Vicki Randle and Matt Alber are just two of more than 20 performers featured at the Luscious Queer Music Festival, first of its kind in Northern California. Headliners for the three-day festival at Saratoga Springs Retreat Center in Lake County Aug 22-24 include LGBT artists Mary Lambert, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division, comic Marga Gomez and women’s music pioneer Cris Williamson. Hear some of their music and details for the weekend celebration on this week’s Out in the Bay. Eric Jansen hosts, with guests Jon Ginoli, DJs Page Hodel and Justime, and event producer and performance artist Ruven Hannah. (Broadcast Aug. 7, 2014)
For Out in the Bay ticket discount, enter code: outinthebay on the Luscious Queer Music Festival site, where you can get event details and info, including artist bios and videos.
Is it true that most airline stewards are gay? Was it ever? How did their legal battles with airlines help advance gay rights and workplace gender equity? Is the tale of “Patient Zero” – a flight attendant accused of being the initial transcontinental spreader of HIV – accurate? Stow your tray tables and put your seats in their fully upright and locked positions for a quick flight through the history of airline flight attendants. Eric Jansen’s entertaining and talkative guest is Philadelphia University history professor Phil Tiemeyer, author of the intriguing book Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the history of male flight attendants, published by University of California Press. Broadcast 7pm July 31, 2014, on 91.7 FM Bay Area + www.kalw.org worldwide. (Slightly shorter version first aired May 16, 2013; rebroadcast 8/1/2013)
Meet “AmFAR’s bitch” (his words!) Cheyenne Jackson. He’s an award-winning Broadway actor, movie star, songwriter and singer who Thursday and Friday (7/24 & 25) sings classic film songs in “Hello Gorgeous!” Cheyenne Jackson Goes to the Movies with the San Francisco Symphony. On this week’s Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday, 91.7fm SF + KALW.org), a sampling of his music – including an a cappella in-studio special just for us! – and he shares his creative and activist passions.
Jackson’s been in numerous films, including last year’s HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, and United 93, in which he portrayed San Francisco gay rugby player Mark Bingham, who was credited with leading the passenger uprising against terrorist hijackers of that flight on 9/11/01, and he has a supporting role in Love is Strange, coming out next month. His many television roles include 30 Rock series regular Danny Baker, and Glee Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby. His numerous Broadway and off-Broadway stage shows include Altar Boyz and All Shook Up, for which he won a Theatre World Award. He performed to sold out houses with the San Francisco Symphony last year as Tony in West Side Story, the CD of which came out in June on SFS Media; recorded “The Power of Two, “an album of duets with long-established gay crooner Michael Feinstein; and released a CD of his own original songs called “I’m Blue, Skies.” And with all this, he makes time for activism: He’s an ardent supporter of LGBT rights, including marriage equality – despite his own recent difficult divorce – and HIV/AIDS research, serving as an international ambassador for AmfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research).
Troy Williams is known as “the gay mayor” of Salt Lake City. He is an award-winning broadcaster, host of KRCL’s “Radioactive” there. He has been at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality in a red state dominated by the Mormon church. He has news from that front, plus excerpts of his interview with feminist Kate Kelly, who made headlines June 23rd when she was ex-communicated by the Mormon church. (Broadcast Thursday, July 17, 2014)
Historians debated for decades whether Eleanor Roosevelt was a lesbian. Writer Terry Baum’s and director Carolyn Myers’ new play, Hick: A Love Story – The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt is about the romance between arguably America’s most influential First Lady – the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President during the Great Depression and World War 2 (1933-45) – and the USA’s most prominent woman journalist at the time. Eric Jansen hosts a conversation with Baum and Myers in which they perform scenes from the play to preview it for Out in the Bay listeners 7pm Thursday, July 10, on 91.7 FM Bay Area & globally at KALW.org. Hick: A Love Story, co-presented by the Crackpot Crones and Theatre Rhinoceros, runs July 10-27 in San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre. All performances are FREE, but reservations are required.
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While First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), President during most of the Great Depression, the New Deal and World War 2, became a prominent activist for women’s rights and racial equality. She was the first First Lady to hold press conferences, and she wrote a daily newspaper column. It was during FDR’s first presidential campaign, in 1932, that she got to know journalist Lorena Hickock, who helped shape Eleanor Roosevelt’s public persona. Hickock lived in the White House at various times during FDR’s long presidency, and the press corp called her the “First Friend.” Speculation about her relationship with Eleanor was largely under the surface until Hickock’s biography was published in 1980. It included many of Eleanor’s letters to “Hick,” confirming a very deep and passionate relationship. Lots more juice in the play Hick: A Love Story – The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt, July 10 – 27 at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco. All shows are free, but reservations are required. It’s a co-presentation of Theatre Rhinoceros and the Crackpot Crones.