Shit & Champagne … and Oasis

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Meet the man behind a show we can’t name on the radio: Shit & Champagne – A Whitesploitation Comedy with DanceD’Arcy Drollinger is an actor, dancer, playwright, director and choreographer of many shows, and wrote and stars in Shit & Champagne, now at San Francisco’s new bar and queer performance space, Oasis.

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Drollinger is a partner in the new club, which opened New Year’s Eve, and says its cabaret-style showroom and stage are “a dream come true” in this interview with Out in the Bay‘s Eric Jansen. You’ll also hear clips from S&C, and about D’Arcy’s life, career and Sexitude, his weekly dance class for all ages, genders, shapes and abilities. (Eric digs it, you can too!

Shit & Champagne – A Whitesploitation Comedy with Dance is on the boards Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm through February 14 at OASIS, 298 – 11th Street at Folsom, San Francisco. Go early for best seats and to see the pole dancers in action! Tix and info at SFoasis.com.

(broadcast 1/15/15)

Managing Grief

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How do we cope with the death of a spouse or lover?  Is it different if you’re gay?   Bereavement experts say many minorities suffer “disenfranchised grief” – grief not fully recognized by society. On this week’s Out in the Bay, Eric Jansen and grief counselors Susan Casslan and Reagan Humber discuss these and other aspects of grief and loss.  (Originally broadcast March 27, 2014. Rebroadcast 7pm, January 1, 2015)

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Guests: Reagan Humber is bereavement coordinator for Gentiva Hospice of the East Bay and an Episcopal chaplain; Susan Casslan is a former psychiatric nurse who chairs the Grief and Consolation Ministry at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco and wrote a book about death and dying: Conversations with Richard Purcell: The Adventures and Reflections of a San Francisco Renegade Priest,* published in 2012.

Grief support groups: In San Francisco, Most Holy Redeemer hosts free, LGBT-friendly grief support drop-in groups on the third Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 pm in the parish library, 100 Diamond St. For more information, email gcm@mhr.org.  In the East Bay, Gentiva Hospice currently offers free grief support groups at Alameda Hospital, Alameda (last Wednesday of every month) and at Emeritus at Creekside Lodge, San Pablo (second Tuesday of every month). Both groups are from 4:00- 5:30 PM. For more information contact Reagan.humber@gentiva.com or call 925-737-0203.

*(Richard Purcell was an openly gay Franciscan priest who ran a homeless shelter for men with AIDS in San Francisco’s Mission District for 20 years. As Richard became ill and died from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), he was cared for by some of the same gay men whom he had helped earlier. )

Trannyshack Is Now Your Mother

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Moving on from “Trannyshack,” the legendary punk rock drag show in SoMa for 12 years, impresario Heklina is opening her new club in what used to be the hot corner of the gay male club scene in the ’70s and ’80s. It was called Oasis and came complete with swimming pool, showers, and towels back then.  She’s keeping that name and opening the new space on New Year’s Eve.  Look for lots of drag shows including her new one, “Mother,” on January 17th.  Heklina talks with Marilyn Pittman Thursday, December 25th at 7pm Pacific on kalw.org and 91.7fm.
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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.

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

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