Performer Interview: Team Rayceen

Rayceen Pendarvis is a columnist for SWERV magazine, emcee, performer, activist, former ANC Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian. This year, Rayceen was profiled by Tagg magazine and the Washington Blade, was honored by both The DC Center and the Community Church of Washington, DC, and has been a part of several events, including moderating the Smithsonian’s “Paris Is Burning” panel, co-hosting the 25th Annual DC Black Pride Festival, hosting “Quick and Dirty” at The DC Center’s Fifth Annual OutWrite LGBT Book Festival, being a panelist at NBJC’s “Out on the Hill” summit, hosting Reel Affirmations and Team Rayceen present “PARIS IS BURNING! Celebrating 25 Years: The Book…The Film… The Ball” screening and mini-ball, hosting the Queer Theatre Festival, and moderating a panel at the annual ManDate Conference.

Rayceen is also the host of THE ASK RAYCEEN SHOW, a free, monthly, live entertainment event on first Wednesdays (March-November) at LIV NIGHTCLUB, located at 11th and U Streets NW. Show segments include panel discussions, interviews, live music performances, improv comedy, games, and more.

You can follow Rayceen Pendarvis, Team Rayceen, and The Ask Rayceen Show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Describe what you will be doing for your Artomatic Performance:
For Artomatic 2015, I will co-host “Team Rayceen presents Saturday Nights @ Artomatic with Rayceen Pendarvis and Curt Mariah” for the final three weekends of the event, on November 28, December 5, and December 12. These shows will feature live music, poetry, comedy, burlesque, and much more.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far:
So far, my favorite experience has been seeing all of the amazing art displayed. I appreciate the quantity, quality, and the diversity of the artistic expression at Artomatic 2015. I particularly enjoyed visiting the display of our friends, Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret.

What was your best performance & why?
I’ve been hosting and performing for many years, so it’s difficult to pick just one. I did particularly enjoy hosting “The Ask Rayceen Show” this year, and September’s “One Night Only: An Evening with Rayceen Pendarvis” and November’s “Extra Sexy Season Finalé” were very fun.

Team Rayceen Online:
Twitter: @TeamRayceen  and  @RayceenHRH

Watch Team Rayceen’s events on the final three Saturdays of Artomatic 2015.  You’ll find them on Stage 1 on the first floor from 9-11:30p on November 28December 5, and December 12,