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June 16, 2010
Mangos With Chili 4th Anniversary Performance at 2010 US Social Forum!

Thursday, June 24th, 5 PM
The Ampitheater
Detroit, MI

Featuring

Ching-In Chen
Qwo Li Driskill
Natro/Tre Vasquez
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Manish Vaidya

Details: http://organize.ussf2010.org/content/mangos-chili-freedom-dreams

Mangos With Chili is so happy to celebrate our 4th anniversary of existence at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum!

This “whoever could somehow get to the D on no money” show brings together performers from the past three years of Mangos tours and Bay Area performances- bringing beautiful, potent testimony of queer and trans of color and Two Spirit love, resistance, survival, kitchen tables and dreams of freedom to this world-transforming gathering.

As Detroit comes together to build a new world, Mangos With Chili comes together to share our fierce knowledge of queer and trans of color lives, sharing vital story that will bring the new world we deserve into being.

So- if you’re a Mango lover and supporter and you are always happy for a chance to see us, come through in Detroit to see an hour of hot-like-fire queer and trans of color spoken word, hiphop and shared story.

See you in Detroit!

PS: Please repost, blog, and let your folks know about this beautiful show.

For more information: mangos.with.chili@gmail.com
mangoswithchili.wordpress.com

Thursday April 8, 2010
Safetyfest2010_Poster
Freedom Dreams
A Mangos With Chili launch party for CUAV’s Safetyfest!

Thursday, April 8, 2010
7-10 PM
$5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds
Bench and Bar
510 17th Street, Oakland CA (two blocks from 19th St Oakland BART)

Performances by
Chan Dynasty
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Kirya Traber
Manish Vaidya
and more t.b.a.

Plus:

Sex toy raffle with prizes from Good Vibrations, Babeland and Pink and White Productions
Femme Shark/ Sea Creature Ally Kissing/ Spanking Booth
Self Defense for Self Determination Queer Self Defense demo!
Sneak Preview of The Fire This Time: The Case of the NJ 4
ASS (Always a Safe Space) Consent is Sexy Nurse Posse!
delicious libations
Music by DJs Black and Durt

Just how free can you get? Come to this night of delicious liberation for all queer and trans bodies. We’ll celebrate as only Mangos With Chili knows how, with burlesque, spoken word and performance about our freedom to live our desires, a sex toy raffle, a Femme Shark and Sea Creature Ally Kissing/ Spanking Booth, good music, space to chill and space to dance, and much more – all benefiting CUAV and kicking off Safetyfest, CUAV’s first annual celebration of queer and trans power in the Bay Area!

Safetyfest is a 100% free festival celebration of all the fierce ways queer and trans people in the Bay Area stay safe and strut our stuff. Our communities already have so many of the tools we’ll need to end violence and be truly safe in all the ways we deserve to be–we just need to share them! Proceeds will benefit CUAV’s 30+ years of supporting LGBTQQ survivors of hate violence and domestic violence to heal and create safer communities. For more information: safetyfest.blogspot.com

Founded in 1979, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) works to build the power of LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) communities to transform violence and oppression. We support the healing and leadership of those impacted by abuse and mobilize our broader communities to replace cycles of trauma with cycles of safety and liberation. As part of the larger social justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where everyone can thrive.

Mangos With Chili is a Bay Area based performing arts company committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms Cherry Galette, Mangos With Chili features a revolving cast of QTPOC artists and has performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars and campus halls, with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia and violence that QTPOC face.

Mangos With Chili is a fiscally sponsored project of the San Francisco based arts organization CounterPULSE, which provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators: http://www.counterpulse.org.

Production of Freedom Dreams is supported by the Horizons Foundation, the Astraea Foundation and the generous support of our community of donors.

For more information:

mangos.with.chili@gmail.com
mangoswithchili.wordpress.com

March 30, 2010
APOLOGY FOR USE OF RACIALLY DEROGATIVE TERM IN BACKGROUND MUSIC AT WHIPPED 2010

Dear Community,

In the February 2010 Mangos With Chili production of Whipped, a film was screened that featured a song used as background music that contained the n word.

As curator for the production, I take accountability and apologize for selecting a work that had within it a racially derogative term. During the screening process, I did not catch this word when it occurred in the song. I apologize for this oversight, and that this oversight caused audience members to feel the range of feelings they experienced in reaction to use of the n word, including trauma, anger, shock and more.

