Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance  //  July (2013)

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance // July (2013)

QUEER REBELS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE (2013)

Back by popular demand, Queer Rebels presents the Harlem Renaissance – provocative performance and films.

From Langston’s dreams deferred, to La Bentley’s gender bending Blues, we celebrate traditions of dissent and Queer Black Aesthetics. Join us as we reclaim history and the urgency of our voices.

SHOW INFO

PERFORMANCE DATES
July 5th – 6th, 2013 // 7:30pm

LOCATION
African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC)
762 Fulton St. SF, 94102

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Performances: $15-25 (No one turned away for lack of funds)

FILM DATE
July 7th, 2013 // 12:30pm

LOCATION
New Parkway Theater
474 24th St. Oakland, 94612

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Films: $7-10 sliding (No one turned away for lack of funds)

CURATORS + ABOUT THE SHOW

About Queer Rebels: Formed in late 2008 by KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, Queer Rebels showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. www.queerrebels.com and www.facebook.com/QRProductions

KB Boyce is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Queer Rebels. With more than 30 years of performance experience spanning both coasts, s/he is also known as TuffNStuff : Drag King of the Blues. TuffNStuff is a Two-spirit inspired by African American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art. www.kingtuffnstuff.com

Celeste Chan creates work born from Queer Diaspora through wit, words, and film. A Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) fellow, she has studied under revolutionary writers. Her films have screened across North America at MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, Frameline Intl LGBT Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, and National Queer Arts Festival, among others. She’s honored to be the Co-Founder of Queer Rebels. www.celestechan.com

ARTIST BIOS

Anthony Williams | Photo by Eplimade.com

Anthony Williams | Photo by Eplimade.com

Anthony Williams’ life and work was transformed by his first appearance with Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance at NQAF 2012. He’s the Artistic Director of The Iruke Project, a multimedia theater production company devoted to exposing and exploring issues of human potential and social justice. The Iruke Project’s “SHAFTED: The Blaqxsploitation Project”, an interactive variety show about Blaxploitation films, “urban renewal” and self-love, also debuted at this year’s NQAF.

Campbell X

Campbell X

Campbell X is a pioneer filmmaker, curator and artist whose work has been seen all over the world including in film festivals such as the MIX Experimental Queer Film Festival in New York; Frameline, the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and others.

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Carrie Leilam Love

Carrie Leilam Love

Carrie Leilam Love has an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University and has been published by Diner Journal and Intersection for the Arts. She blogs about fashion and culture at Ironing Board Collective, and works as a teaching artist for WritersCorps, a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. In her free time, she plays roller derby with the Bay Area Derby Girls and curates her soon-to-be renowned 80s boot collection.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Chris Evans is a multidisciplinary artist with an emphasis on sound and dance. Her interest is in interdisciplinary collaboration and improvisation and the potential for these collaborations to create artistic spaces for the play of imagination between artist and audience. Recent collaborations include Skin Talk, Skin Mood with Byb Chanel Bibene, Soil with Randee Paufve, Freedom Study with Sheena Johnson, Community Property with Ernest Jolly. She also plays cello with Ark of Bones and WaterSaw.

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Crystal Mason

Crystal Mason

After living in Berlin, Germany for 9 years, Crystal Mason returned to San Francisco to work for 11/2 years as the Executive Director at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts. In 2008 she co-produced and did the video for the multimedia theater piece Hey, Sailor. Her last project in Berlin was a two-year long European Union funded film project dealing with multi-dimensional discrimination faced by lesbians of color and immigrant lesbians in Berlin. From 1997-2001, Crystal co-owned and operated Schoko Café, a women’s art and culture center. In San Francisco from 1989-1995 Crystal was an AIDS activist and organizer working with ACT UP and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in the Women’s and Children’s Program. From 1993-1995 she was the co-founder and co-artistic director of Luna Sea Women’s Performance Space. Crystal was also a regular behind the scenes and in front of the camera on Electric City Queer TV for several years. For the last 3 years Crystal has managed the art gallery at Black and Blue Tattoo.

Enajite Pela

Enajite Pela

Enajite Pela is a Queer, Nigerian and Black, disabled, musician, filmmaker, and storyteller. While primarily a musician, she navigates art mediums to tell stories that break down systems oppression and show the beauty of black bodies, disabled bodies, and queer identities.

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Indira Allegra

Indira Allegra

A former Lambda Literary Fellow, Indira Allegra was recently interviewed by BBC Radio for a forthcoming segment on poetry in the Bay Area. Her work explores forms of queer intimacy, text, trauma and racial identity through performance, video works and handwoven textiles. She has contributed work to 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary LGTB Authors, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought and make/shift Magazine among others. Indira has performed and screened work with Queer Rebels, Mangos with Chili, The Yellow House Project and Peacock Rebellion. Her experimental videopoems have screened internationally. In the Bay Area, Indira’s textile works have shown at the Alter Space and College Avenue Galleries. She is currently completing her first collection of poems entitled Indigo Season. www.indiraallegra.com

Ahmunet Jessica Jordan

Ahmunet Jessica Jordan

Ahmunet Jessica Jordon is a queer poet, writer, educator, and performer from the east coast. She co-created the queer Black feminist story-telling group Griot Noir performing personal cultural narratives with a unique flavor of spoken word, lyricism and song. Ahmunet’s main focuses are punchy poetic prose narratives investigating the somatic experience of love, space, and spirituality, which can be found in her chapbook SALTY. She received her MFA in writing and consciousness from The California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Jezebel Delilah

Jezebel Delilah

Jezebel Delilah X is a queer, Black, femme performance artist, writer, filmmaker, and teacher. She is co-host of the East Bay Open Mic, Culture Fuck, a member of the story-telling performance troupe, Griot Noir, and one of the founding members of Deviant Type Press. She has been published in The Womynist, is a featured writer for Black Girl Dangerous, and has written/directed/produced two films that have screened in the Queer Women Of Color Film Festival. She uses a combination of performative memoir, theatrical poetry, and feminist storytelling to combat capitalism and patriarchy and advance her politix of radical love, socioeconomic justice, anti-racism, and community empowerment. She holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Mills College, where she focused on Young Adult Fiction and Memoir Writing.

Joshua Merchant

Joshua Merchant

Joshua Merchant is a writer, activist, and native of East Oakland. Combining a masterful eye for detail, startling vulnerability, and unflinching courage, Joshua explores queer issues, black identity, and the complexities of their intersection. In 2011, he won the title of Youth Speaks champion and represented the Bay Area at Brave New Voices. Later that year, he became the Berkeley Slam’s youngest Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representative. He continues to work with Youth Speaks, as well as “I Go,” a non-profit youth poetry organization, and has performed at the Davis Symphony Hall, the Warfield, and venues across the country. Joshua is one of the great young voices of slam. www.joshuamerchant.tumblr.com

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Kortney Ryan Ziegler

Kortney Ryan Ziegler

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an award-winning filmmaker and scholar. Their work has screened across the United States and in England, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, and The Netherlands. They also completed a dissertation in African American Studies from Northwestern University. Their film hokum: draws on ideas of sex, gender, and black masculinity and a soundtrack by queer Harlem artists such as Gladys Bentley and Ma Rainey, to ask of its audience: what does it mean to take pleasure when viewing the queer black female body?

Ms. Lady Vagina Jenkins

Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins

Since 2003, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been gracing stages from London to Paris, and Kentucky with her sensually charged brand of classic burlesque. The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins uses African American vernacular dance, the conventions of vaudeville and lowbrow theatre as well as feminist/ queer performance techniques to create art that defies audience expectations and re-defines the boundaries of the modern art making process. The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been called “Atlanta’s Best Burlesque Dancer”, a “big, bold and beautiful treasure.“ Critics have called her “Sophisticated,” “Complex,” and “Unique.” No matter the adjective, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins is sure to knock your stockings off! www.vaginajenkins.comwww.vaginajenkins.com

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Lambert Moss

Lambert Moss

Lambert Moss hails from New York, New York where he drew inspiration from his time in musical theater and from some of the fiercest drag queens ever. He is now happy to call San Francisco his adopted home. In San Francisco he has performed at CounterPULSE in “Precious Drop” with the Jaara Dance Project and sung back up at The Rrazz Room for a wide range of acts including Justin Bond. You can see Lambert on select friday nights at “SOME THING” belting it out and making his drag mom David GLAMAMORE proud.

Meja Tyehimba

Meja Tyehimba

Meja Tyehimba began her theatrical career at the famed New LaFayette Theatre in Harlem and her experience spans from producer to stagehand. She has taught theatre arts to youth and adults in various cities across the nation. She is a published author and filmmaker. Her films have screened at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and the Boston LGBT film festival.

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Oriana Bolden

Oriana Bolden

Oriana Bolden enjoys most anything as long as there is a working camera in her hand. She has had the opportunity to shoot in the jungles of Panama, the parks of Cuba, the townships of Johannesburg and all over the Bay. From shooting live television broadcasts for Free SpeechTV to facilitating video production workshops in communities from Duck Hill, MS to Honolulu, HI, she has proudly captured and/or facilitated moving images for social and economic change. Until such time as there is an end to the oppression of all people, the vast majority of her work illuminates/broadcasts/highlights people trying to get free. www.projectprojecting.com

Sheena Johnson

Sheena Johnson

Sheena Johnson has presented solo, duet and ensemble work at various venues across the Bay Area since 2006. She earned her MFA in Dance from Mills College and conducted research on the connections between community-based arts organizations, movement and collective liberation. As Artistic Director of Rebel Home Dance, Sheena utilizes our embodied histories as the site of departure for her work and creates inquiry-based performance that incites courage, imagination and change. She has been a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art & Change grant and the Zellerbach Family Foundation grant. Sheena has also had the honor to be commissioned to create new work for the Black Choreographers Festival, Women on the Way Festival, and the National Queer Arts Festival.

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Star Amerasu

Star Amerasu

Star Amerasu This young, intelligent woman, started out telling stories, learning to read and write at just two years old. This child began her performing life, reading books aloud. Star began singing as a child, in primary school choir. She went to a Fine Arts Academy for her high school days, was able to skip some grades and graduate at seventeen. Star attended Cornish College of the Arts on a Scholarship. She has performed many different roles, crossing gender boundaries.

TuffNStuff

TuffNStuff

TuffNStuff: Drag King of the Blues is the stage persona of singer/songwriter Kali “KB” Boyce. KB is a Two-Spirit musician whose adventures have brought hir from teenage punk band appearances at CBGBs in NY, to B-grade horror movies in LA, and on to solo performance in queer San Francisco. As TuffNStuff, s/he composes and performs music that pays homage to African-American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art. S/he conjures the spirit of cross-dressing Blues performers – reflecting the history, creativity, and aesthetics of the ancestors. KB is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Queer Rebel Productions. www.kingtuffnstuff.com

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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Oakland Based. New York Gully. Nigerian Soul. Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video blogger and mixed media visual artist who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Etaghene has toured nationally and performed in over 30 u.s. cities. She was interviewed by and was a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of LGBTI Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. She has toured nationally with her multi-media one-woman show, Volcano’s Birthright{s}. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who has produced 4 solo art exhibitions. In May 2012, Etaghene founded Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop based in the principles of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. GUAVA, her second one woman show, a multi-media performance piece about queer African identity debuted in San Francisco, CA in June 2013.

Etaghene has written and directed 2 poem videos (“The First Time” [2010] and “i deserve somebody” [2011]) that marry film, poetry and music. Etaghene has self-published 3 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004) and tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006.) She independently released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) She has shared stages with Amina Baraka, Bonfire Madigan, Sharon Bridgforth, Staceyann Chin, Climbing PoeTree, Invincible, Las Krudas, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Lenelle Moïse, DJ Moni, Queen GodIs, Ongina Ryan, Hanifah Walidah & innumerable other brilliant magic-makers. www.myloveisaverb.com

Technical Crew

Oriana Bolden: see bio under artists.

Martin Bustamante: is a photographer, and drummer for the Go2’s, an alternative people of color band with KB Boyce and Star Amerasu.

EpLi: The search for love continues even in the face of great odds : Creating it. Documenting it. Living it. Bay area photo-documentarian and media-maker. www.eplimade.com

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SPIRIT: A hundred years of Queer Asian Activism // May 10th & 11th (2013)

SPIRIT: A hundred years of Queer Asian Activism // May 10th & 11th (2013)

SPIRIT: A HUNDRED YEARS OF QUEER ASIAN ACTIVISM

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FEATURING 23+ QUEER ASIAN ARTISTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVISTS!

From the Asian avant-garde to 1960’s activists, Angel Island poets to Slam champions, the Queer Asian Diaspora comes alive through performance, films, and discussion.

WHEN/WHERE

Friday, May 10th, 8pm
PERFORMANCE
Mission Cultural Center (2868 Mission St, SF)
Buy Tickets: $12-$20

Saturday, May 11th, 3pm
PANEL
Brava Dance Studio, 2nd Flr (2781 24th St, SF). FREE

Saturday, 

May 11, 7pm
FILMS
Brava Theater (2781 24th St, SF)
Buy Tickets: $7-$10

PERFORMERS – MAY 10TH, 8PM

Eli-Coppola award winning poet, Ryka Aoki
Slam poet pioneer, Regie Cabico
Radically classical Sarah Cargill
Performance artist, Genevieve Erin O’Brien
Lambda Literary Award winner and Asian Arts Freedom School co-founder, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Genderqueer love warrior, Tonilyn Sideco
Sassy, sexy spoken word from Peacock Rebellion founder, Manish Vaidya

PANELISTS – MAY 11TH, 3PM

Conscientious objector and Veteran Artists founder, Stephen Funk
QWOCMAP founder, Madeleine Lim
Film studies doctoral candidate, Munira Lokhandwala
Scholar, mentor, and activist of 40+ years, Trinity Ordona
Post-humanist feminist scholar, Margaret Rhee
Dragonfruit oral history founder and Ethnic Studies Dean, Amy Sueyoshi

FILMMAKERS – MAY 11TH, 7PM

VONA literary fellow, Celeste Chan
Golden Golden filmmaker, Erica Cho
Experimental porneaoke-maker, Yvette Choy
Feminist fabulist filmmaker, Miki Foster
Poet liberationist, Vanessa Huang
Absurdist artist, Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Activist/filmmaker/femme fatale, So Yung Kim
Experimental artist, Jai Arun Ravine
Award-winning filmmaker/scholar/performance artist, Tina Takemoto
Shut Up White Boy and Kieu filmmaker, Vũ T. Thu Hà

Exploding Lineage! (2012)

Queer Rebels (SF Bay) is thrilled to present Exploding Lineage! Queer of color histories in experimental media for the 25th MIX NYC festival. 17 filmmakers. 14 films. Nearly all NYC premieres.

Art is our resilience. Experimentation is our queerly colored history. From the explosion of energy during the Harlem Renaissance, to the poetry carved in the walls of Angel Island, to revolutionary self-love, these films juxtapose the legacies that we inherit alongside the spaces we carve out for ourselves today.

Weds, Nov 14th at 7pm. Tickets $12

(Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/478965345469018/)

EXPLODING LINEAGE! FILMS:

HOKUM subverts the gaze by asking, ‘what does it mean to take pleasure in viewing the Black female body?’ WEEP WILLOW: THE BLUES FOR LADY DAY reveals the chilling biography of Billie Holiday and the emotional landscape behind her voice. The energy and brilliance of the Queer Harlem Renaissance shines in BULLDAGGER WOMEN AND SISSY MEN. Nostalgia mixes with QUEER ORIGINS to create experimental animation, and electric 60’s choreography abounds in FREE JAZZ. Continuing legacies, I KNOW MY SOUL, based on a poem by Claude McKay, proves that the way to self-love is through self-knowledge. HOMESCHOOL is a lyrical exploration of the forced assimilation of a Korean adoptee. FAN CHRISTY reinterprets Faen Christy, reclaiming culture via karaoke. Looking to the past, BLOODLINES is an experimental ode to immigrants detained on Angel Island during the Chinese Exclusion Act. ERZULIE’S TEARS are haunting, and saturated by the spirit of the Haitian Voudoun goddess of love. FML explores the pleasurable lament of failure, discontent, and loss in creating the hyper racial and gendered self on stage. Honoring our ancestors, NO LEGACY LET GO takes a snapshot of Queer Harlem through the stories of Imani Rashid, translating them into poetic and musical form. RENAISSANCE REDUX continues the testimony of Harlem Elders through the words of G-pop and Nana. Closing the evening, IN MY OWN HANDS proves that every second of joy is a revolution.

FILMMAKERS:

Dr. K. Ryan Ziegler, Indira Allegra, K.B. Boyce, Celeste Chan, Brontez Purnell, Gary Gregerson, Jerry Lee, Crystal Mason, So Yung Kim, Jai Arun Ravine, Jorrit Poelen, M.A. Brooks, La Chica Boom, Rob Fatal, Julia Wallace, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Oriana Bolden.

ABOUT QUEER REBELS:

Queer Rebels Productions showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. QRP is a fiscally sponsored project of the Queer Cultural Center. www.queerrebels.com

ABOUT MIX NYC:

Since 1987, MIX NYC has presented the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer- identified figures in avant-garde cinema. www.mixnyc.org

FILMMAKER BIOS:

Dr. K. Ryan Ziegler is an award-winning filmmaker and scholar. His work has screened across the United States and in countries such as England, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, and The Netherlands. Dr. Ziegler completed his doctoral dissertation in African American Studies from Northwestern University. Dr. Ziegler’s feature-length documentary titled, STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen, is the first and only experimental documentary to explore the lives of black transgender men in the United States. The film has received multiple awards, including the Isaac Julien Experimental Award from Queer Black Cinema International Music Festival and the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary in the 2009 ReelOut Queer Film + Video Festival. STILL BLACK has shown to sold-out crowds in places such as Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, The Netherlands, London, Seattle, Chicago, and Tel-Aviv.

Indira Allegra is a poet and interdisciplinary artist imagining narratives through performance, video and fiber arts. Her experimental video poem, Blue Covers, has screened internationally. Indira has contributed work to Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, winner of the Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and ForeWord Book of the Year Award. She has published work in the Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought, Konch Magazine, Wordgathering Journal of Disability Poetry and Make/Shift Magazine among others. Indira is artistic director for Artists Against Rape and a former member of the artistic core of Sins Invalid. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow, a Banff Centre Writer and a Voices Of Nations Arts Alum. She is currently working on her first collection of poems, Indigo Season. indiraallegra.com

KB Boyce is also known as TuffNStuff: Drag King of the Blues. Ze is the love child of Eartha Kitt and Howlin’ Wolf. TuffNStuff has performed at venues ranging from SF Pride, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Brown University, Transgiving, Fresh Meat, and University of Oregon. Gay.com writes, “TuffNStuff: Drag King/Blues Man dazzles the crowd…performing both original tunes and blues classics while burning up the guitar with slide and finger picking.” Singer/songwriter TuffNStuff is dedicated to bringing the legacy of gender bending Blues to our community. TuffNStuff aka KB Boyce is the co-founder of Queer Rebels Productions. www.kingtuffnstuff.com

Celeste Chan creates work born from queer Diaspora through wit, words, and film. A VONA fellow, she has presented her art at: Vancouver Queer Film Festival in B.C., National Queer Arts Festival and Queer Women of Color Film Festival in SF, and Rebel Cupcake in NY, among others. She is co-founder of Queer Rebel Productions (queerrebels.com) and a Board Member of Community United Against Violence (cuav.org). www.celestechan.com

Brontez Purnell is a writer (Fag School, Maximum Rock n Roll) and musician (Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!). Most recently, he toured the country with Sister Spit, readings excerpts from his novella-in-progress. He presented “Free Jazz” with his experimental jazz company, Brontez Purnell Dance, at the Berkeley Art Museum this past February to rave reviews.

Gary Fembot Gregerson was born 1965 in the flatlands of Illinois. Moved to the “hill country” in 1989. A late bloomer, since 1991, he has been making up for lost time by learning how to play music in bands (Sta-Prest, Feelings on a Grid, Swishin’ Duds, Mon Cousin Belge, Puce Moment), performing in underground theater (Sick and Twisted Players), dj’ing, writing zines, and producing short films. He began releasing his zine Fembot in the early 1990’s.

Jerry Lee Abram began his career in the Queer Arts back in 2000 working on The Transfused Rock Opera in Olympia, WA. He helped co-found Homo-A-Gogo in 2002 and has since Tech Directed and Program Directed that festival. He has also designed lights and toured with the Dr. Frockrocket Show in 01, Tech Directed the Nomy Lamm Effigy Tour 03, and Tech Directed The Sex Workers Art Show Tour 02-08. Since moving to San Francisco in 2005 Jerry Lee has kept himself busy doing just about anything for local queer artists. Favorite projects include lighting music videos by Hunx and His Punx and The Younger Lovers, working with Sins Invalid, K’vetch, Peaches Christ, and Formerly Known As, and Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance. He has some good stories to tell.

After living in Berlin, Germany for 9 years, Crystal Mason returned to San Francisco to work for 11/2 years as the Executive Director at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts. In 2008 she co-created and produced video for the multimedia theater piece Hey, Sailor. Her last project in Berlin was a two-year long European Union funded film project dealing with multi-dimensional discrimination faced by lesbians of color and immigrant lesbians in Berlin. From 1997-2001 she also co-owned and operated Schoko Café, a women’s art and culture center. In San Francisco from 1989-1995 Crystal was an AIDS activist and organizer working with ACT UP and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in the Women’s and Children’s Program. From 1993-1995 she was the co-founder and co-artistic director of Luna Sea Women’s Performance Space. Crystal was also a regular behind the scenes and in front of the camera on Electric City Queer TV for several years.

So Yung Kim is an Oakland-based femme of color whose writing and activism focus on adoptee of color politics and movement-building.

Jai Arun Ravine is a text-based artist working in film/video, movement and performance. They are the author of a book of experimental poetics, AND THEN ENTWINE (Tinfish Press, 2011) and the creator of a short film on Thai trans-masculinities, TOM/TRANS/THAI (2011). Learn more at www.jaiarunravine.wordpress.com.

Jorrit Poelen projects distorted, noisy collages of animated images onto skin, screen, wall and floor using “Pooks”, a custom-built visual instrument. Jorrit has collaborated with (experimental) musicians/performers/dancers since 2003. Recent works include “Vindicated Violence” by Mr Ri’s Deceptively Strong Dance Project (the Garage, San Francisco, June 2012), “No Reservations” in collaboration with Jai Arun Ravine (SOMArts, San Francisco, May 2012) and “Seconds Flatter” in collaboration with [moos] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSwnIv_a0WE). For more info see http://skinnylongarmguy.appspot.com.

M.A. Brooks creates textured landscapes of movement/gesture/text and is interested in reconstructing cultural memories from black, queer and colonized histories. In San Francisco, M.A. has been dancing with aerial dance company, Fly Away Productions, since 2009 and in June of 2010 was granted a Djerassi choreographer’s residency. M.A. also organizes with Dirtstar! Take Root, featuring radical perspectives on queer sustainability.

Xandra Ibarra is a Bay Area based performer that performs under the alias of La Chica Boom. You can catch her making tacos with her panties, giving birth to hitachi wands, and dominating piñatas at gay bars, theaters, museums, and nightclubs throughout the country. Her work ranges from short acts to full-length escandalos, includes original costuming, and pushes sexual and racial boundaries. La Chica Boom’s special brand of burlesque and ethnic drag have been showcased at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), ACT Theater (SEA), and the Burlesque Hall of Fame (Las Vegas) to name a few.

Rob Fatal is a media scholar, filmmaker, performer and sound artist from Oakland, California whose work investigates the concepts of narrative and categorization as they pertain to identity construction and human communication. He is currently pursuing dual degrees: an MA in Communication Studies at Sacramento State University and an MFA in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. Fatal’s films and video art have been screened nationally in film festivals and galleries and his academic, critical and short fiction writings have been published in academic journals and online magazines.

Julia Wallace creates media and art intended to heal and transform. Julia is a multimedia consultant, filmmaker, musician, composer, theologian, founder of Queer Renaissance, a multimedia movement based on the premise that we can create the world anew, and co-creator of Black Feminist FIlm School and Mobile Homecoming, a national intergenerational experiential archive project that amplifies generations of Black LGBTQ brilliance by using multimedia and building intergenerational family of choice across time and space. Julia also served as composer and producer for poet Yolo Akili’s album Purple Galaxy. Julia has also been featured in the Advocate magazine top 40 under 40 list, the Colorlines Ten Leaders Building a New LGBT Politics in the South and Midwest list, bitch magazine (twice in 2012) and an upcoming issue of GLQ (Gay and Lesbian Quarterly: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies).

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black feminist troublemaker from Durham, North Carolina. Alexis is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind educational program and the co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive, amplifying generations of LGBTQ Black brilliance. Alexis earned her PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies from Duke University in 2010 and is widely published in national print and online publications and scholarly journals. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, a Black Women Rising Nominee and a Reproductive Reality Check Shero in 2010, a recipient of the Too Sexy for 501C-3 trophy in 2011 and one of the Advocate’s top 40 under 40 in 2012.

Oriana Bolden is a documentary filmmaker based in Hawaii. Her current cinematic work is centered on alternatives to incarceration, visions of climate justice, interdependence and the beauty of complexity. In 2005, Oriana started a freelance production company and its not- for-profit community media production hub, proj-ectPRO:JECT (www.reelchange.org). Oriana’s work has screened in film festivals around the world, as well as been optioned by and featured regularly on Free Speech TV (Dish Network Channel 9415). For well over 10 years, Oriana has facilitated powerful media by teaching and/or producing media with students and activists from Oakland to Johannesburg and beyond. Oriana believes that communication is a Human Right. For more information about Oriana and proj-ectPRO:JECT please visit: www.projectprojecting.com/about/oriana-bolden/ and https://vimeo.com/projectproject

Exploding Lineage! – 25th MIX NYC festival (Nov. 2012)

Queer Rebels (SF Bay) is thrilled to present Exploding Lineage! Queer of color histories in experimental media for the 25th MIX NYC festival. 17 filmmakers. 14 films. Nearly all NYC premieres.

Art is our resilience. Experimentation is our queerly colored history. From the explosion of energy during the Harlem Renaissance, to the poetry carved in the walls of Angel Island, to revolutionary self-love, these films juxtapose the legacies that we inherit alongside the spaces we carve out for ourselves today.

Weds, Nov 14th at 7pm. Tickets $12

(Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/478965345469018/)

EXPLODING LINEAGE! FILMS:

HOKUM subverts the gaze by asking, ‘what does it mean to take pleasure in viewing the Black female body?’ WEEP WILLOW: THE BLUES FOR LADY DAY reveals the chilling biography of Billie Holiday and the emotional landscape behind her voice. The energy and brilliance of the Queer Harlem Renaissance shines in BULLDAGGER WOMEN AND SISSY MEN. Nostalgia mixes with QUEER ORIGINS to create experimental animation, and electric 60’s choreography abounds in FREE JAZZ. Continuing legacies, I KNOW MY SOUL, based on a poem by Claude McKay, proves that the way to self-love is through self-knowledge. HOMESCHOOL is a lyrical exploration of the forced assimilation of a Korean adoptee. FAN CHRISTY reinterprets Faen Christy, reclaiming culture via karaoke. Looking to the past, BLOODLINES is an experimental ode to immigrants detained on Angel Island during the Chinese Exclusion Act. ERZULIE’S TEARS are haunting, and saturated by the spirit of the Haitian Voudoun goddess of love. FML explores the pleasurable lament of failure, discontent, and loss in creating the hyper racial and gendered self on stage. Honoring our ancestors, NO LEGACY LET GO takes a snapshot of Queer Harlem through the stories of Imani Rashid, translating them into poetic and musical form. RENAISSANCE REDUX continues the testimony of Harlem Elders through the words of G-pop and Nana. Closing the evening, IN MY OWN HANDS proves that every second of joy is a revolution.

FILMMAKERS:

Dr. K. Ryan Ziegler, Indira Allegra, K.B. Boyce, Celeste Chan, Brontez Purnell, Gary Gregerson, Jerry Lee, Crystal Mason, So Yung Kim, Jai Arun Ravine, Jorrit Poelen, M.A. Brooks, La Chica Boom, Rob Fatal, Julia Wallace, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Oriana Bolden.

ABOUT QUEER REBELS:

Queer Rebels Productions showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. QRP is a fiscally sponsored project of the Queer Cultural Center. www.queerrebels.com

ABOUT MIX NYC:

Since 1987, MIX NYC has presented the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer- identified figures in avant-garde cinema. www.mixnyc.org

FILMMAKER BIOS:

Dr. K. Ryan Ziegler is an award-winning filmmaker and scholar. His work has screened across the United States and in countries such as England, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, and The Netherlands. Dr. Ziegler completed his doctoral dissertation in African American Studies from Northwestern University. Dr. Ziegler’s feature-length documentary titled, STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen, is the first and only experimental documentary to explore the lives of black transgender men in the United States. The film has received multiple awards, including the Isaac Julien Experimental Award from Queer Black Cinema International Music Festival and the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary in the 2009 ReelOut Queer Film + Video Festival. STILL BLACK has shown to sold-out crowds in places such as Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, The Netherlands, London, Seattle, Chicago, and Tel-Aviv.

Indira Allegra is a poet and interdisciplinary artist imagining narratives through performance, video and fiber arts. Her experimental video poem, Blue Covers, has screened internationally. Indira has contributed work to Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, winner of the Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and ForeWord Book of the Year Award. She has published work in the Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought, Konch Magazine, Wordgathering Journal of Disability Poetry and Make/Shift Magazine among others. Indira is artistic director for Artists Against Rape and a former member of the artistic core of Sins Invalid. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow, a Banff Centre Writer and a Voices Of Nations Arts Alum. She is currently working on her first collection of poems, Indigo Season. indiraallegra.com

KB Boyce is also known as TuffNStuff: Drag King of the Blues. Ze is the love child of Eartha Kitt and Howlin’ Wolf. TuffNStuff has performed at venues ranging from SF Pride, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Brown University, Transgiving, Fresh Meat, and University of Oregon. Gay.com writes, “TuffNStuff: Drag King/Blues Man dazzles the crowd…performing both original tunes and blues classics while burning up the guitar with slide and finger picking.” Singer/songwriter TuffNStuff is dedicated to bringing the legacy of gender bending Blues to our community. TuffNStuff aka KB Boyce is the co-founder of Queer Rebels Productions. www.kingtuffnstuff.com

Celeste Chan creates work born from queer Diaspora through wit, words, and film. A VONA fellow, she has presented her art at: Vancouver Queer Film Festival in B.C., National Queer Arts Festival and Queer Women of Color Film Festival in SF, and Rebel Cupcake in NY, among others. She is co-founder of Queer Rebel Productions (queerrebels.com) and a Board Member of Community United Against Violence (cuav.org). www.celestechan.com

Brontez Purnell is a writer (Fag School, Maximum Rock n Roll) and musician (Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!). Most recently, he toured the country with Sister Spit, readings excerpts from his novella-in-progress. He presented “Free Jazz” with his experimental jazz company, Brontez Purnell Dance, at the Berkeley Art Museum this past February to rave reviews.

Gary Fembot Gregerson was born 1965 in the flatlands of Illinois. Moved to the “hill country” in 1989. A late bloomer, since 1991, he has been making up for lost time by learning how to play music in bands (Sta-Prest, Feelings on a Grid, Swishin’ Duds, Mon Cousin Belge, Puce Moment), performing in underground theater (Sick and Twisted Players), dj’ing, writing zines, and producing short films. He began releasing his zine Fembot in the early 1990’s.

Jerry Lee Abram began his career in the Queer Arts back in 2000 working on The Transfused Rock Opera in Olympia, WA. He helped co-found Homo-A-Gogo in 2002 and has since Tech Directed and Program Directed that festival. He has also designed lights and toured with the Dr. Frockrocket Show in 01, Tech Directed the Nomy Lamm Effigy Tour 03, and Tech Directed The Sex Workers Art Show Tour 02-08. Since moving to San Francisco in 2005 Jerry Lee has kept himself busy doing just about anything for local queer artists. Favorite projects include lighting music videos by Hunx and His Punx and The Younger Lovers, working with Sins Invalid, K’vetch, Peaches Christ, and Formerly Known As, and Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance. He has some good stories to tell.

After living in Berlin, Germany for 9 years, Crystal Mason returned to San Francisco to work for 11/2 years as the Executive Director at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts. In 2008 she co-created and produced video for the multimedia theater piece Hey, Sailor. Her last project in Berlin was a two-year long European Union funded film project dealing with multi-dimensional discrimination faced by lesbians of color and immigrant lesbians in Berlin. From 1997-2001 she also co-owned and operated Schoko Café, a women’s art and culture center. In San Francisco from 1989-1995 Crystal was an AIDS activist and organizer working with ACT UP and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in the Women’s and Children’s Program. From 1993-1995 she was the co-founder and co-artistic director of Luna Sea Women’s Performance Space. Crystal was also a regular behind the scenes and in front of the camera on Electric City Queer TV for several years.

So Yung Kim is an Oakland-based femme of color whose writing and activism focus on adoptee of color politics and movement-building.

Jai Arun Ravine is a text-based artist working in film/video, movement and performance. They are the author of a book of experimental poetics, AND THEN ENTWINE (Tinfish Press, 2011) and the creator of a short film on Thai trans-masculinities, TOM/TRANS/THAI (2011). Learn more at www.jaiarunravine.wordpress.com.

Jorrit Poelen projects distorted, noisy collages of animated images onto skin, screen, wall and floor using “Pooks”, a custom-built visual instrument. Jorrit has collaborated with (experimental) musicians/performers/dancers since 2003. Recent works include “Vindicated Violence” by Mr Ri’s Deceptively Strong Dance Project (the Garage, San Francisco, June 2012), “No Reservations” in collaboration with Jai Arun Ravine (SOMArts, San Francisco, May 2012) and “Seconds Flatter” in collaboration with [moos] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSwnIv_a0WE). For more info see http://skinnylongarmguy.appspot.com.

M.A. Brooks creates textured landscapes of movement/gesture/text and is interested in reconstructing cultural memories from black, queer and colonized histories. In San Francisco, M.A. has been dancing with aerial dance company, Fly Away Productions, since 2009 and in June of 2010 was granted a Djerassi choreographer’s residency. M.A. also organizes with Dirtstar! Take Root, featuring radical perspectives on queer sustainability.

Xandra Ibarra is a Bay Area based performer that performs under the alias of La Chica Boom. You can catch her making tacos with her panties, giving birth to hitachi wands, and dominating piñatas at gay bars, theaters, museums, and nightclubs throughout the country. Her work ranges from short acts to full-length escandalos, includes original costuming, and pushes sexual and racial boundaries. La Chica Boom’s special brand of burlesque and ethnic drag have been showcased at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), ACT Theater (SEA), and the Burlesque Hall of Fame (Las Vegas) to name a few.

Rob Fatal is a media scholar, filmmaker, performer and sound artist from Oakland, California whose work investigates the concepts of narrative and categorization as they pertain to identity construction and human communication. He is currently pursuing dual degrees: an MA in Communication Studies at Sacramento State University and an MFA in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. Fatal’s films and video art have been screened nationally in film festivals and galleries and his academic, critical and short fiction writings have been published in academic journals and online magazines.

Julia Wallace creates media and art intended to heal and transform. Julia is a multimedia consultant, filmmaker, musician, composer, theologian, founder of Queer Renaissance, a multimedia movement based on the premise that we can create the world anew, and co-creator of Black Feminist FIlm School and Mobile Homecoming, a national intergenerational experiential archive project that amplifies generations of Black LGBTQ brilliance by using multimedia and building intergenerational family of choice across time and space. Julia also served as composer and producer for poet Yolo Akili’s album Purple Galaxy. Julia has also been featured in the Advocate magazine top 40 under 40 list, the Colorlines Ten Leaders Building a New LGBT Politics in the South and Midwest list, bitch magazine (twice in 2012) and an upcoming issue of GLQ (Gay and Lesbian Quarterly: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies).

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black feminist troublemaker from Durham, North Carolina. Alexis is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind educational program and the co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive, amplifying generations of LGBTQ Black brilliance. Alexis earned her PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies from Duke University in 2010 and is widely published in national print and online publications and scholarly journals. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, a Black Women Rising Nominee and a Reproductive Reality Check Shero in 2010, a recipient of the Too Sexy for 501C-3 trophy in 2011 and one of the Advocate’s top 40 under 40 in 2012.

Oriana Bolden is a documentary filmmaker based in Hawaii. Her current cinematic work is centered on alternatives to incarceration, visions of climate justice, interdependence and the beauty of complexity. In 2005, Oriana started a freelance production company and its not- for-profit community media production hub, proj-ectPRO:JECT (www.reelchange.org). Oriana’s work has screened in film festivals around the world, as well as been optioned by and featured regularly on Free Speech TV (Dish Network Channel 9415). For well over 10 years, Oriana has facilitated powerful media by teaching and/or producing media with students and activists from Oakland to Johannesburg and beyond. Oriana believes that communication is a Human Right. For more information about Oriana and proj-ectPRO:JECT please visit: www.projectprojecting.com/about/oriana-bolden/ and https://vimeo.com/projectproject

Harlem’s Poetic Rebellion: A Salon for the People (June 2012)

Harlem’s Poetic Rebellion: A Salon for the People (June 2012)

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Join us at the 15th National Queer Arts Festival for an intimate evening of art and conversation celebrating our traditions of dissent and Queer Black Aesthetics!

Following sold-out shows in 2010 and 2011, the producers of “Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance” make their East Bay debut with “Harlem’s Poetic Rebellion: A Salon for the People.” The evening features original poetry, theater, burlesque, movement, and music by Queer African American artists:

Drag King of the Blues, TuffNStuff
Afrocentric feminist storytellers Griot Noir
Bay Area dance darling Brontez Purnell
“Best Hyperliterate Busking Outfit,” Khalil Sullivan and MAD NOISE
Youth Speaks champion Joshua Merchant
Filmmaker and Luna Sea founder, Crystal Mason
Activist poet Maisha Johnson
Exemplary interdisciplinary artist, Indira Allegra,
and last but not least,
“big, bold and beautiful treasure,“
The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins.

Breaking down barriers between audience and artists, we will feature a post-show conversation. Adult content.

About QCC @ La Pena: The Series allows Qcc to bring high quality queer arts programming to the East Bay and La Peña to strengthen its connections with LGBT communities. See the entire Series here.

“Harlem’s Poetic Rebellion” serves as a prelude to “Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance,” a stage extravaganza of 21 Queer African Artists, featured in the National Queer Arts Festival. Save the date: June 28-30!!!

About Queer Rebel Productions: QRP is led by and dedicated to showcasing the work of Queer Artists of Color. Our vision honors artistic heritage – past, present, and future.

KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, Directors