On the first Tuesday of each month, SOMArts Cultural Center presents The News, featuring 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, September 6, The News is guest-hosted by Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, and promises a night of interdisciplinary and experimental queer performance by Bay Area artists!
Don’t miss this night featuring the legendary and the soon to be legendary performers: Ah-Mer-A Su, Andrew Sheets, tatiana luboviski-acosta, Tyler Holmes, and Gina DeVries!
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. Artists interested in performing as a “wild card” at The News in the future can find more information here.
Ah-Mer-Ah-Su is a multidisciplinary artist. She showcases the spiritual and physical evolution of what it means to be human. Her ancestral connection is strong. She is a Siren Witch Poptronic Princess.
Andrew Sheets, with the stage name of Meredeath, is a performance artist and filmmaker practicing in the Bay Area for the past six years. Within the genre of horror he explores gendered roles in cinema and often plays multiple parts to make up a dreaded narrative. Turning himself inside-out to reveal her blood-glistening raw form. You’ll find her as the monster under your bed or the unsuspecting virgin atop the mattress. The final girl or the knife itself. Please check out his feature length film, Alone Not Alone, to see as one single body is surreally dipped and dragged through its own living space as the fourth installment to Roman Polanski’s ‘Apartment Triology.’ Visit AloneNotAlone.com.
tatiana luboviski-acosta is an artist from california, working primarily with and between movement and language. work has been shown &/or performed at places such as human resources in los angeles, land and sea in oakland, & artists’ television access in san francisco; a chapbook, pdf, was published by solar luxuriance in 2014. in 2013, they were the artist-teacher in residence at the now defunct a free school in los angeles. along with elana chavez, they are a founding curator of the cantíl reading series.
Tyler Holmes is a dead girl living in Oakland. Their music is about exorcising the traumas experienced by QTPOC in the dogmatic and nightmare dimension we live in. In an increasingly electronic, aggressive, haunted tone. Using the human voice as a backbone by sampling, looping and contorting it to mirror the human presence in our increasingly computerized world.
Gina DeVries, a queer, femme, genderqueer, disabled writer, writing instructor, and cultural worker, is author of the forthcoming book How To Have A Body, founder & facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, founder & curator of queer disabled performance troupe Body of Work, a core cast & advisory member of Still Here San Francisco, founder & former co-curator of the Girl Talk performance series, former head curator of San Francisco in Exile, a member of the Advisory Board at The Center for Sex & Culture, and a proud alumna of St. James Infirmary. She’s performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms to the Ivy Leagues, and hir writing has been anthologized dozens of places, from the poetic to the pornographic (recent publications include Quiet Lightning’s sparkle + blink, Foglifter, and Sex Still Spoken Here). She holds a Master’s in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s available for publication, readings, workshops, performances, porn, and dates. Ze’s @queershoulder on most social media, and you can find out lots more at howtohaveabody.tumblr.com
Photo credits: AH-Mer-AH-Su, Andrew Sheets aka Meredeath, tatiana luboviski-acosta, and Gina DeVries all courtesy of the artists, and Tyler Holmes by Angi Ahlers.