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1. JOURNEY - Wheel in the Sky

  • Published: 2011-02-27T23:21:48+00:00
  • Duration: 236
  • By Luiz Rocha
JOURNEY - Wheel in the Sky

A wide band of 70 years ... that greatly moved and scored with several young lives with his surround ... Fan Stuff


2. Trans Siberian Railway

  • Published: 2011-10-05T17:33:24+00:00
  • Duration: 692
  • By Chris Winch
Trans Siberian Railway

My journey from Moscow - Ulan Bator - Beijing through the dirty windows of the Trans Siberian. Interesting stuff that i can remember: 00:11 - Berezensky Station 01:18 - Raincloud over the Babara Steppe 02:40 - Lake Baikal 04:07 - Bridge over the Selenga River 05:39 - Wild horses just before the Russia - Mongolia Border 06:53 - Coal mine on the outskirts of the Gobi Dessert 07:14 - The Gobi Dessert 07:56 - Wheel Change 08:57 - Old parts of the Great Wall in the distance 10:04 - Valley and Tunnels through the mountain in China 10:55 - Beijing Train Station Songs: Jonsi - Tornado M83 - Strong & Wasted Sei A - Little Star ( Interlude ) Explosions In The Sky - Human Qualities My battery ran out in Mongolia and had no way of charging it at the Ger Camp so only have a little footage from Mongolia. Some clips are not in the correct order of the trip.


3. MGNTRN

  • Published: 2015-01-27T15:49:54+00:00
  • Duration: 640
  • By Romain Tardy
MGNTRN

MGNTRN (pronounced [MAGNOTRON]), Romain Tardy’s latest project, is an immersive, large-scale audiovisual installation mixing projection mapping, physical laser-cut structures used as a projection canvas, and various types of LEDs to create a unique multi-sensorial experience. Believe it or not, there’s even a tiny robot physically operating the LEDs from a pretty massive Ferris wheel. Inspired by psychedelic sci-fi references from the 70’s like Sun-Ra’s movie “Space is the place” MGNTRN invites the public to an imaginary journey through space and time. An intense physical experience with a multi-channel video setup and 8-channel soundtrack composed by electronic music producer Squeaky Lobster. The name of the piece itself, MGNTRN [MAGNOTRON], comes from a space-themed pinball created by the American manufacturer Gottlieb in 1974, and illustrated by Gordon Morison, who made some of the most iconic pinball backglass drawings in the 1970’s. Starfields, black holes, kawai characters and retrofuturistic spaceships as well as vintage arcade games are the haunting spirits of this outdoor audiovisual installation where the sky is the limit. This installation was developed as a site specific project for Proyecta Digital Arts and Design Festival 2014, that took place in Puebla, Mexico from the 9th to the 11th of June 2014. More info on: http://www.romaintardy.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/romain_tardy FB: https://www.facebook.com/atelierromaintardy ————————————————————————— Credits: Original concept, design and animation : ROMAIN TARDY Music : SQUEAKY LOBSTER Software development & engineering : MAYA BENAINOUS / CYRIL LAURIER Production : PROYECTA (http://www.proyecta.org) Executive producer : CARMEN ORTEGA CASANOVAS Proyecta creative director : MANUEL ALCALÁ Production coordinator : SAMUEL RIVERA TOVAR VIDEO: Director of Photography : VICENTE POUSO Executive Production : ARCA


4. PROYECTA presents : MGNTRN

  • Published: 2014-11-06T22:14:05+00:00
  • Duration: 640
  • By Proyecta
PROYECTA presents  :   MGNTRN

MGNTRN (pronounced [MAGNOTRON]), Romain Tardy’s latest project, is an immersive, largescale audiovisual installation mixing projection mapping, physical laser-cut structures used as a projection canvas, and various types of LEDs to create a unique multi-sensorial experience. Believe it or not, there’s even a tiny robot physically operating the LEDs from a pretty massive Ferris wheel. Inspired by psychedelic sci-fi references from the 70’s like Sun-Ra’s movie “Space is the place” MGNTRN invites the public to an imaginary journey through space and time. An intense physical experience with a multi-channel video setup and 8-channel soundtrack composed by electronic music producer Squeaky Lobster. The name of the piece itself, MGNTRN [MAGNOTRON], comes from a space-themed pinball created by the American manufacturer Gottlieb in 1974, and illustrated by Gordon Morison, who made some of the most iconic pinball backglass drawings in the 1970’s. Starfields, black holes, kawai characters and retrofuturistic spaceships as well as vintage arcade games are the haunting spirits of this outdoor audiovisual installation where the sky is the limit. This installation was developed as a site specific project for Proyecta Digital Arts and Design Festival 2014, that took place in Puebla, Mexico from the 9th to the 11th of June. Proyecta, as the eponym design and digital arts platform, was the producer of the piece. ESPAÑOL / MGNTRN (pronunciado [MAGNOTRON]), el más reciente proyecto de Romain Tardy es una instalación audiovisual inmersiva de gran escala que combina la técnica de proyección en mapping sobre estructuras realizadas con corte láser empleadas como canvas y diferentes tipos de luces de LED para crear una experiencia multi-sensorial. Aunque parezca inverosímil, incluso se creó un pequeño robot que físicamente operaba el sistema de luces de la gran rueda de la fortuna. Inspirada en referencias psicodélicas de ciencia ficción de los 70 como la película de Sun-Ra “Space is the place” MGNTRN invita al público a un viaje imaginario a través del tiempo y el espacio. Una intensa experiencia física a través de múltiples canales de audio y video como parte central del montaje de la pieza. El nombre de la pieza misma MGNTRN [MAGNOTRON], viene de un juego de pinball con motivos espaciales creado por la empresa norteamericana Gottlieb en 1974 y que fue ilustrado por Gordon Morrison, quien creó algunos de los más icónicos diseños de pinball durante la década de 1970. Campos de estrellas, hoyos negros, personajes kawai en naves espaciales retrofuturistas combinadas con juegos de arcade son los espíritus que habitan esta instalación audiovisual. Fue desarrollada como una pieza de sitio específico para Proyecta Festival de Diseño y Artes Digitales 2014 que tuvo lugar en Puebla, México. Proyecta como plataforma también fungió como productor de la pieza. Original concept, design and animation : ROMAIN TARDY http://romaintardy.com Music : SQUEAKY LOBSTER Software development & engineering : MAYA BENAINOUS / CYRIL LAURIER Production : PROYECTA http://proyecta.org Executive producer : CARMEN ORTEGA CASANOVAS Proyecta creative director : MANUEL ALCALÁ Production coordinator : SAMUEL RIVERA TOVAR VIDEO: Director of Photography : VICENTE POUSO Executive Production : ARCA Proyecta Puebla, Mexico. 2014.


5. Seattle to Yellowstone

  • Published: 2011-05-19T03:39:46+00:00
  • Duration: 60
  • By Keith Rivers
Seattle to Yellowstone

We took a 2011 Chevy Equinoxfrom Seattle to Yellowstone. Clark Koelsch and Director of Photography extraordinaire Chayse Irvin flew up from LA to Seattle. We hoped in the SUV and took off, driving 2000+ miles...sleeping in parking lots...and finally resting at an assisted living facility before driving a consecutive 15 hours back to Seattle. http://www.facebook.com/keithriversfilms http://twitter.com/riversfilms Writer/Director/Editor Keith Rivers Written essay: Carey Bolden and Keith Rivers Director of Photography Chayse Irvin Actors Clark Koelsch & Keith Rivers Musician Lila Nelson Song: "Who is it?" Special Thanks to Justin Brown for organizing equipment and itinerary. Name of Route: “Seattle to Yellowstone: A Path We Must Take” I-90 East through Washington and Montana US-89 South to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Route Description: The Seattle skyline led us out of the city on I-5 as we merged onto I-90 eastbound and into the darkness of Washington’s endless evergreens and snow-capped mountains. Guided by the stars, we rotated driving duties as music and lyrics drifted in and out of our ears like a poetic dream. As the sun launched over the horizon, we were introduced to the serene, flat vastness of big sky Montana, and our 2011 Chevy Equinox had witnessed our confessions, philosophies, predictions, and stories of old loves, all that comes along with your typical “guys’ weekend”. With no strict agenda, we stopped anytime we felt the need for adventure, a pee break, or maybe even a little bit of trouble. First stop: just outside of Harrison, MT, we hiked through a wheat field and past an old Chevy Blazer from another life. We encountered a bone-yard of cattle skulls, one of which we knew had to join us for the remainder of the trip. We named our bull skull “Homer.” We dug through old mining caves in the ghost town of Pony, MT with the guidance of a tiny LED light. As we ventured back from the smell of sulfur, we passed an old, yellow school bus, which reminded us of the film “Into the Wild”. We had to explain the movie to Homer. In Bozeman, MT, we drove to our friend Nick’s grandma’s house for a true Montana home-cooked steak dinner and shot some pool. Hands down best steak we’d ever had in our lives and it wasn’t just the marinade. Our head’s hit the pillow hard that night when we made it to the Bozeman Retirement Home we called home on this journey. This was an assisted living facility for old folks, and a place where we made some new, old friends. Next stop: our final destination. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming – a place complete with wintering waterfalls, ancient trees, geo-thermal geysers, mud flats, colorful paint pots, and herds of buffalo. Ever sang the song, “Oh, give me a home, where the deer and the antelope roam?” We’re knee deep in it. Old Faithful and Boiling River were our favorite stops in Yellowstone. Although, there is no documentation of Boiling River, thanks to an unfriendly elk who ironically gave chase to our Director of Photography: Chayse Irvin. As he walked back to the Equinox to get the camera, he took a drive into the freezing cold glacial river, downstream. Homer found this very funny. So did the rest of us. Soon, nightfall was upon us, and so were the park rangers and police officers. So far, two warnings, no speeding tickets. They’re stoked that we’re documenting our trip and traveling as far as we’ve come. Noted that the law enforcement community in Wyoming is surprisingly friendly! We began our trip home with a stop at a Bozeman gas station followed by Ted’s Montana Grill. The bison burgers were the perfect fuel for our 10-hour drive back to Seattle. Again, more sleeping and alternating the wheel. More music scoring as we passed old steam pipes, bridges, tracing imaginary trails of stars. One final stop before arriving home: Goldmyer Hotsprings, deep in North Bend, WA. Nature’s hot tub nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains. We soaked in the 120-degree water carved from an old cave, soaking and sealing the memories we made, and how we’d never forget the experiences or people we’d met along the way. Even homer. Map Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Seattle,+WA&daddr=Yellowstone+National+Park,+Gardiner,+MT&hl=en&geocode =&abauth=ddb801b1:nQixhjkT24QpRySaZgV48-x2wN0&mra=ls&vps=1&jsv=341a&sll=37.0625,- 95.677068&sspn=49.891082,77.958984&num=10 RECOMMENDED LODGING: 24 hours of driving earned us a bunk for the night at a Montana Retirement Home/Assisted Living Facility. Made a few new old friends, too. RECOMMENDED DINING: Ted’s Montana Grill has some of the best bison meat Montana has to offer. It’s also an eco-friendly restaurant – when was the last time you drank from a paper straw? RECOMMENDED MENU ITEM: The bison burgers at Ted Montana’s Grill were so good, even the bison recommended them. NATURAL OR CULTURAL ATTRACTION: Pony, Montana was the perfect locale for exploring old mining caves. I think I’ve got the black lung, pop! -Zoolander Yellowstone National Park’s winter waterfalls, ancient trees, geo-thermal geysers, mud flats, paint pots and herd of buffalo made the trip worth the drive. Boiling River was the only part of Yellowstone not documented, since our friend Chayse left the camera in the car...and was chased by an elk when he went back to get it. RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES: Old Faithful helped us all check off another item on our bucket list. People travel from all over the world to see this geyser shoot water 50 to 60 feet off the ground every 1.5 hours. It is the most consistent geyser in the world. At the edge of the Northern border of Yellowstone, we snuck into a local spot: Boiling River finds its origins at the intersection of freezing glacier run-off and an underground geo-thermal vent that waterfalls into the river. At 105-115 degrees, it is nature’s hot tub. The current of cold water and black mud bedding keeps you alive and refreshed. PURCHASES AND MEMORABILIA: Past endless fields where the deer and antelope roam, near a 1,200 acre farm outside Bozeman, MT, we encountered a wheat field brandishing old cattle skulls who begged to come along for the ride home. Plus, they’re free. WHAT CARE DID YOU DRIVE IN: 2011 white Chevy Equinox WHAT CHEVY MODEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND DRIVING IN: 2011 Equinox, Tahoe or Traverse, but the Equinox is 32 MPG. WHAT MUSIC WOULD YOU RECOMMEND LISTENING TO WHILE DRIVING: Scoring the scenery from Seattle to Yellowstone and back, these music artists are a must have – The Head & The Heart, Come Gather Round Us (search hard to find this band), James Blake, Lila Nelson, Allen Stone, Tindersticks, Jamie Lidell, Vital, Penguin Café Orchestra and Patrick Watson. + Special Thanks to Nick and LeAnn Bunn in Montana for allowing us to stay the night at your assisted living facility and your amazing and grateful hospitality (Hyalite Country Care). My stomach thanks you for letting us have the last Bison Burgers on the menu at Ted's Monatana Grill! God Bless you! Very special thanks to the people who gave the rough cut a good constructive critique: Matthew Brown Steve Stockman Eddie Adams Paul Anderson Cindy Dieter Arik Korman Nick Pezzillo John Kenney Jr. Justin Brown Carey Bolden Leanne Rivers Sam Rohr Sebastian Rogers


6. Mōzell Aerial Reel

  • Published: 2015-03-04T11:49:54+00:00
  • Duration: 107
  • By Mozell Films
Mōzell Aerial Reel

Mōzell Films is aerial cinematography and video production for stories of adventure and journey. mozellfilms.com This flight reel is a collection of footage attained from us in 2014 and 2015 in locations such as Mt. Zion park, Las Vegas, NV, Charleston, SC, Monterey bay, Big Sur, Baltimore MD, Under armour, Bixby Bridge, Utah and more! Flight is freedom in its purest form, To dance with the clouds which follow a storm; To roll and glide, to wheel and spin, To feel the joy that swells within; To leave the earth with its troubles and fly, And know the warmth of a clear spring sky; Then back to earth at the end of a day, Released from the tensions which melted away. Should my end come while I am in flight, Whether brightest day or darkest night; Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain, Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again; For each of us - the thought still lies, And within me I know, I was born to fly.


7. Benediction

Benediction

In the middle of the night, a girl receives a mysterious phone call from an inmate... Directed by John Carl & Jonathan Kirk Original Short Story by Vikki Crane Screenplay by Jonathan Kirk Produced by Lucy Burne Original Music by Joshua Frerichs CAST Grace Alexandria Collins Calvin Matt Gold Sleeping Guy Jonathan Kirk Phone Operator Mary Rebekah Cinematographer Lance Kuhns 1st Assistant Camera Kyle Forbes Art Department Mary Helen Forrest & Lucy Burne Audio Aaron Landucci Editor Won Novalis Sound design/Color John Carl Equipment Courtesy of DuckDuck Collective Special Thanks to Justin Rossbacher, Alexia Sky, Ryan Booth, Shaun Boyte, Christopher North, Blaine Hogan, Bjorn Amundsen, Davy Kesey - - - - Over the past couple years I've been working on a bunch of narrative film projects with a really fantastic community of people. This is my #1 favorite thing about living in NYC. Filmmaking is a team sport with highly specialized positions so it's been great living in a place where all those positions can be filled. It's been an extraordinary period of learning and growth for all of us. You really don't know what you don't know until you just try it. You have to do it. You can read books about pottery all day, for example, but at some point you have to throw some clay on the pottery wheel and just try it. What a journey it has been. We've each taken turns filling various roles on various projects. It has been beautiful to see the fluidity with which people move from positions of leadership to positions of serving and vice-versa. And we've learned what we didn't know. Each film improved over the previous in certain ways. We all grew as filmmakers and as friends. And it's just the start. The grand vision is collective improvement by iterating: just keep going. It's been such a special experience. I'll releasing a bunch of these films (out of order) in the coming weeks and months and more new ones after that. Some fancy ones and some that were whipped together. I'm learning that part of the process is "show your work". Sooooo, to that end, I am very proud to release: BENEDICTION. (This film is extra special to me because it is based on a short story written by my Aunt Vikki!)


8. The Niagara Falls Honeymoon Adventure

  • Published: 2016-09-11T02:21:54+00:00
  • Duration: 357
  • By Scott Thomas
The Niagara Falls Honeymoon Adventure

After our amazing weekend working at the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary Emily and I continue the honeymoon adventure at Niagara Falls. We stayed on the Canadian side at the Marriott on the Falls, it was a fantastic hotel with a great view of the falls. In this video we went on the MistRider ZipLine, The Sky Wheel, The Hornblower and The Journey Behind the Falls. About the Video: 2 Cameras were used: GoPro Hero 4 Black recording in 2K @ 60fps (ProTune On) Iconntechs Ultra HD 4k recording in 1080p @ 60fps Links: Marriott on the Falls: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iagmc-niagara-falls-marriott-on-the-falls/ The Hornblower Boat Tour: https://www.niagaracruises.com/tour-options Journey Behind the Falls: https://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/journey-behind-the-falls/ Mistrider ZipLine: http://wildplay.com/niagarafalls/ AUG2016


9. Investigation Documentary: Wheels in the skies Gravity,Space,Solar,Sun

Investigation Documentary: Wheels in the skies Gravity,Space,Solar,Sun

NASA,Freemason,Illuminati,Excaliber,Dragon,Dragon's Breath,Nicole W,Flat Earth,Globe,Flattard,Globetard,Satanic,Occult,New World Order,New World Community,Wheel in the Sky,Solar System,Sun,Sol,Reptilians,Shapeshifter,Space,Final Frontier,Gravity Fiction,Space is fake,Journey,Merlin Jesus Christ is King. A WIP Video Proj....a Wippy Upper #4 I make it up as I go along....in 3D. Trying to come up with a way to demonstrate how ludricoulsy big the so called solar system is..and how ludicrous it really is. And make it pleasing to the Flat O Phobes and Globalost alike in real 3D. Earth is Flat. Jesus Saves..no other. Praise be and Glory to God Almighty. Wow, I deleted previous,thinking I made a big blunder,but after double checking, it was correct. I did find an error in the Earth Rotation was not on the 23.4 axis. (*CORRECTION). 450000 mph is 108000000 per 24 hrs at 100 frames. Not real easy when you make your most your own footage. Where I send all my videos to be watched or spanked by the general population under depopulation management.


