Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Friday: queer dance party! & an interactive play! / Sunday & Monday: great shows! and more!

friday january 30th!
AQUEERIUS
queer dance party!


starting at 9:30pm join us to dance, dance, and dance. oh and hangout with great people.

this dance party will feature a non-misogynist playlist highlighting queer and trans artists and feminist hits.

there may not be a "safe space" to be your weirdo amazing self, but we will do our best to show up as the great people we are and create an environment where consent, verbal and non-verbal, is central and we support each other and strangers alike!

$7 at the gate - notaflof. give as you are able but always give something (gayaabags), all proceeds helps keep our space alive!

And come early before the dance party for...
Coffee: A Misunderstanding, an interactive play! 7-9pm

A story that kind of looks like your typical "boy meets girl" story at first glance, except the boy doesn't really feel like a boy and the girl doesn't really feel like a girl.  A commentary on the weirdness of online friendships that aren't really friendships, set in the midst of a fan convention called AwesomeCon.  A play where all the actors are audience members. Maybe one of them will be you?  A collaborative game of finding the best ending to the story. Or the worst ending. Or maybe just whatever's the most satisfying. It's really up to you. Anything can happen.

Coffee: A Misunderstanding is an interactive play created as part of my MFA thesis work. It is unlike any game project I have ever done before, in that every game I've made so far has been purely digital, and this one has a heavy live performance element.

The way the game works is that two audience volunteers are called up and asked to read from a mobile device, which dynamically displays dialogue lines and stage directions. Meanwhile, two additional audience volunteers are given a mobile device on which they can select from a menu of choices that appear at key decision points in the story. It's a combination of multiplayer Choose Your Own Adventure and improv theatre, resulting in a play experience that's every bit as awkward as the story it's trying to tell.

http://squinky.me/my-games/coffee-a-misunderstanding/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK9fFNg5v-8

Sunday February 1st, 7-10pm
It's a Really Great Show!
MALLORY // CASEY MONAHAN // ROSANONYMOUS // BEAST LY // SAOIRSE

Mallory is a dispersed collective of musicians that found itself coagulated momentarily in the hills of Western Mass. Mallory first found its voice in the summer thunderstorms, the porch lights, the moths, the hazy negotiation of tired cities. Long bike rides, walls of green, the orchard, the quarry. A ribbon of dirt road, blood on the grass. Windows open. http://malloryfolk.bandcamp.com/

casey writes songs about growing up queer in a weird fucking surf town on the west coast of north america . the pacific ocean is not a pacifist , it swallows and screams and sprints and fucks . i didn't brush my teeth this morning.  http://caseymonahan.bandcamp.com/

Rosanonymous, from Oakland, transfem forest faggot making folk punk. not watching the world burn, but being the burning world. http://rosanonymous.bandcamp.com/

Saoirse, from Oakland, acoustic folk folk pop puking tiny dogs. http://saoirse.bandcamp.com/

and Beast ly
, from Oakland, forest and desert dwelling sea dragon punk performance artist that can probs do anything but tonight will be telling a tale that takes place years ago on the sometimes clotted road when them and Noel'le were just pretty babies. Set to tunes from their collective members, bed death & verg├╝enza. http://sapfromtheseal.tumblr.com/   
Bring $ for touring folks!!
 
Monday February 2nd, 7–10pm
breaking the heavy:  woo edition

tour kick off show!

Here is a bit of what we will be presenting this February as we tour to the mid-west, and in mid-February we will be at Winter Witchcamp.

One act is Breaking the Heavy: Woo Edition, a radical magical interactive game show. This half hour performance game show combines elements of wheel of fortune (the tarot card and TV show), charades, and trivial pursuit. Join our hosts as we pull six contestants from the eager audience to form two teams to answer questions about obvious-to-obscure magical principles, bio-regional knowledge and other tidbits from the free box of our collective experience. Upon revealing the hidden phrase, one team with receive fabulous prizes, and everyone is sure to have a winning-good time!

Afterwards Jessie is playing with Burl as Inle Elni. Jessie will be touring half the time as In The Winds and from Seattle to back home as Inle Elni. Here are a couple of videos of them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22twrEDY0QA&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoizP6N38Rc

All of this and More! Music from local folks as well!  Matt Walt with banjo and angelic voice.  And brand new Santa Cruz band, Ya Mi Na math influenced indie thrash (listen at http://yamina.bandcamp.com/)

And happening elsewhere in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization (SCRAM) is organizing to stop the militarization of the police in Santa Cruz County, and they are organizing TANKS, NO THANKS. GIVE BACK THE BEARCAT ARMORED MILITARY VEHICLE (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck).  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Cruz-Resistance-Against-Militarization-SCRAM/

Tuesday, January 27, 4:30pm at 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz. "Let city council know how you feel SAY NO TO THE MILITARIZATION OF THE POLICE."

