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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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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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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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JOHN HAN
Sentinel Photographer
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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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.

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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
Sentinel Photographer
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.

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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.

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ED JEW keeps up regular schedule, says constituents care more about Muni than investigations

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

Muni service and neighborhood preservation issues dominated constituent dialogue with Supervisor Ed Jew last night despite the daily media crucible begun Friday, Jew said in an exclusive interview with the Sentinel this afternoon.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler confirmed that agents from the FBI’s public corruption unit searched Jew’s office and other properties owned by the supervisor on Friday.

In a related development, City Attorney Dennis Herrera opened an investigation Monday as to whether Jew meets residency requirements to hold the District 4 Supervisor seat.

But in District 4 where Jew’s constituents reside, last night’s community forum indicated residents are more concerned with constituency services than headlines, noted Jew.

“They were talking about preservation,” Jew detailed.

“They asked me questions at Muni — the N-Line — and I just had a meeting with the mayor and the N-Line is going to be restored to its usual schedule that will benefit everybody that’s going to go all the way to Caltrain.

“That will relieve all that frustration that people have to wait an hour and a half and so forth.”

Jew kept his schedule set prior to Friday, stated the District 4 Supervisor.

“I’m just doing what a supervisor is supposed to do,” he continued.

“Last weekend I was out and about — I went to four events Sunday.

“Sunday night I went to over to the Green Party. They had invited me to speak to them there.

“On Monday night, I spoke for 28 minutes (at the Sunset community meeting) and after that I walked home.”

Jew “thanked the Chinese community for its support” prior to attending today’s 2:00 p.m. Board of Supervisors meeting, and extended gratitude to his family.

“My is wife is supporting me 100%-plus, and my daughter just emailed me saying, ‘I love you, Daddy. I love you.’

“That’s better than anything in the world.”

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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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TRANSGENDER MURDER RATES soar in Northern California

By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

While discrimination and hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transgender individuals plummeted in 2006, severe violence has spiked around Northern California, according to a report released this morning.

Transgender women of color are particularly at risk, according to Community United Against Violence , the San Francisco-based organization that released the Report of Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Violence.

The overall murder rate for gays, lesbians and transgender people in Northern California doubled from 2005 to 2006, from two to four cases.

Half of those victims were transgender women of color, according to the report.

The count does not include transgender murder victim Ruby Ordenana, also known as Ruby Rodriguez, whose body was found near a freeway off-ramp in San Francisco on March 16. Police have made no arrests in her murder, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said today.

It also does not include the suspicious death of Daxi Arredondo, a transgender woman found dead in a Tenderloin motel last November. While the medical examiner ruled Arredondo’s cause of death to be an overdose, she had evidence of injury on her body and a man left her hotel room at 5 a.m., according to today’s report.

“Tragically, these violent deaths are not isolated,” said Jovida Guevara-Ross, executive director of CUAV.

“Transgender women of color face systematic discrimination, criminalization, and brutal violence in their everyday lives.”

Guevara-Ross called on community organizations and public institutions to make education about transgender women a priority, as well as providing services for them.

“True safety requires a commitment to end violence against all communities,” she said.

The murder count for 2006 began in January, with the still-unsolved murder of a 50-year-old gay man in his Post Street apartment, according to CUAV.

On Jan. 3, Chad Ferriera, 27, a gay man living in San Francisco, was beaten at 2 a.m. on Castro Street. Ferriera died the next day. His alleged attacker, Kyle Brandon Adams, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and assault and has claimed self-defense.

On June 26, Alfred/Ariana Dibble, a biological male in his 40s, who had both a male and female identity, was found beaten and unconscious in the bushes in Stockton. Dibble never regained consciousness.

The Stockton police have not classified the murder as a hate crime due to lack of evidence, the CUAV report states.

The final murder of 2006 occurred Nov. 19. Thalia Sandoval, a 27-year-old transgender woman, was stabbed to death in her Antioch home after reportedly picking up the murder suspect at a bar.

In addition to the rising murder rate, the report found an increase in gay men reporting sexual assaults to the San Francisco Police Department. Most of the assaults occurred in the Castro neighborhood. On Oct. 26, neighbors formed Castro Community on Patrol, which increased safety
measures at night.

While sexual assaults in the Castro rose, overall incidents in the neighborhood fell 56 percent from 2005.

In total, CUAV reported 285 incidents of hate violence in 2006 – an 11 percent decrease from 322 incidents reported to the organization in 2005.

Reports of bias fell 8 percent from 364 in 2005 to 336 in 2006.

About 60 percent of the offenders were friends or acquaintances of the victims, according to the report.

Incidents committed by a member of a hate group fell 75 percent, from four incidents in 2005 to a single incident last year.

Transgender-related bias saw a 94 percent increase, from 33 incidents in 2005 to 64 incidents in 2006.

The biggest jump, however, was in the number of incidents involving AIDS/HIV-related and heterosexist bias – from one incident in 2005 to 15 last year.

CUAV found that police were courteous, with fewer reports of physical or verbal abuse toward gays, lesbians and transgender people.

However, there was a 120 percent increase in reports of police indifference.

The report makes recommendations to stem violence and discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people, including partnerships between the media and nonprofits to create social justice-focused journalism; ongoing sensitivity training for law enforcement and those in the criminal legal system; and community outreach such as mentoring gay and lesbian youth and seniors, job training and promoting volunteerism at anti-violence organizations.

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MICHAEL HENNESSEY seeks unprecedent 8th term as Sheriff of San Francisco

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Michael Hennessey

From Mike Hennessey

San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey announced today his candidacy for an unprecedented eighth term in the November 6, 2007election.

He is San Francisco’s and California’s longest serving elected Sheriff, and heads the nation’s twentieth largest Sheriff’s Department.

First elected in 1979, Sheriff Hennessey has presided over an era of unprecedented innovation in the Sheriff ’s Department,including developing award-winning rehabilitation programs, constructing three modern jail facilities, and expanding deputy sheriffs’ duties to include security at City Hall and San Francisco General Hospital.

As Sheriff, Hennessey has received accolades for hiring law enforcement’s most diverse staff.

Over 70% of the deputized staff are women and minorities. He has been named Law Enforcement News’ Man of the Year for developing staff training regarding HIV issues. During his tenure as Sheriff, Hennessey has consistently created rehabilitation and recidivism-reduction programs unique in law enforcement, including:

• FIVE KEYS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. The only certified charter high school in a jail or prison in America. Now in its 4th year, the high school has a daily attendance of over 200 students, and has awarded high school diplomas to twograduating classes per year.

• EVICTION ASSISTANCE. Since 1980, tenants facing eviction are contacted and offered social service assistance coordinated by the Sheriff ’s Department.

• RESOLVE TO STOP THE VIOLENCE PROGRAM (RSVP). This groundbreaking anti-violence counseling program received the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Innovations in Government Award in 2002.

• IN-CUSTODY DRUG TREATMENT. San Francisco county jails have two unique substance abuse counseling programs, one for women (SISTER) and one for men (Roads to Recovery).

• THE GARDEN PROJECT/EARTH STEWARDS. An innovative job-training program using organic gardening and landscaping skills as a path to employment.

• COMMUNITY ANTI-VIOLENCE COUNSELING. Created in 2006, The No Violence Alliance (NoVA) is a collaboration among law enforcement and community non-profit organizations to provide case management and services to violent offenders released from jail or prison.

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FBI INVESTIGATION of San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew prompted by misunderstanding, says attorney well known to movie goers – City Attorney opens residency requirement investigation

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Attorney Steve Gruel, representing Supervisor Ed Jew, is a former fedral Organized Crime Task Force prosecutor and familiar face to movie goers. Gruel has appeared in “dozens of movies and TV shows here in recent years,” noted Hank Donat, publisher of MisterSF.com. “I spied Steve in ‘Little City’, smoking cigarettes with Jon Bon Jovi’s character at an AA meeting.” Photo and background courtesy Hank Donat MisterSF.com

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By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

The attorney for a San Francisco supervisor under investigation by the FBI said Monday morning that his client is the victim of a misunderstanding.

A search warrant executed on Ed Jew’s home and city hall office Friday is not evidence of the supervisor’s guilt, San Francisco attorney Steven Gruel said yesterday.

“A search warrant is a common investigative technique to determine if there has been any wrongdoing – it is not a barometer of guilt,” Gruel said in a statement.

“Ed Jew has not been charged, nor has he been accused – I caution everyone against drawing conclusions based on a search warrant. My client is cooperating fully to clear up this apparent misunderstanding.”

In a related development, City Attorney Dennis Herrera opened an investigation Monday as to whether Jew meets residency requirements to hold the District 4 Supervisor seat.

Local law requires candidates to live in the supervisor district they seek for 30 days prior to running.

Reports surfacing Monday indicated utility services were not turned on until some 60 days after Jew was required to live in a 28th Street house Jew claimed as his primary District 4 residence.

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Jew is prohibited from commenting or answering any questions about the investigation without assistance from his attorney, according to Gruel.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler confirmed that agents from the FBI’s public corruption unit searched Jew’s office and other properties owned by the supervisor on Friday.

Schadler said he could not confirm whether Jew’s reported acceptance of $40,000 in cash from a group of businessmen was the subject of the probe.

“We’re investigating allegations that could lead to federal charges,” Schadler said. “We’re at the search warrant stage. There have been no charges filed. If that ever happened, there would be more public information.”

Jew has said in media reports that the businessmen, owners of Quickly tapioca drink shops, told the FBI that the he pressured them into hiring a political consultant to resolve some permit issues. Jew acknowledged recommending the consultant, but denied doing anything illegal. He said the men insisted on giving him $40,000 in cash to pay the consultant.

The FBI is not investigating allegations that Jew does not live in the Sunset District, which he represents.

“That would be a local issue,” Schadler said.

David Miree, a spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, said the mayor feels “there is no rush to judgment at this time and we’ll wait to see what the official investigation yields before we see if we need to take any action by the city.”

But the allegations have left some of Jew’s fellow supervisors with questions of their own.

“The buck stops with Ed, and he has to be accountable. He has a lot of explaining to do,” Jew’s colleague, Supervisor Tom Ammiano, said Monday.

While he acknowledged that Jew might be innocent, “there are ethics laws about taking cash and not declaring it. It all smells really bad,” Ammiano said.

Supervisors are waiting to see the results of the FBI probe, but wouldn’t shy away from conducting their own investigation if it became necessary, Ammiano said.

The entire matter is frustrating in light of the good work done by the Board of Supervisors, he said.

“It really does frustrate me, because I think the board – for all its dysfunction at times – is a good board. This is a real spoiler.”

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said today that she will save her judgment until after an investigation is conducted.

“In this country we’re innocent until proven guilty, so that’s where I am. There will be a process and an investigation is under way and I will save my judgment until after that.”

Pat Murphy contributed to this report

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HARVEY MILK birthday remembrance celebrated Tuesday

PRODUCER ROB EPSTEIN TO DISPLAY OSCAR WON FOR ‘THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK’

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Harvey Milk seen at his Castro Street photo shop which doubled as campaign office where birthday celebration will be held Tuesday

By Allen White

Producer and director Rob Epstein will display the Oscar statuette won for Best Documentary of 1984 – The Times of Harvey Milk – at a celebration Tuesday of Harvey Milk’s birthday.

The first openly LGBT person elected to public office, Milk was assasinated in 1978.

The event will be held in the location where Milk operated a camera shop in which he based headquarters for election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

Now known as the gift shop Given, located at 575 Castro Street, it hosts remembrance from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Memorial Plaque at 575 Castro Street

Rob Epstein, the co-producer of The Times of Harvey Milk will be attending and bringing the Oscar with him which the film won for Best Documentary of 1984. This is one of the few times that the Academy Award statuette has been on display.

The event is free and open to the public.

Given owner, Nick Romero, realizing the location’s historical significance, selected Milk’s birthday as a time to open his store to celebrate Milk’s life and the Castro community he helped to create.

Several who knew and worked with Milk will attend. They include Supervisor Tom Ammian; Carol Ruth Silver, who served with Milk on the Board of Supervisors; Anne Kronenberg, one of Milk’s Supervisorial aides; Dennis Peron, a close personal friend who Milk supported in his marijuana advocacy, Dan Nicoletta, a photographer and close friend of Milk’s and Howard Wallace, who supervised one of three get out the vote sites for Milk’s election. Through cooperation with the LGBT Historical Society and other sources, photos and items which reflected those times will be on display.

Milk’s shop became well known as a center for political activism. Milk used the location as the headquarters for his campaign for election to the Board of Supervisors.

San Franciscans changed to electing members of the Board of Supervisors by district with the 1977 election. Milk was elected to represent District 6, which included the Castro, in November, 1977. Because of the low supervisor salary and escalating Castro rents, Milk was evicted from his camera shop. Milk took office in January, 1978 and was assassinated less than one year later on November 27, 1978.

This event is an opportunity to educate the community to the times and life of Harvey Milk, the impact of the gay liberation movement and the emergence of the Castro as an international center for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Among those participating are the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society and the Conant Foundation. There will be a birthday cake and wine for the event is provided by Swirl on Castro.

Allen White is a San Francisco writer

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BAY TO BREAKERS race draws 60,000 adult hilarity

KENYANS WIN BAY TO BREAKERS RACE
El Cerrito contender collapses and dies at finish line

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PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The 96th annual Bay to Breakers 12-kilometer footrace across San Francisco was won this morning by Kenya’s John Korir, race organizers reported.

Korir, 31, crossed the finish line at Ocean Beach with a time of 34 minutes and 44 seconds.

The first female runner to cross the finish line was Edna Kiplagat, also of Kenya, with a time of 38 minutes and 55 seconds.

This year marked the first time a woman has been first across the Bay to Breakers finish line, according to race spokeswoman Katherine Ambellan. Kiplagat, 27, actually finished just ahead of Korir because the women are given an approximately 5-minute head start, Ambellan said.

Five of the top seven male finishers hail from Kenya; and of the top three female finishers, five of the top 10 are also from Kenya.

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John Mentzer, 30, of Monterey, finished eighth for the men with a time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds; and Tommy Greenless, 25, of Walnut Creek, finished tenth with a time of 36 minutes and 44 seconds.

Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, 33, of Oakland, finished seventh for the women with a time of 41 minutes and 44 seconds.

Sadly, one contender collapsed and died at the finish line. The San Francisco Medical Exmainer identified the man as 53-year-old Joe Spinale of El Cerrito.

An estimated 60,000 runners, many in costumes, participated today in San Francisco’s popular and colorful race, which begins at the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco and winds across the city and through Golden Gate Park before finishing at the Pacific Ocean.

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They came by the thousands. Every form of transportation was used to get to the 96th Bay to Breakers footrace. Bart trains, busses and ferries were full of costumed participants. This year as in past years seemed to be mostly about the party atmosphere and how much beer one could consume before 9:00 a.m. And when so much liquid is consumed, much of it ended up on the sides of buildings and behind bushes. There was a strong contingent of Kenyans who, of course, flew to the front of the pack. There were those who opted to run sans clothing and those who seemed giddy to view the naked runners and also those who needed to turn their heads. There were pirates and Elvis look a likes, grownups wearing diapers, wedding parties,and nuns.

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

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Compiled from David Toerge and Bay City News reports

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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JOHN HAN
Sentinel Photographer
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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CAROLE MIGDEN Senate race could be decided in Marin and Sonoma

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JOE ALIOTO VERONESE

BELIEVE IT OR WHAT
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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

For those who watch California State Senator Carole Migden even from a distance, it’s not hard to imagine Migden screaming, “I’m a Senator!” soon after rear-ending a motorist

The allegation may not be true…

The witness, who also said Migden appeared “to be out of it”, may have lied to better his chance to be on TV, he might be a Migden political opponent, or he may consider her choice of colors overstated…

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But she does, one knows, require office visitors to stand as she enters to confer (for dignity of the Office she holds, uh huh)…

With such brusque style viewed as arrogant by many North Bay voters in her last race, and the Midas touch of incumbency cold handed in Marin and Sonoma Counties, the woman faces formidable challengers hailing from San Francisco… And the heavy handed San Francisco Board of Supervisors president may jump in, too…

All hailing from minority vote land given that Marin and Sonoma cast more amens than pert San Francisco…

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Mark Leno, Joe Alioto Veronese, Aaron Peskin

North Bay luminaries Joe Nation, Kerry Mazzoni, Pam Torliatt, and Susan Adams say no thanks (Adams has endorsed Migden)… Phil Kranenburg, a Marin Community College Trustee, may throw his hat at the rack, but has said he will not decide until end of summer when fundraising competitive with SFers could be a touch difficult…

Attitudinal disposition, this corner reminds, of San Francisco diverges from majority voters somewhere in a place calling itself the North Bay…

Look for San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, newest contender, to dispense with Carole Migden quickly going head-to-head with Mark Leno…

NEVER A BLUE SAN FRANCISCO DAY

Take ten minutes to be happy you yourself have a warm place to go to the bathroom, be glad the richest guy in Asia is named Ka-Shing, and go out and make sure Carole Migden, Mark Leno, and Aaron Peskin got milk… it might make them nod off…

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PAT MURPHY
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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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STREET VIOLENCE: Bayview awakens to one more shot

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A man who was shot in the chest and legs in San Francisco’s Bayview district this morning is likely to survive, according to a San Francisco police officer.

The officer said the man, who was found wounded at Revere Avenue and Hawes Street in San Francisco’s Bayview District at around 4:43 a.m., was mobile and talking with the officers who found him.

No suspects have been taken into custody and police are continuing to investigate this incident, the officer said.

Bay City News

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FASHION: How to dress to go to the White House

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By Sheryl Eberly

Although it’s known as “the people’s house,” you’ll probably feel more welcome in something other than your “good” T-shirt.

For a tour: The White House is the people’s house. It doesn’t belong to the president and First Lady; it belongs to the people. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a sense of respect when we’re there. Step it up a notch.

Nice casual: Trousers or khakis and a shirt (with sleeves). Sweater optional. No jacket necessary. Definitely no caps, flip-flops, or cutoffs.

To meet with a staff member: It’s a conservative town. A business suit is very much what’s worn in Washington.

Conservative business attire: Dark business suit with a shirt and tie. (Shirt doesn’t have to be white.)

To attend a formal event: If you’re invited to a social event, a state dinner, you will receive instructions on the invitation on what kind of attire is expected.

Business attire or black tie, depending on instructions.

Sheryl Eberly is a former White House aide to Nancy Reagan.

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STREET VIOLENCE: San Francisco police shootout with alleged bike thief

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By Matt Wynkoop
Bay City News

Two San Francisco patrol officers were treated for minor injuries they sustained while trying to escape gunfire by a suspected bike robber this morning in the Sunset District, a police spokesman reported.

At around 1 a.m. today police received a report that someone had been seen stealing a bicycle from the garage of a home in the 2000 block of Lower Great Highway, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

Responding officers soon located a man that fit a witness’ description riding a bicycle near the intersection of 48th Avenue and Taraval Street, according to Mannina.

As the officers were in the process of exiting their patrol car in an effort to approach the suspect, the man suddenly produced a gun and fired several shots at the officers, hitting the patrol car multiple times.

The officers immediately returned gunfire but the man ran from the scene northbound on 47th Avenue, Mannina said.

Police set up a large perimeter in the area and called the San Francisco SWAT team to assist with the search, which included a large sweep of Ocean Beach, Mannina said.

The suspect was located at around 4:45 a.m. hiding in a patch of bushes at Santiago Street and Lower Great Highway suffering a gunshot wound to the hand, Mannina said.

Both officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained during their attempts to avoid the initial gunfire.

The suspect, who remains unidentified this afternoon, was also taken to San Francisco General Hospital to receive treatment for his injured hand, Mannina said.

The suspect remains at the hospital this afternoon.

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JIMMY CARTER criticizes Tony Blair for blind support of Iraq War – AUDIO

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Former US President Jimmy Carter has criticized outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his “blind” support of the war in Iraq.

Mr Carter told the BBC Mr Blair’s backing for US President George W Bush had been “apparently subservient”.

He said the UK’s “almost undeviating” support for “the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq had been a major tragedy for the world”.

His comments came as Mr Blair paid what is likely to be his last visit to Iraq.

He flew into the capital, Baghdad, for talks with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri Maliki at which he is expected to push for greater reconciliation between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia factions.

Mr Blair is due to leave office at the end of next month.

‘Global schisms’

Mr Carter said that if Mr Blair had distanced himself from the Bush administration’s policy during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq it might have made a crucial difference to American political and public opinion.

“One of the defences of the Bush administration… has been, okay, we must be more correct in our actions than the world thinks because Great Britain is backing us,” he told the Today programme on Radio 4.

“So I think the combination of Bush and Blair giving their support to this tragedy in Iraq has strengthened the effort and has made the opposition less effective and prolonged the war and increased the tragedy that has resulted.”

The war had “caused deep schisms on a global basis”, he said, and he hoped Mr Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, would be less enthusiastic in his support for it.

The former US president has been a fierce critic of the US-led war in Iraq.

In an interview last year, he said he was “disappointed” by Tony Blair’s failure to use his influence with President Bush more wisely.

In 1976, Mr Carter unseated the incumbent Gerald Ford to become the 39th US president, serving until 1981.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, for what presenters cited as decades of work seeking peaceful solutions and promoting social and economic justice.

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“San Francisco Through The Eyes of Our Children” – a multi-day art exhibition with honorary co-chair Robert Redford – Saturday, May 19th – at San Francisco’s Landmark Mansion, LE PETIT TRIANON

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VIEWS OF THE CITY, by The City’s Kids

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

“SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR CHILDREN” – the first event of its
kind, supporting 17 San Francisco based organizations, will take place at the landmark mansion, LE PETIT TRIANON (3800 Washington Street) Saturday, May 19th. The event is sponsored by Byzantium Brokerage. The event will raise funds for 17 Organizations in the City of San Francisco.

With Honorary Co-chair Robert Redford, the Academy Award winning actor and director this multi-day experience features an art exhibition and events centered on unique works created by children from a number of San Francisco-based organizations, including schools and child advocacy charities.

In an effort to shine the spotlight on the children of San Francisco, Byzantium, led by cofounders Steven Mavromihalis and Gilbert Fleitas, created this unique concept that is comprised of a multi-day art exhibition and an evening cocktail soiree. Specifically, the estate will play host to a three day art exhibition that features works by Bay Area children (and select Bay Area artists), all of which are available via a silent auction, and will culminate in a special-invitation cocktail party on Saturday evening.

The foremost goal of the concept is to host a memorable and successful event that benefits the children of San Francisco, while encouraging a proactive dialogue on the future of the City’s children.

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The children selected to create the art have been posed the following question, “If you closed your eyes and thought of San Francisco, what do you see? Can you draw it?” The drawings and paintings will not only reflect their individual visions, but also the diverse range of cultural and economic backgrounds that exist within the city.

These children will also be invited to visit the venue and witness their own artwork on display in this historic landmark venue. The submissions will be shown throughout the twenty-two rooms of Le Petit Trianon, where since its completion in 1904, the home has played host to a wide range of San Francisco society and has been the setting for state and diplomatic functions and private concerts by such notables as Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern and Igor Stravinsky.

With one pre-school exception, the schools and organizations that participate will involve Children – grades K-8. The exhibited art will be available for sale and the funds generated will be given on a “dollar-per-dollar” basis to the school or organization from which they were received.

Funds distributed to the organizations will be used to benefit art programs and other meaningful activities available to each schools’ or organizations’ children. The public is encouraged to visit the estate during the “exhibition-style” period during which the estate will be open from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 19th.

Organizations participating:

City of Dreams
Edgewood Center for Children and Families
Chinese American School
Hamilton Family Center
Homeless Prenatal Program
The Imagine Bus Project
Okizu Foundation
Phoebe Hearst Preschool
Presidio Hill School
Raphael House
Real Options for City Kids
Russian American School
San Francisco Friends School
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
San Francisco CASA Program
Alamo Elementary School
Creative Arts Charter School

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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