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! Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 7pm Pacific.
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
Shayle Matsuda is a graduate student studying sea slugs at the California Academy of Sciences. Out of the lab, he creates research experiences for high school students and hosts an interactive happy hour series at San Francisco’s El Rio bar called “Science, Neat.” He draws by hand, water-colors, and uses digital media to make science more accessible. (His hand-drawn “Science, Neat” whale skeleton illustration is above.) Matsuda is transgender, and at a Bay Area Science Festival event Oct. 28, he will talk about the challenges and rewards of being in transition while in the close quarters of a scientific expedition. He shares these and other highlights of his personal journey and his passion for science on this week’s Out in the Bay with host Eric Jansen. 7pm Thursday, Oct. 23, 91.7 FM + kalw.org
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Shayle Matsuda hosts “Science, Neat
” at El Rio, 3158 Mission St. near Cesar Chavez, SF, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wednesday Oct. 29, and speaks at the Bay Area Science Festival’s “Story Collider & Inquiring Minds Live”
event Tuesday, Oct. 28, starting at 7pm, at The Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., SF.
As preparations for Sunday’s Castro Street Fair wind up, 20 bronze sidewalk plaques are in place to guide pedestrians on a stroll through queer history. The Rainbow Honor Walk is a growing monument along the streets of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood honoring LGBT pioneers. Rainbow Honor Walk co-founder David Perry is Eric Jansen’s guest on this week’s Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday. We’ll also hear Steven Short’s feature on “The Queer Past Becomes Present,” an exhibit at the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, also in the Castro. (Broadcast October 2, 2014.)