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50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1980, 10th anniversary stage salute

by Jim Provenzano

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1980, 10th anniversary stage salute

While film and news sections covered the controversies over the Al Pacino/William Friedkin film Cruising (January 31), the November 6 issue's coverage of the annual Beaux Arts Ball proved it to be the drag event of the season.

The April 10 tenth anniversary issue, at a whopping 68 pages, featured a disco dance event on the cover, and looked back on the Bay Area Reporter's first decade. Included was an expansive series of articles on the growing theater scene.

"Gay Women and Gay Men Perform" focused a spotlight on The Angels of Light, The Gay Theater Collective, The Whole Works Theater, and other companies, including the only remaining ensemble, Theatre Rhinoceros (see feature page). Even back then, patrons of the performing arts had plenty of options.

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