Queens & Muses 
Carnaval for the San Francisco Bay Area
There is no other festival more concerned about the dreams and myths of the past than Carnaval. In that motherland of Caribbean Carnival, there is a saying, "Carnival is Woman." For most Carnivals, and especially throughout Latin American, the most coveted position is that of the Queen of Carnaval. Becoming the Queen of the Drums for one of the 12 special samba schools of Rio de Janeiro can launch your career in media or extend it an extra decade or more.
For the last seven years, Roberto Hernandez has run the San Francisco Carnaval, prior to 2002, Patricia Aguaya had the reins for 7 years. Come this 2009, Rita Barela and her team of talented women have entered the field. With the election of the Hawaiian Barack Obama as President; and the ascendancy of the most powerful triumvirate  the world has ever known in the Washington DC Majesty of Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein we felt compelled to survey other Queens who have spun the global culture from the West Coast, San Francisco and connect them to various myths from the tradition of the triple goddess. 
www.carnaval.com/venezuela/queens/  www.carnaval.com/brazil/queens/
||Carnaval SF || 19th century || 20th century || California/SF Queens || Washington DC
San Francisco California is known the world over for many things besides the Golden Gate Bridge, fog and Fisherman's wharf. This has been the case since at least the gold rush of 1849. shoring up San Francisco's quirky but iconic reputation.

Mount Sutro Tower

The Power of 3 at the tall center of the San Francico Bay Area
  Triple Goddess is the archetype of our hour in the land of living myths know as California. Celebrating the rhythms of the universe and the cycles of the earth in:  
  The debates can wait we need to be sure no child is left behind is not empty rhetoric. Here's 1 who matters and three who might.  
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Brenda Way Jennifer  Siebel Anne Gust Maria Shriver
  Restoring respect and civility is past due. We can all appreciate the good party that Carnaval offers as its salutes the annual cycle of life death and rebirth  


In Washington DC  
File:Barbara Boxer 2005.jpgBarbara Boxer most powerful woman in the Senate, never defeated in a political race
Barbara Boxer has been in  Congress since 1983. Boxer is the Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, serving right under Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), making her the highest ranking woman member of the Senate. Boxer's committee assignments include chairing the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, and Committees on the Environment, Global Warming, and Asian Relations.wikipedia.org/
Featuring the Roman goddess of wisdom and war Minerva, (Greek Pallas Athena) like the state of California that became a state without first having been a territory. The seal was officially adopted the seal on October 2, 1849.
Minerva caught and tamed Pegasus, and presented him to the 9 Muses


 Barbara Boxer
Nancy Pelosi
Is it in feminism's best interests for a woman leader to be so overshadowed by a man? Shouldn't the first woman president get elected and govern on her own? What that might look like was suggested last week in Nancy Pelosi's controversial Mideast junket.

Despite legitimate concerns about whether a speaker of the House should be creating ambiguity about American foreign policy, I thought Pelosi looked fabulous -- crisp, stylish, graceful and warm yet authoritative. It was a step beyond Condoleezza Rice's commanding but steely Amazonian aplomb. And it was a world away from Hillary's stiff, guarded, sanctimonious unease, which her toothy smiles and barking laugh never quite conceal.

Pelosi is as hard as nails and is no man's puppet. Whatever her affronts to diplomatic protocol (Democrats wouldn't want a Republican speaker doing that to a Democratic president), she gave the best seat-of-the-pants performance yet of what a woman president might look like.

Camille Paglia in her Feb-2007 column @ Salon.com

Democratic Mayor of San Francisco, California, 1978-1988. U.S. Senator (D-CA), 1993-Current.


Diane Feinstein





Cultural Arts Traditions
Our arms start from the back because they were once wings.
We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
In 1980. a well-meaning fundraiser came to see me and said, "Miss Graham, the most powerful thing you have going for you to raise money is your respectability." I wanted to spit. Respectable! Show me any artist who wants to be respectable.
I am absorbed in the magic of movement and light. Movement never lies. It is the magic of what I call the outer space of the imagination. There is a great deal of outer space, distant from our daily lives, where I feel our imagination wanders sometimes. It will find a planet or it will not find a planet, and that is what a dancer does.
The great spokesperson for finding your art through dance Martha Graham  (1894-1991) did not explore the cultural legacy that dance carries with it from the generations who have danced the same patterns but she does affirm the place of dance as bringing us as close to celebrating life in the present as anyone before or since. 

"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance."

The most influential dancer of the 20th century began her dance career in the state named after the goddess Califia in the City named after one of the more mysterious trinity saints from the Christian tradition ---Santa Barbara. Like many before and after she would seek affirmation from an audience for her art in New York City. Her first pieces from her own school that she opened at age 33 dealt with social problems (Immigrant, Vision of Apocalypse, Lamentation, Revolt and her first first non-solo ballet in 1929 was called Heretic.

Miss Graham's dances spoke eloquently against the crushing of the human spirit, and one of her frequent themes was the condemnation of intolerance, especially toward nonconformists.

"You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.

Audiences throughout the world were often disturbed by Miss Graham's strong female characters, and a frank portrayal of women's sexuality which gave vent to their lust and hate, baring the passions that few humans liked to recognize in themselves but that Miss Graham exposed with the unflinching scrutiny of a Jungian analyst.  When asked how she, among all choreographers of either sex, so well understood and appreciated the male sex, Graham replied,

 "Well, dear, I like men."

According to Agnes de Mille: "I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy. ... I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be. Martha said to me, very quietly,"

'"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others"'
from The Life and Work of Martha Graham [2]

In general, Miss Graham saw art as a reflection of its time inseparable from life.

"My dancing," she said, "is not an attempt to interpret life in the literary sense. It is an affirmation of life through movement."

Shortly before her death on April 1,1991she made a statement regarding her belief concerning life after death. At the time she was working on a new ballet for the Olympic Games of Barcelona, called The Eye of the Goddess.

"I'm asked so often at ninety-six whether I believe in life after death. I do believe in the sanctity of life, the continuity of life and of energy. I know the anonymity of death has no appeal for me. It is the now that I must face and want to face.

NY Times obituary by Anna Kisselgoff, April 2, 1991

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  • Blanche Brown 

    Blanche Brown has taught and studied traditional Haitian Dance for the past 30 years. Blanche was the Artistic Director of Group Petit La Croix. For 15 years, they toured throughout the Western U.S performing the traditional dance and music of Haiti. After serving as Board President of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and as a member of the San Francisco Arts Commission, Blanche is returning to teaching because she has missed it so much.


    Maria Souza, Aquarela's director, first experienced Carnaval in her home town in Minas Gerais, Brazil, when she was 8 years old. That was a great experience, all family; cousins, brothers, mom, and she was dressed in a blue costume with glitter and sequins on the skirt.

    Carnaval SF Queens Silvana ['96] & Maria ['95]Aquarela do a squeeze play on the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco Willie Brown. Da mayor's one and only wife Blanche Brown is one of the great mother's of Carnaval SF. This master teacher has been bringing her Haitain dance students to the streets as long as anyone in the parade.


    Silvana Sousa
    Silvana is a native of Goiânia, Brazil and has been with the group since its inception. After Aquarela's Maria Souza who officated as Queen of 1995, Silvana was elected Carnaval Queen of San Francisco in 1996. Today, Silvana is chief choreographer of Aquarela. Silvana is a registered nurse. She lives and works in Berkeley.

     The music was called "Marcha". It had lots of instruments like flute, saxaphone, and trombone. Nowadays her favorite part of Carnaval isn't just the parade. It's getting ready. Thinking about the costume design, concentrating, getting excited. Rehearsals. Waiting for the parade to start. Then, dancing for the whole thing! Even with the inevitable problems, it's as though nothing happened; only fun. So enjoyable, but over too soon.
    She feels that her

    Come parade with the Award winning Aquarela Samba School and
    Carnaval Queens
    Micaela (2004),
     Iya (2003),
    Silvana (1996) & Maria (1995) &
    King Carlos (2000)
    Mirana (2007)

     contingent is very professional, but at the same time, it's like an extended family. The daughters and sons of the contingent have become participants, and bring that youthful excitement every year. Her focus is to do her thing, make her people happy, and make their dreams come true. She shows San Francisco what the true Rio de Janeiro has about Carnaval. It's an authentic experience including the float, the music, and dance routine. Maria herself is not only is one of the Carnaval Queens, but she has the most Queens and Kings of Carnaval in her contingent. It is the Royal Family. www.aquarela.com 

    Maria Souza


    Marina was elected Queen of Carnaval San Francisco 2007 on her 3rd attempt. She has been dancing as part of the performance company with Aquarela since 1998. The two leaders of Aquarela and former Queens themselves are credited by Aquarela as being the biggest influence on her dance careet. An English teacher by day she sees Carnaval as a healthy outlet for adolescent energy and would like to find a way to get move of them involved.
    2007 Queen Marina ||sf07/queen/video/


    Kellita Kelly





    Portsha Jefferson
    Portsha Jefferson's dedication and exploration of Haitian culture have brought her to Haiti, where she has traveled throughout the country to research regional dance, rhythms and musical traditions. Her concentration of study took place in Gonaives at Lakou Badjo, where Nago (Yoruba) traditions are preserved, and through religious ceremony at Tanp Souvenance Mistik, a Vodou community that celebrates it's Rada (ancient kingdom of Dahomey) heritage. She studied at Ecole Nationale Des Arts (ENARTS) and at Vivian Gauthier's School of Dance with Cadet Jean Evens and Ansy Daphnis, as well as independent study with Peniel Guerrier of Ballet Folklorique Tamboula D' Haiti, and Daniel Brevil of Ayikodans Dance Company.

    Portsha is the founder and artistic director of Rara Tou Limen, a Haitian folkloric dance ensemble composed of dancers, musicians, singers and practitioners who have studied with pioneers of Haitian culture in both the United States and Haiti.


    Conceição Damasceno

    Conceicao Damasceno

    Tania Santiago

    Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Tania Santiago grew up in the heart of African-influenced Brazil. She has taught, danced, and choreographed for the most well known companies in Brazil. Tania has also extensively studied other forms of dance such as Jazz, Ballet, West African, Afro-Cuban, and Modern dance. She spent six years working with Olodum, a highly respected and internationally acknowledged Bloco Afro in Brazil. Tania also choreographed and performed for Olodum on television, at concerts, and at music festivals. Since 1997 Tania has been teaching classes and giving workshops in California, New York, Hawaii, Florida, and Vancouver, Canada. She has been an artist in residence at various school programs in San Francisco as well as a featured teacher at the Brazil Camp in Northern California.


    Elizabeth Soberanes started dancing at R&M in 1985 and


    began teaching Fusion Rhythms Workout in 2001.  She holds a BA in Dance Ethnology and has studied Dunham Technique, Afro-Haitian, Brazilian, Cuban, Modern, Hip Hop and Jazz Dance.   She has worked as an arts educator, administrator and producer for prominent organizations such as Performing Arts Workshop, World Arts West, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnaval San Francisco.  Elizabeth has performed with several local ethnic dance companies, and was crowned Queen of Carnaval SF in 2001.  She has traveled to Brazil and Cuba to study dance and participate in their Carnaval celebrations.  She believes that dance is a healing force for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and hopes to inspire students to lose themselves in the joy of dance. 



    Raffaella has been a professional Brazilian dance performer since 1998. Raffaella's dance training and experience includes performing professionally with numerous Brazilian dance companies in the Bay Area and performing both locally and internationally both in Europe and Brazil. She has performed in numerous types of events including the SF Carnaval Ball and many SF Carnaval Parades. In 2004, she became co-founder of Sambamora Dance Company which offers dance classes, performances and costume design in the Bay Area. Raffaella's samba class was also awarded best of the bay in 2004. She is currently teaching samba workshops through ODC/ Rhythm and Motion and UCSF Bakar Fitness Center. She also teaches youth samba classes at Out Of Site Youth Arts Center.



    Josephine Morada


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    Rhonda Stagnaro Low 

    Rhonda Stagnaro Low has had a passion for Brazilian dance and music since 1986. She has studied with Mestre King, Ballet Folklorico do Bahia, Olodum, and Ile Aye from Salvador, Bahia and with Jorge Alabe from Rio de Janeiro. She has performed with Escola Nova de Samba Folkloric group for eight years and has danced for Sergio Mendez, Pete Escovedo and Tito Puente. She has performed in four San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festivals and has been teaching dance in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. She has also been artistic director for the award-winning MaraReggae Carnaval contingent, for the past 10 years.

