NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL 2011

14th Annual

Artistic Director’s Statement
Welcome to the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival

A Sustainable Queer Planet

When we discussed this theme for the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, we were thinking of all the definitions of “sustainable.” We wanted to bring to the fore queer ecological movements but we also wanted to look at the ways that queers sustain ourselves: what things sustain us, keep us going when we might drop; what things feed us so that we can continue?

We have many intriguing, challenging artistic answers at this Festival! Join us and you will see some of the finest performers, poets, writers, visual artists, musicians, comedians, and dancers look to our history for inspiration or create all-new solutions from their collaborations that will inspire future generations.

Queers have a unique way of creating solutions, organizations, friendships and political movements—come start a revolution of Sustainability with the Queer Cultural Center.

– Pamela S. Peniston, Artistic Director

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What a Piece of Work

‘What A Piece of Work’ reveals nuanced expression of the human spirit, expressed through the human form. Together, these artists bring us closer to acceptance our shared humanity by celebrating what’s beautiful about ourselves while…

Queer Rebels 2011

Slip back into a forbidden era. Re-imagine the Jazz age. Bawdy. Raunchy. Intellectually Stimulating! Harlem's queer dandies meet dapper bulldaggers, sultry sirens mingle with soulful crooners; and cinematic truthtellers greet revolutionary…

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories reveals things about Stein’s life and career you won’t find across the street at SFMOMA, which focuses on her painting collection.  Curator Tirza True Latimer and…

Creating Queer Community 2011

Attending this 90-minute workshop is mandatory for artists and arts organizations seeking to participate in QCC’s 2012 National Queer Arts Festival or in our 2012 Healthy Community Program. This year, QCC will invite 30 artists and…

Boys That Pray

Boys That Pray is a play about masculine women/ folks of color who identify with or whose lived experience reflects that of the transgendered community in their gender presentation. The play tackles issues of masculine voices within the…

This is What I Want

Within this theme, This is What I Want (and within the consideration of performing this theme) there is density, trigger, confusion, risk, trickery, lying, and the telling of some serious truths. As creator and head curator, Jesse Hewit…

Pride 2011

2011 marks the 41st anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme is "In Pride We Trust" and the event will be held over the weekend of June 25 and 26, 2011. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and…

Dyke March 2011

The largest Dyke March in the world, this year we celebrate our youth and honor their struggles to be out dykes in an often hostile world. Join thousands of your closest friends & Be Visible! For the stage lineup, access info, ways to…

TransMarch 2011

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The mission of the San Francisco Trans March is to inspire all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where we are safe, loved, and empowered. We strive to create a space for our diverse communities to unite and achieve…

Marga & the Tomboys

America’s most wanted Latina Lesbian, Marga Gomez, returns to NQAF for her fifth year as co- headliner and procurer of fast rising queer comedy talent. “Marga & The Tomboys” stars Marga Gomez (triple winner - SF Bay Guardian Best…

The Ms. TangTang Show

It’s The Ms.TangTang Show!  This new variety talk show brings you everything Queer and Asian American.  Our engaging and humorous host, Ms. TangTang, offers fresh insight and inspiring perspectives on hot topics and real issues in…

Restless Natives

Restless Natives is a collaborative showcase featuring 3 performers and 4 filmmakers who chronicle the authentic stories and struggles of those born with indigenous ancestry. Restless Natives was funded through the SF Arts Commission’s…

Jotas, Studs etc

Artists Nube F. Cruz and Jean Melesaine present a gallery of photography, acrylic painted walls, wheat paste, stencils, and mixed media to create a street art-esque prayer of identity based on themes of indigenous queer identity from the…

EcoSexual Symposium

We will kick off this weekend with the unveiling of our “Ecosex Manifesto,” visual art exhibit with new collages, our ecosex wedding videos and ephemera, new photographs, and a wall text of our ecosex manifesto. Our art projects aim…

Queeriosity 2011

As we celebrate our 15th year, Youth Speaks Inc. is proud to present Queeriosity, a spoken word and performing arts showcase dedicated to young people who are reshaping the contours of our conversations about sexuality, identity, and community.…

Frameline 2011

Celebrating its 35th anniversary as the world’s oldest and largest LGBT film festival, Frameline35 is a legendary event that draws together the LGBT, independent film, and media arts communities for 11 days of diverse, innovative, and…

Eco Sexual Queer Porn Night

A night of dirty queer porn featuring films by Feminist Porn Award Winner, Madison Young, Good Releasing, Reel Queer Films that are filmed in the eco-sexual landscapes of the great outdoors whether it is a romp in the park, dirty seaside…

Sustaining Community

n the 2008 Prop 8 campaign to ban same sex marriage in California, Samoan/Tongan and other Pacific Islander communities were demonized by the media and U.S. based churches—that many Pacific Islanders are loyal members of—as homophobic…

Rocked by Women

All our lives, we’ve been rocked by women. Cradled. Shaken. Moved. In a multi-media performance, Sarah Bush Dance Project takes you on a powerful journey paying homage to the fearless women from the Women’s Music Movement and beyond.…

Fresh Meat 2011

“fierce and fine tuned…history in the making” (Bay Area Reporter) Outrageously popular, artistically outstanding, powerful and always delicious … The Fresh Meat Festival is the nation’s premiere transgender and queer performance…

QIY Workshop 2

It is an artist’s charge to create art; unfortunately, it’s also an artist’s charge to sustain themselves while focusing in on what they do best. By breaking the monumental task of submitting your proposal into manageable steps, this…

Cultural Confluences

Lenore Chinn's inclusion in Harmony Hammond's "Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History," the first study of American lesbian visual artists, vastly expanded her national visibility. Chinn’s portraits document the historical evolution…

Seed Swap

Sizzle w/ Seedlings, award-winning open mic, spoken word, performance evening featuring the world premiere of "Farmer Jenny" by Bill Basquin, literary works, performance art, dance and performances featuring local performance artists and…

Sizzle with Seedlings

Sizzle w/ Seedlings, award-winning open mic, spoken word, performance evening featuring the world premiere of "Farmer Jenny" by Bill Basquin, literary works, performance art, dance and  performances featuring local performance artists and…

The Legend of Hedgehog Boy

A comic come alive! Artist Rene Capone reads his graphic novel The Legend of Hedgehog Boy live on stage with a stellar cast of local talent. Multi media visuals from the book project on screen as the cast reads the story about an abused…

QWoCFilm Festival 2011

For most up-to-date schedules, artist’s bios and information, please visit: http://www.qwocmap.org/festival.html Friday, June 10, 7:30pm Opening Night FINGER SUCKING GOOD From smoldering glances on the train, to sizzling mixes…

Formerly Known As

Now in its third year, Formerly Known As started as an art project to expand the conversation around sex work to include more men and transgender people. Shows have been packed with people hungry for performance, video, music and writing…

The Walls Project

What stories do city walls, border walls, and prison walls have to tell us? What stories are stuck inside bedroom walls, kitchen walls, and the walls that separate neighbors from each other? How do these walls mirror the ones we learned…

QIY Workshop 1

Kiki & Herb, Gilbert & George—many queer artists have sought collaboration as a way to elevate their art to another plane and push their ideas beyond their own ken. Collaborations help artists explore new processes of working…

Out of Necessity

During the Winter and Spring of 2011, we’ve paired some of the finest emerging Bay Area poets with luminaries who span four decades of literary legacy to bring you Out of Necessity. Testing how artistic relationships support and sustain…

Scenes. Unseen

Are you a virtuous woman? Do you intend to live a virtuous life in the United States? Do you know that you are at liberty now to go to the United States, or remain in your own country, and that you cannot be forced to go away from your home?…

Artists and their Circles

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Artists and Their Circles Carland, Katz, and Koestenbaum are joined in an onstage discussion to address how artistic circles form and transform visual and literary artistic practices. Coinciding with the Living Room program in the Schwab…

A History of Queer Street Art

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Don't miss one of the first collections featuring queer graffiti and street art artists. A multimedia featuring catolog, postered construction walls, murals, and visual arts exhibit, it's a groundbreaking project! In street art world,…

The Garage June Calendar

June 3-4 Organ Donor with Kyra Rice, Michael Velez, Ronja Ver and Tyler Holmes The Garage 975 Howard St. SF 8pm $10-$20 975howard.com June 5-6 Garage All-Stars I with STEAMROLLER, Zari Le’on and James Graham The Garage 975 Howard…

BEarmusement

The BEarMUSEMENT art exhibition foregrounds ideas about what images are considered “beautiful” in LGBTQ culture and forwards an aesthetic vision of Bears and Chubs. Exhibition artist Noel Ibay works in styles including graphite, electronic…

Jonathan D. Katz QCCA 2011

QCC’s Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts presents: Jonathan D. Katz, co-curator of Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture A Fundraiser/Reception and Lecture LGBT Center – 4th floor Fundraiser/Reception:…

DirtStar

Despite queer histories of seeking less harmful ways of living –lesbian lands, radical faeire lands, urban queer collectives- creative queer visions of sustainability are often missing in the current heteronormative ‘green’ movement. In…

Wayne Koestenbaum

Essayist, cultural critic, and poet Wayne Koestenbaum is one of the most energetic and original writers working today.  With books like The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality and the Mystery of Desire and Hotel Theory, he has made an…

Radar Superstar 2011

Since 2003, RADAR Productions has hosted monthly literary performance  with an emphasis on queer-centric and underground voices. Each June, RADAR joins forces with the National Queer Arts Festival and the James C Hormel Center of the San…

About NQAF 2011

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Welcome to the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival A Sustainable Queer Planet When we discussed this theme for the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, we were thinking of all the definitions of “sustainable.”  We wanted to bring to the…

QIY: Queer It Yourself, 2011

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QIY - Queer it Yourself: Tools for Survival June 4 - 24th, 2011 SOMArts Gallery and Cultural Center San Francisco, California QIY curatorial committee: Terri Berlier, Josh Faught, Jordy Jones, Rudy Lemcke (Chair), Matt McKinley,…

2011 QCC STAFF

Pamela Peniston – Artistic Director
Jeff Jones – Development Director
Rudy Lemcke – Visual Arts and Humanities Director
Elizabeth Pickens – Managing Director
Jerry Lee Abram – Production Manager
Lavette Virden – Business Manager

Curators for QIY Exhibition
Terry Berlier
Josh Faught
Jordy Jones
Rudy Lemcke – Chair
Matt McKinley – Exhibition Design
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto
Nicki Green – Exhibition Coordinator

DENDESIGN – Graphic Design
PS Print – Festival Printing

Elizabeth Pickens, National Queer Arts Festival Coordinator

BOARD

Alicia Kester, President
Blackberri
Cheryl Dunye
Jeff Jones
Jordy Jones
Juba Kalamka
Rudy Lemcke
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto

Advisory Board
Dr. Marcy Adelman

QCC CONTACT

Queer Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
SF, CA 94103

Executive Director, Pamela Peniston