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Vol. 43 • No. 40 • October 3-9, 2013

Prop D targets drug prices

Streets were packed at last year’s Castro Street Fair.

by Seth Hemmelgarn


an Francisco voters will have a chance on Election Day, November 5, to weigh in on a ballot measure that would make it city policy for officials to continue to directly negotiate with drug manufacturers for cheaper prescription drug prices, including those used to treat HIV and AIDS. The city purchases prescription drugs for medical programs it runs and spends over $23 million a year on the medications. Current law authorizes the health department to use outside companies to negotiate in order to ensure that the city gets the lowest possible prices. If voters pass Proposition D, it would be city policy to “use all available opportunities to reduce the city’s cost of prescription drugs and to ask state and federal representatives to sponsor legislation to reduce drug prices paid by the government,” according to the ballot pamphlet. The measure requires a simple majority to pass. AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is based in Los Angeles but does work in Oakland and San Francisco, including its Out of the Closet thrift stores, is spearheading the Prop D campaign. Officials with the nonprofit have said the measure was spurred by Gilead Sciences pricing Stribild, its recent four-in-one AIDS treatment, at $28,500 per patient, per year, more than the annual income of many people living with the disease. Requests for comment from Gilead weren’t immediately returned. In a Friday, September 27 meeting with the Bay Area Reporter editorial board, Yes on D campaign manager John Baldo referred to “skyrocketing” drug prices. Asked about what teeth the measure, which is a policy declaration, has, Baldo said, “This is not by any means a symbolic policy declaration.” “We wanted the city to have a mandate from voters” that residents want city officials, including the Board of Supervisors, to fight the high costs, he added. The hope is such a mandate would send a clearer message to drug companies than complaints from city government alone would. Baldo said Prop D’s supporters are aware that pharmaceutical companies have to have money to pay for research and development and other costs, but “We want price controls to be talked about and discussed,” he said. AHF had to gather more than 9,000 valid signatures to get its measure on the ballot. Officials with the agency announced plans for the measure with a November 2012 news conference on the steps of City Hall. The nonprofit See page 21 >>

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High-flying Folsom fair

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he 30th annual Folsom Street Fair was a fetish lover’s paradise Sunday, September 29 as warm weather brought out the kink in attendees who descended on San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. Above, dancing in an elevated cage returned to the fair after an absence

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collaborative efforts funded by the National Institutes of Health to work on various cure approaches. A cure for HIV has garnered a great deal of recent attention, in part due to overly enthusiastic media reports. “The good news is that these reports are real, but the sobering news is that making a cure that’s safe and available for everyone remains a huge challenge,” said CIRM board member

of several years and one of several flaggers added to the color. Folsom Street Events Executive Director Demetri Moshoyannis estimated that 400,000 people attended and said that gate donations and beverage sales were high. Ticket sales were also up for the fair’s official parties, he added.

Researchers Mike McCune and Hans-Peter Kiem discuss the latest in HIV cure efforts at a town hall meeting.

early 100 people gathered at the State Building in San Francisco on Tuesday to hear the latest news on HIV cure research, a field that has seen remarkable, if slow, progress over the past few years. Sponsored by the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, the Gladstone Institutes, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the town hall featured researchers from three

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t began four decades ago as a way to promote San Francisco’s new gay neighborhood in the Castro. Over the years it has maintained its community celebration roots but also evolved into a major fundraiser for local nonprofits. The Castro Street Fair is marking its 40th anniversary Sunday, October 6 with a look back at its past as it celebrates its future. And in honor of its ruby birthday, the event’s organizers are asking attendees to wear red. Harvey Milk, a gay man who owned a camera shop on Castro Street, organized the first fair to drum up some excitement in the business district catering to the city’s Eureka Valley area. To honor Milk, who later went on to become the first out person elected to public office in San Francisco only to be murdered a year later, the fair is promoting found footage of him filmed during the 1976 street fair on its website. “We have posted a short clip of Milk discussing the fair and we are excited it came together,” said Fred Lopez, the current president of the fair’s board of directors. It is the first time the video of Milk has been shown online free for public viewing. A different clip of past fairs from the Daniel A. Smith/ Queer Blue Light Collection in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society will also be played throughout the day at the archival group’s museum space on 18th Street. “We have previously posted excerpts of the Queer Blue Light video from the 1976 Castro Street Fair on YouTube but not the interview with Milk,” society spokesman Gerard Koskovich told the Bay Area Reporter. Due to the fiscal sponsorship of Bank of the West, which recently opened a branch in a new building at 16th, Market and Noe streets, admission to the GLBT History Museum will be free Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Another nod to Milk, who 40 years ago this week debuted his political column in the pages of the B.A.R., can be found at this year’s incar-

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In a plea bargain reached in May, Calvarese entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor false imprisonment charge just before his trial was about to start. A no contest plea is similar to a guilty plea. The charge stems from a July 2012 incident in which Calvarese got into an altercation with a man who claimed that he and Calvarese had had an exclusive dating relationship. After his plea in May, Calvarese was sentenced to three years of adult probation, 150 hours of community service, 52 weeks of counseling, and ordered to stay away from the victim. But Calvarese, who had been released on bail shortly after being arrested last July, skipped several of the classes, and a judge issued a $75,000 bench warrant after he didn’t show up to a September 17 hearing. Sheriff ’s deputies arrested Calvarese September 18. That day, fire department personnel responded to a medical call at his 17th Street home. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, but authorities haven’t said exactly why he was hospitalized. Based on Calvarese’s attorney Erin Dervin’s statements at two subsequent court hearings, he remained in the hospital for several days after his arrest. At Monday’s hearing, Calvarese’s attorney Judith Odbert said he had had “some significant medical problems” that had necessitated his hospitalization. Odbert also made reference to his “mental state,” but she didn’t say in court exactly what his problems had been. Assistant District Attorney Sharon Bacon said that although she agreed to the probation modifications set Monday, she had “serious concerns based on the medical issues that have been taking place” and Calvarese’s “non-compliance” with the terms of his probation. Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong also referred to Calvarese’s non-compliance, and said that he is still obligated to complete the 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, along with the other terms of the original deal. “Seven sessions completed and five missed is not a very good percentage,” said Wong, who was temporarily overseeing the domestic violence court Monday in the absence of Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kelly. “If it were me, I would not be inclined to release you,” he said, adding, “This is Judge Kelly’s approval, not mine.” Outside the courtroom, Odbert declined to specify what Calvarese’s issues have been, and she wouldn’t disclose which treatment facility he’s going to. “Mr. Calvarese is doing every-

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thing he can to fulfill his commitments to the court and the community,” she said. During the fight last summer, Calvarese allegedly followed the victim and pushed and punched him. At one point, he pushed the victim against a wall and punched him repeatedly, authorities said. The victim suffered welts and similar injuries, but pushed and punched back. Based on video and witness accounts, however, Calvarese was the aggressor, authorities have said. The incident occurred at what was then known as Gold’s Gym, 2301 Market Street. The gym is now Fitness SF. Calvarese appeared in handcuffs at Monday’s hearing and confirmed that he agreed with the probation modifications. His probation was extended 14 days and is set to end May 24, 2016. Susan Fahey, a spokeswoman for the sheriff ’s department, said Monday that Calvarese remains on unpaid administrative leave. The victim in the case didn’t respond to an interview request. The next court date is October 31 for a progress report.t

Correction Due to a reporter’s transcribing error of the interview of the chef and owner of Kain’bigan in the September 26 article, “Kainbigan serves up Filipino comfort food in Oakland,” the Tagalog play on words “kai” in kaibigan was accidentally mistyped, dropping the “kai” and appeared as “bigan” in the transcript. Bigan does not exist in the Tagalog language. The word should have been kaibigan. The online version has been corrected.

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New Pride board seated


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new board was seated to oversee the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, but old arguments over the previous board’s treatment of Army Private Chelsea Manning made their way into this week’s meeting. Gary Virginia, who received the most votes at last month’s annual meeting, was elected board president at the October 1 meeting. Other officers include Marsha Levine, vice president; Justin Taylor, secretary; and returning treasurer David Currie. The other new board members, all from the accountability slate, are Jesse Oliver Sanford, Joey Cain, Jose Cital, and John Caldera. Returning board members included Lou Fisher, Taylor, and Currie. Former board member Shaun Haines was present in the audience. Interim CEO Lisa Williams and counsel Julius Turman also attended. In a four-hour meeting that ended with the board going into executive session, members addressed the lingering business of complying with a 2010 city controller’s report critical of SF Pride’s financial practices and governance issues over the organization’s bylaws, policies, and procedures. Outgoing board president Davace Chin, popular with members for his crisis management in the aftermath of former CEO Earl Plante’s resignation over a threatening email he sent to Sanford, received a standing ovation from the board and members once Virginia and the new officers were seated. Chin said he would remain working on hospitality issues. Cain, a founding member of the SF Pride members for Democracy, Accountability, and Transparency


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formed due to the previous board’s secretive nature on a host of issues from naming grand marshals to membership, and the other new members had orientation meetings before Tuesday and were well prepared to begin work. Currie chaired the meeting until Virginia was elected and, during public comment, said in response to a question from the Bay Area Reporter that details on Plante’s severance package were “proprietary information” and would not be released. When the B.A.R. asked Sanford for an update on his case against Plante for sending him a threatening email to drop out of the board election, an angry Currie declared no questions during public comment. “This is not the place” for questions about Plante, he said. Turman, noticeably uncomfortable, clearly did not like the question though many in the room wanted an answer. Sanford had no comment except to say he had not heard from Plante lately.

During discussion over standing items, controversy arose on Currie’s treasurer report, as members learned he projected a negative cash balance for October and November of over $40,000. Turman said it was illegal in California to have such a budget. Currie, who is not a lawyer, disagreed and advised the board to ignore Turman. The disagreement between Currie and Turman continued until a staff member announced that Pride’s bookkeeper, James Gong, said, “SF Pride could write checks without a budget.” Turman said he had “never heard of that.” Currie again dismissed Turman in favor of the bookkeeper. It appeared for a moment that Turman would walk out. Cain advised the board to listen to Turman but the board did not resolve the matter by press time and it is unclear if the board can issue checks and operate without a budget. Once seated, new members verbally jousted, sometimes heatedly, See page 20 >>

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San Francisco Police Sergeant Mario Molina questioned nudists during the annual pre-Folsom Street Fair nude-in at Jane Warner Plaza Saturday, September 28.

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small group of urban nudists was nearly arrested during its annual nude-in last weekend after they were found not to have a permit for the event in Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro. The September 26 nude-in, held on the eve of the Folsom Street Fair but not associated with the fetish extravaganza, was much smaller than last year’s protest, which came during debate over Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposed ordinance to ban public nudity. Five San Francisco police officers warned the estimated two-dozen nudists that they could be arrested if they didn’t put their clothes on.

The nudists stated that they had applied for a permit at the Mission Police Station. The permit, however, was not issued. According to nude activist Woody Miller, who organized Saturday’s event, two voicemails were left at the station. Miller said that both messages were ignored. Neither San Francisco Police Department spokesman Officer Albie Esparza nor the desk sergeant at the Mission Station responded to the Bay Area Reporter’s request for comment. Miller claimed Wiener had given his blessing to Saturday’s nude-in. “As I remember, we were talking See page 20 >>

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an Franciscans are understandably and justifiably concerned about any development on or near the San Francisco Bay. This is especially true for those of us who remember the Embarcadero freeway, a monstrosity of concrete and steel that divided the port and the waterfront from the rest of the city. Following the 1989 earthquake, the city wisely decided to tear it down and open up the port and the waterfront and integrate them into the fabric of the city. It has been a huge success. The Ferry Building and Port of San Francisco have been renovated and upgraded; disintegrating piers are slowly being renovated and developed to serve the public good; and the freeway has been replaced by the Embarcadero roadway, a wide, flowing boulevard, grand as any in the world, offering magnificent vistas of the bay to the east and the excitement of a dynamic city to the west. So we admit to original hesitation and considerable skepticism when a development project was first proposed along the Embarcadero, part of which was going to exceed height limits established for the site. However, after considerable study and reflection, we have concluded that the 8 Washington project, currently before the voters as Propositions B and C, is a prudent development whose public benefits far exceed any downside. What is there now? The project site is a triangular parcel along the Embarcadero extending from Washington Street, past Jackson and Pacific to Broadway on the east and extending along Drumm on the west. It is currently entirely fenced in, with the parcel at Washington and the Embarcadero, which is owned by the Port of San Francisco, being used as a public parking lot, and the rest of the site, which is under private ownership, used as a tennis club and completely encircled by a 12-14 foot, green fence, inaccessible to the public. There is no public access to the Embarcadero from Jackson Street and poor access on Pacific. It is very unattractive and serving no public purpose, save for the few dozen cars that park on the parcel owned by the Port. Background: For over 30 years, developments for the site have been proposed, all of them rejected. And since the freeway came down, the Port Commission has been actively seeking an appropriate use of the prime Port property directly on the Embarcadero, one that would be economically viable for the city and serve the public good. The current project has been thoroughly vetted and approved through all governmental and regulatory processes, including the Planning Commission, the Port Commission, the Recreation and Parks Commission, the Board of Supervisors and the State Lands Commission. The Project: The 8 Washington project combines the smaller lot owned by the Port with the larger private parcel surrounding it. It will create 134 new units of housing in two buildings with


underground parking and rebuild the private fitness center. Over 50 percent of the property will be opened up for parks and public spaces including bike paths, walkways, retail and cafes with outdoor seating. In exchange for the public amenities on private land, the project is granted a Special Use to exceed the existing height limit of 84 feet up to 136 feet, stepping down to 92 feet for the building farthest from the Embarcadero on Drumm Street. Thomas E. Horn The second building, adjacent to the Embarcadero, would be 70 feet, step- The proposed site of the 8 Washington project, lookping down to 54 feet, lower than ex- ing west, with the Golden Gate Commons in the isting, permissible limits. Ex- background. pected revenues to the city are considerable accordPropositions B and C, because a handful of oping to the City Controller, ponents, whose objections have been heard rewith $11 million to fund affordable peatedly throughout the administrative process housing and approximately $4.8 and rejected, didn’t like the end result and gathmillion to fund transit improveered sufficient signatures to put it on the ballot. ments. The Port would receive apIt is ballot box planning at its worst. proximately $3 million from the 3. The objections that are raised to the projsale of its lot. Over the long term, ect are without merit. First of all, this is not a the controller estimates that tax “Wall on the Waterfront.” The Ferry building, revenues, added property value the Port of San Francisco, and the piers are on and infrastructure improvements the waterfront. This project is across the broad accruing to the city and the Port would be more Embarcadero Roadway on the west, city side, than $350 million. adjacent to buildings taller than anything in this project. The Golden Gateway Commons, Why we support the across Drumm and virtually next door to the 8 Washington Project taller of the two 8 Washington buildings is 1. This development integrates a three-block 200 feet. This project, at the Planning Departparcel along the Embarcadero into the evolving ment’s recommendation, is two stepped down fabric and dynamics of the area. The Port has buildings, surrounded by park and open space long wanted to make use of its prime land on that ties the city beautifully to the Bay. the Embarcadero for a public purpose and the Neither does this project and the ordinance city has long wanted to enhance what is curadopted by the Board of Supervisors approvrently a blocked off, useless area surrounded by ing it circumvent the normal administrative an ugly green fence. This project opens up the processes, as claimed by opponents. This is space and integrates it both with the San Franone of the most thoroughly vetted developcisco Bay to the east and the evolving, dynamic ment projects in the last 30 years. And the city to the west. It creates parks, bike paths, developers will still have to get all necessary walkways, cafes, and retail. It extends Jackson permits and approvals from all relevant adStreet, which currently dead-ends at Drumm, ministrative agencies as the project progresses. with a landscaped public walkway through to One final red herring is that the underground the Embarcadero. It creates a walkway along parking and development infrastructure may Pacific Avenue to the Embarcadero with an outnegatively impact old plumbing and sewer lines. door cafe and park seating. It creates 134 new First of all, city and project engineers are well units of market rate housing in exchange for an aware of existing city infrastructure and do not $11 million payment to the Affordable Housing think it will be negatively impacted. Regardless, Fund that will create 33 new affordable homes any underground construction will have to be as well as other, substantial economic benefits fully permitted and performed in accordance to the city and the Port. with all applicable governmental rules and 2. The project has been thoroughly vetted regulations. This happens all the time with new by all administrative and governmental agenconstruction in a city with old infrastructure, cies involved and approved at every stage. It is such as San Francisco. the end result in a search for the best use for the We were very skeptical when we first heard property that has gone on for decades. It has of this project. We have asked all the hard been modified, redesigned, and improved as a questions and listened to those who remain result of public hearings at all stages, meetings opposed. We feel satisfied that this project with neighbors and other stakeholders and sugis good for the waterfront and good for San gestions for improvement by regulatory and Francisco. We recommend a “yes” vote on both administrative agencies. It is how city planning Propositions B and C.t is supposed to occur. It is before the voters as

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n June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor. With this landmark decision, many immigration benefits are now available to lesbian and gay couples, including lawful permanent residence (a green card), fiance visas, and derivative nonimmigrant benefits. Courtesy Kelly McCown When evaluating the validity of a marriage for immigration Kelly McCown purposes, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services generally employs a “place of celebration” rule. Under this rule, if a marriage is valid in the state or Applying for a green card country where it was celebrated, that marriage Most foreign citizens married to a same-sex is recognized for U.S. immigration purposes. U.S. citizen spouse can now apply for a green This means that a couple need not live in a card. Immigration law is complex and there will marriage equality state to be able to gain imstill be barriers to some couples, but the sysmigration benefits for a same-sex noncitizen temic discrimination that prevented our famispouse. In fact, the first green card cases aplies from receiving the same respect under the proved by USCIS after the Windsor decision law as others has ended. There are two primary were for same-sex couples married in New avenues available for green card processing, AdYork and Iowa but residing in Florida and justment of Status and Consular Processing. Colorado, respectively. Adjustment of Status is green card processing All couples who seek to have one spouse within the United States. In most cases, the forimmigrate on the basis of their marriage must eign spouse must have made a lawful entry to demonstrate that the marriage is bona fide; the U.S. (that is, was “inspected and admitted,

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October 3-9, 2013 • Bay Area Reporter • 7

$10 lets you enter the ‘Roman circus’

As a local resident and gay man, I am ashamed that the city and we, its citizens, allow a fair where sado-masochism is practiced. It is also shameful to see men straight or gay masturbating in the middle of the street totally naked. Although the city exempted street fairs such as Folsom from the nudity ban, my gay brothers boarded the Muni with underwear that showed their butts as well as leather chaps in the middle of the day. The fair attracts people all over the world so I’ll bet it is a great business for its organizers and the city. They claimed this an activity to raise funds for charity. But now it is a big conglomerate of other related activities such as wild dances over the week at outrageous prices, and merchandise. Similar fetish events take place in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, where people can sunbathe naked in the parks but do not have sex, its citizens protested this bacchanal. It would be interesting to find out what kind of salaries and benefits the organizers get after “giving away” their funds for charity. Yesterday they had an entrance fee of $10 that keeps getting higher as years go by. They don’t pay staff as they recruit volunteers from agencies that would get a donation, sometimes 25 people per agency to work and count their money. [Folsom does have at least one paid staffer.] Maybe the Folsom Street Fair is a powerful gay apparatus that is hard to bring down. But why don’t they move the fair to a private stadium? That way our traffic is not disrupted and our children are not exposed to the private parts of some of our gay men.

