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17th Annual

The theme of the 2014 NQAF is The Body Politic/s. Co-founder, website, media, communications and visual arts & humanities director, Rudy Lemcke said it best:

“It encompasses the idea of the body as sensuous, sentient organism as well as the site of cultural signification and political power. What is it to be in a body, perhaps the “wrong” body; to move, to feel, to desire as well as to be desired or to be objectified or fetishized? What is it like to inhabit a body that others think is “wrong:” Too fat, too thin, too old, too young, too imperfect or too perfect?

The Body Politic/s also focuses on the traditional definition: a group of people considered as a collective unit; a metaphor in which a nation or group is thought to be a corporate entity, being likened to a human body. What is it to be collectively labeled as deviant and at the same time use this collectivity as a liberating force and political power?”

Join us for the thrilling artistic performances, readings, circus and comedy that arose from those words! I can promise you a unique experience…and some serious fun.

Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director


Glitter Bomb Exhibition, 2015

Glitter Bomb June 4 – 27, 2015 SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan St., San Francisco 6:30-9pm Exhibition: Tuesday–Friday noon–7:00pm Saturday noon–5:30pm. Artist Walkthru – June 20, 12noon Visual Arts GLITTER BOMB Each…

Take it Back Manifesto | June 27

June 27th ''Take it Back Fest''  a Queer Punk/Rock Festival 8pm to 12am The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market Street San Francisco, CA $5. no one turned away for lack of funds featuring: Brown Amy( Hard French, Queen Crescent) Brontez…

About NQAF 2014

Welcome to the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival The theme of the 2014 NQAF is The Body Politic/s.  Co-founder, website, media, communications and visual arts & humanities director, Rudy Lemcke said it best: “It encompasses the…

NQAF Venues 2014

ABOUT NQAF 2014 Welcome | Contacts | Press RETURN TO FULL CALENDAR Full Calendar SORT BY DISCIPLINE All Disciplines Multidisciplinary Film/Video Literary Events Performing Arts Visual Art Dance Marches/Parades Music Panels Performance…

Love Is Queer! An American Songbook

June 25 & 26, 2014 Love is Queer! The Gay American Songbook Emily G. Park/ethaerial arts The Theater at The Children’s Creativity Museum 8pm (Age 18+ only) Tickets: $15-25 NOTA Brown Paper Tickets Link for June 25th Performance:…

AIRspace Residency | June 11 – 21

June 11-21 AIRspace Residency Ernesto Sopprani/Joe Landini The Garage/CounterPULSE UnderGround, 8pm For more information: airspace-sf.com AirSpace, the Bay Area’s oldest residency program for new queer performance presents Rotimi Agbabiaka,…

Tomboy – Opening Reception | June 5

June 5 Tomboy: The Art of Nancy Cato Curators Nancy Cato and Melorra Green June 5, 2014 - September 18 AAACC Opening Reception, June 5, 2014 6PM-9PM Sargent Johnson Gallery, 1st Floor Free Event - donations welcome. This exhibition,…

Bodies Curators’ Tour | June 14

June 14 Bodies Curators' Tour 11am SOMArts Curators and Exhibiting Artists will give a guided tour of the exhibition. Each year as part of its National Queer Arts Festival, the Queer Cultural Center presents an international exhibition…

The Mayor of Folsom Street | June 6

June 6 The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Times of Daddy Alan Selby, aka Mr.S curator: Jordy Jones Center for Sex and Culture 6:00 – 10:00pm Exhibit runs: June 6 – July 31 FREE Saturday, July 12th, 7pm Performance…

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, 2014

July 5-6, 2014 Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance July 5-6, AAACC, 7:30pm Film screening – TBA. Tickets: $15-25 July 5th performance: Buy Tickets July 6th performance: Buy Tickets For more information and a full line up of…

Creating Queer Community Meeting | June 30

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June 30 Creating Queer Community Meeting 7pm AAACC Creating Queer Community QCC began operating  “Creating Queer Community” in 2000 by awarding 5 small commissions ranging from $500 to $1500.   Since then, QCC has commissioned…

Pride March | June 29, 2014

June 29 Pride March 11am Civic Center San Francisco Pride has been said to be "one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage." The SF Pride Celebration will be held over the weekend of June 28 and…

Dyke March | June 28, 2014

June 28 Dyke March 3pm Dolores Park March to Castro at 6pm The mission of the San Francisco Dyke March is to bring the dyke community together to celebrate our unity, raise our consciousness and be visible. Strengthening an international…

Trans March | June 27, 2014

June 27 Trans March 3pm Dolores Park Pride in the Park - Dolores Par: 3-6 March to Turk and Taylor: 6:15 We aim to make our event as accessible as possible for everyone, so we will have an accessible seating area at the brunch, accessible…

For Sizakele

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June 26, 2014 For Sizakele: A Performative Excerpt Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene AAACC 8pm Tickets: $12 - $20 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED QCC will announce the new date for this show in its July newsletter. For Sizakele is a…

LEXhibition – Opening Reception | June 24

June 24 Queer & Now - Reception The LEX & QCC present a LEXhibition Exhibit open May 30 - July 29 The Lexington Club, 7pm 21+ only FREE Join us for a Pride reception for the inaugural Qcc LEXhibition! Queer & Now is an…

When Gertrude Met Susan

June 24, 2014 When Gertrude Met Susan Hosted by Kay Turner MCCLA (after-party at The Lexington), 7:30pm FREE This Lesbian Literary Love Fest takes the form of a cat fight! Join Brooklyn-based performer, writer, and professor Kay Turner…

Turning Poison into Medicine | June 22

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June 22 We, and Mr. Mauri:  Turning Poison Into Medicine Osa Hidalgo de la Riva, and Lola de la Riva Mission Cultural Center, SF 5-7pm Film Screening, Co-Directors Discussion, and Reception Tickets: $10-15  (sliding scale donations) Brown…

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, 2014

June 20-22, 2014 I will remember everything (World Premiere) Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble Eric Banks, composer text by “Russia’s Sappho” Sophia Parnok (1885-1933) June 20th - 8pm St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church June…

Topsy Turvy | June 20 & 21

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June 20 &  21 Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus: Visions. Are. Legendary India Davis and Indi McCasey Brava Theater Friday 6/20 and Saturday 6/21 at 8pm, Saturday matinee 6/21 at 2pm Tickets: Adults $15-20 sliding scale Youth 18 and under…

Fresh Meat, 2014

June 19-21, 2014 The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL -13th annual festival of transgender & queer performance Fresh Meat Productions Z Space, 8pm (ASL interpretation - June 20) $15-25 sliding scale Full Festival info: www.freshmeatproductions.org…

Frameline | June 19 – 29

June 19-29 Frameline 39 Tickets and Info: www.frameline.org Frameline38 – The 38th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival returns June 19-29.  

Queer Prophesies

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June 19, 2014 Queer Prophesies Noelle Duncan Sub-Mission Art Space 7:30pm Tickets: $12-20 Queer Prophesies is a prophetic window, a portal into manifold queer futures. With gender expression holograms, musical visions, and stories…


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June 19, 2014 Cuéntamelo! Juliana Delgado Lopera Galería de la Raza 7pm Tickets: $5-$20 sliding scale Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/671061 Stories of repression in underground Havana in the 60s;…

Un(Dis)sing Our Ability | June 18

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June 18 Un(dis)sing Our Abilities Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy for Periwinkle Cinema and QCC Periwinkle Cinema at Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St., San Francisco 8pm Film-Video Tickets: $5-10 sliding fee BrownPaperTickets…

Queeriosity | June 13

June 13 Youth Speaks' 17th annual Queeriosity 7pm LGBT Community Center FREE Queeriosity is an annual spoken word and performing arts showcase dedicated to young people in the Bay Area who are reshaping the contours of our conversations…

Queer Youth Self Portraits

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June 13, 2014 Queer Youth Arts presents LGBTQ Youth Self Portraits Project Crystal Azul & Gr Keer LGBT Center 6pm Free LGBTQ Youth Self-Portrait Project is a visual arts exhibition featuring ten queer youth artists, exploring themes…

Queer Women of Color Film Festival, 2014

June 13 - 15, 2014 10th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project – QWOCMAP Brava Theater, 2789 24th Street (at York), San Francisco Various Times Tickets: Free (suggested donations of $5-10 per…

Vixen Noir DANGEROUS CD Release Show

June 12, 2014 Vixen Noir DANGEROUS CD Release Show Vixen Noir El Rio 8pm - 12am Performing Arts Tickets: $10 Adv/$15 @ Door Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://vixennoirdangerous.brownpapertickets.com Watch out world! Vixen Noir, SupaStar,…

Still Here | June 11 & 12

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June 11 & 12 Still Here Cristina Mitra & Natalia Vigil LGBT Community Center, 2nd flr 7:30pm Tickets: $12 -  $20 Brown Paper Tickets Link for June 11th show: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/671033 Brown Paper Tickets…

Bead by Bead: Contemporary Native Writing

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June 10, 2014 Bead by Bead: Contemporary Native Writing Indira Allegra/Jewelle Gomez/Kim Shuck AAACC 7:30pm Tickets: $12 - $20 Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/671024 Bead by Bead: Contemporary…

Breaking Code: Intersections of Queerness and Madness

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Exhibit: June 2 – July 18 Performance and Visual Art Opening – June 9 Breaking Code: Intersections of Queerness and Madness Blyth Barnow and E. “Oscar” Maynard LGBT Center 6pm (Exhibit reception 6-7pm, Performances begin at 7pm) Tickets:…

515 Clues

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June 8, 2014 515 Clues: A Kabbalistic Collabaret AAACC 7pm Tickets: $12-20 Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670097 515 Clues is a fairy tale for grown-ups, an experimental novel by Nomy Lamm that links…

Queer Comicon | June 8

June 8 Queer Comics Expo Cartoon Art Museum 11am to 5pm Tickets: Museum admission $8 general or $6 student and are available at the door and in advance from the Queer Cultural Center. Brown Paper Ticket Link: here Be part of the…

Second Helpings: Art Opening and Performances

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June 7–9, 2014 Second Helpings Alex Lannon & Fallon Young SOMArts Cultural Center Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 2–5pm. Theater Performance: Saturday, June 7, 6:30-8pm. Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday,…

Body, body, bodies – Opening Reception | June 7

June 7, 2014 Body, body, bodies 2pm-5pm - Opening Reception Exhibition June 7–28 SOMArts Cultural Center Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm, Saturday, 12–5pm Artist/Curator Walk Through - Exhibit walk thru – June 14, 11am       Body...wanna…

Blood Story, Bone Memory, Skin Legacy: A Ritual in Corporealities

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June 6, 2014 Blood Story, Bone Memory, Skin Legacy: A Ritual in Corpo-realities Mangos with Chili Brava Theater 7:30pm Tickets: $10 - $20 Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670074 Queer, trans and two-spirit,…

Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up, 2014

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June 5, 2014 Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up Micia Mosely, Jezebel Delilah X AAACC 7pm and 9:30pm Tickets: $12-$20 Brown Paper Tickets for 7pm show : http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670054 Brown Paper Tickets for 9:30pm…

The Cha Cha Files

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June 4, 2014 The Cha Cha Files Maya Chinchilla MCCLA 7:30pm Tickets: $12 - $20 Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/668131 Join us for a night of faggotry, pageantry and poetry at The Cha Cha Files,…

Radar Superstar | June 4

June 4 Radar Superstar 6pm San Francisco Public Library 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…

The News | June 3

  June 3, 7–9pm The News: Fresh, Queer Performance Hosted by Christine Bonansea & Hallie Dalismer SOMArts Cultural Center $5 admission, tickets: http://www.somarts.org/thenewsjune2014 On the first Tuesday of each month…

Spirit – Day 2 Films & Panel | June 1

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June 1 SPIRIT Day 2: Queer AAPI Artivism - Films and Panel Queer Rebels (Celeste Chan and KB Boyce) ATA 992 Valencia St, SF 3-5pm $7-$10 sliding scale Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/672093 www.queerrebels.com…

Passage and Place | June 1

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June 1 Passage & Place Lex Non Scripta Alley Cat Books 5pm Passage & Place is a multimedia visual arts exhibition, book project, and skillshare series that explores displacement & movement, freedom & incarceration, and…

Spirit – Day 1 | May 31

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May 31 SPIRIT Day 1: Queer AAPI Artivism Queer Rebels (Celeste Chan and KB Boyce) AAACC 762 Webster St, SF 8pm. $12-$20 For a full line-up go to: www.queerrebels.com Brown Paper Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/672093 Queer…

Homo File | May 30 – June 15

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May 30-June 15 Homo File Seth Eisen CounterPULSE 1310 Mission St, SF, CA Fri & Sat at 8pm Sun at 7pm World premiere - Written & Directed by Seth Eisen Co-produced by Eye Zen Presents & CounterPULSE Tickets:$25-$35 NOTAFLOF Click…


Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director
Kevin Seaman, General Manager
Rudy Lemcke, Communications Director
Jeff Jones, Financial Director
Sarah Guerra, Production Manager
LaVette Virden, Finance Manager
DENDESIGN, Graphic Design
PS Print, Festival Printing

Curators: Body, body, bodies…
Josh Faught
Jacqueline Francis
Rudy Lemcke
Matt McKinley, Exhibit Designer
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto
Amanda N. Simons, Exhibition Coordinator


Cheryl Dunye
Jacqueline Francis
Raquel Gutierrez
Jeff Jones
Jordy Jones
Juba Kalamka
Rudy Lemcke
Pratibha Parmar
Mia Nakano
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto (President)

Advisory Member
Dr. Marcy Adelman