LGBTQA artists, crafters and performers unite for Queer the Cheer

Devised by local artist/educator/musician Ernesto Olivo and a handful of collaborators from varied backgrounds, the SA Queer Collective is designed to “emphasize and promote” the diverse talents of the Alamo City’s LGBTQA community. Initiated in 2013, the collective’s inaugural Cheer the Queer attracted 200-plus shoppers and browsers with its winning mix of handmade wares, tamales and beer. For its third incarnation, the holiday market aims to create a “unique and safe space” to showcase LGBT, queer and ally artists, crafters, makers, musicians and performers. In addition to live entertainment from the likes of Austin-based outfit Queer Qumbia en Tejas, local dance/fashion/music/movement-based collective House of KENZO, Beeville singer-songwriter Carrie Williams and Giomara Bazaldua of SA’s own panza fusion troupe Zombie Bazaar Belly Dance, the free event includes an open-mic poetry reading and DJ beats by De La O, plus food, beer and wine available by donation.

Queer the Cheer

Free, 4-11pm Sat, Dec. 12, Southwest Workers Union, 1416 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-2666, facebook.com/saqcollective

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