NERDGASM! Meet the Performers continues!

NERDGASM! A variety Show filled with Nerdy performers is part of the Queer Arts Festival Thursday June 28th 8pm @ The Garage 715 Bryant Street SF, $12 at the door

Let us continue with introducing you to our performers!

We’ve already met Liz Green and Terry Taplin so let’s introduce Baruch Porras Hernandez and Nick Leonard!

Nick Leonard

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is a San Francisco writer, cartoonist and comedian, He
started doing queer comics and zines in Minneapolis in 1980
contributing to many zines, anthologies and books. After moving to San
Francisco he starting doing stand up comedy at Josie’s Juice Joint. He
performs locally and internationally at such venues as Cobb’s, the
Punchline, The Marsh Theater, The Herbst Theater, NYU, the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival, and the Vancouver International Comedy Festival.  He
produces Qcomedy, San Francisco’s long running LGBTQ comedy showcase,
celebrating it’s 12th year. He has been a performer, host, and co
producer of the very successful Bi-licious Shows in the Queer Arts
Festival.

Baruch Porras Hernandez is a poet and theater artist who performs in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout North America.

He Is currently a finalist in the Write Bloody Competition and you can check out his video poem by clicking this link! Click like over on youtube to support his entry!

Baruch  is the Co-Host/Co-Organizer for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic.  His work appears on DanseMacabre Online Literary Managzine and on print with Aim for the Head an anthology of Zombie Poetry –Write Bloody Publishing and OneDedCow literary Magazine.  He has work forthcoming in Divining Divas, anthology of poems by gay men and the women who inspire them-Lethe Press.

He has organized and curated several successful poetry and music shows in San Francisco including most recently It Gets Gayer, Baruch’s Big Gay Poetry Show, two nights of celebrating gay male performance poets featuring legendary Regie Cabico. Before that he put together Return to the Tender Nob, 2011 and Live from the Tender Nob, 2010 both shows had packed houses, both a combination of Poetry and Music which he hosted and curated part of the International Home Theatre Festival.

He has been a resident artist in the Spoken Word Program 2011, at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and Air Space (Artists in Residence) part of the Garage All Stars in San Francisco, where he developed his first solo play,  Reasons to Stay on the Ground which later premiered as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2010.  His latest solo play, First Gentleman previewed  at The Marsh Theatre in 2011. Bay area credits include Blame it on the Alcohol, part of LitCrawl at Martuni’s, the Garage Art Space, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bawdy Storytellers, TOO MUCH: a Queer Art Marathon at MaMa Calizo’s Voice Factory, Artfag, SMACKDAB at Magnet and The Vetted Word Showcase.  National credits include Noches de Poesia Poetry Cabare (the 2011 Montreal Fringe Festival) the Berkeley Poetry Slam, Sparkle Series at BusBoys and Poets (Washington, DC) , Pace University’s Annual Poetry Slam in NYC and the 2010 Capturing Fire Queer Slam Summit where he was a Finalist.

As an Actor his favorite roles include Tom Smith in How Tom Smith caused the 1906 Earth Quake and R.D. in Ancestor with Word for Word, Giulliano in FoolsFURY’s production of Big Love, Fadi in The Arab Israeli Cookbook with TheatreFIRST, Democratus in Elastic Future’s The Greek Play, and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen with The Mendocino Theatre Company.

He was born in Toluca, Mexico and grew up in Albany, California.   He became a U. S. citizen in 2008, so far, he thinks its pretty neat.

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The Queer Arts festival will be featuring a number of wonderful shows but we highly recommend you check out That’s What She Said! at the Garage Tuesday June 26th

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About wonderdave

Wonder Dave is a writer and performer from the Midwest currently residing in Northern California. He’s toured the country performing at poetry venues, schools, cabarets, science fiction conventions, burlesque shows and bowling alleys. He was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Verve grant for spoken word artists in 2007. Dave has appeared on the Semi-Finals and Group Piece Finals stages at the National Poetry Slam. Dave’s work has been published in the Legendary, Orange Room Review, Breadcrumb Scabs, Pedestal, Shit Creek Review and Assaracus Magazine. Thanks for checking him out.
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