February 25th: Queer Open Mic with Dave End

It’s been said before, but it’s worth reiterating – February is a month of lonely hearts. February is a long, slow slide that ends, if we are lucky, with spring time. But before we get there we must endure the month long bombardment with red hearts and flowers, the Hallmark-induced fear that we cannot be alone and be happy, the terror that we will never be the perfect romantic-comedy partner, spunky and off-beat in our utterly classic love.

There are a few different ways to handle February. For a quick fix, simply walk into any drug store and spend a few minute reading the gag-worthy poetry in the hideously pink cards. Perhaps sample some of the cheap, over-sugared chocolate that every one pushes on you. At a pinch, just sleep right through that dreaded day in the middle of the month, curled up in bed with a pet, if you’ve got one, or a hot water bottle.

These will do, but a better way to fight February’s false pretenses is get up and be as wrenchingly honest as ever you can. The best way to combat greeting-card poetry is to share the real stuff, read it out loud and fearless – be who you are, as you are, and don’t let February (or any other month) tell you otherwise.

And what better place to be real as can be than at the good old Queer Open Mic?

(No place. No place at all.)

Dave End

About Dave End:

Dave End is a songwriter, performing artist and designer based in San Francisco. Ms. End recently relocated to the bay area from Philadelphia where he Booked and Planned Events at The Mitten, a performance space featuring queer and women artists. Dave End has released two studio albums (How To Hold Your Own Hand, Fruits Commonly Mistaken For Vegetables) and for the past 4 years, has been touring extensively in the U.S., performing at queer teen centers, festivals, colleges, theatres and backyards. Between tours, Ms. End designs costumes, and most recently has been working on writing and producing a new musical, as well as costume designing and dancing in production numbers for songwriter Kimya Dawson. His current project, Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical!, brings together the worlds of music and radical performance art in a theatrical extravaganza, exploring the effects of heterosexism and street harassment on the development of queer identity.  Myspace.com/daveend

Queer Open Mic featuring Dave End!
Friday, February 25, 2011
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street (at 20th) in San Francisco

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