What: The News
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St., between 8th and 9th)
When: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 7:30pm–9:00pm, house opens 7:00pm
How Much: Admission is $5. Advance tickets: thenewsperformance.eventbrite.com
SOMArts Cultural Center presents The News, a monthly offering of new and experimental performance works on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 7:30 to 9pm. Held on the first Tuesday of each month, The News spotlights queer experiments, debut works, and works-in-progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups and troupes.
The December edition of The News features DavEnd, Cara Rose DeFabio, Julz Hale Mary, Elliot Orona, Nathan Rapport, Travis Santell Rowland, Rheal Tea and Deep Teens, as well as hosting guest curator 2012 San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie award winner VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! (Mica Sigourney), who envisions an evening that rides the line between performance art and nightlife entertainment.
ForeverMORE! is the first of four 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 Laura Arrington on January, 8, 2013, Peter Max Lawrence on February 5, 2013, Malcom Hamilton and Gary Gregerson of Fembot and Friends on March 5, 2013, and Bernadette Bohan of The Box Factory on April 2, 2012. WithLove rejoins The News as host alongside Peter Max Lawrence for the one year anniversary of the series on February 5, 2013.
DavEnd is a tender-hearted, genderqueer, costume designing, accordion wielding songwriter, performing artist and designer based in San Francisco. DavEnd has released two studio albums, “How To Hold Your Own Hand” and “Fruits Commonly Mistaken For Vegetables,” and for the past 5 years, has been touring extensively in the U.S., performing at queer teen centers, festivals, colleges, theatres and in backyards. Between tours, DavEnd designs costumes and, most recently, has been producing a new musical, costume designing and dancing in production numbers for songwriter Kimya Dawson, and appearing in Taylor Mac’s epic 5 hour play, “The Lily’s Revenge.” DavEnd’s current project “Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical!” brings together the worlds of music and radical performance art in a theatrical extravaganza, exploring the effects of heterosexism and street harassment on the development of queer identity.
Cara Rose DeFabio is an interdisciplinary creative who believes her community is her greatest asset. She enjoys collaborating across fields 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. Her most recent stage work, “She was a Computer,” debuted at CounterPULSE this summer. The performance uses cell phones, old radio recordings and physical comedy to investigate the psycho-social impact of technology through generations of women. More information can be found at http://shewasacomputer.tumblr.com.
VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! (Mica Sigourney) is the emcee and co-curator of the weekly Friday night drag event SOME THING at The Stud. ForeverMORE!’s awkwardness is surpassed only by her desire to be liked. Her boy alter ego, Sigourney, created “MASTERWORK” as part of CounterPULSE’s artist residency commissioning program.
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.
Elliot Orona (Christina Christopher Damnit) is a San Francisco based web designer and drag performer. After years of focus on the solitary mediums of writing and painting, he is now pursuing making art within the collaborative and extroverted world of drag
Nathan Rapport (Nikki Sixx Mile) joins us from Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Wayne State University for painting and was heavily involved in the city’s underground nightlife community. Upon moving to the Bay in 2007, Nathan found an immediate and unexpected home within San Francisco’s art drag community and has spent the last 4 years contributing visually to several drag institutions, including Trannyshack, Midnight Mass and SOME THING.
Travis Santell Rowland, interdisciplinary performing artist, holds bachelor of arts degrees in both drama (popular theatre) and dance (performance & choreography) from San Francisco State University. The breadth of his performance experience spans the mediums of hip hop, contemporary and modern dance to physical, dance, musical and children’s drag theatre (as Qween), film, opera, and site-specific art. His athletic background includes competitive gymnastics, wrestling, football, track, baseball, swimming, volleyball and kickboxing. He has performed in “Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus” for Trixxie Carr, “Certitude and Joy” for Erling Wold’s Fabrications, “Talkback” for Crowded Fire Theater and “F.A.G.G.O.T.S.: The Musical!” for DavEnd. Rowland was both performer and collaborating choreographer in Taylor Mac’s “The Lily’s Revenge” for Magic Theatre, “The Tempest” for California Shakespeare Theater, and in the “Fame Whore” music video for the Tim Carr Project. Presently, he enjoys performing as a collaborating choreographer with The Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre, the House of Glitter, and as Qween with her cohorts.
Deep Teens is a band comprised of a number of adults in San Francisco. Performing a genre termed “bukkake style slaughter lounge,” they strive to capture the defiant and unifying alienation of American adolescence and depression. Interests include, but are not limited to: all-ages shows, dogs and Britney Spears. Their first EP will be self-released in December 2012.
Kolmel WithLove is the creator 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 book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.”
Kolmel 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.