October 23: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring DAPHNE GOTTLIEB

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Daphne Gottlieb RETURNS!

Daphne Gottlieb is coming back this month as our feature, and we couldn’t be happier. Legendary writer, performer, and award winner, Daphne Gottlieb represents everything that we love about San Francisco, and she has a new book!, Pretty Much Dead.  So join us this October 23, at Modern Times Bookstore for a very special THE SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC!

What to bring:

Your poems, your songs, your short stories make art, bring something to share with us. Signing up on the list gets you 5 minutes to do one piece and one piece only.

Your friends!

Your love for supporting queer local artists.

A HALLOWEEN COSTUME, no really, bring one, look how cute our hosts looked last year as Calvin and Hobbes!

 

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Notes on the space

We are a bookstore, not a theatre, or a venue, or a concert hall, so prepare for that, meaning we don’t have a green room, we only have one mic, if you need to set up an entire complex system of musical instruments, this might not work out for you. If you have one instrument and just need help hooking it up and doing a sound check, we would love to help you, and are up for that, if the time allows. All musicians, comedians, poets, singers, writers are welcome as long as they respect the queer space.

Some Boring Yet Important Rules

No drama. Really. Don’t be a jerk, queer or not, no jerks. 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.

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now more on our amazing feature!

Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the award-winning author of ten books including the new collection of short stories, Pretty Much Dead. Previous works include Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words, a collection of letters from Death Row by the “first female serial killer” to her childhood best friend. She is also the author of five books of poetry, editor of two anthologies, and, with artist Diane DiMassa, the co-creator of the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious. She has relentlessly toured coast to coast. Daphne is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and is a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco.

Queer Open Mic Featuring DAPHNE GOTTLIEB
Friday, October 23 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

September 25: The San Francisco Queer Open MIic featuring MYA BYRNE

Blythe Baldwin and guest host WONDER DAVE for a night of fun and queer awesomeness!!

The Sign Up List

If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only!
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.

WHAT YOU GET: What you get is five minutes to shine! We love new stuff, unpolished, we love old stuff, polished show off, or take a chance, we support you whether it’s amazing or rough, as long as you’re not being a jerk.

The Space

We are a bookstore, not a theatre, or a venue, or a concert hall, so prepare for that. We only have one mic, if you need to set up an entire complex system of musical instruments, this might not work out for you. If you have one instrument and just need help hooking it up and doing a sound check, we would love to help you, and are up for that, if the time allows. All queer musicians, comedians, poets, singers, writers are welcome.

Some Boring Yet Important Rules
No drama. Really. Don’t be jerk, queer or not, no jerks. 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 TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FEATURE!

Recently relocated to San Francisco, Mya Byrne is a poet, award-winning performing songwriter, and activist. A proud trans woman, she established her solo folk-Americana career in 2012 after years of performing with roots-rock band, the Ramblers, opening for acts such as Levon Helm.
Mya’s been featured on many great festival and club stages across the country. Her first solo record hit #31 on the Cashbox charts, and the follow-up, As I Am, is out now. Her music and poetry have been featured in SingOut!, The Advocate, and CBS/Radio.com.
A 2015 Emerging Artist at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mya was recently named one of the “30 Most Promising Acts in NYC” by The Aquarian, chosen for official showcases at Folk Alliance conferences and NPR, was featured on an internationally syndicated public radio program on the transgender voice, and worked with major northeast universities on creating and presenting educational programs for queer and trans students. Her commentary on trans lives has been featured in the Advocate, Huffington Post, and on MSNBC.

Follow her at @myadriene and listen to the new record atwww.myabyrne.bandcamp.com.

If you have any pressing questions about the space, please feel free to contact us at sfqueeropenmic@gmail.com

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August 28th: The San Francisco Queer Open Mic featuring GREGORY POND with musical guest DIANA REGAN!

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Summer is almost over! Come Queer it up!

Come celebrate queer victories, antics, failures, and strength, with us! Join your Hosts: Baruch Porras-Hernandez and the super awesome Blythe Baldwin! Come on out, bring your friends.

The Sign up List!

If you sign up, you have a 5 minute slot for 1 piece and 1 piece only!
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.

What you do get is five minutes to shine! We love new stuff, unpolished, we love old stuff, polished show off, or take a chance, we support you whether it’s amazing or rough, as long as you’re not being a jerk.

The space

We are a bookstore, not a theatre, or a venue, or a concert hall, so prepare for that. We only have one mic, if you need to set up an entire complex system of musical instruments, this might not work out for you. If you have one instrument and just need help hooking it up and doing a sound check, we would love to help you, and are up for that, if the time allows. All queer musicians, comedians, poets, singers, writers are welcome.

Some boring yet important rules.

No drama. Really. Don’t be jerk, queer or not, no jerks. 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.

If you have any pressing questions about the space, please feel free to contact us at sfqueeropenmic@gmail.com

Now for info about our amazing features!

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DIANA REGAN is a singer songwriter based in Oakland. She tours the west coast regularly playing her unique brand of sad girl folk. Her songs focus on personal struggles in overcoming addiction, depression, relationships and trying to find a place in a hostile world. You can find more of her music at http://dianaregan.bandcamp.com

GREGORY POND was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents born in Panama and moved to San Francisco in the late 1970’s. He’s a single dad and grandfather. Author and publisher of two books of poetry aftermoon and Blackened Blue both available now on Amazon. He’s read his poetry all over the bay area, was a featured poet at the My First Love Poetry Festival organized by GuyWriters and SFQueerOpenMic, and was a featured writer in the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal. He is a volunteer reader and facilitator of Poetically Speaking a weekly, conference-call program for seniors featuring classic and contemporary poetry. When asked what is his deepest darkest secret? He reveals he’s worked for Comcast Cable for over 25 years.

Queer Open Mic Featuring GREGORY POND with Musical Guest DIANA REGAN
Friday, August 28th 2015
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street in San Francisco

 

 

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