JCAL to host Pride Month celebration

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is hosting a “First Friday” Pride Month celebration on June 7, starting at 7:30 p.m.

June is recognized as national LGBTQ Pride Month in honor of the Stonewall Riots in June 1969.

The performance will feature new works by multimedia performance artist and video-maker Tara Mateik, as well as choreographer and dancer Brandon Coleman.

Mateik’s new project is called “Without a Cigarette and a Blindfold.” It returns to the set of Jackie Susann’s “Valley of the Doll.”

Coleman’s new dance solo, “Smoke and Mirrors,” is based on the work of author Alan Downs. It tackles the concept of masculinity and gender expectations of men.


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