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The Drag Explosion

- a live photographic tribute to NYC's drag scene of the 1980s and the 90s with Linda Simpson!

Thursday, August 25th @ 7:30pm

MacKenzie Art Gallery - Shumiatcher Theatre

3475 Albert Street, Regina, Saskatchewan

+ with post slide show reception and book signing

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performatorium festival of queer performance 9
queer city cinema film festival 18

september 14-17, 2022

Dunlop Art Gallery / Regina Public Library Film Theatre
University of Regina / Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre

performances by:

jessica karuhanga (toronto)
léuli eshrāghi (australia)
respectfulchild (saskatoon)

+ artists presentations
+ perforum panel discussion
+ after parties

admission is by donation at the door / wheelchair accessible facilities / captioned film programming for deaf and hard of hearing audiences when available

The Drag Explosion

Experience The Drag Explosion as a live presentation with Linda Simpson!

TICKETS:
$10 ADVANCE
OR $15 AT THE DOOR

PG:
OPEN TO ALL AGES

The Drag Explosion is multi-talented Linda Simpson’s photographic tribute to NYC’s drag scene of the 1980s and the 90s and has been presented internationally at art spaces, theaters and colleges since 2012, and has spawned two books, PAGES (Peradam, 2013) and The Drag Explosion (Domain, 2021).

During the years covered by The Drag Explosion Linda hobnobbed with a camera, which was a rare thing to do back then. Although she was a complete amateur, she got tons of great shots—wild nightlife, queer activism, pop-culture moments and all sorts of colorful characters. Ultimately, her photos document the rise and fall of a golden era that paved the way for today’s drag renaissance.

The Drag Exposion’s earliest photos date back to the gritty East Village where Linda joined a kooky and avant-garde underground scene that revolved around the Pyramid Club and the outdoor drag festival Wigstock.

As drag’s popularity gained steam, drag queens galore and their club kid comrades went on to conquer NYC’s pulsating nightlife, including the Limelight, Palladium and other mega-clubs.

By 1992, the mass media came calling. Gender-bending suddenly became the latest fad and Gotham’s drag sorority emerged as pop-culture darlings. Never before had drag culture reached such incredible heights. It was a Drag Explosion that still resonates today.

Text adapted from Linda Simpon's website www.thedragexplosion.com

"A worldly wit... A kind of mother superior of the New York drag scene."

— The New York Times

"The thinking woman's drag queen."

— Paper Magazine

"Linda Simpson quotes and quips for the quality-seeking queer in all of us."

— Genre

Spend more time with the photos from The Drag Explosion on display at the Art Gallery of Regina - 2420 Elphinstone St. - from August 11 to October 2. Free!!

BIOGRAPHY

Since the late 1980s, Linda has been one of New York's most multi-faceted drag queens. Known for her witty demeanor, fine-tuned camp sensibility and unique blend of sass and class, she enthusiastically embraces the role she was born to play—a reigning queen! Her website is LindaSimpson.org.

THANKS
Funder:
Sponsors: MacKenzie Art Gallery - Christy Ross; Nicolle Nugent; Crystal Mowry; John Hampton | David Knowles - Domain Books | Russell Portigal – Rio Saxon Design

QUEER CITY CINEMA STAFF
Gary Varro: Executive and Artistic Director; Elan Morgan: Social Media Coordinator

QUEER CITY CINEMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Blair Fornwald, Jason Cawood, Elian Mikkola, Nic Wilson, Katrina Bray, Hagere Selam; Shimby Zegeye-Gebrehiwot; Jessie Short

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