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, March 1, The News draws focus on queer exceptionality through humor, absurdity, and excess. Guest curated by Emily K. Holmes and featuring Mia Satya, John Cartwright and Mica Sigourney, Minji Sohn, Kiyan “Kiki” Williams aka Mx Sula, and wild card KVNDRY SINGS, the performers take on displacement from social norms in revelatory and exploratory ways to expand past the failure to fit in.
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.
Emily is a San Francisco-based writer whose interests include queer and feminist art, particularly focusing on technology, photography, and performance art. Her academic research centers on the racialized and gendered body’s mediation through photographic technologies. Emily holds a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and a BA in Visual Arts from The Evergreen State College. She is currently a contributor for Art Practical and KQED Arts, and a 2015 recipient of the Art Writing Workshop with the Arts Writers Grant program and International Art Critics Association.
Mia Satya is a community organizer, activist, public speaker and policy analyst by day. On the weekends she emerges as Mia Tu Mutch the MC, comedian, and part time model. As the Director at Transitional Age Youth San Francisco Ms. Satya provides platforms for young people to engage in conversations with City Departments to inform policy decisions that impact their lives. She simultaneously serves on the the Department of Children Youth and Their Families Oversight and Advisory Committee, the Mayor’s Taskforce on Human Trafficking Child Sex Trafficking Subcommittee, and recently founded All Out the LGBTQ+ Political Pipeline to inspire, train, and connect the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. You might have seen Mia featured in several speaking tours including the Equality Ride, Vanguard Queer History Tour, or MCing events like Trans March or Femme Conference. Mia is also the first transsexual to be selected to participate in Emerge California, the premiere political training program for women. Mia Satya is coming soon to a ballot near you!
John Foster Cartwright is a San Francisco based artist working in performance and new media. His work navigates relationships that are social, romantic, sexual, and political. Most recently he has been found preforming with Nicole Kidman is Fucking Gorgeous, and is a frequent collaborator in the San Francisco nightlife, in addition to DJ’ing under the name John Fucking Cartwright. John received his bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Point Park University and Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and currently day jobs making other peoples art.
Mica Sigourney is a performance artist, drag queen, curator, gogo dancer, instigator, emcee, and nightlife enthusiast. Utilizing 15 years of performance training Sigourney creates drag numbers, performance installations, gogo happenings, and theater pieces that ride the tension between artifice/construct and vulnerability/authenticity. Sigourney took part in the danceWEB scholarship in 2014 and has a degree in art from Antioch University. He founded OX in 2008, and has curated, produced works and collaborations with the organization since that time.
Minji Sohn is a Korean artist currently living and working in Oakland, CA. She was born in 1990 in Yokohama, Japan, and was raised in Korea and Canada. Sohn graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts in 2012. During her interdisciplinary studies there, she was able to explore a wide array of mediums including painting, ceramics, and sound. She received her M.F.A. in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 2015. The obsessive, repetitive nature of Sohn’s current performative work illustrates an attempt to control and the inherent failure existing within this attempt. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Again, and Again, and Again, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… 100, 2291 3rd St., San Francisco; Green Pigment, Daejeon Eegong Gallery, Daejeon, South Korea; Present Tense 2015: Future Perfect, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco; and Bang!, Bass & Reiner Gallery, San Francisco.
Kiyan “Kiki” Williams aka Mx Sula is a multidisciplinary performance artist born in Newark, New Jersey. They use their body, installation, storytelling, and movement to investigate culture, history, memory, and identity. In the belly of the stories they tell are rituals of remembering and healing. Kiki has performed at La Mama Experimental Theater Club, SFMOMA, Orpheum Theater (Graz, Austria), Stanford University, and more. Currently, Kiki is a resident artist in Destiny Art Center’s Queer Emerging Artist Residency in Oakland, CA. To see what they’re up to follow them on Instagram (lifeisakiki) or visit their website.
KVNDRY SINGS is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and bel canto trained countertenor who performs his own compositions using voice, electronics, and sometimes piano. Themes of the work are melancholic and occult, with nods to the great depressed composers of the past such as Henry Purcell and John Dowland as well as more contemporary vocal experimentalists.
KVNDRY does music for and is a regular collaborator with the dancer Justin Morrison. He is also a veteran performance artist, video maker, and sound installation artist whose work has appeared at Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MIX Experimental Film Festival and many, many extremely impressive alternative art venues and institutions around the world.
Pictured: Mica Sigourney by Robbie Sweeny (image from BOATS); Emily K. Holmes by Emily White; Mia Satya by Arkansassy; Minji Sohn courtesy of the artist; Kiyan “Kiki” Williams aka Mx Sula by Fulana De Tal; KVNDY SINGS courtesy of the artist