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

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

Supersurvivors – Growing from Adversity

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What does it take to bounce beyond trauma? David Feldman, co-author of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success, talks with host Eric Jansen about post-traumatic growth. It’s a topic Feldman finds particularly relevant to LGBT people, as “so many of us have faced significant loss, trauma, and other adversity during our lives, yet often find ways to thrive and build community.”  We’ll also hear powerful music from young lesbian pop sensation Mary Lambert, a singer-songwriter whose lyrics often deal with trauma. Hers include being raised in a strict Pentecostal household, being molested repeatedly by her father, abusing drugs before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and surviving a gang rape at 17. Hour-long broadcast starts 7pm Thursday, Sept. 11 on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF Bay Area. 
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Lambert performs in San Francisco’s Nourse Auditorium Saturday, Sept. 27.

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.
Details and ticket info at www.kitka.org. From Kitka’s website:
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.

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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Lesbian Pulp Fiction, 21st Century Style

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San Francisco author, film editor and critic Monica Nolan just completed the fourth book in her saucy Lesbian Career Girl series. With titles like “Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary,” “Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher” and “Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilletante,” they’re spoofs of 1950s and ‘60s career primers for high school girls, and humorous homages to lesbian pulp fiction of the same era – often-maligned literature that helped build the gay rights movement. Join Nolan with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen as they read selections from her racy fiction — including a sneak peek from her yet-to-be-released “Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady” —  and discuss how historically-set novels and film document the changes in societal norms and LGBT rights over the years. (Broadcast live April 3, 2014)

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Learn more about Monica Nolan and her books at her website, www.MonicaNolan.com

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