Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Body politics

Out & About

Kamran Alexander in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Phoenix Theatre. photo: Michael Alexander
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Sometimes, one simply has to acknowledge that the attraction in some films, plays and other entertainment events is simply a pretty face.

Since the time of the ancient Greeks (nude Olympics, anyone?) to Ziegfeld's Follies (leggy showgirls galore!), audiences' prurient interests have been served by showcasing beautiful bodies. And after witnessing more than my share of Sapphic cinematic sex acts at Frameline's filmfest over the past few weeks, it's the guys turn, and time to celebrate the sizzle of summer (well, as sizzling as foggy San Francisco can get) with a plethora of picture-perfect pectoral plays.

If you haven't seen Take Me Out at New Conservatory Theatre Center, you better hurry up. The show runs through July 15. Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning drama about a gay biracial pro baseball player's coming out balances drama and comedy –and frequent male nude scenes– in a terrific local production helmed by Artistic Director Ed Decker. Greenberg's play is also a loving tribute to baseball, and raises a lot of questions about identity and privilege in sports. $22-$40. Wed.-Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Oak. 861-8972.

2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre guarantees two out gay men naked in bed (see feature article). Paul Lekakis and Scott Douglas Cunningham star in James Edwin Parker's intimate drama/comedy. The two men discuss and debate the confines of intimacy after a hook up. Directed by Obie Award-winner David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me). $37.50-$42.50. 8pm. Previews thru July 7. Opening July 8. 620 Sutter St. (866) 468-3399.

A Streetcar Named Desire at The Phoenix Theatre promises a hunky Stanley Kowalski (played by gorgeous Kamran Alexander) in the classic drama by gay playwright Tennessee Williams. Off Broadway West Theatre Company's low-budget yet faithful production about Blanche Du Bois' fateful trip to visit her sister Stella and her broodingly macho husband should provide any drama queens with a few brush-ups for their quotable quote inventory. $30. 8pm. Thu.-Sat., thru July 28. 414 Mason St., 6th Floor. (800) 838-3006.

For some in-person displays of flesh, Lucky Pierre at The Stud, the homo electro disco night, has a beach party theme, and Artemis Chase hosts strip poker. Let's hope for hunks with inept card-playing skills. Hosted by Coco Canal; DJ Donimo. $5. 10pm-3am. 9th St. at Harrison.

If you like your beefcake captured in a frame, stop by the opening reception for photographer Mark Grantham, at Magnet. His photos of handsome nude male models have a graceful appeal. Friday, July 6. 8pm. 4122 18th St. 581-1600.

If these displays of pulchritude don't satisfy, or high art isn't your bag, you can always stop by the Nob Hill Cinema. For a mere $30, you can see live strippers perform theatrical acts with a simpler plot and a lot less artistry, although they do sometimes end with a traditional "finish." 729 Bush St. at Powell. 781-9468.

Events July 6-12, 2007

Fri 6

The Busy World is Hushed @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Keith Bunin's drama about an Episcopalian minister who hires a ghostwriter to research a recently discovered gospel. At the same time, her troubled gay son comes back into her life. $40-$42. 8pm. Sun. at 2pm & 7pm. Thru July 20. 2081 Addison St. (510) 843-4822.

City Lights @ Castro Theatre

Charlie Chaplin's classic 1931 silent film about his iconic character, The Tramp, who is mistaken for a wealthy citizen by a blind girl; new 35mm print. $6-$9. Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm; Mon, Tue, Thu at 7pm, 9pm. Thru July 12. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) @ Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, Marin

Marin Shakespeare Company kicks off its summer season with a comedic three-man Clif Notes version of all 37 of the Bard's plays in just two hours. $15-$30. 8pm. Fri/Sat; Sun at 4pm. Thru Aug. 12. 1475 Grand Ave. Dominican Univ. of Cal. San Rafael. 499-4488.

Cowboy vs. Samurai @ Thick House Theatre

An Asian-American teacher moves to a small Wyoming town, which disrupts the lives of the locals in this romantic comedy. $20. 8pm. Thu-Sat. at 8pm. Sun. at 2pm. Thru July 22. 1695 18th St. at Connecticut.

The Elephant Man @ Theatre Works, Mountain View

Bernard Pomerance's Obie and Tony Award-winning play about the deformed circus sideshow attraction who became an urbane favorite of London society. $20-$56. 8pm. Tue/Wed 7:30pm; Sat also at 2pm; Sun at 2pm & 7pm. Thru July 15. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. at Mercy. (650) 903-6000.

Enchanted April @ Redwood Ampitheatre, Ross

Mathew Barber's play, based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, about 1920s discontented London housewives who rent an Italian villa for the summer. This outdoor production includes general and garden table seating. $15-$30. 7pm. Thu-Sun. Thru July 14. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitas. 488-7126.

Legends! @ New Conservatory Theatre

Tony Award-winning author/playwright James Kirkwood originally wrote this comedy for Mary Martin and Carol Channing. This new local production stars Carla Vaughn and Eleanor Jacobs as two ego-mad divas, with P.A. Cooley as their wheeling-dealing producer. $22. 8pm. Sun at 2pm. Thru July 14. 25 Van Ness Ave. at Oak. 861-8972.

Lucky Pierre @ The Stud

Homo electro disco night with a beach party theme at the popular intimate nightclub; Artemis Chase hosts strip poker! Hosted by Coco Canal; DJ Donimo. $5. 10pm-3am. 9th St. at Harrison.

Madame & Joe @ Empire Plush Room

Dearly departed Wayland Flower's fabulous saucy old puppet is out of her storage box and she's got a new pal, cutey Joe Kovacs. The duo return to SF for a hilarious show. $37.50-$42.50. 8pm. Thru July 8. York Hotel, 940 Sutter St. at Leavenworth. (866)-468-3399.

Pink Martini & SF Symphony @ Davies Hall

Popular 12-piece ensemble with diverse styles – samba, nightclub, and pop-influenced jazz– performs with the Symphony. $20-$70. 8pm. Also Sat. 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000.

Psych-Out @ Red Vic Movie House

Hilariously dated thriller about a deaf girl looking for her brother in groovy drug-filled 1968 Haight–Ashbury; Susan Strasburg, Bruce Dern and Jack Nicholson star. $5-$8.50. 7:15, 9:25. Also Sat. at 2pm, 4:15, 7:15, 9:25. 1727 Haight St. 668-3994.

Queer Jitterbugs @ Live Art Gallery

Practice class for same-sex dancers, just one of many classes available. 7pm. 151 Potrero Ave.

Shake @ 960 AM

America's LGBT radio talk show. 9pm-11pm. Rebroadcast Sundays at 7pm.

Song of Myself @ The Marsh

Solo performer John O'Keefe (Shimmer ) interprets the writings of gay poet Walt Whitman; acclaimed in its New York Public Theatre premiere, O'Keefe brings new vibrant life to the classic poem. $15-$35. 8pm. Thu-Sat. Extended thru July 28. 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd. (800) 838-3006.

Special Forces @ Theatre Rhinoceros

John Fisher's latest 'gays in the military' play takes on Iraq, with gender "artiste" Dinah Blue invading the troops; think Patton meets Paris is Burning. $15-$25. Wed.-Sat. 8pm; Sun. at 7pm. Thru July 14. 2926 16th St. at Mission. 861-5079.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

New Friday night addition to the lesbian and gay line dancing club night, with retro disco and country karaoke rooms as well. $8. 21+. 7:30pm-1am. Dance lessons 8pm-9pm. (Also Sun. 5pm–10:30pm with lessons 5:30–7:15pm; Thu. 6:30–10:30pm with lessons 7–8pm). 550 Barneveld Ave. 820-1403.

Sat 7

Bay Area Cub Contest @ Lone Star Saloon

Eighth annual edition of San Francisco's funnest, furriest contest. Judges include Cody Elkin, Bay Area Cub 2007; Bud Gundy, Mr. San Francisco Bear 2007; Dick Daniel, Mr. Lone Star Saloon 2007; Harry Lit, Castrobear Presents; and Fernando & Greg of Energy 92.7 FM. Proceeds benefit the SF Chapter of Veterans For Peace (Chapter 69) & PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support). 3pm-7pm. 1354 Harrison St.

Bearracuda @ Deco Lounge

Dance and club night for gay bears and their pals. $5. 21+. 9pm-3am. 510 Larkin St. at Turk. 346-2025.

Blast Off! and Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga @ Asian Art Museum

Today only: an all day manga-anime festival of panels, film clips, art demonstrations and storytelling, drawing contests and live music, including a lecture by Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays. 11am-4pm. All in celebration of the exhibit of Tezuka Osamu's art; the "god of comics" and the driving force behind Japanese animation, includes hundreds of black-and-white ink drawings, color covers, posters, and designs. $12. Thru Sept. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St. 581-3500.

The Cycle Plays @ Project Artaud Theater

Five plays performed during the course of a one-day-only presentation informed by the ritualistic Japanese Noh theater, written and directed in an ensemble process by Theatre of Yugen's Artistic Associate and playwright Erik Ehn, with musical composition by Allen Whitman and Suki O'Kane. Free. 10am-5pm. 450 Florida St. at 17th. 621-7978.

Gertrude and Alice: 100 Years, 100 Roses @ Jewish Community Center

Created from the Stein/Toklas Collection of Hans Gallas, this exhibit of photographs, books, and correspondence commemorates the impact and inspiration that Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas had on writers and artists who came to their famous Saturday night salon. Free. M-Thu. 8am-10pm, Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 8:30am-6pm. Thru July 31. Katz Snyder Gallery (2nd Floor). 3200 California St. 292-1233.

Monster Show @ Harvey's

Cookie Dough hosts a wild night of retro 70s disco and drag performance at the newly remodeled bar and restaurant. Disco attire encouraged. $7. 10pm, show at 11:30pm. 21+. 500 Castro St. at 18th.

Out N Abouts @ SF Eagle

Beer/beverage bust fundraiser for a gay and lesbian Relay for Life team raising funds for the American Cancer Society. 3pm-6pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison. 626-0880.

Q Comedy @ Jon Sims Center

Comic performances by LGBT stand-ups. $8-$15. 8pm. 1519 Mission St. at 11th & South Van Ness. 554-0402.

Queer Eye 4 Oakland @ Oakland Library

LGBT poets and fiction writers read from their work at this open mic, where all are welcome. Free. 3pm-5pm. Dimon Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. (510) 482-7844.

Jason Mecier's celebrity art, like this portrait of Parker Posey, at 111 Minna Gallery. See Thursday.

Wilde Chats @ Orbit Room Cafe

Philosophical chat group for all gay men. Free. 10:30am. 1900 Market St. at Laguna.

Sun 8

AIDS Walk Cut-athon @ Elevation Salon

Get a stylish haircut while raising funds for the AIDS Walk. Live DJ, snacks and goody bags included. $45-$60. 12pm-5pm. 451 Bush St. Reserve appointments only: 392-2969.

Antonio Gaudi @ Red Vic Movie House

Hiroshi Teshigahara's visually arresting documentary film about the unique Barcelona architect whose Spanish art nouveau buildings and cathedral made the city famous. $5-$8.50. 1727 Haight St. 668-3994.

Bijou @ Martuni's

Canada Day, Bastille Day and the 4th of July are honored with a showcase of songs in foreign languages. Sabrina Model-Carlberg, sings in French, Bebe Sweetbriar sings the music of Josephine Baker in French, Litz Plummer sings Irish, Macedonian, and Serbian Gypsy songs, Carly Ozard sings in German, and Leigh Crow and Laurie Bushman croon Hawai'ian pop tunes. Mrs. Trauma Flintstone accompanies and MCs. $5. 7pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market. 241-0205.

Eric Rofes Exhibit @ SF Public Library

Gay author, educator, and activist who died last year is commemorated through a display of some of his works and research materials. Free. Thru Aug. 9. 3rd fl. General Collections Center. 100 Larkin St. at Grove. 557-4400.

Duane Cramer @ Good Vibrations

Exhibit of the acclaimed photographer's erotic portraiture work, titled "Light + Dark: Tones of Sensuality." Free. Thru July 15. 1620 Polk St. at Sacramento. 503-1375.

Gay & Lesbian Sierrans @ Angel Island

Join this friendly outdoors group on a 7-mile hike around the historic and scenic Bay island. Take the ferry ($14.50) from the Marina, meet at 10:30am on the island's snack bar. Russ (510) 834-4309. Also, July 10, a short hike to Wildcat Peak in Berkeley. email:

Gay Men's Buddhist Sangha @ Hartford St. Zen Center

Anushka Fernandopulle is guest speaker; a Theravada Buddhist practitioner, she's been in social justice work in youth development, HIV prevention, LGBT organizing, immigrant/refugee rights, and grassroots community development. Free. 3pm. 57 Hartford St., side entrance.

Intimate Improv @ Good Vibrations

Ceclia Tan hosts a seminar/workshop on how to use erotic role playing to deepen intimacy between partners and make good sex even better. Techniques for sharing your fantasies, tailoring a scenario to your specific tastes, how to get started, props and costumes, etc. Open to couples and singles, all genders/orientations welcome. $20-$35. 2pm-4pm. 1620 Polk St. at Sacramento. 345-0400. Pre-register at

Madame Butterfly @ Legion of Honor

Puccini's classic opera of cross-cultural love between tragic straights gets a translation by Donald Pippin. $18-$32. 2pm. 100 34th Ave. 972-8934.

PFLAG @ St. Francis Lutheran Church

Support group for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has a Pride stories discussion group. Free. 2pm-4pm. 152 Church St. at Market. 921-8850.

Mon 9

OUT Spoken @ Comcast Ch. 11

Cable TV show for the LGBT Community, co-hosted by Tim Gaskin and Donna Sachet. Mon. 6:30, Tues. 9pm, Wed. 7pm, Fri. 7:30pm.

Rink Foto @ LGBT Center

Exhibit of historic prints shot by the prolific community photographer. Thru July 28. Free. 3rd floor. 1800 Market St. at Octavia.

Whores, Dogs, and Germans @ SF PALM

Thrillpeddlers and Professor Mel Gordon present an evening of live performances, ghastly special effects, banned erotic dances, horribly un-PC stereotypes, and a lecture about Weimar Germany theatre and Grand Guignol. $5-$10. 7pm. Performing Arts Library, 401 Van Ness Ave., 4th fl., Veterans Bldg.

Tue 10

Dance Elixir @ Oakland Art Gallery

Leyya Tawil's company performs a series of 30-minute dances, with media installation by David Szlasa, music by Topher Keyes. Free. 12:15pm, 5:15pm, Sat at 3pm. 199 Kahn's alley at the Frank Ogawa Plaza. (510) 637-0395.

OutRanks @ GLBT Historical Society

New and timely exhibit about GLBT soldiers, sailors, and other military veterans, and the history of the antigay policies in the military. See almost 70 years of history told through letters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and video footage. Curated by Steve Estes, author of the new book Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out. Also showing, Women Breaking Barriers: Women's Music from 1964 to 1984, an exhibit highlighting women's music album covers, concert posters, and photos to showcase a vital part of lesbian culture and community-building. Free, donations encouraged. 1pm-5pm. Tue.-Sat. 657 Mission St. at 2nd, Suite 300. 777-5455.

Trannyshack @ The Stud

Weekly wild drag show fun. $8. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. 863-6623.

Wed 11

Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Raz @ A Different Light

Mother and child co-authors of What Becomes You read from and discuss their book, about a family's road to acceptance of their transgender child. Free. 7pm. 489 Castro St. 431-0891.

Brian Dettmer @ Toomey Tourell Gallery

Fascinating hand-carved sculptures made out of old books and other objects. Tue.-Fri 11am-5:30pm. Sat 1pm-5pm. Thru Aug. 11. 49 Geary St. 989-6444.

The Crucible's Fire Arts Festival in Oakland. See Wednesday.

Crucible Fire Arts Festival @ Fire Arts Arena, Oakland

The Fire Odyssey, based on the Homer epic, showcases an amazing cast of performers; classically trained ballet and hiphop dancers, opera singers and outrageous fire performers, including installation art made by The Crucible's blacksmiths, metal casters, and glassworkers, who perform in a big outdoor arena. Dress warmly and be prepared for dazzling visuals and scorching talent. Proceeds benefit The Crucible's workshop programs. $30-$45. 8pm and 12:30am. Benefit dinner and auction $250, July 14 at 6pm. Thru July 14. Kirkham St. at 7th. (510) 444-0919.

George Lakoff @ City Lights Bookstore

Meet the author of Whose Freedom?, a searing dissection of the Bush administration's abuse of the words "freedom" and "liberty" as Orwellian devices to control America. Free. 7pm. 261 Columbus Ave. 362-8193.

Noontime Concerts @ St. Patrick's Church

Midsummer Mozart Festival Ensemble performs Mozart's Divertimento No. 15 in B flat, K. 287 for Strings and Two Horns. $5. 12:30pm. 756 Mission St. 777-3211.

Radar Reading @ SF Public Library

Author Michelle Tea welcomes writers Machiko Saito, James Tracy, Ananda Esteva and Roaddawgs. Free. 6pm. Lower level, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St. at Grove. 557-4277.

Thu 12

30something @ Hartford St. Zen Center

FGMCI group for gay men in their thirties looking for alternatives to the bars, the gym, or online cruising; social events, readings, discussion groups and more. Free. 8pm. 820-9606. 57 Hartford St.

Drag @ Delancey Foundation

Benefit screening, reception, and San Francisco premiere of the Amir Jaffer film about Bay Area female impersonators, drag queens and kings. $10-$25. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Housing Alliance. 600 Embarcadero St. near Brannan. (866) 372-6849.

Express 20s @ Pacific Center, Berkeley

Social and discussion group for East Bay LGBT people in their 20s. Free. 8pm. (1st, 2nd & 4th Thursdays). 2712 Telegraph Ave. Kevin Nguyen:

The Fall of '55 @ LGBT Center

Screening of the compelling documentary about a 1955 sex scandal in Boise, Idaho that led to a massive level of hysterical homophobia that upset the lives of closeted men. Free. 7pm. 1800 Market St. at Octavia.

Jason Mecier @ 111 Minna Gallery

Opening reception for "Celebrity Junk Drawer," an exhibit of new work by the celebrated mosaic artist (and former Enrique band member) who makes portraits out of small objects, this time from junk donated by celebrites, including Phyllis Diller, Morgan Fairchild, Parker Posey, Pink, Barbi Benton, Elvira, Lydia Lunch, Margaret Cho, Kathy Najimy, Bruce Vilanche, Scissor Sisters, and more. Free. 6:30pm. Thru July 27. Gallery open Tue.-Fri. 12pm-5pm and during evening events. 111 Minna St. 974-1719.

Out in the Bay @ KALW

LGBT radio show hosted by Eric Jansen and Marilyn Pittman. Free. 7:30pm. KALW, 91.7 FM.

Paris Was a Woman @ SF Public Library

Documentary about women in the early 20th century living in Paris' Left Bank, and its creative arts scene. Part of the themed series Women in Love: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Free. Noon. Koret Auditorium. 100 Larkin St. at Grove. 557-4277.

Rock It Out @ Kimo's

Four queer bands –Audrey Howard, Eggs on Legs, Butch vs. Femme and Loud Mary– perform live. $5. 9:30pm. 1351 Polk St. 885-4535.

Sam Wisneski / Bennett Vadnais @ John Pence Gallery

Exhibit of two accomplished traditional realist painters. Free. Thru July 28. (Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm). 750 Post St. 441-1138.

Tango and More! @ Davies Symphony Hall

San Francisco Symphony, conducted by James Gaffigan, performs an evening of tango music, with guest artists mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook, bandone—n master Daniel Binelli, and dancers Pilar �lvarez and Claudio Hoffmann. The program includes Gershwin�s Cuban Overture, Falla�s The Three-Cornered Hat, and works by Piazzolla and Ginastera. $18-$83. 8pm. 201 Van Ness ave. 864-6000.

UB2 / UBwho? @ Eureka Valley Rec Center

Interactive theatrical evening bringing gay men (HIV negative, HIV positive) together for performance pieces, discussion, connection, networking, food, and socializing. Free. 6:30pm-9:30pm. 100 Collingwood St. at 18th. 820-9606.

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