Fahari Arts kicks off 4th season during Pride

Harold Steward

Fahari Arts Institute Artistic Director Harold Steward announced the 2012-13 season that begins on Sept. 15 with Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales, written and performed by E. Patrick Johnson.

The dramatic reading is based on oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South — An Oral History. The histories are from black gay men who were born, raised and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. The stories range from religion and sex to transgenderism, love and coming out.

The show takes place at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 Fitzhugh Ave. on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The program is free.

That will be followed on Oct. 5 with Queerly Speaking PRIDE Edition in conjunction with Dallas Southern Pride. Poets Ronamber “Flo” Deloney and Marvin K. White are scheduled to appear. That takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown, 1015 Elm St.

—  David Taffet

Fahari’s Harold Steward on KERA’s Art&Seek

Harold Steward

In this piece from Thursday, KERA’s Jerome Weeks talked to Harold Steward, artistic director of Fahari Arts Institute, as the organization begins its third season. Opening with two art shows (and a special edition of Queerly Speaking for Dallas Black Pride), Steward discusses Fahari’s confidence going into a new season, and some of that is due to the piece’s mention of the three Dallas Voice Reader’s Choice Awards the organization won. Collectively, the group won for Best Local Arts Organization, Best Theater Director for Steward for Fahari-produced The Bull-Jean Stories, and Q-Roc Ragsdale as Best Actress for the same show.

Steward: “Of course, it’s all based off of popular vote. But you know, we looked at it, and said, ‘Here we are, a volunteer staff, an even more volunteer budget because we don’t know what it is, and how do we come away with three awards when no other organization does?’ Well, that speaks to the people and their beliefs in this . . . What we’re doing is building community.”

We highlighted Steward and Fahari back in January.

—  Rich Lopez

Tonight, Queerly Speaking is gonna give it up for the ladies

Tonight, the Fahari Arts Institute holds its monthly Queerly Speaking event but this time, it’s all about the women. To celebrate a “Special Herstory (Women’s History) Month,” they want peeps to come by and partake in the spoken word event  by bringing works and words (as in poems, stories, rhymes, songs)  showcasing the ” feminine in history, in your life, and/or in you.” Although, I wonder if there will be many “I Am Woman” renditions.

Queerly Speaking is a monthly event held at the Backbeat Cafe, 300 N. Akard St. and starts at 8 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

Fahari Arts Institute hosts third Queerly Speaking Friday

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Queerly Speaking October event

Since we’re outie after today, I can’t be trusted to come out of a tryptophan coma to write this up later in the week. The Fahari Arts Institute will be hosting their third Queerly Speaking event this Friday. It’s becoming quite the buzz around Facebook with already a decent number of confirmed guests.

QS is a “monthly spoken word event featuring black gay poets, their allies and friends.” They are hoping for an even stronger attendance if people are back in town for the holiday. But this month, they mention a slight format change. They say for people planning to speak or share work, arrive and sign up before 9 p.m. At that time, the show starts and runs till midnight.

Queerly Speaking takes place at the Backbeat Cafe & Listening Room.

The Institute has made great strides this fall with some fantastic community events. Last week they hosted the Queer Film Series of Black Cinematheque and in October they held a discussion with lesbian artists Lovie Olivia and Billie Simone.

We can’t wait to see what’s next from these guys.

—  Rich Lopez