As a Femme it can be really hard to play the hanky game. I used to use my bra strap sometimes, like tuck a hot pink hanky in the back so it flapped around, letting everyone know I was both into a certain activity and also prepared in case someone needed a hanky. But nailpolish is so much more versatile!
Cupcake Cabaret is a performance celebrating the strength we get from what marks us different in this world. Size, gender, sexuality, class, race, dis/ability, age, religion and all numbers of identities bring the artists in the series a sense of power and esteem.
An ongoing series curated by Bevin Branlandingham, Cupcake Cabaret features comedy, drag, burlesque, spoken word, film, performance art and all manner of genres celebrating the radical act of self-love.
Saturday, March 7, 2009 * San Francisco, CA
Cupcake Cabaret SF! co-curated with Gina De Vries
Doors at 7:00, Show at 7:30 * $10
Center for Sex and Culture:
1519 Mission St. San Francisco (In Between 11th and South Van Ness)
Featuring an All-Femme Cast:
Bevin Branlandingham is the Host and Producer of FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme Podcast Guide to Life. She is a flamboyant femmecee, queer high femme, drag king, burlesque and comedy performer. She co-produces and hosts Gayety, a Queer Comedy Cabaret based in New York City. She is Head Madam of the Femme Family–the New York Chapter of the Femme Mafia, a member of NOLOSE, and organizer of Fat and Queer NYC. In 2008 Bevin received a Commendation from the Mayor of Jersey City for her work with the LGBT community. She was a founding member and producer of the Royal Renegades of Philadelphia, a drag troupe that performed throughout the US and Canada. Her writing has been featured in the Gender Matters newsletter, Kingdom Magazine, and the Gender Bent Zine. Her interests include travel, knitting, music, her shih tzu and community building.
She is best described as “Equal parts glitter, cupcakes, good genes and Sephora.”
GINA DE VRIES:
Gina de Vries is a queer femme writer, rabble-rouser, sex worker,
pervert, and Paisan. Her fiction, journalism, memoir, and smut have
appeared dozens of places, including: Femmethology; Baby, Remember My
Name; Dirty Girls; That’s Revolting!; Bound to Struggle; make/shift
magazine; and Curve magazine. Currently, Gina curates shows for
long-running queer performance series San Francisco in Exile, blogs
for national LGBT blog Bilerico, and teaches a writing workshop for
sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture (where she
also serves on the Advisory Board). She can be cruised online at
Born and raised in the concrete canyons of NYC, Mo has also been writing and performing on stage since the age of five. In addition to performing in dozens of commercials, she sang on the soundtrack of The Wiz and appeared as an extra in many films and television shows. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Playwright’s Horizon’s Wing. She appears in the cult classic film, “America’s Deadliest Home Video”, along with childhood star / media train-wreck Danny Bonaduce.
Her one-woman show 69Stories: One Pervert’s Tale was developed with Anne Galjour and premiered by Crowded Fire, and enjoyed 5 incarnations including three full runs in San Francisco between 1997 and 2004. Her theater work has received critical acclaim and been recognized with several awards, including awards for “Best Local Actress” and “Most Radiant Presence in Shackles”, a category created for her solo show and no doubt to be a singular honor! Mollena is a founding member of Crowded Fire. She is also the playwright of her hit solo shows 69 Stories and No Good Deed. With CF, she has appeared in Greek Salad, A Hard Heart, Top Girls, Slaughter City, ‘Maid, One Big Lie. and Gone. She has also worked with Women’s Will, Theater Rhinoceros and Berkeley Repertory Company. She will be appearing in the Audio-Sculpture “WORMHOLE” tis spring and the new play “DRIP” this fall. Check that out at http://crowdedfire.org.
Zuleikha Mahmood is a queer mixed Afghan American writer who lives in
Oakland. She has work forthcoming in Kohl, an anthology of Afghan
American women’s fiction, and has self-published several zines,
including The Ancestors Were Sharks!/ The Ancestors Hate Us?. In 2008,
she performed at Writers with Drinks, San Francisco in Exile, Queer
Open Mic, Femina Potens, as well as in the National Queer Arts
Festival, and she also toured with Mangos with Chili, a queer and
trans people of color performing arts cabaret. Zuleikha is committed
to documenting the lives of Muslim drop-outs, fuck-ups, sluts, and
Julia Serano is an Oakland-based writer, performer and author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007), a collection of personal essays that reveal how misogyny shapes many of the myths and misconceptions people have about transsexual women and others on the trans feminine spectrum. Julia’s other writings have appeared in anthologies (including BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, Word Warriors: 30 Leaders in the Women’s Spoken Word Movement, and Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape), in feminist, queer and progressive publications such as AlterNet, Bitch, Feministing.com, Out, Clamor, make/shift, Kitchen Sink and LiP, and have been used as teaching materials in gender studies courses across North America. For more information about all of her creative endeavors, check out www.juliaserano.com.