Hank Tavera Performance


QueLACo’S Hank Tavera
Performance Festival

Friday-Saturday, June 20th & 21st 6:00pm Reception; 7:00pm Performance
The SF LGBT Community Center/Rainbow Room

Tickets: $5, no one turned away for lack of funds

A mixture of performance events with song, fashion, music, ethnic and folk dance. Featuring Emael, the world premiere of “Requiem To Gwen Araujo”, Carlos Manuel, and visiting artist, Tiana Ramirez. Co-produced by QueLACo (Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition) and Qcc.

Tiana Ramirez began performing the tradition of her cultural beginning in the year 2000. Since then she has been performing at local events in the Denver CO area. Prior to that, she has performed in Mexico City with the famous Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, the Hispanic Mexican Ballet in San Diego, and various groups in Denver, also doing a guest appearance in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Her talent has made her well known in Denver and hopes to progress throughout the nation, educating others on the beautiful art of Mexican folklore.

e-mael (Nacido en El Monte) is a San Francisco based cultural strategist. He has had solo performances at Southern Exposure, San Francisco Art Institute and Mills College. He has presented work in several spaces in San Francisco including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the luggage store gallery, and The Lab, as well as in other various cultural epicenters in California and beyond, such as Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito), Kerchoff Gallery (Los Angeles), and Exit Art (New York). He presently works as the executive director of Performance Art Direct and will be featured in the forthcoming coming March issue of The Drama Review.

Christopher A. Flores maintains a diverse background in the musical, theatrical and visual arts as a composer, sound & lighting designer, audio engineer & technician. Past musical commissions include scores for productions at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, musical direction for Maria Irene Fornes’ Sarita at Dramatic New Arts and technical Support for The Getty Center, Mark Taper Forum, East West Players, Rachel Rosenthal Company, Diavolo Dance Theatre, Ramaa Bharadvaj, and Los Folkloristas. He is Technical Director for AguaLuna Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico del Pacifico, and The Luckman Jazz Orchestra under the direction of composer/flautist James Newton. Mr. Flores has created Light Designs for Oguri’s Stream and In Between The Heartbeat with visual / performance artist Hirokazu Kosaka and composer Yuval Ron. In 2000, Mr. Flores received an Outstanding Achievement nomination for a Lester Horton Award for his Lighting Design of Hae Kyung Lee’s Ancient Mariners. He is currently on staff at The Norton Simon Museum, and the Stage Manager for the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Mr. Flores most recent musical compositions include: The Songs of Xochipilli (1999-2000), Ending September (2001), Muses and Other Inspirations (2002), The Passion of Mark (2002), and The Transfigured Body (2002-2003) written in collaboration with choreographer / poet / spiritualist Adrian Ravarour.

Adrian Ravarour, PhD is the lyricist, who has collaborated with Composer Christopher A. Flores on four works. He is the author of 9 books of poetry, two books on EFD dance, and a manual on the Aesthetics of Dance Videography. He is listed in Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit as a writer, and as the creator of the EFD Philosophy and System of Arts. His system incorporates the Arts (Dance, Writing, Painting, & Videography) as spiritual signifiers. His studies with ministers and work as a Staff Member at the Intersection Center for Religion and the Arts (where Art was expressed as a Sacrament), laid the philosophical groundwork for Consciousness & Art studies with Dr. Jose Arguelles. As a director of video and television, his flowing camerawork was instrumental in his recording such dance luminaries & major companies as Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Royal Swedish Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Susan Marshall, Lyon Opera Ballet. Mr. Ravarour is the president of the Ruth St.Denis Foundation; and, a board member of The Lester Horton Dance Theatre Foundation. He earned two MAs in Theatre Arts, Dance and Video; and, a PhD in Creative Arts/Dance.

Poetry Event
Latino Community Poetry Readings

Friday, June 27th 6:00pm Reception; 7:00pm Reading
La Galeria De La Raza, 2857 24th Street @ Bryant

Tickets: $5
La Galeria de la Raza Info & Box (415) 826-8009 or www.galeriadelaraza.org

Latino/a poetry readings from the community. Co-produced by QueLACo (Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition) and Qcc.

Visual Arts Exhibition

Artists Reception:Sunday, June 8th 3:00pm – 6:00pm
SomArts/Front Gallery

Tickets: Free

QueLACo’s annual multi-disciplinary visual arts exhibition has been produced each year since 1990. The exhibit
is a collective of various visual artists from notorious to emerging ones, brought together with the purpose of
celebrating our queerness and our Latino heritage. Co-produced by QueLACo (Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition)
and Qcc.