June 20, 2008

Pride Takes to the Plaza ; This Year’s Festival Will Include Art, Drama, Comedy and a Train Ride

By Journal Staff Report

Pride on the Plaza, Santa Fe's annual gay arts and culture festival, opens today and runs through June 29.

This year's events emphasize theater and live performance, including a staged reading of a new play commissioned by the festival, a performance of monologue memoirs by local authors and comedy by Julie Goldman and Eddie Sarfaty from New York.

The fifth annual GLBT art exhibition had expanded to four galleries on Delgado Street. Concordia Santa Fe, the wind and percussion ensemble that debuted at the 2007 festival, returns with another concert at St. Francis Auditorium.

"Heroes and Icons" is the theme of this year's art exhibition that opens today. Artists include Delmas Howe, Kim Russo, H. Joe Waldrum, Mark Frossard, Alexa James and Jeremy Earickson.

The play commissioned for the festival, which will be read Monday at The Santa Fe Playhouse, is "The Last Great Ball" by Nancy Mercado of Houston.

"We have wanted to bring a new gay-themed play to the festival for some time," said Doa Hatch, the festival co-chair. "This year, we were able to commission Nancy to write a play especially for us. We'll try it out with a staged reading in 2008 and hopefully mount a full production in 2009."

The play features several famous historical gay and lesbian characters, including Gertrude Stein and Truman Capote, who improbably end up at the same party.

Goldman and Sarfaty will perform at "An Evening of Comic Pride" on Wednesday at the James A. Little Theater.

Goldman co-stars on "The Big Gay Sketch Show" on the Logo cable network. Sarfaty has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline and the Logo network, and can be seen on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend."

Also part of the theater/performance line-up is "Over the Hill and Under the Rainbow: Our Stories, Our Times," memoir monologues written and performed by Santa Fe gay men and lesbians, scheduled for Tuesday at The Santa Fe Playhouse.

The annual Pride on the Plaza parade takes place June 28. The theme of this year's parade is "Pride Not Prejudice." City Councilor Patti Bushee is grand marshal, and the Samba Fe Marching Band provides the music.

The festival schedule:


Heroes and Icons, the fifth annual GLBT art exhibition, at Art Gallery of Fine Art, Gallerie Estevan, Pippin Meikle Fine Art and John Moseley Fine Art on Delgado Street between Canyon Road and East Alameda. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. The show runs through June 28.


Pride Train to Lamy, a sunset excursion with cocktails, dinner and live music; train leaves the Santa Fe Southern Station on Guadalupe Street at 7 p.m. Cost is $55 per person, includes dinner with cash bar. Call 470-9197 for tickets.


Swim and Spin pool party and tea dance with DJ Lena at The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Dr., 2-6 p.m. The $10 donation at the door benefits Pride on the Plaza. Cash bar.


"The Last Great Ball," a staged reading of a new play written by Nancy Mercado and commissioned by Pride on the Plaza; 8 p.m. at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. DeVargas St. Call 988-4262. $10 donation at the door.


"Over the Hill and Under the Rainbow -- Our Stories, Our Times," a unique comedy/drama written by people from the Santa Fe LGBT community, 8 p.m. at The Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. DeVargas St. Call 988-4262. $10 donation at the door.


"An Evening of Comic Pride" with comedians Julie Goldman and Eddie Sarfaty, 8 p.m. at James A. Little Theater, New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Rd. at St. Francis Dr. Tickets are $18 and $22, available in advance through The Lensic box office, 988- 1234.


"Hear the Tales, Create the Rumors," third annual gathering hosted by Wilde Sage Elders Circle, featuring a youth-elders panel and open discussion, 6:30-8 p.m. at Rainbow Vision, 500 Rodeo Rd. Free and open to all. A cash bar and restaurant will be open.


Men's Night Out -- the Pride cocktail party for gay men at the Hotel St. Francis, 210 Don Gaspar Ave., 5-30-8 p.m. A $5 donation at the door. Cash bar.

Dyke Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight at The Lodge of Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Dr. A $10 donation. Cash bar.


Pride on the Plaza Parade from the Lamy Building parking lot, corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, to the Plaza, starting at noon.

Pride on the Plaza Festival with music, community booths, dancing and more on the Plaza, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


"Reflections," a concert by wind and percussion ensemble Concordia Santa Fe. 2 p.m. at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Place Ave. A $10 donation at the door benefits Pride on the Plaza.

Visit santafegaypride.com for complete event information.

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