The News: Experimental Queer Performance

What: The News, an evening of queer performance

When: Tuesday,  June 5, 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 June edition of The News features performances by Nic Alea, Christraper, Hallie Dalsimer, Cara Rose DeFabio, Julz Hale Mary. Mr. Ri Molnár, Maryam Farnaz Rostami and creator, curator and host Kolmel WithLove.

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Nic Alea is a poet living the quiet cottage life in san francisco. They write poems dealing with gender, feminism, privilege, mental health, magic and friendship and co-host a bi-monthly open mic called New Poetry Mission: The New Shit Show, which focuses on the production of new work. They also facilitate a creative writing workshop at Solano Juvenile Detention Center. Visit their blog at

CHRISTRAPER SINGS, avant-crooner and balladeer, writes and performs doleful songs with an ear to the greater depressed composers of the ages. Taking equal inspiration from Wagnerian opera, 20th century experimentalists and Black Metal as well as Purcell and the songs of somber renaissance lutenist John Dowland, he utilizes a full baritone to countertenor vocal range to build layered, lush harmony accompanied by simple electronic and acoustic sound arrangements. The effect is at once beautiful, hypnotic and haunting. He is a veteran performer and video-maker whose work has appeared throughout North American art galleries, festivals, cabarets and alternative institutions. SINGS is the curator of IN PRAISE OF DEAD GODS, a mini- festival of outsider musicians who play with and warp the classical music performance vocabulary, happening June 12th at African American Art and Culture Complex as part of Queer Art Fest. “CHRISTRAPER SINGS blew the throng away with his ethereal, stunning voice. His songs and their effect are disarming and surprising… a complex, mesmerizing phenomenon.”  -SF Bay Times.

Hallie Dalsimer is a movement based artist recently arrived to the Bay Area from a stint in her hometown of Santa Fe.  Her fascination with the body and its potential has led her to explore a wide range of movement practices from yoga to Gaga, the latter of which she studied extensively in Tel Aviv and now teaches.

Since graduating from Wesleyan University in 2005 (BA Government), Dalsimer has had the pleasure of dancing for choreographers in New York, Tel Aviv, Santa Fe and at various festivals and residencies including American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, The Yard, Ponderosa and the Santa Fe Opera.

Dalsimer’s work has been shown as various venues in Santa Fe including SITE Santa Fe, at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, and at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she was the visiting artist for the Fall 2011 semester.  Most recently she has been performing an evolving solo improvisation involving a blindfold and bubble wrap.

Cara Rose DeFabio keeps a soft focus across many fields, and believes her community is her greatest asset. She enjoys collaborating across disciplines and is comfortably wired to the local queer performance scene, ace journalists, foodies, Twitterati, and homegrown heroes in her native San Francisco. She has been an artist in residence at Guapamacataro, Mexico, has staged participatory theater at historical landmarks with We Players, enjoys improvising with SQUART and is a proud conspirator on Longshot Magazine.

Julz Hale Mary is a surviving “ex-gay” who is pissed off at the churches who wanted them to suffer. They demonstrate this anger through overthetop exciting genderfluid joy that manifests through their body in improvisational convulsions. They are new to the queer performance scene, making them a born-again, although not a virgin.

Maryam Farnaz Rostami is a San Francisco based drag queen and contemporary performance artist from Texas. Her work deals with the complexities of the modern condition through the lens of the child of model minorities. Rostami is dedicated to artistic engagement as an invitation for thinking about, looking at and talking to one another differently. Mona G. Hawd, Rostami’s drag/nightlife persona, uses lipsync, movement, narrative, dance and an exaggerated high femme medium to question ownership of images in our culture.

Mr. Ri Molnár is said to have danced in the womb, causing their mother to loose sleep flipping cassettes.  They began their formal dance training at the Fort Wayne Ballet School under Radmilla Teodorovich Novosel.  Molnár has studied various forms of dance and movement within and beyond those schools with national and local master teachers such as Hiroko Tamano, Sara Shelton-Mann, Sherwood Chen and Kathleen Hermesdorff.  Their movement is most influenced recently by butoh, contact improv and release technique although still finds depth in ballet, capoeira, traditional Hungarian dance and flamenco.

Molnár has presented solo and collaborative work at Dance Mission Theatre, Subterranean Arthouse, Studio 210, The Garage, Mission Cultural Center, The Big Gay Warehouse, Adobe Bookstore, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory and Station 40.  They have performed locally with Palanza Dance Company, Bare Bones Butoh, Pythia Project, lu-Hui Chua, Cherry Galette, Alicia Ohs and Leslie Schickel.

They enjoyed a residency with the Subterranean Arthouse and have been a featured artist in the National Queer Arts Festival. Molnár is not just a dancer though…they also love gardening, spinning yarn, practicing self-defense moves, writing grants, making up songs, learning about herbs, and working with youth as a core member of the Bay Area Radical Childcare Collective.  Molnár  thinks they make deeply personal, overtly political experimental dance-theatre with a sense of humor.