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!

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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

February 28th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring music by JADE WAY and writer performer SEVAN KELEE!

No date? Come get your queer flirt on, at the show! A lot of trendy sexy queers have met a lovely significant other at our show!

Got a date? What better date night than to support local queer arts, WOOO! Come to the show! Hold hands through the performance, go to a bar after!

Back at our awesome queer space!
THE MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE
at 2919 24th in San Francisco.

Same queer time! 7:30

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

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

MORE ON OUR FEATURES!

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JADE WAY
Has been singing since she was a babe and has been teaching herself guitar, on and off again, since she was 17 years old. She started heavily writing music two years ago while she was in the Peace Corps, in Mali. Music has always helped her to get through rough times in her life. It wasn’t until she moved to San Francisco from Michigan, a year ago, that she started performing. Some of her greatest influences have been Corinne Bailey-Rae, Phil Collins, The Beatles, Genesis and Lauryn Hill. When she’s not performing, she works as a mental health counselor for Progress Foundation, where she facilitates music/art therapy groups. She started coming to the open mic a year ago and has just won our hearts, now we get to see her ROCK IT!!

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SEVAN KELEE
Seven-Kelee Boult (Formerly known as, Lucky 7) is a well known Bay Area poet. She has represented several Bay Area slam teams over the past 10 years. Recently, she became the only woman in the Bay to win the honored title Grand Slam Champion of 3 different Bay teams (SF, Berkeley, and Oakland). Sevan has been writing since childhood. Her most recent artistic venture involves the ukulele and poetry. She effortlessly blends music and poetry to engage the audience with her soft, raspy voice and mesmerizing stage presence.

SEE YOU GUYS THERE!

Queer Open Mic Featuring Jade Way and Sevan Kelee
Friday, February 28th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

DATE and VENUE CHANGE!

Hi everyone, in case you missed it, the show date has changed, just for January from Jan 24th, to the 25th. So the show is on Saturday, not Friday.

Also, due to some schedule conflicts, we are not going to be at The Modern Times Bookstore, we love them, we will be there for the rest of the year, but just for January we are going to be at The Marsh Theatre!

The Lovely folks at The Marsh have graciously decided to let us use their lovely theatre space for the night of the 25th to have the Open Mic, so please join us on Saturday the 25th at The Marsh on Valencia and 22nd. We are very happy and excited to be doing the show at such an amazing space, which, like the bookstore, is also a San Francisco institution, dedicated to the arts and dedicated to the queer community.

Check out this nifty poster and please share it with all of your friends, SEE YOU ON SATURDAY THE 25TH!!!

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January 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring CAREY CALLAHAN!

Happy New Everyone!

Lets keep this queer magic going! We have a lot of great shows and features coming to you this year, I cannot wait to see your faces, when you see the rest of our amazing line up. But until then, our first feature of the year is a very talented young man!

Here is his handsome picture,

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Carey Callahan is a Berkeley comic and storyteller whose work explores the intersection of being a hardcore feminist and a hardcore idiot. Afterellen.com very sweetly said he is “bold and authentic” and that his “unique perspective on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness is unmatched.” He often talks about growing up in the Midwest, having ADHD, and being a trans person. If you follow him on Twitter, @careycallahan, you’ll read every single thought he has about Beyonce.

NEW SPACE for the month of January we are going to be at The Marsh Theatre on Valencia.

Same queer time! 7:30

NEW DATE! Because of a scheduling conflict we are now doing the show, just for this month, on a Saturday the 25th.

Your same, head organizer, curator, co-host BARUCH PORRAS-HERNANDEZ!  And co-host, production dungeon master, BLYTHE BALDWIN!!

Sign ups are at 7pm, signing up gets you one slot to do one piece and one piece only.

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

ONE MORE PICTURE, CAUSE WHY NOT?!

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SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

Queer Open Mic Featuring CAREY CALLAHAN!
Saturday, January 25th!
7pm-ish sign-ups, show at 7:30
The Marsh Theatre
1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

December 20th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: SONYA RENEE TAYLOR!

So, I’m just gonna say it, having Sonya Renee Taylor feature at this show has been one of my dreams ever since I stepped on as a curator back in 2009. 4 years later, it is now finally coming true!

I cannot wait for her to grace our little stage and bring her inspiring work to us. This poet is one of the most electrifying artists in the country, and one of the very few people that I call a super hero. She is a super hero folks. I say this with my whole heart, cause she saved me one night, she did. If you want to hear the story, you better come to the show, cause I’ll probably share it at the open mic. Till then, think good thoughts, be grateful, and Blythe and I will see you all soon, but, REMEMBER GUYS, the show is the third Friday this month, December 20th, not the fourth.

Same queer space! THE MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE at 2919 24th in San Francisco.

Same queer time! 7:30

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

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

MORE ON OUR FEATURE!

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Performance Poet, Activist and transformational leader Sonya Renee is a National and International poetry slam champion, published author, and transformational leader. She has shared her work and activism across the US, New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands. She is the founder and CEO of the The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement of over 23,000 members focused on radical self love and body empowerment. Ms. Renee has been seen, heard and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS,CNN, Oxygen Network, New York Magazine, Today.com, Hiuffington Post, Shape.com and many more. She has shared stages with such luminaries as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Belafonte, Dr. Cornell West, Amiri Baraka and more. Sonya continues to perform, speak and facilitate workshops globally. Visit her at www.sonya-renee.com or www.thebodyisnotanapology.com.

Queer Open Mic Featuring SONYA RENEE TAYLOR!
Friday, December 20!
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

November 15th:The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring JASMINE SCHLAFKE!!

HEADS UP QUEERS!! THE SHOW IS THIS FRIDAY!!! DON’T MISS IT!!!!

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Got enough Halloween candy? Ready for some sweetness? YEAH YOU ARE!!
Come on over to one last queer party before the holidays start kicking our buns.
BUT remember folks, this month, it is the third Friday of the month, the third, not the fourth. The date is NOVEMBER 15TH.

Same queer space! THE MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE at 2919 24th in San Francisco.

Same queer time! 7:30

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

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

MORE ON OUR FEATURE!

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JASMINE SCHLAFKE
Jasmine Schlafke is an activist and poet committed to ending silence in her community. She is the National Jefferson awardee for both 2000 and 2003 for her commitment to activism in the queer community and is the Good Times best poet in Santa Cruz for 2013. She has represented Santa Cruz Nationally at the National Poetry Slam in both 2011 and 2013 and serves as a lead diversity trainer for both the University Santa Cruz at California and Planned Parenthood. Jasmine’s tag line is ‘my humanity is my ministry’ and she looks forward to sharing her truth with you soon.

SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

Queer Open Mic Featuring JASMINE SCHLAFKE!
Friday, November 15th!
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

 

Hot Tubs for the Masses, Soap Burritos and Melvia Einstein, an Interview with Entirely Talia, our upcoming Musical Feature!

Each month we try to do what we can to connect you more with our features, here is an interview we did with the talented musical feature Entirely Talia! Don’t miss the show this coming Friday!

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1.    What is your favorite song? What are you listening to right now?
I love Samson by Regina Spektor, As Cool as I am by Dar Williams, Wash it Down by K’Naan, Storm Comin’ by the Wailin Jennys, Killing me Softly (all versions), Nightime by Daveed Diggs
Artists specific to right now: Lorde, Meklit Hadero, The Civil Wars, Sara Barreilles

2.    What’s your biggest struggle – artistic, work or otherwise?
In high school I made a boy cry because I turned him down for a date- pretty bluntly. I wasn’t trying to be mean, but I couldn’t imagine he actually liked me and that it could hurt his feelings. Not that I needed to say to say yes to placate him, but I realized later it was more about the fact that I had no conception of actually mattering to him than anything else.
That’s the struggle: remembering I matter. I’ve come up against this in many ways- forgetting to let a friend know I wouldn’t be at their party, not showing up to a protest because I didn’t believe I would make a difference, neglecting to keep my monthly artist date with myself… all ways that I’ve forgotten my own importance.

