Dorian Katz: Art Exhibit in San Francisco at the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco

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My cousin Dorian Katz is a brilliant artist who focuses on sex positive art and in this exhibit, gender constructs. The exhibit is at the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco. Please read below and go.
ABOUT Art Practice makes Art Pervert is a solo exhibition of Bay Area-based artist Dorian Katz curated by Dorothy R. Santos. Her drawing series “120 Days of Sodomy” appropriates the Marquis de Sade’s book title 120 Days of Sodom. While Katz’s non-human beings don recognizable human characteristics, they are playful, whimsical, and sometimes political hybrids and chimeras. The artist imagines a sex utopia that ponders what it would be like if humans were socialized like other species such as the bonobo monkey. The non-tentative, bold line work mirrors the way her creatures live and exist in the world. It’s as if the lines from Hans Bellmer crossed paths with Robert Crumb’s and made lush new creatures far more telling of human sex and sexuality than their originators. The artist long standing alter ego Poppers the Pony makes fantastical visits into parts of the series. The drawings push against gender constructs and binary structures. Each piece works towards understanding gender non-conforming beings through vibrant characters engaging in extreme sex acts, uninhibited gender liberation, and sexual freedom.
DETAILS: Art Practice Makes Art Pervert
Friday June 2, 6-9 pm
Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission Street, SF 94103
June 2 – August 15

Via Shaun King | Raise the Age

The State of New York is about to decide whether or not it is going to be the last state in the nation to Raise The Age of minimum prosecution. Kids don’t belong in adult jails or prisons, but New York sends kids to adult prisons – no matter what the crime – and it’s doing tremendous harm to them.

But, and this is where it gets ugly, a few politicians in New York are playing games with this bill. It’s already passed the legislature, but the State Senate is stalling it out for the 5th year in a year. This is despicable. The bill has passed in virtually every deeply conservative state in America, but New York keeps messing this up – and people’s lives are being devastated in the process.

I am ashamed that New York has done this. Let’s let these politicians know that they need to step up and do right and Raise The Age in New York like it has been done nationwide.

Today, we have to make our presence known. We have to make it clear to each and every member of the New York State Senate that they need to pass Raise The Age.

I want you to email, call, tweet, and Facebook every single member of the New York State Senate.

I don’t care if they say they support the bill or not. Every single member of the New York State Senate needs to step the hell up and work this out…TODAY.

Here is all of their information. EVERYTHING.

Now, what I am about to tell you is the ugly truth. Some people are saying they support raising the age, but they are lying. I spoke last night with several State Senators who told me that many Democrats are saying publicly that they support it, but that behind the scenes they are either doing absolutely nothing to make sure it passes or worse – actually working against it.

Because of that, I am asking you to contact EACH AND EVERY member of the New York State Senate.

Run like a dawg and buy the new issue of The American Bystander

via the great Michael Gerber, Issue #4 of is all-star print humor magazine The American Bystander is now on Kickstarter. Watch this hilarious video you can’t embed the video or I would have.

Featuring: Roz Chast, Jack Handey, Merrill Markoe — 65 contributors in all. The Kickstarter video is HILARIOUS. Non-US readers: sorry about Trump.

Also, there’s a PDF version for $5.

Please grab a few copies and share it with your pals. The work featured in Bystander is brilliant, witty and vital to survival.

Recent Work for 2017

recent work 2017 political essays, humor essays by katie schwartzRecent work includes a lot of political essays at Mock Paper Scissors and Huffington Post. Recent humor essays can be found via The American Bystander, a quarterly print magazine that every comedy nerd should buy ASAPY.

Mock Paper Scissors/Huffington Post

The American Bystander

I’m in pre-production on comedy shorts and pilots. I will spill as these projects evolve.


Fight for Alex Nieto, shot 59 Times while Peacefully Eating his Dinner

From Shaun King and Injustice Boycott:

Unless you are from the San Francisco Bay Area, you are probably not familiar with the name Alex Nieto.

You should be. The whole would should know this good man’s name.

On March 21st, 2014, four San Francisco Police Officers fired an astounding 59 shots at Alex while he peacefully ate his dinner outside waiting for his security guard shift to begin.

Alex was racially profiled. Wearing his brand new San Francisco 49ers jacket, you or I would’ve seen a handsome young brother enjoying a burrito on a park bench under the sunset. Someone else, seeing a Latino man in a red jacket with his licensed, work-required Taser strapped to his hip, assumed he was a threat. Police did as well. In spite of the fact that the 911 caller admitted that no active threat was taking place, police sent a battalion of officers to confront Alex – including Sgt. Jason Sawyer (then lieutenant), Officer Roger Morse, Officer Richard Schiff, and Officer Nathan Chew.

I have to pause right there and tell you more about Alex. He was a beautiful soul. He was also a:

  • Full-time scholarship student at CCSF, earning a criminal justice degree and applying for transfer to a 4 year college program
  • Full-time security guard at El Toro nightclub
  • Provider for his family
  • Practicing Buddhist pacifist
  • Prior intern at the Youth Guidance Center’s Probation Department
  • Member of the Mission Peace Collaborative
  • Campaign volunteer in federal and local elections (Tom Ammiano, Bill Clinton, etc.)
  • Volunteer at youth organizations (Coleman Advocates, HOMEY, etc.)
  • Community event participant and organizer (Carnaval, poetry readings, etc

Do you have a clearer picture of who was sitting on that bench eating dinner now? He was no thug, no criminal, no threat, no danger – just a good man eating dinner before work.

A witness described Alex: “He wasn’t threatening to me. He seemed like a guy just eating a burrito.”

Another witness described him “as eating sunflower seeds or chips with his taser at his hip, never drawn.”

Yet, Alex was soon confronted and killed by police in a hail of bullets. They’d later claim, of course, that they felt threatened. They always feel threatened.

And, as always, the officers were erroneously cleared of any wrongdoing. We’ve seen this all before.

Except now, something new has emerged that gives the family, friends, and advocates for Alex some hope that at least one officer, Roger Morse, will finally be held accountable in some way.

After the officers were cleared, Officer Roger Morse posted the following threat to the family and friends of Alex Nieto on Facebook:


“Smiling. How about burning down his house and taking his friend who pressed charges?”

This is how above the law officers think they are. You and I would know full well that if we posted such a thing, we’d be arrested for the threat.

Well, local citizens complained about the threat made by Officer Roger Morse and something unprecedented just happened:

The San Francisco Office of Citizens’ Complaints has NOW concluded the following about SFPD Officer ROGER MORSE:

The allegation of CONDUCT REFLECTING DISCREDIT ON THE DEPARTMENT against a police officer for behaving inappropriately or and making inappropriate comments is SUSTAINED. The matter will now be transmitted to the SFPD Chief of Police for review and ACTION.

This is good news, but it means nothing if it is not followed by ACTION.

The Chief of Police, Toney Chaplin, must fire Officer Roger Morse.

How in the hell can a man whose job it is to protect people post online that he wants to burn down the house of a victim of his own violence and Taser those who fought for justice for Alex?

This does not deserve a suspension. In truth, he should be arrested for the threat, but he absolutely must be fired.

Here are your actions for today:

1. Email Chief Toney Chaplin and let him know that he must act on this decision made by the San Francisco Office of Citizens’ Complaints and fire Officer Roger Morse immediately.

Write this email in your own words please. Give it your own title.

Email it to: &


2. Call the Chief and let him know he must fire Officer Roger Morse. Call 415-837-7000. If you don’t get through, call every number here and let them know how you feel.

3. Last but not least, let’s get this trending on Twitter, ok? The whole world needs to know.

If you can, save the image we included in this email and post the following on Twitter:


Dear @SFPDChief – you must #FireMorse. OCC verified that he threatened to burn down the house of the family of #AlexNieto. Now you must act.

(Include the photo if you can and tag the @SFPD & @SFChronicle & @J4AlexNieto & @MayorEdLee)

If you cannot attach the photo, still post the tweet.