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ARTY PARTY

ARTY PARTY

The annual Queer Arts Festival launches tonight with some new friends and old faithfuls.

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It’s time for the gayest three weeks in art history: Pride in Art’s annual Queer Arts Festival kicks off tonight.

This year’s curated exhibition will focus on the font-unfriendly theme: “RaNDoM acTS oF QueeRNeSS.”

In keeping with that caps lock craziness, expect the unexpected with spontaneity, clashing visuals, and indeterminate forms. Just like the endlessly diverse queer people the artists aim to represent, what you see will challenge your understanding and command your attention.

Our best bets include tomorrow night’s performance of Screaming Weenie Production’s Clean Sheets, staged readings of new queer plays written and acted by the finest crop of local queer talent; internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Noam Gagnon’s semi-autobiographical Thank You, You’re Not Welcome (pictured) on Friday, Aug. 3; and the return of funny man Darcy Michael’s improv/drag/sketch comedy/music/puppet show, The Gayest Show On Earth… Again on Aug. 7.

Plus more plays, performances, pARTies, and handy workshops than you can shake a wet paintbrush at!

So, why not take a break from the rays and the grinding gays and go soak up some culture? (They’ll be there when you get back. We promise.)

QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL
July 31 – Aug. 18 at various times and venues.
More information and tickets available online

—photo courtesy Chris Randall