Be Steadwell, brklyn boihood, Brooklyn Museum, Circle of Voices, DapperQ, Femmescapes, Gay Men's Chorus, Gay Words, Gay Worlds, Jeanne Vaccaro, LGBTQ, My House, Pop-Up Poetry, Queer, Rimarkable, Trans Oral History Project, Viceland
Overview: On June 2, Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday celebrates the stories of Pride with LGBTQ poets, artists, and performers. Highlights include the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus; the premiere of an episode of Viceland’s new docuseries My House; a screening of the documentary The Revival: Women and the Word, followed by performances by Circle of Voices, Be Steadwell, and t’ai freedom ford; and a conversation with Jeanne Vaccaro of the New York City Trans Oral History Project.
Logistics: Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday events each have a theme. The last one had a spectacular two hour gay drag show that blew everyone’s socks off. The films and the Hands-On-Art events marked with an * in the listing below have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. GET THERE EARLY to get tickets to them. Subway connections to the museum are good; the 2 & 3 trains deposit you right at the museum’s door – the only entry to use for these First Sat nite live events. From the UES it’s only 40 minutes with the new Q. The address for GPS is 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. Plenty of parking.
What’s on, in detail: At 5–6:30 pm Music: The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus kicks off the evening with their ineffable sound while Tati 007 battles on the ballroom floor. At 6 pm there’s Community Talk: How do queer zines and archives build community? At 6 pm there’s a *Film and Performance: The Revival: Women and the Word (2016, 82 min.) documents the creation of a U.S. tour by poets and musicians led by queer women of color – and is followed by poetry performances Also at 6–8 pm is *Hands-On Art: Design your own pride notebook inspired by David Bowie and Radical Women’s Virginia Errázuriz. And at 6:30–7:30 pm there are Pop-Up Gallery Talks: Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks about LGBTQ artists in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985. At 7–9:30 pm DapperQ hosts a Drink and Draw celebrating the diversity of LGBTQ fashion, bringing femmes to the forefront and celebrating a range of New York–based designers and gender presentations. And from 7–10 pm bklyn boihood and Rimarkable will be presenting JOY, a multigenerational event celebrating queer and trans people of color, featuring board games, Spades tournaments, dance-offs, a performance by Nappy Nina and a DJ set by Rimarkable. (bklyn boihood is a collective that creates visibility within the LGBTQ community, crossing barriers of gender, race, class, age, and sexual preference.) At 8 pm there’s a Community Talk given by Jeanne Vaccaro of the New York City Trans Oral History Project, a community archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing trans histories, presents stories from, and leads a conversation about, the Project. And at 8:30 pm there’s Pop-Up Poetry, with readings by Brooklyn-based poets, including Wo Chan, a nonbinary drag performer and Charles Theonia, author co-editor of Femmescapes. At 8:30 pm there’s another *Film, the premiere of an upcoming episode of Viceland’s new docuseries My House, which chronicles the competitive underground queer ballroom scene in NYC from the perspective of voguers and commentators. The screening is followed by a talkback with cast members.