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By LaRhya Daniels
The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is a moment to be celebrated - but also it is a call to further action. After the election of this president, I shared with our community my belief that it is time to work toward intersectional goals and changes - now more than ever. So many members of our communities are under attack by this federal administration, but also by local and state governments, and by our neighbors and friends.
It’s always been easy for some of us to think about our marriages - something we fought for so hard and won so recently - being under attack. But on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, I implore our LGBTQ community in New Mexico to think of how much more is on the line, for all of us, in these times. As we celebrate pride month, our monumental achievements, let’s not forget our call to intersectional work - for everyone in our communities. Queer and trans people are immigrants and sex workers. We are incarcerated and working for minimum wage. We are seeking greater access to education and access to safe and legal abortion care.
I am re-committing myself this anniversary of the Stonewall Riots to honor our siblings in the struggle from the last 50+ years, by working for liberation for us all - will you join me?
IF THE DANCER DANCES
Movement has been in the human vernacular in quite long time. It has been a way to express feelings and emotions without saying a word. For a dancer, the ability to fulfill this act is a passion that truly feeds the soul. For the students of Merce Cunningham, an influential modern dancer, his work has left a lasting impression in the world of dance and in their lives. One of the world’s leading dance-makers, Stephen Petronio, in the documentary, If The Dancer Dances, takes on the challenge of reviving Rainforest, a piece by Cunningham, through the bodies of his dancers. The film follows the company as they learn the history of this iconic piece and how dance is more than the steps, but the life you breathe into it. The movie is beautiful homage to a legendary choreographer since his passing in 2009. It shows how one person’s work can affect a generation of future dancers.
Born and raised on the tropical island of Guam in the West Pacific, Pia Mia fell in love with music and performing at an early age. She joined school and community musicals and theater and began to post covers of her musical performances on YouTube. Almost instantaneously becoming a viral sensation, Pia moved to Los Angeles and signed with Grammy Award-winning producer, Babyface. In 2013, Pia Mia performed a cover of Drake's song "Hold on We're Going Home" for Drake and Kanye West. That same year, Ryan Seacrest debuted her independent single, "Red Love." At the age of 17, she formed Wolfpack Entertainment, a recording label, signing herself as its first artist, and then signed with Interscope Records. Billboard Magazine named Pia Mia one of eight "acts who will help define 2014." She released her debut EP, The Gift, collaborated with Chance the Rapper for the soundtrack to the original motion picture Divergent, and released "On My Mind" which appeared on NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 50. Pia Mia performed at various concerts throughout the year, and in the summer, she returned to her home island to perform at the international music festival, Guam Live.
In January 2015, Pia Mia released "F**K WITH U," a buzz track for her fans which featured rapper G-Eazy. The track was a trending online smash with over 24 million streams. Pia's hit banger "Do It Again" featuring Chris Brown and Tyga went Platinum selling over 4 million copies worldwide, saw chart-topping success on the US "Billboard Hot 100 List," and was selected for Clear Channel's "On The Verge" artist for Rhythm radio and now has over 379+ million YouTube views. Pia's newest single, the incredible power ballad "Bitter Love" will also be featured on the AFTER movie soundtrack as an independent artist.
Pia has garnered international praise for her one of a kind style, consistently topping high-profile best dressed lists, including Vogue. She has modeled for numerous independent such as Nasty Gal, Pink Dolphin, and Missguided, to name a few. If that wasn't enough, she was selected as the first-ever Fashion Director for Madonna's Material Girl clothing brand. You can stay on top of Pia Mia's latest projects through her social media at @PrincessPiaMia.
As a diverse and evolving pansexual, queer individual, who grew up in conservative Texas, Layke has always identified herself as a round peg trying to fit into a square hole. Layke has been performing since she was a child, and the creative arts were a way for her to channel her sensitivity and energy into something constructive. In high school, Layke began singing backup in a punk-rock band, which evolved into writing songs. She had always been a poet in her own mind, keeping diaries since she was a child, but putting those words into music was a new concept. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to create her own art, her own world, not act out someone else's. Layke’s first EP, self-titled LAYKE Part 1, was released in December 2018. It includes the lead single "Strangers In The Dark." She worked with legendary producer Adrian Gurvitz to bring this EP to fruition. She hopes people hear this album and feel that they can be whoever they want to be, unapologetically and unabashedly. Follow Layke through her social media at @laykeofficial.
The Monmouth Museum’s Main Gallery summertime exhibition, Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love, will journey through the explosive era that gave life to the 1969 Woodstock Festival, the pivotal outdoor music and art fair held 50 years ago on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains. It will feature the renowned documentary and rock photography of the Official Woodstock Photographer, Elliott Landy. His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Van Morrison, and many others documented the music scene during the classic rock and roll period of 1967-1969. The exhibition will also feature vintage concert posters and vinyl albums, immersive video and audio experiences, 1960’s memorabilia and ephemera along with art workshops for adults, teens and kids, tours and more.
Elliott Landy is one of the first music photographers to be recognized as an “artist.” Author of six photographic books, his images have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the world. His photographs have appeared on the covers of major magazines such as Life, The Saturday Evening Post and Rolling Stone and in all media internationally for the past forty years.
