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Sweatin’ with the Artists at SOMArts

by Larissa Archer

I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “Is there a way I could combine my exercise, love for the arts, and drinking into one productive afternoon?”

Yes, there is. On August 16, SOMArts will host an event called Performance Art Workout. Fitness instructors who primarily identify as artists will lead guests through three separate workouts. Linda Trunzo will focus on boxing, including the “straight right to the chin” that pioneering female boxer Jackie Tonawanda used to knock out her male opponent at Madison Square Garden in 1975.

Artist Krisztina Lazar (posing as Barbell-rella) will lead one of her famous Buns of Steel workouts. And Illeana Tejada will lead both aerobic and anaerobic workouts using everyday objects for resistance training. Tejada invites participants to enjoy her session au naturel (aka in the nude).

After an hour of this sweating, you can enjoy “Powermosas” (mimosas made with Powerade instead of orange juice) and watch Thorne and Tejada’s powerlifting performance. Thorne will re-create a traditional strongman pose, while Tejada will lift weights wearing only paint, in a commentary on traditional gender roles. As she perspires, that paint — and its symbolic import — will melt away. Stay until 5 p.m. and enjoy the last day of SOMArts’ current show, “Projected Personae,” which addresses “self as surface and the construction of identity through performance, cultural drag and bodybuilding.”

What: Projected Personae Performance Art Workout

When: Saturday, August 16, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.; workout 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; performance 3 p.m.

Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (at 8th), San Francisco

How Much: $12 admission for instructor-led workout 1–2 p.m.; free to attend 2–5 p.m. performance and reception that follows.
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