Feb. 21, 2013
Burton Barr Central Library will host the exhibit, “Out West,” March 2 – 31 in the second floor reading room at 1221 N. Central Ave. The free exhibit features rare Arizona gay rodeo posters, programs, photographs, belt buckles and pins provided by Arizona Gay Rodeo Association (AGRA). The library will host a “sneak peek” of the exhibit in conjunction with First Friday 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, March 1.
Throughout the month, the library will host a series of free programs to compliment the exhibit. Programs include:
- 2 – 4 p.m. – Saturday, March 2
“Pride in the Saddle” – conversation with gay rodeo founder John King, collector Dan Iverson. Moderated by AGRA Trustee Ron Trusley.
- 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Thursday, March 7
“Beyond Brokeback” – a staged reading with music based on more than 500,000 posts of heartfelt and sometimes humorous messages, essays and poetry from the Ultimate Brokeback Forum website. Directed by Marshall Shore with music by Shawn Kirchner.
- 7 – 8 p.m. – Thursday, March 21
Author filmmaker and playwright Gregory Hinton discusses writing books and making films with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) themes including books “Cathedral City” and “The Way Things Out to Be,” and films “Circuit and “It’s My Party.”
- 6 – 8 p.m. – Thursday, March 28
Arizona Senator Jack C. Jackson, Jr. will introduce “Two Spirits,” a PBS Independent Lens award-winning documentary exploring the life and death of Native American teen Fred Martinez. A discussion with filmmaker Lydia Nibley will follow. Canyon Records artists Aaron White and Anthony Wakeman are also scheduled to perform.
“Out West” is an ongoing series of public programs that explores the contributions of the LGBT community to Western American history and culture, bringing together scholars, authors, artists, musicians and others for discussions, performances and screenings. Conceived by independent curator Gregory Hinton in 2009 in partnership with the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, “Out West” has been presented in ten states. It is sponsored by HBO, the David Bohnett Foundation and the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation.
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