has referred to for years as the upper Market Street corridor. A number of new housing developments in the area are advertising as being in the Castro, and Bennett said there is a financial benefit for businesses that tie themselves to the name Castro, one of the world’s most famous gay districts. With the city set to revamp the streetscape on the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street next year, MUMC leaders feel it is an opportune time to change the group’s name. The CBD was awarded $25,000 from the mayoral initiative Invest in Neighborhoods that will pay for a “still open for business” marketing campaign during construction on the street. It could also help promote MUMC’s name change and a new logo if the membership votes in approval of the idea.

BofA awards funds to SF LGBT agencies

Three San Francisco LGBT agencies are sharing $70,000 in grant money awarded to them by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. It is part of the financial institution’s giving more than $22 million in grants to over 1,050 nonprofits that support workforce development and education initiatives. “Supporting nonprofit organizations that connect people to jobs and skills is part of our efforts to help improve the financial lives of individuals and customers in the communities we serve,” stated Martin Richards, San Francisco market president, Bank of America. “A trained workforce ensures we reSee page 7 >>


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East Bay LGBT Dems endorse lesbian Assembly candidate by Matthew S. Bajko

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he East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club has awarded its former chair, Peggy Moore, its sole endorsement in the Assembly District 15 race next year. The district runs along the I-80 corridor from Hercules to Oakland and encompasses parts of both Contra Costa and Alameda counties. The incumbent, As s em bl y wom a n Nancy Skinner (DBerkeley), is termed out next year. The LGBT political group’s board decided to hold a vote on whether to award an early endorsement to Moore, an out lesbian who worked on President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, or to bisexual candidate Andy Katz, an elected member of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. “Peggy Moore has the unique ability to represent and unite the diverse communities that make up Assembly District 15,” stated Brendalynn Goodall, the club’s board chair. “Her lifelong commitment to LGBT issues and her organizing in our community will be an enormous asset in the Assembly, and our club is looking forward to helping her get there.” Moore would be the first out African American elected to the state Legislature should she win the seat next November, while Katz would be the first out bisexual elected to a state legislative seat should he win. Either would be the first out LGBT state lawmaker from the East Bay. They are among the eight candidates expected to run in the June 2014 primary where the top two vote-getters regardless of party will advance to the general election. “Peggy Moore was both an electrifying presence on the Obama campaign and an amazing organizer,” stated Stonewall PAC Chair Michael Colbruno. “She will be a major force in the Legislature who will continue the long legacy of strong, capable women representing the 15th Assembly District.”

Campaign over SF waterfront development heats up

With early voting now under way in the city’s local election, the two sides in a fight over a San Francisco waterfront development are ramping up their efforts. In November voters will decide the fate of 8 Washington, a mixeduse project with 134 luxury condos, new retail spaces, parkland, and a rebuilt private tennis club. If Propositions B and C fail to win majority votes, it could imperil the development as proposed. Prop C, placed on the ballot by

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the 8 Washington opponents, upholds the Board of Supervisors’ decision to award the extra height allowance to the developer. One of the project’s buildings would be 136 feet tall at its highest point; zoning laws had capped heights at 84 feet for the site. The opponents placed it on the ballot in the hopes that voters would reject the added height. Pacific Waterfront Partners, LLC, the project sponsor, in response to Prop C placed Prop B on the ballot. It would create a special use district for the 3.2-acre site that would amend city codes to allow for the project’s greater height and density. Monday, opponents of the controversial measure gathered several LGBT community leaders to be among the first people to cast votes against B and C at City Hall. Gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos told the dozen people present that the LGBT community should be paying attention to the ballot measure battle. Having just come from an event

geared toward LGBT homeless people, Campos criticized the lack of affordable housing included on-site at the 8 Washington Street project. Instead, the developer is opting to pay an $11 million in-lieu fee toward a fund for affordable housing overseen by the mayor’s office of housing. The people he met at the homeless event “need housing affordable to them. B and C are creating the last kind of housing we need in San Francisco,” said Campos. “We don’t need housing for the ultra rich.” Joining Campos was longtime LGBT rights activist Phyllis Lyon, better known these days as part of the first same-sex couple to marry back in 2004 and again in 2008. Her wife Del Martin died shortly after their second marriage. “It is very important people vote on this issue,” said Lyon, who objects to the height limit exemption the developer was able to obtain from city officials. “We’ve been very good at not putting a lot of big things up to block the waterfront.” Countering their opponents’ rallying cry of “no wall on the waterfront,” backers of the project have

and a new waterfront park.” With an ad buy costing upwards of $25,000 a day, No on B and C campaign director Jon Golinger told the Bay Area Reporter this week the project opponents likely will not have the money to run TV spots. They have posted a two-minute video on the campaign website featuring various local leaders explaining why they object to the development. One of them, Housing Rights Committee Executive Director Sarah Shortt, says she opposes B and C because 8 Washington “raises rents and housing costs for the rest of us.”t Jane Philomen Cleland

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latched onto a theme of “open up the waterfront” that features prominently in television ads that urge voters to vote yes on Prop B. “B replaces the asphalt parking lot, massive fence, and a private club at 8 Washington Street,” says Mayor Ed Lee in the 30-second spot, with former Mayor Gavin Newsom adding, “With neighborhood housing

Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http:// www.ebar.com Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column covered a recent fundraiser gay Assembly candidate Evan Low held in SF. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/politicalnotes. Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 8615019 or e-mail m.bajko@ebar.com.

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Former Emperor Steven Rascher dies by Cynthia Laird

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teven H. Rascher, who was the 16th Emperor After Norton of the San Francisco Imperial Court, died Tuesday, October 8 at his home in the Castro. He was 67. Mr. Rascher’s death was announced by the Imperial Council of San Francisco. He had suffered from prostate cancer that spread to his entire body. As emperor, Mr. Rascher reigned with Empress 23, Lily Street, from 1988 to 1989. Mr. Rascher opened a bar for his empress named Lily’s, which is now Martuni’s, according to Emperor 34 After Norton Jason Ladd. “Steven was responsible for creating Emperor’s Night Out, an event where the emperor went out in drag to raise money for various charities,” Ladd said in an email. “Many of San Francisco’s emperors have continued this tradition, raising thousands

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of dollars for charitable causes.” Mr. Rascher was also responsible for the annual pilgrimage to Woodlawn Cemetery in Colma, where Joshua Norton, an eccentric city

resident who in 1859 declared himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, is buried. It was Norton who inspired the late Jose Sarria, Her Royal Majesty, Empress of San Francisco, Jose I, The Widow Norton, to create the Imperial Court in the 1960s. Sarria died in August at the age of 90 and his Imperial State Funeral was held last month. He was laid to rest next to Norton in the cemetery. “Steven always said ‘the emperor should be the frame to the picture that was the empress,’” Ladd recalled. Ladd said that Mr. Rascher was a big part of the Portland, Oregon Imperial Court and created the Portland Party, a popular event held during San Francisco Coronation festivities that raised money for the Portland court’s scholarship fund. Members of the San Francisco Imperial Council were saddened by Mr. Rascher’s death.

“Steven brought so many happy moments in our life and left us with a treasure trove of memories,” Saybeline Fernandez, Imperial Council secretary, said in her announcement. In addition to his work with the Imperial Court, Mr. Rascher was also the longtime board president for Community Thrift, a San Francisco second-hand store that benefits mostly LGBT nonprofit organizations, said Mark Adams, a close friend of Mr. Rascher’s. Community Thrift started in 1982 primarily to raise money for HIV research, Corey Ruda, the store’s former executive director, told the Bay Area Reporter in a 2011 article. Adams said that Mr. Rascher started his life in San Francisco as a teacher when he joined a gay business association and met many people that changed his life, including Mark Leno, now a state senator. Then, Adams said, Mr. Rascher

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met his partner, Gene Fry. “Gene was by his side until the end, with their dog, Sofie,” Adams said. Mr. Rascher and Fry were married July 26 in their home on Castro Street, Adams said. Adams met Mr. Rascher when he became an employee of First American Title, where Mr. Rascher worked for almost 20 years. “He went from being a teacher to being an escrow officer,” Adams said. “He mentored and taught me everything I know. He became one of my best friends and confidants and changed my life.” In addition to Fry and his many friends, Mr. Rascher is survived by his twin brother, Mark Rascher, of Michigan; and two sisters, Linda and Mary, who live in St. Louis, Missouri. Information about a memorial service has not yet been announced.t

AIDS survivors form new advocacy group by Matthew S. Bajko

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aving lived through the AIDS epidemic and now entering their senior years, longtime AIDS survivors are regrouping to demand that their unique needs be addressed. Now in their 50s and older, HIVpositive men and women are grappling with myriad issues they never planned for when they were first diagnosed and given only years to live. They didn’t bother to think about retirement, never expected to deal with ailments that come with aging, and are still grappling with processing their

experiences of the last three decades. “What struck me is there is a lot of suicides and despair, not because of AIDS but because of surviving all that death and despair,” said Tez Anderson, 54, who has been HIVpositive for 30 years. The San Francisco resident was speaking at a community town hall last month that drew nearly 200 people to the city’s LGBT community center for a discussion about the issues long-term AIDS survivors are grappling with as older adults. In late 2012 Anderson and his husband, Mark Ruiz, whom he first met

six years ago and married in 2008, formed Let’s Kick ASS (which stands for AIDS Survivor Syndrome) for people both HIV-negative and -positive to connect, share their stories, and push health officials and AIDS agencies to address their needs. Last month’s “Definition of Brave” town hall was a coming out of sorts for the new grassroots, community-based group. The attendance numbers overwhelmed Anderson, though he was not surprised by the turnout. “The most powerful thing is seeing people happy to be re-engaged and

talking to people. They feel isolated,” said Anderson. “When the AIDS tsunami recedes, people are left behind wondering what just happened.” The group is hosting its second public gathering next week to formulate its next steps and an action plan. Some of the ideas mentioned at the town hall included pressing AIDS agencies to devote resources specifically toward long-term AIDS survivors and recruiting them to serve on their board of directors. Another initiative is pressing the 18th annual United States Conference on AIDS, to be held in early

October next year in San Diego, to focus on long-term AIDS survivors. “Long-term survivors are not on the agenda,” said Matt Sharp, who has been HIV-positive for more than two decades. “The people on the agenda are people newly diagnosed or not being tested. That is great, we need to focus on that. But all of us long-term survivors are being forgotten.” The next public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 15 at Metropolitan Community ChurchSan Francisco, 150 Eureka Street. For more information, visit http://www.LetsKickASS.org.t


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Film event highlights ‘disses’ of disabled by James Patterson

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eople with disabilities face discrimination, ridicule, and harmful assumptions about their lives not only by the LGBT community but also by Hollywood films that depict them as fools, criminals, and mentally ill, said local planners of a weekend event to screen offensive films and give them mock awards. Lighthouse for the Blind and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University are hosting the Dissies, modeled after the Razzies, Saturday, October 12 at the Women’s Building in San Francisco. The event is part of the Superfest Disability Film Festival. Audience members are encouraged to “holler, heckle, and hoot” at insensitive film portrayals of disability. Visually impaired professor Catherine Kudlick, Ph.D., who teaches history and is director of the Longmore Institute, said the event would be “edgy.” “The idea is we will take negative views of disability and laugh at them,” she said. “It is about pushing back on stereotypical attitudes.” Kudlick said LGBTs with disabilities could find attending the Dissies cathartic. She said LGBTs could purge their emotions as a result of seeing the hurtful films and laughing back at them in the company of other disabled LGBTs. Noting October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Kudlick said negative film images may influence employers away from hiring the disabled. Although she is in a relationship with a woman, Kudlick, 57, said she does not like sexual labels applied to her. Emily Beitiks, 30, who is straight

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and described herself as “temporarily abled-bodied,” is Longmore’s assistant director. She provided the Bay Area Reporter with clips of Saturday’s films, which include 1992’s Scent of A Woman with Al Pacino in an Oscar-winning role as a blind man. This film is nominated for a Dissie in the “most tragic” category. Kudlick said the film shows, “Hollywood doesn’t understand blindness” and Pacino was not realistic. In 1989’s See No Evil, Hear No Evil, the late comedian Richard Pryor is a blind man who applies to a deaf Gene Wilder for a retail job. This film depicts the disabled as comical, Kudlick said. This film is nominated for a Dissie in the “worst portrayal of a disability” category. In MGM’s classic 1934 Treasure Island, Oscar winner Wallace Beery portrays Robert Louis Stevenson’s one-legged Long John Silver “as dishonest, evil, bad, and bitter due to his disability and he takes it out on others,” Kudlick said. This perpetuates the harmful stereotype of disability being associated with mental illness and criminality, she said. Treasure Island is also nominated in the worst portrayal of a disability category. Freaks, Tod Browning’s still highly controversial 1932 MGM horror film about a traveling sideshow

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where people with extreme disabilities, including so-called pinheads, a half-man and half-woman and a “human worm,” played themselves, will not be on the program. Kudlick said Freaks is “a good starting point to understanding Hollywood’s depiction of the disabled.” She said the film was “more nuanced” than a typical horror film. “We almost included Freaks,” Beitiks said, “due to the angry mob scene [of disabled]” near the end. She acknowledged that significant scholarship exists on the film, which suggests a sexual relationship between a non-disabled woman and a dwarf, and suggested the community’s view of the film is complex. Leo Gkimisis, a student assistant at Longmore who is gay and has a learning disability, said LGBTs with disabilities face stereotypical assumptions similar to what the straight disabled experience. For example, Gkimisis said, people first assume disabled gays are straight. If a disabled person identifies as LGBT, then other LGBTs assume disabled gays are unable to have sex, which excludes them from community life, he said. He said the event will allow interaction between communities with similar issues and may promote inclusion. Gkimisis, 27, said paternalism is also a damaging assumption – that disabled need others to make decisions about their lives. Pity, he suggested, is a moral judgment that may come from religion. “Disability is assumed to be a result of a lack of religious faith or as God’s punishment,” he said. Beitiks said 22 film clips would be shown with mock awards presented during the two-hour program. She said the suggested donation for the program is $10 “but no one will be turned away for lack of money.” “The Dissies can help change cultural attitudes about the disabled and give people new ideas.” Kudlick said.t The Dissies program starts at 7 p.m. at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street. Doors open at 6.

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John Raines puts a tape into a machine during his work to digitize footage of early LGBT events and news coverage.

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ive days a week for nearly four years Oakland, California resident John Raines has watched more than a thousand hours of old home movies, television station news reports, and other audio-visual archival materials of LGBT historical significance. Each weekday Raines sits down at a desk in a converted bedroom in his apartment, boots up his computer and AV equipment, and sets about preserving the LGBT footage and recordings by transferring them to a digital format. The celluloid images run the gamut from gay Halloween parties to leather and drag contests to the inaugural voyages of gay cruise company RSVP to endless coverage of gay Pride parades and athletic events. “It can be a little tiresome to watch the nth round of the Miss Continental contest. But it is also fun because little surprises will pop up,” said Raines, referring to the annual female impersonation pageant that has been held in Chicago since 1980. The preservation work is a labor of love for the gay retiree, who turns 53 on October 19, as he has been doing the work on a pro bono basis for the GLBT Historical Society based in San Francisco. “I treated it like a job Monday through Friday,” said Raines. “In seven hours I can transfer six onehour reels.” When the historical society opened its first museum space in the gay Castro district back in 2009, Raines signed up as a volunteer. Part of the display featured video screens in the window showing archival LGBT footage. Having a background in audiovideo post-production, Raines offered to assist with fixing the visual presentation shown on the monitors. “I enjoyed it. It was fun to learn about preservation and conserving analog media,” said Raines, who worked for several San Diego radio stations in the 1980s and later at a cable TV advertising firm in Los Angeles. “I am self taught.” Impressed with his work, the archival group’s executive director asked if Raines would be interested in diving further into its audiovisual collection and help convert it into a form accessible to modernday filmmakers, researchers, and academics. Raines accepted the offer, only to discover that the preserved material was in various formats, largely uncataloged, and some reels in better condition than others. He decided to start with a relatively easy task, picking a collection of old radio programs donated by journalist Randy Alfred.

“Randy had donated them in 1996 and there they had mostly just sat in boxes. There were 250 reels, most one-hour long, so it was over 200 hours worth of material,” recalled Raines. “I started with it because it was audio, a format I was familiar with. Also, they were in really good condition.” Not only had Alfred kept the documentation for his GLBT Radio show, which aired on KSAN-FM San Francisco from 1973 to 1984, he also had meticulously stored the collection. “It was about as tidy as it gets,” said Raines, who over the course of three months brought the equipment he needed to do the work into the archives, which are stored in a building in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood and can be publicly accessed by appointment. “I had no difficulty with that collection.” Eventually, the Alfred tapes and those of the Fruit Punch gay radio program that aired on KPFA Berkeley in the mid-1970s were made available online through the “Gayback Machine” portal on the historical society’s website. The material has since been downloaded 8,997 times from the site and an additional 3,376 times directly from the Internet Archive, where they are also held. Having earned the trust of the archive staff, Raines began bringing the archival tapes and reels to his house in order to do the conversion work at home. He also started acquiring the machinery he needed to convert the older formats into digital copies by scouring hobbyist websites and eBay listings. The video material held by the archives was shot in various formats, such as Betacam, U-matic, VHS, Video Hi8, DAT (for digital audio tape), and the obscure Sony CV Skip-field. Each requires its own player in order to be converted; it took him months to secure a machine that can play EIAJ-1 half-inch open reel videotape. He even acquired a phonograph player, as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus released in 45 rpm record format a cheer song for the 49ers football team. “Maybe I’ve spent $5,000 altogether,” Raines estimated. By volunteering his time and services, Raines has saved the historical society tens of thousands of dollars in what it would cost to have the material commercially transferred. One collection of old films, from what was known as the Queer Blue Light video collective, would have cost $21,000 if the archives had to pay for it, said Raines. “I did it for zero dollars after spending a few hundred to buy the machine,” he said. Once he has the necessary equipment, Raines will “babysit” the old

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footage through the conversion process. He watches every second of each film to ensure it is not damaged. “I have only had one tape I handled and caused any damage on it, but it was unforeseeable,” said Raines. One trick he learned for certain film formats that can soak up water over time is to dry it out first by using a Nesco food dehydrator and jerky maker. Otherwise, when it is played back, it can leave a watery mess in the machine. “It is round and perfect for putting flat reels of tape in it,” he said. “It can take six to 24 hours to drive enough water out of the tape so you can play it.” For now his priority is transferring the videos “as is” to a digital format. He does not edit the tapes in any way. “The goal right now is preservation,” said Raines. “We want to get as good a digital copy as we can that is faithful to the original copy as possible. We are not trying to change anything on it.” Nor does Raines expect he will be able to digitally copy all of the archive’s audio and visual collection, since he still doesn’t know how big the AV collection is. Some of the remaining footage is not as well kept, with loose tape unspooled in boxes. “There is a lot more to do,” he said. The work Raines has quietly undertaken since 2009 caught the attention of gay Bay Area filmmaker Stu Maddux, who decided to make a documentary about preserving old gay home movies and other LGBT archival footage. Titled Reel In The Closet, the movie features Raines and is scheduled for a 2014 release. “Watching this stuff is a virtual time machine,” said Maddux, who is launching a crowdfunding campaign this month to raise $39,000 to

offset the cost of finishing his film. “Not only is it fascinating to view it’s going to get people fascinated in the history sitting in their closets too.” By publicizing the work he has been doing behind the scenes, Raines hopes others will volunteer their time and service to preserve the material before it becomes unsalvageable. “Some of it is disintegrating and others are on obsolete formats. It is not something we can let go for another 20 years and let sit in the box,” said Raines. The next step would be to have individuals who were around during that timeframe view the material to see if they can identify people in the films, said Raines. All of the converted media files are only available, for now, on a computer in the archives’ reading

room. While the historical society has posted a few snippets of video on its YouTube channel over the years, most of the footage won’t be released for such public viewing. “It is financially benefitting the archives to digitize this material,” said Raines. “But we want to strike a balance between making it available and maintaining some control.”t Matthew S. Bajko is an assistant editor with the Bay Area Reporter. For more information about the GLBT Historical Society’s archive, visit http://www. glbthistory.org/research/index. html. It’s YouTube channel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/ glbthistory. To learn more about the documentary Reel In The Closet and supporting the film, visit http:// closetreel.com/.

