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Thursday, May 12, 2011

La Chica Boom Explodes Saturday Night in Cabaret Lunatique's Celebrate the Mission

Posted on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM

We love drag. We love burlesque. We know what to expect. Flashy outfits. Colors so bright they're blinding. Exposed skin. Exploration of racial, political, sexual, and gender issues. [cue loud record-scratch noise] What? Well, sure, when you're in the presence of La Chica Boom. The self-described Chican@ performance artist and community organizer uses drag, burlesque, and other stage conventions to blow these issues to smithereens (or, as she puts it, "destabilize white heteropatriarchy"). She's fisted a piñata. She's worn a shiny purple coin-shaped costume labeled "TOKEN." (In the clip above she wears that outfit in 2009's Kaleidoscope Cabaret.) And she's a perfect fit for Saturday night's Celebrate the Mission, part of a series of late-night Teatro ZinZanni shows called Cabaret Lunatique that focus on San Francisco neighborhoods.

La Chica Boom
  • La Chica Boom
The Mission roster runs deep. Featured also is Robert Lopez, who formed the 1970s punk band the Zeros and whose alter ego is "the Mexican Elvis," El Vez. Also onstage is Paul Flores, a hip-hop performance artist and spoken-word aficionado whose productions include the recent You're Gonna Cry, about cultural and economic upheaval in the Mission during the dot-com boom.
Robert Lopez aka El Vez
  • Robert Lopez aka El Vez
Other performers include writer and comedian Ricardo Salinas, actor and singer Ron Obregón, and performance and spoken-word artist Alejandra Mojica. It's also your chance to get into a spectacular venue without having to pay for a ticket that includes a five-course meal. You'd be a lunatique to miss this cabaret.
Ricardo Salinas
  • Ricardo Salinas
Celebrate the Mission starts at 11:15 p.m. Saturday in the Spiegeltent at Pier 29, Embarcadero at Battery. Admission is $25-$35.

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