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

September 25: The San Francisco Queer Open MIic featuring MYA BYRNE

Blythe Baldwin and guest host WONDER DAVE for a night of fun and queer awesomeness!!

The Sign Up List

If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only!
Please note that you have to be present to sing up. You cannot sign up someone else. You cannot give up your spot on the list. You do not choose when you go up. Signing up gives you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only. WE WILL CUT YOU OFF IF YOU GO OVER TIME. and please please please, rules aside, HAVE FUN!!! and share and enjoy the queer space.

WHAT YOU GET: What you get is five minutes to shine! We love new stuff, unpolished, we love old stuff, polished show off, or take a chance, we support you whether it’s amazing or rough, as long as you’re not being a jerk.

The Space

We are a bookstore, not a theatre, or a venue, or a concert hall, so prepare for that. 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 queer musicians, comedians, poets, singers, writers are welcome.

Some Boring Yet Important Rules
No drama. Really. Don’t be 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.

NOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FEATURE!

Recently relocated to San Francisco, Mya Byrne is a poet, award-winning performing songwriter, and activist. A proud trans woman, she established her solo folk-Americana career in 2012 after years of performing with roots-rock band, the Ramblers, opening for acts such as Levon Helm.
Mya’s been featured on many great festival and club stages across the country. Her first solo record hit #31 on the Cashbox charts, and the follow-up, As I Am, is out now. Her music and poetry have been featured in SingOut!, The Advocate, and CBS/Radio.com.
A 2015 Emerging Artist at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mya was recently named one of the “30 Most Promising Acts in NYC” by The Aquarian, chosen for official showcases at Folk Alliance conferences and NPR, was featured on an internationally syndicated public radio program on the transgender voice, and worked with major northeast universities on creating and presenting educational programs for queer and trans students. Her commentary on trans lives has been featured in the Advocate, Huffington Post, and on MSNBC.

Follow her at @myadriene and listen to the new record atwww.myabyrne.bandcamp.com.

If you have any pressing questions about the space, please feel free to contact us at sfqueeropenmic@gmail.com

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August 28th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring GREGORY POND with musical guest DIANA REGAN!

NEW JUNE BANNER

Summer is almost over! Come Queer it up!

Come celebrate queer victories, antics, failures, and strength, with us! Join your Hosts: Baruch Porras-Hernandez and the super awesome Blythe Baldwin! Come on out, bring your friends.

The Sign up List!

If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only!
Please note that you have to be present to sing up. You cannot sign up someone else. You cannot give up your spot on the list. You do not choose when you go up. Signing up gives you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only. WE WILL CUT YOU OFF IF YOU GO OVER TIME. and please please please, rules aside, have fun and share and enjoy the queer space.

What you do get is five minutes to shine! We love new stuff, unpolished, we love old stuff, polished show off, or take a chance, we support you whether it’s amazing or rough, as long as you’re not being a jerk.

The space

We are a bookstore, not a theatre, or a venue, or a concert hall, so prepare for that. 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 queer musicians, comedians, poets, singers, writers are welcome.

Some boring yet important rules.

No drama. Really. Don’t be 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.

If you have any pressing questions about the space, please feel free to contact us at sfqueeropenmic@gmail.com

Now for info about our amazing features!

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DIANA REGAN is a singer songwriter based in Oakland. She tours the west coast regularly playing her unique brand of sad girl folk. Her songs focus on personal struggles in overcoming addiction, depression, relationships and trying to find a place in a hostile world. You can find more of her music at http://dianaregan.bandcamp.com

GREGORY POND was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents born in Panama and moved to San Francisco in the late 1970’s. He’s a single dad and grandfather. Author and publisher of two books of poetry aftermoon and Blackened Blue both available now on Amazon. He’s read his poetry all over the bay area, was a featured poet at the My First Love Poetry Festival organized by GuyWriters and SFQueerOpenMic, and was a featured writer in the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal. He is a volunteer reader and facilitator of Poetically Speaking a weekly, conference-call program for seniors featuring classic and contemporary poetry. When asked what is his deepest darkest secret? He reveals he’s worked for Comcast Cable for over 25 years.

Queer Open Mic Featuring GREGORY POND with Musical Guest DIANA REGAN
Friday, August 28th 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

 

 

July 24th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring DENISE BENAVIDES!

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Get your poems, jokes, stories, songs, and satire ready!

When: July 24 Friday
Sign up list opens: 7:00 pm sharp
Show starts: 7:30 pm
Where: Modern Times bookstore Collective
2919 24th Street in the MISSION!!

Hosts: Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin.

If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only!
Come on out, bring your friends!

Some boring yet important rules when entering the queer space:Please note that you have to be present to sing up. You cannot sign up someone else. You cannot give up your spot on the list.

You do not choose when you go up.

Signing up gives you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only, WE WILL CUT YOU OFF IF YOU GO OVER TIME. And please please please, rules aside, have fun and share and enjoy the queer space.

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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DENISE BENAVIDES is a first generation Chicana poet who has been published in FatCity Review, Ground Protest Poetry, The Far East: Everything As It Is, and The Acorn Review. She has feature all over the bay area including shows with KQED, Voz Sin Tinta, and the Latino Spoken word festival, ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? She lives in Oakland where she is currently working on her upcoming collection of poetry titled: There Are No Safe Words Here.

Queer Open Mic Featuring DENISE BENAVIDES
Friday, July 24th 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

June 26: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring ROMAN RIMER and KATHLEEN KNIGHTON!

NEW JUNE BANNERHAPPY PRIDE everyone. We know this is a hectic week for everyone, May was hard, June was hard. Things are overwhelming, but we need to also celebrate that dark things or not, the world is queer as hell, and getting more and more queer. Lets celebrate by coming together for another queer open mic at Modern Times Bookstore. With our features, Roman Rimer, who we love, and Kathleen Knighton, who we also love. These are two folks we’ve been wanting to feature at our show for a very long time, and we are so happy that they are featuring for our Pride event!!

Get your poems, jokes, stories, songs, and satire ready!

When: June 26 Friday
Sign up list opens: 7:00 pm sharp
Show starts: 7:30 pm
Where: Modern Times bookstore Collective
2919 24th Street in the MISSION!!

Hosts: Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin.
If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only!
Come on out, bring your friends!

Some boring yet important rules when entering the queer space:Please note that you have to be present to sing up. You cannot sign up someone else. You cannot give up your spot on the list. You do not choose when you go up. Signing up gives you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only, WE WILL CUT YOU OFF IF YOU GO OVER TIME. And please please please, rules aside, have fun and share and enjoy the queer space.

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 space for all. If you have any questions please feel free to email Baruch at baruchporras@gmail.com

NOW MORE FROM OUR FEATURES!

ROMAN RIMER
Is an activist, storyteller, writer, improv actor, solo performer and radio host. In addition to performing across the country Roman has spoken to classes about gender at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, College of Staten Island, Gallaudet University and La Guardia Community College. He performs improv all over San Francisco. Has done stand up. Has toured his solo show across several venues and has been a featured writer/storyteller all over the bay are. He hosts a radio show at Pirate

Musical GUEST!
KATHLEEN KNIGHTON
Kathleen Knighton grew up among the mountains and valleys of West Virginia and followed a meandering path westward to San Francisco. Her musical roots extend across the map too, ranging from folk to rock to country and blues.Knighton’s strength as a singer/songwriter can be found between the rippling lines of her new EP, Brook Stones, often requiring a second–and third–listen to discover rich layers of meaning. Her voice flows delicately over her lyrics at times, then changes streams to belt with energy and power. She has toured as a vocalist in a dozen countries and was a featured performer at the West Coast Songwriters Conference in 2013.

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Queer Open Mic Featuring ROMAN RIMER AND KATHLEEN KNIGHTON
Friday, June 26th 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

The San Francisco Queer Open Mic with TWO features! CELESTE CHAN and ANDRE LE MONT WILSON!

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Please join us for a very special SFQOM this month with TWO FEATURES!! These are two folks we’ve been wanting to feature at our show for a very long time, and since this month was the only month they could both do it, we just had to book both of them!

Get your poems, jokes, stories, songs, and satire ready!
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When: May 22nd, Friday Sign up list opens: 7:00 pm sharp Show starts: 7:30 pm
Where: Modern Times bookstore Collective
Hosts: Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin.
If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only!
Come on out, bring your friends!

if you have any questions please feel free to email Baruch at baruchporras@gmail.com

now more from our features.

 
ANDRE LE MONT WILSON:Born in Los Angeles to parents who were poets, Andre Le Mont Wilson moved to the Bay Area where he told epic stories split into five minute segments over the course several months at the Queer Open Mic. This year, the Marin Poetry Center published an excerpt of one of these serialized stories in “Changing Harm to Harmony,” an anthology of poetry and letters on bullying. Proceeds benefited the Spectrum LGBT Center. Locally, he performed stories at The Moth StorySlam, Fireside Storytelling, and the Marsh Theater. Andre is honored to tell an entire story in one night at the Queer Open Mic.

CELESTE CHAN:Celeste Chan is a hybrid artist, writer, and organizer. She is a queer student of experimentation, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. A Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA alumna, her writing can be found in Ada, As/us journal, cream city review, Feminist Wire, Glitterwolf, Hyphen, and Matador. Her films have screened in MIX NYC, Entzaubert, GLITCH Glasgow, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and beyond. Alongside KB Boyce, she co-directs Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project. (Photo by Lydia Daniller)

Queer Open Mic Featuring CELESTE CHAN AND ANDRE LE MONT WILSON!
Friday, May 22nd
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

April 24th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring KAMALA PULIGANDLA

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Hey hey hey Queers and friends! We love you, we miss you, we will see you Friday the 24th! Get your poems, jokes, stories, songs, and satire ready!

When: April 24th, Friday Sign up list opens: 7:00 pm sharp Show starts: 7:30 pm Where: Modern Times bookstore Collective Hosts: Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin. If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only! Come on out, bring your friends, share in the wealth of Queer Art San Francisco is filled with!! Harness the power of the rainbow and all things glittery for a power up to get you through to the next Queer Open Mic!

The San Francisco Queer Open Mic is a free show with a suggested donation of $3-$5 but NO ONE is ever turned away for lack of funds!

KAMALA PULIGANDLA

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About our March Feature: Kamala Puligandla is neither a cat nor a dog person and has a strict policy against cleaning up anyone else’s poop. She did, however, attend an environmental camp in 4th grade, and won an award for kissing the most banana slugs. Which should have been clue #973 that she was a dyke from the start. Things that have NOT been said about Kamala’s work include “Wow, that had a riveting plot,” and “You know, I think my mom would like that.” But, dear audience, there is still hope. She’s written for WriteClubSF, ShipWreck and other fun literary gatherings around the bay area.

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Queer Open Mic Featuring KAMALA PULIGANDLA
Friday, APRIL 24th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco