October 24th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring ALLISON MOON!

And then the host got to the venue and they had booked a Log Cabin Republican meeting and forgot all about his show! And then all the regulars showed up wanting to do two pieces each, that went over ten minutes long! And then….the feature did not show up, till 1 minute before they had to go on, and they brought absolutely, no one! And then a performer said something horrifically offensive, then just left and audience took it out on the host by throwing chairs at him! And then, someone showed up an hour and a half late, and demanded to be put on the list, even though the list was full, and then they got on the list, but then went home and complained about the show on their blog, giving them a horrible review!

do you guys like that scary story?

Halloween is upon us, pumpkin everything upon us, which is fine, cause cinnamon and sugar taste awesome, go buy a pumpkin It’s It how folks! Oh and yeah IT IS TIME FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC!!!!

BRING: Pumpkin gluten free cookies for everyone No really. Bring em. oh and your open queer hearts, your bravery, you vulnerability, friendship, listening, and have fun with us. Oh yeah, and your poems, your songs, your jokes, your short stories (we will cut you off if you go over time.) and or interpretive dance. Bring snacks, (poets, performers and bookstore workers like snacks), but nothing too messy please, we gotta help keep that bookstore clean. Did I mention pumpkin  gluten free cookies (I say that so that everyone can have one, we have a lot of celiac folks in the group.  Some people really are allergic to gluten DEAL WITH IT!)

REMINDER: We sometimes are flexible with this rule, but if you sign up for the open mic, that means that you are signing up to be a part of the whole  show, that means you stay for the whole thing.

SIGN UPS: show up on time if you want to be on the mic. 7pm is when the sign up list goes up, the show should start at 7:30pm, and remember it is FREE! With a suggested donation. List fills up fast so get there on time. But never fear, there is always an if we have time list. Signing up gets you 5 minutes to do 1 piece, and 1 piece only, we will stop you if you go over time. We will.

Oh and you can only do one piece. How many pieces? One. Oh, so that’s two short poems? No. That is one. Just one. Cuantos? Uno, solo uno.  A oui, combien du poems? Soulement un! Ein. Y’all get me?

NOW ON TO OUR FEATURE!

Baruch and Blythe are very happy to bring you this month’s show, the feature is a very talented person we’ve known for  a long time, she is waaaaaay too cool for us, but she is a great person so she has decided to feature with us for one night only. We love her, she’s funny, she’s a storyteller, and educator, and she’s actually a really awesome person, oh and, and writes incredible novels!

ALLISON MOON!

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 Allison Moon is the author of the Tales of the Pack series about lesbian werewolves. The first of the series, Lunatic Fringe, released in 2011. The sequel, Hungry Ghost, released in April of 2013.  An advocate for the democratic access to publishing tools, Allison self-published both novels under her Lunatic Ink imprint, while vlogging the process at 90s Days of Self Publishing. In 2011, Allison was named a Lambda Literary Emerging LGBT Authors Fellow and was a runner up for the Victoria Hudson Emerging Author Award. Allison is a fun and popular speaker and educator on the topics of independent publishing, sexuality, creativity, writing and social justice. Allison is also an accomplished sex educator who has taught her signature class How to Drive a Vulva (aka Girl Sex 101) across the country.

Queer Open Mic Featuring ALLISON MOON
Friday, October 24th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

September 26: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring LORENZO HERRERA Y LOZANO

HELP US WELCOME IN THE FALL!

BRING: Your open hearts, your bravery, you vulnerability, friendship, listening, and have fun with us. Oh yeah, and your poems, your songs, your jokes, your short stories (we will cut you off if you go over time.) and or interpretive dance. Bring snacks, (poets, performers and bookstore workers like snacks), but nothing too messy please, we gotta help keep that bookstore clean.

REMINDER: We sometimes are flexible with this rule, but if you sign up for the open mic, that means that you are signing up to be a part of the whole  show, that means you stay for the whole thing.

SIGN UPS: show up on time if you want to be on the mic. 7pm is when the sign up list goes up, the show should start at 7:30pm, and remember it is FREE! With a suggested donation. List fills up fast so get there on time. But never fear, there is always an if we have time list. Signing up gets you 5 minutes to do 1 piece, and 1 piece only, we will stop you if you go over time.

Baruch and Blythe are very happy to bring you this month’s show, the feature is a very talented writer named Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano!

