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. karen

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 kalw.org.

Dr. Patt Denning: Harm Reduction Pioneer


Maybe it takes a lesbian to pioneer alternatives in substance abuse treatment. In the early ’90s, Harm Reduction evolved as a new strategy for AIDS prevention. Stopping drug and alcohol abuse was no longer a condition for treatment. Marilyn talks with Dr. Patt Denning who created the revolutionary Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco. Her book, “Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy,” is the bible of this rising movement. Tune in Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 7pm PT.

“Passion” for LGBT Choral Music


The SF Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Passion” April 1 & 2. The group first performed in 1978 after the murders of gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone that morning. Three years later, they toured the USA, inspiring dozens of gay and lesbian choruses to form. These groups provided cultural voice and safe social connections for LGBT people, especially in small towns and away from the coasts.

Today there are hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgender and mixed choruses across the country. With LGBT people largely accepted in most of America – especially in big cities – what purpose do they serve and how have they changed? The SF Gay Men’s Chorus’ innovative 2015 spring concert Passion, April 1 & 2 in Davies Symphony Hall, gives some clues. Passion features a San Francisco premiere and two world premieres: For a Look or a Touch, a choral opera about persecution of gays in the Holocaust; My Friend, My Lover: Five Walt Whitman Songs; and #twitterlieder: 15 Acts in 3 Tweets, chronicling an entire life though songs of 140 characters or less.

The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco also have spring concerts, Stage & Screen and Guns and Roses: Songs of War ‘n Peace, respectively, both on April 18 & 19.

With Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen to talk about LGBT choral music today and their spring concerts are San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus conductor and artistic director Timothy Seelig, Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus conductor and artistic director Carl Pantle, and SF Opera Adler Fellow baritone Hadleigh Adams and actor Kip Niven. (Broadcast live Thursday, March 26, 2015)


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San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ensemble The Lollipop Guild will perform at Out in the Bay‘s 10th Anniversary Party, Wed., April 29, 5 to 8pm at Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret. Join us!  Click here for more info and here to buy tickets.

Sex, Drugs, and Drag Shows: A Memoir

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Marilyn takes a trip back to the ’70s and early ’80s with author Mark Abramson. His memoir, “For My Brothers,” has one hair-raising story of sex and drugs and rock and roll after another.  A cast of characters including Sylvester, Divine, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Out In The Bay, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7pm Pacific.


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