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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Wyatt Act: Poetry Style SlamRock at a Dictionary Dance Party

The Wyatt Act: Poetry Style SlamRock at a Dictionary Dance Party

Guinevere Q has long been known 'round these parts to be a fast-talking, no-nonsense, down-to-party mo-fo with no worry of running out of things to say. Anyone involved with the 16th and Mission scene or any of the circles…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Disruptions, a #BlackLivesMatter Spoken Word Event and Panel Discussion at Red Poppy

Disruptions, a #BlackLivesMatter Spoken Word Event and Panel Discussion at Red Poppy

For months now, we’ve heard the call from protestors urging America to recognize that #BlackLivesMatter — and #BrownLivesMatter, and #TransLivesMatter. A movement that looked to be sputtering out in late winter has lately seen renewed vigor, with protests against…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Party People: The Heart of Revolution

Party People: The Heart of Revolution

You can practice and perfect a borrowed revolution, but what if you could make your own? That radical idea rumbles from the basement of Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor program and gives rise to Party People, the cage-rattling production opening October 24.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Tatyana Brown on Being a Few Miles Ahead of Successful

The Write Stuff: Tatyana Brown on Being a Few Miles Ahead of Successful

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Tatyana Brown is the founding Captain of The Lit Slam, a San Francisco-based, live-audience curated literary show and poetry…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Chris Peck the Town Crier on Cultivating Personal Language and Being Part of a Continuum

The Write Stuff: Chris Peck the Town Crier on Cultivating Personal Language and Being Part of a Continuum

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Chris Peck The Town Crier has been recording and performing "hist-hop" and "song-rap" since his first cassette in 1994.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Paul Corman-Roberts Talks East Bay Lit and Beast Crawl's Hat Party Fundraiser

Paul Corman-Roberts Talks East Bay Lit and Beast Crawl's Hat Party Fundraiser

Last year, inspired by the timely coming together of what seemed to be countless writing posses via social media, and with Litquake as an inspiration and a model, a handful of writers decided to throw a festival in Uptown Oakland…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Guinevere Q on Playing God and the Pitfalls of Success

The Write Stuff: Guinevere Q on Playing God and the Pitfalls of Success

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Guinevere Q is a force of nature pumping out language like a geyser or a hot lava flow in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Baruch Porras-Hernandez on Mexican Batman and Becoming the First Husband

The Write Stuff: Baruch Porras-Hernandez on Mexican Batman and Becoming the First Husband

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a writer, organizer, and actor who has performed as a featured writer in Washington D.C., New…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Top 10 Bay Area Literary Events of 2012

Top 10 Bay Area Literary Events of 2012

I attended at least 134 literary events in 2012. Below are my 10 favorites. I've considered mainly two factors in compiling this list: the quality of work, and how interesting or memorable the experience was. The latter category intentionally…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Tim (Toaster) Henderson on Running Toward the Disturbing

The Write Stuff: Tim (Toaster) Henderson on Running Toward the Disturbing

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Tim (Toaster) Henderson and I met in the basement of Viracocha six months ago, when we both realized that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Sam Sax, the first Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion

The Write Stuff: Sam Sax, the first Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Sam Sax is the first ever Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion and Oakland's first two-time queer Grand Slam…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Woo Your Lover with Words at The S.F. International Poetry Fest

Woo Your Lover with Words at The S.F. International Poetry Fest

Not terribly long ago, supermodel Bar Rafaeli was on the cover of Esquire, naked, save for words from Stephen King's cover story about the recession. The two, arguably, had nothing to do with one another, which begged the question:…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Porchlight Celebrates 10 Years of Storytelling

Porchlight Celebrates 10 Years of Storytelling

For my money, there's nothing greater than the simple act of hearing someone tell a story. The direct route from their mouth to my ear. That beautiful little journey of audible transmission is becoming a lost art. These days, we…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance: The Dream Will Not Be Deferred

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance: The Dream Will Not Be Deferred

Maybe when you think of the '20s all you see are long cigarettes, fringe, and flappers, but it was a time fraught with rampant racism and severe economic depression. Despite (and perhaps because of) the conditions, the Harlem Renaissance…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist An Incendiary Life Remembered: Lenore Kandel, a Strong Female Voice Among the Beats

An Incendiary Life Remembered: Lenore Kandel, a Strong Female Voice Among the Beats

Lenore Kandel was explosive -- she was the only woman to give a speech at the 1967 Human Be-In, became immortalized by Jack Kerouac in Big Sur, and just like her buddy Allen Ginsberg, had a pamphlet of her work…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Teens Cover Prostitution, Parental Infidelity, Cancer -- and Hope: Youth Speaks Poetry Slam Finals

Teens Cover Prostitution, Parental Infidelity, Cancer -- and Hope: Youth Speaks Poetry Slam Finals

It was a huge mistake to forget to bring tissues to the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finals over the weekend at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium. Expectations of being dazzled by the stunning wordplay and vocal deliveries made…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

The big thing you need to know about the monthly series Writers with Drinks is this: Arrive super early, maybe even an hour before, for your chance at a stool or a booth. The Make Out Room is a pretty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Shatner's World</em> Boldly Goes Where No Ego Has Gone Before -- And We Gladly Follow

Shatner's World Boldly Goes Where No Ego Has Gone Before -- And We Gladly Follow

"Galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young." So quipped Captain Kirk to Dr. McCoy in The Wrath of Khan, and despite the fact that he turns 81 this month (looking better than many men 20 years younger),…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Get Some Tale at Bawdy Storytelling's First 2012 Show

Get Some Tale at Bawdy Storytelling's First 2012 Show

Stories are powerful. No other medium has the ability to move, inspire, or change us quite like a well-crafted narrative. Never has this been more true than the world of sex, where fear, shame, and misinformation abound. This is all…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lawrence Ferlinghetti Still Knows How to Command a Room

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Still Knows How to Command a Room

It's hard to think of any living person more representative of the spirit of San Francisco than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This is the man who co-founded City Lights as a bookstore as well as a publishing house, who stood trial on…
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