I have learned from this experience to encourage artists to carefully examine the lyrics to songs they select for their pieces. Likewise, I have learned that we must more carefully screen our pieces for content. I accept responsibility for what happened at the shows. I hope that you will continue to support our shows, growth and process.

Cherry Galette
MWC Co-Director

February 4, 2010
MWC_HeartFeb10
WHIPPED: QTPOC RECIPES FOR LOVE, SEX, & DISASTER
the second annual show about the miracles, dreams and cream our hearts make

Valentines exchange to follow show, so get your love notes ready!

Friday 2/12 & Saturday 2/13
La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Saturday 2/20
Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, 1519 Mission St, SF

All shows 8pm, $10-15 sliding scale

Featuring live performance by:

Chan Dynasty
Delicio Del Toro
Gaston Mazo
Juba Kalamka
Kali Boyce aka “TuffNStuff”
Manish Vaidya
Nico Dacumos
Yosimar Reyes
Cherry Galette

With film by: Val Killmore, Indira Allegra, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Lex Hall

And Video Diaries on adventures in queer love and lust by Natro y 520, Oakland Queer Brown Youth Brigade and other familiar faces!

Mangos With Chili knows that queer and trans folks of color do love, sex and total disaster like none other! In this special Valentine’s Day weekend production QTPOC will tell their true life stories of love, desire and disaster through music, spoken word, theater, hip hop, dance, burlesque, drag and film. Bring a trinket for the altar we’ll build to the loves we’ve lost, known, and are praying for, and come prepared to hear truths you’ve never heard spoken before but always needed to.

Promising to be sexy, smart, provocative, comical and touching, WHIPPED is sure to explore the many faceted aspects of desire, from the dark to the jubilant, and will feature:

The premiere of Juba Kalamka’s “The Alize’ Ren-stuh-rant Valentine’s Day Anti-Massa-Cree Movement in Four Part Harmony,” a quick and dirty, lovingly rendered, slightly confused pop culture dissertation dissecting love, sex, queerness, mixed race identity, otherness, black masculinity, BDSM and African-American soul food dinners

Dance artist and circus performer Gaston Mazo presenting solo flamenco in drag, plus a dance duet exploring power, the erotic and desire

The world premiere of “THE HOLY WHORE”, a new sexy and tortuous nightmare from the dangerous and depraved filmmaker, Val Killmore

Café con leche heartthrob Delicio Del Toro’s prick-tease of love, devotion and longing

Sweet, shimmery, spell-casting, and sultry moves from multimedia artist and faux queen Chan Dynasty invoking love, lust, glitter, sex and power

Playwright and poet Nico Dacumos presenting professorial professions on the anthropological foundations of our infatuations

Indira Allegra’s “Blue Covers,” an experimental visual poem that re-imagines the survivor’s journey from childhood sexual abuse; here, the lover, trauma and the possibility of healing all within the space of a moment.

The powerful spoken word renderings of two-spirit truth teller Yosimar Reyes, sharing 3 poems chronicling 3 loves

Love songs by the queer community’s own musical genius blues king Kali Boyce aka TuffNStuff

Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ newest film chronicling queer long distance love

Spoken love letters by Manish Vaidya focusing on self-love, Christian hegemony, sex skills-building, anger, forgiveness, hiding and healing.

A murder mystery/love story/surveillance film by Lex Hall exploring power dynamics, play and representation

Premiere of “La Malagueña,” a new classic burlesque piece traversing time, place and people, by fiery fusion dance maker and performance artist Ms. Cherry Galette

Mangos With Chili is a Bay Area based performing arts company committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms Cherry Galette, Mangos With Chili features a revolving cast of QTPOC artists and has performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars and campus halls, with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia and violence that QTPOC face. Mangos With Chili is a fiscally sponsored project of the San Francisco based arts organization CounterPULSE, which provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators: http://www.counterpulse.org. Production of Whipped is supported by the Horizons Foundation, the Astraea Foundation and the generous support of our community of donors.

The show contains material of adult nature. Parental discretion advised. Please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that audience members and performers with multiple chemical sensitivity can attend.

