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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: Awesome Fest! June 14-Aug 19

The Awesome Fest

When: June 14-August 19
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies
More info: www.theawesomefest.com

Awesome Fest is set to bring the ’80s back to Philadelphia this summer with a 10-week film and music festival featuring performances and outdoor movie screenings at parks across the city.Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 1.10.18 PM

The festival kicks off with a performance by The Psychedelic Furs at the Trocadero Theatre on June 14 at 8 p.m.

In the following weeks, more than 50 outdoor movie screenings, live music performances and special anniversary events will occur.

The outdoor movie screenings are all free (!!!) and located in parks across the city.

University City’s Drexel Park will host movies on Thursday nights, Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties will host films on Friday nights and Parx Casino will host double features every Saturday night. The Trocadero Theatre will host (indoor) Monday night movies.

Movie screening highlights include an assortment of ’80s classics — E.T.Revenge of the NerdsBill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 10 of John Hughes’ biggest films because what ’80s film festival would be complete without John Hughes?

Other festival highlights include an ’80s prom at Parx Casino, a screening of Rewind This! a film about the impact of VHS on society that made its debut at SXSW and a 25th anniversary screening of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Directors, filmmakers and producers from a number of the films will be in attendance. Cool!

The full schedule of events will be released in the coming weeks, stay tuned for more on the summer festival.

Bonus: Catch an exclusive peek at Awesome Fest’s happenings at a special event. Check out a screening of ’80s hit movie Weekend at Bernie’s at Wizard World/Comic Con on May 31. The film’s star, Andrew McCarthy, will even be in attendance to answer questions from fans.

Above text taken from: http://www.uwishunu.com/2013/04/awesome-fest-set-to-return-this-summer-with-more-than-50-free-outdoor-movie-screenings-across-the-city-june-14-august-19/

Event: Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, Apr 21-28

Black Gay Pride Festival

When: April 21-28
Where: Various locations in Philadelphia
Cost: Varies
More infowww.phillyblackpride.org

From parties and poetry slams to networking and dating events and more, Philadelphia’s Black Gay Pride Festival, now in its 14th year, is set to take place from Sunday, April 21 to Sunday, April 28.BGP

The weeklong festival begins with the Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Pageant on April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Watch some of Philadelphia’s finest strut their stuff down the runway in hopes of being crowned Mr. or Miss Philadelphia all while enjoying drinks and snacks from vendors. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

A handful of festival events encourage youth engagement, as well. On Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m., young people ages 13 to 29 are invited to learn, hang out and even get tested (those who are tested are entered to win a brand new tablet) at the Youth Round-Up event.

Fans of reality personality NeNe Leakes should take note, too. The star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta,GleeThe New Normal and The Apprentice is set to join in the fun with an appearance at Devotion nightclub (formerly Shampoo) on Saturday, April 27 at 10 p.m.

Some of the city’s top nightclubs will serve as hosts to Black Gay Pride parties, including WhisperVoyeur andDevotion.

The full schedule of events is available here.

Bonus: Discounted hotel rooms are available for festival guests at the Double Tree Hotel.

Above text from: http://www.uwishunu.com/2013/04/the-philadelphia-black-gay-pride-festival-makes-its-way-to-neighborhoods-across-the-city-for-its-annual-event-april-21-28/

Event: Filmmaker Rodrigo García

A READING BY RODRIGO GARCÍA

Kelly Writers House Fellows Program

April 22, 2013. 6:30 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: seating strictly limited; please rsvp to whfellow@writing.upenn.edu or call 215-573-9749

Funded by a grant from Paul Kelly, the Kelly Writers House Fellows program enables us to realize two unusual goals. We want to make it possible for the youngest writers and writer-critics to have sustained contact with authors of great accomplishment in an informal atmosphere. We also want to resist the time-honored distinction — more honored in practice than in theory — between working with eminent writers on the one hand and studying literature on the other.

Rodrigo García was born in 1959 in Bogotá, Colombia, and was raised in Mexico. García, whom the Washington Post referred to affectionately as “the man who loves women” in a 2010 profile, is a director and writer for both TV and film, celebrated for his intimate, emotional and invested portrayals of his characters. He directed several independent movies which attracted critical acclaim, such as Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000), Nine Lives (2005), and Albert Nobbs (2011). His greatest work to date has been the HBO series In Treatment, which ran from 2008 through the end of 2010, and which he created, wrote, and directed. García made fascinating use of the genre of the television series, where each season featured week-long stretches with one episode per night for five nights in a row, and then four in the third season, simulating the psychotherapist’s work week, each episode focusing on a session with a different patient.

While García’s father, writer Gabriel García Márquez, is best known for his works of magical realism, García has spent the better half of his career emphasizing the un-magical, and his style is an everyday realism. But such a style does not mean that touches of the mystical and the uncertain are absent from his work. There is a beautiful spirituality within both his directing and writing work. Contemporaneous with a TV era of American viewers who were obsessively watching, in real time, to find out whether or not 24’s Jack Bauer was going to explode into millions of pieces, García has used the concept of “real time” in TV to gain emotional depth and to connect with his audience, convincing them to care as much for the people he created as he genuinely did. As he quotes to the Washington Post, “Anybody can blow up cars. A director who can really get into the mysteries and complexity of women is very special.”

Event: Lisa Henderson on queer film, love, and money

Love and Money:

A Reading by Lisa Henderson

When: Monday April 22, 2013. 5 pm

Where: Giovanni’s Room Bookstore (345 S. 12th Street, Center City)

NOTE: In this book, Henderson has a wonderful reading of By Hook or By Crook!

 

Love and Money argues that we can’t understand contemporary queer cultures without looking through the lens of social class. Resisting old divisions between culture and economy, identity and privilege, left and queer, recognition and redistribution, Love and Money offers supple approaches to capturing class experience and class form in and around queerness. Contrary to familiar dismissals, not every queer television or movie character is like Will Truman on Will and Grace–rich, white, healthy, professional, detached from politics, community, and sex. Through ethnographic encounters with readers and cultural producers and such texts as Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain, By Hook or By Crook, and wedding announcements in the New York TimesLove and Money sees both queerness and class across a range of idioms and practices in everyday life. How, it asks, do readers of Dorothy Allison’s novels use her work to find a queer class voice? How do gender and race broker queer class fantasy? How do independent filmmakers cross back and forth between industry and queer sectors, changing both places as they go and challenging queer ideas about bad commerce and bad taste? With an eye to the nuances and harms of class difference in queerness and a wish to use culture to forge queer and class affinities, Love and Money returns class and its politics to the study of queer life.

Lisa Henderson is the author of Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production (NYU, $23 pb).

Event: Disturbing Bodies: Envy in the Medical Management of Intersex, Ellen Feder

Ellen Feder:

“Disturbing Bodies: Envy in the Medical Management of Intersex”

Date:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Carriage House/LGBT Center 

3907 Spruce Street

Please join us for the following talk:

“Disturbing Bodies:  Envy in the Medical Management of Intersex”

Ellen K. Feder, Associate Professor of Philosophy, American University

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Abstract of the talk: In her talk, Professor Feder will discuss what she sees as the unexpected role of envy in the medical management of atypical sex anatomies.  She’ll begin by providing some background context with the work of psychologist and sexologist John Money whose research in the 1950s-60s provided the foundation of the first medical protocol for managing and treating intersex conditions in infants and young children, especially when the conditions produced “ambiguous” genitalia.  Professor Feder will then turn to a psychoanalytic analysis of envy as she proposes it operates in current management strategies of various intersex conditions.  Her approach is informed by feminist theory, philosophy, and bioethics, as well as by her work with activists, patients, parents, and doctors.

Ellen K. Feder works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, particularly as these relate to matters of social policy. Her first book, Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender (Oxford, 2007) applies Foucault’s method to thinking about the intersecting “production” of race and gender, that is, how these categories are intelligible as categories, together with the way they come to make sense of us. Her second book, Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine (forthcoming from Indiana University Press) extends the analysis to contemporary medical management of “intersex” bodies. Dr. Feder’s recent work has been published in theHastings Center ReportGLQ, and The Lancet. Dr. Feder has also participated in a task force charged with making recommendations about the current diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder for the forthcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

The talk is open to Penn students, faculty, and staff but seating is limited so please RSVP here.