Best Performance Artist - 2010
Monique Jenkinson lives with two obsessions (more than two, but we'll only talk about two of them right now). For a lesser person, the pairing of "high fashion/outward beauty" and "social justice" might be a horrible curse. But in a very San Francisco way, Jenkinson simply melded them in the performance art crucible, and out popped Fauxnique, our best-known — although far from only — lady drag queen, or faux queen. In her last two stage shows, Faux Real and Luxury Items, she danced en pointe, she romped in expensive high heels, she sang, danced, lip-synched, and generally captivated. At the recent Trannyshack David Bowie Tribute Night, she choreographed a 1920s dance marathon for five couples set to a Bowie ballad; people have put less work into entire plays. Uncompromised vision, inner tension, and an adoring public: These are the ingredients of greatness.