Thursday, August 15th, 2013
6pm to 9pm
Club 21 (2111 Franklin St Oakland, CA 94607)
Our Allies Performance on Thursday night (part of our Kick Off Party) will feature spoken word, story telling, drag, burlesque and live music by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest queer performing artists: The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Heaven Mousalem, CHUBB, Dominika Bednarska, Jezebel Delilah X, Lola Dean, Manish V., and Miss Amazing Grace (aka Ingrid Elizabeth).
Please note: This event, as with the entire BUTCH Voices conference, is scent aware. Please read our entire scent-aware policy here: http://www.butchvoices.com/scent-aware-policy. Please keep it scent-free so everybody can show up and not have to leave due to chemical injury! Leave off perfume, cologne, essential oils and use fragrance-free detergent on your clothes. If you have a strong scent on your body, you may be asked to move or leave.
Read a bit about the performers below:
Behold the splendor and FAT-tasticness that is CHUBB
! These bay area chunks are ready to punch your clocks and work it overtime with flabulously sexy royal-sized faggotry. Drawn together by their fetish for accessories, lust for lunch breaks, and urge to undulate they dare to live large and dream big. Pound for pound they make it ALL look sexy. At Butch Voices CHUBB is represented by Drew Montana, Kentucky Fried Woman, and Brock Cocker.
holds a PhD in English and Disability Studies from U.C. Berkeley, and her new book of poetry, Smothered Breath, is forthcoming. Her writing has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, Sinister Wisdom, Petrichor Machine, Blast Furnace, A Bad Penny Review, B (A Barbie Anthology), Journey to Crone, Avatar Review, Storm Cellar, Palimpsest, Muddy River Poetry Review, Wordgathering, Ghosting the Atom: Reflections After the Bomb, What I Want From You: An Anthology of East Bay Lesbian Poets, Cripping Femme, The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life, and Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, a Lambda nominee. Her show My Body Love Story kicked off the National Queer Arts Festival in 2012. For more information, go to dominikabednarskaspeaks.blogspot.com
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Heaven Mousalem is a Lebanese-American bellydancer and the Executive Director of Ooh La La Bellydance. She is also the creator of Queer Shimmy- bellydance workshops for the LGBTQ community. She teaches and dances at Shabnam Studio on Grand Ave in Oakland. Find her on Facebook or at oaklandbellydance.com
Jezebel Delilah X
is a queer, Black femme performance artist, writer, filmmaker, teacher, and Faerie Princess Mermaid Gangsta for the revolution. She is co-host of East Bay Open Mic, Culture Fuck, a member of the story telling performance troupe, Griot Noir, and one of the founding members of Deviant Type Press. She has been published in The Womynist, Full of Crow, and BlackGirlDangerous, written/directed/produced two films that have screened in the Queer Women Of Color Film Festival, performed in Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance and White Lies, and been a featured reader/performer at events all over the Bay Area. She uses a combination of performative memoir, theatrical poetry, and feminist storytelling to advance her politix of radical love, socioeconomic justice, anti-racism, and community empowerment. She holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Mills College where she focused on Young Adult Fiction and Creative Non Fiction.
For the past 10 years, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins
has been gracing stages across the world with her traditional burlesque. An ecdysiast exemplar, Vagina Jenkins style is reminiscent of classic glitz and glamour. Ms. Jenkins act defies audience expectations, wows them and leaves them wanting more. Ms. Jenkins got her start at the 2003 Michigan Women’s Music Festival. And has since graced many stages, including but not limited to; South By Burlesque (Austin, TX), Miss Exotic World (Las Vegas, NV),The New York Burlesque Festival ’08, The Femme Conference ’08, ’10 & ’12 (Chicago, Oakland & Baltimore), Moxie: A Queer Cabaret of Caliber (Atlanta, GA), The Southern Comfort Conference ’06 and ’07 (Atlanta, GA), London Burlesque Week 2010, Atlanta PRIDE ’08 and Toronto Pride ‘09. Vagina Jenkins recently produced This Was Queerlesque as part of the 2013 National Queer Arts Festival. Be sure to check www.VaginaJenkins.com for Vagiant updates! The San Francisco Bay Guardian calls her “a burlesque favorite.” Charlotte’s Creative Loafing says The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins is “classy… a welcome shot of chocolate.” Atlanta’s Creative Loafing magazine named her “The Best Burlesque Dancer.” Critics have called her “Sophisticated”, “Complex”, and “Unique.” No matter the adjective, Ms. Vagina Jenkins is sure to knock your stockings off!
From the flatlands of the Southern Delta, Lola Dean
comes to the stage with sassy, nasty, trashy spirit. With her luscious lips and dirty hips, she’ll get you hotter than Georgia asphalt on the 4th of July. Lola Dean has trained with the lovely ladies at the New York School of Burlesque and is a founding member of the Baconettes, a former group of NYC burlesque performers committed to anti racist and body positive performance. She is also a former booty-shakin’ member of GLITTERACTION! of SF. Ladies, gentlemen, and all queer-kin, tip your hats to red-headed big bottom burlesque!
tells stories, cracks jokes, and bleeds poems for social justice. He’s a life coach and the coordinator of Peacock Rebellion, a Bay Area -based, Two Spirit, trans and queer people of color -centered crew of cultural workers and healers who use the arts for culture shift toward collective liberation. He thinks you are the answer to your ancestors’ prayers.
Miss Amazing Grace (aka Ingrid Elizabeth)
is an Ohio gone Seattle gone California queer femme artist, activist, educator, and performer of many mediums (including music, dance, burlesque, and spoken word) who has been gracing the stage for over 20 years. After literally running away with the circus at age 19, she found her true home on the West Coast. During her time in Seattle, Ingrid worked as a Sex Educator at the respected feminist sex toy store, Babeland, while also studying at the Bent Writing Institute, the nation’s only queer writing school and the Academy of Burlesque. In 2006, she founded the queer vaudeville cabaret series, “The Amazing Grace Revival: A Celebration of Gay Oddities & Odd Gaieties.” Ingrid has been playing in musical ensembles from A cappella to bluegrass to psychedelic rock for over 15 years, and currently turns heads as the leading lady in left coast sultry roots threesome, Coyote Grace. Miss Grace can also be seen atop a Hard French go-go platform or on stage performing with Bay area dance troupe, The Sarah Bush Dance Project and is now a proud Eastbay dweller.