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, November 3, The News is guest curated by Peter Max Lawrence and features Carletta Sue Kay, Daniel Redman, AIDS (Philip Huang & Khalil Sullivan), Jeremy Endo, and Club Meds.
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.
Peter Max Lawrence is a content-maker. Born in Topeka; adopted soon thereafter and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, he currently lives and works in Lucas, Kansas. Over the course of his life, he has created a large and diverse body of work, exploring a wide variety of approaches, media and themes. Lawrence’s visual art, performances and videos have been presented internationally in venues ranging from basement bathrooms to major museums. Among some recent works of note are The Battle of the Last Goodbye, a massive installation composed of thousands of paintings, videos and sculptures situated among a collaborative two-person exhibition titled AT WAR with artist and poet Truong Tran at SOMArts, which was funded by the Commons Fund & Curatorial Residency. QUEER in KANSAS is his critically acclaimed autobiographical short film that screened at Frameline and several other international film festivals. The experimental short de Young, which was created while working as an artist-in-residence at the museum, was later featured on KQED’s Truly California. In addition he has also directed music videos for Carletta Sue Kay and Krystle Warren. Currently he is the curator for The One and Art Thieves as well as developing a slew of collaborations with other musicians, artists and writers.
Carletta Sue Kay vocalist Randy Walker is blessed with a four octave vocal range, and writes songs to melt the hearts of the most cynical. “Incongruent” (Kitten Charmer), Carletta’s debut full length, was released last Spring. Carletta Sue Kay has shared bills with the likes of Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Franz Ferdinand, Sparks, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Girls, The Fresh & Onlys and Kelley Stoltz. Walker can be heard on The Magnetic Field’s newest record Love at the Bottom of the Sea. “I love Carletta’s singing. She has an androgyny similar to Nina Simone. . . but without the bitterness” (Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields). “Mr. Walker is more in the realm of sweaty rock ‘n’ roll than torch songs” (New York Times). “Drag Queens lip synch, so don’t let the wigs fool you, this is one of the best vocalists you could ever hear live, the kind of singer that doesn’t even need a mic, the kind of singer that tugs at your heart strings. Great songs and a great band elevate Carletta Sue Kay to an extra-ordinary level of performance. Heart, Soul and Talent, on the grandest levels. I love Carletta Sue Kay” (Christopher Owens of Girls). “…Infinitely more touching than Antony” (Vogue Italia).
Daniel Redman is a composer and performer who lives in San Francisco. His ongoing project setting Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” to music has been covered by Lambda Literary, the Poetry Foundation, SF Weekly, and Tablet Magazine.
AIDS = Philip Huang & Khalil Sullivan
Philip Huang is the founder of the Home Theater Festival and the author of A Pornography of Grief.
Khalil Sullivan is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, playwright, and educator. Khalil is inspired by the expressive freedom and creativity that came out of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly multi-genre artists such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as the blues and folk traditions of the African-American working class. His vocal and song-writing influences include Tracy Chapman, Michael Jackson, and Bobby Mcferrin’s improvisational work with the voice orchestra. Khalil graduated with honors and awards from Princeton University in 2004. Besides working as a professional musician and composer, Khalil is a PhD candidate in English at University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently finishing a dissertation on the problems of authenticity in contemporary queer music performance in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught university level songwriting workshops and courses on American popular song and cultural studies in the 20th century.
Jeremy Endo is a New York conceptual artist, working on a project by project basis with Manga comics, internet imagery, and Eastern and Western pop cultural forms. He has spent the past year exploring how culture shapes and reflects our interpersonal relationships, involving ritual, communication, presentation, and the sharing of information and images. Jeremy’s practice is ambitious and involves a constant questioning of what he is doing and where he is going. He is not afraid to try new ways of making in effort to refine his ideas and think about the framework/lens through which he is collecting material and re-presenting it.
Club Meds is a band of faggots that are fed up with current faggotry. Three tops and a reckless bottom who want to fuck the taboos of queer punk dance barriers with the beef jerky that remains of Iggy Pop. We want to attack the gay delusions of hierarchy with the dance beats that culturally canonized our community decades ago.
Pictured: Jeremy Endo, Daniel Redman, Peter Max Lawrence, Carletta Sue Kay vocalist Randy Walker, Philip Huang, Khalil Sullivan, Club Meds. All photos courtesy of the artists.