San Francisco has long been famous for its diversity; people come here from all over the world to get a taste of the queer. That is changing rapidly as the cost of living continues to rise, and it's more important than ever that there be inclusive places where traditionally underrepresented people can express themselves. One such place is the San Francisco Queer Open Mic, which has been operating since 2004 and is currently organized by Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin. "It is a space where people of all levels, from amateur newcomers to touring professionals come together in a neutral space to share their work, celebrate art, and most importantly listen," says Porras-Hernandez. What was once almost strictly a showcase for writing and spoken word has become a place for musicians to experiment, and for comedians and the occasional performance artist to shake things up. As a result, the show is high-charged and hugely entertaining. Every fourth Friday, the QOM presents one featured performer; this month it's New York-based spoken word artist J Mase III, who created the national anti-Valentine's Day performance event Cupid Ain't @#$%!. Open mic sign-ups start at 7 and fill up fast.