Queer the Room

LGBT performance art thrives on multiple levels in San Francisco. Trannyshack leads the recurring clubs that are escorting drag into the 21st century. Kirk Read and Larry-bob Roberts head monthly open mic Smack Dab. Local choreographers Laura Arrington and Jesse Hewit push boundaries in their dance pieces and performances. Now SOMArts introduces The News, which is part variety show, part workshop. Curated by Kolmel WithLove, The News contains exciting, bleeding-edge local work. Performers are encouraged to experiment or bring something they’ve been working on, and in turn they receive feedback from the audience and fellow artists. For tonight’s inaugural program the Brontez Purnell Dance Company demonstrates contemporary movement born out of the vital Oakland punk/DIY scene. Drag performer La Chica Boom ignites the room with her politically charged Chicana burlesque. Other notable performers include the Nigerian-born Rotimi Agbabiaka, whom you might have seen embodying James Brown in Beach Blanket Babylon, and video artist Peter Max Lawrence. Check your preconceptions at the door.
Tue., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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