The News: Fresh, Queer Performance

What: The News, an evening of queer performance

When: Tuesday, April 2 2013, 7:30–9pm, house opens at 7pm

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

How Much: $5 admission. Advance tickets: http://thenewsperformance.eventbrite.com

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 artist-led critical feedback follows the performances.

Bernadette Bohan of The Box Factory— an art, music and culture space in the Mission district of San Francisco— curates, performs and guest-hosts for The News in April. In celebration of the 5 year anniversary of The Box Factory, Bohan showcases long-time The Box Factory favorites KHAOS ThaD3ViL AddamZ, Joe Conscious, Spencer Peterson, and Yosefine Tinkelman (Opal Eye).

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Bohan is the fourth of five hosting guest curators enlisted by the evening’s creator Kolmel WithLove to bring fresh performances and curatorial flare to The News in the coming months. Future hosting guest curators include Peter Max Lawrence with Philip Huang on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

KHAOS ThaD3ViL AddamZ is the pup your drag mother warned you about. Self-taught in both the art of stage performance and artistic theatricality from a very young age, it’s no wonder why he is known as KHAOS. As drag’s self-proclaimed bad boy pup and leader of The H3LLHoundZ (an up and coming all male, BOYLesque pup drag troupe) KHAOS brings to you entertainment unlike anything you have never seen at a typical drag show. KHAOS blends an androgynous style with a provocative BOYLesque attitude, resulting in a twisted gender-fucked psychotic episode that will leave you stunned. Journey to a show where he’s performing and it’s a possibility you’ll leave questioning your sexuality, religion and probably your sanity as well. Don’t bother trying to fight it because this leather bound bondage pup is going to be your new fantasy. So you might want to go ahead and take that picture.

Bernadette Bohan is a visual and performance artist, singer-songwriter and talk show host. She is the visionary and curator for The Box Factory, an art, community and culture space that she founded in the Mission District in 2007. Bernadette is a first-generation Irish American. She has shown visual art in New York and San Francisco, and has toured musically in the United States, Europe and Indonesia. She is an active member of many creative communities and has been lovingly “adopted” by San Francisco drag queens and performance artists, which informs her curation of The News at SOMArts.

Joe Conscious’ mission is to bring quality, deep, meaningful, inspirational and conscious lyrics back to hip hop and rap music.  JC originally from the east coast moved westward to California to bridge the coastal gap trying to relate, connect, activate and pave the road for other queer artists, fans and especially the youth to be proud of who they are in the face of adversity and oppression.  This past September his first full length album called “Higher Consciousness” was released digitally on sites like iTunes and Amazon, as well as in cd form. To find out more about JC, including his poetry, lyrics, video performances, upcoming shows and tour dates go to www.joeconscious.com.

Stephen Eagle Funk, the first person in the military to publicly refuse to participate in the Iraq War, uses theater and art to highlight issues important to his communities. He is artistic director of Veteran Artists and has produced street theater, plays, workshops, as well as 4 annual productions of “Make Drag, Not War!” He is currently working on a major event called “Another World? Is Possible!” on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the War Memorial Veterans Building.

Spencer Peterson is a performance and visual artist. He has curated his own cabarets with an androgynous, theatrical character named Doktor Bordello, a wildly imaginative, sexy, magical, chanteuse that captivates and engages all audiences through the lens of a monocle. Spencer also incorporates his passion for design with flowers into his performance art pieces and creates large scale organic installations including life-sized trees, environmental floral scales, etc. He also builds installations such as his gypsy cart, a moveable cart complete with drop-down stage. Spencer is a native San Franciscan and runs his own floral design business in the city, Bacchus Flowers.

Yosefine Tinkelman (Opal Eye) was born in 1979 in Somerville, MA and has lived in the East Bay for the past 12 years. Tinkelman is genderqueer and prefers the letter “e” as a pronoun. Tinkelman was the maiden name of the artist’s grandmother, Nora, who powerfully inspires Tinkelman, but whom Tinkelman has never met. California and Mexico Pacific Opaleye fish’s tenacity to resist being eaten also inspired Tinkelman, who was once called opal eye by a friend marveling at the opal-like shine of Tinkelman’s eyes. The name stuck and became the name of a music project that fuses sound healing through live performance. Tinklelman worked in environmental politics and activism for 10 years. Lately Tinkelman has been inspired to use more subversive methods to work for change through creation of music, video, healing space and community empowerment.

Kolmel WithLove is the creator of The News. WithLove 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 book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.”

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