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Stage and Screen Stars Offer Incentives to Donate to Terrence McNally Documentary's Kickstarter Campaign

on Monday, 30 October 2017. Posted in Events

Stage and Screen Stars Offer Incentives to Donate to Terrence McNally Documentary's Kickstarter Campaign

Photo: Terrence McNally Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Article BY Andrew Gans
OCT 23, 2017

Every Act of Life chronicles the four-time Tony winner’s five decades working in the American theatre.

Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross have launched a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign for their documentary on four-time Tony-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally.

Entitled Every Act of Life, the film chronicles McNally's pioneering work in the American theatre over five decades, his fight for LGBT rights, his battles with alcohol and cancer, and more. The producers describe the project as the “first documentary about one of the world’s most honored and risk-taking writers, and an immersive exploration of how to make the third act of life as interesting as the first two.”

Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Nathan Lane
Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Nathan Lane Joan Marcus

As filming and editing are complete, the funds raised (with a goal set for $42,000) would go toward final post-production elements, including color correction, sound design, and promotional assets. “Terrence says in Every Act of Life, ’Theatre is collaborative, and life is collaborative,’” write Kaufman and Ross. “Filmmaking is also collaborative. In this case, it is tax deductible, as well, because your contribution will go through our non-profit fiscal sponsor.”

Rewards for donating to the film include signed memorabilia from McNally, Angela LansburyChita Rivera, and Audra McDonald; a meet-and-greet with F. Murray Abraham and a chance to hold his Oscar; and a private coaching session with Billy Porter. All make appearances in the documentary.

The film also features interviews and performances from a host of theatre folk, including Nathan LaneChristine Baranski, Zoe Caldwell, Tyne DalyEdie Falco, Billy Porter, Lynn AhrensStephen FlahertyJohn Glover, Anthony Heald, John Benjamin Hickey, John Kander, Roberta Kaplan, Larry Kramer, Rita Moreno, Joe MantelloTom Kirdahy, Jack O’Brien, John Slattery, Richard Thomas, Doris Roberts, Paul Libin, Lynne Meadow, Dominic Cuskern, Don Roos, Patrick WilsonJon Robin Baitz, Micah Stock, Peter McNally, John Tillinger, and Stanley Tucci.

McNally earned Tony Awards for his plays Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! as well as the books to the musicals Kiss of the Spider Womanand Ragtime. His works also include The Ritz, Deuce, The Lisbon Traviata, The Rink, A Man of No Importance, Catch Me If You Can, and It's Only a Play. He is currently represented on Broadway with Anastasia.

For more information or to donate to the campaign, which continues through November 22, visit Kickstarter.com.

From playbill.com

Let's Make a Queer Bar: Halloween Edition

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Events

Let's Make a Queer Bar: Halloween Edition

Want more queer space in Burlington? Let's make it happen. 

Join us on Friday 10/27 for an LGBTQIA+ bar takeover at Lamp Shop and Radio Bean from 10pm to 1am!
This event is 18+ (on the Radio Bean side) with a $5 cover (we're working on options for those who cannot pay). Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. All are welcome!

Invite your friends from the community! More details to come!

Andrew's Inn Oral History Project:

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Events

identifying places throughout the state that tell the story of our shared LGBTQ history.

Andrew's Inn Oral History Project:

Please join us and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for a discussion October 17 at 11:30 a.m., following the dedication of the Marriage Equality State Historic Marker at the State House (room 11) in Montpelier to continue identifying historically significant places throughout the state.

Vermont Children's Theater on Ice (VCTI)

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Events

Vermont Children's Theater on Ice (VCTI)

Open House on Saturday, November 4, 3:00 PM at Leddy Arena. 

This is a free event for skaters interested in learning about team figure skating theater/sport. 

