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Still Getting Over It 

Wednesday, Nov 16 2011
For those who lived through 1978, it seemed that San Francisco had been gripped by madness. Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated. Nearly 1,000 people from the People's Temple – which originated in San Francisco – died in Jonestown, Guyana. Thirty-three years later, the effects of the city’s “days of darkness” still linger. The events are ones that the city cannot, and should not, forget. In Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, author Mike Weiss investigates Dan White’s motivations for murdering Moscone and Milk, and how White got away with a reduced manslaughter charge. From these familiar topics, Weiss conjures a true-crime thriller as gripping as anything devised by the likes of James Patterson or Sue Grafton. Weiss commemorates the year and its devastating milestones at A Wake for 1978 with the help of notable contemporaries. In addition to screenings of rare videos of Milk, Moscone, and White, Jack Hirschman reads his poem "The Jonestown Arcane.” Leah Garchik reads Herb Caen's landmark column about the tumultuous year. Joel Selvin reviews the year’s iconic music.
Fri., Nov. 18, 7 p.m., 2011

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