ALSO, don’t forget to buy a book while you’re here, Modern Times also sells zines, poetry books, cards, gift books, art books, magazines, erotica (AH YEAH!) children’s books, journals and bags! Yaaay!

NOW MORE ON OUR FEATURE   Lorenzo QOM feature foor sept

Queer Xicano writer of Rarámuri descent, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-nominated Santo de la Pata Alzada: Poems from the Queer/Xicano/Positive Pen (Evelyn Street Press, 2005) and Amorcito Maricón (Kórima Press, 2014).

Along with Adelina Anthony and Dino Foxx, Lorenzo is a co-author of Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicana & Xicano Performance Poetry (Kórima Press, 2011), and the editor of Queer Codex: Chile Love (allgo/Evelyn Street Press, 2004), an anthology of visual and literary works by queer men of color from across the U.S.; Queer Codex: Rooted (allgo/Evelyn Street Press, 2008), a mix-genre anthology by queer women and trans-identified writers and visual artists; and, Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press, 2013).

His work appears in Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press, 2008), edited by Emanuel Xavier, as well as the journals, ZYZZYVA: the journal of West Coast writers and artists; and, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought.

A member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Workshop, Lorenzo was trained and mentored by Sharon Bridgforth and the late Ana Sisnett and raúlrsalinas. Lorenzo holds a Masters in Liberal Arts from St. Edward’s University and is the founder of Kórima Press, an independent publishing effort aimed at fomenting Queer Chicana/o and Xicana/o literary art.

Queer Open Mic Featuring LORENZ HERRERA Y LOZANO
Friday, September 26
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

August 22nd: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring MK CHAVEZ with musical guest BLACKBERRI

QUEERS! QUEERS! QUEERS! QUEERS!

Hi, we would love for you to join us this Friday for the show at Modern Times. We got a great set of features for you, keeping it real and lyrical and amazing with MK Chavez and the legendary Blackberri, we cannot wait!

Remember to show up on time if you want to be on the mic. 7pm is when the sign up list goes up, the show should start at 7:30pm, and remember it is FREE! With a suggested donation. List fills up fast so get there on time. But never fear, there is always an if we have time list. Signing up gets you 5 minutes to do 1 piece, and 1 piece only, we will stop you if you go over time.

REMINDER: We sometimes are flexible with this rule, but if you sign up for the open mic, that means that you are signing up to be a part of the show, that means you stay for the whole thing.

BRING: Your open hearts, your bravery, you vulnerability, friendship, listening, and have fun with us. OH yeah, and your poems, your songs, your jokes, your short stories (we will cut you off if you go over time.) and or interpretive dance.

NOW MORE ON OUR FEATURES

MK CHAVEZ

mkchavezieveziviezMK Chavez s the author of Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press) Visitation, Next Exit #9 with John Sweet and Pinnacle (Kendra Steiner Editions) Recent and upcoming work can be found in Squaw Valley Review, Generations, 1611, and Zone 3. She has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Writers Conference, and Antioch Writers Workshop. She recently was one of the headliners for the first ever ¿Dónde Esta Mi Gente? Festival of Latino Poetry and Spoken Word.
She has been the editor of Mill’s College Award winning journal The Walrus (2010) Cherry Bleeds Literary Journal and the Milvia Street Journal. She is co-founder and co curator of the Berkeley based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges, co- founder and editor at Tres Corazons Press and co-organizer of the annual Berkeley Poetry Festival.

MUSICAL GUEST

BLACKBERRIblackberri
Blackberri is a Songstylist/Songmaker, poet,writer, photographer, health educator and community advocate. Born in 1945 in Buffalo,NY. Blackberri grew up in Baltimore. He’s written and performed for films including Word is Out, and Looking for Langston, as well as recording the soundtrack for the Haight-Ashbury Radio Collective’s History of SF “Knowing at the Gateway of Gold” which aired on KPFA. This pioneer appeared on the first anthology on Men’s Music “Wall to Roses:songs of changing men, and Gay Men’s Music Strong Love song of gay liberation 1972-1981. His first album Blackberri and Friends “Finally”came out in ’81 and featured his classic”Eat the Rich”. Blackberri has performed music and acted in Marlon Rigg’s film Tongues Untied as well as No Regrets,Anthem, Affirmations, and Black is Black ain’t. He has tour Internationally and has made many radio and TV appearances. This has has made him one of the most visible black queer artist in the country and now lives in Oakland.

Queer Open Mic Featuring MK CHAVEZ and BLACKBERRI!
Friday, August 22nd
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

 

 

July 25: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: SAMPSON MCCORMICK AND JULIAN SHENDELMAN!

Enjoying your summer, we sure are! Wear sun screen y’all and don’t forget to join us on the 25th of July, we have great features as always, and as always we cannot wait to see you there.

Remember sign ups are at 7pm, sharp! List fills up fast so get there on time. But never fear, there is always an if we have time list. Signing up gets you 5 minutes to do 1 piece, and 1 piece only, we will stop you if you go over time.
REMINDER: We sometimes are flexible with this rule, but if you sign up for the open mic, that means that you are signing up to be a part of the show, that means you stay for the whole thing.
The show is FREE, and is at the incredible Modern Times Bookstore on 24th Street. See you all there

now on our features!

SAMPSON MCCORMICK

Sam McCormick
Sampson is an internationally touring, award winning stand up comedian, writer and activist. For over a decade, he has been using humor to connect people of all backgrounds together and also enlighten, contributing to causes such as marriage equality, eradicating LGBT youth homelessness, and homophobia in churches, schools and entertainment, hate crimes on the street, and encouraging HIV prevention and awareness. He’s written two books, “Taboo Village”, and “Ebonic Faggotry”, recorded three live stand up comedy albums, and has worked with notable entertainers such as Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Mooney, Patti LaBelle and Bruce Vilanch.

JULIAN SHENDELMAN

Julian Shendelman
Based in Oakland, California, Julian Shendelman is a 25 year old grad student, writer, wannabe artist, dog dad, and a highly stereotypical Libra. His work can be read at ashandbone.tumblr.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queer Open Mic Featuring SAMPSON MCCORMICK and JULIAN SHENDELMAN!
Friday, July 25th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

June 27: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: MARGA GOMEZ and KAY NILSSON

June is always a crazy month in San Francisco, but we are so grateful for the great chaos, all of it. And we are very grateful at SFQOM for our features, our regular open mic folks, and the folks that come to just enjoy a good show. We are so thankful for you all.

This month’s show is very special to us, because the featured spoken word artist is an incredible young man, with so much heart, and talent, Kay Nilsson! And our other feature, Marga Gomez, is a legend. We are huge fans, huge, she is a big part of San Francisco and has been making the world laugh since the 80s, the art scene here would not be what it is without her. We are so incredibly excited that Marga Gomez is going to join us this June 27th!

Remember sign ups are at 7pm, sharp! List fills up fast so get there on time. But never fear, there is always an if we have time list. Signing up gets you 5 minutes to do 1 piece, and 1 piece only, we will stop you if you go over time.

The show is FREE, and is at the incredible Modern Times Bookstore on 24th Street. See you all there, and if we don’t, HAPPY PRIDE!

Marga! 2014

MARGA GOMEZ is a GLAAD award winner and triple winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best of The Bay Comedian Award.”She is also one of the first openly lesbian comedians in the nation.  Armistead Maupin has called Marga Gomez “Astonishing!” Robin Williams has praised Marga as “a Lesbian Lenny Bruce.”

Her stand-up comedy has been featured on HBO, LOGO, Comedy Central and PBS. She has appeared nationally and internationally in concert, at universities, pride festivals and numerous comedy festivals including San Francisco Sketchiest, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, London’s Hot August Fringe and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Marga is also the writer/performer of ten solo plays. Her latest work  “Lovebirds” made its New York premiere in 2014 and will open this September at the Marsh, Berkeley for a six week engagement. Marga teaches solo performance in San Francisco at Brava Theater which named her a 2014 “Artist in Residence.” For more about Marga visit www.margagomez.com

KAY NILSSONBabyK is a poet performer currently attending the University of San Francisco. He has performed at slams and poetry readings all over the Bay Area. He has featured at the Lunada Literary Lounge, a Latino performance series and open mic that takes place on the full moon of each month at Galería de la Raza, Soma Arts Center, and most recently was one of the featured poets for the ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Latino Spoken Word and Poetry Festival in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

Queer Open Mic Featuring MARGA GOMEZ and KAY NILSSON!
Friday, June 27th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

Punky Brewster, Flying Bicycles, and Jonesy the Cat from Alien, an Interview with our next feature Cam Awkward-Rich!

We’ve known Cam Awkward-Rich for quite some time and we think he is pretty damn neat-o! We are very much looking forward to his feature at the next San Francisco Queer Open Mic, THIS FRIDAY!, like, tomorrow, woo! Come check him out, and if you want to learn a little more about him before then, read the interview below.

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1.      What is your favorite song? What are you listening to right now?
My favorites are always whatever I’m currently listening to, which right now is mostly the new album from Milo & Otis (Jamila Woods), Almost Us.

2.      Name a writer you admire, or have learned a lot from?
Oh, I’ve definitely learned the most about writing from my friends Sam Sax, Nic Alea, Danez Smith, Josh Smith, etc etc. Aside from that, Douglas A. Martin who was my thesis advisor in undergrad, and writes gorgeous novels.

3.      When did you decide to be a writer, what made you decide that?
I’m not sure I really “decided” to become a writer. I was just a sad preteen who wrote because it was the only way I knew how to put a name to what in the world I was so sad about. Cliché, but there it is.

4.      Who would you hang out with India Jones or Ripley from Aliens?
Neither, but I would love to hang out with the cat who survived the first Alien movie with Ripley.

5.      What is your favorite spot to read/recite in the Bay Area?
Is it bad if I say my show? (The New Shit Show, 1st/3rd Fridays at Merchants of Reality in SF). Honestly, I haven’t really had time lately to be other places, but I do love the new shit community.

6.      Do you have a favorite role model?
Punky Brewster.

7.      What writer should we be reading right now that you would recommend?
Anne Carson Autobiography of Red, Maggie Nelson Bluets, Tarfia Faizullah Seam, and Claudia Rankine Citizen (when it comes out in October).

8.      Favorite restaurant in your neighborhood?
My kitchen.

9.      What’s wrong with the literary world today?
Capitalism.

10.   Favorite junk food?
Ice cream.

11.   What would you like to see happen in your lifetime?
Flying cars, or in my case, flying bicycles.

12.   How do you get in the mood, when you write? Do you have any rituals?
Mostly I just walk around talking to myself…is that weird?

13.   If you could say something to young writers everywhere right now, what would you say to them? Run? Do it? Advice? Love? What would be your message?
I think we have to make art to sustain ourselves and each other and to figure out how to survive our worlds and our language. So do it, of course, but only because you want to or need to, not because you expect to be able to get famous or make a living as a writer.  Which sucks, sure, but

14.   What is your favorite movie now? Favorite band? Favorite Celebrity?
I’ve lumped these all together, because the answer is the same: I don’t really live in the 21st century, so I don’t know things like the names of celebrities or bands. Also I don’t really watch movies…sorry. It’s best to think of me as an 85 year old man, you know?

15.   What are you most proud of?
I can do a back flip.

Queer Open Mic Featuring CAM AWKWARD-RICH and ROSANONYMOUS!
Friday, May 23rd
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

Top Ramen, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Trans Dragons. An interview with Rosanonymous our next Musical Guest!

This Friday our musical guest is Rosanonymous! Are you excited? We are!!! Want to learn more about her? Read this interview below and don’t miss her feature this Friday with poetry by Cam Akward-Rich!!

 

1. What is your favorite song? What are you listening to right now?

Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean.

2. Name a local musician you admire, or have learned a lot from?

I am constantly inspired by the incredible creativity and sheer brilliance of the local queer/qpoc scene. That said, bands that I feel I’ve really learned something from: Ragana, Moira Scar, Thunder Thighs, Annah Anti-Palindrome, Street Eaters

3. When did you decide to be a musician, what made you decide that?

I decided in 6th grade to take Percussion at school because my Spanish class was below my level and I knew a drummer in elementary school who I thought was cool. That was the start…. As far as my decision to make my music a central thing, I think it was a gradual thing, starting when I began writing songs.

4. Who would you go on an adventure with, Storm from the X-Men or Thor from the Avengers?

Storm obviously. We probably have a lot of the same music taste.

5. Favorite ice cream spot?

The Dollar ice cream place in downtown Berkeley.

6. What do your parents think of you being an artist? Supportive? Not supportive? 

My parents are super supportive. Me and my dad have the same music taste more or less, and my mom sings too, so I can connect with both of them through music.

