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Out On The Weekend: Essential Sights and Sounds To Make Your Weekend Fabulous

This week: GenderFail at Sediment Arts, New York Deli calls that drag, Latin night at Godfrey's es en fuego, and more!

Marilyn Drew Necci | January 4, 2018

It’s a new year, and many of us are using this occasion to make ourselves better, more fully realized people. We here at GayRVA are no exception to that, and one of the ways we’ve been trying to improve things in the new year is to come up with new and exciting content for y’all. A column letting you know about all the LGBTQ-centered happenings taking place over the weekend seemed like a perfect idea… until I stepped out of my front door this morning and saw what you see pictured at the top of this article.

I wasn’t looking forward to clearing off my car and driving in all this mess… and then it turned out my office was closed anyway! So here I am, curled up on my living room couch with my laptop, already anticipating how stir-crazy I’m going to be by Friday night. Hopefully the roads will be a little clearer by then, because I’m going to want to get out of the house — and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So, assuming these events don’t get cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled (be sure to check back and make sure before you leave the house), here are a few awesome things taking place around town this weekend.

GenderFail Storefront Feature at Sediment Arts

Sediment Arts, a small gallery located on East Grace St, is known for its focus on underground and DIY art. This month, they’ll be welcoming an exhibition from GenderFail into their storefront feature space. GenderFail, a project founded in 2015 by Brett Suernicht, is an artistic endeavor designed to spotlight the work of queer and trans people, and people of color. In addition to creating various printed publications, they’ve previously had exhibits at MOMA PS 1 in New York, Ulises Books in Philadelphia, and Milwaukee’s After School Special, as well as at Sediment.

They return to Sediment this month with a three-dimensional display that takes the form of printed materials installed upon sculptures. The sculptures were designed by Hallie McNeill, Evan Galbicka, and Colin Klockner, all of whom are Richmond-based artists that have connections with VCU’s Sculpture and Extended Media program. The sculptures will display works from the GenderFail Archive Project, as well as work made in response to a sign used in the Christopher Street Parade in 1974, which read “Mother Nature is a Lesbian.” A font inspired by this sign has been frequently used in GenderFail project materials since.

The GenderFail project will be on display through Sunday, January 21 at Sediment Arts, with open hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6 PM. There will be an official opening from 6 to 9 PM on Friday, January 5. Sediment Arts is located at 208 E. Grace St. For more info on the opening and the event, click here.

Back To Back with Cell Saga and Jafar Flowers at Flora

The big news on the LGBTQ club scene over the past year or so has been the rise of Ice Cream Support Group, a loose-knit collaboration between of half a dozen or so local LGBTQ artists, most of whom are also people of color. Their Ice Cream Social dance parties are just the tip of the iceberg — the group also has engaged in a variety of community organizing activities from cookouts to DIY workshops, all of which are designed to promote a more inclusive and healing environment within the world of art and music.

Friday night will see one of the co-founders of Ice Cream Support Group, Jafar Flowers, join with Cell Saga to tear up the dance floor at Flora. Flowers, a non-binary person of color, has been one of the stars of the DJ booth for the many Ice Cream Social nights that have taken place over the past year and a half. Cell Saga is a queer trans woman who has dished out her distinctive blend of experimental electronic sounds and hard pounding beats as part of ANIMAL events — when she’s not cranking out heavy riffs as the lead guitarist of local metallic hardcore band Listless.

Now, the two will come together and stand back to back in the booth at Flora to lay down some powerful sounds and get the dance floor going crazy. Admissions are free, though donations to Ice Cream Support Group are always appreciated. Music starts at 10 PM; Flora is located at 207 N. Lombardy St. For more info, click here.

Barcode First Friday Featuring ND Smith and DJ Amy Alderman

We’ve given you art, we’ve given you dancing, but if you want both in the same place for your First Friday, Barcode is where you must go. The evening will begin at 6 PM with an art show featuring ND Smith, a New Jersey-based artist whose horror-inpsired art focuses on cartoon skulls, demons, ghosts, and other terrifying figures, all done up in red, white, and black. Smith’s manifesto of sorts is “Inspirational piercing which results in artistic hemorrhage,” and all of her pieces seem to bleed across the lumber on which they’re depicted, yielding some darkly fascinating results.

Smith’s art will be on display starting at 6 PM, with an after-party kicking off at 10 PM featuring DJ Amy Alderman on the decks. Get some art, then get it stowed away in your car and come back to hit the dance floor hard! Barcode is located at 6 E. Grace St. For more info, click here.

Fuego Latin Night at Godfrey’s

This Saturday night, Godfrey’s is bringing the fire, as they do on the first Saturday of every month with “the hottest queer-friendly Latin night in the Mid-Atlantic Region.” Ricky Halo hosts this night featuring some great Latin music as well as a drag show starting at 11:30. DJ Cheucx will be joined by guest DJs spinning the tunes, and you can expect things to get evil, at least according to everything I’ve read online about this one. Don’t miss your chance. Join in at Godfrey’s, located at 308 E. Grace St, starting at 10 PM Saturday night. For more info, click here.

You Call That Drag? at New York Deli

This Sunday night sees a full-on drag show treading the boards at New York Deli, shaking up those Carytown squares with some envelope-pushing awesomeness from several excellent local performers. Veterans Michelle Livigne and Chicki Parm will join hostess Shanta Quit as she gets things started just after the dinner hour, at 8 PM. 18 and up are allowed in til 10, so get down there early and see what exactly these folks are calling drag here (I admit it, I am intrigued by the title, though I’m not sure who exactly they’re throwing shade at).

There’s no cover charge but you’ll need a little cash to tip the performers, right? And a little more to get some drinks or grab a late dinner — after all, New York Deli is known to excel in both departments. New York Deli is located at 2920 W. Cary St. For more info, click here.