The News: Fresh, Queer Performance

What: The News: Fresh, Queer Performance

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 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 artist-led critical feedback follows the performances.

This February The News celebrates its two year anniversary with performances by Chelsea America,, Dazié Rustin Grego, Chainsaw Jane, Evan Kennedy, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Midnight Magic Snax (Jerry Lee Abram & Marissa Magic), Daniel Redman and Maryam Rostami. Peter Max Lawrence joins Kolmel WithLove as guest host.

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Chelsea America was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where she studied Art and Women Studies at the Metropolitan State College. She relocated to San Francisco in 2005 where she earned her BFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. Through her varied work America explores themes of domesticity, gender, femininity and what it means to be an American, for better or worse. She currently lives and works in Modesto, CA. More: is a community of talented, mission driven individuals dedicated to doing beautiful work. It has been forming for several years, from the suburbs of Nagoya to the ghettos of Esbjerg. The foundation of the community is to build trust, and to create work that does not subvert our freedom.

Dazié Rustin Grego is a Bay Area based performance artist, poet, dancer and activist. His work is often described as being unapologetic, grounded and thought provoking. He began as a writer who became compelled to share his work using his own voice. After performing as a spoken word artist for a decade he collaborated with and joined TheDeepDickolective one the nations first Black Gay Hip-Hop group. In 2005 he attended New College San Francisco’s Experimental Performance Institute where he was able to hone his skills as an artist acquiring a degree in Performance Poetry with an emphasis on Queer Activism. It is Dazié intention to create work that is rooted in poetry but stretches the imagination of both himself as an artist but those of the audience to see how far poetry can take us.

Chainsaw Jane is a homosexual vocalist. They had a #1 hit single in 1952 with “Baby in the Bay.” In 1955 they were arrested when they tried to engage in a sexual act with an undercover policeman in a Detroit men’s room. Their career quickly plummeted and never quite recovered. Tonight they are back and kicking off their comeback tour, right here in San Francisco. They don’t know what a website is, but they are shocked by how much a martini goes for in this town these days.

Evan Kennedy  is a poet and bicyclist who lives in San Francisco. He is the author of “Terra Firmament” (Krupskaya), “Shoo-Ins to Ruin” (Gold Wake Press) and “Us Them Poems” (BookThug). More:

Laura Hyunjhee Kim is an interdisciplinary artist who performs, makes videos and collages digital images. She embraces absurdity and takes deep pleasure in surfacing the disjuncture in language, sound and movement. Her recent works have been subjected to her “It’s Complicated” love and hate relationship with the Internet. More:

Peter Max Lawrence is a contemporary media artist working within painting, drawing, film, video, installation, internet, photography and performance. He was born in Topeka Kansas and currently resides in San Francisco. More:

Midnight Magic Snax is a collaboration between Marissa Magic and Jerry Lee Abram birthed from burgers and weed Kool-Aid. Their first project was the infamous “Puppet Party,” a ridiculous political performance piece staged at Folsom Street Fair in 2011.

Abram has spent the last 15 years doing just about anything for queer artists. He has Tech Directed an extensive amount of projects including “The Sex Workers Art Show,” “Homo A Gogo,” “Queer Rebels,” “Sister Spit” and “Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical.” Additionally, his lighting in film can be seen in music videos by Hunx and His Punx, The Younger Lovers, Alexis Penney and Brontez Purnell Dance Company’s film “FREE JAZZ.” He also directed a chapter of “Valencia The Movie/s.”

Magic is a feminist artist based in California. She associates with several bands and performance groups including but not limited to Midnight Magic Snax, Stillsuit, The Blues, Magicmeals, Pinky Swear, GirlSperm and Movie Party. She has put out several zines including “Deep Suburbia” and “F.A.B.” along with writing for publications such as Maximum Rock and Roll and Bumpidee Reader. Direct any questions or comments to

Daniel Redman lives in San Francisco, and for the last eight years he has been setting Walt Whitman’s queer epic “Leaves of Grass” to music.  His work has been covered by Lambda Literary, Tablet, and the Poetry Foundation. More:

Maryam Rostami is a San Francisco-based contemporary performance artist, director, and writer originally from Texas. She is the child of model minorities. She uses lipsync, movement, narrative, dance and an exaggerated high femme medium to play, destroy and create. Maryam is a co-founder of the performance experiment “Nicole Kidman is Fucking Gorgeous,” which played last winter at CounterPULSE, and her last evening length piece, “PERSIAN LOOKING,” played at CounterPULSE in the summer of

2012. She has played at ZSpace, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the De Young Museum, The Garage, The Stud, the Dana Street Theater, La Pena Theater, Root Division Gallery and Catherine Clarke Gallery. More:

Kolmel WithLove is the creator of The News. WithLove curates, builds cameras and costumes, collaborates with other artists, makes films, and performs. Their 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.

Pictured: Laura Hyunjhee Kim