The News: Fresh, Queer Performance

What: The News, an evening of queer performance

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 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.

The March edition of The News features Meliza Bañales, Lynnee Breedlove, Annie Danger, Bill Hsu, LOVEWARZ! and Margaret Tedesco, as well as hosting guest curators Gary Fembot and Malcolm Hamilton. Fembot and Hamilton, who formerly produced and co-hosted the radio show “Fembot & Friends” on KUSF in Exile, bring an evening of performance, spoken word, film and music inspired by the spirit of their show to The News at SOMArts.

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Fembot and Hamilton are the third of five hosting guest curators or curatorial teams 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 Bernadette Bohan of The Box Factory on April 2, 2013 and Peter Max Lawrence with Philip Huang on WithLove on June 4, 2013. Artists interested in performing at The News can find more information here.

Meliza Bañales, also known as Missy Fuego, was the first Latina to win a poetry slam championship on the west coast (2002) and is the author of Say It With Your Whole Mouth (Monkey Press). Her short film with J Aguilar entitled “Getting Off” won the Jury Award at the LA Transgender Film Festival in 2011, and she has toured with Sister Spit: The Next Generation and Body Heat: The Femme Porn Tour. She has a spoken-word album coming out on Crunks Not Dead Records and lives out in the country.

Lynnee Breedlove is a punkrocker, activist, writer, comic, and Homobiles founder. Between saving drag damsels in distress from post World Series riots, Breedlove is working on a new book.

Annie Danger is a rip-roaring, crowd-wrangling, ring-tailed buckaroo dead set on proving the deep efficacy of political art. She is a trans woman born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area for 13 years running. Annie makes theatrical works that make a potent soup out of cunning spectacle and dynamic interactivity. She plays with archetypes like nobody’s business and is interested, above all else, in the profound efficiency of hybrids in every aspect of life. Look out for The Great Church of the Holy Fuck, running March 1–3, 2013, and The Fully Functional Cabaret: Trans Women’s Secrets…REVEALED!, on tour at various points throughout 2013.

Gary Fembot was born in 1965 in the flatlands of Illinois. He headed for the hills of San Francisco in 1989. He is a late bloomer; since 1991, he has been making up for lost time by learning how to play music in bands (Sta-Prest, Feelings on a Grid, Puce Moment), performing in underground theater (Sick and Twisted Players), dj’ing (The Clap!), writing zines (Fembot), and producing short films (Mondo Bottomless, The Willows, AIDS Camp, Together People).

Malcolm Hamilton is a San Francisco-based writer, producer and performer who sings melodramatic torch songs over chintz acoustic & electronic backing. He draws inspiration from offensive showtunes, Weimar cabaret, bad disco, traditional folk, punk & post-punk, pompous avant garde electronic music, and he meshes it all together so as to ruin whatever fun the various components may have once had in their own right. He has collaborated with dozens of bands and artists in San Francisco, New York, Austin & Berlin since the 1990s. Currently, he is developing a long, rambling novel and an album of twelve accordion-based songs.

Bill Hsu works with real-time animation and sound synthesis systems. He is inspired by dynamic physical processes that result in complex visual and sonic phenomena, such as extreme weather patterns and extended techniques in reed instruments. He teaches and does research at San Francisco State University. Learn more about Hsu at

LOVEWARZ! is an art storytelling performance and creative collaborative featuring painting dance and fashion actions. It is a traveling show turning out audiences far and leaving mouths hanging wide.

Margaret Tedesco’s work includes performance, installation, photography, sculpture, and video. Tedesco has presented and collaborated with visual and performance artists, writers, and filmmakers for over 25 years. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Tedesco grew up in Los Angeles where movies are made; she lives and works in San Francisco.

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.