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Friday, May 27, 2016

Justin Sayre's The Meeting*: International Order of Sodomites Returns to Oasis

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM

  • Ricardo Nelson
  • Justin Sayre
Performance artist Justin Sayre returns to Oasis on Saturday, May 28, with The Meeting*his acclaimed, ever-evolving show which has run in New York for years. When the curtain rises, audiences are invited to peek in on the monthly meeting of a "secret organization" known as The International Order of Sodomites. 

The Order promotes LGBTQ culture. They also hold fabulous bake sales.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Hula-Hoop Performer Revolva (And Others) Put Ageism and Sexism on Notice in BroadMinded

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Revolva - LEELA
  • Leela
  • Revolva
Monica Bellucci in Spectre notwithstanding, ageism is rampant in Hollywood. And unlike the equally discriminatory Silicon Valley, in film, it's directed almost exclusively toward women. (Witness the 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal being told she was too old to play the romantic interest of a 55-year-old male lead last year.) It makes a gymnast's career arc look rosy by comparison.

So to hear about a show at Beatbox that features the talent of women over 40 — even up to their early 70s — should encourage anyone who suspected they were approaching their expiration date no matter how vital they looked and felt. Hula hooper, performer, and activist Revolva will exit her 30s on the night of April 22, and to own her mathematical age the same way she's owned her body's skills, she's put together a variety show as part of the weekly Red Hots Burlesque that's filled with badass women — including a 58-year-old belly dancer and a 72-year-old showgirl — called BroadMinded.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Digging the Darkness with punkkiCo's Salve Regina

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Raisa Punkki (r) Mihyun Lee (middle) Fanni Miettinen (in red) - AFSHIN ODABAEE
  • Afshin Odabaee
  • Raisa Punkki (r) Mihyun Lee (middle) Fanni Miettinen (in red)

San Francisco dancer, choreographer, and founder of punkkiCo Raisa Punkki digs the dark side. A native of Finland, and grew up in a place that encourages introspection.

“It’s dark and cold there most of the year, and that affects your mind. Finns tend to be artistic and stoic," she says. "A colleague once warned me that Americans might not like my darkness."

Though the brightness and openness of the Bay Area — in terms of the art scene and the weather — are part of what keep Punkki here, she continues to mine the darkness for its generative potential. Her current piece, Salve Regina, delves into that most dark and holy mystery, the female body. The Latin title comes from a medieval choral piece and translates to “hail, holy queen.” For the ninety-minute performance, Punkki and her collaborators created six dances that examine the complex of admiration, queasiness, and terror that men and women feel about our mammalian first home.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

16 Artists to Watch in 2016

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 7:31 AM

Sgt. Die Weis - KATIE MOONEY
  • Katie Mooney
  • Sgt. Die Weis

The Bay area is hotbed of talent and creativity. I’m fortunate enough to be involved in multiple scenes, sharing stages with performers of all stripes. There are of course a number of great performers I could have included on this list. (Even my runners-up roster boasts talented folks like burlesque performer Jet Noir, hosts of the Hysteria Comedy Open Mic Night, Irene Tu and Jessica Sele; musical-comedy act Jefferson Bergey, fire performer Afina Flint, poet Lisa Evans and writer Daphne Gottlieb who would all make for an amazing show, but I had to narrow it down!) Here, I submit for your consideration a list of 16 Bay Area performers to watch in 2016.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gerald Casel Sets and Resets the Tinikling at ODC

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Dancers: Arletta Anderson, Christina-Briggs Winslow, Peiling Kao - PHOTO BY ANDREW WEEKS
  • Photo by Andrew Weeks
  • Dancers: Arletta Anderson, Christina-Briggs Winslow, Peiling Kao

Filipino-American dancer Gerald Casel is taking a trip to his origins by way of Trisha Brown. For his upcoming Splinters in our Ankles, Casel appropriates movement techniques from Brown’s Set and Reset as a means to explore the impact of colonialism on dance and cultural expression in the Philippines.

“I’m stealing from Trisha Brown, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, and others," Casel says. "It’s tongue and cheek, paying homage at the same time as reversing the historical habit of colonizers appropriating from the colonized.”

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Oddville, An Art Show Celebrating All Things Bizarre, Is Accepting Submissions

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM

  • Ezra Croft
Ezra Croft aims to challenge your conception of art shows.

For many people, the words “art show” conjure up an image a bunch of people in formalwear walking around drinking white wine and making snooty comments about $800 paintings.

Brought to you by the same guy who put on the Christopher Walken-inspired art show last year and the Nicolas Cage-themed art show in February 2014, “Oddville: A Celebration of the Awesomely Strange” is an art show designed to show you “stuff that’s really weird, but in a fun way.”

“We’re trying to turn art shows on their head,” Croft said. “I just want it to be bizarre.”

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tourettes Without Regrets Presents Game of Thrones LIVE Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM

  • Gabriel Hurley
Winter is coming… to the Oakland Metro Operahouse. This Saturday, Sept. 26, all Game of Thrones fan-girls and -boys should swarm the Metro faster than White Walkers on Hardhome, for the marriage of the Bay Area’s rowdiest variety show, Tourettes Without Regrets, and TV’s best medieval drama. Don’t miss Game of Thrones LIVE - Hodor’s Revenge!

If you have not yet heard about Tourettes Without Regrets then, like John Snow, you know nothing. 

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NeekOn, a Free Festival Founded On Selflessness, Hits S.F. Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM

  • The Niosha Dance Academy
  • Neek-on

What started out at as Iranian cultural festival has expanded into a celebration of many cultures around the world, in the spirit of providing an all-inclusive event for anyone to attend.

Called NeekOn, after the Persian word neek (meaning “spreading kindness”), the festival will be free.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Maryam Farnaz Rostami Has a Vision for the Future of S.F.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM


We know the long-term fate of San Francisco pretty well: in about 24 million years, the Mission will be somewhere near Alaska. But the fate of our city between then and now is a mystery, although the idea of an ever-wealthier, ever-whiter San Francisco in the mid-21st century isn’t terribly farfetched.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Fresh Meat Festival: The Very Best Transgender and Queer Performers

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Sean Dorsey Dance - KEGAN MARLING
  • Kegan Marling
  • Sean Dorsey Dance

In an ever-changing San Francisco, Fresh Meat Productions stands out like some glorious, rainbow striped beacon of hope. Now in its 14th year, Fresh Meat Productions presents its annual Fresh Meat Festival, an absolutely essential performance platform for transgender and queer performance artists. It's one of those events that reminds us that there still exists that old-school San Francisco spirit that makes our city unique in the world.

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