Winner of “Best Interview” at Hot Docs in Toronto.
Short documentary made for the 5 day Documentary Challenge about Mark Mitchell, a costume designer from Seattle, WA.
Mark Mitchell’s burial line will be released this fall 2013
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival: The Gay Erotic Art of Maurice Vellekoop & Gengoroh Tagame (Chip Kidd too) … this SATURDAY in Toronto!
- Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Church on Church – Google Map
- 504 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C8
Maurice Vellekoop is Canada’s foremost gay comics author and illustrator, with work that sometimes runs in international magazines and other times shrink-wrapped and slapped with an 18+ sticker. Gengoroh Tagame is the undisputed master of Japanese gay erotic comics, in Toronto for the very first time to celebrate his first English book! Together, these two titans of erotic art have produced some truly amazing illustrations, and now for the first time their work will be exhibited together. with Chip Kidd.
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1983. With Dionne Warwick, Shelley Winters, Teri Garr, Virginia Mayo, Pat Van Potten, and Terry Moore.
Reynolds went on to appear in Tammy and the Bachelor, The Unsinkable Molly Brown – and more recently, Mother. Reynolds talks about working with different directors and says she’s not one to hold a grudge, but warns that she’s rather like an elephant. “I remember everything.” Debbie Reynolds is a great storyteller.
Gender Studies is a portrait series by Parisian photographer Bettina Rheims exploring 25 people who evade the categorization of being male or female. Working with young transgender subjects, Rheims became fascinated by their androgyny and the transitional states of change and balance between both sexes. An exchange between the viewer and subject, the series is a study of people living beyond stereotyped classifications of gender.
BROADWAY WORLD.COM: Theatrical legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi team up for the new ITV UK TV series VICIOUS and the first stills from show have finally leaked, also showcasing featured player Frances De La Tour.
On the comedy series, McKellen and Jacobi portray longtime lovers arriving upon their silver anniversary and largely concerns their day-to-day existences living in Covent Garden, with their best friend, portrayed by De La Tour, figuring into the drama and comedy of the series, as does their comely upstairs neighbor (played by Iwan Rheon) and various other characters.
VICIOUS was co-created by Gary Janetti, of Family Guy and WILL & GRACE fame, and Olivier Award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill. Keeping with the inherently and outwardly theatrical nature of the cast and creative team, the show is filmed before a live studio audience. VICIOUS premieres on ITV later this year. No date has yet been officially set.
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The Black Cat Bar or Black Cat Café was a bar in San Francisco, California. It opened in 1906 and closed in 1921. The Black Cat re-opened in 1933 and operated for another 30 years. During its second run of operation, it was a hangout for Beats and bohemians but over time began attracting more and more of a gay clientele.
Because it catered to gays, the bar became a flashpoint for the nascent homophile movement. The Black Cat was at the center of a legal fight that was one of the earliest court cases to establish legal protections for gay people in the United States. Despite this victory, continued pressure from law enforcement agencies eventually forced the bar’s closure in 1964.
The Black Cat opened in 1906, shortly after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. When entrepreneur Charles Ridley acquired the bar in 1911, he turned it into a showplace for vaudeville-style acts. Over the next several years, Ridley and the Black Cat came under increased police scrutiny as a possible center of prostitution. In 1921, the bar lost its dance permit and closed down.
With the repeal of Prohibition, the Black Cat re-opened in 1933 at 710 Montgomery Street, again under Ridley’s proprietorship. Sol Stoumen bought the bar in the 1940s. In the early years of Stoumen’s ownership, the Black Cat was a center for the bohemian and Beat crowd. William Saroyan and John Steinbeck were known to frequent the establishment, and part of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat novel On the Road is set in the bar.
While the Beats continued to congregate at the Black Cat into the 1950s, in the years following World War II, more and more gay people began patronizing it. The varied crowds mixed and gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg described the Black Cat as “the best gay bar in America. It was totally open, bohemian, San Francisco…and everybody went there, heterosexual and homosexual….All the gay screaming queens would come, the heterosexual gray flannel suit types, longshoremen. All the poets went there.” By 1951, the bar was placed on the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board’s list of establishments which military personnel were forbidden to enter.
The bar featured live entertainers, the best known of whom was José Sarria. Sarria, who began as a waiter, wore drag and entertained the crowd by singing parodies of popular torch songs. Eventually he performed three to four shows a night, along with a regular Sunday afternoon show, with Sarria performing full arias. His specialty was a re-working of Bizet’s opera Carmen, set in modern-day San Francisco. Sarria as Carmen would prowl through popular cruising area Union Square. The audience cheered “Carmen” on as she dodged the vice squad and made her escape.
Sarria encouraged patrons to be as open and honest as possible, exhorting the clientele, “There’s nothing wrong with being gay–the crime is getting caught,” and “United we stand, divided they catch us one by one.” At closing time, he would lead patrons in singing “God Save Us Nelly Queens” to the tune of “God Save the Queen”. Sometimes he would take the crowd outside to sing the final verse to the men across the street in jail, who had been arrested in raids earlier in the night. Speaking of this ritual in the film Word is Out (1977), gay journalist George Mendenhall said:
“It sounds silly, but if you lived at that time and had the oppression coming down from the police department and from society, there was nowhere to turn…and to be able to put your arms around other gay men and to be able to stand up and sing ‘God Save Us Nelly Queens’…we were really not saying ‘God Save Us Nelly Queens.’ We were saying ‘We have our rights, too.’
Sarria became the first openly gay candidate in the United States to run for public office, running in 1961 for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Sarria almost won by default. On the last day for candidates to file petitions, city officials realized that there were fewer than five candidates running for the five open seats, which would have assured Sarria a seat. By the end of the day, 34 candidates had filed.Sarria garnered some 6,000 votes, shocking political pundits and setting in motion the idea that a gay voting bloc could wield real power in city politics. As Sarria put it, “From that day on, nobody ran for anything in San Francisco without knocking on the door of the gay community.”
In 1948, the San Francisco Police Department and the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, in response to the Black Cat’s increasing homosexual clientele, began a campaign of harassment against the bar and its patrons. Bar owner Stoumen was charged with such crimes as “keeping a disorderly house” and the State Board of Equalization suspended the bar’s liquor license indefinitely. In response and on principle, Stoumen, who was heterosexual, took the state to court. In 1951, the California Supreme Court, in Stoumen v. Reilly (37 Cal.2d 713) ruled that “in order to establish ‘good cause’ for suspension of plaintiff’s license, something more must be shown than that many of his patrons were homosexuals and that they used his restaurant and bar as a meeting place.” This was one of the earliest legal affirmations of the rights of gay people in the United States. The court qualified its opinion, however, by stating that ABC might still close gay bars with “proof of the commission of illegal or immoral acts on the premises.”
In response to this legal victory and based on the “illegal or immoral acts” language of the opinion, the state passed a constitutional amendment creating the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The California State Assembly in 1955 passed a law authorizing broad powers for the ABC to shut down any “resort [for] sexual perverts.” The Black Cat was shut down under this authority, along with a number of other establishments. In a test case involving an Oakland bar, Vallerga v. Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the California Supreme Court struck down this new law as unconstitutional. This decision was not a complete victory, as the court noted that had the ABC’s revocation been based on “reports of women dancing with other women and women kissing other women” it might have upheld the law. Homosexuals, therefore, had won the right to assemble but only if they agreed not to touch.
Police and city officials responded to the increasing visibility of the Black Cat and other gay bars in the city, and the Black Cat’s success in court, by increasingly cracking down, staging more frequent raids and mass arrests. One favorite tactic was to arrest drag queens, since impersonating a member of the opposite sex was, at the time, a crime. Sarria responded by passing out labels for the drag queens to wear reading “I am a boy” so it could not be claimed they were impersonating women.
By 1963, following some 15 years of unrelenting pressure from the police and the ABC, Stoumen decided he was no longer able financially to sustain the fight. The cost of his long legal battle was more than $38,000. Sarria tried to enlist the owners of the city’s other gay bars to help Stoumen pay his legal bills, but none offered any assistance. The ABC lifted the bar’s liquor license in 1963, the night before its annual Halloween party. After a final defiant Halloween celebration at which only non-alcoholic beverages were served and an attempt to survive on food and soft drink sales, the Black Cat closed down for good in February 1964.
The site is now the location of Bocadillos, a tapas-style restaurant. On December 15, 2007, a plaque commemorating the Black Cat and its place in San Francisco history was placed at the site.
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