The News: Fresh Queer Performance with guest host Jerry Lee, December 2


On the first Tuesday of each month The News, presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, features new, queer work by Bay Area artists. The News is a monthly cabaret evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes.

“This month you’ll find The News at the intersection of class and trash! After many a long and dirty night in this city, few performances stick out in the haze of lust, booze and nothing left to lose… These queens always have a way of stopping you mid-sentence no matter how hot that sweet young thang is next to you,” said December’s guest curator and host, Jerry Lee Abram.

The evening will include new work by Lil Miss Hot Mess, Midnight Magic Snax (Marissa Magic & Jerry Lee), Miss Rahni, Ben McCoy, Persia, and Yves Saint Croissant.


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The nature of The News is to give artists access to critical space for risk-taking in performance. In addition to artists selected by a guest curator, a “wild card” performer or two appears in each line-up at The News. “Wild cards” are artists who may not have been selected by the guest curators, but join in the evening to share new work. Artists interested in performing as a “wild card” at The News can find more information here.

Jerry Lee Abram has spent the last 15 years doing just about anything for queer artists. He has Tech Directed an extensive number of projects including The Sex Workers Art Show, Homo-A-Gogo, Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical and Sister Spit. Additionally, his lighting in film can be seen in music videos by Hunx and His Punx, The Younger Lovers, and Harlem, and Brontez Purnell Dance Company’s film FREE JAZZ. He directed the Valentine Chapter of the episodic film “Valencia,” by Michelle Tea and Hillary Goldberg.

Lil Miss Hot Mess bedazzles audiences in San Francisco and beyond with a unique blend of camp, critique, and choreography. Known for throwing elaborate extravaganzas like her “Bat Mitzvah x2″ and roller skating parties, as well as her use of digital technologies and fight against Facebook’s “real names” policy, she has performed at venues ranging from the legendary clubs Trannyshack and Hard French, to universities, SFMOMA, and the streets of OccupySF. She was crowned the inaugural Tiara Sensation pageant winner, and hosts a monthly show for newbies in conjunction with Some Thing at The Stud. She has performed across the US, in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and more. Visit her website at

Midnight Magic Snax is a performance and video collaboration between Marissa Magic and Jerry Lee. They are most infamously known for their first project “Puppet Party,” a ridiculous political performance piece staged at Folsom Street Fair in 2011, and have been freaking out the squares ever since. They presented  “Superior Grant Dump,” a performance and short film, at The News on its 2nd year anniversary in February 2013.

Miss Rahni moved to San Francisco in 2009 and completely took the city by storm. As a former miss Trannyshack Star Search and Miss Gay Northern California, she takes to the stage with beauty, grace and talent. Her precise choreography and impeccable lip synch makes her a force to be reckoned with.

Ben McCoy is a writer and performance artist. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Ben has spent the last decade performing her original work all over the US and Canada. She’s toured with the Sex Worker’s Art Show, as well as Sister Spit. Since that time, Ben has been a featured performer at various events, such as: RADAR Reading Series (hosted by Michelle Tea), SF Queer Open Mic, Feast of Words at SOMArts, The Bloom reading series by 14 Poppies, Marga Gomez & Friends’ comedy show at Cafe du Nord, and more. In 2012 Miss McCoy was cast in the award-winning and sold-out musical Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical, written by DavEnd and performed at Counterpulse Theatre. In 2013, MOTHA (Museum of Transgender History & Art) awarded Ben McCoy in the Underrated category. McCoy has written online for the Ironing Board collective, and has been published in two anthologies. She has an active and popular social media presence, and stars in the “How a Lady” series on YouTube.

Persia was born from the burgeoning creative mind of a child in South Central Los Angeles. With degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Art Institute in one hand, and a few pairs of heels in the other, she set out to conquer and revolutionize the drag community. Persia began performing weekly at Esta Noche, the recently closed Latino gay bar in San Francisco. Whilst performing at events around the Bay Area, in Los Angeles, and Mexico— including a few quinceañeras— Persia has also curated art shows, done stand-up, appeared on a few television shows, modeled, and has represented SFMOMA by transforming into Matisse’s “Woman with a hat.”

Yves Saint Croissant is a baby queen in the scene. It all started by forging strong bonds with some of San Francisco’s most colorful figures in nightlife, and watching too many episodes of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

With this formula it was only a matter of time before she started drinking the “Drag Queen Kool-Aid” and already has proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Persia pictured, photo by Antonio De Lucci; Lil Miss Hot Mess pictured, photo by Sloane Kanter