“I Heard That:” Making the Rounds on Da ‘Mo; Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition Celebrates Centennial

by Rochelle Metcalfe on March 28, 2012

ON DA ‘MO on a blustery Saturday afternoon, to greet my friend, noted photographer/author KATHY SLOANE, at the opening of her photographic works exhibited in the Jazz Heritage Center’s Koret Heritage Lobby (entrance to Yoshi’s nightclub.). Sloane is on a whirlwind book tour promoting “Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club” that recall the famous North Beach nightclub. (Reviewed here).

The book signing event, coordinated by JHC’s CHRISTINE HARRIS, Board Chair, and PETER FITZSIMMONS, Artistic Director, Among those on the scene, included:: Photographers JAMES KNOX, JIM DENNIS, fabulous ceramic artist MARGUERITE BROWN, whose delicate works exhibited next door in Lush Life Gallery, where the Celebration of local Women artists are shown; one, DANA KING, Channel 5’s news anchor …

NETRA ROSTON-WARREN, former wife of H. WARREN of the HALF NOTE Jazz club fame, when on Divisadero Street, now site of the Independent Club; KPOO’S HARRISON CHASTANG, a lover of Jazz, Noted guitarist CALVIN KEYS, (wonderful to see you Calvin). The first page of Sloane’s book features Keys name on the club’s marquee. Both were happy to see each other. Keys, when not on the road, host the Monday night JAM at 57th Gallery in North Oakland, on Telegraph and 57th St … HOTTEST jams going!

HUNGER caused me to stop next door in the elite 1300 Restaurant where members of the BAYARD RUSTIN LGBT Coalition celebrated the CENTENNIAL Birthday of Bayard at 100! Born March 17, 1912. Rustin, an African American, was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and nonviolence, and gay rights. A civil rights “LION” SHUNNED by some Blacks, when it became known he was gay, had public discomfort with his sexual orientation.

In the 1970s, Rustin became a public advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes. In 1972, a group of San Francisco Bay Area activist, with the permission of the Estate of Bayard Rustin, formed the coalition.

I observed the occasion from my seat at the corner of the bar, No. 10, where I always sit to watch the action. Indeed, a joyous occasion – light hors d’eouvres and libations served and a Birthday cake! . Acquainted with co- Chairs, JOSHUA SMITH and SUSAN CHRISTIAN. Also on the scene, members LISA WILLIAMS (Girl, your hairstyle was sharp!), LAWRENCE SHINE, ANDREA SHORTER (proudly introduced me to her LOVELY mom, visiting from San Diego).

HEADS UP – Members were voting that evening for their choice for Grand Marshall for the upcoming San Francisco PRIDE Parade. Polling open until March 31. For more information, check @www.sfpride.org.

MOVING ON … Hayes Street for lunch at LaBoulange de Hayes, Surprised to see former KGO radio talk show host, RAY TALIAFERRO, standing over me, smiling, handsome in his attire, looked rested, and has moved on since FIRED, along with a few other KGO talkies (SHOCKING!). Ray, glowingly shared POSITIVE good news! … Happy to see pretty SHERYL DAVIS, Director, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, walk in, time to talk with me about community issues.

SPEAKING OF GOOD NEWS – Sunday, TIGER WOODS WON his first PGA Tour victory since 2009! IS HE BACK???

E-mail Rochelle at iheard@earthlink.net

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