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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jewelle Gomez at the Bay Area Book Festival on Race, Power and Vampires

Jewelle Gomez at the Bay Area Book Festival on Race, Power and Vampires

Jewelle Gomez just finished up a book tour, traveling from Atlanta to Portland, Maine, doing readings for the City Lights' 25th anniversary edition of her double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. On the tour, she’s been encountering old…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jewelle Gomez Gets Inside the Head of Author James Baldwin in <i>Waiting for Giovanni</i>

Jewelle Gomez Gets Inside the Head of Author James Baldwin in Waiting for Giovanni

Poet and novelist Jewelle Gomez is the author of The Gilda Stories, about black lesbian vampires. She has spent the past few years working on a play, Waiting for Giovanni, which is currently running at the New Conservatory Theatre…
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Calendar, Night&Day Truth Is on Its Way

Truth Is on Its Way

In the 1970s, poet Nikki Giovanni was called “The Princess of Black Poetry.” She was friends with Angela Davis and James Baldwin, and appeared on magazine covers wearing radical fashions to match her lyrical, uplifting messages. Today, she’s a professor…
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Calendar, Night&Day In <i>Vogue</i>

In Vogue

Richard Avedon made his rep as a fashion photographer, then segued naturally into a parallel career taking celebrity snaps. His palpably alive portraits comprise a big chunk of the stylish retrospective currently on display at the big house on Third…
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Culture, Stage &#147;Sonny&#146;s Blues&#148; Doesn&#146;t Work on the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Stage

“Sonny’s Blues” Doesn’t Work on the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Stage

Ernest Hemingway wrote only two plays in his life. It's surprising that he didn't write more of them, as he apparently found drama easier to pen than prose. "The making part of a play comes after the writing of it,"…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blues States

Blues States

The operative word here is "verbatim": The Word for Word theater company performs short stories that way. In this case, the company takes on every single letter of Sonny's Blues, by the great American writer James Baldwin. To the uninitiated,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Good Word

The Good Word

Robert Moses didn't create the dance pieces Word of Mouth and A Biography of Baldwin especially for Black History Month, but their timing is apt nonetheless. The Bay Area-based choreographer, a self-proclaimed "history geek," is reviving the former and premiering…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quilting Bee

Quilting Bee

Non-sewers think of patchwork quilts as pretty textile hobbies or simple art projects, but African-American artist Faith Ringgold's intricate creations tell powerful stories. Her piece We Came to America, created in 1997 as a response to James Baldwin's 1963 nonfiction…
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