Queer Rebels Fest 2017!

QUEER REBELS FEST 2017

June 30-July 1
African American Art and Culture Complex
wheelchair accessible
7:30pm
$12-25, NOTA
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queer-rebels-fest-tickets-33985209677

This year Queer Rebels Fest teams up with Foglifter Journal for 2 nights of subversive performance featuring a different cast each night! Join us in celebrating queer & transgender artists of color AND our stories of resistance.

Queer Rebels returns with timely political work (Orlando, Black Lives Matter); in Trump times, we transgress, we cross, we border, we resist, we deviate! Whitewashing, both historical and present, changes Puerto Rico’s culture. A 2 Spirit infomercial provides tongue-in-cheek survival strategies. Trouble the Water asks, in a climate of police brutality and the enduring legacies of slavery, is there a place where Black people can breathe on earth? Post-Orlando, Queer Historical Mixtape reminds us that we can mend our broken places.

Queer Rebels’ Vision: Founded in late 2008 by artists KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, Queer Rebels showcases queer/trans artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future.

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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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

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance  //  July (2011)

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance // July (2011)

QUEER REBELS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE(2011)

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Slip back into a forbidden era. Re-imagine the Jazz age. Bawdy. Raunchy. Intellectually Stimulating!

Harlem’s queer dandies meet dapper bulldaggers, sultry sirens mingle with soulful crooners; and cinematic truthtellers greet revolutionary poets in riotous splendor. Welcome to our queerest of queer Speakeasy.

From Langston’s dreams deferred to the love affair of the Empress of the Blues; from La Bentley’s tux and tails, to the liberating prose of Richard Bruce Nugent – this is Harlem’s poetic rebellion.

Tonight, Queer Black luminaries commemorate our forgotten legacies. Tonight, we reclaim history and the urgency of our art and activism.

Curated by Celeste Chan and Kali Boyce

July 1st & 2nd (2011)
African American Art & Culture Complex
7pm: food and libations // 8pm: Show
Tickets: $15-$20

ARTISTS + BIOS

Adee Roberson

Adee Roberson

Adee Roberson is a queer black writer and visual artist living in Florida. She believes in ART as a commemoration of the natural world and our ancestors. She creates through MAGIC, DREAMS, and INTUITION. As an independent, self-taught, mixed media visual artist, Adee has curated exhibitions and shown her art in numerous galleries and alternative media/art venues across North America and Europe. Her rich mixed media paintings, drawings, photo images, and fabric collages are influenced by punk and hip-hop music, ’60s and ’70s African psychedelic art, animals, nature, and her own personal experience.
Anna Martine Whitehead

Anna Martine Whitehead // Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Anna Martine Whitehead uses video, puppets, sound, and movement to address queer, deracinated, disremembered histories. In a range of capacities – including burlesque performer, puppeteer, death metal drummer, lone wolf, and cowboy crooner – Anna Martine has shown and performed at numerous galleries, theatres, and backyards in the Bay Area and beyond (including Southern Exposure, Climate Theatre, SOMArts, and CounterPULSE in San Francisco, the Bronx Museum and Gallery The in New York, The High Museum in Atlanta, and galleri bob in Gothenburg, Sweden). Her work with Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior recently garnered a Goldie Award in performing arts from the SF Bay Guardian, and her collaborative work has been noted in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and LA Weekly. She is a recent graduate of California College of the Arts, with a Masters in Fine Arts, Social Practice.

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Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell // Photo: Courtney Trouble

Brontez Purnell is a writer (Fag School, Maximum Rock n Roll) and musician (Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!). Most recently, he debuted “Free Jazz” and his experimental jazz company, Brontez Purnell Dance, at the Berkeley Art Museum this past February to rave reviews. Please welcome him for one night only – July 1st at “Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance.”

Crystal Mason by Morgan Weinert

Crystal Mason by Morgan Weinert

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.

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Earl Thomas Blues Ambassadors  //  Photo Karen Edwards

Earl Thomas Blues Ambassadors // Photo Karen Edwards

The story of Earl Thomas & The Blues Ambassadors begins at a historical crossroads where African rhythms merge with European folk music and where sorrow creates soul. Comprised of musicians from African, Asian, East Indian, and European lineage, the band fuses contemporary styles with rich melodies and compelling showmanship. Earl Thomas, who made his world stage debut in Switzerland at the Montreaux International Jazz Festival, has released fourteen critically acclaimed CDs and worked with such diverse artists as Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Etta James, and Sir Tom Jones. Mr. Thomas comes from a long line of Tennessee bluesmen and his high-energy, theatrical performances form the heart and soul of his creative endeavors. From the band’s first single “Standing In The Rain,” to their newest release, “Introducing the Blues Ambassadors,” Earl Thomas & The Blues Ambassadors evoke social commentary through traditional blues structures and vibrant, contemporary sound. www.earlthomasmusic.com

F BJ Browne (Stephfon BArtee)  //  Photo: Brian Kuhlmann

F BJ Browne (Stephfon BArtee) // Photo: Brian Kuhlmann

F. “B.J.” Browne (Stephfon Bartée-Smith) learned to play the piano at the age of five by listening to the radio and replicating the music that he heard. The son of singer Lula Bartée, a lounge singer and background vocalist known for her work with blues, gospel, and jazz recording artists, Stephfon began playing alongside his mother at live music venues at the age of nine. At 13, he was recruited to perform with the “Ragtime Musical Revue” at Lincoln Center, NYC after performing with his mother at the Toronto Jazz Festival. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of the Arts, focusing on vocal performance with an emphasis in Jazz; and performed with the European tour of “The Sound of America” before he was accepted to Julliard School at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. After graduating from the DePaul University School of Music, Stephfon toured the United States and Canada with “Smokey Joe’s Café,” and later, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

After relocating to San Francisco, Stephfon became an active member of the arts community. He performed at Theater Works, SFBoylesque, and Dark Porch Theater; and as a pianist in residency at Martuni’s and the Sheba Lounge. He also took up a torch in the queer artistic community as an artist in residence at the former Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. During this time, Stephfon created and produced “Limelight: It’s time we faced the music,” which received acclaim for it’s controversial subject matter involving queer people of color and modern minstrelsy. He has performed at The Garage, SF Fringe Festival, SF MOMA, Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, ODC Theater, and Kaleidoscope Cabaret and other venues. Stephfon currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he is currently recording his first album. This spring you can catch him in Portland Center Stage’s production of the Rodger and Hammerstein’s classic Oklahoma, which will feature an all African American cast!

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Juba Kalamka  //  Photo: Morgan Weinert

Juba Kalamka // Photo: Morgan Weinert

Juba Kalamka is most recognized as co-founder of “homohop” crew Deep Dickollective. He has been a speaker, panelist, and curator for numerous activist concerns, receiving a 2005 Creating Change Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Kalamka served as director of the PeaceOUT World HomoHop Festival, which marked its seventh and final year in 2007 and featured in the documentary Pick Up The Mic. He later appeared in Good Vibrations’ G Marks the Spot (2003), Orgasm!: Faces of Ecstasy (2004) and toured with the 2006 Sex Workers Art Show. His second solo recording, Ooogabooga Under Fascism, will be released in Fall 2010 concurrent to his feature in the lyric compendium The Yale Anthology of Rap (Yale University Press). He lives in Oakland with his primary partner of seven years, their daughter, a neurotic standard poodle and a lovemongering lesbian cat. He practices polyamory both locally and globally. www.jubakalamka.com

Kirya Traber  //  Photo: Bethanie Hines

Kirya Traber // Photo: Bethanie Hines

Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded spoken word artist, a two-time 4-H Club president, a biracial child of a Swiss-German single mother, a social misfit, a country girl in the big city, and one of the most compelling poetic voices of her generation. In 2004 she became a Brave New Voices Slam champion and has since featured at the United States Mayors Summit, Green Build International, and on tour across the nation with Sister Spit, among other notable stages. Her publications include Tiny Little Maps to Each Other by First Word Press, Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out by Inanna Publications, and her self published chapbook, black chick. She is currently working with Youth Speaks Inc where she develops and facilitates spoken word workshops for Bay Area teens, and she plans to attend graduate school for an MFA in acting next fall.

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Griot Noir  //  Photo: Diana Martin

Griot Noir // Photo: Diana Martin

Griot Noir (Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, Jessica Jordan, and Chanel Timmons) is comprised of three queer, black, femme, and feminist women. They integrate poetry, theatre, movement, and music to create conscientious afrocentric feminist performance art.

Oriana Bolden by O Bolden

Oriana Bolden by O Bolden

In lieu of corporate jobs and/or the academy, oriana bolden makes films, videos, photographs, seriographs and trouble where and whenever she can. Until such time as there is an end to oppression of all peoples of the world, the vast majority of her work centers on people trying to get free. bolden prefers not to identify as a “starving artist,” but, proudly proclaims that she is a (underpaid and overworked) justice-seeking hustler with an artistic flare. Swing by www.projectprojecting.com to see what she is up to at any given moment.

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TuffNStuff by Diana Martin

TuffNStuff by Diana Martin

TuffNStuff, the last Delta Drag King, is the love child of Eartha Kitt and Howlin’ Wolf. TuffNStuff has been named “a trailblazer,” “a trans hero,” and “a Dapper Daddy.” S/he is dedicated to bringing the legacy of gender bending Blues to our community. www.kingtuffnstuff.com.

Ms. Vagina Jenkins by Linda Costa

Ms. Vagina Jenkins by Linda Costa

Since 2003, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been gracing stages from London, England 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!

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m.a. brooks

m.a. brooks

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 Dirtstar 2011: Take Root! featuring radical perspectives on queer sustainability.