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An Evening with Faythe Levine: Bar Dykes and other Communal Acts

November 6, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Some History Lessons from artist Faythe Levine

The Festival is thrilled to be partnering with Escuela Verde to welcome artist / historian / collector/ curator FAYTHE LEVINE who will recount the history of a personal encounter that lead to a meeting with, and re-circulation of, a neglected counter-cultural and queer history.

Faythe will share a talk about and around her encounter with queer elder, and one-time back-to-land lesbian, Merril Mushroom (b. 1941), who, in the 1980s, wrote “Bar Dykes,” a one-act play about 1950s dyke bar culture.

Last year, Faythe, collaborating with Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press, published the play for the first time. The publication is accompanied by related ephemera, and a current interview Faythe conducted with Merril concerning her unique and radical life as a “back to the land,” womonwriter.

Faythe will elaborate on that encounter and that history with a talk about Mushroom, as well as sharing some audio and video detailing the countercultural history that Mushroom generated, and participated in.

Among the work to screen is Francis Lee’s 1968 film “Mushroom / Haze Wedding: The Queering of a Ritual” (25min., 1968), which unfurls proudly trippy documentation of Merrill Mushroom’s wedding to queer colleague faerie Gabby Haze. The two married in 1968 in order to adopt children.

Limited copies of Bar Dykes (second edition) will also be available for purchase.

About the artist:
Faythe Levine was recently appointed as assistant curator for the Exhibitions Department at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She continues her work as an independent researcher, multi-media artist, author and collector. She is a documentary filmmaker and published author, her feature-length documentaries “Sign Makers” and “Handmade Nation,” for example, were accompanied with the publication of books which furthered and complemented their projects. Faythe was the founder/director of the celebrated Milwaukee-based Art vs. Craft maker’s fair.

Writes Faythe, “My creative practice is not tied down to one medium; it is based on whatever I am passionate about. Over time this has allowed me to accumulate a large, diverse portfolio of work centered on themes of community, DIY, creativity, awareness, process, empowerment and documentation. I aspire to communicate honesty, authenticity and the quality of life through my work. My projects aim to be approachable and accessible, exhibited and published in both formal and renegade outlets internationally.”


This event is FREE, open to all.


Much thanks to Escuela Verde for hosting this event and to Kari Mattek for stirring it into happening.

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The 32nd Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres and is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors, who include UWM Union Programming; Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Eldon E. Murray Fund; Milwaukee Pride; Joseph R. Pabst; Richard Kaul; Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Attorneys at Law; Cream City Foundation’s Sutton Place Fund & Valentine Fund; Planned Parenthood; BESTD Clinic; Northwestern Mutual; AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin; and many other generous businesses, community groups, and individuals.


November 6, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Category:


Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival


Escuela Verde
3628 W Pierce St
Milwaukee, WI 53215 United States
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