Meander’s Kitchen seemed a serendipitous place to host an intimate concert by singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked. The alt-folk-rock singer was scheduled to play a show April 26 at the community-minded White Center restaurant known for its excellent home-cooked comfort food, blunt quirks, and warm personality. Both singer and venue owner were considered political progressives.
But Meander’s owner Miranda Krone swiftly cancelled the event after Shocked’s “anti-gay tirade” at a San Francisco show.
“I’ll post more about this later. But no. Just, no,” she wrote. More than 800 people on Facebook “liked” the post.
Instead, Krone wrote later, she has rescheduled a “Queer Burlesque and Cabaret for that night as a benefit for local queer youth.”
She wrote, “By supporting our youth and helping to create a sense of place, community and self, we help to short circuit the cultural influences that so often leave us feeling alone, out of place, and living with self-hatred and denial. This is only one aspect of fighting bigotry, but it one that is key to it Getting Better, and one that fills me personally with hope.”
More on the controversy here. More details on the replacement concert will be posted on Meander’s Facebook page.