August 22nd: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring JAIME CORTEZ

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This Month we’re bringing you one of the sexiest Bears to ever leave San Francisco, he’s back! JAIME CORTEZ!!

Jaime Cortez was probably one of the most interesting powerful, hilarious writer performers in the city, but then he left us for Boston, booooo! But we love him and he came back to hang out and be our August feature!! So come sign up for the open mic, and come check out his amazing writing.

What to bring: Your poems, your songs, your short stories! Please actually make some art, bring something you can share with us. Bring your friends, and your love for supporting queer local artists!

Sign ups are at 7:00 sharp, signing up gets you 5 minutes to do one piece, and one piece only.So we will repeat this, one piece only, if you have five little three line poems. You only get to read one of them.
We will stop you if you go over time

Show is FREE! Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook so that we can feel special!

Rules: We have a long list of rules if you need them email baruchporras@gmail.com and he will send them to you. We are a freedom of speech space, but don’t be an asshole.

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NOW TO HEAR ABOUT OUR FEATURE:
Jaime Corez is a visual artist and prose writer based in Boston. His mostly embarrassing humor based short stories have been published over a dozen anthologies. He has exhibited and performed at venues across the Bay Area including the UC Berkeley Art Museum, Oakalnd Museum, YBCA, Galeria de la Raza, and Southern Exposure. He has also featured at the Donde Esta Mi Gente poetry festival as well as the KQED OutLoud Storytelling Pride night event at The Chapel.

Queer Open Mic Featuring JAIME CORTEZ!
Friday, August 26nd 2016
7 PM sign-ups, show at 7:30 PM
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

July 22nd: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: IRENE MCCALPHIN aka MAGNOLIA BLACK.

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It’s time for The AMAZING San Francisco Queer Open Mic!

Join us on Friday June 24th at everyone’s favorite bookstore MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE to welcome our special summer feature Irene McCalphin, aka Magnolia Black!

Sign ups are at 7:00 sharp, signing up gets you 5 minutes to do one piece, and one piece only. We will stop you if you go over time

Show is FREE! Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook so that we can feel special!

Rules: We have a long list of rules if you need them email baruchporras@gmail.com and he will send them to you. We are a freedom of speech space but don’t be an asshole.

NOW TO HEAR ABOUT OUR FEATURE

Irene McCalphin aka Magnoliah Black

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Irene McCalphin aka Magnoliah Black blends modern movement and words with neo-burlesque to create socially conscious art pieces that add voice to marginalized communities and celebrates the human body.  She has danced on stages throughout the country with the award winning and internationally traveled troupe Rubenesque Burlesque from 2009 to 2015.  As a solo performer her work continues to reflect body positivity, visibility through vulnerability and self-possession beyond the static sizest and often racist beauty myth. As a published author, producer, public speaker and performance artist Irene draws attention to the ever evolving intersections of fat, feminism, kink, spirituality and human sexuality with the intent to facilitate radical acceptance and inclusion. Co-founder and member of Cuntastrophe, co-founder and healer at A Sovereign Embodiment, Irene works to maintain/create safe, powerful spaces for all bodies and their stories to be seen, heard and valued.  Find her on Facebook or follow her badly managed blog http://misadventuresofanungratefulfatbitch.com

Queer Open Mic Featuring MAGNOLIA BLACK!
Friday, July 22nd 2016
7 PM sign-ups, show at 7:30 PM
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

 

June 24th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic Featuring BEN MCCOY!

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If you love Ben McCoy as much as we do, you BETTER COME to this show!

Cause it will mostly likely be her last show in San Francisco. Ben McCoy is is a writer, performance artist, poet, comic, performer, and entertainer who for the past ten years has made San Francisco one of the best places to live. McCoy’s writing is splattered all over the internet like privilege over a gaggle of drunk Marina Girls on a Saturday night. She’s been published in several anthologies and has toured the country twice with the legendary Sister Spit. She played Pussy in DavEnd’s sold out smash hit F.A.G.G.O.T.S. the Musical. She played Dr. Zebrovski in HOUR OF POWER at Counter Pulse, and has the most interesting Facebook posts out there. When she’s not on-stage or in the bedroom, you used to be able to find her on her preferred throne, a barstool near you, but soon that barstool will be in another city, so you gotta come to the SFQOM to see Miss McCoy one last time before she departs.

