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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 50-year bar history

BARchive: Gay love in the Haight; a 50-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).

BARchive:: The Folsom Street Fire: Anatomy of a Sex Panic

BARchive:: The Folsom Street Fire: Anatomy of a Sex Panic

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 27, 2015

A fire in San Francisco that was set by a workman in 1981 ignited a whole different sort of blaze: A media frenzy of anti-gay sensationalism. This feature casts a look back at a disgraceful episode from a deeply homophobic era.

BARchive :: Sutter's Mill and Ginger's Trois - San Francisco's Historic Bars

BARchive :: Sutter's Mill and Ginger's Trois - San Francisco's Historic Bars

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 30, 2015

From the mid-'60s through 2008 there was another type of downtown bar - the businessman's bar. The two downtown bars which lasted the longest and had the biggest impact were Sutter's Mill and the various incarnations of Ginger's.

BARchive :: The Lion Pub and Other Lost Gay Dens

BARchive :: The Lion Pub and Other Lost Gay Dens

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 2, 2015

Visitors to Pacific Heights could be excused these days for thinking there is little gay about it, save for the gay colors on Victorians like the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square. But this was not always the case.

BARchive :: Fond Memories of Uranus

BARchive :: Fond Memories of Uranus

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 28, 2015

Club Chaos (at the Crystal Pistol on 842 Valencia Street) , Club Screw (495 14th Street) and most of all Club Uranus at the End-up (6th and Harrison) both raised and lowered the bar for dance spaces that followed.

BARchive :: Excerpts From the New Memoir 'Sex, Drugs & Disco'

BARchive :: Excerpts From the New Memoir 'Sex, Drugs & Disco'

  • by Mark Abramson
  • Jun 14, 2015

San Francisco, Mid-1970s. A perfect place at a perfect time. Mark Abramson's memoir is the next best thing to being there, and here's a sample.

BARchive :: The Lily Street Fair

BARchive :: The Lily Street Fair

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 12, 2015

The Lily Street Fair, which existed in San Francisco from 1981 to 1990, was part block party and part potluck, with a good dose of Easter bonnets and Easter parade thrown in to add zest.

BARchive :: Once Upon a Time in Oaktown

BARchive :: Once Upon a Time in Oaktown

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Mar 15, 2015

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, or so the old adage would have us believe. There is a worse fate, however: To be forgotten and fade into obscurity.