September 22, 2011 | by Staff reports
ARTS NEWS IN BRIEF: ‘Homo’ performance at Dance Place

Gay dancer Vince E. Thomas performs a gay-themed work in D.C. this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Thomas)

Vince E. Thomas brings his VTDance to the D.C. area to present his newest solo work, “iWitness,” a three-part performance, at Dance Place (3225 8th Street, N.W.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

“I Pledge” explores the simple truths in human behaviors and the implied truths found in human documents. Another part, “Render & Proceed” investigates the convolution of media and its impact on the human spirit. The last part, “Come Change,” considers the past and present for a hopeful tomorrow.

The evening will also include a work called “Homo Will Not Inherit,” a collaboration with Iron Crow Theatre based on the poetry of Mark Doty dealing with the transformation of space physically and culturally.

Tickets are $22 for general admission, $17 for Dance Place members, seniors, teachers and artists, $10 for college students and $8 for children and teens 17 and younger.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit danceplace.org or call 202-269-1600.

Pro-gay Uganda bishop makes Lutheran, Episcopal weekend appearances

The Lutherans Concerned, Metro-Washington, D.C. is having its chapter banquet tonight at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., N.E.) starting at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour followed by the banquet at 7:30.

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, the retired Anglican bishop in Uganda and leader of  St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre in Kampala, is the guest speaker. He’ll also be speaking at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church (2300 Cathedral Ave., N.W.) on Sunday morning at its 11 a.m. Mass. A discussion time will be held in the church hall after the service.

There will also be a silent auction to benefit SYMAL, the Trinity Place Shelter for LGBT youth in Manhattan, and the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, the U.S.-based organization that supports the Bishop’s work in Uganda.

Tickets are $25 and $40. Contact Philip Moeller at 202-543-1282 or by e-mail at pwmoeller@aol.com to RSVP.

Richmond, Va., has Pride event Saturday

Local gay singer/songwriter Tom Goss plays PrideFest in Richmond this weekend. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Virginia Pride PrideFest 2011 is Saturday starting at noon at Kanawha Plaza in Richmond with performances by local and national performers including Martha Wash, Amy Henderson and Tom Goss.

The festival will also include the athletic wear and swimwear rounds of the Mr. VA Pride competition. The four finalists are Mr. Richmond Julius Smith, Mr. Fairfax Brian Reach, Mr. Arlington Chip Clapp and Mr. Virginia Beach Matt Belcher.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit vapride.org.

 

 

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