7. What musician in your opinion should we be listening to right now!?

I think everyone queer (and for that matter everyone else) should get into the queer hip hop movement – Mykki Blanco, Angel Haze, Le1f, Azealia Banks, so much more. They fucking rock my world.

8. What’s wrong with the art world today?

The shit that is popular is not the shit that should be popular, and that seems to break down so much along racial lines.

9. Favorite junk food?

When I’m sick I have top ramen for breakfast. It’s really comforting.

10. How do you get in the mood, when you write a song? Do you have any rituals? Favorite writing blanket? Superstitions?

Usually most of my writing happens when I should be doing other things – when I have homework due, or at 3am, things like that. It often starts when I think of a certain phrase or metaphor, and then I’ll build a song around that.

11. Favorite show right now? Game of Thrones? Teen Wolf?

The only current show I’m watching is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

12. Celebrity crush, name two, DO IT!

Kirsten Stewart, who needs to come out already goddamn it.

13. Favorite joke?

They’re all light-bulb ones stolen from Roman Rimer

Q: How many cis people does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: I don’t know, but they keep asking me how does the light bulb know if it really wants to change? and meanwhile it’s FUCKING DARK IN HERE!

14. What is your next big artistic project?

Hopefully actually starting a band and going on tour together.

15. Unicorns or Dragons?

This is gonna sound anti-gay of me but dragons are so much cooler than unicorns. Also I think we should start incorporating the phrase “Trans Dragons” into everyday speech, because honestly, what’s cooler than Trans Dragons?

baby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queer Open Mic Featuring CAM AWKWARD-RICH and ROSANONYMOUS!
Friday, May 23rd
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

 

 

 

May 23rd: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: CAM AWKWARD-RICH with musical guest ROSANONYMOUS!

THE SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC May2014
now getting close to it’s ten year anniversary, the show that will not quit is going to have an amazing May! Two artists that will take your breath away!

Poetry by CAM AWKWARD-RICH and music by ROSANONYMOUS!!!

The show starts right on time at 7:30, the show is FREE, but we ask for an optional suggested donation. No one is turned away from lack of funds, our mission is to provide our community with a free and or affordable queer performance experience, and damn good show!!

If you want to sign up to perform, the list is up at 7pm sharp. May2014oh yeah
This is a space for queer identifying folks, queer, bi, trans, gender queer, lesbians, gay men.
We do welcome heterosexual folks, as long as they respect the queer space. If you are a straight person who wants to perform, you can sign up on the list, straight folks can perform too, as long as you understand our mission is to support queer artists and make them a priority.

Signing up gets you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only.

We will stop you if you go over time.

We want to hear your most vulnerable, new, old, tough, worked on, fresh stuff, whatever it is as long as you’ve made something. Come to show off, or come to try something new.

your hosts are Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin!

now more on our features!

CAM AWKWARD-RICH
CamcCam Awkward-Rich co-host the New Sh!t Show, a reading series + workshop based in San Franscisco which aims to support the production of new work. Cam has represented bay area venues at the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. You can find some of Cam’s work in Muzzle Magazine, Revolution House, and Write Bloody’s Aim for the Head anthology of zombie poetry, among other publications. You can find Cam on public transit somewhere between Oakland and Stanford University, where he is pursuing a PhD from the program in Modern Thought and Literature.
ROSANONYMOUS
RosasosaRosanonymous is a queer, trans, Oakland native folk punk rocker. She first started playing music in her hardcore punk band Moderate Excess at longstanding all-ages punk club 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley, and initiated the club’s first regular Queer/Trans Night to feature queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming artists. She now continues to organize Queer/Trans Nights outside of Gilman. Rosa has performed at events such as Think & Die Thinking and Oakland Ladyfest, and with acts such as Storm Miguel Florez, Daddies Plastik, Double Duchess, Moira Scar and Spoonboy, and with members of Ramshackle Glory, Defiance Ohio and Nana Grizol.Visit her website at rosanonymousband.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 

Queer Open Mic Featuring CAM AWKWARD-RICH and ROSANONYMOUS!
Friday, May 23rd
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

April 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring JESÚS FUENTES!!

Sausage Fest PicAnd then one day, a gay latino showed up and brought us the funny, the dance moves, and then we didn’t see him for a while. And then he came back and signed up, but Baruch was so stressed that day, he accidentally skipped him, and then he didn’t come back for a while. And then he came back and became a regular and always served up the funny! He BETTA WORK! Cause now he is our feature for April please help me welcome Jesús Fuentes to our San Francisco Queer Open Mic list of features!
TIME FOR ANOTHER HELLA QUEER OPEN MIC!!!

Get your poems, songs, comedy, stories, performance art ready.

Remember we are at Modern Times Bookstore!

We are free, but ask for a donation if you got it.

The list goes up at 7pm, sharp, if you want to perform be there on time! We only got 8 official spots.

We have an if we have time list, but it is not a guarantee that you will perform.

We are a queer space for queer artists, that means trans folks, gay folks, genderqueer folks, lesbians, bisexuals, and everyone in that spectrum! If you identify as  heterosexual, you can sign up to perform as long as you respect the queer space, and understand our mission is to support queer artists. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

signing up gets you a 5 minute spot to do one piece and one piece only. We will stop you if you go over time.

now for our FEATURE

JesusicotsosusosuJESÚS FUENTES embraces performance of all kinds: Acting, dancing, improv, standup comedy, poetry, stripping – it’s all good girl!  Born and raised right here in the Bay Area, Jesús began performing Mexican Folklorico dance at the age of 14. He later transitioned into acting with his breakthrough performance as Shark #7 in City College of SF’s production of West Side Story. From there Jesús has had the pleasure of working as a performer with outstanding Bay Area companies and performance venues such as Teatro Visión, Dance Mission, and the New Conservatory Theatre’s YouthAware Program.  Recently Jesús was cast as Victor in the film, East Side Sushi. The film won the Audience Favorite Award for the CAAM and Cinequest film festivals, respectively.  Jesus’s love for laughter and celebrating life inspired him to attempt performing standup comedy at an open mic, which proved to be a terrifying experience that he said hell to the NO more! But after a couple years Jesús couldn’t resist and in August 2012 he attended his first SF Queer Open Mic to attempt standup comedy yet again, and has been pursuing it since. Thus, to be asked to feature at the Queer Open Mic is beyond an honor for Jesús.  Bring your plate and a bib cause he’s ready to serve.  He has perform in comedy venues all over California, and recently won the Performance Slam at Tourettes Without Regrets.

SEE YOU THERE, BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!!

Queer Open Mic Featuring JESÚS FUENTES
Friday, April 25th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

-Photo with Mic by Andrew Moore. Photo with bowtie by Baruch Porras-Hernandez

March 28th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: LAUREN WHEELER!

THE SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC (get it right!) is here to bring you poetry, music, storytelling, spoken word, and all sorts o FUN!

Guys, March is a very very special month for us, because we believe it is the month, that Baruch turns 5. 5 years being involved with this incredible show, incredible community, incredible people.

So it is very very fitting, that our feature this month is not only an incredible writer and performer, she was also our very first feature! We could not be more excited that she is coming back! LAUREN WHEELER is our feature this month and we cannot wait!!

Where?
THE MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE
at 2919 24th in San Francisco.

Same queer time! 7:30

Same queer hosts, yay, BARUCH PORRAS-HERNANDEZ, and co-host BLYTHE BALDWIN!!
Sign ups are at 7pm, signing up gets you one slot to do one piece and one piece only.

This is a queer space for queer artists but all are welcome.

You only get 5 minutes, we will stop you if you go over time. List fills up fast!

PLEASE if you have any announcements talk to Baruch before the show, he will make the announcement and be very happy to do so, but we need the mic to stay the mic for the work, the art and the love.
queeropenmic.com
for more info!

NOW TO OUR FEATURE!

LaurenMarch
Lauren Wheeler writes poetry, really short fiction, and what happens when they rub up against each other. A recovering slam poet, she twice competed at the National Poetry Slam and has featured at Cornell University, where she studied English Literature, as well as in Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Lauren curated and hosted two poetry series in Ithaca, Tongue & Groove at Stella’s Wine and Whiskey Bar and Re-Verse at the Oak Café, and was a core organizer of the ForWord Girls poetry and spoken word festival in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Other Magazine, 365tomorrows, Lodestar Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, PANK Magazine, and The Nervous Breakdown.

Queer Open Mic Featuring LAUREN WHEELER
Friday, March 28th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco