December 12: Aimee Suzara

So you’ve just finished your turkey (or your tofurkey, or your anti-turkey-slaughter protest fast), and now all of a sudden a national recession-denial panic is hitting you in the face with obscene retail sales, even more obscenely low gas prices, and people yelling “Ho ho ho!” at you from street corners like they know something about you that you don’t. You’re confused, you’re not quite sure if you want to celebrate or counter-celebrate, and you’re thinking maybe it would just be safer if you ditched everything for the next month and hid under a rock.

We have a better idea. Come to Queer Open Mic instead! It’s right in the middle of the month — just after you finish digesting all that tryptophan, and slightly before you have to meet Aunt Sue for the annual Cheek-Pinching Extravaganza.

Aimee SuzaraAnd by the way… that whole cold weather thing? Seriously not a problem. Cuz our feature this month is HOT.

About Aimee Suzara…

Filipino-American writer/performer and educator Aimee Suzara uses poetry, theatre and movement to explore themes of home, migration and the body. She was a member of the queer Pin@y arts collective, Kreatibo, whose 2004 play, Dalagas and Tomboys: A Family Affair was awarded a Best Theatre award from Curve Magazine.  Her multidisciplinary production, Pagbabalik (Return), was awarded the Zellerbach Community Arts Grant in 2006 and 2007 and she has been published in the NAACP-nominated Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees(Lit Noire, 2007) and in several journals.  Her poetry chapbook, the space between, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. She coaches youth and adults in poetry and performance and teaches English at City College of San Francisco and Laney College.  Check her out at

So come on down to Modern Times and bring a draft.  We’ll warm those cockles right up for ya.

Queer Open Mic
Friday, December 12, 2008
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street (at 20th) in San Francisco

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