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2017 Pride Arts

In 2016, Boston Pride inaugurated its Pride Arts program, a series of events that focus on LGBTQ-related art and culture. In particular, Pride Arts ventures to showcase LGBTQ artists, authors, and creators in the greater Boston area, and to connect our larger community with arts and culture, in all of its forms and expressions.

Here is the 2017 Pride Arts program, as of 05/31/2017.

Thursday, June 1
7pm
Pride Arts
new
Reading with queer memoirist Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich “The Fact of a Body: a Murder and a Memoir”
In conversation with memoirist Kristen Radtke
Brookline Booksmith (279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA)

A young law student, an unspeakable crime, and a past that refuses to stay buried.

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working on the retrial defense of death-row convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment Ricky’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes, the moment she hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

Crime, even the darkest and must unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pours over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, to reckon with how her own past colors her view of Ricky’s crime.

But Alexandria is not alone in interpreting the crime through her own life. The judge, the jury foreman, even the victim’s mother and the defense attorney—all see what happened through their own lens of experience. The trial that took place was about Ricky’s past, but also the pasts of everyone touched by the murder. In Alexandria’s hands, THE FACT OF A BODY becomes a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed—but about how we understand our past, the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth.

Read the press release…

Friday, June 2
2:30pm
Pride Arts
new
COLOR IN MOTION: The Godfrey Hotel Boston’s Pride Week Kick-Off Party
The Godfrey Hotel Boston (505 Washington St, Boston, MA)

In celebration of the June 2nd start of Boston Pride Week, The Godfrey Hotel invites guests and locals to join them for the creation of a one-of-a-kind, LGBTQ-inspired art piece during the hotel’s Pride Week kick-off event. An after-party to the city’s Pride Flag Raising Ceremony, the event will feature a live art demonstration presented through a colorful dance process by local dancers and LGBTQ community members, signature cocktails, and live music.

The event will commence at 2:30pm, and the art demonstration will begin at 3:00pm.

The Godfrey Hotel Boston has commissioned Dylan Hurwitz, director of the Boston LGBTQIA Art Alliance, and a group of local dancers to create a custom piece of artwork at the hotel. The group will feature Boston’s own Neon Calypso!

To show their support for Boston Pride Week and June, National Pride Month, The Godfrey Boston invites guests and locals to celebrate the LGBTQ community, locally and nationally. The artwork created at the June 2 event will be on display in The Godfrey Boston’s lobby throughout the month of June and available for purchase through a month-long online auction powered by Flutter. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Boston Pride.

Neon Calypso is a Boston based drag queen/entertainer with a background in theater arts and dance. Neon’s past work as a drag queen/entertainer has presented the struggles of women of color and queer women of color more specifically. Neon has done this by combining clips of spoken word and poetry by Ashlee Haze, Imani Cezanne, and Local Boston slam poet Porsha O, to music by artists such as Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and many more. Neon works with local theater company The Theater Offensive, whose mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives in art, as well as Company One Theatre.




7-9:30pm
Pride Arts
new
Dispatches From the Plague Years:
David France and Andrew Sullivan in Conversation

Twenty Summers (29 Miller Hill Road, The Hawthorne Barn, Provincetown, MA)

In 2012, author and journalist David France released the documentary How to Survive a Plague, the culmination of his decades-long coverage of the U.S. AIDS crisis. It won a New York Film Critics Circle Award and was an Oscar nominee. Last fall he published his book of the same title. In reviewing it for the New York Times, provocative political commentator Andrew Sullivan called it “the first and best history” of the courage behind the fight to end AIDS “and a reminder that if gay life and culture flourish for a thousand years, people will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ ” In bringing them together, we anticipate a bracing discourse on politics, culture, history, and more.

Sunday, June 4
2-4pm
Pride Arts
Screening: The Guys Next Door
A film about family, friendship and gay rights. Special screening event and panel discussion about the expansion of the American family
Coolidge Corner Theatre (290 Harvard St, Brookline, MA)

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THE GUYS NEXT DOOR is an intimate portrait of a real “Modern Family:” Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay married couple whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel, who is in her 40s, is married to Tony and they have three children. Together, they form a unique extended family.

Spanning over three years, this lyrical documentary tackles some of the most pertinent issues of our time: gay marriage and parenting, surrogacy as a path to having children, and the extension and redefinition of what it means to be “an American family.” Elegantly shot and edited, and told with candor and humor, THE GUYS NEXT DOOR is an inspiring story of family, friendship and gay rights.

Download the film’s press kit for details…

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Wednesday, June 7
5pm
Pride Arts
Oscar Wilde Tour of LGBTQ-themed art at the MFA
Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
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Join art historian Andrew Lear, a renowned expert in gender and sexuality in western art, for an unconventional tour of the MFA. On this fun and informative 2-hour journey at the museum, you will discover:
– the male/male couple that were ancient Athens’ Uncle Sam,
– the god Priapus and what he did with his huge appendage,
– painter John Singer Sargent’s secret obsession, and
– an intersex figure we bet you’ve never noticed in a famous impressionist canvas!

7pm
Pride Arts
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Lecture on LGBT art at the MFA
Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
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For most of its history, Boston was the most Puritan of American cities, the city where things were “banned in Boston.” Yet a surprising amount of LGBT-themed art made its way into the MFA’s collections. Learn about the MFA’s hidden gay side, from its rich collections of ancient Greek homoerotica to Lesbian scenes in classical Chinese painting to a genderqueer figure in a famous post-Impressionist canvas.


Rosso Fiorentino (Giovanni Battista di Jacopo), The Dead Christ with Angels (detail), about 1524–27. Oil on panel. Charles Potter Kling Fund.

Saturday, June 10
11am
Pride Arts
Performance: and all the men and women merely players
Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St, Boston, MA)
Created + Composed by Beau Kenyon
Choreographed by Michelle Chassé
Boston Public Library Composer-in-Residence, Beau Kenyon, presents a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in the form of a performance installation. Featuring new music by Kenyon as well as choreography by Michelle Chassé, the piece will begin in the newly renovated Deferrari Hall before dispersing throughout the McKim and Johnson Buildings with a final culminating piece in the Courtyard. Total running time is approximately 70 minutes.

Sunday, June 11
1:30pm
Pride Arts
Performance: and all the men and women merely players
Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St, Boston, MA)
Created + Composed by Beau Kenyon
Choreographed by Michelle Chassé
Boston Public Library Composer-in-Residence, Beau Kenyon, presents a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in the form of a performance installation. Featuring new music by Kenyon as well as choreography by Michelle Chassé, the piece will begin in the newly renovated Deferrari Hall before dispersing throughout the McKim and Johnson Buildings with a final culminating piece in the Courtyard. Total running time is approximately 70 minutes.

Monday, June 26
7pm
Pride Arts
new
Reading with queer novelist SJ Sindu “Marriage of a Thousand Lies”
Brookline Booksmith (279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA)

SJ Sindu is a queer writer of color whose new novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, describes a couple who marry to satisfy their conservative Sri Lankan families while each pursues their own relationships.

Friday, July 7
6-8pm
Pride Arts
new
Hydra Effect – Opening Reception of the Summer 2017 Exhibition of the Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance
Midway Studios Gallery (15 Channel Center St, Boston, MA)

The Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance’s Summer 2017 Exhibition will be an exploration and celebration of the cultural value and significance of the arts in the current political climate, as well as the determination and resilience of LGBTQIA artists who have continued making work over the years despite hostile conditions.

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