‘The Fab and Furious Queer Circus of Dastardly Delights’ rolls into townAround the City Thursday, July 7th, 2011
‘The Fab and Furious Queer Circus of Dastardly Delights’ rolls into town
Step right up, folks! It’s fabulous. It’s furious. It’s dastardly. It’s delightful. And above all, it’s absolutely queer. Come one, come all to The Fab and Furious Queer Circus of Dastardly Delights.
The Queer Circus sets up camp at the San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park on July 10. It will be an evening of dance, storytelling, slam poetry, performance art and some of Southern California’s best visual artists.
Ted Gideonse, a contributing San Diego LGBT Weekly writer, asked Andrew Printer, a reporter for the San Diego LGBT Weekly, to curate the art part of the event earlier this year. Gideonse is also on the board for So Say We All, a non-profit narrative arts production and education organization. That organization, along with San Diego Writers, Ink and The San Diego Art Institute will be presenting the event.
Gideonse and So Say We All had a similar event in January of this year called The Lost Supper at UCSD, which had a very good turnout.
“It combined storytelling, readings and visual and performance art. It was a huge success, not just artistically, but also in our attendance,” Gideonse said. “The diversification of the event brought in a lot of people who we’d never seen at any other So Say We All events.”
Printer is no stranger to curation having curated a show called Beyond the Surface at the Limbo Gallery, located in Hillcrest, in 2005. That exhibition event became “a kind of variety show because we had to choose artists that were not (for the most part) wall based,” he said.
With this show they are literally dropping the one show day into an exhibition that already exists, meaning the walls were already filled with art. They then had the idea to add performance, sculpture and video artists and said they “ended up with a circus.”
Both Printer and Gideonse brought in the performers, whose talents are both wide and varied.
“Andrew chose the art, and I chose the storytellers,” Gideonse said. “Whenever I do something like this, I try to mix the well-known with the surprising.”
According to Printer, the talent involved in this show wanted to deviate from conventions as far as LGBT art is concerned. The artists involved in the event are not necessarily gay or lesbian. “Queer can mean anyone or anything,” he said.
One of the performances will be a pickling demonstration by Los Angeles artist Jen Smith. People are invited to bring in fruits or vegetables so they can do their own pickling and then they can take them home in a jar.
Singers and actresses Adriana Zuniga, Dawn Marie Williams, Dylan Yates and Allen Clark along with performance and visual artists The Kalpulli Atlachinolli dancers, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Adrian de la Pena, Don Tatro, Frankie Martin, Jayson Ward, Kristine Thompson, Marcus Civin, Omar Lopez, Rigo Maldonado, Robert Steinberger, The Rubber Rose, Steve MacIsaac, Suzanne Wright, and Zac Monday will be just a few of the performers audiences can expect to enjoy.
Storyteller Jericho Brown will also be making an appearance.
“Brown is arguably the most important gay writer living in San Diego,” Gideonse adds, “His poetry is both gorgeous and populist.”
Dave White, a film critic, and activist Autumn Sandeen will also be featured at the event.
“White is a hilarious film critic and memoirist from L.A., and he has a huge following,” Gideonse said. “I [also] asked Sandeen because I knew that as one of the most important trans activists in America right now, she’d have great stories to tell.”
The event will most likely have catered refreshments that will include wine and some food, and they are hoping to make this an annual happening.
“Whether it happens like this from now on is up to the three non-profits involved,” Printer said. “Because of the circus theme I like the idea of traveling to other cities and dropping into existing galleries there … sounds like fun.”
When the gentlemen were asked what they want audiences to take away with them from this event both had different and interesting responses.
“My hope is that a lot of people will come to a museum and an LGBT/Queer themed show and be surprised to see pickling demonstrations and framed photos carried to them instead of hanging on the walls, and glory holes being drilled and dancers and tarot readings and who knows what,” Printer said. “A lot of contemporary art can be inaccessible and I wanted an event that left people happy and talking and included.”
The event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with performances starting at 6 p.m. and there is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, you can contact either Andrew Printer at 619-252-9711or email@example.com or Ted Gideonse at 858-568-8982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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