Queer arts preview: shows to catch on stage & screen

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Vancouver’s LGBTQ community will be well represented on stage and screen around town over the next few months.

German-based choreographer and dancer Morgan Nardi helps open the Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series with A One M(org)an Show (Sep 22).

Pop-rock icons Tegan and Sara play a sold-out show at the Vogue (Sep 23).

Call Me Kuchu screens at the 2012 Vancouver International Film FestivalFor those who didn’t get enough of queer cinema last month, the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sep 27 – Oct 12) screens a number of queer flicks over its 15 days.  Highlights include Any Day Now, the story of a gay couple’s struggles to adopt a developmentally disabled teenager in the late 1970s and the documentary Call Me Kuchu about murdered activist David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man who fought against his government’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Three times the charm as September also sees the return of Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View set to play at SFU Woodwards (Sep 26-29).

Word On The Street Book and Magazine Festival (Sep 28-30) sees a number of queer authors gathered around the Central Library.  Included in this year’s line-up is Alan Woo who reads from his children’s book Maggie’s Chopsticks, an allegory about acceptance and Daniel Zomparelli exposes the Davie Village gay culture with Davie Street Translations.

Rufus Wainwright comes to the Orpheum to promote his latest album Out of the Game (Oct 2).

Gay choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino presents the world premiere of his latest work Colonial (4-7 Oct), a bittersweet account of Colonialism.

Jeffery Straker makes a re-appearance in Vancouver at the Railway Club with a show to promote his latest album Vagabond (Oct 14).

October also sees the latest work from The Electric Company with Initiation Trilogy (Oct 15-28), three theatrical installations inspired by provocative poetry collections exploring feminism, sexuality, and identity.

Leave or Absence at Pacific TheatreIn November, one of Israel’s biggest culinary journalists, television personalities and gay advocates, Gil Hovav, author of Being Gay in Israel Today comes to the Jewish Book Festival.

Over at the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver’s history comes to life in Kid Gloves (photo left by Emily Cooper) as a suppressed love is explored between a female police officer and a prostitute in a fictionalized account of Canada’s first women police officers, hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 1912 (Nov 10 – Dec 1).

January sees the return of the wildly imaginative and darkly hilarious original musical Ride The Cyclone to Vancouver at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage (17 Jan – 16 Feb).

Over at Pacific Theatre, Frangione’s Leave of Absence (25 Jan – 16 Feb) explores homosexuality and its relation to religion and bullying as a community is blown apart when an audacious young girl challenges long-held views of spirituality and sexuality.

The 1891 German play Spring Awakening (Jan 31 – Feb 24) gets a rock music makeover in a production from Langara College’s Studio 58, exploring teenage self-discovery and emerging sexuality against the backdrop of a repressive 19th century Germany.

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