The News

What: The News

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

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

How Much: $5 admission

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 first edition of The News on February 7th features Rotimi Agbabiaka, DIAmanda Kallas II Dia Dear, La Chica Boom, Peter Max Lawrence. Magic Meals, the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, Kolmel WithLove, and Shaunna Vella.

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Rotimi Agbabiaka calls San Francisco home after previously living in Nigeria, Texas and Illinois. Since moving to San Francisco last summer he has performed with the SF Mime Troupe and presented his solo play, “Homeless,” at the SF Fringe Festival, for which he received Best Solo Performance Award. He now plays James Brown and other wacky characters at Beach Blanket Babylon.

DIAmanda Kallas || Dia Dear writes, “Are you my Mother?”

La Chica Boom is a performance artist, ecdysiast, and community organizer who explores Chicana iconography, issues of race, gender and sexuality. Through the practice of ethnic drag, theatre, neo-burlesque, and clowning, La Chica Boom provides a biting satire that points to contemporary and historical “escandalos.”

In addition to touring North America as a solo performer and with the Fluffgirl Vaudeville and Burlesque Roadshow, she is the founder and producer of Kaleidoscope, An Annual National People of Color Cabaret, the first national event dedicated to cabaret and neo-burlesque performers of color in the U.S.

Some of the venues where she has been featured include Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, Corio, One Eyed Jacks, MondoHomo, The Moisture Festival, Burlesque Hall of Fame, Tease-o-Rama, and The Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Peter Max Lawrence was born in Topeka, adopted soon there after, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Over the course of his life, Lawrence has created a large and diverse body of work, exploring a wide variety of approaches, media and techniques. Lawrence’s visual art, performances and videos have been presented internationally in venues ranging from major museums to basement bathrooms.

Among his recent works of note are the critically acclaimed “QUEER in KANSAS,” “Warholics” and the experimental short “de Young,” which was created while working as an artist in residence at the museum and was later featured on KQED’s “Truly California.”

He has also directed music videos for Carletta Sue Kay, Krystle Warren and Troops. Currently he is the curator for The One and Art Thieves and is developing various collaborations with other musicians, artists and writers. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Magic Meals  writes, “Take the time to relax. Eat a nutritious snack. Watch the sunset. Smell the roses. Think about what you want in life. What do you see?”

Brontez Purnell Dance Company is a new and experimental contemporary dance company based in Oakland, CA. Utilizing influence from modern, African, contemporary and new wave dance, Brontez Purnell Dance Company favors a DIY dance aesthetic.

Purnell explains, “I had been playing around in bands for a while and doing my dance major and collecting my ideas of what my “home theater” would look like, and then BPDC just came together. I used people I had been seeing at punk shows because I wanted this kind of community centered, yet person-to-person based, present and immediate experience with both my dancers and the audience.”

Shaunna Vella is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and performance artist who has been creating work in the Bay Area since 2003.  Her work has been seen at ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, The Garage, Studio 210, and The Ashby Stage. As a dancer, she continues to dance for local companies such as Anne Bluethenthal, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Liss Fain Dance, Paufve Dance, Agora Dance Project, Dance Ceres and Davalos Dance Company.

Vella has been teaching at St. Mary’s College since 2004, and teaches at Ace Dance Academy in Walnut Creek. She served as a active artist for the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee in 2007-2008. As well as being an artist and teacher, she works in the field of social justice and has worked for the Tides Foundation, The Family Violence Prevention Fund, and currently works at the Jewish Community Federation.

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.