Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert. Page 9
2011 in Pictures. Pages 6 & 7
The hottest New Year’s Eve events in Hot Tickets. Page 11
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Activists Gather Signatures to Put Gay Marriage on November Ballot
Taking a Step Towards Protecting LGBTQs from Deportation
Chai Jindasurat is the programs coordinator with the NYC National Coalition of AntiViolence.
By Dennis McMillan
LA-based Love Honor Cherish needs to gather more than 800,000 signatures to put gay marriage back on the ballot in November 2012.
By Dennis McMillan The L os A ngeles-based act iv ist group, Love Honor Cherish, is gathering signatures for a measure that would undo Proposition 8, which removed legal marriage for gays. LHC and their coalitions have until May 14, 2012 to collect the 807,615 voter signatures required to qualify their
initiative for the November 2012 ballot. Love Honor Cherish ( LHC) was formed in May 2008 and is dedicated solely to the repeal of Prop 8 at the next general election. They raised $500,000 for the “No on 8” campaign and also mounted their own outreach and media efforts, with a strong focus
on speaking the truth about marriage and developing a new generation of leadership on this issue. Eric Harrison, interim executive director of LHC, has spent two decades of nonprofit experience. He moved to San Francisco and eventually joined Equality California as its development director in 2009. Recently,
Harrison left Equality California to take the reigns as interim executive director of LHC. He says it will be an uphill battle, but he is ready, and he thinks California is ready. “I’m inspired by people who are able to see light through adversity,” Harrison says. “I believe in equality, and I think that marriage equality is a giant stepping stone in that pursuit.” (continued on page 8)
Rainbow World Fund is Changing LGBTQ Lives Around the World
By Dennis McMillan Rainbow World Fund programs strengthen our community by increasing LGBTQ visibility; serving as a platform for our community’s compassion and concern; and changing how the world sees LGBTQ people by building bridges with the world community. Rainbow World Fund (RWF) has three primary goals – to provide humanitarian aid to communities in need around the world; to create awareness within the LGBTQ community of the need for these relief efforts; and to change perceptions
of the LGBTQ community by putting their highest beliefs and values into action by demonstrating their compassion and caring for the world. RWF’s projects affect social change at home and abroad through education, networking, developing solidarity, fostering understanding, and building community. Founded in 2000, RWF has evolved into a national organization, and is unique as the world’s first and only LGBTQ based humanitarian aid organization. Since then, they have distributed over $3.2 million in humani-
tarian aid. Thanks to contributors’ generosity, RWF has accomplished the following projects in 2011: In response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, RWF joined forces with a coalition of organizations from the West Coast Japanese American community to provide water, food, blankets, and shelter supplies to the Tohoku region. Two years of drought created famine conditions in the Horn of Africa leaving millions at risk for starvation. RWF set up the LGBT Africa Famine
Fund to provide emergency aid including safe water, food, basic medical care, sanitation and security for refugees. Beginning in April, the United States has been hit by a series of natural disasters resulting in over 425 deaths and $260 billion in property damage. RWF set up a disaster fund to help the survivors in Joplin, Missouri recover. For the seventh year, in March, RWF volunteers from across the U.S. traveled to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress and other U.S. (continued on page 18)
Dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer organizations across the country have been adding their voices to the growing national movement to end Immigrations & Customs Enforcement’s controversial f inger print-sharing “Secure Communities” (S-Comm) program. By forcing local law enforcement to share fingerprint data for every person arrested - no matter how valid or minor the charge - with federal immigration authorities, S-Comm has contributed to skyrocketing numbers of detentions and deportations. Founded in 1979, San Franciscobased Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is the country’s oldest LGBTQ anti-violence organization in the world, working to build the power of LGBTQ communities to transform violence and oppression. The San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee of CUAV has announced an exciting victory for immigrants in The City: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution 8-3 to encourage the Sheriff’s Department and Juvenile Probation to not honor requests for detention from Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE). This resolution comes as yet another blow to the controversial “Secure Communities” f ingerprint-sharing ICE program, which has led to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants since its implementation in 2008. Many of whom are queer. “S-Comm uses the language of safety and security to target immigrants and tear families apart,” explained Carolina Morales, intervention director at CUAV. “San Francisco’s resolution is a powerful statement that our city must remain a Sanctuary City, and (continued on page 4)
Sister Dana Says Sister Dana Van Iquity has already broken his New Year’s Resolutions
It’s MY BIRTHDAY PARTY at the End-Up with fabulous hosts - Patrik Gallineaux, actor Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), and entertainer Cassandra Cass - who will be whisking you off to “Xanadu.” Launch your New Year’s Eve at “Tranadu,” the Stoli VIP party at the legendary End-Up, 401 6th Street (at Harrison) on December 31st. Complimentary Stolichnaya cocktails 9-11 pm, hors d’oeuvres, and free admission from 9-10:30 pm with RSVP to email@example.com. Explore the unveiling of the magical new lounge and patio. Music by DJ Cuervo. “Bar Nun Sister Dana will be celebrating her 25th birthday, as well. Happy Birthday, Dana!” [Editing: as if!]. Alternative pop princess Liz Primo and dancers bring a mini-concert at 11:30 pm, featuring her hit single “State of Amazing” and preview of upcoming release “Wind Me Up.” Champagne toast at midnight with giveaways, favors, fabulousness, and countdown with the stars. Stay past midnight and enjoy the End-Up’s 33 hour New Year’s dance marathon, $5 Stoli cocktails, and hot sounds by David Harness, Taj, Hawthorne, Ben Seagren & Dean Samaras, and more. Send full names by 11:59 pm Thursday, December 29th. Be inside before 10:30 pm! Did everybuddy have a holly, jolly, horny XXXmas this year? I really enjoyed The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, celebrating their 32nd season, with “A Shameless Show of Holiday Shite,” an adaption of their annual and beloved “Christmas Crap-Array” at Martuni’s. Highlights: “A Marshmallow World” sung by Wendy Tobias, and illustrated with the Chubby Bunny Game: Players must each take one regular sized marshmallow in their mouths and clearly say, “Chubby Bunny.” After three were stuffed into mouths, only one player remained – up until the fifth marshmallow, and I shouted, “She’s gonna BLOW!” She
lishers Betty L. Sullivan and Jennifer L. Viegas at the historic Bellevue Club (run by lesbians!) at Lake Merritt. We had a selection of hors d’oeuvres by Chef David Darwish and vino by Napa Cellars Wines. John Steiner played piano as we sang. Hire him at johnsteinermusic.com for piano, bass, and guitar gigs!
was eliminated. Mary Cantrell sang as the Grinch bitching about “What Is Christmas?” Just a lotta lights and a lotta lies! “The Christmas Song” by Mel Torme about Jack Frost nipping at your balls … er … nose. “O Little Town of Hackensack,” because there aren’t many Jersey carols: “St. Nick hath gone, by now he’s on his way to Tenafly.” And similarly, “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” sang Joan Goldman and Andrew Field: “Christians have their hymns and pages; Hava Nagila’s for the Jews; Baptists have the Rock of Ages; Atheists just sing the blues.” And while we’re at it, what do Jews do on Xmas? “Chinese Food on Christmas” as sung by Howard Miller: “I eat Chinese food on Christmas; go to the movie theater, too; ‘cause there just ain’t much else to do on Christmas - when you’re a Jew.” Then the audience sang along a nasty version of “Deck the Hall” with the charming chorus: “Muck a luck, go fuck a duck!” And who doesn’t warm to “The Restroom Door Said ‘Gent lemen’” when some creep switched the signs to the can, resulting in ladies giving the poor intruding guy “two black eyes and one high heel up my behind.” We concluded with “Walkin’ ‘Round in Women’s Underwear” where “Later on, if you wanna, we can dress like Madonna.”
Project Nunway was a successful Sister fundraiser making over $2,000 for charities. Sister Dana was a runway model in her haute couture designed by Bruce Beaudette. My dress was a purple and pink cross Whiff leball gown over clear plastic and under gold. I am thrilled to announce that a banner running on a New Hampshire antigay marriage website is using a photo from The Sisters’ Hunky Jesus contest during our Easter celebration. Pink nun far left is Sister Dana. Other way kewl pix as well. Check out this site, and thank the religious right: nhmarriage.org/sites/all/themes/ bluemasters/images/slide-image-4. jpg. Occupy Castro, celebrat ing the three-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, had good news: Terry Beswick of the Country Club said the sale of that building has fallen through, and the tenants in the apartment above the club are not in danger of eviction for now. Our occupy action two weeks ago apparently helped dissuade the buyer from buying the building and evicting the tenants. Victory!
Something new has come to one of The Castro’s favorite neighborhood bars, The Edge, “Musical Mondays,” and “Superstar Monday” is every second Monday (Stoli cocktail specials). Jason Brock sang “The Lady Is a Tramp” among other classics, and LaToya London (from The Color Purple) sang, among others, the number she impressed TV’s American Idol judges with, “All By Myself.” Totally gorge!
At the annual Christmas Eve Dinner for People with AIDS in Herbst Green Room, Sister Dana transformed into Elfis the XXXmas Elf, helping Santa give gifts and posing for pictures with the jolly fat man. Then it was off to the SF Gay Men’s Chorus at the Castro Theatre for their annual “Home for the Holidays” show. Then to Sister Selma Soul’s abode for a Burning Man/ Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence/ Friends, and Freeeks holiday celebration, including the evil, fun game of Yankee Swap, where you can steal gifts from others.
GLAAD threw a fabulous party at club Vessel, “Rejoice,” celebrating a year of accomplishment for queers and our allies with tunes spun by DJ Grind. Bottle service in the VIP section and cool Yule gift bags including little airplane bottles of gin and voddie! “Stories of LGBT people and families are changing our culture from marriage in New York to the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ - and each of us have played an important role in building support for this equality,” says Mike Thompson, acting GLAAD president.
So, I actually do have a New Year’s resolution that I am certain not to break: I resolve to stop making resolutions! Happy Queer Year, everybuddy!
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By Rink Former Emperor John Weber received a request from the Black Coalition on AIDS’ (BCA) executive director Perry Lang for a benefit event only two weeks before the party on Dec. 18 at Trigger. Coordinator Weber pulled out all the stops to line up a talent cavalcade of LGBTQ African American performers to rock out on
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National News Briefs New York - Teen Girls Having More Same-Sex Contact, Fewer Pregnancies - 12.23 Minnesota’s LGBT Community Apologizes To Resigned Senate Majority Leader - 12.23 Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch’s resignation amidst allegations she engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” with an unnamed male Senate staffer has prompted an apology from her state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. “On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage,” John Medeiros, a gay Minneapolis resident who is reportedly involved in the city’s Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series, wrote in an open letter to Koch, a staunch same-sex marriage opponent. “We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry.” The apology was intended as a jibe to Koch, a Republican who authored an unsuccessful bill to amend the Minnesota Constitution declaring “a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in Minnesota,” according to Pink News.’”
A new analysis of the U.S. National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) has revealed some surprising shifts in the sexual activity of teenage girls over the past decade, including a significant spike among those who claim to have had same-sex contact. A comparison of 2002 NSFG data to figures from 2006-2008 showed that 11 percent of 17-year-old girls in the latter pool had engaged in contact with other girls, compared with just five percent in 2002. Furthermore, those same girls also claim to have been significantly less heterosexually active, at just 46 percent in 2006-2008, whereas the 2002 survey found 63 percent of girls in the same age group had been active. The decrease in heterosexual activity could, at least in part, account for another one of the survey’s findings: a slight drop (18 percent to 12 percent) in the number of 17-yeargirls who have been pregnant Source: The Huffington Post
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Los Angeles - Gay-Owned Ace Hotel Chain Expands to L.A. - 12.24 The newest Ace Hotel will take shape in an 85-year-old Los Angeles theater and office tower built by Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. The Ace chain, viewed as hip and urbane, was begun by three gay men in 1999. Alex Calderwood, Wade Weigel, and Doug Herrick successfully turned a Seattle halfway house into a destination hotel before opening properties in Portland, Ore., Manhattan, and Palm Springs. Many of the hotels are frequented by celebrities, media, and LGBT patrons. The newest Ace will open at the historic United Ar tists building on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, the site of rapid gentrification in the last decade. The Holly wood Repor te r note s that the beautiful Span ish Gothic structure was erected with suppor t from Hollywood luminaries like Chaplin, Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith. There is hope that the new operators will restore the building’s 2,214 seat theater, recently used as a church, to its former glory. Source: The Advocate
Michigan - Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Ban Healthcare Coverage for Unmarried Partners - 12.22 Following months of heated debate, Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday signed House Bill 4770, eliminating health care coverage for domestic partners of public employees, and prohibiting any government entity in the state from providing such coverage. HB 4771, which the Governor vetoed, would have prohibited unions from including similar coverage in collective bargaining agreements. Both bills passed the legislature on December 13 — lawsuits on behalf of affected families will likely be filed soon. Antigay Republicans Representative Dave Agema (sponsor or the bills) and Attorney General Bill Schuette have been trying to strip away health care coverage for gay and lesbian families since February, said Emily Dievendorf, Director of Policy for Equality Michigan. Source: LGBTQ Nation
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Memphis, TN - Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leader, Says He Is Gay And Changing Sexual Orientation Is Impossible - 12.20 The former director of the ex-gay Christian ministry Love in Action has now come forward saying not only that he is gay, but that it is impossible to change one’s sexual orientation. “For me, I am married, I’ve been married for 22 years, I love my wife dearly, we have an amazing relationship,” said Smid, who resigned as Love In Action’s executive director in 2008. “But at the same time, I do experience homosexuality…it’s a part of my history, it’s a part of the life that I live.” As the Memphis Flyer is reporting, Smid previously issued an apology to former Love in Action clients last year, and credits Morgan Jon Fox, the openly gay director of the new documentary ”This Is What Love in Action Looks Like” for helping to shift his mindset. “We taught very heavily [at Love in Action] that any homosexual choices were against God’s will, and they were sinful and wrong. We were very straightforward about that,” Smid is quoted as saying. He now runs Grace Rivers, a monthly Christian fellowship group for “those who call themselves gay and want to seek a relationship with God in a place where they’re free to do that.” Source: The Memphis Flyer
Gay-friendly Clergy Disinvited from Castro Church - 12.23
Challenge To DOMA In San Francisco - 12.17
Most Holy Redeemer Church, a Catholic parish in the middle of the Castro, is in trouble again with church leaders over how best to minister to its heavily gay and lesbian congregation.
On December 22, a top lawyer with the Department of Justice appeared in San Francisco to argue against the constitutionality of DOMA. He appeared on behalf of Karen Golinski, the federal employee whose routine request to add her wife to her health insurance policy has resulted in a clash between the retained homophobes of the legislative branch and the Obama administration’s DOJ, which asserts that DOMA’s odious, marriage-defining third section is unconstitutional and shouldn’t be enforced. From the Metro Weekly:
In the latest incident, Archbishop George Niederauer had the church’s pastor, the Rev. Steve Meriwether, rescind invitations to a trio of gay-friendly clergy scheduled to speak at a series of pre-Christmas evening services. “The archbishop felt the speakers were inappropriate for the season of Advent, which should be a time to reflect on the coming of Christ,” said George Wesolek, a spokesman for the archdiocese. There was no comment from the parish, where a church secretary said Meriwether was out on medical leave. The action disappointed, but did not surprise the Rev. Roland Stringfellow, a minister for the gay-oriented Metropolitan Community Church, who had been scheduled to speak Wednesday. “It’s ironic and hypocritical that the Catholic Church has a ‘Come home’ ad campaign going on right now,” he said. “Clearly, not everyone is welcome within the Catholic Church.” The program’s first intended speaker, retired Episcopal Bishop Otis Charles, echoed those concerns. The decision to bar him and the others from speaking is another indication that the Catholic Church hierarchy’s position is that “those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual are less than OK.” The Rev. Jane Spahr, a retired Presbyterian minister, was scheduled to speak Dec. 14. She clashed numerous times with her church over same-sex marriage and founded a group for gay Presbyterians. Source: SFGate.com
Pitting the House Republican leadership-controlled Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) against Golinski and the Obama administration, the hearing presented the question to U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White whether Golinski’s challenge should be dismissed and, if not, whether she should be granted a decision in her favor without a trial. Assistant Attorney General Tony West, the head of the civil division of DOJ, appeared in court to argue DOJ’s position. Lambda Legal’s Tara Borelli and Morrison & Foerster’s Rita Lin represented Golinski. For BLAG, former George W. Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement did not attend the hearing but rather sent Bancroft PLLC’s Conor Dugan, another lawyer who had served in the George W. Bush administration DOJ, to handle the arguments. Speaking to Metro Weekly after the hearing, Borelli said, “Judge White thanked the DOJ for having sent the head of the civil division” to argue the case himself, adding that it made “a statement of the significance that DOJ and the administration place on this question.” During the hearing, Judge White seemed “skeptical” of BLAG’s arguments and also appeared at least curious about BLAG’s view of its constitutional basis to be there at all. In one question, he asked, “What is the statutory authority for and evidence of compliance with the role that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group has assumed in this matter? Is this group actually bipartisan? Does BLAG have the support – and funding for the increasing cost of defending DOMA – from a majority of Congress or just from the House of Representatives?” Source: Towleroad.com and Metro Weekly BAY T IM ES DECEM BER 29, 2011 3
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Members and advocates representing a diverse coalition of immigrant, labor, LGBTQ , student, and faith organizations that comprise the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee helped to author the resolution (introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar) and lobbied for its successful passage. Allan, a CUAV member, testif ied to the dangerous impacts of S-Comm for immigrant domestic violence survivors: “I am afraid my ex-partner could still retaliate against me by calling the police and falsely accusing my children of a crime so that they will be deported through SComm,” he said. “This has to stop.” CUAV will continue to raise the voice of LGBTQ immigrants and domestic
violence survivors who are negatively impacted by police/ICE collaboration and other forms of criminalization. In honor of this past National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2011, CUAV coauthored and released a statement endorsed by over sixty local, regional, and national LGBTQ organizations opposing S-Comm. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) all felt compelled to mark National Coming Out Day by adding their voices to the national upsurge of opposition to S-Comm. “NCAVP is concerned by the impact of police/ ICE collaboration on LGBTQ survivors of violence,” said Chai Jindasurat, National Coalition of Anti-Violence programs coordinator
at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. “It is not uncommon for LGBTQ survivors of violence to be arrested when they call police for help. NCAVP member programs know that many LGBTQ survivors do not access police for safety when they experience violence, and the Secure Communities program may increase fear, barriers to safety, and risk of detention and deportation for LGBTQ immigrant communities.” Jindasurat continued, “NCAVP calls for an end to a program that has severe consequences for LGBTQ people.” “We hear regular reports of LGBTQ people who find themselves in deportation proceedings after being profiled by their race, class, sexuality, and gender as they go about their daily lives or even as they navigate domestic violence,” said Morgan
Bassichis of CUAV. “Rather than making anyone more ‘secure,’ SComm endangers all communities by tearing at the fabric of family and support networks, and creating a culture of fear.” “Every day LGBTQ Californians are being unfairly deported leading to tragic consequences for communities both here and across the country,” said California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. “I am urging the Obama Administration to end the deception around S-Comm and suspend this damaging program.”
