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Now in its third year\, THIS IS WHAT I WANT continues to redefine relati onships between intimacy and performance by presenting newly commissioned w ork that brings audiences thrillingly close to the locus of queer desire.

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San Francisco-based artists participating in the festival include singer- songwriter DavEnd\, Trannyshack Star Search 2012 winner Dia Dear\, performa nce artist and drag queen Mica Sigourney (VivvyAnne ForeverMORE)\, and mixe d-media artist Sara Kraft. Los Angeles based artists Mabel Negrete\, Nick D uran/Jmy James Kidd\, Rafael Esparza and Taisha Paggett will also debut new work.

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THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2012 is an annual performance festival produc ed by queer performance incubator THEOFFCENTER and presented in conjunction with SOMArts Cultural Center\, Center for Sex and Culture and the Queer Cu ltural Center. A centerpiece of the National Queer Arts Festival\, the fest ival was founded by 2011 Goldie recipient Jesse Hewit. Under the artistic d irection of Tessa Wills\, supported by festival producer and director of TH EOFFCENTER Ernesto Sopprani\, it has expanded its vision to include a one-d ay symposium and participatory experience at Center for Sex and Culture. An na Martine Whitehead\, Doran George\, Jesse Hewit\, Tessa Wills and Rachael Dichter make up the 2012 curatorial team. Additional information can be fo und at www.whatiwantfestival.com.

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When: June 26–29\, 8p m\, doors at 7:30pm

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