The Twelfth Annual National Queer Arts Festival, presented by the Queer Cultural Center, kicks off with a whirlwind of events at SOMArts this weekend.
Friday, June 5, 7:30pm
With pop-cultural appropriation of Blackness and the legacy of cotton production under slavery, how do Black queer and trans folks imagine fashion as resistance? Thisway/Thatway (aka Stephanie Cooper) messily explores the junction of consumerism and activism in this intermedia spectacle of fashion, movement and video.
Saturday, June 6, 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Rally the Troupes 5: A Night of Savvy Political and Sexy Queer Performance!
Bay Area favorites are back for their fifth year of Rally the Troupes! Drew Montana, former Transformer and founder of CHUBB has rounded up an eclectic mix of drag kings, queens and burlesque artists from the Bay Area and beyond. From the powerful presence of the Bromatics to the hysterical stylings of Lil Miss Hot Mess, Rally the Troupes 5 is an event you won’t want to miss!
Sunday, June 7, 3:00pm
“Threads” Exhibition Opening
Join Queer Cultural Center and an amazing international group of talented visual/media artists for the opening of “Threads”. Threads is not just about fashion and costume, but also how queerness weaves the threads of our physical, moral and social existence into a multi-dimensional fabric of community and self. So fashion yourself high or low and don your hottest threads! There will be a photo booth and photographers to capture the fabulousness of it all, as well as music, performances, food and drink. Free.
Sunday, June 7, 7:00pm
San Francisco is Burning!—Special Benefit for QCC
Queer Cultural Center enters the world of fabulous fashion with its first ever Benefit co-sponsored by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Join celebrity judges and special guests at this fierce competition for prizes and bragging rights in this fun evening of fashion, music and flash. Tickets are $20–$50. Purchase of a $50 ticket enters you to win the glittering golden Festival Pass and other special prizes. Come out for big fun and have a ball at “San Francisco is Burning”!