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Incredible, Improbable, Impossible

Come to the Barbershop and see how December’s readers and musician take on the theme of incredible and improbable impossibilities. Enjoy an eclectic creative mix in an irreverent, unpretentious setting. As the Examiner described a recent Barbershop event: “For only $5 at the door, this event, which included endless amounts of wine, cupcakes, and beer, was a bargain so outrageous that when it ended we milled about and congratulated ourselves for having been witness to it.”

Our full line-up:

JIM PROVENZANO’S résumé reads like the history of gay media since the 1980s, mixed with that of a typical dancer- actor-waiter -stage carpenter-wrestler- dot-com survivor. His 1999 debut novel PINS also became a successful play. He’s penned two more novels – MONKEY SUITS and CYCLIZEN – and short fiction for a few dozen anthologies. The former nationally syndicated sports columnist also curated and designed the world’s first exhibit about LGBT athletes. He recently returned to writing and editing at the Bay Area Reporter, where he often considers starting a “How to Write a Press Release” Boot Camp.

HELENE WECKER will be reading from her novel in progress, THE GOLEM AND THE DJINNI. Helene received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York. After a dozen years of moving around between both coasts and the Midwest, she is finally settling down in the East Bay, where she lives with her husband and works an increasingly odd series of freelance gigs. You can find her online at www.helenewecker.com.

MEGAN KEELY is a local singer-songwriter, homegrown here in the Bay Area. She plays with an everchanging roster, often including her father and brother, but can be found playing solo shows here and there with her banjolele and various other small musical instruments. Megan loves any opportunity to play in atypical venues, including woodshops, plant nurseries, and of course barbershops. Every day she is awed and inspired by the incredible, the improbable, and the impossible.

HOLLY PAYNE is a novelist, screenwriter and writing coach who serves on the faculty of the MFA writing program at California College of the Arts. She is the author of THE VIRGIN’S KNOT (a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers book) and THE SOUND OF BLUE. Her latest novel, KINGDOM OF SIMPLICITY, set in her native Amish Country, was written as a response to a drunk driver who left her unable to walk for nearly a year. She has lived and worked in Hungary, Turkey, England and Croatia and continues to travel the world to research her stories. She is the founder of Skywriter Series writing workshops and Skywriter Ranch, a summer writing retreat held annually in the Rocky Mountains and is currently at work on a new book of historical fiction set in medieval Europe.

Details:

Joe’s Barbershop
2150 Market St (between Church and Sanchez)
Saturday, December 5th, at 8 pm.

We suggest arriving early if you want to kick back in one of the barber chairs. Other seating, without footrests or armrest ashtrays, will be available.

Our awesome bookselling parter in crime, BOOKS, INC will be on hand with copies of our featured author’s books. Buy one or three and get them autographed.

SUGGESTED donation: $5 (everyone welcome)

That donation helps to cover our expenses and buys you highly addictive Kettle Salt and Pepper potato chips, baked goods, cold beer, and a Diet Coke or two.

We can always use volunteers to help set up and clean up afterward. Volunteers pay no cover and earn good karma. If interested, email Michael McAllister

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

November’s readers will tackle the theme of literal and metaphorical journeys, so make a special trip of your own to the Barbershop, where you can enjoy an eclectic mix of genres and styles in a casual, irreverent, unpretentious setting. As the Examiner described a recent Barbershop event: “For only $5 at the door, this event, which included endless amounts of wine, cupcakes, and beer, was a bargain so outrageous that when it ended we milled about and congratulated ourselves for having been witness to it.”

Our lineup:

ROB ROSEN will be reading from his brand-new novel DIVAS LAS VEGAS, which one reviewer called a “cheerfully cheeky romp through the boys and beds of Las Vegas…Fierce sexy slapstick.” Rosen is the author of Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love and has contributed to over sixty anthologies including Cleis Press’s Truckers, Best Gay Romance, Best Gay Romance 2008, Best Gay Romance 2009, Best Gay Erotica 2009, Hard Hats, Backdraft, Surfer Boys, and Bears. His erotica is often found in MEN and Freshmen magazines. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, Kenny, and you can find him online at www.therobrosen.com.

In addition to its usual roster of excellent and experienced authors, The Barbershop is committed to presenting the fresh voices of emerging writers. JOSHUA KLIPP is a transgender artist primarily known as a singer/songwriter who’s been featured on the Tyra Banks Show and MTV’s LOGO, and in 2008 he hit the Billboard Dance Charts. As one of the L WORD producers put it, “He makes every gender swoon!” He debuted his literary skills at the 2009 National Queer Arts Festival’s “Transforming Community”, and is currently working on a book of essays titled, THIRD PERSON. Check him out online at www.joshuaklipp.com.

