“Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy” Is Something To Be Proud Of

Ian McKinnon For "Ian McKinnon's Gay Hist-Orgy" by Don Tinling Photography

Ian MacKinnon by Don Tinling Photography

“Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy” is a brilliant, side splitting and wonderfully sexy piece of storytelling and performance. Ian has meticulously researched our queer world history, mythology, and folklore and spun into a vibrant homo tapestry that is both titillating and inspiring. While I often found myself saddened and angered by the erasure of our homo history Ian’s hilarious performance reminded me how grateful I am to be a grownup queer with access to art that celebrates and investigates our queerly complex stories.

Ian was kind enough to spend some time talking with me about his newest work “Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy.”

Ofelia: You were exploring the erasure of homo-history back in 2008 when you did the “Gay Bodies! Gay Souls!” piece. Did “Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy” evolve from that earlier work? 

Ian:  It’s so cool that you remember that. That was a really fun show! Yes, The Gay Hist-Orgy has been evolving for a long time. My father was a historian and archaeologist so I have always been interested in history. But I got the idea for the show when I read the work of Karl Ulrichs. Someone told me he was the Grandfather of Gay Rights so I had to know about him. I found his words really powerful and still relevant and I realized while reading him I had developed a crush, fantasizing him to be my boyfriend. So, I wrote a short piece where we made love and his quotations were presented in the sex. It worked out really well so I decided I could cruise and fuck all the gay greats from history and make a whole show out of it.

Ofelia: It seems you’ve become quite the  queer cultural historian!  What was your research process and plan for the performance?

Ian: It was like college all over again but totally gay! I had a real passion for it. I carried a ton of books everywhere I went and was up late writing, reading, and hunting obsessively for period gay music. It was really inspiring. I amassed a ton of research and then the  process was really one of cutting away and boiling down until I had a script that was doable. Then I went into video making/editing madness, filming with my pal’s Eric Yu and Danny Hill who play the sexy genie and the leather daddy professor. Then I rehearsed the fuck out of it to get the timing down and make sure it was fun and that I got all the dates and names right and stuff.

"Ian McKinnon's Gay Hist-Orgy"

“Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy”

Ofelia: How does your performance art fit into the study of queer history?

Ian: I think it provides a necessary angle on it all by bringing the passion and sex and fun back into it. Studying can be a chore and history can be so neutered and boring and homophobia is always rampant. My show puts the cock and balls, and juicy gay spirit back into place. These men were hot and passionate and so gay! They had sexy lovers who inspired them to greatness. My show celebrates that.
Ofelia: I have a fantasy where you’re the homo leatherman professor of my dreams and my gay genie tells me he see’s your pockets lined with liberal arts college speaking fees… Do you have plans to go on tour? If so I am totally psychic. 
Ian: Awesome! I love your vision! Yes, I will be taking the show up to SF June 22nd to perform at Faetopia (www.faetopia.com) and then I will run again in LA Friday nights in July. (www.gayhistorgy.com) I do college shows which is always so much fun! The piece works really well in an academic setting. 
Ofelia: Why do you think it’s important that we (homos) are aware of our history?  Do you think it is also important for straight people to be aware of the tales and traditions of queers of the past? 

Ian: Knowing our history is important to me because it is empowering and it puts the present into focus. It’s good to know how homosexuals have been treated throughout history. It sheds light on our current situation. And I feel that learning about how the ancient Chinese emperors were gay, and the Sufi mystic poets found god through gay love, and many who shaped our modern world like Plato and da Vinci and Abe Lincoln were gay, gives me a kind of strength and a deeper understanding of gay purpose. And yes it’s totally important for srt8s to know homo history. It is hidden from them too and there is so much unconscious homophobia that goes on, I think it can be eye opening. I think straights who come to the show usually dig it.

 
Ofelia: Did you work with anyone else to develop “Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy?” 
Ian: I have a writing partner Wendell Jones. He co-wrote “AIDS: The Musical” and did a lot of performance art in the 80’s and 90’s in LA. He is a history buff and introduced me to a number of men I did not know. He suggested the incredible Herman Melville “Sprm of Kindness” section from Moby Dick. He also made sure my writing was clear and helped to bring out a gay centered focus even more. He has been an invaluable support. We have a really great collaboration going on.
Ofelia: Were you ever worried that people might not be interested enough in history to make creating the show worth the effort? 
Ian: Oh yeah totally. Before I did the first Karl piece I wondered if anyone would give a fuck about some old queen from the 1860’s. But Karl is brilliant and it got a really strong reaction and each section that I created after that also went well so I just trusted that people would care. Plus I care a lot and I think that helps others to see why they should care. 

