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Kevin Manning
Promoter & DJ

Manning, a.k.a. DJ Al Simmons, has been an instrumental force in the San Francisco music scene for the past seven years, beginning with his involvement in the city's first electronica parties--Mr. Fives, Toon Town and Five Foot Tongue. Currently the promoter of one of San Francisco's largest drum 'n' bass parties--Density at the Justice League--Manning has attracted some remarkable talent, including the Angel and Talvin Singh. In January he will launch his music and art magazine, am radio. (AN)



Dmitri Matheny

Dmitri Matheny
Flugelhorn Player

Few horn players dedicate themselves exclusively to the flugelhorn, a first cousin to the trumpet, but Dmitri Matheny has found a soulmate in the mellow-toned instrument. With his gift for soaring lyricism, Matheny plays jazz that's emotionally open but full of mystery. His latest album on the San Francisco-based Monarch label, Starlight Café, showcases his talent as a composer and features guitarist Darrell Grant and bass virtuoso Bill Douglass. Though he's spending more and more time on the road, Matheny is scheduling a series of Bay Area concerts bringing together some of the region's top improvisers. (AG)



Jayne Matthews & Chri Longstreet

Jayne Matthews & Chri Longstreet
Salon owners, Edo

Lower Haight denizens have long been wise to the talents of hairdresser extraordinaire Jayne Matthews. Now she's finally opened her own salon, Edo, with partner Chri Longstreet, where she plans to continue serving up the latest styles. (DR)



Maxi Girls
Wendy Skratt

Maxi Girls

Run by three San Francisco girls and one Gothamite, Maxi is the essential Web site for smart, urban chicks annoyed equally by Elle's anorexic ideals, Jane's relentless starfucking and Ms's dry didacticism. Run by Girl Wide Web queens Heather Irwin, Rosemary Pepper, Janelle Brown and Molly Wright Steenson, Maxi publishes smart, sparkling, funny writing about women's real lives. The ideas behind Maxi have now become so popular that there are whole networks like Chickclick and Estronet linking girlie sites. Maxi was one of the first, and it's one of the best. (MG)



Barry McGee

Barry McGee
Graffiti Artist

McGee, also known as Twist, has become synonymous with the graffiti scene in San Francisco. If you don't know him by name, you've almost certainly seen his murals of droopy-eyed, down-at-the-mouth cartoon guys that seem to echo our urban angst. Although he is considered a "street artist," the art world takes McGee seriously; he has shown his work at SFMOMA, the Luggage Store, New Langton Arts and Southern Exposure. (CB)



Sean McPhetridge

Sean McPhetridge
Educator, San Quentin State Prison

Sean McPhetridge is the death-row instructor at San Quentin State Prison and the education co-ordinator of the associate of arts program there--the only college degree offered in any of California's 33 prisons. Sean and his supervisor, William E. Lane, have turned their dream into a rehabilitative reality, because they believe education is the solution to today's crime problem. Volunteer teachers are always needed! (HH)



Tony Meredith
Skip Barton

Tony Meredith
Visual Artist & Program Director, New Langton Arts

A great artist in his own right, Meredith is also the newly appointed program director at the renowned alternative art space New Langton Arts. He has participated in numerous local projects including Sap and the recent Café exhibit at Limn gallery and is a nearly constant presence in small galleries around San Francisco. His unusual and ethereal lighting installations stand out among his works. (CB)



David Mills

Marc Geller

David Mills
Comedian, Actor & Writer

Sit down, Meredith Brooks. If you haven't met David Mills, you don't know from "bitch." Mills' quirky blend of social commentary, rage, satire and smart-assed pop-cultural references found its voice this year in the acclaimed solo shows Duty Free and Everything Must Go! Mills is also known in these parts as the host of the long-running chat fest Late Night Live at Josie's. We're losing him to New York at year's end (now he's sure to become famous in SF), but let's all click our heels together three times and hope he comes back often. (KR)



