So Soul San Francisco: Black Art Salon Series presents
Black Benatar's Magic Cabaret
with Guest Host Beatrice Thomas
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 - 7PM
Join BACCE and guest host Black Benatar for an irreverent racial romp that skewers ally-ship between hot black and queer performers from circus arts to comedy, such as acro-dancer Toni Cannon, singer/songwriter and musician Jade Way, comedian Dominique Gelin, and choreographer Zoe Donnellycolt, along with collaborating dancers Jenna Chen, Tarin Alexandria Griggs, and Kaitlin Duffey.
Between acts, host Black Benatar and her reparations intern delight audiences with drag numbers and magic tricks and makes them squirm with a healthy dose a racial edging. Black Benatar’s Black Magic Cabaret is like children’s show for adults who want to be better people.
$10 - $25 sliding scale
No one turned away for lack of funds (subject to availability)
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Mx. Beatrice Thomas is a queer multidisciplinary artist/performer & film & theater director, who comes from a family lineage of pastors, performers, doctors and healers. Beatrice has been pondering the meaning of things and making art from the moment they came into consciousness. From absurdist cabarets to vampire/witch love triangles,Thomas weaves the experiences of queers and people of color into magical realities with strong critical commentary, comedic satire and media rich production. A maker of objects, installations and theater, Mx. Thomas reveals, revises and constructs alternate realities. They use the artifice of drag to inhabit Black Benatar, an exaggerated black femme alter ego creature that challenges blackness, whiteness, oppression & convention. Thomas is a featured drag queen for RADAR Productions “Drag Queen Story Hour” a program that brings drag queens to read stories at public libraries. Beatrice’s work has graced the stages of the deYoung Museum, SF PRIDE Mainstage, CounterPulse, SOMArts Cultural Center and the Institute of Advanced Uncertainty and has shown in galleries across the United States. Thomas works nationally consulting and advocating for equity and the inclusion of queer arts on national mainstream stages.
Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience commemorates, celebrates and cultivates the phenomenal Black Art scene in San Francisco as we take over Brava’s Cabaret with the So Soul San Francisco: Black Art Salon Series. In the tradition of our forerunner – the legendary Sugar Shack Performance Gallery – BACCE unleashes Black Art in a series of storefront performances, food, fun and fashion on third Thursdays in 2019. We will hold space for new performances and conversations in the casual setting of art salon. With fabulous guest hosts and loads of fun and surprises, we are inviting the community to enjoy and share the tremendous artistic output of some of the Bay Area’s established and upcoming artists.
So Soul San Francisco: Black Art Salons is funded in part by the California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts, and the TBA CA$H Grant.