GenderQueer Revolution Updates

From: Alexander
Sent on: Sunday, August 2, 2009 9:32 AM
Hey! So much has been going on lately, thought a note would be a good idea.

First, some links to items that came up this past Sunday at GQR-LA's Coffeetalk discussion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO431S52cP0
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102518565
Big thank yous go to Dr. Rachel Levin, aka Ms. Squid, aka Squiddy Rachel (appellations earned at the So Cal Beach Day), who brought up the NPR story at Coffeetalk this past Sunday about people using different "gendered" descriptors for objects depending on if their language classifies said object as "feminine" or "masculine." Just saying that outloud (well, typing it out) sounds almost silly, doesn't it? And big thanks to Lucy Benji Luci for finding that link as well as the other one. I was actually watching that clip just when I got Benji Lucy Felix's email with the link - same frequency! Stewie from Family Guy berating Brian for choosing to date a woman who ends everything with an upward inflection, and THAT being a topic at Coffeetalk as well.

What is GenderQueer Revolution? 1) A national organization dedicated to empowering people of all genders, helping people to embrace the gift of gender in their own lives and in the lives of others, supporting and cultivating genderqueer, gender-gifted individuals and communities, uniquely gender-gifted art, spirituality, research, and academics, and educating and building bridges across trans, gendered, queer, and non-queer communities and beyond. 2) A global movement, a powerful collection of many parts that come together to achieve and create a brilliant, powerful, unstoppable Whole, going beyond the tangible and into the level(s) of greatest potential

GenderQueer Revolution, truly a national (and increasingly international) organization, has several main loci, including a number of web-based communities (powerful and world-changing), Southern California, Northern California, the East Coast, and The South, although we plan and contribute to quite a few events in other areas as well.

Some Recent Events:
GQR sponsored the Artful Meditation Room, an interactive, experiential, artful, meditative space open to spiritual and non-spiritual folk, which GQR Board members installed and docented, and helped create the Spirituality Track at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.
GQR-Los Angeles recently hosted a Game Night and a Southern California Beach Day.
GQR-The South had a presence at Black Pride, Charlotte on the same day that GQR-LA hosted Southern California Beach Day, then again the following week at Charlotte Pride. GQR-The South has been and will be doing many more bridge-building, informative, community making activities and appearances, all over The South.

Upcoming Events:
-- Gender Odyssey: GQR Board members, representatives, and ambassadors, including Dr. Rachel Levin, will be taking the spirit of genderqueer revolution with them to GO this year. September 4-7, Labor Day Weekend, Seattle. http://genderodyssey.org

-- Annual LAGPA Conference: GenderQueer Revolution is co-sponsoring the www.lagpa.org conference, Sunday, October 11, National Coming Out Day, at USC. Not just for LGBTIQ psychologists and psychotherapists.

-- Another Southern California Beach Day in the works, later in the summer!!

-- Possible all-gender makeover/clothing exchange day

-- Possible OC event

-- Possible Pasadena/Altadena/San Gabriel Valley event?

-- GQR-LA will be having its first collaborative event with Guys Like Us (GLU), www.guyslikeusla.com, on Saturday, August 22, at the Knightsbridge Theater in Silverlake. Shakespeare's "gender-bending" play As You Like It, set in the 80's, in The Valley, with 80's sing-a-long karaoke. !!! How awesome is that??? More information from the theater's website below. More details forthcoming. Possible group tickets, though at this point, more likely that folks will have to get their own tickets and we'll meet up for dinner before the show and then meet in front of the theater at a certain time so we can all sit together (not sure if seats are assigned). You can also purchase 10-seat subscriptions or 5-seat subscriptions (at a discount) to use at different shows or all at the same show, if you want to go in with friends. http://www.knightsbridgetheatre.com/current_show.html

AsYouLikeIt

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AS YOU LIKE IT

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Miailovich
Produced by Joseph P. Stachura

July 31 through August 23, 2009
Fridays @ 8:00 PM / Saturdays @ 8:00 PM / Sundays @ 6:00 PM

The Knightsbridge Theatre is about to bring Shakespeare into the modern day--almost. Director Paul Miailovich's gender-bending rendition of As You Like It takes place in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley of the 1980s. Opening this July 31 for a four-week run (in repertory with Snoopy! The Musical), this comedic classic will encourage audiences to sing along to its '80s "soundtrack" and relive a colorful era through the timeless words of The Bard.

It's 1985 and Ronald Reagan has just won re-election by a landslide, finalizing the religious and conservative revival that ends the liberalism of the 1970s. The American New Right is denouncing abortion, pornography, homosexuality, feminism and affirmative action, against a Cold War backdrop. In the Valley, Duke Frederick has staged a hostile takeover of Duke Enterprises, producer of the wildly successful variety talent show, "All the World's a Stage," (featuring the As You Like It Dancers). His elder brother, the former CEO, has fled to the suburban city of Arden Forest (and Galleria) with his entourage, including the cynical punk Jacques and the washed-up new-wave singer Amiens.

Duke Enterprises' "Worldwide Wrestling" show is thrown into disarray when challenger Orlando fails to take the fall against professional wrestling superstar Chuck Hogan. Frederick's iron grip on the company begins to slip as his teen-idol niece, Rosalind; his daughter, Celia; and the host of "All the World's a Stage," Touchstone, all quit the network and escape to Arden Forest and Galleria.

In true Shakespearean style, this production features reverse casting in many roles, but it also offers better representation of the "norms" of modern-day relationships: men loving men, women loving women, and everything in between. Songs within Shakespeare's original script have been replaced by 1980s hits, prompting karaoke-style sing-along opportunities.

Miailovich's 1993 production of As You Like It was named a "Best Bet" by the Los Angeles Times. The Knightsbridge company member was the founder and executive director of Psyche and Eros Productions in Claremont, California [masked]). Miailovich's controversial stagings have included a lesbian Antigone, a mash-up of The Bacchae and the New Testament, and a methamphetamine-driven Macbeth featured on Japanese Public Television (NHK). His productions have won numerous awards at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.

$20 general admission, $18 students/seniors. Please contact us at[masked] to inquire about group discounts!

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