Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Chicago Literary Drag Cabaret with Lola von Miramar

Lola von Miramar presents Abolition of the Duck: A Literary Drag Cabaret

Please join us for a fun evening of multilingual literature, song, and dance at Cultura in Pilsen on Friday, February 6 at 9:00pm (1900 S Carpenter St, Chicago, Illinois 60608). Featuring Lola von Miramar (Larry La Fountain), Horchata La Tata (Brian Antonio Garcia), Pilsen's own Jezebel À GoGo (Jeremy Saxon), and friends performing in English, Spanish, and other magical tongues. ($5 suggested donation.) Copies of Larry La Fountain's Abolición del pato will be available for sale.

On Saturday, February 7, join author and performer Larry La Fountain for a writing and performance workshop: Writing Performance/Performing Writing: Voces que hablan.

Cultura in Pilsen, Contratiempo and the Chicago Latino Writers initiative are proud to present an exclusive workshop by queer Latino author, performer and scholar Larry La Fountain-Stokes.

In his two-hour workshop, La Fountain-Stokes guides participants through an exploration of writing for performance and through performance: an experiment in solo performative writing in English, Spanish, Spanglish, and other tongues of the Latina/o experience. We will do theatrical and writing exercises and conceive of our bodies as writing instruments that integrate sound, motion, movement, and dance. We will work within the constraints of our abilities and knowledges and create texts that live and breathe and persist on the page and in the memory of our listeners and viewers, and most importantly that make sense to us and respond to our needs and experiences. Wear comfortable clothes, bring short selections of your work (if you have any) that you are willing to share (or favorite poems or passages by other people), and writing instruments (preferably pen and paper, but electronic is OK).

No previous experience required. The only requirement is an open mind and willingness to experiment. Tickets for workshop ($25) available on Eventbrite here.

About Larry La Fountain-Stokes:

Larry La Fountain-Stokes is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, and scholar. He has published two books of fiction: Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (Arizona: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2009) and Abolición del pato (San Juan: Terranova Editores, 2013). He is also the author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), a book of essays about Puerto Rican LGBT culture and migration. He has been performing in drag as Lola von Miramar since 2010 and has appeared in San Juan (Puerto Rico), New York City, Buenos Aires, Montreal, and Tepoztlán (Mexico). He currently works at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he teaches Latina/o studies and Spanish.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lola von Miramar presents Abolition of the Duck: A Literary Drag Cabaret

Please join us for a fun evening of multilingual literature, song, and dance at Aut Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Featuring Lola von Miramar, Brian Antonio Garcia, Michael Parmelee, and friends performing in English, Spanish, and other magical tongues. Copies of Larry La Fountain's Abolición del pato will be available for sale. The delightful boys from the Feast of Fun podcast, Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion, will be in the audience! They will be filming for their web series Cooking with Drag Queens! EVENT IS FREE. Aut Bar is a full service bar and restaurant and there will be food and beverages available for sale.

See Facebook invite here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:00pm
Aut Bar, 315 Braun Ct, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Alegría Rampante interpreta El Recipiente/Tsunami

Alegría Rampante, video oficial.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


January 20, 2015
Kelsey Museum
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Words traverse our archipelagos and continents with memories, desires and aspirations. Literary and poetic forms serve as sites of encounter and transformation. Ann Arbor is a crossroads of geographies and experiences, with residents from across the Americas, including the U.S. Southwest and the greater Caribbean. Latinidad is expanded and redefined in this daily practice. 

Join the Latina/o Studies Program for readings of creative work (poetry and fiction) by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. With Aliyah Khan, Amy Sara Carroll, Candace Curtis-Cavazos, Francis Santana, Larry La Fountain-Stokes, and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beautiful by Night and Forever's Gonna Start Tonight

Two remarkable documentaries about some of the performers at Aunt Charlie's Lounge in San Francisco, part of The Hot Boxxx Girls! Thanks to Fofé Abreu and Alexandra Rodriguez De Ruiz for the links!

Beautiful By Night from James Hosking on Vimeo.

See great article on Beautiful by Night published in Dangerous Minds here. This film features three aging drag queens: Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande and Olivia Hart.

Forever's Gonna Start Tonight is a portrait of the legendary Vicky Marlane.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Godard's Goodbye to Language: A Truly Fascinating Film

Jean-Luc Godard's most recent, Goodbye to Language, is a truly fascinating film. Very trippy! Very poetic. Very bizarre. Enormously refreshing even in its clichés. Godard at his best. A European perspective that is strangely constrained in its navel-gazing but that does not cease to wonder and make connections (old ones, new ones). Just the images and the sound editing make it worthwhile. (The 3D alone makes it explosive and delirious.) The philosophical meditations seem very appropriate for a 84-year-old director whose mind was marked by WW II and the profound experiences of the 1960s. The interest in animal-human relations was quite refreshing. The insistence on heterosexuality and female nakedness less so. I wish that instead of insisting on the Kinshasa/Che Guevara/Mao Tse-tung/Native American Apaches in the forest formulation of exotica and the global there had been a more profound acknowledgement of global migrations and imperialism, but perhaps that is asking for too much. And certainly, the insistence on the horrors of the Holocaust with no mention of contemporary horrors of Zionism is quite limiting. Worth seeing, nevertheless.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Catedrático en la Universidad De Puerto Rico, pasa de Luis Felipe a Lizza Fernanda

Interesante reportaje televisivo desde la República Dominicana sobre el Profesor Luis Felipe Díaz del Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, también conocido como Lizza Fernanda.

Ver más sobre Lizza Fernanda aquí:

Lizza Fernanda (Luis Felipe Díaz): (Lola von Miramar, 19 de junio de 2013)