(NYC) An Intercollegiate LGBT Alumni Fall Dinner

  • 20 Nov 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • New York, NY

FFR/Princeton BTGALA, Yale GALA, Harvard GSC, the Duke LGBT Network & Stanford Pride Present...
An Intercollegiate LGBT Alumni Fall Dinner!
New York, NY
Announced by Mount Holyoke's Lyons Pride
Featuring a preview of the film Hot to Trot introduced by Director Gail Freedman
Andrew Lear on the UK National Portrait Gallery - "From King Edward II to Sir Ian McKellen: the world's gayest National Portrait Gallery,"

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Appetizers will be served until about 7:30.
At 7:30 we will have a special presentation upstairs!
Dinner will be served about 8:15.
WHERE: People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002
COST: $30 in advance, $40 cash at the door
Princeton University students attend free with Princeton ID and prior RSVP
Includes appetizers and dinner and coffee with a light dessert. Cash bar
RSVP: http://goo.gl/vZ4es9
The $30 discounted rate is available through noon on November 20 for those who prepay. If you wish to pay the higher rate at the door or if you qualify for the comped Princeton student rate, please RSVP at http://tigernet.princeton.edu/~ffr-gala/AlternateEmail.html

FFR/Princeton BTGALA's Shawn Cowls is bringing us back to People for a very special fall dinner! Our dinners have had a great turn out of folks of all ages. We will have an hour of passed appetizers and mingling over cocktails (cash bar), a reading / performance upstairs and then we'll have a buffet dinner with delicious food for all. We have the whole restaurant for this special event!

Accomplished filmmaker & Barnard alum Gail Freedman -- a one-time aspiring concert pianist -- abandoned the stage for the screen many years ago, with brief stops in academia and government along the way. Over 20-plus years, she has produced, directed and written numerous award-winning documentaries on a wide range of subjects. She has also taught at the Columbia University and worked at both 60 Minutes and 20/20. One of her recent films was the acclaimed "Making the 9/11 Memorial," a primetime special for The History Channel, which aired on the 10th anniversary of September 11th.

Gail will screen scenes from "Hot to Trot", her film-in-progress, sharing a filmmaker's inside view of the process. "Hot to Trot" is a groundbreaking film about the fascinating world of same-sex ballroom dance - where personal passion meets political muscle. Her film goes deep inside that world, using the storytelling and stylistic techniques of narrative cinema, and a seamless blend of verite, interviews, and performance. It follows the overlapping personal narratives of several talented dancers over time, as their complex lives unfold, on and off the dance floor. There is drama, conflict, pathos, along with unalloyed joy. The film tells their personal stories, as it explores larger social & cultural themes at the intersection of art, politics, and passion. The image of Fred-and-Ginger will never be the same!

Andrew Lear is a Classicist and one of the world's foremost experts on same-sex love in the ancient world. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia, and NYU and has recently founded Oscar Wilde Tours, the first tour company to offer trips focused on gay history.

His lecture, "From King Edward II to Sir Ian McKellen: the world's gayest National Portrait Gallery," is about the amazing array of gay historical figures portrayed in the UK's National Portrait Gallery. These include kings, courtiers, poets, and artists; gay men and women and at least 1 trans person; a few gay couples portrayed together; and several love-objects portrayed by the "queer eye."

The special comped rate is available for current Princeton University students with valid student ID and advance RSVP - if you qualify, please RSVP at http://tigernet.princeton.edu/~ffr-gala/AlternateEmail.html

We particularly welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans men and women alums from the Ivy League and Seven Sisters schools and our friends from William & Mary, NYU, Stanford, Duke, UVA, Georgetown, Northwestern, Amherst, USC & Emory. Our friends and loved ones from other schools are also welcome, as are current students.

Thanks to our cohosts
Shawn Cowls, FFR/Princeton BTGALA
Natasha, Yale GALA
Michael Sonberg, Harvard GSC
Alex Osmond, the Duke LGBT Network
Dan Welden, NYU
Jim Farah, James Sherman, and David Press, Stanford Pride

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