Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein’s Christmas Tree & Holiday Spectacle in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights draws thousands of visitors. The tree is 65 feet tall! They use a crane to place oversized ornaments, presents, and stuffed toy animals around it. Why do they put on this extravagant display every December, for 20+ years now, all at their own expense? It’s one of their gifts back to the city – and maybe one of the reasons they’ve been together 41 years. Tom & Jerry, active philanthropists, also founded the Diversity Foundation of San Francisco
. Meet them and hear their tale, and their tree’s, on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, Dec. 11
, 91.7fm + kalw.org. Eric Jansen hosts.
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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.
Maura Halloran’s Pussy is clever, quirky, and full of wit and insights into human nature that only a pussycat can have. The title character is a cat owned by a lesbian whose romance is on the rocks. Writer and actor Halloran, Eric Jansen’s guest on this week’s Out in the Bay, plays both soon-to-be ex-lovers, their mildly homophobic but clearly curious landlady, and Pussy, a keen observer of human behavior who knows more than she’s able to say. Halloran shifts smoothly and convincingly between all four characters, and is especially delightful to watch jumping onto furniture and calmly licking herself as her ‘masters’ bicker long-distance.
Meet all of Pussy‘s characters and creator Maura Halloran on Out in the Bay, 7pm PST Thursday 11/20 on kalw.org worldwide/ 91.7 fm SF Bay Area; after broadcast at the link below.
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Pussy plays at New Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco through Nov. 30. Learn more about Maura Halloran at her website, MauraHalloran.com
With Uganda’s ruling party this week proposing a new anti-gay bill many LGBT advocates say is even worse than the law struck down in August, a Ugandan civil rights leader and two activists from Cameroon appear on Out in the Bay to give first-hand accounts of the situation in their countries.
Pepe Onziema, program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)
, talks about government tracking of activists and the public backlash after Uganda’s high court nullified the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, and describes how homophobia and transphobia are sweeping the continent. Gaelle runs the Cameroon non-profit women’s support organization Elles; Cedric Lopez, who worked for the AIDS organization Centre Access, fled Cameroon last year fearing for his life and now lives in the Bay Area. (Gaelle did not want her last name used.) We also hear “We Were The Hunted Then” from St. Louis, Missouri-based singer/songwriter Jon Valley. Eric Jansen hosts. (Broadcast Nov. 13, 2014)
Marilyn Pittman talks with comedian and producer Ronn Vigh about the state of gay comedy and his weekly show, “Funny Tuesdays,” at Harvey’s in the Castro. Are social media and political correctness stifling the kind of material comics can do? Are the gays just too damn sensitive? Hear from Ronn on his 9 years producing the show and what he’s seen and heard. Plus he has MUNI jokes! (Aired Thursday, November 6, 2014)
Making feature films with lesbians at the center isn’t an easy task, especially when you have to shoot it in 5 days! Hear about the actors, the improv, and the steamy love scenes as host Marilyn Pittman talks to writer-director Marina Rice Bader, Thursday, October 30th, 7pm, kalw.org and 91.7fm. Then we archive it on this site! See the film at Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco’s Mission District Saturday, November 1st, at 7pm. http://brava.org