Summer is for tourists here in San Francisco so that means it’s high season for Rick Shelton, aka “Lola Montez,” your tour guide at Drag Me Along Tours. Host Marilyn Pittman talks with Rick about his two-hour walking tour and the rich San Francisco history you may not hear about on the mainstream tours. As Lola says: “Hear stories of the Barbary Coast. San Francisco was rich in more than gold. Many came to San Francisco to ‘start over,’ to follow their dreams. The common met the exotic.” (7pm Thursday, May 21, right after Fresh Air, on 91.7FM Bay Area & kalw.org globally.)
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Two high school boys fall in love, then grow into adults as they deal with the aftermath of a sporting accident that leaves one of them a paraplegic. Their tale is told in San Francisco author Jim Provenzano’s novels Every Time I Think of You, which won a Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Romance category, and its sequel, Message of Love, a finalist this year for the same award. On this week’s Out in the Bay, Jim reads from the books, speaks with host Eric Jansen about themes in his novels and shares stories from his life and career as a sports and entertainment writer. Airs 7pm Thursday, May 14, at kalw.org + 91.7fm SF Bay Area.
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Rocked by Women is a multimedia dance theatre performance in Oakland that celebrates women’s music and its influence over nearly half a century — music by the likes of Cris Williamson, Holly Near and Ani DiFranco that helped Rocked by Women creator and choreographer Sarah Bush and many other lesbians come out. Eric Jansen speaks with her and director Becca Wolff, and they play music from the production. 7pm Thursday, May 7, on 91.7fm + kalw.org, later at the link below.
(Rocked by Women is presented by Sarah Bush Dance Project at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland May 9 & 10, Saturday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. Info and tickets at SarahBushDance.com)
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.
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)
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)
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.)