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2003 Stories by Joyce Slaton

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  • The King Is Dead

    published December 24, 2003

    He was a dandy, a deal-maker, even a despot, some say, but for eight years he was all ours. On Jan. 8, San Franciscans wave goodbye to Willie... More >>

  • A Fitting Send-Off

    published December 3, 2003

    Ten years before Jackson Pollock did likewise, Gordon Onslow Ford dripped paint onto a canvas and called it art. Onslow Ford's experiments... More >>

  • Old School

    published November 26, 2003

    By Tobias Wolff Knopf (2003), $22 There's a breath of other classic coming-of-age-at-school tales in Tobias Wolff's... More >>

  • A Curious Betrothal

    published November 26, 2003

    There can't be too many arts collectives whose names and raisons d'être were inspired by a Frasier episode. But that's just what Eliza... More >>

  • Make 'Em Laugh

    published November 12, 2003

    This may come as a surprise to recent transplants, but San Francisco was once the hot West Coast center of stand-up comedy. In the '70s and '80s,... More >>

  • Ghosts From Halloweens Past

    published October 29, 2003

    Back when San Francisco's Flower Power era was beginning to merge into the long hangover of the '70s and "gender illusionists" were a staple of... More >>

  • Blowup

    published October 15, 2003

    The true age of shock and awe was ushered in almost six decades ago, when members of the covert Manhattan Project detonated a sphere of plutonium... More >>

  • Slip 'n' Slide

    published October 8, 2003

    Ten p.m. Friday. All over town Dog Bites' peers are pounding down cocktails at bars, flirting in the kitchen at house parties, or finishing up... More >>

  • Superstar Resurrected

    published September 24, 2003

    To today's sweet young things, Jesus Christ Superstar conjures up unbearably hippie-ish images of hirsute Israelites in hand-knotted... More >>

  • Extreme Makeover

    published September 17, 2003

    James Lick's loss is our gain. The real estate king was kind enough to croak after ordering a Victorian greenhouse kit, but before erecting it on... More >>

  • Feed Your Head

    published September 3, 2003

    San Francisco is a grand city for culture vultures: With its opera, symphony, and multiple world-class dance and theater companies, museums, and... More >>

  • It's a Twang Thang

    published August 20, 2003

    The long, hot summer of 1972 was a schizophrenic time to flip on the radio, with bombast rock from Three Dog Night and Janis Joplin battling for... More >>

  • Wigging Out

    published July 30, 2003

    The best Amy Sedaris anecdote ever was reported by her brother, humorist and NPR commentator David Sedaris, in his book Me Talk Pretty One... More >>

  • Punk on Wheels

    published July 23, 2003

    San Francisco wasn't known as a punk town during the style's heyday. We're acknowledged more for homos and hippies than for any punk neighborhoods... More >>

  • King for a Day

    published July 16, 2003

    Even squares are used to drag queens by now. Watching men packed into satin dresses slithering across a stage was a favored way to spend an... More >>

  • Culture Klatsch

    published April 16, 2003

    A hot rumor swept S.F. at the end of last month -- were Burning Man staffers giving advice on desert survival to the U.S. military? The gossip... More >>

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