Million Fishes Arts Collective
2501 Bryant Street @ 23rd
Buffet Flats is a dinner-salon that’s part wild queer cabaret and part live cooking show. Hosted by historical queer personas, our events open a dialogue on the legacy of a history that has kept queer community divided by race, gender, and class. Feast of the Pink Moon, is named after April’s full moon, when fish swim upstream to spawn and flowers paint the ground pink, a luxurious carpet to call in the spring.
Million Fishes Collective in the Mission will host our Queer Urban Farmer rap about local food and ecology while we serve up an exuberant mix of artistic risk and sensual pleasures. Food is harvested from community farms and prepared by chefs into mini-meals punctuated by fierce performance, music, and visual art.
Join us for a scintillating evening to reflect on the rite of spring, paying homage to the original Buffet Flats and feeding a new, queer generation.
Seth Eisen – Producer and Host, performs as Jean Malin, grandfather of the 1920’s Pansy Craze. In 1994 Seth developed the company Eye Zen Art as an umbrella for curating exhibits, producing performance, visual art projects and installations featured at The Oakland Museum of California, Theater Artaud, Zeum, Yerba Buena Center, SOMARTS, Theater of Yugen, and CounterPulse. Seth performed with Butoh companies Harupin–Ha and Ink Boat from 1994-1999 and from 2000-2010 with Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero touring in the US and Europe. Seth’s critically acclaimed solo show, Blackbird: Honoring a Century of Pansy Divas, sold out two San Francisco runs. Seth is an Artist-in-Residence at CounterPULSE creating a new show about the life of queer renegade Samuel Steward. Homo File will premiere in September 2012.
Marilyn McNeal is our venue host and pianist/performer. A San Francisco-based musician and composer who writes, records and performs original music and songs from the American old time music canon. Her compositional approach varies from simple chanting and body rhythm to working with live looping and pre-recorded audio (historic speeches, field recordings, ambient sound). She is particularly inspired by rural black folk music, which includes laments, ballads, work songs and spirituals.
She plays piano, ukulele, wooden flute and spoons and makes her own folk instruments out of cardboard boxes, coffee cans, cookie tins, plastic water bottles, sticks, wire and string. The instruments are influenced by early American roots music, she says “allows me to get lost in the sound, rhythm, energy, chaos, guts and magic of American folk music.”
Markos Major is our Queer Urban Farmer/Eco expert. Whether digging beds on Treasure Island, Golden Gate Park or Alemany Farm, Urban Farm Educator Markos Major has worked with youth and adults alike to build cultures of sustainability in San Francisco and beyond. Climate Action, Sidewalk Gardening, Perennial Food Production and Youth Empowerment are the foci his current work at the SF Botanical Garden and SF Department of Public Works. Markos also consults with schools and individuals interested in creating sustainable organic gardens as well as native habitat restoration. Markos is a founding member of the Rainbow Chard Alliance.
Jayson “Frisk” Jaynes is our Head Chef. He is a Queer community activist, artist, and chef. Frisk has been lead chef on all of the first Buffet Flats events, helping plan, source, and cook 3-course meals utilizing San Francisco’s farms and gardens. He is the inventor of Buffet Flats’ B.UR.P. (Busy Urban Professional) meals. He is passionate about locally-grown and sourced food, simple recipes for busy urban people that bridge the gaps between farm and table. He develops menus, recipes and alliances with farmers and culinary team members. He is also an organizer, promoter, and designer with Comfort & Joy, an arts collective dedicated to promoting queer culture, expression, self-actualization and community.