All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
Reservations are required. 

Parking for free events: Complimentary permits are available at the Information Kiosk.

FEB 25 • Sunday

5:30 – 7:00 pm. Performance Lab, ARTS 166.
Artist Talk: Jennifer Miller.

Talk Description:

How to Wear a Beard: My life in the Sideshow

Jennifer Miller weaves stories and acts from her life in the sideshow into an hour of daring do and theory too.  Watch a women escape from a straight jacket, juggle knives and discuss late nineteenth century ugly laws all in one hour of gender-twisting delight.

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FEB 26 • Monday

4:00 – 5:30 pm. Performance Lab, ARTS 166.
Artist Talk/Lecture: Kareem Khubchandani.

Talk Description:

Becoming Auntie: Dance, Drag, Diva, Diaspora  

Why has “auntie” become the gender that makes the most sense to describe me? Tracing my performances from Indian temples in Ghana, to queer nightclubs in Texas, to the classrooms of a variety of elite academic institutions, I show how a variety of “aunties” make room for my queerness.  My queerness is constituted not only by faggotry and non-binary gender presentations, but also by improvisatory, amateur, disoriented, lazy, and vulgar aesthetics. Through my own performances as LaWhore Vagistan, I work to honor my aunties, even as I age into (sexy) auntie-hood myself.

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FEB 27 • Tuesday

2:00 – 5:00 pm. Symposium Room, INTS 1113.
Artists Talks / Round Table: Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, Thomas DeFrantz and Doran George (in memoriam).

Talk Description:

Estévez Raful introduces some of his works existing at the intersection of art, the religious, and spirituality, focusing on ritualistic processes effacing marked boundaries dealing with gender, sexuality, and professional roles. During this presentation, he purposely combines documentation of artistic experiences together with diary entries, personal sketches, and seemingly mundane photographs of his private environment, all of which are focused on his approach to creativity as a tool for self-transformation and healing. At the end of his talk Estévez Raful invites a small group of people in the audience to ask one question per person having to do with a current health-related situation that they may be going through.

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FEB 28 • Wednesday

5:00 – 6:30 pm. Symposium Room, INTS 1113.
Annual Christena L. Schlundt Lecture by Thomas DeFrantz.
“White Privilege”

A Lecture Performance by Thomas F. DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE

Soniscape by Quran Karriem

Lecture Performance Description

White Privilege

Is everyone always automatically expected to share the concerns of people of color? Do we all really have to pay attention to race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity?  What constitutes “white privilege?”  If I’m not interested in being part of some solution, am I really part of the problem? What if I’m a maker/audience/presenter who happens to be interested in love, or formal structure, or myth, or universal qualities of empathy?  What am I to do now?  This dialogic manifesto-lecture-performance offers strategies for constructing a shared, useful understanding of white privilege and its implacable effects in the world.

This performance is second in the series begun with “i am black [you have to be willing to not know]” from 2015.

6:30 – 7:00 pm. Round Lab, INTS 1111.
Short reception after Lecture Performance.


MAR 1 • Thursday

4:30 – 6:00 pm. Symposium Room, INTS 1113.
Artist Talk: Keith Hennessy.

Talk Description:

An artist working through current events

Keith Hennessy’s performative lecture touches on Charlottesville, white supremacy, the potentials of theaters and studios, the power of dancing alone and together. Videos of Hennessy’s choreographic work reveal possible models of a socially engaged, dance based, queer/feminist/antiracist, experimental art practice.

Advanced reading (optional): Hetero-patriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy, Andrea Smith (UCR prof).

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MAR 2 • Friday

5:00 – 6:30 pm. Symposium Room, INTS 1113.
Artist Talk: Julie Tolentino.

Talk Description:

Tolentino will offer a talk on how the body and range of work practices (its materiality, physicality, and methodologies) express my commitment to both movement-based performance installation art and to the socio-political expressed in poly-exchanges, viewer agency, and contemplative temporality. Tolentino works from her concept of the body as container of record, an archival practice that takes into account the raced and gendered body and history alongside the institutional space committed to laying bare the steely practice of vulnerability, persistence, and discovery as world-making. 

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MAR 3 • Saturday

5:00 – 6:30 pm. Performance Lab, ARTS 166.
Artist Talk: luciana achugar.

Talk Description:

luciana achugar’s OTRO TEATRO (Other theater or theater for the Other) 

An introduction to achugar’s work and her ongoing search for another kind of theater, a theater for and of the other that gives voice to the silenced, oppressed and repressed and less valued aspects of being in our bodies and our experience. A search for an undoing of the inequality and abuse of power of the first world (class difference, gender inequality, racism and colonialism), that she grew up deeply aware of having been born and raised in Latin America with politically exiled parents; a search for an undoing from the inside out by subverting the notion that the animal, the irrational, the feminine, the uncivilized, the non-European, and the felt experience is lesser, unruly or “ugly”. 

achugar’s work is not “about” cultural diversity but it has within its aesthetic and perspective an identification with the Other, the uncivilized, the second sex, the non-white European, the animal and the silenced voice of instinct and feminine desire in our society; a feminist Latinx perspective that aims to undo the foundational structures and value system within euro-centric patriarchy.

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7:00 – 8:30 pm. Performance Lab, ARTS 166.
Round Table: Julie Tolentino, luciana achugar, Marbles Jumbo Radio, Crystal Sepúlveda, Wendy Rogers, Jmy James Kidd and Mariel Carranza.
Moderator: taisha paggett.


8:30 – 9:30 pm. Performance Lab, ARTS 166.
Closing Night Reception.

• TICKETS: (951) 827-4331
$12.50 General, $8.50 students, UCR alumni cardholders, senior citizens & children
Advance Tickets: available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office, WednesdayFriday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Walk-up tickets for events in the University Theatre: available one hour before the performance.
Walk-up tickets for events in the ARTS Building: available at the ARTS Building Ticket Office, one hour before performances.

Parking for free events: Complimentary permits are available at the Information Kiosk.

Information: (951) 827-3245

Support for the NOT FESTIVAL is provided in part by the UC Riverside Department of Dance and the CHASS Dean’s Office.