"Although the source of her inspiration is very particular--the Latina lesbian experience--the impact of her humor is definitely universal" — LA Times
Monica happily reunites with René Yañez and the Galería De La Raza for a production of, San Francisco, Mi Amor!, a comedic look back at a groundbreaking career during a remarkable time in LGBTQ and Chicana history.
Renowned Chicana lesbian writer/performer Monica Palacios returns to the city by the bay, the birthplace of her queer comedy career with her new work in progress: San Francisco, Mi Amor!, produced by Galería De La Raza and Artist René Yañez. San Francisco, Mi Amor! is a homecoming to Monica's 1980's: San Francisco State, Gay Comedy Night at the Valencia Rose Cabaret, lusting for women making her burritos at Taqueria La Cumbre, performing comedy during the AIDS crisis, waitressing at Pier 39, birthing the comedy troupe Culture Clash, meeting and auditioning for Edward James Olmos on 24th Street, grooming her mullet and mucho mucho mas!
After 3 decades, Los Angeles based Monica Palacios comes home to the Mission District's iconic Galeria De La Raza, where she performed as a solo artist during the 80's and co-founded the Latina/o comedy group Culture Clash, brought together by artist/producer Rene Yanez who was curator of the Galeria during this time. San Francisco's Mission District was a hot spot for this blossoming lesbian comedian performing at what are now historical queer venues on Valencia Street such as the Valencia Rose Cabaret, ground zero for the Queer Comedy Movement; Artemis Cafe, a lesbian restaurant and space; and Amelia's, a lesbian bar. Monica and a handful of LGBTQ comics were boldly out on stage despite the homophobic atmosphere present as AIDS made headline news. Palacios stood out amongst her peers with her unique brand of Chicana lesbian humor focusing on nationality and sexuality in one breath.
When & Where
Galería de la Raza
2857 24th Street
Galería de la Raza and Taller Bomalele
Founded in 1970, the Galería is a non-profit community-based arts organization whose mission is to foster public awareness and appreciation of Chicano/Latino art and serve as a laboratory where artists can both explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, and advance intercultural dialogue. To implement our mission, the Galería supports Latino artists in the visual, literary, media and performing art fields whose works explore new aesthetic possibilities for socially committed art.
Taller Bombalele strives to promote our Afro Puerto Rican roots music and dance tradition of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in community. Taller Bombalele is also proud to be part of a diverse community in the SF Bay Area and is therefore committed to teaching, learning, and collaboration and in reflection of this community, we welcome our community of different cultural experiences and intergenerational participation. We strive to continually learn, grow and support each other in our learning.