Vulgarian Rhapsody: Alvin Orloff and Friends

Thu Oct 19 2023 at 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Fabulosa Books | San Francisco

Litquake, San Francisco's Literary Festival
Publisher/HostLitquake, San Francisco's Literary Festival
Vulgarian Rhapsody: Alvin Orloff and Friends
Join us for an evening with Alvin Orloff as he launches his newest novel Vulgarian Rhapsody, a wild romp through SF's fabled queer bohemia.
About this Event

Join us for an evening with Alvin Orloff as he launches his newest novel Vulgarian Rhapsody, a wild romp through San Francisco’s fabled queer bohemia in the waning days of the 20th century, as the city’s budget bon vivants, alarmingly ambitious drag queens, and shiftless, annoying barflies work to save their lifestyles in the face of gentrification. After reading, Orloff will be in conversation with Brontez Purnell, author of 100 Boyfriends. Also appearing: musical guest star Jennifer Blowdryer, and drag legend Birdie Bob Watt. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977, penning lyrics for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. He spent the 1980s working as a telemarketer and exotic dancer while attending U.C. Berkeley and performing with The Popstitutes, an absurd performance art/homocore band. In 1990 he co-founded Klubstitute, a floating queer cabaret that featured spoken word, theater, drag, and musical acts. The author of three previous novels, including I Married an Earthling, he was a LAMBDA Literary Prize finalist for his memoir Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997 (Three Rooms Press), He lives in San Francisco and works in the heart of the historic Castro District as the proprietor of Fabulosa Books.

Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. He is the author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children’s book, and the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down. In 2018 he received a Whiting Award for Fiction, and was named one of the 32 Black Male Writers for Our Time by T: New York Times Style Magazine. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, the co-founder of the experimental dance group the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, the creator of the renowned cult zine Fag School, and the director of several short films, music videos, and, most recently, the documentary Unstoppable Feat: Dances of Ed Mock. His newest novel is 100 Boyfriends (FSGxMCD). Born in Triana, Alabama, he lives in Oakland, California.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Fabulosa Books, 489 Castro Street, San Francisco, United States


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