What: The News: Fresh, Queer Performance
When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30–9pm, house opens at 7pm.
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: $5 admission. Advance tickets: http://thenewsperformance.eventbrite.com
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.
March guest curators KB Boyce and Celeste Chan offer a mini-smorgasbord of Queer Rebels programs: Queer Harlem, SPIRIT: Queer AAPI, Artivism, and Exploding Lineage experimental films. The evening includes curated performances by Star Amerasu, Jeepneys, Lambert Moss, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Miss Persia and MOON RAY RA. Wild cards joining the line-up are Naomi Fearn and Marc Seestaedt.
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.
Star Amerasu has been a performer from the womb. This young, intelligent woman started out telling stories. Learning to read and write at just two years old, this child began her performing life, reading books aloud. Amerasu began singing as a child, in primary school choir. She went to a fine arts academy for high school, and later attended Cornish College of the Arts on a scholarship. She then left the school and landed in San Francisco. She has performed many different roles, crossing gender boundaries. Look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
Jeepneys is the musical and performance alias of Anna Luisa Petrisko, who uses science fiction in her work to broaden our imagination across literal and figurative borders and perform postcolonial critique. Jeepneys is named after the colorful and iconic public transportation vehicles that populate the Philippine islands, originating from discarded U.S. WWII army jeeps. In the spirit of that reinvention, Jeepneys uses earthly materials to create otherworldly sounds and art, manifesting “electro Pinayism waves” that travel beyond our known borders. She is constantly traveling through space, seeking the wisdom of the cosmos, and exploring the infinite possibilities to heal through art and music.
Petrisko has exhibited at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and MOMA PS1, and was one of the artists commissioned to perform for The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: LA Modern Architecture. She has toured the United States and Europe as a solo performer (Jeepneys) several times. She is also one half of the performance and installation duet Mother Popcorn, along with artist Adee Roberson, and a member of an all women of color artist group, Black Salt Collective. She resides in Val Verde, CA, where she spends much of her time star-gazing and listening to the songs of the coyotes and owls.
Naomi Fearn and Marc Seestaedt are two Berlin based freelance artists who in their off time take to the ukulele and obscure mini-synths to sing songs about the strange reasons people go into particle physics, the sexual proclivities of certain Russian leaders and doing naughty things to Helen Mirren look-alikes. More: naomifearn.blogspot.com
Lambert Moss hails from New York City, where he drew inspiration from his time in musical theater and from some of the fiercest drag queens ever. He is now happy to call San Francisco his adopted home. In San Francisco he has performed at CounterPULSE in “Precious Drop” with the Jaara Dance Project and sung back up at The Rrazz Room for a wide range of acts, including Justin Bond. You can see Lambert on select friday nights at “SOME THING” belting it out and making his drag mom David GLAMAMORE proud.
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: lauraonsale.com
Miss Persia has been shaking her little booty in San Francisco for 4 years. She is an internet drag star of the gentrification music video Google Google Apps Apps. You can catch her performing at Esta Noche, and online at soundcloud.com/persi415 and facebook.com/BlackGlitterWorld.
MOON RAY RA is a collaboration and collage of experimental sound, text, and image. MOON RAY RA creates “space/time/travel” with KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, founders of Queer Rebels.
KB Boyce is a two-spirit musician whose adventures have brought hir from teenage punk band appearances at CBGB in NY, to B-grade horror movies in LA, and on to solo drag king blues performance as TuffNStuff in San Francisco. KB pays Afropunk homage to African-American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art.
Celeste Chan is an Asian “artivist” and queer femme (you read that right). You can catch her new work in 2014 at CAAMFest (formerly known as San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), Queer Women of Color Film Festival, the San Francisco Public Library and beyond! More: www.celestechan.com
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.
ABOUT QUEER REBELS
Artists KB Boyce and Celeste Chan founded Queer Rebels in 2008. Their vision: to break down doors for queer artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future. Find out more about Queer Rebels: www.queerrebels.com and www.facebook.com/QRProductions
Image courtesy of Jeepneys and Queer Rebels Productions