For more information:
mangos.with.chili@gmail.com

October 15, 2009
Sweet Toothed Solidarity 2

A Benefit To Pay Off A Van for Mangos With Chili

Saturday, December 19, 2009
The Fairview House
1820 Fairview Ave, Berkeley, CA
near Ashby BART

come at 6 PM if you have a baked good
7:30-10 PM otherwise
donations welcome- all appreciated!

performances by Amir Rabiyah, Bea Sullivan, and Bananz/ Anna Whitehead
many-gendered peep shows
sweet treats
kissing booth
whipped cream surprises
as well as a reportback/ slideshow about Mangos With Chili’s Splendor and Grit: The Stunning South Tour and some of the amazing queer /trans of color Southern organizations we met and worked with along the way.

zines and crafts and I’m Too Sexy for the 501c3 t shirts for sale!

Mangos With Chili, an awesome grassroots queer and trans of color love and survival art outfit, just came back from their 17 day Splendor and Grit tour of the Southern U.S. 7 amazing queer and trans of color performance artists traveled from Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice in San Antonio Texas to New Orleans to Durham to DC, meeting with incredible queer and trans of color communities and sharing life-saving and changing QTPOC stories of love, resistance and survival along the way. Because of drama with Budget Rent a Car, our van rental bill of $1,500 doubled to $3,100. We need help raising money to pay this debt off.

Please join us for an evening of sugary sweets to not only support Mangos With Chili, but in an effort to build stronger support, ally, and community networks. This is also an opportunity to learn more about queer of color grassroots arts institution building, and about queer and trans of color organizing in the South.

warmth*community love*friends*kisses for sale* cupcakes*gluten free cookies*stories*burlesque* love*support*bonfire*whiskey* hot pear cider*more love

***Donations encouraged and all are welcome***

for more information: mangos.with.chili@gmail.com
mangoswithchili.wordpress.com

NOVEMBER 10, 2009
BELOVED: A REQUIEM FOR OUR DEAD
Beloved

New MWC Show Launches in Bay Area!!

Hey Folks! Call us crazy, but we arrived back from tour last Saturday only to head straight into production to launch our newest show BELOVED: A Requiem for Our Dead to audiences in San Francisco last weekend. It’s said to be our best show to date. In fact, some folks came both nights because they loved it so much.

I hope you will join us for our final show this coming Sunday, 11/15 at 8PM, at La Pena in Berkeley, where Beloved will be the closing show for the annual Hecho en Califas Festival.

BELOVED: A Requiem for Our Dead
because we refuse to forget you

Featuring:
Nalo Hopkinson
Charleston Chu
E. Rose Sims
SoliRose
Nico Dacumos
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Ms. Cherry Galette
and more

With video by Storm Florez, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Kortney Ryan Ziegler, and more

November 6th and 7th, 8PM
The Lab
2948 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
$12-16, no one turned away for lack of funds

November 15th, 8PM
Hechos en Califas Festival
La Pena
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA
$12-16, no one turned away for lack of funds

In this highly anticipated premiere of the newest Mangos With Chili production, we invite you to join us at the crossroads for a night of conjuring, memory, mourning and celebration. Through elegies of story, song, dance, drag and more, the Bay Area’s noted and notorious queer and trans people of color performance crew will honor our erased, fallen and slain queer and trans people of color family lost to hate crimes, war, colonization, and genocide. We will celebrate our queer legacies and the ways we’ve found to survive through the beautiful resistance of memory, and whisper stories about grief, loss, healing, sweet darkness, and walking between worlds towards rebirth.

Beloved: A Requiem for Our Dead will feature the brilliance and blaze of renowned Caribbean speculative fiction storycrafter Nalo Hopkinson; multimedia invocation performance art heart wrench by playwright and poet Nico Dacumos; In Memoriam, a new collaborative dance theater work by Charlston Chu and Cherry Galette; ancestral prayer/spoken love letter by writer and theater artist Rose E. Sims; a mixed media jazz dance cabaret extravaganza by Charleston Chu, an autobiographical musical journey traversing the Middle East and African Diaspora by virtuoso trio SoliRose; the powerful truth renderings of queer Sri Lankan writer and performer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha; and the premiere of Moorish Salt a burlesque-dance theater/ritual performance art piece by fusion dance artist and theater-maker Cherry Galette.

Mangos With Chili is a Bay Area based arts organization committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms Cherry Galette, Mangos With Chili has performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars, and campus halls, with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics, and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia, and violence that QTPOC face.

Mangos With Chili is a fiscally sponsored project of the San Francisco based arts organization CounterPULSE, which provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators: http://www.counterpulse.org. Mangos With Chili is supported by the Horizons Foundation, the Astraea Foundation, and the generous support of our grassroots community love partners.

Both venues are wheelchair accessible. The show contains material of adult nature. Parental discretion advised. Please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that audience members and performers with multiple chemical sensitivity can attend.

For more information:
mangos.with.chili@gmail.com
mangoswithchili.wordpress.com

Read more about Beloved here! http://sfappeal.com/2009/11/appealing-events-beloved-a-requiem-for-our-dead/

October 14, 2009
Private: Holy Shit!

tommorow. super shuttle to OAK. touching down at George Bush International in the heart of Texas. today Oakland’s soaked with rain, every inch. I curl up under four blankets, sip tea, have a sweetie come by with gluten-free treats and coffee and cuddles. this is the most sustainable tour we’re ever done. GPS, someone to drive, deep breaths. all of the Southeast stretching in front of us. send us blessings, to carry us and our glitter and words and van forward.

-leah

October 10, 2009
Updated Tour Info!

And stay tuned for info on workshops with artists in NOLA, Atlanta, and Durham. Schedule and locations of workshops in these cities TBA

Friday, October 16: College Station, TX
Texas A&M University
Blocker 102
College Station, TX
7 PM (Doors Open at 6:30).
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 17: San Antonio, TX
Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice
922 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX
8 PM, $7-$10, no one turned away

Sunday, October 18: Austin, TX
The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street
Austin, TX

http://www.rudemechs.com/

doors 7, show 7:30, $8-12

Monday, October 19: Austin, TX
Blue Theater
916 Springdale
Austin, TX
8 PM, $8-12

Tuesday, October 20: Houston, TX
Avant Garden
411 Westheimer,
Houston, TX 77006

http://www.avantgardenhouston.com

8 PM, $8-12
no one turned away

Wednesday, October 21: New Orleans, LA
Club Vibe
1605 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA
9 PM, $8-12
Benefit for INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence Women and Trans of Color Clinic

Friday, October 23: Birmingham, AL
Green Cup Books Theater
105 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South
Birmingham, AL
8 PM, $10

Sunday, October 25: Atlanta, GA
Spring4th Center
728 Spring Street NW
Atlanta GA
7 PM doors, 7:30 show, $8-$12

Tuesday, October 27: Durham, North Carolina
Common Ground Theater
4815B Hillsborough Road
West Durham, NC
doors 7:00, show at 7:30, Tickets: $7-$10, no one turned away

3 PM: Artist Workshops in Durham with UBUNTU, http://iambecauseweare.wordpress.com/
location TBA

Wednesday, October 28: Richmond, VA
Richmond Gay Center
407 Sherwood Ave
Richmond, VA
Doors 7:00, show at 8:00, Tickets: $7-10, no one turned away

Thursday, October 29: Baltimore MD
Floor Four
410 Jasper St.
Doors 7:30 show 8:00, $8-12 no one turned away.

Friday, October 30: DC
La Casa
3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW
Washington, DC
8 PM, $8-12

OCTOBER 2, 2009
PHONE CONVERSATION AT 3:53PM TODAY

Cherry: “Hello?” (in a barely audible whisper)

Leah: “Guess what, Cherry? Guess what? I checked the mail for the first time in a week on a whim and we got a really sweet grant from the Horizons Foundation!” (screaming)

Cherry: “You don’t say. I want to jump up and down and scream very loudly except I’m at my terrible day job and I think I’ve been stricken with TSS……” (whispering)

THANK YOU HORIZONS FOUNDATION!!!

September 27, 2009
MANGOS WITH CHILI STUNNING SOUTH 2009 TOUR DATES

Hello girls, boys and everyone else. We finally have a complete tour schedule! I am so, so happy about our tour, performers, and the amazing community organizations we’re partnering with- from Esperanza Center to UBUNTU. A lot of folks have worked really hard to make this happen. Please spread the word, link and come out.

mangoswithchili.wordpress.com
mangos.with.chili@gmail.com

MANGOS WITH CHILI:
the floating cabaret of QTPOC bliss, dreams, sweat, sweets & nightmares

presents

SPLENDOR & GRIT: The Stunning South Tour 2009
October 16-31, 2009
Austin, Texas to Washington, DC!

Featuring:
SKIM
Aleksa Manilla
Amir Rabiyah
Ms. Cherry Galette
The Lady Vagina Jenkins
Maceo Cabrera Estevez
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Who we are:
Mangos With Chili is a Bay Area based arts organization committed to showcasing high quality work of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms Cherry Galette, Mangos with Chili features an annual touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performance artists, offering unforgettable performance in celebration of our lives, stories, survival, and the legacies we are creating for future generations of queer and trans people of color.

For over 3 years, Mangos With Chili has performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars, and campus halls, with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics, and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia, and violence that QTPOC face.
For media inquires, downloadable logos and press pics or for more information please contact:
mangos.with.chili@gmail.com
mangoswithchili.wordpress.com
(510) 282-5223

Media Sponsored by Make/Shift Magazine

FULL TOURING DATES:

Friday, October 16
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
7 PM (Doors Open at 6:30).
Rudder Forum . Please note: venue may change on short notice because Obama is speaking on campus! We’ll keep you posted.
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 17
San Antonio, TX
Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice
922 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio Tejas

http://www.esperanzacenter.org/

esperanza@esperanzacenter.org
210.228.0201
8 PM
$7-$10, no one turned away

Sunday, October 18
Austin, TX
The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street
Austin, TX

http://www.rudemechs.com/

doors 7, show 7:30
$8-12

Monday, October 19
Austin, TX
Blue Theater
916 Springdale
Austin, TX
$8-12

Tuesday, October 20
Houston, TX
Avant Garden
411 Westheimer,
Houston, TX 77006

http://www.avantgardenhouston.com

$8-12
no one turned away

Wednesday, October 21
New Orleans, LA
Club Vibe
1605 Esplanade Ave.
9 PM
Benefit for INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence Women and Trans of Color Clinic

Thursday, October 22

Friday, October 23
Green Cup Books, 105 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South,
Birmingham, AL
8 PM

Sunday, October 25
Atlanta GA
Spring4th Center
728 Spring Street NW
Atlanta GA 30308
7 PM doors, 7:30 show
$8-$12

http://www.spring4th.com

Tuesday, October 27
Durham, North Carolina
Common Ground Theater
4815B Hillsborough Road
West Durham, NC
doors 7:00, show at 7:30
Tickets: $7-$10, no one turned away

3 PM: Workshop with UBUNTU, http://iambecauseweare.wordpress.com/
location TBA

Wednesday, October 28
Richmond, VA
Richmond Gay Center
407 Sherwood Ave
Richmond, VA 23220-1004
doors 7:00, show at 8:00
Tickets: $7-10, no one turned away

Thursday, October 29
Baltimore MD
Floor Four
410 Jasper St.
doors 7:30 show 8:00
$8-!2 no one turned away.

Friday, October 30
Washington DC closing party
La Casa
La Casa
3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC
$8-12

Full Touring Artist Bios:

Mangos With Chili Co-Director Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer Sri Lankan writer, performer and teacher. She is the 2009-10 Artist in Residence at UC Berkeley’s June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program, a 2009 Sins Invalid performer and the co-founder and co-artistic director of Mangos With Chili. Her one woman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured nationally, including performances at the National Queer Arts Festival, Swarthmore College, Yale University, Reed College and McGill University. The author of Consensual Genocide, her writing has appeared in Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Geeks, Misfits and Outlaws, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World. She is proud to be the queer femme mixed slut schoolteacher Sri Lankan granddaughter of her queer femme mixed slut schoolteacher Sri Lankan grandmothers. She is finishing her second book of poetry and her first memoir, and is happy about the forthcoming publication of The Revolution Starts At Home: Transforming Partner Abuse Through Community Accountability, which she co-edited with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, by South End Press in 2010.