    She enjoys studying music and other movement forms such as ballet, jazz, yoga, pilates and capoeira. Her mission in life is to “Get the World to Dance!!!”

    MaraReggae, Mara meaning Movimento Artistico com Respeito aos ancestrais. [Artistic Movement with respect to the Ancestors] was founded in 1995. Rhonda with her husband Wilson Low seek to create a style of dance and music that blends the "Soul of Brazil" with the American Experience.

    The first century

    Divas who paused in San Francisco


    Lola Montez, who could have served as the inspiration for the song from Damn Yankees, "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets," was famous for performing her Spider Dance, a provocative performance based on the notion that spiders were crawling on her body under her clothing. As she twirled and writhed around the stage, rubber spiders came flying out. She lived for a few years in Grass Valley, long enough to inspire a young pupil, Lotta Crabtree to go to become the most successful actress in America's 19th century.
    Lilly Langtry, famous as the love object of Judge Roy Bean, "the law west of the Pecos" – although the two never met – also started out as a courtesan, the mistress of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. After breaking up with the Prince, Lilly took to the stage. She performed in San Francisco to large crowds who were less impressed by her theatrical skills than her scandalous past. She bought land in Lake County and for several years produced red wine and raised horses.
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    Luisa Tetrazzini, thought to be the subject of the saying, "It's not over until the fat lady sings," was a gifted and internationally popular opera star who performed in San Francisco. Her most famous performance here was a free concert on Christmas Eve Day, 1910, at Lotta's Fountain on Market Street at Kearny.

    Locked in a contract dispute and threatened with an injunction against singing in any theater, she sang for free on the street to a crowd of two to three hundred thousand. A local chef named a
    dish (turkey, chicken, or seafood Tetrazzini) after her.

     Why does everything feel so charged up at Carnaval Time? One reason is the Esu is much more out and about. Esu bears striking resemblance to Hermes who was renamed Mercury by the Romans. Both are likely progeny of the Egyptian's  Thoth http://numismaticblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/1941-mercury-dime-obverse1-thumb.jpg (shown is the Mercury dime )

     12 stepping with the Orixas in Brazil 
    Brazilian Jungian analyst John Burns updates the most successful model of drug treatment with spectacular orisha illustrations by  Francisco Santos. The similarity between these deities and those of early Greece and the relationship to Egypt is a new topic in academia

    The Black Queen Califa ||
    Learn the fascinating story about the Goddess the state of California was named after. Throughout history, Black Madonnas have often inspired heroism by historic figures. 



    Concepción' Arguello

    "In this old Presidio she was born. In the old Mission Dolores she was christened. Here, it is told, that in the merry exuberance of her innocent babyhood, she danced instead of prayed before the shrine. In the glory of these sunrises and day-vistas and sunsets, she passed her girlhood and bloomed into womanhood. In this old adobe building she queened it supremely. Here she presided at every hospitality; here she was the leader of every fiesta."
    The Love-Story of Concha Argüello.

    Nicola Petrovich Reznov,
    Chamberlain to the Czar and Concepcion (Concha) Arguello, daughter of
    the commandant of the Presidio.

    There is a popular rock-opera version of the story in Russia called The Juno and the Avos
    Viva Concha! Rose of the Presidio on Cinco de May weekend, May 5, 6 & 7, 2006. The opening at The Victoria Theatre,
    "There have been many small and large miracles associated with this project, none the Vatican would recognize but enough for me to understand why the Ohlone Indians called Concha "La Beata," the Blessed One."
    ---Candace Forest -producer composer

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concepción' Arguello

    A project on inspiration California woman connected to first lady Maria Shriver

    In 1806 a Russian diplomat, secretly seeking supplies for starving Russian trappers in Alaska, proposed marriage to the 15-year old Rose of the Presidio, Concha Arguello.
    My proposal shocked her parents, raised in fanatiscism," wrote Rezanov in his journal. "The difference in religion and the future separation from their daughter were like a thumderclap to them." Leaving to seek permission for the marriage from the tsar and the pope Rezanov did not survive his solo journey to St. Petersburg in winter. Concho became a Dominican nun.
    Charlotte (Lotta)  Mignon Crabtree
    http://wyckoff.pictorialbook.com/photos/img1.jpg((November 7, 1847, – September 25, 1924) was known as “Miss Lotta, the San Francisco Favorite" and “The Nation’s Darling.” By the age of 27, she was one of the most highly paid actresses in America. Today she is known primarily as the donor of Lotta’s Fountain where the San Francisco 1906 Earthquake commemoration takes place at Market and Kearny on April 18th at 5:12 am. The fountain was donated in 1875, at which time Lotta was touring the nation with her own theatrical company.

    Lotta Crabtree had become one of the wealthiest and most beloved American entertainers of the late 19th century. From her beginnings as a 6-year-old red-haired ball of energy becoming enamored by her neighbor in Grass Valley the world famous, Lola Montez, until her retirement at the age of 45, she danced and jigged and sang her way into becoming "The Nation's Darling". Lotta was noted for her Irish dancing, at least some of which she seems to have learned from Lola. Lotta also sang Irish songs and played the banjo which was a popular instrument among minstrels.

    Lotta began her career by traveling to all of the mining camps performing ballads and dancing for the miners. Jigs, flings, wild polkas, breakdowns, the whole range of soft-shoe dancing: in her five or six years of traveling in the mines or playing to small audiences in San Francisco she had picked up every bold and lively changing step which could provoke a sudden cheer, and danced them with a delicate sprightliness or a rough and romping humor.  In 1856, the family moved back to San Francisco where Lotta toured the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys as well as the city's variety halls and amusement parks. On the east coast she launched her stage career with melodramas which offered lots of opportunity for  singing and dancing. She liked wearing male clothes and smoked cigars, on stage and off.

    After retiring in 1902 at age 45, she made one final appearance in 1915 for "Lotta Crabtree Day" in San Francisco at the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
    Lotta's  mother Mary Ann had a legendary steamer trunk filled with proceeds from the tours, when it became too heavy, she would shrewdly invest Lotta's earnings in  real estate, bonds and other endeavors.



    Alma de Bretteville Spreckels
    (March 24, 1881 – August 7, 1968), known both as "Big Alma" (she was 6 feet (1.8 m) tall) and "The Great Grandmother of San Francisco"

    A fascination with fine art led her to enroll in night classes at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute, where she studied painting miniatures during her late teens. Her wholesome beauty began to make heads turn and she soon found herself working as an artist's model at the school, which paid for her lessons. Fed up with her meager financial situation, she accepted lucrative offers to pose in the nude for various local artists, who provided tastefully risqué paintings to the many saloons found along the city's infamous Cocktail Route.

    Alma de Bretteville met her future husband thanks to modeling for the Dewey Monument by Robert Aitken, which can be found in Union Square. This statue was selected from a number of entries and only barely made the cut, thanks to the crucial vote of the chair of the Citizen's Committee, Adolph Spreckels. Because he was head of the Spreckels Sugar Company, Alma often referred to her husband as her "sugar daddy". Their home in Pacific heights now serves as the home of author Danielle Steel. After the mansion was completed, she began throwing opulent parties as befitting a woman of her status. Although attended by local celebrities such as author Jack London and sculptor/ public art arbiter Earl Cummings, there were a number of people who were disdainful of her earlier infamy and snubbed her invitations. This motivated her to gain some respectability for herself and she went to Paris, where she met entertainer Loie Fuller and through Fuller, other artists, most notably Auguste Rodin. Through Fuller's encouragement and contacts, Spreckels became one of the more influential art collectors in the U.S. which was beautifully housed in the museum she built: the Palace of the Legion of Honor overlooking the Marin headlands and the Golden Gate.


    At the center of the square at the center of the city is a triumphant bronze goddess atop a tall granite column, holding a wreath of peace towards the horizon, and a trident to the heavens.

    One of the three oldest squares in San Francisco - the other two are Portsmouth Square and Washington Square - Union Square was donated the land to The City for a public plaza in 1850, by John W. Geary, the first American mayor of San Francisco.



    Isadora Duncan
    "modern dance," founding the "New System" of interpretive dance, blending together poetry, music and the rhythms of nature
    Joseph Charles and Dora Gray Duncan. Her father was a poet and her mother was a pianist and music teacher. When Isadora's parents married, her father was divorced with four children and 30 years her senior. He supported his family through running a lottery, publishing three newspapers, owning a private art gallery, directing an auction business and owning a bank. After his bank failed he was put on trial four times and eventually moved to Los Angeles. Dora Gray Duncan divorced her husband, supporting her family by teaching music. Her husband later returned and provided a home for his ex-wife and their children.

    ''I am the spiritual daughter of Walt Whitman,'' Isadora Duncan had declared, and indeed ''Song of Myself'' could stand as a motto for her entire life. Her  version of RW Emerson's ideal of the spirit of self-reliance that believes only in itself and refused all limits.

    She constantly studied the sources of movement and refined her own liberating approach to dance, which she claimed to have discovered in the waves breaking on California shores, in the art of ancient Greece, in the ideas of Whitman, Nietzsche and Wagner. Wherever she went, she proclaimed her aesthetic, both from the stage and in writing. Her costumes were scant, but she was shrouded in her lofty ideas: ''Art which is not religious is not art, is mere merchandise.''

    She created a primitivist style of improvisational dance to counter the rigid styles of the time. She was inspired by the classics, especially Greek myth. She rejected traditional ballet steps to stress improvisation, emotion, and the human form. Isadora believed that classical ballet, with its strict rules of posture and formation, was "ugly and against nature" and gained a wide following that allowed her to set up a school to teach. She became so famous that she inspired artists and authors to create sculpture, jewelry, poetry, novels, photographs, watercolors, prints, and paintings.

    Throughout her career, Duncan did not like the commercial aspects of public performance, regarding touring, contracts, and other practicalities as distractions from her real mission: the creation of beauty and the education of the young.

    In her last United States tour in 1922-23, she waved a red scarf and bared her breast on stage in Boston, proclaiming, "This is red! So am I!". She was bisexual, which was not uncommon in early Hollywood circles.

    Duncan's fondness for flowing scarves which trailed behind her was the cause of her death in a freak automobile accident in Nice, France, on the night of September 14, 1927, at the age of 50

    Isadora Duncan wikipedia.org//wiki/Isadora_Duncan 


    “Isadora Duncan is one of the greatest women I have ever known … Sometimes I think she IS the greatest woman I have ever known.”

    – Auguste Rodin

    ''All who have escaped in any degree from the rigidity and prissiness of our once national religion of negation owe a debt to Isadora Duncan's dancing. She rode the wave of revolt against Puritanism; she rode it, and with her fame and Dionysian raptures drove it on. She was -- perhaps it is simplest to say -- the crest of the wave, an event not only in art but in the history of life.''

    -Max Eastman

    ''The soul becomes drunk with this endless succession of beautiful lines and groupings''

    - Ernest Newman

    ''Where her work was concerned she had integrity and patience, knowing no compromise with what she felt to be the truth about beauty. In her personal life she had charm and a naive wit. Of tact and self-control she had very little, nor did she wish to have. She was the complete and willing tool of her impulses.''

    -Arnold Genthe

    Ina Coolbrith possessed a rare talent. She not only created beauty, but she had the gift, as well, of inspiring the creative instinct in others. Isadora was an eager pupil. Her reading carried her back to the classical culture of ancient Greece, and the natural, unaffected, spontaneous Grecian art became her inspiration

    Samuel Dickenson @ sfmuseum.org

    “"The most famous woman of the first quarter of the 20th century may have been Mary Pickford, but the most influential, and the most notorious, was Isadora Duncan. She was the progenitor and soul of a new art form, modern dance. She was the prototype of the uninhibited young American whose freshness and originality charmed jaded old Europe.

     –  New York Times, 2001


    Summer of Love - Janice, Joan & Grace   
    Janis Joplin
    (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)
    http://majorlycool.com/media/1/janisjoplin/Janis-Joplin-Rolling-Stone-Cover-1976.jpg was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist. She left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, living in North Beach and later Haight-Ashbury. Cheap Thrills, which gave the band a breakthrough hit single, "Piece of My Heart," reached the number one spot on the Billboard charts eight weeks after its release, remaining for eight (nonconsecutive) weeks.

     “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.”

    “The thing that really got me about Janis the most, was how liberated she was. She stood in that power even though it was kind of that platform of blues of being completely tormented, that enabled her to just stand there and let it go at a time when woman were not doing that…she just came out in the completely undone, unwrapped way and I think spoke right out of a woman’s soul. Directly.”
    — Ann Wilson


    She had an unshakable commitment to her own truth, no matter how destructive, how weird or how bad. Nothing else seemed to matter. She was such an individual in the way she dressed, the way she sang, the way she lived. She loved her whiskey and made no bones about it. This was a full-blown one-of-a-kind woman — no stylist, no publicist, no image-maker. It was just Janis.

    Rosanne Cash From RS 946, April 15, 2004

    She defined men sexually, as she defined herself, and then went at her one-night stands and sometimes orgies under the cover of a liberated style of life. . . . She was left with little more than the yawning chasm of a tortured loneliness,”

    Myra Friedman in Buried Alive



    “Yes, folks, it’s mehttp://thebreakthrough.org/blog/Janis.jpg wearing a sequined cape, thousands of strings of beads & topless. But it barely shows because of the beads. Very dramatic photograph & I look really beautiful!! I’m thrilled!!! I can be Haight-Ashbury’s first pin-up.”

    On the surface, she seemed the perfect icon for stardom in the late Sixties: She fit no standard of beauty yet exuded a raw sensuality that mirrored a movement which rejected societal standards by creating its own. When Janis Joplin arrived in San Francisco, in 1966, the year before the Summer of Love, its music scene was already in a nascent, post-Beat hippie whirl. Young people flocked to the Bay area as if to Mecca by the thousands, searching for identity, reason, justification, maybe just something as simple as acceptance.

    Janis Joplin Biography by Margaret Moser


    Joan Baez (born January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York) is a folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. Baez was born on Staten Island to Mexican and Scottish parents. Her father, Albert Baez, was born in 1912 in Puebla, Mexico, and died March 20, 2007.

    Albert Baez grew up in Brooklyn, where his father preached to — and advocated for — a Spanish-speaking congregation. Joan Baez's father considered becoming a minister, as well before he turned to the study of mathematics and physics. A physicist (co-inventor of the x-ray microscope and author of one of the most widely used physics textbooks in the U.S.), he refused to work on the "Manhattan Project" to build an atomic bomb at Los Alamos. This decision had a profound effect on young Joan, who had two sisters: older sister Pauline and younger sister Mimi.

    In 1957, at age 16, Joan committed her first act of civil disobedience by refusing to leave her Palo Alto Senior High School classroom in northern California for an air-raid drill. After the bells rang, students were to leave the school, make their way to their home air-raid shelters, and pretend they were surviving an atomic blast. Protesting what she believed to be misleading government propaganda, Baez refused to leave her seat when instructed and continued reading a book. For this act she was punished by school officials, and was ostracized by the local population for being a supposed "communist infiltrator.

    Joan Baez with Bob Dylan, August 1963. Baez first met Dylan in 1961 at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village. At the time, Baez had already released her debut album and her popularity as the emerging "Queen of Folk" was on the rise. In 1965 Dylan's UK tour and simultaneous disintegration of Baez's and Dylan's relationship was documented in D.A. Pennebaker's film documentary Dont Look Back 

    From the early to mid-1960s, Baez emerged at the forefront of the American roots revival, where she introduced her audiences to the then-unknown Bob Dylan (the two became romantically involved in late 1962, remaining together through early 1965), and was emulated by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.

    The early years of Joan's career saw the Civil Rights movement in the United States become a prominent issue. Joan linked arms with Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez on many occasions.

    In 1969, Baez's appearance at the historic Woodstock music festival in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, Beginning in the late 1960s, Baez began writing many of her own songs, beginning with "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "A Song For David" (the latter written after her husband was imprisoned for draft-evasion.


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    Her disquiet at the human rights violations of communist Vietnam made her increasingly critical of its government and she organized the publication, on May 30, 1979, of a full-page advertisement, published in four major U.S. newspapers,[15] in which the communists were described as having created a nightmare, which put her at odds with a large segment of the domestic left wing, who were uncomfortable criticizing a leftist regime. In a letter of response, Jane Fonda said she was unable to substantiate the "claims" Baez made regarding the atrocities being committed by the Khmer Rouge
    On Earth Day, 1998, Baez and her friend Bonnie Raitt were hoisted by a giant crane to the top of a redwood tree to visit environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill,[16] who had camped out in the ancient tree in order to protect it from loggers.
    On February 3, 2008, Baez wrote a letter to the editor at the San Francisco Chronicle endorsing Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. She noted: "Through all those years, I chose not to engage in party politics.... At this time, however, changing that posture feels like the responsible thing to do. If anyone can navigate the contaminated waters of Washington, lift up the poor, and appeal to the rich to share their wealth, it is Sen. Barack Obama."  Playing on the Acoustic Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in June, Baez said during the introduction of a song that one reason she likes Obama is because he reminds her of another old friend of hers: Martin Luther King, Jr.


    Grace Slick
    (born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939)

    is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, and as a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. Alongside her close contemporary Janis Joplin, Slick was an important figure in the development of rock music in the late 1960s and was one of the first female rock stars.

     By the summer of 1966 the San Francisco scene became a hot spot for rock music and her band with her husband and brother-in-law, The Great Society was one of the biggest bands in the area. Slick left her band for the Jefferson Airplane with two compositions: "White Rabbit" , and "Somebody to Love" and the band began recording an album. By 1967, Surrealistic Pillow and its singles were huge hits and Jefferson Airplane was one of the biggest bands in the country. The album and the two songs were instrumental in announcing the existence of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture to the rest of the United States. Grace became a household name and one of the first popular female rock stars. Her striking beauty and stage persona also turned her into a sex symbol for the era.

    In the eighties, Slick was the only former Airplane member to be in Starship. The band went on to score two chart topping hits with We Built This City and Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now. After retirement from music, she turned her attention to painting and drawing. She has done many renditions of her fellow '60s musicians such as Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and others. In 2000, she began displaying and selling her artwork. She attends many of her art shows all across the United States.


    She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 (as a member of Jefferson Airplane).She was ranked #20 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
    Aside from singing, she also sometimes played piano, keyboards, oboe, and recorder for the bands.
    In a 1969 Dick Cavett Show performance, Grace became the first person to say "motherfucker" on live television during a performance of "We Can Be Together" as Jefferson Airplane.
    http://www.grimly-i.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/paul_kantner_and_grace_slick_sunfighter.jpg She has one daughter, China Wing Kantner (born January 25, 1971). China's father is former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner, with whom Grace had a relationship from 1969 through 1975. During her stay in the hospital after the baby's birth, Grace sarcastically told one of the attending nurses (whom Grace found to be annoyingly sanctimonious) that she intended to name the child "god", with a small "g", as she 'wished for the child to be humble'.
    Blender Magazine calls
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    “We Built This City” the worst rock song ever.

    "The lyrics of “We Built This City” appear to restate the importance of the band once known as Jefferson Airplane within San Francisco’s ’60s rock scene. Not so, says former leader Grace Slick, who by 1985 had handed her band to singer Mickey Thomas and a shadowy team of outside songwriters.

    “Everybody thought we were talking about San Francisco. We weren’t,” Slick says. “It was written by an Englishman, Bernie Taupin, about Los Angeles in the early ’70s. Nobody was telling the truth!” [more]


    California Queens with Hearts in San Francisco

    Expanding the boundaries of Love and Sex

    Carol Doda (c. 1946 - )
    Her premiere topless dance came on the night of June 19, 1964. Doda performed 12 shows nightly so that management could keep crowds moving in and out. She was 19 or 20 when she first danced at the Condor. Two months after she started the rest of San Francisco's Broadway was topless, followed soon after by the rest of America  In 1964 Doda, still in her teens, made international news when a gynecologist injected silicone into her size-34 breasts, adding 10 inches to what would become known as Doda's ``twin 44s and ``the new Twin Peaks of San Francisco. 

    Doda was a witness during the trial of two all-nude dancers who were arrested for indecent exposure and lewd and dissolute conduct, in 1969. The defendants were dancers at the Pink Pussy Kat in Orangevale, California before Presiding Municipal Court Judge Earl Warren, Jr.  The deputy district attorney opposed asking her to perform, considering it irrelevant to the case. He was overruled by Warren. For over a decade, till the late 70's Doda would coo "You're watching the Perfect 36 in San Jose." for television station KICU-TV Channel 36,


    Carol Doda

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    Annie M. Sprinkle (born Ellen F. Steinberg on July 23, 1954 in Philadelphia,)
    sexologist, saying what everybody was thinking.
    For over 30 years, Sprinkle has been baring her ample assets for all the world to see, from the early days in the '70s as fetish adult film starlet to her "Post-Porn-Modernist" days of avant-garde performance art. Sprinkle's work has always been about sexuality, with a political, spiritual, and artistic bent.
    In December 2005, she committed to doing seven years of art projects about love with her wife and art collaborator, Beth Stephens.
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    Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle
    (born March 9, 1969)http://www.ruggedelegantliving.com/sf/a/images/Kimberly.Guilfoyle.Newsom.photo.jpg  An American cable news personality including the anchor of The Lineup, a weekend crime show that airs on the Fox News Channel, and was previously an anchor at Court TV and a legal analyst/commentator for CNN and ABC.

    Guilfoyle was born in San Francisco to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father. She grew up in the Mission District and Westlake and is a graduate of Mercy High School, the University of California, Davis. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Francisco Law School. She used to be a Victoria Secret model.

    Gavin Newsom and Kimberly were married on December 8, 2001 in San Francisco at St. Ignatius Church. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Father Stephen Privett, S.J. who was then president of the University of San Francisco. Their rehearsal dinner was hosted by Maryon Davies Lewis at Plump Jack's in the Marina District. They had 500 guests at their $232,616.90 reception held at the Pacific Heights mansion of Ann and Gordon Getty. On January 8, 2004, Gavin became the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, California.

    In January 2004, Kimberly moved to New York to work as a legal analyst for CNN. Soon afterwards her husband made a historic decision on February 12th to order the city clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Sharing the same lawyer, on January 7, 2005, Gavin and Kimberly announced their amicable divorce.They said that having careers on opposite coasts led to their divorce. Their divorce was finalized on February 28, 2006 and both have since remarried.
    San Francisco's First Couple...The Newsoms Harper's Bazaar Harper's Bazaar dubbed them "The New Kennedys."
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    Kimberly  is also a former deputy district attorney who prosecuted the infamous 2001 San Francisco dog-mauling case that involved a three-way love triangle with a violent prisoner and prominent lesbian victim.
    Prosecutor Guilfoyle is a former underwear model. Chronic... (Kim Komenich / SFC)Prosecutors in S.F. dogMarjorie Knoller made only "minimal efforts" at intervent... mauling case an unusual pair @ sfgate.com 2001 || Contract Murder ||Diane Whipple died after being attacked by her neighbors'... Characters including The Whip, Bane & Hera, Cornfed ||
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    Marilyn Monroe

    At the time Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe met, their careers were on different trajectories. DiMaggio’s star was fading; Monroe’s was rising. Joe was done with baseball, and Marilyn had no interest in the sport. Yet it was the game that brought the two together.

    After their night out, DiMaggio came on with the determination that he used to show as a base runner. He called later that same evening, and every night for two weeks. She refused every invitation. Finally, DiMaggio called no more.

    A week went by before they spoke again. This time Marilyn called Joe. The bi-coast dating began. Not much later, Joe was seen on the sets of Marilyn’s movies. In New York City, Joe used to bring his new date to Toots Shor’s for an evening on the town.

     Their elopement at San Francisco City Hall on January 14, 1954 was the culmination of a courtship that had captivated the nation.

    The relationship was complex, marred by his jealousy and her ambition. DiMaggio biographer Richard Ben Cramer asserts that it was also violent.
    http://www.adammcdaniel.com/AmselArt/Amsel_SevenYearItch.jpgOne incident allegedly happened after the skirt-blowing scene in The Seven Year Itch was filmed on September 14, 1954 in front of New York's Trans-Lux Theater. Then-20th Century Fox's East Coast correspondent Bill Kobrin told the Palm Springs Desert Sun that it was Billy Wilder's idea to turn the shoot into a circus. The couple then had a "yelling battle" in the theater lobby. She filed for divorce on grounds of mental cruelty 274 days after the wedding. DiMaggio re-entered Marilyn's life as her marriage to Arthur Miller was ending. On February 10, 1961, he secured her release from Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. She joined him in Florida where he was a batting coach for the Yankees. on 1 August 1962 to ask her to remarry him; she was found dead on August 5. Dimaggio's son Joe Jr. had spoken to Marilyn on the phone the night of her death and had claimed shehttp://www.brentdouglas.biz/jpeg%27s/Brent%20Douglas%20Half%20Dozen%20Red%20Roses%20Vased.jpg seemed fine. Devastated, he claimed her body and arranged her funeral, barring Hollywood's elite. He had a half-dozen red roses delivered 3 times a week to her crypt for 20 years.

    The City Hall Marriage Ceremony by Art Hoppe


    Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to JFK


    Relying on over 150 interviews as well as Marilyn's letters and diaries, this work by best-selling biographer Spoto casts new light on every aspect of the actress's tempestuous life. more @ amazon.com

    This most celebrated of all actresses, and still reigning global goddess of sex was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was. When she was nine she was placed in an orphanage where she was to stay for the next two years.
    After Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe wed at City Hall in 1954, the had their wedding dinner at Amelio's which today serves as Carnaval headquarters in North Beach.
    Life as a Legend
    Peña Pachamama—One of those magical places... a little island of the future where those who enter her doors are forever transformed by the spirit of the music and dance that takes them in. You'll find it on a little side street in San Francisco's old Latin Quarter somewhere between Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and endless Italian late-night cafes.

    One of San Francisco's most important speakeasies and along with Ernie's were the most famous restaurants in the city. The two upstairs dining rooms with fireplaces have views of Coit Tower and often host dinner parties and Carnaval San Francisco fund raisers.

    In the last interview before her death, Marilyn pleaded unsuccessfully with a reporter to end his article like this: "What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe".


    Sharon Stone
     (born March 10, 1958) actress, film producer and former fashion model who first achieved international recognition for her performance in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct, a story concerning a psycho bi-sexual Bay Area woman.

    On Valentine's day February 14, 1998, she married Phil Bronstein, executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner and later San Francisco Chronicle. Stone and Bronstein were divorced in January 2004. They have an adopted son named Roan Joseph Bronstein, born on May 22, 2000. The couple's most well known shared story concerns a birthday gift visit to a Komodo dragon's cage at the Los Angeles Zoo which got pretty far trying to eat her husband's toes.

    Stone attempted a return to the mainstream with an "older woman" role in the film Catwoman (2004) however, the film was a critical and commercial flop. Her switch from Scientology to Tibetan Buddhism has been awkward

    After years of litigation, Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction was released on March 31, 2006. A reason for a long delay in releasing the film was reportedly Stone's dispute with the filmmakers over the nudity in the movie; she wanted more, while they wanted less. A group sex scene was cut in order to achieve an R rating from the MPAA for the U.S. release; the controversial scene remained in the U.K. version of the London-based film. Stone told an interviewer, "We are in a time of odd repression and if a popcorn movie allows us to create a platform for discussion, wouldn't that be great?"

    In January 2008, Stone was quoted as saying, "Everybody is bisexual to an extent. Now men act like women and it's difficult to have a relationship because I like men in that old-fashioned way. I like masculinity and, in truth, only women do that now".[34]

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    Playing a killer San Francisco bi-sexual
    Stone's character was strong and powerful, and had 'flashed' on her own terms, namely as a form of assertion rather than submission.
    The role that made her a star was that of Catherine Tramell, a brilliant, bisexual San Francisco Bay Area based serial killer, in Basic Instinct (1992). Stone had to wait and actually turned down offers for the mere prospect to play Tramell (the part was offered to 13 other actresses before being offered to Stone). Several better known actresses of the time such as Geena Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Melanie Griffith, Kelly Lynch and Julia Roberts turned down the part mostly because of the nudity required. In the movie’s most notorious scene, Tramell is being questioned by the police and she crosses and uncrosses her legs, revealing the fact she was not wearing any underwear.

    According to Stone, upon seeing her own vulva in the leg-crossing scene during a screening of the film, she went into the projection booth and slapped director Paul Verhoeven.

    Do click this above signed fan glossy of Sharon Stone

    Stone claimed that although she agreed to film the flashing scene with no panties, and although she and Verhoeven had discussed the scene from the beginning of production, she was unaware just how explicit the infamous shot would be. Verhoeven and the infamous screen writer Josef Eszterhas dispute this.


    Marilyn Chambers
    (April 22, 1952 - April 12, 2009) was an American pornographic actress, exotic dancer, and vice-presidential candidate. She was perhaps best known for her 1972 hardcore film debut Behind the Green Door as well as being the girl pictured on Ivory Snow Soap.

    Behind the Green Door (1972) was directed by the San Francisco based Mitchell brothers and starred Marilyn Chambers as Gloria Saunders, the movie depicts her abduction to a sex theater, where she is forced to perform various sexual acts with multiple partners in front of masked audience members.

    In the film, Chambers has sex with  African-American actor Johnny Keyes. The porn industry and viewing public were shocked by the then-taboo spectacle of a white woman having sex with a black man.

     In 1985, Marilyn was arrested while performing on-stage at a San Francisco nightclub and charged with soliciting. Marilyn retired from the adult film industry when she heard about AIDS. Marilyn was married to Linda Lovelace's ex-husband, Chuck Traynor, from 1975 to 1985.Marilyn joined Narcotics Anonymous after years alcohol and cocaine abuse and had been clean since 1988. On July 28, 1999, Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed Marilyn Chambers Day in San Francisco.

    "Marilyn Chambers' appearance as the symbol of a kind of pioneering, no-shame x-rated wildness and, well, professionalism in porn -- orchestrated by SF's equally entrepreneurial and creative Mitchell brothers -- plugged into a burgeoning public sexuality that ran footloose into the future."

    Phil Bronstein on the occasion of her death


    “Behind the Green Door” was among the first X-rated films to gain wide distribution and, along with “Deep Throat,” released the same year, is generally credited with helping establish a mainstream market for pornography. Before this movie, pornographic films were limited mostly to 10-minute "loops," which were viewed privately in the back rooms of adult bookstores or at small clubs.
    "It's hard to look back at yourself at 28. On one hand it's great to be an older woman but on the other hand youth is a great commodity."


    Whoopi Goldberg 
    (born November 13, 1955)

    Whoopi, originally from New York City, joined the Blake St Hawkeyes theatre in Berkeley and soon moved into solo performances. Her creation of the solo work  "The Spook Show" here led to eventual stardom after it  toured the USA and Europe. When Performing in The Spook Show Director Mike Nichols spotted her and gave Whoopi her own one-woman Broadway Show in 1984 an evening of her own material. The show opened to critical acclaim. Audiences unable to see her New York Show were able to see an HBO Special "Whoopi Goldberg-Direct from Broadway" The Album won a Grammy Award for best recording of the year.

