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Culture, The Exhibitionist HBO's <i>Looking: The Movie</i>: The Cast Lost its Heart in San Francisco

HBO's Looking: The Movie: The Cast Lost its Heart in San Francisco

On Sunday, June 26, Framline40, the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay film festival, wrapped with a blue carpet premiere for HBO's Looking: The Movie at The Castro Theatre.  SF Weekly caught up with the cast ahead of the film finale,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Macondray Lane Paves the Path for <i>Tales of the City </i>

Tourism for Locals: Macondray Lane Paves the Path for Tales of the City

After 40 years of entertaining readers and viewers with the adventures and tragedies of Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann Singleton, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, and other characters; Armistead Maupin, creator of the Tales of the City series, is ending the series…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Final <i>Tales</i>:  Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Final Tales: Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Armistead Maupin refuses to be the old fart who bickers about San Francisco not being what it used to be, even after chronicling it for nearly 40 years. What started off as a set of weekly installments in The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Back to the Source

Back to the Source

Armistead Maupin started what would become Tales of the City as a small newspaper story about a strange pick up scene in a Marina Safeway. Because no one would agree to go on record, he created a fictional new-to-town…
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Calendar, Night&Day sunshine and oranges

sunshine and oranges

In an attempt to examine the robust literary cultures of Northern and Southern California, and to see where those traditions intersect and what that says about California identity, historian Bill Deverell and book critic David Ulin have organized a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drink with a Clown in a Novel

Drink with a Clown in a Novel

Obviously, bibliophiles with coulrophobia (fear of clowns) will want to avoid Literary Clown Foolery, but for the rest of us, this 90-minute cabaret -- set in a bookstore, with an open bar -- is the type of homegrown event that…
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Culture, Stage "Tales of the City": Musical Version of Maupin Is a Very Mixed Bag

"Tales of the City": Musical Version of Maupin Is a Very Mixed Bag

28 Barbary Lane just got a little bit gayer. At the beginning of June, American Conservatory Theater premiered a new musical based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and More Tales of the City, with music and lyrics co-written…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Tales of the City</i> at A.C.T.: A Fitfully Entertaining Love Letter to Yesteryear's Bohemians and Sodomites

Tales of the City at A.C.T.: A Fitfully Entertaining Love Letter to Yesteryear's Bohemians and Sodomites

Tales of the City Through July 10 at American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), S.F. Tickets are $40-$127; call 749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org. NOTE: A full-length version of this review will appear in print and online on June…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What Armistead Maupin Gave San Francisco in <i>Tales of the City</i>

What Armistead Maupin Gave San Francisco in Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin got teary-eyed Thursday night. It was right before stepping into the Swedish American Hall, where he'd be the extra special guest at his own literary tribute, Thoroughly Modern Maupin, happening less than a week before the premiere of…
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Culture, Bookcap

This month's literary events

Thursday, Nov. 4 It's astonishing how nimbly Anne Germanacos glides across presupposed boundaries — between dream and myth, between poetry and prose, between her own dueling provenances of ancient Aegean islands and the modern San Francisco peninsula. A gifted perceiver,…
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Culture, Stage "Futurestyle 79" is a funny, improvised look at San Francisco&#146;s heyday

"Futurestyle 79" is a funny, improvised look at San Francisco’s heyday

A few weeks back, I finally got around to reading Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. I watched the PBS miniseries years ago, long before moving to San Francisco, but I was overdue for reading the book itself. In short,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Be Brief

Be Brief

If you had only six words to write your memoir, which would you chose? “He’d eat only at taco trucks”? “Moved to the city, lost mind”? “We broke up over organic furniture”? Ours might be “Read more at www.sfweekly.com,” which…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's Like a Metaphor

It's Like a Metaphor

We were just over in North Beach (to see Beach Blanket Babylon, which embarrassed us in front of a bunch of tourists — more on that later) and we didn't see any space at Columbus and Broadway that looked like…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ich Bin Ein Californian

Ich Bin Ein Californian

Christopher Isherwood was one of the most famous denizens of the waning Weimar Republic. Between 1929 and 1933, the Englishman lived in pre-Nazi Berlin, taking full advantage of its free-wheeling bohemian atmosphere to boff attractive young men and imbibe attractive…
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Music, All Shook Down Book Passage to Host Fascinating Literary Double-Feature

Book Passage to Host Fascinating Literary Double-Feature

Book Passage in Corte Madera is always a bustling center of author events. But the store has a doozy of a literary double-feature planned for Tuesday evening, with Tales of the City genius Armistead Maupin (discussing Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories)…
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Calendar, Night&Day Underneath the Radar

Underneath the Radar

Armistead Maupin is so gay! We saw him read at a Litquake event years ago, and the best part of the whole night was hearing rumors about how he and Cintra Wilson were having an ego-off backstage. We knew something…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shaken, Stirring

Shaken, Stirring

Litquake is San Francisco's big sparkly literary festival, and its material ranges from kid stuff to X-rated — everyone's sure to find a little something to love. Not that you could see everything it has to offer, even if you…
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Film, Absolutely Fabulist

Absolutely Fabulist

What's the difference between a good liar and a good storyteller? The answer, or the lack of an answer, is a mystery at the heart of The Night Listener, a muted psychological thriller adapted from the Armistead Maupin novel. A…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Best Minds

The Best Minds

Allen Ginsberg's 1956 poem "Howl" is immediately recognizable to readers the world over. Emblematic of San Francisco, it's a poem for the ages and deserves all the hoopla. But honestly, sometimes I'm over it. Having heard about Ginsberg's brilliance more…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be at Hollertronix' parties in Philly circa 2002 was very heaven." I'm paraphrasing Wordsworth, of course, but I think that's what he might have said had he been on…
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