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Vol. 40

. No. 35 . 2 September 2010

Serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1971

Pride returns to Oakland

Prelude to Oakland Pride

by Seth Hemmelgarn or the first time since 2003, a full-fledged LGBT Pride festival is set for Oakland. The LGBTQ Oakland Pride Festival will be held Sunday, September 5, from noon to 6 p.m. The main enterance is at 20th and Broadway in the Uptown District. The theme is “We Got the Funk: Di- Joe Hawkins versity in Action.” The legendary Chaka Khan (“I Feel for You,” “Ain’t Nobody”), is headlining the event. Other entertainers include the popular Martha Wash (“It’s Rainin’ Men”). The festival will also include a family and kid friendly area along with food, beverage, and community booths.

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he ninth annual Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride East Bay Dyke March drew a crowd on Saturday, August 28 as marchers went from Lake Merritt to nearby Snow Park for an afternoon of music and entertainment. The event occurred just a week before the revival of Oakland Pride, which takes place Sunday, September 5.


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ichard Walters, who wrote under the pen name Sweet Lips and was a longtime Bay Area Reporter columnist who started writing for the paper when it was founded in 1971, Richard Walters, died Saturday, Aua.k.a. Sweet Lips gust 28. He was 87. Steven Rascher, a friend of Sweet Lips and executor of his estate, said the columnist died at Brookside Skilled Nursing Hospital in San Mateo Saturday evening. He described the cause of death as heart trouble. Sweet Lips and the late B.A.R. founding publisher Bob Ross were roommates when Sweet Lips started his self-described gossip column. Friends had helped with the column in recent years. Declining health led him to retire the column in June. Thomas E. Horn, the B.A.R.’s current publisher, called Sweet Lips “the Herb Caen of the LGBT community from the 1960s on,” referring to the late, longtime San Francisco Chronicle columnist. For years, Sweet Lips wrote about people, bars, and events in San Francisco’s Polk and Tenderloin areas. He worked in a few of the bars in the area. “When the Polkstrasse was the center of gay life in San Francisco, Lips knew every bartender, every club owner, most of the patrons, all of the cute boys, and, thus, most of the gossip of the community,” said Horn in an e-mail. “He will always be a seminal part of gay history in San Francisco and will be particularly missed by his B.A.R. family,” Horn added. In June, Sweet Lips recalled that he started the column to provide “publicity for other people and myself.” The columnist wore a charm bracelet with little red lips hanging from it to a lunch interview, where he had two Cape Cod cocktails with his food. He also explained how he got his name. “Because of my wonderful disposition,” he said, someone suggested his name should be “Sour Lips.” But others said it should be “Sweet Lips,” and the name stuck. He recalled the way the Polk area used to be decades ago, when gay bars were more prominent there. It was also ground zero for the gay community before the Castro became the city’s major “gayborhood.” “Polk Street used to be a good cruising area,” said Sweet Lips. “Even I made out.” Rascher said Sweet Lips was born December 1, 1922, in Illinois. He eventually moved to San Francisco in the 1950s. According to Rascher, Sweet Lips had been

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by Seth Hemmelgarn

LGBT journalists’ group turns 20 by Seth Hemmelgarn he organization that has helped alter the media landscape for LGBTs inside and out of the country’s newsrooms is turning 20 this year. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s national convention and seventh annual LGBT Media Summit will convene in San Francisco starting today [Thursday, September 2] through September 5. Founded in 1990 by the late Leroy “Roy” Aarons, NLGJA includes journalists, media professionals, educators, and students who work from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. The group also opposes workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. It is not a media watchdog group like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Michael Tune, NLGJA’s executive director, said the organization has had an “incredible” role in changes that have occurred in the last two decades. Tune said he now sees his “family” in the news, and, “I see stories daily. Especially now with the Internet, there are fantastic sources who are always reporting what’s going on, or their opinion with an LGBT focus.” He said the organization, which is based in Washington, D.C., has helped equip print journalists, broadcasters, bloggers, and other members “with the tools they need to do their job and to do it well.” The media have come a long way since the organization started. According to NLGJA’s website, in April 1989, the American Society of Newspaper Editors mandated its first-ever survey of LGBT journalists in American newspapers. A year later, Aarons presented the results of the survey at ASNE’s convention in Washington, D.C. and simultaneously came out publicly. The report inspired a call for a professional organization for LGBT journalists, and under Aarons’s guidance, NLGJA was formally incorporated in 1991. Aarons, who was once the executive editor of the Oakland Tribune, died in 2004 at the age of 70, after battling cancer.



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NLGJA Executive Director Michael Tune

Since then, journalism has become more hospitable to LGBTs. Tune noted that when the organization started 20 years ago, “very few” outlets even offered same-sex benefits to employees. But there are rough spots. The rise of the Internet coupled with a tough economy have meant declining ad revenue, especially at newspapers. Many media outlets, including the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, have made cuts. Others, such as the LGBT-oriented New York Blade, have shut down. This year, topics at the convention will center around journalists’ needs in the new economy. Session topics will include better use of journalism tools, networking skills, and resume tips. David Steinberg, president of NLGJA’s board and a member of the executive committee, said the group’s mission hasn’t changed, but he indicated professional development is one area where there’s more focus. NLGJA works to ensure members have the tools they need to be valuable employees, because as newsrooms cut back, it’s important to


have out LGBTs in newsrooms, he said. “Basically, we’re not an activist organization yelling at people saying, ‘Why are you doing this, why aren’t you doing that?’” said Steinberg, who is the copy desk chief and stylebook editor for the Chronicle. “We are journalists, so we work from within the newsroom to try to improve coverage. If we’re not working, and we’re not in the newsroom, we can’t do that.” NLGJA has had financial problems the past couple years, but Tune said the situation has stabilized – at least, “as far as I think anything can stabilize in this economy,” he said. Tune, whose background is in nonprofit management, has been with the organization for about a year and a half. He credits strategic decisions and a quick response to the changing economy by the organization’s leadership for turning things around. Steinberg said that at around $500,000, NLGJA’s budget is “probably half of what it was a few years ago.” The organization has also gone from having seven staffers to two, he said. There are around 700 members in the organization.

Other changes Michael Triplett, who is a board member and writes for Re:Act, NLGJA’s blog, said the Times is one place that has been transformed by activism from NLGJA and others. The Times started publishing same-sex wedding announcements after NLGJA met with gay and lesbian Times staffers, along with publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and other senior officers of the paper. Triplett said one challenge now for the organization is how new media journalists, such as bloggers, and people from more traditional media can work together. He said there are bloggers and others who would argue, “They’re not there to provide news and balance, they’re there to provide opinion and activism. ... They’re very good at it, but I don’t think they’re trying to be neutral and objective.” Triplett is the assistant chief of correspondents for the Bureau of National Affairs Inc., which publishes specialized news and informa-


‘Sweet Lips,’ an original B.A.R. columnist, dies at 87

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Castro rallies against surge in violence by Matt Baume crowd of 150 gathered in the Castro Friday night, responding to a string of recent violent assaults. Organized by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Castro Community on Patrol, the rally was prompted by an alleged gay-bashing on the J-Church three weeks ago. Led by the Sisters, the crowd visited 440 Castro where Ray Tilton was assaulted by four men during Pride weekend, the sidewalk outside Pottery Barn where a man was shot during Pink Saturday, and Market and Church near the scene of the August 14 incident. At each stop, speakers led ceremonies of spiritual cleansing. Police are also investigating the August 2 murder of Philip DiMartino at his home on Hermann Street. “It’s very surreal,” said Muni assault victim Zachary Davenport, who sustained a black eye. “After it happened, I woke up and thought it was a dream, until I touched my face.” Davenport, 26, told the Bay Area Reporter that he was getting off the train when his bag got caught on a teenaged passenger who began to shout anti-gay epithets. Davenport said that he responded, “Excuse me?” in disbelief, and then a group of young people punched him multiple times. Later, Davenport identified his assailant in surveillance footage captured aboard the Muni train, and one 15-year-old suspect was arrested. The SFPD won’t publicly release that footage, according to Muni spokesman Paul Rose, due to the suspect’s age and the ongoing investigation. The suspect’s name is not being released either. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges last week. Davenport’s mother, Lori Daven-

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Muni assault victim Zachary Davenport is wrapped in a section of the famous mile-long rainbow flag during an anti-violence rally in the Castro last week.

groups to hold a public forum on neighborhood violence. He said that no forum has been scheduled yet, and that discussions with the Sisters, the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, Folsom Street Events, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and District 8 supervisor candidates are still ongoing. “It’s gotten out of control,” said Dr. Clint Potter, an emergency room physician at St. Luke’s Medical Center who attended Friday’s rally. He noted that he’s seen a recent surge in assaults across all demographic groups. Greg Carey with Castro Community on Patrol urged the crowd to avoid unlit areas, to travel in groups, and to always report crimes. “There’s been a lot of unreported gay bashing events,” said Jones. “There’s never a good time to let your guard down. ... We don’t want to return to the olden times of gay people not being able to leave the Castro.”▼

port, attended the August 27 rally and was grateful to the community for supporting her son. “I’m a little worried,” she told the B.A.R. “But he has a lot of support. He’s very strong.” Four suspects were apprehended in the June 26 assault outside 440 Castro. Three were arraigned on August 23, and a bench warrant was issued for a fourth, 27-year-old Derek Price of San Leandro, when he failed to appear in court. According to SFPD homicide Inspector Kevin Jones, a suspect has been identified in the Pink Saturday shooting, but police are seeking more evidence from the scene. In particular, they need video and photos taken by bystanders before, during, and after the incident. Following that shooting, Roberto Ordenana, director of community development at the LGBT Community Center, began coordinating with local

MCC-SF pastor resigns (internship) and rose to be the reverend in one of the top LGBT churches in the country. And she did it without compromising who she was,” Holland said in an e-mail. “It was inspiring to look up and see an out, proud, leather dyke at the podium of the church.” The board of MCC-SF indicated that it would be meeting with the MCC Board of Elders to review its options in filling the pastor position.

compiled by Cynthia Laird he Reverend Dr. Lea Brown surprised congregants Sunday, August 29, when she revealed that she is stepping down as senior pastor at the predominately gay Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco. In a special bulletin sent out Sunday, Brown cited decreasing attendance and declining finances as factors in her decision. “I believe at this point that I have given the very best that I have to give to MCC-SF, and that the congregation is in need of something else that is not within my ability or my calling to give,” Brown wrote. The congregation in November 2007 chose Brown as the senior pastor. She plans to leave in three weeks, on September 19. Brown referred questions to Kelly Mazzei, co-lay leader of the church’s board. Mazzei did not immediately return an e-mail request for comment. Among Brown’s biggest accomplishments was the congregation’s return to the MCC-SF church at 150 Eureka Street in the Castro in December 2008. When she started in January of that year, the congregation met elsewhere due to building problems that forced the closure of the Eureka N EWS Street property. Even today, only the sanctuary and bathrooms on the first floor can be used. “I am truly proud of everything we have been able to do in the midst of huge challenges,” Brown said in her message. The Reverend Jim Mitulski, pastor at the MCC-affiliated New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley, said


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The Reverend Dr. Lea Brown

that Brown called him Sunday to inform him of her decision. Mitulski had for many years been the senior pastor at MCC-SF. “I think she’s a very talented person and wish her the best,” Mitulski said. “I have a long, intimate knowledge of MCC-SF and believe they have a wonderful future.” Mitulski said that many organizations serving the LGBT community are having a tough time. MCCSF’s website includes a note from the board of directors that indicates the church is B RIEFS experiencing a “cash flow crunch” whereby the timing of revenue is “not well coordinated with our expenses.” The board encouraged congregants to make regular payments to help with this problem. MCC-SF member Katharine Holland praised Brown, who did her internship at the church several years ago. “She started out in the mailroom


Wear pink to the zoo The San Francisco Zoological Society is tickled pink after the hatching of three Chilean flamingo chicks and the public is invited to celebrate this weekend by – what else? – wearing pink clothing. The zoo will have a special “pinkthemed” extravaganza complete with pink flamingo lawn ornaments, ribbons, and bows lining Zoo Street all the way to Flamingo Island. Zoo guests who wear a visible article of pink clothing will receive $1 off general zoo admission. Gwendolyn Tornatore, public relations manager at the zoo, pointed out that this is the first time in seven years that the zoo’s flamingo colony has had chicks. While they are not yet pink themselves, the fluffy gray-white newbies will be on exhibit for all to see. Visitors can also view the amazing mud nests built by the colony and there are even a few eggs left to hatch, Tornatore said. The fun takes place Saturday through Monday (September 4-6). Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last entry at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the zoo is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $9 for kids ages 4-14. Children age 3 and under are free. For more information, visit▼

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BAYAREAREPORTER Volume 40, Number 35 2 September 2010 PUBLISHER Thomas E. Horn Bob Ross (Founder, 1971 – 2003) N E W S E D I TO R Cynthia Laird A R T S E D I TO R Roberto Friedman ASSISTANT EDITORS Matthew S. Bajko Seth Hemmelgarn Jim Provenzano CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dan Aiello • Tavo Amador • Matt Baume • Erin Blackwell Roger Brigham • Scott Brogan • Victoria A. Brownworth Philip Campbell • Chuck Colbert • Richard Dodds Raymond Flournoy • Brian Gougherty David Guarino • Liz Highleyman • Brandon Judell Robert Julian • John F. Karr • Lisa Keen Matthew Kennedy • David Lamble • Michael McDonagh Paul Parish • Lois Pearlman • Tim Pfaff • Jim Piechota Bob Roehr • Donna Sachet • Adam Sandel Jason Serinus • Gregg Shapiro • Gwendolyn Smith Robert Sokol • Ed Walsh • Sura Wood

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Ken Mehlman comes out Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behen former Republican National hind the federal Proposition 8 lawsuit. And, Committee chairman and Bush reMehlman is using his golden Rolodex to line election campaign manager Ken up donors for a big fundraiser in New York Mehlman disclosed that he is gay, liberal bloggers City later this month. went into overdrive. What a hypocrite! He must But Mehlman also told Ambinder that it has apologize! Some even implicated him in the taken him “43 years to get comfortable with this deaths of any LGBT youth during his tenure. part of [his] life. Everybody has their own path Mike Rogers, who has made a career of outing to travel, their own journey ... .” closeted politicos and who outed As despicable as some of Mehlman’s Mehlman years ago, was vindicated. actions were during his heyday in the While there is no doubt that Republican Party and the Bush re-elecMehlman used his positions of power tion campaign, the larger lesson is that to help implement Karl Rove’s re-eleche came out of the closet publicly and tion strategy of putting anti-gay marpositively. As he told Ambinder, the riage amendments on the ballots in 11 coming out process “has been somestates that year, let’s be clear about one thing – thing that’s made me a happier and coming out is a very personal journey that is better person. It’s something I unique for everyone. Yes, Mehlman wish I had done years ago.” misled reporters who asked him about E DITORIAL The closet can be a stifling his sexual orientation. Yes, Mehlman place, as all of us who have come was deeply involved in George W. out can attest. It makes you lie and mislead. It Bush’s re-election strategy. Yes, Mehlman did inmakes you unhappy. In many cases, you are flict damage on the LGBT community. Yes, exforced by your own silence to lead a double life. ploiting anti-gay marriage amendments to drive This is evident in the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t conservative voter turnout was shameful. But Tell” policy, which amounts to a federal closet we look at Mehlman’s decision to come out in a that forces gay men and lesbians to serve in sidifferent light, and see it marking the beginning lence by leading double lives. Mehlman could use of the end of Republican opposition to samehis newfound voice to lobby Republicans who sex marriage. are against repealing DADT. That Senate vote is He is the most powerful Republican in hisexpected soon. tory to identify as gay. We, along with countless other LGBT peoMehlman, who is now an executive vice ple and organizations, have long stressed the president with private equity firm KKR, chose a gay reporter for the Atlantic magazine, Marc Ambinder, to write his coming out story. In the article, which was published last week, Mehlman acknowledged that if he had publicly declared his sexuality sooner, he might have played a role in keeping the Republican Party from pushing an anti-gay agenda. “It’s a legitimate question and one I understand,” Mehlman told Ambinder. “I can’t change the fact that I wasn’t at this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard personally.” He also told Ambinder that he is aware that attempts to justify his past silence will not be adequate for many people. He also said that one of his great regrets is that he ignored the gay community while RNC chair. In that position he made efforts to expand the party into neighborhoods that typically didn’t hear its message, like in the African American community, but he didn’t reach out to the gay community “at all,” he told Ambinder. Many people wondered about the timing of Mehlman’s announcement. It turns out that he has been quietly contributing to the American


need for individuals to come out. We are told – and this paper tells others – that only by coming out will we ultimately defeat anti-gay stereotypes and prejudice. Poll after poll shows that once non-gay people know someone who is LGBT, they more often than not end up supporting equal rights. Now, a significant player in Republican circles has come out. It’s a huge breakthrough. We need Republicans. We need straight allies. We need people of color. We need people of faith. It is only by broadening our support that the LGBT community will make progress on issues like marriage, serving openly in the military, and passing inclusive employment protections. So while the gay bloggers have been unsparing in their initial, emotional reaction to Mehlman’s newfound honesty, it’s crucial that we keep in mind the big picture that people must come out and do so on their own terms. With Mehlman, it’s a case of better late than never.

RIP Sweet Lips Finally, we want to pause to remember Richard Walters, who until June was a longtime columnist for this newspaper and who died over the weekend. Walters, who wrote under the nom de plume “Sweet Lips,” chronicled the Polk neighborhood, especially its gay watering holes. He loved to dish and readers loved to find out what was going on in what used to be the epicenter of the gay community. Walters was the last of the old guard here at the paper and he will be missed.▼

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ome fortunate souls have lived in Oakland all their lives. For many of us who landed here, Oakland was initially a destination, a city like many others. Then time took root. Many of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer brothers and sisters came to the same conclusion: We love Oakland! Together, we have helped make Oakland one of the most diverse cities in the nation. Let us identify the elephant in the room. All urban centers have their problems. Oakland is no different in this respect. Judging Oakland as the epitome of big city trouble is not only wrong, it misses the diversity, gifts, development, and yes, the G UEST beauty of a city that graces its residents. Oakland has been recognized as having the sixth largest LGBTQ population by percentage of adults and the second highest number of same-sex couples in the nation, and is home to the highest concentration of lesbians in America. Oakland has the largest percentage of African American LGBTQ people in the Bay Area. Needless to say, many of our families in Oakland are LGBTQ to one degree or another. This weekend, Oakland’s 2010 LGBTQ Pride Festival is returning with a bang. The festival will happen on Sunday, September 5 during Labor Day weekend. Our inaugural year theme is “We Got the Funk: Diversity in Action.” The “funk,” for us, is Oakland’s uniquely diverse and large LGBTQ community. This isn’t Oakland’s first attempt at producing a Pride festival. Back in 1997, East Bay Pride was launched and lasted until 2003. At one point, the event became so popular that the city of Oakland allowed the organization to change


the signature necklace of lights around beautiful Lake Merritt from clear to pink. During its seven-year run, it attracted at its height almost 60,000 people. But after years of poor management and lack of funding, East Bay Pride ended. Attempts to revive the festival, called Out in Oakland, led by Oakland’s first out gay city council member, Danny Wan, took place in 2004 lasted for only two years. Oakland elected its second out city council member, and its first lesbian, Rebecca Kaplan, in 2008. Kaplan, representing all of Oakland as the at-large member, immediately revived the LGBT roundtable meetings at City Hall. She started exploring the creation of a LGBT center for Oakland and the revival of Pride. Founded by activists that O PINION represent the breadth and depth of LGBTQ multicultural life in Oakland and the East Bay, Oakland Pride was founded in October 2009 with the goal of putting on the festival this year. Oakland Pride’s mission is to celebrate the cultures and diversity of the LGBTQ community in Oakland and the East Bay. We are dedicated to educating the greater community, and promoting equality, civic involvement, and responsibility within Oakland and neighboring communities. Oakland Pride is committed to facilitating leadership and coalition building in the funding and development of the first LGBTQ community center in Oakland for everyone. Oakland Pride was formed to ensure that Oakland has Pride celebrations for years to come. Pride festivals are opportunities to celebrate the contributions of our communities and to highlight the work that aids the greater community. Pride festivals show gratitude for our allies and their support. Pride festivals honor those in our collective past who have struggled to make such festivals even possible.


Pride festivals remember times when LGBTQ people were arrested for just existing and we recognize that more work needs to be done to achieve full equality. Pride celebrations are important because the mere presence of all of us together, congregating to celebrate our lives, inspires us to continue to love and work in our neighborhoods. The magnitude of our numbers lets businesses know that in addition to the cultural talents of our community, we possess a positive economic impact in the development of our city. Our goal is to ensure that Oakland welcomes and celebrates the entire LGBTQ community. Oakland Pride has other dreams. As noted, we want to help facilitate the development of a LGBTQ community center for everyone in Oakland. We have been blessed to receive a temporary gift of office space from Jack London Square Investors. Oakland Pride wants to help build LGBTQ life in Oakland and collaborate with those partners who are making a difference. Many in our community are elders, youth, HIV-positive, living with disabilities, struggling with poverty, and much more. Our community center can be a space to come together and to build a network of service that helps, particularly the most vulnerable in our community. Oakland Pride is building a movement. But first, we have Oakland Pride on September 5, a party featuring Chaka Khan; Martha Wash; Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band; God-des and She; Yo-Yo; and over 60 artists on four dynamic stages. We will knock your socks off and it is our privilege to do so.▼ Joe Hawkins and Amber Todd are co-chairs of the Oakland Pride Board of Directors. For more information about Oakland Pride, please visit or contact Oakland Pride headquarters at (510) 465-7433.

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Struggling nonprofits

replies insists that the kids in the Haight are innocents fleeing abusive homes and deserve our support and pity. I was saddened to read of the demise of New Leaf and Obviously there are both, and I hear from friends in the struggles that other nonprofits face [“New Leaf closing the Haight that self-described “scumpunks,” the nomadic its doors,” “LGBT nonprofits hurt by recession,” August 26]. addicts of Evans’s letters, beat, rob, and rape smaller, genI have no idea whether the suggestions from some staff tler kids on the streets; that yes, there are gay kids who fled that prior mismanagement contributed to problems at abusive homes and are stuck on the streets being victimNew Leaf are correct, but having interacted with a number ized by drug dealing thugs who pack up and move from of nonprofits over the last 25 years – as a board member, town to town when the heat is on. as a staffer, and as a reporter for the queer press looking The sit/lie law is a distraction from the real issues. into staff discontent – I have seen more dysIt’s obviously designed to be arbitrarily enfunction than should be acceptable. forced against “undesirables” and makes a Nonprofits do wonderful, often life-savmockery of the notion that the law should be ing, work, but difficult times such as these reequal for all people. One wonders what the quire them to redouble their efforts to operhell happened to laws against theft, vandalate in an effective and responsible manner. ism, assault, and defecating on doorsteps. In theory, an organization’s board picks its Aren’t there already laws in place to allow top executive or executives. But too often, cops to deal with troublemakers? the reality is a “good old boy” (or girl) netM AILSTROM Rather than generalize about the kids alwork in which the executive director effectogether being either angels or monsters, tively controls the board. I reluctantly left a what outreach is being done to provide help for the abused nonprofit job that I loved after the board refused to fire an and to punish abusers? What confidence is being cultivatexecutive who had been involved in outrageous misconed in victimized kids so they will identify their assailants duct – even after an exodus of more than 20 percent of the and rapists so criminals can be properly dealt with? What staff and the inevitable blow-up in the press that led to facilities are being provided so that homeless youth have both large and small donors cutting off a significant poraccess to toilets rather than using sidewalks and doorsteps? tion of the organization’s funding. The majority of the Helping kids who are in desperate need doesn’t mean board had been hand-picked by this executive, who rewe have to tolerate destructive and violent behavior. To the mains in his job today. contrary! It is embarrassing, even painful, to see longtime The framers of the U.S. Constitution wisely created a community activists who should know better treating set of checks and balances to keep any one branch of govEvans’s descriptions of specific acts as a general attack on ernment from having total authority. Nonprofits also need all homeless youth; to see them excusing or ignoring those effective balances and controls. Based on what I’ve seen, I crimes – especially when the most abused victims are the would urge all nonprofits to adopt the following: kids they claim to be defending. 1. A majority of the board must be completely independent of the executive staff, with a meaningful portion Jack Fertig elected by members and/or clients. One representative San Francisco should be elected by the rank-and-file staff. 2. A clearly stated whistleblower process should allow A coalition candidate in D8 employees to inform the board of managerial problems or In the Bay Area Reporter’s August 26 letters to the edimisconduct, with complete protection from retaliation – tor, Mark Barnes ostensibly bifurcated the voters’ choice including anonymity if needed. in this November’s District 8 supervisorial race, neglecting Most nonprofit leaders are heroic and dedicated peoto mention the true coalition candidate: Rebecca Prozan. ple, but they’re human. They screw up sometimes. All charFrom interning for the late Tom Lantos as a young ities need to ensure that their executives have effective, imwoman to her modern incarnation as an assistant district partial supervision – for the good of both the organizations attorney, Rebecca has the rich history of community serthemselves and the clients and communities they serve. vice and leadership that our district – and city – needs. Dedicated to everyone in our community, Rebecca served Bruce Mirken on the board of Lavender Youth Recreation and InformaSan Francisco tion Center, a local queer youth organization, and helped Time for action re: civil sidewalks secure the seed funding for Openhouse, with services tailored to the needs of LGBT seniors. Furthermore, as liaiI find it hilarious that the Harvey Milk LGBT Democson to District 8, she helped create the Pink Triangle Park ratic Club thinks anybody who doesn’t oppose the sit/lie and 17th Street Plaza; fundraised for and was a founder of (civil sidewalks) ballot measure is homophobic. I worked the LGBT Community Center; handled planning and rehard for LGBT rights including marriage equality years development issues as a legislative aide to Supervisor ago. (Speaking of which, I think they should make civil Bevan Dufty; and as a Recreation and Park commissionunions equivalent to marriage as marriage equality seems er, ensured that the Eureka Valley Recreation Center acto be eventually heading the U.S. Supreme Court, and commodated the needs of our community. could take years.) It is for these reasons – and more – that I join endorsers Many of us in the city are tired of putting up with neeincluding, but certainly not limited to, the Alice B. Toklas dles, urine and excrement, and people sitting on milk LGBT Democratic Club, the San Francisco Democratic crates all day and night. Most of these “sidewalk violators” Party, Community College Board Member Lawrence have no plans to improve themselves. Instead they make Wong, and Dufty in my enthusiastic support of Rebecca the rest of us suffer, whether it’s being called names, getting Prozan as the next supervisor for District 8. robbed, or being attacked. Indeed, the Coalition on HomeIn these challenging times, with the closing of New lessness and Glide would not have enough clientele to surLeaf, the potential loss of the Castro Country Club, and vive were it not for all the traveling alcoholics and drug the protracted struggles of many more of our communiaddicts. While I agree there should be a safety net, it should ty’s critical support services and local businesses, we need be for San Francisco residents only, not inebriates from Rebecca’s leadership to fight for each and every one of us. everywhere else. I hope you will join me in supporting Rebecca Prozan for Many states and towns have LGBT services and “safe District 8 supervisor this November. places” for LGBT youth to go. Many youths leave their parents fleeing from abuse and they’re not all gay or lesbian. Justin Patrick Jones It’s important to realize that San Francisco no longer has San Francisco the resources or the tolerance to take care of everyone but themselves. This is a day and age where conservative ReFormer bar manager clarifies role publicans like Laura Bush, Cindy McCain, Meghan McI’m the “Bill Ruquy” that leather columnist Scott BroCain, and Ted Olson all support marriage equality. There gan listed as “part owner” of the Tool Box [“Looking back are even openly gay Tea Party members. Instead of bashat leather,” August 26]. I was not an owner, merely the ing Arthur Evans for wanting to have sidewalks free from manager during a somewhat difficult time we were havharassment and human waste, think of ways of making ing with the actual owners, a group of non-leather types in this city safer for all and taking care of its residents. Not all Los Angeles who had some bad business dealings with homeless engage in sidewalk abuse. In fact, I’ve talked to their previous manager who had invested a few thousand some homeless who support civil sidewalks. It’s time to dollars in the place. After my departure one of them came hold individuals accountable for their actions instead of north when it was apparent that the place could be quite giving them excuses. Co-dependency has never worked. successful. One of the main differences was that our customer base Denise Jameson was primarily gay bikers. There were a number of gay moSan Francisco torcycle clubs here and in southern California and a lot of In defense of Evans and homeless youth interaction including weekend rallies by invitation only in the Sierra and elsewhere. These days when I pass a soReading about the furor over homeless youth in the called leather bar and see no bikes outside I wonder what Haight is most peculiar [Mailstrom, August 19, 26]. It the world has come to. seems that people who should know better see a complex, diverse population in very simplistic terms. Every so often Bill Reque Arthur Evans points out the robberies, beatings, vandalSan Francisco ism, and filth being perpetrated by some, and a chorus of

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Community rallies to save Hayward LGBT center by Matthew S. Bajko n October the Lighthouse Community Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary of providing a gathering place for southern Alameda County’s LGBT population. But making it to the decennial party has been a struggle for supporters of the downtown Hayward facility. In March, the center’s board warned it could very well cease to exist due to a lack of funding. Having lost grant support, and individual donations dwindling, the board was forced to transition from having a paid executive director to be a volunteer-run center. “The LGBT Lighthouse Community Center in Hayward is faced with closing its doors,” wrote the board in an e-mailed letter. “Due to the economic downturn and the lack of grant opportunities, the Lighthouse Community Center has been struggling and we now must ask the community, does it matter to you?” The answer from the community, so far, has been yes. In order to keep the center operating, supporters have pitched in by hosting various fundraisers, from spaghetti feeds at a local gay bar to a dining out promotion at an eatery next door. Its landlord recently lowered its rent to $750 a month. With operating expenses added in, the board estimates it must raise $1,600 per month in order to keep the doors open. It has enough money in the bank to make it through the next two months. “Every month is a struggle,” said Bob Whitehead, a gay man who lives in San Leandro and is president of the Lighthouse board. Nevertheless, the board remains hopeful for the long-term. The new lease it signed August 1 is for three years, and planning is already under way for its major annual “Viva Las Vegas” fundraiser in January.


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“I am pretty confident with the way things have been going the last couple of months,” said Whitehead, who joined the center’s oversight body last September and took over as president of the board in November. “We are the only gay center around unless you go to Berkeley, so there is some hopefulness as long as we keep on it and keep active and getting the word out.” Whitehead would like to see four more people, at least, join the center’s board. In particular he is trying to recruit lesbians, transgender people, and people of color. The board has also reached out to the area’s LGBT youth and young adults for help. Last month Jose Martinez, a 22-year-old gay man from Hayward, joined the board after being recruited for the six-person body. “What they want to do is bring in fresh new faces,” said Martinez, president of the gay-straight alliance at Chabot College. “The idea is to have more youth involved and make the Lighthouse grow and help get some funding to help the Lighthouse stay open.” Martinez came to the board’s attention after he successfully raised $3,200 within a two-month window in order to have the 35-person GSA enter a float and march for the first time in this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade. Now he is working on hosting youth-oriented movie night fundraisers and starting more youth programs at the Lighthouse. He said there is support for the center among the local LGBT community. Four groups continue to use the center as a meeting place, such as Rainbow Recovery, a weekly narcotics anonymous group, and the Royal Grand Ducal Council of Alameda County. “You can see there is a positive outlook. It is coming along slowly but surely,” said Martinez, who used to attend the center’s former youth group meetings when he was younger. “There are new people on the board and a lot of people are getting involved now.” But challenges remain. The center is only open three days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; the board is seeking volunteers who can be there Thursdays to open the doors. It is closed the rest of the week. “We are a drop in center for the community to come in if they looking for jobs or want to go online,” said Whitehead, who bartends at Curly’s Place in Hayward. “We have a small resource center and a small library.”

Not unique The Lighthouse’s struggles are not unique. Last September the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center laid off its paid staff and went to being volunteer run. This spring the Pacific Center in Berkeley feared for its own existence

after its landlord opted to put the building on the market. It won a reprieve this summer when the building’s owner changed course and decided not to sell the property. In San Francisco the LGBT Community Center sought financial help this year from the city in order to refinance its debt. It also won a zoning change to bring in an entertainment business or restaurant to its fourth floor in an attempt to find a nongovernmental source of funding. Kevin Dowling, who is a founding member of the Lighthouse and a former board member, said the Hayward center has always struggled to find money since it first opened. It took until 2006 for the center to have enough finances to hire a part-time director; a year later the position was extended to being full-time with a relatively small salary of $48,000 when compared to the pay of executive directors at more established LGBT nonprofits. “Money has been tight for the whole 10 years they have been there,” said Dowling, a former Hayward city councilman whose term expired in July. “There is not a whole lot out there.” Dowling, who last served on the Lighthouse board in 2009, is helping to plan the center’s Vegas fundraiser in early 2011. He pointed to the growth of the Internet over the last decade and the ease with which LGBT people can meet friends and partners online as partly to blame for the center’s current difficulties. “People used to be involved in LGBT centers for meeting friends and finding romance. I am wondering if more and more people are doing that online. Now you can even use your iPhone to meet people,” said Dowling, who lost his bid in the June primary for an Alameda County supervisor seat. Others point to the isolation one can feel online as to why the center is needed now more than ever. “Not everybody wants something impersonal like the computer. They want to interact with people,” said Whitehead. Zeke Ramsell, a friend of Martinez who has offered to assist in the effort to keep the Lighthouse open, agreed that the center is a useful facility to have nearby, even if he himself has not been able to take advantage of its services because of conflicts with his work schedule. “Well, around in this area there is no gay anything for people my age. I thought it would be nice to meet new gay people in my area and it’s important that we have somewhere where we can join as a group to discuss issues that impact our lives as homosexuals,” Ramsell, 19, wrote in a message via Facebook in response to a reporter’s questions. “Obviously, for me, if it closed I would not be personally affected because I have not used the center. However, if it were to close it blocks the chance of many confused and question-seeking youth from getting answers they deserve and don’t always have the safety of asking whether it be at home, school, or even at church.” Its upcoming anniversary party will be open to the public. As the board noted in an invite to the event, “All are welcome to attend and assist us in not only celebrating our past but looking forward and planning our future.” The event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 9 at the center, 1217 A Street in Hayward. At 4 p.m. the party then moves to the World Famous Turf Club, a gay bar at 22519 Main Street in Hayward. The center is redoing its website. For now, it can be reached via its Facebook page under Lighthouse Community Center or by calling (510)


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Nava unfazed by attacks in SF judicial race by Matthew S. Bajko ne would think having the near entirety of the San Francisco judicial establishment against your campaign to be a judge would fray a candidate’s nerves. Particularly when said justices mount an all-out-effort to strip you of the most important endorsement you could receive in the race. An endorsement, no less, from the local Democratic Party, which most political observers concede all but guarantees you will win the race. Yet Michael Nava, an openly gay attorney and celebrated crime novelist, is surprisingly relaxed. During a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter to discuss his race Michael Nava and the fight over the coveted endorsement, Nava remained as cool as the iced tea he was sipping. He soundfair-minded person that there is no ed more puzzled than anything in disvoid in need of being filled.” cussing the lengths to which the city’s As the B.A.R. reported on its web judges have gone to try to see that he blog August 12, the attempt by is defeated this November. Ulmer’s supporters to wrest away “Once you become a judge it’s an Nava’s endorsement from what is ofinsular culture. They sort of circle ficially known as the Democratic the wagons to protect their County Central Committee ultimateown,” said Nava in exly failed. His name will appear on plaining why so many the party’s slate card that is mailed sitting and retired to the city’s Democratic voters judges had urged local closer to Election Day. Democratic Party officials “It has reaffirmed my noto rescind their endorsetion that in a judicial race ment of him and remain neuthe legal community is not tral in his race. that important. I Had it not been am trying to for the presence of P OLITICAL N OTEBOOK reach regular a third candidate, voters and not openly gay attorthe legal establishment,” said Nava. ney Daniel Dean, in the June primary “What the judges have demonstrated Nava likely would have unseated sitis they have very little influence politting Judge Richard Ulmer from the ically.” San Francisco Superior Court this Nava remains confident that voters summer. As it was, Nava and Dean will agree with him that a judge should combined garnered 63,093 votes come from and reflect the communiwhile Ulmer received 47,010 votes. ty served by the court they serve on. But because Nava did not have the He has criticized Schwarzenegger’s 50-percent-plus-one-vote he needed to capture the court’s Seat 15 – he fell short by 4 percentage points – he is in a runoff race against Ulmer on the fall ballot. And he now finds himself under fire by the judiciary, which has warned that his winning in November would “politicize the court far more than any past defeat of a sitting judge,” as retired Judge John Dearman predicted in a letter to Democratic Party officials. Dearman’s concerns echoed those of J. Anthony Kline, the presiding justice of Division 2 of the First District Court of Appeal, who wrote in the legal newspaper The Recorder that a victory by Nava would be “potentially game-changing” and that “the consequences for our judiciary will be transformative.” Their main opposition to Nava’s candidacy is their belief it is based solely on wanting to defeat “a white male who is not a Democrat” as Dearman put it. Kline went so far as to disWe provide the question, miss Nava’s contention that he had to you supply the answer. run against Ulmer, a straight married man, because of the lack of both openly gay and Latino judicial appointments made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who tapped Ulmer last summer to fill a vacancy on the local court. “The idea that his election will ‘bring diversity’ to the San Francisco Superior Court is too far a reach. With the election of [out lesbian] Linda Colfax in the primary, 25 of the court’s 51 members will be women, 10 gay men or lesbians, 9 Asian-Americans; 3 Latinos; and 3 African-Americans. The court must already be the most diverse in the United States,” wrote Kline, who oversaw former Governor Jerry Brown’s judicial appointments. He added that, “Mr. Nava fails to explain any respect in which his values are underrepresented on the superior court, and it should be obvious to any Rick Gerharter


choice of Ulmer because he was living on the Peninsula and registered as a Republican when he was tapped to fill the vacancy. While Nava lives in Daly City, he works in San Francisco as a staff attorney for California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno. He is working to build a coalition of support within the city’s LGBT, Latino and Asian communities. Should he win come November 2, Nava said he is prepared to forgive and forget the campaign tactics his would-be colleagues on the bench have deployed. “I am prepared to put it all behind me if I win. I think there are a number of the judges who will be gracious and a few who won’t be,” said Nava. “I certainly, once the campaign is over, I am not going to carry any grudges. I am not taking any of this personally.” Next week Nava’s supporters will throw him a fundraiser to celebrate his turning 56. The birthday party slash campaign event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 9 at the restaurant Medjool, 2252 Mission Street. For more information, visit▼ Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check Monday mornings around 10 a.m. for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column features an interview with Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 861-5019 or e-mail

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penly gay Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington, a longtime champion of progressive causes, is in a


heated re-election campaign this fall against two out candidates who have attracted backing from the East Bay city’s more moderate politicians. The race has also pitted Worthington against his friend on the council, openly gay Councilmember Darryl Moore. In a first for Moore, he has eschewed backing his colleague and has instead dual endorsed Worthington’s two challengers: computer programmer and community activist George Beier and graphic designer Cecilia “Ces” Rosales. Moore, who holds the council’s District 2 seat, told the Bay Area Reporter this week that his decision wasn’t personal. Rather, it is due to Worthington’s opposition against key issues and projects important to his constituents, said Moore, such as his vote against the Berkeley Bowl grocery store opening a second location in his district. “Kriss has done tremendous work while on the council. He puts in a lot of hard work, a lot of time and energy and effort. I just feel for the issues in my district, Kriss hasn’t supported me,” said Moore. Moore is one of five council members, along with Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, who have either endorsed Beier or dual endorsed Beier and Rosales. Supporting Worthington are two of his council colleagues, Max Anderson and Jesse Arreguin, a former aide to Worthington. Worthington, 56, paints his lack of council support as evidence of his independent streak. It is why his district continues to re-elect him, said Worthington, who has spent 14 years on the council and is seeking his fifth term this year. “None of my constituents have indicated they want the City Council to have unanimous votes on every little thing,” said Worthington, who spent his first 11 years in the foster care system and later was homeless as a youth. At the same time he argues that he has proven he can work with his colleagues to pass legislation on the council. “I have a 98 percent success rate of getting hundreds of items approved by the City Council,” said Worthington, who mounted an unsuccessful bid for the state Assembly in 2008. “In order to get 98 percent of items when doing such a massive amount of items you have to have some kind of relationship with people and have a sense of what they will vote for or not vote for.” His opponents argue, however, it is time for a change in leadership. Beier, in particular, has made that argument twice before. This is the third time he has tried to unseat Worthington from the council’s District 7 seat, which covers the Telegraph Avenue business corridor and the UC Berkeley campus. In 2006, Beier came within 250 votes of defeating Worthington, who pulled ahead with 2,119 votes. He said he is running again because the city and the district need a new vision, particularly when it comes to curbing crime, homelessness, and

business vacancies along Telegraph. “The problems still remain,” said Beier, 47, who graduated from UC Berkeley in 1984 with an economics degree and went on to earn his MBA from the campus’ Hass School of Business in 1987. “I am trying to be the best thing for the community. I am running because I have ideas for how to turn Telegraph Avenue around and how to make sure students feel safe.” Currently unemployed, Beier said he feels he can have a better working relationship on the council than Worthington, which would provide dividends to the district. It is why he has garnered so much support from the current council members, he said. “They know they can work with me,” said Beier. “On the City Council you have to be able to cultivate common interests, build coalitions, win gracefully and lose gracefully. That is how politics works and I think they know I can do that.” Beier, however, may see his desire to serve on the council once again be unfulfilled due to the entrance of Rosales into the race this year. Should she be elected, the 61-yearold Rosales would be the council’s first out lesbian member, its first Filipina councilwoman, and only the second Asian to serve on the council. “Berkeley, as diverse as it is, we don’t like token representation. We want to be represented. I bring a voice I believe would contribute to making Berkeley a much better city,” said Rosales, who opened her graphic design business ZesTop Design in the Castro in the 1990s before moving it to downtown San Francisco. She currently works at home in Berkeley but these days is focused mainly on her council race. She, too, has made Telegraph Avenue’s vacant storefronts and the city’s homeless population key issues in the campaign, which she believes Worthington has failed to adequately address. “In general making it safe, clean, accessible would be the number one thing I would want to do for Telegraph,” said Rosales, who in 2005 married her wife in Vancouver where her family settled after fleeing the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. Rosales, who two years ago led the fight in the East Bay against Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, said she would like to see Berkeley implement a version of San Francisco’s “Care Not Cash” program to better serve the needs of its homeless population. The controversial program pushed through by Mayor Gavin Newsom slashed monetary handouts and diverted the money into services and housing. “I have no desire to demonize the homeless community. It is one of the main reasons I want to do something about it,” she said. “Keeping them alone in People’s Park is not a solution. What I think could help, and why I am focusing on smart economic development, is we need to generate revenue for the city and part


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SF has a new gay boxing club by Roger Brigham bout seven years ago, Peter Griggs briefly took up boxing to help his research for a screenplay he was working on about a gay boxer. He set both the screenplay and his boxing aside when a succession of boxing movies – Beautiful Boxer (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Cinderella Man (2005) – convinced him the market was already saturated, but his brief fling in the ring planted a seed. Now the former Polk Street homeless kid and his friends have launched a gay boxing club in San Francisco. “I do it because it’s fun for one thing, and I get to test my limits and to push those limits of what I think I can do,” Griggs, vice president of the San Francisco Gay Boxing Club, told the Bay Area Reporter. “It’s something I didn’t ever think I’d be able to do or excel at. “Also I keep on doing it because it’s empowering and I’d like to help other people be empowered – not just in their physical beings but their mental beings.” Jockdom hardly seemed like Griggs’s ultimate destination when he was an adopted kid growing up on Bainbridge Island, just west of Seattle on Puget Sound. “I was involved in soccer and Little League baseball, but I was pretty effeminate when I was a young kid,” Griggs, 42, said. “It was pretty evident that I was gay. I could do badminton and swimming and stuff like that, but I didn’t ever feel like I was good enough for football or any other J OCK team sports. It seemed like I didn’t fit in with other sports, and it seemed like the feeling was pretty mutual. I just got it in my mind that I wasn’t any good. I guess that made me feel like less of a man. I think it was a mixture of not being supported and giving up. “If you grew up effeminate you were probably the last one to be picked in team sports. We went into theater or arts or fashion or whatever

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San Francisco Gay Boxing Club board members, standing, from left, Peter Griggs, Chris Mezzapelle, Peter Gentile, Michael Bruno, and Jim Eagle join gym owner Michael Onello.


was the 1980s and I was on Polk Street and I did what those kids did there. I think getting off the street is so difficult partly because it’s like an addiction: you’re up against your whole belief system.” There is stability in Griggs’s life now. He works in accounting for an oil company. And he trains for boxing. “Almost two years ago, I was looking around for gyms to work out at,” he said. “I had this idea that I needed to pick a sport that had not been emasculated yet, so I thought about hockey and boxing. I already knew some gay hockey players but I didn’t know any gay boxers. So I thought, ‘OK, I’ll take on boxing.’” He started training under the direction of Michael Onello, who runs a combined barbershop and boxing gym out of a storefront near Howard Street. It’s a funky, barebones hole-inthe-wall custom fit for battle training. Inspirational slogans, including the program’s motto “Get Fit Not Hit” are scrawled in Magic Marker on the walls. Ceiling fans and punching bags dangle over a boxing ring of red, white, and blue ropes and a blue floor of worn plywood. Onello is straight. His boxers say he takes an individually tailored approach to their training, meeting with

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because we felt we could be appreciated that way. I think a lot of us put the more extreme sports on the shelf and said we couldn’t do that.” Griggs, who said he is a mixture of Native American, African American, and Caucasian, came out when he was 14 years old. “I was very obnoxious when I came out,” he said “I ran away from home at about 14 and a half. I was just like, ‘I’ll take care of myself!’” What followed was an uprooted, undirected life on the streets up and down the West Coast. “I got into substance abuse and all of the other things young kids get into at that age,” he said. “Coming out for me was sort of a shocker. I had dreamt a long time that coming out meant you get to get a TALK boyfriend and hold his hand. What I found was there weren’t really any mentors in the gay community. It was a rude awakening. The same insecurities and the same fears were there from growing up.” He got help in San Francisco from organizations such as the Larkin Street drop-in Center and fought to get off the streets. “It was easier to survive here in San Francisco because of the youth centers here,” he said. “It

Australian election seen as good for gay marriage resenting the 60 percent of Australians who support marriage equality.” ustralian marriage equality adHe said his group’s heavy leafletvocates welcomed the August ing in gay neighborhoods also cost 21 federal election results, sayLabor votes and gained votes for the ing the nation is “a huge step closGreens. er” to allowing same-sex mar“The swing against riages. Labor and to the Greens Australian Marriage is particularly proEquality spokesman nounced in the ... innerAlex Greenwich said city seats of Grayndler, that with the balance of Sydney, and Melbourne power now held by inwhere we distributed dependents in the 75,000 leaflets highlightHouse of RepresentaW OCKNER’ S ing Labor’s anti-equality tives and by the Greens stance,” Greenwich said. W ORLD in the Senate, chances for reform have inLong leaves creased dramatically. Human Rights Watch “If a major party can be persuaded by the Greens and/or indepenLongtime international gay advodents to have a conscience vote, it’s cate Scott Long resigned August 23 as game on,” Greenwich said. “The 2010 director of Human Rights Watch’s election campaign saw the issue of LGBT Rights Program, after suffermarriage equality move to the center ing a major health concern. of the political stage, and now the re“In mid-July I suffered a pulsult has seen achieving marriage monary embolism of a fairly unequality move into the realms of real pleasant sort,” Long wrote in an epossibility.” mail to friends and colleagues. Greenwich said the overall na“While running to catch a bus on a tional swing from Labor to the New York street, I saw a blinding efGreens “is partly because Labor befusion of white light, amid which trayed its own principles by opposseveral spangled and bell-bottomed ing marriage equality while the figures vaguely resembling Abba Greens have been the only party repbeckoned me to an eternal disco

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▼ Anthony Owen Smith 1955–2010

Anthony Owen Smith, 55, a longtime Redemptorist priest who served as assistant pastor at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church in Great Falls, Montana, from 1986 to 1992, died of cardiac arrest on July 5, 2010, in California. Along with his pastoral work, he served youth groups, HIV victims, jail and prison inmates, and was the founder and director of Rural Aid Services in Montana. He also was chaplain and director of the Campus Ministry program at the then-College of Great Falls in Montana and later did similar service in Stockton, California. Throughout his adult life, Father

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an only child, and he said he wasn’t aware of Sweet Lips having any relatives. Jose Sarria, who is also known as the Widow Norton and founded the Imperial Court system, first met Sweet Lips in the 1950s and eventually appointed him as one of his czarinas. Sarria said that even before Sweet Lips wrote for the B.A.R., he was writing columns for another publication. “He wasn’t malicious,” said Sarria, who called Sweet Lips “our local Hedda Hopper,” the late Hollywood gossip columnist. “We all knew who was doing what, and with whom.” “He had a sharp tongue, but that’s not being malicious,” said Sarria. “There’s a difference.” With maliciousness, he pointed out, there’s an intent to hurt.

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OBITUA RIES Tony administered to the disabled and infirm, positively impacting many lives in California and the Northwest. Gifted with a love of learning, Father Tony received his B.A. Degree with Honors in 1980 in Systematic Theology from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Certifications in Hispanic Pastoral Studies and Campus Ministry followed in 1983 and 1988. Between 1994 and 2000, he studied in Rome, receiving both his Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Moral Theology. Other accomplishments included college teaching in Washington, California and Arizona. Father Tony loved singing, and was reported by his mother as having sung from the time he was born.

Originally from England, he became an American citizen in 1988. His parents, both of England, preceded him in death. He is survived by two brothers and their families in England and by relatives in Ireland. The many friends he made in his various localities remember with admiration and love the gifts of hope and persistence with which Father Tony faced life despite any difficulties. His brothers can be reached at the following addresses: Paul Smith, 55 Sunnybank Road, Middlemore Drive, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B73 5RJ. United Kingdom; and Gerard Smith, 50 Humphrey, Harborne, Birmingham B17 OJN, United Kingdom.

Rascher said that Sweet Lips used to have an annual event called “the Hanging of Sweet Lips,” to mark the display of a portrait of the columnist at the Kockpit bar, the Turk Street bar that Sweet Lips once managed. The portrait would be taken down and then put up again, he said. Sweet Lips reportedly was one of the people responsible for raising the money to start Operation Concern, which was founded in 1974 as a men’s mental health services agency. At the time, homosexuality was still considered a mental illness. In 1976, 18th Street Services was formed to provide substance abuse services. In 1995 the two agencies merged into New Leaf: Services for Our Community. As reported in last week’s B.A.R., the agency has run out of money and will close its doors by the middle of October. Columns from the 1990s offer a hint of Sweet Lips’s wit. He started his April 3, 1997 Cock-

tail Hour column by recalling recent “well-lubricated” adventures he’d had in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He wrote that after stumbling over a beach chair that had been “deliberately” placed in his path, “I was visited by extra-terrestrials, who communicated their intent to me by some rather vulgar hand gestures.” The rest of the column included updates on local businesses. He also wrote of “an incredible birthday weekend” for Dolly Dale. “You looked lovely Dolly, and give your wonderful mother Agnes a big juicy smack from me!” wrote Sweet Lips. Rascher said Sweet Lips was his best friend. “There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for me, and there wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her,” he said. A memorial is planned for Sunday, September 12 from 1 to 3 p.m., at Marlena’s bar, 488 Hayes Street, San Francisco.▼

Ashburn opposes resolution condemning anti-gay Uganda law by Dan Aiello tate Senator Roy Ashburn, the Fresno Republican who came out as gay earlier this year, voted against a resolution condemning the anti-gay Uganda law. Senate resolution SR 51, authored by openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), was passed 21-14 Monday. The nonbinding measure is critical of the Ugandan government for a law, which is currently stalled, that broadens the criminalization of homosexuality and would result in harsh punishments, including the death penalty in some instances, for gays and people who are HIV-positive in that country. A similar Assembly resolution authored by openly gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) will be introduced when the Assembly reconvenes for the budget, according to his office. Both Uganda resolutions are part of a package of 14 bills sponsored by Equality California this year. California’s GOP senators unanimously opposed the resolution. But it was Ashburn’s vote that stirred hushed conversations among SR 51 supporters, lobbyists, and legislative staff out-


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be the focus of the resolution.” Introduced by Leno, SR 51 urges the U.S. government to intensify its efforts to support the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide. The resolution also calls upon the federal government to use thorough vetting procedures before funding faith-based organizations that may encourage or support anti-gay or sexist policies of the host nation and its government. The Uganda bill was inspired by American evangelical Christians, several of whom have tried to distance themselves from the controversy. The resolution also encourages all faith-based organizations in the U.S. to support the creation of policies in other countries that do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors told the B.A.R. that GOP legislators largely cited the resolution’s language critical of the American religious leaders and organizations that have supported the anti-gay policies of the Uganda government. “The resolution mentions them because that’s what’s happening over there. It’s too bad, but that’s the reality,” said Kors.▼

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tion for business and government professionals. Chuck Colbert, a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Bay Area Reporter and other publications, attended NLGJA’s first national convention, which was held in San Francisco in 1992. At the time, he was a business management consultant on workplace diversity. He made the transition to being a journalist full-time in the mid-1990s and said the organization “really made me into a journalist.” Colbert said that initially, people in NLGJA were mostly from the mainstream print media. Over time, the organization’s become more inclusive,

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Out of the Bay Area’s three biggest cities – Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose – Oakland has been the only one not to host a major LGBT Pride event in recent years. The lesbian-focused Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride, which took place last Saturday, has filled the vacuum since the demise of East Bay Pride. The East Bay Pride festival began in 1997, but ended in 2003 after being displaced by the multi-day Art and Soul festival. A gathering with a few booths occurred in 2004 and 2005. But last year, the Art and Soul organizers moved up their dates to midAugust, freeing up the calendar on Labor Day weekend, which is traditionally when Oakland Pride has taken place. A special element this year is likely to be Khan’s presence. Pride organizers have been working all year on the festival, deter-

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of it is being able to have money to provide the services for the community that needs it most.” She said her campaign isn’t a personal attack against Worthington, but more a desire to see new leadership. “I don’t know if he would be doing anything different from the last, at least, 10 years over the next four years. I doubt he would be doing anything different from what I have seen,” said Rosales, a former board member of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “People know him because he is all over the place. I say to that, yes he is showing up all over places; at same time what does it do for the people of Berkeley and the people of his district? Is he paying attention to his district?”

Jock Talk them one-on-one at first to review what their goals are: to look good, to feel better, to box in competition, whatever. “I feel an extreme amount of gratitude for Michael, because it is rare in this sport to have someone come along and just be very, very supportive regardless of what my sexual orientation is,” Griggs said. “I know a few out there, myself included, who didn’t necessarily have that support from someone who identifies as a straight man.” Griggs told Onello he wasn’t there to look pretty: he was there to box. “You start off learning the basics,” Griggs said. “You learn the stretches, the actual physical training of the core muscles, the stance, then the punches, and then the defenses. There’s much to grow on and learn all the time.” Griggs worked up to drills in which one boxer punches while the other defends, then a few weeks ago had his first live sparring session. “I feel like there’s been some recla-

Award winners Among the winners of NLGJA awards this year is Kerry Eleveld, the Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Advocate, the national LGBT newsmagazine. Eleveld is being honored with the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media In an e-mail to the B.A.R. explaining how being a member of the organization has helped her, Eleveld said she’s been to several NLGJA networking events since moving to Washington last year, “and they’ve

Leroy “Roy” Aarons speaks at the 1992 conference in San Francisco.

mined to bring back a gay-themed event to the city, which has many LGBT residents. “We came up with the theme ‘We Got the Funk’ some time ago. For us, the funk was our diversity,” said Joe Hawkins, who along with Amber Todd is an Oakland Pride co-chair. Hawkins said at the time, organizers had not realized the woman he referred to as “the Queen of Funk” would be appearing, but Khan eventually expressed an interest through a contact. Khan’s appearance should provide a boost to the event, and Hawkins said he expects at least 50,000 people to attend. “Obviously not just to the gay community, but to the community in Oakland in general [Khan] is a legend, and her fan base is very, very wide,” said Hawkins. He said organizers are also excited because of the festival’s location in the Uptown District, not far from Lake Merritt. Hawkins called the lake area “the unofficial Castro of Oakland.” Hawkins said the hope is that

money from Pride will eventually help create a community center in Oakland. Admission to the festival is $5. “We hope the event will become a revenue generator,” and also draw attention to the fact that Oakland doesn’t have an LGBT center, said Hawkins.

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midst of labor negotiations. In an August 16 e-mail to NLGJA members, Steinberg wrote, “Although NLGJA understands the importance of collective bargaining and recognizes that worker actions are not to be blithely ignored,” a change of venue would violate the group’s contract with the hotel and require paying a penalty of at least $150,000. In addition, he said, NLGJA would have to spend even more money to hold the convention at a different location. “Such a financial burden would bankrupt NLGJA,” he wrote. The union is planning a demonstration outside the hotel Thursday morning.▼

Union representatives of Unite Here Local 2 have called for NLGJA to move its convention from the Hyatt, since the hotel is on the boycott list of the union, which is in the

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This being an election year, look for candidates to be on hand at the festival. Out lesbian City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will have a booth, as will her colleague City Councilmember Jean Quan. Both women are among 10 candidates running for mayor this year. Kaplan, who recently secured the endorsements of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and Black Women Organized for Political Action, has been a leader in the effort to bring back the Pride festival. “I’m happy to help, but I congratulate Oakland Pride organizers for getting this important local event going again,” Kaplan said Wednesday.

She thanked the volunteer organizers, and said the event is important to the city, “which has both the largest lesbian population and the most diverse LGBT community.” Kaplan also touted the economic benefits expected from the festival, as well as credited it with helping revitalize the area. Quan, who just picked up the endorsement of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club in Oakland, looks to increase her LGBT support. “I think Oakland Pride is an opportunity for the whole community to take part, not just the gay community,” Quan told the Bay Area Reporter. Quan said that she views the event as a “warmer, fuzzier version” of San Francisco’s mammoth Pride Parade. “I think it’s more relaxed than the parade,” she added. Jack London Square Investors donated office space for Pride’s headquarters – 4,000 square feet in Jack London Square that the group will have until close to the end of the year.

“Our goal is for this to become the center,” said Hawkins. Hawkins estimated the budget for a center would be about $300,000 to $400,000 a year. Ideally, programming would include services for youth, seniors, and people living with HIV/AIDS. The budget for this year’s Pride event is about $150,000, said Hawkins, who expressed hope the event will bring people together. “We just really hope that the community will come out and support Pride, because clearly Pride isn’t just about that city, it’s about the region,” he said. “From our perspective, we think it is just a good show of support at a time when we’re all dealing with these issues of equality ... for us to show support for one another.” The Pride venue is accessible by BART and near the 19th Street station. For more information, visit ▼

Her slogan in the race is “putting progress back into progressive.” “Kriss talks about being the most progressive person on the council. I put it back to what does that really mean for Berkeley and District 7? Because crime is very high; the homeless population is just not getting the help it needs. It’s time to really put action, really put progress back into progressive. It is not just a word; it should really mean something.” Worthington is standing on his long record of working on public safety measures, including pushing to see community policing efforts be adopted in Berkeley. He also points to his record in making it easier for small business owners to win city permits to open their doors and remain open late into the evening. “We have eased the rules on small businesses on Telegraph. Since we did

that we have seen a reduction in the vacancies,” said Worthington. Among his long list of achievements while on the council was his pushing through a resolution in support of marriage equality back in 1998, the first time an American city had come out in support of same-sex marriage. And he was instrumental in having the city extend benefits to the domestic partners of its employees. “I think that is an important thing to remember now that marriage equality has made so much progress,” Worthington said. One wild card this year in his reelection race is that Berkeley has switched to an instant-voter-runoff or ranked choice system, similar to San Francisco, so voters will rank their top three choices for the council seat. If no one captures more than 50 percent in the first round, then the third place fin-

isher is dropped out and their voter’s second choice picks are tabulated. Since they are both running to the right of Worthington, Rosales could eat away at Beier’s pool of voters, thus giving Worthington a leg up in being the first place finisher in the first round of voting. Last election he had 53 percent of the 4,009 total votes cast in his race against Beier. “The basic strategy is the same as it ever was, I want to try to get the same number one votes,” said Worthington. As San Francisco has seen, the implementation of IRV tends to draw more challengers to a race but has not hurt incumbents. And only rarely does the top vote-getter in the first round lose the election. “While ranked choice voting brings more people into the process, it doesn’t mean they have an advantage,” said Moore. “I think the incum-

bent has a huge advantage. Even at this time and day when people want to throw out incumbents, both nationally and locally, they never want to throw out their incumbent.” Even Beier admits he doesn’t think IRV gives him an advantage in the race. “No, I do not think IRV favors me over Kriss,” said Beier. “Kriss is a 14year incumbent. It is very difficult to beat incumbents.” And despite their sharing endorsements, Beier and Rosales have yet to team up and run as a pair against Worthington and seek to be the second choice of each other’s supporters. “I haven’t done that. All I am thinking about is the 50-plus-onevote to win on the first go around,” said Beier.▼

mation, a discovery of parts of myself I didn’t realize I had,” he said. “It’s had an incredible effect. I feel like I’ve reclaimed some of my manhood. I’m definitely a queen at times, but I feel I can protect myself and I feel healthy. I just feel really good and self-confident.” And he found like-minded souls in training. “They’re good friends of mine and everyone’s at different levels,” he said. “They see my form and give me tips on what I could try.” Deciding they wanted to get more people involved in the sport as well as to work to get boxing added to future Gay Games, they formed the San Francisco Gay Boxing Club. Currently the club has 10 members, including one woman and one transgender man. Last weekend they formalized plans to hold an open house and began discussions of next steps, such as filing for nonprofit status. The open house will be Saturday, September 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 96 Lafayette Street in San Francisco. For more information on the organization, visit▼

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eight-year tenure at HRW, Long occasionally sparked controversy. In June, HRW issued an apology to British gay leader Peter Tatchell for what HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth called Long’s “inappropriate and disparaging comments” about Tatchell in recent years.

González Guzmán, son of Jalisco Governor Emilio González. The Supreme Court also ruled that same-sex marriages and adoptions by married gay couples that take place in Mexico City must be recognized in all 31 of Mexico’s states.

Gays, Catholics clash in Guadalajara

Thousands march in Dublin for same-sex marriage

Gays and Catholics clashed outside the Roman Catholic cathedral in Guadalajara, Mexico, on August 21 and 22 after Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez called gays “faggots” (“maricones”) and accused Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of bribing the Mexican Supreme Court to uphold Mexico City’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption. Hundreds of LGBT people staged protests and hundreds of Catholics formed what one local report called “a human shield” to protect the church. “Honestly, I was worried that they would damage the building, throwing things at it or matters of that sort,” said cathedral defender Emilio

Several thousand people marched in Dublin, Ireland, August 22 demanding legalization of same-sex marriage and denouncing the nation’s new same-sex-partnership law for conferring a second-class status. The march, from City Hall to the Justice Department, was organized by the LGBT activist group Noise. Organizers said the gay community cannot be pacified with a separate system because that does not create equality.▼

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helped me acclimate to the city and meet new people.” “I also feel that being fortunate enough to win an award can help boost your profile among LGBT journalists who work in the mainstream space. There’s a lot of mainstream journalists who simply don’t have time to keep track of all the material that’s coming from LGBT outlets, but when they see that you’ve won an award from NLGJA, it helps implant your name in their mind,” she added. Randy Gener of American Theatre magazine has been named NLGJA’s Journalist of the Year for 2010.

and includes people from radio and TV, and from LGBT publications. People from gay publications “are now really full-fledged, active members in the organization, and that was not really true right away,” said Colbert, who will be chair of the LGBT Media Summit next year.

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Auden as sung by Cleo Laine. Somewhere in the middle of the lists, I realized that working for Human Rights Watch wasn’t on them.” Long said he likely will pursue a fellowship at Harvard University, from which he received his Ph.D., and write a book “about what’s moral and what’s immoral about ‘international solidarity,’ and what’s worked and what hasn’t in campaigns for sexual rights.” Colleagues praised Long’s work. “Scott’s exemplary dedication and diligence has been an inspiration to us all,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and a member of HRW’s LGBT Advisory Committee. “His articulate and relentless defense of LGBT rights everywhere is unparalleled, and his tremendous efforts on this front have been a guiding voice for justice and equality.” In addition to amassing a long list of accomplishments during his

Cynthia Laird contributed to this report.

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41-ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE AUG 26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032974500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Canine Trade Group, 137 Buchanan Street,San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Johan Van Oldenbarneveld. 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 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032975000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Mission Cafe and Deli, 5457 Mission Street,San Francisco, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Po Ka Yim. 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 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032955900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Best In Tension, 999 Sutter Street, First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Peter James Donovan. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/07/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco,CA on 08/09/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032962600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Academie De Cuisine Catering, 825 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 416, San Francisco, CA 94109-7891. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed David Owen. 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 08/11/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010

STATEMENT FILE A-032964500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.TSHIRTS260, 2,ITAGAPPAREL, 425 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Robert Jaron. 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 08/11/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032962100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as BeiJing Restaurant 2, 3925 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Quansheng Jin. 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 08/11/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032974000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Kingston Recruitment, 339 Crescent Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, signed David Kingston. 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 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032973900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Thanh Long, 4101 Judah Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Monique An. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/17/71.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032973800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Crustacean, 1475 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, signedMonique An. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/17/91.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032974100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Jenny Moore Interior Design,2395 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Martha Jeanette Mudter. 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 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICTNOTICE TO PROPOSERS - GENERAL INFORMATION EXTENSION OF TIME FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT (“District”), 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California, has extended the proposal submission date for proposals to provide consulting services forBART'S Regional AntiTerrorism and Integrated Law Enforcement System,Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 79HP120, with proposals due by 2:00 PM local time, Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Proposers may request a copy of the Request for Proposals (electronic or hard copy) by directing an email to Gary Leong, Contract Administrator, email address: The email request shall include the following information: company name, address, city, telephone number, fax number and designate a contact person and their email address. The email request for the RFP will automatically place each Proposer on a registry to receive any addendum(s) and other document(s) that may be issued under the RFP. Any addendum(s) or other document(s) that may be issued under the RFP will be transmitted to all persons who have requested the RFP through the Contract Administrator in a manner that provides verification of receipt. Firms that have received the RFP from sources other than directly from the Contract Administrator are required to register with the Contract Administrator, as described above, for their proposals to be considered responsive. Proposals received from firms that did not register with the Contract Administrator, as described above, to receive the official RFP and other documents, may be considered non-responsive. The District will not accept proposals that are submitted by email or by facsimile. For any additional information regarding this project, please call the District's Contract Administrator, Gary Leong, (510) 287-4717. Dated at Oakland, California this 26th day of August 2010. Jacqueline R. Edwards for Kenneth A. Duron, District Secretary San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District 9/2/10 CNS-1935816# BAY AREA REPORTER

STATEMENT FILE A-032976200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Rocker Guitars,1350 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed John Rocker. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/26/96.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/17/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03296560 The following person(s) is/are doing business as PCI, 855 La Playa Street,#159, San Francisco, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Ludek Polcak. 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 08/12/10.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS BUSINESS NAME: #0313551-00 The following persons have abandoned the use of the ficticious business name known as China Gate Gifts, INC.,531 Grant Avenue San Francisco, CA 94108. This business was conducted by a corporation, signed Jacqueline Ong. The ficticious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 08/07/08.

AUG. 19,26,SEPT. 2,9, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032978700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Chrystee’s Janitorial Service, 471 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Christie Mohamed. 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 08/19/10.

AUG. 26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-032981100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Barnyard Butcher, 866 Jamestown Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, signed James Barnes. 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 08/20/10.

AUG. 26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298450 The following person(s) is/are doing business as My ERPA, 2236 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Karl E. Breice. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/23/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/23/10.

AUG. 26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010



The following person(s) is/are doing business as Grand Finishes, 336 Claremont Blvd. #5, San Francisco, CA 94127. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Matthew Nikitas. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/92.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/24/10.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Core Financial Group Investment and Insurance Services, 101 Montgomery Street,Suite 1300,San Francisco, CA 94104. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Brandon Au. 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 08/19/10.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as Downtown Parking, 1125 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Victor Van Tien. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/10/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/10/10.

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AUG. 26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03297760 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Bay Equity Assets Management, 229 N. Lake Merced Hill, San Francisco, CA 94132. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Sam Raiter. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/18/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/18/10.

AUG. 26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298540 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Saidyan Martial Arts System, 150 Greenwich Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Sydney Saidyan. 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 08/23/10.

AUG. 26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010 STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO FILE # CNC - 10 - 547103 In the matter of the application of Sarah Elizabeth Berrin for change of name and gender. The application of Sarah Elizabeth Berrin for change of name and gender having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application that Sarah Elizabeth Berrin filed an application proposing that his/her name be changed to Sebastian Everett Berrin and his/her gender be changed from female to male. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Room 218 on the 28th day of October, 2010 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name and gender should not be granted

AUG. 26,SEPT. 2,9,16, 2010

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Kwok Shing Hong, 1150 Thomas Avenue,San Francisco,CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed David Cheung. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/04.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/23/10.

STATEMENT FILE A-03298940 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Bay Cities Construction,791 29th Avenue,San Francisco, CA 94121. This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Michael Arwin. 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 08/24/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298820 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Waxing 4 Men, 660 Market Street,Suite 219,San Francisco, CA 94104. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Steven F. Crovo. 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 08/24/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298990 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Elsewhere Fibers, 1159 Fell Street,San Francisco, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Teresa A. McFarland. 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 08/25/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298620 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Adrian Bonilla Hair Design, 300 Divisadero Street,San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Adrian Bonilla. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/23/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/23/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03295860

STATEMENT FILE A-03299340 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Architecture & Light, 60 Brady Street,San Francisco, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a general partnership, signed Darrell Hawthorne. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/15/96.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/26/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03299920 The following person(s) is/are doing business as The Blue Chair Studio, 215 Noe Street,San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Jesus Marez. 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 08/30/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03299940 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Noble Management, 600 Polk Street,San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Derek Bonner. 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 08/30/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03299780 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Tataki South, 1740 Church Street,San Francisco, CA 94131. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Kenneth Zhu. 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 08/30/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03299850 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Supportive Spaces, 80 Austin Street,San Francisco, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Patricia O’Neil. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 08/30/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/30/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010

The following person(s) is/are doing business as Pack Works, 948 Folsom Street,San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Noah Goy. 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 08/10/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298950 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Poquito, 2368 Third Street,San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Richard Vila. 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 08/24/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03299660 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Snicklefritz, 716 Hampshire Street,San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, signed Kristie Koehler. 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 08/30/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03299950 The following person(s) is/are doing business as Sweet Lime Restaurant, 2100 Sutter Street,San Francisco, CA 94115. This business is conducted by a corporation, signed Thasanee Ruthaiwat. 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 08/30/10.

SEPT. 2,9,16,23, 2010 STATEMENT FILE A-03298910 The following person(s) is/are doing business as 1.Emac Home Loans, 2.LockDesk,, 88 Kearny Street,3rd Floor,San Francisco, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, signed Brett McGovern. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/01/10.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco ,CA on 08/24/10.

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Fall preview in films & television

Dream a little dream

Comic adds gay man

Oscar contenders open in art-film cinemas; some new beginnings on the lavender tube.

Touring version of ‘Dreamgirls’ opens at SF’s Curran Theatre.

‘Archie’ comics artist Dan Parent draws Kevin Keller.

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Vol. 40 . No. 35 . 2 September 2010

From Reclamations, photograph by Steven Miller..

Courtesy of SF Camerawork

What’s up at the galleries this fall? by Sura Wood

he fall theater previews that appear annually on these pages have at times been massaged and manipulated to assure that at least one upcoming production from the major theaters makes it into one of the categories devised for that year: promising solo shows, new musicals, star turns, etc. This year, the shows don’t fall so easily into categories, but most theater schedules are sufficiently endowed that there’s no need to get out the WD-40 to force a mention. So, looking ahead theatrically until the end of the year, the theaters themselves will be the categorization, a new policy that I will immediately undercut on the first entry. The Brother/Sister Plays The policy exception is demanded by the unique unrolling of three plays that make up rising-star Tarell Alvin McCraney’s trilogy. For the first time in Bay Area theatrical history, three major theaters will each present one play in the trilogy as part of its respective season. The young, gay, African-Amer-

T Courtesy Marin Theatre Company

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What’s coming to Bay Area stages?

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, author of The Brother/ Sister Plays, which will roll out at three Bay Area theaters.


Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful. The LA-based artist aims both barrels at American culture, from gun worship, violence and unbridled capitalism to neuroses surrounding gender, sexuality and attainment of beauty by whatever means necessary. Buckingham has a background in advertising, and his latest show of deceptively simple found-metal sculptures grabs its title from a 1980s shampoo commercial, borrows lines from films, rock songs and generic pornography, and subverts phrases that have infiltrated the media-saturated American psyche for his own purposes. Sept. 2-Oct. 2. Cartoon Art Museum Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. Who says women aren’t funny? The 18 cartoonists in this show, many of whom have never had their orig-



by Richard Dodds

ican playwright’s rich, textured dialogue got him noticed in a big way in The Brother/Sister Plays at the New York Public Theatre in 2009, with its three loosely related tales set in the Louisiana bayou. Marin Theatre Company launches the first part of the trilogy Sept. 9-Oct. 3 with In the Red and Brown Water, the story of a young woman who must decide between family and an athletic career. The Magic Theatre opens its season with The Brother Size, Sept. 9-Oct. 17, in which an older brother tries to set a sibling straight, a goal complicated when a friend reappears enticing the younger brother with both gifts and the suggestion of gay passion. Gay themes are more overt in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, running at ACT Oct. 29Nov. 21. It’s the gay coming-of-age story of the title character, who is euphemistically considered “sweet” by friends and family.


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ual and queer people living off the land; gender warriors of color; a radical queer-activist prison break; body image, gay marriage, open relationships and a send-up of an omni-sexual self-help commune are among the subjects addressed. Sept. 9-Oct. 23. Scenius Gallery The Englyph Project: Music Studio. In his latest installation, conceptual digital artist Tim Roseborough keeps on keeping on, reinventing himself as the “World’s First Art Rapper.” Here Roseborough, a queer multidisciplinary wizard with an uncanny knack for tapping into the subterranean cultural zeitgeist, frames popular music in the context of fine art, turns the gallery into a free-form sound lab, and proclaims the arrival of a new hip-hop star in the firmament. Oct. 19-Nov. 9. Cain Schulte Contemporary Art David Buckingham: Don’t

alleries remain the best bet for discovering adventurous art and taking the pulse of the modern art world. Unlike museums, galleries aren’t required to appeal to mass tastes; they can afford to exhibit riskier projects, and we are the happy beneficiaries. Check out a brief survey of Bay Area offerings this fall. SF Camerawork Suggestions of a Life Being Lived. Working in photography, film and video, 16 artists reach beyond the boilerplate issues of sexual identity and coming-out narratives to explore queerness as a set of political alliances. The show revolves around several major themes and areas of investigation: the public sphere as a site and opportunity for protest, education and affection; the formation of communities, real or imagined; utopian worlds and self-determination; struggles for justice and against police brutality; the lives of a nomadic tribe of transsex-

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Fall guys by Roberto Friedman or your September delectation, Brazilian model Marcello poses for photographer Steven Underhill. He’s a harbinger of the upcoming fall season in the arts! So we were visiting SF’s Museum of Performance & Design in the Veterans Building to see Toy Theatres: Worlds in Miniature, a modest exhibit of 21 rare toy theatres dating from the 18th century to the present, drawn from seven different countries. It’s a cute little show, and it reminded Out There to mention an exciting exhibition coming to the MPD this fall. We’ll let the press release set the stage. “Few plays of the last 50 years have had the staggering worldwide impact of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. In celebration of the play’s 20th anniversary, the MPD will mount More Life! Angels in America at 20, opening this coming Nov. 6. “Angels in America was commissioned and premiered by SF’s Eureka Theatre Company and produced to mounting acclaim at LA’s Mark Taper Forum and London’s National Theatre. The play burst onto Broadway in 1993, winning multiple Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. An unlikely blockbuster, the seven-hour epic in two parts (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) took audiences on a dizzying journey from New York to Heaven and everywhere in-between, following a group of unforgettable characters as they grappled with AIDS, identity, community, love, death, and transcendence in Reagan-era America. “Organized by MPD curator of exhibitions O UT Brad Rosenstein, More Life! will immerse visitors in the magical world of the play, tracing it from its earliest development in Kushner’s notebooks to its premiere in SF, from its triumphs in London and on Broadway to the HBO film, the opera, and the brand-new Signature Theatre production in NYC, which begins performances this month. The exhibition boasts original costumes, props, manuscripts, video clips, photos, designs, and other rare memorabilia from key productions of Angels, as well as new audio and video interviews conducted especially for the exhibition with many of the play’s creators and participating artists.


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Brazilian model Marcello in SF. “Playwright Kushner will be present for the exhibition’s gala opening in November, and will participate in a public conversation with curator Rosenstein during the opening weekend. The show’s five-month run will be accompanied many related events, including conversations with artists involved with the play, lectures, screenings, and live performances. Visit the museum online at for more info.”


September songs

Our ears’ unquenchable thirst for new music has been slaked lately by listening to the new album from inventive jazz pianist Jason Moran, Ten (EMI), playing with Tarus Mateen on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. Moran both composes and covers, and can take a classic like “Crepuscule with Nellie” by the great Thelonious Monk, and make it something new. He also performs to perfection “To Bob Atel of Paris” by the late great jazz artist Jaki Byard, and works by composers Conlon Nancarrow and Leonard Bernstein (his blues “Big Stuff ”). Even given Moran’s postmodern sensibilities, it was pleasantly surprising to hear the honky-tonk refrains of “Nobody” running through

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the track “Old Babies.” We prize our recording of Johnny Cash crooning, “Well, I ain’t never done nothin’ to nobody,/ I ain’t never got nothin’ from nobody, no time./ And until I get something from somebody, sometime,/ I don’t intend to do nothin’ for nobody, no time!” There’s some double, triple and quadruple negatives for you! There’s nothing but positives attached to the upcoming release of the San Francisco Symphony’s CD of Mahler’s Songs with Orchestra (Sept. 14). Music director Michael Tilson Thomas and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham perform Rückert-Lieder; the SFS and baritone Thomas Hampson perform Songs of a Wayfarer; and the album closes out the Symphony’s multiple award-winning Mahler recording cycle, just in time for the 150th anniversary of his birth. How’s that for impeccable timing? PS. Congrats go to erstwhile SF artist Scooter LaForge, now residing in the East Village, who was chosen as the exclusive artist to design the Castro Street Fair Logo and sell limited edition T-shirts from his collection this October. PPS. Correction: Last week’s story “SF Fringe Fest: a gay riot” carried an incorrect photo credit for the photo of Ryan Hayes (Boys Together Clinging), which should have been credited to Joshua Smith. We regret the error.▼

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Sleeping around by David Lamble he People I’ve Slept With A brave idea executed by a talented, sexy ensemble proves a winner for Quentin Lee, who returns to making bold films that break the mold for queer characters. In 2000, Lee fractured the standard prettyboy relationship breakup with three possible futures for his footloose hero in Drift; 2004’s Ethan Mao took a risky approach to a home-invasion robbery by a pair of star-crossed young lovers. In People I’ve Slept With (written by Koji Steven Sakai), Lee hands the standard slutty-boy role to a cagey young Asian woman whose dance card is so full she resorts to remembering her one-night boyfriends with a series of photos reproduced

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Karin Anna Cheung and Wilson Cruz in The People I’ve Slept With.

in baseball-card format, complete with penile stats. Much of the credit for this sassy piece’s charm lies with a self-assured performance by Karin Anna Cheung as the sex-loving Angela Yang. Angela, who narrates a video letter to her young son, is deliciously unrepentant about her gaggle of lovers until she discovers she’s pregnant and is temporarily shamed by her conservative sister, Juliet (Lynn Chen), into finding and marrying the birth-father. The proceedings are enlivened by veterans Wilson Cruz as Angela’s gay best friend Gabriel, and Flower Drum star James Shigeta as a proverb-spouting dad who’s dating women younger than his daughters. Rane Jameson excels as a dreamyeyed boyfriend Gabriel almost lets slip away. This off-beat comedy keeps surprising through dueling wedding vows and a madcap visit to the maternity ward. On a visit to San Francisco, director Quentin Lee and lead actor Karin Anna Cheung discussed their movie’s unique comic point of view. Quentin Lee: We wanted the movie to be about the gay roommate as well as Karin’s character, so who comes to mind but Wilson Cruz? Karin Anna Cheung: Having grown up in a very conservative environment, I know a lot of people have preconceptions of gay men, and we wanted to show a gay character who does fall in love and does get serious about commitment, and the heartache he has to go through to try and make the relationship work. David Lamble: I loved how Angela does the very guy thing of using a Polaroid camera to make baseball cards with penile stats of each of her ex-partners.

