If freezing temperatures, knee-high snowdrifts, and cabin fever have left you feeling cold, warm up to some of these exciting breakout queer films, plays and one-person shows taking place around the country.
Monday, January 22, 8pm Gramercy Theater, 127 E. 23rd St, New York
Gibson ascended onto the national scene in 2008 when they won the first ever Woman of the World Poetry Slam. For their New York audience, Gibson will perform songs and poems from their latest album, Hey Galaxy, including stories of love, trauma, mental illness, hope, and social justice. For ticket information, visit the Gramercy Theatre website.
Bloomington Pride Film Festival
January 25-27 Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, Indiana
Established in 2003 by two Indiana University grad students, The Bloomington Pride Film Festival explores the experiences of the LGBT community in 25 feature-length and short films. This year’s line-up includes The Other Side a romantic drama by Mexican director Rodrigo Alvarez Flores, the documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and Tailor, an animated film by transgender cartoonist Calí dos Anjos.
Desperado LGBT Film and Arts Festival
February 9-11 Center for the Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 North 32nd St, Phoenix, Arizona
Hosted by a student organization at Paradise Valley Community College, the Desperado LGBT Film and Arts Festival offers a variety perspectives on the LGBT experience, through film, art and photography.
This year’s film line-up includes A Year in Transition, an intimate documentary following a 20-year-old Arab-American trans man in his first year of transition; and the fact-based drama Against the Law, which portrays life for gay men in the United Kingdom before homosexuality was decriminalized.
Becca Blackwell: They, Themself and Schmerm
Thursday, February 22, 9:30pm Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York
New York writer-performer Becca Blackwell presents They, Themself and Schmerm, a one-person show recounting their experiences being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?”
For tickets, click visit the Joe’s Pub website.
John Fisher’s Transitions
February 23 – March 17 The Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St, San Francisco
Theatre Rhinoceros, the world’s longest-running queer theater, is premiering John Fisher’s Transitions, a stage show about gender and sexuality in the world of geopolitics. For more information, visit Theatre Rhinoceros’ website.