JOTALOGUES: Talking Taboo in the LGBTQAI—U! at La Peña Cultural Center May 27-29

La Peña Cultural Center and the National Performance Network Presents the World Premiere Workshop Production!

JOTALOGUES: Talking Taboo in the LGBTQAI—U!

Written by Adelina Anthony with D’Lo
Performed by Adelina Anthony & D’Lo
Directed by Mark Valdez

Friday May 27, 2011 – Sunday May 29, 2011
$10 adv. $15 dr. – 8pm

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Adelina Anthony and D’Lo are groundbreaking queer artists of color working as multi-disciplinary artists whose theater/performance presentations have garnered numerous awards, nominations, and critical attention. Ms. Anthony was a nominee for a prestigious 2009 Alpert Award in theater, which rewards experimenters who are challenging and transforming art, their respective disciplines and society. Most recently, in 2010, she garnered the Sandra Cisneros’ Del Moral Foundation Award for her solo playwriting, and the National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Award to develop and perform Jotalogues. Adelina has invited fellow collaborator, D’Lo, who has been described as a “jolt of creative energy” to join her in this creative process, turning the original solo concept into a two-person performance piece. In the past, D’Lo has also been awarded the Creation Fund Award and Durfee Foundation Grant for his performance work. They are both national touring artists. The two have collaborated as performers, writers, and directors of each other’s solo works, but this marks the first time they share the stage in a full-length two-person show.

Over the last few months, Adelina and D’Lo have embarked on meeting the challenges of this new work rooted in comedy, but dealing with the most serious matters of our times. But even with its moments of gravitas, these “sacred clowns” are known for taking up taboo and difficult material and stirring up rich performance material.

Steeped in witty language and physical humor, Jotalogues, is a performance piece that tackles our multiple intersections from a pan-ethnic, pan-generational, and pan-sexual viewpoint. As our communities continue to face deep crisis, Jotalogues gives voice to the most marginalized—and its not your typical queers. In this show, Adelina and D’Lo, create zany characters to explore the effects of non-regulated human impact and destruction on our planet. Tackling the familiar tropes of racism, sexism, and homophobia, Anthony and D’Lo’s us their signature comedic chops to give us fresh insights into a very special “underground” world.

Jotalogues emerged from different opportunities to workshop characters during the last few years and a desire to examine “isms” from a queer people of color perspective. “I realized I could create another solo show, or I could invite my talented friend, D’Lo, to join me in creating something that spoke to our mutual concerns and showcased both of our talents. It’s not everyday you get to see a Xicana-Indígena lesbian and a queer/trans Sri-Lankin share the stage,” Anthony says as the lead artist on the grant. “I feel our audiences, which already have some overlap, are going to be in for an entertaining and surprising ride together. And that’s the larger point of the piece, we’re all in it together.”

Director Mark Valdez has been directing theater for well over a decade across the nation. He is the National Coordinator for the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), he was formerly a Cornerstone Theater Company Associate Director, and currently sits on the Theater Communications Group Board of Directors.

For more information, visit www.adelinaanthony.com and www.dlocokid.com

D’FaQTo Life in Chicago May 4th

D’FaQTo Life: D’Lo Performs May 4th

May is Asian-American Heritage Month and in order to celebrate the diversity of the Asian-American community, OMSA, Panasia, the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and the Center for Gender Studies are proud to cosponsor an engaging performance by D’Lo, a queer Tamil Sri “L.A.nkan”-American, political theater artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer. D’Lo combines politics, comedy, and spoken word in a lively performance with commentaries on her experience as an Asian-American.

D’Lo has performed and/or facilitated performance and writing workshops extensively (US, Canada, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and India), having recently held workshops in LA with SATRANG and as a teaching artist with Teada Productions Theater Company. D’Lo’s work has been published in various anthologies and academic journals and holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of New York’s School of Audio Engineering (SAE).

We hope you can join us in kicking off the Asian American Heritage Celebration! The D’Lo performance will be on May 4th, 2011 at 6:00pm at 5710 Community Lounge. Hope to see you there!

May Day 2011

D’Lo will be performing on May Day’s Queer themed night!

CounterPULSE celebrates its 6th birthday with their lively May Day festival fundraiser — three nights of performance designed to echo the different aspects of this eclectic arts space. In one weekend, May Day offers three completely unique evenings of performance, packed with the Bay Area’s most exciting dance companies, performance artists, comedians, drag queens, circus artists, and more.

Friday’s Dance Extravaganza presents dance fans with a jaw-dropping line up of the Bay Area’s hottest dance superstars. Performers include: AXIS Dance Company, Charlotte Moraga, Chris Black, Lizz Roman Dance, Robert Moses Kin, Scott Wells & Dancers, and Zaccho Dance Theater.

Saturday’s Cabaret welcomes the Bay Area’s phenomenal circus artists, risky and risqué burlesque, and masterful drag all MC’ed by our favorite local celeb, comedian Kamau Bell. Performers include: The Devil-Ettes, Fou Fou Ha, Honey Mahogany, La Chica Boom, Marina Luna, Natasha Kaluza, Tommy Shephard, Seth Eisen, and VivvyAnne ForeverMORE.

Sunday’s exhibition of Queer(ing) Performance highlights Bay Area’s most contemporary and compelling queer performance, MC’ed by legendary Guillermo Gomez-Peña. Performers include: Anne Bluethenthal, Cecilio Cooper/ThiswayThatway, D’Lo, Dance Brigade, Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior, KUNST-STOFF, Laura Arrington Dance, and Sara Felder.

The festival, scheduled to coincide with the people’s holiday for justice and celebration, is a lovely reason to come out and champion Bay Area arts and artists by supporting CounterPULSE, a hub for cutting-edge and community-based performance. The event, which is a benefit for the local non-profit, also includes a fabulous silent auction featuring the best of San Francisco’s local businesses.

Curated by Julie Phelps & Jessica Robinson Love

$25 – Discount (Artist/Low-income/Student/Senior)*
$40 – General Admission
$75 – Hot Shot = Free drink and $20 auction credit
$150 – VIP = Table for two, free drinks, and $20 auction credit (call 415.626.2060 to reserve)

*limited availability

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LA HOCICONA SERIES: An Original X-X-Xicana Comedic Triptych by Adelina Anthony

LA HOCICONA SERIES: An Original X-X-Xicana Comedic Triptych by Adelina Anthony

Directed by D’Lo

LA HOCICONA SERIES is the culmination of 3 years work and the comic-political vision of national touring artist and acclaimed Xicana lesbian performer, Adelina Anthony. This series highlights 3 different solo shows that consciously mix the genres of stand-up comedy, political theater, and performance art. These solo works are couched in progressive politics, queer Xicana aesthetics, and her notorious use of Spanglish and other linguistic inventions. The shows have played individually to diverse audiences across the U.S. to high critical praise and belly-aches known to give some jotas a new abdomen six-pack to brag about. All three 90 min. shows have been directed by D’Lo–a comedic force in his own right. Each show stands alone, but, ultimately, these hilarious and thought-provoking shows were created to be performed in juxtaposition and in conversation with each other. This means a different show will literally be performed each night! Catch them all in one weekend or come see them over a period of 3 weeks:

Performances
FRIDAYS (Nov. 5, 12, & 19) @ 8pm: La Angry Xicana?!
SATURDAYS (Nov. 6, 13, & 20) @ 8pm: La Sad Girl…
SUNDAYS (Nov. 7, 14 & 21) @ 7 pm: La Chismosa!!!

Location
McCadden Place Theatre
1157 North McCadden
Hollywood, CA 90038

*INTENDED for MATURE AUDIENCES with a great sense of humor and intellect. WARNING this artist has been known to cause severe headaches to conservatives, Republicans, homophobes, and other close-minded gente!

