Philadelphia Gay News Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2010
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Wash West seeks lighting funds By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer The Washington Square West Civic Association is working to install lights along one corridor in the Gayborhood, but must now overcome a funding obstacle before the street can be brightened. The WSWCA applied for a $50,000 community-development grant from the Delaware River Port Authority to support the project, which would install about 12 lights on 12th Street between Locust and Spruce. But, following the widespread reforms announced earlier this month at DRPA, hopes for that funding are slim. T h e a s s o c i a t i o n r e c e ive d a $150,000 Department of Community and Economic Development state grant last year and planned to put it toward the project but, by the time the association and the Center City District were ready to move ahead this year, the price for the project had gone up from the initial estimate of $125,000 to nearly $250,000,
necessitating the extra funding. The DRPA has come under fire in recent weeks, in part because of its history of spending revenue from bridge tolls on economic-development projects. In a board meeting earlier this month, however, the DRPA voted to suspend funding projects not directly related to bridges and rail lines, its areas of focus. “In light of the fact that the board recently voted on Aug. 18 not to spend any economic-development monies, it is highly unlikely, if such a grant request was even in, that it would be approved,” DRPA director of corporate communications Ed Kasuba told PGN this week. According to an audit released earlier this month, in the past 12 years, the DRPA spent about $485 million on economic-development projects in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Just last year, the DRPA board approved $76.3 million in grants to fund such projects. In 2009, the DRPA funded the demolition of a state prison
in Camden, the planned reopening of a subway station in Philadelphia and the construction of the President’s House memorial near Independence Hall. Last year the DRPA also funded smaller projects, which did not require board approval, including a $564,000 sponsorship of the Camden Riversharks and $433,000 in advertising. Judy Applebaum, WSWCA board president, said the association fortunately just received its 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit status, which allows members of the public to make tax-deductible contributions to the agency. With its previous 501 (c)(4) designation, such donations were not permitted. She said the association is seeking donations so it can help meet the shortfall created by the loss of the potential DRPA funding. Applebaum said that while the association would ultimately like to create better lighting throughout the whole neighborhood, it had to See LIGHTING, Page 12
AIDS agency clashes over historic church By Timothy Cwiek PGN Writer-at-Large
RAINBOW MEETS RED: About 800 members of the LGBT community donned their Phillies garb Monday night for the eighth-annual Gay Community Night at the Phillies. Before the game, city director of LGBT affairs Gloria Casarez (top) took the pitcher’s mound and threw out the ceremonial first pitch, while the Philadelphia Voices of Pride, led by artistic director Dean Rishel, sang the National Anthem. Organizer Larry Felzer said that despite the rainy evening and the Phils’ loss, the community enjoyed it and saw full support from the Phillies. “I’ve called in the past to say that I don’t think the Gay Community Night was featured enough on the scoreboards. This year, I’m certainly not going to call to say it was featured too much, but they did a great job of getting it up on the board throughout the entire game.” Photos: Scott A. Drake
An historically designated Catholic church owned by a local AIDS service agency moved closer to oblivion this week, as a city advisory board recommended its demolition. Siloam wants to raze the Church of the Assumption, 1133 Spring Garden St., because it cannot sell or rent the building — which, it claims, is in danger of collapse. In a 3-1 vote Aug. 24, the architectural committee of the city’s Historical Commission voted to recommend its demolition. The church was built in 1848 by noted architect Patrick Charles Keely and consecrated by St. John Neumann, then a bishop. Ten years later, the now-St. Katharine Drexel was baptized there. Due to a dwindling number of parishioners, it See CHURCH, Page 6
IN THE FOLD: Clothing donations for Covenant House in Philadelphia brought together Miranda Ragin (from left) and Badriyyah Crews from Women United of Philadelphia; African American Chamber of Commerce member Regina Dyson; Aileen Callahan and Robert Zindell from Covenant House; and Elements co-executive directors Adrienne Williams and Shayna S. Israel. Covenant House helps find shelters for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth from the area. About 50 women of color gathered for the networking and social event on Aug. 19 at Noche, 19th and Chestnut streets. Photo: Scott A. Drake
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Man killed in S. Philly A man was shot and killed in his home earlier this month, and his alleged killer was a male teenage acquaintance with whom he may have been sexually involved. Police found the body of Harvey Marinoff, 67, in a crawl space under a stairwell in his Grays Ferry home at 27th and Tasker streets in the afternoon of Aug. 5. Police were called to the scene by neighbors who were concerned that the front door of Marinoff’s home, at Tasker and Bailey streets, had been left open. Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said Marinoff had been shot twice in the back. Clark said the shooting took place the same day the body was found. Seventeen-year-old Reinaldo Maador was arrested the following
day and charged with Marinoff’s murder. Maador allegedly used Marinoff’s own gun in the killing and took the gun and Marinoff’s car when he left the scene. Clark said the situation appeared to be “domestic” in nature. “Our information is that [Maador] stayed there at the house sometimes,” Clark said, confirming that police had heard rumors that the victim was gay. “Obviously we don’t know for sure, but we heard that they had some kind of sexual relationship.” Court records indicate that Marinoff had been arrested in the past on child-pornography and drug charges. ■ — Jen Colletta
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LIVE FROM LOGO: Drag celeb Nina Flowers took the stage at Voyeur Aug. 20 in a benefit performance for a gay bar in Northeast Philly. The show attracted about 100 people who jockeyed to see the rowdy routine of the first-season runner-up on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and current cast member of Logo’s “Drag U.” Proceeds from the event will be donated to House of Blaze, an LGBT club in the Northeast that was recently shut down because of a dispute with the building’s owner, and which is now looking for a new venue. Photo: Scott A. Drake
DVLF selects new executive director By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer After an eight-month search, LGBT grantmaking agency Delaware Valley Legacy Fund selected its new leader this month. Michael Kendrick, 53, began as DVLF’s executive director on Monday and said he’s eager to utilize his varied fundraising experiences to benefit DVLF and the LGBT community. Prior to coming the Fund, Kendrick, a native of Lancaster who is now living with his partner of 23 years in New Britain in Bucks County, served as the director of planned giving at Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania. The search committee, which was comprised of seven people affiliated with DVLF or active in the LGBT community, opened the application process in two rounds and reviewed at least 50 applications per round. “The National Search Committee was absolutely integral to making this process successful,” said DVLF board president Angela Giampolo. “They spent eight months attending a lot of meetings and looking over countless résumés. I can’t thank them enough.” Giampolo said the search committee was confident its work paid off with the selection of Kendrick. “Michael Kendrick really shined through as the candidate who has the ability to take DVLF to the next level at this very exciting time in our growth process,” she said. Kendrick graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in education and also holds certificates in
nonprofit management and fundraising from New York University. He operates his own independent consulting firm and has worked in such positions as director of development of the Bowman’s Hill KENDRICK Association in New Hope, director of development at Lebanese American University and executive director of the Purchase College Association at the State University of New York. Kendrick had been with Red Cross since 2008 and said he was ready for a change of venue. “I really wanted to work for a smaller organization,” he said. “Red Cross was something that was national and regional, and I was looking for something that would be more intimate so there could be more of an impact. I wanted to be able to use all of my experiences, combining my management experiences and my fundraising experiences, someplace smaller where I could really see the results quicker.” Kendrick hopes to see such results in the form of a boost in the agency’s endowment, from the current almost-$1 million to $5$10 million. To get to that point, Kendrick said he will work to get to know members of the community and leaders of local organizations and help DVLF develop a new strategic
plan. “We’ll be reviewing what they’ve done right and what they’ve done wrong and working to improve that so that we can meet our goals,” he said. Kendrick plans to continue to amp up DVLF’s fundraising capabilities through a combination of mail, phone and plannedgiving strategies and will tap into his own resources to connect the group with a new pool of potential donors. “I’ve been doing fundraising since I was 13: My family had a fundraising business in Lancaster, so I’ve been able to build my own fundraising skills. But I’ve also been able to build relationships with donors over the years, who’ve been following me and my work and who I still keep in touch with. I think you need to cultivate donors and not just ask for a donation once. You need to create real relationships, and that’s how you get some of those great legacy gifts.” PNC Bank is hosting a meet-and-greet with Kendrick for the board, its committees and key stakeholders on Sept. 7. The public will have the chance to connect with the new executive director at DVLF’s fourth annual HEROES Sept. 24. The event, held from 7-9 p.m. at F.U.E.L. Collection, 249 Arch St., will honor Chris Bartlett, who served for a time as interim co-executive director of DVLF; Mazzoni Center and Whole Foods as this year’s Heroes. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dvlf.org. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at jen@epgn. com.
The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations heard testimony last week in the case of a transgender woman who contends she was unfairly discriminated against by a city agency. Dawn Dalpe filed a complaint with the commission alleging that in 2005, the Department of Parks and Recreation unfairly terminated her employment as a seasonal lifeguard after she suffered both verbal and physical abuse from other employees because of her transgender status. At a public commission hearing Aug. 20, Dalpe testified about her treatment, along with a former roommate and friend, who spoke in support of Dalpe. A former supervisor of Dalpe testified for the city. The commission, Dalpe’s attorney Amara Chaudhry and city attorneys are in the process of scheduling a second day of testimony. “This is an important case for my client because the Philadelphia Code specifically protects people from discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and this is not covered by state or federal law,” Chaudhry said. “The facts in this case are actually quite egregious and include physical assault of my client based on her transgender status. We hope the commission will issue a just ruling that recognizes the wrongful conduct by the City of Philadelphia and protects victims of transgender discrimination.” Dalpe is seeking reinstatement with back pay and is also looking for enhanced sensitivity training for department employees.
Society Hill pet adoption Citibank, at Second and South streets, will open its sidewalks to several area animal shelters for a pet-adoption event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society will bring along animals seeking a loving home. Refreshments will be served.
COLOURS holds BBQ The COLOURS Organization Inc. will host a free Community Appreciation Cook-Out for members of the LGBT community from noon-5 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Boathouse at FDR Park, South Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. The event, co-sponsored by Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, will feature food, music and games, and guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blanSee NEWS BRIEFING, Page 9
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Bingo opens anniversary year with Gaga By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer As Gay BINGO! launches its 15th season next month, get read to go Gaga. The first game of the season, on Sept. 11 at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., is expected to draw a large crowd, with floor seating already sold out. Robb Reichard, executive director of AIDS Fund, which stages the monthly GayBINGO! events to raise money for local HIV/AIDS service organizations, said the Gaga theme was a perfect fit for its criteria.
