A Return to Barbary Lane?

screenshot8612At the Monday, June 20, opening party for Dog Eared Books’ new store in the Castro, after Armistead Maupin read something from “Logical Family,” his forthcoming memoir, Frank Biafore asked about Laura Linney’s recent revelation that there have been talks of an updated “Tales of the City.” Maupin confirmed that some talks are in progress, and then said, “How great would it be if people found out Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal were soon headed back to 28 Barbary Lane, and they found out from gossip heard in the Castro bookstore?”

But if you weren’t in the bookstore, here’s more about it: The series will be set in modern-day San Francisco, says Maupin, “with 50-something Mary Ann Singleton returning to Barbary Lane,” as well as Michael Tolliver, who comes from “a difficult Christian family in Orlando.” Way before last week’s horrific events, Maupin had “already established 40 years ago that Michael’s parents were Florida orange growers, and his mother had joined the Anita Bryant crusade.”

In Los Angeles last week, Maupin and Linney attended pitch meetings with several networks for the new series. Linney and Olympia Dukakis are, in showbiz lingo, already “attached” to it.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/garchik/article/Is-San-Francisco-running-out-of-Pride-rainbows-8319478.php

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“Tales” Omnibus available 12/06/2016

Just in time for Christmas, 3 books containing all 9 “Tales” novels will be released by Harper Collins. Available for pre-order now!

28 Barbary Lane

Back to Barbary Lane

Goodbye Barbary Lane

 

 

 

 

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Laura Linney is keeping a secret

No one is lovelier than LL when she spills the beans.
More news soon!

Posted by Armistead Maupin on Friday, May 27, 2016

 

 

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The Maytag Man Wants to Celebrate Pride with You

Can anyone identify the Maytag Man celebrating pride and his link to Armistead?

by Muri Assunção
June 2, 2016 | 5:50pm

maytagmanFor 49 years, he’s been America’s “reliable and strong repairman who loves to do the dishes.” This year, he’s also “dependable, powerful and stocked full of Pride.”

After last year’s successful ad campaign that showed the Maytag Man holding a colored layer cake with a caption that read “Proud to be in any home,” an allusion to bakeries that had refused to serve same-sex couples, Maytag is bringing back the rainbow version of the good-looking handyman to celebrate LGBT Pride month. And this year, Maytag’s parent company Whirlpool also joined in.

Read the full article here.

http://www.towleroad.com/2016/06/maytag-pride/

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Armistead Maupin in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 3 p.m.

The internationally bestselling author, hailed as having “invented San Francisco,” comes to Montalvo for a fascinating and evocative conversation with Katherine Maxfield about his life and many accomplishments in literature, theater, and music. Books will be available for purchase.

About Tales of the City and Armistead Maupin

“[Tales of the City is] perhaps the most sublime piece of popular literature America has ever produced” Laura Miller, Salon.com

Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, his iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed a trail through popular culture—from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in 2011. The series now encompasses eight hugely popular novels: Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, and Mary Ann in Autumn. These works have been translated into ten languages with more than six million copies in print.

Maupin’s other novels include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener—which became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.

Maupin holds a number of awards for his literary and pioneering social work, including the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York; Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco; and Trevor Project’s Life Award “for his efforts in saving young lives.” He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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http://montalvoarts.org/events/armistead_maupin/

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Chorus pays homage to heroes

by David-Elijah Nahmod
4/7/2016

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus pays homage to the distinguished gay author Armistead Maupin in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first installment of Maupin’s serialized novel Tales of the City appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle. Maupin’s stories might have been the first to include the entire LGBTQ spectrum as he acknowledged the mecca and safe haven that San Francisco has become. The author captured the imaginations of millions as his Tales became a series of bestselling books and three television miniseries.

Maupin will appear as guest artist when the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performs Tales of Our City: Our Lives, Our Heroes at Davies Symphony Hall on April 14 and 15. The program will include “Michael’s Letters to Mama.” The piece’s title refers to Tales of the City ‘s Michael Tolliver, one of literature’s great gay characters.

“It’s always a thrill when the Gay Men’s Chorus performs that piece,” Maupin told the Bay Area Reporter . “That letter was my coming out to my parents. It’s a lovely thing to hear it set to music.”

Maupin said that he initially had no idea that Tales of the City would become a full-time career. “Not in my wildest dreams,” he said. “At first I hoped I would have a popular newspaper column. I’m very grateful, it’s been nothing but a joyride.”

One of the recurring themes in the Tales stories is the creation of LGBT families among people who’ve been rejected by their birth families because of who they are. “The family you create for yourself as opposed to your biological family,” Maupin said. “It’s not enough to merely be tolerated, it creates a real gulf between you and the people you love.”

Dr. Tim Seelig, conductor and artistic director of SFGMC, spoke of the significance of Maupin’s work. “The series of Tales books gave the entire world a window into life in San Francisco,” Seelig said. “More than just giving people a peek into the colorful lives of Barbary Lane, it allowed the world to follow the journey of the entire LGBT community through the triumphs and tragedies, joys and sorrows.”

The concert, Seelig promises, is going to be a huge and emotional spectacle. “Actually, our largest yet,” he said. “We will have 300 singers on stage, along with the 60-piece Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. I would describe it as monumental.”

In addition to Maupin’s iconic creation, the evening will pay tribute to SFGMC members who lived through the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, and to the late Harvey Milk (1930-78). When Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors a year before he was assassinated at City Hall, he became the first out gay man in US history to hold elective office.

“The addition of parts of James Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk were obvious in that we are celebrating the first article that was written in 1976 just as Harvey Milk was campaigning for city supervisor,” Seelig said. “Honoring heroes such as Harvey and Armistead just felt so right.” He noted that the Chorus would be taking I Am Harvey Milk on the road. “We are also performing I Am Harvey Milk this July at the Gay and Lesbian Choruses Festival in Denver with 1,000 singers from all over the US,” Seelig added. “Yes, that was 1,000 singers.”

The tragic horrors of the AIDS years are recalled in NakedMan. This was the first piece that was inspired by the lives of actual Chorus members, initially performed in 1996. “The tales of our lives could not be represented better than with the 20th Anniversary of NakedMan,” Seelig said. “It was literally our lives, our stories set to music. The music is just glorious and covers the wide array of emotions and experiences still poignant and relevant today.”

The concert will open with a new piece from Dr. James Eakin, Composer-in-Residence for SFGMC. “Dr. Eakin and I have collaborated for over 15 years,” Seelig said. “This new piece, ‘Open the Gate,’ is at first glance a reference to our city and the Golden Gate. But it is so much more. It is a reminder to live our lives with open hearts, and a reminder that, regardless of how tempting it might be to close those gates and/or borders, it is only in remaining open as a society that we will ultimately fulfill our destiny.”

Though the concert’s underlying themes are quite serious, Seelig promises that the evening will include humor, and even a little choreography. The concert will serve as a reminder of how much San Francisco means to LGBT people.

“I was raised as a conservative and a segregationist,” recalls Maupin. “This is about climbing out of that pit and into the light. I did it with the help of San Francisco.” Maupin also shared part of a letter that he wrote to his parents many years ago: “If you, Papa, are responsible for the way I am, then I thank you with all my heart.”

Tales of Our City: Our Lives, Our Heroes, Thurs. & Fri., April 14 & 15, 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF. Tickets ($25-$75): sfgmc.org.

http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=music&article=1456

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The Arts of Fiction and Onstage Conversation

By Leah Garchik
April 3, 2016

Last Tuesday, Armistead Maupin was presented with the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award at an event hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Mayor Ed Lee praises Maupin for his “Tales of the City” novels, which “helped introduce LGBTQ culture to the mainstream and contributed to San Francisco’s image as a compassionate city that celebrates diversity.”

In addition to those ceremonies, the Arts Commission will host a public conversation between Maupin and poet/playwright/gay rights advocate Jewelle Gomez, at Herbst Theatre on Tuesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. (free, but tickets necessary; contact Eventbrite).

Maupin, who was “really quite honored” at the award -he’s the first writer to receive it – can’t help but marvel about the long-lasting success of “Tales,” which did debut to some early negative reaction. Since then, however, the story has become iconic as has the author. Maupin is a veteran of many onstage literary conversations. For instance, one with Nora Ephron.

Background first: Maupin had met Ephron in the 1970s, when she and Carl Bernstein “introduced me to New York. I didn’t take to her right away. I asked, ‘Doesn’t anybody smoke dope around here?’ There were all those liberals standing around with white wine in plastic glasses.”

Maupin was in New York for the 25th anniversary of Stonewall when his agent and friend Amanda “Binky” Urban, “‘Nora’s closest friend,” sat him and Ephron next to each other at a dinner party. Ephron said to him, “My son would just be thrilled to death to be sitting here with you tonight.’ Jacob was 16 years old, had read ‘Tales’ and had just come out to her. We talked about that young man. I was very moved,” said Maupin. He and Ephron became pals. And young Jacob Bernstein, whose documentary about his mother, “Everything Is Copy,” is showing on HBO, “has gone on to be almost as sharp as his mother.”

In 2006, when Ephron was publicizing her book “I Feel Bad About My Neck,” Maupin was in conversation with her at the Herbst, and when she complained about her neck, “I told her I could make a vagina out of my neck. And I proceeded to do it. And Nora said, ‘It’s kind of hard to know where to go from here.'”

That conversation fragment was cut from the national radio broadcast … and that’s why you should always try to hear the conversation live.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/garchik/article/The-arts-of-fiction-andonstage-conversation-7223617.php

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