Nov. 8: Happy Hour Fundraiser at Denizens Brewing Co.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5-8 PM Denizens Brewing Co 1115 East West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

Join Dance Exchange and Denizen’s Brewing Co. for happy hour and help us meet our goal of raising $10,000! Hosted by legendary queen Jazzmin St. James D’Monaco (Miss Charity America 2017), come raise a glass of locally-brewed beer or cider, meet and greet some of the artists leading Dance Exchange’s Growing Our Own Gardens, and enjoy live performance. You will receive one free drink with admission; additional drinks and food available for purchase. Funds raised from this happy hour will support the continued development, community activities, and premiere performance of Dance Exchange’s Growing Our Own Gardens.

Purchase your ticket - $25, includes a beer or cider

Can't make it? Make a donation of any amount to support the project

Andy Torres. Photo by Ben Carver.

Growing Our Own Gardens is an intergenerational performance project rooted in queer world-making. Through a range of outcomes that include performance and engagement, Gardens unearths hidden histories and personal stories to better understand the ways in which queer communities in Washington, DC, have sought and created liberatory spaces throughout time and to create the future we are moving towards. Included in these activities are workshops that connect LGBTQ+ people across age and difference; partnerships with local organizations that intersect with our dancemaking as a way to understand our histories and build community; and an evening-length performance at Dance Place in February 2018 in Washington, DC.

Gardens explores themes of  safety, resilience, and liberation: from specific stories that speak to plainclothes police officers entrapping and arresting a 50-year old gay Puerto Rican man: to dancing that includes the gendered gestural and explosive partnering, testing the resilience of the body: to spoken word that paints a picture of the lost LGBTQ+ spaces of DC and the queer patron saints who will steward us into the future.

Learn more about Gardens and other ways to be involved here