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BARchive :: Making Magic - Searching for LGBT Histories of Neopaganism, the Paranormal and the Occult in San Francisco

BARchive :: Making Magic - Searching for LGBT Histories of Neopaganism, the Paranormal and the Occult in San Francisco

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Oct 26, 2017

Curious about the history of pagan and occult interests among LGBT people in San Francisco? This is the perfect time of year to explore that topic.

BARchive :: When 'Drummer' Came to Town

BARchive :: When 'Drummer' Came to Town

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 24, 2017

During its classic period from 1977 to 1979, the magazine "Drummer" introduced the growing leather culture to both San Francisco and the world.

BARchive :: Club Dori - A Bar in A World of Its Own

BARchive :: Club Dori - A Bar in A World of Its Own

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 20, 2017

When we think of the history of our community, we usually think of neighborhoods. But there are places that exist outside of neighborhoods, and Club Dori was one of them.

BARchive: Saucy Sausalito

BARchive: Saucy Sausalito

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jul 23, 2017

If you have moved to the Bay Area recently, you no doubt think of Sausalito as a quaint touristy town - the perfect sort of place to take visiting relatives. It hasn't always been that way.

BARchive: Seafood, Sailors, & San Francisco's Dockside Secrets

BARchive: Seafood, Sailors, & San Francisco's Dockside Secrets

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 25, 2017

The start of the Pride Parade has a secret - and it's hidden! The downtown assembly area on the waterfront is among the oldest LGBT neighborhoods in the city, and there is barely a trace of it left.

BARchive :: Purple Reign

BARchive :: Purple Reign

  • by Michael lanagan
  • May 7, 2017

In a few short years North Beach was ground zero for a host of talented musicians, comics and poets not associated with the Beats. The Purple Onion was central to that world.

BARchive :: The Original Breakfast Club

BARchive :: The Original Breakfast Club

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2017

There are rare bars that are popular in one generation and come back a second time. Even rarer is one which has three lives. The 181 Club was such a bar. It lasted from the 1950s to the 1990s and left its mark on three generations.

BARchive: The Golden Age of Hustlers

BARchive: The Golden Age of Hustlers

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Feb 26, 2017

Male prostitution is probably as old as the city itself. Edward Prime-Stevenson wrote in 1908 that soldiers in the Presidio were for rent during the Spanish-American War. It is certainly as old as the homophile organizations.

BARchive :: Keep On Rocking in the Queer World

BARchive :: Keep On Rocking in the Queer World

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 25, 2016

Rock and roll was tied up in my concept of what San Francisco was even before I moved here, but when I first visited in 1978, punk and New Wave were the dominant forces.

BARchive :: Gay Love in the Haight - A Fifty-Year Bar History

BARchive :: Gay Love in the Haight - A Fifty-Year Bar History

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 12, 2016

Bars have played a huge role in the rich tapestry of gay history. Here's an overview of oral (ahem!) accounts of the Haight's bar scene over half a century.

BARchive :: Art Lick Gallery

BARchive :: Art Lick Gallery

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 28, 2016

Art Lick had an oversized impact in the three years it existed (from 1989 to 1992). Perhaps that was because art seemed so vital in the midst of the AIDS epidemic.

BARchive :: Celebrating Sweet Lips

BARchive :: Celebrating Sweet Lips

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Mar 27, 2016

Richard "Sweet Lips" Walters wrote a column in the Bay Area Reporter from April 1, 1971 till June 24, 2010. first called "Sweet lips Sez" and eventually shortened to "Sweet Lips." Somewhere along the way it became much more.

BARchive :: When Hayes Meant Gays

BARchive :: When Hayes Meant Gays

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 31, 2016

When I heard about the impending closure of Flipper's (482 Hayes) last month, it got me thinking about the history of the LGBT community in Hayes Valley, where I live.

BARchive :: The Rose & Josie's - Two Well-Loved Venues Remembered

BARchive :: The Rose & Josie's - Two Well-Loved Venues Remembered

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Nov 1, 2015

Shortly after having moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s, I was introduced to the concept of gay stand-up comedy (as it was called then).