Pride should turn down the volume

My ears perked up reading comments from newlyelected SF Pride board member and gay youth leader Jose Cital, in his interview with James Patterson [“Young Pride board member has sense of history,” September 26]. You reported, “Cital said he sees a decline in participation in the Pride parade and festival by LGBT community elders and he wants to ‘bridge the generation gap’ by bringing them back.” Speaking as a queer of a certain age (and proud of it), here’s one way I suggest Cital and the board can make the Pride celebration in Civic Center an event that attracts a larger, mature segment of the community is to turn down the volume at all the competing music venues. There’s the main stage, more than 20 smaller stages, and also booths rented by radio stations, all of them blasting out bass-heavy and too-loud music. Want to chat with old and new friends, build community via conversation without shouting and hear what folks in the booths have to say? Nearly impossible in recent years to do any of that because of the many competing speakers blaring out high decibel sound. Attending San Francisco’s fabulous big Pride event in front of City Hall should not require ear plugs in order to enjoy it and the people celebrating. Michael Petrelis San Francisco

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Hail to the homecoming queen by Gwendolyn Ann Smith


t’s a long-standing tradition at high schools across the country: the first time your school’s football team has a home game at the start of the school year is known as homecoming, and it is a time of celebration. Pep rallies and other events are tied into the homecoming game. The biggest of these is choosing a homecoming king and queen. It’s one of the big events of one’s senior year of high school, right up there with the prom and graduation. It is chance to be, for one night, the Mr. or Miss America of your school. In 2013, like many other recent years, there were transgender students trying their hand at becoming homecoming king or queen. This year, however, one transgender student won: Cassidy Lynn Campbell. Campbell is a student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. She has identified as female since her earliest days, and has been living as a girl since the beginning of this year. Initially, she was simply following a personal dream, but as she got into the competition, she realized this was bigger than just her. “I realized it wasn’t for me anymore and I was doing this for so many people all around the county and the state and possibly the world and I am so proud to win this not just for me, but everyone out there,” said Campbell. The school’s student body held the vote, and Campbell beat out four other students to win. Of course, not everyone was happy with the outcome, including many who are not a part of Marina High School, or even local. Many left hateful comments on her YouTube channel, leading her to make a tearful video response. In it, she stated, “The one day that should be the happiest day for a girl, that should be so monumental and memorable ... I can’t even enjoy it. I can’t even be happy because everybody is so upset over it and so ignorant and so stupid.” Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1266 into law. The law – which goes into effect January 1 – requires public schools to accommodate

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the needs of transgender students. School districts in Los Angeles and San Francisco already have such rules. Much like those who came out of the woodwork after Campbell was voted homecoming queen, the same has happened with AB 1266. Petition drives are reportedly under way to try to repeal the law, while groups such as the National Organization for Marriage have thrown their support behind repeal efforts. I’ll admit concern about this. Groups like NOM are expanding their focus beyond marriage and are eager for a victory to buoy up their sagging reputation. Those pushing for this are being deceptive in their effort, claiming that this will lead to non-transgender males sneaking into women’s locker rooms and restrooms as some sort of dodge. Like so many others, they are calling this a bathroom bill and seeking to mislead the voting public. I find myself uncomfortably reminded of the Briggs initiative, otherwise known as California Proposition 6. That initiative would have banned gays from teaching in public schools and was part of a conservative backlash against gay rights in the 1970s, largely spearhead by people like orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant. The measure was defeated in 1978. While we live in very different times from Prop 6, I cannot help but see a backlash in progress. The loss of Proposition 8 thanks to the United States Supreme Court, coupled with the passage of AB 1266 at the state level, gives the anti-marriage forces a fresh new battle – one that they likely feel confident in winning. Campbell was not the only recent transgender candidate for home-

coming queen in California. Patrick Cordova Goff, a student at Azusa High School in Azusa, California also ran, but did not win. Goff prefers a space somewhat between genders, claiming to be “a unicorn, stuck in the middle.” Goff’s story was one that was somewhat familiar to me. You see, my mother works at Azusa High School, so I’ve heard about Goff for several months. While my mother has reached out to Goff, in a sometimes clumsy but well-meaning way, she is still very much of a different generation. She doesn’t always understand. My dad, on the other hand, sent me a copy of an article about Goff, asking me where he had failed me as a father. It is my parents, and a great many more like them, that the forces fighting AB 1266 are counting on. Much like I need to keep a dialogue open to my own family and friends, we will all need to work hard to avoid a defeat at the polls – a defeat that affects students like Goff and Campbell. Those of us who have been at the forefront for many years, as well as our established organizations, need to reach out to our trans students, and we need to work to stop efforts to repeal AB 1266. We need to craft a message that can be understood by those people like my parents, to help them understand why such a bill is even needed. Meanwhile, it is students like Campbell and even Goff who are our future: in their own ways they are blazing a trail for everyone that comes after them. As much as they and others like them may need us to step up on their behalf, we also need their support and involvement. They’re our future.t Gwen Smith congratulates Cassidy Campbell and Patrick Goff: well done! You can find her online at

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athy Amendola, the owner of the popular Cruisin’ the Castro tours, has been on a quixotic quest the last four years seeking redress for an issue she sees as detrimental to her privately owned tour company: how San Francisco oversees tour guide operators. “We are one of the few cities in the country that don’t have enforced license laws,” said Amendola, who bought her business in 2005 upon the retirement of its founder, Trevor Hailey, who died in 2007. “The city has not really created an easy process for tour guides to register, pay, and get going. So people avoid it and the city doesn’t pursue it.” Due to Internet websites such as, which promotes guided tours in cities around the world, and the ease of creating a page on Facebook, it is relatively easy for an individual to promote their own walking, hiking, or bike tours. There are now hundreds of tours offered in San Francisco covering numerous neighborhoods and targeted to various interests, such as culinary tastes, history buffs, or nightlife interests. “I am obviously frustrated,” said Amendola. “All I would like to see is fair competition and the police following up on for-profit tour guides who don’t have licenses.” Any company or individual that offers walking, bicycle, or bus tours for a profit in San Francisco is required to seek a permit from the city’s police department in order to operate lawfully. The onetime permit fee for walking tour guides without a brick-and-mortar sales office is $523; for those with a location to buy tour tickets it is $650. For a company with multiple tour guides, the fee increases $244 for each guide. Bicycle tour permits cost $618 and increase to $745 for those with a location to buy tickets. “I have heard complaints about people operating tours and not having to get a permit. We are trying to get as many people in compliance as possible,” said San Francisco Police Department Lieutenant Troy Dangerfield, who oversees the permit department. Yet many operators are unaware of the requirements, and in 2011, the Board of Supervisors exempted nonprofit tour operators from having to seek permits. Of the 44 walking tour operators the SFPD has on file, 27 have permits. The rest may have gone out of business or qualify for the nonprofit exemption, said Dangerfield. “We know a lot of companies out there don’t have permits. We contact them and try to get them to come in,” he said. Regulating the tour operators, particularly those without a designated office, poses problems for the five permit officers he oversees, said Dangerfield. They have resorted to randomly showing up at the start of a tour to check on the guide’s permit status. “We will meet them and give them the paperwork to apply,” he said. “Usually the person doing the tour is not the person owning the tour operation but is a hired tour guide.” Ryan Curtis, the owner of Roam Local who advertises a walking tour of the Castro and Mission districts on both Facebook and, received a call from the police several months ago about his permit status. Until then, he had been unaware of the need for one. “I have just gotten a permit with the SFPD for a walking tour operator. The process has taken a bit longer because I needed to put them on my insurance and I also need to attend a permit hearing next week,” Curtis

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Kathy Amendola, center, includes the Castro Theatre as one stop on her Cruisin’ the Castro walking tour.

told the Bay Area Reporter. “Before starting my tour company, I did not know that I needed to be registered with the SFPD.” Amendola has also been pushing to see the exemption for nonprofit tour guides is readdressed. In particular, Amendola has raised concerns about the proliferation of tours of the Castro conducted for free by San Francisco City Guides that directly compete with her paid tours. “It not only affects the market share, it is very difficult to compete with free tours with huge advertising budgets,” said Amendola. SF City Guides was created by the city and its public library in 1978 and now consists of roughly 300 volunteer guides, said Executive Director Michael Cushing. Working with a budget of less than $200,000 a year, Cushing told the B.A.R. it would be financially difficult for the nonprofit to have to pay for permits. “We would probably not be able to do these walks if we have to get permits,” said Cushing, adding that the tours bring paying customers into business districts across the city. “Over 50,000 people took our walks last year.” He disputed the notion that the City Guides tours are in direct competition with for-profit tour operators. He added that he often directs people seeking tours for groups larger than eight people to professional guides. “The ironic thing was Trevor was friends with City Guides and we got along rather well. It has only been an issue with Kathy,” said Cushing. “Kathy just complained and never called me to work with us.” Amendola told the B.A.R. she tried to work with City Guides. But, she said, “they would not work with me or work together on this and they don’t wish to.” Steve Adams, a gay man and Castro business leader who is president of the city’s Small Business Commission, agrees with Amendola that the current permit system disadvantages professional tour guides. “I am on Kathy’s side of this. They should have some sort of permit if they go do those tours,” Adams said of the nonprofit tour operators. “We need to keep both sides happy. The free people need to respect the paid people. It is only fair they should have some type of a permit.” He expects the commission will address the issue in 2014. Regina DickEndrizzi, executive director of the Office of Small Business, told the B.A.R. the issue is on hold for several months until she fills a policy analyst position. Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro and has spoken to Amendola about the issue, said this week that his office is reviewing the matter. “She had asked me to look into the actual law itself to determine whether

changes are appropriate. We are taking a look at it but have not come to any conclusions yet,” said Wiener, who voted to approve the fee exemption for nonprofit tour guides. “We want to make sure the law is adequate to make sure the public is being well-served and that there is an open field for competition. It is not about one particular business or another business; we want to make sure everyone is able to compete on a level playing field.”

SF LGBT aging panel to delay report

As the Board of Supervisors readies to fill a vacancy on the panel, the city’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force is pushing back when it will present its final report next year. The volunteer body had planned to wrap up in January its work on recommendations for how San Francisco officials can address the needs of older LGBT residents. But the task force’s chair this week suggested it postpone the deadline to March. “Currently we had planned to deliver the report in January 2014, but I think that an additional two months until March would greatly benefit our process and end result,” wrote gay attorney Bill Ambrunn in an emailed message to panel members this week. In order to help it accomplish its work, Ambrunn announced that in consultation with subcommittee chairs he was canceling the panel’s next three meetings to allow the various subgroups time to meet and develop proposals. In the meantime, the supervisors’ rules committee at its meeting Thursday (October 3) will vote on recommending one of the five applicants for the vacant seat on the aging panel. The person, who must then be approved by the full board, will fill out the term of the panel’s former vice chair, Jazzie Collins, who died this summer. The applicants are Carla Harris, 50, who identifies as lesbian and is board president of Pathways to Safety; psychotherapist G. Joyce Pierson, who was the project director for the LGBT Elder Law Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights; gay AIDS survivor and activist Gregg Cassin; gay lawyer James Wagoner, 57, who is HIV-positive and launched the GLBT Seniors Advocacy Project at Bay Area Legal Aid; and Marshall Feldman, coordinator of psychotherapy services at the UCSF Alliance Health Project. The rules committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 263 at City Hall.t Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http:// Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column reported on gay Assembly candidate David Campos’s first campaign fundraiser. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 861-5019 or e-mail


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City attorney unopposed, but hard at work by Seth Hemmelgarn


an Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is running unopposed in November’s election as he seeks a fourth term, but he still sees plenty of work for himself. In a recent editorial board meeting with the Bay Area Reporter, Herrera said that through more than 11 years as the city’s chief legal defender, “My philosophy has remained the same,” that the job is “to make a difference in people’s lives each and every day.” Herrera, 50, has been involved in several efforts to do that. Among LGBTs, he’s best known for his office’s legal push for same-sex marriage. Herrera and his staff first became involved in 2004, when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered city officials to issue same-sex marriage licenses, bucking what was at the time state law. The city attorney and his team defended the marriages as anti-gay activists fought to undo them, working up to the state Supreme Court. Eventually, in June, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially killed the state’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban, and same-sex marriages resumed in the Golden State almost immediately. Herrera recalled that in 2004, “people weren’t necessarily happy” with Newsom or him. However, he said, “The case was a great learning experience and educational tool” on how great legal work can influence the political debate and spark a political movement, which may ultimately come back to support the legal case. His efforts on the marriage front are “the kind of work I will remain committed to,” said Herrera. Despite the local marriage equality victories, more work remains to be done to reach full equality nationally, and it’s “something I will

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remain involved in and committed to. ... You’ve got to stay vigilant.” He added, “We stay in touch with lawyers and organizations across the country” who have approached his office for advice on marriage strategy, although he’s not taking an active role in any other marriage cases. Herrera said he couldn’t say whether his office will be as active in other LGBT issues as it has been on marriage equality, “but wherever we can help on issues of equality, we will be there.” He indicated he’s particularly interested in issues facing transgender people, which are “getting increasing visibility.”

Other issues

Aside from marriage equality, Herrera’s taken on issues including the survival of City College of San Francisco, which serves thousands of low-income students, and “patient dumping.” In August, Herrera filed dual legal challenges involving the college. In July, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

revoked City College’s accreditation, effective July 2014. The college has appealed the ACCJC’s decision, but Herrera’s August 22 filings, if successful, could also keep the institution open. In one of the lawsuits, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, Herrera alleges that the private ACCJC unlawfully allowed its advocacy and political bias to prejudice its evaluation of college accreditation standards. In his meeting with the B.A.R. Friday, September 27, Herrera said he agrees that the school, which has faced serious financial and management problems, has issues that need to be addressed, but the ACCJC needs to “play fair.” Earlier this month, Herrera filed a class action against the state of Nevada on behalf of California local governments to combat patient dumping, where indigent patients have allegedly been bused from a state-run hospital in Las Vegas and dropped off in San Francisco and other cities with no links to assistance. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement to the city and an injunction to stop the practice. The people who’ve been left in the city included homeless psychiatric patients. Herrera referred to people with problems such as mental health issues as “a forgotten population.” Getting such people into community-based care rather than institutions is “a great idea,” he said, as long as it’s supported with resources. In an email to the B.A.R., gay attorney Rafael Mandelman, a member of City College’s Board of Trustees, said he’s “strongly supporting” Herrera’s re-election. “The LGBT community in particular owes him a permanent debt of gratitude for his work for marriage equality,” said Mandelman. “And I

am of course enormously grateful that he has courageously and forcefully joined the fight to save our City College. Herrera is a great public servant, and we are all lucky to have him as our city attorney.” He also said Herrera “never shirks a tough battle if the cause is just, and time and again he has won significant victories for San Franciscans. Whether pursuing unscrupulous city contractors or payday lenders or abusive landlords, Herrera and his office have protected the public interest and made our city a fairer, better place.”

Future races

Next year, voters in San Francisco’s 17th Assembly District will be choosing a replacement for gay Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who’s termed out in December 2014. In August, gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos became the first candidate to officially enter the race for Ammiano’s seat. A month later, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who represents District 3, became the See page 14 >>

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Appointees Tang, Chu seek election to SF posts by Matthew S. Bajko


an Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, the only woman in a citywide elected office at City Hall, and District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, formerly an aide to Chu when she served in the seat on the Board of Supervisors, are expected to break an electoral curse that felled two of Mayor Ed Lee’s political appointees last fall. When they go before voters in November, Chu and Tang should both easily win election to their appointed positions. Chu, 35, is running unopposed to serve out the remainder of a fouryear term as head of the city office that oversees registration of marriage licenses and assesses property taxes. Lee appointed her earlier this year to fill the vacancy created by the election of Phil Ting to the state Assembly last fall. “I suppose I count myself lucky,” Chu told the Bay Area Reporter during a recent editorial board meeting when asked how she reacted to the news that no one had opted to oppose her for the seat. Picked by Lee to succeed her former boss, Tang is also running to serve out the remainder of a fouryear term. Both Chu and Tang’s terms expire in January 2015; they will be back on the ballot in November 2014 seeking election to full terms. Unlike Chu, Tang drew an opponent this year for the supervisor seat representing the Outer Sunset at City Hall. Yet Ivan Seredni, an audit accounting consultant at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, is not seen as a formidable challenger to Tang. He has yet to launch a website or any public campaign for the seat. Nonetheless, Tang told the B.A.R. during a recent editorial board

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meeting that she planned to actively campaign this fall for her seat on the board. “I think any candidate having someone running against you can’t take it for granted,” said Tang, 29, who had served in former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration in the Office of Public Policy and Finance. “I worked six years in the office (for Chu). I hope the voters liked what they saw and decide to support me.” As the B.A.R.’s Political Notebook reported last month, Seredni did not seek out the endorsements of either of the city’s two LGBT Democratic clubs. Tang was endorsed by Alice B. Toklas but not by Harvey Milk, as she was unable to attend its endorsement meeting. When asked by Alice in its candidate questionnaire about issues facing the LGBT community, Tang wrote that more work was needed to “implement equality in all spaces,” especially in the arenas of work, schools, and housing.

“We have not made enough gains in eliminating discrimination against transgender individuals. Discrimination in the workplace, housing and schools severely impacts the ability to meet life’s most basic needs,” wrote Tang, who noted she voted this year to backfill millions of dollars in federal AIDS funding that had been cut. Chu won the endorsements of both LGBT Dem clubs. In her candidate questionnaire she submitted to the more moderate Alice club, Chu noted that her office played “an integral part of the process and celebrations” at the end of June when same-sex marriages resumed in the city and state. Between June 28 and September 4 her office recorded 2,100 marriage licenses, 55 percent of which were for same-sex couples. “I am extremely proud of the work my office did to prepare for resumption of marriages, to meet the demand and to ensure a smooth and efficient process for couples who have had to wait entirely too long to officially get married,” added Chu. She is now focused on catching up on her office’s backlog for assessing new construction in the city and handling appeals of past property tax assessments. Last year such appeals totaled 5,000 and, under state law, need to be adjudicated within two years of being filed. “If we do our job well we really create a firm financial standing for the city,” said Chu, who oversees an office of 160 people and is looking to hire at least five new people. “We have to get ahold of our workload and either ask for more resources to get it done or streamline it.” Part of her agenda for the office includes modernizing its computer system and moving payments

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and forms online; posting better monolingual forms; and improving customer service. Already, Chu has worked with the city controller’s office, treasurer, and the assessment appeals board to process decisions faster. One of only 15 female assessors in the state, Chu currently is the only Asian American assessor. She does not miss being a supervisor, where she had to juggle multiple issues all at once, and is enjoying having the time to devote to one area of city government. Being assessor “is less glamorous and less well-known to people,” said Chu, “but I am glad to have it and glad to be unopposed.” As for her former supervisorial aide, Chu expressed confidence that Tang would win election and excel at being supervisor. “She knows the district well having grown up in the neighborhood,” said Chu. “She has engaged with all the merchant groups and residential clubs. The community already knew

her; she wasn’t a person who was just dropped into the seat.” A graduate of Lowell High School and fluent in Mandarin, Tang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Davis. As Chu’s aide, she helped craft legislation to create neighborhood commercial districts for District 4 business corridors, increase protections for victims of domestic violence, streamline the city contracting processes, and increase penalties for crimes committed in and around public transit. Since becoming supervisor Tang has worked with business and community leaders to develop the Sunset District Blueprint to help guide her legislative agenda. It covers such things as land use and property development to transportation and pedestrian safety issues and should be finalized next spring. “It helps our office focus on the work we need to do,” she said. She has also pushed for better regulation of massage parlors that serve as fronts for human trafficking and new rules to help police and city officials discern those that are legitimate businesses. “We do not want to shut down massage parlors,” stressed Tang. “We’ve been trying to work with legitimate massage therapists.” Another key concern has been dog access along the southern portion of Ocean Beach, which is in her district. Tang is critical of the plans released recently by federal park officials that would restrict dogs in the city’s national parklands. She would rather see leash laws be enforced than have sweeping bans of dogs along vast stretches of the beach. “I find it a little troubling to be honest,” Tang said of the proposed policy. “I think it is very problematic.”t

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Shanti benefit shares ‘Compassion’ compiled by Cynthia Laird


lients, volunteers, and supporters of Shanti will be celebrated at the agency’s annual benefit, “Compassion is Universal,” Wednesday, October 9 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street. The special evening highlights the courage of Shanti’s clients, devotion of its volunteers, and generosity of its supporters. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed at 7 by dinner, a live auction, an inspiring program honoring those in the community who best embody Shanti’s values of volunteerism and service. This year’s honorees include Matt Dorsey, communications director for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and a former Shanti client, who will receive the James C. Hormel Client Community Spirit Award. Jill Isenstadt, vice president of strategy at Samasource and an active volunteer since 2007, will receive the inaugural Margot Murphy Breast Cancer Inspiration Award. The evening’s co-chairs will be Ken Fulk, philanthropist, San Francisco designer and CEO of Ken Fulk Design; and Bahya Oumlil-Murad, public relations consultant and founder and publisher of SF Philanthropist. Janet Reilly, philanthropist and president of the board of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, will serve as mistress of ceremonies. The live auction will be led by local television personality Liam Mayclem. Individual tickets for the gala are $185 and can be purchased online at or by calling Rachel Hill, deputy development director, at (415) 674-4724.

Speier to host town hall in SF

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo-San Francisco) will hold a town hall meeting Monday, October 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the West Portal Playground Clubhouse, 131 Lenox Street (between Ulloa and Taraval). The venue is around the corner from the West Portal Muni station: K, L, M lines. The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club is sponsoring the event, as the club recognizes and celebrates the growing number of LGBT residents on San Francisco’s Westside. Everyone is welcome to attend – gay or straight and any political party. Speier represents those living in southwestern San Francisco and residents in several cities on the Peninsula. Local organizations co-sponsoring the town hall include Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association, Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association, Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, the Sunset Community Democratic Club, and the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People.

Speak Out HIV project nears launch

Speak Out, a new campaign to reengage gay and bisexual men in response to HIV/AIDS, will be introduced at a reception Thursday, October 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blush Wine Bar, 476 Castro Street in San Francisco. Developed locally with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Speak Out will debut in San Francisco this fall and extend to other cities as part of the national Greater Than AIDS campaign next year. The campaign features a diverse group of men from the area, including those who are HIV-positive and

HIV-negative. The cross-platform campaign spotlights the continued impact of HIV on the gay community and the power within each person to make a difference. Speak Out is about the power of open, honest conversation about HIV/AIDS in all aspects of people’s lives, including their relationships. To RSVP for the reception, which is free, visit https://greaterthanaidssfspeakout.

Gay grape stomp and harvest party

Out in the Vineyard has announced that its Big Gay Grape Stomp and Harvest Party will take place Saturday, October 12 at Peju Winery in the heart of Napa Valley. The winery will be pairing wines with a sumptuous barbecue lunch, which will be followed by the Gay Grape Stomp competition. Teams of two will get into a wine barrel and compete to see who stomps the grapes the hardest and extracts the most juice. Various price packages are available. The VIP Harvest Pass, from noon to 4 p.m., includes early arrival access to the wine tasting and allday access to the wine tasting tent. The cost is $135 per person. General admission to the wine stomp (1 to 4 p.m.) is $85 per person and includes lunch and the grape stomp. For more information, visit

SFAF to hold Tribute Celebration

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation will honor National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci at its Tribute Celebration Saturday, October 12 at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. During his research, Fauci has made seminal contributions to the understanding of how HIV destroys the body’s defenses leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections. He has also been instrumental in developing highly effective strategies for the therapy of patients living with HIV/AIDS. SFAF will also present its first Dream Award to a young person of color who has made a difference in the promotion of health and wellness in the LGBT community. The celebration will include a VIP reception and academy tour from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program and an after-dark party that begins at 9:30. The latter event is designed especially for young people to discover the science, sustainability, and biology exhibits that will be open throughout the event as well as cocktails and mingling. Stacy Youkilis, SFAF’s new director of philanthropy, said in an email that funds raised at the gala will support the foundation’s advocacy and capacity building work at all levels of government, as well as vital services for HIV prevention and care among hard-hit communities. Tickets are $500 for VIP level, $300 for general admission, and $75 for the after-dark party only. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Online exhibit memorializes tragic LGBT event

The LGBT Religious Archives Network has released a groundbreaking online exhibit on the tragic Upstairs Lounge fire that occurred 40 years ago. On June 24, 1973, a flash fire ripped through a second story gay bar in New Orleans, killing 32 people. Indicative of the anti-gay bias that was prevalent at the time,

there was little local community concern for the families of the victims or the survivors. However, the fire happened on the fourth observance of gay Pride in the U.S., so the tragedy brought an outpouring of support from a national LGBT community that was slowly emerging at the time. The exhibit was initiated and cocurated by Lynn Jordon, a historian and archivist at Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco, and Mark Bowman, LGBT-RAN coordinator. Jordon was on vacation in New Orleans in September 1972 and attended worship at the MCC church there. “Nine months later, one-third of that congregation would perish in the Upstairs fire,” she said in a press release announcing the exhibit. “I made a pilgrimage back there two months after the fire. I prayed for those who were incinerated in the fire and for those who survived, who would own physical and emotional scars for life.”

The online exhibit includes over 100 artifacts that weave together stories of the beginning of gay activism and of MCC in New Orleans, life at the Upstairs Lounge, the fire, glimpses of the people who died, and responses to the event. Materials include newspaper and journal articles, photographs, correspondence, government records, and recordings from the time. LGBT-RAN was launched 12 years ago to preserve the history of LGBT religious movements around the world. It is a program of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and ministry at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. To view the exhibit, visit http:// upstairs-lounge-fire.t

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Henry Gerber: Ahead of his time by St. Sukie de la Croix


n May 15, 1871, the German Criminal Code was revised to include Paragraph 175, a law making sexual acts between males illegal. The first challenge to the law came in 1897 when Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld founded the gay organization Wissenschaftlich-humanitares Komitee (Scientific-Humanitarian Committee). Its first action was to draft a petition against Paragraph 175 with 6,000 signatures of prominent people in the arts, politics, and the medical profession; it failed to have any effect. One American inspired by the work of Hirschfeld was Henry Gerber, an openly gay man who in 1924 was granted an official charter by the state of Illinois for the Society for Human Rights, the first gayrights organization in the United States, which he ran from his home on Crilly Court in Chicago. Gerber was born Josef Henry Dittmar on June 29, 1892, in Passau, Bavaria, Germany. On October 27, 1913, Gerber (still called Dittmar at the time) arrived at New York’s Ellis Island on the SS George Washington and then traveled west to Chicago, where he worked briefly for Montgomery Ward’s mail-order house. His first known address in the United States was 507 Stone Street, Joliet, Illinois, from where he enlisted in the Army on January 26, 1914. In his military documents, he described himself as 5 foot 7 and one-half, 180 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He changed his name to Gerber afterward – though he was still using the name Joseph Henry Dittmar on his June 5, 1917, draft registration card, which described him as 5 foot 8, slender, with blue eyes and blond hair. On it, he mentioned prior military service but now claimed exemp-

Henry Gerber started a homophile organization in Chicago that was the first gay rights group in the United States.

tion on grounds of conscientious objection to war. On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany, and the newspapers became filled with lurid tales of German spies. As a result, the United States opened internment camps; 50,000 unnaturalized aliens of German birth were now “alien enemies,” and 8,000 were detained using presidential arrest warrants. Gerber was “offered internment,” which he accepted, as it guaranteed three meals a day. After the war, he re-enlisted in the Army on October 2, 1919, at Jefferson Barracks, near Lemay, Missouri, a training and recruitment center for soldiers being sent to fight in Europe, or, in Gerber’s case, to join a regiment of the American forces in

Germany, where he was part of a company engaged in publishing the daily AMAROC News for troops. It was while serving in Koblenz that Gerber found Hirschfeld’s Scientific-Humanitarian Committee. He wrote later: “In Coblenz on the Rhine, I had subscribed to German homophile magazines and made several trips to Berlin, which was then not occupied by American forces. I had always bitterly felt the injustice with which my own American society accused the homosexual of ‘immoral acts.’ “What could be done about it, I thought. Unlike Germany, where the homosexual was partially organized and where sex legislation was uniform for the whole country, the United States was in a condition of

chaos and misunderstanding concerning its sex laws, and no one was trying to unravel the tangle and bring relief to the abused.” Gerber returned to Chicago, took up residence at 1710 N. Crilly Court, and began work for the Post Office Department. In the spring of 1924, he formed SHR with a handful of friends. Gerber’s strategy was to network and gain support from other “sex reform” leaders, including Margaret Sanger, the American birth control advocate, but nobody seemed interested. Undeterred, he decided to go it alone. Through a lawyer, SHR applied for and received a charter from the state of Illinois on December 10, 1924. It is thought the group never had more than 10 members. Gerber elected himself secretary; president was the Reverend John T. Graves, “a preacher who preached brotherly love to small groups of Negroes”; vice president was Al Meininger, an “indigent laundry queen”; and treasurer was Ralph Ellsworth Booher, whose job with a railroad was threatened when his homosexuality became known. Throughout the rest of his life, Gerber lamented that SHR failed to attract “men of good reputation.” In Germany, the homophile movement included enlightened politicians, doctors, and scientists, as well as those in the arts, but in the United States nobody was willing to stick a neck out for homosexuals. Gerber produced two issues of the SHR newsletter Friendship and Freedom, of which no known copies exist, although in Paris Gay 1925 (1981), a French book co-written by Gilles Barbedette and Michel Carassou, is reprinted a review of Friendship and Freedom, written by Clarens and published in the magazine L’amitie in 1925. (See this author’s Chicago Whispers: A History of


LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall for translation.) The SHR was short-lived. In July 1925, the group was raided and the headline in the Chicago Examiner read “Strange Sex Cult Exposed.” Even though the case was thrown out of court, Gerber was suspended from the post office. After the demise of SHR, Gerber became despondent about homosexuals. He later wrote, “I have absolutely no confidence in the Dorian crowd, mostly a bunch of selfish, uncultured, ignorant egoists who have nothing for the ideal side of life.” Gerber re-enlisted in the Army, serving another 17 years; in 1945, he retired with an honorable discharge and a $100-a-month pension. As late as 1942, his primary World War II draft registration was still under the name Joseph H. Dittmar, though the records also contain a cross-reference from the name Henry Gerber; by then, “Gerber” appears to have been how he was known to the military. Gerber spent his twilight years in the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home in Washington, D.C., where he died from pneumonia on December 31, 1972, age 80. Gerber was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Henry Gerber House, located at 1710 N. Crilly Court, was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 1, 2001.t This article was prepared by the Windy City Times. It is an abbreviated version of the chapter “Henry Gerber and the German Sex Reformers” in St. Sukie de la Croix’s book Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall, published in 2012 by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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he high-powered legal team that brought down California’s ban on same-sex marriage announced this week that it will now seek to strike down a ban enacted in Virginia in 2006. Theodore Olson and David Boies will lead the team sponsored by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to go after Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. The team is signing onto a lawsuit that was filed without organizational assistance by a gay male couple in Norfolk. The lawsuit, Bostic v. McDonnell, has since been joined by a lesbian couple married in California who seek recognition of their marriage in Virginia. Meanwhile, on Monday, September 30, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union, two prominent national legal groups, announced they were filing a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit they filed in Virginia, also seeking to strike down the ban. A federal judge had already scheduled their case, Harris v. McDonnell, for trial next summer. If the summary judgment motion is granted, the judge could make a ruling sooner based on briefs and oral arguments instead. At a news conference in Washington, D.C., Monday morning, Olson and Boies both pointed to the historic role Virginia has played in legal matters involving marriage. Olson, who has lived in Virginia for more than 30 years, said in a telephone press conference later that morning that, “as a Virginian, I feel particularly disappointed” about Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. He noted it not only denies marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but also denies civil unions, other types of relationship contracts, and recognition of legitimate marriage licenses obtained in other states. “It does great harm to individual citizens of Virginia and their children,” said Olson. He added that the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in June in the Defense of Marriage Act case and the case regarding California’s Proposition 8 “lead the way for the courts to decide that this kind of discrimination is not consistent” with the constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. “We feel this is the vehicle that potentially might go to Supreme Court and vindicate rights for all citizens ... like Loving did,” Olson said, referring to the 1967 Loving v. Virginia case that overturned state bans on interracial marriages. Boies also highlighted the historic underpinnings of waging the marriage equality battle for same-sex couples in Virginia.

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“Virginia gave us the first marriage equality case – and the one that most clearly established that the right to marry the person you love is a fundamental right of all Americans,” said Boies, referring to the Loving case. “It’s fitting, then, that Virginia be the battleground for another great test of that principle.” Olson acknowledged that there is a second lawsuit filed in a federal district court in Virginia, seeking to strike down the ban. He said the Bostic case was the first to be filed and that the attorneys who filed that case in July invited Olson and Boies to participate. The Bostic team also filed a motion this month seeking to have their clients explicitly excluded from the Harris class action lawsuit, a motion that seemed to suggest some tensions between the two cases’ legal teams. Such tensions existed when the Olson-Boies team first announced their lawsuit against Prop 8. But Olson said the lawyers on the Bostic team “respect” and “get along with the people in the other litigation” and that it is simply “appropriate” for the Bostic plaintiffs be excluded from the Harris class. According to the motion seeking to exclude the Bostic plaintiffs from the class action in the Harris lawsuit, the Bostic attorneys want to “ensure that they can litigate their ... action to final judgment on the expedited schedule agreed to by the parties in that action.” The Harris case is before Judge Michael Urbanski, an appointee of President Barack Obama. He has set October 29 to hear motions to certify the class and motions to dismiss the case, and has scheduled a bench trial for June 2-13.


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second person to announce his candidacy for Ammiano’s seat. Ammiano has endorsed Campos. Historically, the seat covering the city’s eastern neighborhoods has been considered the LGBT community’s Assembly seat. Out lawmakers have served in it since 1996. “I have not taken a position” on which candidate to endorse, he said, adding that he has “good working relationships with each of them,” and “I respect them both, and I’ll be taking a position.” He hadn’t yet met with either man to discuss the issue. Due to an election schedule change voters approved last November, Herrera is running for a truncated two-year term this fall, as is gay city Treasurer Jose Cisneros.

The Harris class action would represent both same-sex couples denied the right to marry in Virginia and couples already married in another state but being denied recognition in Virginia. “Virginians denied the freedom to marry have no meaningful legislative path to gain the same protections for their families as other loving and committed couples,” said Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, in a press release Monday morning, just prior to the Olson-Boies news conference. “That’s why we’ve had to ask the federal court to overturn Virginia’s sweeping bans on recognizing same-sex relationships. We shouldn’t have to go to federal court to get Virginia to do what’s right.” The Lambda-ACLU lawsuit, Harris v. McDonnell, was filed August 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, in Harrisonburg. Its named plaintiffs are two lesbian couples, Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff, and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd, as well as “all others similarly situated.” The Olson and Boies team’s lawsuit was filed in July by Timothy Bostic and Tony London, who have been together for 24 years. Another couple, Mary Townley and Carol Schall, who were married in California in 2008, was added to the lawsuit last month in an amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before Judge Arenda Wright Allen, also an Obama appointee. No decision has been made on whether the Bostic judge will hold a trial or rule based on written briefs and oral argument. The next round of briefs in that case are due October 31.t

The two offices will then be back up for grabs in 2015, when they will be on the same ballot as races for mayor, district attorney, and sheriff. The move, pushed by gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, is meant to save the city money on election costs. Herrera ran for mayor in 2011 but came in third. Earlier this year, he said he had “no plans” to run for the office when it next becomes open. Asked last week about another bid for Room 200 in City Hall, Herrera said, “Do I relish the thought of running for mayor in two years again?” “I’m just focused on running for city attorney,” he said, adding, “You can ask my wife that question, if you’d like, the next time you see her.”t


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Court wins bolster marriage in NJ, Illinois by Lisa Keen


n New Jersey and Illinois courts, the marriage equality movement won two more victories last week, including a major development that puts New Jersey on track to become the 14th state to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses. The moves also thrust the issue back into the political arena in both states and possibly the next presidential election. In Garden State Equality v. Paula Dow, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled September 25 that, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the New Jersey scheme of providing only civil union licenses to same-sex couples violates the couples’ state constitutional rights to equal protection. The decision set October 21 as the deadline for the state to begin to issue marriage licenses to couples in New Jersey, but Republican Governor Chris Christie said, through a spokesperson, that he would appeal to the state supreme court. That court ruled in 2006 that same-sex couples should have the same rights as straight couples but allowed the legislature to decide whether those

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rights could be granted through marriage or some other mechanism. The legislature chose civil unions. “If they move for an appeal or stay, we will fight that every step of the way,” said Haley Gorenberg, an attorney with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which pressed the case on behalf of six same-sex couples and the state LGBT political group, Garden State Equality. Just hours before that decision was released, a judge in the Illinois circuit court for Cook County denied a motion from a group of clerks from five other counties to dismiss the two lawsuits seeking the right to marry

for same-sex couples in Illinois. The ruling by Judge Sophia Hall enables Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union to press forward with their two lawsuits, Darby v. Orr and Lazaro v. Orr. The lawsuits, which have been consolidated, ask the court to invalidate the Illinois statute banning marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The judge has set October 8 to set a schedule for briefs to be filed in preparation for the judge make a ruling on the law. In both Illinois and New Jersey, the court cases come at politically sensitive times. In Illinois, state Representative Greg Harris (D) has vowed to press again for approval of a marriage equality bill that was reportedly close to passage there in May. But Harris withdrew the bill in the final minutes of the session, saying some colleagues asked for more time to discuss the issue with their constituents. The bill had already passed the state Senate. Marriage equality supporters are planning a March on Springfield event for October 22, when the legislature comes back into session. See page 17 >>

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Gary W. Davis and Gilberto Mendoza Jr. were married in Palm Springs, California on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. Forest Norman DeArmond Jr. officiated. Mr. Davis, 59, and Mr. Mendoza, 57, met each other at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco on March 27, 1997. Originally, Mr. Mendoza had planned to go to the church to play bingo and hopefully win a prize or money. He didn’t win money but he sure won the prize. Mr. Davis happened to be a volunteer at the bingo game and Mr. Mendoza met the man who he has been with and loved for over 16 years. At the time the couple was living in San Francisco and they continued to live in the city until Mr. Mendoza retired from his job

Robert R. Perry and Alfred M. Lopez were married at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday, September 5, 2013. San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi performed the ceremony. Witnesses were Ellen Schumer and James Keefer. A reception followed at the couple’s home in the Mission district. Their son, Chuck, coordinated the reception and niece Eva prepared all the food. Mr. Perry, 71, and Mr. Lopez, 73, have been partners for 45 years. They met at Club Rendezvous on Sutter Street in 1968 and on January 1, 1969 at the Big Basket, they decided to become partners and live together. Both men are now retired. Mr. Perry, a senior nurse analyst, retired from San Francisco General Hospital on July 30, 2006, which former Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed Robert Perry Day in San Francisco. As a nurse revenue analyst, Mr. Perry recovered several million dollars in “lost” charges for SFGH. Mr. Lopez, a respiratory care practitioner, retired from UCSF after 32 years. He received the staff ’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 2000 for leadership and inspiration in advancing the goals for social and economic justice at UCSF. He also worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and

Laguna Honda Hospital as an RCP. After retirement, Mr. Lopez started a career as a tour guide. He has worked with the SF Tour Guide Guild, SF City Guide, SF City Hall docent, and as a docent at Mission Dolores. Mr. Perry and Mr. Lopez knew the late Harvey Milk and used to have all of their photos developed at his camera shop. Mr. Lopez was at the original candlelight march on November 27, 1978 after the assassinations of Milk and Mayor George Moscone, and at the White Night riots in front of City Hall in May 1979. Milk had encouraged him to get into politics but after the assassinations, Mr. Lopez said, “No way.” 6P BAR_3.75x7_Murphy.indd The couple said that they have had good times and bad times. They cared for and lost close friends during the AIDS crisis. Mr. Perry is an only child and was adopted by the Lopez family from the beginning. For over 40 years they have had a family reunion the weekend before Christmas. The men said that they have been blessed with the acceptance by their families and friends for being gay.

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r. Danielle Kaufman, a Bay Area physician who came out as a transgender woman and published a groundbreaking book with her wife, who came out as a lesbian, was found dead at her Santa Rosa Home Monday, September 30. She was 53. Dr. Kaufman’s death was confirmed by her publisher, Jack Kusler, co-owner of Addicus Books. The cause of death is not yet known, but Dr. Kaufman had recovered from a brain inflammation several years ago, she said in her book. Last Sunday, September 29, the New York Daily News published an article, “California Wife Comes Out Lesbian to Husband, Who In Turn Comes Out as Transgender.” It was an interview with Dr. Kaufman and Cathy Kaufman, a former straight couple who remained close friends and supporters of each other. Born David Kaufman, Dr. Kaufman practiced radiology at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa. Earlier this year, Addicus Books published Untying the Knot: A Husband and Wife’s Story of Coming Out Together. The well-received memoir was to be the last time the doctor would be referred to by his male identity. In Untying the Knot, Dr. Kaufman recounted his long struggle with sexual orientation and gender identity while he maintained the appearance of a happily married straight man. At age 49, he came out as a gay man to Cathy, his wife of 20 years. She responded by coming out as a lesbian. Throughout the book, Dr. Kaufman offered hints of what was to come. He expressed his deep admiration for transgender people, and found beauty in pictures of transwomen that he found online. Coming out as gay was only part of a journey that ended when the

doctor transitioned to Danielle. Through it all, Danielle and Cathy, still legally married, remained the best of friends. Both said that each helped the other complete their respective journeys. In recent months, Dr. Kaufman granted many interviews, recently appearing on the popular TV newsmagazine Inside Edition. At the time of her death, she was working on a second book that would have told the story of her gender transition, and of settling into her new life as a woman. “Danielle’s passing is a major loss, not only to her loved ones, but to the trans community,” said Kusler. “Trans people face unemployment levels more than double than what was seen by the general populace during the Great Depression. But even after her transition, Danielle’s successful medical career continued. The trans community has lost an important voice and role model that could have given them hope.” Kusler shared the final email his office received from Dr. Kaufman. “Money and a little fame didn’t make any difference at all,” she wrote on September 18. “But my newfound courage makes all the difference.”t

Obituaries >> Charles Eldon Dewey

Ronald Edward Thomas

January 18, 1935 – September 15, 2013

August 5, 1947 – September 19, 2013

Charles E. Dewey, age 78, died September 15, 2013 in San Francisco. He was born January 18, 1935 to Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Dewey. Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas and Wichita, Kansas, he studied at Wichita University, Kansas University, and later the City College of San Francisco. He had moved to San Francisco in the early 1960s and told many stories about those days. A gentle soul and an unabashed liberal, Charles was very thoughtful of others who helped him in his last years. Charles is survived by a sister, Carol Hodge and husband Ted Hodge, and two nephews, John and Benjamin Slaughter. Thank you to all at the Institute on Aging, the On Lok social worker, and the many volunteers who touched his life. “Spring me, Carol,” was his last wish, and he finally did it without me. There will be a memorial service at the Neptune Society, 1 Loraine Court in San Francisco at noon on October 7.

Ronald Edward Thomas of San Francisco passed away on Thursday morning September 19, 2013 at his home after a courageous and fearless battle with cancer. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on August 5, 1947 to parents Carl and Mitzi Thomas, Ronald grew up on the family farm in Elon, Virginia. He attended Georgia Tech and moved to the Bay Area in the late 1960s. He lived first in Sonoma County and later moved to San Francisco where he worked for many years at Rolling Stone magazine. During those years he earned a degree as a certified public accountant. His many passions in life included travel (he loved the national parks) cooking, good food, history, and anything electronic. He is survived by his mother, Mitzi Thomas of Elon, Virginia; brothers Gary and Ken (Magda); nieces Stacie and Bridgett; and nephews Nathan and Mark Thomas. He is also survived by his dear friend Brian Ware of San Francisco and many other good friends scattered throughout the Bay Area. A private memorial was held for him on Thursday, September 26, 2013. In lieu of flowers donations would be most welcome at his brother Ken’s congregation at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 7608 Concord Highway, Monroe, North Carolina 28110.

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New Jersey

The political implications are even hotter in New Jersey, where voters will go to the polls in November to either re-elect Republican incumbent Christie or replace him with Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. Buono’s daughter, Tessa Bitterman of San Francisco, is openly gay, and Buono, a state senator, has sponsored a bill seeking to override Christie’s veto of a marriage equality bill last year. Buono is hammering Christie over the latest effort to block marriage equality. Meanwhile, Christie, who has a wide lead over Buono in current polls, is probably trying to say as little as possible about the marriage issue because whatever he says could come back and haunt him if he makes a bid for the White House in 2016. Standing against marriage


Guest Opinion

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mission of the immigrant would result in “extreme hardship” to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent. A new “provisional waiver” process allows some spouses of U.S. citizens to apply for the discretionary waiver before departing the United States, potentially avoiding a very lengthy separation for the couple.

