Opera Star, Homeless Sing in “Street Requiem”

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Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe.  Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from 2000 to 2010 – play selections from Street Requiem’s World Premiere in Melbourne last year and speak with host Eric Jansen about their creative collaboration and their work to help people in need on this week’s Out in the Bay, 7pm PDT Thursday, Aug. 27 on kalw.org, 91.7fm SF Bay Area.
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This weekend’s California Premiere of Street Requiem: For those who have died on the street features opera star Frederica von Stade and benefits Singers of the Street, a San Francisco-based choir McGuire founded in 2010 for people affected by homelessness. They will sing in this weekend’s concerts as part of a mass choir made up of four choruses and accompanied by the Community Women’s Orchestra and Carl Pantle on piano.

Performances:  7pm Saturday, Aug. 29, Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco   and   2pm Sunday, Aug. 30, Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo.

Tickets and more info at http://streetrequiem.blogspot.com/

 

Conversion Therapy Persists

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The June 2015 SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage changed consciousness. But right wing zealots keep practicing ‘conversion therapy’ on minors, trying to make them not be LGBT. Marilyn takes a look at this unethical and dangerous practice with activists Joe Rodriguez and Jim Walker. Just when you thought gay rights was over! Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 7pm, our award-winning show, “Out In The Bay.”

Harvey Milk In His Own Words

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In celebration of the U.S.Supreme Court marriage equality decision in June, we honor the first openly gay elected politician in America, Harvey Milk. Hear Harvey in his own words as scholars James Black and Charles Morris read from their book, “An Archive of Hope.” It’s a collection of Milk’s speeches, columns, and campaign materials, including his famous campaign motto: “You gotta give ’em hope.” Marilyn Pittman hosts. Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7pm Pacific, 90.1fm and kalw.org. (First aired October 13, 2013)

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Gay Semiotics – a photo trip to the 1970s

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Gay Semiotics is a set of two dozen iconic photographs with embedded text presented as a tongue-in-cheek anthropological essay on the codes of sexual orientation and identification in 1970s San Francisco. They’re on view through June 27, for the first time in San Francisco since 1977, at Ratio 3 gallery, 2831A Mission St.

     Eric Jansen’s guests on this week’s Out in the Bay are gallery associate director Theo Elliott and photographer Hal Fischer, whose photos captured a pivotal moment in the city’s history – a liberating period before the assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone and the devastation of AIDS. Coupled with the gallery exhibit is a re-installation of Fischer’s full-size billboard A Salesman – a reclining male nude with black bar over the eyes and a large phone number – now on display at Ratio 3 through June 27 and outdoors on Market Street between Guerrero and Octavia through June 28. 

     Hear the conversation 7pm PDT Thursday, June 18, on kalw.org + 91.7fm SF or later at link below. While you listen, see more of Fischer’s photos.

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Image above courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco:

Hal Fischer  ~  A Salesman, 1979, 2015  ~  Billboard installation

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.

Out Walking The Streets of San Francisco!

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Summer is for tourists here in San Francisco so that means it’s high season for Rick Shelton, aka “Lola Montez,” your tour guide at Drag Me Along Tours. Host Marilyn Pittman talks with Rick about his two-hour walking tour and the rich San Francisco history you may not hear about on the mainstream tours. As Lola says: “Hear stories of the Barbary Coast. San Francisco was rich in more than gold. Many came to San Francisco to ‘start over,’ to follow their dreams. The common met the exotic.” (7pm Thursday, May 21, right after Fresh Air, on 91.7FM Bay Area & kalw.org globally.)

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