A Texas Baptist choir director unexpectedly inherits a San Francisco drag bar after the death of her son.
Stage Mother directed by Thom Fitzgerald (USA) 2020 is one of the narrative features of the forthcoming Frameline Pride Showcase 25 – 28 June 2020..
The principal character is caught between her judgmental husband back home in Texas and the people in San Francisco she tries to help who are somewhat unsure of her ultimate motives.
Compassion and creativity along with plentiful music, outrageous costumes, and comic moments make this film fun to watch.
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Thousands of gay men came to San Francisco during the Seventies in search of sexual freedom.
It was a place where they could live out unfulfilled adolescent fantasies with many opportunities for overindulgence. There were over a hundred gay bars in the city as well as other venues where we met one another. It was a wonderful time to be here but there were also unpleasant aspects to this apparent paradise.
Sex, Drugs & Disco by Mark Abramson, (2015) Wilde City Press and More Sex, Drugs & Disco by Mark Abramson (2016) Wilde City Press are the author’s San Francisco diaries from the pre-AIDS era.
His plans for graduate school in Boston to study with poet Anne Sexton were derailed by her suicide the previous fall. So the author headed west after college in Minneapolis to join his friend John Preston who was then the editor of The Advocate.
Abramson was young, attractive, self-confident and horny, finding it relatively easy to indulge in the physical pleasure he constantly craved. Even though the period covered in these two books occurred forty years ago, what went on then is probably not that different from what goes on in the present with the help of numerous apps.
The first of the two books covers the last half of the Seventies while the sequel goes from 1980 to the spring of 1981 just before his move to the Russian River. The diaries include his social life, friendships, work experience, and writing. He periodically longs for more intimacy while continuing to pursue easy sex without commitment. A relatively good life for a Minnesota farm boy in the city.
His style is clear, direct, and honest. These two books provide a picture of what it was like for at least some of the men who lived through that special time and I look forward to reading his AIDS memoir as well.
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