Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Smack Dab open mic

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

March 2012 feature: Remembering Sean O'Driscoll

Wednesday, March 21, 8pm, open mic signup starts at 7:30 At Magnet, your neighborhood queer health center, 4122 18th Street between Castro and Collingwood in the heart of San Francisco.

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

Sean O'Driscoll, one of our most frequent readers at Smack Dab, was found dead in his home after a fall on February 25, 2012. He was 67.

Sean grew up in Madison, South Dakota and had a degree in music from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota and then went to college in New York. He taught school in Buffalo, NY and Kitchener, Ontario before moving to San Francisco. Sean had studied writing as part of George Birimisa's writing workshops as well as studying drawing.

Sean attended almost every installment of Smack Dab at Magnet, with the exception of some times in the past year or so when health concerns made that impossible. His original stories touched the heart with his frequent technique of taking a new vantage on contemporary events and culture. He also guest-co-hosted at one point when Kirk Read was out of town.

He will be dearly missed by the community of attendees of Smack Dab. To honor his memory, we will be featuring Sean's writing at the March 21 Smack Dab. His writing will be read by friends, and we will have an opportunity to share and reminisce about Sean's life.

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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