(Not so) Wordless Wednesday: Compton’s Cafeteria Way

In 2016, the 100 block of Taylor Street (between Turk and Eddy) was designated as Gene Compton’s Cafeteria Way for the 50th anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria Riots, a riot and protest by transgender people, drag queens, and others two years before the famous Stonewall Inn Riot in New York. I happened to be at the unveiling during Pride 2016 and can read my report here.

The Center For New Music, which is half a block north on Taylor Street, is launching a series commemorating its famous neighbor and transgender awareness and activism. I am proud to be one of the inaugural performers: you can find more about the show this Thursday here.

Finally, you can also read my article about walking the entire length of Taylor Street.

Wordless Wednesday: Unfinished (California City)

An unfinished apartment building in California City.

Wordless Wednesday: Hillside (Rosamond, California)

Wordless Wednesday: Joice Street

Joice Street looking south in San Francisco’s Chinatown and a beautiful and clear afternoon.

Wordless Wednesday: Dolosse at Humboldt bay

Dolosse (plural of dolos, the “jacks” used on seawalls) along the inlet to Humboldt Bay at near Eureka, California.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: An Exercise in Contrasts

Posing with my friend and collaborator Serena Toxicat at the Outsound benefit dinner a couple of weeks ago. Although about the same height, size, and silhouette, our color and texture were true contrasts. Black vs white, solid vs patterned. Yin and yang.

You can see our video from the performance at the benefit dinner below.

Wordless Wednesday: Searles Valley

Mineral-processing plant along Searles Lake (dry) in Searles Valley, California, just south of the town of Trona and southwest of Death Valley.

Wordless Wednesday: Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach, looking east back towards the city. Behind the dunes, part of one of the Dutch windmills in Golden Gate Park is visible.

Wordless Wednesday: California City

The modernist pavilion at the center of California City’s central park. California City was one of the strangest towns I have visited.

Wordless Wednesday: Panamint Valley Sunset

Sunset in the Panamint Valley after flash floods.

A beautiful sunset in the Panamint Valley after a flash flood. The Panamint Valley is another deep valley just to the west of its more famous neighbor, Death Valley, in California. This watery desert sunset was also the subject of a recent CatSynth TV with original synthesizer soundtrack.