Chaps and Michael Greer

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday January 24, 2018
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Chaps and Michael Greer

There was a story last week about Michael Greer I'd like to supplement with some information ["Michael Greer, honorary San Franciscan," BARtab, January 18].

Part of the story shows a flyer from a SOMA bar in the 1980s with a caption reading "Chaps" on 11th street. But the main story refers to another Chaps bar, a much more recent business on Folsom Street called Chaps II.

My husband and I owned the original Chaps bar at 375 11th Street, which opened in 1983. Greer appeared at a fundraiser there, along with the other entertainers shown on the flyer. We had several fundraisers to support the work at Ward 5B at San Francisco General Hospital in the early days of AIDS, when everyone was puzzled and alarmed by what was going on, and we were only too glad to help. The community responded and we were able to buy several television sets, video machines, and meals for patients.

Chaps, at 375 11th was a leather bar that had a brief but exciting life, but was related to Chaps II, the bar at 1225 Folsom, in name only.

Chuck Slaton

San Francisco

And the nominees are ...

I was astonished at some of film reviewer David Lamble's choices, as well as omissions, for the Academy Award nominees that were announced Tuesday ["2018 Oscar picks," January 18]. There is no way that "Beach Rats" will be nominated, especially with another gay-themed movie in there. Also, I would be very pleasantly surprised if "Detroit" makes it in.

I think Lamble simply forgot to include "Dunkirk," and "Get Out" not only should be nominated but political correctness practically demands it. Here are my best picture predictions with the most likely 10 first and another eight as long-shots. I think the Academy Awards will have 10 nominees this year. Best picture: "Lady Bird," "Get Out," "Dunkirk," "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "The Shape of Water," "Call Me by Your Name," "The Post," "The Big Sick," "I, Tonya," and "Darkest Hour."

Long-shots are "The Florida Project," "Mudbound," "Molly's Game," "The Disaster Artist," "All the Money in the World," "Phantom Thread," "Blade Runner 2049," and "Wonder Woman."

Anthony Rhody

San Francisco