Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reminder: Stand Up for Campos at El Rio @ Thu Jul 17, 2014 7pm - 9pm (Queer Things)

Stand Up for Campos at El Rio

Lisa Geduldig Presents:

Stand Up for Campos:

A Comedy & Music Fundraiser for David Campos for Assembly

Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 7pm

El Rio • 3158 Mission St (@ Precita) • SF

Tix: $7-$100 or at the door

A veritable smorgasbord of comedians and musicians will be coming out to support San Francisco Supervisor, David Campos’ California State Assembly campaign in “Stand Up for Campos: A Comedy & Music Fundraiser for David Campos for Assembly” on Thursday, July 17 at 7pm at El Rio in San Francisco’s Mission District. A long-time supporter of progressive causes, El Rio will match and donate $7 for each of the first 75 tickets sold.

•Comedy provided by: Yayne Abeba, Frankie Quiñones, Steve Lee, and Lisa Geduldig.

•Music by: Candace Roberts (and Larisa Migachyov); and Dr Loco y Sus Cuates (featuring The Peña Goveas, Tomas Montoya & Francisco Herrera).

Performer bios:

Yayne Abeba is a native San Franciscan of Ethiopian descent. She recently starred in her own one-hour TV special “Africa Laughs with Yayne Abeba” on the Africa Channel, which broadcasts throughout the US, the UK, and the Caribbean. Yayne began studying acting at the Jean Shelton Actor's Lab in 1995 and was bitten by the comedy bug four years later at The Luggage Store. Realizing that there was no cure, she accepted her fate and has since been touted as one of San Francisco's up and coming comedians. Her style is fresh, innovative, cutting edge and just damn funny. She won The 2002 Russian River Comedy Competition and competed in several SF International Comedy Competitions as well as the Seattle Comedy Competition.

Frankie Quiñones is a one-man variety show filled with energy and a rare ability to transform himself from one character to the next in an instant. He is the founder of For The People Comedy and has established himself as one of the top comedians coming out of the San Francisco comedy scene. Frankie always covers a wide range of characters and topics such as crazy Mexican uncles and short-lived relationships. Frankie has become a comedy club favorite and regularly sells out shows all throughout California. He has toured with some of the industry’s top headliners including the legendary Paul Rodriguez and has performed for our troops overseas in Japan, Europe, and the Middle East. Now residing in Los Angeles, Frankie is currently working on several upcoming projects and can be seen on a new late-night standup series on the Nickelodeon network.

Steve Lee may be the only disabled Chinese comedian working in America. His comedy is mainly centered around living with disability and racism. Rather than being encumbered by stereotypes, Steve is vitalized by them and winks back at us through their transparencies. He blends storytelling and punchlines to convey his belief that we are all equal - equally ignorant, fallible, weird, and wanting to be free. For Steve, comedy is a way to get people to laugh about their own shortcomings, including himself. He’s a staple at local comedy clubs and performs frequently in Hong Kong.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comedian and comedy producer who’s the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy (now in its 22nd year); Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians; The Color of Funny: A Multi-Cultural Comedy Show; and the monthly Comedy Returns to El Rio, every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Candace Roberts is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter and cabaret performer who you might have heard of because of her recent music video, "Not My City Anymore," about the cultural/economic cleanse sweeping San Francisco right now. Since the release of her 2010 CD, “Honeymoon for One,” she has been in residence at Martuni’s Piano Bar in San Francisco, performing on the 4th Thursday of every month. There she sings, plays ukulele and tells stories with the support of her longtime piano accompanist, Larisa Migachyov. Candace guest stars in many long-running burlesque and variety shows (Little Minsky’s) as well as storytelling series (Bawdy Storytelling), she does private parties, gives house concerts, and has played such local venues as the Fillmore, Cafe du Nord, the Lost Church, and the Make-Out Room. Candace hopes to translate more of her songs into video as soon as possible. Tonight she will be joined by Larisa Migachyov.

Dr Loco y Sus Cuates (featuring The Peña Goveas, Tomas Montoya & Francisco Herrera), a group made up of Mission musician activists supporting Campos, will wrap up the evening with a rockin’ set.

Jose Cuellar (Dr. Loco) was born and raised within a musical working-class familia in San Antonio, Texas but has had all of his post-secondary education, performance, and academic work life in California. He started performing in public before the age of five and was regularly playing with the legendary Frank Rodate and Dell-Kings in San Antonio by the time he graduated from high school in 1959. He dedicated his life as a woodwinds player and singer shortly after his honorable discharge following four-years active duty in the US Air Force mid-summer 1964. Fast forward to the 1970s when he taught Chicano Studies at the Claremont Colleges and finished his doctorate in anthropology at UCLA. In 1983, he went to Stanford University as a visiting professor of Anthropology with the Chicano Fellows program. His service as Department Chair of La Raza Studies at SF State started 1990 and ended in 1998. Since the mid-1980s, he has performed and recorded with a number of musical groups as "Dr. Loco", and has produced 4 CDs (Con Safos in 1991, Movimiento Music in 1992, Puro Party in 1995, and Barrio Ritmos & Blues in 1998) with Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeno Band, and the musical soundtrack for the feature film Alambrista! The Director's Cut (2002) with his conjunto, Dr. Loco & Sus Tiburones del Norte. And much, much more.

The Peña Goveas are a family of musicians comprised of Miguel Govea (bass), Susan Peña (guitar), Rene Peña-Govea (accordion) and Cecilia Peña-Govea (trumpet). They play for nightclubs, community events and private parties, dance companies, theater groups, TV and radio broadcasts, and film soundtracks. At one fateful performance, Miguel Govea met a musician/lawyer named Susan Peña, who played “Jesusita en Chihuahua” on her fiddle and eventually became the mother of his daughters, Rene (age 25) and Cecilia (age 17). 20 years later, the four members of La Familia Pena-Govea are earning reputations as exciting performers of traditional Tex-Mex and Colombian music, garnering acclaim at festivals and events throughout Northern California. Their first CD recording, René at 15, includes: rancheras, polkas, valses, vallenatos, boleros, and a danzón. Their second CD is called Cohetes.

Francisco Herrera grew up in the border town of Calexico and always straddled two worlds. “My siblings and cousins and I used to sing rancheras and some mariachi at family parties, and when we got a little older we started some garage rock bands,” he recalls of his early musical exploits. But as he became more involved in the church and in particular with the Latin American school of Liberation Theology, Herrera began exploring ways to use music to further his goals of social justice. He traveled extensively throughout Latin America working with community organizations even as he finished his four years at seminary school, all the while toting his guitar and whipping it out for events, actions, and church meetings. “Reflection, meditation, prayer, all those things are important. But they’re important so you can play a role here to make social change. He deftly weaves between English and Spanish as he explains the philosophy of Liberation Theology. Herrera’s new album, Honor Migrante, is full of songs that reflect his passion for social justice. The themes range from immigrant rights to globalization, and the music itself crosses genre borders from traditional-sounding norteño and corrido tunes to post-modern electro-cumbia and Latin Rock wet with soulful vocals, wailing ele

Thu Jul 17, 2014 7pm – 9pm Pacific Time
Queer Things
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