October 2019 we're featuring the art of Michael Roman
Friday, October 18 @ 7pm Reading & Release Party for
Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 - 1997 by Alvin Orloff Orloff will read from his salacious memoir and be "in conversation" with Alia Volz also appearing: The Disasterama Dancers & Tony Vaguely!
A compelling memoir of social life in the queer underground of San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles at a time when the manic frivolity of gay liberation and youth collided with the deadly reality of plague.
"Orloff's memoir of San Francisco queers facing the mounting AIDS crisis and freaking, caring, denying, performing, and carrying on is a witty remembrance that avoids cheap sentiment or easy responses. Tackling a mass of contradictions with unflinching realness, this book both entertains and inspires." --Michael Musto, nightclub columnist extraordinaire
"A darkly funny memoir depicting SF's Queer Underground during the height of the AIDS Crisis when we were young, angry and horny as hell! This is a remarkable evocation of a heroic time. Long live the queens!!!" --Justin Vivian Bond, beloved chanteuse
"Disasterama takes us deep into the 80s and the daily creative resistance that saved the culture's soul during the plague years. With wit and flair Alvin Orloff gives us a guided tour of the era's vibrant subcultures; glittering, pointed reactions to a cold-hearted status quo. Heartbreaking and hilarious, sexed-up and political . . . a deeply personal coming-of-age story. --Michelle Tea, author Against Memoir and Modern Tarot
"A book that all at once reads as a memoir, a eulogy and a love letter to San Francisco--set in those critical years between the death of disco and the first tech boom-- Disasterama offers up a chronicle of fags, dykes, punks, freaks, and club kids partying on the Best Coast and the impact of AIDS, art, and activism on the post Baby Boomer/ pre-Millennial van garde. SPOILER ALERT: the last three chapters will completely rip yr heart out." --Brontez Purnell, author, Since I Laid My Burden Down
also appearing The Disasterama Dancers and Tony Vaguely as Mrs. Miller
Wednesday, October 30 @ 7pm
Judy Grahn & Jim Tilley
Jim Tilley is the author of AGAINST THE WIND. His debut novel brings to question topics of environmental activism, family and gender identity, rape, and unresolved rivalries, to name a few. Ralph, a successful environmental lawyer who represents big energy companies, is forced to reevaluate his work and personal beliefs when Lynn, his former love and a high school English teacher asks him to take up her environmental cause. To complicate matters, Jules, Lynn's child and the product of a rape by an acquaintance of Ralph in high school, is a transgender adolescent male with engineering aspiration who struggles to excel in a world hostile to his kind. Other principal characters include a French-Canadian political science profressor, an accomplished engineer drawfed by his father's success, and a Quebec separatist party's Minister of Natural Resources.
Judy Grahn is an internationally known poet, writer, and social theorist. Her work has an American Book Review Award, two American Book Awards, a Stonewall (American Library) Award, the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement in Lesbian Letters Award, and two Lambda book awards. She is currently Associated Distinguished Professor, Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies in SF, where in the 1990s she earned her PhD in Integral Studies. She served as codirector for an MA program in Women’s Spirituality for thirteen years, and for an MFA in Creative Inquiry for five years. In HANGING ON OUR OWN BONES, Grahn weaves real-life conditions with goddess mythology to construct modern interpretations of lamentation in nine parts. Here Grahn’s steadfast and rhythmic verse directs our eyes to crucial yet often buried tribulations of our times by critiquing white supremacy, honoring battered women, exalting the powers of menstruation, conflating all labor with birth imagery, and revealing lateral hostilities among potential allies—all in order to arouse a meaningful social critique.
Sunday, Nov. 3 @ 7pm reading & release for
Nightmareland: Travels at the Borders of Sleep, Dreams, and Wakefulness by Lex "Lonehood" Nover
From a Coast to Coast AM insider, a mind-expanding exploration of sleep disorders and unusual dream states--the scientific explanations and the paranormal possibilities.The sleeping mind is a mysterious backdrop that science is just beginning to shed light on. It was only some sixty years ago that researchers discovered REM, the rapid-eye-movement cycle that's associated with dreams. In Nightmareland, Lex "Lonehood" Nover travels into the eerie borderlands where the unconscious, dreams, and strange entities intermingle under the cover of night, revealing wider and hidden aspects of ourselves, from the savage and frightening to the astounding and sublime.
Encompassing accepted medical phenomena such as sleep paralysis, parasomnias, and Ambien "zombies," and the true-crime casebook of those who kill while sleepwalking, to supernatural elements such as the incubus, alien abduction, and psychic attacks, Nover brings readers on an extraordinary journey through history, folklore, and science, to help us understand what happens when we sleep.
PLEASE NOTE: Smack Dab Queer Open Mic has moved to Manny's on 16th St.