Four cut outs of butch presenting people grid of LGBTQ people of color text says 20th annual National Queer Arts Festival


20th Annual

Director’s Welcome

Twenty years ago, a group of artists and activists met to create what would become Qcc The Center for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Art & Culture. It was our intention to give voice to the under-represented artists of our community. We began with a small SF Queer Arts Festival and a large exhibition called FACE – Queerness in Self-Portraiture.

We wanted this first exhibition to represent who we are, what we can be, and what we can accomplish. We wanted a place to start to begin a serious discourse on queer culture. A beginning that was… a place that celebrated difference as its mode of being and justice as its practice. We wanted to present ourselves not as an abstraction but as an array of unique individuals who share this ‘queerness’. ~ Rudy Lemcke and Lenore Chinn.

The curators’ statement is a good description of what our festivals have tried to achieve for the last twenty years.

But who are we now? We’re back fighting for our most basic rights as women, LGBTQI people, People of Color, immigrants, the homeless, the poor, the disabled; fighting for the right to affordable healthcare, education and to exist as artists.

Knowing that we won’t back down, I asked our artists: How and who do we see and how do we want to be seen? What are our new alliances made of and how will they be constructed? Looking back to our beginnings, what old ideas can be re-examined and what completely new allies, methods and issues will we explore?

Join us on the line to Resist.

Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director


From Self to Selfie 2017

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Large scale video projections by cutting edge Queer, Trans, POC performance/video artists investigate the culture of the #Selfie. Over 100 Selfies from QCC and NQAF’S BFFs. Plus RETRIEVAL featuring 6 video portraits culled from a global network of LGBT historical archives.

Dyke Codes: Coming Out Outside the Bubble

June 21 QCC & the GLBT History Museum present Dyke Codes: Coming Out Outside The Bubble Post Disco to Pre Internet GLBT History Museum, wheelchair accessible 7pm Tickets-$5-$15 donation at the door Pre-internet, post-disco, a new…
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Israel / Palestine: An Act of Seeing

June 8 Israel / Palestine: An Act of Seeing Mocha Jean Herrup Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin St, Oakland, 6:30pm FREE Filmmaker and performer Mocha Jean Herrup brings a filmmaker’s eye and a queer deconstructive lens to an exhibit…
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Creating Queer Community 2017

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July 9 & 11 Creating Queer Community July 9, 2pm – Oakland/Qulture Collective, 1741 Franklin St. wheelchair accessible July 11, 6:30pm - San Francisco/LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St wheelchair accessible FREE QCC began…

Siamese Dream – Steamroller

May 25, 27, 28 QCC, SFIAF & STEAMROLLER Dance present: Siamese Dream Fort Mason/Firehouse, Times vary $25, Students & Seniors Discount More Info & Tickets: To commemorate…
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June 21 Brava presents #femmasculine BRAVA wheelchair accessible 8pm $15 NOTAFLOF Ticketing Link: More Information: Discipline: Multidisciplinary…
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Eccentric Modernisms

June 12 Eccentric Modernisms Tirza True Latimer GLBT History Museum, 7pm wheelchair accessible Free with Museum Entrance Salon/Discussion Tirza Latimer discusses her book Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of…
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Picturing Kinship: Lenore Chinn

June 9, 2017 Picturing Kinship: Portraits of our Community by Lenore Chinn Exhibition through September 24 GLBT Museum, 7pm wheelchair accessible Curated by Dr. Tirza True Latimer Local cultural and social justice activist and artist…
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Queeriosity 2017

July 20, 2017 Queeriosity 2017 Thursday July, 20th 7pm San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center Herbst Theatre Check website for times and places: Powered by Youth Speaks, Queeriosity…
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Queer Comics Expo 2017

July 8-9, 2017 The Cartoon Art Museum, QCC and SOMArts present: Queer Comics Expo (QCE) SOMArts, 11am - 5pm $5.50 and up (Free for kids 12 and under) Tickets: Link for more information: Celebrate…
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Queer Rebels 2017

June 30 - July 1 KB Boyce and Celeste Chan Queer Rebels Fest! African American Art and Culture Complex wheelchair accessible 7:30pm $15-20, NOTA Tickets: This year…
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Pride 2017

June 25 47th annual SF Pride Parade Market Street, from Beale to 8th, 10:30am Details: go to Pride website
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Dyke March 2017

25th Annual Dyke March Saturday, June 24th March at 5:00 PM Rally at 11:00 AM March starts from 18th & Dolores St. Rally at Dolores Park
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Right About Now

June 22, 2017 Right About Now: Queer Artists Confront the “New Normal” African American Arts and Culture Complex wheelchair accessible 7:30pm $12-$20 sliding scale NOTAFLF Tickets: Performing…

Art AIDS America

Art AIDS America recap June 20th LGBT History Museum
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Mirror(ed) – Emerging Artists Take Center Stage

June 19 Mirror(ed) – Emerging Artists Take Center Stage East Side Arts Alliance wheelchair accessible 7:30pm $12-$20 sliding, NOTA Tickets: Eric…
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June 18, 2017 Kentucky Fried Woman & Starr69 Present Rally! Queer Explorations of Resistance and Resilience SOMArts, Doors 7 pm; Show 7:30 wheelchair accessible $15-$20 sliding NOTA Tickets: Discipline:…
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Mr. Mauri

June 11, 2017 Dr. Osa de la Riva, Eagle Bear Productions present ME and Mr. MAURI Artists' Television Access (ATA) 992 Valencia Street SF wheelchair accessible 2-4 pm $5.00 to $20.00 Donation/NOTA Tickets: Discipline:…
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June 17, 2017 Kreatibo presents Back to the Past: Kreatibo Reunion and Retrospective Eastside Arts Alliance wheelchair accessible 7:30pm $10-20 sliding scale, $8-10 students, disabled and seniors, NOTA Tickets: If…
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June 16, 2017 QCC/NQAF and Bundle Of Sticks present Nigga-Roo Dazié Grego-Sykes The Flight Deck 1540 Broadway, Oakland 94612 wheelchair accessible 8pm $15-20, NOTA Tickets: Performer Website: If…
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Fresh Meat 2017

June 15-17, 2017 Fresh Meat Productions presents FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of trans & queer performance< ZSPACE, 8pm wheelchair accessible Tickets: $15-25 sliding scale Tickets and Info: *ASL Interpretation:…

Type/Caste 2017

June 15, 2017 Type/Caste Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 wheelchair accessible 8pm $15-$20 sliding scale - NOTA Tickets: If you are interested in having this performance…
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Some things you lose, some things you give away

June 14, 2017 “Some things you lose, some things you give away”* African American Art and Culture Complex wheelchair accessible 7:30pm $12-$20 NOTA Tickets: Discipline:…
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Brouhaha 2017

June 12-13, 2017 Peacock Rebellion presents Brouhaha: Trans People of Color Comedy Festival EastSide Arts Alliance & First Congregational Church wheelchair accessible See website for more details: Get…
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Queer Country West Coast

June 11, 2017 Queer Country West Coast Eli Conley & Secret Emchy Society Joint CD Release Show The Backroom, 1pm - 4pm Tickets: $15 (Cash Only at the door) Performing Arts (Music) Why queer country music?…
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Trajectory: Then and Now

June 10, 2017 Thea Hillman, Kendra Lubalin, and Elizabeth Stark curate/present: Trajectory: Poets, Performers, and Activists Over 40 Talk About Then & Now LGBT Community Center, 3pm wheelchair accessible $10-20, NOTA Tickets: Twenty…

Queer Women of Color Film Festival, 2017

June 9-11, 2017 QWOCMAP presents 13th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival BRAVA wheelchair accessible FREE Various times see June 9, Opening Night Screening: Beloved Community - 7:30pm June 10,…

Femme Space 2017

June 1, 2017 Qcc & the DeAnza College Femme Space DeAnza College, CA History Center 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino wheelchair accessible 10:30am-panel; 4pm-reception Exhibition through June "If you don't see femmes as queers,…

Vintage Q: The Singing Bois

June 7, 2017 Vintage Q Queer retro musicians sing about the future of gender East Side Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd Oakland 94606 wheelchair accessible 7:30pm $12, no one turned away for lack of funds Tickets: Performing…
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Resilience Archives

June 6 Visibility Project, Mia Nakano, Kat Evasco, API Equality - Northern California, QCC, and Intersection for the Arts present The Resilience Archives Intersection for the Arts, 901 Mission Street #306 wheelchair accessible Reception:…
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FACE 2.0

June 3, 2017 FACE 2.0 Queerness in Self-Portraiture Opening reception is Saturday June 3rd from: 1-4pm SOMArts Cultural Center wheelchair accessible Free Event Show is also open June 4th from 1-3pm. FREE Twenty years ago, a group…
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Still Here 2017

June 4 Still Here San Francisco Presents Sabor a Mí: Still Here 5 BRAVA, 7pm wheelchair accessible $15-$25, NOTA Tickets: With the Orlando losses and anti-Latinx/queer/trans/immigrant…

Drag Queer Story Hour

June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017 Radar Productions Presents Drag Queen Story Hour June 3, 12pm, San Francisco Public Library - Eureka Valley Branch wheelchair accessible June 10, 11am, San Francisco Public Library – Main Branch wheelchair…

You Are Enough

June 3-4, 2017 You Are Enough Opening reception is Saturday June 3 | 1-4pm SOMArts Cultural Center wheelchair accessible Free Event Show is also open June 4th from 1-3pm. Discipline: Visual Arts You Are Enough is a visual arts…

Queer Ancestors Project

June 3, 2017 The Queer Ancestors Project Art Exhibition: Prints by Queer & Trans Emerging Artists SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street wheelchair accessible 12-1pm Artist Panel & First Dibs Print Sale 1-4 Artist Reception & Print…

Art Practice Makes Art Pervert

June 2, 2017 Art Practice Makes Art Pervert Curator: Dorothy R. Santos Center for Sex and Culture wheelchair accessible 6-9 pm Free Visual Arts     Art Perfect makes Art Pervert is a solo exhibition of Bay Area-based…

Radar Superstar 2017

June 1, 2017 Radar Productions Presents Radar Superstar San Francisco Public Library Koret Auditorium 100 Larkin Street wheelchair accessible 6pm FREE Now in its fourteenth year, Radar Superstar brings 4 incredible queer artists…

Topsy-Turvy: Paradise Return to Aja, 2017

June 1 - 3 Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus presents PARADISE: Return to Aja Brava Theater Center wheelchair accessible 8pm $15-45 sliding scale online $20-45 sliding scale at the door Tickets: Topsy-Turvy…

Q-Ball 2017

May 31, 2017 The QBall African American Art and Culture Complex wheelchair accessible 6:30pm Free Ticket Link:     How…

Sexworker Fest

May 19 - 28, 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival Center for Sex and Culture, Roxie Theater and other San Francisco and East Bay locations Time: Times Vary (see website) Festival passes and event tickets at Info:(415)…

From Self to Selfie

National Queer Arts Festival 2017 From Self to #Selfie Opening Reception: June 3, 1-4pm Show runs June 3 - 30th, 2017 SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 5pm From Self to #Selfie SOMArts Main…


Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director
Jeff Jones, Development Director
Rudy Lemcke, Communications & Education Director
Michelle Miguelez – managing director
Ramona Webb – associate artistic director
Sarah Guerra – production manager
Krista Smith – senior development associate
Vee Jenkins – development associate
LaVette Virden – finance manager
Trevaj Siller – technical director
Den— print catalog design
PSPrint – festival printing


Jacqueline Francis, President
Darius Bost
Jaime Cortez
Cheryl Dunye
Jeff Jones
Jordy Jones
Viet Le
Rudy Lemcke
Pamela S. Peniston
Tina Takemoto

Advisory Board
Dr. Marcy Adelman
Juba Kalamka
Mia Nakano
Pratibha Parmar