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n LGBT artist known as Bubbles is being mourned after he was fatally shot in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood last weekend. Bubbles, whose name was Anthony Torres, reportedly got into an altercation with someone from the New Century Theater strip club at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, September 9 and was shot several times. Torres, 44, was well known in the Tenderloin and other communities for his love of music, dancing, and handing out free snow cones and cotton candy near the area where he was killed See page 15 >>

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the slain city supervisor and gay rights icon, all honor Milk’s struggle for LGBTQ civil rights, allow for gatherings of protests and celebrations, and consider the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s new elevator and accessibility project. “Our goal is for construction to begin sometime in 2020,” said Andrea Aiello, executive director of the Castro/Upper Market

Community Benefit District. The CBD is working with the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, a Castro neighborhood organization, on the project and Aiello serves as president of that group. A donation of $500,000 supports the design competition and subsequent plaza development, Aiello said in a news release. (The Bay

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he parade was bigger than previous years and more people watched it go up Broadway as warm weather brought tens of thousands to the East Bay to celebrate Oakland Pride. A more intimate celebration than the behemoth across the bay, Oakland Pride’s September 10 festivities offered attendees a rainbow of genders and colors – along with signs of resistance amid the revelry. The daylong event was Oakland’s eighth annual LGBTQ Pride festival. Attendance was estimated at 50,000. People from across the Bay Area and beyond came out to show their support. “I live right down the street and this is my third year coming. I really enjoy the plethora of interesting people I’ve seen here,” said Ashley Coats, 33, a queer woman. “I came from McKinleyville, a small town in north Humboldt,” said Gloria Meyer, 60, who is a lesbian. “It’s amazing to be around so many gay people together. I came here to support Oakland Pride.” Some people offered embraces at no charge. “I come to Pride to give free hugs,” said Amos Lans, 60, a gay man living in Oakland. Lans was working the Billys booth with a “free hugs” sign around his neck. “This is a day I look forward to all year. It’s gratifying for many sections of the population – especially heavy, older, or disabled people – who are not the objects of positive

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attention and affection. So I go out of my way for those folks.” The value and experience of diversity was on full display at this year’s Pride. “I’m deaf and I came to Oakland Pride for the first time because this is the first year they have top quality accessible interpreters. Music

and gay culture are culturally sensitive specializations – not every interpreter can sign them,” said Barbara Hyde, 51, a lesbian from San Leandro. “Diversity’s always celebrated here. This is a piece of what the United States should be. I love Pride and being around gay people.” See page 14 >>

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dith Windsor, the senior woman who became the unlikely face of a movement and a lawsuit to champion the right of same-sex couples to marry, died Tuesday, September 12, at a New York hospital. She was 88. The cause of death was not immediately released but it was known, even during the litigation of her lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, that she suffered from heart disease. Known as Edie to most, Ms. Windsor was 84 when she became an internationally recognized plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging DOMA. With the help of attorney Roberta Kaplan and the American Civil Liberties Union’s National LGBT Project, Ms. Windsor filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to challenge DOMA’s treatment of her following the death of her first spouse, Thea Spyer. Ms. Windsor and Spyer had been together as a couple for 44 years and had obtained a marriage license in Toronto, Canada in 2007. Spyer died in 2009, following a long illness. But because DOMA prohibited the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples, Ms. Windsor was not able to claim the estate tax deduction available to the spouses of straight married couples. The disparate treatment cost her $363,053 in federal estate tax on Spyer’s estate. In one of its most significant LGBT-related rulings ever, the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013 struck down a key provision of DOMA. In a 5-4 decision, U.S. v. Windsor, the majority said DOMA violated the Fifth Amendment guarantee that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” In an interview with the Wall Street Journal a year later, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Ms. Windsor was “such a well-chosen plaintiff.” While legal groups do often carefully choose their plaintiffs in test case litigation, Ms. Windsor self-selected and sought out Kaplan to file her lawsuit. In her book “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” released in 2015, Kaplan revealed that her effort to represent Ms. Windsor ran up against the effort of Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (now known as GLBT Legal Advocates and Defenders) to press two of its own cases. Publicly, attorneys for all the DOMA lawsuits maintained a veneer of camaraderie, but Kaplan acknowledged that she felt Ms. Windsor’s lawsuit was the target of a news release many national LGBT groups signed onto in 2009, warning that some challenges to DOMA might set back the movement for marriage equality. “[I]f the major gay rights organizations had had their way, we never would have filed Edie’s lawsuit in the first place,” wrote Kaplan in her book. In fact, the nation’s oldest and best-known LGBT litigation group, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, declined to help Ms. Windsor. And the ACLU, which ultimately joined Kaplan, was hesitant at first. Kaplan said the ACLU worried that Windsor’s image as a “privileged rich lady” was “not a story that’s going to move people.” And Kaplan acknowledged that even she worried about Ms. Windsor’s unembarrassed candor in talking about her personal relationship with Spyer. “I wanted the judges (and potentially Supreme Court justices) to see Edie and Thea’s relationship for its qualities of commitment and love,” wrote Kaplan, “not for anything having remotely to do with their sex life.

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third place in Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” poll in 2013. And though Ms. Windsor acknowledged having come out only “selectively” for most of her life, she contributed quietly to the LGBT movement prior to her lawsuit, and many media reports referred to her as the “matriarch” of the LGBT civil rights movement. In a posting on Facebook Tuesday evening, former President Barack Obama said he spoke with Ms. Windsor just a few days ago. “Edie spoke up – not for special treatment, but for equal treatment,” wrote Obama, “so that other legally married same-sex couples could enjoy the same federal rights and benefits as anyone else.” Ms. Windsor and Spyer’s relationship was the subject of a touching 2009 documentary, “Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement,” that has won numerous awards. Born Edith Schlain See page 13 >>

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he 800,000 or so Dreamers have good reason to be worried about their future legal status since the Trump administration announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months unless Congress acts to address it. A week after many Republican lawmakers made a public show of support for the young people affected, it appears they are not serious about crafting legislation to continue DACA. Democrats are also pushing for rescuing DACA, but of course, they do not control Congress and bipartisan cooperation is lacking. More alarming, the New York Times reported that, if anything, advocates for immigrants brought to this country as children may risk losing momentum for their cause. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) told the paper that President Donald Trump should have ordered an immediate phase-out. “That would really put pressure on Congress to put DACA right at the top of the agenda,” he said. Instead, Trump gave Congress six months and Congress has moved on to other matters like hurricane relief and tax reform. Planned hearings on DACA have been postponed and replaced by other priorities. Meanwhile, DACA recipients are forced to make decisions for an uncertain future. Those who are eligible must decide whether to renew by the October 5 deadline, and those who are not must prepare to uproot their lives to suddenly leave the only country many of them have ever known. This is not what America is about. Republican lawmakers who just last week promised quick work are missing in action. They must prioritize DACA and work with Democrats to get legislation passed. Unfortunately, the situation is par for the course in

Trumpland. DACA recipients deserve better. Once again, the president got what he wanted: chaos, confusion, and fear among people he doesn’t care about.

Edie Windsor, RIP

On the long, winding road to achieving marriage equality, the LGBT community owes a debt of gratitude to a spunky woman who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Edie Windsor, who died Tuesday at the age of 88, fought for her rights and won one of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court victories for same-sex couples. Two years before same-sex marriage became legal nationwide, Windsor’s successful lawsuit against the U.S. government overturned a key provision of the hideous Defense of Marriage Act, and enabled many same-sex couples to finally receive many federal benefits to which they were entitled. The case started after the death of Windsor’s first wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009. Windsor was the sole beneficiary of Spyer’s estate via a revocable trust that required her to pay $363,000 in federal taxes. Had the U.S. government recognized the validity of their marriage, Windsor

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would have qualified for an unlimited spousal deduction and owed no federal income taxes. She sought to claim the federal deduction but was prevented by DOMA. In 2010, she sued the federal government. At the time, LGBT legal organizations were not unified in how to proceed in getting rid of Section 3 of DOMA, which applied to Windsor’s case, and DOMA repeal was going nowhere in Congress. But Windsor persevered with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union and private attorney Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued on her behalf before the U.S. Supreme Court. In June 2013, the justices ruled that DOMA’s Section 3 was unconstitutional. The decision is significant not only because Windsor won her tax case, but also because of all the other federal benefits that became available to same-sex couples, mostly regarding Social Security and retirement. Immigration was affected by the ruling, and attorneys immediately began assisting married binational samesex couples with applications for permanent residence status for the foreign-born partners. It increased the rights and benefits for gay and lesbian federal employees and veterans. The DOMA decision spurred action in the many states that, at the time, had same-sex marriage bans on their books. Ultimately, that led to shifts in public opinion as more Americans began to support marriage equality. By the time that the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges reached the high court in 2015, same-sex marriage was seen in most areas of the country as no big deal. (The South being an exception.) Windsor put herself out there and bravely withstood the media spotlight. Press coverage was positive: people saw her as an older American who just wanted what straight couples took for granted. After her victory, Windsor remained active in the New York LGBT community. She lived her later life out and proud and will go down in history as a champion for equality. t

Still fighting: Alice’s platform by Eric Lukoff and Louise Fischer

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he Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club was formed under a different name in 1971 to shake up the Democratic Party establishment. In 1972, when Jim Foster became the first openly gay man to address a Democratic National Convention, he called for a “gay plank” to be added to the party platform. The fight for LGBT rights in San Francisco was a long and difficult struggle by previous city activists and leaders; their persistence and strength made our own reality possible: The city currently has at least six openly LGBT elected officials serving in a variety of roles. Every candidate running for office, at every level, must be an avowed champion of LGBT rights to even be considered by voters. And the city has two – two! – LGBT Democratic clubs that maintain the respect of LGBT and non-LGBT voters alike. We are truly humbled by the work of our predecessors. Forty-five years after Foster’s speech, it has never been a better time to be openly gay in San Francisco. By and large, our city – and most of our state – has unequivocally embraced LGBT rights. But we cannot be complacent. Not when San Francisco has the highest level of inequality in California. Not when our LGBT seniors are being evicted and forced out of their own community. Not when our LGBT youth are living on the streets in record numbers. Not when our transgender peers face disproportionate rates of suicide and violence. Not when African-Americans, who are 5 percent of our city’s population, account for 53 percent of inmates in our jail. Not when our Muni and BART stations have become overflow shelters for our most vulnerable and sick. Not when our teachers can’t afford to live here. Basic LGBT rights in San Francisco have been fully embraced by our party and most of our elected leadership for quite some time. But now we need to go beyond the basics. We must find new ways to fight for our community – and other communities with which we are in solidarity. In July, Alice’s membership voted

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overwhelmingly to adopt a policy platform, which lays out the club’s position on various major issues facing our city and state. The document is the culmination of months of hard work by our policy committee, as well as our entire board of directors. We researched, reached out to community stakeholders, and solicited ideas from other organizations and thought leaders on these issues. The result is a consensus-oriented document that articulates our shared values and offers bold, but realistic, solutions to the challenges we face in San Francisco and throughout California. The platform is not comprehensive; we intentionally started with just four issues: healthy communities, criminal justice, homelessness, and housing. Here are some highlights: Our healthy communities plank calls for California to adopt a single-payer health care system. It also supports safe injection sites, an increase in mental health hospital beds, mandating a thirdgender option on state and local government forms, and other important health initiatives. Our criminal justice plank advocates for the elimination of money-based bail, which perpetuates a cycle of incarceration. We also call for restorative justice models as an alternative to prison, and the prohibition on the use of a person’s immigration status in on-the-record legal proceedings unless necessary and relevant.

In our homelessness plank, we promote a housing-first approach and advocate for increased rental subsidies, more supportive and transitional housing options, and additional Navigation Centers throughout the city. We also reject policies that criminalize homelessness and advocate that bathrooms, showers, and other hygiene services be readily available and accessible 24/7. Our housing plank balances support for market forces with dramatic increases in affordable housing. We call for the expansion of statewide rent control to all cities, support for streamlining the approval process of new housing construction, prioritizing affordable housing development. We support the construction of middleincome housing, but reject the premise that low-income housing stock must be reduced to achieve this goal. We also hope to ease the shortage of rental properties by disincentivizing landlords from keeping vacant rental units off the market. We don’t have all the answers, but we are committed to advocating for solutions that we believe will make a difference. Our platform will also serve as the foundation of our candidate questionnaire in our endorsement process, and we will hold elected officials accountable to it. You can read our platform in its entirety at our website, http://www.alicebtoklas.org/platform. We hope you will find the document speaks to our mission and values, even if you don’t agree with every idea. Please consider joining us at an upcoming Alice event and help to fight for our community in ways that those who came before us could never have imagined. We are humbled to be walking in their footsteps, and we are proud to carry on their work.t Eric Lukoff and Louise Fischer are cochairs of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the oldest LGBT Democratic club in the country.


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Recent weeks have demonstrated the need to reserve one’s moral outrage. A news story important to the LGBT community that I fear will become buried is Gilead Science’s $11.9 billion takeover of Kite Pharma and its CAR-T therapy – a repeat of Gilead’s 2011 $10 billion acquisition of Pharmasset, the developer of the Sovaldi cure for hepatitis C. Foster City-based Gilead is a top donor to LGBT nonprofits for a reason: it is blood money paid to buy the silence of AIDS activists for Gilead’s criminal hepatitis C pricing. Given that hep C is largely curable, Gilead ensures the continuation of the gay community’s epidemic in order to preserve its market. Imagine if Alexander Fleming had charged syphilitics $92,000 for a course of penicillin. The purpose of drug

patents is to encourage research and development, not anti-competitive pricing. This $11.9 billion takeover of Kite could have been put into drug research. Instead, Gilead buys out a company (whose leukemia therapy was developed by the University of California) and jacks up the price. Maybe we should just sell more stem cell bonds while we’re at it. Just as long as Gilead buys a seat at the next glitzy LGBT fundraiser – it’s sexier to demand pounds of flesh from the likes of Martin Shkreli (who is at least being honest), and march on San Francisco City Hall as the best way to resist Donald Trump at all times, when (at least on drug pricing), there is some common ground. Thomas Busse San Francisco

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he State Bar of California welcomed its first openly LGBT president this month with the recent swearing in of attorney Michael Colantuono, a gay man who lives outside of Grass Valley in the northern Sierra Foothills. Colantuono, 55, is a partner in the law firm of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC and is an expert on municipal governance issues. He serves as the city attorney for Auburn and Grass Valley. He defeated Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers for the presidency in July, after former president James Fox broke a 7-7 tie vote, and took his oath of office last Thursday, September 7, in Los Angeles during the state bar’s Board of Trustees meeting. Two other LGBT trustees were also sworn in last week, treasurer Todd Stevens and Sean SeLegue. Colantuono was first appointed as a trustee in 2012 by gay former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and re-appointed in 2015 by lesbian former Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), now a state senator. In a phone interview with the Bay Area Reporter, Colantuono said his becoming president of the state bar is another example of the gains the LGBT community has made during his lifetime. “It is another small break in the past from where we were to where we are headed,” said Colantuono, who is married to Robert Miller, now retired from a career in construction and real estate development. A Pennsylvania native, Colantuono attended Harvard, where he was the first openly gay president of the student government and graduated magna cum laude in 1983. He received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 1988, graduating first in his class. During his time in Boston, Colantuono recalled how an Irish Catholic Democratic judge on the family law court in Massachusetts told a television interviewer that he would never place a child in a gay or lesbian household. The local gay community was outraged, and Colantuono helped organize a protest against the judge. But he didn’t file formal charges against him, said Colantuono, because he was fearful doing so would hinder his own legal career. Three decades later, he now can’t imagine seeing a sitting judge publicly attack LGBT families. “Certainly, in Massachusetts, I can’t imagine a judge saying such a thing,” said Colantuono. “And if

California State Bar President Michael Colantuono he did, I would expect the judicial performance agencies to open their own complaints. And I can’t imagine anyone afraid to bring a complaint against the judge.” State Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), an attorney and member of the state bar since the late 1990s, told the B.A.R. that it is significant to see an LGBT attorney lead the statewide legal agency as it undergoes significant changes in its structure and at a time when LGBT rights are under attack federally and in numerous state capitols. “It is important for the public that there be respect and trust for legal professions and the state bar needs to ensure that, and we need to have state bar leadership that will continue that,” said Chiu, who like Colantuono, clerked for the late James R. Browning, a judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “In addition to Michael’s incredible qualifications and record as an attorney and leader of the legal profession, having him as the first openly gay president of the organization is an important symbol for California and for the rest of the country during this historic era.” Under legislation that Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law this year, the leadership of the state bar will be radically changed and its scope reduced. The elected president will be no more and, instead, become an appointed chair named by the state Supreme Court. Colantuono, who supports the proposed changes, would see his presidency come to an end on December 31. He plans to seek the appointment as chair of the newly reconstituted state bar. “I came to the bar at a time of a

lot of controversy and demands for reform, and I thought I could help make a difference,” said Colantuono. State leaders have fought over the state bar since its creation in 1927, and the agency has been buffeted by political fights ever since. In recent years state lawmakers have criticized the agency over its spending and oversight of the legal profession, leading the Legislature last year to refuse to approve an annual bill setting out the state bar’s fee structure. This year’s fee bill, Senate Bill 36, would separate 16 specialty associations from the state bar, which would turn its focus solely to lawyer discipline, diversity and bias issues and bar exam administration. While the state bar does not advocate on behalf of individuals seeking to become state judges, it does run the commission that evaluates judicial candidates. Its determinations carry significant weight with gubernatorial administrations as they seek to fill vacancies on the state bench. One of the last “pink ceilings” in the state’s legal profession is seeing an out LGBT person named to the California Supreme Court. LGBT legal advocates are urging Brown to do just that when he names the successor to former Justice Kathryn Werdegar, who retired this summer. Frequently mentioned for the seat is gay state appellate court judge and San Francisco resident Jim Humes, a former adviser to Brown who appointed him to the state bench in 2012. While the six LGBT bar associations in California have for years called on the governor to name more LGBT judges, the applicant pool is limited, noted Colantuono, as it is a demanding job that pays less than a lawyer can make in the private sector. “Finding qualified LGBTQ candidates who want to serve can be challenging,” he said. Colantuono himself sought an appointment and ran for a judicial seat in 2006 but came up short. He told the B.A.R. he hasn’t ruled out seeking to become a judge again but that it is “not in my short-term plans.” t Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http:// www.ebar.com Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column reported on poll findings about LGBT religious affiliations. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/politicalnotes. Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 8298836 or e-mail m.bajko@ebar.com.

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new group, the Bay Area Equality Coalition, will convene a town hall Thursday, September 21 for the South Bay’s LGBT community to voice its concerns about local and national issues. The coalition is a grassroots action committee of LGBT individuals and organizations that produced the Equality March for Unity and Pride that took place in San Jose in June. Organizers include queer individuals and groups such as the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, First Century Evangelistic Group, Project More Foundation, and Silicon Valley Pride. They decided to hold the town hall in an effort to build on the momentum garnered at the Equality March, coalition leaders told the Bay Area Reporter. “This outcome as a coalition happened because so many different individuals and groups came together and really worked toward the cause that came out pretty well,” said Crystal Haney, a 36-year-old queer transgender woman who is a member of the committee. “We figured if we are able to build this momentum let’s use it. Let’s keep working together.” The first step in understanding the community’s concerns is to host an open forum at the town hall meeting, said the Reverend John Rodgers, a gay man.

“It’s time for us to step up and say, ‘Hey, no we’re not going to go backwards,’” said Rodgers, 54, who’s with First Century Evangelistic Group. Nicole Altamirano, 35, a lesbian who is on the board of directors at Silicon Valley Pride and is the organization’s liaison to the coalition, agreed. “I felt the call to action once the dumb Trump got into office,” she said, referring to the president. “I just felt an urge and urgency to be a part of something and to actually make a difference in our community, not only in the South Bay, but just as a whole because everything that’s happening in this nation is just ridiculous.” She hopes the town hall and the coalition will bring “the community all together and to actually work together to improve our community [and] our lives within the Bay Area,” she said. Rodgers, who has been an LGBT rights activist for decades, said that there are issues that need to be addressed. Locally, he pointed to homeless queer youth and LGBT seniors being discriminated against in housing as issues that are lacking programs. On the national level, he noted the recent ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, the White House supporting businesses that discriminate against LGBT people, and conservative churches emboldened to make derogatory statements

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The Equality March for Unity and Pride, held in June in San Jose, is the inspiration for the Bay Area Equality Coalition, which will hold a town hall next week.

against LGBT people. Haney is the HIV outreach, prevention, and education program coordinator at Asian Americans for Community Involvement and volunteers at the DeFrank center’s HIV education and testing program. She said that there are many LGBT people who are Dreamers as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Last week the Trump administration announced that in March the DACA program will end unless Congress passes legislation to continue it. “If there are deportations going on from that group, they have no resources, or many of them have

little resources in the countries that they originally are from and have no real experience in navigating those areas,” said Haney, so the goal is to get direction from LGBT community members about “how we as a community can better help other organizations fulfill the needs of our community.” “We are letting the community decide. We are just creating the platform for them to do that,” said Altamirano. Rodgers said the town hall will also allow people to vent their frustrations and concerns. “We may not have the answers for people. We may have to go and get the answers, but that’s OK. The

point is to have people be able to freely express their feelings,” Rodgers said. Organizers hope that 200 community members will come to the “audience-driven” meeting that is being held at a public library rather than the De Frank center. Organizers wanted to create an environment where people would feel comfortable attending, even if they are not out. “The LGBTQ community is a part of every community out there – Muslim, Jewish, low-income, highincome – we are part of every part of it, so whatever issue is going on in other communities is also now an LGBTQ issue,” said Rodgers. Rodgers and other coalition members plan to create an action plan working with local elected officials, community organizations, and faith leaders to help them work with and resolve LGBT issues, they said. The coalition also plans to work with other groups and organizations on things such as World AIDS Day and the Transgender Day of Remembrance, added Haney.t The Bay Area Equality Coalition’s town hall meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m., September 21 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 East San Fernando Street, Room 225 in San Jose. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://bayequality.org or http:// www.facebook.com/BayEquality.

SF General gets $800K from foundation compiled by Cynthia Laird

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he San Francisco General Hospital Foundation last week awarded more than $800,000 to various initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital through its Hearts grants program. Included in the funding was $52,150 to LGBTQ patient quality care and $20,000 to the HIVE Pro Men Project, or Positive Reproductive Outcomes for HIV-positive Men. “The Hearts grants are at the core of the foundation’s mission,

as the funds promote excellence in research, education, and care,” Amanda Heier, chief executive offiBest Photographer cerWedding of the foundation, said in a news as voted by BAR readers release. The Hearts grants program is funded by the Heroes and Hearts event. Since 2004 the program has funded nearly 500 grants totaling close to $12 million. The grant for LGBTQ patient care will support data collection for identifying LGBTQ disparities in patient care and experience. Many other programs also received funds, such as the surgery

department being awarded $49,450 to purchase laryngoscopy equipment for cutting-edge 360 video and virtual reality training for emergency medicine, surgery, and anesthesia providers. The hospital’s cancer care program received $25,000. “The impact of each and every Hearts grant is evident throughout the hospital, ranging from the physical, such as furniture and equipment, to the intangible, such as staff training and seed funding necessary to launch new programs and ideas,” stated Susan Ehrlich, CEO of SFGH. Ehrlich, a lesbian, was named to head the hospital last year.

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Lyon-Martin to hold town halls for older woman

Lyon-Martin Health Services will hold town halls in Oakland and San Francisco for LBQ women and trans people of size and over 40. Dubbed WHAM, for whole health and mindfulness, the Oakland meeting will be held Tuesday, September 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cesar E. Chavez branch library, 3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 271 (next to the Fruitvale BART station). According to clinic officials, Lyon-Martin is revitalizing a health program for LBTQ adults who are of large body size and over 40. They are looking for participants to provide their opinions about health in their communities and communitybased participatory research on

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WHAM and health initiatives that work. The San Francisco town hall is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lyon-Martin’s offices, 1748 Market Street, Suite 201. Both locations have accessible seating and bathrooms. Attendees are asked to attend scent-free. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Beck Epstein at (415) 901-7118 or bepstein@lyonmartin.org.

Aging film festival

The seventh annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging will take place Friday-Sunday, September 15-17 at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street, in San Francisco’s Japantown. Two films, “Even Me” and “Wilhemina’s War,” confront the overwhelming crisis of HIV/AIDS among older adults, defying the myth that the epidemic is a gay or young person’s disease. Other films include those about Alzheimer’s disease, aging in place or moving elsewhere, and celebrating the wit and wisdom of 40 people

over the age of 65. There are several programs to choose from. Single tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the box office. An all-festival pass (nine two-hour programs) is $50. For tickets or more information, visit www.legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org.

TLC issues ICE resources for trans immigrants

The Transgender Law Center has released resources in English and Spanish for immigrants in the transgender community to know their rights in the case of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The move follows the Trump administration’s reversal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, leaks of a planned and allegedly canceled raid, and months of increased targeting of immigrant communities, TLC officials said in a news release. “For many transgender and gender non-conforming immigrants, deportation could well be a death sentence,” stated Isa Noyola, TLC deputy director. The first resource (https:// See page 13 >>


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Lesbian couples open wine shop, surf club in Pacifica by Matthew S. Bajko

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ear Pacifica State Beach, in the Linda Mar section of the seaside town the shoreline is named after, are a wine store and a surf club run by lesbian couples that are bringing together Peninsula residents, surfers, and day-trippers. Pacifica residents Katie Brookshire, 32, and Courtney Brookshire, 35, own and work full-time at the Table Wine Merchant in the Linda Mar Shopping Center (Store #1237). This month they are marking their third anniversary of offering “cheap and cheerful” wines, as the majority of the 300 wines they sell are priced under $20, with between 40 and 60 costing $10.99 or less. “We call them our weeknight wines,” explained Katie Brookshire, who left a restaurant career in San Francisco to open the shop. “A boutique wine shop conjures up an image of expensive and pretentious. We want to give you wines you take home and drink. We are a wine shop for every day of the week.” Brookshire works with small suppliers and distributors to find inexpensive wines that still taste good. She joked the shop is the “Ross” of wine, referring to the discount clothing store Ross Dress for Less that also has a location in the shopping center. “At this price point you need to go through a lot of shit to find the good stuff,” explained Brookshire. The store does carry a handful of bottles priced over $30 should someone be looking for a special occasion wine. The most expensive bottle, at $110, is a 2006 Ettore Germano Barolo Lazzarito Riserva. Hikers and beachgoers can also purchase a variety of food items, from cheeses and meat plates ($5.99-$11.99) to tinned seafood ($8.99-$13.99) like spiced calamari, tuna, or smoked sardines, for a picnic lunch. “It has been really good,” said Katie Brookshire. “When we first opened people would only drink California wines. Now they are asking about other wines. It is great to see people tasting and exploring other wines.” At age 22 Brookshire was certified as a sommelier by the International Culinary Center in Campbell and returned to San Diego, where she and her wife grew up, to run the wine program at several now-closed restaurants. With locals preferring to drink

beer instead of wine, she and her wife decided to move to Pacifica, where her mother was living, in 2010 with their then 2-year-old son Atticus. (This summer they welcomed the birth of their daughter Theadosia.) She worked at Quince, Cotogna and the now-shuttered St. Vincent prior to opening the wine shop, which was a departure from her initial plan to open her own restaurant. “We had a 6-year-old and wanted to have another kid. I knew if I was running a restaurant I would always be stressed, so we went into retail,” said Brookshire. “Then the question was where to open.” Rather than look for a place in the city, she settled on Pacifica after needing to buy a bottle of wine one night and ending with “a shitty bottle” from the local Safeway. They rented a space across the parking lot from the chain grocery store due to the ample parking and it being accessible to people commuting down the coast. “I can’t just sell three bottles a day. I have to be somewhere people will come,” said Brookshire. Courtney Brookshire quit her job as a vet technician to help staff the store. (She also moved in her record collection and an old fashioned turntable.) The couple, together 14 years, has turned a backroom area into a play space for their children and the kids of their regular customers who stop by for wine tastings. The store’s small bar area is for ages 21 and up and offers different wine tasting events ($10 for a flight) Friday nights between 5 and 9 p.m. and all day Saturdays. During the rest of the week there are wines by the glass ($5$9). For a $10 corkage fee, you can drink your bottle of wine there and either purchase food from the shop or bring it in from another restaurant. The Table Wine Merchant is open 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit its website at tablewinemerchant.com/.

A surf shop with a club atmosphere

Across the street in the Pedro Point Shopping Center is the Traveler Surf and Swim Club, (5450 Coast Highway) owned by Julie Cox, 37, a UC Santa Cruz graduate and former pro surfer. Local surfers can join as

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Table Wine Merchant co-owners Katie Brookshire, left, and her wife, Courtney Brookshire, stand in their Pacifica shop.

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Traveler Surf and Swim Club owner Julie Cox stands with her wife, Rel Lavizzo-Mourey, in front of a wall of surfboards.

members to store their surfboards there and utilize the locker room and outdoor showers; visitors to the area can buy a day pass. There is a path to the nearby beach from the club’s backyard garden, which features a patio with a heated bench. “It replaces the hot tub concept,” said Cox, who grew up near Malibu and formerly served as the director of the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, north of San Diego. “It is so cold here, you are not going to hang out on the beach after surfing so you can do that here. I want it to be like southern California surf culture, where you are hanging out on the beach with your fellow surfers.” Upfront is a retail shop stocked with everything from jewelry and sunglasses to clothing and gift items. Also for purchase is two lines of surfboards ($725 to $1,075) Cox and her friend Ashley Lloyd Thompson, who lives in Santa Cruz, design for women. The store also carries the

American-made outerwear label Silver Lining Bespoke owned by Cox’s wife, Rel Lavizzo-Mourey. She works with artists to create special linings for the insides of her hoodies ($124) and field coats ($485) and donates 6 percent of the proceeds to arts education groups. “Our motto is ‘It’s what’s inside that counts,’” said Lavizzo-Mourey, 36, who helped Cox design the store and helps staff it on occasion. For her inaugural collection, she collaborated with Oakland artist Kelly Ording. Others interested in designing the linings for future collections can apply via the brand’s website at silverliningbespoke.com. As her two-year-old company continues to expand, Lavizzo-Mourey is aiming to open a retail location in downtown Los Angeles sometime next year. “It’s been going well. We did a Kickstarter campaign to launch the brand and then it has just grown by

word of mouth,” she said. The Daly City residents opened the surf club last October and are planning to throw an anniversary party sometime in early December. Each month they host a variety of events at the store, from food vender pop-ups and movie nights to weekly Wednesday morning drop-in yoga classes from 8 to 9 a.m. ($15 or $10 for surf club members). They built the store space to be flexible with easily removable merchandise displays and a wall that can be pulled down and turned into a movie screen. Their aim is to create a community center for local residents and surfers in the area; a Pride barbecue event they hosted in June drew 30 people. The surf club has 25 members currently and can accommodate up to 75 people. Membership prices differ by length and if it includes board storage. Monthly passes start at $100 or $150 with a board, while a six-month pass costs $540 or $810 with a board. Day passes cost $15. Both day passes and memberships can be purchased online at https://travelersf. com/. Traveler Surf and Swim Club is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and opens an hour earlier on weekends. For more information, call (650) 735-9192 or email mailto:hello@travelersf.com.

Castro stores offer Folsom Fair special

Two stores in the Castro have teamed up to offer customers special deals ahead of the annual Folsom Street Fair, Sunday, September 24. The lesbian-owned Skin on Market (2299 Market Street) is partnering with Green Surge (2301 Market Street) on the special “Fit To Be Tied ... for Folsom!” promotion. Customers can get facial treatments and juice cleanses at reduced prices from the retailers. The Sub Zone ($80) deal comes with a micro zone moisture boost and one-day smoothie/juice cleanse for a savings of $20. The Dom ($170) package includes a 50-minute face treatment and a two-day smoothie/ juice cleanse worth $40 in savings. Or there is the Master ($212) deal that includes the face treatment and a nostril wax plus a three-day smoothie/ juice cleanse at a $60 price reduction. Stop by either store to inquire about the special deals.t Got a tip on LGBT business news? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 829-8836 or e-mail m.bajko@ebar.com.

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Lee encourages LGBTs to ‘stay woke’ by Cynthia Laird

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colleagues,” he added. several East Bay cities. Comcast/NBC Universal represen“Pacific Center is thriving,” she tative Ken Maxey accepted the club’s said. Corporate Leader Award. Stonewall President Brendalynn “I’m very proud of Comcast – it’s Goodall reminded the audience that one of the champions of this commuthe LGBT community must continue nity,” he said. to fight for rights. The Pacific Center for Human “As an Oakland native and a Growth was the recipient of the Com66-year-old African-American lesmunity Service Award. Executive bian, I came here because I am part of Director Leslie Ewing said that the this community,” she said. “The fight center, one of the oldest LGBT comfor justice is not over. We add our munity centers in the country, hasT:7.75”voices to the Resistance.” t expanded its mental health services to

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ongresswoman Barbara Lee told attendees at the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club’s Pride breakfast that while the Oakland Pride festivities were “celebratory,” there are many things going on in the country that are harmful. “I want to encourage you to stay woke,” Lee said, drawing applause from the crowd. Nearly 200 people attended the September 10 Pride breakfast at SPUR’s Oakland office, including many LGBT politicos and straight allies. It was the first time that Lee, a Democrat who has long represented Oakland and other East Bay cities in Washington, addressed the gathering. She recalled growing up in El Paso, Texas, where her mother’s best friend was a lesbian. Lee said that her mother instilled in her a deep sense of acceptance for everyone, no matter how they identified. “It was how she raised us,” Lee said. Lee, a straight ally, has been a forceful critic of President Donald Trump and his administration. Lee is a founding member and vice chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, former chair and current whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. “Each day is another day on a terrible merry-go-round,” she said, “whether it’s transgender people in the military or trans students.” The president, she said, has “appointed Cabinet officials who express ideas rooted in hatred and bigotry. This administration makes it clear” where it stands. “But we will continue to fight. We do rise with Pride,” she said. “We have to remind people that there is a better way. “It’s inspiring seeing people come together to resist,” she said. “It’s not going to be easy and we will face some gloomy days, but we will win.” State Treasurer John Chiang, a candidate for governor, was in attendance at the breakfast. In a brief interview with the Bay Area Reporter, he said that the state’s diversity is its strength. “California is a number one economic power in large part because of its diversity,” he said. The club honored several people and two organizations. Juniperangelica Cordova, a brown, queer, trans femme from Azusa, California, is a student at UC Berkeley, where she is involved in student government. Cordova received the Emerging Leader Award. “I think Pride is rooted in riots against police brutality,” Cordova said, referring to the 1969 uprising at New York City’s Stonewall Inn that sparked the modern LGBT rights movement. She said that she was appreciative of all the elected officials present, but that the community “needs everyone to stand up.” Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ received a Trailblazer Award. A longtime leader in the faith community, Flunder said, “I am one of those people who embodies Selma to Stonewall. It’s an incredible parallel and I lived through it.” “We had problems with blacks using the bathroom” during the civil rights movement “just as trans people do in some states. We had problems with the police,” she said, and that continues today. “Let’s not let them steal the spirit from us,” Flunder said. “If you have to get your God back, go get your God back.” Nenna Joiner, owner of Feelmore510 Adult Gallery in Oakland, received the LGBTQI Small Business Owner Award. “I just used what I had,” Joiner said of starting the adult store after a career at Clorox. “Thank you for your inclusion.”

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Full house for Oakland LGBTQ center opening by Michael Nugent

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akland city leaders and others filled the new LGBTQ Community Center at its grand opening on the eve of Pride weekend. The center will offer a range of social, educational, and health-related programs and services aimed at supporting Oakland’s thriving LGBTQ community. “We’ve literally had people coming off the street here in tears,” said co-founder and Executive Director Joe Hawkins, as he teared up himself in front of the crowd during the September 7 ceremony. “We could have been in some basement somewhere, but we put it up here and made it like a lighthouse so everyone can see.” The center is located at 3207 Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland’s Grand Lake district, on the second floor of a T-Mobile store. It occupies the majority of Co-Munity, a co-working space. City Councilman Abel Guillen, who identifies as two spirit and represents the neighborhood, said, “In an era of hate and division, we need spaces like this now more than ever.” Councilman Dan Kalb, a straight

ally, said, “We’re all thrilled to finally have an LGBTQ center here in Oakland. Other East Bay cities already know this is here, the demand is getting bigger already, and you may need to start looking for a bigger space. This is a great start.” Mayor Libby Schaaf then cut the ribbon to wild applause. At Sunday’s East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Pride breakfast, Schaaf talked about the center’s opening. “It was hot with love, it was hot with tears, it was hot with stories of strength,” Schaaf said. Board members spoke about the importance of the center. “I’m always talking about how diverse Oakland is,” said board member Manifair HW. “This is my definition of a melting pot; this is what we need to represent everyone.” Attendees remarked on the value of both diversity and the center. “There’s a lot of diversity in Oakland,” said Jose Lopez, 23, a gay man. “Coming from the Latino community, we don’t have that openness. To see different people all over is eye-opening.”

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf cuts the ribbon at the LGBTQ Community Center’s grand opening September 7.

Straight allies were also in attendance. “I live in the neighborhood and feel this is needed,” said Molly Dubow, 44, an ally. “I want to support any community activities.” The center has almost 300 volunteers, according to Hawkins. No one is being paid, including Hawkins and

co-founder Jeff Myers. The board of directors has swelled to 11 members. In addition to volunteering, people are finding ways to help the fledgling organization. Shawn Tamaribuchi, 36, a masculine of center, biracial lesbian, is supporting the center by donating memberships, classes, and 50 percent

off new membership fees from Four Elements Fitness, which Tamaribuchi founded. “I’m so happy the center is here. With youth and so many people being displaced, this will help so we can all find ways to thrive,” Tamaribuchi said. Other LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations have made recent donations to the center. AIDS Healthcare Foundation has contributed $10,000 and Oakland Pride wrote a $1,000 check, according to Marvin Miller, the fundraising and finance committee coordinator. The Oakland City Council is also working on supporting the center. “We are going to try to do city funding,” said Guillen, who has donated $1,000 from his officeholder account. “City grant funding windows will open soon, and I hope to get some cultural resource money for the center.” Lesbian Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan (at-large) was not present at the opening. She donated two Raiders tickets to the silent auction.t For more information, go to oaklandlgbtqcenter.org.

LGBT Jewish synagogue celebrates its 40th anniversary by Heather Cassell

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ongregation Sha’ar Zahav, one of the United States’ oldest LGBT synagogues, kicks off the Jewish New Year with a celebration of its 40th anniversary next week. The congregation will be holding its High Holy Days services at the Herbst Theatre, and the public is welcome to attend, officials said. I’m marking the milestone of the congregation, which was founded to provide a safe place for LGBT Jews to gather and worship, it has now come out of the desert, so to speak, said Michael Chertok, 54, a gay man who is president of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. “Forty is not only a round number that any organization would celebrate, but for us as Jews it’s a concept that we think about in the Bible. It was 40 years that we were in the desert before entering the Promised Land. So, particularly for a congregation that was formed by LGBTQ [Jews], we look at this timing of when we are turning 40, we’ve come to a new place. We’ve come to a place in this country [where there is] so much greater acceptance

and opportunity than we’ve ever had before and for us that’s really fermented a transformation,” said Chertok. He pointed out that many synagogues now welcome LGBT Jews. The anniversary is an opportunity for the congregation to re-examine and shift its focus and re-establish its purpose within the community, while retaining its roots. In 1977, when the congregation was founded, Jews, LGBT people, and LGBT Jews, weren’t as widely accepted. There was a need for a synagogue that was a safe place for LGBT Jews to gather and worship. Over the years, that has changed. The leadership responded to the change by examining itself and its purpose for the coming decades, broadening its focus beyond the LGBT community to welcoming people who are disenfranchised. The new mission and vision are reflected in the congregation’s new logo and tagline, “Transcend the ordinary.” “We’ve realized that ... it’s imperative for us to reach out to and welcome everyone, particularly people of the Jewish faith [who] feel disenfranchised, whether they are people with disabilities, Jews of color, or people

who felt that because they were Jewish that it wasn’t something that was celebrated,” said Chertok. In July, the congregation tapped a new leader, Rabbi Mychal Copeland, a 46-year-old lesbian, to help guide it into its future. “It’s a significant time to be looking back to a community that was born out of the need for safe spaces for LGBT people and spaces that are not only tolerant, open, and welcoming, but celebrate every aspect who a person is and what they bring to their spiritual community,” Copeland told the Bay Area Reporter. Copeland has worked with a diverse array of Jewish communities, including interfaith families, that makes her uniquely qualified to step into the congregation’s new purpose during its anniversary. “This community, it’s constantly challenging and celebrating what’s best in Judaism and challenging those places ... that need innovation and transformation,” said Copeland. “Congregation Sha’ar Zahav comes out of a deep-seated understanding of what it means to be once on the outside and then to create community in

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a really organic way,” she said. “This community, for a long time, has been inclusive of not just LGBTQI people, but everybody,” said Copeland, noting that the broadening of the congregation’s focus isn’t “necessarily new, but maybe in recognizing how important the full diversity of the community is.” Since its founding, the congregation has grown to an estimated 250 families,

but during the High Holy Days it welcomes upward of 800 people. Over the years, many Jewish clergy have called the congregation home, said Chertok. Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is inviting the public – Jewish and supporters or those interested in the Jewish faith – to celebrate at the Jewish New Year services, Chertok and Copeland said. Next week, to mark Rosh Hashanah, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav will have its services at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. September 20 and 9:30 a.m. September 21. The services are open to the public and, while donations are requested, no one will be turned away. A reception will follow. Yom Kippur services in late September will also be held at the Herbst Theatre. “It’s a great year for people to try out the High Holy Days with us if they haven’t been here before [and] to be celebrating this landmark,” said Copeland. “We welcome everyone.”t For a schedule of upcoming events, see the online version at www.ebar.com.

Lesbian comic to appear at SF Comedy Day by Sari Staver

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os Angeles stand-up comic Katherine Robinson, aka Captain Katie, will make her first stage appearance in San Francisco Sunday, September 17 at the 37th annual Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park’s Robin Williams Meadow (formerly Sharon Meadow). Robinson, a lesbian, will appear in the event’s first set of eight performers, each presenting a five-minute act, which will also be livestreamed at the Comedy Day website. “I’m thrilled to be included in Comedy Day,” Robinson said in a telephone interview with the Bay Area Reporter. After the show’s lineup had already been finalized, the producers saw a video of Robinson performing in LA and “created an extra slot for me,” she said. Robinson, 31, is a seven-year U.S. Army veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. She was assigned to the 10th mountain division

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in Ft. Drum, New York, where she served in an aviation unit as a battle captain, responsible for her unit’s helicopter missions during both of her combat deployments. She was awarded three Army commendation medals during her service and left

the military honorably in June 2012. Robinson began crafting her stand-up act during her Army career, writing and performing countless improvisational and sketch comedy acts she dubbed “Safety Briefs,” which she said “brought humor to tedious and boring – but important – topics of military safety.” For Robinson, the urge to do stand-up had started many years before. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, the third of four children, Robinson said she “grew up dreaming of making people laugh for a living.” As she recalled, “storytelling came easily,” and she often came home with “elaborate stories” of what happened in a seemingly mundane day as well as “enthusiastic impersonations and full physical reenactments.” During Robinson’s second year See page 14 >>


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transgenderlawcenter.org/resources/ immigration/ice-raids) outlines ways to prepare for potential raids and the specific rights of transgender and gender non-conforming people confronted by ICE officials. The second (https://transgenderlawcenter.org/resources/immigration/credible-fear-interviews) shares tips for trans immigrants who are granted “credible fear” interviews due to fear of persecution or violence should they be deported. The resources were prepared through TLC’s Trans Immigrant Defense Effort, or TIDE, a program that connects transgender immigrants to pro bono attorneys. TIDE is currently working with DACA recipients seeking other avenues of immigration relief, and advocating for the release of a group of trans women seeking asylum who presented themselves at the border last month as part of the first trans-gay caravan.

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Webinar series on gay male dating

The Gay Therapy Center will offer a live webinar series, “Love and Sex for Gay Men,” that begins Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. and continues for the following four Tuesdays. Adam Blum, MFT and director and founder of the therapy center, said in a news release that gay male dating, relationships, and sex are different and come with unique challenges. “This webinar is designed to help gay men navigate the path to connection with other men with greater ease and confidence, and armed with practical skills,” Blum said. The five-week series will cover finding a boyfriend, communicating about sex, developing self-esteem and confidence, maintaining a relationship, and open

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minimal damage and employees were on the job Monday cleaning up. Photos posted to the resort’s Facebook page showed most of the property’s lush vegetation intact. But one of the two palm trees in front of the property appeared to have had all of its fronds blown off. The resort said it expected to have the property fully cleaned up by the end of this week and would announce later when it would reopen. The Grand’s neighbor and largest gay resort in Fort Lauderdale, the Worthington Resorts, also reported minimal damage. The resort’s Facebook page noted on Monday that someone who lives in a residential tower overlooking the property had reported that although fencing and trees were damaged, there appeared to be no broken windows or structural damage. “We can repair the resort and plant new trees,” Worthington’s owner Jim Durham wrote. “We have been here before with Hurricane Wilma. God Bless, thank you for all your thoughts and prayers it apparently worked.” In Key West, a small group of people took shelter in the New Orleans House, which is owned by Joey Schroeder, who also owns the adjacent Bourbon Street Pub. Through a Facebook post, he relayed that Garden Bar, just behind the main pub, which includes a pool, is “unrecognizable”

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to Jewish immigrants from Russia on June 20, 1929, she grew up in Philadelphia and first realized she was gay while attending Temple University. In the 1950s, at a time when being gay was harshly stigmatized, she married a man and changed her last name to his, Windsor. The marriage was over within a year, and Ms. Windsor moved to New York and eventually became immersed in the gay community. She also earned a master’s degree in mathematics at New York University and landed a job working with computers for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and, then, as a computer programmer for IBM. Ms. Windsor and Spyer began their relationship in the early 1960s

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A worker stands next to a fallen tree at the Grand Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

and that no trees on the property were left standing. The post noted that Schroeder saw numerous trees on top of cars and homes throughout the island but that the flooding was not as bad as Hurricane Wilma. That 2005 storm flooded an estimated 60 percent of the island. Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers told CNN that Wilma also caused more structural damage on the Keys than Irma. Schroeder noted that the damage was most noticeable in the and considered themselves married. Spyer eventually developed multiple sclerosis, and the couple registered as domestic partners when that became possible. As Spyer’s condition worsened, they decided to seek a marriage license in Canada. Spyer died two years later, in 2009. A public memorial service for Ms. Windsor has been scheduled for Friday, September 15, at 12:30 p.m. at the Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York. Ms. Windsor requested that, in lieu of flowers, any donations in her memory be made to one of the following four LGBT organizations: the LGBT Center of New York, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth, or SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment). t

Obituaries >> Memorial set for Celeste Newbrough

A memorial service and celebration will be held next month for Celeste Newbrough, a lesbian and early feminist who helped organize against the anti-gay Briggs initiative in 1977, ahead of the

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relationships and monogamy. “No one teaches us this stuff of life, and yet satisfying relationships are one of the most critical factors in our well-being,” Blum said. The webinar will be led by Greg Bodin, MFT. The cost is $195 if men register by September 19; after that it increases to $245. The Gay Therapy Center has 20 licensed LGBT psychotherapists and offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. To register, visit www.thegaytherapycenter.com/love-and-sexwebinar. For more information, visit www.thegaytherapycenter.com.

The festival celebrates the cultural riches of the Tenderloin and Little Saigon. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring children, grandparents, friends, and even a favorite bicycle to fix – there will be activities for all ages. A concert stage will provide entertainment, including music from Josh Woods of RS94109 and cultural performances. Families can enjoy a bounce house, giant inflatable slide, and lantern making.

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destruction of the island’s foliage: “All trees in Bayview park are down. All trees have been stripped of their leaves.” The business owner continued, “It was like a huge weed whacker hit the island. All signs, canopies, etc. have been ripped down.” Schroeder added that it will be “awhile before Key West is back up and running.” Key West’s legendary Island House, which often tops lists as being among the best gay resorts in the world, reported Monday that it suffered significant but “fixable” damage. The resort posted on its Facebook page, “There are several big trees down, including the big gumbo limbo and rubber tree next door to the resort. Fortunately, they didn’t fall on anything. “Right now there is no water, electricity, or cellphone service in Key West. Those will be fixed in the coming days,” the post read. Also the airport needs to reopen as well as Route 1 to the mainland. The resort said it was unsure when it would reopen. “That depends on when the authorities open the roads and the airport,” the post read. “And how soon we can do the cleanup and repairs needed at the Island House. Hopefully, that will be by early next week.”t

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Milk Plaza

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Area Reporter reported in January that the money is from Lawrence Cushman, a gay man, and was put into a grant fund at the Horizons Foundation for the plaza’s benefit.) An additional $10 million is required for full funding of design, construction, and maintenance of the plaza. “We received an overwhelming response from talented design teams,” said Jennifer Jones, executive director of American Institute of Architects San Francisco, which is working with the Friends group on the project. Through a day-and-a-half process led by AIASF, three finalists were chosen out of 33 submissions. The initial seven-member jury included local architects, designers, and planners. A technical advisory jury was developed to ensure that the ultimate design be constructively possible. It was composed of staff from San Francisco Public Works, BART, the San Francisco Planning Department, SFMTA, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, Aiello said. (BART oversees the Castro Muni station’s public plaza area.) While each firm proposed unique designs, two themes emerged: illuminating light displays and space for political and social gatherings. “Open, accessible and unencumbered ... this is a plaza for people,” finalist Groundworks Office said of its proposal. Groundworks’ proposal shows complete reorganization of the Muni station, lifting the existing plaza toward street level. With a westward facing staircase, the entrance to the Muni station frames Sutro Tower. A nighttime element marked by hundreds of LED lights within the cascading staircase would honor the candlelight vigil held on the day of Milk’s assassination. According to the Friends’ site, North Beach’s Kuth Ranieri

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Others came to check out the scene. “I like coming to community events. I get to see people I wouldn’t see every day,” said Connor Lucas Prideaux, 34, a trans/two spirit person who performs as drag king Ryder Moore. Straight allies were also in attendance. “I’ll celebrate anyone’s right to live as they want – I welcome it,” said Chris Holl, 35, a straight ally from San Francisco. “This is my first time at Oakland Pride. They do a good job.”

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of college at Florida State University in Tallahassee, she joined Army Reserve Officer Training Corp, “the best decision of my life,” she said. A “natural athlete” her entire life, Robinson said she “excelled” in her military training and, within her first month in the program, was offered a full ROTC scholarship. So when she graduated from Florida State, Robinson was commissioned an officer in the Army, “one of the proudest moments of my life,” she said. She spent the next seven years as a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear warfare officer. When she left the service, she decided to focus on a career in acting and comedy. She moved to Los Angeles and has since been in film, on television, and in the theater. She has appeared on numerous occasions in LA at the World Famous Comedy Club and in New York City

Architects’ design is defined by a ribbon of visual content that traverses the street, plaza, and pathways to Castro and Market streets. “The contiguous ribbon of filmic content touches [the proposed] bus canopy, elevator enclosure, interpretive entry wall, and entry archway to the public transit,” Kuth Ranieri Architects said of its proposal. Embedded into the plaza pavement would be multiple pink triangles. An elevated cast glass triangular platform at the center of the plaza would serve as “a soapbox for future social political gatherings,” the website reads. Upon entering the Castro Muni station, the plaza’s cast glass triangular platform would act as a skylight to the transit level below, casting a pink light triangle that quotes Milk: “Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.” Along a widened Market Street sidewalk, a well-lit canopy bus stop offers direct access to the plaza’s center via a staircase. At sundown, “the plaza is illuminated by a sprinkling of lights to create a safe night-life experience,” the firm said in a statement. Lastly, the third finalist is Perkins Eastman. With “sweeping skyline views,” the Perkins Eastman design features a soapbox-like concept. The raised platform pointing toward Sutro Tower is composed in a series of “stages” for seeing, hearing, and watching. It meets a large, open plaza at the corner of Castro and Market streets. According to a description on the website, the amphitheater’s floor would show a series of inlaid bronze memorial thresholds, creating a timeline journey for visitors to experience Milk’s achievements as they wind their way to the top. Lighting elements would act as a permanent candlelight vigil. “The candles themselves are an important fundraising opportunity for the new plaza,” said Perkins

Eastman, referring to the lights. “Donors can become part of the tribute to Harvey’s legacy by purchasing a candle in the permanent vigil, engraved with their names and a quote.” Perkins Eastman also shifts the Muni station’s entrance westward. The “field of candles” extends to the northwest and northeast corners, unifying nearby sites like Jane Warner Plaza and the F streetcar turnaround. The firm added that the new underground Muni station would host a video installation making it a “vivacious and spirited front door to the neighborhood.” Aiello said that money will need to be raised for the project. “Active fundraising will begin once a decision is made on the firm,” she said. “The fundraising plan focuses on large donors first. Anyone can donate now by going to [the Friends of Harvey Milk website].” The bulk of community-based fundraising efforts will be later in the year. In January, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, in collaboration with SFMTA’s accessibility and elevator improvement project, launched the design competition to reimagine Harvey Milk Plaza as a public gathering space that honors Milk and the LGBT civil rights movement. “Two community meetings were held to kick-off this redesign effort,” Aiello said in the release. “We took that input and folded it into the design brief and now we are asking the public, especially the Castro and the LGBT community, to respond.” t

parade carried signs that read “Yes to Dreamers,” a reference to the Trump administration’s announcement last week that it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The DACA program protected recipients, who were brought to the U.S. as children, from deportation. President Donald Trump has appointed many anti-LGBT people to his Cabinet, and in July announced that trans people would no longer be able to serve openly in the military. “This event has renewed political importance,” said Ralph Doore, 60, a gay man from Castro Valley. “In the 1970s, it was about coming out and getting visibility. We have to be out and visible at Pride, especially in these times.” Others who specialize in helping the trans community were also concerned, given the political climate.

“I’ve always been an ally and gone to Pride,” said Katie Carroll, 34, a straight woman from San Francisco. “I do electrolysis for trans people. I’m worried now about losing my job and people losing these services. In light of Trump, anytime we can find ways to all come together I show up and do what I can do. “It takes shitty things like Donald to make people come together sometimes,” Carroll added. More than 100 booths lined Franklin Street and some side streets during the festival, with organizations from PFLAG and the Billys to Equality California and Turn Out, an LGBT volunteer coordination nonprofit. For-profit companies like Wag and Lyft also were represented, as were several churches. “I think that it is really important, given the current political climate

in the country, that folks can have a sense of coming together, especially [at] Oakland Pride,” said Carlos Uribe, 35, a queer man who is the board co-chair of Oakland Pride. The festival headliner was Grammy-nominated “Rise Up” singer Andra Day, with special guest Alex Newell. Our Family Coalition’s children’s and family area featured an animal petting zoo and an “instrument” zoo in association with the Oakland Symphony. Oakland Symphony music director and conductor Michael Morgan, a gay man, was the parade grand marshal. Danny Wan, the city’s first gay City Council member, was the legacy grand marshal. It cost about $275,000 to produce this year’s Oakland Pride parade and festival, said Uribe. t

at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club. She has been featured on “The Queen Latifah Show” and on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” where she portrayed a female agent. Her most recent TV appearance was as a special guest interviewed on Pivot’s “Take Part Live,” hosted by Meghan McCain. “People outside of Los Angeles are most likely to have seen me in the public service announcement ‘Love Has No Labels,’” she said, “after it went viral on social media and had 35 million views in less than 48 hours.” (Robinson is the woman on the right with short hair who comes out first at 0:46-1:04 in this link https://www.facebook.com/ video.php?v=967446766629515)

Robinson recalled an incident in April 2012 when she was “shoved across the dance floor to the ground” and called “an abomination” by her commanding officer, identified in military records as Command Sergeant Major Patrick McGuire, while she was slow dancing with her fiancee, another woman, at a military ball. The incident with Robinson’s commanding officer continued to reverberate after she left the military, she said. (McGuire could not be reached for comment.) In 2015, after Robinson said a story about the incident was reported inaccurately, accusing Robinson of allegedly ruining the career of the officer involved in the earlier dustup, Robinson began receiving “hate mail” on her car. The threats escalated, she said, and after she received a note threatening to gang rape her, the police filed a report as a hate crime. Soon after, Robinson said that

a masked man who she believes targeted her for being a lesbian attacked her in her apartment building. She suffered a severe concussion, as well as cuts and contusions and had months of physical therapy. Once she was back on the job acting and doing stand-up, Robinson saw that her story should be told to make people aware that “homophobia has not disappeared, to say the least,” she said. “I don’t think people realize that these type of hate crimes are still happening.” Despite the painful and long lasting effects of the assault, Robinson said that there was “one really amazing outcome: the outpouring of support from strangers and from veterans across the country from all backgrounds.” She received emails from women in France and Great Britain, “telling me how I inspired them.” “I hope sharing my story can really make a difference in how the LGBT community is viewed and

Homophobia

Robinson’s stand-up act is based on retelling her “life experiences and observations,” she said. Some of those experiences reflect society’s homophobia, she pointed out.

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Courtesy Groundworks Office

Groundworks Office’s design for Harvey Milk Plaza

Courtesy Perkins Eastman

Perkins Eastman’s design for Harvey Milk Plaza

To see the finalists and comment on them, visit https://neighborland.com/harveymilk. For more information or to donate to the fundraising effort, visit friendsofharveymilkplaza.org.

Courtesy Kuth Ranieri Architects

Kuth Ranieri Architects’ proposal for Harvey Milk Plaza

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Milo Carter-Daniels checked out a trombone with his friend, Fundi Cade-Lopez, at the Oakland Symphony’s “instrument” zoo at the Oakland Pride festival.

hopefully can also inspire change,” she said. As for her future goals, Robinson said she is “working on a screenplay that is based on my life.” Eventually, she said, “I’d love to headline my own shows and perhaps become a personality like Ellen (DeGeneres).” Robinson thinks her own turnaround story will be inspiring to others, especially if she can make them laugh in the process. “I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “If I can do that, I’ll feel I have succeeded.” t San Francisco Comedy Day runs from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.comedyday.org. For more on Katherine Robinson, visit www.comedykatie.com.


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Saturday, as well as for wearing big blond wigs and skimpy women’s clothing. According to police scanner activity that was recorded just after the shooting, someone reported that the incident had “spilled out from the New Century,” which is at 816 Larkin Street. “The suspect then chased the victim across the street, where he fell to the ground. The suspect then stood over him, fired the three rounds, and took off southbound.” Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesman, said in an interview Tuesday that no arrests had been made, but police “are doing all we can.” Rueca couldn’t share many details about the shooting, including what led up to it, and he couldn’t comment on whether a person of interest had been identified. “It’s still an ongoing and active investigation,” he said. “... We definitely want to get to an arrest, a very solid arrest with good evidence.” Asked about whether Torres’ death was being investigated as a hate crime, Rueca said, “At this time we don’t have evidence” that’s what it was, but “if we receive information that that’s part of what happened in this incident, then definitely we’re going to pursue that.” Monday night, a man standing outside the New Century who would only give his name as Mike and said he’s the club’s VIP host, declined to comment on the shooting since it’s still under investigation. There are several surveillance cameras outside the club, but Rueca said he couldn’t talk about whether there’s any video footage of the incident. Marke Bieschke, a gay longtime San Francisco journalist, DJ, and bar coowner who knew Torres for almost 20 years, said that Torres had been planning to go to strip clubs Friday night “to model swim suits” that he’d made. Bieschke, who used gender neutral pronouns for Torres, described his friend as “a very sweet and gentle person at heart” who freely doled out hugs and snow cones. However, Torres was also “very unfiltered in what they said.” Recently, Torres had been standing on corners with an amplifier and a microphone, “loudly telling people on the street” what he thought of them, whether they were “cute,” or they were “assholes” for ignoring him, said Bieschke. “You agreed with Bubbles in most of the cases,” he said. “... That’s what Bubbles was. You’ve always got that urge, and Bubbles would actually do it.” He added, “Bubbles would get loud and upset, but I never saw any kind of physical altercation or evidence of that.” Torres, who made “very unique and idiosyncratic” collages that he’d claimed to sell “for thousands of dollars,” had been planning to go to Berlin “to release some music and pursue their art career,” said Bieschke, who also said that Torres “considered himself a queer man who liked to dress up in women’s clothes.”

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Memorial

According to a piece Bieschke wrote for the 48Hills.org news site, around 150 people attended a vigil Sunday for Torres at the scene of his death. Monday afternoon, flowers, candles, notes, and several photos decorated the public toilet near where he’d died, and people came to add to the memorial or just pause to reflect. One young couple gasped as they walked by the memorial at Larkin and Myrtle streets. They stopped briefly, and the man crossed himself and said, “That’s fucked up.” Luvenia Johnson, one of the people taking in the sight, indicated she hadn’t known Torres well, but they’d been acquainted well enough to exchange a friendly “Heeey biiitch,” when they saw each other. “He was free with his love and free with himself,” said Johnson. A friend of Johnson’s who don’t give her name said, “If you didn’t know how to dance, spend the night with Bubbles, baby. You’re going to learn how to dance.” A man who lives in a hotel near the scene said that before the shooting, Torres had been in front of the smoke shop next to the New Century with some of his belongings. The man, who didn’t want his name published out of fear of recrimination, said that he’d heard Torres yelling for someone to call the police, then three to four shots. He said he’d then seen a man running up O’Farrell Street, which is just south of the scene. He didn’t see a gun. Mohsen Abouraya, who owns the smoke shop, said that he’d been with a customer when the shooting occurred. Abouraya didn’t see what happened, but he heard six gunshots in rapid succession. “I thought it was fireworks,” he said, but soon, people were running into the store for shelter. Abouraya had heard some yelling just before the shots, but he said, “I didn’t pay attention” to what was being said, because he’d thought “it was just crackheads on the block fighting each other.” The neighborhood is well known for violence, and drug dealing and abuse. A man who was standing with several other people near the New Century Monday night showed the Bay Area Reporter photos on his cellphone that he said had been taken just before the shooting. In one of the the photos, Torres, who was without a wig and wearing a black top and pink and white pants, is raising his middle finger in the air. The man, who would only give his name as Carlos, said he has video footage of the shooting itself, but wouldn’t share it unless the B.A.R. paid him. Tenderloin resident David Elliott Lewis, who lives near the scene and was awakened by the gunshots, wrote several Facebook posts over the weekend about Torres’ death and lamented that it took some time to gain media coverage. “The marginalized die in silence,” wrote Lewis, who was the first to point to the scanner recording and other information about Torres’ killing. Contributions for a memorial fund for Torres can be made at http://goo.gl/twc7sg. t

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In the matter of the application of: WILLIAM JIMMY PURCELL, 76 FRANCIS ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner WILLIAM JIMMY PURCELL, is requesting that the name WILLIAM JIMMY PURCELL, be changed to WILLIAM JAYMES JACKSONWYATT. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 24th of October 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

AUG 24, 31, SEPT 07, 14, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037726300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HANDS FREE MOBILE BAGGAGE HOLDING SERVICE, 314 PERKINS ST APT 305, OAKLAND, CA 94610. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MARANATHA KEBEDE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/15/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/15/17.

AUG 24, 31, SEPT 07, 14, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037731300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: REVANATE, 1029 GEARY ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CHRISTOPHER MATOS DUARTE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/21/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/21/17.

AUG 24, 31, SEPT 07, 14, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037728500

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AUG 24, 31, SEPT 07, 14, 2017 ICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037723800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MESSY LENS, 3545 24TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed HEATHER HORTER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/31/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/14/17.

AUG 24, 31, SEPT 07, 14, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037728400

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AUG 24, 31, SEPT 07, 14, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037727700

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Friends created a memorial to Anthony Torres, aka Bubbles, at Larkin and Myrtle streets.

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In the matter of the application of: JOSHUA RYAN WILKERSON, 76 FRANCIS ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner JOSHUA RYAN WILKERSON, is requesting that the name JOSHUA RYAN WILKERSON, be changed to JOSHUA RYAN JACKSON-WYATT. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 24th of October 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037736500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SALTWATER AND SAND THERAPY, 1254 45TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LISA JOHNSON. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/26/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/24/17.

AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037734300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LOTUSFEATHER PRODUCTIONS, 1408 LYON ST APT B, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SUSAN F. IRWIN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/13/04. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/22/17.

AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037734800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UNIQUE BROWS SALON, 2088 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SUJATA ARYAL. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/23/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/23/17.

AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037734100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CAL LUMBER & SUPPLY, 1459 18TH ST #355, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed WOODFORD STUDIO INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/21/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/22/17.

AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037736600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GLADIOLUS VENDING, 575 NAPLES ST #B, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed GLADIOLUS LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/15/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/24/17.

AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037731700

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SIDE HUSTLE, 601 19TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed MORTAR & MASH ONE, LLC (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/21/17.

AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037733900

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE LITTLE CHIHUAHUA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 4123 24TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed TLC FOODS, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/10/07. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/22/17.

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AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037705500

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037733800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: COGNIGENCIA, 2355 LEAVENWORTH ST #405, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed RYAN HANAU, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/05/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/01/17.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE LITTLE CHIHUAHUA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 292 DIVISADERO ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed TLC FOODS, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/10/07. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/22/17.

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AUG 31, SEPT 07, 14, 21, 2017

Notice: You have been sued. Read the information below and on the next page. Petitioner’s name is: MILOS BACKOVIC. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter, phone call, or court appearance will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services website (www.lawhelpca.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. Notice: RESTRAINING ORDERS ARE ON PAGE 2: These restraining orders are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. They are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. STANDARD FAMILY LAW RESTRAINING ORDERS: Starting immediately, you and your spouse or domestic partner are restrained from: 1. Removing the minor children of the parties from the state or applying for a new or replacement passport for those minor children 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 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 a 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. NOTICE – ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE: Do you or someone in your household need affordable health insurance? If so, you should apply for Covered California. Covered California can help reduce the cost you pay towards high quality affordable health care. For more information, visit www.coveredca.com. Or call Covered California at 1-800-300-1506 WARNING – IMPORTANT INFORMATION. California law provides that, for 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. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court, Santa Clara County, 201 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney, is:

MONTGOMERY S. PISANO, ESQ, 5150 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE D-22, LOS ALTOS, CA 94022 (650) 903-2200.

Date: 06/05/2017; Clerk of Court, by K. Hirose, Deputy.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 NOTICE OF SECOND AMENDED PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF OTTO E. HOFFMAN IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO: FILE PES-17-300996

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of OTTO E. HOFFMAN. A Petition for Probate has been filed by MARIO ALBERTO AVILA & WERNER HEISSERER in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. The Petition for Probate requests that MARIO ALBERTO AVILA & WERNER HEISSERER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: September 27, 2017, 9:00 am, Dept: Probate, Rm. 204, Superior Court of California, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined by section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: Aaron M. Palley, 6200 Antioch St., Oakland, CA 94611; Ph. (510) 339-0233.

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Legal Notices>> ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC-17-553296

In the matter of the application of CHRISTOPHER ANDREW BATES, 555 BARTLETT ST #214, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110: for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner CHRISTOPHER ANDREW BATES, is requesting that the name CHRISTOPHER ANDREW BATES, be changed to CHRISTOPHER ANDREW BATEMAN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 26th of October 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE CNC-17-553295

In the matter of the application of: EMILY ELIZABETH MERRIMAN, 555 BARTLETT ST #214, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner EMILY ELIZABETH MERRIMAN, is requesting that the name EMILY ELIZABETH MERRIMAN, AKA EMILY MERRIMAN BATES, be changed to EMILY ELIZABETH BATEMAN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 26th of October 2017 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037749300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FINANCIAL LIBERTY NETWORK, 5324 MISSION ST STE A, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed PEDRO GARCIA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/23/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/01/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037749400

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PEDRO GARCIA & CO., 5338 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed PEDRO GARCIA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/23/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/01/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037739000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LONG WEEKEND MANAGEMENT, 358 EDINBURGH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MONIQUE ANTOINETTE MEAD. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/21/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/28/17.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037748400

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SUNFLOWER POTRERO HILL, 288 CONNECTICUT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed GRANDEHO’S INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/12/98. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/31/17.

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SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037730600

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037742200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OAKSMITH FURNITURE, 791 33RD AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual and is signed DOMINIQUE TUTWILER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/14/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/18/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037742600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: H FIT, 80 SAN RAFAEL AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JOSEPH JANKO. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/29/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/29/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037743200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NEW LOOKS SALON, 3437 A MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed QUANG KHA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/30/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037725300

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRAHAM ARCHITECTS, 1926 POWELL ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JEFFREY O. GRAHAM. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/15/00. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/15/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037748500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRANDEHO’S KAMEKYO, 2721 HYDE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed GRANDEHO’S INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/01/00. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/31/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BARREL PROOF, 2331 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed ROUNDING THIRD BAR GROUP LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/29/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037734500

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DRAPES PLACE, 1559B SLOAT BLVD #433, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed ROLOK LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/22/17.

SEPT 07, 14, 21, 28, 2017 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-035990600

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: NEW LOOKS SALON, 3437 A MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by THANH-NHA CAO. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/11/14.

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Notice: You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts

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Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp) your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, 400 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94103. The name, address, and telephone number of the plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is:

BARRY W. FERNS, ESQ., FERNS, ADAMS & ASSOCIATES, 2815 MITCHELL DRIVE, SUITE 210, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598; (925) 927 - 3401. Date: July 28, 2016; Clerk, by Arlene Ramos, Deputy.

SEP 14, 21, 28, OCT 05, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037756100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BABY BOOT CAMP - NOE VALLEY, 1471 ALEMANY BLVD, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CAROLYN APPRILL. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/31/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/08/17.

SEP 14, 21, 28, OCT 05, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037731800

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DARK DAYDREAMS BOOKS, 601 VAN NESS AVE, E602, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LAURA PERKINS GAFFNEY. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/20/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/22/17.

SEP 14, 21, 28, OCT 05, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037734700

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037742100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRILL SPOT, 2311 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed GRILL SPOT 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 08/29/17.

SEP 14, 21, 28, OCT 05, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037755100

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OWNIT. CLUB, 228 VICKSBURG ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed HIGHEST VALUE LTD LLC (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/07/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 09/07/17.

SEP 14, 21, 28, OCT 05, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037751600

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE CIVIC KITCHEN, 2961 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed MISE EN PLACE SF 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 09/06/17.

SEP 14, 21, 28, OCT 05, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037737200

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NOURISH CO., 720 FELL ST #6, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed NOURISH CO. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/31/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/24/17.

SEP 14, 21, 28, OCT 05, 2017 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE A-035279700

The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: SUSHI ZONE AND DELI, 1815 MARKET ST #5, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by KIMIAKI AOYAMA. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/02/13.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: URBAN CONCEPTS, 501 BEALE ST, UNIT 11H, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed UNICORN CONSULTING 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 08/23/17.

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he San Francisco Opera’s 95th season opened last week with a Friday night gala featuring Puccini’s spectacular “Turandot” as the centerpiece. The evening was themed around the Oriental fantasy of the story, and the line between on- and off-stage pageantry was sometimes a little blurry – in a fun way. The music is still the thing at the War Memorial Opera House, even on opening night, and by the end of the marathon performance, everyone from backstage to the boxes knew it. See page 24 >>

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Austrian soprano Martina Serafin in the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot” for San Francisco Opera.

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t may come as a surprise – or perhaps it won’t – that the most esteemed historical portrait painter of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, was a late-19th, early-20th century Vienna-trained Czech named Gottfried Lindauer, who migrated from his native Bohemia to the other side of the world in 1874. Though why he relocated remains something of a mystery, he arrived on New Zealand’s shores to find a scant number of professional artists operating in the country. Once there, he cornered the market, developing a thriving practice and becoming the preeminent portraitist of high-ranking male and female Maori. See page 24 >> Gottfried Lindauer, “Eruera Maihi Patuone” (1874), oil on canvas. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Gift of Mr. H.E. Partridge, 1915.

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Fun in the Imperial Palace by Roberto Friedman

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art of the fun of being invited to the San Francisco Opera’s opening gala is rubbing shoulders with famous socialites. Chilling at the cocktail reception in the War Memorial Opera House last Friday night, Out There spotted Paul and Nancy Pelosi nearby. Bravi to them! At the Bravo! Club Gala in the Loggia, and again at the Bravo! Club After-Party in the Veterans Building’s Green Room, we partied with patrons, Merola Opera Program grads, and, in the case of tenor Brian Jagde, one of the stars of the show – that show being Puccini’s “Turandot,” in all the splendor of its David Hockney-designed production. It was quite the festive affair. At performance’s end, SF Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti, the official honoree of Opera Ball 2017, was presented with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company’s highest honor, for his artistic leadership and distinguished career with SFO. After nine seasons conducting over 40 operas and concerts with SFO, Luisotti will step down from his post at the end of this season, though he is scheduled to return in future seasons as a guest conductor. Luisotti was charming and gracious in his remarks upon accepting the honor. He credited coming to live in an open-minded city like SF with improving his character, and as for the country at large, he counseled patience and forbearance. Things will get better, he assured us. If only we could be so sure. And so the 2017-18 opera season is officially kicked off with this sophisticated bash. Up next is “Elektra” by Richard Strauss, which SFO says, “with 100 players, has the largest orchestra in any production in Company history.” Watch these pages for reviews of the entire season repertory.

In the Heights

Readers of this column know that Out There enjoys overnight stays at hotels all over the Bay Area and beyond, but sometimes the most pleasurable stayovers are closest to home. Recently we accepted an invitation from the Hotel Drisco, at 2901 Pacific Avenue in Pacific Heights, to stay over for a night in one of their one-bedroom suites. A

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Martina Serafin as Turandot and Brian Jagde as Calaf in San Francisco Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Turandot.”

stone’s throw from the picturesque Lyon St. Steps and a rugged corner of the Presidio, the Drisco is in a residential neighborhood not far from where the Gettys and Larry Ellison bunk down – that is to say, swank environs indeed. The Drisco has just re-opened after a six-month closure for renovations including a complete makeover to all 48 of its guestrooms, suites and bathrooms, and updates to all of the public areas and landscaping. General manager John Spear told us that the hotel flies the national flag of any foreign visitor who comes for an extended stay. Recently, they had to express-order a Thai flag; it arrived overnight. The boutique hotel takes quarters in an old 1903 Edwardian rooming-house, so the rooms and hallways have those civilized early-century proportions and a genteel charm. There’s a sitting room stocked with newspapers, and a dining room for breakfast and wine hours, but no restaurant onsite. The hotel does make a 24-hour room service available, with sousvide offerings. Out There arrived on a recent Sunday after work, an easy commute on the 1 California, then a trot up the hill, the last block to the top a doozy. The wine reception that evening in the Dining Room offered a selection of California wines as well as a sort

of “Battle of the Rosés” (our term, not theirs) between bottles of Oregon and Alexander Valley vintage. To match the wines, the social hour offered an array of artisan cheeses, charcuterie, fresh fruit and a serving dish full of piping hot meatballs. Our one-bedroom suite was elegant and comfortable. A city view, a sofa and sitting area, a heated floor made of ceramic tile in the bathroom so our tootsies didn’t get cold stepping out of the shower. And of course a bed that was quite inviting and luxe, with an adaptive-sound machine on the nightstand with settings like rainfall, brook and waterfall. It was like sleeping in a perpetual rinse cycle. We enjoyed the Europeaninspired continental breakfast early in the morning before heading back to the arts desk. There was smoked salmon, French brie and a plenty nice spread at the buffet. Servers offered cups of Illy espresso, cappuccino or cocoa, but OT is more of a strong cup of tea boy, lemon no sugar. So that’s how we got our caffeine buzz on. Before the commute to work we strolled the hood, noticing that the neighbors included a number of consulates. A few days later, having received their walking papers from the State Department, the Russian Consulate nearby was observed burning something that produced a heavy black smoke wafting from the roof. Well, that was certainly suspicious! t

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Rhino season opens by Richard Dodds

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he mean streets of Oakland, Australia’s harsh Outback, and that desert pockmarked with cement ponds known as Palm Springs are among the destinations in Theatre Rhinoceros’ 40th season. The season includes two world premieres, one of which will open the season this week. Kheven LaGrone’s “The Legend of Pink” (running through Sept. 30) launches the season at the Gateway Theatre (the new name of the Eureka Theatre). The setting is West Oakland in 1989, where drug dealing has created a war zone, and where a luscious drag queen named Pink thinks it her mission to become a diva who can spread fabulousness amid the poverty and violence. She’s found a star on which to hook her wagon in a flashy young stranger who rightly rings alarm bells for everyone else. This is the first full-length play for the Oakland writer, whose other credits include journalism, political activism, and arts curating. When Theatre Rhino produced its first play in 1977, there was likely an unknown virus already incubating in many of the earliest theatergoers. Soon enough, it had a name, but because the virus was so profoundly displaying itself in the gay community, many politicians and the mainstream press found silence the best approach. In “The Normal Heart,” first produced in 1985, playwright and early AIDS activist Larry Kramer upbraided this powerful silence, while not ignoring his own stridency and the calls for abstinence that pushed away friends and colleagues. Theatre Rhino is finally producing the play (Nov. 3-25) that helped changed the way a frightening new disease was viewed outside the groups it immediately affected. Former city supervisor, assemblyman, and occasional standup comic Tom Ammiano will help Rhino regulars ring in the new year with his solo show (Dec. 31). First seen at the Marsh last year, “Mincing Words” is both sober and flip about his years as an elected official, and the challenge of being taken seriously as a gay man, partly because of a distinctively high voice that might well be described as – on Ammiano’s word – mincing. Another world premiere will carry Theatre Rhino into 2018, and it comes from a familiar source.

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Andre San-Chez plays Bradford and Charles Peoples III is Pink in Kheven LaGrone’s “The Legend of Pink,” opening Theatre Rhino’s new season.

Rhino’s Executive Director John Fisher can be counted on to present one of his new plays every season, and the title of the latest is “Transitions” (Feb. 23-March 17). Its description suggests a strong tie to current political affairs: “A transsexual, a Russian president, and an American president are the stars of this story about gender and sexuality in the world of geopolitics.” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” scored a big hit for Rhino several months back, so the trickedout old school bus will be back for an encore road trip (June 2-July 1). This is the musical stage adaptation of the 1994 movie about a trio of drag performers making their adventure-filled way across Australia for a gig at a remote resort. The songs of different vintages and styles – but mostly disco – are shoehorned with varying force into the plot. But the WTF costumes deserve their own star billing. The Five Lesbian Brothers last performed together in 2005, and the play that the collective produced on that occasion proved to be the most broadly acclaimed in its 20-year history. Rhino is closing its season with

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New York alt-cabaret star Dandy Darkly is presenting his latest surreal creation as part of the SF Fringe Fest.

the regional premiere of “Oedipus at Palm Springs” (July 12-21). The plays starts out as a conventional comedy of two lesbian couples vacationing together in Palm Springs, but the title gives a clue that a disturbing twist will arrive before the final curtain. Individual tickets to the seasonopener “The Legend of Pink” are available as well full-season subscriptions. Call (415) 552-4100 or go to therhino.org.

Fringe finale

The SF Fringe Fest is in its final week, but because of the rotating schedule of performances, most shows are still available for viewing in the three venues within Exit Theatre. This is a non-juried festival, with a lottery used to assemble dozens of performances. Culling from the brief descriptions of the productions, or maybe just an intriguing title, here is a sampling of what’s available through Sept. 23. “Submitted for Your Approval” takes its title from Rod Serling’s tagline to introduce each episode of “The Twilight Zone.” Written by Sinohui Hinojosa, this trio of interconnected short plays is a modern take on the fantastic and surreal tales told in the 1960s series. K.S. Haddock’s “Hitler in the Green Room” is a dark musical comedy that takes place the night before the 1933 Nuremberg Rally. With Hitler struck deathly ill, an impostor must be found so the show can go on. But the only choice is a drunk, gay, Jewish cabaret singer. Kelly Nesbitt’s “Poonstruck: New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness” asks us to imagine a metaphysical cross between Archie Bunker, Dr. Ruth, and Carol Burnett on cosmic Viagra in this satire tapping into the New Age zeitgeist. C.J. Hopkins’ “screwmachine/ eyecandy or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Big Bob” takes place during a live broadcast of a popular game show in which married couples compete for prizes as the early merriment turns to a studio of horror. In “Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth,” the New York cult-cabaret star explores themes of religion, addiction, social media, sex, and death while using such characters as space-pup Laika, a junkie Persephone, and Cha-Cha the Caveman. There are family-friendly productions in the fest, but none of the above happen to be in that category. For the full schedule, go to sffringe.org. t


<< Books

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Following in the footsteps of Odysseus

by Tim Pfaff

reader, too – the echoes of the epic’s themes across the centuries. Against all odds, these classroom scenes are some of the book’s most charged, as the author rides the choppy waves of his students’ responses to his testy father – bemused, amused, then attentive and ultimately appreciative. But it is in those passages that the professor interjects his rich, thoughtful insights into Homer, while remaining both receptive and genuinely responsive to every one of his students’ observations about the text. It’s learning of a very high order, and, true seminarstyle, Mendelsohn teaches rather than lectures. I assure you, no one, least of all the reader, nods.

Like Homer’s “Odyssey,” Mendelsohn’s book has chapters, and sections within them. In true homage to the original, its magic is in moving from topic to topic, setting to setting, insight to insight, ancient to modern over what is sometimes no more than a paragraph break, and with no creaking of the narrative machinery. Few readers will have turned to this book for a deeper understanding of Homer, but fewer still will be able to resist the pull of the bookshelf or bookstore. Mendelsohn, who keeps his technique largely invisible, points out similar authorial wiles in “Homer,” now thought to be a succession of bards transmitting the story orally before it was assembled and recorded. One pattern he uncovers is that of the “ring narrative,” which allows the storyteller to go back and forth in time, weaving a unified saga out of past, present and future strands bound by threads invisible to the listener/reader. It’s precisely what Mendelsohn does, as stealthily, throughout his book. The translations from the Greek are his own, but they do not slavishly adhere to the meter of the original. But the author’s own style is no less remarkable, and flexible, than the amalgamated styles of the original. Mendelsohn’s sentences are, by and large, Proustian in complexity yet as lucid and balanced as you would expect from someone intoxicated by language and languages, grammar and its deep contents. It’s both dense and fleet, and wholly captivating. As a meditation on filial love as candid, tender and in its own way ruthless as its counterparts in the Bible, Shakespeare and, you guessed it, Homer, Mendelsohn’s book strives mightily and, like Odysseus, eventually makes it home. If you’ve ever had a parent, much that is written here will resonate deeply. t

when discussing the 10 of Wands card (related to the burden of responsibility), counseling those for whom this appears in their reading with tough love. “You need to go on a NO bender,” she writes, “that is, start saying no to all the people, places, and things that are sucking your energy.” As a bonus, at the end of each section are spells that readers can incorporate into their daily lives to enhance their experiences, comprehend a particularly confounding situation, or put the herbs and spices in their kitchen cabinet to beneficial use. Readers don’t need to have a distinct interest or devout belief in the Tarot system to enjoy this book. Tea describes how each card in the system and its purpose can apply directly to each of our lives. There are lessons to be learned within these pages, and sage reminders about how to sanctify our bodies, nurture our well-being and souls, and synchronize all of them in harmony. Tea did a 10-card Tarot reading for the city of San Francisco for KQED this summer, and the results were hu-

morous, harrowing, and thoroughly entertaining. The reading found that the city and its multicultured, multilayered residents unsurprisingly suffer from overwork (“All work and no play makes Jack a dull town,”) and a loss of interpersonal connection (“San Francisco is our mother, and all of us her children. Let’s start taking better care of her and of each other.”) Tea, who calls herself a “casual witch”, magnificently ushers this medium into the modern mainstream with a relatable, straightforward approach that introduces, instructs, enchants, and demystifies the mystical world of the Tarot. t

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on’t mistake Daniel Mendelsohn’s “An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic” (Knopf) for a mere memoir. It’s that, too, as anyone who read the “New Yorker” excerpts knows. In its motivating story, gay classics professor Mendelsohn – who, with a friend Lily, has had two sons of his own – takes his elderly father on a package cruise of the Mediterranean Sea sites that figure in Homer’s “Odyssey.” It’s a story that could easily suffer death by a thousand cutes, but Mendelsohn’s keen observations plumb the micro-emotions of the several stories interwoven here. The resulting book shares the spellbinding qualities of the Homeric original. With a bardic capacity for storytelling all his own, Mendelsohn succeeds by investing himself fully in the story rather than by telling it at even a degree of remove. “An Odyssey” is heroic in scope yet distinctly humble in manner, rescuing itself from self-parody by linguistic wiles worthy of its classical model. Like Homer’s, Mendelsohn’s “Odyssey” is multi-layered. While it does start “in medias res,” it’s as inclusive – devouring might be a better word – as its many subjects allow. In brief, there are also the stories of the author’s previous “life with father,” an intricate dance one of whose tidier episodes is the son’s coming out, to a father who could, least of all, appear or admit to have been uncomprehending. Let me pause to say that it could very well be that the only things some readers may like about Jay Mendelsohn, who has since died, are Daniel Mendelsohn’s durable affection for him and Daddy’s (the author’s usage, not mine) self-awareness, not to say pride, about his prickly personality. As in the Greek original, there are pauses and gaps in that story – years of disengagement – that the author lets

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“An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic” author Daniel Mendelsohn.

be in their own wordless eloquence. What slowly, painstakingly and with abiding, warm humor closes the gap are the son’s pursuit of reconciliation and his comparably wily father’s willingness to be pursued. The story toggles between two cliches, both explicitly evoked. There’s “like father, like son” and its near opposite, “Few sons are the equals of their fathers; most fall short, all too few surpass them.” Over the course of the book they cease to be contradictory, becoming instead a creative, binding tension. The one thing Jay Mendelsohn is willing to concede he left unfinished was a high school education in Latin

that stopped just short of Virgil’s “Aeneid.” As if to make amends to himself and his son, he “volunteers” to attend the seminar Daniel – “Dan” as the old man calls him, the grating expressed in italics – teaches at Bard College. Jay, who promises just to listen, becomes, of course, a cantankerous – arguably the most obstreperous – classmate. It is perhaps here, in the most contained of the book’s settings, that Professor Mendelsohn’s minute observations become both the most penetrating and the most astute. A witness of and a reactor to his father’s provocative interjections, the designated prof seizes the opportunity to share all around – critically, with the

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odern Tarot by Michelle Tea; HarperElixir, $22.99 In these turbulent times of uncertainty and restlessness, sometimes it can relieve our existential pressures to bestow our fates and futures into the hands of divinatory intervention. Celebrated Los Angeles-based author Michelle Tea recognizes this need and further flexes her impressive and

award-winning literary versatility with Modern Tarot, a contemporary version of the art of Tarot. Her book isn’t meant as a promotional tool for non-believers, but rather as a helpful, intuitive guide for those who appreciate a distraction that is both artistic, ritualistic, and perhaps most importantly, fun. Tea writes creatively and passionately about each of the 78 cards in the Tarot system, while cartoonist Amanda

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Verwey’s illustrations provide visually stimulating context and appropriately enhance the entire experience of learning about the Tarot system, what it means, and how it can be incorporated into one’s personal life. Having read Tarot cards since she was 15, Tea, puts her own past, present, and personal impressions into describing the three-sectioned system: the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana, and the Court Cards. She describes the Major hierarchy as “a procession of archetypes beginning with the inquisitive, risk-taking Fool, and ending with the triumph of the World.” The Minor Arcana involves less grandiose movements broken down into four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. Tea emerges as a fanciful, knowledgeable, and outspoken escort through this wild, wonderful otherworld. The author incorporates many amusing and wholly appropriate anecdotes into her explanatory material, as well as open and honest personal opinions about what kind of meaning the cards have in today’s world from her perspective. This commentary energizes the material, transforming it from ancient, mystical soothsaying and magical thinking into modern, practical magic. Tea’s personal voice is the best part about this book: forthright, direct, and effortlessly insightful. This is evident in her aside on performing spells: “I have no idea if any of it works or if it just makes me feel better, but I figure I’m no worse off than the rest of humanity with our shambling spiritual hopes and gestures.” At nearly 400 pages, the book is not skimpy on details or useful advice. For instance, Tea gets hardcore


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Wherefore art thou, Ballet? by Erin Blackwell

rate Christie. People who watch a movie and then instantly start talking of other things are a source of dismay. It’s not their fault they lack the inner imperative to analyze, but really, who raised them? The plot of “Polina” is straightforward bordering on obvious, so post-film discussions will not be monopolized by disputes over who killed whom, or where the second body was hidden. Spoiler: There

are no murders or gunplay. This is a film aimed squarely at the teenage girl market, if such a thing exists, and everyone who wants to take their inner teenage girl out to the movies. This is sheer escapism for the Capezio-clad clouds of sweet, young, iron-willed girls currently competing for roles like Second Cupcake or Third Dust Mote in an end-of-term ballet recital. This is a primer for their life to come.

The odds against anyone who sees this movie getting into the Bolshoi school, let alone the company, are great. That’s what movies are for, a mere extension of Freud’s great insight into the wish-fulfillment function of dreams. “Last night I dreamt I was a prima ballerina in my Maidenform Bra,” as a popular Madison Avenue ad campaign of the 1950s might put it. Buy the tights, watch the movie, and pretend you’re Plissetskaya, that’s how mass-marketing works. The nature of great achievement in a classical art is that many are called, few are chosen. The rest of us settle for a weekly ballet class and rapt adoration. Polina, being a child of her time, after soaking her poor, overworked truck-driving Daddy for all the fees for all the lessons, breaks his principled Russian self-sacrificing traditional aesthetic heart by escaping to the West, as the State Department used to call it in those faraway days when Nureyev went dancing disco after-hours in Greenwich Village. She is reduced to waiting tables, can you imagine, and sleeping in a Laundromat for one night. Her second Prince soon shows up, this time a disciplined dark-haired partner who loves her telling him where to plant his feet and when to wave his arms. Polina is a triumph of adaptation to freemarket forces. t

prostitute. Chief Whent resigns, followed by a quick exit by his successor, and finally the announcement by the Mayor that Oakland will appoint a civilian police-review board. The second of a planned trilogy of Oakland-based films by Nicks,

“The Force” is must-viewing for anyone who despairs of America ever moving beyond its longstanding violent history between its minority citizens (including poor whites) and its often massively armed police agencies. The film

is a great companion piece to the recently B.A.R.-reviewed documentary “Whose Streets?,” concerning the aftermath of the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown. These documentaries can serve as virtual urban-survival guides. t

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re the European classical arts of any relevance in a world that’s being divvied up among corporate, computerist, post-human forces? Who cares about drawing, dancing, acting, speaking, singing, versifying? We no longer teach cursive in school, let alone iambic pentameter. Thanks to Americans, the hardwon, long-fought battles for technical perfection can now be dismissed as mere prologue to the dissolution of forms celebrated on the World Wide Web. But for some of you out there clinging to a glorious past, ballet does matter. You might or might not be interested in “Polina,” opening Friday at Opera Plaza. Spoiler: Polina is a young woman born in Russia who does all the things you need to do in order to make it into the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet. Once she’s in possession of a perfectly tuned instrument, but before she’s got any performances under her belt, she flits off to the South of France with a sloppy blond boyfriend, where she’s accepted by a pretentious modern dance outfit, only to be kicked out before the premiere. Will our heroine never see the footlights? Yes, but only once she awakens, like Sleeping Beauty, to her true destiny and seizes the means of production as a self-choreographing modern dancer.

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A scene from co-directors Valerie Muller and Angelin Preljocaj’s “Polina.”

Now we’ve got that out of the way, we can discuss the movie. Some people think plot is everything, or being surprised by plot. I think movies are foreplay for conversation, and the real pleasure’s to be had in tearing apart what you’ve just witnessed like well-cooked roast chicken on a Sunday picnic. This is truer, perhaps, of Shakespeare or French classical dramatists, but applies to good Noir, or even second-

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nder what circumstances, if any, would you call the police? This question becomes an increasingly urgent theme in Peter Nicks’ provocative, Sundance Award-winning (for directing) documentary “The Force.” The film, opening Friday, covers a two-year period (2014-16) when the citizens of Oakland, California found themselves debating not only the reliability of their police services, but also a profound question of whether a modern American police department can ever fairly protect and serve its minority citizens. The film is important not only for its Bay Area focus, but also because its producers found themselves forced to resume production just when they thought they had their story locked down and loaded for festival audiences. Nicks’ 2012 documentary “The Waiting Room” sensitively and exhaustively covered the care offered Oakland residents at Highland Hospital, the city’s public charity unit. In “The Force” he patiently tells his tale about reform at the Oakland Police Department (OPD) chronologically. A newly elected mayor, Libby Schaaf, announces her intention to thoroughly clean house at OPD in the wake of officer-involved sexcapades. The OPD had operated under federal court supervision in response to the concerns of Oakland citizens in the wake of mass protests in other racially troubled communities such as Ferguson, Missouri.

Nicks’ cinema verité style allows him to take us almost day-by-day through classes at the Oakland Police Academy, where then-Police Chief Sean Whent declares his desire to weed out corrupt, violent or racially insensitive officers. Nicks shows archival footage of an actual fatal police shooting, as well as classroom lessons on how young recruits are expected to employ deadly force or the newfangled alternative of the Taser gun, with its ability to subdue a suspect with a strong jolt of electricity. The filmmakers’ strong suit is their ability to capture close-ups of the new recruits, a seemingly diverse mix of gender, race and social backgrounds. Later we observe these young officers attempting to put 26 weeks of training into practice on the streets of their rough-andtumble mid-sized city (population: approximately 400,000 residents). We watch the recruits undergoing a kind of smoke-chamber test, where they are warned not to panic despite having their senses hampered by an infusion of white smoke. We also watch as a mixed group of Oakland citizens announce their dissatisfaction with the city’s status quo, including long wait times for an OPD officer to respond to property theft complaints. Then-Chief Whent replies that he values human life above property. The film then heads into a thirdround surprise that includes revelations of sexual misconduct by several officers involving a teenage female

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James Magruder, slave to love by Gregg Shapiro

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ames Magruder’s sexy, funny new novel Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall (Chelsea Station Editions) takes readers back to 1983 on the campus of Yale University. Helen Hadley Hall is the site of a series of escapades sexual and social, hilarious and heartbreaking, all reported by none other than the ghost of Helen Hadley herself. A playwright whose works have been performed on and offBroadway and around the globe, Magruder was fortunate enough to find a new publisher to reissue Love Slaves when the original publisher closed its doors. Gregg Shapiro: Your first novel, 2009’s Sugarless, had a stick of gum on the cover. Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall has a plate of donuts on the cover. I’m reading “oral fixation,” am I on the right track? James Magruder: Good call, Gregg! Both books are saturated with sex, although Love Slaves covers more bases and more orientations. The stick of gum in Sugarless was metaphorical, while the doughnuts are a major plot point in Love Slaves. The painter Lori Larusso, whom I met at [artists’ colony] MacDowell in 2010, agreed to create the cover. Those doughnuts look luscious but are potentially dangerous. Love Slaves uses the device of narration by an “ectoplasmic emanation.” Why did you choose to tell the story in that way? This book took 17 years to write, nearly one-third of my life. Over the years I tried several different narrators. Trouble was, no

single love slave, and there are five of them in the novel, could possibly narrate all these concurrent plot lines, so I had to rule out firstperson. Fifteen years in, I had a “Eureka!” moment. What if Helen Hadley herself, 121 years young, told the story? She’s been watching her grad students in the Yale dorm that bears her name since the building went up in 1958. Because she’s something of a ghost, she can be everywhere at once. She can also be biased about the actions of her favorites. Every now and then she reveals something of her own past, but, a lady to the last, she’s less interested in herself than in her five favorites of 1983-84. Miss Hadley has picked up generations of lingo, Victorian to hip-hop, and therefore can be arch, bemused, filthy, formal, judgmental, astonished, political, what-have-you, a cross between Ronald Firbank and Dennis Cooper. Helen trained as a chemist, and nothing can make her blush. Your previous book, 2014’s Let Me See It, spans the 1970s-90s, while Love Slaves focuses on the 80s. Do you have a favorite decade? My age lines up with the decades, so the 80s were my 20s, which were great until AIDS hit and I contracted the virus. The 90s were a trial until my immune system recovered. I’ll probably always think of myself as a child of the 70s, but I love where I’m at right now. I’ve earned the gray. Nancy Reagan gets namedchecked in Chapter 5. Would you care to comment on Mrs. Reagan and the legacy of her husband? I believe Helen Hadley, who

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shares my politics, calls her the “c r y s t a l - g a z i n g , gargantuan-headed First Lady.” The Reagans were horrible, mendacious people, and they set this country on a course of venality that has yet to be corrected. They sowed the seeds for Trump, Cruz, Bachmann, Palin, Carson, Coulter, Limbaugh and that grotesque brisketnecked Mitch McConnell. Does writing about theater majors as a theater Chelsea Station Editions person yourself work in your favor “Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall” author James Magruder. or against it? The ego, self-delusion and bravery the adult roles. Allison Janney “our” books to “our” readers. In required to be a stage artist in this would make a great Helen Hadley, retrospect, I should have gone to country are perpetual comic gold. ectoplasmic or not. Shohreh AghJameson in the first place. I was happy to strip-mine my time dashloo would kill as Runteleh Any other projects? at the Yale School of Drama – my Gidwitz. So would Isabelle HupI finished a fourth book of ficthree years as a student in harness, pert. Amy Poehler or Toni Colette tion last month at the Virginia and my 11 years as a professor of for Carolann Chudek. Geoffrey Center for the Creative Arts. Titled translation and adaptation – for Rush for Nathaniel Gates. Save Yourself, it’s a series of linked Love Slaves. Publishing catastrophes are novellas that take place at a sumIf there were a movie version becoming more common in the mer stock theater in upstate New of Love Slaves of Helen Hadley age of Amazon.com. Love Slaves York. The title is a wink at the first Hall, how would you like to see was originally published in 2016 rule of theater: When everything it cast? by a small press that has since is fucking up around you on stage, Being in my 50s, with no teleceased to exist. save yourself. Each of the stories vision or streaming or whatever, I feel extremely lucky that in the book depicts how a life can I’m completely at a loss regarding Jameson Currier at Chelsea Stabe changed by the act of making young talent. I can page through tion decided to reprint it. There theater with other people. I also an entire issue of People and not are several indie LGBTQ presses owe Yale University Press a comknow anybody. For Love Slaves, that strive mightily, in the face of missioned chronicle of the first 50 I would only know how to cast overwhelming odds, to connect years of Yale Repertory Theatre. t

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he new bio-pic “Churchill,” now out on DVD, begins a few days before the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of the beaches at Normandy, France. The military operation will destroy the Nazi war machine a year later. Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill has been presiding for nearly five years over a fractious domestic coalition while massaging the egos of national leaders like France’s exiled General Charles de Gaulle. Among Winnie’s few real friends is the South African Boer General Jan Smuts, a softspoken, prudent man who tries to protect Churchill against his more grandiose impulses.

