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21st Annual

Artistic Director’s Welcome


This year’s theme—#Resist—for the National Queer Arts Festival seems a natural progression. With the systematic cruelty, hate speech and “fake facts” that are besieging all of our communities, it was time to both withstand and take action: the very definitions of Resist.

Associate Artistic Director Ramona Webb and I challenged the artists working with the theme to queer this definition; to value stillness and/or create action. We felt action is more productive than simply as a reaction. That’s what we want for our community: To apply the arts & activism (artivism) to move forward, while protecting ourselves and reaching out to connect other communities who are being systematically harmed by this administration’s practices.

The programs our artists have created reflect the genius, resilience, strength, and beauty of our community and share our vision of equitable living and loving through artistic community engagement.

We hope to see you at the festival!

Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director



QCC Parade Contingent

We humbly invite you to Walk In Power with us and show your support for QCC’s own Founding Artistic Director, Pamela Peniston, the 2018 SF Pride’s Audrey Joseph LGBTQ Entertainment Award Honoree FREE! But space is limited so email…

SAFEhouse June 2018

SAFEhouse ARTS SUMMER Program For more information visit SAFEhouseArts Website: RAW presents Blind Breath Wednesday and Thursday, May 30th & 31st at 8pm at 145 Eddy St (SAFEHouse's new venue!) Tickets: $15…

Trans Resistance is Beautiful

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June 6, 2018 SF LGBT Center and Qcc present Trans Resistance is Beautiful LGBT, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Exhibit runs through July 27 FREE Prints of original art from the frontlines of trans liberation movements. Artists include Micah Bazant,…

Procedures For Entering An Enclosed Spaces

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June 4, 2018 Procedures for Entering Enclosed Spaces Darius X Qulture Collective , 6pm – Reception Exhibition through June 29 FREE VISUAL ART The policies enacted by our current president and Republican controlled Congress have…

Queeriosity 2018

June 15 & 16, 2018 Youth Speaks presents The 19th Annual Queeriosity 6/15 - FLIGHT DECK, 7pm 6/16 - KORET AUDITORIUM | SF PUBLIC LIBRARY, 7pm FREE Youth Speaks presents the 19th annual Queeriosity, a dynamic literary arts and…

Queer Latin Dance Festival, 2018

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June 8 & 9, 2018 June 8 In Lak'ech Dance Academy presents TRILLIANT Workshops 3-5:15pm Challenge:10am to 12pm Performances & Social dancing: 9:30pm-2am Tickets: $40-$85 sliding scale, NOTA Tickets: Website:…

Singing Bois 2018

August 2018 Singing Bois Tour Kick Off – Information Coming! THE SINGING BOIS is a queer retro quartet based in Oakland, California. Part boy band, part Rat Pack, they create spaces for masculine-of-center, non-binary, and POC…
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Grantwriting 101

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July 29, 2018 Grant Writing 101 Saturday July 28, 2018 El/La Para Translatinas 2940 16th st, Suite 319, SF 11a-4p Sunday July 29, 2018 Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin St., Oakland 11a-4p Please RSVP to attend! Each workshop…

CQC Grants SF and Oakland

  Creating Queer Community (CQC) Required Informational Meeting July 11 – Richmond High School Theater, Richmond, 6pm July 12 – LGBT Community Ctr, SF, 6:30pm July 14 – Qulture Collective, Oakland, 2pm FREE Download…


June 5, 2018 SF Arts Commission Galleries & Qcc present PlaceHolders: Queers Artists Map the Places that Formed Them SFACG, 7:30pm FREE Event Exhibition: Culture Catalyst:  Celebrating the Art and Legacy of 50 years of the…

Appendix Art

  May 10, 2018 Appendix Art Collective </3 Co-sponsored by API Cultural Center, SF LGBT Center & Qcc LGBT Community Center, 6 - 9pm - Opening Reception FREE VISUAL ART Opening night (May 10th! See you there) features…

Drag Queen Story Hour

June 16, 2018 Radar Productions, SFPL & SFMOMA present Drag Queen Story Hour SFMOMA, 11am FREE Join Radar Productions, the San Francisco Public Library and SFMOMA for our pride Drag Queen Story Hour with Honey Mahogany! Welcome…


June 7, 2018 Radar Productions presents QUINCEAÑERA Koret Auditorium (lower level) Lower Level of the San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin Street Hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera 6pm FREE Bring your tiaras, your rhinestone-encrusted…

Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies

May 15 CAAM & Qcc present Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies KABUKI, 7:10PM We are excited to present a program of short films by three talented local media makers, each showcasing a unique approach to using the home…


May 31 – June 2, 2018 SF International Arts Festival & Qcc present SOLO DATE Southside, various times Pao Chang Tsai Tickets: General Admission $25 Solo Date is written and performed…


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mouth full of sea

June 28, 2018 mouth full of sea AAACC, 8pm Gabriel Christian and C. Chibueze Crouch Prices: $10 - $20 sliding scale, NOTAFLOF Get Tickets Summoning song, dance, performance and film, two blaq artists present a body of work grappling…

Chile! Hood Stories

Chile! Hood Stories, is a 60 minute multidisciplinary theatre production exploring safe sex, gender fluidity, sexuality and cannabis. This retelling of classic children’s tales with story lines that reflect a broad range of sexualities, genderqueer and cis gendered characters. Truth be told, fables were meant for adults all along!
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Pride 2018

San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQIA parades in the world. Contingents march through the heart of the city, along Market Street, with more than 100,000 spectators. Over 270 contingents participated in our 2017 parade,…

Dyke March 2018

26th San Francisco Dyke March Saturday, June 23, 2018 5pm Calling All Dykes: Take Up Your Space​ Dyke is not just a sexual orientation. It’s a political identity. It stands for community. It stands for solidarity. It stands for…

TransMarch 2018

San Francisco Trans March 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 Place Dolores Park, San Francisco Event Program *11am-2pm: Youth & Elder Brunch (hosted by LYRIC & Open House) *2-6pm: -Resource Fair (sponsors & vendors) -Family…

Home and Abroad: Caribbean Films

June 21, 2018 QCCA & AAACC present Home and Abroad: Video and Film by Queer Caribbean Filmmakers Curated by Jackie Francis and Rudy Lemcke AAACC, 7:30pm Tix $10, NOTA Tickets: This…

Global Masquerade Parade

June 21 (Masquerade street performance) The Global Street Dance Masquerade, AAACC & Qcc present Dontuntrah: The Afro-Queer Masquerade Masquerade – GLBT, 5 - 7pm - donations welcome June 21st: (Street Performance & Procession)…

Global Masquerade Program

June 20 (Werk!shop-Dance Party) The Global Street Dance Masquerade, AAACC & Qcc present Dontuntrah: The Afro-Queer Masquerade Werk!shop – AAACC, 7:30pm $5-10 Ticket Link: June…

They Wore Love & Resistance

June 18 They Wore Love & Resistance: Songs of Truth, Love, Freedom & Justice YOSHIS, 8pm Valerie Troutt Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door Ticket Link: This performance…

Beautiful Being

June 17, 2018 Beautiful Things Project Presents BEAUTIFUL BEING Humanist Hall, 1pm Arisa White, Europa Grace & Eki Shola Tickets: $15-$25, Sliding Scale, NOTA Ticket Link: LIT/SPOKEN…

ARTheart – A Riotgrrrl Legacy

June 17, 2018 ART Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl and Queercore ATA, 5pm and 8pm Celeste Chan and Elliat Graney-Saucke Tickets: $5 - $10 sliding scale, NOTA Tickets: Website:…


June 17, 2018 Nana Duffuor and Indigo Mateo present SPRINT Flight Deck, 2pm & 7pm Tickets: $12 - $20 sliding scale, NOTA Ticket Link: Presented…

Javi’s Home

June 16, 2018 Visceral Artery Theatre presents Javi's Home LGBT Community Center, 2pm Tickets: $10 - $15 sliding scale TIX, NOTA Ticket Link: Come…

A History of Violence Tour & Film

June 16, 2018 Creative Labor presents: A History of Violence - Tour & Licensed to Kill Film Screening Curated by Rudy Lemcke SOMArts Cultural Center, 11am Tour | 12 noon Film (80min) Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday noon–7:00 p.m..…

Black Magic

June 15, 2018 Black Magic EASTSIDE, 7:30PM Micia Mosely Tickets: $12-$20 sliding scale, NOTA Ticket Link: Black Magic is an interactive and interdisciplinary performance…

Fresh Meat Festival 2018

June 14-16, 2018
Z Space, San Francisco

Outrageously popular and finger-licking-good: the Fresh Meat Festival is the nation’s premiere transgender and queer performance festival. Award-winning trailblazers and national LGBT art-stars perform in three programs of modern dance, live music, comedy, aerial dance, theater and much more

Queer as Fuck 2018

June 14 – 30, 2018 | Thursday – Saturday Queer Fuckery, Bindlestiff Studio & Qcc present QUEER as FUCK Fridays and Saturdays June 15 - June 30 with discounted Thursday night showings June 14 and June 28. $12 Student/Senior $15…


June 13, 2018 ENOUGH African American Art and Culture Complex, 7PM India Harville Tickets: $10-25 NOTA Ticket Link: “You’re not black enough!” "You’re…

The Whistle

June 12, 2018 The Whistle – Work-in-Progress Screening & Discussion Ninth St. Independent Film, 7:30pm StormMiguel Florez Tickets: $5-$15 Sliding scale, NOTA Ticket Link: Join…


June 11, 2018 Embrace: Emerging Artists Showcase Curated by Mona Webb Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland Tix: $12 - $20, NOTA Ticket Link: MULTIDISCIPLINARY Creating…

Roof Over My Head

June 10, 2018 Presented by ARTS Q! and Qcc A Roof Over My Head AAACC, 5pm Tickets: $12 - $20.00 sliding scale, NOTA Follow ARTS Q! On Facebook Ticket Link: MUSIC…


June 9, 2018 APICC, Bindlestiff & Qcc Memorya BINDLESTIFF, 5pm door show starts at 5:30pm Kreatibo Tickets: $15-25 Ticket Link: Memorya weaves voices of elders and emerging…


June 8-10, 2018 QWOCMAP presents 14th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Various times Friday, June 8, Opening Night Screening: Fierce & Feral – 7:30pm Saturday,…

Qball 2018

June 7 The Q-Ball - #Resist Performances National Queer Arts Festival Opening Event SOMArts Cultural Center, 7-8pm The Q-Ball is being held in conjunction with: Creative Labor's A History of Violence - Opening Reception, 6 - 9pm Free…

A History of Violence

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June 7, 2018 Creative Labor presents: A History of Violence - Opening Reception Curated by Rudy Lemcke SOMArts Cultural Center, 6-9pm The Q-Ball - #Resist Performances: 7:30-8:30pm Exhibition through June 28; Walk-Through: June 16,…

MUSEic-A Love Affair

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June 3, 2018 MUSEic - A Love Affair Between Art & Sound Somar Bar Oakland, 3 – 9pm April Scott – the Artist & the DJ Tickets: $5, NOTA Ticket Link: Join…

The State of Black Bodies

June 2,2018 Audacious IAM and Qcc present: Pr3ssPlay Poets' The State of Black Bodies EASTSIDE, 7:30PM Tickets: $15 - $20 Ticket Link: The…


June 1, 2018 Co-Sponsored by Swagger Like Us, Caliber DJs, SOMArts & Qcc TECHNOTIHUACAN SOMArts Cultural Center, 7pm Tickets: $20, limited number of free tickets for community members in need Ticket Link: TechnoTihuacan…

Performing Visible Resilience

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May 31, 2018
Doors Reception Opening: 7pm
Show: 7:30pm
Humanist Hall, Oakland

Performing Visible Resilience is an immersive visual arts exhibition and performance showcase featuring the stories and works of LGBTQ Asian Pacific American artists.

Existence as Resistance

May 30 Still Here VI presents (or Still Here 6) Existence as Resistance: Black, Queer and Still Here AAACC, 7:30pm $12-$20 sliding scale, NOTA Ticket Link: In…

Weighted Acceptance

May 26, 2018 San Francisco International Arts Festival, Bahiya Movement, SevanKelee Boult & Qcc present Weighted Acceptance Fort Mason / Fire House, 6pm Tickets: $25 Ticket Link: Weighted Acceptance is a collaboration…

Queer Rebels Fest: 10 Year Anniversary, 2018

May 25 & 26, 2018 10th Annual Queer Rebels Festival The Future is Ours: goodbye white supremacy AAACC, 7:30pm Tickets $15-$25 Ticket Link: As…

Paradise 2018

May 17-19, 2018 Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus presents: PARADISE: Belly of the Beast Brava, 8pm Tickets: $18-45 sliding scale, community comp tickets available for Thursday show Tickets Topsy-Turvy Website This event is co-sponsored…