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Monisa Brown

Tacoma Washington native Monisa Brown will take you on a comedic roller coaster with an off-beat, absurdity sure to split your sides with laughter. Monisa has contributed her distinctive stylings in the standup and sketch comedy communities. She is creator and head producer of QTPOC Is Not A Rapper, a Queer Trans and POC focused curated comedy open-mic and showcase, a co-producer of the Comedy Nest, and has appeared in Portland’s Minority Retort, the PNW Black Comedy Festival, and Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival.
The Honesty and Raw Emotion of ArtsWest’s Hir

The Honesty and Raw Emotion of ArtsWest’s Hir

The honesty and raw emotion conjured of Hir is enough to leave anyone shaken to their core. Every element of this production created a performance that is a rollercoaster – and should not be seen lightly. If you have the opportunity to see Hir, do yourself a favor: skip the mascara and bring some tissues.

Cupid Strikes Again: The End of V Day

Cupid Strikes Again: The End of V Day

A red sun sets on Valentine’s Day 2018, with 1 wounded and 1 newly celebrated as a hero, as a Valentine’s Day celebration ran what some might call amuck. At 7:05 AM, Charlie Parsley, 28, woke up like it was any other day. They got up, dressed ,ate breakfast, and then began to scroll through their non-chronological instagram feed, liking videos of cats and memes trolling Cancers.

Bow Down to Sara Porkalob and Dragon Baby

Bow Down to Sara Porkalob and Dragon Baby

Dragon Baby has all the promise of a new budding romance. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, eager to know where it will take you next, how you will learn more about yourself, and empathize with person’s life story.

Gender Role Damage Control and the Renaissance of Queer Artists

Gender Role Damage Control and the Renaissance of Queer Artists

Sam I’Am and Ian Hill are two queer artists to look out for. It’s obvious these two are dedicated to making original, exceptionally crafted art. There is a renaissance of Trans Queer and/or POC artists right now and we a blessed to witness their ingenuity.

The Simple Magic of Bet Ya Ungodly Things

The Simple Magic of Bet Ya Ungodly Things

Neve took a huge risk with Bet Ya Ungodly Things. She created something really unique, ethereal, moving, confusing, and downright magical. I was lucky to have experienced it. Neve Andromeda Mazique Bianco is a force, and I cannot wait to see them grow and continue to create new works of art.

Celebrating the Majesty of POC Bodies at The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq

Celebrating the Majesty of POC Bodies at The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq

Sexy, entertaining, and powerful, The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq is the only POC Burlesque show in Seattle and it does not disappoint. I wish I was a better writer so I could emulate the sexiness and elegance of this monthly performance but, unfortunately, you will have to read my written equivalent of a moose performing burlesque.

The Art of Mental Health: Gay City’s Get Mad!

The Art of Mental Health: Gay City’s Get Mad!

Every year, Gay City – a nonprofit located on Seattle’s Capitol Hill – presents the community with unique facets of their holistic approach to health. Gay City has extended its reach to include health and wellness in the form of art and its function within the community.

Twist: Saturday Church, Queer Ghost Hunters, and More

Twist: Saturday Church, Queer Ghost Hunters, and More

The weather has finally cooled, the leaves are turning, and shit is getting spooky. I love this time of year because, as Seattleites, we turn towards those indoor activities that shelter us from the harsh weather and, at least in my case (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) the reality of the real world. Indoor activities like the queerest film festival in the PNW. Yes, you read correctly. It’s time for Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival!

The Light and Healing of BlackTransMagick

The Light and Healing of BlackTransMagick

At the Neptune, in a theatre full of beautiful Black and brown people, words were spoken that allowed many of us to heal. I saw my fellow trans and QPOC community members laugh and cry. I can only imagine that they felt the same chills creep up their spines as I did, as the beautiful truth, the beauty the is being trans and black was laid out before us.

Challenging Pride: NW Pride of Color

Challenging Pride: NW Pride of Color

Pride is a celebration of our identities and our community. It’s a time when we can come together to educate, celebrate, and not give a fuck what mainstream society says about us. Pride is a wonderful time. What if we added another layer? What if we took the time during Pride to acknowledge and celebrate our intersectional identities.

Rising Up: The Art of Protest, Resistance, and Celebration

Rising Up: The Art of Protest, Resistance, and Celebration

Last Thursday Gay City Arts premiered a play entitled Rising Up, a work that openly condemns gentrification and displacement in the Central District by sharing the QTPOC experience and the importance of chosen family. The debut work from playwrights Sara Rosenblatt and Ebo Barton, directed by Barton along with Neve Andromeda Mazique-Bianco, depicted an honest and personal representation of the QTPOC experience in Seattle.