CROSS is the science of self. Will your higher self emerge from its earthly cocoon?

THE IRUKE PROJECT: "Shafted" brought together fifteen mostly African-American queer, trans and straight performers in a variety show that deconstructed the stereotypes of Black selves -- pimps, hos and revolutionaries -- promoted by the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s. The cast brought down the house with the closing number: "The only home we have is the love we have for ourselves."

BUTTERFLY WILLIAMS: Butterfly mentored a client of the Community Housing Partnership for their annual gala fundraiser, "A Night with the Stars," at the gorgeously restored Herbst Theater in the heart of San Francisco's civic center. They performed a musical theater duet from Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Starlight Express, " singing together: "Needn't beg the world to turn around and help you, if you draw on what is deep inside."

THE STARBOAT ACADEMY: Stanford University graduate students collaborated with Butterfly and other community activists from the Bayview Youth Association to design and teach the "Brothers Making Change" summer program, which helped prepare ten African-American teens for adulthood by teaching them both career skills and community organizing. With this community of young men, Butterfly played Deep Democracy on the topic of bullying and facilitated an art exercise that built a tree of strengths that mirrored the cultural assets they contribute to community life.