Churchill is haunted by memories of his own tragic failings in WWI when, as head of the British Navy, he ordered the 1915 invasion of Gallipoli, Turkey, which resulted not only in defeat, but also in horrible casualties for the Allied soldiers. He privately confesses to Gen. Smuts, “It’s all too familiar, Smuts, I’ve seen this before. Gallipoli, 1915: a massive amphibious landing, a head-on assault against a powerfully entrenched army. We had great plans for it, Kitchner and I, but the operation was cut back by the pettyminded snipes of the commanders. Lose a dozen ships here, don’t send extra divisions. We didn’t have so many high explosives. I tried to stop it, God knows I tried. It was meant

to be a little job. We may as well have sent those men naked onto those beaches.” Gen. Smuts: “Warfare has moved on. Your lessons have been learned!” Churchill: “A quartermillion men were cut down at Gallipoli. The Empire blamed me. But no one blames me more fiercely than I blame myself!” “If that had succeeded, you would have been celebrated as a hero.” “But it failed! I sent men to die, hundreds, thousands of them! Their blood chokes my hands! But commanders have not learned. They keep away from the battlefields and do not see the cost: eyes shot out by snipers’ bullets, legs blown off by mines, blood on the sea foam. Half of those men on those ships will be rotting corpses by tomorrow!” The two leaders are interrupted by an impassioned plea from a secretary. “That’s enough!” she says. “My fiance’s on one of those ships! I want to believe I won’t wind up like my mother and her sisters, with all their men dead or wounded, maimed or shell-shocked. I want to believe he’ll be alright. I don’t want to hear that the man I love may in a few hours be dead. I don’t want to hear it from you. I thought you were the bravest man in England.” LGBTQ audiences are wellacquainted with the film’s blus-

tering, cigar-puffing Churchill, Scotch-Irish film actor Brian Cox. After a long apprenticeship in BBC-produced films, including as the closeted gay dad in “The Lost Language of Cranes,” Cox arrived on these shores as Marine Corps vet Big John Harrigan, who befriends a functionally orphaned teen (Paul Dano) in 2001’s “L.I.E.”; as the crackpot shrink in the film of Augusten Burroughs’ memoir “Running with Scissors”; and as a series of gruff dads in countless melodramas. Fans won’t recognize him at first since he’s undergone quite an aging process for the part

of the 70-year-old Churchill. Appearing as Churchill’s nemesis is John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as Supreme Allied Commander Dwight David Eisenhower. Ike battles Churchill at every turn, refuting the PM’s fears about the Normandy landing. Miranda Richardson gets a nice juicy turn as Winnie’s wife Clementine, who privately nips and tucks at his elephantine ego when called for, sometimes just for the wicked fun of it. In one scene, Churchill is boasting that his resume as a famous statesman should bolster his criticism of the invasion. Clementine replies, “Winston, nobody cares about that!” Their verbal battles are punctuated by a physical tussle when Clementine dramatically slaps the PM across the face, desperate to see that her prideful husband doesn’t impede the big operation when the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. At a moment when we may feel that our fates are in the hands of pygmies and clowns, “Churchill” reminds us there was a time when a great man (an imperialist to the core, mind you) was in charge who helped free people face down the darkest forces in our history. t


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ast night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” is one of the most famous opening lines in a Hollywood film, the perfect beginning of an evocative cinematic masterpiece, “Rebecca,” as chilling today as it was 77 years ago. “Rebecca” has just been released on Blu-ray by the incomparable Criterion films in a stunning new 4K digital restoration that brings out its dreamlike qualities. The film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, brought over from England by legendary producer David O. Selznick, in his first American film. “Rebecca” was based on the best-selling 1938 novel by Daphne Du Maurier, a modern interpretation of the Gothic romance. In his 1964 interview with French director Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock said, “’Rebecca’ is not a Hitchcock film,” reflecting the titanic struggle of two creative egos clashing but bringing out the genius in each other. “Rebecca” indeed has the stamp of Selznick, who controlled every aspect of its production. Selznick became the only producer in history to win two back-to-back Best Picture Oscars (“Gone With the Wind,” “Rebecca”), but Hitchcock lost Best Director to John Ford in “The Grapes of Wrath.” Still, Hitchcock’s prints are all over “Rebecca.” Mounting suspense resulting from unexpected plot twists, and themes of the auteur’s later great work were given birth in “Rebecca,” a psychological mystery. The demure, mousy “I” (Joan Fontaine) (she is never named, referred to as Mrs. De Winter) is a paid companion to a snobbish

older American socialite, Edythe Van Hopper (Florence Bates). While vacationing in Monte Carlo, she meets the brooding, temperamental rich aristocrat Maxim De Winter (Laurence Olivier), recuperating from the drowning death of his wife Rebecca a year earlier. In a threeday courtship, they fall in love and marry. He brings her back to his palatial country estate Manderley

in Cornwall. She meets the cold, domineering, sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who is obsessed with Rebecca’s memory, making it clear how much she resents the second Mrs. DeWinter taking her place. “I” is intimidated by her responsibilities, feeling socially inferior to Maxim’s family and surroundings, so much that she begins to doubt her relationship with him, believ-

Tea dance playlist by Gregg Shapiro

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rcade Fire has been encouraging us to dance since its first full-length album, 2004’s Funeral. But it wasn’t until 2013’s Reflektor that the band fully embraced its inner dance diva. Everything Now (Columbia) continues in a similar vein, beginning with the title cut. It’s best not to be deceived by the exuberant beats and synths, as the song is really about out-of-control consumerism. The album is full of messages set to irresistible beats, including “Signs of Life,” “Creature Comfort” and “Electric Blue.” Described as a creative duo, DJ/ production pair Oliver (Vaughn Oliver and Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein) give listeners an idea of what Daft Punk and Air might sound like if they were from L.A., on its debut album Full Circle (Interscope). Influences including the original Casablanca Records roster and Tom Tom Club go a long way in broadening Oliver’s appeal. An impressive array of guest artists including gay singer Sam Sparro (“Last Forever”), De La Soul (“Heart Attack”), MNDR (“Chemicals”), Elohim (“Wherever We Are”), Leon Else (“Love Like This”), Chromeo (“Go with It”) and Yelle (“Heterotopia”) contribute to making Full Circle a well-rounded release. The members of Vampire Weekend have been busy with solo projects since the band’s 2013 album Modern Vampires of the City. Bass player Chris Baio has just released Man of the World (Glassnote) under the moniker Baio. In an earpleasing pastiche of 80s synth pop with plenty of beats for your feet, Baio tips his hat to VW on “The Key Is Under the Mat” and “I’m Not Curious.”

The soaring double-disc set Take Flight (BMG) by UK musician and DJ Maya Jane Coles can be enjoyed whether you’re jacking up your heart rate on your feet or bobbing your head from the comfort of your seat. Coles firmly embraces the repetitive house music esthetic to lift listeners to the next level on “Won’t Let You Down,” “A Chemical Affair” and “Lucky Charm.” Echo Papa (airtrafficcontrollermusic.com) by Air Traffic Controller may only be seven songs long, but the band makes a strong impression. “Keeping Bees” is like a pot of honey worth the sting, “After Party” will have some scrambling for an invitation, and “Doubt” has a danceworthy beat. For someone whose bread and butter is high-energy dance music, Calvin Harris takes an unusual detour with the laidback beats on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (Columbia). With the emphasis on bounce and a vintage vibe, Harris enlists gay hip-hop star Frank Ocean and Migos (“Slide”), Ariana Grande, Pharrell William and Young Thug (“Heatstroke”), Katy Perry, Pharrell and Big Sean (“Feels”), Future and Khalid (“Rollin’”), Snoop Dogg and John Legend (“Holiday”) and Nikki Minaj (“Skrt on Me”) for a set of sunny tunes. A long time ago in the 80s, if you were a band, you dressed a certain way, or your album cover had a specific look, listeners knew how your music would sound.

How things have changed! That’s what’s so funny about the “night edition” of Night & Day (Island) by The Vamps and From the Outside (Capitol/Hi or Hey/Caroline) by Hey Violet. The Vamps are essentially a boy band with a stripper-pole music streak, not a retro new wave act as the cover art might suggest. To be fair, “Shades On” is a catchy, clubby number. The rest is sludgy and fake, regardless of a handful of guest a rtists. At least One Direction’s album covers weren’t this misleading. As for poseurs Hey Violet, they deserve credit for making memorable dance music on “Brand New Moves” and “All We Ever Wanted.” They also get points for pretending to be punkish on songs “Fuqboi,” “Guys My Age” and “This Is Me Breaking Up with You.” t

ing he’s still in love with Rebecca. Rebecca’s presence is everywhere, typified by her monogram R on her stationery and pillowcase. Trying to be the perfect wife, she begs Maxim to throw a costume party, unsuspectingly taking Mrs. Danvers’ suggestion that she copy the gorgeous outfit in the portrait of Maxim’s ancestor Lady Caroline de Winter. When she reveals her costume to Maxim at the party, he is furious, because it is the same dress Rebecca wore right before her death. “I” confronts Mrs. Danvers, who makes it clear she can never replace Rebecca. She has made Rebecca’s bedroom into a shrine, even preserving her underwear intact (made by the nuns of St. Claire). In the most famous scene in the movie, the overwrought “I” is almost persuaded by Mrs. Danvers to jump to her death from the window into the sea below, but is jolted back into reality by a flare signaling that a sunken boat has been recovered with Rebecca’s body in it. Maxim admits to “I” that he had deliberately misidentified the body of another young woman found around the same time that Rebecca died, to conceal the truth of her death. Maxim’s real feelings about Rebecca, her scandalous private life, and how she really died occupy the final climactic hour of the film. “Rebecca” is also a haunted house story, as the main character Rebecca, never seen in flashbacks or in photographs, dominates Manderley with her spectral presence. Hitchcock’s camera stands in for her in certain key scenes. Aware of Hays Code dictums,

Hitchcock cleverly disguises Mrs. Danvers’ lesbian preoccupations through her obsession with Rebecca’s clothes, but any LGBTQ viewer will pick up on them right away. Judith Anderson, in one of the greatest performances in screen history, may have brought her possible Sapphic inclinations (according to Hollywood gossip) into her interpretation of the role. Her Mrs. Danvers is listed as #31 on the AFI’s list of top villains in 20th-century films. Laurence Olivier, fresh from his triumph as Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights,” is perfect as the brooding Maxim, at times sexy and playful, but also unpredictable and tormented. Joan Fontaine is magnificent, admitting that Hitchcock molded her performance, conveying her clumsy, gauche, I’m-in-over-my-head posture in the beginning that is gradually transformed into determined self-assurance. By the end she will do whatever it takes to save her marriage. The many extras on the DVD are outstanding, especially the 2017 conversation between the critic Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White discussing the film’s feminist themes, and a 2017 French TV documentary on the bisexual Daphne du Maurier (she had an affair with actress Gertrude Lawrence). Because of Selznick’s influence, “Rebecca” has been unfairly pegged as a lesser Hitchcock accomplishment, but many critics today now view it as one of his greatest works. It’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will captivate you from its enthralling first scene to its stunning, fiery conclusion. t


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The umpteenth revival of the famous David Hockney production has started the season before, and it has stood the test of time. The artist’s designs are bold and striking, arguably the best of his remarkable work for the stage. Like all effective art, they bear repeated viewing. The bright primary colors match the powerful emotions of the sonorous score, and SFO has curated the production beautifully. With Gary Marder’s intelligent tweaking of the original lighting by Thomas J. Munn and breathtaking costumes by Ian Falconer, director Garnett Bruce’s re-creation of the early 1990s “Turandot” remains an eye-popping treat. Maestro Nicola Luisotti, entering his last season as SFO Music Director after nine years on the podium, conducted the orchestra with characteristic Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera attention to detail, highlightAct II, Scene 2 of Puccini’s “Turandot,” in the production by David Hockney for San Francisco Opera. ing many clever touches of orchestration and shaping the massive act finales with after an absence of 10 years, Auscal and emotionally convincing. ful Turandot. A confident “Set em awesome strength. It is a big show trian soprano Martina Serafin asThat is saying a lot when the plot up and knock em down” attitude in every department, and Puccini sumed the title role with a gratifying and the characters are confusingly seems to be his stance when it makes some punishing demands on mixture of grace and power. Her illogical. With the exception of the comes to SFO assignments. He has the leading singers, while requiring repertoire includes Sieglinde in “Die slave girl Liu and the hero’s father, already made successes of other equally impassioned volume and Walkuere” and Verdi’s Lady Macthis is a fairy tale with skewed psyroles, proving his vocal stamina refinement from the chorus. beth, both good indicators of range, chology. Moods and motivation and handsome stage presence as After a sort of saggy, fits-andbut still a tad light for Puccini’s ice often change magically in opera, Radames in “Aida.” Jagde’s Don starts first act, the company rallied princess. so suspension of disbelief is easier José in “Carmen” also showed he in the second and made a real aural Serafin mustered enough when the music conveys what the can act. His rendition of Pavafeast of the final third. Ian Robertstrength to sail over the orchestra text cannot. Puccini’s gorgeous rotti’s old signature aria “Nessun son’s world-class SFO Chorus was during her famous aria “In questa melodies and dramatic flourishes dorma” at the top of Act III was muffled at first, but quickly focused reggia,” and if it didn’t sound beaucumulatively provide a convincing unforced and richly produced. on the difficult physical and vocal tiful, the recounting of a terrible experience. Adler Fellow Toni Marie Palmerassignment with customary skill. tale of rape and male cruelty probThat’s still a lot of pressure for tree is also fast becoming a reliable The highly stylized crowd scenes ably shouldn’t. Her tone warmed tenor Brian Jagde in his role debut casting solution with a big career made a tremendous impact. and sweetened as Turandot slowly as the besotted Prince Calaf, willon the horizon. Her touching The principals were also up for thawed, and the final duet with her ing to risk everything, including portrayal of Liù was marked by the challenge. Returning to SFO one successful suitor was both lyrihis life, for the love of the vengedelicacy and an ability to open her

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voice with intense emotion. She will continue in the part until soprano Leah Crocetto steps in and Swedish diva Nina Stemme replaces Martina Serafin in the title role when the production returns for six additional performances in November and December. Stemme has won international praise for her Turandot, and we already know Crocetto is a wonderful Liu. SFO veteran bass Raymond Aceto repeated his impressive realization of the role of Timur. Bass Soloman Howard (with lots of positive buzz) will make his SFO debut when he takes the part for the added run. The seriocomic trio Ping, Pang and Pong were Joo Won Kang, Julius Ahn and Joel Sorensen. They supplied some humorous (if not exactly comic) relief, and their moments of wistful yearning were nicely done. Making his SFO debut as Emperor Altoum, tenor Robert Brubaker displayed authority in a rather thankless role. He is also appearing as Aegisth in “Elektra” and Guillot de Morfontaine in “Manon” during the fall season. The evening ended with retired General Director David Gockley and current Director Matthew Shilvock bestowing the San Francisco Opera Medal on Nicola Luisotti for his years of service and commitment. The maestro’s charming remarks underlined the importance of music in troubled times. He also shared his love for the city and the openness of its citizens. The feeling is mutual. t “Turandot” 1 continues to Sept. 30, and “Turandot” 2 runs Nov. 18-Dec. 9 (conductor Christopher Franklin makes his Company debut). sfopera.com.

Maori portraits

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Between 1874 and 1903, a period of socio-political upheaval, aggressive colonial settlement and cross-cultural exchanges between settlers and native residents that weren’t all sweetness and light – some renowned chiefs led battles for land and mineral resources appropriated by the British – Lindauer worked from mostly posthumous black & white studio photographs that he sometimes embellished with props. Live sitters had the option to choose their own adornments. In an age that predated the advent of color photography, the forceful realism and intense detail of Lindauer’s paintings, depicting several generations of venerated Maori leaders, chiefs, peacemakers, warriors, elders and businessmen, both living and deceased, astonished the populace then, and can still pack a punch today. To say that the 31 lifelike representations of formidable personages now on display at the de Young Museum have presence is a gross understatement. They seem to reach out from the past, conveying their spirit and complex personalities across the centuries. The works are hung in simple golden frames side-by-side on the perimeter of a deep blue-green gallery, in the manner of family forebears presiding from on-high on the walls of a great ancestral mansion. The portraits not only preserve the subjects for posterity, they also document a time, place and culture that feel very far away from our own. Some subjects wore customary Maori clothing for sittings during a period when many regularly dressed in European attire. Tattoos denoted tribal identity and status. Fullface tattoos were chiefly symbols for men, such as the elaborate one

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Gottfried Lindauer, “Pare Watene” (1878), oil on canvas. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Gift of Mr. H.E. Partridge, 1915.

belonging to the fearsome, whitehaired, bare-chested conqueror Taraia Ngakuti Te Tumuhuia (1874), who wields a tomahawk and practiced cannibalistic rituals on his vanquished enemies. Warlike and the last of the so-called conquestor chiefs, he fought to maintain control of his lands until his death. Fully-tattooed lips, which sound more painful to acquire, signified women of stature such as Pare Watene. The dark-haired beauty, wearing a traditional decorative pendant and holding a green, spatulashaped club, looks robust in an 1878 photograph-based portrait,

though she died at the age of 41. The subjects’ fascinating personal stories and the cultural and leadership roles they played are posted alongside their images, and it’s the historical aspect of the show that is its most compelling attribute. There are quite a few powerful women among this august assembly, and the exhibition leads off with one of them, Kuiniora, Daughter of Rangi KopingaTe Rangi Pikinga, an influential chief, who advocated peace and land rights for her people. Looking aged and melancholy in this rendering, she has a customary cloak draped around her shoul-

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Gottfried Lindauer, “Tamati Pirimona Marino” (undated), oil on canvas. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Gift of Mr. H.E. Partridge, 1915.

ders and a prominent pair of carved greenstone pendants, signaling her rank, hanging from her neck. But Lindauer’s most famous works are his multiple portraits of Heeni Hirini, a woman carrying her infant son on her back. He returned to the subject many times, producing some 30 versions over the course of 24 years. Cutting a dashing figure in profile, decked out in finery and feather ear ornament befitting a warrior, the undeniably handsome chief Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa, captured in Lindauer’s 1895 portrait, participated in an actual event that occurred in

1863. He was one of 14 Maori who endured an arduous 100-day sea voyage, below deck in the ship’s cargo bay, to England, where they were presented in full regalia to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and met Queen Victoria. Some members of the party, unhappy with their treatment, did not fare well. One perished in England, and two died on their way home. But Kamariera survived, took a British housemaid for a wife, returned to New Zealand, and lived to tell the tale. t Through April 1. famsf.org.


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Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge Disco guru DJ Bus Station John spins grooves at the intimate retro music night. $5. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor. auntcharlieslounge.com

Varla Jean Merman @ Oasis The big drag talent presents her new show, Bad Heroine. $25-$35. Sept. 13 & 14, 8pm. 15 & 16 7pm. 298 11th St. sfoasis.com

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Junk @ Powerhouse MrPam and Dulce de Leche cohost the weekly underwear strip night and contest, with sexy prizes. $5. 10pm2am. 1347 Folsom St. powerhousebar.com

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The hands-on science museum's adult cocktail parties include drinks, music, and a lovely Bay view. Sept. 14: Brewed for You: Fort Point's Living Lager (7pm). $10-$15. 6pm10pm. Embarcadero at Pier 15. exploratorium.edu

Best Wedding Photographer Rice Rockettes @ Lookout as voted by BARdrag readers Local and visiting Asian queens' weekly show with DJ Philip Grasso. $5. 10:30pm show. 3600 16th St. lookoutsf.com

Beer Bust @ Lone Star Saloon Weekly beer bust and benefit for local charities. 9pm-11pm. 1354 Harrison St. lonestarsf.com

Gayface @ El Rio Queer weekly night out at the popular Mission bar. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St. elriosf.com

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle Rock music at the fames leather bar. Sept 14: Munecas, Filminate, Los Sirenas. $5. 9pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison. sf-eagle.com

Various DJs play house music, and a few hotties gogo dance at the new gay bar's weekly event. 9pm-2am. 2023 Broadway. (510) 823-2099. portbaroakland.com

Friday Nights at the Ho @ White Horse Bar, Oakland Dance it up at the historic (and still hip) East Bay bar. 9pm-2am. 6551 Telegraph Ave. whitehorsebar.com

FuKR @ Oasis New monthly jock and gear party for manly men, with DILy ambiance and DJ Max Bruce. 10pm-2am. 298 11th St. sfoasis.com

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iCandy @ The Cafe Gus Presents' weekly dance night, with DJ Deft, cute gogos and $2 beer (before 10pm). 2369 Market St. cafesf.com

Latin Explosion/Club Papi @ Club 21, Oakland Sept. 15, singer David Hernandez performs at the Latin dance night; also, drag acts hosted by Lola and Dorys, with half a dozen gogo studs. $10-$20. 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland. club21oakland.com

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Lick It @ Powerhouse Lance Holman's leather kink and cruise night, with DJ Blackstone. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. www.powerhousebar.com

Lisa Vroman @ Feinstein's at the Nikko The acclaimed soprano performs Broadway classics by Sondheim, Berlin, Bernstein and others. $35$70, $20 food/drink min. 8pm. Also Sept. 16. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. feinsteinsatthenikko.com/

Manimal @ Beaux Gogo-tastic dance night starts off your weekend. $5. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St. beauxsf.com

Red Hots Burlesque @ The Stud

Best Breakfast & Best Late-Night Restaurant Celebrating our 40th year!

The saucy women's burlesque show hosted by Dottie Lux will titillate and tantalize: July shows feature Dulce de Leche, Miss Savvy, Shells Bells and Lez Purr plus special guests. $10$20. 8pm-9:30pm. 399 9th St. Also Sunday brunch shows at PianoFight Theatre.144 Taylor St. www. redhotsburlesque.com studsf.com

River Raid @ R3, Guerneville Dance and party by the pool at the annual weekend event. $40-$60. 12pm-5om daily. Thru Sept. 17. 16390 4th St., Guerneville. www.ticketfly.com ther3hotel.com

Sat 16 Beatpig @ Powerhouse Juanita MORE! and crew's monthly eclectic night, with dudes and drag and fun. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. powerhousebar.com

La Bota Loca @ Club 21, Oakland Dance night at the Latin, hip hop and Electro music night. 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland. club21oakland.com

Brotherhood @ Powerhouse T-dance with DJ Juan Garcia; proceeds go to Positive Resource Center, AEF and other local nonprofits. $5. 7pm-10pm. 1347 Folsom St. powerhousebar.com

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Jock @ The Lookout Enjoy the weekly jock-ular fun, with DJed dance music at sports team fundraisers. 12pm-1am. NY DJ Sharon White from 3pm-6pm. 3600 16th St. lookoutsf.com

Shag @ Powerhouse Nic Candito's grooves and sleazy fun night. $5. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. powerhousebar.com

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance night. $5. lessons at 5:30pm, dancing til 10:30pm. Also Thursdays. 550 Barneveld Ave. sundancesaloon.org

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room

Hip hop and Latin dance club. $5-$15. 9pm to 4am. 2120 Broadway. (510) 759-7340. club-bnb.com

Donna Sachet often 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. starlightroomsf.com

Gameboi SF @ Rickshaw Stop

Sunday Brunch @ Thee Parkside

The popular monthly 'Gaysian' dance party this month celebrates the GAPA Runway Coronation, with DJs VJ LaRock. $12. 9pm-2am. 155 Fell St. rickshawstop.com

Lips and Lashes Brunch @ Lookout Weekly show with soul, funk and Motown grooves hosted by Carnie Asada, with DJs Becky Knox and Pumpkin Spice. The yummy brunch menu starts at 12pm, with the show at 1:30pm. 3600 16th St. lookoutsf.com

Makeout Party @ SF Eagle Monthly smoochfest with Robin Simmons and Elaine Denham; Jello shots and photo booth, too! $10. 9pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison. sf-eagle.com

Mascara @ Eureka Valley Rec. center Castro Country Club's festive sober drag show and fundraiser, hosted by Miss CCC MGM Grande. $15-$20. 7:30pm. 100 Collingwood at 18th. castrocountryclub.org

Mother @ Oasis Heklina hosts the fun drag show with weekly themes. Sept. 16: Lady Bunny performs her Pig in a Wig show. DJ MC2 spins dance grooves before and after the show. $15-$25. 10pm-3am (11:30pm show). 298 11th St. sfoasis.com

Sugar @ The Cafe Dance, drink, cruise at the Castro club, with DJs Gay Marvine, Taco Tuesday and Matthew XO. 9pm-2am. 2369 Market St. cafesf.com

Sun 17 Beer Bust @ Lone Star Saloon Beer, bears, beats at the weekly fundraiser. $15. 4pm-8pm. 1354 Harrison St. lonestarsf.com

Beer Bust @ SF Eagle The popular weekly event packs in the fans, with proceeds going to local charities. $10. 3pm-6pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison. sf-eagle.com

Big Top @ Beaux Enjoy an extra weekend night at the fun Castro nightclub, plus hot local DJs and sexy gogo guys and gals. $8. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St. Beauxsf.com

Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears @ SAP Center, San Jose The pop music bands perform at the big arena, with opener Allen Stone. $33-$171. 7pm. 525 W Santa Clara, San Jose. hallandoates.com/

Disco Daddy @ SF Eagle DJ Bus Station John's Folsom Week T-dance, woith disco classics spun with guest DJs Steve Fanus and Kenneth L. Kemp. $5 7pm-1am. 398 12th St. at Harrison. sf-eagle.com

Domingo De Escandal @ Club OMG Weekly Latin night with drag shows hosted by Vicky Jimenez and DJ Carlitos. (Comedy Open Mic 5:30pm). 7pm-2am. 43 6th St. clubomgsf.com

Bottomless Mimosas until 3pm at the fun rock-punk club. 1600 17th St. 2521330. www.theeparkside.com

Swagger Like Us @ Oasis The queer hip hop hangout'sCool for the Summer night, with DJs DavOLady Ryan and Siobahn Aluvalot. $5. 3pm10pm. 298 11th St. sfoasis.com

Mon 18 An American in Paris Cast @ Feinstein's at the Nikko Cast members from the touring production of the hit musical perform other songs in a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. $25. 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. feinsteinsatthenikko.com/

Happy Hour @ The Cinch Happy hour at the historic neighborhood bar. 5pm-8pm. 1723 Polk St. cinchsf.com

Mahogany Mondays @ The Stud Honey Mahogany's R&B, soul, drag show and tasty cocktail early event. 5pm-8pm. 399 9th St. studsf.com

Musical Mondays @ The Edge Sing along at the popular musical theatre night; also Wednesdays. 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood. edgesf.com

No No Bingo @ Virgil's Sea Room Mica Sigourney and Tom Temprano cohost the wacky weekly game night at the cool Mission bar. 8pm. 3152 Mission St. virgilssf.com

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni's Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht. 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Underwear Night @ 440 Strip down to your skivvies at the popular men's night. 9pm-2am. 440 Castro St. 621-8732. the440.com

Tue 19 Cocktail Time @ Ginger's Trois Enjoy drinks at the intimate downstairs tribute to the original dive bar; Tue & Wed 5pm-12am. Thu-Sat 5pm-2am. 86 Hardie Place.

Cock Shot @ Beaux Shot specials and adult Bingo games, with DJs Chad Bays and Riley Patrick, at the new weekly night. No cover. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St. www.beauxsf.com

Game Night, AHS @ SF Eagle Board games, card games and cheap beer. 4pm-2am, plus weekly viewings of American Horror Story: Cult (8pm-11pm). 398 12th St. at Harrison. sf-eagle.com

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Jim Caruso - Welcome to his Cast Party by Jim Gladstone

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hen I was a kid,” remembers Jim Caruso, the Manhattan-based singer/dancer/ talent curator who will play ringmaster to local talent at Feinstein’s at the Nikko next weekend, “I loved this television show called Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Penthouse.” The program, taped in a Chicago studio dressed up to look like Hefner’s bachelor pad, was formatted as a cocktail party, at which the era’s swingingest host chatted with guests such as Anita O’Day and Sammy Davis, Jr. who would then do ‘impromptu’ musical performances, accompanied by the Cy Coleman Trio. All were surrounded, of course, by a bevy of bunnies. Caruso watched it for the articles. “I felt like I had this intimate, flyon-the-wall experience of great talent,” he says, “the way the cameras came in on the performers, not like they were up on a stage. It was as if you were really invited to this great party.” That’s the feeling Caruso hopes San Francisco audiences will feel at a rare local installment of Cast Party, the ‘extreme open mic’ event he’s been hosting on Monday nights for 14 years at Birdland in Manhattan. Caruso has worked as an arrang-

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Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu, Tess Barry, Dom Gelin and Wonder Dave. 6pm8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Karaoke Cocktails @ Ginger's The new basement tribute to the old Ginger's Trois hosts a weekly singing fun. 8pm-12am. 86 Hardie Place. www.gingers.bar

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Strip down with the strippers at the clothing-optional night. $20. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758. thenobhilltheatre.com

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OutLoud @ Oasis Storytelling series hosted by Peggy L'eggs; this month, Hurts So Good, Folsom Fair tales with Kylie Minono, Fauxnique, Jeffrey Haynes, Magnoliah Black and Carol Queen. $10. 7:30pm. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Sing Out @ Encore Karaoke Lounge Home of drag shows, and hilaraoke karaoke. 9pm-1am. 1550 California St. #2. 775-0442.

Underwear Night @ Club OMG Weekly underwear night includes free clothes check, and drink specials. $4. 10pm-2am. Preceded by Open Mic Comedy, 7pm, no cover. 43 6th St.

Wed 20 Bottoms Up Bingo @ Hi Tops Play board games and win offbeat prizes at the popular sports bar. 9pm. 2247 Market St. 551-2500. HiTopsSF.com

Dirty Alley @ Powerhouse Pre-Folsom Street Fair leather and kink night, with bondage demos. Yes, sir! $5. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St. powerhousebar.com

Girl Scout @ Port Bar, Oak.

The weekly women's happy hour and dance night with DJ Becky Knox. 6pm10pm. 2023 Broadway. www.portbaroakland.com

Juicy @ Club OMG Weekly women's event at the intimate Mid-market nightclub, with DJ Micah Tron. 9pm-2am. 43 6th St. clubomgsf.com

Miss Kitty's Trivia Night @ Wild Side West The weekly fun night at the Bernal Heights bar includes prizes, hosted by Kitty Tapata. No cover. 7pm-10pm. 424 Cortland St. 647-3099. www.wildsidewest.com

Pan Dulce @ Beaux The hot weekly Latin dance night with sexy gogo guys, drag divas and more, with Club Papi's Frisco Robbie and Fabian Torres. Sept. 20 is a special Leather Hump Day edition. With Armond Rizzo $7. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St. beauxsf.com

Thu 21 Baloney @ Oasis The popular male burlesque troupe performs a special kinky Folsom Fairthemed night of strip-tease dances, choreographed by Rory Davis, with MC Michael Phillis, and hot dancing dudes. $25-$50. 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. 298 11th St. sfoasis.com

Circle Jerk @ Nob Hill Theatre Seth Santoro leads the interactive sex party in the downstaris arcade at the famed strip club (before his Sept. 23 & 24 Folsom sex shows with Michael Roman). $10. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 3976758. thenobhilltheatre.com

Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Fri 15

River Raid @ R3, Guerneville

Funny stand up with Maureen Langan, Irene Tu, Zack Chapaloni, Arjun Banerjee, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. elriosf.com

er, backup singer and dancer for Liza Minnelli; plays his own cabaret gig with pianist Billy Stritch at the Café Carlyle; and has recorded several albums (He’ll sing a number of his own to open the Feinstein’s shows). He realized that showcasing other performers’ may be his calling. “After so many years wishing I could be a superstar, it turns out that I feel really good being a sort of talent whisperer!” In New York, Monday being a dark night at most theaters, Broadway performers regularly take the stage – and fill the audience– along with unknowns hoping to catch a break, or at least rub elbows with the pros and bask in an evening’s applause. “We used to have this little girl come in,” says Caruso. “She was 13 or 14 years old, wearing Leboutin shoes. Well that turned out to be Ariana Grande.” Actress Colleen Ballard, a YouTube personality who now performs as her talentless, egomaniacal Miranda Sings character in clubs and theaters nationally, has been a regular Cast Party drop-in. “When I take the show on the road,” says Caruso, “I do try to stack the deck a bit. I’ve got a great Rolodex and I do my homework to make sure we get some of the great local performers. But it always ends up that we have more performers who

want to participate than we expect. You wouldn’t believe how much talent there is in Delray Beach, Florida!” “I only have one rule if you’re going to perform,” he says. “It’s got to be upbeat; no ballads. It’s fun and fast and it’s a party. “ Caruso also stresses that Cast Party is about conviviality, not competition. “All the television shows that spotlight musical talent now are contests,” he notes. “I’m not a big fan of judging talent. I like to cultivate it and encourage audiences to show their appreciation for it. “It’s so cool to meet these incredible people who are willing to put themselves out there. It takes a lot of guts for a Long Island mom to come out and sing on the same bill as someone who regularly plays at places like Feinstein’s. I started putting these shows together as a job, but it almost feels like community service at this point.” t

Mary Go-Round @ Lookout

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Mercedez Munro and Holotta Tymes present saucy and unusual drag acts. $5. 10pm-2am. 3600 16th St. www.lookoutsf.com

Weekly electro music night with DJ Matthew Baker and guests. 9pm-2am. 6551 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. (510) 652-3820. whitehorsebar.com

Nap's Karaoke @ Virgil's Sea Room

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle

Sing out loud at the weekly least judgmental karaoke in town, No cover. 9pm. 3152 Mission St. 8292233. virgilssf.com

Jim Caruso’s ‘Cast Party’ at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Friday Sept. 22 & Saturday Sept. 23, 8pm. $17.50-$25. ($20 food/drink min.) Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com Would-be Lana Turners of song can reach out to Caruso through Facebook or at www.CastPartyNYC.com/contact

Rock music at the fames leather bar. Sept. 21: GayC/DC, Fat Bottom Girls (AC/DC and Queen cover bands in drag!) and Zbornak. $5. 9pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison.f-eagle.com Want your nightlife event listed? Email events@ebar.com


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hampered by violent gang members, gets a world premiere with Theatre Rhinoceros. $20-$40. Thru Sept. 30. 215 Jackson St. (800) 838-3006. www.therhino.org

Sat 16

Motion After-Effect & Mesh @ CounterPulse

Exhibits include Flower Power, floral art and live plant installations celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and show how Buddhist art was an inspiration. Thru Oct. 1. Other Asian art exhibits as well. Reg. free-$25. Tue-Sun 10am5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500. www.asianart.org

Freya Olafson with Yagiz Mungan and Kinetech Arts perform a new multimedia performance project. Sept 14-16. 8pm. 80 Turk St. counterpulse.org

Queer Before the Theory @ GLBT History Museum

Thu 14

An American in Paris @ The Orpheum Theatre

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Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre

The touring company of the Tonywinning musical based on the Gene Kelly film includes direction/ choreography by Christopher Whelldon and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. $65-$214. Tue-Sat 8pm. Thu, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 1192 Market St. www.shnsf.com

Sept. 14: Jeanne Moreau film Jules and Jim (7pm) and Bay of Angels (5:15, 9pm). Sept. 15 & 16: California Independent Film festival, with Zachary Quinto, Tab Hunter, Lainie Kazan and other actors in person, GLBT-themed feature and short films from many countries ($12-$150). Sept. 17: North by Northwest (2:30, 7pm) and The Bride Wore Black (4:55, 9:25). Sept. 18: Baby Driver (7pm) and The Driver (9:05). Sept. 19: The Beguiled (7pm) and A Ghost Story (5:15, 8:45). Sept. 20: Edward Scissorhands (7pm) and Cry-Baby (9pm). Sept. 21: The Big Lebowski viewing party (7:15), with pre-and post film parties and cocktails (www.eazemovienight.com). 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

Author Readings @ City Lights

The Legend of Pink @ Gateway Theatre

Ain’t Too Proud: The Temptations Musical @ Berkeley Rep New musical by Dominique Morisseau based on the lives of the popular R&B vocal quintet. $28-$85. Tue, Thu-Sat 8pm. Wed & Sun 7pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 8. 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. berkeleyrep.org

An American in Paris @ Orpheum Theatre

Sept. 14: Tongo Eisen-Martin ( Heaven is All Goodbyes). 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave. www.citylights.com

Kheven LaGrone’s play, about an ‘80s West Oakland transgender woman whose diva life dreams are

Sept. 14: Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex, a talk with curator Joey Cain about the bisexual adventurer, utopian, philosopher and astrologer credited as the grandfather of hippie culture. $5. 7pm. Sept. 18: curator’s closing night tour of Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community, an exhibit of Lenore Chinn’s portraits in painting and photography (thru Sept 18, 7pm); Also, exhibits Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, featuring vintage tintypes, mugshots and historic documents of LGBT lives, curated by Paula Lichtenberg and Bill Lipsky; LavenderTinted Glasses, a queer Summer of Love look curated by Joey Cain. $5. 4127 18th St. www.glbthistory.org

Transform Fest @ YBCA New works by almost a dozen dance, theatre and music artists: Fauxnique, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, fogbeast, Embodiment Project, pop-up shows, parties, panels and more. Single tix and full fest packages $25-$60. Thru Sept 23. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission st. www.ybca.org

Fri 15 La Cage Aux Folles @ SF Playhouse New local production of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s award-winning musical based on the French play about a gay couple who run a nightclub, and the farce that takes place when their son’s conservative future in-laws visit. $30-$125. TueThu 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Sept 16. 450 Post St. www.sfplayhouse.org

Keith Moon: The Real Me @ Marin Theatre Company Mick Berry’s solo show as the iconic drummer for The Who. $20-$35. ThuSat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 10. Lieberman Theatre, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. keithmoontherealme.com/

Luna Gale @ Aurora Stage, Berkeley Rebecca Gilman’s drama about the dangers faced by foster children, and tough decisions for social workers. $33-$65. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru Oct. 1. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. www.auroratheatre.org

Nadya Tolokno @ Herbst Theatre The Pussy Riot cofounder discusses her activism in the face of Putin’s oppressive regime in Russia. (Prelecture reception at CIIS Gallery, 1453 Mission St., $30, 6pm). Lecture 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave. cityboxoffice.com

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music @ Curran Theatre The astoundingly entertaining music show with the innovative queer performer and guest musicians is presented in four six-hour chapters, with musical selections from 1776 to the present. Single show $49-$285. 4-chapter packages: $186-$1083. Thru Sept. 24. 450 Geary St. www.sfcurran.com/taylor-mac

Turandot @ War Memorial Opera House San Francisco Opera’s opening season performance of Puccini’s opera about princess and a deadly game of wits, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, with sets by David Hockney. $26-$300. Various nights thru Sept 30, Nov. 18-Dec. 9. 301 Van Ness Ave. www.sfopera.com

Flower Power @ Asian Art Museum

The Kipling Hotel @ The Marsh, Berkeley Don Reed’s acclaimed solo show about being the son of a pimp struggling through his college days. $20-$100. Sat & Sun 5pm, thru Oct. 22. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.themarsh.org

Love’s Labour’s Lost @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, San Rafael Marin Shakespeare Company’s new production of The Bard’s romantic word-play comedy. $10-$37. Fri-Sun 8pm. Sun 4pm. Thru Sept. 24. 890 Belle Ave., San Rafael. www.marinshakespeare.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Taube Atrium Theater African-American Shakespeare Company’s production of The Bard’s woodsy fairy-filled romantic comedy, reset in a Trinidad Carnivale. $30. Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Thru Oct. 1. 401 Van Ness Ave., 4th floor. www.african-americanshakes.org

Not a Genuine Black Man @ The Marsh Brian Copeland’s acclaimed longrunning solo show, about growing up in the racist suburbs, returns. $20$100. Saturdays 5pm. Thru Sept. 30. 1062 Valencia St. themarsh.org

SF Hiking Club @ Tennessee Valley Join GLBT hikers of the SF Hiking Club for an 8-mile loop hike at Tennessee Valley and Muir Beach. Carpool meets at Safeway sign, Market & Dolores, at 9am. 845-4940. sfhiking.com/

Vixen Noir @ Online Concert The sassy singer-composer performs an online concert from her bedroom! 7pm PST. $5 suggested. http://bit.ly/2xWc2Qv

Sun 17 Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade @ Legion of Honor New exhibit of works by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, paired with period hats from french designers. Thru Sept. 24. Free/$15. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. 750-3600. www.famsf.org

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed @ SF Museum of Modern Art New exhibit of 44 works by the misunderstood painter, known most for “The Scream.” Also, exhibits of Pop, Abstract and classic Modern art. Free-$25. 10am-8pm. 151 Third St. www.sfmoma.org

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley. www.finnishhall.org

Woodsqueer @ Stagewerx Michael Mik Coyle’s solo show about a rurual cabin isolation, a mysterious Tarot deck and natural disasters. $12. 7pm. 446 Valencia St. www.woodsqueer.xyz

Mon 18 Archie Rand @ Contemp. Jewish Museum The 613, an exhibit of the artist’s

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paintings depicting each of the 613 Jewish texts for ethical and religious behavior. Free (members)-$12. Fri-Tue 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-8pm (closed Wed). 736 Mission St. 655-7800. www.thecjm.org

Becca Blackwell @ Z Below They, Themselves and Schmerm, a one-night performance with the trans artist’s solo show about adopted family and identity. $20-$35. 8pm. 470 Florida St. www.brownpapertickets.com

Jason Mecier, Adam Ansell @ Spark Arts Dual exhibit of the partners’ art, with Mecier’s mosaic art, Ansell’s paintings, and a “cranky gay uncle” theme. Thru Sept 30. 4229 18th St. www.spartarts.com

Karl Fjelstrom @ Strut The gay artist’s new exhibit, Scattered, a modern take on altered/ scrambled gay porn imagery. Thru Sept. 470 Castro St. www.strutsf.org

Men’s Queer Tango Workshop @ Finnish Kaleva Hall, Berkeley New York dance instructor Leonardo Sardella leads an evening of lessons and dancing for men; singles and couples welcome. $10-$25. 6:158pm. open dancing afterward. 1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley. abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com

Tue 19 Gay Outlaw @ Anglim Gilbert Gallery Ozone, the artist’s exhibit of new sculptural works. Thru Oct. 14. 1275 Minnesota St. www.anglimgilbertgallery.com

Ira Watkins @ Tenderloin Museum The “outsider” artist’s exhibit of endearing portraits and landscapes portraying Black Americans. Thru Oct. 11. 398 Eddy St. www.tenderloinmuseum.org

Will Durst @ The Marsh The witty comic performs his solo show, Durst Case Scenario, with plenty of barbs at Hair Furor, aka Trump. $20-$100. Tuesdays, 8pm. thru Sept. 19. 1062 Valencia St. www.themarsh.org

Wed 20 Queerest Library Ever @ SF Public Libraries Hormel at 20: Celebrating Our Past/ Creating Our Future, a dual exhibit of archival materials celebrating two decades of the LGBTQ collections. 100 Larkin St., 3rd floor, and at the Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th St. www.sfpl.org

Smack Dab @ Dog Eared Books Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts cohost the monthly eclectic reading and open mic show, with specual guest Brenda Usher-Carpino. 8pm. 489 Castro St. dogearedbooks.com

Ten Percent @ Comcast David Perry’s online and cable interviews with notable local and visiting LGBT people, broadcast through the week. Wed 7pm, Thu-Tue 11:30am & 10:30pm. ComcastHometown.com

Thu 21 Baloney @ Oasis The popular male burlesque troupe performs a special kinky Folsom Fairthemed night of strip-tease dances, choreographed by Rory Davis, with MC Michael Phillis, and hot dancing dudes. $25-$50. 8pm. Fri & Sat 7pm. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Comedy Returns @ El Rio Funny stand up with Maureen Langan, Irene Tu, Zack Chapaloni, Arjun Banerjee, and Lisa Geduldig. $7-$20. 8pm. 3158 Mission St. elriosf.com

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Our women in uniform

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e’re just days away from Leather Week, the bevy of annual events that precede and surround the world-famous core event, Folsom Street Fair. I’ll get to my annual pitch for my readers to enjoy those events, but first I’d like to discuss another topic. I think there’s a tendency when someone mentions uniforms as a kink that the image of men in uniform forms in our heads. Understandable. The images that pervade our kink ethos, at least our LGBTQ kink ethos, tend to be predominantly male. That’s not a value judgment. It is what it is. But I think it’s important to highlight a variety of genders, identities and kinks that populate the overall LGBTQ leather and kink scene. The Dyke Uniform Corps (D.U.C.) was founded in April 1998 for women uniform fetishists by four people known as the General Officers: Gunner, Kane, Blade and Tomo. I had an opportunity to speak with one of those founders, Tomo. Tomo also holds the titles of Northwest slave 2015 and International slave 2016 and is one of the owners and producers of Northwest Leather Celebration now held annually in Sacramento. It’s a great event and one of the only full-fledged leather conferences held in our area. www.northwestleathercelebration.com I had heard D.U.C. was approaching its 20th anniversary in 2018 and I really didn’t know much about the organization. Tomo gave me lots of great information. Back when D.U.C. first formed, the uniform clubs in existence allowed only men to join. Believing there was a need to be filled, the four founders of D.U.C. used their extensive nonprofit leadership experience and came together to create the D.U.C. This so beautifully illustrates something I’ve been saying a lot lately. One of the constant refrains I hear these days is some version of leather isn’t what it used to be or we no longer have certain opportunities to socialize or play, or some other ‘lack’ in our scene. My answer is often, “Then why don’t you create that?” These women saw a lack of something and filled the gap with a new creation. I hope others take inspiration from that. Start a club. Form a learning group. Get a pack of people together to socialize. Host a play party. Whatever the need is, fill it. Let’s complain less and focus on creating things that keep our scene alive and vibrant. I asked Tomo why she thinks uniforms are such a pervasive and popular fetish and kink. “It’s hot! When a person enters a

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Dyke Uniform Corps’s Maj. Levi and Sgt. Max at a recent D.U.C. event.

room at a kink event in a uniform, heads turn. With the roots of the leather community being related to the military and many protocols and traditions exhibiting this, it is not a far leap that the fetish and kink communities would love a uniform. Our community plays with and fetishizes power. It’s not limited to just a feeling. It can also be the representation of and intentionality behind playing with power. When I wear a uniform, I feel different, I walk differently. I feel ‘squared away,’ powerful, organized, together, and sexy.” Regardless of why so many kinksters enjoy uniforms, they clearly do. Attend any big leather or kink event and you’re bound to see quite a few. One of the worldwide organizations for men that includes uniforms among the fetishes it embraces is BLUF (Breeches, Leather and Uniform Fanclub). BLUF has a local SF Bay Area chapter and they’re quite active. www.bluf.com Since language is so carefully used these days, I asked Tomo why they used the word ‘dyke.’ “At the time of its founding, the Dyke Uniform Corps was intended to appeal to and celebrate uniform fetishists within lesbian communities. From day one, we have owned the name Dyke Uniform Corps and we wear it as proudly as we wear our uniforms. Dyke has always empowered us as an organization, and exemplifies that we are unapologetic about being leatherwomen.” “Although we keep our original name to honor this important history, queer, lesbian, straight and bisexual women are welcome in the Corps, and our membership reflects a broad range of sexual orientations and identities.” If you’re interested in becoming a member of D.U.C., it’s an easy process. Applications for full and associ-

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Leather Events, September 15-29, 2017 The next two weeks are full of leather and kink events, building up to the annual Folsom Street Fair

Fri 15 Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members, 4058 18th St., 9:30pm. castrocountryclub.org

Gear play party (leather, rubber, harnesses, etc.) for gay men. 442 Natoma St., $15 (requires $5 membership), 10pm. 442parties.com

FuKR SF Jock/Gear Party @ SF Oasis Joe Whitaker, DILF and MAN UPP present a new to San Francisco monthly party; music, men and fun in your jock and gear; DJ Max Bruce. $7, 298 11th St., 10pm-2am. sfoasis.com/events

Sat 16 Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner @ SF Catalyst The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance annual Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner to kick off SF Leather Week 2017. 1060 Folsom St., 4-8pm. See leatheralliance.org for details.

D.U.C

The Dyke Uniform Corps shield symbolizes the protective quality and strength of a unified group. The lightning bolt represents power. The knife represents precision. The red, black, and blue colors are drawn from the leather pride flag. Here, Maj. Levi presents shield for a leather quilt.

ate memberships can be found on their website where you’ll also find information about their mission, goals, vision, history, events, and more. DykeUniformCorps.com D.U.C. accepts applicants from anyone 21+ who self-identifies as a woman, as well as non-binary, genderqueer and transmasculine people who feel that their home is in the women’s community.

Leather Week

As previously mentioned, Leather Week and Folsom Street Fair are upon us. The annual reveling in our fetishes and kinks offers so much for us to do. Thousands of visitors make San Francisco their destination and, along with kinky locals, partake in dozens of events. If you’re LGBTQ and kinky, or simply kink-curious, check out the listings in the calendar that accompanies this column and start making some plans. Some of the events sell tickets in advance. If you’re planning to attend one of them, buy your tickets now, because some will sell out. Also, be on the lookout for leather and kink events promoted on Facebook. I’ve found that for such LGBTQ events, most of them create Facebook event pages. Whatever you end up doing, have fun, be safe, and let’s show the world that San Francisco is still one of the great leather and kink capitals of the world.

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GearUp Weekend Play Party @ SF Catalyst Friendly erotic space where kinky men can socialize with, learn from and play with other men. Proudly sponsored by SquarePeg Toys including demos. 1060 Folsom St., $20, 8pm-12am. gearupweekend.com

Sun 17 LeatherWalk @ Jane Warner Plaza Annual leather/kink walk that demonstrates leather pride as well as raises funds for Folsom Street Events and Positive Resource Center. 10am3pm. leatherwalk.org

Mon 18 Ride Mondays @ Eros A motorcycle rider and leathermen night at Eros, bring your helmet, AMA

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Wed 20 Leathermen's Discussion Group @ Mr. S Leather Breath Play with Mark Frazier. This educational session will explore breath play techniques, methods and safety, and will conclude with a question and answer session and hands-on play. 385-A 8th St., 7:309:30pm. sfldg.org

Leather and Naked Buddies @ Blow Buddies A men's leather, gear and naked night. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm-2:30am. blowbuddies.com

Dirty Alley: Folsom Edition @ Powerhouse Mr. S Leather takes over the Powerhouse for this annual preFolsom event. Dark demos, dirty dancers and some of the best bartenders in San Francisco. Start the weekend's festivities early. $5, 1347 Folsom St., 9pm-2am. www.powerhousebar.com

Thu 21 ACLC Education Night @ BAYC/OurSpace The basics of breath work and bodywork will be covered such as the essentials of Tantric breathing technique to enhance somatic awareness and enjoyment during many different types of BDSM play. 22245 Main St., 7:30-8:30pm. www.aclcweb.org

Fe-Be's @ 424 Haight Street Mr. Drummer '79 presents the tribute to the famous leather bar on Folsom that inaugurated the 'Miracle Mile,' featuring Jackie House (Honey Soundsystem) and Matthew Paul (Mr. Drummer). 424 Haight St., 9pm-2am. ht http://bit.ly/febessf

Folsom Sunset Cruise @ Pier 40 Brian Kent Productions and Chris Hastings team up for a unique San Francisco experience, this time in leather. Board a one-of-a-kind passenger ferry with an openair top deck for a scenic journey with celebrants from around the world. Pier 40, 6-10pm, $65-$100. folsomsunsetcruise2017.eventbrite.com

Leather Studio Portraits @ 1229 Folsom Street Duo exhibition by photographers Mark I Chester and Alex Ray. Images explore leather, race and sex. Also open Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11am6pm during the Folsom St. Fair. Photo studio will be set up with both Mark's and Alex's lights. 15-minute pre-arranged/pre-paid sessions for $40. Minimum of 3 photos. Additional images $15. 7-10pm. Free but donations accepted. markichester.com

Exiles 20th Anniversary @ Center for Sex and Culture Sponsored in part by the Society of Janus and the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance, the Exiles presents their third annual all-genders party that kicks off Folsom Street Fair weekend; also the Exiles' 20th anniversary. 1349 Mission St., free for members, suggested donation of $5-20 for non-members. No one is turned away for lack of funds. 7:30-10:15pm. theexiles.org

Leather Buddies @ Blow Buddies A men's water leather and gear night. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm-4am. blowbuddies.com

Recon San Francisco @ DNA Lounge The official Friday night gear and fetish dance party of the Folsom Street Fair weekend. 375 11th St., 9pm-3am. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 21+, photo ID required. recon. com/en/Events/Calendar/Event/661

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Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members, 4058 18th St., 9:30pm. castrocountryclub.org

The 15 Association hosts monthly play parties for men. This Leather Week play party is one of the biggest of the year. Party sells out every year. Buy your ticket early. If you have not attended one of our parties in the past, click the "Request Invite" button on the web site. All male-identified people who are interested in BDSM and are 18 or older are welcome. 6pm-12am. the15sf.org

The official closing dance party of Folsom Street Fair. Featuring Jennifer Cardini, Josey Rebelle and Honey Soundsystem. 444 Jessie St., 6pm2am. See website for prices. www.folsomstreetevents.org

Gear Party @ 442 Natoma Gear play party (leather, rubber, harnesses, etc.) for gay men. 442 Natoma St., $15 (requires $5 membership), 10pm. 442parties.com

Brüt @ The Great Northern The Men of Brüt are stocked and ready to deliver the much-anticipated kickoff to this fetish holiday weekend. Sweat and sway to grooves by resident DJs Peter Napoli, Dan Darlington and Manny Ward. 119 Utah St., 10pm-4am, $50. tickets.hedonicproductions.com

Sat 23 BLUF/Hot Boots Bootmen's Brunch @ Firewood Cafe SF Bay Area Bootmen and Folsom Fair visitors, mark your calendars. 4248 18th St., 12pm. https://bluf.com/events/2104

Leather Cruise on the Bay @ Pier 40 The Golden Gate Guards host their 7th annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay. Leather or uniform attire expected. 3-hour cruise on SF Bay with views of SF, Alcatraz, Sausalito, Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge. Music, full no host bar on-board, appetizers and souvenirs. $80, 4:30pm, Pier 40 near AT&T Park. www.ggguards.org

ONYX x FLSM @ Powerhouse The official ONYX party of Folsom Street Fair weekend for kinky men of color and their admirers. Strap into your leather, slick into that rubber, and gear up for a hot night with the men of ONYX. 1347 Folsom St., 5-9pm. onyxmen.com

Golden Shower Buddies @ Blow Buddies A men's water sports night. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm4am. blowbuddies.com

Magnitude @ The Armory The official dance party of Folsom Street Fair. DJ Nick Bertossi, Alex Acosta and Ralphi Rosario. 333 14th Street 9:00 PM–4:00 AM. folsomstreetevents.org

New Breed @ Club Six Pound Puppy and Polyglamorous present this notorious double decker event featuring Polyglamorous upstairs and Pound Puppy downstairs. 60 6th St., 10pm-4am. https:// newbreed2017.eventbrite.com/

Sun 24 Aftershock @ City Nights Dance in the early morning hours at this well-known after-hours party. 715 Harrison St. 4-10am. See website for prices. thediscosf.com

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Mon 25 Ride Mondays @ Eros A motorcycle rider and leathermen night at Eros, bring your helmet, AMA card, MC club card or club colors and get $3 off entry or massage. 2051 Market St. www.erossf.com

Wed 27 Leather and Underwear Buddies @ Blow Buddies A men's water sports and underwear night. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm-12am. www.blowbuddies.com

Fri 29 Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members, 4058 18th St., 9:30pm. castrocountryclub.org

Gear Party @ 442 Natoma Gear play party (leather, rubber, harnesses, etc.) for gay men. 442 Natoma St., $15 (requires $5 membership), 10pm. 442parties.com

With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone, with 200+ exhibitor booths showcasing fetish gear and toys. Massive live stage with top-name indie, electronic and alternative acts, two huge dance areas spinning underground EDM, public play stations, and an erotic artists' area with a performance stage. And, yes, you can still be naked, so avail yourself of the coat and clothes check areas. 11am6pm. www.folsomstreetevents.org

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