In 2012, curator, writer and CalArts alum Bradford Nordeen (Art BFA 05) founded Dirty Looks, a queer film series designed to bring communities together by activating diverse spaces across New York City. For the first time, Dirty Looks: On Location 2018 is happening in Los Angeles (and it’s already in full swing). The arts organization has programmed LGBTQ+ venues (past and present) with film, performance and music every night in July.
From Dirty Looks’ website:
On Location 2018 was organized by 13 local curators, artists and promoters, playing with venues and meeting places that defined queer life in Los Angeles: 31 spaces across the 31 days of July, charting a progression of culture(s) using one month’s time.
Ours is a distinct urban sprawl - there is no city that feels quite as diverse, vast or chaotic as L.A. We have also witnessed the erasure of many queer communal spaces, a byproduct of gentrification, apps and online culture or the AIDS crisis. Our festival celebrates thriving spaces while also paying homage to the lost lesbian bars, bookstores or significant storefronts from which political activism once erupted.
For July 30, Nordeen curates a queer-themed Wikipedia edit-a-thon with Stacey Allan, executive editor of East of Borneo—the online magazine of contemporary art in Los Angeles published by the CalArts School of Art. Allan, who has been leading Wikipedia workshops since 2013, will demonstrate how to edit and create Wikipedia entries that more accurately reflect LA’s LGBTQ places and histories. The event takes place at Cuties, a new, queer-owned and operated coffee bar in East Hollywood. RSVP for the event online.
Check out the rest of Dirty Looks: On Location’s schedule of events below:
- July 16, 9 pm, Queer Karaoke with Karen Tongson at The Other Door (formerly Moonshadow)
- July 17, 7 pm, The Night Is Young at Mercado La Paloma
- July 18, 7:30 pm, Myra Breckenridge at The Black Cat
- July 19, 9 pm, Handbag Factory Rooftop Party
- July 20, 7 pm, Oral Histories of Queer Resistance at LACE
- July 21, 4 pm, The Pirate and MGM’s Freed Unit at Mandrake
- July 22, 9 pm, Maya Deren 16mm Marathon Screening
- July 23, 8 pm, Laura Aguilar’s Plush Pony Series at the former site of Plush Pony
- July 24, 7:30 pm, All About Alice at Echo Park Film Center
- July 25, 12 pm– 2 am, The Hanged Man, 1971 at Bullet Bar
- July 26, 8 pm, Tetsuo: The Iron Man rescored by Lauren Bousfield + Naomi Mitchell at Akbar
- July 27, 11:59 pm, Gregg Araki’s Nowhere midnight screening at The Vista
- July 28, 8 pm, The Obscured Sky, undoing (part of LA Freewaves’ AINT I A WOMXN festival) at Los Angeles State Historic Park
- July 29, 9 pm, All the films of Xandra Ibarra at the former site of Redz
- July 30, 7:30 pm, Queer Wikipedia-thon at Cuties Coffee
- July 31, 7 pm, Tagame’s VHS Pornspiration, Tom of Finland Foundation
Queer Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon with Dirty Looks and East of Borneo
Monday, July 30 at 7:30 pm
710 N Heliotrope Drive, Los Angles