10. 120622 Baruch Porras-Hernandez Super Queer Open Mic 13

120622 Baruch Porras-Hernandez Super Queer Open Mic 13

June 22:THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW! part of the National Queer Arts Festival By admin on May 29, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment June is finally on it’s way which means soon we will be having one of our happiest times a year, the month of PRIDE! And to celebrate The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to have an amazing huge Pride Show! THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW!!! During June, the SFQOM is going to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival! We are very happy and thankful to the Queer Cultural Center for their support. So come celebrate 8 years, (that’s right folks 8 fricking fabulous queer as hell years) of providing a safe and sexy space for local emerging and established queer artists to come together and share their love, music, performances, writing and art. The Theme of the National Queer Arts Festival is Milestones, and we got Milestones all over our faces! The Queer Open Mic I believe is a milestone in many queer artists lives in the community, particularly mine. But it’s not all about me folks, (who am I kidding, yes it is!) I know so many of our regulars have had life changing, life affirming and life altering experiences because of the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which is why I felt we belonged in the festival. The two people featuring are folks who have been regulars with us for a long time and we could not be prouder to give them their first features! TWO FEATURES! TWO SPECIAL GUESTS! and of course an Open Mic! FEATURING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! AMY DENTATA started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as an artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. Amy is currently putting the finishing touches on Bite, a collection of poetry and short stories. Her work will also appear in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community. This is her first feature performance. DANA MORRIGAN is a humorist and was conceived in a short story by a latent genderqueer English professor in 1991 and was born at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in July, 2008. She performs in a dizzying array of genres, and tickles people’s brains on Twitter under the name IdentityTBD. Before becoming a queer performer, Dana published scholarly articles on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, wrote award-winning fiction, and was a Head Writer at Bloomingdale’s. She is proud to have been featured in the inspirational documentary Lemonade, and to have appeared naked on the cover of SSEX BBOX magazine. SPECIAL GUESTS REGIE CABICO is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. DAPHNE GOTTLIEB is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive as well as co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words.? She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Show is at 8pm, June 22nd. Sign ups are at 7:30pm sharp The Venue, we are not at Borderlands Cafe during June, because it is a special show, we are going to be at the Center for Sex and Culture! 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets sexandculture.org/directions-and-parking.html Cost 12$ to 20$ sliding scale, No one turned away. Check out the event and the rest of the festival here queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ HOSTED BY your favorite Queer Homos!! BLYTHE AND BARUCH!!! Your Hosts Baruch Porras-Hernandez Our Illustrious Designer of Flyers Carrie Gocker Past Hosts Cindy Emch (founder) Mollena Williams Sarah Dopp Sherilyn Connelly Past Features Ali Liebegott Alvin Orloff Andi Kauth Andrea Gibson Can I Sit With You? Charlie Anders Daphne Gottlieb Diana Cage Fivestar Fran Varian Gina de Vries Hazel Pine Heathen Machinery Hobo Gobbelins horehound stillpoint Jackie Strano Jen Cross Jennifer Blowdryer Jennifer Fox Bennet Jonathan Sands Joshua Klipp Juba Kalamka Kate Braverman Katia Noyes Katie Wirsing Kirk Read Kirya Traber Lauren Wheeler Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Lolan Sevilla Lori Selke LotSix Lynnee Breedlove Meliza Bañales Michelle Tea Nico Dacumos Nomy Lamm Peter Pizzi Ryka Aoki de la Cruz Sadie Lune Sara Seinberg Sarah Katherine Lewis Sherilyn Connelly solidad decosta Steph Hayes Stephen Leyba Storm Florez Suzy LaFollette Tara Jepsen Thea Hillman Tim’m West Tina Butcher Vagabondage May 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Natalia Miner and special guest Dazié Rustin Grego By admin on May 16, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment I don’t know about y’all but I am sure glad April is over! And now thank Madow it’s MAY!! – time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC! Once again we are at the lovely Borderlands Cafe that treats us so well! We love them. Join Blythe Baldwin, my street team ninja co-host and the rest of the queeros for a lovely night of openmic goodness! Rules below! -but first our feature and special guest! FEATURE: NATALIA MINER I first met Natalia back when we were two completely different people. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was a full time actor. One of the last full length plays I was cast in was called The Breeze at Dawn, I was cast as Reza, and the beautiful awesome, actress playing my wife was Natalia! Our chemistry was incredible, cause we got along right away, and we were both queer. Flash forward years into the future and now I’m working hard to pursue a career as a performance poet, and Natalia has transformed into an amazing singer songwriter! Natalia has been described as an Urban hippie songstress. A friend once said she’d be the lesbian love child of Liz Phair and Hazel Dickens. Her lyrics will snatch your attention as you find your head bobbing to melodies backed by Mandi (her mandolin). You may have also seen her on stage with Conspiracy of Venus, The Secrets, and/or Raven Marcus. Natalia is a San Francisco native who spent 10 formative years just outside of Paradise Valley in the Big Sky State. SPECIAL GUEST: DAZIE RUSTIN GREGO If you were at the Open Mic several months ago when Dazie came and performed, you probably were blown out of your chair, just like I was. I’ve known about this incredibly performance artist for quite some time and I’m very happy he’s going to come give us a little sneak peak at some of his work and get us ready for when he features in the near future. He is the creator of two separate collections of poetry Picking My Toes On A Monday Night and Light. Dazié went on to the Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Queer Activist Performance in 2006. Since attending New College Dazié has created several one man shows which included “Where is Adam?” “Three” “The Changer and The Changed and most recently “ I AM A MAN” an exploration of gay masculinity. All of Dazié’s work rely’s heavily on spoken word, dance and music creating beautifully layered multidisciplinary performances. THE RULES are the same folks =) SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. not enough room on the sign up list, got there late? don’t freak out! Ask politely to be put on the if we have time list, and if we have time, we’ll squeeze you in during the lightning round. If we don’t have time, don’t throw a fit, just show up on time next month and we’ll get you on the list. coming up next month: A VERY SPECIAL PRIDE OPEN MIC ANNOUNCEMENT next month The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to be a part of THE NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL! We are having a huge show called THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC to celebrate PRIDE for all, and the milestone of this wonderful open mic and what it does for the queer community. With the amazing AMY DENTATA and DANA MORRIGAN featuring for the first time! And Special guests DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and REGIE CABICO! So get ready and clear your calendars June 22nd the night is QUEER AS FUCK! and we wouldn’t want it any other way. more info to come. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for inquiries please e-mail [email protected] Help me Queer Open Mic community, you’re my only hope By admin on May 2, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Dear Queer Open Mic Community I NEED YOUR HELP! Please watch this video poem I made of one of my poems titled The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most. If you like it, please click “Like” on the youtube video itself, if you LOVE it and LOVE me, please share with all your friends!! I’m a finalist for poetry contest, the more likes I get, the closer I get to being published! please watch, like, share and make this old Mexican Queer happy! The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most April 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Larry-bob Roberts and special guest Chris August! By admin on Apr 15, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Did you all enjoy that thunderstorm we just had? That was pretty awesome, well time for some more ELECTRICITY, or should I say QUEER LIGHTING? – at this month’s San Francisco Queer Open Mic! Come join me and my lovely co-host the incredible Blythe Baldwin in OpenmicGoodness with our feature; Larry-bob Roberts! His book International Homosexual Conspiracy is hilarious, super well written, you’re going to want to buy a copy, I did! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet Chris August! Friday April 27th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. now more on our features! Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine, Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco at SFQUEER.COM. Chris August is a poet, screenwriter and special educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a part of the national performance poetry community since 2002. He has authored numerous collections including A Life Called Special, a compilation of all of his poetry specific to his work in special needs education. In 2011, he was named the number one ranked poet in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. HUGS!! March 23rd:San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Jacks McNamara and special guest Sean Patrick Mulroy! By admin on Mar 9, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off March has been a pretty bad ass month so far by giving us nothing but lovely sunny days and warmth, I hope some of you have been writing poetry or new songs or working on your novels and are ready for another rockin QUEER open mic! COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our third Queer Open Mic of 2012 and show us your stuff! This month we are happy to be at the Borderlands Café right on Valencia in the Mission. Our feature is the radical, the amazing JACKS MCNAMARA! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Friday March 23rd, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. Here’s more about our feature and the special guest! JACKS MCNAMARA Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer poet, artist, activist, educator, performer, and healing practitioner based in Oakland. Jacks has performed poetry and facilitated workshops on madness in a mad world across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum to the UK Feminist Health Gathering. The co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project, Jacks’s life and work are the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. Co-author of the underground classic Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and co-editor of Turning Wheel Media, Jacks has published writing in numerous anthologies, magazines, blogs, journals, as well as self-publishing 5 zines. Lung Seed, their first book of poetry and prose, is due out from Deviant Type Press in Autumn 2012. SEAN PATRICK MULROY Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) born and raised in Southern Virginia. He is the author of The Pornography Diaries a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force. He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. More about Jacks McNamara’s new book Lung Seed: Part love song, part howl, part incantation, Lung Seed is the first book-length collection of Jacks McNamara’s poems, essays, and hybrid experiments in the neon vernacular of being alive. Mapping out radical trajectories through loss, violence, and queer desire, McNamara creates a luminous archive of survival and resilience in a self-destructing world. A visual artist as well as a writer, the author relies heavily on the unexpected image to chronicle the impossible journey through body, family, and history–towards home. From the borderlands of madness to the unpredictable shape of peace, Lung Seed bears unflinching witness to a rarely charted geography, offering the reader a resonant poetics of insurrection and grace. Free with a suggested donation. No one turned away from lack of funds. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. Peace and Cupcakes Baruch! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring JACKS MCNAMARA! Special guest SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 February 24th: Queer Open Mic with Terry Taplin and Garrin Benfield at Borderlands Cafe! By admin on Feb 21, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off February, they say it’s the month of love, well San Francisco Queer Open Mic is full of hot lovers! SO COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our second Queer Open Mic of 2012, the world didn’t end and we’re enjoying it! Single? Come flirt it up at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, this month we are at a new location, I repeat NEW LOCATION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY we are at the Borderlands Cafe! Borderlands Cafe is super nice and has hosted us before, back when the lovely Liz Green featured last May 2011. The date, time and everything else will be the same, the only difference is the venue. Friday Feb 24th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULESsigning up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. But enough chatter, now on to these sexy amazing talented men OUR FEATURES!! Writer Performer TERRY TAPLIN and musical guest GARRIN BENFIELD! TERRY TAPLIN is a Bay Area native and a Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) AND!! GARRIN BENFIELD The “The Wave Organ Song” is the artist’s fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts. bring your poems, comedy, storytelling, short stories, and love to share with the Queer Open Mic crowd. Sign up list full? Never fear, if you’re POLITE and PATIENT we will put you on the if we have time list. What does this mean? It means that if we have time we’ll squeeze you in so you can perform, but no promises. We are every 4th Friday of the month, there’s always the next show. “My friend is stuck in traffic can I sign them up?” – No. They must be present in order to get on the list. Put them on the if we have time list. “Can I do a cover? Or read someone else’s work?” – Why? We prefer you do your won work that you made yourself. Our open mic is for makers, writers, poets, make something, make it your own, share it with us. “I can pick when I go up right? I like to go up last so I can smoke outside and ignore all the other performers” -No. No divas. The host picks the list randomly, stay and watch the show and wait for your name to be called up to perform. “The show is free right?” -YES! it is absolutely free, but we do ask for a $3 donation, if you cannot afford that, that is completely okay. Just do what you can to get a drink from the cafe or buy some food from them to help support the space. “Can I do new unfinished work?” -YES! we’re an open mic, that’s what we’re here for! Come share your raw stuff with us! “Can I do finished work and show off?” -YES! we love a good show! “Do you like unicorns?” -OH MY GOD we LOVE THEM!! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring TERRY TAPLIN AND GARRIN BENFIELD Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 January 27th:Queer Open Mic with Eli Conley By admin on Jan 6, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Happy New Year everyone! I still remember my first ever San Francisco Queer Open Mic. It is hard for me to believe that was almost 3 years ago. I’m so proud and happy with the way we’ve grown and changed and adapted, lost 2 venues, now one host, but we’re still here, still growing strong and ROCKING! Now with the amazing Sarah Dopp stepping down I thought long and hard about who should be my next co-host or if I should have one at all. I decided to give the sexy Blythe Baldwin a try, so starting this month she will be my co-host! We will also have guest co-hosts from time to time, but till then Blythe Baldwin is the girl for me! I am very much looking forward to this new year, the open mic is getting booked a year in advance, everyone wants to feature with us and share their art with out tiny space and I could not be happier. Bring us your songs, your poems, your jokes, your monologues your short stories, we want to hear them all. I’m looking forward to seeing all you, this is honestly the best part of my month. Here’s to you San Francisco Queer Open Mic Community! Here’s to us! May we rock 2012 so hard it wants our babies! -and to help us with that we’re going to have Eli Conley as our first feature of the year!! PEACE! more on our feature! Eli Conley crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” gushed acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli brings his country choirboy croon and singer/songwriter’s sincerity to the All the Livelong Day EP, his recent release with band Eli Conley and Hip for Squares. Eli also teaches singing classes for LGBTQ people. You can downlaod his songs for free(!) and see what else Eli is up to at eliconley.com The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring ELI CONLEY Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @The Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco December 16th featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock By Sarah Dopp on Dec 12, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off Baruch writes… Happy HomoDays. Get your Queers, your stockings your Rainbow Chanuka Candles and come to the Queer Open Mic Dec 16! I am looking forward for this the last Queer Open Mic of 2011. Our features are Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha and musical guest, the amazing Jason Brock. You can read more about them below but first I do have some news, the December 16th show, is not only the last Queer Open Mic of 2011 but also the last show we will have with Sarah Dopp as my co-host. ABOUT THE FEATURES! Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant (nominated for a 2007 Pushcart); The Georgia Review; New York Stories; Modern Words, The James White Review, and have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow. Raised in New York City, Alenyikov has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. He lives in San Francisco. Jason Brock is a San Francisco singer, actor, emcee, podcaster and entertainer. He has shared the stage with many stars of theatre and music, including Diane Schuur, Paula West, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor mac, Deborah Gibson and more. Jason has performed all his life and began a professional entertainment career in small theatre and musical productions in Arizona. He eventually moved into ongoing shows at Martuni’s, Bubble Lounge and Rasselas. Jason has performed at the Rrazz Room, Ritz Carlton, Pier 39 and other venues in the bay area. He was recently in the film “Love is not Enough” and just finished playing the role of a demented flower girl in “The Lily’s Revenge” at the Magic Theatre. He co-hosts the podcast “The X-Gays” (about the X-Men). Jason’s performance skills have brought him recognition as a highly talented, interactive and improvisational artist. as always sign ups are at 7pm sharp show starts at 7:30pm love Baruch Queer Open Mic featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock Friday, December 16 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco Changes at the Queer Open Mic By Sarah Dopp on Dec 7, 2011 in Featured, Housekeeping | Comments Off Hello hello, my dearest Queer Open Mic community! I adore you. You know that, right? Month after month… from that fantastic year when I showed up religiously to perform at your microphone because I knew I had finally found my people… to those incredible and humbling three years as your organizer and co-host…. and after seeing you through not one but two location moves… and sitting in the front row with Baruch’s arm wrapped around me while you deliver poems so powerful that I know I won’t even be able to speak when it’s time for me to announce the next performer…. You fucking rock my world. You’ve been doing it for years. And you’re all grown up now. You’ve matured into this strong and thriving community that spits out high quality work each month while consistently supporting anyone who walks through those bookstore doors; whether that means helping them with their writing, building their performance confidence, telling them they look fabulous in those boots, or holding them while they cry. You’ve embraced a queer identity that is inclusive and powerful. And it’s not queer as in “fuck you.” It’s queer as in “Fuck Yes.” I am so proud of you. And so grateful to have been a part of this process. And it is with all of that pride, and all of that gratitude, that I am choosing to now step aside. Baruch has already taken his place as an incredible organizer and host, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the event will continue to thrive under his leadership. I know this because he loves you in all the same ways that I do, but better. Why am I stepping down? Put simply: because it’s time. I spent ten years as a performance poet, and while I love the scene, it’s not the direction I’m growing in anymore. I stopped performing several years ago and shifted my creative energy to community organizing. Hosting Queer Open Mic was the perfect project for me for awhile — it kept me connected to the performance scene while letting me focus on organizing — but after a few years, I became so far detached from the scene that it was no longer fair to the event for me to keep holding the position. It also stopped being the right fit for me. I need keep following my nose. Let’s go chase our dreams and write postcards to each other when we find them. Queer Open Mic’s past hosts — Cindy Emch, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mollena Williams — all moved on to other wonderful creative pursuits when it was their time. Now it’s mine. I’ll be at the December show to thank you all and to say goodbye in person, but Baruch will be the one at the front of the room. I am so very grateful to him for the ways he’s taken care of the event, and I’m excited to see how it will grow with him in the future. You’re stars, all of you. Thank you for being my San Francisco. Love, Sarah Dopp December 7, 2011 November 18: Queer Open Mic with Morgan! By Emma on Nov 14, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off What, really, is there to be thankful for in November? Are we thankful for the commercialism of the Holiday Season creeping ever closer? Are we thankful that it’s suddenly getting dark at 4:00 pm? Are we thankful for the onrushing flood of unneeded calories, the extra strain on our wallets? Mostly Thanksgiving seems to serve as a bitter remembrance of just how poorly the early European settlers behaved to their rather more gracious native hosts. There’s nothing so great about November, but that doesn’t mean that we should poo-poo Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is awesome. There IS a lot to be grateful for – in November, in May – any time of the year. Whether you’re thankful for your new dance class or for your best friend of 20 years, for the sudden availability of pumpkin muffins or for the optimism of the Occupy Movement, for biodiversity or size twelve platform shoes, there’s never a bad day to stand up and say it. This Friday, November 18, a week early because a lot of us do give thanks together in big groups a week from Thursday, eat to much and then need to spend all Friday on the couch recovering, come on down to Queer Open Mic and tell us what you’re thankful for. About Morgan: “Transgendered superhero” She should really get a cape if people are going to keep using that line. Stand up Comedian, and X union iron worker. Morgan has preformed at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco and Gotham Comedy Club in NYC.she now lives in San Francisco and just did a show titled “Hold still I want to tell you a story” as a prelude to her one woman show that will be happening sometime in the fall here in the city. Morgan is always enjoyable never predictable and quite the truth teller… Find her @ morgansfunny.com Queer Open Mic Featuring Morgan Friday, November 18 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco


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June 22:THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW! part of the National Queer Arts Festival By admin on May 29, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment June is finally on it’s way which means soon we will be having one of our happiest times a year, the month of PRIDE! And to celebrate The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to have an amazing huge Pride Show! THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW!!! During June, the SFQOM is going to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival! We are very happy and thankful to the Queer Cultural Center for their support. So come celebrate 8 years, (that’s right folks 8 fricking fabulous queer as hell years) of providing a safe and sexy space for local emerging and established queer artists to come together and share their love, music, performances, writing and art. The Theme of the National Queer Arts Festival is Milestones, and we got Milestones all over our faces! The Queer Open Mic I believe is a milestone in many queer artists lives in the community, particularly mine. But it’s not all about me folks, (who am I kidding, yes it is!) I know so many of our regulars have had life changing, life affirming and life altering experiences because of the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which is why I felt we belonged in the festival. The two people featuring are folks who have been regulars with us for a long time and we could not be prouder to give them their first features! TWO FEATURES! TWO SPECIAL GUESTS! and of course an Open Mic! FEATURING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! AMY DENTATA started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as an artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. Amy is currently putting the finishing touches on Bite, a collection of poetry and short stories. Her work will also appear in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community. This is her first feature performance. DANA MORRIGAN is a humorist and was conceived in a short story by a latent genderqueer English professor in 1991 and was born at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in July, 2008. She performs in a dizzying array of genres, and tickles people’s brains on Twitter under the name IdentityTBD. Before becoming a queer performer, Dana published scholarly articles on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, wrote award-winning fiction, and was a Head Writer at Bloomingdale’s. She is proud to have been featured in the inspirational documentary Lemonade, and to have appeared naked on the cover of SSEX BBOX magazine. SPECIAL GUESTS REGIE CABICO is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. DAPHNE GOTTLIEB is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive as well as co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words.? She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Show is at 8pm, June 22nd. Sign ups are at 7:30pm sharp The Venue, we are not at Borderlands Cafe during June, because it is a special show, we are going to be at the Center for Sex and Culture! 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets sexandculture.org/directions-and-parking.html Cost 12$ to 20$ sliding scale, No one turned away. Check out the event and the rest of the festival here queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ HOSTED BY your favorite Queer Homos!! BLYTHE AND BARUCH!!! Your Hosts Baruch Porras-Hernandez Our Illustrious Designer of Flyers Carrie Gocker Past Hosts Cindy Emch (founder) Mollena Williams Sarah Dopp Sherilyn Connelly Past Features Ali Liebegott Alvin Orloff Andi Kauth Andrea Gibson Can I Sit With You? Charlie Anders Daphne Gottlieb Diana Cage Fivestar Fran Varian Gina de Vries Hazel Pine Heathen Machinery Hobo Gobbelins horehound stillpoint Jackie Strano Jen Cross Jennifer Blowdryer Jennifer Fox Bennet Jonathan Sands Joshua Klipp Juba Kalamka Kate Braverman Katia Noyes Katie Wirsing Kirk Read Kirya Traber Lauren Wheeler Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Lolan Sevilla Lori Selke LotSix Lynnee Breedlove Meliza Bañales Michelle Tea Nico Dacumos Nomy Lamm Peter Pizzi Ryka Aoki de la Cruz Sadie Lune Sara Seinberg Sarah Katherine Lewis Sherilyn Connelly solidad decosta Steph Hayes Stephen Leyba Storm Florez Suzy LaFollette Tara Jepsen Thea Hillman Tim’m West Tina Butcher Vagabondage May 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Natalia Miner and special guest Dazié Rustin Grego By admin on May 16, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment I don’t know about y’all but I am sure glad April is over! And now thank Madow it’s MAY!! – time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC! Once again we are at the lovely Borderlands Cafe that treats us so well! We love them. Join Blythe Baldwin, my street team ninja co-host and the rest of the queeros for a lovely night of openmic goodness! Rules below! -but first our feature and special guest! FEATURE: NATALIA MINER I first met Natalia back when we were two completely different people. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was a full time actor. One of the last full length plays I was cast in was called The Breeze at Dawn, I was cast as Reza, and the beautiful awesome, actress playing my wife was Natalia! Our chemistry was incredible, cause we got along right away, and we were both queer. Flash forward years into the future and now I’m working hard to pursue a career as a performance poet, and Natalia has transformed into an amazing singer songwriter! Natalia has been described as an Urban hippie songstress. A friend once said she’d be the lesbian love child of Liz Phair and Hazel Dickens. Her lyrics will snatch your attention as you find your head bobbing to melodies backed by Mandi (her mandolin). You may have also seen her on stage with Conspiracy of Venus, The Secrets, and/or Raven Marcus. Natalia is a San Francisco native who spent 10 formative years just outside of Paradise Valley in the Big Sky State. SPECIAL GUEST: DAZIE RUSTIN GREGO If you were at the Open Mic several months ago when Dazie came and performed, you probably were blown out of your chair, just like I was. I’ve known about this incredibly performance artist for quite some time and I’m very happy he’s going to come give us a little sneak peak at some of his work and get us ready for when he features in the near future. He is the creator of two separate collections of poetry Picking My Toes On A Monday Night and Light. Dazié went on to the Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Queer Activist Performance in 2006. Since attending New College Dazié has created several one man shows which included “Where is Adam?” “Three” “The Changer and The Changed and most recently “ I AM A MAN” an exploration of gay masculinity. All of Dazié’s work rely’s heavily on spoken word, dance and music creating beautifully layered multidisciplinary performances. THE RULES are the same folks =) SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. not enough room on the sign up list, got there late? don’t freak out! Ask politely to be put on the if we have time list, and if we have time, we’ll squeeze you in during the lightning round. If we don’t have time, don’t throw a fit, just show up on time next month and we’ll get you on the list. coming up next month: A VERY SPECIAL PRIDE OPEN MIC ANNOUNCEMENT next month The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to be a part of THE NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL! We are having a huge show called THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC to celebrate PRIDE for all, and the milestone of this wonderful open mic and what it does for the queer community. With the amazing AMY DENTATA and DANA MORRIGAN featuring for the first time! And Special guests DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and REGIE CABICO! So get ready and clear your calendars June 22nd the night is QUEER AS FUCK! and we wouldn’t want it any other way. more info to come. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for inquiries please e-mail [email protected] Help me Queer Open Mic community, you’re my only hope By admin on May 2, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Dear Queer Open Mic Community I NEED YOUR HELP! Please watch this video poem I made of one of my poems titled The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most. If you like it, please click “Like” on the youtube video itself, if you LOVE it and LOVE me, please share with all your friends!! I’m a finalist for poetry contest, the more likes I get, the closer I get to being published! please watch, like, share and make this old Mexican Queer happy! The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most April 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Larry-bob Roberts and special guest Chris August! By admin on Apr 15, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Did you all enjoy that thunderstorm we just had? That was pretty awesome, well time for some more ELECTRICITY, or should I say QUEER LIGHTING? – at this month’s San Francisco Queer Open Mic! Come join me and my lovely co-host the incredible Blythe Baldwin in OpenmicGoodness with our feature; Larry-bob Roberts! His book International Homosexual Conspiracy is hilarious, super well written, you’re going to want to buy a copy, I did! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet Chris August! Friday April 27th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. now more on our features! Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine, Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco at SFQUEER.COM. Chris August is a poet, screenwriter and special educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a part of the national performance poetry community since 2002. He has authored numerous collections including A Life Called Special, a compilation of all of his poetry specific to his work in special needs education. In 2011, he was named the number one ranked poet in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. HUGS!! March 23rd:San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Jacks McNamara and special guest Sean Patrick Mulroy! By admin on Mar 9, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off March has been a pretty bad ass month so far by giving us nothing but lovely sunny days and warmth, I hope some of you have been writing poetry or new songs or working on your novels and are ready for another rockin QUEER open mic! COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our third Queer Open Mic of 2012 and show us your stuff! This month we are happy to be at the Borderlands Café right on Valencia in the Mission. Our feature is the radical, the amazing JACKS MCNAMARA! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Friday March 23rd, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. Here’s more about our feature and the special guest! JACKS MCNAMARA Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer poet, artist, activist, educator, performer, and healing practitioner based in Oakland. Jacks has performed poetry and facilitated workshops on madness in a mad world across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum to the UK Feminist Health Gathering. The co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project, Jacks’s life and work are the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. Co-author of the underground classic Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and co-editor of Turning Wheel Media, Jacks has published writing in numerous anthologies, magazines, blogs, journals, as well as self-publishing 5 zines. Lung Seed, their first book of poetry and prose, is due out from Deviant Type Press in Autumn 2012. SEAN PATRICK MULROY Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) born and raised in Southern Virginia. He is the author of The Pornography Diaries a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force. He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. More about Jacks McNamara’s new book Lung Seed: Part love song, part howl, part incantation, Lung Seed is the first book-length collection of Jacks McNamara’s poems, essays, and hybrid experiments in the neon vernacular of being alive. Mapping out radical trajectories through loss, violence, and queer desire, McNamara creates a luminous archive of survival and resilience in a self-destructing world. A visual artist as well as a writer, the author relies heavily on the unexpected image to chronicle the impossible journey through body, family, and history–towards home. From the borderlands of madness to the unpredictable shape of peace, Lung Seed bears unflinching witness to a rarely charted geography, offering the reader a resonant poetics of insurrection and grace. Free with a suggested donation. No one turned away from lack of funds. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. Peace and Cupcakes Baruch! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring JACKS MCNAMARA! Special guest SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 February 24th: Queer Open Mic with Terry Taplin and Garrin Benfield at Borderlands Cafe! By admin on Feb 21, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off February, they say it’s the month of love, well San Francisco Queer Open Mic is full of hot lovers! SO COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our second Queer Open Mic of 2012, the world didn’t end and we’re enjoying it! Single? Come flirt it up at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, this month we are at a new location, I repeat NEW LOCATION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY we are at the Borderlands Cafe! Borderlands Cafe is super nice and has hosted us before, back when the lovely Liz Green featured last May 2011. The date, time and everything else will be the same, the only difference is the venue. Friday Feb 24th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULESsigning up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. But enough chatter, now on to these sexy amazing talented men OUR FEATURES!! Writer Performer TERRY TAPLIN and musical guest GARRIN BENFIELD! TERRY TAPLIN is a Bay Area native and a Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) AND!! GARRIN BENFIELD The “The Wave Organ Song” is the artist’s fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts. bring your poems, comedy, storytelling, short stories, and love to share with the Queer Open Mic crowd. Sign up list full? Never fear, if you’re POLITE and PATIENT we will put you on the if we have time list. What does this mean? It means that if we have time we’ll squeeze you in so you can perform, but no promises. We are every 4th Friday of the month, there’s always the next show. “My friend is stuck in traffic can I sign them up?” – No. They must be present in order to get on the list. Put them on the if we have time list. “Can I do a cover? Or read someone else’s work?” – Why? We prefer you do your won work that you made yourself. Our open mic is for makers, writers, poets, make something, make it your own, share it with us. “I can pick when I go up right? I like to go up last so I can smoke outside and ignore all the other performers” -No. No divas. The host picks the list randomly, stay and watch the show and wait for your name to be called up to perform. “The show is free right?” -YES! it is absolutely free, but we do ask for a $3 donation, if you cannot afford that, that is completely okay. Just do what you can to get a drink from the cafe or buy some food from them to help support the space. “Can I do new unfinished work?” -YES! we’re an open mic, that’s what we’re here for! Come share your raw stuff with us! “Can I do finished work and show off?” -YES! we love a good show! “Do you like unicorns?” -OH MY GOD we LOVE THEM!! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring TERRY TAPLIN AND GARRIN BENFIELD Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 January 27th:Queer Open Mic with Eli Conley By admin on Jan 6, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Happy New Year everyone! I still remember my first ever San Francisco Queer Open Mic. It is hard for me to believe that was almost 3 years ago. I’m so proud and happy with the way we’ve grown and changed and adapted, lost 2 venues, now one host, but we’re still here, still growing strong and ROCKING! Now with the amazing Sarah Dopp stepping down I thought long and hard about who should be my next co-host or if I should have one at all. I decided to give the sexy Blythe Baldwin a try, so starting this month she will be my co-host! We will also have guest co-hosts from time to time, but till then Blythe Baldwin is the girl for me! I am very much looking forward to this new year, the open mic is getting booked a year in advance, everyone wants to feature with us and share their art with out tiny space and I could not be happier. Bring us your songs, your poems, your jokes, your monologues your short stories, we want to hear them all. I’m looking forward to seeing all you, this is honestly the best part of my month. Here’s to you San Francisco Queer Open Mic Community! Here’s to us! May we rock 2012 so hard it wants our babies! -and to help us with that we’re going to have Eli Conley as our first feature of the year!! PEACE! more on our feature! Eli Conley crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” gushed acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli brings his country choirboy croon and singer/songwriter’s sincerity to the All the Livelong Day EP, his recent release with band Eli Conley and Hip for Squares. Eli also teaches singing classes for LGBTQ people. You can downlaod his songs for free(!) and see what else Eli is up to at eliconley.com The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring ELI CONLEY Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @The Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco December 16th featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock By Sarah Dopp on Dec 12, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off Baruch writes… Happy HomoDays. Get your Queers, your stockings your Rainbow Chanuka Candles and come to the Queer Open Mic Dec 16! I am looking forward for this the last Queer Open Mic of 2011. Our features are Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha and musical guest, the amazing Jason Brock. You can read more about them below but first I do have some news, the December 16th show, is not only the last Queer Open Mic of 2011 but also the last show we will have with Sarah Dopp as my co-host. ABOUT THE FEATURES! Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant (nominated for a 2007 Pushcart); The Georgia Review; New York Stories; Modern Words, The James White Review, and have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow. Raised in New York City, Alenyikov has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. He lives in San Francisco. Jason Brock is a San Francisco singer, actor, emcee, podcaster and entertainer. He has shared the stage with many stars of theatre and music, including Diane Schuur, Paula West, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor mac, Deborah Gibson and more. Jason has performed all his life and began a professional entertainment career in small theatre and musical productions in Arizona. He eventually moved into ongoing shows at Martuni’s, Bubble Lounge and Rasselas. Jason has performed at the Rrazz Room, Ritz Carlton, Pier 39 and other venues in the bay area. He was recently in the film “Love is not Enough” and just finished playing the role of a demented flower girl in “The Lily’s Revenge” at the Magic Theatre. He co-hosts the podcast “The X-Gays” (about the X-Men). Jason’s performance skills have brought him recognition as a highly talented, interactive and improvisational artist. as always sign ups are at 7pm sharp show starts at 7:30pm love Baruch Queer Open Mic featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock Friday, December 16 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco Changes at the Queer Open Mic By Sarah Dopp on Dec 7, 2011 in Featured, Housekeeping | Comments Off Hello hello, my dearest Queer Open Mic community! I adore you. You know that, right? Month after month… from that fantastic year when I showed up religiously to perform at your microphone because I knew I had finally found my people… to those incredible and humbling three years as your organizer and co-host…. and after seeing you through not one but two location moves… and sitting in the front row with Baruch’s arm wrapped around me while you deliver poems so powerful that I know I won’t even be able to speak when it’s time for me to announce the next performer…. You fucking rock my world. You’ve been doing it for years. And you’re all grown up now. You’ve matured into this strong and thriving community that spits out high quality work each month while consistently supporting anyone who walks through those bookstore doors; whether that means helping them with their writing, building their performance confidence, telling them they look fabulous in those boots, or holding them while they cry. You’ve embraced a queer identity that is inclusive and powerful. And it’s not queer as in “fuck you.” It’s queer as in “Fuck Yes.” I am so proud of you. And so grateful to have been a part of this process. And it is with all of that pride, and all of that gratitude, that I am choosing to now step aside. Baruch has already taken his place as an incredible organizer and host, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the event will continue to thrive under his leadership. I know this because he loves you in all the same ways that I do, but better. Why am I stepping down? Put simply: because it’s time. I spent ten years as a performance poet, and while I love the scene, it’s not the direction I’m growing in anymore. I stopped performing several years ago and shifted my creative energy to community organizing. Hosting Queer Open Mic was the perfect project for me for awhile — it kept me connected to the performance scene while letting me focus on organizing — but after a few years, I became so far detached from the scene that it was no longer fair to the event for me to keep holding the position. It also stopped being the right fit for me. I need keep following my nose. Let’s go chase our dreams and write postcards to each other when we find them. Queer Open Mic’s past hosts — Cindy Emch, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mollena Williams — all moved on to other wonderful creative pursuits when it was their time. Now it’s mine. I’ll be at the December show to thank you all and to say goodbye in person, but Baruch will be the one at the front of the room. I am so very grateful to him for the ways he’s taken care of the event, and I’m excited to see how it will grow with him in the future. You’re stars, all of you. Thank you for being my San Francisco. Love, Sarah Dopp December 7, 2011 November 18: Queer Open Mic with Morgan! By Emma on Nov 14, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off What, really, is there to be thankful for in November? Are we thankful for the commercialism of the Holiday Season creeping ever closer? Are we thankful that it’s suddenly getting dark at 4:00 pm? Are we thankful for the onrushing flood of unneeded calories, the extra strain on our wallets? Mostly Thanksgiving seems to serve as a bitter remembrance of just how poorly the early European settlers behaved to their rather more gracious native hosts. There’s nothing so great about November, but that doesn’t mean that we should poo-poo Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is awesome. There IS a lot to be grateful for – in November, in May – any time of the year. Whether you’re thankful for your new dance class or for your best friend of 20 years, for the sudden availability of pumpkin muffins or for the optimism of the Occupy Movement, for biodiversity or size twelve platform shoes, there’s never a bad day to stand up and say it. This Friday, November 18, a week early because a lot of us do give thanks together in big groups a week from Thursday, eat to much and then need to spend all Friday on the couch recovering, come on down to Queer Open Mic and tell us what you’re thankful for. About Morgan: “Transgendered superhero” She should really get a cape if people are going to keep using that line. Stand up Comedian, and X union iron worker. Morgan has preformed at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco and Gotham Comedy Club in NYC.she now lives in San Francisco and just did a show titled “Hold still I want to tell you a story” as a prelude to her one woman show that will be happening sometime in the fall here in the city. Morgan is always enjoyable never predictable and quite the truth teller… Find her @ morgansfunny.com Queer Open Mic Featuring Morgan Friday, November 18 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco


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June 22:THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW! part of the National Queer Arts Festival By admin on May 29, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment June is finally on it’s way which means soon we will be having one of our happiest times a year, the month of PRIDE! And to celebrate The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to have an amazing huge Pride Show! THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW!!! During June, the SFQOM is going to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival! We are very happy and thankful to the Queer Cultural Center for their support. So come celebrate 8 years, (that’s right folks 8 fricking fabulous queer as hell years) of providing a safe and sexy space for local emerging and established queer artists to come together and share their love, music, performances, writing and art. The Theme of the National Queer Arts Festival is Milestones, and we got Milestones all over our faces! The Queer Open Mic I believe is a milestone in many queer artists lives in the community, particularly mine. But it’s not all about me folks, (who am I kidding, yes it is!) I know so many of our regulars have had life changing, life affirming and life altering experiences because of the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which is why I felt we belonged in the festival. The two people featuring are folks who have been regulars with us for a long time and we could not be prouder to give them their first features! TWO FEATURES! TWO SPECIAL GUESTS! and of course an Open Mic! FEATURING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! AMY DENTATA started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as an artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. Amy is currently putting the finishing touches on Bite, a collection of poetry and short stories. Her work will also appear in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community. This is her first feature performance. DANA MORRIGAN is a humorist and was conceived in a short story by a latent genderqueer English professor in 1991 and was born at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in July, 2008. She performs in a dizzying array of genres, and tickles people’s brains on Twitter under the name IdentityTBD. Before becoming a queer performer, Dana published scholarly articles on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, wrote award-winning fiction, and was a Head Writer at Bloomingdale’s. She is proud to have been featured in the inspirational documentary Lemonade, and to have appeared naked on the cover of SSEX BBOX magazine. SPECIAL GUESTS REGIE CABICO is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. DAPHNE GOTTLIEB is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive as well as co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words.? She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Show is at 8pm, June 22nd. Sign ups are at 7:30pm sharp The Venue, we are not at Borderlands Cafe during June, because it is a special show, we are going to be at the Center for Sex and Culture! 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets sexandculture.org/directions-and-parking.html Cost 12$ to 20$ sliding scale, No one turned away. Check out the event and the rest of the festival here queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ HOSTED BY your favorite Queer Homos!! BLYTHE AND BARUCH!!! Your Hosts Baruch Porras-Hernandez Our Illustrious Designer of Flyers Carrie Gocker Past Hosts Cindy Emch (founder) Mollena Williams Sarah Dopp Sherilyn Connelly Past Features Ali Liebegott Alvin Orloff Andi Kauth Andrea Gibson Can I Sit With You? Charlie Anders Daphne Gottlieb Diana Cage Fivestar Fran Varian Gina de Vries Hazel Pine Heathen Machinery Hobo Gobbelins horehound stillpoint Jackie Strano Jen Cross Jennifer Blowdryer Jennifer Fox Bennet Jonathan Sands Joshua Klipp Juba Kalamka Kate Braverman Katia Noyes Katie Wirsing Kirk Read Kirya Traber Lauren Wheeler Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Lolan Sevilla Lori Selke LotSix Lynnee Breedlove Meliza Bañales Michelle Tea Nico Dacumos Nomy Lamm Peter Pizzi Ryka Aoki de la Cruz Sadie Lune Sara Seinberg Sarah Katherine Lewis Sherilyn Connelly solidad decosta Steph Hayes Stephen Leyba Storm Florez Suzy LaFollette Tara Jepsen Thea Hillman Tim’m West Tina Butcher Vagabondage May 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Natalia Miner and special guest Dazié Rustin Grego By admin on May 16, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment I don’t know about y’all but I am sure glad April is over! And now thank Madow it’s MAY!! – time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC! Once again we are at the lovely Borderlands Cafe that treats us so well! We love them. Join Blythe Baldwin, my street team ninja co-host and the rest of the queeros for a lovely night of openmic goodness! Rules below! -but first our feature and special guest! FEATURE: NATALIA MINER I first met Natalia back when we were two completely different people. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was a full time actor. One of the last full length plays I was cast in was called The Breeze at Dawn, I was cast as Reza, and the beautiful awesome, actress playing my wife was Natalia! Our chemistry was incredible, cause we got along right away, and we were both queer. Flash forward years into the future and now I’m working hard to pursue a career as a performance poet, and Natalia has transformed into an amazing singer songwriter! Natalia has been described as an Urban hippie songstress. A friend once said she’d be the lesbian love child of Liz Phair and Hazel Dickens. Her lyrics will snatch your attention as you find your head bobbing to melodies backed by Mandi (her mandolin). You may have also seen her on stage with Conspiracy of Venus, The Secrets, and/or Raven Marcus. Natalia is a San Francisco native who spent 10 formative years just outside of Paradise Valley in the Big Sky State. SPECIAL GUEST: DAZIE RUSTIN GREGO If you were at the Open Mic several months ago when Dazie came and performed, you probably were blown out of your chair, just like I was. I’ve known about this incredibly performance artist for quite some time and I’m very happy he’s going to come give us a little sneak peak at some of his work and get us ready for when he features in the near future. He is the creator of two separate collections of poetry Picking My Toes On A Monday Night and Light. Dazié went on to the Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Queer Activist Performance in 2006. Since attending New College Dazié has created several one man shows which included “Where is Adam?” “Three” “The Changer and The Changed and most recently “ I AM A MAN” an exploration of gay masculinity. All of Dazié’s work rely’s heavily on spoken word, dance and music creating beautifully layered multidisciplinary performances. THE RULES are the same folks =) SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. not enough room on the sign up list, got there late? don’t freak out! Ask politely to be put on the if we have time list, and if we have time, we’ll squeeze you in during the lightning round. If we don’t have time, don’t throw a fit, just show up on time next month and we’ll get you on the list. coming up next month: A VERY SPECIAL PRIDE OPEN MIC ANNOUNCEMENT next month The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to be a part of THE NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL! We are having a huge show called THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC to celebrate PRIDE for all, and the milestone of this wonderful open mic and what it does for the queer community. With the amazing AMY DENTATA and DANA MORRIGAN featuring for the first time! And Special guests DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and REGIE CABICO! So get ready and clear your calendars June 22nd the night is QUEER AS FUCK! and we wouldn’t want it any other way. more info to come. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for inquiries please e-mail [email protected] Help me Queer Open Mic community, you’re my only hope By admin on May 2, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Dear Queer Open Mic Community I NEED YOUR HELP! Please watch this video poem I made of one of my poems titled The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most. If you like it, please click “Like” on the youtube video itself, if you LOVE it and LOVE me, please share with all your friends!! I’m a finalist for poetry contest, the more likes I get, the closer I get to being published! please watch, like, share and make this old Mexican Queer happy! The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most April 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Larry-bob Roberts and special guest Chris August! By admin on Apr 15, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Did you all enjoy that thunderstorm we just had? That was pretty awesome, well time for some more ELECTRICITY, or should I say QUEER LIGHTING? – at this month’s San Francisco Queer Open Mic! Come join me and my lovely co-host the incredible Blythe Baldwin in OpenmicGoodness with our feature; Larry-bob Roberts! His book International Homosexual Conspiracy is hilarious, super well written, you’re going to want to buy a copy, I did! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet Chris August! Friday April 27th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. now more on our features! Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine, Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco at SFQUEER.COM. Chris August is a poet, screenwriter and special educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a part of the national performance poetry community since 2002. He has authored numerous collections including A Life Called Special, a compilation of all of his poetry specific to his work in special needs education. In 2011, he was named the number one ranked poet in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. HUGS!! March 23rd:San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Jacks McNamara and special guest Sean Patrick Mulroy! By admin on Mar 9, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off March has been a pretty bad ass month so far by giving us nothing but lovely sunny days and warmth, I hope some of you have been writing poetry or new songs or working on your novels and are ready for another rockin QUEER open mic! COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our third Queer Open Mic of 2012 and show us your stuff! This month we are happy to be at the Borderlands Café right on Valencia in the Mission. Our feature is the radical, the amazing JACKS MCNAMARA! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Friday March 23rd, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. Here’s more about our feature and the special guest! JACKS MCNAMARA Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer poet, artist, activist, educator, performer, and healing practitioner based in Oakland. Jacks has performed poetry and facilitated workshops on madness in a mad world across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum to the UK Feminist Health Gathering. The co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project, Jacks’s life and work are the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. Co-author of the underground classic Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and co-editor of Turning Wheel Media, Jacks has published writing in numerous anthologies, magazines, blogs, journals, as well as self-publishing 5 zines. Lung Seed, their first book of poetry and prose, is due out from Deviant Type Press in Autumn 2012. SEAN PATRICK MULROY Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) born and raised in Southern Virginia. He is the author of The Pornography Diaries a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force. He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. More about Jacks McNamara’s new book Lung Seed: Part love song, part howl, part incantation, Lung Seed is the first book-length collection of Jacks McNamara’s poems, essays, and hybrid experiments in the neon vernacular of being alive. Mapping out radical trajectories through loss, violence, and queer desire, McNamara creates a luminous archive of survival and resilience in a self-destructing world. A visual artist as well as a writer, the author relies heavily on the unexpected image to chronicle the impossible journey through body, family, and history–towards home. From the borderlands of madness to the unpredictable shape of peace, Lung Seed bears unflinching witness to a rarely charted geography, offering the reader a resonant poetics of insurrection and grace. Free with a suggested donation. No one turned away from lack of funds. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. Peace and Cupcakes Baruch! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring JACKS MCNAMARA! Special guest SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 February 24th: Queer Open Mic with Terry Taplin and Garrin Benfield at Borderlands Cafe! By admin on Feb 21, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off February, they say it’s the month of love, well San Francisco Queer Open Mic is full of hot lovers! SO COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our second Queer Open Mic of 2012, the world didn’t end and we’re enjoying it! Single? Come flirt it up at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, this month we are at a new location, I repeat NEW LOCATION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY we are at the Borderlands Cafe! Borderlands Cafe is super nice and has hosted us before, back when the lovely Liz Green featured last May 2011. The date, time and everything else will be the same, the only difference is the venue. Friday Feb 24th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULESsigning up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. But enough chatter, now on to these sexy amazing talented men OUR FEATURES!! Writer Performer TERRY TAPLIN and musical guest GARRIN BENFIELD! TERRY TAPLIN is a Bay Area native and a Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) AND!! GARRIN BENFIELD The “The Wave Organ Song” is the artist’s fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts. bring your poems, comedy, storytelling, short stories, and love to share with the Queer Open Mic crowd. Sign up list full? Never fear, if you’re POLITE and PATIENT we will put you on the if we have time list. What does this mean? It means that if we have time we’ll squeeze you in so you can perform, but no promises. We are every 4th Friday of the month, there’s always the next show. “My friend is stuck in traffic can I sign them up?” – No. They must be present in order to get on the list. Put them on the if we have time list. “Can I do a cover? Or read someone else’s work?” – Why? We prefer you do your won work that you made yourself. Our open mic is for makers, writers, poets, make something, make it your own, share it with us. “I can pick when I go up right? I like to go up last so I can smoke outside and ignore all the other performers” -No. No divas. The host picks the list randomly, stay and watch the show and wait for your name to be called up to perform. “The show is free right?” -YES! it is absolutely free, but we do ask for a $3 donation, if you cannot afford that, that is completely okay. Just do what you can to get a drink from the cafe or buy some food from them to help support the space. “Can I do new unfinished work?” -YES! we’re an open mic, that’s what we’re here for! Come share your raw stuff with us! “Can I do finished work and show off?” -YES! we love a good show! “Do you like unicorns?” -OH MY GOD we LOVE THEM!! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring TERRY TAPLIN AND GARRIN BENFIELD Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 January 27th:Queer Open Mic with Eli Conley By admin on Jan 6, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Happy New Year everyone! I still remember my first ever San Francisco Queer Open Mic. It is hard for me to believe that was almost 3 years ago. I’m so proud and happy with the way we’ve grown and changed and adapted, lost 2 venues, now one host, but we’re still here, still growing strong and ROCKING! Now with the amazing Sarah Dopp stepping down I thought long and hard about who should be my next co-host or if I should have one at all. I decided to give the sexy Blythe Baldwin a try, so starting this month she will be my co-host! We will also have guest co-hosts from time to time, but till then Blythe Baldwin is the girl for me! I am very much looking forward to this new year, the open mic is getting booked a year in advance, everyone wants to feature with us and share their art with out tiny space and I could not be happier. Bring us your songs, your poems, your jokes, your monologues your short stories, we want to hear them all. I’m looking forward to seeing all you, this is honestly the best part of my month. Here’s to you San Francisco Queer Open Mic Community! Here’s to us! May we rock 2012 so hard it wants our babies! -and to help us with that we’re going to have Eli Conley as our first feature of the year!! PEACE! more on our feature! Eli Conley crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” gushed acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli brings his country choirboy croon and singer/songwriter’s sincerity to the All the Livelong Day EP, his recent release with band Eli Conley and Hip for Squares. Eli also teaches singing classes for LGBTQ people. You can downlaod his songs for free(!) and see what else Eli is up to at eliconley.com The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring ELI CONLEY Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @The Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco December 16th featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock By Sarah Dopp on Dec 12, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off Baruch writes… Happy HomoDays. Get your Queers, your stockings your Rainbow Chanuka Candles and come to the Queer Open Mic Dec 16! I am looking forward for this the last Queer Open Mic of 2011. Our features are Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha and musical guest, the amazing Jason Brock. You can read more about them below but first I do have some news, the December 16th show, is not only the last Queer Open Mic of 2011 but also the last show we will have with Sarah Dopp as my co-host. ABOUT THE FEATURES! Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant (nominated for a 2007 Pushcart); The Georgia Review; New York Stories; Modern Words, The James White Review, and have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow. Raised in New York City, Alenyikov has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. He lives in San Francisco. Jason Brock is a San Francisco singer, actor, emcee, podcaster and entertainer. He has shared the stage with many stars of theatre and music, including Diane Schuur, Paula West, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor mac, Deborah Gibson and more. Jason has performed all his life and began a professional entertainment career in small theatre and musical productions in Arizona. He eventually moved into ongoing shows at Martuni’s, Bubble Lounge and Rasselas. Jason has performed at the Rrazz Room, Ritz Carlton, Pier 39 and other venues in the bay area. He was recently in the film “Love is not Enough” and just finished playing the role of a demented flower girl in “The Lily’s Revenge” at the Magic Theatre. He co-hosts the podcast “The X-Gays” (about the X-Men). Jason’s performance skills have brought him recognition as a highly talented, interactive and improvisational artist. as always sign ups are at 7pm sharp show starts at 7:30pm love Baruch Queer Open Mic featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock Friday, December 16 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco Changes at the Queer Open Mic By Sarah Dopp on Dec 7, 2011 in Featured, Housekeeping | Comments Off Hello hello, my dearest Queer Open Mic community! I adore you. You know that, right? Month after month… from that fantastic year when I showed up religiously to perform at your microphone because I knew I had finally found my people… to those incredible and humbling three years as your organizer and co-host…. and after seeing you through not one but two location moves… and sitting in the front row with Baruch’s arm wrapped around me while you deliver poems so powerful that I know I won’t even be able to speak when it’s time for me to announce the next performer…. You fucking rock my world. You’ve been doing it for years. And you’re all grown up now. You’ve matured into this strong and thriving community that spits out high quality work each month while consistently supporting anyone who walks through those bookstore doors; whether that means helping them with their writing, building their performance confidence, telling them they look fabulous in those boots, or holding them while they cry. You’ve embraced a queer identity that is inclusive and powerful. And it’s not queer as in “fuck you.” It’s queer as in “Fuck Yes.” I am so proud of you. And so grateful to have been a part of this process. And it is with all of that pride, and all of that gratitude, that I am choosing to now step aside. Baruch has already taken his place as an incredible organizer and host, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the event will continue to thrive under his leadership. I know this because he loves you in all the same ways that I do, but better. Why am I stepping down? Put simply: because it’s time. I spent ten years as a performance poet, and while I love the scene, it’s not the direction I’m growing in anymore. I stopped performing several years ago and shifted my creative energy to community organizing. Hosting Queer Open Mic was the perfect project for me for awhile — it kept me connected to the performance scene while letting me focus on organizing — but after a few years, I became so far detached from the scene that it was no longer fair to the event for me to keep holding the position. It also stopped being the right fit for me. I need keep following my nose. Let’s go chase our dreams and write postcards to each other when we find them. Queer Open Mic’s past hosts — Cindy Emch, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mollena Williams — all moved on to other wonderful creative pursuits when it was their time. Now it’s mine. I’ll be at the December show to thank you all and to say goodbye in person, but Baruch will be the one at the front of the room. I am so very grateful to him for the ways he’s taken care of the event, and I’m excited to see how it will grow with him in the future. You’re stars, all of you. Thank you for being my San Francisco. Love, Sarah Dopp December 7, 2011 November 18: Queer Open Mic with Morgan! By Emma on Nov 14, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off What, really, is there to be thankful for in November? Are we thankful for the commercialism of the Holiday Season creeping ever closer? Are we thankful that it’s suddenly getting dark at 4:00 pm? Are we thankful for the onrushing flood of unneeded calories, the extra strain on our wallets? Mostly Thanksgiving seems to serve as a bitter remembrance of just how poorly the early European settlers behaved to their rather more gracious native hosts. There’s nothing so great about November, but that doesn’t mean that we should poo-poo Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is awesome. There IS a lot to be grateful for – in November, in May – any time of the year. Whether you’re thankful for your new dance class or for your best friend of 20 years, for the sudden availability of pumpkin muffins or for the optimism of the Occupy Movement, for biodiversity or size twelve platform shoes, there’s never a bad day to stand up and say it. This Friday, November 18, a week early because a lot of us do give thanks together in big groups a week from Thursday, eat to much and then need to spend all Friday on the couch recovering, come on down to Queer Open Mic and tell us what you’re thankful for. About Morgan: “Transgendered superhero” She should really get a cape if people are going to keep using that line. Stand up Comedian, and X union iron worker. Morgan has preformed at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco and Gotham Comedy Club in NYC.she now lives in San Francisco and just did a show titled “Hold still I want to tell you a story” as a prelude to her one woman show that will be happening sometime in the fall here in the city. Morgan is always enjoyable never predictable and quite the truth teller… Find her @ morgansfunny.com Queer Open Mic Featuring Morgan Friday, November 18 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco


13. Chevrolet - Seattle To Yellowstone

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Chevrolet - Seattle To Yellowstone

We took a 2011 Chevy Equinox from Seattle to Yellowstone. Clark Koelsch and Director of Photography extraordinaire Chayse Irvin flew up from LA to Seattle. We hoped in the SUV and took off, driving 2000+ miles...sleeping in parking lots...and finally resting at an assisted living facility before driving a consecutive 15 hours back to Seattle. Writer/Director/Editor Keith Rivers Written essay: Carey Bolden and Keith Rivers Director of Photography Chayse Irvin Actors Clark Koelsch & Keith Rivers Musician Lila Nelson Song: "Who is it?" Special Thanks to Justin Brown for organizing equipment and itinerary. Name of Route: “Seattle to Yellowstone: A Path We Must Take” I-90 East through Washington and Montana US-89 South to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Route Description: The Seattle skyline led us out of the city on I-5 as we merged onto I-90 eastbound and into the darkness of Washington’s endless evergreens and snow-capped mountains. Guided by the stars, we rotated driving duties as music and lyrics drifted in and out of our ears like a poetic dream. As the sun launched over the horizon, we were introduced to the serene, flat vastness of big sky Montana, and our 2011 Chevy Equinox had witnessed our confessions, philosophies, predictions, and stories of old loves, all that comes along with your typical “guys’ weekend”. With no strict agenda, we stopped anytime we felt the need for adventure, a pee break, or maybe even a little bit of trouble. First stop: just outside of Harrison, MT, we hiked through a wheat field and past an old Chevy Blazer from another life. We encountered a bone-yard of cattle skulls, one of which we knew had to join us for the remainder of the trip. We named our bull skull “Homer.” We dug through old mining caves in the ghost town of Pony, MT with the guidance of a tiny LED light. As we ventured back from the smell of sulfur, we passed an old, yellow school bus, which reminded us of the film “Into the Wild”. We had to explain the movie to Homer. In Bozeman, MT, we drove to our friend Nick’s grandma’s house for a true Montana home-cooked steak dinner and shot some pool. Hands down best steak we’d ever had in our lives and it wasn’t just the marinade. Our head’s hit the pillow hard that night when we made it to the Bozeman Retirement Home we called home on this journey. This was an assisted living facility for old folks, and a place where we made some new, old friends. Next stop: our final destination. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming – a place complete with wintering waterfalls, ancient trees, geo-thermal geysers, mud flats, colorful paint pots, and herds of buffalo. Ever sang the song, “Oh, give me a home, where the deer and the antelope roam?” We’re knee deep in it. Old Faithful and Boiling River were our favorite stops in Yellowstone. Although, there is no documentation of Boiling River, thanks to an unfriendly elk who ironically gave chase to our Director of Photography: Chayse Irvin. As he walked back to the Equinox to get the camera, he took a drive into the freezing cold glacial river, downstream. Homer found this very funny. So did the rest of us. Soon, nightfall was upon us, and so were the park rangers and police officers. So far, two warnings, no speeding tickets. They’re stoked that we’re documenting our trip and traveling as far as we’ve come. Noted that the law enforcement community in Wyoming is surprisingly friendly! We began our trip home with a stop at a Bozeman gas station followed by Ted’s Montana Grill. The bison burgers were the perfect fuel for our 10-hour drive back to Seattle. Again, more sleeping and alternating the wheel. More music scoring as we passed old steam pipes, bridges, tracing imaginary trails of stars. One final stop before arriving home: Goldmyer Hotsprings, deep in North Bend, WA. Nature’s hot tub nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains. We soaked in the 120-degree water carved from an old cave, soaking and sealing the memories we made, and how we’d never forget the experiences or people we’d met along the way. Even homer.


14. 120622 Baruch Porras-Hernandez Super Queer Open Mic 1

120622 Baruch Porras-Hernandez Super Queer Open Mic 1

June 22:THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW! part of the National Queer Arts Festival By admin on May 29, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment June is finally on it’s way which means soon we will be having one of our happiest times a year, the month of PRIDE! And to celebrate The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to have an amazing huge Pride Show! THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW!!! During June, the SFQOM is going to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival! We are very happy and thankful to the Queer Cultural Center for their support. So come celebrate 8 years, (that’s right folks 8 fricking fabulous queer as hell years) of providing a safe and sexy space for local emerging and established queer artists to come together and share their love, music, performances, writing and art. The Theme of the National Queer Arts Festival is Milestones, and we got Milestones all over our faces! The Queer Open Mic I believe is a milestone in many queer artists lives in the community, particularly mine. But it’s not all about me folks, (who am I kidding, yes it is!) I know so many of our regulars have had life changing, life affirming and life altering experiences because of the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which is why I felt we belonged in the festival. The two people featuring are folks who have been regulars with us for a long time and we could not be prouder to give them their first features! TWO FEATURES! TWO SPECIAL GUESTS! and of course an Open Mic! FEATURING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! AMY DENTATA started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as an artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. Amy is currently putting the finishing touches on Bite, a collection of poetry and short stories. Her work will also appear in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community. This is her first feature performance. DANA MORRIGAN is a humorist and was conceived in a short story by a latent genderqueer English professor in 1991 and was born at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in July, 2008. She performs in a dizzying array of genres, and tickles people’s brains on Twitter under the name IdentityTBD. Before becoming a queer performer, Dana published scholarly articles on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, wrote award-winning fiction, and was a Head Writer at Bloomingdale’s. She is proud to have been featured in the inspirational documentary Lemonade, and to have appeared naked on the cover of SSEX BBOX magazine. SPECIAL GUESTS REGIE CABICO is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. DAPHNE GOTTLIEB is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive as well as co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words.? She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Show is at 8pm, June 22nd. Sign ups are at 7:30pm sharp The Venue, we are not at Borderlands Cafe during June, because it is a special show, we are going to be at the Center for Sex and Culture! 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets sexandculture.org/directions-and-parking.html Cost 12$ to 20$ sliding scale, No one turned away. Check out the event and the rest of the festival here queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ HOSTED BY your favorite Queer Homos!! BLYTHE AND BARUCH!!! Your Hosts Baruch Porras-Hernandez Our Illustrious Designer of Flyers Carrie Gocker Past Hosts Cindy Emch (founder) Mollena Williams Sarah Dopp Sherilyn Connelly Past Features Ali Liebegott Alvin Orloff Andi Kauth Andrea Gibson Can I Sit With You? Charlie Anders Daphne Gottlieb Diana Cage Fivestar Fran Varian Gina de Vries Hazel Pine Heathen Machinery Hobo Gobbelins horehound stillpoint Jackie Strano Jen Cross Jennifer Blowdryer Jennifer Fox Bennet Jonathan Sands Joshua Klipp Juba Kalamka Kate Braverman Katia Noyes Katie Wirsing Kirk Read Kirya Traber Lauren Wheeler Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Lolan Sevilla Lori Selke LotSix Lynnee Breedlove Meliza Bañales Michelle Tea Nico Dacumos Nomy Lamm Peter Pizzi Ryka Aoki de la Cruz Sadie Lune Sara Seinberg Sarah Katherine Lewis Sherilyn Connelly solidad decosta Steph Hayes Stephen Leyba Storm Florez Suzy LaFollette Tara Jepsen Thea Hillman Tim’m West Tina Butcher Vagabondage May 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Natalia Miner and special guest Dazié Rustin Grego By admin on May 16, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment I don’t know about y’all but I am sure glad April is over! And now thank Madow it’s MAY!! – time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC! Once again we are at the lovely Borderlands Cafe that treats us so well! We love them. Join Blythe Baldwin, my street team ninja co-host and the rest of the queeros for a lovely night of openmic goodness! Rules below! -but first our feature and special guest! FEATURE: NATALIA MINER I first met Natalia back when we were two completely different people. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was a full time actor. One of the last full length plays I was cast in was called The Breeze at Dawn, I was cast as Reza, and the beautiful awesome, actress playing my wife was Natalia! Our chemistry was incredible, cause we got along right away, and we were both queer. Flash forward years into the future and now I’m working hard to pursue a career as a performance poet, and Natalia has transformed into an amazing singer songwriter! Natalia has been described as an Urban hippie songstress. A friend once said she’d be the lesbian love child of Liz Phair and Hazel Dickens. Her lyrics will snatch your attention as you find your head bobbing to melodies backed by Mandi (her mandolin). You may have also seen her on stage with Conspiracy of Venus, The Secrets, and/or Raven Marcus. Natalia is a San Francisco native who spent 10 formative years just outside of Paradise Valley in the Big Sky State. SPECIAL GUEST: DAZIE RUSTIN GREGO If you were at the Open Mic several months ago when Dazie came and performed, you probably were blown out of your chair, just like I was. I’ve known about this incredibly performance artist for quite some time and I’m very happy he’s going to come give us a little sneak peak at some of his work and get us ready for when he features in the near future. He is the creator of two separate collections of poetry Picking My Toes On A Monday Night and Light. Dazié went on to the Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Queer Activist Performance in 2006. Since attending New College Dazié has created several one man shows which included “Where is Adam?” “Three” “The Changer and The Changed and most recently “ I AM A MAN” an exploration of gay masculinity. All of Dazié’s work rely’s heavily on spoken word, dance and music creating beautifully layered multidisciplinary performances. THE RULES are the same folks =) SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. not enough room on the sign up list, got there late? don’t freak out! Ask politely to be put on the if we have time list, and if we have time, we’ll squeeze you in during the lightning round. If we don’t have time, don’t throw a fit, just show up on time next month and we’ll get you on the list. coming up next month: A VERY SPECIAL PRIDE OPEN MIC ANNOUNCEMENT next month The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to be a part of THE NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL! We are having a huge show called THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC to celebrate PRIDE for all, and the milestone of this wonderful open mic and what it does for the queer community. With the amazing AMY DENTATA and DANA MORRIGAN featuring for the first time! And Special guests DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and REGIE CABICO! So get ready and clear your calendars June 22nd the night is QUEER AS FUCK! and we wouldn’t want it any other way. more info to come. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for inquiries please e-mail [email protected] Help me Queer Open Mic community, you’re my only hope By admin on May 2, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Dear Queer Open Mic Community I NEED YOUR HELP! Please watch this video poem I made of one of my poems titled The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most. If you like it, please click “Like” on the youtube video itself, if you LOVE it and LOVE me, please share with all your friends!! I’m a finalist for poetry contest, the more likes I get, the closer I get to being published! please watch, like, share and make this old Mexican Queer happy! The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most April 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Larry-bob Roberts and special guest Chris August! By admin on Apr 15, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Did you all enjoy that thunderstorm we just had? That was pretty awesome, well time for some more ELECTRICITY, or should I say QUEER LIGHTING? – at this month’s San Francisco Queer Open Mic! Come join me and my lovely co-host the incredible Blythe Baldwin in OpenmicGoodness with our feature; Larry-bob Roberts! His book International Homosexual Conspiracy is hilarious, super well written, you’re going to want to buy a copy, I did! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet Chris August! Friday April 27th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. now more on our features! Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine, Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco at SFQUEER.COM. Chris August is a poet, screenwriter and special educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a part of the national performance poetry community since 2002. He has authored numerous collections including A Life Called Special, a compilation of all of his poetry specific to his work in special needs education. In 2011, he was named the number one ranked poet in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. HUGS!! March 23rd:San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Jacks McNamara and special guest Sean Patrick Mulroy! By admin on Mar 9, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off March has been a pretty bad ass month so far by giving us nothing but lovely sunny days and warmth, I hope some of you have been writing poetry or new songs or working on your novels and are ready for another rockin QUEER open mic! COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our third Queer Open Mic of 2012 and show us your stuff! This month we are happy to be at the Borderlands Café right on Valencia in the Mission. Our feature is the radical, the amazing JACKS MCNAMARA! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Friday March 23rd, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. Here’s more about our feature and the special guest! JACKS MCNAMARA Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer poet, artist, activist, educator, performer, and healing practitioner based in Oakland. Jacks has performed poetry and facilitated workshops on madness in a mad world across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum to the UK Feminist Health Gathering. The co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project, Jacks’s life and work are the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. Co-author of the underground classic Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and co-editor of Turning Wheel Media, Jacks has published writing in numerous anthologies, magazines, blogs, journals, as well as self-publishing 5 zines. Lung Seed, their first book of poetry and prose, is due out from Deviant Type Press in Autumn 2012. SEAN PATRICK MULROY Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) born and raised in Southern Virginia. He is the author of The Pornography Diaries a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force. He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. More about Jacks McNamara’s new book Lung Seed: Part love song, part howl, part incantation, Lung Seed is the first book-length collection of Jacks McNamara’s poems, essays, and hybrid experiments in the neon vernacular of being alive. Mapping out radical trajectories through loss, violence, and queer desire, McNamara creates a luminous archive of survival and resilience in a self-destructing world. A visual artist as well as a writer, the author relies heavily on the unexpected image to chronicle the impossible journey through body, family, and history–towards home. From the borderlands of madness to the unpredictable shape of peace, Lung Seed bears unflinching witness to a rarely charted geography, offering the reader a resonant poetics of insurrection and grace. Free with a suggested donation. No one turned away from lack of funds. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. Peace and Cupcakes Baruch! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring JACKS MCNAMARA! Special guest SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 February 24th: Queer Open Mic with Terry Taplin and Garrin Benfield at Borderlands Cafe! By admin on Feb 21, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off February, they say it’s the month of love, well San Francisco Queer Open Mic is full of hot lovers! SO COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our second Queer Open Mic of 2012, the world didn’t end and we’re enjoying it! Single? Come flirt it up at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, this month we are at a new location, I repeat NEW LOCATION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY we are at the Borderlands Cafe! Borderlands Cafe is super nice and has hosted us before, back when the lovely Liz Green featured last May 2011. The date, time and everything else will be the same, the only difference is the venue. Friday Feb 24th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULESsigning up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. But enough chatter, now on to these sexy amazing talented men OUR FEATURES!! Writer Performer TERRY TAPLIN and musical guest GARRIN BENFIELD! TERRY TAPLIN is a Bay Area native and a Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) AND!! GARRIN BENFIELD The “The Wave Organ Song” is the artist’s fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts. bring your poems, comedy, storytelling, short stories, and love to share with the Queer Open Mic crowd. Sign up list full? Never fear, if you’re POLITE and PATIENT we will put you on the if we have time list. What does this mean? It means that if we have time we’ll squeeze you in so you can perform, but no promises. We are every 4th Friday of the month, there’s always the next show. “My friend is stuck in traffic can I sign them up?” – No. They must be present in order to get on the list. Put them on the if we have time list. “Can I do a cover? Or read someone else’s work?” – Why? We prefer you do your won work that you made yourself. Our open mic is for makers, writers, poets, make something, make it your own, share it with us. “I can pick when I go up right? I like to go up last so I can smoke outside and ignore all the other performers” -No. No divas. The host picks the list randomly, stay and watch the show and wait for your name to be called up to perform. “The show is free right?” -YES! it is absolutely free, but we do ask for a $3 donation, if you cannot afford that, that is completely okay. Just do what you can to get a drink from the cafe or buy some food from them to help support the space. “Can I do new unfinished work?” -YES! we’re an open mic, that’s what we’re here for! Come share your raw stuff with us! “Can I do finished work and show off?” -YES! we love a good show! “Do you like unicorns?” -OH MY GOD we LOVE THEM!! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring TERRY TAPLIN AND GARRIN BENFIELD Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 January 27th:Queer Open Mic with Eli Conley By admin on Jan 6, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Happy New Year everyone! I still remember my first ever San Francisco Queer Open Mic. It is hard for me to believe that was almost 3 years ago. I’m so proud and happy with the way we’ve grown and changed and adapted, lost 2 venues, now one host, but we’re still here, still growing strong and ROCKING! Now with the amazing Sarah Dopp stepping down I thought long and hard about who should be my next co-host or if I should have one at all. I decided to give the sexy Blythe Baldwin a try, so starting this month she will be my co-host! We will also have guest co-hosts from time to time, but till then Blythe Baldwin is the girl for me! I am very much looking forward to this new year, the open mic is getting booked a year in advance, everyone wants to feature with us and share their art with out tiny space and I could not be happier. Bring us your songs, your poems, your jokes, your monologues your short stories, we want to hear them all. I’m looking forward to seeing all you, this is honestly the best part of my month. Here’s to you San Francisco Queer Open Mic Community! Here’s to us! May we rock 2012 so hard it wants our babies! -and to help us with that we’re going to have Eli Conley as our first feature of the year!! PEACE! more on our feature! Eli Conley crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” gushed acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli brings his country choirboy croon and singer/songwriter’s sincerity to the All the Livelong Day EP, his recent release with band Eli Conley and Hip for Squares. Eli also teaches singing classes for LGBTQ people. You can downlaod his songs for free(!) and see what else Eli is up to at eliconley.com The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring ELI CONLEY Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @The Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco December 16th featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock By Sarah Dopp on Dec 12, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off Baruch writes… Happy HomoDays. Get your Queers, your stockings your Rainbow Chanuka Candles and come to the Queer Open Mic Dec 16! I am looking forward for this the last Queer Open Mic of 2011. Our features are Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha and musical guest, the amazing Jason Brock. You can read more about them below but first I do have some news, the December 16th show, is not only the last Queer Open Mic of 2011 but also the last show we will have with Sarah Dopp as my co-host. ABOUT THE FEATURES! Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant (nominated for a 2007 Pushcart); The Georgia Review; New York Stories; Modern Words, The James White Review, and have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow. Raised in New York City, Alenyikov has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. He lives in San Francisco. Jason Brock is a San Francisco singer, actor, emcee, podcaster and entertainer. He has shared the stage with many stars of theatre and music, including Diane Schuur, Paula West, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor mac, Deborah Gibson and more. Jason has performed all his life and began a professional entertainment career in small theatre and musical productions in Arizona. He eventually moved into ongoing shows at Martuni’s, Bubble Lounge and Rasselas. Jason has performed at the Rrazz Room, Ritz Carlton, Pier 39 and other venues in the bay area. He was recently in the film “Love is not Enough” and just finished playing the role of a demented flower girl in “The Lily’s Revenge” at the Magic Theatre. He co-hosts the podcast “The X-Gays” (about the X-Men). Jason’s performance skills have brought him recognition as a highly talented, interactive and improvisational artist. as always sign ups are at 7pm sharp show starts at 7:30pm love Baruch Queer Open Mic featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock Friday, December 16 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco Changes at the Queer Open Mic By Sarah Dopp on Dec 7, 2011 in Featured, Housekeeping | Comments Off Hello hello, my dearest Queer Open Mic community! I adore you. You know that, right? Month after month… from that fantastic year when I showed up religiously to perform at your microphone because I knew I had finally found my people… to those incredible and humbling three years as your organizer and co-host…. and after seeing you through not one but two location moves… and sitting in the front row with Baruch’s arm wrapped around me while you deliver poems so powerful that I know I won’t even be able to speak when it’s time for me to announce the next performer…. You fucking rock my world. You’ve been doing it for years. And you’re all grown up now. You’ve matured into this strong and thriving community that spits out high quality work each month while consistently supporting anyone who walks through those bookstore doors; whether that means helping them with their writing, building their performance confidence, telling them they look fabulous in those boots, or holding them while they cry. You’ve embraced a queer identity that is inclusive and powerful. And it’s not queer as in “fuck you.” It’s queer as in “Fuck Yes.” I am so proud of you. And so grateful to have been a part of this process. And it is with all of that pride, and all of that gratitude, that I am choosing to now step aside. Baruch has already taken his place as an incredible organizer and host, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the event will continue to thrive under his leadership. I know this because he loves you in all the same ways that I do, but better. Why am I stepping down? Put simply: because it’s time. I spent ten years as a performance poet, and while I love the scene, it’s not the direction I’m growing in anymore. I stopped performing several years ago and shifted my creative energy to community organizing. Hosting Queer Open Mic was the perfect project for me for awhile — it kept me connected to the performance scene while letting me focus on organizing — but after a few years, I became so far detached from the scene that it was no longer fair to the event for me to keep holding the position. It also stopped being the right fit for me. I need keep following my nose. Let’s go chase our dreams and write postcards to each other when we find them. Queer Open Mic’s past hosts — Cindy Emch, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mollena Williams — all moved on to other wonderful creative pursuits when it was their time. Now it’s mine. I’ll be at the December show to thank you all and to say goodbye in person, but Baruch will be the one at the front of the room. I am so very grateful to him for the ways he’s taken care of the event, and I’m excited to see how it will grow with him in the future. You’re stars, all of you. Thank you for being my San Francisco. Love, Sarah Dopp December 7, 2011 November 18: Queer Open Mic with Morgan! By Emma on Nov 14, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off What, really, is there to be thankful for in November? Are we thankful for the commercialism of the Holiday Season creeping ever closer? Are we thankful that it’s suddenly getting dark at 4:00 pm? Are we thankful for the onrushing flood of unneeded calories, the extra strain on our wallets? Mostly Thanksgiving seems to serve as a bitter remembrance of just how poorly the early European settlers behaved to their rather more gracious native hosts. There’s nothing so great about November, but that doesn’t mean that we should poo-poo Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is awesome. There IS a lot to be grateful for – in November, in May – any time of the year. Whether you’re thankful for your new dance class or for your best friend of 20 years, for the sudden availability of pumpkin muffins or for the optimism of the Occupy Movement, for biodiversity or size twelve platform shoes, there’s never a bad day to stand up and say it. This Friday, November 18, a week early because a lot of us do give thanks together in big groups a week from Thursday, eat to much and then need to spend all Friday on the couch recovering, come on down to Queer Open Mic and tell us what you’re thankful for. About Morgan: “Transgendered superhero” She should really get a cape if people are going to keep using that line. Stand up Comedian, and X union iron worker. Morgan has preformed at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco and Gotham Comedy Club in NYC.she now lives in San Francisco and just did a show titled “Hold still I want to tell you a story” as a prelude to her one woman show that will be happening sometime in the fall here in the city. Morgan is always enjoyable never predictable and quite the truth teller… Find her @ morgansfunny.com Queer Open Mic Featuring Morgan Friday, November 18 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco


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June 22:THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW! part of the National Queer Arts Festival By admin on May 29, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment June is finally on it’s way which means soon we will be having one of our happiest times a year, the month of PRIDE! And to celebrate The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to have an amazing huge Pride Show! THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW!!! During June, the SFQOM is going to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival! We are very happy and thankful to the Queer Cultural Center for their support. So come celebrate 8 years, (that’s right folks 8 fricking fabulous queer as hell years) of providing a safe and sexy space for local emerging and established queer artists to come together and share their love, music, performances, writing and art. The Theme of the National Queer Arts Festival is Milestones, and we got Milestones all over our faces! The Queer Open Mic I believe is a milestone in many queer artists lives in the community, particularly mine. But it’s not all about me folks, (who am I kidding, yes it is!) I know so many of our regulars have had life changing, life affirming and life altering experiences because of the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which is why I felt we belonged in the festival. The two people featuring are folks who have been regulars with us for a long time and we could not be prouder to give them their first features! TWO FEATURES! TWO SPECIAL GUESTS! and of course an Open Mic! FEATURING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! AMY DENTATA started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as an artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. Amy is currently putting the finishing touches on Bite, a collection of poetry and short stories. Her work will also appear in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community. This is her first feature performance. DANA MORRIGAN is a humorist and was conceived in a short story by a latent genderqueer English professor in 1991 and was born at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in July, 2008. She performs in a dizzying array of genres, and tickles people’s brains on Twitter under the name IdentityTBD. Before becoming a queer performer, Dana published scholarly articles on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, wrote award-winning fiction, and was a Head Writer at Bloomingdale’s. She is proud to have been featured in the inspirational documentary Lemonade, and to have appeared naked on the cover of SSEX BBOX magazine. SPECIAL GUESTS REGIE CABICO is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. DAPHNE GOTTLIEB is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive as well as co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words.? She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Show is at 8pm, June 22nd. Sign ups are at 7:30pm sharp The Venue, we are not at Borderlands Cafe during June, because it is a special show, we are going to be at the Center for Sex and Culture! 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets sexandculture.org/directions-and-parking.html Cost 12$ to 20$ sliding scale, No one turned away. Check out the event and the rest of the festival here queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ HOSTED BY your favorite Queer Homos!! BLYTHE AND BARUCH!!! Your Hosts Baruch Porras-Hernandez Our Illustrious Designer of Flyers Carrie Gocker Past Hosts Cindy Emch (founder) Mollena Williams Sarah Dopp Sherilyn Connelly Past Features Ali Liebegott Alvin Orloff Andi Kauth Andrea Gibson Can I Sit With You? Charlie Anders Daphne Gottlieb Diana Cage Fivestar Fran Varian Gina de Vries Hazel Pine Heathen Machinery Hobo Gobbelins horehound stillpoint Jackie Strano Jen Cross Jennifer Blowdryer Jennifer Fox Bennet Jonathan Sands Joshua Klipp Juba Kalamka Kate Braverman Katia Noyes Katie Wirsing Kirk Read Kirya Traber Lauren Wheeler Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Lolan Sevilla Lori Selke LotSix Lynnee Breedlove Meliza Bañales Michelle Tea Nico Dacumos Nomy Lamm Peter Pizzi Ryka Aoki de la Cruz Sadie Lune Sara Seinberg Sarah Katherine Lewis Sherilyn Connelly solidad decosta Steph Hayes Stephen Leyba Storm Florez Suzy LaFollette Tara Jepsen Thea Hillman Tim’m West Tina Butcher Vagabondage May 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Natalia Miner and special guest Dazié Rustin Grego By admin on May 16, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment I don’t know about y’all but I am sure glad April is over! And now thank Madow it’s MAY!! – time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC! Once again we are at the lovely Borderlands Cafe that treats us so well! We love them. Join Blythe Baldwin, my street team ninja co-host and the rest of the queeros for a lovely night of openmic goodness! Rules below! -but first our feature and special guest! FEATURE: NATALIA MINER I first met Natalia back when we were two completely different people. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was a full time actor. One of the last full length plays I was cast in was called The Breeze at Dawn, I was cast as Reza, and the beautiful awesome, actress playing my wife was Natalia! Our chemistry was incredible, cause we got along right away, and we were both queer. Flash forward years into the future and now I’m working hard to pursue a career as a performance poet, and Natalia has transformed into an amazing singer songwriter! Natalia has been described as an Urban hippie songstress. A friend once said she’d be the lesbian love child of Liz Phair and Hazel Dickens. Her lyrics will snatch your attention as you find your head bobbing to melodies backed by Mandi (her mandolin). You may have also seen her on stage with Conspiracy of Venus, The Secrets, and/or Raven Marcus. Natalia is a San Francisco native who spent 10 formative years just outside of Paradise Valley in the Big Sky State. SPECIAL GUEST: DAZIE RUSTIN GREGO If you were at the Open Mic several months ago when Dazie came and performed, you probably were blown out of your chair, just like I was. I’ve known about this incredibly performance artist for quite some time and I’m very happy he’s going to come give us a little sneak peak at some of his work and get us ready for when he features in the near future. He is the creator of two separate collections of poetry Picking My Toes On A Monday Night and Light. Dazié went on to the Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Queer Activist Performance in 2006. Since attending New College Dazié has created several one man shows which included “Where is Adam?” “Three” “The Changer and The Changed and most recently “ I AM A MAN” an exploration of gay masculinity. All of Dazié’s work rely’s heavily on spoken word, dance and music creating beautifully layered multidisciplinary performances. THE RULES are the same folks =) SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. not enough room on the sign up list, got there late? don’t freak out! Ask politely to be put on the if we have time list, and if we have time, we’ll squeeze you in during the lightning round. If we don’t have time, don’t throw a fit, just show up on time next month and we’ll get you on the list. coming up next month: A VERY SPECIAL PRIDE OPEN MIC ANNOUNCEMENT next month The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to be a part of THE NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL! We are having a huge show called THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC to celebrate PRIDE for all, and the milestone of this wonderful open mic and what it does for the queer community. With the amazing AMY DENTATA and DANA MORRIGAN featuring for the first time! And Special guests DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and REGIE CABICO! So get ready and clear your calendars June 22nd the night is QUEER AS FUCK! and we wouldn’t want it any other way. more info to come. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for inquiries please e-mail [email protected] Help me Queer Open Mic community, you’re my only hope By admin on May 2, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Dear Queer Open Mic Community I NEED YOUR HELP! Please watch this video poem I made of one of my poems titled The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most. If you like it, please click “Like” on the youtube video itself, if you LOVE it and LOVE me, please share with all your friends!! I’m a finalist for poetry contest, the more likes I get, the closer I get to being published! please watch, like, share and make this old Mexican Queer happy! The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most April 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Larry-bob Roberts and special guest Chris August! By admin on Apr 15, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Did you all enjoy that thunderstorm we just had? That was pretty awesome, well time for some more ELECTRICITY, or should I say QUEER LIGHTING? – at this month’s San Francisco Queer Open Mic! Come join me and my lovely co-host the incredible Blythe Baldwin in OpenmicGoodness with our feature; Larry-bob Roberts! His book International Homosexual Conspiracy is hilarious, super well written, you’re going to want to buy a copy, I did! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet Chris August! Friday April 27th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. now more on our features! Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine, Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco at SFQUEER.COM. Chris August is a poet, screenwriter and special educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a part of the national performance poetry community since 2002. He has authored numerous collections including A Life Called Special, a compilation of all of his poetry specific to his work in special needs education. In 2011, he was named the number one ranked poet in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. HUGS!! March 23rd:San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Jacks McNamara and special guest Sean Patrick Mulroy! By admin on Mar 9, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off March has been a pretty bad ass month so far by giving us nothing but lovely sunny days and warmth, I hope some of you have been writing poetry or new songs or working on your novels and are ready for another rockin QUEER open mic! COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our third Queer Open Mic of 2012 and show us your stuff! This month we are happy to be at the Borderlands Café right on Valencia in the Mission. Our feature is the radical, the amazing JACKS MCNAMARA! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Friday March 23rd, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. Here’s more about our feature and the special guest! JACKS MCNAMARA Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer poet, artist, activist, educator, performer, and healing practitioner based in Oakland. Jacks has performed poetry and facilitated workshops on madness in a mad world across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum to the UK Feminist Health Gathering. The co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project, Jacks’s life and work are the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. Co-author of the underground classic Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and co-editor of Turning Wheel Media, Jacks has published writing in numerous anthologies, magazines, blogs, journals, as well as self-publishing 5 zines. Lung Seed, their first book of poetry and prose, is due out from Deviant Type Press in Autumn 2012. SEAN PATRICK MULROY Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) born and raised in Southern Virginia. He is the author of The Pornography Diaries a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force. He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. More about Jacks McNamara’s new book Lung Seed: Part love song, part howl, part incantation, Lung Seed is the first book-length collection of Jacks McNamara’s poems, essays, and hybrid experiments in the neon vernacular of being alive. Mapping out radical trajectories through loss, violence, and queer desire, McNamara creates a luminous archive of survival and resilience in a self-destructing world. A visual artist as well as a writer, the author relies heavily on the unexpected image to chronicle the impossible journey through body, family, and history–towards home. From the borderlands of madness to the unpredictable shape of peace, Lung Seed bears unflinching witness to a rarely charted geography, offering the reader a resonant poetics of insurrection and grace. Free with a suggested donation. No one turned away from lack of funds. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. Peace and Cupcakes Baruch! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring JACKS MCNAMARA! Special guest SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 February 24th: Queer Open Mic with Terry Taplin and Garrin Benfield at Borderlands Cafe! By admin on Feb 21, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off February, they say it’s the month of love, well San Francisco Queer Open Mic is full of hot lovers! SO COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our second Queer Open Mic of 2012, the world didn’t end and we’re enjoying it! Single? Come flirt it up at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, this month we are at a new location, I repeat NEW LOCATION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY we are at the Borderlands Cafe! Borderlands Cafe is super nice and has hosted us before, back when the lovely Liz Green featured last May 2011. The date, time and everything else will be the same, the only difference is the venue. Friday Feb 24th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULESsigning up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. But enough chatter, now on to these sexy amazing talented men OUR FEATURES!! Writer Performer TERRY TAPLIN and musical guest GARRIN BENFIELD! TERRY TAPLIN is a Bay Area native and a Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) AND!! GARRIN BENFIELD The “The Wave Organ Song” is the artist’s fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts. bring your poems, comedy, storytelling, short stories, and love to share with the Queer Open Mic crowd. Sign up list full? Never fear, if you’re POLITE and PATIENT we will put you on the if we have time list. What does this mean? It means that if we have time we’ll squeeze you in so you can perform, but no promises. We are every 4th Friday of the month, there’s always the next show. “My friend is stuck in traffic can I sign them up?” – No. They must be present in order to get on the list. Put them on the if we have time list. “Can I do a cover? Or read someone else’s work?” – Why? We prefer you do your won work that you made yourself. Our open mic is for makers, writers, poets, make something, make it your own, share it with us. “I can pick when I go up right? I like to go up last so I can smoke outside and ignore all the other performers” -No. No divas. The host picks the list randomly, stay and watch the show and wait for your name to be called up to perform. “The show is free right?” -YES! it is absolutely free, but we do ask for a $3 donation, if you cannot afford that, that is completely okay. Just do what you can to get a drink from the cafe or buy some food from them to help support the space. “Can I do new unfinished work?” -YES! we’re an open mic, that’s what we’re here for! Come share your raw stuff with us! “Can I do finished work and show off?” -YES! we love a good show! “Do you like unicorns?” -OH MY GOD we LOVE THEM!! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring TERRY TAPLIN AND GARRIN BENFIELD Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 January 27th:Queer Open Mic with Eli Conley By admin on Jan 6, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Happy New Year everyone! I still remember my first ever San Francisco Queer Open Mic. It is hard for me to believe that was almost 3 years ago. I’m so proud and happy with the way we’ve grown and changed and adapted, lost 2 venues, now one host, but we’re still here, still growing strong and ROCKING! Now with the amazing Sarah Dopp stepping down I thought long and hard about who should be my next co-host or if I should have one at all. I decided to give the sexy Blythe Baldwin a try, so starting this month she will be my co-host! We will also have guest co-hosts from time to time, but till then Blythe Baldwin is the girl for me! I am very much looking forward to this new year, the open mic is getting booked a year in advance, everyone wants to feature with us and share their art with out tiny space and I could not be happier. Bring us your songs, your poems, your jokes, your monologues your short stories, we want to hear them all. I’m looking forward to seeing all you, this is honestly the best part of my month. Here’s to you San Francisco Queer Open Mic Community! Here’s to us! May we rock 2012 so hard it wants our babies! -and to help us with that we’re going to have Eli Conley as our first feature of the year!! PEACE! more on our feature! Eli Conley crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” gushed acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli brings his country choirboy croon and singer/songwriter’s sincerity to the All the Livelong Day EP, his recent release with band Eli Conley and Hip for Squares. Eli also teaches singing classes for LGBTQ people. You can downlaod his songs for free(!) and see what else Eli is up to at eliconley.com The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring ELI CONLEY Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @The Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco December 16th featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock By Sarah Dopp on Dec 12, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off Baruch writes… Happy HomoDays. Get your Queers, your stockings your Rainbow Chanuka Candles and come to the Queer Open Mic Dec 16! I am looking forward for this the last Queer Open Mic of 2011. Our features are Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha and musical guest, the amazing Jason Brock. You can read more about them below but first I do have some news, the December 16th show, is not only the last Queer Open Mic of 2011 but also the last show we will have with Sarah Dopp as my co-host. ABOUT THE FEATURES! Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant (nominated for a 2007 Pushcart); The Georgia Review; New York Stories; Modern Words, The James White Review, and have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow. Raised in New York City, Alenyikov has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. He lives in San Francisco. Jason Brock is a San Francisco singer, actor, emcee, podcaster and entertainer. He has shared the stage with many stars of theatre and music, including Diane Schuur, Paula West, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor mac, Deborah Gibson and more. Jason has performed all his life and began a professional entertainment career in small theatre and musical productions in Arizona. He eventually moved into ongoing shows at Martuni’s, Bubble Lounge and Rasselas. Jason has performed at the Rrazz Room, Ritz Carlton, Pier 39 and other venues in the bay area. He was recently in the film “Love is not Enough” and just finished playing the role of a demented flower girl in “The Lily’s Revenge” at the Magic Theatre. He co-hosts the podcast “The X-Gays” (about the X-Men). Jason’s performance skills have brought him recognition as a highly talented, interactive and improvisational artist. as always sign ups are at 7pm sharp show starts at 7:30pm love Baruch Queer Open Mic featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock Friday, December 16 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco Changes at the Queer Open Mic By Sarah Dopp on Dec 7, 2011 in Featured, Housekeeping | Comments Off Hello hello, my dearest Queer Open Mic community! I adore you. You know that, right? Month after month… from that fantastic year when I showed up religiously to perform at your microphone because I knew I had finally found my people… to those incredible and humbling three years as your organizer and co-host…. and after seeing you through not one but two location moves… and sitting in the front row with Baruch’s arm wrapped around me while you deliver poems so powerful that I know I won’t even be able to speak when it’s time for me to announce the next performer…. You fucking rock my world. You’ve been doing it for years. And you’re all grown up now. You’ve matured into this strong and thriving community that spits out high quality work each month while consistently supporting anyone who walks through those bookstore doors; whether that means helping them with their writing, building their performance confidence, telling them they look fabulous in those boots, or holding them while they cry. You’ve embraced a queer identity that is inclusive and powerful. And it’s not queer as in “fuck you.” It’s queer as in “Fuck Yes.” I am so proud of you. And so grateful to have been a part of this process. And it is with all of that pride, and all of that gratitude, that I am choosing to now step aside. Baruch has already taken his place as an incredible organizer and host, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the event will continue to thrive under his leadership. I know this because he loves you in all the same ways that I do, but better. Why am I stepping down? Put simply: because it’s time. I spent ten years as a performance poet, and while I love the scene, it’s not the direction I’m growing in anymore. I stopped performing several years ago and shifted my creative energy to community organizing. Hosting Queer Open Mic was the perfect project for me for awhile — it kept me connected to the performance scene while letting me focus on organizing — but after a few years, I became so far detached from the scene that it was no longer fair to the event for me to keep holding the position. It also stopped being the right fit for me. I need keep following my nose. Let’s go chase our dreams and write postcards to each other when we find them. Queer Open Mic’s past hosts — Cindy Emch, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mollena Williams — all moved on to other wonderful creative pursuits when it was their time. Now it’s mine. I’ll be at the December show to thank you all and to say goodbye in person, but Baruch will be the one at the front of the room. I am so very grateful to him for the ways he’s taken care of the event, and I’m excited to see how it will grow with him in the future. You’re stars, all of you. Thank you for being my San Francisco. Love, Sarah Dopp December 7, 2011 November 18: Queer Open Mic with Morgan! By Emma on Nov 14, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off What, really, is there to be thankful for in November? Are we thankful for the commercialism of the Holiday Season creeping ever closer? Are we thankful that it’s suddenly getting dark at 4:00 pm? Are we thankful for the onrushing flood of unneeded calories, the extra strain on our wallets? Mostly Thanksgiving seems to serve as a bitter remembrance of just how poorly the early European settlers behaved to their rather more gracious native hosts. There’s nothing so great about November, but that doesn’t mean that we should poo-poo Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is awesome. There IS a lot to be grateful for – in November, in May – any time of the year. Whether you’re thankful for your new dance class or for your best friend of 20 years, for the sudden availability of pumpkin muffins or for the optimism of the Occupy Movement, for biodiversity or size twelve platform shoes, there’s never a bad day to stand up and say it. This Friday, November 18, a week early because a lot of us do give thanks together in big groups a week from Thursday, eat to much and then need to spend all Friday on the couch recovering, come on down to Queer Open Mic and tell us what you’re thankful for. About Morgan: “Transgendered superhero” She should really get a cape if people are going to keep using that line. Stand up Comedian, and X union iron worker. Morgan has preformed at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco and Gotham Comedy Club in NYC.she now lives in San Francisco and just did a show titled “Hold still I want to tell you a story” as a prelude to her one woman show that will be happening sometime in the fall here in the city. Morgan is always enjoyable never predictable and quite the truth teller… Find her @ morgansfunny.com Queer Open Mic Featuring Morgan Friday, November 18 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco


16. Victor - I'm a renegade (Official Video)

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Victor - I'm a renegade (Official Video)

Buy on iTunes http://smarturl.it/Victor_IamRenegade Follow on Instagram http://instagram.com/kwalityz Twitter https://twitter.com/kwalityz Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictorOfficialPage I'm a renegade " ( soundtrack of the place of the new Jeep Renegade ) - Written and performed by VICTOR CHISSANO After getting aroused the curiosity of the public on the Internet, is now available on all digital platforms, on Sugar label "I am a renegade", a song written and performed by VICTOR CHISSANO , the soundtrack to the hit track of the new Jeep Renegade Automobiles Fiat Chrysler. With this art project VICTOR, front man of LNRipley and mc makes his solo debut on Sugar. The EP Contains 4 unreleased versions of "I'm a renegade": Spot extended version, Original Version, Acoustic Version and an amazing Remix by Clap!Cla ! The adventure has began. A Declaration of love for the instinct to discovery and adventure. Dopo aver suscitato la curiosità del pubblico in rete, da oggi è disponibile su tutte le piattaforme digitali, su etichetta Sugar, “I‘m a renegade”, brano scritto e interpretato dall’artista afroitaliano VICTOR, colonna sonora del fortunato spot della nuova Jeep Renegade di Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Da venerdì 5 dicembre il brano sarà anche in rotazione radiofonica. Con questo progetto artistico VICTOR, già front man degli LNRipley ed mc apprezzato della scena drum and bass, fa il suo esordio solista. La Sugar, l’etichetta discografica di Caterina Caselli, da sempre attenta ai talenti emergenti e alle suggestioni internazionali, decide di pubblicare un EP omonimo che contiene 4 versioni inedite di “I’m a renegade”: la Spot Extended Version, l’Original Version, l'Acoustic Version e un Remix di Clap! Clap! (giovane dj e produttore toscano apprezzato a livello internazionale, conosciuto anche con lo pseudonimo Digi G’Alessio). L’EP è stato realizzato nello studio Blu Room di Marcello Succo, con la produzione di Ale Bavo (produttore del brano che ha vinto la Targa Tenco come "miglior brano 2014" poche settimane fa) e con l’aiuto di Luca Cognetti alla chitarra. L’avventura è cominciata la scorsa estate quando, contattato dal marchio Jeep, Victor accetta di creare un brano dedicato alla nuova Renegade condividendone lo spirito libero, la sua capacità di cambiare le regole del gioco e di trasformare l’ordinario in straordinario. Ed è proprio un viaggio in Scozia che, giorno dopo giorno, ispira una poesia recitata, un manifesto, una dichiarazione d’amore verso l’istinto alla scoperta e all’avventura. Lyric: Here we are another story, another journey, today, tomorrow on the flashlights tourney A sand dune made of gold , passion assault time to forgive and never forget, together, whatever in a golden jet set Landing on the shores of a lake and what i give is what i take. Over the green my thoughts run so free straight as an arrow and strong as a tree i’ve got roots growing down the water steps are not alibi and really doesn’t matter. Across a river and through a island sky is the limit but skyline is my horizon. I'AM THE GAMECHANGER AND I WALK WITH DANGER AIM FOR THE GAMECHANGER, PEOPLE CAN'T SURRENDER i’m true , you are true, we are true, It’s the rebel rendezvous. My music is the wind and my light is a fire A never-ending path is what i desire. As a King in a Castle my wheel is my muscle Better run faster power in a tunnel I’m the lion and the master in my concrete jungle. You may say i’m a gambler but you are wrong I’m the gamechanger. I'AM THE GAMECHANGER AND I WALK WITH DANGER AIM FOR THE GAMECHANGER, PEOPLE CAN'T SURRENDER I'AM THE GAMECHANGER I'AM THE GAMECHANGER I'AM THE GAMECHANGER Not a magician neither a wizard thousand of skins more than a lizard I don’t need a flag to be revolutionary transforming the ordinary into something Extraordinary Made for sharing with no compromise i'm connected to my freedom from sunset to sunrise I draw my own lines with no regrets and no lies creativity never sleeps so neither do I. Now concentrate time to elevate dont hesitate Me, myself and I it’s in my soul , I’m a Renegade. I'AM THE GAMECHANGER AND I WALK WITH DANGER AIM FOR THE GAMECHANGER, PEOPLE CAN'T SURRENDER I'AM THE GAMECHANGER


17. Antares Rising in the East - NY Train derailment 12/1/2013

Antares Rising in the East - NY Train derailment 12/1/2013

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18. 120622 Baruch Porras-Hernandez Super Queer Open Mic 3

120622 Baruch Porras-Hernandez Super Queer Open Mic 3

June 22:THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW! part of the National Queer Arts Festival By admin on May 29, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment June is finally on it’s way which means soon we will be having one of our happiest times a year, the month of PRIDE! And to celebrate The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to have an amazing huge Pride Show! THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW!!! During June, the SFQOM is going to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival! We are very happy and thankful to the Queer Cultural Center for their support. So come celebrate 8 years, (that’s right folks 8 fricking fabulous queer as hell years) of providing a safe and sexy space for local emerging and established queer artists to come together and share their love, music, performances, writing and art. The Theme of the National Queer Arts Festival is Milestones, and we got Milestones all over our faces! The Queer Open Mic I believe is a milestone in many queer artists lives in the community, particularly mine. But it’s not all about me folks, (who am I kidding, yes it is!) I know so many of our regulars have had life changing, life affirming and life altering experiences because of the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which is why I felt we belonged in the festival. The two people featuring are folks who have been regulars with us for a long time and we could not be prouder to give them their first features! TWO FEATURES! TWO SPECIAL GUESTS! and of course an Open Mic! FEATURING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! AMY DENTATA started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as an artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. Amy is currently putting the finishing touches on Bite, a collection of poetry and short stories. Her work will also appear in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community. This is her first feature performance. DANA MORRIGAN is a humorist and was conceived in a short story by a latent genderqueer English professor in 1991 and was born at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in July, 2008. She performs in a dizzying array of genres, and tickles people’s brains on Twitter under the name IdentityTBD. Before becoming a queer performer, Dana published scholarly articles on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, wrote award-winning fiction, and was a Head Writer at Bloomingdale’s. She is proud to have been featured in the inspirational documentary Lemonade, and to have appeared naked on the cover of SSEX BBOX magazine. SPECIAL GUESTS REGIE CABICO is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. DAPHNE GOTTLIEB is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive as well as co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words.? She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Show is at 8pm, June 22nd. Sign ups are at 7:30pm sharp The Venue, we are not at Borderlands Cafe during June, because it is a special show, we are going to be at the Center for Sex and Culture! 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets sexandculture.org/directions-and-parking.html Cost 12$ to 20$ sliding scale, No one turned away. Check out the event and the rest of the festival here queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ HOSTED BY your favorite Queer Homos!! BLYTHE AND BARUCH!!! Your Hosts Baruch Porras-Hernandez Our Illustrious Designer of Flyers Carrie Gocker Past Hosts Cindy Emch (founder) Mollena Williams Sarah Dopp Sherilyn Connelly Past Features Ali Liebegott Alvin Orloff Andi Kauth Andrea Gibson Can I Sit With You? Charlie Anders Daphne Gottlieb Diana Cage Fivestar Fran Varian Gina de Vries Hazel Pine Heathen Machinery Hobo Gobbelins horehound stillpoint Jackie Strano Jen Cross Jennifer Blowdryer Jennifer Fox Bennet Jonathan Sands Joshua Klipp Juba Kalamka Kate Braverman Katia Noyes Katie Wirsing Kirk Read Kirya Traber Lauren Wheeler Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Lolan Sevilla Lori Selke LotSix Lynnee Breedlove Meliza Bañales Michelle Tea Nico Dacumos Nomy Lamm Peter Pizzi Ryka Aoki de la Cruz Sadie Lune Sara Seinberg Sarah Katherine Lewis Sherilyn Connelly solidad decosta Steph Hayes Stephen Leyba Storm Florez Suzy LaFollette Tara Jepsen Thea Hillman Tim’m West Tina Butcher Vagabondage May 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Natalia Miner and special guest Dazié Rustin Grego By admin on May 16, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment I don’t know about y’all but I am sure glad April is over! And now thank Madow it’s MAY!! – time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC! Once again we are at the lovely Borderlands Cafe that treats us so well! We love them. Join Blythe Baldwin, my street team ninja co-host and the rest of the queeros for a lovely night of openmic goodness! Rules below! -but first our feature and special guest! FEATURE: NATALIA MINER I first met Natalia back when we were two completely different people. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was a full time actor. One of the last full length plays I was cast in was called The Breeze at Dawn, I was cast as Reza, and the beautiful awesome, actress playing my wife was Natalia! Our chemistry was incredible, cause we got along right away, and we were both queer. Flash forward years into the future and now I’m working hard to pursue a career as a performance poet, and Natalia has transformed into an amazing singer songwriter! Natalia has been described as an Urban hippie songstress. A friend once said she’d be the lesbian love child of Liz Phair and Hazel Dickens. Her lyrics will snatch your attention as you find your head bobbing to melodies backed by Mandi (her mandolin). You may have also seen her on stage with Conspiracy of Venus, The Secrets, and/or Raven Marcus. Natalia is a San Francisco native who spent 10 formative years just outside of Paradise Valley in the Big Sky State. SPECIAL GUEST: DAZIE RUSTIN GREGO If you were at the Open Mic several months ago when Dazie came and performed, you probably were blown out of your chair, just like I was. I’ve known about this incredibly performance artist for quite some time and I’m very happy he’s going to come give us a little sneak peak at some of his work and get us ready for when he features in the near future. He is the creator of two separate collections of poetry Picking My Toes On A Monday Night and Light. Dazié went on to the Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Queer Activist Performance in 2006. Since attending New College Dazié has created several one man shows which included “Where is Adam?” “Three” “The Changer and The Changed and most recently “ I AM A MAN” an exploration of gay masculinity. All of Dazié’s work rely’s heavily on spoken word, dance and music creating beautifully layered multidisciplinary performances. THE RULES are the same folks =) SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. not enough room on the sign up list, got there late? don’t freak out! Ask politely to be put on the if we have time list, and if we have time, we’ll squeeze you in during the lightning round. If we don’t have time, don’t throw a fit, just show up on time next month and we’ll get you on the list. coming up next month: A VERY SPECIAL PRIDE OPEN MIC ANNOUNCEMENT next month The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to be a part of THE NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL! We are having a huge show called THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC to celebrate PRIDE for all, and the milestone of this wonderful open mic and what it does for the queer community. With the amazing AMY DENTATA and DANA MORRIGAN featuring for the first time! And Special guests DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and REGIE CABICO! So get ready and clear your calendars June 22nd the night is QUEER AS FUCK! and we wouldn’t want it any other way. more info to come. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for inquiries please e-mail [email protected] Help me Queer Open Mic community, you’re my only hope By admin on May 2, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Dear Queer Open Mic Community I NEED YOUR HELP! Please watch this video poem I made of one of my poems titled The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most. If you like it, please click “Like” on the youtube video itself, if you LOVE it and LOVE me, please share with all your friends!! I’m a finalist for poetry contest, the more likes I get, the closer I get to being published! please watch, like, share and make this old Mexican Queer happy! The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most April 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Larry-bob Roberts and special guest Chris August! By admin on Apr 15, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Did you all enjoy that thunderstorm we just had? That was pretty awesome, well time for some more ELECTRICITY, or should I say QUEER LIGHTING? – at this month’s San Francisco Queer Open Mic! Come join me and my lovely co-host the incredible Blythe Baldwin in OpenmicGoodness with our feature; Larry-bob Roberts! His book International Homosexual Conspiracy is hilarious, super well written, you’re going to want to buy a copy, I did! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet Chris August! Friday April 27th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. now more on our features! Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine, Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco at SFQUEER.COM. Chris August is a poet, screenwriter and special educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a part of the national performance poetry community since 2002. He has authored numerous collections including A Life Called Special, a compilation of all of his poetry specific to his work in special needs education. In 2011, he was named the number one ranked poet in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. HUGS!! March 23rd:San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Jacks McNamara and special guest Sean Patrick Mulroy! By admin on Mar 9, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off March has been a pretty bad ass month so far by giving us nothing but lovely sunny days and warmth, I hope some of you have been writing poetry or new songs or working on your novels and are ready for another rockin QUEER open mic! COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our third Queer Open Mic of 2012 and show us your stuff! This month we are happy to be at the Borderlands Café right on Valencia in the Mission. Our feature is the radical, the amazing JACKS MCNAMARA! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Friday March 23rd, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. Here’s more about our feature and the special guest! JACKS MCNAMARA Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer poet, artist, activist, educator, performer, and healing practitioner based in Oakland. Jacks has performed poetry and facilitated workshops on madness in a mad world across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum to the UK Feminist Health Gathering. The co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project, Jacks’s life and work are the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. Co-author of the underground classic Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and co-editor of Turning Wheel Media, Jacks has published writing in numerous anthologies, magazines, blogs, journals, as well as self-publishing 5 zines. Lung Seed, their first book of poetry and prose, is due out from Deviant Type Press in Autumn 2012. SEAN PATRICK MULROY Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) born and raised in Southern Virginia. He is the author of The Pornography Diaries a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force. He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. More about Jacks McNamara’s new book Lung Seed: Part love song, part howl, part incantation, Lung Seed is the first book-length collection of Jacks McNamara’s poems, essays, and hybrid experiments in the neon vernacular of being alive. Mapping out radical trajectories through loss, violence, and queer desire, McNamara creates a luminous archive of survival and resilience in a self-destructing world. A visual artist as well as a writer, the author relies heavily on the unexpected image to chronicle the impossible journey through body, family, and history–towards home. From the borderlands of madness to the unpredictable shape of peace, Lung Seed bears unflinching witness to a rarely charted geography, offering the reader a resonant poetics of insurrection and grace. Free with a suggested donation. No one turned away from lack of funds. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. Peace and Cupcakes Baruch! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring JACKS MCNAMARA! Special guest SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 February 24th: Queer Open Mic with Terry Taplin and Garrin Benfield at Borderlands Cafe! By admin on Feb 21, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off February, they say it’s the month of love, well San Francisco Queer Open Mic is full of hot lovers! SO COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our second Queer Open Mic of 2012, the world didn’t end and we’re enjoying it! Single? Come flirt it up at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, this month we are at a new location, I repeat NEW LOCATION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY we are at the Borderlands Cafe! Borderlands Cafe is super nice and has hosted us before, back when the lovely Liz Green featured last May 2011. The date, time and everything else will be the same, the only difference is the venue. Friday Feb 24th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULESsigning up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. But enough chatter, now on to these sexy amazing talented men OUR FEATURES!! Writer Performer TERRY TAPLIN and musical guest GARRIN BENFIELD! TERRY TAPLIN is a Bay Area native and a Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) AND!! GARRIN BENFIELD The “The Wave Organ Song” is the artist’s fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts. bring your poems, comedy, storytelling, short stories, and love to share with the Queer Open Mic crowd. Sign up list full? Never fear, if you’re POLITE and PATIENT we will put you on the if we have time list. What does this mean? It means that if we have time we’ll squeeze you in so you can perform, but no promises. We are every 4th Friday of the month, there’s always the next show. “My friend is stuck in traffic can I sign them up?” – No. They must be present in order to get on the list. Put them on the if we have time list. “Can I do a cover? Or read someone else’s work?” – Why? We prefer you do your won work that you made yourself. Our open mic is for makers, writers, poets, make something, make it your own, share it with us. “I can pick when I go up right? I like to go up last so I can smoke outside and ignore all the other performers” -No. No divas. The host picks the list randomly, stay and watch the show and wait for your name to be called up to perform. “The show is free right?” -YES! it is absolutely free, but we do ask for a $3 donation, if you cannot afford that, that is completely okay. Just do what you can to get a drink from the cafe or buy some food from them to help support the space. “Can I do new unfinished work?” -YES! we’re an open mic, that’s what we’re here for! Come share your raw stuff with us! “Can I do finished work and show off?” -YES! we love a good show! “Do you like unicorns?” -OH MY GOD we LOVE THEM!! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring TERRY TAPLIN AND GARRIN BENFIELD Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 January 27th:Queer Open Mic with Eli Conley By admin on Jan 6, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Happy New Year everyone! I still remember my first ever San Francisco Queer Open Mic. It is hard for me to believe that was almost 3 years ago. I’m so proud and happy with the way we’ve grown and changed and adapted, lost 2 venues, now one host, but we’re still here, still growing strong and ROCKING! Now with the amazing Sarah Dopp stepping down I thought long and hard about who should be my next co-host or if I should have one at all. I decided to give the sexy Blythe Baldwin a try, so starting this month she will be my co-host! We will also have guest co-hosts from time to time, but till then Blythe Baldwin is the girl for me! I am very much looking forward to this new year, the open mic is getting booked a year in advance, everyone wants to feature with us and share their art with out tiny space and I could not be happier. Bring us your songs, your poems, your jokes, your monologues your short stories, we want to hear them all. I’m looking forward to seeing all you, this is honestly the best part of my month. Here’s to you San Francisco Queer Open Mic Community! Here’s to us! May we rock 2012 so hard it wants our babies! -and to help us with that we’re going to have Eli Conley as our first feature of the year!! PEACE! more on our feature! Eli Conley crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” gushed acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli brings his country choirboy croon and singer/songwriter’s sincerity to the All the Livelong Day EP, his recent release with band Eli Conley and Hip for Squares. Eli also teaches singing classes for LGBTQ people. You can downlaod his songs for free(!) and see what else Eli is up to at eliconley.com The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring ELI CONLEY Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @The Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco December 16th featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock By Sarah Dopp on Dec 12, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off Baruch writes… Happy HomoDays. Get your Queers, your stockings your Rainbow Chanuka Candles and come to the Queer Open Mic Dec 16! I am looking forward for this the last Queer Open Mic of 2011. Our features are Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha and musical guest, the amazing Jason Brock. You can read more about them below but first I do have some news, the December 16th show, is not only the last Queer Open Mic of 2011 but also the last show we will have with Sarah Dopp as my co-host. ABOUT THE FEATURES! Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant (nominated for a 2007 Pushcart); The Georgia Review; New York Stories; Modern Words, The James White Review, and have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow. Raised in New York City, Alenyikov has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. He lives in San Francisco. Jason Brock is a San Francisco singer, actor, emcee, podcaster and entertainer. He has shared the stage with many stars of theatre and music, including Diane Schuur, Paula West, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor mac, Deborah Gibson and more. Jason has performed all his life and began a professional entertainment career in small theatre and musical productions in Arizona. He eventually moved into ongoing shows at Martuni’s, Bubble Lounge and Rasselas. Jason has performed at the Rrazz Room, Ritz Carlton, Pier 39 and other venues in the bay area. He was recently in the film “Love is not Enough” and just finished playing the role of a demented flower girl in “The Lily’s Revenge” at the Magic Theatre. He co-hosts the podcast “The X-Gays” (about the X-Men). Jason’s performance skills have brought him recognition as a highly talented, interactive and improvisational artist. as always sign ups are at 7pm sharp show starts at 7:30pm love Baruch Queer Open Mic featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock Friday, December 16 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco Changes at the Queer Open Mic By Sarah Dopp on Dec 7, 2011 in Featured, Housekeeping | Comments Off Hello hello, my dearest Queer Open Mic community! I adore you. You know that, right? Month after month… from that fantastic year when I showed up religiously to perform at your microphone because I knew I had finally found my people… to those incredible and humbling three years as your organizer and co-host…. and after seeing you through not one but two location moves… and sitting in the front row with Baruch’s arm wrapped around me while you deliver poems so powerful that I know I won’t even be able to speak when it’s time for me to announce the next performer…. You fucking rock my world. You’ve been doing it for years. And you’re all grown up now. You’ve matured into this strong and thriving community that spits out high quality work each month while consistently supporting anyone who walks through those bookstore doors; whether that means helping them with their writing, building their performance confidence, telling them they look fabulous in those boots, or holding them while they cry. You’ve embraced a queer identity that is inclusive and powerful. And it’s not queer as in “fuck you.” It’s queer as in “Fuck Yes.” I am so proud of you. And so grateful to have been a part of this process. And it is with all of that pride, and all of that gratitude, that I am choosing to now step aside. Baruch has already taken his place as an incredible organizer and host, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the event will continue to thrive under his leadership. I know this because he loves you in all the same ways that I do, but better. Why am I stepping down? Put simply: because it’s time. I spent ten years as a performance poet, and while I love the scene, it’s not the direction I’m growing in anymore. I stopped performing several years ago and shifted my creative energy to community organizing. Hosting Queer Open Mic was the perfect project for me for awhile — it kept me connected to the performance scene while letting me focus on organizing — but after a few years, I became so far detached from the scene that it was no longer fair to the event for me to keep holding the position. It also stopped being the right fit for me. I need keep following my nose. Let’s go chase our dreams and write postcards to each other when we find them. Queer Open Mic’s past hosts — Cindy Emch, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mollena Williams — all moved on to other wonderful creative pursuits when it was their time. Now it’s mine. I’ll be at the December show to thank you all and to say goodbye in person, but Baruch will be the one at the front of the room. I am so very grateful to him for the ways he’s taken care of the event, and I’m excited to see how it will grow with him in the future. You’re stars, all of you. Thank you for being my San Francisco. Love, Sarah Dopp December 7, 2011 November 18: Queer Open Mic with Morgan! By Emma on Nov 14, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off What, really, is there to be thankful for in November? Are we thankful for the commercialism of the Holiday Season creeping ever closer? Are we thankful that it’s suddenly getting dark at 4:00 pm? Are we thankful for the onrushing flood of unneeded calories, the extra strain on our wallets? Mostly Thanksgiving seems to serve as a bitter remembrance of just how poorly the early European settlers behaved to their rather more gracious native hosts. There’s nothing so great about November, but that doesn’t mean that we should poo-poo Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is awesome. There IS a lot to be grateful for – in November, in May – any time of the year. Whether you’re thankful for your new dance class or for your best friend of 20 years, for the sudden availability of pumpkin muffins or for the optimism of the Occupy Movement, for biodiversity or size twelve platform shoes, there’s never a bad day to stand up and say it. This Friday, November 18, a week early because a lot of us do give thanks together in big groups a week from Thursday, eat to much and then need to spend all Friday on the couch recovering, come on down to Queer Open Mic and tell us what you’re thankful for. About Morgan: “Transgendered superhero” She should really get a cape if people are going to keep using that line. Stand up Comedian, and X union iron worker. Morgan has preformed at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco and Gotham Comedy Club in NYC.she now lives in San Francisco and just did a show titled “Hold still I want to tell you a story” as a prelude to her one woman show that will be happening sometime in the fall here in the city. Morgan is always enjoyable never predictable and quite the truth teller… Find her @ morgansfunny.com Queer Open Mic Featuring Morgan Friday, November 18 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco


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June 22:THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW! part of the National Queer Arts Festival By admin on May 29, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment June is finally on it’s way which means soon we will be having one of our happiest times a year, the month of PRIDE! And to celebrate The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to have an amazing huge Pride Show! THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC SHOW!!! During June, the SFQOM is going to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival! We are very happy and thankful to the Queer Cultural Center for their support. So come celebrate 8 years, (that’s right folks 8 fricking fabulous queer as hell years) of providing a safe and sexy space for local emerging and established queer artists to come together and share their love, music, performances, writing and art. The Theme of the National Queer Arts Festival is Milestones, and we got Milestones all over our faces! The Queer Open Mic I believe is a milestone in many queer artists lives in the community, particularly mine. But it’s not all about me folks, (who am I kidding, yes it is!) I know so many of our regulars have had life changing, life affirming and life altering experiences because of the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which is why I felt we belonged in the festival. The two people featuring are folks who have been regulars with us for a long time and we could not be prouder to give them their first features! TWO FEATURES! TWO SPECIAL GUESTS! and of course an Open Mic! FEATURING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! AMY DENTATA started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as an artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. Amy is currently putting the finishing touches on Bite, a collection of poetry and short stories. Her work will also appear in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community. This is her first feature performance. DANA MORRIGAN is a humorist and was conceived in a short story by a latent genderqueer English professor in 1991 and was born at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in July, 2008. She performs in a dizzying array of genres, and tickles people’s brains on Twitter under the name IdentityTBD. Before becoming a queer performer, Dana published scholarly articles on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, wrote award-winning fiction, and was a Head Writer at Bloomingdale’s. She is proud to have been featured in the inspirational documentary Lemonade, and to have appeared naked on the cover of SSEX BBOX magazine. SPECIAL GUESTS REGIE CABICO is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. DAPHNE GOTTLIEB is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive as well as co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words.? She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Show is at 8pm, June 22nd. Sign ups are at 7:30pm sharp The Venue, we are not at Borderlands Cafe during June, because it is a special show, we are going to be at the Center for Sex and Culture! 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets sexandculture.org/directions-and-parking.html Cost 12$ to 20$ sliding scale, No one turned away. Check out the event and the rest of the festival here queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/spoken-word/queer-open-mic/ HOSTED BY your favorite Queer Homos!! BLYTHE AND BARUCH!!! Your Hosts Baruch Porras-Hernandez Our Illustrious Designer of Flyers Carrie Gocker Past Hosts Cindy Emch (founder) Mollena Williams Sarah Dopp Sherilyn Connelly Past Features Ali Liebegott Alvin Orloff Andi Kauth Andrea Gibson Can I Sit With You? Charlie Anders Daphne Gottlieb Diana Cage Fivestar Fran Varian Gina de Vries Hazel Pine Heathen Machinery Hobo Gobbelins horehound stillpoint Jackie Strano Jen Cross Jennifer Blowdryer Jennifer Fox Bennet Jonathan Sands Joshua Klipp Juba Kalamka Kate Braverman Katia Noyes Katie Wirsing Kirk Read Kirya Traber Lauren Wheeler Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Lolan Sevilla Lori Selke LotSix Lynnee Breedlove Meliza Bañales Michelle Tea Nico Dacumos Nomy Lamm Peter Pizzi Ryka Aoki de la Cruz Sadie Lune Sara Seinberg Sarah Katherine Lewis Sherilyn Connelly solidad decosta Steph Hayes Stephen Leyba Storm Florez Suzy LaFollette Tara Jepsen Thea Hillman Tim’m West Tina Butcher Vagabondage May 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Natalia Miner and special guest Dazié Rustin Grego By admin on May 16, 2012 in Featured | 1 Comment I don’t know about y’all but I am sure glad April is over! And now thank Madow it’s MAY!! – time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC! Once again we are at the lovely Borderlands Cafe that treats us so well! We love them. Join Blythe Baldwin, my street team ninja co-host and the rest of the queeros for a lovely night of openmic goodness! Rules below! -but first our feature and special guest! FEATURE: NATALIA MINER I first met Natalia back when we were two completely different people. Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was a full time actor. One of the last full length plays I was cast in was called The Breeze at Dawn, I was cast as Reza, and the beautiful awesome, actress playing my wife was Natalia! Our chemistry was incredible, cause we got along right away, and we were both queer. Flash forward years into the future and now I’m working hard to pursue a career as a performance poet, and Natalia has transformed into an amazing singer songwriter! Natalia has been described as an Urban hippie songstress. A friend once said she’d be the lesbian love child of Liz Phair and Hazel Dickens. Her lyrics will snatch your attention as you find your head bobbing to melodies backed by Mandi (her mandolin). You may have also seen her on stage with Conspiracy of Venus, The Secrets, and/or Raven Marcus. Natalia is a San Francisco native who spent 10 formative years just outside of Paradise Valley in the Big Sky State. SPECIAL GUEST: DAZIE RUSTIN GREGO If you were at the Open Mic several months ago when Dazie came and performed, you probably were blown out of your chair, just like I was. I’ve known about this incredibly performance artist for quite some time and I’m very happy he’s going to come give us a little sneak peak at some of his work and get us ready for when he features in the near future. He is the creator of two separate collections of poetry Picking My Toes On A Monday Night and Light. Dazié went on to the Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Queer Activist Performance in 2006. Since attending New College Dazié has created several one man shows which included “Where is Adam?” “Three” “The Changer and The Changed and most recently “ I AM A MAN” an exploration of gay masculinity. All of Dazié’s work rely’s heavily on spoken word, dance and music creating beautifully layered multidisciplinary performances. THE RULES are the same folks =) SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. not enough room on the sign up list, got there late? don’t freak out! Ask politely to be put on the if we have time list, and if we have time, we’ll squeeze you in during the lightning round. If we don’t have time, don’t throw a fit, just show up on time next month and we’ll get you on the list. coming up next month: A VERY SPECIAL PRIDE OPEN MIC ANNOUNCEMENT next month The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is going to be a part of THE NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL! We are having a huge show called THE SUPER QUEER OPEN MIC to celebrate PRIDE for all, and the milestone of this wonderful open mic and what it does for the queer community. With the amazing AMY DENTATA and DANA MORRIGAN featuring for the first time! And Special guests DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and REGIE CABICO! So get ready and clear your calendars June 22nd the night is QUEER AS FUCK! and we wouldn’t want it any other way. more info to come. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for inquiries please e-mail [email protected] Help me Queer Open Mic community, you’re my only hope By admin on May 2, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Dear Queer Open Mic Community I NEED YOUR HELP! Please watch this video poem I made of one of my poems titled The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most. If you like it, please click “Like” on the youtube video itself, if you LOVE it and LOVE me, please share with all your friends!! I’m a finalist for poetry contest, the more likes I get, the closer I get to being published! please watch, like, share and make this old Mexican Queer happy! The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most April 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Larry-bob Roberts and special guest Chris August! By admin on Apr 15, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Did you all enjoy that thunderstorm we just had? That was pretty awesome, well time for some more ELECTRICITY, or should I say QUEER LIGHTING? – at this month’s San Francisco Queer Open Mic! Come join me and my lovely co-host the incredible Blythe Baldwin in OpenmicGoodness with our feature; Larry-bob Roberts! His book International Homosexual Conspiracy is hilarious, super well written, you’re going to want to buy a copy, I did! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet Chris August! Friday April 27th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. now more on our features! Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine, Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco at SFQUEER.COM. Chris August is a poet, screenwriter and special educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a part of the national performance poetry community since 2002. He has authored numerous collections including A Life Called Special, a compilation of all of his poetry specific to his work in special needs education. In 2011, he was named the number one ranked poet in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam held in Cleveland, Ohio. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. HUGS!! March 23rd:San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring Jacks McNamara and special guest Sean Patrick Mulroy! By admin on Mar 9, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off March has been a pretty bad ass month so far by giving us nothing but lovely sunny days and warmth, I hope some of you have been writing poetry or new songs or working on your novels and are ready for another rockin QUEER open mic! COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our third Queer Open Mic of 2012 and show us your stuff! This month we are happy to be at the Borderlands Café right on Valencia in the Mission. Our feature is the radical, the amazing JACKS MCNAMARA! Also that night, there will be a special performance spotlight from the incredible touring spoken word poet SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Friday March 23rd, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULES signing up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. Here’s more about our feature and the special guest! JACKS MCNAMARA Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer poet, artist, activist, educator, performer, and healing practitioner based in Oakland. Jacks has performed poetry and facilitated workshops on madness in a mad world across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum to the UK Feminist Health Gathering. The co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project, Jacks’s life and work are the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. Co-author of the underground classic Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and co-editor of Turning Wheel Media, Jacks has published writing in numerous anthologies, magazines, blogs, journals, as well as self-publishing 5 zines. Lung Seed, their first book of poetry and prose, is due out from Deviant Type Press in Autumn 2012. SEAN PATRICK MULROY Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) born and raised in Southern Virginia. He is the author of The Pornography Diaries a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force. He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. More about Jacks McNamara’s new book Lung Seed: Part love song, part howl, part incantation, Lung Seed is the first book-length collection of Jacks McNamara’s poems, essays, and hybrid experiments in the neon vernacular of being alive. Mapping out radical trajectories through loss, violence, and queer desire, McNamara creates a luminous archive of survival and resilience in a self-destructing world. A visual artist as well as a writer, the author relies heavily on the unexpected image to chronicle the impossible journey through body, family, and history–towards home. From the borderlands of madness to the unpredictable shape of peace, Lung Seed bears unflinching witness to a rarely charted geography, offering the reader a resonant poetics of insurrection and grace. Free with a suggested donation. No one turned away from lack of funds. This space is a queer space for trans folks, queer gender folks, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual folks and all supporting straight identifying friends, hell if you live in San Francisco you’re a little bit Queer! All are welcome. List fills up fast. No Divas. No jerks please. The Café is wheel chair accessible and has a nice big bathroom. Peace and Cupcakes Baruch! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring JACKS MCNAMARA! Special guest SEAN PATRICK MULROY! Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 February 24th: Queer Open Mic with Terry Taplin and Garrin Benfield at Borderlands Cafe! By admin on Feb 21, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off February, they say it’s the month of love, well San Francisco Queer Open Mic is full of hot lovers! SO COME ON DOWN TO BORDERLANDS CAFE for our second Queer Open Mic of 2012, the world didn’t end and we’re enjoying it! Single? Come flirt it up at the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, this month we are at a new location, I repeat NEW LOCATION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY we are at the Borderlands Cafe! Borderlands Cafe is super nice and has hosted us before, back when the lovely Liz Green featured last May 2011. The date, time and everything else will be the same, the only difference is the venue. Friday Feb 24th, SAME QUEER TIME 7:30 SAME QUEER LIST list goes up at 7:00pm folks, it fills up fast so get there on time. SAME QUEER RULESsigning up gets you a slot to do 1 piece and 1 piece only. That’s 5 mintues to perform 1 piece and 1 piece only. We will stop you if you go over time. But enough chatter, now on to these sexy amazing talented men OUR FEATURES!! Writer Performer TERRY TAPLIN and musical guest GARRIN BENFIELD! TERRY TAPLIN is a Bay Area native and a Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) AND!! GARRIN BENFIELD The “The Wave Organ Song” is the artist’s fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts. bring your poems, comedy, storytelling, short stories, and love to share with the Queer Open Mic crowd. Sign up list full? Never fear, if you’re POLITE and PATIENT we will put you on the if we have time list. What does this mean? It means that if we have time we’ll squeeze you in so you can perform, but no promises. We are every 4th Friday of the month, there’s always the next show. “My friend is stuck in traffic can I sign them up?” – No. They must be present in order to get on the list. Put them on the if we have time list. “Can I do a cover? Or read someone else’s work?” – Why? We prefer you do your won work that you made yourself. Our open mic is for makers, writers, poets, make something, make it your own, share it with us. “I can pick when I go up right? I like to go up last so I can smoke outside and ignore all the other performers” -No. No divas. The host picks the list randomly, stay and watch the show and wait for your name to be called up to perform. “The show is free right?” -YES! it is absolutely free, but we do ask for a $3 donation, if you cannot afford that, that is completely okay. Just do what you can to get a drink from the cafe or buy some food from them to help support the space. “Can I do new unfinished work?” -YES! we’re an open mic, that’s what we’re here for! Come share your raw stuff with us! “Can I do finished work and show off?” -YES! we love a good show! “Do you like unicorns?” -OH MY GOD we LOVE THEM!! The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring TERRY TAPLIN AND GARRIN BENFIELD Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia st. (between 19th and 20th streets) San Francisco CA 94110 January 27th:Queer Open Mic with Eli Conley By admin on Jan 6, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off Happy New Year everyone! I still remember my first ever San Francisco Queer Open Mic. It is hard for me to believe that was almost 3 years ago. I’m so proud and happy with the way we’ve grown and changed and adapted, lost 2 venues, now one host, but we’re still here, still growing strong and ROCKING! Now with the amazing Sarah Dopp stepping down I thought long and hard about who should be my next co-host or if I should have one at all. I decided to give the sexy Blythe Baldwin a try, so starting this month she will be my co-host! We will also have guest co-hosts from time to time, but till then Blythe Baldwin is the girl for me! I am very much looking forward to this new year, the open mic is getting booked a year in advance, everyone wants to feature with us and share their art with out tiny space and I could not be happier. Bring us your songs, your poems, your jokes, your monologues your short stories, we want to hear them all. I’m looking forward to seeing all you, this is honestly the best part of my month. Here’s to you San Francisco Queer Open Mic Community! Here’s to us! May we rock 2012 so hard it wants our babies! -and to help us with that we’re going to have Eli Conley as our first feature of the year!! PEACE! more on our feature! Eli Conley crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” gushed acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” Eli brings his country choirboy croon and singer/songwriter’s sincerity to the All the Livelong Day EP, his recent release with band Eli Conley and Hip for Squares. Eli also teaches singing classes for LGBTQ people. You can downlaod his songs for free(!) and see what else Eli is up to at eliconley.com The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring ELI CONLEY Sign ups at 7pm SHARP (get there on time, list fills up fast) Show at 7:30pm @The Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco December 16th featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock By Sarah Dopp on Dec 12, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off Baruch writes… Happy HomoDays. Get your Queers, your stockings your Rainbow Chanuka Candles and come to the Queer Open Mic Dec 16! I am looking forward for this the last Queer Open Mic of 2011. Our features are Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha and musical guest, the amazing Jason Brock. You can read more about them below but first I do have some news, the December 16th show, is not only the last Queer Open Mic of 2011 but also the last show we will have with Sarah Dopp as my co-host. ABOUT THE FEATURES! Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant (nominated for a 2007 Pushcart); The Georgia Review; New York Stories; Modern Words, The James White Review, and have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow. Raised in New York City, Alenyikov has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. He lives in San Francisco. Jason Brock is a San Francisco singer, actor, emcee, podcaster and entertainer. He has shared the stage with many stars of theatre and music, including Diane Schuur, Paula West, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor mac, Deborah Gibson and more. Jason has performed all his life and began a professional entertainment career in small theatre and musical productions in Arizona. He eventually moved into ongoing shows at Martuni’s, Bubble Lounge and Rasselas. Jason has performed at the Rrazz Room, Ritz Carlton, Pier 39 and other venues in the bay area. He was recently in the film “Love is not Enough” and just finished playing the role of a demented flower girl in “The Lily’s Revenge” at the Magic Theatre. He co-hosts the podcast “The X-Gays” (about the X-Men). Jason’s performance skills have brought him recognition as a highly talented, interactive and improvisational artist. as always sign ups are at 7pm sharp show starts at 7:30pm love Baruch Queer Open Mic featuring Michael Alenyikov, with musical guest Jason Brock Friday, December 16 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco Changes at the Queer Open Mic By Sarah Dopp on Dec 7, 2011 in Featured, Housekeeping | Comments Off Hello hello, my dearest Queer Open Mic community! I adore you. You know that, right? Month after month… from that fantastic year when I showed up religiously to perform at your microphone because I knew I had finally found my people… to those incredible and humbling three years as your organizer and co-host…. and after seeing you through not one but two location moves… and sitting in the front row with Baruch’s arm wrapped around me while you deliver poems so powerful that I know I won’t even be able to speak when it’s time for me to announce the next performer…. You fucking rock my world. You’ve been doing it for years. And you’re all grown up now. You’ve matured into this strong and thriving community that spits out high quality work each month while consistently supporting anyone who walks through those bookstore doors; whether that means helping them with their writing, building their performance confidence, telling them they look fabulous in those boots, or holding them while they cry. You’ve embraced a queer identity that is inclusive and powerful. And it’s not queer as in “fuck you.” It’s queer as in “Fuck Yes.” I am so proud of you. And so grateful to have been a part of this process. And it is with all of that pride, and all of that gratitude, that I am choosing to now step aside. Baruch has already taken his place as an incredible organizer and host, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the event will continue to thrive under his leadership. I know this because he loves you in all the same ways that I do, but better. Why am I stepping down? Put simply: because it’s time. I spent ten years as a performance poet, and while I love the scene, it’s not the direction I’m growing in anymore. I stopped performing several years ago and shifted my creative energy to community organizing. Hosting Queer Open Mic was the perfect project for me for awhile — it kept me connected to the performance scene while letting me focus on organizing — but after a few years, I became so far detached from the scene that it was no longer fair to the event for me to keep holding the position. It also stopped being the right fit for me. I need keep following my nose. Let’s go chase our dreams and write postcards to each other when we find them. Queer Open Mic’s past hosts — Cindy Emch, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mollena Williams — all moved on to other wonderful creative pursuits when it was their time. Now it’s mine. I’ll be at the December show to thank you all and to say goodbye in person, but Baruch will be the one at the front of the room. I am so very grateful to him for the ways he’s taken care of the event, and I’m excited to see how it will grow with him in the future. You’re stars, all of you. Thank you for being my San Francisco. Love, Sarah Dopp December 7, 2011 November 18: Queer Open Mic with Morgan! By Emma on Nov 14, 2011 in Featured, Shows | Comments Off What, really, is there to be thankful for in November? Are we thankful for the commercialism of the Holiday Season creeping ever closer? Are we thankful that it’s suddenly getting dark at 4:00 pm? Are we thankful for the onrushing flood of unneeded calories, the extra strain on our wallets? Mostly Thanksgiving seems to serve as a bitter remembrance of just how poorly the early European settlers behaved to their rather more gracious native hosts. There’s nothing so great about November, but that doesn’t mean that we should poo-poo Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is awesome. There IS a lot to be grateful for – in November, in May – any time of the year. Whether you’re thankful for your new dance class or for your best friend of 20 years, for the sudden availability of pumpkin muffins or for the optimism of the Occupy Movement, for biodiversity or size twelve platform shoes, there’s never a bad day to stand up and say it. This Friday, November 18, a week early because a lot of us do give thanks together in big groups a week from Thursday, eat to much and then need to spend all Friday on the couch recovering, come on down to Queer Open Mic and tell us what you’re thankful for. About Morgan: “Transgendered superhero” She should really get a cape if people are going to keep using that line. Stand up Comedian, and X union iron worker. Morgan has preformed at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco and Gotham Comedy Club in NYC.she now lives in San Francisco and just did a show titled “Hold still I want to tell you a story” as a prelude to her one woman show that will be happening sometime in the fall here in the city. Morgan is always enjoyable never predictable and quite the truth teller… Find her @ morgansfunny.com Queer Open Mic Featuring Morgan Friday, November 18 7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street in San Francisco