Tuesday, 27 April 2010

the latest from aorta

Aorta Magazine (formerly known as ArtXX Magazine) is proud to announce Cardiac Unrest, the hottest reading and release party in MAY, 2010! Come see the biggest heartthrobs of the San Francisco literary scene reading some of the hottest most radical poetry and prose. Dance the night away with hard pumping beats courtesy of DJ Puppet. Buy some yummy swag and look at some fantastic art from our very new ISSUE 3 of Aorta Magazine.

Saturday May 8, 2010
Doors @ 7, Show @ 8
$5 - 10 sliding scale

@ Million Fishes Arts Collective
2501 Bryant St, SF CA

You don't want to miss radical readings from:
Dusty Horn
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Meliza Bañales
Charles Vasquez
Rose Sims

Delicious visuals from:
Judith Page
Nikki Nefarious
Umayyah Cable

Musical temptations by:
Linda Moody (of Bay Area band Excuses for Skipping)
Zoe Boekbinder (storyteller, songwriter, loop pedal master)
Bass-thumping rhythms by DJ Puppet!!!

And, for further delights, expect to treat yourself to food, libations, and raffle prizes.

Come get your ears teased by words and rhythms and work yourself into a state of Cardiac Unrest!



Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer Sri Lankan writer, spoken word artist and cultural worker whose life’s work is telling queer of color, radical South Asian, high femme and survivor stories. As a spoken word artist she has performed widely in the United States, Canada and Sri Lanka. She has featured at Bar 13, Michelle Tea's RADAR Reading Series, The Loft, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, as well as at universities including Yale, Sarah Lawrence, Oberlin, Swarthmore and the University of Southern California. Her first one woman show, Grown Woman Show, debuted at Toronto's Alchemy Theatre in August 2007.

Dusty Horn is a Show Business Impresario, urban cowboy cyclist, part-time hippie, loud fast and loose drummer, face-melting wah rhythmn guitarist, social worker, porn performer, and practitioner of professional BDSM. Her culture writing has been published in McSweeney’s The Believer, Maximum RnR, and Kitchen Sink, and she pens, publishes, and distributes a nominal sex worker memoir/critical theory zine.

Meliza Bañales, aka Missy Fuego, writes books, sews clothes, and makes movies. She has one book of poems, Say It With Your Whole Mouth and has work in several anthologies. Whether creative, spiritual, or activist, Meliza's work aims to give more complex awareness around issues of queerness, race, gender, and class using humor, sharp wit, and a lot of spandex.


Issue #3 is hot off the presses!

Aorta is proud to announce the release of Issue #3! Once again, we're delivering a magazine crammed full of the talents of women, queer and trans artists. Issue #3, printed in an edition of 250, features an array of visual, performative, musical, and literary artists, including: Daphne Gottlieb, Jennie Ottinger, Marci Washington, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Nikki Nefarious, Larisa Escobedo, Still Black, Dusty Horn, Maryclare Brzytwa, Mangos with Chili, Imogen Binnie, W.A.G.E., Amy Casey, Ill Nippashi, Cristy C Road, Rose Sims, Judith Page, and more!



Aorta is a self-produced, collectively-created, bi-annual publication that features a diversity of emerging and established female, queer and transgender artists.

Aorta Magazine is a 501(c)3 sponsored project of the NY Foundation for the Arts and is supported in part by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant program.

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Snap from inside issue two:

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