The News: Fresh Queer Performance NQAF Preview, May 6

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What: The News, an evening of queer performance

When: Tuesday, May 6, 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.

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This May The Queer Cultural Center (QCC) collaborates with The News to preview upcoming shows to be held at various locations as part of the 17th National Queer Arts Festival in June 2014: “The Cha Cha Files” with Maya Chinchilla, “Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up” with Jasmine Le Blanc and Sabaa Westbrooks, “515 Clues: A Kabbalistic Collabaret” with Nomy Lamm, and “Topsy Turvy Queer Circus” with Lauretta Dolch and Toni Cannon. Kevin Seaman of QCC joins WithLove as the evening’s co-host.

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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.


Toni Cannon’s passion for movement all started when he was doing a yoga teacher training in Davis, California. Feeling like he needed more, he moved to Oakland where he found the Athletic Playground and fell in love with the circus.

Maya Chinchilla is a Bay area-based writer, video artist, educator and author of The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética (Kórima Press June 2014). As a Central American, Latina femme, she writes and performs poetry drawn from these distinct intersections and is genuine in her exploration of historical memory, heartbreak, tenderness, and the fight for justice. Her work has been described as sassy, witty, performative, self-aware, and honest. Her work draws on a tradition of truth-telling and poking fun at the very wounds onto which we hold.

Lauretta Dolch grew up in Ithaca, New York and arrived in Oakland two years ago. For the past few years she has occupied herself as an artist, bartender, and gardener. She is thrilled to have discovered the world of circus where she can finally put her love of being upside down to use.

Nomy Lamm is a writer, performer, musician and voice teacher whose experimental novel, 515 Clues, is finally making its way out of her imagination and into the world. Nomy has co-written, co-produced and performed in original queer musicals including The Transfused in 2000, Dr. Frockrocket’s Menagerie and Medicine Show in 2001, and last year’s White Lies at the NQAF. She performs regularly with Sins Invalid, an organization that creates work about disability, sexuality and social justice, and played Pansy in DavEnd’s Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes aka F.A.G.G.O.T.S.: The Musical!

Lamm is passionate about helping people access their authentic voice through Singing As Social Justice workshops, private voice lessons, creative coaching, and writing workshops. She directed the Stonewall Youth drag cabaret in 2007 and the Sins Invalid Artists In Resident Program in 2009, and has been a voice teacher at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and a creative writing teacher at the San Francisco County Jail. She writes a regular advice column for Make/Shift magazine, and has been published in anthologies including

Fist of the Spiderwoman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, and Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation. She received an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from San Francisco State University in 2012, and is a recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant in literature for 2013-2014.

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Jasmine Le Blanc is a proud transplant from Inglewood California. She is a student studying Community Mental Health. Besides working in community, she is a hype woman, drag performer, and dancer. She is loud and silly and loves making others laugh without trying. She believes in healing through performing.

Sabaa Westbrooks is a product of the diaspora who is gender neutral, vegan and a Bay Area native. Westbrooks was raised by an undercover black nationalist so undercover that he doesn’t even know it and a super woman that had all the answers. Westbrooks loves to cook and eat and loves to love both the tough and soft kind.

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.

Four performances for The News on May 7, 2013 showcase work by artists who are part QCC’s Creating Queer Community program, which gives artists fundraising, marketing and development support and commissions to create new work for the annual National Queer Arts Festival and year-round Healthy Communities programs. If you would like to learn more about QCC or the Creating Queer Community program, please visit

Nomy Lamm pictured, photo by Caldwell Linker