Hot List

2009 Hot List

Yeah, it’s HOT!

Campus Pride officially releases the 2009 HOT LIST! The list represents our “Top 25 LGBT Favorites” — lecturers, comedians, musicians. poets, artists, researchers, activists and more. Every year Campus Pride picks the most diverse, provocative, inspiring and enlightening artists/speakers as a resource for your LGBT student organization. The purpose is to provide a recommendation of the BEST OF THE BEST in planning your campus events and activities.


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Learn more about each artist/speaker and don’t forget to mention the Campus Pride HOT LIST!The artists/speakers listed are not only our SIZZLING HOT PICKS but they also rate highly among recommendations from LGBT young adults at colleges and universities across the country. If you want to create change — PICK FROM OUR TOP 25 LGBT FAVORITES!

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Peaches Christ (Performance Artist)

Peaches Christ (stage name for Joshua Grannell) is a San Francisco underground drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor. Christ currently resides in San Francisco where her Backlash Production Company and Midnight Mass movie series are based. Joshua Grannell is the writer and director of the upcoming feature film All About Evil, starring Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson, and Mink Stole. This wicked black comedy set in the world of a horror movie was shot entirely in San Francisco, with a release set for 2010.

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Pauline Parks (Trans Issues, Cultural Identity Speaker/Artist)

Park, 41, a Korean adoptee, is co-founder of the New York Association of Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA). She also co-founded Gay Asians & Pacific Islanders of Chicago (GAPIC) in 1994, and founded Iban/Queer Koreans of New York in 1997. Park also negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), a safe schools bill currently pending in the New York state legislature, and the first fully transgender-inclusive legislation introduced in that body. She travels the country and speaks on issues of activism ranging from racism to transgender issues, to challenging the sex/gender binary.

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Martin Manalansan (Cultural Identity Speaker/Lecturer)

Martin Manalansan is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in framing issues of gender and sexuality within processes of globalization and transnationalism. Additionally, he is interested in food, modernity, and urban life. His book, Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (2003), is a critical ethnography of Filipino gay men living in New York. He is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. broad research interests include the following: sociocultural anthropology, sexuality and gender, immigration and globalization, cities and modernity, food and culture, critical theory, performance, public health, Filipino diaspora, Asian Americans, North America, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.

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Marga Gomez (Comedian)

Stand-up comic, playwright and actress Marga Gomez is the winner of The GLAAD Media Award and Theatre LA Ovation Award and a nominee of New York’s Drama Desk Award. She was named “Best Comedian 2008” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Marga tours nationally as one of the first openly gay comedians in America. Marga Gomez is also the writer and performer of eight solo plays that have been produced nationally and internationally. Additionally, selections from her work have been published in several anthologies.

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The Kinsey Sicks (Comedy/Musical Act)

With a phenomenal performance record that includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films, six CDs, and appearances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe, the Kinsey Sicks hardly need an introduction. For over 15 years America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine, in over 40 states! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following.

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Randi Driscoll (Musical Act)

Randi Driscoll is a singer and songwriter whose original music, voice and passionate stage performances have earned her many accolades including; Campus Activities Magazine’s, “Female Performer of the Year 2004″ and “Best Small Venue Performer 2004″. Randi is an independent artist who tours and performs year round at colleges, clubs, festivals, and benefit concerts. Randi says that her greatest personal accomplishment is her song, “What Matters”, written in response to the death of Matthew Shepard, a young man killed in a brutal hate crime. She has been touring North America for several years entertaining large and small audiences with her blend of powerful music and words, inspiring praise for her musical talents and her dedication to social justice.

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Vidur Kapur (Comedian)

Vidur Kapur was selected as a New York finalist by NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity” initiative and performed as part of the famous New York Comedy Festival where he was described as “A comedian to remember.”

After an phenomenally successful showcase at the NACA National convention, Vidur’s act is being demanded by colleges all over the US and he is likely to be one of the top 3 acts booked on US college campuses for ’08 -’09.

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Sue Rankin, Ph.D. (Speaker/Lecturer)

As an Associate Professor in Education Policy Studies and Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Dr. Rankin has constructed an understanding of student affairs within the broader context of higher education. She has worked closely with students, staff, faculty, and administrators on dozens of college campuses to assess campus climate and to create strategic actions for equity and community. Examples of her work include consultations with public and private higher education institutions in Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Minnesota, and North Dakota; state agencies in Pennsylvania; and non-profit organizations across the United States.

