Author, editor, and female activist Michelle Tea may be well on her way to becoming a household name. Known for her sheer honesty and relate-ability about growing up in impoverished Chelsea, Massachusetts and dealing with her sexuality at a young age, Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the bestselling Valencia, and an upcoming young adult fantasy book entitled A Mermaid in Chelsea Creek. In addition to her writing, Tea is the founder and executive director of literary nonprofit RADAR Productions. And as if that all doesn't keep her busy enough, Tea is also the co-founder of the lesbian-feminist spoken word organization Sister Spit.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery has created a unique fundraising event that may well develop into a new tradition for the city's fall arts season: a neighborhood art walk where you can mingle with with some of San Francisco's most notable established and emerging artists, explore local enclaves and businesses, and end up with a unique, collaborative art piece which you can contemplate over cocktails.
Acclaimed author Michelle Tea is one of SF's great characters, a queer role model whose quirky writing, including four memoirs and regular pieces for The Believer and McSweeney's, reflects a wide range of interests. She's also a performance-art fan who revived the all-girl tour Sister Spit, touring the world with her multi-gendered incarnation "Sister Spit: The Next Generation." Having made some fascinating art out of the workings of her own life, Tea is now offering a chance for aspiring writers and performers to learn memoir-based performance from her in an intensive workshop. Open to artists of all ages, mediums, and levels who are comfortable with public performance, "Performing Your Life" aims to find middle ground between the worlds of performance and text.