March 25th: Queer Open Mic with Abe Becker

March is a frustrating month. It’s no February, of course – it isn’t evil– but it’s a bit of a tease, that’s for sure. March gives you glimpses of Spring, and then it goes and does what it’s doing right now. It throws a little tantrum. It reminds you that it’s still half Winter.

It rains. And rains.

It’s unpleasant, but you can’t be too angry. We all have days – weeks, even – like that. It’s no fun to try and live up to other people’s hopes and expectations of you. Sometimes, you just need to rain all over them and start fresh, being whatever it is you happen to be.

Share that with us. Be just as brutally honest as March can be. We can take it.

And we really do want to know.

About Abe Becker
Abe Becker began doing spoken word in 2007 with Cal Slam, a student group embedded in the vibrant political culture on the UC Berkeley campus. There he competed as part of the Cal Slam Team from 2007 to 2009, twice making finals stage. Abe was UC Berkeley’s Grand Slam Champion in 2008, which was also his first year representing the city of Berkeley nationally. In 2009, his second year on the city’s slam team, they placed first in team-piece finals at the national competition in West Palm Beach Florida.

While he’s grateful for what success he’s had competitively, some of his most rewarding experiences with spoken word have been non-competitive like The Men’s Story Project, an award-winning collection of performance pieces exploring masculinity. Making art that satisfies both his creativity and his conscience, Abe says he’s “won the lottery with this spoken-word thing…I was an at-risk artist growing up in the suburbs like I did…anything could’ve got me…drama clubs, garage bands….thank god i was so depressed:)…”

He began teaching as a member of Cal Slam, coaching the slam team in 2008 and 2009, and leading regular writing and performance workshops on campus and in the greater community. He has taught everywhere from women’s shelters to elementary schools to libraries to The Esalen Institute in Big Sur. He is one third of Aerosol Love Letter Campaign, a group he formed with Matt Blesse and Terry Taplin, also of Cal Slam. The Campaign is touring the country in the Spring of 2010, spreading the good words to empower poets and activists.

He writes like sober drunks pray. His inner-child has seen dead people dancing. He is perpetually confused and charming. He makes LOUD mistakes….. More at

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

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