“The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” Premieres at SXSW Film Festival

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (World Premiere)
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.

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‘Tales of the City’ author Armistead Maupin says, ‘I surrendered my youth.’


Who today even remembers that Armistead “Tales of the City” Maupin is from Raleigh?

That’s right. The man who, in 1976, began chronicling the gay movement in San Francisco, came from a conservative family in Raleigh. His father, so the story goes, led the entire family out of church when the minister preached for integration.

A few years ago, Maupin told an interviewer: “My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too damn short.”

In October, Transworld will release Maupin’s first memoir, “Logical Family,” where he recounts, according to the Guardian, “his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer, via Vietnam and the bathhouses of 1970s San Francisco.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/books/reading-matters-blog/article126838304.html#storylink=cpy

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Top 5 Vintage Gay TV Characters

Antony Simpson
13th July 2016

ac0af23b86aeb42d28e80cb7a544069bAntony Simpson shares his Top 5 Vintage TV Characters. In order to make the list, characters had to be iconic, queer and in some way vintage.

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Talking With Armistead Maupin :: Telling Tales in Ptown

by Jim Halterman
Friday Jul 8, 2016

We know that Armistead Maupin is a great storyteller from his legendary “Tales of the City” book series and other novels he’s penned over the years, and this weekend he is also going to be telling those stories at the Paramount in Provincetown.

At his two shows set at the Paramount (at the Crown and Anchor), Maupin will be telling stories about himself and his journey that began, in his words, when he was an “ultra-conservative” young man who is now an activist and voice for the queer community.

When EDGE talked to him earlier this week, the esteemed author didn’t have anything to announce quite yet about what may or may not be happening with a potential “Tales of the City” revival on TV; but there was still plenty to talk about in terms of his love for Ptown, how it and San Francisco are similar, and, since he was present at the recent San Francisco premiere, his thoughts on the upcoming “Looking” movie on HBO.

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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.


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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.
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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.

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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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Chorus pays homage to heroes

by David-Elijah Nahmod

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.


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