Femina Potens presents: A TASTE OF TRANSFORMATION

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Femina Potens presents: A TASTE OF TRANSFORMATION

 A TASTE OF TRANSFORMATION
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 7, 2012 – Presented by Femina Potens Art Gallery at THEOFFCENTER as part of the  National Queer Arts Festival
 CONTACT:  Madison Youngfemi...@gmail.com

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Welcome to our table.  Our forum. We invite you to a decadent evening of food, wine, visual and performative art works served by artists, performers and bau haus barristas. Femina Potens has created a menu of wine and food pairings inspired by accompanying performances and visual art from our 2011/2012  season of exhibitions.  Get a taste of our most transformative work from the past and a sampling of what is yet to come.  Our select group of artists bring a hearty fare to the table in their creative contributions, addressing moments of clarity, rites of passage, recognition of inner strength and perseverance, and transitions through gender, identity and sexuality.
Join us for a wine tasting that introduces you to a diverse body of experiential performance pieces, followed by a roundtable artist talk.  Semi-formal wear is requested.
Artists include  Madison YoungVixen NoirMev LunaMaggie Mayhem,  Shar RednourJackie Strano and Sadie Lune.
Tickets available at  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/237478 
PERFORMER BIOS –
Madison Young is an international award-winning feminist porn star, director, gallerist, artist, and new mom. She has been directing and performing in erotic films for nearly a decade and has won great acclaim for her video line, Madison Young Productions, and her network of erotic web sites, the Feminist Porn Network. She has been awarded multiple feminist porn awards including “Indie Porn Pioneer” of the year and has received numerous AVN nominations for her films.  Her films have screened at film festivals throughout the States, Europe, and Australia. Young, who has been called a “sex-positive Tasmanian devil”, values sexual education in her work and has taught workshops, lectures, and acted as a panelist on the topics of sexuality, feminism and pornography, and kink across the around the world including at Yale University and UC Berkeley.  Her professional trajectory spans past performing in over a hundred adult films and directing 26 films for her own production company to include her contributions to the art world.  Under the name Madison Young, she has handled the artistic curation of over a hundred art exhibitions over the past decade, not only for Femina Potens Art Gallery but also for The National Queer Arts Festival, SOMARTS, The SF LGBT Center, and the Traveling Erotic Art Show.
Mev Luna is a video artist who recently finished a BFA from California College of Arts in Textiles and Media Arts, with a minor in Visual Studies. Mev is a theory and lace fetishist whose work has exhibited at the 2010 National Queer Arts Festival, SF Tranny Film Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Femina Potens exhibition ‘Building Our Own White Picket Fences’, and The Marguiles Collection Warehouse in Miami.  Mev is also the founder and curator of the Worse Than Queer video and performance project.
Maggie Mayhem is a sex hacker, erotic artist, porn producer, and writer based out of Oakland, CA. She and her partner produce the website Meet The Mayhems showcasing their sexy love life.  Maggie Mayhem has served as the coordinator of a free and anonymous HIV testing clinic as well as the HIV Senior Specialist of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Her work in HIV prevention has also taken her to Tanzania, Africa where she did grant work in HIV prevention and AIDS care in the Bagamoyo district. She and her partner also spent the summer of 2010 volunteering together to clear rubble in Haiti after the Jan, 2010 earthquake.  One of her goals is to help build a world where people are safe to express themselves sexually by providing information and resources about STI’s, abuse, assault, gender as well as fighting  negative stigmas about sex workers and alternative sexual communities.  She is also an out and loud atheist and skeptic.
Shar Rednour is a writer, actor and co-owner of S.I.R. Video Productions, an all-woman company that produces award-winning lesbian erotic videos and educational films about sexuality. Rednour and her longtime partner Jackie Strano live in Santa Cruz where they are raising their adopted son. Rednour and Strano have been featured and interviewed on HBO, Channel 4 in the UK, KRON-TV in San Francisco, as well as in several national publications.
Jackie Strano is a film director and producer, singer/songwriter, and CEO of San Francisco’s Good Vibrations adult store.  With her partner Shar Rednour, Strano has produced several films about sexuality.
Vixen Noir is a fresh, but very ripe, up and coming singer, songwriter and recording artist. With her in-your-face, kickass, raw talent and sexy-as-hell style, she is about to bust onto the music scene with her debut single, Dangerous, in early 2012! She describes her music as “alternative dance pop soul with a lil’ hip hop & rock thrown in for extra spice.”  In addition to being a musical artist, Vixen is a talented performance artist, burlesque/striptease artist, dancer, spoken word artist/poetess, teacher and director and producer of live theatre and sexy cabaret. She has been wowing audiences with her brand of entertainment and performance workshops, which serve her primary mission: to empower women in their ‘erotic power’ all over the world, so that they live true to their hearts and passions!
Sadie Lune is a multimedia artist, sex worker, and pleasure activist. She has won awards for her films and performances, exhibited explicit whore-positive work in venues from a former Army barracks latrine to the SFMOMA, and shown her cervix internationally (in homage to the great Annie Sprinkle). Her writing on art and sex is published in books and magazines in the United States and Europe such as Bend Over Magazine and $pread. She is featured in Too Much Pussy, an explicit documentary directed by Emilie Jouvet about the Queer X Show tour of Europe, and appears in Mommy is Coming by Cheryl Dunye.  Sadie lives in San Francisco and Berlin with her three snakes.
A Taste of Transformation
June 7, 2012 – 8pm
THEOFFCENTER
848 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA 94117
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