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15th Annual

Director’s Welcome
The 2012 National Queer Arts Festival presented by the Queer Cultural Center


Figuratively or literally, they mark the distance you’ve covered or the distance you have to go.

This year, celebrating our own milestone of 15 years of showcasing queer artists through the National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Cultural Center asked our artists to create programs of the milestones they have encountered either in their communities or in their lives.

As usual, our artists/curators have captured new ways to express this concept: whether it’s examining the choices one has to make when choosing to immigrate or emigrate; the queering of the celebrations and rites we re-create, in Mangos with Chili’s Reclaiming the Rites or the discussions of appropriation in our Visual Arts show-ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation, these are just a few of the fresh ways of looking at these markers.

Qcc has spent 15 years presenting and developing new Queer Artists & Queer Arts organizations, but we could not have done it without the audiences who come to support these artists and in turn, Queer Cultural Center. The Board and Staff of Qcc thank you for your vital partnership and we hope you’ll join us for the next 15!

– Pamela S. Peniston, Artistic Director


About NQAF 2012

Welcome to the 2013 National Queer Arts Festival Zeitgeist Zeitgeist is a marvelous German word that means the Spirit of the Time.  In our case, we asked visual and performing artists to either imagine what people looking back at…

Fully Functional Cabaret

The Fully Functional Cabaret is, at its heart, a love letter to trans womanhood. Take a step back, and you will see a familiar story of people seeking healing by shining a light all up in society’s dark places. Come for the camp, glitter,…

Slow Sex

This Is What I Want 2012 goes beyond the talk back, and introduces critical discourse panels and a hands-on audience experiential.  Presented in collaboration with Center for Sex and Culture’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence and under…


NERDGASM is an explosion all things Nerdy!  This wild romp features nerdy queers of all stripes. If you’ve ever fantasized about Spock and Kirk getting busy or wondered  xactly what Princess Diana did in her free time on paradise Island…

Queer Rebels 2012

Following sold-out shows in 2010 and 2011, Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance returns for 3 nights full of provocative performance. Bawdy. Raunchy. Intellectually stimulating! Premiering all new work, we connect generations and genres,…

This Is What I Want 2012

This is What I Want (TIWIW) is an annual live art festival about desire, intent on redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.   This year, in it’s third iteration, TIWIW looks at the intimacy of desire through the…

That’s What She Said

That’s What She Said! is a variety show that celebrates the creative work of women. We put everything onstage; stand up comedy,storytelling, poetry and music. On June 26th we will be featuring an all queer line up as part of the Queer…

The Yellow House Project

The backbone of The Yellow House Project is the story of my entrepreneurial great-grandmother, Ida Sue Brown, and her queer son, Billy Brown (who was murdered in Cleveland OH in 1982 because of how he dressed). Shortly after his murder…

Creating Queer Community 2012

Attending this 90-minute workshop is mandatory for artists and arts organizations seeking to participate in QCC’s 2013 National Queer Arts Festival or in our 2013 Healthy Community Program. This year, QCC will invite 30 artists and…

Garage All Stars 3

The World is Your Oyster, Eat Up, Little Pearl, is a dark, funny, sexual (but not sexy) dance by award-winning Minneapolis performance trio Mad King Thomas. This genre-bending piece delves into mythology, archetypes and social boundaries,…

Dyke March 2012

Join thousands of Dykes as we take to the streets, celebrating our diverse dyke culture with a radical political edge. We are everywhere & we are fierce & highly visible. The SF Dyke March is the most accessible major event in Northern…

Super Queer Open Mic

“I was born at the Queer Open Mic”- Dana Morrigan. Nothing says milestone like your first feature—featuring for the first time anywhere; Amy Dentata and Dana Morrigan!  Both of these writers and performers have been regulars at…

Trans March 2012

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The Trans March is San Francisco’s largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest trans events in the entire world. It’s always the Friday of Pride weekend and this year’s theme is Trans Generations: Define Your Moment. Dress…

Marga and The Babes

Marga Gomez headlines and curates “Marga and The Babes” a queer comedy tradition now in it’s sixth year at NQAF. Each year Marga searches for the most exciting new queer talent on the comedy scene to feature in this outrageous, edgy…

Crackpot Crones

Back by popular demand, The Crackpot Crones are appearing again as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.  Celebrate Gay Pride AND Summer Solstice with Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers, two pioneer funny feminists on Thursday, June 21 at…

Sex Tips for Straight Chicks

THIS SHOW WAS CANCELLED Catch a sneak peak of Sex Tips for Straight Chicks, an edgy new queer comedy of love advice gone hilariously wrong by local playwright, Enrique Urueta (Learn to Be Latina), and presented by SF’s leading sketch…

Faggot Dinosaur Reading

Please join Writers Among Artists founder and editor Ali Liebegott in this visual and literary collaboration of dinosaurs knitting, fucking, and listening to Barbara Streisand! Queerness of the Paleolithic Age abounds at Faggot Dinosaur,…


“Frolic: Rainbow Circle”, is a dance concert which commemorates the 500 year history of the Two-Spirit/Queer Indigenous peoples’ presence. It’s a remembrance, an honoring, and a renewal through dance. Created by the Cuauhtemoc Peranda…

Building Patterns

Although queer artists are an important part of the Bay Area cultural sector, there has been little to no assessment of who constitutes this community, or efforts to create a consolidated artist directory to facilitate collaboration, cooperation,…

Girl Junk with Morgan

Morgan fell into her new gender at age 50. Morgan the man was a union iron worker hiking tall buildings in a single bound at countless construction sites. Then a horrific job site accident at age 50: a near fatal 2-story fall.  Recovery=Realization.…

Stories of Queer Diasposa

Join us in celebrating how Queer im/migrant, undocumented, and 1st generation folks unapologetically navigate their bodies, gender, culture, sexuality, and history through a night of intergenerational performance art, music, mixed media,…

Faggot Dinosaur

Please join Writers Among Artists founder and editor Ali Liebegott in this visual and literary collaboration of dinosaurs knitting, fucking, and listening to Barbara Streisand! Queerness of the Paleolithic Age abounds at Faggot Dinosaur,…

Las Bomberas de la Bahia

Las Bomberas de la Bahia, Cherry Gallete, and DJ Rumorosa will be hosting an evening at La Peña Cultural Arts Center. Each of these performers create spaces that invite a celebration of gender non-conformity and insist that there is a beautiful…

Queeriosity 2012

Youth Speaks is proud to present the 15th annual Queeriosity—a literary arts and performance event that creates a safe space for LBGTQ youth to speak their truths to a supportive group of peers, allies, elders, and community members.  Queeriosity is…

Fresh Meat Festival 2012

“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…

The Biggest Quake

The Biggest Quake brings together eight San Francisco artists with varied backgrounds in writing, performance art, music, public health, science and AIDS activism. In preparation for these three evenings, the eight artists created brand…

Reclaiming the Rites

Reclaiming the Rites centers queers of color in diaspora reinventing ritual and rites of passage to mark queer life milestones such as Coming Out, Leaving Home, Queer Love, Queer Heartache, Violence, Getting Wisdom, Survival, and Transformation.…


IN PRAISE OF DEAD GODS – Divine hymns to raw existence! Here are four outsider musicians and songwriters who slyly warp the classical music performance vocabulary into a solemn music of existential horror, longing and melancholy. Curated…

Mixed, Blended & Whole

Mixed race identity. Transracial adoption. Interracial relationships in the queer community. Enter the world of Mixed, Blended & Whole where humor, performance ritual, incisive social commentary, transformative entertainment, and…

Collaborative Practice and the Future of Memory

Atlanta-based performance collective John Q (Joey Orr, Andy Ditzler, and Wesley Chenault) join GLBT Historical Society Artist-in-Residence E.G. Crichton and artist/Queer Cultural Center co-founder Rudy Lemcke for an evening of visual and…

Queer Women of Color Film Festival 2012

The 8th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival premieres 39 short films in 5 screening programs.  The Festival Focus, I Do AND I Don’t: LGBTQ People of Color & Same-Sex Marriage encompasses a Featured Screening and a Panel Discussion…

Garage All Stars Vol. 2

1st half – To My Dearest Landscape Painter, I Have Murdered Your Children and Burned Down Your House by With Love Kolmel 2nd half: Vindicated Violence- a multi-media interactive performance by Deceptively Strong BUY TICKETS! Brown…

Cultural Confluences: The Art of Lenore Chinn

Cultural Confluences: The Art of Lenore Chinn celebrates the public unveiling of The Oracle Room, a painting for which the artist received a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission. It will be contextualized by the artist’s…

A Taste of Transformation

Femina Potens invites you to a decadent evening of food, wine, visual & performative art works.  A night of wine and food pairings inspired by accompanying performances and visual art from our 2011/2012 season of exhibitions.  Our…

This is Film

Why, for the love of it all, must we always watch Brakhage? Join local filmmakers and freaks in celebration of experimental film/video being made today. Film, music, performance and a little magic create this live event. Don’t hear about…

Love Through Deviant Ears: Vol.2

Love Through Deviant Ears: Vol. 2 “Fight Songs” is the second installment of a performance series that began in 2011. The first show, “Low Rider Love Songs” was seen at La Pena and El Teatro Campesino.  We’re excited to bring…

Intersections of LGBT Performance Art & Sexual Politics

Join our panel of feminists, queer artists, activists, counter-culture renegades and performance artists for a night of interactive performance art, film screenings, and artist discussion on the Intersections of LGBT Performance Art &…

RADAR SuperStar – 2012

Since 2003, RADAR Productions has hosted monthly literary performance with an emphasis on queer-centric and underground voices. Each June, RADAR and the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center present an all-star lineup for the National…

Sunny Drake 2012

X is your window into the whimsical world of two best friends and two puppets searching for an escape from reality. Stop motion animation, puppetry and live performance meld in this fast-paced one-man show, a tongue-in-cheek exploration…

Athletic Model Guild

This exhibit showcases Athletic Model Guild’s output from 1968 through 1972.  After the interpretation of laws regarding male frontal nudity were revised, AMG’s work provided the bridge between earlier non-nude physique films and the…

Best Revenge

The milestones spread across the landscape of the LGBTQ rights movement are undoubtedly worthy of acknowledgement.  There is merit to the embrace of the agitation and evolution stirred by the Compton Cafeteria and Stonewall riots, ActUP,…

Migrating Sexuality

Migrating Sexuality: Unspoken Stories of Land, Body and Sex is a mixed media visual art exhibition and literary performance that centers the marginalized voices of Queer (Im)migrants of color in the U.S.  These stories, told through performance…

Bilarious 2012

The NQAF is proud to bring you The Bilarious Show, an evening of laughs celebrating the diverse world of the bisexual community. This milestone event is the first ever complete lineup of openly Bi comedians serving up the laughs. Too long…

Garage All Stars – Part 1 2012

San Francisco–Bay Area performance artist, poet, dancer, actor and activist Dazié Rustin Grego returns to the stage to offer audiences I AM A MAN, an exploration of gender expectations and masculinity. This new original work is Grego’s…

ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation

Join QCC in a Reunion of 15 years of visual arts programs housed at SOMArts!  There will, of course, be libations to take us into the next 15 years and special recognition of those who have participated in exhibitions from FACE (1998) to…

REMIX, 2012

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ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation Curated by Jonathan D. Katz A Reunion of QCC Visual Artists June 1 - 26, 2012 SOMArts Gallery and Cultural Center San Francisco, California   ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation mines 15 years of…


Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director
Jeff Jones, Development Director
Rudy Lemcke, Media & Communications Director
Chris Dunaway, Qcc General Manager
LaVette Virden, Finance Manager
Pam Higley, Production Manager
DENDESIGN, Festival Graphic Design
PS Print, Festival Printing

ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation Curator
Jonathan D. Katz
Matt McKinley, Exhibit Designer
Amanda N. Simons, Exhibition Coordinator

ReUnion Coordinators
Rudy Lemcke
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto


Tina Takemoto, President
Cheryl Dunye
Jackie Francis
Jeff Jones
Jordy Jones
Juba Kalamka
Rudy Lemcke
Mia Nakano
Pamela Peniston

Advisory Board
Dr. Marcy Adelman