The News – March 6

What: The News

When: Tuesday, March 6, 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 March edition of The News features Keke Hunt, Samuel Kehl, Jai Arun Ravine, Mica Sigourney, Aurora Switchblade, and Tessa Wills. Wills performs in collaboration with creator, curator and host, Kolmel WithLove.

“Queer performance art series The News made a powerful debut Tuesday night at SOMArts. The evening offered an array of queer narratives, made even more timely and poignant by the federal appeals court ruling on Proposition 8 handed down that morning,” wrote SF Weekly’s Kate Conger of the February 2012 debut of The News. Click here the full review.

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Artists interested in performing at The News can find more information here.


Keke Hunt is a San Francisco based artist who uses performance, video and sculpture to address questions around control, consent and the objectifying gaze. Hunt creates actions which focus on an intimate interaction between her and another subject, often a collaborator, willing participant or members of the audience. She utilizes viewing systems which limit or amplify the audiences ability to view her as a subject. In this way, Keke works to manipulate her the viewer/collaborators needs and expectations to explore the dynamics that play out between two bodies in close proximity.

Hunt is a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown at at the Diego Rivera Gallery, Live Worms Gallery, and has participated in performance events at the THEOFFCENTER and SOMArts. Hunt organizes a lecture series at the San Francisco Art institute called Talking Rain.

Samuel Kehl grew up in Seattle and first delved into music when he was pressured into playing cello at the age of 5. By the time he was 8 he knew for sure that he hated both the music he was being taught and his teacher, so he threw a tantrum during his lesson one day and was set free. Aside from Umbura, the thumb piano from Zimbabwe, and choir in college, that was his only formal training.

He considers his most important musical formation to be his years as a drum and bass and experimental electronic music DJ, which spanned the ages of 16 to 21. He then began producing original beats during the later years of that time, and eventually quit DJing for a number of years to pursue solo vocal production and songwriting, mostly under the names Samuelroy and Samnation.

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, แล้ว AND THEN ENTWINE (Tinfish Press, 2011), the creator of a film project on Thai and Thai American trans-masculinities, TOM/TRANS/THAI (2011), 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, Ravine is also a staff writer for Lantern Review. For more information on projects, events and publications:

Mica Sigourney is a performance artist, drag queen, curator, gogo dancer, instigator, emcee, and nightlife enthusiast. Utilizing 20 years of performance training Sigourney creates drag numbers, performance installations, gogo happenings, and theater pieces that ride the tension between artifice/construct and vulnerability/authenticity. By combining strong images, rigorous physical movements/execution, vibrant emotional energetic and spiritual work Sigourney manipulates audiences while betraying the manipulation, which allows for a deeper connection and joint journey.

After a 4 year break from the stage Sigourney re-emerged as VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!. Considering lipsynch a physical performance practice he has applied his learned rigor to drag making. VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!’s cannon ranges from the bleak to the absurd. With VivvyAnne, Sigourney challenges traditional notions of drag with the inclusion of high drama, heady narratives, and vulnerability combined with high glamour. Sigourney has performed nationally and internationally at deYoung, YBCA, New Museum (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), Abron’s Center for the Arts (NYC), Hot August Fringe (London). More information:

Aurora Switchblade started their undergraduate in theater but went on to complete a degree in Anthropology followed by Graduate studies in the same subject. They have also spent time studying abroad and teaching English in the West Bank of Palestine. This background strongly informs Aurora’s art today.

Focusing on works aimed at redefining the genre of drag, Aurora presents the audience with equal parts emotion and laughter. Central to their objectives are the politics of oppression and the multi-faceted ways oppression is played out in today’s political world. However, Aurora also has a lighter side and uses performance to entertain and provoke; embodying a hyperbole of camp, drag, and shade.

Aurora has appeared in a number of Peaches Christ productions. They also appear regularly at Blow Pony, both here in San Francisco and in Portland, and at The Monster Show hosted by Cookie Dough. In 2011 they won the title of Ms. Something’s Got Talent and in 2012 was second runner-up at Trannyshack Star Search. Aurora co-hosts a weekly show with Sue Casa at Truck called Ice Queen Sundays.

Tessa Wills received a BA from the University of Birmingham in music and dance, and was then selected to represent the UK at P.A.R.T.S, Brussels, where she began her camera in performance work. She has since received The Bonnie Bird Choreography award, and has held residencies in New Zealand, Vienna, Brussels and Finland, where she is part of the ongoing research in performance group “Pora Projeckti”. While living in London (2004-9) she secured £250,000 in funding to lead community arts projects (dance for camera).

She emigrated to San Francisco in 2010, and has made a solo to complete her masters in choreography from Middlesex University in the UK, as well as a video and dance installation for the Meridian Gallery, and a 12 minute dance for camera DVD funded by the British Council. Her most recent work is a 20 minute solo on herself, ”bird and person dyning,” created for her Masters in Choreography at Middlesex University, performed in London, and headlining the Too Much! queer performance marathon January 2011, San Francisco.

Kolmel WithLove (Jenn Kolmel) 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: