Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Outlook Theater Casting Call and Upcoming Events

Seeking Actors
Casting Call on
Monday, May 11th, 10am-12pm

We are looking for actors to participate in This Many People, a workshop performance of scenes from a new play-in-progress based upon the personal histories of Bay Area LGBT Seniors.

Performances will be held at The Garage in SF as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, and are an opportunity to participate in a professional community-based theater project, with potential for casting in the world premiere performances in October-November 2009.


Matthew: gay man, 30's, race not important, self-centered but not selfish. A romantic who has never really been challenged by life...until now.

Clarence: a gay man, 70's or 80's, African American, loves life and is not afraid to tell you all about it.

Rehearsals: 5/21, 5/25, 5/28, 5/30 (tech), afternoons
Shows: 5/31 and 6/1, 8pm

Non-Equity. Stipend.

The audition, rehearsals, and performances will all take place at The Garage, 975 Howard St, San Francisco.

To reserve a slot:Email Rebecca at rebecca@outlooktheaterproject.org

Please join us in the first ever audience of...

This Many People: Excerpts from the LGBT Seniors Project
Presented in collaboration with AIRspace presents and the National Queer Arts Festival

May 31st and June 1st, 2009, 8pm
The Garage, 975 Howard St., San Francisco

This Many People

What do we know about the lives of those who came before us in the struggle for acceptance?

How do different generations in the LGBT community learn about each other?

The OutLook ensemble performs excerpts of a new play-in-progress based upon the personal histories of Bay Area LGBT Seniors. Material from the play has been generated through OutLook's collaboration with New Leaf Outreach to Elders and Lavender Seniors of the East Bay.

Please come and be part of the creation of this important new play!

Tickets $10-20
Advance purchase atwww.brownpapertickets.com

For More Information:

The National Queer Arts Festival is produced by the Queer Cultural Center with the generous support of Grants for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Foundation.

OutLook Theater Project (OLTP) is a newly formed, ensemble-based company that creates original performance about relevant issues from a queer perspective. We collaborate with a diversity of communities to make work that questions the norm, transforms audiences into participants, and inspires personal and social change.

We are a Member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, networking and consulting for artists.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

At The Beach Black Pride Los Angeles 2009

Greetings LA,

The Magic of LA 4th of July Week is building. Get ready for a week of Pride in the City starting , Tuesday, June 30- July 5, 2009
In The Meantime is the official sponsor and host of the Magic of LA ATBLA Black Pride Red Carpet, Opening Reception. Be Here......

The Culver City Radisson Hotel
6161 West Centinela Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
Friday, July 3, 2009,
7:00p.m.- 10:00p.m.

Reserve your table today. Contact In The Meantime at (323) 733-4868. Each table seats 10 people. Total table cost is $200.00.

Deadline for payment to be received is June 1, 2009. Make your check made Payable to In The Meantime Men’s Group, Inc. by June 1, 2009. Inc. Please Reference: Black Pride Celebration in the note section of the check and mail to In The Meantime, P.O. Box 29861, LA CA 90029.

General admission is $5.00 and does not guarantee table seating. So Join us. Be thoroughly entertained by the Chuck Johnson Jazz trio, the Girls of Illusions, and other local LA talent. Complimentary appetizers, no host bar, www.inthemeantimemen.org

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just Walk With Me Here...

I think I need to vent just a little bit...

I am putting together a couple of shows for the National Queer Arts Festival. I submitted the proposal with a potential cast list. It is a potential because people could be added or others might be able to participate because of the date.

I heard from the festival and they approve the proposal and get us a venue and dates. I contact the people involved and two people had to drop out because of the dates, which I understand. I'm glad they let me know as soon as possible.I've talked to a few people about taking their spots and I feel as I am getting the run around.

If you have ever planned any events like this you know that everything falls on you.
Working out the technical requirements, working with the venue, publicity, working with the festival director, deadlines, deadlines, deadlines and the people I've spoken with say they will send me the information I've requested but they haven't and it leads me to believe they don't want to be part of the show. I know people get busy but when I requested it as soon as possible so I can get their picture and bio to the festival website and also for the press releases and they haven't gotten back to me for over a week I start to suspect they don't really want to be a part.

One person requested a face to face meeting to discuss it after a couple of phone conversations that I explained what I needed and about the event/festival.

At this point I am driven just to go with the lineup I have and call it a day. Usually you don't get alot of time to perform at these events. 5-7 minutes but now I think I will just give people longer performance time and call it "it is what it is"....

Flashback Thursdays

No Theme To This Week's Flashbacks, Unless It's I Just Love These Folks' Voice...

I just saw Rachelle a week ago at Yoshi's in Oakland. A great spot if you get a chance to visit. She ended the show with this song. It was an "unpulgged" show so it featured just her, a backing vocalist, and another keyboard player. She ended the show with this song but it was stripped down and very evocative...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rachelle Ferrell

Last night a friend and I attended a performance of Rachelle Ferrell at the great jazz club restaurant Yoshi's in Oakland, Ca.

It was my first time seeing her live in a few years. Every time I get to see or hear Rachelle I am usually blown away. The things she is able to do with her voice from just a technical stand point is amazing. Add in her showmanship and it makes for a great evening.

It was simply Rachelle, a backing vocalist Larnelle who was fantastic in her own right and another keyboard player.

She did a variety of songs. Some made up on the spot. Engaged herself with the audience. She sang happy birthday to a woman who was 84 yrs old and also her backing vocalist.

All in all it was an incredible evening. The crowd was friendly and supportive and Yoshi's is always an excellent venue. If you ever go be sure to try the "Georgia Bounce". It's a delicious mojito!!

If I didn't have to be at work at 7am today I would've bought tickets to the late night show just to see her again...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flashback Thursdays-Boogie Time

I am having a serious 80's flashback thing going on. All I want to do is listen to the music that me and friends used to dance to until the early mornings and then go to Fatburger to eat at 6am


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Many Fabrics, One Quilt-National Queer Arts Festival

We continue our Juneteenth celebration with a tapestry of music, performance art, spoken word, dance, and poetry. Our quilt encompasses the many textiles of diversity reflecting our experiences as Same Gender Loving African Americans knitting our multiple identities into our Fabric of Brotherhood.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.

See performances by Nathan James, Anthony Williams, Jerry.Brown:Rhythm.Art.Poetry. (aka JBRAP), Shurlavision, and host by Jair-The Literary Masturbator™

Poet, Writer, Arts Organizer Anthony Williams is a writer and performance artist based in San Francisco. He is the Co-Founder and Director of GuyWriters, a network of gay male writers in the Bay Area, and he is currently pursuing an MFA in performance art from JFK University in Berkeley.

Upon exiting the whoom-Jan. 10th, 1978, after 32 hours of labor, a Blue hairy, Jerry.Brown:Rhythm.Art.Poetry. (aka JBRAP) took a good hard long look around the room and the people in it, his grandmother says, "he started crying and didn't stop until he could move himself!" Did this Multi-Media-Renaissance-Vocalist-EmCee--4D--Perfomance Artist, somehow know then ( directly after-birth) what his hometown of East Palo Alto and the World had in store? we come from oracles! Many Hard Lessons, scarrs, & tentions, from An UnFair Unforginving Life with Many Given Blessings!!____________ Today he is humble, active and ornery in the same way, making his home in West Oakland and using his Mixed Media Social Change Arts (dual degrees) to create and encourage positively artistic, engaging, academic environments and safer spaces for the young people of our community. www.myspace.com/jbrap

Vocalist, Guitarist Shurlavision has made it a lifelong practice of always doing things her way. Leaving the Motor City in 1993, she drove alone cross-country to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of writing and producing deosoul (Detroit-soul) music. Heavily influenced by the music of George, Phyllis, Earl, Aretha and Anita, Shurlavision has emerged as a sensually-seasoned, soulful artist. Her music can be heard at www.myspace.com/shurlavision4u

New York City writer and activist Nathan James is the author of several bestselling novels in the LGBT genre. His works include Check Ride, The Devil's Details, and the novella ThicknessFlesh To Flesh anthology. Nathan writes for several online and print journals, and speaks out on causes and issues which move his spirit. www.nathanjamesonline.com

Jair-The Literary Masturbator™, is a poet, writer, spoken word artist, and activist new to the Yay Area from Southern California where he was a regular at PoetsJazzHouse in Leimert Park. He has curated and performed at events such as The African Marketplace, Los Angeles Black Book Expo, West Hollywood Book Fair, FUSION LGBT People of Color Film Festival 2005, and others. His work has been featured in Sequioa, In The Meantime "Statements of Pride", and he is author of "Sacred Sensual Secrets" a chapbook collection of his erotic poetry. Take him to your favorite restaurant or club and treat him to dinner or a drink. He likes to keep to himself yet likes to be noticed (what the??!!??). He's a Laker fan and a Libra blah blah blah www.myspace.com/theliterarymasturbator

Mama Calizo's Voice Factory
1519 Mission Street
San Francisco, Ca

Saturday June 20, 2009

$10-15 Sliding Scale (No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds)

This event is part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2009

For more info contact Jair-The Literary Masturbator™

Quilting Our Community-National Queer Arts Festival 2009 Juneteenth Event

Storytelling has long been a tradition in the African American community. In keeping with tradition we invite you to join us as we screen two dynamic films this Juneteenth for our Family Movie Night, “Brooklyn’s Bridge To Jordan” and “Black Aura On An Angel”. Also see previews of, “Mississippi Damned” and “Family”.

Brooklyn's Bridge To Jordan

After losing her life partner in a car accident, a woman with a buried secret must not only fight to keep the couples' estranged teenage son from her partner's intolerant brother, but also rebuild her and her son's troubled relationship.

Black Aura On An Angel

After a chance meeting, Angel is completely captivated by the beautiful, mysterious Phaedra and the two women soon fall madly in love. But as the relationship intensifies, Phaedra begins a downward spiral that drags the loving Angel with her.

Filmmakers Tina Mabry, Morgan R. Stiff, and Faith Trimel have all been invited for a Q&A session.

Mama Calizo's Voice Factory
1519 Mission Street
San Francisco, Ca

Friday June 19, 2009

$10-15 Sliding Scale (No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds)

This event is part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2009

For more info contact Jair-The Literary Masturbator™

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Flashback Thursday-Runnin Cross My Mind

Alright it's been a couple of weeks because of my vacation but I'm back to it. Usually there is a "theme" to my flashbacks but this time just posting some music that's been running cross my mind...