22nd Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

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“What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?”  Comic Lisa Geduldig says it’s an age-old question she answered 21 years ago with her now annual show Kung Pao Kosher Comedy — Jewish comedians telling jokes in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas, Christmas Eve, and this year, Boxing Day, too. Two shows nightly this year feature NPR program host Ophira Eisenberg,14-year-old Simon Cadel (Kung Pao’s youngest comic ever), Canadian favorite Jeremy Hotz, and Lisa Geduldig, who also serves as Master of Ceremonies.  Hear a taste of all four comedians on this week’s Out in the Bay, and about Kung Pao Kosher Comedy‘s history and a little bit of San Francisco’s queer history from producer Geduldig. Broadcast 7pm Thursday, Dec. 18, on 91.7 fm / KALW.org  – Eric Jansen hosts.

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This year’s Kung Pao Kosher Comedy takes place Dec. 24 – 26 in the New Asia Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, 722 Pacific Ave. Tickets and other info at KosherComedy.com

The Tale of Tom & Jerry’s Tree

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Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein’s Christmas Tree & Holiday Spectacle in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights draws thousands of visitors. The tree is 65 feet tall! They use a crane to place oversized ornaments, presents, and stuffed toy animals around it. Why do they put on this extravagant display every December, for 20+ years now, all at their own expense? It’s one of their gifts back to the city – and maybe one of the reasons they’ve been together 41 years.  Tom & Jerry, active philanthropists, also founded the Diversity Foundation of San Francisco. Meet them and hear their tale, and their tree’s, on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, Dec. 11, 91.7fm + kalw.org. Eric Jansen hosts.<--break->

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The tree and display are on view now through New Year’s Day at 3560 – 21st Street. Santa Claus is there, with candy canes for the kids, every evening through Christmas Eve 6:30 – 9:30pm.  Don’t plan to park on this STEEP block of 21st Street.  If you drive there, park a block or two away and walk to see this fantastic display.

SF’s sordid anti-gay past in ‘Blackmail, My Love’

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Blackmail, My Love, is a new noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 – “The Dark Ages of Queerdom,” as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it – when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up patrons and demanded “protection” money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of public exposure they were easy blackmail targets.  The book is illustrated with 21 of Gilmartin’s original prints, including “Miss Double Strand” above. Historian, printmaker, Queer Ancestors Project founder and first-time novelist Katie Gilmartin, who reads from her book and talks about San Francisco queer life in days of yore, is Eric Jansen’s guest on this week’s Out in the Bay.  We also hear The Widow Norton herself (aka Jose Sarria, one of just two true-life characters in Blackmail, My Love) sing the 1950s anthem “God Save Us Nelly Queens.” Airs 7pm Thursday, Dec. 4, on KALW.org + 91.7fm SF.

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Blackmail, My Love, is published by Cleis Press, Berkeley, California

Pussy knows all in four-part solo show

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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

First-Hand Accounts From LGBT Africans

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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. <--break->(Broadcast Nov. 13, 2014)

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Funny Tuesdays with Ronn Vigh!

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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! (Aired Thursday, November 6, 2014)

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