Baruch Porras Hernandez

Baruch Porras Hernandez is a writer and performer who you can see monthly as The Voice of Shipwreck Erotic FanFiction Competition San Francisco’s wildest literary show, or as a regular host for KQED live Arts shows, or hosting ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? a Latinx Performance Series. He is a two time winner of Literary Death Match, a two time Pushcart Prize nominee, and was named one of the 13 Top Bay Area Writers to Watch in 2016 by 7x7 Magazine. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry and Playwriting. He’s been featured in Writers with Drinks, has performed several times with Radar Productions, LitQuake, and Quiet Lightning. He has won The Moth, Write Club SF,  Best of Bawdy Storytelling, was the reigning Muni Diaries Haiku Champion for three years and is featured on the RISK podcast. He recently received the Creative Work Fund grant to collaborate with MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) on a literary multimedia project that will focus on Queer Latinx Superhero stories. He is originally from Mexico, lives in San Francisco.

 

Queer Rebel Productions: our mission is to showcase queer and trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.

MC: Black Benatar aka Beatrice Thomas

Mx. Beatrice Thomas is a queer multidisciplinary artist/performer & film & theater director, who comes from a family lineage of pastors, performers, doctors and healers. She has been pondering the meaning of things and making art from the moment she came into consciousness.

From absurdist cabarets to vampire/witch love triangles,Thomas weaves the experiences of queers and people of color into magical realities with strong critical commentary, comedic satire and media rich production. A maker of objects, installations and theater, Ms. Thomas reveals, revises and constructs alternate realities. She uses the artifice of drag to inhabit her alter ego, Black Benatar, an exaggerated black femme creature that challenges blackness, whiteness, oppression & convention. She is a featured drag queen for RADAR Productions “Drag Queen Story Hour” a program that brings drag queens to read stories at public libraries. Her work has graced the stages of the deYoung Museum, CounterPulse, Academy of Science, SomArts Cultural Center, and has shown in galleries across the United States.

 

Thomas works nationally consulting and advocating for equity and the inclusion of queer arts on national mainstream stages.

 

Queer Rebel Productions: our mission is to showcase queer and trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.

Tina Kashiwagi

Tina Michiko Kashiwagi is a femme, Japanese & Vietnamese interdisciplinary artist residing in Berkeley, California. Kashiwagi’s creative process usually involves a lot of experimentation and “play”. Her work often tells personal stories such as her cultural heritage and struggles with mental illness. Kashiwagi aims to create dream-like environments that induce viewers to feel a sense of nostalgia. Recently she has been most interested in exploring the realm of performance art. Kashiwagi received her BFA in Art Education at San Francisco State University and contributes to the visual direction of Oakland art collective, Macro Waves.

Queer Rebel Productions: our mission is to showcase queer and trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.

Eki Shola

Eki Shola is a musical healer, clinical physician, songwriter, and singer. She composes music that allows listeners to relax and ease the daily stressors of life. Eki shares her gifts with other because she believes connectedness can equate to fulfillment for all. Her debut album, Final Beginning, mixes ambient piano, syncopated beats, unexpected effects, and jazz organ riffs, compelling listeners to reconnect the essence of their being with purpose and inner passion.

Her debut album, Final Beginning, mixes ambient piano, syncopated beats, unexpected effects, and jazz organ riffs, compelling listeners to reconnect the essence of their being with purpose and inner passion. Ekishola.com

Queer Rebel Productions: our mission is to showcase queer and trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.

Tijanna O. Eaton

Tijanna O. Eaton is a former recidivist and homeless drug addict who has been clean and sober since 1994. She has served on the Five Keys Schools and Programs Board of Directors since 2006 and was recently elected to the board of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. Tijanna was co-creator of a queer POC recovery conference in the late 90s and was the 2015-17 POC liaison to the International Ms. Leather competition. Tijanna is writing a book about her homelessness and incarceration called BOLT Cutters, a ridiculous tale of three years, twelve arrests, and impossible redemption.

Queer Rebel Productions: our mission is to showcase queer and trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.

Europa Grace

Europa Grace is trained in trauma-informed yoga. Grace received their 500-hour Ayurvedic Yoga training and 200-hour teacher training from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Additional certifications in social and ecological permaculture, ICTC doula training, and the Lineage Project informs Grace’s intersectional approach to movement and wellness. As a holistic wellness coach at the Mental Health Empowerment Project, Grace combined alternative modalities such as yoga, bodywork, Reiki, creative writing, and advocacy to best support patients. Europa has been teaching in residence at the Omega Institute for the last three years.

Queer Rebel Productions: our mission is to showcase queer and trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.