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Sunday, June 14th, 2009
11:27 am - Looking for something to do thursday night In san jose?

watch this:

Like free music/shows? Check out the ego trippers this week!Collapse )

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
12:08 am - EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Slumberfest 2009 -- 24-hour international open mic!!!! {x-posted a bit}

As it says on www.mikemcgee.netCollapse )

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
3:40 pm - San Jose Individual Poetry Slam This Monday

The Indie Slam, San Jose's newest poetry slam will be held the 4th Monday of each month.Its statement: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Its mission, to find the one poet who will represent the city of San Jose at the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) which will be held in the city of Berkeley California in October of 2009.

There will be 3 rounds 1,3 and 4 minutes with eliminations in each round. Everyone who signs up to Slam will get 1 point towards the semi-finals. First place will receive $25 plus 3 points, second place will received $15 plus 2 points and third place will receive $10 plus 1 point toward the semi-finals.

The Indie Slam which is held at MACLA, the same venue that host the San Jose Slam the second Monday of each month, is an all age slam.

This month's feature, San Jose's very own Mighty Mike McGee and R&B and Big Band recording artist Pia Jones. This months host Rap and Performance Artist, MOON.



510 S.1st
San Jose, Ca.

Doors Open 7:00
Sign-up for Slam 7:30-7:45
Show Starts at 8:00 Sharp
Show Ends at 10:00 Sharp


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Friday, May 16th, 2008
12:02 pm - Merc thinks gay marriage is hot


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Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
11:47 am - OCEANIA: local San Jose/South Bay student film @ CINEQUEST 2008!

Hey guys, we REALLY need some local support! Please check our film out at the Cinequest Film Festival March 6th and March 8th. More info below:

Two teenagers deal with their shattered family-life in a small California coastal town.

We started filming when we were in high school (I was 17). Many of the people involved went to Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, and some actors are from SF, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, etc. It was truly a local effort, and...

It was a rather large volunteer effort. The final budget was around $3,500 or so. Shooting took place on and off for a whole year and editing took me about nine more months. This will be our first and possibly last major screening...

We will be having two screenings:

OPENING NIGHT: 03/06/08 Thursday 7:00 PM
San Jose Repertory Theatre

101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

CLOSING NIGHT: 03/08/08 Saturday 7:30 PM
Camera 12 Cinema San Jose

288 S 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95113

For more info go directly to the Cinequest 2008 site:

Also, please feel free to bring friends! It would mean a lot to us to get more locals out to see the film!

Join the event @ FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=7808269626
Visit http://www.hdehal.com for more info, pictures, and a trailer!


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Monday, November 19th, 2007
7:19 pm - National Transgender Day of Remembrance 2007 List of the Dead

I apologize to those who have complained about my lack of lj-cut's. Occasionally, I feel the abuse to ya'll's friends pages warranted. This is one of those times. Other times, I'm just a rude idiot. This is not one of those times. Please forgive me.

Many or most of you probably already know this, but tomorrow, November
20, is the National (in the U.S.) Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day
chosen in remembrance of a transwoman who was killed (Rita Hester) in
order for us all to remember those throughout the year who have been
killed or died because of their gender identity or presentation.

Every year, I post the list of that year's dead, that their names might
be known, where possible, and they might be remembered, even if for
just one day. The Greco-Romans believed that immortality was to be found
in the memory of those still living and this was why they considered a
braggart nature a heroic virtue. Let us thus remember these victims,
who have historically suffered great mutilations in the course of their
murder, as if their killers were trying to erase them from the
photograph of existence.

All the victims from all years past may be found on

After the list of the dead follows the details of the San Jose Day of
Remembbrance which I will be attending. If you live in the area of
Silicon Valley, please come. If not, I beg of you to find out where and
when the nearest remembrance is. Many of the dead were alone when they
died, and many believed they would always be alone even while they
lived. Let not their loneliness continue into the chill after death. Let
them be warmed by the fire of our tears, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Whichever of the alphabet soup you are (LGBTQQIA -- Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, or Ally -- the last
meaning "we invite straight, cisgendered (non-trans) folk too"), please do
this for them.

Lacking a specific formula as yet, I merely call upon the mup gods to
look, read, and remember:
Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead.
Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the names of the dead.
Eris, look at the names of the dead.
Antinous, read the names of the dead.
Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead.
Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead.
Azathoth, look at the names of the dead.
Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead.
Inanna, remember the names of the dead.

