Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 25 / 22 June 2017
 

Our LGBTQ Pride cup runneth over

Out There


Christopher Turner and Armistead Maupin were the men of the hour at Frameline 41's opening night film, "The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin." Photo: Steven Underhill
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Out There goes to a lot of opening nights, but the opening festivities for Frameline 41, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, are always special. Last Thursday night at the Castro Theatre, "The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin" was the perfect kick-off treat for the LGBTQ film fest. Director Jennifer Kroot, editor/co-director Bill Weber, actor Jonathan Groff, and the man himself, Army Maupin, with dashing husband Christopher Turner, were in the house. It was a truly made-in-San Francisco moment and a festive occasion.

"Untold Tales" is a delight, even if you know a lot of the Maupin saga already. In telling his life story, Maupin is by turns wise, funny, knowing, open, wry, reflective, mischievous, mournful and open-hearted. The film charts his long and winding road from closeted conservative Southerner to poster-boy for the San Francisco gay community, and covers a lot of queer ground. Not mentioned: the story of ACT's musical adaptation of "Tales of the City"; Maupin & Turner's move from SF to Santa Fe, NM, which the Chronicle covered in slightly less detail than the D-Day invasion of Normandy; and a short time later, their move back to SF. Fun fact: Autocorrect on our computer believes that Armistead Maupin should be Farmstead Maupin. Naughty Autocorrect.

OT had so much fun at the gala afterparty following the film. The party was held at Terra Gallery, where we chatted with "Bi Candy" shorts program curators Allegra class=s1> and April Hirschman, caught up with former B.A.R. art director Jay Cribas, sampled victuals and spirits, and generally enjoyed the sultry evening. Yessir, Frameline 41 is certainly off & running!

 

Grand Hotel

The Hilton San Francisco Union Square is this year's Premier Hotel for Frameline 41, the first time it's taken on that sponsorship. This means that all filmmaker and other festival guest accommodations are centralized there, which ensures a lot of buzz and bonhomie at the hotel bar. The fest's green room is also found at the hotel.

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and its sister inn the Parc 55 San Francisco , also a Hilton Hotel, are offering special Pride Bed & Breakfast Packages through the end of the month that start at $209 a night, quite a bargain for San Francisco tourist season.

We enjoyed an intimate press feed at the Hilton's Urban Tavern restaurant, open for dinner until 10 p.m. We tried house specialties Ahi-Salmon Hamachi Poke, Devil Fried Duck Eggs, Wild Mushrooms and Blackened Cauliflower, all bona fide yummy. A lively discussion ensued at our table re: What makes a deviled egg a devil? Damned if we know. For more info, go to hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com.

 

Milk & honey

Don't miss this week's cover story on the Harvey Milk Photo Center's 2017 LGBTQ Pride exhibit, on view through July 23. This year's exhibit is in collaboration with the wishes of Gilbert Baker, designer of the international symbol to the world of gay pride, the iconic Rainbow flag. In addition to Baker's choices, Harvey Milk Photo Center director/curator Dave Christensen class=s1> invited artists, writers, and photographers from throughout the LGBTQ community to share their talents for the show. Contributing artists, in alphabetical order, are Trinity Adler, Sean Black, Jay Blakesberg , Saul Bromberger , Patrick Carney , Jane Philomen-Cleland , Randy Coleman, Christopher Cordier, Rink Foto, Rick Gerharter , Gareth Gooch, Mick Hicks, Sandra Hoover, Michael Johnstone , Skot Jonz, CJ Lucero, Paula Lycan, Paul Margolis , Danny Nicoletta , Mark Rennie, Francesco Romano, Francis Seidl-Chodosh, Peter Thoshinsky , Hank Trout and Bill Wilson. We'd say that's quite a line-up, and we personally know half of them.

The Harvey Milk Photo Center is located at 50 Scott St., San Francisco. More info can be found at harveymilkphotocenter.org.

 

Outdoor symphony

The San Francisco Symphony performs two outdoor summer concerts in July, both free and open to the public. SFS Director of Summer Concerts Edwin Outwater leads performances at the Stern Grove Festival on July 9 at 2 p.m., and on an outdoor stage on the grassy plaza at Pier 27 on July 23 at 12 p.m. Noon. The concert at Stern Grove presents a program including selections from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," featuring soprano Jana McIntyre and barihunk baritone Hadleigh Adams , as well as works by Bizet , Ravel, and a medley of songs from the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf , arranged by Outwater. This performance is part of the Stern Grove Festival, an admission-free performing arts series that has taken place every summer since 1938 in Sigmund Stern Grove, the outdoor amphitheater at 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd. in San Francisco.

The July 23 concert at Pier 27 features a program including Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and selections from Holst 's "The Planets," as well as playful pieces by iconic American composers including Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland . The concert also features guest vocalist Julie Adams singing Dvorak 's "Song to the Moon" from "Rusalka." The concert takes place in front of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, located on the Embarcadero at the foot of Lombard St. KDFC's Rick Malone hosts the event, and there will be a selection of local food trucks on site. Audience members are also encouraged to bring blankets and picnics for the concert. Valet bike parking will be available. Pretty damned civilized, we'd say.

 

Editor's notes

How is your Pride week going so far? Staying gay? Oh, us? Oh you know, we keep busy, we run around a lot. Last week we were at the opening night for "A Night with Janis Joplin," and it was truly legendary: Janis' sister Laura Joplin and her brother Michael Joplin were right there in the audience with us. It felt like a living link with rock-n-roll history.

Speaking of history, an appreciation of the legacy of Joan Crawford in these pages last week by arts writer Tavo Amador elicited a spirited response from a reader disputing La Crawford's age at the time of her death. A quick check on IMDb.com elicited not one but two birth years, further muddying the waters. How could OT be confused on such a critical issue? Why, for years our very own personal server went by the redolent moniker Joan.

"How bizarre that a reader would take Joan Crawford's birth year so seriously," Amador commented when contacted. "She claimed to have been born in 1908, but 1906 is usually considered more likely. Conveniently, there were no birth certificates kept in Texas at that time." OT will entertain no further conjectures about the precise details of La Crawford's reign. As they say, you can look it up.

Finally, what is up with all these Stepford Wives fixtures of the LGBTQ community going around wishing people, "Happy Pride!?" We think it makes no sense to wish someone a "Happy Pride!" What does that even mean? Instead, we wish you a very "Happy [choose one:] Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Answering, Intersex, Asexual, Be sexual, Polyamorous, Polygamous, Polygonal, Married, Single-and-Lovin'-It, Married-yet-Single, Single-yet-Married, Gay-Parenting, Gay-Happily-without-Children, High-Profile, Low-life, Secret-Life, Wet-n-Wild, Wash-n-Dry, Hot-n-Hunky, Sex Worker, Sex Player, Love-Child, Kink-Friendly, Men's-Men, Messy, Messed-up, On-the-Down-low, On-the-High-up, Clean-n-Sober, Clean-n-High, Dirty-n-High, Giddily Amorphous Pride!" And we merrily mean it!

 






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