Elliott Landy, born in 1942, began photographing the anti-Vietnam-war movement and the underground music culture in New York City in 1967. He photographed many of the underground rock and roll superstars, both backstage and onstage, from 1967 to 1969. His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, Richie Havens, and many others documented the music scene during that classic rock and roll period which culminated with the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Summer of Love was in June – August of 1967. Usually this description refers to 1967, in and around San Francisco when the "hippie movement" was in full flower. Particularly during the summer months, thousands upon thousands of young people flocked to the Haight-Ashbury to take part in a somewhat pale imitation of the true hippie experience. Many were drawn by the gentle lyrics of a song penned by John Phillips, member of The Mamas & the Papas. Phillips' song San Francisco (written in anticipation of the Monterey Pop Festival in June) romanticizes the era and atmosphere. Scott McKenzie's cover-version of the song was on the airwaves by May -- just in time for summer vacation. “If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...If you come to San Francisco,Summertime will be a love-in there.”
1969 Woodstock Art and Music Fair was August 15 -17, 1969. Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Music & Love. An estimated audience of over 400,000 people gather for three days of music near Bethel, NY, swarming across the pastures of Max Yasgur's dairy farm. The festival is the brainchild of four men under age 26 (including one with a multimillion-dollar trust fund). Only 186,000 tickets are sold, so around 200,000 people are expected - but the amazing lineup of bands and musicians draws many more. Fences are pushed over and tickets become pointless. On opening night, sponsors declare free admission to all, and the word spreads like wildfire. Police estimate a million more people trying to reach Woodstock are stuck in traffic jams up to 50 miles away. In rain and mud, thousands listen to Janis Joplin, The Who, Canned Heat, the Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and Country Joe & The Fish. On the last morning, guitarist Jimi Hendrix wakes the crowd with a riveting solo version of the national anthem. The final cost is $2.4 million. A film of the concert is released the following year.
Exhibition Partners for the Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love exhibition include: Red Bank FrameWorks; Brookdale Community College - History, Library and Theater Departments; 90.5 the Night; Jack's Music Shoppe; Russo Music; Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth; Vintage Variety Shop; Classic Metal Productions; Tracy Walter Ferry, Artist.
The Monmouth Museum, an independent, non-profit organization was founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.
The Monmouth Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Admission is $8. The Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive, Lincroft, NJ on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Parking lot #1.
There will be a Preview Party on Friday, June 7th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm where you will meet Elliott Landy as he presents his Woodstock Vision. Get a first-hand account about the creators, builders, hippies, and straights that describes the spirituality, the trials and tribulations, and the sheer joy of being there! For more information about the Museum exhibitions and programs visit their website at www.monmouthmuseum.org.
From World of Wonder, producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, comes The Official RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast, hosted by Drag Race producer and Herstorian John Polly. Every week, Polly welcomes a bevy of RuPaul's Drag Race queens to the World of Wonder-produced podcast, including the Season 11 queen eliminated each week. Listen as your favorite Queens and friends break down each and every episode of the show through sickening conversations, behind-the-scenes insights, and never before released info - officially! Segments include This Day in Drag Race Herstory and Sissy That Talk.
The premiere episode launches February 28th at 8pm PT/11pm EST. Additional episodes go live each Thursday after RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH1. The Official RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere you find your favorite podcasts.
Learn more at https://www.dragracepodcast.com.
If you want a roast done right, call a queen. Revry presents The Roast of Heklina, for the icon drag performer, Helkina. The feast features some of the most talented drag performers including Roast Master Jackie Beat, Bob The Drag Queen, Jinkx Monsoon, Julie Brown, Peaches Christ, Sister Roma, and Alaska Thunderfuck. The evening is full of ooos and oohs as each performer takes their turn taking digs at each other before turning their aim on the queen of honor herself. In the end, Helkina reminds the crowd who's boss.
Heklina is one of San Francisco's most well-known drag queens, doing drag for over 20 years. She is known for her influence including Mother, her parody shows, or her landmark venue, The Oasis. In order to give her the honor her deserves Revry brought together Heklina's closest friends and colleagues to give her the hottest roast she will always remember.
The Roast of Heklina is available on February 1, on Revry.tv
Ellen Degeneres is heading back to where it all began - the stage. Degeneres is debuting her new Netflix stand-up special Relatable on December 18th. Filmed at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, Relatable marks Ellen's return to stand-up after a 15-year hiatus. Check out the trailer below.
Relatable launches globally on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 on Netflix.
With the popularity of RuPaul's Drag Race, the drag scene is becoming mainstream every day. Some of the fiercest and most talented queens are captured in Greg Bailey's book, "Alright Darling? The Contemporary Drag Scene". Bailey catches the like of Alyssa Edwards, Coco Peru, and Sasha Velour in raw, glamorous displays including backstage antics and glorious shade. The book also includes a forward by Alaska Thunderfuck.
"Alright Darling? The Contemporary Drag Scene" is on sale on October 16th.
The Annual Gentlemen’s Ball, held at The Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, is a black-tie Fundraising Gala and Awards Program that celebrates the accomplishments of Black LGBTQ people who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life of the black LGBTQ community and who have demonstrated a commitment to social change. Honorees included Actor/Musician, Jussie Smollett, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder, Alicia Garza
Other Honorees include:
Pamela Stewart – VP, Coca-Cola
Kylar Broadus, Esq. – Sr. Public Counsel
Simone Bell – So. Reg. Dir., Lambda Legal
Stacey Abrams – GA Governor Candidate
Jensen Atwood – Actor
Queen Sheba – Poet
Micky Bee – Activist
Guy Anthony – HIV/AIDS Activist
Joe “Miss Sophis” Taylor – Comedian
James Earl Hardy – Actor
Deondray & Quincy Gossett – Film Makers
Dr. Cleo Manago – Activist
The event also featured a Live Performance by R&B Recording Artist, Tweet.
See high-resolution photos at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2533432630000526&type=1&l=1b9b304887
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