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“I hope to make a lot of people happy in 2012.”
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“I am going to strive more for clarity and its implications in 2012.”
The Week in Review By Ann Rostow Nixon’s Gay Affair? Welcome to t he dead zone of GLBTLMNOP news reporting, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, when there’s very little to write about and even less enthusiasm on the part of your valiant columnist. For example, the first three items on my “news” list concern a possible gay affair between Richard Nixon and one of his cronies, Robin Williams’ gay pug, and the death of Cheetah the chimp at age 80. I had no idea Cheetah was still alive. Nor was I aware that chimps can live that long. This double revelation led me to select this item for coverage
Michigan, which prohibits cities and schools from offering domestic partner benefits. The legislature and the governor were hoping to ban perks for state university faculty and workers as well, but it turned out that they could not override the authority of state university administrators, so that part of the law had to go. Also exempt from the ban are state government workers, for reasons I didn’t have the energy or the inclination to research. I guess what strikes me most about this measure is its senselessness. It doesn’t save money. It brands Michigan as one of the least hospitable states in the country. It signals warnings to any employer looking to expand or relocate. It does not really win anyone political points. It’s just gratuitous
“All in all, when you take into account our marriage lawsuits, our DOMA challenges, the various elections, and the battles ahead in several state capitals, 2012 should be quite a year indeed. ”
even though it has no gay angle. But how can we be sure? Maybe Cheetah was gay, bi or questioning. Maybe even trans. I say this because it seems as if there was a great deal about Cheetah that I didn’t know. I never thought about Cheetah at all, really, which lends even more pathos to his (or her?) death. Robin Williams has a gay pug named Leonard who has a boyfriend, breed unknown. San Francisco readers will be intrigued to learn that Leonard lives in Tiburon. Take a drive across the Golden Gate and maybe you can catch a glimpse of the snub nosed celebrity pet. Why not? It could be fun! As for Nixon, a new book suggests that the swarthy psycho-prez had a thing goin’ on with none other than mobster banker Bebe Rebozo. According to Nixon’s Darkest Secrets; The inside story of America’s most troubled president, Dick had a platonic relationship with wife Pat and was even given kissing lessons by aides in order to convincingly display spousal affection in public. Meanwhile, author Don Folsum says a Time magazine reporter picked up a fork at a Washington dinner and caught Nixon and Rebozo holding hands under the table. Suspicions were also aroused by the two men’s numerous Florida vacations, Rebozo’s White House bedroom, as well as another incident when Nixon put his arm around Bebe in a manner that one journalist called “fishy.” So there you have it. And I must say a less attractive pair of lovebirds can hardly be conceived. Folsum also reports that Nixon was an alcoholic and a wife beater. The book won’t be released until late January, but personally I feel as if I’ve already discovered all I want to know about the man. Mitten State Mania In truth, I do have some actual news to relate. I suppose the major development last week was the passage on Thursday of an antigay bill in
gay bashing. I can understand why conservative lawmakers would want to outlaw marriage or restrict abortion. These are iconic issues that hit the hottest buttons on their consoles and satisfy their base voters. But preventing a school district from offering partner benefits? Why? Aside from everything else, they’re asking for a lawsuit, and they’ll get one from the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, if not from the national legal groups. In other state legislative news, we expect that New Hampshire lawmakers will vote to repeal the marriage equality law that was passed under friendlier folk a year or so ago. This year, Republicans in control have pledged to undo the progress of yesteryear and will likely win approval for their dastardly plan in the middle of next month. Fortunately, Governor John Lynch has promised to veto any attempt to roll back equality, and it does not seem as if the state senate has the votes to overturn a veto. Still, it’s worrisome, and we’ll all breathe easier once the veto has withstood a final vote. Our Bad! Here’s some grist for our mill. You recall that voters in Minnesota will weigh in on an anti-marriage amendment next November. We have the GOP-run state legislature to thank for that development, and of course the leader of the state senate deserves particular credit. She is none other than Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who just had to resign after admitting that she cheated on her husband with a married colleague. Gay activists in Minnesota felt badly for Koch, realizing that perhaps their selfish efforts to win marriage equality for themselves did indeed have a deleterious effect on straight couples. Who knew?
Professional Services Activist John Medeiros sent Koch a letter of apology on behalf of all gays and lesbians living in the state. “We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as ‘an illicit affair’ with your staffer, and we also extend our deepest apologies to him and his wife.” wrote Medeiros. “These recent events have made it quite clear that our gay and lesbian tactics have gone too far, affecting even the most respectful of our society.” While we’re on the subject of antigay votes, don’t forget that a bunch of lawmaking fools in North Carolina have scheduled a marriage amendment for the primary ballot on May 8, so we have that to look forward to. On the other hand, the good guys in Maine are working on a pro-marriage referendum that would re-legalize marriage equality in the Lobster State. Maine lawmakers legalized gay unions in 2009, only to see the bill shelved pending a repeal election that November. We narrowly lost that vote, ergo the only way to recapture marriage rights Down East is through another election. So far, activists have gathered more than enough signatures to put the question of marriage rights on the November ballot. I think we have some other promarriage legislative efforts ahead in Maryland, maybe in Washington, and maybe in some other places. All in all, when you take into account our marriage lawsuits, our DOMA challenges, the various elections, and the battles ahead in several state capitals, 2012 should be quite a year indeed. Bring it on, as George W. Bush would say. Lawrence of Houston I’m down to an interesting state appellate court ruling on lesbian parental rights in Florida, as well as the news that John Lawrence, of Lawrence v Texas, died of a heart problem at the age of 68 on November 20. According to the New York Times, his death received no publicity until his lawyer tried to invite him to an event commemorating the 2003 Supreme Court ruling in his favor. Lawrence was arrested in 1998 along with his friend, Tyron Garner, who died in 2006. After a jealous ex-boyfriend called 911 to (falsely) report a gunshot in Lawrence’s Houston apartment, police barged in and accused the two men of violating the Texas ban on same-sex sodomy. They spent a night in jail, pled no contest in order to preserve the case for appeal, and the rest, literally, is history. After several years of litigation, the case reached the High Court, where a 6-3 ruling eliminated anti-sodomy laws and reversed Bowers v Hardwick. Lawrence and Garner were not ideal plaintiffs for a high profile civil rights case. Indeed, they were not even partners at the time. Nor were they particularly articulate or interested in law. In the Times article, Lawrence’s Houston-based lawyer Mitchell Katine said Lawrence may not have appreciated the constitutional issues. “He was upset about how he was treated, physically and personally, that night. The fire stayed in him. When he was vindicated in the Supreme Court, he felt he got justice.” Next March, you can buy my handsome friend Dale Carpenter’s new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v Texas, which will be released by W.W. Norton. Dale teaches law at the University of Minnesota, poor devil. (continued on page 17)
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2011 in Pictures San Francisco Pride by Rink
Good Vibrations by Rink
Dog Fair by Rink
LGBTQ Night at the Giants Game by Phyllis Costa
Deana Dawn as Elizabeth Taylor by Rink
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Thomas Jane by Steve Underhill
Oakland Pride by Phyllis Costa
Ladies Night by Phyllis Costa
Dyke March by Rink
AmFar by Steve Underhill
Sound of Music Sing-A-Long by Steve Underhill
Jan Wahl at Songs of the Season by Steve Underhill
BBE Kwanzaa by Rink
The Women’s Building Celebration of Craftswomen by Steve Underhill
Santa Skivvy by Rink
Home for the Holidays by Steve Underhill
GLBT Historical Society’s Unmasked Event by Steve Underhill
Help is on its way for the Holidays by Steve Underhill
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Home for Christmas on Chr ist mas mor n ing for Dad. A nd each year since I was little, we’d cap of f decorat ing the tree by ly ing beneat h it a nd look ing up at the rings of lights mixed in with the pine branches.
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I k now on its sur face that statement is hardly a newsf lash. Millions of people don’t go to Penns ylva n ia for Ch r ist ma s ever y year. But Pennsylvania is where my fol k s l ive, a nd t h i s w i l l b e t he f irst t ime since Reagan was pr e s ident t h at I ’m not m a k i n g that migrator y cross-continental g a mble w i nt er t r ave ler s m a ke, choosing bet ween connect ing f lights t hr u Chicago, Denver or St. Louis. It’ll be my f irst Christmas since the JFK administration that opening presents Christmas morning won’t be signaled by my dad appea r i ng w it h a stea m i ng cup of cof fee and Mom hunt ing for where she hid the dogs’ presents.
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I k now m i x ing fa m i ly and hol idays are an emotional minef ield for ma ny people, but I have to confess – I actually love v isiting my pa rent s at Ch r i st m a s t i me. It’s not t hat t he ‘rent s’ house is per fect . My dad , a for mer M ar i ne d r i l l sergea nt, does have a w icked sense of humor, and you will spend mealtimes feeling like you’re t he u nw it t i ng g uest at a celebr it y roast, w ishing you had more t horough ly pract iced your hand-to-hand repartee. My mom, a sma l l, copper-topped Sca nd inavian-A merican once described as “elven looking” by a coworker, does raise self-ef facing to a level that will make you want to invest in assertiveness training mater ials. The smallest, f luf f iest household poodle will try to snap your f inger of f each evening when the sun goes down, like a stand-in for the k iller rabbit on a Mont y P ython set. You will wave to neighbors while eying their gun racks a nd N R A bu mper st icker s w it h misapprehension in the icy glow of inf latable lawn decorations.
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T h i s y e a r, w e’r e not g o i n g t o Pennsylvania for Christmas.
Yet, despite its downsides, there’s s o m e t h i n g c o m fo r t i n g fo r m e about ret ur n i ng to t he people I grew up w ith. The yuletide v isit in Pennsylvania is always k icked of f w it h a n e x plo s ion of dog s . This invariably leads to the tradit iona l Excitement P idd le Avoida nce C er emony i n wh ic h I a m greeted at the door by Mom and/ or Dad shout ing some var iat ion of, “Heid i’s home! Get t he dogs outside! Don’t let them see her!” It’s not a moment you’l l f ind in any Frank Capra f ilm, but there’s somet h i ng hea r t wa r m i ng about being g reeted by anyone who is so profoundly moved by your arrival that they pee in excitement every time. Inside, the house is always decked out l i ke Fe z z iw i g ’s pa r t y i n A C h r i st m a s C a r ol . C a nd les a nd pi ne g a rl a nd s l i ne t he w i ndow sills. The tree is covered in ornaments we’ve collected and g iven to each other since my sister and I were in elementary school. Wooden elves and trolls, many of them car ved by my dad in his garage workshop, stand in casual social groupings around the side tables. Mom stashes at least 4 tins of different kinds of Christmas cookies i n nook s above t he fr idge or i n pantr ies around her immaculate k itchen. Each yea r, we obser ve traditions that make our holiday special: eating rice pudding and dancing to a recording of Swedes s i ng i ng Nu Ä r Det Ju l Igen on C h r i s t m a s Eve, b e c au s e t h at ’s h o w M a’s f a m i l y c e l e b r a t e d ; opening presents around the tree
So this year’s decision to stay on t he L eft Coast wasn’t a n avoida nce st rateg y. I n a n ung uarded moment of work -exam -holidayper for ma nce-related fat ig ue, Mom f loat e d t he ide a t h at we might like to stay home for Christmas. My partner is in her fourth year of grad school in Boston, and talk ing to her long distance, the idea of spending her entire w inter brea k toget her, r at her t ha n bouncing between parental guest rooms across the continent, was a gift. We decided to accept. Stay ing together in our home as work and concerts wind down for the holidays has been a gift. But w it h Chr ist mas Day loom ing in this unnaturally green and sunny state, we’re t h in k ing about how to c reate t h at feel i ng of t r a d i tion that comes w ith celebrating C h r i st m a s w it h ou r f a m i l ie s – about what traditions we’d like to choose for ourselves. It’s our f irst year at this, so we’re a bit overex ubera nt. L i ke you r f i r st yea r O ut i n Sa n Fr a nc i s c o, we’r e a little optimistic about how full we can pack our dance cards. So far, we’ve penciled in ACT’s A Christmas Ca rol, SFGMC’s Home for t he Hol idays, a ser v ice at Gl ide Memorial Church, ice skating at Union Square, watching our full col lect ion of Ch r i st ma s mov ies (st ar r ing bot h Muppets and humans), toasting the holiday w ith all our various friends before they leave tow n, hav i ng d i n ner w it h all our various friends who aren’t leav i ng tow n , m aybe w it h s ide trips to Yosemite or Scandinavia or even the North Pole. It’s anybody’s guess how many new traditions we’ll rack up this year. S o f a r, t hou g h , w e’v e g ot ou r C h r i s t m a s t r e e u p a nd a c c e s sor i zed in ra inbow l ight s. T hey look l i ke mag ic t hrough t he need les when you look from und e r n e a t h w it h Nu Ä r D e t Ju l Igen play ing in the background. A n d m y p a r e nt s h av e s e nt u s two boxes: one with a cookie tin packed w ith 4 dif ferent k inds of Christmas cookies; the other with a pink f lamingo to decorate our California yard. Looks like we’re a l l s c o p i n g out t r a d it io n s o l d and new.
(LOVE HONOR CHERISH continued from page 1) Harrison says conversation is the key to winning the hearts and minds of those who oppose LGBTQ rights. “Geoff Kors [former executive director of EQCA] taught me this, and it’s in the spirit of Harvey Milk,” Harrison exhorts, “It’s about connecting to what we have in common and not what we don’t. You don’t demand commonality, you expose it.” Exposing common ground is top at the list for Love Honor Cherish. The organization empowers members to use their own talents and skills to advance the freedom to marry, he says. “After Prop 8 passed, we began working immediately to secure its repeal by means of a new ballot proposition because we recognized that we lost Prop 8 by a very small margin; that we could win California if we did the work needed; and that the court system - although the courts should rule in our favor - works very slowly and there’s no guarantee of success.”
While Harrison thinks a judicial restoration of the right to marry in California would be great, a referendum would be better as “it would forever debunk the claim that the majority of people will not vote for marriage equality. This is one of the major arguments that our opponents make in courts and legislatures against us,” he points out. “We’ve progressed so much since 2008, and I believe that Californians will make it right.” “Federal domestic partnerships sound great in theory, but at the end of the day (and the opposition would say this), it’s not marriage, and thus not equal,” he says. “Marriage equality is important to me because it’s a rite of passage that my brother and sister have that I do not. My father is a retired, Southern Baptist minister, so I grew up seeing a lot of marriages and also living in shame.” With less than a year until the election, Love Honor Cherish has its work
cut out for it. “Although we are confident that we can gather a significant number of signatures through our dedicated volunteers, we really need people to step forward and write major checks to ensure that we qualify an initiative and make history,” he says. “If we don’t, it may be years before loving gay and lesbian couples can marry in California.” It is more important than ever, as Equality California struggles with the resignation of longtime leader Geoff Kors and the quick departure of his replacement, Roland Palencia. Former GLAAD executive director Joan Garry has stepped in as interim head of EQCA as they search for a new leader. “Marriage equality simply cannot wait as Equality California rebuilds,” Harrison emphasizes. “There is a void in leadership, and that is why Love Honor Cherish took the bold step in hiring me as its first full-time staffer.”
Arts&Entertainment SF Gay Men’s Chorus Brought Us Home for the Holidays Sister Dana Van Iniquity By Sister Dana Van Iquity The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus wrapped a beautiful bow on its 34th season with its 22nd annual “Home for the Holidays” concert at the Castro Theatre. The Chorus, under the direction of Conductor Timothy Seelig, was joined by soprano Melody Moore and Velocity Bells plus additional guests including the one and only Donna Sachet. All three shows (5, 7, and 9 pm) were completely sold out. The Chorus began with the very traditional carol, “Masters in This Hall,” with its echoing choruses of “Nowell! Nowell!” and a series of dramatic decrescendos and crescendos. The lyrics were from the late 1800s describing the nativity: “This is Christ the Lord; Masters be ye glad! Christmas is come in, and no folk should be sad.” Then they took us on a “Sleigh Ride,” but a different version arranged for the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus with “those sleigh bells jingling” courtesy of the four-member Velocity Handbell Ensemble. Changing the mood to a swing beat, the guys sang “Gettin’ In the Mood” for Christmas” with jazzy rhythm and jive hand and body choreography, as well as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with a jazz beat and the men also doing partner swing dancing.
The very lively “Cartoon Collection of Christmas Characters Both Naughty and Nice” set provided a medley of animated tunes from TV, such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and the villagers’ happy holiday song - even after the Grinch had tried to ruin it for them, and additionally, “You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch”; Jack Skellington’s astonishment with “What’s This?” from The Nightmare before Christmas; and the cheery theme from A Charlie Brown Christmas. “The First Noel” was quite differently sung in counterpoint with the Chorus doing the usual lyrics and tune, but the Velocity handbells ringing out the music from Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” as alternative accompaniment. The Chorus sang a cappella “O Magnum Mysterium” translated from Latin to “Oh great mystery” of Christ’s birth, with Melody Moore bringing the house down with her astounding high soprano solo. For the 7 pm show, Dr. Seelig was apparently not thrilled with the audience reaction thus far, accusing us of being Lutherans from frozen Minneapolis and needing to liven up and stop offending his warmer Southern Baptist roots. He reminded us that it has been said that Minneapolis is the gayest city in America, and how we should disprove that opinion. So we quickly got the message and gave out a multitude of queen screams, clapping, and woo-hoos. This attitude change was helped along when the formally dressed, tuxedoed singers suddenly broke out their individual versions of quite festive Santa caps – some feath-
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Donna Sachet and the Gay Men's Chorus performing on Christmas Eve at the Castro Theatre to three sold out shows.
ers, some leather, some sequins, some lit up, one menorah, a yarmulke, a Christmas tree, a candle, and so forth. The boys sang variations on “Jingle Bells,” with somewhat gayer
lyrics, involving slight cacophony turning into syncopation and eventually winding up very Broadway (a la Funny Girl) complete with jazz hands, then abruptly turning from a
sleigh ride into a Caribbean cruise with very hot tropical rhythm and dance moves. What could top that? How about Melody Moore singing (continued on page 18)
Becoming Julia Morgan: More than Meets the Eye Theater
male to be admitted to the hallowed halls of UC Berkeley School of Architecture, the Beaux Arts in Paris, and to practice architecture in California was just the beginning of her many talents. In the over 700 buildings she was to design and/or engineer including San Simeon (Hearst Castle), the Bell Tower at Mills College and Asilomar Conference Center, her appreciation of beauty and function reigned.
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There is no doubt that Julia Morgan was a formidable woman and a hardworking visionary who was able with sheer determination to break into areas where women had previously never succeeded. Being the first fe-
Janis Stevens as Julia Morgan and Ben Euphrat as journalist Jerry Mac in Becoming Julia Morgan playing at the Berkeley City Club and then the Sausalito Women's Club.
All this personal history and more comprises the admirably performed (though too lengthy) Becoming Julia Morgan now in performance at the Berkeley City Club (a Julia Morgan design) before it moves to the Sausalito Woman’s Club (another of J.M.’s architectural accomplishments) the second week of January. Penned by Belinda Taylor and directed by Aurora Theatre’s founding director Barbara Oliver, Becoming Julia Morgan moves apace with Janis Stevens in the title role of Julia and the remaining ensemble Sally Clawson, Ben Euphrat and Dave Garrett playing more than a dozen roles that move in and out of non-linear time. Opening with Julia giving a lecture about the Golden Ratio to the audience as architectural colleagues, the
play moves quickly to a scene with her discussing the plans for San Simeon with the boisterous William Randolph Hearst (Dave Garrett) and a sultry Marion Davies (Sally Clawson) in tow. Hearst is also in league with the architectural journalist Jerry Mac (Ben Euphrat) who is trying to get a story about Julia’s private life. Working for the SF Examiner (A Hearstowned paper), Jerry befriends Julia on the platform waiting for the return train to San Francisco. As a woman who holds her personal cards close to herself, Julia is reluctant to share her private life with anyone, least of all a journalist. This point is made repeatedly throughout the play culminating in her final refusal to allow Jerry to publish the book he has worked on for the many years he devoted to shadowing her life and career. While the play is filled with fascinating details about architecture and facts about this or that job, the various scenes that call up the god Janus and goddess Vesta seem unnecessary and least dramatic. One can commiserate with the playwright’s challenge to create a story about a woman whose personal life was little known. Julia’s actions to encourage her biographer’s wife, Irene Mac (Sally Clawson), to continue her library studies speaks
volumes as to the kind of generous person Julia was. Also included in the play is the life long difficulty Morgan had with her hearing, the result of a botched operation that left her deaf in one ear, off balance and physically disfigured. Still she persevered. Chris Houston’s sound design subtly accentuates the era, mood and locale of each scene. More docudrama than play, at two and a half hours’ running time, Becoming Julia Morgan would benefit with some scaling down from its sprawling San Simeon proportions to the strongly engineered Mills College Bell Tower that withstood the ’06 quake. Kudos to the entire acting ensemble that seamlessly moves in and out of time, place and character without missing a beat. Produced by Sabrina Klein, Becoming Julia Morgan plays Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm through January 8 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant, Berkeley; and Fri, Sat 8 pm, Sun 3:30 pm January 13-15 at Sausalito Woman’s Club, 120 Central Avenue, Sausalito. Tickets $24, $35, & $40 www. brownpapertickets, 1-800-838-3006. For more information: www.juliamorganproject.org.
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Xanadu the musical is now rolling on the New Conservatory Theatre Center stage. This is the Douglas Carter Beane Broadway play based on the 1980 cult classic movie that critics panned. I guess I am just a sap, because I enjoyed the film for what it was: camp comedy. No, it was not Oscar material, but don’t let that stop you from catching this exciting version. It must be noted that the Venice Beach artist, played by hunky Michael Beck, later stated, “The Warriors opened a lot of doors for me – which Xanadu then closed!” Warning: if you are vehemently not a fan of ’70s Electric Light Orchestra (Out of the Blue CD) and the compositions of E.L.O.’s Jeff Lynne (who wrote most of the music and lyrics), do not attend this show. John Farrar (Olivia Newton-John’s “You’re the One That I Want” and “Physical”) shares the mission of also writing music and lyrics. Like the f lick with Olivia NewtonJohn starring, it is the tall tale of a beautiful young Greek muse, Clio (played by perky Chloe Condon), one of nine daughters of Zeus who descends from ancient Mount Olympus smack dab into the ’80s in Venice Beach (which she mistook for ancient Venice, Italy). Her job is to inspire a struggling young artist, Sonny, (played by cute Jesus Martinez Jr.) who hates his artwork and plans to end it all until rescued by Clio, who changes her name to Kira and her accent to Australian. That last is a little in-joke on Olivia N.J.’s Aussie accent. Previously Clio was a muse (in the form of a Southern belle with the drawl) to a ’40s wannabe clarinet player, Danny ( Joe Wicht, also known in drag as Trauma Flintstone), who presently has aged, given up his music, and become a rich but unsatisfied real estate player. Meanwhile Clio’s muse sisters watch the action from above, then join Clio on earth, with one evil sister, Melpomene (brilliant Nikki Arias), and her accomplice sister, Calliope (deadpan Jaimelee Roberts), being terribly jealous of Clio as head muse and therefore placing a curse upon her to fall in love with a mortal and create art – two forbidden actions that should immediately send the perpetrating goddess to eternal damnation in Hades. The other sister muses are Erato (Angel Burgess), Thalia (a drag role for Nathan Marken), Euterpe (Molly Kruse), and Terpsicore (Alex Rodriguez in drag). The ensemble
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Best Cut: “I W I WG” Location: The next Volkswagen commercial.
Sonny (Jesus Martinez Jr.) teaches Kira (Chloe Condon) how to draw in the New Conservatory Theatre's production of Xanada, playing through January 15.
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cast (except for Danny) end up eventually wheeling around the stage on roller skates, which is a treat in itself. They really are accomplished with some impressive choreography (director Stephanie Temple, take a bow) and skating ability (thanks to Redwood Roller Rink coaches Aubrey and Sara Orcutt). Why on skates? Because Sonny’s dream is to open the first roller disco venue where artworks, live theater, live music, and athleticism are all offered – on wheels. This can only be accomplished by renting an old abandoned club called Xanadu, owned by Danny, who had plans of tearing down the dilapidated building and erecting a condominium. Of course the scheming, meddling Melpomene and Calliope try to put a monkey wrench into the works, where much of the comedy occurs. You will be immediately drenched in 1980s lingo, from the very start when an offstage valley girl, like, totally tells you to turn off your cell phones and electronic devices that haven’t been invented yet, like, for sure. The dialogue freely utilizes ’80s slang and plays off the youthful Sonny not comprehending culture references that much older Danny frequently makes. The players occasionally break the fourth wall and speak right to the audience. And there are many in-jokes making fun of the Xanadu movie, not to mention some 1980s lackluster arts. The players might even explain why there are only seven of the nine muses present, as well as the curse of double-casting (seven members each play two other characters, and two are quadruple-cast). What’s a musical without music? And Xanadu provides that so excellently! Right from the first, we hear the ecstatic “I’m Alive” with all the muses, and then the magical “Magic” as a gorgeous duet with Sonny and Kira. Melpomene and Calliope give us a dastardly “Evil Woman.” “Whenever You’re Away from Me” has Kira and Danny doing a duet, while Danny’s flashback young self (Rodriguez) executes a snappy tap dance. “Dancin’” brings us back to the ’40s swingin’, boogie-woogie Andrews Sisters diametrically opposite the ’80s Tubes’ version. “All Over the World” (drop the mirrored disco ball, please) and “Don’t Walk Away” encompass the entire singing and dancing cast. And that’s just Act One. Xanadu rolls along at NCTC, 25 Van Ness @ Market now through Jan. 15, 2012, Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. at 8pm and Sun. 2pm. Tix $26 to $45, (415) 861-8972 or firstname.lastname@example.org ’cause that’s the way they roll!
Aiden James Best Shot (Single) Sensitive acoustic boy A iden turns out a great acoustic sensitive song. In a world lacking in true acoustic male artists, James has stepped up to the plate to represent the boys who like morning stubble, grunge sweaters and knit hats. Keep ‘em coming. Best Cut: “Best Shot” Location: Starbucks with the Apple open.
Doris Day My Heart (US Edition) Releasing her first album in 17 years, Doris leans on some remixes that stand like nostalgic pillars between a fresh set of low-production but sweet (of course!) new songs. Doris’ fans will enjoy the maturing of her classic voice. Best Cut: “You Are So Beautiful” Location: Saturday morning kitchen coffee.
Sons of Anarchy Music From Sons of Anarchy Season 1-4 Okay, so the music is great but let’s hope you’ll go out and buy the originals. Music super visor Bob Thele Jr. creates a SOA “house band”, The Forest Rangers, using the talent at his f ingertips: himself, Katey Sagal, and A lison Mosshart. He re-records classics like Gimme Shelter, and releases the "its-almost-like-realbiker-music." Best Cut: “Someday Never Comes” Location: CD Player mounted in fairing of 1100 Gold Wing.
A SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE HOT TICKETS ca l spec ia l event . Big Top w i l l be going of f before and after the Trannyshack show with DJ/Producer John Lepage & Joey Jinks! Come prepared to sweat it out! Doors 9pm-3am Show at 11:30pm Cha mpag ne Toa st at M id n ight $ 2 0 a d v a nc e t ic k et s av a i l a b le now at dnalounge.com ($30 at the door). DNA Lounge 375 11th St., SF.
Comedienne Karen Williams will perform during the Black & White Ball at The City Club in San Francisco.
B l a c k & W h it e B a l l T he me Pa r t y & Celebr at ion at T he Elegant City Club – Welcoming in 2012. Stand proud on the beaut i f u l st a i r wel l w it h a n or ig i na l Diego Rivera mural as your backd rop. T he a r t a nd a rch itect ure are breath-taking and considered among the f inest in the Art Deco style in all of California. Couples and Singles! Featuring the comedy of Karen Williams and danci ng w it h l ive music by Cr it ica l Bl iss plus DJ L or i Z w it h her Z Roadshow at The City Club, 155 Sa nsome St. SF. Ticket s: $125. Reservation includes savory hors d'oeuv res bu f fet , non-a lcohol ic beverage, dance, dessert and coffee/tea, champagne celebration, full cash bar. Dress: festive for the occasion - "Black and White" encouraged but not required. Tickets available at bettyslist.com. N Y E at T he Wi ld Side West – The infamous Ber na l Heights w ater i ng hole host s Sa n Fr a n cisco’s ow n Mega f la me doing a ver y s pec ia l a nd i nt i mate ver y little big band set on New Year’s Eve with Modern twists on classic tunes. Members of Olive Ewe in Poof Pony w ill also be per forming an acoustic set with DJ Poof spinning, classic alternative hits all night. Free! Yes, FREE. 8pm. Come on over to t he Wi ld Side West at 424 Cor t la nd, SF. 415 647-3099.
N Y E2 012: B a c k i n B ed w it h Fairy Butch! - This New Year’s g et c au ght I n B e d W it h Fa i r y B ut c h ! T he le g e nd a r y c a m p y, erotic cabaret is back to put the Au ld L ang in your Sy ne. Voted SF Guardian’s “Best Place to Cop a Same- Sex Date”, r ing in 2012 with the Return of the queer icon Fair y Butch at the gorgeous and spacious Blue Macaw! Meet a sexy stranger in The Tingle & Mingle Game! Free champag ne toast at midnight! Free Noisemakers and mini champagne bott le bubbles! Free hats, tiaras and leis! Festive N Y E Decorat ions! Massive Balloon drop at midnight! Free Hors D'oeuvres for early advance ticket holders! Dancing & Cr uising after the show w ith DJ Carnita, of Hard French fame! Dec. 31 at The Blue Macaw, 2565 M ission @ 22nd, SF. V IP Doors @ 8pm; General Doors @ 8:45pm; Show @ 9 : 3 0 ; B a l l D r o p @ 12 m id ! The online advance t icket pr ice of $34.95 is a lready d iscounted f r om t he at t he do or pr ic e of $39.95 and entit les you to extra fabulous perks, such as early entry, candy girl/boy noshing, and ea rly seat select ion (w it h ea rly entr y!). brownpapertickets.com/ event/217527.
T he Lexing ton’s New Yea r ’s Eve Blackout: A Night You’re Sure to Forget! - Who did I kiss at midnight? If you can't remember their face- did it really happen?! Have not hing to deny the morning after and start the year off with a clean slate. Your hilarious host Sara Goodman will tickle you pink with her captivating Tr a n n y s h a c k ’s N e w Ye a r s quips; Blackout Babes R ACHEL Eve - Ring in the New Year with & W I N T E R d a n c e t h e n i g h t two legendary clubs at one venue! into oblivion. With DJ's Andre & Trannyshack New Years Eve with Jenna Riot to make you get down BIG TOP upstairs. The line-up of w ith your bad self on the dance drag queens, performance artists, f loor! FREE glass of champagne go go's, dj's and club k ids is jaw f r om 8 - 9 pm , Fr e e c h a mpa g ne dropping. Do not miss this magi- toast at m id n ight & Free to get
appear on national telev ision in S e a g r en & D e a n Sa m a r a s a nd the US (Arsenio Hall, 1993), from more. The End Up! 4 01 6t h St. this point forward she has toured SF. the world with her one-of-a-kind blend of cool jazz and in your face Not Your Normal New Year's comedy. R i ng i n t he New Yea r Eve - A m i nd-blow i ng n ight of w ith the most outrageous, tunest a nd -up comedy feat u r i ng to - ful show in town. Times: 7pm &, d a y ' s g r o u n d b r e a k i n g c o m e - 9 pm Box Of f ice: TheR h ino.org d ia n s. It a l l t a kes pl ace at t he OR (80 0) 38 -30 0 6 T I X: $30.0 0 g rand Herbst T heat re w it h l ive - $35.00. Victoria Theatre 2961 music beg inning at 7:30 pm and 16th St. (at BA RT/Mission) SF. w raps up w it h a n excit i ng ba lloon drop at 10 pm (midnight in New Year's Eve Annual Bash Nor ma l, I L). The show features - Joi n us at 142 T h rock mor ton a fantastic line-up of comedians for a g rand-st yle year- end celeand musicians. The third annual brat ion. L ineup includes Danny show features today’s most origi- C l ic k a nd t he A mer ic a n a O r n a l c ome d i a n s w it h he a d l i ner c he s t r a doi n g h i s m a g n i f ic ent Will Franken will do three, one-man shows Brent Weinbach, along w ith Jill acoust ic a nd elect r ic set s (t hey at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, B ou rque, Kev i n C a m i a , Nat a - will set your shoes on f ire!), Mort December 21 - 23. sha Muse, A lex Koll, Steve Lee, Sahl w it h his br il liant year-end and hosted by L iz Grant. Music assessment s a nd for ward t h in k- A Ver y Special Evening with by indie chamber pop ensemble: ing, Mark Pitta - the unparalleled Ve r o n i c a K l a u s - I n a u g u Foxtails Brigade. Not Your Nor- and incomparable host (in the 8th r a l Per for ma nce At T he R r a zz mal New Year’s Eve is Saturday, year, yes! as Host of Mark Pitta & R o o m' s R 2 L o u n g e . J o i n Ve December 31st at 8pm. For tick- Friends) and Mike Pace - who will ronica K laus and her trio as she ets ($25-59) and information, call f ly in to add his insightful witti- brings in the New Year with her 415 -392- 4 4 0 0 or buy on l i ne at cisms to t he even ing. Sat urday, sig nature mix of jazz and cabanynnye.com. December 31st at 7:30pm at 142 ret, sly humor and sophistication, Throckmorton Theatre in Down- rom a nc e a nd ex per ienc e! Ve town Mill Valley. Tickets are $65 ron ica is so excited to be sha rand can be purchased by calling ing a celebration of the New Year the box of f ice at 415.383.9600 or a nd a new beg i n n i ng w it h her on l i ne at 142t h roc k mor tont he - stellar musicians, with two shows atre.org. inaugurating a new performance space at t he i nt i mate R 2! Dec. Tr a n a du - T he second a n nua l 31, 2011. 7:30pm, $45; 10:30pm, S t o l i N e w Ye a r ’s E v e l a u n c h $ 65 ( i nc ludes cha mpag ne toa st p a r t y a t l e g e n d a r y c l u b T h e at m id n i g ht , pa r t y f avor s a nd E nd-Up! Compl i ment a r y Stol i- countdown to 2012). chnaya cocktails 9-11pm, hors d’ oeuvres and free admission from Texa s Rose New Yea r's Eve 9 -10:30 pm w it h R SV P to stol i- Da nce - Queer Women & t heir par t y@g ma i l.com ($30 to 11pm Tra ns & F T M fr iends' Count r y w it hout R SV P, $ 4 0 a f ter). Co - & We s t er n d a nc e. D a nc e i nt o Lea Delaria performs The Last Butch Standhosted and l ive per for mance by t he New Year w it h Texas Rose! ing at the Victoria Theatre on New Year's Eve. Ja i Rod r ig uez (Q uee r Eye for th e Great music, y ummy buf fet and Straight Guy) and starring Cassan- f r i e n d l y c o m m u n i t y. N e w t o T he L a s t B ut c h S t a nd i n g - dra Cass, who w i l l be wh isk ing countr y? We recommend you atThe Rhino New Year’s Eve Spec- you of f to Xa n a du. E x plore t he tend t he 8pm beg i n n i ng 2- step tacular retur ns w it h t he Broad- End-Up's unveiling of its magical class. Texas Rose is a g reat noway st a r a nd goddes s voc a l i st . new lounge a nd pat io. A lter na- attitude event. You don't have to L ea DeL a r ia br i ng s her one of tive pop princess Liz Primo and come with a partner - there will a k ind blend of song and hilari- dancers bring you a mini-concert be lots of people to dance w ith. ous satire to the Victoria. There at 11:30pm, featuring her hit sin- We welcome beginners and have are punch lines, torch songs and gle "State of Amazing” and pre- f r i e n d l y v e t e r a n s t o he l p y ou plenty of scatting in Lea DeLar- view of upcoming release "Wind along the way. Entrance $15, $10 ia’s show T he Last Butch Standing. Me Up." C h a m p a g ne t o a s t a t w ith your student I D; 8 - 8:45pm T he show is a m i x of sw i ng i ng midnight, with giveaways, favors, B e g i n n i n g 2- s t e p. No p a r t ner ja zz a nd st a nd-up blue comedy and fabulousness and countdown needed. 8:45-9:15pm Line dance that explores what it is like to be with the stars. Stay past midnight lesson: Reggae Cowboi; 9:15pma bad ass dyke in the post Ellen and enjoy the End-Up’s 33 hour 12:30am. Open Dancing at The 21st Century. A LGBT icon, Lea New Year’s dance marathon.Hot Humanist Hall 390 -27th Street, DeLaria is a stand-up comic who s ou nd s b y DJ s C uer vo, D av id Oakland (between Broadway and was the f irst openly gay comic to H a r nes s , Taj, H aw t hor ne, B en Telegraph).
in!!! See you t here! 8pm at The Lexington Club 3464 19th St SF; 415.863.2052, Never A Cover, Always A Party!
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Photographer: Rink Among the the shoppers at the Castro Farmer’s Market on Dec. 21 were Anna Damaini, Donna Sachet, The Castro Leprechaun and Gary Virginia. It is THE Castro destination for insecticidefree and organically grown fruits and vegetables, and artisan ba ked goods, sauces, meats and orchids. The market is a lso known for friendly farmers and their vendors who were eager to describe their products and involve the community in a goal for health. The market is a project of the The Pacif ic Coast Farmers’ Association, which is dedicated to prov iding fresh fruits and vegetables and educating citizens about the sources of their food. Local band, The Buds, entertained market-goers on this f inal day like many others. The March return of the Castro Farmers’ Market is eagerly anticipated. BAY T IM ES DECEM BER 29, 2011 11
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Mugwumpin is playing at San Francisco’s Old Mint on Friday and Saturday nights from Jan. 6 - 29.
Hot Draw! - Thurs. Dec. 29th 6:30pm-9:30pm. A special holiday Hot Draw! Hot Draw! is a drawing group for gay male artists of all skill levels who are interested in erotic drawing. We will provide a gay male model doing erotic, fetish and/or sexual poses. Our model for tonight is Tim. The group is professional, friendly and supportive, we just enjoy drawing erotic poses. Call the day of the session to reserve a space at 415-621-6294. Mark I Chester studio, 1229 Folsom St/SF.
sweet, sexy space! $15 at the door. Xtras: Coat Check, Dinner Menu: Spaghetti (veggie and meat), Salad, Garlic Bread, and a selection of Fantastic Desserts! El Rio - a neighborhood bar with a heck of a lot to offer. 3158 Mission St. (@ Cesar Chavez), SF. (415) 282-3325 Always 21 & Over elriosf.com.
Lea Delaria in The Last Butch Standing - The Rhino New Year’s Eve Spectacular returns with Broadway star and goddess vocalist Lea DeLaria brings her one of a kind blend of song and hilarious satire to the Victoria. There are punch lines, torch songs and plenty of scatting in Lea DeLaria’s show THE LAST BUTCH STANDING. The
show is a mix of swinging jazz and stand-up blue comedy that explores what it is like to be a bad ass dyke in the post Ellen 21st Century. A LGBT icon, Lea DeLaria is a standup comic who was the first openly gay comic to appear on national television in the U.S. (Arsenio Hall, 1993). From this point forward she has toured the world with her oneof-a-kind blend of cool jazz and in your face comedy, often creating stirs (The U.S. Congress officially “criticized” Lea in 1993) but always winning accolades (MUFF DIVA BEST OF THE FEST Edinburgh 1993.) Since then she has played venues from Provincetown to San Francisco, appeared on numerous television shows (Will and Grace, Friends) and in films (The First Wives Club, Edge of Seventeen). Brantley of the New York Times describes Lea as, “Every inch a star.” Ring in the New Year with the most outrageous, tuneful show in town. Times: 7 pm & 9 pm Box Office: TheRhino.org OR (800) 38-3006 TIX: $30.00 - $35.00. Victoria Theatre 2961 16th St (at BART/Mission) SF.
I like Ludwig - don’t you? Join the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra as we ring in the New Year with music of Ludwig van Beethoven. His Second Symphony shocked contemporary audiences in 1802; one critic called it “a hideously writhing wounded dragon that refuses to die.” Nor was Beethoven’s Violin Concerto popular at first, but these two youthful compositions were groundbreaking works of incredible genius. Robin Sharp, the SFCO’s brilliant concertmaster, is our featured soloist. Admission is free, but tickets are required for non-members! Reserve online, or call 415.692.5258 to make your reservation by phone. Tickets may also be given at the door, subject to availability. SFCO supporting members receive priority seating and do not need tickets (please bring membership card to concert). Admission to priority seating for members’ guests is available for a $20 donation each. Become a supporting member of the SFCO today at sfchamberorchestra.org/membership!
See HOT TICKETS for a full listing of NYE 2012 events!!
Mango New Year’s Eve Party 2012 - Party the year away at your favorite lesbian dance party -MANGO PM!!! Hosted in the Mission at the infamous El Rio Dive with access to indoor & outdoor dance areas. Hot hip hop and spicy Latin beats by selectas EDAJ, Marcella, and guests. We’ll help you celebrate with complimentary champagne at midnight. Dinner and Desserts and the guaranteed presence of the sexiest and hottest women in the Bay Area all in one
Space Cowboy’s Breakfast of Champions - It all started down by the water, off a small pier with a small crew who didn’t want to compete with all the events taking place on NYE in San Francisco in the year 2000. Twelve years later, thousands of dancers and DJs have made the annual trek to the Space Cowboy’s Breakfast of Champions. Today we all know it as that halfway point to the playa and the place to see everyone you know in San Francisco in the same place with a
Becoming Julia - Award-winning drama Becoming Julia Morgan toasts New Year’s Eve in a Paris cafe at the turn of the 20th century. December 31, 8 pm. Tickets $35, includes champagne reception. brownpapertickets.com. 800-8383006. As California’s first licensed woman architect, Julia Morgan created more than 700 buildings, including the magnificent Hearst Castle. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.
San Francisco composter Carlos Olivieira appears at Underground Sound on Jan. 11..
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metric shit ton of your favorite local DJs and then some. This year BOC will be held at Mighty, and as always starts at 6 am on New Year’s Day. It is a magic year, and BOC goes until you (which we all know now is ‘we’) cry Uncle! We suggest arriving early and be prepared for rain or shine to guarantee entry!! $25 at Mighty, 119 Utah St., SF.
Qcomedy Showcase - Show features the hilarious SF comedians Justin Lucas, Simone Campbell, Jennifer Dronsky with special guest host Pippi Lovestocking. And be sure to stay for the legendary Martuni’s piano bar with Joe Wicht at no additional charge. San Francisco’s favorite spot for queer and queer friendly comedy, now at the fabulous Martunis. 8 pm Martuni’s, 4 Valencia St @ Market Street, San Francisco. $5-15 Sliding Scale, NOTAFLOF, Qcomedy.com.
Milk Club PAC meeting at the SF LGBT Center from 7-9 pm; 1800 Market St, San Francisco, CA (LGBT Community Center).
Secret Lovers - Slow jams to make out to... Soul, oldies, and R&B dance party. This month, lovelies, we will be recovering from NYE “its the end of the world so lets have a freakin’ party at the Lex!” The Handsome Young Men will have treats for you featured in our Sooper Secret Raffle (where the tickets are free and the prizes vary from free drinks, to porn, to CDs, to cookies)! Who knows what you could win! Its a secret... dance to jamz provided by your fave Handsome Young faces, blues, gospel, oldies, soul, disco, r&b. Tell a friend, bring a date, go stag. We’ll be there with open arms to slow dance with you. 21+, Free! 9 pm-12:30 am DJ’s Lil MC, Katie Duck, PonyBoy and Durt @The Lexington 3464 19th St. SF.
Carrie Brandon - is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Mill Valley. Influenced by musicians such as Joni Mitchell and Carole King, as well jazz and show tunes, Carrie has been writing and performing her own material locally since the age of
13. Her experience ranges from singing the National Anthem for the San Francisco Giants the past few seasons, to performing with the California Symphony and Reno Philharmonic. A recent graduate of Tam High, Carrie is pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University. Tickets are $18 General Admission, $8 students and can be purchased by calling the box office at 415.383.9600 or 142throckmortontheatre.org. 8pm 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Downtown Mill Valley.
Velvet - Ever been to a hot and heavy queer dance party, found a sweaty little cutie, and wished you had some place to sneak away and get it on? Yea, we have that. Brought to you by one of the founders of the legendary Girl Pile and located in the same venue as the infamous Kinky Salon.VELVET is a sensuous, intimate, private party for fierce femmes, badass butches, bois, transmen, transwomen, genderqueer and intersex queers. Whether you are shy, exhibitionist, experienced or have never been to a party like this before, we want YOU! Bring your toys, bring your friends! $20 Mission Control events are for members only. Become a member, it’s free and instant: missioncontrolsf.org.
The Uncomfortable Zones Of Fun - Do you dare to be in experiments in experience/participation performance? The Underground Hit! Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians,
Natasha Muse will host a variety of standup comedians on January 8 at the Actors Theatre of San Francisco.
actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor. Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations are encouraged.) Are you human enough for this? 8pm at Temescal Art Center 511 48th Street Oakland, CA 94609. Info: 510-526-7858 or eroplay.com/ events.html. DRIFT, SF - A party featuring a variety of House Music DJs for women who love women! Ticket sales go to Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic: Serving homeless women living with cancer. Drift is a 100% volunteer run private party designed
to fundraise and promote HOUSE DJs/artists. Line Up: 6 pm-8 pm (Deep House) DJ Kinetic [Drift] 8 pm-10 pm (Tech House) DJ Amber [iamthedj.com] Club Percussionist C.Flava [Drift] Club Harlot- 46 Minna Street @ 2nd Street Crowd: Queer women and friends, Music: House + Live Percussion Cost: $10 (Free/Sliding Scale before 7 pm).
A Funny Night for Comedy - Join Host Natasha Muse and her sidekick Ryan Cronin as they welcome a variety of stand-up comedians to the stage, and then ask them a variety of strange questions. It’s like a late-night talk show, except it’s in the early-evening. And it’s not on television. And it’s funny. With special appearances by Mike Spiegelman and Brian Fields with Headliner Tim Young, featuring Femikaze and Stefan Davis.The show will be followed by A Funny Night for Improv, an improv jam starting at 9 pm. If you come for the comedy show stay for the improv for free.Tickets at: brownpapertickets.com/event/217528. At the Actors Theatre of San Francisco 855 Bush St. SF; Box Office: 415345-1287 NatashaMuse.com Doors open at 6:30 pm, Comedy starts at 7 pm, Tickets are $10 Please contact NatashaMuse@gmail.com for any information.
Burlesque 101 - In this two-hour workshop, students will learn the history of burlesque, how to create a persona and basic choreography. As well as learning to build your burlesque attitude; feel great about your body, and an open discussion about increased confidence and positive thinking. This class will feature Ruby Vixen as the TA of T & A! Burlesque 101 has been seen in the NYTimes, KOFY TV, Curve Magazine at Fabulosa Fest at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts and MORE! All classes are open to students of any age or gender who want to shake it on stage or in the bedroom. No previous dance or performance experience is required. No deposit needed for class, however space is very limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve a spot email: email@example.com with S.O.S. in the subject line. State which class(es) you are interested in and don’t forget inquire about discounted rates! All classes are $30, unless otherwise noted. 7-9 pm in SF at Viracocha 998 Valencia St., SF. If you would like to perform at the School of Shimmy Showcase Burlesque 101, 201 and Finishing Touches are mandatory classes. A Student Showcase will take place on various dates as part of the famed weekly show, Red Hots Burlesque. We Heart Tom: A Going-Away Tribute to Tom Nolan and Fundraiser for Project Open Hand - After 17 years at the helm of Project Open Hand, Tom Nolan retires. In honor of his long-term commitment to AIDS-related agencies, the L davGBT communities and to all things San Francisco, the cabaret community celebrates his career and helps raise money for Project Open Hand. Hosted by Carly Ozard (winner, Best New Cabaret Performer, 2009) and Mrs. Trauma Flintstone (producer, Bijou and Cabaret Showcase Showdown). With special performances by first lady of song DONNA SACHET, plus comedienne extraordinaire DARLENE
POPOVIC, plus Cara Burgoyne (winner, Best New Cabaret Performer, 2010), Alyssa Stone (winner, Best New Cabaret Performer, 2011) and Mark Johnson (winner, Audience Choice, 2011). The show also features local favorites Dennis Sanchez and Mark Johnson.The show begins at 6 pm. At 9 pm, Joe Wicht takes to the piano for open mic, with all tips going to Project Open Hand. Suggested Donation: $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Martuni’s, 4 Valencia Street (at Market.) Info: 415.241.0205 or dragatmartunis.com.
Gay Community Circles - Are you a gay man looking for a deeper connection with other gay men in person and outside of the bar scene? Has internet left you feeling disconnected... kinda like an ‘outsider looking in’ but not deeply connected to other gay men in your community? If you answered ‘Yes’... then Gay Community Circles is for YOU. In just 6 weekly gatherings, you’ll meet new friends, deepen intimacy and improve your communication skills to develop your social power and connection with life. Each week is a topic that has specific questions we will each answer and share our stories. Imagine being in a group of other gay men where you get to share what is really on your heart, what it means to feel both different and connected to the community, and where no one judges you for what you say and how you feel! If you’re ready to step outside your ‘comfort zone’ to open your heart and mind to build deeper more meaningful friendships and loving relationships then Gay Community Circles is for you. Group format: 15 minute discussion on developing greater intimacy and communication skills, group activities, group sharing and connecting. 7:00pm at LGBT Center, SF.
The Commonwealth Club presents: Patricia Schultz, Author, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die - Before you plan your next trip, hear travel expert Schultz’s practical guide and wish list of unique destinations from around the world. Discover and learn about 28 new countries, including Ghana, Qatar, Mozambique and Lithuania, highlighted in her updated best-selling travel book. Schultz also offers budget-conscious suggestions on where to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out, and don’tmiss travel experiences for adventurous globetrotters. 6:30pm checkin | 7pm program | 8p.m. book signing | Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose | $10 members | $15 non-members | $5 students (with valid ID) Underground Sound - When’s the last time a new music series opened in San Francisco? How about a music series produced in a theater and devoted to popular music? And rock. And World and classical music, individuals, ensembles, acoustic, electric, though mostly acoustic cause the venue contains only 60 seats. The setting, complete with a theatrical light and sound system and most importantly, a large pool of first rate musicians, allows Stage Werx to enjoy a reputation as an intimate and unpretentious concert hall. Presenting this month: the KataVento Brazilian Music Project which is comprised of three flute players, two guitarists, and a percussionist who combine their prodigious talents to play the enchanting music of Brazilian-born, San Franciscobased composer Carlos Olivieira. With singer/songwriters Joe Klocek & Tom Sway. 8pm at new location: Stage Werx Theatre 446 Valencia near 16th St. SF. Tickets are $12 General AdmissionBrownPaperTickets or Stagewerx.org.
Member of the Intersection Innovation Studio. Playing January 6-29, Fri-Sun at 8pm in San Francisco’s Old Mint (corner of 5th and Mission) Tix: brownpapertickets.com/event/206759; Info at mugwumpin.org. The Two-Character Play Tennessee Williams’ heartbreaking backstage saga of a brother and sister and the secrets that make them cling to one another and eventually tear them apart. Williams’ own favorite play, The Two-Character Play brings together all the themes of his career in one final comic drama which celebrates both life and a life in the theatre. It’s
Tennessee Williams as you’ve never seen him. The Two-Character Play is his scintillating study of sex, madness, theatre and the ghosts that haunt all artists. Williams called The Two-Character Play his favorite work, his most auto-biographical and his most terrifying. At Eureka Theatre 215 Jackson Street (between Front and Battery; Embarcadero BART) San Francisco, Previews: Wed., January 4 – Friday, January 6; Opening Night: Sat., January 7 at 8:00pm (Reception to follow) Performances: Sun., January 8 – Sun., January 15 Tues. - Sat. @ 8:00pm Sundays @ 3:00pm. TheRhino.org.
(ROSTOW continued from page 5) Say it Ain’t So, Rudy! If you must know, I’m trying to avoid the Florida case. I don’t know why, but I’m just not in the mood. There was also a story out of Tennessee, where a woman was told that she could not visit her partner at the Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin, because only “family members” were allowed in. One of Obama’s small efforts to improve our lot without Congressional help was a directive that ordered any hospital that accepts federal reimbursements to treat gay and lesbian partners as family members. When the Tennessee Equality Project heard about Val Burke’s dilemma, they called the facility with a little refresher course on current law. The mandarins at Rolling Hills quickly made an about face and said Val could visit her significant other to her heart’s content. So, Florida. Here’s the scoop derived from New York law professor Art Leonard’s blog, which I glanced at a couple of days ago and will now extract from my memory banks. The case revolves around the prototypical fighting lesbians, two women who swore lifelong allegiance, had a child, broke up, and now hate each other so much that they have made their way to Florida’s fifth district court of appeals and will no doubt extend their litigation to a higher court. Let’s call them bio-mom and birthmom, since bio-mom donated her egg to birth-mom, who carried their daughter to term. Barring a medical miracle, we assume that a sperm donor lurks in the background, but fortunately for our story, he is not in the picture. After the women broke up, birthmom grabbed the kid and went off to Australia, while bio-mom grabbed her lawyers and hit the court. A lower court ruled that bio-mom was subject to state laws governing egg donors, even though egg donors usually have no intention of raising their offspring. Although bio-mom signed a standard
form that relinquishes parental rights, she did so only to comply with ironclad procedures, and everyone knew that, in fact, she was planning on being the mother of her child. The judge also noted that gays and lesbians were not eligible to become adoptive parents at the time that the baby was born, but seemed unhappy to be placed in a situation where the law dictated a result that he personally thought unfair. Fast forward to the appellate court, where a 2-1 panel reversed the lower court, ruling that bio-mom was indeed a legal parent, and that the egg donor regulations could not trump reality under the circumstances. The panel added that adoption law was irrelevant to the case, and asked the state supreme court to clarify the law with respect to egg donors. Oh, and Rudy Gay is back in action on the hardwoods after recovering from the shoulder injury that sidelined the Memphis Grizzly for the back half of last season. Gay led his team with 19 points on his first day, not enough to avoid a 95-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Still, it’s nice to have him back, n’est-ce pas sports fans? You go, Rudy! Speaking of Rudy, did you read that the guy who inspired the movie Rudy was nailed for some illegal investment scheme the other day? I watched Rudy one idle afternoon a year or so ago, so I remember the story of a plucky Notre Dame football fan who went to heroic lengths to win a spot on the team, even though he barely qualif ied for academic admittance and weighed about 100 pounds soaking wet. Now it turns out that Rudy and his unsavory business partners raised millions for a sports drink company, but pocketed all but a fraction of the cash. Rudy recently paid a large fine to the SEC, but he may also face criminal charges. –Ann’s column appears every week at sfbaytimes.com. She can be reached at arostow@ aol.com
Tennessee Williams’ Two -Character Play runs at the Eureka Theatre through Jan. 15.
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The men went back to a more traditional mood with “Silver Bells,” arranged for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and of course Velocity Handbell Ensemble perfectly put the bells into that tired old carol. Donna Sachet sashayed down the aisle with her eight elves as a young Mrs. Claus informing us she wanted a d-i-v-o-r-c-e from the jolly fat man who was never home, always out gallivanting across the universe. She sang “Insubordinate Claus” (a pun, with no silent “e”) by humorist Eric Lane Barnes. It was quite the double entendre with her looking to get another man to climb down her chimney and find a different pole, going south. Who knows, she mused, if she might just decide to become Mrs. Easter Bunny!
Moore returned for a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night.” Dr. Seelig mentioned that Moore will be singing in the upcoming March 20 and 21 Davies Symphony Hall presentation of “Enchantingly Wicked,” an evening with the Chorus and special guest Stephen Schwartz with his songs from Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, and many more. Then the Chorus sang Schwartz’s “We Are Lights” about being light in the darkness. They followed with “Silent Night” sung aloud as usual, then completely silent with only their hands interpreting through ASL sign language.
A ll of a sudden, nine “reindeer” rushed the stage as the head elf told a cautionary tale about “Rudolph and Other Queer Folk.” It was the same old story of Rudolph not getting to play in the reindeer games, but with an emphasis on the current topic of
Finally part of the Chorus completely lined the auditorium to provide a stunning surround sound audio effect in their closing piece, “Peace, Peace.”
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