Pre-internet, post-disco, a new generation of old school queers share their stories about coming out as young dykes of color outside of big city life. We’ll be rolling back the years to a time when Gay Straight Alliances were not a thing in our towns and when Yahoo and Google were just silly words. Prepare for night of multimedia performance, poetry and provocation set to commemorate and celebrate our young Dyke Codes of communication, the secret language of the queer experience outside of the big city bubble.
Afro-Creek teaching performance artist and activist Ramona “Mona” Webb serves as the Associate Artistic Director of The Queer Cultural Center. For nine years Mona served as Slammaster of San Francisco and as the Host of San Francisco’s The City Poetry Slam. Mona is a conservatory trained artist who writes and performs in docu-ritual drama theater and is currently a graduate student at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and Chichester University in Chichester, England perusing dual MFA degrees’s in Theater Performance Making. Her current one woman show “How to Catch a Rapist in 12 Parts”, chronicles her journey to seeking justice for a rape that took place 20 years ago. As as an artist Ramona seeks to create new plat forms for artistic expression, activism and education in all that she produces.
StormMiguel Florez is a Xicanx trans singer-songwriter and filmmaker from the SF Bay Area via Albuquerque, New Mexico. His Southwest desert roots are deep and are a muse for his songs about family, death, loss, love, and your basic scorpionic woes. Those same roots have currently become an inspiration for his upcoming film, The Whistle, a documentary film that will tell the story of a secret code created by and shared among young dykes in 1980s Albuquerque as a means of self-identification and finding community.
Dawn Rudd. Inspired by music, movement, nature and ritual; contemporary abstract artist and poet Dawn Rudd creates with passion and vitality creating work that both engages and transfixes the viewer. Born in Connecticut, nurtured by a family of musicians, writers, artists and educators, Dawn studied at UMASS/Amherst and Parsons The New School for Design in New York City before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Although best known as an abstract painter and collagist, Dawn writes with passion, urgency and intensity. Both subtle and profound, this prolific artists’ body of work is alive, complex and arresting.