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7:30 p.m. first Tue. of every month @ SOMArts Cultural Center


For a city flooded with artists that doubles as a mecca for the queer community, San Francisco seems to sometimes have trouble letting go of the formalities of a professional art and performance world. Limited gallery time and space mean carefully selected artists are expected to put out polished work, leaving little room for taking major risks. Kolmel WithLove founded The News, a monthly evening of queer performance, providing a space at SOMArts that spotlights performance pieces, experiments, and works-in-progress. As curator, she has few requirements other than the 10-minute time limit, choosing pieces she herself might find potentially brilliant or even terrible, giving everyone room for experimentation and growth. Among this month’s featured performers is Yvonne “Fly” Onakeme Etaghene, a Nigerian poet and self-described “dyke of a different caliber” who discusses queer Africa. Joining her will be actor Anthony Julius Williams, known to explore issues of human justice and mass incarceration, a couple of acrobats, dancers, videos artists, and WithLove herself, hosting with multimedia artist/badass Kevin Seaman. WithLove discourages renditions and new arrangements of established works to fit her show, so everything is new.

— By Neha Talreja

Price: $5

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