Enjoy performances by comedians Suzanne Westenhoefer, Sandra Valls, Karinda Dobbins, and Renée Santos; music by Gaye Adegbalola, Lourdes Pérez, Bitch, and Sinclair. Dance parties with DJ Olga T and DJ Lady Char; and our resident Yogini Richelle Donigan will help you greet each day with mindfulness.
No one ever accused Suzanne of being subtle, not the shuttle driver who took her to the airport, the woman she was in line with at the grocery store yesterday and certainly not her audiences. Subtle, she is not.
After 25 years of groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering and brutally honest comedy, she’s not about to start pulling punches now.
The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy.
Suzanne tells the truth. The truth is life is funny, especially when it’s fermented in Suzanne’s mind. That’s why she could never be in the closet, making her a trailblazer when she started doing stand-up in the 1990s. She was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO Special and the first openly lesbian comedian on “Late Night with David Letterman.”
Heck, she was on Sally Jesse Raphael in 1991 on a show called “Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don’t Look Like Lesbians.” From “OMG, a lesbian has long hair and wears make up” to “I went to Helen and Jane’s wedding last weekend,” that’s how far we’ve come in the 25 years Suzanne has been telling her truth to audiences all over the world. Some of that is certainly thanks to her candor, courage and charisma.
Suzanne never does the same show twice. She can’t. She doesn’t write anything down. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. Enjoy a wild night of comedy in a city near you.
“Comedic Gold!” – Latina Magazine
“A Knockout” – My San Antonio
"She brings to light issues that impact the women of color community!" - QWOC Media
"Valls is as true to her ethnicity as she is to her sexuality; knocking TV audiences on their behinds!" Curve Magazine
Sandra Valls is a comic, actor, singer, writer, and badass. Her unique mix of physical comedy, brilliant storytelling, and powerful soulful vocals make it easy to see why the Los Angeles Times calls Sandra “Talented and Hilarious”. Curve Magazine named her One of the Most Influential Queer Women in the Country and One of the Top 10 Funniest Lesbian Comics. Latina Magazine voted Sandra One of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots and Go Magazine feels she’s One of the Top 100 Women We Love.
Sandra will star in the much-awaited world premiere of Real Women Have Curves –The Musical this Christmas season at the prestigious American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler (Chicago, Waitress), Directed and Choreographed by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Ain’t Too Proud), Book by American Theatre Critics Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Lisa Loomer (Girl, Interrupted, ROE), Music and Lyrics by Grammy Award winner Joy Huerta (from internationally renowned Mexican pop duo Jesse & Joy) and Benjamin Velez (Kiss My Aztec, The Tempest). Real Women Have Curves will be Broadway bound in 2024!
Sandra also co-wrote and co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway show, LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL at the famous Soho Playhouse in NYC. Named Critic’s Choice by the L.A. Times, this show is three hilarious, touching and surprisingly touching stories of holidays past as told by three acclaimed Latina actors. Sandra’s story is about her life growing up a queer, Mexican, Catholic kid in Laredo, TX and later in her adult years, being her mother’s caregiver until the end.
Her other television credits include The Latin Diva of Comedy, Gay and Lesbian Comedy Jam (Showtime), Nick Mom Night Out (Nickelodeon), One Night Stand Up (LOGO), Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen (ABC), Habla! (HBO)
Sandra is also a favorite onstage as an emcee. Her hosting credits include Creating Change Conference, TEDX Women, Women in Medicine: Lesbian Health Fund Conference, San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce Coming Out Day, Equality San Antonio – Spirit of Texas Brunch, Latino Institute at Creating Change, La Femme Film Awards (11 years in a row), Power UP 10 Amazing Gay Women and Men Gala, and GLAAD Awards and London Lesbian Film Festival…to name a few plus countless Pride Festivals.
Always a human rights activist, Sandra was also honored in her hometown of Laredo, Texas with the International Woman’s Day Award for being a trailblazer and empowering women and was chosen by Unidos-The National Latino LGBT Human Rights Organization to be part of their prestigious list for Project VISIBLE Latinos LGBT in the USA and Puerto Rico: Out in Leadership. www.welovesandra.com
GAYE TODD ADEGBALOLA (pronounced AH - DEG - BA - LOLA), is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. She is a Blues Music Award (BMA) winner and a founding member of Saffire -The UppityBlues Women (1984-2009). Her CD about LGBTQ issues, “Gaye Without Shame” was nominated for a BMA and her children’s CD, “Blues in All Flavors" won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Her 2019 release, “The Griot” (pronounced GREE - OH) chronicles topical blues for topical times.
