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Panel Discussion & Screening of the 2017 Documentary KIKI

Panel Discussion & Screening of the 2017 Documentary KIKI

Doors open at 5:30. No advanced tickets required. Please arrive early, as seats are limited.

Join us at the opulent George Peabody Library for a free screening of the 2017 documentary KIKI, followed by a panel discussion with members of Baltimore’s ballroom community.

KIKI documents a performance-based artform, ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years later, a new generation of LGBTQ youth of color have formed an activist performance subculture called the Kiki Scene. KIKI follows seven participants in New York City’s Kiki community over the course of four years, documenting their spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls and their political organizing around homelessness and HIV prevention.

Watch the trailer: http://www.kikimovie.com/media-1/

A panel discussion will delve into the history of Baltimore’s ballroom community. Panel discussants include Lloyd Jones, Deandre Jones, James Conley, and Micheal Hayes. The panel will be moderated by Keith Ebony Holt, youth outreach coordinator for Baltimore’s Health Department and Father of The House of Ebony; and Joseph Plaster, Curator in Public Humanities for the Sheridan Libraries.

More about this event:

The film screening and discussion is one component of the “Peabody Ballroom Experience,” a public humanities collaboration between the George Peabody Library and Baltimore’s ballroom community. A series of public events—film screenings, workshops, and oral history listening parties—will culminate in an epic ball competition at the Peabody Library, in April 2019.

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Friday, November 30, 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm
George Peabody Library Exhibit Gallery

Event Organizer

Margaret Burri