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Culture, Art Songs of Ourselves: An Attorney Sings Walt Whitman Poems to Chronicle the History of Queer Community

Songs of Ourselves: An Attorney Sings Walt Whitman Poems to Chronicle the History of Queer Community

The rainbow flag billowing in the wind at the intersection of Market and Castro streets can be spotted from Daniel Redman's home in the Castro District. Facing toward the window, Redman closes his eyes, lifts his head, and erupts into…
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Culture, Stage Untameable: Lauren Gunderson Writes Just About Every Bay Area Play This Year

Untameable: Lauren Gunderson Writes Just About Every Bay Area Play This Year

Pick up a random Bay Area theater's brochure this year, and there's a surprisingly large chance you'll see the name Lauren Gunderson in it. The Georgia-born, NYU-educated playwright, who has lived in the Bay Area since 2009, has an unheard-of…
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Music,

Hardly Strictly Normal Behavior: A Festival Scavenger Hunt

- Shirtless hippie dancing - Shirtless hippie dancing ... in a tree! - A glass bong longer than your forearm - Drunk person crying and/or throwing up before 3 p.m. - Patagonia-wearing couple drinking white wine out of real glasses…
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Calendar, Night&Day Song of Ourselves

Song of Ourselves

Local civil rights attorney and former Torah reader Daniel Redman has set 45 of Walt Whitman's poems to music and will sing all of them in his apartment, providing follow-along booklets, snacks, and drinks (including gluten-free, vegan, and non-booze…
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Calendar, Night&Day Send in the Clouds

Send in the Clouds

If you’re a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, it helps to live among them. Charlotte Kay lives 200 feet above the already high Russian Hill on the 22nd floor of an apartment building. The clouds regularly engulf her —…
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Calendar, Night&Day Daphne, Daphne, Daphne

Daphne, Daphne, Daphne

What happens when you find yourself the object of fan fiction? A character in other people's stories? What does privacy really mean when you write confessional poetry and haunt the internet? Instead of running from the phenomenon, San Francisco poet…
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Culture, Encore

Encore

Expedition 6. Bill Pullman's new docudrama was born out of a desire to make sense of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster of February 2003. The result, a nebulous nexus of texts culled from such sources as NASA space logs and…
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Culture, Encore

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Bird in the Hand. This is a new play written by sometime solo performance artist and professor of creative writing at S.F. State Anne Galjour. Originally inspired by her love of birds, she began the play in 2001 as an…
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Culture, Books A Coherent Landscape

A Coherent Landscape

Storming the Gates of Paradise is an oddly bombastic title for the new collection of essays by San Francisco thinker Rebecca Solnit. The thirtysomething activist, intellectual, and writer is a force all right, a restless investigator into the shadows and…
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Culture, Encore

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Anna Bella Eema. Obie Award-winning playwright Lisa D'Amour's trailer-park gothic about a mother, daughter, and a girl made of dust is arresting and mesmerizing. One portion of the show has daughter (Anna Bella) asleep for five days after getting…
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Culture, Encore

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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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Culture, Stage Song of Himself

Song of Himself

In his 1955 poem "A Supermarket in California," Allen Ginsberg fantasizes about going on a nocturnal rampage around a grocery store with Walt Whitman. As the two poets sniff artichokes, poke at frozen peas, and eye up the stock boys,…
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News, Bay View Buried Memories

Buried Memories

It makes sense that a collection of materials related to beat generation poetry calls San Francisco its home. But "home" is a nebulous term when it comes to the Cloud House Poetry Archives. Its owner, Steven Kushner, is the obsessed…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night & Day

Wednesday June 2 Piper Down! To know the Celtic punk band The Real McKenzies is to love bagpipes and sheep and Sean Connery, to feel a cool breeze waft up under your kilt, to put away more haggis and Glenfiddich…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Until she broke her foot as a teen, Aries-born Paula Cole wanted to be a cheerleader like all the most popular girls. But the injury required her to wear a wooden shoe for an entire year,…
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