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Heretic to Housewife

Heretic to Housewife
My first book, a collection of personal essays and monologues, was published in August 2019 by Neon Hemlock Press, and is already in its second printing.

Standards of Care

Standards of Care 1.2
Conceived as a series of episodic performances for video, the Standards of Care series examines the ordinary medical, therapeutic, and domestic treatments of trans people and their cultural anxiety byproducts. Combining aspects of slapstick and body horror, the series follows The Researcher, as she explores methods of negating and transforming a vestigial phallus. The first episode in this series premiered at New Works at Normal's in March 2019.

The 50 Foot Woman Birthday Band

The 50 Foot Woman Birthday Band
2019 was full of performances. My rock band Santa Librada played numerous shows, including the first-ever Montgomery County Pride celebration. I performed two spectacular shows with the Stevie Nicks tribute act White Wing Dove, and will perform at the New Year's Eve Prince Tribute party at Rituals. The highlight was the twelve-piece supergroup I assembled for my solo project, 50’♀ for my 50th birthday, pictured here. Photo by Ryan Patterson.

Dude Descending a Staircase #1

Dude Descending a Staircase #1
My collage video "Dude Descending A Staircase" was included in an exhibit during the International Conference of Chinese Computer Human Interaction, Xiamen, China in June 2019. My video, a direct reaction to the 2018 Supreme Court nomination hearings, was awarded the title of "Best Creative" by Xiamen University Art Professor Qin Jian. Photo by Lynn Cazabon.

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About Rahne

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Rahne Alexander is an intermedia artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. She performs music with several bands, including Santa Librada, 50’♀, White Wing Dove, and Flaming Creatures, and previously with Guided By Wire and The Degenerettes. Rahne is an essayist, contributing to anthologies such as the Lambda Literary Award-winning Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, the Lammy-nominated Resilience Anthology, and the forthcoming Love, You. Her first book of collected essays, Heretic to Housewife,... more

Performance

2019 marked the beginning of a series of performances for video entitled "Standards of Care." Conceived as a series of episodic performances for video, the "Standards of Care" series examines the ordinary medical, therapeutic, and domestic treatments of trans people and their cultural anxiety byproducts. Combining aspects of slapstick and body horror, the series follows The Researcher, as she explores methods of negating and transforming a vestigial phallus. The first episode in this series premiered at New Works at Normal's in March 2019, and the second episode performed in front of live audiences in Winter 2019.

In October 2019, I also performed a live Grant Application during the annual citywide Open Studios Tour.

  • Standards of Care 2.0

    Standards of Care 2.0
    A moment during Standards of Care 2.0 in December 2019. Photo by Kristen Anchor.
  • Grant Application

    Grant Application
    An experimental live Grant Application was presented during Open Studios 2019. Fun with technology and awkwardness.

Text

My first book of collected essays, Heretic to Housewife, was published in 2019 by Neon Hemlock Press and the first print run sold out in 2 weeks. This collection was the winner of the 2019 OutWrite Non-Fiction Chapbook Contest, judged by Kristen Arnett.

My essay about getting to know Louis Hughes and the history of LGBTQ Baltimore, "The Lost and the Found," was published in OnCurating #42: -- What You Don’t Know About AIDS Could Fill A Museum: Curatorial Ethics and the Ongoing Epidemic in the 21st Century in August 2019. A publication event for this journal will be held at Bird in Hand in February 2020, where I will interviewing Louis Hughes.

This year I began contributing to BmoreArt, where I have interviewed Karen Finley, Megan McShea, and Shawna Potter.

I have an essay in the forthcoming anthology Love, You to be published in Spring 2020 by Urban Ivy.

In January 2020, I return as faculty to Donna Kaz's Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference in Southampton, Long Island.

  • Heretic to Housewife

    Heretic to Housewife
    My first book, a collection of personal essays and monologues, was published in August 2019 by Neon Hemlock Press, and is already in its second printing.
  • OnCurating 42

    OnCurating 42
    In 2016 I met Louis Hughes as I was working on the Queer Interiors show at the BMA. Louis is a Baltimore legend, having come out of the closet in the early 70s, and been involved in the fouding of many of Baltimore's LGBTQ institutions. He is a font of history, and a great storyteller. I wrote about him for the Aug 2019 issue of OnCurating, with an eye towards the importance of preservation of the histories of greatly marginalized people.
  • Rahne with Donna Kaz at Baltimore Book Festival 2017

    Rahne with Donna Kaz at Baltimore Book Festival 2017
    I was introduced to Donna Kaz at the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival, interviewing her about her memoir Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerilla Girl On Tour. A year later, Donna invited me to teach at her annual Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference. I return to teach at this conference in 2020.

Video

My new video work in 2019 includes "Dude Descending A Staircase," a video collage that was included in an exhibit during the International Conference of Chinese Computer Human Interaction, Xiamen, China in June 2019. My video, a direct reaction to the 2018 Supreme Court nomination hearings, was awarded the title of "Best Creative"by Xiamen University Art Professor Qin Jian.

"Standards of Care," a series of episodic performances for video, began in 2019, and the first episode in this series premiered at New Works at Normal's in March 2019. The Standards of Care series examines the ordinary medical, therapeutic, and domestic treatments of trans people and their cultural anxiety byproducts. Combining aspects of slapstick and body horror, the series follows The Researcher, as she explores methods of negating and transforming a vestigial phallus. The second episode was performed for live audiences in Winter 2019.

  • Dude Descending a Staircase #1

    Dude Descending a Staircase #1
    My collage video "Dude Descending A Staircase" was included in an exhibit during the International Conference of Chinese Computer Human Interaction, Xiamen, China in June 2019. My video, a direct reaction to the 2018 Supreme Court nomination hearings, was awarded the title of "Best Creative" by Xiamen University Art Professor Qin Jian. Photo by Lynn Cazabon.
  • Standards of Care

    Standards of Care 1.2
    Conceived as a series of episodic performances for video, the Standards of Care series examines the ordinary medical, therapeutic, and domestic treatments of trans people and their cultural anxiety byproducts. Combining aspects of slapstick and body horror, the series follows The Researcher, as she explores methods of negating and transforming a vestigial phallus. The first episode in this series premiered at New Works at Normal's in March 2019.

Music

This was an especially productive year for my musical performance acts, including my rock band Santa Librada, my solo/collaborative music project 50’♀, and turns with tribute shows for Prince and Stevie Nicks.

The year's musical performance highlight was the twelve-piece upergroup assembled for my birthday celebration at Metro Gallery. The 50’♀ Birthday Band included members of Super City, PLRLS, Manners Manners, Sarah FM, $100 Girlfriend, The Selkies, Joseph & the Beasts, and The Jennifers performing a cross-section of covers from my favorite songs of all time, from Laura Nyro's "And When I Die" to Prince's "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" to the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."

I performed at two editions of White Wing Dove, Baltimore's Stevie Nicks tribute supergroup led by Corey Hennessey of Snake Charm.

  • Santa Librada at MoCo Pride

    Santa Librada performing at MoCo Pride
    Santa Librada was a featured act on the main stage at Montgomery County's first Pride celebration in July 2019. This was our first show with an ASL interpreter!
  • Santa Librada

    Santa Librada
    Santa Librada released our first LP in 2018 and it immediately caught the ear of Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions. In 2019, Santa Librada performed hot sets at Hampdenfest and Womxn Fuck Shit Up DC. The band also shared stages with touring acts like Peelander-Z, The OSYX, Low Tide, and Company Calls and numerous local acts, including a spectacularly memorable night at Ottobar with Joseph & the Beasts, PLRLS, and Holy Fingers. Santa Librada's first gig of 2020 will at Slash Run in DC.
  • 50 Foot Woman Birthday Band

    50 Foot Woman Birthday Band
    The year's musical performance highlight was the twelve-piece supergroup assembled for my birthday celebration at Metro Gallery. The 50 Foot Woman Birthday Band included members of Super City, PLRLS, Manners Manners, Sarah FM, $100 Girlfriend, The Selkies, Joseph & the Beasts, and The Jennifers performing a cross-section of covers from my favorite songs of all time, from Laura Nyro's "And When I Die" to Prince's "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" to the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."
  • Last Year's Man: A Baltimore Tribute to Leonard Cohen

    Last Year's Man: A Baltimore Tribute to Leonard Cohen
    I still love this track, and you can still buy it from Bandcamp and support Planned Parenthood Maryland. In 2017, 50’♀ contributed a track to this Baltimore-does-Leonard-Cohen tribute record. Proceeds benefitted Planned Parenthood of Maryland. My track, "Came So Far For Beauty," was featured in the City Paper's 2017 annual music issue as one of the "50 Song Soundtrack to Life During the Trump Regime" https://lastyearsmantribute.bandcamp.com/ http://www.citypaper.com/news/features/bcpnews-2017-big-music-issue-20170621-htmlstory.html
  • White Wing Dove

    White Wing Dove
    I performed "Angel" and "Edge of Seventeen" in November 2019 with White Wing Dove, Baltimore's Stevie Nicks supergroup. Photo by Megan Elyse Lloyd.