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Sharon Bridgforth (Speaker/Lecturer)

Sharon Bridgforth is the author of the Lambda Award winning the bull-jean stories and love conjure/blues, a performance/novel. She has broken ground in the creation and presentation of the performance/novel and in doing so has advanced the articulation of the Jazz aesthetic as it lives in theatre. Bridgforth’s work has fostered the study of Black lesbian performance literature in academic settings. Bridgforth has developed a method of facilitating creative writing that she calls, Finding Voice. With the Finding Voice method Bridgforth mentors/and or facilitates writers through a creative process, encouraging them to use the page as a canvas; to use identity-culture-memory-family histories-dreams to articulate and examine the socio-political realities of their lives in a form that is part poetry, part oral history, part performance art; to examine their creative process; to work in community as they use art as a vehicle for social justice.

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Roderick A. Ferguson (Speaker/Lecturer)

Roderick A. Ferguson is associate professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender in modern political, economic and cultural formations. Pursuant to those interests, he completed Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique, a theory of the normative foundations of the American nation-state, capital, and American sociology, a theory that investigates the was in which the gendered and sexual heterogeneity of African American culture disrupts the logics of capital, state, and canonical epistemes. Currently, he is working on a book project that analyzes the emergence of African American and Caribbean intellectual formations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how those formations negotiated with the gendered and sexualized legacies of Enlightenment thought.

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Mia Mingus (Cultural Identity Speaker/Artist)

Mia Mingus is a a queer disabled woman of color, South Korean transracial adoptee, organizer and one of the Co-Executive Directors of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now (formerly Georgians for Choice) in Atlanta, Georgia. For Mia, reproductive justice is crucial in the struggle for social change and the fight to end oppression. Through her work on disability, race, reproductive justice, gender, sexuality, and transracial adoption, she recognizes the urgency and barriers for oppressed communities to work together and build alliances for liberation. Though her activism changes and evolves, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence. Further, Mia has been recognized for her work with the 2008 Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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Judy Shepard (Speaker/Lecturer)

As Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Judy oversees the overall management and strategic direction of the organization, while traveling across the nation speaking to audiences nationwide about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy focuses her efforts on the prevention of hate crimes and respect for everyone.
Under Judy’s leadership, the Foundation has become a well-established, highly effective and much respected institution in the civil rights community. She has spoken to over one million young people about the impact of hate speech and violence, the importance of understanding and appreciating diversity in all of its forms and has inspired countless individuals and communities to play a role in making the world a safer place for all of us.

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Jessica Pettitt (Speaker/Lecturer)

“Referred to as the ‘Margaret Cho’ of Diversity Trainers, Jessica Pettitt blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. Having traveled and lived in a variety of communities and environments all over the world, while also engaging with education as student, teacher, administrator, and active community member, Jessica uses her take on life to lead participants through a safe but confrontational process of examination, self reflection, and open dialog that is as challenging as it is rewarding.”

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LZ Granderson (Speaker/Lecturer)

LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com, as well as a regular contributor for ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Mr. Granderson was a Columbia University Hechinger Institute Fellow, a 2009 GLAAD Award winner for online journalism and won first place in the opinion writing category for the 2008 Excellence in Journalism awards given by the National Lesbian Gay Journalist Association. He recently ignited an intense national community debate with his op ed piece, “Gay is not the new black” on CNN.com.

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Ian Harvie (Trans Issues/Comedy)

No matter who you are, who you love or where you come from, Ian Harvie will make you feel as though you are family. Everyone will be able to relate to his observations about life, relationships, and the routine challenges we all face from day-to-day. His wickedly funny stories are couched in an amiable personality that could put any audience at ease, while his folksy, ingenuous delivery almost – but not quite – tempers his zinger punch lines, making them not just hilarious but seriously twisted. Even if he wasn’t so witty, without even trying, Ian could set an audience on it’s ear, opening up new realms of irony. He could be your brother, your best friend’s boyfriend or a merely a clean-cut preppie trying his hand at stand-up, but he’s not. Ian’s not “just” a queer comedian – he’s the world’s first FTM transgendered comic.

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Hanifah Walidah (Music Act/Cultural Identity Speaker/Artist)


Having just shot and produced her latest video “Do You Mind” off the soundtrack of her new documentary “U People” and after just completing a new album “Wacha Playin’” with multi-national neofunk band the Brooklyn Funk Essential who are set to embark on a spring and summer international tour; Hanifah Walidah is easily defined as one of the hardest working renaissance women in the arts. Her work over the past 15 years with spoken word, music, theater and film, reads like a list of cultural milestones in almost every arm of the urban arts. You don’t ask Hanifah Walidah what she does, but how?

