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eNewsletter #8, August 2000

eNewsletter #8, August 2000

WELCOME TO RE/SEARCH eNEWSLETTER #8! HERE’S THE NEWS FROM SAN FRANCISCO…

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NEW ON THE SITE

Once again, please check the website “Latest.” This month see Vale’s mini-reviews of: Bruce Conner exhibition, films by Cathy Lee Crane, and Live Virgin. http://www.vsearchmedia.com/latest/vrevfeat.shtml.

FILM DIRECTOR RAY DENNIS STECKLER IN THE BAY AREA THIS FRIDAY, AUG 4 

At 8 PM Friday, August 4, Ray Dennis Steckler, the one-man dynamo behind The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1963; at the time, the longest movie title in history), will appear in person to introduce his films: Rat Pfink a Boo Boo, Blood Shack and The Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters. He will answer questions and autograph copies of his personally-produced videotapes (he always kept the rights). He’ll also be selling and autographing rare lobby cards and pressbooks, unobtainable anywhere else! You can probably get your photo taken with this auteur of fiercely independent filmmaking, to show your grandkids.

Oakland’s one-of-a-kind Parkway Theater-the only Bay Area movie palace boasting beer, wine, a limited dinner menu and comfortable sofas to snuggle up in-is hosting this rare event, maestro’d by Will the Thrill. Steckler, still living life to the brim, is raising his second brood of children and putting them into his films. Again, this is an extremely rare opportunity to see and even meet, however briefly, an American living legend of cinema, who will be accompanied by his wife and two young daughters.Directions: from San Francisco, take 580 East towards Hayward. Exit Park Blvd, turn right and head south 15 blocks to 1834 Park Blvd. Call (510) 814-2400 or check their website www.picturepubpizza.com for other directions and information. $8.00 admission.

Note: this evening is presented as a tribute to the deceased Ron Haydock, singer/actor extraordinaire.

CHARLES WILLEFORD’s “WOMAN CHASER” MADE INTO A FILM

Be on the lookout for “The Woman Chaser,” based on the Willeford novel, and apparently following the book quite closely. It opens in San Francisco at the Lumiere on Friday, August 4 and plays at least a week. Check for its run in your town, it’s making the rounds.

Willeford began writing “noir” novels in the Fifties while still in the Army, and what makes his writing endure is his special talent for dialogue, and complex, memorable and even perverse characterization, especially in his villains and villainesses. In 1986 Vale, in a mad search for outstanding pulps of the Fifties, came across Willeford’s Wild Wives/High Priest of California (discovered by associate Catherine Reuther in a dusty Arizona bookstore). Vale tracked down Mr. Willeford, and scored a publishing contract for the two novels. The RE/Search reprints, loaded with details about lost San Francisco, caused Black Lizard Press to snatch up all the remaining Willeford “oldies” which previously they had rashly rejected as “too dated.” Another favorite Willeford work is Pick-Up, one of the only novels written which could never be turned into a film.

NEW EVENTS MAILING LIST

One complaint from out there in email-subscription-land, is that this eNewsletter often “reviews” events that have come and gone, which people then have no opportunity to attend. We now would like to offer to send to anyone interested, “event alerts” as they come up throughout the month. So … anyone who would like to be on this list, please email us with “subscribe events” in the subject line. Since we often find out about things at the last minute, this could be from very short (a few hours) notice to a couple of weeks. And since this isn’t our main occupation, it’s likely to be a fairly haphazard and whimsical sharing of information. But let’s give it a try. We await your email “subscription.”

Anyone who wants *more* on San Francisco Bay Area events should subscribe to Squidlist (http://www.laughingsquid.org/squidlist/) AND keep up with Craig’s list (http://www.craigslist.com/).Squidlist has the option of an email subscription, sending about 0-5 listings per day on individual events and is also a commercial web server. Craig’s list has housing boards, job postings and other community services on their site. Both are free.

CHARLES GATEWOOD EVENING AT VESUVIO’S

Charles had the audience intermittently laughing and dropping their jaws while showing a collection of his steamy, humorous, on-the-fringe photos. An ongoing low-key narrative about the situations depicted kept the place quietly hanging on his every word, except during frequent bursts of laughter. Thanks to Vesuvio’s and City Lights for hosting this, and especially Janet of Vesuvio’s and Peter Maravelis of City Lights.

PAGAN SUNDAY AT OCEAN BEACH

We went to Ocean Beach Sunday afternoon to celebrate the midsummer point with a pagan (“earth-based spirituality”) gathering organized by Reclaiming. This was literally the midpoint between the summer solstice and the fall equinox. Vale has this to report: “The small yet lively crowd created `sacred space’; did a grounding exercise; thanked the earth and the elements; sang together; embraced guilty secrets by whispering them into holes in the sand, burying them, then symbolically singing them out loud as part of an interactive, alternate King Midas legend; and ended with a spiral dance in which every participant holds hands and passes in review face-to-face every other celebrant, three feet away. Fun! Not every one sang, but at the end everybody shared the whole-grain bread that was passed around. The magic circle was broken and we all dispersed, having left an acknowledged chunk of secret guilt and shame, and ideally having made ourselves more `whole.’ At the very least it felt good to stand barefoot in the sand and do stretching and deep-breathing exercises.”

NEW STUFF FOR SALE ON SITE: NOIR LOUNGE CD AND INFormation MAGAZINE

Australian ex-punker Jimmy Vargas dropped off some of his CDs to offer for sale to RE/Search people. “Black Dahlia” is Dark Lounge and strip show music.Described by a casual listener as sounding “like Nick Cave,” it is excellent party mood music, featuring noir soundtrack-style instrumentals and “edge of swing” crooning vocals with dark themes. $16. plus $4 shipping and handling.

On the other side of reality is INFormation, a 9×12″ slick magazine by David Temkin and Alex Lash featuring extremely well-written articles on the dark side of the dot.com lifestyle and “new economy.” Their slogan: “Every day, computers are making people easier to use.” Currently at issue #2, this professionally executed periodical promises to keep us up-to-date on some of the “edge issues” of the internet and the accompanying technology which is being invented and discarded daily. There are no paid ads, by the way. We like this so much we’re offering issue #2 (sorry, #1 is out-of-print and unavailable): $7 plus $3 shipping.

Order these by email: info@researchpubs.com or online at http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com/latest/miscprodfeat.shtml. Your purchase is your vote for keeping these on as regular items!

NEWSLETTER WRITTEN BY:

Marian Wallace

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