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and it looks like the program is paying off, with 12 percent of families already saving for their children’s college education. The city’s finances are in very capable hands, and Cisneros is deserving of another term.

Assessor-Recorder

New Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu is running to complete the term of Phil Ting, who was elected to the state Assembly last year. In her first several months on the job, Chu has proven to be a good fit for the office and we endorse her for election. On the assessor side, Chu has been working to reduce the backlog of assessment appeals, of which now there are about 5,000. The job requires coordination with other city departments. If a hearing isn’t held within two years, the assessment reverts back to the lower amount for the property owner, she explained.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and its war with HIV/AIDS drug companies, in particular Gilead Sciences, which makes one of the most expensive medications available, Stribild, at a cost of $28,500 per patient, per year. AHF has held demonstrations outside Gilead offices, and is regularly taking the company to task for its pricing. That’s not a bad thing – all drug companies should do more to lower costs. And in the case of HIV/AIDS medications, most drug companies have some sort of discounted pricing so that low-income patients can get the medication. Is that enough? No. Will Prop D do anything to change that? No. AHF officials who met with us stressed that they want price controls to be debated and discussed.

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through all this stuff,” he said of the services available. All four floors of the center, at 1800 Market Street, were crowded with people seeking services. Dozens of volunteers were also on hand. Even the street behind the building had a fair number of people waiting for dentistry and other assistance. Bevan Dufty, a gay man who serves as director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement for Mayor Ed Lee, said the event had been “wildly successful.” “The building is pulsating with excitement,” said Dufty. “People have felt for so long” that disparities facing LGBTs, who make up a disproportionate part of the city’s homeless population, need to be addressed, he said. Dufty and other Connect planners have been influenced by local statistics. In late June, the biennial San Francisco Homeless Point-InTime Count and Survey was released and, for the first time, included statistics on LGBT people. The report found that out of a total of 7,350 homeless people, more than one in four (29 percent) identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or “other” for a total of 2,132. Based on the homeless report’s findings and estimates that at least 94,234 LGBT people live in San Francisco, LGBT housing activists estimate that 2.3 percent are homeless, compared to less than 1 percent for the general population. With the response to Monday’s event, Dufty said, “The number one question is, ‘What’s next?’” He said many of the service providers who came Monday want to stay involved, and he predicted more LGBTQ Connects in the future. Officials also plan to organize a policy forum

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When the mayor named Chu assessor-recorder he also got to pick her replacement on the Board of Supervisors. He didn’t have to look far, though, as he selected Chu’s longtime legislative aide, Katy Tang. She is running to complete Chu’s term on the board and we believe District 4 residents got a representative who

is from the district and has hit the ground running. Tang, who grew up in the Sunset, has spent a lot of time on issues related to Muni. The switch-backs are a problem in the district and Tang pointed out they are a symptom of bigger problems at Muni. The Municipal Transportation Agency has taken several steps to procure parts more quickly and to develop a better inventory of them to help hasten repairs. She is also concerned about the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s proposal to eliminate vast stretches of land from use by dogs, noting that the plan to “take away 90 percent of the space” is “very troubling.” The beach area in her district is impacted, but Tang noted that San Francisco is an urban area and that space is needed for dogs and their owners. All in all, Tang is in tune with her district but also has an eye to regional issues that will serve her constituents well. We endorse her for election.t

That’s a good thing. Unfortunately, Prop D does nothing to move that conversation forward. They’re counting on liberal San Francisco voters and politicians to support a policy advisory in the hopes that other municipalities might join in. But the clincher for us was AHF’s acknowledgment that no San Francisco-based HIV/AIDS service organization has signed on in support of Prop D. Not a single one. With the numerous HIV/AIDS nonprofits that serve thousands of clients operating in the city, you would think that they would line up behind Prop D. They have not. When we asked a couple of organizations why, the responses were telling. It turns out that some of them work with the Fair Pricing Coalition and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program Crisis Work Group, two entities that have been doing the “heavy lifting,” in the words of Project Inform’s Dana Van Gorder,

for many years. His agency sees Prop D as largely symbolic because of the very small amount of drug purchasing done by the city. Other HIV/ AIDS leaders said they didn’t know enough about the city’s contracting process to determine if Prop D was viable public policy. Health Director Barbara Garcia was lauded for her leadership on the issue. Yes, AHF has a presence in San Francisco and provides needed HIV treatment and prevention services. But spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a ballot measure in a go-it-alone approach is not in the best public policy. And while AHF told us that the campaign money was not coming from client services, it’s fair to say that the funds could have been used for something more important than a symbolic ballot measure. Prop D is bad medicine. Vote no.t

to share insights from the gathering. Taja DeJesus, who’s 34 and identifies as a transgender woman, said Monday that she had found referrals for food pantries and a volunteer position at a local food bank. LGBTQ Connect was “excellent,” said DeJesus. Providers were “very sensitive and very considerate to our needs,” she said. Sammie Rayner, a volunteer with Project Homeless Connect, the program after which LGBTQ Connect was modeled, was helping people check out and distributing surveys on behalf of the mayor’s office. Through their questions, officials are hoping to find “better ways to serve the population,” said Rayner, a straight ally. She said that so far, people had indicated, “a lot of their challenges are mental health-related, so finding better ways to create better mental health services is big.” Lee’s staff would aggregate the data so they could use it to “create more targeted services,” she said. Volunteer Stanley Lovelace, 51, was standing at a table covered with grocery bags that had been filled with bread, cookies, and other items. “I love it,” Lovelace, who’s bisexual, said of the event. “I like seeing people happy. I like seeing people helping people.” He said about 50 people had come to the table for help in the hour or so he’d been there. At least one attendant was less satisfied than the others. Robert Acosta, 52, who was standing near the “Tooth Mobile” parked behind the center, got reading glasses Monday and was hoping to see a dentist. However, he said, “It’s pretty packed,” and he wasn’t sure he’d be seen. Acosta, who’s straight, said he’d tried unsuccessfully to find help at Monday’s event getting disability benefits from the state’s Employ-

ment Development Department. He’s contacted that agency directly but thought he’d be able to get assistance at LGBTQ Connect. He said he was “disappointed” that he couldn’t. Organizers “have to be more specific” about the kind of assistance they can provide, Acosta said, but “other than that, they’re working pretty good.” Monday’s event even also drew elected officials from outside San Francisco. In a statement to the Bay Area Reporter, Ken Yeager, the gay president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, said he’d “like to explore if an LGBTQ Connect could work in Santa Clara County.” Tom Simplot, the only openly gay member of the Phoenix City Council, was also on hand. In a phone interview afterward, Simplot said officials in his area are considering having an LGBTQ Connect there. First, though, they have to collect baseline information from their annual homeless count. He said he’s “already put in the request” that the next survey, planned for the spring, include whether people identify as LGBTQ. He said a Connect event would probably happen “not too far” after the survey.t

Chu has also taken steps to improve the department’s website so that it is more user-friendly. On the recorder side, most people come into her office for copies of their marriage licenses. And Chu was up to the task of getting things organized so that when same-sex marriages resumed in late June, her office was able to handle the crush of weddings. About 500 couples were married that Pride weekend, and the assessor’s office was one of several that stayed open to accommodate people. Mayor Ed Lee’s appointment of Chu was a solid pick and she should finish out Ting’s term.

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Online content this week includes the Bay Area Reporter’s online columns, Political Notes and Wedding Bells Ring; the Jock Talk and Out in the World columns; another LGBT History Month story; a story on the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term; a story on the SF Pride meeting; and more News Briefs. www.ebar.com.


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gave a presentation of damage done by vandals in Golden Gate and other city parks. Ginsburg showed photographs of graffiti, of park lawns that were damaged by cars, park benches broken in half, plaques torn off park monuments, splashed paint, and even a public restroom that had been subjected to explosives. “Twelve percent of city property is open space,” Ginsburg said. “Our system is truly large, and includes iconic locations such as Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, and the Palace of Fine Arts. Overwhelmingly, signs of bad behavior at the parks are found when staff arrives between 5 and 6 a.m. The damage is not in evidence when they left the previous night. A lot of time is spent cleaning up and filling out custodial reports. Our goal is to prevent it before it happens.” Ginsburg said that the annual cost of repairs caused by vandals was

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more concerned” as the National Organization for Marriage announced its involvement in September. NOM was one of the main supporters of Prop 8, the law passed by California voters in November 2008 that made same-sex marriage illegal in California. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially voided the law, and same-sex marriages were allowed to begin in the state almost immediately. Schubert’s consulting firm was widely credited with creating effective ads for the Yes on 8 campaign. “We’re still not overreacting, but we haven’t underestimated,” said O’Connor. “We’ve been watching very carefully” and looking for signature-gathering activity. A hotline has been set up for people to report signature collectors, but “we’ve received no responses to that, despite broad promotion of the hotline,” he said. He also indicated there’s been no sign of significant amounts of money coming in. AB 1266’s backers estimate the opponents will need $1.5 million to $2 million for their campaign, said O’Connor.

Tax-exempt status is questioned

Questions about Capitol Resource Institute’s status as a tax-exempt organization have also arisen. As of Wednesday morning, October 9, the IRS website said CRI’s tax exemption “was automatically revoked for its failure to file a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years.” However, the site also says, “The information is not necessarily current as of today’s date. Nor does this automatic revocation necessarily reflect the organization’s tax-exempt or non-exempt status. The organization may have applied to the IRS for recognition of exemption and been recognized by the IRS as tax-

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Literacy Project for gay and bisexual men and transgender persons either HIV-positive or -negative who are experiencing fiscal issues. Volunteer financial advisers will work with the agency’s clients on how to manage their personal finances. And the San Francisco LGBT

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at the door. Children are free. To register by phone or for more information, call (415) 359-2455.

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$506,382. Additional funds were being spent on cleaning up trash that had been dumped in the park. “It’s very demoralizing to come in and see toilets and sinks that were dumped,” he said. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr pointed out that 30 percent of the city’s homicides occur after midnight. He supported the nighttime park closures so that he could assign more officers to patrol high crime neighborhoods rather than send them to parks. “I don’t want to pull manpower off the streets,” he said. Opponents offered a variety of reasons why the legislation is not needed. “Vandalism and dumping are already illegal,” said Tom Temprano, president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. “What isn’t fair is to be targeted because you have nowhere else to sleep. It should not be against the law to be poor and queer.” “I’m not convinced that this is just about vandalism,” said Lee Hepner, a Milk club board member.

“There is no certainty that this happens between midnight and 5 a.m. There is nothing to show that the vandalism won’t happen anyway. People will be put into the justice system because they can’t afford a place to live.” Many residents from various neighborhoods supported the proposed legislation. “I am aware that this legislation has been portrayed by some as antihomeless,” said Rosemary Cameron, who has lived in Miraloma Park for 30 years. “It is already illegal to sleep or camp in parks between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., passage or failure of this legislation will not change this. Let’s not conflate the need for more housing for the homeless with maintaining the safety of our city’s parks. Everyone deserves a warm, safe and humane place to sleep and that is not to be found in a poorly lit park.” “It’s good housekeeping to help prevent the outrageous damage,” said Richard Magary of the Buena

exempt after its effective date of automatic revocation.” The revocation date – the effective date on which the organization’s tax exemption was automatically revoked – is listed as February 15, 2013. The revocation posting date – the date on which the IRS posted notice of automatic revocation on its website – is July 8, 2013. In an interview last week, England, CRI’s executive director, said, “Our status has not been revoked.” She said the organization’s status has been “reinstated” and “it’s a matter of paperwork.” “We have filed all of our taxes, and the ones [the IRS] claimed hadn’t been filed, we have the return receipt that they have them.” She said her group’s accountant, who has the receipt and also has power of attorney, has been on the phone with the IRS “nonstop.” The B.A.R. repeatedly requested that England provide the receipt. “I’ll consider it, but I don’t know why I’ve got to prove to [the reporter] that we’ve taken care of it when we have. ... I can’t help it if the IRS takes a while and they lag,” she said. England also refused to provide the tax documents themselves. “I’m sure within the next couple of weeks it will all be public to everyone again,” she said. She couldn’t say exactly when her group was notified of the problem with the IRS “but it was months ago.” During the conference call, reporter Karen Ocamb said that the state Franchise Tax Board had informed her that CRI’s tax exempt status “had been revoked, but it has now been revived and is active.” Franchise Tax Board spokeswoman Denise Azimi told the B.A.R. October 2 that CRI has “a tax-exempt status. They’re in good standing.” Ocamb said the IRS told her that CRI’s tax-exempt status had not been reinstated, and was “still revoked.” The IRS site instructs people to call a toll-free number to check

whether the IRS currently recognizes an organization as tax-exempt. When the B.A.R. called that number last week, a recording referred to the federal government shutdown, saying, “Due to the current budget situation, all IRS offices are closed. We will resume normal operations as soon as possible.” Spokespeople for the IRS were also unavailable due to the shutdown. The secretary of state’s website lists CRI as an active business but lists CRFI as “suspended.” The Franchise Tax Board suspended that group in 2010 for having an unpaid balance of $176.18, according to Azimi. England refused to discuss Schubert or the signature gathering campaign, and referred to the Privacy for All Students coalition, saying, “there’s a whole coalition” backing the effort, and “I don’t know why you’re calling me” about it. She said the signature gathering campaign is “an entirely separate issue” from CRI’s tax-exempt status and she wouldn’t discuss that campaign on the phone that she used to call the B.A.R. on Wednesday. The B.A.R. called a different number that England provided. A message left at that number wasn’t returned.

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year, the AIDS Legal Referral Panel will hold its Justice From the Heart annual reception Wednesday, October 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street. Guest host for the evening will be Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), a gay man who

Vista Neighborhood Association. “Damage to public property is illegal, let’s not make this about homelessness.” But there were dissenting voices from beyond the LGBT community. “Public parks are for all people, not just people who live in the area,” said Diane Carpio. “I want to see a permanent solution to putting homeless people into

housing,” said Miguel Carrera. “We need alternative solutions to homelessness, there aren’t enough beds.” “The law will tie up a lot of money that could be used to provide services,” said Elsie Burger, an intern for the Coalition on the Homeless. Supervisor Jane Kim, who voted against the measure, expressed concern that people who might cut through parks in order to take shortcuts home could be unfairly targeted for summonses should the law pass. Kim said she was moved by the public comments from both sides of the issue. Supervisors Kim, Wiener, and David Chiu all agreed that the vandalism was not being perpetrated by the homeless, and that more needed to be done for the homeless. Wiener, who is gay, said that LGBT homelessness was of particular concern for him. He and Chiu voted for the ordinance. The proposed ordinance is expected to go before the full Board of Supervisors for a vote October 29.t

said that repealing AB 1266 “would not actually change underlying California law.” Federal law would also continue to prohibit discrimination, she said. Gill said the “only effect” of undoing AB 1266 would be “to cause confusion,” and she predicted “a number of lawsuits against school districts” would be filed in order to get them to comply with existing law. AB 1266 “is important as a restatement, and to make clear to school districts exactly what their obligations are,” said Gill. In late September, Ashton Lee, a transgender high school student from Manteca, California and his mother, Catherine Lee, filed a complaint against CRI and Capitol Resource Family Impact with the state attorney general requesting an investigation. Among other concerns, the Lees’ letter to the attorney general says, “We have come to find out that both organizations have had their status revoked by the IRS and both are listed on your web site as delinquent. ... Their web site continues to solicit contributions and for CRI it continues to state that the contributions are tax deductible.” Although the CRI website does say that, a link provided in at least one Privacy for All Students email leads to a form that says contributions to the coalition “are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal or state income tax purposes.” England said she wasn’t familiar with the Lees’ complaint. O’Connor said the coalition backing AB 1266 “would be the launching pad from which a campaign would come together to defend the law” in the “unlikely” case the anti-gay activists get their referendum on the ballot. He said the effort to keep AB 1266 in place would “for sure” cost “millions and millions” of dollars. The odds are against efforts to challenge the law. England and oth-

ers made similar attempts in recent years to repeal Senate Bill 48, which is known as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act and requires that California school students be taught about the historical contributions of LGBT Americans. That effort was unsuccessful, as anti-gay activists appeared to have trouble raising money to hire paid signature gatherers, which is typically a key step in putting initiatives on the ballot. During the conference call, Geoff Kors, senior legislative and policy strategist for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, pointed to CRI’s “long history” of failure and said, “They’re simply a hate group, and anyone who supports them in their efforts needs to know they’re supporting an extreme anti-LGBT hate group.” Kors added that all of CRI and NOM’s efforts “are designed to spread lies and put money in the pockets of anti-LGBT extremists.” When the B.A.R. asked England why she’s such a homophobe, she said, “Honest to goodness. Would you define that?” Told that the term was used because she’s taken every opportunity to work against gay people, she indicated she works against “policies,” not individuals. It’s hard to imagine what, other than homophobia, could motivate England’s work. When that notion was shared with her, she said, “You’re making assumptions. I must be a homophobe because I actually think all students deserve privacy when they’re in different facilities, and a girl shouldn’t have to be forced to shower physically with a boy in the same shower. That makes me a homophobe.” England refused to say whether she’s heard specific reports of boys going into girls’ showers or locker rooms. She said the reporter was “antagonistic, name-calling, and intolerant.”t

This week national pharmacy chain CVS officially took possession of its storefront in the Castro and began work on remodeling the building. It plans to open in the Market and Noe Center sometime in February. The shopping center near the intersection of Market and Noe streets has been without an anchor

tenant for seven years since Tower Records closed. An effort to bring in a Trader Joe’s to the space died due to parking and traffic concerns. In a statement sent to the B.A.R. this week, property owner Kent Jeffrey, whose family has owned the site since 1928, wrote that CVS will help to revitalize the surrounding business district. “The hundreds of new condo-

miniums coming into the area under the Market and Octavia Plan should make an already great location for CVS even greater,” he wrote. “All in all, a CVS at Market and Noe should be a win-win situation for both the neighborhood and for CVS.”t

has long championed efforts to help those living with HIV/AIDS. Former Ambassador James Hormel, who is also gay, will be the evening’s special guest. ALRP will be honoring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (DSan Francisco) with its Clint Hockenberry Leadership Award for her years of work on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS.

ALRP Executive Director Bill Hirsh also said that the organization will recognize Selby Lighthill, Esq. with its Attorney of the Year Award and the law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP with its Firm of the Year Award. Hirsh pointed out that despite a difficult economic climate for fundraising and a 40 percent increase in its caseload over the last eight years,

ALRP continues to provide free and sliding scale legal services to almost 1,500 people living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets to the reception are $100. For more information, visit http:// www.alrp.org or contact Jim McBride, development director, at (415) 701-1200, ext. 301 or jim@ alrp.org.t

Policies already on the books

Supporters of AB 1266 pointed out that the major components of the bill are already in effect in various school districts. “Many school districts and schools have had exactly this kind of equal access policy in place for years now,” said Ilona Turner, legal director of the Transgender Law Center. She added that the new law “essentially restates existing antidiscrimination law,” which says that transgender students, like all students, “have to be provided with a safe and supportive school environment where they can succeed.” Elizabeth Gill, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union,

Courtesy SF Rec and Parks Dept.

Vandals at McLaren Park destroyed a bench last weekend.

Raymond Flournoy is expected to resume writing the Business Briefs column next month.


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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC13-549757 In the matter of the application of: GARRETT ALLEN ROSS, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner GARRETT ALLEN ROSS, is requesting that the name GARRETT ALLEN ROSS, be changed to GREG ALLEN ROSSCUP. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Rm. 514 on the 5th of November 2013 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC13-549761 In the matter of the application of: TOBI AMY-LYNN HARPER, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner TOBI AMY-LYNN HARPER, is requesting that the name TOBI AMY-LYNN HARPER, be changed to TOBI LYNN HARPER. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Rm. 514 on the 24th of October 2013 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035349600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DREAM STATE TRANSPORTATION, 1147 OZBOURN CT. #C, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94130. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SIARHEI KULBEDA . The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/06/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/06/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035335200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SKINLOGIC, 360A WEST PORTAL AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127 . This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SHIH YU CHANG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/29/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035353400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BURKE’S GREEN LANDSCAPING, 970 GEARY ST. #44, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed DENNIS BURKE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/08/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/08/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013

Legal Notices>> FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035373400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HANDS, 110 PACIFIC AVE. #256, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed POLYANA FERNANDES. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/17/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/17/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035369700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PUGNACIOUS PR, 555 FOURTH ST. #845, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SPENCER MOORE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/16/13. 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SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035340200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: R2 CATERING, 416 BEACH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RITA RABINOVICH. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/30/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/30/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035353500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TONY D, 3150 18TH ST. #310, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ANTHONY M. DICARO. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/09/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035353300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FOR REAL FOOD, 4672 18TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed DANIEL S. WIESE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/07/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/09/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035342400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HAPPIER HUMAN, 250 HEARST AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed AMIT P. AMIN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/03/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035346300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PRIVATE RENDEZVOUS, 427 METRO WALKWAY, RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LENORIS WALSH III. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/05/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035351600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FIVE PINS PROJECT, 491A GUERRERO ST., SF, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ELISABETH GOLDSCHMIDT. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/24/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/09/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035342500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRANDE MAISON DE BLANC, 340 SUTTER ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed GRANDE MAISON DE BLANC, INC (OR). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/03/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035356200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HENRY’S HUNAN NORTH RESTAURANT, 1398 GRANT AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed DUPONT THAI, INC CA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/10/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035351100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MUDPUPPY’S, 2414 CHESTNUT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed JOBETTY, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/09/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035345400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LEADER HOUSE, 1409 SUTTER ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed LEADER MANAGEMENT LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/04/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/04/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035336100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SAN FRANCYCLE, PIER 54 #210, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94158. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed APPAREL SOURCING AND PRODUCTION LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/29/13. SEPT 12, 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/12/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: BAI SEN MA, SHAO YU MA. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 4012 GEARY BLVD., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118-3106. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/04/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: BAY BREAD LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1266 9TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122-2307. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/10/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: JEFFREY ZHIGUAN LI. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 646 WASHINGTON ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-2106. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035378200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ONE PLUS TEA HOUSE, 853 CLAY ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed ZHIMING LEI & DELIANG LIU. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/19/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035364600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CCSF OCEAN CAMPUS BOOKSTORE #1325, 50 PHELAN AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FOLLETT HIGHER EDUCATION GROUP INC (IL). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/22/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/13/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035364800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CCSF MISSION CAMPUS BOOKSTORE #1327, 1125 VALENCIA ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FOLLETT HIGHER EDUCATION GROUP INC (IL). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/22/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/13/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035365000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CCSF ANNEX OCEAN CAMPUS BOOKSTORE #1328, 11 PHELAN AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FOLLETT HIGHER EDUCATION GROUP INC (IL). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/22/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/13/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035363800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MILO LOUNGE, 1706 POST ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115 This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed HENRY H AND ANDY H INVESTMENT INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/12/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/12/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035347500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FITNESS SF FILLMORE, 1455 FILLMORE ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FILLMORE FITNESS INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/05/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035363900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KT’S FILLMORE, 3231 FILLMORE ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed BOUSSINA P&J LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/09/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/12/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035375000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CALPAC; CALPAC MORTGAGE; CAL PACIFIC MORTGAGE; 100 CALIFORNIA ST. #1100, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed BAY EQUITY LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/09. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/18/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-033160600 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: MILO LOUNGE SF, 1706 POST ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115. This business was conducted by a corporation and signed by YOUNG LIFE GROUP INC (CA). The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/22/2010. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035364700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CCSF DOWNTOWN CAMPUS BOOKSTORE #1326, 84 FOURTH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FOLLETT HIGHER EDUCATION GROUP INC (IL). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/22/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/13/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC13-549788 In the matter of the application of: NANCY JEAN COOPER, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner NANCY JEAN COOPER, is requesting that the name NANCY JEAN COOPER, be changed to MCKEE TODD ADDAMS. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Rm. 514 on the 5th of November 2013 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035369400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HURTUBISE WEBER LAW LLP, 201 SPEAR ST. #1100, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a limited liability partnership, and is signed NICOLE ABRAMOWITZ WEBER & ISABELLE HURTUBISE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/16/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/16/13. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 SUMMONS (FAMILY LAW) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: HUSEIN SHAKARA, YOU ARE BEING SUED. PETITIONER’S NAME IS KARA C. DAVIS CASE NO. FDI-13-780061 You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnerships, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE: The restraining orders following are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, 400 MCALISTER STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102; the name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, is: KARA C. DAVIS, 2021 15TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114, (415) 509-2124; SEPT 09, 2013 WARNING: California law provides that, for the purposes of division of property upon dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership or upon legal separation, property acquired by the parties during marriage or domestic partnership in joint form is presumed to be community property. If either party to this action should die before the jointly held community property is divided, the language in the deed that characterizes how title is held (i.e., joint tenancy, tenants in common, or community property) will be controlling, and not the community property presumption. You should consult your attorney if you want the community property presumption to be written into the recorded title to the property. STANDARD FAMILY LAW RESTRAINING ORDERS: Starting immediately, you and your spouse or domestic partner are restrained from: 1. Removing the minor child or children of the parties, if any, from the state without the prior written consent of the other party or an order of the court; 2. Cashing borrowing against, canceling, transferring, disposing of, or changing the beneficiaries of any insurance or other coverage, including life, health, automobile, and disability, held for the benefit of the parties and their minor child or children; 3. Transferring, encumbering, hypothecating, concealing, or in any way disposing of any property, real or personal, whether community, quasicommunity, or separate, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life; and 4. Creating a nonprobate transfer or modifying a nonprobate transfer in the manner that affects the disposition of property subject to the transfer, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court. Before revocation of a nonprobate transfer can take effect or a right of survivorship to property can be eliminated, notice of the change must be filed and served on the other party. You must notify each other of any proposed extraordinary expenditures at least five business days prior to incurring these extraordinary expenditures and account to the court for all extraordinary expenditures made after these restraining orders are effective. However, you may use community property, quasi-community property, or your own separate property to pay an attorney to help you or to pay court costs. SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/04/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: BAY BREAD LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 16 W. PORTAL AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127-1304. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE SEPT 19, 26, OCT 03, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/12/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: THE NOODLE SHOP CO COLORADO INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 135 4TH ST. #1050, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-3039. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/13/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: JALELEH SAMI NAZZAL, NIDAL SAMI NAZZAL, SAANDRA SELLERS NAZZAL, SAMI HANNAH NAZZAL. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT, DOMESTIC TERMINAL 3, BOARDING AREA E2.330A, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94128. Type of license applied for 47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC13-549764 In the matter of the application of: DAVID WEINAR, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner DAVID WEINAR, is requesting that the name DAVID WEINAR, be changed to D W. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 19th of November 2013 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035387700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BAY AREA GARAGE DOOR, 1238 VERMONT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JOHN KELLY WILSON JR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/28/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/23/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035386100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HAIROINE SALON SF, 3150 18TH ST. # 201, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LINDA M. THOMAS-MAYFIELD. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/23/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035383400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BLACK & GOLD, 2200 15TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SAMUEL B. GENTHNER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/20/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/20/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035376400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AHHH EROTIC ARTISTIC EXPRESSION, 1390 MISSION ST. #403, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-2670. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ALLEN E. HAYER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/18/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035379400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LUNA ROSSA, 2221 CLEMENT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ANGELO PICCININI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/19/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035378100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BORNEO INTERNATIONAL, 360 POST ST. #404, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed YERIANTO PIAUWASDY. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/10/89. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/19/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035367000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CLEAR WINDOWS AND DOORS, 50 WABASH TERRACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed FREDDY K. LEUNG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/16/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035387800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GUDDU DE KARAHI, 1501 NORIEGA ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed ASMAAN INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/23/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035344700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MEIFEI, 2418 CHESTNUT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed MEIFEI ALTERATIONS & DESIGNS INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/04/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035390900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VALENCIA FARMERS MARKET, 1299 VALENCIA ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a married couple, and is signed SAM HORT, MALINDA HING. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/05/85. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/24/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035381800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FOUNDATION HOUSE, 300 FUNSTON AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed KAHLE-AUSTIN FOUNDATION HOUSE LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/20/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-035340300 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: GUDDU DE KARAHI, 1501 NORIEGA ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by MOHAMMAD ZULFIQAR HAIDER. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/30/13. SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035409100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: JONATHAN TEMPLETON EVENTS, 1725 HYDE ST. #2, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JONATHAN TEMPLETON. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/01/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035385900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EBBS; EBBS BAKERY, 1727 HAIGHT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ROBERT DUC HAC. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/23/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/23/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035358800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOOD TIMES CONSULTING, 153 COOK ST. #301, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed YULIYA RASHKOVSKAYA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/11/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035400000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MAVERICK SF; MAVERICK EVENTS; MAVERICK STYLE, 1449 ALABAMA ST., CA 94110-4755. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MICHELLE MCFARLAND. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/15/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/27/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035393300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TARIQS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 2340 LANE ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MUBASHER CHOUDHERY. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/25/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035382900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: REGISTRY OF ACCREDITED INVESTORS, 505 SANSOME ST. #850, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed MICHAEL C. BERG & KEN NANGLE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/20/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035405600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AFFIRM IDENTITY, 325 PACIFIC AVE. # 201, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed AFFIRM, INC. (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/30/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035395100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE UPS STORE #6431, 222 MASON ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed JING STORE, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/25/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035395200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE UPS STORE #4592, 660 4TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed JING STORE, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/05. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/25/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035377800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SPAN, 333 BRYANT ST. # 110, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed SPAN VENTURES, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/15/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/18/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035391300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BRANCH, 18 BARTOL ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed MORENSTEIN CRONAN LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/24/13. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035412500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AMY ROSE MOORE ILLUSTRATION, 947 BUSH ST. #321, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed AMY ROSE MOORE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/02/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-034605600 The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: S AND E CAFE, 2406 19TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by WEI HONG LIU. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/26/12. OCT 03, 10, 17, 24, 2013

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION PURSUANT TO SECTION 280 OF THE GENERAL CORPORATION LAW OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE. TO: ALL CLAIMANTS AND POTENTIAL CLAIMANTS AGAINST VOX.IO INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION: Please take notice that Vox.io Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) filed a Certificate of Dissolution in the Office of the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on August 12, 2013, pursuant to the provisions of Section 275 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. The Certificate of Dissolution became effective 8/12/2013 & the Company was dissolved & the period for winding up its affairs began. This Notice is being provided by the Company pursuant to Section 280 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Under this Law, the Company is required to provide notice of its dissolution & of the procedures for filing claims to all persons having a claim against the Company (other than a claim against the Company in a pending action, suit or proceeding to which the Company is a party) & to all persons with contractual claims contingent upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of future events or otherwise conditional or unmatured (other than any claim pursuant to an implied warranty as to any product manufactured, sold, distributed or handled by the dissolved corporation). Any person having such claims or potential claims against the Company must present it in accordance with the procedures set forth below. a. All such claims or potential claims against the Company must be presented in writing and must contain sufficient information reasonably to inform the Company of the identity of the claimant & the substance of the claim. b. All such claims or potential claims against the Company must be sent to the Company at this address: Vox.io Inc. Attn: P. Mulec, 196 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217. With a copy to: Morris James LLP, Attn: J. G. Strauss, Esquire, 500 Delaware Ave; Ste 1500, Wilmington, DE. c. All such claims or potential claims against the Company must be received at the address listed above on or before October 28, 2013. d. ANY AND ALL SUCH CLAIMS OR POTENTIAL CLAIMS AGAINST THE COMPANY WILL BE BARRED IF NOT RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 28, 2013. e. As permitted by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, the Company may make distributions to other claimants & to the Company’s stockholders or persons interested as having been such without further notice to the claimant. f. The Company has not made distributions to its stockholders in each of the three years prior to August 12, 2013. The giving of this notice does not revive any claim barred or constitute acknowledgment by the Company that any person to whom this notice is sent is a proper claimant and does not operate as a waiver of any defense or counterclaim in respect of any claim asserted by any person to whom such notice is sent. The Company reserves the right to reject, in whole or in part, any claim submitted pursuant to this notice. OCT 03, 10, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/20/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ABVSF LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 3174 16TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-3363. Type of license applied for 47- ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/24/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ELECTROCELT PROMOTIONS INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 256 COLUMBUS AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133-4518. Type of license applied for 47- ON-SALE GENERAL PUBLIC PREMISES OCT 03, 10, 17, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 09/25/2013 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: MICHAEL AUGUST AZZALINI. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 800 GREENWICH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133-2615. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE OCT 10, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 10/07/2013 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: ZICO RESTAURANT VENTURES INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1132 VALENCIA ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110-3027. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE OCT 10, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Dated 09/26/2013 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: 1234 POLK ST, INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1230 POLK ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE OCT 10, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 10/07/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: MV BRILLIANT CORP. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 501 BROADWAY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133-4506. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE OCT 10, 17, 24, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/30/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: LIQUID GOLD LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 1040 HYDE ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109-4917. Type of license applied for 42 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - PUBLIC PREMISES OCT 10, 17, 24, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/27/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SIMPLY SMART FOODS L-PSHIP. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 22 4TH ST. SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-3139. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE OCT 10, 17, 24, 2013

NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Dated 09/20/13 To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the applicant(s) is/are: SOMA RESTAURANT GROUP INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 33 New Montgomery St. #1230, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 to sell alcoholic beverages at 186 2ND ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105-3809. Type of license applied for 21 - OFF-SALE GENERAL, 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE OCT 10, 17, 24, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035420200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CASTRO CONCIERGE, 545 DUBOCE AVE. #4, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ALFONSO JULIO MENDOZA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/08/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/08/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035414200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THRIVE WELLNESS, 2636 OCEAN AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CONNIE CHUCK. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/03/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035404200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THUMBTAP CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, 3574 PIERCE ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed PAUL CHEN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/30/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035417000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VANUATU COFFEE ROASTERS, 3118 22ND ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JAMES B. LAPPIN JR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/04/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/04/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035360100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PARKFIT SF, 1945 CLAY ST. #2, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MATTHEW SILVA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/11/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/11/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035415200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: IRVING PIZZA, 1825 IRVING ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed AWADALLA AWADALLA & MOHAMMED AWADALLA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/03/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035421100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AMAZON BROADCAST TELEVISION CO., 6137 GEARY BLVD. 2/F, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed FH VIDEO INC H.C. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/08/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/08/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035416100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LITTLE BEAR SCHOOL, 65 OCEAN AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a limited partnership, and is signed J&B ECE MANAGEMENT (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/04/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035421900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OCEAN BEACH YOGA SF, 3925 A JUDAH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed OCEAN BEACH YOGA SF, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/23/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/08/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035389600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROBBERBARON, 2032 POLK ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed FLORES TORRES LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/02/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/24/13. OCT 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-035410800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF JEWELRY & LOAN, 130 CLEMENT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed JD BULLION EXCHANGE LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/01/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 10/01/13. 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bsent habitation, care and tending, even the greatest architectural achievements can degenerate into deserted shrines to human aspiration and crumbling grandeur. That’s a potential response to American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit, a stirring exhibition of Philip Jarmain’s extraordinary large-format color photographs of the exteriors and interiors of decaying public buildings, now at the Meridian Gallery. Jarmain, a Canadian photographer who lives in Vancouver and whose grandfather was a Detroit architect, made these pictures with a sense of urgency as the city’s magnificent buildings were – and still are – being stripped by scavengers and demolished at an alarming pace. Starting in 2010, he spent three years documenting Detroit’s early-20th-century architectural heritage that, at its pinnacle, was equal to that of New York and Chicago. A long way from its high-rolling Motor City days and a time when it

“Michigan Theatre, Architects: Rapp and Rapp, 1926,” photographed in 2013 by Philip Jarmain.

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he best of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival unspools over its final four days. Dallas Buyers Club “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 – Dallas is played by New Orleans for tax purposes – Ron Woodroof is an ornery S.O.B. Riding the rodeo circuit, attempting to mount bulls even meaner than himself, Woodroof is all but living out of his car between bouts of Lone Star beer and playing poker with buddies just 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 public-health docs that he probably has 30 days to live, Woodroof throws a macho hissy fit aimed at seeing that some other idiot dies first. Regaining his senses, this cowboy starts improvising, the way you might when riding a bucking bronco, or trying to make your first million. “Inspired by true events,” director JeanMarc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club (script by

Craig Borten and Melisa Wallach) is an Oscar-derby entry from the still new Brokeback Mountain subgenre, a film crafted by Texassavvy filmmakers that’s out to forge a link between art-house and multiplex. Matthew McConaughey’s Ron Woodroof straddles the line between Paul Newman’s legendary Hud Bannon, out to screw the world, and a heartbreaking loner/loser like Heath Ledger’s Ennis, contemplating his dead lover’s shirt. In 1985, almost no one, 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 FDA-approved 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 jazz, or maybe Russian roulette. With a film that doesn’t dip down into the gay subculture, the make-or-break beats for queer moviegoers involve Woodroof ’s volatile ties to Rayon, a FTM transsexual – a sensational Jared Leto with shaved eyebrows – who, in one front-car-seat moment, challenges Woodroof ’s business plan. “I’ve been looking for you, Lone Star.” See page 25 >>

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright by Roberto Friedman

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he particulars of the disastrous Iraq war meet universal truths in the Tony-nominated and Pulitzer finalist play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Bill English, now playing at the San Francisco Playhouse. Two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are haunted by violence, wartime atrocities and the spirits of the departed, both human and animal. It’s a toughminded play, but it’s not as much about American adventurism in the Middle East as it is about basic existential questions: Why are we here? Is there true meaning to life? Are the dead more alive than the living? As usual with this scrappy little theatre company, the production values, set, costumes and props are first-rate. The cast is absolutely committed to a challenging script. Craig Marker and Gabriel Marin

are full-on convincing and infuriating as the innocent/corrupt Marines. The Iraqis are portrayed as every bit as morally compromised as the Americans, with fully developed portrayals by Kuros Charney as an Arabic translator and Pomme Koch terrifying as the monster Uday Hussein. But the play truly comes into itself with Bay Area theatre veteran Will Marchetti’s star turn as the Tiger who haunts the streets of wartorn Baghdad attempting to find meaning. The celebrity actor Robin Williams played the part in New York, but it’s hard to imagine a more ferocious performance than Marchetti’s. He tears into the role as if it were red meat. Bengal Tiger playwright Rajiv Joseph was just awarded the Steinberg Playwright Award along with The Flick playwright Annie Baker, the New York Times reported last week. The honor, bestowed biannually to playwrights in mid-career, brings a

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cash reward of $50,000. Based on the power and brute force of this play now on the Playhouse boards, the prize is well-deserved. Speaking of theatrical events, Out There was in the audience on Tuesday night for the opening night of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical now in its pre-Broadway run at the Curran Theatre in SF (through Oct. 20). Photographer Steven Underhill was a stage-door Johnny capturing for his camera the show’s star Jessie Mueller; Douglas Lyons, who plays one of The Drifters; and Jarrod Spector, who played Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, here and on Broadway. Look for theatre critic Richard Dodds’ review of Beautiful in next week’s edition.

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Of course, LGBT people and LGBT loving have existed across cultures and throughout time, but we often get lost in the hetero universe of history texts and art books. That’s why the new book A Little Gay History – Desire and Diversity Across the World by R.B. Parkinson (Columbia University Press) is a nice little corrective. The book traces same-sex portrayals in 40 art objects drawn from the British Museum’s collection, from ancient Egyptian papyri to modern art. Parkinson is a curator of ancient Egyptian culture at the British Museum, but he proves himself adept at locating gay imagery throughout all of art history. A few highlights: Parkinson finds what he calls “the earliest known chat-up line in human history” in a poem from ancient Egypt, around 1800 BC. “One male god tries to seduce another by saying, ‘What a lovely backside you have!’” A wellworn line even then, we’re sure. Carvings of phalli recur throughout history, often misinterpreted by modern viewers as signs for brothels or sex for sale, when “these carvings are almost certainly protective devices to ward off evil.” Erotic scenes were not uncommon in Roman art, and same-sex depictions show how “man-onman sex was just another sort of desire in the Roman world, provided that a Roman man remained the active partner.” The silver “Warren Cup” (ca. 27 BC-14 AD) depicts two cross-generational male couples having sex on opposite sides, and in

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Marines (L. to R.: Craig Marker, Gabriel Marin) guard a Tiger (Will Marchetti) in the Baghdad Zoo in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

one scene, “another boy, probably himself a slave, looks in at the door and observes the sensuous and tender scene, just as we are doing.” Voyeurism incarnate. And so it goes, with same-sex love found depicted in British history, Japanese art, and exquisite drawings from the Persian court. Parkinson finds evidence of LGBT eroticism in Polynesian culture, Sioux lore, and African initiation rites. The slim volume concludes with a consideration of a pack of playing cards showing photos of drag queens across modernday Japan. So near and yet so far.

Miss Cline to you

To celebrate the kickoff of their 20th Anniversary Season, Smuin Ballet will host their LGBT Night tonight (Thurs., Oct. 10). $50 gets attendees a ticket to the XXtremes fall program, featuring Jiří Kylián’s acclaimed Return to a Strange Land, Amy Seiwert’s ballet Dear Miss

Cline (a country romp danced to the music of Patsy Cline), and Carmina Burana, a well-loved Michael Smuin work. In the Dear Miss Cline spirit, the country-themed postperformance party will offer appetizers, beer and wine, hard cider, and a square-dancing lesson from the LGBT square-dance club Foggy City Dancers. $10 of every ticket will be donated to REAF (Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation). Tickets and season subscriptions are available at www.smuinballet.org or by calling (415) 912-1899.t

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Ginger snappy Randy Roberts by Erin Blackwell

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ender illusionist Randy Roberts met me at Café Flore to discuss his solo cabaret show, Randy Roberts Live!, opening tonight, Thursday, October 10, at the Alcove Theater downtown. He ordered a Cobb salad as the fog rolled in, draping a black-and-white checked scarf over his heather gray henley, before adding a navy blue wide-wale corduroy jacket. He made it work with lemon yellow pants, workaday mascara, and a single diamond stud earring. I wanted to interview him for two reasons. His show, which I caught during its trial run in July, deserves an audience. That’s when I fell in love with him – I mean her, his alter ego, the lady he turns into onstage. His anima. I wanted to meet the artist responsible for the dazzlingly androgynous energy flow that made me feel better about the world we’re all forced to inhabit. As an entertainer, Roberts is a rare breed in San Francisco, where audiences are used to “supporting” people who clamber up onstage. It’s shocking to sit back, relax, and be taken care of by someone who can sing, tell jokes, and knowingly ad-lib with the audience, while flawlessly

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made-up, bewigged, and decked out in spangly costumes and heels. A showbiz professional. He’s also a natural, performing since he was 5, trying on his sister’s clothes age 9, doing drag in Norfolk, Virginia gay bars at 18. Somewhere along the line, this perfectionist got his performance in perspective. “Drag is not a sexual thing for me,” he says. “This is my job. I don’t want to be a woman. I don’t need to be a woman. It’s a gimmick that’s kept me working.”

The inner lady doth protest too much, mayhaps. But at his age – which I won’t reveal except to say he’s reached the level of artistry where technique trumps enthusiasm, magnificently – he’s got his act together; he’s got the kinks out. Rather, the kinks are inbuilt. Exhibitionism is a clinical category for a reason. As is voyeurism, which is what I was doing. Biology is short, art is long. To cover one of his costume changes, Roberts conceived and directed a video of himself applying make-up backstage while singing “Put a Little More Mascara On,” from Jerry Herman’s La Cage. This age-old theatrical ritual is very moving. The innate humility of the practiced performer, awe-inspiring. The face, the mask, the persona, the transformation – letting us in on the secret paradoxically enhancing its power. If I describe his show, it’ll sound corny, and it is, and yet, how can I put this? His purity of heart redeems show biz. He does Cher, drip-

ping black-and-white bugle-beads, warping vowel sounds weirdly in an instantly recognizable way that’s 40 years behind the times, except Cher’s in some crazy way immortal, right? As is early Bette Midler, retelling Sophie Tucker jokes. Material he describes with an old-fashioned term, blue. There’s nostalgia at work here, not only for bygone entertainers and the sexy 70s or tawdry 20s, but the notion of entertainment itself. Show biz as a concept, a force for good in a cynical world. Randy Roberts, a true believer, is here to transport us and our loved ones to an alternate spacetime continuum, where show tunes properly belted are wildly therapeutic. And the resurrection of bygone divas downright mystical. Thanks to the miracle of sublimation, aka technical mastery. Her onstage authority streams from an all-around familiarity with the form. Every two years, Roberts produces, directs, and stars in a musical revue alongside Broadway

musical headliners, in front of a 13-piece orchestra sporting RR insignia, at the Tennessee Williams Theater in Key West, Florida. He played a Cher impersonator on One Life to Live circa 2009, and appears in Alan Cumming’s new film, Any Day Now. But live performance is where she comes alive. At the end of the show, Roberts emerges as herself, a glamorous redhead, one of a kind, original. Just plain gorgeous, grinding her way through the silly-erotic “If I Can’t Sell It, I’m Gonna Sit Down on It.” You can get a sense of her on YouTube, but cameras don’t do her justice. You gotta be there for it. If not at the Alcove, then at Martuni’s, where he’s backed by the buoyant Tammy Hall on piano.t Through Nov. 2, Thurs.-Sat. at 9 p.m., $40, Alcove Theater, 441 Mason St., SF. Through Oct. 28, Mondays at 7 p.m., Martuni’s, 4 Valencia St., SF, (415) 241-0205.

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was an industrial powerhouse home to wealthy residents and art patrons, Detroit’s edifices are imperiled by the corrosive effects of neglect and economic disaster that have plagued a city which, according to the New York Times, is currently running a deficit of a million dollars a day. “When I visited Detroit in 2010, it was in such an exponential decline it was terrifying,” recalls Jarmain, who raced against the clock to archive buildings before they disappeared. “Iconic pre-Depression structures were being scrapped, demolished or burned at an unprecedented rate. I recognized it was going to be a scramble to document the best structures as quickly as I could.” Once known as the Paris of the Midwest, Detroit was a melting pot of architectural styles – Gothic, Classical, Greek Revival, Mediterranean Revival – and a magnet for top-drawer architects including the prolific Albert Kahn. The title of the exhibition is derived from Kahn’s

American Beauty Iron Works, a factory built in 1908; it was demolished in 2012, before Jarmain could shoot it, and all that’s left is a gravel parking lot. Kahn also designed the Fisher Building (as in Body by Fisher), an Art Deco wonder; and Belle Isle Aquarium (1904), the oldest aquarium in North America, whose ceilings and floors are tiled in an emerald hue one would expect to find in Oz. The way Jarmain has shot its electrifying green interior, it feels as though the entire structure is submerged underwater. The hand-made tiles, ubiquitous in Detroit’s iconic buildings, came from the Pewabic Pottery Company. Founded in 1903, it’s one of the few surviving craftsmen businesses that flourished in the area What energized Jarmain about Detroit, he says, was the relationship of its architecture to a wild entrepreneurial frontier. “The people who built this economy in the early 1900s were inventors, craftsmen and innovators. These weren’t bankers See page 27 >>

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Revenge of the telekinesis kid by Richard Dodds

As misguided as they appeared to have been, you might easily wonder if the original director, choreographer, and designers were trying to gin up a flair that librettist Lawrence D. Cohen and songwriters Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford failed to find in their schematic adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel. Cohen also wrote the screenplay for Brian DePalma’s film version, while Gore and Pitchford are best known for the title song for the movie Fame. The driving energy of the song “Fame” is mostly missing in Gore and Pitchford’s score that uses a kind of generic pop sound that can be hard to distinguish from song to song. But when they breakaway from what they must imagine is the sound of antsy, angst-y youth, the results can be quite powerful. These are in the songs given to Carrie’s evangelically loony mother, real songs with a dramatic, melodic arc. In Ray of Light’s production, Heather Orth caps an intense performance with her vocals on several soaring ballads that reveal pathological sexual repression. Cristina Ann Oeschger handles well the title role in her journey

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from bullied wallflower to vengeful prom queen. There is stock-character familiarity in her classmates, though Nikita Burshteyn and Courtney Merrell bring empathy to their roles as Carrie’s sole defenders among her classmates. There is also a warm strength in Jessica Coker’s work as the concerned gym coach. Under Jason Hoover’s direction, the production is tightly staged among its many scenes, with the large ensemble moving confidently through their paces, Amanda Folena’s angular choreography, and Ben Prince’s musical direction. Kelly Tighe’s set of rough-hewn planks provides an evocative backdrop for Erik Scanlon’s projections. Special effects needed in a story that involves telekinesis remain mild until an impressively dramatic finale. Many will see Carrie without any of the pent-up interest of musical theater mavens, while the latter will have their curiosity sated but without that dollop of schadenfreude satisfaction.t Carrie will run through Nov. 2 at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are $25-$36. Go to rayoflighttheatre.com.

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Cristina Ann Oeschger goes from bullied wallflower to vengeful prom queen in the musical Carrie, having its local debut at the Victoria Theatre.

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in Paris in 1934. It’s pretty much a straightforward crime thriller, and is played pretty straight by director Russell Blackwood and his sizable cast. Theatrically, it’s a bit creaky, but there is redemption among the performances. Norman MacLeod embodies old-world authority as a chief inspector, John Flaw evokes the epitome of a split personality, Eric O’Kelly elevates the art of eyerolling, and Bruna Palmeiro is wonderful as a sassy-but-scared prostitute hired by the police as a decoy. Blood and gore are more discussed than shown, with the exception of a scene of seriously distressed intestines. Regular Thrillpeddlers contributor Rob Keefe has written The Wrong Ripper; or, Headline Noose; or, Pageant for the Handsome Accused, a title that covers almost all the play’s bases. The best base centers on tabloid journalism in 19thcentury San Francisco, as a newspaper editor tries to spike circulation with suggestions that a series of local murders are actually the work of an ocean-crossing Jack the Ripper. Russell Blackwood has a nearmaniacal energy as that editor. Directed by Alex Kinney, The Wrong Ripper shuttles among a series of subplots of diverse style and varying impact, with good gore in the final reveal. In addition to the newspaper editor, the characters include a cat burglar (John Flaw), his liquored-up accomplice (Julia McArthur), a timid policeman (TJ Buswell), and the man convicted of the slayings (Kai Brothers). An interlace of camp is provided by a trio of chorines (Noah Hayden, Tina

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Sogliuzzo, and Bruna Palmeiro) that serves as a kind of harmonizing Greek chorus as well as sobsister fans of the supposed killer. They also provide backup for Zelda Koznofski’s turn as a vaudeville star who sings “I’m in Love with a Very Naughty Boy,” with music by Scrumbly Koldewyn. Koldewyn is also the songwriter for a high camp, highly condensed variation on Oscar Wilde’s Salome that opens the second act. It’s a show within a show, as a chorus of rent boys sings us into the actual bring-me-the-head story. Noah Hayden as Salome channels all sorts of styles, from Madonna to Norma Desmond, in his rendition of “The Dance of the Seven Veils.”

A real Victorian-era curiosity opens Shocktoberfest with the first scene from A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy. According to spankingart.org (I just found the site on Google, really), the play was first published in 1888 in an anthology about erotic flagellation titled The Whippingham Papers. The folks at spankingart.org credit Thrillpeddlers with the play’s first actual production in 2002 – but it was just the first scene – so you might say the play again gets the bum’s rush.t Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper will run through Nov. 23 at the Hypnodrome. Tickets are $30-$35. Call 377-4202 or go to thrillpeddlers.com.

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Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant in director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station.

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ore movies worth seeing fill the Castro Theatre screen this month. Fruitvale Station It would be damning this minor masterpiece with faint praise to suggest that first-time director Ryan Coogler’s version of the Oscar Grant story – the East Bay African American dad brutally martyred by a squadron of out-of-control BART police – is anything less than a wonderfully detailed, powerfully understated Golden Age of TV-style drama, comparable to Raisin in the Sun. The movie opens on the daily rituals of an Oakland working-class family – the very title Fruitvale Station resonates metaphorically in the manner of Japanese master Ozu’s Tokyo Story. We meet Oscar (The Wire’s Michael B. Jordan), a seemingly carefree married deli-worker supporting a small daughter. Oscar is lying to his family and drifting along a dangerous path heading into that fateful New Year’s Eve.

If you’ve heard that Jordan possesses the finely nuanced charisma of a young Denzel Washington, you’ve heard correctly. But the best thing is that director Coogler provides a suspenseful moral parable, a beautiful mosaic, overflowing with the same kind of incongruities that pepper the lives of our gay martyrs: Harvey, Matthew, and Tyler Clementi. (10/10) 17th Annual Arab Film Festival: When I Saw You I haven’t screened director Lamma Shoftak’s openingnight feature on the tumult set off in Jordan in the aftermath of the 1967 war, but the press release is intriguing. Conssidering the wave of refugees by Israel’s 1967 victory against the chaos flowing from the 1948 United Nations-sanctioned creation of the Jewish state, this is a Palestinian origin story that thoughtful folks should check out. (10/11) Peaches Christ Presents a Return to Grey Gardens My 1976 viewing of the Maysles Brothers’ uniquely voyeuristic doc about Jackie Kennedy’s cat-loving cousins was bracing, to put it mildly. This

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masterwork presents an unrivaled perspective on pet mania, ancestor worship and the slippery slope of American celebrity. A host of locals and John Waters’ associated camp luminaries should provide a chuckle or two. (10/12) Alfred Hitchcock Double Feature: Psycho From the helicopter shot into the afternoon tryst between Janet Leigh and John Gavin to Leigh’s barbed banter with Tony Perkins in Norman’s dead-bird room to the world’s most over-scrutinized shower scene, Hitch knew the difference between scary and disgusting, and he never crossed the line. Marnie Hitch’s second collaboration with Tippi Hedren (after The Birds) is even more sublimely addictive, as we follow a young woman’s disturbing relationship with a highclass predator (a distinct departure for Sean Connery). Enjoy this one on its own merits and forget the endless soap opera about the star’s involvement with her obsessed director. (10/13) A Star is Born This “second act” Judy Garland epic is worth the time

(176 minutes), and even the most cynical viewer may stumble into the Castro night shouting, “Judy, Judy, Judy!” One of the most successful big-screen remakes ever – of William Wellman’s equally celebrated 1937 original, starring Janet Gaynor – the story of a young ingénue (Garland) who outgrows her alcoholic mentor (a superb James Mason), then tries desperately to save him from a pitiless fall from grace, is enriched by an outstanding supporting cast including Jack Carson’s shockingly brutal Tinseltown flunky who sees his chance for revenge. Funny Girl At six, I learned that stardom was no protection from mortality when the actor playing her dad on the Baby Snooks radio sitcom announced simply that “Fanny Brice died last night.” If Barbra Streisand did nothing else but this luminous Brice bio, she would have more than earned her star. This Oscar-winning debut still transcends the cults surrounding these two richly talented women. Plus, this is the non-singalong film that will make you wish you could. (10/14)

Interior. Leather Bar. Even the severest critics of William Friedkin’s Cruising have cited its vivid record of gay nightlife in the decade before AIDS. In 2012, James Franco and Travis Mathews corralled a gaggle of actors of various persuasions to recreate sex scenes believed cut from Cruising. Following a graphic four minutes of this new footage, Franco raps with Val, the young straight actor he’s cast to play Al Pacino’s undercover cop. “What about leaving something to the imagination?” “It’s not porn for titillation. We’re telling a story.” “What story are we telling?” “About a guy who’s uncomfortable and goes undercover. In the original movie, by giving it the backdrop of murder, Friedkin was going to a dark, evil place.” Cruising Only Billy Friedkin had the guts to give us a deeply flawed but still powerful police procedural that goes where NCIS will never tread. It features a clearly uncomfortable Al Pacino in a performance that, for all its problems, has a power that invites comparisons to his best work for Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico. (10/28) James of All Trades: An Evening with James Franco Time will tell, but Palo Alto’s favorite son has impressed along a dazzling variety of art-forms, from fiction to bigscreen cut-ups. He’s speaking and signing. (10/27) Alien & Dark Star This “lost in space” double bill should prep you for the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney 3-D adventure Gravity. (10/23) The Royal Tenenbaums Texan filmmaker Wes Anderson creates a delicious, whimsical multi-generational family album that features a Gene Hackman tour de force as a meddling deadbeat dad. Plus the Anderson/Owen Wilson debut feature Bottle Rocket. (11/3)t


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t’s harvest time, and I don’t mean produce. Sure, the pumpkins are at your local grocery store (and pumpkin spice ice cream, biscotti and plenty more). No, let’s discuss the galas, art openings and new shows, most of which all seem to be bursting onto the scene this Saturday, like some nuclear zucchini patch. We love a good harvest, but you’ll have to go online for more.

Alexandra Franzen @ Books Inc.

