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09/28/11

Permalink 10:04:54 pm, by bobcalhoun Email , 373 words, 5696 views English (US)
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SAN FRANCISCO LITERARY FESTIVAL SALUTES PRO WRESTLING PROSE

Figure Four Caps Lock

From seedy carnivals to weekly cable TV blowouts, professional wrestling’s spectacle of musclemen locking up with hairy brutes has long occupied the twilight zone between sports and entertainment, creating a form of acrobatic theater that is both dangerous and surreal. During the last decade, the sport’s most beloved baby faces and despised heels such as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and “Mankind” Mick Foley have put pen to paper and produced a steady and unexpected supply of bestselling memoirs.

And now Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival is finally giving the pro wrestling memoir the respect that it deserves with FIGURE FOUR CAPS LOCK, a night of readings from the greatest published accounts of life inside the squared circle on Friday October 14th at the Hemlock Tavern. Hosted by Bob Calhoun (author of the bestselling punk-wrestling memoir “Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling") and All Pro Wrestling announcer Allan Bolte, Figure Four Caps Lock will assemble a stable of San Francisco Bay Area authors, comedians, librarians, rock musicians, burlesque dancers and yes, pro wrestlers to read the most violent, hilarious and just plain wrong moments from the works of the Fabulous Moolah, Classy Freddie Blassie, Chris Jericho, Goldust, Flair, Piper, and Foley. There will also be a recitation of pro wrestling poetry, some choice cuts from the Iron Sheik’s Twitter feed, tender tales of first time romance with Hulk Hogan, plus chair shots—somebody has to get hit with a folding chair.

Figure Four Caps Lock will feature the dramatic oratory of Alan Black (author of “Kick the Balls"), local indie wrestling legend Shane Dynasty, cartoonist and comedian Greg Franklin, Matt Holdaway ("Radio Voices"), Suzanne Kleid of the San Francisco Public Library, Michael Lucas of the Phantom Surfers, Rik Luxury (Pro Wrestling Peronified), Lady Monster (Naked Girls Reading Series), Alia Volz (Literary Death Match), and luchador-turned-educator Norman Zelaya.

For more information, go to Litquake.org
Click here to buy tickets from BrownPaperTickets.com

Friday Oct 14, 2011 8:00 PM
Litquake presents: FIGURE FOUR CAPS LOCK– From Classy Freddie Blassie to the Fabulous Moolah: Pro Wrestling Memoirs Finally Get the Respect They Deserve
at the Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Contact: bob AT beerbloodandcornmeal DOT com

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