3.    Name an artist you admire, or have learned a lot from?
My mom, Linda Hirschhorn. She taught me how to prioritize art, and how to make performance not just about the performer but about the whole room. She’s helped me grow and stretch my voice to make sounds I never before imagined! Since before birth she has instilled in me my love of singing, harmonizing and writing.

4.    When did you decide to be a singer songwriter, what made you decide that?
I’ve been singing since before I could talk. I sing more than I talk. If I ever stop singing you should probably call 9-1-1. I’ve always been a writer, but I never put the two together until I started taking guitar lessons a few years ago. My guitar teacher (Lisa Zeiler) decided it was ridiculous that I wasn’t a songwriter. She said “Don’t come back until you’ve written a song.” I was back the next week and have been writing and performing ever since.

5.    Aliens or Terminator 2? X-Men or Avengers?
I love X-Men. Everything else is too scary (I’m kinda a wimp).

6.    Dream job?
The one I’ve got: I’m the Executive Director of Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA). I get to support young folks to become awesome, powerful, creative activists.

7.    What is your favorite spot to perform in the Bay Area? The world?
The SF Queer Open Mic, obvi. But if I had to say anywhere else….I got to perform at Occupy London and that was pretty rad. A few summers ago my friends and I went to the Cenotes in Mexico- these underground caves you can swim in. They had the best acoustics I’ve ever experienced. I sang my heart out the whole time, much to the chagrin of our fellow travelers.

8.    If someone said, “I want to do what you do,” what would you warn them about? What would you tell them?
I’d say that hella shit will always get in the way of making art come first. Society isn’t exactly set up to support artists. It makes us think there are limited resources and we have to compete. So give a big F-U to those messages, reach out for lots of support, make regular artist dates with yourself and hold tight to them.
Also, a big thing that has helped me has been deciding to prioritize quantity over quality. Really. I just tell myself that what matters most is that I write 1 song a month, and I don’t care how terrible it is. This has been a great way to defeat the voices in my head that make me want to give up with every shitty line I write. It means I have a lot of songs I never want to share with anyone, but also songs I’m proud of.

9.    Do you have a favorite food?
Satsuma sweet potatoes are the best thing that ever happened to me.

10.What singer songwriter should we be reading right now!?
Eli Conley former band mate,  fellow SF Queer Open Mic regular and past feature.

11.Do you go to Burning Man? If yes, why? If no, why?
Never been. Here’s why I would go: for the art art ART. Here’s why I wouldn’t go: my love-hate relationship with hippies, how annoying it is when people say things like “sharing is caring” when really they just mean they’re privileged assholes and want your shit, how annoying it is when people think everyone is loving and connected and actually their just drugged to oblivion, the sand, the sand, the heat, the sand.

12.What’s wrong with the music world today?
That there aren’t enough resources for artists and we get set up to be in competition with each other. When I start feeling jealous of other talented musicians, I try to remind myself how great the world would be if everyone was encouraged to do lots of art. Still, it’s hard.

13.Favorite book?
God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

14.What is your funniest memory?
More sweet than funny: I have this memory of my parents teaching me how to take a bath, and showing me how to rub the soap on the washcloth. I asked my mom why I couldn’t just wrap the soap in the washcloth like a burrito and my mom laughed so hard the whole bathroom echoed with it.

15.What would you like to see happen in your lifetime?
An end to racism.    Hot tubs for the masses.

16.How do you get in the mood, when you write a song? Do you have any rituals? Favorite writing blanket? Superstitions? Tea you drink before you pick up your guitar?
I like to drive up to the Piedmont Cemetery with my guitar and write songs overlooking the Bay. That’s where I am right now!

17.If you could perform with any celebrity, who one would it be? What about a famous artist, who is not a celebrity, which one would it, be?
I would love to perform with Dar Wiliams. She’s one of my heroes.

18.What are some of your favorite smells?
I’m more auditory than olfactory. I do like the smell of a satsuma sweet potato in the oven, of walking by a house and getting a surprise whiff of jasmine, and of the Pacific ocean.

19.Historical figure you would want to be in a YouTube video with?
Melvia Maric Einstein. Einstein’s wife. I wrote a song about her once after learning there is controversy over how much of Albert’s thinking actually came from her. I bet she could work it!

21. What are you most proud of?
Friends-  I have a tight crew of girlfriends called the Gaggle. We’ve been friends since high school or earlier.
Music- I’m proud that I have songs that make people laugh
Work- I’ve been at my organization for seven years and have restructured it in cool ways. It’s been really fun and challenging.
Future-  I’m proud of my decision to move to NY (this February) in pursuit of my next adventure!
Now accepting: professional, music and housing connections in Brooklyn…

Check out Entirely Talia and her amazing stuff here! http://www.reverbnation.com/entirelytalia

Don’t miss The San Francisco Queer Open Mic this October 25th at Modern Times Bookstore, in the heart of the Mission!

Also that night, spoken word feature, FRANNY CHOI!!

Go click going on the Facebook invite here! https://www.facebook.com/events/189963201190526/

Audre Lorde, Franny Choi’s Mom, and Gandalf The White’s Powers combined. An interview with our October Spoken Word feature!

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1.     Favorite junk food?
Does bourbon count as junk food?
 
2.      Name a writer you admire, or have learned a lot from?
I learn something new every time Laura Brown-Lavoie gets on stage. Seriously, she’s been low-key smashing the dominant paradigm since we were in the spoken word collective together in college. Probably before that
 
3.      What is your favorite song? What are you listening to right now?  
I’ve been listening to a lot Esperanza Spalding and Milo & Otis.

4.      What’s your biggest struggle – artistic, work or otherwise?
I think both in my literary work and in the rest of my life, my racial, class, gender, and queer identities have been a constant point of struggle and growth. I don’t mean “struggle” in a bad sense — more as a question I keep returning to, whose answer is constantly changing. I think it will be a lifelong struggle to figure out how to speak about these identities in my work and where I belong within artist and activist communities. And like, what it means when I look in the mirror and this person is looking back.

5.      When did you decide to be a writer, what made you decide that?
When I was in the fourth grade, I got a poem published in one of those scam things — remember those? Those huge books that would publish any poem you submitted and then you had to buy the book? As a fourth grader, I was like, “This obviously sucks but also feels… kinda good…”

6.      Aliens or Terminator 2?

Whoa. T2 is the Choi Family movie night movie. So.

Who would you go on an adventure with, Storm from the X-Men or Gandalf from LOTRs?
I’d go with Gandalf the White (not Grey), except I feel like Gandalf always has his own hidden agenda and is like not telling you shit. Just, “Yeah ok, let’s go through the mines. It’s cool. Don’t worry about it.”

8.      What is your favorite spot to perform in the Bay Area? The world?
I think the New Shit Show is pretty darn cool. Probably my favorite shows so far ever have been at Wash U and Wesleyan. Those guys really know how to pack a house.

9.      If someone said, “I want to do what you do,” what would you warn them about? What would you tell them?
Get a good toiletries bag. Make work plans for yourself. I HOPE YOU LIKE PAYING TAXES.

10.   Do you have a favorite role model?                         

Probably some combination of my mom and Audre Lorde. With their powers combined… damn.

11.   What writer should we be reading right now!?
Aracelis Girmay. GO.

12.   Do you go to Burning Man? If yes, why? If no, why?
Do they even allow POC there?

13.   What’s wrong with the literary world today?
Probably just capitalism at it again, right?

14.   What is your funniest memory?
Oh gosh… they’re mostly just memories of my friends and me being ratchet in college.

15.   What would you like to see happen in your lifetime?
More restorative, community-based solutions to the criminal justice system, the defunding of prisons, the dismantling of borders, and an Arrested Development revival that doesn’t make me want to barf.

16.   How do you get in the mood, when you write? Do you have any rituals? Favorite writing blanket? Superstitions?
When I’m starting to feel stuck, I turn up music really loudly, close my eyes, and just word vomit onto the page.

17.   If you could perform with any celebrity, who one would it be? What about a famous artist, who is not a celebrity, who would it be?
Beyonce, except I would feel 100% inadequate doing anything in her presence. I would love to collaborate with Favianna Rodriguez.
 
18.   Historical figure you would want to be in a YouTube video with?
Assata Shakur.

19.   What are you most proud of?           
            My little siblings.

20.   What are some of your favorite smells?
MY SHIT ON THE FACES OF HATERS.!

Check out Franny Choi and her amazing stuff here! http://frannychoi.com/

Don’t miss The San Francisco Queer Open Mic this October 25th at Modern Times Bookstore, in the heart of the Mission!

Also that night, musical guest ENTIRELY TALIA!!

Go click going on the Facebook invite here! https://www.facebook.com/events/189963201190526/

October 25th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring FRANNY CHOI and ENTIRELY TALIA

Its October! And I for one am incredibly happy it is here, cause man who doesn’t love candy, and who doesn’t love Halloween?! But you know what we love more? – THE SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC!!

Last month’s show went so well, so many folks signed up, we squeezed in about 18 into the show and the feature read to us from his sexy gay vampire book, we didn’t have the lovely Blythe Baldwin with us, but Nick Chin was able to take her spot for the night and he roooocked! Always happy to have him at the show, we hope he considers us one of his homes, he is always welcome. Always.

Now for this month! October is going to be very special, one because we have a poetry feature that I’m very very very excited about! She is a national sensation and a recent winner of the coveted Write Bloody National Contest so her book is going to come out next year, and I cannot wait. She’s been on slam stages all over the country and is one of the most exciting spoken word artists I know, FRANNY CHOI, knows what is up, and she is going to tell us all about it.

But that is not all! This month we have a musical guest! A long time regular, she was supposed to feature later in the year, but just found out she is moving, so I could not, not, not, let her go, without having her feature with  us and wow us one last time, we have the awesome treat to get to listen to a whole set of ENTIRELY TALIA’S music. YAY!!!

so, remember folks

Same queer space! THE MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE at 2919 24th in San Francisco.

Same queer time! 7:30

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

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

MORE ON OUR FEATURES!!

FRANNY CHOI

 

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FRANNY CHOI is a Korean-American poet, playwright, and fiction writer. A Pushcart Prize nominee and award-winning performer, she has been a finalist at the three largest adult slam competitions in the nation. Her work has appeared in Fringe, Angry Asian Man, Apogee, Tandem, Issues, and others. Her play Mask Dances was staged in the 2011 Writing is Live Festival at Rites and Reason Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. Her first full-length collection of poems is forthcoming on Write Bloody Publishing.

MUSICAL GUEST ENTIRELY TALIA

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ENTIRELY TALIA, aka Talia Cooper, is a singer/songwriter who has performed all over the San Francisco Bay Area. She first wowed us with her amazing song, Pacifist Fascist some years back and we fell in love with her every single time she came back to the show. When she is not playing music she is the Director of Jewish Youth for Community Action (www.jyca-justice.org) where she has the privilege of working with high school activists. In addition to her own music, Talia sings with the internationally renowned Jewish women’s acapella group Vocolot (www.vocolot.com).

Can’t wait! See you all there.
Queer Open Mic Featuring FRANNY CHOI AND ENTIRELY TALIA!
Friday, October 25th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

September 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: ROB ROSEN!

And then, it is September…are you enjoying your pumpkin lattes? We are! PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS! oh, oh, one more, QUEER ALL THE THINGS!! It is time for another SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC!

Same queer space! THE MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE at 2919 24th in San Francisco.

Same queer time! 7:30

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

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

Now to learn about our feature! ROB ROSEN

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Rob Rosen (www.therobrosen.com) is the author of the critically acclaimed novels “Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love”, “Divas Las Vegas”, “Hot Lava”, “Southern Fried”, “Queerwolf”, and “Vamp”. His short stories have appeared in more than 180 anthologies. He is also the editor of “Lust in Time” and “Men of the Manor”.
Here is the cover of his latest novel.
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Can’t wait! See you all there.
Queer Open Mic Featuring ROB ROSEN!
Friday, September 27
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco