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Due to unforeseen and inarguably significant events, the original feature for QOM's relaunch, Baruch, isnot gonna be able to feature this Friday.

::mournful pause and weepy sigh::

But they'll have him back at the microphone really soon.

::excited bounces::

And they've decided to bring you something EXTRA SUPER DUPER SPECIAL this Friday, to make up for it.

::gasps of anticipation::

All of Queer Open Mic's hosts, past and present, will come together and fill your brains with brilliant writing all at once!

::cheers of glee!!!:

EmchySherilyn Connelly

Witness the Great Emchy as she dazzles you with nonconsensual heart palpitations and gut-wrenching funhouse mirrors of truth!

Hang onto your hats as the Dark and Mysterious Sherilyn Connelly tosses you about with twisted plots in deviant dimensions!

Try not to blink as the Wicked Sarah Doppmonster contorts tense tales into restraining devices that reach out and grab your feet!

And cackle along as Mollena the Vehement juggles rants and impressions with the skill of a tiger attacking its prey!

Yes, that's right!  This Friday, we're bringing it all together!  A new place, a new time, and all the things you've ever loved about QOM but were afraid to write about.

Bring a sharp pen.

Queer Open Mic
Friday, November 14, 2008
7pm sign-ups, show at 7:30
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street (at 20th) in San Francisco

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most of you may have already seen this but...

Help Save Queer Open Mic!
If you haven't already heard, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The Three Dollar Bill Cafe has closed its doors -- suddenly and forever -- and now Queer Open Mic is without a performance space. The Three Dollar Bill Cafe has been a wonderfully generous home to QOM for four years. They've been loved dearly, and it's extremely sad to see them go.

So, first, if you were looking forward to seeing Baruch perform on Friday, just stay tuned to [info]queeropenmic. They'll keep you posted on the plan.

And second: if you know of a space that would like to start hosting Queer Open Mic, please leave a comment here.

They're looking for an easy-to-get-to place in San Francisco where they can give anywhere between 10 and 100 people a good view of a microphone twice a month, preferably 2nd and 4th Fridays. They're not currently set up to pay any rent or fees for space, but their audience pretty reliably buys food and drink and brings a nice, friendly, sexyqueer crowd.

Help save Queer Open Mic!!!
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Hey kids - come and see Vagabondage tonight at the big QOM birthday bash. This show was traditionally a combo QOM and my bday party and I am thrilled that the hosts have invited us to feature and do our yelly sqeezyboxy thing. Less than 12 hours after the show I'll be leaving on a jet plane for the Hobo Love tour - so this will be (in my mind) a bit of a hometown sendoff. Please come and raise the roof with us. It's sure to a fucking good ass time!


September 12: QOM Celebrates 4th Birthday with VAGABONDAGE

The Queer Open Mic is turning FOUR!  That’s right, we’ve survived our rambunctious touch-everything-and-scream-like-we’re-on-fire toddler years, and are transforming full-throttle into precocious loud-mouth know-it-alls.  But first, let’s have a birthday party!  And how better to celebrate than to have Vagabondage — a band spearheaded by our venue’s founder Cindy Emch — as our feature?

Vagabongage

About Vagabondage

Walking the dirty streets of the big city and the farm towns, Vagabondage sings you tales of lonely alleyways, late night busrides and unfortunate incidents with spicy spicy food. Comprised of a poet, an actor, a storyteller, a ham, a vaudevillian, an accordion player, two guitar players, a kazoo player, and two singers, this duo will sing songs to make you laugh, cry, and raise your glass and sing along.

Yep!  Ain’t no doubt, this night’s gonna make San Francisco one proud momma of an open mic.

So bring your cupcakes and raise your glass!

credits:
Photo: Vagabondage @ 515 Orchard Street - by Katrina James 2008



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Friday, August 8th QOM has got a special treat for you… A Queer Open Mic regular (and certified sexy crowd-pleasing ham)… MARLO GAYLE!!

