Luscious Queer Music Festival Aug. 22-24

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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)

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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.

Destiny Arts: Helping Youth Out

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Even in the S.F. Bay Area, growing up gay is still not easy.  On this week’s Out in the Bay, a teen performs live-on-the-air her coming-out monologue, given onstage at Destiny Art Center‘s Youth Performance Company show in Oakland last month.  Host Eric Jansen talks with Justine and with Princetonation, a young Destiny Arts choreographer and musician – and plays one of his songs – and with Destiny’s artistic director, Sarah Crowell, who fills us in on the 25-year-old performing arts center that helps young people face all sorts of challenges. (Broadcast live Thursday, May 15.)
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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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‘Hate Speech’ – for piano & cellphones

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New York pianist, activist and “modern music evangelist” Adam Tendler’s composition “Hate Speech,” for piano + audience cellphones, has its West Coast premiere Saturday. It’s a protest piece dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard, with whispered words culled from a Tea Party politician’s Facebook page. Adam Tendler performs “Hate Speech” and other pieces Saturday night (Oct. 19) in Modern Piano Lineages, a concert at San Francisco’s Center for New Music with KALW Revolutions Per Minute host and acclaimed pianist Sarah Cahill.

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Hear some of “Hate Speech” and Adam’s other music, and Adam talking with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen about creating “Hate Speech,” other modern music,  and coming out during his “America 88×50” piano recital tour of every state in the U.S. And, in an Out in the Bay exclusive, Adam played live in our studio on a cheap Casio electronic keyboard to demonstrate the intricacies of a rarely-performed Philip Glass composition,”Two Pages,” that he’ll play Saturday.

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Big thanks to Virgin America for changing Adam’s flight to SFO without extra fees so that he could be here for Thursday’s interview.

Modern Piano Lineages, featuring Adam Tendler and Sarah Cahill, starts 8pm, Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., San Francisco. Click here for concert info.

Queer & homeless — not mostly ‘youth’

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Nearly 30% of San Francisco’s homeless children and adults are LGBT. That’s about double the homeless percentage of the city’s general population, according to the city’s latest survey. San Francisco holds its first-ever LGBTQ Connect, a targeted version of its Project Homeless Connect events that help low-income people find housing and a wide range of services, Monday Oct. 7.  Eric Jansen’s guests on Out in the Bay this week are Project Homeless Connect director of programs Emily Cohen and AIDS Housing Alliance/SF director Brian Basinger, who hatched the idea for LGBTQ Connect. Tune in to learn about the services offered Monday at LGBTQ Connect and for a discussion about what “homeless” means in today’s economy, why LGBT people have a particularly hard time in homeless shelters and a hard time getting services, how evictions are disproportionately affecting LGBT people, and how San Francisco and other cities are addressing these challenges.  (Live interview broadcast Oct. 3, 2013)

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LGBTQ Connect will be held Monday, Oct. 7, from 10am to 3pm at the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St. It is open to all who would like information and referrals to housing, health, legal, employment and other services. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. More info at www.ProjectHomelessConnect.com

Sugar in Our Blood: Black & Queer Identity

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Join us for a tour of Sugar in Our Blood: The Spirit of Black & Queer Identity, on display at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco through Sept. 12.  It’s a set of about a dozen mixed-media, mostly fabric pieces, riffing on folk-craft rag rugs, crocheted by groups of volunteers using donated materials including underwear and other “intimate apparel.”  Artist Ramekon O’Arwisters aims to build bridges — especially between the LGBT and African American communities — through the process of crafting artwork together. He gives us an on-site tour of the exhibit while talking about his artistic visions, his 1960s childhood in the Jim Crow south, studying divinity, and more, including how to join one of his “crochet jams.”  Also a short piece about clothing from queer youth training program outLoud Radio‘s Intergenerational Storytelling Project.  (Aired 7pm PDT Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.)

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