The News: An Evening of Queer Performance

What: The News

When: Tuesday April 3, 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 April edition of The News features Celeste Chan, Suwon Cho, Tessa Fleming, Vain Hein, Sam Sax, Kolmel WithLove,  Jason Wyman, Sara Yassky & Dr. Zebrovski

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Celeste Chan creates work born from queer diaspora through wit, words, and film. Her art has been screened and performed at Vancouver Queer Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival in (San Francisco), Rebel Cupcake (New York), and Olympia Film Festival, among others.

Chan is Co-Director of Queer Rebel Productions and a board of directors member of Community United Against Violence. In collaboration with Co-Director KB Boyce, Chan received support for Queer Rebel Productions from SF Arts Commission, Horizons Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund, Queer Cultural Center, and the Redistribution Fund.

Suwon Cho is a performance artist who invites the audience into the border between reality and fiction through the interaction with an artist disguised as a fictional character. In addition to performance art, she also explores her interests through drawing, sculpture, installation, and music.

She is expected to graduate from the MFA program at San Francisco Art Institute in May 2012. She has participated in groups shows at the Diego Rivera and Swell galleries, and performed at SOMArts Cultural Center and at the Performance Art Institute in San Francisco.

Tessa Fleming is your typical girl with low self-esteem, but she’s trying her best to make you like her. Maybe give her a smile or a hug when you see her, so she can tell her therapist that somebody cares for her. Normal bio stuff now: college student, from Sactown, performer of drag as Missy Lightweight, has daddy issues. <3

Vain Hein premiered in the San Francisco drag scene in August of 2011, and quickly became known for their gender bending, Gallagher-esque shenanigans that interrogated the politics of the audience and the performer. Often appearing multiple times at once, and constantly shape shifting, Vain Hein operates as the muse, the mannequin, and the thesis statement for San Francisco based artist Lukey B.’s most featured project, “HAUS of urHEINOUS.”

The HAUS functions as a concept tank, a workshop for experimental imagery, and a platform to collaborate with other artists (HAUS GUESTS). The HAUS also serves as a means to project the schizophrenic selves of the artist who have been created by a pop culture induced psychosis, and it is Vain Hein’s main purpose is to represent this specific state of mind.

Sam Sax is a Bay Area based poet and educator. Oakland’s first queer Grand Slam Champion, he curates “The New Shit Show,” a San Francisco reading series aimed at producing consistent and innovative poetry. Sax has toured internationally, performing at universities, slams, basements, alleyways and amphitheaters. He leads writing and literacy workshops for queer at risk youth.

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 information:

Jason Wyman is many things. Today, he is an experimental writer performing critiques of permanence, acceptance, death, and transcendence. On other days, he facilitates arts and wellness workshops and experiences through 14 Black Poppies, revives the collective spirits of the LGBTQIA communities through OutLook Theater Project, manages cultural programs and slings coffee at Progressive Grounds, and transforms his body into the Illustrated Man 2.0 where each tattoo tells a fable.

Sara Yassky is a San Francisco/Philadelphia based dance artist, performer, and advocate whose work has been shown in their hometown of Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and internationally in Mexico and Venezuela. In 2011, Yaasky was a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant, and recently finished an AIR space choreography residency at The Garage in San Francisco.

Yassky is an active pursuer of performance discourse and experimentation, and has been enriched through invitations to workshop with choreographers such as Xavier Le Roy, Susan Rethorst, and John Jaspers. As a performer, Yaasky has been supported by development grants through Dance Advance at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and has been seen in the works of International and National artists such as Willie Dorner, Wally Cardona, Sara Shelton Mann, Michelle Stortz, Group Motion, SCRAP Performance, and Kathryn TeBordo/Potential Movement.

Dr. Zebrovski is being #1 dance psychic in world! Liking to create over-top atmosphere for interaction through interpretative dance of supernatural psychic visions. Dr. Zebrovski is giving interaction through online videos and in-person tarot reading and astrology and occult. Minimal usage color is being for relaxation of mind, be give in to soothing black and white for brain loosening.