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Strut Book Club reads Disasterama! by Alvin Orloff

January 27   7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For the month of January we are reading Disasterama! by Alvin Orloff!

Join us January 27th, 7:30 PM on the second floor of Strut for some wine, little snacks and great conversations about literature. Please make sure to read the entire book beforehand and come ready to discuss your thoughts.

About the book
DISASTERAMA: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997, is the true story of Alvin Orloff who, as a shy kid from the suburbs of San Francisco, stumbled into the wild, eclectic crowd of Crazy Club Kids, Punk Rock Nutters, Goofy Goofballs, Fashion Victims, Disco Dollies, Happy Hustlers, and Dizzy Twinks of post-Stonewall American queer culture of the late 1970s, only to see the “subterranean lavender twilit shadow world of the gay ghetto” ravished by AIDS in the 1980s.

About the author
Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977 as a teenage lyricist for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. He spent all of the 1980s and much of the 1990s dabbling in performance art, underground theater, night clubs, and political activism before remembering that all he’d ever wanted to be was a writer. He subsequently authored three whimsical queer novels, “I Married an Earthling,” “Gutter Boys,” and “Why Aren’t You Smiling?” as well as co-authoring “The Unsinkable Bambi Lake: A Fairy Tale Containing The Dish on Cokcettes, Punks, and Angels. His memoir, “Disasterama!: Adventures in The Queer Underground 1977 – 1997” will be coming out this fall.

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Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor


January 27
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Baruch Porras Hernandez


Strut, 2nd Floor
470 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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