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Queer Open Mic

Friday, February 11, 2005
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Three Dollar Bill Cafe
1800 Market St @ Octavia

QUEER OPEN MIC –hosted by Cindy M. Emch

February 11, 2005
Siren’s Iris Poetry Tour Featuring: Slam Champs Suzy La Follette & Andrea Gibson

Sign up @7:30, Show @ 8pm

Three Dollar Bill Cafe
1800 Market@Octavia

$1-$5 donation – no one turned away for lack of funds

Come on over for a rowdy revolution of song, dance, poetry and art of all forms. Queer Open Mic is ready to ROCK OUT 2005 as we try to bring a heady blend of art, performance, and poetry to the caffeinated masses. The readings are meant for queers and allies of all stripes, colors, and affiliations to come together and share art, thoughts, conversations, passions and a damn good cuppa joe. All donations benefit the performers and The Center.

Feb 11th – The Siren’s Iris Poetry Tour Starring Andrea Gibson and Suzy La Follette

Suzy La Follette is a chainsaw packing, gender-role smacking, rooftop shouting poetista. She was the Grand Slam champion of the Flagstaff, AZ team in 2002. She placed sixth in the nation at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago, 2003. She has toured across the country performing at prestigious venues like the NYC Bowery Poetry Club and Bay Area LadyFest. It has been said that "she could spit a poem through a brick wall," and she has. She is a political, poetic warrior that will make you laugh, cry and infinitely change you. She silences audiences with her wit and extraordinary performance. Taylor Mali, The President of Poetry Slam Inc. says, "If you are searching for truth, listen. You will find it in Suzy La Follette."

Andrea Gibson rushed onto the poetry scene in 2000 as a member of the Denver Slam Team. Since then, it has been full speed ahead. Andrea is the four-time Denver Slam Champion, leading her team to a sixth-place finish at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago in 2003, and the 2004 finals in St. Louis where they took second place over all. She also finished fourth in the individual finals in St. Louis where she competed against the top slam poets in the nation. Coming a long way from an upbringing in rural Maine, Andrea is now known for her politics and is active in the Denver-area communities. She is a member of Vox Feminista, a performance tribe of radical political women bent on social change. Andrea has shared the stage with such names as Amy Goodman, Dennis Kucinich and Leslie Feinberg. She uses spoken word, political theatre and direct action to influence positive social movement. In her spare time she keeps a job as a Montessori pre-school teacher, during which she is careful to make sure children do not leave her classroom until they are well-versed on why it is not OK to kill Lady Bugs.

Scheduled upcoming featured readers include: Angie Krass (2/25), Soledad Decosta (3/11) and many many more!

QUEER OPEN MIC happens on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month at the THREE DOLLAR BILL CAFÉ on the first floor of the SF LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER at 1800 Market @ Octavia in SF and is hosted by Cindy M. Emch.

Open Mic sign up begins at 7:30, readings start at 8pm. Anyone with special needs should contact Cindy the night of the event for any specific accommodations. $1-5 donations benefit the performers and The Center ( in an effort to encourage more queer art in our community. No one turned away for lack of funds. (Open mic readers get 5 minutes, one poem or 3 pages of prose, whichever fits the material best)

For more QUEER OPEN MIC info contact:
Cindy M. Emch, or visit

Host Cindy Emch is a farm town poet finding the small bits of rural in the big city. She has been published in Lode Star Quarterly and has self published three chapbooks: "The Brahma of the Blue Shoe", "Autumn Leaves Don't Always Turn", and "Notes from a Big Tough Journal". She has read at open mics from Michigan to San Francisco. A true believer in the revolutionary power of art, she tries in every poem to provoke the listener to feel just a little more.

Added to the calendar on Tue, Jan 18, 2005 5:06PM
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