by Andre Torrez
Betty Ford: a distinctive name, both distinguished because of the former First Lady and perhaps notorious for its associations with her eponymously-titled rehab center. It also happens to be the pet name Matt Alber, a Bay Area-based singer-songwriter, has given to his unwavering 1989 Ford Tempo, which he purchased used for one dollar in Seattle. Still in use, he pulls Betty over to the curb on a street in the Castro for an interview about everything that's kept him so busy lately. Along with the release of his new album, Wind Sand Stars, Alber is looking forward to an upcoming performance at the Great American Music Hall on Friday, July 25. (read more)
by Jim Provenzano
Flagging in the Park, the celebratory fabric-spinning party and commemoration, returns to the National AIDS Memorial Grove next Saturday, July 26. A combination of festive outdoor event and fundraiser, the roots of the swirling tie-dyed dance form goes back to the earliest days of gay culture, and even decades before.
For organizer Xavier Caylor, flagging brought him to San Francisco. And while he almost left his heart here, he's become devoted to these events. After learning the basics of the movement form in 1997 on Will Rogers Beach in Santa Monica, Caylor visited San Francisco, fell in love with a man, and the city, and has since been an integral part of the events for more than a decade.
"I fell in love through flagging, so it has a special place in my heart," said Caylor. (read more)
Rock stars die, but the sounds and sights of the 1970s punk and glam stars live on in the hearts and minds of fans, and in captivating photos by Paul Zone, whose new book, Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground, shares rarely seen images of the rock revolution. (read more)
Party in the daytime (Realness), the nighttime funk, or even on wheels! It's up to you. Nightlife events, eight days a week. (read more)
While soccer dude banged the ball around, I was banging my balls around, deeply absorbed as I was in Cock Fight, a recent release from the Monster Bang brand of Raging Stallion. It's really good, another sure shot from director Steve Cruz. (read more)