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doing just that. The study is almost done, and we already have a few preliminary results. Nightlife in San Francisco generates $4.2 billion a year in spending, with $1 billion of that amount coming from bars, clubs, performance venues, and art spaces. Some 48,000 people are employed in nightlife businesses, and these businesses contribute $55 million a year in local taxes. On March 5, we’ll announce the full results of the study at a hearing of the Land Use and Economic Development Committee. This data will help us make smart public policy around nightlife. In the past, those decisions frequently have been driven by anecdote and over-reaction to isolated events. Trouble near a small number of nightclubs? The city responds by making it difficult for all nightclubs to operate, even those with excellent safety records and despite the dramatic improvement in the Entertainment Commission’s oversight. Or, the city goes even further and proposes requiring all clubs, even small ones, to scan ID cards of everyone who enters. (That proposal, thankfully, was roundly rejected.) Entertainment is under pressure in San Francisco. There are neigh-

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borhoods with significant friction between housing and nightlife. Some of that friction results from a small number of problem venues. Other times, a good venue is jeopardized for simply conducting its business within the limits of San Francisco law. We also continue to have bizarre Planning Code restrictions that undermine entertainment, such as the Mission Alcohol Special Use District, which makes it difficult or impossible to start creative new businesses in the Mission if alcohol is involved. This provision almost prevented a new bowling alley from locating at 17th and South Van Ness. Similarly, some are concerned that the Western SOMA Plan, as currently written, will undermine nightlife on 11th Street by surrounding clubs with new housing and by reducing the number of venues. A thriving nightlife scene is key to our city’s cultural identity and economic future. Now that we have the data on its benefits, we can take a more balanced and thoughtful approach. 2 Supervisor Scott Wiener represents District 8 on the Board of Supervisors. The March 5 hearing will start with a noon rally on the steps of City Hall followed by the hearing at 1 p.m. in City Hall Room 263. music listings

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EDITORIAL The mortgage crisis in San Francisco isn’t just devastating to homeowners and to the southeast neighborhoods where foreclosures are most common — it’s clear evidence that lenders and their affiliates are and have been acting illegally. This city ought to be taking the lead on pressing civil and criminal charges against the mortgage outfits. City Assessor Phil Ting commissioned a report in February that showed that nearly every one of 382 foreclosures actions in the city between January 2009 and October 2011 had at least some irregularities. In more than 80 percent of the cases, the report identified direct violations of law. The report comes as Occupy protesters in San Francisco are moving aggressively to target banks that are tossing people out of their homes and at a time when county sheriffs in other parts of the country are refusing to execute foreclosure orders. Both City Attorney Dennis Herrera and District Attorney George Gascon have asked for more material from Ting’s office, although neither has announced a formal investigation. But every day that this goes on, more people lose their homes and more crimes are committed — and both offices should move as quickly as possible to take action. There’s nothing in the federal settlement over fraudulent mortgage activity that prevents local officials from taking this sort of action. There’s nothing preventing Herrera from seeking an injunction against further foreclosures or preventing Gascon from indicting the lenders and their executives. Meanwhile, Ting told us that he’s asking Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate, because the pattern of violations almost certainly goes beyond San Francisco. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier has introduced a bill that would mandate transparency in foreclosures, so at least homeowners would know who to contact to seek a modification. That’s a good start. But holding these sleazy operators accountable would send a message that San Francisco isn’t going to let this sort of behavior continue. 2

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“The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is paying upwards of $53 million a year on rate swaps,� said Alia Phelps of ACCE at a protest on Feb. 21 outside of the former Bank of America building at 555 California Street. “This is money that isn’t going to keep routes in service, that isn’t paying drivers, nor going to repair buses, or to keep fares lower. We need these swaps renegotiated.� That protest included visits to half a dozen banks. Activists demanded branch managers fax a letter to their corporate headquarters calling on the banks to voluntarily renegotiate swaps signed with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area’s regional transportation authority, which has lost over $100 million on toxic swap deals. In 2002 the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), a state-level agency operated by the MTC, issued more than $1 billion in bonds to pay for repairs and seismic upgrades of regional toll bridges. Three financial giants stepped forward promising to lower MTC’s long-term borrowing costs on these bonds by using interest rate swaps. Ambac, Solomon Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley signed deals with the MTC to cover $300 million in debt. “With this transaction, we are getting the peace of mind of a fixed debt payment at a significant discount from traditional price levels,� MTC’s Chief Financial Officer Brian Mayhew said at the time of the deal. Basically the swap agreement had the MTC paying a fixed interest rate of 4.1 percent to the banks, while the banks paid 65 percent of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a key benchmark used in global financial markets. Whichever party’s sum happened to be higher when payments came due would pay the difference. The advantage of the deal, in the eyes of the MTC’s managers, was that it would lock-in a low interest rate on MTC’s debt, potentially saving as much as $45 million. “We think it’s a good time to lock in these low rates,� Mayhew said in 2002. Fast forward to 2009. A year into the financial crisis, interest rates collapsed. LIBOR, which had

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Bank of America, JP Morgan, Bank of New York, and Goldman Sachs. All of this money will be diverted from the MTC’s various transit infrastructure, planning, and operations accounts. “The big picture is service cuts, pay cuts, work speed ups, fare hikes, route eliminations, and other things that harm working people who ride transit,� said retired Muni worker Ellen Murray. The MTC’s quarter-billion dollar rate swap nightmare is only the most obvious part of a more systemic problem. Until at least 2030, given current conditions, San Francisco’s Airport Commission must make costly rate swap payments to numerous banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Depfa, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch, on agreements associated with more than a half-billion in debt. Much of this is linked to commercial paper issued to pay for infrastructure at the Airport (SFO). Unlike the MTC, SFO’s financial managers were more prudent in entering swap agreements, and therefore secured better terms that have produced a net savings. “The Airport has saved about $92 million to date,� Assistant Deputy Airport Director Kevin Kone told us, referring mostly to gains made between 2005 and late 2007. But since 2008, SFO’s swaps have been losing money. When Lehman Brothers collapsed, and Bear Stearns imploded and was CONTINUES ON PAGE  >>

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Occupy Oakland activists— took up the issue with the City Council on Feb. 21, packing the chamber with one of the more diverse activist coalitions in recent memory. “We’re here to implore you to get the City of Oakland out of this toxic relationship,� Rev. Daniel Buford of the Allen Temple Baptist Church told the council. Members of the Oakland City Council are sympathetic to this message. In a letter sent last June, Council member Rebecca Kaplan implored Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein to spare Oakland’s taxpayers: “By bringing the contract to conclusion with no penalty fees, and negotiating a reasonable exit strategy, you would be demonstrating good faith to public taxpayers in the most substantial way.� At the conclusion of public comment Tuesday night, Oakland Council member Libby Schaaf promised the public action on the swap. In a Valentine’s Day protest the previous week, 50 activists visited the Oakland offices of Morgan Stanley. Faculty and students from the Peralta Community College system went there demanding the bank renegotiate a rate swap that is estimated to have cost the college $1.6 million last year. The same day the college’s board of trustees discussed the need to cut $12 million more from the budget in 2012. Morgan Stanley CEO James Goreman’s pay for 2011 was $14 million, opponents of the swap point out. Peralta student and Bay Area transit activist Adam Ross attempted to reach the 9th floor offices of Morgan Stanley in a small delegation to deliver a letter demanding the bank renegotiate the swap: “There were signs on the door saying the office was closed. They probably got tipped off and locked the doors.� Afterward, Caesar Swaby of Riders for Transit Justice addressed the rally, connecting dots for the different constituencies present: “Morgan Stanley is taking money from Peralta College, causing classes to be cut. Morgan Stanley is also taking money from transit riders. Morgan Stanley has a $3 million rate swap with the MTC, causing cuts to bus and train services.� A Morgan Stanley representative declined to comment for this report. Goldman Sachs did not return calls and emails. A spokesperson for the MTC was unable to be reached by deadline. 2 music listings

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of low-income communities, while repeatedly breaking your legal and moral obligations as a creditor. You have failed to comply with loan modification requirements under your own lending agreements,� said a blown-up “foreclosure notice� outside Stumpf’s home. In the spirited street theater scene, activists dressed as an auctioneer and a larger-than-life John Stumpf played out a fake auction of Stumpf’s property. Dexter Cato, a father of four whose wife was recently killed in a car crash in the midst of monthslong loan modification proceedings, faces foreclosure from his Bayview home of 40 years. “Stumpf, we want a new address for you,� said Archbishop Franzo King of the Western Additions’ John Coltrane church, “850 Bryant Street!� The crowd then proceeded to chant this address: the San Francisco Hall of Jusice and County Jail. “We understand that some of our customers are going through difficult times during this economic recovery,� said Jim Foley, president of Wells Fargo’s Greater Bay Area region, in a press release responding to the Feb. 25 protest. The company plans to hold “Home Preservation Workshops� in Richmond March 7 and 8 to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Public officials may be a long way from locking up CEOs for foreclosure fraud, but some have taken notice of complaints against the banks. On Feb. 2, the Berkeley City Council voted not to extend its contract with Wells Fargo to manage $300 million in city assets, citing its foreclosures on city residents. On a national level, activists have been successful in persuading people to transfer their money to local banks and credit unions in recent months. Javelin Strategy and Research came out with statistics that 5.6 million Americans have switched bank service providers in the past 90 days, three times the normal transfer rate. Bank Transfer Day in early October was specifically cited as the trigger by 610,000 of those people. The recent $25 billion settlement between the five largest banks and attorneys general in California and other states over mortgage fraud made big headlines, but activists note that it allocates a measly $2,000 for those facing foreclosure. Occupy Bernal’s Buck Bagot said people need more protection from powerful banks. “Banks suckered people into this stuff, and they have made billions,� Bagot said. “We’re not saying people shouldn’t have to pay off the money they borrowed, but it took two to tango.� 2

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without preachy religiosity. The Akron/Family label-mates have a sunny optimism in the face of bad shit and a sound that might have you going along. Maybe even that cult part. (Ryan Prendiville)

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Ty Segall Ty Segall has managed to produce ecstatic, psychedelic lo-fi garage punk rock that retains the catchiest elements of rock’n’roll — seductive drumbeats, wailing guitars, and arresting lyrics — really quickly. Last year he released full-length album Goodbye Bread, along with three EPs. This spring he’s touring with Tim Presley of White Fence to promote their collaborative LP, Hair, out April 28. Hair features Segall’s brand of bright and fuzzy electric doo-wop and Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamondsinspired melodic distortion. Segall rocked the Great American Music Hall last year with his curly blonde head-banging antics and returns this week to shake it out some more. (Mia Sullivan) With White Fence, Mikal Cronin, the Feeling of Love 8:30 p.m., $15 Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell, SF (415) 885-0750 www.gamh.com

Sunday 3/4 “Balboa Birthday Bash” Hey, jazz baby: between 2011 hits The Artist, Hugo, and Midnight in Paris, the 1920s are the cinematic decade du jour. What better way to re-live the flapper era than at a movie theater that’s been around since 1926? Cheer the Balboa’s 86th birthday — yep, it’s older than the Oscars — at a fiesta co-presented by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. On tap are a screening of Harold Lloyd classic Safety Last! (1923) on 35mm with piano accompaniment by Frederick Hodges; a screening of shorts by Georges Méliès (a.k.a. Ben Kingsley’s character in Hugo); a live vaudeville show; an illustrated lecture by author and Safety Last! expert John Bengtson; birthday cake; and more. As they said in the ‘20s (or at least, they always say in movies set in the ‘20s), it’ll be the cat’s pajamas. (Eddy) 7 p.m., $7.50–$10 Balboa Theatre 3630 Balboa, SF

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of the subject matter’s complexity, not to speak of an audience’s expectation about a beloved story and, of course, the music. Helgi Tómasson has the chops. His 1994 version is gorgeous, sumptuously choreographed and designed. The depth of the company is such that it has any number of first-rate dancers to fill the roles, not just the major ones of the lovers, but minor characters — the villain and the best friend, the gypsy girls and the rejected suitor. (Rita Felciano)

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By Marke B. marke@sfbg.com This past year was pretty dang rad in the clubs (and here I must stop to thank my fantastic hairstylist, Paul at Zip Zap, for helping make it especially happen for me). Despite the recession -- and the continued flight of us decadent types -- the parties never stopped. In fact, they seem to have gotten even more varied and creative, with a sophisticated energy that’s welcoming and ecstatic, flinging their doors open wide for hot-footed like minds. I was inspired during a particularly riotous drag show featuring flaming dildos, pancake batter, and Shabba Ranks to put together this list of regular happenings I’m into, a kind of snapshot of our fine nightlife, and a guide to more good times, if you feel me. That 62 recommendations for weekly and monthly parties sprang to mind immediately -- bluegrass, rocksteady, gay goth, electro-cumbia, zouk, hypercrunk, Brit pop, etc -- shows out the sheer vibrance of the local scene. The parties listed below are ones I wholeheartedly recommend: friendly, affordable, no dress codes or booth reservations, full of adventurous music and folks who aren’t afraid to move a little sideways when they dance, rather than just nod their heads or pump their fists (and who actually have fun, rather than act like they’re having fun in a video). There’s oodles more shindigs I itched to list — some are too new for me to get a proper handle on yet, others I’ve only popped in on, and I’m sure a few I forgot (I’m permastoned.). Also, I didn’t throw down in the East Bay as much as I’d have liked; send me your hot tips for next time. This list will live and grow at www.sfbg. com/nightlife2012, where you’ll also find my favorite roving parties and chill-out spots. And follow our music listings and my weekly Super Ego column for special nightlife events. Enough blather, Barbra! Tonight, we dance.

