Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Like the Nightlife, Baby at The Museum of the City of New York

Events: Talks
I Like the Nightlife, Baby

Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00pm
Museum of the City of New York

In this installment of our Only in New York series, host Sarah Maslin Nir sits down with drag performer Lady Bunny and pop-up club host Simonez Wolf to talk about the city’s ever-evolving and inventive nightlife scene.

Only in New York with Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir is a conversation series bringing together two distinctive New Yorkers from different worlds to explore key questions about the city’s identity, culture, and history -- glass of wine in hand.

After party in the Museum's Rotunda to follow.

Please note that the start time of this program has changed from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
6:30 pm: Doors to the auditorium, Ronay Menschel Hall, on the Museum's Ground Floor open.
7:00 pm: The program begins.
8:15 - 8:45 pm: The program ends, join us for an after party following the event.

About the Speakers
Lady Bunny is a comedienne, DJ, actress, singer/songwriter, and the emcee and creator of Wigstock, a drag festival which electrified New Yorkers for over 20 years. Her television and film appearances include Sex and the City and the feature films Dragtime (HBO), Rupaul’s Starrbooty, and Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild. As a DJ and a songwriter, she has released two duets with RuPaul and a solo effort, “Take Me Up High,” which hit Billboard’s Dance chart at #18 in 2013.

Paris-born Simonez Wolf got his start in the New York nightlife world working the door at downtown hotspots like Beatrice Inn, the Bowery Hotel, and The Standard. He created Madame Wong’s, a pop-up dance party that transformed nondescript Chinese restaurants into fashionable venues, and, in 2015, opened the soccer-themed Futbol Cafe on the Lower East Side.

Sarah Maslin Nir is a native New Yorker and a reporter for The New York Times best known for her report on the working conditions of nail salon workers, for which she was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of the Brearley School, Columbia University, and the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she received her masters, she was also The New York Times' nightlife correspondent, covering 252 parties in 18 months. She once had an audience with the Queen of Spain, though she failed to realize it at the time.

After Stonewall at The Museum of the City of New York

Events: Film, Talks
After Stonewall

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:30pm
Museum of City of New York

Trans people were at the forefront of the 1969 uprising at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn, but their stories have not always been central in film representations of LGBT life in the city. T.V. Transvestite (60 minutes, 1982) captures a fierce House of LaBeija Ball thrown at a Harlem Bingo Hall. Considered “lost” and not screened in public for over two decades, the film shows legends Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Sugar in the period before voguing and the advent of AIDS. A stirring example of how queer focused and produced film has long flourished in NYC.

Simone di Bagno, director, T.V. Transvestite
Celso Satori LaBeija, member, House of LaBeija
Willyum LaBeija, member, House of LaBeija
Joe E. Jeffreys, drag historian