The legendary performance and spoken word collective Sister Spit: The Next Generation is heading to Los Angeles as part of its month-long tour and will perform at REDCAT for a night of queer literary spectacle. The event, hosted by author Michelle Tea, will feature established writers alongside up-and-coming queer and queer-influenced artists, including singer-songwriter–performance artist DavEnd, writers Danny LéVesque and Ali Liebegott, artist TextaQueen, and graphic memoirist Cristy C. Road. Special guests joining the show are novelist Francesca Lia Block and comedian-playwright-television writer Jill Soloway.
Sister Spit’s 2013 lineup promises a visionary and queercentric night jam-packed with butch gamblers, grouchy mermaids, psychic hairdressers, accordion-wielding songstresses, punk-obsessed teens, and post-apocalyptic heroes.
Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson started Sister Spit as an open-mike event in 1994. They took to the road for a tour in 1997 and were soon accompanied by Jane LeCroy and poet Eileen Myles. The group became renowned for its Ramblin’ Roadshow performance at feminist events such as the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. But after three tours, Sister Spit got off the road. In April 2007, Tea started the tour again, titling the group Sister Spit: The Next Generation and including original members Eileen Myles and Ali Liebegott, and writers such as Cristy C. Road, Nicole J. Georges, and Rhiannon Argo.