‘Blame Sally’ helps separate church and state

Blame Sally photographed in Berkeley, CA January 20, 2011©Jay Blakesberg

Lesbians and friends take over the stage at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, 8pm Friday, Nov. 13, in a concert benefiting Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a national non-profit that has defended LGBT and other civil rights in many recent legal cases and political battles. Pam Delgado and Monica Pasqual of Bay Area-based Blame Sally, one of the groups performing at the benefit, came by Out in the Bay‘s studios Thursday to share their music, tell us the REAL story behind the band’s name, why they support Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and about their experiences being queer in the music world. Eric Jansen hosts. (Aired Thurs., Nov. 12, on 91.7fm/ kalw.org)

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In addition to Blame Sally, Catie Curtis and Maia Sharp appear in the benefit concert at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley (less than a block from downtown Berkeley BART station), 8pm Friday, Nov. 13.  Info and tickets at TheFreight.org. Learn more about Blame Sally at their website, BlameSally.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.

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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