BAR Talks: eighth panel shares stories from LGBT nightlife
Join us on a trip down memory lane with many other gay bars of yesteryear on December 9, when BARchive columnist Michael Flanagan and Arts & Nightlife editor Jim Provenzano host author and former bartender Mark Abramson , seasoned performer Sharon McKnight, DJ Page Hodel and Assistant News Editor John Ferranini for an online discussion about the Bay Area Reporter’s historic connection to his 50 years of writing and distributing in the many LGBT bars around the world. Still thriving Bay Area.
Watch “BAR Talks 8: The BAR in the bars”,
Thursday, December 9 at 6 p.m. PT
About the panelists:
Michael flanagan is the Reference Librarian at the Menlo Park and San Mateo Public Libraries. He has been the reference assistant to musician Diamanda Galas since 1987 and was president of the AIDS archive “Documentation of AIDS Issues and Research” from 1987 to 1995, which provided material for the “AIDS Timeline”. From Group Material for the Whitney Biennale in 1991. He writes for the Bay Area Reporter and has published work in several scholarly periodicals. He has lectured at the Beat Museum, the GLBT Historical Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center, and has conducted online programs on LGBTQ history in San Mateo County for the Menlo Park and San Mateo Libraries.
farm boy raised in minnesota Marc Abramson lived in San Francisco long enough to consider himself a City by the Bay native. He has worked as a bartender and event coordinator for decades at various gay bars, from Russian River to Haight Street, Castro Street and South of Market.
Mark and fellow bartender (late) Jim Cvitanich hosted Pier Pressure and High Tea dancing mega-parties on the San Francisco docks, as well as the annual AIDS fundraiser, Men Behind Bars: The Bartenders’ Folly. In addition to his seven-volume fictional Beach Reading mystery series, Mark is the author of six non-fiction books, including Sex, Drugs & Disco: San Francisco Diaries from the pre-AIDS Era in two volumes and the highly acclaimed dissertation on AIDS. For my brothers.
a first performance against AIDS in 1985 with Sharon McNight (right, center) and other artists, including Sylvester.
Multi-award winning performer Sharon mcnight performed from Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall, from San Francisco to Berlin. She began her career entertaining herself at nightclubs and gay bars in San Francisco in the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s, she received a San Francisco Critics Circle award for her performance in “Nunsense” and has was one of two straight women chosen as Grand Marshal of the 1986 SF Gay Day Parade for his dedication and fundraising efforts during the AIDS crisis. .
Sharon made her Broadway debut in 1989 in “Starmites”, received a Tony nomination for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theater World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut” and the Bistro Award presented and produced by Backstage. com for “ordering the art of cabaret.” She has five solo recordings to her credit. His recent laurels include two Lifetime Achievement Awards: one from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and another from the Provincetown CabaretFest.
Home page is legendary in the San Francisco Bay Area as an integral part of its nightlife. For nearly 40 years, she has been playing music in almost every nightclub in San Francisco, gay and straight, while also being an LGBT party organizer. Two of his legendary dance clubs, The Box and Club Q, are remembered by many. Hodel is also an artist and co-creator of the Monday Hearts for Madalene project.
What started as an annual tradition of hosting its notorious birthday parties quickly led to a regular DJ reservation at Amelia’s, a popular Bay Area dance club at the time. It was around this time that his disc jockey career took off, with reservations at the Oasis as a resident weekend DJ, and virtually every major San Francisco dance hall, as well as clubs in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Paris. Page’s DJ career has taken her around the world, including regular bookings in the 90s on Olivia Cruises as a resident disc jockey.
In 1987, his career in promoting nightclubs began when Page launched The Box and Club Q, two of San Francisco’s longest-running and legendary dance clubs. Page has won numerous awards and accolades, including numerous Cable Car Awards for San Francisco’s Favorite DJ. Page also won the San Francisco Bay Guardian Awards for Best Dance Club for the Box and Best DJ. Page has been selected by the Bay Area Reporter Besties two years in a row as the Bay Area’s Best Female DJ.
Jean Ferrannini has been Associate Editor of the Bay Area Reporter since 2019. A graduate of Sacramento State University and a former nightlife worker, he resides in San Francisco with his boyfriend.
Jim Provenzano (panel producer) is the Arts & Nightlife editor for the Bay Area Reporter. He is also the author of seven gay fiction novels and has worked as a journalist, editor and photographer in LGBT media for three decades.
The panel will be visible live, then archived, on the Bay Area Reporter’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BayAreaReporter and the BAR’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/c/bayareareportersf
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