Posts Tagged ‘Jorge Merced’

QUEER LATINO TESTIMONIO

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
October 25, 2007
7:00 pm

Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Upper Westside)
2289 Broadway at 82nd Street
New York City

Join Us!

Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m.

QUEER LATINO TESTIMONIO, KEITH HARING, AND JUANITO XTRAVAGANZA

Hard Tails

Author Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé will be joined in a reading from his new book by Jorge
Merced, Associate Artistic Director of Pregones Theater, and will sign copies.

In the tradition of the Latin American testimonio, Queer Latino Testimonio is the story of Juan Rivera, a.k.a. Juanito Xtravaganza, a Latino runaway youth who ends up homeless in the streets of New York in the late 70s and becomes partner of the internationally famous 1980s Pop artist Keith Haring during some of the most frenetically productive years of his brief life, as told to the author and retold by him. A hybrid text–part testimonio, part linguistic and cultural analysis, and part art criticism–this is also a history of New York Latino neighborhoods during this
period of devastating disinvestment and gentrification, as well as a personal, heart-felt meditation on the art of listening and the ethical limits of representing queer Latino lives.

Praise for Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza

“A story of the abject, an urban cultural history, and a literary meditation, Queer Latino Testimonio is a glorious assemblage of voices, images, rhythms, and sensualities of the turbulent last two decades of twentieth century New York City. A stirring portrait of the upheavals, deaths, and hopeful futures of bodies under siege. A marvelous piece of scholarship!”–Martin F. Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora

“Narrated with sensitivity and style, Queer Latino Testimonio reminds us that the greatest of our cultural icons are never simply isolated geniuses, but instead reflections of the messy, funky, difficult, exasperating and exciting realities of everyday life. In a word, the book you hold in your hands is legendary!”–Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Professor of English, CUNY Graduate School, and author of Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual

“A thrilling biography of a character that is both real and imagined, and a fresh vision of what Cultural Studies can become.”–Mayra Santos-Febres, Professor of Hispanic Literatures, University of Puerto Rico, and author of Sirena Selena

“An alluring, uncompromising tale of tails in the waning years of the age of x-travagance, and the dawn of the age of AIDS.”–Rubén Ríos-Avila, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico, and author of La Raza Cómica.

Event is free and open to the public, but subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm. 212-721-5282

LOS NUTCRACKERS: A CHRISTMAS CARAJO

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
December 13, 2008
8:00 pm

December 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 8pm
and December 7 at 3pm

Tickets: $15 with advance reservations and $20 at the door

Share the Love and Laughter!

“HO! HO! HO!” becomes “HA! HA! HA!” this holiday season with LOS NUTCRACKERS: A CHRISTMAS CARAJO. This queer, Latino, holiday play returns for the 5th triumphant year to celebrate the holidays in a whole new way. Written by BAAD!’s own Charles Rice-González and directed by the award-winning Jorge Merced.

This play centers around a couple, Carlos and Gabriel, who have been together for almost 15 years. Their arguing and fighting has reached the queer heavens from which comes a ghetto thug/diva spirit who guides them on a trip through their lives. They travel to the first time they met back in 1986 at a white party at the Palladium dancing to Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam to a catastrophic trip to City Center to see The Nutcracker, to a dinner party with Martha Stewart fanatics, and more.

Show times are:

* Friday, December 5 at 8pm
* Satuday, December 6 at 8pm
* Sunday, December 7 at 3pm
* Thursday, December 11 at 8pm
* Friday, December 12 at 8pm
* Saturday, December 13 at 8pm

Reserve tickets today! Call 718-842-5223

The talented and sexy cast from 2007 returns with Johnathan Cedano, Gabriel Morales, Cisco Perez, Orlando Rios and Carlos Valencia.