Every month at the Paradise Theatre, curator and host Peter Knegt is offering queers (and anyone who loves them) a classic queer film, special guests and performers, and some good old fashioned drinks and conversation in the Paradise’s stunning lobby bar. Each film is paired with a different local queer artist, who will design an original poster for the screening.
Who better to spend a September evening with than Vida Boheme, Noxeema Jackson and Chi-Chi Rodriguez!? These are the queens of To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, as played to perfection by Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo in this 1995 classic (which holds up way better than you’d expect).
These are the queens of To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, as played to perfection by Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo in this 1995 classic (which holds up way better than you’d expect).
One of the big films from the period in the “gay 1990s” when Hollywood briefly decided it was ready to make gay movies (see also In & Out, our September film from last year), To Wong Foo finds Vida, Noxeema and Chi-Chi on a madcap road trip across America. They’re on their way to the "Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant" in Los Angeles, but as anyone who has seen this film is aware, things don’t quite work out as planned.
We’ll be pulling out all the stops for this screening (as one should!), which will be hosted by drag novice Petra Knegtikova. Petra will be shown how it’s done on stage before the show thanks to a performance from Ms. Diana Sauss, and we might have another special guest up our sleeve too.
The absolutely gorgeous poster by Toronto artist Doug Rodas will be for sale in the lobby before and after the screening.
(Courtesy of Universal Pictures)
Wednesday September 20th 8 PM/7 PM Doors
Door tickets are available for purchase on the day of screening. Refunds can be requested up to 12 hours before the screening. All refunds must be requested and processed through eventbrite.
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