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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: SF State's Poetry Center a Bay Area and National Archive

Tourism for Locals: SF State's Poetry Center a Bay Area and National Archive

It's common knowledge that poetry is one of humanities greatest, and oldest, art forms. And while we may enjoy reading poetry of some of our favorite poets, sometimes we love hearing poetry. And even though it won't be possible…
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News, Feature A City of Two Tales: City Lights and McSweeney's Continue to Find Room on the Shelf

A City of Two Tales: City Lights and McSweeney's Continue to Find Room on the Shelf

This was the scene on Valencia Street on a recent Sunday: The sun was out. The air was mild. A temperate November day, of the sort that reminds you you're on the West Coast. But not in Seattle. Not in…
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Film, "Kill Your Darlings": A Portrait of the Ginsberg as a Young Potter

"Kill Your Darlings": A Portrait of the Ginsberg as a Young Potter

John Krokidas's Kill Your Darlings is 2013's second film based on the lives of the Beat poets, and though not without its flaws, it rises well above the low bar set by Walter Salles' similarly-themed On the Road. It helps…
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Culture, Art One Hundred Years of Pulchritude: Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Paintings

One Hundred Years of Pulchritude: Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Paintings

At age 94, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is as feisty as ever — certainly as feisty as he was in the mid-1950s, when he was arrested and put on trial for publishing Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems. Back then, after U.S.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Local Electrics

Local Electrics

It's been only three years since the first of the monthly submission-based reading series Quiet Lightning, but it has since become a kind of town hall of the Bay Area literary scene, where both established names and emerging writers…
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Calendar, Night&Day Instabeat


Just as he was finding his voice, and as The Beat Generation was swelling up around him, Allen Ginsberg began to take photographs of his friends — portraits that attempted to contain the integrity of each subject as well as…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Incendiary Life Remembered

An Incendiary Life Remembered

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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Calendar, Night&Day Poetic Co-conspirators

Poetic Co-conspirators

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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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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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for December 15-21, 2010

To submit a listing, e-mail Artists' Television Access. The Superusers: Australia-born, Berlin-based artist Scott Sinclair leads this group in films and performance. Wed., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. $6. "Videocracy": New work from the film department of the City College…
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Film, "Howl": Longtime doc filmmakers tackle Ginsberg's poem

"Howl": Longtime doc filmmakers tackle Ginsberg's poem

In some ways, everything's changed and it's a new world for gays and lesbians," gay documentary filmmaker Rob Epstein says. "On the other hand, if you're coming out now alone and isolated somewhere without any support system, it's the same…
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Calendar, Night&Day Queer Close-Ups

Queer Close-Ups

The slippery, sprawling smorgasbord that is Frameline34: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival offers delicacies for nearly any boy or girl. Got a taste for New York–style transvestite glamour? Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beat Crazy

Beat Crazy

The Beat Generation is back — at least on the silver screen. Walter Salles has finally scored the cash and the cast to make On the Road, the news breaking mere days after his rough-cut documentary about Jack Kerouac’s unfettered…
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Calendar, Night&Day Franco Goes Hollyweird

Franco Goes Hollyweird

James Franco isn’t just a live-wire actor and a certified hunk; he’s also a helluva good sport. Rather than parlaying his role in the Spider-Man flicks into pretty-boy parts in Hollywood pabulum, the Palo Alto native has played goofy in…
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Calendar, Night&Day High Times

High Times

Local multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney is well-versed in countless styles, from pop to jazz to experimental, but he can make beautiful music out of pretty much anything that makes sound. Though his primary axes are saxophones and clarinets, he also plays…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eat This Book

Eat This Book

Jonah Raskin, an academic, former '60s radical, and biographer of people like Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg, spent a year on a farm in Sonoma. Why? Food is the new revolution, baby. No, seriously, food is the new revolution, battling…
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Film, FilmCap


The San Francisco poet, painter, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who just turned 90, is a well-traveled citizen of the world, a North Beach character whose tenure predates the Beats, a staunch member of the international left, and a seminal figure…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Ferlinghetti</i>


Whether this will stand as the definitive documentary profile of the definitive local poet, publisher, provocateur and City Lights co-founder is for history to judge. In the here and now, it’s certainly a must-see. Dave Eggers, Dennis Hopper, Allen Ginsberg,…
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Dining, Eat Sheer Poetry

Sheer Poetry

It's difficult to visit a restaurant for the first time without having a preconceived notion of what it's going to be like — especially in this age of multiple Internet postings about places that are still under construction, and amateur…
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Calendar, Night&Day No Shame On You

No Shame On You

Gay Pride still probably scares the white off rice in some places, so just imagine what effect Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore has on people. Sycamore is so deep in a left-wing analysis of lawless sexuality that Gay Shame probably doesn't always…
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