The News - An Evening of Fresh, Queer Performance
San Francisco, CA
What: The News special edition This Is What I Hate
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 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 artist-led critical feedback follows the performances.
This June The News features performers selected by the hosting duo Philip Huang and Peter Max Lawrence on their chosen curatorial theme, “This Is What I Hate.” Performing artists include Philip Anderson, Jaime Cortez, Tessa Fleming, Carletta Sue Kay, Michelle L. Morby, Daniel Redman, Phatima Rude, Kevin Seaman, Irrelevant Transmission and Kolmel WithLove.
“In the year 2013 the seemingly tightly knit queer performance art community of the Bay Area is tearing at the seams, a turbulent community in conflict: ‘experimental’ dancers vs. ‘dancy’ dancers, social commentators vs. drag queens, aesthetics vs. politics. What the people need now is a comedic roast and to embrace the below-the-surface turmoil.” — Peter Max Lawrence
Artists interested in performing at The News can find more information here.
Philip Anderson became a writer because he noticed he drank often and thought that the only respectable profession that required drinking was authorship. He occasionally works as a bartender, too. He holds a degree in creative writing from New School University in New York where he was a Riggio scholar and an editor for the award-winning student journal “12th Street.” After living in New York for nearly a decade, he returned to his hometown of San Francisco. He spends his free time walking around the city when his medication works, and watching Netflix when it doesn’t. He is single.
Jaime Cortez is a Bay Area writer, visual artist and occasional performer. His short stories have been included in over a dozen anthologies, and are distinguished for their sensuality and tragicomic plots. His visual art has been exhibited across Bay Area art spaces including the Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and Galería de la Raza.
Tessa Fleming recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Performing Arts & Social Justice. She performs as a drag queen (or faux queen) around the Bay Area under the name Missy Lightweight. Tessa was honored to receive an AIRspace residency at The Garage performance space where she will continue to create and perform her work, including making her piece “#whitegirlproblems” full-length. For more information about her upcoming performances please follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @tessamaurice.
Philip Huang is the founder of the Home Theater Festival and the author of A Pornography of Grief.
Carletta Sue Kay plays sad and at times poppy music. Singer-Songwriter Randy Walker, donning a frumpy dress and wig as Carletta, calls it, “Soppy music…bring a biscuit!”
With music gravitating towards the sadder side of life, lamenting much, regretting more, Carletta Sue Kay, armed with a rich, multi-octave singing range many have compared to Marianne Faithful and even Johanna Newsome, has performed and captured audiences all around the world.
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.
Michelle L. Morby was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was adopted and soon moved to the United States. She is a multi-media based artist who uses photography, video, installation, food, sound and performance. The various subjects she explores in her work range from autobiographical themes and scientific theories to mythology. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally from Argentina to Iceland. Most recently she created an endurance timed-based piece while participating in the Reykjavik Marathon. She currently lives in the Bay Area.
Daniel Redman is an optimistic and friendly homosexual who lives in San Francisco. He likes a lot of things, and he thinks of himself as a relatively glass-half-full kind of girl, but he really truly hates that late-90’s Canadian one-hit-wonder Sixpence None The Richer. He’d rather listen to a screaming cat than spend even a minute with their terrible terrible hit single “Kiss Me”–– even if it did reach #1 in Canada. What weirdos. So, Daniel will be singing “Kiss Me” at The News in June. Which means he spent time memorizing the lyrics, learning the melody, and hating every second of it. Please boo.
Phatima Rude, a drag child of Micheal Angelo, was born as a performer in 1989 in the San Francisco club scene.
Kevin Seaman is a multimedia artist who fuses DIY and internet meme-based aesthetics with his queer identity and community mindset, resulting in performance, video and visual art that engages, excites and amuses audiences. Kevin was a founding member of The Living Room, a live/work art collective in South Berkeley that specialized in curating immersive artistic experiences. His short film “SILENCE=FILTH,” a sex education video featuring four mimes, was presented at FRAMELINE35 and has been featured on several LGBTQ blogs. His persona Dr. Zebrovski, a dance psychic, has generated over 26,000 hits on YouTube and “Dr. Zebrovski’s HOUR OF POWER,” a live performance exploring commercialism and the occult will be restaged July 26, 27 and 28, 2013 at CounterPULSE after sold out performances at The Garage in 2012. His drag persona, LOL McFiercen, was crowned Miss Some Thing Has Talent 2012 as well as Corn Dog Queen 2013. He has been commissioned by THEOFFCENTER and RADAR Productions and was a recipient of Endeavor Foundation for the Arts’ inaugural grantmaking cycle. For more information, visit SeamanArt.com.
Irrelevant Transmission is a video artist who moonlights as a DJ in the San Francisco underground. They prefer to remain anonymous.
Kolmel WithLove is the creator of The News. WithLove curates, builds cameras and costumes, collaborates with other artists, makes films, and performs. Her films have screened in a variety of settings including Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art, RAID Projects and in the book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.”
WithLove 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.
Pictured above: Peter Max Lawrence, photo by VCrown; Philip Huang