The News April 2017

The News Presents National Queer Arts Festival Preview

April 4, 2017, 7–9pm

On the first Tuesday of each month, SOMArts Cultural Center presents The News, featuring new, queer work by Bay Area artists. The News is a monthly cabaret evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes.

On Tuesday, April 4, the Queer Cultural Center’s (QCC) curates the closing night of The News with live performance previews of 2017 National Queer Arts Festival shows. The evening will include stand out performances by artists participating in QCC’s Creating Queer Community program, including SevanKelee Boult, Kendra Lubalin, Dazié Grego-Sykes, Natalia Vigil, Ramona Webb and wild card Kolmel W Love. Come celebrate these 2017 NQAF performers, QCC’s continuing dedication to queer programming and the closing night of five years of The News as we go out with a bang!

Curator Biography: Ramona “Mona” Webb 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. “How to Catch a Rapist in 12 Parts”, her current work in progress has recently appeared at Piano Fight Theater, CounterPULSE and Brava Theater in San Francisco. As the Director of The Press Play Poets theater performances and as an artist Ramona seeks to create new plat forms for all avenues of artistic expression in all that she produces.

Performer Biographies:

SevanKelee Boult (aka Lucky 7)is a well known Bay Area poet and performance artist.  This UC Berkeley graduate has a minor in Theatre Arts.  SevanKelee is continuously redefining her poetry and performance. Hailing from East PaloAlto, CA and writing since childhood, her most recent artistic venture involves the ukulele and spoken word.  She effortlessly blends music and poetry to engage the audience with her soft, raspy voice and mesmerizing stage presence. Her poem Cucumber has been seen on HBO Real Sex since 2000. She has represented several Bay Area slam teams over the past 15 years. In 2014, she became the only person in the Bay to win the honored title Grand Slam Champion of 4 different Bay Area Slam teams (SF, Berkeley,Oakland and Palo Alto). SevanKelee’s poem Listening to Pain will be published in the 2017 Spring issue of Foglifter Journal. A  2017 QCC emerging artist, SevanKelee’s performances are full of excitement.

Natalia M. Vigil is a queer Xicana writer, multi-media curator, and big sister born and raised in San Francisco. Her multi genre writing arises from the voices and stories of the people around her. Her work has appeared  in  numerous publications and shows  around the Bay Area.  She is a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow and the proud co-founder of Still Here San Francisco a performance and community dialogue project centering the experiences of queer and trans people raised in S.F.

Dazié Grego-Sykes is a poet, performance artist and activist. Dazié’s performance work and style was developed at The Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his BA in Queer Performance and Activism. He has developed and produced several solo plays including 3, Where Is Adam and I Am A Man. Currently Dazié is studying to receive his MFA in Creative Inquiry at The California Institute of Integral Studies.

Kendra Lubalin is a coach, a teacher, a writer, and a mother of two.  Her essays are fueled by being a trauma survivor and a queer parent to an autistic child. You can find her work at The Establishment, The Manifest Station, and Mutha Magazine. She recently completed an MG manuscript and is currently writing a YA novel.

Wild Card Performer Biography:

Kolmel W Loveis the creator of The News. Part event producer and part artist, their work, collaborations and events root themselves in archetypes, drag, the romance of history and the role of humor. Their films have screened in a variety of settings including Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art and in the book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.” W Love has performed in venues including SOMArts Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, Highways Performance Space, The Velaslavasay Panorama Theatre, The Garage, various galleries, a few living rooms, two very nice leather bars, and a piano lounge.

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