    She returned to San Francisco to star in "Moms" as Moms Mabley, a one-woman show show she co-wrote based on the Comedienne Moms Mableys work. The following year Steven Spielberg found her and cast her as Celie in the film version of the Novel "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker.

    Caryn Elaine Johnson, Whoopie's real name, began her career at 8, performing with the Children's Program at the Hudson Guild Community Center and the Helena Rubinstein Children's Theatre. She dropped out of high school after just two weeks. She would later learn that she had suffered from dyslexia, which is why she was often regarded as stupid or retarded by her teachers

    "My family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist and Catholic. I don't believe in man-made religions."[10]

    Whoopi Goldberg 


    Former SF Mission District resident who appears as the narrater Califia, the Queen of California. in "Golden Dreams" a 23-minute film showing the history of California through several recreated scenes. The attraction ran from February till   April 2009, when it was demolished to make way for the construction of a Little Mermaid dark ride.

    http://www.paunchstevenson.com/photos/ted-danson-blackface-1b.jpgWhoopie's cool under pressure which has made her a popular daytime TV host. Following a media frenzy outbreak in 1993 where her then boyfriend, the actor Ted Danson, appeared in blackface to roast her at the Friar's Club, she issued a statement stating the the two had decided to play on some of the nasty letters and comments their relationship has elicited. "We've gotten a lot of hate mail. He's been called a |nigger lover' and people have said that if we had a kid they hoped he or she died. We decided to go over the top with it. If you think he's a nigger lover, here he is in blackface. People took offense about it."

    Whoopi Goldberg defends Ted Danson's blackface act at Friars Club roast  Jet , Oct 25, 1993 @ findarticles.com

    Camille Paglia
    Camille Anna Paglia (born 2 April 1947 in Endicott, New York) is an American author, teacher, social critic and dissident feminist. Since 1984 Paglia has been a Professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her book, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, published in 1990, became a bestseller.
    My peak Web moment of recent weeks was watching the riveting video of Code Pink's March 2003 confrontation with Hillary Clinton in a Senate conference room. I whooped and applauded as Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the antiwar group, spoke eloquently of the trauma and horror inflicted by the invasion on the women and children of Iraq (a subject consistently ignored by the American press).

    There's a priceless moment when a protester strips off her pink slip and hands it to Hillary (who had just voted for the war resolution the prior October) as a symbol of her flunking this ethical test. Hillary, who has problems when life departs from script, at first takes the gift, then yanks her hand back and loses her temper. The hapless slip is seized by a female flunky and abducted. It's a classic!


    This entire election wasn't about gender and sexism -- until the profligate, mismanaging Hillary began losing and grasping at straws. For Minerva's sake, let's move on to a fresh new generation of female leadership!
    Check out Camille Paglia at Dave Talbot's salon.com/




    Sex for sternly workaholic Madonna has become a brittle concept rather than a sensual reality, a monotonous compulsiveness diverting her from artistic self-development.


    Though her reputation has receded in the U.S., Madonna retains a huge fan base around the world. By shrewdly monitoring trends, she has been able to maintain her relevance and sell out concerts at stratospheric ticket prices.

    Young women performers everywhere have been massively influenced by her persona and stagecraft, even if they don't know it because they've borrowed from intermediaries closer to their age. Madonna's great songs have become canonical on radio airplay. But she is no longer a game-changer; she's lost her once unerring sense of the cutting edge. In a performer this talented and ambitious, it's a tragic decline.

    What happened to Madonna? I have had a series of revelations about this since my trip to Brazil in May, which I wrote about in my June column. I described the moment when, after my art lecture at the Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador da Bahia, five DVDs arrived wrapped in red ribbon

    Camille Paglia
    After a six-year absence, Salon.com's cultural high priestess and pioneering Web proto-blogger has returned! Paglia was part of the team of writers who helped found Salon in 1995 returned in 2007.

     from Daniela Mercury, the charismatic superstar who has been called "Brazil's Madonna." It was literally electrifying: I felt as if I had been hit by lightning, causing some mysterious rearrangement of brain cells. My boredom and disillusion with popular culture, which have been intensifying over the past 15 years, seemed to vanish. Since then, I have been enthusiastically exploring Brazilian history and Mercury's career through the wonders of the Web -- that revolutionary instrument of cultural exchange.
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    What Madonna could learn from Daniela Mercury


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    Sat. April 25, 12:30-3:00pm Ronald K. Brown

    Upcoming Events :  Ronald K. Brown Soundsuits Audition

    Blend of African, Modern, Ballet and Hip-Hop
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC School and the Black Choreographers Festival offer a special opportunity to audition for Ronald K. Brown upcoming performance: Nick Cave Soundsuits Collaboration.

    Rehearsal dates: May 18-23, 26-27

    Each rehearsal will be four hours long and will be scheduled according to space and dancers' availabilities.

    Performance dates: May 28, 7pm; May 30, 3pm; May 31, 3pm

    Call TBD. All performances will be at YBCA.  Performance fee: To be discussed with selected dancers
    YBCA is thrilled to conclude its 08_09 season with a truly remarkable confluence of performing and visual art, fusing the movement of renowned choreographer Ronald K. Brown and the shimmering soundsuits of visionary sculptor Nick Cave. Praised as "one of the most profound choreographers of his generation," Brown and his company EVIDENCE blend African, modern, ballet and social dance styles to tell stories about the human experience. As part of his residency at YBCA, Brown and EVIDENCE dancer Arcell Cabuag will collaborate with local performers to bring to life Cave's soundsuits-ephemeral full-body sculptures composed of recycled clothing, beads, bottle caps, toys, twigs and hair. The exhibition, which runs in YBCA galleries March 28-July 5, represents the largest scale presentation of Cave's career, and gives YBCA audiences the unique chance to experience his soundsuits in performance. While these groundbreaking performance "happenings" will take place only three times, numerous activities and performances are planned in conjunction with the Nick Cave exhibition.
    For more information on the performance, click here.


    Throughout her career, Martha Graham's fundamental tenet was that dance should reach audiences through a visceral response rather than an objective image that registered upon the intellect.

     "Out of emotion comes form," she said, and then proved that out of form she could re-create the same emotion onstage.