Liberace’s Spectacular Crystal Closet


Recovering from our 10-year celebration and show taping last night, tonight at 7 we re-air a favorite we couldn’t include any clips from last night. It’s a music-rich documentary on the late “Mr. Showmanship”‘s life and legacy, produced by Out in the Bay‘s Eric Jansen and told with love by Liberace Museum curators and a Liberace tribute artist, and featuring Liberace’s own voice and music.

Liberace and his family vigorously denied that he was gay, even when he died of AIDS complications in 1987. Yet he was a consummate performer almost until the very end. Sit back (preferably in marble tub with champagne in hand!), close your eyes and enjoy a trip back in time with the most spectacular, outlandish, and ground-breaking closeted entertainer of the 20th century. (Interviews conducted and first broadcast in 2009; updated May 2013.) We’ll be back to fresh shows next week.


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Karen Ripley’s “Oh, No! There’s Men On The Land!”

Karen Ripley

The hilarious gay comedy pioneer Karen Ripley tells the stories of lesbian life in the ’70s in her solo show, “Oh, No! There’s Men On The Land!” opening May 1st at The Marsh in Berkeley. A gay stand-up before there WAS gay stand-up. Hear about the legendary Brick Hut cafe in Berkeley and all its ‘dyke drama,’ find out about the hot sex everybody was having with everybody, and discover the many characters of this coming-of-age story.
(Live interview aired April 23, 2015)

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10th Anniversary Party Wed. April 29 – Join Us!

Marilyn Pittman and Eric Jansen Out in the Bay

We’re celebrating a decade of sharing LGBT voices with the world! Join us Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8pm at Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret, 298 – 11th Street in San Francisco.  Tickets are just $20 in advance, $25 at door, $50 VIP and include appetizers, live music and a radio show taping.

Be entertained by SF Gay Men’s Chorus ensemble The Lollipop Guild, jazz singer Joshua Klipp of the Klipptones accompanied by our theme music creator Holly Mead, and see Out in the Bay being taped! We’ll record a retrospective special featuring audio clips and backstories from our all-time favorite broadcasts. It’ll be the first time Eric and Marilyn tape a show together in front of a live audience – be there and be part of queer radio history!

Doors open 5pm, program starts 6pm. Get there 5pm hour to socialize and nosh on Middle Eastern finger food graciously provided by La Mediterranee and “LGBT” sandwiches courtesy of Bacon Bacon!

Just click here for tickets to join us Wednesday, April 29.  We look forward to meeting you! (Because of nightclub venue, adults 21-and-over only).

Out in the Bay’s 10th Anniversary Celebration is underwritten in part by Schiff Hardin, LLC, a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world with offices in 8 cities, including San Francisco

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Thanks and see you Wednesday, April 29, at Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret!

Ptown – the gayest little city in the world


How did Provincetown, MA, get to be “gay, gay, GAY,” as the Provincetown Business Guild puts it? Let the locals tell you – the lounge pianist who’s been there 50 years, The Fabulous Dyketones founder, the activist-artist who made a dress out of tampon applicators, and the town clerk who married 200+ couples in one day. They and others talk of Portuguese sailors, fine art, sand-filled cars, mass same-sex weddings, the dunes, the “dick dock,” San Francisco connections and more on this documentary-style romp with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen through what is likely the gayest little city in the world – at least per capita! Edited by Nora Elmeligy. (Last aired April 16, 2015)

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PTown people, places and links:  For more PTown info, check out the Provincetown Business Guild (LGBT tourism promoters) or the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.

I enjoyed my stays at the Prince Albert Guest House — one of Ptown’s many small, charming historic inns — and at The Crown & Anchor, a lodging, dining and entertainment complex with six gay bars including Ptown’s largest nightclub and the piano lounge where Bobby Wetherbee holds court. Big thanks to hoteliers Bob Sanborn of Prince Albert Guest House and Rick Murray of The Crown & Anchor for your hospitality!

Also enjoyed waterfront cocktails at Cass Benson‘s Harbor Lounge (love her slogan: “Drink in the View”), a cozy place with its own pier that’s not a huge “scene.” It’s very close to Bakker Antiques, where you’ll often find art historian Jim Bakker and will surely see many fine pieces of art and antiques. Be sure to stop in and say hello to handsome and helpful Char Priolo at the Chamber of Commerce’s info office at the foot of the pier, and encourage her to get The Fabulous Dyketones together for a reunion tour!  (You can hear The Fabulous Dyketones and other queer music-makers, past and present, online at Queer Music Heritage) If you’re a swimmer, paddler, or supporter of either, considering Jay Critchley‘s annual HIV services and women’s health fundraiser, the Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, held every September since 1988. Finally, if you’ve an urge to merge in Ptown, plenty of info on marrying there is on the Provincetown Town Hall’s website. Doug Johnstone has been Town Clerk since 2003.

(This documentary first aired Sept. 19, 2013 and was first rebroadcast Feb. 20, 2014.)



Wide Open Town: San Francisco before 1965

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How did San Francisco become such a gay mecca? Was it the Gold Rush? Post-prohibition liquor laws? The bar scene? Marilyn Pittman talks with Nan Boyd, chair of women’s studies at San Francisco State University and author of “Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965.” A special rebroadcast in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Out In The Bay (come to our Party on April 29th!) on KALW. Thursday, April 9th, 2015, at 7pm Pacific and

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