Meet Our Artists

Sonic Rain is a singer-songwriter, emcee and beat producer from the Twin Cities. In early year 2000 she was a part of a spoken word collective Free.Inspiring.Rising.Element (F.I.R.E). F.I.R.E was the first active Asian performance poetry collective of its kind in the Twin Cities. They were made up of activists, emcees, playwrights, musicians and dancers. After F.I.R.E Sonic Rain continues to be involved in the Hmong community through Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (C.H.A.T) I.C.E open mic’s and became the main MC for 5 years.

Baby Patê consists of depraved BFFs gelli spinelli and Christian Balden. gelli is a nonbinary HIV+ queer internet angel. They run the trans youth art group Ham Time, create content for meme pages including That Gay Shit, Antifash Whiscash, Call Your Sponsor Sweaty, and Give Me Cumemes, Daddy. Christian is a nonbinary HIV+ queer sex demon, environmental justice activist, and radical performance artist. Together they have curated messy and interactive events at Minneapolis DIY spaces including Wrestelgaynia, Little Mx Mothership, John Waters' Drag Race, and Sugar Slut.

Rosa Garcia, aka DJ MotherTRosa, is a self-taught DJ, event producer, and youth activist born and raised in Minneapolis. They have played DJ sets at spaces throughout Minneapolis, including First Avenue, the Nomad, and Palmer's, and produced multiple multidisciplinary events in underground spaces, including the "tropikal dans" party TUERCA that brought together percussionists, DJs, installation artists, and dancers. They are currently working on reviving DJU, their series of DJ classes for queer femmes of color.

Nicole M. Smith is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children's Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what's been established and finding point of entry based on interest.

I'm a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in the Twin Cities. My music is universal which deals with topics such as love, acceptance and confidence. I performed at the Twin Cities PRIDE festival 5 years in a row. I try to create music that everyone can relate to. Gay or straight.

TONY HAUSER has been performing professionally for over 40 years, with a wide range of musical styles on the guitar, particularly Latin American and Brazilian music. He has also been composing in these genres; recently his Concerto for Flamenco Guitar and Chamber Orchestra was premiered by the MN Sinfonia with Jay Fishman conducting, and his compositions premiere in the MN Guitar Society Guitarathon (an organization he founded) June 3 at Hamline University.

HEIDI ARNESON is a many-armed troublemaker (artist/author/performer). She has been writing, performing and painting professionally for over 32 years. Her edgy, dark-comic, suburban-gothic tales encompass over 20 works, including the one-woman show Degrade School, the musical BloodyMerryJammyParty, and her 2016 suspense novel, entitled Interlocking Monsters.

Sellers came to dance and welcomed dance because, as a woman from a small town, dance celebrated alternative voices. In dance, she found a long history of females creating change. In addition to choreography and performing, Sellers is renowned for her workshops, curatorial practice, and community engagements. Through the work of ASDC, she uses dance to tell the stories of her generation and provide a platform for other voices and experiences to be heard.

Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis.  She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, poet, choreographer, performance artist and vinyasa yoga instructor. Over the course of her career she has performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her latest single 'Take Cover' is available for purchase and live streaming on iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.

We are five "senior" improvisers who have performed at Huge Theater in four different shows. We are quite silly and irreverent and have gained a reputation in the local improv scene which is mainly comprised of young folks. We get sug- gestions from the audience and create scenes you've never seen before, and will never see again. We hope to add some lightness in these trying times.

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