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.
On Tuesday, February 2—the series’ FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY—The News is guest curated by Annah Anti-Palindrome and The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins and features AH-Mer-AH-Su, Blyth Barnow, Kentucky Fried Woman, and the curators, along with wild cards Kolmel W Love and Tessa Wills presenting on the theme Class Rage & Gold Chains: Working-Class Femmes Take The News!
Admission is FREE! SOMArts is offering free admission in hopes that if you can afford to donate, you will support the artists onstage when the hat passes. RSVP on EventBrite to guarantee a seat.
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.
The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins: for over a dozen years, TLMVJ has been gracing stages across the world with her traditional burlesque. An ecdysiast exemplar, Vagina Jenkins style is reminiscent of classic glitz and glamour. Ms. Jenkins’ act defies audience expectations, wows them and leaves them wanting more. Critics have called her “Sophisticated”, “Complex”, and “Unique.” No matter the adjective, Ms. Vagina Jenkins is sure to knock your stockings off! She is currently at work on a collaborative mixed genre (photography, writing and performance) project with EP Li Photography called 5FACES PROJECT that will show as part of the 2016 National Queer Arts Festival. Be sure to check www.VaginaJenkins.com for more Vagiant updates!
Annah Anti-Palindrome is a bay-area based musician/sound-artist, writer, and queer/femme antagonist who hails from the working-class craters at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her musical genre has been referred to as “cuntry-trash-orchestral.” Annah performs using a variety of different mediums including a Line 6 (DL4) looping system, kitchen utensils, gas-masks, raw eggs, blood pressure cuffs, found objects, her body (mostly her throat), and more! Her first book of poetry, DNA Hymn, will be released by Sibling Rivalry Press in the fall of 2016. For more info see annahantipalindrome.com
AH-Mer-AH-Su is a multidisciplinary artist. She showcases the spiritual and physical evolution of what it means to be human. Her art is deeply impacted by her experience as a Black TransWomsn. She has performed her music 3 years in a Row at the San Francisco Pride Trans March, She has graced the stage at the Annual Fresh Meat Festival., SomArts The News, Safehouse Arts, Dixon Place Theatre NY, Times Square Arts Center and many more. Her ancestral connection is strong. She is a Siren Witch Poptronic Princess.
Blyth Barnow is a white, queer femme, who was raised working class in Ohio. For the past eight years she has lived in the Bay Area and has spent her time as a survivor advocate, community organizer, harm reductionist, and seminarian. She is a writer focused on nuanced stories of survival and spirit. More of her work can be found at femminary.wordpress.com
Kentucky Fried Woman spent the first 24 years of her life in Kentucky before heading to the west Coast in 1999. Happiest when frying chicken, making grits, sharing recipes and gossiping in the kitchen, KFW is a Dancer, Singer, Writer, Speaker, Event Producer, and Wildcat who has been seen on the stage as a soloist, in collaboration with other queer performing artists, and in troupes such as CHUBB and ButchTap. She feels immense gratitude to those that paved the way for a Southern-bred, working class rooted, kinky, fat, queer, tap-dancing, femme with OCD, Depression and Anxiety to practice her art in the spirit of visibility, connection, tender vulnerability, resilience, and joy.
Pictured: The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins by Teri Rice, Annah Anti-Palindrome, Ah-Mer-AH-Su, Blyth Barnow and Kentucky Fried Woman. All photos courtesy of the artists but The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, taken by Teri Rice.