“What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?” Comic Lisa Geduldig says it’s an age-old question she answered 21 years ago with her now annual show Kung Pao Kosher Comedy — Jewish comedians telling jokes in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas, Christmas Eve, and this year, Boxing Day, too. Two shows nightly this year feature NPR program host Ophira Eisenberg,14-year-old Simon Cadel (Kung Pao’s youngest comic ever), Canadian favorite Jeremy Hotz, and Lisa Geduldig, who also serves as Master of Ceremonies. Hear a taste of all four comedians on this week’s Out in the Bay, and about Kung Pao Kosher Comedy‘s history and a little bit of San Francisco’s queer history from producer Geduldig. Broadcast 7pm Thursday, Dec. 18, on 91.7 fm / KALW.org – Eric Jansen hosts.
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This year’s Kung Pao Kosher Comedy takes place Dec. 24 – 26 in the New Asia Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, 722 Pacific Ave. Tickets and other info at KosherComedy.com
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The tree and display are on view now through New Year’s Day at 3560 – 21st Street. Santa Claus is there, with candy canes for the kids, every evening through Christmas Eve 6:30 – 9:30pm. Don’t plan to park on this STEEP block of 21st Street. If you drive there, park a block or two away and walk to see this fantastic display.
Blackmail, My Love, is a new noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 – “The Dark Ages of Queerdom,” as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it – when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up patrons and demanded “protection” money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of public exposure they were easy blackmail targets. The book is illustrated with 21 of Gilmartin’s original prints, including “Miss Double Strand” above. Historian, printmaker, Queer Ancestors Project founder and first-time novelist Katie Gilmartin, who reads from her book and talks about San Francisco queer life in days of yore, is Eric Jansen’s guest on this week’s Out in the Bay. We also hear The Widow Norton herself (aka Jose Sarria, one of just two true-life characters in Blackmail, My Love) sing the 1950s anthem “God Save Us Nelly Queens.” Airs 7pm Thursday, Dec. 4, on KALW.org + 91.7fm SF.
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Blackmail, My Love, is published by Cleis Press, Berkeley, California