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equality could help secure his nomination by an increasingly conservative Republican Party, but it could hurt his chances with the more moderate general electorate – one that is increasingly supportive of allowing same-sex couples to marry. The Garden State Equality ruling came in response to a motion Lambda Legal filed shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Windsor, declared unconstitutional the key provision of DOMA – banning federal recognition of marriage licenses obtained by same-sex couples. New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow attempted to argue at a hearing on the motion in August that any harm done to same-sex couples with civil unions in New Jersey was harm done by the federal government, not by state action. She said the state did provide equal benefits to married and civil union couples. But Lambda Legal argued that, by limiting same-sex couples to civil unions, New Jersey

was causing harm to the couples by blocking their ability to access federal benefits. In Illinois, opponents of same-sex marriage noted that Hall allowed the lawsuits to proceed on only two of the five grounds that Lambda Legal and the ACLU had pressed. The two grounds on which the lawsuits can proceed challenge the state ban as a denial of equal protection to citizens based on sexual orientation and as a violation of their due process rights. Hall rejected Lambda Legal and the ACLU’s arguments that the ban also denies equal protection based on sex. The judge said discrimination based on sex is “distinct from” discrimination based on sexual orientation. She said the state’s right to privacy laws have not been interpreted to cover the right to personal decisions. And she said the state’s law against legislation targeted at specific groups was written to prevent laws favoring specific groups.t

vocates will be working closely with the federal agencies that regulate immigration law in the U.S. to ensure that the new benefits are provided in a flexible manner and with recognition of the history of discrimination that has existed for LGBT couples in U.S. immigration law.t

This column is not intended as legal advice for your specific situation. Kelly McCown, co-founder and partner of McCown and Evans LLP, is one of fewer than 200 attorneys approved as a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California. McCown is co-chair of the board of directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

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Applying for a fiance visa

If the noncitizen is outside the United States and the couple is not yet married, a U.S. citizen may petition for a K-1 fiance visa for his or her partner. The visa is only available to individuals who are coming to the United States to conclude a valid marriage within 90 days after entering the country. After the marriage takes place, the noncitizen may apply for Adjustment of Status and obtain a green card.

Applying for nonimmigrant derivative benefits

If a foreign citizen holds a U.S. visa (such as an F-1, H-1B, L-1, etc.), his or her spouse may now apply for a derivative visa (such as F-2, H-4, L-2, etc.) to accompany primary visa holder to the United States. However, as with different-sex couples, in many cases the spouse holding the derivative visa will not be allowed to work in the United States.

Issues requiring careful counseling

Applicants for a green card or fiance visa who have issues with prior immigration fraud, marriage fraud, criminal convictions, overstays, receipt of means-tested public benefits (such as welfare), entries without inspection, or prior removals from the United States should consult with an immigration lawyer before filing anything with the U.S. government to be sure that the noncitizen will be eligible for immigration benefits and will not be risking deportation from the United States.


For many years, LGBT people have faced systematic discrimination under federal law, including in the area of immigration law. With the demise of Section 3 of DOMA, same-sex binational couples can now access the full range of marriage-based immigration benefits, fiance visas, and derivative nonimmigrant benefits. Immigration ad-

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An Orwellian Olympics by Roger Brigham


he International Olympic Committee has announced that it is “satisfied” competitors will not be impacted by Russia’s recently enacted homophobic laws and that those laws do not violate the Olympic charter. From this I must conclude that creative ceramics have been added to the list of Olympic sports, because that is the biggest crock of male bovine excrement in Olympic history. The chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, former Olympic Alpine skiing star Jean-Claude Killy, never conquered a mountain as high as the pile of bullshit he spewed out when he told the world last month, “The IOC doesn’t really have the right to discuss the laws in the country where the Olympic Games are organized. As long as the Olympic char-

ter is respected, we are satisfied, and that is the case.” Killy’s assessment makes sense only if we assume the Olympic charter, which prohibits discrimination of any kind, including creed and sexual orientation, was written by George Orwell. All athletes are created equal, but some are created more equal than others. The Russians have been disingenuous in the defense of their laws, which prohibit any “propaganda” that promotes “non-traditional” sexual orientation. Propaganda is normally a term applied to false or exaggerated information, but in this case the Russians include any discussion; any objective truth which reflects positively; and routine and spontaneous expressions such as kissing, hand-holding, or attire. “Regarding this law, if people of traditional sexual orientation

“The safety of millions of LGBT Russians and international travelers is at risk, and by all accounts the IOC has completely neglected its responsibility to Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans from around the world.” –Chad Griffin

spread propaganda of non-traditional sex to children, then they will also be held accountable,” said Dmitry Kozak, a deputy prime minister in charge of overseeing preparations for the Sochi Olympics. “So there is simply no need to talk about discrimination.” So homosexuality, which was alive and well when the Olympics were first held in ancient Greece, is a taboo topic, but homosexuals and those who accept them are not discriminated against? Absolutely, as long as they look straight, talk straight, and dress straight. Which begs the question: how are they going to fit the medals podium in the closet? The Human Rights Campaign has condemned the IOC’s statement of acceptance of the Russian law. “If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The safety of millions of LGBT Russians and international travelers is at risk, and by all accounts the IOC has completely neglected its responsibility to Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans from around the world.” I sit here munching on my bowl of Barilla pasta and my takeout from Chick-fil-A and wondering when did we become so accepting of intolerance? When did we let concern for disrupting a major commercially sponsored event become so much more important than refusing to roll over one more time for the steam-roller of oppression? When did we decide that boycott is a four-letter word not to be uttered in polite society while the hypocritical pageantry begins? Reality is the members of the Impotent Olympic Committee


IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy is satisfied that Olympic athletes will not be impacted by Russia’s anti-gay laws.

don’t give a damn about our rights. For them, this is an inconvenient issue arising at an inopportune time. They are more worried about whether their sponsors will be ruffled and whether television viewers will turn off their sets. Their great hope is that we shall acquiesce out of misguided loyalties or fall silent through sheer exhaustion. Which is a shame, because with all of the goodwill and financial resources that the Olympics command, the IOC really had a chance to take a stand with symbolic gestures that would do much to relegate the Russian intolerance to the international isolation it deserves. It could have asked the athletes to march into the opening ceremonies holding hands as an expression of unity and camaraderie, the embodiment of the Olympic spirit. It

could have suspended the playing of national anthems of any country that won a gold medal but does not protect basic human rights, including the right of expression. It could have offered a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies where it would have had a statement of LGBT support but cannot under Russian law. It could have ordered the ice at the rinks dyed pink. It could have asked Johnny Weir to design the clothes its dignitaries will wear in Sochi – and they would have looked fabulous. Instead, Killy tells us the IOC does not have the right to speak, much less to act. Instead, the IOC tries to tell us we are not discriminated against as long as we do not think the things we think, dress the way we wish, or speak the truth of who we are.t

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Pride board

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with each other and with Currie. The board had protracted discussions over whether to allow Levine to have contract business with SF Pride. She has been contracted as the parade manager for many years. Currie urged caution on the subject. At end, the board agreed to consult Turman before making a decision. Cain and others proposed to increase the number of board seats to, possibly, 13. He also unsuccessfully attempted to seat Kevin Bard, the only member of the accountability slate not elected at last month’s marathon annual meeting. Bard would have been elected if an additional seat had been open. Currie said former board members Pam Grey, Javarre Wilson, and Haines should be considered for the board when seats are expanded. The new board members did not appear enthusiastic about this idea.

More on Manning

The most heated discussion of the evening arose when Caldera asked the board to support and endorse an October 27 Courage to Resist fundraiser for Manning, the transgender Army private who is serving a 35-year sentence for espionage after leaking classified materials to WikiLeaks. Currie, who said he supported Manning, cautioned SF Pride’s involvement in the event could alienate some members. “We’ve [SF Pride] alienated everybody [over Manning],” Cital said. He said it was time for SF Pride to apologize to the community and support the fundraiser.



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with Scott about the nudity ban,” Miller told the B.A.R. “He told us that events like Folsom, Pride, and Bay to Breakers would be exempt [from the ban]. We specifically asked him about the nude-in, and he said yes, that would also be exempt.” Wiener denied Miller’s claim. “They did not contact me about Saturday,” Wiener said. “Jane Warner Plaza is not exempt from the ordinance. I met with several of the naked guys in September or October 2012, before I introduced the public nudity legislation. The purpose of the meeting was to see if we could resolve the public nudity issue short of legislation. By the end of the meeting it became obvious that the naked guys weren’t going to self-regulate, and would continue to get more extreme in their behavior, and that, unfortunately, legislation would be necessary. At no time did we discuss their nude-ins, let alone their gathering this past Saturday a full year later.” Miller confirmed that the meeting in question took place in the fall of 2012. The public nudity ban, introduced by Wiener, was narrowly passed in late 2012 amid complaints from numerous Castro residents that nudists gathering daily at Jane Warner Plaza and walking around the neighborhood had gotten out of hand. Several businesses claimed that the nudists were driving away customers. Neighborhood parents, both gay and straight, expressed concerns about their children being exposed to the adult nudists. Others said they saw no harm in public nudity, and were more concerned with the escalating cost of housing in the neighborhood. Still others complained that the nudists were “gross” and that they would prefer to see nudists who were more attractive. The nudity ban took effect on February 1. The ban prohibits nudity in parks, streets, plazas, and public transit, though special events


Caldera strongly pushed for SF Pride’s involvement in the event with Cain’s support. As he began to blast SF Pride’s incendiary April 26 statement rescinding Manning’s grand marshal honor – the event that led to activists running for the board – Williams, who as board president at the time wrote the letter, left the room. “This community has been slapped in the face” by SF Pride over Manning, Caldera said. Audience member Sue Englander said the political aspects of Manning’s situation were over with her conviction. “Her treatment is now a human rights issue,” Englander, an instructor at San Francisco State University, told the board. Marilyn Murrillo, the sole transgender community member present, said the board was treating Manning and the transgender community “as second-class citizens” with some board members continuing to refer to Manning by his former name. All board members supported Manning – as does Williams – but were careful on endorsing the fundraiser. Virginia and Sanford want members to endorse the event in a transparent way. Cain said this was “cowardly” as there “is broad community support already for Manning.” Virginia said he did not want the first communication from the new board to be rushed on Manning. Time was needed, he said, to manage and message SF Pride’s support for Manning. The board’s decision on participating in the Manning event is expected in days.t

such as parades and street fairs are exempt. Violators could face arrest and fines. Five nudists, including past nude-in organizer Mitch Hightower, filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance, but the ban was upheld by U.S. District Court judge Edward Chen. The nudists failed to overturn the ban on appeal. Saturday’s event proceeded peacefully and without incident after the police officers were called away to deal with a motorcycle accident at 18th and Castro, one block away from the nude-in. Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the nudity ban, got a positive response to her impassioned speech, which she gave in the nude. “Body freedom is our birthright,” she said. “Just as no one has the right to force us to stop breathing, no one has the right to cover the sun and deprive us of its nourishment and its beauty, so no one has the right to deprive us of the freedom and the beauty of our own and each other’s bodies. We gather today to celebrate body freedom. We gather today to celebrate freedom of choice, freedom of self-expression, to celebrate our connection to Mother Nature. We celebrate our bodies, the divine gifts given to us by the universe.” Gameli Anumu, 26, explained why he participated in the nude-in. “I’m here because I think people should have the right to express themselves freely,” he said. “I don’t think that the human body is something to be ashamed of. I’d like to live in a world free from intolerance. I think that society should only criminalize acts that cause actual harm.” “The sight of the human body harms no one,” added Miller. The nude-in lasted about 20 minutes, after which the nudists and a small band of clothed supporters marched down Castro Street. A few passersby expressed support for the group. At 18th and Castro, the police could be seen tending to the man injured in the motorcycle accident. The police and the nudists politely ignored each other at that point.t

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Castro fair

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nation of Barnaby’s World of Wonderment, the midway of bizarro sights and bawdy carnival games promoted as eliciting smiles out of the “most bitter queen amongst us.” There fairgoers will find a water dunk tank modeled after the one that Milk set up outside his camera shop during the 1977 fair to raise money for the ballot box fight against a referendum, known as Proposition 6 or the Briggs initiative, that would have banned gay people from being public school teachers. A photo of Milk in the tank can also be seen at the fair’s website. The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club is overseeing this year’s version, which will feature local politicians and other community leaders throughout the day. Among them


Prop D

From page 1

launched the action with little, if any, input from local elected officials. Dale Gluth, AHF’s associate regional director for the Bay Area, said at the time that he hadn’t contacted any San Francisco supervisors specifically on this issue. Tim Boyd, director of domestic policy for AHF, said last week that backers had approached city officials early, but “everyone told us, ‘Come back when it’s certified.’” Ten of the city’s 11 supervisors are now signed on as supporters of the measure. Baldo said proponents weren’t able to get District 11 Supervisor John Avalos’s signature in time. AHF is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the campaign, which comes from AHF’s advocacy general fund. That resource is separate from the nonprofit’s budget for “providing medical services for clients through its pharmacies and care centers,” according to Baldo. No paid arguments against Prop D were submitted to the city’s elections department.


HIV cure

From page 1

Jeff Sheehy. “We want to clear up misconceptions and tamp down some of the hype, but we can say we have solid ground for pragmatic optimism.” The resurgence in optimism is largely attributable to several “proof-of-concept” cases showing that a functional cure – once deemed all but impossible – is in fact feasible, explained Dr. Steven Deeks from UCSF, principal investigator for the Delaney AIDS Research Enterprise, or DARE, named after the late Project Inform founder Martin Delaney. The Berlin Patient – former San Francisco resident Timothy Brown – remains free of detectable HIV six years after receiving bone marrow transplants to treat leukemia from a donor with a natural mutation known as CCR5-delta-32 that makes immune cells resistant to HIV entry. More recently, a baby in Mississippi born to an HIV-positive mother was started on combination antiretroviral therapy on the day of birth. The girl was taken off treatment and lost to follow-up, but when tracked down a couple years later was found to have no detectable HIV. This appears to be a case of very early treatment “preventing lifelong infection rather reversing it,” as happened in Brown’s case, Deeks said. Other proof-of-concept cases include a group of 14 people with HIV in France who started antiretroviral therapy within a few months after infection. Although they stopped treat-

will be District 11 Supervisor John Avalos; gay former District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty; and gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos. This week Campos called on the city’s controller and economist to conduct an economic impact study on the city’s various LGBT street festivals, from the Castro and Folsom Street fairs to the smaller Up Your Alley fetish event and the various marches and celebrations held over Pride weekend. While it has long been presumed that the LGBT outdoor gatherings financially benefit San Francisco, the city has never officially studied them to determine just how much of a fiscal jolt they provide. Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro and has attracted his fair share of detractors, will not be one of the dunk tank participants. In his annual letter for the guide to the fair, Wiener

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highlighted the upcoming sidewalkwidening project along Castro Street set to start construction in January. The planned streetscape changes, wrote Wiener, “will make Castro Street not only safer, but an even more attractive street and vibrant gathering place than it is today.” This year’s fair will raise money from gate donations, suggested at $5 to $10, and beer booth purchases to be shared by 20 local nonprofits. The lead sponsors are the B.A.R., Miller Lite, and Whole Foods Market, which plans to open its new store at the corner of Market and Dolores streets in November. “The reality of the situation is we couldn’t do it without the support of sponsors both large and small,” said Lopez. The headliner of the fair’s main stage this year is Canadian genderbending musician Peaches and her

Peachettes. The performance will include a never-before-seen tribute to disco legend Sylvester, who performed at the second annual Castro Street Fair in 1975. Other highlights include a special “Legends Stage” at 18th and Collingwood streets that will feature famed local DJs Stefanie Phillips, Rolo, Blackstone, Jim Hopkins, David Harness, Page Hodel, and Pete Avila. “Folks have been following these DJs since the beginning of their careers so we are lucky that they will be gracing us with their presence this year,” said Lopez. “It is a nod to the past and future as well.” Favorites such as the Dance Alley in the parking lot off 18th Street next to gay men’s health center Magnet and the country western dance stage presented by Sundance Saloon in the parking lot behind the Castro Theatre will both return this year.

No support from AIDS orgs

While a big part of the Prop D campaign centers around the high cost of HIV/AIDS medications, AHF has been unable to persuade any other San Francisco HIV/AIDS service organization to publicly support it. Asked about buy-in from other AIDS organizations, Baldo said they “have not taken a position.” “There’s a difference of opinion on how this should be addressed,” he said, adding that it’s not that the other agencies are against Prop D. Among the local agencies that Baldo said that he talked to was Project Inform, which does advocacy and other work for people living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. In an email to the B.A.R., Project Inform Executive Director Dana Van Gorder said his agency has taken no final position on Prop D. “However,” Van Gorder said, “We founded or have worked closely with the Fair Pricing Coalition and [AIDS Drug Assistance Program] Crisis Work Group, which have been doing the heavy lifting on drug pricing negotiations for many years. Because of the very small amount of drug purchasing done by San Francisco, we

ment after four or five years, they have not experienced viral rebound. Finally, at the International AIDS Society conference this summer, researchers in Boston reported on two HIV-positive people who received bone marrow stem cell transplants to treat lymphoma. Unlike Brown, their donors did not have the CCR5-delta-32 mutation, but they did not experience viral rebound after experimental interruption of antiretroviral treatment. “One critical thing about all these [examples] is that they don’t pertain to a typical person with HIV,” Deeks cautioned.

Shocking, killing, and protecting cells

Two approaches receiving extensive interest from researchers are the so-called shock and kill strategy and gene therapy to alter cells. “Our hypothesis is that viral persistence is driven by interactions between the virus and the immune system, so a cure may require interventions aimed not just at the virus but also at the host,” said Mike McCune, also a member of the DARE team. Shock and kill is the focus of the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, or CARE, led by Warner Greene, director of virology and immunology research at Gladstone. This approach involves “shocking” or forcing HIV out of its hiding place in resting reservoir cells. Once the virus is exposed, the hope is that the immune system will kill off infected cells or give them the signal to kill themselves. This is not likely to be accom-

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Members and supporters of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched the ballot measure to have city officials continue negotiating for lower drug prices last fall with a rally in San Francisco.

see Prop D as being largely symbolic in comparison to other efforts.” Baldo also said he communicated with AIDS Housing Alliance-San Francisco. AHA director Brian Basinger said in an interview this week that he supports the measure “in principle,” but “I don’t think I have enough

information about the ins and outs of how the contracting with the Department of Public Health works, and what they can and cannot do.” He said Public Health Director Barbara Garcia is “a fabulous leader, and I trust her leadership on it.” Basinger also said, “In general, yes, the pharmaceutical industry is

“We want to clear up misconceptions and tamp down some of the hype, but we can say we have solid ground for pragmatic optimism.” –Jeff Sheehy plished with a single drug, but rather with a synergistic cocktail, Greene explained. The trick is to activate Tcells harboring latent HIV, but not to trigger excessive activation that results in a “cytokine storm” or toxic shock syndrome. Recent work suggests that the HIV reservoir is larger and more complex than previously thought, and all cells that harbor latent HIV may not be “shockable,” Greene continued. Furthermore, latently infected cells do not necessarily die spontaneously after a shock and may need the help of a therapeutic vaccine. “It’s harder to shock and it’s harder to kill,” he said. “At every step we’re learning that it’s a little more complicated than we thought it was.” Hans-Peter Kiem from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle introduced the work of the third collaboration, DefeatHIV, which is focusing on stem cell transplantation. This includes allogeneic transplant from donors as well as autologous transplants, in which

cells are modified and reintroduced back into a patient. Gene therapy may be used to make autologous cells resistant to HIV or to cut out HIV genes integrated into host cell chromosomes. CIRM president Alan Trounson described one such approach, disrupting the gene for CCR5 – one of the gateways HIV uses to enter cells – essentially mimicking the natural CCR5-delta-32 mutation. Sangamo BioSciences has already had some success using this method to protect CD4 T-cells, but by altering hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to all blood cells, researchers hope to produce an entire protected immune system.

When and where?

Asked about a time frame for cure research to come to fruition, the researchers were hesitant to give firm estimates. For different populations it will likely take different amounts of time, McCune speculated. For children treated at birth like the Mississippi baby, for example, a cure may

Fair organizers are praying for a hot, sunny day as attendance and donations usually increase under such weather conditions. At press time the forecast called for cloudless skies and temperatures in the 70s on Sunday. “When it is cloudy and foggy, we don’t bring in as much money. When it is hot, more people come out and are more generous,” noted Steve Adams, a longtime Castro business leader and banker who has volunteered the last 13 years to oversee the fair’s treasury. The fair is a smoke-free event and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A limited edition of 100 fair posters and Tshirts with this year’s logo will be for sale at the fair’s information booth near the intersection of Market and Castro streets. For more information about the fair, visit

overly aggressive in its pricing structures in the United States.” He added that San Francisco is “in last place in the nation in terms of housing people with HIV and AIDS,” and pointed to city statistics on homelessness. In late June, the biennial San Francisco Homeless Point-In-Time 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. “With 29 percent of the unhoused population in San Francisco being LGBT, anything we can do to save money so we can spend it on housing we have a moral obligation to do,” said Basinger. Martha Knutzen and Ron Flynn, co-chairs of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, are among those who submitted statements in favor of Prop D, although the ballot pamphlet says they signed on as individuals and not on behalf of an organization. The Alice Club is supporting Prop D. The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club took no position on the measure in its list of endorsements.t

come sooner. “We’re where Paul Volberding was in late 1980s with AZT studies,” said Deeks, referring to the pioneering UCSF AIDS researcher. Early attempts “caused some harm, and not much benefit, but they were the cornerstone of work that came after.” Forum organizer and community member Matt Sharp, who participated in Sangamo’s T-cell gene therapy trials, urged researchers and regulators not only to think about the end result, but also about incremental advances along the way. “I think it’s important that we [look at] some of the advances that might be made from work done so far,” he said. “My trial reset my CD4 count at a higher level. Let’s see what uses we can make of iterative steps, while keeping mind the ultimate goal.” Asked about their wildest dreams about an HIV cure, all forum participants agreed that the ultimate goal is to develop approaches that can be widely implemented in resource-limited settings – particularly in Africa – where HIV/AIDS is most prevalent. This will likely require therapies that can be administered wherever patients are located and will work in the body, as opposed to current methods that require cells to be removed, modified in a laboratory, and returned to the patient. “The only hope for Africa is a cure,” Greene concluded. “The world is not able and willing to put everybody on antiretroviral therapy for the rest of their lives. Whatever the cure is, it has to be safe, it has to be scalable, and it has to be usable in developing countries.”t

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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

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC13549788 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 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 941033039. Type of license applied for 41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE - EATING PLACE SEPT 26, OCT 03, 10, 2013 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 CNC13549764 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. THOMASMAYFIELD. 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-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-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 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 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 941334518. Type of license applied for 47- ON-SALE GENERAL PUBLIC PREMISES 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

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 ( selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (, 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, quasi-community, 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 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 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 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 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 6M4283 EXTENSION OF TIME FOR RECEIPT OF PROPOSALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District has extended the time for receipt of Proposals until the hour of 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the District Secretary’s Office, 23rd Floor, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California 94812 or to the mailing address: P.O. Box 12688, Oakland, California, 94604-2688 for TO PROVIDE ON-CALL ECONOMIC AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES. 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Vol. 43 • No. 40 • October 3-9, 2013

Love that dares speak its name

Felipe Barrueto-Cabello (bottom) and Melecio Estrella (top) perform in Joe Goode’s Hush.

by Paul Parish


he six dancers of the Joe Goode Performance Group knocked the ball out of the park at Friday night’s performance of Hush. The house looked all but sold-out. The show is tight, ready for prime-time, with Broadway levels of production, and it fits so perfectly onto the deep, deep stage of Z Space, your eye is led in a fascinating dance around the space, from shadows to highlights, which corresponds to the emotional curves of a drama about having to bite your tongue and say nothing. Hush is in form a musical – all the performers sing, dance, and act – raised to a level of seriousness beyond “mere entertainment,” while remaining ferociously entertaining. The direction is brilliantly synesthetic, the body language is telling. But also, each element of the theatrical design gets a featured moment, like the musicians in a jazz band—with a special star-turn for the Foley artist/sound-effects man Sudhu Tewari, who gets to upstage the performers in one choice bit about a going-nowhere marriage. See page 32 >>

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Give my regards to Mill Valley

Scene from director Michele Josue’s Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine.

by David Lamble


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he first week of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival runs Oct. 3-13 at the Smith Rafael Film Center, Cinearts@Sequoia (Mill Valley), the 142 Throckmorton Theatre (Mill Valley), the Century Cinema (Corte Madera) and the Lark Theatre (Larkspur). It is graced by Nebraska, the much-anticipated road comedy from America’s foremost weaver of serious adult comedy, Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth, Election, Sideways, About Schmidt, The Descendants). Bay Area favorite Bruce Dern shows why he copped the top acting prize at Cannes as a stubborn old man who implores his adult son to ferry him from Montana to Nebraska to redeem what he insists is a winning lottery ticket. (Opening night, Sequoia 1 & 2) For those whose radical roots were fueled by the extraordinary Costa-Gavras (Z, State of Seige, Missing, The Ax), Peter Coyote will conduct an on-stage interview with the famed director in conjunction with the screening of his latest feature Capital, starring Gad Elmaleh and Gabriel Byrne. (Rafael, 10/4) Plus the usual Mill See page 34 >>

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26 • Bay Area Reporter • October 3-9, 2013

Inspirational aesthetics by Roberto Friedman


useum Hours from writer/ director Jem Cohen centers on the stoic Viennese museum guard Johann (Bobby Sommer), who befriends a visitor from Montreal, Anne (Mary Margaret O’Hara). Since large parts of the film are set inside Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, we thought it would play a lot like director Alexander Sokurov’s 2002 masterpiece Russian Ark, our favorite movie of all time, which was filmed entirely in the Winter Palace of the Hermitage Museum, in a single take. Turns out Museum Hours is all that and more. Yes, there are long, lovely scenes set in the museum galleries, and we’re even treated to a docent lecture about the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. But the “museum” of the film’s title is really no less than the city of Vienna itself, including its streetscapes, its

railyards, and its outlying areas. As Johann shows off his city to Anne, taking her to places ordinary tourists don’t go, we remember that the word museum is based on the Greek word for a temple dedicated to the muses. Cohen’s beautiful film shows how details can inspire, from the most exalted oil paintings to the trash in the gutters of a city street. He received the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, and it’s easy to see why. When they’re introducing themselves, Johann mentions to Anne in passing that he belongs to a birdwatching group, which is where he met his partner, “but he’s long gone now.” So the leading role in the film is an out gay man, although the subject of his sexuality never comes up again. It’s subtle and understated, the way life sometimes is. Similarly, Museum Hours, though not without drama, is not dramatic, but it’s wise.

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Bobby Sommer plays the part of Johann, a museum guard, in writer/ director Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours.

Old times

Gifted comedian Geoff Hoyle has returned to The Marsh San Francisco with his show The Geezer (through Oct. 26), and OT was in the audience last Saturday. It’s a stream-of-consciousness immersion into the life of the renowned performer as he recalls his roots in Northumbria, his training in Paris with Etienne Decroux, and his career taking off in the Bay Area, from his star turn as Mr. Sniff in the Pickle Family Circus on to glory. But mostly it’s about the indignities of growing old. As much gentleman philosopher as genius clown, Hoyle can make the most amazing physical and mental contortions seem easy. “If only youth knew,” he mused. “If only age could!” “How are we going to live? Who’ll take care of us, besides us?” And, “Maybe it’s not death we fear, but decline.” (Through Oct. 26; go to

Here we quote a passage from the poem “A History of Western Music: Chapter 63.” “Because of your unconventional lifestyle/you have been shopping among women your entire life,/ young mothers and matrons,/almost no other males around except staff and seniors,/the old men squinching their eyes, scowling at the prices./What sort of life have you led that you find yourself, an

Shopping around

The work of San Francisco poet August Kleinzahler comes alive on the page, and his new collection The Hotel Oneira (FSG) is no exception.


adult male of late middle age,/about to weep among the avocados and citrus fruits/in a vast, overlit room next to a bosomy Cuban grandma/ with her sparkly, extravagant eyewear?/It’s good that your parents are no longer alive.” Kleinzahler’s poetry won him the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. It’s notable for its real sense of place, as in “Hollyhocks in the Fog.” “Every evening smoke blows in from the sea,/sea smoke, ghost vapor/of lost frigates, sunken destroyers./It hangs over the eucalyptus grove,/cancels the hills,/curls around garbage sacks outside the lesbian bar.” Remind you of anywhere?

Preppy handbook

Last week the classic emporium Brooks Brothers invited us to a swank cocktail party at their new Union Square flagship store, an affair in honor of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show benefiting Enterprise for High School Students. The theme was Jazz Moderne: Art Deco & the Avant Garde, and the amenities included drinks, bites, rolled cigars and shoeshines. Our Ted Baker wingtips never looked so good! You’d never know it to look at us, but Out There once owned a Brooks Brothers credit card, when we lived and schooled in a preppy princedom on the buttoned-down East Coast. We had a Christopher Street magazine cover framed on our wall that asked the musical question, “Are You a Gay Preppy?” And for years we kept track of our life in Brooks Brothers engagement calendars gifted us every year by a favorite aunt. Those times and the aunt are long gone. We won’t be wearing a seersucker suit again any time soon. But it sure was nice to hang with the Bros. for a cocktail or four. After all, prep is as prep does.t

The gayest sounds by Gregg Shapiro


osaic, the third full-length disc by Jann Klose, sounds like the international gay singer/songwriter’s breakthrough album. Klose opens the disc with two songs, “Make It Bet-

ter” and “Know What’s Right,” in which he sings in his most political voice, expressing his desire for global LGBT equality. Klose also has a knack for writing memorable love songs, exemplified here by “Still” and “On and On.” Lucky for listeners, “Four Leaf Clover” is a perfect pop gem. Klose fiddles around with his country side on “Beautiful One,” featuring Carrie Newcomer. He closes the disc with an exquisite a cappella rendition of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren,” which also functions as a reminder that Klose can be seen in the Jeff Buckley biopic Greetings from Tim Buckley ( What sets JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound apart from retro-soul-revivalists such as Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (get well soon, Miss Sharon!) and Fitz & the Tantrums (sorry your new disc is such a disappointment!)? JC Brooks, of course! It’s all there for your ears on Howl (Bloodshot). The openly gay lead vocalist and acclaimed actor Jayson Brooks brings the drama when necessary (“River,” “Married for a Week,” the hot heartache of “Cold”). He also knows how to throw a party like nobody’s business (the title tune, the sexy “Security,” funky floor-burner “Before You Die” and the pop pleasure of “Not Alone”). The album’s real treats are all the way at the end, where Brooks and the Uptown Sound venture into exciting sonic territory on “Control” and “These Things.” Kevin Newhall has been on quite an artistic journey. From his for-

mer days as a CCM (contemporary Christian music) performer to the present as an out-and-proud queer musician, Newhall has his say on If I Had My Way with Words ( The irresistible “Today’s the Day” expresses relatable sentiments with a touch of humor. “Dear Jonathan” is a heartbreaking musical letter to an ex sure to make more than a few eyes water. “Easy Chair” is a current events update set to music. Newhall adds strings See page 28 >>



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Carrie without camp by Richard Dodds


h yes, there were whopping servings of unfortunately unintended camp in Carrie, the 1988 Broadway musical inspired by the Stephen King novel and Brian DePalma film of the same name. Camp, as well as head-scratching staging, bizarre design decisions, and a disco-themed slaughter of pigs. But don’t go to Ray of Light Theatre’s production of Carrie seeking a forlaughs facsimile of the debacle that New York Times critic Frank Rich likened to the Hindenburg disaster. “I’m sure someone could do a hilarious sendup, but it’s something we’re trying to distance ourselves from,” director Jason Hoover said of his production, running Oct. 4-Nov. 2 at the Victoria Theatre. “It’s not played for comedy, and it’s not really a horror thing, either. It’s more of a suspense thriller with a really beautiful score.” Ironically, since only a relative handful of people actually saw Carrie, it is this so-bad-it’s-good notoriety spreading among musicaltheater fans that spurred its authors to give it another go. A considerably revised, rethought, and sobered-up version of Carrie had a limited run off-Broadway last year, and it was only then that its makers were ready for other theaters to present it. “We’ve had our eye on the show for a long time, and we e-mailed [licensing company] Rodgers and Hammerstein to let us know the moment it became avail-

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Cristina Ann Oeschger plays the humiliated title character in the musical Carrie, a notorious Broadway flop now being staged in a new version at the Victoria Theatre.

able,” said Hoover, who became Ray of Light’s artistic director in 2012 after six years with the company. “It really fits the aesthetic of the kind of darker, edgier musicals in a rock vein that Ray of Light produces.” Previous productions in the two-show seasons have included Tommy, The Full Monty, Jerry Springer: The Opera, and for the

Suburban estrangement

past three years, an annual Sondheim musical. Hoover didn’t see the 1988 Carrie, but a close friend who did has shared memories that are not to be repeated on stage per a statement from librettist Lawrence D. Cohen (who also penned the movie) and songwriters Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford. The trio states, “We were never interested in seeing our show done in a campy or kitschy style. Treating the material seriously, however, doesn’t mean that it should be performed without humor, excitement, or fun; on the contrary, it absolutely needs these elements.” As Hoover sees it, “This is a real, relatable tale in its themes of bullying and not fitting in and just everything that goes on with the fraught

high school experience. Everyone already knows the climactic scene of the movie, but we’re still hoping to get people to sit on the edges of their seats.” Most of the appropriately youthful cast of 20 portray students, and many are first-timers with Ray of Light. That’s the case with Cristina Ann Oeschger, a junior at Carlmont High School, who has the title role. Carrie arrives at her new school untutored in ways that could help her integrate into teen society, finding herself instead a consensus figure for mockery. A Bible-thumping mother (Heather Orth) who tells Carrie her first menstrual blood is a sign of her sin has not been much help in socializing her daughter, who eventually plans to go the prom despite the further damnation that her mother foresees. And Carrie also has this little quirk called telekinesis that comes in handy when a cruel prom prank supercharges her powers. Ray of Light cast members receive stipends for their work, while the musicians and those designing sets, costumes, lighting, and sound are paid a salary. One group that makes no money is the six core members of Ray of Light. “We all have day jobs so we don’t necessarily need theater to be our main provider,” Hoover said. “What we really enjoy is being able to sit in the back of the house on opening night and see what we’ve been able to provide, not only for our audiences, but for the actors and designers in the city looking for new and cutting-edge work.” Ray of Light productions are often elaborate, large-scale affairs, but the troupe has managed to keep ticket prices relatively low. The volunteer management and a nonprofit status pulling in donors have helped cap costs. What Hoover says the actors receive in addition to a

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Ray of Light director Jason Hoover says he is treating Carrie with respect.

stipend “is the most professional experience” outside of the city’s major regional theaters that they can get. But neither do Hoover and his colleagues try to push away the term “community theater,” preferring instead to embrace it. “Sometimes people hear ‘community theater’ and think ‘not good theater.’ I see it as theater by this wonderful community for this wonderful community.” And a large part of that community, and ROL’s audiences, has LGBT attached to it, although Hoover said no specific tags could really represent Ray of Light. “In San Francisco, it’s come one, come all. We do have a large LGBT contingent on the staff, and we do musical nights at Martuni’s and the Edge, and some of the musicals we do tend to lead in a more LGBT direction,” he said. “I don’t want to give anything away, but when you hear what we’re talking about doing next year could really connect in that direction.”t

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Ben Calabrese, left, and Raul Bencomo Jr. play friends with secrets and agendas in Theatre Rhino’s To Sleep and Dream.

by Richard Dodds


heatre Rhino is opening its season with a small, curious new play by John Fisher, its artistic director. To Sleep and Dream is a play about settling old scores, and its low-key intimacy would make the most sense if born in autobiography. But I have no special knowledge to presume that, and the playwright has made no such indications. To Sleep and Dream is set in 1985 in the wealthy Bay Area suburb of Ross, where a house party occasionally spills into the backyard. The backyard set is comprised of a retaining wall and the mud it holds back, but before we can leap into the metaphor, it is acknowledged as such by one of the characters. Mainly, this is the story of the estrangement between a father and his two sons (one seen, one not), and its basis is eventually revealed with considerable specificity. One theatrical axiom claims that the universal comes from the specific, but the situations, at least as rendered here, don’t engender much resonance. In addition to father and younger son, other visitors to the

backyard confessional include a young female member of the father’s legal firm and one of the son’s buddies. Everyone has an agenda of sorts, and the drama comes from when they don’t align. But the characters at the receiving end of what are supposed to be weighty secrets revealed don’t react with much surprise, so theatrical friction is minimized even when voices are raised. Fisher, who also directed his play, takes the role of the father who is most comfortable when in cocktails and country club mode. Ben Calabrese strikes some sparks as the younger son, a bitter joker who seems happiest when pushing his father’s buttons. Raul Bencomo Jr. plays the son’s opportunistic buddy, and Maryssa Wanlass is welcomingly winsome in her scenes. As for the play’s title, To Sleep and Dream, its meaning remains opaque. At least it does for me, one theatergoer who didn’t quite know what he was looking at.t To Sleep and Dream will run through Oct. 6 at Z Below. Tickets are $15-$32. Call (866) 811-4111.

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Miscellany misses the mark by Philip Campbell

much more than an attractive and pleasant framing device for n an age of general multithe appearance of guest solotasking there doesn’’t appear ist pianist Emanuel Ax. After to be much risk to artistic quala lifetime in the business and a ity when a cultural institution career that has brought great acas reliable as the San Francisco claim if not superstardom, Ax Symphony applies some multistill walks to the Steinway with purposing to the season’s muan unassuming air. I have always sical programming. The last admired him, but last week was two subscription series conreally something special. certs at Davies Symphony Hall About halfway through the have included not only a highly first movement of Beethoven’s entertaining recording session, Third Piano Concerto, Ax’s but also a final dress rehearsal predictably sturdy and accurate of sorts for a major work that playing suddenly took flight in will be performed twice as part the sort of transcendent interof the orchestra’s upcoming pretation that makes a familiar U.S. tour in November. masterpiece sound brand-new. Looking at the bill of fare on As he continued through the paper last week proved both sublime slow movement and enticing and confusing. The through to the thrilling Rondo: second half of the evening apAllegro finale, the soloist simpeared to be nothing more ply ascended to new levels of than a mixed bag of brief piecachievement. His remarkable es usually reserved as encores. subtlety of touch and interpreMusic Director Michael Tilson tive insight brought thoughts Thomas immediately grabbed of Mozart and even Chopin to Lisa Marie Mazzucco the microphone after intermismind, but this was all Beethoven sion, and we knew there would Pianist Emanuel Ax brought interpretive with a bold B. The smiling and be an explanation following insight to Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto. seemingly unfazed star was in one of his endearing and rewarded with a genuine and amusing chats. appreciative standing ovation. at nine minutes, was Music from The musical bonbons – or After all was said and done, I the film Our Town by Aaron Cobetter yet, tapas – were all being wished his performance had been pland. Lovely and stirring in that recorded for future use in a collecrecorded as well. aching, Copland-nostalgic sort of tion of salon pieces or albumblätThe week before, DSH and MTT way, it was a poor fit for what came ter (pages in an album). They were were all about Mahler all the time, next. Delius (On Hearing the First assembled and programmed more with a week of performances given Cuckoo in Spring), Rachmaninoff or less in the tradition of such consolely to the composer’s Symphony (the very familiar Vocalise), Sibelius noisseur artists as legendary vioNo. 9. A woman in the audience said (Valse triste) and, with the addition linist Jascha Heifetz. The resulting words to the effect of, “The Ninth is of some exquisite keyboard work by listening experience was unavoidnot my favorite Mahler, but MTT Robin Sutherland and Peter Grunably mixed. The morsels were tasty can do no wrong.” I wouldn’t preberg on cimbalom, La plus que lente enough, they just couldn’t make a sume to be advising on personal by Debussy. All capped by a rousing satisfying meal. MTT said he wasn’t favorites in the Mahler canon, but I Cortege de Bacchus from Sylvia by expecting a lot of applause, just trywould agree with her remark about Leo Delibes. ing to evoke some sighs of pleasure MTT’s mastery of the territory. Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye and appreciation. So mission acTaking the maestro’s previously accontinued the roll he started durcomplished. claimed reading of the exceptionally ing the annual SFS opening gala The first and lengthiest piece, tender and emotionally wrenching with some gorgeous solo work in Ninth to Carnegie Hall with the orthe Copland, but more importantly, chestra that made his vision possihe brilliantly started the concert’s ble in the first place seems like a very first half with a bright and pergood idea. The most recent concert fectly pitched call to attention at only reinforced our high opinion. the beginning of Blumine by GusI do hope the seats at Carnegie tav Mahler. The brief work started have been oiled, though. A restas a theatrical piece, and was later less old chap at DSH came close to incorporated into the composer’s spoiling the otherwise breathlessly Symphony No. 1, then subsequently soft and rhythmically sure perfordropped. It has survived ever since mance by squirming continuously in a kind of limbo. Blumine is quite in a chair that was in desperate need attractive, beautiful even, and MTT of some WD-40. Some audience was clever to put it first in an evemembers fled to other empty seats ning that would end with other between movements. I zeroed in on gemlike scores. MTT’s incredible energy and manThe entire outer program selecaged to stay focused. The pay-off tions ultimately proved to be not was worth it.t



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to “I’m Afraid” and “Familiar Tune,” and strips things down for the personal bio of “Dust.” Partygoing is an ironic title for the third full-length disc by Future Bible Heroes, the trio led by prolific queer songwriter Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields, The 6th and The Gothic Archies) featuring Claudia Gonson and Christopher Ewen. Closer in mood and spirit to FBH’s dark debut Memories of Love than to its stellar sophomore effort Eternal Youth, Partygoing is anything but a party. It gets off to a slow start, although “A Drink Is Just the Thing” is an effective lubricant. “Let’s Go To Sleep (and Never Come Back)” not only picks up the pace, but also gives Merritt a chance to show off his gift for wordplay. “A New Kind of Town” is pleasantly bouncy, and the album’s centerpiece, “Living, Loving, Partygoing,” is a name-dropping electro delight. “Keep Your Children in a Coma” and the Giorgio Moroder-esque “Digging My Own Grave” combine dancing with laughing, while “Drink Nothing But Cham-

pagne” is the toast of the town. Jay Spears makes his eagerly awaited return with We Are All Born Lucky ( Known for his distinctive and humorous perspective, Spears sets the tone with the earth-shaking opener “When the Big One Hits,” singing about “histrionics over plate tectonics.” With “Guy in the Sky,” Spears has crafted an atheist anthem that will have non-believers testifying, while “Meat” should send the vegans running. The “Drive Time” rap wraps up SoCal traffic, and “Revolution” is a call to arms. We’re all lucky to have Spears back in action. Nude (, the second disc by UK chamber pop act The Irrepressibles, is every bit as gorgeous as the best music made by Sigur Rós or Antony & the Johnsons. They’re led by “nouveau international gay music icon” Jamie McDermott coming off a recent YouTube censorship run-in (see the “Two Men in Love” video). Nude is a thing of beauty, from dazzling arrangements and performances of “Pale Sweet Healing” and “New See page 29 >>



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Beefcake in the cherry orchard by Richard Dodds


n the serendipity that can flow from a-throw-it-against-the-walland-see-what-sticks approach, you can imagine Christopher Durang’s home wallpapered in pasta. That may not be true of all of his creations, but with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, there is adhesion no matter whether it’s silly fusilli, farcical farfalle, or trenchant trenette. Durang’s latest play, which won a Tony Award earlier this year, is opening Berkeley Rep’s new season with intelligent comedy that can get its laughs from broad sight gags to Chekhovian references. Somewhere in the middle, there is still room to discuss Ozzie and Harriet, shopping at K-Mart, a molecule’s emotional state, Ingmar Bergman vs. Jersey Shore, and a soothsaying housekeeper with a voodoo doll. But even if the jokes, gags, and situations are adhesive, it’s not so certain that all have been thrown at the right wall. It’s not surprising to read that Durang originally planned to play the morose, middle-aged, and gay Vanya, sibling to Sonia and Masha, whose community-theater parents named them for Chekhov characters, at least not surprising when Vanya goes on a rambling luddite-lite tirade. It’s a funny and poignant speech, passionately delivered by Anthony Fusco, but something of an interpolated verbal aria. But even when Durang gets off the very elastic track he has laid, the detour is always entertaining. Certainly the second act has more trouble sustaining the exuberant introductions of characters, their situations, and their conflicts that drive the first act. That first act can leave you feeling happily gob-smacked as a brother and sister, terminally bored when the curtain rises, end up dressed as a Snow White dwarf and the Evil Queen in an entourage that has grown to include another dwarf, Prince Charming, and Snow White herself by the time the Act I curtain descends. They are all headed to a ritzy costume party at the house where Dorothy Parker once lived in fashionable Bucks County. The party is only a few blocks away, but it’s light years from the hermetic lives that siblings Vanya and Sonia have shared in the family home. Their lives of gloom are interrupted by their third sibling, Masha, a Hollywood star who has been paying the bills, who brings rare festivity into the home, until she announces that she plans to sell the family house. All manner of comic holes are poked into swathes of contemporary life. Movie star Masha sees every light reflecting back on her, and Lorri Holt brims with insecurities that her character’s self-centered bravado can’t hide. She plans to


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World” to “Two Men In Love.” When McDermott and the band cut loose, as they do on the highflying “Arrow,” the salty “Tears” and smooth-sailing “Ship,” you know you’re hearing something special. The Random Hubiak wasn’t kidding when he called his latest disc Memoirs of a Manwhore: The Reeling Waltz of a Drunken Lothario ( Musical influences ranging from Tom Waits and Elton John to Ben Folds and Regina Spektor all come through loud and clear. But The Random Hubiak’s lyrics are what set him apart from his influences, particularly on standout tracks “Happy To Be Your Whore,” “Hip Little City” (hear Elton John?) “Hotel by the River,” “The Trick” (hear Billy Joel?) and “Car in the Rain.”t

dazzle the costume party with her elaborate rendering of Snow White (the Disney version, she needs to repeatedly point out). She has brought dwarf costumes for her siblings for their supporting roles, but Sonia refuses to go as the dwarf Dopey. Sharon Lockwood is all kinds of wonderful as Sonia, first as a frumpy master of ennui, and then, in a second-hand gown overrun with sequins, a sudden star. Lockwood clenches her jaw and regally commands the stage in her interpretation of the Evil Queen as played by the actress played by Maggie Smith in the movie California Suite. Masha brings along her own Prince Charming, a well-muscled wanna-be actor who has been Masha’s young companion for several months. When Spike makes his first entrance with a kind of curlicue hop, skip, and flop, one might worry about the choices the actor and/or director have made for this character. Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Mark Junek has the athletic grace and stuntman’s precision to let him literally leap across the stage when not backflipping into a sofa or performing a Chippendale-worthy reverse striptease. In addition to a fantastic physical performance, Junek can pull serial laughs from his dim-witted

character’s self-absorbed dialogue. Caroline Kaplan is peaches and cream as aspiring actress Nina from next door who worships at Masha’s feet, although Masha begins to think Spike and Nina might become their own congregation. Housekeeper Cassandra has warned the family to beware of Nina, though many of her sentences begin with the word “beware.” Heather Alicia Simms creates a weirdly wild combination of crackpot, sage, and scowling domestic. She is easily moved to Greek tragedy for her premonitions that don’t always follow the original text. “Oh wretches, oh misery, oh magical mystery tour,” she says before announcing that lunch will be served in 20 minutes. All of the above finds a comfortable home in scenic designer Kent Dorsey’s detailed rendering of a converted farmhouse, and Debra Beaver Bauer’s costumes expertly play an essential role in the proceedings. Director Richard E.T. White has corralled the madness of Durang’s play without dampening the humor. It is comedy served up al dente.t Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run at Berkeley Rep through Oct. 25. Tickets are $35$89. Call (510) 647-2949 or go to

In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Mark Junek plays an aspiring actor with an exhibitionist streak, eliciting different reactions from his audience (Anthony Fusco, Caroline Kaplan, and Lorri Holt).

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umping swiftly from leatherfests to 40th anniversary street fairs on the other side of town, our autumn includes awesome entertainments. Break out the pumpkin spice, girls!

Joe Goode Performance Group @ Z Space

American Conservatory Theatre’s new production of Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone’s multiple Tony Award-winning 1969 musical about America’s founding fathers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. $20-$87. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 6. 415 Geary St. 749-2228.

World premiere of Hush, a dance-theatre story of inter-related characters whose lives are alternately silenced and silencing; sound score by Sudhu Tewari, music by Ben Juodvalkis. $15-$70. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 5. 450 Florida St. (866) 811-4111.

Band Fags @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

Julia Serano @ Pegasus Books, Modern Times

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.

Author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive reads in Berkeley (7:30pm, Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave.) and Oct. 10, 7pm at Modern Times (2919 24th St.).

Bay One-Acts Festival @ Tides Theatre

Margaret Atwood @ Norse Theatre

Annual festival presents world premieres of more than a dozen works by local and other U.S. playwrights. $20-$40. Various dates and times thru Oct. 5. 533 Sutter St. 2nd floor. 240-3431.

City Arts & Lectures presents the bestselling author, who discusses her latest book MaddAddam, in a conversation with Frances Phillips. $27. 7:30pm. 275 Hayes St.

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical @ Curran Theatre

New and Classic Films @ Castro 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.

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.

The Drunken Botanist @ Conservatory of Flowers Author Amy Stewart is the guest speaker at a special night of botanically-themed cocktail tastings. Learn which plants make for great drinking. Taste in the arboretum, and get your copy of Stewart’s bestselling books. $40-$100. VIP tour 6pm. 7pm-9pm. 21+. Golden Gate Park. 831-2090. www.

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.

Unusual vintage short films, Thursdays and Fridays. This week, Cults, Sects and Mind Control! Oct. 4, Cool Jazz short films. Each $10. 8pm. 275 Capp St. 558-8117.

To Sleep and Dream @ Z Below

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1776 @ Geary Theatre

Strange Shorts @ Oddball Films

Cleverly-paired double features include: Oct. 3: Drive and Only God Forgives. Oct. 4 & 5: The Wicker Man (restored 40th anniversary print). Oct. 5, D.W. Griffith’s epic Intolerance. Oct. 6, Werner Herzog’s masterful 1979 remake of Nosferatu. (7pm) and Zulawski’s horrific Possession (9pm). Oct. 9, Thelma & Louise (2:45, 7pm) and Switchblade Sisters (5pm, 9:25). Oct. 10, Fruitvale Station (2:30, 4:45, 7pm, 9:15). $8.50-$12. 429 Castro St.

Oleta Adams @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko Grammy-nominated R&B-pop singer performs her new cabaret act. $30-$70. 8pm. Also Oct 4, 8pm and Oct. 5, 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1111.

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.

Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of John Fisher’s new play about people struggling with family and romantic entanglements. $15-$30. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 7pm (Oct 6, 3pm). Thru Sept. 22. 470 Florida St. at 17th.

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.

Transgender Law Center Gala @ Sir Francis Drake Hotel Stylish gala at the swanky hotel, with MC Tita Aida, acts include Josh Klipp and the Klipptones, Monica Beverly Hillz, a VIP reception (6pm), awards cermony at 7pm (Shawna Virago, Lisa Mottet, Kortney Ryan Ziegler, and doctors Judith Lively, Jennifer Slovis and Susanne Watson are honored). $95 and up. Empire Ballroom, 450 Powell St.

Fri 4 After the Revolution @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Amy Herzog’s drama about a woman who discovers her family’s history isn’t the proud radical tradition she thought it was. $32-$60. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm, & 7pm. Thru Oct. 6. 2801 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822.

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

Annual outdoor exhibit of fascinating glass sculptures shaped like colorful gourds. FriSun 10am-6pm. Thru Oct. 27. 560 South 31st St. Richmond.

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.

Josh Klipp and The Klipptones @ Palace Hotel

Opening reception for the artist’s painting exhibit, Intimate Strangers. 6pm-10pm. Thru Oct. 30. 560 Second St, Oakland.

Smuin Ballet @ Palace of Fine Arts 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.

Tale From Two Cities @ SF Public Library Armistead Maupin ( Tales of the City), plus Tobias Wolff, Kevin Starr, Ursual Heise and many other writers and editors speak at several panels in a two-day conference about Northn California writers and writing, with public talks. Free. 10am-5pm. Also Oct. 5. Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.


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.


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Carrie: the Musical @ Victoria Theatre Ray of Light Theatre company premieres its much-anticipated version of the rarelyproduced musical adaptation of the Stephen King horror tale about an awkward high school girl with special powers. $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.

Ella, the Musical @ Center Repertory Theatre, Walnut Creek Musical adaptation of the life of singer Ella Fitzgerald, performed by the North Bay theatre company. $37-$64. 8pm. Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30pm. Thru Oct. 12. 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. (925) 943-7469.

Forbidden Fruit @ The Garage

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Glass Pumpkin Patch @ Cohn-Stone Studios, Richmond

Exhibit and series of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the innovative dance company and its diverse collaborators. 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 eight-artist exhibition visualizing cultural diversity in the U.S. 701 Mission St. 979-2787.

Last performance of San Francisco Opera’s world premiere production of Tobian Picker and J.D. McClatchy’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel about the mysterious life of a reclusive woman in rural Maine. $23-$385. 8pm. 301 Van Ness Ave. 8643330.

Forbidden Fruit

Terry Furry @ Loakal Art Gallery, Oakland

St. (800) 838-2006.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane @ YBCA

Dolores Claiborne @ War Memorial Opera House

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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

www.NARACAM Keith Jarrett Trio @ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley The master of jazz piano improv and composition performs with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. $30-$95. 8pm. UC Berkeley campus, Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave. (510) 6429988.

Okee Dokee Brothers @ Dance Palace, Point Reyes Folk duo performs songs inspired by their month-long canoe trip; perfect for families and kids. $8-$12. 6:30pm. 503 B St., Point Reyes.

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.

Macbeth @ Fort Point We Players, the innovative site-specific theatre company, performs an energetic version of Shakespeare’s haunting “Scottish play” at the former military outpost. Be forewarned: this threehour production is mostly outdoors, at night, where it’s cold and damp (how appropriate!), with stairs and multiple locations (special needs/wheelchair access; call in advance). $30-$60. Discounted Thursdays $45. Thu-Sun at 6pm. Extended thru Oct. 13. 1 Marine Drive. 547-0189.

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.



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

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond @ de Young Museum

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Boxcar Theatre

SF Hiking Club @ Butano State Park

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.

Join GLBT hikers for a 12-mile hike at Butano State Park near Pescadero; hike a lovely loop on several trails and detour to see the unusual Candelabra redwood. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, layers, and sturdy boots. Carpool meets 8:30 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 203-7055.

Lea Salonga @ Nourse Theatre Star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Disney’s Aladdin and Mulan performs in a special concert benefit for the Philipine Development Foundation; Salonga performs music populaized by Ella Fitgeraldn and Barbra Streisand, plus Filipino hits. $55-$110 and up. 8pm. 299 Hayes St. 392-4400.

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.

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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.

UNION SQUARE: 352 Sutter Street 415-683-3204 WALNUT CREEK: 31 Broadway Lane 925-988-0844

Continuing series in the ongoing dance festival tonight includes works by AnneRené Petraca, Anandha Ray, Holly Shaw and Casey Lee Thorne. $15-$20. 8pm. 351 Shotwell St. Studio B.

Sun 6 Calabash @ Food for Thought, Forestville Annual harvest-themed benefit gala for the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank, featuring a silent auction of gourd-themed art, garden tours and live music. $45-50. 1pm5pm. 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville. (707) 887-1647.

Peaches headlines the 40th anniversary street fair, started by Harvey Milk, and continued by local businesses. Enjoy several stages of live entertainment, DJed music, two-stepping, plus food, arts, crafts and local business booths. Gate proceeds benefit dozens of local LGBTQ and HIV/ AIDS nonprofits. Castro Street at Market and 19th.

SF Hiking Club @ El Corte de la Madera Join GLBT hikers for a 13-mile hike in El Corte de la Madera Open Space Preserve in the mid-Peninsula. Hiking on several trails, see sandstone formations, walk through old-growth redwoods, and cross into Wunderlich Park, a part of the original Folger’s Coffee family estate. Bring water, lunch, layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking boots, hiking poles. Carpool meets 8:15 at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores. 837-8990.

David Perry’s LGBT-themed talk show features a variety of local and visiting guests. This week, Perry sits down with Marconi Calindas, co-author of the children’s book Of Petals and Hope: Sonny Sunflower Triumphs Over Bullying. Perry also talks to David Sheve, writer and director of the animated LGBT history and music videos Hard Knock Rock. Rebroadcast various times thru the week.

Daughter, Bear’s Den @ The Fillmore The two bands play new rock-folk music. $22. 8pm. 1805 Geary Blvd. at Fillmore.

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.

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.

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. /

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. Also, Be Bad…Do Good: Activism With a Beat, a multimedia exhibit highlighting the history of the Real Bad benefit dance parties. Thru Oct. 27. Other permanent exhibits as well. Reg. hours Mon-Sat 11am-7pm (closed Tue.) Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St. 6211107.

Peaches Does Herself @ Roxie Cinema Special late-night screening of the documentary music performance film by and about the eclectic wild pop-punk performer Peaches. $10. 11:15pm. $10. 3117 16th St. 431-3611.

Jennifer Reilly

Castro Street Fair @ Castro & Market streets

10 Percent @ Comcast Cable

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Buried Child

West Wave Dance Festival @ ODC Commons

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Tue 8 Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company @ CounterPulse Special concert in tandem with the YBCA exhibit and concerts. Time: Study is a site-specific work with John Cage-inspired random choereographic moments. $45$50. 8pm. Also Oct. 9 (YBCA concerts Oct. 11-13). 1310 Mission St. www.

Bear’s Den opens for Daughter

Wed 9 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.

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

LGBT Book Club @ Books Inc The monthly group discusses Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777.

Thu 10 Alexandra Franzen @ Books Inc. Author of 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome leads a mini-workshop on positive thinking. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 8646777.

The Art of Beer @ City Beer Opening reception for an exhibit of beer-label collages by local artist Tofu, at the beer store and bar. 21+. 6pm-9pm. Exhibit thru Nov. 3. Regular hours Tue-Sun 12pm-10pm. 1168 Folsom St. 503-1033.

David Thomson @ Books Inc. Author of Moments That Made the Movies discusses his book about pivotal and classic scenes from more than 70 films. 7:30pm. 2275 Market St. 864-6777.

Will Durst @ The March 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.

Sat 5 Lea Salonga

Mon 7 Kenny Loggins @ Wente Vineyards, Livermore The pop-rock singer is joined by American Idol finalist Lacey Brown and host Joe Mantegna at a concert benefit for disabled war veterans. $104-$254 (includes premium or buffet dinners). 7:30pm. 5050 Arroya Road Livermore. (800) 745-3000.

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.

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September song by Tavo Amador

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus 8th Annual


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as there ever been a more searing portrayal of a mother/daughter relationship than Ingmar Bergman’s riveting Autumn Sonata (1978), recently released in a new DVD? It’s doubtful. It begins innocently, with Viktor (Halvar Bjork) narrating how often he watches his wife, Eva (Liv Ullman), without her knowing it. He loves her very much. He’s a bishop in rural Sweden, and she’s his helpmate, although they married knowing she didn’t love him. Eva’s concert pianist mother, Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman), has recently lost her former lover and close friend. Eva writes, expressing her condolences, inviting Charlotte to visit. It has been seven years since they were together. Charlotte is delighted to see Eva, but is taken aback to discover that her other daughter, Helena (Lena Nyman), is present. Helena has a degenerative disease that keeps her bedridden, unable to speak clearly or control her movements. Eva has brought her home from the institution where Charlotte had sent her. Faced with the inevitable, Charlotte feigns pleasure at seeing Helena, embraces her, and delights her. That evening, the soigne Charlotte encourages her plain daughter to play a Chopin Etude. Eva complies, but feels inadequate. She then asks Charlotte to play it. She does, pointing out how it should be interpreted, all the while desperately seeking something positive to say about Eva’s technique. Charlotte suffers from insomnia. In a marvelous scene, she is lying in bed, eating chocolates, and decides she will give Eva and Viktor a new automobile. The thought pleases her enormously. She thinks about it a little longer, however, then decides to give them her old Mercedes and buy herself the new one. Mother and daughter seem happy together, but eventually their complex, guilt-ridden feelings emerge during a long, harrowing night. Eva expresses her tremendous resentment over Charlotte’s having to put her career before her responsibilities as a wife and mother. That wound has never healed. When Charlotte was present, Eva


and Helena were bathed in sunlight. When she left, they were thrown into blackness. She wanted so much to please her mother, but never could. Charlotte was beautiful, Eva ordinary. Charlotte was famous and successful, Eva published two small books that only Viktor seems to admire. Helena embarrassed Charlotte. Charlotte also forced 18-yearold Eva to have an abortion because she didn’t approve of the baby’s father. Eva still mourns Erik, the son who brought happiness to her and Viktor. Charlotte had never seen the boy, who died at four in an accident. She did attend the funeral. Charlotte, appalled by Eva’s rage, battles guilt but also justifies herself. She had no memory of love or affection from her parents. She can’t even remember their faces, but recalls that her mother was tall, dark, and had blue eyes. Eva and Helena’s father was a good man, but her marriage was unsatisfying. Childbirth was agony. She put her career on hold when the girls were young, but being a wife and mother wasn’t enough. She could only express emotions through music. She provided for them, came home as often as she could, and did the best she knew how. Eva is a whiner, a crybaby. As for Helena, what could Charlotte do for her other than make sure she was well cared for?

Anger management

The director gets brilliant work from his cast. Ullman initially masks Eva’s anger effectively, so when it explodes, the viewer is stunned and


moved. She struggles to love her mother, to stop hating her, to forgive her, to make peace with her. It’s a remarkable performance, among the finest in her celebrated career. The film, nonetheless, belongs to Bergman. It was her last major movie role, and her extraordinary combination of star power and acting skills were rarely fused so memorably. The remnants of her youthful beauty are evident, yet in some harrowing close-ups, we see a haggard 63-year-old woman who in real life was battling the cancer that ultimately killed her. In other scenes, her charismatic glow eclipses everyone around her. She infuses Charlotte with great glamour, yet doesn’t shy away from portraying an often unfeeling narcissist, a woman who cannot remember much about her children but recalls, with astonishing accuracy, where and what she was playing on specific dates. Nothing in her exceptional career, which earned her three Oscars, a Tony, and an Emmy, prepares the viewer for her Charlotte. She won the New York Film Critics Award and garnered her seventh Academy Award nomination, but lost the Best Actress prize to Jane Fonda in Coming Home. The script is filled with Bergman’s grim insights and details. Charlotte is surprised when Eva declines a chocolate. “You used to love chocolates as a girl,” she says. “No,” replies Eva, “that was Helena.” The parts are balanced, and the viewer’s sympathy shifts from one to the other. In 93 minutes, the audience learns everything they need to know about Charlotte and Eva. The ending is sadly ironic. The set includes a second disc, discussing the making of the movie. Ingrid Bergman and Ingmar Bergman, both Swedes, had long wanted to work together, so this was a dream fulfilled. Ullman has nothing but praise for her co-star, who often was in tremendous physical pain while filming yet managed to be at her best before the camera. Movies that are great successes when released often lose their luster decades later. After 35 years, however, Autumn Sonata remains a masterpiece.t

Joe Goode

From page 25

Hush is, of course, what until recently we queers had to do about our longings. Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t act on it, don’t get caught. It’s been one of Goode’s major themes in 30odd years here making gay dancetheater, work that has been part of the education process that has changed the way the whole rest of the country regards our rights. Goode has been hugely successful, the recipient of many awards. His first SF Isadora Duncan Award came in the 1980s, New York’s Bessie a decade ago. In 1987 he made a masterpiece, Twentynine Effeminate Gestures, which made the B.A.R.’s first dance critic, the late great Keith White, meditate on how Goode works our nerves: “Any one of those gestures could have gotten a brick thrown through your window where I come from.” White further wondered what Goode’s sizeable straight audience saw in it, since for queers, 29 EG drove our adrenaline levels through the roof. I felt like my head was exploding as I watched it. That piece, which made him nationally famous when it was televised on NPR, was unusually straightforward for Goode. Though it was ironic, the levels of anger and defiance compressed within it were impossible to See page 33 >>

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Melecio Estrella (left) and Felipe Barrueto-Cabello (right) perform in Joe Goode’s Hush.



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Head of the Homeland by Sura Wood

Do have more creative freedom in Israel? Yes, without a doubt. I wrote and directed all 24 episodes of POWs – that’s control. I feel like it was my child, whereas with Homeland and now Tyrant, there are so many executives and writers and directors involved. Good comes from that collective thinking, but there’s a lack of one vision. We have an amazing industry in Israel. With so little money – an average Israeli TV episode costs around $50,000, compared to the millions one can run in the U.S. – we have to emphasize the writing. Homeland’s pilot cost more than two seasons of POWs combined.


ast Sunday, Showtime’s awardwinning terrorist drama Homeland had its third season premiere. For the pop culture-deprived, the show is about Carrie (Claire Danes), an emotionally unstable, undeniably brilliant CIA agent, and her obsessive relationship with Brody (Damian Lewis), a rescued U.S. Marine POW turned against his country during his captivity in Afghanistan by a terrorist mastermind. What some fans may not know is that Homeland is based on Hatufim (Prisoners of War), a hit 2010 Israeli television series created, written and directed by Gideon Raff. Former 24 producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa bought the rights to adapt the series for American television on the basis of Raff’s POWs pilot script. In contrast to the original, Homeland’s love story is in the forefront. Near the end of last season’s final episode, as Carrie and Brody bid farewell, he’s a shattered, wanted man coming through on so many frequencies one doesn’t know whether his declarations of love are sincere or he’s an inveterate survivor pressing his advantage over a vulnerable, broken woman. “Asking whether you can really love someone whom you suspect wants to kill you is very clever,” observes the 40-year-old Raff, whose career prospects are bright indeed. He’s a writer and executive producer on Homeland; he’s at work on the third season of POWs in Morocco and Israel; and his recent Hollywood project Tyrant, a TV series about an American family entangled in Middle Eastern politics, was the object of a cable-network bidding war. He got his first big break as an assistant to Doug Liman on Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and with two featurefilm directing credits under his belt, hopes similar opportunities will be coming his way. Raff, who’s gay, married his partner Udi in California, and splits his time between his native Tel Aviv and L.A. We spoke last July at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Sura Wood: What are the differences between Homeland and POWs? Gideon Raff: A simplistic answer is that Homeland is a fast-paced thriller with drama, and POWs is a drama with thriller elements. Some scenes are lifted word-forword from the Israeli scripts (which were translated into English), while other scenes contain the DNA of the original but were changed substan-

tially. In POWs, we wanted to deeply explore PTSD. Unlike Homeland, which is from Carrie’s point of view, it’s told through the soldiers’ memories, flashbacks and nightmares. That’s also why the torture scenes are more graphic. The American version has some features all its own: it has a bi-polar lead character in Carrie, whose judgment is questionable. When she says Brody is a terrorist, you have to ask: is she right, or is she just off her meds? Do gay themes come into your work? I’m gay, so of course, that’s part of my sensibility. In POWs, the material isn’t overtly gay, but if you look at the relationships, the real couple is the two soldiers, who become home to each other. The women are on the outside. Because of my gay sensibility, I was able to film scenes that maybe, if I was straight or macho or chauvinistic, I wouldn’t have been able to. Israel strikes me as a macho culture. What’s it like to be gay there? It is a very macho culture, yet it’s more open than the States in some ways. There was never a problem for me being gay in the military, for instance. I could be open about it. What’s the status of same-sex marriage? That’s never going to happen there because of the rabbinical ultra-orthodox Jews. Still, if you go to Tel Aviv, you’ll see it’s so gay. The joke is that it’s straight-friendly. People live the lives they want. We still have to fight for our rights, but you don’t see hate crimes like you see here. I’ve never felt that kind of danger in Israel.

Writers tend be introverted, needing exile, cunning and silence, as James Joyce once said, yet there’s so much cacophony and meddling in the film and television industries. I think the writing process should be very intimate, silent, lonely, and usually it is. In the best circumstances you get your episodes by locking yourself in a room and writing the whole thing, the cacophony can start once it’s already on the page and you know what it is. If you allow those voices in beforehand, you’re in a big mess.


HBO’s In Treatment opened the door to Hollywood, following by Homeland, and more adaptations of Israeli series are in the pipeline. Do you see a downside? There’s a danger. I hear more and more executives and creators in Israel saying, “This would make a good American show.” The main reason POWs is a success is that it’s very local and specific. I wasn’t looking for a way into Hollywood, and there’s a danger of losing our identity and making mediocre products when we try.



3:18 PM


You lived in U.S. from 2001-09 before returning to Israel. You’ve said that during that period you felt like you were living in exile. I think my first emotional connection to POWs was that I also felt like a man without a country, especially later when we were shooting both shows together, flying back and forth between sets in Israel and L.A. TV is so much about the zeitgeist, and you’ve hit the mother lode in two countries. What are the chances of that happening? We need to bring in an anthropologist to explain it. Zeitgeist is the word that needs to be used here. What happened is a miracle.t C






Joe Goode

From page 32

misunderstand. It was the same subtext as the Widow Norton’s. Goode has always worked in modules: fragmentary skits, dances, songs, monologues that are juxtaposed like the shards of verse in T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land, that the viewer has to put together to complete. The same in Hush. The bold straight Penny (Damara Vita Ganley) and her shy queer friend (the tender Melecio Estrella) make a pact early in the show to protect each other – she offers, he accepts – which carries the arc of the show. We see their life and their world as islands picked out by downspotlights (lighting by Jim French) on a black-box stage – the bar at Sam’s, where they hang out; the bandstand with its open mike, where a sweet slacker (Andrew Ward) recites a doofus poem; the wall he and Carlos (Felipe Barrueto-Cabello) lean on as they ponder “what happened to Penny”; the kitchen where Ward and his wife (Jessica Swanson) talk past each other; the porch where

Penny shares with her boyfriend her insight that her shy friend “has feelings” for Carlos; the chain of square blocks of light on the dark stage that indicate Penny’s way home the night she is raped. The first half of Hush is packed with brilliant numbers; Sudhu Tewari’s clip-clop walking sounds create acute anxiety in us as Penny walks home and gets waylaid – or were they for the executive wife, clicking about the kitchen as she itemizes chores for her slacker husband to tend to? The same effect is used later to ironic Brechtian distancing effect as Tewari is brought out of the background and placed right in the middle of a scene between the unhappy married folk, as if he were the elephant in the room that they both are ignoring. Such cleverness abounds, and is lavished on the whole show. If there’s anything to complain about, it’s a contradiction in what we want for the shy boy, whose butt gets made fun of by the good old boys in the “you know he wants it” way. His defiant speech in riposte got loud

support from the audience, though this was perhaps more a result of his surprising articulacy about gender, sexuality, and romance. As a theater event, it reminded me of Lisa Kudrow’s stunningly high-tech explanation of how she invented the glue on Post-its in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. So when the gay love dance comes at the end, when our sweet boy gets together with Carlos, one wishes it were developed more substantially. Was it ever really plausible that someone as hot as Melecio Estrella could be a timid virgin? He exudes Caravaggiesque seductiveness, even when he’s trying not to: he is a darling, the type of St, Sebastian, or Lady Chatterley’s lover. Perhaps the problem is Ben Juodvalkis’ emphatically triumphant music, which buried the love-dance in major chords and put me in mind of Chariots of Fire. Special praise to Damara Vita Ganley, whose performance was electrifying.t



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Heightened aesthetics by Tim Pfaff


he first thing to notice about the new 13-disc set of Pierre Boulez: Complete Works (DG) is the box itself. Not that it is black in a black-isbeautiful way, though once upon a time the gay critic John Ardoin and his publisher were chastised for issuing Ardoin’s The Callas Legacy with a black-and-white cover while the diva was still alive (though not for long). No one thinks it’s over for Boulez even though he is 88, has severe vision problems after an eye surgery, and recently broke his shoulder, a hardship for a conductor. Turning the box over, the thing to notice is that the back cover makes no mention of “complete works,” and above the listed contents, calls them “Works in Progress.” You can tell this box by its covers. A relentless reviser of his compositions, Boulez has periodically withdrawn one or another of them from public scrutiny and performance for a period. (And a couple of early works appear, on evidence of the black cask, to have been consigned to the dustbin.) Others, never withheld, go on morphing over decades as the composer rethinks and refines


Mill Valley

From page 25

Valley extras, including the ASCAP Music Café. (Sweetwater Music Hall & Café, Mill Valley, 10/4-6) Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine It’s been 15 years since the savage beating of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard pricked the national conscience. At the time, NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw called Shepard’s pistolwhipping murder by meth-addicted thugs Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson “beyond despicable.”


them. This is not just fussiness or control-freakism. Few composers of the last century still living have made it their single-minded, unending mission to move music forward, and Boulez has made his own work Exhibit A in the evolution of music in his lifetime. None has been more damning of others he deemed weaker in that regard – or more severe in the demands he has placed on himself. For a mind and sensibility such as his, the work could never be done. What makes Boulez a standout among the gay composers of his day is his complete break not only with Romanticism but, over time, with all prevailing forms of modernism. Billy Budd, Billy the Kid, Regina, Anthony and Cleopatra, Anita and Tony, even Marco Polo, don’t live here anymore. It’s hard to imagine anyone hearing a Boulez composition for the first time and then being surprised to learn that the composer was a mathematician first. All of this could suggest what this splendid box of multicolored discs so soundly refutes: that this restless, calculated, endlessly refined music is, if not impenetrable, forbidding. And, despite all its permutations,

somehow calcified, desiccated, bone-dry. What is revealed in work after work in this set, in which compositions are set in such chronological an order as Boulez’s method allows, is how alive, fleet, liquid and electric yet crystalline in its shimmering beauty this finally fathomless music is. Being in the space when Boulez led his hand-picked Ensemble Intercontemporain in Repons and Dialogue de l’ombre double for solo clarinet (CD 9 in this set, though they’re different performances) in San Francisco in 1984 counts as one of the high points in my concert life. Except for the musicians, we all were hearing this music for the first time, yet there was no sense of having to surrender yourself to the unknown, so excitedly did the sounds and overtones come out to greet us in the lively acoustic. The culmination of a great experience of Boulez’s music is not the catharsis that one has, say, at the end of Mahler’s Second Symphony or his Ninth (both of which Boulez the conductor can deliver, emotional release and all). It’s more that of being taken to a place of heightened aesthetic experience that leaves you

decidedly more present, rather than transported, molecules rearranged, cobwebs knocked out of your brain. Alive, even. As you can be sure that Boulez had his hand in every decision made in preparing this collection, you can also be sure that each performance is positioned on the knife edge of perfection. Many will be grateful that the interview that comprises CD 13 appears in full in English in the exceptionally well-curated accompanying booklet. Even the Boulez faithful will want the set for the few important items unavailable previously or elsewhere, including a final disc of historical performances: a Le Marteau sans maitre (considered by many to be his greatest or most lasting piece) from 1964, the 1950 version of Le Soleil des eaux, and a 1956 performance of the Sonatine for flute and piano. A live 2007 recording of Notations, for orchestra, makes its dazzling first appearance on CD. And two short pieces, “Improvise – pour le Dr. Kalmus” for five instruments, and “Une page d’ephemeride” for solo piano (Hideki Nagano), were

recorded expressly for this set. A pianist himself, Boulez’s fascination with the instrument is heard throughout the set, and to rather magical effect in this satisfying, fiveminute work. I seem finally to have been in the right mindset to engage fully with the 1989 “version definitive” of Pli selon pli, which until now I’ve only owned in the sense that it sits on my shelf. And I admit to being transfixed again by Messagesquisse, sur le nom de Paul Sacher, with the brilliant Jean-Guihen Queyras the solo cellist among six others. Next time I open the box, something else will take me.t

Now a close friend, Michele Josue, reminds us that her Matt was a whole lot more than a martyr to a vital circle of friends and family who are not necessarily looking for closure. This remarkable film is a tearjerker in a good way, with director Josue assembling a collage of key moments in Matt’s all-too-brief life that carries the emotional punch of a great novel. Shepard was fated by his dad’s Saudi oil-industry job to be a globe-trotting teen with pit-stops in Italy, Japan, and a company-paid Swiss boarding school. A female

friend recalls a Moroccan school break when Matt’s life took a fateful turn. Late one night, a sobbing, shirtless, barefoot Matt showed up at her hotel room confessing that he had been raped by a posse of Moroccans, stripped of his shoes and, the friend sadly notes, his once-exuberant take on life and his dream to change the world as a diplomat. His friends think Matt could have made a difference, like the martyred U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens. Instead, Matt’s fate mirrored that of queer novelist Paul Bowles’ Moroccan-bound Ameri-

can travelers in The Sheltering Sky. Returning Stateside, his confidence badly shaken, Matt would stumble through stints in North Carolina and Denver before returning to the supposed safety of his Wyoming hometown. While we can only imagine what Lincoln or Orwell sounded like, Matt’s voice is preserved on a home video by a worshipful younger brother. In a cruel twist of fate, the shy, grownup Logan now works at The Matthew Shepard Foundation. (Sequoia, 10/4; Rafael, 10/6) Facing Fear Director Jason Cohen’s parable on the possibilities of forgiveness opens on slightly outof-focus shots of nighttime LA. Two voices begin a haunting story that touches just about every angle on

modern urban violence, from queerbashing to the role of punk music as a staging ground for street combat, to the harsh reality that there are few places where a victim and a basher could ever confront their overlapping demons face-to-face. Matthew Boger’s job as a guide at LA’s Museum of Tolerance began in a pool of blood, as his once-13year-old queer runaway self was beaten into unconsciousness by 14 leather-boot-wielding skinheads led by a disgruntled product of the East San Gabriel suburbs, Tim Zaal. Miraculously surviving his kicks in the head, Boger was startled by the fate of another Matthew. “In 1998, Matthew Shepard is beaten and dies seven days later. At first I didn’t know See page 35 >>


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id Caesar, a 1950s TV star, describes the life of a Catskills comic in the new film When Comedy Went to School. “The audiences were very picky. You couldn’t do anything off-color. And making money: $10 a week, phew!” From 1950s TV I derived what frugal meant – or rather cheap. In WCWS, Woody Allen illustrates by whipping out a pocket watch onstage. “It’s an antique, gold ‘hair-loom.’ My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch.” Had my dad opened his wallet wide enough to take us “into the mountains,” we would have discovered some of the same guys we laughed at on the boob tube, “killing” nightly in the Catskills. Notice I say “guys.” Early standup was a boys’ club, with only Joan Rivers getting a belated shot onstage, and later on the tiny screen. As for queer comics, there were homophobic jokes but apparently no actual


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why I felt so connected to his story. When he died, I realized why: I lived that night, this kid didn’t. His voice was silenced forever.” Attempting to defang the myths powering violent fiction classics like American History X and A Clockwork Orange, this riveting short opens the “John Brown’s Body” at San Quentin Prison program. (Throckmorton, 10/6; Rafael, 10/9) Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton On October 6 and 9, the life of poet/trickster James Broughton will unspool in a film from directors Stephen Silha and Eric Slade that premiered in June at the Frameline film festival. If you’ve

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Jerry Stiller is one of the Catskills-trained comedians in When Comedy Went to School, opening Friday.

homosexuals, although now we know about Danny Kaye. As host Robert Klein notes at the beginning of this superficial but amusing and nostalgic excursion through America’s Jewish comedy roots, between the 1930s and the late 60s the Catskills were the coun-

try’s largest summer vacation complex. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hundreds of small and a few large hotels catered to Greater New York’s burgeoning Jewish middle class. Dubbed the “borscht belt,” serving “comfort food” carried by young waiters working for tips and

never heard of Broughton – son of Modesto, unofficial poet laureate of San Francisco, filmmaking pioneer/ teacher, husband/lover to fiercely independent partners from film critic Pauline Kael to half-his-age filmmaker Joel Singer – this is your invitation. (Sequoia, 10/6; Rafael, 10/9) Contest The normally reliable Children’’s Filmfest stumbles with Anthony Joseph’s insanely overplotted teen soap on high school bullying. Lead Daniel Flaherty has presence and good hair days, but is poorly served by a script so overwritten that the outcome has to be explained by a pint-sized William Powell in the third act. (Rafael, 10/5) Farah Goes Bang For those nostalgic for the 2004 presidential election, Meera Menon’s savvy feminist

comedy about a trio of Iranian American college women pleading the case for John Kerry in Texas, no less, copped the first annual Tribeca Festival Nora Ephron Award. (Rafael, 10/5, 6) Ghost Town to Havana Looking forward to an all-California World Series, A’s/Dodgers? Each team has its own Cuban superstar: Cespedes vs. Puig. Director Eugene Corr draws on his East Bay roots (his dad was a great local coach) to portray the miracle of youth baseball surviving in Oakland’s treacherous Ghost Town hood. Corr shows what happens when the Oakland boys nine travel to Havana to play their very well-coached Cuban counterparts. (Throckmorton, 10/6; Rafael, 10/8)t

moonlighting as apprentice comedians, the Catskills provided stages for a brand of Jewish comedy that grew out of vaudeville and would go on to fuel early network TV. The producers of this incomplete doc tip-toe up to some mother lodes of comedy, then veer off before extracting the riches within. But they do mine some notable gems from 80-year-old, still witty borscht belt vets, among them Jerry Stiller, Jackie Mason and Jerry Lewis. Stiller, best known to many as George Costanza’s pushy dad on Seinfeld, expounds on how the Catskills gave him the confidence to share a secret part of himself onstage. Mason describes the pleasure of swapping his rabbi training for a comedy mike. Then there’s Lewis, one of America’s greatest and still misunderstood comedy geniuses, who discusses how bussing bags in the mountains produced material for his breakthrough directorial debut, 1960’s The Bellboy, co-starring Milton Berle. Berle, the

one-time “Mr. Television” credited with inventing prime-time TV and introducing drag to mainstream audiences, appears on an old kinescope of his NBC show, passing out dollar bills to his studio audience as if bribing them to laugh at jokes “stolen” from less famous comics. Just as Stiller would influence the Jerry Seinfeld/Larry David Seinfeld, WCWS finds Seinfeld-worthy DNA in such borsht belt-nurtured early TV as Your Show of Shows, a forerunner to SNL. Sid Caesar, a great hunk of a man, was the ultimate physical comic, combining gymnastic dexterity with a talent for mimicking foreign dialects. As someone who never got closer to the Catskills than Woodstock’s orgy of rock and naked boys, this sloppily constructed but zestful compilation of a partially assimilated people’s journey to American liberty falls well below HBO standards. But it’s still fun for the kosher-comedy-deprived.t

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Scene from directors Stephen Silha and Eric Slade’s Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton.


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Midnight f Makeover Castro Video Bar gets a Facelift by Jim Provenzano


t’s a makeover that’s long overdue, so say its owners. The days of the entire building packed with scaffolding and wires hanging everywhere are over. The Midnight Sun, the popular intimate Castro bar known for decades as the default TV and video-viewing gay bar, has its new face on…almost. “It’s taking longer than we anticipated,” said Joshua J. Cook, manager and bartender at The Midnight Sun for the past year. When I and photographer Georg Lester visited, a few discreetly tucked cables hung at corners near some blank walls. But for the most part, the backlit decor and screens seem to be nearly completely installed.

A gogo guy gets friendly with a tipping patron at The Midnight Sun.

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Peaches headlines the Castro Street Fair.

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clectic, experimental, punk, electro… it takes many words to try to describe the unique musical talent known as Peaches. She and her Peachettes will headline the 40th anniversary Castro Street Fair with a special musical tribute to Sylvester, the disco icon and San Francisco native who also performed at the fair decades ago. “Peaches exudes the vibrant spirit of the Fair, and will undoubtedly deliver a show-stopping performance,” said Executive Director George Ridgely.

Not only does Peaches sing, but her fascinating film music performance documentary Peaches Does Herself plays at The Roxie Cinema in a late-night showing on October 5. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a loosely biographical rock opera featuring outlandish costumes, transexual dancers, lashing of smutty humor and simulated hardcore sex [that] feels like The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a postgrad doctorate in Queer Theory.” Event producer Juan Garcia had a little chat with the singer, who offered a bit of dish in advance of her concert in the Castro. See page 39 >>

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Cook’s been a tad busy, what with also supervising major renovations at the new venue Beaux (set to open October 10). The Market street home of the former Trigger and Detour is one of few new gay bars set to open, which is rather special, since several have recently closed. That the Midnight Sun has been such a regular venue for Castro locals and visitors is also notable. “We’ve been working on this for a year,” said Cook. “This is my anniversary with the company, and we began work when I started.” The Midnight Sun is co-owned by Tim Eicher and Jeff Eubanks, who also own and manage the renovated Edge Bar, and Qbar with partner John Bellemore. Together, the collective have been responsible for a minor renaissance with gay bars. It’s nice to see these classic local bars getting a makeover. The construction at The Midnight Sun did close the bar for a few weeks. Yet despite the outdoor construction boards still covering what will become an open window, and a few blank walls and exposed parts, the Sun is back in business. “It’s the first facelift in 40 years,” said Cook, who also presents the weekly Booty Call on Wednesday nights with Juanita More at Qbar. Although the Midnight Sun originally was located around the corner on Castro Street, it remains a longtime favorite. According to Cook, the current venue “used to be an old plumbing warehouse, and had no windows.” When it became a gay bar, the dark environs led to the name Midnight Sun. Considered the first video bar in the country, with the advent of MTV and other entertainments, Cook said the staff chose videos over records through the 1990s, and a popular trend was born. People came out in crowds to watch episodes of TV shows popular with gay viewers.

Georg Lester

Bartender Michael Tempesta (left) and bartender/manager Joshua J. Cook.

He cited the former “neglectful owners not living in San Francisco, they let the bar run itself. It kind of lost touch with the community.” “We envision this as a rebirth for all generations,” Cook added. “And that meant opening the front end of the building.” The video playlist has also enjoyed a makeover. “We’ve updated the content and stepped away from sitcoms,” said Cook. “People used to want to leave the house to watch TV shows with friends. Now everyone watches on DVRs.” Instead, eye-catching gay-themed music videos, the wacky drag show Mahogany Mondays, request nights on Tuesdays, and video montages are part of the new style, along with a select collection of gogo talents. “It took some work, but we’re there,” said Cook. “We have a nice crowd, even with the renovations.”

But back to those gogo guys, if we may. Cook laughed as I marveled over his enviable job. “I employ all the best gogo guys,” he said. “They are great. They got me where I am, and I also pay a lot of their rent. I keep them safe, and professional.” Cook’s happy to market the bar as a place where hot men dance. “So much of the Castro has gotten away from sexy,” he noted. “Our Fridays for Men is not just a name for the party, because that’s simply what it is, a place for men to meet. “ For the lure of hip-swinging talent, Cook said, “I hired the San Francisco-style guys,” which include a diverse array of men, from big and muscled to cute and flirty. Stop by for the gogo talent in all sizes, the stylish look, friendly staff, and special events at the new and still improving Midnight Sun.t

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A happy pair of patrons at The Midnight Sun.

