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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.

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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…

Events: Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series!

I’m excited to announce the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series!

PQMAS LogoPlease spread the word, follow us on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, tell all your friends, and most of all come to the events!


Series description:

  • What is the relationship between queer media and queer activism? How have queers, trans* folks, feminists, people of color, poor people, and people with disabilities harnessed media production practices in the service of social justice activism? How have local Philadelphia artists, activists, and academics mobilized to create films, video artworks, performances, training workshops, and courses that stretch beyond the local context and into the transnational public sphere? The Queer Media Activism Series examines the relationship between queer activism and queer media production through film screenings, lectures by transnational video artists, roundtables on social justice media making, live performances, and discussions about oral history media projects. The Philadelphia Queer Media Activism series explores these questions through a multimedia, multidisciplinary, and multi-sited series of events around Philadelphia during March and April 2013.


Drag Activism: Performing the Revolution!

  • March 30, 2013. 6-9 pm
  • William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce Street)
  • Come hear from and watch some of Philadelphia’s Icon Ebony Fierce 3most fabulous drag performers! Exploring how live performance and gender-bending play can enable social bonds and contribute to political transformation, the performers will discuss how activism is at play in their work and the important work that drag communities and cultures do in Philadelphia.
  • After the discussion, stick around for a performance by: THE DUMPSTA PLAYERS, ICON EBONY FIERCE, CHARLES COHEN, and THE LIBERTY CITY KINGSDumpsta Players 4Liberty City Kings logo

Social Justice Media Making: A Conversation with Aishah Shahidah Simmons & Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez

  • April 1, 2013. 12-2 pm. Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall (Women’s Studies Lounge)
  • This event brings together two contemporary activist-artists whose multimedia and multifaceted work demonstrates the best that social justice media making can embody: Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez and Aishah Shahidah Simmons. These two vibrant artist-activists will discuss their own multimedia work as well as the importance of media production for marginalized communities, examining how marginalized communities have and can mobilize media making tools in the service of social justice.Aishah & Moni
  • AISHAH SHAHIDAH SIMMONS (@Afrolez) is an AfroLez®femcentric Cultural Worker who for over twenty years has been both motivated and engaged as a cultural worker because she believes each one of us has the birth right to live in a world where oppression and exploitation based on gender, race/ethnicity, national origin/citizenship, sexual orientation, class, and/or religion of anyone is non-existent. Aishah is the director of the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed documentary film NO!: The Rape Documentary, which explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans.
  • MÓNICA ENRÍQUEZ-ENRÍQUEZ is a queer Latina, born and raised in Colombia, who migrated to the U.S. in 2001. She received her M.F.A in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz, where her work Fragments of Migration explored queer asylum and constructions of citizenship in the U.S. She is currently based in New York, and her artistic and activist projects focus on the deportation, detention, and criminalization of communities of color. Mónica’s video art installations include Escrito, Un/binding Desires, Intimate Margins, and Reclaiming Spaces. Mónica’s political and ethical commitment to making her art relevant and accessible to the communities she is in conversation with guides her production and exhibition practices.

Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez: Film Screening & Director’s Talk

  • Monday, April 1 from 6-8pm
  • The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street)MonicaEnriquezEnriquezPic
  • Queer Latina, Colombian-American video artist MÓNICA ENRÍQUEZ-ENRÍQUEZ will be screening several of her recent multimedia works that focus on queer asylum, migration, and citizenship, as well as giving a lecture on the issues her work raises in relationship to queer media activism in a transnational frame.
  • Screenings will include:
  • escrito, 2007, 2 min: poetically gestures to the contradictions of what it means to be a queer immigrant in the U.S.bodyrope1
  • entre nos, 2012: queer migrants survivors of violence speak amongst themselves (“entre nos”) about what being undocumented in the U.S. means and the devastating impact of law enforcement and immigration enforcement collaboration.
  • un/binding desires, 2011: develops the idea of “marginal desires” and displays images of bondage as an expression of queer difference. These images accompany the audio based conversations with queer migrants and queers who explore their parents’ histories of migration while speaking about their own desires. By destabilizing the accessibility of U.S. history of migration through making a space for these marginal desires and literally re-reading such history, this piece invites you to question the ways in which migration and desire are usually represented
  • fragments of migration installation, 2008: This piece interrogates the institution of asylum in the U.S. based on sexual identity and gender identity.
  • intimate margins installation, 2007: By interweaving intimate conversations among undocumented lesbians, we reclaim political spaces in the margins.
  • work in progress: fragments of conversations with a queer migrant as she journeys back “home” horizontally juxtaposed with the words of a queer young person of color speaking about homelessness, criminalization and sex work.

Archives, Affects, & Activism: Preserving Queer & Trans Histories

  • April 20, 2013. 7-9 pm
  • Giovanni’s Room Bookstore (345 S. 12th Street)
  • Come learn how Philly bookstores, libraries, zine fests, archives, and media artists are creating and preserving Philly queer and transgender histories, and making them available to the public in creative ways. Presenters include:
  • HELYX CHASE, Director of the Philadelphia Trans Oral History Project. Hailing from Philadelphia, Helyx is a gender queer dyke video artist, activist and media literacy educator. Ze is a Hampshire College graduate with a degree in Video,

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    Social Justice, Youth Empowerment and Global Power Dynamics. Hir work focuses on extending tools and promoting media creation, specifically for those who are systematically excluded from methods of media production.

  • SARAH ROSE, Co-Director of the Philly Feminist Zine PFZF LogoFest. The Zine Fest showcases some of the awesome zines Philly folks are making, and explores how zine making and DIY media in relation to social justice.
  • CHE GOSSETT, writer and activist who is a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (eds. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith), Trans Studies Reader Volume II (eds. Susan Stryker and Aren Aziura) and the forthcoming anthology Queer Necropolitics (eds. Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kuntsman, Silvia Posocco).  Che is currently working on a biography of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.
  • BOB SKIBA, Archivist at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The William Way Archives are Philadelphia’s most extensive collection of rare books, periodicals, video and audio tapes, periodicals, personal correspondence, and other ephemera documenting the rich history of our LGBT communities.

This series is generously supported by Giovanni’s Room Bookstore; the Rotunda; the William Way LGBT Community Center; Temple University’s Film and Media ArtsLatin American Studies, Tyler Visual Studies, and Women’s Studies departments; Temple University’s Queer Student Union and General Activity Fees; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alice Paul Center, Art HistoryCinema Studies, Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s StudiesHistory, Latin American & Latino Studies, and Visual Studies departments as well as the Penn Humanities Forum.

Want to get involved with the series? Have a question? Want fliers to help publicize events? Check out our website (phillyqueermedia.com), or email the Director Cathy Hannabach at phillyqueermedia@gmail.com.

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Event: thirtynothing Performance

Performance: thirtynothing

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: The Rotunda / 4014 Walnut Street

thirtynothing – Written & Performed by Dan Fishback

In his solo performance, thirtynothing, Dan Fishback juxtaposes tales from the terrifying dawn of the AIDS epidemic with stories from his own more innocent childhood in those same years. As he unearths forgotten work by gay artists who died in the 80s and 90s, Fishback weaves stories from his own life through stories from theirs. Searching for role models and father figures amongst artists like Mark Morrisroe, David Wojnarowicz, David B. Feinberg, Essex Hemphill and many more, Fishback interacts with their work, dramatizing the generation gap between older and younger gay men. With insight, wit, and his characteristic dark, neurotic humor, Fishback tears open issues of sexual intimacy, mass death and cultural memory, creating an abstract theatrical landscape where the living and the dead can co-mingle and collaborate.

Dan Fishback seems so much like a nerdy close friend… that audience members, whom Fishback occasionally engages in conversation, have to restrain themselves from responding.” – THE NEW YORKER

Event: Round Up Holler Girl

Round Up Holler Girl

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Kelly Writers House, Arts Café, University of Pennsylvania

Readings by 3 Queer Performance Artists from NYC

Dan Fishback, Erin Markey, Max Steele

Denizens of the downtown art and queer performance scenes, Dan Fishback, Erin Markey and Max Steele all know each other, and are all feminists, and are all performance artists who like to write.

2012-13 Penn ArtsEdge Resident Dan Fishback has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003. Major works include The Material World (2012), thirtynothing (2011) and You Will Experience Silence (2009), all directed by Stephen Brackett at Dixon Place. Fishback has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund (2010) and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists (2007-2009). He is a resident artist at the University of Pennsylvania (2012-2013) and at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics at NYU (2012), and has enjoyed previous residencies at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2010-2012), Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Also a performing songwriter, Fishback began his music career in the East Village’s anti-folk scene. His band, Cheese On Bread, has toured Europe and North America in support of their two full-length albums, “Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby” (2004) and “The Search for Colonel Mustard” (2007), the latter of which was re-issued in Japan in 2010 on Moor Works Records. As a solo artist, Fishback has released several recordings, including “Sweet Chastity” (2005, produced by César Alvarez of The Lisps), and his latest, “The Mammal Years” (2012, produced by Casey Holford). He was a member of the movement troupe Underthrust, which collaborated with songwriter Kimya Dawson on several performances and videos. Fishback frequently teaches workshops on performance composition and queer performance culture. He blogs at thematerialworld.tumblr.com; his regular website is danfishback.com.

Max Steele is a performer and writer. He has presented work at the New Museum, Rapture Cafe, Deitch Projects, Envoy Enterprises, and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and is an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Erin Markey creates conceptual musical performances for stage and video. She is the recipient of NYFA’s 2012 Cutting Edge Artist Fund Grant, and has presented work at venues around the world, including Joe’s Pub (The Public Theater), P.S. 122, San Francisco Film Society and The New Museum. She has toured the United States with the Sister Spit Tour and The Sex Workers’ Art Show. Markey is a company member of Half Straddle, has performed in Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company and starred in the NYC premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress).