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'Shit & Champagne - A Whitesploitation Comedy'

Jan 15, 2015
Robbie Sweeny

  

Shit & Champagne and Oasis.  Meet the man behind a show we can't name on public radio airwaves: Shit & Champagne - A Whitesploitation Comedy with Dance.  D'Arcy Drollinger is an actor, dancer, playwright, director and choreographer of many shows, and wrote and stars in Shit & Champagne, now at San Francisco's new bar and queer performance space, Oasis. Drollinger is also a partner in the new club, which opened New Year's Eve, and says its cabaret-style showroom and stage are "a dream come true" in this interview with Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen, 7pm PST Thursday 1/15. You'll also hear clips from S&C, and about D'Arcy's life, career and his weekly dance class for all ages, genders, shapes and abilities, Sexitude. (Eric goes, you can too!)

Trannyshack Transforms Into Mother

Dec 25, 2014

  

Drag impresario Heklina, of "Trannyshack" fame, has revitalized what used to be the hot corner of the gay male club scene in the '70s and '80s.  It was called Oasis and came complete with swimming pool, showers, and towels back then.  She's keeping that name and opening the new space on New Year's Eve.  Her new drag show, "Mother," opens on January 17th.  Heklina talks with Marilyn Pittman (broadcast Thursday, December 25th)

Kent Taylor

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance will be talking to pianist Gloria Chien about chamber music festival Music@Menlo, which starts this weekend and runs through August 9;  Bay Area actress and director Milissa Carey discusses a new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Foothill Music Theatre in Los Altos, opening July 24; San Francisco drag queen Heklina shares details about Sex and the City: LIVE!, Featuring San Francisco’s Finest Drag Performers, which starts on July 24 at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to date on cultural events on the Peninsula. Open Air, broadcast live on Thursday July 17, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Tranny: Now The T-Word

Jun 4, 2014
Nick Ice

  

Did you know you're not supposed to say 'tranny' any more when referring to transexuals or transvestites?  Bowing to pressure from transexual activists, the internationally known drag event, 

  "Trannyshack," has had to change its name to "T-Shack."  San Francisco promoter Heklina talks with host and producer Marilyn Pittman about why and what it means for her brand, her club, and her politics. Thursday at 7pm Pacific Time, kalw.org and 91.7fm, San Francisco. 

David Boyer

On Sunday mornings in the Castro neighborhood, there’s a place where rhythm reigns. Dancers pull out their leg warmers, spandex and fluorescent headbands for Sunday Skool—and with the right accessories and a lot of attitude, dreams of being a backup dancer for a day come true. 

If behind every great man is a great woman, then behind every great drag queen is a fierce and fabulous man! On this week's Out in the Bay, meet Stefan Grygelko, who's known on stage as Heklina. Heklina is co-creator of San Francisco cult-hit live-on-stage drag versions of The Golden Girls, Sex & The City and other classic TV sitcoms and the creator, producer and hostess of alternative drag show Trannyshack, now in its 17th year.  

  

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly magazine of arts and cultural events, host David Latulippe talks with members of the women’s vocal ensemble Kitka; with Greg MacKellan, the artistic director of 42nd Street Moon, about their production of “Pal Joey”; with Linda Bouchard, composer and director of "Murderous Little World" at ODC; and with Heklina, who is featured in upcoming drag queen productions of “The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes”.  Originally broadcast on November 29, 2012.