Sister Spit’s 2014 national tour kicks off March 19. On this week’s Out in the Bay, award-winning writers Michelle Tea and Ali Liebegott (Sister Spit co-founder and long-time contributor respectively) fill us in on the San Francisco-based queer feminist writers cabaret that traverses the USA and other countries spreading queer culture. They also read from their latest books: Michelle Tea‘s is Mermaid in Chelsea Creek; Ali Liebegott‘s is Cha-Ching!. Michelle also reads from the anthology Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road. Eric Jansen hosts. Airs 7pm Thursday, March 6.
Sister Spit’s 2014 tour begins with two Bay Area events: Wednesday, March 19, at the Elbo Room in San Francisco and Friday, March 21, at Rock Paper Scissors in Oakland. Then Sister Spit heads off for points north and east. See the full tour schedule and lots more info on Radar Productions’ queer literary programs at RADARProductions.org. Visit City Lights Books website for more info on Michelle Tea, Ali Liebegott and their books.
(Interview first aired June 2013; edited by associate producer Nora Elmeligy for rebroadcast.)
Chana Wilson grew up in the 1950s with a suicidal mother. She learned in adulthood that her mother had been a closeted lesbian given psychiatric treatments – including electroshock – to “cure” her. Mother and daughter developed a deep bond when both came out as lesbians in the women’s and gay liberation movements of the late 1960s and ’70s. There’s much more to this touching, fascinating story in Riding Fury Home, Chana’s memoir. Marilyn Pittman hosts. Out in the Bay, Thursday, February 27, 2014
How did Provincetown, Massachusetts, get to be so “gay, gay, gay,” as the Provincetown Business Guild puts it? Let the locals fill you in. Hear from 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 on one day. They and others tell about Portuguese sailors, fine art, sand-filled cars, mass same-sex weddings, the dunes, the “dick dock” and more on this documentary-style romp with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen through what is probably the gayest little city in the world (at least per capita!). Edited by Nora Elmeligy and Eric Jansen. Airs 7pm PST Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 on 91.7 FM Bay Area and kalw.org globally. (First aired Sept. 19, 2013)
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. Thank you 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, the resource on the ‘net for LGBT music history.) 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.
Did you know black babies are half the cost as white babies and you don’t have to wait as long? That’s what comic and writer Julia Jackson found out when she and her partner started the adoption process. It turned into a wild tale worth telling in her solo show, “Children Are Forever: All Sales Are Final,” at Stagewerx in the Mission Fridays and Saturdays through March 22. Marilyn Pittman hosts. Aired February 13, 2014, 7pm pacific. LISTEN after broadcast:
Journalist and Russophile David Tuller joins Marilyn Pittman to talk about all things anti-gay in Russia on the eve of the Sochi Olympics. His book, “Cracks In The Iron Closet,” details gay life in Russia in the early 90′s where he made a new gay family. He has trained journalists throughout former Soviet Union. Currently, he coordinates the master’s program in public health and journalism at UC Berkeley. Thursday, February 6th, 7pm Pacific. LISTEN after broadcast:
Evictions, Google buses, NSA spying and “climate change” pissing you off? Eric Jansen’s guest this week is Krissy Keefer, artistic director of San Francisco’s all-women performance troupe Dance Brigade. The company’s current production, Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, uses the Mission District and its eviction epidemic as a backdrop to explore local, regional and world crises – global warming, war, genocide, attacks on women and on San Francisco’s cultural core. Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, plays at Dance Mission Theater through February 15 (extended beyond original run!). Info at www.DanceBrigade.org. Interview airs 7pm Thursday Jan. 30 on 91.7 FM + kalw.org.
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