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On the first Tuesday of each month The News, presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, features new, queer work by Bay Area artists. The News is a monthly cabaret evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes.
On Tuesday, May 5, creator of The News Kolmel W Love hosts the very first live performance by The Homobiles, as well as performances by Katie Kelly, Cassandra Falby, OutLook Theatre Project, and W Love.
New: admission is FREE! SOMArts is offering free admission in hopes that if you can afford to donate, you will support the artists onstage when the hat passes. RSVP on EventBrite to guarantee a seat.
The nature of The News is to give artists access to critical space for risk-taking in performance. In addition to artists selected by a guest curator, a “wild card” performer or two appears in each line-up at The News. “Wild cards” are artists who may not have been selected by the guest curators, but join in the evening to share new work. Artists interested in performing as a “wild card” at The News can find more information here.
The Homobiles: The Homobiles! Songs about cars and babes. All-star crew. Homo A Go Go creator Ed Varga on drums, theater maven Corrie Bennett Varga on violin and Fureigh, ex-The Shondes, on guitar. Mike Kascel, riot fag, on bass. On accordion, Tanya Wischerath, tattoo genius who, like, Steph Joy, probably served you drinks at the Lexington Club. On vocals: Stephany Joy Ashley, political punk and St. James Infirmary director, and last but not least, Lynn Breedlove, ex-Tribe 8 frontman and founder of Homobiles the ride service. The band with the brand.
Katie Kelly (KK for short) is the daughter of a juggler and a roller skater. A Lover of writing, Kelly worked in advertising on everything from Hershey to Crest Toothpaste and now uses her powers for good at a tech nonprofit. Reigning from Oregon and NYC, she fell in love with SF and made it her home. Kelly’s treasures include “6 Lesbian Secrets For Straight Men” and “10 Ways To Deal If Your Girlfriend’s Not Out Of The Closet To Her Family”.
Cassandra Falby is a West Indian American genderqueer femme from the Midwest who now calls the Bay Area home. Her commitment to gender freedom and identity awareness includes her participation in the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project and being one of the founding members of the Femme Collective.
Since 2006, she has performed as drag king Brock Cocker at a variety of conferences and shows, including Femme2006, Femme2010, Make it Big: A Wham! Tribute Show, Kentucky Fried Woman’s monthly cabaret, Flabulous!, SHAFTED: The Blaqxsploitation Project, Rally The Troupes, Oakland Pride, and Big Moves: Jazz Hams. As a proud member of CHUBB (#CHUBBforlyfe!), he has contributed to Rally The Troupes and radiated warmth at NOLOSE. More recently, she stepped into the world of social justice comedy as part of Brouhaha 2014. He will be performing in June 2015 as a special guest at the Big Moves annual show in Oakland.
OutLook Theater Project was founded in 2007 by Rebecca Schultz and Lynn Johnson, queer theater artists and educators committed to using theater as a tool in community dialogue and development. OutLook’s first project was rooted in the stories of LGBTQ elders and youth through partnerships with New Leaf Outreach to Elders and LYRIC. Through workshops, interviews and speak backs, This Many People—an intergenerational narrative play set against the backdrop of the 2004 same sex marriages—was born. It was performed at CounterPULSE in June 2010 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
Since This Many People, OutLook has experimented with multi-media, ensemble generated, audience-centered performance through The God Project, Reviving Spirits, The News: The Ages, and most currently the #WhereDoYouBelong project. The #WhereDoYouBelong project is an investigation into the places, archetypes, narratives, and beliefs that both do and do not cultivate belonging. The current ensemble includes Shirley Acuna, Frida Ibarra, Rebecca Schultz, Anthony Julius Williams, and Jason Wyman.
Kolmel W Love is the creator of The News. Part event producer and part artist, their work, collaborations and events root themselves in archetypes, drag, the romance of history and the role of humor. Their films have screened in a variety of settings including Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art and in the book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.” W Love has performed in venues including SOMArts Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, Highways Performance Space, The Velaslavasay Panorama Theatre, The Garage, various galleries, a few living rooms, two very nice leather bars, and a piano lounge.
Pictured: The Homobiles, Outlook Theater Project