Marlo GayleEver since he slid out from between his mother’s nether lips 40 years ago in Cincinnati, Marlo Gayle has been obsessed with the ol’ in and out.

He loves to write little smart ass bios that never mention his actual publications because he’s not a sell out.
He also likes to cover his very real vulnerability and sensitivity about his work with smart ass comments like the previous line.

So for this very special first time ever solo feature he’ll expose himself just a little for this very special time.

You can find his stories in Sex Toy Tales (the book and the website), 5 Minute Erotica, Suspect Thoughts, and Fucking Daphne. His photos have appeared on his Flickr.

As Guy, he can be seen in Familiar Men, and Orgasm: Faces of Ecstasy.

As Marlo Davis he can be seen performing in Cubbyholes: Transmen in Action, and the upcoming Couchsurfers 2.

This show will feature special guest host Steven Schwartz and may also include rowdy birthday spankings.  You’ve been warned.

August 8, 8pm
Sign-ups at 7:30pm
Three Dollar Bill Cafe at SF’s LGBT Center

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Hola folks[personal profile] doppmonster and [personal profile] mollena are gonna rock out some QOM tonight and i strongly suggest you check it out. the feature is hard core cool and i hear some rumors that the open mic is showcasing some fancy pants as well.
xo

by Terrence Taylor, http://flickr.com/photos/fivestar/2035033862/

July 11th QUEER OPEN MIC WITH FIVESTAR
Expect kinky, funny, soulful songs about love and riding crops, and bring your sweet tooth for eye candy. Everyone who's seen Fivestar perform agrees: this person is somethin' special.

But allow me to introduce the two of you. Fivestar writes...

I’m originally from South Texas and have been making trouble in the Bay Area for 6 years. When I’m not working with video and the web, you can find me riding my bike, exploring the fabulousness of this city and making music. Music has been an emotional outlet for me as far back as i can remember. I’ve been writing music for ten years for the sole purpose of dealing with heartaches and joys. Aside from a few past public performances, I mostly sing for my friends. I started performing Queer Open Mic a few months ago and am excited to find more people to share my passion with. Thank you!

Visit http://www.iamfivestar.com or http://twitter.com/iamfivestar for more.


July 11, 8-10pm
Three Dollar Bill Cafe at SF's LGBT Center
followed by beer at Zeitgeist
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Hey Kids
Don't forget now - TONIGHT is the last QOM of June!
The amazing Daphne Gottlieb is featuring with special guest Sarah Katherine Lewis.
The open mic sign up starts at 730 sharp and I say get there early this time as folks are getting ready to get their art on!
Remember - open mic readers get five minutes to read one piece or less.

Rock and roll folks. I couldn't be happier than to have Daphne, who was one of the absolute first features at QOM to share this last dance with me, and Mollena hosting with me - who came to my very first open mic reading in SF with me years ago. It's all kinda making me misty. Plus we're popping Sarah-Katherine's open mic reading cherry!!! This has been an amazing group of readers and regulars for a long time for me. It's like my own little SF Artsy Fartsy grad school and this will be my last show as I head off onto a band and muscial sabaatical.  I hope you can be there.

Please spread the word.

This Friday!!!!
8pm!
Queer Open Mic, feat. Daphne Gottlieb with special guest Sarah Katherine Lewis

* Vince & Pete's Three Dollar Bill Cafe
* 1800 Market @ Octavia
* San Francisco
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Hey Kids
Don't forget now - this Friday is the last QOM of June!
The amazing Daphne Gottlieb is featuring with special guest Sarah Katherine Lewis.
The open mic sign up starts at 730 sharp and I say get there early this time as folks are getting ready to get their art on!
Remember - open mic readers get five minutes to read one piece or less.

Rock and roll folks. I couldn't be happier than to have Daphne, who was one of the absolute first features at QOM to share this last dance with me, and Mollena hosting with me - who came to my very first open mic reading in SF with me years ago. It's all kinda making me misty. Plus we're popping Sarah-Katherine's open mic reading cherry!!! This has been an amazing group of readers and regulars for a long time for me. It's like my own little SF Artsy Fartsy grad school and this is my graduation. I hope you can be there.

This Friday!!!!
8pm!
Queer Open Mic, feat. Daphne Gottlieb with special guest Sarah Katherine Lewis

* Vince & Pete's Three Dollar Bill Cafe
* 1800 Market @ Octavia
* San Francisco
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i am hoping you fellow accordion /banjo / kazoo folks will show up and help me blow the roof off for my last show!!!!
JUNE 27, 2008
Queer Open Mic featuring local literati Daphne Gottlieb and special guest from Seattle - Sarah Katherine Lewis.

On June 27th Queer Open Mic is marking a big change in the show. Founder, curator and co-host Cindy Emch will be taking an indefinte hiatus to focus on her bands Vagabondage and Rhubarb Whiskey. In her stead will be Mollena Williams (existing co-host and local award winning performance artist) and Sarah Dopp (member of the New Hampshire Slam team and founder of thewrit.org).

To celebrate Cindy's last show she'll be playing some special accordion tunes. The night features local literati Daphne Gottlieb. Daphne is the author of KISSING DEAD GIRLS, WHY THING BURN, JOKES & the UNCONSCIOUS, FINAL GIRL, PELT and editrix of FUCKING DAPHNE and HOMEWRECKER.

QOM is also proud to feature special guest Sarah Katherine Lewis on tour from Seattle. A contributor to Gottlieb's newest anthology FUCKING DAPHNE and author of the awesome INDECENT and SEX & BACON, she is not to be missed.

High Res versions of the below pics are available upon request.
Full bios of performers below.

Queer Open Mic
@ Vince & Pete's Three Dollar Bill Cafe
1800 Market Street, SF CA
730 sign up , 8pm show
$1 - 5

  


FULL BIOS
Daphne Gottlieb
San Francisco-based Performance Poet Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, as well as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa.


Sarah Katherine Lewis is the author of Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That are Very, Very Bad For Me (Seal, 2008) and Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl For Hire (Seal, 2006) and has contributed to several anthologies, including Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions (Seal, 2008). A ten-year veteran of the adult industry in Seattle, Portland, and New Orleans, she now spends her time maintaining her popular blog, at SarahKatherineLewis.com, writing, and playing with food in Seattle, Washington. An outspoken (and often outrageous) feminist activist, she works to promote global revolution and dreams of a world where all women feast like Vikings.

Cindy Emch
Cindy Emch is addicted to poetry, road trips and muscle cars. She can often be found writing highway poems and playing the accordion for one of her two bands, Vagabondage and Rhubarb Whiskey.  Cindy's writing has been been published in the Can I Sit With You project, LodeStar Quarterly, There Journal, It's So You: 35 Women on Fashion, Beauty and Personal Style edited by Michelle Tea, and numerous chapbooks. She co-hosted the Aunty Cindy and Unka Lynnee show with Lynn Breedlove on Pirate Cat Radio from 2004 to 2007, and has been a curator for the National Queer Arts Festival since 2005. Emch is also the founder and co-host of San Francisco's twice-a-month Queer Open Mic, which has been hosting performers and freaks at the Three Dollar Bill Cafe since 2004.

Mollena Williams
Mollena WIlliams is a founding member of the Crowded Fire Theatre Company, former Mentor Director for the Society of Janus and co-host of Queer Open Mic. She has been acting and performing in the SF Bay Area for years and years and has been named Best Local Actress in the SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay.



 
 
 
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The 2nd to last QOM was grand. [personal profile] elusis came and gave me the best necklace ever! Katrina Recto and the open mic-ers seriously kicked very large amounts of the ass. and [personal profile] mollena - omg dude you are so the best ever. amazing that i kept going even as i was losing my voice. the show must go on right?

mo got one onf my favorite tattoo pics ever.
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queer open mic is this friday.
w00t.

this will be my second to last QOM that I am hosting for a long time. I am taking a break for a while to focus on some art stuff and the baton is being carried on by [personal profile] mollena and [personal profile] doppmonster. so please come on out and help me rock my last pride as a QOM host.

Katrina Recto is the feature - an amazing young poet of color who I've heard read on some open mics and was completely blown away and made 100% un-jaded by.

Hope to see you there.
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QUEER OPEN MIC

Vince & Pete's Three Dollar Bill Cafe

8pm show, 7:30pm sign up

Tickets: $1 - $5 Sliding Scale


6/13
FEATURING KATRINA RECTO




Queer Open Mic is a twice monthly gathering of poets, performers, writers and artists of all types to come together and share art hosted by Mollena Williams and Cindy Emch. Proto-feminist and genderqueer in scope, QOM aims to combine raunchy enthusiasm, warmth and community, unapologetic queer, radical politics and sweet rhythms to create a space for spoken word, poetry and performance that is multi cultural, multi gendered, completely inclusive and dynamic.



Queer Open Mic is in part supported by a generous grant from the New Venture Seed Fund, a program of And Castro For All.


6/27

FEATURING DAPHNE GOTTLIEB



Queer Open Mic is a twice monthly gathering of poets, performers, writers and artists of all types to come together and share art hosted by Mollena Williams and Cindy Emch. Proto-feminist and genderqueer in scope, QOM aims to combine raunchy enthusiasm, warmth and community, unapologetic queer, radical politics and sweet rhythms to create a space for spoken word, poetry and performance that is multi cultural, multi gendered, completely inclusive and dynamic. The featured performer for 6/27 is the incredible Daphne Gottlieb who stiches together the gutter and the ivory tower just using her tongue.




Queer Open Mic is in part supported by a generous grant from the New Venture Seed Fund, a program of And Castro For All.

Pride is a busy month - please help spread the word.
xo

emchy




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W00TY! Mollena is hosting solo kids - so please come on over and show her some lovin. Extra spreading of the words around the tubes is also muchly appreciated!

Queer Open Mic is proud to welcome Thee Hobo Gobbelins to our humble stage. From deep within the confines of the city sewers, and the darkness beneath your bed, Thee Hobo Gobbellins slash and jangle their path into your skull. They weave a wickedly catchy mixture of ancient pirate curses, orcish vaudeville, and eldritch hobo semaphore.

The Hobo Gobbelins have emerged from the pulsing art vortex of Oakland, Ca., the green-skinned child of punk rock, avant-garde performance art and hobo soul. Drawing on a dizzying array of influences, the band incorporates traditional sounds of Americana and the Old World with the horrors of modernity. Monsters from folklore and fiction wriggle alongside freight-train spirituals and drinking songs. The result is a disturbing haunted house for the ear, a nightmare carnival that is at turns goofy and murderous. Human audiences drink more, dance better, and writhe uncontrollably to goblin beatings- er, beats. Incidentally, audience is the goblin word for “food that screams”.



Queer Open Mic
April 25, 2008
8pm
$1 - $5 donation
1800 Market Street, SF CA

**About Queer Open Mic**
Queer Open Mic is a twice monthly gathering of poets, performers, writers and artists of all types to come together and share art. Proto-feminist and genderqueer in scope, QOM aims to combine raunchy enthusiasm, warmth and community, unapologetic queer, radical politics and sweet rhythms to create a space for spoken word, poetry and performance that is multi cultural, multi gendered, completely inclusive and dynamic. QOM is hosted by Cindy Emch and Mollena Williams.
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OMG you guys - [profile] justin42is reading and i am so excited.
now i am a little suburbanized from the new job in san mateo - so come play and remind me how hardcore you rock. i miss you peoples.
I am rocking solo since [personal profile] mollena is off teaching sexy things to sexy people up in the pacific northwest. so hoping to see your pretty faces there! xoxoxox
San Francisco, CA, March 28th, 2008
Queer Open Mic is proud to present Featured Performer Justin Kolling. An up and coming writer in San Francisco, Justin writes heart in cheek poetry that makes all genders cry. QOM was founded and exists to help bring people and community in San Francisco together around art.All queers of all kinds welcome.


 

About the Performer:
Justin Kolling writes heart-in-cheek poetry that makes all the genders cry. A self-proclaimed bleeding heart bastard and bear in human's clothing, he waxes prolific about his belly button, bumbling hearts, funny stories about poop, living ghosts, waking dream interpretation, and various fascinations of the moment. He is also a Rock Bandaholic (of the Xbox 360 variety) and amateur living room singer-songwriter who had one of his songs played on Pirate Cat Radio. His written work has appeared in 50 Gallons of Diesel, Gravity, Purr Magazine and Lodestar Quarterly. He has read at open mics at QOM, K'vetsh, Gender Odyssey and Femina Potens. He was a featured performer at the 2007 National Queer Arts Festival's Home Show, curated by Cindy Emch. He coined the term "J-hole" to describe a new level of jerk and excitedly awaits its eventual proliferation into mainstream culture. You should also know that Christopher Walken is his spirit animal.

Queer Open Mic
Mar 28, 2008
8pm
$1 - $5 donation
1800 Market Street, SF CA

**About Queer Open Mic**
Queer Open Mic is a twice monthly gathering of poets, performers, writers and artists of all types to come together and share art. Proto-feminist and genderqueer in scope, QOM aims to combine raunchy enthusiasm, warmth and community, unapologetic queer, radical politics and sweet rhythms  to create a space for spoken word, poetry and performance that is multi cultural, multi gendered, completely inclusive and dynamic.  QOM is hosted by Cindy Emch and Mollena Williams.


UPCOMING SHOWS

April 11th, 2008 - Featuring Frances Varian
April 25th, 2008 - Featuing Hobo Gobbelins and special LA co-host Ryka Aoki de la Cruz
May 9th, 2008 - Featuring Kirya Traber
May 23rd, 2008 - Featuing Meliza Banales
June 13th, 2008 - TBD
June 27th, 2008 - Featuring Daphne Gottlieb
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San Francisco, CA, March 28th, 2008
Queer Open Mic is proud to present Featured Performer Justin Kolling. An up and coming writer in San Francisco, Justin writes heart in cheek poetry that makes all genders cry. QOM was founded and exists to help bring people and community in San Francisco together around art.All queers of all kinds welcome.


 

About the Performer:
Justin Kolling writes heart-in-cheek poetry that makes all the genders cry. A self-proclaimed bleeding heart bastard and bear in human's clothing, he waxes prolific about his belly button, bumbling hearts, funny stories about poop, living ghosts, waking dream interpretation, and various fascinations of the
moment. He is also a Rock Bandaholic (of the Xbox 360 variety) and amateur living room singer-songwriter who had one of his songs played on Pirate Cat Radio. His written work has appeared in 50 Gallons of Diesel, Gravity, Purr Magazine and Lodestar Quarterly. He has
read at open mics at QOM, K'vetsh, Gender Odyssey and Femina Potens. He was a featured performer at the 2007 National Queer Arts Festival's Home Show, curated by
Cindy Emch. He coined the term "J-hole" to describe a new level of jerk and excitedly awaits its eventual proliferation into mainstream culture. You should also know that Christopher Walken is his spirit animal.

Queer Open Mic
Mar 28, 2008
8pm
$1 - $5 donation
1800 Market Street, SF CA

**About Queer Open Mic**
Queer Open Mic is a twice monthly gathering of poets, performers, writers and artists of all types to come together and share art. Proto-feminist and genderqueer in scope, QOM aims to combine raunchy enthusiasm, warmth and community, unapologetic queer, radical politics and sweet rhythms  to create a space for spoken word, poetry and performance that is multi cultural, multi gendered, completely inclusive and dynamic.  QOM is hosted by Cindy Emch and Mollena Williams.


UPCOMING SHOWS

April 11th, 2008 - Featuring Frances Varian
April 25th, 2008 - Featuing Hobo Gobbelins and special LA co-host Ryka Aoki de la Cruz
May 9th, 2008 - Featuring Kirya Traber
May 23rd, 2008 - Featuing Meliza Banales
June 13th, 2008 - TBD
June 27th, 2008 - Featuring Daphne Gottlieb




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Cindy & Mollena are your hosts and welcome all queers of all stripes to perform
one piece of awesome that is five minutes or less. Sign up is at 7:30, performances begin at 8pm.

We happen at Vince & Pete's Three Dollar Bill Cafe 1800 Market Street in SF


Mar 14 - Zuleikha Mahmood



Queer Open Mic is proud to present Featured Performer Zuleika Mahmood.



Zuleikha Mahmood
is a mixed Afghan writer who currently
makes her home in Oakland. She has two stories forthcoming
in Kohl: An Anthology of Muslim American Women's Fiction.
Her work has also been featured in Muslim WakeUp's "Sex and
the Umma" column. Her zines, "the wombs and the browns", and
"letter forged by the daughter putting on her scarf in a masjid
parking lot" have been distributed around the U.S. and in England,
Spain, Romania, and the Phillipines

Queer Open Mic
8pm
$1 - $5 donation
1800 Market Street, SF CA

**About Queer Open Mic**
Queer Open Mic is a twice monthly gathering of poets, performers, writers
and artists of all types to come together and share art. Proto-feminist and
genderqueer in scope, QOM aims to combine raunchy enthusiasm, warmth and
community, unapologetic queer, radical politics and sweet rhythms to create
a space for spoken word, poetry and performance that is multi cultural,
multi gendered, completely inclusive and dynamic.

OMG YAYZ!

Feb. 6th, 2008 03:05 pm
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i am too excited not to post this here as well as in [profile] queeropenmic



http://www.sfweekly.com/search/events.php?oid=900392

AW YEA - WE"RE IN THE SF WEEKLY!!!


On the Lamm



 You ever feel like you should shut up? Maybe you feel like someone — your dad, probably — thinks you should shut up, because you're too (fill in the blank). Most folks do at one time or another, and that's exactly why we need Nomy Lamm. This writer, singer, musician, playwright, and opinionated lecturer is fat, Jewish, gay, and has one foot. Imagine how many assholes have tried to get her to shut up! And then be wildly inspired by Lamm's complete lack of self-loathing, and by her many sassy backtalk strategies. "I've got the nerve to be myself," she sings in her band Tricrotic, and it's no hollow boast. She's been a Punk Planet columnist, a performer with Sister Spit, a co-writer of rock opera The Transfused, and Ms. Magazine's Woman of the Year. She recently relocated to San Francisco, and the Queer Open Mic is making her welcome as its featured performer. Expect a loud, stylish, shameless, funny lecture on how wrong your dad is.
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Hey Folks
I have made a separate queer open mic community to put all of the QOM listings.

http://community.livejournal.com/queeropenmic/


Please join :) and feel free to link to the community posts about QOM when you're feeling like spreading the word about events.

I will still give the bare bones heads up here - but it makes more sense for it to have it's very own home. I encourage folks to join the community - post pics from QOM's to it, talk about shows, what have you. QOM is a labor of love but it is a labor and I recognize that my journal isn't always the appropriate place for folks to discuss the shows they saw or if they're going or etc.

I will ALSO be using the community to post about other queer lit events in sf - so if you have something you want to promote it's totally appropriate to post it over there too.

Hopefully this will mean that folks can connect around the QOM without my or Mo's direct involvement since although we're the hosts - the event really belongs to the folks who attend it and perform.

xoxo
cindy
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Queer Open Mic tomorrow will be awesome
Be there or be square forever.
8pm
$3 Bill Cafe

Sara Seinberg (K'vetsch founder, Sister Spitter and all around Bad Ass)


and NYC slammer Jon Sands (amazing punch you in the gut words and he's on tour!)



ps
if you're so inclined please repost and get the word out. thanks.

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