Cheung: Koji Steven Sakai, our writer, remembers a girlfriend of his who did this. It is interesting in our story to have a woman do what a man would ordinarily do. Lee: In some way it’s a gay idea, too, because it is about drag: putting sex and gender roles into play. That’s why drag is powerful. Cheung: Also, our film says it’s okay to be who you are, and maybe my character has a little bit of gay male inside of me, and drag in me, too. Lee: The level of sexuality in the movie is very playful – more sexy than sexual – that’s where we were trying to go, that sex can be playful and fun. (Opens Friday.) Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child If you thought Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat, with its provocative undressing of the troubled man-child painter who briefly set the New York art-world ablaze before succumbing to a heroin overdose, was all you needed to hear about Jean Michel Basquiat, docmaker Tamra Davis says hold on a minute. Using his words and his art – labeled bebop-influenced neo-expressionism or gutter punk – Davis resurrects the relevance of a black artist pioneer whom she considered a friend. The film highlights the special, almost father-son relationship

that developed between Basquiat and his chief mentor, Andy Warhol, stressing how Warhol’s unexpected death contributed to sending the young artist into what proved to be a fatal tailspin. For queer viewers, it’s especially poignant to realize what an incredibly attractive, assertive and articulate person the young Basquiat was – a veritable human shooting star who shone brightly if briefly over the 1980s downtown Manhattan art scene. (Opens Friday.) The Cockettes San Francisco doc-makers David Weissman and Bill Weber chronicle the moment when a hell-raising troupe of gender-benders made a brief if snazzy stand. These ladies (technically, nine guys and three gals) ruled for an alltoo-brief but fabulous time (bridging the Summer of Love and the Harvey Milk era). Appearing onstage during intermission for the Palace Theatre’s Nocturnal Dream Show during North Beach’s last stand as a gay Mecca, the Cockettes’ Les Ghouls (on a bill with Night of the Living Dead) or Pearls over Shanghai (with costumes stolen from the Peking Opera) appealed to the drag-n-acid crowd. Remembered chiefly for having spawned disco drag diva Sylvester, in their time the Cockettes led the West Coast version of Andy Warhol Nation. Appealing to a crowd of taste-setters as diverse as Truman Capote and John Waters, in 1971 the Cockettes sought to take New York by storm with their alldrag revue Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma. Stepping out of a limo lent them by Marlene Dietrich, the Cockettes were a Big Apple bomb. Rex Reed sighed, “My God! This is worse than Hiroshima.” Weissman and Weber have assembled the troupe’s surviving members and painstakingly sifted through thousands of photos, film clips and live stage recordings to provide a unique glimpse of an era that still provides inspiration for today’s pop-driven dreams. The Cockettes captures the giddy time when glamour and attitude ruled, and a passion for dead animal skins and fur was not politically incorrect. (Roxie, Sept. 7-9) Lebanon War vet Samuel Maoz sticks us inside an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) tank as four sweaty, grumpy soldiers roll into danger during the 1982 war in Lebanon. Maoz blends the claustrophobic anti-war message of the German sub thriller Das Boot with an even more insidiously despairing view of young men unraveling under fire. His film shows how the oddly egalitarian nature of the IDF can actually make life in a rolling, armored roach motel all the more intolerable because it’s harder to blame higher-ups for your fate. Maoz doles out snippets of black humor, such as the painted mural of the twin towers on the ruined walls of a Lebanese travel agency. The director explains the peculiar mindset of his generation, sometimes referred to in Israel as the


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Soul sisters he acronym LED, for lightemitting diode, did not trip off our tongues when Dreamgirls first opened on Broadway in 1981, but when the LED panels that comprise the scenery of the touring Dreamgirls at the Curran first began to glow, the opening-night audience responded with applause. And a curiously retro use of the new-fangled technology later in the show, to project a kind of Busby Berkeley/June Taylor Dancers routine set to a hard R&B rhythm, also got a hand. But anachronisms be damned. Dreamgirls is still light-emitting dynamite. Director Robert Longbottom’s production, which premiered at the Apollo Theatre last year before hitting the road, maintains much of the propulsive energy of Michael Bennett’s original, and, yes, those panels help sustain the seamless movements – even if there are times that eyes want something more tangible than flashing lights (or the dark side of the panels that resemble prison bars). But in their spareness, they showcase William Ivey Long’s dazzling costume cavalcade that can astonishingly quick-change affairs. Tom Eyen’s book is itself a marchof-time enterprise, starting in 1962


and hurtling to 1975 as it chronicles the racial integration of popular music through a group loosely based on the Supremes. Payola, backstabbing, romance, family, ambition, and fame are among the topics addressed in broad, yet recognizably honest, strokes that only get muddled in the middle of the second act. Eyen also wrote the lyrics to Henry Krieger’s music, which is both sung in character exchanges and as onstage pastiche of Motown and R&B sounds, not only suggesting the Supremes but also the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, James Brown and others. Not all of it is distinguished, but it generally drives the story, and then there’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Yes, the song has been way overdone on TV talent shows, but when the first chords start rumbling, it’s hard not to still get chills. It’s sung by Effie White, ousted from the Dreams and dumped by her boyfriend, and the current Effie, Moya Angela, must follow in the hallowed memories left by Jennifer Holliday on Broadway and Jennifer Hudson in the movie. Hooray for Moya, for she knocks the song out of the ballpark. She’s fine, too, in her dramatic scenes and in her other two big songs: “I Am Changing” (which her troubled character does with astonishing alacrity) and

Joan Marcus

by Richard Dodds

A young girl group (Syesha Mercado, Moya Angela, and Adrienne Warren) sings backup to Chester Warren’s James “Thunder” Early in a new production of Michael Bennett’s 1981 musical Dreamgirls.

“Listen,” a power duet of reconciliation between Effie and Deena Jones that has been brought in from the movie. Syesha Mercado is fine as the more photogenic Deena Jones, the Diana Ross stand-in who takes over the role of lead singer from Effie in

Grand revue by Richard Dodds hen musical director Joe Wicht tells Darlene Popovic how honored he is to be playing piano for her first gig since she came out of retirement, she shoots him a look that could kill. “I’m not retired,” she says icily. “I’m Equity.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I suspect it has something to do with a dearth of jobs for those who hold union cards. The uncarded folks come cheaper. Whatever the case, it seems our Popovic sightings have become rarer, and that’s a shame. But shame is on holiday, at least through Sept. 11 at New Conservatory Theatre Center, as Popovic puts her pipes and personality on display in How Lucky Can You Get? That’s also the title of a song John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote for the movie Funny Lady, and Kander and Ebb are the folks being feted in the new cabaret show. Popovic sings 22 Kander and Ebb songs, from their hits, including Cabaret and Chicago, and such alsorans as 70, Girls, 70 and Steel Pier. But whether familiar or obscure, Popovic has a way of making them her own. This veteran performer has a natural sense of humor that comes across in the songs, except when she wants to tug at heartstrings, which she can do equally well. Her best talent may be her ability to make the songs feel like conversations with the audience. Director F. Allen Sawyer, himself a veteran of the musical revue form, has helped Popovic structure the act and contribute to the often self-deprecating patter between songs. On opening night, she stumbled around some of the words, a condition likely to repair itself, and when she lost a

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“Lebanon generation”: “Some of our parents and teachers came from the German camps, and they were totally unstable. I can remember my teacher, with the number on her arm, shouting hysterically in the class that we need to fight for our country, we need to die for it, because everybody wanted to termi-

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Performer Darlene Popovic.

lyric in a song, she easily and humorously righted herself. Most all of the songs have something to recommend them, but if I have to pick favorites, one is from the most-famous list and the other from the most-obscure column. The latter is the incredibly saucy “Everybody’s Girl” from the short-lived Steel Pier. The former is “New York, New York,” but you haven’t ever heard it like this. In tribute to the Eastern European grandmother who raised her, Popovic sings it in Serbian, and if there are more syllables than notes to hold them, that doesn’t stop the singer. “On with the show” is an appropriate motto for the performer known to friends simply as Dar.▼ How Lucky Can You Get? will run at New Conservatory Theatre Center through Sept. 11. Tickets are $20$28. Call 861-8972 or go to

nate us. We were normal boys who didn’t feel that everybody wanted to terminate us. But we were in a way brainwashed. So in the 80s, to come back from war with your two hands, two legs, 10 fingers, without any burn-marks on your skin, and to complain that you had problems inside of you, it was almost unforgivable. They said, ‘Be thankful you weren’t in the camps.’ We hated the camps because they used to use them against us.” (Now playing.)▼

the Dreams. Adrienne Warren provides touches of comic relief as Lorrell, the somewhat ditzy third member of the Dreams. The men in their lives are not always so clearly distinguished as characters, though there’s no confusion about Chester Gregory’s wildly entertaining turn as James

“Thunder” Early, whose clearest prototype is James Brown. And there is a power, of a sinister sort, in Chaz Lamar Shepherd’s performance as the Dreams’ Svengali. One last word on the LED panels. They save on some casting challenges. For one thing, they can suggest a larger cast than is really present, as programmed silhouettes of performers are merged with real-life counterparts. And the plot-driven requirement to show a white singing group covering one of the blackoriginated songs dispenses with actual Caucasian casting. The prim and perky singers merely become an assemblage of points of light. Let’s just hope that the LED technology doesn’t become LEAD – as in a Let’s Eliminate Actors Device.▼ Dreamgirls will run at the Curran Theatre through Sept. 26. Tickets are $30-$99. Call 512-7770 or go to


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Archie Comics dives into gay waters by David Alex Nahmod


I see Kevin as the redblooded American boy who just happens to be gay.” – ‘Archie’ comics artist/writer Dan Parent. The freshman outing is titled Isn’t it Bromantic?, and it’s as much about the budding friendship between Kevin and straight Jughead as it is about Veronica’s futile chase. In an amusing plot twist, everyone figures out – and casually accepts – Kevin’s

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eronica Lodge got her longoverdue, well-deserved comeuppance on Sept. 1. That’s when the spoiled, poor little rich girl met Kevin Keller, the new boy in town. It was love at first sight, but only for Veronica. Kevin has his eye on another guy! Kevin Keller is the latest character to be added to the popular, longrunning comic book franchise Archie Comics. Archie artist/writer Dan Parent explains how the character came to be. “It all started in an editorial meeting when I was coming up with ideas for future Veronica stories. I liked the idea of Veronica chasing after an unattainable guy, and thought Kevin being gay made him truly unattainable! When the editors at Archie liked the idea, the story was a go!”

sexuality fairly quickly. Everyone except poor, lovesick Veronica, who’s convinced she’s found the man of her dreams! “I’ll make a deal with you,” she

Archie artist/writer Dan Parent.

tells longtime rival Betty. “I’ll back off Archie if you back off Kevin.” “Sure!” says a gleeful Betty, with a roll of her eyes. In an amusing if brief interlude, Kevin indicates the ongoing love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica. “What’s up with those three?” he asks. “They give love a bad name,” laughs Jughead. “I see Kevin as the red-blooded American boy who just happens to be gay,” says Parent. “I’m not really

trying to make a social statement – if anything, just that Riverdale is a diverse and welcoming town.” Parent assures readers that while Kevin’s sexuality will be an open book, hot-button issues might be avoided. “We’ve tackled race and social issues before, but in the context of entertaining stories, not to knock anyone over with a social message. We don’t want to offend anyone, but since the positive reaction has been probably 95%, I think there are more readers who want Kevin in our books.” The Archie gig is exactly what Parent wanted. “I came to work for Archie when Victor Gorelick, our editor-in-chief, was looking for talent at the art school I was attending in Dover, NJ. I did some samples and started working for the company right after I graduated, and I’ve been here ever since! I was a huge Archie fan growing up, so this was definitely a dream come true.” Parent promises that Kevin Keller will be an ongoing character. “He’s just got his foot in the door, so now we’ll have fun as he settles into Riverdale life. And he still has a lot of the gang to meet. Keep an eye on the Veronica books to find out.”▼ Kevin Keller first appears in Veronica #202, just released ($2.99). Info:

Campers’ delight by Robert Julian Theater Geek by Mickey Rapkin; Free Press, $25

uthor Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ magazine, is either a huge fan of Glee or a member of NAMBLA. Only such a writer could check himself into a performing arts summer camp for a three-week stay in order to create a book. Rapkin’s odyssey has given birth to Theater Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor, the Premier Performing Arts Camp. Since 1975, aspiring young actors and writers have been shipped away to the Catskills for an intensive experience creating live theater. A three-week stay at Stagedoor now costs $5,000 per student. For their tuition, attendees between the ages of 10 and 18 receive technical training from professional teachers and the experience of producing 13 plays in each threeweek session. The legendary Stagedoor Manor is the adolescent alma mater of many Broadway and Hollywood luminaries, including Mandy Moore, Zach Braff, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Lee, and Natalie Portman. It was also the inspiration for the 2003 film Camp. In Theater Geek, Rapkin follows three seniors in their final summer at Stagedoor. For each he provides background information as well as a weekby-week description of their journey assaying leading roles in plays like Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Into the Woods. Stagedoor is described as a “postgay” environment where the percentage of gay male students is so high, it’s


not worth discussing. This is only one of the liberating aspects of daily life at Stagedoor – a place where the sportsoriented, aggressively heterosexual ambiance of high school is turned on its ear. The camp’s swimming pool was removed to create an additional theater, and anyone suggesting a game of football, baseball, or soccer is looked upon as almost mentally defective. Here, theater geeks rule, and they love it. Stagedoor’s topsy-turvy world mirrors the insular life of the theater with all its artistic challenges and struggles. For the youngest kids, it

can be their first opportunity to understand that their natural inclinations are normal, and they may be able to hone their skills into a craft that will support and nurture them into old age. Rapkin captures the spirit and determination of students, teachers, and administrators by telling the 35-year history of Stagedoor. His perspective is loving, fresh, and highly entertaining. Parents of aspiring thespians would be wise to provide their children with a copy of this book – but only if they’re prepared to fork over $5,000 and a plane ticket.▼

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What’s coming to the silver screen? by David Lamble he fall season allows Hollywood to showcase the good stuff, quality art-house films with a shot at mainstream appeal. If Oscar retains last year’s 10 slots, one of the following may qualify for a Best Picture nomination. This year, the best of the best features some outstanding queer contenders. All opening dates are subject to change. Howl Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman take some artistic risks and liberties as they embed us inside the mind of a mad homo poet, the 29-year-old Allen Ginsberg, played with saucy élan by quickchange artist James Franco. Slip-sliding between a mesmerizing recreation of Ginsberg’s first public reading of Howl, the obscenity trial of the poem’s publisher, and a direct-address account by Franco as Ginsberg of the Beat Movement’s unique queer/straight chemistry, Epstein and Friedman employ a stellar supporting cast: David Strathaim (as the prosecutor), Mad Men’s Jon Hamm as the brilliant defense attorney Jake Ehrlich, Jeff Daniels, and Mary-Louise Parker. They enhance a blend of fact, fiction and animation, showing how a poem helped launch a culture war. (Sept. 24) The Social Network In the opening of this buzz-generating release from one-time wunderkind David Fincher, socially klutzy, genius-level computer programmer Mark Zuckenberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is having an anxiety attack with his soon-to-be exgirlfriend, Erica (Rooney Mora). The Harvard undergrad pines to flee his nerdy Jewish frat house and join one of his school’s exclusive (and once restricted) social clubs. Erica announces she’s dumping him, provoking Mark into a booze-fueled bout of cyberbullying, hacking into the school’s computers and posting hateful comments about his ex. The blowback inspires a new social paradigm. “People want to go on the Internet and check out pictures of their friends, so why not offer a website that offers pictures and profiles? I’m talking about the entire social experience of college, and putting it online.” The Aaron Sorkin-penned drama cuts between Mark’s eureka moment and the collateral damage of dueling lawsuits filed by his disgruntled former collaborators. The online-published screenplay suggests a volatile mix of Fincher’s curdled satire bordering on nihilistic cynicism (Fight Club) and Sorkin’s fascination with how a partydown generation can rock the world (Charlie Wilson’s War). The movie should provide three boyish studs the chance to refine their game: Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale), Andrew


Howl stars James Franco.

Garfield (Red Riding Trilogy) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog). If you loath the very idea of Facebook, this movie will offer sweet ammunition (the Facebook folks call the rough cut pure fiction). But this burgeoning Internet institution, for all its flaws, may be a model for queerfriendly communication tools. No apparent queer content, but hard R for sex and drug use, including a scene where cocaine is snorted off a teenage girl’s breasts. (Oct. 1) Undertow “I told you never to paint me!” “It was for me, not them.” “Now the whole town knows I’m a fag.” Javier Fuentes-Leon concocts a quixotic ghost story to demonstrate the anguish of a married Peruvian fisherman, trapped between his passion for a male painter and his tiny seaside community’s hatred of anything that rocks their boats. A major hit at Sundance and one of the major crowd-pleasers at this year’s LGBT Film Festival, the cast sizzles with Latin hotties Cristian Mercado and Manolo Cardona. (Sept. 17) My Dog Tulip British humorist J.R. Ackerley’s memoir of the decade and a half he spent all but married to his Alsatian bitch Queenie is the queerest of classic animal stories. Paul and Sandra Fierlinger have applied their Sesame Street technology, a hand-drawn, paperless animation style that produces images with the texture and subtly of watercolor painting, to provide an interactive Ackerley, where the drawings are augmented by the author’s text. They flesh out the story of a gay bachelor, resigned to never finding his human “perfect friend,” who learns to his amusement and chagrin to satisfy a demanding canine companion. (Oct. 15) Hideaway Trust French bad boy Francois Ozon to employ death as an aphrodisiac. Waking up in a hospital

bed following her own close call from tainted heroin, Mousse (Isabelle Carre) discovers that her boyfriend Louis is dead, she’s pregnant with his kid, mom thinks she’s filth and wants the fetus deposed of, and the only soul who gives a damn about her is Louis’ sweet, gorgeous, musician, adopted brother Paul (pop star Louis-Ronan Choisy). The film unfolds in the cloistered rural home of an aging sugar daddy who never appears. Mousse and Paul (who’s queer, and hot for her errand guy) do a delicate dance about the future of their bond and, of course, the kid. (Release date to be announced.) Soul Kitchen Turkish/German auteur Fatih Akin removes the darker hues from his rambunctious take on Hamburg nightlife as his bumbling hero Zinos (the gorgeously disheveled Adam Bousdoukos) screws up every aspect of his greasy-spoon restaurant business. His attempts to move upscale misfire hilariously. Look for a sneaky cameo by Gus Van Sant veteran Udo Kier (My Own Private Idaho). (Sept. 3) The Sicilian Girl Veronica D’Agostino is fiery fine as a teenage survivor of a Sicilian mob vendetta that claims her father and older brother. Writer/director Marco Amenta eschews art-film flourishes to spin a taut, straightforward narrative based on a true story, of the cruel choices faced by Rita Mancuso as she risks the double jeopardy of breaking her clannish village’s hatred of informants. Complements last year’s flashier Gomorrah, detailing the persuasive threat to Italian democracy posed by ruthless drug gangs. (Sept. 17) A Film Unfinished A film everyone (over 21) should see, but one of the hardest docs for anyone to sit through. First-time filmmaker Yael Hersonski explodes myths about life in the Warsaw Ghetto, using original Nazi-commissioned footage. For years, these scenes, of seemly affluent Jews indulging themselves while ignoring unburied corpses and people literally starving at their feet, were shown without the knowledge that they had been carefully staged and shot by a Nazi propaganda unit for a film that was never completed. Each of the four surviving reels, with outtakes providing glimpses of the cameramen, is accompanied by diary readings of those who would soon perish. The entire experience is made all the more excruciating by the presence of now-elderly Ghetto survivors viewing the footage and occasionally getting a terrible glimpse of a longforgotten friend or acquaintance. This unique document gives another horrid glimpse at the truly insidious nature of the Final Solution. (Oct. 1) Nowhere Boy Director Sam Taylor-Wood (a woman) uncovers a lit-

Wonderful chorale by Jason Victor Serinus Choral Music - Eric Whitacre (Naxos)

ven before his YouTube Virtual Choir recording of Lux aurumque (Light of Gold) became an international hit, Nevada-born Eric Whitacre, 40, had become the golden boy of American choral music. The reasons for his fame are abundantly clear on this new budget CD from Naxos. His music, with its easily assimilated, almost otherworldly strangeness and ethereal beauty, touches a deep core within our being. Naxos’ recording with the Elora Festival Singers of Elora, Ontario, under their founder Noel Edison, presents a representative sampling of Whitacre’s work. They include “Sleep,” a mostly soft, haunting journey that comes over you and almost without your knowing inhabits your



every cell, and “Lux aurumque,” which is almost too gorgeous for words. I especially favor a rendition by Cantus, a small, all-male choir headquartered in Minneapolis. The Elora Festival Singers boast a truly radiant soprano section that can easily float the highest notes. They also have wonderful control of dynamics. What they did not have, unfortunately, is an engineer who could capture sufficient detail in St. John’s Church of Elora. The clarity of Polyphony’s marvelous Whitacre recording, Cloudburst and Other Choral Works (Hyperion), is missed. In addition, being forced to access lyrics to eight of the 10 pieces on

Naxos’ website is a drag for anyone not enamored of their hand-held devices. Regardless, the beauty of the performances and the spiritual elevation of Whitacre’s music are selfrecommending.▼

tle-known chapter of pre-Beatle history in this frisky take on a 15-yearold John Lennon and his messy mother issues. We first see the future rock star as little more than a superstar juvenile delinquent, playing the class clown at Liverpool’s middle-class-aspiring

Quarry Bank High School. Raised by his prim and proper Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), John (Aaron Johnson) gets a psychological boost and the gift of a guitar when his sassy birth-mom Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) pops back into his life. This musical drama – penned by Matt Greenhalgh, screenwriter of the awesome Joy Division biopic Control – tracks the tumultuous year when Lennon found his groove, founded the Quarrymen and confronted a family tragedy. (Oct. 8) ▼


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Boys, boys, girls: fall preview Sharpton and their self-important ilk inventing their own news, one can never be sure. h, September, month of new Alas, we’re not anticipating news beginnings! And hopefully reportage or punditry getting any betendings, like the end of the ter with the new fall season. Chrishottest summer on record for most tiane Amanpour has turned out to be of the country. And the end of one nothing like the brilliant trench reof the most reality-driven (and thus porter she was for CNN; she has instuporous) TV seasons in recent stead devolved into a tedious newsmemory. reader at ABC’s This Week. Zzzzz. And In anticipation of the new season This Week was the only Sunday mornon the tube, the networks are wraping show still worth watching. Really, ping up their anniversaries, which if it weren’t for Rachel Maddow and conveniently fall now: five years postJon Stewart, who would be doing ace Katrina, nine years since 9/11, and incommentary? Keith Olbermann has between, a reshuffling of the troops gone the way of Bill Maher and from Iraq and into Afghanistan. Not turned in a John McCain-style bitter to mention a nice little flap with conold guy shaking his fist at the youngservative TV and radio megastar uns on the lawn. The state of news Glenn Beck rallying at the Lincoln and commentary is just so sad. Memorial on the anniversary of MarIf you want some end-of-season tin Luther King’s anti-povertransition excitement, check ty march, and Al Sharpout Spike Lee’s HBO docton doing a counterumentary If God Is Willing rally because “no one is and da Creek Don’t Rise, going to steal the Linhis compelling follow-up coln Memorial.” Oh, to his stunning four-part and don’t forget the documentary series on mosque controversy. Katrina, When the Too bad no one Levees Broke. (Availdecided to march on in DVD and L AVENDER T UBE able the Lincoln Memorpainfully, beautifully ial on the anniverwrought.) If God Is sary of King’s rally Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise is Lee’s and do the same thing he did: talk examination of what has happened in about poverty, unemployment and the five years post-Katrina, and inenfranchisement. It seems we’d have cludes the BP oil spill, naturally. Like to bring Dr. King back from the dead all Lee’s documentary work, it’s mesto get that happening. Maybe somemerizing. HBO seems to have done one could do an HBO series about it? more to remind America of New OrStill, it’s not like news ended with leans and Katrina than any other netthe turn of the calendar page. With work. David Simon’s remarkable seelections coming in November, the ries Treme is one more Emmy-worthy lead-in will be long and arduous on response to Katrina. both sides, with the Tea Party as the There’s not a lot that proposes to new political wild card. It’s hard to be as sublime as a David Simon series imagine that there’s a story beyond in the new fall line-up, however. the economy, but with Beck and

by Victoria A. Brownworth


Daniel Dae Kim, from Lost, will star in the new Hawaii Five-O.

We’ve seen a lot of trailers, some premiere episodes and a plethora of promos, and there isn’t much that knocks our socks off. Just like the Russians have come back as villains in the movies (because at least the Cold War was predictable, which terrorism is not), so has 1970s/80s-style TV fare. The new season has few queers, but more bromance than you can shake a – stick, that’s right, stick – at. The all-boy show with “girls” as collateral damage and window dressing is back with a vengeance. Take that, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives. The prime time soap definitely isn’t over, because where would the CW be without pretty young things in a Gossip Girl-esque soap, but it’s sure been met with testosterone plus. The Defenders, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods and Detroit 1-8-7 are bringing back the boy. Five-O has that luscious Daniel Dae Kim from Lost, the most beautiful man on TV. And for the Viagra set, Blue Bloods brings back Tom Selleck,

with the last really big mustache on the tube. That show also has Donnie Walberg, action-flick tough guy. These shows are all about men with muscle meeting other men with muscle to fight men with muscle while the babes sit on the sidelines. It’s all man-on-man and buddies galore, which really does make one wonder what went on in the pilot-pitch meetings. Because the reward in these shows is just as often a beer with the guys as it is a hot chick for the night. Still, if this is the way the networks are easing into more queer programming, we can’t say we think it’s working. Nevertheless, bromances aside, we highly recommend Detroit 1-8-7, starring Michael Imperioli of Sopranos fame. It’s edgy and crisp and doesn’t have the banter-y element that the other boy shows have. Blue Bloods looks like it could be good but uneven, much like this summer’s Rookie Blue. Franchises have jumped in with both feet for additional time slots. Law & Order dumped the original series but has added Law & Order: Los Angeles (known in the trade as LOLA). This looks suspiciously like CSI: Miami in the trailers: super-saturated color, tough guys and hot babes. The jury is definitely still out on this one. Even the shows that purport to be more mixed, like Fox’s Lone Star, are more about the male action (in that show’s case, a father/son con team) than the subplot of romance (the son has a wife and a mistress). NBC’s Outlaw, starring Jimmy Smits, is another boy show, and follows Fox’s Good Guys in the Friday night, boys-are-athome-watching-TV time slot. NBC’s Undercovers, from J.J. Abrams, is a sexy spy romp with a husband-and-wife team. The leads are all African-American, so let’s see how long this show lasts, particularly as it is the prime-time lead-in for the two L&O shows on Wednesdays, and is vying with Fox’s successful, welldone Lie to Me. We may be ready for a black guy in the White House, but black leads on network TV in prime time that’s not the CW? Time will tell. One show that seems to have a mixed cast and mixed gender strength (but still no queers) is ABC’s The Whole Truth. It’s an L&O-ish drama with some The Good Wife tossed in, but it comes up against two other new shows, The Defenders and LOLA. Perhaps it’s supposed to be for the girls. The big new sitcom from CBS is $#*! My Dad Says, starring William Shatner, who refuses to die, and instead just keeps reinventing himself every couple of seasons. When last we saw Shatner, he was marrying James Spader in the series finale of Boston Legal. Don’t expect any of that semi-gay shenanigans here. Some of the “funny” lines from this bleeping sitcom are: “Stop cleaning, son. We didn’t accidentally kill a hooker,” and, “Was that when you told me my haircut made me look like a lesbian in the Navy?” Male bonding = woman hating. Yeah. CBS has made some declarations this season that fly in the face of what we are seeing on screen. Some will remember that CBS is the network with no queer characters. In all the years of the CSI and NCIS franchises and

Criminal Minds (which has its own spin-off in the works), there have been no queer characters. None. Given that the CSIs are situated in Miami, New York and Las Vegas, that’s pretty difficult to imagine. But CBS is out to rectify this glaring and much-pounced-upon deficit. It’s so glaring even GLAAD noticed it, and of course got the credit for seeing what the rest of us had been commenting on for years. Here’s what CBS had to say: At the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour, CBS’ entertainment president Nina Tassler said a gay character will be added to the new comedy $#*! My Dad Says. Will be added. It’s a new show, has an anti-woman tone, but the network has chosen this vehicle – a sitcom, because queers are always funny – as the place to put a token gay character. After the fact. Oy. Tassler went on to say, “We’re disappointed in our track record so far. We’re going to do it. We’re not happy with ourselves.” Oh, poor you! So this is what CBS is doing: leaving the solid franchises – the three CSIs, two NCISes, Criminal Minds and The Mentalist – all untouched. No adding a queer character to any of those, even though the casts have altered at different points over various seasons and CSI: NY has a new female lead this season (regrettably). But don’t add gay to any of the solid, Top 10 ratings-grabbers. Instead, toss one into the new show. Oh, and queer characters are being added to two other fledgling shows: Alicia’s gay brother will be added to The Good Wife. (Note that TGW already has a bisexual character who uses sex with women to get what she needs for her job.) Then a lesbian surrogate for Jeff and Audrey gets added on the sitcom Rules of Engagement. Because lesbian surrogates are everywhere. Of course, ROE already had a recurrent gay character who was also the show’s only black character, Jackie, but he only lasted for a few episodes last season. Please. There will be a gay contestant on CBS’ Survivor, which will be set in Nicaragua this season, the show’s 21st, with a twist: old vs. young. Of course, the oldest contestant is 40, so it’s not old-old, as Whoopi Goldberg might say. Just stupid-stupid. Out lesbian Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, ER, Big Bang Theory) will be one of the co-hosts on a View-style talk show, The Talk, as the token queer. The show focuses on motherhood (Gilbert has two children with her partner). Of course, CBS kind of screwed up their new pro-queer stance by forgetting to mention Gilbert’s partner when they noted all the other co-hosts’ hubbies. The learning curve at CBS is very steep, as any viewing of Big Brother makes clear. If it’s not flaming, it’s not queer. Speaking of queer, the one solidly queer item this new fall season is Nate Berkus. The interior decorating queen made famous by Oprah will have his own show, The Nate Berkus Show, for all your decorating needs. And to see what a real queer who is not a flamer looks like on the tube. Hallelujah. What does remain queer is the coupling of Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy. After a harrowing near-death experience in last season’s finale, expect the dyke duo to start planning that family that Callie wants so much. We can’t help loving this couple, so we do hope the show doesn’t decide to throw some man into the mix this season. Finally, a queer tidbit emerged from the news this week. When Ken Mehlman came out in the least-surprising queer reveal since Clay Aiken and Rosie O’Donnell, ABC News led with the story. Senior correspondent Jake Tapper noted that the Republicans were changing their stance on same-sex marriage faster than the Democrats. He listed Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Mehlman and other players from the Bush coterie. Stay tuned.▼

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OUT&ABOUT Fri 3 >>

Sat4 >>

Blonde Bombshells @ Castro Theatre

Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, San Rafael

Ten-day festival of classic Hollywood films starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Gloria Grahame, Lana Turner and Dorothy Malone continues. Sept. 3 Some Like It Hot (2:45, 7pm) and My Man Godfrey (1pm, 5pm, 9:20). Sept. 4, Dinner at Eight (2:55, 7pm). Sept. 5, The Misfits and Platinum Blonde. $10. 429 Castro St.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof @ Actors Theatre Tennessee Williams’ acclaimed Southern family drama gets a local production. $26-$38. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru Sept. 4. 855 Bush St. at Mason. 345-1287.

Marin Shakespeare’s outdoor theatre production Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy (set in Egypt) and comedy (re-set with a pirate theme). $20-$35. Fri-Sun 4pm & 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Sept. 26. 1475 Grand Ave. Dominican University campus. 499-4488.

Art & Wine Festival @ Downtown Millbrae 40th annual festive two-day Mardi Grasstyle celebration of wine, art, food, with live music of all kinds, health and wellness displays, microbrewery tastings, and a lot

Don’t Ask @ New Conservatory Theatre Center

The Cockettes

Gay-bor day

by Jim Provenzano

omeone recently commented why “non-gay” events are so often part of the listings I choose for these scant two pages, ignoring the larger array of events online, and the scads of nightlife events on BARtab. Said person was implying that my editorial choices –based on three decades of being a professional homosexual– weren’t “gay” enough. Well, Mary, you’re in luck. This week, while others leave town for Labor Day, there are still plenty of arts events for “the gays” to like. The gays love free stuff and locker rooms. Come to Chaps II, Thursday Sept. 2, for the September issue release party of BARtab at Locker Room. Jock-clad gogo guys dance as you potentially can win gift cards from Good Vibrations and Scissor Sisters concert tickets, both of which the gays like. 9pm-11pm-ish. 1225 Folsom St. Steven Brinberg The gays love Barbra and Broadway hunks. Steven Brinberg, the popular Barbra Streisand impersonator, and David Burnham, the hunky Broadway singer (The Light in the Piazza, Wicked), share the bill at The Rrazz Room, the intimate nightclub which serves strong and delicious cocktails, which, I’m told, the gays who aren’t in AA love. $27.50-$35. 8pm. Sept 2-4 at 9:45pm. Sept 5 at 7pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3398. www.TheRrazzRoom .com The gays love a diva. Dreamgirls, the new touring production of the classic Broadway musical about a Motown girl group’s struggles to the top of pop fame, is now playing at The Curran Theatre. $30-$99. TueSat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 26. 445 Geary St. (888) 746-1799. The gays love a pageant. The Miss Gay Northern California, Friday, Sept. 3 at Suite 181, is the first-ever drag pageant for Northern California, with Cassan- Mercedez Munro dra Cass, Miss Triple Crown Mahlae Balenciaga, Shangela of RuPaul’s Drag Race and celebrity judges. Mercedez Munro and Ginger Snap cohost. $10-$25. 7pm10pm, dancing til 2am. 181 Eddy St. The gays love a hot mess. The Cockettes, David Weissman and Bill Weber’s award-winning documentary about the radical drag theatre ensemble collective, gets a re-screening at the Roxie Theater, with live shows by cast members from the hit Cockettes show revival Pearls Over Shanghai, including Rumi Missabu and composer Scrumbly Koldewyn. $6$10. 7pm & 9:15pm. Sept. 7–9. 3117 Chaka Kahn 16th St. Pink. Gays love it! Pink Days at the San Francisco Zoo celebrate the birth of a few rare Chilean flamingo chicks. Wear pink and get a $1 admission discount. $5.50-$15. 10am-5pm. Sept. 4–6. 1 Zoo Road. 753-7080. The gays practically invented brunch. Dot429’s Brunch at the Adagio Hotel brings LGBT professionals together for networking and mimosas. $35$40. Sept 5. 11:30am-2:30pm. 550 Geary St., penthouse. Pride and more divas? Nous l’aimons! Oakland Pride, a daylong event of exhibits, music, food, drink and community, includes special performances by Chaka Khan and Martha Wash. $5. Sunday, Sept 5. 11am-6pm. 19th St at Franklin.▼



Ben Randle’s sexually-charged psychological drama about a reckless private and his superior officer in Iraq. $22-$40. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level. 861-8972.

The gays also love wieners. Sausalito Art Festival, Fri.; Art & Wine Festival, Sat.

Spiritual Gathering @ SF Spiritual Center Monthly LGBT discussion group about spirituality; meets first Fridays. 7pm9pm. 2118 Hayes St. 831-9437.

Shotgun Players, the creative ensemble behind last year’s hit park play The Farm (a hiphop Animal Farm) brings a new version of The Iliad. $10. 3pm. Sat & Sun thru Oct. 3. Southampton Avenue entrance.

Light in the Piazza @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s acclaimed musical about visitors to Tuscany overwhelmed by the power of love. $19-$67. Tue-Wed 7:30pm. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat also 2pm. Sun 2pm, 7pm. Thru Sept. 19. 500 Castro St. at Mercy, Mountain View. (650) 463-1960.

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

Photographer: Unknown @ Robert Tat Gallery Exhibit of “accidental art” prints by unknown 20th-century photographers. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary St. #211. 781-1122.

Queer Contra Dance @ Humanist Hall, Oakland

Radar @ Trigger

58th annual festival of visual arts of all kinds, with live bands (Jefferson Starship, Modern English, The Fixx, The Tubes, Dave Mason, The Bangles and more), food and drinks. Proceeds benefit Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts group for people with developmental disabilities. (Gala preview party Friday night $150 and up; 5:3011pm; black tie or “Uncensored” attire optional). Festival 10am-6pm thru Sept 6 (till 5pm) 332-3555.

In the Wound @ John Hinkel Park, Berkeley

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

Quentin Lee’s sexy funny film about woman who has to dig through her history of male conquests, with her gay pal (Wilson Cruz) to find the baby daddy. $15. 7pm reception with the director and star. Also Sept. 4, 5:30, 7:30. Sept 5 at 3, 5, 7pm. Sept. 6-9, 5pm, 7pm. 1746 Post St. 525-8600.

Sausalito Art Festival @ Marinship Park

Opening reception for a group exhibit of works by local artists. 12pm-3pm. 134A Golden Gate Ave.

Pastor Tom Show @ KUSF

The People I’ve Slept With @ Viz Cinema

Dan Hoyle (Tings Dey Happen) premieres a new multiple-character solo show based on his road trip to Middle America to explore the profound disconnect in a politically polarized country. $15-$50. Thu-Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Extended thru Nov. 6. 1062 Valencia St. at 21st. (800) 838-3006.

Harvest @ Tenderloin Community Gallery

Word for Word’s stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout short stories, set in a coastal Maine town about a stern math teacher. $20-$40. Wed-Thu 7pm, Fri-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Sept. 26. 450 Florida St. (800) 838-3006.

Charismatic jazz vocalist performs pop and jazz classics. $35. 7:30pm. 2-drink min. Thru Sept. 4. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3399.

The Real Americans @ The Marsh

Giulio Cesare Perrone’s three-person play about religion, science, and historical controversy. $10-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 5pm. Thru Sept. 19. 1802 Fairview St. (510) 698-4030.

Olive Kitteridge @ Z Space

Jok Church @ Magnet

Meet and greet with LGBT journalists in town for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention, 9pm11pm; sponsored by BARtab. Then, enjoy dancing at the trendy Castro nightclub til 2am. 2344 Market St.

Galileo’s Daughters @ Berkeley City Club

Opening reception for an exhibit of the German artist’s retro-futurist collages. 7pm11pm. Exhibit thru Sept. 25. Tue-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun til 6pm. 679 Geary St. 563-1708.

Executive Director of the School of Fashion and designer of costumes for San Francisco Opera’s Aida discusses her work, along with British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. 3:30pm. 491 Post St.

Marlena Shaw @ The Rrazz Room

Local production of the classic Off-Broadway musical about young love and interfering parents. $30-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm. Also Sat 3pm. Thru Sept. 4. 533 Sutter St. at Powell. 677-9596.

Mario Wagner @ Heist Gallery

Gladys Perint Palmer @ Morgan Auditorium

Opening reception for the local longtime gay activist’s dizzying collages of gay subjects, from columnist/socialite Donna Sachet to erotica. Free. 8pm-10pm. All art sales proceeds go to Magnet and the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. Exhibit thru Sept. 4122 18th St. 581-1600.

The Fantastiks @ SF Playhouse

more. Free. 10am-5pm. Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen. (650) 6977324.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year, with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25$80. Wed, Thu 8pm. Fri, Sat 6:30, 9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served; cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. 421-4222.

Bearracuda @ Cat Club Underbear night with optional clothes check means an especially beargasmic dance night, with DJs Dabecy and Medic. $6-$8. 9pm-3am. 1151 Folsom st. at 8th.

Beyond Darkness and Light @ Femina Potens Opening reception for a new exhibit of works by Sonya Genel, Sallie Smith and Silvi Alcivar, each of whom examine the “stained parts of the human condition.” 7pm-10pm. Exhibit thru Sept. 26. Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm. 2199 Market St. at Sanchez.

Disney’s Aladdin @ Julia Morgan Center, Berkeley Berkeley Playhouse’s production of the kidfriendly stage adaptation of the Disney animated film based on the tale about a boy, a princess, a genie and a flying carpet. $15$33. 6:30pm and Fri-Sun at various times thru Sept. 5. 2640 College Ave. (510) 6655565.

LGBT-friendly event, somewhat like square dancing, with live music by Celtic Junction. $10. 8pm-10:30pm. 390 27th St.

RAW Dance @ James Howell Studio Concept Series 7 includes new works by Ledges and Bones Dance Project, Catherine Galasso, Kelly Kemp and Company, Lisa Townsend Company and Laura Bernasconi & Carlos Venturo. Pay-what-you-can. 8pm. Also Sept. 5 at 3pm & 8pm. 66 Sanchez St. at Duboce. 686-0728.

SF Leather Daddy/boy Contest @ SF Eagle 28th annual contest for the dual leather titles. 9pm-12am. 398 12th St. 626-0880.

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

Trouble in Mind @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Alice Childress’ 1955 play within a play about racism in the early Civil Rights movement. $10-$55. Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm. Thru Sept. 26. 2081 Addison St. (510) 843-4822.

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Wicked @ Orpheum Theatre

Eat Our Shorts @ Exit Theatre

RAW Dance at James Howell Studio, Sat.

Mega-hit musical based on the book about the two famous Oz witches as young college roommates. $30-$99. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. Sun 7:30pm. Thru Sept. 1192 Market St. at 8th. $30. 512- 7770.

Guy Writers presents several short gay plays by Andrew Black, Rodney “Rhoda” Clay, Bob Hayden, Tom W. Kelly and Edgar Poma; part of the SF Fringe Festival. $10. 7pm. Also Sept 10, 10pm, Sept. 15 at 8:30pm & Sept 18 at 8:30pm. 277 Taylor St. (800) 838-3006.

Sun 5 >>

Project Bust @ The Garage Resident Artist Workshop showcase of works by Malinda, who examines ideas about femininity and body image. $10-$20. 8pm. Also Sept. 9. 975 Howard St.

Crosscut @ Castro Plaza Local band plays a variety of blues, jazz and original music. Free. 1pm-3pm. Castro St. at Market.

Rosh Hashanah Services @ Herbst Theatre

RJ Muna

Fabled Asp Anniversary @ Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club

Day of entertainment and commemoration for disabled women athletes and musicians. $20-$25. 3pm-6pm. Concert at 4pm. 1650 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. (510) 339-1832.

Tue 7 >> Blue Room Comedy @ Club 93 Weekly adults-only jokes at the divey small bar. 10pm. 93 9th St. at Mission.

The Drag Show @ Channel 29/76

Happy Hour @ Energy Talk Radio

New weekly talk show with local drag performers; Zachary Davenport and Stu Smith cohost. Free (with cable). 7:30pm.

Interview show with gay writer Adam Sandel as host. 8pm.

Outlook Video @ Channel 29 LGBT news show segments on Prop 8, IRS rules for domestic partners, singer Xavier Toscano and East Bay Front Runners. 5pm. Also streaming online.

Gorgeous animated feature about Celtic mythology. $7. Sept 5, 6 at 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15. Sept 7 at 7:15, 9:15. 1727 Haight St. 668-3994.

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

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 Country-Western dancing with lessons. $5. Free clothes check. Beginner lessons at 5:30pm, dancing til 10:30. 550 Barneveld Ave. 820-1403.

Swing-out Sundays @ Rock-it Room Slim Jenkins and other bands play weekly for your same- and opposite-sex swing dancing pleasure. $5 includes a lesson. 8pm-11pm. 406 Clement St.

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

Al “A. Jay” Shapiro @ James Snidle Fine Art

Q Comedy @ Martuni’s Gay comics Nick Leonard, Sandra O. NoshiDi’n’t and hostess Cookie Dough. $5-$16. 8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Queer Ballroom @ Live Art Gallery

Art Auction 10 @ SOMArts Gallery

SF Symphony Gala @ Davies Symphony Hall

The Bowls Project @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Opening night gala, with performances by Jessye Norman performing songs by Duke Ellington. Patrons’ dinner 5:30. Concert 8:30pm. $140, $265, $360 and up. 8646000. 201 Van Ness Ave.

Yoga Classes @ LGBT Center Fun, friendly weekly classes for beginners or experienced, with Bill Mohler. $10-$20. 6:30pm. Also Wednesdays. Room 302, 1800 Market St. at Octavia.

Wed 8 >> Cheryl Bentyne & Mark Winkler @ The Rrazz Room

The Backyard, an exhibit of darkly witty photos of cluttered Queens, New York back yards. Also a garden installation by Deanna Glory. Thru Sept. 30. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 12pm-5pm. 977-0223.

Circus Finelli @ Stage Werx Theatre SF’s all-women clown troupe’s new biweekly show (2nd & 4th Wednesdays), the first being a fine dining-themed comedy act. $10$15. 533 Sutter St.

Don’t Ask at New Conservatory Theatre Center, Fri.

Weekly beginners same-sex dance classes in salsa and other styles. Also swing classes on Wednesdays, Standard ballroom Thursdays, $10 each, $35 for series. 151 Potrero Ave. 305-8242.

Thu 9 >> Large art auction, with food, drink, raffles, and proceeds benefitting the Coalition on Homelessness. $25. 5:30-10pm. 934 Brannan St.

Chris Schiavo @ ArtHaus

Exhibit of original drawings by the late gay erotic cartoonist and creator of Harry Chess and other muscular comic characters. Open run. Also, the Rodney Thompson Estate collection. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Sat 9am-2pm. 1190 Bryant St. 552-0500.

Family and Prisons Project present an exhibit about families of people in prison. Exhibit thru Sept. 11, with other public programs. 934 Brannan St. 863-1414.

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

Singer best known as a member of The Manhattan Transfer performs with the lyricist of Naked Boys Singing in a concert of classic jazz songs. $35. 8pm. Also Sept. 8, 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (866) 468-3398.

Mon 6 >>

What Cannot Be Taken Away @ SOMArts Gallery

Funny Tuesdays @ Harvey’s

Meditation Classes @ Kadampa Buddhist Temple

The Secret of Kells @ Red Vic Cinema

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav holiday celebrations, with Rabbi Camille Shira Angel, Cantor Sharon Bernstein, and the “High Holiday Musical Ensemble. $100$250. 7:30pm. Also Sept. 9 at 9:30am. 401 Van Ness Ave. 861-6932.

Interactive sound sculpture/immersive performance installation by by Bay Area composer Jewlia Eisenberg, with her ensemble, Charming Hostess; an ecstatic investigation of sex, magic and secret desires. Thursday night live performances. Free-$12. Tue-Sat 12pm-8pm. Sun 12pm-6pm. Extended thru Oct. 3. 701 Mission St., Forum and Sculpture Court. 978-2787.

Recycled Re-Mix @ Intersection 5M Eighty-sixed Thirty-threes, a Recology event celebrating 20 years of the artist-recycled materials residencies. Attendees can guestDJ from among hundreds of reclaimed vinyl albums (you know, actual records). $5-$10. 6pm-9pm. 925 Mission St. at 5th.

Suggestions of a Life Being Lived @ SF CameraWork Opening reception for a group exhibit of contemporary photos visualizing queer activism, gay communities, and homos in public spaces, including works by Steven Miller, Killer Banhee Studios, Gay Shame, Kirstyn Russell, Jeannie Simms and others. 5pm8pm. Exhibit Tue-Sat 12pm-5pm thru Oct. 23. 657 Mission St. 2nd floor. 512-2020.

TechnoCraft @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts New exhibit of work subtitled Hackers, Modders, Fabbers, Tweakers, and Design in the Age of Individuality, which includes works in many media by dozens of technicians, artists and designers who remake and revision technology, art and culture. Special evening shows with music groups and shows on various Thursday, Friday eves and Sunday afternoons. $12-$15 Exhibit Thu-Sat 12pm-8pm. Sun 12pm-6pm. 700 Mission St. 978ARTS.

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Sidney June @ Castro Country Club Seeds of Love, the artist’s exhibit of iconic symbol art. Thru Sept. 15. 4058 18th St. www.castro

Ten Percent @ Comcast 104 David Perry’s new talk show about LGBT local issues. New times: MonFri 11:30am & 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30pm.

Digitally restored version of Ken Russell’s over-the-top film adaptation of The Who’s rock opera, starring Roger Daltrey, Tina Turner, Elton John, Ann Margret and a lot of beans. $10. 429 Castro St.

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Tommy @ Castro Theatre

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Donna Sachet with the Bare Chest Calendar’s Mr. April, Arthur, at the Dinner Date Auction last Tuesday night.

Community chests and styled by Isaiah Carter. Popular emcee and International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg had he long-running Bare Chest been the dinner date auctioneer at the Calendar, benefiting Positive Eagle for many years, but easily adaptResource Center and AIDS ed to the new formal format, mainEmergency Fund, received a powerful taining his quick wit and fast-paced infusion of new life with its new Dinbartering skills. Individual dinner date ner Date Auction Gala last Tuesday bidding records were quickly broken night. The Empire Ballroom of the Sir as bids exceeded $1,000, then Francis Drake Hotel was $5,000, and finally hit filled with enthusiastic $16,000 for Mr. January supporters, including Mr. Mark Buckovich! Yes, the SF Leather Lance Holman, auction that night alone Ross Dierking & Jose Guegenerated over $36,000, a vara, Tommy Dillon, Scott credit to the skills of Lenny, the Weiner, Brett Andrews, Scott polish of the calendar models, Brogan & Doug the tremendous Mezzacapo, Petyr generosity of the Kane, and Harry O N T HE T OWN wildly bidding auDenton, and a dience, and copalpable buzz was in chairs of the event, Thom Grant and the air. What for many years had been Mark Hollenstein. a raucous party at the Eagle Tavern The following Friday, Mama Sandy was transformed into an elegant Reinhardt hosted her 10th and final soiree, featuring musical entertainannual Breast Cancer Emergency ment, including an eye-popping drag Fund Event, produced by Mark Palaperformance by Synergy, and a minidini at City Forest Lodge. This event fashion show with casual clothes prohad the feeling of a family reunion as vided by Citizen/Body in the Castro

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Leather and Rodeo title-holders, Imperials and Ducals, and just plain folks of all descriptions joined together in the continuing battle against breast cancer. We caught up with Ray Tilton, Arnel Valle, Barry Rogers, Angelina Josephina & Mike Manicotti, Anna Damiani, Tom Basch, Hector Crawford & Ralph Hibbs, Dean Carrico & Mike Floyd, Carlos Medal, Biff Wilson, Gary Virginia, James Holloway, K.C. Dare, Don Ho Tse, and many others. Most notably, two family members of Faith Fancher, beloved TV newscaster and victim of breast cancer, were in attendance. State Senator Mark Leno presented a proclamation, passionate speeches recognized individual contributions, several singers entertained, the silent auction was extensive, and passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks completed the evening. Saturday’s farewell party for Imperial Crown Princess I Faberge felt much more like an Imperial Family reunion, attended by Emperors Steven Rascher, Jerry Coletti, and Brian Be-


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Coming up in leather & kink >> by Scott Brogan Thurs., Sept. 2: Locker Room Jock Party and BARtab September “Leather & Sex” issue release party at Chaps II, 1225 Folsom Street. Win tickets to the Scissors Sisters concert (Sept. 12 at Oakland’s Fox Theatre), and gift cards from Good Vibrations. 9 p.m. Go to: Thurs., Sept. 2: Underwear Night at the Powerhouse (Dore & Folsom). 10 p.m. Wet undie contest and drink specials. Go to Fri., Sept. 3: TransMission at the SF Citadel (1277 Mission). 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25 admission. Go to: www. Fri., Sept. 3: Pec Night at the Powerhouse, 10 p.m. Show off your pecs for drink specials. Go to Fri., Sept. 3: Jockstraps at Chaps Bar. Go-Go Studs at 11:30 p.m. Lots of hot men into jocks. Free clothes check if you strip to your jock with the SoMa Guardians. DJ Sam LaBelle. Bootblack on duty. 9 p.m.close. Go to: Sat., Sept. 4: SF Leather Daddy’s Boy XXVIII Contest at the SF Eagle Tavern (398 12th St.) 9 p.m.-Midnight. For more info, and to get an application to be a contestant, go to: Sat., Sept. 4: Men in Gear at Chaps Bar. Hosted by Men in Gear. from leather to sports gear to rubber to boots to military to uniforms to Nasty Pig gear, etc. Featuring DJ Six. Bootblack on duty. Go to: Sat., Sept. 4: Photography for Perverts - A Workshop with Master Photographer Charles Gatewood at the SF Citadel. 2-5 p.m. $50 admission. Go to: www.sfcitadel .org.

Sat., Sept. 4: Revolution at the SF Citadel. An open play party takeover for People of Color and their friends, lovers and allies. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Please note special time.) Ticketing on Mission St. starts at 2 a.m. Admission: $25 at the door. Go to: Sat., Sept. 4: Boot Lickin’ at the Powerhouse. 10 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf. Sun., Sept. 5: Castrobear presents Sunday Furry Sunday at 440 Castro. 4-10 p.m. Go to: Sun., Sept. 5: PoHo Sundays at the Powerhouse. DJ Keith, Dollar Drafts all day. Go to Tues., Sept. 7: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30-8 p.m. Go to: Wed., Sept. 8: Busted! at Chaps Bar. This week’s edition: Spanking hosted by Daddy Tony. Starts at 9 p.m. Go to: Wed., Sept. 8: SoMa’s Men’s Club. Every Wed., the SoMa Clubs (Chaps, Powerhouse, Truck, Lone Star, Hole in the Wall, the Eagle) have specials for those who have the Men’s Club dogtags. See your favorite SoMa bar for details. Wed., Sept. 8: Golden Shower Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison), doors open 8 p.m., play til late. Cost: $12 entry (Blow Buddies membership required, $8 for 6 months.) If you like water sports, you’ll love this unique party. Golden Shower Buddies is a private membership club for hot guys into wet play. Get here early, we shut the doors when full. Our dress code encourages sleazy playclothes like leather, rubber, uniforms, jockstraps, spandex, Levis, tank tops, underwear or no wear, buddy. Fragrances are not allowed inside the club. For this wet party, you might want to bring a change of clothes, buddy. Go to: www.blowbuddies .com.

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Sizzling Semites by John F. Karr he Raging Stallion trilogy with two names – Tales of the Arabian Nights, Parts 1 and 2, and Arab Heat, subtitled Tales (etc.), Part 3 – sure turned out well. It makes use of the entire RS family, in an unusual way. Each part of the movie was helmed by a different director. Chris Ward did Part 1; Ben Leon, Part 2; and Tony Dimarco did the part with wayward name. That there’s no disparity of style or content between the parts shows the good planning and unity of Raging Stallion vision. The directors have taken turns doing the accomplished cinematography and editing for each other’s films, and JD Slater has composed the sometimes distractingly jangling music. Arabian wet-dreams are one of Ward’s favorite tropes, springing most Francesco D’Macho, Alexsander Freitas and Aybars, of likely from his taste in men – swarthy, Tales of the Arabian Nights. hairy, and uncut. Though all but two of the 11-man cast of Part 1 are uncut, it’s a trait that actually runs counter to Arab identification. Google any combination of the word circumcision, along with Arab, Muslim, or Islam, and you’ll quickly find that though not mentioned in the Qu’ran, it’s a rite practiced by these cultures, based (in a curious link to Jewish culture) on the covenant with Abraham, whom they consider a prophet of Islam, and the ancestor of Muhammad. So the mostly uncut and multi-national cast of the movies begs the Group of delicious sexo actors from the Arabian Nights trilogy. question, Who’s an Arab? Here’s an incident that illustrates the vagaries involved. Years ago, when I accidenother with gusto. Perhaps I haven’t And some without, like Steve Cruz, tally broke a bottle in a neighborhood been paying close enough attention to Derrek Diamond, Adam Killian, and grocery store, the proprietor called me sexy Mr. Aziz. I really got into him in Bruno Bond (who are all cut). “a fucking Jew.” I uncharacteristically these movies. I love the way the senBut these are all peripheral issues, countered by calling him a fucking sations he both gives and receives read and what’s important here isn’t naArab, at which he drew himself up so clearly on his face. tional identity, but sex. And there’s imperiously, and hissed, “I am not an Aybars, who is Turkish, is a fascinothing but in these all-sex, no-plot Arab! I’m Lebanese!” nating newcomer who appears in all movies, which indulge two Arab, like Jewish, is not a three parts. He’s a compact, sturdy, tastes. If you like gladiarace, but a cultural affiliation longer-haired and uniquely goodtorial spectator sport generally identifying those looking man with no small resemthat goes Slam! Bam!, who speak Arabic as a first blance to Cat Stevens. Always a top, he you’ll like the insistent language. National identifocuses intently on his partners. In intensity that Part 1 ty is only a secondary Part 1 he does Connor Habib (the hurls at us. I’m more means of identification, Syrian), who responds with an amazclosely drawn into Parts shown by my grocery store ing projectile orgasm. In Part 2 he’s 2 and especially 3, which incident – the Lebanese sensationally matched with Steve slow down and become are mostly Arabic Cruz, for some really great oral, before more sensual. If Part 3 speakers, but somehow K ARRNAL Cruz forcefully rides his cock. It’s a continues this lightendo not identify as Arab. tour de force of a scene. ing up, that doesn’t K NOWLEDGE So if most of the cast of Matter of fact, cock-riding is a spemean it’s lightweight. It’s these Arabian Nights are cialty of all three movies. There’s a got some mighty hard not specifically Arab, who or what are couple all-fucking scenes, as well as slamming, with the always sensationthey? Well, there’s a Frenchman, a coulotsa up-close, drool-inducing cockal Adam Killian in a flip-fuck with ple of Spaniards, some Turks (a Wiki sucking exhibitions. The cast is roundFrancesco D’Macho, as well as entry tells me that Iran and Turkey are ed out with Austin Wilde, Andre BarDamien Crosse topping Bruno Bond not Arab countries). Connor Habib is clay, David Dirdam, Derrek Diamond, with little mercy, and the startlingly from Syria, considered an Arab counand others. The endless blah-blah of effective Tony Aziz in a pair of flip try, and though you might never have Scheherazade is forgotten in the 1,001 scenes. First up is a threeway with Doguessed it, hot bottom RJ Danvers is orgasms of these Arabian Nights. ▼ minic Pacifico and Aybars (more on Lebanese. In Parts 2 and 3, there are this hot fucker shortly). Later on, Aziz Italians, and all sorts of second-generand David Dirdam give it to each ation Americans with Arab lineage.

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namati, and Empresses Remy Martin and this humble reporter at a private home in the Twin Peaks area. Faberge created wonderful costumes for many in the Court system, as well as for Paramount Studios and even the Supremes, and is now starting a new life in Florida and will be greatly missed. Later Saturday night, we joined Richard Sablatura and Norm Claybaugh for an intimate evening with Oleta Adams at the Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko. What a great way to enjoy the rich talents of this singer! Be sure to keep up with the calendar of this venue; you don’t want to miss the likes of Leslie Jordan, Linda Kosut, Mary Wilson, and Matthew Martin, all in a jewel-box setting in the heart of downtown. The final element of the newly rejuvenated Bare Chest Calendar was Sunday night’s Starlight Magic, an event-packed evening for the calendar

models and their winning bidders which included private transportation in vintage automobiles provided by Freewheelers Car Club after a photo shoot in front of the iconic Castro Theatre, to Scala’s Bistro for a sumptuous private dinner from Head Chef and Bravo’s Top Chef competitor Jen Biesty. After that, these gentlemen were treated to a special show in Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, featuring popular singer and comedienne Irene Soderberg, magician Walt Anthony, sexy troupe Boylesque, and Yours Truly. The evening ended with a champagne and dessert buffet from dessert chef Tim Nugent, who will be appearing next week on Bravo’s new Top Chef dessert competition! Every attempt was made to honor these hard-working and generous individuals who have breathed such great new life into the Bare Chest Calendar. This Friday, we’ll be popping by Magnet for opening night of an art exhibition featuring the creative work of Jok Church, from 8-10 p.m. Then we plan on attending the Miss Gay Northern California Pageant on Fri.,

Sept. 3, at Suite One8One at 181 Eddy St. starting at 7 p.m. Beyond the exciting pageant, the entertainer list includes locals Ginger Snap, Mercedes Monro, Holotta Tymes, and Lady Tia, Cassandra Cass of Showtime’s Wild Things, Miss Triple Crown Mahlae Balenciaga, Shangela of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 2, and Universal Show Queen Erica Andrews. On Sunday night, Sept. 5, we’ll be at the final local performance of Wicked at the Orpheum Theatre. What a lasting impression this wonderful show has left on San Francisco! Then it’s on to opening nights of the SF Symphony and SF Opera, followed by the third Utopia on Sun., Sept. 12, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel SFO. The buzz has been constantly growing about these new periodic poolside dance parties where the setting is spacious, the music is contagious, the entertainment is wild, and the attendees are hot. Check out the hourly shuttle from Trigger in the Castro aboard a 20-passenger stretch Escalade! If you haven’t experienced summer yet, you will!▼

Courtesy Raging Stallion Studios

Courtesy Raging Stallion Studios




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Waking up to DreamWorks’ reality by Tavo Amador n 1994, Steven Spielberg, Hollywood’s top director; Jeffrey Katzenberg, a former key executive at Disney; and openly gay billionaire music mogul David Geffen announced the creation of DreamWorks. Artist-driven, it would produce live action and animated films, television shows, video games, and Internet-based entertainment. An enthusiastic media compared it to studios that dominated movies during Hollywood’s golden age (ca. 1925-60). As Nicole LaPorte writes in her fascinating The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28), little turned out as expected. The impetus came when Disney CEO Michael Eisner exiled Katzenberg from the Magic Kingdom, replacing him with super-agent Michael Ovitz. Katzenberg turned to Geffen. Geffen, a brilliant, ruthless businessman and loyal friend, hated the supposedly homophobic Ovitz, and vowed to destroy him. He and Katzenberg courted Spielberg, also a friend, promising to build the studio around him, giving him complete artistic control. Tellingly, Spielberg would also be free to work for other studios. Geffen got billionaire Google co-founder Paul Allen to put up most of the capital, although each of the principals invested $33 million. From the beginning, the studio wasn’t run as a business. Spielberg made The Lost World, his hugely successful sequel to Jurassic Park, for his old studio Universal while DreamWorks waited for him to film Saving Private Ryan. Katzenberg had ex-


pected to be in charge of live-action features, but instead was given animation. He preferred traditional hand-drawn images to computer-generated ones, although the latter were the way of the future. His first feature, Prince of Egypt, wasn’t the expected hit. Only one television show, Spin City, did well. Still, the belief in SKG’s predestined success remained unchallenged for several more years, despite the studio’s inconsistent record. Saving Private Ryan was offset by an expensive flop like Amistad. Every so often, however, a sleeper triumphed. Spielberg backed Sam Mendes’ American Beauty, the studio’s first Best Picture Oscar winner and a hit. LaPorte is especially good describing the politics behind the Academy Awards and DreamWorks’ rivalry with Miramax. Spielberg was heavily influenced by long-time trusted friends. The most important were handsome, Ivy league-educated producer Walter Parkes and his wife, the equally elegant producer Laurie MacDonald. They represented taste and sophistication to Spielberg, whose formal education was limited. Parkes used their relationship to prevail when conflicts arose, which bred resentment. Such was the reputation of the studio that hundreds of highly skilled professionals left Disney, Universal, and other top companies to join its ranks, often for less money

Still, the belief in SKG’s redestined success remained unchallenged for several more years, despite the studio’s inconsistent record.” but with promises that they would be ultimately rewarded. For most, those rewards never came. Eventually, Allen tired of the company’s losses. Geffen engineered various spinoffs and IPOs, including the animation division, which, following the great success of the Shrek pictures, was very valuable. Allen made a profit. Geffen negotiated a takeover by Universal, but its parent, General Electric, thought the price too high, so ultimately Paramount acquired it. To the chagrin of everyone, the head of its parent company, billionaire Sumner Redstone, didn’t consider DreamWorks a “material” part of his holdings.

Ego trips The book is filled with riveting tales of egos, from Joan Crawford, the star of Spielberg’s first profes-

sional assignment, an episode of television’s Night Gallery; to the maniacal Russell Crowe’s horrifying behavior while filming Gladiator, the studio’s second Best Picture Oscar winner; to the petulant Robert Redford, who disowned The Last Castle even though he agreed to play an unsympathetic part, then insisted it be rewritten to make him more appealing. The close relationship between Spielberg and Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson chilled briefly when the role she wanted in Almost Famous went to Frances McDormand. Ultimately, Eisner was ousted at

Disney, while Katzenberg joined the billionaire’s club. Geffen ruined Ovitz, who later told Vanity Fair that he was destroyed by Hollywood’s “gay mafia,” earning him great ridicule. (He later apologized.) Of the three, Geffen is the most complex. A man of his word and enormously loyal, he’s not someone to be crossed. He relished protecting his straight partners. When Eisner reneged on a huge severance package owed Katzenberg, Geffen took over, winning him $190-$280 million more than the settlement he initially proposed. He owned the movie rights to Dreamgirls, which he had produced on Broadway with Michael Bennett, who died of AIDS. He insisted any film must be true to Bennett’s vision, citing the ghastly screen version of Bennett’s A Chorus Line as something he wouldn’t permit. Bill Condon understood, and was allowed to make the popular picture, which Geffen felt would have pleased Bennett. Whatever faults the old studio system had, its heads understood that success depended on making films the public wanted to see while balancing costs against revenues. This concept was only intermittently applied at DreamWorks, so finally, Geffen took action. Financially, the partners did well – their initial investment earned them $175 million. But many others didn’t. Had Geffen been more active from the beginning, the results might have been different. LaPorte shows how hard making a dream reality can be.▼

Hello, Dali! by Ernie Alderete leaf through literally hundreds of books a year searching for titles to bring to your attention. One such title was Salvador Dali: Vol. 2 by editor Montse Aguer (Planeta), a partial overview of many of the works of Spanish-born Surrealist artist Salvador Dali, who reached his greatest acclaim while residing in neighboring France. Perhaps reflecting this national dichotomy in his life, the text of this volume is bilingual, in Spanish and French. The overall content of the book,


Untitled pencil sketch, attributed to Salvador Dali (detail).

and his life’s work, cannot be considered homoerotic by any stretch of the imagination, but I did find one untitled pencil sketch that I thought readers would enjoy. The artist’s unmistakable anal obsession is obvious for anyone with eyes to see. While it is, of course, a work of art by a great master, I have to say it could have been drawn by any typically horny adolescent schoolboy. It has a raw naivete that is definitely part of its charm. The six subjects are participating in what can only be described as an orgy – or more precisely, a daisy chain, in which each participant is engaging in sex with the next. The first guy is screwing the first woman up her plump ass, while she is kissing the second man, who is preparing to screw the second lady up her wide behind, who is licking the balls of the third guy, who is shooting a thick wad of cum on the third woman’s face. Dali sketched and painted many other nudes and sexual characters, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an-

Surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

other work of his in which the subjects are engaged in such overt sex acts. And I don’t think you can escape the obvious conclusion that Dali was a size queen!▼

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Stig Andersen as Siegfried in the Copenhagen Ring.

‘Ring’ toss by Tim Pfaff ith an updated, American, feminist Wagner Ring at the War Memorial less than a year off now, San Franciscans might be tempted to check out its European equivalent, the Copenhagen Ring filmed in live performances at the wonderful new Royal Danish Opera House in 2006 (Decca, seven DVDs). Like Francesca Zambello’s, Kaspar Bech Holten’s Ring makes the women’s roles, Brunnhilde’s in particular, central, and it tells the story in chapters drawn from pivotal decades of the last century. There, pretty much, the comparisons end, though. Zambello, at least as far as we’ve gone with her, sticks close to Wagner’s playbook, storywise. Not so Holten, who clobbers you with telling details and new twists on the story, show-stopping moves that all too often become selfdefeating. Looking back on it, I find almost everything I have to report about it objectionable. But that’s not how it felt as I watched it, as glued to it as I am to the best cable series, barely hanging on until the next episode. Particularly on DVD, where the relentless close-ups (not always flattering) and rapid changes of camera position lock you into the action, you find yourself in willing submission – even though, as in Lost, the story as re-cast itself gets lost in the tangle of its own hyperkinetic inventions. By the end, the greatest urgency I felt was just that it be over, much as I had at the end of the recent LA Ring, RIP. I feel like I’m poaching my colleague John Karr’s column inches in reporting the first of Holten’s coups de theatre. The first scene of Das Rheingold is set in an empty poolturned-bar in which the Rhinemaidens, 1920s-style flappers, are teasing a reelingly drunk Alberich. It soon turns out the gold they are guarding is a stunningly beautiful, very naked young man (Danny Olsen; credit where credit it due) swimming in the behind-the-bar aquarium, bathed in gold light. Got my attention. My biases aside, it’s the kind of resourceful innovation you want in a Ring, attention-getting but not story-befuddling. But barely has our enchantment begun than Alberich, per Wagner, curses love and steals the gold – then carves out the fair youth’s heart with a broken vodka bottle, filling the aquarium with blood, and setting the stage for a Ring with much sudden, shocking, gratuitous violence. By the end of the cycle, Hagen’s killing spree takes out not only Siegfried and Gunther, but, in the


heat of the moment, his old man Alberich. The abundant touches of brilliance in this production, many of them thigh-slappingly wonderful, are undone by the fatal departures from Wagner. A very short list of them includes – brace yourself, Wagnerites – Wotan’s killing Loge at the end of Das Rheingold; Sieglinde’s, not Siegmund’s, pulling Notung out of the tree; Wotan’s not killing Hunding; Wotan’s breaking his own spear rather than Siegfried’s shattering it with Notung; and – a Lamaze breath, everyone – Brunnhilde’s slipping into the wings to deliver her baby during the Immolation Scene (she’s been preggers throughout Gotterdammerung). It’s a lot for a Wagnerite to swallow. The production team makes a big deal about having made this Ring Brunnhilde’s story. But what Ring isn’t? One of only three characters to appear in three of the four operas, she’s Wonder Woman, redeeming the world in a final act of self-annihilating self-sacrifice. Except in Bolten’s Ring, in which she leaves the eponymous ring (a very South-of-Market gizmo, extending from fist to mid-forearm) to the fire, not the Rhinemaidens, as she whelps the future. This is Danny Olsen’s Ring. Many have commented on what a boozy Ring it is. Its denouement makes you wonder whether a strong local chapter of AA could have prevented the whole mess, a bad misreading of Wagner. Yet. The commitment of everyone involved and the astonishing level of ensemble makes this Ring work at least while you are watching it, which is saying a lot these days. I confess I have usually found the Norns scene a long-winded downer, and further that I was initially thrilled to see Holten play it as comedy, with the Norns as Ring crazies in the audience. Little did I know it was the start of a Gotterdammerung in which the whole concept would go south. Still, the orchestra plays gloriously for Michael Schonwandt, and Stig Andersen, both Siegfried and a stepin Siegmund, heads a uniformly fine cast. Although bouncier (particularly in the merciless close-ups) than I like my Brunnhildes, Swedish soprano Irene Theorin, one of the few non-Danes in the cast, is magnificently in command of the role vocally, musically and dramatically. The final scene of Siegfried, often mis-termed a “love duet,” finds this production at its best and most searching: a harrowing, eyes-wideopen look at the deracinating power of human romantic love. Wagner would have applauded.▼

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Dance diva showdown by Gregg Shapiro aty Perry has traded in the faux-Pink pre-fab rock snarl of her inexplicably popular debut album and has aimed her shameless sights on Lady Gaga’s dance diva crown on her sophomore spin Teenage Dream (Capitol). The thirdrunner-up in the Zooey Deschanel lookalike contest is a little long in the tooth to be anyone’s (inappropriate) “teenage dream,” but she does her best Ke$ha on “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” First single “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg (why?), is a sticky summer confection, but “Peacock” never takes wing. “The One That Got Away” is yet another cookie-cutter Max Martin composition, and “Hummingbird Heartbeat” gets downright squirm-worthy. In an effort to find something nice to say (I can if I try), centerpiece “Circle the Drain” is a knockout, and the album’s true standout track, ballad “Not Like the Movies,” is the “reel” thing. Lady Gaga has nothing to worry about from the Katy Perry camp. She’s too busy milking every last drop from her 2008 debut The Fame, including the expanded reissue The Fame Monster and the new 10-track The Remix (Streamline/Konlive/


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inal artwork exhibited before, expose their minds and bodies, fearlessly taking on sex, romance, politics, bodily functions, passion and desire. Anything men can do, they can do better, or as least as well and with more bite. Some fight back against the sexism of the Underground Comix boys and their permanently arrested development; personal problems edge out gender politics as a dominant theme, while intimacy competes with bonecrunching lust and release. Includes work by trailblazers like SF-based Wimmen’s Comix alum Trina Robbins, and Twisted Sisters co-founder Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Ms. R. Crumb to some), rising superstars and lesbian artists Ariel Schrag and Ilana Zeffren. Oct. 1-Jan. 30, 2011. Robert Tat Gallery Photographer Unknown: The Vernacular Photograph as ‘Accidental’ Art. When if ever does that picture you took on vacation rise

to the level of art? Well, maybe never. Print quality, subject matter, artistic appeal and that unidentifiable something; all combine to create the inadvertent masterpiece. The term “vernacular” refers to those personal and photo-booth snapshots, historical images, class portraits, scientific and commercial photographs without aspirations that nonetheless attain a level of artistry. Though it may be an in-vogue, accepted genre and legitimate art-form, gallery director Robert Tat meticulously screened over 1,000 photographs before selecting the found images by unheralded photographers celebrated in the show. Through Nov. 27. Marx & Zavattero Forrest Williams: Crossways. In his paintings, gay artist Forrest Williams presents two men who inhabit the same astral plane but are emotionally at oblique angles. A sense of missed connections also infuses his fourth solo exhibition, featuring tentative, wary and precariously off-balance male figures acting out a familiar story in a soci-

Courtesy Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco

Art galleries

Live (Mute). They perform trademark electro-dance tunes such as “Good Times,” “State Farm” and “Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)” before an enthusiastic audience. Less dance-oriented numbers “Nobody’s Diary” and “Only You” also make the transition to live performance well. Moyet sounds as genuinely thrilled to be there as her devoted fans. It’s evident from listening to real-

Of course, Gaga and Perry could still learn a thing or two from the extraordinary Alison Moyet and her co-conspirator Vince Clarke, of Yaz. Reunited in 2008 for a concert tour after more than 20 years apart, working on their own musical careers (Moyet as a solo performer, Clarke as one half of Erasure), the pair picks up where they left off on the double-disc live set Reconnected

Cherry Tree/Interscope). Essentially what happens here is that via remixers including Richard Vission, Chew Fu, the ubiquitous Stuart Price and others, Gaga’s tunes take their rightful place in dance diva history. That said, Gaga, darling, you proved you could hold your own when you headlined Lollapalooza in early August. Now get your ass into the recording studio before all the queens lose interest.

August, oil on paper (2010) by gay artist Forrest Williams.

ety that discourages intimacy, especially between men. “Come close; no, closer; closer; closer still; now hold it right there,” wrote art critic Alison Bing of the tentative dance played out

Fall theatre

The theaters are eager for you to know that the plays can be seen independently, and in any order. But to encourage you to see all three, a special website has been set up where trilogy tickets are available with a single click. Go to Berkeley Rep The theater may not be part of the aforementioned trilogy, but it’s got its own dramatic trinity on the schedule. The Great Game: Afghanistan, imported from London’s Tricycle Theatre, explores the people, the politics, and the history of that confounding nation from 1842 to 2009. It does so through 12 short plays by different authors chronologically bundled into groups of four presented in rotating repertory Oct. 22-Nov. 7. As with The Brother/Sister Plays, Berkeley Rep advises that each evening stands on its own, and can be seen in any order. However, to facilitate total immersion, the theater has set up six days of marathon performances beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running to about 10:30 p.m., with meal breaks coming between performances of Invasion and Independence (1842-1929), Communism, the Mujahideen, and the Taliban

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Anna Aimee White stars as Ginger Rogers at San Jose Rep in Backwards in High Heels.

Chris Paulina and Russell Blackwood help stir the gore in Thrillpeddlers’ Shocktoberfest 2010!!

(1980-1996), and Enduring Freedom (1996-2009). Go to for tickets and schedule. American Conservatory Theater Before ACT joins in The Brother/Sister Plays, it first will open its season with a bit of star power. The endlessly versatile Bill Irwin returns to ACT with an adaptation of Moliere’s Scapin, running Sept. 16Oct. 17, that he and Mark O’Donnell co-authored. Irwin plays the mis-

chief-making title character who stirs up trouble when he tries to play matchmaker. Info: www. New Conservatory Theatre Center Tom Orr, the man of many guises, is returning to the show that first got him noticed. He’s at the helm of a new edition of Dirty Little Showtunes, a kind of Very Forbidden Broadway that takes those Broadway songs we all know and love, and turns them into slam-bang parody

ity TV vet Zayra’s full-length disc Baby Loves To Bang (Brando) that she is focused on dance-floor culture. Hovering just below the Top 10 on the Billboard dance chart, her “V.I.P.” track makes some unusual claims about Mick Jagger set to an irresistible beat. The title track does, in fact, bang, as does the Adrian Benavide club mix of “Sexy Super Mini Skirt” and the four (!) remixes of “V.I.P.” (especially the DJ Pablo Alain Jackinsky Club Mix). Also going by one name, Lolene welcomes listeners to The Electrick Hotel (Capitol) but doesn’t have the power to sustain interest over the course of more than a dozen unmemorable tracks. “Radio” is worth turning on, and “Under the Bus,” featuring gay dance artist Sam Sparro, comes closest to having some kind of spark. Nothing but a big old tease (like most EPs), the self-titled five-track disc by Deluka does what it’s meant to do, which is to get our attention. Consider it done. Now if the forthcoming Deluka full-length can maintain the new wave disco momentum of cuts such as “Cascade,” “OMFG” and “Wake Me Up,” then Deluka could have a long and happy road ahead of them.▼

in Williams’ work. “You’re drawn into a state of suspended animation, uncertain whether to approach or retreat, blush or blanch,” which leads to the inevitable question: “Is this a painting or a tango?” Oct. 30-Dec. 18. www. Frey Norris Andrea Dezso: Things We Think When We Believe We Know. Dezso was born in Transylvania, home to Count Dracula, so it’s somehow not a stretch that her fantastic narratives descend from Transylvanian history, involve interplanetary travel and alien abduction, and encompass heaven, hell, purgatory and dreams of flying. Raised in Nicolae Ceausescu’s Communist Romania, a surreal realm in its own right, Dezso, a visual artist and writer, could travel only within the boundaries of her feverish imagination. Perhaps to compensate, she has fashioned operatic universes: fabulist ceramics, miniature embroideries inspired by folklore, mixed-media installations, sculptures, large-scale murals and three-dimensional illuminated tunnel books (collapsible volumes remi-

niscent of the Victorian era) made out of cut and painted paper that contain fables in which aliens nap in vineyards, fingers are cut off and a woman’s transparent torso reveals an array of brightly colored organs. The latter, a visually visceral rendering of her internal life, is a portrait of the artist as a strange lonely woman/child with a formidable interior world. Oct. 7-Nov. 6. www. Fraenkel Gallery Mel Bochner: Photographs and Not Photographs. Bochner, a pioneer of Post-Minimal and Conceptual Art, is best-known for his paintings, drawings and installations, but in the mid- and late1960s, the period central to this exhibition, he became deeply involved with photography, and produced a relatively lesser-known body of work, on view here. Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman and Robert Smithson were engaged with photography during the same time frame, and like Bochner, used the medium as a bridge between the limitations of minimal sculpture and Conceptual Art. Sept. 9-Oct. 30. ▼

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