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Shane L. Windmeyer (Speaker/Lecturer)

Shane is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride, the only national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.” He is also the editor of Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities and co-editor of the books Inspiration for LGBT Students & Allies, Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority.

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Emi Koyama (Cultural Identity Speaker/Lecturer/Artist)

Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice slut synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. Emi is currently the director of Intersex Initiative. Emi lives in Portland, Oregon and is putting the emi back in feminism since 1975. Her presentation topics include third wave feminisms, intersex activism, queer domestic violence issues, transfeminism, sex work activism, anti-racism, and domestic violence and social justice movement. Most of Emi’s presentations have been lectures at college campuses or in-service trainings for community organizations. Other formats include speakouts, spoken word performance, radio interviews, and panel discussion. Emi has also publicly debated old-skool feminists who are anti-trans, anti-prostitution, anti-porn, etc. and is open to doing more.

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John Corvino, Ph.D. (Speaker/Lecturer)

Dr. John Corvino combines logical rigor with sensitivity and humor to challenge audiences to rethink easy assumptions about sexuality and morality. He works from the conviction that moral claims should be a conversation-starter, not a conversation-stopper. John holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and currently teaches at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His column “The Gay Moralist” appears weekly at LOGO’s 365gay.com, “America’s Most Read Gay News Source.” John’s writing has appeared in dozens of books, scholarly journals, and popular periodicals. He is also a nationally recognized leader in the marriage-equality movement, frequently traveling the country to debate Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family.

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DRED (Spoken Word/Performance Artist)

The Dred Love Experience is a blend of comedy, poetry, dance, music, activism, monologue, cultural history, Spirit, expression, and education. “What do you see ? Who are you? Who am I? Woman? Man? Both? Neither? What makes a girl? What makes a boy? Is it about the clothes you wear? Your body? Your movements? What if we were free from birth to express ourselves the way we want, instead of our gender expression, or any other expression being chosen for us before we are even born? Find peace within your own unique expression.” – Mildred Dred Gerestant – Progressive Haitian-American, Humanitarian, performance-artist, poet, comedian, actress, activist, educator, healer, philanthropist, Spirit.

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Deep Dickollective (Music/Cultural Identity Speaker/Artist)

Deep-Dickollective brings hip-hop, to the world community in a new and very out way! “Homo-hop” goes right to the core of homophobia, racism, and hip-hop bias declaring that we are here and further establishes community diversity. Deep-Dickollective- D\DC are talented, highly educated, activist pioneers in a new genre which bluntly brings the issues to the forefront. Language is strength and used well. From start to finish D\DC have powerful lyrics, excellent rhythms, and a strong sense of humor. The subject matter is serious, however these musicians take the music and message seriously and add a heavy dose of humor to send their message home. In a traditional sense like George Clinton using music to address social injustice, capitalism, prejudice, and ignorance these five have crossed a new chasm by offering an empowerment to their listeners. Bringing the black GLBT experience into the consciousness of today’s society. They have combined the essence of cultural art with a needed statement in a most effective way.

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Dan Choi (Speaker/Lecturer

On March 19, 2009, Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced that he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show. Because of three words – “I am gay” – Lt. Choi’s life changed forever. Despite his extreme value as an Arabic speaker able to communicate quickly and clearly with the Iraqi people, one month after his announcement Lt. Dan Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him. He was one of only eight soldiers from his graduating class who majored in Arabic. His story is timely and inspiring, calling attention to the honor code of the Army and the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

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Cherrie L. Moraga (Cultural Identity Speaker/Lecturer/Artist)

Cherríe L. Moraga is playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition.She is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the author of the now classic Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios (1983/2003) and The Last Generation (1993).For over ten years, she has served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University and currently also shares a joint appointment with Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. She teaches Creative Writing, Chicano/Latino literature, Xicana-Indigenous Performance, Indigenous Identity in Diaspora in the Arts and Playwriting. She is proud to be a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena, a network of Xicanas organizing in the area of social change through international exchange, indigenous political education, spiritual practice, and grass roots organizing.

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Andrea Gibson (Spoken Word/Poetry Artist)

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has made her a kind of rockstar of the poetry world – a four time Denver Grand Champion who has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on politics, global justice and gender issues. Now, on her fourth full-length album Yellowbird, Gibson’s truths are more intimate and reflective. However, instead of softening her words, she buttresses them with piano, global drums, dobro and violin and accompanies them with music from songwriters Kim Taylor and Chris Pureka, and music written by Devotchka.

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Adelina Anthony (Speaker/Performance Artist)

Adelina Anthony is a self-identified Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artista. She hails originally from San Antonio, Tejas and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her works address colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities. She believes access to a progressive education, transgressive art, therapy and other healing methods empowers individuals and communities to make healthy and transformative life choices. As for her art making, she deftly utilizes critical comedy or dramatic force to impact her many audiences.

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Campus Pride also wishes to highlight these Rising Stars. This list recognizes artists/speakers who are possibly new to the scene; however, they are gaining momentum and have truly left an indelible mark on LGBT issues when it comes to their genre/topic.

Cris Pureka (Music/Performance Artist)

A native New Englander, the 27 year-old Pureka came to music at an early age, writing songs on her parents out of tune piano before the age of eight; but it wasnt until she reached sixteen that she discovered the guitar and began playing in earnest.While hardship, longing and loss are all common themes of Purekas life and music, theyre also tempered by messages of hope, strength and perseverance. Following in that spirit, her new album heralds the return of a smart, evolving artist who has already glimpsed sun through the clouds and knows how to keep moving forward with an eye for even brighter days ahead. If the new album is any indication, brighter days will be here in no time.

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Ely Shipley (Spoken Word/Poetry)

Ely Shipley’s first book, Boy with Flowers, won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips and the Thom Gunn Award.

He currently teaches literature, creative writing, and gender studies at the University of Utah where he received his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing/Poetry. As one reviewer has said “Shipley has invented an entirely new poetic consciousness. There is, I’m certain, no end to the flowers and beasts it will find.”

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Jasbir Puar (Speaker/Lecturer)

Jasbir Puar is a core faculty member in the department of Women’s & Gender Studies, and a graduate faculty member in the department of Geography at Rutgers. Professor Puar’s research interests include gender, sexuality, globalization; postcolonial and diaspora studies; queer theory; South Asian cultural studies; and tourism studies. Puar is currently working on a book manuscript on queer biopolitics, race and sexuality, and discourses of counter/terrorism.

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Julie Loyd (Music/Performance Artist)

If you ask Julie Loyd her favorite part of touring, she’s eminently qualified to answer. She strums, stomps and sings her way through over 170 high-energy shows every year, a stage presence that Curve Magazine characterized as “kick-ass.’ “The performing is really what makes the touring worthwhile,” she says, “getting in front of a crowd of riled-up acoustic-rock-lovin’ people and seeing how many strings I can break in one show.” Maybe that’s what drives her to cover so much ground, literally and figuratively. Loyd is known for moving to an area, performing at such an incredible level that she wins a “Best Of” competition, then moving on. Her tours have always been notable, performing with artists such as Shawn Mullins, G-love and Special Sauce, Alana Davis, Michelle Malone, and Chris Barron (of the Spin Doctors) to name a few.

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K Barrett (Spoken Word/Poetry Artist)

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, educator, and martial artist navigating life as a pin@y-amerikan trans/queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Currently based in NY/NJ, with roots in Chicago, K’s work is the perfect mix of gritty city flex and Midwest open sky grounded in homeland soil. In Mango Tribe and in solo work, K. has featured in colleges and stages nationally and internationally; from the NJ Performing Arts Center to Chicago’s Hot House, The Brooklyn Museum to The Loft in Minneapolis, to touring the U.S. with the 1st Mangos with Chili Tour, K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. Honors include: Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize 2009, and recently, a contribution in the anthology “Kicked Out” released by Homofactus Press in 2009. K. turns art into action, as a dedicated activist who works with LGBTQ youth, and a core member of Barangay, the only LGBT Pilipin@ organization on the East Coast.

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Mangos with Chili (Music/Spoken Word/Poetry Artist)

Mangos with Chili is a Bay Area based arts organization committed to showcasing high quality work of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 2006, Mangos with Chili began as an annual touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performance artists, with the goal of creating a cultural institution that would build the careers and visibility of QTPOC artists. For over 3 years, Mangos With Chili has performed to sold out houses across North America with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics, and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia, and violence that QTPOC face.

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Gregory Douglass (Music/Performance Artist)

Douglass’s evocative, alternative sound has been compared to Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright. His numerous accolades include being a finalist for both the 2005 International Songwriting Competition and the 2004 Independent Music Awards; he was the winner of the 2003 GrammyFest Awards in New York City, as well as the inaugural performer on the American Red Cross “Save A Life Tour” in 2003. Douglass actively appears at listening rooms, clubs, festivals, and campuses throughout the United States and has shared the stage with artists like They Might Be Giants, Melissa Ferrick, Jason Mraz, Regina Spektor, Third Eye Blind and Margaret Cho.

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