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Shakedown @ Varsity Theatre

On Saturday, December 1, Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center will be presenting Leilah Weinraub’s SHAKEDOWN (2017), a documentary that recounts the culture surrounding black, lesbian dance and strip parties in the 2000s. The film is being screened at a time when Buffalo’s LGBTQ+ spaces face an uncertain future. The film is touted as being “a tender, hilarious, and utopic portrait of a space and community.”

It is these types of films that can demonstrate the importance of venues that catered segments of the population that would not otherwise have places to flourish. The screening will be hosted by Weinraub, who directed the film. Weinraub was also the CEO and co-founder of clothing company Hood by Air, which was considered revolutionary during its run (2011-2016). 

It’s a dreamy glimpse into a scene subjected to outrageous pressures — from the spectral cop of homophobia and even more from the real cops — that was a wellspring of fun, love, desire and good times regardless. – Hannah Black, Dazed

Leilah Weinraub’s bold, immersive documentary, SHAKEDOWN (2017), both enthralls and makes us question how we think about sex and its presentation on camera. A tribute to Weinraub’s talent, the film takes us into the eye of the spectacle — the dance club floor with dynamic, erotic figures of Black female dancers who strip for women — and then elegantly pulls us back. Weinraub finds a place of distance and subtle re-calibration where nothing is what it at first appears. This is a fitting approach for a film that celebrates a communal physical and symbolic space in which one can create a perfectly fluid, slippery identity to be desired and worshipped for — a state of grace, as we come to understand, that still rarely exists outside subaltern club culture. – Ela Bittencourt, Hyperallergic

The film screening will be followed by an afterparty for Dreamland at Sweets Lounge.

Learn more about Varsity Theatre.

Shakedown @ Varsity Theatre

Saturday, December 1, 2018

7 PM – 10 PM

@ Varsity Theatre | 3165 Bailey Avenue | Buffalo NY

Screening $10

Screening + After-party at Sweets Lounge: $20

SHAKEDOWN presented in collaboration with Dreamland and the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project

Tickets by Eventbrite

Lead image: Still courtesy Leilah Weinraub

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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