by Roberto Friedman
After all the tumult of recent days – the SF Giants sweep, Halloweenie, Sandy the Superstorm, Pres. Obama 's Herculean efforts to keep the Greedy One Percent (GOP) at bay – Out There is all verklempt. But here are a quick five items to divert and amuse us.
1. Hotness abounds. The second Barihunks calendar has just been released, featuring over a dozen of the sexiest men singing in opera today. The Barihunks (www.barihunks.blogspot.com) site promotes baritones or basses known for having both great voices and the beefcake goods. Combining "baritone" and "hunk," the term is believed to have been coined by director Francesca Zambello to describe a performance by baritone Nathan Gunn in Bizet 's The Pearl Fishers. Singers featured in the calendar include Duncan Rock, Dan Kempson, Christopher Temporelli , Craig Verm, David Adam Moore, Justin Hopkins, Jonathan Estabrooks , Michael Mayes, Michael Hewitt, Xavier Edgardo, Charles Rice , Michael Adams, Peter Brathwaite, Randal Turner, and Zachary Gordin . All proceeds will be donated to young artist programs.
2. Coming up! Scrooge & Marley, a modern-day film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol featuring the first-ever gay Scrooge, is coming to SF's Castro Theatre on Sun., Dec. 16. Acclaimed out actor David Pevsner portrays Scrooge, former Saturday Night Live star Tim Kazurinsky plays the Ghost of Jacob Marley, and six-time Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch appears as Fezziwig. Fezziwho? Lesbian actress Megan Cavanagh and emerging gay actors Ronnie Kroell and David Moretti also star. Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light narrates the story. You can see the film's trailer online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO3GBqxO_Xw.
3. Show/Off, a drag variety show starring Pristine Condition and DJ Dank , will have its premiere taping at the Box Factory, 865 Florida St., SF, on Thurs., Nov. 8. The monthly show will feature performers from the SF underground scene. Comedian Andrew Roberts and drag queen Pippi Lovestocking warm up the audience at 9 p.m., then the taping's at 10 p.m. This month's guests include Mama Dora , Jada D'Angelo, Ferosha Titties, Maria Konner, Miss Prick , Missy Thelioma , Bearonce Growles , Natasha Muse, and Birdie Bob Watt. Suggested donation is $5. The best performances of the night will be posted on www.underthegoldengate.com.
4. RIP Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti , 84, one of the few prominent women architects of postwar years. Best-known for converting the 1900 Beaux Arts Gare d'Orsay train station in Paris into the Musee d'Orsay, Aulenti also converted SF's old Main Library into the Asian Art Museum. Thank you, Ms. Aulenti, for keeping that Beaux Arts building's spectacular grand staircase intact (memo to SFMOMA).
5. OT was in the opening-night audience last Saturday for the returning Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre. Julie Taymor's genius animal costumes and the cast's inspired characterizations still amaze in this Disney classic. Afterward we hoofed it hyena-style to the Rrazz Room after-party for soul food and sparkling wine. Several samplings of gently candied yams later (managing to avoid the cake pops!) we found ourselves straining the seams of our compression garments dancing to beats laid down by KBLX DJs. Surrounded by limber, lithesome cast members, plus-one Pepi was inspired to ever-more elaborate dance steps until the inevitable occurred. Crestfallen, he confided, "I think I split my Spanx!"