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02/28/2019 - 9:00am to 05/01/2019 - 5:30pm

Lesbians to Watch Out For: ‘90s Queer LA Activism
Lesbian/Queer Women's Activist History & Art Exhibit at Cal State LA Library

Were you there in the '90s? Dyke Street Resistance and Lesbian kiss-ins! Sexy Clubs! Bars & Zines! Queer Bands & Performance! 

Lesbians to Watch Out For: ‘90s Queer LA Activism is a multimedia history and art exhibit that invokes the spirit of lesbian and queer women's activism and organizing in 1990s Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Showcasing a diverse collection of visuals and materials, Lesbians to Watch Out For brings these activist stories to life with protest signs and stickers; a history of vice squad raids and censorship; and memories of queer performances, zines, and the places and spaces where '90s activists organized, hung out, and found community in L.A. and West Hollywood.  

The exhibition runs from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Friday, May 31 on the first floor of the University Library, California State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. 

Lesbians to Watch Out For tells the tales of queer women taking action in groups including ACT UP LA, Queer Nation LA, and the LA Dyke March. It also brings to life the untold histories of local '90s lesbian, bisexual, and transgender grassroots groups—including United Lesbians of African Heritage (ULOAH), Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander Sisters (LAAPIS), Lesbianas Unidas (LU), Bi-Net, Transgender Menace and others —that created community and inspired a new generation of lesbian/queer activists to “reclaim the universe.”

The Lesbians to Watch Out For: ‘90s LA Activism exhibit was created by former members of these activist & community groups and other volunteers, in conjunction with June Mazer Lesbian Archives & LEX - The Lesbian Exploratory— and the City of West Hollywood's One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival 2017.

"The exhibit goes beyond the histories usually told," says Lynn Harris Ballen, one of the exhibition organizers.  "It focuses on protest, street activism, and grassroots community groups, and we gathered material from personal collections and oral histories to tell these stories."  Judy Sisneros, another lead organizer, notes, "From the AB101 protests to ‘Hollywood Homophobia’ actions to organizing for the '93 LGBT March on Washington, '90s lesbian and queer women's activism in LA reflected the energy of the decade: dyke visibility marches, public kiss-ins and declarations of ‘We recruit!’”  

The exhibition also features 'The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibit.'The exhibit debuted two years ago in the City of West Hollywood to mark the 24th anniversary of the historic National Dyke March in Washington DC and the anniversary of the founding of the Lesbian Avengers. These two events inspired national activist efforts and a legacy of dyke marches across the country - giving renewed public visibility to lesbians and queer women and calling attention to our issues and contributions in American political life and culture. 

A rooftop ‘90s party from 2:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the University Library will kick off the exhibit and feature ‘90s music, poetry readings, a drag performance, an acoustic performance by lesbian folksinger Phranc, vintage stickers, video from ACT UP Women and the Lesbian Avengers, and an exhibition walk-through on the First Floor, Library North immediately following the event.

Exhibition material for Lesbians to Watch Out For: ‘90s LA Activism is courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries and community collections. The exhibition is sponsored by the Cal State LA Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, the University Library, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities.

The exhibition is located on the First Floor, Library North of the University Library, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. It can be visited during regular library hours. For more information about library hours, please visit: https://calstatela.libcal.com/hours/.

03/01/2019 - 12:00pm to 03/22/2019 - 5:00pm

Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery presents the Annual Undergraduate Exhibition Spring 2019 + Eagle Con 2019 Art Directors Guild Exhibition

Curated by Gallery Student Staff
Alexander Rodriguez
Ellisha Javar
Jesse Nava-Hernandez
Joshua Acuna
Monica Juarez
Samuel Mokelu

Opening reception: Thursday, March 7 from 4 pm - 7 pm

03/05/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation​
An evening with Daria Yudacufski, Jessica Hoffman, and Stephanie Abraham

From 2007 to 2017, a small, LA-based magazine called make/shift published some of the most inspiring feminist writers. Feminisms in Motion highlights ten years of intersectional feminist thought and action. 

Presented by the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, and co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, College of Arts and Letters, University-Student Union and student fees.
For more information, or to request accommodations for a disability, please contact the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at 323.343.6549 or the Cross Cultural Centers at 323.343.5001. Nominal parking fee for off-campus guests.

 

03/07/2019 - 10:00am to 03/09/2019 - 9:30pm

Eagle-Con is a 3-day convention that brings together science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and superheroes, as well as insider views of these highly creative genres.

With generous support from our founding sponsor, the Art Directors Guild, as well as the continued support of key partner the University-Student Union, Eagle-Con is a university-level event hosted by the College of Arts and Letters, where people of all shapes, sizes, hues, and fandoms can come together to learn, explore, and grow.

Visit Eagle-Con 2019 for additional event details. 

Event Schedule

03/07/2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Department of Philosophy presents a special lecture by
Tom Holden
Professor and Department Chair, UCSB

Hume on Modal Discourse
Hume regards the ‘absolute’ necessity attending demonstrable truths as simply an expression of our imaginative blocks, and thereby avoids any commitment to a mind-independent and extra-empirical domain of absolute modal properties and facts. I develop this interpretation of Hume’s metaphysics of absolute modality, situate it against a wider understanding of Hume’s philosophy of language, and defend it against some recent objections.

Reception immediately following. Engineering & Technology, A-420

03/07/2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for an evening celebrating undergrad art and the opening of Eagle-Con 2019's Art Directors Guild Exhibition. 

03/07/2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Sara Guerrero
March 7 thru March 16 in the State Playhouse
DATES: March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm and March 10 at 2:30pm

Dive into the world of fantasy role-playing games!  She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.  When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.  In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90's pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

03/07/2019 - 7:30pm to 03/10/2019 - 10:00pm

Cal State LA Department of Theatre & Dance would like to invite you and your students to experience our Spring 2019 productions. Save the dates below, share with your colleagues, offer for your students in your syllabi!  
All tickets will be $5.00 and can be purchased here

She Kills Monsters 
by Qui Nguyen

DIRECTOR: Sara Guerrero

7 PERFORMANCES:
March 7, 8, 9 @ 7:30pm
March 10 @ 2:30pm
March 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30pm

Dive into the world of fantasy role-playing games! She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

More info coming on: Cosplay evenings, HS night, Dungeons & Dragons tournament and more…

03/08/2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Sara Guerrero
March 7 thru March 16 in the State Playhouse
DATES: March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm and March 10 at 2:30pm

Dive into the world of fantasy role-playing games!  She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.  When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.  In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90's pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

03/09/2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Sara Guerrero
March 7 thru March 16 in the State Playhouse
DATES: March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm and March 10 at 2:30pm

Dive into the world of fantasy role-playing games!  She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.  When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.  In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90's pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

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