True to the San Francisco Mime Troupe's larger than life street theater traditions, here are a few snapshots of props I have made for their Fall Youth Theater Project Production:
This year's mayoral election is supposed to be a "cakewalk" for incumbent SF mayor Ed Lee. Luckily for grassroots democracy, a historic coalition has been built of three challenging candidates: Amy Farah Weiss, Francisco Herrera and Stuart "Broke Ass" Schuffman. They have joined together to try and use the rank-choice voting system to get Ed Lee out of office, saying essentially "We don't care what order you put us in, just don't vote for Lee." Criticisms of Ed Lee include the rampant corruption and "pay to play" politics going on in City Hall, his reckless and seemingly unending support for developers and tech companies over workers and vulnerable San Franciscans, and also his completely inadequate response to the housing crisis he is largely responsible for. My favorite challenging candidate is Amy Weiss, who hails from my native Haight Ashbury district and has a strong background in environmental justice and community organizing. She has all kinds of innovative, pro-worker and still pro-business solutions to the challenges San Francisco is facing.
Recently the 1,2,3 campaign made an urgent call out to artists to create large, noticeable signs for upcoming events. Unlike the mayor, they are not being backed by large tech companies like Airbnb, but they do have people power! Here was my contribution:
Remember to vote by november 3rd!
Genie and I are so excited to be included in this month's episode of "Transmission," an SF-based show that celebrates Bay Area artists and thinkers! If you want to see 2BTru rock the stage at SOMArts, skip to 33:25, it shows our full sketch. However, it's worth watching the whole episode to see contributions from organizations like Sunset Youth Services and 826 Valencia, and also Emory Douglas (former Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers!). It's really an honor to be featured alongside such other badass locals!
The News is a monthly cabaret that features fresh, queer performance. Based on our simultaneous love and criticism of boy bands, my sister and performance partner Genie and I have been developing the world of 2BTru, a once great boy band that has fallen on hard times. Now, 2BTru is relying on shameless corporate promotion in order to be able to keep singing, keep making music and most importantly, keep dancing. In this sketch we explore the various ways products are packaged and sold to young girls, but also the commodification and mainstreaming of gay culture un recent times. But mostly, we dance and lip sync, embodying the type of men we once loved.
A gift for my good friend Katie Holmes (amazing artist! Check out her website here: http://katieholmesart.com ), this is the first in a series of dinosaur-inspired jewelry. I find that often, children's toys can be extremely aesthetically compelling and serve the same role in a piece as a jewel, a piece of glass or any other pretty trinket.