Ofelia: I was surprised by how deeply moved I was by this piece-it satisfied a need for historical validation that I didn’t know that I had. Have other people had similarly emotional responses to the show? 

Ian: Yes I often have people tell me they cried or were moved. I love that. Usually people have a nice mixture of feelings to report after a show, they will say they laughed so hard but that it was smart too and touching or that they felt inspired. Often they will share their fave gay history tid-bits which is cool. It gets people excited I think, the piece has a lot of energy, it’s is a real ride.


Ofelia: You’re the un-curator of “Queer Mondays” at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. Why is it important for queers to have a safe space to develop their work? Has having access to this space helped you to develop your own work?
Ian: Oh yeah Highways has been a great supporter of my work.  I spent years developing pieces there. It’s such a great space and so open and nurturing of queer artists. I began Queer Mondays there three years ago because I think it is so important for LGBT artists to have safe and consistent place to create work. The world is so full to the brim with heteronormativity, it’s overwhelming and it influences us. We need our own place to understand what it means to be gay or queer and feel safe and strong in that. Gay liberation is far from over.
"Ian MacKinnon's Gay Hist-Orgy" Saves Queer History

“Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy” Saves Queer History

Sometimes I wake up at night to worry about things that would be useless to scrawl on the pad of paper I keep on the nightstand for the purpose of storing racing thoughts. In these frantic moments I begin to worry about archiving. I worry that our letters, diaries, and hand drawn protest flyers will end up in moldy dumpsters at estate sales and that these beautiful snapshots of our queer histories will be forever lost. I worry about the little gaybies in Iowa who are praying for God to take their gay away. I worry that they won’t get to see Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy and I worry that Ian’s manuscript will end up in a mildewy pile and that the performance and those stories will die when the art fags of  my generation take our last breaths and so I ask Ian very casually if he’s been recording the performances. What will become of  “Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy” when the party’s over? Ian doesn’t know he’s enabling my obsessive thinking but I’m so relieved when he tells me he’s filming the performances and that they will later be edited into a DVD. So I take a deep breath and smile and for a moment I can stop worrying because my favorite fey leatherman professor, Ian MacKinnon, will make sure the gaybies have something to be proud of for a very long time.

San Francisco Dates: 

Friday, June 22nd 9 PM @ Faetopia

In the vacant Tower Records (nxt to Cafe Flore)
at Market St & Noe St
2286 Market Street
Faetopia.com
Los Angeles Dates:
Friday Nights
July 6, 13, 20, 27
8 PM
Moving Arts Hyperion Station, 1822 Hyperion Ave, 90027Price: $20 / $15 students
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214106
Information: gayhistorgy.com

I’m Reading At Featherless With Dana Johnson And Michelle Joyner At Stories Books And Cafe June 8th 7pm

I like to say that I  am a professional bisexual. Other times I think it’s more clever to say that I am “straight for pay”. Only it seems I am becoming straight FOR FREE with increasing regularity and part of me wonders if I should be alarmed!

M. Jackalinski's color test for the short story "Straight For Pay" That's me and Miller riding the bus to Occupy

M. Jackalinski’s color test for the short story “Straight For Pay” That’s me and Miller riding the bus to Occupy Boston. We are professional (and lifestyle) monsters, really.

The fact that I’ll be participating in my first “not gay” reading on Friday, June 8th pretty much confirms this discomfiting retro-hetro trend…  I mean, don’t get me wrong, Featherless co-curators Andrea Lambert and Katie are pretty gay (in fact I heard they’re actually GAY TOGETHER) but still it is a bit thrilling to read at something that is not explicitly HOMO. I’m also very pleased to have the opportunity to read with the  amazing  Dana Johnson.

I’ve been busy working on a chapbook entitled “Straight For Pay” that I hope to have ready by then. I’m collaborating with some really amazing illustrators including Tara Avery, M. Jackalinski and Amie Wee who is also doing the layout and cover design. I’ve wanted to collaborate with all three artists for years and am thrilled with the amazing illustrations that they’ve come up with. Sure, I framed this as a “collaboration” but really I am just tricking them into indulging my obscure fetish for being drawn. It’s called “narcism”.   I hope you like it!

