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Cooper's, A Great Pub

8th Ave, betw. 18th-19th. 28 beers, cider on tap. Good food, ambience. Run by 3 Irish guys. Before leaving, bartender Barry made me a great Irish Coffee and informed me that this drink originated in Ireland after WWII and was not invented in San Francisco at the Buena Vista Cafe by Stanton Delaplane in the ’50s, as SF lore would have it.

This panorama is a bit skewed.

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Carole King Musical, "Beautiful," a Dud

How can you go wrong with all those great songs? Well, by sugar coating everything. If you’d ever seen or heard the Shirelles or Drifters or Clovers or Little Eva singing “Locomotion.” you would be struck by the dumbing down/gussying up of all this music. Big lack of authenticity. I left after the intermission. I even thought some of the singers were lip-syncing. Just phony. Worse than what Motown did with the Supremes. Heavy handed and yes, it’s had great reviews. Go figure.

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