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Men's Project Performance
Date Wednesday October 15
Time 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Details
UCSF COLE HALL 513 Parnassus Ae
San Francisco
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorLeroy F. Moore Jr.
The Men’s Story Project
Building Strength, Creating Peace

jlehrer1 [at]
(415) 217-9875


The Men’s Story Project will be presented on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at UCSF, in Cole Hall of the Medical Sciences Building, at 513 Parnassus Ave., SF. Doors are at 6:30 PM; performance at 7 PM. In this performance, a diverse group of 16 men ages 22-60 will present pieces they have created about their lives, in mediums including slam poetry, monologues, storytelling and dance. This performance is of interest to adults of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations; healthcare and social service providers; students; activists and others. The project was created by Josie Lehrer, a postdoctoral research fellow at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

The Men's Story Project is a bold new performance and community discussion project examining social ideas about masculinity, using the arts as a medium for community-building and social change. It aims to give voice to men's stories that are less often heard; to break silences on issues including sexism, racism, heterosexism, homophobia, ableism and violence – and ways in which these interconnect with social ideas about masculinity; to celebrate men’s beauty and strength; and to stimulate discussion on what being a man today can be all about. The ultimate goal of this replicable project is to help expand the presence of genuine personal expression, open dialogue, peace, and social justice in communities.

Topics to be addressed in the upcoming performance include: examination of male privilege; platonic love between men; relationships with fathers and other family members; images of African American masculinity; disability and sexuality; fatherhood; transgender identity; bisexuality and internalized homophobia; a young man’s experiences with Islam, Christianity, homophobia and HIV; body and wholeness; challenging racism; men's public restroom rituals; a Latino man’s journey from domestic violence perpetration to anti-violence activism; a young man’s refusal to continue intergenerational patterns of violence; prison, spirituality and personal transformation; and gratitude to lifelong mentors. Presenters are local artists and activists including Leroy Moore, Jr., Soul Nubian, Galen Peterson, Charles Ekabhumi Ellik and L.Abdul-Kenyatta, as well as first-time performers. The performance will be followed by audience discussion.

The debut show in Berkeley on 8/17/08 was sold out, with standing ovations and strong positive feedback. Audience comments include: “groundbreaking,” “already historical,” “a gift,” and “transformative.”

Optional donations at the door will benefit San Francisco Women Against Rape. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and has an assisted listening room.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with the project creator and participants, please contact Josie Lehrer at (415) 217-9875 or jlehrer1 [at]
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