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.

Cabarets & More for your Homo Holidays

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Eric Jansen’s guests are singers Russ Lorenson & Veronica Klaus. They perform in Lorenson’s 8th Annual Christmas in San Francisco, taking place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, at Pa’ina Lounge & Restaurant, 1865 Post Street. Live in KALW studios this Thursday, we’ll play some of their music, and talk about the Bay Area cabaret scene; Lorenson’s new organization, Artists Helping Artists (AHA!); and a few other queer holiday entertainment options in and around San Francisco. (Broadcast Dec. 5, 2013)

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