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, October 6, The News is curated by Kolmel W Love and features Dazié Rustin Grego, Frida Precariat, Tre Natro, Leloo Levay, and Horehound Stillpoint.
Tonight we bring you The News in its raw, energetic, hard rocking, sissy strutting glory. October’s The News brings together an eclectic and very talented group of artists whose work truly spans the queer map: death metal/folk fusion, political dances, sissy poetry, performance character driven music and a new humorous breed of the triple threat. What happens when you take five artists who would normally never share a stage, and cram them into one spectacular show? Find out. – Curator and host Kolmel W Love
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.
Kolmel W Love is the creator of The News. Part event producer and part artist, their work, collaborations and events root themselves in archetypes, drag, the romance of history and the role of humor. Their films have screened in a variety of settings including Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art and in the book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.” W Love 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.
Dazié Rustin Grego is a Bay Area based performance artist, poet, dancer and activist. His work is often described as being unapologetic grounded and thought provoking. He began as a writer who became compelled to share his work using his own voice. After performing as a spoken word artist for a decade he collaborated with and joined TheDeepDickolective one the nations first Black Gay Hip-Hop group. In 2005 he attended New College San Francisco’s Experimental Performance Institute where he was able to hone his skills as an artist acquiring a degree in Performance Poetry with an emphasis on Queer Activism. It is Dazié intention to create work that is rooted in poetry but stretches the imagination of both himself as an artist but those of the audience to see how far poetry can take us.
Frida Precariat (born Idalia Isadora Buddington) is a New York native who currently resides in San Francisco. After studying modern-to-postmodern dance and the history of social movements at Hampshire College in New England, she devised this performance character who sings and often incorporates live video. Frida’s past 4 records have been praised all over the blogosphere, and her upcoming album will be the first ever recorded in an actual studio.
Frida hopes to make it big enough to shine some light in dark places and to truly “free” the precariat.
Tre Natro is an MC/ performing artist who uses music/spoken word/comedy as a means to inspire and mobilize. He currently lives in Oakland and loves: his family, fitness, and making people laugh. Check out his Instagram for comedy videos: x3natro.
Leeloo Levay currently residing in Oakland. Solo singer songwriter playing a 7 string acoustic bass, vocals a mixture of dark and angsty grunge with a bit of death metal and folk. Recently on a North America tour playing locations in USA and Canada. Leeloo started a facebook group called Transmusic that is about posting transgender, gender queer, other musicians and sharing their music. Leeloo has recorded a live album, a demo, and is gearing up for a new concept album about horror movies, death, murders titled “The Kepper of Secrets.”
Horehound Stillpoint is a writer, living in San Francisco since 1976. He was a slam poet in the 90′s, representing the City in the 1996 and 1997 nationals. His one-act plays captured sold out audiences at the S. F. Fringe Festivals of 2000 and 2001. The single poem mini-book, Reincarnation Woes, written by Stillpoint and illustrated by KRK Ryden, found publication with Kapow! Press. His poetry has been taught at Harvard and performed by teenagers in high school workshops.
The first Sissy Spit, a male offshoot of Michelle Tea’s touring company called Sister Spit, included Stillpoint. He is also one of the few performers asked to tell three different stories on three different themes at Porchlight, the series curated by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte, presented at Cafe Du Nord, then at The Verdi Club. His work can be found in anthologies such as Poetry Nation, Bullets & Butterflies, Sex Still Spoken Here, Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache, Roughed Up, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, and I Do, I Don’t.
Furthermore, Horehound Stillpoint ended up being the first spoken word artist to read at Under the Dome in the S. F. City Hall, causing a stir as the politicos nearly tripped over their feet scurrying to leave the premises, before they heard any more about who has the biggest balls West of the Mississippi and what it would take to start saving the world. The piece was less than one minute long.
Currently, Stillpoint is the official mascot of Perverts Put Out, the longest running queer erotic spoken word series in the history of San Francisco.
Pictured: Dazié Rustin Grego, Frida Precariat, Tre Natro, Leloo Levay, and Horehound Stillpoint. All photos courtesy of the artists.