Punning on the name of the legendary Texas musician Buddy Holly, “No Body Holy” was a Valentine’s Night queer sock hop event that featured ‘50’s-style Rock ‘n’ Roll by garage-punk trio Shannon & the Clams (Oakland, CA); El Vez, The Mexican Elvis (San Diego); and nostalgic folk ‘n’ roll by my group- Oree & the Doo Not Worries.
Starting out as a visionary drawing back in 2009, this past year (as part of my Fulbright post-academic training period) I developed the project with the assistance of two members of the Queer Art Collective, Ben Hurst and Aimee Michelle, who helped make this dream come true. The production took approx. 6 months. As the main curator, it was important for me to make No Body Holy a crossover event and reach out not only to local-on-campus queer community, but also to a much broader audience of all ages (and bodies!). The purpose was to bring people together, and celebrate our ever-changing bodies.