A four-day celebration in remembrance of the Stonewall riots will be held in Joshua Tree, starting Thursday, June 22. In 1969, members of the gay community spontaneously rioted following a police raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The Stonewall Riots are credited with the beginning of the gay rights movement. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the Joshua Tree celebration…
The Joshua Tree Stonewall Remembrance Days is four days of music, film, poetry, dance, and fashion. The celebration begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Art Queen Complex on the highway in downtown Joshua Tree. Highlights include a screening of the films “El Canto del Colibri” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” a presentation by writer-director-actor Guinevere Turner, a photography exhibit by Eric Schwabel, and readings by Raquel Gutierrez and Anna Joy Springer. Admission to all events is free.

Joshua Tree Stonewall Remembrance Days Event Schedule

Thursday, June 22
730 p.m. – Poetry “Out” Loud! presented by Space Cowboy Books
830 p.m. – Eva Soltes screens selections from her documentary and archive on the life and times of Lou Harrison, at the gallery opening of his paintings and drawings, “Lou’s Men.”

Friday, June 23
8:00 p.m. – My Journey Through Lesbian Representation, a clip reel and conversation with Guinevere Turner followed by Q & A
9:30 p.m. – Documentary: Marco Castro-Bojorquez’s El Canto del Colibri, Latin American immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ children experience the process of family acceptance

Saturday, June24
3:00 p.m. – Dance and Stretch with Dapper Studios. Participate…bring a yoga mat!
3:45pm – Introductory Remarks: Why Remember Stonewall with T. Hammidi
4:00 p.m. – A fun fashion show by Dusty Deserette, and Pink-ish Leather Fashions presentation by the legendary Robert Warner
5:00 p.m. – Gallery reception for Eric Schwabel’s “Fertile Desert” exhibition
5:30 p.m. – Shari Elf performs “An Ode to Mr. Morgan”
6:00 p.m. – Poetry/Spoken Word by Raquel Gutierrez and Anna Joy Springer
6:45pm – Dance Party/Live Bands: Teddy Quinn Band, Leslie Mariah and Small World Experience, Jeff Hafler & The Wonder People, Daytime Moon
10:30 p.m. – Screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (attendees encouraged to dress up)

Sunday, June 25
11:30 a.m. – A pancake breakfast with live music by the JT Jazz Band and performance art by Aaron Sheppard

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