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was sold by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1995 and fell into disrepair. In March 2006, Siloam purchased the church as part of a package deal that also included
“We try to be current and to not repeat a theme, which is hard after 15 years. But we look at things that we’re going to be able to incorporate throughout the evening, so we’ve got to be able to have music and costumes, and it has to be something the audience will latch on to,” Reichard said. “Each spring we ask audience members for suggestions for themes for the following season, and having a tribute to Lady Gaga was a great one that kept coming up.” Reichard noted that the outrageously clad singer’s versatility also lends well to the game, as the
Bingo Verifying Divas will have an array of looks to choose from. “One of the things I keep saying about this is that there are gay icons out there who would be hard to build a theme around in some way,” he said. “People like Liza Minnelli have clothing or hair that stays the same for many, many years, but then there are people like Cher or Madonna or Lady Gaga, who has so many different looks and costumes and styles, so it makes it a lot more interesting.” AIDS Fund worked to make the themes for each month of its anniversary season memorable,
Reichard said, noting that the timing of Halloween this year will allow the group to hold a rare Halloween weekend GayBINGO! AIDS Fund will also stage its third-annual holiday toy drive game in December, where the items gathered will be delivered to area children affected or infected by HIV. To celebrate the event’s 15th anniversary, the group will host a “15 Minutes of Fame” GayBINGO! in June, honoring stars who had short-lived success while paying tribute to the longevity of the event. “We’re thrilled that we’ve had
a rectory, convent, storefront and parking area. In May 2009, the Historical Commission placed the church on the city’s Register of Historic Places, noting its distinctive architecture and historic ties to two saints. Now, a bad economy coupled
with a deteriorating structure make demolition unavoidable, said Kevin R. Boyle, an attorney for Siloam. “Sooner or later the building is going to come down, either by Mother Nature or with a valid demolition permit,” Boyle told the committee. He said Siloam’s financial shape mirrors the church’s deterioriation, and requiring the agency to do another study could be the death knell for the agency. “[Siloam] is an entity in just as bad a shape as this building is in,” Boyle told the committee. The organization, which provides alternative treatments for HIV/AIDS, including yoga, massage therapy, nutritional counseling and stress-reduction therapies, operates out of the rectory. Andrew R. Palewski, an architectural preservationist, said the building could be adapted for a new use without spending the $6 million estimated by Siloam. He questioned whether Siloam is pursuing the church’s demolition because the agency can make more money by selling the land without a building on it. Palewski urged committee members to seek an independent assessment of the building’s structural integrity. It was Palewski who nominated the church for its historic designation last year, and helped gather a neighborhood petition with more than 400 signatures in support of the preservation effort. But Joseph A. Lukach, siloam executive director, said the agency sincerely tried to sell the church. “I’d love to sell the building,” Lukach told the committee. “I don’t have an agenda to take down a church.” Committee member Shawn
Evans was receptive to Palewski’s appeal. Evans, an architect, said he wants a detailed, independent analysis of the building’s structural integrity and a cost-estimate for its stabilization. “It’s wrong to make a decision based on the quality of information that we’ve been given,” Evans said. “We’re giving a death sentence to a remarkable structure.” He said the study would cost about $2,500, and expressed hope that one would be undertaken before the 13-member Historical Commission votes on the matter, possibly as early as next month. Committee member Suzanne Pentz disagreed with Evans. “I don’t see this as a reasonable building to try to rehabilitate,” said Pentz. “A more thorough investigation isn’t justified: It isn’t going to change the raw picture.” Michael Barmash, a Realtor for Siloam, said one potential buyer was interested in simply stabilizing the structure, but a local bank refused to finance the effort. “The spigot [of financing] is shut off,” Barmash said. Committee members noted that the economy might improve, but Siloam officials said they couldn’t sell the building even when the economy was thriving. Much discussion focused on whether Siloam hurt the building’s marketability by allegedly neglecting the exterior and actively dismantling the interior. Lukach maintained the agency had a right to remove and sell interior objects, such as the church’s pews. Siloam isn’t in a financial position to seal and repair the exterior of the structure, he added. John A. Gallery, executive director of The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, questioned why the commission didn’t
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the incredible support of the community for so many years,” Reichard said. “This event has continued on for so many years, which is a tribute to our incredible BVDs, who always keep the audience entertained. They really make this event what it is.” For more information or to purchase tickets for GayBINGO!, which are $25 for floor seats and $20 for balcony, call (215) 7319255. Tickets can also be purchased in person at AIDS Fund, 1315 Spruce St., fourth floor. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at email@example.com.
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act last year when it learned of the building’s condition. But committee members said requiring Siloam to make safety repairs could have moved the dispute into court, and the demolition could have occurred even sooner. After the meeting, committee members said they had mixed feelings about the dispute. “I try to be realistic,” said Pentz, an engineer. “Not every historic building can be saved. Yes, with enough money, engineering problems can be solved. But I don’t believe this building can be reasonably rehabilitated.” Palewski said he’s disappointed by the vote, but not defeated. “Obviously, I wasn’t happy with the outcome of the meeting,” Palewski told PGN. “This has always been an uphill struggle. But I’m still optimistic that — despite all the interior destruction that’s taken place within the Church of the Assumption — it’s still possible to prevent its demolition.” ■ Timothy Cwiek can be reached at (215) 625-8501 ext. 208.
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By Lisa Leff The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A retired Presbyterian minister and active critic of her faith’s position on same-sex marriage will be tried by a church court for performing the weddings of gay couples during a brief period when same-sex marriage was legal in California. The Rev. Jane Spahr, 67, has been charged with “publicly, intentionally and repeatedly” violating Presbyterian Church [U.S.A.] doctrine by presiding at the weddings of 16 couples between June and November 2008, before California voters outlawed same-sex marriages. “To turn my back on the love and lifelong commitments of these wonderful couples would have gone against my faith, the ministry where I was called and, most of all, against God’s amazing hospitality and welcome where love and justice meet together,” Spahr said in a written statement. She has pleaded not guilty, explaining there are other parts of church doctrine that are just as important, such as being welcoming and valuing diversity. The church constitution defines marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman, but its Supreme Judicial Council has ruled that ministers can bless same-sex unions as long as they are not called marriages and the ceremonies don’t mimic traditional weddings.
The regional Presbytery of the Redwoods, which oversees 52 churches from an area north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, was required to bring the charges against Spahr earlier this year after a member filed a formal accusation against her. Eleven of the couples Spahr married are expected to testify as witnesses at the trial that started Tuesday at a church in Napa. “The question of this trial is, are state law and church law incompatible,” said the Rev. Robert Conover, the presbytery’s standing clerk. “Did Rev. Spahr violate the church constitution when she performed same-gender marriages that were legal?” It’s the second time Spahr, a lesbian who founded a ministry for gay Presbyterians, has faced possible sanctions from her church. In 2006, she became the first pastor of her faith to be tried for officiating the weddings of gay couples from states that did not permit same-sex civil marriages. The regional church tribunal acquitted her, but an intermediate church court rebuked her for misconduct the next year. The church’s highest court finally cleared Spahr of any wrongdoing, ruling she did not violate denominational law because the ceremonies she performed were not for government-recognized marriages. Spahr’s lawyers plan to argue this time that she would have been breaking church law and shirking her pastoral responsibilities if she had refused to marry gay couples who had the legal right to wed and wanted
RECONCILING CHURCH AND STATE: In this April 28, 2008 photo, the Rev. Jane Spahr gestures during a news conference at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon, Calif. Spahr went on trial this week for officiating the weddings of same sex couples during the brief period when gay marriage was legal in California.
Presbyterian ceremonies. “The implication of these charges is that Rev. Spahr should have told these couples no — that she should have advised these couples to go elsewhere,” the lawyers wrote in their legal brief. “The testimony in this case will show that Rev. Spahr’s was the more faithful response.” If found guilty, Spahr could receive sanctions ranging from a rebuke, the most mild discipline, to a suspension. As with her previous case, the verdict following the upcoming trial would likely be appealed to a higher church court and take a few years to resolve, Conover said. ■
Obama recommends more AIDS funding By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer President Obama last week urged Congress to reexamine the budget for the next fiscal year and expand funding for HIV/AIDS programs. Obama issued a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Aug. 20, asking that Congress consider a set of proposed budget amendments that include a $65-million increase for HIV prevention and treatment. The increase would consist of a $35million boost for HIV-prevention activities set forth in the recently released National HIV/AIDS strategy and $30 million more to support state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP). The majority — $11.6 million — of the requested prevention funds would support “comprehensive HIV prevention,” which would be available for interventions that have both a behavioral and biomedical component and are offered in locales with a high incidence of HIV. Other proposed outlets for the funding include increasing
testing and care services for hard-hit communities, like men who have sex with men (MSM) and African Americans, and the implementation of an annual online survey for MSM. The $30-million increase to ADAP, which provides HIV/AIDS medications to low-income people, would raise the Fiscal Year 2011 ADAP appropriations to $885 million. The current fiscal-year budget originally contained $835 million for ADAP, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius earlier this summer appropriated an emergency $25 million for the programs because of widespread cutbacks in state support for ADAP. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation estimates that about 3,000 Americans are currently on ADAP waiting lists. Michael Weinstein, AHF president, said the $30-million boost announced only amounts to a $5-milllion increase over Sebelius’ emergency addition in July, which he said is not enough. “Though additional funds are appreciated, there is no possible way that an
additional $5 million will result in getting those 3,000 people off the waiting lists and on to lifesaving AIDS treatments,” Weinstein said. In a statement released last week, Jeffrey Crowley, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, said the increase is not meant to be a unilateral solution to the funding problems experienced by ADAPs. “This action alone will not resolve the challenges faced by ADAPs. We need states to continue to prioritize their funding for ADAPs even in these difficult times, and we need our pharmaceutical company partners, businesses, foundations and community-based organizations to do their part as well,” he said. “We recognize that times are tough and there are significant challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS and other Americans that must be addressed. The federal government cannot tackle these problems alone, but we can do our part.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at jen@epgn. com.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a judge has dismissed charges against two eastern Kentucky teens accused of attacking a gay classmate. Prosecutor George T. Hays said Aug. 19 that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Corinne Schwab and Ashley Sams, both 18. They were charged with fourthdegree assault and menacing in the alleged attack on 18-year-old Cheyenne Williams. District Judge Henria Bailey-Lewis acquitted a juvenile also charged in the case. Williams had accused the others of taking her to a rural area of the county on April 16, and threatening to push her over a cliff because she is gay.
MSNBC rejects anti-Target ad The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports MSNBC has rejected a TV ad calling for a boycott of Target Corp. MSNBC spokesperson Alana Russo said Aug. 19 that the commercial submitted by liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org violates its advertising policy by attacking an individual business directly. The ad accuses the chain of trying to buy elections. MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben accused MSNBC of trying to protect Target from consumer anger. Target triggered a national backlash by giving $150,000 last month to a businessoriented political fund supporting antigay conservative Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
Gay bar battles efforts to close it The New York Post reports gay activists and civil-rights lawyers are trying to stop the NYPD from closing Chi Chiz, a bar that caters to gay and transgender black men. The police claim that four times in six months, undercover officers witnessed the sale of controlled substances in the bar. But bar supporters say the crackdown is motivated by racism and homophobia. Chi Chiz’s lawyer, Tom Shanahan, said the city asked the bar to guarantee that no drugs would be sold or used on its premises. “We can’t guarantee that,” Shanahan explained. “I said to the judge, when the city figures out how to keep drugs off Rikers Island, they can hold us to the same standard. The terms they are insisting on would put us out of business.” ■ — Larry Nichols
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Local LGBT activism marks 50th anniversary By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Radnor Township is one of several municipalities in Pennsylvania poised to become the 18th municipality in the state to ban discrimination against LGBT individuals. Radnor already, however, holds another historic designation: It’s home to one of the most galvanizing events of the regional LGBTrights movement. On Aug. 22, 1960, 16 police officers and one postal inspector stormed an estate in Radnor, arresting 84 people who had gathered to discuss the launch of an LGBT political group in the Philadelphia area. Officials charged that the group — comprised mostly of middle-aged, white males — was showing obscene films, and the Main Line Times called the raid “the biggest of its kind in township history.” Historian Marc Stein, author of the 2000 book “City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972,” learned of the event while doing research for his book. Stein spoke with interviewees like Jack Adair, who offered up his parents’ Radnor estate for the meeting, which was the first step to setting up a Philadelphia chapter of the Mattachine Society. “A lot of people I talked to really regarded this as a very important moment in initiating the movement in Philadelphia,” Stein said. “And when I began researching it more, it seemed significant not only for Philadelphia but really on a much broader scale. Of course there were police raids of bars and clubs and meeting places, but I don’t think there had been any documentation of a police raid of a gay political meeting, so that really gave it even
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greater significance.” In his 1993 interview with Stein, Adair, who was killed along with his partner in 1995, talked about the environment at the time of the raid. “Well, everyone was looking over their shoulder if you were gay and who you came out to in that time. The bars were being watched by [then-head of the Police Vice Unit Frank] Rizzo. And pictures were taken of cars and film was taken of people entering the Allegro and other gay bars. So they felt it would just be safer, probably not raided or bothered because it was out on the Main Line at a big, big home and it was in the afternoon. It would be very safe. And it didn’t turn out to be quite that way.” The Radnor Police contended that the group had used the U.S. Postal Service to transport pornographic film, and Stein said that while he learned there were movies that dealt with LGBT content ordered and shown in the meeting, the activists he interviewed were adamant that the material was not of a sexual nature, an idea he said that was fitting with the goals of the movement at that time. “Much of the gay movement of the ’50s and ’60s was oriented to winning public acceptance, so they were focused on really emphasizing how normal lesbian and gay men were. Part of that meant deemphasizing sexuality because of the stereotypes of gay people as being overly sexual and obsessed with sex. Now there were plenty of radical activists who were more focused on sexual politics, but the dominant tendency at that time was to deemphasize sex.” The guests at the meeting were held for several hours at the Radnor police station but all were Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Named “The Final Assault,” the event will take place shortly after the Senate reconvenes for the fall and will focus on pressing senators to take up the repeal bill. The House of Representatives approved a defense-spending bill this spring that included an amendment to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers, and the bill is now set to be heard by the Senate. “This lobby day will be the
released and the charges were dropped. Adair told Stein that the raid was like his “coming-out party,” and he came out publicly after the arrest, participating in a press conference about the raid. Following the Radnor Raid, a Philadelphia chapter of the Mattachine Society was created and proved to be a rallying point for the local LGBT community throughout the 1960s and ’70s. Despite the significance of the raid, Stein said he thinks very few younger LGBT generations are aware of the event. Looking back 50 years to such milestones as the Radnor Raid can offer important learning moments, Stein noted. “I think there’s a tendency within LGBT contexts to think that the cultures we create and the movements we create are of a recent vintage,” he said. “I think we can all gain a greater appreciation for the positive aspects of our situation today by knowing more about the struggles people faced in the past. And the Radnor Raid is a good illustration of that.” Stein noted, however, that the Radnor Raid can also serve to show the dedication of the previous LGBT generation, from which he said the community today should take a cue. “Imagine forming an LGBT political group today and getting 84 people who were willing to go out to suburbs and spend the evening. How many new LGBT political groups can get that level of commitment and interest? I don’t think we should just be patting ourselves on the back for how far we’ve come, but we need to think both about the challenges and the successes of the past.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at email@example.com. last major opportunity for supporters of repeal to come to Washington, make the case for this amendment and hold their senators accountable,” said Alexander Nicholson, Servicemembers United executive director and a former U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” To register, visit www.servicemembersunited.org. ■ — Jen Colletta
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AUG. 27 - SEPT. 2, 2010
Editorial Race, religion and discrimination Recently, there have been a lot of heated discussions on race, religion, discrimination and hate speech — some well-informed and some not so much — spanning incidents from Dr. Laura invoking the N-word on-air to the controversy surrounding the construction of a mosque near ground zero. And while these particular conﬂicts radiate out of Los Angeles and New York City, repercussions are felt across the country. When discussing discrimination, it’s important to go back to its deﬁnition: According to Merriam-Webster, discrimination is “a: the act, practice or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually; b: prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action or treatment.” In practice, this means that using race or gender to distinguish among individuals isn’t discrimination, but treating a group (or member of a group) with prejudice is discrimination. Which brings us to sensitivity, another term getting tossed around a lot recently. In the mosque controversy, both sides are accusing the other of being insensitive: Incensed New Yorkers who oppose the mosque and cultural center claim Muslims are being insensitive to those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and their families; Muslims and others advocating for the cultural center and mosque claim critics are insensitive to concerns of religious freedom and are being intolerant. Sensitivity is being open to and accommodating cultural and religious differences in order to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and nationalities. On this, both sides of the mosque dispute could probably use some training and development — perhaps a bit of compromise and communication. Which brings us to hate speech. Dictionary.com deﬁnes hate speech as “speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.” Dr. Laura’s use of the N-word probably doesn’t fall into this category, but it certainly wasn’t sensitive of her to use it. However, the recent use of the N-word on a receipt to identify a customer probably does. Likewise, calling all Muslims terrorists, as some opposing the mosque have, is hate speech. Members of the gay community can be highly attuned to discrimination and hate speech, as it’s frequently focused at them. With this, it’s important not to level the charge of discrimination too freely. It’s a strong allegation to make, and immediately puts the receiving party on the defensive — never good for constructive dialogue. ■
Clarification In “Temple prof looks at LGBT elder issues,” Aug. 20-26, Prof. Nancy Knauer was incorrectly identiﬁed as a doctor. Knauer holds a juris doctorate.
Creep of the Week D’Anne Witkowski Jeremy Walters Dear Internet Citizens: Facebook is not private. I don’t care how many privacy-setting loops you jump through. The more “friends” you have, the more public your page. Facebook is not a lockbox for your most private feelings and random musings. Especially if you’re a public ﬁgure. Jeremy Walters, an Iowan Republican running for Congress, learned this the hard way when antigay posts he made on his Facebook wall were exposed. Not only do his posts show that he has serious issues regarding gays, but they’re also a desperate cry for help in the punctuation and grammar department. At 9:33 p.m. Aug. 12, Walters wrote, “Homosexual ‘GAY’ is not of God!!!! In the Bible it reads; Leviticus 20:13 — King James Bible If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” OK, so he gives a little shout out to Leviticus on a Thursday night. So what? Well, at 9:45 p.m., having thought things over for a good 12 minutes, Walters posted, “The Holy Bible say if your ‘GAY’ homosexual they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. This tells me alot
so should we kill them NO. They Need to ask God to forgive them of their sins and mean it turn away from it. They also need to know that when it says that their blood shall be upon them that tells me it is AIDS. That’s how I feel.” First of all, Walters needs to decide: is it “homosexual ‘GAY’” or “‘GAY’ homosexual?” He uses them interchangeably, as if they’re even close to the same thing. Secondly, holy bat-shit crazy AIDS blood, Batman. So AIDS is God’s punishment for being homosexual “GAYS” and/or “GAY” homosexuals (but not, apparently, homo “GAY” sexuals. Yet). And although “this tells [him] alot” (though apparently it doesn’t tell him that “a lot” is two words, not one), he’s not planning a gay killing spree (at least that’s how I interpret “so should we kill them NO”). He’s just waiting for AIDS to do the job for him. Gay-rights groups and the Iowa GOP quickly denounced Walters. “Mr. Walters’ comments are inappropriate and in no way represent the beliefs of the Republican Party of Iowa,” Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn told the Iowa Independent. I think my favorite thing about Walters’ post is how he ends with,
“That’s how I feel,” as if it’s simply a response to one of his friends posting, “Hey, Jeremy. How are you?” on his wall. Actually, according to Walters’ apology, that’s pretty much what happened. “I am not against people having a gay lifestyle, and the statements made on Facebook have been taken the wrong way,” Walters told the Independent. “The statement regarding gay homosexuality was not meant to be offensive and I deeply apologize. As far as the quote from Bible; I was replying to someone else’s post. It should have been posted as a comment on their page, not my Facebook wall.” As far as apologies go, it’s a little weak (“I’m just bad at Facebook!”). It does, however, strengthen the appearance that the man running for Congress in Iowa on the GOP ticket is not only a heart-on-his-sleeve bigot, but that he is also functionally illiterate. I’m honestly not sure which one is sadder. ■ D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world, she reviews rock ’n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.
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AUG. 27 - SEPT. 2, 2010
Mark My Words Mark Segal Street Talk Mosque issue is an LGBT issue Did Dr. Laura make the right If you picked up almost any newspaper in the nation Monday, you would have seen an article about the proposed Islamic Cultural Center near ground zero in Manhattan. The Washington Post story, “Other mosque proposals also face opposition,” examines how there is growing opposition to mosques in other cities around the country. The New York Times decided to go political: “Lazio Finds an Issue in Furor Over Islamic Center.” Lazio, the Republican running for governor of New York, opposes the mosque at its present proposed site. Let’s make this simple, especially to the tea-party people who claim to be ﬁghting for the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Islam is a religion. The mosque — really a cultural center with a mosque inside at a former Burlington Coat Factory outlet — has won all permit approvals, and the group has the right to build if it chooses. Those making an issue out of it also have a right to speak their opposition, since the Constitution also protects freedom of speech, and freedom to protest. But when you call members of an entire religion terrorists, you cross the line. And that line is beginning to be blurred, which is dangerous to us all. Calling all Muslims terrorists is a hate campaign. We, as gay people, should know this trick. Think of all the rights denied us using hate — hate based in lies.
Look through the back issues of any local LGBT newspaper and you’ll see stories about communities that tried to keep an LGBT center or business out of its neighborhood. Do we block the construction of a Catholic church because of the Inquisition and other recent crimes against humanity by the church? No. How about not allowing the Mormons to build a temple because of their opposition to the civil rights of the LGBT community? No. Do not tamper with our constitutional rights: It’s a slippery slope. Remember: The rationale being used to try and deny the cultural center is the same one that has been used against LGBT establishments. Here are the words — do they sound familiar? They say it is “not sensitive to families.” Sensitivity and family. Does that sound like family values? “They should move it.” How far away do they want us to move? Ever feel like they didn’t want us in “their” community? Keep those gays or Muslims away from us! “They are not part of this community.” Are the Muslims who live in that neighborhood invisible? Are we? Of course we all feel for the families of the victims of Sept. 11, and that includes the Muslim victims who worked in the towers. But this issue has now been taken over by the right-wing politicians. The campaign to stop the cultural center is a campaign based on misinformation. We, as a community, should understand that. May I remind you of Proposition 8 in California? ■ Mark Segal is PGN publisher. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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“Yes. And I’m glad so many people helped her along in making that decision. She should have known better. I can’t conceive of any situation where it’s appropriate to use the n-word. I hope she’s learned from this experience, and refrains from using that word again.”
“No. That result is too drastic for the mistake she made. I absolutely think Dr. Laura was wrong in using the N-word. But I haven’t seen a track record of racism on her part. She didn’t forfeit her right to be a talk-show host because of this one incident.”
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“Yes. I’m sure she didn’t mean to be hurtful, but it’s a word that offends people. That’s a fact. Whether or not the N-word should offend people, it does. I don’t wish bad upon Dr. Laura. But I can understand why people want her off the air.”
“Yes. She did wrong in saying the N-word. It has such a hateful connotation. Why would a therapist ever use it on a radio show? It’s not a career faux pas you can recover from easily. Dr. Laura needs a cooling-off period to reflect on how she deals with topics like race.”
Letters and Feedback In response to “Doylestown bans LGBT discrimination,” Aug. 20-26: The bottom line is that no ordinance can practically legislate acceptance, as much as Reilly and Pray want to impose that on everyone. Not everyone agrees with their agenda and they should be more tolerant and respectful of those that disagree. One can only hope that the HRC established in Doylestown will not be a politically and racially homogenous group like the Doylestown Borough Council. How about a little diversity? — W.C. Cook In response to “Gay foes, LGBTs rally in Harrisburg,” Aug. 20-26: At Ted Martin, thank you for your comment on our protest. At Morgan Meneses-Sheets, about, “At each stop where there
have been counter-protests or attendance by pro-equality supporters, the National Organization for Marriage has disrespected or mocked them and attempted to provoke them into screaming or yelling.” Well, not this time. We were there and we were peaceful, recognizing NOM’s right to free speech while embracing our own. We had just as many “drive by” supporters as they did. I still feel it is very important for both messages to be available at the same time. — Kelly McEntee If, as Meneses-Sheets says, NOM is able to provoke us into looking foolish and hostile, then the fault is with us. Her comment is a tacit admission that they have power over us, that they can control our behavior, that they can disrupt our focus. As Fidel Castro observed, a revolution is not a bed of roses. A casual glance at history will
show that hostility has changed more cultures than appeasement. — Dana LaRocca In response to “Casey introduces anti-bullying measure,” Aug. 13-19: Finally! As a mother of two gay sons and a member of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays), I am very aware of the pain endured by LGBT students at the hands of bullies in school. In small towns in Pennsylvania, teachers and counselors bound by morality clauses in their contracts are afraid to intervene for fear of losing their jobs if they are perceived as condoning homosexuality in school. There is a real need for anti-bullying programs specifically geared to prevent harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Thank you, Sen. Casey! — Helene Gosselin
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AUG. 27 - SEPT. 2, 2010
Obituary Stanley Ward, 67, former PGN editor By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Stanley Ward, a former college professor and editor of PGN, died last weekend of complications from a stroke. He was 67. Ward, a native of Bristol, Va., who was raised in Roanoke, served as PGN editor in the 1980s after a successful career as an educator. Ward received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in English from Harvard. Lynn Bergesen met Ward when she was attending North Carolina State University, where he taught English and became her mentor, helping her navigate the process
of applying to graduateschool. Bergesen later moved north to study at Temple University and said Ward made his own move to Philadelphia in 1981. “He’d been at WARD IN 2006 this small college in Virginia for several years, and he eventually went to the dean and announced that he was gay,” she said. “He never liked living in the closet. He said to him, ‘I’m gay. Do you want my resignation?’ and the dean said yes. So my husband and I talked to him and suggested that he come
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up to Philadelphia because there was a full-time teaching job open at the time at the University of the Arts.” While Ward didn’t get that position, he did get a part-time teaching job at UArts and also took on courses at Temple and other area schools. Ward started writing for PGN in 1982 and, a year later, was promoted to editor, a position he held until 1988. Bergesen said Ward was an important fixture at PGN throughout the height of the AIDS crisis. “He was very devoted to the paper,” she said. “He was often the liaison on the news channels when anything broke about AIDS research. He was right there when everything started happening with the epidemic, and he had really good memories of his time working at the Gay News and all that he was able to do for the community.” Former PGN writer Tommi Avicolli Mecca worked closely with Ward during his time at PGN and said the editor had a unique and very effective way of approaching LGBT journalism. “I dropped out of journalism school because I became really disillusioned because I had wanted to
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do advocacy journalism and I was told I couldn’t do that. But Stanley taught me how to,” he said. “He had a way to bring advocacy into journalism where you didn’t even really know that it was there, but it was.” Avicolli Mecca, who succeeded Ward as the paper’s editor, remembered one story he pursued in which a police district in Philadelphia was compiling addresses where known HIV-positive people lived so that officers wouldn’t respond to those sites, as they were afraid of contracting the disease. He said Ward worked closely with him to construct the story so that it was based in fact and followed journalistic principles, but that he also was able to elicit the necessary public response. “I really credit Stanley with helping me to frame the story in a way that it didn’t just look like an ACT-UP press release, but at the same time it had the impact of ACT-UP action,” he said. “When it broke, the straight press used us as a source and the police commissioner even called me and apologized. There was that fine line of journalism and advocacy, and Stanley was very good at maneuvering that and taught me how to do it also.” Avicolli Mecca said Ward was one of the main reasons PGN saw success and growth throughout the ’80s. “I think in the ’80s, PGN really flowered and became a major, major force in the queer community and I think Stanley deserves most of the credit for that,” he said. “He taught us how to be powerful journalists. He nurtured us, he encouraged us and, without an editor to do that, a reporter can’t flower and you can’t have a paper that goes anywhere.“ For most of the 1990s, Ward
served as a partner in a communications agency run by Bergesen and her husband David Ursone, where he performed editing and typesetting, and from 2000-07 he was employed as a medical editor with Reed Elsevier. Bergesen said Ward was “always busy,” but in the spare time he did have, he’d write poetry, translate German plays and even pen movie reviews of gay-porn films. Just as Avicolli Mecca commended Ward’s ability to cultivate younger generations of journalists, Bergesen said that love of teaching permeated every facet of his life. “He had a real willingness to share his love of music and literature and the arts with anyone he knew. He was a great teacher and had students all over the country who remember him,” Bergesen said, noting UArts called him numerous times to mentor students who were struggling with coming out. In February 2007, Ward suffered a stroke and eventually moved in with Bergesen and Ursone in Parsippany, N.J. Ward was paralyzed on his left side, but Bergesen said he had been making progress in his mobility. Then, a final setback: Ward fell and suffered subdural hematoma and later formed blood clots. He spent the last year-and-ahalf at the Troy Hills Center in New Jersey, and died in hospice care Aug. 22. Ward was predeceased by his father, Frank Hamlin Ward, and his mother, Myra Lee Mitchell Ward, and survived by many friends. Ward will be cremated. Bergesen said she’s encouraging his friends to light a candle in his honor on Dec. 19, his birthday. ■
We know that every street deserves this, but we had to identify the streets where we think this could do the most good.” Applebaum said the lighting would be particularly helpful in this block of 12th Street, which is home to the recently purchased five-story Odd Fellows building, empty for several years now. “This is a block that right now is very overgrown, very dark at night and, especially with the Odd
Fellows building still in progress, if you walk around at night, you can see that there are a lot of people who hang out on that block at night,” she said. “If somebody is hanging out and up to something, they’re not going to do that under a bright light; they’ll conduct their business someplace where it’s dark. I’m not naive enough to say that this will make [crime] go away, but it does change the tenor of the block.” ■
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Gayborhood Crime Watch The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between Aug. 10-21. Information is courtesy of Sixth District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association. REPORT: At 4:30 p.m. Aug.10, complainant left the AIDS Library after having a verbal dispute inside. While outside at 13th and Locust streets, the complainant was cut on the forearm with a box cutter by the other party involved in the argument. The offender is known by name to the complainant and was described as a black female, 48 years old, homeless, 5-foot tall, 150 pounds, and wearing glasses, a purple outfit and red sneakers. Central Detective Division is obtaining an arrest warrant for the identified offender. REPORT: Between 7-7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, complainant’s secured bicycle was stolen from the parking lot in the 800 block of Spruce Street.
ARREST: At 4:50 a.m. Aug.12, complainant was in the 400 block of South 13th Street when a male asked to use his cell phone. After the complainant refused and walked away, the male punched him in the side of his head and took the phone and fled. The complainant called police and provided a description. Sixth District Officer Romanczuk stopped a male fitting the description about an hour later near 10th and Walnut streets. The complainant identified him and the cell phone was recovered. The 19-year-old alleged offender with a Bridgeton, N.J., address was charged with robbery and related offenses. REPORT: At 1 a.m. Aug.12, complainant was walking in the 1200 block of Locust Street when four males, all known to him, started punching him due to a previous altercation. The males fled before police arrived and the complain-
ant suffered a cut lip. The four suspects, described as three black males and one Asian male, were identified to Central Detectives and arrest warrants will be obtained. REPORT: At 2 a.m. Aug.15, complainant was accosted by four or five males at 13th and Spruce streets. The males took complainant’s wallet, which he later recovered, minus the cash. The offenders were described only as black males, one not wearing a shirt.
REPORT: Between midnight-1 a.m. Aug. 17, complainant was in the 1300 block of Walnut Street when a male approached from behind, asked for and received complainant’s wallet (no weapon, no force) and fled in an unknown direction. The report was made the following day in the 22nd District; no description of the offender was provided.
REPORT: Between midnight-7 a.m. Aug.17, complainant’s 2007 Mitsubishi, parked in the 800 block of Pine Street, had a window smashed and a GPS, iPod and CDs taken. Sixth District Officer Maiorano lifted fingerprints. ARREST: At 1:45 p.m. Aug. 18, complainant was sitting on a store window ledge in the 1200 block of Sansom Street when a male walked past and struck her with his elbow. The male then cursed at the complainant for sitting at that location and swung a knife near her. The complainant was not cut. Sixth District Officers Rossi and Dilworth apprehended the male. The 38-year-old homeless offender was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. REPORT: At 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19, complainant saw a male in his office inside 1334 Walnut St. The
male ran out of the office when complainant confronted him about his missing wallet. The offender was described as a black male, 40, 6-foot-3, 230 pounds and wearing a blue Polo shirt and jeans. The incident was reported Aug. 20. REPORT: At 2:35 p.m. Aug. 21, complainant was walking in the 200 block of South 12th Street when a male snatched his cell phone from his hand and fled into the PATCO subway. The offender was described as a black male, 20s, 5-foot-10, with a thin build, light complexion and a goatee, wearing a black T-shirt and jeans. REPORT: At 10:40 p.m. Aug. 21, complainant’s purse was snatched from her as she walked in the 200 block of South 10th Street. The offender fled north on 10th and was described as a black male, 5foot-9 with a medium build and clad in a red shirt. ■
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New season onstage means the long, hot nightmare’s almost over By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer OK, we are ready for summer to be over. Really, we’ve had it. From record-setting heat waves, ecological disasters, new episodes of “Jersey Shore,” floods, horrible movies, power outages, near-nonexistent theater offerings, over-hyped concert tours, untethered school children and the non-stop parade of celebrities getting themselves into trouble, we are done with the three hottest months of the year. Fortunately, we can look forward to an abundance of events and other entertainment curiosities this fall. If you can’t find something to get excited about on this list of upcoming theater, musical and other artistic offerings, you might as well call it a season and hibernate until spring.
Curtains The Walnut Street Theatre presents the murder whodunit set against the backdrop of a musical-theater production circa 1959, Sept. 7-Oct. 24, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550. Ghost-Writer Arden Theatre Company presents the story of a dead novelist and his secretary — who is still taking dictation from him, Sept. 9-Nov. 7, 40 N. Second St.;
(215) 922-1122. Philly Fan The Kimmel Center’s Broadway series presents the award-winning one-man show that takes the audience on a journey through Philadelphia sports history of the last 50 years, Sept. 23-Oct. 31 at the Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Bristol Riverside Theatre presents the classic horror tale adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, Sept. 28-Oct. 17, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; (215) 785-1000. The Threepenny Opera Arden Theatre Company presents the outrageous musical where whores and thieves prowl the streets of London, Sept. 30Nov. 7, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122. Carrie Brat Productions presents out actor Erik Ranson playing the titular role in the stage version of this horror classic, Oct. 2-Nov. 7 at Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, 340 N. 12th St.; (215) 627-2577. Jersey Boys The Kimmel Center’s Broadway series presents the award-winning musical about Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi,
Oct. 5-10 at The Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; (215) 7905847.
a messy divorce, Nov. 9-14 at Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.
Why I’m Scared of Dance 1812 Productions presents a self-effacing comedy written and performed by Jen Childs, Oct. 7-31 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; (215) 5929560.
Girls Night: The Musical Five gal pals hit a karaoke bar, 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.
Casa Cushman Philadelphia Theatre Company hosts a reading of an ensemble play that tells the story of the life and times of 19th-century American actress Charlotte Cushman, who challenged Victorian notions of gender in her stage portrayals of male characters and of strong, androgynous female ones, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad St.; (215) 985-0420.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Walnut Street Theatre presents an all-new production of the holiday Broadway musical, Nov. 9-Jan. 9, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550. The Laramie Residency The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents “The Laramie Project” and “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,” Nov. 11-13 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.
Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom Azuka Theatre presents the story of parents who discover their teenagers are addicted to an online horror video game that becomes too realistic for comfort, Oct. 14-31 at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, 2111 Sansom St.; (215) 733-0255.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the award-winning tale of six kids in the throes of puberty vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime, Nov. 12-Dec. 5 at Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad St.; (215) 985-0420.
Je’Caryous Johnson’s Cheaper to Keep Her Vivica A. Fox and Brian McKnight star in this drama about a married couple facing
Caesar’s Palace O’ Fun The Walnut Street Theatre presents a musical variety show centered around an outrageous lounge lothario, Nov. 23-Jan. 2 at
Detour A departure from the ordinary
Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550. South Pacific The Kimmel Center’s Broadway series presents the classic musical, Nov. 23-28 at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. This Is the Week That Is 1812 Productions presents the smash news comedy returning for its fifth year, Dec. 2-31 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; (215) 592-9560. Blue Man Group The wildly popular musical and visual show returns, Dec. 22-Jan. 2 at Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Annie Out comedian Wanda Sykes stars as Miss Hannigan in Media Theatre’s production of the popular musical, Nov. 23-Dec. 12, 7 E. Baltimore Ave., Media; (610) 891-0100.
Donna Summer The disco queen performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mark G. Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; (609) 449-1000. Antigone Rising The all-female rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Tin Angel, 20 N. Second St.;
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Watts Plays Grieg The Philadelphia Orchestra performs with pianist André Watts at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 and 5 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Teenage Fanclub The alternative-rock group performs at 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 9226888. PVOP: Broadway Bound Philadelphia Voices of Pride performs a cabaret show at 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St.; (215) 735-5772. THE LARAMIE RESIDENCY
(215) 928-0770. Lady Gaga The pop superstar performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 14-15 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (800) 298-4200. Cake The alternative-rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 546-7900. Shakira The international pop star performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Mark G. Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; (609) 449-1000. Shunda K The out rapper performs as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival, 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.; (267) 671-9298. Elaine Paige The English actress and singer performs at 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; (609) 317-1000. Marc Anthony The Latin pop star performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Mark G. Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; (609) 4491000.
Broadway Rocks! Peter Nero and the Philly Pops perform Broadway musical hits, Oct. 6-10 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Starry Night of Romeo & Juliet The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a program highlighting music’s connection to other art forms, Oct. 7-9 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Aretha Franklin The queen of soul performs at 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City; (800) 7453000. Gorillaz The alternative-rock group with the cartoon personas performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; (856) 365-1300. Jimmy Eat World The rock band performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; (610) 784-5400. Dohnányi Conducts All Brahms The Philadelphia Orchestra presents an evening of works by the famed
James The alternative-rock band performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 9226888.
classical composer, Oct. 15-17 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Mary J. Blige The R&B singer performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; (609) 317-1000. Indigo Girls The out acoustic duo performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; (302) 652-5577. Dvorák Symphony No. 8 The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Russian-born conductor Semyon Bychkov and French violinist Renaud Capuçon celebrating the music of the great French composer Henri Dutilleux, Oct. 21-23 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Gary Numan The new-wave/goth icon performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 9226888. Catie Curtis The singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Tin Angel, 20 N. Second St.; (215) 928-0770. Christine Havrilla The out singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Tin Angel, 20 N. Second St.; (215) 928-0770. Janis Ian The out singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400. Joan Baez The Kimmel Center presents the folk-music star, 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Michael Franti The eclectic R&B and rock artist performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; (610) 784-5400. Pink Martini The lounge jazz group performs at 9 p.m. Nov. 5 at Caesars Circus Maximus, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City; (800) 745-3000.
Dutoit and Bell The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season with Maestro Dutoit and violinist Joshua Bell, 2 p.m. Sept. 24 and 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.
Roger Waters The Pink Floyd mastermind performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 11 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad See FALL ARTS, Page 16 “SOUTH PACIFIC”
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FALL ARTS From Page 15 St.; (800) 298-4200. La Roux The synthpop group performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-6888. Ani DiFranco The singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650. Justin Bieber The pop singer performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (800) 298-4200. Trans-Siberian Orchestra The holiday-themed rock band performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (800) 298-4200. Holiday Pops! Peter Nero and the Philly Pops perform a holiday-themed selection of songs, Dec. 4-22 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.
Eakins on Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of 10 rarely seen drawings and watercolors that survey the early work of Thomas Eakins, through December, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 7638100. Pardon Me Painted Bride Arts Center presents an installation of paintings by Mary Dewitt, Sept. 3-Oct. 16, 230 Vine St.; (215) 9259914. I Bet You ArtStar Gallery presents an exhibition of solo works from Baltimore artist Rachel Bone, Sept. 3-Oct. 10, 623 N. Second St.; (215) 238-1557.
Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of jewelry and historic photographs from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia, Sept. 4-Dec.
5, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100. Legacy Embraced AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Maria Nevelson and Val Bertoia, Sept. 10-Oct. 2, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250. Andre Gisson BOI’s of New Hope Art Gallery presents an exhibition of works by the French-American impressionist, Sept. 11-Oct. 31, 9 W. Mechanic St., New Hope; (215) 862-8292. Art of the American Soldier The National Constitution Center presents the world-debut exhibition of some 15,000 paintings and sketches created by more than 1,300 American soldiers in the line of duty, Sept. 24-Jan. 10, 525 Arch St.; (215) 409-6895. Passing Evidence AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Christine Stoughton and Nancy Sophy, Oct. 8-Nov. 6, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250. A Glimpse of Paradise: Gold in Islamic Art Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the unique status of gold in Islam through a small group of objects drawn from the museum’s collection, Oct. 9-April 2011, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.
Danco on Danco Painted Bride Arts Center presents a performance by Philadanco, Sept. 10-11, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914. Lucinda Childs The Kimmel Center presents a performance featuring the talents of choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer Philip Glass and conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, Sept. 1012 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Carmen Triple Bill The Pennsylvania Ballet presents a world-premiere work based on the classic story, Oct. 21-24 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Paul Taylor Dance Company The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents Taylor’s views on the human condition using his dancers to illuminate spirituality, sexuality, morality and
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mortality, Oct. 21-23 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900. FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance Painted Bride Arts Center presents a performance by Bebe Miller, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Germaine Acogny, Dianne McIntyre and Carmen de Lavallade, Oct. 28-30, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914. Burn the Floor The Kimmel Center presents the international Broadway dance sensation, Nov. 12-14 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 7905847. Mazowsze The Kimmel Center presents a performance celebrating the culture of Poland, 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 7905847.
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Hope; (215) 862-5225. Steve Kolbo The cabaret singer performs at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225. Nancy Harms The cabaret singer performs at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225. Peek-A-Boo Revue The award-winning neo-burlesque cabaret takes the stage at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.
Terry McMillan The best-selling author of “How Stella Got Her Groove
Back” hosts a reading at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322. Dr. Wendy Moffat The author of “A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960. Justin Spring The author of “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960. William Gibson The acclaimed sci-fi author of “Neuromancer” hosts a reading of his new book “Zero History” at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.
World Headquarters Painted Bride Arts Center presents a performance by dance theater X, Dec. 3-4, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914. Xmas Philes The Kimmel Center presents a holiday-themed performance by Philadanco, Dec. 10-12 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 7905847. Mummenschanz The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the inventive and acclaimed performance group, Dec. 16-18 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.
Othello The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Oct. 1-15 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 7905847.
Dwayne Dunlevey The cabaret singer performs at 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 8625225. Andy Kahn The singer and producer performs at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New
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Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin The authors of “Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America” host a reading at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322. Lesbian Lust, Love and Sex Sacchi Green, Kathleen Warnock and DL King discuss their contributions to “Lesbian Lust: Erotic Stories” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960. Thomas Buergenthal The author of “A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy” hosts a discussion at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322. Zane The bestselling author of “The
Hot Box: A Novel” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322. A Reading with CAConrad, Frank Sherlock and Danbert Nobacon The three authors talk up their new book “The City Real and Imagined” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.
The Barrel of a Gun The Kimmel Center presents the world-premiere film about the 1981 shooting of police officer Daniel Faulkner, 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Philadelphia Film Festival The Philadelphia Film Society presents the 19th-annual celebraSee FALL ARTS, Page 19
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OTHER 2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
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GreenFest Philly The festival features more than 200 exhibitors, vegetarian food, live music, an eco-fashion show and a clothing swap, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the South Street/Headhouse Square District; www.greenfestphilly.org. Brian Posehn The comedian from “The Sarah Silverman Program” performs Sept. 16-18 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001. Dave Attell The comedian performs Sept. 2426 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001. Gay Days Six Flags The amusement park opens for the LGBT event featuring DJ Corey Craig and Seth Gold from 6 p.m.midnight Sept. 24 at Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, N.J.; www.outinevents. com. The Scene: “So You Think You Can Dance” edition The monthly LGBTQ dance party invites attendees to dance for prizes, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept.
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25 at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St.; www.tlbtbproductions. com. Zombie Prom 2010 The undead party all night long, wearing tuxes and corsages, 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-6888. Mike Birbiglia The comedian performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650. “Last Comic Standing” Tour Comedians from the latest season of the reality competition perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650. David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce Come on, get happy at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 5727650. Margaret Cho The comedian performs at 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at Caesars Circus Maximus, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City; (800) 745-3000. Louis CK The Kimmel Center presents the outrageously funny stand-up comic, 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. ■
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Family Portraits Create: to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes. That pretty much sums up the work of Brian Sanders, the innovative dancer and choreographer who will present his newest show, “Sanctuary,” at the Live Arts Festival, which starts Sept. 3 here in our fair city. One of my favorite artists, I have seen Sanders swinging through a cavernous garage, scaling a giant scaffold beneath the Ben Franklin bridge and dancing with a toilet. The man has a way with staging. PGN interrupted his set building and costume sewing to learn a little about him and his creative process. PGN: Tell me about growing up. BS: I have two older brothers, one younger sister and two younger half-sisters. PGN: I have one older brother and that was enough for me ... BS: Yeah, having two older brothers was tough. They were always a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit stronger. It probably didn’t seem competitive to them but, to me, I was always vying to be able to do the things that they could. I’m still competitive with them today. I definitely got along better with my younger sister; we’re still very close. PGN: Where did you grow up? BS: I was born in the Princeton, N.J., area and spent most of my formative years there, moving around. My parents divorced when I was 7 and it was very contentious, so I bounced back and forth between the two. We were used as pawns and it got ugly, we were in the middle of a tug of war — sometimes literally — and it was pretty unpleasant. PGN: What’s a good childhood memory? BS: Wow, it’s hard to think of one. So many bad ones jump forth. Isn’t it a shame that those are the ones that stick with you? I guess fishing with my brothers at Stony Brook Creek from this great swinging bridge in the back woods of Princeton. PGN: Favorite toy? BS: I used to have a little 45 case that I would carry around. No turntable, just the case — it
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Suzi Nash was a little treasure chest for my things. I still have an affinity for cases today: I like old and unique ones. There’s one right next to you that I use as my sewing kit. [It’s an old leather case with large straps.] It’s amazing, it has so much character, I’ve even used it in one of my dance pieces. PGN: Who was a favorite teacher/class? BS: In school, I wanted to sing though I didn’t know whether I could or not ... still don’t. But I decided to join the chorus and the teacher was really fun to work with. Sadly, she was shot to death at gunpoint in the parking lot of the school. It was crazy. I later went to the High School for Creative and Performing Arts here in Philadelphia and got into dance. My favorite class was ballet. PGN: How did you get into dance? BS: Seeing Broadway shows like Bob Fosse’s “Dancin’” and Pilobolus with my mother. They were magical. PGN: What was the reaction when you said that you wanted to be a dancer? BS: They were supportive of it, then I went through a rebellious stage and got kicked out of high school. I was told if I wanted to continue with dance, I would have to get to and pay for classes myself so I gave it up for a while. I was living with my dad and, at 16, I’d become a burned-out teenager. PGN: What was your craziest stunt? BS: When I was 20, I was in Hollywood partying and trying to be famous and I found out that I had HIV. At the time the prognosis was not good and it was a real wake-up call for me. I decided to refocus and go back to college. I got back into dancing again. PGN: Where did you go to school? BS: I went to the University of the Arts back here in Philly. Which is kind of funny, because it’s associated with the High School for Creative and Performing Arts, the school I was expelled from. I was kicked out for smoking pot and stealing. When I went back, I really applied myself and excelled
— and now I teach there. PGN: What did you steal? BS: An intercom system. At the time, I didn’t think of it so much as stealing as being creative. I confused that sort of thing a lot. After getting back on solid ground with the dancing, I had another wild spurt and danced all over the world with Momix, having a glamorous and zany time until I started feeling that I needed to get back to myself. That life can really take over and send you in the wrong direction. It took a great effort to get back to reality, so to speak. I’ve now been clean and sober for 14 years. I almost feel like I started anew. I’ve always had an abundance of creativity and passion for dance and now I’ve been able to focus on it. PGN: What’s a favorite event? BS: I choreographed a piece in Milan, Italy, and ended up staying there for six months. I just loved the country and the people I worked with there. PGN: When did you start your own company? BS: I’ve had several starts: Right after college, I started my first company and did my first show at the Trocadero on Arch Street. I used a lot of peers from college, a number of whom have gone on to be successful dancers and choreographers on their own. After that is when I toured with Momix and I came back and worked a few years with Archetype, which was reestablished as Junk in 1997. PGN: How would you describe modern dance to someone unfamiliar with the art? BS: I don’t know, my work is modern-based, but it also has classical elements as well as athletics and gymnastics — I’m all over the board. I love everything, that’s the problem. I can’t commit! In this show, there’s a lot of aerial work with giant props. I like a kind of corporeal eroticism but not in an excessive way, more in an incidental way. I think dance is so much about the beauty of the human body and I like to play with that. PGN: I did a kids’ show and we had to come up with games for five shows a week. After a while, I’d look at saltshakers and think, maybe this could be used for a game. You use a lot of unique
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staging: Do you find yourself doing the same for inspiration? BS: Definitely, every moment is a resource. I’m very visually stimulated by other art: It could be a window display or a science exhibit or a painting. There was a contemporary exhibit at the art museum with a giant table full of potatoes with electrodes running through the potatoes. It was an amazing image. PGN: One thing I like about your work is that you have a bit of a twisted brain and a sense of humor, a combination I enjoy. BS: [Laughs.] It’s funny: I don’t know how twisted I am sometimes until I see people’s reactions. I think it’s normal. In this new piece, we’re walking around with cinderblocks on our heads and it seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to do until my dancers said, “Oh my God, you want us to do what?” and I realized other people don’t usually see a cinder block and think, I’ll put that on my head! PGN: If you could do a pas de deux with anyone, who would you choose? BS: Charlie Chaplin. Or maybe Lucille Ball. PGN: You and Charlie Chaplin would be awesome. What was the best thing about coming out and what was the scariest? BS: It’s funny you should ask: This piece is a little bit about the experience of going into a gay bar for the first time. It was the first place I went to where I felt like I was among people who
were the same as me. I’d never been immersed in gay culture before, so it was a euphoric feeling that I had found a safe place, a sanctuary, a place where I could be myself. It was an amazing part of coming out. The hard part was my parents and myself. I wrestled a lot as to whether it was right for me, if it was true. Part of my fear was of not having a family, which at the time was not so much an option, and the difficulties of wanting to be accepted by society. PGN: I think it’s interesting to hear that someone so rebellious was afraid to be different. You generally think of people in the arts as being flamboyant and fearless. There are probably a lot of kids who will read this who might identify with your struggle. BS: I came out and celebrated for a while and then thought, my God, this is really hard, and went backward. I was thrown by a lot of the reactions from society. Even just walking down the street and hearing someone yell “faggot.” They probably did that to any male walking alone, but for an 18-year-old boy just coming out, it really hurt. I didn’t know if I wanted to live like that. PGN: I understand that you’re very open about your HIV status. BS: Yes, I’ve been HIV-positive for a number of years. PGN: I was told that you’re a great role model because of having HIV and yet being strong and “healthy,” still doing strenuous dancing, but my thought is that
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it’s a Catch-22, because you don’t want young men to think, Oh, I don’t need to be safe, look at him, he’s doing great! BS: It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with in my life. Beyond the physical, it’s the most twisted, difficult psychological journey I’ve ever faced. The physical effects have been minimal, mostly from the long-term HIV and the side effects from the meds I have to take. Like lipodystrophy, which is when the drugs move the fat around in your face and body. Some people lose weight in their faces, some have the fat repositioned. If that’s what you’re looking to bring on, be aware. Part of my living with HIV was denial. Thinking I had 10 years to live, which was the prognosis, I spent the first seven waiting for the end. Then when I survived that long and nothing happened, I had a big celebration and partied for three years. Fortunately, I’m still here. I’m very lucky. But it’s terrifying.
still kicking. BS: My father was very supportive, he was the one who encouraged me to get tested to see if I was HIV-positive and then really bestowed as much comfort as he could because we thought I wasn’t going to be around for long. He’s still very supportive today: He’s my No. 1 fan.
PGN: My father was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome and we got great Christmas presents for a few years until he realized that it wasn’t going to be fatal for him. It’s now been 30 years and he’s
PGN: If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be? BS: Don’t get me wrong, I love every little part of me, but at 5-foot-4, I might want to be
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1. Pitcher’s rubber 5. Whitman’s dooryard bloomers 11. Get ready for action 15. Succotash bean 16. Tennis star Mauresmo 17. “Little Caesar” gangster 18. Crude cartel 19. “Scent of a Woman” Oscar winner 20. Point of view intro, at Gay.com 21. Start of a quip 24. Sault ___ Marie 25. Start of a footnote abbr. 26. Threesome 28. Doesn’t feel up 32. Buster Brown’s bulldog 35. End of the quip 39. “Victor/Victoria” actor Peter 40. Verdi opera 41. ___ Gay Hamilton 42. Liam of “Kinsey” 44. Straw hat 46. Beginning to whiz 47. k.d. lang’s “___ Gal” 52. Barrie’s precipitation 53. Source of the quip 55. No note for a butch 58. “The Mod Squad” character 59. Edmund to Colette? 63. Saying 64. “Village Voice” honor 65. “Three Tall Women” writer 66. Material on a drag queen’s
PGN: Any pets? BS: My partner John wants a cat and I want a dog, but we’ve made a promise that we won’t get anything until we finish remodeling the upstairs of our house. PGN: What’s John like? BS: John’s a big sweetheart ... He puts up with me! This is the first serious functional relationship I’ve had, and it’s nice. It’s been about three years, and we recently turned to each other and said, “You know, I really still like you and want to be with you.” He’s one of the dancers in the company.
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a little taller. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with my height. It’s been a squat 43 years. PGN: What do you do outside of dance? BS: Anything creative or with my hands. We’re remodeling the house right now and I like working with the tools. I also enjoy physical activities like jogging, Rollerblading, biking, skiing, horseback riding, etc., though I was never into team sports. I just started learning to snowboard, which is fun, but hurts when you’re a 43-year-old beginner. PGN: A crazy dancing incident? BS: Thank goodness, with all the wild stunts that we do, we haven’t had any major incidents. But I have a dancer who always seems to have these comedic errors. One time she was wearing stilts and she fell. It was horrible and she got hurt, but it was funny at the same time. I was trying to help her and she was stumbling all around trying to get her balance. When someone falls in stilts, it’s not glamorous and it’s not quick: It kind of happens in slow motion. bol 27. Transsexual Richards 28. Queen of the hill 29. Dick’s running mate 30. Like Abner, before Viagra? 31. NBC sketch source 33. Stud’s strides 34. To eat, to Ulrichs 35. Tart taste 36. Kind of column 37. Old TV comedian George 38. Poet Teasdale 43. Like antigay language 45. Third testacle? 4 8 . P u s s y ’s l a s t n a m e , i n “Goldfinger” 49. Greased the palm of 50. With title to 51. Fine point 53. George Burns film 54. Gay porn director Francis 55. Dangle like a package 56. Pastoral poem 57. The Oscars, e.g. 60. “Dancing Queen” band 61. Have-not’s condition 62. Disney pictures
You’re running after them as they slowly plummet. And she’s a squealer too, so whenever she got in trouble she would make noise. She was squealing and squawking as she bounded across the stage. PGN: And what can we expect from “Sanctuary”? BS: It’s going to be fun. Originally, I wanted it to be an all-male piece ... PGN: Boo! Half the fun of AdShock was the women in skintight clothing being doused in water! BS: [Laughs.] I understand totally, but I was coming from a personal place with my first coming-out experience, then I thought about a tribe of gay monks, but I thought that wasn’t very representational. So now it’s a mish mash of everything: girls with girls, girls with boys, boys with boys and girls — everything. It’s a little bit about that sense of finding commonality, that feeling of safety in a tribe, feeling that you belong. I found that there was great similarity between the monastery and the desire to dedicate yourself to a particular passion. The idea was that the little nightclub that I went to was where I
worshipped, where I got on the dance floor and felt sanctified. I put my arms in the air for divinity called Madonna and Cher. There is a very analogous feel. PGN: Well, as a lesbian, I thank you for including hot women in the show ... BS: My pleasure. In the end, it’s what gives the show balance. I’m so physical that I do a lot of strength-bound work and I fear that some of the women struggle with the physicality of the pieces, but they bring a part to the creative process that I could never achieve without them. PGN: Watching the shows, you would never know: The women seem just as adept as the men. It’s very cohesive. BS: Absolutely, and it brings in that virtuosity I was speaking about, so that it’s not just brawn beefcake. I think sometimes the guys would like to see a show with all chin-ups! But in the end, it’s all about the balance. ■ To suggest a community member for “Family Portraits,” write to: Family Portraits, 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 or email@example.com.
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Rewarding curiosity over adventurous menu By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer
2028 Chestnut St.,
Adsum really knocked it out of the park with the tater tots ($8), topped with emulsified whiskey, bacon and green goddess dressing. Far from the spuds on your school lunch tray, these tots were warm, savory and irresistible. The night we went to Adsum, the popular entrée was the fried chicken with collards, ham hocks and hot sauce ($18). The satisfied smiles on diners’ faces, not to mention the abundance of cleaned chicken bones on the plates, spoke for the dish. So we opted for the pork belly with pepperoni, black beans and pork barbeque ($18), mostly because we were wondering how pepperoni and pork belly were going to work together on the same plate. The answer: Excellently. Pepperoni, which usually would have dominated in flavor, played a good supporting role for the generous slab of pork belly and the smoky flavor of the black beans, adding the perfect amount of spice to the dish. Had we been more adventurous, we would have tried the KFC sweetbreads with pea risotto and mustard ($21) but, alas, we were not feeling that level of boldness that evening. Next time. Luckily for us, the homemade pierogies with burnt onion, thyme and buttermilk ($16) called out. What set them apart from most of their species was the crispy sear they got before they hit the plate, adding a nice buttery crunch that plays very well with the onions and buttermilk that top the dish. Once cooler weather sets in, these bad boys, along with the tater tots, should be flying out the door. Compared to the appetizers and entrées, the dessert menu at Adsum was straightforward, but no less interesting. The selections (all $9) available for us included a vanilla bean crème brûlée, a brown-sugar bread pudding with caramelized bananas and ricotta doughnuts. The doughnuts were a warm and sugar-coated treat, especially when dipped into the molten chocolate with a hint of cherry that came with it. With an adventurous menu and playful spirit, Adsum is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. ■
Larry Nichols can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Information Adsum 700-02 S. Fifth St. Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (267) 888-7002 www.adsumrestaurant.com
At first glance, the menu at Adsum, 700-702 S. Fifth St., appears slightly unorthodox, if not a bit crazy: Its Americanbistro-inspired fare takes some eyebrow-raising risks with ingredients. For the most part, those risks pay off. Things get interesting right out of the gate with appetizers. The Kool-Aid-pickled watermelon ($3) stares back at you from the menu like a dare. Watermelon is damn-near flawless on its own. Why would anyone try to up the ante by pickling it in Kool-Aid? The result, while refreshing, feels a little watered-down and artificial compared to its natural state. The fried oysters with picklejuice remoulade ($12) were perfectly fried and tender. Luckily, they were also not as pickle-y as the title suggested. The popular foie-gras poutine ($15) had its heart in the right place. Poutine, which is a Canadian staple, consists of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. And while Adsum nailed the execution right down to the cut and texture of the fries, the addition of foie gras seemed superfluous. But overall the dish was tasty.
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Your guide to arts and entertainment
Beirut Quince Productions presents a show about the Lower East Side of New York City becoming a quarantine zone for “positives,” through Aug. 28 at Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 6271088.
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy The animal-themed show blending circus elements and Broadway theatrics runs through Sept. 5 at Trump Taj Mahal’s Xanadu Theater, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; (609) 4416150. Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl The Langhorne Players presents a contemporary and inspired look at the classic tale from Greek mythology in which Orpheus, a musician, falls in love with and marries an oak nymph named Eurydice, through Sept. 4 at Spring Mill Garden, 1118 Richboro Road, Tyler State Park, Newtown; (215) 8600818. Just Say Love Quince Productions presents the romantic comedy centered on a young gay artist and a questioning construction worker, through Aug. 29 at Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 6271088. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Mauckingbird Theatre Company re-imagines Shakespeare’s classic as a gender-bending tale of modern love, through Sept. 12 at Randall Theater at Temple University, 2020 N. 13th St.; (215) 923-8909. Philly Fringe Preview Plays and Players presents
Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Inspiring Fashion: Way, Atlantic City; (609) Gifts from Designers 317-1000. Honoring Tom Marotta Philadelphia Museum of The Cliks and Hunter Art presents an exhibition Valentine of contemporary specialThe out bands perform occasion and eveningwear, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at through Sept. 6, 26th Street The Record Collector, and the Parkway; (215) 358 Farnsworth Ave., 763-8100. Bordentown, N.J.; (609) 324-0880. Juried Art Winners: McLean, Muller, Stroud The William Way LGBT Community Center hosts Cleopatra: The Search an exhibition of the three for the Last Queen of winners of the ﬁfth-annual Egypt Juried Art Competition — The Franklin Institute Kathy McLean, Elke Muller presents an exhibition of and Jeff Stroud — through 150 artifacts from Egypt, Aug. 27, 1315 Spruce St.; through Jan. 2, 20th Street (215) 732-2220. and the Parkway; (215) 448-1200. Maker, Make, Made The Clay Studio presents Converted an exhibition of artwork by Bambi Gallery presents an Ryan Greenheack, through exhibition of sculptures by Aug. 29, 139 N. Second St.; artist and hairstylist Julius (215) 925-3453. Scissor, through Aug. 29, 1001 N. Second St., Suite Out of the Wild 7; (267) 319-1374. ArtStar Gallery hosts an exhibition of works Ellis Island: Ghosts of featuring animal imagery, Freedom through Aug. 29, 623 N. James A. Michener Art Second St.; (215) 238-1557. Museum presents an exhibition of photos Pleasures and featuring the New York Pastimes in Japanese Harbor through the lenses Art of Lewis Hines and Stephen Philadelphia Museum of Wilkes, through Oct. 10 in Art presents an exhibition the museum’s Fred Beans of costumes, masks and Gallery, 138 S. Pine St., poetry exploring the ways Doylestown; (215) 340in which leisure time was 9800. interpreted across all social classes in Japanese art, Fugitive Elements through fall, 26th Street and AxD Gallery presents an the Parkway; (215) 763exhibition of works by 8100. Vincent McLoughlin and Susanne Scherette King, Scratched and through Sept. 4, 265 S. 10th Demented St.; (215) 627-6250. Bambi Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Gold Mountain Andrew Abbott, through Marginal Utility presents Aug. 29, 1001 N. Second an exhibition of bricolage St., Suite 7; (267) 319sculptures by Abigail D. 1374. DeVille, through Sept. 25, 319 N. 11th St.; (917) 355- Sculpting Nature 4487. The Center for Emerging
The Scissor Sisters are back on a world tour in support of their excellent new album, “Night Work,” and Philly has the pleasure of seeing the mostly gay electrorock band tear it up at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. If the show is anywhere near as packed and energetic as the last time the Sisters blew through town, you might want to get there early. For more information or tickets, visit www.scissorsisters.com or call (610) 784-5400.
a peek at some of the upcoming Philly Fringe productions, 8 p.m. Aug. 30, 1714 Delancey Place; (215) 735-0630.
The Jonas Brothers The pop group performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; (856) 365-1300. The Celtic Tenors The Irish band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 136 N. Main St., Sellersville; (215) 2573000. Scissor Sisters The out rock band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the
Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; (610) 7845400.
Kitten Disaster, 9 p.m. Aug. 28 at Tritone Bar, 1508 South St.; (215) 545-0475.
Tony Bennett The singer performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 546-7900.
Budweiser Superfest An R&B lineup including Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Reheen DeVaughn and more perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; (856) 365-1300.
Dir En Grey and Apocolytica The Japanese rock band and the classical-inﬂuenced metal band perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; (610) 784-5400. Sugartown The monthly show of female DJs and rockers features Misstallica (all female Metallica tribute band), Pet Primitive and
Animus The international instrumental fusion band performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 2221400. Crosby, Stills and Nash The rock band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and
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Visual Artists presents an exhibition of works from Susan Benarcik, R. Noel Shaak and John Woodin, through Sept. 2, 1521 Locust St., lower level; (215) 546-7775.
Wattstax The documentary concert ﬁlmed in 1972 in Watts at the L.A. Coliseum is screened at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223. Memento The drama from Chris Nolan is screened at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-6888. Yojimbo Bryn Mawr Film Institute screens the Japanese ﬁlm that inspired a number of Western ﬁlms, 7 p.m. Aug. 31, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898. Lawrence of Arabia Bryn Mawr Film Institute screens the award-winning epic at 7 p.m. Sept. 1, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.
Lynn Miller The author of “Crossing the Lines” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960. Diaspora Reading Group The group meets to discuss the novel “Probation” by Tom Mendicino at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960. Women’s/Trans Reading Group The group meets to discuss the novel “All About Love: New Visions” by bell hooks at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.
Momma’s Variety Show Comedian Dwayne Dunlevy and recording artist Andrew Suvalsky perform with other acts at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 8625225. Drag Brunch Drag queens and mimosas
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brighten your day at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 8625225.
The Harvest The spoken-word open mic starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.
The Schlapentickle Family Burlesque and Revue The cabaret group performs at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St.; (215) 948-2115.
Mark Curry The comedian from the sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” performs Sept. 2-4 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001. ■
Bill Cosby The legendary comedian performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; (609) 317-1000. Cocktails and Decadence Sample drinks and desserts at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.
Notices Send notices at least one week in advance to: Diversions, PGN, 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147; fax them to (215) 925-6437; or e-mail them to email@example.com. Notices cannot be taken over the phone.
WHAT’S IN STORE?: It’s been a long time since most of us set foot in a record store, but this is definitely one experience you can’t get from iTunes. Out alternative rock groups The Cliks (pictured) and Hunter Valentine team up with the Dollyrots for an instore performance at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at The Record Collector, 358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, N.J. It’s definitely more fun than downloading their songs and watching footage of the show on YouTube, so get off your ass and go! For more information, call (609) 324-0880.
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Meeting Place A community bulletin board of activities, facilities and organizations
Religion/Spirituality Arch Street United Methodist Church Services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. at Broad and Arch streets; (215) 568-6250. Bethlehem-Judah Ministries Open and afﬁrming congregation holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3847 N. Dupont Hwy., Kent Plaza Suite #2, Dover, Del.; (302) 734-9350. BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Church Hold services at 10:15 a.m. at 2040 Street Road, Warrington; (215) 343-0406. Calvary United Methodist Church Reconciling, welcoming and afﬁrming church holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue; (215) 724-1702.
AUG. 27 - SEPT. 2, 2010 Philadelphia Inclusive, welcoming and progressive congregation worships at 11 a.m. Sundays at 6023 Germantown Ave. Lunch follows; childcare is provided; (215) 438-3677. Gay Christian Singles Philly Burbs Provides support and fellowship for GLBT singles through discussion groups and social events; (610) 457-2081; firstname.lastname@example.org. Global Heart Spiritual Center Holds services at 10:30 a.m. at 1812 HaddonﬁeldBerlin Road, Cherry Hill, N.J.; (609) 868-2372.
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting worships at 11 a.m. Sundays at 1515 Cherry St.; (215) 241-7260; email@example.com. Resurrection Lutheran Church Holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 620 Welsh Road, Horsham; (215) 646-2597. Silverside Church Holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays followed by a group discussion at 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Del.; (302) 478-5921.
Grace Epiphany Church A welcoming and diverse Episcopal congregation in Mt. Airy, holds services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays, at 224 E. Gowen Ave., Mt. Airy; (215) 248-2950; www.grace-epi.org.
St. Asaph’s Church Inclusive and progressive Episcopal Church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays, with a contemplative communion at 8 a.m. at 27 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd; (610) 664-0966; www. saintasaphs.org.
■ The Attic Youth Center: For LGBT and questioning youth and their friends and allies. Groups meet and activities are held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available Monday through Friday. See the Youth section for more events. 255 S. 16th St.; (215) 545-4331
Central Baptist Church Welcoming and afﬁrming church holds services at 10:45 a.m. Sundays at 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-0664.
Holy Communion Lutheran Church (ELCA) Reconciling in Christ congregation worships Sundays at 9 a.m. at 2111 Sansom St. and 11 a.m. at 2110 Chestnut St.; (215) 569-1840; www. centercitylutheran.org.
St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) Reconciling in Christ congregation holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 24 N. Ridge Ave., Ambler; (215) 646-2451; www.stjohnsambler.org.
■ Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania 3907 Spruce St.; (215) 898-5044; firstname.lastname@example.org, Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church Services at 11 a.m. and Spirit at Play, an arts-based Sunday school for children, at 9:30 a.m. at 8812 Germantown Ave.; (215) 242-9321.
Hope Ministry Family Fellowship Afﬁrming Christ-centered church meets at 11 a.m. Sundays in Allentown; (610) 791-0716; email@example.com.
■ Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Youth Center: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Doylestown Planned Parenthood, The Atrium, Suite 2E, 301 S. Main St., Doylestown; (215) 348-0558 ext. 65; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church of the Cruciﬁxion Inclusive Episcopal community holds services at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Eighth and Bainbridge streets; (215) 922-1128.
St. Luke and The Epiphany Church Open and welcoming church holds liturgy at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays fall through winter and “Prayer Around the Cross” at 7 p.m. ﬁrst Friday of the month at 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 732-1918.
■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center: 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 732-2220; www.waygay.org. Peer counseling: Monday through Friday, 6-9 p.m. Library hours: Mondays 3-9 p.m., Tuesdays 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays 3-9 p.m., Thursdays 3-9 p.m., Fridays 3-9 p.m., Saturdays noon-6 p.m., Sundays noon-6 p.m. Volunteers: New Orientation: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; Volunteer Velada, third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Church of the Trinity Lutheran Reconciling in Christ parish holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 18th and Wolf streets; (215) 334-6656.
Imago Dei Metropolitan Community Church Sexual-minority congregation worships at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 1223 Middletown Road (Route 352), Glen Mills; (610) 358-1716; www.ImagoDeiMCC. org.
Health Anonymous, free, conﬁdential HIV testing Spanish/English counselors offer testing 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 166 W. Lehigh Ave.; (215) 763-8870 ext. 6000. AIDS Services In Asian Communities Provides HIV-related services to Asians and Paciﬁc Islanders at 340 N. 12th St., suite 205; (2215) 536-2424. Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative Free, anonymous HIV testing from 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays at 1207 Chestnut St., ﬁfth ﬂoor; (215) 851-1822 or (866) 222-3871. Spanish/English. HIV testing Free, anonymous testing and counseling is offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment at AIDS Resource, 520 W. Fourth St., suite 2A, Williamsport; (570) 322-8448.
HIV treatment Free HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment for Philadelphia residents are available from 9 a.m.noon Mondays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; (215) 685-1803. HIV health insurance help Access to free medications, conﬁdential HIV testing available at 17 MacDade Blvd., suite 108, Collingdale; Medical Ofﬁce Building, 722 Church Lane, Yeadon; and 630 S. 60th St.; (610) 586-9077. Mazzoni Center Free, anonymous HIV testing; HIV/AIDS care and treatment, case management and support groups; 1201 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-0652. www. mazzonicenter.org. Washington West Project Free, anonymous HIV testing. Walk-ins welcome 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; 1201 Locust St.; (215) 985-9206.
Casarez@phila.gov; Fax: (215) 686-2555
■ AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: (215) 587-9377
■ Mazzoni Center: (215) 563-0652; www. mazzonicenter.org
■ AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey: (856) 933-9500 ext. 221
■ Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine: (215) 563-0658
■ AIDS Library: (215) 985-4851 ■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: (215) 592-1513
■ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): (215) 572-1833
■ AIDS Treatment hot line: (215) 5452212
■ Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations: (215) 686-4670
■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: (215) 685-1633
■ Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force: (215) 772-2000
■ The COLOURS Organization Inc. 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; (215) 4960330.
■ Philadelphia Police Department liaison — Chief Inspector James Tiano: (215) 685-3655 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: (215) 600-0627; email@example.com
■ Equality Advocates Pennsylvania: (215) 731-1447; (866) LGBTLAW
■ Philly Pride Presents: (215) 875-9288
■ Equality Forum: (215) 732-3378
■ SPARC — Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition: (717) 920-9537
■ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Peer Counseling Services: (215) 732-TALK ■ Mayor’s liaison to LGBT communities: Gloria Casarez, (215) 686-2194; Gloria.
■ Transgender Health Action Coalition: (215) 732-1207 (staffed 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, and 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)
Dignity Jersey Shore An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets ﬁrst Saturday of the month in Asbury Park. For time and location, call (732) 502-0305. Dignity Metro NJ An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets at 4 p.m. Sundays at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, N.J.; (973) 857-4040. Dignity Philadelphia Holds Mass at 7 p.m. Sundays at 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 546-2093; firstname.lastname@example.org. Drexel Hill Baptist Church Non-judgmental Christian congregation afﬁliated with American Baptist Churches of the USA holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at Childs Avenue and State Road, Drexel Hill; (610) 259-2356; www. adhbaptist.com. Emanuel Lutheran Church Reconciling in Christ congregation meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at New and Kirkpatrick streets, New Brunswick, N.J.; (732) 545-2673; www. emmanuelnb.org. Episcopal Church of St. Paul Welcoming and inclusive church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 89 Pinewood Drive, Levittown; (215) 945-2886; www.saint-paulslevittown.org. Evangelicals Concerned Lesbian and gay Christian group meets at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month; (215) 860-7445. First Baptist Church Welcoming and afﬁrming church holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at 123 S. 17th St.; (215) 563-3853. First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne Welcoming church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 140 N. Lansdowne Ave.; (610) 622-0800; www.lansdownepresbyterian.org. First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia A liberal, welcoming and diverse congregation that afﬁrms the dignity of all. Sunday services at 11 a.m. September-June and 10 a.m. July and August at 2125 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-3980; www.ﬁrstuuphilly.org. The First United Church of Germantown A sexual-minority-afﬁrming congregation holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at 6023 Germantown Ave.; lunch follows; (215) 438-3677. First United Methodist Church of
Interweave Organization of LGBT Unitarians and allies meets monthly at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill, N.J., 401 N. Kings Highway; (856) 667-3618; www.uucinch.org. LC/NA Delaware Valley chapter A group for Lutherans who are not out in their own congregations meets at 7 p.m. fourth Sunday of the month at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St.; (215) 387-2885. Kol Tzedek Reconstructionist Synagogue committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community meets at Calvary Center, 801 S. 48th St.; (215) 764-6364; www. kol-tzedek.org. Mainline Unitarian Church Holds services at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays at 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon; (610) 688-8332; www. mluc.org. Maple Shade Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ Afﬁrming congregation open to all sexual orientations and gender identities holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 45 N. Forklanding Road, Maple Shade, N.J.; (856) 779-7739; mapleshadeucc.org. Metropolitan Community Church Holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays preceded by a 9:30 a.m. Bible study at The Pride Center of New Jersey. Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia Holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 735-MCC3; www.mccphiladelphia.com. New Thought Spiritual Community Nondenominational service is offered at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Cradle of Liberty Council, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne; (610) 962-9923.
St. Mary of Grace Parish Inclusive church in the Catholic tradition celebrates Mass at 6 p.m. Sundays in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media; (610) 566-1393; www. inclusivecatholics.org. St. Mary’s Church Diverse and inclusive Episcopal church, with openly gay rector, celebrates Eucharist at 11 a.m. Sundays; adult forum is held at 9:30 a.m.; and evening prayer is at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 3916 Locust Walk; (215) 386-3916; www.stmarysatpenn. org. Tabernacle United Church Open and afﬁrming congregation holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3700 Chestnut St.; (215) 3864100. Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County Welcoming congregation holds services at 10:30 a.m. at 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media. Children’s program (pre-8th) 10:30 a.m.; youth programming 6 p.m. Sunday; (610) 566-4853; www.uucdc.org. Unitarian Society of Germantown Welcoming congregation holds services 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 6511 Lincoln Drive (West Mt. Airy); (215) 844-1158; www.usguu.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill Holds services at 10:15 a.m. at 401 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, N.J.; (856) 667-3618. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Mt. Airy Welcoming congregation holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays September through June at 6900 Stenton Ave.; (215) 836-1812; www.uurestoration.us. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, South Jersey Shore Holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays in Galloway Township, N.J.; (609) 926-8890; www.uucsjs.org. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown Holds services at 10 a.m. at 1565 S. Keim St., Pottstown; (610) 327-2662.
Old First Reformed Church Open and afﬁrming United Church worships at 11 a.m. Sundays September through June, and 10 a.m. June through August at 151 N. Fourth St.; (215) 9224566; www.oldﬁrstucc.org.
United Christian Church Open, afﬁrming and welcoming congregation holds servies at 11 a.m. Sundays at 8525 New Falls Road, Levittown; (215) 946-6800.
Penns Park United Methodist Church Welcoming and afﬁrming church holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 2394 Second Street Pike, Penns Park; (215) 598-7601.
Unity Fellowship Church of Philadelphia Diverse, afﬁrming GLBT congregation holds services at 2 p.m. Sundays at Broad and Arch streets; (215) 222-3180.
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral Progressive and afﬁrming congregation holds Sunday services, with Lauds at 9:30 a.m. and Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. at 3723 Chestnut St.; (215)3860234; www.philadelphiacathedral.org.
University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation Welcoming congregation holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 3637 Chestnut St. preceded by “Adult Forum: Sundays” at 9:30 discussing religious alienation and struggles of faith; (215) 387-2885.
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Mombian Dana Rudolph Reading, writing, ’rithmetic and reaching out Back-toschool time is upon us once again. We LGBT parents with kids in school are busy buying pencils and notebooks, rulers and knapsacks. We’re not that different from any other parents. For many LGBT parents, however, the start of the school year brings up concerns about our children’s inclusion and safety. To begin, we may wonder about how and whether to come out to our children’s new teachers. How do we get a sense of whether they will create an inclusive classroom? There are three basic approaches one can take. First, one can wait until any questions or issues arise. Some parents may feel most comfortable with this least-intrusive method. For parents of older students, too, this may be the way to go, allowing the children to take control over how and when to come out about their families. Others may choose to be more proactive, setting up a time to meet with the teacher, get a feel for their commitment to inclusion and answer any questions. If you think there may be issues,
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this could be the best way to bring them into the open. On the other hand, it might be overkill — for all you know, the teacher could be LGBT her/himself, or a strong ally. A more middle-ground approach would be to find a way — without making a special appointment — to let your children’s teachers know you are an LGBT family. If you are a twoparent family, for example, make sure both of you take your child to school on the first day or go to a start-of-year parent gathering. Make a point of introducing yourselves as “so-and-so’s parents.” There is no one right answer for every family. Parents may even mix methods as they deal with homeroom teachers as well as music, art, and physical-education specialists. Beyond general issues of inclusion, many LGBT parents may also be rightly concerned about bullying. Studies by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network have shown that one of the most frequent reasons students are harassed is because of their real or perceived sexual orientation. This puts both LGBT students and non-LGBT children of LGBT parents at particular risk. Pennsylvania passed a law in 2008 that requires schools to implement anti-bullying programs. It does not, however, spe-
cifically name sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, although doing so has been shown — by GLSEN and by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark gay-rights case Romer v. Evans — to make such laws more effective. Still, the law is a step in the right direction and provides important protections. And earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, headed by GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings, held a national conference on bullying. Several LGBT groups, among others, attended. But if it has taken a year and a half into the Obama administration just to have a conference on the subject, one might surmise it will take even longer to see any action. And several bills that would address LGBTbased discrimination and bullying in schools (one introduced by Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Casey Jr.) look unlikely to move during this session of Congress. We may bemoan the lack of solid state and federal protections, but we should remember that regardless of laws and regulations, bullying prevention begins at the very-local level, with parents, teachers, administrators and students themselves working together to create an environment of respect.
We should not, therefore, start the school year by dwelling on all that could go wrong. While we should prepare for the worst, it also behooves us to think of all the positives. There are allies out there, from parents of our children’s existing friends to parents and teachers with LGBT relatives (and even some who are LGBT themselves). There are non-LGBT families who might face similar concerns because of race, religion, disability, adoptive status, being a single parent or other factors. We can reach out and build bonds based on our desire for acceptance. For parents wanting to recommend resources to their schools or gain more insight on schoolrelated matters themselves, HRC’s “Welcoming Schools Guide” remains the best single source for all age groups. It offers suggestions on how to create welcoming classrooms for LGBT students and those with LGBT parents, lesson plans for teachers who want to address diversity issues more directly and lists of books and other resources. It can be used as part of a structured curriculum, but is also a useful standalone guide (welcomingschools.org).
Other organizations offering school-related resources include GLSEN, COLAGE, Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the GayStraight Alliance Network and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. And the American Library Association’s Rainbow Bibliography offers a librarianselected list of LGBT-inclusive children’s and young-adult books (rainbowlist.wordpress.com). The most important thing for LGBT parents to remember is that you are not alone. Even if you are the only LGBT family you know of at your school, you may still find other families who support you. And there are more and more LGBT families if you look further afield to your local or state LGBT organizations or online. No matter what advice we get from others, however, the only global truth is that we must act based on what we feel is right for our own children. May we all learn along with them in the coming year. ■ Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian (www.mombian.com), a blog and resource directory for LGBT parents.
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. on NBC.
Chris & John Go To Camp In the season finale, a wardrobe malfunction threatens Michael and John’s wedding. 8 p.m. on Logo.
The Rachel Maddow Show Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. on MSNBC.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Two drag queens and a transsexual take a gig in the Australian outback. 8 p.m. on IFC.
FRIDAY Hairspray The movie based on the musical based on the movie by gay filmmaker John Waters. 11 p.m. on USA. SATURDAY Queer Streets A profile of the lives of seven homeless LGBT young people on the streets of New York City. 9 p.m. on Logo. The Wanda Sykes Show The out comedian hosts this repeat of her weekly talk show with guests Regina King and Paul Rodriguez. 11 p.m. on Fox. SUNDAY Latter Days A romantic comedy in which a gay waiter gets involved with a sexually confused Mormon missionary. 7:30 p.m. on Logo. 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Jimmy Fallon hosts and “Glee”
America’s Got Talent Five acts advance to the top 10. 9 p.m. on NBC. Top Chef: Washington, D.C. A better-than-average cooking competition show. 10 p.m. on Bravo.
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is up for a number of awards. 8 p.m. on NBC. Drop Dead Diva Comedian Margaret Cho co-stars in the second-season finale. 9 and 10 p.m. on Lifetime. MONDAY How I Met Your Mother Out actor Neil Patrick Harris stars in this repeat as the womanizing Barney.
8 p.m. on CBS. RuPaul’s Drag U The queens make-over harried moms in this new episode. 9 p.m. on Logo. TUESDAY Glee Repeats of this musical comedy at 8 and 9 p.m. on Fox. America’s Got Talent More acts perform in the semifinal rounds. 9 p.m. on NBC.
Flipping Out Out house-flipper Jeff Lewis redecorates a restaurant. 9 p.m. on Bravo. Rachel Zoe Project Look for out assistant Brad in the reality series. This week, the crew heads to Milan for Fashion Week. 10 p.m. on Bravo.
The Real World: New Orleans Look for gay cast member Preston. 10 p.m. on MTV. She’s Got the Look Out fashion expert Robert Verdi judges this reality competition for modeling hopefuls. 10 p.m. on TV Land.
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Nearly half of the 1.3-million U.S. homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration’s ﬂagship mortgage-relief program have fallen out. The program is intended to help those at risk of foreclosure by lowering their monthly mortgage payments. Last Friday’s report from the Treasury Department suggests the $75-billion government effort is failing to slow the tide of foreclosures in the United States, economists say. Lenders have repossessed more than 2.3-million homes since the recession began in December 2007, according to foreclosurelisting service RealtyTrac Inc. Economists expect the number of foreclosures to grow well into next year. “The government program as currently structured is petering out. It is taking in fewer homeowners, more are dropping out and fewer people are ending up
in permanent modiﬁcations,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. Besides forcing people from their homes, foreclosures and distressed home sales have pushed down on home values and crippled the broader housing industry. They have made it difﬁcult for homebuilders to compete with the depressed prices and discouraged potential sellers from putting their homes on the market. Approximately 630,000 people who had tried to get their monthly mortgage payments lowered through the government program have been cut loose through July, according to the Treasury report. That’s about 48 percent of those who had enrolled since March 2009. And it is up from more than 40 percent through June. Another 421,804, or roughly 32 percent of those who started the program, have received permanent loan modiﬁcations and are making their payments on time. RealtyTrac reported that the number of U.S. homes lost to
foreclosure surged in July to 92,858 properties, up 9 percent from June. The pace of repossessions has been increasing and the nation is now on track to having more than 1 million homes lost to foreclosure by the end of the year. That would eclipse the more-than 900,000 homes repossessed in 2009, the ﬁrm says. Lenders have historically taken over about 100,000 homes a year, according to RealtyTrac. Zandi said the government effort will likely end up helping only about 500,000 homeowners lower their monthly payments on a permanent basis. That’s a small percentage of the number of people who have already lost their homes to foreclosure or distressed sales like short sales — when lenders let homeowners sell for less than they owe on their mortgages. Zandi predicts another 1.5-million foreclosures or short sales in 2011. “We still have a lot more foreclosures to come and further home-price declines,” Zandi said.
He said home prices, which have already fallen 30 percent since the peak of the housing boom, would drop by another 5 percent by next spring. Many borrowers have complained that the government program is a bureaucratic nightmare. They say banks often lose their documents and then claim borrowers did not send back the necessary paperwork. The banking industry said borrowers weren’t sending back their paperwork. They also have accused the Obama administration of initially pressuring them to sign up borrowers without insisting ﬁrst on proof of their income. When banks later moved to collect the information, many troubled homeowners were disqualiﬁed or dropped out. Federal ofﬁcials dispute that they pressured banks. They have defended the program, saying lenders are making more signiﬁcant cuts to borrowers’ monthly payments than before the program was launched. And some of the
largest mortgage companies in the program have offered alternative programs to those who fell out. Homeowners who qualify can receive an interest rate as low as 2 percent for ﬁve years and a longer repayment period. Those who have successfully navigated the program to reach permanent modiﬁcations have seen their monthly payments cut on average by about $500. Homeowners ﬁrst receive temporary modiﬁcations, which are supposed to become permanent after borrowers make three payments on time and complete all the required paperwork. That includes proof of income and a letter explaining the reason for their troubles. But in practice, the process has taken far longer. The more-than 100 participating mortgage companies get taxpayer incentives to reduce payments. As of mid-June only $490 million had been spent out of a potential $75 billion the government has made available to help stem the wave of foreclosures. ■
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AMY F. STEERMAN Attorney at Law
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PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS
AUG. 27 - SEPT. 2, 2010
The Philadelphia Gay News covers news and entertainment serving the LGBT community in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond.
Published on Aug 26, 2010
The Philadelphia Gay News covers news and entertainment serving the LGBT community in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond.