Volume 81, Number 4 | June 23 - 29, 2011
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PRIDE2011ARTS

Photo courtesy of the filmmaker

Rooftop films has a lesbian — from space — for you!

Thoroughly queer activities!

COMPILED BY SCOTT STIFFLER

ROOFTOP FILMS
“CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME”

Lots of friends (and relationships, we hear) have flourished from connections made when folks of a diverse background find themselves up on the roof during a steamy summer — bonding over their shared love of film. Rooftop Films wants to help you make that human connection with this rainbow tribe-friendly flick. “Why shouldn’t straight people celebrate gay pride weekend? We all know what happens on St. Patrick’s Day! So it’s time to join the party!” they say…and we say, “Yes!”

“Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same,” aside from being an entertaining picture, is a great way for folks of all stripes to participate in the LGBT pride celebration. Hailed by the Hollywood Reporter as “A hilarious date movie for couples of all orientations,” the funky screening gets even more good time juice from being supplemented by live music, an after party and an appearance by some real live lesbian space aliens!

Fri., June 24, at Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St. at Essex St.). Doors open at 8pm. Live music until the film begins at 9pm. Q&A with filmmaker Madeline Olnek and several lesbian space aliens at 10:30pm. After Party, 11:30pm (at Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge St. btw. Broome St. and Grand St.). For tickets ($10), purchase at the door or visit rooftopfilms.com.

BLUESTOCKINGS
BOOKSTORE EVENTS

Here are a few reasons why we love the very LGBTQ-friendly Bluestockings Bookstore.

THE DYKE KNITTING CIRCLE
Knit, make new friends, drink some tea and learn a craft at this self-help, member-led group that’s open to all levels of queer experience and all levels of knitting proficiency. Bring yarn and needles. Third Sun. of the month, 4pm (next installment, July 17).

THE RUCKUS PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE
Friday, June 24, 7pm. Hosted by Victor Tobar, The Ruckus Performance Showcase is a series featuring queer and trans artists of color. Visit ruckusarts.wordpress.com for details.

WOMEN’S AND TRANS’ POETRY JAM & OPEN MIKE
Tuesday, June 28, 7pm. Hosted by Vittoria Repetto (the “hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side”), this jam has showcased the famous, infamous and unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com for more info.

FEMINIST BOOK CLUB
Sunday, July 3, 2:30pm. The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. They make no claims to any particular feminist platform. Rather, they rely on feminism(s) by reading theoretical texts, literature and primary works. All are welcome regardless of gender, political persuasion and familiarity. The Book Club meets on the first Sunday each month. This month’s book (available at Bluestockings) is “King Kong Theory” by Virginie Despentes.

Bluestockings is open daily from 11am-11pm. At 172 Allen St., (btw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.). For info, visit bluestockings.com. At most events, they pass the hat (or bucket) and ask for $5 — but you will never be turned away for lack of money. For info, call 212-777-6028 or visit bluestockings.com.

At 147 W. 24th Street (btw. 6th & 7th Aves).

THE SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. Visit srlp.org.
 
FIERCE (Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment) builds the leadership and power of bisexual, transgender and queer youth of color in NYC. Visit fiercenyc.org.
 
QUEERS FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE is a progressive organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation. Visit q4ej.org.
 
THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color center for community organizing. Visit alp.org.

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