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Visual Art

GAY BLOCK THE LAST DANCE 1974 & 2005
September 10 - October 15, 2005 • CCA
Reception Saturday, September 10, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

THE THIRTY PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS EXHIBITION highlight the transformation of both medium and artist over the thirty-year span that separates these bodies of work. Classic 35mm black and white gelatin silver prints of Texan wealth and opulence hang in stark contrast to the rowdy yet intimate, visually luscious color digital prints of her contemporary lesbian lifestyle. The Paramount, the premiere nightclub for the Gay and Lesbian community in Santa Fe, closed its doors in June of 2005. Santa Fe photographer Gay Block documented this significant event—on the dance floor with a hand-held Nikon. As Block sorted through the wild and vibrant scenes of a community celebration, it occurred to her that she had a similar body of work from a very different point in her life, The Last Dance at the Rice Hotel. The Rice Hotel was a major social downtown gathering place for Houston’s affl uent. Block had been photographing for less than a year when she attended the ball and shot these photographs.

Panel Discussions

DISCUSSING TRANSGENDER
2:00 - 3:00 SAT, Sept 17 • SWFC

TransTalks will be a community discussion on transgender, gender queer, and trans(s)exual identities and representations in conjunction with several of SWGLFF’s screenings this year. Invited panelists will raise the following questions: What are the interrelationships—existing and possible—between feminisms, class movements, anti-racist activisms,and transgender, trans(s)exual, gender queer political and identity formations? What conversations and confl icts do transgender and non-transgender couples engage, and what knowledges can they in turn teach non-transgender communities?

Moderated by Eva Hayward (UNM Media Arts) and featuring Betsy Erbaugh (Queer Womens Project ), Jordon Johnson (scholar activist), Lena McQuade (PhD American Studies). Other panelist to be announced.

AIDS: IN SEARCH OF A CURE
12:00 - 1:00 SAT, Sept 17 • CCA

This panel discussion will bring us up-to-date on some of the current research challenges involved in the creation of an AIDS vaccine. Discussion will consist of some of the history in the fi eld of AIDS vaccine research, what progress has been made so far and what the prospects are in terms of the manufacture and availablity of a successful vaccine.

Moderated by Tam Saimons, R.N. and featuring Trevor Hawkins M.D, Wenoah Veikley (Director of Nursing and Clinical Research), Dr. Elaine Thomas. Other panelists to be announced.

 

MUCHA MUCHACHAS: A DAY OF WOMEN IN FILMS
SUN SEPT 18

The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is proud to present, for the fi rst time ever, a full day of fi lms by, for, and about women! Held at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, the day begins with the return of festival favorite, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House (featuring Ruthie and Connie in person!), and continue that afternoon with Girls’ Shorts, sitcom parody The D Word, Women in Love, and from below the equator, El Favor!

Immediately following the screenings, the festivities will continue at Backroad Pizza with music, food, and dancing. So please come be a part of an exciting fi rst for this year’s film festival, an entire day of celebrating women in fi lms! Viva La Mujer! FILMS INCLUDE: Diving For Pearls, El Favor, Getting to Know You, Hi Maya, Hung, Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother, PROM-troversy, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House, Straight Hike for the Butch Dyke, The D Word, Women in Love.

Saddle up and see a movie!