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Culture, The Exhibitionist Portrait of the Activist as an Old Man: HBO's <i>Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger</i>

Portrait of the Activist as an Old Man: HBO's Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger

HBO's feature-length documentary Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger premieres tonight, June 29. The film tells the remarkable story of a shy and unassuming man who had the courage to fight back. In doing so, Kramer changed the course of history…
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Culture, Stage "The Normal Heart": Larry Kramer Looks Back in Anger

"The Normal Heart": Larry Kramer Looks Back in Anger

Now on tour at American Conservatory Theater, the Tony Award-winning revival of The Normal Heart features a mode of acting we don't see often in the Bay Area. Character after character in Larry Kramer's drama, which chronicles the American onset…
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Calendar, Night&Day Picturing Queer Literary History

Picturing Queer Literary History

The AIDS crisis hit San Francisco like an atom bomb in the early 1980s. In a community that had finally found its voice and strength, people (most of them queer men) died at an alarming rate from a disease no…
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A Four-Letter Word

In praise of Larry Kramer's Faggots, specifically its forked satire, author Reynolds Price wrote: "It offers us oddly entertaining, generally exaggerated copies of foolish or evil behavior in order to provoke our ridicule." As a litmus test, Casper Andreas' A…
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Music, All Shook Down Dark Lord Murdoch's Multi-Tentacled San Francisco Takeover

Dark Lord Murdoch's Multi-Tentacled San Francisco Takeover

As if you hadn't already had enough news of Dark Lord Murdoch wriggling his cybernetic tentacles into San Francisco, there's also this: SF-based financial news website MarketWatch (co-founded by former San Francisco Examiner editor Larry Kramer) is about to…
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Film, Give Him  an Inch

Give Him an Inch

Times certainly have changed. Twenty years ago, a musical about an East German transsexual rock singer would have premiered in one of New York's off-off-Broadway theaters or cabarets, run for a couple of weeks, and remained the pleasant memory of…
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Film, <i>Kiss</i> of Life

Kiss of Life

And that's what this culture is interested in -- material profit. What matters is what sells. And what doesn't sell is best kept quiet about. But as ACT UP should have taught us -- all of us -- "Silence =…
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Calendar, Halloween

The Lip-Music Artist

The bio note that accompanies Christopher Matthews' twice-weekly op-ed column in the San Francisco Examiner bills him as the newspaper's "Washington bureau chief." This is somewhat of a misnomer, since it creates the illusion that Matthews heads up a swarm…
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