Loud-mouthed 'lesbiana' uses comedy
as weapon of choice
QSanAntonio.com, February 12, 2011
No one could never accuse San Antonio-born performance artist Adelina
Anthony of being demur. On the contrary, Anthony herself describes her
work as "salacious, brazen, Spanglish humor that flirts with all
kinds of cultural taboos."
Anthony, who now lives in the S.F. Bay Area, will bring her cheeky, unapologetic
Chicana-lesbian bravado to San Antonio starting February 25 for a three-night
performance line-up titled "La Hocciona Series -- An Original X-X-Xicana
Comedic Triptych of Scandalous Proportions!"
The word Spanish word "hocciona" literally means big-mouthed
but could also refer to a loudmouth woman who uses foul language, swears
a lot or constantly talks back. Anthony delivers on all counts. Just consider
the titles of some of her other works: "Requiem for Queer Amor,"
"Bruising for Besos," and "Mastering Sex and Tortillas."
Anthony is also a prolific writer. In a 2008 essay on same-sex marriage
titled "Adelina’s Top Six Gay Marriage Strategies," she
"Strategy #2: Marry an immigrant! Preferably Mexican because we all
know that anti-immigrant laws in this country still equate anti-Mexican.
This is a spectacular way to build coalitions amongst the disenfranchised
in our country. Think about it. We can help hardworking immigrants gain
their citizenship and in return they can help build those lovely homes
gays like to live in and be the wonderful nannies that keep raising privileged
babies." (See related story below.)
The "Hocciona" series is comprised of three one-woman shows
performed on three consecutive nights.
The first performance, "La Angry Xicana," weaves together critiques
of Hollywood, the U.S. corporate media, purported lesbian gang epidemics,
conservative politics and the semi-sacred courtship that happens only
among queer "womyn" of color.
The second installment, "La Sad Girl . . ." is described as
a crazy ride where the comedy goes gothic. Anthony riffs on everything
from ultra-dramatic break-ups to good old-fashioned bondage and sadomasochism.
In the third act, "La Chismosa," Anthony cooks up comedic stereotypes
within subjects like migration and border issues, Facebook gossip, single
motherhood and "mental issues for Xicanas who may be a wee bit paranoid."
In commenting on her upcoming performances in San Antonio, Anthony said
that each performance stands alone, but seeing all three of them during
this limited run is "a rare opportunity to witness and participate
in critical locura--Xicana style!"
La Hociccona Series: An Original X-X-Xicana Comedic
Triptych, February 25 - 27, 2011 at the Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start
in the Blue Star Art Complex, 108 Blue Star. Admission: Pre-sale tickets
available at $18 each. A pre-sale package of the 3 shows $45 ($15 each).
Pre-sale groups of 10 or more for each show $15. At the door; $20 general,
$15 students/seniors with ID. Info: Jump-Start.org.
Adelina Anthony on stage
Photography by Antonia Padilla, QSanAntonio.com, February 24, 2011
QSanAntonio photographer Antonia Padilla was invited to the dress rehearsal
for Adelina Anthony's three-part performance, "La Hocciona Series
-- An Original X-X-Xicana Comedic Triptych of Scandalous Proportions!"
which runs at the Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start from February
25 - 27. The resulting photos show the performance artist going through
the paces of her show using her expressive face to punctuate her words.
Commentary: Adelina’s top six
gay marriage strategies
By Adelina Anthony, QSanAntonio.com, November 8, 2008
On November 4, we experienced a big YAY for OBAMA and a big NAY if you're
GAY (especially in California, Arizona, and Florida). So, since many of
our queer brothers and sisters -- myself included -- are now being institutionalized
as second-class citizens throughout the nation (never mind that many of
us also fight for immigrant rights, fair housing, education rights, anti-war
movements and a number of other progressive social issues), I thought
I would offer up some strategies to help us move forward in this political
1. PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE FOR REALZ!
Queers let's stop playing defense and play hard-core offense. We MUST
Protect Marriage from the Hets, i.e. we need to launch a campaign that
allows marriage to take place between a man and a woman—ONLY ONCE!
This way we help hets preserve the sanctity of marriage! They can't do
it without us. Look at their 50% divorce rate that increases exponentially
as they marry for the second or third time. This is a historical opportunity
for gays to build a true coalition with the Christian Wrong. And when
they have used up their one-time only marriage license, they can, of course,
have future domestic partnerships or civil unions.
2. MARRY AN IMMIGRANT!
Preferably Mexican because we all know that anti-immigrant laws in this
country still equate anti-Mexican. This is a spectacular way to build
coalitions amongst the disenfranchised in our country. Think about it.
We can help hardworking immigrants gain their citizenship and in return
they can help build those lovely homes gays like to live in and be the
wonderful nannies that keep raising privileged babies.
3) MARRY EACH OTHER!
This is an old strategy that many queers have used before, but we should
do this in record numbers. Let's find practical ways to make queer group
marriage work. After all, it takes a village to raise a child, and I DO
want mine raised by beautiful YMCA village people. This strategy should
also quell criticism from within the queer community that those of us
who aspire to marriage are seeking a normative livelihood. (Hey, I hear
your radical arguments, but I think it's more than okay for the rest of
us to seek ways to protect our families and be so normal as to not get
killed in the streets for who we love or sex in bed.)
4) GO TO CHURCH!
If Jesus was brave enough to wear a dress and roam the streets with 12
other lonely men, we should be brave enough to fight for the rights of
the poor, fight for the protection of prostitutes, and fight for the separation
of State and Church. (Remember: Render therefore unto Caesar the things
which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.) We must be
brave enough to start a queer spiritual movement. Get in there and reclaim
Jesus as the radical queer figure that he was for his time and not the
religious bigotry he's been used for over and over again. Amen. Or Awomyn.
5. DON'T GO TO CHURCH!
For those of us who understand that the Catholic and Christian global
business industries were/are the tools of colonization for people of color,
especially Latinos and Blacks, let's reclaim our TRADITIONAL two-spirited
and matriarchal ways of living and making familia. Trust me, I've been
to the Vatican, that Pope ain't po!
6. CALL IT WHAT IT IS.
And if you are making a life with someone in a committed relationship.
Don't be afraid to name that person your wife or husband. Trust me, I
had a domestic partnership and there's nothing sexy about introducing
your other half as your domesticated panocha. Language is power. Name
it. Live it.
Yes We Can…it's just gonna take more work. Make progressive art.
And let's leave single-issue movement models behind. Follow the L.A. Bus
Rider Union's model and build coalitions. Queers we gotta keep coming
out in other movement work. If we fight for our communities we need them
to fight for us.
Bottom line: This country's Religious Wrong will continue to make Gays
and Abortions and Immigrants hot button issues because they want to have
absolute control on how to make family and nation and profit. We need
to keep the change coming.
Adelina Anthony, a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist,
hails originally from San Antonio, Tejas. She currently resides in Los
Angeles. Her work addresses issues such as colonization, feminism, trauma,
memory, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment,
and issues generally affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited
communities. She can be reached via her Web site: AdelinaAnthony.com.