SHANTHI SEKARAN will be reading from her first novel, THE PRAYER ROOM. She was born and raised in California, and now splits her time between Berkeley and London. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, she was first published in Best New American Voices 2004 (Harcourt). Of THE PRAYER ROOM, the New York Times said, “Sekaran is a master of cadence, and as she displays her intimate knowledge of India, England and America, there’s jazz on nearly every page.” You can find her online at www.shanthisekaran.com.

Details:

Joe’s Barbershop
2150 Market St (between Church and Sanchez)
Saturday, November 7th, at 8 pm.

We suggest arriving early if you want to kick back in one of the barber chairs. Other seating, without footrests or armrest ashtrays, is available.

Our awesome bookselling parter in crime, BOOKS, INC will be on hand with copies of our featured author’s books. Buy one or three and get them autographed.

SUGGESTED donation: $5 (everyone welcome)

That donation helps to cover our expenses and buys you highly addictive Kettle Salt and Pepper potato chips, baked goods, cold beer, and a Diet Coke or two.

We can always use volunteers to help set up and clean up afterward. Volunteers pay no cover and earn good karma. If interested, email Michael McAllister

Gay Menace at the Barbershop

Please join us for an exceptionally scary event, a joint production between The Barbershop and Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival, now celebrating its Tenth Year.

BE AFRAID!
Evil Queens, Menacing Dykes, and Secret Gay Agendas
From lurid pulp novels to YouTube sermons, America’s fear of the gay menace still runs strong. They could be your neighbors or your children’s teachers. They could be lurking in your locker rooms and your foxholes, moving, one step at a time, closer to world domination. Are these just crazy conspiracies, or is there something real to fear about the shadowy queens and dykes forced to skulk at the edges of society?

Our full lineup:

Meliza Bañales is the author of SAY IT WITH YOUR WHOLE MOUTH. The first West Coast Latina to win a poetry slam championship in 2002, she has toured with Sister Spit and Body Heat. She won an AIRspace residency for her one-woman-show, ONE BAD YEAR, which ended its run at the 2009 SF Fringe Festival. She was awarded a 2008 Creating Queer Community Grant, and a 2006 Frameline Completion Grant for the film DO THE MATH, with Mary Guzman. She is currently working on her second collection, 51 POEMS ABOUT NOTHING AT ALL.

Justin Chin is an award-winning spoken word/performance artist and the author of three poetry collections, all published by Manic D Press: GUTTED – which received the 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry by the Publishing Triangle – HARMLESS MEDICINE, and BITE HARD, as well as the essay collections BURDEN OF ASHES and MONGREL: ESSAYS, DIATRIBES, and PRANKS.

Marcus Ewert wrote the groundbreaking children’s book 10,000 DRESSES, gorgeously illustrated by Rex Ray. He is currently working on still more kids’ books, plus a memoir about his real-life affair with William Burroughs. He is also an actor and director, and cocreated the hit animated series, Piki & Poko, Adventures in StarLand, currently being shown on MTV’s LOGO channel. He has appeared in the Gus Van Sant short film Four Naked Boys and a Gun, in Sadie Benning’s Flat Is Beautiful, and the movie Frisk by Todd Verow. In 2008, he starred in the feature film The Lollipop Generation by G.B. Jones.

Justin Hall is an award-winning comic book creator and world traveler best known for his series TRUE TRAVEL TALES, HARD TO SWALLOW, and GLAMAZONIA THE UNCANNY SUPERTRANNY. His work has appeared in the Best American Comics and the S.F. Guardian, among others, and he has appeared at the San Diego Comic Con, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and the Tom of Finland Erotic Arts Fair. He recently read at the local Smack Dab Reading Series. You can find him online at All Thumbs Press.

Monica Nolan is the author of THE BIG BOOK OF LESBIAN HORSE STORIES (co-written with Alisa Surkis) and LOIS LENZ, LESBIAN SECRETARY. Her next book, BOBBY BLANCHARD, LESBIAN GYM TEACHERS, will be out in 2010. Her films include Ashley, 22, Chuckie or Ben-Hur in Five Minutes, World of Women, and Lesbians Who Date Men. She has taught film at San Francisco State University, and the Film Arts Forum.

Aaron Shurin is the author of KING OF SHADOWS, a collection of personal essays published by City Lights Books in 2008. He began publishing in the gay press in 1971, and is currently a professor in the MFA in Writing Program at USF. He has received California Arts Council Literary Fellowships in Poetry and an NEA fellowship in creative nonfiction. His book PARADISE OF FORMS: SELECTED POEMS was chosen as one of Publisher Weekly’s Best Books of 1999.

Details:

Joe’s Barbershop
2150 Market St (between Church and Sanchez)
Saturday, October 10th, at 8 pm.

We suggest arriving early, especially for this event, and especially if you want to kick back in one of the barber chairs.

Our awesome bookselling parter in crime, BOOKS, INC will be on hand with copies of our featured author’s books. Buy one or three and get them autographed.

SUGGESTED donation: $5 (everyone welcome)

That donation helps to cover our expenses and buys you highly addictive Kettle Salt and Pepper potato chips, baked goods, cold beer, and a Diet Coke or two.

We can always use volunteers to help set up and clean up afterward. Volunteers pay no cover and earn good karma. If interested, email Michael McAllister.

Dog Day Barbershop

DoreAlleyThe gay gods have punished me and my vanity in the worst manner possible, saddling me with a low-grade yet persistent flu bug for the past three weeks. Which means no gym time before one of the High Holy days of gay San Francisco Summer, Dore Alley, at which I will be bartending, more or less with the expectation that I will do so shirtless. Oh, the humanity.

I know, I know, my blog has fallen under neglect and disrepair. But I’m not one of these writers who stay productive while reclining in a sick bed. Unless you count compulsively surfing the “Watch Instantly” feature on Netflix a productive use of time.

So let me toss out the regular reminder of the next Barbershop Reading Series event, after which I will rest up for slinging drinks. No doubt I will see a few of you perverts out this weekend.

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Please join us for the next event in the Barbershop Reading Series. Playing off the atmosphere of a community barbershop, our events feature live literary readings paired with musical performances.

Our August 1st event will feature readings by a husband-and-wife pair of poets:

oscar_bermeoOSCAR BERMEO is the author of the poetry chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest and Heaven Below. Recent poems appear in BorderSenses, In the Grove and Spindle, among others. Oscar is a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own), IWL (Intergenerational Writers Lab) and VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) poetry fellow. He lives in Oakland with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.

BarbaraJaneReyesBARBARA JANE REYES is an adjunct professor in Philippine Studies at USF. Her work has been published in Asian Pacific American Journal, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Parthenon West Review, and elsewhere. Barbara is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003), and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her third book, Diwata, is forthcoming in 2010 from BOA Editions. She reviews small press books by Asian Pacific Islander American authors for Hyphen magazine’s blog.

Also reading will be BRENT FLUTY, a member of the Barbershop Writing Group, a workshop running in conjunction with the Barbershop Reading Series and led by series host Michael McAllister. Click here for more info on the Barbershop Writing Group. Brent graduated from University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Geography with focus on Latin American studies. He is a Gardener by profession, who writes in his off time

teresetaylor2Our musical guest will be San Francisco-based singer-songwriter TERESE TAYLOR. The Village Voice said of Taylor: “She can veer from lonely backwoods laments to precise, grinding Mission Of Burma-like instrumentals and back. Her music is intuitive and mysterious, filled with personal in-jokes and painful memories, a puzzle that is meant to be felt and experienced, not solved.”

Details:

Joe’s Barbershop
2150 Market St (between Church and Sanchez)

Our first two events played to full houses, so we suggest arriving early, especially if you want to kick back in one of the barber chairs.

Saturday, August 1st, at 8 pm
SUGGESTED donation: $5 (everyone welcome)

That donation helps to cover our expenses and buys you highly addictive Kettle Salt and Pepper potato chips, baked goods, cold beer, and a Diet Coke or two.

We can always use volunteers to help set up and clean up afterward. Volunteers pay no cover and earn good karma. If interested, email Michael McAllister.

More Words that Bring Strangers to My Blog

Someone typed the following sentence into Google:

“My husband grabbed his friend and was pretending to hump him in the ass.”

Naturally it brought them to Dogpoet. The most lustrous pearl of wisdom I can offer is: Hope you didn’t sign a pre-nup.

Barbicide LogoFrom my prolonged silence you might have assumed that I’m a tad wiped out after kick-starting the Barbershop Reading Series this past weekend. With a lot of help from some very good friends, our debut event went better than I could have even hoped. Capacity crowd, amazing performers, and a fabulously energetic audience. One of the reader/performers wrote me the next day and said that “the event really had a feeling of community about it – I think that word is often overused, but I think it’s the best way to describe the atmosphere in that room…”

I had hoped for that kind of atmosphere, but hard work can’t account for even half of it. The performers and the audience brought more than their fair share, and my only worry now is how high the bar has been set. Check out the Barbershop site which has a few pics from the event.

Congrats to the Manly Fireplug

SF WEEKLY’s BEST BARBERSHOP 2009

Joe’s Barbershop

the Manly Fireplug's New Shop

“It should surprise no one that gay men commonly harbor barbershop fantasies. If you’re like a lot of guys who languished through closeted childhoods in Middle America, then you spent every third or fourth Saturday waiting with your Dad and brothers and a roomful of other men for Tom or Bob or Gus to cut your hair. The one consolation was that — at the end of all your waiting — a big, strong man rewarded you by making you sit still while he massaged your neckline with a pair of clippers. Your imagination did the rest. Joe’s Barbershop (newly located near the Church Street Muni station) closes the gap between fantasy and reality, offering high-and-tight haircuts by guys who look like they’re more at home on Folsom Street than Castro Street. At $25, these aren’t the cheapest croppings around, but it’s not a bad price for a buzz cut that feels like a hot one-night stand.”

SF WEEKLY

Barbershop Reading Series’ First Event

Very happy to announce that our first event’s lineup is now complete. Writers will be Matthew Clark Davison, Lorelei Lee, and Randall Mann. Musical guest will be singer/songwriter Wolf Larsen.

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Details:
The Barbershop Reading Series
Joe’s Barbershop
2150 Market St (between Church and Sanchez)
Saturday, June 6th, 8 pm
Suggested donation $5 (refreshments served)

Click here for the Barbershop’s website.

Last Call

bwbarberpoleFor The Barbershop Writing Group, which starts Thursday. Only a couple of spots left. Take some time to work on your writing, learn some elements of craft, and participate in a public reading at Joe’s Barbershop in July. Click here for more details.

The Voice that Wore Out its Welcome

When you grow up with someone who likes to throw back a few drinks, there’s a voice that can stick with you longer than you’d like. It’s the voice that slips up to you in the middle of the night, sits on the edge of your bed and hisses at you with clenched teeth. It rages over the sound of the television, echoes and thumps through a locked door. A voice tossed at you in the backseat of car. The words sometimes change but the point’s always the same: you won’t amount to shit in this life.

After a few glasses of wine that voice sometimes came out of my mom, out of the same woman who loved me and told me I could be anything I wanted. The same woman who “got” me more than anyone else, as Moms sometimes do. She pushed me hard. One day in grade school I came home with a 97 on an English test. “What happened to the other three points?” she asked, without a trace of humor. Still, she and my dad raised me with the expectation that I would make my way to college, and on to good things, in a good life.

That these two voices came from the same woman confused me as a kid, turned me wary and watchful, measuring the heat in every room. Hear it at the wrong time, when you’re too young to know yourself, too young not to believe what others call you, and it works its way into your marrow, growing up with you, hobbling you, lowering your aim in life.

The voice can’t be reasoned with. You can’t show it the proof of your past deeds, your honors and awards. Other people can’t argue it out of your bones. It feeds off the same stuff as nightmares, hiding where the light can’t hit it, growing up twisted and gnarled, wrapping itself around the stronger parts of you.

Later on, I grew up to be a guy who liked to toss back a few, and I heard that voice coming out of me, aimed at someone I loved, and after a while I couldn’t live with it anymore.

I’ve been thinking about that voice lately, as I work away at a couple of projects, the kinds of projects that voice kept me from trying, and though I hear it every day, hissing at me with those stupid clenched teeth (it has no sense of humor, this voice), it’s not working like it used to. You can’t reason with the voice. You can’t outthink it. But you can get to work, acting like it’s not there, whistling like a seventh dwarf, your bones strong and pure.

Dude, Where’s My Focus?

- Slow leak in front left tire: patch or fork over for new ones?

- Find a few dozen chairs for reading series, priced cheap. *cough*

- Partner up with Books, Inc to sell books at the reading series

- Do we need a microphone?

- Find last reader for first reading series event

- Send out two-week warning for Barbershop Writing Group: three spots left

- Keep working on the Group’s curriculum

- Give feedback on friend’s beautiful new novel manuscript

- Fast-forward through American Idol to get to Adam Lambert

- Draft seven of memoir: Figure out how to make soap opera of freshman year college less of a soap opera. On the page, if not in memory.

- Stop eating Easter candy at midnight

- More. Cardio.

- Warn people about possible dogpoet downtime while upgrading to latest version of WordPress

- Conquer world. Use new powers to find a cabin in the woods where you can’t even see the neighbors