The Gay ’70s: “Sex, Drugs, and Disco”

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Take a trip back to the ‘70s with San Francisco author Mark Abramson and host Marilyn Pittman. His memoir, “Sex, Drugs, and Disco” chronicles the story of gay men flooding into the Castro from all over the country to find more freedom. A time of cheap drinks, cheap sex, lots of drugs, and penicillin trucks.  Another chapter in the history of gay San Francisco as Pride month begins. Out In The Bay, Thursday June 5th at 7pm.

Liberace’s Spectacular Crystal Closet

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Recovering from our 10-year celebration and show taping last night, tonight at 7 we re-air a favorite we couldn’t include any clips from last night. It’s a music-rich documentary on the late “Mr. Showmanship”‘s life and legacy, produced by Out in the Bay‘s Eric Jansen and told with love by Liberace Museum curators and a Liberace tribute artist, and featuring Liberace’s own voice and music.

Liberace and his family vigorously denied that he was gay, even when he died of AIDS complications in 1987. Yet he was a consummate performer almost until the very end. Sit back (preferably in marble tub with champagne in hand!), close your eyes and enjoy a trip back in time with the most spectacular, outlandish, and ground-breaking closeted entertainer of the 20th century. (Interviews conducted and first broadcast in 2009; updated May 2013.) We’ll be back to fresh shows next week.

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Karen Ripley’s “Oh, No! There’s Men On The Land!”

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The hilarious gay comedy pioneer Karen Ripley tells the stories of lesbian life in the ’70s in her solo show, “Oh, No! There’s Men On The Land!” opening May 1st at The Marsh in Berkeley. A gay stand-up before there WAS gay stand-up. Hear about the legendary Brick Hut cafe in Berkeley and all its ‘dyke drama,’ find out about the hot sex everybody was having with everybody, and discover the many characters of this coming-of-age story.
(Live interview aired April 23, 2015)
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Sex, Drugs, and Drag Shows: A Memoir

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Marilyn takes a trip back to the ’70s and early ’80s with author Mark Abramson. His memoir, “For My Brothers,” has one hair-raising story of sex and drugs and rock and roll after another.  A cast of characters including Sylvester, Divine, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Out In The Bay, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7pm Pacific.

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The Best of Out In The Bay: Early Days of AIDS

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AIDS led the world to many new discoveries in medicine. But San Francisco General Hospital pioneered a new model of patient care. In the film, “Life Before The Lifeboat,” Dr. Paul Volberding interviews nurses, doctors, medical professionals, and community leaders from that time. Marilyn’s audio version of the film is a compelling, dramatic, intense listening experience. A special rebroadcast Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at 7pm. Celebrating 10 years.

The Best of OITB’s Ten Years: Sylvester

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Marilyn Pittman’s sound portrait of the late great disco diva Sylvester. Josh Gamson talks with Marilyn and reads from his biography, “The Fabulous Sylvester.” We hear from the fans at the book party launch in 2005 at the The Center.  Live concert footage with Sylvester and The Weather Girls, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes. (broadcast Feb. 26, 2015)LISTEN

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