A dynamic evening of performance and discussion that touches upon the sacred and profane nature of marriage in the face of the coming November elections. The evening will start with interactive performances by Philip Huang, Ali Liebgott, Micia Mosely, Julio Salgado, Yun Suh, Greg Youmans and Chris Vargas, followed by a discussion.
The recent appeals court decisions laying the groundwork for the Supreme Court to weigh in once and for all on the constitutionality of Prop 8, and the ensuing national discussion of marriage equality, make a broad discussion that examines the intersection of social activism and art timely and essential. With the 2012 presidential election ramping up, same-sex marriage has once again come into the limelight
With a return to grassroots activism, and the use of art in social advocacy and change, YBCA is excited to present an evening of performance and panel discussion to address marriage equality. Through comedy, we examine the paradox that is the public discussion on marriage.
Philip Huang, a vivacious performing artist, has been spotted throughout the Bay Area with avant-garde works that often tread the line between public disturbance and art. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Haung has been visible within the LGBT community as an HIV test counselor. “Now he writes and performs full time, often staying up until 5 a.m. to work on fiction,” (East Bay Express) having previously contributed to the Express by writing book reviews. An immigrant from Taiwan, via Phoenix, Haung grew up in a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles. Huang operates the Dana Street Theater out of his home in Berkeley.
Huang enjoys introducing an element of irony and humor in anti-marriage or anti-gay protests by holding a “No Fags on the Moon” sign. Though confusing, “Its just enough to take the air out of a serious homophobic protest” (OaklandLocal.com). With a loud, brazen and sarcastic performance persona, Huang brings an impassioned, inventive voice to the same sex-marriage dialogue.
Ali Liebegott is the author of the award winning books The IHOP Papers and The Beautifully Worthless. Her new novel Cha-ching! is forthcoming from Sister Spit Books in 2013. She works with RADAR Productions to help run the only free queer writer's retreat, THE RADAR LAB. In addition, she is the editor of Writers Among Artists, whose first publication, Faggot Dinosaur was unveiled in June 2012.
Micia Mosely has dedicated herself to transforming the planet through education and performance. Yearning to both inform and inspire patrons, Micia has shared her comedic performance in cities all throughout the United States including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C. and Honolulu. Since earning her Ph.D. in education from U.C. Berkeley, Moseley’s 2009 one-woman show Where My Girls At? was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for best solo performance.
Mosley’s involvement with the Nursha Project highlights the uplifting power of performing arts and its nexus with social activism. Representing the diversity of black lesbian experiences, Micia challenges the notion that there is only one way to be black or queer in the 21st century. Employing the power of performing arts, Mosely engages humor to enact sociopolitical change.
Julio Salgado, the mastermind of “Dreamers Adrift” (dreamersadrift.com) – an online platform about undocumented youth, by undocumented youth, for undocumented youth – with an overall goal of documenting the experience individuals living without legal documentation. Fighting for passage of the DREAM Act, Salgado speaks to the experience of a dual identity of being undocumented and gay in California through his art and activism. Along with maintaining “Dreamers Adrift,” Salgado contributes to various print media outlets to express his unique, though expanding visibility, and the perspective he shares with many of his peers.
Yun Suh, the director, producer and writer of City of Borders, studied biology and cross-cultural psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to land jobs in broadcast radio and television news, where she worked for eight years. She has extensively covered news on the Middle East and has reported from Israel, West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Her nominations include Best Radio Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for her one-hour long radio report, Sabra & Shatilla (2003), on the survivors of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps. She has also received a local Emmy nomination for producing a news feature, Comfort Women (2001), a story of an illiterate Korean woman who uses her paintings to break her 50-year silence about being forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. In 2002, she earned the Support, Training and Access for New Directors (STAND) grant from the Film Arts Foundation to pursue her lifelong dream of being a filmmaker. City of Borders marks Suh’s feature directorial debut.
Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans are the creators of Falling in Love... with Chris and Greg, a comedic, web-based series drawn from the life and times of trans/cis couple Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans. The artists playfully address points of contention within queer communities by caricaturing and polarizing the conflicts that come up in their own relationship.
Greg Youmans is a film scholar and a videomaker. He earned his Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and this fall he will be a Scholar in Residence of the Beatrice Bain Research Group at UC Berkeley. In 2011, he published his first book, a study of the pioneering gay and lesbian documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives.
Chris E. Vargas is a film and video maker based in Oakland, CA. He earned his MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2012). Since 2008, Chris and Greg have been collaborating on the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love...with Chris and Greg. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC,
SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern.
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, U.S. Bank, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Special Innovation Projects in 12-13 supported, in part, by generous grants from:
Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program, and EmcArts' Innovation Lab for Museums in partnership with AAM's Center for the Future of Museums and MetLife Foundation