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

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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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!

Last Month’s Show

 

Last month the SF Queer Open Mic went very well, the feature was wonderful, the folks on the sign up list were great, but we had a situation where an audience member left very upset. The audience member was reacting to one of the jokes made by a comic on the sign up list. As co-hosts we did what we could in the moment, we stopped the show, went outside to make sure the audience member was okay, checked in with them to see if they needed to talk? The friend they were with that night asked us to give them space, so we respected that. We went back in to the bookstore and went on with the show. The person on the stage is a local comedian who always does a great set at our show. She is a regular, a past feature and a friend, who had a bad night, this happens sometimes, she felt awful about it right away and wanted to apologize to the audience member but they left by the time the comedian got off stage.

Here is a note from her

-At the October Show, I Morgan, made a joke that upset a woman in the audience. I had no way of knowing what that was going to bring up for her. I would like to apologize again for upsetting this young woman. I am deeply sorry as that is never my intent. My intent is to bring joy and or invoke thought.-

Since the show is an open mic, the co-hosts have no control over what the performers do on stage, we do what we can to provide a censorship free space (to a point) but we also don’t want to have our audience members go through a terrible experiences. We don’t have that audience members email address, so if hope that they see this, we hope they give us a second chance, and hope they are doing okay.

Sincerely,

The San Francisco Queer Open Mic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOW ON TO OUR FEATURE!

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

ALLISON MOON!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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