|Sarasota, Fla. – Harvey Milk Festival (HMF) honors the legacy of Harvey Milk by fostering the arts as a catalyst for social and political change. HMF features a variety of attractions including live music, film, performing and visual artists, speakers, and vendors designed to engage a large and a diverse audience. #WeSupport campaign intends to educate and empower participants to take a more active role in rejecting discrimination within their communities. Educating and inspiring for a stronger future. There are four main HMF events ranging from May 1-9th, 2020. For more information visit www.harveymilkfestival.org Harvey Milk Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization and contributions are tax deductible.Tomboi|
|On May 1st, there is a special pre-concert featuring a Q&T Talk + LIVE PERFORMANCE by Tomboi. TOMBOi is the creative project of Alexander Eli, Paige McMullen and Summer Wood. Founded in 2014 in Northeast FL, Tomboi’s songs blend 90s R&B influences alongside driving guitar melodies with a combination of live and electronic beats. The band originated as an outlet for sharing members’ experiences living as queer folx in the South and has since expanded its reach through community involvement, touring and assisting other LGBTQIA artists.|
6pm The band will do a Q&T, a talk about Queer and Trans advocacy.
7pm Performance by TomboiInstagram: @tomboiband • Facebook: facebook.com/tomboiband Oak Street Stage is a Sarasota venue that offers quality non-religious music in a coffeehouse setting. Admission to events is by voluntary donation so anyone can attend regardless of ability to pay. Finger foods, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Oak Street Stage 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota, FL
James Graham & Sebastian Grubb11th Annual Harvey Milk Festival Multi-Day Day 1 – HMF: ART Opening night of the 3-Day Festival is located at 20 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL MAY 7th: 5:30-9pm at Ligon Fine Art Gallery. Exhibit //Q+// LGBTQ+ artist only for this exhibit. A platform for a conversation through art. A special performance piece will take place at 7pm. The exhibition will be on view from May 7th at 5:30 pm and during regular gallery hours.
Day 2 – HMF: DANCE On MAY 8th, James Graham Dance Theatre brings its work to the Harvey Milk Festival. These two duets, “Back to Back” and “Four Years Later,” explore the dancer’s collaborating relationship, current friendship as well as more broad topics of masculinity, gender, sexuality, and human connections. San Francisco based performers James Graham & Sebastian Grubb have danced together for a decade. They received an IZZIE (Isadora Duncan) Award for their performance in these duets as an “outstanding ensemble.”
Takes place at Sarasota Art Museum 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL $12/students & members of Sarasota Art Museum / General $15 ticket / $30 VIP Purchase tickets!James Graham will be teaching a GAGA workshop on May 9th. It will be held at Sarasota Contemporary Dance, located at 1400 Boulevard of the Arts suite 300, Sarasota, Fla.
In 2007, Graham first went to Israel to study Gaga, made possible by the Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance. He was chosen by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) to be a Certified Gaga Instructor and to take part in his pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively on the West Coast, in the Midwest, as well as in France, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Greece, and Israel. He has been invited to teach at Oberlin College, Dennison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Reed College, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Ohio State University, University of San Francisco, California State University East Bay, College of Marin, and at the SF Clown Conservatory. He is currently on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and Dominican University of California/LINES BFA Program, and teaches open Gaga classes. Graham teaches Choreography, Performance, and Gaga Workshops around the world throughout the year. For more information about attending this workshop visit www.harveymilkfestival.org
Rituals of Mine (Headliner) Jeffrey LaTourDay 3 – HMF: MUSICOn May 9th, HMF will conclude with a downtown concert in JD Hamel Park featuring 10 emerging musicians making sonic waves across the United States. Headlining bands to appear include Rituals of Mine (FKA Sister Crayon), a Los Angeles based indie pop/downtempo r&b act. As queer artists, Moon Palace ( Seattle) is vocal about engaging in political and feminist causes. Local favorite and where Shannon Fortner’s activism and music career collided with politically charged lyrics, MeteorEYES, supernova of glam rock, classic rock and roll and riotous punk group known as Roxx Revolt & The Velvets (Naples) FRUUT (Philly), Soulpax (Miami), Emmanuel Sasson (South Florida), Jordan Esker & the 100% (Tampa),, Aūto Kania (SRQ), Rose (SRQ)Food, beverage and other artist/nonprofit vendors will be on site. Bring a picnic blanket and spend the day. This event is FREE. No coolers please the festival relies on alcohol sales to keep the festival free for the community.
VIP tickets 11th Annual Harvey Milk Festival Lineup2:20 to 2:30 p.m. Opening // HMF Founder and President Shannon Fortner2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Rose3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Auto Kania4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Jordan Esker & the 100%4:45 to 5:15 p.m. Emmanuel Sasson5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Soulpax6:15 to 6:45 p.m. FRUUT7:00 to 7:10 p.m. Keynote Speaker TBA7:10 to 7:50 p.m. Roxx Revolt & The Velvets8:05 to 8:50 p.m. MeteorEYES8:50 to 9:10 p.m. Vigil to honor Harvey Milk, pioneers of the LGBTQ+ movement and others we have lost along the way.9:15 to 9:55 p.m. Moon Palace10:15 to 11 p.m. Rituals of Mine11:05 to 11:30pm HMF Closing
The cost associated with each HMF event varies. Visit www.harveymilkfestival.org for pricing and more information. After-party information will be announced shortly.Moon Palace Co-HeadlinerAbout Harvey Milk Festival Harvey Milk Festival honors the legacy of Harvey Milk by fostering the arts as a catalyst for social and political change. HMF features a variety of attractions including live music, film, performing and visual artists, speakers, and vendors designed to engage a large and a diverse audience. #WeSupport campaign intends to educate and empower participants to take a more active role in rejecting discrimination within their communities. Educating and inspiring for a stronger future.Harvey Milk Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization and contributions are tax deductible.