Construction chaos in August at The Midnight Sun.



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Peaches in the theatrical music film Peaches Plays Herself.



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Juan Garcia: Do you have any new projects that you would like to tell us about? Peaches: I’m working with Marie Losier on a new film. Marie made the cool touching biographical and experimental film, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye and Peaches Does Herself, which will have its theatrical premiere at the Quad Cinema in New York City on Octover 18. We love your rock opera, Peaches Does Herself. Do you have any fun stories from filming with the beautiful porn tranny, Danni Daniels and New York’s Naked Cowgirl, Sandy Kane? Oh, everyday there was a new funny pussy or penis prop arriving on stage. We didn’t have a huge amount of time to put the whole thing together, so basically it was ‘nose to the grindstone’ instead of ‘finger to Grindr.’ What are your thoughts on Russia? I will keep speaking out against this, of course. But I think right now there is no place for a gay tourist in Russia. Any opinions on gay marriage? Hey if you wanna get married, you should be able to. When I was on tour in 2009 the Prop 8 issue was happening in California in a big way, and I married a bunch of gay couples onstage during my shows. Any thoughts on the Castro Street Fair? Harvey Milk was an incredible figure. It boggles my mind that we are still dealing with the gay issue around the world and in America. This is truly a unique event and I’m excited to celebrate with the community! As you know, the Cockettes and Sylvester performed on the same stage where you will be performing.

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Shame in Leather


by Scott Brogan


ou’re probably thinking that my headline addresses the recent decisions made by the International Leather Sir/boy/International Community Bootblack organization a couple of weeks back. No, I’m not addressing their decisions. What I’m addressing are the shameful reactions and behaviors of our community to the announcement of those decisions. On September 20, the ILSb/ICBB organization announced that they had made sweeping changes to their rules and regulations. Chief among the changes was the decision to only accept bio-born (cis-gendered) gay male contestants for the Sir and boy titles. In other words, transgender males would not be allowed to compete. As expected, reaction was swift – and vile. I have never, ever been more ashamed of my community than I was at this time. The organizers of the contest didn’t simply get negative feedback. They were threatened. People sent death threats, threats to their families, threats of bodily harm, and threats to their livelihoods. You name it. The actions of so many out there made me sick. I was ashamed to be a part of this community. At that point, we weren’t a “community” at all. For so long now we’ve been on the anti-bullying bandwagon. We’ve fought long and hard for acceptance. Acceptance not just in society in general, but also in the gay community at large. Let’s face it, we’re a sub-community of a sub-community. Things are tough enough without us turning on each other. Yet the minute someone (or in this case an organization) makes a decision we don’t like, we turn on them with a vengeance. Was it necessary? No! Haters burned up social media with ridiculous accusations, statements, and slurs. The name-calling was akin to a playground during third grade recess, not dialog between supposed mature adults. It’s one thing to disagree with the decisions of an organization or individual. Open lines of communication are always welcome, if that communication is mature and noninflammatory. If you disagree with something, fine. Let that person or organization know in a mature, wellthought manner. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. Just the comments on social media alone were bad enough. And yet, all of these people who were the most vile and vocal never once contacted the ILSb/CBB organization in private to engage in calm, thoughtful dialog about the situation. No, it’s easier to sit on one’s ass in the comfort of one’s home, in front of the computer, and throw words and accusations that I am sure 99.9 percent of you would never say in person. Cowards. Whether you agree or not with anyone’s decision, nothing gives you the right to make the kinds of threats, and racial and regional slurs that you made. Nothing. You want harsh words? Fine. Grow the fuck up or shut the fuck up. Didn’t your moms ever teach you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all? Or how about “treat others as you would want them to treat you”? Pretty simple, don’t you think? In 2007, the ILSb/CBB organization opened up the Sir and boy titles to trans gay male contestants. That is, males who were not born male, but had transgendered to male. The one caveat (as with all contestants) was that they had to also identify as gay. The leader of the charge for this


“Bad puppy! Shame!” This year’s Folsom Street Fair dog kennel.

change was Peter Fisk. He had a huge hissy fit on the subject. He promised that the trans community would not only enter contestants, but that they would give support by way of sponsorship and help (i.e. volunteering, etc.). None of that happened. But he got his way, so I guess that’s all that matters. As a result of all of this post-announcement drama, the producers stopped reading their emails and left social media well enough alone. They also called a special board meeting on the subject. On Friday September 27 came a new announcement. The board of directors clarified their previous decisions and announced new updates and changes. Regarding contestants, they clarified: “We made our decisions based on the history of the event as we knew it – as was passed down to us by word-of-mouth by those individuals within the community who we believed, at the time, were knowledgeable of the history.” They went on to state, in part: “We made our decisions based on the continuous requests to return to ILSb’s traditions and history: comments that were strongly made known to us verbally during this last ILSb-ICBB weekend… In this world (certainly in the U.S.) where everything in our gay community (churches, neighborhoods, clubs, organizations, etc.) is being homogenized – we have felt the everincreasing loss of our gay identity. We thought our decision was one that would reclaim and celebrate our traditional event… It is clear that the International LeatherSir and Leatherboy titles are gay male titles. That has never changed and we do not anticipate that to change – it is part of our rich, gay culture.” Finally: “…the Board of Directors has unanimously rescinded the portion of our contest requirements stating that contestants for the ILSb titles must be ‘bio-born males’ (a.k.a. cis-gender.) As it has been stated in

the contracts since 2007, contestants for the International LeatherSir and International Leatherboy titles ‘must identify as gay males and be of samesex orientation’.” I applaud the ILSb/ICBB board of directors for having the balls to revisit their decisions so quickly, plus their willingness to change. I wonder though, does this swift change in policy only serve to validate the actions I mentioned above? Do these people now feel vindicated? Will this empower them to engage in this kind of sad, sick, and sycophant behavior every time they don’t like something? I certainly hope not. I really don’t want to see this again. Time will tell. In the immortal words of Sugar Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

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Drama be damned. On a happy note, the Folsom Street Fair weekend, 30th anniversary edition, was a blast. I couldn’t make it to all of the events, but who can? The event at the DNA Lounge was hot. I hadn’t been to this annual manly affair in a couple of years. Talk about a testosterone-fueled meat-fest. I enjoyed a pheromone high the rest of the day and night. Ok, I still am. It’s that hot, and that much fun. Everyone was in a festive mood. Prior to the Big Muscle event, I was upstairs at a part of the DNA Lounge I didn’t know existed, attending the Bare Chest Calendar reunion. I was fortunate to be at the first big reunion in 2001 at the SF Eagle. This reunion celebrated 30 years of the calendar. It was so much fun to reconnect with many of my fellow calendar men whom I hadn’t seen in ages. My old 2002 calendar vest still fits, by the way (hush up), so of course I wore it with pride. Having also been on the 20th anniversary calendar in 2005, I marvel at the fact that it’s already the 30th anniversary. Has it been See page 41 >>

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L-R: Miss Bethie Bee, Ms SF Leather 2011; Nerine, Ms SF Leather 2012; Summer Hill, First Runner Up, Ms SF Leather 2012 at last year’s contest.



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Playing rough by John F. Karr


et and Wide and Heavy Duty are the latest fetish fests from the TitanRough. Although Titan Exclusive Aymeric DeVille is topbilled and seen to startling advantage in both, he’s upstaged by the scorcher sexo debut of Thor Larson, who also has a scene in each one. Until further notice, Thor’s King of My Cock, Ruler of My Heart, and Asshole Assoluta. I can’t track him in any other movies. Where did he come from? He sounds English. His handsome look, with more salt than pepper in his cropped hair and beard, marks him a Dad. But he’s too young for that, and on the bottom side of coupling. I mean no disrespect – he’s one of the most remarkably skilled bottoms yet to be seen. Let’s pause a moment to roll the credits. Paul Wilde’s strong directing captures atmosphere, and admirably couches S&M play in a frame of making out, He provides a suitably simple set and doesn’t impede or delay the action with contrivances of plot or chatter. His calm and steady videography, with Jasun Mark, has been delivered in long takes by editors James Sheridan and T.P. Deaux. Music by Fledglyng adds a hard beat, with a butch bit of buzz. The two-hour movies have three scenes each, which run generously long. Thor gets (and deserves) 50 minutes to trot his hot stuff. I saw Larson first in Heavy Duty, in which husky Anthony London grabs and yanks Thor’s balls as a handle during a heavy-duty fucking. Then there’s dildos – first a Torque, the kind with wide screwthreads to dial it in deep, and then a silver grey hog of a toy that opens things spaciously for London’s fist. That’s good, but Thor’s at his most fantastic in Wet and Wide, in which a masterful Ethan Ayers spreads the riches of Thor’s talents copiously before us. Had I been in charge of the Folsom Fair Entertainment Committee, I’d have had this scene playing all day long on a screen stretched from one side of the street to the other. The erotically mohawked Ayers leads Larson through pit worship, mighty good cocksucking, piss play, rimming and some tour de force dildo drama – there’s a humdinger of a hole-stretcher that’s entirely gobbled up to its base. It’s the double-fisting Ayers administers that has Thor screaming in Oscar-winning pain/pleasure, his face an arousing mixture of snarl and smile. His sphincter’s swollen up like a donut; within its hole is a cauldron of steamy red viscera. Ayers’ arm delves so deep it passes several



A screen grab of Thor Larson, from his startling debut movies for TitanRough.

time zones, and emerges with a Crisco ring around the elbow. It’s too bad Aymeric DeVille’s scene in Wet and Wild is badly marred by the film stock’s unaccountable manipulation: it’s grainy, and flickers like a silent movie. It’s a real detriment to the fine action of a world-class rimming, and the display of an Oxballbrand Pig Halo. I’m not sure what such an anal-insert toy is supposed to prove, unless it’s just its novelty, but it effectively allows the top to fuck a butt-plug. I guess it’s a novelty that wears off quick and is actually an impediment to fucking, since it disappears without ado after a minute or two. As the flickering film image was long since distressing me, I felt like disappearing, too. But then I would have missed a Niagara of piss, and the clothespins, a clutch of rubbertipped clutchers on DeVille’s nips,

torso, testes, cock, and copious foreskin. And what about his scene in Heavy Duty? He’s laced into a pretty unique bondage outfit, and sports a double-wide cockring and more than two inches of ball-stretcher. Hanging from it are three ponderously heavy chrome weights--watch em swing wide while DeVille sucks Adam Russo’s cock and gets rambunctiously fucked. Also in Heavy Duty: Dirk Caber, thoroughly enjoying his leather straight-jacket, chrome cock-cage, and lucite ball-smasher. And in Wet and Wide, the hot-looking, fantastically named Rogue Status giving Felix Barca big dildos before a firm fucking. Sometimes it’s hard to believe people are actually doing this stuff, that it’s not a bunch of special effects – Thor’s sphincter’s just gotta be CGI-enhanced. But no. It’s real. Makes my eyes bug out. And sometimes my dick, too.t


Just the first two of so many more clothespins, clutching Aymeric DeVille in TitanRough’s Wet and Wide.


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that long? Us old timers were joking about parking our walkers outside and watching the recent guys take center stage. Fun, fun, fun! The fair itself was packed. It’s always busy, but this year even more so due to the 30th anniversary. However it wasn’t so packed that it was unbearable or unmanageable. Has anyone else noticed that at each street fair there seems to be a new porn company with a booth? I’ve noticed that there are usually one or two new (or new to me) companies. Towards the end of the day we went over to the Eagle for their beer bust. I have to commend them for being able to manage the crowds so effectively. They didn’t overpack the place like a lot of other bars do. It was the perfect way to end a great day.t

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La Bota Loca @ Club 21, Oakland

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

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.

Josh Klipp and The Klipptones @ Palace Hotel

Club Rimshot @ Bench and Bar, Oakland

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.

Weekly hip hop and R&B night. $8-$15. 9pm to 4am. 510 17th St.

HYSL @ The Lookout



s the Folsom Street Fair dissolves into a fond fetishy memory, the Castro steps up its outdoor fun with its 40th annual street fair. Also, enjoy plenty of drag shows, vocal talents, and drinkalicious bar nights.


Thu 3 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.

The Drunken Botanist @ Conservatory of Flowers Author Amy Stewart is the guest speaker at a special night of botanically-themed cocktail tastings. Learn which plants make for great drinking. Taste in the arboretum, and get your copy of Stewart’s bestselling books. $40-$100. VIP tour 6pm. 7pm-9pm. 21+. Golden Gate Park. 831-2090. www.

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

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

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

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

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

Fri 4

Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences

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.

Picante @ Esta Noche

Oleta Adams @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko

Release @ Club OMG

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.

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

Transgender Law Center Gala @ Sir Francis Drake Hotel Stylish gala at the swanky hotel, with MC Tita Aida; acts include Josh Klipp and the Klipptones, Monica Beverly Hillz, a VIP reception (6pm), awards cermony at 7pm (Shawna Virago, Lisa Mottet, Kortney Ryan Ziegler, and doctors Judith Lively, Jennifer Slovis and Susanne Watson are honored). $95 and up. Empire Ballroom, 450 Powell St.

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

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

Tiara Sensation Pageant @ de Young Museum The Some Thing drag crew invades the museum for its nightlife party celebrating the Bulgari jewelry exhibit, with performances by Glamamore, VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!, Honey Mahogany and others. Pageant contestants will be judged by Gina Ladivina, Candis Cayne, Lil miss Hot Mess and Marke Bieschke. Free. 6pm-10pm. Golden Gate Park.

Sat 5 Beer Bust @ Hole in the Wall Saloon Beer only $8 until you bust. 4pm-8pm. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695.

EndHIV Drag Ball @ Beatbox Dress up in your wildest drag or animalthemed costumes at this fundraiser for the New York-based Abzyme Research Foundation. Compete for Best Animal Fashion and Best Runway Prowl (or prance) as judged by Sister Roma, Terry T., Bebe Sweetbriar, Grand Duchess Pat N Leather, Sister Eve Volution, Kylie Minono and other local celebs. VIP service available. $40, $50, $100 and up. 7pm-10pm. 314 11th St.

Go Bang @ The Stud The monthly atomic disco dance night, with resident DJs Sergio Fedasz and Steve Fabus, welcomes guest DJ Robin Malone Simmons and Allen Craig. $7. 9pm-3am. (free before 10pm). 399 9th St. at Harrison.

Homo Erectus @ Qbar Raunchy, slutty, dancing, drinking party with wild gogo guys and more fun from the Cockfight herd; first Saturdays. DJs DCNSTRCT and Mykill. $5. 9pm-2am. 465 Castro St.

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.

Pet Shop Boys @ Fox Theatre, Oakland Popular British synth-pop duo perform. Jacques le Cont opens. $50-$120. 8pm. Also Oct. 7. 1807 Telegraph Ave. (510) 3022250.

Sophisticated Ladies @ Hotel Rex Vocal duo performs their cabaret show, “Take the J Train.” $20-$40. 8pm. 562 Sutter St. 857-1896.

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

Fri 4 Amanda King @ Hotel Rex

Tue 8 Veronica Klaus (with Charisse) hosts Torch

Sun 6 Cirque de Kink @ Armory Bar Enjoy kinky conversations with male and female Kink models, a little night music and some powerful cocktails. $20. 8pm. 1799 Mission St. at 14th.

Beer Bust @ SF Eagle The classic leather bar is back, with the most popular Sunday daytime event in town. 3pm6pm (Also now open daily 11am-2am). 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Recovery @ Public Works The Real Bad producers present a T-dance fundraiser after the Castro Street Fair, with DJ Christopher B spinning upbeat sexy grooves. $20-$40. 6pm-12am. 161 Erie St.

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.

Scott Capurro, Kate Willett @ Café DuNord Two scathing wits do their stand-up acts. $16. 8pm. 2174 Market St. 861-5016.

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

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

Mon 7 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.

Karaoke @ The Lookout

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

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

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

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Monday Musicals @ The Edge

Society Cabaret presents the amazing vocalist, who performs her new show, “Makin’ Whoopee!” $20-$40. 8pm. 562 Sutter St. 857-1896.

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

Dancing Ghosts @ Cat Club

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s

Darkwave Dance Party with DJs Xander, Daniel Skellington, Tomas Diablo, and BatKat. $7 ($3 before 10). 21+. 9:30-2am. 1190 Folsom St.

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

The Fab Faux @ Yoshi’s

Sacred Cocktails @ Twin Peaks

Beatles tribute band performs many of the hits of the 60s British quartet. $46-$75. 8pm & 10pm. Also Oct. 5. 1330 Fillmore St. 655-5600.

Fedorable @ El Rio

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Latin Explosion @ Club 21, Oakland

Themed event nights at the fascinating nature museum, with special events, food and DJed dancing. $10-$12. 6pm-10pm, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Grammy-nominated R&B-pop singer performs her new cabaret act. $30-$70. 8pm. Also Oct 4, 8pm and Oct. 5, 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. 394-1111.

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.

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


Free weekly queer dance party, with gogos, prizes, old groovy tunes, cheap cocktails. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St. 282-3325.

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.

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


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Block Party @ Midnight Sun

Gym Class @ Hi Tops

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

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.

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s 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.

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

Soma Country @ Beatbox Sundance Saloon’s monthly SoMa two-stepping dance night now takes place every Tuesday. $8. 8pm-12am. Lessons 8pm. 314 11th St. at Folsom.

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

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

Wed 9 Bi Social @ Café Flore Social night for bisexuals and their friends; meets every other month. 7pm-10pm. 2298 Market St. at Noe. 621-8579.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Queer Salsa @ Beatbox

VIP @ Club 21, Oakland

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

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.

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

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

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

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he’s back! Lady Bunny, New York nightlife drag queen extraordinaire, Wigstock creator, performer and DJ, returns to San Francisco with the latest edition of her bawdy variety show full of saucy songs and sassy commentary. Although she recently enjoyed a mad dash through San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento gay bars in July to promote her latest single “Take Me Up (High),” her return this time includes a complete show. Bunny (whose real name is John Marc Ingle) recently performed in Mexico, which, according to her, had some ups and downs. “My laptop computer died while I was there, so it was really fun to use different keyboards at an Internet café,” she commented. Bunny noted the economic disparity as disturbing. “Some people like to go to the beach resorts and be served by people who all speak English, and do nothing else. I like to go and catch a vibe of the people and city, and enjoy some great food that I don’t need to be eating.” In between DJing and doing three nights of her cabaret show, Bunny toured Mexico City for a few days, but complained that, “You’re under siege with needing bottled water everywhere; closing your mouth under the shower, avoiding recreating an Herbal Essence commercial.” “Also, they no longer allow overthe-counter prescription drug sales, so that’s no fun,” she added. “There are splendid beaches and resorts, but the city’s just sprawling.” As I recalled the ‘de-gayification’ of Mexico City’s Zona Rosa, and the possible demolition of her upcoming venue Rebel (to be replaced by yet more condos), Bunny quipped, “I have that effect on venues.” Offering a slightly more serious

perspective, she said, “When I was in San Francisco in July, I saw very few gays in the Castro district. The hippies and gays have been priced out of the Haight and Castro, so they’re not equipped to be able to live there.” Bunny’s visits to the Bay Area go back to the days when Josie’s Juice Joint was the default venue for LGBT acts. Having lived in various gayborhoods in Manhattan for the past several decades, she sees the same effect in the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. “It’s very sad, there’s not a gay place any more,” she said, having DJed the closing night of the popular club Splash. “If it’s because we don’t need a gay place, then that’s great, I guess. But if it’s causing us to lose our traditional gay places where you can see us, that’s sad. I’m glad we’re being accepted, but we’re losing a lot of our gay venues.” For the longtime New Yorker, the heyday of the 1970 and 1980s may never be matched in their fabulousness. Bunny and her pals, many from Atlanta, like RuPaul, LaHoma Van Zant as well as Linda Simpson and others, contributed to a vibrant nightlife scene closely tied with the nascent activism and growing gay presence. “Throughout the ‘70s, and ‘80s, the big gay club was the only place we felt comfortable to dance to anyone from Donna (Summer) to Madonna. That was the only place to see a big group of gay men, other than AA meetings.” Bunny said she wouldn’t mind straight venues if they weren’t so, well, straight. Most of the gay venues that have closed in both New York and San Francisco have gone ‘straight.’ “Those places were breeding grounds for gay culture, and I mean

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breeding in a good way, not bareback sex!” Such off-color comments fill Bunny’s show, which crosses the line between crass and camp, with plenty of classics and new bits, song parodies, one-liners and celebrity digs. “I did a similar show in Provincetown and Rehobeth Beach,” said Bunny. “A couple of times, as a goof, I sang a song straight, and those went over best of all. When you’re changing the lyrics to a song, you’re not always concerned about your tone. Anyway, it’s fun to see how people react.”


Expect some unusual video segues in between Bunny’s elaborate yet swift wig and costume changes. “Being sensible has never been my trademark,” she half-joked. “It’s like a club show; I’m doing material for ADD people who are also drunk. One supposes that a cabaret audience may be more attentive, but only slightly. But that’s why the nightclubs invite me. My singing will drive anyone to drink.” The more adventurous of patrons should sit up close to the stage, and perhaps bring their own plastic tarps. Bunny warned that a few powders and fluids are part of the

show’s props. “It’s nothing weird,” she quipped. “Just some fake blood and fake cocaine; you know, baby powder. But I know how to aim it. I’m pretty good at controlling my…flow.” She added, as a joke (we think!) “Anyone who has real cocaine gets in free!”t Lady Bunny performs That Ain’t No Lady, October 4 and 5, at 7:30 and 10:30pm, at Rebel, 1760 Market St. $26. www.brownpapertickets. com/event/431818 For updates on Bunny, go to

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