NOTE: No one under 16 years old will be admitted.

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Notes
Come early for street parking. The theater space is NEXT to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. THERE WILL NOT BE AN EXTENSION. THIS SERIES WILL ONLY PLAY FOR 3 WEEKENDS.

Swagger Saturday Nite

The BUTCHVoices.LA Conference Presents

Swagger

One night of butch bravado and stud service by those that live it and those that love it…

Location
Fairfax High Auditorium
7850 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
www.maclaarte.org

Performance
Satuday, October 9, 2010 – 8pm

Tickets
Register for BVLA Conference.

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World Premiere of these artists… like you’ve never seen them before

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!! ”

D’Lo Performing Arts Residency MACLA

MACLA in partnership with the National Performance Network present:

D’Lo Performing Arts Residency

September 27 – October 2, 2010

Solo performer D’Lo in Ramble-Ations.

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. Aside from vigorously touring the university/college circuit, D’Lo works with regional theaters across the United States and has presented Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show which received the National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant in 2009 and was presented at New World Theater (Amherst, MA), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA) and Ashe Cultural Center (New Orleans, LA). As part of his residency at MACLA, D’Lo will interact with artists and community members to create, engage, and entertain while adding to the rich performance legacy forged by MACLA and some of the best performance artists working today.

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Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show

Your ticket allows you to be an honorary Sri Lankan, transgender, vegetarian performance artist, or at least watch hip-hop artist D’Lo weave personal stories through poetry, music, comedy and video. D’Lo presents a parade of characters, real and imaginary sharing their stories — exploring contradictions of existing in America where one’s immigrant traditions and culture are constantly challenged; battling against ignorance, even in friendships and relationships; and finally, reflecting upon stories of love that show D’Lo’s belief that “you can’t call yourself a revolutionary if you have a problem being nice.”

Location
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latina America
510 S. First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
www.maclaarte.org

Performance
October 2, 8pm (doors open 7:30pm)

Prices
$10 at the door, $9 advance tickets

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This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program; major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for MACLA’s performing arts program is provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Digging Up the Dirt by Cherrie Moraga

Digging Up the Dirt by Cherríe Moraga

Directed by Cherríe Moraga & Adelina Anthony

A play about: poetry and perversion; about making love and making art; about that old story of loving to death. Who murdered “Sirena Cantante” is not the question. The question is: why?”

Starring: Adelina Anthony*, Virginia Grise, Cheryl Umaña*, Anthony Rodrigo Castillo, Brenda Banda, D’Lo, & Melissa Hidalgo

Location
Breath of Fire Latina Theater
310 W. 5th St. (2nd Floor in El Centro Cultural de Mexico)
Santa Ana, CA

Performances
Fri, July 30, 2010 – Sun, Aug 29, 2010
(Play is intended for mature audiences and may not be suitable for children.)

Prices
Opening Night – $25 advance/door
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8PM – $15 advance/$20 door
Sundays @ 6PM – $10 advance/door

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Purchasing tickets at the door – we ONLY accept cash and check.

Opening Night
Join us on July 30 for our Opening Night hors d’oeuvres and champagne reception and talk-back to follow the performance with the playwright/directors. Reception sponsored by Bistro400.com.

Group Rates Available
For further details or questions about group rates: info@breathoffire.org / Tel. 714-600-0129

About
“Digging Up the Dirt*” takes place, as Moraga writes, “Inside The Poet’s head, somewhere in the fragmented Chicano nation of Aztlán.” Here, as in most Moraga plays, the playwright uses the imagined landscape of the Southwest to poignantly explore those censored questions that continue to impact Chicana lives. And, as in most Moraga plays, such depictions give all of us pause –regardless of race or gender or sexuality. This is especially the case in “Digging Up the Dirt” where the plot thematically interweaves two murder stories. One is the tale of “Sirena Cantante’s” murderer, “Zanzibar,” serving a life sentence, while engaging in lesbian romances and being mercilessly visited by the probing “Poet.” The second is an intimate account of the murder of “Amada,” a Chicana lesbian killed by the hand of her own son. Through the telling of both stories, alternately satirical and tragic, audience members are held accountable for their own “crimes of passion” and the play becomes a kind of moving mirror to all our unacknowledged “murderous” deeds of the heart.

D’FunQT

D’FunQT (pronounced defunct): A BIG D’Lo SHOW

Presented by Dixon Place as part of the 2010 HOT Festival

161 A Chrystie (Between Rivington & Delancey)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-0736
Dixon Place

Date: Thursday, August 5, 2010
Time: 9:30 PM
Price: $10 advance/$15 door

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D’Loco Kid Productions in partnership with Butters and Papi Productions has announced that D’FunQT: A Big D’Lo Show will be held on Thursday, August 5th, 2010. The piece will premiere at Dixon Place as a part of Dixon Place’s Hot! Festival, a pioneering festival of queer performance and culture – and the oldest, continually running festival of its kind in the world! D’FunQT: A Big D’Lo Show is a one night spectacular from the critically acclaimed artist D’Lo, a Los Angeles based, Tamil Sri Lankan-American comedian, writer, theater artist, director, and advocate.

Known mostly for solo theater that brings to life emotionally charged characters that cross generations and genders, D’Lo’s new show D’FunQT (pronounced “defunct”) is a “stripped-up” version of D’Lo’s solo theater work. This ‘stand-up storytelling’ performance is a humorous musing on being a queer boy/transgendered person who grew up in a strict immigrant family. D’FunQT serves as a showcase for D’Lo’s talent as a performer and writer as the artist shares stories of repeated coming out processes, explorations on topics relating to South Asia, transgender social justice, queer social culture, loneliness, and the resilience of the human spirit.

The Bay Times raves, “Rarely will you find an artist with such polymorphous skill at storytelling and performance, one who understands the gentle, quiet rhythms of masterfully drawing a moment out and bringing it back in.”

Fresh Meat 2010

D’Lo will be performing new material at the Fresh Meat Festival!

2010 Fresh Meat Festival
9th annual transgender & queer performance festival

Dates/Times:
Thursday, June 17: 8pm
Friday, June 18: 8pm
Saturday, June 19: 8pm
Sunday, June 20: 7pm (note earlier start time)

Venue:
Z Space @ Theater Artaud
450 Florida Street
(between 17th Street and Mariposa), SF [map]

Tickets:
$17-20 (advance tickets recommended)

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, June 20, 7pm show


The Fresh Meat Festival is outrageously popular for good reason: it showcases stellar transgender and queer talent on a huge scale, and is the only event of its kind in the nation. Due to audience demand, Fresh Meat returns again this year to big, beautiful Theater Artaud. Don’t miss this “Best of San Francisco” award-winning performance!

Motivational speakers, cross-dressing freedom fighters, Craigslist hookups, Filipino gay love songs, a vogue-off, tranny glam rock and songs from the ancestors are just a few of the highlights of this year’s Fresh Meat Festival. And this year, our outrageously popular transgender and queer performance festival is bursting at the seams with world premieres.

This year’s Fresh Meat Festival shines the spotlight on new work, with performances by the Barbary Coast Cloggers, Annie Danger, Sean Dorsey Dance, solidad decosta, D’Lo, StormMiguel Florez, the GAPA Men’s Chorus, Allan Frias Productions, SoliRose and Shawna Virago! All artists perform every night.

The 2010 Fresh Meat Festival brings its biggest lineup ever to Z Space at Theater Artaud, June 17-20. From modern dance to hip hop, freestyle to folk, ceremonial music to roots rock, this year’s festival offers something for everyone with a top-notch roster of transgender and queer trailblazers. These shows sell out quickly: advance tickets are recommended!