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Sep. 12th, 2008

Why I love her! (well one of the reasons)


Sep. 10th, 2008


Benefit and Webpage

I am feeling a lot of gratitude for everyone who has donated and those who are working on and will attend the benefit for Fran.
You all are awesome!!!
It is because of each of you that she is able to start treatment. It is a long road but I know that with your continued support she will heal! Then the world better watch out!! :)
I wish I could hug everyone of you. I have been pulling together a page where folks can learn about Fran, learn about the disease etc...
you can check it out here

Sep. 8th, 2008

Bay Area Benefit for the GoodBadGirl!

please start spreading the word

October 1, 2008
The Hella Pretty Army: A Benefit for Fran

On October 1st an
army of San Francisco’s revolutionary and passionate writers,
musicians, performers and art makers will come together at the San
Francisco Center for Sex and Culture to throw a big ass party and
benefit for Fran Varian.

Poet, activist and organizer Fran
Varian has spent her life creating art, and poetry that is intense,
powerful and a politcal punch in gut. Giving voice to the women, the
fighters, the poor, the queer, the disenfranchised, Fran has spent her
artistic life fighting for people's rights and voices. In addition to
her art - she has also spent her entire life as a health worker,
counselor and activist for the rights of women around health care and
reproductive freedom. Ironically it is a lack of access to health care
that has brought Fran to a serious health condition. Recently
diagnosed with late stage Lyme disease, Fran is literally battling for
her life after 14 years of mis-diagnosis allowing this disease to
destroy her system. At this stage of the illness there is only one
type of treatment that has shown positive results and this benefit is
fighting for the funds to ensure that Fran can complete the full cycle
of treatment.

With performers including Mark Growden,
Lauren Wheeler, Vagabondage, Meliza Bañales , Katrina James,
Heathen Machinery, Steven Schwartz, Gina de Vries and more, a silent
auction that includes one of a kind art, couture fashion, handmade
chapbooks and more, plus rumors of an onsite kissing booth the night
is sure to be a celebration of life, art and the power of people
coming together to help someone that has dedicated their life to
helping the community.

If you would like to help
Fran win the battle against Lyme Disease you can donate on her profile
here http://goodbadgirl.livejournal.com/profile

Come to the show and join Fran's Hella Pretty Lyme Fighting

The Performers
Mark Growden

Mark Growden is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer,
printer, and father based in SF.  Some people
think he smells good.

Lauren Wheeler

Lauren Wheeler is a
recovering slam poet who competed at the National Poetry Slam in 1998,
as a member of the renegade Team SF-Mission District, and again in
1999, as a member and the coach of Team Ithaca, NY. She has featured
at Cornell University, where she studied English Literature, as well
as in Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the Bay Area. Lauren curated
and hosted two poetry series in Ithaca, Tongue & Groove at
Stella's Wine and
Whiskey Bar
and Re-Verse
at the Oak Café, and was a core organizer of the
ForWord Girls poetry and spoken word festival in San Francisco. Her work has
appeared in
, Other Magazine, and 365


Walking the dirty streets of the big city and the farm
towns, Vagabondage sings you tales of lonely alleyways, late night
busrides and unfortunate incidents with spicy spicy food. Comprised of
a poet, an actor, a storyteller, a ham, a vaudevillian, an accordion
player, two guitar players, a kazoo player, and two singers, this duo
will sing songs to make you laugh, cry, and raise your glass and sing

Katrina James

Katrina James had her first short story
published in 1998 and has been
creating a steadily growing body
of tales ever since. She also
co-produced the cult public access
show "kittypr0n" and has acted in
and worked
behind-the-scenes on several San Francisco stage
including "Night of the Living Dead," Hitch-hiker's Guide
to the  Galaxy," "The Twilight Zone," and
"Zippy the Pinhead."  She
currently spends her
days disguised as a mild-mannered office manager.


heathen machinery: writer, mother, explosives expert.
 what's the worst
that could happen?


Meliza Bañales is originally from Los Angeles.
She has taught writing at UCSC and SFSU as well as at numerous
conferences and workshops. She has been writing and performing for the
last fifteen years.  She published her first poems when she was
seventeen in The Lesbian News. She went on to become the first Latina
to ever win a Poetry Slam Championship on the west coast in
2002(Oakland), the 2002 winner of the People Before Profits Poetry
Prize, and published her first book, Say It With Your Whole Mouth, at
the age of twenty-five which went on to be nominated for the Poetry
Center Book Award in 2004. Her writing has been featured in the
anthologies Revolutionary Voices (ed., by Ami Sonny); Without a Net:
The Female Experience of Growing-Up Working-Class (ed., by Michelle
Tea); The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Change; Baby, Remember
My Name: New Queer Girl Writing (ed., Michelle Tea); and Word
Warriros: 35 Women Leaders of the Spoken-Word Movement (ed., Alex
Olsen) as well as Lodestar Quarterly and Finery. She is currently
finishing a second manuscript of poems, 51 Poems About Nothing At All.
Bañales is currently working on a one-woman-show, One Bad Year,
as an artist-in-residence for Airspace in San Francisco. She was also
the winner of a 2008 QCC Grant for the National Queer Arts Festival
for the show Coming-Out…Again which features new work around
multiple identities within the queer community. She has also written
and directed for the Twilight Zone Festival at the Dark Room Theater
in San Francisco. She has been on three national poetry slam teams
(Santa Cruz, Santa Curz/Salinas, Oakland) and has toured with the
notorious spoken-word roadshow Sister Spit: The Next Generation. She
is also one-half of the punk performance-art duo, Las Damas, with
Celestina Pearl set to go on tour in Spring 2009. Las Damas will also
appear in the photo book by Del La Grace and Ulrika Dahl entitled
Femmes of Power: Expoloding Queer Feminities in the fall of
2008.  Bañales is also a clothing designer under the name
Missy Fuego. She is one-half of the design team Never Never Designs
with Boston-based designer and leather craftsman Jacob Vaughn

Gina de Vries

Gina de Vries is a queer femme writer,
rabble-rouser, and Paisan. Her
fiction, journalism, memoir, and
smut have appeared dozens of places,
including: Baby, Remember
My Name, Dirty Girls, TransForming
Community, That's Revolting!,
Bound to Struggle: Where Kink & Radical
Politics Meet,
make/shift magazine, and Curve magazine (where she was
columnist from 1997-2004). Currently, Gina curates shows for queer
performance series San Francisco in Exile, blogs for national
blog Bilerico, and teaches a writing workshop for sex
workers at
Center for Sex & Culture. She can be cruised
online at

additional performers to be announced

If you have something (your time / silent auction
items / performance) to donate for the show please leave a

The Hella Pretty Army: A Benefit for Fran
Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm
$10 - 20 (no one turned
away for lack of funds - but it IS a benefit)
Center for Sex and
1519 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-7399

Aug. 29th, 2008

in black

More Spider love...another showed up tonight


Charlotte, originally uploaded by HuskyPapi.

This pretty girl welcomed me this morning.

Aug. 27th, 2008

Santo in the River

Santo in the River, originally uploaded by HuskyPapi.

My (very happy) baby boy.

Aug. 3rd, 2008

Happy Birthday Tina!!

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