Born into a family of migrant music makers, Mangos With Chili Co-Director Ms. Cherry Galette is a Moroccan and Chicana interdisciplinary movement artist fusing dance, burlesque, text, theater and more to create post-colonial fairy tales of modern resistance that celebrate queer desires, histories, survivals, migrations, and revolutions. Best known for presenting genre pushing work based in sultry, sacred, and profane fusions of traditional dance forms of the Arabic, Latin, and African diaspora with story, burlesque and ultra-gay cabaret, Cherry has presented work as a solo artist and produced and curated productions in theaters, festivals, cabarets, clubs, and varied stages extensively across North America. Cherry’s performance is a collision of cultural crossroads, era, tradition, and place, evoking elements of the cosmopolitan cabarets of the golden age of Middle Eastern dance, the legacy of movement passed down in women’s kitchens and salons, and the energy, joy, and enthusiasm of collective street dance. A favorite of the Bay Area burlesque, nightlife, and alternative dance and performance scenes, Cherry’s work is grounded in the transformative power of story to make change, creating accessible, community oriented theater and performance, and putting movement and music back in the bodies of the people through creating a dance movement that encompasses all experiences, ages, genders, and bodies.

Born in New York City, from a mother who taught herself how to play the piano, a father who conducted orchestras in his mind, and a culture called Hip Hop sweeping through the heart of the city, SKIM’s first language learned was music. Now based in Los Angeles, she has emerged as a fearless singer/ songwriter and poet. In 2006, she established her own production company, Mago Music, and released her first album, For Every Tear. Within days of its release, CD Baby’s executive director featured the album on the front page of the website. Drawing from each of her experiences and environments, she articulates herself through the music she creates, and captivates her audiences with raw honesty and charming humor. Skim mixes revolutionary visions and fiery rap lyrics with her sultry singing, while strumming a guitar. Her heart pounds as she drums with the passion of her Korean ancestry. Raised in New York City and presently in Los Angeles, she fuses the consciousness of third world peoples with the urban streets of U.S. cities. SKIM convinces ears to listen, bodies to dance, and hearts to open.

For the last 6 years The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has titillated audiences all over the nation. Ever the ecdysiast exemplar, Ms. Jenkins acts defy audience expectations of what it means to be a woman of color and size. Through the lost art of the striptease Vagina Jenkins exhibits the kind of feminism that takes up space, and demands to be the center of attention. All this while awing audiences and leaving them hot, bothered and wanting more, more, more! Ms. Jenkins got her start at the 2003 Michigan Women’s Music Festival. And has since graced many stages, including but not limited to; Body Heat–The Femme Porn Tour (WA, OR, CA), South By Burlesque (Austin, TX), Miss Exotic World (Las Vegas, NV),The New York Burlesque Festival ’08, The Femme Conference ’08 (Chicago, IL), Moxie: A Queer Cabaret of Caliber (Atlanta, GA), The Southern Comfort Conference ’06 and ’07 (Atlanta, GA), Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque (Charlotte, NC) , and Atlanta PRIDE ’08. Vagina Jenkins is currently basking in the afterglow of a very successful one woman show aptly called “The Big Tease.” Be sure to check http://www.VaginaJenkins.com for dates in your town! The Southern Voice magazine calls her “…one of the top stars in Atlanta’s queer burlesque scene.” Charlotte’s Creative Loafing says Ms. Vagina Jenkins is “classy… a welcome shot of chocolate.” Atlanta Creative Loafing magazine named her “The Best Burlesque Dancer.” Critics have called her “Alluring”, “Sophisticated”, “Complex”, and “Unique.” No matter the adjective, Ms. Vagina Jenkins is sure to knock your stockings off!

From local bars to amphitheaters, lip syncing to live singing, solos to productions, black boas to Pink Martini, Aleksa Manila has traveled as a performer across North America. Aleksa Manila is known in Seattle and beyond as a stellar drag artist, consummate host and community activist. She is a beloved panelist and speaker at various LGBTQIA [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies], youth, people of color and political/activism workshops, trainings and conferences. When not in face, ‘he’ educates the community about the harms of crystal methamphetamine with Project NEON, a program of Seattle Counseling Service; tests for and counsels about HIV & STD with Public Health – Seattle & King County. Aleksa is honored to be a part of this cast! To know more about Aleksa Manila, visit http://www.aleksamanila.com

Maceo Cabrera Estévez hails from Brooklyn, New York and now lives in Oakland, California. Maceo is a performance artist, writer and long time text therapist. She has performed her work in various venues in NYC and the Bay Area such as the Asian American Writers Workshop, Dixon Place, La Galería de la Raza, La Peña, The Knitting Factory, The Nuyorican Poets Café and The National Queer Arts Festival. Maceo’s debut play Amor Cubano: In a bottle, a tube and a small packet was first performed at La Peña Cultural center’s Hecho en Califas Festival 2007. She also performed it at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange and The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance as part of their Blaktino Performance Festival. Her writing has been published in Sojourner: The Women’s Forum and Riffrag Journal she also writes the blog Dripping River Water. In her spare time, Maceo practices la yoga, flamenco dancing, takes quizzes on Facebook and prays to the One.

Amir Rabiyah lives in Oakland, California and is an Arab/queer/trans poet and performer. He received his BA in Women’s Studies from Portland State University and his MFA in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California. He is super excited to be performing with Mangos With Chili and to continue to honor his ancestors by being a rabble rouser. He has performed and read his work all over the US and has been published in Mizna, Riffrag, Tea Party Magazine and the anthology: I Saw My Ex at a Party. He was a finalist in Cutthroat Magazine’s 2008 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest.

JULY 24, 2009
GIANT EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MANGOS DOC IS UP, JUST TO THE RIGHT

Well, not our bra sizes or favorite childhood dreams or love desires or secret stories. But, in the spirit of total obsessive Taurus-ness, I have made and posted an Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Getting Mangos With Chili To Come To Your Community, University, Bar and Grill, Crazy Queer of Color Nightclub or Patch of Woods. Everything is there! Where to send the money, whether or not we can sleep in a house with five dogs and no soap, how awesome we are, stage and tech requirements. Go look and email us- booking is filling up!

much love,

Mama Mango Leah, who is blasting “Candy” by Foxy in the ears of the crappy headphones she stole from the last uncomfortable economy class Delta flight.

JULY 22, 2009
MWC UPDATES

#1) Check out the tour page to the right!

#2) We just came back from the Allied Media Conference where we talked about the history, vision, and direction of MWC, radical art and media making, and connected with radical art and media makers from all over the country! And yeah, in true Cherry and Leah fashion caused some trouble too.

Big ups to Adrienne Maree Brown for her work on the AMC, and talking about doing love and the long haul. Important things for us to remember as qpoc when we are running around sticking our tongues down each other’s throats while trying to build a revolution. Perspective, people! Yes, keep on sticking your tongues down each other’s throats, but let’s think about love and the long haul, and love as a liberatory practice. Let’s keep on being good to each other, and real with each other.

#3) Tickets are now on sale for Divas and Heroes: Bedtime Stories of Fierce Survival, Memory and Lust, our show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on August 14th.

The show will feature a cocktail reception, outdoor performances by local qpoc bands, and our live show in the theater. Though we will be performing in a theater with limited seating, our show will be live broadcasted in a lobby space on a wall of television screens for audience in the lobby as well. The performance space will feature an installation by Dwayne Calizo of Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory in SF around the impressions/energies/ghosts left behind in spaces and places through genocide, slavery, imperialism, and colonization. The recorded broadcast of our show will continue to run on the wall of television screens for the entire week the installation remains up as part of the installation.

Here’s the details:
Divas and Heroes: Bedtime Stories of Fierce Survival, Memory and Lust

Get tickets here: and make sure you click August 14th!

5:00 Cocktails & Reception
6:30 Music performances in the outdoor space
8:00 Mangos With Chili Show in the theater

Featuring Performances by:
Chica Boom
Nico Dacumos
Ms. Cherry Galette
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Thisway/Thatway
Yosimar Reyes

Aight that’s it for now. Leah and I are both on twitter now. Come follow us and learn about the Days of our Lives! xoxo, Cherry

MAY 4, 2009
WELCOME TO MANGOS WITH CHILI’S NEW ONLINE HOME!

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Mangos With Chili is a Bay Area based arts organization committed to showcasing high quality work of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond.

Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms Cherry Gallete, Mangos with Chili began as an annual touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performance artists, with the goal of creating a cultural institution that would build the careers and visibility of QTPOC artists. For over 3 years, Mangos With Chili has performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars, and campus halls, with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics, and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia, and violence that QTPOC face.

Check the links to the right for info on our history, who we are, our shows, our 2009 tour and more!

And save the date for the world premiere of QPOCALYPSE NOW!: June 20th, 2009 at 8pm at Somarts in SF.

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