The News

The News Webpage image April 2017

The News was a monthly offering of performance featuring new queer work that ran from February 2012–April 2017. Curated by artist Kolmel W. Love, the series cast a spotlight on performance pieces, experiments, debut works, and works in progress, offering an informal opportunity for artists to share their work and receive critical feedback.

“The News is dedicated to providing a consistent venue for exploration, collaboration and the development of new queer work.” – Kolmel W Love, Creator & Host

As of April 2017, organizer Kolmel W. Love made the determination to discontinue the series, with SOMArts’ support. See below for information on previous The News performances and stay tuned for an exciting new opportunity for queer performing arts curators, coming soon at SOMArts.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | The News presents a National Queer Arts Festival Preview

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | Star Amerasu hosts The News

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | Five year anniversary of the News

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 | Roundtable: Let’s Talk About (Queer) Sex in Performance Art

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Yves Saint Croissant hosts The News: Futurism + The Avant-Garde | Photos

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | Amanda and Natalia Vigil host The News: Legacy! | Photos

Tuesday, September 7, 2016 | Ah-Mer-Ah-Su hosts The News | Photos

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | Baruch Porras Hernandez hosts The News

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | Curator & host: Dazíe Grego-Sykes | Read more | Photos

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Host: Brown Meshugana | Read more | Photos

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | Curator: Kevin Seaman | Read more | Photos

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Curator: Emily K. Holmes | Read more | Photos

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Curators: Annah Anti-Palindrome and The Lady Vagina Jenkins | Read more | Photos

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Roundtable: Creating Environments to Support QTPOC, POC & Queer Artists & Audiences | Read more | Photos

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Curator: Jason Wyman | Read more | Photos
Dianne Brennan, Derik Cowan, Frida Ibarra, Mariama Nance, and K.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Curator: Peter Max Lawrence | Read more | Photos
Michelle L Morby, Jeremy Endo, Daniel Redman, Khalil Sullivan, Carletta Sue Kay, and Phillip Huang

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | Curator: Kolmel W Love | Read more | Photos
Dazié Rustin Grego, Frida Precariat, Tre Natro, Leloo Levay, and Horehound Stillpoint

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | Curator: Jackie Clay | Read More | Photos
AH-Mer-AH-Su, Jade Ariana Fair, Titiana Kumeh, Jackie Clay, and Justin Young

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | Curator: David Villegas | Read More | Photos
The Box Club: Cason MacBride and Slater Penney, Brian Benson, Genie Cartier and Marie Cartier, Evan Johnson, One Flea Circus/Al Daniel, Amelia Van Brunt, Michele Menard, and Xavier MTW

Tuesday, June 2, 7:30–9pm | Host: SALTA | Read More | Photos
Elizabeth Ardent, Royal Skin, Judah Levenson, Bernadette Herself, NCN, Zander Brown with Earth Dance Mafia, Justus Harris, Ian Waisler w/Lilie Mae Nightshade, Rachael Dichter, Kat Marie Yoas, Sara Rees, and Dia Dear

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:30–9pm | Host: Kolmel W Love | Read More | Photos
The Homobiles, Katie Kelly, Cassandra Falby, Rasa Vitalia, and W Love

Tuesday, April, 2015, 7:30–9pm | Hosting Guest Curators: Kevin Seaman and Manish Vaidya of Queer Cultural Center | Read More | Photos
Althea and the Graceland Girls, Miguelzinta Cah Mai Solís Pino, Peacock Rebellion, the Congregation of Liberation and The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7:30–9pm | Hosting Guest Curators: Gentry McShane & Lisa Ganser (hosts) and Lorin Murphy of Periwinkle Cinema | Read More | Photos
Annah Anti-Palindrome, Aja Archuleta, Beast Nest (Sharmi Basu), Lisa Ganser, Peter Max Lawrence with Chainsaw Jane, Sofia Moreno and Julie Thi Underhill

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:30–9pm | Hosts: Kolmel WithLove & Peter Max Lawrence | Read More | Photos
Jeremy Kirshbaum, Cassie Thornton, Kaš, Khalil Sullivan

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 7–9pm | Moderators: Kolmel WithLove & Ernesto Sopprani | Read More | Photos

December 2, 2014 | Host: Jerry Lee Abram | Artist Bios | Photos
Lil Miss Hot Mess, Midnight Magic Snax (Marissa Magic & Jerry Lee), Miss Rahni, Ben McCoy, Persia, and Yves Saint Croissant

November 4, 2014 | Host: Seeley Quest | Artist Bios | Photos
 Caleb Feigin (The Lady Run Over By History), Frida Ibarra, Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom), NCN, Jai Arun Ravine and Lyric Seal

October 7, 2014 | Host: Kolmel WithLove Artist Bios | Photos
Annah Anti-Palindrome, Silk Worm (Eric Eich), Bernadette Herself (Eli Mc Nally), Shaunna Vella and host Kolmel WithLove

August 5, 2014 | Curatorial Best Practices Round Table | Hosts: Kolmel WithLove & Fallon Young

June 3, 2014 | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Host: Christine Bonansea & Hallie Dalsimer
Christine Bonansea & Hallie Dalsimer invite KHAOS ThaD3ViL AddamZ, vîv, Michael Curran, Women’s Werk (Elizabeth McGrath and Jeana Pfeifer), Liz Tenuto, Allison Love Joy, Eric Wagner and Nara Denning

May 6, 2014 | Artist Bios  | Event Photos | Host: Queer Cultural Center’s Kevin Seaman
Preview performances that will be part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2014; “The Cha Cha Files” with Maya Chinchilla, “Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up” with Jasmine Le Blanc and Sabaa Westbrooks, “515 Clues: A Kabbalistic Collabaret” with Nomy Lamm, and “Topsy Turvy Queer Circus” with Lauretta Dolch and Toni Cannon, and Janine M.

April 1, 2014  | Artist Bios  | Event Photos | Host: Ernesto Sopprani of AIRSpace 
Rotimi Agbabiaka,  Brontez Purnell Dance Company, Dia Dear, Evan Johnson, k r m Mooney & Nicholas Andre Sung, José Navarrete, Eroca Nicols, and Phoebe Osborne.

March 4, 2014  | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Host: Queer Rebels 
Star Amerasu, Naomi Fearn + Marc Seestaedt, Jeepneys, Lambert Moss, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Miss Persia and MOON RAY RA

February 4, 2014  | Artist Bios  | Event Photos | Host: Peter Max Lawrence & Kolmel WithLove
Chelsea America,, Dazié Rustin Grego, Chainsaw Jane, Evan Kennedy, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Midnight Magic Snax (Jerry Lee Abram & Marissa Magic), Daniel Redman and Maryam Rostami

January 7, 2014  | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Host: OutLook Theater Project
OutLook ensemble (Derik Cowan, Rebecca Schultz, Anthony Julius Williams, and Jason Wyman) as well as Shirley Acuna, Star Amerasu, Donald Curry, Dazie Grego, Lynn Johnson, Allison Kenny, Anne Carol Mitchell, Ida VSW Red

December 3, 2013  | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Host: Jesse Hewit
Abby Crain, Bellows, Detour Dance, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Phoebe Osborne, Mara Poliak and Maryanna Lachman, Mica Sigourney, SexiTude, and Vîv

November 5, 2013  | Artist Bios  |  Event Photos | Host: Nic Alea & Cam Awkward-Rich of The New Shit Show
Indira Allegra, Eli Conway, Caleb Feigin, Daphne Gottlieb, Kay Nilsson, Jeana Poindexter, Julian Shendelman and Brandon Young.

October 1, 2013  | Artist Bios  | Host: Kolmel WithLove
Elijah Minnelli with Christina Christopher Damnit, Peter Max Lawrence, Anne Carol Mitchell, Bryce Wolfe, Jason Wyman, Kolmel WithLove and a special extended performance by Midori

September 3, 2013 | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Host: Kolmel WithLove
KHAOS ThaD3ViL AddamZ, Karl Cronin, Cara Rose DeFabio, Rai-Yin Hsu, Derek Schmidt, Julius Smack (Peter Hernandez), A Thimble of Light (Ida Thaler), Thunder Thighs

June 4, 2013  | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest hosts: Peter Max Lawrence & Philip Huang
Philip Anderson, Jaime Cortez, Tessa Fleming, Carletta Sue Kay, Michelle L. Morby, Daniel Redman, Phatima Rude, Kevin Seaman, Irrelevant Transmission and Kolmel WithLove.

May 7, 2013  | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest host: Kevin Seaman of Queer Cultural Center with Kolmel WithLove
JD Carmona, Ryan Rebekah Erev, Yvonne “Fly” Onakeme Etaghene, Chook-a-chook, Indi McCasey, Cristina Mitra, Natalia Vigil, Lyra Wallace, and Anthony Julius Williams

April 2, 2013  | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest host: Bernadette Bohan (of The Box Factory)
KHAOS ThaD3ViL AddamZ, Bernadette, Joe Conscious, Spencer Peterson, and Yosefine Tinkelman (Opal Eye)

March 5, 2013  Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest hosts: Malcolm Hamilton and Gary “Fembot” Gregerson
Meliza Bañales, Lynnee Breedlove, Annie Danger, Bill Hsu, LOVEWARZ! and Margaret Tedesco

February 5, 2013  Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest co-host: Peter Max Lawrence (with Kolmel WithLove)
LaRece Egli, Burning Monk Collective (Peter Griggs), Lambert,  Michelle L Morby, Xavier MTW, Nico Peck, Grace Pool and Aurora Switchblade

January 8, 2013 |  Performer Names  | Event Photos | Guest host: Laura Arrington

December 4, 2012 | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest host: VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!
Cara Rose DeFabio, Rachael Dichter, Julz Hale Mary, Elliot Orona, Nathan Rapport, Travis Santell Rowland, Rheal Tea, Deep Teens, Tessa Wills and hosting guest curator VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!

November 7, 2012 | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest host: Dean Disaster
Nic Alea, Dean Disaster, Suwon Cho, Jenalee Harmon, Vain Hein, Shaunna Vella, Kolmel WithLove

September 4, 2012 | Artist Bios | Event Photos | Guest host: Peter Max Lawrence
Alexander Alvina Chamberland, Ryan Crowder, Philip Huang, Evan Johnson, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Peter Max Lawrence, Daniel Redman, Liz Tenuto

July 3, 2012 | Artist Bios | Event Photos
Hysteria, Sam Kehl, Peter Max Lawrence, Elizabeth McSurdy, Manish and Kolmel WithLove

June 5, 2012 | Artist Bios | Event Photos
Performances by Nic Alea, CHRISTRAPER SINGS, Hallie Dalsimer, Cara Rose DeFabio, Julz Hale Mary, Mr. Ri Molnár, Maryam Farnaz Rostami and Kolmel WithLove

May 1, 2012  | Artist Bios | Event Photos
Performances by Burning Monk Collective (Peter Griggs), Chelsea Kosta, Karl Cronin, Omer Gal, PRjKT13 (bernadette and SALEX), Jai Arun Ravine and Kolmel WithLove

April 3, 2012  | Artist Bios | Event Photos
Performances by Celeste Chan, Suwon Cho,  Tessa Fleming, Vain Hein, Sam Sax, Kolmel WithLove,  Jason Wyman, Sara Yassky  and Dr. Zebrovski

March 6, 2012  | Artist Bios | Event Photos
Performances by: Keke Hunt, Sam Kehl, Jai Arun Ravine, Mica Sigourney, and Aurora Switchblade, Tessa Wills, and Kolmel WithLove

February 7, 2012 | Artist Bios | Event Photos
Performances by: Rotimi Agbabiaka, DIAmanda Kallas II Dia Dear, La Chica Boom, Peter Max Lawrence. Marissa Majick, the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, Kolmel WithLove, and Shaunna Vella

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