Wednesday, June 24, 2009

☞ SEE: Paris Is Burning

Showing Thursday, June 25th, 7:30 PM at the Maysles Cinema. One of the first films that I ever saw in New York City was Paris Is Burning in 1991. It really gave me a different perspective on what it was like for gay and transgender minorities living in upper Manhattan. Being transplanted from Kentucky and going to school at Parsons was rich and exotic enough for me at the time; I had never been above 42nd Street for the most part. Now living in Harlem, this blogger comes full circle in recommending this film for folks who might not understand all of the diverse communities within the city but would be open to exploring how others live. The film is at times funny, entertaining, educational and often sad. The above photo is that of the late, great Willi Ninja who is showcased in the movie and was one of the founders of Voguing as a dance form. See the full schedule on the Maysles Institute's website: LINK. Suggested admission $10.00 with limited seating. Come early. 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue bet. 127th and 128th Streets. Tel. 212-582-6050.

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