Queer Multimedia Performance All Together Now: Cambridge MA, August 27

Queer Multimedia Performance All Together Now: Cambridge MA, August 27
I sometimes wear clown drag onstage to explore archetype of the fool. Throughout history queers have often been stripped of their complexities in the media, used as jesters or portrayed as sad, lonely, desexualized clowns. Yet, on some level I relate to the rejected Pierrot, pining for love, but that’s just one aspect of my personality. I might start off a show in full make-up, then gradually wipe (and sweat) it off during the performance.

My gender has always been orphan. Oliver Twist, Dorothy, and Annie were my heroes. The Artful Dodger is my fashion icon.
— Brian King
Brian King, photo by Katrine Wheeler

Brian King, photo by Katrine Wheeler

These are the words of Brian King, a member of All Together Now, a queer multimedia performance series. This Saturday night will be its third installment on August 27 at 9 p.m. at the Lilypad in Inman Square, Cambridge MA. Arts event producer Anna Rae hosts the night, which features dancer and drag artist Adlai Grayson, performance artists and musicians Johnny Blazes and the aforementioned Brian King, jazz guitarist and singer Sarah Fard, and the pop-rock band Hemway. 

Johnny Blazes, photo credit: Eowyn Evans / Holy Crow

Johnny Blazes, photo credit: Eowyn Evans / Holy Crow

Performance artists and musicians Johnny Blazes and Brian King, who are ten years apart in age, examine the difference a decade can make in the queer experience. This performance, entitled “What’s 10 Years Between Queers?” will include previews from their upcoming show “Do You Queer What I Queer?” premiering at the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown in September. Johnny blazes is a queer, non-binary trans, pansexual, genderqueer educator and leader of the band Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys. 3rian King leads the band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? Adlai Grayson is a gay Boston-based dancer, choreographer, and drag artist. 

 

 Adlai Grayson

 Adlai Grayson

All Together Now brings together cross-genre and collaborative art. Curated and created by Anna Rae, All Together Now makes space for women, people of color, and LGBTQ people, in partnership with allies. The multimedia aspect creates a sensory-rich experience for the audience.

All together now performance

All together now performance

Says Anna Rae, “I think a lot of people are really excited about the idea of participating in something cross-genre. We all know the power and limitations of our respective arts, and I think there’s a sense of making something more immersive and powerful together.”

Brian King, Photo by Nadia deLemeny

Brian King, Photo by Nadia deLemeny


Learn more and purchase tickets ($15) at alltogetherbos.com. Advance tickets are recommended, as the Lilypad’s capacity is limited.

 

As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.