Meet Actor & Singer Cheyenne Jackson

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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.
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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).

 

The ‘Gay Mayor’ of Salt Lake City

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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)
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First Lady’s Lesbian Love in “Hick: A Love Story”

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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.

Kitka sings Sophia Parnok, “Russia’s Sappho”

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Uncovering censored lesbian poetry from Russia’s Silver Age. As Russia continues its anti-gay crackdown, Oakland-based women’s chorus Kitka performs “I will remember everything,” a world premiere of a cappella music that gives voice to poems by Sophia Parnok, a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age a century ago.  Some call Parnok “Russia’s Sappho.” Out in the Bay‘s Eric Jansen and Nora Elmeligy stopped by Kitka’s rehearsal Monday night to capture some of the sumptuous music being prepared for the June 20-22 premiere, and to speak with Kitka director and singer Shira Cion and composer Eric Banks, who translated Parnok’s poems and set them to music, about their inspiration for this concert.  Broadcast: 7pm PDT Thursday, June 12, on kalw.org + 91.7 FM SF Bay Area. [photo: Myles Boisen]
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“I will remember everything” will be performed Friday June 20 and Sunday June 22 in San Francisco and Saturday June 21 in Oakland.
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I will remember everything is a timely new  work that gives voice to the long-censored love poems of “Russia’s Sappho,” Sophia Parnok. Award-winning composer, conductor, translator, linguist, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist Eric Banks has set 28 of Parnok’s poems in sumptuous and intimate musical settings that create a chronological lyric biography of a courageous and fascinating woman who lived during extraordinarily oppressive times.

Tranny Is The New T-Word

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Using the word ‘tranny’ when referring to transexuals or transvestites is not politically correct any more.  Bowing to pressure from transgender activists, the internationally known drag event  “Trannyshack” has changed its name to “T-Shack.” San Francisco drag show promoter, producer and host Heklina talks with Marilyn Pittman about why and what it means for Heklina’s brand, her club, and her politics. (Broadcast June 5, 2014)

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An Archive Of Hope: Harvey Milk

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To commemorate Independence Day and the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in favor of marriage equality, we are honoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. of the gay rights movement, Harvey Milk. Marilyn’s 2013 talks with scholars James Black and Charles Morris, about their book, “An Archive Of Hope.” It’s a collection of Harvey’s speeches, columns, and campaign materials. Hear about Harvey’s passion for government by the people and his campaign motto: “You gotta give ’em hope.”  (Re-broadcast May 22, 2014; first aired October 13, 2013)

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