saturday nite performers include…
BUTCHLALIS DE PANOCHTITLAN BdP’s current performance iteration is Claudia Rodriguez and Raquel Gutierrez. Translated as the Butch Stars of Pussylandia, BdP emerged from community based activist spaces to create visibility around politicized identities within a Los Angeles-centric context. Currently, BdP is working on collecting a text of scripts and ephemera as they near their 10 year anniversary. Stay tuned at twitter.com/butchlalis.
HEATHER CASSILS is an artist, stunt person and a body builder who uses an exaggerated physique to intervene in various contexts in order to interrogate systems of power, control and gender. Often employing many of the same strategies used by FLUXUS and guerrilla theater, her method is multidisciplinary and crosses a spectrum of performance, film, drawing, video, photography and event planning. She is a founding member of L.A. based performance group the Toxic Titties. Heather has exhibited at galleries and sites worldwide. (And famously kissed Lady Gaga in the prisonyard scene of LG’s “Telephone” video.)
D’LO Described as a “jolt of creative and comedic energy,” D’Lo is a Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer. D’Lo has a BA Ethnomusicology (UCLA) and is a graduate of NY’s School of Audio Engineering. D’Lo has toured the university and college circuit with stand up comedy and spoken word for over a decade, facilitated performance and writing workshops and been published in various magazines and anthologies. D’Lo works with regional theaters across the US, including with “Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show.” D’lo was recently in Cherrie Moraga’s new play Digging Up the Dirt, toured Minor D’Tales, and his 2nd play, Boys That Pray, is going into development at S.F’s Brava Theater.
ANGIE EVANS is a butch, a feminist and a musician, pretty much in that order. She has played in countless venues across the country, organizes music and art events around Southern California and believes in sisterhood and good espresso.
DAWN KASPER is primarily a performance artist, but investigates existing and created emotional structures and the body as an object using video, drawing, photography and sculpture. She has performed at the Migros Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, Art Positions in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach, shown video at Art in General in New York, and shown sculpture at Raid Projects in L.A.
THE MIRACLE WHIPS BURLESQUE is a queer femme performance troupe that works to promote models of progressive femininity, to create radical erotic possibilities, and to disrupt conventional notions of sexiness. We use performance art, sketches, song and dance to take on gender and social issues with plenty of irreverent humor and sexuality. We are a feminist collective that provides a healthy dollop of sass with your social commentary. Our shows hurt like a good spanking, providing just enough sting to make you remember what you’ve learned!
PHRANC Artist, performer and “a genre unto herself,” Phranc began her performing career in the late ‘70s punk scene in L.A. with bands Nervous Gender and Catholic Discipline. In the ‘80s Phranc pursued a solo career as the All- American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger, playing acoustic guitar and releasing Folksinger on Rhino Records. She opened for music acts such as The Smiths, Hüsker Dü, Violent Femmes and Billy Bragg. She released the LP I Enjoy Being a Girl in ‘89 on Island Records, was an important influence on the Queercore movement (Team Dresch “Uncle Phranc”). In the ‘90s Phranc performed “Hot August Phranc,” as Neil Diamond. She now performs occasionally––still rocking her famous phlat-top and bulldagger swagger––and works on creative visual art projects, with a Cardboard Cobbler sculpture show scheduled for Summer 2011 in L.A.
PEGGY SHAW Actor, Playwright, and Producer has received three OBIE Awards for her performances in––“Dress Suits To Hire” and “Menopausal Gentleman,”––with the legendary lesbian theatre company, Split Britches. Among her celebrated works are “You’re Just Like My Father,”and “Lesbians Who Kill.” Peggy received the 1995 Anderson Foundation Stonewall Award for “making the world a better place for gays and lesbians.” She played Billy Tipton in ”The Slow Drag,” and co-founded the Obie-Award Winning WOW Cafe in NYC. Peggy has taught Solo Performance and Routledge Press recently published “Split Britches: Lesbian Practice, Feminist Performance.”
SKIM is a singing, rapping, song-writing, Koreandrumming, guitar-strumming “irregular MC,” who captivates her audiences everywhere as she defies simple categorization. She has emerged as one of the most refreshing new artists from the L.A. soundscape as she flows through elements of hip hop, spoken word and Korean folk music. Her reach is continually expanding—whether at the Michigan Womyn’s Music or S.F. Pride, college campuses or juvenile halls, on HBO’s Def Poetry or on Pacifica Radio, harmonizing with the Chicago Children’s Choir or opening for KRS-One.
Performance Curator Raquel Gutierrez is creating a never-before-seen world premiere of performance cabaret from some of your favorite artists.
“I’m super excited about this and hope you’ll come support this big community-based endeavor, it’s gonna subvert the monolithic identity structure and like totally uphold it at the same time. Yay, contradiction!! ”