Theater & Performing Arts

Kembra Pfahler at The Lab

When: Sat., May 28, 8-11 p.m. 2016

Kembra Pfahler is perhaps best known for her 1992 performance in Richard Kern’s Sewing Circle, for which she had her vagina sewn shut by another artist. But she’s also famous for fronting the cult death rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, for which members provocatively employed theatricality with costumes inspired by horror films. The iconic look: entirely nude except full-body paint in a primary color, thigh-high patent leather lace up boots, and a nest of teased black hair with a two-foot diameter. Pfahler is also a legendary filmmaker and performance artist ­— difficult to define by discipline — with core principles that pervade all her practices: Availabism, Beutalism, and Antinaturalism. The first of those is perhaps the most important — a dedication to constantly creating with what’s immediately available. That principle is also upheld by those at the Lab (2948 16th St.), the San Francisco experimental venue where Pfahler will be performing this Saturday, from 8–11 p.m. as the culmination of a recent successful Kickstarter campaign that the venue launched to fund future residency programs. Pfahler completely transformed the space into a surreal “manual of action” that reflects her artistic principles. She’ll be performing the band California, which includes her brother, Adam Pfahler (also a former member of Jawbreaker). Admission is free for those who funded the Kickstarter campaign, and $20 otherwise. Pre-sale tickets are available online.

Sarah Burke

Price: $20

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