Queer/Art/Film’s ‘Summer of Drag’ Kicks Off May 12

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 at 6:10 am by

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John Epperson as Lypsinka/Photo by Austin Young

A new season of Queer/Art/Film is upon us, dear Boogie readers. Fire up for the “Summer of Drag,” opening May 12 at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue).

Filmmaker Ira Sachs (The Delta, Shades of Blue, and Married Life) and writer/director Adam Baran — who have been curating Queer/Art/Film since 2009 — have dreamed up quite the monthly spectacular featuring some of NYC’s most fantastic and influential movers and shakers in drag.

And joining them this season are lip synch temptress Lypsinka (a.k.a. John Epperson), Latina drag artist Barbara Herr, Simon Leahy (Babes Trust) and Matty Beats (Horrorchata), among others, from Brooklyn’s BUSHWIG festival, and Borscht Belt-style comedian and fellow collaborator of the lovely Dita Von Teese, Murray Hill.

“From the queens who used to populate Bowery bars, to the queens who led the clashes with police during the Stonewall riots, to the drag and trans performers so vital to New York’s underground culture today, drag has been one of the most important pieces of our collective LGBT history and struggle,” Baran said in a press statement. “We hope that this series shines a light on how drag has been represented in films throughout the years.”

“And we are excited to honor our guests’ important position in the cultural and political landscape of New York City,” Sachs added.

So what’s on tap? In the series opener (at 8pm), Lypsinka goes vintage with the Richard Benner-directed comedy drama, Outrageous!, starring celebrated Canadian drag performer Craig Russell. Next month (June 9 at 7:30pm), Barbara Herr keeps it classy with the Tennessee Williams thriller, Suddenly, Last Summer, featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn.

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John Cameron Mitchell in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ (2001)/Courtesy Fine Line Features

In July (July 7 at 8pm), the BUSHWIG queens go glam with 2001’s cult rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. And in August (August 11 at 8PM), Murray Hill brings “Summer of Drag” to a festive close with The Queen, a revered documentary featuring drag queen icon Flawless Sabrina. Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick are in it, as is Andy’s personal drag queen favorite, Mario Montez.

Lypsinka and the like will each be on hand for post-screening Q&A chats. An after party at the famed historical gay bar, Julius (159 West 10th Street), will follow. Tickets are $14, plus membership packages are available starting at $50. For additional info on “Summer of Drag,” check out Queer/Art/Film’s official site here.

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