List of murdered trans people from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007.
For more info see:

www.rememberingourd ead.org/day
============ ========= ========= ========= ==
Nakia Ladelle Baker
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Age: 31 yrs. old
Cause of Death: trauma to the head
Date of Death: January 7, 2007

Hasan Sabeh
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Age: 34 yrs. old
Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad
Date of death: January 11, 2007

Keittirat Longnawa
Location: Rassada, Thailand
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths and then they slit her throat
Date of Death: January 31, 2007

Tatiana (Aldomiro Gomes)
Location: Trani, Italy
Age: 57
Cause of Death: Her skull was bashed in, in the middle of the street
Her head was slammed in a car door.
Date of Death: February 18, 2007

Moira Donaire
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
Age: 30 yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor
Date of Death: March 5, 2007

Michelle Carrasco "Chela"
Location: Santiago, Chile
Age: 54 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Ruby Rodriguez
Location: San Francisco, California
Age: 27 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Erica Keel
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 21 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her
Date of Death: March 23, 2007

Bret T. Turner
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 48 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Date of Death: April 2, 2007

Manuela Di Cesare
Location: Pescara, Italy
Age: 37
Cause of Death: Head smashed by unknown object.
Date of Death: April 21, 2007

Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back
Date of Death: July 7, 2007

Victoria Arellano
Location: San Pedro, California
Age: ?
Cause of Death: She was denied necessary medications to treat
HIV-related side effects.
Date of Death: July 20, 2007

Oscar Mosqueda
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Date of Death: July 29, 2007

Stefania (no found second name)
Location: Roma, Italy
Age: 35
Cause of Death: Violently beaten with skull bashed in.
Date of Death: August 1, 2007

Maribelle Reyes
Location: Houston, Texas
Age: ?
Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment
centers due to her transgender status.
Date of Death: August 30, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


The DeFrank Center Ballroom
938 The Alameda San Jose CA

The evening will focus on highlighting the substantial progress made in
understanding and protecting transgender people.

Speaking at the event will be Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director of the
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Danielle Castro of
TransPowerment, Shelly Prevost, Director of the powerful film "Trained in the way of
men", Reverend Sky Anderson of the San Jose Metropolitan Community
Church and Sylvia Guerrero, The mother of Gwen Araujo.

The evening will conclude with a reading of names for those who lost
their lives due to hate crimes this past year.

For more details please go to: www.reelfreedom.com/DOR_info_2007.htm

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
8:36 pm - moving to sj...

so my friend and i are moving down to san jose at the end of the month.  we are starting to look for places and i was wondering if anyone had suggestions as to any gay-friendly neighborhoods? also, can anyone tell me about the gay (well, lesbian) scene in san jose? thanks a lot!

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
9:28 pm - Eating Disorders Resource Center Event!

Hi all,

I volunteer at an eating disorder resource center, and we're hosting an event for anyone who has suffered from, has been affected by, or is interested in eating disorders.

It's called "Ask the Experts" and is going to be forum style -- first you'll here a family's story about struggles with eating disaorders, and then we'll have a panel of experts to address any questions you might have. Plus, it's catered! Free food!

It's going to be held on Sept. 24 at Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th Street in downtown San Jose, starting at 6:15.I f you guys are interested in going, please let me know! You can visit www.commonwealthclub.org/sv to register, or call 408-559-9385.

Please post back if you're considering going :o) and take care.

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Saturday, July 28th, 2007
1:15 pm - VICTIM 7/28/07


remember, The Grand Prix is in town so get their early for good parking! & we're giving away free schwag from Canadian band ProCon who've done official remix work for Duran Duran & Mindless Self Indulgence! See you tonight!

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
7:11 pm - VICTIM: Friday, June 29th

This Friday @ The Blank Club

VICTIM. Indie/ Electro/ 80's & a whole mess of beer.

Victim on myspace

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Saturday, May 26th, 2007
11:29 am - Luxxury Record Release party tonight! (5/26/07)

Missingtoof party tonight @ Johnny V's

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
8:11 am - Any other DT Potter fans?

So on every other Harry Potter book release, I've gone along with the sheep and pre-ordered my book from Border's and gone ot their lame midnight release with about a thousand other sheep. This year, I'd like to support a local bookstore, but I don't know of any downtown. I found one in Mountain View, and it's my back up, but when I saw that one of their promotions was that 20% of the pre-order sales were going to local schools, it reminded me that I'd really like to support something in my own community. So if you know of a specific release event, or just your favorite downtown bookstore, let me know. Thanks!

May be x-posted.

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Sunday, April 8th, 2007
5:21 pm - San Jose Slam Update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, my dears, long time no see. Obviously the San Jose Poetry Slam has been undergoing some serious changes. We’ve now officially moved to once a month for the slam (2nd Tuesday) and once a month for the open mic (4th Tuesday). What does this mean for you? Well, hopefully it means that you will make sure to come those two Tuesdays and make sure to tell your friends, because poets need an audience to feed off of. On our end, we are going to do our best to make these two shows incredible. Just for you!

Our next slam is this Tuesday! We are going to be featuring two of the members from the Berkeley College Team who just got back from college nationals, where, I’ve heard, they did an amazing job, and got into finals. I’m not sure what happened from there, but I’m sure they’ll fill us in on Tuesday. You will be experiencing the awesome talent of Miguel Peraza and Abe Becker. Miguel brings raw energy to the mic. When he speaks on topics of family, nation, and matters of the heart, it is delivered with a hip hop beat and naked emotional intensity. Abe Becker is a published author in the cal literary arts magazine. He came onto the slam scene and made a team after doing slam for only 2 months. If you want to see the future of slam, don’t miss this feature!

In other important slam news, we’ve schedule the San Jose Poetry Slam finals for May 11th. This, ladies and gentlemen, means it’s crunch time. As you can see by the standings (below), the eight that will be in finals is still up for grabs. This means that this, the second to last slam before finals, will be HOT. The rankings could change considerably, depending on who shows up to try to steal a spot. Most of the poets listed below have a genuine shot, so the finals line up is still very far from determined.

As always, we will have poets, poetry, and beer! We look forward to seeing you again.

~Kat Dietrich

San Jose Poetry Slam
Brittania Arms
173 Santa Clara St . San Jose , CA
$6 at the door Every Tuesday

San Jose Standings:

Name Point Total

Bundy 17
Tristisima 13
G. Wilikers 10
Kat 8
Drew 8
Bill Peckham 7
Andrew Love 7
D. Silence 6
Verse 6
Chris Lok 4
Kyle Houston 4
Joel Valdez 3
Lynn 3
Caramel 3
veRse 3
Daniel Rollings 2
Kim Johnson 2
Khalil 2
Jennifer 2
Big Nate 2
Mac Dennis 2
Lucky 7 2
Frohawk 2
Max 2
Gerard 1
Antoine Moore 1
Charles Ellik 1
Rob Nevel 1
Paul Sawyer 1
Chris Barnes 1
Amanda 1

Open Mic 1 point
Hosting 1 point
1st place 4 points
2nd place 3 points
3rd place 2 points
Bar Brawl (win) 2 points
Belt Battle 2 points

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
5:01 pm - Plumber recommendations?

Does anyone know a plumber who does calls in the downtown area? I got some recs on the San Jose group a while ago, but none of them had a service area covering my house. I'm right near SJSU.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
11:24 am - Adaptive Ballet in the San Francisco Bay Area (cross-posted like a madperson)

Hey, ya'll. I'm currently working with a student with autism and, after watching her on the safety bar of our classroom trampoline, have gotten the idea in my head that she could really benefit from an adaptive ballet class. See, we joke about her having rubberbands for bones for two reasons: one is her extreme flexibility and the other is her inability or unwillingness to stand straight (she loves to lean or twist herself or do almost anything but). Assuming it's an inability, the teacher in the classroom supposes she just might not have that centerline concept down. Assuming it's an unwillingness, she might not realize the benefits or the fun of standing up straight.

Of course, it's up to her whether or not she wants to change all that (oh, she's 7 by the way), but either way, I thought that adaptive ballet would be a good thing to try, see if she's interested.

Unfortunately, everything google is showing me is on the East Coast (Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, Boston) and we live out here on the Left Coast. San Jose, California, to be exact. Does anyone know of any resources out here that I might be able to take advantage of?

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Monday, March 19th, 2007
8:43 pm

can anybody recommend safe, reasonably priced apartments that's accessible to vta stops, malls, restaurants, etc. (or where i can research on them myself like a site maybe?)? preferably near SJSU. any first-hand knowledge and specific details (i.e. price) is appreciated. thanks!

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Monday, December 11th, 2006
5:30 pm - San Jose Poetry Slam Update

Loves and Lovers, last Tuesday just had one of those warm fuzzy feelings. It was an almost reunion of the members of the 2006 San Jose Slam Team (minus Anthony R. Miller).

Notice all of the capitols in that last paragraph? Yeah, that is because of the power of slam! It turns regular letters into big-girl adult letters. Hey! I should write all of my updates at the bar while drunk.

Chris Bundy was our drunken host (filling in for Kyle who was feeling a bit ill), and Andi Kauth was an awesome feature. She’s so young (still a teenager), but with such talent. We all wish we could write like her when we were her age. Rebels Kamp provided background music for the open mic. A two for one deal, really—poetry AND music. Careful, or we will live up to our beatnik heritage. Next time, everyone bring black berets! (Not really. Ok, I guess; if you really want to.)

[Note from Kat Sanford: Kat D. is way more drunk than her writing thus far may seem. i.e.: There was actually a sentence about diapers, but she changed it. Yeah. Drunk.]

Speaking of Kat Sanford, guess who will be your feature this week? That’s right. Ms. Kat Sanford. Kat Sanford was raised by wolves, who, during her terrible twos, left her on the doorstep of two lovely, churchgoing people in California . She has been compared to Tom Waits, Bette Midler, Ricki Lee Jones, and Bea Arthur, in no particular order, by at least a couple of drunk and/or gay men.

Kat was on the SF/Berkeley Unified Poetry Slam Team in 2003, co-coached the Palo Alto Slam Team to 23rd in the nation in 2004, and has volunteered like mad at National events ever since. She is the authorette(!) of three chapbooks: You Were Warned, Talk With Your Eyes, and Sleeping With Bears. She also sold a CD while on tour with Ed Zeppelin in 2005, but can’t even remember what she called it.

Kat lives in Oakland with two cats, seven gerbils, two lizards, and a couple of disgruntled human beings. Someday she plans to get a house with her girlfriend, Erica, who has her heart set on owning a giraffe.

As always, we will have poets, poetry, and beer! We look forward to seeing you again.

~Kat Dietrich & the San Jose Poetry Slam
Brittania Arms
173 Santa Clara St . San Jose , CA

$6 at the door Every Tuesday

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
4:03 pm - San Jose Slam Update

Ladies and Gents, last Tuesday’s show was crazy! Not only were our poets wonderful, as always, but the feature tag team match between Rebels Kamp (Jeremiah and Jesse Holsenkamp) and Kaiju Budha (Tristissima and Drew) was literally a knock-down drag-out fight. While it was close, Rebels Kamp held their title for the third consecutive time, but not before Kaiju Budha knocked out host Chris Bundy. You had to be there.

The slam poets had a lot to live up to. Daniel Rollings took 3rd, Bill Peckham (unofficial poet laureate of the slam) took 2nd, and Andrew Love kept his lead to take 1st place.

Next slam (tomorrow night!), we will be featuring Andi Kauth. Although she has been writing poetry since she was old enough to put complete thoughts together, Andi Kauth began her career in Slam in 2004, when she was mentored by the creator of Slam himself, Marc Smith. Since then, she has gone on to become Slam Master of the Palatine Poetry Slam, Coach of the 2005 Palatine National Poetry Slam team, and a member of the 2006 Palatine NPS team. She mentors kids in the art of spoken word, and has also been invited into high school class rooms to help introduce the writing and performing of spoken word. She has been published twice in the Celebration of Young Poets poetry anthology and has been featured in The Viking Logue and The Daily Herald.

Winning two slams at Chicago's Green Mill have been highlights in Andi's young career. Other highlights include placing 31st individually at the 2006 National Poetry Slam, and performing at different colleges and slam venues across the country on a 23 state, 40 city tour this fall. Her career is still an exciting work-in-progress, much like her upcoming chapbook. She has a CD out called "The Young(er) Years," and it’s her pride and joy.

After this year of touring, an ambition of Andi's is to go around with a representative of the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault to different high schools, performing her poetry and raising awareness of sexual violence. She is working on becoming a sort of human recyclery - turning negative energy into positive motivation.

As always, we will have poets, poetry, and beer! We look forward to seeing you again.

~San Jose Poetry Slam
Brittania Arms
173 Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA

$6 at the door Every Tuesday

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Monday, October 9th, 2006
7:17 pm - Campus MovieFest Grand Finale! Top Short Films!

Hey Everyone,
Campus MovieFest has hit the bay area hard! Thousands of students have participated in our school-wide filmmaking events! Come check out the top films from SJSU, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and Santa Clara at the Bay Area Grand Finale at the CA Theatre in San Jose on 10/20. To get tickets head to: http://www.campusmoviefest.com/finale/ and enter Livejournal as your partner code and you will get your ticket for only $5! Everyone who comes will be eligible to win great prizes, including mac computers and ipods! Top Student Short Films, Amazing Prizes, One unforgettable night!

Event hosted by Mayim Bialik (Blossom, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fat Actress, More)

& Special Appearance by Carson Daly! (TRL, Last Call with Carson Daly)

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Saturday, October 7th, 2006
9:42 pm

Does anyone know of any costume contest for Halloween that aren't 21 and up? I'm 19 and i have a full-out costume and I can't find anyhting that's not 21 and up or for little kids. It can be all over the Bay Area, not just San Jose too.

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