 

To attend the open house the skater needs to be able to skate backward. To join the team they need to live in Vermont and pass preliminary moves in the field.Ice cream sundaes, meeting team members and skating in costumes is part of this fun event. Boys encouraged to join the team. If you have questions, contact Team Manager Susanmarie Harrington susanmarie.harrington@gmail.com

 

Trauma-Informed Yoga Series

on Monday, 02 October 2017. Posted in Events

Trauma-Informed Yoga Series

6-week trauma-informed yoga series designed for LGBTQ+ people of all skill levels and ability. Classes will be held in the barn of the Pride Center starting on October 13th and will last approximately 1 hour.

Class schedule:

- Friday, October 13th @ 6:30 pm

- Friday, October 27th @ 6:30 pm

- Friday, November 3rd @ 6:30 pm

- Friday, November 10th @ 6:30 pm

- Saturday, November 18th @ 6:30 pm

- Friday,  December 1st @ 6:30 pm

Register herehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W67C35F

More information from the instructor: Brandon Schulze

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I was led to meditation when I was young as a means to help create balance in my life after struggling with depression/anxiety. This started me on a 10+ year path of learning and practicing various types of bodywork and meditations by using Energy, Breath, and eventually Massage Therapy. Three years ago due to anxiety and chronic body pain I began taking up Yoga and saw great results with relief in my mood and body. It was a challenge for sure but the results I saw in keeping up a steady Yoga practice made it worth it. Creating a new network of friends, teachers, and training I found the best fit for me at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, an internationally recognized Yoga Training facility. The style I teach combines Psychology with Yoga Philosophy and Postures. This can be done one-on-one or with group classes. I am excited to be able to share my experiences and training with others, helping them find a means of bringing about comfort in their body as well as the environment in which they live day to day. I believe the skills learned in Yoga and self-exploration can apply to anyone’s life and create a silent space that allows transformation to unfold. All humans experience trauma, and in traumas we can experience deep growth and understanding, allowing us to appreciate the joys life has to offer.

Class Structure:

Week 1 [Oct. 13th] - Inner Child: It is through our childhood that we unwittingly develop and experience traumas that grow and transform into our personal struggles as we grow into adulthood. Creating space with movement and awareness while holding a dialog with our inner child allows us to see an innocent, playful side of ourselves that may have not understood why we felt the way we did when we were young. Through these imprinted notions, our inner child can take control at various times when we are growing. Our inner child is both playful and fun as well as causes limitations in our beliefs about how we see ourselves. Through this class we will find playful movements and self-dialog to tap into what our inner child may be asking of us and how we can use this connection in our lives.
Week 2 [Oct. 21st] - Feminine, Masculine, & Neutral Self: In our world we see love or pains, strengths or weaknesses of our expressions and actions that can be experienced with our inner Feminine, Masculine, & Neutral selves. With this class we will use relaxing flow poses to connect with how we perceive the Feminine, Masculine, and Neutral aspects within ourselves as well as how these parts may see or relate to the world around us.
Week 3 [Oct. 27th] - Exploring Types of Edges: When we reach an edge, we have reached what we perceive to be a physical, mental, or emotional limit. Often brought on by challenges in our daily lives, past traumas, and our current state of being, edges can be explored by means of a physical pose or becoming aware of mental and emotional limitations. Edges are not necessarily painful, they can exist in a Yin or Yang state, having elements both negative and positive. In this class we will explore with movement various Edges and learn how to recognize them as a means of showing ourselves where we are at and where we may be willing to explore beyond an edge.
Week 4 [Nov. 3rd] - Fight, Flight, & Freeze Response: In this class we will explore the benefits of being aware of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems’ response to trauma and triggers. When we experience a traumatic event or are triggered and reminded of one, the sympathetic nervous system responds with Fight, Flight, or Freeze. Creating awareness of how this can happen at small levels or on a larger scale in various situations will help us to overcome these responses. We will learn mind-body tools through movement, breath and mental habits to regain control.
Week 5 [Nov. 10th] - Yoga Philosophy: People often think of Yoga as purely movement (“Asana”), but there are actually 8 different aspects of Yoga. Classes often combine multiple aspects, but a whole class could solely focus on just one, such as breathing (“Pranayama”). Other aspects of Yoga Philosophy include embodied meditation, inner attunement, bliss connection, practices for life, personal practices, and focus or concentration. We will stick with the English wording for these aspects of Yoga and work together as a group on deciding which ones we want to develop more for ourselves.
Week 6 [Nov. 18th] - LGBTQA Spiritual Leadership : Throughout history and even in some modern day cultures, people with LGBTQA identities were often revered or simply accepted as a natural state of being. Queer people were seen as a third gender in some cases, such as the “Berdache” traditions of many Native American cultures who looked to the Queer people of their tribes as gate keepers to the spiritual realms. With our Yoga in this class we will explore individually our role as leaders, both in our communities and of our own spiritual journeys. We will find ways to reclaim this spiritual leadership in today’s society where people are not always as accepting of LGBTQA people.

PRIDE Yoga Series

on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Posted in Events

PRIDE Yoga Series

6-week PRIDE yoga series designed for LGBTQ+ people of all skill levels and ability. Classes will be held in the barn of the Pride Center starting on October 14th and will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Class schedule:

- Saturday, October 14th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, October 21st @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, October 28th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, November 4th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, November 11th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, November 18th @ 5:00 pm

Information provided by the yoga instructor (Shawn Grady):

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Shawn is a queer, non-binary, fat, yoga practitioner, parent, and peer counselor. They are a graduate of the Laughing River (Yoga Alliance Certified) 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, host a weekly Queer Body Positive Yoga class, and work privately with folks to develop and deepen their personal yoga practices. Their work, both professionally and privately, is to hold space for the reclaiming of the human body/heart/mind from the jaws of oppression and to gently learn it's many faces. Their classes are designed for a broad range of body types, abilities, and experience levels and they welcome each practice as an opportunity to explore new ways to strengthen the pathways between mind, body, and breath. The class will be scent free. There will be props, chairs, and modifications available. The space is wheelchair accessible. Lighting will be low. There will not be music. There will not be chanting. Please contact Shawn with any questions, concerns, or requests at shawngrady@gmail.com

Sign up today! Registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H3HYVZT

QTPOC QTpie

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Center of Vermont's Fall QTPOC Event

QTPOC QTpie

 

We will meet up at Pride Center of Vermont and carpool to Shelburne Orchard to pick apples. When we're done picking, we will return to Sunshine's house to make apple pies and hang out. QTPOC & partners/families. If able, please bring cash to purchase u-pick apples.

https://www.facebook.com/events/182869122281003/

 

Stride for Pride

on Monday, 28 August 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Runs on Community!

Stride for Pride

Join us for the Stride for Pride, a 5k walk/run hosted by The Pride Center of Vermont! 

Come down to Perkins Pier for a scenic route on the Burlington Waterfront with a gorgeous view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. This event is family friendly with events afterwards for all to enjoy! 

This route is designed with ease in mind so you can enjoy the view as you cruise along the Island Line Bike Trail.

And don't forget, Pride Vermont is the next day! Come march with us on Church Street as we make our way to Battery Park for our 2017 Pride Festival! 

Registration can be done prior to, or the day of the event from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. The race begins at 9:30 a.m.

** Emails with route information, FAQ's, and waivers will be emailed after registration **

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Register here through Eventbrite!

GLAM Does The T with Emoji and Nikki

on Saturday, 27 May 2017. Posted in Events

Watch Here:

GLAM Does The T with Emoji and Nikki

GLAM makes an appearance on the fabulous new show. Check out the GLAM Coordinators, Carlos and Travis. The T' is a new series on VCAM that focuses on arts and activism in the greater Vermont community. The iconic duo, Emoji Nightmare & Nikki Champagne, have been featured on the Seven Days' Stuck in Vermont and WCAX. Tune in on Tuesday nights at 7 pm!

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PCVT Running Group

on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Runs

PCVT Running Group

Hi folks! Thanks to all who came out for our running groups kick-off! Everyone who showed up had a blast and are excited to keep on running! The regularly scheduled group will start meeting every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm and every other Sunday at 10:00 am, starting next Tuesday, May 30th. We start at the Pride Center and right on time so be sure to catch us. For more information and how to stay connected, please contact Travis at travis@pridecentervt.org or call the Health and Wellness office at (802)-860-7812. #PrideRuns

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Trans Plant Sale This Saturday!

on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Events

Trans Plant Sale This Saturday!

Parking Lot outside Pride Center of Vermont
Corner of Maple & S. Champlain

Thousands of ornamental, herb and vegetable starts will be offered for sale at this one-time event.

Jump start your spring gardens with vigorous, ready to go, locally hand grown trans*plants. Choose from popular heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, and exotic eggplant varieties. Compliment your summer cooking with a bouquet of culinary herbs, including four varieties of basil. Flowers galore will be for sale to bring your gardens alive with color and fragrance.

This sale will help raise funds for our Sept 2017 Gender Pride Speaker Event Fundraiser.


Compost will also be available for sale by Half Ass Compost

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening and Queer Dance Party

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Events

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening + Queer Dance Party

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening and Queer Dance Party

Friday, May 12
8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
$5 // 18+Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party’s SASS producers are super proud to present the exclusive Burlington screening of the doc MAJOR! and an after film queer dance party at Higher Ground.
8:30-10 p.m. MAJOR! doc
10 p.m.-1 a.m. queer dance party with DJ Llu + DJ Rob DouglasThis is an 18+ event, $5 donation/ticket for general public and free entrance for the trans + POC community.

Through Major!’s “Major to the People” Program, we are offering FREE entrance to the film for all trans folk and people of color. Yes, really you are our guest. Please RSVP at: pop.up.queer.dance.party@gmail.com. No one will be turned away at the door.

All SASS funds after event expenses from the night, as well as donations from the audience collected that night, will go toward Miss Major’s Circle of Care.

 

Executive Director Search: Meet the Candidates!

on Friday, 24 February 2017. Posted in Events, Safespace

Executive Director Search: Meet the Candidates!
Community Forum: Meet the Candidates 
 
We want your feedback in the selection process of Pride Center of Vermont's next Executive Director! Here is your chance to participate in a community forum where each candidate will make a short presentation and answer questions from members of the community. This is a great opportunity to have you voice heard and provide valuable feedback to the search committee as we work towards finding the most qualified candidate.
 
 
 
Candidates Schedule:
 
Susan Hartman - 6pm, Friday March 3rd
Michael McCarver-Reyes- 11am, Saturday, March 4th
Llu Mulvaney-Stanak -  6pm, Saturday, March 4th

Sign Up for Tobacco Cessation Group

on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Events

Sign Up for Tobacco Cessation Group
Pride Center of Vermont's Tobacco Cessation Group will begin In the next few weeks. The group meets once a week for 4-5 weeks. Each session lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The group will be a place where folks access support and resources throughout there quitting process. Nicotine replacement products (patches, gum, etc) will be provided free of charge. Please indicate which days of the week and times would work for a regular meeting.
 
Here is the link to the questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGBTQuits

 

Serving Face! (Rescheduled for Weds 2/15)

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017. Posted in Events

Serving Face! (Rescheduled for Weds 2/15)

*****Rescheduled  due to storm for 6:30pmWeds 2/15****

Still looking for ideas for the Drag Ball? Do you feel gorgeous but sometimes struggle with your make-up? If that is the case, then head over to Pride Center of Vermont at 6:30pm Weds 2/15 and be a part of Serving Face, where we will have 3 amazing local Drag Queens, Nikki Champagne, Marjorie Mayhem, and Molly Chromatic  helping us create perfect contour,  dazzling eyes, and sparkling glitter beards. This is THE place to be in preparation for the Winter is a Drag Ball on Feb 18th

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