A bit about Dana:

Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson’s debut novel Elsewhere, California will be published June 12 by Counterpoint Press. It has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and garnered advance praise from writers like T.C Boyle, Michelle Huneven, Oscar Hijuelos, and Aimee Bender. Dana is also is the author of the short story collection Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, California, Dana is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. For more info on

Dana, visit: www.danajohnsonauthor.com 

June 8, 7 pm
Stories Books and Cafe1716 West Sunset Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90026(213) 413-3733

PUNK ASS QUEERS

Queer intersects Punk and DIY in this spatial and temporal exploration of radical queer narratives and DIY performance art in the Inland Empire.
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WITHRAQUEL GUTIERREZ
MICHA CARDENAS

Raquel Gutiérrez

Raquel Gutiérrez

Raquel Gutiérrez (b. 1976, Los Angeles, California) cut her teeth on Los Angeles performance art when she interned and house managed at Highways Performance Space in the year 2000. Raquel is a performance writer, playwright, and cultural organizer, studied in university settings and performed in a variety of locations, like the Salvadoran countryside, cabarets, galleries, San Antonio, more universities, Pico-Union, etc. In 2001, Gutiérrez was one of the co-founding members of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Latino projects, Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Raquel has published work in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano), Los Angeles Weekly, Make/shift magazine, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, and Izote Vos: Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (published by SF’s Pacific News Service). Currently, Raquel is in the Community Scholars program through the UCLA School of Urban Planning and is also the Manager of Community Partnerships for Cornerstone Theater Company, a leader in community-based theater-making in the United States.

micha cardenas

micha cardenas

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses artists’ strategies for using multiple realities, such as augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. She blogs at transreal.org and tweets at @michacardenas.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/163496660/local-autonomy-networks-find-each-other/widget/card.html

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A QUEER YOUTH VISIBILITY PROJECT (QYVP) FUNDRAISER
The Inland Empire QYVP seeks to help local queer and trans* youth gain visibility,community, resources and empowerment through Do It Y(our)self efforts and media.

Suggested at door donation of $5

http://www.facebook.com/IEQYVP
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TIKAL BAKERY
Please support Tikal Bakery by ordering from their selection of Guatemalan bread and cuisine, before and after the event. The bakery offers a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian items.

Friday, June 8, 2012 7:30pm
Tikal Bakery 3975 Mission Inn Ave Riverside CA, 92501

iMappening

 

The Interdivisional Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) PhD program in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California will be holding their annual showcase event, iMappening 2012, on May 9th and 10th, 2012 from 10am-5pm. The event will take place at Fox Stage 3, SCX-105,  in the School of Cinematic Arts, and will include exhibits and talks from the artists, designers, and scholars of the iMAP program. This year, iMappening will include a gallery exhibition with an opening reception and a series of lectures with invited critics. “iMappening is open to the public in order to bring awareness about the iMAP program and showcase the important ongoing work being done in iMAP, a hybrid PhD program supported by all of the branches of the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Andreas Kratky, Acting Program Director for iMAP.

Rosetta Stones by VJ Um Amel

“USC’s iMAP program is on the cutting edge of new media art and design research and digital scholarship, one of only a handful of PhD programs that combine digital theory and practice,” said Jeanne Jo, an iMAP Student who will be finishing in 2014. Bringing together all the strengths of a world class school of cinema with innovations in art, science and technology, iMAP students work in emerging fields including critical design, networked performance, serious games, social media analytics, data visualization, wearable electronics, non-linear narrative cinema, immersive cinema, digital media and learning and database documentary.

MARRA by Jeanne Jo

Projects to be featured at this year’s iMappening span a broad range of practices. VJ Um Amel’s R-Shief project visualizes a massive database of tweets of the arab intifadas. Lauren Fenton’s dissertation project PolyAngylene is an interactive themed environment that employs expressive physical computing devices and projection mapping as platforms for a narrative about the future of urban space. Joshua McVeigh-Schultz’s project experiments with audience-driven tele-spectacle. Micha Cárdenas’ Local Autonomy Networks aims to create mesh networked wearable electronic garments to prevent violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. Diego Costa’s Matricídio appropriates the theory-practice methodological ethos of psychoanalysis (the après-coup, the slip of the tongue, the dreamwork) into a queer cinematic language. Clea T. Waite’s ν descending is an homage to Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work realized as a virtual, interactive, cinema-painting in stereoscopic 3D. Rosemary Comella’s video, Garin Park, explores how the use of image stabilization and image warping affects “the trace of the real” often associated with documentary filmmaking.  Kristy Kang’s project is an online cultural history exploring identity formation and place making in the multi-ethnic community of Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Gabriel Peters-Lazaro will share video from the Junior AV Club, an ongoing project exploring the use of digital media technologies as tools for early childhood learning. Adam Liszkiewicz’s Selected Games offers an alternate take on the common video game tropes of realism, violence, and control. Jeff Watson’s Reality Ends Here is an underground alternate reality game played by students at the School of Cinematic Arts involving collaboration, strategy, and artistic experimentation.

PolyAngylene by Lauren Fenton

Talks at iMappening will cover a broad range of interventions into the intersections of critical theory and digital practices. The topics to be covered include “Forget Theory: The Psychoanalytic As Queer Practice and Creative Research” by Diego Costa, “Multimodal Survivals: Vernacular Preservations and Media Design” by Veronica Paredes, “Experience Design and the Practice of Themed Space” by Lauren Fenton, “Redesigning Civic Rituals: social games and new models of participation” by Joshua McVeigh Shultz, “Reality Ends Here: Transforming Community Through Pervasive Play” by Jeff Watson, “The Seoul of Los Angeles: Contested Identities and Transnationalism in Immigrant Space” by Kristy Kang and more.

Bullet Hell by Adam Liszkiewicz and Anton Hand

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-9pm. The public exhibition will be open also on Thursday from 10am-7pm. Panels will take place from 10am to 3:30pm, in the form of fifteen minute talks with a question and answer session at the end.

For media inquiries and questions, contact M. Cárdenas at 619-847-4885,mmcarden@usc.edu or L. Fenton 323-317-2355lfenton1@gmail.com. More information about the program is available at http://imap.usc.edu.

Local Autonomy Networks by Micha Cárdenas

 

Opening May 9th from 6-9pm, panels and exhibition May 10th, 2012, from 10am-7pm

Where: USC School of Cinematic Arts
Fox Stage 3, SCX-105
930 W. 34th St., SCA 110, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Contact: M. Cárdenas, 619-847-4885mmcarden@usc.edu

  L. Fenton, 323-317-2355lfenton1@gmail.com

WANDERLUST writers of latina/o and queer extractions HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE

My dear friend, Micha Cardenas, is doing a reading from her book, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, Fri and Sat at Highways with a great group of performers.   Raquel Gutierrez, another of my favorite queer writers and performance artists is curating this amazing evening of queer latin voices.

Highways Performance Space@ 18th St. Arts Center 1651 18th Street|Santa Monica, CA 904041/2 block north of Olympic Blvd.
friday + saturday APRIL 20+21, 2012 at 8:30pm
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highways performance space + lambda literary present

WANDERLUST
curated by raquel gutiérrez
writers of latino/a and queer extractions
make the specter of place known through
word, as they shepherd us in and guide us
through radical spatial narratives that weave
in tales of sexualized citizenry, gendered
candor and transnational desires.
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WITH

CHARLES RICE-GONZALEZ (April 21 only)
SUSANA COOK
MARCELA FUENTES
RAFA ESPARZA + LUIS FLORES
FRANK GALARTE
MICHA CARDENAS
RAQUEL GUTIERREZ

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He received a B.A. in Communications from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel, Chulito, was released in October 2011, and he co-edited, with Charlie Vázquez, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction released in August 2011. He is also an award-winning playwright and serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Art and Cultures.

Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based playwright, director and performer who has been presenting innovative works internationally for over 20 years.

She has performed in Spain, France, India, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and at several colleges and universities around the country.

Some of her latest shows are : The Homophobes, a clown show, The Fury of The Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats and Tango Lesbiango.

She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts International, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, The Franklin Furnace Archives, The Puffin Foundation and INTAR.

Rafael Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist living and working out of Los Angeles.
An investigation of (non)personal histories that have constructed existing ideas surrounding the body weave in and out his body of work. He is invested in creating
and experiencing moments in time inaccessible to him using ritual and installation; and credits this interest as the primary inspiration for his performances. Rafa earned his B.A. in art from UCLA, has exhibited, performed and also collaborated with other artists in various venues throughout Los Angeles.

Luis Flores

My work seeks to shed light on topics that are often ignored with blindly accepted norms, topics
that trigger unconscious and automatic responses to preconceived expectations or beliefs about
particular situations. I seek to break stereotypes with which I am often labeled and to which I am
confined or restricted. It is my hope to challenge viewers’ reactions and elicit self-reflection on how the environment has contributed to their conditioned self and how they continue to perpetuate a situation consistent with their preconceptions.

Marcela Fuentes (marshagall) is a performance scholartist from Argentina. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she teaches, writes, and performs on topics such as transnationalism, new forms of political engagement, and artistic responses to crises.

J. Frank Galarte was born and raised in Brawley, California. He recently received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on this dissertation entitled, “El Sabor del Amor y del Dolor: Affect, Violence and the (Trans)Body in the Chican@ Historical Imaginary”. His research interests are in Chicana@ Studies, Queer Studies, Affect Studies and Transgender Studies. His obsessions are mozz, chavela vargas, oldies and finding the right pomade for his pompadour.

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses artists’ strategies for using multiple realities, such as augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. She blogs at transreal.org and tweets at @michacardenas.

Raquel Gutiérrez (b. 1976, Los Angeles, California) cut her teeth on Los Angeles performance art when she interned and house managed at Highways Performance Space in the year 2000. Raquel is a performance writer, playwright, and cultural organizer, studied in university settings and performed in a variety of locations, like the Salvadoran countryside, cabarets, galleries, San Antonio, more universities, Pico-Union, etc. In 2001, Gutiérrez was one of the co-founding members of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Latino projects, Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Raquel has published work in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano), Los Angeles Weekly, Make/shift magazine, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, and Izote Vos: Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (published by SF’s Pacific News Service). Currently, Raquel is in the Community Scholars program through the UCLA School of Urban Planning and is also the Manager of Community Partnerships for Cornerstone Theater Company, a leader in community-based theater-making in the United States.

Tickets $20/$15 buy them here:

http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/latinao-queer-literary-series-1-wanderlust/

Flyers here: http://www.facebook.com/events/392497744111378/

Andrea Lambert, Debra Simone & Ofelia Del Corazon at homo-centric at Stories Books & Cafe

I’ve spent so much time and energy publicizing, distributing, and writing about the artwork of those I admire but often pull this self defeatist move where I only tell people about my readings a day or two before hand. That way, if the person says they can’t come, it’s not because they don’t care but because they were too busy, and I save myself from the humiliation of rejection.  Fortunately I’ve come to realize this this misguided little selfdefense mechanism  no longer serves me.
A friend of mine (for whom I had just organized a reading) confided in me that there was a time at which she only organized shows & readings for others. She looked me in the eye as we sat drinking Hefeweizen at a trendy brewery in Oakland   and said  “you have done your time as an arts programmer.”  I was silent, I knew I couldn’t come back to her with the  “I know but I do it for the community” bullshit I’d been feeding myself foe the past five years. Her words were  particularly inspring because she’s my favorite writer on contemporary feminist theory. She didn’t write her first book, which is pretty much required reading for anyone with any interest in feminist studies and contemporary queer theory,  until she was in her forties and her challenge to me to focus on my own work really stuck with me.
So this is me inviting you to come hear me read just nineteen and a half hours before it’s time to step up to that mic. If you can make it (and you’re not busy and you don’t think I’m stupid), please bring a light jacket as I’ve been told we may be on the patio.
It will be a joy to see you.

I’ll be reading an excerpt from a sweet story I’ve just written about two queer girl sex workers who meet on a porn set , become smitten with one another and proceed to make a lot of straight vanilla porno squares, very very uncomfortable.  I’ll be be in the company of some really phenomenal writers including Andrea Lambert and one of my dearest friends, Debra Simone.

You should come. I promise I’ll do my best to make you laugh.

 Stories Books Thursday July 21st at 7:30.
1716 Sunset Blvd., between Le Moyne & Logan.

Parking available in the lot on Le Moyne St.
Map here.

Queer Mondays Un-Curated By Ian MacKinnon

Queer Mondays Un-Curated By Ian MacKinnon

Monday, January 30th, 7:30p-9p 

Queer Mondays is a non-elitist LGBT experimental performance series on the last Monday of every month. It’s an ever-changing grab bag of short pieces and happenings that has something for everyone and you never know what you’re gonna get! QM is dedicated to providing a consistent venue for the development of new queer work, and is open to all artistic disciplines.

This month performances by: Scott Backman Dan Wentzel Martin Wiech Justin Jorgensen Dino Dinco Gregory Barnett hosted by: Ian MacKinnon

$5 www.highwaysperformance.org Highways Performance Space

1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404