Dragon’s Drive-In Variety Show – June 25th & 26th

Welcome to Dragon’s Drive-In Variety Show!

Find the full list of performers and activities below.

June 25

June 26

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June 26th Activities

Trivia

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Social Wall

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June 26th Performance Lineup

Fire Adaptation by Akaina Ghosh

Live Juggling by Oscar Velarde

Magic by Magical Katrina

Musical Performance by Akaina Ghosh featuring Alix Josefski

Live Musical Performance by The Corner Laughers

June 26th Performer Biographies

Akaina Ghosh, Musical Performance

Akaina Ghosh (they/them) is a non-binary Bay Area theater artist. They’ve debuted original works at PianoFight, Z-Below, TheatreFIRST, and The Flight Deck. They are a two-time recipient of 3GirlsTheatre’s Innovator’s Series Grant, which they used to develop their original full-length play: Two Coins for the Ferryman – An Immersive Quest. In 2020, their original musical Lilith was a semi-finalist in the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 15-Minute Musical Challenge. They are passionate about reconstructing historically significant narratives through a gender expansive lens and generating new works that center queer voices and perspectives. Akaina is a member of the writing pools of both PlayGround and Killing My Lobster. Follow Akaina’s work at akainaghosh.com.

 

Alix Josefski

Alix participated in several online works with Dragon Productions during 2020 including roles as a writer and performer with the Dipsy Doodle Dragons sketch comedy team and digital poetry project AJ’s Virtual Party. Alix last appeared onstage at Dragon Productions as Han Solo in One Hour Star Wars Trilogy: Live!, where she was previously featured in The Making of the Star Wars Holiday Special: Live! and Cirque Exotique du Monde. She has also performed locally with Woodside Community Theatre, Fuse Theatre, the Pear Theatre, and Epic Immersive. Alix has extensive training in dance, movement, and the circus arts, and graduated from Emerson College in Boston. You can support Alix’ next project Thea L’Anna at: https://igg.me/at/thea-lanna

 

Oscar Velarde, Juggling

Oscar Velarde is an Actor and Circus Performer from Los Angeles, California who currently resides in San Francisco, California. He recently Graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Acting. He has extensive training in a wide variety of skills. Oscar has been trained in stage combat and a variety of martial arts including Karate-Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and weapons training such as stage guns, Bo staff, Sai’s, and various swords. Oscar has also been trained in a wide variety of circus arts. He is a professional juggler and object manipulator who specializes in the Diabolo, also known as a Chinese Yo-yo. He is also trained in balance arts such as Rolla-Bolla, Rolling Globe, and Tight Wire. He is also a very well trained clown who studied under Dan Griffths in the Circus Center Clown Conservatory and learned Comedy Sketch Writing from the legendary Anne Beats. https://www.oscarvelarde.com/

 

Katrina Kroetch a.k.a. Magical Katrina, Magic

Katrina has performed her unique blend of playful and whimsical magic all over the world in Africa, India, Mexico, Europe, and America. She is a volunteer and advocate with Magicians Without Borders and the non profit Emergency Circus. She has been a cast member of the international touring show Champions of Magic and a performer on the network television shows Masters of Illusion and Penn and Teller: Fool Us . You can find her at www.magicalkatrina.com

 

 

The Corner Laughers, Musical Performance

The Corner Laughers are a Redwood City-based band specializing in original, dreamy, literate pop, rock and folk music. They’ve released numerous critically acclaimed albums, including 2020’s “Temescal Telegraph,” featuring songs involving — among other things– climate change, motherhood, mathematics, bees in harmony, witches, ghosts, fallen leaves and omniscient vultures.

“The Corner Laughers are a Californian band who come across like a West Coast Belle and Sebastian. Their indie pop is sassy and smart, intelligent and intricate, twee with bite.” – The Guardian https://cornerlaughers.com/

 

Bora “Max” Koknar, Master of Ceremonies

(he/him) is a Turkish-born actor, director, writer, educator, producer and the Co-Artistic Director of the Dragon. In his professional career of 15+ years, Max has entertained over 500,000 people as a performer; produced a touring program serving over 100,000 children a year across the west coast; founded an education program designed to increase language fluency and communication skills of 100s of at risk youth in partnership with local elementary schools and the Ohio State University;  created site specific and immersive experiences entertaining 1000s of people in partnership with venues including the SF MOMA, Fort Mason, and San Jose Japan Town with Epic Immersive; and collaborated with international tech giants such as Google, Apple,Facebook, Box, Intuit, Genentech, and Paradox Interactive as director, performer, executive coach, training facilitator and experience designer.

