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.

now about our lovely feature
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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.

CLICK JOIN AND TELL US YOU ARE GOING ON FACEBOOK!

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

CHECK OUT OUR AWESOME POSTER!!! by Carrie Gocker!

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March 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring VIRGIE TOVAR!

march 2015 banner yup yeahWe work really hard to bring the artists that we feature at the Queer Open Mic table, we feel that the artist we choose we choose not just for their talent but for their connection to the Queer Community, and the world. This artist in particular I feel is uniquely changing the world around them and the world is noticing. Her several campaigns and projects from Lose Hate not Weight, to Babecamp, to her book, her essays and radical work as a feminist activist are rockin’ the world enough to get the attention of MTV, New York Times and of course, most importantly, us folks at the Queer Open Mic!!

We are so happy and so proud to have her at our show!

So join us March 27th, at Modern Times Bookstore for the San Francisco Queer Open Mic!

TIME 7:30 show

SING UPS 7pm sharp

HOW MUCH? FREE

WHERE: 2919 24TH Street San Francisco

WHEN: March 27th

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.

and now for more Virgie!

virgie tovar pool 2Virgie Tovar, MA is an author, activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion and the mastermind behind #LoseHateNotWeight. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Huffington Post and Bust Magazine. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!

Queer Open Mic Featuring VIRGIE TOVAR
Friday, MARCH 27TH
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

February 27th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring MAISHA Z. JOHNSON

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FEBRUARY IS HERE! We cannot believe it is already the second month of 2015, so futuristic! WHO IS READY FOR ANOTHER SF QUEER OPEN MIC?! We are!!! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day, bring your love, your passion, your poems and your songs, to this month’s SF QUEER OPEN MIC!

Hosted by Baruch Porras Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin!

TIME 7:30 show

SING UPS 7pm sharp

HOW MUCH? FREE

WHERE: 2919 24TH Street San Francisco

WHEN: February 27th.

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.

now for our feature!!

Maisha 03 headshotMaisha Z. Johnson is a queer black writer and activist of Trinidadian descent. She has an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University and leads arts and healing workshops with such powerful groups as survivors of violence and incarcerated women. Her work has been published in numerous journals, nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and won competitions including Literary Death Match, The Lit Slam, and Portuguese Artists Colony. As a full-time angry feminist, Maisha writes for Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, and Pyragraph Magazine, and she’s the author of Through Your Own Words: 51 Writing Prompts for Healing and Self-Care (Inkblot Arts 2014), as well as three poetry chapbooks. Visit her at www.inkblotarts.org.

SEE YOU THERE!

Queer Open Mic Featuring MAISHA Z. JOHNSON
Friday, February 28TH
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

 

January 23: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring: IRENE TU!

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

We hope you have had a great start to the year, and hope you join us for the First Queer Open Mic of 2015! Holy crap that sounds like the fuuuuuuuuuuuuture!!!

So yes, the show is this Friday the 23, same queer time, same queer venue the trusty good ol Modern Times Bookstore in the heart of the Mission!

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TIME 7:30 show

SING UPS 7pm sharp

HOW MUCH? FREE

WHERE: 2919 24TH Street San Francisco

DATE: Jan 23.

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.

check out our feature!

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Irene Tu is a stand-up comic, writer, and performer from Chicago, now living in the Bay Area. Some have described her as “sarcastic” but she just tells it like it is. She has been in SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and was a finalist in Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition. She co-produces Laugh Function at Pappy’s in Berkeley every Saturday and a monthly comedy show at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland every 3rd Saturday of the month. Follow her on twitter @irene_tu. irenetu.com

SEE YOU THERE!

Queer Open Mic Featuring IRENE TU
Friday, January 23rd
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 19th:The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring NICK V. CHIN! Finally!

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So, some time ago, we met a young lad named Nick. We fell in love with him. He kept coming to the Queer Open Mic and he kept making us laugh, and lifted ours spirits. He then helped us, when we needed him the most. Then he helped us again, when we really really needed him. He just kept getting better and better, and then we fell more in love with him, (it’s hard not to, he is a great guy, and  A GREAT PERFORMER!) But then, he broke our hearts. He left to go explore Hawaii, and farm. And we were sad, sooooooo sad. BUT HE’S BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS!! So we really could not let him be there without giving him his first feature at The San Francisco Queer Open Mic!!

So join us, Friday December 19th! For The Last San Francisco Queer Open Mic of 2014! We cannot wait to see a full feature performance by the lovely Nick V. Chin and hope to see you all there!

Remember the sing up list goes up at 7pm, the show starts at 7:30pm. There is a poetry show right before our show, so we might start a tiny bit late, we want to be nice and share the space, but the list will def be up by 7pm, and you all know if tills up fast.

BRING: Your open hearts, your bravery, your 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 HOLIDAY COOKIES!!), but nothing too messy please, we gotta help keep that bookstore clean.

Remember the show is FREE! With a suggested donation.

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Nick V. Chin is a poet from the great city of Richmond, CA who now lives on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai’i. He has performed at poetry readings and shows all over the Bay Area. Before leaving for Hawaii he had the honor of being one the features at the MY FIRST LOVE POETRY FESTIVAL in 2013. He was also one of the features at the SEXY BEASTS show that year, which was part of the city wide BEAST CRAWL Literary bar crawl festival in Oakland.   He is an active participant of WAIMEA’S BRING IT HAWAI’I, KONA SLAM, BIG ISLAND BREWHAUS’ ORIGNAL SHOWS, and for the past three years he has been a featured poet at Burning Man’s Center Camp.

Queer Open Mic Featuring NICK V. CHIN
Friday, December 19th
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!

Novembe 21rst: The San Francsco Queer Open Mic featuring NA’AMEN GOBERT TILAHUN

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Remember folks, the QOM in November and December are  during the third Friday of the month, not the fourth, due to the holidays.

BRING: Your open hearts, your bravery, your 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.

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.

now for some info on our feature.

I met Na’amen when I went to a queer event in Oakland, he was one of the speakers and did a talk on people of color in Science Fiction/Fantasy genres that blew my mind, the audience loved what he had to say, and then I found out he is a writer, so I just had to invite him to the show! I can’t wait to listen to his work.

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titles and unsure about what they really mean. He also writes essays
and makes a mean panna cotta.

Queer Open Mic Featuring NA’AMEN GOBERT TILAHUN
Friday, November 21rst.
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco!