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AIDS grove helps AEF
Gay Romney aide quits
SF Ballet's 'Don Quixote'
by Matthew S. Bajko
B
ay Area celebrations to mark the an-
nual Harvey Milk Day this year include
a plaque unveiling in the Castro and
screenings of Academy-Award winning lms
about the slain gay rights leader.
This will be the third year that California ob-
serves May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, which falls
on Milks 82nd birthday. The Castro business-
man and political organizer made history in
November 1977 by winning a seat on the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors.
It marked the rst time an openly gay person
had won elective ofce in the Golden State and
was a dening moment for the citys burgeon-
ing LGBT community. Sadly, a year later dis-
gruntled former Supervisor Dan White gunned
down Milk and then-Mayor George Moscone
in City Hall.
Yet Milks murder turned him into an in-
ternational LGBT hero. And state lawmakers
in 2009 designated May 22 as a day of special
signicance to honor Milk. Although not an
ofcial state holiday, meaning state employees
arent given the day off nor do calendars denote
the occasion, many schools and municipalities
celebrate it.
In San Jose this year the group Marriage
Equality Silicon Valley is hosting a free showing
of the Oscar-winning 1984 documentary The
Times of Harvey Milk. The event starts at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 in the Community Room at
the Rose Garden Branch of the San Jose Public
Library, 1580 Naglee Avenue.
In San Francisco the GLBT History Museum
will offer free admission to all visitors on Milk
Day. The main gallery space will feature rare
video clips of Milk from the Daniel A. Smith/
Queer Blue Light Collection in the archives of
the GLBT Historical Society.
The museum is located at 4127 18th Street
between Castro and Collingwood streets.
That night at the Castro Theatre will be a
screening of the Academy Award-winning
biopic Milk. The event is a fundraiser for the
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, the nearby
public elementary school.
In years past the school has held an outdoor
carnival for families to celebrate Milk Day. This
year it held the street party as a Spring Carnival
event instead, and decided to go with a more
adult-themed Milk Day event.
While attendees can bring their children to
the movie, the events webpage notes the movie
was rated R and that the fundraiser is not kid
friendly.
We have been looking for ways to involve
Plaque unveiling, movie
screenings to mark Milk Day
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Academy Award-winning screenwriter
Dustin Lance Black will be in town on
May 22 for a Harvey Milk Day event at
the Castro Theatre.
Rick Gerharter
Maitri
marks
25 years
by Seth Hemmelgarn
M
aitri, a San Francisco nonprot
that provides services to people
living with HIV and AIDS who
are in need of either
hospice care or 24-
hour nursing care, is
marking its 25th an-
niversary this year.
The agency, which
is at 401 Duboce
Avenue, will hold its
annual Bliss gala this
weekend.
With improve-
ments in treatments
and other develop-
ments, the AIDS
epidemic has changed since 1987, and so has
Maitri.
In the early days of the epidemic, we were
nothing but a hospice, said Executive Direc-
Reactions
mixed on
Milk ship
proposal
by Matthew S. Bajko
T
he proposal to
name a U.S.
Navy vessel
after Harvey Milk is
drawing mixed reac-
tions in San Fran-
cisco, where the slain
gay rights leader
served as a city su-
pervisor.
Some city lead-
ers have endorsed
the idea, including
House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and
gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who
holds the board seat considered to be Milks.
But others contend it is an ill-conceived
honor for the gay rights icon, including Milk
photographer and close friend Dan Nicoletta.
Queer economic justice activist Tommi Avi-
Michael
Smithwick
Jane Philomen Clelan d
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Harvey Milk in
his Navy days.
Courtesy GLBT Historic
Task Force San Diego
by Seth Hemmelgarn
O
akland police are investigating the
shooting death of a transsexual
woman who was killed in her car in
the citys downtown area Sunday morning,
April 29.
A woman who was with the victim, Brandy
Martell, 37, said that she was killed shortly after
a man Martell had been talking to learned of
her gender identity.
Oakland Police Department spokeswoman
Lea Rubio said that at 5:16 a.m. Sunday, police
responded to the 400 block of 13th Street, near
Franklin Street. Ofcers located Milton Massey
Jr., which police say is Martells legal name, in-
side a vehicle, she said. Martell, which someone
who knew her said was her legal name, was
pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are
looking into the motive for the shooting, said
Rubio.
Bryana Coleman, 37, whos transgender and
lives in Hayward, said that she was in the back-
seat of Martells Lexus Sunday morning. Two
other people besides her and Martell, who also
lived in Hayward, were in the car, she said.
She said that they had been hanging out
for several hours before two men dressed
like they were coming from a nightclub ap-
proached them at about 4:30 or 5 a.m., and one
of them came up to her window and asked her
how she was doing.
The man saw how pretty [Martell] wasand
said, I like your friend,said Coleman.
Martell rolled down her window a little and
had a conversation with the man for about ve
to 10 minutes. The second man went to the
front passenger side and spoke with the woman
in that seat, said Coleman.
She said that she couldnt hear verbatim
every word that Martell and the front passen-
ger said, but There was no verbal altercation.
Coleman said that she didnt hear any anti-gay
or anti-trans comments.
Coleman said that the front passenger
looked at Martell and said, They dont know
Trans woman killed in Oakland
Oakland police cordoned of an area downtown before
Brandy Martells body was removed by coroners oficials.
Tiffany Woods
See page 17 >>
by Dan Aiello
A
ssemblyman Dr. Richard Pan
said this week that he will amend
his legislation intended to offer re-
dress to LGBT veterans ousted under
the prohibition policies of the na-
tions military, including Dont Ask,
Dont Tell, which prevented gays and
lesbians from serving openly in the
armed forces.
As written, AB 1505 would have
required the state Department of
Veterans Affairs to reinstate non-
federally-funded benets to military
service members who were ousted
with less than honorable discharges
because they were gay.
But Pan, a Democrat from Fair
Oaks, said he will instead introduce a
contingency and enactment clause
to his bill because state veterans ben-
ets are closely tied to federal benets
and congressional action is needed.
Its going to Assembly appro-
priations where it will be procedur-
ally amended, Pan told the Bay Area
Reporter. The state benets are so
dependent on federal benets that it
would really be hard to separate the
two. Its almost undoable.
Pan recognizes it is unlikely a
Republican-controlled House of
Representatives will pass legislation
aimed at redress for LGBT vets, but
believes his bill would not be effective
as written.
I hope that other states will follow
Californias lead and put pressure on
Congress on this important issue, he
said.
Pan said he is hopeful that AB1505
can leave the legislature as a biparti-
san bill. I have had some very posi-
tive conversation with some of my
Republican colleagues.
He declined to name them, saying,
I dont want to obligate them at this
time.
We denitely intend to move for-
ward because its not only an impor-
tant issue, but a timely one. We just
saw the repeal of DADT and still have
inaction on the part of the federal
government, OHara said.
Pan said congressional action is
needed quickly.
We do want Congress to x this
issue of redress as quickly as pos-
sible, said Pan. I think by passing
this bill it will add some pressure.
We want to be in the position of say-
ing, look Congress, you need to take
action. Dont Ask, Dont Tell was
repealed. We can develop a national
consensus.
Pan acknowledges he has yet to
build a state consensus, but sees the
non-vote of his GOP colleagues as
hopeful.
So what happened in this vet-
erans committee is they stayed off,
said Pan of the GOP committee
members on the Assembly Veterans
Affairs Committee. They didnt
vote no. I am hopeful that we can get
Republican votes and get a biparti-
san bill out.
In a related matter, Pan is also
planning to introduce a nonbinding
joint resolution, which will be the ve-
hicle by which to offer an apology to
those who were, and continue to be,
affected by the military witch-hunt
for homosexuals.
Brian OHara, communications
director for Pan, said that while the
joint resolution doesnt have hurdles
or deadlines, it would probably be
introduced some time over the
summer, if not sooner.
OHara said that Pan wants the
resolution to be passed to mark the
September anniversary of the repeal
of DADT.
Where we want to go with an
apology is to rst recognize that [the
prohibition ban] was actually a fed-
eral action, Pan said. So we want to
submit a joint resolution to call on
Congress to apologize for this situ-
ation as well as call on Congress to
take action to x this situation.
Pan was rst asked about the is-
sue of an apology by the B.A.R. last
November.
Personally, I agree with you that
an apology is needed, he said this
week. We want Californias vets im-
pacted by this to have their discharg-
es upgraded to ensure they receive
full benets.
Pan said he is disappointed that
DADT became an issue in the Re-
publican presidential primary race,
when several candidates talked about
reinstating DADT.
Im amazed there are people out
there who dont value the sacrices
these soldiers have made serving their
country, Pan said. Weve had these
examples in our history when weve
valued certain groups differently, like
this. It is shameful. But when a bullet
strikes a gay soldier, isnt their blood
just as red, isnt their injury just as
painful? They have put themselves in
harms way in service to our nation,
but because you are LGBT you de-
serve less? For people who are run-
ning for the highest ofce in the land
to say that they shouldnt all have
equal benets truly disappoints me.
These vets deserve better.
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LGBT vet redress


bill to be amended
<< Community News
Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan
Spirited May Day march
LGBTs and allies took part in Occupy May Day marches in Oakland,
including groups calling for immigration reform. The Occupy marches
in Oakland and San Francisco closed streets and, while largely peaceful,
there were reports of vandalism and arrests made in both cities.
Jane Philomen Cleland
by Matthew S. Bajko
I
t was during several Native Amer-
ican retreats he attended while an
undergrad at UC Berkeley in the
mid-1990s that Abel Guillen dis-
covered how to explain his sexual
orientation.
Although attracted to both men
and women, Guillen did not iden-
tify with bisexuality and never felt
comfortable labeling himself as bi-
sexual. Hearing tribal elders discuss
being Two Spirit, however, made
more sense to the East Bay native.
The elders gave testimony as to
being Two Spirits and being uid
about their sexuality. Bi doesnt de-
ne who I am, Guillen told the Bay
Area Reporter during a recent edito-
rial board meeting. Two Spirit de-
nes who I am at the core.
From a working class Mexican
American family, Guillens ancestry
includes Native American blood, he
said. He is one of the few Two Spirits
to hold political ofce in the U.S.
Elected in 2006 to the Peralta
Community College Districts
board of trustees, Guillen is now
running for the open 18th Assembly
District seat in Oakland. Should he
survive the June primary and win in
November, Guillen said he would
absolutely join the Legislatures
LGBT caucus.
It would be a homecoming of
sorts for Guillen, who worked for
a year as an aide to lesbian former
state lawmaker Carole Migden when
she served in the Assembly. Migden
has endorsed him in the race.
I really enjoyed working for her.
I learned a lot, said Guillen.
He has won support from a wide
variety of labor groups and the Si-
erra Club. Last month he earned the
endorsement of Equality California,
the statewide LGBT lobbyist group.
But Guillen is mostly unknown
to the Legislatures current LGBT
members. The only one listed as an
endorser of his campaign, so far, is
gay Los Angeles Assemblyman Ri-
cardo Lara (D).
Part of the reason is that Guillen
only recently came out publicly as
Two Spirit. He rst acknowledged
that he dates both men and women
in an interview with the B.A.R. in
January for a story about the Peralta
districts Alameda campus launch-
ing an LGBT studies course.
I was only recently made aware
that he is LGBT, gay state Senator
Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) told
the B.A.R., adding that so far he has
stayed out of the East Bay Assembly
race.
Guillens main opponents for the
legislative seat, which covers most of
Oakland and the cities of Alameda
and San Leandro, are AC Transit
director Joel Young and Alameda
Councilman Rob Bonta. Republi-
May 3-9, 2012 BAY AREAREPORTER 3

Election 2012>>
ebar.com
Out candidate seeks
East Bay Assembly seat
Assembly candidate Abel Guillen called potential voters last Satur-
day during a campaign event with volunteers.
Jane Philomen Cleland
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Another trans murder


<< Open Forum
A
t around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29, an
African American transgender woman
was murdered in downtown Oakland. Brandy
Martell was reportedly shot as she sat in her
car socializing with friends near 13th and
Franklin streets. Martell was a peer
advocate TransVision team mem-
ber. She was killed mere blocks
from the Alameda County
courthouse where the countrys
rst elected transgender criminal
court judge sits.
We dont know many details of the
incident, and witness accounts are
sketchy, as is often the case. It could
have been an attempted robbery
or perhaps the assailant discovered
that she was transgender and killed
her. At this point, it doesnt really
matter. The bottom line is that a trans woman
was killed in Oakland, a city where violence is all-
too-common for many people, including LGBTs
and especially LGBTs of color.
Tiffany Woods, the program coordinator at
the Tri-City Health Center, oversees the centers
TransVision program. She has witnessed an esca-
lation of violence in downtown Oakland over the
last couple of years. However, shes adamant that
trans women have a right to be on public streets,
even if just sitting in cars and socializing. Theres
often no other place for them to go that is safe,
as many lack adequate housing, a drop-in center,
or other facility. As Woods told us, if they get ac-
costed on the street, they can run.
They wouldnt be out there if there was a safe
place,Woods said.
And that brings up another aspect of life
for many trans women, especially women of
color: Transgender people in the U.S. are of-
ten pushed to the bottom 1 percent of that 99
percent. A 2006 study in the Bay Area of 194
transgender individuals found a 35 percent
unemployment rate, with 59 percent earning
less than $15,300 annually and that was be-
fore the economy tanked in 2008. There are so
few job opportunities for transgender women
of color that a lot of them resort to sex work,
which exposes them to potential violence and
harm. At the Transgender Day of Remem-
brance last year, names of trans people killed
around the world were read, many of whom
had worked on the streets in the sex trade.
The Oakland Police Department is cash-
strapped and short of ofcers. The department is
under threat of federal takeover for its past prac-
tices, including the use of violence during last
years Occupy protests. But OPD needs
to prioritize this crime and dedicate
appropriate investigative tools to
solving the case.
Mitts leadership style
That was quick. Just about two
weeks on the job and Mitt Romneys
gay national security spokesman
was forced out in a hail of anti-
gay rhetoric from the usual sus-
pects like the American Family
Association. It seems that we were
overly optimistic in this space last
week about Richard Grenells appointment as a
spokesman for the presumptive GOP presiden-
tial candidate.
But reading a Washington Post blog post about
Grenells sudden ouster on Tuesday speaks vol-
umes about Romneys leadership style: Accord-
ing to sources familiar with the situation, Grenell
decided to resign after being kept under wraps
during a time when national security issues, in-
cluding the presidents ad concerning Osama bin
Laden, had emerged front and center in the cam-
paign, noted the post from Right Turn blogger
Jennifer Rubin.
Grenell by all accounts was an expert on na-
tional security matters (his personal, catty tweets
about political women and others notwithstand-
ing) and yet Romney, rather than stand up to
the homophobes and critics, kept Grenell off the
stump and away from the TV cameras at a time
when Grenell could have gotten Romneys mes-
sage out in an effective way. According to Rubin,
top campaign aides urged Grenell to stay on,
but he could see what was ahead. There was no
public statement of support from Romney or his
campaign team, and no supportive social con-
servatives were enlisted to calm the waters, she
wrote.
While Romney reportedly assured Grenell that
his being gay was a non-issue, the candidate ap-
parently had a change of heart after the Christian
conservatives started whining. What Romney
should have done is told those bullies that he had
a superbly qualied foreign policy spokesman
and that his sexual orientation was irrelevant.
But no, Romney caved, surrendering before the
blow-up went mainstream.
If Romney cant stand up to homophobes, he
surely has little chance standing up to world ty-
rants if hes in the Oval Ofce.
by Stephen LeBlanc
Y
ears before he ever ran for elective ofce,
suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was a
dedicated progressive community activist and
a staunch supporter and ally of the San Fran-
cisco LGBT community. I rst met Mirkarimi
in 1999, when we worked together in drafting
and then campaigning for Proposition G, the
San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance amend-
ment. He impressed me at the time, and still
does, as smart, hardworking, independent,
and someone drawn to politics for all the right
reasons. Like former Sheriff Mike Hennessey,
Mirkarimis roots are in the community, not in
law enforcement or the political establishment.
The weakness of Mayor Ed Lees case against
Mirkarimi is illustrated by a guest column writ-
ten in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 20,
which the mayor cited as a basis for suspend-
ing Mirkarimi. The column was written by
Abraham Mertens, husband of Ivory Madison.
It was Madisons call to police on January 4,
against the express wishes of Mirkarimis wife,
Eliana Lopez, that triggered the domestic vio-
lence charges that led to the suspension.
In the Chronicle column, Mertens wrote: I
recognized what I thought was Rosss voice in
the background as Eliana pressured me to de-
stroy evidence and lie to the police. Mertens
is an attorney. Why is he using weasel words to
level such a serious charge against Mirkarimi?
He does not say he actually recognized Mirkari-
mis voice, or whether the voice was speaking to
Lopez at all, much less encouraging her to pres-
sure anyone to destroy evidence. (Mirkarimi
and Lopez have both said Mirkarimi was not
there.)
A reasonable high school principal would not
issue a detention on such a charge. Yet, not only
did the Chronicle print it, they cited it in a fur-
ther column attacking Mirkarimi. The mayor
cited this allegation in the formal charges out-
lining Mirkarimis alleged ofcial misconduct.
The mayors entire case against Mirkari-
mi is like that. The couple had a 15-minute
very emotional argument in a minivan, and
Mirkarimi grabbed Lopezs arm, unintention-
ally causing a bruise. Nothing more. Lopez has
said, repeatedly, there was nothing more. There
is no credible evidence of anything more. The
plea agreement of misdemeanor false impris-
onment under California Penal Code section
236 is consistent with nothing more. (Yes, it is in
fact misdemeanor false imprisonment to turn
the car around against a passengers wishes and
drive eight blocks back home.)
Mertenss Chronicle piece concluded with an
attack on Lopez: If everyone behaved as Ross
and Eliana did, can you imagine what would
happen to our justice system and society? The
Chronicle echoed that attack. Lee cited Lopezs
actions as one basis for Mirkarimis suspension.
Lopez is the victim of her alleged
protectors, not of Mirkarimi. When
self-appointed protectors turn so
completely on the victim, it is a
giveaway that something is rot-
ten. Lopez told the police the day
they came to Madisons house
and the next that there was no
domestic violence and that she
had never felt afraid of her hus-
band. She told Judge Susan Breall
on January 19, This idea that I
am this poor little immigrant is insulting, its
a little racist. She is under a court order, that
she has repeatedly asked to be lifted, forbidding
her from calling her husband on the telephone,
even from Venezuela, since January 13.
This is how victims in politically motivated
prosecutions are treated. When they wont fol-
low the script assigned to them, they are ig-
nored, they are attacked, they are punished, and
the threat of their own prosecution is kept over
their heads. Lopezs attorney offered full coop-
eration to District Attorney George Gascn in
exchange for prosecution immunity. Gascn
refused. Why would the victim need immunity
and why would Gascn refuse? Well, you see, if
Lopez told her side of the story and said that she
was not a victim, the prosecutor could claim the
couple was jointly responsible for the argument
and Lopez could also be charged with child
endangerment. By not granting her immunity,
Gascn ensured that Lopezs testimony would
not contradict the story he wanted to tell.
Gascns decision to prosecute Mirkarimi
was not about protecting Lopez. Lopez has
repeatedly, and credibly, insisted she does not
need or want to be protected from her husband.
Lees suspension of Mirkarimi without pay for
ofcial misconduct, for alleged acts all prior to
Mirkarimi actually being sheriff, certainly only
hurts Lopez. This prosecution and suspen-
sion is about scoring political points against
Mirkarimi at the expense of Lopez, her family,
the voters who elected Mirkarimi sheriff, and
the taxpayers of San Francisco who will
pay huge sums to fund this farce.
No San Franciscan should be
subjected to prosecution by the
media as Mirkarimi has been, and
no San Francisco family, of any
sexual orientation, should be
ripped apart based on allegations
and hearsay, while the couple
themselves staunchly insist that
their family has value. Mirkarimi
is a true progressive and has been a
steadfast supporter of the LGBT community
throughout his activist and political career. He
deserves our support in this manifestly ridicu-
lous attack.
If Gascn and Lee are successful in remov-
ing an independently elected ofcial on this
imsy pretext, the lesson will not soon be for-
gotten. I dont believe there is a conspiracy to
get Mirkarimi this is simply an opportunistic
political hatchet job. Both Gascn and Lee were
appointees to their ofces. ( Each went on to
win a four-year term in last Novembers elec-
tion.) Mirkarimi was elected supervisor twice,
and then sheriff, without the benet of being
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I
n what organizers are promising
will be one of the hippest benets of
the year, Project Inform is presenting
Swimwear for a Cause Saturday, May
5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Ho-
tel, 601 Eddy Street in San Francisco.
Under the tagline See. Be seen,
a cocktail-style evening awaits at-
tendees, who will be dazzled by stun-
ning models walking poolside in this
springs hottest swimwear, all to raise
awareness for HIV/AIDS and hepati-
tis C.
This is a time of hope, renewal,
and possibility in the ght against
HIV and hepatitis C, said Dana Van
Gorder, Project Informs executive
director. It seems tting to use the
advent of spring, and the beauty of
life we seek to protect, to celebrate the
strides being made against these two
epidemics.
Project Inform does public policy
work around HIV/AIDS and hep C,
as well as offers an HIV health
info line (1-800-822-7422,
Monday-Friday, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.; for Bay
Area residents and in-
ternational callers, 415-
558-9051). The agency is
also involved with advoca-
cy work around the AIDS
Drug Assistance Program
and health care reform.
Tickets for Swimwear
for a Cause are $50; hotel
packages start at $500. To purchase
tickets, visit www.projectinform.org.
API HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day
Today (Thursday, May 3) is Na-
tional Asian and Pacic Islander HIV/
AIDS Awareness Day and the API
Wellness Center will present Taking
Root: Our Stories, Our Community
from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eric Quezada
Center for Culture and Politics, 518
Valencia Street (between 16th ad 17th
streets) in San Francisco.
The evening will include a screen-
ing of digital stories, food, and perfor-
mances commemorating the eighth
annual National API HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day.
For more information, visit www.
apiwellness.org.
Jane Lynch at
Grace Cathedral
Actress Jane Lynch will
be in conversation with
the Very Reverend Dr.
Jane Shaw, the out,
lesbian dean of Grace
Cathedral, on Sun-
day, May 6 from 9:30
to 10:30 a.m. at the
churchs Gresham Hall, 1100 Califor-
nia Street (at Taylor) in San Francisco.
Lynchs appearance at the Forum is
part of the churchs series of conversa-
tions about faith and ethics in relation
to the issues of the day. Lynch is an out
actress who has appeared in several
movies and currently stars in Foxs
Glee television series.
Lynch is also being honored on Sat-
urday, May 5 at the National Center
for Lesbian Rights 35th anniversary
gala.
Admission for the Grace Cathedral
conversation is free; there is a suggest-
ed donation of $10 for adults and $5
for students and seniors. The event is
open to the public.
For more information, visit www.
gracecathedral.org.
Petchitecture 17 coming up
You can dress up your dog and take
him out to Petchitecture 17, the ben-
et for Pets Are Wonderful Support
that takes place Friday, May 11 from
6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Palace Hotel, 2
New Montgomery Street in San Fran-
cisco.
More than 800 human guests and
their well-behaved canine compan-
ions will be treated to a gala that in-
cludes one-of-a-kind pet habitats cre-
ated by some of the Bay Areas leading
architects and designers.
Live and silent auctions will fea-
ture an array of wine, ne dining,
entertainment, and lifestyle packages.
Guests will dine on the Palaces award-
winning cuisine and there will be a
short program highlighting PAWS
comprehensive companion animal
services for low-income seniors and
people living with HIV/AIDS and
other disabling illnesses.
With the lavish surroundings and
amazing cuisine of the Palace Hotel,
hundreds of good friends and sup-
porters, and 200 pups dressed in their
nest woof-wear, Petchitecture is truly
a party with a purpose, said PAWS
President Kevin Kosik.
Photographers will also be on hand
to capture the evenings festivities.
Fully licensed and vaccinated dogs on
leash are welcome.
Individual tickets are $160 and
available online at www.pawssf.org.
For more information, call (415) 979-
9550.
Oakland gay mens
chorus in concert
The Oakland East Bay Gay Mens
Chorus will start its 14th concert
year with The Writes of Spring on
Saturday, May 5 in Napa and next
by Cynthia Laird
E
nding what AIDS Emergency
Fund Executive Director Mike
Smith called a long and frustrat-
ing search for a large venue for the
agencys 30th anniversary benet, he
received some good news this week
when the board of the National AIDS
Memorial Grove voted to offer its site
complete with clear tent for AEFs
evening event without charge.
The decision came about because
the tent will already be set up on site
for the groves third annual Light
in the Grove benet the evening of
November 30, and will be in use for
the groves 19th annual World AIDS
Day observance on the afternoon of
December 1, said John Cunningham.
Executive director of the grove.
AEFs benet is set for the evening
of December 1.
This was an easy and logical
choice for us, Cunningham said in a
statement. We want the grove to be a
resource to the community.
In an interview Monday, April 30,
Cunningham said that he and Smith
determined that there were not too
many donors that both agencies had
in common so an AEF benet would
not hinder the groves own fundraiser.
Its appropriate for us to step for-
ward and support another organiza-
tion and were really hoping those out
there will reach out to fellow AIDS
service organizations, Cunningham
said.
He added that the grove, located
in San Franciscos Golden Gate Park,
is one of the areas best kept secrets
and the AEF event gives another op-
portunity to showcase the memo-
rial to people who may not have been
there.
The Light in the Grove fundraiser
started in 2010 when Cunningham
became aware that while the World
AIDS Day observance was deeply
moving, some people were observed
out.
Many individuals were looking
for a way to connect and the tent be-
ing there utilized the literal light of the
grove and the light of the commu-
nity, said Cunningham.
We didnt know what we would
create, he said.
The clear tent, which takes about
a week to fully assemble on site, costs
about $36,000, Cunningham said. For
the last nine years Wells Fargo Bank
has owned sponsorship of the World
AIDS Day event, including the cost of
the tent. It will this year, too, he said.
For his part, Smith was ecstatic that
AEF will not have to pay for rental of
a hotel ballroom. The agency will be
using the groves caterers, which will
be cost-effective, he added.
Weve been struggling with where
to do the 30th anniversary event,
Smith told the Bay Area Reporter,
adding that the groves offer will save
AEF between $30,000 and $40,000.
Free use of the tent, and the
chance to partner with the groves
chosen caterers and event rental com-
panies, will allow us to produce a cost-
effective event that raises substantial
funds for our program, while offering
AEFs family of donors a once-in-a-
lifetime experience, Smith said.
AEF plans a festive Under the Big
Top circus-themed party to mark its
30th year. The organization, which
provides emergency nancial as-
sistance to low-income people with
disabling HIV/AIDS, has set an ambi-
tious goal of raising $300,000 in new
funds during the year, and is helping
people organize Parties with a Pur-
pose.
Tickets for both the Light in the
Grove and AEFs anniversary benet
will go on sale this summer. For more
information on the grove, visit www.
aidsmemorial.org. For information
about AEF, visit www.aef-sf.org.
News Briefs>>
Hip swimwear beneft Saturday
AIDS grove to help
AEF with anniversary event
Swimwear models will ofer
plenty of eye candy at Project
Informs fundraiser Saturday.
Courtesy Project Inform
National AIDS Memorial
Grove Executive Director
John Cunningham
Jane Philomen Cleland
See page 16 >>
by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
I
f you happen to be transgender,
then you have a reason to cel-
ebrate: the federal Equal Employ-
ment Opportunity Commission
recently ruled that an employer who
discriminates against a transgender
job applicant or employee
because of the persons
gender identity is prac-
ticing sex discrimination
under Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
This, in a word, is huge.
Let me give a bit of
background. The
1964 Civil Rights
Act was initially
written to stop dis-
crimination against
women and African
Americans in this county. Specically,
it halted racial segregation in public
accommodations, schools, and em-
ployment, while also putting an end
to unequal requirements to vote be-
tween the races. It was a difcult bill
to pass, and Southern bloc senators,
led by South Carolinas Strom Thur-
mond, held a 54-day libuster.
Title VII from the act prohibits dis-
crimination on the basis of race, color,
religion, sex, or national origin, as well
as against any individual because of
their association with another indi-
vidual of a particular race, color, re-
ligion, sex, or national origin. It also
prohibits discrimination against peo-
ple in an interracial marriage.
Over the years since its passage,
some of these classes have been ex-
panded or interpreted in ways to t
the times. In the 1970s, for example,
sexual harassment was determined to
be included, and bills in 1967, 1978,
and 1990 added pregnancy, age, and
disability to the covered protected
classes under Title VII.
I should also add that it was in 1974
that the rst attempt at adding sexual
orientation to the Civil Rights Act
was attempted. It failed. In 1994, a
new bill came out, focusing speci-
cally on employment rights. This bill,
the Employment Non-Discrimina-
tion Act, has been going in and out
of Congress ever since, but has yet to
reach the presidents desk.
ENDA has been a hot button issue
since 1994. It initially lacked trans-
gender inclusion, then, later, in what
sounds more like Lucy Van Pelt hold-
ing the football for Charlie Brown
in the Peanuts comic: transgender
people would be included, or were
promised to be, only to be dropped
from the bill when it was considered
politically expedient.
Right now ENDA is
stalled in the House of
Representatives. Con-
gress is deadlocked on
practically every bill that
reaches the oor, and a
potentially contro-
versial bill like this
is simply not go-
ing to y during an
election year. Presi-
dent Barack Obama,
who did pledge to sign ENDA if it
does reach his desk, has nevertheless
decided not to sign an executive order
that would have banned discrimina-
tion against gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender individuals who worked
with or aspired to work with federal
contractors.
Yet now, in the midst of all the
doom-and-gloom about Obama
not signing the executive order, with
an ENDA that is clearly not going to
pass in the short term regardless of if
it is inclusive of transgender individu-
als, we see this ray of hope from the
EEOC. No, not a simple ray of hope:
more like a 2,000,000,000 candlepow-
er searchlight.
The ruling was a simple one: a
transgender woman, Mia Macy, ap-
plied to work with the Department
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives. After a background check
laid bare the details of her transition,
she was informed that the position
was no longer available. The ATF
later hired another, non-transgender
person for the job.
This is not the rst ruling that
works in our favor: the 1989 Price Wa-
terhouse v. Hopkins added gender dis-
crimination to the denition of Sex
under Title VII. It also barred sex ste-
reotyping, the requirement that em-
ployees match common stereotypes
of their gender, such as women wear-
ing skirts and heels to work. Price Wa-
terhouse has been used in many cases
for transgender people but the Macy
case comes with a greater visibility
thanks in large part to EEOCs deci-
sion. Further, while EEOC has previ-
ously ruled to the contrary, the com-
mission has essentially overturned
those decisions with the Macy ruling.
The decision in Macy v. Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explo-
sives may nally turn the tide from
Ulane v. Eastern Airlines in 1980.
That case a transsexual pilot who
was terminated due to her transition
was also tried based on the Civil
Rights Act of 1964. She won, only to
have the case overturned on appeal
in 1985.
This, coupled with other, similar
cases, builds a growing library of case
law for transgender workplace pro-
tections under Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 as well as the equal
protection clause of the 14th Amend-
ment of the U.S. Constitution. These,
in turn, will likely lead to similar vic-
tories, and even more case law, largely
cementing transgender protections
under Title VII.
It is, nevertheless, not perfect. It is
just as likely that a later EEOC deci-
sion could make another 180-degree
turn, perhaps under a future admin-
istration hostile to LGBTs. Or some-
thing else could come down the line,
akin to recent attempts to allow reli-
gious exemptions for employers and
others to legally discriminate. In short,
this does not protect people as well as
the passage of a fully inclusive ENDA
would.
That said, this is a moment to cele-
brate. It is another step forward toward
preserving the rights of Americans
regardless of their gender identity or
expression. This is a decision beyond
federal employees and federal con-
tractors, and can affect us all. It can in-
deed lead to a sea change in policies in
companies all across the United States,
and the ability to challenge those who
refuse to provide equal rights to their
transgender employees or applicants.
It is good news for all of us.
Gwen Smith wants to thank the
Transgender Law Center for its ac-
tions in the Macy case. You can fnd
her online at www.gwensmith.com.
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<< Commentary
politically appointed rst.
Mirkarimi has always been inde-
pendent, and smart, and hard work-
ing, and a true progressive commu-
nity activist. Some members of the
law enforcement and the too-cozy
wing of the San Francisco political
establishment saw an opportunity to
be rid of him, and they took it. Lee
suspended Mirkarimi because there
was political capital for the mayor in
doing so, and because he thinks he
can get away with it.
It remains to be seen whether at
least three of the 11 supervisors will
have the courage to vote against let-
ting this political bullying succeed.
If they do not, this whole process
will be repeated the next time an op-
portunity arises to silence an inde-
pendent voice that managed to force
itself into the comfortable club that
mostly runs this city.
Stephen LeBlanc is an attorney
and a former member of ACT
UP/Golden Gate. He previously
worked for the Fenway Commu-
nity Health Center in Boston as
victim advocate for LGBT victims
of hate crimes and domestic
violence.
<<
Guest Opinion
From page 4
can Rhonda Weber doesnt appear
to be mounting a serious campaign,
leaving it likely that two of the three
Democrats will move on to the No-
vember general election.
The front-runner in the race is
Young, an African American lawyer
who succeeded lesbian AC Transit
director Rebecca Kaplan after her
election to the Oakland City Coun-
cil. He has been the subject of un-
attering press reports about his
personal life since last summer.
But it doesnt seem to have done
much political damage. He recently
won the endorsement of the Bay
Area News Group, which publishes
the Oakland Tribune.
Bonta is expected to carry his
hometown of Alameda and has at-
tracted statewide attention, as he
would be one of the rst Filipinos
to serve in the state Legislature if he
wins the race.
Guillen is no stranger to tough
political ghts, however, as he took
out an incumbent to win his seat
on the Peralta board. As a trustee,
Guillen voted to push out former
chancellor Elihu Harris, a former
Oakland mayor, after his spending
was called into question.
He is the self-described asshole
on the board when it comes to over-
seeing the college districts budget.
Guillen said one of his top priorities
in Sacramento would be ghting for
more higher education funding.
He supports taxing oil drilling in
the state and designating the money
for education.
He noted that, We are the only
state in the nation that doesnt
have an oil severance tax. Here in
California major oil companies take
minerals out of the ground but we
dont tax it.
Guillen, 36, shares his birthday,
May 22, with that of slain gay rights
leader Harvey Milk. Similar to how
Milk captured a San Francisco su-
pervisor seat in 1977, Guillen is rely-
ing on grassroots support to propel
him past the primary next month.
Elections like ours are won at
voters doors steps and over the
phone, he recently told supporters
in an email blast.
To learn more about Guillens cam-
paign, visit abelforassembly.com/.
<<
Out candidate
From page 3
by Matthew S. Bajko
I
t is only seven weeks until San
Francisco kicks off its annual
Pride celebration. The yearly salute
to all things LGBT will ofcially take
place Saturday, June 23 and Sunday,
June 24 this year.
Now in its 42nd year, Pride is
marching along with a stronger s-
cal picture and stable leadership af-
ter a string of nancial and oversight
issues hit the organization following
the 2010 event. A year ago the Pride
board rehired Brendan Behan, a
former employee, to take over on an
interim basis, and as of January 1,
he was permanently named execu-
tive director.
Things are going incredibly well.
I am just so happy this year we are
at the place we are at, Behan told
the Bay Area Reporter this week,
adding that it is a welcome change
not to have people question Prides
viability. I take it as a compliment
that this year we are taken as a given.
Last year everyone kept asking is
Pride happening.
Organizing for what is believed to
be the largest LGBT outdoor event on
the West Coast has been without any
major hiccups this year, said Behan.
With staff in place, Pride is back to a
normal schedule in terms of
planning.
In just one example,
by the time Behan met
with then-interim May-
or Ed Lees administra-
tion last spring to sched-
ule the annual rainbow
ag raising at City Hall
to kickoff Pride week,
he was already booked
that Monday night. The
ceremony didnt take
place until the Wednesday night prior
to Pride weekend.
Behan was able to approach Lees
staff early on this year to ensure that
the event occurs on schedule. It will
take place at 5 p.m. Monday, June 18.
We just conrmed today that we
will have it the day we usually have
it, Behan told the B.A.R. Tuesday
a f t e r - noon.
Now in its fth de-
cade, the citys Pride
observance follows a
set routine. At the start
of June the rainbow ags
are installed along Market
Street, then later at City
Hall.
Friday night the
weekend of Pride is the
Trans March, and vol-
unteers begin installing
the giant Pink Triangle on
Twin Peaks. Saturday brings the Dyke
March and Pink Saturday street party
in the Castro. Then comes the hours-
long parade and Civic Center festival
nale Sunday.
Other than the odd occurrence,
the way San Francisco celebrates the
LGBT community is fairly formulaic.
That got the Political Notebook to
thinking about ways the city could
jazz up this years festivities. After
making some inquiries, a few changes
may greet Pride revelers come June.
One possibility is seeing the citys
eet of Muni buses sport Happy
Pride messages on the electronic
destination signs on the front of bus-
es that alert riders to which route the
vehicle is running. The San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency,
which oversees the citys public tran-
sit, has added Go Giants messages
to the bus route displays on the base-
ball teams game days since April.
The Political Notebook asked MTA
spokesman Paul Rose about having
a similar message around Pride, but
so far has not received a response.
Yet when the idea was recently men-
tioned to gay District 8 Supervisor
Scott Wiener, he said he would look
into the possibility.
Within hours Wiener, who is vice
chair of the San Francisco County
Transportation Authority, told the
B.A.R. in a text message, Muni says
it should be able to put happy pride
on the buses.
Another idea some departed Pride
ofcials had back during former May-
or Willie Browns administration in
the late 1990s was to have City Hall
lit up at night in pink. Their request,
along with a proposal to sheath the
building in pink fabric one year, was
denied.
We asked, but were told (at that
time) that the exterior appearance
was not changed under any circum-
stances, recalled Teddy Withering-
ton, a former Pride executive director.
New lighting technology now
makes it possible for the city to eas-
ily change out the colors in the lights
surrounding the buildings historic
rotunda. Theyve been red for Val-
entines Day, green to highlight the
return of the musical Wicked, and
orange to celebrate the Giants 2010
World Series victory.
Special holiday lighting has
decked out the building during the
Christmas season, and in January it
bore the red and gold colors of the
49ers to celebrate the teams bid to
be NFC champions.
It already has been bathed in a pink
glow, back in January 2008, to sup-
port a breast cancer awareness cam-
paign.
Asked if City Hall would once
again bare pink, or sport the colors
of the rainbow ag, during Pride this
year, mayoral spokeswoman Chris-
tine Falvey said Lee would entertain
such a proposal.
Pride is a spectacular citywide
event and if the organizers request
that City Hall be lit up, the city
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Politics>>
Muni buses may sport Happy Pride on destination signs in June,
similar to this rendition.
Matthew S. Bajko, Kurt Thomas
See page 16 >>
by Dan Aiello
T
wo gay candidates running for a
Sacramento City Council seat are
trading barbs on the campaign trail
ahead of the June vote.
Some campaign literature for the
two men, Steve Hansen and Terry
Schanz, also doesnt directly mention
that they are gay.
The District 4 race pits Hansen, 32,
a senior regional manager at Genen-
tech, against Terry Schanz, 33, a staffer
for Assemblyman Isadore Hill (D-
Compton). There are six other candi-
dates in the race for the open seat.
Home to the state Capitol and Old
Sacramento, District 4 includes mid-
town with a concentration of LGBT
clubs, businesses, and residents that
earned the area the designation, Lav-
ender Heightsin the late 1960s.
Hansen and Schanz are attempt-
ing to fulll what one longtime LGBT
activist called, a long-awaited dream,
representing the city in District 4.
But at a recent debate, neither
Schanz nor Hansen described them-
selves directly as gay on their iers.
Schanz, who is partnered, does not
appear with him on his ier, but he
does appear with two young children
who are not his. Hansen, who is sin-
gle, also has a picture of a child on his
ier, but it is an image of Hansen as a
young boy sitting with his grandpar-
ents. (Schanzs online bio does men-
tion his partner, Guy Strahi.)
There have also been undertones
of carpetbagging; Schanz is a fourth
generation, native son of the district,
while Hansen recently moved in.
I love my neighborhood, I love all
the parts of the district, Hansen told
the Bay Area Reporter I dont think
voters should choose only candidates
who are the product of a certain lin-
eage.
Schanz says he believes being a na-
tive son is important.
I cannot go ve houses without
running into a former teacher of mine
or someone who knew me or my fa-
ther or uncle growing up, he said.
You cannot buy or manufacture that
kind of knowledge of a district.
Schanz doesnt call Hansen a car-
petbagger, but comes close. You
heard him say at the debate you at-
tended Wednesday that he recently
moved from Oak Park,he said.
Hansen lives in Alkali Flat.
Last Sunday, the Sacramento Bee
endorsed one of the straight candi-
dates, Phyllis Newton. The newspaper
did reference Hansen and described
him as one of the top three contend-
ers.
While we didnt get the Bee, they
spoke highly of our campaign and
said we would serve worthily. ...
Thanks to all of you who helped us get
this far,Hansen said to his supporters
on his Facebook page.
In fact, the Bee said, any of the top
three Joe Yee, Steve Hansen, or Phyl-
lis Newton would be worthy addi-
tions to the council.
Schanzs campaign emailed a state-
ment saying the candidate is focusing
on meeting voters.
Terry is proud of all his endorse-
ments. Hes endorsed by womens
groups, Latino groups, young voters,
labor unions, said spokesman Adam
Horn. Were running a grassroots
campaign that focuses on connecting
directly with voters.
Finances
Hansen has reported raising
$115,000 since he began his campaign
last year; a large number of contribu-
tors come from outside the district
and many contributions are linked
directly to Genentech executives.
Former Assemblyman Dennis
Mangers, a Hansen supporter, attri-
butes his donors to a company that
wants to see its employees do their
civic duty and to support from the
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which
endorsed Hansen.
Id be surprised if a large number
of those donors werent LGBT sup-
porters from around the country,
said Mangers.
Hansen recently raised more than
$10,000 at a TransAmerica building
fundraiser in San Francisco, where,
as the B.A.R. noted, he said he would
donate his council salary to charity if
elected.
When you have an opponent
loan her campaign $50,000, its pretty
daunting,Hansen told the B.A.R., re-
ferring to opponent Newtons recent
campaign report. For someone with
an underwater mortgage and student
loans to pay, I appreciate all my do-
nors.
Hansen believes he will need
$150,000 for the primary and the
same amount for the general election
should he make the runoff.
Schanz, who entered the race in
January, has raised just $16,329.
Most of my campaign fundrais-
ing has been through voter outreach
within the district, Schanz told the
B.A.R., claiming his nancial backing
is largely local.
Schanz, who worked in South Af-
rica as a community builder before
returning to Sacramento, told the de-
bate audience that the key to his ten-
ure on the council will be honoring
and respecting the historic neighbor-
hoods of this ne city. Schanz spoke
extensively of the need to improve
the schools he once attended, and his
campaign iers show the candidate
with two small children who Schanz
described as the children of friends.
The Sacramento Stonewall Demo-
crats endorsed Hansen, while Schanz
has the endorsement of the Sacra-
mento County Young Democrats and
organized labor.
Good man, Bill Camp, executive
secretary of the Sacramento Central
Labor Council (AFL-CIO) told the
B.A.R., referring to Schanz.
Camp believes Schanz can make
the runoff if he wants to, despite the
fundraising decit.
Its about walking the precincts
and Terry says hes doing it, Camp
said. If you can walk all the precincts
three times, you can win District 4.
The issue of homophobia in the
Boy Scouts has also come up.
Hansen, who has a military back-
ground, including the JROTC in high
school, declined to commit to deny-
ing city resources to organizations
like the Boy Scouts of America that
discriminate against LGBT citizens.
He also said that he would never give
preferential treatment to groups that
discriminate.
But that we are required by the
First Amendment to allow access to
city facilities on a viewpoint-neutral
basis,he said. To do otherwise would
allow government to choose the
speech it likes and punish that which
it doesnt like. That being said, I am
not shy about my advocacy for funda-
mental rights and the need to free our
society of invidious discrimination.
Schanz did not return calls regard-
ing the same question.
Schanz and Hansen are not the rst
out gay candidates for council, but ac-
cording to Mangers they are the rst
seriouscontenders.
My goal is to keep the community
together, said Hansen of the poten-
tial rift two gay candidates running
against each other might pose. Sacra-
mento is nally electing its rst openly
gay person, but to be the best coun-
cilmember is paramount to under-
stand the issues in the most complete
way. I hold myself to a terribly high
standard.
But it was one of the straight candi-
date, Yee, who serves on the Planning
Commission, who secured the cov-
eted endorsement of former Mayor
Anne Rudin, a trusted and respected
LGBT ally.
While Rudin endorsed Yee, she had
only good things to say about both
Hansen and Schanz.
Frankly, I think theyre all excellent
candidates,she said. Steve impressed
me when he was on the redistricting
board. And Terry I met at Cal Middle
School and he seemed to me to be
very bright.
In addition to Hansen, Schanz, Yee,
and Newton, the other candidates
on the ballot are: estate planning at-
torney David Turturici, DUI lawyer
Michael Rehm, information technol-
ogy analyst Neil Davidson, and Kyle
Ellsworth. If no one wins a majority of
the vote in June there will be a runoff
election between the top two nishers
in November.
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<< Election 2012


Openly gay Sacramento City Council candidates Terry Schanz, left, and Steve Hansen greeted each other
at a recent debate.
Dan Aiello
Barbs traded by candidates
in Sacramento council race
by Seth Hemmelgarn
T
he man recently selected by the
San Francisco Board of Educa-
tion as the next schools chief pledg-
es ofcials will continue to work
very aggressively to protect LGBT
and other students.
The school board voted unani-
mously last week for Richard Car-
ranza to serve as the next superin-
tendent of the San Francisco Unied
School District.
Carranza, 45, currently serves as
the districts deputy superintendent
of instruction, innovation, and social
justice and is set to replace Carlos
Garcia after Garcia retires in July. The
boards vote was Tuesday, April 24.
In a recent interview, Carranza,
who joined the district about two
and a half years ago, said that among
his goals are ensuring safety for
LGBT and other students.
Im very, very sensitive and sup-
portive of the LGBT community,
Carranza, who has a gay brother,
said.
Under my administration, we
would absolutely continue to work
very aggressively to protect stu-
dents, he said.
The district appears to be far
ahead of most other school agencies
in the country when it comes to ad-
dressing LGBT issues. Among other
things, the district was likely the rst
of its kind to offer a website speci-
cally addressing the needs of LGBTQ
students and their families.
Still, San Francisco school students
arent immune to anti-gay attitudes.
Recent survey data that includes the
districts middle and high school stu-
dents indicate that its fairly common
for them to hear comments like fag-
got and thats so gay, while staff of-
ten dont address the remarks. Many
LGBT students have been subjected
to violence, according to the data.
Carranza said the districts work
to address such problems would
continue.
Students in our schools have ev-
ery right to come to school and not
feel bullied or harassed, he said. ...
Its unacceptable for any student not
to feel comfortable and successful in
school.
Carranza said Kevin Gogin, who
works in support services for LG-
BTQ youth for the districts school
health programs department, has
done a lot of really good work on
developing intervention programs,
training staff, and other areas.
In response to emailed questions,
Gogin said the districts leaders have
been incredibly supportive of LG-
BTQ programming, curriculum,
and professional development. Lead-
ership has engaged in an ongoing
conversation regarding what LG-
BTQ students need and how Sup-
port Services for LGBTQ Youth, and
the district as a whole, can respond.
[Carranza] has been a part of this
discussion since he has worked as
deputy superintendent.
He added, Of course an ongoing
challenge is funding for programs
such as Support Services for LGBTQ
youth that supports student atten-
dance and achievement. Support
Services is the rst and in many
ways the only program of its kind
in the United States. We hope to con-
tinue serving the youth of San Fran-
cisco through direct programming
and assist teachers with resources
and curriculum to create safer class-
rooms.
Gogin said his ofce has received
necessary support from Carranza
in his current post and hes looking
forward to working with him as he
assumes the superintendents role.
One thing Carranza seems to have
taken particular interest in is restor-
ative practices to address disciplin-
ing students, rather than just sus-
pending them.
He said, Its very rare that a stu-
dent will engage in bullying with the
full scope of the consequences of
their actions.
The easy response when stu-
dents participate in name-calling
or other behavior is to suspend the
student, send them away, Carranza
said. But whats lost in that event is
the teachable moment, he said. Stu-
dents should understand what the
consequences are of using words to
hurt other students, and they have a
responsibility to make the other per-
son feel better, he said.
That kind of idea is shared by
gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
(D-San Francisco). Earlier this year,
Ammiano introduced Assembly Bill
1729, which reafrms that superin-
tendents and school principals have
the discretion to implement alterna-
tives to suspension and expulsion,
among other provisions.
The bill is designed to correct
the root causes of the pupils misbe-
havior, account for any individual-
ized educational plans, and the age
of the student, a news release put
out by Ammianos ofce earlier
this month states. San Francisco
Unied School District has started
down the path of restorative prac-
tices, and have seen suspension rates
decline under the new approach,
and AB 1729 will support these ef-
forts of alternative correction.
Another issue is the new law
mandating that students be taught
about LGBTs historical contribu-
tions.
Carranza said while he didnt
know the details of the law, known
as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and
Respectful Education Act, or Senate
Bill 48, he knew of it and expressed
support. The law went into effect in
January.
We believe in all of our commu-
nities having a place in the historical
record, Carranza said, adding that
he was very proud of the fact that
San Francisco Unied is really at the
vanguard of implementing curricu-
lum that includes a historical per-
spective.
He said the district wants to make
sure that work continues to be devel-
oped so that the curriculum is truly
reective of the fabric of America.
Budget
School board members praised
Carranza.
Hiring the superintendent is the
most important decision we can
make as a school board. Deputy Su-
perintendent Carranza has already
brought much to our district as an
instructional leader, community
builder, and father of two SFUSD
students. We are condent that he
will continue the progress of the past
ve years without breaking stride,
school board President Norman Yee
said in a statement.
Carranzas salary will be $245,000.
His rst day as superintendent will
be July 5.
He estimated that hed be oversee-
ing a staff of over 8,000. The districts
budget is about $500 million.
Over the course of two years, said
Carranza, the districts budget has
been cut by $113 million. Theyre
planning for tens of millions of dollars
more in cuts over the next two years.
Carranza said the districts budget
impacts the ability to provide a web
of support for all our students.
It gets really hard, when you have
to make cuts every year, to provide
the level of services we want to pro-
vide to our community, he said.
Two out candidates for the school
board have concerns of their own.
Martin Rawlings-Fein, who
identies as trans, has a 6-year-old
daughter attending Harvey Milk
Civil Rights Academy.
Among other things, he said, Es-
pecially with a new superintendent
coming in, we have to actually make
sure that all kids, not just LGBT-
parented kids, but every kid is served
by having a wonderful, loving, and
nurturing environment that accepts
everybody.
Dean Clark, whos gay and is also
running for the school board, said
that he used to work for the school
district, and he wants to see more
support for LGBT students and for
new teachers.
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Incoming San Francisco
school Superin tendent
Richard Carranza
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by Dan Aiello
N
early 50 high school students
from communities through-
out California came to Sacramento
Monday to lobby state legislators in
support of two bills aimed at pro-
tecting students from extreme or
unjust discipline policies.
From Crescent City to San Ysidro,
Half Moon Bay to Truckee, students
gathered for a morning rally on the
north steps of the Capitol before
meeting with lawmakers and their
staff as part of the April 30 Queer
Youth Advocacy Day.
Encouraging them to engage law-
makers, students heard rsthand the
personal stories of out state legisla-
tors and fellow students advocating
for AB 1729, Creating Alternatives
to Suspension and Expulsion, and
AB 2242, Reducing Out of School
Suspensions for Minor Infractions
that was authored by Assemblyman
Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento).
Organization sponsors of the advo-
cacy day claim that LGBT students,
students of color, and students with
disabilities suffer disproportionate
rates of suspension and expulsion,
hence the need for the bills.
Out Assemblyman Tom Am-
miano (D-San Francisco), who au-
thored AB 1729, told the students
of the LGBT communitys struggle
for equal rights by those who came
before them.
I was around when Harvey Milk
spoke of the young man from Al-
toona, Pennsylvania who feared
coming out, of being institutional-
ized by his parents, recalled Am-
miano.
When you visit legislators, look
at who theyve hired, Ammiano
told the students. Do they have
any out gay people, any transgender
staff, working for them?
After his speech Ammiano, a for-
mer teacher, told the Bay Area Re-
porter, Its always inspiring to see
these LGBT youth involving them-
selves in the political process to ght
for their equal rights as citizens.
They seem to get a little feistier each
year, and they actually get a pretty
good reception when they visit these
ofces, even from my Republican
colleagues. Its kind of hard not to
care about our young people.
Kirsten Hendrickson, a freshman
at nearby Folsom High School and
vice president of her gay-straight al-
liance club, stood before her fellow
students to tell of being harassed at
school. She said that she was shaken
when she received a note on her
locker that said, lesbian.
I tried to laugh it off, but I was
shocked. I had to take an important
exam that day but I couldnt stop
thinking about the note, said Hen-
drickson.
Out Assemblyman Ricardo Lara
(D-Bell Gardens) told students at
the rally of how difcult it was for
him to grow up in a Latino family
in a southern California barrio. Lara
told students that his father once
told him, If one of my sons were
gay, he could see ending the life of
his own child, Lara said of his par-
ents three sons, two of whom are
gay. Lara said his parents have come
to embrace their sons sexual orien-
tation.
They are both very loving and
proud of who we are, he said.
Lara ended his speech by telling
the students, many of which were
Latino, Si se puede. (Yes it is pos-
sible.)
Gay Assemblyman Rich Gordon
(D-Menlo Park) told students how
important it was that they were at
the Capitol to advocate for LGBT
equality.
Its called a movement for a rea-
son, said Gordon. We have to keep
moving to end discrimination all
the time. I want you to know Im
very, very proud of you.
Kayla Evans, a junior at River City
High School in West Sacramento,
told the B.A.R. how visiting the of-
ces of legislators empowered her.
At rst it was slightly intimidat-
ing and we were prepped for people
that might be against us, Evans said.
I never realized I had the resources
to talk to elected representatives to
advocate for new laws. I realize now
that I can.
Evans, who lives just a few miles
from the Capitol, had never been
inside the building.
Lobbying would never be a ca-
reer for me, but I intend to do it for
issues important to me for the rest
of my life, she said.
Queer Youth Advocacy Day be-
gan 15 years ago when former
Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl in-
troduced the rst bill to protect
school-aged youth from harassment
and discrimination based on sexual
orientation and gender identity on
California school campuses. Last
year students helped shepherd Am-
mianos Seths Law, and the Fair,
Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful
Education Act by out state Senator
Mark Leno (D-California) to the
governors desk where both bills
were signed into law.
Advocacy day was sponsored
by GSA Network, Equality Cali-
fornia Institute, Transgender Law
Center, the Trevor Project, and
American Civil Liberties Union of
California.
by Lisa Keen
R
epublican presidential candi-
date Mitt Romneys openly gay
adviser on foreign policy resigned
Tuesday, just two weeks after the
campaign announced his appoint-
ment.
According to the Washington Post,
which broke the story May 1, Richard
Grenell resigned in the wake of a full-
court press by anti-gay conservatives.
But Grenell, in a statement to the Post,
said only that his ability to speak
clearly and forcefully on the issues has
been greatly diminished by the hyper-
partisan discussion of personal issues
that sometimes comes from a presi-
dential campaign.
Grenells statement also thanked
Romney for his condence in Gren-
ells ability to serve the campaign on
national security and foreign policy is-
sues and for Romneys clear message
to me that being openly
gay was a non-issue for
him and his team.
The Post quoted Rom-
ney campaign manager
Matt Rhoades as saying
the campaign is disap-
pointed that Ric decided
to resign from the cam-
paign for his own personal
reasons.
We wanted him to
stay, said Rhoades, be-
cause he had superior
qualications for the po-
sition he was hired to ll.
Most gay observers see
Grenell as a victim of the
Republican Partys strong
right-wing base.
R. Clarke Cooper, head
of Log Cabin Republicans,
echoed Grenells state-
ment, blaming his depar-
ture on hyper-partisan
discussion of issues unre-
lated toGrenells national
security qualications.
Cooper said Grenell was essentially
hounded by the far right and far left.
Stonewall Democrats national
Executive Director Jerame Davis said
Grenell was mercilessly hounded
by religious conservatives. To Davis,
Romneys appointment of Grenell
was never serious, but just a crassly
cynical political move by Romney
to fool LGBT voters into believing
hes not as anti-gay as his statements
would have you believe.
Davis criticized Romney for si-
lently [letting] the bigoted wing of his
party control his personnel choices.
Human Rights Campaign Presi-
dent Joe Solmonese also criticized
Romney for his silence.
The fact that Grenell is gone so
quickly after a right-wing uproar,said
Solmonese, is a troubling harbinger
of the kind of power that anti-gay
forces would have in a Romney White
House.
HRC endorsed President Barack
Obama a year ago.
Jimmy LaSalvia, head of the na-
tional gay conservative group GO-
Proud, said, I still cant believe that in
2012 there are still people like Bryan
Fischer and Tony Perkins, who would
rather keep a gay person from having
a job on a presidential campaign than
have Mitt Romney assemble the best
foreign policy team possible.
On a day when foreign affairs and
national security are at the forefront,
its too bad that Governor Romney
doesnt have the best spokesman pos-
sible speaking on his behalf, LaSalvia
added.
Fischer, a policy ofcial with the
American Family Association, criti-
cized Grenells appointment, charac-
terizing Grenell as a gay activist and
suggesting he would be trying to pro-
mote a homosexual agenda.Perkins,
head of the Family Research Council,
noted that Grenell pub-
licly criticized President
Bush for opposing the
U.S. endorsement of a
pro-gay statement by the
United Nations.
Another right-wing
anti-gay activist, Gary
Bauer, criticized the ap-
pointment of Grenell,
saying that it showed un-
willingness by the Rom-
ney campaign to reassure
conservatives in the Re-
publican Party.
Conservative pro-
family leaders, said Bau-
er, in an April 25 email to
supporters of his current
organization, Campaign
for Working Families,
are disappointed be-
cause Grenell has been
an outspoken advocate
of redening normal
marriage. He noted that
Grenell once caused
a controversy by trying to have his
partner listed as his spouse when he
worked at the U.N. Grenell asked to
have his partner listed, the same as the
spouses of other U.S. delegation em-
ployees, in a United Nations directory.
But Bauers criticism of Grenells
appointment was somewhat tem-
pered by his acknowledgement that
homosexuals worked in the admin-
istrations of President Ronald Reagan
and the two Bush presidents.
And Grenells own cryptic explana-
tion citing hyper-partisan discus-
sion of personal issues that sometimes
comes from a presidential campaign
left room for uncertainty about
what was really behind his abrupt res-
ignation.
Grenell, 45, lives in Los Angeles and
was due to start work at Romneys
national headquarters in Boston on
Tuesday. Such a move would have en-
abled Grenell to marry his longtime
partner, Matthew Lashey.
Personal issues were also a focus of
early criticism of Grenells appoint-
ment, as media reports gave consid-
erable attention to his Twitter posts
making unattering observations
about GOP presidential long-shot
Newt Gingrichs current wife, Cal-
lista, openly gay Pulitzer Prize-win-
ning Post editorial writer Jonathan
Capehart, and MSNBCs openly gay
political commentator Rachel Mad-
dow, among others. Those posts
came to light just as the clamor was
subsiding over a remark from lesbian
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen
that Romneys wife, Ann, had never
worked a day in her life.
Grenells qualications to serve as
a national security and foreign policy
adviser to Romney seemed unques-
tioned. Grenell served the administra-
tion of President George W. Bush, as
a spokesman for the U.S. ambassador
to the United Nations. He was also ap-
pointed by former Ambassador John
Danforth in 2004 to serve as an al-
ternative representative of the United
States to the U.N. Security Coun-
cil. And he served numerous other
prominent Republicans, including
former New York Governor George
Pataki, former South Carolina Gov-
ernor Mark Sanford, and former San
Diego Mayor Susan Golding.
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Grenell resigns Romney post, citing personal issues
Community News>>
Julian Araujo, left, from Brea, CA joined fellow Californians Antho-
ny Barros of Lancaster, Owen Apteka-Cassels of Davis, and Keanan
Go ttlieb of Cardif by the Sea at Mondays Queer Youth Advocacy
Day in Sacramento.
Dan Aiello
Richard Grenell
... people like
Bryan Fischer and
Tony Perkins ... would
rather keep a gay person
from having a job on a
presidential campaign than
have Mitt Romney assemble
the best foreign policy
team possible.
Jimmy LaSalvia
by Roger Brigham
W
hen folks in the vast beyond
think of San Francisco, they
think of couples such as Don Jung
and Ben Olsen. Their story is so typi-
cal, so representative, so ... San
Francisco. And now, long
after they were both lost
in the 1980s onslaught of
AIDS, one man whose life
they touched is working
to make sure their works
are not forgotten.
This is a story about
wrestling and music
about how the threads of
culture and sport can be
so intertwined in our lives
it is hard to see where one begins and
the other leaves off. It is a story about
taking the time to change a life and to
remember one. The end hasnt been
written yet, but the morals of the story
are clear: Never forget the folks who
made you who you are, and never
leave without saying goodbye.
Jung and Olsen were transplants
who met in San Francisco. Olsen was
from Missouri, where he studied at
the Kansas City Conservatory of Mu-
sic. Olsen moved to San Francisco in
the 1950s, then in 1968, the year after
the Summer of Love, he met Jung, an
artist from Montana.
That began an 18-year relation-
ship. They lived in a tiny apartment in
the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood,
opening the Newest Sphere junk shop
in 1969 before moving across the bay
to Richmond to open Glass Blast,
where Jung churned out etched glass
and sand-blasted artistic creations.
Olsen taught music for many
years before retiring to write
music full-time at home.
It was while they were
in Haight-Ashbury that
their paths crossed with
14-year-old John Winter-
halter.
I was out there run-
ning around, smoking
pot, Winterhalter told
me during a visit to the Bay
Area over the weekend. A friend told
me he knew a composer and I was in
shock. I didnt know there were still
composers living.
Soon Winterhalter, who had tried
unsuccessfully years earlier to learn
to play piano rst from his father and
then in group classes, was paying Ol-
sen $5 a session for piano lessons.
I was more a pain in the ass than
anything, he said. I was supposed
to be there for an hour and I would
spend all day.
Often Winterhalter would learn by
playing one of the dozen variations
on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Co-
hen had arranged. They are complex,
often humorous riffs on the classic
childrens theme, demanding patience
and discipline.
I could never make that tinny pi-
ano sound the way he could make it
sound, Winterhalter said. He could
make beautiful sounds on that piano.
Sometimes I would make a mistake
just to hear him play it.
The mark those days left on Win-
terhalter was more than musical; it be-
came a part of his inner psychic core.
He lled in a lot of what my fa-
ther couldnt, Winterhalter, 45, said.
We talked a lot about philosophy.
One time he took an hour asking me
about a coffee pot and about which
was invented rst, the handle or the
pot. Eventually I realized what he
was telling me was that form follows
function.
Those sessions were prized mo-
ments of sanity and stability away
from the crazy streets of San Fran-
cisco, where Winterhalter felt his life
was spiraling down into an inevi-
table mess. Then in 1979, when he
was 19, he suddenly left the city and
enrolled in the military. It was part
impulse, part fear, part adventure,
part desperation.
He never said goodbye.
I always felt badly about that, he
said. But I kept thinking later that
maybe they escaped all of the mad-
ness going on, that maybe they es-
caped AIDS, that they were alive.
And alive they were for some time
after that. Jung, whom Winterhalter
remembered as always being rather
quiet and puttering around in the
background, creating the artwork
that paid their bills, began wrestling
once more. Jung had placed in the
state high school championships
when he was a kid back in Montana
and drew on that experience in 1982
when he accepted Dr. Tom Waddells
challenge to create a wrestling club
to host the Gay Games I wrestling
tournament. He also created a new
wrestling program at Mission High
School. Jung took the gold medal in
that inaugural Gay Games.
But just four years later, suffering
from AIDS and pneumocystis, he was
dead, just days after winning the silver
medal in Gay Games II. Two and a
half years later, Olsen was dead as well.
All of which Winterhalter belat-
edly learned only after going online
and doing Internet searches for his
old mentor. He said when he found
out Cohen was dead, he balled up
and cried.
It was like my father died, he said.
And then three months ago he
set out to see if he could make sure
that the music his mentor composed
would never die.
There are a few pieces out there
I know of, he said, but I remember
two big drawers full of manuscripts.
I know theres a full symphony he
nished.
Winterhalter has some of the sheet
music in his possession, including
pages of the Twinkle variations he
worked on in his youth, and a dra-
matic sonata that through themes of
urban madness repeatedly returns to
a compelling love theme and a wed-
ding march.
He wrote it in 1968, the year he
met Don, Winterhalter said. I think
the sonata is about what meeting
Don meant to him.
These days, Winterhalter, who is
straight and married, lives in North-
ridge and drives for a delivery com-
pany. He has been trying to track
down all the information he can
about Olsen and Jung, nd as much
of Olsens music as he can, and make
sure it is archived rather than lost.
Most of the people he knew who
knew the couple back then have long
passed on, but he is trying to learn as
much as he can through conversa-
tions and Intern et searches.
Which is how he ended up at my
home last weekend, tapping out bits
of Olsens tunes on our grand piano
with my husband, Eduardo.
During one of his Internet search-
es, he had found a reference to the
Don Jung Memorial Wrestling Tour-
nament run by Golden Gate Wres-
tling Club. Winterhalter had left San
Francisco before Jung had returned
to wrestling, but he remembered
hearing that Jung had been a wres-
tler. He contacted the club and next
thing he knew, he was in our house
just as before, the home of a musi-
cian and a wrestler.
Which brings us to the morals
of this story. Winterhalter cant say
goodbye to the mentor he left more
than 30 years ago, but he can do his
best to pay him back by making sure
his musical legacy is remembered,
just as GGWC did in 2007 by re-
naming its tournament after Jung,
its founder.
So, any of my readers who were
active in the local music scene back
in the day or know of people who
might have known the couple can
email Winterhalter at jw7754@ya-
hoo.com to help him with research.
Who knows, maybe the symphony
will be unearthed and resurrected for
a performance one day.
The best source of information
Winterhalter was able to nd online
about Jung and Olsen was, sadly, the
AIDS obituary archive of the GLBT
Historical Society and the Bay Area
Reporter. It is a sad place to reect
but a wonderful place to post com-
ments in memory of those we have
lost. The archive can be accessed at
http://70.90.168.98/olo.
AIDS/LifeCycle
fundraiser Saturday
A fundraising bachelor auc-
tion will be held Saturday, May 5,
from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lookout bar,
3600 Market Street. The event was
organized by AIDS/LifeCycle rid-
ers Daniel Conti and Steven LeRoy.
Twelve bachelors had their pictures
taken for a photo shoot and will be
auctioned off for dates at Saturdays
event. Calendars of the photo shoot
will be available for sale at the event
and online afterward. Pictures from
the shoot may be seen at http://www.
flickr.com/photos/47566848@N05/
sets/72157629569979058.
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John Winterhalter played
a piano sonata composed by
Ben Olsen.
Roger Brigham
Robert August Krumm
March 13, 1938 January 31, 2012
Loving son of
Ernest and Luella
Krumm, Robert
died peacefully on
January 31, after a
long struggle with
liver cancer. A lover
of the arts, and, of
family and friends, with a generous
heart, and great enthusiasm for life,
he will be deeply missed. A resident
of Redwood Convalescent Hospital
in Castro Valley since 1998, after the
tragic loss of his left lower leg, he con-
tinued to attend the Oakland East Bay
Symphony, the movies, and shopped
with the help of his ILS worker, and
attended the Fellows Club with his
friends.
A graduate of Fremont High in
Oakland, Robert worked as a garden-
er, postal carrier, and cabinet-maker
assistant. He trained further, with the
aid of East Bay Regional Center, at
Clausen House, Stepping Stones, and
recently with Adult Education Tech-
nologies.
Previously to 1998, he was an avid
square dancer on tour to Hawaii. He
ushered at the San Francisco Ballet,
and played a soldier at the S.F. Op-
era with Pavarotti, who took him to
lunch. He participated in the S.F. Gay
Pride Parade for years. He also wor-
shipped at several churches through-
out the region.
He was loved by his childhood
neighbors, and by his Redwood
family. He leaves behind his loving
sister, Beth; his niece Christine (Da-
vid) and their children Alexander
and Julia; his nephew John (Korina).
Also his deceased brother Ernest Jr.s
children, nephews John (Mary) and
their daughter Elia; and Christopher
(Anna) and their children Tristan and
Tilia. His spirit lives on in his family
and friends.
A memorial is planned for Satur-
day, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Light-
house LGBT Community Center,
1217 A Street in Hayward.
Elbert G. Smith
July 18, 1913 March 18, 2012
Elbert G. Smith, Ph.D., 98, an emer-
itus professor of chemistry at Mills
College, died on March 18.
Born in Eugene, Oregon, Mr. Smith
earned his bachelors degree from
Oregon State College in 1936 and a
doctorate from Iowa State College
in 1943. After teaching at Hamline
University and the University of Den-
ver, he became associate professor of
chemistry at the University of Hawaii,
Manoa. In 1958, he moved to Oakland
and became head of the chemistry de-
partment at Mills College, where he
taught until 1978. During his career,
he was also staff member of the Na-
tional Research Council dealing with
chemical notation systems.
Mr. Smiths specialty was chemical
structure information retrieval. He
helped develop Wiswesser Line Nota-
tion (WLN), a notation system that
was readily searched by early com-
puters and was capable of identifying
specic molecular fragments of larger
structures. Mr. Smith wrote two books
detailing this important notation sys-
tem; these were translated into many
languages.
In later years, Mr. Smiths love of
music led him to develop a computer
program that identies musical pieces
based on a series of notes.
Mr. Smith is survived by his friend
Glen Black, of Oakland; and a neph-
ew, Milo Thomson, in Oregon.
by Seth Hemmelgarn
T
he San Francisco Police Depart-
ment is seeking help in nding
suspects involved in two anti-gay
attacks.
The rst incident occurred at 2:30
a.m., March 29, in the 400 block of
Castro Street.
San Francisco Police Sergeant Pe-
ter Shields said the victim was walk-
ing home and was punched in the
face and called a fucking faggot.
He said nothing had precipitated
the attack, in which there are two
suspects. Shields said that the victim
suffered minor injuries and was
treated at the scene, but he declined
to provide other information about
the victim.
Terry Dyer, a victim in the second
attack, told the Bay Area Reporter
days after the incident that it started
at about 10:45 p.m. April 7. He and
a friend had been walking near the
bar Rebel, 1760 Market Street.
Dyer said three men walked by
and one of them yelled, faggot.
More anti-gay slurs and a ght soon
followed. Dyer said his injuries in-
cluded swelling to his face. He re-
fused medical attention.
The rst suspect is described as
a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old,
approximately 6 feet tall and 170
pounds, with black hair.
The second suspect is described
as a white or Hispanic male, 25 to
30 years old, approximately 5 feet
7 inches tall and 150 pounds, with
blond spiky hair. He was last seen
wearing a black puffy jacket and
blue jeans.
The third suspect is a white or
Hispanic male, about 5 feet 10 inch-
es tall and 150 pounds, with short
blond hair. He was last seen wearing
blue jeans.
The suspects spoke with an East
Coast or foreign accent.
It hasnt been conrmed that the
two attacks are related, but at least
two of the suspects were possibly in-
volved in both incidents, according
to Shields.
Police are also asking for any ad-
ditional victims of similar incidents
to contact investigators to le a re-
port.
Anyone with information regarding
these incidents is asked to contact
the special investigations d ivision
at (415) 553-1133 or call the anony-
mous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or
text-a-tip to TIP411.
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Community News>>
colli Mecca also panned the propos-
al as inappropriate and insensitive
in an emailed statement to the Bay
Area Reporter.
LGBT leaders in San Diego an-
nounced their campaign to con-
vince the Navy to name one of its
vessels after Milk last week. It is one
of several proposals being pushed
by the citys GLBT Historic Task
Force, which expects San Diegos
City Council to approve the renam-
ing of a street after Milk at its May
8 meeting.
The task force is asking people
to either send letters of support
directly to Ray Mabus, secretary of
the Navy, or sign an online petition
posted on change.org.
Milk served in the U.S. Navy and
was on active duty during the Korean
War. He trained as a deep-sea diver,
and advanced to the rank of chief
petty ofcer on the U.S.S. Kittiwake,
according to a bio posted at glbthis-
torictaskforcesd.com/USSHarvey-
MilkNavyVesselCampaign.aspx.
Commissioned an ensign in late
1953, Milk was transferred to Na-
val Station at San Diego to serve
as a diving instructor. In 1955, he
was discharged from the Navy at
the rank of lieutenant, junior grade,
states the bio.
Milk was proud of his military
service, and wore a brass belt buckle
bearing his Navy divers insignia un-
til the day he died, states the bio.
In the early 1970s Milk moved
to San Franciscos Castro district
where he opened a camera shop and
penned a political column for the
B.A.R. After several failed attempts,
Milk became the citys and states
rst gay person to win elective of-
ce in 1977.
Tragically, a year later former
disgruntled Supervisor Dan White
assassinated Milk and then-Mayor
George Moscone inside City Hall.
Milks death turned him into an in-
ternational LGBT icon.
He has been honored in numer-
ous ways over the years. Parks and
schools are named after him, and
President Barack Obama posthu-
mously awarded Milk the Presiden-
tial Medal of Freedom in 2009.
Longtime LGBT activist and gay
newspaper columnist Nicole Murray
Ramirez, who befriended Milk, chairs
the San Diego task force and has been
pushing to honor Milk in various
ways. He is working with the Harvey
Milk Foundation, on whose board he
serves, to gain national support for
the Milk navy vessel idea.
We in San Diego are very proud
that Harvey Milk was stationed in
our city and fell in love with Califor-
nia here, Murray Ramirez told the
San Diego LGBT Weekly, which car-
ries his column and broke the news
about the Milk vessel campaign on
April 24.
In a statement Milks gay nephew,
Stuart Milk, who is a spokesman for
the Milk family and heads the foun-
dation, called the proposal inspiring.
As an American hero who
proudly wore the uniform of a Na-
val ofcer, the naming of a major
vessel after Harvey will add that
most American value of equality
and democracy to the proud mes-
sage of inclusion for which military
service now exemplies, stated Stu-
art Milk. This action by the U.S.
secretary of the Navy will further
send a green light to all the brave
men and women who serve our na-
tion that honesty, acceptance and
authenticity are held up among the
highest ideals of our military.
Congressman Bob Filner (D-San
Diego), who is running to be San
Diegos next mayor, endorsed the
proposal in letters he sent April 20
to both Mabus and U.S. Defense
Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
This action would be a tting
tribute to Mr. Milks support for
equality, an ideal exemplied in the
militarys recent repeal of its former
Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy, wrote
Filner, referring to the restriction
banning gay and lesbian service
members from being out of the
closet that Congress rescinded in
2010.
In response to a question this
week from the B.A.R., Pelosi
spokesman Drew Hammill said
that Leader Pelosi supports these
efforts to name a Navy ship after
Milk.
At Tuesdays Board of Supervi-
sors meeting, Wiener introduced
a resolution in support of the pro-
posal.
Harvey Milk was a visionary in
our community and redened what it
means to be LGBT in public life. Giv-
en Supervisor Milks extraordinary
public service and military service to
our country, I can think of no more
tting tribute than to name a naval
vessel after him,stated Wiener.
Retired Navy Commander Zoe
Dunning, an out lesbian and a lead-
er in the effort to repeal DADT, has
also endorsed the idea.
Harvey Milk was proud of his
Navy service. Similar to the USS Ce-
sar Chavez, there should be a USS
Harvey Milk to honor Milks leader-
ship in the LGBT civil rights move-
ment, stated Dunning, referring
to the Latino leader who organized
Californias farmworkers.
At its meeting Monday, May 7
San Franciscos Veterans Affairs
Commission is expected to back the
Milk ship idea. The commissions
gay chair, John Caldera, placed the
item on the agenda.
Absolutely, I support this 100
percent. Christening a Navy ship
would be an appropriate honor,
said Caldera, who was honorably
discharged as an U.S. Navy hospital
corpsman.
Former Milk campaign man-
ager and legislative aide Anne Kro-
nenberg, now the citys director of
emergency management, has also
endorsed the idea and believes that
Milk would be smiling to hear
about the effort to christen a ship in
his name.
Harvey understood the impor-
tance of symbolism in the advance-
ment of civil rights. He also lived in
an era when being out in the mili-
tary was simply impossible, stated
Kronenberg, who co-founded the
Milk foundation and serves on its
board. Hed be quite pleased that
we are now in an era when not only
can LGBT people be out in the mili-
tary, but they can even have war-
ships named after them. Times truly
have changed.
Some oppose ship idea
Not everyone is as enthralled with
the proposal.
Avicolli Mecca told the B.A.R.
that having the U.S. Postal Service
issue a Milk stamp, which backers
have been pushing to see for years,
or Congress declare Milks birthday
on May 22 a national holiday would
be more appropriate commemora-
tions.
It seems inappropriate and in-
sensitive to name a Navy ship after a
gay man who opposed the Vietnam
War and war in general. Especially
if that ship were to be involved in
Americas next war in the Middle
East, a war that Harvey would no
doubt have opposed, if he were alive
today, emailed Avicolli Mecca. The
Milk who served in the Navy during
the Korean War and the Milk who,
less than two decades later, deed
the taboos of his day to have sex
with men, grow his hair, smoke pot,
and oppose the war, were complete-
ly different individuals. It was like
that back then. People were trans-
formed by the incredible times we
lived in. I know that I was.
Nicoletta also said he respectfully
disagrees with the thinking behind
the idea. He told the B.A.R. that
his opposition, though, has little
to do with Milks anti-war stances
he took later in life and more to do
with his own.
Though I would never presume
to guess where either Scott Smith
[Milks late executor] or Harvey
would have landed on this issue, I
do know that both their families
had proud decorated military histo-
ries and I recall both men to be very
patriotic, so I empathize with Har-
veys family of origin and his neph-
ew Stuart Milk wanting to honor
that history in this instance, wrote
Nicoletta in an emailed response.
I included Harveys military photo
in my curation of the Milk Plaza
plaque photo series because it rep-
resents an essential variable in the
arc of Harveys political identity. But
this is also a good time to remem-
ber that dissent is also patriotic and
that is why I oppose this afliation
personally.
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Obituaries >>
weekend in Oakland.z
The concerts will premiere several
new works and arrangements, includ-
ing one commissioned by the chorus.
The chorus will also release its rst
CD, Oakland-East Bay Gay Mens
Chorus: The First Ten Years at the up-
coming concerts.
We are pleased to present original
compositions and arrangements from
friends of the chorus as well as its
own members, said Stephanie Lynne
Smith, interim artistic director. In
addition, it is our extreme honor to
premiere a new piece commissioned
by the chorus with text from Moun-
tain Thoughts by John Muir set to
music by San Francisco Conservatory
student Red Bennett.
The Napa concert takes place at
7 p.m. at First United Methodist
Church, 625 Randolph Street.
The Oakland performances take
place at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and 5
p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Lakeshore Av-
enue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore
Avenue.
Ticket prices for all concerts is $25
premiere, $20 general, and $15 stu-
dents and seniors and can be pur-
chased by visiting www.oebgmc.org.
SF Rent Board to hold forum
The San Francisco Rent Board will
hold a free landlord-tenant neighbor-
hood outreach event on Saturday,
May 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the LGBT
Community Center, 1800 Market
Street.
Staff from the city department will
give a short overview of the rent con-
trol ordinance. Topics covered will
include rent increases, eviction regu-
lations, security deposits and interest,
roommates and subletting, master
tenants, and landlord passthroughs.
Attendees will be provided with valu-
able rental and eviction information
and have an opportunity to meet
briey with staff to discuss their in-
dividual concerns. If tenants are in
a rental dispute with their landlord/
master tenant or a landlord has
grounds for a lawful rent increase,
the rent board provides arbitra-
tion and mediation services with
no ling cost to the parties. Petition
forms will be available and staff will
assist all parties to understand when
and how to le.
Its important to get out there
in the community because a lot of
people, including those who are
new to the city or who make infor-
mal roommate situations, dont re-
alize how city law impacts them un-
til problems start to come up, said
Greg Miller, rent board community
outreach coordinator.
The rent board is located at 25
Van Ness Avenue, Suite 320 (at Mar-
ket) and is open Monday-Friday
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone coun-
seling is available 9 a.m. to noon and
1 to 4 p.m. at (415) 252-4602. More
information is available at www.
sfrb.org.
Latino Prevention
Center to host open house
The Latino Prevention Center
will celebrate its opening with a re-
ception Thursday, May 10 from 4
to 6:30 p.m. at 1663 Mission Street,
Suite 603 in San Francisco.
The center is a joint venture with
Instituto Familiar de la Raza Inc.
and Mission Neighborhood Health
Center and will provide services to
the Latino LGBTQ community at
risk for living with HIV. The center
will utilize culturally-informed and
evidenced-based practices. Ofcials
said the centers vision is to enhance
the resilience of individuals and
promote the well-being of the Latino
LGBTQ community.
To RSVP, email Jayvani Garcia by
May 7 at jayvani.garcia@ifrsf.org.
Deadline extended for
Rainbow Honor Walk designs
Organizers of the proposed Rain-
bow Honor Walk in the Castro have
extended the deadline to submit de-
sign proposals for the LGBT history
project. The delay means that the
rst section of the walk will not be
unveiled in October, as organizers
had hoped.
In February the project spon-
sors announced they were asking
the public for help in determining
what plaques dedicated to famous
LGBT people should look like. The
winning entrant will be awarded a
$1,000 cash prize.
Entries had been required to be
delivered by May 1. But last week the
honor walks board voted to push
the deadline to July 15. They also are
dropping the $100 entry fee.
We were overly optimistic, and
should have given ourselves more
time. Just now were beginning to
get queries from designers, artists,
and design schools, David Perry, a
co-founder of the project, told the
Bay Area Reporter. Also, serendipi-
tously, we can now use the attention
of gay Pride in June to make a nal
push for entries. That still allows us
to have an approved design by Na-
tional Coming Out Day.
Organizers have already settled
on the rst 20 nominees, who in-
clude poet Allen Ginsberg and art-
ist Keith Haring as well as writers
Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf.
Markers explaining each persons
contributions to society will be in-
stalled into the sidewalk in the citys
gayborhood.
It is estimated that the rst set of
20 plaques will cost at least $100,000.
No date has been announced for
when they will be installed.
For more information about the
design contest guidelines and how
to submit entries, visit rainbow-
honorwalk.org/?page_id=201.
Horizons announces
new scholarship
Horizons Foundation announced
this week the establishment of the
New Road scholarship, a fund to
support LGBT Asian-Pacic Island-
er students entering their rst year
of college in the Bay Area.
The fund was established by an
anonymous donor and will award
as many as four $1,000 scholarships
for 2012. According to Horizons
Kevin Herglotz, the donor received
a university scholarship 20 years ago
and worked with the foundation to
establish the New Road fund as a
way to help students achieve their
educational goals.
The deadline for applications
is May 31. For more information,
visit www.horizonsfoundation.org/
page/organizations/scholarships.
The page also lists several other
scholarships administered by Hori-
zons; some deadlines have already
passed, but interested students can
check out the page for details.
Matthew S. Bajko contributed to
this report.
16 BAY AREAREPORTER May 3-9, 2012

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News Briefs
From page 5
would surely consider this, emailed
Falvey. The city receives several re-
quests every year to light City Hall in
recognition of various organizations
or campaigns. In order to maintain
the magnicence of City Hall and to
highlight the importance of any spe-
cial lighting, the city attempts to limit
the number of times City Hall is lit up
during the year.
Patrick Carney, who oversees the
installation of the pink triangle each
year, told the B.A.R. he would wel-
come seeing City Hall aglow in LGBT-
afliated colors.
That would be great to see it done
up in the rainbow colors similar to
how the Diesel building is lighted in
the Castro, said Carney, a local archi-
tect who worked on the seismic over-
haul of City Hall following the 1989
Loma Prieta earthquake.
When the building re-opened in
1999 adjusting the lights was more
complicated then, said Carney.
These days it is easier, plus they
probably have every color under the
rainbow at City Hall for the lights. I
would think they could do rainbow
colors, he said. I would settle even
for pink.
After speaking with the B.A.R. this
week, Behan said he would make a
formal request about the lighting.
That wasnt in my notes of things
to check about, but I love the idea,
said Behan.
He said he welcomes seeing city
departments nd ways to highlight
Pride.
I think anytime a city agency like
Muni or others are able to talk to the
community about their support for
Pride, whether it is a Happy Pride
statement on a Muni bus or some-
thing similar, it adds to the vibrancy of
Pride month. It helps the community
celebrate.
One agency that is stepping up its
visibility around Pride this year is the
citys Recreation and Parks Depart-
ment. Last year the agency debuted an
altered logo that had a rainbow added
to it.
This year that logo will adorn the
freebies rec and park staffers hand out
during Pride weekend, said spokes-
woman Connie Chan.
Butterfies wont
obstruct pink triangle
One change that likely wont hap-
pen is seeing the pink triangle dis-
played atop Twin Peaks for longer
than its usual two days. Last year a
monthlong red ribbon installation on
the hillside to mark the 30th year of
the AIDS epidemic raised the possi-
bility of seeing a similar extended stay
for the gay pride symbol.
Since 1996 Carney has rallied vol-
unteers to help him put up and then
take down over Pride weekend the
panels for the upside down triangle,
which is associated with Nazi perse-
cution of homosexuals.
I think there would be push back
if we did it longer, Carney told the
B.A.R. this week.
In addition to concerns about
damage to native plants due to the tri-
angles tarps, another factor limits the
symbols duration. Three years ago
the endangered Mission Blue buttery
was reintroduced to the area, causing
some environmentalists to question
what impact the pink triangle could
have on their habitat.
Carney and Wiener met with the
buttery backers last July to discuss
their concerns. The consensus, said
Carney, was that because of the short
timespan the pink triangle appears it
doesnt hurt the Mission Blues.
They were very happy we are there
for not very long. The pink triangle
doesnt seem to cause any harm to the
buttery they are trying to establish,
said Carney.
He is in the process of getting the
needed permits for this years instal-
lation and he has requested the same
short timeframe.
Even though we would like more
visibility, of course we dont want to
cause any undue environmental harm
or get people riled up and against it,
he said. The reason we are doing it,
is it is an educational tool. We dont
want to generate our own contro-
versy.
This week rec and park ofcials
from San Francisco and San Mateo,
along with conservationists, began
releasing more Mission Blues on the
southern peak of Twin Peaks. By the
end of May 40 males and 20 females
caught from San Bruno Mountain
will be released.
The success of this project is en-
couraging, and we look forward to
continue our effort of restoring wild
habitat in the middle of our urban
metropolis, stated Phil Ginsburg, SF
Rec and Park general manager.
Asked by the B.A.R. what the in-
creased numbers of endangered but-
teries could mean for future displays
of the pink triangle, Ginsburg and
Mark Buell, president of the Rec and
Park Commission, both were ada-
mant that their presence would have
no impact.
I have no interest in discontinuing
that tradition whatso ever, said Buell.
Nor do I, added Ginsburg.
Pride sponsorships increase
In terms of Prides nances this
year, Behan said it has already ex-
ceeded its sponsorship level from
2011 and has welcomed a bevy of new
corporate donors. Last year corporate
cash commitments totaled $526,250,
and Behan thinks he will hit $600,000
this year.
Those coming on board with Pride
for 2012 include Verizon, DirecTV,
and Cirque du Soleil. The Canadian
circus troupe may enter a oat in the
parade.
We are trying to gure out their
parade involvement, said Behan.
Another new sponsor is the W San
Francisco. The South of Market hotel
is hosting a fundraiser for Pride from
7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Tickets
cost $50 or $80 for couples.
The event is part of a renewed com-
mitment by Pride board members to
pitch in with fundraising. Behan ex-
pects it will raise $20,000, which will
be designated toward Prides out-
reach, programming, and education
efforts outside of the month of June.
It is part of the boards initiative
to do more work on fundraising,
which came out of the City Control-
lers report, said Behan, referring to
the ndings of a 2010 city audit of the
agency.
For more info on SF Pride, visit
www.sfpride.org/.
Keep abreast of the latest LGBT
political news by following the
Political Notebook on Twitter
@ twitter.com/politicalnotes.
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From page 7
tor Michael Smithwick. We helped
people die.
Throughout its 25 years, all Maitri
residents have had advanced AIDS.
Now, said Smithwick, Many people
who come to us are not in the active
process of dying, but are in need of
short-term care.
Residents of the 15-bed facility in-
clude people who are getting dialysis
or going through chemotherapy and
need a place to go as they adjust and
get stabilized on their medications.
With our care, they are able to
get better to the point where they can
leave stronger,said Smithwick. Maitri
still serves people who are terminal,
but about half of the clients who came
to the agency last year left stronger
after they arrived,he said.
Still, recent days have served as a
reminder that some residents dont
survive. Two Maitri clients died this
week, he said.
Theyre being added to the agen-
cys remembrance books. Maitri has
kept such logs since 1987. When a
resident dies, a candle is lit, and staff,
volunteers, and friends can write their
memories of the person.
I was all by myself
Some residents are homeless when
they come to Maitri, and some have
had no prior treatment for AIDS.
There are many people who, if
they werent here, would frankly have
no place else to go,said Smithwick.
Barbara Eglian, whos 48 and iden-
ties as bisexual, had been using hero-
in and crack before she came to Maitri
more than two years ago. She said the
agency got me off the bad situation I
was living in, with drugs. ... I was all
by myself.
Eglian said shes able to take her
medications every day now and If
it wasnt for Maitri, Id probably be
dead.
Smithwick said the agencys model
has changed.
Transforming the Maitri model
to match the changing dynamics of
the epidemic, he said, is part of the
nonprots sustainability, which is the
agencys biggest challenge.
Another factor in their ability to be
sustainable is funding cuts, he said.
Finances
Maitris current budget is about
$2.5 million. The agency hasnt nal-
ized its scal year 2012-13 budget,
but Smithwick predicted it would be
around $2.4 million to $2.5 million.
After a cut of almost $45,000 in
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment
Modernization Act funding since
June 2011, Maitri has eliminated the
development director and the ofce
manager positions. A nursing shift
was also cut by one attendant, among
other changes. The nonprot has 23
full time staff and almost that many
part time positions.
This scal year, the agency expects
to receive a total of about $1.1 million
in Ryan White funding.
In the next scal year, which begins
July 1, Maitri could lose as much as
$212,000 in Ryan White money un-
less the city steps in to ll in the gap.
We have sufcient reserves right
now, said Smithwick. Were not in
any situation where were in a distress
mode where were desperately looking
at cutting jobs or taking other mea-
sures. He credits the belt tightening
theyve been doing, which includes
the layoffs. However, if they see the
$212,000 Ryan White cut, the agency
will have to take much more serious
measures to try to be in a balanced
situation.
As of early March, Smithwicks sal-
ary was $95,000, the same as when he
started his job in January 2011. He de-
clined to comment on his compensa-
tion or whether hed take a reduction
in pay.
Maitris fundraising goal through
June is $459,000. That includes
$195,000 from community, corpo-
rate, and private foundations. The tar-
get for individual giving outside the
Bliss gala is $99,000.
Some of the agencys savings this
year are related to that event. Smith-
wicks hoping to keep expenses for the
gala at $50,000 this year, down from
$60,000 in 2011. The agencys hop-
ing for a net income of more than
$100,000 from the event, which is
what the gure was last year.
The agency has $300,000 left to
pay on the mortgage for its building,
which is worth several million dollars.
Other than that, theres no outstand-
ing debt thats gone unpaid for 30 days
or more, according to Smithwick.
My biggest goal is to get the com-
munity to reengage with Maitri and
step up their level of giving to hope-
fully replace what the federal govern-
ment is cutting, said Smithwick. He
noted that other HIV-related agencies
are also facing funding troubles.
If we value the services, then as a
community, we need to come togeth-
er to support them,he said.
Bliss takes place from 6 to 11 p.m.,
Saturday, May 5 at the
W San Francisco, 181 Third Street.
Individual tickets are $150. For
more information,
visit www.maitrisf.org.
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Maitri
From page 1
On the web
Online content this week
includes the Bay Area Reporters
online columns, Political Notes,
Wedding Bell Blues, and Inside
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World column. www.ebar.com.
the larger community in the mission
of our school, which is civil rights.
We thought Harvey Milk Day and the
Milk movie were a really tting kind
of way to let more people be involved,
said Michelle Lutz, a mom of a kin-
dergartner at the school and a board
member of its Friends of Harvey Milk
fundraising committee.
Scheduled to appear that night are
Dustin Lance Black, the lms Oscar-
winning gay screenwriter, and union
organizer Cleve Jones, a gay man who
was close friends with Milk and con-
sulted on the lm. Frank Robinson,
who was Milks speechwriter, is also
expected to speak.
We were fortunate to get Cleve
Jones and Dustin Lance Black to come
out and support us,said Lutz.
A VIP reception at 6 p.m. costs $50
and includes pre-show appetizers and
drinks, reserved seating, and a glitzy
entrance to the theater. A number
of local retailers are providing food,
drink, and gift items, including the
Human Rights Campaign, Swirl, 440,
Southern Wine, Kasa, 4505 Meats, La
Mediterranee, Shoe Shine Wines, and
Vine Connections.
We will have a red carpet and drag
queens womanizing the red carpet for
VIPs,said Lutz. We are hoping it will
just be a really fun and big party.
Tickets for just the 7:30 p.m. movie
cost $15. Proceeds from the night will
offset the costs for the academys after-
school, science, arts, nutrition and
civil rights programs.
The fundraiser is the only event
planned in San Francisco set to take
place on Milk Day itself. Organizers
hope to sell out the theater and expect
to raise $26,000 after paying a $4,000
rental fee for the venue.
If it goes well, the school may make
a lm screening an annual Milk Day
affair.
We will have a different civil rights
themed event every year, Lutz said.
We dont know what next years
event will be. This is the rst year we
are trying this out.
Tickets can be purchased online at
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/
233452 or at the HRC store at 575
Castro Street, which was the site of
Milks old camera shop and campaign
headquarters.
The night prior to Milk Day, Mon-
day, May 20, the Harvey Milk LGBT
Democratic Club is holding its 36th
annual soiree. But it has changed the
fundraisers format from years past.
Rather than gather in a hotel ball-
room for a sit-down dinner, the club
is hosting a buffet and awards cer-
emony at the nightclub Beatbox with
the theme Out of the Bars and Into
the Streets: A Celebration of Queer
Nightlife and Culture.
The rst portion of the evening,
from 7 to 10 p.m. will celebrate the
club itself. Then from 10 p.m. to 2
a.m. it is hosting what it has billed as
Harvey Milks Birthday Party,which
will feature various performers and
musical acts.
The venue is located at 314 11th
Street. Tickets start at $80 and can be
purchased online at www.eventbrite.
com/event/3360444179/efblike.
May 19 plaque unveiling
City ofcials and Castro leaders
will be on hand the Saturday prior
to Milk Day to unveil a 3-by-2-foot
brass plaque honoring Milk at the
Castro Muni station.
As the Bay Area Reporter noted in
April, PG&E awarded a $3,500 grant
to the Castro Community Benet
District to help pay for the new sig-
nage. The CBD kicked in another
$490 to cover the remaining cost,
and the citys Department of Public
Works is installing it for free.
The original memorial plaque de-
picting Milks visage accompanied by
his biography was installed on a pil-
lar at the underground transit station
sometime in the 1980s. It went miss-
ing over the October 15 weekend last
fall, and police suspect thieves stole it
to sell to metal recyclers.
The culprits have yet to be caught.
And a noticeable marking of where
the plaque should be has greeted
riders of the underground subway
system ever since.
A ceremony to unveil the new sig-
nage will take place at 1 p.m. May 19.
Organizers insist the plaque will be
more securely fashioned in place in
order to prevent its theft.
Following the re-dedication cer-
emony at the site, known as Harvey
Milk Plaza, will be a march to Milks
former camera shop where a num-
ber of Milks friends and elected of-
cials will address the crowd. The
Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band has
been invited to perform and lead the
processional.
Fittingly, as Milk was a big boost-
er for the Castros merchants and
founded the annual Castro Street
Fair to draw customers to the neigh-
borhood, the plaque unveiling coin-
cides with Small Business Week in
San Francisco, which runs from May
14 through May 20. The Merchants
of Upper Market and Castro will be
holding its annual sidewalk sale that
Saturday.
what time it isand also disclosed [to
the men] were transgender.
One of the men said, Ok, and
they walked off, said Coleman. She
said thats the last thing she remem-
bers before she fell asleep.
She said that she woke up to a
quick succession of gunshots, and
the woman who had been in the
front passenger seat was running and
screaming, Call the police.
Coleman said that according to
the front seat passenger, who saw the
whole thing,the man at Martells side
of the car was the gunman. Coleman
said that she didnt see who was do-
ing the shooting. By the time she woke
up, it appeared that the gunman was
running and shooting,she said.
Coleman said that shed been
drinking all night, and I was still
halfway out of it when she woke up.
Martell was driving off as the shots
were red, she said. Martell never
said anything, she said, but she was
holding her side. Martell eventually
stopped the car and Coleman put it in
park, she said.
A bystander administered CPR to
Martell and bandaged her in an at-
tempt to stop the bleeding, said Cole-
man.
The police got there quick, she
said. She estimated that she was at the
scene for up to 10 minutes after the
shooting.
Martell was still gasping for air
when the police took Coleman away,
before the ambulance came, said
Coleman.
She said that she was kept in a room
for 10 hours and interrogated. [Po-
lice did not respond to an emailed
request to respond to that Wednesday
morning, May 2.]
Rubio, the police spokeswoman,
said Tuesday, May 1, that she didnt
know whether there were any signs
Martells death was a hate crime. She
said it appeared that only one of the
gunshots had hit Martell.
She also said shed been told that
Massey was Martells legal name and
his family is very sensitive about this.
Police are really trying to be sen-
sitive to the family and to everybody,
the whole community. ... I just think
its terrible,said Rubio.
She said the people she needed
to check with about the case werent
available. Many Oakland police were
busy Tuesday with Occupy May Day
protests. Another police department
staffer said Monday, April 30 that the
inspector apparently handling the
killing wasnt available, and the in-
spector didnt respond to an emailed
interview request.
Safe haven
The shooting occurred near an area
known for prostitution, but Coleman
said the spot where Martell died is
not a sex working place, and Were
not sex workers. ... We were not doing
any sex work.
The spot they were in has always
been a safe haven for us, said Cole-
man, who said Martell identied as
transsexual.
We dont think were going to be
harmed in holding a conversation,
said Coleman, and she thought the
guys might have been pursuing us
or trying to pick us up. Many other
people were also in the area, she said.
The front passenger eventually in-
dicated to Coleman that the two men
had returned after she fell asleep and
demanded money, she said. However,
she said, All our purses were still on
the front seat. The Bay Area Reporter
has not been able to reach the other
passengers.
Coleman said that Martell had
a beautiful personality. Her friend
would give you the shirt off her
back, she said. She liked to dance
and she loved life. Martell was
also a good cook and a talented mim-
ic, she said.
She used to imitate me all the
time, said Coleman. We used to be
together so much. ... She said Im so
dramatic about everything.
Coleman, who said she has really
long hair, said that Martell used to
call her Baldy.She said that Martells
nickname was Turkey, a moniker
given to her by her parents when she
was a child.
Tiffany Woods, the TransVision
coordinator at the Fremont-based
Tri-City Health Center, said that
Martell worked for her for four years.
Martell technically wasnt staff, but
she was a volunteer peer educator and
was compensated, she said. She was
involved in the Transgender Day of
Remembrance, among other activi-
ties. The last time Woods saw Martell
was at the Day of Remembrance in
November.
Woods, who said that Martell had
legally changed her name, said that
Martell was amazingand funny.
Id hate for her to die in vain,said
Coleman. Brandy is a person. Shes a
human being. ... She has a family. She
loves her family.
Coleman described the men whod
approached Martells car as Ethiopi-
ans, based on their hair texture, their
medium complexions, and the accent
of one of the men.
The man who spoke to Martell was
around 5 feet 10 inches and had short,
curly black hair and a thin build, ac-
cording to Coleman. She didnt re-
member what he was wearing but said
that he had dark slacks.
The other man was about 5 feet 8
inches and had an accent, curly hair,
and a medium build, said Coleman.
They both appeared to be in their
early 30s, she said.
There will be a public funeral and
homecoming services for Martell
Wednesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at C.P.
Bannon Mortuary, 6800 International
Boulevard in Oakland.
Witnesses are asked to contact the
Oakland Police Department. The
non-emergency number is (510) 777-
3333. The website is www.oaklandpo-
lice.com.
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is advertising for proposals for
Insurance Brokerage Services, Request
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June 5, 2012.
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three-year Agreement(s) with a
unilateral option to extend the
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A Pre-Proposal Meeting will be
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FILE A-034240400
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
TRET SERVICES, 652 Funston Ave., SF, CA 94118.
This business is conducted by an individual,
and is signed Tari Trethewy. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed ctitious business name or names on
04/02/12. The statement was led with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/02/12.
APR 12, 19, 26, MAY 3, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FILE A-034254500
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: ACCORDION APOCALYPSE REPAIR SHOP,
255 10th St., SF, CA 94103. This business
is conducted by an individual, and is signed
Rebecca Fell. The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed ctitious
business name or names on 03/28/06. The
statement was led with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/05/12.
APR 12, 19, 26, MAY 3, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FILE A-034246100
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: GOLDEN GATE COUNSELING CENTER, 870
Market St. #463, SF, CA 94102. This business
is conducted by an individual, and is signed
Randy Weled. The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed ctitious
business name or names on 01/01/09. The
statement was led with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/03/12.
APR 12, 19, 26, MAY 3, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FILE A-034221400
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
SPARKLING JANITORIAL SERVICES, 2 Castillo
St., SF, CA 94134. This business is conducted by
an individual, and is signed Ines Hernandez. The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed ctitious business name
or names on 02/01/12. The statement was led
with the City and County of San Francisco, CA
on 03/23/12.
APR 12, 19, 26, MAY 3, 2012
NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Dated 04/10/12
To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the
applicant(s) is/are: LANZHOU NOODLE LLC.
The applicants listed above are applying to
the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA
94612 to sell alcoholic beverages at 173-181
Eddy St., SF, CA 94102-2706. Type of license
applied for
41 - ON-SALE BEER & WINE -
EATING PLACE
APR 19, 26, MAY 3, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FILE A-034286900
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: DEVSWAG, 156 2nd St., SF, CA 94105. This
business is conducted by a corporation, and is
signed Tilde Inc. (Delaware). The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed ctitious business name or names on NA.
The statement was led with the City and County
of San Francisco, CA on 04/19/12.
APR 26, MAY 3, 10, 17, 2012
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Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 11:59 PM (PST)
The Art on Market Street Program, which has commissioned new artwork by Bay
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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR
CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR
COURT OF CAlIFORNIA, COUNTy OF
SAN FRANCISCO FIlE CNC12-548572
In the matter of the application of:
ALTANTSETSEG YANSANJAV for change of
name having been fled in Superior Court, and it
appearing from said application that petitioner
ALTANTSETSEG YANSANJAV is requesting that
his/her name be changed to VICTORIA KRAJCI.
Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all
persons interested in said matter do appear
before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 12th of
June 2012 at 9:00 am of said day to show cause
why the application for change of name should
not be granted.
APR 19, 26, MAy 3, 10, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034263400
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: KGB INTERIOR DESIGN, 245 Vallejo St.,
SF, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a
corporation, and is signed KGB Associates LTD.
The registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name
or names on 04/10/12. The statement was fled
with the City and County of San Francisco, CA
on 04/10/12.
APR 19, 26, MAy 3, 10, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034273300
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: UCSH CONSTRUCTION, 5316 Geary Blvd,,
SF, CA 94121. This business is conducted by
a corporation, and is signed Sean Hsieh. The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name
or names on 04/12/12. The statement was fled
with the City and County of San Francisco, CA
on 04/13/12.
APR 19, 26, MAy 3, 10, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034272500
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
LANIADO DIAMONDS, 3145 Geary Blvd. #702,
SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by
an individual, and is signed Yaniv Laniado. The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name
or names on NA. The statement was fled with
the City and County of San Francisco, CA on
04/12/12.
APR 19, 26, MAy 3, 10, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034254100
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: CALAR MUSIC, 221 11th St., SF, CA 94103.
This business is conducted by an individual,
and is signed Cristian Lopez. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on
04/05/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/05/12.
APR 19, 26, MAy 3, 10, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034274800
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: EVA LINDAS CLEANING SERVICE, 1118
Fitzgerald Ave., SF, CA 94124. This business
is conducted by an individual, and is signed
Michael Mellegers. The registrant(s) commenced
to transact business under the above listed
fctitious business name or names on 05/17/11.
The statement was fled with the City and County
of San Francisco, CA on 04/13/12.
APR 19, 26, MAy 3, 10, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034276500
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: SANDRA CLEANING SERVICES, 240
Arguello Ave., Vallejo, CA 94591. This business
is conducted by an individual, and is signed
Devon Willis. The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed fctitious
business name or names on 04/16/12. The
statement was fled with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/16/12.
APR 19, 26, MAy 3, 10, 2012
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR
CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR
COURT OF CAlIFORNIA, COUNTy OF
SAN FRANCISCO FIlE CNC12-548552
In the matter of the application of: RENEA
MARIE HATCHER for change of name having
been fled in Superior Court, and it appearing
from said application that petitioner RENEA
MARIE HATCHER is requesting that his/her name
be changed to RENEA CLAY STEWART. Now
therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons
interested in said matter do appear before this
Court in Rm. 514 on the 5th of June 2012 at
9:00 am of said day to show cause why the
application for change of name should not be
granted.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR
CHANGE OF NAME IN SUPERIOR
COURT OF CAlIFORNIA, COUNTy OF
SAN FRANCISCO FIlE CNC12-548600
In the matter of the application of: KIMBERLY
LAURA FIFE for change of name having been
fled in Superior Court, and it appearing from
said application that petitioner KIMBERLY LAURA
FIFE is requesting that his/her name be changed
to KIMBERLY LAURA GARRISON. Now therefore,
it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in
said matter do appear before this Court in Dept.
514 on the 21st of June 2012 at 9:00 am of
said day to show cause why the application for
change of name should not be granted.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034277000
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: SAINT & OLIVE, 610 Webster St. #14, SF, CA
94117. This business is conducted by an individual,
and is signed Olive A. Loew. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on NA.
The statement was fled with the City and County
of San Francisco, CA on 04/16/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034279400
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
FRIENDLY LIMO, 1420 Bel Air Dr. #103, Concord,
CA 94521, Contra Costa County. This business
is conducted by an individual, and is signed
Leonid Shagalov. The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed fctitious
business name or names on 04/17/12. The
statement was fled with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/17/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034249600
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
BABYLON B.C., 301 Crescent Ct. #3103, SF, CA
94134. This business is conducted by an individual,
and is signed Sameh Zahda. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on NA.
The statement was fled with the City and County
of San Francisco, CA on 04/04/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034286600
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
TT HANDYWORK, 535 Columbus Ave. #14, SF, CA
94133. This business is conducted by an individual,
and is signed Shufen Wen. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on NA.
The statement was fled with the City and County
of San Francisco, CA on 04/19/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034286100
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: JON SF ENERGY, 145 Madrone Ave., SF, CA
94127. This business is conducted by an individual,
and is signed Jonathan Chan. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on
04/19/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/19/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034288300
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
PRO IMAGE PRINTING, 3216 Geary Blvd. #A,
SF, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an
individual, and is signed Victoria S. Lauretta. The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business under
the above listed fctitious business name or names
on 04/01/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/20/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034292300
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: GIBRALTAR REALTY, 2521 18th Ave., SF,
CA 94116. This business is conducted by an
individual, and is signed Harry Philibosian. The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name
or names on 04/23/12. The statement was fled
with the City and County of San Francisco, CA
on 04/23/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034284700
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: BAY EQUITY HOME LOANS; COVENANT
MORTGAGE; EMAC HOME LOANS; BANKERS
PREFERRED; TRISTAR HOME LOANS; BELL
FINANCIAL; PE FINANCE; 100 California St.
#1100, SF, CA 94111-4516. This business is
conducted by an limited liability company,
and is signed Bay Equity LLC. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on
04/01/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/18/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FILE A-034283300
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: TAI CHI RESTAURANT, 2031 Polk St., SF, CA
94109. This business is conducted by a corporation,
and is signed Colin TC Inc. (CA). The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on
03/01/98. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/18/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034295900
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: PRIME LIMOUSINES, 1054 Paintbrush Dr.,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Santa Clara County. This
business is conducted by a general partnership,
and is signed Nikolay Penev. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on
04/24/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/24/12.
APR 26, MAy 3, 10, 17, 2012
NOTICE OF APPlICATION FOR
CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OF
AlCOHOlIC BEvERAGE lICENSE
Dated 12/13/11
To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the
applicant(s) is/are: RCSH OPERATIONS INC.
The applicants listed above are applying to the
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515
Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell
alcoholic beverages at 1601 Van Ness Ave., SF, CA
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NOTICE OF APPlICATION FOR
CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OF
AlCOHOlIC BEvERAGE lICENSE
Dated 04/13/12
To Whom It May Concern: The name(s) of the
applicant(s) is/are: CAPITAL STONE GROUP LLC.
The applicants listed above are applying to the
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 1515
Clay Street, Suite 2208, Oakland, CA 94612 to sell
alcoholic beverages at 685 Third St., SF, CA 94107-
1901. Type of license applied for
47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING
pLACE
MAy 3, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034299300
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
BAYVIEW EMPLOYMENT AGENCY, 1650 Quesada
Ave., SF, CA 94124. This business is conducted
by an individual, and is signed by Robert Davis.
The registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name or
names on NA. The statement was fled with the
City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/25/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034290000
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
JOE88 CONSTRUCTION CO, 156 Dartmouth St.,
SF, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an
individual, and is signed by Joe Zu Qing Lin. The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name
or names on 04/20/12. The statement was fled
with the City and County of San Francisco, CA
on 04/20/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034303000
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: JENNIFER GUSTAFSON INTERIOR DESIGN,
785 Golden Gate Ave. #302, SF, CA 94102. This
business is conducted by an individual, and is
signed by Jennifer Ann Gustafson. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on NA.
The statement was fled with the City and County
of San Francisco, CA on 04/26/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034297000
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
SUREFIRE ONLINE MARKETING, 3487 16th St.,
SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an
individual, and is signed by Pamela H. Card. The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business under
the above listed fctitious business name or names
on 03/30/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/25/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034293900
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
SIN CHERRY, 1228 Grant Ave., SF, CA 94133. This
business is conducted by a general partnership,
and is signed by Allam Bitar & Khaidoun Alsalti.
The registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name
or names on 04/24/12. The statement was fled
with the City and County of San Francisco, CA
on 04/24/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
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COURT OF CAlIFORNIA, COUNTy OF
SAN FRANCISCO FIlE CNC12-548629
In the matter of the application of: MARIA
MICHELLE OLLILA for change of name having
been fled in Superior Court, and it appearing from
said application that petitioner MARIA MICHELLE
OLLILA is requesting that his/her name be changed
to TOIVO KALEVA OLLILA. Now therefore, it is
hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said
matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514,
Rm. 514 on the 17th of July 2012 at 9:00 am of
said day to show cause why the application for
change of name should not be granted.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034296900
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: DRINKBOX, 414 Brannan St., Hattery Labs,
SF, CA 94107. This business is conducted by
a corporation, and is signed by H2DP, Inc.
(Delaware). The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed fctitious
business name or names on 04/24/12. The
statement was fled with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/25/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034295000
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
RCOMMUNITY RECYCLE CO., 1634 Alemany
Blvd., SF, CA 94112. This business is conducted
by a corporation, and is signed by Southpark
Capital Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed fctitious
business name or names on 04/24/12. The
statement was fled with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/24/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034294500
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
EASY BREEZY FROZEN YOGURT, 4437 20th St.,
SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a
corporation, and is signed by Manitou Inc. (CA). The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business under
the above listed fctitious business name or names
on 04/20/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/24/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034295200
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
CALIFORNIA MORTGAGE DIRECT; HOMETOWN
LENDING, 100 California St. #1100, SF, CA
94111-4516. This business is conducted by a
limited liability company, and is signed by Bay
Equity LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed fctitious
business name or names on 04/01/12. The
statement was fled with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/24/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034307900
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: BRIGHT FOG PHOTOGRAPHY, 564 Roosevelt
Way, SF, CA 94114. This business is conducted by
state or local registered domestic partners, and
is signed by Laurence Peiperl & Charles G. Still.
The registrant(s) commenced to transact business
under the above listed fctitious business name
or names on NA. The statement was fled with
the City and County of San Francisco, CA on
04/27/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034313300
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
BERNARDA, 2522 Mission St., SF, CA 94110.
This business is conducted by a limited liability
company, and is signed by Bernarda LLC (CA). The
registrant(s) commenced to transact business under
the above listed fctitious business name or names
on 05/01/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/01/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034311800
The following person(s) is/are doing business
as: J&L AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR, 1634 Howard St.,
SF, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a
corporation, and is signed by J&L Automotive
Repair Inc. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed fctitious
business name or names on 01/10/12. The
statement was fled with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/30/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034273200
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
GYROTONIC PACIFIC HEIGHTS, 2999 Washington
St., SF, CA 94115. This business is conducted by a
limited liability company, and is signed by Trinity
Fitness LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to
transact business under the above listed fctitious
business name or names on 02/06/12. The
statement was fled with the City and County of
San Francisco, CA on 04/13/12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT FIlE A-034312000
The following person(s) is/are doing business as:
MAJOR PARKING, 155 Eddy St., SF, CA 94102.
This business is conducted by an individual,
and is signed by Ilknur Civelek. The registrant(s)
commenced to transact business under the above
listed fctitious business name or names on
04/30/12. The statement was fled with the City
and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/30 /12.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF
USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
FIlE A-032682800
The following persons have abandoned the
use of the fctitious business name known as:
VOLARE PIZZA, 456 Haight St., SF, CA 94117.
This business was conducted by an individual and
signed by Mohamed Bouabibsa. The fctitious
name was fled with the City and County of San
Francisco, CA on 04/01/10.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT
OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS
NAME FILE A-029253400
The following persons have abandoned the use
of the fctitious business name known as: DO UC
US MOBILE CATERING, 2500 38th Ave., SF, CA
94116. This business was conducted by a general
partnership and signed by Vladimir Goldfeld &
Mark Kobzanets. The fctitious name was fled
with the City and County of San Francisco, CA
on 03/09/06.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT
OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS
NAME FILE A-030406500
The following persons have abandoned the
use of the fctitious business name known as:
J&L AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR, 1634 Howard St.,
SF, CA 94103. This business was conducted
by an individual and signed by Xiao Szu Tang.
The fctitious name was fled with the City and
County of San Francisco, CA on 06/20/07.
MAy 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012
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S
an Francisco Ballets Don Quixote is like
a weekend at the Sevillana Grande in Las
Vegas amidst Spanish architecture, the
toreadors come at us in burnt orange with ac-
cents of turquoise and have very good legs. The
head toreador is in canary yellow, his dancing
partner is clothed in a cascade of electric violet
which rufes up all around her as she bour-
res a slalom around the knives theyve stabbed
into the oor, pausing in a lunge after each pas-
so with a deep back-bend. And thats before our
hero lifts his girl overhead one-handed then
runs downstage carrying her like the Olympic
torch. And its all before Don Quixote arrives,
on horseback, in their little town on his pica-
resque adventures, and puts his lance at the
heroines service.
This is the millionth restaging of a ballet by
Marius Petipa, unrivalled master of the Russian
ballet, which had its rst performance in 1869
in Moscow, and was such a hit it was immedi-
ately expanded into a ve-act extravaganza for
St. Petersburg, and has been a popular hit more
or less ever since. It was from shows like this
that Ziegfeld developed his Follies, and that the
Marx Brothers got the idea of seeing how many
variety acts you could string together on a plot-
line of boy-has-to-overcome-obstacles-to-get-
girl while making fun of the plot device at every
opportunity.
Needless to say, our lovers have to go on the
lam, with her father and his entourage in hot
pursuit through a gypsy camp (with guess
what? gypsy dancing! superb gypsy dancing),
Shaping a radical psyche
Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay shows at SF Main Library
by Sura Wood
A
cknowledged by many as the found-
er of the modern gay and lesbian
rights movement, Harry Hay, who
died in 2002, was a transformational g-
ure whose legacy is fondly remembered in
Radically Gay: The Life of Ha rry Hay. The
exhibition, now at the San Francisco Main
Library Gallery, brings its subject to life on
the centennial of his birth, and illuminates
the intersection of activism and personal
biography, political conscience and hu-
manity. The show, laid out in ve sections,
charts the progress of the precocious Hay,
who early on recognized his allegiance to
high purposes, tenacity of vision, irrevo-
cable resolve, and above all else, audacity.
What critical factors shape a radical
psyche and future civil rights leader when
passivity and maintaining the status quo
are the easiest route? As is often the case,
the answers lie close to home. Defying his
brutal, autocratic father, a self-made man
who acquired his fortune in the gold mines
of South Africa, appears to have contrib-
uted to Hays inherent resistance to injus-
tice, rebellion against all forms of bigotry
and an unwillingness to surrender to en-
trenched power or authority. After he stood
up to his father at the age of nine during an
especially vehement argument, and subse-
quently endured a severe beating, he expe-
rienced an epiphany of sorts and wrote the
following: If my father can be wrong, then
the teacher can be wrong. And if the teacher
can be wrong, maybe the priest could be
wrong. And if the priest can be wrong, then
maybe even God could be wrong.
His mother, on the other hand, nur-
tured in him a love of the arts. Hay had
a ing with lm and stage acting his
rst publicity still is on view and, in
the early 1930s, he had an affair with Will
Geer, later known as Grandpa Walton on
the long-running television series. Hay
did agitprop theatre with Geer, who in-
troduced him to the Communist Party,
which he joined in earnest in 1938.
Gay liberationist Harry Hay in 1937.
See page 33 >>
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LeRoy Robbins
The
Erik Tomasson
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Vol. 42 No. 18 May 3-9, 2012
by Roberto Friedman
W
e had some catching up to do
last week with the 55th San
Francisco International Film Festi-
val. For the rst time in years, wed
missed the lm fests opening night
we were traveling in Southeast
Asia, not a bad excuse. But the stel-
lar publicity staff at the San Fran-
cisco Film Society soon made sure
we were up to snuff.
Just for starters, great
comic actress Judy
Davis swanned into
the Castro Theatre
to receive the Peter J.
Owens Award, an act-
ing honor that has pre-
viously gone to such
luminaries as Terence
Stamp and Robert
Duvall. The next night,
actor-director Ken-
neth Branagh accept-
ed the Founders Directing Award,
named in honor of SFIFF founder
Irving M. Levin. At a reception for
Branagh at Jakes on Market before
a Castro screening of his 1991 lm
Dead Again, the British leading
light was charming and sociable
and who knew he was such a strik-
ing blonde? The nger foods at the
party included crab cakes a la East
Coast (Maryland blue crab and Old
Bay aioli: our youth) and a la West
Coast (Dungeness crab, Meyer lem-
on aioli: our decadent adulthood).
Tonight (Thurs., May 3) well attend
closing night as the lm fest goes
out on a high note with director Ra-
mona Diazs Dont Stop Believin:
Everymans Journey. Sign us
up for another year!
To prime you for the
DVD release of Ill Cry
Tomorrow starring Su-
san Hayward reviewed
this week, heres a Hay-
ward anecdote to add to
the They dont make
divas like they used to
le. Around 1970, a Las
Vegas producer wanted
Hayward to star in a production of
Mame. The money was good, but
he asked that she audition rst. She
replied, If you dont know what I
can do from seeing me on screen for
decades, then you dont want Susan
Hayward. He backed down, and
she got good notices. Hurrah for a
woman with testicles.
The UK Guardian reported last
week that 22-year-old country
singer-songwriter Taylor Swift may
well be cast as immortal singer-
songwriter Joni Mitchell in the lm
adaptation of Sheila Wellers
2008 book Girls Like Us. The
book and biopic follow the
stories of Mitchell and her
peers Carole King and Car-
ly Simon, charting their
lives as women at a magical
moment in time (the late
1960s). Variety reports that
Swift has not yet signed a
deal thats inked in Va-
riety lingo but has been
linked to the role. Make
that a hot link?
Oh, Kay
We just nished reading
the paperback edition of
Kay Thompson, from Funny
Face to Eloise (Simon &
Schuster), the biography
by Sam Irvin of a gure
perhaps unfamiliar to con-
temporary generations but
surely one of the miss-
ing link seminal peeps
of 20th-century showbiz.
In Irvins words, Not to
name-drop or anything,
but Kay Thompson was
Judy Garlands mentor and
best friend, and Frank Sinatras and
Lena Hornes vocal coach. She went
to school with Tennessee Williams
and got her rst big break from Bing
Crosby. She created a nightclub act
for Ginger Rogers, and played cha-
rades with Gene Kelly. Bette Davis
learned from her, Diana Vreeland
was portrayed by her, and Danny
Kaye masqueraded in drag as her.
She auditioned for Henry Ford,
trained Marilyn Monroe, chan-
neled Elvis Presley, rejected Andy
Warhol, rebuffed Federico Fellini,
and got red by Howard Hughes.
Prince Aly Khan made a pass at
her, and the Beatles wanted to hold
her hand. She co-starred in a who-
dunit with Ronald Reagan, gave
pointers to Eleanor Roosevelt,
and directed John F. Kennedys
inaugural gala. She was a member
of the Rat Pack, and she managed
to dazzle the likes of Queen Eliza-
beth, King Juan Carlos of Spain,
and Princess Grace (Kelly) of Mo-
naco. OK, does that leave anybody
out? Only little Liza Minnelli, for
whom Thompson was a much be-
loved godmother, and who, a proper
mensch, took care of her when the
bitter end came.
Theres too much showbiz his-
tory here to recount briey, but we
do like how Thompsons trajectory
took her from playing piano con-
certos with the St. Louis Symphony
Orchestra to portraying a thinly
disguised Vreeland in Funny Face
(Think pink!). And her greatest
lasting contribution might just have
been literary, as the author of the
Eloise books, all about the privileged
little girl who lives at the Plaza Ho-
tel and has adventures in Moscow,
in Paris, and taking a bawth. Elo-
ise was a character voice KT would
put on, at work on a show or with
friends, long before she was immor-
talized in print.
Thompson starred in Low and
Behold!, a 1933 revue rst staged
at the Pasadena Community Play-
house including such unknowns
as Eve Arden (then billed as Eunice
Quedens), Teddy Hart (brother
of lyricist Lorenz Hart), Charles
Walters (who later became a
top choreographer and direc-
tor at MGM), Lois January
(who later appeared in The
Wizard of Oz), and last but
not least, Leonard Sillmans
hunky 19-year-old chauffer,
Tyrone Power. In one re-
vue sketch, Power breaks his
concentration only when he
catches sight of a sexy cho-
rus boy crossing the stage.
For 1933, L&B had a surpris-
ingly progressive queer eye,
unabashedly cultivated by its
amboyant creator Sillman,
who perhaps had never been
asked if he was a homosexual
simply because everyone al-
ready knew the answer.
Much of the book is an
eye-glazingly thorough cata-
loguing of KTs early vaude-
ville, radio, lm and nightclub
gigs, but every few pages an
interesting tidbit drops, such
as a young Tennessee Wil-
liams openly lusting after a
colleagues darkly gleaming
curls and perfectly formed
body, which ensures that
soon the young men were paying
more attention to each other than to
the work at hand. Or we learn that
the holiday spirit at MGM in 1945
was dampened by salacious ru-
mors of a lesbian romance between
Thompson and Garland. Everyone
back then believed the rumors, re-
called West Side Story writer-direc-
tor Arthur Laurents. But whats
that worth? Our feelings exactly.
When KT played a two-week
San Francisco gig in the Venetian
Room at the Fairmont in 1953,
the house female impersonator at
the gay dive Beige Room Lynne
Carter slipped into a pair of slacks,
grabbed a long scarf, hired four
hunky dancers, and debuted Lynne
Carter and the Four Cartiers, an
uncanny re-creation of the Thomp-
son-Williams Brothers act. When
Kay heard about it, she was not
amused. But when she learned that
her own compositions were being
performed without authorization or
compensation, she ipped her lid.
Daily Variety reported, Frank L.
Ippolito, attorney for Miss Thomp-
son, has demanded that Carter stop
performing in slacks, costume, fa-
cial makeup and other device that
imitates Miss Thompson. The irony
of demanding that a female im-
personator stop wearing pants was
apparently lost on both Thompson
and her attorney. Carter went on
to do his drag Kay Thompson act in
other cities before moving on to his
drag Mary Martin.
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Film stars, flm dish, flm soirees


<< Out There
British actor-director Kenneth Branagh, recipient of the 55th San
Francisco International Film Festivals Founders Directing Award,
at a Jakes on Market reception last week.
Steven Underhill
Australian actress Judy Davis
received the SFIFFs Peter J.
Owens Award at the Castro
Theatre last week.
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I
t is time for the nale and an
announcement for the future
for 42nd Street Moon, the long-
running troupe that presents infre-
quently seen productions in simpli-
ed productions. The nale of the
current season is Zorba, a musical
that had a disappointing original
Broadway run before rebounding
two decades later.
When the script for the new
Broadway musical adaptation of
Zorba the Greek was ready, the
rst actor pitched to play the title
role was, not surprisingly, Anthony
Quinn. After all, he had played the
lover of life, women, and ouzo in the
1964 movie that provided him with
the dening role of his career, and
his name above the title was bound
to boost the box ofce.
But after he read the rst few lyr-
ics of the opening song, he slammed
shut the script and turned down
the producers cold. At least, this is
how Quinn told me it went down in
a 1983 interview during a touring
revival of Zorba that would eventu-
ally bring the show back to Broad-
way. But it should also be noted that
when I mentioned this version of
events to lyricist Fred Ebb sev-
eral years later, he basi-
cally said, balderdash,
the role was always
intended for Herschel
Bernardi, who did in-
deed play it when the
musical opened on
Broadway in 1968.
Quinns problem:
The opening song de-
clares that life is what
you do while youre
waiting to die. Too negative, he
thought. Whether or not Quinn had
rst dibs on the musical, the cre-
ators were willing to make changes
to lure Quinn into the revival. In the
Quinn edition, life became what
you do until the moment you die.
There is no arguing that the origi-
nal Broadway performance run was
a disappointment to its creators, a rich
stable that included producer-direc-
tor Hal Prince, librettist
Joseph Stein (Fiddler
on the Roof), and song-
writers John Kander and
Fred Ebb (Cabaret). The
musical fell by the way-
side until Quinns name
became attached, and
then went back into the
seldom-seen category.
While there has been
talk for awhile of a new
Broadway revival starring
Antonio Banderas, 42nd Street Moon
is fullling its mission by giving Bay
Area audiences a rare chance to see
Zorba on stage.
Zorba, opening May 5 at the Eu-
reka Theatre, will star Michael Ste-
venson making his Moon debut in
the title role. A co-director of the B.
Street Theatre Conservatory in Sac-
ramento, Stevenson has numerous
regional theater credits. Ian Leon-
ard, in another Moon debut, will
play the intellectual Nikos, who en-
lists Zorba to help reopen a mine he
has inherited in Crete. The cast also
includes Moon veterans Stephanie
Rhoads (the theaters producing di-
rector) as the aging courtesan Ma-
dame Hortense, Alexandra Kapri-
elian as the narrator, and Moon
newcomer Teressa Byrne as the vil-
lages tragic widow. Moon Artistic
Director Greg MacKellan is staging
the musical with Dave Dobrusky as
musical director for his 74th Moon
production.
Zorba will run through May 20,
when 42nd Street Moon will take a
break before opening its 20th season
on Oct. 6 with the Gershwins 1931
political satire Of Thee I Sing. Next
up is Carmelina, a short-lived 1971
musical based on the lm Buona
Sera, Mrs. Campbell, with music
by Burton Lane (Finians Rainbow)
and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner (My
Fair Lady).
The season continues with Rodg-
ers and Harts 1940 musical Pal Joey
on Dec. 1, which will be followed
on April 6 with Carnival, a musical
based on the movie Lili, with songs
by Bob Merrill (New Girl in Town).
The season concludes with the May
4 opening of Little Me, starring cab-
aret star Jason Graae in the multiple
roles rst played by Sid Caesar in the
1962 faux showbiz biography with
songs by Cy Coleman and Carolyn
Leigh.
The subject of the new seasons
Salon series is songwriter Frank
Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to
Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying), whose story will be told in
word and song at the Alcazar The-
atre on Jan. 31. Series tickets are
now on sale at www.42ndstmoon.
org or 255-8207.

Mommie dearest
If your mother is more adventur-
ous than, say, brunch at the Cliff
House, there are a couple of feisty
theatrical opportunities for the May
13 maternal observance. Comedian
Marga Gomez will headline the
Mothers Day edition of A Funny
Night for Comedy at Actors The-
atre of SF. Natasha Muse and Ryan
Cronin handle the hosting duties
of the talk-show comedy format.
Call 345-1287 or go to www.na-
tashamuse.com.
The Crackpot Crones, also
known as Terry Baum and Caro-
lyn Myers, will present MOMS!
on May 12 and 13 at the Missions
Dark Room Theatre. The show is
described as sketch comedy and
improv for anyone whos ever been
or ever had a mother. Tickets at
(800) 838-3006 or www.brownpap-
ertickets.com/event/234700.
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The importance of being Zorba


Theatre>>
Michael Stevenson will play the title role and Stephanie Rhoads an
aging courtesan in the musical Zorba, the fnal production in 42nd
Street Moons 2011-12 season.
davidallenstudio.com
Cabaret star Jason Graae will
take on the multiple roles frst
played by Sid Caesar in the
musical Little Me, part of 42nd
Street Moons newly announced
2012-13 season.
Courtesy 42nd Street Moon
by Tavo Amador
P
redicting what role a classic Hol-
lywood star will be remembered
for is difcult. Many fans think of
Susan Hayward (1917-75) as Helen
Lawson, the tough musical comedy
diva of Valley of the Dolls (1967), a
part that came late in her career. At
that point, she had been in movies
for nearly three decades, and from
1947-64 had been a major star,
specializing in tearful melodramas
in the tradition of Joan Crawford,
Bette Davis, and Barbara Stanwyck.
One of her most famous and
successful lms, Ill Cry Tomorrow
(1955), has become available in
DVD and captures the essence of
Haywards bravura acting style. As
vocalist and early movie star Lillian
Roth (1910-80), whose struggles
with alcoholism were chronicled in
her best-selling memoirs, Hayward
scored. Roth had been a child sing-
ing star in vaudeville and headlined
several pre-code Hollywood lms,
notably Animal Crackers with the
Marx Brothers, Cecil B. DeMilles
Madame Satan (30) and Ladies
They Talk About (33), a landmark
women-in-prison story starring
Stanwyck.
Jo Van Fleet plays Lillians stage
mother Katie, the driving force be-
hind her career. Over Mothers ob-
jections, Lillian was planning to give
up stardom to marry childhood
sweetheart, attorney David Tred-
man (the gorgeous Ray Danton).
She turned to drinking following
his premature death. Her intake
increases, and after an all-night
bender, she wakes up married to
a soldier/fan (Don Taylor). Their
drinking begins affecting her work.
He walks out and she meets, then
marries, another boozer (Richard
Conte), a physical and emotional
abuser who exploits her. Lillian
struggles on her own to control her
drinking, but fails. She hits a hor-
rendously low bottom, losing her
money and forced to live with her
mother in a small tenement apart-
ment. She contemplates suicide, but
nally, with great difculty, goes to
Alcoholics Anonymous. There she
nds help and true love from her
sponsor (Eddie Albert).
Helen Deutsch and Jay Richard
Kennedys screenplay isnt subtle,
which suits Haywards intense style
perfectly. She had a lovely contralto
voice and handles the musical num-
bers, including Sing You Sinners,
When the Red Red Robin Comes
Bob Bob Bobbin Along, and es-
pecially, Happiness Is Just a Thing
Called Joe, effectively. (When she
portrayed singer Jane Froman in
With a Song in My Heart (52), Fro-
man insisted on doing the vocals, so
many fans were surprised at Hay-
wards ne singing.)
More importantly, with searing in-
tensity, Hayward shows the horror of
alcoholism and its physical and emo-
tional toll. Her detoxication scenes
are moving, as powerful as those by
Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend
(45), Hollywoods rst serious look
at the disease. Hayward had played
alcoholics in Oscar-nominated per-
formances in Smash Up: The Story
of a Woman (47) and Beware My
Foolish Heart (49), yet under Dan-
iel Manns direction, her work here
is fresh, and it earned her a fourth
Academy Award nod, which she lost
to Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo.
Van Fleet is brilliant as Katie:
manipulative, loving, desperate for
a better life for her daughter and
herself. Shes complex: sympathetic,
monstrous, sometimes both at once.
Her scenes with Hayward crackle.
Danton, Albert, and especially Conte
are all good. Only towards the end,
when Lillian, in recovery, appears
on televisions This Is Your Life to
tell the public about her illness, does
the lm turn bathetic. Nonetheless,
contemporary audiences especially
women and gay men wept watch-
ing Hayward gallantly striding up the
aisle to the stage.
Ill Cry Tomorrow presented
a sanitized version of Roths life.
Among other things, she was mar-
ried eight times. But it had a huge
impact on changing the popular
perception of alcoholism, especially
for women, from a moral failing to a
controllable if incurable disease. The
movie was a box-ofce smash.
Three years later, Hayward would
nally win a Best Actress Oscar for
Robert Wises compelling I Want
To Live! She gave a characteristi-
cally gutsy performance as convicted
murder accessory Barbara Graham,
the rst woman in California given
a death sentence. Former co-star
Gregory Peck quipped, We can all
relax now. Susie nally got what shes
been chasing for 20 years. He was
referring to her having been among
the many unknowns producer Da-
vid Selznick had tested for Scarlett
OHara. She was determined to
prove he made a mistake by not cast-
ing her.
Although Hayward worked steadi-
ly in lms and television after her
win, she did little that was memora-
ble, except for the high camp Where
Love Has Gone (64), billed rst over
Davis, and Valley of the Dolls.
Her nal public appearance
seemed lifted from one of her mov-
ies. She and former co-star Charlton
Heston presented the Best Actress
Oscar at the 1974 Academy Awards
ceremony. Tabloids had been
screaming that she was dying, but
she looked sensational on television.
It was later revealed that she wore a
copper red wig that resembled her
own famous hair, and that Nolan
Millers stunning green gown was
designed to hide her emaciated g-
ure. She was undergoing treatment
for brain cancer. With Hestons help,
she walked out on stage, know-
ing she could have a seizure at any
moment, and earned a tremendous
ovation. She died less than a year
later, at 57.
by David Lamble
T
he motherless teen
hero of the gothic punk
melodrama Hesher TJ Forney
(Devin Brochu) begins his
slippery slope to disaster when
a friend warns him, Sometimes
things are so bad and you think
it cant get any worse, and then
you discover whole new ways it
can get worse. For TJ, worse is
a skinny, tattooed, bad-ass dude,
Hesher. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
is the whole show, stealing the
lm as a foul-mouthed, pranky,
heavy- met al - wor s hi ppi ng
caveman who swaggers around
in his jockey shorts. This is
the rst indie I recall where a
straight sexy terrorist is allowed
to intimidate the universe with
a barely concealed perpetual
hard-on. Director Spencer Susser
and co-writer David Michod
(Animal Kingdom) create an anti-
hero who fears no mans authority.
Hesher symbolically castrates Dad
by defying him to eject him from
the house. Since Hesher is all but
naked, for another man to touch him
involves all sorts of prickly taboos.
For all its bad-boy cultural
trappings, Hesher, inspired by
the spirit of metal super-band
Metallicas former bassist Cliff
Burton, has a sticky, sentimental
heart, and if you look carefully
youll see a sneaky remake of the
1980s boy vs. bully revenge-fueled
melodrama My Bodyguard.
Hesher earns our love by
treating TJ with ferocious
abandon: running him over with
his van in the family driveway,
not coming to his rescue when a
bully pushes the kids head into
a toilet. But in a cosmos where
the real targets are all off-limits
religion, inequality of wealth and
sexual preference attempts to
make game-changing statements
give way to all sorts of invisible
restraints. Still, its not every day
that you get to see a brilliant
soloist like Joseph Gordon-
Levitt creating a full-bore nihilist
prancing around half-naked as if
in the service of Pasolini or Scorsese.
Special features: deleted scenes,
behind the scenes, widescreen,
1080P High Denition.
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T
he Royal Opera Covent Gar-
dens splendid new production
of Cileas Adriana Lecouvreur last
year came as a refreshing change
of pace. For once a new opera pro-
duction set in a theater was actually
about an opera set at least in sig-
nicant part in a theater.
Whod have thought? In recent
years, all the worlds a stage seemed
to have been not so much an ob-
servation but a mandate for opera
directors. Then along came David
McVicar with the idea of letting
poor, neglected little Adriana be. It
turns out that Cileas tender yet de-
ceptively affecting tale of a tempera-
mental star actress from the 18th-
century Comedie-Francaise who
wins and loses and wins and loses a
battle for a man whose heart she has,
only to die in a bit of tragic treachery
that cross-breeds Romeo and Juliet
with La Traviata, doesnt need rescu-
ing, just proper attention. McVicars
cauterizingly sane production call-
ing it literal or traditional overlooks
how fresh and affecting it is gives
us the action pretty much as librettist
Arturo Colautti wrote it, in and in
front of a strikingly handsome pro-
scenium theater (designs by Charles
Edwards).
Although this production doesnt
have even a smidgeon of that made-
for-DVD feel, Deccas new 2-DVD
release of it (culled from live per-
formances on Nov. 22 and Dec. 4,
2010) proves to be just the kind of
opera on DVD you want one that
invites you to watch it again and
not just to puzzle out the directors
concept.
Covent Garden had any number
of reasons for putting on the dog
with its new Adriana, not the least
of them being that it was the com-
panys rst production of the work
in more than a century.
(And the opera itself was
new in 1902.) SF Opera
lovers with long memo-
ries will gratefully re-
member its ne produc-
tion in 1977 with Renata
Scotto, revived in 1985
with Mirella Freni, divas
of the type Adriana re-
quires, and whose like we
all too rarely see anymore.
This is hardly the forum
to discuss a works merit,
but the relative neglect
of Adriana in our life-
times is, as this virtually
faultless realization of it
demonstrates, as incom-
prehensible as it is unde-
served. Cilea has acquired
the reputation of writing
more slender scores in the
verismo style we associate
with the likes of the gutsier
Mascagni, Leoncavallo,
and, pre-eminently, Pucci-
ni. But as Mark Elders su-
perb conducting of the ace
Covent Garden Orchestra
and a uniformly ne bank of sing-
ers, from the principals down to the
last chorister, makes abundantly
clear, this is not Puccini lite.
You do hear more than whiffs
of Puccini in Cileas score, but no
more than you would expect of any
composer working at the top of his
form in the language of his day. But
for that matter say, at the open-
ing of Act IV, before the rst voice
sounds theres more than a hint of
Wagners Rheingold.
For most of its life, Adriana has
been thought of as the receptacle
for two ne arias Adrianas Io son
lumile ancella and Poveri ori
and, if theres a Caruso around (as
there was at the premiere), perhaps
another, the tenors La dolcissima
efgie. This performance lays that
idea to rest as you hear how the op-
era, if not through-composed a la
Wagner, is thoroughly composed
and exceptionally well made.
Another thing you notice is
how many intricate little ensemble
episodes there are because here
theyre so perfectly executed, alert,
and vital. Theres not a slack mo-
ment in this production.
Theres nothing apologetic about
Covent Gardens Adriana, but no
clearer sign of how seriously they
took the enterprise than the luxury
cast. The opera does seem to have
caught the attention of sopranos
at the peaks of their ca-
reers, even looking at the
downslopes, and Angela
Gheorghiu, at whose re-
quest this production was
made, is pretty well ideal.
Its quite possible that no
less humble servant of art
treads the opera boards
these days, but this sopra-
nos in full service of this
role and nails it.
Jonas Kaufmann, who
sang an achingly beauti-
ful La dolcissima efgie
on his recent Verismo CD,
is even more persuasive
with it live and in context.
Still, the wonder of his
Maurizio is its alertness
to every moment of the
part, sung or not, and the
simply amazing degree to
which he shades it with-
out ever seeming to fuss.
Here is audible proof that
Kaufmann is the greatest
Maurizio since Caruso.
Olga Borodinas Princesse
de Bouillon is as sumptu-
ous and formidable, and she makes
the villainess chillingly credible.
But in all that vocal glory, you
wont miss Alessandro Corbellis
beautifully realized Michonnet,
whose unrequited yet undying love
for Adriana increasingly feels like
our own. This production of the
century could easily land the opera
itself right back in its rightful place
in the repertoire.
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The Collected Writings of Joe
Brainard by Ron Padgett, Editor;
The Library of America, $35
I
ncredibly talented, gay American
visual artist a nd writer Joe Brain-
ards career of poetry, prose, and
pictures has been collected in a new
volume produced by his longtime
friend Ron Padgett, a poet and bi-
ographer. In the opening introduc-
tion, popular writer Paul Auster of-
fers a gushing, informative homage
to Brainard, whose 1975 memoir I
Remember was a unique, 138-page
dening work of art and is repro-
duced in its entirety as the opening
section of this book. The candidly
autobiographical piece is comprised
of recollections and random mus-
ings on everything Brainard found
interesting and revelatory from
music, food, sex, and friends to
jokes, private thoughts and intimate
memories.
Within the main Self-Portrait
section, Padgett chronologically
collects more than 90 short, highly
personal glimpses into Brainards
life and times. From a patchwork
quilt of amusing, self-reective, and
introspective thought-pieces, read-
ers will gain a new appreciation for
this hyper-creative artist who came
into power within the poetry and
writers scenes of New York City in
the 1960s and 70s. Comic strips and
cigarette butt drawings demonstrate
Brainards tongue-in-cheek sense
of humor, along with his tributes to
Andy Warhol and Nancy. Simply-
written, sensitive diary entries paint
Brainard as vulnerable and thought-
ful. Of sex, he likes it best when its
fast and fun, or slow and beautiful,
and of dying, he muses after youre
dead, you wont even know it.
There are also mini-essays that cov-
er every subject under the sun from
grass and gravity to the concept of
what he considers a loser to really
be: He was at the airport when his
ship came in.
Throughout his life, Brainard,
who died in 1994 of AIDS-related
pneumonia, created a wide, richly
varied body of work. Many pieces
were unpublished or considered
hard-to-nd until the publication
of this book, and all of them are im-
pressively and respectfully captured
here. At over 500 pages, this is an un-
commonly comprehensive amalgam
of art, life and history. Both an artis-
tic and nancial boon for the estate
of Joe Brainard, the book closes with
a pair of verbatim interviews with
the distinguished
artist. One interview
by Tim Dlugos be-
comes poignant at
its conclusion when
Brainard admits to
taking too much
speed, and discusses
the dissolution of a
major gay relation-
ship with Kenward
Elmslie, a fellow writ-
er and performer.
The other interview
by Anne Waldman
is radically shorter,
but by no means
limits this amazingly
overlooked artists
power to effortlessly
entertain and inu-
ence others, even
posthumously.
by David Lamble
T
hats what I love about these
high school girls, man. I get
older, and they stay the same age.
Whod have thought Matthew Mc-
Conaugheys iconic wisecrack from
Richard Linklaters seminal 1993
Texas teen comedy Dazed and Con-
fused could become the perfect pre-
text for two skinny Icelandic teens
to share a passionate kiss under a
tree one beer-fueled night? Its the
last night of a three-week student
exchange program in England.
At rst in Jitters (TLA Releasing),
our hero Gabriel (Atli Oskar Fjalars-
son) isnt sure he likes this party
animal, the aspiring hairdresser
Markus (Haraldur Ari Stefansson).
The boys are forced to room togeth-
er by their teacher chaperones, and
Markus irritates the hell out of the
more studious Gabriel. But then, as
Gabriel confesses to a female con-
dant, One night we just kissed. We
were drunk, and then everything
changed.
What do you mean?
For the rst time, I felt these jit-
ters that everyone talks about, but at
the same time I didnt want to be-
lieve I was gay. I kind of wished that
it wasnt true.
This is great, really.
Then I saw him with some girl
at a party.
Is he bi, or what?
I dont know.
Not merely a randy gay-boy
romp, Jitters is more a queer-
friendly Icelandic take on the pulp
teen formula concocted for Nick &
Norahs Innite Playlist, with Gabri-
el taking on Michael Ceras infatu-
ated leader of the pack.
Fjalarsson exudes Ceras
weary, middle-aged kid
vibe, just the teen many
parents would want for
a designated driver, al-
most too good to be
true. Jitters overows
with the puppy-love
misadventures of Ga-
briels friends, although
one subplot, involving
a girl with a religious,
bigoted grandmother
who objects to her Rus-
sian boyfriend, goes
over to the dark side
of teen suicide and an
older generations anti-
foreigner paranoia.
But Gabriel and
Markus overcome every
melodramatic contriv-
ance, including Markus
cheating heart.
What were you thinking?
I dont know.
Why were you with her?
I was just drunk and stupid.
I just wasnt sure about this.
Youre the rst guy Ive kissed.
Youre also my rst.
I know.
What happens next?
I dont know.
I was frustrated that the lmmak-
ers didnt spend more screentime
focused on the stations-of-the-cross
torture teen boys suffer. But when
queer wet- dreams nd a scary, re-
ciprocating object of desire, Gabriel
is a very positive take on a popular
boy, one the other teens admire,
who nally musters the courage to
kiss his lover in front of a set of par-
ents.
While not the sharpest tool in
the teen-comedy shed the adult
characters are particularly obtuse
and unhelpful, and you get strong
hints as to why drinking is so huge
a part of adult life on this island na-
tion, with a population smaller than
Oakland Jitters is refreshingly can-
did about the ckle nature of young
love. It has a large, frisky cast, in-
cluding Gabriels loutish best friend
Tedd (Elias Helgi Kofoed-Hanson)
this movie really caters to fans of
blonde Nordic skinny-boys who
can be counted on to playfully gay-
bait his buddy at the worst possible
moments while still remaining a
warm-hearted, hunky, womanizing
lug.
Special feature: a behind-the-
scenes featurette, which is basically
a dialogue-free party lm about
shooting a party lm. In Icelandic,
with English subtitles.
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Feeling jittery
by Heather Cassell
When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir
of Love and Revolution, by Jeanne
Cordova; Spinsters Ink, $14.95
O
utlaw: the word has always had
a romantic ring to it. But for
the outlaw, the activist, the person
standing beyond the boundary of
polite society, it is more an adven-
ture than romance, or maybe a little
bit of both, just not the Hollywood
version by any stretch of the imagi-
nation. Jeanne Cordovas version,
When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir
of Love and Revolution, is the indie
lm, if it were to be adapted from
her memoir that reads more like
a historical novel. It is raw, lled
with wandering anticipation from
a life of not knowing what is going
to happen from one moment to the
next, and strange characters, radical
luminaries, icons, and heartbreak.
Cordova doesnt hold back her
criticisms of herself or the move-
ments that took her heart and
shaped her life: the lesbian-feminist
and LGBT movements. The reader
knows it from the rst page, when
she point-blankly states in her open-
ing, Im not a nice person. I have
too many shades. There is no sug-
ar-coating the truth, only tough love
wrapped in a rollicking adventure
for the next generation of activists
and the work that lies ahead. Much
needs to be done, believes Cordova.
She wrote the book to share her lifes
passion and hand over the roadmap
to todays queer youth activists.
I wanted to show what activists
can look like when you get in there,
and the tension between the per-
sonal and the political, how to bal-
ance your life, said Cordova, now
in her early 60s. Its a hell of a way
to spend your life. Its fabulous. You
meet really neat, intelligent people.
You are always on the edge of social
change.
Cordovas story is also a tale of
romance, but not one with a happy
ending. The book spans from when
she was 24 to 27 years old, when
most of her life is spent in the heat
of the movement rather than the
warmth of her lovers arms.
I just dont think that it works
out very well being a full-time ac-
tivist and having a decent personal
life, said Cordova. In real life, her
happy ending happened in her 40s,
when she met and married her part-
ner, she said, not wanting young
activists to despair. Her own ending
is only one of many. Like any good
biography, she ends her story with
brief notes of what happened to
each character.
Cordovas story is an entertaining
rst-person account of lesbian her-
story. In particular, she gives butch
lesbian perspectives of the heated
feminist and lesbian movement that
shunned what was considered anti-
quated butch/femme dichotomy, and
of the sexism of the gay liberation
movement of the 1970s and 80s.
An activist and journalist, Cor-
dova has had a front seat to all of the
action, interviewing Angela Davis,
Patty Hearst and others, when she
wasnt the story herself, hitting the
streets with picket signs, blocking
trafc, and ghting for her commu-
nitys and her own life.
Heather Cassell: Youve done a lot
of speaking, in particular to queer
youth. You currently mentor a
couple of young butches, and you
dedicated the book to todays
queer youth. What do you hope
this generation gets from your
story?
Jeanne Cordova: I really get a lot
of joy and I have a lot of faith in
young activists today. Young people
today, specically lesbians, dont get
to see what their history was about
and what it meant to be an activist.
A lot of young people are being ac-
tivists now. I kind of wanted to say,
This is a great way to live your life,
so heres an example: my history.
Angela Davis did a lot of hard
work to become Angela Davis. Its
a lot of hard work and takes tremen-
dous courage and dedication to be-
come a leader. I wanted to say, You
also can do this with your life, full-
time or part-time.
What is your advice to young
activists seeking some sort of
balance between their personal
and public lives?
We need you. We need those
kinds of people who would follow
their passion for the LGBT cause for
civil rights. A very small percentage
are called to activism in a full-time
way. To me thats a really noble way
to dedicate your life, its like a career
path. People dont think of it as a ca-
reer path, but it is for a lot of us.
Dont take it personally when you
are in the middle of a struggle and
either the press or individuals come
up to you and criticize your work,
your clothing, or the way you talk
or something. Thats just part of the
collateral damage of being an out-
front activist. There is a lot of price
to pay for leadership.
Surround yourself, make a close
circle of friends who are peers who
are doing the same kind of
work that you are doing.
Those people will understand
your life better than an ordi-
nary friend or lover.
Dont get too upset that
your personal life isnt work-
ing out that well right now.
Know that you can nd
someone later on. As younger
activists, you do have a choice
to cut back on your politics
and have more time for a per-
sonal life. Try to hook up with
a lover who does somewhat
similar things.
Do you have any regrets?
Not being able to keep my
distance from what other
people thought of me, and
reading the press. You get
to believing your own press
sometimes, and thats never
a good thing. I wish that I
had been stronger, more self-
condent. I wish I had the emo-
tional maturity of a 50-year-old
when I was doing all of this work
in my 20s, 30s, and 40s. I wish I had
paid a little more attention to my
lovers feelings. I had so many lov-
ers, and I was going so fast. I really
didnt think about them that much,
and thats never really a great
thing to do.
What do you believe has
been your biggest success,
personally and to the LGBT
community?
Personal success was the
Lesbian Tide, running a pa-
per for nine years that became
the voice of lesbian feminism.
Bigger success, in terms of the
communitys point of view,
might have been founding the
Gay and Lesbian Community
Yellow Pages (mine was the
rst, in 1981). It was a big tool
to harness the middle-class
gays and lesbians to co me out
and show themselves publicly
in the pages of a gay telephone
directory.
Ive been really proud to
have lived a life of being a
full-time activist its one of
the best feelings in the world.
I am still quite active, and my
organization is now LEX: Lesbian
Exploratorium, and a guerrilla cul-
tural group, Butch Nation.
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Are We There Yet?
@ Creativity Explored
Opening reception for a group exhibition
of transportation-themed artwork made by
developmentally different teens and adults.
7pm-9pm. Thru June 13. Daily 10am-3pm
(12pm-5pm weekends). 3245 16th St. 863-
2108. www.creativityexplored.org
In Paris @ Berkeley Repertory
Michael Baryshnikov stars in Dmitry
Krymovs innovative and intimate romantic
play performed in French and Russian with
English subtitles. $22.50-$125. Tue, Thu-Sat
8pm. Wed 7pm Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru May
13. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St. at Shat-
tuck. (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org
May Day @ CounterPulse
Annual performance and dance showcase
fundraiser for the arts space, with three
different nights of talent: W. Kamau Bell,
Monique Jenkinson, Scott Wells and Danc-
ers, Campo Santo, Zaccho Dance Theatre,
Dandelion Dancetheater, Marga Gomez,
Joe Goode Performance Group and others.
$30-$350. 8pm. Thru May 5. 1310 Mission
St. 626-2060. www.counterpulse.org
Past Future Now, TVland
Treats @ Oddball Film
Retro futuristic (now laughable) short lms
about ying cars, etc. 8pm. Also May 4.
8pm. Treasures From TV Land, including
a My Favorite Martian episode. Sat May 5,
8pm. $10. 275 Capp st. 558-8117.
www.oddballlm.com
Zorba @ Eureka Theatre
42nd Street Moons staging of Kander
& Ebbs 1968 musical adaptation of the
story of Zorba the Greek. $20-$50. Wed
7pm. Thu & Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm.
Thru May 20. 215 Jackson St. 255-8207.
www.42ndstmoon.org
Fri 4>>
Anatol @ Aurora
Theatre, Berkeley
Arthur Schnitzlers play about a Viennese
philanderer, in the world premiere of a newly
translated adaptation by Margret Schaefer.
$34-$55. Tue 7pm. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm
& 7pm. 2081 Addison St. Thru May 13.
(510) 843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org
Dance Brigade
@ Dance Mission Theatre
Grrrl Brigades dance-theatre-drumming
drama about the effects of climate change
and war on the earth. $15-$20. 8pm. Sat
4pm & 8pm. Sun 4pm. 3316 24th St.
(800) 838-3006. www.dancemission.com
Friday Nights
@ de Young Museum
Weekly parties, live performances and quick
art installations, paired with current shows,
including the Jean Paul Gaultier couture/
costume exhibit. Tonight: Tattoo Culture and
Jazz. Free-$18 (tickets required for exhibit
entry). 5:30pm-8:30pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea
Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.
www.deyoung.famsf.org
Fwd: Life Gone Viral
@ The Marsh
David Ford, Jeri Lynn Cohen and Charlie
Varons comic play about the foibles of
Internet-ruled living. $20-$50. Previews;
opening May 12. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm,
Sun 7pm. Thru June 10. 1062 Valencia St.
282-3055. www.themarsh.org
Hot Greeks
@ The Hypnodrome
Thrillpeddlers revives the Cockettes hilarious
college comedy revue that meets ancient
Greek bawdy burlesque in a new expanded
version, with a new cast, costumes, songs
and fabulous camp. $30-$35; $69 for a pair.
Thu-Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 19. 575
10th St. at Bryant & Division. (800) 838-
3006. www.thrillpeddlers.com
Marga Gomez
@ The Marsh, Berkeley
The lesbian comic returns with Not Getting
Any Younger, her witty solo show about
coming of middle age. $15-$35, $50.
Fri 8pm. Sat 5pm. Thru May 19. 2120 Allston
Way off Shattuck. 282-3055.
www.themarsh.org
Marilyn Pittman @ The Marsh
The veteran lesbian comic gets a little more
serious in her solo show about her parents
tragic murder-suicide deaths. $15-$35-$50.
Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm, Sun 7pm. Extended
thru May 27. Studio Theater, 1062 Valencia
St. (800) 838-3006. www.themarsh.org
Red @ Berkeley Repertory
John Logans (screenwriter of The Aviator,
Gladiator and Hugo) Broadway hit about
abstract painter Mark Rothko, engaged in
a battle of wits with his young assistant,
makes its West Coast debut. $14-$72. Tue-
Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. & 7pm Extended thru
May 12. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.
(510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org
Smuin Ballet
@ Novellus Theatre
Local popular dance company performs
two new works: Val Caniparolis Swipe,
Ma Congs Through, plus Michael Smuins
Symphony of Psalms. $20-$45. Thru May
6, 2pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
701 Mission St. (also May 18 & 23 in Walnut
Creek and Mountain View). 91201899.
www.smuinballet.org www.ybca.org
Thunder Above, Deeps Below
@ Bindlestiff Studio
Rey Pamatmats modern version of Shake-
speares Pericles, about Philipino and
Puerto Rican teens struggling to survive as a
freezing Chicago winter approaches.
$20-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 5.
185 Sixth St. at Howard. (800) 838-3006.
www.BindlestiffStudio.org
The Waiting Period
@ The Marsh
Brian Copelands popular solo show about
his struggle with depression. $25-$50. Fri
8pm, Sat 5pm. Thru July 7. 1062 Valencia St.
282-3055. www.themarsh.org
Xtigone @ Buriel Clay Theater
African American Shakespeare Companys
production of Chicago playwright Nambi
E. Kelleys urban adaptation of Sophocles
tragedy Antigone. $10-$30. 8pm. Sat 8pm
and Sun 3pm thru May 13. African American
Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.
at Webster. (800) 838-3006.
www.African-AmericanShakes.org
Sat 5>>
Amy & Freddy
@ The Rrazz Room
Comic musical duo perform. $25. 10pm.
2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.
(800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com
Beach Blanket Babylon
@ Club Fugazi
Musical comedy revue, now in its 35th year,
with an ever-changing lineup of political and
pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. Reg:
$25-$130. Wed, Thu, Fri at 8pm. Sat 6:30,
9:30pm. Sun 2pm, 5pm. (Beer/wine served;
cash only). 678 Beach Blanket Babylon
Blvd (Green St.). 421-4222.
www.beachblanketbabylon.com
Bliss @ W Hotel
25th anniversary gala fundraiser for Maitri
Hospice, which provides care for people with
life-threatening medical conditions. Enjoy
drinks, wine-tasting, a silent auction, fashion
show, dance music; MC Carmen MarcValvo
and Donna Sachet; singers Connie Cham-
pagne and Wade Preston perform. $150
and up. 6pm-11pm. 181 3rd St. at Mission.
www.maitrisf.org
Cave Concert
@ Marin Headlands
Samavesha presents the Bay Area Didjeridu
Orchestra performing in the acoustically
marvelous Sausalito Hawk Hill Tunnel in
the Headlands. $30-$110. 9:30pm.
www.caveconcert.org
The Cult of Beauty
@ Legion of Honor
Subtitled The Victorian Avante-Garde, 1860-
1900, this new exhibit focuses on the British
Aesthetic Movement. Free-$20. Tue-Sun
9:30am-5:15pm. Thru June 17. Lincoln Park,
100 34th Ave. 750-3620. www.famsf.org
A Hot Day in Ephesus
@ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley
Vicki Siegels musical comedy based on
Shakespeares The Comedy of Errors, about
twin servants, mistaken identity and love.
$12-$15. Fri & Sat 8pm. Thru May 19. 1301
Shattuck at Berryman. (510) 649-5999.
www.aeofberkeley.org
Marin Theatre Company
Gala @ Corinthian Yacht
Club, Tiburon
45th annual benet for the Marin Theatre
Companys artistic and educational pro-
grams; entertainment includes Celebrity/
Playwright Challenge, with three actors
performing three short plays; a silent auc-
tion, drinks, food and dancing. $225 and up.
6pm-11pm. 43 Main St., Tiburon. 388-5200.
www.marintheatre.org
Moder n Cartoonist:
The Art of Daniel Clowes
@ Oakland Museum
Exhibit of original art by the Oakland graphic
novel illustrator and Academy Award-nomi-
nated screenwriter (Ghost World). Free-$12.
Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Thru Aug. 12.
1000 Oak St. (510) 318-8400.
www.museumca.org
NCLR Gala @
Metreons City View
The National Center for Lesbian Rights
celebrates 35 years of supporting womens
rights; MCs comic Kate Clinton and Execu-
tive Director Kate Kendell; honorees include
actors Jane Lynch and Wilson Cruz. $90 and
up. 8pm-12am. 4th St. at Mission. Pre-gala
parties at 840 Wine Bar (840 Brewster) and
Churchill (198 Church St.) 5pm-7pm (major
donor dinner sold out). www.nclrights.org
Photography in Mexico
@ SF Museum of Modern Art
New group exhibit of historic prints docu-
menting Mexican life and culture since 1920.
Also, The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster
Fuller and the Bay Area, and a new mural by
Dutch artist Parra. Thru July 29. Free-$18.
Open daily (except Wednesdays) 11am-
5:45pm.; open late Thursdays, until 8:45pm.
131 Third St. 357-4000. www.sfmoma.org
Sassafras @ Hotel Shattuck
Shotgun Players 21st anniversary gala fun-
draiser, with a Black, Red and White theme,
drinks, nibbly things, a gourmet dinner, a
short play performance by Mark Jackson,
and auction items including vacation
packages. $125 and up. 6pm-11pm. 2086
Allston Way, Berkeley. (510) 841-6500.
www.shotgunplayers.org
SF Hiking Club
@ Las Trampas Ridge
Share a 9-mile hike through the Oak-lled
Corduroy Hills with GLBT hikers. Also, May
6, a hike through Tomales Point. Both days, a
carpool meets at the Safeway, Market St. at
Dolores. 9:30am. (510) 599-4056.
www.sfhiking.com
Swimwear For a Cause
@ Phoenix Hotel
Project Informs fun fashion fundraiser
includes a mens swimwear fashion show
poolside, a tequila bar, nibbles and taste
treats, music by DJ DCM. $50-$500. 4pm-
7pm. 601 Eddy St. www.projectinform.org
28 BAY AREAREPORTER May 3-9, 2012

<< Out&About
Art isnt easy
by Jim Provenzano
S
an Franciscos International Arts Festival continues at various venues
with fascinating rare performances full of intrigue and innovation. One
such example is Antidote at the Marines Memorial Theatre. Russias Liquid
Theatre company performs the U.S. premiere of their witty physical theatre
work about the conning nature of post-Soviet corporate life. $12-$30. May
5 & 6 at 7pm. 609 Sutter St.
Art isnt easy. Sometimes, its even dangerous, especially for Iranian play-
wright Nassim Soleimanpour. His script White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is read,
unrehearsed, by a slew of local artists, because Iran refused to grant the play-
wright a travel visa. Festival Lounge, $12-$15. 540 Sutter St. May 3-20. Other
works include Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos (May 5, 7pm. $20-$70), Ear-
play Ensemble with Melody of China (May 10, $20, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van
Ness). More shows thru May 19. 771-6900. www.saf.org
Here are some visual arts exhibits of note, where the only danger is an
excess of openings.
Thu 3: Saints and
Sinners @ Visual Aid
Opening reception for an exhibit of color-
ful multimedia works by David Faulk and
Michael Johnstone in a site-specic
installation. 5:30-7:30pm. 57 Post St.
#905. www.visualaid.org
Fri 4: Art Auction
@ ATA Gallery
The alternative video art space holds an
art auction fundraiser. $5-$20. 6:30 silent
auction, 8:30pm live. 992 Valencia St.
www.atasite.org
Fri 4: The Dick Show
@ Center for Sex & Culture
Opening reception for a group exhibit
celebrating the male penis, with works by
Michael Rosen, Mariah Carle, Mark Gar-
rett, Katie Gilmartin, Justin Time, Mitcho,
Dwoo, Jesse Williams and Jack Davis.
6pm-9pm. Thru May (performance show
May 18, 8pm). 1349 Mission St. at 9th.
www.sexandculture.org
Fri 4: Matthew Hines
@ Magnet
Opening reception for the artists exhibit
of modern mythological imagery. Free.
8pm-10pm. Thru May 4122 18th St.
581-1613. www.magnetsf.org
Fri 4: To the Artist
@ Kunst-Stoff Arts
Performance and audiobook release for a
collection of spoken word, original music
and video art, with Silvia Girardi, Michael
Shiono. $10-$20. 8pm. 1 Grove St.
www.kunst-stoff.org
Sat 5: All of Us or None
@ Oakland Museum of Art
Social justice poster exhibit, The 1968
Exhibit, and a video installation Portraits
From the Occupation, about the Occupy
movement. Also, Dorothea Lange archive,
early landscape paintings, Gold Rush Era
works, California ceramics. Gallery of
California Natural Sciences. $6-$12.
1000 Oak St. Oakland. (510) 318-8400.
www.museumca.org
Sat 5: Paul Morin
@ ArtZone Gallery
Solo show of the artists realist portraits
in oil and silver leaf on canvas. Reception
5pm-8pm. Thru May 20. 461 Valencia St.
at 16th. www.artzone461.com
Sun 6: From Our Own Hands
@ Glama-Rama
Staff members of the cool hair salon show-
case their visual art, including Leigh Crow,
Deena Davenport, Flynn DeMarco and
others. Reception 6pm-9pm. Thru June 16.
304 Valencia St. 861-4526.
www.glamarama.com
Thu 10: Live Art Auction
@ Chronicle Books
Visual Aids annual art auction fundraiser,
with champagne, dessert bar and other
food and drinks. $75-$150. 6:30-9pm.
680 2nd St. www.visualaid.org
Thu 10:
Futures
Past
@ Patricias
Green
Unveiling of the
newest Burning
Man sculpture
re-installed at the
small Hayes Valley
park; artist Kate
Raudenbushs sym-
bolic mini-temple. 6pm-8pm. 300 Octavia
St. www.blackrockarts.org
Madeline Miller
@ SF Public Library
Author of the acclaimed new historical
ction novel The Song of Achilles
discusses her work. Free. 6:30pm.
Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center Read-
ing Room (Third Floor), 100 Larkin St.
www.sfpl.org
Thu 3
Radar Spectacle
@ Verdi Club
Michelle Tea and Ali Liebegott cohost
a fab fundraiser for the queer artists
retreat, with cash bar, light fare,
desserts, and performances and
readings by Mirah, Anna Anti-Palin-
drome, Armistead Maupin,
Peggy Noland, Chris Vargas, Greg
Youmans, plus art auction works by
Maira Kalman, Paul Madonna, Edie
Fake and others. $15 and up.
7pm-10pm. 2424 Mariposa St. 861-
9199. www.brownpapertickets.com/
event/242155 www.verdiclub.net
Fri 4
Anna Anti-Palindrome
To the Artist
Paul Morins portraits
Walter Logues Blue Dali at ATAs Art Auction
Sun 6>>
Do Not Destroy @
Contemp. Jewish Museum
Trees, Art and Jewish Thought, a group
exhibit exploring the tree in Jewish tradition;
thru May 28. $5-$12. Thu-Tue 11am-5pm.
736 Mission St. at 3rd. 655-7800.
www.thecjm.org
Kate Clinton @ Hoytt
Theater, San Rafael
The witty lesbian comic performs at a benet
for the Spectrum LGBT Center. $34-$45
general seating. $85/$340 for tables of
four, with light fare and a visit with Kate.
6pm-8pm. Osher Marin Jewish Community
Center, 200 North San Pedro Road.
www.spectrumLGBTcenter.org
Marvin Hamlisch @
Jewish Community Center
Award-winning composer performs live in
a story-lled concert. $72-$85. 4pm. 3200
California St. 292-1233. www.jccsf.org/arts
Outlook Video @ Channel 29
LGBT monthly news show, this month:
artist Marcino Calindas, trans health issues,
bunjee jumping, coming out celebrations
and The Perfect Family lm review.
pm. Also streaming online.
www.outlookvideo.org
Sweet Honey in the Rock
@ Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
Grammy-winning womens vocal ensemble
performs inspiring soulful music. $20-$58.
7pm. UC Berkeley campus, Bancroft Way at
Telegraph Ave. (510) 642-9988.
www.calperformances.org
Sundays a Drag
@ Starlight Room
Donna Sachet and Harry Denton host the
weekly fabulous brunch and drag show.
$45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show
at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square.
395-8595. www.harrydenton.com
Mon 7>>
Acoustic Bistro @ Osteria
Roam Baur hosts a night of diverse acoustic
jazz and folk solo musicians, including
Garrin Beneld, Garrick Davis and Debbie
Neigher. 7pm-10pm. 3277 Sacramento St.
771-5030. www.kcturnerpresents.com
Jon deMartin
@ John Pence Gallery
Exhibit of the artists realist human gure
studies and industrial landscapes. Mon-Fri
10am-6pm. Sat 10am-5pm. Thru May 19.
750 Post St. 441-1138. www.johnpence.com
Life & Death in Black & White
@ GLBT History Museum
AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco,
19851990, focuses on select AIDS activism
photos of Jane Philomen Cleland, Patrick
Clifton, Marc Geller, Rick Gerharter and
Daniel Nicoletta. Selection of other LGBT
historic items also on display. $5. Wed-Sat
11am-7pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. 4127 18th St.
www.glbthistory.org
The Other Side of the Closet
@ New Conservatory Theatre
Free community showing of the Youth
outreach play about homophobia. 7pm.
25 Van Ness Ave. 861-8972. www.nctcsf.org
Piano Bar 101 @ Martunis
Sing-along night with talented locals, and
charming accompanist Joe Wicht (aka
Trauma Flintstone), with special guest Tom
Judson. Win a pair of tickets to his upcoming
show at New Conservatory Theatre. 9pm. 4
Valencia St. at Market.
www.dragatmartunis.com
Picklewater Clown Cabaret
@ Stage Werk Theatre
A special sexy sex edition of the mirthful
clown show. $10-$15. 7pm & 9pm. 446
Valencia St. at 16th. www.picklewater.com
Ten Percent @ Comcast 104
David Perrys talk show about LGBT people
and issues. Mon-Fri 11:30am & 10:30pm.
Sat & Sun 10:30pm.
www.comcasthometown.com
Tommy Igoe Band
@ The Rrazz Room
Acclaimed local jazz drummer welcomes
celebrity guest musicians. $25. 7:30pm.
2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.
(800) 380-3095. www.TheRrazzRoom.com
Tue 8>>
Chana Wilson @ GLBT
Historical Society Museum
Lesbian author of the memoir Riding Fury
Home discusses her life and book. $5. 7pm.
4127 18th St. 621-1107. www.ridingfury-
homebook.com www.glbthistory.org
Million Dollar Quartet @
San Jose Center for the Arts
Touring company of the Broadway musical
hit about the famous one-time recording
session with Rock n Roll icons Elvis Pres-
ley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis,
and Carl Perkins. $20-$75. Thru May 13.
255 Almaden Blvd. (408) 792-4580.
www.broadwaysanjose.com
Radically Gay:
the Life of Harry Hay
@ SF Public Library
New exhibition that celebrates the remark-
able life and work of activist Harry Hay, who
laid the foundation for the modern lesbian
and gay rights movement. Tonight, a special
opening celebration, with guest curator
Joey Cain and guests Jewelle Gomez, Phyllis
Lyon, Sally Hay (niece of Harry Hay), Will
Roscoe, Mark Thompson, Malcolm
Boyd and others. Koret Auditorium,
lower level. Free. 6pm. Exhibit thru
July 29. 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
www.sfpl.org
Valerie Simpson
@ The Rrazz Room
Singing partner of the late Nick
Ashford performs a tribute concert.
$45-$55. 8pm (7pm May 12 & 13;
and 9:30pm May 12). Thru May 13.
$25. 8pm. 2-drink min. Hotel Nikko, 222
Mason St. (800) 380-3095.
www.TheRrazzRoom.com
Wed 9>>
Leathermen Party
@ Rainbow Skate
Leather folk and fetish fun on wheels, with
DJ DAMnation (Demetri Moshoyannis) and
Special K. Enjoy cheesy food, campy tunes
and cool grooves. $9. 8pm-10:30pm. 1303
Main St., Redwood City. www.facebook.
com/events/360155634021064/
The Human Form
@ Robert Tat Gallery
Exhibit of vintage and contemporary pho-
tographic prints, including some stunning
male and female nudes by James Bidgood,
George Platt Lynes, Wilhelm Von Gloeden
and others. Tue-Sat 11am-5:30pm. 49 Geary
St. #410. 781-1122. www.roberttat.com
Thu 10>>
Comedy Bodega @ Esta Nocha
The LGBT and indie comic stand-up night.
8pm-9:30pm. 3079 16th St. at Mission.
www.comedybodega.com
Go Deep @ El Rio
Man-on-man lube wrestling in the pit
(an inatable mini-pool), porn guys, drag
queens, clowns, Boylesque performances,
DJ Drama Bin Laden and Cajun food! 2nd
Thursdays. 8pm-12am. 3158 Mission St.
www.elriosf.com
Radar Reading
@ SF Public Library
Author Michelle Tea welcomes Alysia Angel,
Keely Hyslop, Erick Lyle and Bucky Sinister to
the eclectic reading series. Free 6pm. Latino-
Hispanic Community Room, lower level. 100
Larkin St. 557-4400. www.sfpl.org
To submit event listings,
email jim@ebar.com.
Deadline is each Thursday,
a week before publication.
For more bar and nightlife events,
go to www.bartabsf.com
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Out&About>>
Well-suited
C
lothes make the man. But what if the
mans entertained in and out of his suit?
In The Tom Judson Show at New Con-
servatory Theatre, the cabaret singer-pianist,
sings about his life and career (and other
career, in porn) with classic and obscure
songs. $18-$36. Wed-Sat 8pm. Thru May
12. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Market, lower level.
861-8972. www.nctcsf.org
The empty suit, ironically constructed,
along with other visually striking art, can
be seen at Jeremiah Jenkins exhibit at Ever
Gold Gallery. Saturday May 5 is the opening
reception for Shit doesnt have to be so fucked
up, the artists collection of ironic collage and
sculptural works. Thru June 9. Wed-Sat 1pm-
6pm. 441 OFarrell St. 796-3676. www.evergold-
gallery.com
Spandex may not make the man, but it cer-
tainly shows him off. Saturday, May 5 the ALC
Bachelor Auction at The Lookout, a fundrais-
er for AIDS Life/Cycle riders, shows off 11 men
and one woman featured in a calendar fund-
raiser. Theyre also being auctioned off for
dates. Suits me! 6pm-9pm. 3600 16th St. at
Market/Noe. 431-0306. www.aidslifecycle.org
www.lookoutsf.com
Cameron Carpenter, the talented organist, is one of several
well-suited guest performers with the San Francisco Symphony,
as Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Barbary Coast and Beyond:
Music from the Gold Rush to the Panama-Pacic Exposition.
$35-$140. Thursday, May 10. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave.
www.cameroncarpenter.com www.sfsymphony.org
J.P.
Cameron Carpenter Glenn at the ALC
Bachelor Auction
Tom Judson
by Scott Brogan
T
his past Sunday the Bare Chest
Calendar held its annual nals
contest at the DNA Lounge. I nor-
mally dont report on much of the
calendars activities because in my
opinion its moved about as far from
leather/kink as it can get. Im not
surprised. I was at the committee
meeting several years back in which
AEF [AIDS Emergency Fund] ex-
ecutive director Mike Smith an-
nounced that the calendar isnt a
leather calendar anymore. He went
on to sarcastically note that it wasnt
Jerry Roberts little $35,000 hobby.
Since that time, he and the new
committee proceeded to make
drastic changes. Hoping to ap-
peal to a broader audience, they re-
moved South of Market from the
name. They doubled the amount of
events the calendar men, all volun-
teers, were required to attend. The
criteria to be on the calendar shifted
from being sexy and having a good
chest to how many rafe tickets they
could sell. The attitude was, and I
was at this meeting as well, that the
calendar and its sales were minor
compared to the money that could
be made from more rafes and
events. They were giddy that the idea
of selling rafe tickets at the contests
was proving to be lucrative. They
created a complicated new formula
for tabulating contestants rafe sales
and judges scores that to this day I
dont understand. No matter how
many times they explained it, my
eyes glazed over.
As the money raised went up, the
quality of the calendar went down. It
even got physically smaller. I cant say
for sure that anyone has done this,
but allegedly if one has the funds and
friends, or friends with funds, one
can get a spot on the calendar thats
how much the rafe sales/online do-
nations account for. Now contestants
dont have to do much in person, as
they can give folks a link to
donate to their quest
to be on the calen-
dar. How personable.
The most unfortu-
nate change, in my opin-
ion, has been the neu-
tering of the men. No
longer are they allowed
to act in what the com-
mittee considers inap-
propriate behavior at
any event, even at the Folsom Street
Fair. No more naughty shenanigans,
and never in their ofcial vests. The
focus, brought out more from the
neuroses of the new committee than
anything else, was on removing any
perceived objectionable behavior the
calendar men were known
for. Two excuses were
given to me: The men
were uncomfortable be-
ing sex objects (hello,
its a bare chest calen-
dar); and the sponsor
might object and pull
funding, ignoring the
fact that the sponsor had
been with the calendar
for years and knew ex-
actly what it was all about.
Before the charities took over, the
same folks who ran Folsom Street
Events also ran the calendar. I at-
tended the rst meeting when the
new rules were laid out. The men
were required to read aloud passages
from a lengthy document of dos
and donts. After each passage they
had to exclaim, in unison, that they
agreed. Theres nothing like treating
your volunteers like six-year-olds.
I hoped things would im-
prove. Then I went to the dinner date
auction at the Sir Francis Drake Ho-
tel. This was the premiere of a new
format combining the biannual auc-
tions of six men into one wanna-be
black tie event. Forget the fun and
tradition. Nope, just charge for a pre-
viously free event, sell expensive VIP
30 BAY AREAREPORTER May 3-9, 2012

Calendar conundrums
Coming up in leather and kink
Thu., May 3: Koktail Club Happy Hour at Kok Bar
(1225 Folsom). Drink specials and Hamisi doing
Hammy Time, 5-10 p.m. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Thu., May 3: Underwear Night at The Power-
house. Strip down for drink specials. 10 p.m.-
close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Fri, May 4: Newbie Munch at the SF Citadel (363
6th St.). Curious about the Citadel? Come on down!
6-8 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.
Fri., May 4: Fuzz at Kok Bar. Come hang with the
hairy dudes! No cover. $2 off rst cocktail for the
shirtless. 11 p.m.-close. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Fri., May 4: Michael Brandon presents Locker
Room at The Edge (4149 Collingwood). Celebrate
sports gear with go-go boys, shot specials. 9 p.m.-
2 a.m. Go to: www.edgesf.com.
Fri., May 4: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom).
10 p.m.-close. Live shower boys, drink specials.
Go to: www.trucksf.com.
Sat., May 5: All Beef Saturday Nights at The Lone
Star (1354 Harrison). 100% SoMa Beef! 9 p.m.-
close. Go to: www.facebook.com/lonestarsf.
Sat., May 5: Michael Brandon presents Steamworks
at The Edge. Boys in towels, go-go dancers, shot
specials. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.edgesf.com.
Sat., May 5: Boot Lickin at The Powerhouse.
9 p.m.-close. Check it out on Facebook.
Sat., May 5: Stallion Saturdays at Rebel Bar (1760
Market). Revolving DJs, afterhours fun! 9 p.m.-
4 a.m. Go to: www.stallionsaturdays.com.
Sun., May 6: Truck Bust Sundays at Truck. $1 beer
bust. 4-8 p.m. Go to: www.trucksf.com.
Sun., May 6: Men in Gear Monthly Beer Bust at Kok
Bar. 3-7 p.m. Gear up! Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Sun., May 6: Nasty at The Powerhouse.
10 p.m.-close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Mon., May 7: SF MAsT (Masters and slaves
Together) at the SF Citadel. 7:30 p.m.
Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.
Mon., May 7: Dirty Dicks at The Powerhouse. $3 well
drinks. 4-10 p.m. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Tue., May 8: Busted at Truck. $5 beer bust.
9-11 p.m. Go to: www.trucksf.com.
Tue., May 8: Safeword:12-Step Kink Recovery
Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30 p.m.
Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.
Tue., May 8: Ink & Metal at The Powerhouse.
9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Tue., May 8: Kok Block at Kok Bar. Happy hour
prices all night. Pool tournament 7 p.m., winner gets
$25. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Wed., May 9: Leathermen at the Roller Rink
Night at Rainbow Skate (1303 Mai St., Redwood
City). Watch your favorite guys spin around on
wheels! Wear your leather/fetish gear. Go to Face-
book.
Wed., May 9: Golden Shower Buddies at Blow Buddies
(933 Harrison), a male-only club. Doors open 8 p.m.-
12 a.m. Play till late. Go to: www.blowbuddies.com.
<< Leather
+
Auctions past:Auctioneer extraordinaire Lenny Broberg (far left)
has fun at The Eagle with the 2002 calendar men.
Scott Brogan
Three of my favorite calendar men are (left to right:)Terry West,
Kurt Cooper and Doug Roenicke.
Scott Brogan
See page 31 >>
by John F. Karr
P
roducers Naked Sword have
brought a twist to the fourth edi-
tion of their Golden Gate series, Tour-
ist Season. Theyve borrowed a pair
of performers from the Cockyboys
website, and lmed them in New York
City, presumably with Cockyboys as-
sistance. The departure from
the series only-in-SF for-
mula is barely justied by
the addition of a subtitle,
SF and NYC Collide,
even as it succeeds in
its freshening attempt
at least for the single
NYC scene, if not the
entire movie. It also
scuttles the basic premise
of Golden Gate, which promised to
convey the spirit of San Francisco. It
neglected to be local site or character
specic, however, delivering instead
formulaic porn that, while well-made
and decent, could take place in any
city.
The sex of the rst several scenes
is effective. First up is Parker Perry, a
tourist who wanders into the Mission
and has back-alley sex with a homey
played by Mario Costa. Think a pair
of uncut guys, one husky and furry,
the other smooth and slender. For
sure, theres neither kissing nor rim-
ming. The barrio boy is strictly trade,
but his enormous cock is well-sucked,
and the tourist is well-fucked.
In the second scene, Leo Forte ees
a ruptured marriage and checks into a
motel, where he hooks up with local
boy Tristan Jaxx. Oh boy, the two un-
shaven, butch-lookin dudes swarm all
over each other, having sex thats both
tough and playful. Overhead shots
capture the size of Tristans cock, and
close-ups capture the roughness of
their features. Theres little continuity
in the jump from preamble into fuck-
ing, but its a smokin fuck after all.
Dependable performer Dominic
Sol is the tourist of scene three. Hes
checking out a South of Market bar
the evening before the Folsom Street
Fair, and meets delectable Morgan
Black. They go at it with gusto in yet
another alley. The rimming is good,
Blacks fucking has Sol begging for it,
and the climax is exciting, with Blacks
strong orgasm into Sols mouth ea-
gerly gulped.
These three acceptable scenes are
entirely trumped by the movies -
nale, in which two stars tangle with
abandon. Visiting a tattoo shop, tour-
ist in NYC Tommy Defendi priori-
tizes making it with proprietor Phenix
Saint above getting inked. Defendi
oozes sex as he strolls around the East
Village in regulation grunge-wear.
In rumpled jeans over lace-up
boots, with open annel
shirt appin over loose-
tting T-shirt, and drag-
gin on a cig cupped in
his hand, hes a walking
poster for louche sex.
Which is a good de-
scription of these char-
acters copulation.
Saints in a randy mood when De-
fendi arrives. Hes been groping him-
self while looking over some sort of
sex mag. So, when showing Defendi
his own tats, Saint suddenly unzips his
y and pulls out his cock. Now, its not
necessary when selling tattoos to show
a potential customer your Prince Al-
bert, but what-the-hey, thats as good
an excuse as any other to get your cock
out. And away we go. Defendi wraps
his mouth around the handsome
phallus to launch a cocksucking scene
thats strong in atmosphere. Defendi
is reverential; Saints receptive. And
heres the rst time in the movie that I
thought, I could jerk off to this.
So I did. That kept me from taking
notes, as I usually do. Watching sex
motivates my impulse to write; its a
form of intellectual masturbation that
I enjoy almost as much as the penile
kind (which inevitably follows, and
sometime accompanies, though its
no easy thing to be jerkin with one
hand and writing with the other; just
think of the necessary coordination!).
I digress. When Saint ultimately
sees Defendis cock its a big one
he murmurs, Jesus! Which made
me wonder about the famously str8
performer. Do ya think that when he
gets home hell tell his girlfriend what
a big one he had at work that day? And
while were on the subject, Defendi is,
or was, a str8 guy himself when he got
into porn. Sometime later he admit-
ted in a tweet, I was gay for pay, but
no longer follow labels. So hes now
perhaps one of the rare, true bi guys
in gay porn; its been conjectured hes
the boyfriend of Mason Star. Does it
arouse you to think both of the guys
sucking cock for your pleasure are
str8? For me, anything that causes
me to think while Im watching sex
throws a wrench into the works.
Arent there enough gay guys around
for the producers to engage?
But once more, I digress. My lack
of notes makes it difcult to dawdle
over the scenes slobberic details, but
trust me, these guys are pros, and live
up to the stars placement theyve been
rewarded as the nale. Defendi yelps,
Holy shit!when Saints cock invades
his keister; Saint bangs forcefully; I es-
pecially liked the way Defendi smacks
his own cock while bouncing, grind-
ing and wriggling around atop Saints.
Its exciting, and gets more so as De-
fendi builds up to an agonized, wail-
ing orgasm. A detour to gritty NYC
has successfully enlivened the produc-
ers somewhat generic series about SF.
www.NakedSword.com
tables/reception, and you have some-
thing more akin to an HRC event
than a bare chest auction. The only
time the men wore any real leather
was their brief time in their ofcial
leather vests. The rest of the evening
was no different from any other auc-
tion. Snore.
All that being said, the upside is
that more money has been raised for
the two charities (the AIDS Emer-
gency Fund and the Positive Resource
Center). The downside is that the fun,
frivolity, and yes, nastiness the men of
the calendar used to experience has
been replaced by many ma ndatory
events and a constant pressure to sell,
sell, sell but dont touch! Many men
have privately told me theyd love to
be on the calendar, but they see it as
all work and no fun. Some have even
said they dont have enough money
or friends with money to help with
the perceived rafe/donations re-
quirements.
Cant we have both? Why not have
all the nasty, crazy fun and camarade-
rie of the old calendar, and still rake
in the big money? Well, my hope is
its coming back. The recent uptight
regime has left, and new leather/kink
committee members are in. Perhaps
this means that the calendar will truly
be fun again while continuing to raise
substantial amounts of money. I sure
hope so.
May 3-9, 2012 BAY AREAREPORTER 31

Karrnal>>
<<
Leather +
From page 30
Naked Swords Tourist Season goes into the barrio with Mario Costa and Parker Perry.
Naked Sword
Visitors bureau
Phenix Saint and Tommy Defendi shake hands before cocks in Na-
ked Swords Tourist S eason.
by Gregg Shapiro
C
arry the One (Simon and Schus-
ter) by novelist and painter Carol
Anshaw is one of the most favorably
reviewed novels of 2012. In the novel,
Anshaws fourth, a group of friends,
including siblings Carmen, Alice and
Nick, are involved in an accident re-
sulting in the death of a young girl
named Casey. Casey is the one that
the survivors of the accident carry
with them for the rest of their lives,
each of them nding a way to come
to terms with the tragedy. Alice paints
portraits of Casey, for example. An-
shaw wisely balances the sorrow with
generous doses of humor.
Gregg Shapiro: Carry the One
has received some exceptional
press. Were you prepared for the
reception the book has gotten?
Carol Anshaw: No, of course! Im
a total worry-wart. So I imagined
horrible, savage reviews! But they
havent been. On the other hand, its
a book I took a very long time writ-
ing, I revised it and revised it. I com-
pressed it from 350 to 250 pages, so
I feel really gratied. I get so many
e-mails every day from readers who
appreciate the book in the ways that
I wanted people to get it. Thats an
authors dream. Forget the cocktail
party or the Amazon ranking. Its
feeling, like Forster said, Only con-
nect.
Dogs play a supporting role in
Carry the One, as they did in
Lucky in the Corner. What role do
dogs play in your life?
Its huge. I enjoy the company of
dogs. I go to the dog beach every day
with my dog Tom. For him, mostly,
but maybe a quarter of it is for me
to play with other dogs, to have them
come up to me. Im honored if a
Great Dane comes up to me and al-
lows me to pet him. Dogs are great.
And once you know them, you get
a little glimpse of their world. There
are still fundamental differences. I
never want to crawl under an old
house, for instance. I cant see the
appeal, but I never had a dog who
didnt want to do that!
In The Limited Palette chapter
you write, Painting was a world
without clocks.Would you say
that that is true of writing, too?
No, when Im painting, I could
lose four or ve hours. I know that
Im thirsty or I have to pee or what-
ever it is that brings me back, gets
me out of that chair to go down the
hall. That never happens to me with
writing. There are a lot of differ-
ences between the ways that you use
your brain. I can tell because I play
rock music while Im painting, but I
could never do that while Im writ-
ing. I think Im writing in a more
conscious way than I am painting.
Because if you ask me what am I
thinking while Im painting, I would
have a hard time calling that up.
In the chapter Enough
Monkeys, you write about Alices
girlfriend Maude that she had
no idea how much Alice worked.
As a writer as well as a painter, do
you ever nd yourself in a similar
situation?
Luckily a lot of my friends are art-
ists of one kind or another, and they
know. While I was a struggling art-
ist, which has been most of my life, I
had to work seven days a week. I had
to do something to pay for my c-
tion, which wasnt making enough
money to support me. I just had to
work all the time. I had to work to
buy myself time to work.
The relationship of the siblings
Carmen, Alice and Nick are at the
center of the novel. Do you have
siblings?
Ive always longed for a sister. I
dont have one. My brothers addic-
tions are Nicks, and he also did not
make it.
So you made a very personal
investment in this book.
I had wanted to write a character
with my brother Dougs addictions,
and I asked him while he was still
alive and he said, Yeah, get the sto-
ries out there. I created a different
person, but with his addictions. You
see a lot about addicts in literature,
but not so much about the families
and how far down that pulls ev-
erybody, the centrifuge spinning
around this craziness.
Nick is portrayed as something of
a hopeless case when it comes to
addiction and recovery. Do you
think it is possible for an addict
to overcome addictions?
A friend of mine who is big in
AA told me that when I would tell
her stories about Doug, he was the
worst shed ever heard of. He told
me that there were people worse
than him. There was a guy who lost
his stomach to whiskey and he had a
feeding tube, and they came into the
hospital room and he was pouring
a fth of bourbon down the feed-
ing tube. It can get worse than my
brother, but he was pretty ferocious.
A barrel of fun there. But I wish he
were still alive every day.
If there were a movie version of
Carry the One, what would you
want it to look like?
I have a friend whos been casting
all along. I get little messages on my
voice mail. I think it would be fun for
the actors to age themselves, but there
might have to be two sets of actors. I
thought of Keira Knightley and Ally
Sheedy for Alice, that kind of thing.
But look at Meryl Streep, she just
loves to put on a wig.
Nearly 20 years later, in 1955,
Hay would be summoned to ap-
pear before HUAC. Visitors can see
notecards on which he outlined
his responses to the committee;
he declined to answer and, to his
great relief, was dismissed. He was
also on the radar of the FBI. The
agency monitored him from 1943
to 1961, producing a thick le, on
display with mistakes corrected in
pink by Hay.
The presentation of these and oth-
er details. like Hays 1929 L.A. High
School yearbook, where years later
he noted former gay classmates who
were gay, and of those, which ones
had killed themselves or been mur-
dered, gives the show added avor,
making it more than a catalog of or-
ganizational accomplishments, im-
pressive as those may be. His various
love affairs while attending Stanford,
and with gay activist and topless
swimsuit designer Rudi Gernreich,
among others, are covered. Advised
by his Jungian psychiatrist to go
straight, Hay married Anita, a fel-
low Communist. They had a family
and shared political commitment,
but like many married gay men of
that era, he led a double life. In 1963,
he met and fell in love with John
Burnside, an optical engineer with
whom he lived until his death.
In 1979 Hay, along with Burnside
and friends, established the Radical
Faeries, the apotheosis of Hays vi-
sion of a loving spiritual community
exploring gay consciousness, leftist
politics, ecology, counterculture and
centeredness. The Faeries, gath-
ered for an outdoor ritual seen in a
picture here, sought to maximize
the differences with the straight
world. Partial to Native American
jewelry in the late 1960s and 70s,
Hay could often be seen wearing a
necklace and a single dangling ear-
ring to ensure, he said, that he would
never want to be mistaken for a
hetero. As Hay and Burnside grew
old, some members of the group
moved them to San Francisco and
took care of them.
Historical shows can be deadly
earnest and didactic, but the exhib-
its independent curator Joey Cain
has done an excellent job of cull-
ing archival materials, photographs,
ephemera and original documents,
including Hays research and mani-
festoes, and touching on pivotal in-
uences and events, while not losing
sight of the fullness of a man who
had strong ties to the Communist
Party, dabbled in theater and poetry,
enjoyed a rich and varied love life,
and organized the rst gay action
group (in the late 1940s), the Mat-
tachine Society, which recognized
gays as a persecuted minority at a
time when society at large regarded
homosexuality as an illness. Cain
supplies just enough supporting
content to create a lean and coher-
ent narrative of Hays life, and esh
out a human portrait of an uncon-
ventional, outspoken man whose
presence made the times he lived in
more interesting.

May 8: Opening program, Above
All Audacity! Guest curator Joey
Cain will give an introduction to
the exhibition. Colleagues, friends
and other community leaders will
discuss Hays contribution to the
modern LGBT movement. Special
guests include Jewelle Gomez,
Phyllis Lyon, Sally Hay (niece of
Harry Hay), Will Roscoe, Mark
Thompson, and Malcolm Boyd.
Main Library, Koret Auditorium,
6 p.m. (Through July 29.)
32 BAY AREAREPORTER May 3-9, 2012

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Books>>
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Harry Hay
From page 21
Novelist Carol Anshaw.
Courtesy Simon and Sch uster
Lovers and life partners John Burnside and Harry Hay in 1979.
Harry Hay Papers, James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
Future civil rights leader Harry Hay in 1914.
Harry Hay Papers, James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
by John R. Killacky
F
or three decades, Alison Bechdel
has been challenging and trans-
forming aesthetic boundaries. First
as a lesbian whose comic strip Dykes
To Watch Out For was widely syn-
dicated for 25-years, and then as
an award-winning graphic novelist,
with Fun Home, A Family Tragi-
comic. Time magazine named it
the Best Book of 2006, and it won a
Lambda Literary Award.
That groundbreaking graphic
memoir literally and guratively
drew us into Bechdels dysfunctional
family, particularly her relationship
with her father, a stern, obsessive
man who was a high school English
teacher and ran a funeral home. It
was not until she was in college,
when she came out as a lesbian, that
she discovered her father had been a
closeted gay man. After only one con-
versation between them about their
shared gay identity, a few weeks later,
he committed suicide.
Bechdels book became an inter-
national literary sensation, a best-
seller that also had people calling
for it to be banned in public librar-
ies. The work was game-changing
for the genre, as Bechdel disrupted
the primarily male and straight pan-
theon of comic literature with her
unabashedly queer sensibility. Her
book was virtuosic,
ingenious in its visual
construction and liter-
ary execution, demon-
strating that graphic
novels were not solely
the domain of youth.
Now Bechdel re-
turns with a new
graphic work, Are You
My Mother? A Comic
Drama (Houghton
Mifin Harcourt), ll-
ing in the backstory of
her tumultuous fam-
ily growing up and
during the writing of
her earlier bittersweet
memoir, but now with
her mother at center
stage. The journey is
both poignant and hi-
larious as Bechdel exca-
vates memories to forge
emotional connections
with her aloof and dis-
tant parent as their Elec-
tra complex is played
out and she seeks recon-
ciliation and resolution.
Bechdel looks back
and tries to understand yet dis-
tinguish herself from her mother,
drawing from photographs, early
diary entries, letters, sketches,
and transcriptions of present-day
phone conversations. She has been
obsessively journaling her life since
she was 10, so there is ample mate-
rial here.
Living with a closeted husband
and raising three children took
its toll. When she was 7,
Bechdel was told by her
mother that she was too
old to be kissed goodnight
any longer, and that her two
brothers were more valued
than she. Her emotionally
estranged parent was most
alive and joyful out of the
home, acting in community
theater productions.
Non-linear and recur-
sive, scenes shift back and
forth in time and are re-
played over and over again
from multiple points of
view, from the child as well
as from the adult narrator.
Literary references abound.
Virginia Woolf s diaries are
juxtaposed throughout, as
well as psychobabble from
Sigmund Freud, Donald
Winnicott, and Alice Mill-
er, along with Bechdels
own therapy sessions with
analysts.
Her signature drawing
style, honed over decades
of creating comic strips,
is precise, uncluttered, and
forthrightly direct, extremely effec-
tive in helping to detail emotions
and story. Each frame adds nuance
and detail, propelling the narrative
forward and enhancing the text. It
is lovely to see familiar characters
from her Dykes To Watch Out For
chronicles reappear in this memoir,
as well as scenes from her fathers
tale, now portrayed through anoth-
er perspective.
In her inimitable style as graphic
alchemist, Bechdel has created an-
other audacious book: insightful,
engrossing, entertaining, and coura-
geous. Throughout she dares herself
to begin again, challenging herself to
stop writing around something. As
scenes are revisited, more informa-
tion is teased out; feelings are ever
more intimately exposed.
But this mother/daughter saga
is not solely focused on doom and
gloom, shame and blame. There is
also much hilarity in the illustrated
odyssey. Bechdels rst-person nar-
rator is continually tripping herself
up with anxiety and self-doubting
neurosis, complicating many of the
situations in her fraught maternal
relationship. While the child within
may not be sated in the resolving tab-
leaus, Bechdel recognizes her mother
did indeed give her a way out to be-
come the gifted artist she is today.

Alison Bechdel will read from
her latest graphic novel on May 8
at Books Inc. in Berkeley, and on
May 9 at The Booksmith in
San Francisco.
then they get away to a taverna in
the mountains where dancing on
table-tops is going on, and of course
they join in, and our girl runs all the
way across the stage and dives head-
rst into her lovers arms.
In 2003, SFB Artistic Director
Helgi Tomasson rushed his new
staging of Don Q onto the boards
in an ill-tting stage set because he
knew he had the dancers. The time
was right to make a world-class re-
working of the ballet. Tomasson had
brilliant choreographic assistance
from his star dancer Yuri Possokhov,
who came from Moscows Bolshoi
(where he had literally grown up
in this ballet), while SFB star danc-
ers Lorena Feijo and Joan Boada,
refugees from the Cuban Ballet,
were still in their prime and could
present the best case Ive ever seen
that this ballet is not just a glori-
ous circus, but in fact an intellectu-
ally respectable ballet: a work of art
with a central idea, a vision, a cause.
Its dedicated (like most of Petipas
ballets, whether comic or tragic) to
Womans Right to Choose. Our Cu-
ban ballerina Lorena Feijo, more
than any other ballerina since the
heroic Maya Plisetskaya, could em-
body the middle-class girl who de-
serves to be happy and is not going
to be ground down. Her outrageous
energy and charisma, her emotional
range she can be earthy, she can
be ery, she can be lofty gave
her star power of the rst magni-
tude. Unfortunately for us this year,
shes pregnant. She showed off her
stomach at this years Izzies Award
ceremony (where she received a spe-
cial honor), and shes looking very
happy, so it would be churlish to say
how badly we missed her.
Especially since the opening-
night ballerina, Vanessa Zahorian,
has got the Stateside version of Cu-
ban moxie blazing like a comet. She
tore up the stage in a performance
that got bolder and more daring
and hilarious from scene to scene,
and closed the evening with a re-
works display of perpetual-motion
turns that could hardly be equaled
anywhere.
The news about this revival of
Don Q is a) the corps de ballet has
greatly improved their powers to
dance all the folkloric Spanish danc-
es, which are the overowing boun-
ty of this ballet, and b) the beautiful
and effective new sets and costumes
are by Martin Pakledinaz (whos
designed for Broadway and opera,
but especially for dance), which are
at Balenciaga level and create the
world, the mood, the tone.
Its time to praise the dancers
from top to bottom, they were
splendid. Sarah Van Patten found
ways to make us forget how thrill-
ing Muriel Maffre was as the street
dancer. Van Pattens back-bends
were staggering, and her phrasing
smacked of amenco. Pierre Fran-
cois Villanoba pulled himself up to
a grand Spanish pride as Espada.
Hansuke Yamamoto, the Gypsy
king, made a fall-and-release pulsa-
tion happen in his big jumps that
created thrilling climaxes, and the
corps dancer Danielle Santos made
a true amenco soleares out of the
Gypsy Queens solo that excelled all
her predecessors performances in
the role. She had the duende.
In the vision scene Don Quix-
ote had a great fall when he set his
lance at the windmill in the moun-
tains, and while in his coma he had
a vision of Kitri as Dulcinea both
Clara Blanco (Cupid) and Sophiane
Sylve (Queen of the Dryads) ex-
celled in the lightness and purity
of their dancing. Jim Sohm made a
noble Don, Pascal Molat made a hi-
larious and touching Sancho Panza,
and corps dancer Myles Thatcher
made a screamingly funny star-role
out of the foppish suitor Gamache,
whom Kitri does not want to have
to marry. Joan Boada, in the twilight
of his career, made a wonderful hero
(Basilio, Kitris beloved, the village
barber), young and fresh and hi-
larious, and clearly the man for her.
Zahorian suffers from having grown
up as a nice middle-class American
girl who has never killed a chicken
or hung out the laundry or at
least, she doesnt look like it but
still knows who it is she loves and is
not about to be married off to some
wealthy fop she doesnt love.
The SF Ballet Orchestra plays
unbelievably well, under the direc-
tion of Martin West. Bravi tutti.
The show runs another weekend,
through May 6.
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T
he secular gospel tone of Bruce
Springsteens The Rising, which
has since surfaced on subsequent
discs, can be heard loud and clear
on his latest release, Wrecking Ball
(Columbia). From the uplifting and
empowering hand-clapping mes-
sage of opener We Take Care of
Our Own to the Land of Hope and
Dreams featuring Michelle Moore
and the late Clarence Clemons, and
Shackled and Drawn and Rocky
Ground in-between, Springsteen
takes us to the Church of the Boss.
Through it all, Springsteen still nds
time to write love songs Youve Got
It and Easy Money, presumably
to wife and backing vocalist Patti
Scialfa. He also bares his folk-singer
soul on Jack of All Trades, Death
to my Hometown and the title
cut. Its neither a perfect disc nor a
wreck, nevertheless its good to have
Bruce back.
Springsteens inuence on Craig
Finn of The Hold Steady has al-
ways been audible. So its not all
that surprising that it reaches its
peak on songs such as When No
Ones Watching, Rented Room
and Jac kson, from Finns solo de-
but Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant).
What is surprising is the way that
the religious undertones of The
Hold Steady are pushed forward in
Finns solo work. Good old Freddie
Mercury may well be the only guy
that advises Finn in No Future,
but he makes it clear that its Jesus
Christ that guides him in New
Friend Jesus, Western Pier and
Honolulu Blues. Evangelistic tac-
tics aside, how are non-Christians
and atheists supposed to respond to
your songs, Mr. Finn?
Tom Waits music has always ex-
isted in a timeless twilight zone. His
songs sound as if they could have
been written 75 years ago or yes-
terday. Thats why its so fascinating
that so much of Bad As Me (Anti-)
sounds downright retro. Bad begins
with the rapid-re instrumentation
on Chicago, and doesnt let up
with the ominous organ on Raised
Right Men, the guitars, piano
and brass on Talking at the Same
Time, the 1950s swagger of Get
Lost or the Latin-inuenced Back
in the Crowd. Those longing for a
glimpse of the Waits of old can nd
him on the amazing Pay Me and
New Years Eve.
Increasingly with each album, Joe
Henry (a.k.a. Madonnas brother-
in-law) sounds like he wants to
walk directly in Waits footsteps.
Every aspect of his latest disc Rev-
erie (Anti-), from the production to
the arrangements to the lyrics and
Henrys phrasing, has Waits writ-
ten all over it. Thankfully, Henry is
a talented and original artist, so he
doesnt sound like hes imitating
Waits. He sounds like hes doing his
bit to carry on a musical tradition in
Heavens Escape,
After the War and
Sticks & Stones.
When singer/
songwriter Willie
Nile rst appeared
more than 30 years
ago, he suffered
a fate similar to
that of John Hiatt.
Like Hiatt, he was
tossed in with sen-
sitive but snarling
new wavers such as
Elvis Costello and
Joe Jackson. But
there was more to
Nile than that, and
he spent most of
his career trying to
prove it. On The In-
nocent Ones (River
House), he sounds
pretty good for a
guy on the brink of
qualifying for Social
Security, especially
on cuts such as
One Guitar, Hear
You Breathe and
Far Green Hills.
Richard X. Hey-
man suffered
something of a
similar fate more
than 20 years ago
when his major-
label debut was
released. But with
Tiers and Others
Stories (Turn-Up),
a double-disc concept album, Hey-
man has created something new and
different. A rock-opera about Hey-
mans courtship of and marriage
to his wife Nancy, the 30 songs are
sweet without being gooey. If noth-
ing else, it is to Heymans credit that
he was able to create such a pleasant
set of tunes without the risk of a dia-
betic coma lurking down the line.
Irish singer/songwriter Gavin
Friday made reference to Oscar
Wilde on his 1989 debut album, and
went on to sing a duet with Maria
McKee on his second album. Friday,
who created the lm score for the
Daniel Day Lewis lm The Boxer,
has returned with Catholic (Ruby
Works), his rst studio album of
original songs in 15 (!) years. All
of this is to say that the occasional
cross-dresser has delivered a worth-
the-wait disc of exceptional songs,
including The Only One, the U2-
esque Able, Its All Ahead of You
and Perfume.
Ryan Adams may be a long way
from his days in the insurgent
country band Whiskeytown, but
he hasnt lost his knack for tortured
twang, as he demonstrates on Ashes
& Fire (Capitol/Pax-Am). Warm
and unpredictable as a wildre, the
discs best songs Come Home, fea-
turing Chris Stills, Norah Jones and
Adams wife Mandy Moore on back-
ing vocals, Dirty Rain, Chains of
Love and Lucky Now have an un-
deniable heat and glow.
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