Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bronx Queer Pride Cultural Fest - June 8 - 24

BAAD! - The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance presents
The 17th Annual
 With Susana CookCharles Rice-GonzálezRichard Rivera/Physual, the famed Bohemia Night’s first Bronx presentation and a Queer Desi Event!
Plus next installment of Courageous Conversations with Kiara St. James and Jamal T. Lewis 
  For the past 17 years, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) has marked LGBTQ pride month by presenting the Bronx’s only consistent gay pride celebration - The OUT LIKE THAT! Festival.  The events takes place at BAAD!’s home at 2474 Westchester Avenue from Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 24, 2017 with a fierce line-up of dance, theatre, film and wonderful performances featuring queer artists from the Bronx and beyond.  For information and directions call (718) 918-2110 or visit www.BAADBronx.org.
The OUT LIKE THAT 2017 festival performance schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 8 at 8pm/$10 
Bohemian Night: Off Off Broadway 
Yoseli Castillo brings La Noche Bohemia / Bohemian Night to the Bronx! This bilingual LGBTQ open mic has been around since 2005 in Washington Heights. The medium this time is theater and the featured artists are actors Andres "Chulisi" RodriguezMariposa Fernandez and Marcus Potts. The open mic is open to other artistic disciplines. As usual, Cany de La Vega DJs. 

Friday, June 9 at 8pm / $20, $15 
Through the beauty, daring and grace of dance, this shared bill of choreographers express their strength and pride with contemporary dance, House moves and even Indian dance by Anooj Bhandari, ColemanCollective, Filip A. CondeescuLinda LaBeijaJames LaTeekJordan Martin, Nikolai McKenzie and Kiran Rajagopalan.

Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17 at 8pm / $20, $15 
Bach 2 the Red Zone revisits moments of personal growth, acceptance and self-realization. Invoking a space that liberated the body and provided pulses that stirred the spirit to dance, the journey of Bach 2 the Red Zone finds inspiration in the classical moves of an elaborate club culture, circa late 80’s early 90’s. With Alethea Pace, Alexx Shilling, Jule Jo Ramirez, Aya Saotome, Ari Garcia, Ricardo McKenzie, Wesley McIntyre and Jaime Dyre.

Sunday, June 18 at 2pm Open Gallery | 4pm Performance / $10 
#Queer #SouthAsian #Diaspora 
#NoTension2017 is a celebratory showcase of queer South Asian diaspora creatives: artists whose background is from and whose work is situated in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet and the large diaspora. The first iteration of #NoTension will host the #BRWNISGLD participatory art space, original art vendors, community organizations, local diaspora chefs, and a multimedia performance showcase hosted by Desi drag queen LaWhore Vagistan. #NoTension is a collaboration between Daya Arts and BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art and Dance. Co-curated by Kiran Rajagopalan and Anuva Kalawar.

Monday, June 19 at 7pm / Free 
Courageous Conversations: Strategies for Living and Loving in America 
with Kiara St. James and Jamal T. Lewis 
Kiara St. James, the dynamic director of New York Trans Advocacy Group, and Jamal T. Lewis, the fearless cultural worker, artist and director of the upcoming documentary, No Fats, No Fems, lead this installment of Courageous Conversations. BAAD!’s new series of free topical talks and resilience workshops is led by leading thinkers and doers from the arts, media and politics is followed by a facilitated/open community forum for queer people on how to navigate and thrive in the current political climate.

Thursday and Friday, June 22 & 23 at 8pm/$15, $10 
Written and Directed by Charles Rice-González 
In “I Just Love Andy Gibb” two characters have a conversation across time – the late 1970s and today. Roy is a dark-skinned teenager in 1978 who is obsessed with teen pop idol Andy Gibb and Carlos is a 40+ Papi living in current times who feels “woke” to the oppression he has navigated as a Black, Latino gay man in the Bronx. Through a hiccup in time brought on by a shared fascination with youth, men and pop culture, they traverse through a maze of race and desire. Cast: Johnathan CedanoCarlos RosarioWilliam Jimenez and Maria Lagranje.

Saturday, June 24 at 8pm/$15, $10 
Originally presented at La MaMa, Susana Cook’s new work reveals that the ghosts of totalitarian past and present haunt our stories. The narrative that got us here no longer serves us. Thus, immigrants and refugees respond with urgency to resist and survive, creating a theatrical language of dissent and pleasure. Susana Cook redefines presence, the energy of the people who inhabit our life, and the ghosts of our past following us everywhere. Political satire and Resistance Theater at its best. Written and directed by Susana Cook, featuring: Mattie McMasterMichael BurkeDrae CampbellHector CanongeDorrell ClarkMistah Coles, Susana Cook, Moira CutlerMichael FreemanKathie HorejsiMarie Christine KatzAnnie LanzillottoHjørdis Linn-BlanfordMargherita Peluso,Jennifer Rodriguez, and Simba Yangala.

Crowned “a funky and welcoming performance space” by The New York Times, BAAD! is a performance and workshop space that presents cutting-edge works in dance and all creative disciplines empowering to women, Latinos and people of color and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. BAAD! is home to Arthur Avilés Typical Theatre (AATT) and the Bronx Dance Coalition which produces The Bronx Dance Magazine and was founded by Arthur Avilés and Charles Rice-González in 1998 in Hunts Point. BAAD! moved to Westchester Square in October 2013 to a gothic revivalist building on the grounds of St. Peter’s Church.

BAAD!/AATT receive support from The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The SHS Foundation, The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Liberty Fund of the New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Lambent Fund of the Tides Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, Councilmember Jimmy Vacca, The Jerome Foundation and private donations.

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