Brava & Diamond Wave present
An Evening of Queer & Nonbinary Performance
SATURDAY, JUNE 8 IN BRAVA’S CABARET
Looking for a steamy event to immerse yourself in some of the hottest queer and non-binary performers in the Bay Area? Then look no further! Join an all-star cast in Brava’s Cabaret on Saturday, June 8, 2019 for a late night cabaret fundraiser supporting Brava Artist in Residence Kevin Seaman / LOL McFiercen and the development of their solo show #femMASCULINE (premiering at Brava in October). This cabaret will take a wrecking ball to gender norms, leaving no binary intact, save one: be there, or be square!
The bar will be open all night serving up themed specialty cocktails, and we’ll be raffling off some amazing prizes! So come prepared to drink, dance, drag, and donate in support of the world premiere of Kevin Seaman’s #femMASCULINE in October!
Kevin Seaman / LOL McFiercen
Mx. Black Benatar
$15 early bird limited (get them while they last!)
$20 general admission
$50 VIP (includes a lap dance with Kevin & 1 drink ticket)
$100 VIP (includes a lap dance with Kevin, 1 drink ticket, and an invitation to #femMASCULINE opening night party in October)
Kevin Seaman / LOL McFiercen is an interdisciplinary performance artist exploring queer identity and drag culture at the intersection of gender and sexuality. They received the 2017 Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Award, was named one of SF Weekly’s 16 Artists to Watch in 2016, and was an inaugural Association for Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellow. At home in nightlife venues, theatres and large-scale institutions, their work has been presented at The Stud, CounterPulse, YBCA, Frameline, the Tank NYC, the Austin International Drag Festival, SATTELITE ART SHOW Miami, the National Queer Arts Festival, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Yale School of the Arts. www.seamanart.com
Mx. Beatrice Thomas aka Black Benatar is a multidisciplinary artist, director, arts consultant and social justice drag queen with a B.A. in Film/Video/Theater and an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Design. Their drag persona Black Benatar is a grotesque female-bodied 'it’ of gargantuan proportions, that embodies a dialogue between race, gender and intersectionality designed as an art object of spectacle and magic with the intention of pushing femininity to the extreme. Their work has graced the stages of the deYoung Museum, CounterPulse, Academy of Science, SomArts Cultural Center, Bindlestiff Studio, SF PRIDE Main Stage and has shown in galleries across the United States. Mx. Benatar is one of the hosts of Black Love, a quarterly showcase of queer and trans performers from the African diaspora at Strut, and is a featured drag queen for Drag Queen Story Hour Bay Area. They are an inaugural fellow of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellows Program and recipient of Regional Awardee of the 2018 Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award.
Rob Fatal is a video, photo and performance artist concerned with the Queer archive and exploring decolonial aesthetics. Fatal has been awarded grants by the Berkeley Film Foundation, Queer Cultural Center and SOMArts Cultural Center. Their work has been screened internationally at the British Film Institute Flare Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Art Festival in London, Frameline SF LGBTQ Film Festival, Galeria de la Raza San Francisco, Toronto Queer Film Festival, Geneva LGBT Film Festival and First Nations Film Festival in Chicago. As a Native American, Latinx and queer artist, Fatal finds community and culture to be their greatest artistic inspiration. To create with the collective minds of unique individuals is a practice that brings to them a great spiritual catharsis; a feeling of joy and power tied to the realization of what people working together can accomplish when in harmony: a home, a shared reality, justice, and healing.
Jade Way is a singer/songwriter and musician from Michigan. Raised by musician parents, from an early age, Jade had many teachers of classical, jazz, pop and RnB influence. Jade is the front-person of her band, Jade VELVET, where she cultivates the sounds of being lost and found in the Bay. Jade is also a member of The Singing Bois, where she lives out her troubadour dreams. When Jade’s not performing,she loves to cook and travel with her partner.
Apaulo Hart is a multidisciplinary artist whose work eclectic artistic experience includes graphic design, live painting, tattoo, and performing burlesque on the Spanish Web. He developed and polished his skill in leathercraft while working for Mr. S. Leather in San Francisco CA for four years. His hands-on experience and understanding of fetish-fashion history guarantees true durability and surprising innovation. Today Apaulo is the sole designer of Leatharcore and constructs each piece of wearable art lovingly by hand. His passion has helped him design for drag queens, rock operas, musicians, and performers.