April 11th 2005,
"BARBIE MEETS TRASHMAN"
The well-known artist couple, filmmaker Susan Stern and comics
artist/writer Spain Rodriguez
Stern is acclaimed for
her films including "Barbie Nation" and "The Self-Made Man". Spain is
famous for his comic character Trashman and for his role in founding the
underground Comix movement of the 1960s. Film clips will be included in
Susan Stern directed the cult classic documentary Barbie Nation: An
Unauthorized Tour, which played in film festivals and art houses and on
television around the world. "Barbie Nation" won the Golden Spire for
documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, aired on
PBS's P.O.V. series and has become standard viewing in college
classrooms studying American culture and sexuality.
The Self-Made Man, Susan's second film, made its festival debut at
the South by Southwest festival in March 2005 and will screen at the Full
Frame Documentary Film Festival in April. It aired on PBS's P.O.V.
on July 26, 2005 [
The Self-Made Man was produced in association with
ITVS and KQED Public Television, with funding provided by the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting.
Before making films, Susan Stern was an investigative reporter and poet. Her
award-winning articles were published in the Boston Globe, Sacramento
Bee, San Francisco Examiner, and the Oakland Tribune. The Wall Street
Journal credited her Tribune exposé of politically-motivated Navy base
closures with "saving thousands of local jobs." Susan was a member of the
Berkeley Poets Coop and won the University of California's Ina Mae
Coolbrith Poetry Award.
Both R. Crumb and the late Harvey Kurtzman have called Spain Rodriquez
"one of the top ten action comic book creators in the world."
'Trashman' is probably Rodriguez' best known and most enduring character in the
comics underground. His style could be called a "bold line" style of
drawing. As Rodriguez's work is always in demand, he is still working on
various magazines like Zap, Twistgrip and Blab magazine. He also had
his work published in comix like Insect Fear, Anarchy Comics, Arcade, San
Francisco Comic Book and Tales of the Leather Nun. He was one of the
founders of the United Cartoon Workers of America. One of his more recent
comics is 'Nightmare Alley'. In 1994, the autobiographical 'My True
Story' was published. Nominated for a Harvey Award in 2004, Spain's "Dark
Hotel" is currently featured on Salon Magazine's website.
April 25, 2005: Mary Joy Quinn and Sally Calef
Mary Joy Quinn returns to Odd Mondays to discuss her new book,
"Guardianships of Adults: Achieving Justice, Autonomy, and Safety." Book
reviewers have called it "comprehensive", "unique" and "unequaled in the
literature." Mary Joy has worked with frail elders for over 30 years, first
as a public health nurse and then with as a visiting nurse and director
of a psychiatric day treatment center. Since 1977, she has worked with
San Francisco Superior Court. She has been the Director of the Probate
Department since 1989.
Mary Joy also is the co-author of Elder Abuse and Neglect: Causes,
Diagnosis, and Treatment Strategies. The second edition was published in
1997 and she is now at work on the third edition. This book and her most
recent were published by Springer Publishing Company in New York and
are available from Amazon.com.
Sally Calef, M.P.H., is a senior long term care insurance
representative based in Marin, a well-known expert on the risk and costs associated
with long term care, Medicare and Medi-Cal funding, and long term care
insurance options. Specializing exclusively in this type of insurance,
Sally helps individuals and couples to identify their risks of needing
long term care, and assists them by designing appropriate and
affordable long term care insurance coverage. In addition, she works with
financial planners and other professionals, aiding them in designing long
term care insurance coverage for their clients.
Sally's career has spanned over twenty years, where she spent time in
the public and private health care sectors. For over six years, she was
a Consultant to the California State Senate on health care issues,
including Medi-Cal policy and funding. For over fifteen years, she worked
in the private sector with large corporations helping them design the
most appropriate health benefits for their employees.
Sally serves on the Board of Directors of the Sausalito Chamber of
Commerce as Chair of the Membership Committee. In 2003, her work with the
Chamber was acknowledged with the Chamber's Volunteer of the Year award.
She also conducts workshops and seminars on the topic of long term care
for community groups, professional organizations and at the worksite.