The News is Fresh, Queer and Wildly Experimental

What: The News, an evening of queer performance

When: Tuesday May 1, 2012, 7:30–9pm, house opens at 7pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $5 admission. Advance tickets:

The News is the new place to see fresh, queer performance by Bay Area artists. On the first Tuesday of each month The News will spotlight performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes. An informal session for critical feedback follows the performances.

The May edition of The News features performances by Burning Monk Collective (Peter Griggs), Chelsea Kosta, Karl Cronin, Omer Gal, PRjKT13 (bernadette and SALEX), Jai Arun Ravine and creator, curator and host Kolmel WithLove.


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Burning Monk Collective (Peter Griggs) is a San Francisco transplant originally from Seattle who has been involved in theater since his early childhood. Recent work includes collaborations with Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project (“Muse, Map, Walk”); with Boathouse Productions (“Lost and Found in the Mission,” which won best ensemble at 2008 SF Fringe festival); with Dwayne Calizo at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory (“The Hazardous Waste Project: Sewing The Seeds of Love, Life, Lust, Lost and the Bomb”); and most recently with EmSpace Dance (“A Hand in Desire,” a dance-theater remix of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”).

He is founder of the Burning Monk Collective which has produced two of his original works: “Subrosa: Subliminal Joy…the EGO outted,” a tale about politics, shame, and the gay ego, and “Killer Queen,” which premiered at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory in early 2010. In 2011 another run of “Killer Queen” was produced as a site specific work in SF and in LA, and received a GLAAD nomination for outstanding Los Angeles Theatre. Griggs is also a proud member of the House of Glitter; a multiracial drag collective in SF, and can be seen at local drag shows such as U-PHORIA.

Chelsea Kosta was formally training as a Fine Artist at Loyola Marymount University. She explored a variety of media, ranging from drawing to installation and finally performance art. As a performance artist, Chelsea views her environment as a material to be physically manipulated with one powerfully simple act of humility, using creativity to exemplifying the value of selflessness. Kosta now lives and works in the fashion industry in San Francisco.

Karl Cronin is a neo-classical pop singer and composer. Trained in classical cello and contemporary dance, Cronin’s body of work spans string quartets to pop music, and is rooted in his research of the relationship between movement and music. Cronin received a BA in Music from Boston College, which is where he co-produced his first opera, “Dido and Aeneas.” He has studied composition with Thomas Oboe Lee, contemporary performance with Deborah Hay, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Jennifer Monson, and the fine folks at Movement Research in NYC and currently studies composition in San Francisco with Randy Craig.

He is currently working on his debut album, “The Wild Men,” with the incubation support of THEOFFCENTER and Intersection for the Arts’ Incubator Program. He has performed his work at the San Francisco Art Institute (CA), the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (MA),  Jay Etkin Gallery (NM), Rainbow Starlight Lounge (NM), Dance Mission Theater (CA), and at the San Francisco Art Institute (CA).

Omer Gal was born in Israel, moved to California at age 6 then back to Israel at age 14, spent a year in NY at age 21 and a year after that traveling in India. Now he is back in San Francisco California working toward an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. His undergraduate degree in which he majored in animation was completed in 2009 at of Minshar for Art school in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He has exhibited his artwork at the Tmuna and Zimmer galleries (Tel Aviv),  FlagStop (Los Angeles), Queens Nails Projects, Diego Rivera, Swell and Root division galleries (San Francisco) and PSU gallery (Portland).  Currently, he is working on his graduate thesis show, which involves film, mixed media installation and performance.

PRjKT13 is a San Francisco original Electronic Dance Duo featuring local rock n’ roller bernadette and seasoned DJ veteran SALEX (Stephanie Alexis).

bernadette is a singer-songwriter and has fronted her own original band for the last six years. She has toured in the states and played Europe and is an endorsed Gibson guitar artist. She is also an interdisciplinary artist and is the visionary and founder of The Box Factory, a local arts, culture and community space.

SALEX is a classically and jazz trained musician turned drum & bass DJ/producer. She is a Bay Area native that hosts 2 weekly radio shows: Late Night Eargasm on Mutiny Radio SF and Bass Kiss on Binge Radio UK.

PRjKT13 came about when the two women discussed joining forces after a few years of interviews, collaborative projects and community events together. bernadette was interested in trying her hand in a new genre of music bringing lyrics and melodies to SALEX, then the two sat with laptop, midi keyboard, guitar and a mic and the project immediately exploded into an organic, musical conversation and sound explosion. More

Jai Arun Ravine is a text-based artist working in film/video, movement and performance. Most recently they are the author of a book of experimental poetics, “AND THEN ENTWINE” (Tinfish Press, 2011); the creator of a film project on Thai and Thai American trans-masculinities, “TOM/TRANS/THAI” (2011), which was installed at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Bangkok, Thailand) and the Sabina Lee Gallery (Los Angeles); and the creator of a multi-media performance on identity tourism, “THE PACKAGE TOUR” (2011), which was staged at Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley) and the African American Art & Culture Complex (San Francisco). A recipient of fellowships from ComPeung, Djerassi and Kundiman, Jai is also a staff writer for Lantern Review. For more information on projects, events and publications, please visit:

Kolmel Withlove is the creator and the host of The News. Kolmel, curates, builds cameras and costumes, collaborates with other artists, makes films, and performs. Her films have screened in a variety of settings including: Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art, RAID Projects and in the upcoming book and DVD “Strange Attractors.”

Kolmel has performed in venues including Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, SOMArts Cultural Center, Highways Performance Space, The Velaslavasay Panorama Theatre, The Garage, various galleries, a few living rooms, two very nice leather bars, and a piano lounge. More