PLEASE PLEASE NOTE: Because we want people to be able to go to both our show and the Trans March we will be starting late! Sign ups will be at 8 PM, and the actual show will be at 8:30 PM. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!!

What to bring: Your poems, your songs, your short stories! Please actually make some art, bring something you can share with us. Bring your friends, and your love for supporting queer local artists!
Show is FREE!
Rules, we are a freedom of speech space but don’t be an asshole.

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April 22: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring JULIANA DELGADO LOPERA

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It’s time for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic!

Join us on Friday April 22 at everyone’s favorite bookstore to welcome our special feature JULIANA DELGADO LOPERA! B

What to bring: Your poems, your songs, your short stories! Please actually make some art, bring something you can share with us. Bring your friends, and your love for supporting queer local artists!

Sign ups are at 7:00 sharp, signing up gets you 5 minutes to do one piece, and one piece only. We will stop you if you go over time.

Show is FREE!

Now to learn more about our Feature

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer/educator/oral-historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award,  a finalist of the Clark-Gross Novel award and a Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts fellow, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latin@ immigrants awarded theRegen Ginaa Grant from Galería de la Raza and a 2014 National Queer Arts Festival Grant from the Queer Cultural Center. Her work has been published inFour Way Review, The Bold Italic, Weird Sister, Revista Canto, Transfer Magazine, Raspa Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, and SF Weekly among others and  nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s performed in countless events around the Bay Area including Action Fiction!, Red Light Lit, Beast Crawl, Lit Quake and lectured at Wayward Writers, SFSU, 826 Valencia. She’s the executive director of RADAR Productions.

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Queer Open Mic Featuring JULIANA DELGADO LOPERA!
Friday, April 22nd 2016
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

 

Ten Things We Love About AZUAH! An interview with our musical guest!

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Hi guys, Baruch here, surviving in the bay as a queer artist is hard work. Exhausting work. But those of us that are still here, are making it work! The life keeps us busy, but not too busy to catch up with our excellent musical guest for February, Azuah! She’s new to our SF Queer Open Mic  community so I thought, let’s do a quick little interview to get a small preview of how awesome she is.

  1. Favorite type of donut?     I’m a simple girl, glaze me!
  1. When did you start playing music? What made you an artist? When did you decide to do that?      I started playing guitar when I was 14, and figured out I could sing when I was 17. So about 10 years? I think what made me an artist was my dad. He loves music so much and that love has definitely passed onto me, except I am musically inclined (sorry dad). I can thank my grandma for that, she can sing too. I decided to become an artist when I was around 22, I was playing guitar for a friend and when he decided to move to LA, I realized that I needed to start writing songs myself and it’s been a great learning experience since. 
  1. Who is your favorite musician right now? Famous? Not famous and local?      Currently my favorite musician is Miguel. I’m totally in love with his singing style. Plus, his message of being a wild heart and doing what you want no matter what anyone thinks is beautiful.   As for local artists, Bang Data is great. I grew up knowing the drummer of the band, Juan Manuel Caipo, a friend of my dad. Their combination of rock, hip hop, and Latin influence always make for a brilliant live show.
  1. What are your goals as a musician?      Ultimately I would love to be a touring musician. Release an album, play around the country/world performing on all the radio shows, festivals, and tiny desk concerts I watch my favorite artists play.
  1. How do you get in the mood, rituals, space to write music and do what you do?     I’m still trying to figure this out. Usually I just lock myself in my room and just jam until I write something.
  1. Do you like Tacos? Where do you go for tacos?      Does the pope shit in the woods? Do bears wear dresses? Wait…    My favorite spot is Taqueria Vallarta in the mission. Shout out to my friend Sally for showing me that magical place!
  1. If you could work/collaborate with a local music celeb who would it be?      I really would love to work with Sabrina Mai from No Vacation. She’s such an amazing talent, and that voice! I’ve known her for a few years now and she’s just getting better and better. I wanna be in a band with her and Megan Maurer from Edwards Crossing and just harmonize all day long!
  1. Where can people follow your work? Give us all, we want to help create new fans for you. 

Soundcloud.com/azuah

Fb.com/azuahmusic

Twitter.com/azuah

Instagram.com/azuah

Tumblr.com/azuah

  1. What is something you struggle with, or love about being an an artist?     I love the struggle of writing a song. I love finding trouble to get into for the sake of art. It’s emotionally exhausting, but it’s such a fascinating experience and totally worth it.
  1. Favorite Super hero?     My mom.

Don’t miss Azuah, this fourth Friday at The San Francisco Queer Open Mic, FREE at Modern Times Bookstore. Show starts at 7:30 PM, sign ups at 7:00 PM, the bookstore is found on 2919 24th Street easy walk from the 24th Street Bart Station. Also don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook, click going! It makes us (well, Baruch really,) feel special! Click click!

 

February 26: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring musical guest: AZUAH!

sfqomfeb2016Join us on Friday the 26th at everyone’s favorite bookstore to welcome our special musical guest feature AZUAH!

What to bring: Your poems, your songs, your short stories, your friends, and your love for supporting queer local artists! Signing up on the list gets you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only.

Sign ups are at 7:00 sharp, signing up gets you 5 minutes to do one piece, and one piece only. We will stop you if you go over time.

Show is FREE! Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook, so that we can feel special.

We have a long list of rules, if you want them email Baruch at baruchporras@gmail.com not knowing the rules will not excuse you from breaking them. Simple break down:No jerks. No drama. Really, don’t be a jerk, queer or not, no jerks. We do not censor you, but we do not tolerate people showing up to just fuck with our audience.

now more on our feature!

AZUAH: Inspired by the mesmerizing sounds of Lianne La Havas and the soulfulness in the music of John Legend, Azuah is underway of making her debut in the music world as an alternative folk and blues artist with just the right touch of soul. Her emotionally provocative songwriting in juxtaposition with her haunting melodies captivates her audiences from the first note until the last strum.

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Queer Open Mic Featuring AZUAH!
Friday, February 26yh 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

January 22nd: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring ELLIOTT DELINE

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Join us for our first SF Queer Open Mic of 2016!

Whoa, does that sound futuristic, or what? We hope you all had a safe, fun, wonderful winter time stuff, whatever you celebrate or hold dear, and want to say to you HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Join us on Friday the 22nd at everyone’s favorite bookstore to welcome our feature ELLIOTT DELINE!

What to bring:

Your poems, your songs, your short stories! Please actually make some art, bring something you can share with us. Signing up on the list gets you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only.

Your friends!

Your love for supporting queer local artists.

Sign ups are at 7:00 sharp, signing up gets you 5 minutes to do one piece, and one piece only. We will stop you if you go over time.

Show is FREE!

We have a long list of rules, if you want them email Baruch at baruchporras@gmail.com not knowing the rules will not excuse you from breaking them. Simple break down:No jerks. No drama. Really, don’t be a jerk, queer or not, no jerks. We do not censor you, but we do not tolerate people showing up to just fuck with our audience.

Our mission is to support local and traveling queer artists and provide some free queer entertainment in this super expensive mutating city, and not like in the good way like the XMen, but in the bad way like Monsanto. Or Donald Trump.

now more on our feature!

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Elliott DeLine is a transgender writer who escaped Syracuse, NY to live in a traveling motorhome with his queer chosen family and their two cats. He is the author of the novel Refuse, the novella I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, and his latest, Show Trans. In 2015, he was voted “Author of the Year” by readers of FTM Magazine. His essays and excerpts have been featured publications such as in The New York Times, The Collection from Topside Press, Original Plumbing Magazine, QED, The Advocate, and The Body is Not an Apology.  Elliott is the founder and former vice president of the non-profit CNY for Solidarity as well as the lead coordinator of Queer Mart, an LGBTQ artist and crafts fair in Syracuse, NY.  He is also a visual artist, songwriter, friend to all animals, and an avid swimmer in all bodies of water. He is 27 years old. Website: elliottdeline.com Patreon: patreon.com/elliottdeline 

SEE YOU AT THE SHOW FOLKS!

Queer Open Mic Featuring ELLIOT DELINE
Friday, January 22nd 2016
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

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December 18th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring LLOYD STENSRUD with musical guests PRMISE

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TIME FOR THE LAST QUEER OPEN MIC OF 2015

What to bring:

Your poems, your songs, your short stories! Please actually make some art, bring something to share with us. Signing up on the list gets you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only.

Your friends!

Your love for supporting queer local artists.

HOLIDAY COOKIES! no really, bring some, we like holiday goodies.

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LLOYD STENSRUD Subjects of gay writer Lloyd Stensrud’s fiction include a bad dad, a jeweled lobster, a jabbering passenger on Greyhound bus, and a character who collects rare Japanese screens. Growing up in Orange County he quickly developed a unique sense of humor and the absurd. Moving to San Francisco in the early 70s he studied creative writing at San Francisco State. In 1983 he began attending playwright George Birimisa’s writing workshop at the LGBT Center. The workshop did readings at the Harvey Milk Library, Different Light Bookstore, and the Unitarian Church. Some of his stories and poems were recently published in an anthology, Imprints: The Voices of Intergenerational Writers, collected and published by Andrew Pelfini. He also does puppetry using his popular sock puppet with wings, Mothra

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PROMISE KINGS is an emerging queer duo from San Francsico.They are Roberto Ortiz from sunny San Diego and Christopher Walker from snowy Buffalo, NY. They met here in SF on Christmas 2013 while crossing the street at the notorious intersection of 18th and Castro. They quickly began writing, recording, performing and living together. A few of their inspirations are Devandra Banhart, Lana Del Rey, Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell. The Kings have been featured at the monthly Smack Dab Open Mic, Cafe Flore, and the Cafe Society SF’s Emerging Artist Concert Series. To keep up with them or hear some of their tracks check out their facebook and soundcloud pages.
VC STATION  is Veronica Blanco & Christina Stogsdill. While Veronica grew up playing classical guitar in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Christina was wailing in the Pentecostal churches of Indiana. Longing for true expression of self eventually brought both to San Francisco, and their meeting was not only love at first sight, but a powerful merging of style and sound in music. The fusion of classic Argentinean folk with soulful gospel and R&B vocals paints a unique landscape that most ears will find unmatched. VC Station is currently working on their first EP to be released in 2016.
The two acts have become great friends and somewhat of a supergroup, putting new twists on old songs. They’re always honored take the stage together & can’t wait to feature at this month’s Queer Open Mic!

Queer Open Mic Featuring LLOYD STENSRUD with PROMISE KINDS and VC STATION
Friday, December 18th 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

November 20th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring BRANDON YOUNG

SF Queer Open Mic is the Third Friday this month! THIRD FRIDAY!

THIRD FRIDAY! THIRD FRIDAY!

Remember 7pm sign ups, you get 5 mintues to do one piece and one piece only! 7:30, show, the show is FREE!! Join your hosts, Blythe Baldwin! and some dude named Baruch.
List fills up fast, so be present and on time at 7pm.
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NOW TO LEARN ABOUT OUR FEATURE!

BRANDON YOUNG has lived in the Bay for six years and has been performing for five. Originally writing with UC Berkeley’s CalSLAM community, he has featured at and been published by the New Sh!t Show, and will be published this year in the Lit Slam’s Tandem Volume III. He writes about medicine and sex, and takes poetry very very seriously.

CAN’T WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE THERE

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STUFF YOU SHOULD READ BELOW IF you are

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have no common sense when you enter a queer space

Notes on the space
We are a bookstore, not a theatre, or a venue, or a concert hall, so prepare for that, meaning we don’t have a green room, we only have one mic, if you need to set up an entire complex system of musical instruments, this is not the right space for that.
If you have one instrument and just need help hooking it up and doing a sound check, we would love to help you, and are up for that, if the time allows. If you have a phone or ipod, bring a quarter inch adaptor!

All musicians, comedians, poets, singers, writers are welcome as long as they respect the queer space.

No drama.
Really. Don’t be a jerk, queer or not, no jerks.
We do not censor you, but we do not tolerate people showing up to just fuck with our audience.

Straight identifying folks are welcome in the space, as long as they respect the queer space and understand we strive to be a feminist space.

Straight identifying folks can also sign up to perform as long as they understand we give priority to queer artists, we do want you to join us and be a part of the experience, we are a queer space for everyone.

Comics: All queer comics are welcome, please come! Straight comics are also welcome.
BUUUUUUT, We need you guys to understand this is not a comedy venue, we need you to join us and be a part of the experience and stay for the whole thang if you are signing up. Feel the audience and let them laugh with you, if you bomb, and take it out on the audience, Baruch might not put you on the list the month after that. Remember, punch up. If you don’t know what that is, ask Baruch or Blythe if you get to the space early. But, I mean, yeah, we are a feminist space, if you show up with nothing but jokes about how you think women are crazy and make fun of sex workers, people who are disabled, people who are homeless, Baruch and Blythe will whole heartedly lead the crowd in booing you off stage. If you feel that you have to, have to be an edgy funny person, and make offensive jokes, well, make sure they’re good. If you actually make our audience laugh. We will ask you to come back every time!
Sincerley, Baruch.
p.s. if you have any questions about this email Baruch at baruchporras@gmail.com

October 23: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring DAPHNE GOTTLIEB

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Daphne Gottlieb RETURNS!

Daphne Gottlieb is coming back this month as our feature, and we couldn’t be happier. Legendary writer, performer, and award winner, Daphne Gottlieb represents everything that we love about San Francisco, and she has a new book!, Pretty Much Dead.  So join us this October 23, at Modern Times Bookstore for a very special THE SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC!

What to bring:

Your poems, your songs, your short stories make art, bring something to share with us. Signing up on the list gets you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only.

Your friends!

Your love for supporting queer local artists.

A HALLOWEEN COSTUME, no really, bring one, look how cute our hosts looked last year as Calvin and Hobbes!

 

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Notes on the space

We are a bookstore, not a theatre, or a venue, or a concert hall, so prepare for that, meaning we don’t have a green room, we only have one mic, if you need to set up an entire complex system of musical instruments, this might not work out for you. If you have one instrument and just need help hooking it up and doing a sound check, we would love to help you, and are up for that, if the time allows. All musicians, comedians, poets, singers, writers are welcome as long as they respect the queer space.

Some Boring Yet Important Rules

No drama. Really. Don’t be a jerk, queer or not, no jerks. Straight identifying folks are welcome in the space, as long as they respect the queer space and understand we strive to be a feminist space. Straight identifying folks can also sign up to perform as long as they understand we give priority to queer artists, we do want you to join us and be a part of the experience, we are a queer space for everyone.

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now more on our amazing feature!

Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the award-winning author of ten books including the new collection of short stories, Pretty Much Dead. Previous works include Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words, a collection of letters from Death Row by the “first female serial killer” to her childhood best friend. She is also the author of five books of poetry, editor of two anthologies, and, with artist Diane DiMassa, the co-creator of the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious. She has relentlessly toured coast to coast. Daphne is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and is a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco.

Queer Open Mic Featuring DAPHNE GOTTLIEB
Friday, October 23 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco