Friday, February 01, 2008

GLBT DIGEST February 1, 2008

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"Milk" Biopic Brings '70s Vibe to San Francisco

February 1, 2008
Filed at 2:57 a.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - If you happen to be doing a littleshopping on Castro Street in San Francisco and notice that the stores seemto be a bit more psychedelic than usual, fear not. You're not having an acidflashback or entering a time warp; you're on the set of "Milk."

In mid-January Gus Van Sant began shooting his biopic about America's firstopenly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who wasassassinated in 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone by recently resignedSan Francisco Supervisor Dan White. Sean Penn is playing Milk, and JoshBrolin plays White in the Focus Features/Groundswell production.

Milk operated a camera store on Castro Street and was known as the Mayor ofCastro Street, a roughly two-block shopping district in the San Francisconeighborhood of the same name. The production has taken over the area,turning back the clock to represent the years of the 1970s, when the Castroshifted from being a hippie hangout to a gay mecca. The production hasmeticulously re-created signs from the area, and even the garbage cans arefrom the time period.

"We've done an enormous amount of research to ensure that we are only goingto have a sign for a business that was open in the year the scene takesplace," said Dan Jinks, one of the film's producers.


The production hunkered down in San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Archives andtalked to plenty of people from Milk's world. They even hired a formeremployee from Milk's camera store, Daniel Nicoletta, as a consultant; he notonly worked with Milk but also took "tons" of photographs of the activistand the neighborhood.

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He Is Some Body: Lyle Ashton Harris's Enigmatic Self-Portraits

By Jessica Dawson
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, February 1, 2008; C02

Yes, artist Lyle Ashton Harris packed his current solo show with pictures ofLyle Ashton Harris. But don't expect Oprah-caliber self-revelation.

The artist's images of himself, on view at Adamson Gallery, don't add up toself-portraits in the straightforward sense. Sure, Harris is present inbody, but the artist's body acts as a canvas on which he conjures psychicstates -- rage, rapture, eroticism.

These theatrical pictures, each with its own pulse and vitality, documentHarris assuming a variety of roles. Here he's a boxer; there he's BillieHolliday; here, a transvestite prostitute. As such, they are portraits ofvarious selves, which many of us may be able to identify with, but selvesthat may or may not be part of the real Lyle Ashton Harris.

And it's these not-really-self-portraits, with their gorgeous colors andsometimes disturbing themes, that carry his show.

Harris is African American and gay. Since his student days in the late 1980sand early 1990s, he has mined those aspects of his identity. Early effortsincluded posing in whiteface, often graced with false eyelashes, mascara andlipstick. Straddling both gender and race, the works reflected the concernsof the artist and of the times -- it was in those years that identitypolitics ruled art. (Thelma Golden included Harris in the Whitney Museum's1994 show "Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in ContemporaryAmerican Art," one of the era's formative survey exhibitions.)

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(Los Angeles, California) Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a national co-chair ofHillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, banked at least $1,500 inpolitical donations from an indicted Chicago businessman whose pastconnections to Barack Obama have been used by Clinton to criticize herrival's judgment and ethics.
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(Woodbury, New Jersey) In what is believed to be the first case involvingthe division of assets when a domestic partnership ends in New Jersey ajudge has ruled that property must be divided between each partner.
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