Queer Chicanos from Tejas Invade L.A. Stage

Adelina Anthony and friends bring collaborative performance piece to L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

By Camilo Arenivar
Published on LatinoLA: November 3, 2007

Queer Chicanos from Tejas Invade L.A. Stage

Tragic Bitches delivers a one-night stand of provocative performance as two gay Chicanos and one lesbian Xicana talk their magic in English, Spanglish & Spanish poetry. It's a very special and unique collaboration among spoken word/poet-performers Adelina Anthony, Dino Foxx and Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano. These artists, hailing from Texas and California, promise a bristling evening exploring themes of family unity and disunity, ethnic bonds and bondage, assimilation and displacement, sex & break-ups.

Self described as "Divas with Mexican-cantina survival skills to make you laugh and cry at the tragedy of it all", the performance aspires to be "a night of reclaiming ourselves."

Written and performed by Adelina Anthony, Dino Foxx & Lorenzo Herrera Y Lozano, the trio has played the La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, California earlier this year and hope their Los Angeles debut will be equally memorable.

Adelina Anthony, hailed by critics for her comic performances as "bawdy, proud and hysterical" and "screamingly funny," has been fine-tuning her poetry before small private audiences and on Lesbian beds throughout Aztl?ín. Her poetry has been published in Germany, Texas and California; she performs her poetry at various cultural and university venues, most recently at Serafemme. Adelina is a multidisciplinary artist garnering Best Actress nominations in comedy & drama, Best Production & Director write-ups and is featured in Simon & Schuster's Best American Erotica series.

Dino Foxx, born and raised in San Antonio, lives his life as an actor, singer, dancer,writer, spoken word poet and activist. Most recently Dino performed alongside Emanuel Xavier, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano and Sterling Houston in Chile Con Lengua: Chiles Unplugged in Austin and San Antonio, bringing this project into its sixth successful year. In January of 2006 Dino hit the stage in New York City, where he headlined alongside Emanuel Xavier in Mariposas, a spoken word benefit for SOMOS (a program of the Latino Commission on AIDS) at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano is a Queer Xicano poet, dreamer and activist. Born in San Jos?®, California, he was raised in Estaci??n Adela, Chihuahua and now lives in Austin, Tejas. Lorenzo's work has been called "uncompromising and hopeful, c?¡nico y cari??oso," "inspiring... provocative," and "landing so deep / you bleed without feeling the cut." He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-Nominated Santo de la Pata Alzada: Poems from the Queer/Xicano/Positive Pen. He is in the final stages of publishing his second book, Promesas y Amenazas, an all-Spanish collection of poetry inspired by the Bolero aesthetic and is finalizing his third collection, God Don't Live Here Anymore, scheduled for release in 2008. Lorenzo is the Director of Arts & Community Building for allgo: A Statewide Queer People of Color Organization in Tejas and serves on the board of Unid@s: The National Latina/o LGBT Human Rights Organization.

Tragic Bitches will be performed at 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 in the Courtyard of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza. Tickets are $15 (Benefiting the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) and are available at www.lagaycenter.org/boxoffice or by calling 323-860-7300. (Please bring a sweater or jacket.)

For more information check out: http://www.myspace.com/tragicbitches

About Camilo Arenivar:
Camilo Arenivar is a freelance journalist who has been writing articles for LatinoLA.com off and on for several years now.

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