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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Opens The Long Hot Summer Season

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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DON GIOVANNI – San Francisco Opera, Summer 2007

This summer’s fare at the San Francisco Opera is all about endurance, endearment, and endangerment – of mythological proportions. The 2007 Summer Series opens this Saturday, June 2, with a new production of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI featuring baritone Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Kwiecien returns to San Francisco Opera for the first time since his stunning debut as Marcello in the Company’s 2004 production of La Bohème.

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HOPE BRIGGS (Donna Anna) and MARIUSZ KWIECIEN (Don Giovanni)

San Francisco Opera Music Director and Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles will lead seven of the eight performances; San Francisco Opera Associate Conductor Donato Cabrera will conduct on June 28. The cast of returning artists also includes soprano Hope Briggs (Donna Anna), soprano Twyla Robinson (Donna Elvira), mezzo-soprano Claudia Mahnke (Zerlina), tenor Charles Castronovo (Don Ottavio), bass Oren Gradus (Leporello), and bass Kristinn Sigmundsson (Commendatore); bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni (Masetto) makes his San Francisco Opera debut.

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CHARLES CASTRONOVO (Don Ottavio) and TWYLA ROBINSON (Donna Elvira)

This visually dramatic production by David McVicar (his first production to be presented by the Company) features the set and costume designs of John Macfarlane and will be directed by Leah Hausman in her San Francisco Opera debut. Don Giovanni is a co-production with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

To purchase tickets on-line: DON GIOVANNI

Sat. June 2, 8 pm
Tue. June 5, 8 pm
Sun. June 10, 2 pm
Wed. June 13, 7:30 pm
Sat. June 16, 8 pm
Fri. June 22, 8 pm
Thu. June 28, 7:30 pm
Sat. June 30, 8 pm

DER ROSENKAVALIER by Richard Strauss opens Saturday, June 9th. Merola Opera Program alumna mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato marks her debut in the trouser-role of Octavian. Ms. Di Donato is the recipient of the 2007 Beverly Sills Award

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JOYCE Di DONATO, Mezzo-Soprano and DONALD RUNNICLES, Conductor

Led by San Francisco Opera Music Director and Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles, the cast also features acclaimed sopranos Soile Isokoski and Martina Serafin in their San Francisco Opera debuts as they share the role of the Marschallin. Soprano Miah Persson makes her Company debut as Sophie; and bass Kristinn Sigmundsson returns to San Francisco Opera as Baron Ochs. Thierry Bosquet designs Lotfi Mansouri’s opulent period production of the popular Strauss work, with lighting design by Christopher Maravich; Sandra Bernhard will direct.

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DER ROSENKAVALIER – San Francisco Opera, 2007. Photo by Ken Friedman

To purchase tickets on-line: DER ROSENKAVALIER

Sat. June 9, 7:30 pm
Fri. June 15, 7:30 pm
Tue. June 19, 7:30 pm
Thu. June 21, 7:30 pm
Sun. June 24, 1:30 pm
Wed. June 27, 7:30 pm
Sun. July 1, 1:30 pm

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IPHIGÉNIE & GLUCK

On Thursday, June 14th the Company premieres Christoph Willibald Gluck’s final masterpiece, IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE. Mezzo-soprano and Merola Opera Program alumna Susan Graham stars in the title role, with Danish baritone Bo Skovhus in his role debut as Iphigénie’s brother Orestes and tenor Paul Groves as Pylades. Led by Merola Opera Program alumnus and Houston Grand Opera Music Director Patrick Summers, the cast also features bass-baritone Mark S. Doss as Thoas; Adler Fellow and soprano Heidi Melton in her Company debut as Diana; Adler Fellow and soprano Melody Moore as A Greek woman; and Adler Fellow and bass-baritone Jeremy Galyon as A Minister. A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, this striking production by Robert Carsen features design by Tobias Hoheisel, lighting design by Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet, choreography by Phillipe Giraudeau, and direction by Jean Michel Criqui. Van Praet, Giraudeau, and Criqui are making their Company debuts.

To purchase tickets on-line: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE

Thu. June 14, 7:30 pm
Sun. June 17, 2 pm
Wed. June 20, 7:30 pm
Sat. June 23, 8 pm
Tue. June 26, 8 pm
Fri. June 29, 8 pm

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews::
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade San Francisco
TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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FIRST EVER Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Young Mothers detailed Tuesday

A ten-point Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Young Mothers implented by the San Francisco Juvenile Department will be detailed Tuesday at the Center for Young Women’s Development.

Bill Sifferman, chief probation officer, will make the 11:00 a.m. presentation at the center located in the Hamms Building, 1550 Bryant, 11th Floor.

San Francisco is the first municipal, regional or state government to adopt the policy, Sifferman said.

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STREET VIOLENCE: One dead, one injured in Sunset shooting

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A Pittsburg man is dead following a shooting and vehicle crash in San Francisco’s Sunset district early this morning, according to authorities.

According to San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens, it is unclear whether Simon Ruan, 32, died due to the shots that were fired at his vehicle, or due to injuries sustained when he lost control of his vehicle and was partially ejected from it.

Police reported that Ruan crashed, flipped his vehicle and was partially ejected in the 1300 block of Funston Avenue, but police report that the crash was actually in the 1300 block of 14th Avenue. The crash occurred around 1:55 a.m., police said.

He was pronounced dead at 2:03 a.m.

A female passenger in the vehicle was injured and hospitalized in stable condition after the crash, police reported. She did not sustain life threatening injuries, Gittens said.

Gittens said that it will be up to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of Ruan’s death.

Police are also investigating whether there was a chase involving Ruan and the person who shot at him. According to Gittens, the incident began near the intersection of Lincoln and 16th Avenue.

Police have no information on who shot at Ruan and have not made any arrests, Gittens said.

Bay City News

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SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants will bring opera to the ballpark at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2007, with a live simulcast of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson and Delilah. The simulcast was announced by Giants Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Baer and San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley during a home plate ceremony just prior to the recent Giants vs. Houston Astros game at AT&T Park.

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OLGA BORODINA – as Delilah, between innings. Photo by Larry Merkle

Through state-of-the-art technology, the simulcast of Samson and Delilah will be transmitted in 1920×1080 high-definition live from the War Memorial Opera House stage to AT&T Park’s Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard. The highest quality outdoor scoreboard in the nation, it is also the first 32 by 9 aspect ratio outdoor high definition scoreboard in North American professional sports.

Baseball fans and opera fans will have a chance to experience this FREE event with seating both on the field and in the stands. However, all fans must have a ticket to enter the ballpark. For further information visit www.sfopera.com; specific information on ticketing will be posted on www.sfopera.com on July 9, 2007.

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DAVID GOCKLEY, San Francisco Opera General Director. Photo by Michael Winokur

Free live simulcasts are among the first innovations of David Gockley’s new tenure, and part of the Company’s campaign to bring opera into the community and to wider audiences. San Francisco Opera recently announced a June 22 live simulcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to three venues: Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. General Director David Gockley has already presented San Francisco Opera simulcasts to three separate audiences during his tenure of just over one year. The first was a simulcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on May 27, 2006, drawing 8,000 people to San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. The second – a simulcast of Rigoletto on October 6, 2006 – was presented to an audience of approximately 14,000 at Civic Center Plaza and Frost Amphitheatre at Stanford University.

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MARY DUNLEAVY (Gilda) signs Rigoletto Playbill for SEÁN MARTINFIELD

“The Giants are proud of AT&T Park and the unique experiences we can offer to our fans year round,” said Larry Baer. “We are excited to bring a new twist to the traditional ‘opera in the park,’ that only we can, with one of the most technologically advanced ballparks in the country and a high-definition scoreboard rivaled by no others.”

“As someone with a lifelong love of baseball and a passion for opera,” said David Gockley, “I am so grateful to Larry Baer and to the Giants organization for this partnership. Working together, these two San Francisco institutions are able to offer the chance of a lifetime for the entire Bay Area – glorious opera in the world’s most beautiful ballpark. I’ll see you there!”

San Francisco Opera simulcasts are made possible by the Company’s Koret Media Suite, a high-definition video production facility installed on the fifth floor of the War Memorial Opera House. The media suite represents the first permanent high-definition (HD) broadcast-standard facilities installed in an American opera house. A grant from the Koret Foundation provided lead funding for the Koret Media Suite, with additional support provided by Tad and Dianne Taube.

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OLGA BORODINA, Mezzo-Soprano and CLIFTON FORBIS, Tenor

Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah stars Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and tenor Clifton Forbis in the epic story of the Old Testament hero who loses his heart, his hair, and finally his strength. They are joined by Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo, and Merola Opera Program alumnus Oren Gradus. Patrick Summers conducts San Francisco Opera’s lavish production by Nicolas Joël, and Sandra Bernhard directs.

Seán’s recommended CDs and DVDs:
Saint-Saëns’s SAMSON ET DALILA – DVD, featuring Olga Borodina as “Dalila”
Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE – DVD, featuring Clifton Forbis as “Tristan”
OLGA BORODINA, ARIAS – CD, Carol Rizzi conducts the Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Beethoven’s FIDELIO – CD, featuring Juha Uusital as “Pizarro”
Catán’s FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS – CD, featuring bass Oren Gradus
Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING – CD, Live Recording – Patrick Summers conducts the San Francisco Opera

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews::
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade San Francisco
TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published over 2,000 responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing tecniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, visit Broadwaybelters.com, email Seán at seanmartinfield@att.net.

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MAY 28 PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Carnival San Francisco 2007 – Tuesday looks good for pup tents

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

CARNIVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2007
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One of the City’s most spectacular traditions, Carnaval San Francisco showcased the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions this weekend with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry, including works created by the talented community of Mission District residents and Bay Area artists. Conceived 28 years ago by a group of local musicians, artists and residents eager to bring the spirit of Latin American and Caribbean culture to San Francisco, Carnaval San Francisco is produced by the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and is supported by San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts. Since 1959, the Mission Neighborhood Centers has provided quality programs that promote self-sufficiency and community growth for the Mission District’s children, youth, families and seniors.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2007 QUEEN MARINA JUNQUIERA

CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2007 KING DANILO MACARRAO

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The Almanac staff is on holiday today, but remind that Tuesday May 29 is a good day to go camping.

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Memorial Day: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 65. Southwest wind between 5 and 13 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind between 9 and 11 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. West southwest wind between 11 and 13 mph.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West southwest wind between 9 and 11 mph.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

MAY 28 STAR MAP
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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

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Best days: Quit smoking 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to lose weight 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to gain weight 23, 28 19, 24
Best days: Cut hair to discourage growth 11, 12 11, 12
Best days: Cut hair to encourage growth 27, 28 22, 23, 24
Best days: Go to the dentist 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Start projects 17 16
Best days: End projects 15 14
Best days: Entertain 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Go camping 4, 5 1, 28, 29
Best days: Plant aboveground vegetables 19, 20, 29, 30 16, 17, 25, 26
Best days: Plant belowground vegetables 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Destroy pests and weeds 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Graft or pollinate 19, 20 15, 16
Best days: Prune to encourage growth 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Prune to discourage growth 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Harvest aboveground vegetables 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Harvest belowground vegetables 6, 7 11, 12
Best days: Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Cut hay 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Begin logging 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Set posts or pour concrete 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Breed animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26
Best days: Weaning animals and children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Potty training children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Castrate animals 9, 10 5, 6
Best days: Slaughter animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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THE NEW RUSSIA: Moscow police detain gay protesters – Russian Nationalists and Orthodox faithful call for death

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Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the opening keynote speech at the Moscow Pride conference

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Peter Tatchell was knocked to the ground and kicked twice. When he got up he was punched in the face again and taken away by two riot policemen

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Russian nationalists shouting “death to homosexuals” have punched and kicked demonstrators calling for the right to hold a Gay Pride parade in central Moscow while riot police detained dozens of gay protesters.

Two European parliamentarians were among those held as they tried to present a petition asking Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called gay marches satanic acts, to lift a ban on the parade.

Nationalists and extreme Russian Orthodox believers held icons and denounced homosexuality while a group of thick-set young men turned up with surgeon’s masks, which they said would protect them from the “gay disease”.

“We are defending our rights,” said a young gay man named Alexey, with blood pouring from his nose after he was beaten up by a man screaming “homosexuals are perverts” opposite the mayor’s office. His attacker was detained.

“This is terrible but I am not scared. This is a pretty scary place, a pretty scary country if you are gay. But we won’t give up until they allow us our rights,” he said.

Hundreds of riot police lined Tverskaya street in central Moscow and plain-clothes police mingled with a large number of foreign and Russian journalists.

Parade organiser Nikolai Alexeyev said by telephone from a police station about 30 gay activists had been detained. A police spokesman said 31 people were detained.

“We are sitting in the police station right now. We were detained outside the mayor’s office when we tried to present the petition,” said Alexeyev. “They are keeping us in the cells overnight and we will be in court tomorrow.”

Marco Cappato, an Italian member of the EU parliament, was also detained at the protest but later released.

Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993 but tolerance is not widespread.

When asked about gay parades, President Vladimir Putin quipped in February his approach to sexual minorities is guided by Russia demographic problems.

“We believe these perverts should not be allowed to march on the streets of Moscow, the third Rome, a holy city for all Russians,” said Igor Miroshnichenko, who said he was an Orthodox believer who had come to support the riot police. “It (homosexuality) is satanic.”

One man holding a crucifix threatened to beat up any gay person he saw.

Richard Fairbrass, a gay singer with the British pop group Right Said Fred, was punched in the face and kicked by anti-gay activists while speaking to Reuters in an interview.

“We understand this is a gay event and so we came down here today,” Fairbrass said before being hit. Blood dripped from his face after the attack.

Volker Beck, a German Green Party politician, was hit in the face with eggs before being detained by riot police. “We didn’t do anything,” he told Reuters as he was led away.

Germany’s Green Party chairwoman, Claudia Roth, called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to raise the issue of rights with Putin at next month’s Group of Eight summit.

“It has been shown once again today that human rights are systematically abused in Putin’s Russia,” she said in a statement. Beck was later released.

Compiled from wire services

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SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL BOARD majority give superintendent finalist Carlos Garcia rave reviews

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A majority of the San Francisco School Board give rave reviews for school superintendent search finalist Carlos Garcia, the San Francisco Chronicle reports this morning.

Now vice president of urban markets for textbook publisher McGraw-Hill, Garcia served as school superintendet in Las Vegas within the Clark County School District.

In San Francisco, he served as vice principle of Horace Mann Middle School from 1988 to 1991. He was also superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District from 1997 to 2000.

Garcia’s career in education began in California as a teacher and principal. He was also superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District and superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District. Garcia earned his master’s in education at Claremont Graduate School and an administrative credential in educational administration from California State University, Fullerton.

San Francisco School Board Members Mark Sanchez, Hydra Mendoza, Norman Yee and Jane Kim praise Garcia as a good fit for the City, reported Chronicle Staff Writer Jill Tucker.

Pat Murphy contributed to this report.

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SAN FRANCISCO TRIBUTE to fallen Iraq soldiers Memorial Day

BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW

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SAN FRANCISCO MOURNS KEITH MOORE
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The San Francisco Presidio will hold a special tribute to American soldiers killed in Iraq during the city’s Memorial Day Ceremony, a Presidio spokeswoman reported.

The ceremony, which in its 139th year is one the oldest on the west coast, will kick off Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Post Parade Ground in the Presidio, where veterans and guests will participate in a parade to the nearby National Cemetery, according to spokeswoman Dana Polk.

U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo/San Francisco, will give remarks during a ceremony at the cemetery, which will be accompanied by music from the 91st Division Pipes and Drums and the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, Polk said.

The Memorial Day ceremony typically draws some 2,000 people, which makes the ceremony one of the largest ceremonies in the country.

National Park Service rangers will give tours of the cemetery and identify distinguished figures that are buried among the 35,000 soldiers at the cemetery.

The Main Post Parade Ground is located at Montgomery and Sheridan streets. A free Presidio shuttle will begin running at 9:30 a.m., taking passengers from the Lombard Gate to the Main Post and the National Cemetery every 30 minutes.

FOR ALL FALLEN SOLDIERS

THE NAVAL HYMN

AMAZING GRACE

KADDISH

AVE MARIA

THANK YOU MOTHERS AND FATHERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS

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MAY 27 IMAGES OF THE DAY: It worked for Giuliani

IMAGES OF THE DAY

IT WORKED FOR GIULIANI
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Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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BIRTHDAY LORE FOR MAY 27
You are a loyal and steadfast friend and hold your friendships. You are exacting, like your own way, and are very determined in your efforts to get it. Witty, sociable, and an interesting conversationalist, you attract others to the home you love.

MAY 27 BEST DAY
Today is a good day to experiment with different mousetrap baits. Mice may pause at a trap for cheese, but they often prefer a less expensive lure or a food that lasts longer. Try tempting them with gumdrops, flour, small nuts, or oatmeal.

TIP OF THE DAY
Use roll-on deodorant bottles again by filling with sunscreen, bath oil, or kids’ paints.

QUESTION OF THE DAY
How and when should I prune my rhododendron? Answer: Prune in late spring. You can encourage branching, where needed, by pinching off some of the slender shoot buds just before growth begins, or by pinching back some of the growing shoots just before their leaves fully expand.

WORD OF THE DAY
Three Chilly Saints. Definition: Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais were three early Christian saints. Because their feast days, on May 11, 12, and 13, respectively, are traditionally cold, they have come to be known as the Three Chilly Saints. An old French saying goes: “St. Mamertus, St. Pancras, and St. Gervais do not pass without a frost.”

TODAY IN HISTORY
Born: Paul Bettany (actor), 1971. Indianapolis experienced its latest freeze on record, with the temperature falling to 31 degrees F, 1961.

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Today: The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy with possible drizzle in the morning and become partially clear by afternoon. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s to lower 60s. West winds of 10 to 20 mph are anticipated.

Tonight: Expected to be mostly cloudy with low temperatures expected to be in the lower 50s. West winds of 10 to 20 mph are anticipated.

Memorial Day: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

MAY 27 STAR MAP
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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

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Best days: Quit smoking 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to lose weight 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to gain weight 23, 28 19, 24
Best days: Cut hair to discourage growth 11, 12 11, 12
Best days: Cut hair to encourage growth 27, 28 22, 23, 24
Best days: Go to the dentist 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Start projects 17 16
Best days: End projects 15 14
Best days: Entertain 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Go camping 4, 5 1, 28, 29
Best days: Plant aboveground vegetables 19, 20, 29, 30 16, 17, 25, 26
Best days: Plant belowground vegetables 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Destroy pests and weeds 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Graft or pollinate 19, 20 15, 16
Best days: Prune to encourage growth 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Prune to discourage growth 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Harvest aboveground vegetables 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Harvest belowground vegetables 6, 7 11, 12
Best days: Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Cut hay 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Begin logging 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Set posts or pour concrete 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Breed animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26
Best days: Weaning animals and children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Potty training children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Castrate animals 9, 10 5, 6
Best days: Slaughter animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26

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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

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SAN FRANCISCO TEACHERS ask State Mediation in contract impasse

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Pay increase offered by the San Francisco Unified School District to teachers won’t buy a lemon, asserted Union President Dennis Kelly yesterday. Proposed wage hike breaks down to 59-cents per day while current price for a lemon is 96-cents, Kelly said.
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The San Francisco teachers union has asked California State Mediation and Conciliation Services to intervene in contract negotiations declared at an impasse Thursday by both the union and School District.

In a sharp rejection of the latest School District offer, Dennis Kelly Friday termed the offer “insulting.”

Kelly, president of United Educators of San Francisco, also scored the district for waiting until Thursday to make the offer.

“The decision comes after nearly four months that we have spent in bargaining at the table and we have signaled in every possible way that we wanted to end this round of contract negotiations by the end of school this year so that we could start with this contract in place on July 1, so that the new superintendet would be coming into a situation that was settled, and so that we could open the next school year with everything taken care of in an air of tranquility and harmony,” Kelly said in a union office press conference.

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“We were extremely disappointed when the School District put off any kind of decision on presentation of any kind of financial package until yesterday.

“And what they walked in with — after keeping us waiting all through the morning — was the offer we found to be insulting and totally unacceptable.

“It called for a one percent salary increase effective April of 2008. And a two percent increase effective April of 2009.

“That means it would be an effective one-quarter of one percent. Now, one-quarter of one percent for next year would mean that a beginning teacher, who makes $45,000, would receive the equivalent of $2.99 a week for the 38 weeks of school work.

“Two dollars and ninety-nine cents a week means that they would receive approximately 59-cents a day.

“We tried to figure out what you could buy with that money. We sent our secretary across the street to Safeway and asked her what she could get for 59-cents and she brought back one lemon.

“One lemon costs 99-cents.”

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“The School District has said to the teachers that ‘we are willing to support you going forward to next year at the rate of six-tenths of a lemon a day.’

“Some offers, if they are so insulting, they are better not to be made at all and that’s the way we have to feel about this.”

San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson described the offer as insulting to anyone who works under collective bargaining.

“When President Kelly informed me last night of this insulting proposal, part of the reason I am here is because we’re going to being watching this very closely at the Labor Council,” Paulson told reporters.

“This isn’t just an insult to the hard working teachers and parents and those who work in the schools but this an insulting offer to anybody who works under collective bargaining.”

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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JOHN HAN
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For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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MAY 26 VIDEO OF THE DAY: Killing the girl goes too far

VIDEO OF THE DAY

KILLING THE GIRL GOES TOO FAR

A Masturbate-a-Thon will be held in San Francisco today as climax of May National Masturbation Month. Professional and amateur contenders will participate in the event hosted by the Porn Palace located at 415 Jessie Street. Sponsors include Good Vibrations operated by newly elected San Francisco Police Commission President Theresa Sparks. Spectators may attend the event for a $15 fee.

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BIRTHDAY LORE FOR MAY 26
You are lighthearted, exuberant, and fond of gaiety. You like people around you and like to please them, and are enthusiastic over new friends. Sometimes passionate and excitable, you are friendly, irresistible, and lovable.

MAY 26 BEST DAY
Today is a good day to plant some more vegetables, aboveground.

TIP OF THE DAY
To more easily recork a bottle of wine, insert the cork upside down.

QUESTION OF THE DAY
How did the pretzel originate? Answer: The pretzel is a traditional Lenten food that originated over a thousand years ago. Some say that it was made to resemble arms crossed over the chest in prayer (an ancient custom). In fact, “pretzel” may have come from the Latin word bracellae, meaning “little arms.”

WORD OF THE DAY
Occultation. Definition: The eclipse of a star or planet by the Moon or another planet.

TODAY IN HISTORY
Born: Peggy Lee (actress), 1920. A tornado hit Oakwood, Ortonville, and Thomas, Michigan, 1896.

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Today: The Bay Area is expected to be partly cloudy today with patchy fog in the morning. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s to upper 60s. West winds of 5 to 10 mph are anticipated.

Today: The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning but clear to be mostly sunny by afternoon. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s to mid 60s. Southwest winds of 5 to 15 mph are anticipated.

Tonight: Expected to be mostly clear in the evening, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Low temperatures are expected to be in the lower 50s. West winds of 10 to 15 mph are anticipated.

Sunday: Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southwest wind between 3 and 11 mph.

Memorial Day: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 69. Southwest wind between 3 and 10 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

MAY 26 STAR MAP
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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

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Best days: Quit smoking 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to lose weight 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to gain weight 23, 28 19, 24
Best days: Cut hair to discourage growth 11, 12 11, 12
Best days: Cut hair to encourage growth 27, 28 22, 23, 24
Best days: Go to the dentist 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Start projects 17 16
Best days: End projects 15 14
Best days: Entertain 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Go camping 4, 5 1, 28, 29
Best days: Plant aboveground vegetables 19, 20, 29, 30 16, 17, 25, 26
Best days: Plant belowground vegetables 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Destroy pests and weeds 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Graft or pollinate 19, 20 15, 16
Best days: Prune to encourage growth 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Prune to discourage growth 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Harvest aboveground vegetables 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Harvest belowground vegetables 6, 7 11, 12
Best days: Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Cut hay 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Begin logging 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Set posts or pour concrete 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Breed animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26
Best days: Weaning animals and children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Potty training children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Castrate animals 9, 10 5, 6
Best days: Slaughter animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, 2007 – THIS WEEKEND – May 26th and 27th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Jewels In The Square – Music, Dance, Theater
Union Square, San Francisco – Noon

Free

AfroSolo International, Brian Freeman – “Here & There” (staged reading)
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 2:00 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$5

Circus Baobab – “The Jumping Drums”
Project Artaud Theater, 2:00

450 Florida Street, San Francisco
$30

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Circus Baobab from Guinea

AfroSolo International, Yossi Vassa – “It Sounds Better in Amharic”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 4:30 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

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Yossi Vassa

Dance en Creations Program I – Dimensions Dance Theater, Nelisewe Xaba
Dance Mission Theater, 7:00 PM

3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$25

AfroSolo International, Marc Bamuthi Joseph – “The Spoken World”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 7:00 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

Circus Baobab – “The Jumping Drums”
Project Artaud Theater, 8:00 PM

450 Florida Street, San Francisco
$30

REPRESENTA!Paul Flores & Julio Cardenas, 8:00 PM
Mission Cultural Center
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
$15

Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Black Voices“A Long Journey Home”, 8:00 PM
Brava Theater Center
2789 24th Street, San Francisco,
$25

Dance En Creations Program II – Robert Moses’ Kin, Compagnie Li-Sangha, Mhayise Productions
Dance Mission Theater, 9:30 PM

3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$25

AfroSolo International, SuAndi – “The Story of M”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 9:30 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

AfroSolo International, Nawal“Music of the Comoros Islands”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 11:00 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

SUNDAY, MAY 27th

Jewels In The Square – Music, Dance, Theater
Union Square, San Francisco – Noon

Free

AfroSolo International, Brian Freeman – “Here & There” (staged reading)
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 2:00 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$5

Circus Baobab – “The Jumping Drums”
Project Artaud Theater, 2:00

450 Florida Street, San Francisco
$30

AfroSolo International, Marc Bamuthi Joseph – “The Spoken World”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 4:30 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph at Afro Solo

Dance En Creations Program II – Robert Moses’ Kin, Compagnie Li-Sangha, Mhayise Productions
Dance Mission Theater, 6:00 PM

3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$25

AfroSolo International, Yossi Vassa – “It Sounds Better in Amharic”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 7:00 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

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Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir

SFIAF Closing Performance – “A Long Journey Home”
Grace Cathedral, 8:00 PM

Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Black Voices
$25

SFIAF Closing Reception – “A Long Journey Home”
Grace Cathedral, 9:30 PM

Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Black Voices
$25 *(Free with admission to SFIAF closing night concert)

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade San Francisco
TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published over 2,000 responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing tecniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, visit Broadwaybelters.com, email Seán at seanmartinfield@att.net.

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CAROLE MIGDEN may face reckless driving charges

The California Highway Patrol said Friday its investigation is still ongoing regarding a two-vehicle accident involving state Sen. Carole Migden a week ago.

CHP Sergeant Les Bishop said it has not been determined if Migden, D-San Francisco, was at fault or was driving recklessly. Bishop said he has no idea how long the investigation will take and he apologized for media reports earlier this week that the CHP was considering recommending reckless driving charges be filed against Migden.

CHP Sergeant Wulf Corrington said Wednesday the CHP planned to recommend the Solano County District Attorney’s Office charge Migden with an infraction for driving too fast for road conditions when her 2007 Toyota Highlander rear-ended a 2005 Honda at Beck Avenue and state Highway 12. That accident sent Ellen Butawan, 31, of Vallejo to the NorthBay Medical Center with a minor injury, the CHP said.

Bishop reported he could not confirm reports that Butawan is married to a CHP officer.

“It’s all part of the investigation and I can’t comment,” Bishop stated.

Corrington also said Migden could face misdemeanor reckless driving charges because of statements witnesses made about her driving between the Carquinez Bridge and Fairfield. Migden said she was driving to an appointment in Marin County.

The CHP said more than a half-dozen other motorists made emergency calls to report Migden’s erratic driving before she hit a Honda sedan at a freeway exit in Fairfield. The other driver, Ellen Butawan of Vallejo, said she went to the emergency room with a head injury.

Migden’s Highlander also struck a guardrail in the center median on Interstate Highway 80 near American Canyon Road, Corrington said. The CHP determined she made an unsafe turning movement but does not intend to recommend any charges be filed in that incident, Corrington said.

Migden, 56, whose district also covers parts of Marin and Sonoma counties, said this week she has been taking medication to treat leukemia and that might have caused her to become disoriented while driving. She said she couldn’t explain her driving the day of the accidents, but her office said she took her eyes off the road to answer her cell phone.

A fundraiser benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be held Sunday, June 3, 2007, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Fort Mason Officers Club, 1 Fort Mason, San Francisco.

James Lanaras of Bay City News and Pat Murphy contributed to this report

See Related CAROLE MIGDEN Senate race could be decided in Marin and Sonoma

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SAN FRANCISCO MASTURBATION celebration Saturday

MASTURBATION GENERATION

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

A Masturbate-a-Thon will be held in San Francisco Saturday as climax of May National Masturbation Month.

Professional and amateur contenders will participate in the May 26 event hosted by the Porn Palace located at 415 Jessie Street.

Sponsors include Good Vibrations operated by newly elected San Francisco Police Commission President Theresa Sparks.

TRANSFIXED GENERATION

San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner Ceclia Chung has announced her intention to run for San Francisco District 11 Supervisor

TRANSDIMENTIONAL ELUCIDATION

Spectators may attend the event for a $15 fee.

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Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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GUNPOWDER CAUSE of San Francisco explosion leaving one with life-threatening burns

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Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Brigid Gaffikin
Bay City News

Gunpowder appears to be behind an explosion in San Francisco’s Outer Mission neighborhood this morning that left one man suffering life-threatening injuries and a building red-tagged, police said.

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There is no indication that drug manufacturing contributed to the blast, Sergeant Neville Gittens said.

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A preliminary investigation points to “an undetermined amount of gun powder” as the cause, Gittens reported.

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San Francisco Police Department Director of Public Affairs Neville Gittens

A man who was in the apartment, at 5315 Mission St., remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being burned in the 6:44 a.m. explosion, Gittens said.

A woman treated at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco for injuries from the blast has been treated and released, added Gittens.

A third victim was treated at the home but he was not transported.

The apartment is in a multistory building behind a dry cleaning business, according to police.

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Officers arriving at the scene “saw the windows of the cleaner’s blown out,” Gittens said.

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Judy Tran, sister of New Cleaners owner Linda Tran came to work this morning to find the shop buckled by explosion

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The explosion remains under investigation, he said. Gittens said he wasn’t sure if any arrests had or would be made.

Public safety personnel successfully rescued two kittens.

The neighborhood is a strip of mostly small retail businesses, a police officer at the Ingleside Station said.

John Han contributed to this report

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STREET VIOLENCE: Daylight shooting leaves 19-year-old dead

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A man killed in a daylight shooting on a San Francisco street was identified by the medical examiner’s office this morning as 19-year-old Jamar Lake.

The victim was a San Francisco resident, according to the medical examiner.

Lake was shot at 10:34 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Laguna and Eddy streets in the Western Addition neighborhood.

Police said a male suspect walked up to Lake and shot him in the head, then fired at a group of people across the street before running away.

Nobody else was injured in the incident, police said. Lake was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.

His death marks the city’s 39th murder this year, Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

There have been no arrests in the case.

Bay City News

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GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER announces initiative to combat gang violence

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From left, Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton, San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris
Photo by William Foster, Office of Governor Schwarzenegger

From the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor Schwarzenegger today proposed an anti-gang initiative to fight gang violence in California . The California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program (CalGRIP) will target more than $48 million in state and federal funding toward local anti-gang efforts, including job training, education and intervention programs, and will give law enforcement the tools to closely track gang leaders both inside state prisons and when they are released on parole. CalGRIP combines funding from different programs and directs them toward intervention, suppression and prevention. The Governor is also appointing a statewide gang coordinator, to coordinate all state programs and funding for anti-gang activities with local and federal agencies.

“A growing number of Californians are living a nightmare trapped inside their homes, afraid to come out unless they absolutely have to. That’s because in many of our cities, whole neighborhoods are terrorized and intimidated by street gangs. Kids are scared to go to school and parents are terrified for their safety,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “So today I am announcing a coordinated, multi-faceted, anti-gang initiative that focuses on the three strategies everyone agrees work best: suppression, intervention and prevention.”

For the past several months the Governor has met with mayors, law enforcement, faith-based and community organizations, local officials and legislators to discuss how communities across the state are fighting gangs and what resources they need to strengthen their success. At every meeting the Governor heard about the same problems: lack of coordination between state and local agencies and programs, lack of funding, and lack of a comprehensive approach to anti-gang efforts. “Everywhere I went, local law enforcement would say the problem is just being pushed from one city to the next. They say gang leaders come out of state prisons and go right back to terrorizing their communities – law enforcement finds out they have gang leaders back in their communities when gang-related violence spikes. Prosecutors say they need more tools to protect witnesses. Community leaders say they can get kids out of gangs but they need help with job training and education. The State spends hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars on education, job training and substance abuse treatment every year – with no focused coordination on gang activities. We need a comprehensive approach to gang violence that provides a statewide framework with long-term solutions,” Governor Schwarzenegger said.

Details of the initiative include:

– The Governor’s Plan Strengthens Law Enforcement on the Streets and in Our Courts

– CalGRIP treats violent gang members like High-Risk Sex Offenders.

– The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and an advisory committee of gang experts will establish a new parolee designation in California : “High Risk Gang Offender.” Like sex offenders, high risk gang parolees will be subject to special parole conditions that limit their ability to recruit children into gangs and limit their access to gang-infested areas. Offenders convicted of gang-related offenses will be evaluated for HRGO status prior to release. Local law enforcement will be notified before High Risk Gang Offenders are released into their neighborhood in the same manner they receive notice of high risk sex offenders.

In addition, HRGOs:

o Will wear GPS devices. Under this plan the Governor will expand a CDCR pilot program that puts GPS devices on gang leaders. With existing resources, CDCR is prepared to expand its current pilot in San Bernardino (19 units) to 20 units each in Sacramento , Fresno and Los Angeles .

o Will register with law enforcement. The Governor will support legislation that makes it a crime for HRGOs to fail to register with local law enforcement upon release. Under CalGRIP, CDCR will advise local law enforcement before high-risk gang members are released back into their communities.

o Will be tracked statewide. Law enforcement will track HRGO parolees in LEADS, the statewide, multi-jurisdictional parolee database used by law enforcement.

CalGRIP makes gang members pay for their crimes.

o Permits civil suits. CalGRIP supports legislation that will let prosecutors and city attorneys bring damage suits against gang members who have violated civil injunctions, go after their assets to satisfy the judgment, and return any recovered funds to the community they have terrorized.

CalGRIP protects witnesses from threats and intimidation.

o Doubles funding for witness protection. CalGRIP allocates an additional $3 million, from the state Victims Restitution Fund, for a total of $6 million for witness protection programs.

o Makes witness intimidation a felony. CalGRIP supports legislation to make witness intimidation a felony and provides additional four-year terms for intimidating witness for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in affiliation with a criminal street gang.

o Helps targeted witnesses have their say. CalGRIP supports legislation to allow the admission of out-of-court statements made by a prosecution witness when gang members, through intimidation or acts of violence, prevent them from testifying in court.

CalGRIP focuses help on the hardest-hit communities.

* Makes high-intensity areas eligible for federal dollars. CalGRIP designates counties with jurisdictions as “High Intensity Gang Areas” (HIGAs). These are counties with the highest number (in the top 25) of gang-related homicides or homicides/resident. Jurisdictions within these counties can apply for additional funding for resources and programs. These funds will be allocated through a competitive process administered by the State Gang Coordinator (see below).

· Homicide rates are established and published by the DOJ, which updates this information annually in June. The following counties currently have jurisdictions that rank in the top 25: Alameda , Contra Costa, Fresno , Los Angeles , Monterey , Orange , Riverside , Sacramento , San Bernardino , San Diego , San Francisco , San Joaquin, Santa Clara , San Mateo , Merced , Tulare , Kern, Stanislaus, Butte , and Madera .

* HIGA designations position California to take advantage of funds that may become available as a result of federal legislation championed by Senator Feinstein.
CalGRIP puts more law enforcement on gang-infested streets.

o Increases CHP support for police and sheriffs. Under CalGRIP, 100 California Highway Patrol officers will rotate though 90 day deployments in HIGAs. These resources are provided through the CHP’s Project IMPACT and will be paid for by overtime costs in CHP’s Tactical Alert Response Fund.

o Fights gang activity in prisons and jail. New, regional CDCR gang task forces in Los Angeles and Fresno counties, the Bay Area and the Inland Empire will help local law enforcement reduce prison gang activities ($3.3 million and 34 positions).

o Partners with local police. CDCR will establish a new, centralized Criminal Intelligence and Analysis Unit to gather gang intelligence from all 33 state prisons and disseminate this information to local law enforcement ($3.1 million and 36 positions.)

o Centralizes information for all law enforcement. CalGRIP provides funding for the CalGANGS law enforcement database ($300,000 in ongoing state funding).

The Governor’s Plan Centralizes Funds and Programs

CalGRIP Targets More Than $48 Million To Fight Gangs.

o CalGRIP brings together more than $48 million in state funds, grants and federal dollars for suppression, intervention and prevention programs. In addition, the Governor’s budget investment in CTE courses, equipment and teachers ($227 million), after school programs ($547 million) and school counselors ($208 million) will give at-risk kids alternatives to gang life.

CalGRIP Creates a One-Stop Shop For Social Services, Law Enforcement and Leadership.

o Fixes the current situation. Until now, the State of California ‘s anti-gang funds and programs have not been centralized or coordinated, making it difficult for local jurisdictions to access the substantial resources that already exist to fight gang violence.

o Brings resources together. Under CalGRIP, the Governor will appoint a State Gang Coordinator in the Office of Emergency Services to:

* Coordinate anti-gang programs and grants at all state agencies.

* Serve as the state contact for local governments and community organizations.

* Collect, evaluate and promote local best practices.

* Track all federal anti-gang funding and grants.

· The coordinator will be supported by a Task Force and stakeholder Advisory Committee.

The Governor’s Plan Strengthens Communities

CalGRIP Helps Rehabilitate and Reintegrate Gang Members.

* Funds anti-gang initiatives in local communities. CalGRIP provides $7 million to local governments in 2007-08 for anti-gang programs, awarded through a competitive process administered by the State Gang Coordinator. These grants will be funded by the State Penalty Fund. The amount increases to approximately $21 million in upcoming years.

o Funds job training programs. CalGRIP redirects $2.8 million in uncommitted Workforce Investment Act funds to expand job training for current gang members, gang-involved and at-risk youth. Under the plan, local programs will match state funds at a 1:1 ratio, for a $5.6 million total impact in 2007-08. Next year, CalGRIP will redirect $11.5 million in uncommitted funds, for a total impact of $23 million next year.

o Helps businesses hire reformed gang members. The State Gang Coordinator will develop a list of community organizations that rehabilitate and provide job training to former gang members, as a resource for businesses interested in hiring them.

o Gives a tax break to employers that provide jobs. CalGRIP adds “former gang member” to list of criteria allowing companies in Enterprise Zones to receive tax credits of up to $29,234 per employee. Status of “former gang member” verified by completion of a program recognized by the gang coordinator.

o Helps young gang members give back and move on. CalGRIP will allocate $1,288,496 in federal and state funds to support 34 full-time AmeriCorps Restoring Youth and Communities positions. Reformed gang members will fill these positions. They will mentor youth who are currently incarcerated in Department of Juvenile Justice facilities or on parole as they get out of gang life.

CalGRIP Keeps At-Risk Kids Out of Gangs.

o Gives 5,000 kids a safer summer. CalGRIP will help 5,000 young people attend summer programs in 2008 that keep them off the streets. Under the plan, $2 million will be allocated to eligible HIGA counties to expand summer programs in collaboration with community organizations.

o Funds juvenile justice programs. CalGRIP redirects $1.1 million in uncommitted, discretionary Juvenile Accountability Block Grants for programs targeting at-risk youth. Under the plan, local programs will match state funds at 25%, for a $1.375 million total impact.

o Gets youth into job training. CalGRIP sets aside 200 slots in California Conservation Corps summer programs for gang-involved young adults.

o Helps young people leave gangs. CalGRIP expands an existing CDCR pilot program for incarcerated youth who are trying to leave gangs. It increases the number of young people participating in the program from 280 youth to 455 and funds two new 10-bed facilities. ($820,000 from the State Penalty Fund).

o Protects kids from gang violence at school. CalGRIP provides $9 million in ongoing funding to HIGA county offices of education to hire approximately 120 additional school resource officers. Under the plan, counties must provide a 25% local match.

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JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre!!! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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WALK LIKE A MAN – Jarrod Spector, Drew Gehling, Jeremy Kushnier and Steve Gouveia. Photo by Joan Marcus

JERSEY BOYS – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons re-opened Tuesday night at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre with a captivating brand new quartet. The show remains as glamorous and powerful as was Opening Night, 2006. But on with a fresh foursome – Jeremy Kushnier (as Tommy DeVito), Steve Gouveia (as Nick Massi), Drew Gehling (as Bob Gaudio), and Jarrod Spector (as Frankie Valli). The performances are superb, rivaling the original Broadway cast , and warranting a revised release for another Four Seasons. Looking for the perfect gift? JERSEY BOYS can’t give you anything but love. Ba-yay-by!

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JARROD SPECTOR – as Frankie Valli. Photo by Joan Marcus

As Frankie Valli, Jarrod Spector is at his best with ” Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” and “My Eyes Adored You“. In these numbers – Spector exudes all that stuff under a very hungry spotlight. No imitation falsetto here. Just a warm and legitimate, no-nonsense recital. Jarrod Spector is an appealing Leading Man.

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DREW GEHLING – as Bob Gaudio. Photo by Joan Marcus

In an entirely other strata and with a smooth set of vocal chops is Drew Gehling as Bob Gaudio . Gehling’s renditions of “Cry For Me” and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” are enough to jump-start and reawake a new era for the Romantic Standards balladeer. Songwriters! Call me when you have a Gaudio-type number.

Jersey Boys – Broadway on Broadway 2006

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JEREMY KUSHNIER – as Tommy DeVito. Photo by Joan Marcus

Jeremy Kushnier is a natural for Tommy DeVito. With the guys in the suits keeping an eye on his IOUs, Vito keeps our eyes on the REAL story behind the band’s success and strife. Without him, he claims, there would be no Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Jeremy Kushnier is the classic lovable schmuck. In the early days, DeVito is constantly changing the group’s name, booking gigs in bowling alleys and low-neighborhood nightclubs. As “The Lovers”, the group winds up at a joint called “The Four Seasons” – its name blazing in neon clear across the Interstate. “Look at that!” declares the awe-struck DeVito. “It’s a sign!”

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It’s a sign! THE JERSEY BOYS. Photo by Joan Marcus

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STEVE GOUVEIA – as Nick Massi. Photo by Joan Marcus

Steve Gouveia as Nick Massi makes this new JERSEY BOYS quartet shine. When cut down to a trio for “Stay“, Gouveia’s mellow presence and warm baritone keeps the song a hit and the boys’ hopes high. Flip to his Act 2 tight-necked diatribe detailing DeVito’s unharmonious hygiene. “For ten years!” – has he endured DeVito as the no-tell/motel roommate; all his towel-hogging / wearing the same underwear for three days / double-ironing his dress shirts! Steve Gouveia is husband material. He makes it easy to accept Massi’s departure from the group – he wants to be a father to his children.

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TEAM JERSEY BOYS – (left to right) Rick Elice (book), Bob Gaudio (composer), Marshall Brickman (book), Des McAnuff (director)

JERSEY BOYS is a clear sign that well-written material withstands the Test of Time. The music of Bob Gaudio and the lyrics of Bob Crewe (portrayed by Craig Laurie) are timeless, straight from the garden, motivating, romantic, danceable and quickly taken to heart. Frankie Valli says the show is a taste of reality. “It’s about four guys that grew up in a certain way, in a certain period of time who – with all odds against them – became successful.” Songwriter Bob Gaudio spoke about a friend who came to see it and exclaimed, “You know, I think this show is going to be bigger than you guys were.” Gaudio response? “Terrific!”

To order tickets on-line: JERSEY BOYS

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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TEACHERS DELCARE IMPASSE in contract negotiations

San Francisco public school teachers have reached an impasse in contract negotiations, union President Dennis Kelly reported tonight.

“We had every hope and expectation that the district wanted to settle a fair contract this school year,” Kelly said in a written statement.

“Instead, fthey decided to lead us down the path of confrontation.

“It is unfortunate that the teachers who do the work in the classroom may be forced to fight for a living wage.”

Negotiations between the United Educators of San Francisco headed by kelly with the San Francisco Unified School District have been ongoing for four months.

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DAN NOYES reports Tony Hall files candidacy for Mayor

“San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom found out late today who the first major challenger will be in his race for re-election. Former Supervisor Tony Hall made the announcement to the I-Team that he’s running,” according to KTO-TV reporter Dan Noyes.

“A lot of people thought Tony Hall would run and Thursday he made it official, filing papers with the Department of Elections. If our interview is any indication, it’s going to be an entertaining race.”

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TIPPER GORE spotlights new SF mental health care for children and adolescents

CHILDHOOD: LOST AND FOUND

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Longtime national mental health care advocate Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, on hand to praise newly announced San Francisco mental health system for children and adolescents.
Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

A $25 million private donation jump starts creation of a San Francisco mental health network for children and adolescents regardless of parent ability to pay, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.

Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore and longtime national mental health care advocate, joined the mayor at City Hall lauding both the donation and the network.

The University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) will host the program set to open in early Spring 2008.

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In a single location, the Pritzker Center at UCSF, named for donors John and Lisa Pritzker, will expand the nationally recognized programs and services of San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center (SFGH) and the specialty clinics, training and research of UCSF’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) into one cohesive program.

The Pritzker gift is the largest donation ever given for mental health care to an American university.

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Tipper Gore, who chairs the Pritzker Center’s leadership council, stands with donors Lisa and John Pritzker at the announcement of the center on May 23.
Photo Courtesy UCSF

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Lisa Priztker applauded for $25 million donation during City Hall announcement

“We can have a positive impact on the well-being of our community if we treat mental illness in children. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. About one out of every five children and adolescents has a diagnosable mental disorder, and the vast majority do not receive any type of mental health treatment,” said David Kessler, MD, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UCSF.

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Dean David Kessler, MD

“San Francisco alone has about 6,000 vulnerable youth who are not getting the mental health care they need,” Kessler detailed.

The center will combine clinical child mental and emotional health experts in virtually every subspecialty, including professionals specializing in the impact of domestic and community violence, sexual abuse and assault, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

ABOUT THE FACILITY:

• Location: 2130 Third Street (at Tennessee and 18th Streets)

• 36,000 square feet on three floors

• 55-space surface parking lots

• Conveniently located on the Third Street T light-rail MUNI Line and adjacent bus stops

• The current site is an existing three-story building, originally constructed in 1941. In 2001, the building was renovated with seismic structural upgrades, a new fire suppression system and accessibility upgrades.

• New construction will make space for private offices, workstations, pleasant waiting areas, and treatment rooms with acoustic and visual privacy. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems will be modified to fulfill specific needs.

DESIGN GOALS:

• Create an engaging, serene and inspiring space that will feel welcome to families upon entry

• Encourage spatial openness for collaboration and interaction among various programs

• Keep workstations and offices on the periphery to allow for natural daylight and views

• Use unique colored, textured walls to enclose the “central core”

• Create partitions to incorporate glass transoms and side light to allow natural light to penetrate interior hallways

• Use backlit fabric panels to hide new mechanical ducts and serve as playful, sculptural elements providing visual relief in long hallways

• Incorporate elements of nature to create a healing and comforting environment for all

• Build to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, with maximum possible maintenance of high indoor air quality; use of natural, rapidly renewable and recycled materials such as natural clay plaster, bamboo plywood, and resin panels from recycled milk jugs; and use of energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems.

See Related: HEALTH CARE

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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JOHN HAN
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For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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TAKE ME OUT – Get Your Red Hots, Red Hot!

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TAKE ME OUT – At The New Conservatory Theater Center, San Francisco. Photo by Lois Tema.

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

TAKE ME OUT is a big fly at the New Conservatory Theater Center. Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award winning play is steaming hot and will be selling-out fast. Running through July 11th only, Take Me Out strikes deep into the inner-sanctum of America’s most American of rituals – the Game of Baseball. With straight pitches, curving pitches, fastballs and spitballs flying high/wide/and handsome, Take Me Out arrives just in time to stoke-up San Francisco’s cool season of summer theatre. Under the direction of Ed Decker, Take Me Out moves the New Conservatory Theatre Center solidly into the Major Leagues of The City’s cultural arena.

The cast of Take Me Out is solid gold! As part of NCTC’s Silver Anniversary and in celebration of its twelfth Pride Season, the assembled team represents the finest in Bay Area talent. Founding Artistic Director Ed Decker proves that San Francisco is richly afloat in its cache of Best In Show contenders. With his three theatres at 25 Van Ness Avenue in continuous play, Decker is determined to keep and promote The City’s resident and about-to-be discovered Theatrical Superstars.

Yes! Take Me Out contains Mature Themes and Adult Male Nudity! Next?!

“Play ball!!!”

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MICHAEL UIMARI and BRIAN PATTERSON. Photos by Lois Tema.

After a quick and quiet gasp over bouncing genitalia – even when a gaggle of six is in towel-snapping distance from Row A – the novelty retreats back into “my motivation for being in the room”, and focus shifts back to The Play and The Players. And the subject is poses – the pictures, postures and pastures of a Major League baseball team – “The Empires”. With a possible World Series win dangling on the horizon, the Empires’ star hitter Darren Lemming (Brian J. Patterson) decides to alert the media and outs himself. Until now, Lemming has totally measured-up as the American Dream.

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TIM REDMOND – as Toddy Koovitz, and BRIAN J. PATTERSON – as Darren Lemming Photo by Lois Tema.

Not only does Darren pack a great wallop, he’s good-looking, he’s famous, he’s rich, he’s smart, he’s the perfect blending of bi-racial. One fan, Mr. William R. Danziger (Michael L. Uimari), steps forward and shares his confidential letter. Danziger, an average and complacent guy, is totally fine with the Gay-thing and even smiles at the prospect of his own maybe-Gay son marrying Darren and all the great family stuff that could follow. The problem? Why does IT have to invade BASEBALL?

Enter the new pitcher, Shane Mungitt (Jeffrey Cohlman). Shane Mungitt is your worst Deliverance–type nightmare. A product of too much in-breeding, an orphan from “Arkansar” or Tennessee, Shane can toss out the cutting epithets as fast as he can throw the Empires’ balls into the World Series. Shane takes himself out when he throws a beanball at the opposing team’s star player, Davey Battle (Myers Clark), and strikes him out cold dead.

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JEFF COHLMAN – as Shane Mungitt. Photo by Lois Tema.

Jeffrey Cohlman is a captivating presence. As “Shane Mungitt” he is all at once lovable, pitiable, and incredibly disturbing. At the Opening Night reception, Mr. Cohlman (a native of the Bay Area) was extremely gracious while being praised as Hitchcock’s dream of the perfect psychopath. In his life outside the Ed Decker Theatre, Jeffrey is a musician and filmmaker. He is also a teacher of Theatre Arts for San Francisco elementary students, K – 3rd grade.

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MATT SOCHA – center front. Middle row – BRIAN J. PATTERSON, CARLOS BARRERA, ARTHUR KENG. Back Row – TOM ORR, TIM REDMOND, DONOVAN KEITH. Photo by Lois Tema.

“Take Me Out is a meditation,” says Matt Socha, commanding a great deal of focus in his role as “Kippy”. He is Darren’s one sincere team-member friend and the audience’s narrator/tour-guide between the shower stall and the dugout.

“It’s about diversity,” says Arthur Keng, making his NCTC debut as “Takeshi Kawabata”, the Japanese-born pitcher for the Empires. A recent graduate from UC Berkeley, Arthur is angel-faced and light-hearted out in the Lobby. But on stage he pushes the Sessue Hayakawa buttons – the intense concentration, grace and fire of a Samurai. We’re not altogether certain how he will internalize the shame of Strike 3.

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TAKE ME OUT – Brian J. Patterson. Photos by Lois Tema.

“It’s about opportunity,” claims Brian J. Patterson. Playwright Richard Greenberg certainly provides enough of it in his creation of “Darren Lemming” and Brian steps right up to the plate. Whoever portrays the Empires’ Star Queer must radiate camera-friendly studliness, confidence and charm, along with self-centered distance, loneliness and confusion. He must also demonstrate brute violence in a nude shower scene with “Mungitt” who will later describe the encounter as an attempted rape. The Empires take the Series, but none of them are tagged as MVP.

My vote goes to Patrick Michael Dukeman – the highly-strung, extremely light-in-the-loafers accountant, “Mason Marzac”. Suddenly assigned to manage Darren’s bulging bank account, Mason transforms his shriek-filled and unrequited passions for the dashing player into becoming Baseball’s ultimate numbers and statistics Queen, aka, a “figger filbert”. Who knew?!

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Patrick Michael Dukeman. Photo by Lois Tema.

Patrick Michael Dukeman has reached the level of our great comic actors. He stands between Gene Wilder and Charles Nelson Reilly while flirting with Milton Berle and Ed Wynn. For some Bay Area theatre goers, Patrick goes way-back. With great fondness – the “young Patrick” is remembered and cherished in his musical roles as “Wizzer” (FALSETTOLAND), as “Otto Kringelein” (GRAND HOTEL), and “Molina” (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN). Now in his tenth production at NCTC, Patrick weaves a glittering and high-arcing rainbow of experience into the performance of a lifetime.

To order tickets on-line: TAKE ME OUT
To order Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award winning play: TAKE ME OUT

Opening May 24th in NCTC’s Theatre 3: WILDE BOYS
Written and Musical Direction by Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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STREET VIOLENCE: One shot dead in the Bayview and one shot dead in the Fillmore

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Two shootings on Tuesday night left one man dead and another in the hospital, San Francisco police dispatchers said this morning.

The first shooting occurred at the intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and Cortland Avenue around 11:10 p.m., according to dispatchers.

The victim was sitting in a parked car and an unknown suspect fired at the car. The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The second shooting happened on the 1200 block of Divisadero Street around 11:30 p.m., dispatchers said.

The victim was walking down the street when he bumped into a group of men. The three suspects began chasing him down the street, according to dispatchers.

The victim ran into a store and the suspects opened fire, hitting the victim through the storefront window. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Police are still searching for suspects in both incidents.

Bay City News

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MUNI REFORM ballot measure proposed by Peskin

By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin this afternoon introduced a measure that aims to make the city’s public transit more reliable while cutting waste and reducing carbon emissions

Peskin presented the legislation at the end of today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

It will now be submitted to the board’s Rules Committee, which will hold it for 30 days before voting on it. If passed by the Rules Committee, it will come back before the full board. The proposal must receive six votes on the 11-member board to make it to the Nov. 6 ballot.

“If we are serious about being a green city, a reliable public transit system must be our first priority,” Peskin said in a statement.

“In order to get people out of their cars, we first need a Muni that gets people where they’re going – that’s what this charter amendment is all about.”

For the first time in San Francisco’s history, the measure would require in the city’s constitution that the Municipal Transportation Agency produce a plan to reduce carbon emissions from all vehicles and increase ridership.

Under the legislation, MTA officials would work to reduce carbon emissions from transit vehicles to 80 percent of their 1990 levels by 2012.

The MTA would be required to report on its progress every two years.

The legislation also seeks to increase the amount of revenue MTA receives from parking fees and streamline operations by giving the agency greater contracting freedom.

The measure would also require that pay for MTA managers be linked to performance and would remove the salary cap for transit operators.

Bay City News

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