About NQAF 2010


Director’s Statement

Welcome to the 13th National Queer Arts Festival

I heard Alice Walker quote her father, saying, “If we do not write our history, they will say it never happened.” The Queer Cultural Center preserves our art and culture. If you examine the 13,000 pages of our website you will see that it documents every artistic discipline as well as emerging and established artists.

We want to share our history by showcasing real and re-imagined chronologies: Making History. And we do it in typical queer style: Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance brings us a hybrid of performance and 20’s rent party; the history of SF Burlesque is told via the fire tassels of Satan’s Angel; and there are Rebel Grrrls, early bi activists and lesbians responding to the early days of the AIDS crisis. Radar writers go Old School while Guywriters look back at their hometowns. Our visual arts show, Chronotopia, asks artists to re/interpret the Past, Present and Future of Queer Histories.

Making History is what queer artists are doing every day. It is also what we and other queer organizations do and what you as audiences support: the presentation of queer art as authentically drawn from our many and varied queer perspectives. It is vital to share this art with people who are isolated from community or who can not come out because of life-threatening circumstances.

Come make history with us at the National Queer Arts Festival.

– Pamela S. Peniston, Artistic Director


Pamela Peniston – Artistic Director
Jeff Jones – Development Director
Rudy Lemcke – Website Director/Curator
Elizabeth Pickens – Program Director
Dylan McMillan & Calvin Michael West – Production Managers
Lavette Virden – Business Manager

Cheryl Dunye – Curator, Chronotopia
Tirza True Latimer – Curator, Chronotopia
Rudy Lemcke – Curator, Chronotopia
Matt McKinley – Curator, Chronotopia
Pamela Peniston – Curator, Chronotopia
Tina Takemoto – Curator, Chronotopia
Adrienne Sky Roberts – Exhibition coordinator, Chronotopia

DENDESIGN – Graphic Design
PS Print – Festival Printing
Taryn Hunter – Box Office Manager
Nicki Green – Box Office Co-Manager

Information about the Festival please contact: [email protected]
Elizabeth Pickens
National Queer Arts Festival Co-coordinator


Trilce Santana
Bertha Amador
Jeff Jones
Alicia Kester (President)
Rudy Lemcke
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto
Juan Alberto Tam

Advisory Board
Dr. Marcy Adelman
Cheryl Dunye


Queer Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
SF, CA 94103

Executive Director
Pamela Peniston
Email: [email protected]

African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) 762 Fulton Street @ Webster Street
Artists Television Access (ATA) 992 Valencia Street @ 21st Street
Boxcar Theater 505 Natoma Street @ 6th Street
BRAVA Theater Center
2789 24th Street @ York Street
Café du Nord 2174 Market Street @ Sanchez Street
Castro Theater 429 Castro Street @ Market Street
Center for Sex and Culture 1519 Mission Street @ 11th Street
1310 Mission Street @ 9th Street
Dolores Park
Dolores @ 18th Street
El Rio
3158 Mission Street @ Cesar Chavez
Eros 2051 Market Street @ 14th Street
Exit Café 156 Eddy Street @ Taylor Street
Femina Potens
2199 Market Street @ Sanchez Street
The Garage
975 Howard Street @ 6th Street
GLBT Historical Society
657 Mission Street #300 @ New Montgomery
Kunst-Stoff Arts 929 Market Street, (5th floor) at 5th Street
The Lab 2948 16th Street @ Capp Street
Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market Street @ 6th Street
Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory (mcvf) 1519 Mission Street @ 11th Street
Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia Street @ 20th Street
North Berkeley Senior Center 1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley
SF LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street @ Octavia
SF Public Library 100 Larkin Street @ Grove Street
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street @ Valencia
SOMArts 934 Brannan Street @ 8th Street
Supperclub 657 Harrison Street @ 3rd Street
Theater Artaud
450 Florida Street @ 17th Street
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street @ 3rd Street