Sex, Drugs, and Drag Shows: A Memoir

For My Brothers

The wild and crazy times of gay male life in San Francisco during the 1970s and ’80s are at the center of this new memoir by Mark Abramson.  ”For My Brothers” has one hair-raising story of sex and drugs and rock and roll after another, but with a tender and personal touch. A chronicle of characters including Sylvester, Divine, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Marilyn Pittman talks with author Mark Abramson about his brilliant new book, For My Brothers.  (From May 1, 2014, rebroadcast Thursday, August 21, 2014)

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The Art & Queerness of Burning Man

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Why do tens of thousands of people trek to a temporary camp city in a remote Nevada desert in August? Is Burning Man worth the heat and dust storms? What’s queer about it? On Thursday’s Out in the Bay (7pm PDT 8/14 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF) Eric Jansen’s guests are Jennifer Raiser and Sidney Erthal, writer and photographer, respectively, of the book Burning Man: Art on Fire; and Foxy, past mayor of Camp Beaverton, the main lesbian camp in Burning Man‘s “gayborhood.

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Burning Man: Art on Fire (Race Point Publishing, 8/8/14) is available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and at many independent bookstores in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

Luscious Queer Music Festival Aug. 22-24

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Vicki Randle and Matt Alber are just two of more than 20 performers featured at the Luscious Queer Music Festival, first of its kind in Northern California.  Headliners for the three-day festival at Saratoga Springs Retreat Center in Lake County Aug 22-24 include LGBT artists Mary Lambert, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division, comic Marga Gomez and women’s music pioneer Cris Williamson.  Hear some of their music and details for the weekend celebration on this week’s Out in the Bay.  Eric Jansen hosts, with guests Jon Ginoli, DJs Page Hodel and Justime, and event producer and performance artist Ruven Hannah. (Broadcast Aug. 7, 2014)

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For Out in the Bay ticket discount, enter code: outinthebay on the Luscious Queer Music Festival site, where you can get event details and info, including artist bios and videos.

Airline Stewards’ Sky-high Impact

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Is it true that most airline stewards are gay? Was it ever? How did their legal battles with airlines help advance gay rights and workplace gender equity?  Is the tale of “Patient Zero” – a flight attendant accused of being the initial transcontinental spreader of HIV – accurate? Stow your tray tables and put your seats in their fully upright and locked positions for a quick flight through the history of airline flight attendants. Eric Jansen’s entertaining and talkative guest is Philadelphia University history professor Phil Tiemeyer, author of the intriguing book Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the history of male flight attendants, published by University of California Press.   Broadcast 7pm July 31, 2014, on 91.7 FM Bay Area + www.kalw.org worldwide.  (Slightly shorter version first aired May 16, 2013; rebroadcast 8/1/2013)

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Meet Actor & Singer Cheyenne Jackson

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Meet “AmFAR’s bitch” (his words!) Cheyenne Jackson. He’s an award-winning Broadway actor, movie star, songwriter and singer who Thursday and Friday (7/24 & 25) sings classic film songs in “Hello Gorgeous!” Cheyenne Jackson Goes to the Movies with the San Francisco Symphony. On this week’s Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday, 91.7fm SF + KALW.org),  a sampling of his music – including an a cappella in-studio special just for us! – and he shares his creative and activist passions.
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Jackson’s been in numerous films, including last year’s HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, and United 93, in which he portrayed San Francisco gay rugby player Mark Bingham, who was credited with leading the passenger uprising against terrorist hijackers of that flight on 9/11/01, and he has a supporting role in Love is Strange, coming out next month. His many television roles include 30 Rock series regular Danny Baker, and Glee Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby.  His numerous Broadway and off-Broadway stage shows include Altar Boyz and All Shook Up, for which he won a Theatre World Award. He performed to sold out houses with the San Francisco Symphony last year as Tony in West Side Story, the CD of which came out in June on SFS Media; recorded “The Power of Two, “an album of duets with long-established gay crooner Michael Feinstein; and released a CD of his own original songs called “I’m Blue, Skies.” And with all this, he makes time for activism: He’s an ardent supporter of LGBT rights, including marriage equality – despite his own recent difficult divorce – and HIV/AIDS research, serving as an international ambassador for AmfAR (The  American Foundation for AIDS Research).

 

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