MONDAYS Bluegrass Mondays Live bands, wellpicked tunes, and a hootenanny crowd help get the new week twang on right — strumming legend Toshio Hirano appears

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monthly to show how it’s really done. 9 p.m., free. Amnesia, 853 Valencia, SF. www.amnesiathebar.com Death Guild Our fair burg’s weekly 18+ goth classic, bursting with kohl-rimmed, cyber-punk joy, now going on 21 years of dark celebration. DJs Decay, Melting Girl, and more deliver chills from Cocteau Twins wormholes to bleeding edge nu-IDM. 9:30  p.m.-afterhours. $3 before 10 p.m., $5 after, 18+. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF www.deathguild.com Motown on Mondays The SF scene’s Monday go-to for some soulful comfort food, with a swinging crowd and some mighty fine Motown and more selections from DJ Gordo and guests. 6 p.m., free. Madrone, 500 Divisadero, SF. www.madronesf.com Skylarking High-flying hazy fantasia of roots reggae and dub goodness from a host of local reggae royalty with a more-thanwelcoming vibe. 10 p.m., free. 3089 16th St., SF. www.skylarkbar.com Wanted A very sexy mixed party in the Castro for indie dance and electro rockoriented folks who aren’t quite ready to end the weekend. Gives a downtown NYC vibe with SF (lack of) attitude. With DJs Key&Kite and Richie Panic. 9 p.m., free. QBar, 456 Castro, SF. www.sfwanted.com Viennetta Discotheque What other intimate, kooky-lovely queer party would celebrate its recent anniversary with 40 McDonald’s cheeseburgers and a platter of fries for hungover voguers to “serve?” From over-thetop disco to tomorrow’s dub-techno to just WTF, DJs Stanley Frank and Robert Jeffrey whip it up. 10 p.m., free. UndergroundSF, 424 Haight, SF. 133 Turk, SF.

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dubstep (tending toward the brostep variety) with a crowd that mixes the mainstream with the more devoted, and never fails to deliver on the wob-wobs. 10 p.m., free. The Cellar, 685 Sutter, SF. www.thecellarsf.com Bless Up Premier reggae, riddim, and dancehall crew Jah Warrior Shelter Hi Fi keep the Upper Haight rocksteady with live guests, smokin’ tunes, and a forest of cute dreds. This is the good stuff. 10 p.m., $5. 1840 Haight, SF. www.milksf.com High Fantasy Apocalyptically glamorous queer rabble-rousers Alexis Bair Penney and Myles Cooper make gutter dreams come true in the Tenderloin, with artistically challenging drag performances, international surprise guests, and polymorphous perversity on taptap-tap. 10 p.m., $2. Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, 133 Turk, SF. www.auntcharlieslounge.com

WEDNESDAYS Booty Call Ever-gorgeous queen Juanita More and ever-energetic promoter Joshua J host this weekly queer night bursting with forward looks and youthful cuteness. The stated draw is the fun photobooth in back, tricked out by noted artists, but the freespirited, non-pop house tunes are tasty, too. 9 p.m., $3. QBar, 456 Castro, SF. www.bootycallwednesdays.com Housepitality Good ol’ back-tobasics, world class house dancing with a warm, family vibe and some refreshing sophistication without pretension — also, some mighty hot hoofers on the dancefloor and guests in the booth. Pretty much a perfect hump night out. 9 p.m., $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. Icon, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.housepitalitysf.com Coo Yah DJs Green B and Daneekah up the steamy reggaeton and dancehall ante with some strong female power behind the decks, live Caribbean and UK guests, and a diverse

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crowd who know how to put one leg up with the jams. 9 p.m., free. SOM, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com Bondage a Go Go The teasing tension between what can legally go on at this polyamorous showcase (now approaching its 20th year) and what actually might go on is just one of the exquisite tortures/pleasures for its many fans. DJs Damon and Tomas Diablo keep the rock and retro atmosphere dark and hot. 9:30 p.m., $10. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, SF. www.bondage-a-go-go.com

WEDNESDAY MONTHLIES Shutter Goth glamour exquisitely laid over indie sensibilities: modern darkwave and ‘80s synth strains form the backdrop for a monthly ball of debaucherous shivers and Romantic excess. Fourth Wednesdays, 10 p.m., $5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.facebook.com/Shutter.SF Stay Gold Adorably spazzy neon-sweatered, asymmetrically haircutted, often pantsless sexy young queer people unite! And get down to some pretty fierce reggaeton, hiphop, and non-ironic pop jams from DJs Pink Lightning and Rapid Fire. Last Wednesday of the month, 10 p.m., $3 before 11 p.m., $5 after. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www. facebook.com/staygoldsf Qoöl Mammoth One of our oldest funky techno crews, Qoöl, joins forces with beloved insane Burning Man camp Pink Mammoth for a monthly SF scene reunion — as a happy hour, which means we’re growing up? Oh dear. Last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m.-11 p.m, free. The EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.qoolsf.com

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packed house, from adorable DJ brothers Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz. Live percussion and performances, international guests, and a free-spirited atmosphere keep it lively. 9:30 p.m., $5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com Base Upscale club Vessel dips into the scrappy underground (a little) by hosting some of the most consequential names in international techno every week for an adoring, knowledgeable, dance-ready audience. 10 p.m., $10. Vessel, 85 Campton Pl., SF. www.vesselsf.com Future Perfect This packed party pretty much realizes its admirable aim to demolish all genre boundaries and just play “cool, contemporary music no matter what.” That makes it hard to write about, but easy to dig, especially with yummy weekly live guests that have included Light Asylum, Cold Cave, and Dubbel Dutch. 10 p.m., $10–$15. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf. com The Monster Show If San Francisco has a drag sweetheart, it must be the loveable Cookie Dough, who isn’t afraid to dump buckets of blood around the stage or skewer Toddlers and Tiaras or Whitney Houston for her gently twisted, often outrageous Monster Show performance night. 10 p.m., $5. Midnight Sun, 4067 18th St., SF. www. cookievision.com NightLife Hey smart peeps (and friends), the incredible Cal Academy of Sciences puts on one of the best parties in the city, with different intelligent but fun themes, exciting DJs, and informative talks each week. Yes, there are multiple bars and dancefloors. Yes, there are penguins. 6 p.m.-10 p.m., $12. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, SF. www. calacademy.org/nightlife Popscene All the bright young indie pop fans converge on this long-running 18+ party to peep up-and-coming international live bands often so fresh the Internet has yet to discover them — plus some touching nods to the alternative pop styles of yore. 10 p.m., $10–$15, 18+. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.popscene-sf.com Ritual Our best dubstep party, mixing anarchic raving with some damn smart programming and top notch selections. DJs Nebakaneza, Johnny5, and the Irie Cartel keep the sound an art form, exploring its

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Bootie The grandpappy of mashup clubs, going on eight years of bastard pop and cheeky pirate-themed fun. The crowd may have broadened, but Bootie head DJs Adrian and Mysterious D still program mindfuck drag performances and leftfield happenings to keep merry dancers (and loud singersa-long) on their toes. They can even turn a Katy Perry-themed night into something subversive. 9 p.m.-afterhours. $10 before 10 p.m., $15 after. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. www.bootiesf.com el Superritmo! Your best weekly bet for baile funk and Afro-Latin jams, with a whole tropical world of other styles thrown into the mix by spunky resident DJs Roger Mas and Kool Kyle. The crowd can get a wee bit dressy (so polish your patent leather Keds), but the floor never quits. 10 p.m., $5. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., SF. www. makeoutroom.com.

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dancing to be had. First Saturdays, 10 p.m.6 a.m., $20, The EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.kontrolsf.com leiSure 1990s Britpop and trip hop, plus mod â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s scooter gems and bubble gum pop from DJs Omar and Aron Axelson make everything laidback, baby. First Saturdays, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $5. Cat Club, 1150 Folsom, SF. www.sfcatclub.com DeBASer After four years of excellently reviving grunge and alternative rock for flannel-shirted, babydoll-dressed 1990s fanatics, DJs Jamie Jams and Emdee are incorporing hip-hop and taking on a huge project: dedicating a night to every year of that nutso decade, starting with 1989 on March 10. Second Saturdays, 10 p.m., free with flannel before 11 p.m., otherwise $5. The Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF. www. debaser90s.com love Will Fix it Those questing to slake their thirst for vinyl â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s funk and R&B classics (a surprisingly rare flavor on the scene these days) played in a Market Street hole-in-the-wall bursting with positivity and hot-hot gays and friends need look no further than DJ Bus Station Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest venture. Second Saturdays, 10 p.m., $5. The Hot Spot, 1414 Market, SF. BeAtpig Intensely fun and charitable gay times at the Powerhouse bar in SoMa, as DJs Juanita More and Sidekick and host W. pack the leather-lovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hole with nightlife personalities, pleasant dancing, and often much sex cruising. Third Saturdays, 9 p.m., $5. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom, SF. www. beatpigsf.com NoN Stop BHANgrA Welcoming and wild, this tribute to the contemporary Punjabi (via London) dance sound mixes in plenty of tasty bass variants and one of the most diverse crowds in the Bay. DJ Jimmy Love and the dholrhythms dancers host awesome, global-eared guests. Second Saturdays, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$15. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com tormeNtA tropicAl Electro-cumbia heaven, as a hip crowd gets down to the latest dance music of the Latin American diaspora. Absolutely filthy-lovely global grooves right here, from DJs Oro11 and Shawn Reynaldo. Second Saturdays, 10 p.m., $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com BootY BASSmeNt â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squat! Squat! Gobble! Gobble! Squat-squat! Gobble-gobble!â&#x20AC;? If shouting these words in your head makes you want to slip down your hot pants and show your silky thong for $$$, this hipstery-butfine booty music paradise has your bottom number. Third Saturdays, 10 p.m., $5. The Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF. www.facebook. com/bootybassment oK Hole Real risk-taking live electronic, synth, and leftfield analog music performances for enthusiastic spectators, with jaggedy dance tunes from resident DJs Nay Nay, C.L.A.W.S., and (Keep It) Keith Slogan. Third Saturdays, 9 p.m., $5. Amnesia, 853 Valencia, SF. www. amnesiathebar.com. icee Hot The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best showcase for razorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge developments in underground bass music and the UK sounds of now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a some classic house and techno stunner guests thrown in for megameasure. A lifeline for those tired of hearing this good stuff via Internet. Fourth Saturdays, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., SF. $5 before 10:30, $10 after. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com go BANg! DJ Steve Fabus has been spinning since the earliest days of San Fran-disco, and when teamed up with young fanatic DJ Sergio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fire. Each month brings an onslaught of disco heat, with repolished red-light classics and rare vinyl revivals stoking an eager, off-the-shoulder crowd. Fourth Saturdays, 9 p.m., $5. Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin, SF. www.gobangsf.com

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suNDaYs dub mission For 15 years, DJ Sep and friends have kept the Bay flame alive for deliciously heavy dub and classic rocksteady rhythms (now with a bit of dubstep). I often feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in some underground club in Jamaica or London in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here, which is pretty much the coolest feeling there is. 9 p.m., $6. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.dubmissionsf.com FoRwaRd am Um, why the heck wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you â&#x20AC;&#x153;get upâ&#x20AC;? at 6 a.m. to hit up this rise â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n shine tech-house gem, putting North Beach back on the map for serious party fanatics. 6 a.m.-1 p.m., $10. Monroe, 473 Broadway, SF. www.forwards.com Honey soundsystem Timeless, pumping house music so well-curated, and scruffy hot queer freak dancers looking so high out of their minds on the dance floor, that I feel gross and a little violated just being there. 9 p.m., $5. Holy Cow, 1535 Folsom, SF. www.honeysoundsystem.com sunday sessions One of the last bastions of soulful, family-style deep house music in San Francisco, especially during the monthly Harlum Muziq label showcase with David Harness and Chris Lum, every third Sunday of the month. 8 p.m., $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$20. the EndUp, 401 Sixth St., SF. www.theendup.com sweateR Funk Not sweat or funk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sweat and funk, in spades, as the tiny basement of Chinatownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Li Po Lounge gets off on a huge dose of classic and contemporary boogie and soul from a crew of true connoisseurs. 9:30 p.m., free. Li Po Lounge, 916 Grant, SF. www.facebook.com/sweaterfunk 2

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tHe war IS over. Fun won 4BO'SBODJTDPOJHIUMJGF JTGJOBMMZHFUUJOHTPNF QPMJUJDBMTVQQPSU By Steven t. JoneS steve@sfbg.com nIGHtLIFe Two years ago, the war on fun that the Guardian had been chronicling and decrying since 2006 — involving overzealous cops, NIMBY neighbors complaining about noise, escalating fees on outdoor events, and politicians scapegoating nightclubs for urban violence –- seemed to be reaching a peak of official intolerance. The San Francisco Police Department and California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control were running amok, with an especially troublesome pair of enforcers harassing disfavored club owners and guests, getting rough with patrons at private parties, and seizing laptop computers from DJs and cameras from those who documented the abuses (see “The new War on Fun,” 3/23/10). Then-Mayor Gavin Newsom and then-Police Chief Heather Fong and their underlings only fed the conflict with brash statements and by refusing to support the nightlife industry. But today, all involved say the situation has turned completely around, with the nightlife industry asserting its importance to San Francisco’s culture and economy and getting key support from a new generation of political leaders. It may be too early to say the war on fun is over, but everyone is certainly enjoying a welcome cease-fire. Police Chief Greg Suhr has longstanding relationships with many leaders in the nightlife community -– and he’s someone who says that he goes out regularly and has a son who plays drums for a local band. “I consider many of the people in the entertainment community to be personal friends,” Suhr told us. “And if there’s a problem, I don’t think anyone has been shy about approaching me personally.” At the same time, the industry has taken on a higher political profile in town since forming the California Music and Culture Association two years ago during the height of the conflicts with the city and the ABC. The group now has monthly meetings with a night18 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

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life liaison that Suhr has assigned to work through issues. “The lines of communication are open. Despite some differences in opinion, there is a growing sense of trust and respect that is developing in these meetings,” CMAC co-chair Alix Rosenthal told us. Rather than bashing the nightclubs as a source of trouble, political officials have been openly courting CMAC, which holds regular public events and forums on nightlife issues, including an “Industry Cocktail Hour with Mayor Ed Lee” on the evening Feb. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at The Grand, a club owned by the newest Entertainment Commission member, Steven Lee. Sup. Scott Wiener has also been a strong advocate for nightlife issues, and has commissioned a city study on the economic benefits of the nightlife industry, which he discusses in this week’s Guardian op-ed and which will be the subject of March 5 rally and hearing at City Hall. Preliminary results in the study, with was conducted by City Economist Ted Egan, show that the nightlife industry generates $4.2 billion in annual spending, $55 million in taxes, and employs 48,000 people. And those figures don’t include outdoor events such as street fairs or the Outside Lands Festival, which another recent study by concert organizers found generated $60.6 million in San Francisco and $6.6 million in surrounding communities last year. “People coming into the city to enjoy themselves is our number one industry,” Suhr said, noting how important it is to balance public safety concerns with support for the city’s cultural and entertainment offerings. Rosenthal said CMAC was happy that Wiener commissioned the study. “This study is going to be helpful,” she said. “We’ll have hard data to show how much the entertainment economy contributes to San Francisco’s entire economy.” 2

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The UnidenTifiaBle dance GrooveS of eSG )PXBHSPVQPGTJTUFSTGSPNUIF4PVUI#SPOYNBEFNVTJDPOUIFDVTQPGQVOL  OPXBWF BOEIJQIPQ By Michael KriMper arts@sfbg.com MUSic Even the strangest sounds tend to lose their unfamiliar aura after a few listens. But no matter how many times I spin ESGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;UFO,â&#x20AC;? I find myself utterly incapable of identifying that synthetic warbling that meanders through the minimal groove. Is it water gurgling in old gas pipes, a whirling police siren, the ferocious grumbling of a subway train? Or something more disturbing: Clanging echoes of gunfire, successive bursts of city noise filtered through apartment hallways? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if the song prompts a flux of associations that never find a place to rest. But as much as the song prompts a heavy dose of uneasiness, it works a curative spell on the body. That mysterious noise, whose relentless growth heightens the pulse

of the rhythm, ultimately triggers an urge to break out in rhythm, and to put it quite simply: dance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming up in the South Bronx, in the 1970s, we watched Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind,â&#x20AC;? says lead vocalist and writer, Renee Scroggins, who together with her sisters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Valerie on drums, Deborah on bass guitar, and Marie on congas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; originally composed ESG with a couple friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of Close Encounters, they have that do do do do in the background when they communicate with the aliens,â&#x20AC;? she continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I was sitting at home one day, and I thought: What would it be like if a UFO just landed in the middle of the projects? And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I wrote the song. It begins with chaos and craziness, because I know what would happen,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. Over 30 years have passed since ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold)

pressed â&#x20AC;&#x153;UFOâ&#x20AC;? to wax on its debut seven-inch for Factory Records in 1981. Today, the unlikely story of the vinylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins seems to be the stuff of lore. While still teenagers, the Scroggins sisters had been performing in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown scene for a couple of years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were opening for A Certain Ratio at a club called Hurrah in New York when Tony Wilson [of Factory Records] heard us,â&#x20AC;? Renee recalls, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how would you like to make a record?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was like, yeah sure, because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think he was serious. But this was on a Wednesday night, and by Saturday, we were in the studio recording with Martin Hannett.â&#x20AC;? Hannett, Factoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eccentric in-house producer who is likely best known for his work on Joy Division, lent his uncanny touch to ESGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound. Bookmarked by the diss song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re No Goodâ&#x20AC;?

and the other end of the love spectrum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moody,â&#x20AC;? with its emotional highs and lows, the EP consists in a stripped down polypercussive funk that would mark ESGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style for the rest of its output: loosely structured drum patterns weave around pockets of emptiness and stark bass lines, letting Reneeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals flutter and hypnotize. It caught the attention of Ed Bahlman at NYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 99 Records, who was already unofficially managing the outfit but hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realized its full potential in the studio. The Scroggins followed with another EP and recorded their debut full-length for 99, Come Away with ESG, at Radio City Music Hall in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;83. Come Away solidified its magnetic role during a fertile period of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical history, in which at least three strands of musical forms encountered each other to unexpected effect. The angular edge of postpunk deconstructed the blues guitar, no wave bands challenged rock purism by stressing the danceable groove, and block parties exploded in the South Bronx, establishing the conditions for what would eventually come to be known as hip-hop. ESG â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which shared the stage with the Clash, Gang of Four, and Grandmaster Flash, and performed at Paradise Garage, Danceteria and the Mudd Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was at the threshold of all this momentum. What might single ESG out from its peers, though, is its rooted lineage in soul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;James Brown is definitely one of the biggest influences on my writing style,â&#x20AC;? says Renee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He would always take it to the bridge, and cut loose, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be like â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want that part to ever end!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But, I thought, if I could write a song, and just keep that bridge part going, then people could dance all night.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all that surprising that ESGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent for elaborating, intensifying, and prolonging the aesthetics of the bridge, in frenetic jams off its debut like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Beat,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christelle,â&#x20AC;? would correspond with the birth of the DJ, who would attempt a similar effect by looping breaks found in dusty bins of soul, funk, and rock. Soon enough, â&#x20AC;&#x153;UFOâ&#x20AC;? became one of those sampled records. Listening to â&#x20AC;&#x153;UFOâ&#x20AC;? is all the more disorienting because of the overwhelming dispersion of offspring it calls to mind. That synthetic siren has been sped up, modulated, faded behind layers of reverb, or even spliced in its pure form onto a new backbeat. There are too many to name: Big Daddy Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t No Half Steppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? Notorious B.I.G.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party and Bullshit,â&#x20AC;? and countless more from J Dilla, Beastie Boys, QBert, among hundreds, if not thousands of others. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think that such an influential legacy would neutralize â&#x20AC;&#x153;UFO,â&#x20AC;? finally render it to that sterile status of the familiar, but the effect is much the opposite, as if its staggered mutations have only increased the alien, yet maddeningly ecstatic element, within the song. ESG returned to the recording studio in the 2000s, introducing both Reneeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter as well as Valerieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the family venture. It dropped two albums of solid new material for Soul Jazz, which also released compilations of its classic singles and rarities. But after more than 30 years of performing and making raw grooves as well as some pop oriented songs in the mix, ESG plans to self-release its final record, Closure, this month (www.esgclosure. com), to coincide with a farewell world tour. So this might just be the last time its unidentified funk touches down live in San Francisco. 2 esG Presented by No Way Back, With DJ sets from Solar, Conor, and Junior Sat/March 3, 9 p.m., $20 Mezzanine 444 Jessie St., SF www.mezzaninesf.com

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By Tony PaPanikolas arts@sfbg.com MUsiC Roky Erickson spent much of the past few decades as the subject of endlessly rehearsed cautionary tales about the dangers of mind-altering drugs and mental illness, and romantic anecdotes framing him as a quasi-oracle, gifted and cursed with a second hearing into the weirder vistas of rock ‘n’ roll. Following the release of Keven McAlester’s You’re Gonna Miss Me in 2005, Erickson reemerged as a subject of a different kind, as McAlester’s documentary dispelled some of the more profound biographical shadows, shedding light on the catalogue of ghosts and demons that haunt Erickson’s expansive body of recorded work. Now 64, Roky Erickson has had such an indelible influence on psychedelic music, many would call him an architect. In the 1970s he reappeared, Rip Van Winkle-like, to a changed pop music landscape, where he would take a nascent approximation of punk and run it through his own esoteric sensibilities (“horror rock,” he called it), stumbling upon a lo-fi home recording aesthetic in the interstices of this period, though largely out of necessity, mind. Most recently, Erickson carved out a provisional home in windswept and country-inflected indie. Never permanent, these dwellings serve as temporary shelters — motel rooms — for a restless editorials

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and untethered voice, part Hank Williams, part Howlin’ Wolf, but even this doesn’t do it justice, and the veritable grimoire of demonic (lately divine) lyrical figures through which it moves. His most recent record, True Love Cast Out All Evil (2010, ANTI-) — his first new material in more than a decade — saw collaborating band Okkervil River orchestrate a ghostly kind of folk rock capable of tracing the unpredictable contours of Erickson’s musical ideas. But the most memorable moments occur when the smooth continuity of the record is punctuated by intimate and acoustically frayed sounds emphasizing the fragile nuances of Roky’s performance. The music dissociates into a field of droning harmonies, interspersed with snatches of studio banter, of singing birds and rapidly cycling TV channels. It’s hard not to hear these fragmentary moments as consciously referencing the intrusive sounds and voices that partially characterized his mental illness, yet here they have the feel of an exorcism, casting out, as it were an insistent static. If there’s an underlying consistency to his immense and scattered catalogue, it’s that Erickson is a consummate blues singer, keenly attuned to the expressive potentials of rock n’ roll, and moreover, preternaturally skilled in reaching his listeners. Roky built up a rich lyrical world of vampire bats and B-movie extraterrestrials, and intangible vibrations that, in the picks

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minds and ears of listeners, came to stand in for a wealth of emotional timbres. We feel, however faint or garbled, a connection through the cadences and inflections of Erickson’s voice. Like reading a novel written in a language you only half understand, you experience his music through these shifts in tone, through his alternating waves of anger and frustration and sadness, and the rare moment of contentment where Erickson retires into a sonic labyrinth of his own design. When Elvis Presley died, Lester Bangs made the observation that we were all, effectively, saying goodbye to one another, having lost a figure whose music we could all come to a tentative agreement. Bangs’ fantasy of a capacity for a radical and far-reaching empathy encoded rock ‘n’ roll is one that we’ll most likely never stop repeating to ourselves. Presently, it’s an invitation to patiently listen as the haunting and singular voice of the 13th Floor Elevators, of Roky Erickson and the Aliens, and a vast catalogue of hotel tapes and live recordings and rarities drifts from Austin to San Francisco. 2 Roky ERickson With the Night Beats Sat/3, 9 p.m., $25 Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell, SF (415) 885-0750 www.slimspresents.com

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²-BOE6TFÂłFYBNJOFTQBTUPSBMMJWFTUISPVHIBDPOUFNQPSBSZMFOT By Cynthia SalaySay arts@sfbg.com ViSUal aRt Artists are makers, though rarely of history. But Fernando GarcĂ­a-Dory and Amy Franceschini, two internationally recognized artists, seem to have a gift for it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perhaps,â&#x20AC;? GarcĂ­a-Dory says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;when you start with a long perspective on history, you start to make history as well.â&#x20AC;? At the David Brower Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hazel Wolf Gallery, their joint show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land/Useâ&#x20AC;? presents work that is whimsical and futuristic, yet rooted in traditional agricultural values. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tomorrowland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but on an urban farm, where wheelbarrows are pedal-powered. Or on the rolling green pastures of Spain, where sheep wear GPS transmitters around their necks. Franceschini is one of San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own. Her Victory Garden project in 2007 caught the fancy of SF City Hall, with pieces like Trike â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a part-cycle, part-wheelbarrow, designed to contain all the supplies necessary to build a small garden. Soon the city began encouraging its residents to grow food, as it did in World War II. City Hall was decked out in raised garden beds, and residents throughout the city began their own vegetable patches. GarcĂ­a-Dory, from Madrid, has worked extensively with the dwindling Basque shepherds of the Pyrenees, where they have lived for centuries. His images and films portray white-haired men stacking golden cheese in ancient caves, or facing the wind, shearing one of their grim-faced flock. The images come from the Shepherds School he created, and from his World Gathering of Nomadic Peoples (2005), in which shepherds and goatherds around the world came together to talk about their way of life, which has become

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so rarified in these modern times. GarcĂ­a-Doryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, in part, uses new technology to protect mobile pastoralism, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called. His piece Bionic Sheep sits in the foyer of the gallery. The device emits ultrasound waves to repel wolves, as shepherds in Spain are no longer allowed to kill them to protect their flock. It also has a GPS so shepherds can keep track of their flock without being chained to the pasture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can stay at the bar, and have another beer,â&#x20AC;? Dory explains. Adds Franceschini, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The role of art for us is, in part, utility. It has this negative connotation in the art world, but I think for us itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for the work weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing to be useful.â&#x20AC;? Their first collaboration, Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wagon, a Blueprint, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;like the blueprint for a molecule that was sent on the Voyager shuttle to Jupiter,â&#x20AC;? says GarcĂ­a-Dory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way of saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Here, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a model, and it can be reproduced.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? A canopy reaches out over the gallery, mimicking the awning of a shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wagon, where they sleep. Wooden chairs and a communal table fold down from the wall. As part of the installation, Franceschini and GarcĂ­a-Dory invited young farmers, shepherds, and naturalists to sit together beneath their fragile roof. The forumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose: to discuss how to balance the environmental concerns of naturalists with those of farmers and pastoralists, and forge a new network for social activism. The gallery still holds some of the collective energy of the group. Remnants of their brainstorm litter the gallery like leaves blown over a sidewalk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a chaos of hopeful thoughts and ideas. Phrases like â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all need to come back to understanding the Farm Bill,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shadow Each Other Voluntary Exchange Programâ&#x20AC;? hang from the music listings

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walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Promoting a gathering as we did, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way for us to be close to the people and have the direct communication that very often we lack in our lives,â&#x20AC;? says GarcĂ­a-Dory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been involved in food politics and land use in the last two years in the Bay Area,â&#x20AC;? Franceschini says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a check in. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the people Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met from the Victory Gardens, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like Fernando to meet.â&#x20AC;? Although the Bay Area is a hotbed of environmentalism and the slow food movement, awareness of pastoralism is low. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reminding us of the history of the Basque sheepherders and the culture that brought shepherding to the American West,â&#x20AC;? says Brittany Cole Bush of Star Creek Ranch. In the East Bay hills, Basque and Peruvian shepherds, along with young shepherds like Bush, use sheep and goats to reduce fire hazard, target invasive plants, and encourage native grasses to grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These animals are helping to revitalize the lands, and at the same time theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re producing a local grassfed product that can be taken to market,â&#x20AC;? explains Bush. Adds GarcĂ­a-Dory, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe sheep are the new celebrity, or should be.â&#x20AC;? The Blueprint isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finished yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people [at the gathering] said they would like to keep meeting and working, and that was really very encouraging for us,â&#x20AC;? says GarcĂ­a-Dory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that the heritage of small farmers and shepherds can be a point of anchor for a new movement.â&#x20AC;? 2 Land/Use Through May 9 Hazel Wolf Gallery David Brower Center 2150 Allston, Berk. (510) 809-0900 www.browercenter.org

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By Rita Felciano arts@sfbg.com Dance This past weekend two master choreographers, each with more than 30 years experience, still managed to surprise us with fresh goods in their dance bags. Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company has a welldeserved reputation for physically lush though highly disciplined choreography. Again presented by San Francisco Performances, Batsheva brought the 2007 Max, whose name may be derived from Naharin’s pseudonym of “Maxin Waratt” as the work’s composer — or simply is an abbreviation of “maximum.” What packed in the audience, which included many dancers, was the Bay Area’s first public opportunity to observe “Gaga” in action. Naharin developed this dance technique in the 1990s while recovering from a back injury. Influenced by yoga and improvisation, this new road to expressive potential has developed an almost cult-like following, in part perhaps because it can only be learned from those accredited for teaching it. At the very least, that is new in contemporary dance. Max, though fabulously performed by an ensemble of five men and five women, looked only partially successful. Naharin’s coupling of explosive individuality with strict unisons works as well ever. But this piece’s primary satisfaction came from watching individual dancers so clearly listening to themselves and each other, and then translating the resulting sensations into editorials

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unadorned and spare movement. Even at their most flailing and angular, they proposed stillness and vulnerability. The jerkiness and matter-of-factness in much of the choreography suggested avoidance of transitions, which might be partially responsible for the impressive clarity of Max’s intent. The regimentation of Naharin’s unisons, while implying a sense of community, often looked disturbingly forceful. Max had plenty of those. The family portraits made you want to become a hermit. In its more percussive moments, Naharin’s score of chanting, babbling in madeup languages, and falling water sounded too much like strict commands. But it was in its overall trajectory that Max fell short. The emphasis on stasis within the dance itself — despite its vigorous individuality and countdown of accretions in its latter part — did not sufficiently take into account theatrical time. Early in his career, Bill T. Jones, and his late partner Arnie Zane, pioneered the use of text in dance. At the time, they shocked some, delighted others. Jones has ever since worked to find structural formats with which to employ both of these languages. In his latest endeavor, Story/Time, he has created one of his most delightful pieces yet. In this delicious though quite serious 70-minute entertainment, Jones talks, the dancers dance. Both do it well. Acknowledging a debt to John Cage, who used a similar format in his 1958 Indeterminacy — stringing together randomlypicks

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chosen, one-minute stories — Jones assembled a collection of anecdotes, many of them (no surprise from this artist) autobiographical. Then he and his company developed the choreography that stormed, slithered, and leapt around him as he sat center stage, the fulcrum of the action. With his massive legs bracing a simple table, Jones looked like one of Michelangelo’s prophets. Employing his beautifully modulated and rich voice to marvelous effect, he carefully controlled the timing with pauses, silences, accelerations, and suspensions. Here, the choreographer was also a first-rate musician. Jones’ words originated in real-life observations, musings, opportunities for name-dropping, family history, and, perhaps an urban myth or two. Into the core of these often humorous accounts, Jones also placed a dark, dramatic meditation on death. The tales occasionally left the audience hanging with unanswered questions. Some, probably too many, depended on a punch line to make their point. Story kept viewers on their toes, trying to figure out whether the detailed, chock-full-of-ideas choreography swirled by independently, was engaged in a conversation with Jones’s text, or was acting out a narrative. What was certain: the work got its power from affirming life in all its messiness. It was in the text, the individual dances, the communal lines, and even the double roundelays that opened and closed these well-told tales. 2

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By Dennis Harvey arts@sfbg.com FiLM What with the Internet, the paparazzi, Rupert Murdoch’s CIAlevel spy techniques, and the general displacement of actual news by “celebrity news,” it’s pretty hard these days for a star of any sort to keep their debauchery private. Not like the good old days, when Hollywood carefully stage-managed publicity and only those who’d become a real liability risked having their peccadilloes exposed. Such rare windfalls aside, the public were mostly restricted to watching beautiful people behave badly onscreen — a pastime that took a big blow once the censorious Production Code was instituted in 1934. Elliot Lavine’s latest Roxie retrospective of movies from that golden-shower period of post-silents, pre-Nannywood licentiousness — this time entitled “Hollywood Before the Code: Nasty-Ass Films for a Nasty-Ass World!” — provides plentiful early talkie titillation. Now that the bodies involved are long buried, we also know a few tales of their stars’ off-screen misadventures, too. The week-long series of double bills sports its share of familiar titles, notably Howard Hawks’ terrific original Scarface (1934); Edgar G. Ulmer’s Karloff vs. Lugosi smack24 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

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down The Black Cat (1934); and the first, probably best version of H.G. Welles’ prescient biotech fable Island of Lost Souls (1932). There are women in prison (1931’s Ladies of the Big House), women in Faulkner (1933’s The Story of Temple Drake, a watered-down adaptation of W.F.’s then-notorious Sanctuary), women in everything else (1932’s Three On a Match, whose Depressionera Valley of the Dolls-esque trio includes a very young Bette Davis), and just plain Joan Blondell (1933’s Blondie Johnson). It’s a few choice dames in lesserremembered pictures that provide the biggest “nasty-ass” discoveries this go-round, however. March 4 offers a shocking double dose of pure white femininity finding themselves in, ahem, “Yellow Peril” — miscegenation being something Hollywood could only begin to embrace a few decades later. Frank Capra’s atypically erotic The Bitter Tea of General Yen, with Barbara Stanwyck alllllmost surrendering the white flag to a “charismatic Chinese warlord” (Swede Nils Asther, eyes narrowed), has become a minor classic since flopping in 1933. No such luck for The Cheat (1931), a remake of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1915 shocker that was part of Paramount’s brief, failed attempt to make stage sensation Tallulah Bankhead a movie star. Her gammusic listings

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bling-addicted socialite gets branded (literally) in lieu of repayment not by the original’s Far East businessman (dashing Sessue Hayakawa) but by a mere rich Caucasian perv with Sinophile pretensions (Irving Pichel). The big courtroom climax is a notable howler. Bankhead remained a Broadway star and a popular “personality,” her throaty voice hinting at a semi-private life that included a great deal of bourbon, a fondness for unexpected nudity, and sexual appetites all along the Kinsey scale. After two decades off screen she arguably found her camp métier as a berserk Bible-clutching hag terrorizing Stefanie Powers in 1965’s Die! Die! My Darling. Much less of a survivor was poor Clara Bow, who was beloved when she played the wild thing yet unduly punished when it turned out that role had relevance in real life. The quintessential flapper and “It Girl” (“it” meaning sex appeal) was never much of an actress, but an incandescent, live-wire screen presence. Call Her Savage (1932) is a preCode jaw-dropper that was supposedly her personal favorite. Running an A-to-Z gamut of emotions (and hairstyles), her Texas heiress heroine Nasa “Dynamite” Springer is “never two minutes the same” — a nice way of saying she’s nuts. In 88 minutes she rides a horse like

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arts + Culture: film it’s something else, plays with her mastiff likewise, is near-raped by an estranged husband, turns streetwalker, causes a brawl in Greenwich Village café catering to “wild poets and anarchists,” gets in two catfights, hits the bottle, and finds peace upon discovering she’s a part Indian “half-breed,” which apparently explains all. Emotionally unstable, due in part to a pretty horrific upbringing, Bow must have related. At the time she was enduring myriad problems, notably some embarrassing public revelations spilled by a blackmailing secretary. Savage would be her nextto-last film, after which she retired into a deep and troubled seclusion. Heading thataway as well was Juanita Hansen, a silent star who’d gone down in flames a decade earlier thanks to a “Queen of Thrills” image that unfortunately she enacted a little too enthusiastically in real life. She quit cocaine, got hooked on morphine, quit that, and became an anti-drug crusader — but nothing re-ignited her career. Certainly not lone comeback vehicle Sensation Hunters, a 1933 Poverty Row exploiter in which she was fifth-billed as “Trixie Snell,” manager-slashmadam to a troupe of “Hot-Cha Girls” who kinda dance, kinda sing, but mostly roll customers at Panama City’s “Bull Ring Club.” It was a sad exit. Puffy and peroxided, Hansen is all too convincing as a woman with too many hard miles on her to go anywhere but further downhill. Waaaay uptown — glittering Broadway via glossy Paramount — 1934’s Murder at the Vanities offered the last hurrah for pre-Code naughtiness. And what a hurrah: chorus girls in pasties and less (at one point they simply clutch boobs as if on a latter-day Vanity Fair cover); production numbers like “The Rape of the Rhapsody” (the “rape” being Duke Ellington’s “colored” jazz musicians and dancers invading a classical orchestra with something called “Ebony Rhapsody” — until a white gangster jokingly machine-guns them all down); plus sexual humor so blunt that Jack Oakie ends the film telling a giggly blonde “Come on, let’s do it,” meaning exactly what you think. On the side of the angels — definitely for losers here — there are numerous horrible songs (excepting standard “Cocktails for Two”), gag-inducingly sweet romantic leads, and kitschy-great ideas like having stage impresario Earl Carroll’s patented “Most Beautiful Girls in the World” pose en masse as tropical waves and cosmetics products. Representing Satan and editorials

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evening gown-wearing pot smokers everywhere is villainous Gertrude Michael, who infamously sings torch song “Sweet Marijuana.” Michael was an elegant stage and radio star whose own recreational taste leaned more toward cocktails for one. Indeed, she was fictionalized as the hard-drinking love object in one-time lover Paul Cain’s 1932 novel Fast One, an early classic of hard boiled American pulp. Saving the sleaziest for last, the series will truly flabber your gast with its closer. Normally prim MGM found itself reviled in early 1932 with the fleeting release of Tod Browning’s Freaks (playing the Roxie March 3), a much-misunderstood, now celebrated fable starring actual circus sideshow performers. It was considered so grotesque and unsettling that Freaks was banned in many areas — Britain didn’t see it until 1963. Yet there’s no evidence of any similar backlash to the infinitely scuzzier Kongo, unleashed by Metro a few months later. A remake of Browning’s 1928 Lon Chaney vehicle West of Zanzibar, it stars Walter Huston as wheelchair-bound “Deadlegs” Flint. He’s used cheap magic tricks to appoint himself fearsome white-man “god” amongst spear-carrying tribesmen in a “dunghill” African outpost, all part of an elaborate, insidious plan to wreak vengeance on the rival who stole his wife and health long ago. What this revenge eventually encompasses reads like a list of nearly everything the Production Code would soon bar from the screen: depicted or suggested drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, rape, sadism, and a convent-bred ingénue (Virginia Bruce) recalling “hot hairy hands pawing and mauling” her unwilling virginal body. Not to mention human sacrifice and a unique substance abuse “cure” using leeches. One can almost hear the censuring voice of Will Hays, the Code’s original enforcer, when one character tells Deadlegs “The swamp’s wholesome compared to you!” It would arguably be 40 years before MGM distributed another movie so flagrantly perverse — and even then the studio was so ashamed they put it (Paul Bartel’s 1972 Private Parts) out under a fake subsidiary’s auspices. 2 Hollywood Before tHe Code: Nasty-ass films for a Nasty-ass world!

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