Tag Archives: art

Event: Ladyfest Philadelphia! June 7-9

Ladyfest Philadelphia

When: June 7-9, 2013

Where: The Rotunda and locations around West Philadelphia

Website: www.ladyfestphilly.com

Ladyfest Philly is an activism, music, and arts festival happening in Philly from June 7-9, 2013.

Ladyfest Philadelphia is a grassroots event dedicated to the artistic, organizational, and political work of women, trans, genderqueer, intersex, and queer people, and their allies. Ladyfest combats substantive, cultural, and structural inequalities by building upon the existing Philadelphia community of artists, musicians, and activists.  It aims to foster a more inclusive and safe environment through performances, workshops, panels, opportunities for collaboration, and more.

Ladyfest Philadelphia will take place June 7-9, 2013 at The Rotunda and other spaces in West Philadelphia.

Get in touch with ideas, questions and suggestions: ladyfestphilly@gmail.com


Event: The Fully Functional Cabaret

The Fully Functional Cabaret

When: April 8, 2013. 8:00pm

WhereThe Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street).

The Fully Functional Cabaret, a thundrous, campy, beautiful love letter to trans womanhood written and produced by and starring an all-trans-woman cast; a peepshow into our hearts and voices.

Collaborative, full-length, community theater facilitated by Annie Danger with Star Amerasu, Ryka Aoki, Annie Danger, Red Durkin, Bryn Kelly, and Shawna Virago. This beautiful piece of community theater is brought to you by the minds that produced The Fresh Meat Festival, It’s That Easy! With Terry VanWeen!, The San Francisco Trans Film Fest, In Search of Geishaghost, The Gay Ole Opry, Red Durkin Is an Incredibly Funny Transsexual, and more.

The Fully Functional is a modern Vaudevillian cabaret; a full-length, theatrical production replete with musical numbers, deep audience participation, camp, terror, redemption, and more Reveals than you can shake a non-gender-specific stick at. Generated by an all-trans-woman cast, the content of this show takes the audience well past the skin-deep secrets and straight to the bone-deep truths of these six incredible, trans women. How do we get there? With riotous humor, T-ticket rides, song and dance, and wide-open hearts. Remember: in the end, Everybody’s Benjamin is Hairy…

Extra Credit Opportunity: Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series

Announcing an opportunity to earn some extra credit points to boost your course grade while participating in a great Philadelphia community arts project: the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series.

To earn 2 percentage points added to your course grade:

  • Attend ONE of the four events in the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism series
  • Sign in at the event to let me know you were there
  • Write a 600-word (min.) analysis of the event, connecting it to AT LEAST ONE of our course readings or films.
  • Post your analysis to our course blog by April 23 (11 pm).

To earn additional points:

  • For every additional event you attend, you can earn 1 percentage point
  • Sign in at the event to let me know you were there
  • Incorporate your observations of the additional events into your analysis

Encourage your friends, colleagues, professors, neighbors, classmates, and anyone else to attend the events! They are all free and open to the public. You can find out more information about the series here:

PQMAS 2013

Event: Jeanne Vaccaro on Brian Weil’s Video Art

Brian Weil Gallery Talk with

Penn GSWS PostDoc Jeanne Vaccaro

When: Wednesday Feb. 27, 6:30 pm

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art (118 S. 36th St.)

Cost: FREE!

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 2.51.32 PM

Brian Weil’s prescient video project, Susan, unflinchingly follows its subject through the clinical and emotional processes of her gender transformation. Join Jeanne Vaccaro, Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexuality Studies (2012-2014) in a discussion on transgender aesthetics and representational politics within the Weil installation.

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 2.54.43 PM

Jeanne Vaccaro received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and B.A. in Women’s Studies at Smith College. She works at the intersections of feminist art historical practice, affect, and queer theory. Her book project, “Handmade: the Everyday Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment,” is an interdisciplinary study of transgender performance art and visual culture. In 2010 she edited “The Transbiological Body,” a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory on transgender and queer reproductive ecologies. “Felt Matters,” her essay about the handcrafted politics of Emmett Ramdstad’s fiber artworks, will be published in The Transgender Studies Reader II (2012, Routledge).

Image: Brian Weil, Transvestite Safe-sex Outreach Worker, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (Description: transvestite, roadside with purse, Series: AIDS), 1987, gelatin silver print, 31.3 x 31.3 inches. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: On extended loan from Kenneth C. Weil.

Event: Intersectionality, Cultural Expression, & Art w/ Paul Farber

Tuesday, February 19
LGBT Center (3907 Spruce St), Univ. of Pennsylvania

Join Lambda Alliance, UMOJA, QPOC, and Race Dialogue Project in a discussion of queer figures in the Civil Rights Movement with a focus on the impact of James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, and Audre Lorde. What connections can be made with the present day? How do issues of identity and Civil Rights intersect? Featuring Paul Farber, Lecturer in Urban Studies and co-author of This is the Day: The March on Washington and a discussion afterwards.

Event: Street Movies!

Street Movies!

presented by PNC Arts Alive at The Paul Robeson House


Paul Robeson House
4951 Walnut St

Philadelphia, PA, 19104

See map: Google Maps

Sunday, February 24, 4:30PM
The Paul Robeson House
4949/4951 Walnut Street
Free & Open to the Public

Opening performance by the Paul Robeson Ensemble

The primary mission of The Paul Robeson House is to heighten awareness of the life, legacy and philosophy of Paul Robeson and his historical significance to the Philadelphia region, the state of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

This Street Movies! program features short films about the relationship between art, artists, and social change.

Street Movies! presented by PNC Arts Alive

Event: INFRARED: Film Screening/Exhibit & Discussion with Malic Amalya


New Visions from the Queer Avant-Garde, a film screening/exhibit and discussion with curator, Malic Amalya

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

Screening 1:30-3:00 pm; Discussion with Malic 3-4:30 pm

From the depths of the underground emerge new films that defy standards of narrative cinema and normative desires. From stunning 16mm to video performance, these films deploy campy debauchery and sensual studies in light and texture to map trajectories of the indeterminable, the transitional, and the liminal.  Placing queer bodies in front of the camera, these films ruminate on representation in pop culture, state surveillance, and memory, while also making claims to public space, fantasy, and legacy.

Malic Amalya is a queercore experimental filmmaker and curator.  His films have screened widely, including in MIX NYC, the Crossroads Film Festival at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the TIE Cinema Exhibition in Montreal and Milwaukee.  Malic curates for the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and has presented films at the Harry Hay conference in NYC.  Malic holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently working towards an MA in Theory and History of Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Art Institute.  Originally from Burlington, Vermont, Malic currently lives in Oakland, California with his two rabbits.  Visit www.malicamalya.com.