The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center present Tightrope: Walk The Line by Cleveland-based artist Craig Matis from October 12 - November 12, 2017, with the artist reception and talk on October 13 from 6-8pm.
In describing the exhibit, Matis writes, "Much of my work, although not all, has pertained to social inclusion/exclusion. In the past, issues such as racism and parenting an autistic child have been addressed. The circus, in the context of the visual arts, has often been presented as a metaphor for the human condition. The circus is a non-traditional community that has always existed outside the mainstream of society. With the creation of “Tightrope: Walk the Line”, a wall installation that combines visual art with an original song, the most direct visual approach could have been executed by a much more literal interpretation of the song. However, I chose to come from an entirely different angle by drawing a parallel between the circus world and a group of people that society also looks upon as existing outside the mainstream: the trans* community. Though much has changed for the trans* community in the last few years, with regard to the public’s awareness, there is still a measure of societal ignorance and discomfort about the struggles trans* individuals endure to become the people they believe they were always meant to be."
This is a sober social event. No alcohol will be served.
Do You Have a Friend or Family Member Who Is Transgender, a Crossdresser or Questioning Their Gender Orientation? Our Monthly Gatherings Provide a Safe and Nurturing Place for Members and Guests to Meet, Understand, Accept and Take Pride in Their Transgender Lives. Meetings are Held on the 2nd Saturday of Each Month at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley (in the Church of the Manger Building) Located at 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem, Pa. 18018. Doors Open At Approximately 7:00 PM With Socializing and Light Snacks. The Meeting Starts At 7:30pm With Quick Announcements From Our Leaders. Afterward, We Often Have A Presentation Or Group Discussion Of A Relevant Topic Followed By Time For Open Discussion Where Attendees Can Share Accomplishments Or Challenges With The Group. That Is Usually Followed By More Social Time. Meetings Typically End At About 10:00 To 10:30 Pm.
You May Dress In Any Way In Which You Are Comfortable. There Are 2 Changing Rooms Available If You Would Like To Change After You Arrive.
Make Friendships That Will Last A Lifetime!
FALL GALA & LGBT COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Presented by Lester Bahr CPA, LLC
October 17, 2017
Willow Tree Grove
2844 Township Line Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
A fabulous evening to celebrate the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community!
This is the most significant fundraiser of the year for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, it's a great time for a great cause!
buffet dinner by Simply Smooth Catering
dessert by Sweet Girlz Bakery
Say Cheese Photo Booth by 2Become1 Wedding Services
live music by Roland Kushner
one complimentary locally-brewed craft beer by Weyerbacher Brewing
one complimentary cocktail
silent & live auction
and a special appeal
Mark Stanziola, Esq.
OraSure Technologies, Inc.
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
Stonewall Lehigh Valley
This year we are thrilled to have national LGBT movement leader Kate Kendell, Executive Director of National Center for Lesbian Rights join us as our keynote speaker!
Event Sponsors:Presenting Sponsor:
Lester Bahr CPA, LLC
Corporate sponsorship levels and benefits include:Presenting Sponsor (limited to 1 sponsor) - $2,500 sponsor - Lester Bahr CPA, LLC
10 tickets, 10 sheets of basket raffle tickets, logo on sponsor cards, hyperlink on website, vocal recognition, sponsor remarks, and listing on all promo materials as presenting sponsor
Platinum Sponsor - $1,500 sponsor
10 tickets, 10 sheets of basket raffle tickets, logo on sponsor cards, hyperlink on website, vocal recognition, full page ad in program
Gold Sponsor: $1000
8 tickets, 8 sheets of basket raffle tickets, logo on sponsor cards, hyperlink on website, vocal recognition, full page ad in program
Silver Sponsor: $500
4 tickets, 4 sheets of basket raffle tickets, logo on sponsor cards, hyperlink on website, vocal recognition, half page ad in program
Bronze Sponsor: $250
2 tickets, 4 sheets of basket raffle tickets, logo on sponsor cards, hyperlink on website, vocal recognition, quarter page ad in program
Steel Sponsor: $100
logo on sponsor cards, hyperlink on website, vocal recognition, listing in the programContact Oliver Reilly at Oliver@bradburysullivancenter.org to become a sponsor or to learn more!
The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free screening of Naz & Maalik on November 8, 2017 at 7pm. The screening is followed by a talkback with Amy Corbin, Assistant Professor of Media & Communications and Film Studies at Muhlenberg College.
In this riveting dramatic tale, gay teens Naz and Maalik are friends, classmates, business partners, and lovers. As the two closeted Muslim teens go about their regular daily routine on a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, they arouse the suspicions of an undercover FBI agent who begins to track them. This complex tale of race, religion, and sexuality features a pair of tremendous performances from Kerwin Johnson Jr. as Naz and Curtiss Cook Jr. as Maalik. Intimate and meditative, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.
An exceptionally well-crafted drama, and an auspicious feature debut from writer/director Jay Dockendorf.
Watch the trailer:
Awards & Accolades for Naz & Maalik
WINNER, Jury Award, Best Feature Film, Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
WINNER, Jury Award, Best First Feature, Atlanta Out on Film
WINNER, IWC Filmmaker Award, Tribeca Film Institute
WINNER, Best LGBT Film, Nashville Film Festival
WINNER, Jury Award for Best Actors in a U.S. Dramatic Feature, Los Angeles Film Festival
“A day-in-the-life look at the unique experience of being young, gay, black, and Muslim in Brooklyn … writer-director Jay Dockendorf’s film is intimate, authentic, and feels decidedly relevant in today’s current context … Naz & Maalik is an impressive debut.” —Indiewire
“A powerful treatise on what it is to be young and disenfranchised in New York City.” — Austin Chronicle
“Unfolds with a youthful vitality, bolstered by the charm of its lead actors.” — The Hollywood Reporter
“Not your typical coming-of-age tale involving gay teens.” — Shadow and Act
“The next great New York movie.” — New York Post
“ Naz & Maalik feels authentic, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cook bring their characters completely alive.” — The New York Times