Director’s Tour of the 11th National Queer Arts Festival
Queer Cultural Center begins the second decade of its National Queer Arts Festival by shaking things up and twisting them around! This year, we open the festival on June 1st with our international art exhibition, Making Room for Wonder. We’re going on hiatus with the QBall this year and having some “Wonder-filled” performances during this visual arts opening at SomArts. Mighty Mistress of Ceremonies, the enchanting Heklina, will steer you toward the next happening.
And we got all of yer LGBT arts right here!
Consider these hot “L’s:” Deep Lez, film & performances at El Rio, The Mani Pedi Cabaret at SomArts, Remembering June Jordan, a tribute from past members of Poetry for the People, and Sara Seinberg’s Show & Tell.
Our “G” rocks with our first ever Men’s Music Festival curated by Qcc’s own Blackberri; a writers’ conference and performance by GuyWriters; Armistead Maupin reads at Radar; Kirk Read unveils his sorta solo show with musician Jeff Mooney, This is the Thing. Kirk & Zak Zymanskyi curate The New Brotherhood, bringing together Gay men and transmen to forge a fresh approach to masculinity.
“B” too! Susannah Layton assembles artists for a truly bi-licious art exhibition & performance on the second floor of The Center on June 7th.
And “T” will blow your mind. Including: 2008 Fresh Meat Festival, TransForming Community with curator Rocco Kayiatos )who, btw, has a new solo-ish show, Home-Made Super Hero). Storm Florez & seeley quest bring Trans as F©ck to the Festival; and Freeplay Dance Crew premieres a new multimedia piece.
This year’s Festival explores how queer artists fight against marginalization to take center stage while retaining an edgy identity. We kick off with LA and SF performers in Fringes, Margins & Borders curated by Leo Garcia of Highways and Michelle Tea. Michelle also explores that topic in her lit series The Outsiders and Mattilda returns with That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies to Resist Assimilation.
Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley release Criminal Queers! A Night of Performance, Protest & Abolition; Trilce Santana rounds up a talented band to present Border OUT, using the arts to explore queerness + immigration, while Insurgency: Mixed Queer Bodies brings powerful performances to the issues of mixed-race queers. Brent Armendinger’s Marginal Bodies: Illness, Disability, & Queer Community and Dwayne Calizo’s The Hazardous Waste Project study the isolating factors of illness/disease upon our community.
As for music; in addition to the Men’s Music Festival, the Spectacular Spectacular, a fashion/rock . . . spectacular; Queer Control Records’ Pass the Torch Tour hits El Rio and ExitSign: A Rock Opera and A Queer Night at the Opera mix up that genre!
Rally the Troupes meets Hogwarts Express for big fun and you can expect serious comedy from Marga Gomez in an all-new Marga and More Boys featuring Ali Mafi, Ronn Vigh and Thai Rivera.
We hope you enjoy this packed festival, our largest ever!
2008 NQAF STAFF
Pamela Peniston – Artistic Director
Information about the Festival please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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