October 2023 QCC News


Congratulations to QCC team members Vienna Alvarez and Sarah Guerra on their new position titles and promotions! Vienna is now our Development & Production Manager, while Sarah Guerra is our organization’s Deputy Director. Please join us in celebrating their success – we couldn’t be more thrilled in their new chapter!

Queer Cultural Center is now on LinkedIn! Give us a follow to stay in the loop with announcements from our organization and artistic updates from our FSP artists. Thank you for helping us to grow our online presence!
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Congratulations to NQAF 2023 lead artist Chibueze Crouch (co-director of OYSTERKNIFE) for becoming The Zellerbach Family Foundation’s first Community Arts Fellow! The QCC team is so proud of them for this incredible achievement. Read The Official Announcement


Community Event featuring Cleve Jones and “Milk” screening

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Ticket Price: FreeQueer Cultural Center is partnering with San Francisco AIDS Foundation, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the release of the film “Milk,” on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at The Castro Theater. This free community event will have a fireside chat with Cleve Jones, co-founder of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, creator of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and author of, “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement.” He is a human rights activist with a history of activism spanning four decades. Following the discussion will be the screening of the film “Milk.” Reserve Your Spot

The Hummingbird’s Visit: Día de Los Muertos 2023
Unveiling & Opening Reception

Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Price: $10 General Admission, Youth (16 years and younger) are free

Curated by Rio Yañez and Bridgétt Rex, “The Hummingbird’s Visit” is fluttering in symbolism. Representing a bridge between the living and the dead where we can connect to those we have lost, artists are invited to create contemporary and traditional altar installations that honor, celebrate, and mourn those whose work, vision, and brilliance have helped to shape our lives.

The exhibition unveiling and opening reception features curatorial remarks, Día de Los Muertos-inspired artist market, and performances.

Dedicated to Raul Pizzaro, Juanishi Orosco, Paul Reubens, and all artists we have lost this year.
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The Hands That Feed You

Date: October 6, 8, 13 & 15, 2023
Time: 9pm (10/6), 7pm (10/8, 10/15), 8pm (10/13)
Location: 80 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Price: $20 – $30, PWYC available

Led by QCC longtime collaborator Annie Danger, The Hands That Feed You is a surreal game show with real cash prizes! Players conspire, collaborate, and rewrite the rules to win – if you want, one of those players could be you! Let Annie Danger take you on an odyssey through themes of ethics, apocalypse grief, and utopia all via the hit game show sweeping the land – The Hands That Feed You!
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Bay Area Mexica Queer & Two Spirit Ceremony 2023

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
Time: 10:30am – 4pm
Location: Gill Tract Farm, 1050 San Pablo Ave, Albany CA 94706
Price: Free

BAMQTS welcomes you to join us for a ceremony celebrating our fellow Two Spirit and Indigiqueer relatives on Huichin, Unceded Lisjan Ohlone Land. Together we will create a safe and celebratory space with Danza, cantos, and prayer in community. 

Schedule of event:
Pre-ceremony activities (live music at eclipse viewing): 10:30am – 12pm
Welcome Prayers: 12pm – 12:30pm
Danza: 12:30pm – 4pm
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Welcome to Roswell

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Time: 7pm
Location: Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Price: $15 (PWYC Available)

Welcome to Roswell is a film by StormMiguel Florez currently in development about a transgender filmmaker who goes home to Roswell, New Mexico to come out to his family and get it all documented on film, however, his partner’s obsession with the infamous 1947 UFO crash near Roswell takes him and his crew in a very different direction.Meet the Welcome To Roswell characters, Miguel (StormMiguel Florez), a transgender filmmaker who fancies himself a phenomenological documentarian; Elise (Maria Breaux), Miguel’s girlfriend/camera operator who is into mysticism, may have done some drugs in the 90s, and can’t always remember what’s what, Dee (Edna Mira Raia), Miguel’s baby cousin, butch lesbian, non-binary, whatever, she’s not into labels, Dee’s girlfriend Theresa (Marcia Aguilar), an auto mechanic, lesbian, hard-femme, and stoic romantic, and Connie Smith (Mattee Jim), a former NASA psychologist who was fired for getting too close to the truth, or for just being too extra about extraterrestrials.The show will be followed by a short reception in the lobby with drinks sold by BRAVA Theater staff.Venue is wheelchair accessible.**COVID SAFETY NOTE: for the safety of all present, all audience members will be required to wear n95 masks at all times in the theater, when not drinking. If you do not have an n95 mask, we will provide you with one. Actors will not wear masks on stage, but will test ahead of time and wear masks in the lobby and when mingling with audience members. We ask that you continue to wear your masks in the lobby and bathroom areas unless you are drinking.
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3rd i’s 21st Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival: screening of JOYLAND

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2023
Time: 6pm
Location: The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Price: $12 (use code cp_2023 to receive 25% off)

Celebrate with 3rd i for its 21st Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival – Beyond Bollywood! This year’s festival showcases edgy narratives, fun Indie films, and inspiring documentaries from South Asia and its Diaspora, including stories from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, France, Italy, UK, Canada and the USA. QCC is proud to help promote a screening of the film, JOYLAND, in this year’s festival.

JOYLAND: A visually gorgeous and subversive family drama set in the bustling megacity of Lahore, Pakistan. Pressured to earn his own salary, a soft-spoken house husband joins an erotic dance show, and finds himself attracted to an irrepressible trans woman. This striking feature upends traditional gender roles and identities through a story of complex expressions of love. Funny and deeply poignant. 

For other films and tickets, click the link below!
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New Roots Theatre Festival

Date: November 10 – 12, 2023
Time: Various
Location: Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, San Francisco CA 94110
Price: $20

The 2023 festival features 2 SFBATCO original projects and 4 projects by Bay Area legacy companies: Zaccho Dance Theatre, Campo Santo, Magic Theatre, AfroSolo, SF Recovery Theatre.

All six of these dynamic projects are in various stages of development, and the Festival offerings range from stage readings to fully memorized workshop productions.

Live stream options are also available.
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San Francisco Salsa Bachata Kizomba Congress

Date: November 17 – 19, 2023
Time: Various
Location: Hyatt Regency SFO Airport
Price: $250

The San Francisco SBK Congress is considered one of the top afro latin dance congresses in the world. Join us November 17 – 19, 2023, for an unforgettable weekend of dancing, learning and fun!

Experience a weekend of amazing workshops taught by world renowned instructors, afternoon socials, performances, and three nights of social dancing with some of the best Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and Zouk DJs on the globe. 
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Mighty Real: An Outdoor Acoustic Session

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
Time: TBD
Location: TBD (Oakland)
Price: Donation (No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds)

NQAF 2023 artist ItsQwere’s fifth annual Mighty Real event, An Outdoor Acoustic Session, is an intimate evening featuring unplugged performances by queer BIPOC Bay Area artists in a private, open air space.

Talent lineup will be announced soon! 

BAAITS 13th Annual Two Spirit Powwow

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Time: TBD
Location: Fort Mason Festival Pavillion, San Francisco, CA

SAVE THE DATE for BAAITS 13th Annual Two Spirit Powwow commemorating BAAITS 25 year anniversary!
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The Activate Oakland Event Sponsorship Program is a new initiative to activate public spaces and support events to revitalize downtown and neighborhood commercial areas while promoting economic recovery.

The program provides up to $10,000 to assist with funding events and activations that support Oakland’s commercial districts, small businesses, and arts and culture community. 

Any business, resident, community group, or nonprofit organization may apply.

Applications are due October 12, 2023.
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The Sisters look to support under-funded, small organizations and projects providing direct services to under-served communities. They are especially attracted to progressive grassroots projects that promote wellness, joy, tolerance, and diversity within our communities. They favor projects that serve the Bay Area or particularly embattled communities in other locales around the country and the world. 

Applications are due November 19, 2023. 
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Founded in 2014, San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival is the Bay Area’s premiere aerial arts event that features internationally recognized aerial artists and new artists breaking into the field. This biennial festival brings together spectacle, daring athleticism and poetry to create a dynamic three day performance event.

Seeking individual artists and companies with finished work to be featured in the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival’s showcase at the Cowell Theatre on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, 2024. 

Applications must be received by December 15, 2023.
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We acknowledge we are on unceded ancestral homeland of the original inhabitants of this land otherwise known as the San Francisco Bay Area.Click below to access our visual land acknowledgement created in partnership with The Association of Ramaytush Ohlone  and Inés Ixierda for the National Queer Arts Festival.