 And yeah, in my opinion, appealing to the city council feels like a bitter pill to swallow to deal with this problem, but without folks taking action in this particular case the Santa Cruz police will have a military vehicle to use against us.  And this can also be an opportunity to expand the public discourse to be a critique about policing in general, rather than just being about the militarization of the police.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Final Straw Radio: Artnoose on zines, anarchism, and Letters of Insurgents + Aragorn!'s introduction

SubRosa is a place you can find out about happenings around town, check out radical material from the Anarchist Library or purchase a book and/or zine (and attend a variety of events and so on).  And through this website, at times, I also post links to other sources of information and radical perspectives.  So, in that vein, here is info about The Final Straw Radio show.  This is from a post on Anarchist News, which has a lot of great information, but, as I have written before, beware of the comments section.

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on January 19th through January 25th, 2015, then podcasting at radio4all.net. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

This week, we spoke with Artnoose. Artnoose is a zinester, author, printer, parent, anarchist and more. She gives a brief history of her relationship with art, her long-running personal letter-pressed zine entitled Kerbloom!, how she became an anarchist, the Berkeley Anarchist Study Group, the Cyber Punk Apocalypse fiction-writing house in Pittsburgh, erotica and more!

Later in the conversation we discuss Letters of Insurgents, an epistolary novel written by Fredy Perlman. The book is a series of letters between two characters separated by two decades and a continent and discusses politics, intentions, memory, age, communication, deception and more. There is a free audio version of the book that Artnoose helped to narrate, it's available in pdf form for free on theanarchistlibrary.org and was just recently reprinted and made available for sale via Left Bank Books. This episode also features a recording of Aragorn!'s introduction to the new edition of the book.

Artnoose and Aragorn! both participated in the 2010 internet-based reading group of Letters of Insurgents known as Insurgent Summer.

Playlist: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/11267

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

3rd Thursday Women, Trans, and Queer Open Mic AND on Saturday, Really Really Free Market

-Thurs. Jan. 15th at 7:30pm, 3rd Thurs. Women, Trans, and Queer Open Mic
    
   Every 3rd Thursday of the month we reserve the stage for Women, Trans, and Queer folk though everyone is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the show. These Open Mics are always special! Donations directly benefit this community-supported space.

Bring your creativity and artistic inspiration. $3-7 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Signups for performance at 7:30 fill up quickly, and it begins at 8pm.

***These evenings are what we, together, make of them.  Whether you are on the stage or not this is a space for us to be mutually supportive of each other, to share of ourselves in whatever way feels pertinent to you and for us to hold space for each other.  This is intended to be a safer space for women, trans, and queer folks to specifically to take the stage.  It one of the SubRosa collective's intentions to help create contexts for us to relate with each other that resonate with the ways we want to live our lives here and now and that are also in opposition to the dominant culture.***

-Sat. Jan 17th, 12-3pm, Really Really Free Market

    No money. No trades. Everything is free.

This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks.  Let's share what we got and give freely. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited. If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.

Also, as you may have noticed during the fall we pulled back on our open hours to focus on events.  Now this winter we are focusing on both of these aspects of SubRosa.  So, look for wonderful and engaging events in the upcoming weeks AND increased and consistent open hours.  We have also been bringing in new books and zines to the space for sale, so check those out as well (and speaking of checking out...we are always adding new books to the anarchist library as well, that are available for you to borrow at no cost).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What is "community"?

I have been thinking about the idea of "community" lately.  I know that this is a controversial word and that there are many different ideas about what that means (and if it actually exists).  But there is something going on between people, who know each other and are in each others' lives to varying degrees.  Here are some random thoughts that I have been having about this.

How is it that "community" is played out in Santa Cruz, where folks feel connected to each other?  In many cases, this involves something like overlapping concentric circles of social connections.  Where some folks are tight with each other, less so with others (an outer ring) and so on (more and more outer rings).  And often we have folks in our lives that other friends are not as close with, so these circles have a kind of overlapping aspect.  In larger social situations you can see this.

I sense that for some folks, their tighter ring of friends are those they live with, or share resources with, be it in in a punk house or other living situations.  For other folks, this can involve working on projects together, where we are involved in each others' lives because of a common endeavor.  This sense of shared activity, where our well-beings and the well-being of our common project, creates a kind of commitment to each other and closeness.  And the projects are not an end but a work in process.

Because for the most part, we live our lives separate from each other, in dwellings apart from each other, doing-our-doings (be it some sort of work or school or whatever) by ourselves, without a consistent being in each others' lives.  Some folks can feel alone, like community is lacking.  And, yeah, social conditions of this society play a large role in this, where folks live apart struggle economically.  So, what do we do?

I would love to live in a village type situation (and I realize that has some drawbacks as well), where we live in a more connected way with each other, and the land that is our home.  I don't have that right now.  So then what?  I nurture my friendships, that more often than not involve one-on-one hang outs.  What of a more collective sense of togetherness, of mattering to each other, of celebrating together and supporting each other in hard times?  How do I/we nurture this?  While I do have this connection with a larger group in the various projects in am a part of, this does not include all the folks that I deeply care about (and another dynamic I notice, which I plan to write about later, is that as folks get older their focuses shift, to other areas of life, and so they can be less involved in the d.i.y. or radical scene).

So, perhaps these thoughts can be a spark, to ignite ongoing conversations about this.  I know that this is also on other folks' minds as well, especially during the winter time, when the nights are longer and colder and people can go inward (both being inside more and being more personally internal).  I feel that it is vital that we do nurture our connections to each other, as well as be actively engaged in the wider social realm (and that these two orientations can also mutually support each other).  And this can look different ways for different people.

So, now I will get off of the computer to go to the kitchen to see friends before we all set off on our separate ways.

Farewell,
J!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Soon at SubRosa!

-Fri. Dec. 19th, 7-9pm, Queer! Kick-It!

    Some snacks. Some music. Hella queers. Come kick it!

-Sat. Dec. 20th, 12-3pm, Really Really Free Market

    No money. No trades. Everything is free. This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks.  Especially at this holiday time, let's share what we got and give freely. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited. If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.  


and 5pm-7pm, Liberating Education: A Pedagogy of the Oppressed

    A discussion and investigation.  Let's do it!

-Sun Dec. 21, 6:30pm, Killing Moon Presents:   ~~*~*~*qUeErPuNx cLuStErFuXxX~*~*~~

*hex appeal (new twee-goth-dance-punk project. “like a temper tantrum-fueled dance party”. Both members of   this witchy duo are queer aries faeries. from bellingham)- listen at http://hexappeal.bandcamp.com.s2.gvirabi.com/releases
**them are us too ( ~for real~ last show in santa cruz before we move to some other dump ~~~ come get sad and weird w/ us, from here too)- listen at http://aannkkhh.bandcamp.com/
***lost dog (dirty dog lost making fertile sound waves, from down the street)
****black out wussy (sad baby queercore; mmbrs of department store & t.a.u.t. & umm casey monahan, 1st show)
*****gyl (it's just vanessa and kennedy hating stuff and having a great time doing it, 1st show)

 
$3-$5 (notaflof) to support touring bands and the space facebook-event-thingy

and a sneak preview of a show happening at SubRosa on Saturday Dec. 27th 
with Rex Goliath, Moonbeau, the Root Beer Floats, and the Meantimes at Subrosa! facebook-event-thingy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Week! Figure Drawing/ Qi Gong Beginning Class/ Coming of (R)AGE film series/ Stickers, Stamps, Stencils/ Queer! Kick-It! / Really Really Free Market/ Liberating Education: A Pedagogy of the Oppressed‏

                        Everyday at SubRosa!

-Tues. Dec. 16th, 6pm, Figure Drawing

Free figure drawing session! Every week, we gather to spend a few hours drawing bodies. Bring your drawing supplies if you have them, and the host will make sure there are a few extras for folks in need. We take turns modeling: no one is required to model, but everyone is encouraged.

-Wed. Dec. 17th, 5pm-7pm, Come to the Qi Gong Beginning Class

A practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "life energy".

and at 7:30pm, Punk Amok Presents: Coming of (R)AGE film series

Three girls in 1980's Stockholm form a punk band, despite not knowing how to play their instruments and being told that punk is dead.

The films feature youth confronting a world not of their liking or making, and asserting themselves in conditions that are antithetical to their desires.

Come to SubRosa to find out what the film will be, look for flyers around town and at the finest punk and cooperative houses. The internet makes it too easy to find out things at the click of a button, and the thrill of discovery is blunted. 

-Thurs. Dec. 18th, 3pm-6pm, Stickers, Stamps, Stencils, and More

Come join with other folks in creating these versatile ways to share art in the wide world around.

     and at 7:30pm, 3rd Thurs. Women, Trans, and Queer Open Mic

Every 3rd Thursday of the month we reserve the stage for Women, Trans, and Queer folk though everyone is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the show. These Open Mics are always special! Donations directly benefit this community-supported space.

Signups for performance at 7:30 fill up quickly, and it begins at 8pm. Bring your creativity and artistic inspiration. $3-7 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

-Fri. Dec. 19th, 7-9pm, Queer! Kick-It!


Some snacks. Some music. Hella queers. Come kick it!

-Sat. Dec. 20th, 12-3pm, Really Really Free Market


No money. No trades. Everything is free. This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks. Especially at this holiday time, let's share what we got and give freely. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited. If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.

     and 5pm-7pm, Liberating Education: A Pedagogy of the Oppressed

A discussion and investigation. Let's do it!

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