So glad it’s Springtime, right? I have some really exciting events happening in May that I’d like to invite you all to.
First of all, thanks everyone who came out to the Scorcher zine release party at PPOW Gallery. So much fun! If you haven’t yet, you can get a copy of the newest issue here: http://birdsongmag.com/the-
For those of you in Philadelphia, I was asked to contribute text to the catalog of an exhibition that just opened at the UPenn Institute for Contemporary Art called THE QUEER VOICE. The artists include: Laurie Anderson, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, Sharon Hayes, John Kelly, Kalup Linzy, Jack Smith, Ryan Trecartin and Andy Warhol and I was among a pool of 80-odd queers asked to define “the queer voice” for the catalog. Check it out, it is up until August 1st and you can find more info on the show here:
Saturday May 8th 8:00PM
Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn
Ear Dax’s wonderful new festival QUEER CONSCIENCE (queerconscience.org) is presenting a screening of the new film SKINNYFAT, and I am doing a live interview with filmmaker Andy Bydalek afterward.
Tickets $10 (includes free admission to INTERLACE NYC after-party)
More info: http://www.queerconscience.
Sunday May 9th 7:30PM
QUEER ARTS IMPACT PANEL DISCUSSION
The Tank, 354 W 45th St. NYC
Part of the brilliant GAY WARS project masterminded by Mat Heggem, I’m so excited to be on this panel! Brian McCormick will moderate a cross-section of artists/activists will unravel the significance of LGBTQ performance in affecting social change. Panelists include: Charlie Demos, Shalonda Ingram, Shelly Mars, Max Steele and Yozmit. I am totally smitten with everyone on the panel, and this looks to be a really exciting event.
More info: http://www.matheggem.com/
Friday May 14th 8:00PM
BIRDSONG TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY / RELEASE PARTY
3rd Ward, 573 Metropolitan Ave @ Lorimer St. Brookyn
Featuring readings by members of the Birdsong Collective, a performance by PAPS, and Two special guest readers: SARA MARCUS and ALEXANDER CHEE. While each Birdsong party is special, this two year anniversary blowout is definitely something you won’t want to miss, I am going to be reading some new material and I’m very nervous and excited to share it with you.
Free Admission, Lovers.
More info: http://birdsongmag.com
Saturday May 22nd 10:00PM
VAGINAL DAVIS IS SPEAKING FROM THE DIAPHRAGM
PS122, 150 First Ave. @ 9th St., NYC
I am BEYOND beyond psyched to tell you that I will be making an appearance in Miss Vaginal Davis’ upcoming performance at PS122.
Here’s a description of the show: “A performance piece that re-examines the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs. Taking the format of legendary talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, which starred lesbian icon Dinah Shore. Ms Davis isn't interested in assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex, but instead wishes to dissect a kind of TV staple and reconfigure it by presenting an array of live and Skype guests from the various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art she has intersected in her over 30 year career as a performance and live artist, writer and cultural raconteur. With guest hosts, Downtown treasure Carmelita Tropicana, and Jennifer Miller the famed bearded lady of Circus Amok, expect ten days of the unexpected, the unusual and the sublime.”
I don’t know who the other guest stars will be yet, but I will be part of the 10PM show! I’ll be discussing my zine, doing a little performance, and some other surprises I’m sure. DEFINITELY DON’T MISS.
More info and Tickets available here: https://www.ovationtix.com/
Enjoy the sunshine, everyone!