Teresa Moore

Teresa Moore
Painter

One of our favorite pop artists, Teresa Moore paints sultry, dissolute showgirls, vixens and seen-it done-it broads who are both seedy and sexy. Done in rich, sultry burgundies and violets and garish greens and yellows, Moore's paintings seem both retro-cool and undeniably contemporary. When we look at Moore's work, we actually fantasize about shelling out a few grand to have these gorgeous artworks for our very own. (MG)



Michael O'Connor & Lisa Pagán
Justice League Owners

O'Connor and Pagán, the husband-and-wife team behind the Justice League, have changed the face of nightclubbing in San Francisco, bounding across genres and geography to feature the best in hip-hop, drum 'n' bass and experimental audio alchemy from around the world, as well as multi-media experiments like Test and world music legends like Henri Dikongué. We expect them to keep broadening our sonic horizons up to and beyond the millennium. (MG)



Olivia Ongpin

Olivia Ongpin & Anthony Quintal
Retailers, Fabric8

Featuring fun and funky local designers like Sui Generis, Cat's Pajamas and 1971, Fabric8 has become the high-tech hipster shopping site of choice. Keep watching--Ongpin and Quintal are rumored to have an Amsterdam-based version in the works. (DR)



Pansy Division
Shane O'Neill

Pansy Division

Recently back from touring for their delicious new album, Absurd Pop Song Romance, the prototypical queercore band will hopefully have more time to delight local audiences with their candied hooks, spicy humor and lovestruck pathos. We expect them to be headlining arenas any day now. (MG)



Stephen Pelton
Dana Pavis

Stephen Pelton
Choreographer & Performer

Pelton roars into '99 with a new one-man show, Animal Acts, in April at the Z Space Studio. This musical dance drama has Pelton inhabiting the shapes and stories of jungle cats, race horses, butterflies, even the most wretched human beast of all. (Dan Lungren?) Those paying attention know that Pelton has been steadily building an impressive and thoughtful body of work packed with finely wrought imagery and resonant details. He's among the best in a crowded field of top-notch San Francisco dance artists. (DM)



Mark Pistel

Mark Pistel
Musician

Former Consolidated bandmate Mark Pistel has changed his tone from industrial-angst to electro-ethereal. Now a solo artist, Pistel released his self-titled album, Pistel, on Barakka Foundation records earlier this year. Featuring spoken-word and reggae-style chatting by Mohammed from Midnight Voices, Pistel provides danceable and thinkable beats. An expert producer, Pistel has mixed tracks for Grace Jones, MC 900 Foot Jesus, Bush and The Beloved. Expect more innovation in 1999 from this talented, un-tweaked-out techie. (AN)



Polywog
Tom Pitts

Polywog
DJ

A master of strange, head-trip fusion, Polywog is gaining an international reputation for her quirky approach to sound. The opening act for Tricky's recent San Francisco visit, this budding frog was also the DJ on the Jane's Addiction Relapse Tour and last year's Lollapalooza. She is currently "playing with sound waves" and using them to "move molecules." Don't ask, just listen! (AN)



Erin Potts
Activist

Trekking through Nepal five years ago, Erin Potts, 26, met up with Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and discovered that when synchronicity and karma connect, good things can happen. Impressed by Erin's passionate interest in the political struggles of the Nepalese, Yauch helped Erin establish the Milarepa Fund--a human rights organization which supports Tibetan freedom fighters and educates American youth on nonviolence issues. Erin expresses a positive vision: "I wish that people didn't perceive activism as 'wearing the weight of the world on your shoulders.' Activism is enjoyable--it should never be perceived as difficult or tiring." (AN)



Stephen Pringle
Retailer, Behind the Post Office

True to his egalitarian beliefs, Stephen Pringle's more interested in giving props to local designers carried in his upper Haight store (Vipada, Jill Cappuccio, Katherine Crew, Sophie Love and Yoni Yum) than discussing his own accomplishments as an entrepreneur and art promoter. Modesty aside, look for a second location in Marin sometime in the coming year. (DR)



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From the December 21, 1998 issue of the Metropolitan.

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