 

 


 

June 25th Activities

Trivia

Join in some trivia fun, without leaving your vehicle! Click below to participate.

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Social Wall

Post selfies, performance snapshots or tweets and share on the Social Wall! Connect beyond your cars, and tag #dragonrwc in your event posts!

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June 25th Performance Line Up

“RC Plane” by Filip Hofman

Live San Jose Taiko Performance
followed by interview with the artists

Musical Performance by Lozo and the Afro Boys Band

Jesús U Bettawork – Live Stand-Up Comedy
followed by interview with the artist

“Telltale Heart” a rap and beatbox adaptation by MC Infinite (Carlos Aguirre)

Selections from Spring Awakening performed live by participants of Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory

June 25th Performer Biographies

San Jose Taiko, Taiko Performance

Founded in 1973, San Jose Taiko has been described as a group whose music represents the “Asian soul of America”. It was one of the first North American taiko groups to be invited to perform in Japan, and it has since infused its music with the rhythms of Silicon Valley’s diverse cultures through artistic collaborations; creating some of the most unique and unforgettable experiences in the world. Before the Pandemic struck, the group was just beginning a run of Swingposium on the Road (https://taiko.org/swingposium) a touring experience blending Taiko, Swing Dance, and Immersive Theatre to pay tribute to the resilient spirit of Japanese Americans whom the U.S. Government imprisoned at incarceration camps during WWII. You can learn more about San Jose Taiko and this work on their website https://taiko.org or on social media @sanjosetaiko.

Lozo & the Afro Boys Band

Lozo is a young Ghanaian Highlife artist with some traditional blend. He is currently the leader of the Afro Boys Band,  a Ghanaian Highlife and traditional group that resides in Ghana. Our music style is more of highlife, traditional music and other African style of music. Our goal is to help promote Ghanaian music. https://www.facebook.com/Lozogh/

 

 

Jesús U Bettawork, Standy Up Comedy & Dance

Get ready for the 100% real-fruit comedy of Jesús U. BettaWork (preferred pronouns: Hee, Hiss, and Hymn)! He is the host of the monthly “The You Betta Work Comedy ¡Fiesta!” comedy showcase most recently housed at the San Mateo County Pride Center. Jesús has also had the pleasure of being the host of the San Mateo County Pride Celebration in 2019, 2020, and 2021. For more about Jesús, or if he owes you money, check out his website: http://jesusubettawork.com –This act may contain some discussion of sexuality– Photo by Steven Underhill. 

 

 

Carlos Aguirre a.k.a. MC Infinite, “Tell Tale Heart” a Rap & Beatbox Adaptation

MC InfiniteInfinite has been performing in the Bay Area and beyond for over 20 years. He is part of the musical group Felonious where he doubles as emcee/beatboxer. He has shared the stage with JAM MASTER JAY, L.L. COOL J, DE LA SOUL, BLACK EYED PEAS, THE ROOTS, ERYKAH BADU, MARY J. BLIGE, MACY GRAY, SHOCK G., BLACKALICIOUS, JURASSIC FIVE, LATYRX, PLANET ASIA, LIVING LEGENDS, RAHZEL, SCRATCH, AND GEORGE CLINTON among others. INFINITE has released several albums as part of FELONIOUS. He was a collaborator on Frances England’s grammy nominated album “Explorer of the world”. He released his first solo ep “WHITEBLACKBROWN” produced by ken primo in 2019. He shares his experience by teaching at various schools and at risk environments throughout the Bay Area. You can check out his newest Album “CRITICAL MINDED” at https://www.emceeinfinite.com/ –This act may contain some descriptions of gratuitous violence–

Portola Valley Theater Conservatory, Vocal Selections from Spring Awakening, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik

PVTC LogoLocated in the serene redwoods of northern California, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory strives to create quality theatrical experiences for audiences and artists throughout the Bay Area Peninsula. Currently, 150 students, kindergarten through high school, take performing arts classes weekly at the Valley Pres campus. In addition, our teaching artists conduct classes in local schools, home schools, and in East Palo Alto. Plays and musicals featuring kids and adults focus on messages of hope and transformation. It has been thrilling to see that in our 17 years of existence, hundreds of students and thousands of audience members have become part PVTC’s special arts community!  https://www.pvtc-ca.org/ –This act may contain some discussion of sexuality–