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PEACHES and HONEY: The Past, Present, and Future of SF Drag

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mar 25

Thu, Mar 25 2021, 7PM - 9PM

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QCCA, Critical Ethnic Studies, and CCA Illustration

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San Francisco has a decades-long history of mashing fashion and politics. At a time when drag is enjoying a sort of mainstream popularity, local queens continue to create a regional culture and a style unique to the left coast. Join Honey Mahogany, Peaches Christ, and your host Alex Hernandez (CCA MFA 2012) as they highlight local luminaries, past and present bars and clubs, and post-pandemic performance possibilities. 

Activist, politico, and drag queen Honey Mahogany is a San Francisco native and a social worker by training who received her Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Honey serves as the Vice Chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, Honey is also co-founder of the Compton's Transgender Cultural District, a co-owner of the Stud Bar, and currently works as a legislative aide in San Francisco. Honey's work has earned her commendations from the Board of Supervisors; Sainthood from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; and awards from the Milk Club, SFYD, SFWPC, and the Women's Foundation of California. In 2019, Mx. Mahogany was featured in both the Stonewall 50, Queerty's list of advocates continuing the legacy of Stonewall, and in Out Magazine's Out100, a yearly list of the 100 most impactful and influential LGBTQ people in the world.

Peaches Christ is a filmmaker and cult leader living in San Francisco.  Her infamous movie events are self-produced at the Castro Theatre and regularly draw over 1,000 attendees to each new production before they tour.  Events have featured special guest stars John Waters, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Campbell, Barry Bostwick, Pam Grier, and more.  Peaches is the alter- ego of Joshua Grannell,  the writer and director of the feature film All About Evil.  The award-winning dark comedy gore film stars Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson, Mink Stole, and Peaches Christ herself. Peaches Christ has been featured in the films Milk, I Am Divine, Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Mansfield 66/67, Scream Queen: My Nightmare On Elm Street, You Don’t Nomi and more. Peaches is also the co-owner of the Into The Dark production company which produces immersive theater, including the hugely popular Terror Vault show at the historic San Francisco Mint building.

Alexander Hernandez is a mixed media artist, with an emphasis in textiles. He was born in Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca- Mexico, raised in Grand Junction, CO and is currently living in the Sunset district of San Francisco, CA.  He received his BFA (2007) in Painting and Drawing from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, CO and his MFA in Studio Art (2012) from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. His work explores multiple identities rooted in immigrant experiences, gender expectations, HIV+ survival, and queer sensibilities. He braids traditional quilting techniques with digitized prints; using colors and patterns that both clash and complement each other. His work embraces layers, unraveling threads, and raw edges- revealing truths about gender defiance and acculturation anxieties. He has been part of many art residencies including Mass Moca in North Adams, MA;  SJ Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA; Root Division in San Francisco, CA; Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC;  Mark Rothko Art Center in Latvia; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. 

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