Opera Star, Homeless Sing in “Street Requiem”

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Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe.  Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from 2000 to 2010 – play selections from Street Requiem’s World Premiere in Melbourne last year and speak with host Eric Jansen about their creative collaboration and their work to help people in need on this week’s Out in the Bay, 7pm PDT Thursday, Aug. 27 on kalw.org, 91.7fm SF Bay Area.
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This weekend’s California Premiere of Street Requiem: For those who have died on the street features opera star Frederica von Stade and benefits Singers of the Street, a San Francisco-based choir McGuire founded in 2010 for people affected by homelessness. They will sing in this weekend’s concerts as part of a mass choir made up of four choruses and accompanied by the Community Women’s Orchestra and Carl Pantle on piano.

Performances:  7pm Saturday, Aug. 29, Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco   and   2pm Sunday, Aug. 30, Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo.

Tickets and more info at http://streetrequiem.blogspot.com/

 

The Art & Queerness of Burning Man

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Why do tens of thousands of people trek to a temporary camp city in a remote Nevada desert in August? Is Burning Man worth the heat and dust storms? What’s queer about it? On this week’s Out in the Bay (airing 7pm PDT Aug. 20 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF), Eric Jansen’s guests are Jennifer Raiser and Sidney Erthal, writer and photographer, respectively, of the book Burning Man: Art on Fire; and ‘Foxy,’ past mayor of Camp Beaverton, the main lesbian camp in Burning Man‘s “gayborhood.”

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Burning Man: Art on Fire (Race Point Publishing, 8/8/14) is available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and at many independent bookstores in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

(This episode of Out in the Bay first aired 8/14/2014)

A Simple Revolution: Poet Judy Grahn

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Judy Grahn’s “Common Woman” poems in the ’60s and ’70s inspired a generation of lesbian feminists. Her 2012 book, “A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet,” is part history, part memoir and a brilliant read. In 2014, she was SFPride’s Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshall. Marilyn profiled Judy in the 1982 NPR-funded series “By A Woman Writ,” and shares some of that in her interview. This is a rebroadcast from 2013. Airs Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 7pm Pacific at kalw.org and 91.7fm.

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Meet California State Senator Mark Leno

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State Senator Mark Leno is the first openly gay man to serve in California’s Senate. A champion of LGBT rights throughout his career, Leno is far from a ‘single-issue’ politician. As he approaches his last year in the Senate — he’s termed out in 2016 — hear Leno chat with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen about his political priorities, his thoughts on what’s next for LGBT rights and, after representing San Francisco for more than a decade, his views on the state of our city and how we can meet our challenges. Leno also shares some stories from his past, including his stint in rabbinical school, and briefly muses on his future. (Interview aired Aug. 13, 2015.)

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Conversion Therapy Persists

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The June 2015 SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage changed consciousness. But right wing zealots keep practicing ‘conversion therapy’ on minors, trying to make them not be LGBT. Marilyn takes a look at this unethical and dangerous practice with activists Joe Rodriguez and Jim Walker. Just when you thought gay rights was over! Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 7pm, our award-winning show, “Out In The Bay.”

Straights … in Post-Closeted Culture

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How has the growing acceptance and visibility of LGBT people affected how straight Americans view sexuality and gender – including their own?  How has it changed the way all of us think about sexuality and gender?  Eric Jansen’s guest this week is Sonoma State University sociology professor James Joseph Dean, author of Straights:  Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture.  He argues that – among other things – the “presumption of heterosexuality has vanished.”  In other words, even straight people can’t expect that others will assume they’re straight, and that affects how they present themselves in the world. Dean’s book examines the changing nature of masculinity, femininity and sexual expression in America, and the emergence of  what he calls “a new kind of heterosexuality.” (Live interview aired 7pm Thursday, July 30, 2015)

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