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper @ Hypnodrome

Author of 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome leads a mini-workshop on positive thinking. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 8646777. www.booksinc.net

Thrillpeddlers’ new show takes on a creepy-fun Halloween theme, with Grand Guignol-styled tales of the famous London serial killer, plus the one-act Salome and more fun. $25-$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru Nov 23. (800) 838-3006. www.thrillpeddlers. com

The Art of Beer @ City Beer Opening reception for an exhibit of beerlabel collages by local artist Tofu, at the beer store and bar. 21+. 6pm-9pm. Exhibit thru Nov. 3. Regular hours Tue-Sun 12pm10pm. 1168 Folsom St. 503-1033. www.tofuart.com www.citybeerstore.com

Band Fags @ New Conservatory Theatre Center West Coast premiere of Frank Anthony Polito’s stage adaptation of his witty novel about gay teenagers at a 1980s Detroit high school marching band. $25-$45. WedSat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct 13. 25 Van Ness Ave at Market. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical @ Curran Theatre Song-filled show about the early life and career of the hit-making singer-songwriter. $50-$210. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm (a few variations). Thru Oct. 20. 445 Geary St. at Mason. (888) 746-1799. www.shnsf.com

Buried Child @ Magic Theatre Revival production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a truly messed up family. $20-$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Extended thru Oct 13. Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor, 2 Marina Blvd. 441-8822. www.magictheatre.org

Geezer @ The Marsh Veteran comedian Geoff Hoyle returns with his solo show about aging (not-so) gracefully. $25-$100. Wed & Thu 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru Oct. 26. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. 826-5750. www.themarsh.org

New and Classic Films @ Castro Theatre Cleverly-paired double features and special events include: Oct. 10, Fruitvale Station (2:30, 4:45, 7pm, 9:15). Oct. 11: When I Saw You (7:30pm). Oct 12: Peaches Christ’s Return to Grey Gardens, with a special musical drag show (3pm & 8pm). Oct. 13: Hitchcock’s Psycho (2:30, 7pm) and Marnie (4:35, 9:05). Oct. 14: A Star is Born (Judy Garland version, 4:30) and Funny Girl (1:30, 8pm). Oct. 15: Dracula (Bela Lugosi original, 7:30) and Bride of frankenstein (6pm & 9pm). Oct. 16: Leviathan (7pm) and Breaking the Waves (8:40). Oct. 17: Project Happiness ; 7pm. $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St. www. castrotheatre.com

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films Unusual vintage short films, Thursdays and Fridays. Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 5588117. www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com

The Taming @ Thick House Crowded Fire Theater company’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s political comedy about a conservative senator’s aid, a liberal activist and a beauty pageant queen’s interactions in a Georgia bar. $10-$25. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Oct. 26. 1695 18th St. 746-9238. www.crowdedfire.org

Fri 11 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. Holiday shows now on sale. Reg: $25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222. www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane @ YBCA Exhibit and series of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the innovative dance company and its diverse collaborators. West Coast premiere of A Rite, a dance set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with SITI Company; $30-$40. Oct. 11 & 12 at 8pm and Oct. 13 at 3pm; Lam Research Theater. Also, included are several offsite performances and discussion panels. Free/$10. Thru Nov. 3. Special Conversation With Bill T. Jones, and collaborators, Monday, Oct. 7 in the YBCA Forum. Also, Kota Ezawa’s Boardwalk, an installation tribute to the Seaside Heights boardwalk (which was just destroyed by fire after barely enduring Hurrican Sandy). Thru Nov. 30. Also, Migrating Identities, an eightartist exhibition visualizing cultural diversity in the U.S. 701 Mission St. 979-2787. ybca.org

Thu 10

Litquake @ Multiple Locations

Ray of Light Theatre company premieres its much-anticipated version of the rarely-produced musical adaptation of the Stephen King horror tale about an awkward high school girl with special powers. A Broadway ultra-flop, yet highly under-rated, the show was reworked and revived Off-Broadway by composer Michael Gore, lyricist Dean Pitchford and playwright Lawrence D. Cohen. $25-$36. Wed-Sat 8pm. Special late show Oct. 26 at 11:30pm. Nov 2 matinee at 2pm. Thru Nov. 2. 2961 16th St. at Mission. www.rayoflighttheatre.com

Enjoy dozens and dozens of readings, literary panels and parties at the annual nine-day literary festival. Thru Oct 19, culminating the the three-section Lit Crawl, with dozens of reading events at venues along Valencia St. www.litquake.org

Dating 101 @ AHP Services Center A workshop for gay and bi men about the basics of good dating. Free. 6:30-9:30pm. 1930 Market St. 476-6448. Pre-register at www.ucsf-ahp.org

Dia de los Muertos @ SOMArts Cultural Center Opening reception and party for a large group exhibit of Day of the dead altars and artworks honoring the deceased, with live music, interactive installations and Día de los Muertos-inspired artist market, featuring Las Bomberas de la Bahia, an all-women’s bomba ensemble, and Paloma McFly, dancer extraordinaire. 6pm-9pm. Reg hours Tue-Fri 12pm-7pm. Sat 11am5pm. Sun 11am-3pm. Thru Nov. 9. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414. www.somarts.org

Macbeth @ Presidio Parade Grounds We Players, the innovative site-specific theatre company, performs an energetic version of Shakespeare’s haunting “Scottish play” at the former military outpost [update: moved from Fort Point, or cancelled due to the parks closure and idiotic government shutdown]. This threehour production is outdoors, at night, with multiple locations (special needs/ wheelchair access; call in advance). $30$60. Discounted Thursdays $45. Thu-Sun at 6pm. Extended thru Oct. 13. 547-0189. www.WePlayers.org

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Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike @ Berkeley Repertory Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy about a wacky family’s absurd country weekend includes a mom with a ditzy new boy toy. Previews thru Sept. 29. $29-$89. Tue-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 25. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

Dirty Little Showtunes @ New Conservatory Theatre Previews begin for 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. www.nctcsf.org

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

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Forbidden Fruit @ The Garage Back Alley Theatre and Footloose present a dance-theatre-music story of gay male ‘90s romance; for mature audiences (since there’s a bit of nudity). $20-$25. 8pm. Fri, Sat & Mon thru Oct. 28. 715 Bryant St. (800) 838-2006. www.backalleysf.org www.715bryant.org

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Glass Pumpkin Patch @ Cohn-Stone Studios, Richmond Annual outdoor exhibit of fascinating glass sculptures shaped like colorful gourds. FriSun 10am-6pm. Thru Oct. 27. 560 South 31st St. Richmond. www.cohnstone.com

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. www.tidestheatre.org

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman! @ Eureka Theatre 42nd Street Moon theatre’s production of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’ ( Bye, Bye, Birdie, Applause ) vintage musical based on the superhero comic strip. $21-$75. Wed & Thu 7pm. Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 20. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207. www.42ndstmoon.org

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

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with Bulgari. Curator’s Ci and Wells Fargo. Patron’s Circle: Jeri Dexter. Media Sponsor

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Narratives of Desire @ Mark I. Chester Studio

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

The Art of Adornment, Southeast Asian Jewelry @ Asian Art Museum

Picasso at the Lapin Agile @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley Actors Ensemble of Berkeley performs Steve Martin’s intelligent comedy about painter Pablo Picasso and scientist Albert Einstein, who meet in a Paris bar. $12-$15. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 26. 1301 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman, Berkeley. (510) 649-5999. www.aeofberkeley.org

Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts

Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Film Festival @ Crest Theatre 22nd annual festival of LGBT-themed feature and short films. $10-$40. Also Oct 11 & 12. 1013 K Street, Sacramento. www.siglff.org

Carrie: the Musical @ Victoria Theatre

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20th anniversary season of the local modern ballet company includes Jiri Kyliens’ Return to a Strange Land, Amy Seiwert’s Dear Miss Cline, and Michael Smuin’s Carmina Burana. $24-$64. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat 2pm. Thru Oct. 12. 3301 Lyon St. 912-1899. www.smuinballet.org

Art of Adornment, Southeast Asian Jewelry ; Thru Nov 24. Free (members)-$12. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 5813500. www.asianart.org

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond @ de Young Museum New exhibit of 150 pieces of exquisite Italian jewelry made between 1950 and 1990, including gems from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection. Thru Feb 17. Also, Eye Level in Iraq : photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson. $10$25. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. (til 8:45pm Fridays) Thru Dec. 30. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

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Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg @ Contemporary Jewish Museum Enjoy the exhibit of vintage prints, taken by the gay Beat poet, of his friends Jack Kerouac and others. Also, Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, part of the SF MOMA’s off-site collaborative exhibits; thru Oct 27. Also, two exhibits about Jewish life: To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History (thru July 1) and Work in Progress: Considering Utopia (thru Jan 20). 2pm-5pm. Free (members)-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm (Thu 1pm-8pm) 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo @ SF Playhouse Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist drama about athe 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. 450 Post St. 677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org

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. capacitor.org www.aquariumofthebay.org

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre The hit local production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s popular transgender rock operetta features multiple actor-singers performing the lead. $25-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 5pm. Extended with open-ended run. 505 Natoma St. 967-2227. boxcartheatre.org

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

March Against Monsanto @ Golden Gate Bridge Join millions of activists and concerned citizens on World Food Day for a simultaneous global protest against the “Food” conglomorate responsible for pushing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and harmful agro-chemicals into the food chain and environment. Bee, butterfly and other nature costumes encouraged at this kid-friendly event. 11am, Golden Gate Bridge, south entrance. wfp.org

Sandcastle Competition @ Ocean Beach 30th annual sand castle-building competition is themed “Masterpiece in the Sand,” with judges Ramelon O’Arwisters, Melissa Culroos, Kristin Farr, Rusty Croft and others. See giant sand sculptures made by 25+ teams with builders, architects, grade-school kids and artists. before nature takes them back. Donated funds support Leap, which brings arts into public schools. www.leaparts.org

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La Cage aux Folles @ Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma 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. www.cinnabartheater.org

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 Oct. 27. 2120 Allston Way. 282-3055. www.themarsh.org

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. www.firsttheplay.com

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

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

Les Misérables @ Saratoga Civic Theatre South Bay production of the hit Broadway musical about the French Revolution, adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel. $26$35. Thu-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 2:30pm. Thru Oct. 19. 13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga. (408) 266-4734. www.SouthBayMT.com

Superfest @ Women’s Building Lighthouse for the Blind and the Paul K. Longmore Institute host a screening of scenes from some of the worst and most ridiculous depictions of disabled people in film history. $10. 6pm. 3543 18th St. www.lighthouse-sf.org

Wurst Party of the Year @ Private Home Visual Aid may be closing, but its archives need funding. Celebrate the arts organization at its annual beer and bratwurst backyard party, $25-$75. 4pm-9pm. 3737 Cesar Chavez. eventbrite.com/event/8395586425

10 Percent @ Comcast Cable David Perry’s LGBT-themed talk show features a variety of local and visiting guests. This week, Perry speaks with Kathy Wolfe and Barbara Verhage, owners of Wolfe video and lesbian.com. Perry also talks with Lian Amaris, writer and director of the new hit play The Video Games Monologues. Rebroadcast various times thru the week. www.comcasthometown. com www.davidperry.com

Tension Blooms @ Ian Ross Gallery Duo exhibit of beautiful yet slightly creepy paintings by Rachelle Reichert and Brenton Bostwick. Reg hours Mon-Fri 1pm-7pm. 466 Brannan st. 533-5758. www.IanRossGallery.com

Tue 15 Butterflies & Blooms @ Conservatory of Flowers Popular exhibit transforms the floral gallery into a fluttering garden with 20 species of butterflies and moths. 10am4pm. Free-$7. Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Extended thru March 16, 2014. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. 831-2090. www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Lodro Rinzler @ Books Inc. Huffington Post columnist and author of Walk Like A Buddha: Even If Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You’re Hungover Again discusses his irreverent self-help guide. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777. www.booksinc.net

Will Durst @ The March

Beth Lisick @ Edinburgh Castle

Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG, the comic wit’s one-man show about aging Baby Boomers. Tuesdays thru Oct. 29. $15-$50. 8pm. 1062 Valencia St. 282-3055. www.TheMarsh.org

Author of Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames discusses her new book with author/columnist Alan Black. 4pm. 950 Geary St. www.castlenews.com

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Crescendo @ Four Season Hotel

Charles Gatewood: Fifty Years @ Robert Tat Gallery

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ elegant fundraiser and 36th season preview includes a sumptuous champagne brunch, silent and live auctions (exotic travel packages, special events, wines and distinctive gifts) plus music performances by the Chorus and guests. $150 and up. 12pm-3pm. 757 Market St. sfgmc.org

Exhibit of photos from five decades of prints by the fine art photographer and photojournalist. Thru Nov. 30. 49 Geary St. #410. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com

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Passport @ Divisadero Galleries Fifth annual art-collecitng event, where participants visit galleries and studios to create, share and get unique small works of art, collect stamps in a “passport,” and raise funds for artists. $25. 12pm-4pm. Divisadero Street. sfartscommission.org/gallery

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

Mon 14 California Native Plant Bloom @ SF Botanical Gardens Seasonal flowering of hundreds of species of native wildflowers in a century-old grove of towering Coast Redwoods. Free$15. Daily. Golden Gate Park. 6612-1316. www.SFBotanicalGarden.org

Smack Dab @ Magnet The monthly open mic with featuered guests this week includes Magician David Miller. Co-hosted by Larry-bob Roberts and Kirk Read. Signup 7:30pm. Show at 8pm. 4122 18th St. at Castro. paradoxmagic.com www.magnetsf.org

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Hymns to Hermes: The Poetics of James Broughton

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. Oct. 17: Bad for Good: The History and Legacy of a Legendary Dance Party, with panelists Dominick Albano; Gina Gatta (exhibit curator); Matthew Johnson; Scott Saraceno (documentary director); and Jeff Stallings. Moderator: Suzan Revah. Exhibit thru Oct. 27. Other permanent exhibits as well. Reg. hours Mon-Sat 11am-7pm (closed Tue.) Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.glbthistory.org

Writing Between Worlds @ Contemporary Jewish Museum The supernatural and time travel are part of two authors’ fascinating books: Andrew Sean Greer ( The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells), and Helene Wecker ( The Golem and the Jinni ). The authors read and share a discussion and book-signing. Free with museum admission. 6:30pm. 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

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

Twisted Sisters @ City Hall Gallery Opening reception (5:30pm) for Twisted Sisters: Reimagining Urgan Portraiture, a large-scale photo exhibit and art exchange between SF and Zurich. Thru Jan. 27. SF City Hall, North Light Court, and various outdoor kiosks. www.sfartscommission.org

Xavier Castellanos @ Social Kitchen & Brewery Exhibit of colorful landscapes by the local artist, at the stylish yet casual restaurant/ bar. Thru dec. 10. 1326 9th Ave. www.xavierart.com www.socialkitchenandbrewery.com

Thu 17 Richard Learoyd @ Fraenkel Gallery The Outside World, the artist’s exhibit of large-scale photographs. Thru Oct. 26. 49 Geary St. 981-2661. www.fraenkelgallery.com

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Potent Verdians by Tim Pfaff

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egend has it that when Bessie Smith, the greatest blues singer of her day, stepped out of the recording booth at Columbia Records having cut her last track for the company, a little-known singer named Billie Holliday walked into that same booth. Something like that has just happened at Sony Classical (which, come to think of it, once was Columbia Records). A year ago and again in April this year, Placido Domingo recorded an album simply called Verdi, though it contains only baritone arias, while last March, tenor Jonas Kaufmann recorded The Verdi Album, the two singers’ CDs recently released in that order. Without forsaking his 130-plus tenor roles (but pretty much without singing them, either), Domingo

has, since 2009, sung staged performances of a number of Verdi baritone roles: the title roles in Simon Boccanegra, Nabucco, and Rigoletto, Doge Foscare in Verdi’s early I due Foscari, and Germont Pere in La Traviata. Can we expect Falstaff when the 72-year-old reaches 80, Verdi’s age when he wrote the role? Domingo isn’t just singing at the lower pitches that come with vocal maturity; he has, he says credibly, completely retrained as a baritone and feels like a student again. None of the 16 selections on his new recording is sung with less than the usual conscientiousness he has brought to his singing over the decades. And he carefully husbands the sound so that he can muster a big, ringing sonority when called for. The other foot is not going to drop here. This is a CD you can lis-

ten to, front to back, with pleasure and admiration. And you can listen to it in one go without the fatigue that so often comes with aria recordings by a single artist in a single range or vocal Fach. In short, this is far from a sad record you wish a favored artist had not made. Yet, though Domingo can muster big moments as well as small, there’s no mistaking that the tone, while distinctively Domingo’s, has been robbed of some of its color. And the energy that drove the line, and every note in it, in Domingo’s singing at its most potent and virile is, to no one’s surprise, diminished. In its place now is stamina, and a commendable integrity. His fellow Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado, conducting the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, proves both that he is as singer-sensitive a conductor as there is working today – and that he’s likely a potent Verdian in his own right. The CDs share an item – the socalled “Friendship Duet” from Don Carlo – that says what needs saying by way of comparison. In Domingo’s, you can practically hear him singing along with the capable tenor Aquiles Machado as Carlo, but the two voices lose their identities in each other sufficiently that only a

very clear knowledge of the score tells you who’s who. In his booklet comments, Kaufmann admits that he considered singing both Carlo and Rodrigo, overdubbing the latter, until he decided it was too “self-regarding.” Instead, singing with Franco Vassallo as Rodrigo, you hear Kaufmann in the Verdi role that he has plumbed the deepest, partnering – his real strength – with Vassallo to produce an infinitely shaded love duet of compelling, then devastating emotional effect. What remains perhaps the most startling thing about Kaufmann’s artistry at what one can only hope is the long arc of its peak is precisely how un-self-regarding it is. He lets it be known that there is nothing in his purview that he cannot do simply by doing it, usually with melting beauty. His “Celeste Aida” handily obeys Verdi’s indication that its final note be sung pianissimo and morendo (dying), which is vocally demanding, the more so in context. Kaufmann achieves the effect perfectly without letting it sound hard. (It’s the greatest of singers who make it sound easy.) His additional comment, “Physically speaking, the singer should be able to turn up the volume at any moment and trans-

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form the piano into a forte,” a succinct precis of his own genius as a singer. What’s so impressive in this recital is how little he goes from extreme to extreme on a note or in a phrase, and how integral his conception of a piece is. There are no pyrotechnics for their own sake yet singing of sometimes hair-raising impact. The greatest vocal coaches have seen it as their work to unlock the energy in the vocalist’s sound, and it’s that torque in a voice of preternatural beauty that gives Kaufmann’s singing its singular impact. Throughout, Kaufmann is in ideal synch with conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi and his Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma, who respond with sumptuous, deeply idiomatic playing. The disc peaks with two Otello excerpts (he says he’s now impatient to sing the whole opera but we must all wait three years), not the protagonist’s heaven-storming moments but the tortured Act III internal monologue “Dio! Mi potevi scagliar” and the even more agonized music after he has strangled Desdemona. They’re not the kinds of pieces another singer would excerpt, but there’s the whole of a character, knotted in rage and grief, in each of them. The singing will melt you to the floor.t

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oday it’s nearly impossible to imagine the sensation created when a minor 1978 French comedy, La Cage Aux Folles (loosely translated as Birds of a Feather), was released in America. Based on Jean Poiret’s successful play, this love story of two gay men living in St. Tropez became the highest grossing foreign language film to date – running for well over a year at theatres in San Francisco and Manhattan. It spawned two sequels, was remade as The Birdcage (1996) with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, and was the basis for a smash, Tony Awardwinning Jerry Herman Broadway musical. The original movie has just been reissued in DVD. The plot is classic French farce. Renato Baldi (Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin Mougeotte (Michel Serrault) have been lovers for 20 years. Albin, known professionally as Zaza Napoli, is the star of a famous drag revue that runs at their club, La Cage Aux Folles, next door to their lavishly decorated home. As the film opens, Albin is refusing to perform. He’s upset because Renato takes him for granted and may be having an affair. Renato denies the allegations and sends for a doctor, who persuades Albin to go on stage. While Albin is entertaining the audience, Renato prepares to meet someone. He dims the lights, makes sure he looks his best, and soon welcomes a handsome young man. They embrace. The youth is Laurent (Remi Laurent), Renato’s son whom he and Albin have reared since birth. He

announces that he’s getting married. He also explains that his future in-laws are very prudish and won’t understand or accept Renato’s relationship with Albin. They are driving down from Paris to meet them. Laurent’s fiancee, Andrea Charrier (Luisa Manieri), has let her parents believe that Renato is a diplomat, which delights her snobbish mother, Louise (Carmen Scarpitta). Her father, Simon (Michel Galabru), is a prominent official in an organization promoting traditional morality. To his dismay, the group’s President is found dead after having spent the night with an underage black prostitute, creating a tabloid scandal. Albin is crushed at learning that he is to be excluded from the dinner to be given for the Charriers. Instead, Renato decides that Laurent’s birth mother, Simone Deblon (Claire Maurier), whom neither he nor Laurent have seen in two decades, should be his beard that evening. Accompanied by the wary Albin, he visits her. She, a successful businesswoman, agrees to help. As she and Renato recall their onenight-stand, she attempts to seduce him again, but Albin foils that. Relenting slightly, Renato suggests that Albin can pretend to be Laurent’s uncle. He gives him “butch” lessons, trying to teach him

to walk like John Wayne. It’s hopeless, however. Albin melodramatically decides he’s leaving, despite the pleas to remain from the couple’s equally flamboyant houseboy, Jacob (Benny Luke). To prepare for their guests, the house’s decor is stripped of homoerotic artifacts, and a huge crucifix is hung above the fireplace. On the big night, everything goes wrong. At the last moment, Albin, dressed in matronly drag, assumes the role of Laurent’s mother. Mons. Charrier has never met a woman like her. Complications, including serving dinner on plates decorated with scenes of classical Greek male pornography, the drag queens surprising everyone with an anniversary cake for Renato and Albin, and an untrustworthy See page 25 >>


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Drag star honors ‘Grey Gardens’ by David-Elijah Nahmod

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early four decades after the release of the classic documentary Grey Gardens, the late Edith Beale (1917-2002), also known as Little Edie, is a gay icon. It’s easy to see why. Edie was different. She didn’t fit the mold of what a “lady” of her era was supposed to be. She walked to the beat of a different drum, her own. It was a persona that many who identify as LGBT could identify with. On Saturday, October 12, Grey Gardens will screen at the Castro Theatre, courtesy of drag superstar Peaches Christ. Peaches and Jinx Monsoon will also appear on stage as Little Edie and her mom, Big Edie. John Waters icon Mink Stole also appears in the stage show. Showtimes are at 3 and 8 p.m. The Beales were once wealthy socialites who refused to vacate their decaying Long Island mansion. Together they lived at Grey Gardens, the palatial home that, by the 1970s, had fallen into grotesque disrepair. Among other problems, the house was filled with piles of trash, some of which were five to six feet high. Into this frightening location came documentarians the Maysles Brothers, who were allowed to film the day-to-day lives of these crazy, wildly eccentric, yet strangely lovable cat ladies. The finished film showed two women with obvious mental health issues living in filth and pov-

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chauffeur alerting the press as to where the Charriers are spending the evening, make for a madcap finale. The performances from the ensemble cast crackle. Serrault’s Albin is a genuine person, not a caricature. Tognazzi matches him. In a memorable scene, he says that he will sell his burial plot in Italy so that he can be interred beside Albin in France. Luke is hilarious as Jacob, and Galabru memorable as Simon. The movie overcomes some dated

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Peaches Christ salutes Grey Gardens.

erty, seemingly with no awareness of their situation. When the press revealed they were related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the former First Lady had the house cleaned up. The film Grey Gardens was a dream come true for Little Edie, who had long dreamed of a life in show business. She rode the publicity wave for as long as she could. After her mother’s death she sold the house and moved to Florida, where she reportedly maintained a lovely apartment and lived a perfectly normal life. Until her death, she remained open and gracious to fans, often becoming personal friends with them. Many gay men

stereotypes because of the humanity of its characters – Renato and Albin love each other, even if their bickering resembles that of long-married heterosexual couples. It also shatters a few stereotypes – one of the drag queens is a married man whose wife is about to have their seventh child. Additionally, Albin is accepted by the merchants and most neighbors exactly for who he is. He and Renato are respected as a married couple. This was revolutionary at the time. The movie is also prescient – it’s perhaps the earliest popular portrayal of gay men as loving and re-

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Scene from director Connie Field’s Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine, playing the Mill Valley Film Festivsl.

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“Unless you’ve got more cash or more clients, I’m busy.” “You don’t deserve our money.” “Five percent.” “Twenty-five, take it or leave it!” (Rafael, 10/10) 12 Years a Slave The current Best Picture Oscar frontrunner is by all accounts a devastating ride – at least one Toronto International Film Festival viewer fled the hall. British black filmmaker Steve McQueen prepared for a physical/emotional assault on the myths surrounding American slavery by fashioning uncompromising takes on the Irish “troubles” and shame-reinforced

sexual addiction. With a dream cast – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt – this story, based on the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, is so wellconstructed that a riveting turn by Paul Dano, as a brutal plantation overseer, goes virtually unnoticed by Rotten Tomatoes movie critics. (Rafael, film & party, 10/11) Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine A Stanford playwright struggles to import Dr. King’s message of nonviolent engagement to a land with ancient religious feuds and a fragile grasp of democracy. Documentary-maker Connie Field travels with a sturdy band of AfriSee page 26 >>

said they were proud to call Little Edie a friend. “Gay men have mommy issues,” said Peaches Christ. “We have very strong and intense relationships with our mothers. The Beales are the ultimate mother/child relationship. They were fantastic women. Little Edie loved music, glamour, and show business.” Peaches told the B.A.R. that she was standing by in her high heels, waiting for our call. Jinx Monsoon may not be familiar to Bay Area audiences, though many may remember her from season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The Seattle native has a degree in theatrical performance from Cornish College. “I’m a failed actress and a single mom,” she said. She says that she’s the first Jewish drag queen. “I’m half Jewish but raised Catholic,” said alter-ego Jerick Hoffer. “When I learned about my Jewish heritage, it seemed to make sense to make Jinx Jewish.” Jinx has been Bat Mitzvahed, she reports. “But I couldn’t fast on Yom Kippur [the Day of Atonement],” she said. “I couldn’t give up alcohol consumption!” Monsoon is a now a regular performer in cabarets and mainstream theaters. “I always wanted to combine drag and theater,” she said. “I’ve done Hedwig and the Angry Inch, I’ve played Velma in Hairspray, I’ve performed off Broadway.” Peaches wanted audiences to

know what to expect if they attend the extravaganza. “We play ourselves, but in the context of Grey Gardens. There’s singing, dancing, iconic moments from the film, but it’s an all-new show. It’s a cool concept with great people.” Peaches is happy to now have the full support of her parents for her unique career. “Bless their hearts, they did their best to smile,” she recalled. “My dad did not understand what I do until he saw it with an audience. Then he could appreciate it. My mom is often in the shows. When I did Mommie Dearest, my mom played Barbara, the Redbook reporter who interviews Joan. She

played a Senator in Silence of the Trans.” And so the Castro now prepares for the latest Peaches Christ extravaganza. No doubt it will be over-the-top and outrageous, as to be expected. The performances are a true testament to the talent of a person who, offstage, is sweet, laid-back and surprisingly mellow. That’s show biz!t

sponsible parents. Albin is the only “mother” Laurent has ever known. The Charriers are superb examples of moralistic prigs. The type exists today, so any opportunity to deflate them is welcome. If there is a villain, it’s Laurent, whose treatment of Albin is shameful. But he redeems himself, with strong support from Andrea.

Edouard Molinaro directs effectively. He, Francis Veber, Marcello Danon, and Poiret wrote the screenplay. Ambra Danon designed the splendid costumes. Albin’s outof-drag clothes resemble the tailored men’s styles worn by Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s. Armando Nanuzzi’s cinematography captures

the magical light of the French Riviera. Ennio Morricone wrote the memorable score. It’s doubtful anyone connected with La Cage Aux Folles or its original audiences envisioned an age of same-sex marriage and couples raising children together. Sometimes, it takes life decades to imitate art.t

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Jinx Monsoon and Peaches Christ will appear onstage at the Castro Theatre, as Big Edie and Little Edie.

Return to Grey Gardens, starring Peaches Christ, Jinx Monsoon and Mink Stole, Sat., Oct. 12 at 3 & 8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., SF. (415) 621-6120. Tickets: www.Peacheschrist.com.


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Thursdays, gay Thursdays by Victoria A. Brownworth

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ack when we were in high school, Thursdays were “gay” days. You were supposed to wear lavender (the color, not the scent) if you were. Some network execs must have had the same rule when they were kids, because Thursday looks like the gayest day of the week on the tube. There is, of course, Fox’s Glee, one of the prime-time centerpieces of Thursday nights. Even when Glee is off-the-rails, we still appreciate its out-there flaminess. We went to an all-girl high school, and even though it was rife with lesbians, it was never as gay as McKinley High. Here are the things we love right now in this fresh, wecan-get-back-on-track new season: We love Unique (Alex Newell), the only transgender regular on any network TV show. (Orange Is the New Black is a Netflix show, but also has a trans character, Sophia, played by the magnificent Laverne Cox.) Unique is, well, Unique. We love that Unique dresses gay male some days (rockin’ those scarves), high-femme girly others, and has made everyone in the club understand what it is to be gender-variant. Lots of tears in some of those scenes, but lots of “Oh, now we get it!” as well. We also love Demi Lovato, who debuted Oct. 3 as Dani. Lovato is fabulous. Sparks are going to fly between her and Santana (Naya Rivera). Lovato is excited about her new role and has been tweeting and talking about it. She never balked for an instant about playing gay, but rather was concerned about “getting it right.” If we didn’t love her before, we love her now. Thursdays are also the purview of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, which was previously possibly the least gay show on the tube. But veteran actress Amber Tamblyn, who at only 30 has been acting for more than half her life, joined the cast this season in a recurring role as Charlie’s lesbian daughter, Jenny. Tamblyn was a longtime cast member of ABC’s General Hospital in the pivotal role of Emily Quartermaine. She also starred in CBS’ hit prime time show Joan of Arcadia, Fox’s House, and several other series. Tamblyn was only supposed to have limited screen time on TAAHM, but on Oct. 2, after only a week of air-time, she was bumped up to full cast member because her ratings were so high. Jenny will be much like her dad: hard-drinking and womanizing. So CBS execs have said she will be “bringing the ladies home.” We’re not sure how this will play out, but we’re looking forward to watching a lesbian completely out of the regular nicegirl mode of lesbians on TV. Because we’ve all missed Shane and Papi on The L Word. The Big Bang Theory doesn’t have a gay character, but it does have a gay lead actor. Jim Parsons just won yet another Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy. Parsons is a comic genius, and his portrayal of Sheldon is so pitch-perfect, they might as well just hand him Emmys for the duration of the show’s run. He helps round out

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can American Christians as they stage Clay Carson’s play on the last days of Dr. King at the Palestinian National Theatre. At first the black church folks are agog with just hanging where Jesus did – the West Bank abounds in Christian relics. Problems arise as the church people meet the bilingual Palestinian cast. Theatre director Kamel El Basha in-

that gay Thursday on CBS. Also doing the queer Thursdays is NBC’s Sean Saves the World, with Sean Hayes reprising Jack in Will & Grace if Jack were a gay dad. This show is pretty awful now, if very gay. But it could get better. So we’ll keep checking in on it. As the fifth season of NBC’s acclaimed dramedy Parenthood debuted, the buzz was on that Drew, who has always had a super “sensitive” affect and who has seemed like he was almost ready to leap from the closet any day, will indeed come out. One more reason to watch this terrific series. Over on the CW Thursdays is our guilty pleasure, The Vampire Diaries, which has the hottest cast (Ian Somerhalder is the sexiest vampire ever). It’s finally adding a gay character, Josh, played by Stephen Krueger, the sexy-sweet-hottie from ABC Family’s queerfest Pretty Little Liars. Josh will swing from TVD to its fabulous new spin-off, The Originals, which debuted Oct. 3. Josh apparently will wander into Marcel’s (Charles Michael Davis) French Quarter bar and never come out – or rather will come out. There is so much wonderful on The Originals, starting with a show that portrays New Orleans (our old hometown) in all its sensuous, seductive glory. Joseph Morgan’s ultraintense Klaus was too big for TVD. He overwhelmed Mystic Falls. But in New Orleans he takes control as only Klaus can. He’s brought the other Mikaelson siblings, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (the lovely and dangerous Claire Holt), with him. This trio are the world’s original vampires, and they have so much work to do. Especially since Hayley (the amazing Phoebe Tonkin) is now pregnant with Klaus’ baby, who could start a whole new breed since she is not what she seems. Klaus and his protégé Marcel (we love seeing black vampires in New Orleans) are setting about re-vamping New Orleans. Think West Side Story with vampires, werewolves and hybrids. Yes! Thursday was always queer on ABC. The two-hour prime-time line-up of Shonda Rhimes’ top-rated dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal began queer, and as the new season has opened, queer is what we’re getting. Scandal debuted Oct. 3, and we can see why President and Mrs. Obama are rapt fans of this Washington insider drama. Last season ended with Cyrus (Jeff Perry, where is your Emmy?), the White House’s gay chief of staff, revealing the Prez’s secret to Liv (Kerry Washington). Now the spin begins. We’re usually among the rabid Scandal tweeters, which include many Washington editors, reporters and insiders. ABC notes that Scandal gets more tweets per hour than any other scripted series, at 200,000 tweets. But then Rhimes is the only showrunner on all of TV who gets two hours back-to-back. She’s that good and that powerful. The season 3 opener was so full of drama we could barely keep up. How does the spin doctor Olivia spin her own crisis? With the help of Cyrus, sists on flipping the play’s first and third acts, claiming that Palestinian audiences lack the patience for a passage on the Memphis garbage strike that preceded Dr. King’s assassination. Playwright Carson is aghast, asserting that it makes no sense to begin with Dr. King on the mountain if they don’t observe the path that brought him to his martyr’s fate. The impasse is broken only when the Americans notice the odd paral-

of course, and a surprising push from President Fitz’s long-suffering wife, Mellie (the amazing Bellamy Young), who throws another young woman under the bus as the alleged correspondent in the affair. Cyrus offers his husband, James (Dan Bucatinsky, who just won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series), the erstwhile Pulitzer-seeker, an inside story as he preps to fake a new mistress for Fitz, taking the heat off Liv. Meanwhile, Fitz and Cyrus try pleading with Sally Langston (the incomparable Kate Burton), Fitz’s extremist Bible-thumping VP, to keep things quiet. At one point Sally turns to Cyrus and spews in her Southern drawl, “I’ve tried to ignore your godless homosexual lifestyle.” Oh my. Is your head spinning yet? Because ours sure was. The coup de grace occurred in the episode’s final scene, as we learn the truth of who leaked the story about Fitz and Liv. Mellie guesses and confronts him. It’s not Cyrus, as we all thought. It was Fitz himself. If you aren’t watching this show, you aren’t watching the best political drama on the tube and one of the most important gay roles in TV history in Cyrus. This is top-flight drama, and every time we think Rhimes can’t take it up a notch, she does.

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Demi Lovato kisses Naya Rivera. See them on Fox-TV’s Glee.

Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy just started its 10th season, and Rhimes is still top of her game. The story we all wanted an answer to was whether Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) would break up. The longest-running lesbian couple on TV really had to stay together. They had already survived Arizona going to Africa, Callie getting pregnant with Mark’s baby while Arizona was away, Callie having a near-fatal car crash, the two getting married without Callie’s homophobic mother in attendance, baby Sophia being born, Arizona nearly dying in a plane crash, and Callie amputating her leg. A lot, right? So how much could a one-nighter with Lauren (Hilarie Burton) have meant in that panoply? Apparently, everything. Callie moved out, taking Sophia with her. Arizona ran after her. They’ve got visitations set up, but Arizona wants Callie back. But since George cheated on Callie when they were married, Callie doesn’t forgive that. Even though theoretically she cheated on Arizona with Mark and had his baby. At the end of the Oct. 3 episode, Callie meets Arizona at the therapist’s office, where they are supposed to have counseling. But she doesn’t go in. She tells Arizona she should go, because there are issues. But it is (or so it looks) over. We hope it isn’t really. Arizona got Callie back after the Africa debacle. And they managed to find their way back to each other despite Arizona hating Callie for amputating her leg. It’s hard to know what happens next, but as the faces of lesbian coupledom on the tube, we really want them to work this out. Plus: their baby! Thursday also has Fox’s The X Factor, Lifetime’s Project Runway and Showtime re-runs Masters of Sex and Homeland. So there is no gayer a night on the tube. We wish Fox’s new sitcom Brook-

lyn Nine-Nine were on Thursdays to add to the gay, but other nights need a touch of lavender as well. Tuesdays get this show, in the comedy line-up with the delightful sitcoms that debuted last season New Girl and The Mindy Project. BN-N is sort of like The Office in a police station. SNL alum Andy Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a skilled but jokester-y police detective. Andre Braugher (Homicide, House, Law & Order: SVU) is one of the best actors on the tube. We love Braugher, and we’ll watch pretty much anything he’s in, even if it only lasts a season. He plays the 99th precinct’s new rules-rules-rules Commanding Officer, Captain Ray Holt. In the season opener, Peralta asks why Holt, who is legendary in the police force, is just getting his first command now. The implication is it’s because Holt is black. But in the multi-cultural precinct that seems so unlikely. It is New York, after all. Holt looks at Peralta and says he’s gay. It’s a moment. Because we know why he’s only now getting the CO position: homophobia. Like Lovato on Glee, Braugher has said he’s honored to be playing gay on BN-N, which has gotten rave reviews. He was interviewed by Huffington Post on the new role, and said he wants to be sure that his character is a respectable non-stereotype of a gay man. “I think it’s wonderful that it’s part of a complex person, as opposed to the defining characteristic,” he said, “because when it is the defining characteristic it’s always gonna bump up, inevitably, against good taste, and wind up creating an offensive stereotype.” We so love a sensitive ally. Braugher’s character is married, so his husband will be appearing eventually. Braugher said his character will have a spouse “like everyone else has a husband or a wife, but it’s going to be entirely appropriate, and that’s of overwhelming importance to me.” But since he doesn’t know who the lucky guy is yet, he joked, “I have no idea who my husband will be. It’s very much like The Bachelor, only reversed.” Not since Spin City in 1996 has there been a black gay character in

a leading role on the tube. (Michael Boatman played Carter Heywood on that sitcom.) But in the two-for-one minority sweepstakes on TV series, usually the one person of color is also gay and there’s no one for them to be gay with. Holt will have not just a boyfriend, but a husband. Yes! For years we have wanted Olivia Benson (Emmy-heavy Mariska Hargitay) to come out on Law & Order: SVU, where she has starred since the show debuted in 1999. She hasn’t, but she still stands for the single, strong, vulnerable-on-the-inside female character we love. As SVU began its 15th season, Hargitay is doing the best acting of her career. Last season ended with her being kidnapped by a serial rapist/murderer, William Lewis, played with unbelievable Emmy-worthy creepiness by Pablo Schreiber. Hargitay’s portrayal of an assault victim in the three-part story arc was extraordinary. Not since Farrah Fawcett in Extremities has there been such an amazing performance of a woman taken to the very edge of her humanity. The trauma of Olivia’s experience will play out over the course of the entire season. She’s seeing a therapist and working out the issues that come from being victimized and tortured. The realization that she is damaged and it’s impacting her job was in evidence in the Oct.2 episode of SVU starring veteran actress Cybill Shepherd as the victim of an attempted rape by a serial rapist. Shepherd plays Jolene Castille, a Georgian restaurateur and cooking star. A series of rapes occur, a black man in a hoodie follows Castille, she pulls her licensed gun from her purse, shoots him, and he dies on the operating table. The young man turns out to not be the rapist, although a series of victims ID his photo. Castille is tried for manslaughter, and like George Zimmerman, is acquitted, although with this case it’s all much clearer. It made for good drama, no question. But in this re-telling, Paula Deen kills Trayvon Martin. No. Yet for this kind of provocative TV and of course for gay Thursdays, you really must stay tuned.t

lels between the Palestinian struggle and black efforts to overturn Jim Crow. The film climaxes on a note of hope, a peaceful demo by Palestinians attempting to gain access to the busses reserved for Israel settlers, and a shocking tragedy: the murder of the theatre’s founder, possibly by a disgruntled jihadist. There’s no mention of sexual orientation, Israelis are viewed only as SWAT team-equipped soldiers, and looming over the proceedings is a

map of the area demonstrating just how hard it will be for two separate peoples to coexist without acknowledging each other’s legitimacy. (Rafael, 10/12; Sequoia, 10/13) At Middleton Adam Rodgers’ feature debut attempts to mine the romantic possibilities as two parents, Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, escort their kids on an orientation field trip to one of those snooty small schools that’s cashing in on its bucolic setting and odd attrac-

tions: in this case an original copy of a Lewis Carroll manuscript. The actors work hard at achieving that elusive Bringing Up Baby screwball personal chemistry, with mixed results. An attractive subplot features Nicholas Braun as a skittishly charming student guide. Skip this one and rent Paul Weitz’s hilarious Tina Fey/Paul Rudd/Lily Tomlin college comedy Admission. (Se-

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Abundantly queer pop by Gregg Shapiro

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ne of the best albums by a queer artist in 2013, Pale Green Ghosts (Partisan/Bella Union) by John Grant hits all the right notes. Grant succeeds whether dabbling in invigorating queer electro or making timeless modern pop. The combination of elements, including Grant’s warm but commanding baritone and his gift for turn of phrase, make these 11 songs worth returning to repeatedly. Keep in mind, the subject matter is a bit bleak. Pale Green Ghosts is, after all, a breakup album, and Grant spends as much time putting himself through changes as he does his ex. Still, there’s something irresistible at work. The haunting title cut percolates like a bitter brew. Funky fashion statement “Black Belt” (“What you’ve got is a black belt in B.S.”) is a karate chop set to a disco beat. “GMF” stands for “Greatest Motherfucker” and strikes a sexy balance between pathos and parody, while “Vietnam” is as heavy as the war. “You Don’t Have To” takes memory games to a whole new level, and “Sensitive New Age Guy” deserves to be spun at tea dances. “Ernest Borgnine” not only makes reference to the Oscar winner, but also to The Shining. “I Hate This Town” is a song we could all probably relate to at one time or another. Pet Shop Boys’ Electric (x2/Kobalt) is the gay comeback record of the year. Approaching  the 30th (!) year of their prolific recording career, PSB electrify listeners with their strongest set of songs in years. Considering the increasingly icy relationship between pathetic Putin’s Russia and the gay community, the timing of “Bolshy,” featuring Rus-

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and moneymen. These were people who got their hands dirty – inventors and machinists like Edison and Ford. At some point, things went horribly sideways, and in my opinion it was a loss of appreciation for this innovation and craftsmanship that destroyed the city.” Jarmain, whose personal practice focuses on architectural photography, used “deadly sharp” wide-angle lenses and a high-resolution Phase One digital back on a compact Cambo Technical Camera that allowed him to correct perspective in-camera and produce spectacular color prints that achieve remarkable depth. Structural and decorative details are astoundingly clear, so vivid and crisply defined they appear to be only inches away, like the exposed-brick walls and archways and corroded pipes visible in a pair of

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sian lyrics, is a bit unsettling. That said, “Love Is a Bourgeois Concept” ranks with the best of Tennant and Lowe’s work. It’s a flawlessly modern dance track, drawing on many of PSB’s trademark tricks wrapped around the duo’s brand of intellectual and sarcastic lyrics. The dancing doesn’t end there. “Fluorescent” is dazzling, “Inside a Dream” is wistful, “The Last To Die” is a lively tune on par with “Bourgeois Concept,” and “Thursday” includes a rap performed by Example. Be sure to get wired to this disc. Stepping out on her own after a decade with queer folk trio Girlyman, Tylan (Greenstein) doesn’t disappoint with her solo disc One True Thing (tylanmusic.com). Expanding on her already impressive songwriting and performance skills, Tylan exceeds expectations with “St. Stephen” before teaming up with Lucy Wainwright Roche on the gorgeous “Earthquakes.” Roche isn’t the only one supplying star power here. Amy Ray can be heard on the tearjerker “Already Fine,” and that’s Coyote Grace on “Lying in My Grave.” One True Thing is a breakup disc, boiling over with powerful emotions. Lesbian breakup expert Melissa Ferrick would be wise to watch her back. The static and feedback crunch of “Brennisteinn,” the opening track of Kveikur (XL), is a good indication that Sigur Ros, led by out gay frontman Jonsi, was going for something else with this disc. The song eventually blossoms into a full-fledged rocker by anyone’s standards, which is as unexpected as it is fulfilling. You can hear the new direction elsewhere in the

images depicting the bowels of the formerly luxurious Book Cadillac Hotel. Built in 1924 and designed by Louis Kamper, the 31-story, 1,100room skyscraper was vacant for 20 years. During that time its basement remained flooded, leaving behind a rusty ochre color that makes the dungeon-like space and ruined boiler rooms look like a movie set for a dystopian thriller. Though most of the architecture of the early 1900s was European, some of the most impressive structures were Art Deco with seemingly incongruent Native American and Central American iconography, like what’s on display, a little worse for wear, in the Vanity Ballroom (1929). The vast space is a scene of faded glamour where torn red streamers hang from a soaring, hand-painted ceiling with blue Aztec motifs, floors are trashed and the word “murder” is etched into a back wall. The immense size of the 18 prints

percussion and brass of “Hrafntinna” and the strings on “Isjaki” and “Rafstraumur.” Thanks to Sigur Ros, Iceland has never been hotter. A countertenor with a fouroctave range, Bobby Blue is audio sunshine. That’s what makes Sunshine (House of Dandridge) such a perfect name for his new album. “Born, bullied and teased” in Indiana, the Brooklyn-based musician radiantly triumphs on this 12-track disc. Dividing the disc into two parts, “the album” and “the DJ set,” Blue weds acoustics and electronics to luminous effect on the title tune, “Blue Island,” “Go” and “Feel Good.” He puts a gorgeously gay spin on the Bread classic “If.” Blue also sparkles on dance-oriented cuts including the Guanacaste Radio Mix of “Pura Vida,” the Tim Letteer Club Mix of “In a Song,” and “All the Stars” featuring DJs From Mars. Back when Logo was a gay cable network interested in promoting gay content and LGBT artists, singer/songwriter Ariel Aparicio was a regular presence, his provocative and creative music videos in constant rotation. But times change and

Aparicio has changed with them, now fronting a band called Bardot. The quartet’s new seven-song self-titled disc features a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Maker.” That should give listeners an indication of where Aparicio’s head is at. But it turns out to be one of the mellowest tracks on the disc. “Sylvia, My Love,” “History of Ferris Wheels” and “Satellite” rock with a blustery blues energy that would make Led Zeppelin blush. The disc’s finest moments can be found on the irresistible pop of “Still the Rains” and subtly country “Little Face.” Patrice Pike first crossed our radar as the lead singer of the Austin band Sister 7. Sister 7 parted ways late in the last century, and Pike has kept busy recording and releasing solo albums. Her latest, The Calling (Zainwayne), finds Pike in a reflective mood. From the JFK reference on “Count on You” to the musical philosophizing on “Blame,” to the message of hope and concern on “Firefly” and the declaration of love on “I Won’t Give Up,” Pike calls to us. In the late 1980s/early 90s, UK

band Kitchens of Distinction was notable for having an openly gay lead singer, Patrick Fitzgerald, singing about samesex love, and also for being critics’ darlings with a decent following among the indierock crowd. But it all came to an end when KOD disbanded in the mid-90s. Nearly 20 years later, they have returned with Folly (3 Loop Music). Fans are sure to be thrilled at the way the band has maintained its trademark (and influential) guitar sound combined with Fitzgerald’s distinctive vocal style. Highlights of this recommended album include the marvelous “Japan to Jupiter,” the catchy “Tiny Moments Tiny Omens,” the extravagant “diamond leashes” of “Extravagance” and “The Most Beautiful Day.” There are a number of other out musicians making this LGBT History Month memorable. Out singer/ songwriter Camille Bloom returns with the six-song EP Big Dreams (camillebloom.com), featuring an acoustic version of “Damage” and the humorous hidden track “SelfRighteous Pedestrian.” Queer Austin trio The Please Please Me give you plenty of reason to Shake a Little Harder (thepleasepleaseme.com) on its five-song EP, beginning with “All Dance Out.” Leah Jee comes across as an old-school rocker on her sixsong EP The Rest Is Ours (leahjee. com), especially blistering tracks “Coming After You” and “Straight Up.” Blonde Afro’s Troubleshoot the Moon (blondeafro.com) opens with the snazzy jazz of “Home” before diverging in various directions, including the funky same-sex love anthem “Spread the Love.”t

here (most are 4x6 feet or 5x7 feet) is essential to their emotional impact and, in a poetic sense, matches the dreams and enterprise of the builders and architects who, animated by ambition, erected these edifices. It’s as if the debris-strewn ruins, like the Egyptian Pyramids, the Parthenon and other monuments to human industry and imagination, are alive with tales to tell. “It is an insanely emotional story of success, creativity, culture, racism, corruption, murder, arson and poverty,” Jarmain says. “Each of these buildings tells a piece of that story.” But even if this project weren’t an inherently moving testament to a vanishing city that flew too close to the sun, Jarmain’s photographs, with their commanding artistry and power, would stand on their own.t Through Oct. 20 at Meridian Gallery, SF. Go to www.meridiangallery.org.

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“Belle Isle Aquarium, Architect: Albert Kahn, 1904,” photographed in 2011 by Philip Jarmain.

Mill Valley Film Fest

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quoia, 10/12, 13) All is Lost On the heels of his riveting, all-star 1960s rebel drama The Company You Keep, Robert Redford has the big screen all to himself as a sailboat owner stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean when his vessel is struck by a container ship. (Rafael, 10/12; Sequoia, 10/13) Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me This Michigan-born American original – Broadway for Sondheim; film for Woody Allen; TV for Tina Fey – is now 87, in poor health, but not exiting the stage quietly. Stritch’s life is framed in her old Manhattan haunts and in chats by Alec Baldwin and Nathan Lane. (Lark, 10/11)t www.mvff.com

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Scene from director Chiemi Karasawa’s Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.

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Robert Redford is a stranded boater in a scene from All Is Lost.


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Margaret Cho at Masonic Hall by Ronn Vigh

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urfacing on the national comedy scene in the early 1990s and remaining a comedic staple ever since, Emmy and Grammynominated actress and comic Margaret Cho will return to her hometown of San Francisco where she got her very first start. If you thought Cho has been brave and outspoken in the past, she says her latest show, Mother, will be even more explicit and painfully honest, a show where nothing is scared as she gives her honest take on topics such as sex, queer politics, drugs, guns, identity and madness. As a comedian myself, I know that audiences thrive on seeing exactly who you are rather than hiding behind an overdone series of trite “San Francisco vs. L.A.” and “there really is a difference between men and women” jokes. See page 31 >>

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The two multi-talents are giving Wednesday nights a new level of curtain-raising fun with Broadway Bingo at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. When he isn’t tickling the ivories, Joe Wicht works at Project Open Hand, the food service agency for people with health problems, from HIV to other life-threatening conditions. But by night, Wicht is often entertaining, be it at Martuni’s or now on Wednesdays at Feinstein’s. He’s starred in the occasional musical (Xanadu at New Conservatory Theatre Center) and operetta (Queer, based on the William S. Burroughs novella). He also hinted at a new under-wraps project that will be part of the upcoming San Francisco International Arts Festival. For Wicht, “the goal of Broadway Bingo is to have a game, but make it completely Broadway-oriented. Feinstein’s management team has a love for Broadway, which is unusual for most folks in the Bay Area.” At the fun night, guests check off slots on cards with show titles as soon as a song or riff is sung, played or amusingly mentioned by Katya or Joe. “There are a lot of people who can get into it, along with the cocktails,” said Wicht. Prizes include promotional items like CDs, hats, and tickets to Feinstein’s shows, and A.C.T. theatre tickets. With a bevy of local talents currently working on local shows, expect some laudable guest singers, like Veronica Klaus, who sang a sexy torch song (Her Tuesday night Torch nights at Martuni’s have been extended). At the preview, a few other talented singers performed a song, including Betty Roi, a diminutive French woman who basically channeled Edith Piaf. Another guest crooner was Jesse Cortez, who will soon be costarring in Dirty Little Showtunes at New Conservatory Theatre Center with

satirist/lyricist Tom Orr. Nightlife and musical theatre performer Alotta Boutté also sang. The evening, set in the expansive redesigned Kanpai Lounge adjacent to Feinstein’s itself, takes on a fun party atmosphere, with comfy sofas and lounge chairs filled by patrons eager to guess one obscure show tune reference after another. Wicht admitted that his memory is “far from encyclopedic, but I have tons of music at my fingertips. I have been doing this stuff for a while.” Wicht actually put himself through college by playing piano in a Virginia bar, and for the first year he was underage as well (and therefore politely declined to mention the venue). The pair of Wicht and Frank are also part of the local celebrity-filled final edition of this year’s Cabaret Showcase Showdown, which will be held at Rebel, on Sunday, October 13 ($15. 7pm, 1772 Market St.) Now finishing its fourth year, the monthly talent show has broadened the careers of several local talents, from veteran vocalist Paula West to X Factor finalist Jason Brock, who will be a judge and guest performer. Show people J. Conrad Frank performed in musical theatre since childhood, years before he evolved into creating his statuesque drag persona Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, the exiled Russian empress. “My iPod is a playlist of musical theatre,” said Frank, who noted that he loves digging up trivia notes to work into the new night. “As Katya, I sort of avoided doing too much musical theatre. For Broadway Bingo, we’re really able to delve into that, which is fun.” Frank described the new night as “a mix of people we invite, plus people who want to sing. There will always be a range of talent, including a few performers from Feinstein’s.” Hotel guests at the Nikko have visited as well. “Last week, we had

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Katya Smirnoff-Skyy sings a show tune at the Kanpai Lounge.

lot of people coming from the hotel, and really enjoying themselves, including a few random Australian tourists,” said Frank. One of the notable visuals, of course, are Katya’s gowns, which Frank credited to local designer Mister David. Made of upholstery fabric with a subtle patterning, Katya’s opening night gown, a boned outfit with a tight fishtail skirt, kept Frank/Katya mostly upright, but looking fabulous. For now, the informal setting of the lounge makes for a festive relaxed atmosphere. The weekly show may move into the main room of Feinstein’s soon, but that remains to be seen. “If it does move into the showroom, I think it’ll be more appealing for the performers, who make it a better show,” said Frank. “But it is a happy hour.” Katya’s monthly show at Martuni’s continues every third Sunday,

and Frank’s annual holiday show will play at Feinstein’s on December 19. For more holiday hilarity, Frank will play Joan Crawford in a new revival of Christmas With the Crawfords. Other performers include Ethel Merman and Connie Champagne, and that show will play up in Yountville.

In between their own busy schedules, the duo of Joe and Katya, together again, should spice up any theatre fan’s midweek. “I love the situation where people are really relaxed and comfortable to have fun,” said Wicht. And guessing show tune trivia, he added, “keeps our little rotten brains alive. The drinks make it more challenging.”t

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Alotta Boutté sings.

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Katya woos a willful guest at Broadway Bingo.

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Musical theatre fans at Broadway Bingo.


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Margaret Cho

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However, the stuff that is so truthful to your being usually is the most difficult to successfully put out to countless rooms of strangers night after night, let alone make it funny and leave them wanting more. Margaret Cho has proven herself as a unique and complex voice who’s not a one-trick pony. Her appearances in TV shows, films, even as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, prove her versatility in performing. We talked over the phone, comic to comic, about stand up, the transformation of her as an individual and artist, and a bit about San Francisco, where we both dug our comedy roots. Ronn Vigh: Being from San Francisco, is there anything you must see or do when you come back to town? Margaret Cho: Get tattooed! That is a very big deal for me! I get tattoos done by many artists in the many places I travel, but I definitely will get some done from my artist in San Francisco. My family isn’t there anymore, but I have a tattoo family and many close friends still in SF. I’ve always wanted tattoos but have always been given the unsolicited advice that being in entertainment and getting tattoos can put limitations on roles you’re considered for and in other ways hinder your career. As you get more and more tattoos, have you ever experienced that? It’s still a relatively new thing for me, yet I already have a good amount of my body covered and haven’t had any problems. The stuff I do as an actor has never required me to show skin, and I haven’t had issues with playing parts like Kim Jong Il on 30 Rock. My tattoos have not taken away from anything I can do. Speaking of parts you have played- I’m a big The Golden Girls fan and remember your guest appearance on their spinoff series, The Golden Palace. Wow, that was so long ago! And that was my first [television] job.  Your character, Dr. Fong, was very funny, but also what many would consider a very stereotypical portrayal of an Asian person. You consider yourself an activist, so did playing that role bother you? It was a long time ago, I didn’t have a lot of control over the roles and since it was my first “job,” I was just happy to do it! I didn’t know about any political awareness. It was a fun gig; unusual because I also got to sing and the whole cast was really sweet and helpful. You’ve done so much since then, but there was time between your

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Margaret Cho as Kim Jong Il on 30 Rock.

first television role and putting yourself on the scene initially as a comic. What do you remember most about your start? I started at The Punchline. That’s my home club and most favorite place to perform! I recall being at The Punchline when I was starting out and I was very nervous and intensely scared of people. I was so afraid to go in the green room and now it is weird to think back about being scared like that. For me, It was really, really terrifying yet somehow really wonderful and fun at the same time. Do you have any regrets or ever looked back at your career and thought “I should have done this differently.” I don’t think so. Because I grew up in comedy, I didn’t have a fully formed personality when I started. I was still a kid. I grew up inside comedy and that affects the way you look at it already. I do wish I had gone to school to get more of an education, but I was anxious to do comedy and years later, still am.

and lots of guest appearances. I don’t really turn stuff down. Is there anything you haven’t done yet that you want to get into? Not really. I just want to get better. Once you’re a stand up comic, it’s the ultimate thing to do – the hardest. You can always get a lot better and keep writing new material! I think we hold ourselves to a real high standard and I always want to do better for myself and other people. Remember, it’s okay to be angry. Anger can be positive, cleansing and funny too!t Margaret Cho performs at Masonic Hall. Saturday, October 12. 8pm. Jim Short opens. $40$75. Masonic Hall, 1111 California St. www.margaretcho.com

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What’s the best advice you can give? For comics or everyone? Both. For comics: Start with your silver. Close with your gold. It sounds silly, but it’s totally true. For everyone: Just try to not let other opinions be more important than your opinions. If you can manage that, it’s the key to everything. If your voice is the most important that you hear, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. Besides your current show, Mother, you have a lot of other projects happening at the same time. Yes, I have my podcast with Jim Short. We just started and it’s great and super fun and easy to do and we laugh a lot. That’s the most important thing about it. And, I have my web series, In Transition and Drop Dead Diva

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ope, twerking’s not dead, although Miley Cyrus almost killed it. The more authentic and decades-long history of the bootyshaking dance move, also known as Bounce, is more fully supported through the driving crazy-making grooves of New Orleans sensation Big Freedia. The openly gay performer shares music and more in Queen of Bounce, his new Fuse TV eight-part program. The show aired October 2, and episodes are viewable online at www.fuse.tv Big Freedia (whose real name is Freddy Ross) launched the show with a Manhattan Guiness World Record group twerk, which included more than 300 participants. “Due to my wonderful network Fuse, the launch of the premiere party in New York won a world record for the most people twerking,” said Big Freedia with pride. “That was fun.” What also pleased the musician is the timeliness of his show, and its ability to provide a more in-depth look at a misunderstood dance music subculture. Freedia’s been making music since 1999, when his first single was released before his debut album, 2003’s Queen Diva. “I definitely think the show will help shape ideas and put all of that in perspective,” said Freedia of the documentary’s representation of the more truthful and amusing aspects of the sexy dance move and his life. “It’s a culture that’s been around for a long time. This is New Orleans. We have been doing this for a long time.” Big Freedia’s popularity in New Orleans is obvious in the series. Neighbors know him, kids giggle when they recognize him, yet all along he remains polite and reserved, offstage. After Hurricane Katrina, Freedia was displaced to Texas. Upon his return to New Orleans, Caesar’s, the first club to re-open, invited him to perform at weekly fundraisers called FEMA Fridays. Of the vibrating dance moves that make nightclubs where he performs erupt into a dance craze, “The whole city does it and has been for years,” said Freedia. So, what about that huge controversy with Miley Cyrus butt-grinding against a Beetlejuice-costumed Robin Thicke at the now infamous MTV Music Video Awards? Is this another form of cultural appropriation, and should people critique her act for that, or simply because it was so crass and stupid? “It’s okay for her to do it,” Big Freedia replied of Cyrus’ limited dancing skills. “But it can be ag-

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gravating sometimes, especially if you’ve been working so long in underground, and then people misrepresent it. And then someone in the mainstream takes it. It makes you very agitated as an artist.” Yet he also sees an up side. “But it also helps, to show the world something different. It opened another door for Bounce, even with her mistakes.” Fans new and old will be able to see Big Freedia live and in action as his tour starts October 20. Big Freedia recently performed locally at Public Works in a multi-act night that included Double Duchess. He’s also performed with Doug E. Fresh, Galactic, Matt & Kim, and on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. When he’s on tour, what does the performer miss about New Orleans? “Everything,” he said. “The food, my family, my boyfriend, my mom.” His national tour includes gigs in nearly every major U.S. city, with a show in San Francisco on November 15 at The Independent. But it was his opening gig for Postal Service at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre that set off another controversy. Several of the mostly white “hipster” fans of the headline act were upset by Big Freedia’s show, and reacted in person and online like…well, stupid racist hipsters. “I brush it off,” said the singer of such people. “I worked the crowd. I was happy, bringing another culture to another set of fans. I flipped it out, and Postal Service rocked it. Look, we’re always gonna have those people of that nature. I just keep going.” For his own shows, Big Freedia prefers a more intimate venue. “My show is definitely about interacting with my fans, unless it’s a big arena and the stage is barricaded.” But that doesn’t stop him. “I

even bust the barricades open a few times,” he recalled. “One way or another I am gonna interact.” As for his appreciation of women doing Bounce, Freedia’s known to be a co-gender fan of dancing, despite being gay. And while he sometimes wears wigs or near-drag, he has stated that he does not identify as transgender, but “a gay man who answers to ‘he’ or ‘she.’” “It all becomes a little sexual,” he said of onstage bounce-offs which mostly feature women. “Some women are better than men, but most of the time, the men who are better are the gay guys.” He offered one simple rule for any bounce/twerk wannabes: “The more junk in the trunk, the more the better the dunk.”t

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Casey Williams & Seth Knight @ Nob Hill Theatre

The Big Gay Grape Stomp @ Peju Winery, Rutherford

The two porn dudes (a fuzzy muscle bear and a tattooed twink) perform solo and together in a live sex show. $25. 8pm & 10pm. Also Oct. 12. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.  www.thenobhilltheatre.com

Out in the Vineyard’s Harvest Party, with Napa Valley winery Peju hosting the fun, frivolity, BBQ lunch, wine-tasting and grape-stomping. Casual dress (bring a change of clothes if you plan to stomp grapes!). $85 (single), $135, and $875 (6-person cabana). 8466 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford. (800) 446-7358. 12pm-4pm. www.outinthevineyard.com

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

Fri 11 DJ Escape at Werk

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

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

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

Fallfest @ Justin Herman Plaza SF Magazine’s annual street fair of food, cocktails, drink seminars, live music and more. $110. 12pm-4pm. 4 Embarcadero at Market St. www.sffallfest.com

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40th Anniversary @ Starry Plough, Berkeley

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

Ten-day celebration of the East Bay music hall, pub and restaurant that’s hosted thousands of musicians. Afternoon and nightly concerts thru Oct. 20. $6-$8. Various times. 3101 Shattuck Ave. (510) 841-2082. www.TheStarryPlough.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Randy Roberts @ Alcove Theatre, Martuni’s Veteran gender illusionist performs live songs as Bette Midler, Cher, and other female music icons. $40. Thu-Sat, 9pm. Oct. 10-Nov 2. 414 Mason St. at Geary, 5th floor. 992-8168. At Martuni’s, and accompanied by Tammy L. Hall, Oct. 14, 21 & 28, 7pm. $20. 4 Valencia St. at Market. 241-0205. www.randyroberts.net

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

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

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Thing @ The Stud

VIP @ Club 21, Oakland


Werk @ Beatbox

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

The producers of Evolution present DJ Escape spinning at this Timmy Scott event. $5-$10. 10pm-4am. 314 11th St. www.BeatboxSF.com

Fri 11 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. lexingtonclub.com

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

Sat 12 After-Dark Party @ California Academy of Sciences Enjoy the fascinating exhibits with drinks and music at this fundraiser for the SF AIDS Foundation, with honoree Dr. Anthony Fauci; music by Honey Soundsystem and CarrieOnDisco. $75-$500 (VIP reception 6pm, dinner 7:30), main event 9:30pm12am, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.sfaf.org www.calacademy.org

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

Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon Lily Holbrook at Harvest Feast

Beer only $8 until you bust. 4pm-8pm. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695. www.hitws.com

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

BYOQ @ Golden Gate Park Bandshell Bring Your Own Queer, the annual outdoor alt-queer music and pop-up art fest, with MC Lil Miss Hot Mess; performances/DJ sets by Double Duchess, DJ Bus Station John, Queen Crescent and others. 12pm6pm. After-party at the Milk Bar. www.byog.org

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

Frolic @ The Stud October edition of the monthly costume dance party (2nd Sat) for Furries and friends, with DJs Neonbunny and guests. Dance, you animals! $4 (with costume) $8 (without). 8pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison www.frolicparty.com

Harvest Feast @ Patio Café The Castro Country Club’s annual fourcourse dinner and fundraiser will be held at the (finally) open restaurant; Black tie optional. 6pm hors d’oeuvres, 7:30pm dinner, hostess Heklina, live music by Lily Holbrook, $100. 531 Castro St. (800) 8383006. www.castrocountryclub.org

Love Will Fix It @ Hot Spot DJ Bus Station John’s R&B groovy party celebrates two years. Enjoy Funky grooves and a groovy crowd. $5 (free till 11pm) 10pm-2am. 1414 Market St. at Van Ness.


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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. www.MagicattheRex.com

Margaret Cho @ Masonic Hall Emmy and Grammy-nominated comedian and actress returns to her Bay Area hometown for a rousing night of comedy and commentary about sex, queer politics, drugs, gund and her long-suffering mother. Jim Short opens. $40-$75. 8pm. 1111 California St. www.margaretcho.com

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Yerba Buena Night @ Yerba Buena Lane, Jesse Square

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Third annual festive and free night of more than 40 music, dance, theatre and circus acts, jazz and opera singers, and a gallery walk. 3pm-8:30pm gallery walk. $5. Live outdoor acts 6pm-10pm. www.ybnight.org

The popular country western LGBT dance night celebrates a decade and a half of fun foot-stomping two-stepping and line-dancing. $5. 5pm-10:30pm with lessons from 5:307:15 pm. Also Thursdays. 550 Barneveld Ave., and Tuesdays at Beatbox, $6. 6:30-11pm. 314 11th St. sundancesaloon.org

Sun 13 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. www.sf-eagle.com

Peter Murphy @ Uptown Theatre, Napa

Bibi SF @ Dandywood Manor

The goth rock musician celebrates his former band Bauhaus in a live concert. Autumn Sky opens. $46-$87. 8pm. 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. www.petermurphy.info www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

Beer bust fundraiser for the new “queer fairy home and community gathering space,” with music, snacks and unlimited beer or soda. $7. 3pm-7pm. 3368 22nd St. www.bibisforg.tumblr.com

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

Mon 14 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. www.hitws.com

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

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mmunity Grants Program The World’s Canvas @ Palace Hotel The Museum of the African Diaspora’s eighth annual gala benefit honors actors Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard, Dr. Sandra Hernandez, and Hennessy spirits; KRON 4 News anchor Pam Moore hosts. $1,000 and up. 6pm reception, 7:30pm dinner and awards. 2 New Montgomery St. 358-7200. www.moadsf.org

Return to Grey Gardens @ Castro Theatre Peaches Christ and special guest Jinkx Monsoon get wacky with a pre-show drag music act and subsequent screening of Grey Gardens, the documentary about notoriously reclusive mother and daughter. $25-$50. 3pm & 8pm. 429 Castro St. peacheschrist.com castrotheatre.com

Writers With Drinks @ Make Out Room The monthly show of saucy salacious stories includes literary legends and local lovelies. $5-$10. 7:30pm. 3225 22nd St. www.makeoutroom.com

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Cabaret Showcase Showdown @ Rebel Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and Trauma Flintstone cohost the final edition of the fourth annual cabaret singing talent show, with performing winners in a variety of categories; also, the Tom Shaw Trio, eight contestants, celebrity judges Paula West, Jason Brock, Martuni’s Skip Ziobron and others. $15. 7pm. 1772 Market St. at Valencia.

Perv @ Armory Club Jesse Berin, author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, discusses some of her unusual collected tales of sexual obsession, at the stylish Kink.com bar with a classy drink menu. Book sale and signing. $5. 4pm. 1799 Mission St. 431-5300. www.armoryclub.com

Kung Pao Kosher comedy presents the monthly laugh-fest (2nd Mondays), with Jabari Davis, Eloisa Bravo, Stefani Silverman, Howard Stone and host Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. (800) 838-3006. www.ElRioSF.com

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Soma Country @ Beatbox

Gym Class @ Hi Tops

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

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

Torch @ Martuni’s

Fauxgirls @ Infusion Lounge

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

The classy drag revue (3rd Thursdays) now in its 12th year features Victoria Secret, Alexandria, Chanel, Maria Garza, Mini Minerva, Kipper, Daffney Deluxe and Ruby LeBrowne, with special guest Anya; dinner seating at 7pm. Show at 8pm. No cover. 124 Ellis St. 421-8700. www.fauxgirls.com

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

Karaoke @ The Lookout Paul K hosts the amateur singing night. 8pm2am. 3600 16th St. at Market. lookoutsf.com

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

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

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. www.dragatmartunis.com

Sacred Cocktails @ Twin Peaks

Wed 16 Booty Call @ Q Bar Juanita More and Joshua J’s weekly night packs the intimate stylish bar with grooves and a groovy younger crowd. $3. 9pm2am. 456 Castro St. www.juanitamore.com www.QbarSF.com

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

Chris Cornell @ Uptown Theatre, Napa Front man for Soundgarden performs his solo acoustic set. $65. 8pm. 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

Queer Salsa @ Beatbox Weekly Latin partner dance night. 8pm1am. 314 11th St. www.beatboxsf.com

Weekly gathering for Christian and other faithful LGBTs, sponsored by Oasis, the GLBT Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Upstairs, 7:30-8:30pm. Castro St. at Market. www.saintaidan.org

Red Hots Burlesque @ El Rio

Sports Night @ The Eagle

Rookies Night @ Nob Hill Theatre

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

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

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.  www.thenobhilltheatre.com

So You Think You Can Gogo @ Toad Hall

Weekly women’s night at the stylish intimate bar. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St. www.QbarSF.com

New weekly night of amateur gogo dancing competition with $75 First Prize and hipshaking hotties; cohosted by Tara Wrist and Sister Rose Mary Chicken. 9pm-ish. 4146 18th St. 621-2811. toadhallbar.com

Block Party @ Midnight Sun

Trivia Night @ Harvey’s

13 Licks @ Q Bar

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

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

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Way Back @ Midnight Sun

Ronn Vigh hosts the weekly LGBT and gayfriendly comedy night. This week, Maureen Langan ( Comics Unleashed ) headlines. One-drink or menu item minimum. 9pm. 500 Castro St. at 18th. 431-HARV. www.harveyssf.com

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

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

Sat 12

Yerba Buena Night

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

Thu 17 Circle Jerk @ Nob Hill Theatre Enjoy onanistic adventures with porn dudes and patrons, this month: J.R. Matthews. $10. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.  thenobhilltheatre.com

Latin Night @ The Café Amazingly hot gogo guys, cheap drinks and DJed dance music. $5. 9pm-2am. 2369 Market St. www.cafesf.com

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

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

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences Themed event nights at the fascinating new nature museum; plus food, cocktails and DJed dancing. 21+. $10-$12. 6pm10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

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

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

Underwear Party @ Powerhouse Strip down to your skivvies (free clothes check) and watch or compete in the wet underwear contest ($100 prize!) at midnight; gogo guys and DJ Dam Nation. $5. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhouse-sf.com

Vikesh Kapoor @ Amnesia Folk singer performs his new (yet very Bob Dylan-influenced) music on a bill with The Barbary Ghosts, Adam Kirk and Olive Mitra. $7-$10. 8pm. 853 Valencia St. 9700012. www.amnesiathebar.com

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

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s a loyal supporter of a variety of charitable organizations, we frequently repeat annual events, but once in a while, an event draws our attention and attendance for the first time… often with surprising results! Lenny Broberg is a long-time advocate for Muttville, a group dedicated to finding homes for senior dogs who would otherwise face euthanasia. When he asked us to join him as co-host and auctioneer for their annual gala, we was thrilled. That night, Terra Gallery quickly filled with a wide range of dog lovers, browsing the silent auction, shopping the retail assortment of dog accessories, and generally socializing over cocktails and edibles. We even ran into friends like Wilkes Bashford, Zoe Dunning, Dennis Richards and others. Our main responsibility was to auction off a small but enticing group of items and then to open the floor up for pledges of monetary support. Although Lenny had prepared us somewhat, reviewing the previous year’s high bids and detailing the generosity of the typical crowd, nothing could have prepared us for the avalanche of giving that quickly commenced! After moving and even heart-rending stories from founder Sherri Franklin and others, the live auction took off like a freight train with Lenny masterfully directing, bidders scrambling to succeed, and bits of humor and encouragement from yours truly. A single dinner went for $15,000, perhaps because it will include Sherri and the chef will be Lenny, or perhaps because this writer will be serving in a French maid’s outfit! Thank you, Lenny, for inviting us and thank you Muttville for the life-saving rescue, hospice and adoption work you do. Tis the season for annual galas,

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Donna Sachet, Scott Wiener and Lenny Broberg at the Muttville benefit.

as you were forewarned in our last column, and so we started with AIDS Emergency Fund’s gala last week at the Armory, now headquarters for Kink.com. The theme of Leather & Feathers gave guests ample room for creative costumes, several of which were recognized during the evening, and the setting contributed to a general sense of naughtiness. After docent-led, eye-popping group tours of the facility, Sister Roma and this writer co-emceed the awards presentations, including recognition for Troy Brunet, Empress XXV Marlena, Cynthia Hester, and Neil Figurelli, all remarkable individuals who have proven their generosity and commitment to AEF again and again. The food was tasty, the drinks were strong, and the preFolsom energy was high, shared by Emperor Frankie Fernandez, Suzan Revah, Joanna Parks, Tom Horn, Simon Antonuccio, Kitty Glamour, Steve Gaynes, Derek James and Robert Rushin, Misty Blue, and

others. The final treat was a musical set from recording artist Brian Kent backed by his own band. From there, a smaller group reassembled across the street at Kink.com’s bar The Armory Club for after-party revelry in their perfect downstairs private space. Positive Resource Center held its annual Windows of Opportunity gala last Wednesday at the SPUR building downtown and hundreds of well-wishers attended, including Stu Smith and Dave Earl, Joe Seiler and Ken Henderson, Beth Feingold, Michael Armentrout, Patrik Gallineaux, John Brosnan, Lu Conrad, Kevin Winge, and newly elected President of the San Francisco Pride Board Gary Virginia. Executive Director Brett Andrews, now in his tenth year with the agency, welcomed City Supervisors Scott Wiener, Jane Kim, and David Campos and State Senator Mark Leno, who all shared promises of support. Managing Legal Director of Benefits Counseling Andy Chu and Managing Director of Employment Services Joe Ramirez-Forcier See page 37 >>

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Donna Sachet and Patrik Gallineaux at AEF’s gala at The Armory.

Holly Hickman

Bidders at the Muttville benefit.

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Positive Resource Center gala patrons included Andy Chu, Mario P. Diaz, Leigh, Bill Matheson, Donna Sachet, Joe Ramirez-Forcier, Gary Virginia, Carl Christiansen, David Stith, and Brett Andrews.


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The Bjorn Identity by John Karr

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risten Bjorn hasn’t been as prolific a sexographer these days as he was in the 1990s. He made some 26 or more movies then, followed up by half that, 13, in the Aughts. He produced two of his typically long new movies in 2012, but during the past two years he’s been finding his earlier work ripe for the plucking, and has collected anthologies of chain fucks, bareback fucks, orgies, and, in his most recent release, Casting Couch Vol. 12, auditions. The Casting Couch scenes generally pair a vet with a newbie. Some of the vets are famous; some of the newbies are going to be (and, in some cases, already were when auditioning, being only new to Bjorn’s employ). There are some real beauties among the cast, and the sex they have together is mostly rewarding.    Mostly, he says? I’ll get back to that. But first... I like the warm feel of the seven scenes that were filmed in Madrid. Ah, sunny Spain (Did you ever hear anyone say that about Prague? You feel an immediate, grey chill upon arriving for the one scene filmed in the Czech capital). I think the videography and editing are exceptional; and enjoyed the always atmospheric music, both the minimal yet easily propulsive pop/rock and the soft jazz that’s sometimes romantically laid back (and sometimes a bit Muzak-y).   A fair share of the scenes really hit their stride, either starting off with ardent smooching and boner arousal, or insinuating their way into accomplished fucking. And you know about the Bones of Bjorn. Always the biggest, the hardest, the uncuttest. Bjorn likes ‘em curving upward a little, and he likes them highly manscaped.  

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A glamor shot of Jalil Jafar from a Cazzo Studio film

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That’s Aymeric DeVille hanging on for Jalil Jafar, in Casting Couch Vol 12.  

I liked most of all a tender morsel named Adam, in his sole Bjorn movie. He seems American, a cute freshman edging into handsome manhood, with a Pike’s Peak of a pecker. He’s pink cheeked and fair, which contrasts so nice with caramel skinned Apolo (what, are they rationing consonants in Madrid?) Knowles. Adam saddles up on Apolo’s cock, and immensely enjoys the ride he gets. I also got hot for Aymeric DeVille, statuesque, startlingly blue-eyed, so heavy hung and lowhangingly balled. But it’s his partner, Jalil Jafar, who gave me a hard as he took away my heart. With his dark good looks, beard, very hairy chest and the movie’s only circumcision, I thought he was a Jew. His bio says he’s from Azerbaijan. What, there aren’t any Jewish Azerbaijani? How his cock throbs, and how he fucks the cum outta DeVille. And how he shoots a phenomenal nine –count them, nine– ball-busting blasts of cum straight into the bull’s eye of his bottom’s mouth, which you’ll relish when they’re repeated in slo-mo. Another good scene features muscled, scruff-faced, very whiteskinned Eneko, doing some cocksitting on the steely stick of Junior Rodriquez. They start off lapping at each other’s mouths like horses at a trough – a slobbering kissing style fairly unique to a Bjorn movie. Must be a special instruction (you’ll also find sprinkled throughout that butterfly tonguing sort of kiss that’s a European, not necessarily a Bjornean, speciality).

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Marlena and Mike Smith at AEF’s gala at The Armory.

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then presented the Community Pillar Award to Wells Fargo. DJ LaMont did a great job keeping the crowd engaged throughout the formal presentations, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and the lively silent auction. The eve-

ning wound down with staff, volunteers, and other supporters dancing, chatting, and otherwise socializing together. Folsom Street Fair couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather! We’ll leave the detailed report up to our colleague Scott Brogan and his Leather column (now in our new

There are many other points of interest during the two-hour show. But here’s the problem. With one or two exceptions among the ten scenes, they’re each only 12 minutes, which means that anything you’re enjoying is not going to go on for long. It’s like watching a highlights reel. There’s little chance for continuity, pacing, build-up. Though that perhaps matches the sanitized nature of Bjorn’s studied approach. Everything’s so pristine it’s hard for the Big Nasty to bust out. Although, it does, however momentarily. Yet even when the boys do get heated up, everyone stays impeccably neat. The fucking I called accomplished is most often entirely well-mannered, like, “Oh, please don’t let me disturb you while I’m drilling.”  Bjorn’s a meticulous, and demanding, sexographer. I’ve read he can take four days to film a single scene. That may explain the chronic lack of spontaneity in many of them – that, and the fact that he prefers to direct str8 men, because, well, he says they’re easier to work with. They’re certainly easy on the eyes, and seem eager to sport-fuck. It can also seem they’re just doing what they’re told, only pretending to be into it.t

BARtab section), but suffice it to say, everywhere we went, there were smiles and sighs of satisfaction. The Ducal Court also saw a busy and successful weekend, ending the reign of Grand Duke Moe Jo and Grand Duchess Paloma Volare and ushering in the new Grand Duke Kippy Marks and Grand Duchess Pat N Leather. Expect great things from this friendly and innovative pair! The next big events on our calendar are Breast Cancer Emergency Fund’s This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse on Friday, October 18, at the St. Regis and Night Ministry’s Gold Rush 49 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and HRC’s annual gala at the Westin St. Francis, both on Saturday, October 19. There is also a rumor that on that same Saturday night, certain well known male personalities will be releasing their inner divas… maybe at The Edge, maybe including the Reigning Emperor Drew Cutler and Imperial Crown Prince Kevin Lisle? Prepare yourselves!t


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October 10, 2013 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter