‘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

Jose Sarria, The Widow Norton, Remembered

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Jose Sarria was the first openly gay person to run for public office in the United States. He passed away on August 19th and his memorial is Friday, September 6th at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Marilyn Pittman talks with historian and photographer Dan Nicoletta, portrayed in the 2008 movie ‘Milk,’ about Jose Sarria’s life and legacy. Airs Thursday, 9/5/13 at 7pm.

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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The Road to Being Out At The Top

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For the first time, top corporate executives are telling their stories of being out in the workplace in a new anthology, “Out and Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office.” Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom. Marilyn Pittman interviews Selisse Berry, the founder of Out And Equal Workplace Advocates and editor of the book. 7:00pm PT Thursday, April 18th, 2013. http://outandequal.org

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Karinda Dobbins: Black, Gay, Funny, Single Mom

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Karinda Dobbins is an edgy up and coming comedian who lives in Oakland with her teenage daughter. Host (and ‘out’ comic) Marilyn Pittman talks with Karinda about her life in Oakland, her daughter, her stand-up act, and what it was like opening for W. Kamau Bell of FX’s ‘Totally Biased” last week at Stagewerx on Valencia Street. 7pm Thursday April 4th, 2013

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