The News: Fresh, Queer Performance

What: The News

When: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 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 critical feedback follows the performances.

The September edition of The News features performances by Alexander Alvina Chamberland, Ryan Crowder, Philip Huang, Evan Johnson, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Daniel Redman, Matt Siegel, Liz Tenuto, and September’s guest host, Peter Max Lawrence, standing in for creator, curator and host Kolmel WithLove.

Alexander Alvina Chamberland is a “queerfemme-inist” performance poet. Originally hailing from Northern California, Chamberland is now based in Sweden and has performed in cities like New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Copenhagen, San Francisco and Stockholm. “The revolutionary audacious fruition of the strength, knowledge and broader empathy gained from swimming through quicksand not sinking or taking the straight road to status quo. Do not fear the abyss. Do not fear bliss” is an audio-collection of 21 of their poems available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Spotify. The recording explores a vast variety of themes, such as capitalism, money, beauty standards, questioning the heteronormative, objectification, suicide, femme-activism, homo and transphobia, sex workers rights, family, sexual assault and harassment, and anarchist resistance and liberation.

Ryan Crowder is an avid crocheter and sewer, creating interpretations of the world that challenge ideas about masculinity and sometimes just look cute. He is also a DJ. He shares creative output over social media as well as likes, dislikes, music mixes and kitty pictures. Reach him on Twitter (@crowderism) or visit http://about.me/ryancrowder.

Philip Huang is the founder of the Home Theater Festival.

Evan Johnson is an actor, playwright and physical theater artist living in San Francisco, CA. His performance work incorporates character and personage as well as story and text experiments, movement, improvisation and masks. As a teacher, Evan has worked with high school aged students, children grades K-5 and adults. His teaching pedagogy incorporates elements of clown, improvisation and body-based practices, such as finding characters in the body (movements) of each performer.

Evan is a proud graduate of The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA (2006). He co-founded The IT Speaks Project with Jamie Van Camp in 2006 and The 11.11 Art Group with Ernesto Sopprani in 2010. Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, Evan has performed his outrageous female character, Martha T. Lipton (the failed actress) at bars and parties. Martha T. Lipton performs “acts of theatre” in nightclubs and prefers to project rather than use a microphone.

Currently, Evan is working with the New Conservatory Theatre Center, in their exclusive Emerging Artist Program, where he will premiere his newest full-length solo work  PANSY, in 2012. He is currently researching solo performance modalities and experimenting with images and texts related to childhood, sexuality and make-believe. Visit www.evanjohnsonperformance.com.

Laura Hyunjhee Kim is an intermedia artist working with video, performance, photography and drawing. Quoting and re-contextualizing references from autobiographical anecdotes and art history to mass media as source material, Kim often incorporates absurd (deadpan) puns and ironic and subversive humor within her work that surfaces through the disjunctures in language, text and gesture. She has had solo exhibitions in Blue Mountain, New York and Madison, Wisconsin and has been in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Kim received her B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and her M.F.A. from the New Genres department, San Francisco Art Institute, in 2012. Kim currently resides and works in San Francisco, California.

Peter Max Lawrence is an artist, filmmaker and “in[ve]stigator.” Born in Topeka, adopted soon thereafter and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, he currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. Over the course of his life and career, 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 SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency exhibition AT WAR with artist and poet Truong Tran.

“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 under sculptor Ian McDonald, 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 and is developing a slew of collaborations with other musicians, artists and writers. View his work at www.petermaxlawrence.com.

Daniel Redman is a GLAAD Media Award-nominated journalist whose work has appeared in The Advocate, The Nation, Slate, The American Prospect, and The New Republic. Since he read “Leaves of Grass” in 2005, Redman has been setting it to chanted song. So far, he has set thirty-two poems, including the entire first chapter and several from “Song of Myself” and “Calamus.” This project has been profiled in Tablet, the San Francisco Bay Times, and on LambdaLiterary.org. For more information, visit singingwhitman.tumblr.com.

Liz Tenuto is a student and teacher of feel good movement. In San Francisco, she has performed with Laura Arrington, Erika Tsimbrovsky/Avy K Productions, Anne Bluethenthal and Scott Wells among others. She also teaches dance to teens and youth at The San Francisco Friends School and ODC School and works collaboratively to mount her own projects.