Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Feb 15 Smack Dab featuring Alvin Orloff

Smack Dab open mic hosted by Larry-bob Roberts and Kirk Read

Alvin Orloff, author of the new book Why Aren't You Smiling? joins us as featured performer.

Wednesday, February 15, 8pm, open mic signup starts at 7:30 At Magnet, your neighborhood queer health center, 4122 18th Street between Castro and Collingwood.

Smack Dab is all ages, all genders, all the time.

Featured performer bio:
Alvin Orloff, a California native, began writing as a teenager in the 1970s, a decade from which he has never fully recovered. He is the author of I Married An Earthling (Manic D), a genre and gender-bending sci-fi send up, and Gutter Boys (Manic D), a novel of decadent romance with ghosts. Orloff is also the co-author of The Unsinkable Bambi Lake, a transsexual showbiz memoir, and his short work has appeared in Pills, Chills, Thrills, and Heartache (Alyson) as well as the journal, Instant City. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He lives in the ├╝ber-hipsterized Mission District where he spends too much time wondering what to eat. His new book, Why Aren't You Smiling?, is a slightly dyspeptic romp through the queer fringes of the spiritual chaos of 1970s California, featuring misguided teenage stoners, irritating Jesus Freaks, snarky academics, well-meaning but ineffectual parents, and a cameo from renowned avian guru, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

If you'd like to perform at the open mic, please bring five minutes of whatever you want to share. Musicians, one song. Prose writers: that's about two and a half double spaced pages of prose. We’re the friendliest open mic you’ll find but we pay attention to time so that nobody accumulates further open mic-related PTSD.

Presented by Army of Lovers, a project of the Queer Cultural Center with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Horizons Foundation, TheatreBayArea and the California Arts Council

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