New Voices choir invites transgender singers

There’s a new community choir in The City — specifically for singers who are transgender, intersex and genderqueer.

New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, headed up by Reuben Zellman, is a pilot program of the Community Music Center launching on Sept. 16 in the Mission District.

Registration for the group, which invites singers of all levels as well as the entire range of the TIGQ community, opens Aug 7.

“When I was looking for a Bay Area music organization whose mission was musical access for all people, I naturally thought of CMC,” says Zellman, a transgender singer and conductor, who adds, “I have experienced first-hand the barriers that TIGQ face to musical participation. Singers tend to be rigidly and often thoughtlessly sorted by sex. Yet TIGQ vocal stories are often more complex.”

Two years ago, Zellman was in touch with CMC Program Director Sylvia Sherman, who supported the formation of the chorus. Funding has come from individual donors and James C. Hormel’s Hallelujah Fund.

“Community Music Center’s intention is to create a great choral ensemble and to provide a safe, creative space for transgender, intersex and genderqueer singers to make music, learn, and create community together,” says Julie Rulyak Steinberg, CMC executive director.

The group, which will meet on Sundays at 544 Capp St., will tackle “a wide range of choral repertoire,” Zellman says, taking into account interests and abilities of the participants and available opportunities for performance.

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KQED’s Emmy Award-winning “Check, Please! Bay Area” is looking for young foodies.

Four upcoming episodes of the fun show in which amateur food critics recommend local eateries will feature kids ages 10 through 14.

Twelve children will get to dish about their favorite restaurants with the show’s delightful host Leslie Sbrocco.

To apply, visit; applications are being reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview at KQED studios on Aug. 18. Production for the shows begins in September.


Ice cream sandwich purveyor CREAM (aka “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me”) is celebrating National Ice Cream Sandwich Day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 2 by offering mini versions of its handcrafted ice cream sandwiches for one penny, honoring the original ice cream sandwich, which sold from a street cart for a cent in 1900.