Join the Rainbow Seniors as we take part in the Northampton Pride Parade

On Saturday, May 7, the first 2016 Pride Parade in Massachusetts takes place in neighborly Northampton. The parade draws a crowd, and a fun afternoon can be had after the parade, too.

This year the Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County – and their friends and allies, young and old, LGBT and straight will be one of the contingents on the march – and in a rolling auto procession as well. It’s going to be a fun day for sure, meeting and chatting not only with each other, but with others from our neighboring cities and towns.

If you haven’t been to Northampton’s Pride Day Celebration before, it’s kicked off with this “fantastic, amazing, super high energy” parade filled with marching bands, religious groups, GSA’s, floats, animals, motorcycles, stilt walkers, you name it and you will likely spot it. We too will march (and ride) in the 35th Annual Pride event which ends at the fairgrounds where the party continues into the afternoon with entertainment gay-lore. Come join us and celebrate yourself!

RSJoinUs Since this takes place on the normal Pittsfield meeting day (first Saturday of each month) this means that we will be car-pooling to Northampton instead of our regular meeting around the roundtable. So if you need a ride, or can offer a ride, let us know. email Beth Anne at bethwishes@gmail.com and let her know your name, which town you live in, how many are in your group and whether you can offer a ride, or need a ride, or simply will meet us there. The parade lines up at 11am and steps off at noon. Once we know how many, further logistical details will be emailed to you.

The parade ends at the County Fairgrounds where entertainment begins at 1:30 with emcee Cindy Foster, The Queen Mary Band and performances of all sorts, with the spotlight on Drag Queens and Drag Kings. For the latest list of performers go to their entertainment page.

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Parade staging area is located on Hampton Ave. (across from the Northampton Brewery) in Northampton, MA.

Parade begins at noon sharp marching up Old South St. to Main St. then to the Pride Event site at the 3 County Fairgrounds (54 Fair Street, Northampton, MA).

Floats are directed to park in a lot located next to the fairgrounds. Marchers are directed into the Fairgrounds to the Pride event.

In Hudson NY, Mario Correa’s daring play “Commander” says there’s an LGBT President in our future

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Here’s a fascinating play that proposes that someone gay will soon be running for President of the United States. Imagine something like that happening and the festive inauguration night – after a surprising election – that has the new President dancing with his First Husband. Sounds far fetched, right? Maybe not. Playwright Mario Correa has suggested a similar setup for his play Commander. In it, he focuses on the relationship between the candidate and his partner, and what might really transpire during such a quest. Directed by Barbara Waldinger, Commander gets a staged reading this coming Saturday in Hudson, New York at the HRC ShowcaseTheatre. It’s part of their 25th Season.

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Mario Correa

It’s not about warring philosophies or one party versus another. Instead, it’s a human story about a man struggling with his own identity and his fractious personal relationship with his partner, even as he strives for the highest office in the land.” – Mario Correa

If this premise excites your imagination, then you have to read the probing interview Larry Murray had (Link)with playwright Mario Correa. It explores what was in his mind when he set up the premise of the drama in Berkshire on Stage.

We think it is worth a trip to Hudson to see this political drama played out in the midst of our current tumultuous Presidential election year, and to have the chance to rub shoulders with the many LGBT folks in Hudson who turn out for events like this. Admission is $15. For reservations, please telephone 518-851-2061. HRC Showcase Theatre productions are performed in the First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green St., Hudson, N.Y.

Direct from NYC, Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy Coming to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY

Chris Harder and Nancy Canasta (Photo: John Goddard via The Broadway Blog.)
Chris Harder and Nancy Canasta (Photo: John Goddard via The Broadway Blog.)

With Spring, it seems the queer and campy is blossoming like never before in the region in and around the Berkshires, with the latest show of interest to area LGBTQ folks being a parody of the Nancy Drew Hardy Boys genre. Helsinki Hudson has once again attracted a NYC show to our area, for one night only of course, and it’s a doozie. The show will also play Poughkeepsie and Rosendale.

Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels will be at the Helsinki Hudson showroom on Sunday, April 17, 2016 and as you can see from the video embedded below, it’s a howl. A combination of comedy, mystery, drag, and stripping it stars two of burlesque’s hottest performers, Chris Harder and Nasty Canasta. This co-production of GayHudson.com and BigGayHudsonValley.com features some of New York City’s hottest names in burlesque, drag, and circus performers. More information at Berkshire on Stage.

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Area performances:

Friday night, April 15th in Poughkeepsie at Canvas (doors @ 8p, show @ 9:30p)
Saturday night, April 16th in Rosendale at the Rosendale Theater (doors @ 9p, show @ 9:30p)
Sunday night, April 17th in Hudson at Club Helsinki Hudson (doors @ 5p, show @ 7p)

Report by Larry Murray

Queer artist Wu Tsang to appear in Troy at RPI

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Wu Tsang. Photo by Graeme Mitchell

 

Wu Tsang appears with a brand new stage work at RPI’s Experimental Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York on April 15 in a show that is both personal and groundbreaking. She appears with Boychild and cellist Patrick Belaga. It’s tempting to make the trip to see what the cutting edge of queer art is like. It is covered in great detail with photos and video in Berkshireonstage.com

Though far from the age of Rainbow Seniorhood, Wu Tsang is nevertheless a role model for all ages. Born a man, Tsang styles himself androgynously, purposely existing somewhere between straightforward, rote notions of masculinity and femininity. In fact, the half-Chinese, half-Swedish-American artist calls himself a “terrible drag performer,” but in his films and live performances Tsang captures some of that gender ambiguity.

The bar where her film Wildness started, Silver Platter, operated as a safe space to many in the Latino trans community, people who fall somewhere on the LGBT spectrum but for whom, according to Tsang, “there’s no words for it.” It was in the bar, Tsang says, that their identities made most sense. “Inside Silver Platter, a lot of people feel very welcome,” says Tsang. “It has to do with queerness.”

 

WU TSANG is moving forward as a artist, performer and filmmaker. Her films, performances, and installations have been presented at museums and film festivals internationally. Tsang’s first feature Wildness (2012) premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at OUTFEST Los Angeles. Her recent short You’re Dead to Me premiered on PBS and won the 2014 Imagen Award for Best Short. Tsang has presented projects at the Tate Modern (London), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Whitney Museum and the New Museum (New York), the Hammer Museum and MOCA (Los Angeles), Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), Liverpool Biennial (UK), and the 2012 Whitney Biennial (New York). Tsang is a 2014 Rockerfeller Bellagio Creative Arts Fellow and a 2015 Creative Capital Fellow.

Report by Larry Murray

Berkshire Pride! Mark your calendars for June 3, 2016

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2016 will bring several LGBTQ Pride events to the Berkshires, and this big party, being presented by Berkshire Theatre Group and Only In Dreams Events LLC is exciting. Plan to Walk the Pink Carpet, then break in your dancing shoes for an unforgettable evening. Featuring personalities such as Boxxa Vine, Angel South, Avi Munster and Philly Pino, with music spun by Berkshires’ own DJ Elixer and DJ IAMSAM. There will entertainment on every stage…a party for all that celebrates diversity.