Attention Bay Area ‘Straddlers! The California Institute of Integral Studies Public Programs & Performances recently opened their 2014-2015 Performing Arts season, and next week, they’re hosting noted spoken word artist Andrea Gibson. On Thursday, October 16th, they’ll be at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center doing a dialogue and Q&A facilitated by Ahmunet Jordon. If you, like me, can’t make it out on a Thursday, they’ll also be performing on Friday, October 17th at the Nourse Theatre.
If you are a person who experiences emotions, perhaps you’ve already heard of Andrea Gibson (perhaps you’ve considered, for a long time, exactly which Andrea Gibson quote you want tattooed on your body), but for the record:
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement — the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam — Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
For me, Gibson’s frantic, unapologetic lyricism was one of the few queer voices I knew of when I was coming into my own gayness. I clung to recordings of her performances like a lifeline until I learned to write my own words and had the strength to speak them out loud. It was a wild and emotional time in my life, and maybe I’m a weirdo but I’m excited to revisit it with all the impact of a live performance. I’ve included my Andrea Gibson root video below. Sorry not sorry in advance for the rabbit hole you will probably fall down once you watch it.