Gaye has received the Kristen Lems “Social Change Through Music” Award at the National Women’s Music Festival in 2018 and in 2019 the “Koko Taylor Queen of the Blues" Award for preserving traditional blues from the Jus’ Blues Foundation. Along with her music recognitions she is a former Virginia State Teacher of the Year (8th grade science) and has been honored as an OUTstanding Virginian. The Library of Virginia recognized her as one of the 2018 Virginia Women in History Honorees (along with Barbara Kingsolver, Rita Dove and others).
Mother of Juno Lumumba Kahlil, Gaye is a long-time activist, who continues to provide a voice for those who have been marginalized by society. By definition of her life’s work, she is indeed a griot.
Santos burst onto the Stand-Up comedy scene 6 years ago in her first National Television debut on Showtime Network's "Pride Comedy Jam".
The Network touts, "a hip and hilarious show with a great ensemble of up-and-coming diverse comics, including the witty anecdotes of Latina Lesbian comic Renee Santos." She has been a regular on the Los Angeles comedy scene performing consistently at local clubs, including the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and the Hollywood Improv. In April of 2015 she became a Bi-Coastal Comic earning residency at NYC’s New York Comedy Club.
Santos has been moving and shaking in the Comedy arena since she took her funny on tour to the East Coast and many Colleges Nationwide. She returns to Olivia after first appearing for the Olivia family in May of 2013 when she joined Wanda Sykes and an amazing line-up of talented entertainment on Olivia’s 40th Anniversary Punta Cana Resort Vacation. The ball continued rolling, booking a starring role in the show “Stand-up and Deliver” featured on Jennifer Lopez’s new network NuvoTV Tuesday nights. Santos returned to the Television showcasing for Season 9’s “Last Comic Standing” airing on NBC. In the fall of 2018, she was signed by record label UPROAR Entertainment, the label responsible for launching the careers of greats Margaret Cho and Richard Pryor. In the fall of 2018 her first 1 Hour Comedy Album "Outside the Box" hit iTunes, Amazon, and anywhere you can buy Comedy or Music. In early October of 2019 her Stand-Up Comedy Special "Outside the Box" was picked up by Amazon Prime. Add to your Watchlist today! In 2020 she shot an HBO MAX Special “HA Fest” in San Antonio Texas and embarked on a new tour for 2021.
Although she has a natural funny bone, Santos has been working hard at her craft for several years both on stage and on-camera. She recently hit the NYC Equity Stage in Yvonne Hernandez’s Queer Monologues after wrapping her run as “Squeaky Fromme” in the acclaimed play Assassins. She recently played the role of Nurse Heidi Breslin in NBC'S newest hit show "New Amsterdam" and co-starred in TNT's "Murder in the First", as a CSI Officer, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced CBS sci-fi series “Eleventh Hour”, and Showtime’s “Californication” starring David Duchovny. Santos also has a “Bank of America/Merrill Lynch” Commercial running nationwide. Her acting credits include roles in several celebrated indie films, including her first starring role in Standout Productions’ newest film, "One Way Street," and the film "Shooting April" which was featured in two festivals and was named ‘Favorite Movie of the Month’ by Film Stage Magazine.
In addition, her voice-over abilities have landed her regular gigs on the ‘looping’ scene, including numerous Disney projects and the NBC hit series “Brothers and Sisters” for its last two seasons. Santos is no stranger to improvisation and sketch comedy writing either, beginning as an active member of Emerson College's Comedy Sketch Group in Boston and most recently sharing her characterizations on the stages of the infamous Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in New York City. In June of 2019 she graced Caroline’s Comedy Club Main Stage as a Stand-up and writing collaborator for David Letterman producer Barbara Gaines' LPAC benefit. Currently, she is in Pre-Production for her next 1 Hour Network TV Stand-Up Variety Comedy Special slated to hit the world in early 2023.
Karinda Dobbins is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. Karinda has performed at comedy festivals across the country, including Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, and SF Sketchfest. Bitch Magazine said Karinda is one of “Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don’t Know Yet – But Should.” She has been featured on Logo's NewNowNext. She has opened for Trevor Noah, Michelle Wolf and Gina Yashere. Her debut comedy album Black & Blue is available now.
“With her beautiful voice of thick smoke and clear honey, Lourdes Pérez leaves deep footprints that we will remember forever.” – Gloria Anzaldúa
Puerto Rican composer, poet, decimista, oral historian, vocalist and guitarist Lourdes Pérez is known for her “achingly beautiful contralto voice” and her ability to write emotionally rich songs about people, places, history and ideals. Often called “one of the finest Latin American vocalists and songwriters,” Pérez was invited in 1995 by legendary Argentinean vocalist, Mercedes Sosa, to perform as her surprise guest in Boston and later, in 2002, to sing a series of duets with her at multiple concerts in Austin, Texas. Pérez has performed internationally from remote areas to performing arts centers and has collaborated and recorded duets with artists across language and genre for over 25 years.
It is often said that her voice "transcends language" in ability to transmit and elicit emotion. In Canada, critics dubbed her “the Edith Piaf” of the Spanish language. Her soulful music, strongly rooted in her rural jíbara origins, has been characterized as a kind of "Puerto Rican morna or fado" and as an "opera of the people."
In the early ’90s when she began touring, Pérez was one of the only out, Latina lesbian musicians. Refusing to change her narrative, appearance or language, she often occupied spaces that didn’t overlap or include people like her. In doing so, she courageously opened paths for others along the way.
Pérez is one of 1000 performers in the world profiled in the Music Hound World: The Essential Album Guide (2000) and she is featured in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2005). In 2006, she was one of the first five composers--and the only woman--to be awarded the unrestricted, United States Artist Fellowship for Music. Published works include 13 CDs (two of which include illustrated, oral history books), a 20 year box set and numerous scores and soundtracks for dance, theater and film.
In 2018 she released the book/CD Still Here: Homenaje al Westside de San Antonio (her lyrics and music; multiple artists) on Chee Wee Records, as well as a live album, Tengo la Vida: Live from Rome, on the Italian label, Block Nota Records. Pérez is the co-host of the new global podcast, Radio VoxFem, showcasing women songwriters/composers from every nation on earth.
Bitch is a longstanding queer music icon who Yahoo Entertainment called “a feminist force that the world needs now more than ever” when she released “Bitchcraft,” her 9th studio album, on the legendary label Kill Rock Stars in 2022. With her signature electric violin and lyrical smarts front and center over huge beats and deep synths, Bitch coined the genre “Poet Pop” and she has been touring nationally ever since, igniting her loyal following and inspiring new followers with her colorful and bold stage shows.
“Bitchcraft is a masterpiece,” said Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, who, along with Ani Difranco, have taken Bitch on tour as their opener. Joey Soloway (Transparent) directed the music video for “Easy Target.”
In addition to headlining over 70 shows in 2022, Bitch honed her acting chops and played a role in the new Audible podcast of Alison Bechdel’s “Dykes To Watch Out For,” alongside Jane Lynch, Carrie Brownstein and Roxane Gay. The series was directed by Leigh Silverman, and Bitch co-wrote a song for it with Faith Soloway.
Bitch first achieved notoriety as one half of the queer folk duo Bitch and Animal. The band toured with Ani DiFranco, and released two albums on her label Righteous Babe Records. In the mid 2000s, Bitch went solo, and shared stages with the Indigo Girls, acted in John Cameron Mitchell’s film “Shortbus,” co-wrote a song with Margaret Cho, produced two albums of her elder and folk hero Ferron.
Bitchcraft, Bitch’s first album in 8 years, is one that makes you think and makes you dance. Full of violins, synths, and huge vocals, the record is neon pink and in your face. It’s Joni Mitchell set to a clicktrack; it’s queer Cyndi Lauper and will hex you with its brilliance. It also makes you think: about the state of the world, about evil politicians, about what it means to exist as a woman, and how to find joy along the way.
“The legendary queer icon is back” Bust Magazine “There’s no stopping her now” LA Weekly
“Bitch is a force to be reckoned with" Joey Soloway to MTV
“Bitch is a straight-up, real, fearless performer.” – Ani Difranco to Spin Magazine
“Bitchcraft is poppy and poetic and will put her on the map for new audiences to discover” Brooklyn Vegan
“Bitch is a feminist force that the world needs now more than ever” Yahoo Entertainment
“Bitchcraft is a masterpiece” Amy Ray, Indigo Girls
Quadruple threat = Sinclair. She’s a singer, songwriter, producer and guitar player who has recently opened for GRAMMY Award Winner, Kacey Musgraves, on her sell out ‘Golden Hour’ Tour and also shared the stage with Ke$ha, Daughtry, Kevin Griffin and Max Frost.
Sinclair produced the Teddie CollinZ, ‘Truth Is’ EP, Kelly Monrow's debut LP ‘Scars of Venus’, I Am Orfa's ‘Connected’, Krysta Youngs ‘With You In NY’, co-produced/wrote Marie Osmond's single alongside Jason Deere & has collaborated on various recordings with Daughtry, Better Than Ezra, VIZE & more. Sinclair garnered critical acclaim by charting on Ryan Seacrest’s American Top 40. Billboard magazine calls her production “savagely beautiful” and “carrying a boldness that will resonate with millions”.
Her original song “This Too Shall Pass” organically reached 13 Million streams on Spotify alone. Sinclair has had a wide variety of sync success from a Colgate toothpaste campaign to feature films like HULU’s ‘Playing God’ and Netflix series ‘Shameless’, MTV’s ‘Catfish’, ‘Clique’, ‘American Woman’ and ‘On My Way Out’.
DJ Olga T
DJ Olga T
A Puerto Rican lover of all things music, dogs, community and human connection through the language of rhythm and beats, born in NYC and raised in San Francisco, Olga T has an exceptional style of DJing that never fails to grab your attention on the dance floor. This northern California legend is known for masterfully transitioning through nearly every genre of music and always being committed to working with the original Technics 1200 turntables while making creative use of ever evolving digital accessories. DJing for the past 20 years while producing legendary Bay Area events (Mango SF, Good Times Oakland), spinning at major corporate gigs (Salesforce, Oracle, etc.), previous Olivia trips and events as well as queer festivals (SF Pride, Folsom SF) year-round in addition to teaching DJ classes, creating exclusive remixes, edits and mixtapes is Olga T's fulltime passion.
To listen and download various music genres mixtapes created by DJ Olga T, go to https://soundcloud.com/djolgat)
DJ Lady Char
DJ Lady Char
One of the Sacramento's most prominent and musically diverse DJ’s, with club residencies all over California and Nevada. Char travels all over the Bay Area on a weekly basis rocking dance floors with pride. Char has a strong love of not just playing music, but being an active part of the community and our youth. She is an open format DJ who loves to genre hop during her sets, offering each night as a musical journey to her followers.
Lady Char was raised in the 707 and found her love for music in the beautiful Bay. Char grew up with a family who surrounded themselves with music and dancing and through them she gained a very broad musical taste (80’s, Souls, Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop, Alternative and even Country.) She was introduced to House Music during the late 90’s rave scene and this then paved the way towards her musical career.
In early 2016 Char started her own after school DJ youth enrichment program where she educates and inspires youth through music and DJ culture. You can find out more about Love Beat DJ Workshops HERE.
Char takes pride in creating an unforgettable experience for all, in every event she takes part in, big or small. She hopes to move you with music, beats that touch your soul and make you forget about the daily stresses in life. Lady Char is all about love and positivity, she promotes equality and loves to support all those with like minds.
Richelle Evelyn Donigan is a masterful Yoga Instructor, Life Coach, Author, and Speaker. She has been in the work and study of transformation for more than 40 years. Richelle has an extraordinary gift for creating safe empowering spaces for beginners and communities that have been traditionally underserved. She has created and led numerous retreats and workshops focusing on LGBTQ Communities. Her Butch Yoga workshops allow Butch Identified women to come as they are, listen and be heard by other Butches and support one another as they share and practice together. Richelle’s Vision Workshops are life changing. You will walk out with powerful clarity and strategies to create a life that you absolutely LOVE. A consummate teacher, Richelle embodies wellness and is dedicated to uplifting community with the profound healing practices of Yoga & Vision.