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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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Music, All Shook Down Olympia Dukakis Fans Be Warned: ACT's 'Vigil' is Deadly Dull

Olympia Dukakis Fans Be Warned: ACT's 'Vigil' is Deadly Dull

​If you're going to ACT's Vigil because you want to see a performance by Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis, prepare to be mildly disappointed. Oh, you'll see her. She's onstage for nearly the entire show. You just won't hear much from her…
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Culture, Stage All in the Family

All in the Family

Olympia Dukakis is not new to maternal roles. She played the ghost of an endearing mom on ACT's stage just two seasons ago in Michel Tremblay's For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. But the mother Dukakis originates in Constance…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bodies, Rest, and Motion

Bodies, Rest, and Motion

Two fatal accidents, a car crash in actor Olympia Dukakis' family, and the death of actor Gerald Hiken's grandfather after jumping from a moving train, are the physical catalysts of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company's new work Breathe Normally, although…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Ideas Masked as Drama Mascara. By Rodrigo and Ariel Dorfman. Directed by Heather Cappiello. Starring Bobby Weinapple, Brian Keith Russell, Marin Van Young, Beth Donohue, and Patrick Dooley. At the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave. in Berkeley, through Nov.…
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Night+Day

wednesday april 30 No Doubting Thomas Like J.D. Salinger and Sasquatch, Thomas Pynchon is an elusive sort; it isn't likely that the author of The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity's Rainbow will materialize at the release party for his…
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Culture, Stage

Bloodless Revenge

Revenge -- that most potent of dramatic incentives -- is what drives Euripides' Hecuba (430-424 BCE, Before the Common Era). For the ancient Greeks, revenge was largely a matter of logic and justice: Do unto others what they have done…
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