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A short History of Open Mike Night (OMN)

Come share your best stuff! written by Lynn Open Mic Nights were initiated by Molly Ackerman, the first manager of the ABC Treehouse, in 2000. Artist Molly had come to the Thanksgiving Day dinner and marveled at the space in the ABC Treehouse. She had lots of paintings [...]

2022-08-06T12:46:54+02:00Tags: |

ABC Anecdotes: from the beginning

To mark our 50th anniversary, we’re going back through the archives to share some of our more memorable stories. “Shoes” written by Lynn In 1972, co-founder Mitch Crossfield decided to have the attic at Kalverstraat 158 converted into an apartment so that he could live above the store. Via another [...]

2022-08-13T12:45:32+02:00Tags: |

Wild Ride: ABC Opened Amsterdam’s First Gay Bookstore in 1975

written by Lynn ABC’s co-founder Mitch Crossfield and most of our male staff in the early years were gay. That’s because Amsterdam was open, as opposed to Belgium and Spain, where homosexuality was still forbidden, so Mitch was able to hire gay booksellers from Amsterdam’s teeming population. Bookseller Harry displayed several [...]

2022-08-13T12:45:58+02:00Tags: |
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