Heels on Wheels Opentoe Peepshow Salon Series #2

Heels on Wheels Opentoe Peepshow Salon Series #2

Sunday November 4, 2013, 7pm-11pm
The Spectrum, 59 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, $3-$10

7pm: Skillshare: Jade Payne, setting up a PA
8pm: Performers: Kirya Traber, M. Lamar, T.L. Cowan,
9pm: Special Election Season collaboration: Drae Campbell/Ariel Speedwagon. [SEE FOLKS BIOS BELOW!]

Heels on Wheels is thrilled to announce the second installment of our new monthly Salon Series: The Opentoe Peepshow. This event is dedicated to revealing new works by queer artists of all persuasions, with a focus on performance art and feminine-spectrum folks.

On Sunday Nov 4th this all-ages event takes place at The Spectrum, 59 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY. The cost is $3–$10, and there are three steps up into the venue.

The skillshare will be ongoing from 7-8p as Jade Payne shares how to set up a PA [that’s a sound system]! Performances start at 8pm sharp and go until 9:30, including new works by Kirya Traber, M. Lamar, T.L. Cowan, and a Special Election Season Binders Full of Women Full of Binders collaboration by Drae Campbell/Ariel Speedwagon. There will be Q&A/feedback time afterwards, and then we’ll hang out and perhaps even dance.

Hostessed by Heels on Wheels femmes Shomi Noise and Damien Luxe, this series is about creating space for performers we believe in. We hope you can join us for this event, and the first Sunday of every month through June 2013!

The event is on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/293670237413418/


Drae Campbell has had an eclectic career as a comedian, rock singer, director, breakdancer, choreographer and actor. Drae has appeared on many stages all over but mostly in New York city. As a director Drae has proudly created and developed several pieces including NERVE,a theatrical dance piece at HERE and MUMIA,a one-man show that toured New York,Iceland and San Francisco.

Jade Payne is a queer musician, performer, DIY educator, and audio engineer/sound enthusiast currently residing in Brooklyn. She has performed in various femme/inist-centric events such as Ladyfest and Nashville Femme, in addition to teaching sound/music workshops with the Rock & Roll Camp For Girls in several cities. She recently did sound mixing for the screenplay of Michelle Tea’s Valencia, Chapter 14. Jade currently plays in Force Fields, a conceptual, cosmic-witch-house band formed under mysterious circumstances with the intent of channeling sacred tales and unknown pleasures, in hopes for finding a way back home (wherever that may be).

Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded performer and writer. Her work has appeared before a US president, incarcerated convicts, and classrooms of kindergarteners. She has been a featured artist of the SF National Queer Arts Festival, the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, and Greenbuild International. In 2009 she toured the United States and Canada with the legendary queer girl literary road show, Sister Spit. More here or on her website here.

Photo by Amos Mac

M. Lamar is a countertenor, pianist, composer, songwriter and multimedia performance artist whose work draws heavily from African American Spirituals, Opera, late 20th century avant-garde music as well as popular forms such as blues and rock.

In February 2012, Lamar’s requiem focusing on the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Speculum Orum  :  SHACKLED TO THE DEAD was presented at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York.

Lamar’s work has been presented extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe, appearing at The International Theater Festival Donzdorf, Germany, HBC Berlin, Nacht Boulevard Potsdam, PS122, Joe’s Pub, Abrons Art Center, The Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda in Quebec, Canada, The Chocolate Factory, Galapagos Art Space, Center for Performance Research, and Washington Center for Performing Arts, Soho Theater London, as well as touring North America and Europe.

Edgy Women Festival, Montreal, 2010

T.L. Cowan is  a writer, performer, activist and professor currently living in New York City. She says, “My artistic, activist and academic work are mutually informing extensions of each other. My research and teaching are importantly influenced by the cultural and political scenes that I inhabit; my artistic productions are invested in an odd-ball and fleshy approach to the theories of cultural expression I take up in my academic productions; and all of this work is shaped by my overarching belief that social justice for all is an achievable goal.”

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