Reading at Book Passage

I’ve been busy the past six weeks with a short story writing workshop led by Elizabeth Bernstein, acclaimed writer and editor of The Big Ugly Review. The workshop is part of the part of the Writers Program at The Grotto, and we’ll be joining writers from other workshops and classes this coming Friday at Book Passage for readings of original works – all in 3 minutes or less. And don’t worry, there will be wine!

Where: Book Passage – the Ferry Building

When: 6pm Friday, March 25th

All the deets.

Fresh and easy

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Looks like Good Life grocery on Cortland in Bernal Heights is getting competition. From the new Tesco (a UK chain) Fresh and Easy going in nearby in Bayview. A bit from from me but I will definitely check in out when open. They’re opening one on Clement as well, and it’s supposed to be less pricey than Whole Foods (and Good Life). We shall see.

We were here

David Weissman’s important documentary “We were here” is about the impact of the AIDS crisis in one of the hardest hit areas: our own Castro neighborhood.This is not a film about AIDS itself, but how it affected both the people as well as the emerging gay culture of Castro. Shmoopy and I were at the final showing this week at the Castro Theater on Wednesday night. David Weissmann introduced himself and the film to the applause of the large audience who had come out in the rain to catch the last show. The crisis and the impact are shown through the eyes of people who lived in the neighborhood, and who became involved in various ways in helping friends and strangers as the plague spread. The film brings out the fear that became a part of daily life, and also the strength in people that times of crisis bring out.

We were not the only people crying and sniffling as stories about people who were well suddenly became ill, and maybe just weeks later were dead. Those of us who did live through the 80s and early 90s all have friends and loved ones who died, and it was scary. Often people didn’t know until they were suddenly very sick. And even if you knew there was no treatment, or treatments that made people worse. And as the epidemic went on and on, the survivors wore out, too.

Among all the interesting perspectives the film touches on is how AIDS changed the emerging gay and lesbian movements, which it brought closer together. It also created the stage for more varied movements to raise money to care for people, and get the government to act of the crisis including Visual Aid and Act Up!

Go see it.
R.I.P Don and Tom