Good Grief, Horseshoe Crab
Emceed by poet and queer sweetheart John-Francis Quiñonez, Good Grief, Horseshoe Crab A Night of Queer Performance & Holiday Activation is a one-night special event featuring performances by beloved Providence weirdos Eli Nixon and J.R. Uretsky.
Free. Registration requested.
John-Francis Quiñonez (They|Them) is a desert flower living in Providence, RI. Q is a writer and multimedia artist. They are a current resident of the Queer.Archive.Work. project and the Dirt Palace. Q is the author of a collection of Poems with Write Bloody Publishing (‘22) entitled “Keep Your Little Lights Alive (Poems After Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love & Others)”
Eli Nixon (They|Them) builds portals and gives guided tours to places that don’t yet exist. They are a settler-descended transqueer clown, a cardboard constructionist, and a maker of drawings, puppets, pageants, parades, suitcase theaters, and low-tech public spectaculah. Eli collaborates with activists, schools, mental health and recovery centers, libraries and the more-than-human world to expand imaginative capacity and build muscles for collective liberation. They're a Rhode Islander living on Narragansett land.
Eli is a member of The Public’s Devised Theater Working Group, the New Georges Jam, and brotherdykes unlimited. A 450-million-year timeline of organisms Eli built with 300 modern humans is currently installed in the stairwell of The Providence Public Library downtown. Eli’s illustrated proposal for a new holiday in homage to horseshoe crabs, “BLOODTIDE” was published by The 3rd Thing Press and is available at local libraries and shops.
J.R. Uretsky (She|They) is an artist, performer, musician, and art curator living in Providence, Rhode Island. Uretsky is also the bassist for Cómo Qué Wao and creates their own music under the moniker J.R. and the Worship Band.
Uretsky has performed and exhibited at Art Basel in Miami, Florida, the ICA Boston, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, as well as the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Uretsky’s work has been published in print, online, and video journals such as Headmaster Magazine, Gaga Stigmata, Big Red & Shiny, and ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.